Our editors have curated a list of the biggest cloud computing news items from the first half of 2021, as highlighted on Solutions Review.
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The Biggest Cloud Computing News Items During the First Half of 2021
Accenture is acquiring cloud-native and agile development company Wolox to enhance the global capabilities of Accenture Cloud First. This move follows a $3 billion investment from the company into Cloud First, which will be deployed over the next three years. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Accenture Cloud First’s Global Lead Karthik Narain said: “The acquisition of Wolox brings differentiated skills to Accenture, as the team uniquely blends cloud-native development with design and state-of-the-art technologies for business transformation. Wolox has multidisciplinary teams of industry and business experts, UX/UI designers, software designers, architects, and engineers, and together, we’re now more equipped to help clients tap into the technology expertise and human ingenuity that powers how Accenture innovates.”
Mission is launching a dedicated Data, Analytics, & Machine Learning practice for Amazon Web Services, according to a press release on the company’s website. The new practice provides data engineering, analytics, machine learning, and data science expertise and tools to customers. This branch is led by Dr. Ryan Ries, who has 15 years of experience leading data science and engineering initiatives.
Mission’s VP of Consulting Services Jaret Chiles stated: “Organizations have a huge opportunity to let their data affect change. Regardless of company size, regardless of industry – connecting disparate data sources and deriving insight from that data continues to be a monumental challenge for businesses that don’t have the requisite (and expensive) expertise in-house. We are launching our new practice to move data and analytics modernization from goal to reality – quickly and with processes and technologies built for our customers’ long-term success.”
VMware is releasing vRealize Automation 8.4 for improved multi-cloud management, according to a press release on the company’s website. The updates bring new and enhanced capabilities to support modern self-service multi-cloud infrastructures. VMware is also introducing tighter integration with open-source innovations and advanced multi-cloud provisioning and governance across Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and VMware Cloud.
VMware’s senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management, Purnima Padmanabhan stated: “Enterprises are adopting a multi-cloud approach for choice and flexibility but face the challenge of deploying, managing, and better securing their apps across clouds. VMware makes this complexity of managing clouds invisible. By providing consistent costing, security, governance, operations, and service automation across clouds, VMware enables customers to achieve higher application and business agility.”
Cloudreach is launching Smart Migration, a new service that provides simple automated cloud migration to its customers and clients. The service provides enterprise cloud transformation through data-driven automation to make migration easier and more cost-efficient. This helps create confidence in the migration process for enterprises to accelerate the modernization journey.
Cloudreach’s Head of Cloud Migration Rob Duffy stated: “We’re really excited to launch Smart Migration and make the cloud migration process easier, quicker, and cost-efficient for companies. We’ve drawn on a decade of expertise to bring this service to life-giving organizations the benefits of an accelerated migration program, repeatable outcomes, and ongoing optimization. Smart Migration will rapidly deliver high-quality outcomes.”
Deloitte is acquiring CloudQuest, Inc. for boosting cloud cybersecurity offerings, according to a press release on the company’s website. The company will acquire “substantially all the assets” of CloudQuest to add the vendor’s cloud-native cybersecurity offerings with Deloitte’s existing cybersecurity solutions. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory Cyber and Strategic Risk leader and principal Deborah Golden stated: “We see incredible opportunity in novel approaches that help organizations securely transform and operate while also realizing competitive advantage—and we’re continually investing to bring the most innovative solutions to our clients. Our acquisition of CloudQuest represents our profound commitment to transforming alongside our clients, competing vigorously in the market, and aggressively building out tech-enabled approaches that position Deloitte cyber as an unquestionable business enabler.”
IBM has closed its acquisition of application performance management and network performance management vendor Turbonomic, according to a press release on the company’s website. This complements IBM’s recent acquisition of Instana for application performance monitoring (APM) and observability to build an AIOps solution for the hybrid cloud. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
IBM Automation’s General Manager Dinesh Nirmal stated: “We believe that the move to AI-powered automation is essential to helping businesses succeed in a digital-first world. IBM is already helping thousands of customers use automation to make IT and business processes more efficient and employees more effective. Now that Turbonomic is a part of our portfolio, IBM is the only company providing a one-stop shop of AI-powered automation capabilities, all built on Red Hat OpenShift to run anywhere.”
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