How Arista Networks' Latest Acquisition Propels Its Cloud Computing Strategy

Though not historically very active in terms of acquisitions, cloud computing hardware and service provider Arista Networks  recently went shopping. According to reports, Arista is paying an undisclosed amount (which usually means small, at least compared to the size of the acquiring business) for software-defined network provider Big Switch Networks, beating out other potential networking hardware suitors like Cisco , Dell Technologies,and VMware. Though this purchase will barely show up on the radar as far as dollars and cents go (Big Switch has raised $120 million in investment funding since its founding in 2010, according to Crunchbase, and Arista has done $2.5 billion in revenue over the last 12 months), it's nevertheless an important one. Arista is trying to move into new territory in the cloud industry, specifically going after organizations that want to build their own private data center and cloud service for personal use. As public cloud data center buildout from the likes of Amazon's  AWS and Microsoft's Azure matures over time, this new discipline could help Arista maintain its fast pace of expansion.

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SonicWall Accelerates SASE Offerings; Acquires Proven Cloud Security Provider

PR Newswire | January 03, 2024

SonicWall, a global cybersecurity leader, today announced the acquisition of Banyan Security, a leading provider of security service edge (SSE) solutions for the modern workforce. This acquisition strengthens SonicWall's portfolio by adding zero trust security relied on by leading fortune 100 companies to small businesses who are replacing legacy architectures for SSE solutions, including Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA). "Cybersecurity's focus is shifting to more dynamic solutions that can adapt to the ever-evolving landscape of threats in the cloud age," said SonicWall President and CEO Bob Vankirk. "For years, firewalls have been the cornerstone of cybersecurity defenses. However, with the rise of cloud computing and secure access service edge (SASE), the industry is shifting its focus to more comprehensive and flexible approaches that include SSE and ZTNA as a necessity. Together, SonicWall and Banyan Security will provide cloud-based secure access service edge (SASE) solutions that empower partners to deliver a security architecture for any stage of their customers' evolving cloud journey." Banyan's technology further extends SonicWall's portfolio to the cloud and provides partners and their customers with more flexibility, which is key to the continued development of SonicWall's cybersecurity platform. The acquisition aligns with SonicWall's "best of suite" strategy — which includes network, endpoint, wireless, cloud email, and threat intelligence — under a single, multi-tenant portal. The platform also simplifies workflows and offers unified threat visibility, enabling service providers and end users to focus on what truly matters. "For decades, SonicWall has played a pivotal role in supporting their partners by delivering leading cybersecurity solutions," said Joshua Skeens, CEO of Logically, a valued SonicWall partner. "They're now extending that to the cloud as the demand for cloud-first strategies is evident. As businesses embark on their cloud journey, they will require hybrid deployments which SonicWall is ideally positioned to provide, and we are excited to be working alongside SonicWall as we empower businesses to thrive in this new era." With hybrid and remote employees working from their homes, virtual offices, and coffee shops, while accessing critical business applications across increasingly complex networks, a new set of challenges has emerged. To secure this ever-growing and interconnected access surface, organizations have been driven to adopt zero trust models to modernize security, often as a replacement for legacy architectures. The announcement comes on the heels of SonicWall's acquisition of Solutions Granted, Inc. (SGI), which helped arm the channel with the latest managed detection and response services tailor-made for Managed Service Providers and Managed Security Service Providers. About SonicWall SonicWall is a cybersecurity forerunner with more than 30 years of expertise and is recognized as a leading partner-first company. With the ability to build, scale and manage security across the cloud, hybrid and traditional environments in real-time, SonicWall provides seamless protection against the most evasive cyberattacks across endless exposure points for increasingly remote, mobile and cloud-enabled users. With its own threat research center, SonicWall can quickly and economically provide purpose-built security solutions to enable any organization—enterprise, government agencies and SMBs—around the world. About Banyan Security Banyan Security provides secure, zero trust "work from anywhere" access to infrastructure and applications for employees, developers and third parties without relying on network-centric solutions like VPNs. Deep visibility provides actionable insight, while continuous authorization with device trust scoring and least privilege access, deliver the highest level of protection without sacrificing end-user productivity. Banyan Security protects tens of thousands of employees across multiple industries, including finance, healthcare, manufacturing and technology.

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VNET Inks Strategic Partnership with Shandong Hi-Speed Holdings Group Limited

VNET Group, Inc | January 01, 2024

VNET Group, Inc. a leading carrier- and cloud-neutral internet data center services provider in China, announced that it has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement (the "Agreement") with Shandong Hi-Speed Holdings Group Limited ("SDHG," 00412.HK), an important overseas investment and financing as well as emerging industrial holding platform of Shandong Hi-Speed Group. Pursuant to the Agreement, SDHG and VNET will leverage their respective resources and strengths to develop renewable energy projects in northern China. This partnership aims to jointly build low-carbon, secure and highly-efficient renewable energy system, aligning with the national strategy "East Data, West Computing." Furthermore, both parties will join hands to build innovative computing power network infrastructures encompassing data center, cloud computing and big data to promote the low-carbon and high-quality development of IDC services. "We're confident of the synergy that SDHG and VNET are going to create through the partnership," said Mr. Josh Sheng Chen, Founder and Executive Chairman of VNET. "As VNET continues to execute its growth strategy and capitalize on the booming digital economy, the partnership with SDHG will help us to gain a wealth of resources in the infrastructure and renewable energy space. We look forward to collaborating with SDHG in a variety of green energy initiatives to advance toward our carbon neutrality targets and meet surging demand for supercomputing and digital transformation across a broader swath of society." Jianbiao Zhu, Executive Director of SDHG, commented, "We are excited to explore more synergies with VNET to capture the evolving demand driven by AI, leveraging our strength in traditional infrastructure and VNET's capability in new infrastructure backed with its high-power density deployments. As VNET's largest strategic investor, SDHG is pleased to work with Josh and the management team, and leverage its domestic and overseas resources to support the ongoing expansion of VNET's core IDC business to scale up business for a sustainable growth." About VNET VNET Group, Inc. is a leading carrier- and cloud-neutral internet data center services provider in China. VNET provides hosting and related services, including IDC services, cloud services, and business VPN services to improve the reliability, security, and speed of its customers' internet infrastructure. Customers may locate their servers and equipment in VNET's data centers and connect to China's internet backbone. VNET operates in more than 30 cities throughout China, servicing a diversified and loyal base of over 7,000 hosting and related enterprise customers that span numerous industries ranging from internet companies to government entities and blue-chip enterprises to small- to mid-sized enterprises. About Shandong Hi-Speed Holdings Group Limited As a company listed in HKEX, Shandong Hi-Speed Holdings Group Limited ("SDHG") is an important overseas investment and financing as well as emerging industrial holding platform of Shandong Hi-Speed Group. Adhering to the concept of "conduct compliance prudentially, develop steadily and healthily" and leveraging on the unique advantages of Hong Kong international financial center in terms of market, financing, and talents, SDHG is committed to becoming an excellent industrial investment group with a foothold in Hong Kong, an international perspective and connection between domestic and overseas markets for achieving effective integration of resources.

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DAS42 Announces Subscriber Analytics Solution on the Snowflake Data Cloud

DAS42 | December 12, 2023

DAS42, a leading data consultancy, today announced a new solution, Subscriber Analytics. By bringing together the data experts at DAS42 and the power of Snowflake’s Media Data Cloud, Subscriber Analytics is built to solve the myriad of challenges subscriber-driven businesses face when digesting and analyzing the millions of data points collected daily. “We are thrilled to announce our Subscriber Analytics solution, in collaboration with Snowflake,” said Tom Stentiford, Chief Delivery Officer at DAS42. “We’ve created a solution that’s instrumental in driving descriptive and predictive insights into business-critical subscriber-based metrics around customer churn and retention, financial performance and modeling, acquisition, and other areas. In a competitive market, we’re setting our customers up for success when it comes to analyzing user and subscriber data, which cannot be easily leveraged without the right tools.” Whether it’s a lack of consumer data for the product team or the abundance of data from various marketing channels, subscription-driven businesses are overwhelmed and need a way to bring disparate data sources into one holistic data platform and a single source of truth. With the Subscriber Analytics solution, leveraging the Snowflake Data Cloud, leaders can drive faster, more informed business decisions, resulting in an increase in subscriber engagement and, ultimately, improved subscriber retention. “Subscriber Analytics from DAS42 and Snowflake is instrumental in customer churn prevention, revenue forecasting, and financial modeling,” said Frank Cittadino, Former CTO of Zayo. “By partnering with DAS42, everyone from our executive team to our engineers experienced measurable efficiency improvements, leveraging data insights for impactful business decisions. Our collective team saves hours weekly by implementing DAS42’s holistic data governance strategy for our first-, second-, and third-party data.” With Subscriber Analytics, businesses will also be able to: Personalize the customer experience by aggregating subscriber behavior and engagement metrics, helping business intelligence and marketing teams save time, create bespoke campaigns and improve customer relationships. Predict trends with transactional data to inform business strategy and accurately forecast revenue, helping business leaders to make faster and better-informed decisions Prevent customer churn allowing for the organization to keep the subscriber base they have, as well as focus on cross-sell and up-sell opportunities "DAS42's Subscriber Analytics solution leverages the value of Snowflake’s Media Data Cloud to innovate and accelerate data-driven insights,” said Adrian Bolosan, Industry Principal, Media, Entertainment & Advertising at Snowflake. “By seamlessly integrating with Snowflake's unified platform, DAS42's Subscriber Analytics solution empowers customers to unlock the full potential of their data. Together, we are not just providing a solution; we are helping to modernize organizations' approach to data intelligence to help them overcome challenges and achieve success in the initiatives that are most important to their business.” Subscriber Analytics is the latest example of the expertise provided by DAS42 and Snowflake, helping subscriber-driven businesses to unlock the true power of data and create more impactful experiences for subscribers and users alike. ABOUT DAS42 DAS42 is a premier data and analytics consultancy with a modern point of view. We specialize in solving some of the most complex business challenges for the world’s most successful companies. As a Snowflake Elite Partner, DAS42 crafts customized strategies that create a single source of truth and enable enhanced and faster decision-making. DAS42 has a presence across the U.S. with primary offices in New York City and Denver. Connect with us at das42.com and stay updated on LinkedIn. Join us today on our journey to help you realize the possibilities of transforming your business through data and analytics.

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ScaleOps Raises $21.5M to Automate Cloud Resource Management

ScaleOps | December 20, 2023

ScaleOps, a startup specializing in cloud resource management, announced today $21.5M in funding for the first fully-automated cloud-native resource orchestration platform. The Seed and Series A funding rounds announced today were led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, NFX, and Glilot Capital Partners. ScaleOps has attracted a large and dedicated customer base of companies that use the platform to fully automate their production environments, achieving up to 80% cloud cost savings and delivering better-running applications. As cloud-native and Kubernetes environments become increasingly dynamic and interconnected, managing them has become highly complex and tedious. Kubernetes' native container sizing, scaling thresholds, and node type selection use static configurations, but consumption and demand are dynamic. Engineers spend precious time manually adjusting cloud resources to meet fluctuating demand — trying to avoid under or overprovisioning — resulting in millions of dollars wasted on idle resources or poor application performance issues during peak demand. "In production environments, each container requires a different scaling strategy," said Yodar Shafrir, ScaleOps' co-founder and CEO. "Experienced engineers spend hours trying to predict demand, running load tests, and tweaking configuration files for every single container. It's impossible to manage this at scale. We realized there's a huge need for a context-aware platform that can optimize these constantly-changing environments automatically, adapting to changes in demand in real-time." ScaleOps is the first fully-automated platform that continuously optimizes and manages cloud-native resources during runtime. The platform is installed in just two minutes on any cloud provider, on-premises and in air-gapped environments. ScaleOps ensures application scaling matches real-time demand. Instead of static allocations, it allocates resources dynamically, automatically rightsizing containers based on application needs. The platform also ensures every container runs in the most suitable node type, significantly cutting cloud costs. "The only way to free engineers from ongoing, repetitive configurations and allow them to focus on what truly matters is by completely automating resource management down to the smallest building block: the single container," added Shafrir. "By employing AI, the ScaleOps platform is context-aware and autonomously handles resource management for engineers, lowering infrastructure costs and delivering better performance." ScaleOps was co-founded by Yodar Shafrir (CEO), and Guy Baron (CTO). Since its founding in 2022, ScaleOps has experienced rapid growth worldwide, and today it automatically manages the production environments of industry leaders like Wiz, PayU, Orca Security, At-Bay, RTL, OutBrain, Salt Security, Noname Security, and dozens more. The company will use the funding to fund its global expansion to the US and Europe. "ScaleOps automatically optimizes Wiz's workloads in production according to our real-time needs, improving performance even during demand spikes," said Ron Tzrouya, Lead Cloud FinOps at Wiz. "While dramatically reducing our Kubernetes cloud costs, the hands-free automation freed our teams from dealing with ongoing configurations, which is critical in our rapidly ever-growing environment." About ScaleOps ScaleOps, a Tel Aviv based startup, is on a mission to automate the management of cloud environments, enabling organizations to focus on their core business objectives and dramatically reduce cloud costs. ScaleOps is backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners, NFX, Glilot Capital Partners, and other leading investors.

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