March 2017

TriCore Becomes Standard APN Consulting Partner and AWS Channel Reseller Program Partner

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TriCore Solutions, the application management experts, today announced it has successfully achieved status as a Standard AWS Partner Network (APN) Consulting Partner and AWS Channel Reseller Program Partner. As part of the APN, the Company will have access to additional resources for technical, business, and sales enablement to help its customers design, architect, build, migrate, and manage their workloads and applications on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

“We’ve seen a lot of demand for AWS support from our existing customers, showing how big of a role it plays in the cloud space and the pace of migration expected to grow in the coming years,” said Mark Clayman, CEO, TriCore Solutions. “As more companies move parts of their business to the cloud, knowledge of AWS nuances becomes an essential area of expertise for managed service providers to possess. We’re continually innovating at TriCore, expanding our capabilities to respond to industry conditions and the needs of our customers, and our new status as Standard APN Consulting Partner and AWS Channel Reseller Program Partner demonstrates our promise to provide superior services that do just that.”
 

Zadara Storage to Expand Market Reach through Agreement with Tech Data

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Zadara Storage, the provider of enterprise-class Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS), today announced an agreement with Tech Data Corporation, one of the world's largest wholesale distributors of technology products, services and solutions. Technology Solutions, formerly a division of Avnet and now part of Tech Data, will make Zadara Storage solutions easily accessible to channel partners worldwide through its Avnet Cloud Marketplace. Zadara Storage uniquely offers users enterprise-grade storage-as-a-service in any location (cloud, on-premise or hybrid), supporting any data type (block, file and object) and connecting to any protocol (FC, iSCSI, iSER, NFS, CIFS, S3, Swift). Customers of AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure can access Zadara Storage directly from their cloud virtual machines and enjoy Zadara's enhanced privacy, performance and data protection features.

According to the industry analyst firm IT Brand Pulse, the public cloud storage-as-a-service market is growing at approximately 25% per year, and by 2020 will capture 25% of a massive $50 billion in enterprise storage spending. The rapid transition from traditional CapEx storage to as-a-service solutions is due to the scalability, elasticity and economic benefits of OpEx-based storage-as-a-service. "At IT Brand Pulse, we believe that the rapid growth Zadara Storage is enjoying is due to their excellent product/market fit," said Frank Berry, CEO IT Brand Pulse. "Users are tired of the traditional model of purchasing and managing storage, and Zadara Storage has a unique, world-class storage-as-a-service solution, providing enterprise-grade storage that is also fully managed."

Linux Academy Launches Cloud Assessments Platform to Test and Train Hands-On Technology Skills

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Linux Academy, the foremost online Linux and cloud training platform and community, today launched the public beta of Cloud Assessments, a new platform that allows enterprises to test and train their IT teams, as well as prospective job candidates, on their technology. Individuals can also leverage Cloud Assessments to prove real, hands-on skill and earn micro certifications. The first Cloud Assessment offerings will focus on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

"In today's world of constantly changing technologies and competition for IT talent, it's necessary for companies to know for certain that their IT staff and new hires have more than a theoretical understanding of their technology, particularly AWS," said Anthony James, CEO and founder, Linux Academy. "Whether it's used by companies to test, vet, or train their teams on AWS skills or by individuals to assess and learn new ones, Cloud Assessments provides proof of those skills, and we're very excited about the tremendous advantages and opportunities it presents to both."

SingleHop Introduces Industry's First Application-Driven Managed AWS Solution

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SingleHop, a global provider of on-demand private cloud and managed hosting, today announced the official launch of its AWS managed services offering  - Service First Support for Amazon Web Services. The fully managed solution is the first to offer architecture, management and optimization of environments in the AWS cloud based on the availability, performance and security needs of individual applications.

"Time-constrained IT departments are adopting AWS in large numbers, only to find they first have to master a new set of technical capabilities before they can achieve the desired performance and efficiency gains for their applications,"said Zak Boca, CEO of SingleHop. "Our managed AWS customers avoid this situation entirely by leveraging our extensive automation and AWS-certified engineering team to manage deployments for them.  They want the best vehicle to drive their applications, but they don't have the resources or desire to build and maintain the vehicle themselves."  

Application-Driven Infrastructure Management for AWS Cloud

Datera joins Accelerite Cloud Technology Partnership Program

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Datera, a provider of elastic storage for on-premises clouds, announced a strategic partnership with Accelerite, a leading vendor of enterprise infrastructure software. With this partnership, Accelerite and Datera offer a private cloud solution that is architected as-a-service for all-flash and hybrid flexibility and optimized for true scale-out and enterprise-class performance. This partnership will authorize Accelerite to offer Datera’s Elastic Data Fabric through all of its channels, which allows companies to run enterprise applications at web-scale economics, and adapt quickly to ever-changing business demands.

Accelerite is the largest private cloud technology provider based on Apache CloudStack™. With the Datera Elastic Data Fabric software, enterprise data centers will have intelligent and flexible data storage capabilities that seamlessly adapt to their ever-changing business demands. The Datera software works on commodity x86 servers for all clouds, allowing companies to have the agility to run enterprise applications at web-scale operational efficiency and enterprise class performance with low latency.
 

SecureWorks Cloud Guardian Solutions Simplify and Automate Cloud Security

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SecureWorks Corp., a leading provider of intelligence-driven information security solutions, is bolstering its Cloud Guardian portfolio with a new service that automates the application of strong cloud security policies for organizations embracing digital transformation.

With the Security Configuration Management solution, clients can add another layer of cyber protection for their workloads on Amazon Web Services (AWS) by programmatically implementing and enforcing best practices for security. The service leverages not only the Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks for AWS as a best practices library, but also a series of policies based on SecureWorks' AWS usage and incident response experience. Users can repair their cloud configurations with a single click, simplifying security and enabling organizations to focus on rapidly developing new applications and tools for their customers.

The addition of Security Configuration Management to the Cloud Guardian portfolio continues SecureWorks' efforts to address the challenges many enterprises and small businesses face as they continue their march towards hybrid IT. With the Cloud Guardian solutions, organizations can receive:

Zerto Partners with Industry’s Biggest Players in New BC/DR Technical Alliances Program

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Zerto, a leading provider of cloud IT resilience solutions, introduced its new technical alliances program, which will join together global technology companies to bring hybrid cloud and business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) solutions to market. This program extends the already successful Zerto Alliance Partner (ZAP) Program to tech companies in order to equip them with the tools and resources to foster growth in a mutual customer base.

Early members of the ZAP Technical Alliance Program include Microsoft, AWS, IBM, HPE, Nutanix, Pure Storage, Quantum Corporation, Nimble Storage, ExaGrid, Infinidat, Kaminario, Pivot3, Tegile, Embotics and Turbonomics.

“Zerto’s solution for Microsoft Azure not only provides our customers with the BC/DR and hybrid cloud capabilities they need, but the coordinated go-to-market activities will help bring innovative products to market to help enterprises garner more value from their IT investments,” said Feliz Montpellier, Worldwide Leader, Global ISV Alliances, Microsoft.
 

CloudVelox Delivers Industry's First Cloud Automation Solution

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CloudVelox, a pioneer in cloud automation and orchestration software, today announced new enterprise-grade automated cloud workload mobility and optimization capabilities with enhanced management and control features for its One Hybrid Cloud (OHC) software. Through automation, OHC accelerates workload mobility and optimization in the cloud by matching data center environments with optimal cloud services to deliver cost savings or improved application performance, without requiring specialized cloud skills. New features for cloud optimization include: application-centric instance tagging, placement groups, multiple security groups, Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles. New features for managing workload mobility include comprehensive system reporting and alerts for the successful completion of workload migrations to the cloud. With the new powerful suite of OHC features, enterprises are able to accelerate time to value, are further equipped to meet regulatory and compliance requirements and reduce IT effort while enhancing system visibility, management and control.

According to an IDC study, nearly 68 percent of organizations are using some form of cloud to help drive business outcomes; however, only three percent have optimized cloud strategies in place today. Businesses are challenged by unexpected cloud costs, the complexity of mapping security and data policies from the data center to the cloud, a scarcity of skilled cloud engineers, and a lack of visibility into monitoring the status of mass workload migrations.

 

Oracle Turns A Corner As Cloud Revenues Boom, Earnings Top

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Database software provider Oracle (ORCL) reported fiscal third quarter earnings late Wednesday that cruised past estimates as the software giant's transition to a cloud-based model picks up momentum. Oracle reported non-GAAP revenue of $9.3 billion, just topping the consensus estimate of $9.25 billion and 3% above a year earlier. It reported earnings per share minus items of 69 cents a share excluding various items, up 8% vs. a year earlier beating the consensus estimate of 62 cents, as polled by Thomson Reuters.

Oracle sees fiscal Q4 down 1% to up 2%. The midpoint for a 0.5% rise would slightly exceed Wall Street forecasts for a 0.2% uptick to $10.618 billion. Oracle also sees Q4 EPS of 78-82 cents in constant currency, though it's unclear how that compares to analysts' target for 78 cents. The software giant also hiked its quarterly dividend to 19 cents a share from 15 cents...

Docker Donating ContainerD to Cloud Native Computing Foundation

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In December 2016, Solomon Hykes, the founder of Docker, announced a re-focused containerd (Con-tay-ner-D) initiative, spinning out the core container runtime from the Docker Engine community project. At the time, it wasn't entirely clear where containerd would land, but now the picture has come into focus, as Docker is sending containerd to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). "We already have an investment in the CNCF, and it made sense to take advantage of that existing investment," Hykes told ServerWatch.Docker

Docker Inc was among the founding members of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which got started in July 2015 as a Linux Foundation Collaboration Project. Hykes noted that Docker already has technical integrations with several projects hosted by CNCF, including the Prometheus monitoring project and the GRPC remote procedure call effort...

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10 ways Google improved its cloud at NEXT

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Google cloud is seen by analysts as an up and comer. Company executives will even admit that the past few years Google has not had everything it needs to compete for enterprise customers in the IaaS public cloud market against Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and even IBM. But they will also tell you that Google is ready now.

Recently, Google held NEXT, its user conference where the company introduces new cloud features and users get to learn about the cloud platform. In the opening day keynote, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google’s cloud division, said that not many analysts have questioned Google’s technical abilities in the cloud. But now, they’ve rounded out the rest of their portfolio...

Skyhigh Networks Awarded Pioneering CASB Patents for Cloud Security and Cloud Governance

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Skyhigh Networks, the world's leading Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), announced today the company has been awarded two new CASB patents for security and governance capabilities. This official recognition follows nearly four years of comprehensive assessment by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, further validating Skyhigh's risk-based approach to helping customers safely adopt software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud services.

The two new patents, ‘Cloud Service Usage Risk Assessment' and ‘Cloud Service Risk Usage Monitoring System,' brings Skyhigh's granted portfolio count to eight, forming the most robust and growing patented technology portfolio in the CASB industry. Previous CASB patents granted to Skyhigh covered cloud-based encryption with enterprise managed keys, increasingly critical for the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other privacy regulations; and identity-based, mobile-to-cloud inline security enforcement, critical for any inline CASB use case. A combination of these seminal patents positions Skyhigh as the CASB industry leader covering cloud discovery, compliance, data security and threat protection.

Barracuda Offers Backup Customers and MSPs Faster Restores with LiveBoot 2.0

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Barracuda Networks, Inc. today announced Barracuda Backup LiveBoot 2.0, which includes Cloud LiveBoot for Microsoft Hyper-V and gives customers faster restores to minimize downtime in VMware vSphere and Hyper-V environments. Barracuda LiveBoot 2.0 offers a backup and recovery option for larger virtual machines, and reduces boot times.

"The whole point of deploying a backup strategy is to make sure businesses are covered when things go wrong, and in today's landscape, there are a lot of potential obstacles," said Rod Mathews, senior vice president and general manager, data protection at Barracuda. "We've seen everything from natural disasters to ransomware attacks or employees accidentally deleting critical files that can wreak havoc on an organization's recovery strategy. Barracuda Backup LiveBoot 2.0 provides customers with a powerful and affordable layer of protection for recovering lost data."     

Faster Restores, Reduced Downtime

Mavenir Unveils the Mavenir RCS Cloud Platform

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Mavenir, the global leaders in software-defined infrastructure solutions with a world-leading installed base of advanced messaging solutions that support more than 3.5 billions of subscribers across 350 operators, today announced the launch of its cloud-based Rich Communication Services (RCS) Platform and Hub, further expanding its globally deployed suite of flagship RCS solutions that support tens of millions of subscribers worldwide.

With its new RCS Platform and Hub, Mavenir provides Communications Service Providers (CSPs) with an innovative approach to quickly and efficiently deploy secure and advanced communications, while capitalizing on new monetization services but without the high costs and complexity associated with large-scale network infrastructure projects.

The Mavenir RCS Platform can be easily deployed either directly in the operator network, as a Mavenir-hosted model or managed across a hybrid model that results in a combination of both. This unique approach, allows CSPs to decide which functionalities they want to remain in their network, such as customer data - bringing back control to the operators and expanding their role in the digital economy.

Interoute launches Managed Container Platform at Cloud Expo Europe

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Interoute, owner-operator of a global cloud services platform and one of Europe's largest and most advanced networks, will announce the integration of its Global Cloud Infrastructure platform with Rancher Labs’ container management platform, Rancher, at Cloud Expo 2017. This new innovative approach enables enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation and infrastructure investments.
 
The advent of containers has revolutionised the way enterprises can build, and deploy software applications, bringing greater agility, quicker deployment times and lower operational costs. In the past, Enterprise Operations and Infrastructure teams building new applications and software services had to manage all cloud infrastructure building blocks (the virtual server, OS, and application libraries) necessary to create their application development environment. Using a container based approach enterprise developers can now focus on writing applications and deploying the code straight into a container. The container is then deployed across the underling Interoute cloud infrastructure dramatically improving the time to develop and launch new applications and software.
 

Five9 Cloud-Based Contact Center Solution Helps Large Financial Services Company

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Five9, Inc., a leading provider of cloud software for the enterprise contact center market, was chosen by a large financial services company to transition its five contact centers from an unreliable premise-based solution to the cloud-based Five9 Virtual Contact Center (VCC). Since implementing Five9, the company reports that it has dramatically improved contact center reliability and uptime, increased agent productivity by over 10%, realized significant savings annually and was empowered with intelligent analytics to improve decision making.

The financial services company, which offers financing and loan services, both online and in-store to under-banked consumers, required a more reliable solution that would also increase efficiency in the contact center. The company’s initial decision to select and implement Five9 was also based on the need for custom reporting and robust analytics capabilities.
 

Medsphere Migrates Acute and Ambulatory EHRs to the Cloud

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Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of affordable and interoperable healthcare information technology (IT) solutions and services, has moved into cloud-based services with the implementation of the company’s OpenVista electronic health record (EHR) at the Behavioral Center of Michigan and Samaritan Behavioral Center. The fully cloud-based version of OpenVista gives both Detroit-area facilities and other current and future clients greater accessibility and saves the expense of local servers and data centers.

The successful Behavioral Center go-live is confirmation of Medsphere’s cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) strategy, which is also currently being rolled out at other client sites.
 

Radiant selects Amazon Web Services to host Open Source Platform

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Radiant
today announced that its open Earth imagery platform for the global development community will be hosted on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. Radiant received a grant of free usage in the form of AWS promotional credits to help get started, which will accelerate the development of the platform, establishing Radiant as a global steward of the world's increasing, yet disparate sources of open geospatial and Earth imagery and data. Coupled with analytical tools and capacity building programs, open imagery and data will be used to create powerful insights and evidence-based support for transformative impact and change.  

"Using the AWS Cloud will infuse Radiant's platform technology offerings with an initial set of best-in-class cloud capabilities. We plan to support infrastructure that works with many cloud providers, and AWS is key to our scale and global reach. The AWS promotional credits will help Radiant begin development of the initial phase of our platform quickly, and we are very excited to work with AWS to bring additional Earth imagery to the cloud," says Radiant's Chief Technology Officer, Dan Lopez.

CloudCheckr Secures $50 Million Series A From Level Equity

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CloudCheckr, the leading cloud management platform, announced today that it has raised $50 million in institutional funding from Level Equity. The funding round will augment an already profitable business that has tripled in each of the last three years. CloudCheckr will use the funds to bolster its market-leading platform for modern enterprises, government agencies and managed service providers who demand a comprehensive and scalable multi-cloud management platform that satisfies cost, security, utilization and compliance concerns.

"Cloud management is a highly complex but increasingly mainstream issue - especially for the forward-looking enterprises who are leading the public cloud revolution," said Aaron Newman, CEO and Co-Founder at CloudCheckr. "We have had an astonishing amount of interest in our business as it has continued to scale quickly and profitably and were very deliberate in our timing and choice to bring on an institutional investment partner that would help accelerate our lead in this exciting marketplace. Level's investment is validation of the pressing need to get visibility and control of exploding cloud environments and we're excited to keep building, innovating and giving organizations the tools they need to go fast at scale."

Adobe Unveils New Cloud Platform Capabilities

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At Adobe Summit, Adobe introduced significant enhancements to the Adobe Cloud Platform, the underlying, cross-cloud architecture that unifies content and data and leverages Adobe Sensei, Adobe's AI and machine learning framework. Advancements announced today include new Sensei capabilities for enterprise customers as well as new tools and partner integrations to help developers reduce time to market and better integrate Creative Cloud assets into enterprise workflows. Adobe also announced Adobe Experience Cloud as well as the availability of the first set of solutions that integrate with Microsoft's Azure, Dynamics 365 and PowerBI offerings

Advancements in cloud services have fundamentally altered the computing landscape. The next decade will bring even more disruptive changes in how brands create, immerse and engage their customers in their experiences. In this future, brands will have to adapt to an era of true experience mobility - one where highly personalized experiences are contextually aware and delivered in real-time - regardless of the device, time or location. A modern experience platform that addresses these expectations needs to be designed with a common data language founded on content and data, an open ecosystem to enable others to build on and innovate, and intelligence at its core with AI, machine learning and deep learning.