March 2017

Inoapps First To Receive New Oracle MSP Status

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Oracle Platinum Partner Inoapps (www.inoapps.com) has been accepted and accredited by Oracle as the first UK partner with IaaS specialisation to join its new Global Managed Service Provider (MSP) programme. As a fully accredited MSP, the company will provide Professional and Managed Services to Oracle IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service) customers; spanning readiness assessments, migration and full implementation and managed services.

This scheme will only be available to Partners who have a Global Managed Service capability, so only a handful of Partners with a ‘truly global reach are to be chosen for this new Oracle accreditation. The decision to select Inoapps first reflects the company’s ability to deliver global support and migration services 24 hours a day / 7 days a week / 365 days a year, through its offices across EMEA, the USA and ASEAN territories. Another reason for the choice was Inoapps’ success in receiving both EMEA and Global SaaS Cloud Transformation Specialized Partner of the Year Awards at Oracle OpenWorld 2016.
 

Axcient Announces New Version of Industry-Leading Business Recovery Cloud Platform

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Axcient announced several enhancements to its Business Recovery Cloud platform, including a refresh of hardware appliances, expanded support for protecting heterogeneous environments and several performance and UI updates. These enhancements come in response to the growing demands of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) for simpler, more powerful and cost-effective solutions for business continuity and disaster recovery.

"Every day, our channel partners protect thousands of SMBs with Axcient," said Todd Scallan, chief product officer at Axcient. "Today's announcement demonstrates Axcient's ongoing commitment to its partners. The latest version of the Axcient platform enables our partners to deliver better service to their clients with improved capabilities for the protection and recovery of data and systems, continuity of business operations, and management of the Axcient service."

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Esri Teams with IBM to Offer Cutting-Edge Spatial Analytics to Developers in Bluemix Cloud

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At this year's IBM InterConnect conference in Las Vegas, global spatial analytics leader Esri announced that it now works with IBM developers to broaden the customer experience by making Esri developer tools, geoservices, and data available in the IBM cloud environment, called Bluemix.

Users can now benefit from the integration of Esri services with the broad range of those from IBM Bluemix including security, predictive analytics, data store, scripting tools, Watson, and The Weather Company in the wide portfolio of IBM services.
 

Zadara Expands Enterprise Storage-as-a-Service Coverage in AWS Beijing Region with Futong

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Zadara Storage, the provider of enterprise-class storage-as-a-service (STaaS), and Futong today announced the availability of Zadara's award-winning VPSA Storage Array at the Beijing Sinnet Technology Co., Ltd data center, supporting the AWS Beijing region. Zadara has previously announced regional support following AWS expansion into Dublin, Sydney, Tokyo, Frankfurt and South Korea.

The rapidly growing China market is creating a need for massive amounts of high-performance, enterprise-class storage. IT professionals are quickly realizing that traditional Capital Expense-based (CapEx) storage does not meet their scalability and cost targets. Zadara Storage, with its Operating Expense-based (OpEx) solution provides a cost-effective, infinitely scalable, block (SAN), file (NAS) and Object Storage-as-a-Service solution. The Zadara Storage Cloud enables companies doing business in China the ability to leverage the flexibility and economic benefits of public and private cloud architectures as they grow their infrastructures.

Neverware Debuts CloudReady: Office 365 Education Edition

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Neverware, the New York-based developer of lightweight desktop operating systems built to optimize security and manageability, announced today the release and general availability of CloudReady: Office 365 Education Edition, a new solution developed in partnership with Microsoft that features a native integration between Neverware's CloudReady operating system and the Office 365 suite.

When installed on an organization's devices, CloudReady: Office 365 Education Edition transforms existing hardware into fast, secure, and easily manageable machines that provide out-of-the-box, seamless integration with Microsoft OneDrive and online versions of commonly used productivity apps such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more. CloudReady's lightweight, browser-based design is certified to run on over 200 of the most common laptops and desktops used in education over the last decade, so schools can extend the shelf life of their existing devices to revitalize computer labs and pursue one-to-one computing initiatives.
 

Imperva FlexProtect Simplifies Security for Hybrid Cloud Application Deployments

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Imperva, Inc., committed to protecting business-critical data and applications in the cloud and on-premises, today announced Imperva FlexProtect to give customers access to both Imperva SecureSphere and Imperva Incapsula within a single subscription agreement. By providing the flexibility to deploy Imperva web application firewall (WAF) solutions based on need, the subscription helps organizations simplify the protection of enterprise applications as they migrate their portfolios from on-premises data centers to the cloud.

The cloud market will accelerate in 2017 as enterprises seek to gain efficiencies as they scale compute resources to better serve customers, noted a Forrester Research blog.* As companies migrate applications from on-premises to the cloud, application security itself must become hybrid to support the combination of both on-premises and cloud appliances along with cloud services. However, within the enterprise application portfolio, there is usually uncertainty surrounding which applications will move and when, how they will be rearchitectured, and what happens if an app needs to be migrated back on-premises or moved to a different cloud. By giving customers the flexibility to use Incapsula and SecureSphere, regardless of where an application is initially deployed or migrated, Imperva FlexProtect directly supports dynamic hybrid cloud deployments and provides needed investment protection to manage this transition.

SailPoint Awarded U.S. Patent for Securely Managing Identities from the Cloud

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SailPoint, the leader in identity management, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has recognized SailPoint's innovative approach to empowering enterprise employee and partner populations to manage their network access credentials, even when located remotely and locked out of the corporate network. This new patent award enables SailPoint to uniquely provide a solution that ensures security for the enterprise and ease of use for both remote workers and office-based employees and partners. SailPoint's patent number 9,600,656, entitled ‘System and Method for Domain Password Reset in a Secured Distributed Network Environment', is another example of the company's innovative approach to securing identity data for global enterprises.

Typically, company-issued laptops and other mobile devices don't allow users to recover from forgotten network passwords while away from the office and disconnected from the company domain servers. This presents a challenge to anyone who works remotely or travels as part of their job responsibilities. Should they happen to forget their network password while disconnected from the corporate network, until now there has been no way to reset the password without employing duplicate local accounts or physically connecting the device to the main company domain server and network. In this situation, remote employees are effectively locked out and must ship their laptop to the company's IT staff so they can reset the password and then ship it back. In the case of the business traveler, they must wait until they return from their business trip to re-attach to the corporate domain server. This all leads to a significant loss in productivity and end-user dissatisfaction.

IBM, Red Hat collaborate to accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption with OpenStack

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IBM and Red Hat, Inc. announced a strategic collaboration designed to help enterprises benefit from the OpenStack platform's speed and economics while more easily extending their existing Red Hat virtualized and cloud workloads to the IBM Private Cloud.

As part of this new collaboration, IBM has become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider, giving clients greater confidence that they can use Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage on IBM Private Cloud when the offering launches for general availability at the end of March 2017.

Additionally, as part of the agreement, Red Hat Cloud Access will be available for IBM Cloud by the end of Q2 2017, allowing Red Hat customers to move eligible, unused Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions from their data centre to a public, virtualized cloud environment in IBM Cloud Data Centres worldwide.

StreamSets Enables Data Lake in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure Integration

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StreamSets Inc., a provider of innovative data-in-motion middleware, today announced integration of its award-winning StreamSets Data Collector open source software for building any-to-any dataflows with Microsoft Azure. The integration enables StreamSets customers and open source adopters to use Azure Data Lake Store as a built-in pipeline destination, accelerating time to value by being able to move and transform data without writing custom code. The software is available on the Azure Marketplace.

Cloud data storage and analytics are critical to enabling enterprise digital transformation. To be effective, enterprises must easily move data between on-premises and cloud data stores at will in order to leverage the advantages of each modality, whether the data comes from traditional databases or new big data sources such as from logs, IoT sensors and social media feeds. An integrated solution using StreamSets Data Collector and Microsoft Azure Data Lake Store simplifies development of new cloud-based applications and analytics by continually feeding data stores with timely and trustworthy data.
 

Avere Systems Closes $14 Million Series E to Expand Cloud Offerings

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Avere Systems today announced the close of a $14 million Series E funding with participation from existing investors Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital and Western Digital Capital, and new investor Google Inc. The new investment brings Avere's total funds raised to $97 million, and will be used to expand the company's hybrid cloud product offerings so that more organizations can easily take advantage of the public cloud. Avere has established itself as a leader in the hybrid cloud market, helping enterprises reap the benefits of cloud economics and flexibility with solutions based on its high-performance scalable file system.
 

What have we learned from the Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure outages?

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In the past month both AWS and Microsoft Azure have experienced lengthy outages due to issues with the storage supporting the cloud. These outages have flooded through companies globally and brought into focus the potential downsides of putting all your eggs into the public cloud basket. After both of these incidents, the question is, how reliable is the public cloud and what options and alternatives are available?

A few technology experts have offered their opinion:

The best of both worlds is a multi-cloud strategy

 

The Business Cloud From Domo Is Now the World's Largest Analytics Platform in the Cloud

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In just one year since launching, Domo's Business Cloud is now the industry's largest data analytics platform in the cloud. With more than 25 petabytes of data uploaded, the data managed in Domo surpasses 100 trillion rows, which is 21 times larger than the amount of data in the Library of Congress and more than twice the size of the largest data warehouse record claimed by SAP in 2014.

"Domo's Business Cloud has become the world's largest analytics platform because of the power of our customers," said Josh James, co-founder and CEO, Domo. "These revolutionaries are leading the adoption of data-driven cultures across organizations worldwide. While often starting small -- like most revolutions do -- their vision for how data, facilitated by Domo, can transform business performance quickly catches fire."

Domo is also now connected to more than one million discreet data sources, while maintaining industry-leading uptime and performance.
 

Huawei and Canonical Integrate OpenStack and CloudFabric

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Huawei and Canonical today announced they are expanding their cooperation in enterprise and telecom clouds to announce that they have completed the integration of CloudFabric Cloud Data Center Network Solution and Canonical's Ubuntu OpenStack. The joint solution integrates the Agile Controller, Huawei's SDN controller, with Ubuntu OpenStack to improve the efficiency of deploying and maintaining multiple data center networks. A large number of controller nodes can be deployed in minutes to interoperate with the cloud platform quickly. Enterprises or telecom cloud platforms that are using or plan to use Ubuntu OpenStack platform can directly connect their OpenStack platform with the Agile Controller to enable quick, flexible service deployment and integration in multiple data centers.

Virtustream Expands Enterprise Cloud Platform for Mission Critical Applications to Asia-Pacific Region

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Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud company and a Dell Technologies Business, today announced that its enterprise cloud platform and services for mission critical applications are now available in the Asia-Pacific region including Australia and Japan. This offering includes Virtustream's innovative cloud technology and unique consumption billing model.

The need for enterprise cloud services in the region is increasing. According to published research, by 2020, "IDC predicts the Cloud Systems Infrastructure Services revenue in Asia/Pacific including Japan will reach $12.9 billion."

"The pent up demand for enterprise-level cloud services in the Asia-Pacific region is tremendous as organizations are eager to globally scale their operations at a rapid pace; while also managing the complexities of migrating their existing systems of record to the cloud," said Frank Gens, IDC senior vice president and chief analyst. "Add to that regional needs such as data sovereignty, and it narrows the playing field of providers significantly."

The Next Step: Taking Your Blog to New Heights

If you've been following the articles in our Blogging section, you will know that blogging can be a great way to earn money online. Whether you love traveling, like talking about gadgets, or you simply enjoy watching the latest movies and writing about them, there is always a niche to fill and moneymaking opportunities to explore.

The fact that content marketing is now bigger than ever also means blogging is quickly becoming a popular dream job for many. The market is about to be a lot - and I do mean A LOT - more competitive, so it is time to step up the game and take your blog to new heights. Here are some of the tips you can use to get started.

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Druva and Carahsoft Deliver Cloud Data Protection to the Public Sector

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Druva, the leader in cloud data protection and information management, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., the trusted government IT solutions provider, today announced that Carahsoft will serve as Druva's public sector distribution partner. Under this agreement, Carahsoft will proactively market and sell Druva inSync, the company's flagship cloud data protection and information management solution, which Carahsoft will make available to the public sector and its reseller ecosystem via Carahsoft's SEWP contracts. The solution enables agencies to securely manage data protection and information governance across endpoints and cloud applications with unparalleled ease and sophistication.

"Today's public sector organizations require the highest levels of security and data privacy. In addition to the best technologies, the need to operate in a secure cloud environment and adhere to standards such as FIPS 140 is a unique and demanding need," said Dave Packer, Vice President of Corporate and Product Marketing at Druva. "Whether part of the federal, state or local government, organizations now require data solutions that are compliant with the latest regulations and deliver the most cutting edge technologies. With the Druva and Carahsoft partnership, the public sector can now easily and assuredly protect their users' valuable data while adhering to all regulations and compliance requirements."

Cloud Computing: AWS acquisition of Thinkbox could lead to more heavy-duty tools, users

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A recent AWS acquisition taps into vertical market technology, hoping to entice new customers with high-performance workloads while also bolstering its cloud management capabilities at the same time. Earlier this month, Amazon Web Services acquired Thinkbox Software, which provides a suite of image and particle-rendering management and geometry caching tools for media visual effects (VFX) design and development, for undisclosed terms.

The AWS acquisition is the latest example of Amazon, and other large public cloud players, adding services that appeal to specific markets and customers, and it could improve existing cloud services with specific capabilities such as support for compute-intensive workloads...

Huawei and Altair to Pursue High-Performance Computing and Build Industrial Simulation Cloud Solutions

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Huawei and Altair have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at CeBIT 2017, marking the beginning of a cooperation for High-performance Computing (HPC) and Cloud Solutions. The two companies will cooperate with each other to develop industrial simulation cloud solutions for their customers.

In accordance with the terms of the cooperation, they will build a joint test center in Huawei's Munich OpenLab to carry out software and hardware optimization tests based on Altair's PBS Works and Huawei's HPC and cloud platforms. Taking full advantage of the high performance and reliability of Huawei's HPC and cloud platforms, the joint tests will help customers reduce software integration and performance verification workloads considerably and simplify the deployment and management of industrial simulation cloud platforms...

Microsoft Cloud Initiatives Lining Up for Global Enterprise Segment Domination

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You may have come across several articles in the past about how Amazon is trying to achieve global domination. The way the company has gone about its business, disrupting the retail industry in United States, swiftly moving into all the top ten economies of the world and a few more, and continually growing its revenues at double digit rates despite making more than $100 billion dollars a year. Does it look at all like they are on an unstoppable roll?

But this article is not about Amazon. It’s about Microsoft. Surprise! It’s about how much the company has changed in the past few years, and how, little by little, their plan to dominate the enterprise market around the world is taking shape. Microsoft in its previous avatar did Windows, and then some...

Cloud Computing: Closer to the Edge Data Center

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Away from urban areas, high-bandwidth applications (mobile computing, HD video, cloud...) can suffer. Data centers on the ‘edge’ of the internet, away from traditional hubs, can help. Large volumes of popular content and applications (like Netflix series) are cached on servers closer to less densely networked ‘tier-two’ markets. There are a few things to consider, when specifying and building an edge data center.

First, there are space constraints. Cabling from servers often directly connects to a fibre platform in a central network cabinet. The fibres have to accommodate twisting and cable moves, adds and changes. Data has to move through cables at awkward angles without quality loss. Network cabinets need lots of space for switches...