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Orock, Litmus notch wins; Cologix completes data center acquisition

Orock, Litmus notch wins; Cologix completes data center acquisition

ORock Technologies, Inc. has been awarded the next phase of the U.S. Army’s Defensive Cyber Operations Resource for Updates, Innovation and Development (DRUID) project. ORock is a high-performance hybrid cloud service provider built on OpenStack and certified by FedRAMP and the Department of Defense.

DRUID is the U.S. Army’s innovative, cloud-based continuous integration / continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline that applies modern continuous integration processes to legacy systems and deployments models and leverages a DevSecOps workflow that prioritizes security at the outset of the development process.

ORock was chosen to extend the U.S. Army’s capabilities to train, conduct missions and fight cyber threats for its cyber forces. In phase one, DRUID allowed vendors and the government to collaborate in code and tighten the feedback loop between software and hardware vendors and the U.S. Army. In this next phase, cyber soldiers will be able to fast track innovation, automate workflows and deliver defensive cyber tools, cloud computing and robust security capabilities. When complete, DRUID will enable cyber warriors to build complex application images, automatically scan and remediate them and push them to the integration environment with 100 percent automation.

“DRUID is enabling us to provide emerging technologies to cyber soldiers much more quickly and effectively,” said Lt. Col. Peter Amara, Product Lead for Applied Cyber Technologies at U.S. Army’s Defensive Cyber Operations. “Tools such as DRUID are critical to our ability to maintain dominance on the cyber battlefield.”

Beyond cloud hosting and managing the acceleration and automation of the Army’s software development funnel, ORock has near-term plans to launch a commercial-focused CI/CD solution that will allow enterprises to modernize their CI/CD practices in the cloud.

Silicon Valley Data Center acquisition completed

Cologix has this month completed its deal to buy vXchnge’s 84,000 square foot data center and five-acre campus in Santa Clara, California. The facility, now renamed SV1, is located at 2050 Martin Avenue, Santa Clara in the heart of Silicon Valley.

“Accelerated growth in cloud services continues to drive customer demand for connectivity to applications, data, carriers, networks and multiple clouds at the digital edge,” says Laura Ortman, President and Chief Revenue Officer of Cologix. “This acquisition expands Cologix’s footprint into Silicon Valley, the world’s second largest interconnection hub. We are happy to welcome our new employees and customers to Cologix.  These new customers can now access our robust ecosystem of networks and carriers, public clouds, clouds service providers and partners through the Cologix Platform.”

The acquisition strengthens the Cologix platform and cloud-first strategy by expanding its U.S. digital edge with an established interconnection hub to support digital transformations in the region.

Litmus wins CESMII smart manufacturing project 

Litmus has been awarded a contract from CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute. The Institute issued a call for research and development projects to accelerate the adoption of Smart Manufacturing technologies and Litmus was chosen from a list of 28 RFP responses.

The Litmus project, titled, “Machine and Process Health Monitoring,” will connect Litmus Edge software to CNC machines at Bray International, a premier manufacturer of flow control and automation products and accessories. The project has three projected outcomes: create a smart manufacturing profile for a valve manufacturing CNC machine, expose KPIs to optimize Bray International maintenance routines, and expose KPIs to optimize Bray International machine uptime and part quality.

Litmus will deliver on the CESMII Innovation Project requirements to solve a challenging manufacturing use case for processes and equipment rapidly (approximately 3-6 months) in a cost-effective, re-usable, secure, scalable and repeatable manner. Litmus Edge is a flexible and scalable modern edge platform that collects data from any industrial asset, offers pre-built applications, KPIs and analytics, provides the ability to build and run custom applications, and integrates data with any cloud or enterprise system. The Litmus team is experienced in the use cases included in the proposal and will work directly with Bray International to connect all of their CNC machines to begin collecting valuable data immediately.

“We are thrilled our RFP was chosen by CESMII – our use case with Bray International aligns with their priorities to improve the manufacturing industry through digital transformation, and we help companies do that every day,” says Vatsal Shah, Co-founder and CEO of Litmus. “Through this project, Litmus and Bray will use the power of edge computing to calculate and improve Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE), optimize maintenance routines, and better understand the causes of machine failure or quality issues. Our solution is built to implement and scale rapidly so Litmus Edge is perfect for this use case and we expect to show ROI in just a few months.”

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