Cloud Foundry’s IBM Deal Will Help Resolve Container Challenges

IBM | April 18, 2018

IBM is adding a Cloud Foundry layer for developers that want to run container platforms on top of Kubernetes and the IBM Cloud. The move is targeted at helping enterprises gain more control over their container deployments and resolve some of the challenges of working with Kubernetes. The Cloud Foundry platform is an open source, multi-cloud application platform-as-a-service (PaaS). It’s governed by the Cloud Foundry Foundation. With the IBM integration, the Cloud Foundry platform will run on top of Kubernetes, which itself runs on IBM’s cloud architecture. The integration provides a level of abstraction for developers that work on containers but don’t want to deal with the intricacies inherent in Kubernetes.

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Data Centers are complex, requiring extensive supporting infrastructure, but are the backbone of the modern economy, the flexibility in mobility extending geographically, server rooms that power small-to-medium business, enterprise data centers that support mega corporations and cloud computing hyperscale server farms is on the rise… by 2020 their numbers are expected to grow to 8.7 million data centers. The effects on the environment are extremely concerning as to the Carbon footprint they create and the excessive energy consumption creates cause and effect… a ripple effect requiring in many cases a new Power Plant facility.

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Data Centers are complex, requiring extensive supporting infrastructure, but are the backbone of the modern economy, the flexibility in mobility extending geographically, server rooms that power small-to-medium business, enterprise data centers that support mega corporations and cloud computing hyperscale server farms is on the rise… by 2020 their numbers are expected to grow to 8.7 million data centers. The effects on the environment are extremely concerning as to the Carbon footprint they create and the excessive energy consumption creates cause and effect… a ripple effect requiring in many cases a new Power Plant facility.

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DriveNets Secures $262 Million in Series C Funding to Continue Disrupting the Telecommunications and Cloud Infrastructure Industry

DriveNets | August 19, 2022

DriveNets, a leader in cloud-native networking solutions, today announced it has secured $262 million in a Series C venture capital funding round, considerably increasing the company's valuation over its January 2021 Series B round. The funding from this latest round of investment will be used to develop future technology solutions, pursue new business opportunities, and expand the company's global operations and support teams to support growing customer demand. The round was led by D2 Investments with the participation of DriveNets' current investors, including Bessemer Venture Partners, Pitango, D1 Capital, Atreides Management, and Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services. "DriveNets' approach of building networks like cloud allows telecom providers to take advantage of technological efficiencies available to cloud hyperscalers, such as cloud-native software design and optimal utilization of shared resources across multiple services. "This latest round of investment demonstrates our investors' and customers' confidence in us and will enable us to expand the value and global operational support we offer them." Ido Susan, DriveNets founder and CEO "DriveNets has demonstrated its ability to move the networking industry forward and has gained the trust of tier-1 operators," said Adam Fisher, Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. "While other solution providers are facing challenging headwinds, DriveNets continues to innovate and execute on its vision to change the future of the networking market." "DriveNets has already made a big impact in the high-scale networking industry, and its routing solutions are adopted by tier-1 operators for their quality and the innovation they enable," said Aaron Mankovski, Managing Partner at Pitango. "This investment will allow DriveNets to expand its footprint in the market and develop additional offerings." Strong company performance supports investor confidence Since its last funding round in 2021, DriveNets has gained significant market traction. Growing network traffic running on the DriveNets' Network Cloud solution by 1,000 percent Engaging with nearly 100 customers and doubled bookings year over year Establishing key strategic partnerships to speed up the deployment of next-generation networks worldwide, including agreements with Itochu Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC), EPS Global, Wipro Limited, and KGPCo. Growing its overall employee base by 30 percent, significantly expanding its operations and deployment teams, and its global reach. About DriveNets DriveNets is a leader in cloud-native networking software and network disaggregation solutions. Founded in 2015 and based in Israel, DriveNets offers communications service providers (CSPs) and cloud providers a radical new way to build networks, substantially growing their profitability by changing their technological and economic models. DriveNets' solution – Network Cloud – adapts the architectural model of cloud to telco-grade networking. Network Cloud is a cloud-native software that runs over a shared physical infrastructure of standard white-boxes, radically simplifying the network's operations, offering telco-scale performance and elasticity at a much lower cost.

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Kyndryl to Modernize IT Infrastructure for American Honda Motor Company

Kyndryl | July 14, 2022

Kyndryl , the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider, today announced a multi-year agreement with American Honda Motor Company, Inc. (AHM) (NYSE: HMC) that expands Kyndryl's work to include support of AHM's infrastructure transformation across its U.S. manufacturing plants, research and development, captive finance, and sales operations. This collaboration will support AHM's efforts to harness its data and bring more innovation to its customers. "We've worked with Honda for many years and have helped them evolve their business as the mobility industry has undergone a major transformation of the consumer experience," said Matt Milton, President of Kyndryl U.S. "Honda is pioneering innovation in how it leverages data for value across its organization, and we're working side by side to help them modernize their operations to deliver on this future-forward strategy." "At a time of rapid transformation for the auto and mobility industry, we're pleased to work with Kyndryl to realize critical business transformation enabled by IT that will allow Honda to prepare for our electrified future. "Kyndryl will contribute to efficiencies and competitiveness across all North America processes, which will help us establish new connected products and services." Adam Sparks, Assistant Vice President of Enterprise IT Services at American Honda Motor Co AHM selected Kyndryl to simplify and centralize IT operations so it can invest more in innovation. Kyndryl will integrate an on-premises and cloud-based solution to support the deployment of a standard platform that centralizes management of all operations, including sales, finance, manufacturing and research and development operations. Honda will gain enhanced efficiency and resiliency across its U.S. operations and be able to speed the deployment of modern tooling and technologies, as well as integrate and simplify its services catalogue. Kyndryl will also continue to run the core infrastructure that supports Honda's U.S. operations. The north star of the work is for Kyndryl to support AHM in transforming its infrastructure foundation to streamline the management of data across mission critical operations and deliver improved experiences to customers. The strength of Kyndryl and AHM's relationship was further underscored recently when Kyndryl received AHM's supplier award for outstanding value. About Kyndryl Kyndryl is the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider. The company designs, builds, manages and modernizes the complex, mission-critical information systems that the world depends on every day. Kyndryl's more than 90,000 employees serve over 4,000 customers in more than 60 countries around the world, including 75 percent of the Fortune 100.

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Scale Computing Tops CRN’s 2022 Annual Report Card for Edge Computing and Converged/Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Scale Computing | August 23, 2022

Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named it a winner of the 2022 CRN Annual Report (ARC) Awards in both the Edge Computing category and the Converged/Hyperconverged Infrastructure category. This is the fourth consecutive year Scale Computing has been recognized as a CRN ARC Award winner, and the company once again swept all of the subcategories including Product Innovation, Support, Partnership, and Managed & Cloud Services in both Edge Computing and Converged/Hyperconverged Infrastructure. The company also announced a “save the date” for the 2023 Scale Computing Platform Partner Summit, February 15-16 in Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to download the dates to your Google Calendar, Outlook Calendar, or iCal. With a 37-year history, CRN’s ARC Awards recognize best-in-class vendors that are devoted to boosting IT channel growth through innovation in technology and partner strategy. Through the ARC Awards — known as one of the most prestigious honors in the IT industry — solution providers offer key feedback that commends technology manufacturers for designing channel-friendly product offerings, developing strong partner programs, and building long-term successful relationships with solution providers. “This recognition represents the ‘Voice of the Partner’ and we are very proud to be named the leader in both Edge Computing and Converged/Hyperconverged Infrastructure. “This year is particularly meaningful as vendor survey participation was mandatory, ranking us number one above all of our competition. When we founded Scale Computing, we set out to create a company that would be the best vendor our customers and partners would ever work with. Sweeping all subcategories over our competitors for years in-a-row proves we are delivering on that promise.” Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder, Scale Computing Scale Computing Platform brings simplicity, high availability, and scalability together, replacing the existing infrastructure and running applications in a single, easy-to-manage platform. Bringing faster time to value than competing solutions, SC//Platform enables organizations to run applications in a unified environment that scales from 1 to 50,000 servers. Regardless of hardware requirements, the same innovative software and simple user interface provides the power to run infrastructure efficiently at the edge, in the distributed enterprise, and in the data center. The ARC Awards are based on an invitation-only research survey conducted by The Channel Company. Responses from 3,000 solution providers across North America were evaluated in this year’s survey, rating 82 vendor partners across four criteria: product innovation, support, partnership, and managed cloud services. Scores were awarded in 25 major product categories in technology areas that are critical to channel partner success. “It’s our pleasure to honor vendors that consistently deliver top-performing products and services to establish and foster successful channel partner relationships,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO, The Channel Company. “In addition to highlighting our winners, CRN’s Annual Report Card Awards provide vendors with actionable feedback and insight into their current standing with partners that can be incorporated into their channel strategies in the future. We look forward to offering our congratulations to all the award recipients at XChange 2022 in August.” Winners will be featured throughout The Channel Company’s XChange 2022 conference, taking place August 21-23 in Denver, CO. Coverage of the CRN 2022 ARC results can be found online at www.CRN.com/ARC and will be featured in the October 2022 issue of CRN Magazine. About Scale Computing Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, Scale Computing Platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime, even when local IT resources and staff are scarce. Edge Computing is the fastest growing area of IT infrastructure, and industry analysts have named Scale Computing an outperformer and leader in the space, including being named the #1 edge computing vendor by CRN. Scale Computing’s products are sold by thousands of value-added resellers, integrators, and service providers worldwide. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing Platform is the ideal infrastructure platform. About The Channel Company The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.

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