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Control4 Integrates BakPak in Pakedge Routers

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Control4 announces the availability of BakPak on Pakedge RK-1 routers--an integration of management software and router providing customers with a monitored, intelligent home network.

Bryston BakPakEssentially a leveraging of the February 2016 Control4 acquisition of Pakedge, BakPak manages both IP network and smart home devices. It also delivers real-time visibility of network health, allowing diagnostics and troubleshooting before problems happen, mitigating downtime and service calls.

“With BakPak monitoring the home network, the automation system, and all of the devices connected to it, remote management becomes standard for dealers,” Control4 says. “The connected home is a reality-- with an ever-increasing number of connected devices, integrators need more sophisticated services to meet the expectations of customers. That is why we are including BakPak on every RK-1 Router as well as every NK-1 wireless controller, to provide our dealers with the remote management tool they need for every customer.”

When It Comes to Video Walls, Bigger is Better

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The VWPOP85 pop-out universal multi-screen video wall mount has been a large success for Edbak. A big part of the reason for its success is…well, how large it is.

Edbak VWPOP85

The VWPOP85 pop-out universal multi-screen video wall mount has been a large success for Edbak. A big part of the reason for its success is…well, how large it is.

This unit is built to handle those 42 inch to 85 inch screens, up to 80 kilos of display. These are the sorts of screens you use to build impressive, room-filling and lobby-filling video walls.

While large itself, the VWPOP85 universal video wall mount weighs only 14kg. It is designed and manufactured in Europe and carries all the leading certifications, including TUV Rhineland. It is fully VESA compliant.

With size and certifications on its resume, it needed only one more quality to move it up to a best-in-class mounting solution: a patented one-touch pop-out mechanism for access and service to each display in the video wall.

Apple Joins Partnership on AI

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Apple confirms reports that it joined the Partnership on AI as a founding member, an industry organisation formed by Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM and Microsoft.

Partnership on AIThe organisation bears the somewhat Soviet-sounding name of "Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society." It brings together academics, non-profits and specialists in policy and ethics to "conduct research, recommend best practices, and publish research under an open license in areas such as ethics, fairness and inclusivity; transparency, privacy, and interoperability; collaboration between people and AI systems; and the trustworthiness, reliability and robustness of the technology.”

ILA Launches into Microserver Business

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ILA in Netherlands will launch their own ILA product on March 1st this year--- based on licensed microserver technology from IBM and Astron.Fred Buining

The company will enter the market with a bare metal product that contains server class compute nodes based on a system on a chip (SoC) with SATA, networking, serial port and boot FLASH interfaces on the same chip.

“Microservers are densely packed clusters of low power servers running computationally light workloads between thousands of processor cores, 2x reduction in Capex, 2x reduction in power consumption, 10x reduction in space, 14x increase in rack performance,” says Fred Buining, CEO and Managing Director.  Buining [shown in picture] was previously Director Technology and Markets for Logic Supply Europe.

At ILA, multiple microserver nodes will be clustered in a 2U case with maximum of 64 nodes, providing up to 1536 cores (depending on which SoC is chosen). It is the World’s Densest 64-Node Microserver System.

Platform9 Launches Managed Kubernetes Service

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Platform9, a startup founded by ex-VMware engineers, announces its first product-- the Managed Kubernetes service, described as "the industry's first infrastructure-agnostic, SaaS-managed offering."

KubernetesManaged Kubernetes is deployed and managed as a SaaS solution, across on-premises and public cloud infrastructure, making for a simpler operational and consumption model eliminating the steep learning curve associated with Kubernetes. It is fully integrated, infrastructure-agnostic and and allows DevOps and IT teams to integrate across any combination of cloud platform or on-premises infrastructure, without need to rewreite a single line of code or worry about backend configuration or maintenance.

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