SAP Integrated Delivery Framework Eases Move to SAP S/4HANA for Customers

SAP | September 12, 2019

SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced the continued momentum of its SAP Integrated Delivery Framework, which helps streamline the move to SAP S/4HANA for SAP customers on partner-led projects. With SAP Value Assurance service packages and SAP Model Company services acting as the foundation for the delivery of SAP S/4HANA, SAP Integrated Delivery Framework helps align delivery roles, methodology and timelines between SAP and its partners. This helps to ensure that customers quickly realize the benefits of SAP S/4HANA when working with their partner of choice. “Whether a customer chooses to deploy SAP S/4HANA through SAP directly or through one of our select global strategic services partners, we want to ensure that they’re receiving a best-in-class experience from preparation to continued success with their solution,” said Michael Kleinemeier, Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, SAP Digital Business Services. “SAP Integrated Delivery Framework clearly outlines roles and responsibilities between SAP and its partners and customers along every step of the move to SAP S/4HANA, resulting in a faster and more predictable adoption and deployment process.”

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A2i Selects BlastWave's BlastShield Passwordless Software-Defined Perimeter Solution

BlastWave | December 17, 2021

BlastWave, a developer of software-defined perimeter (SDP) solutions that protect networks from inadvertent and intentional threats, announced that A2i systems selected its BlastShield solution to protect A2i's internal network and remote customer access. BlastShield is the first all-in-one SDP patented solution that combines infrastructure cloaking and passwordless multi-factor authentication (MFA) for identity-based secure remote network access for organizations that've adopted a zero-trust security model. BlastShield enables organizations to hide on-premise and cloud workloads from outsiders and insider threats, concealing an organization's infrastructure from cyberattacks through software-defined microsegmentation without modifications to existing network fabric and hardware. BlastWave's novel approach solves the three most critical steps in the cyber kill chain for an attacker: (1) account takeover; (2) lateral movement; and (3) remote access compromise. In addition, BlastShield helps prevent and isolate attacks mitigating the spread of malware, reducing the blast radius. BlastShield also enables cloud-native app development by securing microservices, containers and Kubernetes clusters. A2i Systems provides the first secure pricing optimization solution in the retail fuel industry through their flagship product, PriceCast Fuel. A2i Systems utilizes customer-centric AI by detecting behavioral patterns in Big Data and dynamically mapping customer and competitor behaviors to identify the optimal price for consumers throughout the day. As a result, A2i can now help customers price strategically instead of tactically through their cloud-hosted services that move them on to the most advanced fuel price management system currently available. In the wake of recent supply chain attacks, we recognized that VPN-based solutions simply cannot provide the level of protection we require for our critical data and remote access. The security of our data and our customers' data is our highest priority and we needed a secure platform to provide access to our hybrid data services, hosted both in the cloud and on-premise. BlastShield filled both these needs for us with their patented solution." Emil Erlandsson, Vice President of Professional Services at A2i After a comprehensive proof of concept (PoC) using BlastShield's Free Starter Package solution, A2i selected BlastShield and began deploying BlastShield's Invisible peer-to-peer software-defined perimeter solution for initially for internal use for secure remote access. "We're excited to partner with A2i systems on this project," says Tom Sego, CEO BlastWave. "By combining A2i's revolutionary AI-based fuel pricing solution with BlastWave's patented invisible SDP, A2i customers will enjoy the benefits of state-of-the-art pricing optimization while mitigating the risk of supply chain attacks." About BlastWave Founded by former executives and technologists from Apple and Cisco, BlastWave is taking a fundamentally different approach to security aimed at protecting privacy and connected devices from cyberattacks. BlastWave's patented product, BlastShield, is an all-in-one-zero trust stack that combines state-of-the-art passwordless multi-factor authentication with high-performance, resilient encrypted connectivity and built-in microsegmentation. In addition to protecting servers and IoT devices, BlastShield also secures containers that are orchestrated with Kubernetes, enabling more agile and efficient cloud-native application development. BlastWave is backed by Rocket Strategies, Lucas Venture Group, and Millennium Investments. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. About A2i Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, A2i uses ground-breaking Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to make advancements in ways to interact with your customers at the forecourt. We are giving you the opportunity to transform your business and be ready for the next phase of Fuel Retail. Our product, PriceCast Fuel (PCF) is the world's first industry-specific retail fuel pricing, management and optimization solution developed by A2i. By combining state-of-the-art AI and Machine Learning with Big Data, PCF brings dynamic, predictive consumer-behavior-based pricing to the retail fuel industry providing a fully automated pricing decision system capable of achieving location-specific objectives optimally within any given corporate constraints. By applying self-learning capabilities, PCF continuously assures the highest accuracy prediction in an ever-changing market.

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RiverMeadow announces VM-based migration capability to any Public Cloud, becoming the only Platform to offer VM-based and OS-based migrations

RiverMeadow | April 19, 2022

RiverMeadow Software Inc., a leading provider of Cloud Migration and Disaster Recovery Software and Services, announced today that it has added new capability to its market-leading Cloud Migration Platform to allow customers the option to carry out VM-based or OS-based migrations to any cloud. This makes RiverMeadow the only Multi-Cloud Migration Platform in the market to offer customers the choice of how they migrate to Public Clouds, including Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) or Amazon Web Services (AWS). "RiverMeadow is fanatically focused on delivering the most flexible Migration Platform in the market", states Jim Jordan, President and CEO of RiverMeadow. "We offer flexibility in terms of how you deploy, flexibility in terms of which cloud you're going to, and now flexibility in terms of how you migrate – by VM or by OS. By leveraging our Migration Platform in this way, RiverMeadow is uniquely positioned to address the vast majority of diverse use cases, making cloud adoption faster and more cost-effective." Key benefits of RiverMeadow's Multi-Cloud Migration Platform include: Flexibility of Migration:Migrate by VM - ideal for Lift and Shift; minimal impact to resourcing and minimal organisation change – Migrate by OS - ideal for OS modernization as part of the migration; rightsizing; support for nonstandard and deprecated hypervisors Migrate to any Target - supports VMware on any public cloud and native IaaS on Azure, AWS and GCP Cloud Mobility - Supports migration off of public cloud and onto private or on prem or migrate between any public cloud with ease Ease of Deployment - The Platform set can be instantiated and ready for migration inside an hour Flexibility of Deployment - SaaS or local deployment (in choice of public cloud hypervisor or on premise) Speed of Migrations - Designed with the principles of speed and accuracy of migrations OS Modernization - Retire legacy Operating Systems as you migrate; the only automated modernization technology endorsed by Microsoft for Windows OS upgrades Multi-Cloud - Single Pane of Glass to handle all migration efforts to any private or public cloud Data Only Migration - Decouples data from the OS VDI Migration – Full Migration (OS + Apps + Data) – User Profile Migration (Physical endpoint / VDI -> VDI PaaS) Integrated Disaster Recovery – Migrate and Protect workloads "We are committed to delivering greater value to our customers," explains Greg Dennis, Chief Technology Officer at RiverMeadow. "The added flexibility to offer both VM-based and OS-based migrations from ANY source to any public or private cloud with zero impact to the source environment shows the extent to which we are further differentiating ourselves as an industry leader in the cloud migration market." About RiverMeadow: RiverMeadow provides a broad range of fixed-price Multi-Cloud Migration and Disaster Recovery Services and Product capability to dramatically reduce the time, cost and risk of moving physical, virtual and cloud-based workloads into and between public or private clouds.

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Envoy Gateway Makes Using Envoy Proxy Easier for Developers and Reverses Fragmentation

VMware | May 16, 2022

Members of the steering group for Envoy Gateway (EG), including Envoy creator Matt Klein and representatives from Ambassador Labs, Fidelity Investments, Tetrate, and VMware, Inc., today announced their joint commitment to the project, which launched today at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, Europe 2022, under the auspices of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation® (CNCF®). Envoy Gateway is a new effort within the Envoy proxy open source project to simplify Envoy use in cloud-native application development. Envoy Gateway will reduce existing, redundant efforts around Envoy and make it much easier for application developers to use Envoy as a basic API gateway “out of the box” and as a Kubernetes Ingress controller. Exposing a simplified set of APIs, and implementing the Kubernetes Gateway API, EG makes it easier to extend Envoy. Developers will now have a cost-free, unfettered way to provide external access to their work in progress. At the same time, Envoy Gateway will not replace API management features currently found in commercial products. “Envoy has achieved a great deal of success since we first released it in 2016,” said Matt Klein, founder of the Envoy proxy project. “And community has been at the heart of Envoy from the beginning. With the community-driven Envoy Gateway project, we see the opportunity to make Envoy accessible to many more users through the addition of simplified APIs and new capabilities explicitly targeted at north-south / edge proxy use cases.” Envoy is already widely used for traffic between separate services in a microservices application—that is, east-west traffic. With Envoy Gateway, Envoy will also be easy to use for north-south traffic—traffic between an application and the outside world, as with consumers of an application’s APIs. Envoy Gateway—Extensible Open Source Infrastructure for the Cloud-Native Future IT organizations worldwide want to establish and use a rich, robust, modern stack of open source software for cloud-native application development and delivery, under the management of organizations such as the Linux Foundation and CNCF. Commercial offerings and projects within each IT team can then add value on top of this core infrastructure. Envoy is fast becoming the go-to networking substrate within this modern, cloud-native stack. However, the need for API access, traffic routing, and other ingress capabilities has recently led to fragmentation in the Envoy ecosystem. Envoy Gateway will bring this needed functionality back into the main Envoy project and make it less confusing and time-consuming for developers to access Envoy. Implementation Via Kubernetes Gateway API Envoy Gateway will expose a version of the Kubernetes-native Gateway API, with Envoy-specific extensions. This is an expressive, extensible, role-oriented API well-suited to use by developers. Gateway API is either implemented, or in progress, for Istio, the Contour project (which originated at VMware), Emissary-ingress (which originated at Ambassador Labs), and others. When users create Gateway API resources, they will be translated into native Envoy API calls, so Envoy and xDS, its native API, will not need to be changed to add this new support. Advantages for Developers, Infrastructure Administrators and Business Decision-Makers Application developers will experience the most positive impact from Envoy Gateway. They will be able to run Envoy Gateway and begin routing traffic to their applications. They will no longer need to build their own control plane, or extend an existing control plane such as a Go or Java control plane, or bring in a vendor solution at the early stages of their projects. They can just configure routes for the application and share them. Infrastructure administrators will be able to easily offer an Envoy-native experience to application teams, without needing to adopt a vendor solution just to get basic gateway functionality. They will be able to manage instances of Envoy Gateway without interfering with developer access to them. Envoy Gateway will allow them to deliver consistent application networking capabilities across heterogeneous environments. Executives and decision-makers will have Envoy as a standard and, we expect, widely-used solution for API access and Kubernetes ingress. They will also benefit from faster and easier development and delivery of more secure and robust software and services. About Envoy Originally created by Matt Klein and built at Lyft, Envoy is a high performance C++ distributed proxy designed for single services and applications, as well as a communication bus and “universal data plane” designed for large microservice “service mesh” architectures. Built on the learnings of solutions such as NGINX, HAProxy, hardware load balancers, and cloud load balancers, Envoy runs alongside every application and abstracts the network by providing common features in a platform-agnostic manner. When all service traffic in an infrastructure flows via an Envoy mesh, it becomes easy to visualize problem areas via consistent observability, tune overall performance, and add substrate features in a single place. About Ambassador Labs Ambassador Labs, the cloud native developer experience leader, enables developers to code, test, ship, and run applications faster and easier than ever. Maker of top Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) open source projects, including Emissary-ingress and Telepresence, Ambassador Labs delivers a developer control plane for Kubernetes that integrates the development, deployment, and production infrastructure for developers and organizations worldwide including Microsoft, PTC, NVidia, and Ticketmaster About Fidelity Investments Fidelity’s mission is to inspire better futures and deliver better outcomes for the customers and businesses we serve. With assets under administration of $11.3 trillion, including discretionary assets of $4.2 trillion as of March 31, 2022, we focus on meeting the unique needs of a diverse set of customers. Privately held for over 75 years, Fidelity employs more than 57,000 associates who are focused on the long-term success of our customers. About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. 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Options Achieve VMware Cloud Verified Status in LHC

Options Technology | April 25, 2022

Options Technology, the leading Capital Markets services provider, today announced the achievement of VMware Cloud Verified status in their London LHC data center. The accomplishment follows the VMware Cloud Provider Principal Partner Status awarded to the firm last year, along with cloud verified status at LD4 and NY5 sites. Cloud Verification assures that a partner is validated to expertly deliver cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service across VMware’s best-in-class network, storage, and compute solutions to specifically meet individual client needs. VMware Cloud Verified partner services enable customers to achieve unmatched levels of consistency, performance, and interoperability for traditional and containerised enterprise applications with the confidence the service received is based on the most advanced VMware cloud technologies. Extending our VMware Cloud Verified status to LHC is the latest step in our roadmap to a truly multi-Cloud offering across our global locations. We are proud to be VMware Cloud Verified across multiple sites and augment our footprint to deliver a holistic, flexible, and resilient cloud strategy for our clients to meet their bespoke cloud requirements.” Options President and CEO Danny Moore Today’s news comes as the latest in a series of strategic announcements for Options, including hosting capabilities in Euronext Aruba IT3 Bergamo, a fifth Microsoft gold partner status, and the appointment of Charlotte Montgomery as VP. In 2019, Options received investment from Boston-based Private Equity Firm Abry Partners. This investment has enabled Options to accelerate its growth strategy and develop its technology platform while expanding its global reach in key financial centres. About Options Options Technology is the No. 1 provider of IT infrastructure to global Capital Markets firms, supporting their operations and ecosystems. Founded in 1993, the firm began life as a hedge fund technology services provider. Today, the company provides high-performance managed trading infrastructure and cloud-enabled managed services to over 550 firms globally, providing an agile, scalable platform in an Investment Bank-grade Cybersecurity wrapper. Options clients include the leading global investment banks, hedge funds, funds of funds, proprietary trading firms, market makers, broker/dealers, private equity houses, and exchanges. With offices in 8 key cities; New York, Toronto, Chicago, London, Belfast, Hong Kong, Singapore, and New Zealand, Options are well placed to service its customers both on-site and remotely. In 2019, Options secured a significant growth investment from Abry Partners, a Boston-based sector-focused private equity firm. This investment has enabled Options to considerably accelerate its growth strategy to invest further in its technology platform and expand its reach in key financial centres globally. Options has been named among the UK’s leading growth companies in the 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table.

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