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Astadia to Launch the First SaaS Mainframe Modernization Solution

Astadia | May 24, 2022

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Astadia, the market-leading software-enabled mainframe migration company, announced the upcoming availability of its Mainframe Migration Factory SaaS offering for the third quarter of 2022. The Astadia FastTrack Factory is a fully automated software platform that provides a complete mainframe-to-cloud migration solution, which can reduce the duration of a typical transformation project significantly.

With half of the global legacy application landscape expected to be modernized in the following two years and a mainframe modernization services market likely to reach $109B in the next ten years, global system integrators are looking for advanced solutions to help businesses from multiple sectors overcome the complexity of their digital transformation projects.

“The surge in technology disruption and digital economy has turned the mainframe migration sector into an explosive market. Many of the world’s 20,000+ mainframes are being migrated to the cloud and Astadia is at the heart of this movement by providing the technology and services needed to move mainframe workloads safely, cost-effectively, and fast,”

Scott G. Silk, Astadia’s Chairman and CEO.


The Astadia FastTrack SaaS model will help enterprises accelerate and standardize mainframe migration projects while reducing costs, timeframes, and associated risks. By refactoring or replatforming mainframe applications, organizations can save up to 80% on operating costs, resolve the skills issue, integrate legacy business functions and data with cloud-native applications, gain agility and shorten time to market.

IT industry leaders like ClearScale, GFT, and FNTS have partnered with Astadia to leverage the FastTrack Factory in their transformation projects. The Astadia FastTrack SaaS model will also support global System Integrators (SIs) who wish to assist their customers interested in mainframe migration alternatives. Utilizing the factory, SIs will be able to offer services at scale, which is difficult to achieve with standard solutions.

About Astadia
Astadia is the market-leading software-enabled mainframe migration company, specializing in moving IBM and Unisys mainframe applications and databases to distributed and cloud platforms in unprecedented timeframes. With more than 30 years of experience, and over 300 mainframe migrations completed, enterprises and government organizations choose Astadia for its deep expertise, range of technologies, and the ability to automate complex migrations, as well as testing at scale.

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Celona Partners With Google Cloud to Deliver Best-In-Class Private Wireless Networks to the U.S. Enterprise Market

Celona | July 01, 2022

Celona, the industry’s innovator of 5G LAN solutions, today announced it has been selected by Google Cloud to accelerate the delivery of private 5G networks in the U.S. by making its 5G LAN solution available through Google Cloud’s recently announced private cellular network solutions running on Google Distributed Cloud Edge (GDC Edge). Enterprises using Google Cloud will now enjoy unprecedented agility and economies of scale by bringing new private cellular network services closer to users, data, and applications at the mobile compute edge. Google Cloud and Celona are working together to offer turnkey enterprise private 5G networks with the ability to run network management, control, and user plane functions on Google Distributed Cloud Edge wherever it resides. The combined solution addresses distinct performance, service-level, and economic needs of key industry verticals by combining dedicated network capabilities with full edge-computing application stacks. Celona’s solution delivers a complete end-to-end 5G LAN developed for enterprise environments. “We are excited to partner with Celona to help IT professionals improve application connectivity through private 5G,” said Tanuj Raja, Global Director, Strategic Partnerships at Google Cloud. “Deployed on Google Distributed Cloud Edge, Celona’s end-to-end private network solution enables enterprises to simplify and operate private 5G networks at scale and with the flexibility they need." “The combination of 5G LANs and edge compute unlocks a new generation of enterprise IT architecture capable of keeping up with the immense rate of digital transformation and automation occurring across almost every industry, The intrinsic agility of our edgeless enterprise architecture gives organizations tremendous flexibility and scale by bringing closer together critical network services and mobile edge compute applications.” Rajeev Shah, Celona’s co-founder and CEO Celona’s Edgeless Enterprise architecture is anchored by the Celona Edge, a cloud-native 4G/5G private core network operating system that delivers an all-in-one network service overlay with advanced policy-based routing, QoS, and security segmentation functions. Celona’s unique approach supports the convergence of radio access network (RAN), application, and network service traffic, automatically shifting the delivery route of services based on performance, policy requirements, and network paths' real-time health. It is the only private 5G solution in the industry that has been purpose-built to help organizations easily deploy, operate, and integrate 5G cellular technology with their existing infrastructure. Since launching the first fully integrated 5G LAN platform in November 2020, Celona has seen strong demand from a range of enterprises, managed service providers, and mobile network operators looking to satisfy strategic digital business initiatives not adequately addressed today by Wi-Fi or other networking technologies. The company’s diverse customer base includes world-class organizations such as Verizon, NTT Ltd, SBA Communications, St. Luke’s Hospital System, Purdue Research Foundation, Stanislaus State University, and many other brand-named enterprises. Celona’s 5G LAN platform is used by manufacturers, retailers, hospitals, schools, and supply-chain leaders to drive transformational results for a wide range of mission-critical use cases that require the deterministic wireless connectivity on private & interference-free cellular spectrum and fast mobility for a new generation of highly mobile devices and robotics infrastructures. ABOUT CELONA Celona, the enterprise 5G company, is focused on enabling organizations of all sizes to implement the latest generation of digital automation initiatives in enterprise wireless. Taking advantage of dynamic spectrum sharing options such as CBRS in the United States, Celona’s Edgeless Enterprise architecture is designed to automate the adoption of private cellular wireless by enterprise organizations and their technology partners.

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CloudBlue adds Linkando as the first ISV from the DACH region

CloudBlue | June 29, 2022

CloudBlue, a leading provider of technology platforms for cloud ecosystems, today announced it has added Linkando as the first independent software vendor (ISV) from the DACH (Germany (D), Austria (A), Switzerland (CH)) region to its customer portfolio. Linkando, a meeting management system provider based in Germany, is an example of how small to medium-sized companies can leverage CloudBlue’s vast marketplace and convert classic licensing models into subscription models. "The CloudBlue platform gives Linkando the ability to reach an internationally established indirect sales network of over 200 leading marketplace operators, more than 300 leading brands and over 80,000 partners worldwide in a very short time, Linkando is an excellent example of how the path to the cloud is not just reserved for large enterprises and corporations, but that startups and SMBs can also benefit from access to our expansive cloud marketplace and the scaling effects that come with it." Tom Schröder, manager, CloudBlue Sales DACH Linkando's solution enables secure and efficient realization of business meetings and gatherings — from the invitation to the processing of all collected data. Originally, the company started with events in the meeting and event sector, and the solution was previously offered as a license per event. With the change to a subscription model, recurring meetings can be carried out easily according to the motto “pay-as-you-go” or “pay-as-you-grow.” "Today, hybrid working is the norm in many industries," states Volker Wiora, CEO of Linkando. "Companies want the ability to easily switch to hybrid or purely digital working models when conditions require it. Our solution is of great benefit to MSPs who, from experience, like to obtain services like ours from the cloud via catalogs. This is where we see ourselves perfectly positioned with CloudBlue's platform." With CloudBlue, Linkando gains better access to managed service providers (MSPs), system integrators and resellers, and can internationalize its business. Existing marketplaces can be leveraged without having to build channel structures in different countries. About Linkando Linkando is a meeting management system provider from Germany. As a remote-first company, Linkando uses its own meeting management software every day itself to make meetings more efficient. Linkando's meeting management system enables companies and other organizations to hold efficient and secure meetings by using specialized software and data analysis tools that save time and money, and sustainably improve the meeting culture. Unlike other solutions, Linkando integrates with all major video conferencing systems. Linkando is available worldwide as a cloud-based software-as-a-service product. About CloudBlue CloudBlue provides customers with a white label marketplace and end-to-end capabilities to deliver products, solutions and services more effectively and efficiently on a global scale. Our advanced platform enables API driven procurement, subscription billing, metering and upgrades via a single integrated platform providing a streamlined approach for vendors of all sizes. In addition to providing the technology platform powering the cloud businesses for many of the world’s foremost telecommunications companies, managed service providers, technology distributors and value-added resellers, our CloudBlue platform also powers our own Ingram Micro Cloud marketplace and is the foundation for building Ingram Micro Xvantage, the fully automated, intelligent and self-learning digital platform we are developing, which will provide a singular experience for our customers and partners to procure and consume technology. CloudBlue powers large cloud B2B marketplaces, which represent 30 million B2B cloud subscriptions.

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Inspur Information's Cloud-Native Computing Platform Certified for Arm SystemReady SR

Inspur | June 27, 2022

Inspur Information, a leading IT infrastructure solutions provider, joined the Arm® SystemReady™ program, achieving the highest-level Arm SystemReady SR certification. Thanks to its standardized design that can be adapted to multiple systems, Inspur Information is able to meet the increasingly diverse customer needs for different use scenarios in the new era of big data and cloud computing. Inspur Information announces NF5280R6, its first product supporting Arm based Ampere®Altra® and Ampere®Altra® Max® Cloud Native Processors that are designed for modern cloud infrastructure. The 2U dual socket NF5280R6 platform is Arm SystemReady certified and supports up to 256 high performance CPU cores that deliver predictable performance, scale linearly and consume lower power. The NFS280R6 platform will improve rack density by greater than 36% while lowering the power by more than 41% when compared to legacy x86 platforms. In addition, with support for multi-host and smart NICs, NF5280R6 provides eight standard PCIe 4.0 slots and one optional OCP 3.0 slot, maximizing its scalability for various applications such as high-performance all-flash storage and network acceleration. NF5280R6 provides an open source solution that alleviates application portability difficulties and allows customers to maximize their business benefits with minimum porting costs. This makes it an ideal choice for practicing cloud container deployment, Android cloud gaming, and big data applications. Backed by SystemReady SR, infrastructure solution developers can directly deploy or run mainstream operating systems such as Fedora, Ubuntu, SUSE Linux Enterprise, CentOS, Debian, and WinPE on NF5280R6 for an "out-of-the-box" refined user experience. No extra costs for adaptation to different operating systems or container technologies are required. Simplified deployment and support for standard firmware interfaces reduce the cost of customizing firmware and maintaining multiple software platforms, so customers can focus on innovation with their products. "We always keep consumers in mind as we continually innovate our products and technologies to build increasingly diversified product platforms," said Ricky Zhao, Deputy General Manager of Inspur Information's Server Product Line. "As the Arm architecture grew in the server space, we noticed that our customers focused more on the portability of platforms and the convenience of Arm-based cloud-native applications, which is exactly what the Arm SystemReady program provides our customers. NF5280R6, the SystemReady SR-certified cloud-native dual-socket server, handles diversified customer needs, and provides computing power support for a more extensive customer base. In the future, Inspur Information will continue to bring more Arm-based values and innovations complying with industrial standards to our customers and developers." Arm SystemReady is a set of standards and a compliance certification program that enables interoperability between Arm-based devices and leading operating systems or applications, so that software "just works" out of the box. This allows easy deployment of software and takes advantage of the comprehensive ecosystem of mature operating systems. "As an industry-wide initiative, Arm SystemReady has gained extensive recognition and support from broad partners in terms of its benefits for the entire industrial chain. These partners have taken active participation in formulation and implementation of SystemReady standards, making significant contributions, Having Inspur Information, a global leader in computing power infrastructure, join the SystemReady program is a great driving force for the thriving and innovative Arm-based cloud-native ecosystem." Frank Zou, vice president, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm About Inspur Information Inspur Information is a leading provider of data center infrastructure, cloud computing, and AI solutions. It is the world’s 2nd largest server manufacturer. Through engineering and innovation, Inspur Information delivers cutting-edge computing hardware design and extensive product offerings to address important technology sectors such as open computing, cloud data center, AI, and deep learning. Performance-optimized and purpose-built, our world-class solutions empower customers to tackle specific workloads and real-world challenges.

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Made4net Announces Acquisition Agreement With Zethcon

Made4net | June 13, 2022

Made4net, a global leader in cloud-based supply chain execution and warehouse management system (WMS) software, today announced that Zethcon, a leading North American WMS software company with a robust cloud-based product platform designed specifically for the unique requirements of the third-party logistics (3PL) market, has agreed to be acquired by Made4net. Combining Zethcon’s multi-decade track record of delivering premier 3PL WMS solutions with Made4net’s WMS product leadership across a broad diversity of end markets that extend beyond 3PL, creates a best-of-breed warehouse software company serving an impressive global footprint of blue-chip 3PL and non-3PL customers, spanning virtually all industries. For nearly 20 years, Zethcon’s flagship product, Synapse WMS, has enabled 3PL and cold-chain customers to improve the speed, accuracy, and efficiency of their warehouse operations. The Synapse platform offers real-time inventory visibility, extensive ecommerce and order management capabilities, and deep, purpose-built WMS functionality for 3PL and cold chain operators and their customers. “One of the most important factors in our track record of success, is our people,” said Chris Oechsel, President and CEO of Zethcon. “This partnership with Made4net allows for our leadership, culture, and customer focus to continue on their same trajectory, while now leveraging the resources that come with a larger company and experienced private equity firm.” "The continued growth of ecommerce and omnichannel is massively disrupting in-house supply chain operations and distribution requirements for outsourced 3PL operators,” said Tom St. Geme, Vice President, Thompson Street Capital Partners and Made4net investor. "The combination of Zethcon and Made4net creates a world-class WMS software provider with innovative solutions tailored to the needs of the mid-market; it now further enables both 3PL and non-3PL customers to modernize their supply chains through automation and real-time visibility.” "We are excited to welcome Zethcon’s team and customers to Made4net, The Synapse WMS is recognized for offering rich 3PL functionality on a versatile platform, which is a natural match for Made4net’s configurable supply chain solutions. The combination of our companies and pooled resources will propel us into the forefront of innovative and powerful supply chain software solutions and first-class customer support.” Duff Davidson, CEO of Made4net "Over the 20 years Synapse WMS has been in market, we have developed a reputation as 3PL distribution experts as our depth of functionality evolved with the more than 100 3PL companies adopting the solution,” said Oechsel. “The ability for Zethcon to continue its commitment to outstanding customer support and focus on being the best 3PL WMS platform available, is what made this partnership with Made4net so attractive.” In parallel with the transaction, Chris Oechsel will be joining Made4net as President of 3PL. About Made4net Made4net is a leading global provider of best-in-class, cloud-based supply chain execution and warehouse management solutions for organizations of all sizes to improve the speed and efficiency of their supply chain. The company’s end-to-end SCExpertTM platform offers a robust WMS solution that enables real-time inventory visibility, labor management, and equipment productivity with performance analytics that drive faster, more accurate order fulfillment and improved supply chain efficiency. In addition to the best-of-breed WMS, the platform offers integrated yard management, dynamic route management, proof of delivery and warehouse automation solutions that deliver a true supply chain convergence. Made4net is proud to be recognized by industry experts as a global leader in warehouse management software, including Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for WMS. About Zethcon Zethcon is a provider of modern WMS software designed to drive growth, revenue and reliability for the 3PL, cold chain, and distribution markets. The company’s flagship product, Synapse WMS, offers broad and deep functionality in a highly configurable package, capable of matching unique customer requirements. With 50 years of experience solving customer problems with innovative technology, Zethcon is dedicated to highly responsive service and long-term partnerships. About Thompson Street Capital Partners Thompson Street Capital Partners (TSCP) is a St. Louis-based private equity firm focused on investing in founder-led middle market businesses. We have acquired more than 150 companies in the Healthcare & Life Science Services, Software & Technology Services and Business Services & Engineered Products sectors and have managed more than $3.6 billion since being founded in 2000. TSCP partners with management teams to increase value by accelerating growth, both organically and via complementary acquisitions.

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