Cloud infrastructure revenue softens but still breaks records

ARN | January 17, 2020

Cloud IT infrastructure revenue fell for the second consecutive quarter during the three months ending September 2019, but still outstripped revenue from non-cloud IT infrastructure, according to analysts. Cloud IT infrastructure products – consisting of server, enterprise storage and Ethernet switches – saw sales decline to 1.8 per cent, year-over-year, for the quarter, while spending on cloud IT environments reached US$16.8 billion, according to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) worldwide quarterly cloud IT infrastructure tracker report. The decline was attributed mostly to public cloud spending, which fell 3.7 per cent year over year to US$11.9 billion – yet when considered sequentially, this resulted in a rise of 24.4 per cent. Regardless, public cloud spending still made up most of all cloud IT environment spending.

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Micro Focus Technology and Expertise Support Successful Mainframe Modernisation Project for AG

Micro Focus | September 12, 2022

Global digital transformation leader Micro Focus today announced the successful modernisation of AG's mission-critical business systems. By using Micro Focus solutions and services, Belgium's largest and oldest insurance provider has established a contemporary, collaborative application development environment that meets the company's current needs, while enabling continued evolution and future change. During the significant modernisation project, critical applications comprising more than 80 million lines of code were moved from the incumbent mainframe system to new infrastructure that supports 14 million transactions per day. The project began in mid-2018 with a completion goal of four years. The efficiency of the project resulted in its completion in three years. Vitally, during the transition and since, there were no interruptions to daily business activities for AG or the services offered for its three million clients. "The whole operation has resulted in an innovative and open environment that enables a new data-driven strategy, as well as our company enjoying a lower total cost of ownership now and far into the future. The modernisation project opened the door for utilising the cloud and aligned operational systems more closely with the data analytics systems. The end result is a modern IT infrastructure that allows AG to efficiently meet its customer and distribution partners expectations and needs. We couldn't have realised this huge project without the partnership and excellent collaboration with Micro Focus." Philippe Van Belle, Chief Information & Technology Officer of AG In addition to bolstering its already excellent customer services, AG is now accelerating its own digital transformation with its modernised IT architecture. As part of this change, AG will now offer more services and conduct business operations in the cloud as they leverage new technologies in their continued digital evolution. Another advantage of the modernisation project is that AG has a cutting-edge environment for the recruitment of a new generation of developers, as well as the retention of existing talent with an uplift in development skills and program knowledge. "The completion of this project with AG is the latest in an extensive line of successful core business system modernisation projects for Micro Focus," said Neil Fowler, Micro Focus AMC General Manager. "Our role was to enable and support AG's modernisation journey as they delivered their business outcomes through a combination of application, process and infrastructure modernisation. This has resulted in an agile platform that allows AG to leverage their core applications and continue to deliver increasing value to their customers. With Micro Focus' more than 40 years of experience in modernising business-critical applications running on the mainframe or distributed environments, we as a company are proud of the results that we were able to deliver to AG. "AG has been a Micro Focus customer for more than ten years, and we look forward to seeing the positive impacts that this modernisation project has on the insurance services AG provides to its customers and the company's reduction in TCO for its infrastructure." The modernisation project entailed the shift of AG's z/OS workloads to a Windows-based environment. To do so, AG utilised the Micro Focus Enterprise Developer and Enterprise Server products, as well as the expertise of the company's Professional Services group. The AG modernisation project also included collaboration from HP Enterprise as system integrator and Capgemini as the testing partner. As a company, Micro Focus supports its customers' choice for modernising their applications, process and infrastructure. Digital transformation demands a flexible and adaptive strategy aimed at improving results and accelerating time to value. Through the Micro Focus Modernisation Maturity Model, IT leaders can quickly map their current IT environment to their future business strategy—while finding the right balance between costs, risk and speed. About Micro Focus Micro Focus is one of the world's largest enterprise software providers, focused on solving the IT dilemma—how to balance today's needs with tomorrow's opportunities. We deliver mission-critical technology that helps tens of thousands of customers worldwide manage core IT elements of their business. Strengthened by our strategic services and support organisations, and an extensive partner network, our broad set of technologies for security, IT operations, application delivery, governance, modernisation, and analytics provides the innovative solutions organisations need to run and transform— at the same time. About AG With a share of 29,5% in the Life insurance market and 16.7% in Non-life, AG is the undisputed leader in the Belgian insurance market. To better tailor its offer to fulfil different customer needs, AG has a multi-channel distribution strategy that includes independent brokers and Fintro agents, bank branches (BNP Paribas Fortis, bpost bank) and collaboration with large corporate clients and sectors for their group insurance. AG employs over 4,000 specialised staff members.

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DZS Wins 2022 Excellence Award from Cloud Computing Magazine

DZS | October 31, 2022

DZS , a global leader in access and optical edge infrastructure and cloud software solutions, today announced that the company won the 2022 Excellence Award from Cloud Computing Magazine for DZS Cloud, a DZS software platform that provides end-to-end visibility and orchestration, automation, network assurance and WiFi analytics for amazing subscriber experience and extraordinary operational agility. Cloud Computing Magazine, a subsidiary of TMC, awarded this honor to companies who most effectively leveraged cloud computing in their efforts to bring new, differentiated services and solutions to market. “We continue to see remarkable progress and innovation in the cloud computing industry within the past twelve months, making this a very competitive process. It’s our pleasure to recognize such impressive contributions that have been proven to resonate in the cloud marketplace.” Rich Tehrani, CEO of TMC “Our DZS Cloud platform leverages the latest in AI, analytics and machine learning capabilities to deliver our service provider customers advanced automation along with the ability to refine network operations and service assurance, while simplifying the deployment of new services across multi-vendor networks," said Rene Tio, VP of Cloud Solutions for DZS. “As more service providers embrace openness, DZS Cloud becomes a powerful strategic asset, allowing them to unify services across their diverse access and transport vendor environment and accelerate their on-boarding and IT (OSS/BSS) integration cycles from months to weeks, significantly reducing integration costs. TMC is a stalwart in the telecommunications industry – so we are extremely proud for our DZS Cloud platform to be recognized for the innovation it is delivering in this prestigious category." DZS Cloud is being recognized industry-wide for its simple, effortless and efficient design, massive cost-saving ability, and the quality-of-experience it offers. We believe it is the only orchestration and experience management platform purpose-built to manage services across access, mobile and NFV domains. Typical DZS Cloud deployments by service providers have unlocked the following expected benefits: 3 to 4-fold improvement in the speed of delivery of new features and services onboarding Reduce new vendor application provision from 90 days to 3 days 25-35% improvement in network quality-of-experience 30-50% fewer customer service calls and 5-12% reduction in repeat calls Reduced truck dispatches by 44% 5-fold reduction in repeated truck rolls 50% increase in remote issue resolution 80% reduction in number of subscribers experiencing interference Reduced subscriber coverage issues by 70% 15-20% improvement in customer retention When integrated with the three DZS broadband portfolio pillars of Access EDGE, Optical EDGE, and Subscriber EDGE, DZS Cloud produces significant cost savings for service providers, provides complete WiFi connectivity and control for subscribers, and ultimately unlocks the door to transforming today’s service provider into tomorrow’s experience provider. Further, by expanding the DZS Cloud software suite with Expresse and CloudCheck, DZS strategically rounded out its existing DZS Cloud service orchestration and network automation offerings, distinguishing DZS Cloud as one of the industry’s most comprehensive service and consumer-experience-management software platforms for multi-vendor service provider network environments. All DZS solutions are standards-based, have proven interoperability with leading industry vendors, and can be managed and orchestrated easily along-side other third-party solutions. About DZS DZS Inc. is a global leader in access and optical edge infrastructure and cloud edge software solutions. DZS, the DZS logo, and all DZS product names are trademarks of DZS Inc. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective holders. Specifications, products, and/or product names are all subject to change.

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Element Critical Partners with Megaport

Element Critical | November 15, 2022

Element Critical announces its partnership with Megaport, a leading Network as a Service (NaaS) provider, to optimize enterprise network agility for customers adopting hybrid data center architectures. Network interconnection demand is accelerating with the adoption of edge infrastructures and connected network services. Enterprises increasingly require practical and highly connected data storage solutions to meet performance, compliance, security, and cost optimization business outcomes. Through this partnership, Element Critical customers will be able to directly connect to the world's leading cloud providers, such as AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud, and Megaport's global ecosystem of over 700 enabled data centers and 360+ service providers, via a secure flexible network. "Element Critical has established a footprint in several of the nation's fastest-growing markets, and we're pleased to partner to help customers simplify their data center interconnect and hybrid cloud deployment strategies." Nick Balletta, senior vice president of Global Corporate Development, Megaport Anchoring Element Critical's cloud connect offerings, the Megaport network will help customers optimize their hybrid IT solutions with secure and direct interconnection to public cloud service providers with higher performance, lower latency, greater control, and improved reliability. Customers that adopt private interconnection avoid risky public internet connection and benefit from reduced cloud egress fees compared to internet rates, delivering significant cost savings. Customers will also have the flexibility to right-size their connections to ensure they can scale services while optimizing costs, dialing bandwidth up or down at any time. Near instantaneous provisioning also offers rapid business agility. "Interconnection solutions for digital infrastructure are vital to scale in today's business-everywhere landscape," said Steve Weaver, chief revenue officer of Element Critical. "Megaport will help our customers unite business connectivity in an easy-to-use platform and extend their reach everywhere they need to be." Element Critical customers can establish seamless connectivity between regions and cloud service providers without the need to own and manage physical infrastructure at the cloud edge. Establishing direct connectivity to numerous leading cloud and network providers will help customers achieve global reach over localized connections on the Megaport network. About Element Critical Element Critical is among the fastest-growing data center service providers in the United States, with locations in Chicago, Austin, Houston, Silicon Valley, and Virginia. Led by an executive team comprised of industry veterans, the company features an expanding portfolio of Hybrid IT-ready facilities in strategic markets across the country with a steadfast commitment to meeting the diverse needs of today's business and technology leaders. About Megaport Megaport is a leading provider of Network as a Service (NaaS) solutions. The company's global Software Defined Network (SDN) helps businesses rapidly connect their network to services via an easy-to-use portal or our open API. Megaport offers agile networking capabilities that reduce operating costs and increase speed to market compared to traditional networking solutions. Megaport partners with the world's top cloud service providers, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as the largest data center operators, systems integrators and managed service providers in the world. Megaport is an ISO/IEC 27001-certified company.

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