August 2016

SolarWinds to Demonstrate How to Manage Hybrid IT in the Application Economy at VMworld 2016 US

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SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced its participation at VMworld 2016 US, August 28-September 1, 2016, in Las Vegas held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center. At the event, SolarWinds Head Geeks hybrid IT, and host its third annual Experts & Espresso, a series of free, expert-led learning sessions.

"With today's hybrid application infrastructure, gaining performance visibility and connectivity into all components are more important than ever," said Christoph Pfister, executive vice president of products, SolarWinds. "Applications and data are now fluid, residing in single or multiple on-premises datacenters, cloud-based datacenters, SAAS solutions, or in combination. The SolarWinds suite of system and network products provides the user with a single interface to pinpoint application issues in their virtualized infrastructure, while also optimizing resources for optimized application performance. For hosted applications, SolarWinds provides performance visibility into all networking layers that were previously unknown to IT administrators. VMworld is the ideal place to showcase these capabilities and get vital feedback from our users and the larger virtualization community."

SecureAuth Unveils Cloud-based Identity Service Using Adaptive Access Control

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SecureAuth Corporation, the leader in adaptive access control, today announced the release of SecureAuth Cloud Access delivering adaptive and multi-factor authentication, single sign-on (SSO), and automated account management for thousands of applications. SecureAuth Cloud Access is a multi-tenant, cloud-based identity service that eases enterprise SaaS adoption, enabling IT teams to respond to business demands for agility while improving security. Offering a cloud service is a major expansion of SecureAuth's product portfolio, which includes SecureAuth IdP, an on-premises identity and access management solution.

SaaS application adoption is significantly increasing and with it comes increasing business expectations to access any application from anywhere on any device. If IT teams discover new "grass roots" SaaS apps, it's often after a purchase has already been made. End-users then have many accounts to manage, leading to security risks and a negative user experience. At the same time, the continuous drumbeat of major breaches has left many organizations scrambling to improve security. Organizations are seeking solutions that can help them reduce risks in their environment, deliver a better experience for their end-users, and adapt to the complexities of existing infrastructure and processes.

Infographic: 10 Questions CIOs Should Ask Before Moving Operations to the Cloud

There are a large number of enterprise-level CIOs who will be moving their legacy IT operations to cloud environments in the next couple years. But when they talk about why they are making the move, what their cloud architecture will look like or how the internal operations will work, the answers aren’t so clear.

If not planned correctly, making the transition to the cloud can create just as many problems as it does solutions.

Using research from across the industry, the infographic below — created by SingleHop — addresses 10 important questions CIOs should consider before moving their operations to the cloud.

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Platform9 Brings VMware-Like High Availability to OpenStack for Production Workloads

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Platform9, the company making cloud infrastructure easy, today released its High Availability capability for OpenStack users, supporting both traditional and cloud-native workloads. Platform9 will be showcasing this industry-first capability in its booth #649 at VMware's VMworld, taking place August 28 - September 1 in Las Vegas.

"High Availability is fundamental to enterprise customers looking to run production workloads on OpenStack. Given the massive demand we've seen from enterprise customers, we are excited to provide a solution with the industry's first High Availability capability for both traditional and scale-out workloads," said Madhura Maskasky, co-founder and vice president of product at Platform9. "This new capability makes it possible for customers to migrate to OpenStack for mission-critical workloads without sacrificing the powerful, enterprise-grade High Availability capabilities they've come to expect."

CloudPassage Halo Now in Solution-Specific Packages

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CloudPassage today announced new packaged offerings for CloudPassage Halo to more cost-effectively address enterprises' need for workload security. Award-winning CloudPassage Halo is now comprised of three packages--Halo Protect, Halo Segment and Halo Detect--which can be purchased separately or in any combination to provide workload protection, microsegmentation, compromise detection, compliance, DevSecOps and AWS EC2 security. At one-third the full platform pricing, the new packages provide enterprises with a more cost-effective entry point to workload security and the flexibility to add fully integrated functionality as the need arises.

"While most of our customers eventually use the full range of security controls in CloudPassage Halo, many are initially looking for a more tailored solution to a specific security problem," said Jack Marsal, Product Marketing Director, CloudPassage. "These solution-focused packages allow enterprises to address their most acute security problem in the most cost-effective manner while giving them flexibility to add a broader range of security controls as their security needs evolve. Customers can evolve their security systems and posture at the pace which is right for them."

ZeroStack First to Build Enterprise Capabilities into OpenStack Based Hybrid Cloud Platform

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ZeroStack, a one-stop shop for hybrid cloud infrastructure that delivers agility without complexity, today announced that it is the first to build capabilities that enterprises expect for OpenStack-based hybrid cloud to support applications in production. The key functions now in the ZeroStack Cloud Platform include: 

  • Virtual machine (VM) high availability
  • Workload placement policies
  • Data protection
  • Support for external storage
  • zApp store delivering single-click application deployment – part of the click and go model

These developments, coupled with ZeroStack’s self-healing software, make the ZeroStack Cloud Platform the only complete enterprise-ready OpenStack-based hybrid cloud solution.

New York Public Library reads up on the cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Sharon Gaudin.

Four years ago, the New York Public Library began to move its web properties to the cloud. Today, the library system has all of its approximately 80 web sites in the cloud. The library has shrunk the number of on-premise servers by 40% and is running those web properties 95% more cheaply than if it had bought the hardware and software to do it all by itself.

The library took a risk on the cloud, and on Amazon Web Services (AWS), and it paid off. "We've grown but we've grown in the cloud," said Jay Haque, director of DevOps and Enterprise Computing at the library. "Today, we're primarily focused on the digital identity of the NYPL. How our properties look...

Cloud Computing: When Compliance Comes Down to Security

Grazed from CloudComputingExpo. Author: Fouad Khalil.

In the business world, it's hard to throw a rock without hitting a compliance requirement. All must be obeyed, but some call for a high level of control and auditability. Governing bodies are exerting their authority like never before, increasing the number of auditors and handing out heavy fines - sometimes as much as $1 million. This has become the new norm, and it isn't likely to turn around any time soon. It's important, then, to be aware of the primary threats that could undermine compliance efforts. The top three such issues are discussed below.

The Challenges of SOX

Public companies in the U.S. as well as foreign companies listed on U.S. exchanges are required by Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) to assess their internal controls, have that assessment validated by an external auditor and report the assessment to the SEC. Information security professionals need to ensure that their organization complies with requirement in Section 302 and Section 404 of the legislation...

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Virtustream and Iron Mountain Join Forces to Build Cloud Platform for Enterprise Data Management

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud services and software provider and an EMC Federation Company, today announced that Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE:IRM), the global leader in storage and information management services, has selected Virtustream® xStream® and Virtustream Viewtrust® software to orchestrate, automate and secure cloud storage services for Iron Mountain’s cloud-based service offerings.

“Changes in technology and business processes are challenging the most progressive companies to adopt new strategies to handle the resulting explosion of high value data,” said Eileen Sweeney, senior vice president and general manager for Data Management at Iron Mountain. “To enable our customers to adapt their data management processes to these challenges, we are embracing technology and offering clients a hybrid approach to manage all types of data, through various stages of the data lifecycle...

6 Tips to Ensure Successful Migration to the Cloud

Grazed from DZone. Author: Nirav Sanghavi.

As cloud computing is growing at a rapid pace, enterprises and IT organizations are increasing adopting the cloud with a focus on infrastructure-as-a-service. As per the recent report by RightScale, 95% of respondents agree to using cloud with 77% private cloud adoption and 71% hybrid cloud adoption in 2016.

Considering these figures, it is apparent that more and more organizations are keen to migrate their mission-critical applications and systems to cloud to leverage the benefits of storage optimization, security, capacity and performance. However, migrating to the cloud is not easy as it may seem...

Cloud Computing: Major U.S. Telecom Carriers Aggressive on NFV Deployment

Grazed from YahooFinance. Author: Editorial Staff.

As per a research report by analytics firm IHS Markit, Verizon Communications Inc. VZ, CenturyLink Inc. CTL and AT&T Inc. T have been aggressively implementing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in their business service offerings. The technological adoption of this capability enhances scaling functions and service delivery times which leads to improved end user experience along with higher growth in the business services segment. Notably, the business service segment is a rapidly growing industry in the telecom space.

Network Virtualization – A New Trend

At present, cloud based functions are provided by service providers through a series of expensive dedicated hardware. Through new software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization capabilities, any service provider can run its network functions on a less expensive hardware by delivering services through virtualized enterprise customer premises equipment (vE-CPE)...

MetroNet Delivers Hosted Workspaces Powered by CloudJumper nWorkSpace Platform

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CloudJumper, a Workspace as a Service (WaaS) platform innovator for agile business IT, today announced that MetroNet Inc., a customer-focused company that provides cutting-edge fiber optic communication services, has joined with CloudJumper to become an authorized WaaS solution delivery partner. Through the partnership, MetroNet will now offer customers Office 365, hosted Quickbooks services, and hosted workspace solutions, based on the CloudJumper nWorkSpace platform.

MetroNet joins CloudJumper in a strategic move to expand its revenue channels with cloud-based computing services. These services are implemented using the CloudJumper platform, allowing MetroNet to deliver complete hosted workspaces, including desktops, applications, and data to small and medium businesses (SMBs) in Indiana and surrounding areas. Leveraging the CloudJumper Cloud Application Catalog, MetroNet is capable of delivering and supporting more than 2,000 applications in the cloud, which are accessible on any device, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
 

CloudPhysics Unveils Cost Calculator for Private Cloud With Public Cloud Comparison Tool

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CloudPhysics, provider of data-driven insights for smarter IT, today introduced the Cost Calculator for Private Cloud with the Public Cloud Comparison tool. This data-driven solution automates the process of determining the accurate costs of a customer's currently resourced on-premises Virtual Machines (VMs). Customers can compare those amounts to the costs for the same VMs if they were migrated to a public cloud.

The Cost Calculator for Private Cloud allows the customer to rightsize VMs by comparing a VM's current resources, such as CPU and storage, with the amount the VM actually requires to perform its functions. Because many VMs are overprovisioned with resources, rightsizing helps a customer save costs per workload, whether on-premises or in the cloud. By rightsizing workloads, customers are assured that VM provisioning fits actual usage. 

Shippable Launches Industrialized Continuous Deployment Platform

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Shippable has announced the next generation of its continuous deployment platform. The enhanced platform adds key features like release management, multi-cloud capabilities, a declarative pipeline language and a unified view across all application pipelines. These features help software-powered organizations further streamline the process of shipping software and accelerating innovation.

Today, most organizations find it challenging to innovate fast enough to satisfy consumers. DevOps is a set of principles that tries to solve this problem. However, the workflow required to get applications from source code to running in production is complicated and riddled with fragmented technology solutions. The only way to achieve rapid, iterative innovation is to cobble these fragments together in one continuous pipeline. Unfortunately, these custom, homegrown pipelines are rigid, inflexible and hard to maintain. The do-it-yourself approach is a distraction and takes valuable cycles away from product engineering.

OpenDaylight Project Hosts Second-Annual SDN Application Contest

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The OpenDaylight Project, the networking industry's largest open source project focused on Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), today announced the second OpenDaylight SDN Dragon's Den will take place September 26, 2016, at OpenDaylight Summit 2016 in Seattle. The event provides a platform for participants to pitch various SDN application ideas in a lively "competitive showcase" environment.

The evening event invites participants to present a seven-minute pitch, including an overview and demo, to the "Dragons of Networking"-- leading developers and users from the OpenDaylight community and the investor world who will evaluate and provide feedback on the technical viability and real-world applicability of the SDN application pitches.

Cars, the Cloud and the end of traffic congestion

Grazed NationMultimedia. Author: Goragot Wongpaisarnsin.

While it may seem like fantasy for many Bangkokians, my team and I spend every day figuring out how to use Cloud computing and GPS to unravel Thai traffic jams for up to a million people a year. The solution we developed, an app called TSquare, provides drivers with real time information about the best available routes in Thailand. People who use the app can reduce travel time by up to 30 percent.

There are currently about a million users of the app in Thailand, which costs 240 baht a year. TSquare has a core group of users: male, urban, Gen X users who are trying to get home to their families as quickly as possible from their offices in the central business district. TSquare is a prime example of the way technology and Cloud computing can make life better for all...

Cloud Computing: Veritas Ups Resiliency Factor In Datacenter Space Race

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

There is something of a space race on in the datacenter market. Hardware vendors now think they are software vendors. Well-known ex-PC manufactures now bill themselves as Software Defined DataCenter (SDDC) specialists — and cloud computing specialists are busy reshaping their offerings as it turns out that ultra-hybrid multi-cloud multi-vendor cross-platform is the only way to run a cloud.

There is no real cloud

It’s all change and some say that there is no real ‘Internet’ or ‘cloud computing’ anyway. The web is in fact a distributed hypermedia system of data nodes interrelated via defined interaction criteria that live in datacenters. The cloud is just a collection of various data nodes in that same system with bits of software management intelligence sprinkled around...

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Former head of Intel Capital to lead $150mn European cloud fund

Grazed from TheStack. Author: Alice MacGregor.

London-based fund manager C5 Capital is aiming to raise a $150 million (approx. £114 million) fund to tap into the growing cloud computing sector after appointing the former European head of Intel Capital, Marcos Battisti. Battisti will join the firm this September to manage one of the largest funds of its kind in Europe.

The investment will target next-stage development businesses operating in the cloud computing market, and hopes to enable further opportunities for remote processing and storage. The Financial Times expected typical investments to be between $5 million and $15 million. At Intel’s venture capital group in the States, Battisti was involved in investments in companies such as French mobile connectivity company Sigfox, and Israeli semiconductor designer Anobit – which was bought by Apple in 2012...

Rackspace Goes Private with a $4.3 Billion Acquisition Led by Apollo Global Management

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Rackspace announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with affiliates of certain funds (the "Apollo Funds") managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, "Apollo"), a leading global alternative investment manager, to be acquired for $32.00 per share in cash. In connection with the transaction, funds managed by Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P. will make a strategic equity investment in the acquired company. The transaction has a total value of $4.3 billion, which includes the assumption of $43 million of net cash. Upon completion of the transaction, Rackspace will become a privately held company.

The $32.00 per share cash consideration represents a premium of 38% when compared to Rackspace's unaffected closing stock price on August 3, 2016, the last trading day prior to news reports speculating about a potential transaction. The Rackspace board of directors unanimously approved the agreement with the Apollo Funds and recommends that Rackspace stockholders vote in favor of the transaction.

There're No Jobs In Cloud Computing - Proof Of How Much Richer It Is Making Us

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Tim Worstall.

There’s a really quite superbly wrong piece in the New York Times about cloud computing. They’re looking at the data centres that Microsoft, Amazon and others are building around the country. There’re a couple of minor economic points, things like path dependence and even government intervention which they get right.

But the big point they’re making they get entirely wrong. They’re bemoaning the fact that these data centres provide very few jobs. But that’s the entire joy of them. They produce huge value and utility without using much human labour. That’s the very process which makes us all richer – gaining more value from less labour...