September 2016

LightCyber Closes Breach Detection Gap in Cloud Data Centers by Extending Behavioral Attack Detection to Amazon Web Services

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LightCyber, a leading provider of Behavioral Attack Detection solutions, today announced new Magna products for Amazon Web Services (AWS) to close the breach detection gap in cloud and hybrid cloud data centers. The new products provide attack visibility for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud and hybrid cloud data center workloads. Leveraging all of the existing behavioral profiling and anomaly detection capabilities available in the Magna platform, the new Magna Detector-AWS and Magna Probe-AWS products support deployment within an organization's AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).  LightCyber also announced a new version of its agentless, on-demand Magna Pathfinder for Linux to extend integrated network and endpoint detection features to one of the most common data center server platforms. 

Approximately 155 million workloads will move to public cloud data centers by 2019 according the Cisco Global Cloud Index, eclipsing those that will exist in private cloud data centers. Even bulge bracket banks are projected to migrate from little or no use of public cloud data centers today to having 30 percent of their data center capacity in the public cloud within three years, according to a note from Deutsche Bank.

AIS Network Attains VMware IaaS Powered Status in the VMware vCloud Air Network

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AIS Network, a secure and compliant cloud hosting expert serving large enterprises in the health care, pharmaceutical, government, financial industries, international corporations and The Commonwealth of Virginia, today announced its entry into the VMware vCloud® Air™ Network with VMware IaaS Powered status. This designation illustrates to customers that the company’s public cloud service is validated using and compatible for use with VMware vSphere®, a leading virtualization platform for building cloud infrastructures.

A member of the VMware vCloud Air Network, AISN provides its VMware IaaS Powered service using proven VMware technology that organizations already use in their existing datacenters. VMware vCloud Air Network Service Providers offer global cloud services in more than 100 countries.

Oracle is gunning for AWS with new infrastructure offering

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Blair Hanley Frank.

Larry Ellison has a message for Amazon Web Services: Oracle is going to give Amazon a run for its money in the cloud market. "Amazon's lead is over," he said during his keynote address at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. "Amazon's going to have serious competition going forward."

To that end, the company he co-founded is launching a set of new cloud data centers that are aimed at providing more powerful compute instances to help it compete against the likes of AWS, Azure and other cloud players. The generation 2 data centers will help bring a variety of performance improvements to customers who want to run high-performance workloads in the cloud...

Public Cloud Security: Don't Believe the Hype

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: Trevor Pott.

A common rationale for using public cloud computing is that security done by professionals will invariably be better than that which is adhered to on-premises. So oft repeated is this mantra that questioning it is akin to blasphemy. Despite this, it is not objectively true that cloud security is better than on-premises security. True believers will react with anything from derision to active attempts at career sabotage for even attempting to discuss this topic. For many, the primacy of the public cloud is unchallengeable, and the argument of superior IT security is one of the pillars of argumentation.

The Arguments

Once you cut through the rhetoric, the security argument really boils down to two factors. The first is that public cloud providers know how to use and configure load balancers and their firewalls. In other words, public cloud providers have decent to good network edge security, whereas a lot of on-premises systems administrators, quite frankly, don't even know how half the basic elements of the public cloud-provided solutions work...

Read more from the source @ https://virtualizationreview.com/articles/2016/09/19/public-cloud-doesnt-automatically-mean-better-security.aspx

Avere Systems Unlocks Simplest Path to the Cloud with New Cloud-Core NAS (C2N) Offering for Enterprises

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Avere Systems, a leading provider of hybrid cloud enablement solutions, today unveiled the Avere Cloud-Core NAS (C2N) system, the only storage solution to combine the simplicity of NAS and the efficiency of object storage to deliver cloud-enabled infrastructure to the enterprise. The Avere C2N system transforms traditional storage environments into cloud infrastructure that scales from 120 terabytes to more than five petabytes to provide an easy and economical path to the cloud. Unlike other object storage solutions that start at a petabyte or more, Avere offers an entry-point solution built for starting small and scaling to large capacities for demanding applications in media and entertainment, life sciences, financial services, technology and other high data-growth industries.

Most enterprises looking to adopt the cloud are faced with challenges such as unfamiliar object-based application program interfaces (APIs) for data access, vendor solutions that start at over a petabyte, do-it-yourself solutions that are complex to implement, and public cloud data migrations that are difficult to execute and raise security concerns. The Avere C2N system addresses these complications by providing organizations with a cost-effective and manageable first step to cloud migration. By integrating private and public object storage with an organization's existing NAS infrastructure, C2N allows enterprises to create a simple and flexible hybrid cloud, managing an entire heterogeneous infrastructure as a single, logical pool of storage.

5nine Software Announces Solution for Helping Enterprises Accelerate the Economic Value of Microsoft Azure

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5nine Software, a Microsoft Gold Partner and the leading provider of Hyper-V security and management solutions, today released 5nine V2V Easy Converter 7.0, a VMware to Hyper-V conversion solution that enables enterprises to quickly and efficiently migrate VMware virtual machines to cloud-based Microsoft Azure and on premises Hyper-V infrastructures.

5nine V2V Easy Converter 7.0 simplifies and accelerates VMware to Microsoft migration projects, enabling enterprises to more quickly realize the economic value of virtualizing their IT infrastructure on Azure and Hyper-V. The solution performs fast, non-intrusive conversions with the highest ratio of success in the market.

Nimbix Adds Docker Integration to JARVICE Platform

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Nimbix, a leading HPC cloud platform provider, today announced a new capability, PushToCompute is a method for rapid cloud deployment and monetization of containerized compute intensive applications.  This capability is built into the JARVICE platform which powers the Nimbix Cloud.

Through the added feature on the JARVICE platform, developers are able to import the latest version of their application into an existing workflow in the Nimbix Cloud and make it available for consumption at scale immediately.  The application, along with its dependencies, executes in JARVICE's container runtime environment, which provides superior performance and scale.  This includes sub-second launch times, faster execution, seamless access to advanced computational accelerators (such as GPUs and FPGAs), automated heterogeneous data management, and rapid workflow deployment across multiple compute nodes either in a parallel or distributed paradigm.

Blue Medora SelectStar Unites Database and Infrastructure Monitoring Across Cloud and Virtualized Environments

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Blue Medora, a leading innovator in enterprise cloud and data centre management, today announced SelectStar, a new IT operational analytics (ITOA) platform that combines comprehensive database and cloud infrastructure monitoring to help organisations track and optimise critical database performance and availability metrics.

The solution is available as a comprehensive Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that deploys in less than 15 minutes. SelectStar delivers a normalised view of more than 90 percent of production cloud-native or on-premises databases and their underlying cloud or virtualised infrastructure, ideal for multiple database architectures.

Featured Speakers Announced for OpenStack Summit in Barcelona as Adoption Continues Growth in Europe

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Today at OpenStack Day UK, OpenStack Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Bryce offered a sneak preview of speakers committed to the next OpenStack Summit, the must-attend cloud computing event, taking place October 25-28 at the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona, Spain. Approximately 6,000 attendees from 50+ countries are expected to attend the Summit to discuss how the OpenStack open source cloud platform is helping companies increase agility and save money as software becomes more strategic to their business.

Featured speakers include OpenStack users and community members at Banco Santander, CERN, China Mobile, Comcast, Constant Contact, Crowdstar, Deutsche Telekom, Folksam, Google, Mesosphere, Sky UK, Snapdeal, Swisscom, Telefonica, United States Army, Verizon, Walmart and many more. View the full schedule, follow updates and register to attend at https://www.openstack.org/summit/barcelona-2016/.

PCI FAQS and Myths

PCI (short for Payment Card Industry) compliance is a list of practices that administer data security across credit/debit card payments. Businesses need to comply with the requirements outlined by the PCI Security Standards Council in order for their merchant account to stay in good standing. 

Every business that accepts credit/debit cards must obey with these Payment Card Industry standards, no matter what processing method they use. BluePay has compiled a slideshow answering some frequently asked questions as well as debunking a few myths regarding PCI compliance.

Zerto Revamps Partner Program to Address Partner Growth

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Disaster recovery solutions provider Zerto announced today that is has made some significant changes and updates to its Zerto Alliance Partner (ZAP) Program. The updates have been put in place to better meet the needs of Zerto's partner network since experiencing extreme growth; from 33 partners in 2012 to more than 1,500 reseller, cloud service provider (CSP) and system integrator partners today. Looking at more recent figures, Zerto has seen 50 percent year-over-year (YoY) growth in its partner network and 112 percent YoY growth in partner certifications. The program refresh, according to Zerto, is based directly on feedback they have received from partners as they've experienced this growth, and focuses on providing extra simplicity, an equal rewards approach regardless of partner type and a unique rewards-based training method Zerto calls "gamification." 

"The Zerto partner program is simple, far more simple than any other program we've been a part of -it just works," said Stephen Johnson, President, Corus360. "It's easy to get to the Zerto team and resources that we need, which allows us to focus on designing and deploying DR solutions and services in the field. The new Zerto partner program changes the way we do business and enables us to be more successful in growing our data recovery and business continuity opportunities." 

SoftWatch launches advanced cloud analytics to support the migration of enterprise applications to cloud computing

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SoftWatch, a leader in Application Usage Analytics, announced today that it is now offering CloudIT Premium, a new SaaS solution that assists enterprises with their transformation to cloud based IT infrastructure, platforms and applications. The unique service is the only one of its kind which enables profiling of enterprise applications according to both their resource consumption and end user activity.

SoftWatch believes that while enterprises have substantial incentives to move their enterprise applications to cloud platforms such as AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform or to available SaaS solutions, they need to carefully plan and execute the transition. This is a gradual process that poses substantial risks and requires deep understanding of the current IT environment, evaluating alternative solutions and managing a change over a considerable transition period.

Cloud Foundry Foundation and Pivotal to Open Source Training Materials

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Cloud Foundry Foundation
, home of the industry-standard platform for cloud applications, today announced that it would be releasing into the community training and education material, developed and donated by Pivotal, under the Apache open source licensing model, giving anyone the ability to freely use the materials to become more proficient on Cloud Foundry, as well as to contribute to the content.

Cloud Foundry is the world's only multi-cloud platform. Founded by Pivotal, who donated the core cloud platform technology to the Cloud Foundry Foundation in 2013. Today, the open source cloud platform is collectively developed by Cisco, EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Pivotal, SAP, and leaders in manufacturing, telecommunications, and financial services.

HyTrust Cloud Survey Finds Enterprises Are Rapidly Embracing Multi-Cloud Strategies, Slacking on Data Encryption and Security

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Today, HyTrust Inc., a leading workload security provider, announced findings from its latest cloud survey conducted at VMworld 2016, in Las Vegas. The survey of over 400 respondents assesses the current use of public cloud vendors, the industry shift to utilizing a multi-cloud model, and how enterprises are protecting data in these cloud environments.

The results, which highlight enterprise preferences for key public cloud providers including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, and VMware's vCloud Air, also found that more than a quarter of organizations deploying data, applications, and workloads to public cloud ecosystems are not using any form of encryption, leaving sensitive data vulnerable to breaches. As we see more and more enterprises move critical data to multiple clouds, the lack of data security and encryption is not only counter to security being named the leading concern, but it may become even more of an issue with broader negative consequences.

Three Key Steps to Securing Your Virtualized Infrastructure

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The use of virtual environments has become an established practice over the past few years. A 2016 survey by Spiceworks reports that 76% of respondents have adopted server virtualization, and Gartner estimates that server virtualization rates in many organizations already exceed 75%. This strong adoption of virtualization is easy to understand: virtual environments are easy to deploy, improve IT efficiency, provide better business continuity, and - most importantly - reduce costs. 

Unfortunately, these benefits can be negated if proper security measures are not taken. A 2015 global survey by Kaspersky Lab reveals that businesses pay twice as much to recover from a security breach if virtualized infrastructures are involved. The figures are quite worrying: $60,000 per incident for SMBs and $800,000 for enterprises. The report attributes these high costs to the complexity of securing virtualized environments, a failure to properly understand the risks, and the increasing reliance on virtualization for mission-critical operations.

Microsoft eyes huge potential in China's rising cloud market

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Microsoft Corp will increase investment in China's cloud computing market and the scale of its cloud platform Microsoft Azure will grow at least tenfold in China in the next few years, a top executive in charge of the company's cloud service said on Wednesday. "China regards technological innovation as an important driving source for development, which let us see China's huge market potential for the cloud business," said Scott Guthrie, executive vice-president of Microsoft cloud and enterprise group on Wednesday.

The company launched more than 10 new services and functions including image recognition and internet of things (IoT) capabilities on Microsoft Azure by teaming up with Beijing-based data infrastructure provider 21Vianet Group Inc. "We will work together with local partners to develop customized cloud services and user-experiences in China," said Samuel Shen, chairman of Microsoft Asia-Pacific Technology Company Ltd...

Read more from the source @ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2016-09/22/content_26859456.htm

Oracle Closing in on AWS, Microsoft With Public Cloud Infrastructure

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Scott Petersen.

Oracle has been accused of being "late to the party" when it comes to cloud computing—almost 10 years too late—but it is now the company is moving like Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt rounding the turn in the 200 meters. Now the Silicon Valley stalwart and its irrepressible Executive Chairman Larry Ellison are as confident and brash about their cloud strategy as the perennial gold-winning Jamaican running when crossing the finish line with another victory.

In keynotes here at the Oracle World conference this week, Ellison called out cloud competitor Amazon Web Services on several counts by virtually announcing the AWS' reign at the top of the cloud infrastructure services market. "Amazon's lead is over," he said, and followed that up with attacks on AWS's database services...

Cloud Computing: Anything you can do, AI can do better: Making infrastructure smarter

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Graham Jarvis.

Data flows and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the globalised supply chain by sending data around the world. Using the cloud as the data transport method requires more efficient data acceleration. AI is infiltrating many places, and it’s not just about replicating human performance and taking jobs, or streamlining processes. It also helps make technology smarter.

AI can be part of IT infrastructure. David Trossell, CEO and CTO of Bridgeworks, argues that it can be a good thing, and needn’t involve employees being made redundant. In his view, artificial intelligence offers a good story as it can enable organisations to better manage their IT infrastructure, and enable organisations to improve their business intelligence, allowing them to make better decisions at a time when big data volumes are increasing at a tremendous rate...

Cloud Computing: IBM shows how fast its brain-like chip can learn

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Developing a computer that can be as decisive and intelligent as humans is on IBM's mind, and it's making progress toward achieving that goal. IBM's computer chip called TrueNorth is designed to emulate the functions of a human brain. The company is now running tests and benchmarking TrueNorth to demonstrate how fast and power efficient the chips can be compared to today's computers.

The results of the head-to-head contest are impressive. IBM says TrueNorth can engage in deep learning and make decisions based on associations and probabilities, much like human brains. It can do so while consuming a fraction of the power used by chips in other computers for the same purpose...

Cloud Computing: Computing Cancer, Microsoft Uses Computer Science to Find Cure

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The Microsoft research labs, dedicated to creating solutions to problems of the computer industry, will use algorithms and computers to find a cure for cancer - the deadly challenge for humans today. According to Mircosoft, the company is conducting research in Microsoft Labs, Cambridge, UK to try and merge biology with computer science, in hopes of finding a solution for the disease.

According to corporate Vice-President in charge of the labs Jeannete Wing, "The collaboration between biologists and computer scientists is actually key to making this work." However, the tech giant found two approaches to the problem: first is taking biological processes as information processing systems where tools are developed and used to model computational processes, and second approach is using data to formulate analysis tools that may comprehend the complexity of cancer and its treatments...