Why enterprises need a distinction between multiple clouds and multi-cloud - the latter requires careful network planning

diginomica.com | February 17, 2020

As commonly used, the term 'multi-cloud' doesn’t imply anything about a user’s application architecture. However, once organizations with more than one set of cloud services start using them cooperatively and synergistically, they find that the design and implementation implications are far more significant than checking a multi-cloud survey box.That’s because, carefully crafted web-scale systems that anticipate a highly distributed and occasionally hostile network environment, most enterprise software is designed with the assumption that interdependent systems can easily communicate with each other with little resistance, i.e. latency, jitter, packet loss and bandwidth throttling in network-speak.Once an application is spread across multiple clouds, these assumptions go out the window if the services are interconnected, as is the case for most nascent cloud deployments, over the Internet using VPNs. In these cases, users are in for a nasty surprise if they expect the same repeatable performance they got from on-premises systems.Instead, IT organizations with distributed multi-cloud systems must pay as much attention to the network stitching clouds together as they do to the on-cloud application design and service selection. Unfortunately, it’s not in the best interest of cloud providers to make it easy to move workloads and data back and forth to competitors. Indeed, most charge transfer fees for the privilege.

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Cloud computing is making waves in the Enterprise package space as the latest trend in Information Technology. Companies are forecasting unprecedented growth in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) segment. On the one hand it opens a completely new market section for Oracle, on the other, SME's benefit from using Secure, Complaint and State of the Art applications leveraging Industry standard business processes which can scale as their business grows. This paper analyzes the economics of having Oracle Applications on the Cloud and its suitability to its customers.


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Consolidated Communications Enhances Managed Services Suite

Consolidated Communications | December 28, 2021

Consolidated Communications a leading broadband and business communications provider, has completed a range of enhancements to their Managed IT Services suite, delivering even more value and a better experience for businesses. In recent months, Consolidated has added new functionality and white glove support to bolster its robust Managed IT Services offering, including Microsoft 365, Managed Desktop Network & Server, Managed Mobile, and Acronis Backup and Disaster Recovery. These enhancements deliver 24/7 expert customer service, and the tools and knowledge that come with decades of experience, including: support for desktops, servers, network gear and mobile devices. Consolidated’s Managed IT Services are built to support and operate in regulated and compliant environments, for businesses of all sizes. “Every business is trying to increase productivity and efficiency, and that’s exactly what we’re offering. Consolidated’s Managed IT Services provide a truly outstanding customer service experience that is reliable, affordable, and allows companies to focus on growth and meeting their business objectives and obligations to their customers.” Travis Graham, vice president of commercial product for Consolidated The newly enhanced Acronis Backup and Disaster Recovery provide customers with the best way to protect their businesses in the cloud, avoid costly downtime, reduce IT costs and restore from anywhere. In the wake of 2021’s extreme weather including wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes, disaster recovery is critical for businesses of every size. Acronis was recognized by industry experts at Gartner, Inc. as Visionary1 in their Gartner 2020 Magic Quadrant for Backup and Disaster Recovery solutions. As a full-service Managed IT Services provider, Consolidated’s enhanced offerings provide a complete wrap-around suite to SD-WAN, Cloud Secure and the award-winning ProConnect Unified Communications. About Consolidated Communications Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. is dedicated to moving people, businesses and communities forward by delivering the latest reliable communications solutions. Consumers, businesses and wireless and wireline carriers depend on Consolidated for a wide range of high-speed internet, data, phone, security, cloud and wholesale carrier solutions. With a network spanning more than 50,000 fiber route miles, Consolidated is a top 10 U.S. fiber provider, turning technology into solutions that are backed by exceptional customer support.

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Options Achieves VMware Cloud Verified Status in NY5

Options Technology | December 29, 2021

Options Technology, the leading Capital Markets services provider, backed by Abry Partners, announced the achievement of VMware Cloud Verified status in their East Coast NY5 data center. The accomplishment follows the VMware Cloud Provider Principal Partner Status awarded to the firm for their London facility earlier this year. The Cloud Verified designation indicates that a provider offers a complete VMware-based, software-defined data center infrastructure delivered as a service. VMware Cloud Verified partner services enable customers to achieve unmatched levels of consistency, performance, and interoperability for traditional and containerised enterprise applications with the confidence that the service received is based on the most advanced VMware cloud technologies. “By achieving VMware Cloud Verified status in NY5, we extend our best-in-class multi-Cloud platform to a second region. Alongside our recent achievement of VMware Cloud Principal Partner status in Europe, today’s achievement reiterates Options’ commitment to delivering industry-leading expertise in multi-Cloud services. We are excited to expand this offering further across the globe in the coming months.” Options’ President and CEO Danny Moore Today’s news comes as the latest in a series of strategic announcements for Options, including the acquisition of ACTIV Financial, a Fourth Microsoft Gold Partner Status, and an industry-first partnership with Code Willing. In 2019, Options received investment from Boston-based Private Equity Firm, Abry Partners. This investment has enabled Options to accelerate its growth strategy and develop its technology platform whilst expanding its global reach in key financial centres. About Options Options Technology is the No. 1 provider of IT infrastructure to global Capital Markets firms, supporting their operations and ecosystems. Founded in 1993, the firm began life as a hedge fund technology services provider. Today, the company provides high-performance managed trading infrastructure and cloud-enabled managed services to over 200 firms globally, providing an agile, scalable platform in an Investment Bank grade Cybersecurity wrapper. Options clients include the leading global investment banks, hedge funds, funds of funds, proprietary trading firms, market makers, broker/dealers, private equity houses and exchanges. With offices in 8 key cities; New York, Toronto, Chicago, London, Belfast, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand, Options are well placed to service their customers both on-site and remotely. In 2019, Options secured a significant growth investment from Abry Partners, a Boston-based sector-focused private equity firm. This investment has enabled Options to considerably accelerate its growth strategy to invest further in its technology platform and expand its reach in key financial centres globally. Options has been named among the UK’s leading growth companies in the 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table. About Abry Partners Abry is one of the most experienced and successful sector-focused private equity investment firms in North America. Since its founding in 1989, the firm has completed over $82 billion of leveraged transactions and other private equity or preferred equity placements. Currently, the firm manages over $5.0 billion of capital across their active funds.

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Wipro Unveils a New “Cloud Car” Platform; Aims to Accelerate the Deployment of Software-Defined Vehicles

Wipro Limited | March 03, 2022

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Arc Raises $161M to Launch Full-Service Finance Platform for SaaS, Built in Partnership with Stripe

Arc | January 14, 2022

Arc, the full-service finance platform for SaaS, emerged from stealth with $161 million in total funding from equity and credit investors. In partnership with Stripe, Arc is building a first-of-its-kind fintech solution where software founders can borrow, save, and spend on one comprehensive digital platform. Its introductory product, Arc Advance, allows SaaS founders to seamlessly convert future revenue into upfront capital without dilution at the click of a button. cloud services are among the world’s fastest-growing markets — estimated to reach $400 billion in revenue in 2022 and growing 20%+ year-over-year, according to Gartner. However, innovation in SaaS companies has outpaced the funding solutions supporting them. Historically, high-growth software companies in their earliest stages turn to venture capital and occasionally venture debt to fund their growth. 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