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Day: September 2, 2020

Xanadu releases Quantum Cloud platform

Photonic quantum computing company, Xanadu, announced the release of the first publicly available photonic quantum cloud platform. Developers can now access Xanadu’s gate-based photonic quantum processors, in 8, 12, and soon 24 qubit machines. 

Photonics based quantum computers have advantages over older platforms. Xanadu’s quantum processors operate at room temperature. They can easily integrate into existing fiber optic-based telecommunication infrastructure, enabling a future where quantum computers are networked. It also offers great scalability supporting fault tolerance, owing to robust error-resistant physical qubits and flexibility in designing error correction codes. Xanadu’s unique type of qubit is based on squeezed states – a special type of light generated by their own chip-integrated silicon photonic devices.

Xanadu’s partners and customers are currently testing solutions on the pre-release Xanadu Quantum Cloud. These include academic institutions, quantum startups, and national labs including Creative Destruction Labs, Scotia Bank, BMO and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Now the company will be extending access to a number of new enterprise clients who are seeking to leverage quantum computing to solve their most complex problems.

In addition to Xanadu Quantum Cloud, developers will use Xanadu’s open-source tools widely available on Github. These include Strawberry Fields, its cross-platform Python library for simulating and executing programs on quantum photonic hardware and PennyLane, its software library for quantum machine learning, quantum computing, and quantum chemistry. The community includes a vast array of tutorials and educational materials for users of all levels of experience to begin developing and experimenting with quantum applications. 

The enterprise adoption of quantum computing is in the early stages of development, but access to photonic quantum computing over the cloud will give developers across industries and academia the chance to explore potential business applications. Open access educates and drives interest towards new, concrete implementations that demonstrate the future of computing. Xanadu’s processors provide researchers and developers with novel approaches that are unique to solve problems in finance, quantum chemistry, machine learning, and graph analytics.

EPAM acquires Ricston Ltd.

EPAM Systems, Inc., a global provider of digital platform engineering and software development services, announced its acquisition of Ricston Ltd., with offices in the UK, Malta and Spain. Ricston adds to EPAM’s expertise in integration and connectivity — specifically in microservices and APIs. This acquisition complements EPAM’s technology consulting practice and enhances its capabilities in API and microservices, as well as adding an integral component to the company’s growing Salesforce practice. Ricston provides a variety of services to be able to help across the full cycle of digital transformation including legacy modernization, software integration, Open API and Centre for Enablement (C4E). They also provide training and operations for the Anypoint Platform as well as a dedicated team that builds connectors.

Postman launches new web client to simplify API development

Postman announced the launch of Postman for the web, a new browser interface for Postman that offers users simplified access and superior collaboration. The move marks somewhat of a return to Postman’s original roots. Until today, Postman users have accessed Postman through a desktop application. Accessing Postman through the browser has been one of the most-requested features from users; they say that downloading a desktop app can slow down onboarding, and can also make it challenging to stay on the latest version. Plus, the browser approach allows certain collaboration capabilities that aren’t possible within the app. The web version of Postman solves these issues by providing the following:

  • Simplified user access and onboarding: Users get instant access via browser with no app installation required, automatic updates, and faster user onboarding (i.e., just paste in the URL and go).
  • Optimized collaboration through deep linking: Now that Postman is on the web, everything in Postman has a URL, so users can easily share URLs to granular API elements for superior collaboration.
  • The ability to send requests at scale from the browser: A unique agent architecture, developed exclusively by Postman engineers, facilitates scalable sending of API requests from the browser.

Tightly connected to the Postman for the web client launch is the Postman agent. The agent was specifically designed to overcome the cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) limitations of browsers to allow for API requests to be scalably sent from a browser interface. By creating a proxy micro-application to facilitate API request-sending at scale, the agent addresses this browser challenge in a way that’s never been done before.

ThoughtSpot launches ThoughtSpot 6.2

ThoughtSpot launched ThoughtSpot 6.2 to help enterprises connect, share, and utilize insights faster. New features include DataFlow, Embrace for SAP and Teradata, and improvements in user experience, data exploration, and data loading. ThoughtSpot’s search and AI-driven analytics platform was designed to unlock insights for employees at every level of an organization, from frontline employee to C-suite executive. Features include:

  • Answer Explorer 2.0: Leverages AI to guide users to unasked questions and new insights for which they would not have thought to look, automatically curating suggestions, recommended additional searches, and unexpected anomalies or trends insights directly in a pinboards, charts, and answers. Built in machine learning continuously improves Answer Explorer, tailoring insights for users.
  • DataFlow: DataFlow makes it easier to bring data into Falcon, ThoughtSpot’s in-memory database, through a no code point and click UX, enabling enterprises to utilize search and AI-driven analytics even for data sources too slow to run search queries directly.
  • Embrace Expansions: ThoughtSpot Embrace is now available for both Teradata and SAP HANA, allows users to run search and AI-driven analytic inquiries directly in these databases without the need to move or cache any data. Improved user experience makes it to connect Embrace directly to Snowflake, Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery, Microsoft Azure Synapse, SAP HANA, and Teradata.
  • API-Powered Bulk Load Connector: A new API-based feature enables the smooth and secure transfer of data to Falcon, ThoughtSpot’s in-memory database, by allowing users to load data in bulk from ETL tools and custom programs.
  • Caffeine for Advanced Data Caching: Caffeine gives users the freedom to choose which pinboards are pre-cached and when, allowing them to optimize the performance of the most important pinboards.
  • Scriptability Support for Worksheet Filters: Worksheets with filters can be exported and imported to the same environment or between environments.
  • Improved Visualizations: ThoughtSpot’s high cardinality charts now accommodate up to 35,000 data values, an increase from 1,000 previously. The high cardinality chart legend limit has also increased from 40 items to 250 items, giving pinboard creators the ability to display much richer data for their users.
  • Data Compression: New in-memory data compression makes it possible to leverage more data without increasing storage, reducing costs as organizations scale their data footprint.

Current ThoughtSpot customers will have access to ThoughtSpot 6.2 today.

Synacor unveils Zimbra Cloud collaboration suite

Synacor, Inc. unveiled its Zimbra Cloud collaboration suite for small and medium businesses and prosumers, via Zimbra Gold Partner XMission, at Zimbra Cloud is based on the Zimbra platform. Zimbra Cloud is designed to improve productivity and effectiveness by supporting multiple collaboration modalities from a single, familiar, email-centric workspace. It allows users to toggle between tools like videoconferencing, file sharing, cloud storage, calendaring and chat, right from email. At $2.95 per mailbox per month and a 30-day free trial, the Zimbra Cloud SaaS offering is aimed to meet demand for secure and robust email and collaboration for less than other vendors. Zimbra Cloud features an easy-to-use interface, admin tools, customer support and domain registration from XMission, integrations with apps like Dropbox, Zoom, Slack, Jitsi and Webex, and is instantly available at It is available via a web client and supports third-party clients like MS Outlook, MacOS Mail, iOS Mail and Android Mail. Admin tools include domain, user, distribution list and billing management.

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