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Pluralsight, Cloud Guru | June 03, 2021
Pluralsight, Inc., the technology workforce development company, announced that it’s entered into a definitive agreement to acquire A Cloud Guru (ACG), a leading cloud skills development platform. The acquisition is expected to close later this year, subject to customary closing conditions, and followsVista Equity Partners’ recent acquisition of Pluralsight.
“Technology is the number one differentiator for all businesses, and the technical skills of your team is what determines success or failure. Nowhere is that more apparent than with cloud technologies,” says Aaron Skonnard, co-founder and CEO of Pluralsight. “To meet the needs of our customers and best support their cloud transformations, we are determined to deliver the most comprehensive solution for driving cloud maturity at scale. With the acquisition of A Cloud Guru, we can now provide an all-in-one solution to accelerate the cloud skill development journey for large enterprise customers and individual learners.”
Cloud computing continues to experience massive growth for large enterprises worldwide, increasing the need for cloud skill development to stay the pace. Research shows that the vast majority of IT decision-makers believe that cloud skills shortage is their number one challenge. By combining the power of A Cloud Guru’s leading certification courses, hands-on labs and sandboxes, exams, and quizzes with the existing library of Pluralsight Skills cloud courses and hands-on learning experiences, the joint organization will now be better positioned to meet the market demand for cloud skill development.
“ACG and Pluralsight were founded to solve the same problem—closing the technology skills gap by democratizing access to technical education. Within our shared missions, we’ve taken different but complementary approaches. Both approaches have proven to resonate strongly with customers who want depth and breadth in tech education,” Sam Kroonenburg, Co-founder and CEO, A Cloud Guru. “I am excited by the next phase of our mission in which, together, we will build the next-generation platform for hands-on learning across all of the technology.”
William Blair & Company, LLC acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Pluralsight and Vista in the transaction, with Kirkland & Ellis LLP serving as legal counsel. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor to A Cloud Guru, and Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal counsel.
Pluralsight is the leading technology workforce development company that helps companies and teams build better products by developing critical skills, improving processes, gaining insights through data, and providing strategic skills consulting. Trusted by forward-thinking companies of every size in every industry, Pluralsight helps individuals and businesses transform with technology. Pluralsight Skills helps enterprises build technology skills at scale with expert-authored courses on today’s most important technologies, including cloud, AI and machine learning, data science, and security, among others. Skills also include tools to align skill development with business objectives, virtual instructor-led training, hands-on labs, skill assessments, and one-of-a-kind analytics. Flow complements Skills by providing engineering teams with actionable data and visibility into workflow patterns to accelerate the delivery of products and services.
About A Cloud Guru
A simple mission drives a Cloud Guru — to teach the world to cloud. We believe people learn best by doing. That’s why our in-house cloud experts go to ridiculous lengths to design fresh, engaging, and hands-on learning tools that empower both individuals and organizations to stay ahead of the technology curve. As the world’s most comprehensive, hands-on, and practical SaaS platform for cloud learning, ACG has enabled 2.5 million learners and over 4,500 organizations to achieve a brighter future.
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Rackspace Technology | September 18, 2021
Rackspace Technology®, a leading end-to-end multicloud technology solutions company, today announced the launch of Rackspace Data Freedom, a new platform that allows customers to disaggregate storage from public cloud compute, freeing an organization’s data from being subject to often unpredictable and overwhelming public cloud data egress charges.
“Data egress charges are an issue that organizations have been grappling with for years, but until now no provider has offered an intuitive solution for managing these costs or a footprint that comes close to the magnitude of ours,” said Michael Levy, director of product from Rackspace Technology. “Using the connectivity and data center ecosystem we have cultivated; we are helping our clients more effectively manage their public cloud transit costs and guaranteeing multicloud data accessibility.”
According to a recent survey conducted by IDC of more than a thousand U.S. technology executives, titled Future-Proofing Storage, 99% of respondents said they incur planned or unplanned egress fees at least on an annual basis.* Rackspace Data Freedom offers the ability to retain sovereignty of data and the flexibility of a multicloud approach. All applications and native toolsets, regardless of the cloud in which they reside, call back to the same data repository, eliminating the need for costly replications. Any data that must make its way to a public cloud sees discounted egress rates when subsequently transferred to any other cloud, mitigating costly transit fees plaguing the majority of public cloud users.
Key benefits of Rackspace Data Freedom include:
Cost management: Rackspace Data Freedom users can avoid large-scale data migrations to the public cloud and achieve transit cost savings of as much as 83% by utilizing the Rackspace Technology private network as opposed to the public internet.
Unshackling information: Leveraging RackConnect® Global, users can maintain multiple private, low-latency virtual connections over one resilient physical connection from the disaggregated storage environment, so application and toolsets across multiple public cloud vendors and zones operate as a seamless whole.
Customized storage solutions: Customers can count on industry proven storage hardware from leaders such as Dell Technologies and NetApp. From basic hybrid models to high performance all-flash platforms, protocol types and even advanced features or expansion shelves, Rackspace Technology builds the best solutions in accordance with customer’s specific requirements.
“In a multi-cloud world, storing data in a single cloud platform can pose challenges and increase costs for customers when they need to access their data,” said Bill McCarthy, vice president, Global Alliances, Americas at Dell Technologies. “The Rackspace Data Freedom platform with Dell Technologies file and object storage provides customers a cloud adjacent storage solution with low latency connectivity to leading hyperscalers. This solution offers customers another option to share their data to the cloud of their choice, help eliminate lock-in, and reduce data movement fees.”
“Enterprises are increasingly adopting a hybrid cloud strategy to drive digital transformation; it’s all about ensuring the right data gets to the right people – wherever and whenever they need it – to compete and thrive in today’s global digital economy,” said Praveena Vajja, vice president of ONTAP Product Management at NetApp. “As the only provider of hybrid solutions that offers native integration with the world’s leading public clouds, NetApp is delivering a new level of freedom and control to move and manage workloads easily and securely across on-prem, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments. And with more financial flexibility, customers can now take advantage of Rackspace Data Freedom to avoid paying massive fees just to access their critical resources in the cloud.”
“Being able to pull your data out of the cloud to leverage multiple applications and tools set across different cloud environments without having to worry about cost overruns is key to making a multicloud strategy work,” said Misha Cetrone, vice president of strategic partnerships from Megaport. “Having helped build Rackspace’s private network backbone over the years we applaud their ability to ensure that customers’ data never has to touch the insecure, congested public Internet by interconnecting cloud providers in the core with endpoints at the edge all across the globe.”
Rackspace Data Freedom is available globally in all Rackspace Technology data centers and colocation facilities and connects to most cloud environments including all VMware Cloud environments, AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and more.
About Rackspace Technology
Rackspace Technology is a leading end-to-end multicloud technology services company. We can design, build and operate our customers’ cloud environments across all major technology platforms, irrespective of technology stack or deployment model. We partner with our customers at every stage of their cloud journey, enabling them to modernize applications, build new products and adopt innovative technologies.
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Litmus | December 21, 2020
Litmus, the Intelligent Edge Computing organization, today reported an association with Google to empower industrial edge computing with 5G and Google Cloud. Litmus Edge, an edge availability, analytics and application enablement stage, is coordinated with Google Cloud to permit clients to interface and gather industrial data from any resource in a ready-to-use format for immediate use in Google Cloud.
Google Cloud is working with Litmus and different accomplices to empower creative manufacturing use cases, for example, distant diagnostics, advanced mechanics, AR/VR substance, AI, and ML. With new 5G capabilities conveyed at the edge, manufacturers can, for instance, run progressed AI-based visual investigations straightforwardly from 5G-empowered gadgets, all without the require for nearby handling capacity to diminish costs and the requirement for on-location stockpiling.
“As the manufacturing industry relies increasingly on connected machines and digital processes, these businesses need the ability to collect data from any type of industrial system to enable IoT applications at the edge,” said Tanuj Raja, Global Head, Strategic Partnerships at Google Cloud. “We are pleased to have Litmus join us as an ISV partner to help manufacturers modernize processes and enable new AI capabilities at the edge, with Google Cloud. Together we’re enabling the rapid delivery and deployment of new vertical services and applications.”
Litmus Edge is a cutting edge stage that gathers data from any industrial resource, offers pre-fabricated applications, KPIs and analytics, gives the capacity to assemble and run custom applications, and incorporates data with any cloud or undertaking framework. Utilizing existing worldwide organizations from Google along with Litmus Edge, organizations can enhance dormancy, lower preparing costs by handling data and process cycles at the edge, and dispose of the need to ship data from the edge to a focal area for continuous computing.
“Litmus Edge is a modern edge platform, purpose-built for industry and to bridge factory floors to the Cloud, so this partnership with Google perfectly aligns with our work to help customers enable Industrial IoT,” said John Younes, Co-founder and COO of Litmus. “Together our solution offers rapid-time-to-value, allowing manufacturers to quickly set up Litmus Edge to connect and collect data from any data source, then perform real-time local analytics and send valuable data to Google Cloud over 5G for advanced analytics, business intelligence, machine learning and AI. We can then offer rapid application deployment back to any connected edge device for closed loop control.”
Litmus enables out-of-the-box data collection, analytics, and management with an Intelligent Edge Computing Platform for IIoT. Litmus provides the solution to transform critical edge data into actionable intelligence that can power predictive maintenance, machine learning, and AI. Customers include 10+ Fortune 500 manufacturing companies, while partners like Siemens, HPE, Intel and SNC Lavalin expand the Company’s path to market.