by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: AMD, WinMagic, Snowflake, Carbonite, & Veritas

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. AMD released the new AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 driver. WinMagic releases SecureDoc Enterprise Server 8.3. Snowflake triples revenue and customer base. Carbonite and Veritas announce reseller partnership.

AMD Released AMD Radeon Pro Software For Enterprise 19.Q1 Driver

AMD has rolled out its quarterly update for its Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise. New features include:

  • Performance improvements: 19.Q1 helps deliver substantially more performance, up to 46% more than the competition, when using Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS 2019. Additionally, year-over-year performance has increased: for example, 19.Q1 is up to 33% faster in SPECviewperf 13 medical-02 than 18.Q1.
  • “Day Zero” ISV certifications: 19.Q1 launches with over 320 “Day Zero” ISV application certifications for Radeon Pro graphics cards including: Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk VRED Professional, Bentley Systems Microstation Graphisoft Archicad, SideFX Houdini, SIEMENS NX, SIEMENS Solid Edge. As for the driver from last quarter, AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise had approximately 40% more certifications in select applications than the competition.
  • Ready for AMD Radeon Pro ReLive for VR: Uses OpenVR based workstation-grade wireless AMD Radeon Pro ReLive client application connected to AMD Radeon VR Ready Creator graphics cards. Future-ready hardware compatibility for future availability of standalone VR headsets with full 6DoF support (HMD (head mounted display) and controllers). Enables easy to setup untethered immersive VR product design visualization using SteamVR and VR visualization applications such as Unreal Studio and SOLIDWORKS eDrawings.
  • AMD Radeon Pro Image Boost: Allows professional applications to output at a higher resolution (up to 5K) and then scale down to the lower native resolution of the display, to present complex and detailed designs at the highest image quality no matter the resolution of the display being used.
  • AMD Remote Workstation: AMD Remote Workstation has been upgraded to support application virtualization and streaming using Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenApp & XenDesktop) allowing for much greater density than traditional desktop virtualization for professionals working remotely.
  • Unified “One Driver” for ALL for AMD graphics hardware: 19.Q1 simplifies deployment and delivers the stability, simplicity, and security of Radeon Pro Software to knowledge workers using commercial applications and content creators using media and entertainment applications with AMD Radeon graphics cards such as the new Radeon VII (coming soon).

AMD Radeon Pro Software For Enterprise 19.Q1

WinMagic Releases SecureDoc Enterprise Server 8.3

WinMagic has released the latest version of its SecureDoc that manages operating system native software encryption (Windows, Apple and Linux), Self-Encrypting Drives and SecureDoc’s own FIPS 140-2 certified software encryption. Enhancements include:

  • Next-generation SecureDoc Enterprise Server Web console features an improved user interface and user experience, along with a more modern look and feel
  • New and distinct encryption client for SecureDoc Linux on endpoints
  • Enhanced deployment and manageability of VDI devices, including the ability to properly manage and organize non-persistent instances
  • Improved device-based certificate trust capabilities for Windows devices
  • Enhanced pre-boot authentication compatibility and endpoint deployment predictability for Windows systems
  • Improved Removable Media Encryption for Mac devices provides a cleaner workflow and user experience
  • Better deployment and user staging improvements for the SecureDoc Linux and OSA (Operating System Agnostic) clients


Snowflake Triples Revenue & Customer Base

Snowflake is continuing to impress now releasing its financial year of 2019, which ended January 31. The company is doing well with milestones including:

  • Corporate Momentum
    • Raised $450 million in growth funding, nearly doubling total funding to more than $920 million.
    • Doubled post-money valuation to $3.9 billion, putting the organization among the top 25 most highly valued private U.S. technology companies.
    • More than tripled revenue YOY, a 257 percent increase. 
    • Increased presence to nine countries to support a growing global customer base, with plans to increase Snowflake’s presence to more than 20 countries over the next 12 months.
    • Opened its first European Research and Development Office in Berlin.
    • Nearly tripled employee count to approach nearly 1,000 professionals worldwide.
  • Product Innovation
    • Announced general availability of Snowflake on Microsoft Azure, meeting the platform needs of customers across multiple clouds.
    • Unveiled a Data Sharing Rebate Program that reduces usage costs for all customers sharing data externally and rewards those participating in the Data Economy.
    • Made available Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Contracts through Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace.
    • Introduced innovative new features such as Automatic Clustering and Materialized Views, which optimize query performance.
  • Customer Acquisition
    • More than tripled the number of active customers to more than 1,400.
    • Added new enterprise customers, including: Netflix; Office Depot; DoorDash; Netgear; and Yamaha.
    • Increased customer growth across key industries, including: finance (281 percent); technology (210 percent); retail (207 percent); and healthcare (142 percent).
    • Expanded to the public sector by achieving FedRAMP ready status and signed a software licensing program contract with the state of California.
  • Ecosystem Expansion
    • Launched new strategic partnerships with Microsoft, Databricks, Datarobot, H2O and Qubole.
    • Launched Partner Connect, a solution that enables customers to get faster insights from their data through pre-built integrations with existing data integration partners (ETL and ELT) and BI partners.


Carbonite & Veritas Announce Reseller Partnership

Carbonite and Veritas announced a new reseller partnership that the companies state will enhance endpoint device protection for Veritas customers. In a nutshell, Veritas will use its broad reach and act as an authorized distributor and reseller of Carbonite’s Endpoint hybrid cloud solution.

Carbonite Data Protection

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