Accenture Recognized a Leader in Gartner’s 2020 Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Professional and Managed Services, Worldwide

Accenture | July 16, 2020

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been named as a Leader in Gartner’s 2020 Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Professional and Managed Services, Worldwide. Accenture’s position in the Leaders quadrant comes as Gartner cited that by 2025, more than 80% of public cloud managed and professional services deals will require both hybrid cloud and multi-cloud capabilities from the provider, up from less than 50% in 2020.

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The hybrid cloud is the future of IT infrastructure: How you can get the best of all worlds Hybrid solutions are already proving popular, with organisations clearly migrating some applications to public cloud services and also using the cloud to add flexibility, scalability and resilience to their own private cloud infrastructures. Over 50% of IT decision makers are actively involved in either piloting the use of cloud computing services or actively migrating applications to the cloud Hybrid cloud solutions are already proving popular as organisations use them to experience and experiment with cloud solutions while ensuring their overall IT infrastructure remains with what they know.

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The hybrid cloud is the future of IT infrastructure: How you can get the best of all worlds Hybrid solutions are already proving popular, with organisations clearly migrating some applications to public cloud services and also using the cloud to add flexibility, scalability and resilience to their own private cloud infrastructures. Over 50% of IT decision makers are actively involved in either piloting the use of cloud computing services or actively migrating applications to the cloud Hybrid cloud solutions are already proving popular as organisations use them to experience and experiment with cloud solutions while ensuring their overall IT infrastructure remains with what they know.

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Scala Data Centers launches the largest vertical data center in Latin America

Scala Data Centers | September 02, 2022

Scala Data Centers, the leading Latin American platform of sustainable data centers in the hyperscale market, launches the largest vertical data center in Latin America, SGRUTB04, with a total capacity of 18MW. Located in the Tamboré Campus, the company's complex in Greater São Paulo, Brazil, SGRUTB04 goes into service dedicated to a single hyperscale client, with a commitment to full capacity for more than a decade. With almost 140,000 sqf of total built area, this new Scala data center is 56 meters high, has seven floors, with four dedicated to data halls, which add up to more than 1,500 racks. Developed according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, which is focused on sustainable constructions, the single-tenant data center has a modern refrigeration system with indirect free cooling (technology to optimize energy use at low temperatures), a redundant UPS system and very high energy efficiency with PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) around 1,35, one of the lowest rates in the region. SGRUTB04 is also equipped with meet-me rooms, dock, storage area, and an office fully dedicated to the customer. "Latin America's largest vertical data center, SGRUTB04, is an excellent example of Scala's multi-build approach. With this, we introduce the concept of built-in reserved capacity, bringing unprecedented scalability to the Latin American sector. This approach allows our clients to grow their business in a sustainable way and in record time for decades." Marcos Peigo, CEO of Scala The executive also states that SGRUTB04 materializes Scala's successful commercial strategy, in which the client employed the reserved capacity, doubling the contracted capacity even before the initially planned production start date. "Unlike the market in general, Scala does not just deliver contractual commitments; we actually invest in our clients, positioning ourselves as true partners," he details. To build SGRUTB04, Scala applied a proprietary methodology called One Scala Template, specially designed by Scala's Center of Excellence in Engineering (CoE) to meet the demands of the hyperscale market. An unprecedented initiative in the segment in Latin America, the CoE consists of a specialists' team responsible for the entire chain of design, project, construction, and commissioning of new data centers. By verticalizing all stages, delivery time is reduced, ensuring standardization that leads to gains in scale, and allowing unique levels of customization and unparalleled dedication to projects. Formed by more than 150 professionals, including architects, engineers, and specialists in construction, design, and commissioning, Scala's CoE also develops new technologies to bring more efficiency to the construction and operation of data centers. With the SGRUTB04 delivery, Scala now has five data centers in operation, three of which are in Tamboré Campus, one in São Paulo downtown and another in Campinas, Greater São Paulo. In addition to these data centers, the company continues its accelerated expansion plan, with new projects in course, such as the SGRUTB05, which will have a capacity of 10MW and is scheduled to start operations in early 2023, and the SGRUTB06, with 28MW of capacity for the beginning of 2024. The projects above ensure that Scala's Tamboré Campus has 90MW of hired capacity and 170MW of capacity contractually reserved for hyperscale clients, becoming the largest data center complex in Latin America and one of the largest worldwide already in its first phase of development. Also in Brazil, the company develops projects in Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Jundiaí, Campinas, and Fortaleza - all anchored by hyperscale clients. In the rest of the region, Scala conducts advanced processes for constructing data centers in Chile, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. About Scala Data Centers Scala Data Centers is the leading Latin American platform of sustainable data centers in the hyperscale market. Headquartered in Brazil and founded by DigitalBridge, it was developed to meet and exceed the growing demand for digital access in Latin America. Scala has a highly qualified team of over 500 professionals and applies a flexible and innovative approach to providing exceptional quality colocation services to hyperscale clients, cloud-based software and service providers, and large enterprises. We customize state-of-the-art solutions for each client in the construction of the latest generation data centers, with high availability, energy efficiency and superior density. All this combined with best sustainability practices guided by our ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) program.

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Announcing NetApp BlueXP: The Unified Data Experience for the Evolved Cloud

NetApp | November 01, 2022

NetApp®, a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company, today announced the availability of NetApp BlueXP, a unified control plane delivering a simple hybrid multicloud experience for storage and data services across on-premises and cloud environments. Organizations today have increasingly moved to hybrid multicloud environments to accelerate their digital transformation and drive growth, even in uncertain times. But in managing these environments, companies face daunting challenges and inefficiencies that can impede innovation. With BlueXP, NetApp is leading the way to a more “evolved cloud” to simplify and automate critical operations across on-premises and public clouds in order to help organizations drive business impact and improve customer experience. NetApp BlueXP allows users to manage their broader hybrid multicloud data estate, including on-premises unified storage and first-party native storage with the leading public cloud providers. Offering a simple, yet powerful experience driven by AIOps, BlueXP delivers integrated, broad data service capabilities to deploy, automate, discover, manage, protect, govern and optimize data, infrastructure, and the business processes that support them – with the flexible consumption options required in today’s cloud-led environment. “Today’s cloud environments are complex. Organizations are looking for a better cloud experience – simpler, streamlined, governed, and optimized for performance and cost across their entire hybrid multicloud environment,” said Archana Venkatraman, Research Director, Cloud Data Management, IDC. “An ‘evolved cloud’ is one of the most grounded, AI-driven, and practical approaches to cloud management as a whole – and organizations will quickly benefit from migration to operations, to FinOps, to innovation.” “With the launch of BlueXP, NetApp is uniquely positioned to help organizations unlock the promise of the cloud by making infrastructure, applications and data true assets to their business. “By taking an evolved cloud approach, customers can integrate cloud into their architecture and operations, eliminate complexity and increase their speed of innovation to deliver quickly on the business outcomes that matter most.” George Kurian, Chief Executive Officer at NetApp NetApp BlueXP capabilities include: Unified Storage Management: The SaaS-delivered BlueXP global control plane gives a single point of visibility and management over wide-ranging hybrid multicloud environments. This includes the ability to manage NetApp AFF, FAS, StorageGRID, and E-Series on-premises storage, as well as the major clouds with Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP, Azure NetApp Files, Google Cloud Volumes Service and Cloud Volumes ONTAP, all in a single console. AIOps-Driven Health: Integrated AI/ML-driven automation reduces manpower demands, resource loads, and risk profile, while AI-enabled health and status monitoring not only alerts of infrastructure and workload issues, but offers proactive guidance to avoid trouble scenarios. BlueXP integrates NetApp’s leading Active IQ technology for always-on telemetry across the hybrid multicloud. Cyber Resilience: Unified control of data protection and security with an integrated zero-trust model. A single ransomware dashboard provides company-wide visibility into ransomware vulnerabilities with the ability to fix many issues automatically with a single click. Governance at a Glance: A complete view of the digital estate to monitor compliance and permissions. The AI/ML capability audits both user and data level activity, immediately detecting anomalies and taking prescribed actions. Seamless Mobility: Integrated data movers allow for copying, syncing, tiering, and caching data across all major clouds and the data center as easily as “drag and drop.” Integrated security and efficiencies ensure data is protected in transit and stored on the lower-cost storage tier possible. Flexible Consumption: BlueXP allows customers to only pay for the capabilities they need, billed on usage. A Digital Wallet allows for licenses for data services to be easily interchanged as an enterprise’s needs change. NetApp Keystone, the leading Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) offering, is integrated into BlueXP to allow customers to manage their consumption-based data center storage side by side with their cloud storage. “OpenText serves the majority of the Fortune 100 companies as customers, delivering enterprise-grade, cloud-native solutions and information management software that helps power their businesses,” said Mark J. Barrenechea, CEO and CTO, OpenText. “We are investing in centralizing systems to reduce complexity. As we help organizations move to the cloud, we are leveraging NetApp’s portfolio to actively monitor and manage our hybrid multicloud environment with a unified control plane, allowing us to efficiently onboard new customers to their cloud of choice in one seamless experience.” NetApp BlueXP is the preferred method to manage NetApp ONTAP, NetApp's industry-leading data management software, both in the cloud and on-premises. The latest release of ONTAP, announced today, contains over twenty major innovations including a new tamper-proof snapshot feature and integrated AIOps-driven anti-ransomware protection, making ONTAP the leading option for secure data storage. In addition, an expansion of NetApp’s innovative unified multi-protocol technology allows simultaneous NAS file and S3 object access to the same data, increasing the flexibility of ONTAP as a repository for massive data lakes used for today's modern AI/ML pipelines. About NetApp NetApp is a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company that empowers organizations to lead with data in the age of accelerated digital transformation. The company provides systems, software and cloud services that enable them to run their applications optimally from data center to cloud, whether they are developing in the cloud, moving to the cloud, or creating their own cloudlike experiences on premises. With solutions that perform across diverse environments, NetApp helps organizations build their own data fabric and securely deliver the right data, services, and applications to the right people—anytime, anywhere.

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Spectra Logic and iRODS Consortium Partner to Provide Glacier-Like Tier of Storage for Data-Driven Organizations

Spectra Logic | September 26, 2022

Spectra Logic, a global leader in data management and data storage solutions, today announced a collaboration with the iRODS Consortium to create a joint solution built upon Spectra Vail® software, Spectra BlackPearl® S3 storage and the iRODS data management platform. The combined solution enables customers to use industry-standard cloud interfaces for on-premises disk and on-premises glacier* storage with object tape, while unlocking multi-site/multi-cloud capabilities. The iRODS integration with BlackPearl S3 allows organizations to leverage the performance and cost benefits of on-premises glacier storage as disk or tape to access “cold” data and automate workflows, while the integration with Vail provides access to cloud services across multiple clouds. Spectra Vail software and BlackPearl S3 storage have been tested with the iRODS S3 storage resource plugin to fully support the Amazon® S3 abstraction that iRODS delivers. The new functionality is available as part of the iRODS 4.2.11 release. "Organizations that need an on-prem glacier tier will see many benefits with the interoperability between BlackPearl S3 and the iRODS data management platform. “Organizations will be able to take full advantage of on-prem storage and the public, private and hybrid cloud by leveraging the Vail and iRODS integration.” David Feller, Spectra Logic vice president of product management and solutions engineering "The combined Spectra Logic and iRODS solution will enable organizations that rely heavily on tape to archive petabytes of valuable digital data economically and efficiently in a glacier-like tier,” said Terrell Russell, executive director of the iRODS Consortium. “We look forward to a lasting collaboration with Spectra Logic that will help our mutual customers drive innovation and accelerate business results." About the iRODS Consortium The iRODS Consortium is a membership-based organization that guides development and support of iRODS as free open-source software for data discovery, workflow automation, secure collaboration, and data virtualization. The iRODS Consortium provides a production-ready iRODS distribution and iRODS professional integration services, training, and support. The consortium is administered by founding member RENCI, a research institute for applications of cyberinfrastructure located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. About Spectra Logic Spectra Logic develops a full range of Attack Hardened™ data management and data storage solutions for a multi-cloud world. Dedicated solely to data storage innovation for more than 40 years, Spectra Logic helps organizations modernize their IT infrastructures and protect and preserve their data with a broad portfolio of solutions that enable them to manage, migrate, store and preserve business data long-term, along with features to make them ransomware resilient, whether on-premises, in a single cloud, across multiple clouds, or in all locations at once.

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