October 2016

Datera Unveils Integration with OpenStack FUEL to Simplify Private Cloud Deployments

Grazed from MarketWired. Author: Editorial Staff.

Datera, the application-driven cloud data infrastructure company, today announced a new integration with OpenStack FUEL that enables companies to deploy applications to OpenStack quickly and with flexibility. Datera's Elastic Data Fabric automatically adapts to an application's storage needs and efficiently scales applications so enterprises can roll out web-scale private cloud deployments instantly.

Datera worked with Mirantis, a leading provider of distribution and cloud management service for OpenStack, to validate the integration. Using FUEL as a control plane, application operators can optimize Datera's Elastic Data Fabric to scale horizontally across Mirantis OpenStack, reducing or eliminating the need for manual integration, configuration and patching. Datera's new integration with FUEL supports a wide range of applications with a price-performance fit, so any company can create a cloud that adapts to its application's needs...

Cloud Computing: Virtustream CEO - Being Part of a Larger Dell Is 'Exhilarating'

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Jeffrey Burt.

Rodney Rogers, who co-founded the cloud IaaS company in 2009, says Virtustream can pursue its roadmap while taking advantage of Dell's industry reach. Virtustream, the cloud computing company that now is part of the larger post-EMC-deal Dell Technologies, has been on something of a wild ride over the past 18 months or so.

The company, which was founded in 2009 as a cloud infrastructure provider for the big, complex mission-critical business applications that run in almost every organization and launched its first product in 2010, was bought in May 2015 by EMC for $1.2 billion as part of the data storage giant's efforts to grow its cloud computing capabilities...

Cloud Computing: CEO Satya Nadella Seeks to Change Microsoft’s Image

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Jay Greene.

Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Satya Nadella is pushing the company to shed its not-invented-here approach and learn where it can improve. “We want to push to be more of a learn-it-all culture than a know-it-all culture,” Mr. Nadella said Monday during an appearance at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJDLive 2016 global technology conference.

One of Microsoft’s challenges has been its early success with Windows and Office. “Early success is probably the worst thing that can happen in life,” Mr. Nadella said. He acknowledged Microsoft’s missteps in mobile phones. “We clearly missed mobile,” Mr. Nadella said. “There is no question.”...

Cavium QLogic Accelerates Cloud Deployments with OpenStack Integration

Grazed from PRNewswire. Author: Editorial Staff.

Today, Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise and cloud data centers, announced that it is showcasing technologies available for its FastLinQ™ line of 10/25/40/50/100GbE Ethernet adapters that accelerate the deployment of OpenStack by delivering the ability to orchestrate and manage an OpenStack configuration for hybrid and public cloud deployments.

QLogic technologies like the Plug-in for Mirantis® Fuel for automatic SR-IOV configuration across multiple OpenStack nodes and QConvergeConsole (QCC) for OpenStack physical and logical topology maps enable hyperscale, private/hybrid and telco cloud deployments with Cavium QLogic Ethernet NICs to be accelerated with OpenStack...

The cloud is not new. What we are doing with it is

Grazed from TheRegister. Author: Trevor Pott.

In the 10 years since the modern form of public cloud computing went mainstream, it has changed the entire industry's approach to IT. In response, IT's top vendors have had to change as well. Like any technology, however, the public cloud has adapted, evolved, and become something much different than was ever originally envisioned.

The public cloud is now a part of the fabric the IT universe; inseparable from reality. This doesn't prevent people from denying reality – humanity seems pretty good at that, all things considered – but the combination of near-instant provisioning, self service, scriptability and ease of use is the new normal for IT...

Atlantis Computing Expands Partnership with Citrix and Partners with Rancher Labs to Preview Support for Containers

Written by David Marshall

Atlantis Computing today launched the integration of workspace infrastructure into Citrix Director, Studio and Lifecycle Manager. By combining applications, management and infrastructure into a single workspace platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution, Atlantis says they will make it easier for any-sized enterprise to deploy and manage virtual workspaces at a lower cost.  

Based on similarities between workspace management and the container space, Atlantis also announced a new partnership with Rancher Labs to marry Atlantis management of storage and compute with Rancher orchestration of containers. 

SUSE OpenStack Cloud 7 Bringing Agility and Innovation to Software-Defined Infrastructure

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SUSE today announced SUSE OpenStack Cloud 7, the latest enterprise-ready OpenStack platform for building Infrastructure-as-a-Service private clouds. Powered by newly released OpenStack Newton, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 7 includes new Container-as-a-Service capabilities along with non-disruptive upgrade capabilities to avoid downtime and service interruption. These enhancements offer customers the ability to accelerate innovation and improve agility to deliver value faster and overcome the shifting challenges of today's business environment. 

"SUSE is delivering the full value of OpenStack, helping customers mix evolution with revolution and build a software-defined infrastructure that propels their business forward," said Joseph George, SUSE vice president of Solutions Strategy. "SUSE OpenStack Cloud is uniquely positioned to assist customers to take full advantage of rapidly evolving technology trends such as containers and DevOps for the development of new cloud-native workloads. It also enables them to migrate more mission-critical workloads to their cloud. SUSE is committed to incorporating the best technologies to benefit our customers, making SUSE OpenStack Cloud the fastest to deploy, configure and manage, helping accelerate the delivery of real business benefits."

Impress Group Deploys Zadara Storage to Support Growing VMware Environment

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Zadara Storage, the award-winning provider of enterprise-class storage-as-a-service (STaaS) today announced that the Impress Group has replaced their traditional storage arrays with the scalable Zadara VPSA Storage Array to support their growing demand for high-performance shared storage. By working with Zadara partner CDC, the Impress Group has architected a storage infrastructure that eliminates prior performance and scalability limitations.

Quikteks protects its clients with iland Cloud Backup and iland Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service

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iland, an award-winning enterprise cloud infrastructure and Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service provider, today announced that Quikteks, an IT consultancy on the Inc 5000 list, is offering customers iland Cloud Backup and iland Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service for Veeam, the innovative provider of solutions that delivers Availability for the Always-On Enterprise.

Quikteks, founded in 2007, provides a range of IT services to customers across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Above all else, the company prides itself on the quality of services it provides to its small and medium business clients. With the memory of Hurricane Sandy in the region still looming large, Quikteks regards a solid business continuity plan as critical to quality IT service.

Internap Supports OpenStack Community Development as an OSF Infrastructure Donor

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Internap Corporation, a provider of high-performance Internet infrastructure services, today announced a collaboration with the OpenStack Foundation (OSF) as an Infrastructure Donor for the community. Internap will provide cloud resources to the OpenStack Foundation (OSF) to support the automated testing of OpenStack projects. Internap is also participating at the OpenStack Summit, taking place October 25 – 28 in Barcelona, where top game developer CrowdStar will deliver a keynote about its shift to a containerized environment using Internap’s OpenStack-based bare-metal cloud. Internap will also present details about the next phase of its OpenStack expansion for bare-metal cloud services.

The OpenStack Infrastructure Team will utilize Internap’s OpenStack-based cloud services for testing, automation and continuous integration. The OpenStack Infrastructure Team tests each commit twice before it lands in the codebase, which translates to 2,000 tests per hour and more than two million tests during the Newton six-month development cycle. Internap’s contribution provides critical infrastructure at scale to execute these tests and advance software stability and reliability. Internap is one of only four public clouds utilized by the OpenStack Foundation as an “Infrastructure Donor” as a result of its contribution of significant levels of reliable, interoperable cloud resources to the community.

GDPR will help the Googles and the Amazons extend their cloud dominance

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Sead Fadilpašic.

European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), set to kick off in May 2018, is going to help the big players in the cloud industry to dominate even more, while the little guy won't stand a chance. This is according to Kuan Hon, consultant lawyer at law firm Pinsent Masons.

Speaking at the Computing Cloud and Infrastructure Summit, Hon said that the GDPR will force companies into so much administration only large companies will see profit in cloud. "It will be a big change for sub-processors," said Hon. "Prior consent will be needed and notification of changes, as well as what they call a 'terms flowdown'. ...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft's embrace of server bundles may rankle IT

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Editorial Staff.

Hidden in Microsoft's announcement of the public beta for its Azure Analysis Service was word of another big data development: the SQL Server 2016 DW Fast Track Reference Architecture. It sounds innocuous and even downright useful. Microsoft has, in its words, "collaborated with a number of our hardware partners on a joint effort to deliver validated, preconfigured solutions that reduce the complexity and drive optimization when implementing a data warehouse based on SQL Server 2016 Enterprise Edition."

However, this sounds a lot like the "validated, preconfigured solution[s]" Microsoft has declared its sole delivery method for Azure Stack in hybrid deployments. If Microsoft is building a hybrid cloud future where every significant part, from database to compute, requires specific hardware, that's going to turn off a lot of IT...

Cavium to Showcase Highly Optimized Platforms for OpenStack Deployments at OpenStack Summit 2016

Grazed from Cavium, Inc.

Cavium, Inc., a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, cloud, wired and wireless networking, will showcase highly optimized platforms enabling OpenStack deployments based on Cavium's award-winning ThunderX, LiquidIO and FastLinQ Ethernet adapter product lines during OpenStack Summit being held in Barcelona Spain October 25 - 28.

OpenStack is the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds. Enterprises use OpenStack to support rapid deployment of new products, reduce costs and improve internal systems. Service providers use OpenStack to give customers reliable, easily accessible cloud infrastructure resources, supporting technologies including VMs, bare metal and containers.

Platform9 Announces Hybrid Cloud-as-a-Service for OpenStack Community

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Platform9, the open source-as-a-service company making cloud infrastructure easy, today announced that it has made significant contributions to OpenStack to enable hybrid cloud management by integrating with public cloud endpoints. These extensions enable OpenStack APIs to be the single, open standard for managing cloud infrastructure across private and public endpoints, and enables developers to focus on solving core business problems and not worry about configuring and managing backend infrastructure. These extensions are immediately available to the OpenStack community.

ServerCentral Selects Ciena DCI Platform to Deliver Critical Business and Cloud Applications

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To satisfy growing customer demands for cloud migration and high-performance applications, ServerCentral is deploying Ciena's Waveserver stackable data center interconnect (DCI) platform. This upgrade allows ServerCentral to quickly scale bandwidth and support customer needs for high-speed data transfer, virtual machine migration and disaster recovery/backup between data centers. Additionally, with the extremely compact design of the Waveserver platform, ServerCentral can make more efficient use out of its data center footprints.

Sureline Systems Announces OpenStack Support With SUREedge Migrator 4.7.1

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Sureline Systems, a leader in enterprise-class virtual, cloud, physical, and container migration and disaster recovery solutions for application mobility, today announced SUREedge Migrator 4.7.1 for migration from traditional infrastructure to OpenStack environments in on-premises or Cloud targets. Customers are able to migrate existing physical servers or virtual machines from any hypervisor or cloud to OpenStack with automated transformation resulting in fast, secure, and efficient onboarding.

The OpenStack cloud operating system is fast becoming an important alternative for large enterprises wishing to avoid vendor lock-in with multi-hypervisor support while being able to tailor the OpenStack environment to meet their specific needs. SUREedge Migrator allows organizations to migrate complete workloads to new infrastructure inside a data center, from data center to data center, to public clouds, between clouds, or from a cloud back to on-premises. Version 4.7.1 delivers the already feature-rich SUREedge Migrator capabilities including; ease of deployment and management through a powerful UI, automated transformation of the workload to the target environment, efficiency and security with deduplication, compression and encryption for any data going across a WAN, and no impact on the production server during the migration process.

Symantec Delivers on Rapid Integration With Blue Coat to Offer Cloud Generation Data Protection

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Symantec Corp., the world's leading cyber security company, today announced the integration of Symantec Data Loss Prevention (DLP) with Symantec CloudSOC (formerly Blue Coat's Elastica CloudSOC Cloud Access Security Broker [CASB]) and Cloud Data Protection products to address the needs of the cloud generation. This integrated solution provides chief information security officers (CISOs) visibility and control over all sensitive content that users upload, store and share via the cloud, protecting confidential information through all stages of its lifecycle, anywhere and everywhere it travels. 

"For the first time, users have a solution that protects data in a holistic manner, regardless of where the data comes from or where it's going," said Mike Fey, Symantec president and chief operating officer. "We are moving quickly to integrate our solutions and deliver a combined product portfolio to deliver integrated cyber defense solutions across customers' entire IT environment. Symantec is uniquely positioned to bring market-leading solutions, fed by the largest threat intelligence network, to offer unprecedented protection to the cloud generation."

Health Informatics: Dispelling Unfounded Fears of Working in the Cloud

When it comes to disseminating sensitive patient information between healthcare providers, there is always some room for doubt as to whether or not that information will remain safe and secure during the transmission and storage of any data. This is a reasonable fear and one that perhaps hasn’t been adequately addressed, however, there are other fears of working in the Cloud in terms of patient privacy and the potential for loss of data.

Some of those fears are unfounded and others can leave room for doubt. Since health informatics is still in relative infancy, these fears are common among healthcare providers. In fact, a healthcare informatics masters degree is one of the newer careers in IT as it applies to healthcare and one that was instituted specifically to address these concerns and to provide a vehicle for the safe storage and delivery of patient information between providers.

Cloud Computing: Microsoft aims at Apple with high-end PCs, 3D software

Grazed from Phys.org. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft launched a new consumer offensive Wednesday, unveiling a high-end computer that challenges the Apple iMac along with an updated Windows operating system that showcases three-dimensional content and "mixed reality." The US tech giant announced its first desktop computer, called Surface Studio, a $3,000 high-end "all-in-one" device that aims at creative professionals, a segment dominated by Apple.

"We're creating a new category that transforms your desk into a creative studio," Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said at the unveiling in New York. With a large, 28-inch (71-centimeter) hinged touchscreen display touted as "the thinnest desktop monitor ever created," Surface Studio adds to the Microsoft lineup of tablet and laptop devices for the premium segment...

Read more from the source @ http://phys.org/news/2016-10-windows-d-two-dimensional.html#jCp

CompTIA State Of The Channel: Partners Navigate Cloud Confusion, Vendor Choices

Grazed from ChannelPartners. Author: James Anderson.

Partners have mixed opinions about whether cloud computing has improved their relationship with end users and vendors. CompTIA’s annual State of the Channel survey offers an in-depth look at the changing growth areas, business models and concerns that solution providers are encountering in 2016 in the upcoming years.

The study found that optimism for the channel is essentially unchanged from last year, with 63 percent of respondents saying they are hopeful for the industry. But the overall sentiment of positivity and confidence comes alongside angst that surrounds cloud computing and vendor-partner relationships. Let’s take a look...