February 2021 | Vol 1

Strategic Developments

Dell Technologies, SK Telecom and VMware bring the power of 5G and the Edge to enterprises

To collaborate on an integrated multi-access edge computing solution, OneBox MEC, providing more secure and reliable access to data at edge locations.

HPE to build $35M supercomputer for the National Center for Atmospheric Research to improve predictions of wildfires, hurricanes, and solar storms

HPE is awarded with a $35+ million contract to build a new supercomputer using its end-to-end high performance computing (HPC) technologies for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

SAP buys Berlin business process automation provider startup Signavio

SAP makes a strategic acquisition in its quest to accelerate S/4HANA adoption. The deal, the price of which was not disclosed but is said to value Signavio at €1 billion.

SAP and Microsoft expand partnership and integrate Microsoft Teams across solutions

SAP and Microsoft announced plans to integrate Microsoft Teams with SAP’s intelligent suite of solutions. The companies also formalized an extensive expansion of an existing strategic partnership to accelerate the adoption of SAP S/4HANA® on Microsoft Azure.

Citrix partners with Cloud4C, with eye on improving virtual desktop infrastructure

Citrix and Cloud4C announced their partnership, a move that will enable enterprises to deploy Citrix’s Virtual Apps and Desktops service to devices across the workforce.

McAfee plans layoffs in March 2021

McAfee layoffs will impact 137 employees at the cybersecurity software company’s headquarters starting in March. Moreover, McAfee will shut down its security software development center in Tel Aviv, Israel, to further reduce headcount and business costs.

F5 Networks completed acquisition of Volterra

F5 Networks completed the acquisition of Volterra, the first universal edge-as-a-service platform. With the addition of Volterra’s technology, F5 is creating an edge platform built for enterprises and service providers that will be security-first and app-driven with unlimited scale

Quest announced availability of On Demand SaaS platform in Australia for Easy Management of Microsoft cloud environments

A Microsoft Azure-hosted software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform available within Quest’s Microsoft Platform Management business, the On Demand portfolio gives global organizations all the tools they need to move, manage and secure Microsoft hybrid cloud workloads in a simple, SaaS-based delivery model.

VMware confirms layoffs less than 1% of the company’s total employees

VMware is to lay off roughly 310 employees across the company in what the vendor called a regular workforce rebalancing strategy.

HPE turns to DigiPlex for hosting HPC Infrastructure

DigiPlex, the Nordic leader for sustainable, innovative, and secure data centres, has signed an agreement with HPE to host AI and HPC technology in its Stockholm data center.

Citrix to acquire Wrike, delivering modern digital workspace and advancing future of work

Citrix to acquire Wrike, a rapidly growing, recognized leader in the SaaS collaborative work management space, for $2.25 billion in cash

SAP to invest ₹500 crore to accelerate multi-cloud strategy in India

SAP would invest ₹500 crore in India to localize and offer customers the flexibility of a multi-cloud environment. SAP will make available its multiple cloud solutions in India data centers.

Cisco to acquire Acacia Communications

Acacia has been a Cisco supplier of its high-speed, optical interconnect technologies that help hyperscale cloud and service providers, as well as data center operators two large customer segments for Cisco meet consumer demand for data.

Cisco and Acacia Communications announce amended merger agreement

The acquisition of Acacia reinforces Cisco’s commitment to optics as a building block that will enhance Cisco’s ‘Internet for the Future’ strategy with world class coherent optical solutions.

Veritas acquires HubStor in play for Backup-As-A-Service expertise

Veritas has quietly acquired HubStor in a move it expects will add strong backup-as-a-service technology with a Microsoft Azure public cloud base.

Quest Software acquired erwin, Inc. to enable organizations to fully harness the business benefits of data

Quest Software announced the acquisition of erwin, Inc. to enable organizations to realize the exceptional business benefits of data fully. Erwin’s solutions strengthen Quest’s market-leading data toolset, adding new capabilities to drive significant data initiatives and the deployment of modern applications while ensuring regulatory compliance.

NovaBACKUP partners with Fibernetics to launch a new cloud data center in Canada

NovaBACKUP has announced a partnership with Fibernetics to provide encrypted and secured cloud storage to Canadian Managed Service Providers.

Nokia signs up Google for building cloud-based 5G network

Nokia partnered with Google Cloud unit to build 5G core network infrastructure and allow business customers to offer services such as smart retail and automated manufacturing.

New Product Developments

VMware debuts Tanzu Advanced & Project Iris

VMware is adding a new product to its Tanzu portfolio for building and managing modern container-based applications. VMware Tanzu Advanced is said to build upon VMware Tanzu Standard, adding more focus on DevSecOps, which is a set of practices that combines software development and information technology operations.

Veritas launched NetBackup™ 9

Veritas Technologies is embracing scale-out computing with the release of its NetBackup 9 data protection platform, launched this week. The decision to rebuild its backup and recovery platform on Kubernetes paved the way for Veritas Technologies to embrace scale-out computing alongside existing support for traditional scale-up platforms.

Nutanix adds support for Google Anthos distribution of Kubernetes

Nutanix has added support for Google Anthos, a managed instance of a Kubernetes environment, to its HCI platform running the company’s AHV hypervisor.

Intrinsic ID’s QuiddiKey PUF selected by Fungible in drive to secure next gen data centers

Intrinsic ID, the world’s leading provider of Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) security IP for embedded systems, announced that California-based data center infrastructure upstart Fungible Inc., has licensed QuiddiKey® for its Fungible DPU™ SoCs.

Avaya expanding AI-powered contact center capabilities to improve customer experience, participating with AWS Contact Center Intelligence

As an AWS Partner offering AWS Contact Center Intelligence (CCI) solutions, Avaya can enable customers to leverage AWS AI Services and ML capabilities to drive more rewarding customer and employee experiences across both voice and digital channels through natural, conversation-driven interactions powered by AI and ML.

Tanla partners with Microsoft to launch blockchain-enabled CPaaS platform, Wisely

Tanla Platforms Limited and Microsoft announced the launch of Wisely, a blockchain-enabled communications platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) offering built on Microsoft Azure.

Hitachi Vantara now offers Kubernetes Service for cloud-native applications

Hitachi Vantara has announced the availability of Hitachi Kubernetes Service, an enterprise-grade solution used for managing multiple Kubernetes environments.

McAfee transforms security operations with launch of industry first proactive XDR for Endpoint, Cloud and Network

McAfee announced the general availability of MVISION Extended Detection and Response (XDR) with inclusion of Cloud, and network telemetry, unifying and optimizing threat detection and response beyond endpoints to allow for faster, more proactive investigation cycles, easier, automated response and continued modernization of today’s security operations centers (SOC).

Uptycs announces cloud security and compliance for AWS

New capabilities enable security teams to inventory cloud services and workloads, continuously assess security posture, ensure compliance, and detect and investigate threats across AWS services.

Avaya announces new AI capabilities to improve customer experience, with more powerful virtual agents integrating with Google Cloud Dialogflow CX

Avaya OneCloud™ CCaaS and OneCloud™ CPaaS portfolios are now available with Avaya AI Virtual Agent Enhanced, new human-like automation features that significantly improve customer experience and contact center efficiency.

BMC strengthens Mainframe Intelligence, Security, and DevOps with new and enhanced offerings

The new BMC AMI Ops solution takes the best of MainView, the BMC solution for optimizing mainframe systems management, and enhances it with AI and ML through an upgraded and intuitive user interface designed for both new and experienced mainframe users.

People Movement

VMware appoints Guru Venkatachalam as CTO, Asia Pacific and Japan

Guru leads VMware’s efforts in Asia Pacific and Japan to build trusted partnerships with customers and partners and deliver solutions aligned to their strategic priorities. He will also play an integral role in the further developing the company’s cloud, app modernization, networking, security, and digital workspace platforms.

VMware adds AI technologist, venture capitalist to its board

Seasoned technology entrepreneur and venture capitalist Ken Denman is an experienced technologist and corporate director with deep roots in software, mobile and AI technologies.

Haiyan Song joins F5 Networks as EVP of Security

Song joins F5 from Splunk where she led the organization’s security business as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Security Markets. In her new position, Song will drive the company’s next phase of growth in security.

Infinidat announces appointment of Phil Bullinger as CEO

Phil will be joining the Infinidat executive team following a 30-year career in enterprise storage, most recently as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Data Center Business Unit for Western Digital.

VMware cloud guru Ajay Singh leaves for Pure Storage

Ajay Singh joins Pure Storage as CPO. Ajay Singh was SVP and GM of VMware’s Cloud Management business unit, which includes vRealize and vCloud product suites, for the past six years. He helped scale VMware’s worldwide Cloud Management business from $1B to more than $2.1B over his tenure.

Intel appoints Sunil Shenoy as SVP of Design Engineering Group

Sunil will  lead the critical work of design, development, validation and manufacturing of intellectual properties and system-on-chips (SoC) for client and data center applications.

Intel appoints tech industry leader Pat Gelsinger as new CEO

Gelsinger is a highly respected CEO and industry veteran with more than four decades of technology and leadership experience, including 30 years at Intel where he began his career.

LogicMonitor taps former Slack, Salesforce leader Christina Kosmowski as President

In the newly-created role of president, Christina Kosmowski will work with LogicMonitor CEO Kevin McGibben on go-to-market strategy as the SaaS provider continues its rapid growth trajectory.

PubMatic appoints Hitesh Bhatt and Jaidev Kakar tolLead connected TV solutions in EMEA

Hitesh Bhatt was named director of Publisher Development, CTV and OTT; Jaidev Kakar was named director of Advertiser Solutions, CTV and OTT.

Awards/Certifications/Analyst Positioning

Citrix tops in customer support

Citrix announced that it has earned Global Rated Outstanding Support certifications for both its assisted and self-service  support offerings from the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to advancing the business of technology services.

Nutanix named as dominant HCI SW vendor in the Indian HCI market for the third quarter of 2020

According to IDC, at USD$23.80 million, Nutanix grossed 58.9 percent of the Hyperconverged Systems market revenue for Q3 – more than double that of its closest competitor.

Pluribus Networks won “Edge Computing Innovation of the Year” at 2020 Data Centre Solutions Awards

Industry recognizes Pluribus for architectural approach to Pluribus Netvisor® ONE and Adaptive Cloud Fabric™, enabling unprecedented scalability and network automation for edge computing and distributed cloud.

LogicMonitor won a 2021 Best Customer Support Award from TrustRadius

LogicMonitor’s excellent customer service has propelled the company’s sustained rapid growth and success. In 2020, the company was named one of the fastest growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine and was listed as one of North America’s fastest growing companies in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500.

Turvo named top 10 Logistics Tech Solution Provider by CIOReview

The announcement highlighted areas where Turvo has demonstrated game-changing capabilities.

Veritas recognized for second consecutive time as a 2021 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions

The announcement follows previous recognition by customers for NetBackup 8.2 in the February 2020 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions – and being positioned a Leader by Gartner analysts in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions for the 15th consecutive time last July.

Pure Storage recognized as a leader in Enterprise Flash Array Storage category

TrustRadius has recognized FlashArray™ for Best Customer Support and Best Usability.

Cohesity recognized as a Customers’ Choice in 10 of 11 category distinctions in the Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions report

Cohesity is also proud to be the only Customers’ Choice vendor recognized in the following category distinctions: Global Enterprises, Healthcare, and Services industries. Additionally, Cohesity is the only Customers’ Choice vendor to be recognized in all three regions: North America, EMEA, and Asia Pacific.

LogicMonitor won 2020-21 The Cloud Award for Best Cloud Infrastructure

LogicMonitor announced it has been declared the winner of the Best Cloud Infrastructure award in the international Cloud Computing Awards program, The Cloud Awards.

Gigamon ThreatINSIGHT™ named Cyber Catalyst℠ designated solution to address top security risks identified by insurers

Gigamon ThreatINSIGHT™ solution has been awarded a Cyber Catalyst℠ designation as part of the annual Cyber Catalyst by Marsh℠ evaluation program.

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