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Over one third of businesses stung by unexpected cloud hosting costs

Research finds signs of mounting business disquiet as the hyperscalers prioritise profits over user-friendly billing tools.

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Arrow Electronics adds Pure Storage® to ArrowSphere

Global technology provider Arrow Electronics has added Pure as-a-Service™ and Pure Cloud Block Store™ to ArrowSphere, its global cloud delivery and management platform. Under the agreement with Pure Storage®, the solutions will be available to channel customers in a number of regions and countries across Europe, including the UK, Belgium and Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Spain and Sweden.

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Appetite for network-as-a-service rising

Digital transformation in the post-pandemic era is drawing IT leaders towards new network models that are more agile, adaptable and fit for purpose.

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SoftwareONE and Amazon Web Services sign strategic collaboration agreement

SoftwareONE Holding has announced a multi-year strategic collaboration agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate their customers’ cloud journeys. Through this comprehensive agreement, SoftwareONE and AWS will collaborate to accelerate the adoption of AWS services and solutions globally across all industries, supported by joint investments into go-to-market and delivery capabilities.

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Multicloud is here to stay, but complexity and challenges remain

Nutanix has published the findings of its fourth global Enterprise Cloud Index (ECI) survey and research report, which measures enterprise progress with cloud adoption. The research showed that multicloud is currently the most commonly used deployment model and adoption will jump to 64% in the next three years.

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Absoft completes collaborative SAP-to-Azure migration with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

When Barnsley Council first opened a bid in order to migrate their SAP landscape to the cloud, the tenders received did not offer an economically viable outcome. However, a non-negotiable deadline (the sale of its current premises and an outdated on-premise functionality) meant that a solution was required sooner rather than later.

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UK organisations board the multicloud train

Nutanix has published the UK-specific findings of its fourth global Enterprise Cloud Index (ECI) survey and research report, which measures enterprise progress with cloud adoption. The research showed that more than half of UK respondents (53%) said that multicloud was their most commonly used IT environment, substantially more than the rest of the EMEA region and globally. Continuing this trend, 82% of UK respondents said they intend to be using multiple clouds in the next one to three years, with 21% already using three or more public clouds and 80% naming hybrid multicloud as the ideal operating model for their business.

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Rackspace Technology to acquire Just Analytics

Rackspace Technology has agreed to acquire Just Analytics, a leading provider of cloud-based data, analytics, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) services based in the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region. Additionally, this acquisition brings strong regional ties into the Microsoft Azure ecosystem with Just Analytics recently being awarded four regional Microsoft partner of the year awards.

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How to manage your cloud management overspend

82% of businesses are overspending on public cloud. The answer is simple – outsource to experts who can manage one for you.

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Pax8 and SkyKick expand partnership

Pax8 has expanded its partnership to a global agreement with SkyKick, offering managed service providers (MSPs) access to its advanced Cloud Manager application. The technology provides a powerful solution that automates workflows and tasks to increase helpdesk productivity.

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DS Smith and IBM develop AI solution to improve recycled paper quality

New camera technology uses AI on the IBM Cloud to measure the grade and quality of material arriving at depots.

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Rooted in the cloud, Routed announces its unique Partner Portal

VMware Cloud Verified and VMware Principal Partner, Routed, has launched its channel partner portal. It aims to provide curated resources for partners, managed services providers, and ISPs selling, marketing, and operating as resellers of VMware Cloud through Routed.

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Equinix invests in tenth Paris data centre

New US$163M facility will incorporate multiple sustainability best practices, including heat recovery technology directly connected to Paris’s Saint-Denis urban heating network.

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STL and Robin.io form strategic collaboration

Robin.io will provide the cloud-native Platform for deploying applications and network functions on the STL Enterprise Marketplace Platform.

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Rackspace Technology and Digivante join forces to deliver next-gen application testing services

Partnership will enable Rackspace Technology customers in EMEA to leverage AI-enhanced automation to improve efficiency and performance.

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Videos

Richard May, Managing Director of VirtualDCS, offers some great insights as to the challenges and opportunities for the Channel as it seeks to help its customers address their business continuity/disaster recovery needs. In a market where many continue to hold on to the ‘comfort’ of legacy applications, Richard believes that the VirtualDCS CloudCover solutions portfolio, built around the company’s longstanding partnership with Veeam, offers a great opportunity for Channel companies to make a real difference when it comes to providing optimised BC/DR.
Chair of the Data Centre Alliance’s Thermal Management Special Interest Group (SIG), Jon Summers, looks at some of the topics and technologies under scrutiny as the current sustainability focus turns up the heat on the data centre sector to improve its environmental performance. Liquid cooling, legacy data centres, the PUE metric, geography and climate, waste heat reuse and the role of AI are all covered during the discussion.
Mike West, CEO of Digital Infrastructure Advisors Ltd (DIAL), outlines the company’s comprehensive data centre service – business advice, legal services, technical and design – alongside what he believes is an overdue, major focus on cybersecurity. In simple terms, Mike thinks that there needs to be more industry-wide understanding and planning around ‘what happens if a data centre goes down thanks to a cyber attack’.
Mark Jow, EMEA Vice President - Sales Engineering, Commvault, talks through the success of the company’s Metallic Software-as-a-Service Backup offering, a year on from the European launch, as well detailing the AWS availability of Commvault Backup & Recovery, and providing some great insight into a recent customer win at Syncreon.

Expert Opinions

Catherine Gull, Head of Private Network Sales at Cellnex UK, explains why enterprises should look to private networks to unlock digital transformation in the workplace, facilitating the fourth industrial revolution and opening up a world of new possibilities in a fast-moving digital era.
Bernd Greifeneder, founder and CTO of Dynatrace., looks ahead to 2022, predicting some key trends we’re likely to see impacting organisations’ journeys towards digital transformation.
Nicolas Roussel, Technical Manager at Siemon, discusses whether to select singlemode or multimode fibre cabling for the data centre