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7 biggest announcements at Interop 2019

Interop 2019, an unbiased IT conference, hosted all levels of IT and business pros at the Mirage, Las Vegas, on May 20-23. The three-day event provided attendees a complete objective view of the things happening across all the IT disciplines.

It featured speakers from industry leaders like Google, Microsoft, IBM, Juniper Networks, Cisco, Delta Dental, and Red Hat.

Interop 2019: Top announcements

Having said that, below are the main announcements made at Interop 2019:

1. Winners of 2019 Best of Interop Awards

Interop announced the winners of its 2019 Best of Interop Awards to recognize the companies that made significant technological advancements with their innovative products.

2019 Best of Interop Awards Winners:

  • CloudEdge Expander Cloud Module, Expanse
  • DevOpsDatadog Synthetics, Datadog
  • Infrastructure—Batfish Enterprise, Intentionet
  • Security— Edge Expander Cloud Module, Expanse
  • Emerging Vendor— 128 Technology
  • Honorable Mention— IBM Multicloud Manager, IBM and ThousandEyes Multi-Cloud Network Intelligence, ThousandEyes

“A huge congratulations to this year’s award winners as well as all those who submitted,” said Meghan Reilly, General Manager, Interop. “These awards are a staple for Interop and continue to honor companies who push the envelope to better not only their organizations, but the industry as whole. Thank you all for your dedication and hard work in an everchanging and growing space.”

2. Kissflow Digital Workplace

The workflow management leader Kissflow launched an industry-first unified digital workplace platform called Kissflow Digital Workplace. The new solution combines the power of project management, process automation and team collaboration to streamline business workflows and enterprise productivity.

“Over the last six years, our world-class business process and workflow automation platform has enabled thousands of companies’ productivity processes across the globe,” said Kissflow’s CEO, Suresh Sambandam.

“We’ve now embarked on a greater mission of providing an intuitive product that unifies the entire spectrum of work. Our new no-code platform is built on the consumer scale capabilities coupled with enterprise-level security of Google Kubernetes Engine, which is flexible enough to enable a perfect orchestration between various microservices of Kissflow.”

3. Arcules adds ACaaS to its portfolio

Arcules added access control-as-a-service (ACaaS) to its portfolio that already includes Video-Surveillance-as-a-Service (VSaaS). The new solution will allow customers centrally manage access control effectively across geographically dispersed business locations in a single user interface, the company said.

4. Datadog’s SaaS-based monitoring and analytics platform

Datadog showcased a new monitoring and analytics platform for infrastructure, applications, logs, etc. Based on software-as-a-service (SaaS), the new solution is a unified platform to provide visibility into the performance of modern apps.

5. Expander Cloud module

Expanse showcased the new Edge Expander Cloud module that will enable enterprises to monitor their internet traffic flows for risky and out-of-policy communications.

6. Forward Enterprise platform

Forward Networks launched a new network verification platform called Forward Enterprise that enables network operators to query their network like a database.

7. IBM multi-cloud management solutions

IBM showcased its multi-cloud management solutions that can provide greater operational agility and power to identify, analyze and respond quickly to change in the hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

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The event witnessed many more innovative announcements for enterprises, which can be found here.

It will return next year as Interop 2020 in Las Vegas on May 4-7.

Images source: Interop


Google now validates enterprise mobility management solutions under Android Enterprise Recommended program

Google is welcoming the leading Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) providers to its Android Enterprise Recommended program, so that enterprises can confidently choose the Android enterprise devices and services.

The Android Enterprise Recommended program was launched in February last year. Google validates the Android devices and services on the basis of a set of specifications for hardware, deployment, security updates, and user experience. If the devices and services built by vendors meet these requirements, Google lists them under the program.

After validation, these devices and services are recommended by Google to enterprises.  The aim of this program is to help enterprises find the devices and services that met necessary enterprise needs.

Android Enterprise Recommended program for Enterprise Mobility Management will include BlackBerry, Google Cloud, I3 Systems, IBM, Microsoft, MobileIron, Softbank, SOTI, and VMware.

“Since we’ve collaborated closely with EMM partners over the years, we understand what it takes to demonstrate excellence in this area. With this program, we’re recognizing partners who provide the most comprehensive technical solutions and have knowledgeable teams focused on modern Android security and management,” wrote Will Ro, Head of Android Enterprise Partnerships, Management and Security, in a blog post.

Android Enterprise Recommended EMMs will enable experience across multiple Android Enterprise management sets, and provide advanced security and management feature. The program will also demonstrate documentation and guides that comes with best practices for Android Enterprise set-up and configuration.

Google will provide training to vendors across sales, technical pre-sales and deployment support.

Also read: Google secures DNS traffic with DNS-over-TLS support for its public DNS

With this program, Google is raising the bar of excellence, so that enterprises globally can get the best equipped devices and applications for Android.

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IBM marks one of the most significant tech acquisition, buys Red Hat for $34 billion

IBM is marking one of the most significant tech acquisition, buying open source cloud software provider Red Hat for approximately $34 billion.

With Red Hat acquisition, IBM aims to provide an open source approach to cloud, that features unparalleled security and portability across multiple clouds.

Enterprises are continuously adopting a multi-cloud approach, but study reveals that 80% of enterprise workloads have yet to shift to cloud. This is because of the proprietary nature of cloud market.

In such a scenario, the data and applications can’t get portable across multiple clouds. It also prevents portability of data security in multi-cloud environment and consistent cloud management.

“Most companies today are only 20 percent along their cloud journey, renting compute power to cut costs. The next 80 percent is about unlocking real business value and driving growth,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “

“This is the next chapter of the cloud. It requires shifting business applications to hybrid cloud, extracting more data and optimizing every part of the business, from supply chains to sales.”

IBM and Red Hat are leading hybrid cloud providers. With acquisition, the companies will be strongly positioned to address this issue and accelerate multi-cloud adoption.

IBM buys Red Hat

Both the companies will work together on their shared leadership in key technologies, like Linux, containers, Kubernetes, multi-cloud management, and cloud management and automation. This will enable them to help enterprises accelerate development of cloud-native enterprise apps, drive greater portability and security of data and applications across multiple public and private clouds.

“The acquisition of Red Hat is a game-changer. It changes everything about the cloud market. IBM will become the world’s #1 hybrid cloud provider, offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock the full value of the cloud for their businesses,” added Ginni Rometty.

IBM and Red Hat have been partners for around a couple of decades now. Red Hat will be able to continue building partnerships with other cloud providers including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and more.

“Open source is the default choice for modern IT solutions, and I’m incredibly proud of the role Red Hat has played in making that a reality in the enterprise,” said Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat.

“Joining forces with IBM will provide us with a greater level of scale, resources and capabilities to accelerate the impact of open source as the basis for digital transformation and bring Red Hat to an even wider audience –  all while preserving our unique culture and unwavering commitment to open source innovation.”

Talking about the financial details of the deal, IBM is buying all the issued and outstanding and common shares of Red Hat for $190 per share in cash. Following the completion of acquisition, Red Hat will operate as a distinct unit within IBM’s Hybrid Cloud team. Jim Whitehurst and Red Hat’s current management team will continue to lead Red Hat.

Also read: IBM brings together Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes with new cloud service

“IBM’s commitment to keeping the things that have made Red Hat successful – always thinking about the customer and the open source community first – make this a tremendous opportunity for not only Red Hat but also open source more broadly,” said Paul Cormier, President, Products and Technologies, Red Hat.

“Since the day we decided to bring open source to the enterprise, our mission has remained unchanged. And now, one of the biggest enterprise technology companies on the planet has agreed to partner with us to scale and accelerate our efforts, bringing open source innovation to an even greater swath of the enterprise.”

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Top companies that featured in Leaders Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management 2018: Gartner

In its latest research, Gartner has identified Apigee, CA Technologies, IBM, Software AG, Mulesoft, Tibco and Red Hat 3scale as the leaders in Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management.

API (Application Programming Interface) is an intermediate requirement that establishes connection between two or more applications. The APIs are used in almost all the applications built today.

Whenever a link is clicked to get directions, for example, booking a dinner reservation or buying a concert ticket through an application, the APIs are used.

A full life cycle API management comprises planning, design, implementation, testing, publication, operation, consumption, maintenance, versioning and retirement of APIs.

Organizations adopt the full lifecycle API management solutions to gain the advantages of API, and to board on the digital transformation platforms and ecosystems.

According to Gartner, “It is impossible to provide the platform for any digital strategy, build ecosystems and run an effective API program, without full life cycle API management.”

Thousands of APIs are tested every day, and hundreds of them are published every month. Gartner describes the leaders in magic quadrant as the companies that execute well against their vision and are well positioned for tomorrow.

Apigee and CA Technologies have been positioned furthest for the completeness of vision, as well as for its ability to execute. Apigee is a Google company that provides Edge Microgateway offering for internal API gateway, and Apigee Sense to identify and alert admins about suspicious API usage patterns.

CA Technologies provides CA API Management solution that includes Live API Creator, API Gateway, Mobile API Gateway, API Developer Portal, and Microgateway. The recent addition of Microgateway has enhanced its portfolio with solid security features and advanced functionality for full life cycle of API management.

IBM, Software AG and TIBCO Software had better abilities to execute, while Mulesoft and Red Hat 3scale had completeness of vision.

At the API front, IBM is known for its API Connect solution, which is available in three editions: the Essential edition for developers (free), the Professional edition for SMBs, and Enterprise edition for large enterprises.

The IBM API Connect is an integration of IBM API Management and IBM StrongLoop API solutions. It is available on-premises, as well as cloud software as a service (SaaS).

Software AG provides webMethods API Gateway, which is an integration of its older API gateway services— webMethods API Management Platform and webMethods API Portal. The webMethods API Gateway is available both on-premises and on webMethods API Cloud hosted on AWS.

TIBCO is a middleware, integration, visual/stream analytics and application infrastructure, but it expanded its portfolio with API management services by acquiring Mashery unit from Intel in 2015. TIBCO Mashery is available as Mashery Local, and TIBCO API Exchange Gateway.

Mulesoft, a Salesforce company, offered integration services through Mule integration platform. Further, it combined the APIs and Mule integration platform to launch a new offering called Anypoint platform. The Anypoint platform consists the power of lifecycle API management and integration. Mulesoft helps customers build application networks, accelerate development time, and enable new digital channels.

3scale was an independent API Management vendor until it got acquired by Red Hat in 2016. The Red Hat 3scale API Management platform allows customers to share, secure, distribute, control and monetize their APIs on an infrastructure platform. The company further released Red Hat 3scale API Management 2, allowing users to place 3scale components on-premises, in cloud, as well as hybrid combination.

Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management

Also read: Gartner identifies leaders in data science and machine learning in Magic Quadrant 2018

While these were the leaders in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management, Amazon Web Services (AWS), SAP, and Axway were positioned in the Challengers quadrant. Microsoft and Oracle couldn’t make it to neither Leaders nor Challengers quadrant.

The full Gartner document is available to download from Apigee here.

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Dell EMC, HPE and IBM continue their dominance in global server market 

The global server market witnessed a significant growth in 2017, with revenue going up by 10.4% and shipments growing by 3.1%, as compared to an year before, according to Gartner’s latest report.

The growth was highest in the final quarter of 2017, where server revenue increased by 25.7% and shipment grew by 8.8% YoY.

“Server growth was driven by relatively strong economies for the quarter across the globe,” said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. “This was a somewhat surprising quarter because the strength was exhibited in a variety of positive server shipment and revenue mixes in almost all geographies.”

  • By server revenue:

Based on revenue, Dell EMC dominated the global server market in the fourth quarter of 2017, holding 19.4% share of the total market. It witnessed growth of around 40% as compared to an year ago.

HPE closely followed Dell EMC, holding 19.3% of the total market, and showing a growth of 5.5%. In the third quarter of 2017, HPE had ranked first in the server revenue, but the position has now been taken by Dell EMC.

The other leaders in the server market were IBM, Inspur Electronics, and Huawei.

Inspur Electronics, the leading cloud computing and big data service provider, saw the largest growth (127.8%) in the server revenue and jumped in the list of top five server vendors.

  • By server shipments:

In Q4 2016, Dell EMC had dominated the market in server shipments, and continued its dominance in 2017, holding 18.2% share of the total market.

HPE witnessed a decline of 12.8% in the server shipments, but still ranked second in the list with 13.8% market share.

Lenovo failed to cut place among the server revenue market leaders, but ranked fifth in the server shipments market with 5.7% share.

“Both enterprises and hyperscale data centers produced positive results globally for the year as end users seek to implement more digital business solutions,” said Mr. Hewitt. “The outlook for 2018 suggests that modest growth will continue, with enterprise end users taking an ongoing hybrid approach to both on-premises and public cloud choices based on their server application objectives.”

  • By regions: 

North America and Asia Pacific region represented the largest market share in terms of revenue (27.6% and 35.1%, respectively). Both the regions witnessed significant growth in shipments as well, growing 9.7% (North America) and 21.2% (APAC).

EMEA and Japan saw robust revenue growth in 2017, but declined in terms of shipments.

Latin America witnessed decline in both the terms in final quarter of 2017.

Also read: Gartner recognized Microsoft a leader in OPDBMS market for third time

Gartner will discuss the server market trends and infrastructure and operations at Gartner Global Infrastructure & Operations events in April, May and June.

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CloudFest 2018 – the most celebrated cloud and hosting industry event is back!

The premier global hosting and cloud event – CloudFest 2018 (earlier, is scheduled to take place in Rust, Germany between March 10 – 16, this year.

The event will bring together the 200+ exhibition partners and attendees from the cloud, hosting and service provider industries to explore and access the latest innovations, technologies and trends that drive today’s digital communication.

This year, the event is a must-attend as it focuses on – growth, connectivity and learning, providing cloud professionals access to the latest happenings and unique networking opportunities with the knowledgeable sessions, cool breakout sessions and legendary after-sessions’ parties.

The list of attendees has already crossed the 6500 mark and comprises cloud professionals, VARs, system integrators, registrars and telecom operators from 84 countries.

CloudFest, this year, has also introduced some exciting new programs like Investor Lounge and startup.FAIR. While the Investor Lounge will bring biggest names in the technology and venture capitalists together, the startup.FAIR will help promote new entrants in the cloud market.

The event will not only include the technology experts but will also include the newsmakers, celebrities and influencers from various fields including government and media. The list includes names like Sophia the social humanoid robot, Billy MorrisonGuitar and Musical entrepreneur, Alexander SchulzSlackliner, World Record Holder and Ian Khan, the technology futurist.

Apart from these, the event will also witness some expert leaders’ keynote sessions – Laurent Allard (Executive Board Member, head of Strategic Development, Vice Chairman, OVH), Arnold Blinn (Chief Architect, GoDaddy), Ulrich Walter (Systems Cloud & HPC Sales Leader D-A-CH), Jan Loeffler (CTO, Plesk) and many others.

The event will also have its popular pre-program – CloudFest Hackathon, which will see the coming together of open-source communities, developers and partners to explore and solve the real-life open-source problems.

The event partners include Intel and .com powered by Verisign as the Diamond PLUS partners and Title sponsors. Other partners include Dell EMC, cPanel, HPE, Lenovo, IBM, VMware and many others.

Also Read: Hosting industry gets ready for WHD.usa 2017 – to discuss the future of IoT and Cloud computing 

The event will be conducted in the beautiful ambience of the Europa-Park and is going to be the ultimate combination of technology and fun.

As the media partner of this amazing event, DHN readers can register themselves for free using code CF18JUJ.

Stay tuned for getting more updates on CloudFest 2018!

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Nvidia, IBM release security patches to mitigate Meltdown and Spectre. Intel customers looking for substitutes 

Nvidia is latest in the list to provide security updates to mitigate the impact of Meltdown and Spectre. Though Nvidia claimed that their core business is GPU computing, and Nvidia GPUs are safe from the malicious actors.

At Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 in Las Vegas, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang illustrated how the technology leaders are scrambling to find patches to the Spectre and Meltdown attacks. These attacks enable the hackers to steal private information of users from the CPUs having processors from Intel, AMD, and ARM.

“We believe our GPU hardware is immune to the reported security issue. As for our driver software, we are providing updates to help mitigate the CPU security issue,” Nvidia wrote in their security bulletin.

So, Nvidia has released updates for its software drivers that interact with vulnerable CPUs and operating systems.

The vulnerabilities take place in three variants- Variant 1, Variant 2, and Variant 3. Nvidia has released driver updates for Variant 1 and Variant 2. The company said none of its software is vulnerable to Variant 3.

Nvidia has provided security updates for these products- GeForce, Quadro, NVS Driver Software, Tesla Driver Software, and GRID Driver Software.

IBM had made no comments whether their systems were affected or not by these attacks. But Red Hat last week reported that IBM’s System Z, and POWER platforms are exploited by Spectre and Meltdown.

To that, IBM responded and released firmware patches for Power7+ and Power8 platforms. Patches for Power9 processors will be available by January 15, while AIX and IBM i operating system patches will be available by February 12.

The tech giants are issuing security updates to fix Spectre and Meltdown, but these security updates are reportedly impacting the performance of computers and servers.

Intel’s 8th Generation Core platforms with solid state storage are still seeing performance impact of around 6%. This seems to have upset the customers, and they are looking for substitutes to Intel chips.

The substitutes can be AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) which works with Intel for x86 processors. The companies like Backblaze, the data storage provider, have already indicated that building with AMD won’t be difficult.

Rubbing salt in Intel’s wound, the CEO of leading cloud computing provider Infinity Virtual, said in an interview that if Intel doesn’t make things right, his company will no longer purchase their products.

Also read: Intel creates new cybersecurity group addressing Meltdown and Spectre attacks

“If ARM provides enough computing power at lower cost or lower power than x86, it would be a strong incentive for us to switch,” said Gleb Budman, CEO, Backblaze. “If the fix for x86 results in a dramatically decreased level of performance, that might increasingly push in favor of switching to ARM.”

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Hyperscale data-center count will soon touch 400-mark: Synergy Research 

As per the new data from Synergy Research Group, the number of large data centers operated by hyperscale providers will soon touch the 400-mark.

By the end of 2017, the total might be over 390, after new data center openings in China, India, and Malaysia.

US continues to dominate in cloud and internet technologies, accounting for 44% of major cloud and internet data center sites, followed by China (8%), Japan (6%) and UK (6%).

The data center sites in Australia, Germany, Singapore, Canada, India and Brazil, accounted for 3-5% each.  

The increase in massive hyperscale data centers is obvious, since more and more businesses are going for software services over the internet or private networks.

Hyperscale growth goes on unabated and we already have visibility of at least 69 more hyperscale data centers that are at various stages of planning or building. We will pass the 500 milestone before the end of 2019,” said John Dinsdale, a Chief Analyst and Research Director at Synergy Research Group. “It is remarkable that the US still accounts for almost half of all hyperscale data centers, reflecting the US dominance of cloud and internet technologies. Other countries are now featuring more prominently in terms of data center build, but even three years from now we forecast that the US will still account for some 40% of the worldwide total.”

Most of the new data center openings in 2017 were during the mid-year period, which set new data centers in Germany, UK, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, and US.

The Synergy Research Group analyzed data center sites of 24 of the major cloud and internet service firms worldwide, each of which had 16 data center sites.

The leading cloud providers─ AWS, Microsoft, IBM, and Google, had the most number of data center locations globally (each having 45 or more), followed by Oracle and Alibaba.

The other leading companies like Apple, Twitter, Facebook, etc. had their data centers primarily in either US or China.

Also read: Equinix expands its data center platform to establish interconnection between businesses worldwide

Synergy Research Group is keeping track on 69 hyperscale data centers which are either in planning or development stages. The research firm estimated that the total might cross 500 milestone by the end of 2019.


New Gartner report identifies HPE and Dell EMC leaders in the server revenue and shipment market 

Worldwide server revenue recorded a huge rise in the third quarter of 2017, reaching 16 percent year-over-year (YoY), while the server shipment grew to 5.1 percent, according to a new Gartner report

Building of infrastructure to support cloud and hybrid cloud implementation was considered as the major driving force behind the growth of server market, per the report.

x86 servers increased 5.3 percent in shipments for the year and 16.7 percent in revenue in the third quarter of 2017. RISC/Itanium Unix servers declined globally, down 23.5 percent in shipments and 18.3 percent in vendor revenue compared with the same quarter last year. The ‘other’ CPU category, which is primarily mainframes, showed a decline/increase of 54.5 percent,” – said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner.

Amongst the companies offering server solutions, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) was recognized as the market leader in terms of revenue. The company earned $3.1 billion in revenue and thus claimed 21 percent market share for Q3, even though the company experienced a negative growth of 3.2 percent.

Source: Gartner

Dell EMC occupied the second position with 37.9 percent growth and 20.8 percent market share, followed by IBM with 7.7 percent growth.

One of the noteworthy mentions is of Inspur Electronics which recorded the highest growth in server revenue (16.6 percent). A possible reason is the rising demand of cloud in the Chinese market along with company’s global expansion plans.

Apart from the top five individual players, others also contributed to a large extent with $5.3 billion.

Source: Gartner

In server shipments, Dell EMC was the leader in the third quarter of 2017 with 17.8 percent market share, followed by HPE with 16.4 percent market share. Here also, Inspur Electronics was the only vendor with a positive growth of 69.5 percent.

Other vendors like Lenovo and Huawei also recorded decent numbers in terms of server shipments with 151,575 and 145,441 shipped units, respectively.

Companies other than the top five, also made impactful contribution to the overall market with 1,362,727 shipped units and contributed 48 percent to the market share collectively.


Facebook, Google, IBM and Red Hat team up to increase predictability in open source licensing

The global tech leaders Facebook, Google, IBM, and Red Hat, have joined hands alongside the Linux Kernel Community to increase the predictability in open source licensing, by extending additional rights in curing open source license compliance issues and mistakes.  

“Open source accelerates the pace of innovation in the world. Extending the good-faith opportunity for developers to correct errors in license compliance has the potential to help move the industry forward and allow engineers to focus on building great things,” said Allen Lo, vice president and deputy general counsel, Facebook.  

The joint approach aims at promoting fairness in the open source license enforcement through a new community-oriented approach. Red Hat said that the GNU General Public License (GPL) and GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) are among the mostly used open source software licenses.  

The version 3 of GPL (GPLv3) when released included termination approach that offered the capabilities to overcome errors and mistakes in license compliance to the users. This provides a reasonable approach towards inadvertent errors and allows for enforcing license compliance as per community rules.  

Facebook, Google, IBM, and Red Hat have now collaborated to extend the termination approach of GPLv3 to the previous versions of GPL as well, including GPLv2 and LGPLv2.1 and v2. “We believe in promoting greater fairness and predictability in license enforcement and the growth of participation in the open source community,” said Michael Cunningham, Executive VP and General Counsel, Red Hat. 

“For many years, General Public License v2 and V3 have guided the development of the world’s largest shared code base, Linux. Extending GPLv3’s non-compliance cure provision to GPLv2 will enable the continued adoption and robust growth of Linux for decades to come. IBM has long been a leading supporter of Linux and open source and assists in the development of the Linux kernel. Deepening our commitment with this assertion is a natural evolution of that support,” said Mark Ringes, assistant general counsel, IBM. 

This collaboration will provide greater predictability to the open source software users, the majority of which are cloud service providers, telecommunications service providers, and enterprises with open source software in their networks.  

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