Fortinet Claims 21,000 SD-WAN Customers, Challenging Cisco

Virtualization Review | January 07, 2020

Security specialist Fortinet claims more than 21,000 organizations have chosen its software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) solution. That's news because Cisco Systems -- the acknowledged leader in many networking/virtualization market niches -- claimed only more than 20,000 SD-WAN solution customers in a Nov. 26 blog post. With Cisco ranking No 1 in a SD-WAN equipment market share report published by Gartner around the same time, it's clear that Fortinet is challenging Cisco and other market leaders for SD-WAN supremacy. "Fortinet delivers full-featured SD-WAN via the FortiGate next-generation firewall, and today Fortinet Secure SD-WAN has emerged as one of the top solutions on the market to support enterprises in their pursuit of reducing WAN complexity and cost while enhancing application experience and security," the company said in a Dec. 17, 2019, statement. "To support large enterprises, Fortinet Secure SD-WAN is able to scale to up to 100,000 SD-WAN sites thanks to Fortinet's 20-year investment in building single-pane-of-glass management, which can now support the most demanding use cases for both security and SD-WAN."

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When today’s organizations discuss digital business strategy, the cloud is no longer an option— it’s an imperative. More and more, organizations are seeing the cloud as a key enabler of digital business. According to IDC, 80% of enterprises have now put a mechanism in place to shift to cloud-centric infrastructure and applicatio

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When today’s organizations discuss digital business strategy, the cloud is no longer an option— it’s an imperative. More and more, organizations are seeing the cloud as a key enabler of digital business. According to IDC, 80% of enterprises have now put a mechanism in place to shift to cloud-centric infrastructure and applicatio

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Fluree and ZettaLabs Announce Merger to Serve Enterprises Seeking Data-Centric Architecture and Legacy Data Infrastructure Modernization

Fluree | September 22, 2022

Fluree, a company headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which has developed a distributed ledger graph database platform, and New Jersey-based ZettaLabs, a business that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to prepare raw data for analytics use, today announced the merger of the two companies. The combination of Fluree and ZettaLabs will enable Fluree to expand its offerings beyond its established expertise of working with “green-field,” new data-centric initiatives that encompass bleeding-edge innovation. With ZettaLabs now part of Fluree, the company possesses the prowess to tackle enterprise legacy data architectures and take the first steps toward modernization. All ZettaLabs employees will integrate into the Fluree ecosystem, bringing Fluree’s total headcount to 50. “At Fluree, we are building the data infrastructure for the future,” said Brian Platz, Fluree co-founder and CEO. “While many of our customers enjoy the unique benefits of our semantic graph distributed ledger database technology, we recognize that organizations first need a way out of their entrenched silos in order to build their end-goal infrastructures. Dealing with legacy infrastructure is one of the biggest challenges for modern businesses, but nearly 74% of organizations are failing to complete legacy data migration projects today due to inefficient tooling and a lack of interoperability. By adding the ZettaLabs team and product suite to our own, Fluree is poised to help organizations on their data infrastructure transformation journeys by uniquely addressing all major aspects of migration and integration: security, governance and semantic interoperability.” ZettaSense has been rebranded as Fluree Sense. The data pipeline that uses AI and machine learning, as well as ontologies, to normalize, cleanse and harmonize data from disparate data sources that need to be integrated in a way that eliminates any requirement for additional data governance, master data management or data quality software. Fluree Sense makes data in existing legacy databases, data warehouses and data lakes ready for downstream enterprise consumption and sharing, whether in analytic repositories like Snowflake or Databricks, or Fluree’s immutable knowledge graph database. “We developed our flagship product, ZettaSense, to ingest, classify, resolve and cleanse big data coming from a variety of sources. who will become Fluree’s president. “The problem is that the underlying data technical architecture -- with multiple operational data stores, warehouses and lakes, now spreading out across multiple clouds -- is continuing to grow in complexity. Now with Fluree, our shared customer base and any new customers can evolve to a modern and elegant data-centric infrastructure that will allow them to more efficiently and effectively share cleansed data both inside and outside its organizational borders." Eliud Polanco, co-founder and CEO of ZettaLabs The merger, the first in Fluree’s history, makes Fluree a go-to company for roughly 90% of businesses hindered by legacy infrastructure and database systems that do not have the toolset or talent to undergo an effective transformation. It also augments Fluree’s customer base, which now includes large, enterprise financial-services customers. Use cases for Fluree Sense include: Legacy data migrations that cleanse and harmonize data from multiple sources to enable migration from a legacy enterprise business platform to a target digital platform; Customer data integrations that integrate customer, account, product and transaction data from across multiple data sources into a single golden 360-degree customer record; Consent management that enables active customer consent and control of how data is shared across products, regions and business functions within an organization; and, Cross-border data residency that allows secure sharing of information across borders adhering to the various national data-privacy regulations using multi-party computation. “We don’t have a lack of data today — we have a lack of high-quality data,” said Peter Serenita, retired Chief Data Officer and current chairman of the New York City-headquartered nonprofit organization Enterprise Data Management Council. “This is why it is essential for enterprises to take a data-centric approach to their modernization initiatives in order to truly transform their legacy infrastructure and eliminate their data silos for good. 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Service Express Acquires Third-Party Data Center Maintenance Provider Sherlock Services

Service Express | September 13, 2022

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Kyndryl Introduces New Platform, Kyndryl Bridge, to Orchestrate IT Estates and Drive Business Growth

Kyndryl | September 20, 2022

Kyndryl, the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider, today announced a new open integration platform giving business leaders real-time insights into their complex IT estates, and unprecedented control over customizing their mission-critical operations. Kyndryl Bridge leverages Kyndryl’s core technology strengths. It marshals decades of expertise, operational data patterns and IP to generate actionable insights that redefine how enterprises improve and accelerate their AI-powered analytics and business objectives. In doing so, it creates an uninterrupted path between digital business and the tech that drives it. Kyndryl Bridge is designed to meet customers where they are today, enabling interoperability that maximizes the value of tools they already know and trust. “Dealing with complexity is what Kyndryl does best, and what customers need most. Kyndryl Bridge will be a way for our customers, and Kyndryl, to run their mission-critical infrastructure and digital transformation journeys better. “Kyndryl is committed to transforming how IT services are delivered, and Kyndryl Bridge is core to our long-term strategic mission to grow our ecosystem of alliance partners, use tools and IP to create a robust advanced delivery system, and ultimately dedicate more expertise and focus to best serve customers at scale.” Martin Schroeter, Kyndryl’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Across the global economy, digital modernization efforts sit at the top of today’s business agendas, with 60 percent of CIOs citing it as their most critical growth driver in 2022. However, business and technology complexity — along with a shortage of critical IT skills — has slowed progress for most enterprises. Kyndryl is accelerating its customers’ digital business journeys by innovating to deliver solutions through platform-enabled services. “Enterprise IT leaders today are responsible for the management of increasingly-complex IT estates that demand greater oversight, interoperability, and AI-powered analytics to avert challenges and downtime,” says David Tapper, program VP, Outsourcing and Managed Cloud Service at IDC. “The ability of Kyndryl Bridge to connect the many tools, workflows, and processes in which enterprises have spent years investing, while delivering real-time, actionable insights and recommendations, is a powerful proposition for enterprises throughout the global economy.” Kyndryl Bridge integrates and connects the complex management and process tools that enterprises throughout the global economy rely upon. Its capabilities have, on average, reduced the number of incidents per server per month for enterprises by 74 percent. “By enabling leaders to focus less on managing IT systems, they can build and support their digital business strategies while freeing up IT resources for higher-value work,” said Antoine Shagoury, Kyndryl’s Chief Technology Officer. “It provides greater access and control over critical tools, and Kyndryl experts in cloud, data and AI, security and resiliency, mainframe modernization, and other important aspects of the IT estate.” Designed with configurability in mind, Kyndryl Bridge is evolving to deploy ready-made, industrial scale solutions from Kyndryl and its broad and growing partner ecosystem. Its intelligent management tools, powered by automation and AI, will provide technology leaders with real-time insights to prevent downtime and better forecast future needs and costs. “As customers accelerate their digital transformation, Kyndryl’s new digital integration platform can help provide rich data insights, solutions automation, and services delivery expertise,” said Nick Holden, Vice President, Cisco Global Strategic Partners and Co-sell. “Kyndryl Bridge is a big step forward to enable Kyndryl and Cisco to deliver business outcomes that our joint customers are demanding.” For customers, the platform maximizes the benefits of native multi-cloud capabilities and delivers an ‘as-a-service’ (aaS) operating environment. It is designed to be a strategic digital hub, that will continue to expand and grow over time, connecting Kyndryl’s advanced technology and tooling with a deep bench of industry expertise and forward-thinking innovators across virtually every sector of the global economy. About Kyndryl Kyndryl is the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider serving thousands of enterprise customers in more than 60 countries. The Company designs, builds, manages, and modernizes the complex, mission-critical information systems that the world depends on every day.

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