July 2017

Packet Launches Edge Compute Service to Power Distributed Workloads

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Packet, the leading bare metal cloud for developers, today launched a new Edge Compute service with 11 additional global locations and a dynamic spot-market based pricing feature. The service expands upon Packet’s existing bare metal cloud and is targeted at latency specific workloads and software innovators that require global access to un-opinionated infrastructure without the use of virtualization or multi-tenancy.

New locations include Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, Ashburn, Atlanta, Toronto, Frankfurt, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Sydney - with Paris, London, Sao Paulo, and Mumbai coming online by October. This expands upon Packet’s existing footprints in New York Metro, Sunnyvale, Amsterdam, and Tokyo.

The new Edge Compute locations feature a single powerful server configuration - a “Type 1E” instance based on an Intel SkyLake processor - as well as Packet’s full networking and infrastructure automation suite. Instances are deployable within minutes via API, standard DevOps tools or the Packet portal, and take advantage of a new spot market feature for demand-driven pricing. Customers can leverage their own IP space, deploy global anycast networks and build custom Layer 2 or SD-WAN networks across Packet’s scalable transit and transport network.
 

Capsule8 Launches Beta Release of Industry's Only Threat Prevention and Response Platform for Cloud-Native Environments

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Capsule8 today launched the beta version of Capsule8 Protect, the industry's first threat prevention and response platform purpose-built for cloud-native environments. Capsule8 Protect brings continuous security to an enterprise's production environment, allowing them to detect and shut down attacks in the instant they happen. The company is conducting private demonstrations of its beta product at Black Hat USA from July 22-27.

Organizations are rapidly shifting toward containerized and microservice architectures. However, this explosive growth brings significant challenges that require solutions to simplify and automate complex security requirements for this next-generation infrastructure. Existing solutions such as security appliances, which rely on IP or host names for monitoring, simply don't work in the dynamic world of containers. Meanwhile container-focused security solutions provide some vulnerability scanning and threat alerting, but cannot protect large amounts of the legacy infrastructure or actually stop attacks from happening.
 

Where Does Cloud Hosting Fit into the Hosting Product Mix?

Most early users of web hosting opt for what's known as a shared hosting plan. This type of plan provides access to a server along with many hundreds of other user accounts which share both the resources and available bandwidth of that single server. Performance is disappointing in most cases and one quickly outgrows the slow page loading times. Looking beyond shared hosting, there are a number of other hosting options that are viable for mid-size and large websites that require something more specialized.

Let's look at the hosting choices available for SMEs.

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How can Blockchain Improve Cloud Computing?

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There is a growing demand for computing power from scientific communities and industries to run large applications and process huge volumes of data. The computing power to run Big Data application is most often provided by HPC and Cloud infrastructures. Blockchains like Ethereum offer a new approach to run distributed applications.

Ethereum allows programmer to write smart contracts, that is code which is executed on the blockchain virtual machine, whenever some transactions are fired. Thus, the Ethereum blockchain provides a distributed runtime environment with distributed consensus over the execution as well as resiliency. These features are quite unique and the possibilities are yet to be discovered...

Microsoft joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation

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I’m excited to share that we have just joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a Platinum member. CNCF is a part of the Linux Foundation, which helps govern for a wide range of cloud-oriented open source projects, such as Kubernetes, Prometheus, OpenTracing, Fluentd, Linkerd, containerd, Helm, gRPC, and many others. Since we joined the Linux Foundation last year, and now have decided to expand that relationship to CNCF membership as a natural next step to invest in open source communities and code at multiple levels, especially in the area of containers. Some specific examples include:

* Kubernetes: Microsoft has been contributing code to the Kubernetes project, as well as running Kubernetes as part of the Azure Container Service. Engineering manager and architect Brendan Burns is one of the Kubernetes project maintainers.

* Helm: The Helm project was started by Deis before being acquired by Microsoft and continues to be developed and improved by Microsoft engineers. Adam Reese, Michelle Noorali, and Matt Butcher are all project maintainers...

Read more from the source @ https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-cncf/

The dangers of cloud computing: Is your information safe?

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The “Cloud”. You may have heard of it and no, I don’t mean those fluffy things in the sky. But what is it? How does it work? And what does it mean for you and your family? You may be surprised to realize that you and your family likely use the cloud almost every day. Have you uploaded a photo to Instagram?

Well, it’s now in the cloud. How about backing up your iPhone to the iCloud? That’s a little obvious, but yes, you’ve backed up your photos, contacts, and notes to a cloud. The cloud is the latest way of storing information and using services on the internet, but its origins go back to the 1950’s...

GigaSpaces Plans Spinoff of Cloudify Division to Focus on Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Management and Network Orchestration

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GigaSpaces Technologies announced today that it will spin off Cloudify, its orchestration and cloud management platform business unit, into a new company focused on the fast-growing market for management and orchestration of cloud applications and network functions virtualization (NFV).

Planning for the move began in 2016, driven by strong growth of the Cloudify product line in core enterprise cloud markets, as well as success in entering the carrier network orchestration market. It allows the new Cloudify entity to dedicate engineering, product development, marketing and customer support activities to the cloud market segment. GigaSpaces, with its long-standing track record in the in-memory computing market, will continue to capitalize on its technology investments and innovation in its XAP and InsightEdge product lines.

 

Cloud Computing shifts may rearrange pecking order for Intel, Qualcomm, AMD, Nvidia, chipmakers

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Artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data and the Internet of things along with a heavy dose of mobility are rewriting the semiconductor pecking order. This shakeout is going to be fun to watch. In this new world order, novel workloads (think AI) are forcing customers to design their own processors. Dominant companies (think Intel) may become less dominant. ARM meets the data center.

And former challengers like AMD launch comebacks based on GPUs, an area dominated by Nvidia. And don't forget the Internet of things, another market trend that'll likely benefit Qualcomm. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich summed it up following the company's strong second quarter. "We continue to see intense competition across our businesses...

Read more from the source @ http://www.zdnet.com/article/computing-shifts-to-rearrange-pecking-order-for-intel-qualcomm-amd-nvidia-chipmakers/

Rackspace Announces Strategic Channel Relationship with AWS

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Rackspace today announced an enhanced strategic, channel relationship with cloud provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) to streamline the experience for customers moving to AWS. Customers who are looking to migrate to AWS often lack the internal resources and expertise needed to move workloads rapidly and effectively. With this relationship, AWS and Rackspace are now able to work more closely to provide customers with their respective expertise, thereby enabling their journey to AWS.

The strategic relationship between AWS and Rackspace consists of three key components:

22,000 Customers Now in the Kronos Cloud as Shift to SaaS Surges

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Kronos Incorporated today announced financial results, company advancements, and customer successes for the third quarter of Fiscal 2017. Kronos recognized revenue for the quarter was $332.8 million. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) was $101.6 million.

"As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the transition from being a public to a private company, our acceleration and pace of innovation continues," said Aron Ain, Kronos chief executive officer, who was again named to Glassdoor's prestigious Highest Rated CEOs list. "We had a strong third quarter, including capitalizing on our commitment to drive our industry's shift to SaaS, record quarters for our healthcare- and manufacturing-focused teams, and our best-ever quarter for large human capital management orders. I'm excited for our momentum to continue through our final quarter as we close in on our 40th anniversary."

Kronos Cloud, Shift to SaaS Continues to Transform the Business

 

5 Pieces of Software You Need for Your PC

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