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ATSG Expands Global Desktop as a Service and Cloud Workspace with Acquisition of dinCloud, LLC

ATSG | September 24, 2021

ATSG, a leading, tech-enabled managed services and solutions company, announced its acquisition of dinCloud, LLC, a leading Cloud Services and Virtualized Workspace Subscription Provider with a global hybrid and multicloud footprint. With a complementary portfolio to that of ATSG's Technology Solutions as a Service offerings, the acquisition bolsters ATSG's global cloud business with a focused set of Virtual Hosted Desktops and Infrastructure as a Service offerings, as well as the expansion of the global delivery footprint. dinCloud has become a rapidly growing leader in the cloud infrastructure, hosted workspaces, desktop as a service, and cloud security arena and further expands the long-standing ATSG partner ecosystem relationships with Microsoft, Cisco, and Citrix. The acquisition also spans a multichannel, go to market approach, inclusive of other service providers and solutions aggregators, across Large Enterprises, as well as Middle Market end user customers.

With the dinCloud acquisition, ATSG continues to grow its customer relationships and overall offerings portfolio with specific emphasis on the rapidly growing, secure virtualized desktops and applications hosting markets, as well as cloud infrastructure services. dinCloud's managed technology solutions, provides users with secure, simple access to the desktops, applications, data, and IT services they need to work from anywhere, at any time. In addition, the team of dinCloud experts and engineers hold an array of impressive certifications and specializations, providing even further scale, capabilities, technical expertise, and intellectual property to ATSG.

"I am thrilled to join ATSG, a recognized leader in the tech-enabled managed services space," said Mark Briggs, CEO of dinCloud. "With this move, we further enhance our capabilities for our employees, our clients and our channels. Our joint vision and collaboration with ATSG is in perfect alignment and we look forward to serving many of our clients and channel partners in a leveraged model that will benefit our customers."

As ATSG looks ahead to 2022, they will continue to focus on growth, both organically and through future acquisitions. The company began over 25 years ago as an enterprise network and systems integrator and has aggressively transformed over the past decade to a Tech-enabled MSP, featuring highly secure, multicloud solutions, powered by the ATSG automation platform Ai2. The acquisition of dinCloud depicts the execution of yet another milestone in ATSG's strategic growth plan and is its seventh acquisition over the last 3 years; ATSG previously acquired QTS in 2017, VDX in 2018, HNS, ShoreGroup Solutions in late 2019, MTM in 2020 and the DatAvail IMS business unit in 2021. ATSG will continue to evaluate future investments and alliances that strategically enhance their tech-enabled managed services and overall Technology Solutions as a Service digital transformation strategy and offerings.

"The dinCloud acquisition was a clear strategic choice to complement both our Cloud and Digital Workplace Services portfolio," said Anthony J. D'Ambrosi, Chief Executive Officer of ATSG. "The global synergies between ATSG and dinCloud were immediately apparent, with their passion for customer success, innovation and deep channel partnerships. We are very excited about this fantastic combination."

The dinCloud acquisition serves as the first acquisition under Ron Zampolin's new role as President of Corporate Development and further expands on the focused transformation strategy ATSG is successfully executing. Houlihan Lokey served as the exclusive financial advisor to dinCloud during the transaction.

About ATSG
ATSG is a global tech-enabled managed services and solutions company focused on innovative solutions to enhance today's digital enterprise and end-user experiences. ATSG provides Intelligent IT through Technology Solutions as a Service (TSaaS) to a variety of customers; leveraging an offerings portfolio of rediTech, rediManage, rediCloud, and rediSecure, which delivers reliable, elastic, dynamic infrastructure, collaboration, applications, as well as world-class IT operations.

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Gcore Launches Budget Cloud Computing Solution for Webmasters, Developers and Hobbyists

Gcore | January 19, 2023

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VMware Extends SD-WAN Leadership with Innovations Enabling Enterprises to Connect and Secure the Distributed, Multi-Cloud Edge

VMware | November 10, 2022

VMware Explore 2022 Europe—In order to stay competitive, enterprises are transforming their applications, adopting multi-cloud and SaaS, and enabling users to access these applications from the office, home or elsewhere. VMware, Inc. today unveiled its next-generation SD-WAN solution, including a new SD-WAN Client, to help enterprises more securely, reliably, and optimally deliver applications, data and services—no matter where they reside—to the site, branch, and home, across any network to any device. “We’ve evolved VMware SD-WAN to meet enterprises’ requirements in support of distributed data, users and applications, Enterprises today need more secure, reliable, and optimal delivery of applications, data, and services regardless of where the application or the user or the device lives. The new VMware SD-WAN Client will enable enterprises to provide consistent security and ubiquitous and reliable connectivity to users and devices everywhere.” Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider and Edge, VMware Innovating to Better Connect and Secure Distributed Clouds, Workers, and Applications Enterprises adopting these cloud, workforce and application transformation initiatives require a move from a centralized to distributed IT model. If relying exclusively on traditional approaches to networking, security and operations, enterprises will face challenges ranging from inefficient cloud/SaaS access, poor application quality, and compromised security to outdated remote access VPN connectivity and operational complexities and expenses. An evolution of SD-WAN is required to successfully support enterprises’ transformation initiatives. Cloud-native by design, VMware SD-WAN and VMware SASE enable enterprises to bring edge compute and networking together for application transformation while delivering consistent security and ubiquitous, reliable, and optimal connectivity for the branch and distributed workforce. The platform features a single management interface that leverages artificial intelligence to simplify operations. New features and capabilities support three areas of transformation: Cloud transformation: To better assist enterprises with connectivity to the cloud, into the cloud and through the cloud, VMware is expanding its SD-WAN and SASE footprint by adding 16 new points of presence (PoPs) mainly across APJ, EMEA and LATAM. VMware and its partners now provide more than 200 PoPs worldwide delivering high-speed, low-latency connections to major cloud and SaaS providers. Additionally, VMware SD-WAN and SASE now offer enhanced artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps) capabilities within VMware Edge Network Intelligence to help enterprises identify better network paths to the cloud and proactively notify operations teams to take remedial action. Workforce transformation: VMware today unveiled a new SD-WAN Client to provide consistent connectivity, performance, and security capabilities to remote workers on the road. To accelerate the development of the SD-WAN Client, VMware today also announced it has acquired the team, products and IP of Ananda Networks. The new PC and mobile soft client will leapfrog legacy remote access VPNs via a cloud-native, cloud-delivered approach enabling a smooth transition to Zero Trust while incorporating elements of Dynamic Multipath Optimization for enhanced performance. The SD-WAN Client will be seamlessly integrated with the existing VMware SD-WAN offering. Read the VMware SD-WAN Client blog post. Application transformation: VMware SD-WAN and SASE will enhance connectivity, compute, and intelligence in rapidly evolving edge use cases with the help of VMware Private Mobile Network. Delivered by service providers, this managed service offering provides enterprises with private 4G/5G mobile connectivity in support of edge-native applications. Building on VMware Edge Compute Stack, the service is seamlessly integrated with existing IT management platforms and incorporates VMware’s industry leading compute, network, security, and edge intelligence solutions. VMware SD-WAN is a part of VMware SASE. VMware was recently positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a Leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for SD-WAN. Gartner recognized VMware for its Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision. 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Pine Networks Selects IP Infusion's OcNOS Network Operating System for Network Transformation

IP Infusion | January 27, 2023

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