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one.com to acquire Hostnet

one.com (‘the Group’), a leading European provider of web hosting services, has today announced the acquisition of Hostnet for an undisclosed consideration.  The businesses are highly complementary given their focus on private customers, small to medium enterprises (‘SMEs’) and small office home offices (‘SOHOs’) and given that one.com is a leading web hoster across Northern Europe including Benelux and Hostnet operates principally in the Netherlands.

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Amsterdam, Hostnet is a leading web hosting provider in the Netherlands with a hosting-led proposition focused on SMEs. It employs approximately 130 staff and serves over 210,000 customers. In particular, Hostnet is focused on mass-hosting with a product suite that targets both non-technical and technical users including domain-only, web hosting, WordPress, email hosting, Office 365 and Virtual Private Servers (‘VPS’) on both a Managed and an Unmanaged basis. Hostnet has maintained a strong focus on customer service and success with industry-leading satisfaction metrics and customer support.

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This transaction is the third major acquisition as part of one.com’s buy and build strategy which started under Cinven’s ownership, following the acquisitions of SYSE in February 2020 and Digital Garden in September 2019. As part of the Group’s growth strategy, and with Cinven’s support, one.com is looking to continue expanding both organically and through acquisitions into its core markets of the Nordics, Benelux, the UK and the DACH region as well as other geographic regions.

Both organisations benefit from an exceptional degree of similarity and overlap including (but not limited to) mass hosting products with focus on reliability and quality of product and service, rapid historical organic-only growth, cultural proximity. These strong similarities, together with one.com’s single platform story will therefore maximise the collaboration and strengthen the partnership between the companies.

We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Hostnet given its focus on operational excellence and high brand awareness. As a result of this transaction, we are now a leading operator in the Dutch hosting market that is core to the development of our business strategy. We look forward to working with the team at Hostnet and significantly enhancing our European presence and product range for our customers,” said Stephan Wolfram, Group CEO of one.com.

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“Hostnet is a highly regarded player in the hosting market with capabilities, awareness and products that will contribute to further accelerate the development of one.com’s business. Within the consolidating hosting market, it was important for Hostnet to connect with a strong partner. We found it in one.com, an ambitious party with a lot of knowledge and experience. This offers plenty of possibilities and opportunities for the future,” said Harold Douwes, Founder and CEO of Hostnet.

“Cinven has a strong track record of successfully growing businesses through a structured buy and build strategy. We are excited about this acquisition as it represents a milestone for one.com becoming a market leader in the Dutch region, and is a clear example of the Group’s ambitious future growth plans,” commented Thomas Railhac, Partner at Cinven.

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one.com acquires Norwegian web hosting company

one.com, a leading company in Europe that provides web hosting and domain names to individuals, small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and small-office home-offices (SOHOs), declared the takeover of SYSE for an undisclosed consideration.  The acquisition of SYSE represents the second acquisition one.com has made in Norway following the acquisition of Digital Garden in September 2019.

SYSE was founded in 1995 and has established itself as a leader in Norwegian web hosting. Originally created as a personal computer and hardware supplier, the business has transitioned over time to become a provider of highly technical web hosting products trusted by over 12,000 end customers.

SYSE’s impressive self-developed product portfolio includes the innovative Tornado Web Server solution which provides ultra-scalable and secure web hosting at a fraction of the cost of other cloud solutions. Further, SYSE’s fully white-label platform is deeply trusted by its reseller customers with a highly customizable control panel offering significant functionality and flexibility.

This transaction continues one.com’s buy and build strategy, backed by Cinven, following historically exceptional organic-only growth. With the support of Cinven, one.com is looking to continue to expand both organically and through acquisitions into its core markets of the Nordics, Benelux, the UK and the DACH region as well as other geographic regions.

“SYSE represents another very exciting step in one.com’s growth story – we are delighted to welcome the organisation and team into the Group. The partnership between one.com, Digital Garden and SYSE creates an excellent platform in the Norwegian market which will continue to grow,” said Stephan Wolfram, Group CEO of one.com.

“We have been highly impressed with SYSE’s ability to listen to customers and their commitment to delivering technical and innovative products to the web hosting market with outstanding support – they will complement our existing global development and support team exceptionally well,” he added.

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VMware acquires Pivotal and Carbon Black for $4.8 billion

VMware is investing a huge sum of money into acquisitions this week. It is acquiring Pivotal Software— a leading cloud-native platform provider, and Carbon Black— a leader in cloud-native endpoint protection.

The acquisition of Pivotal is valued at $2.7 billion, while that of Carbon Black is $2.1 billion.

Pivotal is a leader in modern software development and helps enterprises transform the way they build and run their apps. It provides a wide range of offerings which includes developer-centric platform, tools and services that can speed up the development of modern apps.

Pivotal recently launched the Pivotal Spring Runtime for Kubernetes and is planning to release Pivotal Application Service for Kubernetes.

“VMware has a proven track record of helping organizations run and manage consistent infrastructure in support of mission critical applications, and our two companies have already built a strong foundation on our successful VMware PKS collaboration. We look forward to continuing our work with VMware to provide even more value to customers building modern applications,” said Rob Mee, CEO, Pivotal.

VMware will combine Pivotal’s assets with its IT expertise and infrastructure. This will help VMware to provide enterprises with a comprehensive set of products, tools, and services required to build, run, and manage apps on Kubernetes infrastructure.

“Kubernetes is emerging as the de facto standard for multi-cloud modern apps. We are excited to combine Pivotal’s development platform, tools and services with VMware’s infrastructure capabilities to deliver a comprehensive Kubernetes portfolio to build, run and manage modern applications,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware.

On the other hand, Carbon Black has a cloud-native security platform that uses big data and behavioral analytics for providing endpoint protection.

“We now have the opportunity to seamlessly integrate Carbon Black’s cloud-native endpoint protection platform into all of VMware’s control points,” said Patrick Morley, CEO, Carbon Black.

“This type of bold move is exactly what the IT and security industries have been looking to see for a very long time. We look forward to working with the VMware team to continue delivering a modern security cloud platform to customers around the world.”

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VMware will integrate Carbon Black’s solutions with its security services including Workspace ONE, AppDefense, NSX, and SecureState. The software virtualization giant aims to develop a modern cloud-based security platform for apps running on clouds or devices.

“By bringing Carbon Black into the VMware family, we are now taking a huge step forward in security and delivering an enterprise-grade platform to administer and protect workloads, applications and networks,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware.

Both the new acquisitions are expected to close in the second half of VMware’s fiscal year 2020, ending January 31, 2020, subject to customary conditions.

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WordPress owner buys Tumblr from Verizon for nominal amount

Automattic, the parent company of WordPress, is acquiring Tumblr from Verizon Media at an undisclosed amount.

Tumblr is a leading microblogging and social networking platform that allows users to share content in the form of short blog posts. It has a wide community of around 475 million users.

Tumblr had been previously acquired by Yahoo for $1.1 billion in 2013. Moving ahead, Verizon Communications acquired Yahoo in 2016 for $4.86 billion.

At the time of closure of Yahoo’s acquisition in 2017, Tumblr and other properties were combined into a new business unit called Oath Inc. In November last year, the Oath was rebranded to Verizon Media Group.

And now, Verizon Media Group is selling the Tumblr to Automattic.

“Tumblr is one of the Web’s most iconic brands,” said Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg.

“It is an essential venue to share new ideas, cultures and experiences, helping millions create and build communities around their shared interests. We are excited to add it to our lineup, which already includes WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Jetpack, Simplenote, Longreads, and more.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, Verizon sold Tumblr to Automattic at a nominal price. It is because of the tough competition and dominance by other similar platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat. Tumblr still has a big community of active users and Automattic might work on it by making it a complementary site to WordPress.

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“Today’s announcement is the culmination of a thoughtful, thorough and strategic process,” said Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan.

“Tumblr is a marquee brand that has started movements, allowed for true identities to blossom and become home to many creative communities and fandoms. We are proud of what the team has accomplished and are happy to have found the perfect partner in Automattic, whose expertise and track record will unlock new and exciting possibilities for Tumblr and its users.” 

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HPE buys supercomputing giant Cray for $1.3 billion

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is acquiring the supercomputer leader Cray in a deal worth $1.3 billion. The company aims to address the challenges driven by the explosion of data.

Cray holds its position among the top 100 supercomputer installations globally. Founded in 1972, Cray provides high-end supercomputing solutions for challenging and data-intensive workloads. The company delivers its supercomputing systems through the current generation XC and CS platforms, as well as the Shasta series platform.

The supercomputing leader recently announced an Exascale supercomputer contract with the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The contract was valued at over $600 million, enabling innovative research and AI at scale.

HPE will combine the deep supercomputing capabilities of Cray with its cutting-edge technologies, stepping ahead on the strategy to tackle the most data-intensive challenges of customers.

Modern technologies like AI, machine learning, big data and analytics, and the changing demands of customers for data-intensive workloads are exploding the amount of data generation. This is driving the expansion of high-performance computing (HPC).

With Cray acquisition, HPE will establish a broad portfolio of computing, storage, interconnect, software and services in the HPC and AI segments.

HPE already sees HPC as a key element of its vision and growth strategy. It provides a number of HPC solutions, which include HPE Apollo and SGI. The company will now be well positioned to strengthen its existing portfolio with the foundational technologies of Cray.

“Answers to some of society’s most pressing challenges are buried in massive amounts of data,” said Antonio Neri, President and CEO, HPE.

“Only by processing and analyzing this data will we be able to unlock the answers to critical challenges across medicine, climate change, space and more. Cray is a global technology leader in supercomputing and shares our deep commitment to innovation. By combining our world-class teams and technology, we will have the opportunity to drive the next generation of high performance computing and play an important part in advancing the way people live and work.”

Further, the companies together will be able to reach more segments of the market, to provide a wide range of solutions to enterprise, academic, and government customers.

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“This is an amazing opportunity to bring together Cray’s leading-edge technology and HPE’s wide reach and deep product portfolio, providing customers of all sizes with integrated solutions and unique supercomputing technology to address the full spectrum of their data-intensive needs,” said Peter Ungaro, President and CEO of Cray.

“HPE and Cray share a commitment to customer-centric innovation and a vision to create the global leader for the future of high performance computing and AI. On behalf of the Cray Board of Directors, we are pleased to have reached an agreement that we believe maximizes value and are excited for the opportunities that this unique combination will create for both our employees and our customers.”

The transaction will close by the first quarter of HPE’s fiscal year 2020, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

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VMware acquires Bitnami to augment multi-cloud efforts

VMware is acquiring the leading application packaging solutions provider Bitnami to expand its multi-cloud strategy.

Bitnami provides a large catalogue of click-to-deploy apps and development stack for cloud and Kubernetes environments. The company offers validated and highly secure application packages to allow developers to build new apps and services on the cloud. This helps them to deploy the apps more easily and quickly.

With its solutions, Bitnami simplifies the delivery of applications in multi-cloud. This will complement the multi-cloud strategy of VMware.

VMware allows customers to rapidly extend, migrate and protect their VMware environment to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) using VMware Cloud on AWS. The recently extended partnership with Microsoft brings VMware experience on Azure as well.

With the acquisition of Bitnami, VMware will be able to take further steps and play a major role in the application environments of customers.

“Our goal is to accelerate the application “builder’s journey” by delivering simplified ways to leverage open source software applications and frameworks; and free the “builders” to focus on building differentiated capabilities versus worrying about deployment and infrastructure,” wrote VMware in a blog post.

“We plan to do this across all clouds and formats—VMs, containers and SaaS offerings. Our goal will be to provide equivalency not abstraction across the different cloud platforms.”vmware acquires bitnami

Following the closure of the acquisition, VMware will continue to invest in the products and projects of Bitnami. On the other hand, Bitnami will allow the VMware customers to easily deploy the applications on any cloud, and in an optimal format like VMs, containers, and Kubernetes.

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“Joining forces with VMware means that we will be able to both double-down on the breadth and depth of our current offering and bring Bitnami to even more clouds as well as accelerating our push into the enterprise,” wrote Bitnami in a separate blog post.

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QTS expands international platform with acquisition of two data centers in Netherlands

QTS Realty Trust, a leading provider of software-defined and megascale data center solutions announced today, as part of its global growth strategy, the expansion of its operations internationally with the acquisition of two operating data centers in the Netherlands.

QTS acquired the two data center assets, totaling approximately 30 gross megawatts currently built out, from TCN SIG Telehousing B.V. for approximately $44 million, including closing costs.

QTS currently anticipates approximately $15 million of additional capital investments required for recommissioning of the two facilities. This additional investment, in addition to the initial purchase price, represents an upfront cost per megawatt of approximately $2 million, which is materially below the average cost to build in the Netherlands market.

“The data center industry has increasingly become a global business, particularly among our target hyperscale customers. The European market, in particular, has experienced a significant rise in demand, with 2018 representing a record year of absorption across the four largest European markets,” said Chad Williams, Chairman and CEO – QTS.

“This acquisition advances our global expansion strategy and provides a platform for future growth internationally at a significantly de-risked entry point. Acquiring strategically located facilities at a competitive price aligns with our overall growth strategy and has clear long-term benefits for our customers and shareholders.”

The two data center assets are located in the cities of Groningen and Eemshaven, which are located northeast of Amsterdam. The Netherlands remains one of the top European markets for data center users due to competitive utility and operating costs, availability of renewable power resources and proximity to diverse connectivity options to other major European markets.

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The Groningen facility currently has built-out capacity representing approximately 10 gross megawatts of power and 45,000 square feet of raised floor data center space. The Groningen data center is largely stabilized with approximately 20 colocation tenants and a weighted average remaining tenant lease term of approximately 3.5 years. The facility represents one of the most interconnected data centers in the Netherlands market with more than 10 network providers and internet exchanges on site including NL-IX and Eurofiber.

The Eemshaven facility, which is currently vacant, was originally constructed to support a single hyperscale tenant and has built-out capacity representing approximately 20 gross megawatts of power and 113,000 square feet of raised floor data center space.

The facility is strategically located adjacent to multiple hyperscale customer-owned data center deployments, including a 500+ megawatt data center campus operated by one of the largest hyperscale cloud providers in the world. In addition, the facility is located in close proximity to multiple transatlantic fiber cable landings providing access to multiple markets within Europe and North America.

QTS anticipates investing incremental capital over the next several quarters to recommission the facility and expects to position the Eemshaven data center with sellable capacity in late 2019. QTS expects the Eemshaven facility to support its ongoing hyperscale growth initiatives and has already engaged in preliminary discussions with multiple potential anchor tenants. 

“We are pleased to welcome QTS to the northern Netherlands region,” said Robert van Tuinen, Manager Strategy & Business Development – Groningen Seaports NV.

“Groningen Seaports NV operates the Eemshaven seaport which has experienced a significant increase in interest and deployments from global hyperscale data center providers looking to take advantage of dense undersea fiber connectivity options to surrounding European markets. QTS has established an impressive operating track record in the US and we look forward to supporting their continued expansion as part of the ongoing growth of the Eemshaven and Groningen data center markets.”

In conjunction with the acquisition of the two data centers, QTS has entered into a partnership with Zentrys Group B.V. (“Zentrys”), a Netherlands-based data center operations company that has maintained day-to-day operations of the Groningen and Eemshaven facilities for the past five years. Zentrys will continue to provide on-site data center operations, maintenance and customer support for both of the acquired facilities.

In addition, QTS has entered into a separate partnership with Eurofiber, a leading international provider of fiber infrastructure, who will provide local sales and marketing support in addition to robust fiber connectivity.

Through its partnership agreement, QTS will be able to offer its customers access to Eurofiber’s innovative DCspine platform for on-demand cloud and data center networking, providing connectivity between QTS’ Netherlands data centers, surrounding European markets and subsea cable landings in Eemshaven.

QTS expects these partnerships will accelerate the Company’s European market penetration while reducing execution risk in a new market and maintaining continued high-level customer support. 

Financial Impact

As a result of the low basis acquisition price relative to in-place power capacity at the Eemshaven facility, combined with contracted, in-place revenue at the Groningen site, QTS expects this transaction to be breakeven to its 2019 OFFO per share.

The Company anticipates a significant potential OFFO per share accretion opportunity upon incremental leasing in the future, particularly at the Eemshaven facility which has substantial power capacity fully built out and available.

QTS purchased the two data centers utilizing a combination of cash on hand and availability under its existing revolving credit facility. The acquired facilities are expected to contribute approximately $3 million in annualized recurring revenue and approximately $1 million in annualized adjusted EBITDA at closing.

The transaction closed on April 23 and is reflected in QTS’ 2019 financial guidance which was updated to reflect the acquisition in conjunction with QTS’ first quarter 2019 earnings release.

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Switch Datacenter Group sells its Amsterdam AMS1 Data Center to Equinix

Switch Datacenter Group today announced the transfer of its AMS1 data center and operations to Equinix, Inc. – in an all-cash transaction for €30 million ($34 million).

Switch Datacenter Group sees it as a logical next step on its path to strengthening their focus on the colocation wholesale market and customer-specific site development for enterprises and hyperscale customers.

Over the last couple of years, Switch Datacenter Group has evolved from a high-end classical retail colocation provider into a professional designer, developer and operator of high-end (wholesale) data centers. Switch Datacenters has made significant investments in R&D and the development of state-of-the-art data center infrastructure technologies including patented indirect adiabatic cooling technology and OCP-ready (Open Compute Project) data center infrastructures.

‘’As the Amsterdam data center market is booming and many new companies are entering the local playing field, we see there is a strong need for a flexible, experienced data center development & operations company in this Amsterdam market to assist customers in finding the right location, assuring connectivity and power, while also offering a full data center services portfolio around a proven concept of long term SLA based DCaaS sites,” said Gregor Snip, CEO and founder of Switch Datacenter Group.

“Over the years, Switch has created the right skillset and references in this market. At first as a hosting company and later on as a renowned retail colocation provider, while we are now for years already highly experienced in building, designing and improving data center sites. Now it is the right time to bring this unique knowledge forward and focus even more on becoming a data center technology development leader.”

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“The transfer of the AMS1 data center to Equinix shows that Switch is respected and trusted by leading global players,” said Edgar van Essen, Managing Director of the Switch Datacenter Group.

‘’This message is in line with the trust received from many other market leading names in the industry who trust us their ICT infrastructures and business. It is also another proof that the world starts to know Switch as a highly capable, innovative, state of the art data center development company.”

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Switch Datacenter Group runs two more high-end data centers in the Amsterdam metropolitan region and is actively involved in the planning of more wholesale data centers to come.

The transaction was guided and completed by AC Niellsen Data Centers, represented by Frank de Fremery, as exclusive broker for the project on behalf of the shareholders Plain Vanilla Investments (represented by Coen Binnerts) and SDC Holding (represented by Gregor Snip).

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Nvidia acquires Israeli networking firm Mellanox for $6.9B

Nvidia is acquiring the Israel-based networking firm Mellanox for around $6.9 billion in cash.

Mellanox is a prominent supplier of end-to-end Ethernet and InfiniBand smart interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. These solutions help companies to boost datacenter efficiency by optimizing throughput and latency, providing data faster to applications, and unlocking system performance capability.

Nvidia is a leading company in the world in high-performance computing (HPC), whereas Mellanox is an early innovator in high-performance interconnect technology. The acquisition will combine the expertise of Nvidia and Mellanox.

“The emergence of AI and data science, as well as billions of simultaneous computer users, is fueling skyrocketing demand on the world’s datacenters. Addressing this demand will require holistic architectures that connect vast numbers of fast computing nodes over intelligent networking fabrics to form a giant datacenter-scale compute engine,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA.

More than half of the world’s Top 500 supercomputers and leading hyperscale datacenters are using Nvidia’s computing platform and Mellanox’s interconnects technology.

With the acquisition of Mellanox, Nvidia will optimize datacenter-scale workloads across the entire computing, networking and storage stack, the companies said. This will help customers to achieve higher performance, greater utilization and lower operating cost.

“We’re excited to unite NVIDIA’s accelerated computing platform with Mellanox’s world-renowned accelerated networking platform under one roof to create next-generation datacenter-scale computing solutions. I am particularly thrilled to work closely with the visionary leaders of Mellanox and their amazing people to invent the computers of tomorrow,” added Jensen Huang.

Nvidia and Mellanox have been working closely for a while now. They jointly contributed in the development of world’s two fastest supercomputers—Sierra and Summit.

Following the completion of acquisition, Nvidia will continue to invest in local excellence and talent in Israel. No changes will be made to customer sales and support.

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“We share the same vision for accelerated computing as NVIDIA,” said Eyal Waldman, founder and CEO of Mellanox. “Combining our two companies comes as a natural extension of our longstanding partnership and is a great fit given our common performance-driven cultures. This combination will foster the creation of powerful technology and fantastic opportunities for our people.”

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RP tech India enters into cloud business with acquisition of ZNet Technologies

The partnership enables RP tech India to provide ZNet’s cutting edge Cloud Computing solutions to Enterprise and SMB customers.

RP tech India (a division of Rashi Peripherals Pvt Ltd) today announced the acquisition of Cloud Services Provider ZNet Technologies. With this partnership, RP tech India will now offer ZNet’s cutting edge Cloud services and solutions to potential SMB and Enterprise customers in India.

According to the terms of the acquisition, RP tech India will take a majority stake in ZNet and will invest in enhancing R&D capabilities and upskilling technical manpower to support latest technologies like Cloud, IoT, AI etc. ZNet will continue to operate as an independent legal entity and various existing brands of ZNet will continue to operate as normal.

Founded in 2009, ZNet Technologies is the leading provider of IT and Cloud solutions. The company offers a wide range of services from domains to high-end Cloud infrastructure managed services under the ZNetLive brand. It offers infrastructure services from leading cloud vendors like Microsoft, AWS, Alibaba, Google and its own Data Centre based offering to its customer base. ZNetLive powers well over 90K+ websites and applications globally and is one of the very first Microsoft CSP in India.

On boarding ZNet Technologies, Mr. Kapal Pansari, Director at RP tech India said, “This partnership is a win-win for both RP tech India and ZNet. RP tech India’s vast IT distribution network and financial backing, supplemented with ZNet’s Technical expertise at the back-end will help propel this partnership to become the leading distributor of end-to-end IT infrastructure including new age cloud services in the next 24 to 36 months.”

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Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Munesh Jadoun, Director of ZNet Technologies said, “With the commoditization of cloud, we want to be able to use RP tech India’s distribution channels to take cloud services to the masses. ZNet is well equipped to deliver multi-cloud services efficiently, with highly-skilled Certified Cloud Professionals and by using our own Cloud Services Automation and Billing Platform (RackNap). We will work closely with major cloud providers, ISVs to drive cloud consumption. With Digital Transformation gradually becoming the norm for businesses, we can accelerate this transformation for our customers with our capabilities.”

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