Oracle talks up new SA data centres

ITWeb | January 15, 2020

Oracle’s new data centres, due to launch in SA later this year, promise to bring unmatched performance, high security and new experiences to local organisations. This was the word from Andrew Sutherland, SVP business development, technology licence and systems at Oracle EMEA and APAC. Speaking this week during a media roundtable discussion at Oracle OpenWorld 2020, at the Dubai Trade Centre Arena, where hundreds of delegates gathered, Sutherland discussed Oracle’s plans to establish two data centres in SA before the end of the year. In September, the US-based enterprise software giant announced plans to build 20 new cloud  regions by the end of 2020, for a total of 36 Oracle Cloud Infrastructure regions. These are set to be established in SA, US, Canada, Brazil, UK, European Union (Amsterdam), Japan, Australia, India, South Korea, Singapore, Israel, Chile, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

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Leading Blockchain Infrastructure Provider Quicknode Acquires Leading Nft Analytics Platform Icy.Tools

QuickNode | May 16, 2022

Today, QuickNode, the leading provider of managed blockchain infrastructure, is excited to announce its first acquisition: icy.tools, the leading NFT analytics platform and NFT API. Since the start of the NFT boom in 2021, icy.tools has provided consumers and investors with NFT analytics and market reporting to facilitate more technical analysis of NFT sales. They allow users to discover the latest trending projects being minted, transaction history and portfolio value, and alerting around the latest mints and wallets. "We're thrilled about the capabilities that will open up to our customers as a result of this transaction," said Jackie De La Rosa, COO of QuickNode. "This is a natural fit for QuickNode because NFT integrations require sophisticated blockchain infrastructure behind the scenes," she continues. With their expertise in NFT analytics, icy.tools has developed a powerful GraphQL API for developers to access NFT price data, traits/wallet data, and marketplace data from OpenSea, Genie, and Looks Rare, among others. QuickNode will integrate the icy.tools API directly into the existing QuickNode platform, providing even more capabilities to QuickNode NFT API customers. Together, QuickNode and icy.tools will unlock all the immediate needs of NFT developers including analytics, pricing data, and node infrastructure in a multichain environment including Ethereum, BSC, Solana, Polygon, and more through one seamless integration. "We were already bullish on the power of QuickNode for developers but the acquisition of icy.tools puts QuickNode at the forefront of NFT development, creating an integrated web3 development and analytics platform." said Alexis Ohanian, founding and managing partner of 776, an early stage QuickNode investor. As a result of the deal, the icy.tools analytics platform will stay separate while the API will eventually move into the QuickNode developer platform, allowing QuickNode customers immediate access to real-time NFT data on demand. To learn more, check out icy.tools analytics platform and QuickNode's NFT API. With a conviction in making blockchain technology more accessible and under a strong shared vision, icy.tools and Quicknode have officially joined in building the future of blockchain infrastructure, analytics, and developer tooling that will empower the next generation of web3 products and developers. About QuickNode Founded in 2017, QuickNode, is the web3 infrastructure provider with powerful developer tooling and a seamless suite of APIs for web3 businesses and developers. QuickNode believes the future of the Internet is private, trustless and censorship resistant. QuickNode enables blockchain ecosystems to scale, by providing robust core infrastructure, API and developer tools. In October 2021, QuickNode raised a $35M Series A funding led by Tiger Global with participation from Alexis Ohanian's Seven Seven Six, Soma Capital, Arrington XRP Capital, Crossbeam, and Anthony Pompliano. About icy.tools Founded in 2021, Icy Tools is a leading NFT analytics platform that indexes and enhances blockchain data to provide in depth market insights and developer tools. Icy Tools believes unlocking accessibility and usability to blockchain data is the key to enabling the next wave of web3 users and developers. As a first mover in the NFT insights and analytics space, Icy Tools is paving the way forward as a realization of that belief.

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Kyndryl Unveils Cyber Resilience Solution Featuring Advanced Security to Protect Critical Business Data

Kyndryl | April 18, 2022

Kyndryl , the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider, today announced an expansion of its global alliance with Dell Technologies, focused on helping customers use data optimization, infrastructure management services, and a cyber resilience solution to protect their critical business assets. Specifically, Kyndryl provides Cyber Incident Recovery with Dell Technologies to accelerate cyber resilience for customers using Dell's high-performance storage, servers, and data protection systems. This solution is designed to help secure critical data sets and provide a verified process to recover data back into the business. The approach uses an "air-gapped" data vault from Dell, whereby one copy of the data is offline and cannot be accessed, to help customers ensure integrity and availability of data sets in the event of a cyber incident. Dell recently elevated Kyndryl to Titanium Black Global Partner status in the Dell Technologies Partner Program. This status recognizes Dell's most strategic partners – those best equipped for today's data-centric, multicloud world, and support their customers in their digital transformation journey. The designation and this collaboration will enable customers to enhance their digital innovation and business transformation. With more than 20 years of engineering and go-to-market collaboration, Kyndryl and Dell provide customers with a powerful combination of strategic guidance and access to world-class technologies. "We're excited to expand our relationship with Dell and look forward to delivering solutions, services and support that customers need to store and protect their data and recover from cyber threats. Through this important alliance, we will work together to help companies improve performance and availability of critical data, predictive maintenance, non-disruptive upgrades and refreshes." Kris Lovejoy, Global Security and Resiliency practice leader, Kyndryl Ensuring effective cyber resilience is a top priority for customers. Kyndryl's Cyber Incident Recovery with Dell Technologies solution is designed to enhance and complement existing backup and disaster recovery solutions, help minimize the impact of cyber incidents, and enable a quicker return to normal operations as well as a greater likelihood of recovering critical data. "It's more important than ever for companies to have confidence in the protection of their critical data to ensure cyber resiliency," said Denise Millard, senior vice president, Global Alliances, Dell Technologies. "Dell and Kyndryl are well positioned to help our customers succeed in the multicloud and data era." About Kyndryl Kyndryl is the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider. The company designs, builds, manages, and modernizes the complex, mission-critical information systems that the world depends on every day. Kyndryl's nearly 90,000 employees serve over 4,000 customers in more than 60 countries around the world, including 75 percent of the Fortune 100.

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Accenture Announces Intent to Acquire AFD.TECH to Bolster its Cloud First Network Capabilities

Accenture | December 20, 2021

Accenture has announced its intent to acquire AFD.TECH, an independent network services company specializing in network engineering, operations and business services. Financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed. This acquisition would add more than 1,600 highly skilled professionals to Accenture globally, along with multidisciplinary capabilities across engineering, design, deployment, and operation of next generation networks, such as 5G and fiber. “The combination of latest technologies such as 5G, cloud and next generation IoT is transforming the way businesses are operating across all the industries by creating opportunities for innovative services and new sources of growth,” said Olivier Girard, market unit lead for Accenture in France & Benelux. “To succeed in their digital transformation and take advantage of its full potential, companies must act now to adopt the right strategy and build new business solutions enabled by network investments. This acquisition would give us a significant footprint in advanced mobile and enterprise networks.” The newly acquired expertise when combined with Accenture’s Cloud First capabilities would provide a broad spectrum of proven practices, operational excellence and human ingenuity to help clients drive comprehensive transformation across their disparate networks. Karthik Narain, global lead, Accenture Cloud First, said: “Most networks were not built for today’s highly distributed world of cloud, edge devices and remote work. Increasingly, companies will need to invest in modern networks that seamlessly connect across the dynamic capabilities of the cloud continuum from public through edge and everything in between. AFD.TECH’s network operations and IT capabilities, as well as its deep industry knowledge, would complement Accenture’s cloud, edge computing, security, and network capabilities to help clients shape, build and operate cloud-first networks.” Founded in 1998, AFD.TECH serves leading telecom brands and clients across various other industries, including energy, industrial, infrastructure and life sciences sectors. The company is based in France with additional offices in Belgium and Morocco. “Combining our strengths with Accenture would allow us to leverage the potential offered by the latest technologies and to allow an even-broader client base, both existing and future, to grasp the full potential of the range of new services that will be generated by the deep transformation across nearly every industry and market in the next five years. The opportunity to join Accenture would allow us to scale capabilities and enable tremendous opportunity for our clients, our company and our people. Together, we would help clients adapt their operating model, expand the skills of their people and drive innovation to unlock the full potential of 5G.” Jérôme Picard, co-founder and CEO of AFD.TECH The acquisition of AFD.TECH would strengthen Accenture’s network operations capabilities in Europe and follows Accenture’s acquisition of Arca last November and of umlaut in October 2021. The acquisition requires prior consultation with the relevant works councils and would be subject to customary closing conditions. About Accenture Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services—all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 624,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities.

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Atlas Technology Group Becomes Long-Term Node Host for peaq

Atlas Technology Group | June 18, 2022

Atlas Technology Group, a Business-to-Protocol innovator providing a full suite of infrastructure to all protocols building the Web3 ecosystem, will begin a long-term partnership with peaq, the Web3 network powering the Economy of Things. Atlas will host peaq nodes to support peaq’s network and ecosystem, driving the emergence of the Economy of Things. Atlas will also be actively involved in staking, data storage, API support and supplying projects in the peaq ecosystem with required resources for development. “peaq’s projects are engaging with the real world in ways that are unique to the current Web3 space. peaq is leading the charge into the Economy of Things, and Atlas is supporting that charge. We believe that this is the perfect opportunity to partner with an organization that is idealistic but has its feet on the ground, harnessing the technology of today for the communities of the future. The infrastructure we are providing to peaq will enable this continued expansion of the EoT. ” Raymond Yuan, Atlas Founder and Chairman Atlas offers a broad range of value-added services, including application specific computing, node infrastructure, networking, hardware, API support and storage to drive and maintain the Web3 ecosystem. Atlas is committed to becoming a global leading next-generation computing infrastructure provider that advocates sustainable growth, green energy adoption, power usage efficiency and stability to drive the Web3 evolution. It has committed to adopt 100% green energy to power its computing operations by 2024. Till Wendler, Co-founder of peaq, said: “Supporting developers is central to peaq’s mission: benefiting communities from advancements in technology and automation without exception. From this partnership with Atlas, the peaq ecosystem can expect extraordinary support, security and engagement. Atlas is selective in choosing partner projects, so we are grateful that our vision for the future of human-machine relationships has resonated with an industry titan such as Atlas.” peaq’s network enables people to build decentralized applications (dApps) for vehicles, robots and devices, and allows anybody to own a stake in the Economy of Things, also known as the Web3 machine economy. This means that as machines become more advanced and do more and more of the work we humans do, people will be able to generate more income and derive more value from machines. Additionally, anyone can become a node host for peaq. As one of the youngest projects supported by Atlas, peaq stands alongside industry-defining projects such as Solana, Ethereum, Cosmos, Tezos and Avalanche. Atlas’ partnership with peaq will position it at the forefront of the emerging Web3 machine economy ecosystem. About peaq peaq is the Web3 network powering the Economy of Things (EoT). peaq enables people to build decentralized applications (dApps) for vehicles, robots and devices, while empowering dApp builders and dApp users to govern and earn from machines providing goods and services to people and other machines. The peaq network leverages Machine DeFi and Machine NFTs to align the incentives of all stakeholders in the Economy of Things. peaq is designed to solve some of our most pressing societal and economic challenges of our time, ensuring that people earn more as machine-associated job automation increases. About Atlas Headquartered in Singapore, Atlas is a global infrastructure-as-a-service group that drives the evolution of Web 3.0 – the next phase of the internet. The company offers a broad range of value-added services including application-specific computing, node infrastructure, networking, hardware, API support and storage for the Web 3.0 ecosystem.

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