DeltaBlue’s vision of cloud native focuses on app development without infrastructure headaches

DeltaBlue | July 17, 2020

With the rise of the DevOps culture, the challenge has now become how to enable “Dev” without the “Ops.” It has long been the goal of platform-as-a-service providers and various serverless and public cloud providers to free developers from operational burden. Yet as a recent GitLab Inc. survey has shown, the number of developers who create the infrastructure on which their applications run has climbed to 34%. The difficulty has been providing a level of infrastructure support that will carry an application completely through its lifecycle without forcing developers to dive deep into the operational weeds.

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If you’re on a B2B revenue team, it’s likely your Marketing and Sales teams are experiencing some angst these days when it comes to understanding how prospects and customers want to interact with your company. On one hand customers seem to want ultra-personalized attention on every channel, and on the other it seems as though they instantly delete every one of those painstakingly-crafted, personalized emails you send. They come to your website to download your latest eBook, but then fill out your contact form with “Mickey Mouse” from “ABC Company.”

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If you’re on a B2B revenue team, it’s likely your Marketing and Sales teams are experiencing some angst these days when it comes to understanding how prospects and customers want to interact with your company. On one hand customers seem to want ultra-personalized attention on every channel, and on the other it seems as though they instantly delete every one of those painstakingly-crafted, personalized emails you send. They come to your website to download your latest eBook, but then fill out your contact form with “Mickey Mouse” from “ABC Company.”

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NTT Opens New Data Center in South Africa to Support Growing Digital Economy

NTT Ltd. | October 27, 2022

NTT Ltd., a leading IT infrastructure and services company, today announced the opening of its latest data center in Johannesburg, South Africa. Johannesburg 1 Data Center is part of NTT’s expansion into the African continent with a capacity of 12MW covering 6,000m² of IT space once fully built out. The technical infrastructure is supported by N+1 uninterruptible power supply systems (UPS), N+1 generator backup, and highly redundant cooling systems. This will provide clients with dedicated sustainable infrastructure, operational control and the design flexibility required to support their high-performance needs. The facility will cater to hyperscalers and enterprises, providing them with an opportunity to use NTT’s full ICT stack of services, including managed hybrid cloud, network management, collaboration, security, and application monitoring. Africa is experiencing a digital boom, with a population expected to double by 2050. Estimates show that 615 million users in sub-Saharan Africa will subscribe to mobile services by 2025, a 24% increase from 2020. This growth and reliance on technology is fueling digital transformation initiatives and demand for high-performing data center space. NTT is planning to accelerate its data center footprint in Johannesburg and other African cities to support this growth over the next several years. The new facility uses a closed-loop chilled water system with air-cooled chillers, meaning that the water running through the cooling systems isn’t evaporated. This reduces the threat of potential drought water restrictions and allows the data center to achieve low power usage effectiveness (PUE) and water usage effectiveness (WUE). “We’re incredibly proud to be investing in Johannesburg and extending our global data center footprint to South Africa. The country forms a significant part of NTT’s growth strategy as we continue to support Africa’s digital transformation. The opening of Johannesburg 1 will contribute towards the economic growth and social development of the region, as our clients shape the country of tomorrow.” Florian Winkler, CEO, Global Data Centers EMEA, NTT Ltd “Our presence in Africa is underpinned by the significant digital change we’re seeing across the continent. Companies providing new digital services need data center space with high power density, global connectivity, carrier neutrality, cloud network access, and on-site support to ensure they can continue to grow,” added Michael Abendanon, Head of MEA, Global Data Centers EMEA, NTT Ltd. NTT is recognized as one of the leading data center businesses with recent openings in Madrid, Jakarta, Navi Mumbai, and Berlin, with further expansions planned in Ho Chi Minh City, Prince William County, Virginia and Cyberjaya. The data centers will align with NTT’s commitment to achieve net-zero emissions across its data center operations by 2030 and the complete value chain by 2040. NTT is focused on ensuring its portfolio is powered by renewable energy by 2030 and that it applies energy efficiency measures where required. About NTT Ltd. As part of NTT DATA, a USD 30 billion IT services provider, NTT Ltd. is a leading IT infrastructure and services company serving 65% of the Fortune Global 500 and more than 75% of the Fortune Global 100. We lay the foundation for organizations’ edge-to-cloud networking ecosystem, simplify the complexity of their workloads across multicloud environments, and innovate at the edge of their IT environments where networks, cloud and applications converge. We offer tailored infrastructure and ensure consistent best practices in design and operations across all of our secure, scalable and customizable data centers. On the journey towards a software-defined future, we support organizations with our platform-delivered infrastructure services. We enable a connected future.

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Inspur Information Partners with Atos Poland to Bring Leading IT Infrastructure Solutions to Local Customers

Inspur Information | November 28, 2022

Inspur Information, a leading IT infrastructure solutions provider, is expanding its local capabilities in Europe, signing a cooperation agreement with Atos Poland. As the latest channel supplier addition, Atos’s value-added expertise will further strengthen Inspur’s commitment to providing leading IT infrastructure solutions to the European market by strengthening Inspur’s local solutions and services capabilities for a superior customer experience. A cooperation for leading IT infrastructure solutions Atos Poland is a part of Atos Group, present on the Polish market since 2000. Currently delivering world class services in digital transformation, decarbonisation, cybersecurity, cloud and high-performance computing, providing tailored end-to-end solutions for all industries. Inspur Information and Atos Poland have formed a new partnership in IT infrastructure that will give Atos Poland complete access to Inspur’s comprehensive server portfolio and storage devices to provide the best possible IT solutions to its Polish customers with a potential of expansion to other European markets. Through this cooperation, Inspur Information will better leverage its rich experience and expertise in full-stack AI solutions, liquid-cooling technologies and emerging applications to empower the intelligent transformation of local customers, and power Atos’s leading IaaS, smart city, and IoT solutions. "I am very happy to announce the cooperation agreement between Atos and Inspur. “Inspur and Atos joining forces will offer innovative and sustainable solutions to our clients in Poland with better service and accessibility than ever before.” Jay Zhang, VP of Inspur Global Business and CEO of Inspur Europe “As a global leader in digital transformation, we are thrilled to be using Inspur’s world-class IT infrastructure solutions in our tailored end-to-end IT solutions. Inspur has rich, innovative, and leading products which have been widely used for both the cloud and AI,” said Tomasz Radomski, CEO, Atos Polska. “Our customers will enjoy greater access to more powerful solutions that can handle any scenario.” Strong channel partnerships for strong growth “In Europe, for Europe” is Inspur’s commitment to the EU market. It is rooted in the concept that being local creates better solutions and better experiences for the customer. Inspur has made channel partnerships key to its business strategy, anticipating a majority of its business in Europe will come through channel partners over the next three years. Inspur Information is committed to providing leading products and solutions to European customers and together with its partners, plans to achieve a double-digit growth annually. About Inspur Information Inspur Information is a leading provider of data center infrastructure, cloud computing, and AI solutions. It is the world’s 2nd largest server manufacturer. Through engineering and innovation, Inspur Information delivers cutting-edge computing hardware design and extensive product offerings to address important technology sectors such as open computing, cloud data center, AI, and deep learning. Performance-optimized and purpose-built, our world-class solutions empower customers to tackle specific workloads and real-world challenges.

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SoftIron Introduces HyperCloud, a Turnkey, Fully-integrated Intelligent Cloud Fabric™

SoftIron | September 07, 2022

SoftIron, the leader in purpose-built and performance-optimised data centre solutions, today announces its newest flagship offering, HyperCloud, the world's first fully turnkey, totally integrated and supported, Intelligent Cloud Fabric™. Designed and manufactured from the ground up by SoftIron in its own factories, HyperCloud is a fully-integrated platform that removes the complexity of integrating the many independent hardware and software layers needed to build and run a unified private or hybrid cloud. Using pre-integrated building blocks, HyperCloud fully automates the provisioning of storage, compute, networking and infrastructure services, providing a fully functioning, multi-tenant cloud that can be deployed in as little as half a day and less than half a rack and scale almost infinitely. The goal of an intelligent cloud fabric is to dramatically reduce the complexity of operating a resilient, multi-site hybrid cloud by providing stateless building blocks holistically designed and pre-integrated for assimilation by a distributed cloud orchestration control plane. Using these building blocks - the addition of more storage and/or compute resources becomes simply "plug and play." The result radically simplifies the architecting of a cloud, enabling operations teams to quickly empower application owners and data users to consume and manage services seamlessly across private and public resources. Independent of all public cloud vendors, HyperCloud enables IT generalists to build and operate highly sophisticated hybrid and/or multi-cloud infrastructures that operate with a level of reliability, availability, elasticity and serviceability previously available only to hyperscale cloud builders with specialist skills and access to large engineering teams. HyperCloud's modular nature, combined with the simplicity with which new compute and storage resources can be added, and the out-of-the-box secure multi-tenancy capabilities mean that the cloud fabric can be scaled up or down just in time, eliminating needless over-provisioning and reducing financial outlay. "Building and running clouds today is overly complex as engineers battle to integrate disparate layers of technology into a resilient, performant and scalable solution," said Kenny Van Alstyne, CTO for SoftIron. "It was time to take a step back and architect an entire platform, from the ground up, with the single task of making cloud consumable. HyperCloud removes the complexity of integrating the many independent hardware and software layers needed to build a cloud into a unified purpose-built fabric. With HyperCloud, you can deploy virtualised and containerised workloads across federated on-premises zones and public clouds, with support for secure multi-tenancy, full programmability, and full lifecycle automation all 'out of the box.' We're giving organisations sophisticated control of their cloud architecture, eliminating the need for complex integrations between multiple vendors and technologies while providing the ability to scale limitlessly as workloads demand, incrementally adding resource services as needed." "Public Cloud is popular because it creates a consumption-based experience hiding the complexity of operating a resilient, elastic infrastructure, and the sheer brute force of engineering that is needed to accomplish it - historically, that's only been possible at hyperscale. "It's a useful utility in your IT tool belt, but most organisations today want a hybrid model. Creating a complexity breakthrough required a totally new approach to deliver the first and only complete technology to be used specifically for building clouds. After a decade of innovation, HyperCloud realises that goal and will forever change expectations of how clouds can and should be built." Phil Straw, CEO of SoftIron "In today's highly competitive infrastructure market, we believe the team at SoftIron is developing and delivering innovative solutions to solve cloud complexity across the stack," said Daniel Newman, Principal Analyst and CEO of Futurum Research. "Leveraging its trusted supply chain hardware model, coupled with its comprehensive consumption-based offerings, we see a robust long-term growth trajectory for SoftIron as it focuses on meeting the rapidly shifting demands of enterprise IT." "We see many of our larger customers embarking on data repatriation projects, tired of the unpredictable egress fees being charged resulting from hosting their apps and data in the public cloud," commented Dev Tyagi, CSMO at SoftIron+Co channel partner, Boston Limited. "We're excited by HyperCloud from SoftIron and its ability to make these hybrid clouds a reality in what promises to be a fraction of the time and with a fraction of the skills needed." HyperCloud is available immediately from SoftIron and its partners in the SoftIron + Co. channel program. It is delivered fully capable with no additional licensing required to access any features, compute or storage capacity. About SoftIron® SoftIron makes the products that underpin the next evolution of IT infrastructure. Our blueprint is radical. Taking full control over design and manufacture of platforms optimised to transform IT infrastructure, our highly integrated products reduce space and energy footprints while delivering extraordinary performance. Challenging traditional IT manufacturing and organisational strategy, we've developed a model that enables us to create a more resilient and connected business for the customers we serve. A commitment to openness, transparency, and simplicity helps address emerging multi-faceted threats while eliminating the vendor "lock-in" so common elsewhere.

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