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7 biggest announcements at Interop 2019

Interop 2019, an unbiased IT conference, hosted all levels of IT and business pros at the Mirage, Las Vegas, on May 20-23. The three-day event provided attendees a complete objective view of the things happening across all the IT disciplines.

It featured speakers from industry leaders like Google, Microsoft, IBM, Juniper Networks, Cisco, Delta Dental, and Red Hat.

Interop 2019: Top announcements

Having said that, below are the main announcements made at Interop 2019:

1. Winners of 2019 Best of Interop Awards

Interop announced the winners of its 2019 Best of Interop Awards to recognize the companies that made significant technological advancements with their innovative products.

2019 Best of Interop Awards Winners:

  • CloudEdge Expander Cloud Module, Expanse
  • DevOpsDatadog Synthetics, Datadog
  • Infrastructure—Batfish Enterprise, Intentionet
  • Security— Edge Expander Cloud Module, Expanse
  • Emerging Vendor— 128 Technology
  • Honorable Mention— IBM Multicloud Manager, IBM and ThousandEyes Multi-Cloud Network Intelligence, ThousandEyes

“A huge congratulations to this year’s award winners as well as all those who submitted,” said Meghan Reilly, General Manager, Interop. “These awards are a staple for Interop and continue to honor companies who push the envelope to better not only their organizations, but the industry as whole. Thank you all for your dedication and hard work in an everchanging and growing space.”

2. Kissflow Digital Workplace

The workflow management leader Kissflow launched an industry-first unified digital workplace platform called Kissflow Digital Workplace. The new solution combines the power of project management, process automation and team collaboration to streamline business workflows and enterprise productivity.

“Over the last six years, our world-class business process and workflow automation platform has enabled thousands of companies’ productivity processes across the globe,” said Kissflow’s CEO, Suresh Sambandam.

“We’ve now embarked on a greater mission of providing an intuitive product that unifies the entire spectrum of work. Our new no-code platform is built on the consumer scale capabilities coupled with enterprise-level security of Google Kubernetes Engine, which is flexible enough to enable a perfect orchestration between various microservices of Kissflow.”

3. Arcules adds ACaaS to its portfolio

Arcules added access control-as-a-service (ACaaS) to its portfolio that already includes Video-Surveillance-as-a-Service (VSaaS). The new solution will allow customers centrally manage access control effectively across geographically dispersed business locations in a single user interface, the company said.

4. Datadog’s SaaS-based monitoring and analytics platform

Datadog showcased a new monitoring and analytics platform for infrastructure, applications, logs, etc. Based on software-as-a-service (SaaS), the new solution is a unified platform to provide visibility into the performance of modern apps.

5. Expander Cloud module

Expanse showcased the new Edge Expander Cloud module that will enable enterprises to monitor their internet traffic flows for risky and out-of-policy communications.

6. Forward Enterprise platform

Forward Networks launched a new network verification platform called Forward Enterprise that enables network operators to query their network like a database.

7. IBM multi-cloud management solutions

IBM showcased its multi-cloud management solutions that can provide greater operational agility and power to identify, analyze and respond quickly to change in the hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

Suggested reading: 15 e-commerce trends to watch out for in 2019

The event witnessed many more innovative announcements for enterprises, which can be found here.

It will return next year as Interop 2020 in Las Vegas on May 4-7.

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Enterprise SaaS market generates $20 billion quarterly, with Microsoft and Salesforce as dominants : Synergy Research

According to second quarter data by Synergy Research, the enterprise SaaS (software-as-a-service) market helps software vendors to generate $20 billion quarterly revenue. This number is further growing by 32% each year.

Synergy stated that SaaS market has gained maturity in many ways, but there are still a number of factors that limit the growth of SaaS market in years to come. Currently, the SaaS market accounts for less than 15% of total enterprise software spending.

The SaaS market is not growing as faster as IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) and PaaS (platform-as-a-service) markets, but it is substantially bigger and will remain so with rapid growth across all segments and geographic regions.

Microsoft is currently dominating the global SaaS market, holding a market share of 17%. It overtook Salesforce in the SaaS market because of its leadership in high-growth collaboration segment.

Salesforce continues to lead the CRM segment, but its growth is relatively low in SaaS segments. Adobe, Oracle, and SAP are following Microsoft and Salesforce in SaaS market. Among Adobe, Oracle and SAP, Oracle achieved the highest growth rate.

The top five vendors in enterprise SaaS market account for more than 50% of the market. The next ten vendors account for another 26% of the market, where ServiceNow, Google, ADP and Workday witnessed the highest growth rate.

“There is a fascinating battle for SaaS playing out, with traditional enterprise software vendors slugging it out with born-in-the-cloud vendors like Workday, Zendesk, ServiceNow and Dropbox,” said John Dinsdale, a Chief Analyst at Synergy Research Group.

“The latter group are helping to rapidly transform the market, but the more traditional players like Microsoft, SAP, Oracle and IBM still have a huge base of on-premise software customers that they can convert to a SaaS-based consumption model. Meanwhile Cisco and Google too are making ever-bigger inroads into the SaaS market, via Cisco’s collaboration apps and software vendor acquisitions and Google’s G Suite.”

Also read: 6 million new domain names registered in second quarter 2018, as total count reaches 339.8 million globally: Verisign

Synergy noted that SaaS market remained quite fragmented, with different vendors leading each of the main market segments.

Image source: Synergy Research

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Red Hat unveils Fuse 7 integrated with OpenShift and Fuse Online

Red Hat has introduced the latest version of its cloud-native integration solution: Red Hat Fuse 7, which was formerly called Red Hat JBoss Fuse.

Fuse 7 is a cloud-native distribution solution for developers to develop, deploy and scale integration capabilities. It has now been integrated with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform for better collaboration among diverse users.

Developers will get a unified solution to create, extend, and deploy containerized integration services across hybrid cloud environments. Fuse 7 integrated with OCP will enable greater productivity and manageability in private, public and hybrid clouds.

The new version of Fuse service comes with a new low-code integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) solution called Fuse Online. It will help integration experts, application developers and citizen integrators to build integration services independently.

Enterprises will get a single unified platform rather than having several pieces of technology for different user characteristics. It will enable maximum collaboration between developers and citizen integrators.

Fuse 7 provides an intuitive interface and customizable capabilities, allowing citizen integrators to deliver integration solution without waiting for developers to implement it.

“With Fuse 7, which includes Fuse Online, we are continuing to enhance and evolve the platform to meet the changing needs of today’s businesses, building off of our strength in hybrid cloud and better serving both the technical and non-technical professionals involved in integration today,” said Mike Piech, vice president and general manager, Middleware, Red Hat.

The browser-based graphical interface that contains over 200 pre-defined connectors and components, will help enterprises and developers to rapidly integrate applications and services.

Red Hat said that the pre-defined components are based on Apache Camel and consist over 50 new connectors for big data, cloud services, and SaaS endpoints. These will help organizations to adapt and scale for legacy systems, APIs, IoT devices and cloud-native applications.

Also read: Red Hat and Juniper expand partnership to simplify management of hybrid and multi-cloud environments

Customers can deploy Red Hat Fuse 7 alongside Red Hat 3scale API Management to easily integrate systems across hybrid cloud environments.

Red Hat Fuse 7 is now available for customers through Red Hat Customer Portal.

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Cloud Hosting Comes Out as a Winner! Here’s Why…

When cloud technology first arrived, nobody was sure how significant the outcome would be on the businesses. Eventually it started creating a buzz in the market. Cloud technology has transformed in a way how a business operates, in addition to time and cost saving. This has resulted in it becoming one of the most commonly used technologies over the last decade. Right from SMEs to mid-size to a fully established business -everyone is shifting to the cloud. That’s because this technology increases scalability and serves higher performance.

Cloud technology has expanded its roots in the hosting environment as well. In simple terms, to understand cloud hosting, one can refer to the policy of ‘Divide and Rule’. Your website needs some resources to run. These resources are divided across multiple machines throughout the network that can be made available as per the need.

Unplanned Traffic Spikes

A sudden increase in website traffic may be a good sign for your business. It ultimately will help in generating more leads, which means more sales. But have you ever thought that a sudden traffic rise could do more damage than profit? Think of a glass of water being filled more than its capacity. Can it hold more water than its capacity? No, Right? The water will start overflowing in that case.

Similarly, when there is a sudden surge in your website traffic, it can harm the website’s functionalities and go beyond the limit of maximum server resources allocated for the website. This increases the load on the server and the site may fail to respond to a visitor’s request. Even though your site is optimized for excellent speed, the server may outburst, if it gets overloaded. The site will slow down and become non-responsive for visitor’s use, resulting in customer disappointments and affecting business revenue.

If you wish to take advantage of this high incoming traffic to your site and generate profit out of it then its time you migrate your website to the cloud. Cloud hosting immensely diminishes any chances of downtime in situation of server break down. It instantly allocates resources on-demand basis.

Downtimes are Intolerable

If the server goes down for any reason, your website becomes inaccessible for that particular span of time. Downtime affects your website’s SEO, sales & reputation and nobody wants that! All the businesses work hard to reach the aim to achieve zero percent of website downtime. But you cannot control the inevitable. There are several reasons that make the server unavailable such as server overloading, unavailability of resources, etc.

The solution to this problem lies in cloud hosting, as the resources are divided across various servers on the cloud network. In case one server fails, there is already another server to take hold of the website.

Cost Management

Your website requirements may expand anytime. You will opt for a server plan with more resources. What if most of the time you don’t need the actual resources that you are paying for? You are over paying in such cases as you need to pay fixed amount irrespective of your actual usage. This happens mostly with traditional hosting. For example, you book a hotel room, you pay per reservation. Right from the time of check-in to the moment you check-out, you get charged for the total duration the room was utilized regardless of how many facilities or how long you have actually used the room.

In cloud hosting environment, you don’t need to pay fixed cost. The cloud hosting works on pay per use model. You pay only for the resources that you utilize. You can compare this model to your electricity usage. The similarity between both the technologies is that they provide you resources on-demand basis and you need to pay only for the amount of resources you have used.

Future of Cloud Technology

  • The fastest-growing technology in the market on today’s date is cloud technology. According to Gartner, Inc. public cloud service market is expected to grow from $153.5 billion to $186.4 billion in 2018.
  • The SaaS market is expected to reach $73.6 billion in 2018.
  • 83% of enterprise workloads will operate on public cloud platforms by 2020.

Other Trends

Multi cloud strategy

  • According to Rightscale survey, multi cloud is preferred strategy among enterprises.
  • 81% of enterprises use multi cloud strategy.

Industry-specific cloud computing

  • For fulfilling the unique requirements, industry-specific cloud will become standard.
  • User base will become more diverse.

Hybrid Cloud

  • Enterprises will prefer hybrid cloud over public cloud server, as predicted by Nasscom Community.
  • This can result in launching of API platforms by cloud providers.

Summary

Cloud technology is growing even faster than expected. It has come a long way over the last few years. We are seeing more and more businesses are being shifted to the cloud as it is helping to meet business challenges. Several enterprises prefer using cloud hosting as they are aware about the advantages of cloud hosting.

About Guest Author – Disha Kajale

Currently working as, digital marketing executive & social media associate at MilesWeb. Her responsibilities include creating high quality content for blogs, articles, social media and webpage content at MilesWeb. In her free time, you will see her doing research on various social media platforms for audience engagement and marketing strategies.

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Public cloud services revenue in India will reach $2.5 billion in 2018: Gartner

The revenue of public cloud services in India is expected to reach $2.5 billion this year, up 37.5% from a year before, according to Gartner. In 2017, the public cloud revenue in India was $1.8 billion.

“While the public cloud revenue market in India exhibits solid growth in 2018, the growth rate is expected to flatten, which is indicative of a maturing market,” said Sid Nag, research director at Gartner.

Public cloud is divided into five segments: Business Process as a Service (BPaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud Management and Security Services, and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

The revenue growth of public cloud services will majorly be driven by the IaaS segment, which is expected to reach $1 billion in 2018, up 46% from 2017. The growth in IaaS segment is being driven by enterprises refraining from using data center build-outs and consolidation among data center vendors.

“While IaaS enables efficiencies and cost benefits, organizations need to be cautious about IaaS providers potentially gaining unchecked influence over customers and the market,” said Mr. Nag. “In response to multicloud adoption trends, organizations in India are also increasingly demanding a simpler way to move workloads, applications and data, across cloud providers’ IaaS offerings without penalties.”

SaaS, the largest segment of Indian public cloud market in 2017, is predicted to reach $932 million this year, up 34% from last year. Gartner said that organizations would continue to move toward applications and workloads to cloud locally, as opposed to running them on-premises. The demand for purpose-built services to deliver specific business outcomes is rapidly increasing.

Whereas, the PaaS segment will reach $191 million in 2018, up from $143 million in 2017. Within this segment, particularly the database PaaS (dbPaaS) is forecasted to total $32 million this year, an increase of 50% from a year before.

Gartner said that the growth in dbPaaS segment presents an opportunity for hyperscale cloud providers to include it in their services to increase customers.

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Also read: Spending on data center infrastructure in India will reach $2.7 billion in 2018: Gartner

Gartner will share additional analysis on data center and IT operations trends at Gartner global IT Infrastructure & Operations events.

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Spending on data center infrastructure in India will reach $2.7 billion in 2018: Gartner

The spending on data center infrastructure hardware in India is expected to reach $2.7 billion this year, up 2.6% from a year before, as per the leading analyst firm Gartner.

The data center infrastructure hardware is divided into three segments: Servers, External controller based storage, and Enterprise network equipment.

The growth in spending on data center infrastructure hardware will be driven by the rise in spending on the enterprise networking equipment.

As companies modernize their wide area network (WAN) and local area network (LAN) infrastructure to support the digital transformation initiatives, the spending on enterprise networking equipment will grow by 10%, from $1.31 million in 2017 to $1.44 million in 2018.

“Digital business initiatives are forcing infrastructure and operations leaders in India to adopt a hybrid IT infrastructure model that can deliver reliable, innovative and cost-effective solutions to the business in a timely manner,” said Santhosh Rao, research director at Gartner. “This positions cloud computing as a critical component of the hybrid model.”

On the other hand, the spending on servers segment and external controller-based storage segment is expected to decline by 1% and 12.5%, respectively. Gartner said that the decline is marginally a result of enterprises migrating to public cloud.

“Technologies such as software-defined data centers are helping businesses optimize their existing resources, and as a result reducing overall spend on compute and storage resources,” added Mr. Rao.

data center infrastructure in India
Image source: Gartner

Gartner further reported that spending on infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) will significantly increase in 2018.

A majority of Indian organizations leverage cloud services and hyperscale data centers, to develop and host the business applications. Hence, the spending on IaaS services in 2018 will reach $1 billion, a 45.5% increase year over year.

With more organizations moving their on-premise office suites to SaaS-based services like Microsoft Office 365 and Google G-Suite, the spending on SaaS in the country will reach $275 million in 2018, a rise on 37% year over year.

Also read: Top companies that featured in Leaders Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management 2018: Gartner

Gartner will share additional analysis on data center and IT operations trends at Gartner global IT Infrastructure & Operations events.

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Worldwide public cloud market to hit $186.4 billion, with hyperscale cloud providers dominating it: Gartner

According to a new analysis by Gartner, public cloud services market is projected to grow from $153.5 billion in 2017 to $186.4 billion in 2018, which is a rise of 21.4 percent.

Amongst the cloud segments, IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-service) was identified as the fastest growing segment, predicted to grow 35.9 percent in 2018, reaching $40.8 billion, led by leading IaaS providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

Source: Gartner

SaaS (Software-as-a-service) was again identified as one of the largest segments of the cloud market with a revenue growth expected of 22.2 percent, to hit $73.6 billion in 2018. Gartner also predicted that by 2021, SaaS will reach 45 percent of the total application software spending.

SaaS based application models are becoming a preferred choice for most of the enterprises. Sid Nag, who is a research director at Gartner, thinks that the SaaS demands are changing with users seeking more purpose-built solutions that can meet their specific business outcomes.

Under PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) segment, dbPaaS (database platform as a service) is seeing the highest demand, expected to hit $10 billion by the year 2021. As a result, the hyperscale cloud providers are expanding their range of services to include dbPaaS.

Talking about the high demand of dbPaaS, Mr. Nag said that the customers should explore other dbPaaS service offers apart from the one offered by the large service providers, to avoid any lock-in.

Despite the high forecast rates, Gartner expects the growth rate to stabilize from 2018 onwards, due to the maturity that cloud services might gain within the IT segment.

One of the primary challenges here is to avoid vendor lock-in. With most of the big cloud providers like AWS, Microsoft etc. offering major cloud services, companies that once use any vendor’s cloud platform can find it very expensive and complicated to move away again.

Gartner said that this scenario might give rise to new demands by customers who want easy migration of their apps and data, without any penalties.

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95% of total datacenter traffic to come from cloud by 2021: Cisco report 

Global cloud traffic will nearly triple over the next five years, accounting for 95% of total datacenter traffic by 2021, as per Cisco GCI report.

Cisco Global Cloud Index (2016-2021), company’s seventh annual report, focuses on data center virtualization and cloud computing. The report reveals that both consumer and business applications are driving the cloud adoption.

The datacenter traffic is rapidly growing, and it global cloud IP traffic will touch 19.5 ZB (zettabytes) per year by 2021, up from just 6 ZB a year in 2016. On the other hand, Big data will reach 403 EB (exabytes) by 2021, growing 8-times from 25 EB in 2016. It alone will represent 30% of the overall datacenter traffic.

With rapid rise in demands for datacenter and cloud resources, the large-scale public cloud datacenters called hyperscale datacenters have been developed. Hyperscale datacenter count in 2016 was 338, which will grow to 628 by 2021, representing 53% of all installed datacenter servers.  

“Data center application growth is clearly exploding in this new multicloud world. This projected growth will require new innovations especially in the areas of public, private and hybrid clouds,” said Kip Compton, Vice President of Cisco’s Cloud Platform and Solutions Group.

According to the study, 94% of workloads and compute instances will be on cloud data center, while only 6% by traditional datacenters by 2021.

Of the total cloud workloads and compute instances, SaaS will comprise 75%, followed by IaaS (16%) and PaaS (9%) in 2021.  

The improvements in data control and datacenter governance have reduced the security issues, which are major barriers to cloud adoption. Additionally, the advanced technologies like internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) will also increase datacenter demands.

The IoT applications like smart cars, smart cities, connected health and digital utilities need storage solutions and scalable computing. The IoT connections are expected to reach 13.7 billion by 2021, up from 5.8 billion in 2016. The data created by IoT devices will grow from 218 ZB per year in 2016, to 847 ZB per year in 2021.

Also read: Cisco unveils its own container platform for multicloud environments

Cisco GCI 2016–2021 report concludes that along with the growth in datacenter traffic, the datacenters are also streamlining with architectural innovations like NFV and SDN. The cloud traffic will more than triple over the forecast period, where the major traffic will be enabled by rapid extension of datacenter virtualization.

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Microsoft to use Cisco Solution Support for better network connectivity with Azure ExpressRoute

Microsoft has teamed up with Cisco to provide customers more secure network connectivity to Microsoft Azure cloud platform with Azure ExpressRoute.

Azure ExpressRoute helps the users to establish a private and direct connection to Microsoft cloud services, like Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365. It also enables them to extend their on-premises networks into Microsoft cloud, which helps in managing and running the business-critical applications and services.

The enterprises that move to cloud from a traditional IT model face a number of cloud challenges, like increased complexity, loss of speed and data integrity, limited connectivity and management hassles, among others.

To overcome these challenges, Cisco will now provide its Solution Support for Azure ExpressRoute, to build a new network practice which provides fast, reliable, and predictable private connectivity.

“To help address on-premises issues, which often require deep technical networking expertise, we continue to partner closely with Cisco to provide a better customer networking experience. Working together, we can solve the most challenging networking issues encountered by enterprise customers using Azure ExpressRoute,” wrote Yousef Khalidi CVP, Azure Networking, in a blog post.

The Cisco Solution Support offers additional support and guidance options for Azure ExpressRoute, helping the customers on premises end of the network. The customers will also have support from Cisco solution experts to quickly resolve their issues and connect to Microsoft Cloud Platform.

“With our customers in mind, Cisco is extending our Solution Support portfolio with a new network practice and offer for Azure ExpressRoute. This new offer for networking targeting the customers on premises network, allows us to leverage our world class networking expertise to assist customers using Cisco networking products and Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute to connect to the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform,” wrote Joe Pinto, Senior VP, Cisco’s Technical Services Group, in a separate blog post.

Furthermore, Microsoft has integrated Network Performance Monitor (NPM) into ExpressRoute, which will enable customers to monitor connectivity to PaaS services (Azure Storage), as well as SaaS services (Office 365). This will provide more deep visibility into ExpressRoute network traffic. It will be generally available in mid-February in six regions.

Also read: Microsoft adds new monitoring and troubleshooting services to Azure Site Recovery

Additionally, Microsoft has merged public and Microsoft peering for simplified management and configuration of ExpressRoute. The ExpressRoute configuration needed customers to have ExpressRoute circuits in two different cities. Microsoft is planning to provide the second ExpressRoute site in the cities which already have an ExpressRoute site. As of now, the second peering location is available in Singapore only.

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Megaport unveils virtual cloud router for cloud to cloud connectivity 

The leading Network as a Service (NaaS) provider, Megaport, launched a new virtual router service called Megaport Cloud Router (MCR) which delivers private, Layer 3 connectivity, without having any data center presence.

The MCR has been completely integrated with Megaport Software Defined Network (SDN), and provides ease of usage for Layer 3 connectivity to Megaport Ecosystem locations and service providers through the Megaportal.

“As a Network as a Service company, it’s imperative that Megaport continues to innovate solutions that abstract complexities in the network buying experience,” said Vincent English, Chief Executive Officer, Megaport.We’ve moved further up the stack by expanding our SDN’s capabilities to address Layer 3 IP routing and support a broader set of customers with varying technical capabilities and business needs. With Megaport Cloud Router, there’s no need for a deep understanding of Layer 3 intricacies to take advantage of IP routing features.

MCR enables organizations to leverage private peering between public cloud, IaaS and SaaS providers, as well as direct connectivity to any provider on Megaport SDN, with no requirement of maintaining any equipment, IP address or Autonomous System Numbers to procure.

The Megaport customers can move data and workloads between CSP environments using cloud to cloud connectivity. MCR will support hybrid cloud and multicloud architectures, and reduce costs for cloud solutions.

Cloud to cloud connectivity is one of several new use cases unlocked by MCR which provides powerful options for enterprises architecting next-generation multicloud and hybrid cloud solutions. Our customers can move beyond the constraints of their physical network and rapidly establish virtual Points of Presence to unlock unique peering and interconnection opportunities around the world. We’re excited to continue innovating new services to address new market segments and empower the next phase of cloud and network growth,” Vincent added.

The virtual routers can be created within several routing zones globally with support for local routing decisions. MCR eliminates the administrative and ownership complexities, and enables network service providers to setup virtual Points of Presence (PoPs).

Also read: Equinix dominating, closely followed by Digital Realty in colocation sector: Synergy Research Group

Additionally, MCR utilizes Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and delivers Layer 3 routing and support. The new virtual router service is currently available through 14 Megaport data centers in US, Western Europe, and Eastern Australia.

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