September 2016

ZeroStack Delivers Hybrid Cloud that Eliminates Dependence on VMware ESX

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ZeroStack, pioneering the cloud-managed datacenter delivering agility without complexity, today announced that its Cloud Platform can break industry dependence on VMware ESX by offering one-click workload porting from ESX to ZeroStack. ZeroStack is now the only company to offer bi-directional application portability across hypervisors, and to integrate with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware vSphere.

Companies are balking at the idea of single-vendor lock-in for cloud infrastructure, but they have such large investments in ESX and related tools that they feel trapped. ZeroStack unpacks workloads from ESX and migrates them to its Cloud Platform with one click, giving customers access to KVM-based tools as well as OpenStack APIs.

Rackspace Private Cloud Powered by OpenStack Releases Version 13

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Rackspace, releases version 13 of Rackspace Private Cloud powered by OpenStack to the market. The new version addresses key stability and security requirements for enterprise customers and is based on the Mitaka release.

In today's market, requirements like stability and security are critical for enterprise customers with an increased need for operational expertise in private clouds. Rackspace Private Cloud powered by OpenStack allows customers to focus on IT transformation and application development while consuming their OpenStack private cloud as a managed service.

Unitrends Connected Continuity Platform Now Encompasses Microsoft Azure and Office 365

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Unitrends, a leader in enterprise-level cloud-empowered business continuity solutions, today announced three new business continuity products. Unitrends Boomerang for Microsoft Azure, Unitrends Enterprise Backup for Microsoft Azure, and Unitrends Cloud Backup for Office 365 enable organizations to capitalize on the agility and economics of the cloud, simplify the backup and recovery process, and gain complete confidence in the recovery point to come. The new offerings enable Unitrends customers to benefit from the global scale of Microsoft Azure and backup data residing in Microsoft Office 365, the SaaS applications that millions of enterprises now rely on for collaboration and productivity.

"Business continuity is top of mind for our customers, as they increasingly look to the cloud for either the full solution, or to add that extra layer of protection. Also, as a result of explosive data growth, they need to keep a sharp eye on containing costs," said Cary Warner, CMO at Aperio IT, a Unitrends partner. "Unitrends offers the industry's broadest range of continuity solutions that enables our company to meet the unique needs of each client."

Cloud Computing: Salesforce ecosystem to pump in 1.9M new jobs by 2020: IDC

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IDC has revealed a new research study on Salesforce, detailing how the CRM company and its ecosystem of customers and partners will drive nearly 1.9 million new jobs and more than $389 billion in new GDP impact worldwide by 2020. According to the research, when Salesforce released its first product in 2000, cloud computing was in its infancy, an unproven computing technique.

In fact, cloud computing didn’t surpass 1% of IT spending until 2009. But despite its small share of the $2 trillion IT market, cloud computing has been a major contributor to growth in IT spending, growing at 4.5 times the rate of IT spending since 2009 and expected to grow at better than 6 times the rate of IT spending from 2015 through 2020...

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European Data Centres: Hybrid Support Spanning Traditional and Cloud Services Will Be Crucial

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The gradual movement of data centres from on-premise services toward hosted services such as colocation, managed hosting and cloud is an important shift in enterprise IT infrastructure, compelling data centre service providers to expand their portfolios to support hybrid environments. With enterprise IT infrastructure currently being a combination of traditional and cloud services, providers need to tailor their solutions to offer management and technical aid for a complex setup.

European Data Centre Services Market, is the new analysis that is part of the IT Services & Applications Growth Partnership Service program, which also includes subjects such as enterprise infrastructure transformation, physical to virtual back-up software, managed security services, mobile device management, software-defined networking and cloud computing...

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Veritas and Red Hat Collaborate to Support Requirements for Business Critical Applications on OpenStack

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Veritas, the leader in information management, and Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced a collaboration aimed at supporting business critical enterprise applications on OpenStack. Building on their long history of technology collaboration focused on business continuity, storage management and data protection solutions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Virtualization, the two companies plan to work together to offer predictable quality of service to OpenStack applications and workloads, regardless of scale.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform is a highly scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution that enhances OpenStack with advanced features needed for cloud environments. It is a co-engineered solution that integrates the proven foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Red Hat's OpenStack technology to form a stable, high-performing and production-ready cloud environment. Veritas has selected Red Hat OpenStack Platform to build OpenStack solutions that provide a highly predictable quality of service to meet the requirements of business critical workloads with cost-effective direct-attached storage (DAS) using Veritas storage management technologies. Through the collaboration, Veritas aims to bring the ability to execute data protection tasks through integration with backup software without impacting production operations to Red Hat OpenStack Platform environments.

Citrix Acquires Norskale for User Environment Management (UEM). What's Next?

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Citrix quietly announced that it has acquired Norskale, a French-based startup with a proven track record of optimizing workspace performance, accelerating application delivery, and enhancing environment scalability.  The company has operated throughout the European, Asia-Pacific and Americas markets by providing a full-featured workspace and user environment management solution.  With more than 100 customers worldwide and enterprise deployments reaching up to 80,000 seats, Norskale brings a welcomed amount of performance and scalability value to the Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop application and desktop virtualization solutions.

Demand for business mobility by end-users is creating far-reaching implications for how mission-critical applications are being delivered.  These businesses are increasingly searching for solutions that help simplify the management of end-users as they move from desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones due to the complexity of managing these assets in silos.

But in the last couple of years, Citrix has fallen behind in this area.  The company, which was once a market leader in this space, seemed to find itself playing catch up with competitors like VMware who in February of 2015 acquired Immidio to beat Citrix to the punch by offering its own Workspace Environment Management (WEM) solution.  With that acquisition, VMware gained a strong UEM solution which they have been integrating more and more into their existing product lines.


Pax8 to Deliver New Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud

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Pax8, the leading value-added cloud distributor, today announced it will offer the new Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud solution, providing small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) enterprise-class security and real-time protection to its channel of solution providers. The revolutionary Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud solution is built on an advanced cloud-based platform, deployable in less than five minutes.

"As cybersecurity threats continue to rise, more businesses are left vulnerable to sophisticated attacks such as zero day and targeted attacks," said Ryan Walsh, senior vice president of Partner Solutions. "Solution providers looking to protect their customers' endpoint devices need advanced, evolved security protections like artificial intelligence from machine learning, generic exploit mitigation, and behavioral-based technologies provided by Symantec. The easy to manage and fast to deploy features along with real-time protection enables solution providers to confidently offer Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud to their customers."

RackWare Secures $10M Series B Funding to Modernize Cloud Management

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RackWare, the leader in enabling comprehensive cloud management for the enterprise, today announced the close of a $10M Series B round of funding led by Signal Peak Ventures, with additional funding from Kickstart Seed Fund and Osage Venture Partners. RackWare will utilize the funding to enhance and accelerate product development and to expand sales, marketing, partnerships and customer support teams. 

Guided by CEO Sash Sunkara, a female executive with a proven track record in technology and business development, RackWare has emerged as a mainstay for enterprise IT teams seeking to manage their on-premise, private-cloud and public-cloud applications on one platform. Customers include Blue Cross Blue Shield of CA, Coca-Cola, IBM SoftLayer, HBO, Crayola and Zebra.

Egenera Introduces New Xterity Cloud Console to Simplify and Streamline IaaS, DRaaS, BaaS and Cloud Migration Solutions

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Egenera, a leading provider of wholesale cloud services and cloud management software to the channel, today announced the general availability of a new interface for Xterity, its wholesale managed cloud service. The new downloadable application, called Xterity Cloud Console, is designed to simplify customer onboarding and solution development to accelerate deployment of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Cloud Migration solutions.

Xterity Cloud Console is an application that delivers:

Five common enterprise questions about OpenStack security

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The cloud can transform how your enterprise does business — poised to deliver improved reliability, flexibility, and performance. However, these benefits are all for nothing if you shift to a cloud environment and your company's confidential data is compromised.

For organisations thinking about a move to the cloud, security is the number one concern. In fact, a survey from Hytrust found that such worry is holding business and IT professionals back from a cloud migration.

The Linux Foundation and edX Announce New, Free Introduction to OpenStack Course

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The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announced its newest massive open online course (MOOC) is available for registration. The course, LFS152x - Introduction to OpenStack, is offered through edX, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The course is free and will go live this October.

This is the third edX MOOC offered by The Linux Foundation. Its first course, Intro to Linux, has reached more than 600,000 students globally and continues to grow in registrations. The second, Intro to Cloud Infrastructure Technologies, became available in June.

"To keep current with their profession, sysadmins of all stripes must have at least basic knowledge of cloud technologies, especially OpenStack," said Linux Foundation General Manager for Training and Certification Clyde Seepersad. "We knew edX was an ideal partner to help increase the pool of talent qualified in OpenStack by providing a platform to make high-quality education easily accessible to people looking to build rewarding careers managing OpenStack clouds."


DOD, Service Branches Say Cloud Migrations Will Depend on Missions, Interoperability

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The Defense Department is going all-in on the cloud, according to DOD and service branch IT leaders, but how — and how quickly — the services and commands move applications to the cloud will depend on a variety of factors. The migrations will depend on their missions, how apps relate to each other, and the security requirements for the data, they say.

Speaking Wednesday morning at an AFCEA DC event in Arlington, Va., DOD officials argued that they are working to shift their agencies to a new cloud-based world, but acknowledged that it is a major cultural change for many IT workers. The event, moderated by Matt Goodrich, director of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), offered a deep dive into how the Army, Navy, Air Force and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) are approaching cloud migrations...

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Cloud Computing: HPE Expands Channel Partner Program, Doubles Down on SDN

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) kicked off its Global Partner Conference in Boston yesterday, its first since the company split off from its printer and personal computer division. The event brings together the company’s strategic partners with member of HPE’s senior management, including CEO Meg Whitman, EVP and GM of the enterprise Relevant Products/Services group Antonio Neri, and chief sales officer Peter Ryan. While partner sales are often major sales channels for enterprise technology companies, that is particularly true for HPE, which generates the vast majority of its sales through strategic partners.

Expanding Flexible Capacity

At the event, HPE announced a number of changes to its existing partner program, including an expansion of its Flexible Capacity program that offers on-premise IT and cloud computing services through a utility sales model that can be scaled up or down depending on the end clients needs...

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Serverless technologies: the future of cloud

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There's a new term that's stirring up interest and passion in the IT community. Funnily enough, it might herald the future of cloud computing, at least going by the amount of attention that major cloud vendors? -? Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM ?- ?are giving it. ‘Serverless' is the term that's causing ruckus but the awareness and understanding of serverless technologies and architectures is growing day by day.

What is serverless?

Serverless technologies are managed services that developers can use to build systems. These services can execute code, store data or perform other useful operations such as authentication. A common thread among these services is that the developer doesn't have access to the underlying infrastructure. There's no way to change hardware or update the operating system. Everything is managed and looked after by a vendor such as Amazon or Microsoft...

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DSM Offers New Secure Managed Hybrid and Private Cloud Solutions

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DSM Technology Consultants (DSM), a leading provider of fully managed private cloud and IT infrastructure services based in Florida, today announced the availability of managed cloud solutions for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) clients including HPE StoreOnce customers.

DSM Cloud lets businesses move their critical business applications to the DSM cloud. The DSM Cloud architecture provides a highly resilient and cost-effective environment to run business applications, while dramatically reducing downtime and the risk of service interruption due to natural disasters, accidents, and criminal damage.

"We are proud to be one of the first Service Providers to implement the HPE Helion CloudSystem as a cloud service provider.   We are extremely excited to partner with HPE to help our customers drive cloud adoption and allow them to focus on their business challenges." 
John "JT" Tomljanovic, DSM SVP of Solution Development and Cloud

Mirantis Acquires TCP Cloud to Extend Managed OpenStack Capabilities

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Mirantis today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TCP Cloud. Headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, TCP Cloud employs 30 people and specializes in managed services for OpenStack, OpenContrail and Kubernetes. The acquisition will support Mirantis' initiative with Google and Intel to enable OpenStack on Kubernetes by equipping Mirantis to continuously deliver OpenStack to customer datacenters. The combined entity will solve the problem of upgrades, one of the primary burdens of on-premises infrastructure.

"The model for delivering infrastructure employed by traditional vendors is fundamentally misaligned with modern software development patterns. Disruptors of the digital era push new code to production multiple times a day, while traditional enterprise vendors ship infrastructure as packaged software once every few years and require forklift upgrades," said Alex Freedland, Mirantis CEO. "Mirantis empowers enterprises to embrace the new, continuously delivered infrastructure model on their terms. TCP Cloud's technology and expertise helps us accelerate that vision."

Cloudways Introduces Industry's First Managed Cloud Hosting for Containers

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Cloudways now provides fast, affordable, and scalable container cloud hosting. The cloud platform provisions Kyup containers that come with auto-scalability along with quick-to-scale RAM, robust SSD storage, and dedicated IP address.

Cloudways and Kyup container based hosting make a terrific duo where developers and designers can launch automatically scaling cloud servers within minutes.

Auto-scalability is a crucial element for modern web apps. It lets developers enjoy a stress-free scaling process without human intervention. Abrupt traffic spikes increase computing resources for efficient traffic handling. Additionally, manual scaling of the RAM, Storage, and CPU sizes completes within seconds right from the Cloudways Platform.

Cloud Computing: Oracle’s Larry Ellison Unveils New Cloud Infrastructure, Says ‘Amazon’s Lead Is Over’

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Larry Ellison, Oracle’s former chief executive and current executive chairman and chief technology officer, has an ambitious vision for his Redwood, California, company. In an over hour-long speech Sunday at the company’s annual customer conference in San Francisco, Ellison predicted Oracle would soon give Amazon stiff competition insofar as providing computing services through the cloud is concerned.

“We’re in the middle of a generational change — from on-premise computing — to super data centers called clouds,” Ellison reportedly said. “Amazon’s lead is over. Amazon’s going to have serious competition going forward.” Among the services unveiled Sunday is one called Cloud@Customer, which lets customers run servers identical to Oracle’s cloud infrastructure services within their own on-premise infrastructure...

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IBM and Canonical Expand Hybrid Cloud Alliance as Ubuntu OpenStack is available today on all IBM Servers

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Canonical announces today that Ubuntu OpenStack is available for IBM z Systems, IBM LinuxONE and IBM Power Systems, including IBM's newly announced OpenPOWER LC servers, as it expands its work to deliver hybrid cloud capabilities with IBM.  

Canonical and IBM will deliver solutions built on Canonical's software and IBM servers through a deeper engineering, product and support collaboration.  This enables customers to leverage Canonical's portfolio across the z Systems, LinuxONE, Power Systems and OpenPOWER platforms with automated OpenStack management.

IBM and Canonical have a long and innovative alliance and have announced the availability of Canonical's Ubuntu OS, Ubuntu OpenStack and tooling on z Systems, LinuxONE, Power Systems and OpenPOWER. Ubuntu OpenStack is the most widely used private cloud platform among enterprises and service providers with over 55% of production OpenStack clouds, more than all other vendor solutions combined.