Oct 27, 2020

NOS to bring AWS to Portugal, Spain

colocation
Data Centres
AWS
Cloud
Joanna England
3 min
A top Portuguese telecom company has implemented state-of-the-art cloud services in Iberia
A top Portuguese telecom company has implemented state-of-the-art cloud services in Iberia...

Spain's biggest communications and entertainment group, NOS, has announced the provision of cloud services in Iberia by joining forces with Amazon Web Services.

Called AWS Outpost, the new collaboration provides on-site equipment that connects via local networks to the AWS service and then offers high data processing capacity hosted in Portugal.

The AWS Outposts configuration will enable companies to speed up their IT upgrades and provide them with tailored cloud services. Businesses will benefit from better data storage security, flexibility of service, a reduction in cost and easy scalability.

The service is directly beneficial to companies in Portugal that have a very high volume of data that requires accelerated processing with minimal latency. The on-premises system enables local data management and or storage, which can be supported by AWS. The Outpost services include applications that can communicate with other on-site systems and generate almost real-time responses if required.

AWS Outpost is particularly useful to entities based in highly regulated industries. The service gives them the required ownership, control, and secure handling of the stored data, as part of a fully managed, consistent, hybrid system that extends API and tools to on-premises or co-location space.  

NOS is already a leading global telecom organisation, with a 5G-ready network, Pay TV, next generation broadband services and a wide portfolio of business services including ICT, IoT and cloud services. The telecom will begin delivery of the new hybrid service in Iberia using a data centre based in Portugal. 

Companies and organisations in the following sectors are predicted to be the first beneficiaries of NOS’s collaboration with AWS Outpost. They are healthcare, banks and insurance, industrial automation, and content production.

Board Director of NOS, Manuel Ramalho Eanes, explained, “This relationship reflects NOS’s commitment to offer the most innovative and advanced services to the Portuguese business community. No one has any doubt that cloud computing is one of the main drivers of the digital transformation of companies. This is the start of a range of initiatives with AWS that will allow NOS to develop and consolidate its positioning as a benchmark supplier of Cloud and Edge Computing solutions to the B2B market”.

Miguel Álava, Managing Director, Iberia, Amazon Web Services EMEA SARL, added, "We are excited to be working with organisations, from small businesses to large companies, and AWS Partners in Portugal to help them grow and drive economic productivity for the nation.”

He added: “NOS is a great AWS partner to help our local customers develop offerings that enhance customer experiences, improve business performance and accelerate their digital transformation, while leaving the responsibility of managing the infrastructure to us.”

NOS was required to meet several criteria on security, capacity, and innovation before the partnership with AWS Outpost was formed. NOS staff also received training in AWS Outpost prior to the system being integrated into NOS’s cloud solutions portfolio.

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Apr 12, 2021

Target joins Open Compute Project to become platinum member

Networking
EdgeComputing
Technology
Partnership
Sam Steers
2 min
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U.S retailer Target will join the Open Compute Project as a platinum member, the first major U.S retailer to do so after seeing record growth last year...

U.S retail corporation Target will join the Open Compute Project (OCP) as a Platinum member following record growth for the company in 2020.

The announcement was made during an ICCON conference hosted by the U.S retailer last week, and the partnership aims to expand the development of edge computing use cases within the company. 

The retailer is the first major U.S retailer to become a platinum member, paving the way for others to join the partnership in the future. 

"We are very excited to join the OCP and partner with the community on new use cases for networking and edge computing," said Mike McNamara, Chief Information Officer of Target.

He added: "This type of open and increased collaboration will help us all create better technology that’s purpose-built for enterprise needs."

Target also has a distributed footprint, which McNamara says can influence new OCP use cases for networking and edge computing.

This news follows a rise in growth for the organisation in 2020, with customers shopping with the retailer and using their "same-day services."

The Open Compute Project claims that it allows Target to partner with industry leaders in cloud technology, as the majority of the retailer's success "is supported by underlying technology," says Target.

Bill Carter, CTO for the Open Compute Project Foundation, believes that joining the business is not a first for Target.

He said: “Working together and open sourcing is not new for Target. Many of the retailer’s engineers have already been involved in various OCP Projects and we’ve seen tremendous value from their participation.

"Today’s announcement further demonstrates Target’s long-term commitment to advance and contribute to the open source community for the benefit of all,” concluded Carter.

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