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NetApp and Cisco Strengthen Partnership Announcing New FlexPod XCS to Extend Converged Infrastructure into the Hybrid Cloud

NetApp | March 17, 2022

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP), a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company, together with Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), today announced the evolution of FlexPod with the introduction of FlexPod® XCS, providing one automated platform for modern applications, data and hybrid cloud services.

FlexPod is composed of pre-validated storage, networking, server technologies from Cisco and NetApp. The new FlexPod XCS platform is designed to accelerate the delivery of modern applications and data in a hybrid cloud environment. FlexPod XCS is the first and only hybrid cloud solution natively integrated across all three major public cloud providers. Additionally, organizations will have the option to use FlexPod-as-a-Service, a pay-as-you-grow pricing model for financial and operational flexibility.

“For years, FlexPod has been helping Presidio customers increase app performance, save software Capex, and decrease unplanned downtime incidents,” said Raphael Meyerowitz, vice president, Engineering at Presidio. “With FlexPod XCS, NetApp and Cisco are providing more flexibility, accessibility and scalability to our customers to deliver a seamless hybrid cloud experience.”

It is great seeing Cisco and NetApp launching FlexPod XCS together in this hybrid cloud era. Standardization on FlexPod XCS brings rich technologies and huge benefits for us and our customers in various ways, with ability to deliver one point for billing, ordering, support and validated designs. Conscia is determined to facilitate the best hybrid cloud infrastructure for its customers, and together with Cisco and NetApp, we have the best-in-class technology partners helping us to deliver on that promise.”

Jeffrey den Oudsten, Chief Technology Officer at Conscia Netherlands.

FlexPod XCS simplifies hybrid cloud operations by increasing accessibility and scalability, extending the infrastructure from an on-premises and edge standard to the hybrid cloud. This new offering lays the groundwork for continued joint innovation that will bring new solutions to market for hybrid cloud, containers, and modern workloads.

About FlexPod
Trusted by thousands of customers across the globe, the enhanced FlexPod XCS platform brings a new level of visibility and automation that can help propel customers’ journey into hybrid cloud operations.​ Composed of prevalidated storage, networking and server technologies, and management software, FlexPod® XCS is designed to increase IT responsiveness to organizational needs providing intelligent insights to optimize costs and performance, support deployment decisions with cloud-like consumption models, and maintain existing configurations across FlexPod infrastructure. By simplifying the delivery of data and applications, enterprises have an advantage of running new services and workloads at the edge, core, or in the cloud.

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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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Lely Optimizes Cloud Environment with Infor

Infor | July 07, 2022

Infor, the industry cloud company, today announced that Lely has deployed its Infor CloudSuite Equipment enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to enhance growth and innovation in its production of milking robotics. The future-proof, flexible solution offers improvements in areas such as tracking capabilities, quality management and supply chain management. Lely is a Dutch family-owned company in the agricultural sector founded in 1948. The company designs and manufactures automated systems for dairy farmers around the world to enable them to excel in sustainable milk production to feed the world. With the new cloud-based Infor ERP, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Lely wants to increase flexibility to support innovation in milking robotics. Learn more about Infor CloudSuite Equipment: www.infor.com/products/cloudsuite-equipment The agricultural world is changing. The growing world population and shortage of raw materials require more insight. Through automation and robotics, agricultural entrepreneurs can perform simple analyses to, for example, monitor their livestock and increase productivity. The Infor CloudSuite application supports the necessary flexibility. "I am very proud of the way we did the implementations as a team with Infor's alliance partner Apex Systems and Infor. We made it a team success. The requirements were that it should be implemented in a short time, that the users and customers would not feel it and that there would be no downtime in production. Every requirement was met. The servers were replaced and the new system switched over during the weekend, so by Monday morning, the cloud applications were already working perfectly. The ultimate measure was our customers never felt any disruption, A huge advantage is we no longer need to do any system updates or maintain any servers. Everything is looked after by Infor. The ERP is at the centre of our IT landscape, and now we can take advantage of regular functionality updates and the Infor Data Lake as a central data repository." Bart Kuijpers, Lely's head of data, value & IT "The Infor solution provides the flexibility to manage the most complex value chains, such as supply chain management, procurement insight and more efficient production processes. With the ERP solution, organisations can quickly adapt as industry trends change. This optimizes their operations and helps to increase revenue opportunities," said Hein Kivits, Infor's senior sales director in Benelux. "We are pleased to provide Lely with a solid foundation that will help them achieve their ambition to remain the market leader in the agricultural sector." In the next phase of the implementation, Infor's cloud-based application will be deployed in the other countries where Lely is active in 2022 and 2023. The focus is to improve the supply chain and financial processes. About Lely Lely is located in Maassluis, The Netherlands, and for more than 70 years has stood for innovative milking robotics worldwide. As one of the world's leading organisations in the agricultural business Lely employs more than 1,600 people. In more than 45 countries, cattle farmers work with these solutions in the barn or on the farm every day. Lely has two production facilities and three R&D departments to support product development. For more information, please visit www.lely.com/nl. About Infor Infor is the global leader in enterprise cloud software, specialized by industry. We develop complete solutions for our focus industries, including industrial manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, food & beverage, automotive, aerospace & defense, and high-tech. Infor's business-critical applications and services are designed to deliver sustainable operational benefits with security and faster time-to-value. We deliver successful business outcomes for customers, and we continually innovate to quickly solve emerging business and industry challenges. More than 60,000 organisations in over 175 countries - from Fortune 500 companies to small and medium-sized enterprises - rely on Infor's 17,000 employees and their deep industry expertise to help overcome market disruptions and achieve their business goals. As a Koch company, our financial strength, ownership structure and long-term vision enable us to maintain lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with our customers, employees and partners.

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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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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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