Nordcloud positioned in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Professional and Managed Services, Worldwide

Nordcloud positioned in Gartner´s Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Professional and Managed Services, Worldwide

This Is The Third Year In A Row Nordcloud Has Been Included In This Report

2019 Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure, Professional and Managed Services, Worldwide report evaluated 19 different vendors.

Nordcloud achieves highest placement for its ability to execute in the Niche Players’ quadrant.

According to Gartner, “this Magic Quadrant is focused on MSPs that have deep technical expertise with hyperscale providers, effective cloud management platforms (CMPs), and managed services that leverage automation, where possible. The MSPs must also possess the ability to deliver cloud-optimized solutions, regardless of whether a customer is deploying new cloud-native applications or migrating legacy workloads from an existing traditional data center. This depth of expertise and technical integration, including exploiting the API-enabled automation of hyperscale providers, distinguishes these MSPs from data center outsourcing (DCO) providers. Traditional DCO providers usually offer solutions that largely treat hyperscale providers as if they were simply virtualization platforms.”

According to Gartner, “by 2024, more than 50% of cloud service deals will include both application development services and cloud infrastructure professional and managed services, up from 10% in 2019.”

“We believe Nordcloud has landed in the Magic Quadrant for a third year in a row because we combine cloud infrastructure and cloud application development in order to provide full-service cloud transformations to our customers. This is expected to be a key feature in the majority of deals within the next five years” says Jan Kritz, CEO, Nordcloud.

“Our hyperscale focused MSP strategy and European market focus ensures our customers get local access to the capabilities to drive success on their digital transformation while reducing IT costs.”

Nordcloud Recognized Also By Financial Times

The Magic Quadrant recognition is the latest acknowledgement Nordcloud has received. Previously, The Financial Times positioned Nordcloud in their 1000 fastest growing companies in Europe (FT1000) listing in March 2019.

Nordcloud is a rare company worldwide to have audited partner certifications with all three leading hyperscalers: Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. Nordcloud operates in 10 European countries and employs over 420 cloud experts.

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    Nordcloud positioned in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for the 3rd consecutive year

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    This is the third year in a row Nordcloud has been included in this report

     

    2019 Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure, Professional and Managed Services, Worldwide report evaluated 19 different vendors.

    Nordcloud achieves highest placement for its ability to execute in the Niche Players’ quadrant.

    According to Gartner, “this Magic Quadrant is focused on MSPs that have deep technical expertise with hyperscale providers, effective cloud management platforms (CMPs), and managed services that leverage automation, where possible. The MSPs must also possess the ability to deliver cloud-optimized solutions, regardless of whether a customer is deploying new cloud-native applications or migrating legacy workloads from an existing traditional data center. This depth of expertise and technical integration, including exploiting the API-enabled automation of hyperscale providers, distinguishes these MSPs from data center outsourcing (DCO) providers. Traditional DCO providers usually offer solutions that largely treat hyperscale providers as if they were simply virtualization platforms.”

    According to Gartner, “by 2024, more than 50% of cloud service deals will include both application development services and cloud infrastructure professional and managed services, up from 10% in 2019.”

    “We believe Nordcloud has landed in the Magic Quadrant for a third year in a row because we combine cloud infrastructure and cloud application development in order to provide full-service cloud transformations to our customers. This is expected to be a key feature in the majority of deals within the next five years” says Jan Kritz, CEO, Nordcloud.

    “Our hyperscale focused MSP strategy and European market focus ensures our customers get local access to the capabilities to drive success on their digital transformation while reducing IT costs.”

    Nordcloud recognized also by Financial Times

    The Magic Quadrant recognition is the latest acknowledgement Nordcloud has received. Previously, The Financial Times positioned Nordcloud in their 1000 fastest growing companies in Europe (FT1000) listing in March 2019.

    Nordcloud is a rare company worldwide to have audited partner certifications with all three leading hyperscalers: Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. Nordcloud operates in 10 European countries and employs over 420 cloud experts.

     

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    Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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      Cloud computing news #9: Bimodal IT strategy

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      This week we focus on bimodal as IT strategy.

      Gartner defines bimodal as the practice of managing two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, Mode 1 focused on stability and Mode 2 on agility. Mode 1 is sequential, emphasising predictability and accuracy when problems are well understood. Whereas Mode 2, is more agile, exploratory, aimed at solving new problems, drive business and deliver results.

      With digital transformation, IT delivery is not just about software and applications but also about business needs, customisations, scalability and efficiency. Bimodal IT helps in the adoption of new technology while keeping the space for traditional development open. According to Gartner survey 2016, 40% of CIO´s are on the bimodal journey, with the majority of the remainder planning to follow in the next three years.

       

      Insurance companies can embrace digitalization through Bimodal IT

      Insurance companies are in great need for agility and speedier time to market because of evolving customer demands, rise of FinTechs and regulatory requirements. According to Insurance Hub, the fundamental question is: How to reduce the complexity of a legacy IT landscape whilst promoting the development of new and innovative products and processes?

      In this context, Bimodal IT is the most promising approach. Some benefits of Bimodal approach are:

      1. Speed and flexibility – and ensuring efficient and safe operations of existing systems: new IT requirements can be quickly and flexibly implemented without replacing existing legacy systems. An integration layer synchronizes the ‘new’ and the ‘old’ world and makes functionalities from existing systems available for the new applications by means of defined interfaces.
      2. Cultural transformation: existing systems can be operated as usual but the development of the new innovative products need new agile approaches.
      3. Innovation at the interface to customers and partners: Through agile methods iterative character, products can be developed within short cycles, validated and adjusted based on customer feedback. As the insurance sector is often characterized by outdated system landscapes, Bimodal IT can be a crucial enabler in meeting the industries’ challenges.

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      Building For A Digital Future With Bimodal IT

      According to Digitalist Magazine, IT’s highest priority has been for decades to enhance control over the business systems of record – but this is not enough any more. Organizations must grow incrementally and exponentially – sometimes taking quantum leaps to get ahead of the market.

      For that reason, business leaders must shift from a traditional IT strategy to a bimodal IT approach that differentiates the business. Mode 1 systems helps guide and steer the business but mode 2 to catalyzes innovation by leveraging new sources of data, leading-edge technologies such as AI and machine learning, and massive compute power and storage functionality at scale.

      With a bimodal IT strategy, CIOs can capture data from IoT sensors, drones, devices, and new sources to come. Using powerful in-memory compute technology and a modern, data-based infrastructure, we can rapidly process that data and share it with mode 1 systems to create a more complete view of the business, its opportunities, and potential disruptors.

      There is no need to replace the technology that is working, however. Most companies will be able to retain their existing mode 1 systems. Teams can stand up new mode 2 systems and develop integrations between mode 1 and 2, allowing them to connect these systems to new sources of data.

      Read more in Digitalist Magazine

       

      BIMODAL IT AT NORDCLOUD

      We are ranked globally #2 by Gartner capability assessment in Mode 2 use cases such as supporting agile applications and cloud native transformation. We can help you move away from legacy applications and update your workflow with modern, cloud-based applications that are tailored to solve your most challenging problems. Benefit from scalability, and easier and more flexible management.

      How can we help you take your business to the next level? 

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        On the right track in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for the MSP Journey

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        Some good news this week to warm the heart in this (still chilly) springtime; Gartner, the international research and advisory firm, has placed Nordcloud in its Magic Quadrant for MSP for the second year running.

        It’s something that my very talented colleagues can take pride in. Many dedicated and hard-working Nordcloud people have brought us to this point, we’re blessed with a wealth of specialist expertise, and this is a good moment to express my thanks and admiration for all that they do.

        No judgement from Gartner is ever an endorsement but it is a sign that shows Nordcloud is on the right track. Such recognition isn’t the destination, but it is a way-marker on the road; one of those things we make a note of as we continue on our path.

        So what is the destination?

        There are plenty of companies that trumpet that they want to be the world’s greatest, and of course we all have our dreams. But you can’t chart a course by dreams. I prefer to look to the horizon, however far, and make for a destination that is real and realisable.

        Nordcloud is already the go-to company for native cloud services and application development right across the Nordic region. We’re the market leader. We want to extend that position throughout selected European countries. And we have a growing presence right across the continent. Last December, Deloitte ranked us the fastest growing company in our field in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

        That is broadly the where, but equally important is the how. Without wishing to be either complacent or smug we have most of the how in place.

        Local knowledge, full stack-provision and proactive partnerships

        Firstly, as we expand, it means establishing skilled local teams in every territory in which we operate supported when applicable by experienced colleagues abroad. Of course, we might expand faster if we took shortcuts and just ran everything from a central support centre, but that’s not the Nordcloud way.

        Local knowledge is vital. It’s not just ensuring that customers can talk to someone in their own language, it means having local knowledge of the business and regulatory environment. It means being able to go and work alongside our customers whenever that will produce a better result. So our expansion will necessarily be measured and deliberate so that every Nordcloud customer knows that we’re there for them.

        Secondly, it’s about full-stack provision. Not only do we help businesses move to the cloud, we help them make a success of it. We can offer a full range of options from making their existing apps cloudy to building native: new, better ones that take full advantage of the cloud.

        Lastly, it’s about partnership; proactive partnership. Whether that’s deploying our expertise to guide customers through the range of cloud options on offer, single or multi-, or looking for ways to improve on software, or keeping our eyes peeled for business opportunities for them, we want to be a formidable ally for everyone we work with, including our partners Microsoft, AWS and Google.

        Our goal must be to help all our customers and partners to be their best selves and to help them beat the competition, through new and better apps. And in helping them reach their destinations, we’ll reach ours.

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          #Thecloudrevoltion Continues – Nordcloud Ranked Among The Biggest & The Best MSPs

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          As an IT professional working with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and/or Google Cloud Platform, you’ve most likely seen the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant on “Hyperscale Public Cloud MSP’s”. The analyst firm reviewed the global leaders in the Public Cloud Management space and listed them according to size, customers, service quality and scope, and global reach.

          Nordcloud has been recognised in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers (MSP), a global worldwide quadrant that’s the first of its kind. The Magic Quadrant positioned Nordcloud in the top right as one of the leaders of the Niche player quadrant in the ability to execute and completeness of vision. For a company of our size, despite growing in double and even triple-digit figures year-on-year, it is a significant milestone and achievement. It also confirms to all parties (us, our partners, and customers), that the strategy we’ve firmly set – becoming Europe’s #1 Managed Services provider for hyper-scale clouds – is being efficiently executed.

          Our Gartner experience

          We went through the Gartner MQ process for the first time in the history of our company (it was also the first Magic Quadrant of its kind in being a genuinely global study for Hyperscale MSP’s) and therefore weren’t sure what to expect when the results finally came in.

          Our first assumptions and expectations were that this study would be geared towards the largest global outsourcing companies, (ones that operate in the mode-1 styled controlled, regulated, and often not-so agile or DevOps manner). Alternatively, it would be a review on how many of these incumbents have been able to add support for the Cloud-Native ways of working and supporting business-critical workloads. In other words, your mode 2 of the bi-modal IT outsourcing landscape – Nordcloud’s sweet spot. It turned out it wasn’t either, but a very objective take of the leading players managing virtually any type of workloads in the public hyperscale clouds.

          The Quadrant was comprised of some of the largest MSPs worldwide, whose service portfolios included stand-alone hyperscale public cloud managed services – making the heterogeneity of the Quadrants’ participants explicitly large. These were pure-play outsourcing companies, (public) cloud-only companies, integrators, and consulting companies. Overall, the emphasis was on companies with global business focus and headcount in the range of a thousand plus.

          The up- and downsides of being “only” Europe-based

          Part of the criteria for the Quadrant was whether the Hyperscale Cloud MSP’s had a global reach. In Nordcloud’s case, it is our long-term strategy to be the number one in Europe (and Europe only) in what we do.

          As a purely European based MSP, we are focusing on customers having offices in Europe. This is a strategy and service quality driven decision. We are operating our managed services solely out of the European Union countries also. That is an aspect of our Managed Cloud (our brand name for our Managed Services) service delivery that we are explicitly proud of, as it offers a handful of often undervalued benefits to our customers:

          • Reputation/Trust: Our customers can cross-check the reputation of our offering in their local market, by their local peers, working in the same industry. Word gets around, and when it’s a good one, our key customers our nowadays the key players in our sales efforts and strategy via direct referrals.
          • Delivery: by having highly qualified resources rather than globally disperse multi-regional follow-the-sun operations teams that suffer from ever-repeating frictions due to e.g. cultural differences and often result in service quality issues. It’s our experience that our customers don’t want to bet their service quality in the hands of offshored critical emergency support phone service, to save some OPEX.

          Of course, we are well aware that not having a local presence in the Americas or the APAC region makes us appear less strong than the other MSP players. However, our focus is Europe, and thanks to this strategic decision, we do not want to compromise on our local presence. This, we hope, will make us more “local”, personal, and engaged with our customers who mean a lot to us. Without them, there would be no Nordcloud and we recognise and value this fact.

          We seek customers with whom we can be strategic partners in their public cloud journey, rather than serialise the business. With Nordcloud, you will always be guaranteed to not only know us in person but in your own country too.

          Ranking depends on the selected Criteria

          Ranking of any sort depends 100% on the used criteria. What we noticed with this particular Gartner review was, we were ranked against some businesses that weren’t, nor will be, the core of what we have chosen to do. These businesses had laser focus on:

          • Supporting hybrid offering
          • Having global reach.

          We don’t run data centres, we don’t manage hybrid infrastructure, nor do we have offices on all continents of the globe. Our expertise lies in the Public Cloud, a strategic choice to maximise our excellence in a specialised yet expansive market. This grants assurance to our customers that we’ve no hidden agenda due to e.g. a legacy data center business.

          It resonates well, too. The pace of winning new customers across Europe has never been this fast for us. Customers of all sizes and industries have public cloud on their core ICT strategy agenda and are selecting us to be the strategic partner for their successful cloud journeys. Therefore we’re on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for *global* hyperscale MSP for a good reason – hybrid and data center providers included – imagine that!

          Some of the other metrics, where we might have lost positions towards the upper right corner, were managing regulated workloads and having a dedicated DBA expert offering 24/7. Seeing these criteria was an excellent assurance for us. Gartner’s view was that these are the things that a true leader in this domain must offer. What’s more, we’ve recently ramped up an R&D Center and are focusing exactly on such services and their launch by the end of the year.

          Customer First approach

          Ultimately, any business’ success is based on the simple fact of how good their value proposition is, for their customers and market segment. It’s also how well they understand and solve the problems and needs of their customers.

          Our strategic choice on our business focus remains; to be the undisputed #1 hyperscale public cloud MSP when it comes to customer satisfaction. We acknowledge this down to the core of our own corporate values (we call it the CODE), where the customer is at the center of everything. As the saying goes: “Do good and talk about it.” We promise to keep doing good (from a customer perspective) and to continuously improve, now also having systematic processes for doing so and being able to measure it.

          Consulting and MSP: a people business

          When looking at customer satisfaction, we increasingly learn that what actually matters is not just our services. It is the people behind it and around it. Our people – our experts.

          How can you be happy with a service, if your service delivery and communications are only in your sales deck? Would you trust someone who delays a deliverable for more than three times in a row, although he works for a leading MSP? Or someone who tells you what service level/package you need rather than letting you decide the scope based on your particular needs? I doubt it. That’s why we always do our very best to keep our people skilled, motivated, and customer-centric, rather than relying on processes and tooling alone.

          The conclusion

          If you’re a corporate, no matter how big or small, with regulated or non-regulated workloads, and are planning on moving into (or are already in!) the public cloud, I recommend you take a look at our offering. If we’re local to you, have a look at our MSP function and how we could help you accomplish your strategic goals for the public cloud.

          Sometimes the picture doesn’t tell the whole story, but rather, the beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, as the saying goes. Keep watching our exciting journey to be the #1 in Europe, and thank you for all your continued to support. We can’t wait to see how our strategy execution progresses this year – stay tuned!

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            Nordcloud Listed In Gartner Magic Quadrant For Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers

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            The leading European Managed Services Provider, Nordcloud, has been entered into the elite group of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers.

            In the context of this Magic Quadrant, Gartner has listed the worldwide leading public cloud infrastructure managed service providers, that offer both managed services and professional services related to infrastructure and platform operations for hyperscale integrated IaaS + PaaS providers — specifically, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

            “We were invited by Gartner to the first of its kind Magic Quadrant and we felt privileged and extremely proud of the fact that Nordcloud is seen as one of the globally leading players in this fast-growing business. We are one of the few European cloud-native MSP’s with operations capabilities for all leading public cloud platforms”, says Esa Kinnunen, Nordcloud Group CEO.

            In order to be eligible for Gartner’s Hyperscale MSP Magic Quadrant, an MSP must meet all of the following criteria:

            • The MSP must have a management portal that offers cloud service expense management and governance of the cloud provider accounts,
            • The MSP must provide technical support to monitor, configure, secure and manage all of the cloud provider’s service elements,
            • The MSP’s professional services must include solution architecture, workload migration and DevOps automation services.

            Nordcloud emphasizes the role of automation throughout its managed services, and customers are encouraged to adopt a DevOps approach. The target customers are midsize businesses and enterprises based in and across Europe, whom Nordcloud is serving with a local country approach when it comes to sales, marketing, and service delivery.

            According to Gartner, Nordcloud’s multicloud messaging resonates well, specifically with customers that appreciate using a single cloud broker to achieve cloud provider independence. Gartner identified only two areas of improvement. Number one; not having an in-house regular datacenter business (although Nordcloud collaborates with partners to deliver hybrid solutions), and number two; being a European focused provider (but with support for global multi-region deployments for global customers).

            “We have worked with hundreds of enterprise customers to accelerate their time to value from the public cloud, and we aim to be the trusted partner on their digital transformation journey. This Gartner recognition is sealing our vision to be the leading European hyperscale Managed Services Provider. We’re also well on our way of executing our growth strategy, as in 2016 Nordcloud was ranked as the fastest growing technology company in Finland and one of the fastest growing technology companies in EMEA according to Deloitte”, highlights Ilja Summala, Nordcloud Group CTO.

            This first-ever Public Cloud Infrastructure MSP Magic Quadrant report with global coverage was conducted by Gartner’s Ron Blair, Mike Dorosh, Michael Warrilow, Gregor Petri, and Lydia Leong. The report’s aim is to provide insight into the global field of Cloud MSP’s for hyperscale clouds and to serve as a fundamental source of independent information for existing and new customers on vendor capabilities to best select the most suitable industry leader in the correct geographic region(s).

            Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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              The Gartner DBMS Magic Quadrant

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              The Gartner Magic Quadrant is a report published by Gartner, a US-based research and advisory firm, the aim being to provide an unbiased analysis into a market and its direction, maturity and participants. These analyses are focused on the technology industry and are updated every 1-2 years in order to reflect the current landscape. The Magic Quadrant is aimed at CIOs, CTOs, infrastructure managers, database and application architects, database administrators and IT purchasing managers across organisations of all sizes.

              On 12th October 2015 Gartner published an updated Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems (DBMS). The DBMS world – which has been stagnant for years with the big players having the lion’s share of the market – is now enjoying a dynamic resurgence, in part due to the innovations being made in Cloud computing that is seeing these established leaders being seriously challenged for the first time by new entrants into the market. For the purposes of this Magic Quadrant, Gartner has defined a DBMS as, “a complete system used to define, create, manage, update and query a database”. Relational (RDBMS) and non-relational (NoSQL) databases are included and there is no stipulation that the DBMS must be a closed-source product. Additionally, all vendor’s products are treated as a set, in the case of Oracle they are included once in the Magic Quadrant and the rating is based on their entire product set – Oracle Database, Oracle TimesTen, Oracle Berkeley DB, Oracle NoSQL Database and MySQL.

              What is most interesting about the October 2015 Magic Quadrant is the inclusion of Amazon Web Services (AWS) straight into the Leaders quadrant. The fact that AWS was not included in the 2013 DBMS Magic Quadrant makes this all the more impressive. Gartner rates vendors upon two criteria: completeness of vision and ability to execute. Leaders are said to score highly on both criteria. From this, we can confidently state that for running DBMS solutions, AWS is now recognised as a key player alongside such well-established industry giants as Oracle, Microsoft and IBM. Drilling deeper into the report, Gartner has assessed AWS on their Relational Database Service (RDS) and Amazon DynamoDB offerings. RDS is currently available for Amazon Aurora, MariaDB, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle and PostgreSQL databases. It should be noted that running a traditional, non-RDS database installation on an EC2 instance is not part of the assessment. The key AWS strengths identified are:

              • Diverse product capabilities: AWS provides a wide range of product capabilities, spanning relational and NoSQL technologies. It continues to release new products to meet or exceed the market’s demands.
              • Geographic availability: Based on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), AWS supports 30 availability zones spanning 19 countries and five continents. While all services are not available in all zones, AWS’s cloud infrastructure is one of the largest, most diverse and stable.
              • Ease of doing business: AWS scored high in the survey of reference customers for ease of doing business. Three-quarters of them plan to purchase additional services from AWS within the next 12 months.

              Here at Nordcloud we are passionate about all things Cloud and the associated benefits that customers can gain from a well designed, highly available, secure, scalable infrastructure that can be provisioned and deployed quickly and easily. Our team of Cloud Architects includes database technologists who have worked extensively for years across all major DBMS platforms in a diverse range of industries such as finance, media, telecoms and education. We understand that data is the most critical part of any business and that any loss or breach can cause severe reputational damage and financial impact. We have the knowledge, skills and experience to migrate your data securely and successfully to the Cloud, and our work delivering this for customers over a range of successful projects is a testament to this. We are also able to assist you in migrating your data from older database platforms, many which have severely prohibitive licensing arrangements, to newer pay as you go RDS technologies such as AWS Aurora.

              If you are interested in migrating your data to the Cloud, or simply understanding more about how your DBMS can run in AWS then please let us know, we would love to hear from you.

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