News round up: STFC selects Keysource, Infobip offering, OVHcloud’s potential IPO

News round up: STFC selects Keysource, Infobip offering, OVHcloud’s potential IPO


Data Economy shares five news stories making headlines from around the world.

STFC selects Keysource

The Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has chosen Keysource, a global data centre and critical environment company, to undertake a pre-construction services contract for the data centre upgrade at its Daresbury Laboratory facility in Warrington.

This will involve supporting the live operation upgrade of the data centre facility, which includes the lifecycle replacement of critical power, cooling and protection systems.

Jon Healy, Operations Director at Keysource said, ““Having a robust pre-construction phase before undertaking the design and build or upgrade of a data centre facility has a number of major benefits for clients.

“These include consistent tender responses and an ability to maintain cost control. For organisations that are operating a live environment it also ensures that there is no impact on existing operations.”

Infobip offering

Global cloud communications company, Infobip has unveiled its full Communications Platform as-a-Service offering is available on Microsoft Azure.

As the company edges towards an IPO, Infobip said it is looking to use Microsoft’s ecosystem to access new business opportunities, share leads and differentiate its expertise to drive transformation.

Silvio Kutic, CEO at Infobip said, “As the markets and ecosystem evolve, we increasingly see areas of ‘co-opetition’ where companies are partnering and competing. I see these instances as opportunities to find Go-To-Market ways together for the benefit of the customer. 

“This collaboration is more than about creating a wider reseller network or reach a bigger client base or simply bigger clients – of course it does help with these goals– rather it’s also about providing a more open and integrated arena to power digital customer experience as we enter the hyper-connected era of 5G.”

Palo Alto Networks and Alkira partner

Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW) has announced that Koch Industries has initially deployed the combined offering of Alkira's Cloud Services Exchange (CSX) and Palo Alto Networks VM-Series Virtual Next-Generation Firewalls.

The company said the deployment is to securely extend its enterprise infrastructure into the cloud. Alkira is a Palo Alto Networks Emerging Technology Partner.

"Alkira's Network Cloud integrated with Palo Alto Networks' virtual firewall has enabled Koch to simply, quickly and securely expand our enterprise infrastructure to multi-cloud with an end-to-end, on-demand security offering,” said Matt Hoag, chief technology officer of Koch Business Solutions.

“Alkira enables us to draw our entire end-to-end network on a digital design canvas, and provision it in one click, so it's ready for use. With Alkira CSX there is no hardware to procure, no software to download, and no cloud to learn. The Alkira integration with Palo Alto Networks has resulted in a flexible and elastic firewall deployment with policy creation, auto-scaling of firewalls and overall reduced complexity at Koch."

Navisite, Google Cloud partner

Navisite has become a Google Cloud Partner, which recognises the company as an authorised managed services provider on Google Cloud.

As a Google Cloud Partner, Navisite demonstrates the required knowledge and expertise to successfully migrate customers to Google Cloud, as well as the commitment and partnership with Google Cloud to help customers maximise business growth, innovation and profitability.

“Achieving Google Cloud Partner status recognizes our expertise in helping customers effectively leverage the features and benefits of Google Cloud for their businesses,” said Jim Ball, vice president of global alliances at Navisite.

“We’re seeing growing interest and adoption of Google Cloud for data analytics and to run mission-critical enterprise applications and workloads. We’re committed to ensuring that our mid-market and enterprise customers are getting the most out of their investment with a wide range of services and capabilities.”

OVHcloud’s potential IPO

French cloud computing services provider OVHcloud has reportedly started the process for a potential listing in Paris, according to Reuters.

A spokeswoman told the news organisation on Monday, stating it would be one of the country’s biggest tech transactions of the year. The company is the largest European-based cloud services provider.