SAP Taps Azure for Customer On-Premises-to-Cloud Migrations

Virtualization Review | October 23, 2019

Enterprise application software specialist SAP announced a partnership with Microsoft to move customers' on-premises implementations to the Azure cloud. The pact targets customers using SAP ERP (enterprise resource planning) and SAP S/4HANA, an ERP product optimized for the company's in-memory HANA database. A simplified move from on-premise editions of SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA for customers with integrated product and industry solutions. A collaborative support model for simplified resolution for Azure and SAP Cloud Platform to ease migration and improve communication.

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DE-CIX and Crocker Communications Partner to Improve Connectivity for Massachusetts Customers

DE-CIX | December 29, 2022

DE-CIX, a leading Internet exchange operator, has announced that Crocker Communications, a Massachusetts company that offers enterprise-class services, will join its North American Transport Partner program. By taking part in the program, Crocker Communications can use DE-CIX's low-latency, high-capacity Internet exchange services. The enhanced partnership enables Crocker's customers to access DE-CIX New York, a carrier- and data center-neutral internet exchange in the Northeast region of the US, through a Network-to-Network Interconnection (NNI). Through this new partnership, Crocker Communications' customers can now benefit from greater interconnectivity and more reliable performance. "Our collaboration with Crocker Communications expands our focus on regional Transport Partner coverage. Businesses, ISPs, colleges, and universities across Western Massachusetts can readily access cost-effective, turnkey connectivity from our platform to help bridge the digital divide.” Ed d’Agostino, VP and General Manager of DE-CIX North America This will allow Crocker's customers to purchase a transport connection to DE-CIX, giving them greater control over their internet performance, including routing, latency, and direct connectivity. Crocker Communications will be able to give its customers access to DE-CIX's Internet exchange in New York if it joins the North American Transport Partner program. In addition, customers will have access to DE-CIX's multi-service interconnection solutions, including peering, private connectivity, and cloud connectivity. The partnership will improve connectivity across Massachusetts and give customers of both companies more control over their networks. About DE-CIX North America DE-CIX North America Inc., founded in 2013, is a wholly owned subsidiary of DE-CIX International AG, the world's leading internet exchange operator. New York, Dallas, Chicago, Richmond, and Phoenix DE-CIX Internet Exchanges create North America's largest neutral interconnection ecosystem. DE-CIX provides peering and interconnection services in North America. Customers gain more control over their networks and access to world-class content providers with DE-CIX North America's Internet Exchanges. They also gain IP transit, VPN, and blackholing services to mitigate DDoS attacks. DE-CIX Internet Exchange in New York is the fifth largest in the United States. Open-IX-certified and carrier- and data center-neutral. The IX platform serves major carrier hotels and data centers in each metro region.

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A FinOps-centric Approach Helps Enterprises Track and Control Cloud Costs as Per ISG

ISG | December 30, 2022

The growing use of public clouds by enterprises is leading to an increase in cloud costs, prompting a rise in demand for FinOps platforms to monitor and control expenses, according to a report by technology research and advisory firm Information Services Group. This rise in demand for FinOps platforms reflects a change in the enterprise cloud space, where companies are now looking for solutions that give them more accurate cost insights and better control over how much they spend on the cloud. FinOps platforms, which help clients manage their global IT assets and cut costs, are becoming an important part of the public cloud ecosystem as companies adopt multi-cloud strategies and take stock of how they use the cloud and how much it costs them. FinOps platforms are becoming more popular, which gives businesses a better view of their cloud costs and more control over how much they spend on the cloud. "According to predictions, the finops market will expand by more than 30% in 2022, and future growth will probably be faster." The report named Apptio (Cloudability), Flexera, HCLTech (MyXalytics), NetApp (Spot), and VMware (CloudHealth) as leaders in the Cloud FinOps Platforms quadrant. These platforms provide customers with a comprehensive view of their cloud consumption and costs, allowing them to gain better control over their spending and make decisions that drive operational efficiency and reduce costs. As spending on the cloud continues to grow, more and more businesses will use finops platforms to make sure they get the most out of their cloud investments. About ISG ISG is a global technology research and advisory firm. ISG helps more than 800 clients, including 75 of the world's top 100 enterprises, achieve operational excellence and faster growth. Automation, cloud and data analytics, sourcing advisory, managed governance and risk services, network carrier services, strategy and operations design, change management, market intelligence, and technology research and analysis are all examples of digital transformation services. ISG, founded in 2006 and based in Stamford, Connecticut, employs more than 1,300 digitally-ready professionals in more than 20 countries. The company is known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Introduces Next-Generation Compute Engineered for a Hybrid World

Hewlett Packard Enterprise | November 03, 2022

Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced a next generation compute portfolio that delivers a cloud operating experience designed to power hybrid environments and digital transformation. The new HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers provide organizations with intuitive, trusted, and optimized compute resources, ideally suited for a range of modern workloads, including AI, analytics, cloud-native applications, graphic-intensive applications, machine learning, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and virtualization. “The foundation of any hybrid strategy is compute, HPE Compute brings businesses closer to the edge, where data is created, where new cloud experiences are delivered, and where security is integral. The new HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers are engineered for the hybrid world to deliver an intuitive cloud operating experience, trusted security by design, and optimized performance for workloads.” Neil MacDonald, executive vice president and general manager, Compute, at HPE VIDEO: Be data-first: Next generation HPE ProLiant – engineered for your hybrid world Intuitive cloud operating experience On HPE ProLiant servers, an HPE GreenLake for Compute Ops Management subscription provides a cloud-native management console. This increases operational efficiency by securely automating the process to access, monitor, and manage servers, no matter where the compute environment lives. The console provides simple, unified, and automated capabilities to allow customers to control their compute with global visibility and insight. Customers can also easily onboard thousands of distributed devices and benefit from faster server firmware updates to focus efforts on business operations, and not on managing complex IT infrastructure. HPE GreenLake for Compute Ops Management also includes carbon footprint reporting for customers to view emission metrics, from individual servers to full compute environments, to monitor energy usage. Trusted security by design HPE continues to lead and deliver secure infrastructure, from edge to cloud, starting at the silicon level with the HPE Silicon Root of Trust, an industry-exclusive security capability that protects millions of lines of firmware code, from malware and ransomware, with a digital fingerprint that is unique to the server. Today, the HPE Silicon Root of Trust secures millions of HPE servers around the world. The next-generation HPE ProLiant servers build on this security innovation with the following new features to protect data and systems: Ensure verification and authentication for device components with the new version of the HPE Integrated Lights-Out (iLO), with iLO6. ILO is a remote server management software that enables customers to securely configure, monitor, and update HPE servers seamlessly. The latest version features new authentication using the Security Protocol and Data Model (SPDM), a key security capability in servers for authenticating and securely monitoring devices in an open standards-based approach. Prevent alterations to unique server identity access with the inclusion of platform certifications and Secure Device Identity (iDevID) by default. Gain an additional layer of authentication by monitoring a secure boot and system state through the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Adopt the highest level of security through the HPE Trusted Supply Chain. The HPE Trusted Supply Chain advances end-to-end security with certified servers that feature hardened data protection during the manufacturing process. Recently, HPE extended options for certified servers, from US-based factories, to produce and ship worldwide.1 Optimized performance for any workload As organizations run more demanding workloads, including AI, machine learning, and rendering projects, they require optimal compute and accelerated compute performance. The next-generation HPE ProLiant servers are optimized to deliver high performance on an organization’s most data-intensive workloads and support a diverse set of architectures, including 4th Generation AMD EPYC™ processors, 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, and Ampere® Altra® and Ampere® Altra® Max Cloud Native Processors. Compared to the previous generation, the new HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers support twice as much I/O bandwidth for the most demanding applications, 50% more cores per CPU for improved workload consolidation, and 33% more high-performance GPU density per server to support AI and graphic-intensive workloads. Service providers, and enterprises that are embracing cloud-native workloads, require dedicated, cloud-native compute to deliver agile and extensible capabilities to drive innovation. In June 2022, HPE announced that it was the first tier-one server provider to offer compute with optimized cloud-native silicon, using Ampere® Altra® and Ampere® Altra® Max Cloud Native Processors in the new HPE ProLiant RL300 Gen11 server. Delivering a pay-as-you-go consumption model with HPE GreenLake Organizations looking to transition from one generation to the next, can adopt HPE’s next-generation compute through a traditional infrastructure purchase or through a pay-as-you-go model with HPE GreenLake. HPE GreenLake is an as-a-service platform that enables customers to accelerate data-first modernization and provides over 70 cloud services that can run on-premises, at the edge, in a colocation facility, and in the public cloud. Additionally, through HPE Financial Services (HPEFS), customers can convert existing technology assets into capital to purchase new or upgraded technology. Expanding the customer experience with new services Through HPE Pointnext Services, an award-winning team of over 15,000 experts, customers adopting the HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers can leverage in-depth global expertise to deploy next-generation HPE ProLiant servers and create new experiences, gain real-time insights from their data, and modernize IT to unlock value. Today, HPE unveiled enhancements to its customer experience, supporting HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers, including: HPE Pointnext Complete Care Secure Locations offers customers assigned experts to deliver support to locations where access, connectivity as well as electronic and verbal communications, are subject to specific security measures. HPE Expert on Demand provides customers with access to services professionals with dedicated expertise related to HPE’s next-generation compute offerings. HPE Support Center, which provides online services and a support platform, has been enhanced to include greater collaboration, case management, enhanced virtual agent troubleshooting and a new digital insights dashboard. Support for HPE’s next-generation compute has been extended from three to five years, to up to seven years. Availability HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers featuring 4th Generation AMD EPYC™ processors will be available to order worldwide starting on November 10, and available through the HPE GreenLake cloud platform. The HPE ProLiant RL300 Gen11 server using Ampere processors is available to order worldwide today. All HPE ProLiant servers can be purchased through HPE and HPE’s channel partners. About Hewlett Packard Enterprise Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) is the global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, everywhere. Built on decades of reimagining the future and innovating to advance the way people live and work, HPE delivers unique, open and intelligent technology solutions as a service. With offerings spanning Cloud Services, Compute, High Performance Computing & AI, Intelligent Edge, Software, and Storage, HPE provides a consistent experience across all clouds and edges, helping customers develop new business models, engage in new ways, and increase operational performance. For more information, visit: www.hpe.com Intel, the Intel logo, and other Intel marks are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries. HPE ProLiant servers – Customer Quote Sheet Fernando Hortal, CTO, Pleiades “At Pleiades, our mission is to assist companies in adopting new technologies and solutions through our technology services, which include architecting labs for proof-of-concepts, and training. Having high-performing, reliable, secure and efficient compute is key to optimizing our business. The new HPE ProLiant Gen11 server is already more powerful that anything we have experienced in the data center, and through the new HPE iLO6, we have gained more control and security of our devices to guarantee the integrity of our compute environment. We look forward to using these powerful capabilities to continue innovating and enabling new workloads.” Christian Sack, Lead System Architect, Canon “At Canon, our customers expect the highest level of reliability, performance and security due to their mission critical workload. That is why we are delighted to partner with HPE to adopt next-generation HPE ProLiant servers. This new generation will deliver all the capabilities we rely on from HPE, but with unprecedented levels of performance, simplified management and enhanced security.” Vasco Portugal, CEO and Co-Founder of Sensei “At Sensei, we are committed to transforming retail to deliver a seamless shopping experience for customers while also optimizing operations with automated, cashier-less stores. In partnership Through our global OEM partnership with HPE, and using its HPE ProLiant servers that delivers high-performance and versatility to support a range of workloads, we have successfully driven deployed our proprietary AI-enabled applications software and hardware platform that turns physical stores autonomous and cashierless, while digitizing store operations and boosted inventory efficiencies. We look forward to the new HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers, that will provide even greater performance and flexibility to innovate with AI and machine learning.” Craig Sinasac, Vice-President Development & Technology at Velocix "We provide class-leading, carrier-grade streaming technology that our customers use to deliver video services to millions of people around the globe. Our software runs on HPE ProLiant servers to maximise performance, minimise power consumption, and achieve the rock-solid reliability required to stream high-quality video content with the lowest possible latency. We look forward to adding the upcoming HPE ProLiant Gen 11 servers to our portfolio to further extend our performance and flexibility advantage.” Nate Engum, Information Systems, Kimley-Horn “Our greatest difficulty was transferring huge data files to our branch offices for updates, and HPE GreenLake for Compute Ops Management solved this problem with a novel approach. Instead of pulling down the entire file, we could schedule updates and the system would download only the necessary data for that specific update. Overnight, the server update process went from about four hours to 45 minutes. That is a considerable improvement in terms of the operational impact of downtime.” Roger Hilton, Technical Advisor of Global Deployment, Infrastructure, & Integration, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) “We partnered with HPE and worked closely with their engineering team to help bring HPE GreenLake for Compute Ops Management to life. It allows me to rest easy as an IT professional because I no longer have to worry about a component failing or a firmware update breaking our infrastructure. Imagine being on vacation and pushing out firmware without interrupting your holiday. That’s what you get.” Michael Taylor, IT Director, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team “We don’t have the luxury of time to relay data back to the factory to process and send results back to the track. We need the ability to process data and make those decisions faster, at the edge, and that is why the team deployed a mobile data center, based on HPE ProLiant servers, to provide our engineering team with the processing power required to compute and visualize data at-scale. There is no doubt that next-generation HPE ProLiant servers will provide the same level of reliability with even greater performance and capabilities to process data-intensive workloads at the edge to unlock insights in real-time.”

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