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Projects & Agreements Colt Expands Nordic PrizmNet, Leveraging Verne Global’s Position as a Gateway to Financial Markets Verne Global, has announced that Colt has expanded its presence within its Icelandic data centre by adding Colt PrizmNet as part of its on-net offering. Colt PrizmNet is a financial extranet that connects a global capital markets ecosystem of 85+ exchanges, venues and service providers and 10,000+ participants. It provides connectivity to all major venues, ensuring best execution and visibility into global markets – increasing algorithmic trading efficiency. Adding access to Verne Global’s campus is designed to help clients with cost savings and the growing requirement for computationally intensive technologies such as high performance computing (HPC) and grid applications. Iceland’s data privacy laws will also enable Colt’s financial customers to meet regulatory requirements for secure data storage and the ability to monitor and manage new cyber security risks. In today’s highly competitive financial markets, firms are seeing an increasing demand for data and analytics that is driving the need for more compute resources and higher capital and operational costs. Acxiom Announces Partnership with Data Compliant to help brands accelerate GDPR readiness Pure Storage has announced a new pan-EMEA distributor agreement. The deal enables PNY Technologies to offer modern flash storage to its established high performance computing partner network. As the EMEA distributor of NVIDIA enterprise products, PNY Technologies is engaged with an experienced and established partner network across the region. This has focused on the needs of customers operating in environments that demand high performance compute capabilities such as artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning and various scientific workloads, such as genomics. Data is at the centre of the AI revolution. Large amounts of data must be delivered to GPUs at incredibly high speeds in order to train models faster and more accurately. As the essential instrument for AI research, the NVIDIA DGX-1 is at the heart of many of the world’s most demanding deep learning and analytics environments. However, customers found that legacy storage solutions, architected with serial building blocks, failed to deliver in terms of performance and capability, demanded by AI workloads. Pure Storage FlashBlade is the industry’s first data platform purpose-built for AI and modern analytics. In half a rack, it can offer 8 petabytes usable, 75GB/s read throughput, 25GB/s write throughput and 7.5M IOPS. Since general availability in January 2017, FlashBlade has gained traction among organisations innovating with emerging workloads, specifically modern analytics, AI and machine learning. Acxiom has announced a partnership with Data Compliant to help businesses address the challenges and the pressing need to comply with the fast approaching EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). With more businesses looking for approaches and solutions to optimise their security and privacy preparations for GDPR, this unique partnership will deliver actionable, ‘Accelerated GDPR Readiness’ programmes for clients. Acxiom brings to the partnership a strong foundation in the ethical, responsible and compliant use of customer data for omnichannel marketing and unparalleled expertise in client data management, marketing capability assessments, ethical data sourcing and curating its own highly effective data products for almost fifty years. Data Compliant brings independence and in-depth policy expertise, assessment experience on business readiness for the new EU Regulation and deep experience embedding effective corporate data governance and accountability within an organisation. Together, Acxiom’s experience and practical expertise in data management along with Data Compliant’s skillset and policy expertise will ensure that businesses have the right policies, procedures, technologies and tools needed to generate a combined practical and technical roadmap that helps accelerate and ensure GDPR readiness across an enterprise. When it comes to GDPR there are a lot of questions that have not been answered and companies, therefore, need guidance on how to handle the risk and assess the full impact of GDPR across an entire business structure as this guidance evolves. For further information visit: www.purestorage.com For further information visit: www.acxiom.com For further information visit: www.verneglobal.com Pure Storage and PNY Technologies Partner to Bring AI and Modern Analytics to EMEA October 2017 | 41