CloudBlue Announces Launch of CloudBlue System Integrator Partner Program that Embraces Cloud Solutions

CloudBlue | October 14, 2020

CloudBlue, an Ingram Micro business, announced today the launch of the CloudBlue System Integrator (SI) Partner program, an enablement program providing system integrator partners with the essential CloudBlue tools and support needed to work with today’s leading technology companies.

The program’s SI partners gain access to the CloudBlue ecosystem and expertise, developer tools, resources and sales support, and go-to-market enablement. Additionally, the program offers flexible partnership options so SIs can deliver solutions and services aligned with their business model while delivering unique experiences to their customers.

“As CloudBlue continues to grow, it is essential to have a channel partnership program that reflects the diverse range of cloud-focused companies,” said Tarik Faouzi, vice president of CloudBlue. “We’re excited to see this program enable our system integrator partners with best-in-class support, tools, and services so they can continue to empower and expand their customer reach.”

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CoreSite’s Open Cloud Exchange® Platform Accelerates Digital Business Success for All

CoreSite | May 12, 2022

CoreSite, a leading hybrid IT solutions provider and subsidiary of American Tower Corporation (NYSE: AMT) (“American Tower”), today announced innovative new product enhancements to its software-defined networking platform, the Open Cloud Exchange® (OCX). The new enhanced network services include automating additional provisioning functionality within AWS and Microsoft® Azure Cloud and direct cloud-to-cloud communication capabilities on CoreSite’s fully managed virtual routers. This comes at a time when rapid and secure cloud connectivity is paramount for businesses to succeed in today’s digital economy. OCX Solves Modern Digital Business Challenges As per a Gartner® report, “The more the business criticality of the cloud IT increases, the more enterprises will want connectivity to the cloud to provide correspondingly high availability, performance, and privacy and security.” The report further states that “ensuring optimal performance for end-user access to mission-critical workloads is a leading driver for enterprises that shift from internet connections to private/dedicated cloud interconnection services”.1 CoreSite revolutionized network connectivity over a decade ago with the introduction of the OCX. The leading interconnection platform provides superior connectivity and a robust and interconnected partner ecosystem needed to reach new markets, rapidly scale on-demand, reduce total cost of operation and accelerate IT modernization. Since its debut, CoreSite has continually invested in building out the platform to support modern use cases in the age of digitization. The new and enhanced network services introduce additional automation for the AWS and Microsoft® Azure Clouds to the OCX ecosystem, with several more leading cloud service and SaaS providers slated to join them over the next few months. “The Open Cloud Exchange provides our diverse customer base with the fastest and most secure way to interconnect their private infrastructure with public cloud resources – and to interoperate with each other. We make it simple by providing our Service Delivery Platform where customers can instantly scale by turning up or turning down virtual routers in their environment with just a few clicks of their mouse,” said Brian Warren, SVP of Development and Product Management at CoreSite. The OCX platform serves customers of all types; recent use cases include an IT solutions and managed services provider who was able to cut spending by 35% and enhance system security for its high-profile customers with direct cloud connectivity. A healthcare customer benefited by expanding its disaster recovery and business continuity strategy by adding the OCX to its colocation solution. A recent telecommunications customer leveraged the OCX to easily expand its business operations to the West coast. “The partnership we have with CoreSite benefits our customers by solving connectivity and performance challenges from behind the scenes.” stated Morgan Henry, Director of Sales at Atlantech Online. About CoreSite CoreSite, an American Tower company (NYSE: AMT), provides hybrid IT solutions that empower enterprises, cloud, network, and IT service providers to monetize and future-proof their digital business. Our highly interconnected data center campuses offer a native digital supply chain featuring direct cloud onramps to enable our customers to build customized hybrid IT infrastructure and accelerate digital transformation. For more than 20 years, CoreSite’s team of technical experts have partnered with customers to optimize operations, elevate customer experience, dynamically scale, and leverage data to gain competitive edge.

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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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Oracle Delivers Extreme Database Performance and Scale with Exadata Cloud Infrastructure X9M

Oracle | April 21, 2022

Oracle today announced the availability of Oracle Exadata Cloud Infrastructure X9M, the latest generation of the most powerful Oracle Database platform in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). With Oracle Autonomous Database Service or Oracle Exadata Database Service running on Exadata Cloud Infrastructure X9M, customers can run existing workloads faster, with greater scale, and at a lower cost than previous generations. In addition, when upgrading from X8M to X9M, organizations can reduce costs by consolidating hundreds of OTLP, analytics, and mixed database workloads onto a single cloud service. Exadata Cloud Infrastructure X9M offers up to 8,064 database server vCPUs, 2.5 times more than X8M, and up to 3.1 PB of uncompressed database capacity, a 28 percent increase. Together with 80 percent faster internal networks, and twice the bandwidth to application server clients, customers can run OLTP workloads with extremely low sub-19 microsecond SQL IO latency and up to 87 percent more IOPS. Exadata Cloud Infrastructure X9M on OCI also accelerates analytics workloads in the cloud with 80 percent faster scan rates of up to 2.88 TB/s. "Autonomous Database and Exadata Database Service uniquely provide stock exchange-level performance, availability, and security transparently to all apps.With Exadata Cloud Infrastructure X9M, we adopted the latest CPU, networking, and storage hardware, and optimized our software to deliver Oracle's highest performance, most scalable, and most cost-effective cloud infrastructure for developing and running Oracle Database workloads—all at the same price as the previous generation." Juan Loaiza, executive vice president, Mission-Critical Database Technologies, Oracle. More OLTP and Analytics Performance and Scale The high level of performance delivered by Exadata Cloud Infrastructure X9M helps customers process more mission-critical transactions in less time and develop greater insights by analyzing larger amounts of data faster and with more sophisticated analytical algorithms. Additionally, the ability to consolidate more workloads on less infrastructure as compared to X8M reduces costs. Exadata Cloud Infrastructure X9M provides the following advantages over other cloud databases: Sub-19 microsecond IO latency—25 times better than the half-millisecond latency offered by Amazon RDS, and 50 times better than the one millisecond latency offered by Microsoft Azure SQL—directly improves OLTP responsiveness and throughput. With 64 storage servers, X9M delivers up to 2880GB/s of aggregate analytics scan throughput—137 times faster than possible with a single Azure SQL (21GB/s) and 384 times faster than Amazon RDS (7.5GB/s) instance. Continuous Operations for Mission-Critical Databases Exadata's fault-tolerant hardware and integration with Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) provides continuous operations across failures and enables infrastructure to be expanded, upgraded, and updated without interruption. The scaling of other cloud databases often requires downtime when moving from one pre-defined virtual machine shape to another. Exadata Cloud Infrastructure X9M supports scaling up consumption on database servers and scaling out the number of database servers used—all without migrating databases or taking downtime. With the ability to use four to 252 vCPUs per database server and two to 32 database servers per system, enterprises can consolidate mission-critical databases in the cloud without running out of resources. Greater Flexibility and Scale for Autonomous Database and Developers Organizations and developers deploying Autonomous Database on OCI can now increase performance and reduce costs by using more database and storage resources than previously possible on the X8M system. Autonomous Database customers have the flexibility to deploy the full range of Exadata Cloud Infrastructure X9M configurations in dedicated Autonomous Database environments. This enables customers to use additional vCPUs to execute more OLTP queries concurrently and more storage servers to parallelize analytics workloads with up to 38 times more scan throughput than possible with X8M. As a result, customers will be able to run database workloads faster, consolidate more of them on less infrastructure, and reduce costs. Additionally, Autonomous Database drives further cost reductions with less administration, consumption-based auto-scaling, and consolidation of up to five databases in one vCPU for lighter workloads such as development, microservices, and small databases. Customers and Analysts Comment on X9M in OCI Letsbank is a leading digital bank in Brazil for small and medium-sized businesses. "With Oracle Exadata Database Service, we've gained flexibility and the assurance that if there's abrupt growth or a spike, the bank will support that load," said Vitor Oliveira, head of Cloud and DevOps, Letsbank. "We've also improved performance by 2,000 percent, as well as security and reliability. We look forward to the advantages that Oracle Exadata Database Service X9M will bring to further enable our expansion and enhance the customer experience." Martin Brower is a multi-billion-dollar supply chain company that supports over 25,000 restaurants in 18 countries. "We use Exadata Database Service with Exadata X8M infrastructure to accelerate analysis of our customer data warehouses, allowing us to run reports in a few minutes instead of hours," said Wayne Gryzbek, vice president of IT, Martin Brower. "Analyzing larger amounts of data and doing it faster has helped us become more competitive in the marketplace. We look forward to further accelerating analytics and generating deeper customer insights by using the higher levels of performance and capacity available with Exadata Cloud Infrastructure X9M." "What's truly exciting about Oracle's Exadata Cloud Infrastructure X9M announcement is that they're the first to deploy in production the power and performance of AMD CPUs with Intel's persistent memory (PMem) in a single system," said Marc Staimer, senior analyst, Wikibon. "Oracle tightly integrated 64 core AMD CPUs in its Exadata Cloud Infrastructure database servers, RDMA networking, and the latest Ice Lake Intel CPUs with Intel Optane PMem on storage servers. The result is the highest performing enterprise multi-model cloud database platform available today." About Oracle Oracle offers integrated suites of applications plus secure, autonomous infrastructure in the Oracle Cloud.

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Unacast Turbine Offers Location Data Processing on Google Cloud Marketplace

Unacast | March 09, 2022

Unacast announced today that its Cloud-based location processing platform, Unacast Turbine, is now available on Google Cloud Marketplace. Google Cloud customers now have easier access to Unacast Turbine, enabling them to turn raw location data into valuable, privacy-friendly, human mobility insights at scale. Unacast Turbine, a cutting-edge, Cloud-based location processing platform, is creating a new gold standard for human mobility data by turning raw location data into valuable, privacy-friendly insights. The platform enables billions of location data signals to be processed in a scalable, fast and affordable way, powered by the full force of Google Cloud Platform. Unacast is a Premier Google Cloud partner and Unacast Turbine's listing on Google Cloud Marketplace provides: Easier access to the service Streamlined invoicing through Google Cloud Consolidated costs as clients can now draw down Unacast Turbine costs from their Google Cloud spend commitment Bruno Heese, managing director, EMEA partners and channels, Google Cloud, said: "Leveraging location data to drive privacy-compliant insights at scale has become a strategic focus for many organizations today. We're pleased to have Unacast's solutions available on Google Cloud Marketplace to help customers access the solutions they need to make the most of their location data and drive business value with cloud-scale." Google Cloud finds integrated solutions that deliver high quality products and services for its users. Unacast Turbine is already a leading force in the location data processing field and has been a trusted partner of Google Cloud for years, and with this next step of our Google Cloud partnership, we hope to cement Unacast's global position." Andreas H.F. Olsen, senior director, platform operations, Unacast About Unacast Unacast is a human mobility data company committed to understanding how people move around on the planet. Sophisticated and data-driven commercial real estate professionals, retailers, researchers, analysts and data scientists use our Real World Graph®, the most accurate understanding of human activity in the physical world.

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