November 2015

Pivotal Now Makes It Easier Than Ever to Take Software from Idea to Production in Less Than a Day

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Pivotal, the company accelerating digital transformation for enterprises, today announced a new release of Pivotal Cloud Foundry, the comprehensive Cloud Native platform that unifies the software delivery process with an integrated application framework, platform runtime, and infrastructure automation. Pivotal Cloud Foundry now includes expanded support for Spring Cloud Services, Microsoft Azure, .NET applications, Docker images, and application lifecycle management. With these enhancements, Pivotal further enables businesses to rapidly build, deploy, and operate Cloud Native applications on a wide choice of hosted, public, and private clouds.

The days of monolithic technologies are ending. Today’s modern enterprises practice agile software development with Cloud Native tools, process, and culture that can respond to speed of market and customer demand,” said James Watters, vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Group, Pivotal. “Pivotal Cloud Foundry delivers a comprehensive Cloud Native application development and operations environment so you can spend time building business value instead of your IT infrastructure.”

Hibernia Networks Announces EtherReach Cloud Exchange Service for Seamless Low Latency Global Connectivity

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Hibernia Networks, a leading provider of high speed global telecommunications services, today announced that it will offer Ethernet connectivity to and within the Equinix Cloud Exchange™ in Asia, Europe and North America, via EtherReach Cloud Exchange. The company’s newest cloud connectivity solution, EtherReach Cloud Exchange leverages the industry’s lowest latency transatlantic cable, Hibernia Express, to provide high-speed connectivity for latency sensitive and data-intensive cloud applications.

The Hibernia Networks’ EtherReach Cloud Exchange service is one of the largest network connectivity deployments for Equinix’s Cloud Exchange, to date. The first phase of the deployment includes 12 major cities located across six countries and the second phase, slated for completion in the first quarter of 2016, will expand the reach to 18 cities in eleven countries. EtherReach Cloud Exchange features a rapid service turn-up and provides a consistent level of network and application performance backed by SLA guarantees.

451 Research Identifies IndependenceIT Strength in Harmonizing Workspace-as-a-Service Platform Automation and Management

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IndependenceIT, an integrated workspace automation software platform provider allowing IT departments, service providers and ISVs to easily deliver workspaces, applications and desktops as a service, today announced availability of a new Impact Report by 451 Research, titled IndependenceIT Extends Platform Usability, Integrates with vCloud Air, vCloud Director. The report details how IndependenceIT has expanded its multi-cloud deployment strategy to VMware vCloud Air and vCloud Director for unified provisioning and management. The report also details the strength of IndependenceIT's Cloud Workspace Suite in harmonizing platform automation, control, and management.

"Taking a hypervisor and protocol agnostic approach, IndependenceIT sees itself as an aggregator that facilitates workflow orchestration across multiple workspace platforms and cloud environments using a common set of APIs," said Agatha Poon, Research Manager, Global Cloud Computing, 451 Research. "VMware customers will now be able to deploy Cloud Workspace Suite on vCloud Air or through API calls. Customers can manage any Cloud Workspace Suite virtual datacenter running on-premises or within any vCloud Air region using either the Cloud Workspace Suite management console or vCloud Air APIs with real-time monitoring and reporting capabilities."

Centrify Partners with Leading Cloud Access Security Brokers

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Centrify, the leader in securing enterprise identities against cyberthreats, today announced that it has formed technology integration partnerships with five leading cloud access security brokers (CASBs): Cloudlock, Elastica, Imperva, Netskope and Skyhigh Networks. These integrations - coupled with Centrify's proven leadership in end user and privileged user identity security - enables IT to confidently deploy cloud applications to all employees, while staying safe, secure and compliant.

SaaS applications like, Office 365, Dropbox, Box, Google Apps and more are now a compelling option for enterprises looking to streamline their business and increase productivity. But as employees access those apps through their own devices, and from outside the corporate network, organisations are increasingly exposed to security risks.

The combination of CASB and Centrify's Identity Service gives enterprises control over cloud applications by assuring that these applications are used for business purposes and are protected against data leakage - all without any compromise in performance or security.

Quadric Software Introduces Alike v4.0: New Cloud File Storage and a Web-Based User Interface in One Easy Backup Solution

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Quadric Software—specializing in XenServer backup and disaster recovery solutions—introduces a major shift in its Alike product line to respond to the changing nature of virtual infrastructure. Alike v4.0 introduces a web-based management console and backup vaulting to Amazon S3 storage, both of which enable Alike to protect cloud assets and leverage the cloud as a backup medium.

5nine & Hostway Partner to Offer the Industry's Leading Security as a Service Solution

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5nine Software, the leading global Hyper-V virtualization security and management provider, and Hostway Services, Inc., an innovative leader in Web & App Hosting, Cloud, Managed, and Hybrid Hosting services, have joined forces to ensure tenants are now able to easily manage their own Windows and Linux security policies through the Azure Pack self-service portal. 5nine Cloud Security, the only Security as a Service (SECaaS) solution for Windows Azure Pack, now allows Hostway to secure multi-tenant environments and virtual machines (VMs), while giving users the ability to easily configure firewalls, intrusion detection, and more.

ExtraHop Introduces Explore Search Appliance for Turnkey Big Data Analytics

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ExtraHop, the global leader in real-time wire data analytics for IT and business intelligence, today announced the fifth generation of its platform. The company's latest innovation positions ExtraHop as a pioneer in real-time stream analytics for all data-in-motion with market-leading dynamic discovery and universal observation capabilities. These features, when paired with the new ExtraHop Explore appliance, deliver sophisticated historical search and multi-dimensional analysis of all wire data. Extended Open Data Stream capabilities include support for Kafka and REST, delivering correlation and contextualization to extract value from a wider array of datasets.

In his October 2015 report, "Causal Analysis Makes Availability and Performance Data Actionable," Gartner Research VP Will Cappelli wrote: "Recognition that more data does not equate to availability and performance process improvement is cascading across global enterprises. As a result, users have begun to insist that any ITOA solution should focus not only on the ingestion, storage and access to data, but also on tools for making that data meaningful and actionable."

Sphere 3D Joins Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance

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Sphere 3D Corp., a next cloud containerization, virtualization and data management solutions provider, today announced the company has joined the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance Program to deliver virtual application, virtual desktop, and enterprise storage solutions that utilize the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform. 

The goal of Microsoft's Enterprise Cloud Alliance is to create, nurture and grow a strong eco-system across a broad set of Enterprise Cloud Products delivering the best on premise, hosted and Public Cloud solutions in the industry. The Alliance was formed to promote and support partners providing integrations and extensions to existing Microsoft products.  As part of Microsoft's Enterprise Cloud Alliance, Sphere 3D will provide its flagship application containerization platform, Glassware 2.0, which enables Azure users to modernize and upgrade any application to any connected device, and its SnapCLOUD virtual Networked Attached Storage (NAS) solution, which facilitates easy deployment of enterprise storage in the cloud or in a hybrid cloud environment.


IBM acquires cloud broker Gravitant

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IBM has bought cloud brokerage software developer Gravitant in an effort to boost the company's hybrid cloud and enterprise offerings. Gravitant helps companies assess, buy and manage the best cloud computing services for their business from multiple vendors, meaning no lock-in and greater flexibility for both employees and IT departments.

IBM is looking to bolster its hybrid cloud and enterprise computing services to make them more attractive for decision makers who want to embrace the cloud by opening up their infrastructure. Doing so allows employees to use services hosted on-premise, on public cloud services, and those running on IBM's own private cloud servers...

Microsoft, Red Hat in deal to boost hybrid cloud computing

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Customers deploying Red Hat solutions on Microsoft Azure will have the flexibility and choices in moving to hybrid cloud computing, according to latest deal between the two companies. Under the terms of the deal, Microsoft will offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure.

In addition, Microsoft and Red Hat are also working together to address common enterprise, ISV and developer needs for building, deploying and managing applications on Red Hat software across private and public clouds. Scott Guthrie, executive vice president for Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division said this partnership is a powerful win for enterprises, ISVs and developers...

Yes, Oracle is finally serious about the cloud

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As Larry Ellison said in his Oracle OpenWorld keynote last week, when it comes to the public cloud, it’s early days for the enterprise. Amazon Web Services may now enjoy $7.3 billion in annual revenue and 81 percent year-over-year growth, but the proportion of enterprise workloads running in the public cloud remains a small slice.

From that perspective, Oracle’s entry into IaaS last week doesn’t seem as late as it otherwise might. Three years ago the company jumped into SaaS and PaaS. Last week Oracle president Thomas Kurian announced that an Elastic Compute Cloud was on its way, along with two new Storage Cloud services and a Network Cloud. For all you Docker fans out there, a Container Cloud is coming, too...

Cloud Foundry Advances Platform Capabilities to Include Native Support for Docker and .NET

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Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the industry standard Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), today is announcing three of its largest incubating initiatives have been promoted to active projects, including the Foundation's next generation runtime project, Diego. As a result, the platform now includes native support for Docker container images and .NET applications.

"The advances we're making across the Cloud Foundry ecosystem are inspiring," said Cloud Foundry Foundation CEO Sam Ramji, "The world's leading companies in every market are building their businesses on Cloud Foundry. More importantly, they're joining the cause and signing up as members to take a hands-on role in building out critical capabilities for their shared future."

Project Promotions
The Foundation's Runtime PMC has promoted the Diego, Garden and Greenhouse projects from incubating status to active status. Diego is a cutting-edge version of the Cloud Foundry runtime layer, providing a more flexible architecture. Garden is Cloud Foundry's container orchestration layer. Greenhouse enables support for .NET within the platform. Together, these projects significantly enhance the capabilities of Cloud Foundry by including native support for Docker containers and .NET applications.

In Pursuit of Efficiency and Elasticity, Cloud Pharmaceuticals Succeeds with ProfitBricks Cloud Infrastructure

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In pharmaceutical design, working with the smallest molecular structures creates some of the largest computing workloads. This comes from the need to parse massive amounts of algorithmic chemistry calculations to help discover and develop new drugs. Over the past year, Cloud Pharmaceuticals became more efficient, in both time and cost, thanks to the power and flexibility of the ProfitBricks cloud. 

North Carolina-based Cloud Pharmaceuticals designs new drugs and drug candidates, accelerating the developmental process using cloud computing technology in place of traditional, expensive and slow on-premises infrastructure. In 2014, Cloud Pharmaceuticals migrated to ProfitBricks, the leading provider of painless cloud infrastructure, in pursuit of the perfect balance of power and efficiency for its pharmaceutical design teams, and has since seen a reduction in cloud computing costs of 45 per cent.

Steadfast Adds Support for Veeam Cloud Connect

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Steadfast, a leading provider of private and public cloud hosting, colocation, disaster recovery and managed services, now offers offsite backup for Veeam Availability Suite using Veeam Cloud Connect. The company is a Silver Veeam Cloud Provider (VCP), offering Veeam-powered backup and DR (disaster recovery) services for customers utilizing Hyper-V and VMware hypervisors, both inside and outside Steadfast's data center facilities.


Steadfast is proud to add support for Veeam Cloud Connect to its already expansive array of Veeam-powered offerings. Cloud Connect allows customers already utilizing Veeam onsite to push backups, backup copies and file copies to a secure cloud repository hosted in Steadfast's data centers, allowing you peace of mind knowing that your backups are safe in a secure, offsite location. Cloud Connect allows full VM restores, VM disk restores and Windows guest OS file restores to be performed directly from the cloud repository, giving you a wide array of restoration options in the event of a disaster.

IBM Enhances Data Economics and Storage Security for the Cloud and Cognitive Era

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IBM today announced new innovations to its IBM Spectrum Storage family of software-defined storage to help clients improve storage management, data security and reduce data costs as they deploy new technology to support cognitive and other data-driven applications across hybrid cloud environments. 

IBM Spectrum Storage is designed to help clients securely embrace the explosive growth of data and support both traditional and next generation applications. New features to improve security and cost-effective management of large amounts of data and storage, include:

New Plugin for Ready! API Integrates with Amazon API Gateway Released by SmartBear

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SmartBear Software, a leader in software quality tools for the connected world, released a new plugin for Ready! API that integrates with Amazon API Gateway. The new plugin allows API consumers and testers to read an API from Amazon API Gateway and quickly generate a test framework based on the API service description. Amazon API Gateway, a fully managed service that makes it easy for developers to create, publish, maintain, monitor and secure APIs at any scale, offers all the power of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) stack with an affordable pay-as-you-go model. Ready! API is one of the most popular platforms for ensuring API quality.

“The Amazon API Gateway is the perfect fit for Ready! API, offering powerful capabilities within an affordable framework and an ecosystem of open source tooling like the Swagger Importer,” said John Purcell, Vice President of Products, API Readiness at SmartBear. “We’re excited to extend that power to our customers, allowing them to import an API for testing and virtualization as well as easily deploy new APIs to Amazon API Gateway.”

VXL's new CloudDesktop PC Repurposing software provides a unique stepping-stone solution for extending the life of legacy PCs

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For organizations looking to switch to a virtualized, cloud-computing environment, VXL Software's new CloudDesktop PC repurposing software delivers a more viable solution to that of a legacy PC infrastructure. 

Having to continually invest in and provide support for an older business PC network can often become unsustainable for organizations. Combined with the existing investment of a large PC infrastructure, VXL's CloudDesktop represents an easy-to-deploy and low cost alternative featuring VXL Software's latest Gio 6 Linux based operating system.

By extending the life of legacy PC's as re-configured and fully-optimized thin client devices, VXL's CloudDesktop offers a seamless PC-to-thin client transition strategy without the cost of acquiring new hardware and maximizing the existing investment.

Tectonic, by CoreOS, Now Generally Available to Help Enterprises Deploy, Manage and Secure Containers Anywhere

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Today, CoreOS, the leader in container infrastructure, is launching the general availability of Tectonic to provide a software solution to enterprise companies looking to deploy, manage and secure containers anywhere. Tectonic is available today to enterprises looking to move applications seamlessly between cloud and data center, as well as ensure a consistent environment to deploy applications from dev to cloud to data center.

Colm Keegan, cloud analyst from ESG states: "Many organizations are interested in leveraging container technology to enable continuous application innovation, faster time to market and improved operational efficiencies across hybrid cloud environments. But the lack of manageability, security and isolation often serves as an obstacle towards container adoption. CoreOS' Tectonic offering addresses these concerns by providing a consistent and simplified operational framework that can be utilized to securely and more easily manage containers across hybrid cloud infrastructure. This can potentially enable businesses to reduce costs, enhance their Dev/Ops capabilities and gain a competitive edge through more rapid application development and deployment."

IBM Acquires Gravitant to Boost Hybrid Cloud and Enterprise Services

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IBM today announced that it has acquired Gravitant, Inc., a privately held company that develops cloud-based software to enable organizations to easily plan, buy and manage, or “broker,” software and computing services from multiple suppliers across hybrid clouds. With such capabilities, mixed environments of private and public clouds can begin to be integrated and digitally managed as one for greater performance and efficiency. With the Gravitant solutions everyone from IT managers to authorized employees can review and purchase compute and software services from different suppliers, as well as compare capabilities and pricing, all through a single, central console. Once purchased, the technology can be offered as a service and managed from the same console for greater efficiency and visibility into how the services are being used.

Lenovo and Nutanix to Bring Hyperconverged Infrastructure to Global Enterprises

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Lenovo and Nutanix today announced a strategic partnership to develop, market and sell a new family of Lenovo hyperconverged appliances powered by Nutanix software. Converging storage, server and virtualization services into an integrated scale-out appliance helps simplify datacenter management and can drive substantial IT cost savings. Both companies are committed to delivering hyperconvergence infrastructure that enables IT organizations to focus on the applications and services that power, and bring greater agility to, their businesses by offering a compelling alternative to public cloud services.

Hyperconvergence combines highly reliable server platforms with state-of-the-art software to build private cloud datacenters that match the agility, scalability and fractional consumption of public clouds. This partnership allows Lenovo to continue its legacy of innovation, commitment to world-class engineering, and vision of how IT will evolve in the coming decade. Lenovo’s global reach including in fast-growing markets such as China provides the partnership with an accelerated route to market in critical segments of the industry.