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Johannesburg Is Home to Africa's First Cloud Region

Oracle | January 20, 2022

On January 19, Oracle announced the opening of its first cloud region in Africa. This move effectively meets the rapidly expanding demand for enterprise cloud services on the continent. This new cloud region will boost cloud adoption across Africa while also assisting businesses to attain optimum performance and fostering continuous innovation. With Johannesburg, Oracle has opened its 37th cloud region around the world. They move forward with the aspiration of having at least 44 cloud regions by the end of 2022 while continuing one of the highest growth rates of any primary cloud provider.

 "In recent months, cloud technologies have played a vital role in helping African public and private sector organisations ensure business continuity, deliver essential services, and meet evolving customer expectations. The Oracle Johannesburg region offers a next-generation cloud to run any application faster and more securely for less, helping businesses build resilience, agility and achieve improved ROI."

Executive vice president, EMEA, Oracle, Richard Smith 

The Johannesburg cloud region, built on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), enables customers to seamlessly migrate IT workloads and data platforms to the cloud to develop new cloud-native applications. Oracle also provides a comprehensive range of application modernization and cloud strategies to help African organizations compete on a global scale.

The next-generation architecture of OCI provides a high-performing, resilient foundation for cloud services, while its physical and virtual network design optimizes performance and security. In addition, Oracle is committed to sustainability, and by 2025, Oracle has pledged that all Oracle cloud regions worldwide will be powered entirely by renewable energy. Several Oracle cloud locations in North America, South America, and Europe are already powered entirely by renewable energy.

As a part of Oracle's expansion plans, it'll open seven additional cloud regions in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, France, Israel, and Saudi Arabia over the next year to accommodate increasing client demand.

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Huawei Introduces Six New Products to Boost Growth in the Cloud Market

Huawei | April 26, 2021

On Sunday, Chinese telecommunications company Huawei introduced six "innovative and revolutionary" cloud products and services to attract more developers and build its ecosystem, demonstrating ambition in the cloud market that is less reliant on chips, while it is still lagging behind Alibaba and Amazon. Huawei Cloud CCE Turbo cloud container cluster, CloudIDE intelligent programming assistant, GaussDB (for openGauss) database, Trusted Intelligent Computing Service (TICS), Pangu Model, and infrastructure software for diversified computing are among the six products that will "deliver new standards of efficiency and quality to help developers push new frontiers," according to the company. The new products were unveiled at Shenzhen's Huawei Developer Conference (HDC.Cloud) 2021. The three-day exhibition will include the most latest events in cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and open source. Huawei has announced a $220 million investment in its Huawei Developer Program 2.0 this year, which will aid in the ongoing development of an ecosystem around Huawei Cloud, Kunpeng, and Ascend. "By 2025, every organization on the planet will be using cloud technology. The cloud is the ICT industry's future and the basis for enterprises' digital transformation. Developers are the industry's backbone "In a keynote speech at the event, Richard Yu Chengdong, executive director of Huawei and CEO of the cloud BU and consumer business group, said. Yu stated that Huawei will continue to share its technological innovation expertise and collaborate with developers and partners to boost enterprise cloud-based and intelligent transformation. The latest move in the cloud sector comes as the company struggles to cope with the effects of US sanctions, which have pushed it to move away from US-origin technology and goods like chips to focus more on software and services. "From selling cars to a broader push into the cloud business, the effort is a representation of Huawei's eagerness to counter the declines in its cell phone business," Jiang Junmu, an industry analyst and close follower of Huawei, said on Sunday in the Global Times. "It's also been laying out more businesses, from cloud to vehicles to smart home appliances, to see if it can better counter revenue losses from the hardware sectors," Jiang said. Huawei's cloud business is rapidly expanding. According to Canalys, Huawei's cloud sales have increased 168% year on year in 2020. However, it faces tough competition from domestic rivals such as Alibaba and Tencent, as well as global giants such as Amazon. With a 17.4-percent market share in the fourth quarter of 2020, Huawei Cloud became China's second-largest player. With a 40% market share, Alibaba was the largest cloud services, provider. According to Canalys, Tencent Cloud was third with a 15% market share. "As compared to its industry rivals, Huawei has benefits, such as synergy with our hardware offerings and experience working with government and corporate customers," said Zhang Ping'an, president of consumer business cloud services, to the Global Times on Sunday.

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Cloudreach Launches SMART Management™ to Deliver Continuous Cloud IT Transformation

Cloudreach | November 18, 2021

Cloudreach, the leading independent multi-cloud services company, introduces SMART Management™, a next-generation managed service fit for the age of true business transformation built on the cloud. SMART Management™ brings together all of Cloudreach’s expertise in cloud professional and managed services, and delivers them as a simple and flexible service designed to help organizations accelerate their cloud transformation projects. This announcement comes as cloud technology is becoming an increasingly strategic priority for businesses. Research from Cloudreach and IDC in 2021 showed that large-scale migration to cloud was “essential for survival” for 27.5% of companies, with another nearly 40% calling it a strategic priority and foundation for innovation. Boards now look to their technology teams not only to deliver business continuity but for leadership in transforming their companies; to help them operate in the new normal of remote work, to unleash the potential of their data, to compete by launching digital products and services, and to meet their sustainability goals. At the same time, a shortage of skills and expertise in the market makes delivering cloud transformation projects even more difficult. Cloudreach has launched SMART Management™ to solve all of these challenges. Unlike traditional services, SMART Management™ makes resourcing cloud transformation projects easy by offering cloud managed and professional services under a single contract - delivered via an elastic DevOps team. As a result, customers benefit from the assurance that their cloud infrastructure will not only be available and secure, but also continuously modernized. The elasticity of the service means that customers can add and remove resources to their DevOps team, scaling up and down as necessary, to adapt and support their business priorities as they change. Not only the size, but the focus, of the elastic team can be changed, as customers can draw on the entire skill set of Cloudreach’s professional and managed services, from cloud strategy, architecture and engineering to data science, FinOps, sustainability Ops and cloud security. “Businesses racing towards the cloud often assume that management and modernization are part of the same package, but this is often far from the reality. Cloud services require alternative approaches to deliver cohesive and ever-evolving business outcomes. With SMART Management™, we’re essentially offering Cloudreach-as-a-service. Customers will benefit and learn from an embedded team of the best and brightest cloud experts in the industry, eliminating the IT skills gap so businesses can realize their cloud modernization goals and accelerate value creation.” Shanoor Hussain, Head of Cloud Managed Services at Cloudreach SMART Management™ is backed by Cloudreach’s proprietary software - Cloudamize, Sunstone and Conductor. Sunstone™ gives DevOps teams a modernization roadmap for their environment. The service creates backlogs for customers, defines success metrics, and determines the capabilities needed to deliver against financial, productivity and sustainability goals. Cloudreach teams are then deployed to execute on the backlog while supporting the core needs of the environment. Based on the backlog and scope, SMART Management™ adjusts team size and skills as needed to deliver transformational outcomes, whether focused on increasing revenue from digital products and services or reducing the carbon footprint. According to “Adopt Agile And DevOps To Drive Digital Business Success,” Forrester Research Inc., January 6, 2021: "Businesses face an existential threat: Deliver more value to customers faster than competitors or risk extinction. In the past, application development and delivery leaders faced a dilemma: Deliver faster with lower quality and higher technical risk, or choose the slower path with higher quality, lower technical risk, and greater business risk. But now successfully applying agile and DevOps practices provides a third more attractive option: Deliver faster with higher quality, and lower both business and technical risk." About Cloudreach Cloudreach is the world’s leading independent multi-cloud services company. Our mission is to deliver the promise of cloud and drive extraordinary value for our customers. Cloudreach helps enterprises win competitive advantage through successful cloud transformation. We’re the go-to strategic partner for Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. With more than 10 years of cloud native experience, we’ve built an unmatched depth and breadth of expertise in cloud technologies and their application to business.

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Oracle Announces New Generation of Oracle Exadata Cloud Service

Oracle | October 16, 2020

Oracle today announced the new generation of Oracle Exadata Cloud Service, now based on the Exadata X8M platform, available this month on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Customers can accelerate their most challenging transaction processing and data analytics projects with Exadata X8M in 26 global cloud regions and Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer. With architectural identicality across cloud and on-premises, Oracle Exadata Cloud Service X8M makes it easy for customers to move even the largest and most demanding databases and workloads seamlessly to the cloud with no changes to applications. Breakthrough performance, scale and elasticity enable Exadata Cloud Service X8M to run applications needing multiple workloads and data types in a single converged Oracle Database. In contrast, AWS users need to perform complex and costly integration of multiple different database services.

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