HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE, APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE
Global Cloud Xchange | September 06, 2022
Global Cloud Xchange today announces the completion of 3i Infrastructure plc’s (“3i Infrastructure”) $512m investment to acquire a 100% stake in GCX, a leading global data communications service provider and owner of the world’s largest private subsea fiber optic networks. The transaction closed with the help from advisors, Moelis & Company, and following receipt of all required regulatory approvals.
GCX provides high-bandwidth connectivity and global managed network services including managed ICT, cyber security, and UCaaS solutions, to a range of blue-chip customers inclusive of hyperscalers, telecommunications operators, new media providers and enterprises throughout the world. Its 66,000km of cables span 46 countries from North America to Asia, with a particularly strong position on the Europe-Asia and Intra-Asia routes. 3i Infrastructure is partnering with GCX’s management team to invest in a leading platform for the sector, with the goal to increase the utilized capacity on GCX’s existing routes as well as to add new routes, services and customers.
During this period, global data traffic demand growth continues to exceed 25 percent per annum. At the same time, increasing demand for digital transformation is driving demand for global managed network services, with growth estimates approaching 10 percent per year. 3i’s acquisition of GCX will enable additional strategic investment in systems and services to create future value for customers. In July, GCX announced strong cash flow and steady linear growth, supporting increasing needs for fiber optic interconnectivity in both established hubs and emerging markets across its world-leading privately owned submarine networks.
“With 3i Infrastructure’s backing, GCX is well-positioned to support global growth and customer needs in key markets, including connectivity to India, across the Middle East, and enhanced managed services opportunities across Europe. “Our global teams continue to create innovative solutions to help customers grow with us.”
Carl Grivner, GCX CEO
GCX enables new media providers, telecom carriers and enterprises to leverage growth opportunities and improve resilience through strategic subsea network capacity and diverse route offerings in high growth markets. The company’s network capabilities are supported by a team of industry experts providing consultative solutions, managed ICT, cyber security, and UCaaS services to some of the world’s most notable brands.
“GCX represents a great addition to the 3i Infrastructure portfolio,” said Scott Moseley, 3i Managing Partner and Co-Head of European Infrastructure. “The company holds a valuable leadership position in an attractive and growing sector and we look forward to working with Carl Grivner and his experienced management team to continue GCX’s growth.”
About Global Cloud Xchange
GCX Holdings Limited (Bermuda), operating as Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), offers network services that power digital transformation for enterprises, new media providers, and telecoms carriers. We cover all aspects of cloud-centric connectivity from managed SD-WAN and hybrid networks, to direct Cloud connections and 100 Gbps+ waves. With a pedigree going back 30+ years, GCX are experts in providing connectivity throughout Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America via the vast GCX subsea network (the world’s largest private submarine cable network), with extensions available into more than 200 countries worldwide.
HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE, APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE, DATA STORAGE
Quali | October 28, 2022
Quali, a leading provider of Environments as a Service infrastructure automation and management solutions, announced today new capabilities that simplify the management of Infrastructure as Code (IaC), strengthen infrastructure governance, and provide further actionable data on the usage and cost of cloud infrastructure.
Torque delivers on business’ need to scale with transparency and controls to ensure governance and accountability without introducing inhibitors to rapid execution. Without any additional effort and with no implementation needed, Torque removes friction and promotes productivity by discovering, analyzing and importing existing IaC assets created by DevOps teams, templatizing those assets into complete application environments, and allowing governed self-service access with unprecedented visibility and control. Torque allows teams to set policies that enforce governance, manage costs, and mitigate risks associated with cloud infrastructure, which enables organizations to respond to business requirements and deliver change faster and with greater agility.
Torque operates across all major cloud providers, as well as major infrastructure types like containers, VMs and Kubernetes on any target infrastructure. The latest release of Torque delivers key capabilities to simplify complex infrastructure, manage IaC files and integrate with the most widely used technologies to leverage business’ existing investments.
New enhancements to Torque include:
Helm drift detection – in addition to the ability to detect infrastructure drift for Terraform files, Torque now adds that capability for Helm Charts, building an additional layer of control to ensure infrastructure consistency throughout the CI/CD pipeline.
“BYO” Terraform policies – Torque supports basic Terraform policies, but now allows the import of existing definitions, so users can leverage previous work to define policies.
Enhanced cost reporting – Cost reporting capabilities have been enhanced to include automatic cost collection for Kubernetes hosts to enhance cost visibility and provide business context to resource consumption.
Environment view – From a single pane of glass, Torque lists all elements comprising an environment blueprint definition pulled from the user’s Git, including visibility into all subcomponents of environment definitions.
Audit Log integrations – All data collected by Torque can be imported into third-party audit tools like ELK elastic search service, promoting greater visibility and accountability, and further strengthening IT teams’ ability to enforce compliance.
“The rate at which technology is evolving has created a level of complexity that businesses are struggling to manage. “As a result, many are turning to IaC for automation, but environments now consist of a larger number of technologies that need to be governed. Torque is the control plane that manages those technologies, so organizations can operate with more speed, greater scale, lower costs and less risk.”
Lior Koriat, CEO of Quali
With Torque, IT leaders understand what infrastructure is being used, when, why and by who in a consistent, measurable way without any negative impact on development practices and tooling. This ensures freedoms for software development teams are maintained, while accelerating infrastructure delivery speed, accountability and mitigating risk to support the business’ needs to plan, optimize and understand the value delivered by software and infrastructure.
Quali will be demonstrating its Torque platform at KubeCon North America October 26th through the 28th in Detroit, Michigan. Stop by booth S6 to learn more.
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Quali provides the leading platform for Environments as a Service. Global 2000 enterprises rely on Quali’s infrastructure automation and control plane platform to support the continuous delivery of application software at scale. Quali delivers greater control and visibility over infrastructure, so businesses can increase engineering productivity and velocity, understand and manage cloud costs, optimize infrastructure utilization and mitigate risk.
HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE,APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE,IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
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.