July 2017

Citrix and Google Align to Help Businesses Fully Embrace Secure Cloud Transformation

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Businesses today must quickly adapt to the demands of a global economy and workforce. Success is increasingly defined by the ability to optimize and protect the information surrounding people, organizations and devices. To help businesses tackle these challenges and fully embrace the benefits of flexibility and scale that cloud delivers, Citrix today announced extensions to its long-term strategic relationship with Google. Customers will be able to use Citrix Cloud to provision and manage secure digital workspaces, including Citrix Workspace Service, on Google Cloud Platform. Citrix and Google are working together to bring cloud delivery of applications and desktops, and secure cloud-optimized endpoints to their enterprise customers who are increasingly looking to both public and hybrid clouds to solve their business requirements for secure digital workspaces.

Microsoft Reaps Rewards of Its Cloud-Computing Business

Grazed from NewYorkTimes. Author: Editorial Staff.

A few years ago, Microsoft appeared to be another tech has-been, having whiffed on its efforts to compete in mobile phones and internet search. Although it is too soon to say whether Microsoft can pull off a full-blown renaissance the way Apple has, the company is firmly back in favor.

Not long after its shares reached another all-time high at the close of regular trading, Microsoft reported on Thursday that its profit in the most recent quarter more than doubled from a year ago. One reason for that jump was the failure of its mobile phone business, which produced big losses for the company in past years, yielding a $1.8 billion tax benefit that Microsoft was able to recognize last quarter...

Demand for cloud computing skills continues to outpace supply

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As enterprises continue to adopt cloud technology, the looming IT skills gap, particularly around public cloud, poses an ongoing challenge. "Many firms are having trouble finding qualified individuals for their cloud projects," said James Stanger, senior director, product development, for CompTIA. While demand for IT pros with generic cloud computing skills continues to be high, those with specific experience in public cloud and open source platforms, such as Cloud Foundry, are especially coveted.

Cloud continues to drive IT hiring

At 24%, cloud is the second biggest driver of demand for technology skills -- right behind digital marketing skills at 25% -- according to a survey by Robert Half Technology, an IT staffing firm. "Cloud projects are near the top of CIOs' priority lists," said John Reed, senior executive director at the company...

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GoDaddy Pulls the Plug on Its Amazon-Like Cloud Business

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Jonathan Vanian.

GoDaddy is giving up on a business that it debuted just a little over a year ago. The website hosting company is ending its cloud computing business, which it unveiled in March, 2016 as an alternative to Amazon Web Services (AMZN, -0.43%) and other cloud companies. GoDaddy confirmed to Fortune that it is shutting down the business unit, but did not say why. Tech news site TechCrunch first reported the planned closure.

“After serious consideration, we have decided to end-of-life our cloud servers’ product,” GoDaddy senior vice president of hosting Raghu Murthi said in a statement. “GoDaddy Cloud Servers provided numerous learnings for us that we’ve already been applying to other products and services.”...

IDrive Online Backup adds Virtualization, Web Remote Access to IDrive BMR

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IDrive Online Backup continues to upgrade IDrive BMR with new features, helping make it the most cost-effective bare-metal restore appliance for onsite disk-image backup.

Virtualization

New to IDrive BMR, virtualization allows users and IT administrators to easily backup images of their entire system locally to the appliance for recovery to a new machine in case the original machine is compromised or destroyed.

Specific to IDrive, the virtualization feature enables users to create up to four virtual instances of their clients and store them locally on the BMR server. Users can access these instances and resume working without losing any data in case of any disaster. IDrive BMR uses top of the line hardware, with server grade Xeon E5 processor with 16GB RAM for ultimate performance.

CloudConnect Announces Release of DesktopConfig 3.6 with Citrix Adaptive Transport

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CloudConnect, a leader in Cloud Infrastructure technology and application delivery, announced today that it has released version 3.6 of CloudConnect's DesktopConfig.

CloudConnect announced release of the latest version of its Cloud deployment tool. DesktopConfig manages lifecycle management and provides tight integration with Microsoft Windows, augmenting Citrix to include items such as common bug fixes, workarounds, and reliability of the Current Release XenApp track. With DesktopConfig, CloudConnect enables customers of Citrix technologies to realize the full benefits of Citrix and the XenApp Long Term Service Release.  

Cloud service providers urge Cabinet Office to restate commitment to Cloud First policy

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Cloud forum SIG wants Cabinet Office to engage around G-Cloud and GDPR compliance and would like to see departments’ cloud transition and IT sourcing plans published. Cloud service providers (CSPs) have called on the Cabinet Office to work closely with them to help the government deliver its 2020 transformation goals.
 
It is understood that as part of calls for a renewed partnership between cloud service providers and the Cabinet Office, a new Special Interest Group (SIG) is to be created to help CSPs better align with the needs of public sector buyers using the UK government’s G-Cloud procurement framework and Digital Marketplace...

HIPAA Cloud Computing: Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions

 Grazed from PauBox.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud Computing for HIPAA Compliance is finally gaining adoption in US Healthcare.  When I attended the Medical Informatics World Conference in Boston last year, I joined an interactive breakout discussion group on Leveraging the Cloud. Of the dozen or so people in the group, only a few people were actually using the cloud in their organization.
 
The internet moves fast however, especially in Cloud computing.  The goal of this post is to succinctly answer the Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions around Cloud Computing for HIPAA Compliance...

Cavirin's Continuous Security for Hybrid Workloads Adds Monitoring and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Support

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Cavirin Systems, Inc., offering continuous security assessment and remediation for hybrid clouds, containers, and data centers through correlated risk scoring and simple deployment, announced today additional continuous monitoring capabilities as well as GDPR support, critical for organizations doing business in or with the European Union (EU). Other new benchmarks supported include the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) as well as guidelines issued by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) and the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS).  

Cavirin's microservices-based assessment and remediation platform is agentless, permitting multiple deployment options across private/on-premise environments as well as public clouds. The platform's new capabilities offer event-driven security monitoring with a real-time view of any and all changes to the organization's on-premise and/or cloud infrastructure and assesses the impact on the security posture. These capabilities eliminate the need for an agent, which can introduce performance and maintenance issues and add management overhead to already stretched IT operations teams. The security monitoring of AWS cloud workloads is greatly simplified by the integration of Cavirin's platform with CloudTrail, which provides flexibility for configuring and creating alerts for specific security events and the automated remediation that might follow.

Zscaler Reveals Insights From the World's Largest Security Cloud at Black Hat USA 2017

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Zscaler, Inc., the leading cloud security company, today announced that it will host a series of presentations on ThreatLabZ research and secure network transformation at Black Hat 2017 in booth #1160. Presentations will include such subjects as IoT and mobile risks in the enterprise, evolving ransomware tactics, and the latest trends in exploit kits. 

Presentations at the ZscalerTM Booth #1160
The following sessions will take place every hour starting at 11:00 am PT each day.

Sizing the cloud: How to adapt service subscription to your company size?

Article Written by Sean Westbrook

Using the cloud to scale

Building a business in today's day and age means adapting your company to the cloud. The future is in the cloud, that much is clear, and businesses will be able to set themselves apart from one another and gain competitive advantages by how well, fast and efficiently they can integrate the many advantages of cloud into their daily operations. And one of the key areas that cloud can help you manage your business is by providing key tools that will make scaling your business that much easier.

First, let's take a broad look at the cloud and its future. Morgan Stanley predicts that Microsoft cloud products will make up 30% of the company's revenue by 2018. Amazon Web Services continue to climb at impressive rates, and worldwide spending on public cloud services is set to balloon from nearly $70 billion in 2015 to $141 billion in 2019.

Accelerite Concert IoT Orchestrator Now Available on AWS Marketplace

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Accelerite, a provider of software for digital transformation infrastructure, today announced the availability of its IoT visual design tool, Concert IoT Orchestrator: Starter Edition, on AWS Marketplace.

To simplify and speed development of enterprise-grade IoT applications, coders, non-coders, or anyone with a basic understanding of web service APIs now can drag and drop components to build applications that run on Amazon Web Services (AWS) for virtually any IoT use case - from smart cities and Industry 4.0 manufacturing to smart consumer devices.

"As one of the first IoT application development platforms on AWS Marketplace, Accelerite's Concert IoT Orchestrator adds tremendous value to the selection for IoT services," said Barry Russell, General Manager of Global Business Development, AWS Marketplace and Catalog Services. "Accelerite's Concert IoT Orchestrator is the latest addition to the growing list of services critical to IoT application development offered on AWS Marketplace, allowing customers to try a variety of solutions without upfront investment and find the best product for their needs."

Cloudian Launches Technology Partner Program to Address Data Centers' Explosive Unstructured Data Growth

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Cloudian, the innovation leader in enterprise object storage systems, today launched its Data Management Partners Program. The Program combines leading data management products with Cloudian's infinitely scalable storage to offer tested and proven solutions that enable enterprises to address current and future unstructured data growth challenges. Charter members of the Program include Rubrik, Komprise, Evolphin, and CTERA Networks.

"With unstructured data growing more than 50 percent each year, IT managers need effortlessly scalable solutions rather than temporary fixes. This new partner ecosystem delivers proven solutions for biggest capacity challenges, such as data protection, file management, and media archiving," said Michael Tso, CEO and co-founder of Cloudian. "Our customers can easily deploy these solutions to immediately simplify their infrastructure and save 70 percent on capacity costs, while delivering a long-term scalable solution for their data management needs."

Cloud Computing: AWS, Azure, and the state of play right now

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

A few headlines in the tech and business press over recent months have attempted to shed light on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and the public cloud. As reported by The Street last week, Brent Bracelin, senior research analyst at Pacific Crest, wrote: “We estimate that in the second half of this year, Microsoft’s Commercial Cloud segment could surpass Amazon Web Services in absolute revenue, becoming the largest public cloud platform for the first time in 10 years and firmly marking its transition from cloud laggard to cloud leader.”

Later that week, as reported by Business Insider, Deutsche Bank sounded a cautious note towards AWS, moving its price target down from $1,150 to $1,135. While noting the bank remains generally bullish towards AWS, criticism came from a ‘first-ever downtick from partners around the pace of large European enterprise cloud migrations.’...

Read more from the source @ https://www.cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2017/jul/24/aws-azure-and-state-play-right-now/

What to look for when considering cloud-based infrastructure services and XaaS

Grazed from HealthCareITNews. Author: John Donohue.

The shift to “as a service” type offerings began with Software as a Service (SaaS). Then Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) followed by Platform as a Service (PaaS) started to gain traction. All three of these options represent the variety of ways in which healthcare organizations can use cloud computing for virtual provisioning.

I think we are going to continue to see more “as a service” coming to the market in the future and, most recently, I’ve even seen a reference to XaaS or Anything/Everything as a Service. XaaS, which offers additional services like network and security, may actually deliver the true power of the cloud approach to computing...

Five9 Integration Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM Now Available via Microsoft AppSource

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Five9, Inc., a leading provider of cloud software for the enterprise contact center market, today announced that the Five9 Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics CRM is available through Microsoft’s AppSource marketplace. Five9 is the first and only Gartner Contact Center as a Service (CCaasS) Magic Quadrant Leader currently available on AppSource.

“The seamless integration with Microsoft Dynamics 365 brings the power of Five9 to the desktop. When you combine the powerful telephony platform and blended agent capabilities from Five9 with Microsoft Dynamics 365, our customers have all the tools they need to develop leads, nurture contacts, track progress throughout the pipeline, and increase both sales and retention,” said Param Kahlon, GM for Microsoft Dynamics 365.
 

Lacework Announces New Cloud Partnerships and Integrations

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Lacework, the industry's first zero-touch cloud security solution, today announced a range of partnerships across the security and cloud ecosystems as critical building blocks of a security stack natively adapted to cloud deployments in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and private clouds.

Organizations transitioning to modern data centers and cloud-based environments must reevaluate their security investments, yet leverage tools, processes and skills already in place. Lacework's partnerships with threat and reputation feeds, security information and event management (SIEM) vendors and event management systems, extends the company's zero-touch security approach and delivers a solution that matches organizations' need for speed and scale when migrating to the cloud.

 

Google triples number of $500k cloud deals year over year as latest results announced

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Google says it has tripled the number of its big cloud deals year over year as its parent company Alphabet announced revenues of $26 billion (£19.9bn) for the most recent quarter. In a call with analysts, Google CEO Sundar Pichai – who it was also announced is joining the Alphabet board of directors – discussed the company’s ‘impressive’ cloud assets.

“[Google Cloud Platform] continues to experience impressive growth across products, sectors and geographies and increasingly with large enterprise customers in regulated sectors,” he said, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha. “To be more specific about our momentum with big customers, in Q2 the number of new deals we closed worth more than $0.5 million is three times what it was last year,” Pichai added...

The Cloud Vs. In-House Infrastructure: Deciding Which Is Best For Your Organization

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Alex Lesser.

Fueled by mounting storage requirements, ease of use, automatic software updates and users’ thirst for limitless access and maximum flexibility, cloud computing has grown exponentially over the past several years. In fact, since 2009, spending on cloud computing has been growing at a rate that is 4.5 times faster than the rate of IT spending, and it's expected to exceed six times the rate from 2015 to 2020.

This is certainly because there are many situations in which utilizing the cloud makes sense. The most obvious would be in a small startup operating on a lean budget where cash flow is tight. This is because cloud computing allows access to resources without large capital expenditures. The cloud can also be an option for enterprises of all sizes as it relates to disaster recovery...

The Virtual eXchange becomes DSM's Newest Partner to Deliver Robust Cloud Offering

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DSM Technology Consultants, a leading organization in the Managed Cloud Computing space announced today that it has entered into an agreement to partner with The Virtual eXchange (TVX), an Atlanta based master agent of telephony and next generation technologies.  This Master Agent Agreement will allow the TVX Ecosystem of partners the competitive advantage of offering a robust Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE) delivered cloud platform to their customers, from the DSM portfolio of Cloud Services.

The DSM Cloud is built on enterprise grade HPE gear and offers a convenient, single pane of glass to manage workloads on premise, in DSM's cloud (private and virtual private) and in the public clouds.   DSM's Cloud portal features an end user orchestration engine that allows customers the ability to have complete control of their IT environments. The DSM Cloud allows the user the ability to automate and manage virtual machines using both ESX (VMWare) & KVM (OpenStack) as well as Docker containers.  This functionality is conveniently managed all within a single environment.