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QTS announces enhanced sales momentum and efficiency enabled by Service Delivery Platform (SDP) in 2018

Software-defined data centers leveraging API-driven control and automation contributing to increasing customer usage and sales of hybrid colocation services

QTS Realty Trust, a leading provider of hybrid colocation and mega scale data center solutions, today announced increasing customer usage and business benefits associated with QTS’ Service Delivery Platform (SDP) engineered to manage and optimize hybrid colocation deployments.

In late 2017, QTS introduced the industry’s first software-defined orchestration platform that empowers customers to interact with their data and QTS services by providing real-time visibility, access, and dynamic control of critical metrics across hybrid IT environments from a single platform.

QTS is committed to the digitization of its end-to-end systems and processes to enable new ways for its customers and employees to interact with QTS’ platform and accelerate the deployment of new products and solutions.

Customers using new SDP applications such as Power Analytics, Asset Manager, and Online Ordering of QTS services are benefiting from greater control over their IT environments and costs, increased security, ease of compliance, and reduced risk.

SDP is powered by a data lake encompassing terabytes of numerical info that increases exponentially as new integrations are added. Collectively, the ability to digitize, analyze and automate significant amounts of data enables customers to innovate, make better business decisions and maximize their outsourced IT investment both within QTS and across multiple integrated service providers.

2018 Business and Revenue Highlights:

  • During 2018, customer usage of SDP grew significantly with a 27% annual increase in the active user base. Over the course of 2018, SDP averaged nearly 16,000 active users across more than 1,100 QTS customers.
  • SDP currently supports more than 157 customer-facing APIs compared to 40 in 2017 (400% increase).
  • QTS made 872 enhancements and feature releases in 2018 compared to 246 in 2017.
  • SDP and related automated workflows created new sales opportunities for nearly every QTS hybrid colocation salesperson during 2018.
  • Customer usage of SDP applications like Power Analytics, that detect when a customer is approaching amperage thresholds and automatically notifies them, increased 440% and contributed to new power upgrades representing approximately $47,000/month of new monthly recurring revenue.
  • Approximately 10% of all cross connect orders during 2018 were fully automated through SDP across 14 data centers.
  • SDP automation has contributed to a 40% improvement in implementation from the time of order to the provisioning of new services.
  • SDP now has 438 workflows and feature integrations with more than 15 best-in-class partners that customers work with on a wide range of hybrid orchestration functionality and services. These include leaders such as, ServiceNow, Nutanix, PacketFabric, DivvyCloud, CloudCheckr, Wonderware, Andover, Kafka, Spark, and AWS Marketplace.
  • SDP is enhancing the customer experience and contributing to QTS’ industry-leading Net Promoter Score of 75 which is nearly double that of the closest data center provider.

M3 Accounting is a software and services company that delivers actionable insight into financial performance for enterprise hospitality businesses including more than 5,000 hotels.

“As an analytics company, we clearly recognize the value of real-time visibility and dynamic control of critical metrics across our multi-data center colocation solution,” said Joel Michaels, Director, DevOps.

“QTS’ API-driven orchestration and Service Delivery Platform provides M3 with a cloud-like experience enabling demonstrable savings – Power Analytics in particular –  that were not previously possible.”

Also read: QTS boosts its Service Delivery Platform with new features for colocation customers

“QTS’ Service Delivery Platform supports our mission to empower people and technology and has enabled our vision of delivering a truly software-defined data center platform to become a reality,” said Chad Williams, Chief Executive Officer of QTS.

“We believe SDP represents the future of IT infrastructure service delivery and we are committed to empowering our customers to make informed decisions based on data to maximize their investment within QTS data centers.”

In the coming months, QTS expects to announce a new software-defined connectivity solution, leveraging SDP to enable one-to-many automated options for network and cloud connectivity.

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Siemens acquires low-code app development firm Mendix for $730 million

Siemens AG, the German conglomerate company, is acquiring low-code application development platform provider Mendix for $730 million in cash.  Along with the cash, Siemens will invest in research and development, and global expansion of Mendix for the next few years.

Founded in 2005, Mendix focuses on accelerating and simplifying the development of enterprise-grade software applications. It provides cloud-native low-code development platform, allowing the people with no coding skills to develop software.

Whereas, Siemens is a pioneer in services targeting digitalization, automation and electrification. By acquiring Mendix, Siemens will boost its cloud, internet of things (IoT), and Digital Enterprise software capabilities.

“When we pioneered the low-code market over a decade ago, we had a bold vision to help customers change the way they build software, but we never imagined the oceanic opportunity that’s now in front of us,” said Derek Roos, co-founder and CEO of Mendix.

“I’m thrilled to accelerate our vision at a much larger scale with the incredible team, assets, industry know-how and footprint of Siemens behind us. Being part of Siemens will allow us to serve our customers even better by accelerating our R&D vision, adding a much larger pool of go-to-market resources, and leveraging an enormous global infrastructure.”

Siemens will integrate Mendix’s low-code segment into MindSphere platform to accelerate its adoption. The MindSphere is a cloud-based, open IoT operating system that provides advanced analytics from data generated by IoT devices.

With the acquisition, Mendix will now be a part of the software business of Siemens’ Digital Factory (DF) Division. Siemens will also deploy the Mendix platform across its other Divisions.

“As part of our digitalization strategy, Siemens continues to invest in software offerings for the Digital Enterprise. With the acquisition of Mendix, Siemens continues to add to its comprehensive Digital Enterprise and MindSphere IoT portfolio, with cloud domain expertise, cloud agnostic platform solutions and highly skilled people,” said Jan Mrosik, CEO of the Digital Factory Division.

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The transaction is expected to close in first quarter of Siemens fiscal year 2019. Derek Roos will continue as the CEO of Mendix, joining the senior leadership team of Siemens PLM software.

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Puppet buys data visualization startup Reflect for data visualization capabilities

Puppet, the DevOps automation company, recently announced that it has acquired data-visualization-as-a-service platform Reflect Technologies.

Founded in 2015, Reflect is a Portland-based startup which raised $2.5 million in a seed capital funding in 2016. The difference between other data visualization companies and Reflect is that it delivers the products as a service. It helps enterprises to add the analytics capabilities to their software and further deliver those capabilities to end-customers.

The acquisition of Reflect will help Puppet to speed up its product innovation, so that it can deliver its customers the modern and flexible analytics capabilities with automation platform.

“We’ve always helped customers mine valuable information about the state of their IT landscape and take action on it. With the innovation and talent in the marketplace today, we have an opportunity to improve that experience—giving customers new ways to leverage their data, and make faster, more informed decisions,” said Sanjay Mirchandani, CEO, Puppet. “Reflect brings the right pedigree of modern technology and unique talent to make this a perfect match.”

Puppet believes that the integrated solution will help companies make better decisions as their footprints rapidly expand and become more complex. It will provide them clear insights across every platform.

“Reflect helps organizations transform their raw data into visual stories that are easy to understand,” said Alex Bilmes, CEO and co-founder, Reflect. “With Puppet’s technology and expertise, we are able to capture an incredibly rich dataset, unlike any other available today. By joining forces, we will be able to deliver value from that data through beautiful charts, visualizations and interactive data tools.”

In September 2017, Puppet had acquired the continuous delivery automation software company Distelli to add container and application capabilities to its automation platform.

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As a part of the acquisition, Puppet has absorbed all the products and employees of Reflect. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.


ZNet becomes authorized Plesk distributor in India

Expanded partnership provides growth and market-leading user experience to Indian customers

ZNet, India’s leading hosting and cloud services provider, today announced that it has become the distributor for Plesk in India. Plesk is the leading WebOps platform to build, secure and run applications, websites and hosting businesses that scale in the Cloud. Plesk is more than just a generic control panel providing automation capabilities to reduce complexity, save time and simplify the lives of web professionals and IT administrators alike.

Plesk’s rich and open extension catalogue provides access to relevant features and enables service providers of any size to specialize, address customer needs and grow their business.

This aligns well with ZNet’s extensive customer and partner network comprising hosters, developers, system administrators and service providers, who will now be able to get Plesk licenses and solutions at an even more competitive pricing and increased support.

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We’re thrilled to announce that as the distributor of Plesk in India, ZNet is now authorized to provide the full range of Plesk solutions for developers, digital agencies, IT admins, content mangers, web hosters, hyperscalers at a very competitive pricing,” said Munesh Jadoun, CEO, ZNet Group. “With our home-grown automation tool (RackNap) we will deliver these Plesk solutions in an efficient automated manner to our customers,” he added.

For Plesk, this move translates to increased penetration in the Indian market by attaining the ability to provide its high quality, feature-rich, OS agnostic platform to Indian resellers and customers from a single, highly qualified source.

The internet industry is projected to double by 2020 in India. We believe that fast adoption of digital technologies paired with a rise in mobile-phone penetration and decline in data costs will add approx. half a billion new internet users in India over the next five years,” says Nils Hueneke, CEO at Plesk. “We are very pleased to take our partnership to the next level. Together with ZNet, we’ll be able to offer compelling services in a fast-growing market addressing current and future trends for the benefit of both resellers and the end customers.”

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RackNap Now Available On Microsoft Azure Marketplace

RackNap – the cloud services delivery and business process automation platform – today announced the availability of its RackNap application in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. With this, now, Microsoft partners can easily install the application in their Azure Subscription with a few clicks and deliver Microsoft cloud services including Microsoft Office 365, Azure and Dynamics 365.

As a service delivery platform, RackNap is a right-fit for Cloud Solution Providers (CSP), Managed Service Providers (MSP), Telcos, Datacenters and other subscription-based IT service providers for delivering cloud as well as traditional IT services (e.g. Hosting). It also helps CSPs manage their provisioning, billing, support, inventory, partner and customer lifecycle from a single platform.

We have a strong and long-standing relationship with Microsoft that has spanned a decade now.” said Guruprit AhujaCEO, RackNap. “This is another milestone in our alliance and will fast track the adoption and consumption of Office 365 and Azure services via RackNap. We are able to deliver RackNap’s complete solution via the Azure Marketplace in an easy to consume way on a monthly subscription based licensing model.”

Nicole Herskowitz, General Manager, Microsoft Azure Product Marketing at Microsoft Corp. said that “Solutions like RackNap offers capabilities for partners to simplify billing and provisioning of cloud services like Microsoft Azure or Office 365. This offering supports the adoption of cloud services, brings efficiency with automation and helps our partners to focus on their business.”

The Automation Platform is available in two deployment models – On-premises and Cloud. The listing of the platform in Azure Marketplace makes it easy for Microsoft partners to install the application in the cloud in a matter of minutes. Partners can visit the link or reach out at for more information.

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Automation-as-a-service market expected to touch $7 billion by 2023: KBV Research

Automation-as-a-service (AaaS) market is expected to touch $7.4 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 27% during 2017 to 2023, as per a new report from KBV research.

The AaaS helps organizations by automating the business processes, and shifting from slow and manual processes to fast and reliable automated ones. The increasing demand for cloud services and automation, is driving the Automation-as-a-Service market.

  • By component

Based on component, the report segments the market into solutions and services. In 2016, solutions market dominated the global AaaS market worldwide, and is expected to do so till 2023. On the other hand, the services market is expected to show a CAGR of 31.8% during the forecast period (2017-2023).

  • By region

In 2016, North America held the largest market share in Global Operations & IT AaaS, and will continue to dominate till 2023, showing a CAGR of 24.5%.

Europe will grow at a CAGR of 25.5% during the forecast period in finance AaaS market, while APAC region is expected to witness a CAGR of 30.5% in human resource AaaS market.

  • By type

By type, the rule-based automation dominated the market in 2016, and is expected to be a dominant till 2023. While knowledge-based automation will grow at a CAGR of 31.2% during the forecast period.

  • By vertical

Banking, Financial services and Insurance (BFSI) held the largest market share in 2016, and will continue to do so till 2023, showing a CAGR of 24.9%.

Healthcare market is expected to touch $926.9 million by 2023, while retail market will grow at a CAGR of 27.9% during 2017 to 2023.

KBV Research also elaborated profiles of leading companies including IBM, Microsoft, HPE, Pegasystems, Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, etc. It considered the key strategic developments of these companies including Mergers & Acquisitions, product launches, partnerships, etc.

Also read: 5 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2018 that will define the cloud industry for good

As per the report, Microsoft, IBM, and HPE were forerunners in automation-as-a-service market.

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