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Astute Solutions Joins the Cloud Security Alliance

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Astute Solutions, the world's smartest software for consumer engagement, today announced they have joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) STAR program. The CSA is a not-for-profit organization focused on promoting security best practices within cloud computing.

As a member of the STAR program (Security, Trust & Assurance Registry), Astute Solutions joins more than 200 other businesses in demonstrating their dedication to providing secure technology products. The STAR program acts as a resource for potential customers and business partners to evaluate the risk of conducting business with a particular service provider. Instead of the typical time-consuming work of managing lengthy questionnaires and RFP processes, the CSA helps companies evaluate service providers more quickly and effectively by vouching for the provider's credibility.

Amazon Web Services Cloud Now Available to Customers from Data Centers in Canada

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, today announced the launch of the AWS Canada (Central) Region. With this launch, AWS now provides 40 Availability Zones across 15 technology infrastructure regions globally, with another seven Availability Zones and three regions in the UK, France, and China expected to come online in the coming months. Tens of thousands of Canadian customers are using other AWS Regions and starting today, developers, start-ups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organizations can leverage the AWS Cloud to run their applications and store their data on infrastructure in Canada. Developers can sign-up and get started today at: http://aws.amazon.com.

The AWS Canada (Central) Region offers two Availability Zones at launch. AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which refer to technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting availability, yet near enough for business continuity applications that require rapid failover. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, physical security, and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can architect their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even higher fault-tolerance. AWS also provides two Amazon CloudFront edge locations in Toronto and Montreal for customers looking to deliver websites, applications, and content to Canadian end users with low latency. These locations are part of AWS’s existing network of 68 edge sites across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Ixia Delivers Unprecedented Visibility into Virtual Data Center Traffic

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Ixia, a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, today announced that the company has extended the capabilities of CloudLens, Ixia’s recently announced integrated cloud visibility platform, with CloudLens Virtual Packet Broker (vPB). CloudLens vPB is a software solution that delivers visibility into virtual data center traffic for enterprises leveraging private cloud deployments to support and expand their business. 

Monitoring virtual machine (VM) to VM traffic (east-west traffic) in a virtualized data center creates a variety of challenges for IT and network administrators. One of the foremost challenges is the volume and transport of data to security and performance monitoring tools, virtual or physical.

Red Hat Launches OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform. The new offering brings Red Hat’s award-winning container platform as a managed service offering to enterprise customers who want to build, launch, and manage applications on OpenShift Dedicated with Google Cloud Platform as their underlying cloud infrastructure. With the availability of OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform, users can speed adoption of containers, Kubernetes, and cloud-native application patterns, benefiting from Red Hat’s deep enterprise experience. Users also benefit from Google’s global, container-optimized infrastructure and can more easily augment their applications with Google’s ecosystem of data analytics, machine learning, compute, network, and storage services. 

DreamHost Gives DreamObjects -- Its Inexpensive Object Storage Service -- an Upgrade

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DreamHost, a global leader in web hosting and cloud services for entrepreneurs and developers, today announced key improvements to DreamObjects, the company's secure open source cloud storage hosting service powered by Ceph. Like a file system with infinite capacity, customers use DreamObjects to build cloud-ready applications and to store documents, photos, songs and backup taking advantage of its Amazon S3 API compatibility. This upgrade utilizes Ceph's major Jewel release, the newest version of the distributed object store and file system that is enabling DreamObjects to be even more scalable, reliable, and high performing. 

Zylo Introduces Employee Sentiment Analysis for Cloud Spend

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Zylo, a SaaS optimization platform, today announces the launch of Employee Sentiment as a core pillar of its platform, allowing organizations to optimize cloud investments by measuring employee satisfaction of their cloud applications. Zylo’s platform now gives organizations a 360 degree view across cloud application spend, usage and user feedback, creating a layer of transparency that was not previously possible.

IT and procurement teams can leverage this new transparency into their cloud purchases and utilization to make proactive recommendations and decisions that will optimize their technology stack. With the release of Employee Sentiment, Zylo customers can now:

Infographic: What is Cyber Security?

As more security breaches and fraudulent acts make headlines, cyber security increasingly becomes a top priority for organizations around the world. For organizations to focus on security and defense against hackers, they must first understand what cyber security is. Learn more about cyber security and how you can protect yourself with this “Cyber Security” infographic by GTreasury.

View the Infographic below to learn more:

BlueData Delivers Ultimate Flexibility and Choice for Big Data Deployments on Amazon Web Services

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BlueData, provider of the leading Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) software platform, today announced the general availability of its BlueData EPIC software on Amazon Web Services (AWS). BlueData EPIC on AWS delivers ultimate flexibility and choice for Big Data environments, enterprise-class security and cost controls for multi-tenant deployments, as well as the ability to tap into both Amazon S3 and on-premises storage.

BlueData is the first and only BDaaS platform with support for both on-premises and cloud environments, leveraging embedded and fully-managed Docker containers for portability across any infrastructure. BlueData EPIC provides the same self-service user experience whether running in the public cloud or a corporate data center; and the same Docker-based application images for Hadoop, Spark, and other Big Data tools are portable across on-premises and cloud deployments. BlueData EPIC on AWS is generally available now -- with planned support for Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and other public cloud services in the coming months.

Xen Project Hypervisor Continues to Expand into Embedded Use Cases in Latest Release

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The Xen Project, hosted at The Linux Foundation, today announced the release of Xen Project Hypervisor 4.8. The latest release focuses on advanced embedded use cases, features to support security-first environments and continued advancement in support of ARMv8-A based servers. Xen Project technology continues to see growth in these environments due to its flexibility, extensibility and customizability.

As the demand for 64-bit ARMv8-A data centers builds, Xen Project continues to lead by delivering advanced ARM server feature support. Xen Project Hypervisor 4.8 provides initial support for ARM server Live Patching. This allows users to apply security fixes to the Xen Project hypervisor without rebooting, providing five-to-nine reliability for ARM servers. The new feature, available as a preview, also supports the needs of security-first embedded uses cases, such as automotive and avionics.

ABBYY Launches a Unified Cloud Platform with AI Capabilities for Faster Knowledge Processing

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ABBYY, a leading provider of technologies and solutions to action information, today announced the launch of the ABBYY.cloud platform that provides services and solutions in the cloud - capture and transfer of information from paper documents into business applications, accurate content classification and prompt translation in 80 languages. With ABBYY.cloud organizations can access a wide variety of tools for knowledge processing from a single dashboard.

As the cloud market continues to accelerate in 2017 an increasing number of organizations are moving workloads to the cloud in a big way. According to Forrester's Dave Bartoletti, enterprises need to take a fresh look at industry-specific cloud providers with specialization and get their cloud strategies in shape.