Snowflake secures $479m in latest funding round alongside key Salesforce partnership

Cloud Computing News | February 10, 2020

Cloud data warehousing provider Snowflake has announced the closure of a $479 million (£370.6m) funding round, taking the company’s overall funding to $12.4 billion. The funding, which represents the eighth round since 2012, was led by two new investors, in the shape of Dragoneer Investment Group and Salesforce Ventures. The latter is especially pertinent, as a strategic partnership with Salesforce was also announced. More details of the partnership will be announced at an event in June, but for now Frank Slootman, CEO of Snowflake, said the company was ‘looking forward to the positive impact our technologies and services will deliver to our customers and the broader market.’ Snowflake, which received two rounds of funding totalling $713m in 2018, has long since been a darling of the privately held cloud space. The company polled second, behind only Stripe, in Forbes’ most recent Cloud 100 list, with this publication noting at the time how B2B use cases were progressing significantly ahead of the consumer-based SaaS companies previously en vogue.

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Etihad selects Kyndryl to help accelerate the next phase of its digital transformation

Kyndryl | December 15, 2021

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and Kyndryl, the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider, today announced a multi-year agreement to help accelerate the next stage of its digital transformation journey. Kyndryl will help Etihad modernize its IT infrastructure by facilitating the use of best-in-breed cloud platforms. Innovation and technology have been instrumental to Etihad's agility to adapt within the aviation industry and enhance its world-renowned guest experience. Previously, the airline has relied on a private cloud infrastructure – but to achieve further flexibility, it needed to adopt a cloud strategy that integrates various public cloud environments to support its workloads. Accordingly, Etihad will tap Kyndryl to work closely with leading cloud providers to select fit-for-purpose cloud platforms that are based on the specific requirements of Etihad's mission-critical workloads. Over the next three years, Kyndryl will also help migrate and manage Etihad's workloads across the new multi-cloud environment. Through a multi-cloud model, Etihad will have seamless access to advanced cloud services and be able to combine the capabilities that each cloud platform provides. This will enable more efficient operations and bringing innovation to market at a more rapid pace. "As Etihad continues to evolve, its ability to push the boundaries of innovation and digitalisation within the aviation industry is necessary to create the next generation travel experience. The airline looks forward to working with Kyndryl as their expertise in cloud environments will support Etihad in becoming a more agile and sustainable airline," Frank Meyer, Chief Digital Officer, Etihad "Etihad is long known for embedding innovation into every aspect of its operations and continuously transforming to better serve its employees and guests," said Vickram Nagi, Managing Director, Kyndryl Middle East, Africa and Turkey. "We are proud to have been selected by Etihad to help facilitate the next phase of its digital transformation through the use of best-in-breed cloud platforms. This collaboration reaffirms our commitment to support mission-critical technology systems the world depends on every day and to forge strong relationships with leading technology innovators to serve our customers better." Kyndryl and Etihad signed the strategic agreement in November 2021. About Etihad: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, was formed in 2003 and quickly went on to become one of the world's leading airlines. From its home in Abu Dhabi, Etihad flies to passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. Together with Etihad's codeshare partners, Etihad's network offers access to hundreds of international destinations. In recent years, Etihad has received numerous awards for its superior service and products, cargo offering, loyalty programme and more. Etihad is recognised as one of the world's leading airlines in response to COVID-19 and was the first airline in the world to fully vaccinate its crew on board. 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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STORAGE MANAGEMENT

Redington announces strategic partnership with Infoblox

Redington (India) Ltd | June 03, 2022

The network security solutions demand has expanded on a larger scale in this digital transformation Era. Redington, the largest IT Infrastructure & Solutions Distributor has entered a strategic partnership with Infoblox, the leader in cloud-first DNS management and security services. "We are excited to announce our partnership with Infoblox, providing secure Cloud-Managed Network Services and protect business from every threat with seamless communication and threat prevention. As the landscape of networks evolve, Infoblox helps organizations in their challenging environment by integrating network components, managing core network services and by connecting the hybrid and multi-cloud networks. This will help our channel partners meet the increased security needs of their customers as their business changes. Mr. R. Venkatesh President, Enterprise Business Group, Redington India Limited The collaboration helps Redington's extensive customer base across IT and ITES, BFSI, Pharma, Manufacturing and other sectors simplify, scale, and secure their networks for hybrid environments, which are foundational for remote work. "Redington is delighted to partner with Infoblox, which delivers network infrastructure and secured experience in the digital transformation Era. This will help in the expansion of our security portfolio as well as the enhancement of our partners to provide best of breed solutions," said Mr.Jabez , VP of network and server storage Infoblox holds over 50 percent of the DDI market share and serves more than 12,000 customers globally, including 70% of the Fortune 500 companies. Its BloxOne DDI and BloxOne Threat Defense solutions provide network visibility and protection for customers with a unified view. Infoblox provides the industry's most robust DDI solution and security services, which can be easily integrated with other vendors. By using a combination of Behaviors Analysis & Machine Learning along with traditional Reputation and Signature protection it protects exfiltrated data constellations and continues to defend and protect against new attacks using DNS. "As the modern enterprise transforms their workplace into the cloud, organizations in India rely on Infoblox to scale, simplify and secure their increasingly distributed and complex networks," said Rajeev Sreedhar, Managing Director, India & SAARC at Infoblox. "With this partnership, our customers can expect to see the winning combination of Redington's extensive security experience and value-added distribution strength with our cloud-first DNS management and security solutions." Infoblox collaboration helps Redington to better their network security portfolio and it would strengthen our customer and partner's business. About Redington (India) Ltd Redington India provides end-to-end supply chain solutions for all categories of Information Technology, Telecom, Lifestyle, Healthcare, and Solar products. It has footprints across 37 markets through 60 subsidiary offices. With over 290+ brands associations and 39,500+ channel partners, it is transforming the distribution and supply chain ecosystem through synergy between innovation and technology adoption. About Infoblox Infoblox delivers the next-level network experience with its Secure Cloud-Managed Network Services. As the pioneer in providing the world's most reliable, secure, and automated networks, we are relentless in our pursuit of next level network simplicity. A recognized industry leader, Infoblox has more than 12,000 customers, including more than 70% of the Fortune 500.

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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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Fugue Achieves AWS Security Competency Status

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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