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Ubuntu Supports Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Ampere A1 Compute

Ubuntu, Oracle | May 26, 2021

Canonical, in collaboration with Oracle, announces the release of an optimized Ubuntu image for the launch of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Ampere A1 Compute. Customers of Oracle Cloud will benefit from running the most popular cloud operating system, Ubuntu, on a secure, scalable, and cost-effective infrastructure.

“Ubuntu on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Ampere A1 Compute delivers a high-performing and cost-effective solution for all workloads.” “Ubuntu offers developers with a high-performance cloud operating system and kernel that has exceptional boot speed, strong security, and stellar stability,” said Matt Leonard, vice president of product management for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure."

The same secure Ubuntu, but with an Oracle Cloud optimized kernel and configurations. Enterprises may run traditional workloads at a lower cost by combining the benefits of Ubuntu with the performance of Oracle's new offering. The ARM-based platform is also well-suited for new use cases, such as Anbox Cloud, which enables companies to run Android at scale and securely on the cloud. As a result, Umony, a supplier of regulated market compliance communication solutions, will connect Anbox Cloud with the new Ampere A1 Compute instances.

Anbox Cloud, Canonical's solution for operating Android at scale on any cloud, benefits from the performance and density offered by OCI Ampere A1 Compute. Running hundreds of Android containers for automation use cases becomes simple and cost-effective.

Ubuntu on OCI Ampere A1 is now available in the OCI console as a platform image.

About Canonical
Canonical is the publisher of Ubuntu, the open-source operating system used by the majority of public cloud workloads as well as new categories including intelligent gateways, self-driving cars, and advanced robots. Canonical offers commercial Ubuntu users enterprise security, support, and services. Canonical is a privately held company that was established in 2004.

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Volocopter Collaborates with Microsoft on VoloIQ Aerospace Cloud Project

Volocopter | May 17, 2022

Today, Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), announced a strategic collaboration with Microsoft to develop an aerospace cloud system in Microsoft Azure that will address the nascent cloud computing requirements for eVTOLs, UAM, and autonomous aviation. Once primed for commercial use, Azure will support the digital platform VoloIQ, the operating system for Volocopter's UAM services, and its subsequent transition to autonomous operations. Volocopter plans to make the VoloIQ its standard UAM operating system for all electric passenger and drone flight operations. Its modular structure will be vast, covering aspects like booking and e-commerce, commercial scheduling, operational network planning, flight planning, flight monitoring, supplying airspace digital twins, and vehicle data logging and analysis. Volocopter has chosen Microsoft Cloud / Azure to securely interconnect all these UAM ecosystem elements into one integrated set of services. "Having Microsoft on board as a project partner and investor is proof that the solutions Volocopter creates – like the VoloIQ – are pioneering and hold remarkable market potential. We're proud that Microsoft Azure is the one to provide a secure cloud and thus to ensure safety remains at the forefront of our operations." Alexander Oelling, Volocopter's Chief Digital Officer. Volocopter and Microsoft will begin collaborating by ensuring Microsoft Azure meets the VoloIQ's needs for commercial operations. Azure will then enable the VoloIQ's flight and service support for Volocopter's electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft (VoloCity, VoloDrone, and VoloConnect), alongside ground infrastructure (VoloPort) support in real time. "From the newest technologies to regulation, creating solutions to seamlessly address the cloud computing requirements for supporting continued advancements in aviation is a complex endeavor. We certainly see the potential a secure, robust, and efficient cloud platform could offer aerospace and urban air mobility operators," said Uli Homann, CVP of Cloud and AI at Microsoft. "Working in collaboration with Volocopter, we will start to build the foundation for a commercial model for aerospace cloud." The collaboration between Volocopter and Microsoft was first publicized in 2020, when Volocopter and Lufthansa Industry Solutions announced plans to develop the VoloIQ for autonomous aircraft operations using Microsoft Azure. The VoloIQ's aim is a straightforward one: to provide complete digital transparency and greater ecosystem efficiency in real time. By utilizing this digital resource, Volocopter's services – and all the relevant process elements needed to realize this service – will be user-friendly and digitally accessible for customers, pilots, operators, and stakeholders alike. Furthermore, the VoloIQ's solid scope will streamline Volocopter's transition into an autonomous air taxi services provider when the time comes and bolster its efficient maintenance and infrastructure as soon as it becomes operational. About Volocopter Volocopter is building the world's first sustainable and scalable urban air mobility business to bring affordable air taxi services for goods and people to megacities worldwide. Volocopter leads and cooperates with partners in infrastructure, operations, and air traffic management to build the ecosystem necessary to 'Bring Urban Air Mobility to Life'. Volocopter has over 500 employees in offices in Bruchsal, Munich, and Singapore. The company has raised $579 million in equity from investors including Geely, WP Investment, Mercedes-Benz Group, Intel Capital, and BlackRock..

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Otava Announces Enhanced Partner Program to Optimize Cloud Services Experience

Otava | April 20, 2021

Partner Program Includes New Portal, Dedicated Support Resources, and Low Price Commitment to Make Selling and Managing Complex, Compliant, and Customizable Cloud Solutions Easy April 20, 2021, Ann Arbor, Mich. — Otava, a global leader in secure and compliant hybrid cloud solutions, today announced significant enhancements to its Partner Program including a new partner portal featuring deal registration and management, 150 co-brandable enablement tools, dedicated marketing campaign assistance and trainers, plus a commitment that Otava will not let Partners lose on price for like deals. The new benefits complement Otava’s existing white label and wholesale program which allows partners to utilize their company name instead of Otava’s and control pricing margin and 1st call operational support. The advancements are designed to make it easy for service providers to deliver and manage compliant and customizable cloud, data protection, security, and colocation solutions to their customers. “We white label Otava’s cloud solutions as our own which gives us the ability to maintain the full control we need to be successful with our clients,” said Greg Fielding, Director of Professional Services for MyITpros. “Otava’s partner flexibility, dedicated training, sales, and marketing support are invaluable as we continue to grow our business.” As the Otava partner ecosystem continues to expand, new partners are onboarded to the program by a dedicated success advocate who will help create a customized success plan. Additionally, product training and orientation to Otava’s Partner Portal, a valuable repository for tools, training, and promotions is provided. Otava resources, including sales and solutions architects, serve as extensions of its partners’ teams to help drive success and make it easier to develop and close deals. The entire partner lifecycle is designed to create long-term service provider relationships that support the advancement of business objectives through the benefits of cloud services. “We are proud to roll out the latest advancements to our program because our unique approach makes it significantly easier for our partners to be successful,” said Brad Cheedle, CEO, Otava. “Otava’s flexible options allow service providers to build, preserve, and control their client relationships, eliminating the risk of customers going direct to other vendors for service and support. Additionally, we pride ourselves in providing hands-on consultative engagement with our experts every step of the way to ensure success in selling, training, and supporting cloud solutions, areas where other providers are notoriously absent. 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Lendio Announces the Beta Launch of Its Cloud-Based, Lender Technology Platform

Lendio | February 24, 2022

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

Qumulo | April 26, 2022

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