MediaKind Launches Aquila Streaming Solution on Google Cloud Platform to Power Delivery of Personalized Media Experiences

oaoa.com | April 16, 2020

MediaKind, a global media technology leader, today announced that it has extended its partnership with Google Cloud to enable its end-to-end Aquila Streaming solution to be offered as-a-service on the Google Cloud Platform. The launch enables MediaKind customers to leverage Google Cloud’s extensive ecosystem of solutions and assets in order to globally deploy media processing capabilities and optimize the distribution of their OTT services. Aquila Streaming provides significant video bandwidth savings, low end-to-end low latency and large storage reduction, offering support for all qualities of live video service up to UHD, with the ability to deliver broadcast-quality level, premium experiences across all networks.MediaKind’s cloud-native Aquila Streaming solution can be deployed on bare metal, private cloud, or in any cloud service provider. Through the integration into the Google Cloud ecosystem, it now also provides access to a broader range of media applications and workloads through the cloud, in areas such as containerization, AI, machine learning and the growing network of Android TV and Google Ad Insertion solutions, whilst offering a fully managed solution. MediaKind customers will now be able to scale quicker, rapidly spin channels up with ease and respond to multi-format requirements without compromise on delay.MediaKind’s disaster recovery in Google Cloud also removes the need for a second headend system; the combination of Aquila Streaming and Google Cloud enables local headend services and applications to be backed up and can be restarted rapidly when required. MediaKind plans to further extend its Aquila Streaming solution capabilities later this summer, offering self-provisioning availability by leveraging the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace.Angel Ruiz, CEO, MediaKind, says: “As consumer demand for live streamed content reaches an all-time high, service providers must find ever more creative methods to deliver quicker and more affordable OTT services at scale. By launching Aquila Streaming on Google Cloud Platform, our customers will benefit from a highly flexible service that adapts seamlessly to their existing infrastructure or digital transformation program, whether purpose built as an on-premise or cloud native solution, hybrid cloud or part of an end-to-end as-a-service offering. Through deeper integration of our product portfolio on Google Cloud Platform, we can offer the necessary tools to create and deliver the best immersive media experiences on any device, with faster time to market, greater cost-efficiency and more flexible cost structures.

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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

Ingram Micro Cloud today announced that it has expanded the scope of its multi-year Strategic Collaboration Agreement (SCA) with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), to include focused initiatives to accelerate the development of Ingram Micro's channel partners’ capabilities in supporting public sector customers. With this multi-year collaboration, Ingram Micro Cloud will expand its AWS solutions and service offerings to federal, state, and local government, healthcare, education, research, and other government institutions, as well as non-profit organizations across U.S., Latin America, Canada and Caribbean (LCC), European Economic Area (EEA), and Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) regions Ingram Micro Cloud plans to focus on enabling Software and Services partners to become go-to-market ready Public Sector AWS Partners through: 1) Deep developmental engagement and proven practice build frameworks, 2) Innovating and developing new offerings on AWS, 3) Scaling and training its resources to better support channel partners across a wide range of services including, sales enablement, practice development, technical enablement, professional services, and business and financial support. “Ingram Micro Cloud is thrilled to continue strengthening our relationship with AWS in a way that brings more opportunity for our partners servicing customers in the public sector,” said Victor Baez, senior vice president, global cloud channel sales, Ingram Micro Cloud. “There’s never been a better time for us to focus intensely on our core cloud solutions business, and this SCA with AWS further underpins our commitment to driving accelerated growth for our partners.” We are pleased to expand our relationship with Ingram Micro Cloud. Through the SCA, we’re looking forward to helping thousands of companies and customers grow and transform their business, accelerate their AWS development journey, and launch new solutions that will help public sector organizations meet their mission.” Jeff Kratz, general manager, worldwide public sector (WWPS) partners, AWS. Ingram Micro Cloud and AWS first signed a global Strategic Collaboration Agreement in March 2021. This latest expansion comes as both companies work towards further scaling Ingram Micro Cloud’s capabilities with public sector customers across more than 20 countries. “Insight has uniquely positioned with Ingram Micro to meet the challenges of an ever-expanding cloud services market, with worldwide end-user spending on public cloud services forecasted to grow 20.4% in 2022 to a total of $494.7 billion, and U.S. Federal Cloud investments projected to grow to 11.4B by FY 2023, with an annual CAGR of 10.9%,” said Scott Friedlander, senior vice president, US Public Sector, Insight. “Our partnership with Ingram Micro is helping us keep pace with and accelerate the adoption of cloud technology, while enabling us to continue to support the critical security, performance, and mission requirements of our public sector clients with the most economical and effective solutions.” Ingram Micro Cloud is an AWS Advanced Services Partner and AWS Distributor with AWS Well-Architected Partner Program status as well as DevOps Consulting and Cloud Management Tools ISV Competencies. Ingram Micro Cloud has built an AWS Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) team with more than 250 combined AWS validated qualifications. Ingram Micro Cloud also provides end-to-end engagement models to assist AWS Services Path Partners as well as AWS Software Path Partners with their journey on the AWS cloud. About Ingram Micro Cloud Ingram Micro Cloud brings together innovators and problem solvers to help the world accomplish more. It facilitates and manages the cloud’s complex digital value chain—all powered by CloudBlue technology. With unmatched global reach, easy access to automated go-to-market and integration tools, deep technical expertise, and a curated selection of scalable SaaS and IaaS solutions, Ingram Micro Cloud helps vendors, resellers, and managed service providers by offering More as a Service.

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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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Aptum Report Calls for Big-Picture Thinking to Close the Gap Between Cloud’s Promise and Reality of Secure Operations

Aptum | June 18, 2022

Aptum, a hybrid multi-cloud managed service provider, has announced Part 2 of its annual Cloud Impact Report 2022, titled Solving the Data Security Equation. The report examines the complexities inherent in hybrid cloud environments and their implications on security, data governance, compliance and disaster recovery. In particular, it finds that while companies are convinced of the value of cloud computing, its drivers have evolved. Drivers to the cloud When it comes to the value of cloud, the majority of respondents (91%) consider cloud computing to be essential for data management. In fact, more than half (54%) believe cloud transformation has had a positive impact on data governance. While financial considerations have traditionally been a common driver, the study shows a shift in focus for many organizations, especially as security concerns evolve and continue to be top-of-mind: 50% of respondents cited efficiency as the top motivator for cloud investments Increased security is the second most important business driver for organizations investing in cloud computing, with 48% of respondents citing it as a key factor in their investment Resilience is also a primary driver of cloud computing investments for 40% of companies Managing complexity During the pandemic, organizations had to hastily increase their cloud deployments to support the increase in remote work, enhance business resilience and enable greater flexibility. As a result, many businesses naturally moved toward a hybrid model. In fact, 86% of respondents said their organization has adopted a hybrid or multi cloud approach to cloud deployments. For many organizations, the move to hybrid has meant their environments have become increasingly complex as data and workloads are now located across a range of cloud and non-cloud infrastructures. As a result, many are grappling with complexities traditionally associated with hybrid cloud environments, such as data and workloads being located across a range of cloud and non-cloud infrastructures. Of those respondents, the top challenges cited in managing their environments include control and governance of access to cloud environments (90%); a clear mechanism to detect and respond to security threats across all environments (90%); and the ability to efficiently meet requirements of compliance audits (90%). Impacts on security The study showed that managing security effectively is no longer just an issue of securing data within each environment; data must also be secured as it moves between locations. “Businesses use different environments for different purposes. A platform for application development and another as a production site, for example. That’s where you achieve the benefits of a hybrid cloud environment,” explains Marvin Sharp, Vice President of Product and Strategy at Aptum. “But moving workloads between the two environments puts data at risk. Therefore, in a hybrid work environment, organizations need to consider securing point A and point B, as well as the movement of data between them.” When it comes to disaster recovery, the study’s results tell a similar story of complexity. Disaster recovery is amongst the top reasons organizations are continuing to move data to the cloud, with 37% of respondents citing improved data backup services and disaster recovery as a driver. However, 87% of respondents cite the ability to provide Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to the business as a key consideration. “Disaster recovery is traditionally thought of as being in one environment – usually very secure public or private cloud facilities,” says Sharp. “Various experiences of downtime during the pandemic confirmed the importance of a coherent disaster recovery strategy. But as hybrid environments become more widespread, disaster recovery becomes more complex, and it’s likely to become more dispersed as a result.” Strategy is key to cloud transformation The study’s results reveal that only 20% of organizations surveyed have a holistic cloud strategy in place. The other 80% have a fragmented approach to cloud transformation that lacks the necessary big-picture thinking. The results also reaffirm a singular holistic cloud strategy must have security principles embedded in its design at the earliest stage possible. By doing so, businesses can take an integrated approach to security, mitigate threats and minimize risks across their entire infrastructure stack. This will eliminate any disconnect between the cloud's promise of secure, reliable operations and what organizations will actually experience. The study canvassed the opinions and approach to cloud technology of 400 senior IT professionals. Respondents were from organizations with 250+ employees in the U.S., Canada and UK. Industries included financial services, technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail, public education and the commercial sector. About Aptum Aptum is a hybrid multi-cloud managed service provider delivering complex and high-performance cloud solutions with an integrated secure network. Using its Data As Infrastructure™ approach, Aptum solves complex technology challenges with total solutions and tailored options that drive tangible business outcomes and maximize the value of its clients’ technology investments. Aptum’s cloud and global network solutions, underpinned with expert managed and professional services, offer genuine choice and adaptability with international reach spanning North America, Latin America, Europe and the United Kingdom. Aptum is a portfolio company of DigitalBridge, a global investment firm dedicated to strategic opportunities in digital infrastructure.

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Autodesk Acquires Moxion Cloud Solution for Digital Dailies

Autodesk, Inc. | January 20, 2022

Autodesk announced the acquisition of Moxion, the New Zealand-based developer of a powerful, cloud-based platform for digital dailies used by leading filmmakers on some of the world's most complex and challenging productions, including "The Midnight Sky," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," and "The Matrix Resurrections." The acquisition of Moxion's talent and technology will expand Autodesk's own cloud platform for Media and Entertainment upstream, moving beyond post-production into production, bringing new users to Autodesk while helping better integrate processes across the entire content production chain. Founded In 2015, Moxion has rapidly become a leading cloud technology player in the M&E industry, winning accolades that include an Engineering Excellence Award from the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), a Workflow Systems Medal from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and a Lumiere Award from the Advanced Imaging Society. Moxion established itself as a leader in secure digital dailies workflows. The company enables professionals to collaborate and review camera footage on-set and remotely with the efficiency and immediacy required to make creative decisions during principal photography in 4K high dynamic range (HDR) quality and with studio-grade security, reducing rework. Data protection is paramount at Moxion, ensuring security with features like MPAA compliance, multi-factor authentication, visible and invisible forensic watermarking and full digital rights management. "As the content demand continues to boom with pressure on creators to do more for less, this acquisition helps us facilitate broader collaboration and communication, and drive greater efficiencies in the production process, saving time and money," said Diana Colella, SVP Media & Entertainment, Autodesk. "Moxion accelerates our vision for production in the cloud, building on our recent acquisition of Tangent Labs." "We look forward to combining the efforts of our talented team with the deep resources and wealth of engineering talent at Autodesk to give customers new Moxion features and integrations. Bringing together industry leading on-set and post-production workflows will help unite data and increase collaboration across the production process to improve project efficiency." Hugh Calveley, CEO, Moxion Aaron Morton, a cinematographer who has worked on projects including "Orphan Black," "Black Mirror," "American Gods," and Amazon's new "The Lord of the Rings" series used Moxion for several projects. "It's never fun when decisions are being formed about your work if the dailies aren't the way you wanted them to look," said Morton, NZCS. "With Moxion, it's what I see on the set, and the decisions I make with the dailies colorist always play out so that production people and producers are seeing what I want them to see. The images are very true to what we see while we're shooting." The Moxion acquisition expands Autodesk's customer base upstream, moving beyond post-production to on-set production, a critical point in the film and television production process. This is when the bulk of raw production data is generated, and creative decisions are made that have significant impact downstream during post-production. The transaction closed during Autodesk's fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, ending January 31, 2022, and will have no material impact on Autodesk's fourth quarter and fiscal year 2022 guidance presented on November 23, 2021. About Autodesk Autodesk is changing how the world is designed and made. Our technology spans architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, media and entertainment, empowering innovators everywhere to solve challenges big and small. From greener buildings to smarter products to more mesmerizing blockbusters, Autodesk software helps our customers to design and make a better world for all.

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