Bizzabo raises $138 million as events industry goes hybrid

Bizzabo, a platform that helps businesses run hybrid events spanning the online and offline spheres, has raised $138 million in a series E round of funding led by New York-based VC firm Insight Partners.

The raise comes as the COVID-19 crisis leaves what is likely to be an indelible mark on the trillion-dollar events and conference industry, with many businesses preparing to retain digital elements of their events they were forced to embrace in 2020. Web Summit, one of Europe’s largest technology conferences, recently confirmed that it has already booked the venue for its brick-and-mortar return next year, with the goal of hosting 70,000 in-person attendees — plus up to 80,000 online using a platform it developed itself. News outlet Reuters also confirmed that it would be adopting a hybrid events model next year, combining local networking meetups with online incarnations after it saw some success with this approach during

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AWS CEO Andy Jassy explains huge bets in hybrid cloud

  • Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy used his keynote at the AWS re:Invent conference on Tuesday to announce the introduction of several new products and services for the hybrid cloud market.
  • Hybrid cloud is a model that connects public cloud platforms like AWS with a customer’s own servers and data centers. 
  • Notably, Amazon Web Services spent years ignoring — and sometimes trashing — hybrid cloud computing, even as rivals like Microsoft, IBM, and Google have invested heavily in the technology. Jassy now slams those efforts as having “never lived up to the hype.”
  • At re:Invent this year, AWS announced smaller sizes of its Outposts devices, which allows customers to host the company’s cloud services from their own data centers.
  • It also announced that it would allow customers to host from their own servers Amazon Elastic Container Service and Elastic Kubernetes Service, developer tools that help manage cloud infrastructure.
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Amazon’s Andy Jassy talks up AWS Outposts, Wavelength as the right edge for hybrid cloud

At the end of a three-hour keynote address for Amazon’s annual re:Invent conference, which is taking place virtually this year, Amazon Web Services chief executive Andy Jassy wrapped up with an extended discussion about edge computing and its role in hybrid computing.

“Hybrid is not just about whether its on-premise or in the cloud,” said Jassy. Instead, IT needs “the same APIs, the same control plane, the same tools, the same hardware they get in AWS regions,” said Jassy. He was referring to Amazon’s AWS Outposts, a rack of equipment deployed at a customer facility that is a fully-managed service from Amazon. 

Jassy said Amazon has made the Outposts offering easier to purchase now with new form factors, 1U and 2U rack units, versus an entire rack-size deployment.

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“Hybrid is not just about whether its on-premise or in the cloud,” said AWS lead executive Andy Jassy in his keynote Tuesday,

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Partners With Wipro To Deliver Hybrid Cloud With HPE GreenLake

Wipro to make VDI solution available as a service with HPE GreenLake, to deliver a true cloud experience to customers and speed up workplace modernization efforts

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Bengaluru-based Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) on Wednesday announced plans to partner with Wipro Limited to jointly deliver their portfolio of hybrid cloud and infrastructure solutions as a service. Wipro will leverage HPE GreenLake across its managed services portfolio to offer a pay-per-use model that is subscription-based, agile, elastic, and offers a consistent cloud experience. Customers will be able to fast track their digital transformation efforts by eliminating the need for upfront capital investment and over-provisioning costs, while enjoying the benefits of on-premises control, security and compliance.

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