Cloudreach collaborates with AWS to accelerate global cloud adoption

Cloudreach, an independent cloud services provider, and Amazon Web Services (AWS), have unveiled a new Strategic Collaboration Agreement.

The wide-ranging agreement will mean an acceleration of the companies’ joint go-to-market proposition, along with investments in Cloudreach software innovation, geographical expansion and the launch of a Talent Academy.

This agreement builds on the well-established 12-year relationship between Cloudreach and AWS. Cloudreach will expand within North America and Europe including into new territories Canada, Poland, Spain and the Nordics. In addition, Cloudreach will make significant investments in software, further developing its SMART Migration™ and SMART Modernization™ services. These services are designed to accelerate enterprise cloud adoption through intelligent automation and will help more customers to realize the benefits of AWS services with far greater efficiency.

Cloudreach CEO, Brooks Borcherding, said: “After 12 years of collaboration with AWS, we’re excited to be entering this new phase of growth. Together, we’re focused on delivering the promise of the cloud through new software-driven capabilities coupled with industry-best practices and expertise. For our customers this will mean adopting AWS cloud more efficiently and with greater confidence, achieving a faster time to value.”

Launch of Cloudreach Talent Academy

A key initiative within the agreement is the launch of a Talent Academy. The Academy is designed to train hundreds of diverse and promising candidates to become the next generation of cloud professionals. For entry into the program, Cloudreach will look for candidates with a passion for building their career in cloud, even if they do not have a technical background, and fast-track their technical development.

The program will bring more talent into the AWS community, offering candidates a path to acquire and upskill their AWS capabilities. The Talent Academy is unique in its emphasis on recruiting from a diverse pool of candidates who traditionally have not selected technical career paths. Cloudreach expects hundreds of candidates to become AWS-certified and get the hands-on experience to become cloud consultants, engineers, architects, and developers.

“Cloudreach is committed to addressing underrepresentation and the lack of diversity within the technology workforce and cloud industry. This purpose-driven investment is one of the most exciting aspects of this collaboration with AWS. We’re dedicated to be helping future professionals develop their careers where they will solve complex business challenges for our joint customers,” added Borcherding.

Doug Yeum, Head of Worldwide Channels and Alliances at AWS, said: “We are delighted to build upon the 12-year relationship with AWS Premier Partner, Cloudreach. This collaboration means AWS can bring the highest level of cloud native expertise to an even wider audience with Cloudreach, significantly accelerating the pace of global cloud adoption. We are also particularly appreciative of Cloudreach’s focus on expanding the diverse talent pool of AWS-skilled professionals, which aligns with our leadership principles as a company.”

This engagement will provide AWS and Cloudreach customers with compelling new SMART Migration™ and SMART Modernization™ service offerings to dramatically accelerate cloud adoption and reduce time-to-value by 40%. These new offerings leverage both Cloudamize, a leading planning, assessment, and migration automation software, and Sunstone, a cloud modernization machine learning engine to make continuous modernization recommendations for legacy and cloud deployed services.

Marie Measures, Chief Technology Officer at Sanne Group, the alternative asset fund administrator, said: “The possibilities are endless when you engage with an AWS Partner that’s flexible, easy to work with, and shares your organization’s values. We want to move quickly along our cloud journey and, thanks to Cloudreach and AWS, we have a well-structured transformational roadmap.”

www.cloudreach.com

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[Nigeria] eHealth Africa leverages Amazon Web Services cloud solutions to bolster operations

eHealth Africa, a non-profit organization that designs and implements digital health solutions in West Africa is leveraging on Amazon Web Services, AWS, cloud’s expertise which is designed to support every stage of their business in order to increase their chances of continuing their mission.

AWS has been working with health care providers in Africa to innovate, build new products and services and launch new applications.  

“As a small team and self-funded startup, we needed to move fast and couldn’t afford to waste development resources on infrastructure maintenance. AWS has so far offered managed solutions of almost everything we need. We are continuously surprised how well AWS services can work together, compared to having more infrastructure, as a service provider. Services which would normally require manual installation, maintenance and configuration are now easily set up on the console, “said Kobus Smit, CEO and founder of eHealth Africa.

Enterprises of larger scales typically have the budget for sophisticated technologies to streamline their business processes and expand their technological advantage. Cloud computing however enables the smallest of businesses to effortlessly access the reliable power of this innovative technology and rapidly grow.

Leveraging the right solutions and services enables companies such as eHealth to experiment with technologies that may otherwise be out of reach and expand their operations into the communities they target.

For eHealth Africa AWSprovides unrivalled levels of security, data protection, and compliance which is paramount to us as an organization that processes and stores large volumes of client data – bringing stakeholders peace of mind that their data is secure across all our digital platforms.

 In addition to leveraging AWS services such as Amazom ECS Fargate for its backend coupled with Amazon Lambda, the arrival of the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region allows the company to deliver an enhanced service to its clients with reduced latency, ease of localised deployment, and simplifies their data protection requirements.

This has produced an ideal synergy of information technology and logistics and is the reason why a major objective of eHealth Africa has always been to host on and benefit from the use of AWS products.

To balance the need to protect health care data with the desire to innovate quickly, companies such as e-Health Africa look to embrace hybrid IT solutions that maintain control over existing network environments while using cloud technology to extend their services to underserved communities with tools to lead healthier lives.

AWS will therefore remain firmly on track to enhance eHealth’s capabilities and ensure they keep pace with the digital transformation that is a necessity for the growth of businesses across the continent.

www.ehealthafrica.org

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[Kenya] Safaricom to accelerate cloud adoption in with Amazon Web Services

Safaricom has announced a strategic agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS), which will see the Telco become a reseller of AWS services.

Safaricom has announced a strategic agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS), which will see the Telco become a reseller of AWS services.

The agreement is designed to accelerate Safaricom’s internal IT transformation, lower costs and provide it with a blueprint and skilled resources to assist customers with their journey to the cloud.

“We chose to partner with AWS because it offers customers the broadest and deepest cloud platform, overall commitment to security excellence, and a strong culture of customer obsession. This agreement will allow us to accelerate our efforts to enable digital transformation in Kenya,” said Michael Joseph, Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom.

In addition, Safaricom will be able to offer AWS services to East-African customers, allowing businesses of all sizes to quickly get started on AWS cloud and accelerate innovation.

Safaricom also announced the attainment of Advanced Consulting Partner status in the AWS Partner Network (APN), becoming one of the first APN members in East Africa. The APN is the global partner program for technology and consulting businesses who leverage AWS to build solutions and services for customers.

The APN helps companies build, market, and sell their AWS offerings by providing valuable business, technical, and marketing support. This achievement recognizes the skills, knowledge and experience in AWS cloud services that the Safaricom PLC team has gained.

Safaricom’s announcement to work with AWS has been met with interest by customers, with enterprises, startups, and government agencies expressing a desire to use the partnership to build their cloud strategy.

www.safaricom.co.ke