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$18,051 was raised for the Pay It Forward Fund to support women fighting breast cancer!

As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Datatrend Technologies held a bowlathon fundraiser for Minnesota-based charity the Pay It Forward Fund. The Pay It Forward Fund is a non-profit organization that helps patients pay their bills while they undergo treatment for breast and women’s cancers. They pay essential living expenses so patients can focus on what’s really important – getting well.

Datatrend would like to thank and acknowledge the following people and organizations for their generous donations; without them, this fundraising event would not have been possible:

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Mark Waldrep
Mark Waldrep
CEO, Datatrend Technologies

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NEW YORK, October 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

SQream, developer of SQream DB, the GPU-accelerated data warehouse for rapidly analyzing massive data stores at a fraction of the cost, announced today at the OpenPOWER Foundation Summit in Europe, that SQream DB now includes optimized support for the IBM POWER9 multi-core architecture.

The powerful trinity of SQream DB, IBM POWER9 and NVIDIA GPUs results in advanced performance, with SQL query performance improvements of up to 150% versus GPU-equipped x86 servers, with reduced cost and systems complexity.

"GPU-accelerated analytics are an increasingly important part of our industry," said Sumit Gupta, VP of HPC and AI for IBM Cognitive Systems. "The announcement of SQream on the IBM POWER9 platform takes this concept to another level of performance, as the POWER9 CPU with embedded NVIDIA NVLink interface to NVIDIA's GPUs allows SQream to enable even faster processing of data on POWER9 servers."

The integration of SQream DB with IBM Power Systems is the latest in a series of collaborations between SQream and IBM, which started with SQream DB on IBM's Bluemix service. The latest offering on IBM POWER9 takes advantage of POWER9's industry-exclusive CPU-to-GPU high speed NVIDIA NVLink interface to offer increased throughput performance both for data loading and SQL query execution.

"Our customers are asking us for solutions that can handle massive data growth and real-time analytics to support data-driven decision making," said Charlie Cox, President of Datatrend, an IBM Platinum and Elite Power Partner. "GPU acceleration is quite possibly one of the most important advances in helping businesses make quicker and better decisions by analyzing more data faster. IBM's POWER9 architecture combined with SQream's solution yields price/performance at scales we have never seen before."

SQream DB on IBM POWER9, combined with IBM Flash Storage solutions and integrated into the technology stack, provides a reference architecture that allows organizations to perform SQL analytics for business intelligence and machine learning workloads at massive scale and speed.

"SQream DB is designed for multi-core processors such as POWER9 with its strong and robust multi-core architecture," said Ami Gal, CEO of SQream. "As data stores increase exponentially, so does the need to process more data while reducing complexity and footprint. This joint effort with IBM provides users with a super-charged combination of IBM's powerful processor and SQream's DB data warehouse for unparalleled speed, performance and scale, while enabling significantly improved analytics."

Many large enterprises and Fortune 100 companies already use IBM Power Systems, including top retailers, insurance companies, telecoms and banks. By combining NVIDIA's market leading GPUs, together with IBM POWER9 and SQream DB, organizations can reach new levels of analytics performance while significantly reducing their environmental footprint, costs and complexity.

On October 4th, SQream will present at the OpenPOWER Foundation Summit a session entitled, "Tackling the Challenges of Massive Data Analytics," which will highlight using POWER9 as the base computing platform for significantly reducing the time of complex SQL queries while greatly increasing the amount of data analyzed.

About SQream Technologies

SQream develops and markets SQream DB, a GPU data warehouse designed to enable unparalleled business intelligence from massive data stores. Global enterprises use SQream DB to analyze more data than ever before, while achieving improved performance, reduced footprint, significant cost savings and the ability to scale the amount of data they analyze to hundreds of terabytes and more. SQream DB is available both on premise and in the cloud.

Media Contact
Josh Turner
Silicon Valley Communications
+1-917-231-0550
+972-54-949-6526
turner@siliconvpr.com

David Leichner
SQream
+972-54-779-9888
david@sqream.com

Summary

A national franchisor and operator of fitness centers needed to assess infrastructure environments and remediate each site not conforming to corporate standards. Datatrend conducted site assessments on 1,424 gym locations to baseline each club against corporate standards. Additionally, Datatrend conducted a comprehensive security and compliance assessment as well as constructed remediation profiles. This engagement enabled a future-state infrastructure environment at the organization.

Customer Profile


- Fitness Industry
- 1,500+ Locations
- 10 Million+ Members
- North America-Based

The Challenge

A nationwide franchisor and operator of fitness centers was preparing to drive future customer engagements through advancing its IoT programs, enabling member interaction, and improving the overall customer experience.

There was concern that the infrastructure at its 1,420+ existing franchise locations may not meet new network standards, nor be able to support future technologies that drive customer experience programs.  They had little quantifiable security and compliance information.  Corporate leadership recognized the potential vulnerabilities within the environment and needed a solution.

The fitness organization needed to assess infrastructure environments and remediate each site not conforming to corporate standards. This initiative required a partner with the depth and breadth of knowledge, technical and project management skills, and geographic coverage for this wide-scale project.

The Solution

The fitness club organization engaged Datatrend to conduct site assessments on 1,424 gym locations to baseline each club against corporate standards. Datatrend developed a solution engaging 180 different vendors from our nationwide network of installation technicians, many of whom were used for site assessments, along with automated quoting tools to scale and meet Planet Fitness quality and timeline requirements. Additionally, technicians utilized a tool to provide information, photos, speed test results, and DHCP tests from the site, giving real-time feedback to the customer.

The franchisor also engaged Datatrend to conduct a comprehensive security and compliance assessment.  This assessment included penetration testing of their environment, as well as a combination PCI (Payment Card Industry) assessment, comprised of a strategic assessment and a QSA (Qualified Security Assessor) onsite assessment.

Lastly, Datatrend constructed seven (7) different remediation profiles, amended current standards, and updated site to standards.

The Result

Security consulting services positioned Datatrend as a strategic partner for the fitness club organization as they looked to Datatrend for solutions for ongoing IT/business issues. Datatrend earned the trust of their IT team to continue to provide delivery services and solutions.

The remediation profiles and updated standards enabled a future-state infrastructure environment at the organization.  This environment offers each franchise location the ability to better adhere to its code of ethics.  Additionally, upgrading to corporate standards enabled franchises to focus on member engagement, drive future revenues and profits, and establish a platform with the agility needed to thrive.

CALL TO ACTION!

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NEW YORK, Aug. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — SQream, developer of SQream DB, the leading GPU-accelerated data warehouse for analyzing massive data stores at a fraction of the cost, and Datatrend Technologies, a leading technology solutions provider and integrator, announced today a strategic partnership to accelerate the market adoption of SQream's solution for delivering rapid analytics and insights for previously unattainable business intelligence.

Datatrend, an accomplished solutions integrator with deep platform and workload optimization expertise, has a long history of partnering with ISVs to drive innovative solutions in the marketplace. SQream serves to benefit from Datatrend's deep, multi-decade experience in optimizing infrastructure solutions to maximize the reach of SQream DB. Datatrend benefits from offering enterprise customers and prospects throughout North America the ability to greatly improve their data exploration and analytics for real business value.

"Massive data growth, combined with the need for greater business agility, makes information-based business decisions critically important but hard to achieve," said Charlie Cox, President of Datatrend. "GPU acceleration is perhaps one of the most important advances in helping businesses leverage their data to make faster and better decisions. We are excited to partner with SQream to fulfill this market demand."

The partnership allows SQream and Datatrend to leverage each other's strengths and networks to drive success in the market, solving big data challenges that traditional data warehouses are not designed to handle.

"The partnership will further expand SQream's market reach in the US and growth into the enterprise market," said Ami Gal, CEO and co-founder of SQream. "Datatrend will benefit by being able to offer their prospects and customers throughout North America dramatically improved data analytics, while SQream will gain from Datatrend's deep and long term relationships with global hardware and software providers, as well as their experience in providing solutions to large enterprises."

About SQream
SQream develops and markets SQream DB, a GPU- accelerated data warehouse designed to enable unparalleled business intelligence from massive data stores. Global enterprises use SQream DB to analyze more data than ever before, while achieving improved performance, reduced footprint, significant cost savings and the ability to scale the amount of data they analyze to hundreds of terabytes and more. SQream DB is available both on premise and in the cloud. To learn more, visit sqream.com or follow us on twitter @sqreamtech.

About Datatrend
Datatrend Technologies helps companies leverage technology solutions to drive business outcomes with a focus on delivering technology infrastructure solutions from the data center to the edge of the network. Datatrend provides planning, design, implementation, integration, project management, and staffing for next generation data centers, multi-cloud environments, cabling, and wireless solutions for multi-site rollouts and the Internet of Things, as well as for ISVs, OEMs, and service providers. Datatrend leverages partnerships with the best global manufacturers, along with deep engineering talent to deliver solutions throughout the technology lifecycle. For additional information, visit www.datatrend.com.

Media Contacts
Josh Turner
+1-917-231-0550
+972-54-949-6526
turner@siliconvpr.com

David Leichner
Chief Marketing Officer
+972-54-779-9888
david@sqream.com

Karie Timion
Marketing Director
+1-952-563-2135
karie.timion@datatrend.com

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Summary

A financial services institution suffered a three-day critical outage that cost the company a minimum of eight figures in direct financial losses, as well as significant reputation impact. Datatrend provided immediate assistance to help the financial institution recover from the outage, as well as developed a more modern and resilient mainframe storage solution. The solution offers better performance and flexibility to support Disaster Recovery (DR) testing, and organization is no longer at risk of outages.

Customer Profile


- Financial Services Industry
- 2,000+ Branches
- North America-Based

The Challenge

A financial services institution had been utilizing a storage system as their mainframe solution for many years despite having been alerted to single points of failure and lack of functionality in the solution. These inadequacies manifested themselves and resulted in a three-day critical outage that cost the company a minimum of eight figures in direct financial losses, as well as significant reputation impact.

The Solution

Datatrend provided immediate assistance to help the financial institution recover from the outage.  In parallel, we accelerated development of a more modern and resilient mainframe storage solution.  Datatrend resources participated in the design, proof of concept, and performance testing to persuade the organization to make the change. Datatrend provided project management, implementation, and data migration services.

The Result

The organization is no longer at risk of outages due to failure of individual components in their mainframe storage environment.  Additionally, the solution offers better performance and flexibility to support Disaster Recovery (DR) testing.

CALL TO ACTION!

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Summary

Leadership of a multinational hospitality company required High Speed Internet Access (HSIA) upgrades to meet the demands of property owners and support the guest experience. Datatrend teamed with an HSIA partner to deliver the new solution including site surveys, implementation services, network (wireless) equipment upgrades, and structured cabling services. This implementation assisted in elevating the company’s brand reputation and delivering an enhanced customer experience.

Customer Profile


- Hospitality Industry
- 500+ Hotels Across 85 Countries
- North America-Based

The Challenge

Leadership of a multinational hospitality company required High Speed Internet Access (HSIA) upgrades to meet the demands of property owners and support the guest experience. The condition of the infrastructure environment at each site must be assessed to identify any structural challenges for the new solution. These upgrades for the new wireless solution would offer the level of speed, dependability, and convenience that guests expect and require.

The Solution

Datatrend teamed with an HSIA partner to deliver the new solution at the company’s properties. This solution included site surveys, implementation services, network (wireless) equipment upgrades, and structured cabling services. Datatrend managed multiple layers of service partners while delivering implementation and structured cabling services. Datatrend’s knowledge of the company’s infrastructure and ability to advise their ownership group on standards eliminates risk.

The Result

Upgrading guest room cable infrastructure supported the organization’s wireless and guest satisfaction initiatives. The ability to deliver consistent bandwidth-rich HSIA is predicated on building a solid structured cabling infrastructure. Providing robust HSIA services built on well-designed and tested network infrastructure is necessary for hospitality properties to provide the world class services guests demand in an increasingly technology-centric world. This implementation assisted in elevating the company’s brand reputation and delivering an enhanced customer experience.

CALL TO ACTION!

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Summary

A national financial services organization needed to execute multiple initiatives requiring firm knowledge of IT asset and application disposition. Datatrend provided subject matter expertise through Residency services. Discovery of assets by the Datatrend Residents enabled the organization to implement and execute on the key initiatives.

Customer Profile


- Financial Services Industry
- US Government-Sponsored Enterprise (GSE)
- 7,000+ Employees
- North America-Based

The Challenge

A national financial services organization was executing multiple initiatives requiring firm knowledge of IT asset and application disposition. The enterprise was transitioning their IT infrastructure to a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform, adding consumption-based models to business agility and DevOps maturity. This required deep knowledge of their infrastructure environment and appropriately mapped applications.

The Solution

Datatrend provided subject matter expertise through Residency services, delivering BMC ADDM and project management to enable discovery of the financial enterprise’s infrastructure assets. This expertise was previously non-existent within the organization’s environment, which was critical to execution of the overall strategy.

The Result

Discovery of assets by the Datatrend Residents enabled the organization to implement and execute on the key initiatives of SaaS conversion, DevOps implementation and maturation, and the addition of consumption-based models. These all required disciplined and on-demand asset inventory, capacity planning, agility, and orchestration. Datatrend is uniquely qualified to implement BMC ADDM on top of the BMC tool suite that was in place at the enterprise to enable progress toward strategic goals.

CALL TO ACTION!

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Summary

Leadership at a multinational hospitality company desired a future-state infrastructure at one of their prominent resort properties. Datatrend provided project management, implementation, and structured cabling services to support the resort’s efforts to optimize the guest experience.

Customer Profile


- Hospitality Industry
- 6,500+ Properties in 127 Countries
- North America-Based

The Challenge

Following resort-wide infrastructure and WiFi upgrades to villas and rooms, leadership of the multinational diversified hospitality company decided to extend fiber to the resort entrance. Ownership desired a future state infrastructure that would support the demands of owners and guests, including technology plans and investments in mobile device access and Location Based Services (LBS). These upgrades would provide a future-state guest experience, flexibility for continuous technology upgrades, enhance security, and reduce costs.

The Solution

Datatrend implemented updated structured cabling to support the resort’s efforts to optimize the guest experience. Datatrend project managed multiple layers of stakeholders (owners, real estate, general contractor(s), hotel leadership) and delivered implementation and structured cabling services.

The Result

Upgrading the fiber at the resort entrance supported the resort’s wireless and guest experience programs. Knowledge of the hotel chain’s standards, as well as Datatrend’s ability to advise ownership, eliminated risk. This enabled owners to upgrade properties to current standards within projected timelines and targeted budget.

CALL TO ACTION!

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What’s the best way to kick off the summer? With a company beanbag tournament and potluck! Datatrend employees spent the day in the sunshine, enjoying great food and friendly competition. After many rounds of play, Paige and Connor were our winners. With more warm days ahead, another round of play is in the works, and we’re looking forward to making the most of these summer months while they last!

Datatrend volunteers spent the morning at the Chanhassen-located Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), a non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. With the help of donors and volunteers, FMSC has donated 2,149,347,616 meals to date. In just one morning of service, Datatrend was able to help with these donations by packing 83 boxes containing 17,929 meals. This will feed 49 kids for an entire year! We are so thankful to have the opportunity to serve others and partner with organizations in our own city and continue our pledge of Making IT Matter.