July 2017

Microsoft improves Azure's analytical capabilities with Cloudyn acquisition

Grazed from TechRepublic. Author: Mark Caelin.

As an industry, cloud computing services have matured to become a staple of information technology in the enterprise. Organizations of all sizes are using cloud computing to achieve economies of scale that could never have been reached with conventional on premises solutions. But while the benefits of cloud computing solutions may be obvious, at least anecdotally, measuring the actual cost benefits can be a bit more elusive.

By acquiring Cloudyn, a company that helps enterprises optimize their investments in cloud services, Microsoft is looking to add a toolset to Azure that can provide customers with a way to measure the cost benefits of cloud computing. It is an important step toward creating the dominant cloud services platform for business and confirms Microsoft's strategy of competing in a mobile-first, cloud-first world...

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Cloud Computing: Penguin Computing Announces Full Product Line Transition to Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors

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Penguin Computing®, provider of high performance computing, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, today announced completion of the company's major technology transition to the Intel® Xeon® Scalable platform for all Penguin Computing product lines. "Penguin Computing's server solution offers an unrivaled array of compute and storage form factors, in standard 19" EIA, Open Compute and Tundra™ Extreme Scale platform," said William Wu, Director of Product Management, Penguin Computing.

"We are excited to introduce Intel® Xeon® Scalable platform based solutions into our versatile Relion® and Tundra™ product lines to tackle today's computing challenges. Organizations looking to deploy across Data Centers, Cloud Computing, hyper-scale HPC and Deep Learning will find Penguin Computing's unique and expanding solutions to meet their needs."...

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Rackspace and Lightstream Team to Provide Custom Managed Microsoft Cloud Solutions

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Rackspace today announced from the Microsoft Inspire conference in Washington, D.C. a relationship with Lightstream, a leading systems integrator, to deliver integrated Microsoft Cloud Solutions with specialized customer lifecycle support. Through this collaboration, Rackspace will provide custom tools, optimization and ongoing 24x7x365 Fanatical Support for customers who leverage Lightstream IT transformation and migration services for Microsoft Azure as well as other Microsoft Private Cloud and Microsoft Productivity Cloud solutions.

"As more enterprises adopt Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft cloud technologies, they often require assistance to help them reduce complexity -- from planning and migration to the ongoing tasks of scaling applications, managing costs, maintaining security and ensuring application uptime," said Ramakant Pandrangi, vice president and general manager of Microsoft Clouds at Rackspace. "This is where Rackspace and Lightstream are well-positioned to help. By coupling our robust Microsoft expertise, support and guidance, this collaboration provides a unique end-to-end experience for customers who want to optimize their Microsoft solutions."

HyTrust Acquires DataGravity

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HyTrust, Inc., a leading workload security provider, today announced the acquisition of DataGravity, a data visibility and security company, to further automate and enhance security policy enforcement for workload data. The acquisition brings new data discovery and classification expertise that expand HyTrust data security solutions focused on protecting workload data. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but members of the DataGravity team will be joining HyTrust.

Also, today HyTrust announced it has raised $36 million in new funding, with this latest round of investment going towards expanding its sales and marketing efforts, and for new product development and acquisitions.

The DataGravity acquisition comes at a time of rapid growth in the cloud security solutions market. According to Forrester, the global cloud security solutions market will grow 28 percent annually over the 2017 to 2021 period, from $1.5 billion in 2017 to $3.5 billion in 2021.

Arcserve Acquires Zetta, Enterprise-Cloud Disaster Recovery Provider

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Arcserve, LLC, whose breakthrough data protection and availability solutions deliver enterprise power with small team simplicity, today announced the acquisition of Zetta, a leader in cloud-first disaster recovery (DR) solutions and data center IP. Zetta's offerings provide organizations with direct-to-cloud disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) and backup as a service (BaaS) to quickly and reliably protect, access and recover virtual and physical data without the need for extra hardware. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. This transaction further increases Arcserve's market share on the heels of the company's recent email archiving technology acquisition.

"The acquisition of Zetta advances our cloud solution with technology, data centers and expertise that places Arcserve at the forefront of the backup and recovery industry," said Mike Crest, CEO of Arcserve. Jeff Whitehead, CTO of Arcserve and former CTO of Zetta, added, "Arcserve and Zetta share the same passionate focus on customer success and delivering the world's foremost data protection innovation. Becoming a part of Arcserve presents us with an amazing opportunity to invest further in our technology and gives our customers access to a broader portfolio of data protection solutions with continued global support."

Red Hat Introduces Next Generation of OpenShift Online Public Cloud Offering

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Red Hat introduced the next generation of Red Hat OpenShift Online, the industry's first open source, container-native, multi-tenant cloud platform. Based on the same Linux container- and Kubernetes-based foundation as the award-winning Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat OpenShift Online gives developers the ability to more quickly and easily build, deploy and scale cloud-native applications in a public cloud environment.  

Since OpenShift Online's launch in 2011 it has hosted more than three million applications built by hundreds of thousands of individual developers, startups, educational institutions, ISVs and enterprise organizations around the world, making it one of the industry's most popular developer platforms to build any app, anywhere, at any scale on the public cloud.

OpenShift Online enables developers to build cloud-native apps on a cloud-based container platform without having to worry about the inherent complexity of provisioning, managing and scaling applications as demands change. With operations and management provided by Red Hat in the public cloud, developers can focus on writing the code for their business, prototyping new features, or working on their next big idea--all in a self-service environment.

Quest Delivers SaaS Offering for Easy Recovery and Policy Management of Azure Active Directory and Office 365 Cloud Workloads

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Quest Software, a global systems management and security software provider, today announced the availability of Quest On Demand, a new, cloud-hosted software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that makes it simple for IT administrators to manage and secure Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) workloads. The first release of Quest On Demand delivers solutions that make it easy for organizations to rapidly backup and recover Azure AD and Office 365 users, attributes, groups and group membership. Additionally, it allows for secure access to Microsoft Exchange Online and Skype for Business Online features through automated policy management.

On Demand, the first SaaS platform from the Quest Microsoft Platform Management (MPM) business, delivers automation at scale. With On Demand, customers no longer need to install and configure on-premises software nor manage the roll-out of updates. The On Demand platform is ready to use after a few clicks and integrates the core security features built into Azure to ensure data integrity and security. Now, IT organizations can innovate faster, lower costs, and take advantage of enhanced security.

Spanning Cloud Apps Expands Executive Team to Fuel Company Growth

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Spanning Cloud Apps LLC, the leading provider of SaaS data protection, today announced the expansion of its executive team to help the company meet the increasing demand for its backup and recovery solutions for SaaS applications. As the company continues to grow across the globe and expand its product portfolio, these new appointments will help fuel product innovation and sales growth.

Taps Former SolarWinds Executives to Drive Sales

Chad Savoy has joined Spanning as Vice President, Worldwide Sales, where he will develop strategies to help the company achieve its aggressive sales goals. Prior to joining Spanning, Chad served as Vice President of Sales at Vyopta Incorporated. He has also held Vice President of Sales positions at Datadog, Cornerstone OnDemand and SolarWinds, where he helped create and refine the SolarWinds sales process. Recognized as a best practice in the software industry, SolarWinds sales process contributed significantly to growing the company from a start-up to a profitable publicly traded company.
 

Viptela Launches Comprehensive Cloud Transformation Solution for Enterprises

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Viptela, Inc., today announced Viptela Cloud onRamp, which enables organizations to seamlessly connect users and sites to the cloud, including infrastructure services (IaaS) and SaaS applications, while providing a highly optimized user-experience. Cloud onRamp is part of Viptela Fabric, a single platform that supports multiple use-cases including SD-WAN, Cloud Networking, Network-as-a-Service and AppUX.

"Viptela Cloud onRamp has transformed the user experience for our cloud-based services," said Pascal Heger, Global Network Architect for Agilent Technologies. "For example, Microsoft Office 365 response times have improved dramatically, especially at our international sites. We have fewer screen-freezes and a more responsive application experience. Viptela Cloud onRamp also enables a seamless migration to AWS."

Optimized IaaS and SaaS Clouds

 

Talend Accelerates Big Data Pipeline Development for Microsoft Azure

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Talend, a global leader in cloud and big data integration solutions, today unveiled a new set of connectors for the Talend Data Fabric platform that helps customers rapidly migrate enterprise-wide data sources to Microsoft Azure to build more intelligent and scalable cloud data pipelines for real-time analytics.

"Today's companies understand cloud technology is becoming the new growth engine for their business and are eager to bridge legacy, on-premises data with the new world of cloud-powered big data lakes," said Ashley Stirrup, CMO, Talend. "Teaming with Microsoft allows us to deliver a complete solution for scaling big data workloads in the cloud. While other data integration solutions only connect with a few data sources, our Summer ‘17 release of Talend Data Fabric includes in-depth, native functionality to help customers quickly migrate a broad range of on-premise data sources to the Azure cloud and optimize cloud data pipelines, speeding time to insight."

Five9 Launches Major Release for Global Enterprises, Providing a Powerful Cloud Platform That Enables Digital Transformation

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Five9, a leading provider of cloud software for the enterprise contact center market, today announced the availability of Summer Release 2017, the latest major release of the award winning Virtual Contact Center(VCC). This release provides a global contact center solution that meets the requirements of today's leading multinational enterprises.

Today's global enterprises aspire to engage with customers consistently, regardless of location or device. However, legacy systems have hampered their transformation to today's digital world, leading to poor and inconsistent customer experience. Five9 Summer Release 2017 provides these global enterprises a complete omnichannel solution with a holistic view of their customers' journey across all touchpoints. Enterprises can easily engage with customers anywhere in the world, intelligently distributing interactions to the right agent regardless of location. Most importantly, Five9 delivers all these capabilities on a modular microservices-based architecture, enabling enterprises to maintain the rapid pace of innovation required to compete in today's fast-paced consumer centric world.

The Five9 Summer Release 2017 includes four key areas:

Engility joins Cloud Security Alliance

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Engility Holdings, Inc. has joined the Cloud Security Alliance, the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help secure cloud computing environments.

“Joining CSA means our customers gain the best possible path forward when addressing cloud computing challenges,” said Gay Porter, vice president of Engility’s Technical Solutions Group. “We look forward to collaborating with others in the industry to maintain best practices and drive innovation and advancements around cloud security. We bring extensive systems engineering and enterprise modernization expertise and solutions, such as the recently introduced Cloud ASCEND™.”

Engility’s Cloud ASCEND™ combines state-of-the-art commercial cloud tools with a proprietary methodology and team of certified cloud experts to transform organizations’ digital enterprise. Scalable and tailorable, the tool designs secure and resilient cloud and hybrid enterprise architectures. These new architectures can be modeled using computer-aided design tools before any applications are actually migrated to the cloud. Cloud ASCEND also develops and tests systems bound for the Intelligence Community’s (IC) C2S cloud in an unclassified emulator, saving time and money while helping to design the optimal solution based on specific client needs.
 

Microsoft to offer local version of Azure cloud service

Grazed from TheStar. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft Corp on July 10 unveiled a new service that allows customers to use its cloud technology on their own servers, part of the company's efforts to refocus its product line to compete more effectively with rivals Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google. The world's biggest software maker is looking to carve out a niche among customers who cannot or do not want to move all their computing operations to the massive shared data centres that are collectively known as the cloud.

“One of the key differentiations we have with Azure versus our two biggest competitors in the cloud platform space is our ability to support true hybrid solutions,” Judson Althoff, Microsoft's executive vice president of worldwide commercial business, told Reuters. Azure is Microsoft's cloud-computing platform, pegged by most market share studies as second in cloud computing behind Amazon Web Services...

Distributed Cloud Computing Platform iExec Joins the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

Grazed from CryptoInsider. Author: Giulio Prisco.

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) wants to connect Fortune 500 enterprises, startups, academics, and technology vendors with Ethereum subject matter experts. “Together, we will learn from and build upon the only smart contract supporting blockchain currently running in real-world production – Ethereum – to define enterprise-grade software capable of handling the most complex, highly demanding applications at the speed of business,” states the EEA website.

Store of Value recently published a short EEA explainer, noting that the EEA wants to create open-source standards for corporations to develop their own Ethereum implementations, while ensuring that applications built on Ethereum-derived platforms will run on all Ethereum platforms. Many high-profile banks and financial operators, which have joined the EEA, are listed in the EEA news page...

IBM Revamps Computer Network Unit Around Watson Artificial Intelligence

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International Business Machines Corp. is revamping its Global Technology Services division, which helps customers run their computer networks, to rely more heavily on artificial intelligence. The new AI-capability will help IBM's customers minimize disruptions such as server outages or switching malfunctions by predicting problems before they occur and automatically taking corrective action, such as brokering additional cloud capacity or rerouting network traffic around bottlenecks, Bart van den Daele, general manager of IBM Global Technology Services in Europe, said in an interview.

The product offering, powered by IBM's Watson cognitive computing platform, will enable the company to maintain its market share in IT network infrastructure management, Van Daele said. New York-based IBM has been struggling to pivot from reliance on older products like computers and operating system software and into higher-growth areas like AI and the cloud...

WekaIO Eliminates the Need for Legacy External Storage with Cloud-Scale Storage Software

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WekaIO, a venture backed high-performance cloud storage software company, today emerged from stealth to introduce the industry's first cloud-native scalable file system that delivers unprecedented performance to applications, scaling to Exabytes of data in a single namespace. Headquartered in San Jose, CA, WekaIO has developed the first software platform that harnesses flash technology to create a high-performance parallel scale out file storage solution for both on-premises servers and public clouds.

WekaIO is the world's fastest distributed file system, processing four times the workload compared to IBM Spectrum Scale measured on Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) SFS 2014, an independent industry benchmark. Utilizing only 120 cloud compute instances with locally attached storage, WekaIO completed 1,000 simultaneous software builds compared to 240 on IBM's high-end FlashSystem 900. The WekaIO software utilized only 5% of the AWS compute instance resources, leaving 95% available to run customer applications.

Connect with Industry Leaders within the Tech Field at AWS Summit Chicago 2017

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The AWS Summit Chicago will be taking place this upcoming July 26 & 27 at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center in downtown Chicago. Guests will be able to connect with individuals within the tech community to learn and network together. The event hosts a unique ‘Security Jam’ that provides a creative space for developers and engineers to explore new forms of security trends in cloud computing.

AWS Summit Chicago will host a wide range of workshops, meetings, keynotes and events to experience. Overall, everyone can learn something for AWS Summit Chicago, but they do help guide those with more work experience to different sections of the agenda...

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Backup and Sync from Google: Fight Ransomware Risk with Cloud Computing

Grazed from 1RedDrop. Author: Shudeep Chandrasekhar.

Google today launched a much-anticipated desktop app called Backup and Sync. Not one to mince words, the company is encouraging users to sync whatever media they have on their local systems to a location in the cloud. Essentially, it’s going to act as a replacement for older Drive client applications, as well as for the older Photos app.

The tool will be mindful of any existing settings you have on your Mac or PC for backups, but you can basically sign into your Google account and specify which folders need to be backed up regularly to Google Cloud. Not only does Backup and Sync keep your desktop backed up at all times, but it can also access and sync data from external memory devices like USB sticks, hard drives, cameras and SD cards...

PacHosting Unveils LayerStack for New Cloud Services in APAC

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PacHosting, a leading Platform Aggregated Cloud Solution Provider, unveiled a new cloud service “LayerStack” to expand its cloud portfolio over the past several months. LayerStack committed to compete at a higher level in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and strengthen its cloud service business to enhance competitiveness in future. LayerStack strives to offer greater IT efficiency and capabilities for all businesses in Asia Pacific region with a series of launches in 2017 including SSD Cloud Servers, Load Balancer, Offsite Backup Solution and Virtual Private Cloud based on multi-data center architecture.

Cloud Strategy and Implementation in APAC
 

OwnBackup Secures $7.5M Series B Investment to Meet Demand for SaaS Data and Metadata Backup, Recovery and Replication

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OwnBackup, a leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application backup and restore vendor, today announced the close of a $7.5 million Series B round led by Insight Venture Partners, a New York-based private equity and venture capital firm and one of the world's largest investors in high-growth software companies. Existing investors Innovation Endeavors, Oryzn Capital and Salesforce Ventures also participated in the round, which constitutes a minority equity stake.  

The round comes on the heels of an explosive year for OwnBackup, with 330% year-over-year revenue growth in 2016. Users of SaaS applications are increasingly turning to OwnBackup for data protection, archiving, compliance and development enablement. These organizations are fueling a burgeoning market for cloud-to-cloud private backup, recovery and replication services. The new capital will fuel the company's continued expansion and speed product innovation, including backup and recovery services for additional SaaS applications and the simplification of test data environments for developers working with SaaS applications.