September 2016

LANDESK Enters into an OEM Agreement with Software License Optimization Expert Concorde Solutions

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LANDESK, a global leader in user-centered IT solutions, today announced that it has entered into an OEM agreement with Concorde, a recognized leader in software license optimization. This will complement LANDESK's IT asset management (ITAM) suite. The agreement extends LANDESK's endpoint software asset management to encompass complicated server license models that run in the data center. The combined solution will empower asset managers to more effectively manage their entire asset estate.

"Concorde's license optimization technology will extend the capabilities of the LANDESK ITAM suite by providing additional entitlement management and decision modeling to help our customers better determine their effective license position," said Steve Workman, vice president of corporate strategy at LANDESK. "This partnership joins Concorde's software licensing expertise to LANDESK's proven discovery and endpoint asset management capabilities, a collaboration that will deliver industry-leading IT and software asset management."

Viptela SD-WAN Platform Adds Support for Microsoft Azure Cloud

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Viptela, Inc., the Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) company, today announced that its SD-WAN platform can extend a customer’s Wide Area Network (WAN) into the Microsoft Azure public cloud environment. An Enterprise can now treat their Azure Virtual Network (VNET) resource as a branch and benefit from all the SD-WAN capabilities offered by the Viptela platform. All Viptela elements can also be deployed on a Hyper-V hypervisor. 

Will Your Business's DR Plan Work? How Three Companies Showed Proof of Disaster Recovery Protection

Grazed from VMblog. Author: Pat O'Day

Today's businesses are more dependent on technology than ever. We rely on it for our daily tasks, operations and communications, which means having a disaster recovery (DR) plan is paramount in keeping businesses running smoothly in the face of emergency. Most businesses, if they're lucky, never have to worry about implementing their DR plan. That doesn't mean, however, that a DR plan is something that should be created and then never be looked at again. 

If someone asked you to show them proof of a reliable and secure DR plan, would you be able to do so?

Comcast Joins Cloud Foundry Foundation

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Comcast today announced it has joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the industry-standard multi-cloud platform, as a Silver member. Comcast joins GE, HPE, IBM, Pivotal, SAP, Verizon and more than 60 other technology innovators as a Foundation member. Through its membership, Comcast will be able to contribute ideas to the project while accelerating its own innovation by taking advantage of Cloud Foundry's continuous delivery approach to developing cloud-native software.

"We're looking forward to collaborating with Cloud Foundry's robust, global open source community through our participation in the Cloud Foundry Foundation," said Greg Otto, Executive Director Cloud Services, Comcast Cable. "Cloud Foundry delivers a consistent multi-cloud experience for our developers. This enables our product teams to focus on innovating new customer experiences."...

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Predix Is World’s First Industrial Cloud OS; Enables Machines To Communicate and Increase Productivity!

Grazed from Trak. Author: Mohul Ghosh.

$493 billion conglomerate General Electric is shedding it’s 124 year old legacy; and embedding a startup culture to solve some of the biggest problems which this world faces. Their Industrial Internet of Things platform: Predix, is actually on it’s way to change the future with it’s advanced cloud based Platform as a Service offering for industrial machines.

Via Predix, GE wants to improve industrial productivity, infuse more efficiency, and give more power to the industry. If Microsoft has built a platform to connect personal computers via Windows; if Google & Apple are scaling a platform to connect all smartphones and tablets; then GE is right now building a platform to connect 50 billion devices which includes heavy industrial appliances as well as some of the complex machines ever invented. Predix is changing the future, and it’s happening right infront of our eyes...

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4ward365 Enterprise Edition Now Includes Robust Office 365 Monitoring Capabilities

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4ward, an industry-leading Microsoft Office 365 IT services company, announced today that its 4ward365 SaaS solution now includes robust monitoring capabilities for enterprises with Office 365 environments. 4ward clients now have the ability to monitor the integrity of their Office 365 service in real time, throughout the enterprise, anywhere on the globe, providing them with a holistic view of their environment. Companies with Office 365 deployments currently struggle with validating the integrity of their service in real time – typically, outages of Office 365 applications (e.g., Microsoft Outlook availability or Microsoft SharePoint search functionality) could take up to two hours to be recognized, and the time needed for resolution only adds to user/resource downtime and frustration. 4ward clients can now track outages throughout their tenants, self-report application availability, validate service integrity, and react in real time to any potential issues. In contrast to other monitoring solutions, 4ward365 does not require additional software nor administrator access into a company's infrastructure, providing safe and secure access to availability statistics without requiring escalated privileges throughout the enterprise.

CloudHealth Technologies Offers Cloud Service Management for Customers Using Multiple Public Cloud Service Providers

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CloudHealth Technologies, the leader in cloud service management, today announced its support for organizations managing applications, infrastructure and services across multiple public cloud service providers, including Microsoft Azure.

The move reflects a growing trend among the CloudHealth Technologies customer base and, by extension, the broader business world, as relying on a mix of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings - including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform - is becoming the new normal.

Microsoft Ignite 2016: DataCore to Offer the Industry's Fastest Hyper-converged Virtual SAN Software at No Cost to Microsoft MVP

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DataCore Software, a leading provider of Hyper-converged Virtual SAN, Software-Defined Storage and Adaptive Parallel I/O Software, announced today that to support the Microsoft Ignite 2016 event and Microsoft Server 2016 announcements, it will offer license keys for its Parallel I/O-powered DataCore Hyper-converged Virtual SAN software at no cost to Microsoft MVPs. DataCore powers the ‘world's fastest hyper-converged solutions' and the software has been proven to boost Microsoft application performance (e.g. Microsoft SQL server and Microsoft Dynamics) and provide powerful data services to run and support Microsoft server and Azure cloud platforms - the software runs either directly on the root partition on physical servers, with Hyper-V, on a virtual machine or on an Azure VM instance. 

The not-for-resale (NFR) license keys -- available for non-production uses such as home labs, course development, training, feature testing and demonstration purposes -- are intended to support virtualization consultants, instructors and architects involved in efforts aimed at managing and fully leveraging storage assets.

Metalogix Launches - A Single Platform to Monitor and Manage Disparate Cloud Collaboration Platforms

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Live from Microsoft Ignite (Booth #645), Metalogix, the market leading provider of solutions to move, manage and protect content within enterprise collaboration platforms, today announced, a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering that allows businesses to control their content across collaboration platforms including Microsoft Office 365, Slack, Salesforce, Box, Dropbox and Google for Work. fills a simple, but critical need that every large organization faces - a growing number of dispersed collaboration, storage and file synchronization platforms embedded in business processes with no unified way to manage them all.  

Microsoft signs Adobe for Azure cloud computing services

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Tech giants Microsoft and Adobe today announced a major partnership to promote the use of each other's cloud-computing tools among their mutual customers. Satya Nadella, Microsoft's chief executive, called the deal a "massive mileston," in an appearance here with Shantanu Narayen, his Adobe counterpart.

The deal follows a pact last year that linked some Adobe products to Microsoft's customer relationship management tools. Cloud-computing, a growing business in which companies increasingly turn to rented, web-based infrastructure to run their software instead of their own back room servers, has a been a showcase of Microsoft's newfound willingness to partner with erstwhile competitors...

Renault-Nissan will allow Microsoft to plug cars into the cloud

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Microsoft Corp. agreed to provide cloud-computing services for cars made by the Renault-Nissan Alliance as the two automakers push ahead with developing connected vehicles. Microsoft will build cloud infrastructure for Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co. that can host navigation data and allows drivers to predict gas usage and check on their cars remotely, the software producer said in a statement today.

The U.S. company will also help Renault and Nissan, which are both run by CEO Carlos Ghosn, develop user interfaces for their brands. Vehicles with the new features could reach the market as early as 2018, with more than 10 models with autonomous driving technology to be available two years later...

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Cloud Computing: Secret passages and skipped meals: Oracle CEO gives rare peek at what it takes to run a $37 billion company

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With $37 billion in annual revenue, Oracle is one of the world's biggest tech companies. And every year, tens of thousands of customers, partners, industry analysts, and journalists descend upon San Francisco for the company's OpenWorld tech conference. It is a pinnacle week for the company's top execs — its two famous CEOs, Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, and its even more famous founder, Larry Ellison, who stepped down from the CEO role in 2014 to become executive chairman and CTO, though he's still very much the leader of the executive triad.

Oracle invited me to spend a full day shadowing Hurd last week at OpenWorld as he met with customers, analysts, and others on the biggest day of the conference. During the week, Hurd met with nearly 500 people either in one-on-one meetings or in small groups, answering their questions, solving problems, issuing reassurances, and explaining the company's plans and strategy — all at a surprisingly exhausting pace...

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BlueData Delivers Enterprise-Class Security and Networking for On-Premises Big-Data-as-a-Service With Docker Containers

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BlueData, provider of the leading Big-Data-as-a-Service software platform, today announced the new fall release for the enterprise edition of its BlueData EPIC software. Delivered as a flexible platform, this new release builds on the EPIC summer release to add deeper security integrations for Big Data deployments in production. It also provides networking and storage enhancements for managing Docker containers used to create Hadoop and Spark clusters in EPIC.

This new version of the BlueData EPIC software platform helps enterprises transition in their Big Data journey from initial dev/test environments to full production deployments of Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS). BlueData has implemented its EPIC software to meet enterprise customer demands for a wide variety of Big Data use cases, ranging from dev/test labs to mission-critical batch processing jobs and advanced analytics use cases.

5nine Software Announces Release of Simplified Management Solution for Windows Server 2016 and Nano Server

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5nine Software, a Microsoft Gold Partner and leading global Hyper-V virtualization security and management provider, today released 5nine Manager v9.2, the popular management and monitoring solution for Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-V Server 2016, including the Nano Server and Server Core installation options.

5nine Manager v9.2 extends management and monitoring for Windows Server beyond the standard operating system, which increases availability of Hyper-V infrastructures and reduces overall maintenance costs. Additionally, it provides the convenience and efficiency to remotely manage Nano Server’s virtualization capabilities using a streamlined graphical interface that deploys quickly and requires minimal resources. Delivers on Promise of Enabling Lambda-Like Functionality on Any Cloud

Grazed from, a leading provider of workload management, today announced it is delivering on its promise of bringing AWS Lambda-like serverless processing to any cloud -- with implementations now enabled on OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes, OpenShift and Mesosphere. Demos are available upon request.

Serverless computing has gained momentum because it boosts agility for modern enterprises, allowing them to build and deploy applications and services at scale on flexible platforms that abstract away physical infrastructure. Launched in beta as Project Kratos in February, announced general availability of its multicloud solution in April. Since then, the company has systematically partnered with leading cloud providers to support multicloud development.

PRO IT Supports Australian Financial Market with Zadara On-Premise as-a-Service Storage

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Zadara Storage, the award-winning provider of enterprise-class storage-as-a-service (STaaS) today announced that PRO IT has chosen the Zadara VPSA storage array architecture to support the Australian and multinational financial and media markets. By deploying the Zadara Storage VPSA On-Premise-as-a-Service (OPaaS) solution, PRO IT is able to transition from a CapEx model to a pure OpEx model, all while addressing its scalability, agility, performance and data sovereignty requirements.

WinMagic and Microsoft Azure Work Together to Help Secure the Cloud

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WinMagic Inc. today announced its collaboration with Microsoft Azure Solutions to further protect data in public, private and hybrid clouds. With the widest support from virtualized servers to numerous public and private clouds, WinMagic’s SecureDoc CloudVM provides a single platform and pane of glass that is enterprise controlled and can be utilized to increase enterprise security, ensure encryption compliance, reduce complexity and help to remove silos of encryption within an organization.

WinMagic’s SecureDoc CloudVM solution is a comprehensive full-disk encryption and intelligent key management for Azure virtual machines that protects data in Azure (public), Hyper-V (private) and hybrid cloud environments. The solution increases visibility and strengthens data security within virtual environments by controlling the encryption key management system across a vast array of layers including endpoints, file servers, virtual servers, enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) solutions and Internet of Things (IoT) instances. SecureDoc CloudVM’s application-aware intelligent key management capability alleviates the problems associated with protecting multiple encrypted layers and managing associated keys and credentials by providing unique key and policy management for virtualized workloads. SecureDoc CloudVM also offers a strong policy engine to provide granular policy and support for all cloud automation requirements.

Founded by 2 Australians, Kumolus looks to tap India’s cloud management solutions market

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Cumulus clouds are the pretty, cauliflower-shaped things you see floating in the sky. Apart from the rain and shade they bring, they seem to have performed one more task — that of serving as inspiration for a startup. Kumolus manages — yes, you guessed right — cloud technology.

Though it’s been almost a decade since cloud computing was introduced and privately used, the phenomenon is still quite new to India. It was just a couple of years ago that Indian companies finally shed security concerns, got impressed by the characteristics of this technology, and adopted it. Now, with enterprises adopting various kinds of cloud strategies to improve workload performance, the cloud systems management software market has grown exponentially in the past few years...

Apache Spark® Growth Is Pervasive as Users Embrace Public Cloud, Machine Learning, and Streaming Capabilities

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Databricks, the company founded by the creators of the Apache Spark project, today released the findings of their second annual Apache Spark survey to determine how enterprises and users are utilizing the data analytics and processing engine. The 2016 Databricks Apache Spark Survey collected more than 1,600 responses from 900 organizations.

The results show a rise in deployments of Spark in the public cloud, an increased usage of Spark in industry verticals, and an uptick in Spark streaming and Machine Learning. The survey also reveals that most developers employ two or more Spark components simultaneously to build increasingly sophisticated solutions. Spark remains the most active open-source project in the big data space today, with over 1,000 contributors from more than 250 organizations...

High-Performance Cloud Gaming Platform LiquidSky Raises (US) $4 Million

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LiquidSky -- a revolutionary high-performance cloud-based gaming, processing, and remote desktop service -- is pleased to announce today the successful closing of (US) $4 million in a series of seed rounds, led by Samsung Global Innovation Center, Sun Microsystems founder Scott McNealy, and former Sun Microsystems and AOL-Time Warner executive Bill Raduchel.

Both McNealy and Raduchel serve as LiquidSky's strategic advisors, with Raduchel also the company's Chairman of the Board. Presently in closed beta, LiquidSky has already attracted over half a million users to its revolutionary Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) platform. "We are thrilled to have secured the confidence and financial backing of Samsung Global Innovation Center, as well as technology pioneers Scott McNealy and Bill Raduchel," said Ian McLoughlin, LiquidSky CEO...