Raytheon Technologies | November 08, 2022
Raytheon Technologies is deepening its collaboration with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) to equip the aerospace and defense company's employees with cloud-based tools, technologies, and platforms to enhance collaboration, optimize operations and unlock intelligent insights that drive greater value for customers.
The effort includes co-development of capabilities, as well as Raytheon Technologies' use of existing or modified versions of popular Microsoft solutions such as Microsoft Teams. It is part of the company's strategy to optimize operations and give employees access to standardized digital tools globally.
"At Raytheon Technologies, our employees and customers are at the heart of everything we do, Strategic partnerships such as this one act as an accelerant toward our goal of leveraging the power of digital transformation to support business growth, drive operational excellence, and equip our employees with the tools they need to be productive wherever they work."
Vince Campisi, Raytheon Technologies' chief digital officer and senior vice president for Enterprise Services
Using the cloud to drive collaboration, efficiency and speed to market
Moving to Microsoft 365 has helped Raytheon Technologies reduce its landscape of mail and communication platforms by more than 90%, making it easier for employees to work effectively in a variety of settings including on-site and remote workplaces in 40 countries. The extensible capabilities of Microsoft 365 will help Raytheon Technologies address it's unique needs as a large, international company in a highly regulated industry.
The collaboration will support Raytheon Technologies' ongoing efforts to reduce the footprint of its data centers by 60%, resulting in faster speed-to-market for products, continuous automation for applications, and greater efficiency, data security and scalability overall.
Creating data-driven insights to deliver new forms of customer value
Raytheon Technologies is leveraging Microsoft Azure to enhance data-driven insights to deliver new forms of customer value through predictive analytics, helping customers stay ahead of potential challenges before they arise.
"The cloud is a huge enabler for Raytheon Technologies' strategy to drive innovation and growth combined with operational excellence," said Deb Cupp, president, Microsoft US. "We are excited to partner with them on the move to Azure and Microsoft 365 for seamless, secure collaboration; integrated data platform insights; data center consolidation; and faster time to market for products and services. Through our joint operating model, we remain committed to helping Raytheon execute their digital transformation."
About Raytheon Technologies
Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.
Snowflake | January 20, 2023
The Data Cloud company, Snowflake, recently announced that it signed an agreement to acquire Mobilize.Net's SnowConvert, the leading set of tools that helps efficiently migrate databases to the Data Cloud. The acquisition's closing relies on the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals and the fulfillment of other customary closing conditions.
The major challenge with platform migration remains the code conversion which is required to confirm that all the legacy database functionality can be shifted to the cloud with minimum effort and time. The SnowConvert toolkit has long been the best way to move customer workloads to Snowflake. It uses advanced automation techniques to reduce the need for manual coding and ensure that migration projects are successful.
The toolkit has demonstrated its ability to significantly reduce migration effort and greatly speed up the migration of legacy databases to Snowflake through the built-in analysis capacities at a data-type and procedure level, as well as corresponding to Snowflake native types after converting more than 1.5 billion lines of code1 with SnowConvert. In addition to converting legacy databases, SnowConvert converts Python and Scala workloads, making it simple to move that code to Snowflake's Snowpark development environment.
Ted Brackin, Snowflake's VP of Professional Services, said, "One of our key objectives at Snowflake is to make it as fast and simple as possible for our customers and partners to unlock value from data. For many organizations, that starts with the efficient migration of their legacy databases and applications to the Data Cloud," He also said, "With the acquisition of SnowConvert, we can help more customers, partners and more broadly, our Snowflake partner network move more data and applications into the Data Cloud, enabling customers to obtain faster value from their investment in Snowflake sooner." (Source: Business Wire)
Founded in 2012, Snowflake is a Data Cloud provider that helps organizations arocss the globe to mobilize their data with concurrency, nearly-unlimited scale and performance. Data Cloud allows organizations to unite siloed data, effortlessly discover and safely share government data, and perform various analytic workloads. Every time data or users live, the company delivers data lakes, data engineering, data science, and data cloud, creating a solution for data warehousing, data application development, and data sharing. Customers use Snowflake data cloud across many industries, including 543 of the 2022 Forbes Global 2000 (G2K) as of October 31, 2022.
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Virtana | January 12, 2023
Virtana, a provider of AI-enabled solutions for hybrid cloud management and monitoring, has announced early access to its Google Cloud support for bill analysis within its solution, Virtana Cloud Cost Management. Customers of Virtana will be able to integrate with Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and use Cloud Cost Management bill analysis features. They will also be able to look at trends in their GCP bill by project and service using data from up to 13 months ago.
By analyzing billing data, Virtana customers can gain greater visibility into their cloud costs and identify opportunities to optimize and reduce them. In addition, with early access to its Google Cloud support, Virtana gives customers a powerful tool for figuring out how much their cloud costs are.
Senior cloud product manager at Virtana, David McNerney, said, "We consistently heard from customers that being able to analyze cloud spending over surface trends and time is their top priority in a cost management tool for the cloud, and GCP is a must-have as more customers increasingly adopt multi-cloud infrastructure." (Source: PRNewswire)
Virtana now supports cloud customers using the three primary cloud service providers (CSPs), including AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. Upcoming GCP support from Virtana will include features like application and business mapping, idle resources, and the ability to export and share reports. In addition, with its new Google Cloud bill analysis support, Virtana gives customers an easy-to-use, data-driven way to determine how much their cloud costs.
Virtana offers a unified multi-cloud management platform to simplify application workload optimization, migration, and monitoring across public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. The cloud-agnostic SaaS platform lets businesses efficiently plan their cloud migrations and then adjust workloads across their hybrid cloud infrastructure to optimize performance, capacity, and cost. Most customers see a 25% or more reduction in cloud costs within the first ten days of using the platform.
Virtana has been named CRN's Coolest Cloud Company, Business Insider's Top Cloud Leader Reducing Public Cloud Costs, Comparably's Best Company Culture, and Gartner's Customer First Company.