Overground Cloud Services Acquires DecisionPoint Selling® to Offer a Unified, Process-driven Sales Performance Solution

Overground Cloud Services | June 09, 2020

Overground Cloud Services has announced today the acquisition of DecisionPoint Selling®, one of the leading business process consulting firms in the nation. This acquisition allows OCS to offer a unified and process driven sales performance solution to its clients. The combined companies will operate under the Overground Cloud Services brand.

Augmenting Overground's traditional Salesforce CRM implementation services, the additional performance consulting offerings will allow customers to improve user adoption of Salesforce, increase sales predictability, and successful win rates. The integration of technology, process, and methodology will provide OCS clients a seamless platform to manage sales efforts and pipeline growth while enhancing enterprise visibility and accuracy in reporting and forecasting.

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Communications service providers (CSPs) are embracing cloudtechnologies, such as OpenStack, to meet demands for innovative new services. To ensure business continuity, these production cloud environments must be highly available and reliable.


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CLOUD APP DEVELOPMENT

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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CLOUD SECURITY

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

Palo Alto Networks | June 24, 2022

Over the last two years, organizations have expanded their use of cloud environments by more than 25%. Many are now struggling to manage the technical complexity of cloud migration, including the ability to secure their applications across the entire application development lifecycle. Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ: PANW), a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Cloud Workload Security, Q1 2022, today announced the addition of Out-of-Band Web Application and API Security (Out-of-Band WAAS) to Prisma Cloud to help organizations secure web applications with maximum flexibility. Until now, a primary industry approach to securing web applications has been to deploy inline web application firewalls (WAFs). Some organizations are reluctant to introduce WAFs or API security solutions inline, however, due to performance and scalability concerns. With today's announcement, Prisma Cloud can provide organizations with deep web and API security both inline and out of band, allowing them to choose how to protect their applications in the cloud. "Companies no longer have to decide between application security and performance. By adding Out-of-Band WAAS to Prisma Cloud, we are empowering customers with flexible security options that fit their evolving application needs, As more organizations move workloads to the cloud, the capabilities that make up Prisma Cloud help provide the most complete protection, reducing complexity and increasing visibility across infrastructure, workloads, identities and applications." Ankur Shah, senior vice president, Prisma Cloud, Palo Alto Networks "As organizations increasingly build and deploy their applications in the cloud, protecting their business-critical applications without impacting performance has been a challenge," said Melinda Marks, senior analyst, ESG. "Adding the option of Out-of-Band WAAS helps both developer and security teams secure their applications with the same level of security as traditional in-line WAFs and API security without impacting performance." In addition to Out-of-Band WAAS, Prisma Cloud is getting new threat detection, alert prioritization and permissions management capabilities to help provide organizations with deeper, unified visibility across their entire cloud application portfolio: Multicloud Graph View for Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM): Discover over-privileged accounts and understand access risk across multicloud environments. Prisma Cloud now provides a graph view of the net effective permissions across AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. Multicloud Agentless Cloud Workload Protection: Extend visibility into cloud workloads and application risks across Azure and Google Cloud, in addition to AWS, to complement existing agent-based protection. DNS-Based Threat Detection: Surface malicious activity and anomalous behavior in cloud environments. Prisma Cloud Threat Detection now leverages machine learning (ML) and advanced threat intelligence to identify bad actors hiding in DNS traffic. MITRE ATT&CK® Alert Prioritization: Enable security teams to prioritize risks and incidents based on the industry's most widely adopted framework. Availability Out-of-band WAAS is available today for Prisma Cloud Compute Edition and will be available in the Enterprise Edition over the next month. The additional features will also roll out for Prisma Cloud Enterprise Edition over the next month. About Palo Alto Networks Palo Alto Networks is the world's cybersecurity leader. We innovate to outpace cyberthreats, so organizations can embrace technology with confidence. We provide next-gen cybersecurity to thousands of customers globally, across all sectors. Our best-in-class cybersecurity platforms and services are backed by industry-leading threat intelligence and strengthened by state-of-the-art automation. Whether deploying our products to enable the Zero Trust Enterprise, responding to a security incident, or partnering to deliver better security outcomes through a world-class partner ecosystem, we're committed to helping ensure each day is safer than the one before. It's what makes us the cybersecurity partner of choice.

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Kontrol Technologies Enters Quebec Demand Response Energy Market

Kontrol Technologies Corp. | December 23, 2021

Kontrol Technologies Corp. a leader in smart buildings and cities through IoT, Cloud and SaaS technologies, is entering the Quebec demand response energy market for commercial and multi-residential buildings. The Company will leverage its SmartSuite technology to supply a best-in-class demand response management solution. “The demand response markets are growing rapidly across North America due to advancement of smart technologies, which utilities are increasingly leveraging for operating efficiency and resource allocation. Kontrol is offering a top tier solution through our SmartSuite technology, which has the ability to communicate with local utilities and either reduce power consumption or shut off power demand at the building and suite level, and seamlessly integrate into utilities’ grid management framework. We look forward to serving customers in the Quebec market in the near term, helping to facilitate utility grid optimization, energy conservation and greenhouse gas emission reduction.” Paul Ghezzi, CEO of Kontrol Technologies SmartSuite Demand Response Using Kontrol’s propriety Cloud and energy control system, the Company can integrate its SmartSuite solution with utilities that operate demand response programs through the use of APIs. Most demand response programs provide customer incentives that correlate to kilowatt hours of energy saved. Such incentives can reduce initial capital investment and accelerate adoption of energy savings technologies. Through its operating subsidiary, Hilo, Hydro Québec offers a demand response program which encourages buildings to participate in reducing energy consumption in peak demand periods. Demand Response Market Size in North America The Global Smart Demand Response Market size is predicted to reach USD 75.53 billion by 2030 with a CAGR of 14.2% from 2020-2030, according to Next Move Strategy Consulting. North America is anticipated to grow with the highest CAGR, attributable to factors including enhanced developments in smart technologies, high R&D investments, and high consumer awareness. According to Technavio, 59% of growth during the period from 2021-2025 is expected to originate from North America. Kontrol Technologies Corp. Kontrol Technologies Corp., a Canadian public company, is a leader in smart buildings and cities through IoT, Cloud and SaaS technology. Kontrol provides a combination of software, hardware, and service solutions to its customers to improve energy management, air quality and continuous emission monitoring.

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CLOUD COMPLIANCE AND AUDIT

Qumulo Launches Cloud Now Program; Gives Cloud Builders One Free Petabyte of Storage

Qumulo | April 26, 2022

-Qumulo, the leader in data storage and management at scale, today unveiled “Cloud Now,” a new program that offers cloud builders the ability to create and test up to one petabyte (PB) of multi-cloud file storage at no cost*. As the only multi-cloud file platform able to run massive data workloads with radical simplicity, Qumulo designed the Cloud Now Program to eliminate barriers to unstructured data storage in the cloud while speeding time to deployment. Customers can now build a proof of concept (POC) at scale with no Qumulo licensing costs, no underlying cloud storage infrastructure costs, and a white-glove deployment experience. are already turning to the cloud to scale rapidly. Recent macroeconomic challenges, such as supply chain delays and labor shortages, have accelerated cloud adoption. According to recent independent analyst reports, organizations are increasing annual cloud spending by 20.7% through 2025, and more than 40% of enterprises surveyed are moving workloads to the cloud to mitigate supply chain disruption. “Today’s enterprises need to manage their data and keep their business moving forward. We believe every business should experience the benefits of cloud, which is why we are offering to build proof of concept environments for our customers free of charge in the cloud of their choice,” said Bill Richter, CEO at Qumulo. “The Cloud Now Program removes concerns of cost and infrastructure lock-in – something legacy vendors simply can’t do.” As the only multi-cloud provider that runs on AWS, GCP, and Azure infrastructure at massive scale, Qumulo gives customers the ability to manage massive amounts of unstructured data, regardless of which cloud it is in, for instant freedom and flexibility. Customers frequently turn Qumulo POCs into production workloads and with Cloud Now, have a free cloud storage environment to run real-world production workloads with confidence. As a software defined, multi-cloud unstructured data solution, Qumulo runs in data centers, private clouds and all three major public clouds. Deploying the Qumulo single software stack across on-prem and the public cloud reduces complexity with a single management experience wherever a customer’s data resides. Qumulo also offers the same award-winning customer support experience across all deployments. About Qumulo, Inc. Qumulo is the breakthrough leader in simplifying data management in its native file form at a massive scale across hybrid-cloud environments. Its high-performance file data platform is designed to store, manage and create workflows and applications with data in its native file form at massive scale on prem and in the public cloud. Qumulo is trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major film and animation studios, and some of the largest research facilities in the world to easily manage the full data lifecycle from ingestion, transformation, publishing and archiving with cost-effective capacity, dynamic scalability, automatic encryption, real-time visibility and an advanced API that enables customers to easily integrate Qumulo into their ecosystem and workflows.

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Communications service providers (CSPs) are embracing cloudtechnologies, such as OpenStack, to meet demands for innovative new services. To ensure business continuity, these production cloud environments must be highly available and reliable.

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