ServerCentral Turing Group And Digital Realty Expand Partnership For Hybrid Cloud Solutions

HostReview | February 26, 2020

ServerCentral Turing Group (SCTG), a managed IT infrastructure service provider, and Digital Realty, a leading global provider of data center colocation and interconnection solutions, today announced an expanded collaboration on Digital Realty'sAshburn, VA connected campus to expand hyperscale connectivity availability and deliver custom, hybrid cloud solutions with full access to the global PlatformDIGITAL™ community of network, content and cloud providers. SCTG's expanded relationship with Digital Realty will further enable highly reliable access and improved application performance in one of the fastest-growing, highest-demand data center environments around the globe inAshburn, VA. By leveraging Digital Realty's extensive understanding of customer deployment models, SCTG and its enterprise clients will be able to accelerate digital transformation initiatives with pre-validated footprints for network, control and data hubs.

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Fugue | February 18, 2022

Fugue, the cloud security and compliance company, today announced that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Security Competency status. This designation recognizes that Fugue has demonstrated proven technology that helps customers achieve their cloud security goals. Fugue delivers cloud security visibility and policy-based governance across the software development life cycle, from infrastructure as code to running cloud environments. Achieving the AWS Security Competency differentiates Fugue as an AWS Partner that provides a specialized software as a service platform designed to help enterprises adopt AWS for security-critical deployments. To receive the designation, AWS Partners must possess deep AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS. AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify AWS Partners with deep industry experience and expertise. “Fugue is thrilled to achieve AWS Security Competency status, Our team is dedicated to empowering cloud engineering and security teams to deliver and maintain secure cloud infrastructure that adheres to policy and integrate our cloud security SaaS platform seamlessly with the range of security tools AWS provides.” Josh Stella, Fugue CEO and co-founder Fugue empowers security teams with real-time visibility into the full state and security posture of their cloud environment and ensures that policy-driven cloud security controls are consistently interpreted, implemented and enforced across the entire organization. Fugue’s Unified Policy Engine enables teams to use the same policies to check and enforce cloud infrastructure security at every stage of the software development life cycle. Fugue secures AWS and multicloud environments and pre-deployment infrastructure as code security checks for Terraform, AWS CloudFormation, Kubernetes manifests, and Dockerfiles. Fugue provides turnkey compliance coverage for SOC 2, NIST 800-53, GDPR, PCI, HIPAA, ISO 27001, CSA CCM, CIS Controls, CIS Docker, the AWS Well-Architected Framework, and CIS Foundations Benchmarks. Fugue’s Unified Policy Engine leverages Open Policy Agent (OPA), the open standard for policy as code and a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) graduated project. About Fugue Fugue is a cloud security and compliance SaaS company enabling regulated companies such as AT&T, Red Ventures, and SAP NS2 to ensure continuous cloud security and earn the confidence and trust of customers, business leaders, and regulators. Fugue empowers engineering and security teams to automate cloud policy enforcement and move faster than ever before without breaking the rules. Since 2013, Fugue has pioneered the use of policy-based cloud security automation and earned the patent on policy as code for cloud infrastructure.

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Kyndryl and Lenovo Expand Partnership to Accelerate Scalable Hybrid Cloud and Edge Computing Solutions

Kyndryl | March 24, 2022

Kyndryl , the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider, and Lenovo, an industry leader in PCs, storage and server performance and reliability, today announced an expansion of their global partnership to develop and deliver scalable hybrid cloud solutions and edge computing implementations. Through their extended collaboration, Kyndryl and Lenovo will create joint solutions that employ automation, optimization and differentiated IT infrastructure services to help customers meet their mission-critical on-premises and cloud-based distributed application service needs. Distributed computing architectures require deep management expertise coupled with operational and performance excellence. As 75% of data moves to the edge1, Kyndryl and Lenovo are expanding their relationship to meet customer goals by providing a premium technology and services experience that drives innovation to address changing business needs and requirements. "Today's new IT capabilities are transforming nearly every industry, and Lenovo is committed to empowering customers' intelligent transformation. "Together, this partnership will deliver leadership in innovation for hybrid multi-cloud deployments and the edge. Kyndryl's industry leadership in managed infrastructure capabilities coupled with Lenovo's extensive portfolio of solutions from the device to the cloud uniquely positions us to meet customers' mission critical, distributed service applications through automation, optimization and differentiated management technologies." Kirk Skaugen, Executive Vice President, Lenovo Group and President of Infrastructure Solutions Group Lenovo will continue as Kyndryl's strategic partner for IT server projects for PCs, servers, storage and next generation edge compute technologies with a portfolio of joint solutions. Kyndryl's managed services skills and expertise will enable and support deployment of these joint solutions across customer infrastructure – from end user devices to the cloud. Kyndryl and Lenovo also aim to provide integrated solutions for customers via an edge-to-cloud experience that leverages Lenovo's diverse portfolio of products – spanning edge computing, mobile, PCs and data center – with Kyndryl's customizable services for deployment, migration and optimization as a service or on prem. "Our proven track record of delivering value to customers worldwide with Lenovo provides a solid foundation for expanding our relationship with new jointly architected solutions," said Stephen Leonard, Global Alliances and Partnerships Leader, Kyndryl. "We're confident that customers will be able to continue to rely on the combination of Kyndryl and Lenovo to deliver reliable, high-performance infrastructure and services from personal computers to servers and storage to advanced computing at the edge." Lenovo's existing partnerships with other Kyndryl ecosystem alliance partners also will allow for deep collaboration to provide optimal solutions for customers across hybrid cloud, hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and edge computing applications with a complete portfolio of ready to roll, plug and play solutions. Kyndryl's extensive global delivery network and top-tier customer service and satisfaction, combined with Lenovo's worldwide device and technology infrastructure can help serve the expanding multi-vendor needs of customers in countries and markets across the globe. Providing a complete portfolio of edge servers, AI-ready storage and solutions, Lenovo offerings are also available as-a-Service through Lenovo TruScale™, which easily extends workloads from the edge to the cloud in a consumption-based model. About Kyndryl Kyndryl designs, runs, and manages modern, efficient, and reliable technology environments for the world's most important businesses and organizations, with the industry's most experienced services experts. For more information, visit www.kyndryl.com. About Lenovo Lenovo is a US$60 billion revenue Fortune Global 500 company serving customers in 180 markets around the world. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, we are developing world-changing technologies that power (through devices and infrastructure) and empower (through solutions, services and software) millions of customers every day and together create a more inclusive, trustworthy and sustainable digital society for everyone, everywhere. To find out more visit https://www.lenovo.com, and read about the latest news via our StoryHub.

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Sunlight.io launches first hyperconverged stack supporting the NVIDIA Jetson-based Lenovo ThinkEdge SE70 to make edge AI deployable at scale

Sunlight | June 30, 2022

Sunlight.io, the edge infrastructure company, today announced support for the NVIDIA Jetson™ edge AI platform, and the Lenovo SE70, with the launch of its beta program — ‘Project Rosie.’ Sunlight NexVisor is the first full hyperconverged stack to support the Arm-CPU-based NVIDIA Jetson. Sunlight NexVisor coupled with the Lenovo SE70 makes it easy to deploy AI applications anywhere at the edge. Application developers can be the first to access the technology and test their AI applications by applying here. AI is a ‘killer application’ at the edge where it is bringing real-time “insight to action” across a wide range of use cases. For example, computer vision — combining cameras, video streaming and analytics — is being implemented at drive-thrus nationwide for faster and more personalized food ordering; on manufacturing production lines to instantly identify and remove faulty items; and across smart cities to enhance population and crowd security. These sorts of AI applications need high levels of processing power with low latency and reliable networking in order to give real-time results. Enterprises want to replicate the simplicity of the hyperconverged infrastructure they enjoy in their core data centers for their edge AI applications. However, datacenter HCI isn’t able to run in the constrained environments that exist at the edge due to their large RAM and CPU overhead and lack of edge management capabilities. This makes edge deployments extremely resource intensive to manage and hard to scale. Sunlight NexVisor is the only hyperconverged stack that is able to run on both x86 and Arm architectures and with a tiny footprint suitable for constrained edge environments. It includes centralized management and application deployment capabilities. NVIDIA Jetson is the world's leading platform for AI at the edge. NVIDIA Jetson modules are small form-factor, high-performance computers containing an Arm processor and GPU. The combination of Sunlight NexVisor and the NVIDIA Jetson-powered Lenovo ThinkEdge SE70 makes it possible to run demanding edge AI applications in harsh environments that span hundreds or thousands of sites with easy single-pane-of-glass management, low TCO and tiny power and space requirements. Sunlight is a member of NVIDIA Inception, a global program designed to nurture cutting-edge startups. Scott Tease, Lenovo’s VP for HPC and AI said, "Our customers realize the advantages of edge AI and deploying solutions closer to the point of data capture to run real-time inferencing. That is why we are so excited to be partnering up with Sunlight as they support our edge portfolio to significantly improve the efficiency and economics of AI deployments for customers worldwide." “We are excited to launch this exclusive beta program for users who need to run efficient, manageable AI out where the data is generated — at the edge. “Sunlight already offers full support for the Lenovo ThinkEdge and ThinkSystem range, including the Intel-based SE30, SE50, SE350 and SE450. Together, we’ve been able to produce a truly industry-first solution by combining Sunlight’s turn-key, edge-as-a-service offering with Lenovo’s leading AI edge platform powered by NVIDIA Jetson. Sunlight was born out of a collaboration with Arm back in 2013 to build a lightweight hypervisor, and we’re seeing huge demand for the use of Arm-based servers at the edge due to their performance and power-efficiency.” Julian Chesterfield, Founder and CEO of Sunlight About Sunlight The Sunlight Edge is a reliable, secure, zero-touch and economic infrastructure that helps turn your critical edge data into real-time insight and action across your retail stores, manufacturing lines and smart cities. Sunlight makes running and managing applications and infrastructure at the edge as easy as in the cloud. Sunlight works with efficient, ruggedized edge hardware — so you can consolidate all of your in-location edge applications with full isolation, security and high availability.

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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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