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inovTI Collaborate with Abiquo to Improve Multi-Cloud Offering

Abiquo Holdings, S.L | January 25, 2022

inovTI, a leading Sao Paulo-based Managed Service Provider, and Abiquo, a premier cloud management platform provider, have agreed to collaborate on a strategic project that would enhance inovTI's cloud technology and services—assuring their customers success through a variety of services that include hybrid cloud (with Azure) and self-service access for their clients.

inovTI has successfully been in the cloud and datacenter business for over 20 years, offering popular products and services such as datacenters, VMware-based private-cloud, delivery of managed cloud services, backup and disaster recovery outsourcing, licensing, and IT automation, which serves more than 150 clients with trusted and managed infrastructure.

"inovTI has an exceptional track record of helping businesses make their journey to the cloud relying on their extensive technical experience. That, added to their solid background working with cloud technologies and data centers, make them a great partner for Abiquo to optimize and expand their cloud infrastructure with efficient implementation and support."

Xavier Fernández, CEO of Abiquo

inovTI and Abiquo have initiated the strategic partnership to take inovTI's multi-cloud services to the next level, offering a more comprehensive range of services along with exceptional technology, including hybrid cloud (with Azure) and self-service access for inovTI's clients. This project enables all enterprises to incorporate various types of environments and technologies in the same platform, allowing for the management of all cloud resources required to meet any challenges faced in the market.

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Ingram Micro Cloud Expands its Strategic Collaboration Agreement with AWS with Focus on Public Sector Business

Ingram Micro Cloud | May 19, 2022

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DLA Piper advises ICF in acquisition of Creative Systems and Consulting

DLA Piper | January 07, 2022

DLA Piper represented ICF a global consulting and digital services provider, in its acquisition of Creative Systems and Consulting, a premier provider of IT modernization and digital transformation solutions to US federal agencies. Creative provides federal agencies with a full suite of capabilities, including digital strategy, cloud and infrastructure solutions, customer experience and data analytics. Creative's 270-person team brings substantial expertise in Salesforce, as well as the Microsoft and ServiceNow platforms, complementing ICF's leading ServiceNow and Appian capabilities. ICF provides deep domain expertise and the latest digital, cyber, low-code platform and cloud-based modernization services to deliver responsive, scalable solutions. ICF is a leading ServiceNow implementor and was named ServiceNow's #1 Federal Partner of the Year in 2019. "We were honored to bring to bear our deep digital transformation capabilities, our proven ability to guide complex M&A transactions and our extensive experience in the federal sector to facilitate this key strategic acquisition, which will allow ICF to continue to build on its already impressive innovative capabilities in the digital services space. We previously worked with ICF to advise on its acquisition of Incentive Technology Group, and it was a pleasure to once again utilize our experience in the consulting and tech space to ensure a successful result." Jeffrey Houle, co-chair of DLA Piper's Aerospace, Defense and Government Services Transactional practice, who led the firm's deal team In addition to Houle, the DLA Piper team advising ICF included partners Julia Kovacs, Tracy Weir, Thomas Pilkerton, Jordan Bailowitz and Penny Minna, Paolo Morante and Brad Jorgensen; of counsel Christopher Armstrong, James Rusert and Nia Brown; senior managing attorney Braden Penhoet; and associates Wenxi Li, Mary Claire Blythe and Joshua Feldman. With more than 1,000 corporate lawyers globally, DLA Piper helps clients execute complex cross-border transactions seamlessly while supporting clients across all stages of development. The firm has been rated number one in global M&A volume for ten consecutive years, according to Mergermarket. About DLA Piper DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world. In certain jurisdictions, this information may be considered attorney advertising.

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Palo Alto Networks Bolsters Its Cloud Native Security Offerings With Out-of-Band WAAS

Palo Alto Networks | June 24, 2022

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Oracle | April 05, 2022

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Clearing tombstones from SSTables can improve the performance of many operations, but has been a longstanding source of pain for operators. With the changes introduced in CASSANDRA-7019, the Apache Cassandra tick-tock release line offers many new tombstone management features. Jim and Philip will discuss how operators can use these features to gain greater control over compaction behavior and manage tombstones with more power and precision than ever before.

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