NetApp Positioned to Capture Digital Transformation Opportunity with Leadership in Hybrid Cloud Data Services

Market Intelligence Firm IDC Identifies New IT Category of Data Services for Hybrid Cloud to Reflect Changing Needs, Recognizes NetApp as a Key Player

India, Bangalore:  June 12, 2017 — More than two-thirds of CEOs of the 2,000 largest global organizations have identified digital transformation as the centerpiece of their growth and profitability strategies (1) moving forward. To successfully transform, business leaders are recognizing the need for new ways to harness their most valuable asset — their data.

Becoming data-centric is no small undertaking. It requires new approaches to computing now that data is much more distributed, dynamic, and diverse. Customers also face data integration challenges as they adopt hybrid and multi cloud models for greater agility, scale and cost control. IDC has released a new report, “Worldwide Data Services for Hybrid Cloud Taxonomy, 2017“, that reflects the business opportunities and IT requirements for enterprises to maximize the value of data in a hybrid cloud world.

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) ushered in the era of simplified data management at its founding 25 years ago. Today, it enables organizations to unleash the full value of their data for competitive advantage. NetApp is included as a key player by IDC for its ability to provide hybrid cloud data services. Specifically, IDC called out the NetApp Data Fabric strategy, which provides consistent and integrated services that deliver data visibility and insights, data access and control, and data protection and security.

“Data is the lifeblood of every organization, and as technology gradually becomes a part of everyday lives organizations will need innovative solutions to create value from the increasing data generated. NetApp’s persistent attention to data will help solve these customer challenges, with approaches like the NetApp Data Fabric. We continue to provide real time data insight, access and control that gives our customers and partners the confidence to move into the future with NetApp.” said Anil Valluri, President, NetApp India & SAARC. 

“Successful digital organizations exploit data insights to deliver personalized value services, optimize the customer experience, explore new opportunities, and reduce the overall cost of doing business,” said Laura DuBois, group vice president, Enterprise Storage, Servers and Infrastructure Software, at IDC. “Hybrid/multi-cloud deployments are becoming the new norm for organizations looking to harness data’s potential, but siloed approaches to development are limiting effectiveness and slowing digital transformation.  What’s needed is a comprehensive hybrid cloud data services solution set that delivers a full range of capabilities, including data protection, security, compliance, integration, orchestration and data location optimization that span structured and unstructured data, on-premises and cloud.  NetApp, with its Data Fabric approach, is already innovating in these categories and is making the investments in hybrid cloud data services to attract new customers to its vision of a data-driven future.”

NetApp also unveiled a “Data Visionaries” awareness campaign to drive visibility of the strategic importance of data. The campaign connects to content that showcases how NetApp’s expertise and Data Fabric portfolio support customers in their transformation to data-centric organizations that will lead the future.

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EY launches DigiGST™, an intelligent tax automation tool for GST, hosted on Microsoft Azure

 Highlights

  • DigiGST™ is a unique technology tool from EY  that integrates services of both Application Service Provider (ASP) and GST Suvidha Provider (GSP)
  • Combines EY’s tax domain expertise, technology capabilities and sector knowledge
  • Hosted on the highly secure local Microsoft Azure cloud in India with a multi-layered security architecture for greater resilience
  • Scalable and flexible infrastructure capable of handling large volumes of transactions and unpredictable data patterns
  • Offers 24/7 and 365 days monitoring and control of data security by two ISO 27001 certified EY Security Operations Centres (SOCs) in Chennai and Trivandrum

Bengaluru, 31 May 2017: EY, the leading global professional services organization, today announced the launch of DigiGST™, its integrated GSP-ASP solution that provides organisations with end-to-end GST compliance support. DigiGST is hosted on the highly secure Microsoft Azure platform and combines EY’s tax domain expertise, technology capabilities and deep Sector knowledge.

“The launch of GST is perhaps India’s most significant and complex economic reform the largest yet most complex change in the world and technology will play a critical role in this transformation journey. DigiGST™ combines our tax knowledge and technology expertise in a way that it adds value to businesses, helping them fully realise the benefits of GST while meeting compliance requirements in the most digital or user-friendly way”, says Rajiv Memani, Chairman, EY India and Chairman, Global Emerging Markets Committee, EY.

The GST Network (GSTN) will be the technology backbone of the new GST regime and it is estimated that over 8 million taxpayers will upload in excess of 3 billion invoices in a month on the GSTN. This is unique to India’s GST network as this level of transaction volume has not been managed in any other tax governance system anywhere in the world.

DigiGST™ is built on a fault tolerant and secure Microsoft Azure cloud platform that has the world’s best standards for cloud privacy. This solution uses intelligent tax automation supported by industry specific algorithms and a reliable and resilient technology platform that is capable of handling a large volume of transaction data.

Bertrand Launay, Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft India, said, “Microsoft Azure cloud offers the most consistent, familiar and stable environment through local datacenters for EY’s intelligent tax automation tool, DigiGST™. It ensures protection of business-critical data with managed cloud backups and disaster recovery as a built- in service. Microsoft Azure is ISO/IEC 27018 certified and has the world’s first code of practice for cloud privacy. Its multi-level security and flexibility will further support the scalability and resilience of the DigiGST™ solution.”

“Tax compliance work in India has hitherto been about manual extraction and processing of transaction data, and submitting returns to the tax authority in a prescribed manner. This is set to change with GST. Built by our professionals with deep tax domain and sector knowledge in collaboration with our technology experts, DigiGST™ helps businesses optimise the benefits of GST. We have the largest pool of Indirect Tax (IDT) professionals powered by over 800 GST practitioners across 14 cities. India’s GST is the biggest and most ambitious digital tax reform carried out by any country, making DigiGST™, the largest intelligent tax automation project of EY anywhere in the world”, says Sudhir Kapadia, Partner and National Tax Leader, EY India.

EY’s GSP will connect with the GSTN system seamlessly over a secured leased-line and upload taxpayer data in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format using Application Programming Interface (APIs) and the license key accorded by the GSTN. EY ASP will provide all the value-added services to make GST compliance easier. Only GSPs and ASPs together can provide seamless end-to-end GST compliance services to taxpayers. The DigiGST™ uses robust in-memory multilevel reconciliation for timely error detection and appropriate credit availment to taxpayers thus reducing their working capital blockage.

“Today, organisations are faced with the challenge of ensuring robust GST compliance and governance while their internal and external systems stabilize, as they prepare for the GST rollout. Our DigiGST™ solution is purpose-built to offer timely GST compliance of a company’s entire business ecosystem including supply-side vendors and delivery, including distribution partners. This solution is designed to be scalable and flexible to handle the large data volumes expected to flow through the system in traffic patterns that are likely to be uneven and unpredictable. DigiGST is also highly customisable with a rules engine that can adjust to a company’s sector and structural complexities including tax positions”, says Harishanker Subramaniam, Partner and Indirect Tax Leader, EY India.

Companies today are concerned about safety of their data and are keen to know how ASPs and GSPs will ensure data integrity and security while they interact with the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to extract transaction records. The DigiGST™ solution while being customisable, automated and intuitive is also highly resilient, providing the best security infrastructure and complying with the highest accepted industry standards. At each layer of the infrastructure and application, controls have been established to ensure data confidentiality and integrity. While the GSTN mandates all GSPs to be ISO 27001 certified, EY’s ASP solution too complies with the ISO 27001 data security standards. DigiGST™ ensures that the entire value chain from taxpayer system to the EY ASP to the EY GSP platform and server works like a single secure data pipeline. DigiGST™ offers role-based access control privileges to prevent any individual other than the one assigned by the company leadership to interact with the complete dataset. This solution uses data virtualisation to prevent data manipulation and theft by individuals with access to the solution interface. EY’s two ISO 27001 certified Security Operations Centers (SOCs) in Chennai and Trivandrum with highly mature detection and response capabilities will provide 24/7 monitoring and control of data security as part of the DigiGST™ service offering.

NI and AT&T Collaborate on One of the World’s Fastest mmWave Channel Sounders for 5G

New System Provides Measurements of mmWave Spectrum in Milliseconds 

Bengaluru, India, April 13, 2017 – NI (Nasdaq: NATI), the provider of platform-based systems that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges, and AT&T* (NYSE: T) today announced their collaboration on one of the world’s fastest and most accurate tools for 5G  Millimeter Wave (mmWave) channel characterization.

mmWave frequencies look to play a big role in the future of 5G. They have already been earmarked by the FCC, 3GPP and other standardization bodies for 5G mobile networks. Channel measurements capture how wireless signals are affected in a given environment. For instance, channel measurements can show how signals reflect off of, or are blocked by, objects, such as trees, buildings, cars and even people.

Wireless channel characterization is very important for wireless researchers defining 5G technologies as it will help lay the foundation for the architecture and design of these new wireless networks. AT&T and NI believe this work will likely play a role in AT&T’s future 5G deployment, through the creation of accurate models that help map out the details of where AT&T places its network equipment to provide customers with the best possible mobile experience.

“Utilizing mmWave spectrum for mobile 5G presents many challenges which we believe can be solved,” said Marachel Knight, senior vice president of wireless network architecture and design, AT&T. “We identified early on that designing and real-time monitoring of mmWave spectrum needs to be much more precise than today’s cellular systems. With the help of NI’s flexible hardware and software platform, AT&T developed a new type of channel sounder and we’re using it to develop highly-advanced models that will work for our network.”

Nicknamed internally within AT&T as the “Porcupine,” the channel sounder is the first of its kind and is proprietary to AT&T. It provides real-time channel parameter measurement and monitoring capability. The channel sounder, designed by AT&T, utilizes an architecture based on NI’s mmWave Transceiver System. This one-of-a-kind design provides several key advantages. It allows angle-of-arrival (AoA) measurements that would typically take 15 minutes or more to be completed (using pan-tilt units) to be performed within 150 milliseconds and display the results in real-time.

The channel sounder uniquely captures channel measurements where all the data is acquired and processed in real-time. Other channel sounding approaches capture raw data and post process to characterize the channel while only giving one-measurement every 15 minutes. The “Porcupine” on the other hand can provide about 6,000 measurements in that time. It’s like capturing 15-minutes of action with a video instead of a still photo. A video tells the whole story, while a photo just shows a moment.

The capability of real-time measurement eliminates the need to repeat experiments or to adjust the equipment to take multiple measurements from one location.  Since parameter extraction is done in real-time, the integrity of collected data can also be evaluated in real-time. Thus inaccurate data can be replaced immediately with a new set of measurements at the time of evaluation. Using other approaches, an entire evaluation day could potentially be lost if the collected data is post-processed.

To AT&T and NI’s knowledge, the speed and accuracy of this mmWave channel sounder makes it uniquely capable of making fast measurements of a channel. Thus, for example, the “Porcupine” allows the measurement of 5G mmWave frequencies via drive testing. This capability has previously remained out of reach for other mmWave channel sounders. As the 5G ecosystem looks at new use cases for 5G such as assisted driving, connected car, self-driving cars and more, the ability to study and model vehicular channels will become ever more critical.

“The NI mmWave Transceiver System and LabVIEW system design software enabled AT&T and NI to define and develop a channel measurement system unmatched in the industry today,” said James Kimery, director of RF research and SDR marketing at NI. “The combination of PXIe and LabVIEW FPGA provided the bandwidth, data and signal processing capability, and flexibility necessary to meet the requirements of mmWave and expedite 5G deployment.”

GODADDY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE BUILDER FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN INDIA

  • Mobile friendly website builder to help small businesses and entrepreneurs grow their ventures online
  • Create a powerful website in under an hour, available free for one month 

New Delhi, March 29, 2017 – GoDaddy, the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced the launch of GoDaddy’s new Website Builder combining a mobile optimized website builder with an integrated set of marketing and e-commerce tools, making it easy for small businesses in India to attract visitors and drive results.

Easy to use and affordable, the new website builder enables a small business, to design a fully functional and professional website in just under an hour with no technical expertise, even using their smartphone. GoDaddy’s new Website Builder features an integrated suite of online tools to help small businesses and entrepreneurs create an audience for their business and drive traffic to their website. Considering that internet access in India is mobile-first, websites created on GoDaddy’s new Website Builder are built from the ground up to be fully responsive on phones and tablets, in addition to laptops and desktops. Customers can choose from more than 1,500 ideas or industries with robust support from GoDaddy’s award-winning customer care to assist customers, as they build out their digital presence.

According to a recent GoDaddy[1] survey in India, small businesses perceive setting up a website and selling online to be complex and something that requires deep technical expertise. GoDaddy’s new Website Builder enables users to design a professional looking website by simply typing in their name and industry or an idea, and get a near-complete website, populated with relevant sections and professional images. Powered by smart algorithms and machine learning, the website builder helps customers with continuous activity updates and ways to improve results and evolve their businesses throughout their lifecycles.

“GoDaddy’s new Website Builder is an innovative website building solution that is fundamentally changing the approach to website creation and is helping customers get noticed, reach larger audiences, and help drive sales,” said Andrew Low Ah Kee, Executive Vice President, GoDaddy International. “In India, over 34 million small businesses are still offline[2] as a result of the belief that they need technical expertise and not yet recognizing benefits of being visible online. GoDaddy’s new Website Builder is designed to help small businesses in India create a professional online identity with ease, helping to grow their business online.” 

Key features of the new Website Builder:

  • Easy to get started: Fully responsive and easy to use, the new Website Builder ensures a mobile friendly experience that lets small businesses focus on achieving their goals, rather than worry about the site designs. Its intuitive user interface helps anyone, from a restaurant owner or a home entrepreneur to a design beginner, to easily customize and update their sites on the go. The new website builder lets you publish the website with instant auto-SSL encryption ensuring easy setup process.
  • Smart algorithms and machine learning: The website builder surfaces insights and actions for the users to help them achieve their goals. For instance, upon logging in, customers receive engagement and activity updates to improve results in a dashboard view. Advice ranging from attaching their website to a social network to developing a geographic-targeted Facebook advertising campaign will be shared with the users to amplify their online presence and reach more audiences to drive real results.
  • Online store to grow ventures: With online shoppers in India set to cross 100 million mark in 2017[3], the ability to be able to trade online is most important of any small business. GoDaddy’s new Website Builder’s integrated Online Store includes everything needed to set up an ecommerce platform, with a focus on driving sales. New improvements allow customers to make purchases swiftly with a streamlined mobile checkout with reduced taps and swipes. GoDaddy’s Website Builder’s integrated product and inventory management capability helps in further simplifying the selling experience. 
  • Integrated marketing solutions: The new Website Builder with integrated marketing features enables small businesses to quickly improve their Google search rankings and help jumpstart email marketing campaigns. This means even those with no email marketing experience can powerfully engage with both existing and potential customers.
  • Social media integration: Social integration allows users to link their website to Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, integrating social media capabilities into their marketing campaigns.

The new Website Builder is available in four different pricing options following a one month free trial:

  • Personal – INR 99/month
  • Business – INR 479/month
  • Business Plus – INR 679/month
  • Online Store – INR 999/month

To learn more about GoDaddy’s Website Builder, visit: https://in.godaddy.com/websites/website-builder 

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Flipkart and Microsoft forge cloud partnership to expand e-commerce in India

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Bangalore, February 27th, 2017: Today Microsoft and Flipkart, India’s leading marketplace, announced a strategic partnership to provide consumers in India with the best online shopping service. As a first step in the broad collaboration between the two companies, Flipkart will adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Flipkart Group CEO Binny Bansal announced the news today at an event in Bangalore.

“At Microsoft, we aim to empower every Indian and every Indian organization with technology and key to this is forging strategic partnerships with innovative companies like Flipkart,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Combining Microsoft’s cloud platform and AI capabilities with Flipkart’s existing services and data assets, will enable Flipkart to accelerate its digital transformation in e-commerce and deliver new customer experiences.”

“Flipkart has always been committed to its vision of transforming commerce in India through technology. Given Microsoft’s strong reputation in cloud computing, coupled with scale and reliability, this partnership allows us to leverage our combined strength and knowledge of technology, e-commerce and markets to make online shopping more relevant and enriching for customers,” said Binny Bansal, Group CEO and Co-Founder, Flipkart.

Launched in 2007, Flipkart has amassed unparalleled scale in India through customer-centric innovations that have made online shopping a seamless, accessible and affordable experience for over 100 million Indians. Its innovative disruptions like cash on delivery, No cost EMI, Product Exchange, easy returns, same day delivery and instant refunds have paved the way for the e-commerce market in India.

Starting with computing infrastructure, Microsoft Azure will ultimately add a layer of advanced cloud technologies and analytics to Flipkart’s existing data centres. Microsoft’s strong presence in India along with its global scale allows for continued growth and expansion, setting the stage for the long-term partnership.

Flipkart plans to leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics capabilities in Azure, such as Cortana Intelligence Suite and Power BI, to optimize its data for innovative merchandising, advertising, marketing and customer service. With powerful insights about its business and new, intelligent services, Flipkart can deliver increasingly relevant and personalized experiences to its customers.

NetApp Delivers Innovation for the Hybrid Cloud Era with New Bengaluru Global Center of Excellence, Startup Accelerator Program

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Highlights: NetApp Global Center of Excellence drives customer success in data-driven world, builds key skills across startup ecosystem to further company’s Data Fabric strategy.

BENGALURU, India, January 18, 2017:  Expanding its leadership in helping customers thrive in a changing technology landscape, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced the opening of its Bengaluru, India, Global Center of Excellence to further innovation in data management for the hybrid cloud era.

The new engineering facility, located in the technology hub of Whitefield, is home to one of the company’s largest research and development (R&D) teams. It also houses the company’s first startup accelerator program, called Escape Velocity, that will help nurture technology startups. As one of the first all-steel buildings in India, the facility and its surrounding campus are a model for sustainable design.

“Bengaluru is the technology, science, and knowledge capital of India and this is a matter of great pride for all of Karnataka. The State Government offers its complete support to technology companies in establishing their centers here. I am very happy that NetApp has invested in a great future with their new campus.” said Mr. Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister- Government of Karnataka on this occasion. Mr. Siddaramaiah inaugurated the center in a ceremony attended by government and civic officials, NetApp employees and senior company leaders from around the globe.

“The innovations that come from our Bengaluru Global Center of Excellence will help customers around the world get ahead of the competition by enabling their data-powered digital transformation strategies” said NetApp CEO George Kurian. “Our continued investment in India, with its highly skilled talent, collaborative government and global business partners, strengthens our ability to succeed in the new era of hybrid cloud.”

Talented team helps customers maximize value of data

NetApp has been in India for 15 years, fueling advancements in the company’s portfolio of flash, cloud, and next-generation data center solutions that help manage and protect the world’s data. The Bengaluru team’s mission includes expanding NetApp’s line-up of Data Fabric solutions and services that maximize control and improve the secure movement of data across the hybrid cloud. The diverse skills of employees and partners available at the new center will further innovations in these areas. NetApp India has been ranked as one of the top 50 best places to work since 2009, and the new campus provides an inspiring, collaborative and state-of-the-art environment for its engineers to develop new offerings even faster.

Startup Accelerator Program expands Data Fabric ecosystem 

The new NetApp startup accelerator program, Escape Velocity, will house and help nurture technology startups. “The digital revolution is creating a need for partnerships to fully support customer needs,” said Deepak Visweswaraiah, managing director of NetApp India and head of NetApp’s worldwide Data Fabric and Manageability Group. “As we evolve our Data Fabric approach, the Escape Velocity program will help to share our technology expertise and business acumen with innovative startups who will add to the robust cloud data management ecosystem our customers need. With our support, these startups will be on a path to win in a dynamic global IT environment.”

New facility designed for collaboration and sustainability

The Global Center of Excellence is uniquely designed to create a collaborative environment that inspires employees to be their best. With a 12,000-square-foot data center and engineering laboratory, employees can access the latest and most sophisticated technologies across the world. The 15-acre campus incorporates a million square feet of workspace that supports multiple collaborative options with hi-tech conferencing capabilities, a 1,000-seater auditorium, and informal meeting areas to foster teamwork.

The center is also one of the first all-steel buildings in India. It was built with 7,000 metric tons of nearly 100% recyclable steel, which reduced water waste during construction. Sustainable features are built into every design feature to optimize energy usage creating carbon savings of over 12000 tons per year, which is same as planting as many trees a year. In addition, the construction processes applied resulted in a saving about 1500 tons of CO2. With over 70% of land area free for open, green spaces, and all possible water recycled through an “eco-pond”, the campus is a benchmark for green buildings.

Beyond its work amenities, the campus supports multiple recreational and convenience options to support employees’ active lifestyles. Sports offerings include football and tennis, and for personal fitness, a gymnasium and yoga program. A “mall street” allows employees to buy daily conveniences, pay bills, book tickets and visit doctors at work. To enhance the quality of life for employees, NetApp subsidizes transport and cafeteria food and has benefit options that support employees moving closer to the campus.

KARAN BAJWA NAMED MANAGING DIRECTOR, IBM INDIA PVT. LTD. VANITHA NARAYANAN APPOINTED AS CHAIRMAN OF IBM INDIA PVT. LTD.

New Delhi, India – 4th Jan 2017: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the appointment of Karan Bajwa as Managing Director of IBM India Pvt. Ltd, succeeding Vanitha Narayanan who is appointed as Chairman of IBM India Pvt. Ltd.  These leadership announcements further demonstrate IBM’s commitment in the region.

Karan joined IBM in 2016 as Executive for Strategy and Transformation in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to this he was the Managing Director, Microsoft India where, besides leading the India business for the company, he also the led the Cloud Transition and the Ecosystem engagement.  Prior to that he has served in various roles in Microsoft and Cisco.  Karan is not new to IBM, having worked for five years leading IBM’s networking business and based in Singapore from 2001 – 2005.

“I am humbled and excited as I take on this role of Managing Director of IBM India.  I see great opportunity ahead for IBM in this market. By constantly reinventing itself and investing in innovation, IBM today is in a sweet spot to help businesses and governments with their digital transformation journey. I look forward to partnering with the industry, our ecosystem and the IBM team to further strengthen our business in the region.” – Karan Bajwa, Managing Director, IBM India Pvt. Ltd. 

As Managing Director of IBM India, Karan will be responsible for all strategic and operational matters related to IBM’s sales, marketing, services and delivery operations in the India/SA region, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. He will lead the team to win new business, shape market opportunities by building alliances and partnerships and solidify the company’s position in the marketplace.  He will lead IBM’s partnership with clients for a cloud and cognitive led digital transformation of their businesses.

As Chairman, Vanitha will play a critical role in enabling capabilities across IBM’s global missions in India, global centers of excellence, research and innovation labs.  IBM will rely on her leadership to engage and further strengthen the Government and Regulatory affairs initiatives. She will maximize the value of the entire organization in the region by evangelizing IBM’s brand and solutions in the ecosystem.

“IBM has been a key player in India’s technology journey and innovated with our clients in establishing many firsts.  I see tremendous opportunity for us to power India’s digital transformation with our cognitive cloud platforms and deep industry expertise. It is incredibly gratifying for me to take over as Chairman of IBM India, a newly created position that reiterates the importance that IBM places on India to support growth and innovation in the region”. – Vanitha Narayanan, Chairman, IBM India Pvt. Ltd. 

Vanitha has over 29 years of experience working across IBM in several countries. She has been a part of the IBM India/South Asia business since 2009 and was appointed to the position of Managing Director in 2013.   In her tenure as the Managing Director, she has consistently led strong revenue growth and expanded India’s footprint across new industries, making India one of the fastest growing markets for IBM. She comes with deep industry experience and has held various leadership roles in Sales & Distribution, Global Business Services(GBS) and the Telecom sector, across Asia-Pacific and Global markets.

Both, Karan and Vanitha will report to Randy Walker, Chairman, IBM Asia Pacific. These appointments are effective immediately. 

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