Druva, Wipro Join for Data Management-as-a-Service in Mobile Devices

eweek | March 08, 2018

There is yet another new thing being offered “as a service” in town. That would be DMaaS, or data management as a service, and as of March 7 it’s been made available through global consultancy and software developer Wipro and edge device data management provider Druva. The two companies have partnered to provide the cloud service for Wipro’s LiVE Workspace suite of enterprise administrative tools. Along with Druva’s longtime service for Windows devices, this deal enables the service for Apple devices, which are making more and more of an impact in the enterprise.

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Small businesses are not simply scaled-down versions of big business. Compared with larger organisations, small businesses operate in a distinct and highly resource constrained operating and technical environment. They are time-poor, have minimal bargaining power, and limited or inconsistent financial, technical, legal and personnel resources. Above all, small businesses are typically focused on one thing: survival. It is therefore unsurprising that cloud computing—and its promise of smoothing cash flows and dramatically reducing IT overhead—is attractive to small business. Cloud computing shifts the delivery and maintenance of software, databases and storage to the internet, transforming them into Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) services accessed through a small business user’s web-browser. Cloud computing often comes with zero upfront costs, and scales (up and down) with the demands of the small business. Cloud computing services demand minimal technical skills: they are easy to setup and require little if any maintenance. Accessed via a secure login, for the small business, cloud computing typically represents increased standards of security. However, along with the benefits, cloud computing also embodies many risks for small business, including potential computer security, criminal, regulatory and civil liability issues. Cloud computing—like other new information technologies— challenges the application and understanding of many pre-existing areas of law.


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Otava Achieves VMware Cloud Verified Status

Otava | April 27, 2021

ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Otava, a global leader in secure, compliant cloud solutions, today announced it has achieved VMware Cloud Verified status. The Cloud Verified designation indicates that a provider offers the complete VMware-based software defined data center infrastructure delivered as a service. VMware Cloud Verified partner services enable customers to achieve unmatched levels of consistency, performance and interoperability for both traditional or containerized enterprise applications and the confidence that the service is based on the most advanced VMware cloud technologies. "VMware's Cloud Verified designation validates the strength and depth of features and functionality in Otava's hybrid cloud portfolio. We're honored to be among the small handful of U.S. cloud providers to have achieved the designation," said Brad Cheedle, CEO, Otava. "Otava's hybrid cloud portfolio provides existing and new customers with a wide range of performance features and models - from private, to resource-pooled, to shared cloud - so they can precisely optimize every workload to its ideal cloud service. Unique to Otava, compliant cloud comes standard at no extra cost. Our exceptional team is laser focused on making complex cloud solutions easy for our customers by combining flexible, customizable offerings with our consultative and high touch support. This status highlights their dedication to excellence.” "Partners that are VMware Cloud Verified provide organizations with complete and advanced VMware Cloud technologies, along with interoperability across clouds for greater advantage for their customers' businesses," said Jim Aluotto, senior director, Cloud Provider Business, Americas Region, VMware. "Cloud Verified services delivered by VMware Cloud Providers can provide the efficiency, agility, and reliability inherent in cloud computing. We look forward to supporting Otava as it empowers organizations with a simple and flexible path to the cloud.” VMware's global network of more than 4,500 cloud providers leverage VMware's consistent cloud infrastructure to offer a wide array of services in over 120 countries, provide geographic and industry specialization, and help customers meet complex regulatory requirements. For information on how to become a Cloud Verified partner, please visit: https://www.vmware.com/partners/service-provider/vmware-cloud-verified-logo.html. About Otava Otava provides the secure, compliant hybrid cloud solutions demanded by service providers, channel partners and enterprise clients in compliance-sensitive industries. By actively aggregating best-of-breed cloud companies and investing in people, tools, and processes, Otava's global footprint continues to expand. The company provides its customers in highly regulated disciplines with a clear path to transformation through its effective solutions and broad portfolio of hybrid cloud, data protection, disaster recovery, security and colocation services, all championed by an exceptional support team. VMware, VMware Cloud, VMware Cloud Verified and VMware Cloud Provider are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. Otava Contact Christy Kemp ckemp@dahliapr.com

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Snowflake and Carahsoft Team to Streamline the Procurement of Snowflake Data Cloud in AWS Marketplace

Snowflake | June 03, 2022

Snowflake the Data Cloud company, today announced that it has authorized Carahsoft as an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace Distributor Seller of Record (DSOR), which can help streamline the procurement process for public sector agencies who wish to leverage the Snowflake Data Cloud. Snowflake will work with Carahsoft, The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, and its resellers to enable public sector agencies to quickly obtain and implement Snowflake’s technology in the AWS Marketplace to easily transform, integrate, and analyze their data. As Snowflake’s AWS distributor, Carahsoft can authorize any reseller who is a member of the Snowflake Partner Network to transact Snowflake in the AWS Marketplace. This can reduce lengthy procurement cycles, provides unified billing through AWS, and allows public sector customers to utilize their existing AWS contract commitments for their Snowflake purchases. As public sector agencies continue to advance their digital transformation journeys, transferring their data to the cloud enables employees to effectively carry out their missions, engage in better intra-agency collaboration, and efficiently serve constituents and citizens. With Snowflake, U.S. public sector agencies have access to the single, secure platform with Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Moderate Authorization to Operate (ATO) that can be used in certain AWS Regions. With the Snowflake Data Cloud, agencies can modernize their IT and utilize data collaboration to centralize, refresh, and securely share their data across and between agencies to leverage near real-time insights to make data-driven decisions as they carry out their missions. Snowflake and AWS support thousands of joint customers in both the private and public sector, including the City of San Francisco and various federal agencies. “We are excited to expand Snowflake’s availability via the AWS Marketplace to bring the power of the Snowflake Data Cloud to additional public sector customers through our reseller partners,” said Craig P. Abod, Carahsoft President. “Agencies are now able to easily access solutions that break down existing data silos to better focus on mission outcomes and the constituent experience.” “Every government organization is looking for better ways to secure, share and make data-based decisions to more effectively serve each of us, Our expanded relationship with AWS and Carahsoft aims to streamline the procurement process and offer faster time to value for government agencies looking to rearchitect their cloud data strategy.” Ted Girard, VP of Public Sector Sales at Snowflake About Snowflake Snowflake enables every organization to mobilize their data with Snowflake’s Data Cloud. Customers use the Data Cloud to unite siloed data, discover and securely share data, and execute diverse analytic workloads. Wherever data or users live, Snowflake delivers a single data experience that spans multiple clouds and geographies. Thousands of customers across many industries, including 506 of the 2021 Forbes Global 2000 (G2K) as of April 30, 2022, use Snowflake Data Cloud to power their businesses.

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OVHcloud Expands Its Portfolio of File Storage Solutions With Enterprise File Storage, a Service Developed in Collaboration With NetApp

OVHcloud | March 04, 2022

OVHcloud is combining its expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service with Platform-as-a-Service solutions to support the digital transformation of organizations by providing them with a ready-to-use toolkit. This accelerated integration of software technology is reflected in the launch of the Enterprise File Storage service, engineered in partnership with NetApp, which combines OVHcloud’s know-how with NetApp’s cloud storage management expertise. OVHcloud is expanding its portfolio of cloud file storage solutions with an offering developed in collaboration with NetApp, a world leader in this field. Enterprise File Storage is designed to help organizations transition to the cloud by meeting their requirements for sovereignty, high performance and resilience, while ensuring seamless integration with the OVHcloud universe at a predictable price. Enterprise File Storage is aimed at organizations with applications that have high operational requirements and need a highly available file storage service. The service is suitable for a variety of use cases, including organizations that are already cloud-based and want to facilitate sharing of enterprise data from different applications hosted on OVHcloud services, or organizations that are already running their own NetApp on-premise infrastructure and are looking to offload their workloads or begin their migration to the cloud. Based on NetApp’s ONTAP file system technology and fully managed by OVHcloud, this all-in-one platform offers great ease of implementation while optimizing cloud storage costs, increasing application performance, and ensuring data protection and compliance. With Enterprise File Storage, customers get easy access to stored data and benefit from a flexible, scalable, and high-performance platform — with storage capacity from 1 to 58TB per service. The Enterprise File Storage service is appropriate for a wide range of enterprise environments and applications due to the use of the industry proven NFS protocol. It provides high performance — both in terms of IOPS and throughput — thanks to the combination of SSD technologies with NVMe caches. “As Hybrid Cloud is a high priority for over 77% of NetApp customers, first party cloud services based on NetApp ONTAP are instrumental to make these projects become reality. We are glad to see OVHCloud making the choice of NetApp as a trusted technology partner for their Enterprise File Storage service”. Peter Wüst, VP CTO WW Enterprise & Commercial Business, NetApp “We are pleased to work with a recognized expert partner like NetApp to help our customers maximize and get the most out of their data by providing a unified experience across our various cloud storage solutions,” said Thierry Souche, Chief Technology Officer at OVHcloud. “Our customers can now access highly efficient and available storage resources, leveraging key features of ONTAP software and fully managed by OVHcloud.” With over two decades of expertise in digital infrastructure services, OVHcloud has developed an industrial model that preserves the technological and operational sovereignty of customers, while deploying environmentally friendly and resource-efficient technologies. Designed and engineered in the Group’s own data centers, all OVHcloud solutions guarantee total data reversibility and immunity to extraterritorial laws. The infrastructure operated by OVHcloud meets the highest security and data protection standards, in line with ISO27001 certification, as well as GDPR compliance. Like all of the European leading cloud provider’s solutions, Enterprise File Storage features an outstanding price/performance ratio in the industry and allows organizations to maintain control of their cloud strategy with predictable pricing and the choice of data location. In addition, because NetApp is an industry standard, Enterprise File Storage frees organizations from any technical lock-in and provides business continuity outside an OVHcloud environment. Enterprise File Storage is already available in data centers in Roubaix (France) and Frankfurt (Germany). The solution will be deployed in a very short term in Beauharnois (Canada), then will be rolled out in further geographies. About NetApp NetApp is a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company that empowers organizations to lead with data in the age of accelerated digital transformation. The company provides systems, software and cloud services that enable them to run their applications optimally from data center to cloud, whether they are developing in the cloud, moving to the cloud, or creating their own cloudlike experiences on premises. With solutions that perform across diverse environments, NetApp helps organizations build their own data fabric and securely deliver the right data, services and applications to the right people—anytime, anywhere. About OVHcloud OVHcloud is a global player and Europe’s leading cloud provider operating over 400,000 servers within 33 data centers across four continents. For 20 years, the Group has relied on an integrated model that provides complete control of its value chain – from the design of its servers, to the construction and management of its data centers, including the orchestration of its fiber-optic network. This unique approach allows it to independently cover all the uses of its 1.6 million customers in more than 140 countries. OVHcloud now offers its customers latest-generation solutions combining performance, price predictability and total sovereignty over their data to support their growth in complete freedom.

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Accenture Helping Navitaire Accelerate Its Journey to the Cloud

Accenture | February 23, 2022

Accenture is helping Navitaire, an Amadeus company providing technology and business services to the airline industry, accelerate its cloud-first transformation journey, enabling the full migration of Navitaire’s application suite to the Microsoft Azure platform in just 24 months. The collaboration — in which Accenture is teaming with Avanade, its joint venture with Microsoft — is key to helping Navitaire achieve its long-term cloud strategy centered on customer innovation and improved flexibility, responsiveness, efficiency and scale, benefits that have become even more critical during the COVID-19 pandemic recovery. Accenture will assist Navitaire in further integrating new technology capabilities such as advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as technology from its ecosystem partners, to help improve Navitaire’s clients’ ability to create new products and services for their customers. The team has already completed foundation builds in three Azure regions, with the fourth region targeted for the first quarter of 2022, and migrated New Skies, Navitaire’s industry-leading reservations platform, to the cloud. This gives airlines access to new cloud services and improved system performance. “Our accelerated transformation will enhance operational agility and better position us to develop new services for our customers across the travel ecosystem,” said Kyle Stromberg, chief technology officer, Navitaire. “The collaboration with Accenture will help achieve our cloud strategies and support our customers’ ability to innovate, deliver personalized digital experiences and make more data-informed decisions.” Emily Weiss, a senior managing director at Accenture who leads its Travel industry practice globally, said, “As the pandemic has shown us, being digital and in the cloud is essential — and time is of the essence. We’re now in an era of compressed transformation. Our work with Navitaire will help it spur innovation at speed and with scale, which are the hallmarks of a truly cloud-first organization.” Last year, Accenture was positioned as a Leader in both Market Impact and Vision & Capability for systems integration capabilities on Microsoft Azure in a report from Everest Group, a leading industry analyst. About Accenture Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 674,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners, and communities. About Navitaire Navitaire, an Amadeus company, delivers industry-leading technology services supporting growth, profitability and innovation to more than 60 airlines and rail companies worldwide carrying a total of 819 million annual passengers in 2019, including many of the world’s most successful low-cost and hybrid airlines. Navitaire offers a full suite of cloud-enabled proven solutions focused on revenue generation and streamlining costs in the areas of reservations, ancillary sales, loyalty, revenue accounting and business intelligence. Navitaire has offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Amadeus Group.

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Small businesses are not simply scaled-down versions of big business. Compared with larger organisations, small businesses operate in a distinct and highly resource constrained operating and technical environment. They are time-poor, have minimal bargaining power, and limited or inconsistent financial, technical, legal and personnel resources. Above all, small businesses are typically focused on one thing: survival. It is therefore unsurprising that cloud computing—and its promise of smoothing cash flows and dramatically reducing IT overhead—is attractive to small business. Cloud computing shifts the delivery and maintenance of software, databases and storage to the internet, transforming them into Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) services accessed through a small business user’s web-browser. Cloud computing often comes with zero upfront costs, and scales (up and down) with the demands of the small business. Cloud computing services demand minimal technical skills: they are easy to setup and require little if any maintenance. Accessed via a secure login, for the small business, cloud computing typically represents increased standards of security. However, along with the benefits, cloud computing also embodies many risks for small business, including potential computer security, criminal, regulatory and civil liability issues. Cloud computing—like other new information technologies— challenges the application and understanding of many pre-existing areas of law.

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