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The Risk of Using Cloud Storage: Natural Disasters

Article Written by Avery Phillips 

After a summer like 2017, staying safe in the midst of a natural disaster is on many people's minds. What some people may be forgetting to keep safe, however, is their cloud data. 

Cloud data revolutionized the way companies store their information by making it easier to organize files from any location - not just the office desktop. Suddenly CEOs could work from Bermuda to Paris, having access to every file on the go. 

Now, where does that leave all of our information?  

Everyone know it isn't not floating above our heads in a million little pieces like a Willy Wonka candy bar. It is stored in one of many data centers throughout the world that specialize in cloud services and cloud-based resources. 

IBM expands partnership with Docker to drive apps to the public cloud

Article Written by David Marshall

At DockerCon EU in Copenhagen, IBM announced that it is expanding its relationship with Docker.  Together, IBM and Docker will be making it easier for clients to modernize their existing applications with Docker Enterprise Edition, combined with IBM Cloud, software and services.

The partnership is focused on three big takeaways:

  • Docker for IBM Cloud, which will allow customers to easily bring up a Docker environment to containerize their existing workloads and run them on IBM Cloud.

  • IBM's participation in Docker's Modernize Traditional Applications (MTA) program, so that IBM can help customers improve efficiency and agility by modernizing existing portfolios.

  • Certified IBM software will be available in the Docker Store, simplifying the containerization of existing software which uses IBM middleware.

Cray supercomputing comes to Microsoft Azure to boost AI workloads in the cloud

Grazed from TechRepublic.  Author: Conner Forrest

A new alliance between Cray and Microsoft will bring Cray's supercomputing capabilities to Microsoft's Azure cloud, in an effort to help businesses more easily scale workloads for artificial intelligence (AI), analytics, modeling, and more, according to a Monday press release.

The partnership will enable new capabilities for businesses in the cloud, but it will also help broaden the reach of Cray's capabilities, the release said. Customers who may have previously been unable to access an on-premise Cray system will now have an option to engage its features in the cloud.

"By working with Cray to provide dedicated supercomputers in Azure, we are offering customers uncompromising performance and scalability that enables a host of new previously unimaginable scenarios in the public cloud," Microsoft Azure corporate vice president Jason Zander said in the release. "More importantly, we're moving customers into a new era by empowering them to use HPC and AI to drive breakthrough advances in science, engineering and health."
 

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces 30 New Members

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Open Source Summit - The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which sustains and integrates open source technologies like Kubernetes and Prometheus, today announced that 30 new members joined the Foundation.

451 Research forecasts the global DevOps & microservices market is predicted to reach $10 billion by 2021, positioning cloud native technologies for rapid adoption.

"CNCF is thrilled to welcome our many new members from around the world in diverse industries, including financial leaders like Bloomberg and Morgan Stanley," said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. "CNCF has now crossed over the 100 member mark in less than two years since we started, including the six largest public cloud providers. As our membership base diversifies, the ecosystem benefits from broader input, contributions and financial support to fuel more rapid adoption of cloud native computing."

Interoute adds Cloud Fabric to its Edge SD-WAN service to drive improved application performance

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Interoute, the global cloud and network provider, has launched Interoute Edge SD-WAN, a Software-Defined Wide Area Network service meshed into its global Cloud Fabric. This latest evolution of the Interoute Edge product family reduces costs and improves cloud application performance by intelligently managing connections to applications. Utilizing the company's Cloud Fabric, Interoute Edge SD-WAN blends public and private access networks into one dynamic application network. It ensures application traffic is directed over the fastest routes without impacting availability or needing costly, unused backup circuits.

The Cloud Fabric mesh is constantly adapting and re-routing itself, to intelligently optimize application data flows between local offices and the corporate private cloud environment and accelerate applications delivered from the public cloud.

 

McAfee Integrates Advanced Analytics to Increase Security Operations Center Efficiency and Protect Endpoints and Cloud

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McAfee, one of the world's leading cybersecurity companies, today announced new endpoint and cloud solutions that go beyond machine learning to take advantage of the speed and accuracy of advanced analytics, deep learning and artificial intelligence, and increase efficiency of security operations. Cyber threats and the data needed to defend against them continue to increase, overwhelming security teams and driving the need for open, efficient security operations. McAfee's new solutions make use of the automation, reasoning and data curation uniquely provided by advanced analytics technologies, allowing security teams to easily discover and assess data and root out threats. Through human-machine teaming and an open and interoperable cybersecurity platform, McAfee proves ‘Together is power,' with collaborative security that defends against shared adversaries.

"Security teams are increasingly overwhelmed by the complexity they face in their environments which hinders their ability to defend against the growing number of threats," said Chris Young, CEO of McAfee. "McAfee is acting on our ‘Together is power' principle with collaborative security that combines the unique advantages of people, machines and partners enabling teams to be situationally aware of security events and take swift action to thwart assaults, from the endpoint to the cloud."

Anexinet Expands Cloud Modernization Portfolio with Analytics Expertise

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Anexinet Corporation, a leading provider of analytics, digital and cloud solutions, today announced the expansion of its Cloud Modernization Portfolio with Anexinet Cloud Insights, an analytics offering to help enterprises address cloud spend and security concerns. Included in the offering is a cloud analytics team focused on providing guidance regarding cost optimization, security, and governance to help enterprises reach and maintain their cloud operational goals.

“The cloud journey involves discipline in tracking the benefits of the cloud to target business goals.” says Brad Hokamp, CEO Anexinet. “Our cloud insights and resourcing model with analytics experts fill a critical gap for our customers frustrated by operational challenges.”
 

New Study Shows Cloud Adoption Boom Is Fueling The Transformation Of IT

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Cloud adoption is booming, driving IT transformation in the modern enterprise, with organizations taking advantage of software-defined infrastructure (SDI), containers and DevOps to keep pace with the demands of today's markets. That's according to the 2017 global study of IT professionals commissioned and released by enterprise open source infrastructure solution provider SUSE.

The study provides insights into what is driving the rapid growth and momentum of new technologies and strategies, and why these are vital to IT professionals looking to support their transformation initiatives as they seek to improve agility, reduce risk and decrease operational expenses. Study insights include:

CyrusOne Continues to Expand With Amazon Web Services Direct Connect Service

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CyrusOne, a premier global data center REIT, announced today availability of Amazon Web Service (AWS) Direct Connect at its Houston West data center campus and through CyrusOne’s National IX platform. AWS Direct Connect allows customers to access AWS services through a private and secure network that reduces costs and delivers a more reliable network experience.

“We are very excited to provide our customers at the Houston West data center private and high-performance cloud connectivity with the expansion of the AWS Direct Connect service,” said Josh Snowhorn, vice president and general manager of interconnection, CyrusOne. “We strive to empower our customers to enhance their cloud-based applications. As they work to deploy hybrid IT solutions, this offering is critical in providing direct, private access from their IT infrastructure to cloud services.”
 

OSIsoft Introduces OSIsoft Cloud Services

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OSIsoft LLC, a leader in operational intelligence, today announced OSIsoft Cloud Services, a new portfolio of services for securely storing, sharing and analyzing data with PI System technology in the cloud.

OSIsoft Cloud Services will allow existing PI System customers to more readily connect distributed facilities and assets to their existing PI System infrastructure or spin up new uses and applications for the PI System, such as predictive maintenance or leveraging PI System data for regulatory compliance. New customers, meanwhile, will be able to experiment with collecting, storing and analyzing data with the PI System.

OSIsoft Cloud Services will also serve as a foundation for integrated industrial digital communities where companies and people share data in real-time with supply chain partners, downstream customers and service providers. OSIsoft will offer OSIsoft Cloud Services as a managed service on a subscription basis that will expand over time. Additionally, partners will offer services and applications for OSIsoft Cloud Services on the OSIsoft Marketplace.