Digital Realty Unveils Service Exchange
Digital Realty reported the release of its Service Exchange, an interconnection platform that facilitates direct, private and secure connections to multiple cloud service providers - including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure - as well as telecommunications providers and other Digital Realty customers worldwide.
According to a media release, Service Exchange simplifies interconnection and makes access between interconnected services, providers and businesses more flexible, more scalable and easier to use than ever before.
"Enterprises undertaking the digital transformation must be able to navigate growing concerns regarding network security issues, changing regulatory requirements, unpredictable performance and escalating operating costs," said Rick Villars, Vice President for Datacenter and Cloud at International Data Corp. "Digital Realty's Service Exchange will enable enterprises to tackle these concerns and efficiently manage high-performance interconnections between internal applications and cloud resources in a secure and cost-effective environment."
Service Exchange will be made available through a global partnership between Digital Realty and Megaport Limited's U.S. subsidiary, which provides the elastic, SDN-based Ethernet fabric that enables interconnection between cloud providers and Digital Realty customers.
"We're delighted to partner with Megaport to bring customers enhanced, easy-to-use interconnection services and SDN-enabled flexibility to their IT operations," said Chris Sharp, Digital Realty's Chief Technology Officer. "The Service Exchange creates a simple, flexible and scalable solution for our customers, including those looking to make, jump-start or accelerate their digital transformations."
"We look forward to working with Digital Realty on this pioneering initiative," said Denver Maddux, Megaport's Chief Executive Officer. "Service Exchange is fully integrated with Megaport's ubiquitous elastic fabric, which enables Digital Realty customers around the world to easily access the newest interconnection services and cloud network solutions. Megaport and Digital Realty have partnered to bring services, capabilities, SDN-enabled flexibility, and a great customer experience to IT operations in every business segment. Digital Realty has a longstanding tradition of enabling rapid scalability through its global infrastructure platform, and these benefits are now being complemented by Megaport's similarly scalable interconnection platform. The combination of these capabilities creates an innovative offering for the industry."
Digital Realty said that Service Exchange offers customers access to multiple cloud service providers and other service providers through a single port that supports multiple virtual private connections ("Virtual Cross Connects") to service providers and data centers. Customers can actively manage their Virtual Cross Connects through MarketplacePORTAL, Digital Realty's online customer platform, and scale the bandwidth of their connections up or down as needed.
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Tea Forté Introduces ‘Matcha’ Collection
Convenience meets tradition in Tea Forté’s new Ceremonial Matcha Bowl Set and the Matcha Single Steeps.
The company said its spring harvested, shade grown, stone ground, organic matcha tea is best served in a centuries-old Japanese tea ceremony called chanoyu: a preparation technique known for its centering meditative qualities.
"The launch of Tea Forté's Matcha collection represents our continued commitment to wellness and cultivating all the potential mental and physical health benefits of tea," says Tea Forté CEO Michael Gebrael. "In addition to our high quality Pure Matcha, we've also blended four distinct flavored Matcha varieties. Prepackaged in pouches measured out for a single serving, our Single Steeps Matcha is ideal for the office, travel, or to keep with you for a boost anytime."
Tea Forté noted its handcrafted ceremonial tea bowl, handmade bamboo whisk and measuring ladle “encourages serene enjoyment of our premium Kosher, gluten-free and vegan matcha blends.” These include: Pure Matcha, Chocolate Matcha, Coconut Matcha, Ginger Matcha, and Chai Matcha.
According to a release, in addition to its distinctive taste, matcha is prized for its health benefits. Steeped green tea contains only the antioxidants that can be extracted in water, while with matcha, the whole leaf is consumed.
Available now in select stores and online at teaforte.com.
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