News round up: Box appoints former Google Cloud exec, Digital Realty achieves "Five Nines" of Uptime

News round up: Box appoints former Google Cloud exec, Digital Realty achieves "Five Nines" of Uptime


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

Box appoints former Google Cloud exec

Box, Inc. (NYSE: BOX) has announced that Sebastien Marotte will be joining the Box Executive team as President of Box Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), effective June 7, 2021.

Over a 30 year career, he has held executive roles at various software companies including Google, Hyperion, and Oracle.

He most recently led Google Cloud's EMEA Channels as Vice President, having previously served as Vice President of Google Cloud EMEA for eight years.

“The pandemic has accelerated the pace of change for just about every company on the planet, and the move to the cloud has never been more urgent,” said Sebastien Marotte, incoming President of Box EMEA.

“As more companies realize that their businesses run on content, the demand for a secure platform for managing all of that content in the cloud will continue to grow. I strongly believe that Box has the strategy and team in place to capture this amazing opportunity, and I'm incredibly excited to join at this important part of the journey.”

Digital Realty achieves "Five Nines" of Uptime

Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) has achieved "five nines" of uptime across its global data centre platform for the 14th consecutive year.

"As the world adapted to the challenges of 2020, we felt a great responsibility to do our part to keep the central nervous system of the digital economy running smoothly, while putting the health and safety of our employees, customers and partners first,” said A. William Stein, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Realty.

“Achieving 'five nines' of uptime is especially meaningful this year, as it reflects the resiliency and commitment of our team members around the world who are focused on delivering operational excellence. 

“We owe a debt of gratitude to our employees in critical operational roles who have continued to play a vital role in letting people around the world connect and keeping commerce and information flowing on PlatformDIGITAL." 

Google Cloud reveals Network Connectivity Centre

Google Cloud has revealed its Network Connectivity Centre, a new platform that allows enterprises to simplify complex heterogeneous networks for on-prem and cloud connectivity needs.

The company said the NCC gives customers a single management experience all while benefiting from Google’s worldwide network. It will provide customers with the ability to:

  • Simplify and scale networks on-demand

  • Gain real-time visibility into global networks

  • Protect your network with multi-layer security


Panduit Launches Next Generation CS

Panduit has launched its next-generation fibre connectivity solution with the introduction of CS Connectors to optimise connectivity capabilities in the data centre.

Complex applications including AI, Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) are driving the requirement to push higher data density to the rack and dense compute technologies need close proximity to optimise workflows, according to the company.

Panduit is a founding member of the CS Consortium, which is a vendor neutral organisation dedicated to educating end users and design consultants on the technical merits of the CS fibre connector solution.

Subzero Engineering’s essential series data centre containment solutions

Subzero Engineering has launched its Essential Series product line; offering hyperscale, colocation, high performance computing (HPC) and enterprise data centre operators.

“The Essential Series was born from fifteen years of data center design and engineering experience, and a strong track record for helping customers improve performance and PUE,” said Sam Prudhomme Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

“With growing demands for a flexible, low-cost and high-quality data centre containment line, the Essential Series offers the perfect mix of blue collar functionality and innovation, wrapped in world- class customer service.”

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