May 17, 2020

Cloud hosting provider Rackspace to acquire TriCore Solutions

Cloud
Callum Rivett
2 min
Cloud hosting company Rackspace is set to acquire TriCore
East Coast information technology services provider TriCore Solutions is to be acquired by local cloud hosting provider Rackspace in a deal that will se...

East Coast information technology services provider TriCore Solutions is to be acquired by local cloud hosting provider Rackspace in a deal that will see TriCore's CEO, Mark Clayman, join the San Antonio outfit. 

"TriCore and Rackspace are a great fit in terms of our cultures and we offer complementary services," said Clayman. "We are extremely excited to join the Rackspace team and leverage its brand and industry reach to continue to expand our offerings."

Rackspace had been busy snapping up other cloud startups prior to 2013, but this has been described as their largest ever acquisition and will enable the company to expand beyond just cloud hosting. The hope is to make inroads into providing support for supply chain management, procurement and manufacturing - all of which they feel this deal can provide.

It appears the two companies will continue to work independently of one another, only coming together for cross-sales opportunities and to enable Rackspace to make moves in a new industry in which they won't compete with the likes of Google and Apple.

TriCore is an industry leader in Enterprise Resource Planning from Oracle and SAP, as well as business intelligence and analytics, and database managed services - industries that market analysts estimate companies spend around $3bn a year on. 

Jeff Cotten, president and interim CEO of Rackspace, was highly complimentary of their new partners. "TriCore’s services are among the best in that space and are highly complementary to ours. They will help enable us to deliver more of the services that our existing customers need, while opening the door to new opportunities across the globe."

With around 160 of its 513 employees based in Norwell, Massachusetts, it has been confirmed that TriCore will continue to operate in the same locations it does today.

The deal is expected to be finalised in June, whilst a fee has not been disclosed as of yet. 

 

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

GfK
VMware
3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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