Business Wire | September 26, 2023
Cloudflare, Inc. (NYSE: NET), the security, performance, and reliability company helping to build a better Internet, today shared a new independent report published by Analysys Mason that shows switching enterprise network services from on premises devices to Cloudflare’s cloud-based services can cut related carbon emissions up to 78% for very large businesses to up to 96% for small businesses. The report is one of the first of its kind to calculate potential emissions savings achieved by replacing enterprise network and security hardware boxes with more efficient cloud services.
Global Internet usage accounts for 3.7% of global CO2 emissions, about equal to the CO2 emissions of all air traffic around the world. The Internet needs to reduce its overall energy consumption, especially as regulators continue to implement the Paris Climate Accord, including plans to transition to a zero emissions economy. The European Climate Law requires that Europe’s economy and society become climate-neutral by 2050, with a target of reducing net GHG emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. Regulators in the United States and the European Union, among others, have also announced plans to require companies to disclose climate-related information including carbon emissions resulting from their operations and supply chains, as well as climate related risks and opportunities. Finally, among the Fortune Global 500, 63% of companies now set 2050 targets for emissions reductions. Companies large and small will increasingly be looking to reduce carbon throughout their supply chains, particularly their IT infrastructure.
“The best way to reduce your IT infrastructure’s carbon footprint is easy: move to the cloud,” said Matthew Prince, CEO and co-founder, Cloudflare. “At Cloudflare, we’ve built one of the world’s most efficient networks, getting the most out of every watt of energy and every one of our servers. That’s why, with Cloudflare, companies can help hit their sustainability goals without sacrificing security, speed, performance, or innovation.”
The Analysys Mason study found that switching enterprise network services from on premises devices to Cloudflare services can cut related carbon emissions up to 96%, depending on the current network footprint. The greatest reduction comes from consolidating services, which improves carbon efficiency by increasing the utilization of servers that are providing multiple network functions. On premises devices are designed to host multiple workloads and consume power constantly, but are only used for part of the day and part of the week. Cloud infrastructure is shared by millions of customers, often all over the world. As a result, cloud providers are able to achieve economies of scale that result in less downtime, less waste, and lower emissions. Furthermore, the Analysys Mason study found that there are additional gains due to the high Power Usage Effectiveness of cloud data centres, and differences in the carbon intensity of generation in the local electricity grid.
“Happy Cog is a full-service digital agency that designs, builds, and markets experiences that engage our clients and their audiences. We’ve relied on Cloudflare for many of those websites and apps because it's secure, reliable, fast, and affordable – but also aligns with many of our clients’ sustainability roadmaps and goals,” said Matt Weinberg, Co-Founder and President of Technology at Happy Cog. “Switching our clients from their previous on premises or other constant-usage infrastructure to Cloudflare's network and services has let them be greener, more efficient, and more cost effective. It's ideal when you can offer your clients a solution that covers all their needs and provides a delightful experience now, without having to compromise on their longer term priorities.”
Cloudflare, Inc. (www.cloudflare.com / @cloudflare) is on a mission to help build a better Internet. Cloudflare’s suite of products protect and accelerate any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with every request. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks. Cloudflare was awarded by Reuters Events for Global Responsible Business in 2020, named to Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies in 2021, and ranked among Newsweek's Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces in 2022.
Windows Systems and Network, Windows Server Management
prnewswire | August 23, 2023
Pure Storage®,an IT pioneer that delivers advanced data storage technology and services, today announced an expanded, multi-year strategic product and go-to-market partnership with Microsoft, that brings Pure Storage's industry leading storage capabilities to native Microsoft Azure services by leveraging Azure's new Premium SSD v2 and introducing them toAzure VMware Solution (AVS)in Preview.
Now in Preview in 16 Azure regions globally, Pure Cloud Block Store™ for Azure VMware Solution enables customers to:
Optimize AVS Costs.With Pure Storage's compression and deduplication technology, organizations can achieve a high data reduction ratio on VMware workloads in Azure. Combined with Pure Storage's ability to decouple block storage costs from compute costs, customers can achieve sizable savings off their baselines for storage heavy workloads.
Take Advantage of Evergreen®Innovation in Azure.Pure Storage will continue to innovate and leverage the best technology available in Azure. By integrating Azure's latest storage solution,Premium SSD v2disk, in partnership with the Azure Storage team, Pure Storage is helping mutual customers achieve up to one-third of the infrastructure cost than Pure's previous platform without sacrificing performance or capabilities. These savings can now be extended to AVS customers.
Accelerate and De-Risk Cloud Migrations.Organizations can migrate their applications to the cloud without any capability trade-offs, with the ability to scale storage and compute independently based on need.
Leverage Pure Storage Safemode® Ransomware Data Protection: Pure Storage delivers an always-on, policy-driven snapshot creation and protection mechanism called Safemode which provides the ability to leverage Pure Storage snapshots to instantly restore protected data sets. Customers enjoy and rely on this protection with their on-premises VMware environments with FlashArray, and can now also leverage this functionality with Azure VMware Solution and Pure Cloud Block Store.
Implement Flexible Disaster Recovery: Organizations can take advantage of data protection capabilities in Purity such as zero-RPO ActiveCluster, near-zero RPO ActiveDR, and Purity CloudSnap™ to ensure the right data is protected in the right way, to the right place, at the right time.
Right-Sizing Disaster Recovery:Pure Storage's high availability and cloud replication capabilities enable disaster recovery targets on AVS that can be configured with minimal compute and storage that can scale on-demand. This brings additional cost savings to the customer's Disaster Recovery strategy.
Simplify and Unify Storage Strategy. By using the same data management platform both on-premises and in the cloud, organizations can more easily track, manage, deploy, and provide consistent multi-cloud governance for their data.
Executive and Customer Insight:
"This expanded partnership between Pure Storage and Microsoft creates a significant milestone, ushering in a new age of cloud migration, and ultimately driving faster, more cost effective adoption of cloud services. Pure Cloud Block Store™ for Azure VMware Solution is just the beginning. By optimizing performance and cost at scale, we look forward to unlocking the number of mission-critical use cases that we can serve in the coming years."–Ajay Singh, Chief Product Officer, Pure Storage
"Our commitment to advancing Microsoft Azure VMware Solution, and the Microsoft Azure platform more broadly, with best-of-breed partnerships with vendors like Pure Storage underscores our mission to meet customers where they are today, particularly in a new world of business where speed, simplicity, and cost efficiency are critical. We're thrilled to continue working through the next phases of our partnership to provide a fast path to the cloud with Pure Storage."–Jurgen Willis, Vice President, Azure Specialized Workloads and Storage, Microsoft
"VMware Cloud provides consistent and modern infrastructure for all applications, across any cloud, with low TCO. We're pleased that Pure Storage is joining the Azure VMware Solution partner ecosystem. With Pure Cloud Block Store for Azure VMware Solution, existing VMware and Pure Storage on-prem customers can now migrate and modernize to Azure VMware Solution while preserving their investments in VMware and Pure Storage processes, skills, and enterprise capabilities." –Narayan Bharadwaj, Vice President, Cloud Solutions, VMware
Gartner forecasts that in 2023, worldwide public cloud spending will grow 20.7% to total$591.8 billion, up from$490.3 billionin 20221. As cloud adoption accelerates, enterprises aspire to migrate all or portions of their VMware environments - the majority of which consume block-based storage - to the cloud but are met by challenges of inconsistent storage layer management in comparison to their on-premises deployment, and an unmet need to scale compute and storage independently to match data growth.
The expanded partnership between Pure Storage and Microsoft eliminates this barrier. By integrating Pure Cloud Block Store with Azure VMware Solution, organizations gain access to Pure's robust feature set, as well as the ability to de-risk deployments while perfectly right-sizing and scaling storage and compute independently as workload demands change
About Pure Storage
Pure Storageuncomplicates data storage, forever. Pure delivers a cloud experience that empowers every organization to get the most from their data while reducing the complexity and expense of managing the infrastructure behind it. Pure's commitment to providing true storage as-a-service gives customers the agility to meet changing data needs at speed and scale, whether they are deploying traditional workloads, modern applications, containers, or more. Pure believes it can make a significant impact in reducing data center emissions worldwide through its environmental sustainability efforts, including designing products and solutions that enable customers to reduce their carbon and energy footprint. And with a certified customer satisfaction score in the top one percent of B2B companies, Pure's ever-expanding list of customers are among the happiest in the world.
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, Storage Management
businesswire | August 09, 2023
365 Data Centers, a leading provider of network-centric colocation, cloud solutions, and network connectivity, announces enhanced business continuity capabilities to serve customers at its data center facilities in two regional markets: Smyrna/Atlanta, Georgia, and Marlboro/Boston, Massachusetts.
Both dedicated and shared space along with connectivity at these facilities has been significantly improved. This ensures that existing and prospective customers in 365’s Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and New England markets have access to regional, high-availability business continuity space and all of 365’s highly resilient and interconnected colocation, network and cloud services. In addition, 365 continues to provide similar services on a smaller scale at its Carlstadt, New Jersey, and Philadelphia data center facilities to serve its current and prospective mid-Atlantic region customers.
“Our now enhanced business continuity services meet the most discerning needs, providing the venues and environment that customers need to operate in the normal course of business,” comments Bob DeSantis, CEO of 365 Data Centers. “Coupled with proximity to our colocation, network, internet, cloud, and managed service capabilities, 365 customers can be assured that their business and deliverables to their customers will continue without interruption.”
With this recent rebranding and upgrade, 365 Data Centers’ Smyrna and Marlboro business continuity facilities now boast 350 and 250 seats, respectively, conference and break rooms, reliable PC workstations, telephones, and printer access. These suites are supported by highly resilient critical infrastructure to ensure continuous availability. This includes UPS supported power with emergency backup generators available in an N+1 configuration to provide continuous operations during utility outages.
365 Data Centers’ business continuity services offer customers a reliable and proven solution to maintain, sustain, and deliver on their corporate promises regardless of what natural or man-made event may occur to challenge normal day-to-day operations. This service guarantees 24/7/365 access and includes conditioned space, an ethernet drop, and offers partitioned walls and individual access doors to ensure security and privacy. All customers gain access to services such as dedicated internet access and direct connectivity into their network or virtual environment located at any of 365 Data Centers’ 20 data center facilities.
The benefits of an established business continuity plan go beyond disaster preparedness. It is especially vital when dealing with confidential or time-sensitive data, making this a required service for hospital systems and regulated industries such as financial services, banks, investment funds, and insurance companies, which are required to follow strict continuity protocols set forth by state, federal, and county entities.
“The addition of these key sites will ensure that our existing and prospective customers will have access to high quality, high availability business continuity solutions,” says Steve Oakie, Chief Revenue Officer of 365 Data Centers. “This will particularly benefit our large customer base in Florida and within the Northeast corridor. This development bolsters 365’s role as a leading single-source provider of IT infrastructure and business continuity services.”
About 365 Data Centers
365 Data Centers is a leading provider of hybrid Data Center solutions in 20 strategic, primarily edge, markets. Along with network-centric Data Centers in Alpharetta (GA), Aurora (CO), Boca Raton (FL), Bridgewater (NJ), Buffalo (NY), Carlstadt (NJ), Chicago (IL), Commack (NY), Detroit (MI), Fort Lauderdale (FL), Herndon (VA), Nashville (TN), Marlborough (MA), Philadelphia-University City (PA), Philadelphia Downtown (PA), New York City (NY), Rancho Cordova (CA), Richardson (TX), Smyrna (GA), and Tampa (FL). The company also operates a resilient, low latency, nationwide fiber network and four cloud regions. 365 serves more than 1,700 customers.