DATA STORAGE

Options Announces VMware Cloud Verified Status in Park Royal Data Center

Options | July 29, 2022 | Read time : 03:00 min

Options
Options Technology, the leading Capital Markets services provider, today announced the achievement of VMware Cloud Verified status in their Park Royal Data Center.

The accomplishment follows the VMware Cloud Provider Principal Partner Status awarded to the firm last year, along with Cloud Verified status at LHC, LD4 and NY5 sites.

Cloud Verification assures that a partner is validated to expertly deliver cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service across VMware’s best-in-class network, storage, and compute solutions to meet individual client needs specifically.

VMware Cloud Verified partner services enable customers to achieve unmatched levels of consistency, performance, and interoperability for traditional and containerised enterprise applications with the confidence the service received is based on the most advanced VMware cloud technologies.

“We are delighted to announce the addition of Park Royal to our growing portfolio of cloud solutions and Options’ third VMware Cloud Verified status in recent months.

Options President and CEO Danny Moore

Today’s news not only validates the rapid expansion of services across our global backbone but Options’ unique position as the partner of choice in the delivery of holistic, flexible, and resilient cloud strategy for clients.”

Today’s news comes as the latest in a series of strategic announcements for Options, including its seventh Microsoft Gold Partner status, hosting capabilities in Aruba IT3 Bergamo, and the launch of its Quantify and Data Store products.

In 2019, Options received investment from Boston-based Private Equity Firm Abry Partners. This investment has enabled Options to accelerate its growth strategy and develop its technology platform while expanding its global reach in key financial centres.

About Options
Options Technology is the No. 1 provider of IT infrastructure to global Capital Markets firms, supporting their operations and ecosystems.

Founded in 1993, the firm began life as a hedge fund technology services provider. Today, the company provides high-performance managed trading infrastructure and cloud-enabled managed services to over 550 firms globally, providing an agile, scalable platform in an Investment Bank-grade Cybersecurity wrapper.

About Abry Partners
Abry is one of the most experienced and successful sector-focused private equity investment firms in North America. Since its founding in 1989, the firm has completed over $82 billion of leveraged transactions and other private equity or preferred equity placements. Currently, the firm manages over $5.0 billion of capital across their active funds.

Spotlight

By now, you’ve probably heard the hype about hyperconverged infrastructure. The software-defined infrastructure technology that combines storage, compute, virtualization and networking capabilities all into one appliance. Well, we’re happy to tell you the hype has plenty of substance to back it up. As just one example, IDC found that hyperconverged sales grew 64.7% year over year during the first quarter of 2017, generating $665.1 million worth of sales.

Spotlight

By now, you’ve probably heard the hype about hyperconverged infrastructure. The software-defined infrastructure technology that combines storage, compute, virtualization and networking capabilities all into one appliance. Well, we’re happy to tell you the hype has plenty of substance to back it up. As just one example, IDC found that hyperconverged sales grew 64.7% year over year during the first quarter of 2017, generating $665.1 million worth of sales.

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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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IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

Juniper Networks Chosen by Jazz to Build Fully-Automated Data Center Infrastructure to Support Data, Music and Video Services

Juniper Networks | August 09, 2022

Juniper Networks , a leader in secure, AI-driven networks, today announced that it has been selected by Jazz, Pakistan’s number one 4G operator and the largest internet and leading digital service provider, to create a transformative, expanded and upgraded data center network to underpin Jazz’s services delivery platform for its 74.9 million subscribers. Jazz’s objective was to reimagine its architectural approach by leveraging continuous automation, assurance and data-driven insights to deliver a superior network user experience at scale while simplifying its operations. Jazz offers the broadest portfolio of value-added digital services to enterprises and subscribers in Pakistan and has built a reputation for cutting-edge innovation with the ability to scale cloud-based services quickly and reliably. Following a rigorous vendor-agnostic technology appraisal, focused on the operational and cost efficiencies made possible by network automation, Jazz selected Juniper’s technology and expertise to underpin this latest project. Juniper’s advanced automation capabilities, transforming the entire network management lifecycle process within a single system, were a standout in the market. News Highlights The new network will support a wide range of customer-facing services that demand reliability and fast data throughput to support a consistently strong user experience. These include cloud-based enterprise data services, mobile banking, music and video download/streaming services, as well as professional services such as an agricultural application for four million farmers who rely on it for information, advice and guidance in remote areas. Jazz will also use the network to power key internal workloads such as CRM and billing. Jazz will deploy the Juniper Apstra System to deliver true intent-based networking (IBN) capabilities. This enables Jazz to design and operate its data center network based on outcomes, with the entire data center lifecycle automated, from Day 0 (design) through Day 1 (configuration and deployment) to Day 2+ (ongoing operations). The network’s initial design is tied to day-to-day operations, enabling a single source of truth throughout its lifecycle. Automation provides a continuous feedback loop of real-time data insights, validation and root cause identification to minimize mean-time-to-repair (MTTR). This approach will enable Jazz to operate a much more efficient, reliable and agile network. It will help to deploy new service features, optimizing user experience for both network teams and customers. The new data center infrastructure includes a spine-and-leaf architecture built with the Juniper Networks QFX Series Switches and fully integrated with the Juniper Apstra System. Jazz has previously deployed MX Series Universal Routing Platforms from Juniper for 400G-ready connectivity for its metro and internet gateway infrastructure. The new QFXs leverage the same Junos® OS operating system, providing a consistent networking estate for Jazz to manage and operate. “In common with all service providers globally, Jazz faces relentless data demand and heightened expectations for seamless digital services. As a result, we wanted to completely rethink our data center operations, using ground-breaking automation to create the best possible user experiences for our enterprise customers and subscribers. Operational simplicity was another important goal, to deliver cost reductions and improved ease of use for our technical teams in the face of massive demand at scale. We evaluated multiple vendors, but Juniper’s ability to deliver the exact networking outcomes we needed meant that a highly strategic decision was very straightforward to make.” Abdul Rehman Usmani, Vice President of Technology at Jazz “The power of automation, bound within a single operational framework thanks to intent-based networking, enables Jazz to address the relevant operational questions, find the right answers quickly and make the best decisions. This means its network becomes a strategic business tool, leveraging data to deliver robust deployment and operational efficiencies and eliminates traditional network constraints that force choices between speed and reliability. Based on data from other Juniper customers, the result will be dramatic savings on downstream costs and tremendous returns on networking investments.” Mike Bushong, Vice President, Cloud Ready Data Center at Juniper Networks About Juniper Networks Juniper Networks is dedicated to dramatically simplifying network operations and driving superior experiences for end users. Our solutions deliver industry-leading insight, automation, security and AI to drive real business results. We believe that powering connections will bring us closer together while empowering us all to solve the world’s greatest challenges of well-being, sustainability and equality.

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Kyndryl and Elastic Announce Expanded Partnership to Enable Data Observability, Search and Insights Across Cloud and Edge Computing Environments

Kyndryl | September 23, 2022

Kyndryl, the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider, and Elastic (NYSE: ESTC), the company behind Elasticsearch, today announced an expanded global partnership to provide customers full-stack observability, enabling them to accelerate their ability to search, analyze and act on machine data (IT data and business data) stored across hybrid cloud, multi-cloud and edge computing environments. Under the partnership, Kyndryl and Elastic will collaborate on creating joint solutions and delivery capabilities designed to provide deep, frictionless observability at all levels of applications, services, and infrastructure to address customer data, analytics and IT operations management challenges. The companies will focus on delivering large-scale IT operations and AIOps capabilities to joint customers by leveraging Kyndryl’s data framework and toolkits and Elastic’s Enterprise Search, Observability, and Security solutions, enabling streamlined migrations, modernized infrastructure and tenant management, and AI development for efficient and proactive IT management. As part of the partnership, Kyndryl and Elastic plan to collaborate to support customer needs and requirements via joint offerings and solutions across the following areas: IT Data Modernization – Helping organizations manage exponential storage growth and giving them the capability to search for data wherever it resides. IT Data Management Services for Elastic – Providing flexibility to users of Elastic by letting Kyndryl manage the entire stack infrastructure and analytics workloads for IT operations. Intelligent IT Analytics – Enabling actionable observability through AI/ML capabilities that deliver unified insights for proactive and efficient IT operations with technology domain-specific insights. Data Migration Services for Elastic – Delivering the capability to streamline migrations and deploy self-managed Elastic workloads to the hyperscalers of a customer’s choice. Kyndryl’s global team of data management experts will also participate in the global Elastic certification program to expand their expertise in advising, implementing and managing Elastic solutions across critical IT projects and environments. “Customers in all industries are seeking to improve their capacity to search and analyze the data stored in the cloud and on edge computing environments. “We are happy to partner with Elastic to create and bring forward a unified approach that will help customers overcome hurdles and improve their ability to access and gain insights at scale from their business data.” Nicolas Sekkaki, Applications, Data & AI global practice leader for Kyndryl “Enabling customers to gain actionable insights from their data is a key enabler of data-driven digital transformation,” said Scott Musson, Vice President, Worldwide Channel and Alliances at Elastic. “The combination of Kyndryl’s global expertise in managing mission-critical information systems and the proven scale and flexibility of the Elastic Search Platform provides the critical foundation to help organizations drive speed, scale, and productivity, and address their observability needs across hybrid cloud, multi-cloud and edge computing environments.” For more information about the Kyndryl and Elastic partnership, please visit: https://www.kyndryl.com/us/en/about-us/alliances 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. About Elastic Elastic is a leading platform for search-powered solutions. We help organizations, their employees, and their customers accelerate the results that matter. With solutions in Enterprise Search, Observability, and Security, we enhance customer and employee search experiences, keep mission-critical applications running smoothly, and protect against cyber threats. Delivered wherever data lives, in one cloud, across multiple clouds, or on-premise, Elastic enables 18,000+ customers and more than half of the Fortune 500, to achieve new levels of success at scale and on a single platform.

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