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Exploring the Surge in Digital Infrastructure Spending Driven by Generative AI Innovations



USA News Group Commentary Issued on behalf of Avant Technologies Inc.

VANCOUVER, BC, May 7, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — USA News Group – The rise of generative AI is currently adding considerable potential for accelerating economic growth across a wide array of sectors. In order to fully realize this potential, analysts at ING are highlighting how crucial investment in data and digital infrastructure will be moving forward. Citing estimates from Dell’Oro and Bank of America, ING has pointed out that investments from big tech companies in digital infrastructure is expected to grow between 15-22% this year alone. Another report from analysts at SNS Insider are projecting the AI Infrastructure Market to hit US$222.42 billion by 2030, growing at an explosive CAGR of 25.5%. Behind the scenes, developments in AI infrastructure are being made and provided by a variety of tech companies that include Avant Technologies Inc. (OTCQB: AVAI), Vertiv Holdings Co (NYSE: VRT), Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX), Innodata Inc. (NASDAQ: INOD), and Salesforce, Inc. (NYSE: CRM).

Earlier this year, Avant Technologies Inc. (OTCQB: AVAI) took a significant step in expanding the capabilities of its flagship AvantAI platform, reinforcing its position as one of the first companies to market generative AI. So far, this enhancement has focused on advancing its high-performance data center infrastructure to accommodate the latest developments in AI technology, including the launch of its state-of-the-art supercomputing network and comprehensive licensable data set. As per the launch, Avant’s platform works in collaboration with tech partners Wired4Health, which the company would later acquire and name its former CFO William Hisey as its new CEO.

Avant’s supercomputing network and our expansive licensable dataset will facilitate significant advancements in AIdriven solutions,” said Danny Rittman, Chief Information Officer of Avant of the launch. “By providing robust computational resources and a rich dataset, Avant is set to eliminate many of the technical and financial barriers that have traditionally hampered AI development. This initiative aims to empower developers with the tools necessary to create more sophisticated and efficient AI models, driving progress and innovation in innumerable fields.”

Providing even more security for its prospective clients, Avant Technologies has also announced its plans to implement AI-empowered, Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) across its data center operations. In AI-empowered data centers, Zero Trust Architecture ensures that all users and devices are continuously authenticated and verified before accessing network resources.

“By integrating AI with Zero Trust Architecture, we are creating a robust and future-proof security framework for our data centers,” said William Hisey, Avant’s  newly-appointed CEO. “This combined approach ensures the highest level of security for our customers’ data while optimizing data center operations for efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Avant is committed to providing innovative technology to help businesses optimize data center operations, improve resource utilization, and enhance security.”

Recently, Avant Technologies also expanded its AvantAI™ platform to include smart, proactive monitoring and management for data centers. AvantAI™ boosts data center efficiency through real-time monitoring and proactive management, helping to ensure systems operate continuously and perform optimally. It also uses extensive data analysis to predict and prevent potential issues and dynamically adjusts resources to enhance data traffic efficiency and responsiveness.

Working to further bolster the AI revolution, Vertiv Holdings Co (NYSE: VRT) saw 60% growth in organic orders of its critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions in Q1 2024 compared to the same time period the year prior, along with 8% higher net sales.

As well, Vertiv saw a 42% increase in its adjusted operating profit to $249 million, compared to Q1 2024, as the company pointed towards continued acceleration in the data center market, including the deployment of high-performance compute, and increased velocity in its opportunity pipeline to orders.

“We are seeing order patterns with longer lead times based on customer build schedules, largely in 2025 and beyond, suggesting AI is starting to scale,” said Giordano Albertazzi, CEO of Vertiv. “We are continuing to advance our portfolio to enable high-density and GPU based deployments. With our global capacity, the most complete portfolio of critical digital infrastructure solutions across the entire thermal and power technology spectrum, vast global service network and alignment with key technology partners, Vertiv is uniquely positioned and ready to bring scale and support development of the entire AI ecosystem.”

Digital infrastructure company Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX) recently announced a joint venture with PGIM Real Estate for a $600 million project to develop and operate the first xScale data center in the US, located in California’s Silicon Valley. Together, Equinix and PGIM had already successfully opened the first xScale data center in Australia in 2022, after a similar US$575 million JV was announced in 2021.

Under the terms of the agreement, PGIM Real Estate will control an 80% equity interest in the JV, while Equinix will own the remaining 20% equity interest. Equinix xScale data centers allow hyperscale companies to expand their core deployments within Equinix IBX data centers. This setup supports growth across more than 70 global metros on a unified platform that facilitates direct interconnections with over 10,000 customers.

The new joint venture, alongside Equinix’s existing hyperscale collaborations in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas, will enhance the global xScale data center portfolio. Once fully constructed, this expansion will exceed $8 billion across more than 35 facilities, providing over 725 megawatts of power capacity.

Building upon the confidence of one of its existing “Magnificent Seven” Big Tech customers, Innodata Inc. (NASDAQ: INOD) recently announced it has been awarded three new large language model (LLM) development programs, totaling approximately $20 million of additional annualized run rate revenue. Before these new awards, the annualized run rate revenue from the customer was about $23 million. Innodata anticipates signing an amendment to its agreement with this customer that will reflect these awards within the next few weeks. Work on the newly awarded programs has already started by Innodata.

“We are very excited to announce this significant expansion,” saidJack Abuhoff, CEO of Innodata. “Moreover, we anticipate potential opportunities for further expansion in 2024. The customer continues to express how our high-quality, large-scale, custom data results in superior fine-tuning of their LLMs and that their AI engineering teams greatly value the Innodata partnership.”

Innodata provides large technology companies with scaled data services for refining LLMs and offers LLM evaluation services. By the end of 2023, Innodata had secured five of the top seven major tech firms as clients for its LLM services.

With its own array of big tech allies, Salesforce, Inc. (NYSE: CRM) recently unveiled its Zero Copy Partner Network, a global ecosystem of technology and solution providers building secure, bidirectional zero copy integrations with Salesforce Data Cloud which integrates both structured and unstructured customer data into a comprehensive 360-degree view accessible within Salesforce itself. This integration enables teams to make informed decisions directly within their workflow.

“In today’s digital landscape, companies struggle with islands of data spread across various systems,” said Brian Millham, President and Chief Operating Officer at Salesforce. “With this global ecosystem of partners, companies can access all of their data, no matter where it resides, and unlock the power of all of that data within Salesforce — creating more personalized customer interactions and establishing a foundation for trusted AI, in less time and at lower cost.”

The network will feature a list of initial partners that will include such big names as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Databricks, Google Cloud, and Snowflake, while also adding Microsoft. Together, the network partners are all committed to zero copy integrations with Salesforce that give customers a secure and cost-effective way to connect and take action on all of their data.


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AXA named as an Official Partner of UEFA Women’s EURO 2025




AXA has proudly announced its support for the UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 as an Official Partner, furthering its sponsorship programme initiated in 2020. The prestigious event will take place in Switzerland from July 2 to 27, 2025.

Commitment to Women’s Football

This partnership underscores AXA’s dedication to promoting women’s football, building on its long-term support for the sport. Since 2020, AXA has been the main sponsor of the AXA Women’s Super League and the AXA Women’s Cup in Switzerland. By investing in women’s football, AXA aims to bolster women’s sports and promote its brand ethos, “Know You Can,” encouraging self-belief among its customers.

Statements from AXA Leaders

Fabrizio Petrillo, CEO of AXA Switzerland, expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “I’m so excited to support UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 together with other European AXA companies as a main sponsor. We are sending a strong signal and making a contribution to ensure that the players and fans can experience a great event and further strengthen women’s football. I’m looking forward to a fantastic summer of football in 2025!”

Volunteering Opportunities

The partnership includes more than just financial support. AXA employees will have the opportunity to volunteer during the tournament as part of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 Volunteer Programme, playing a crucial role in the event’s success.

Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA Marketing Director, commented, “AXA is a dedicated supporter of women’s football in Switzerland, so we are thrilled to partner with them for what will be an unforgettable UEFA Women’s EURO 2025. We look forward to working together to make this the can’t-miss event of next summer while also strengthening women’s football in the host country and throughout Europe.”

Enhancing Visibility for Female Players

Andreea Prange, Head of Customer Experience & Strategy at AXA Switzerland, added, “Promoting women’s football is a topic I hold dear to my heart. That’s why I’m delighted that AXA, as a partner of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2025, is also committed to increasing the visibility of female players at the international level.”

Tournament Details

Doris Keller, Tournament Director of UEFA Women’s EURO 2025, stated, “AXA, a long-time supporter and partner of women’s football in Switzerland and globally, is a perfect fit to become a global partner of UEFA Women’s EURO 2025. We look forward to collaborating with AXA on the UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 Volunteer Programme, as the 2,500 volunteers will play a highly essential and valuable role throughout the tournament welcoming everyone to the host country.”

The UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 will feature 16 teams competing in eight Swiss cities, attracting an estimated 500 million viewers worldwide and offering over 700,000 tickets for fans to attend the matches live.

Partnership Duration

The partnership between AXA and UEFA will continue until the end of August 2025. The financial terms of the sponsorship remain confidential.


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Lucinity Wins the Microsoft Partner Awards for 2024 for Partner of the Year – Iceland and Sustainability and Social Impact



REYKJAVÍK, Iceland, May 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Lucinity, a leading AI company for financial crime prevention, won two awards at the Microsoft Partner Awards for 2024, including Partner of the Year – Iceland and Sustainability and Social Impact, highlighting Lucinity’s innovations and contribution to positive societal change. 

“Congratulations to Lucinity for being recognized as the Partner of the Year – Iceland 2024! Lucinity is leading digital transformation and delivering innovative products in their domain,” says Microsoft’s leadership.

For the past year, they have played a key role with their offerings, skilled resources, and their ability to drive change and innovative solutions both locally in Iceland and across the globe. Lucinity has had significant social impact and growth while supporting our joint customers in their AI-transformation journeys.”

In June 2023, Lucinity launched the world’s first copilot for FinCrime prevention powered by Microsoft Azure OpenAI called Luci. Luci stands out in the financial services industry with specialized skills for FinCrime prevention such as adverse media checks, case analysis, and SAR writing. 

Built on the robust and scalable Microsoft Azure platform, Lucinity offers customers a trusted SaaS product. Additionally, Lucinity’s presence on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace allows companies to leverage their Microsoft Azure credits to access the platform. 

The seamless integration with Microsoft’s Azure stack has enabled Lucinity to implement advanced AI capabilities, fostering rapid innovation and enabling banks and fintech companies to utilize AI securely and audibly. Furthermore, Luci significantly reduces investigation times from 2.5 hours to just 25 minutes, saving Tier 1 banks an estimated $25 million annually.

Guðmundur Kristjánsson (GK)Lucinity’s Founder and CEO comments, “These awards are a testament to the strength and reliability of our solutions, made possible by our strategic partnership with Microsoft. Utilizing Microsoft Azure, we have been able to drive rapid innovation and create a robust, scalable platform that meets the rigorous requirements of compliance teams.” 

On the Sustainability and Social Impact Partner Award, Microsoft says, “Lucinity, with their innovative AI solutions, has really tried to combat this huge global challenge. They use ‘Human AI’ to enhance financial crime prevention, combining AI with human expertise for efficient, user-friendly solutions. Additionally, Lucinity has developed a tool called Luci, an AI-powered copilot that helps transform financial crime prevention from a process that took hours to one that takes minutes.”



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2024 Hengqin Global Investment Promotion Conference Kicks Off



HENGQIN, China, May 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The Hengqin 2024 Global Investment Promotion Conference and sharing sessions opened on 26 May. Liu Xianfa, Commissioner of China’s Foreign Ministry in the Macao SAR; Lei Wai Nong, Director of the Executive Committee of the Guangdong-Macao In-Depth Cooperation Zone in Hengqin (hereinafter referred to as the “Cooperation Zone”); Huang Zhihao, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Zhuhai Municipal Committee and Mayor of Zhuhai; Nie Xinping, Fu Yongge, Su Kun, Deputy Directors of the Executive Committee of the Guangdong-Macao In-Depth Cooperation Zone in Hengqin attended the event. It also attracted more than 1,000 investors from Macao’s business associations and renowned enterprises at home and abroad. Guests attending the event came from 42 countries and regions, including Portugal, Brazil, Singapore and Malaysia, and the scale of participation was greatly enlarged compared with that of last year.

Lei Wai Nong said in his speech that Hengqin is currently entering into its “prime time” of trade and investment opportunities. He invited all entrepreneurs from home and abroad to invest in Hengqin and embrace the new development opportunities together.

Su Kun introduced the open investment environment of the Cooperation Zone and highlighted that the four new industries have seen significant progress and new development opportunities since the implementation of tier-specific management.

The event featured presentations on investment and development in Hengqin by representatives of Wisewave (Zhuhai) Technology Co., Ltd. and Airbus Helicopters China.

Nine research experts, scholars, and entrepreneurs from Macao and Hengqin have been invited to serve as “Ambassadors for Hengqin”. Together with six “Advocates for Hengqin” they are expected to promote Hengqin to the world. The video series “Ambassadors for Hengqin” will be rolled out in June.

Highlights of this year’s conference included an exhibition on the four new industries in the Cooperation Zone, showcasing the fruits of development in recent years. As of the end of the event on 26 May, more than 69,000 audience watched the online broadcasts.

On 27 May, a series of sharing sessions were held for in-depth discussions on integrated circuits, traditional Chinese medicine, branded industries, modern finance, cultural tourism, conventions and exhibitions, trade, and cross-border e-commerce, with the aim of building a bridge for dialogue and cooperation in these industries. 

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