April 2017

2nd Watch Survey: AWS Users Plan to Increase Spending on Cloud-native Services in 2017

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2nd Watch has completed a survey of 1,000 IT and business executives in the United States. The survey, which ran online in March and targeted companies of at least 1,000 employees, focused on the use of cloud-native AWS services such as Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Redshift, Amazon Aurora, Amazon DynamoDB and AWS Lambda.

A key takeaway from the survey was that companies are planning to spend more money on those AWS cloud native services in 2017 than they did last year. According to the survey results, 35 percent of respondents said they plan to spend 10-20 percent more on these services this year than last, while 13 percent said they would spend 21-30 percent more. The ramp-up in spending is occurring as companies are realizing the value of previous investments in cloud-related products and services. Thirty-six percent of survey respondents said they are gaining their expected return-on-investment from the use of cloud services, and another 30 percent said they had not yet achieved their anticipated ROI but soon would.

Cloud Standards Customer Council Publishes Cloud Customer Architecture for Securing Workloads on Cloud Services Whitepaper

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The Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC) has published a new whitepaper, Cloud Customer Architecture for Securing Workloads on Cloud Services, that outlines security services and corresponding best practices for deploying a comprehensive cloud security architecture. The aim of this new guide is to provide a practical reference to help IT architects and IT security professionals architect, install, and operate the information security components of solutions built using cloud services. It is available for download at http://www.cloud-council.org/deliverables/cloud-customer-architecture-for-securing-workloads-on-cloud-services.htm

Many cloud services are now available, covering infrastructure, platform and application capabilities. Building business solutions using cloud services requires a clear understanding of the available security services, components and options-allied to a clear architecture- which addresses the complete lifecycle of cloud solutions covering development, deployment and operations.

The following security components are covered in detail:

Unitas Global Collaborates with Equinix and Microsoft Azure to Deliver End-to-End Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution

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Unitas Global, the leading enterprise cloud solutions provider, today announced a strategic partnership with Equinix, the global interconnection and data center company, and Microsoft Azure to deliver an end-to-end hybrid cloud solution that enables enterprises to consume public and private cloud services with full transparency and ease. Combining Unitas Global's expertise in designing, deploying, and managing hybrid cloud solutions, Equinix's data center and interconnection services, and Microsoft's Azure public cloud, the enterprise solution delivers application enablement and multi-cloud orchestration capabilities, as well as extensive global reach enabling connectivity into any market.

Neustar Unlocks Cloud Security Channel for Select Partners

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Neustar, Inc., a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information services, today announced its Cloud Security Partner Program, a channel partnership program for a select group of strategic business partners and cloud service providers. The Neustar Cloud Security Partner Program enables its channel partners to capitalize on the growing adoption of cloud security solutions by delivering Neustar Security Solutions to its customers. Neustar Security Solutions offer flexible deployment methods for a variety of industry-leading cloud services, including DNS and DDoS mitigation.

According to IDC FutureScape: Worldwide IT Industry 2017 Predictions, "Many enterprises have shifted to a ‘cloud first' strategy over the past several years. Over the next several years - as two-thirds or more of IT spending shifts to the cloud - many organizations (and IT suppliers) will get steadily closer to ‘cloud only.'"

A10 Networks Brings "Harmony" to Management of Secure Application Services Across Multiple Clouds and Data Centers

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A10 Networks introduced a new strategic solution that offers multi-cloud, multi-service management that brings to life its ongoing vision of harmonizing application delivery and security.

The new developments center on the A10 Harmony Controller, built on microservices and container technologies, offering a multi-tenant, highly scalable controller architecture that incorporates real-time analytics at a per-app level and central management and orchestration of secure application services across hybrid environments - from physical data centers to public, private and hybrid clouds.

The new A10 Harmony Controller and analytics capabilities fundamentally change the way secure application services are delivered, protected, and managed. Because the A10 Harmony application delivery and security controller uniquely spans traditional data centers and clouds, it is now the industry's only controller-based platform that can deliver analytics, configuration and orchestration across such hybrid application environments.

Sales in the Cloud: Different Ways Cloud Computing Is Aiding Sales

Cloud computing has been helping businesses achieve unbelievable levels of efficiency over the years. Anything from Enterprise Resource Planning or ERP to Human Resources (HR) and communications are now relying on cloud infrastructure one way or another. It is also worth noting that cloud computing allows businesses to store and process a large amount of data at a relatively low cost.

In this article, however, we're going to focus more on how cloud tools and services can be used to help sales. There are some interesting resources and solutions designed specifically to help a business's sales department become more effective.

Cloud-Based CRM

Customer Relationship Management or CRM is a great platform to use for managing customers. The use of CRM allows corporations to offer more personalized services to each customer through the method of collecting data and the history of interactions within the system. I say "history of interactions" because a good CRM platform can record more than just purchases and invoices.

Forget Heliocentrism - Embrace the cloud and Zeus-centrism

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Zeus Kerravala.

In the early 1600s, one of my favorite historical figures, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, championed the works of one Nicolaus Copernicus and postulated that the universe was heliocentric. The term was named after Helios, the Greek god of the sun, indicating that everything revolved around him.

In the IT world, the cloud has become the center of the universe. And since Zeus is the Greek god of the sky, which includes thunder and cloud, it makes sense that CIOs should adopt a Zeus-centric faith. The cloud has indeed become the center of most organizations’ IT strategy, as it provides the unique combination of on demand scale, elasticity and agility that organizations need to execute on digital initiatives...

Microsoft Surface Pro 2017: New variant could be in the Windows 10 Cloud

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Microsoft is all set to stage big spring event on May 2 with most anticipating a new laptop. Most anticipate a new #Microsoft Surface Pro 5 coming though the improvements could disappoint. Except for the possible upgrade to an Intel Kaby Lake chipset, the word out is that the Redmond company has hardly changed most of the components. With the Surface Pro line doing well, critics believe that bumping up the SoC would be enough.

Compared to Apple, Microsoft does not really need hardware sales to keep its business afloat. Rather, the Redmond company has been known to focus on the software side. Hence, the changes that the Microsoft Surface Pro would have to offer could be in the #Windows 10 Cloud...

CloudVelox Publishes Cloud Migration Best Practices

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CloudVelox, a pioneer in cloud automation and orchestration software, today announced it is publishing an e-book to help businesses create a strategy for adopting cloud computing. The e-book, Cloud Migration Best Practices: Understand What (and How) to Move to the Cloud, is available for free download at http://www.cloudvelox.com/lp-cloud-migration-best-practices-cloudvelox

A company's decision to migrate to the cloud usually is based on the strategic advantages of such a move, including streamlining processes, increasing agility, and lowering CAPEX. Various business triggers and tactics drive this decision, inform the cloud strategy necessary, and provide a general blueprint for moving forward with the process...

Mirantis Releases Kubernetes Distribution and Updated Mirantis OpenStack

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Mirantis, the managed open cloud company, today announced availability of a commercially-supported distribution of OpenStack and Kubernetes, delivered in a single, integrated package, and with a unique build-operate-transfer delivery model. “Today, infrastructure consumption patterns are defined by the public cloud, where everything is API driven, managed and continuously delivered.

Mirantis OpenStack, which featured Fuel as an installer, was the easiest OpenStack distribution to deploy, but every new version required a forklift upgrade,” said Boris Renski, Mirantis co-founder and CMO. “Mirantis Cloud Platform departs from the traditional installer-centric architecture and towards an operations-centric architecture, continuously delivered by either Mirantis or the customers’ DevOps team with zero downtime...

Cloud Computing: Amazon launches chatbot in bid to lead voice-controlled computing

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Amazon.com Inc’s chief technology officer is working toward a day when people can control almost any piece of software with their voice. The company on Wednesday rolled out the technology powering Alexa, its voice assistant that competes with Apple Inc’s Siri, to developers so they can build chat features into their own apps, CTO Werner Vogels said in an interview.

The service, Amazon Lex, was in a preview phase since late 2016. The move underscores how Amazon is racing to be the top player in voice-controlled computing, after losing out in mobile to Apple and Alphabet Inc’s Google. Vogels said that Amazon’s headway in processing how humans write and speak would make conversational assistants or “chatbots” more helpful than the clunky tools they’ve been in the past...

Read more from the source @ https://www.vccircle.com/amazon-launches-chatbot-in-bid-to-lead-voice-controlled-computing/

Bluelock Rated as a Leader in Disaster-Recovery-As-A-Service by Independent Research Firm

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Bluelock, provider of Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) for complex environments and sensitive data, is pleased to announce its rating as a leader in Forrester Research's The Forrester WaveTM: Disaster-Recovery-As-A-Service Providers, Q2 2017 report.

The report evaluates DRaaS vendors against current offering, strategy and market presence criteria to identify leaders in the space, detailing how each vendor fulfills the selected criteria. Bluelock received the highest score possible in 10 of these criteria, including data security, implementation and support.

OpenStack User Survey Reveals Growing Number of Deployments, Greater Scale and Global Diversity

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Capturing 44 percent more deployments and gaining input from 22 percent more organizations than one year ago, the OpenStack Foundation User Survey, published today, reveals growing adoption, increased scale and a more diverse user base, driven by the desire to accelerate innovation and avoid vendor lock-in.

OpenStack's ninth User Survey demonstrates the open infrastructure platform used for private clouds, public clouds and telecom networks has broad appeal for organizations of all sizes around the world. Thirty-two percent of users have 10,000 employees or more, while 25 percent of organizations have fewer than 100 employees. Sixty-one percent of these users and 74 percent of deployments are physically located outside of the United States.

Every Cloud Has a Story: A Spectrum of Customers Move to Avaya Midmarket Cloud

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As new Avaya customers embrace Avaya Midmarket Cloud solutions, three examples offer unique stories that highlight their business models and reasons why full-on or hybrid cloud makes sense for them. From a small, start-up design business, to a youth soccer-focused camp and gear company, to a growing movie and TV studio with ever-changing requirements, Avaya Midmarket Cloud delivers the features, flexibility and cost-effectiveness they need for success, offered by Avaya channel partners.

The Crossing Studios in Burnaby, BC rents over 350,000 square feet of space to Hollywood movie and TV production crews, growing from a single location to eight in record time. Production needs can change frequently, and the number of people needing communications for a single customer can jump from a handful to more than a hundred with only a moment's notice. Since all eight locations had different communications infrastructure, IT spent inordinate amounts of time re-configuring and adapting systems that had sub-par reliability to begin with.

Rubrik Unveils Integration with Pure Storage

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Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management company, today announced its data protection solution for Pure Storage FlashBlade, along with new integration between Rubrik's Cloud Data Management Products and Pure Storage's FlashArray//M. With this new collaboration, customers can achieve simplicity, performance and integrated data management across hybrid cloud environments. 

"We are pleased to lead the market with our data protection solution for FlashBlade. Finally, customers can achieve unparalleled simplicity, performance and scalability across their environment with Pure and Rubrik," said Bipul Sinha, founder and CEO of Rubrik. "Our integration truly ties together Pure's performance and manageability, to Rubrik's cloud native data fabric, making data more agile across hybrid cloud environments."

Protecting your client’s digital assets in the public cloud

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Regardless of which particular model of cloud computing your clients adopt – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Revera’s Vault (or any other NZ-based cloud solution) or their own virtualised environment – they still need protection. Typically the cloud provider manages the security of the cloud and the client is responsible for security in the cloud.

Fortinet’s purpose-built public cloud FortiGate firewalls are designed to run inside public cloud-based data centres to provide extra layers of protection including internal segmentation, intrusion prevention, application control, WAN optimisation, data loss prevention, anti-virus, antispam, anti-spyware and VPN (IPsec and SSL)...

The war on cloud pricing: Object storage moves into the mainstream

Grazed from ITBrief. Author: Julia Gabel.

The latest analysis on cloud pricing by 451 Research highlights that the cloud price battle field has shifted from virtual machines (VMs) to object storage. And the firm predicts that other services, particularly databases, will undergo the same pricing pressures over the next 18 months. 451 Research says that virtual machines have been the traditional battleground for price cuts as providers seek to gain attention and differentiation.

But now, the tide has turned as object storage pricing declines, including a drop of 14% over the past 12 months. For comparison, the cloud mainstay of virtual machines has dropped a relatively small 5% over the same period. The analysts believe that the move of price cuts beyond compute is due to market maturity. Other factors include increasing cloud-native development and faith in the cloud model, as well as a competitive scrum to capture data migrating out of on-premises infrastructure...

Read more from the source @ https://itbrief.com.au/story/war-cloud-pricing-object-storage-moves-mainstream/

The Top 5 Vendor-Neutral Cloud Security Certifications of 2017

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Many organizations migrate to the cloud because of increased efficiency, data space, scalability, speed and other benefits. But cloud computing comes with its own security threats. To address these challenges, companies should create a hybrid cloud environment, confirm that their cloud security solution offers 24/7 monitoring and multi-layered defenses, and implement security measures like encryption, data backups and identity access management (IAM).

Organizations can take their cloud security strategy one step further by hiring IT professionals with the proper certifications. These accreditations ensure your new employees are qualified to properly configure your cloud servers and secure your data. Coupled with the proper amount of experience, certified employees can serve as a crucial resource towards helping your company defend against a data breach...

CloudPassage Releases Compliance Update to Halo Security Platform

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CloudPassage announced today a new release of CloudPassage Halo, the company's award-winning automated cloud workload security platform. The update includes the addition of Server Account Monitoring (SAM) for Windows, which helps security teams achieve compliance and improved security posture by enabling them to monitor local server accounts on Windows servers.

"Maintaining compliance is essential to security analysts in regulated industries," said Amit Gupta, head of product management, CloudPassage. "With this new release, Halo now provides Windows users the most effective framework for monitoring server accounts in highly dynamic environments such as AWS, Azure, and private clouds."
 

How iPaaS Is Extending Cloud Functionality

Just a few short years ago, the terms ‘cloud' and ‘cloud computing' were reserved for an elite few techies who understood the inner workings of cyberspace. Now these have become household words and although most businesses still don't quite comprehend what it means to work in the cloud, they know that it saves them money and are being told that they can save even more along the line because cloud-based servers are totally scalable.

As more space is needed to integrate various software stored either locally or elsewhere around the web, you can scale up, but if you find that you are not using the space you thought you would require, you can scale down. It's amazing what you can do with an integration Platform as a Service in terms of functionality, but first, you probably want to know what iPaaS is and what it means to your business.

A Brief Rundown on iPaaS