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Pax8’s cloud marketplace continues to thrive

Robert Belgrave, CEO of Pax8 EMEA, shares his plans for the company, following a recent $185 million investment round - with ongoing geographical and technology solutions expansion very much on the agenda. Robert also provides some fascinating insights into the post-pandemic Channel and end user business worlds.

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SDC Channel Summit promises valuable MSP insights

Conference Chair Ian Luckett outlines the content of the second virtual SDC Channel Summit event, taking place 10-11 May. A mixture of keynote presentations, roundtables and panel discussions promise to produce plenty of valuable insights for Channel companies dealing with the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation.

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Sustainability becoming a major Channel focus

Michael O’Hara, Group Managing Director of DataSolutions, a distributor of transformational IT solutions, talks through the results of the company’s Channel sustainability stock-take survey, revealing how companies are losing out on contracts if they can’t demonstrate their environmental credentials, how the Channel is beginning to address its sustainability responsibilities and highlights the success of DataSolutions’ Techies Go Green initiative.

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The Cloud continues to dominate

Dob Todorov, CEO and Co-founder of HeleCloud, talks though the company’s recent acquisition by SoftwareONE - optimistic that both organisations and their respective customer bases will see some major benefits as the Cloud continues to grow in importance as the post-pandemic business world seeks to address the challenges and opportunities of hybrid digital transformation.

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Edge takes centre stage for Proximity

John Hall, Managing Director Colocation, Proximity Data Centres, explains the company’s strategy as it builds out a network of 20 or so regional, or edge, UK colocation data centres. With the halfway point already in sight, he is confident that the company’s business model is an attractive proposition for a variety of customers. John also shares some fascinating insights as to how he sees the data centre industry developing over time, as it tries to reconcile increasing demand with its sustainability responsibilities.

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Sustainable digital infrastructure in the spotlight

Thor Johnsen, Head of Digital Infrastructure at investment company Triple Point Digital 9 Infrastructure (D9) and Dominic Ward, CEO of Icelandic data centre operator Verne Global, discuss the investment company’s recent acquisition of the Icelandic data centre operator, with sustainability very much front and centre. Both provide valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities of sustainable investment, operating truly sustainable data centres and of responding to the wider focus on environmental issues ahead of the COP26 Summit.

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The importance of building services around skills - Node4

Andy Slater, Director (Azure Practice / N4Stack) at Node4 Ltd, talks about the twin hybrid opportunities for the Channel – hybrid IT and the hybrid workplace, emphasising the importance of providing the expertise and value which customers are not able to find within their own organisations.

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A powerful cloud combination for the Channel - PAX8 & Resello

Harald Nuij, Managing Director of Resello, talks about the company’s recent acquisition by Pax8, a global cloud management platform provider. The combination of Resello’s technology portfolio and Pax8’s MSP-focused platform, alongside their shared vision of accelerating cloud growth, provides a number of benefits for channel organisations of all sizes wishing to expand and improve their own cloud-based customer solutions.

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Be the best at what you do, and understand what you don’t do

Terry Storrar, Managing Director UK at Leaseweb, provides some valuable advice for the Channel as it seeks to address the challenges and opportunities resulting from more and more customers moving to the ‘pay as you use’ model, and for individual companies to distinguish themselves in such a competitive market.

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Talking cyber protection - Acronis and Resello

Ciaran Bolger, Sales Director Strategic Business - Europe - Acronis, talks through the company's Cyber Protect Cloud solution, and how cloud distributors like Resello support MSPs to meet their clients' security requirements.

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Understanding the true cost of the hyperscale cloud

DW talks to Justin Augat, Vice President of Marketing and Marc Beder, VP of Solutions Architecture, both at iland Cloud, about the importance of understanding the true cost of acquiring enterprise-fit cloud services from the hyperscalers. They emphasise that end users need to carry out the necessary due diligence before committing to any cloud offering, regardless of the vendor.

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Making the most of a managed cloud - Hyve Managed Hosting

DW talks cloud with Neville Louzado, Head of Sales at Hyve Managed Hosting, with the focus very much on the differences between unmanaged and managed cloud solutions and the overall benefits of taking a managed approach.

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The importance of endpoint backup - Digitalisation World talks to Altaro

DW talks to Andy Syrewicze, Technical Evangelist for Altaro Software, about the company’s Endpoint Backup for MSPs solution – the features, the benefits and how to access a free trial.

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Office365 backups made easy - Digitalisation World talks to Altaro

Digitalisation World talks to Andy Syrewicze, Technical Evangelist for Altaro Software, about the company’s Office365 Backup for MSPs solution – the features, the benefits and a user example.

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Digitalisation World talks to Leaseweb

DW talks to Terry Storrar, Managing Director of Leaseweb UK. Terry covers his background inside (and out) of the IT industry, and shares his vision for developing the business as customers wrestle with digital challenges.

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News

Ingenuity Studios has selected VAST to help deliver next-level realism to a host of long- and short-form works, including feature films, television series, music videos, commercials, and more. Ingenuity Studios tapped VAST Data’s Universal Storage architecture to leapfrog the status quo by deploying a simple data storage platform that allows artists and animators to easily collaborate on projects with ultra-fast performance and low-latency, without the classic flash storage tax.
Strategic agreement will enable global retailing house to create stronger omnichannel customer experiences and optimise internal supply chains through an enterprise data backbone and advanced AI/ML capabilities.
Scandit, the leader in smart data capture, has released research revealing how technology will change the face of customer, employee and store operations experiences in the next two years. Scandit surveyed retail leaders across Europe and found that more than half (51%) believe the primary role of the physical store will be an online-offline hybrid, with 64% citing challenges in differentiating themselves from their competition as the biggest barrier to delivering this experience.
A survey of WAN managers has revealed that multi-factor authentication and single sign-on are the top zero trust features implemented.

Expert Opinions

By Jonathan Westley, Chief Data Officer, Experian UK&I.
By Bengt Johannes Lundberg , CEO of Disruptive Technologies.
Marc Garner, VP, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland The data centre sector skills shortage has been documented by industry publications and research firms for almost a decade. In fact, a report published by Gartner in 2016 found 80% of firms expected to find their growth held back due to a lack of new data centre skills, with the McKinsey Global Institute predicting a global shortage of 1.5 million qualified data centre managers as early as 2015.