May 2017

How the Cloud Can Help You Free Up Space on Your Hard Drive

Most people simply don't know what they would do without the cloud. Whether it's collaborating with work colleagues on a project or storing important information online to minimise the risk of all being lost, the cloud has many uses for both individuals and groups in the modern world. Today, one of the most popular reasons for choosing to use a cloud service is to store files and data; this not only helps to keep them more secure but it can be an easy way of freeing up space on your hard drive.

Secure Storage and Backup

Examining How Cloud Hosting Affects SEO

Many businesses increase their revenue by boosting SEO rankings. Optimizing your website for search is a sure-fire way of getting noticed by potential customers. Recently, cloud hosting has been added to the plethora of the best SEO strategies out there. It has a significant and direct impact on many businesses. If you are making a move to cloud hosting and your website is already optimized for search engines, it is important to know how these two interact with each other. The following are the ways in which cloud hosting affects SEO:

1. Increased Page Loading Speed

Cloud Computing: Rackspace names Joe Eazor as new CEO

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Rackspace's board of directors has appointed Joe Eazor as the company's new CEO, effective June 12, Rackspace announced Wednesday. Rackspace President Jeff Cotten has been serving as interim CEO since chief executive Taylor Rhodes left earlier this month. Eazor has spent more than 25 years as a technology executive and was most recently CEO of EarthLink.

Rackspace highlighted Eazor's role leading EarthLink into new, profitable areas like cloud computing, noting that he doubled EarthLink's free cash flow. In February, he led Earthlink's sale to Windstream for $`1.1 billion. Prior to serving at EarthLink, Eazor was an executive at EMC and HP. He was also an executive at EDS before and after its sale to HP. After the acquisition, Eazor was responsible for integrating EDS's $22 billion business into its new parent company...

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Information Security Basics Your Small Business Needs Today

We have covered a number of security-related topics in past articles here at CloudCow, but that doesn't change the fact that security awareness is still very low, especially among business users. Recent ransomware attacks crippling the NHS in the UK and several banks in Spain have illustrated just how vulnerable these large companies are.

The outlook is grim for small businesses, despite the fact that they are targeted more frequently. Budget remains a big obstacle and real solutions are still not being implemented properly. Taking basic steps today can help save your business from future security issues. Here are the first steps to take for better information security.

Get a Vulnerability Assessment

The minimum you should do is get your systems checked. A network and application vulnerability assessment is a standard procedure that will help you identify risks and potential security problems. At the very least, you will know the kind of risks you're facing when you don't have proper security measures in place.

IGEL Powers the Delivery of Entisys360 Workspace Cloud

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IGEL, a world leader in endpoint management software for the secure enterprise today announced that Entisys360, an IGEL Platinum Level partner and award-winning IT consultancy specializing in the deployment and delivery of advanced IT infrastructure, virtualization and "Cloud First" solutions, is leveraging its industry-leading endpoint management solutions to help drive desktop transformation initiatives and power the delivery of Entisys360 Workspace Cloud.

Entisys360 Workspace Cloud is a Workspace-as-a-Service (WaaS) offering that is built as a fully-managed, subscription-based digital workspace for public and private cloud environments. Leveraging core Citrix technologies to deliver a complete and reliable end user experience, Entisys360 Workspace Cloud enables on-demand scalability in order to address unpredictable changes in the business and consumption patterns; supports migration of on-premises apps to the cloud; and, minimizes the pain typically associated with updating antiquated virtual infrastructure technologies.

Talend and Snowflake Team to Drive Cloud Data Migration

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Talend, a global leader in cloud and big data integration solutions, and Snowflake Computing, the only data warehouse built for the cloud, today announced the availability of a native, high-performance Snowflake Connector for Talend Integration Platform so companies can easily move legacy on-premises data to a built-for-the-cloud data warehouse. The companies have also collaborated on joint marketing and go-to-market programs to educate enterprises on how to leverage the cloud for fast and cost-effective transformation of data into trusted, real-time insights.                         

Snowflake, which runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS), is a modern data-warehouse-as-a-service built from the ground up for the cloud, for all an enterprise's data, and all their users. Snowflake provides enterprises of all sizes and industries with a complete and fully managed SQL data warehouse that requires zero management so organizations can focus on deriving insight from data instead of managing legacy systems on-premises or in the cloud. The new Snowflake connector from Talend will enable users to bulk load and extract data out of any number of tables within a Snowflake data warehouse in a highly parallelized manner.
 

Druva Achieves SOC 2 Type II Certification for Cloud-Native Data Protection Solutions

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Druva, the leader in cloud data protection and information management, today announced that it has successfully completed the Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type II certification for its data protection solutions. This certification further assures customers that Druva has designed and implemented effective internal controls that maintain the confidentially and privacy of the data it processes. 

Today's enterprises are turning to modern, cloud-based solutions to reduce the risk, cost and effort of managing data. As they increasingly depend on service providers to manage mission-critical data, they are also increasingly looking for companies that can demonstrate adherence to the highest security and compliance standards. Obtaining this certification affirms that Druva's information security practices, policies, procedures and operations meet the SOC 2 standards for security, availability and confidentiality.

Nerdio ITaaS Adds One-of-a-Kind Security Analytics Solution from Observable Networks

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Nerdio, a pioneer in ITaaS technology, announced today it has partnered with Observable Networks, an emerging leader of advanced threat detection services, to offer a one-of-a-kind security analytics solution with the Nerdio ITaaS platform.

Nerdio's VDI-powered platform delivers a comprehensive, seamlessly integrated IT environment for the private cloud, complete with unlimited virtual servers, virtual desktops, the complete Microsoft suite, security, disaster recovery, and more. Observable Networks has customized this offering for Nerdio, combining specific functionalities from its leading-edge products for the Enterprise and the Cloud to provide actionable insights and measurable security results.

5 Cloud Takeaways from Insight’s 2017 Intelligent Technology Index

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According to the report, 84 percent of medium and large organizations invested in cloud services in 2016. Nearly half of organizations have migrated 50 percent of corporate application workloads to public clouds. Insight recently launched its 2017 Intelligent Technology Index, which looks at industry trends around the decisions that IT leaders have to make today to ready their organizations for tomorrow. Of course, a central part is cloud services and the considerations that go along with it.

“IT leaders recognize the benefits of the cloud and, as a result, have begun to migrate their applications and workloads. At the same time, risks and anxieties surrounding cloud implementation remain for many IT professionals,” Insight said in the report. “Interestingly, a closer look at the top benefits and challenges — particularly those around security and workflow — reveals IT leaders already see the benefits of cloud implementation outweighing the challenges.”...

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NVIDIA Partners with World's Top Server Manufacturers to Advance AI Cloud Computing

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NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today launched a partner program with the world's leading original design manufacturers (ODM) -- Foxconn, Inventec, Quanta and Wistron -- to more rapidly meet the demands for AI cloud computing. Through the NVIDIA HGX Partner Program, NVIDIA is providing each ODM with early access to the NVIDIA HGX reference architecture, NVIDIA GPU computing technologies and design guidelines. HGX is the same data center design used in Microsoft's Project Olympus initiative, Facebook's Big Basin systems and NVIDIA DGX-1™ AI supercomputers.

Using HGX as a starter "recipe," ODM partners can work with NVIDIA to more quickly design and bring to market a wide range of qualified GPU-accelerated systems for hyperscale data centers. Through the program, NVIDIA engineers will work closely with ODMs to help minimize the amount of time from design win to production deployments...

How Cosmos DB ensures data consistency in the global cloud

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Cloud computing isn’t like working on-premises. Instead of limiting code to one or maybe two datacenters, we’re designing systems that span not just continents but the entire world. And that’s where we start to get issues. Even using fiber connections, the latency of crossing the Atlantic Ocean is around 60ms, though in practice delays are around 75ms. The Pacific is wider, so latency through trans-Pacific fiber is around 100ms.

Delays add up, and they make it hard to ensure that distributed databases are in sync. That makes it harder still to be sure that a query in the U.K. will return the same result as one in the U.S. Yes, most replication strategies mean that eventually the two will have the same content, but there’s a big question over just when that will happen. If the connections are busy, or there a lot of database writes, data can easily get delayed...

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MicroStrategy on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Now Available

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MicroStrategy Incorporated, a leading worldwide provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, today announced the general availability of MicroStrategy on AWS. With MicroStrategy on AWS, users can be up and running on MicroStrategy 10 in the AWS cloud, and will have instant access to an on-demand business intelligence platform that delivers enterprise analytics, reporting, and dashboarding capabilities, within minutes. To try MicroStrategy on AWS with a 30-day free trial, click here. To watch an overview of MicroStrategy on AWS, click here

"By offering MicroStrategy on AWS, we're making it easy for anyone, anywhere, to use the MicroStrategy platform and intelligently collaborate around analytics," said Michael J. Saylor, CEO, MicroStrategy Incorporated. "Combined with our free MicroStrategy Desktop product, users can immediately create a cloud environment on AWS and connect to a centralized server where they can work together, share, and maintain governance over datasets and dashboards. This new offering marks a significant achievement in helping organizations access and deploy transformative analytics applications on AWS in minutes."

BeyondTrust Announces Support for Microsoft Azure

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BeyondTrust, a leading cyber security company dedicated to preventing privilege misuse and stopping unauthorized access, announced support for the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, providing privileged access management (PAM) and vulnerability management (VM) solutions that can now be hosted in and manage Azure instances.

According to the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Storage Services Worldwide, 80 percent of cloud breaches through 2020 will occur due to customer misconfiguration, mismanaged credentials or insider theft. As the cloud ecosystem evolves it is increasingly critical to ensure visibility and security. However, many traditional security tools that are architected for on-premises environments and extended to the cloud present critical blind spots that put an organization at risk.

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Now Available at CoreSite’s Boston Data Center

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CoreSite Realty Corporation, a premier provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions across the U.S., today announced the availability of Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute through CoreSite's Boston data center. Private connectivity to Microsoft Azure via ExpressRoute is now available in four of CoreSite's markets, including through its Denver, Los Angeles and New York data center campuses.

CoreSite customers in Boston may now privately connect to Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 via the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange, which provides private, SLA-backed virtual connections and on-demand provisioning. The integration of Azure ExpressRoute and the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange provides CoreSite customers with the opportunity to establish a fast and reliable connection into Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 that bypasses the public Internet. With a dedicated, high-performance Azure ExpressRoute connection, customers have a natural extension of their datacenters and can build hybrid applications that span on-premises infrastructure and Azure without compromising privacy or performance.

Engility launches Cloud ASCEND to transform cloud migration for government agencies

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Engility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EGL) has announced today the launch of Cloud ASCENDTM, an end-to-end solution for enterprise cloud architecture, migration and optimization. Developed for the unique requirements of highly secure government enterprises, particularly within the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, Cloud ASCEND brings a data-driven approach to customers that helps realize the benefits of cloud computing and enterprise modernization.

"Cloud ASCEND is another example of the innovative engineering that Engility is driving to support the federal government, for whom cloud migration is a huge priority," said Amanda Brownfield, Senior Vice President for Engility's Intelligence Solutions Group. "We look forward to working together with our customers and partners to tackle this critical step in advancing the government's digital transformation."

Cloud ASCEND combines state-of the-art commercial cloud tools with Engility's proprietary methodology and team of certified cloud experts to help customers realize a seamless and secure digital transformation.

CyrusOne Forms Strategic Alliance with CSRA to Modernize Federal IT Systems

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CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE), a premier global data center Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), announced today it has established a strategic alliance with CSRA, a leading provider of IT solutions for government agencies and programs. As part of the alliance terms, CyrusOne becomes one of CSRA's go-to-market data center providers.

"We are pleased to join forces with CyrusOne and provide next-generation data center space and power for our government customers," said Yogesh Khanna, CSRA's Chief Technology Officer. "This partnership allows CSRA to rely on CyrusOne's talented experts to operate the physical data centers that support our customers and their mission. We look forward to bolstering this operation in the months ahead."

Egenera Announces the Availability of Xterity Cloud Services on G-Cloud 9 Platform

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Egenera, a provider of wholesale cloud services to the channel, today announced the availability of its Xterity Cloud Services on G-Cloud 9, the UK government's latest G-Cloud framework. In the UK, Xterity is hosted in Slough and Newcastle.

G-Cloud 9 is available through a portal operated by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), and provides UK public sector organizations with a timely, cost-effective and efficient way to purchase cloud-based services as commodities to accelerate cloud adoption.

Cloudfire switches from CentreStack to Storage Made Easy for their Collaboration offering deployed on OpenStack and Red Hat Ceph

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Storage Made Easy (SME), supplier of the leading Enterprise File Fabric, announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Cloudfire, an Italian cloud provider based in Reggio Emilia with a focus on cloud for business. Integrating the SME Enterprise File Fabric with existing cloud storage based on Ceph will enrich the offerings Cloudfire can provide to customers.

Cloudfire is a cloud service provider offering Backup, Disaster Recovery,Private Cloud (IaaS), Archiving, Monitoring, Web Services and Unified Communications (Mail, File Sharing, Cloud PBX).

Cloudfire replaced CentreStack from Gladinet with SME because they needed a secure, stable, and richer featured user-friendly platform. Customers can now manage corporate collaboration and file sharing with unified control of enterprise assets, satisfying security requirements.