January 2017

Microsoft announces Azure Service Bus Messaging for improved public cloud infrastructure

Grazed from WWPI. Author: Anna Ribeiro.

Microsoft released this week its Azure Service Bus Messaging with deep feature set available anywhere in public cloud infrastructure. The Azure Service Bus broker infrastructure, available in all global Azure regions and the Azure Government cloud, processes nearly 500 Billion message transactions per month. Each cluster in these regions is backed by as many as hundreds of compute cores, terabytes of memory, and Petabytes of backing storage capacity, exceeding the cluster deployment scale of any commercial or open source broker.

The Azure Premium Messaging tier provides performance predictability and further enhanced reliability by reserving processing resources on a per customer basis inside an environment that provides all the management and cost advantages of cloud scale. As a transactional broker that builds on the ISO/IEC standard AMQP 1.0 protocol, Service Bus provides a basis for commercial and financial workloads...

Cloud Computing: Sophisticated Phishing - Beware the Latest Gmail Phishing Attack

Grazed from Sci-Tech Today. Author: Editorial Staff.

Hackers have reportedly devised a new phishing method which seems to be tricking even the most experienced and tech savvy users into revealing their account details. The highly effective phishing campaign seems to be running on a sophisticated automation feature that pounces on newly compromised Gmail accounts to mount a secondary attack on users in the contact list.

Once hackers have taken over a Gmail account, they launch their secondary attack by sending out emails disguised under recently sent attachments and a relevant subject line. The email contains a thumbnail version of the attachment which, when clicked, opens up a convincing Gmail login box a trap that tricks users in revealing their Gmail account password...

Why Banks are Moving to the Cloud - And Why You Should Too

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Jim Crowley.

A major shift is taking place in banking right now. It’s a shift many banks have been pretty hush-hush about until now, and that naysayers said would never happen. Banks are rapidly testing and moving to the cloud. What happened in the past two years that changed how the banking industry approaches the cloud?

Two words: Capital One. In October 2015, Capital One’s CIO, Rob Alexander, revealed that the bank was all-in on AWS. They were one of the very first U.S. banks to not only commit to the cloud in a big way, but also to announce it loudly and proudly. Around the same time, World Bank, made a bold move. With Stephanie von Friedeberg, World Bank’s CIO, at the helm, the company quickly shifted from risk-averse, anti-cloud to pro-cloud by the company quickly shifted...

Read more from the source @ http://www.business2community.com/cloud-computing/banks-moving-cloud-01755332#jZ6Oq7xZqABg0LuM.99

CloudPassage Announces Slack Integration for Halo

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CloudPassage today announced the release of a Slack integration toolkit for Halo, the company’s award-winning automated security platform. The open source community-supported tool, called Don-Bot, lets people use Slack to communicate with Halo using natural language queries and get replies as if Halo were another Slack user. Thousands of teams large and small including many DevOps and IT security personnel have made Slack their communication medium of choice. Implementing Don-Bot helps them streamline workflows and work more efficiently.

“Slack’s speed and convenience help DevOps teams communicate; now Don-Bot will help them work more efficiently,” said Sami Laine, principal technologist, CloudPassage. “The Slack integration provides users easy access to the most essential functions of Halo.”

Zscaler Attains EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Certification

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Zscaler, Inc., the leading cloud security company, announced today that effective November 23, 2016, it has become certified under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Certification Framework (the "Privacy Shield"). Zscaler customers can be assured that any personal data transferred from the EU to the United States will be protected by the safeguards set by the Privacy Shield and fully compliant under EU law.

Following the invalidation of the Safe Harbor Framework, the Privacy Shield was jointly designed and approved by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission in July 2016 to provide companies with a mechanism to comply with EU data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the EU to the United States in support of transatlantic commerce.

ManageEngine Announces Data Centers in Amsterdam and Dublin

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ManageEngine, the real time IT management company, today announced the opening of its two new ISO 27001-certified data centers in the EU - one in Amsterdam, Netherlands and another in Dublin, Ireland. This announcement is a part of its efforts to help IT teams move operations seamlessly to the cloud while adhering to the data privacy and security standards of the EU.

With cloud adoption in Europe on a trend of high growth, software vendors are taking steps to protect customer data. To remove security concerns associated with the cloud, the new ManageEngine data centers are certified Service Organization Controls (SOC) Type II and reinforce the company's efforts to facilitate cloud adoption by IT teams in the EU.

"Our European customers are subject to some of the world's strictest data privacy regulations, which apply to both on-premises and cloud applications," said Rajesh Ganesan, director of product management at ManageEngine. "Our on-premises apps have maintained the highest degree of data privacy and regulatory compliance for years. With our new EU data centers, we've set the same standard for our cloud apps and eliminated the privacy barrier to adopting our cloud-based IT management solutions."

9 tips to properly configure your OpenStack Instance

Grazed from Red Hat. Author: Marko Myllynen

In OpenStack jargon, an Instance is a Virtual Machine, the guest workload. It boots from an operating system image, and it is configured with a certain amount of CPU, RAM and disk space, amongst other parameters such as networking or security settings.

In this blog post kindly contributed by Marko Myllynen we’ll explore nine configuration and optimization options that will help you achieve the required performance, reliability and security that you need for your workloads.

Platform9 Launches Industry's First Infrastructure-Agnostic Managed Kubernetes Service

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Platform9, the open-source-as-a-service company making cloud infrastructure easy, today announced the general availability of its Managed Kubernetes service, the industry's first infrastructure-agnostic, SaaS-managed offering. Unlike legacy software distribution models, Managed Kubernetes is deployed and managed entirely as a SaaS solution, across on-premises and public cloud infrastructure. The company also introduced Fission, a new, open source, serverless framework built on Kubernetes. These offerings feature a drastically simplified operational and consumption model that eliminates the steep learning curve currently associated with Kubernetes, and allow DevOps and IT teams to focus on solving core business problems.

"SaaS-managed delivery makes Kubernetes accessible to a much larger audience at a time when many development teams are committing to microservices as their cloud-native development paradigm," said Sirish Raghuram, chief executive officer at Platform9. "We have built our reputation on our OpenStack-as-a-service offering, which remains a core focus -- and propelled 400 percent customer growth for Platform9 in 2016 alone. While enterprises will be running virtualized workloads on OpenStack for years to come, though, there's growing demand for platforms that offer a choice of virtualization, microservices or both. Microservices in particular require a more intuitive, managed approach that reduces time-to-value for Kubernetes projects and work on any choice of infrastructure: on-premises, in the cloud or across multiple clouds."

Riverbed Delivers "One-click" Cloud Networking Solution for Secure Connectivity to Microsoft Azure Cloud Networks

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Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, today announced that Riverbed SteelConnect, an app-defined SD-WAN solution that simplifies networking for the cloud-centric enterprise, now offers instant and easy provisioning of SD-WAN connectivity into Microsoft Azure cloud networks. SteelConnect is transforming legacy hardware-based approaches to networking with a software-defined and application-centric solution that delivers the agility, visibility, and performance that businesses need to deliver real business impact in a cloud-first world.

As applications continue to move to the cloud, performance and security remain critical concerns for the enterprise. SteelConnect delivers automated, secure connectivity to Azure cloud networks with a single click. As a result, enterprises can be more agile, while maintaining the same level of performance delivered from the cloud across the entire hybrid network.

"Riverbed has a long-standing relationship with Microsoft to provide fast and secure access to users' applications and data, wherever it resides," said Paul O'Farrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Riverbed's SteelConnect, SteelHead, and SteelFusion business units. "With the seamless integration of Microsoft Azure with Riverbed SteelConnect, we're taking this a step further, ensuring that connectivity to the cloud itself is simple, instant and secure."

Tintri Levels Up Data Protection and Disaster Recovery for its Enterprise Cloud Platform

Article Written by David Marshall

Virtualization-aware storage provider Tintri is adding more data protection and disaster recovery to its platform and expanding its software suite with automated Synchronous Replication. The company says it fully integrating primary and secondary storage to protect enterprise cloud investments with a DP/DR solution that comprises Tintri VMstore arrays and Tintri Software Suite. Tintri also works with data backup solutions from Veeam and Commvault for secondary storage, and will soon also offer native protection of Tintri snapshots from on-premises to public cloud storage through an Amazon S3 Connector.

The new Synchronous Replication feature is part of the Tintri Software Suite, which also consists of Tintri Global Center, ReplicateVM and SecureVM.

The capabilities of the DP/DR solution includes:

Blue Medora Introduces Amazon Cloud Database Management Packs for VMware vRealize Operations

Article Written by David Marshall

Blue Medora today announced Amazon RDS, Amazon Aurora and Amazon DynamoDB management packs for vRealize Operations. The new Amazon management packs extend visibility into key metrics, such as query and capacity units, to optimize performance and uptime for databases and the entire IT stack. They are based on technology from SelectStar, Blue Medora's native database performance, analytics and health monitoring platform.
 
With the new management pack for Amazon RDS, Blue Medora provides deep-dive visibility for RDS-based database instances. The Amazon Aurora management packs offer query analysis and syntax highlighting to reveal why queries are delayed. Blue Medora also enables Amazon DynamoDB users to see into read/write capacity units and prevent throttle events.
 

Armor Named to 'Watch List' in Momentum Partners' 'Cybersecurity Market Review'

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Armor, a leading provider of managed cloud security, has been named by Momentum Partners, an advisor and dealmaker in cybersecurity, to Momentum's Watch List: Q4 2016. Each quarter Momentum identifies ten companies after carefully weighing feedback from their industry network and considering a variety of growth and innovation factors.

"Last year was significant in terms of expanding our product set to encompass an offering that would help our customers fulfill their shared security obligation on public cloud platforms," said Jared Day, president, Armor. "In addition to our secure hosting offering, we now provide a comprehensive approach to protecting a variety of cloud and virtualized environments. Being included in this list reinforces Armor's strategic direction and we look forward to sustaining and accelerating this momentum even further as we enter 2017."

 

Bluelock Helps Clients Secure Cloud-Based Environments and Reduce Auditing Stress With Its Latest Portal Enhancements

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Bluelock, provider of Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) for complex environments and sensitive data, is expanding its IT security footprint with a new series of features to enhance clients' overall security posture. The first of these initiatives is the launch of a comprehensive dashboard that increases visibility and auditability across clients' security services.

As cybersecurity threats continue to grow in the digital age, Bluelock Portfolio provides clients visibility into the depth of security with which their applications and services are guarded, with the ability to easily add additional protection services. Clients can access a comprehensive, searchable log of those who have accessed and modified systems, as well as quickly request documents for response to auditors.

Kaseya Advances Remote Monitoring and Management Through Release of Next-Generation Solution

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Kaseya, the leading provider of complete IT management solutions for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and small to midsized businesses (SMBs), today announced the general availability of Kaseya VSA 9.4, the industry's only second-generation remote monitoring and management (RMM) solution. Available both on-premises and in the cloud, the new technology delivers cross platform support for Windows, macOS and Linux, allowing for comprehensive IT systems management across any environment.

The latest release of Kaseya VSA features next-generation innovations developed specifically for advanced MSPs and enterprise IT departments. New features promote policy-based automation with proactive remediation all to increase overall team productivity. The Kaseya automation framework allows companies to securely take charge of their infrastructure by transparently and remotely managing servers, desktops, mobile devices, home-based desktops and network devices -- all from a single central management console. Built on a foundation that promotes the best user technician experience in the industry, Kaseya VSA is the ideal RMM solution for growing IT departments.

New features and functionality in Kaseya VSA 9.4 include:

Financial Services and the Great Cloud Conundrum

Grazed from CCI. Author: Editorial Staff.

Depending on your source, UK cloud adoption rates are currently anywhere between 78% and 84%, and whilst cloud is no longer a new phenomenon, its importance to not only the CIO but also the full c-suite of decision makers such as CEOs, CMOs and CFOs, is paramount as they jostle to gain a competitive advantage over competitors.

It has been argued that cloud adoption heralds the largest disruption in enterprise computing since the advent of the PC, with many industries embracing cloud-based platforms to not only cut costs but also drive efficiency. Despite this, there has been a certain amount of trepidation from the financial services sector to make the transition and fully embrace cloud and its many advantages...

TEKsystems Achieves AWS Service Delivery Partner Status for Amazon Redshift and Amazon EMR

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TEKsystems, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, IT talent management expertise and IT services, today announced it has achieved AWS Service Delivery Partner status for Amazon Redshift and Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR).

The AWS Service Delivery Program was recently launched to help AWS customers find qualified Amazon Partner Network (APN) members that provide expertise in a specific service or skill area. To qualify, partners must pass service-specific verification of customer references and a technical review, meaning customers can be confident they are working with partners that provide recent and relevant experience.

Cloud Security is Top Priority for IT in 2017 Says CompuCom Survey

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According to a new survey from CompuCom Systems, Inc. ("CompuCom"), a leading technology infrastructure services company, nearly half of IT professionals surveyed (47 percent) believe that cloud security is the most important technology for their organization this year, over Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics, third-party software support and robotics process automation (RPA). The online poll collected responses from 662 IT professionals across multiple industries from November 9, 2016 - January 12, 2017.

The cloud computing market is susceptible to threats including data breaches, data loss and insecure application programming interfaces (APIs). The world cloud security market is expected to reach $8.9 billion by 2020, according to a report by Allied Market Research, with a CAGR Of 23.5 percent from 2015 to 2020.

Cloud Computing-Savvy Companies Enjoy Greater Revenues And Speed, Survey Suggests

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

At first, it's all about cost savings -- avoiding up-front fees, hardware costs, and ongoing maintenance and software upgrades. But looking beyond the operational concerns with cloud computing, things get much more interesting. Cloud really begins to shine when it becomes an enabler for increased business opportunities, and expanded horizons.

The challenge is measuring, or at least understanding, the gains. Incremental savings from moving an application off a local server to a cloud site are easy to capture and document. But how do you measure increased agility? How do you measure the ability to pivot to new business opportunities? How do you measure an increased capacity for innovation?...

How a Master of Communication Management Degree Can Help Your Career

Picking a career can be a difficult process.  Whether you are still in high school or going through college and are still not sure what to major in, the decision can be a life changer.  There are so many professions to choose from and each of them has at least one degree to go along with it.  Online colleges offer options for those that are working at the same time or raising a family as well.  In this article, you are going to be able to see how an online master of communication management degree will help you.

Choosing to Get a Degree Online

Of course, you can go to just about any college in the country to earn your degree, but there is a more popular option that has been giving every student a chance to get a degree in a way that is a little easier.  Choosing to get your degree online is an option and master in communications degrees are included as an option.  Because you can get a degree online these days, there are now plenty of schools that offer this type of course.  Doing a simple online search can help you narrow down that search.

Seven Best Practices for Achieving Data Center Optimization

As technologies surrounding cloud computing and convergence continue to evolve, data center managers have to reshape their strategies to allow for greater capacity and to ensure they can provide the highest quality of uninterrupted service that is being demanded of them. Industry leader, Chatsworth Products (CPI), provides seven best practices for addressing these demands and achieving data center optimization.

Data center managers should work to identify where their resources are currently allocated and how they can best be optimized. The key to this is embracing the latest thermal efficiency, airflow and power and environmental monitoring strategies. The way data centers utilize their resources will undoubtedly continue to change as new technologies emerge. Furthermore, as more devices become integrated with the Internet of Things (IoT), downtime will not be an option.

With this in mind, here are seven best practices to consider: