February 2017

Orange Business Services Strengthens Its International Cloud Strategy with New Public Cloud Services for Multinational Corp

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Orange Business Services is accelerating its international cloud strategy with a new global public cloud offering that includes advice, auditing, integration and managed services for cloud infrastructure and applications. The services, delivered in partnership with Huawei, complement the existing Orange private cloud portfolio and will help enterprises in their digital transformation initiatives.

The principal aim of the international cloud strategy is to help multinational corporations (MNCs) migrate their legacy enterprise applications to the cloud and ensure that their infrastructure and applications are available in all geographic regions in which they need to be hosted.

The new cloud services will roll out across Western Europe and Southeast Asia in April 2017, followed by the US in October 2017. The Middle East and Africa are scheduled for 2018.
 

Cloud Computing: Future Startups Will Succeed Only If They Acknowledge These Harsh Realities

Grazed from Entrepreneur. Author: Dan Blacharski.

The dotcom boom of the 1990s was a glorious and wonderfully chaotic time. When it began, nobody really knew that there was such a thing going on as a “dotcom boom,” they just knew that there was something exciting and disruptive happening, and they wanted in. Only a very small handful of visionaries truly saw the full scope of what it was and how it would change the world.

There were a lot of things about that time that failed. A lot of companies burned out quickly, a lot of venture capital money went up in smoke and a lot of 20-year-olds found themselves on the unemployment line with nothing on their resume except “Dotcom CEO.” Yet, a lot of things went right too: The innovative spirit changed how we view and launch startups to this day...

Cloud Computing: Apple, Microsoft and Amazon offer fairer deal on cloud storage

Grazed from PCWorld. Author: Peter Sayer.

Apple, Microsoft and Amazon have agreed to give cloud storage subscribers fairer contracts after intervention by the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority. Such cloud storage services are typically used to store photos, videos, music or digital copies of important documents. If the services shut down or vary their capacity or prices without notice, customers can lose their data, or be held hostage.

The CMA asked the storage service providers to give adequate notice before closing, suspending or changing services, and to allow customers to cancel their contracts and receive a pro-rata refund if they didn't accept service changes. The regulator last year obtained similar undertakings from Google, Dropbox and five other cloud storage providers...

Sapporo City Chooses Nutanix Enterprise Cloud for Application Virtualization

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Nutanix (NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced an application virtualization project to achieve Internet Segregation for Sapporo City, the fifth largest population in Japan, and the largest city on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

As part of the local government initiative driven by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Sapporo City is tasked to strengthen its information security by carrying out an internet segregation; a mechanism that prevents information leakage by separating the network connected to the internet from other business networks such as LGWAN (Integrated Administrative Network). For example, the city can choose to segregate secure email systems from other activities such as Internet browsing. As a result, a project was launched with Nutanix to virtualize specific applications and separate them from the existing environment.
 

Cohesity Unveils Native Integration With Pure Storage for Fast, Simple and Cost-Effective Data Protection and Recovery

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Cohesity, the pioneer of hyperconverged secondary storage, today announced a new integration with Pure Storage, the market's leading independent solid-state array vendor, to deliver faster, more efficient data protection and recovery. The native integration with Pure Storage FlashArray//M also empowers customers to leverage public cloud storage for long-term data retention and accelerate DevOps with instantaneous copies of any production application.

By combining Cohesity's hyperconverged secondary storage platform with Pure's all-flash arrays for mission-critical applications, customers now have access to highly efficient and scalable infrastructure that extends across the data center. The integration allows companies to automatically consolidate a wide array of secondary storage tasks on Cohesity DataPlatform within the Pure operating environment, rather than wrangle a handful of fragmented and expensive point solutions for data protection, backup, file services, DevOps and analytics.

Understanding OpenStack's Success

Grazed from Linux Journal.  Author: Petros Koutoupis

At the time I got into the data storage industry, I was working with and developing RAID and JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks) controllers for 2 Gbit Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks (SAN). This was a time before "The Cloud". Things were different—so were our users. There was comfort in buying from a single source or single vendor. In an ideal world, it should all work together, harmoniously, right? And when things go awry, that single vendor should be able to solve every problem within that entire deployment.

That is why, enterprise companies typically bought from a single storage vendor and invested deeply in them. You either bought HP, Dell, EMC, Sun Microsystems or NetApp, which also was successfully carving a new market in Network Attached Storage (NAS). For example, once an EMC shop, always an EMC shop. Hundreds of thousands to even millions of dollars were spent to ensure that you were enabled for high availability, fault tolerance, training, support and more. Again, through that single vendor.

Commvault and CloudWave Bring Streamlined Cloud Backup and Recovery to Healthcare Market with Powerful New Service Offering

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Commvault, a global leader in enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud for the healthcare market, today announced that its Commvault Data Platform was selected by CloudWave to power its new OpSus Backup service. The new healthcare backup-as-a-service (BaaS) offering - part of the OpSus Healthcare cloud services portfolio - enables healthcare organizations to quickly, easily and securely use the cloud to protect and recover mission-critical application data. By building the OpSus Backup service on Commvault's comprehensive data management platform, CloudWave is able to deliver healthcare enterprises a fully-managed backup service that cuts costs while minimizing security, business continuity and regulatory compliance risks. Today's announcement was made at HIMSS 2017, being held Feb. 19 - Feb. 23, in Orlando.

OpSus Backup supports healthcare enterprises' efforts to implement holistic data management strategies that allow them to protect, control and derive more value from all their data. OpSus Backup uses Commvault's holistic data management platform to backup data on Tier 4 data centers, and encrypt data both in transit and at rest. Both healthcare enterprise IT staff and CloudWave's team of healthcare IT experts can use the service to initiate, monitor and maintain backup operations, as well as perform on-demand data restoration on secure landing zones.

 

EMA on Major Cloud Migration Risks - On-demand Webcast



EMA and Cirba recently came together to discuss how to optimize a migration to hybrid cloud.  If you missed the live session, don't worry.  This Webcast is now available on-demand and can be watched at anytime.

Watch Torsten Volk, Research Director of Hybrid Cloud at EMA, and Andrew Hillier, CTO at Cirba show you how to avoid major risks and cut costs associated with cloud migration using industry-leading intelligent analytics.

Watch and learn:

  1. How to address the biggest challenges in public cloud today:
    • Cost Control
    • Moving legacy apps
    • Pressure to move off prem
    • Which providers are right for your apps
  2. What to look for in an analytics solution: Are you using the right one?
  3. How some companies save 20%, 48%, 82% in hosting costs.

Kontron partners with Canonical to enable universal OpenStack-based virtualized services

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Kontron, a global provider of cloud and carrier-class integrated infrastructure platforms, announced today the launch of a commercially available SYMKLOUD OpenStack Platform. In collaboration with Canonical, Kontron exercised a complete validation of Ubuntu OpenStack on SYMKLOUD hardware, and will fully support and manage the platform's life cycle in alignment with each new open source software release, starting with Mitaka.

This represents a major commitment by Kontron to radically simplify the evaluating, buying and deploying of production-grade OpenStack platforms. For communication service providers, cloud and hosting providers, and enterprises who build private clouds, this fulfills many market expectations of an integrated OpenStack platform that is - deployable in hours not days, priced at a reasonable entry point, and is maintained as a truly open source platform without vendor lock-in.

The hardware-software integration story

AWS Announces Amazon GameLift Now Supports Any C++ and C# Game Engine

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, today announced that Amazon GameLift now supports games built with any C++ or C# game engine, including Amazon Lumberyard, Unreal Engine, Unity, and custom developed engines. With Amazon GameLift, developers can quickly scale their dedicated multiplayer game servers to support millions of players using AWS's highly available cloud infrastructure, without investing thousands of hours in upfront engineering. AWS also announced that Amazon GameLift includes new matchmaking functionality that intelligently selects the closest available game server based on each player's location, giving players the lowest possible latency by leveraging AWS's broad global footprint. Game developers only pay for the compute, storage, and bandwidth resources their games use, with no upfront commitments or monthly contracts. To get started with Amazon GameLift, visit aws.amazon.com/gamelift.

Expectations for multiplayer games have never been higher. Gamers demand short wait times to connect to games, imperceptible server latency, and bulletproof stability. To meet these expectations, game developers have needed to invest thousands of hours of engineering to build systems that manage server infrastructure and scale capacity. Amazon GameLift is a managed service for deploying, operating, and scaling dedicated game servers for session-based multiplayer games. With Amazon GameLift, developers simply add the Amazon GameLift SDK to their games, upload their game servers, and launch the service in the AWS Management Console. The service then automatically deploys game servers across the AWS Cloud and starts connecting players to games. Amazon GameLift's new matchmaking functionality continually scans available game servers around the world and matches them against player requests to join games. If low-latency game servers are not available, the service's autoscaling feature can automatically start one, hundreds, or even thousands of game servers across AWS's global regions. Autoscaling also eliminates wasted capacity by stopping unused game servers in minutes, lowering Amazon GameLift costs by an average of 50 percent. With Amazon GameLift, developers can be confident that on day one that their multiplayer games can scale to support millions of players, while maintaining the high performance gamers expect.

The OpenStack Community Releases Ocata, 15th Release of Cloud Computing Software

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The OpenStack community today released Ocata, the 15th version of the most widely deployed open source infrastructure software. The Ocata release cycle was a one-time, shorter cycle focused on stabilization, including scalability and performance of the core compute and networking services. Ocata also brought greater support for container-based application frameworks at the networking layer, as well as containerization of OpenStack services for easier deployment and upgrade management, treating OpenStack as a microservice application.

During this release cycle, the OpenStack community has witnessed the growing multi-cloud trend, where enterprises are employing a more sophisticated workload allocation strategy across public and private clouds. In particular, OpenStack users are seeing significant cost savings and compliance benefits with OpenStack private clouds. A new model of remotely managed private clouds has also emerged that makes it easier for users to experience the benefits of public cloud in an environment dedicated to them.

OpenStack continues to grow its support for container-based application frameworks and deployment tools, with Kolla (containerized OpenStack services), Kuryr (bridging container networking and storage with OpenStack) and Zun (container management) projects seeing the most contributor growth in the release cycle. Other container-related enhancements include:

NetJapan Releases vStandby 6 With Support for Microsoft Hyper-V Servers

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NetJapan, Inc., publisher of backup, system recovery, and virtualization software solutions, using its sector-based disk imaging backup and virtualization technologies, releases vStandby 6 with added support for Hyper-V.

vStandby 6, a Virtual Standby Availability Switchover solution, creates and maintains dormant Virtual Standby Replica (VSR) of physical or virtual source machines on Hyper-V or VMware hosts. The VSRs of physical and virtual source machines are made ready for immediate use in Hyper-V or VMware virtual environments. vStandby 6 is an easy-to-use affordable solution that ensures continued data protection and system operations.

vStandby 6 is also an ideal solution to counter potential ransomware attacks as the VSR can be resumed to an earlier unaffected state.

Vapor IO Launches Vapor Edge for Telecom

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Vapor IO, the next generation platform for hybrid and edge clouds, today announced Vapor Edge for Telecom, an end-to-end platform for edge computing, now 5G-ready and designed to operate as a self-contained microdatacenter at the base of cell-enabled radio towers.

"Mobile operators and landowners are in an ideal position to capitalize on the emerging need for low-latency edge-computing," said Cole Crawford, CEO and founder of Vapor IO. "They own the key infrastructure, including tens of thousands of remote tower and base station locations with power and high bandwidth backhaul. These locations are ideal for Vapor Edge technology, and Vapor Edge can help carriers upgrade their infrastructure and business models as they move to a fully virtualized infrastructure with edge computing and 5G capabilities."

Vapor Edge is an end-to-end platform for edge computing that provides wireless telecom companies with a simple way to deploy and manage cloud servers that are co-located with their base station equipment. This makes it easy for carriers and wireless base-station landowners to offer cloud compute capabilities in close proximity to the Radio Access Network (RAN), enabling new low-latency applications and creating new business models for these players as they forge partnerships with public cloud providers, web-scale companies and other OTT providers to deliver edge capabilities.

Sneak Peek at SolarWinds NEW Correlation Technology -- PerfStack

Article Written by David Marshall

For years, VMblog has covered numerous technologies coming out of the SolarWinds think tank.  Perhaps the best known or most covered technology thus far (for obvious reasons) has been SolarWinds Virtualization Manager or VMAN -- the company's popular VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V monitoring and management solution.

[ Watch the SolarWinds VMAN video interview from VMworld 2016 ] 

Beyond Virtualization Manager, SolarWinds has been working hard to up-level and incorporate each of the company's individual product lines into a unified view and centralized management platform by leveraging its modular, extensible and unified Orion Platform.  Bringing numerous monitoring and management applications under a single umbrella was probably hard enough, but SolarWinds is about to launch something that takes the Orion Platform to a whole... other... level.  And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where things get REALLY interesting.  This upcoming technology is known as "PerfStack."

SolarWinds PerfStack and Orion

 

This Chicago Startup is Bringing Supercomputing to the Cloud

Grazed from ChicagoInno. Author: Ustav Gandhi.

Supercomputing has changed the way we process big data in a wide range of industries. Unsurprisingly, these capabilities to perform multiple complex tasks in the least possible amount of time have traditionally come at a price -- in fact, even the first one hundred supercomputers were sold at a price of $8 million each (hefty, especially by the standards of early 1960s standards when they first launched). While this price point has mostly restricted supercomputing to academia, federal research labs and large industry, Parallel Works, a startup incubated at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Exchange, is out to democratize this -- by bringing the underlying technology to the cloud.

Parallel Works’ platform takes supercomputing to the software-as-a-service, pay-per-use model, thus removing talent and resource maintenance costs typically associated with big machines. The software is domain agnostic--employed in applications as diverse as climate change research to neuroscience to mass media analysis--and the technology's custom interface can be packaged, stored, and deployed as per the needs of the client or industry...

Veritas, Microsoft sign multi-year cloud deal

Grazed from ITWire. Author: Sam Varghese.

Information management vendor Veritas Technologies and Microsoft have signed a multi-year deal to promote the use of the Azure cloud platform for hosting Veritas Enterprise Vault.cloud management and governance service. The two companies will jointly sell hybrid cloud storage solutions.

Under the deal, the data protection software Veritas NetBackup 8.0 will support storage tiering to Azure. A statement said this would give businesses a chance to reduce costs and avoid deploying additional storage. It said Veritas Backup Exec 16 now supported movement of back-up data to Azure, reducing time and costs and improving resource savings...

Cloud Transformation: Are you Ready? What about your Team?

Grazed from VMware.  Author: David Rosenberg

Are you ready for cloud transformation?

As the CIO, you know cloud is good for you. Capacity on demand! Independence from hardware… IT as a service, even as self-service… In other words, you know why you are doing it. You fought for, and got the budget allocated, you acquired the best technology, and your trusted consultant has proven to you in a nicely-done POC that the technology works. But you know, it’s not just the technology. Will your cloud fly high and deliver the expected benefits, or fall rock-hard on the shoulders of your IT team? Will your consumers use it, or see it as an additional burden? Will everyone be happy, including those whose job description changes, or worse? So, let’s talk about cloud transformation.

Cloud Spectator Releases 2017 Top 10 Cloud IaaS Providers Benchmark for North America

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Cloud Spectator, the industry leading IaaS benchmarking agency, today released its 2017 Top 10 Cloud IaaS Providers Benchmark Report. The report analyzes nearly 1.5 million data points collected over a twenty-four hour period to rank the leading ten Cloud Service Providers. Based on price and performance data, the Cloud Service Providers are ranked by the CloudSpecs Value Score™. The extensive study provides performance and stability results for CPU, Block Storage, and Memory for several virtual machine sizes.

Kenny Li, CEO of Cloud Spectator emphasizes that, "The 2017 report highlights considerable differences in price, performance and stability across the leading IaaS providers. More than ever, the enterprise consumer is at risk of significantly overspending when it comes to selecting the right cloud products and vendors. The 2017 Top 10 Cloud IaaS Providers Benchmark Report highlights the importance of testing individual cloud products and right-sizing applications before making major purchase decisions."
 

InfoVista Launches VistaGO to Deliver Real-Time, Cloud-Based Service Assurance

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InfoVista, the leading provider of network performance orchestration solutions for a better connected and collaborative world, today announced the launch of a cloud-based managed service assurance platform, VistaGO. Communications service providers (CSPs) and mobile network operators (MNOs) facing service assurance challenges with limited capital and time can increase agility by leveraging VistaGO. The turnkey and affordable managed service can be rapidly deployed to enable Tier-1 class service assurance.

Both CSPs and MNOs face constant pressure to reduce TCO while requiring increased agility. Whether Tier-2 or Tier-3 sized providers, they demand the same power, scale and flexibility in their service assurance platform as Tier-1 providers, but don't always have the resources needed to achieve this. VistaGO provides a low-cost, agile solution to their service assurance needs.

VistaGO for business services delivers end-to-end performance visibility for SLA reporting of IP-VPN or Carrier Ethernet, enabling CSPs to differentiate their services, drive customer acquisition and enable revenue uplift with a predictable, monthly cost.

VMware Announces General Availability of vCloud Director 8.20

Grazed from VMware.  Author: Michael Toledo

We are delighted to announce the general availability of VMware vCloud Director 8.20. The latest in a string of successful vCloud Director releases on a regular cadence (following 8.0 and 8.10), vCloud Director 8.20 is an innovative, highly-anticipated release that enables vCloud Air Network service providers to achieve three key objectives:

  1. rapidly monetize new services,
  2. deliver radical operational efficiency to shared vCenter environments, and
  3. with the new “Adopt a vCenter” capability, extend this radical operational efficiency to existing vCenters.

These three capabilities are critical enablers for every service provider’s business. We are yet to speak with a single provider in the market today who is not under pressure to grow revenue by adding new services, while simultaneously needing to control costs and increase efficiency.