July 2017

Datos IO and Cisco Team to Enable Cloud Backup and Recovery at Scale for Multi-Cloud Environments

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Today, Datos IO, the application-centric cloud data management company, announced availability of an integrated solution together with Cisco that simplifies and automates data protection for next generation customer-centric applications running on Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), and Cisco HyperFlex hyper-converged systems.

Customers are in the midst of a digital transformation journey where they are either deploying next-generation customer-centric applications natively in the cloud or migrating their traditional applications to the cloud - all with the end goal to drive operational efficiency and to deliver top line growth with new customer-centric products and services. As part of this journey, enterprises operate their IT across a multi-cloud infrastructure, deploying applications on the best suited cloud whether private cloud, public cloud, or managed clouds.

AWS Announces G3 Instances for Amazon EC2

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced the availability of G3 instances, the next generation of GPU-powered Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances designed to make it easy to procure a powerful combination of central processing (CPU) and random-access memory (RAM) for workloads such as 3D rendering, 3D visualizations, graphics-intensive remote workstations, video encoding, and virtual reality applications. Backed by NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs, G3 instances offer double the CPU power per GPU, and double the host memory per GPU, than the most powerful GPU cloud instance available today. To get started with G3 instances, visit https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/.

Customers running complex modeling and 3D visualization analyses, such as medical image processing, computer-aided design, and seismic visualization jobs, require significant CPU processing power and memory. To offer the best performance for these graphics-intensive applications, the largest G3 instance offers twice the CPU power and eight times the host memory of the previous generation graphics instance (G2). The g3.16xlarge features four NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs with 64 CPUs using the latest custom Intel Xeon E5-2686v4 (Broadwell) processors, 488 GB of RAM, and Enhanced Networking using the Amazon EC2 Elastic Network Adaptor. The G3 instance also features two Amazon EC2 "firsts" to speed video frame processing and improve image fidelity for graphics workloads: support for NVIDIA GRID Virtual Workstation capabilities, including the ability to support four monitors with resolutions of up to 4K (4096 x 2160), and hardware encoding to support up to 10 H.265 (HEVC) 1080p30 streams per GPU.

Cloud Computing: In an era of relentless data breaches, IBM focuses new mainframe on ‘pervasive’ encryption

Grazed from SiliconAngle. Author: Robert Hof.

IBM will debut the newest in its decades-long series of mainframe computers for mainstream transaction processing Monday, this time focusing in particular on better protection of more data wherever it resides. The IBM Z features what the company calls “pervasive encryption,” providing the ability to encrypt all data in an application, database or cloud service.

Computer hardware in general and large mainframe-style computers have taken a big hit in the dawning era of cloud computing. But most large transaction systems such as credit-card processing, airline flight purchases and automatic teller machine systems still run on them. IBM said the Z represents the “most significant system overhaul” in more than 15 years...

Read more from the source @ https://siliconangle.com/blog/2017/07/17/era-relentless-data-breaches-ibms-new-mainframe-focuses-encryption/

Cloud Computing: Getting Hyperconverged On Power Systems

Grazed from ITJungle. Author: Prickett Morgan.

A few weeks ago, when pondering the possibilities of how Big Blue might reimagine and reinvigorate the IBM i platform, we outlined how this might be done – and how it might apply to a much broader customer base after it was done – in an article called The Cognitive Systems/500 2018 Edition. We forgot one of the possible components of a modern, integrated system and, amusingly, IBM has just announced support for it.

The bit of the software stack we forgot to mention was what is called hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI for short, and this server-storage halfblood has become the underpinning of virtualized infrastructure at private datacenters for a number of key workloads and by thousands of organizations worldwide...

Calgary Scientific PureWeb Supports Next-Generation GPU-Powered Amazon EC2 Instances (G3)

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Calgary Scientific announced that its PureWeb software development platform supports the new AWS G3 Instances for Amazon EC2. The PureWeb platform transforms graphics-intensive applications into cloud-based services that can be accessed from the web or via any mobile device. The G3 instances combine the power of the NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPU along with more CPU power and host memory than any other cloud GPU instance available today for workloads such as 3D rendering, 3D visualizations, graphics-intensive remote workstations, video encoding, and virtual reality applications.

dinCloud's New Virtual Robot Improves Quality Assurance and Customer Experience in SAP, Salesforce, Sage, and Microsoft Dynamics

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dinCloud today announced the availability of a full-service virtual robot. Dubbed "James", the virtual robot runs in the cloud, as a service, and requires no coding or configuration by customers. James will help organizations deliver a better customer experience to employees and customers.

James is tasked with testing and documenting the performance and availability of services that are important to an organization. For example, James can validate the customer experience on an e-commerce site, the payroll calculation process in an organization's ERP software, or other critical services. James can test the user experience 24/7 on systems such as SAP, Salesforce, Sage, and Microsoft Dynamics.

Traditional methods used today, such as monitoring tools, have a system-level perspective. dinCloud's virtual robot service sees through the eyes of the user. It can also be rolled out in less time than it takes to onboard a new employee. Additionally, all setup, configuration, changes, and maintenance are performed by dinCloud. Customers have a dashboard for reviewing performance real-time and also receive alerts via email or text based on thresholds that dinCloud helps users establish.

Spotinst Raises $15M A Round Led by Intel Capital and Vertex Ventures

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Spotinst, a leading cloud workload management company, announced today a $15M Series A financing round, led by Intel Capital and Vertex Ventures with participation from Springtide Ventures.

Spotinst makes it easy to tap unused cloud computing capacity and power. Since launching 18 months ago, the company has proven the concept by selling millions of spot Instances per week. Over the last year, Spotinst grew 30% month over month, and now manages hundreds of millions of computing hours for its customers.
 

Black Duck Teams Up with Pivotal to Secure and Manage Open Source Cloud-Native Applications for the Enterprise

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Black Duck
, the global leader in automating the security and management of open source software, today announced a new technology collaboration with Pivotal and the launch of its Black Duck Hub product as an integrated service for Pivotal Cloud Foundry, one of the world's most powerful cloud-native platforms. This is the first open source-focused security management integration with Pivotal Cloud Foundry, enabling enterprise customers to embrace open source in their applications with automated visibility, intelligence, and control.  

Black Duck and Pivotal have collaborated to integrate Black Duck Hub and Pivotal Cloud Foundry to deliver a Secure DevOps process and user experience for building and deploying applications to Pivotal Cloud Foundry.

Worldwide Public Cloud Services Spending Forecast to Reach $266 Billion in 2021, According to IDC

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Worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is forecast to reach $266 billion in 2021, according to the latest update to the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide. Although spending growth will slow somewhat over the 2016-2021 forecast period, the market is expected to achieve a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.0%. Public cloud services spending will reach $128 billion in 2017, an increase of 25.4% over 2016.

The United States will be the largest market for public cloud services accounting for more than 60% of worldwide revenues throughout the forecast and total spending of $163 billion in 2021. Western Europe and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) will be the second and third largest regions with 2021 spending levels of $52 billion and $25 billion, respectively. APeJ and Latin America will experience the fastest spending growth over the forecast period with CAGRs of 26.7% and 26.2%, respectively. However, six of the eight regions are forecast to experience CAGRs greater than 20% over the next five years.

Scale Computing Announces Two New Hyperconverged Appliances Maximizing Speed and Capacity

Scale Computing today announced the availability of two new hyperconverged appliances, HC1150DF and HC5150D. The new appliances are designed for storage hungry data centers and for organizations of all sizes looking to maximize storage speed and capacity. By combining storage, virtualization and servers capabilities, the two new hyperconverged appliances offer the performance and capacity needed by large enterprise environments for a simple and agile IT infrastructure allowing them to focus on the business. 

The HC1150DF provides all-flash storage, while the HC5150D provides raw hybrid flash storage per cluster that retains the simplicity and ease of use that are now synonymous with the HC3 family.

The Future of Work: Freelancers Are the New Cloud Computing

Grazed from Entrepreneur. Author: Phill Strazzulla.

One of the greatest innovations for tech entrepreneurs over the last few decades has been cloud computing. The ability to move capital expenditures to operating expenditures is huge. It’s also incredibly empowering to scale your computing power as your business changes. You’ve also got the added advantage of a built-in platform with various tools to handle analytics, error logging, etc. Needless to say, cloud computing has changed the game.

We now seem to be entering a new phase of the future of work where traditional employees can be replaced more and more by freelancers who live and work remotely. This new paradigm reminds me of the rise of cloud computing a lot in terms of the utility, and its potentially disruptive nature...

Trump presidency could 'cost the US cloud computing industry $10BN'

Grazed from IA. Author: Editorial Staff.

The US cloud computing industry stands to lose more than $10 billion by 2020 as a result of President Trump’s increasingly shaky reputation on data privacy, according to Meier.Despite only being in power since the start of 2017, Donald Trump has had a significant impact on the way America is viewed around the world.

In fact, the latest study from the the Pew Research Center highlights that just 22% of people have confidence in President Trump to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs, compared to 64% who felt they could trust Barack Obama.This coincides with a rapid increase in people expressing unfavourable opinions about the US more generally...

SolarWinds and SovLabs Empower IT Professionals to Fully Automate IP Address Management in Virtual and Cloud Environments

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SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced the latest edition of SolarWinds IP Address Manager (IPAM), which now includes API support to provide two-way integration with third-party software. In conjunction with this news, SovLabs, a leading provider of integration software for cloud management platforms, announced its SovLabs vRA Integration Pack for SolarWinds, consisting of IPAM and DNS integration modules for VMware vRealize Automation based on the new API.

SolarWinds IP Address Manager is a leading tool for helping to eliminate IP conflicts and save IT professionals time when managing IP addresses and DHCP and DNS services. It now features create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) functionality to enable two-way integration with third-party software, including automation, orchestration, inventory management, and help desk systems. The API also provides functionality to find, reserve, and release available IP addresses, as well as create, update, and remove DNS entries. Additionally, IT professionals can now create and manage new subnets through the API. These features enable the automation of IP address management with third-party systems and enables IT professionals to manage and monitor their current infrastructure from a centralised web-based console. 

Nutanix CEO smacks down VMware exec over claim it's a new Enron

Grazed from The Register.  Author: Simon Sharwood

The ongoing spat between VMware and Nutanix has flared again, with the latter company's CEO Dheeeraj Pandey hitting Twitter to smack down Lee Caswell, Virtzilla's veep for Products, Storage and Availability.

This round of the spat between the two appears to have started with a since-deleted Caswell Tweet pointing to this Marketwatch.com story titled “Nutanix is a ‘once-in-a-decade’ opportunity, says Goldman Sachs”.

SoftNAS Breaks Through Cloud Storage Price/Performance Barriers

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SoftNAS, the #1 best-selling software-defined cloud NAS, today announced the newest release of SoftNAS Cloud® NAS with up to 400 percent faster cloud object storage performance. Now customers can replace expensive, aging hardware-based storage and on-premises NAS, SAN and file servers with limitless, highly durable and highly available cloud object storage. Common use cases now possible in the cloud with the best Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) include:
 
  • Migration of business applications without re-engineering
    • Applications and workloads can continue to use existing data access protocols when moved to the cloud, eliminating the need to modify applications for cloud native storage, reducing costs by up to 10x and saving time.
  • Cloud backup repository with fast retrieval
    • Leverage low-cost, cloud object storage with ObjectBackerTM storage acceleration for cloud backup, including Veeam® backup copies and replicas.
  • Move Disaster Recovery datacenters into the cloud cost effectively
    • Easily and cost-effectively move disaster recovery datacenters to the cloud, instead of existing DR datacenters where data tends to sit idle for months or years, occupying expensive real estate and incurring high costs for hardware, software, power and cooling.
  • Global file server consolidation, replacing traditional on-premises storage hardware
    • Centralize on-premises NAS, SAN or file servers in the public cloud, while simplifying management, increasing flexibility, and reducing costs for file storage.

How Technology is Making It Easier to Sell Homes

Technology has transformed the real estate experience. Nowadays, it is difficult to sell a home if you fail to market it online first. Instead of relying on agents to talk to other agents, property hunters can now search for their dream house on any internet-enabled device. Find out how technology is making it easier to sell a home at the right price.

High-Quality Photography

Every real estate listing depends on high-quality photographs to make a sale. It is ideal for those who are considering buying a new property, as they can gain an insight into a home without having to step through the door. For this reason, many homeowners are hiring professional photographers, as they will use the best angles and lighting to showcase a home's best features. What's more, there are editing services that will allow homeowners to digitally alter an image to make it more appealing to a potential buyer. Unfortunately, if a listing fails to offer an impressive visual, many home hunters will simply look elsewhere.

Microsoft Adds Nested Virtualization to Select Azure Virtual Machines

Article Written by David Marshall

Interesting news out of Redmond -- Microsoft users will now be able to enable nested virtualization (or the ability to run a virtual machine within another virtual machine) in Azure, as this is now a valid deployment option under Microsoft's new Dv3 and Ev3 series Azure virtual machines (VMs).

The Dv3 and Ev3 series VMs use Hyper-Threading technology found in Intel's Haswell and Broadwell chip architectures, packing more of a punch in the underlying hardware and allowing it to support larger VM sizes.  The new Dv3 VM sizes are a good balance of memory to vCPU performance, with up to 64 vCPU's and 256GiB of RAM.  And the newly named Ev3 sizes provide users with more memory to vCPU than the Dv3, so that larger workloads can be run on sizes up to the largest E64 size, with 64 vCPUs and 432GiB of RAM.  And it is that extra power that helps provide for nested virtualization.

By unlocking more power from the underlying hardware, Microsoft has been able to harness better performance and efficiency, resulting in cost savings.  These new Hyper-Threaded sizes are said to be priced up to 28% lower than the previous Dv2 sizes.

What's the reason for running nested virtualization?

ThinkOn Expands Storage Services Program with Cloudian Object Storage

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Cloudian, Inc., a global leader in hybrid cloud object storage systems, today announced that ThinkOn, a wholesale infrastructure-as-a-service provider in Toronto, Canada is using Cloudian object storage solutions to expand storage management resources for its hosted Commvault storage services.

ThinkOn and its group of more than 65 reseller partners help customers leverage cloud-based technology to maximize compute, network and storage resources. It selected Cloudian after its original object storage software provider experienced technical issues.
 

SAP Lifts Sales Outlook, Buying Back Stock on Cloud Growth

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Editorial Staff.

Software giant SAP SE raised its annual revenue outlook and said it would buy back up to a half billion dollars in stock after reporting a better-than-expected jump in sales, lifted by a revamped version of its flagship software. The German maker of applications that run businesses’ finances, manufacturing and personnel is projecting sales of 23.3 billion euros ($26.8 billion) to 23.7 billion euros this year, based on constant currencies.

That’s up about a 100 million euros on both ends of its prior forecast. SAP is about to start a share buyback of up to 500 million euros this year, and it raising its outlook for cloud and software revenue. Shares of SAP fell 0.4 percent to 90.94 euros at 9:26 a.m. in Frankfurt. SAP had lost 2 percent since its first-quarter report April 25, while Germany’s 30-stock Dax Index was largely unchanged as of Wednesday’s close...

Microsoft Cloud to Power Open-Source Apollo Driverless Car Program

Grazed from Government Cloud. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft and Baidu have signed a deal under which Microsoft’s cloud-computing network will power the Chinese search giant’s autonomous driving project outside of that country’s borders. Baidu earlier this month said Microsoft was among the more than 50 companies pitching in on its open-source Apollo driverless-car program, a bid to jump-start its autonomous-driving program.

Microsoft has taken a back seat in the highly competitive race to develop self-driving cars. Instead of building its own platform to wire the brains of cars or help them see the world around them, the Redmond company has offered its Azure network of on-demand data storage and computing power for other companies to use...