December 2015

Zynstra Unveils New Line of Cloud Managed Server Solutions

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Zynstra, the pioneer in enterprise-class hybrid IT for the SMB, today unveiled its new range of cloud managed server appliance products. Using award winning virtualization and cloud management technology, Zynstra’s products are designed for organizations who want a secure, reliable IT infrastructure, without prohibitive management costs. Available immediately, Zynstra’s new product line-up delivers advanced, cloud managed, cloud integrated, secure and reliable IT that can translate to TCO savings of up to 60%. Now, organizations with single or multiple sites can enjoy hyperconverged server technology delivered ‘as a service’ and managed from the cloud, making possible new levels of efficiency in buying, running and maintaining critical on-site IT.

“We wanted to control our costs and deliver a consistent IT experience across our international sites.” said Tim Newton, Information Technology and Systems Manager at Tristel. “The Zynstra solution allows us to deliver the IT our branches need, with centralized control.”

Bat Blue Awarded Network Feature Virtualization Patent

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Bat Blue Networks, the innovator of Unified Cloud Security, has been awarded a patent on Network Feature Virtualization (NFV) technology that enables its Cloud/Sec offering to be the most agile and adaptive security solution available today. The patent is titled "System and Method for Providing a Single Global Borderless Perimeter Through Distributed Points of Presence," and is assigned U.S. Patent No. 9,197,601B2. The patent covers Bat Blue's unique Network Feature Virtualization (NFV) technology and was issued on November 24, 2015.

Bat Blue's patented Network Feature Virtualization (NFV) technology uniquely empowers Cloud/Sec to be both agile and adaptive, with the ability to add features and functions on-demand. These are key virtues for security given today's threats and business demand for distributed technologies.

5nine Software Partners With Nutanix to Offer a Single Solution to Secure Virtualized Microsoft Windows Environments

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5nine Software, the leading global Hyper-V virtualization security and management provider, has joined the Nutanix Elevate Technology Alliance Program, which brings together like-minded technology companies dedicated to next-generation enterprise IT that is open, innovative and transformative. Through this program, 5nine Cloud Security has been validated as Nutanix Ready for Hyper-V - Networking and Security, providing an end-to-end solution for Nutanix customers with Microsoft Hyper-V and hybrid cloud environments.

"5nine wants to take full advantage of break-through hyperconverged infrastructure platforms to deliver only the most innovative solutions to our customers," said Symon Perriman, VP of Business Development at 5nine Software. "With Nutanix being a leader among hyperconverged system vendors, this partnership is an important step for both companies, showing our commitment to developing and securing the Microsoft cloud solutions running on Nutanix."

TARGIT Enables Self-Service Business Intelligence in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines Offering

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TARGIT, the company behind the market-leading business intelligence (BI) and analytics platform, TARGIT Decision Suite, today announced availability of its first offering of Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines to allow access to advanced data discovery tools, simple self-service business analytics, comprehensive reporting, and stunning dashboards in the cloud via Azure.

TARGIT's offering for Azure Virtual Machines delivers TARGIT Decision Suite as a Bring Your Own License (BYOL) software model. This provides the same licensing model as running TARGIT on-premises, with necessary infrastructure licensed as Pay As You Go.

Velocity Tech Solutions Partners with DataCore to Deliver Hyper-Converged and Software-Defined Storage Solutions

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DataCore Software, a leader in Software-Defined Storage and Hyper-converged Virtual SAN solutions, today announced that it has signed Velocity Tech Solutions as a new value-added reseller (VAR) serving the United States. Velocity Tech Solutions primarily resells server and storage hardware offerings from HP and Dell, including EqualLogic.

Array Networks Virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) Now Available on Microsoft Azure Marketplace

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Array Networks Inc., a global leader in application delivery networking, announces today the immediate availability of its vAPV virtual application delivery controller on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

As virtualization and public, private and hybrid clouds continue to expand their footprints within the business landscape, businesses are finding an increased need for solutions that allow applications to scale in the face of a rapidly increasing, and demanding, user base. By proxying and intelligently load balancing traffic across multiple virtual servers, Array’s vAPV virtual ADCs give customers deploying on Microsoft Azure the ability to significantly enhance the availability, performance and security of cloud-based services.

Crossroads Systems Releases StrongBox VM - Archive Has Never Been Simpler

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Crossroads Systems, Inc.  today announced general availability of StrongBox VM, the company's virtual machine (VM) version of its award-winning StrongBox storage gateway. Organizations using StrongBox VM can now transform their existing resources into simple-to-use, yet powerful network-attached storage.

StrongBox provides protected nearline and archive storage for unstructured data. By combining flash, disk, and LTFS tape, StrongBox helps businesses protect data on-site, off-site, or in the cloud. StrongBox VM provides all the same features as the original StrongBox and can be deployed in less than an hour using a company's existing VMWare ESXi servers. This allows customers to quickly create file and object-based shared storage for local and distributed architectures without the requirement of dedicated hardware.

Logicalis Acquires Thomas Duryea Consulting, an Australian Cloud and Data Centre Services Business

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Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, today announced it has acquired Thomas Duryea Consulting, a leader in designing, building and deploying data centre, data management, enterprise information systems, systems management and cloud environments for mid-sized and large enterprises.

With an annual turnover of approximately US$50 million Thomas Duryea employs 125 staff in its data centre and mature cloud services business, with capabilities across EMC, Dell, NetApp, VMware and Microsoft.

xMatters enhances its Public Sector focus and secures accreditation as a G-Cloud Supplier

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xMatters, inc., a leader in communication-enabled business processes, has received accreditation from the Crown Commercial Service to trade on G-Cloud 7 in the UK’s Digital Marketplace. It can be found under the ‘Software As A Service’ Lot in the procurement framework, which went live on 23 November.

xMatters’ intelligent cloud communications technology automates communication processes, improves efficiency and reduces the amount of ‘noise’ that people are influenced by during a range of scenarios. For example, it improves communication during everything from IT incidents to civil unrest to operations of public facilities.

Lawter Replaces IBM Storage with Zadara VPSA to Triple Their Data Storage Performance

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Zadara Storage, the provider of enterprise-class storage-as-a-service (STaaS) today announced that Lawter has replaced their IBM storage with the Zadara Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA) architecture to support their SAP applications worldwide. By working with Zadara’s partner Dimension Data, Lawter has been able to upgrade their aging IT infrastructure to address immediate performance, security and cost challenges, and also position themselves for future growth.

Zadara’s partner Dimension Data, a global provider of IT solutions and services, has successfully completed the first phase of the modernization of the ICT infrastructure of resin producer Lawter. Lawter, a subsidiary of the Japanese company Harima Chemicals Group, was looking to replace their older infrastructure with a more scalable, higher performing, and easier to manage environment.

Servosity Announces New DR Server with Hyper-V Instant Recovery

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Servosity, Disaster Recovery for Managed Service Providers (MSPs), today announces their newest version of Servosity DR Server featuring Hyper-V Instant Recovery.

Servosity DR Server is the easiest way for MSPs to protect clients' Windows or Linux servers from potential business interruptions. DR Server allows you protect data On-Premise, in Microsoft Azure, or any other major Cloud Provider. DR Server includes Servosity's unique technology as well as StorageCraft's ShadowProtect SPX software. With the new release, we now support Instant Recovery directly into Hyper-V.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Zerto Launch BC/DR Automation Integration for HPE Operations Orchestration (HPE OO)

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Zerto, setting the standard for disaster recovery in virtualized and cloud environments, announces it has achieved the gold partnership status with Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The first deliverable out of the partnership is the Zerto Automated Failover Testing Pack. This is the first of several packs which will simplify BC/DR automation using HPE Operations Orchestration (HPE OO) as the master orchestrator. The new automation failover testing capabilities for HPE OO increases IT data center time savings, while improving overall disaster recovery testing compliance. While Zerto Automated Failover Testing Pack automatically runs failover tests in full virtual machine environments, other automated processes eliminate the need to cross check multi-department failover success thereby increasing efficiency and productivity for IT teams.

Cloud-based computing is helping power trade unions

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A locally developed cloud-based technology is helping construction labour unions across North America with office administration and membership management. "When we started many years ago, the internet and e-mail were pretty weak in terms of being a common fixture," said Reg Cawston, who is responsible for business development with Delta, B.C.-based QTrades.

"So, the software has progressed to provide internet access, which allows contractors and business agents on the road to gain access and use the information they need. They don't have to be at a desk. All they need is a mobile device." QTrades is launching a membership database system for the Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers (CMAW) Canada, which enables local offices, business representatives, contractors and members to have up-to-date information on jobsites...

Telus announces hybrid cloud offering in partnership with Microsoft and Cisco

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It’s not everyday that a single announcement can bring three household names together in one room, but that is just what happened Tuesday. At a small gathering in downtown, the Telus announced that it is partnering with the software and networking giants to provide cloud aimed at the mid-market and large enterprise.

The managed Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering will include public, private and hybrid clouds, and is enabled both by its own, as well as Microsoft’s new data centres that are coming to Toronto and Quebec city in the new year, and Cisco’s Cloud Architecture. “What we’ve essentially done here… is the Telus Hybrid Cloud,” said Tom Jolly, vice president of IT and cloud services at Telus. “We are interworking Microsoft’s and Cisco’s technologies into the Microsoft Azure platform, as well as providing the ability to integrate customer on-premise data centres.”...

Cloud Computing: How Can DevOps Accelerate Innovation?

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What could revamped development and operations (DevOps) mean for independent software vendors (ISVs)? MSPmentor 501 honoree Logicalis has identified several ways the cloud can enhance the development process for ISVs. The New York-based managed service provider (MSP) noted the cloud "can facilitate DevOps changes and accelerate innovation within the software developer’s organization."

"Developers and their IT counterparts are polar opposites in their business lives," said Brian Day, senior director of cloud services at Logicalis US, in a prepared statement. "But with the help of a savvy cloud or SaaS partner, software providers are realizing significant productivity gains in the people, tools and overall culture of their organizations -- changes that give them a competitive edge in today's fast-paced software development world."...

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Finding Opportunities In China's Cloud Market

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China’s market for enterprise IT is huge, but the share that goes to cloud computing is still comparatively small. Sales of cloud computing hardware and services amounted to about $4 billion in 2014, only about 5 percent of China’s total IT market. That’s much lower than the 11 percent of global IT spending on the cloud.

However, we expect China’s spending on the cloud to grow much faster than its overall IT spending, reaching as much as $20 billion by 2020 — an annual growth rate of 40 to 45 percent. Several recent announcements underscore the momentum toward the cloud in China. Tencent announced in September that it would invest $1.57 billion in its cloud business, including in data centers in China, Hong Kong and North America...

SkyKick Launches Cloud Backup in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden

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SkyKick, a global provider of cloud management software for information technology (IT) solution partners, announced today that its Cloud Backup application is now available in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden with more European countries coming soon. Previously available in North America and Asia Pacific, SkyKick Cloud Backup provides cloud-to-cloud backup, unlimited storage and instantaneous recovery of Office 365 data -- specifically from Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft OneDrive for Business and Microsoft SharePoint Online. Since launching in July 2015, solution providers around the world have used SkyKick Backup to safely secure hundreds of millions of mission-critical emails, documents, contacts and calendar items.

"Recovering cloud data can be time consuming, complicated and sometimes impossible," said SkyKick's Vice President of International, Eric Jewett. "Research shows over 50 percent of organizations incur cloud data loss and 75 percent of the time this happens because employees accidentally delete mission critical information. While Microsoft provides robust geo-redundancy for critical data loss, our partners told us they needed an easy way to recover their customers' data instantaneously, as well as the ability to provide an extra layer of control and independent data ownership."

Cloud Computing: Breaking Down The Big Data Top Job Skills

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For those in the tech arena – and let’s face it, we’re all in the tech arena somehow – a few abilities are topping all of the must-have skills lists. Inc. points to the growth of Big Data, Cloud Computing, and Data Virtualization as three of the six major trends we should all be keeping up with, supported by countless other industry analysts.

Data and Cloud technologies have effectively transformed both our personal and business landscapes, so skilling up in these areas is a necessity. This year, the Cloud will become the “new normal”, reports TechRadar. Dramatically cutting cost by digitizing information-intensive processes, it’s been predicted that the end of 2015 will see a world of hybrid deployments...

Cloud Computing: Amazon Patents Have Designs On Augmented-Reality Living Rooms

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During its history, Amazon has managed to conquer the book market, traditional retail, and, through Amazon Web Services, cloud computing. Now, thanks to two patents it was awarded on Dec. 1, it seems the company has more plans for your living room than just its Echo voice-controlled device.

The US Patent and Trademark Office granted the Seattle company a patent for technologies that can project an augmented reality representation into a room (#9,204,121) and another patent that provides a way to navigate that world (#9,201,499). The patents were submitted by Rawles LLC of Wilmington, Del., in February 2013 and officially assigned to Amazon this week...

Your Future in the Cloud

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2015 has been the year the Enterprise Cloud came of age, but we haven’t seen anything yet says Bibi Bajwa, COO of cloud services provider Ormuco. Most commentators agree that the future – for businesses, governments and consumers – will be cloud-powered. The question is, which cloud?

Where does Watson live?

No, not Baker Street. We’re talking about IBM’s Watson, the natural language processing, machine learning, Jeopardy!-winning, artificial intelligence software. This Watson lives in the cloud. As do Siri and Cortana, the virtual assistants from Apple and Microsoft. The reason is that all these applications have to understand naturally spoken language. Which might be easy for human brains but requires staggering amounts of processing power for computers to do well...