December 2015

Teridion Selected by CRN as One of the Coolest Cloud Startups of 2015

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Teridion, the cloud-based networking company that delivers the fastest Internet experience, today announced that CRN Magazine has named the company one of the "10 Coolest Cloud Startups of 2015." This recognition is for Teridion's SaaS-based delivery model for networking that allows cloud service providers (CSPs) and enterprises to deliver their applications and services up to 20 times faster. The Teridion Global Cloud Network, spanning every continent and major cloud operator, such as AWS, Digital Ocean, Google, NTT Communications and SoftLayer, regularly carries terabytes of data, provides enterprises with unmatched speed and agility to empower a truly global workforce.

Kaseya Concludes 2015 With Strong Performance, Continues Momentum Into 2016

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Kaseya, the leading provider of complete IT management solutions for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and small to midsized businesses, today announced a strong finish to 2015 with outstanding customer successes, product innovation, industry recognition and other major corporate developments.

2015 Corporate and Product Milestones include:

  • Customer Success - In August, Kaseya rolled out a comprehensive, global-wide Customer Success Program designed to enable customers to derive maximum value from their relationship with Kaseya and to help them drive maximum revenue growth and profitability from their Kaseya product investments. The program included an initial investment by Kaseya of over $6M and has received an overwhelmingly positive response.

    Over the past several months, the company's executive team has met with more than 300 customers, gathering a vast amount of valuable feedback on the changes made thus far and learning what customers want to see from Kaseya in the future.

    The team has also revised and relaunched the company's former customer advisory group, rebranding it as Kaseya's Customer Success Council. This group comprised of Kaseya customers gives participant members face-to-face communication with Kaseya executives in order to effectively represent customer wants and needs. The most recent US Customer Success Council was held in Miami in November and an EMEA version of the council will be held in Amsterdam in January of 2016.

Global Cloud Application Adoption Increases by 71 Percent in 2015

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, the Total Data Protection company, today announced the results of its second annual Cloud Adoption Report. The global report was compiled through an automated, cloud-based analysis of real-world traffic data from 113,000 organizations and more than 20 industry verticals, including finance, healthcare, education and government. Overall, cloud application adoption across all industries increased more than 71 percent in 2015. Among the most notable findings: cloud adoption in regulated industries experienced stronger-than-anticipated growth, up from 15 percent in 2014 to 39 percent in 2015.

The report reveals which industries have made the most progress in migrating from on-premises to public cloud applications and highlights which of these industries are following security best practices.

Faction Closes the Year With $6M in Funding for Cloud Innovation and Continued Company Growth

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Faction, an enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud provider offering hybrid, private, and public cloud solutions, announces it has raised $6 million in funding this month. Faction's most recent round of funding comes from current investment partners Meritage Funds and Sweetwater Capital, as well as debt financing from Ares Capital Corporation. The $6 million in debt and equity capital will be used to fund the company's explosive customer demand. In 2015 Faction experienced 46% year over year growth and expects similar results in the year ahead.

"This was an exciting year for Faction," says Luke Norris, Chief Executive Officer for Faction. "To better convey our identity and our cause -- cloud the way you want it -- we changed our company name to Faction and expanded our cloud portfolio, all the while delivering the superior engineering expertise that drives value for our customers. Being Faction means our customers are in the driver's seat. They have full control and deep access into their platforms, as well as highly flexible cloud solutions for their hybrid IT environments. Embracing our cause definitely paid off as shown with our strong growth in 2015. This new round of funding will enable Faction to continue on its rapid growth trajectory, serve a wider customer base and introduce additional, innovative products to the market."

Mirantis and Palo Alto Networks Integrate Production-Grade OpenStack With Next-Generation Security

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Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack company, and Palo Alto Networks, the next-generation security company, today announced a joint partnership and availability of Palo Alto Networks next-generation security as a virtual network function (VNF) within Mirantis OpenStack, a production-grade OpenStack distribution. The combination protects applications from cyberthreats while taking advantage of the agility, cost savings, and innovation of the OpenStack cloud ecosystem.

"OpenStack cloud environments are an attractive choice for many organizations because it gives them flexibility to accelerate innovation by rapidly deploying emerging technologies such as network function virtualization (NFV). We have teamed with Mirantis to give organizations next-generation security as a virtual network function (VNF) needed to operationalize OpenStack and effectively prevent successful cyber breaches."
-- Marc Benoit, vice president of technical business development, Palo Alto Networks

CloudPhysics Named One of the Coolest Virtualization Startups of 2015

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CloudPhysics, provider of data-driven insights for smarter IT, today announced that it has been named one of the 10 coolest virtualization startups of 2015 by CRN: CloudPhysics has received more than 25 awards and accolades since launching in 2012.

5nine Software Releases 5nine Cloud Security v7 as Microsoft Hyper-V's Most Comprehensive Security Solution Ever

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5nine Software, the leading global Hyper-V virtualization security and management provider, today announced the release of the industry's leading security and compliance solution 5nine Cloud Security v7. The new version automatically protects virtual machines (VMs) without requiring any installation, provides advanced logging and alerting capabilities, and amplifies intrusion detection (IDS) through integration with Snort for Business.

"We are very pleased to be offering dozens of new enhancements that will help our customers meet greater compliance standards and have better insight into their own security operations," said Symon Perriman, VP of Business Development at 5nine Software. "With the new 5nine Cloud Security v7, users can benefit from collective knowledge of security teams from around the world with the industry's leading intrusion detection engine from Snort, and rest assured their Hyper-V infrastructure is protected."

Red Hat Launches OpenShift Dedicated, Delivering its Container Application Platform as a Public Cloud Offering

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced the general availability of OpenShift Dedicated, a new cloud-based service targeting enterprise IT and development teams. OpenShift Dedicated includes the Docker container and Kubernetes orchestration technologies included in the recently-released OpenShift Enterprise 3.1 and builds on OpenShift Online, Red Hat's offering for individual developers to build, launch and host their applications in a shared public cloud, supported by Red Hat.

According to a recent IDC MarketScape report, Red Hat has become a major player in the cloud application platform space. Since it’s launch in November 2011, there has been a notable increase in the number of applications created on and developers using OpenShift Online. The general availability of OpenShift Dedicated presents a third consumption model for Red Hat's OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering:

ProfitBricks Survey Identifies High Availability, Disaster Recovery in the Cloud as Most Important Opportunities in 2016 for MSP

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As Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Value Added Resellers (VARs) move their customers to the cloud, they're finding higher profit margins for servers, storage and networks and launching a variety of services which had been beyond their abilities before the cloud. ProfitBricks, the leading provider of painless cloud infrastructure, announced today the results of a survey the company conducted at IT Nation in November 2015, which predicted that high availability, disaster recovery and recurring revenue will be the top opportunities for MSPs in 2016. 

For this survey, channel leaders were asked how they see the cloud transforming their channel business in 2016. More than 17% of MSPs surveyed for this study reported "high availability" as being the most important opportunity when it comes to cloud computing in the coming year. By ensuring applications will always be available despite any application or server level failure, their customers can continue business as usual without interruption. Similarly, disaster recovery was cited by 15% of MSPs as being the most important cloud computing consideration in 2016, followed by recurring revenue at 14% as one of the biggest advantages.

Hillstone Networks Delivers Additional Layer of Security for Customers on Amazon Web Services

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Hillstone Networks, a leading provider of network security solutions, today announced the new Hillstone virtual firewall solution, CloudEdge, based on its Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) technology, is now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) in standard and advanced editions. Hillstone CloudEdge is deployed as an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) gateway to provide an additional layer of comprehensive security protection for AWS customers. The Hillstone virtual solution integrates with multiple security services, including firewall security, application visibility and identification, VPN, IPS, QoS, SLB, and attack protection, to ensure security for cloud deployments.

New features and benefits from Hillstone Networks include:

Racemi Speeds Server Migrations to Virtually Any Cloud Platform

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Racemi, a provider of automated server migration software, announces availability of updated DynaCenter software with performance improvements that speed Linux and Windows server migrations as much as 30 percent, while increasing reliability and delivering more flexibility.

This latest release of DynaCenter software comes with:

  • near real-time change detection that dramatically reduce the time required to synchronize data during Windows migrations, particularly important when replicating changes on large databases or other workloads with lots of updates;
  • automated migration pre-checks that identify potential configuration issues on source servers prior to capture, which includes checks on server connectivity, available memory and disk space, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and Volume Snapshot Service (VSS) integrity, and more;
  • a new High Integrity Capture Mode for maximum security and reliability that performs checksum validation of individual data blocks during the transmission process;
  • ability to capture in parallel large databases that are partitioned across multiple drives in order to ensure data integrity;
  • support for the latest generation of Amazon Web Services (AWS) M4 server sizes.

Industry's Largest Cloud Survey Reveals Opportunity to Do More with Cloud

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North Bridge, a seed-to-growth venture capital firm, in partnership with research analyst firm Wikibon, announced the results of the fifth annual Future of Cloud Computing Survey, which investigates trends in corporate cloud use on a yearly basis. The broadest and deepest exploration of cloud trends in the industry, this year’s survey reflects perspective from vendors and users spanning senior executives to practitioners across all industry sectors.

“Cloud has been gaining momentum year-over-year since the Future of Cloud Computing survey was launched five years ago. Looking at the adoption rates and trends at such a detailed level, it’s undeniable that the most successful technology leaders of today and tomorrow are scaling in the cloud,” said Jim Moran, General Partner at North Bridge. “Last year, we discussed the second cloud front and the rise of “cloud-native” companies. This year, we’re seeing the pervasiveness of cloud disrupt industries across the board as companies look to maximize and implement cloud as a strategic and integral technology. We’re also seeing the emergence of the cloud as the only way businesses can truly get more out of their data including analyzing and executing on it real-time. This will be a huge opportunity, but as the survey showed, because data rarely moves between clouds (Public/Private) companies must first learn how to interconnect disparate data sources into new applications.”

Druva Announces First Combined FIPS & AWS GovCloud Solution

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Today Druva announced that it was the first company to provide Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) enabled endpoint data protection in the Amazon Web Service (AWS) GovCloud. This will be ideal for government agencies and contractors that must adhere to the FIPS 140-2 encryption standard but that want to run their applications in the cloud.

The Cloud First policy mandates that “agencies take full advantage of cloud computing benefits to maximize capacity utilization, improve IT flexibility and responsiveness, and minimize cost.” FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) includes publicly announced security standards developed by the US federal government for computer systems used by non-military government agencies and government contractors...

Carbon Sciences Moves Forward With Its Plan to Use Graphene to Improve Cloud Computing

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Carbon Sciences Inc. (OTC PINK: CABN), focused on developing breakthrough technologies based on graphene, the new miracle material, today announced that it recently entered into an agreement with the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) to fund the research and development of a new graphene-based optical modulator, a critical fiber optics component needed to help unclog the existing bottlenecks and enable ultrafast communication in data centers for Cloud computing.

Fiber optics technology is the backbone of the Internet. With the observed and predicted explosive growth of Internet data -- as a result of Cloud-based services such as Netflix, Facebook, Google and many more -- the fundamental speed limits of current state-of-the-art fiber optic materials are being challenged...

Huawei finds scope in BYOD and cloud

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Huawei Enterprise, part of Chinese networking and telecommunications equipment and services company Huawei Technologies, reinforced its cloud and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies to make deep impact in the market.  In an interaction with Deccan Herald, Huawei Enterprise India President Daniel Jiang said, besides partnering with the government initiatives like Digital India and Smart City projects, the company finds opportunities in cloud and BYOD spaces too.
“Our public cloud service was deployed in July 2015, and we started working with China Telecom, and some West European telecom players. In India, we are helping our partners to give quality solutions to customers in areas like service, storage, network, network virtualisation, public, private, and hybrid space. For this, we have partnered with Netmagic, Sify, and NxtGen, among others,” he said...

Cloud computing takes the lead in government IT spending

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The U.S. government has been pushing its cloud-first agenda hard in the past few years in an attempt to improve data center consolidation efforts as well as collaboration between government agencies. In 2011, The Federal Cloud Strategy proposed allocating $20 billion of the total $80 billion IT spend on cloud computing.

Since the release of the report, there have been numerous barriers to adoption, namely distrust of cloud computing among many federal agencies – despite repeated proclamations from federal CIO Tony Scott that cloud computing is safe.   A new study reveals that this may change in the not-too-distant future...

Microsoft: Faster, Stronger, Better

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Five months had passed since Steve Ballmer announced his retirement in August 2013, and Microsoft was still searching for a CEO to replace him. Investors cheered the idea of new management, but some had begun to wonder if the long wait was another sign of failure for the struggling behemoth. In recent years, Windows had become a reason to stay away from PCs, not buy them. To make matters worse, Microsoft had missed the mobile revolution driven by Apple and Google.
It was primed for a disruptive, outside candidate, but ultimately Microsoft (ticker: MSFT) plucked one of its own, Satya Nadella, a 22-year veteran who had most recently run its cloud efforts. It turned out to be a stroke of genius. Microsoft shares have soared 48% since Nadella’s appointment, and employees are raving about his demeanor and vision for a bolder and more empathetic company...

Cloud Computing: Skyhigh Networks Selected as SC Magazine 2016 Excellence and Trust Awards Finalist

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Skyhigh Networks, the Cloud Security and Enablement Company, announced the Skyhigh Cloud Security Manager has been recognized as both an Excellence Award and Trust Award finalist in the Best Cloud Computing Security Solution and Best Enterprise Security Solution categories, respectively, for the 2016 SC Awards.

Finalists for the Excellence Awards are recognized for outstanding leadership and for providing superior security products to the information security industry. Finalists for the Trust Awards are chosen by a distinguished group of leading IT security professionals from the SC Magazine readership and selected by the SC editorial team. Winners will be announced at the SC Awards 2016 ceremony to be held March 1, 2016 in San Francisco...


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Microsoft Says Xbox One Cloud Tech Available to Any Game, Including PS4 Exclusives

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Microsoft will not keep outside developers from using its Azure cloud-based technology, not even developers of exclusive games for other platforms, Xbox gaming boss Phil Spencer says.  Writing on Twitter (via DualShockers), a fan asked Spencer about Titanfall 2 and how they would "hate to see the franchise lose out on Azure Cloud computing and servers."
Spencer replied: "Azure services are available to any game, even other platform's exclusives. We wouldn't keep someone from using."  But Spencer didn't divulge any further details about what arrangement might be in place for Titanfall 2 as it relates to its use of Azure. "I know people want me to comment on specific 3rd party games, I just can't. Sorry," he explained...

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