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APEDB Signs MoU with Alibaba Cloud to Adopt Cloud-Computing Frameworks Within The State’s Governance Model

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The Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Alibaba Cloud in Vijayawada.

This MoU was signed by Mr. J Krishna Kishore, Chief Executive Office, APEDB and Mr. Vivek Gupta, Director – Business Development, Alibaba Cloud India in the presence of Dr. Alex Li, General Manager, Alibaba Cloud India and N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

The Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board formed under the Chairmanship of N Chandrababu Naidu promotes sustainable economic growth through trade, investments, partnerships and collaborations. Alibaba Cloud, the cloud-computing arm of Alibaba Group, provides cloud-computing services to business of all sizes globally.

Dr. Alex Li called on N Chandrababu Naidu in Vijayawada and discussed technologies for sustainable farming, integrated traffic management, smart city management, small and medium enterprises, entrepreneurship and skill development.

This MoU is a result of ongoing discussion that took place at World Economic Forum 2018, Davos between Mr. Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud and the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

APEDB & Alibaba Cloud also recently concluded a multi stakeholder workshop between Alibaba Cloud and key government departments.

The MoU envisages leveraging Alibaba’s Cloud and Smart City technologies for sustainable farming, integrated traffic management, smart city management, small and medium enterprises and skill development programs.

Mr. J. Krishna Kishore, Chief Executive Office, APEDB commented, “The Government is ensuring that SMEs in Andhra Pradesh are integrated with global value chains. This MoU with Alibaba Cloud helps to foster greater economic growth through tech-empowered SMEs.”

The Alibaba Cloud team has even visited the state’s Real Time Governance Command Control Center at the Secretariat. Dr. Alex Li, General Manager, Alibaba Cloud India, emphasized that Andhra Pradesh is the pioneer in adopting and implementing latest technologies such as Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence etc. in its governance model.

He added, “We are pleased to collaborate with a progressive state such as Andhra Pradesh and we are confident to leverage the Alibaba Cloud’s ET City Brain Solution for furthering the State’s digital transformation and deploying advanced ICT technologies.”

The group is likely to extend co-operation in Real Time Governance functions such as Traffic Management, Cyber Surveillance, Disaster Management, Sustainable Farming, among others.

Mr. Vivek Gupta, Director – Business Development, Alibaba Cloud India, emphasized that the State of Andhra Pradesh is far ahead in terms of creating conducive environment for technology adoption for businesses. He added, “We would leverage Alibaba Cloud’s Platform to help facilitate Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the state to establish online presence, provide global market access and enable the businesses to double their incomes.”

Alibaba Cloud’s crowd-intelligence platform, Tianchi has attracted over 200,000 developers from 91 countries and regions in disciplines ranging from data mining and artificial intelligence to machine learning and operational research to solve real-world issues facing society at large.

Further, the MoU would unlock synergies between the Tianchi program and startup innovation programs undertaken by the Department of IT & Electronics to provide mentorship support and upskill the graduates and engineers in Alibaba Cloud technologies.

Alibaba Cloud has collaborated with Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation SdnBhd (MDEC) under the Tianchi Big Data Programme to train 500 individuals and 300 start-up companies to become Alibaba Cloud certified professionals.

The State has successfully incorporated the cloud technology for real-time reporting of soil testing and weather monitoring through “Sowing Application for farmers combined with a Personalized Village Advisory Dashboard”. It has launched ‘Plantix’, a plant diagnostics app in collaboration with International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) through which crop health can be identified.

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Dell Technologies Simplifies Hybrid Cloud Deployments with Latest Cloud Advancement

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Dell Technologies is improving overall capabilities for hybrid cloud deployments with additional Dell Technologies Cloud advancements. Customers now can move workloads across public and private clouds with greater flexibility and adopt a hybrid cloud approach that best fits their needs while reducing costs. According to Forrester, customers using Dell Technologies Cloud over the course of three years could see an incremental return on investment of more than 170% and recoup their costs in fewer than six months1.

“Organizations are moving towards gaining better control over their clouds by adopting multi-cloud strategies that include hybrid, public and private cloud environments. This approach helps them in simplifying the migration of workloads deployed across multiple clouds, eliminate the silos and reducing operational costs, thus helping them achieve a more steady and consistent cloud management experience,” said Surajit Sen – Chief of Staff, Modern Data Centre – APJ, Dell Technologies. “These new updates to the Dell Technologies Cloud platform enables our customers who are adopting multi-cloud strategies to meet the requirements of their workloads and supports modern and traditional applications, across cloud locations. Through such consistent efforts and solutions tailored specifically to meet the needs of customers, we believe that Dell Technologies is the ideal partner for those who want to increase their businesses agility, reliability and control.”

A modern apps experience in every cloud

Dell Technologies Cloud, which tightly integrates infrastructure and services across the Dell Technologies portfolio, makes hybrid clouds simpler to deploy and manage regardless of where data and applications reside. With new Dell Technologies Cloud advancements, organizations can more easily create a modern applications experience in every cloud, close the cloud-native skills gap and get the most out of their entire infrastructure.

Dell Technologies Cloud Platform now provides a simple and direct path to Kubernetes from a single environment, with support for containerized workloads and traditional virtual machines on the same Dell EMC VxRail infrastructure. This approach integrates VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 and Dell EMC VxRail into a single solution, enabling a consistent approach across all cloud locations. VMware administrators can use familiar tools to manage modern apps that combine both containers and virtual machines from a single operating environment.

Modernized networking with SD-WAN

Dell Technologies Cloud is extending its capabilities to networking with new updates to Dell EMC SD-WAN Solution powered by VMware. Customers now have more appliance and bandwidth capability options for rapid deployment of SD-WAN in a single solution. This helps improve performance for demanding workloads, like VOIP, video streaming and VDI, and ensure application performance and business continuity.

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Dell Technologies Hybrid Cloud Solutions Ensuring Business Continuity During COVID-19 Crisis

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The COVID-19 pandemic has allowed us to modernize and harness the power of technology. Stakeholders are using technology to cushion the impact of COVID-19. Dell Titanium Partner-Arrow PC Network, the next-gen (hybrid) SI & solution provider announced how Hybrid Cloud solutions from Arrow PC can help in ensuring business continuity during the pandemic era.

“We see exacerbated use of hybrid cloud and hyper-converged platforms as people have realized the importance of cloud-based communication-enabled business processing. COVID-19 has acted as a catalyst towards enterprise cloud adoption both for business continuity and workforce enablement. CIOs are looking into automating their IT infrastructures to be more resilient to future disruptions and to help reduce costs,” said Gurpreet SinghManaging Director at Arrow PC Network.

In ever-changing IT landscape, organizations that are striving to modernize their infrastructure to compete in today’s digital age, are actively adopting HCI solutions. Cloud computing emerges as an essential technology with the need to access critical applications and infrastructure scalability. Hybrid cloud architectures are gaining momentum, ensuring organizations to have better security, data access, and visibility in the coming years. 42 percent of the enterprises in the country plan to shift majority of their IT deployments to Hybrid Cloud. Indian IT professionals were almost unanimous in agreement (97 percent) that Hybrid Cloud represents the ideal IT operating model.

Cloud computing is playing its share in enabling much-needed virtualization to support citizens and organizations during this pandemic especially in verticals like Manufacturing, Retail, BFSI, Health & Pharma, Lifestyle, IT/ITES and Telecom. Arrow PC Networks recommends the adoption of Dell EMC VxRail to fully optimize the hyper-converged appliance. The solution delivers a new standard in hyper-converged infrastructure transformation and provides the flexibility and agility required to meet current and future business needs without ripping and replacing current infrastructure components.

Some of the benefits of migrating to VxRail include:

  • Easy Deployment with few steps of configuration
  • Reduced time for installation and upgrades
  • Simplified IT operations
  • “pay-as- you-grow” approach
  • Increased scale and availability
  • Greater simplicity and automation
  • Lower overall capital and operational costs
  • Improved management and more security options
  • High-performance applications meeting customers’ desires to transform IT operations & support
  • The easiest and fastest way to simplify and extend a VMware environment

Long term sustainability and optimization of business operations have become the need of the hour. Dell EMC VxRail accelerates data center modernization, easily deploys hybrid cloud and enables users to continuously innovate and meet any HCI use case by leveraging the power of cloud by attaining agility, scalability, elasticity and optimized operations.

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HCL and Google Cloud Further Expands Their Partnership to Digitally Transform Commerce

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HCL Technologies (HCL) and Google Cloud announced the expansion of their strategic partnership to bring HCL’s software offerings, starting with HCL Commerce, to Google Cloud. Google Cloud will be the preferred cloud platform for HCL Commerce, providing global, secure and elastic infrastructure to power businesses’ eCommerce strategies. Under this partnership, HCL also intends to leverage Anthos to enable multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud deployments of HCL Commerce.

HCL Commerce is a leading, cloud-native Commerce platform used by innovative businesses across multiple industries and around the world to drive more than $100 billion in annual client revenues. With a strong track-record of delivering rock-solid performance, scalability and functionality, HCL Commerce today is at the forefront of many organizations’ digital commerce strategies.  It stretches far beyond an initial transaction and enables businesses to respond to evolving market conditions.  It creates innovative merchandising strategies and rapidly launches new channels for both business-to-business and business-to-consumer use cases on the same platform.

Bringing HCL Commerce to Google Cloud will enable businesses to maintain their investments in HCL’s trusted Commerce platform while also taking advantage of the global reach, security, and elasticity of Google Cloud. In addition, businesses across industries will be able to develop positive, data-driven customer experiences online by leveraging Google Cloud’s capabilities in artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics.

“The collaboration between Google Cloud and HCL Commerce is helping customers rapidly execute their digital transformation strategy that is rooted in the new normal. With the support of our global implementation partner ecosystem, we can now deliver a proven, comprehensive commerce solution across all industries, handling the challenges of today and in the future,” said Darren Oberst, Corporate Vice President and Head of HCL Software. 

“It is more important than ever for firms spanning all industries to deliver strong, customer-centric eCommerce experiences,” said Kevin Ichhpurani, Corporate Vice President, Global Ecosystem at Google Cloud. “We’re proud that Google Cloud infrastructure will power HCL Commerce, helping businesses leverage the elasticity and reliability of Google Cloud and ultimately delivering positive eCommerce experiences for customers around the world.”

“By partnering with Google Cloud as a preferred cloud provider for HCL Commerce, DFS has taken advantage of HCL Commerce’s unique industry leading capabilities that support the dynamic business and volume scalability that is the new normal, reacting quickly by deploying functional changes with ease, while also significantly lowering our total cost of ownership” said Russ Harte, Chief Technology Officer at DFS, the UK-based furniture retailer.

“Intertoys accelerated their digital transformation through this partnership by successfully going live in 15 weeks”, said Robin Tichler at InterToys.  “Not only were we able to go live so quickly, we were able to scale seamlessly to 3X transaction volumes, as families bought games and toys during the recent crisis.”

“The HCL Google Cloud Business Unit is enabling product collaboration across HCL Software and Google Cloud. The launch of HCL Commerce on Google Cloud is the first among a number of planned joint offerings built around application modernization, data center and database value unlock.” said Kalyan Kumar, CTO and Corporate Vice President, HCL Technologies.

This latest announcement from HCL and Google Cloud expands on a deep partnership between the two companies to help organizations digitally transform. In 2019, HCL and Google Cloud announced the launch of HCL’s Google Cloud Business Unit to accelerate enterprise cloud adoption worldwide. To support customers, HCL has established three dedicated Google Cloud Native Labs in New York, London and the New Delhi area. These labs provide business-focused design workshops to engage customers and develop IP and MVPs on Google Cloud across industries effectively and efficiently.

For more information on the HCL Commerce and Google Cloud Business Unit partnership, visit https://www.hcltechsw.com/wps/portal/products/commerce/google/

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