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Getronics' new division
Getronics has launched a new technology and IT services division that focuses for private equity (PE) and investment banking firms looking to unlock or create new value from companies.
Getronics' new Investment Services Group (ISG) will provide a "one-stop IT shop" for investors, spanning pre-transaction audit, initial integration, transformation and managed service/IT outsourcing propositions from Getronics' core IT platform.
Pre-acquisition, Getronics says ISG will complement the due diligence activities of PE firms, auditing target companies for their value-creation potential, adding that "digital transformation expertise will help PE companies understand the IT landscape and business processes of their target and how digitalization will impact that business".
Post-acquisition, the firm said ISG will deliver business transformation, addressing four key components of value creation - people, premises, procurement and performance - and providing the solutions that deliver it.
The company added that today's fastest-growing, PE-owned companies leverage the power of software, data analytics, IoT and machine-learning/AI, "all of which are core Getronics competencies".
ISG will undertake these managed services/IT outsourcing contracts on a shared-risk basis, by pegging the commercial proposition to specific outcomes and deliverables.
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Hybrid cloud's popularity
Most enterprises today (91 percent) consider hybrid cloud as the ideal cloud model - but only 19 percent currently have that model in their organization.
That's according to research from Vanson Bourne for the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index 2018, which also says EMEA is set to surpass the Americas with hybrid cloud adoption.
The findings also reveal that application mobility across any cloud is a top priority, with 88 percent of respondents saying it would "solve a lot of my problems".
Seventy-one percent of respondents surveyed for the report ranked data security and regulatory compliance as the top factor in determining where to provision workloads
The report found public cloud "is not a panacea", with IT decision makers ranking the ability to match applications to the right cloud environment as a critical capability and interoperability between cloud types seen as important by 23 percent of respondents.
The ability to move applications back and forth between clouds (16 percent) also outranked cost (six percent) and security (five percent) as primary benefits of the hybrid approach.
Sumo Logic's exec appointments
Machine data analytics vendor Sumo Logic is expanding its executive line-up with strategic hires and appointments across finance, marketing, communications, legal and engineering "to help lead the company through its next growth phase".
Sydney Carey, most recently CFO of Duo Security, and Kiki Haar, former general counsel and chief privacy officer at Informatica, have joined Sumo Logic as CFO and general counsel, respectively.
"Sumo Logic is executing on a multi-year strategy to be the category leader in continuous intelligence to ultimately democratize machine data for our customers," Ramin Sayar, president and CEO of Sumo Logic, said in a statement.
"As part of this journey, we're growing the business and our teams considerably to scale operations, bring new innovations to market, and meet the processes and requirements demanded of high-growth category leaders."
The vendor also announced the appointment of John Coyle as VP of business development. He comes to Sumo Logic from Sauce Labs.
Additionally, the company announced other key appointments, including Suku Krishnaraj as chief marketing officer, Aaron Feigin as chief communications officer and Sandeep Khanna as chief development officer.
Unitrends says it is enabling MSPs to meet backup and long-term retention requirements with the release today of Unitrends version 10.3 software for Recovery Series hardware and Unitrends Backup virtual appliances.
"The traditional data management paradigm wastes IT time on both retention policy management and moving data to lower cost archiving media, where access and recovery is unacceptably slow," said Joe Noonan, VP of product management and marketing, Unitrends, in a statement.
"Unitrends Gen 8 Recovery Series appliances with our v 10.3 software automates long-term data management and stores data cost effectively for regulatory compliance, instant access, fast restores, ransomware protection and recovery assurance testing."
Unitrends said Version 10.3 is available on both the Recovery Series backup appliances and the Unitrends Backup virtual appliances.
Rubrik's flagship update
Rubrik has announced the Andes 5.0 release of its flagship Cloud Data Management platform, which it said delivers "a single software to protect, automate and govern applications and data across datacenters and clouds".
Rubrik Andes, the company's fourteenth and "most expansive" release, is compatible with Oracle and SAP HANA databases, and cloud-native applications, including Microsoft Office 365 and NoSQL databases.
"Legacy solutions are not built for [digitally] minded enterprises to meet compliance and protect against security attacks," Rubrik Co-Founder and CTO, Arvind Nithrakashyap, said in a statement.
"With Rubrik Andes, enterprises achieve business uptime, accelerate development, and leverage the cloud for all mission-critical and next-gen applications - all foundational to digital transformation," the CTO added.
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