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Red Hat Improves Customer Preferences for Open Hybrid Cloud Computing

Red Hat | April 29, 2021

Red Hat declared the development of its open half-breed cloud technology portfolio with new oversaw cloud administrations.

Red Hat OpenShift API Management, Red Hat OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka, and Red Hat OpenShift Data Science are intended to convey a completely oversaw and smoothed out client experience as associations construct, send, oversee and scale cloud-local applications across cross breed conditions.

These administrations are firmly incorporated with Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated and help relieve the operational intricacies of exceptionally complex current IT conditions without forfeiting engineer efficiency, giving a typical arrangement of abilities across the full expansiveness of the open crossover cloud and on numerous mists.

2020 underlined exactly how basic half and half cloud activities at scale are for CIOs and IT pioneers, particularly when confronted with extending administration interest while keeping up existing framework responsibilities.

To address this new reality, clients and accomplices need adaptability by the way they receive advancements to convey any application, anyplace, without extra overhead or intricacy.

These central cloud administrations shift operational obligation and backing to Red Hat and empower clients to work on cutting-edge applications with an emphasis on appropriating information and empowering API-driven admittance to it.

The new administrations include:
  • Red Hat OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka, intended to make it simpler to make, find and interface with constant information streams paying little heed to where they exist.
  • Red Hat OpenShift Data Science to offer associations an approach to all the more quickly creating, train, and test AI (ML) models and fare in a compartment prepared configuration.
  • Red Hat OpenShift API Management speeds up an ideal opportunity to esteem and diminishes the operational expense of conveying API-first, microservices-based applications.

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The Cloud Era is forcing enterprise IT organizations to reevaluate IT strategies, causing them to search for lower costs, greater capacity and improved agility. Yet cloud computing is more of a landscape than a single mountain top. Rather than one product to install or even a single solution to deploy, cloud computing touches on the broader aspects of IT. Citrix offers an industry leading set of solutions that power mobile workstyles and cloud services. These are open solutions, built on a different set of assumptions than the PC Era. They support a broad range of services, regardless of the underlying technologies. They are designed to leverage existing investments, not push more expensive hardware. Look to Citrix as your enterprise begins to embrace the Cloud Era.


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Vodafone Partners with Oracle to Accelerate Technology Modernization on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle | June 22, 2022

Oracle and Vodafone, the largest pan-European and African technology communications company, today announced a strategic partnership to modernize the operator's European IT infrastructure and accelerate its transition to the cloud. Under the multi-year agreement, Vodafone will modernize and migrate a large number of its systems to OCI Dedicated Region, a fully managed cloud region that brings all of Oracle's public cloud services into Vodafone's own network and data centers. This will provide a dedicated cloud platform for Vodafone to modernize its thousands of Oracle databases as well as to support and scale its mission-critical OSS and BSS systems, including CRM and order management. The implementation will also enable Vodafone to build new cloud-based applications faster, and by taking advantage of its geographical scale, launch them in multiple markets at the same time. Oracle will deploy OCI Dedicated Region in Vodafone's main data centers that manage its European IT and network operations. The deployment of public cloud services directly inside Vodafone's own network and data centers will enable the operator to flexibly modernize, manage and automate its critical systems using new technologies such as autonomous services, and more easily meet the latency and performance requirements of these applications. Vodafone will also have close access to compute resources that enable it to dynamically augment and scale services in multiple geographies according to changing business requirements, while reducing operational costs and meeting data residency regulations. The partnership supports Vodafone's multi-year initiative to consolidate and modernize the technology infrastructure that supports its mission-critical systems into a shared, on-premises, open-standard platform capable of supporting and scaling next-generation digital services. It will also help Vodafone further its Tech 2025 goals: reducing time-to-market of its services, providing stand-out customer experiences through always-on services, and reducing operational costs through automation. "As Vodafone focuses on growth, data is key to how we evolve our business, build new capabilities and innovate to meet the needs of our customers. Our collaboration with Oracle supports our vision of becoming a technology communications company," said Scott Petty, Chief Digital & IT Officer, Vodafone. "The agreement enables Oracle to bring its entire portfolio of cloud services directly into Vodafone data centers. This includes the same architecture, software, services and control plane used in OCI public cloud. The flexibility offered by OCI enables us to build a robust, secure, and extensible cloud platform in our own data centers, while also providing the operational agility and scalability required to support the growth and diversification of our business." "Telecom companies are reimagining their business models to innovate and monetize new opportunities at speed and at scale, Vodafone is at the forefront of this thinking, and we are excited to bring the power of OCI to Vodafone's data centers to support the company and its partners as they fast-track this vision and deliver the next generation of connected services." Clay Magouyrk, executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure "Now more than ever, telecom companies need to quickly adopt new technologies to deliver new innovative products at speed while continuing to meet evolving regulatory requirements. Our partnership with Vodafone is based on achieving this balance, providing a cloud platform that enables Vodafone to modernize and consolidate its existing infrastructure while also building a foundation for a digital future. We are looking forward to partnering with one of the telecom sector's digital trailblazers as we help shape the next generation of communication services and business models," said Jonathan Tikochinsky, executive vice president, global strategic clients, Oracle. About Oracle Oracle offers integrated suites of applications plus secure, autonomous infrastructure in the Oracle Cloud. For more information about Oracle

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IBM Takes on the 5G Era with Acquisition of Sentaca

IBM | February 02, 2022

IBM announced it has acquired Sentaca, a leading telco consulting services and solutions provider. The acquisition will accelerate IBM's hybrid cloud consulting business, adding critical skills to help communications service providers (CSPs) and media giants modernize on multiple cloud platforms, innovate, and transform their businesses. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Sentaca's team of highly experienced technology consultants across the U.S. and Canada build and migrate mission-critical applications on leading cloud service providers and open-source platforms like Red Hat OpenShift and OpenStack. Sentaca has supported digital transformation, next-generation networks and improved consumer experience for CSPs and media companies since its founding in 2008. Sentaca will join IBM Consulting's fast-growing Hybrid Cloud Services business to solve clients' strategic and technology challenges such as cost-of-ownership, monetization, scalable and secure architecture, and address opportunities including 5G, IoT and streaming that can accelerate the creation and delivery of new services. Sentaca's domain expertise, assets and client relationships will help IBM meet industry demand and strengthen its position as a prime systems integrator for the emerging network and 5G market. "Our goal is to help modern networks thrive in an open, hybrid cloud environment that will bring edge and 5G to life for enterprises and consumers. The proliferation of mobile devices, wireless connectivity, and new media platforms is driving convergence among telco, media, and entertainment, which makes our acquisition of Sentaca all the more valuable for our clients." John Granger, Senior Vice President, IBM Consulting Since Arvind Krishna became IBM CEO, the company has acquired more than 20 companies – 10 in Consulting alone – to bolster its hybrid cloud and AI capabilities. The announcement of the Sentaca acquisition follows several acquisitions by IBM of leading cloud consulting firms – Nordcloud, Taos, BoxBoat and SXiQ – in 2021, which significantly expanded IBM's multicloud transformation, management expertise and capabilities in Europe and North America. "Sentaca's deep knowledge and experience of telecom networks, coupled with our expertise in hybrid multi-cloud and automation services and solutions, is a perfect fit to compliment IBMs telco/5G strategy," said Phil O'Neill, CEO of Sentaca. "We are very excited to join the IBM team and to be in a position to access additional resources and platforms to deliver on even larger and more ambitious enterprise cloud transformation projects within the telco and media industry sector." 91% of high performing communications services providers surveyed by the IBM Institute for Business Value expect to outperform their current financial expectations in five years as a result of using 5G-enabled edge computing. 5G will allow CSPs to offer a range of tailored network experiences for use cases across industries. To innovate and modernize around 5G and edge, telcos are embracing a hybrid cloud future which is expected to grow into an estimated $50 billion annual cloud professional services market1 by 2025. IBM has long been trusted by the world's leading CSPs to guide them through major technology inflection points, helping clients co-create unique solutions while supporting them on their network transformation journeys and enabling new revenue streams that deliver value to consumer and enterprise clients. Today, more than 80% of the world's largest telcos work with IBM, and more than 140 telcos are served by IBM and Red Hat.

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AVCT Announces Securities Purchase Agreement

American Virtual Cloud Technologies, Inc. | March 01, 2022

American Virtual Cloud Technologies, Inc. announced that it has entered into a securities purchase agreement for a sale of equity securities to an institutional investor. The net proceeds, after original issue discount, will total $15 million initially, plus an additional $5 million subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including receipt of stockholder approval pursuant to Nasdaq listing rules. AVCT will issue shares of a new series of convertible preferred stock, together with warrants, pursuant to the terms of the securities purchase agreement. AVCT previously announced a definitive agreement to sell its Computex business to Calian Group Ltd. a move that will transition AVCT to a pure-play cloud communications and collaboration company, centered on its premium Kandy cloud-based, real-time communications platform. The Company expects that this security sale and the expected net proceeds from its planned divestiture of its Computex business will be used to retire all of its existing debt. “Any additional capital received from the sale of these securities and the Computex sale will be used to support the growth of our Kandy business unit.” Darrell J. Mays, AVCT CEO Northland Capital Markets served as sole placement agent in the transaction. About American Virtual Cloud Technologies, Inc. American Virtual Cloud Technologies, Inc. is a premier global cloud communications offering proprietary UCaaS, CPaaS, and CCaaS capabilities. Our mission is to provide global technology solutions with a superior customer experience. About Kandy Kandy is a cloud-based, real-time communications platform offering proprietary UCaaS, CPaaS, CCaaS, Microsoft Teams Direct Routing as a Service, and SIP Trunking as a Service capabilities. Kandy enables service providers, enterprises, software vendors, systems integrators, partners, and developers to enrich their applications and services with real-time contextual communications, providing a more engaging user experience. With Kandy, companies of all sizes and types can quickly embed real-time communications capabilities into their existing applications and business processes.

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Teamwork Commerce Partners with Google Cloud to Deliver Seamless Shopping

Teamwork Commerce | February 22, 2022

Teamwork Commerce, a retail management software developer, and Google Cloud have combined their services to enable retailers to provide products seamlessly and more efficiently to their customers. To help retailers face the new challenges of post-pandemic times, Teamwork partnered with Google Cloud to launch a powerful backend, which was once reserved for enterprise clients only, to all clients on the new Teamwork POS Pro platform. Google Cloud's Partnership Advantage Together, Teamwork Commerce and Google Cloud will help retailers solve their most challenging issues such as capturing omnichannel revenue growth, driving operational efficiencies, and becoming a customer-centric, data-driven retailer. Teamwork utilizes Google BigQuery, Cloud Composer and Looker to provide its clients with instant responses to any analytical query and bring power of data-driven decisions to all aspects of business operations. In addition to that, clients can utilize ML models (with BigQuery ML and Vertex AI) to solve demand forecasting problems connected to replenishment, assortment planning, product allocation and other. Teamwork moved to Google's Kubernetes Engine to assist with an increase of eCommerce users around the holidays. Kubernetes has allowed Teamwork retailers to not overload the system when thousands of people want to perform tasks like checking the balance of their gift card or placing an order. Compliance is becoming more and more crucial in different regions. Teamwork Commerce's global cloud headquarters (CHQ), runs on Google Cloud, allowing retailers that operate or sell in different countries to better follow compliance in any fiscal region they may be operating in. About Teamwork Commerce Teamwork Commerce is a leading Omnichannel Solution, providing retailers with Point-of Sale, Order Management, Inventory Control, CRM, and Analytics. They also boast an ecosystem of integrations with top solutions making unified commerce a seamless activity. Teamwork works closely with its partners to ensure it utilizes cutting-edge technology to meet the needs of the ever-changing retail landscape. Top retailers in over 20 countries globally use Teamwork Commerce to take the friction out of retail, providing their customers with the best possible experience.

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The Cloud Era is forcing enterprise IT organizations to reevaluate IT strategies, causing them to search for lower costs, greater capacity and improved agility. Yet cloud computing is more of a landscape than a single mountain top. Rather than one product to install or even a single solution to deploy, cloud computing touches on the broader aspects of IT. Citrix offers an industry leading set of solutions that power mobile workstyles and cloud services. These are open solutions, built on a different set of assumptions than the PC Era. They support a broad range of services, regardless of the underlying technologies. They are designed to leverage existing investments, not push more expensive hardware. Look to Citrix as your enterprise begins to embrace the Cloud Era.

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