Cloud IT infrastructure spending stormed back in Q4 to secure modest yearly growth, says IDC

cloudcomputing-news.net | April 03, 2020

Total end user spending on IT infrastructure products for cloud environments recovered significantly in the most recent quarter bringing overall 2019 levels above the red line, according to IDC.Following two consecutive quarters of spending decline for server, enterprise storage and Ethernet switch for cloud, Q419 saw $19.4 billion (£x) in spending at a 12.4% year-over-year growth. Total spending for the year, at $66.8bn, saw 2.1% annual growth.IDC noted that, aside from occasional swings, the IT infrastructure industry is now at a point where spending on cloud IT infrastructure 'consistently surpasses' spending on non-cloud IT. Non-cloud IT infrastructure spend dropped 4.6% in the most recent quarter to $18.7bn, with a 4.1% decline across the year.The public cloud arena continues to drive the cloud IT infrastructure market but with only modest upswings: a 14.5% year-on-year growth for the most recent quarter but thanks to a weak middle part of the year - only a 0.1% growth overall, at $45.2bn. Private cloud grew 6.6% in 2019 to $21.6bn.When it came to specific companies, Dell Technologies was at the top of the pile for Q419, capturing 14.5% of market share. HPE and the New H3C Group saw second with 11.6% share, before a gap to Cisco and Inspur, both holding 5.9% of the market.

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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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Cascadeo | May 26, 2022

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Lacework Enhances Partner Program to Better Enable Cloud Service Providers, Alliance Partners and the Channel

Lacework | February 03, 2022

Lacework, the data-driven security company for the cloud, announced it has strengthened investment in its growing partner ecosystem with the introduction of the new Lacework Partner Program. Partners are critical to fueling the company's continued momentum and scale, and the release of today's new program will help simplify how they can work with Lacework to uncover new revenue opportunities. Organizations of all sizes choose the Lacework Polygraph® Data Platform because it helps automatically uncover suspicious activity across a multicloud environment, so they can detect and address true threats and risks to their business from build time through runtime. The Lacework Partner Program enables channel partners with dedicated technical enablement, joint marketing resources, and a go-to-market framework across three new tiered program levels. Partner program levels determine a partner's access to a spectrum of benefits including dedicated channel managers, MDF program dollars, SPIFF eligibility, training and technical content, and more. Lacework has also established a Partner Advisory Board to help ensure the company is meeting the strategic needs of its partners. This flexible program lets partners choose the investment that works for their business and grow with Lacework over time. The program also formalizes the company's commitment to technology partners, cloud service providers and system integrators. Through technology integrations with partners, Lacework is making it easier for customers to integrate security practices deeper in the development process. It will also enable Lacework to better support customers with multicloud environments through partnerships with AWS and now Google Cloud, making it easier to purchase Lacework through the cloud providers' respective Marketplaces. The companies will also tightly integrate into co-selling and co-building activities. Lacework will continue to add global partners, which includes channel partners Presidio, Trace3, EVOTEK, Tevora, Optiv, GuidePoint Security, Expel, GlobalDots, and Tracer Cloud; technology partners Snowflake, New Relic, Tines, and Atlassian; global technology service providers like Wipro; and cloud service providers AWS, Microsoft Azure, Red Hat, and Google. "We are excited to partner with Lacework as they further their investment in their partner ecosystem. The Lacework Polygraph Data Platform provides best-of-breed cloud security tools we recommend to our clients to improve upon their cloud security posture, secure critical workloads, and accelerate digital transformation." Jon Jensen, Vice President, Cybersecurity Sales at Presidio "GlobalDots keeps hunting for security innovation to support its customers in their large-scale cloud operations. We are keen on cloud-native security solutions that safeguard data while allowing full exploitation of the cloud's speed and efficiency," said Yuval Rachlin, CEO at GlobalDots. "The Lacework Polygraph Data Platform is just that type of innovation, allowing our customers to build quickly, safely, and securely. The Lacework Partner Program will make it easier for us to deliver this exciting technology to them." "Today's world is powered by modern, digital experiences, and the quality of those experiences depend on empowering your engineers with a data-driven approach to planning, building, deploying, running, and securing great software. When security, application, infrastructure, and end-user performance data is scattered across disconnected monitoring tools, it can be hard to identify issues quickly, and troubleshooting can be needlessly complex and time-consuming," said Buddy Brewer, GVP & GM, Product Partnerships, New Relic. 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"The Lacework Partner Program was painstakingly designed to give these vital partners all the tools they need to be successful so together we can deliver customers the only data-driven cloud security platform designed specifically for the cloud." About Lacework Lacework is the data-driven security company for the cloud. The Lacework Polygraph® Data Platform automates cloud security at scale so our customers can innovate with speed and safety. Only Lacework can collect, analyze, and accurately correlate data across an organization's AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and Kubernetes environments, and narrow it down to the handful of security events that matter. Customers all over the globe depend on Lacework to drive revenue, bring products to market faster and safer, and consolidate point security solutions into a single platform. 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Tekion Expands Cloud Hosting Options with Microsoft Azure

Tekion | January 05, 2022

Tekion, innovator of the first and fastest cloud-native automotive retail SaaS platform, announced a collaboration with Microsoft to enable new capabilities for automotive manufacturers using Microsoft Azure. Over the next year, Tekion’s cloud-based platform will integrate with Azure for Tekion’s enterprise customers. It’s the first of several programs Tekion has planned that integrates various Azure services. “We’re excited to collaborate with Microsoft to extend our cloud-native technology to the Azure platform for our enterprise customers. We are committed to providing innovative solutions on a secure and scalable platform for our enterprise customers and partner ecosystems.” Guru Sankararaman, CFO & SVP of Operations at Tekion Tekion’s cloud-based platform modernizes the end-to-end automotive retail journey and transforms sales and service experiences to suit today’s tech-savvy customer needs. It enables seamless customer engagement and the highest level of operational efficiencies with its cutting-edge platform built with IoT, AI and machine learning at its core. “Transformation of automotive customer experience is crucial for the industry,” said Sanjay Ravi, General Manager of Automotive, Mobility and Transportation Industry at Microsoft. “We are working with Tekion to help accelerate the development of next-generation capabilities for its automotive retail platform and rapidly bring these innovations to the market." About Tekion Disrupting a 50-year reliance on aging Dealer Management System platforms, Tekion has challenged the paradigm with the cloud-native automotive retail platform, Automotive Retail Cloud (ARC). This transformative dealership software platform uses cutting-edge technology, big data, machine learning, and AI to seamlessly bring together OEMs, retailers/dealers and consumers. With its highly configurable integration and greater customer engagement capabilities, ARC is simplifying the dealer/consumer relationship and journey. Founded in the Silicon Valley, Tekion employs over 1,000 innovators globally.

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