August 2017

Cloudistics Announces Enhanced Security in its Cloud Platform

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Cloudistics, an enterprise hybrid cloud computing company, announced the release of the Cloudistics Spark Guardian Edition operating system, a new security hardened, highly compliant OS that meets the strictest government security standards as part of the new Cloudistics 3.2 release.

"Cloudistics is now hardened to exceed the security requirements for many of the advanced federal contracts that are mandating a move to shared multi-tenanted cloud infrastructures," said Pete Jackson, Director DOD and IC Sales at Three Wire Systems. "We are seeing a huge demand for next-generation cloud computing like Cloudistics to meet the performance demands of real-time threat detection and prevention applications."

The Cloudistics Spark Guardian Edition OS was designed for customers in highly compliant sectors such as government and commercial customers in healthcare, finance, and insurance that require higher level government standard compliance certifications.

Microsoft opens up over local cloud regulations

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Microsoft has launched a digital guide to cloud regulations in Asia Pacific, aimed at helping key decision makers when it comes to the adoption of cloud. Specifically, in Australia, the guide is set out to achieve efficiency, cost savings, strategic business objectives and to enhance levels of security and privacy compared with existing on-premises solutions.

According to Microsoft, Australia is one of the most advanced markets in the Asia Pacific region for the adoption of cloud computing and locally, many organisations are leveraging cloud services for the benefit of their employees or customers. As a result, with the guide, it claims that organisations can move to the cloud in a way that meets all applicable security and privacy requirements...

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WHITEPAPER: Cloud Computing Models for Data Warehousing

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Cloud computing is creating a new era for IT by providing a set of services that appears to have infinite capacity, immediate deployment and high availability at trivial cost. It's the result of the evolution of computing and communications technology from a high-value asset to a simple commodity. In that evolution, the focus shifts from the concept of computing as a physical thing in a data center to computing as a service, like electricity, that is accessible from the nearest network connection.

Today most organizations are looking at cloud as a way to lower data center and IT provisioning costs. While cost reduction is a real benefit, there is more value in the increased speed, flexibility and ease of delivery in cloud environments. The only way to gain these advantages is by changing the approach and practices for delivering applications and data...

Warning: Your Shiny New Cloud Is Already Legacy

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It is becoming a truism that every business is a technology business. This is borne out every day in the fortunes made and lost on the business technology battlefield – Uber vs. yellow cabs, Netflix vs. Blockbuster, Amazon vs. almost every retailer, bitcoin and fintech vs. banks and insurance giants. To survive and thrive in the Internet age, you need to transform your business into a digital business.

In digital transformation, cloud computing is table stakes. It creates the foundation for innovation, experimentation, and iteration by delivering the agility, flexibility, and scalability that lets both IT and business try new things, quickly, easily, and cheaply. It is the core of success for ‘digital native’ companies like Google, Facebook, Yelp, and more. Digital transformation starts with cloud...

WinMagic Enters Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace With SecureDoc CloudVM

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In its mission to secure the agility and flexibility of cloud computing environments, today WinMagic announced the immediate availability of SecureDoc CloudVM in the Amazon Web Services Marketplace. WinMagic, an award-winning encryption and intelligent key management security solution provider, is now featured on the Marketplace's Software Infrastructure + Security category, bringing key management, volume and full disk encryption for customers operating on AWS cloud computing infrastructure. By combining WinMagic's SecureDoc CloudVM data security solution with the agility and elasticity of AWS public cloud services, enterprises can focus on driving business value, rather than trying to manage multiple security solutions.

"With over 1 Million active enterprise customers, Amazon Web Services' Marketplace provides a channel with near endless opportunity for WinMagic," states James LaPalme, VP of Cloud Solutions, WinMagic. "These enterprises have moved to the cloud to harness their greater need for agility, security, and efficiency. SecureDoc CloudVM provides customers greater control and certainty over their data security with an intelligent enterprise-controlled, Cloud-agnostic key management & encryption solution, protecting their sensitive data, no matter where it resides -- helping ensure enterprises realize Cloud benefits to their full potential."

Tech Data Adds Four New Service Providers to its Cloud Portfolio

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Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq: TECD) today announced it has added four new value-added service providers to its Tech Data Cloud portfolio, featuring one-stop shopping for cloud solutions, along with flexible payment models and powerful cloud management toolsets. The new service providers, available to Tech Data resellers in the U.S., include:

RiverMeadow and WSM Announce Agreement to Facilitate Cloud Migrations

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RiverMeadow Software Inc., a leading provider of server migration automation technology, and WSM International, the leader in cloud and server migration services, have partnered to deliver a new service that helps mid-market and large enterprise companies move computing workloads to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, Google Cloud and other hosting platforms. Now, companies looking for trusted expertise and execution when moving to the public or private cloud can easily avail themselves of the tools and services and years of experience offered by RiverMeadow and WSM.

The new service is available immediately to customers that are thinking about or already engaged in a move to the cloud.

 

Trend Micro Deep Security Launches in AWS GovCloud Marketplace

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Reinforcing continued innovation and understanding of government compliance requirements, Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, announced the availability of Deep Security in the recently launched Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud Marketplace. As an AWS Advanced Technology Partner for more than eight years, Trend Micro enables customers with the tools needed to secure highly compliant workloads in the cloud, while increasing operational efficiency and helping customers to maximize the benefits of moving to the cloud all while remaining compliant.

Trend Micro is a chosen cyber security partner for many government agencies. NASA worked with MindPoint Group to solve business challenges for the NASA WESTPrime project. "While working on the NASA WESTPrime project, it's been truly evident that Trend Micro's Deep Security on AWS GovCloud Marketplace is a game changer for government AWS users," said Keith Rhea, Senior Security Engineer for MindPoint Group, LLC. "The product is certified and credible, reinforcing Trend Micro's understanding of government compliance and ensuring protection across all cloud environments. Additionally, this innovative solution offers multiple capabilities in a single product, minimizing our operational costs for security tools."

McAfee Announces Advanced Security for Amazon Web Services

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McAfee today announced a limited time free trial to "test drive" McAfee Virtual Network Security Platform (McAfee vNSP) on Amazon Web Services (AWS) for a hands-on experience running advanced security in the public cloud. Unlike other solutions, McAfee vNSP protects at the workload level, eliminating the single point of failure created by other solutions for a whole network segment. As part of the test drive, participants can simulate real-world attack use cases, configure policy and review reporting dashboards. Attendees at the AWS Summit New York can view a demo of the McAfee vNSP test drive at booth 437 in the Javits Center.

"AWS covers a lot of ground, such as security of the cloud, but users are still responsible for their security in the cloud-including securing their operating systems, applications and data traffic," said Shishir Singh, vice president and general manager of the Network Security business unit, McAfee. "While firewall configurations are important, security teams and cloud architects need to address exploit prevention, malware protection and gain visibility into the lateral movement of threats. With McAfee Network Security Platform, users can move beyond the basics to more sophisticated protection of their cloud network."

AWS Chosen by Hulu as Its Cloud Provider

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Hulu has selected AWS as its cloud provider, and leveraged AWS to launch its new, over-the-top (OTT) live TV service. Hulu turned to AWS for a scalable, agile, and cost effective infrastructure to support the addition of more than 50 live channels for the Hulu with Live TV launch in May 2017. Running its live TV service on AWS's reliable and secure infrastructure allows Hulu to deliver a great viewer experience, even in times of rapid spikes in viewership and traffic. AWS's comprehensive cloud offering allows Hulu to focus on innovating OTT delivery for its highly personalized viewer experience instead of managing infrastructure.

Purely Cloud Guarantees Performance and Enhances Business Operations through Tintri's Enterprise Cloud Platform

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Tintri, Inc. today announced that Purely Cloud is using the Tintri Enterprise Cloud platform to guarantee performance for its clients' enterprise applications while reducing their management effort. Tintri's ability to spin up new environments and to scale fluidly has helped Purely Cloud to win deals against other cloud service providers and public cloud alternatives.

Based in San Diego, Calif., with clients worldwide, Purely Cloud provides highly available, redundant cloud designs that deliver adaptive performance for mainstream business applications, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint, Exchange and Dynamics ERP.

Purely Cloud's previous storage system did not scale easily with the company's rapid growth and a lack of visibility made it difficult to manage and identify customer issues with latency.

AWS Announces Amazon Macie

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced Amazon Macie, a new security service that uses machine learning to help customers prevent data loss by automatically discovering, classifying, and protecting sensitive data in AWS. Amazon Macie recognizes sensitive data such as personally identifiable information (PII) or intellectual property, and provides customers with dashboards and alerts that give visibility into how this data is being accessed or moved. The fully managed service continuously monitors data access activity for anomalies, and generates detailed alerts when it detects risk of unauthorized access or inadvertent data leaks. Today, Amazon Macie is available to protect data stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), with support for additional AWS data stores coming later this year. Customers can enable Amazon Macie from the AWS Management Console, and pay only for the GBs of Amazon S3 content classified and the AWS CloudTrail events analyzed, with no upfront costs or software purchases required. To get started with Amazon Macie, visit: https://aws.amazon.com/macie.

Looker Launches Data Optimization for Amazon Web Services

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Looker, the leading data platform company, today announced a new analytical suite aimed at users of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud to help them optimize performance and investment -- Looker Blocks Suite for AWS. One set of Looker Blocks makes it easy for Looker users to drill into and explore their Amazon Redshift metadata down to the query level to easily analyze workload patterns to further improve query performance and throughput. Another set transforms raw billing and CloudTrail log data from the full set of AWS services and provides sophisticated analyses to identify opportunities to understand usage and reduce spending. These Blocks are free to Looker customers and the full suite is available today in the Looker Blocks Directory.

"We are constantly working with our strategic partners, like AWS, to ensure our joint customers have the best possible experience with solutions from our companies," said Keenan Rice, VP of Alliances at Looker. "This new suite of Looker Blocks compiles a welcomed set of features into a simplified package for our large number of AWS customers to optimize and manage all their AWS investments with Looker."

Cloud computing: For firms, here is why it is a challenge to harness its potential

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The storage of data on cloud-based servers is the latest iteration in the digital revolution in India and has enabled organisations not only lower risks of loss of data but has also increased remote accessibility of such data. According to the latest IDC Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) Quarterly Server Tracker, in Q1 2017, the overall server market in India witnessed an increase of 14.2% in terms of revenue to reach $215.6 million as against $188.8 million dollars in the fourth quarter of 2016.

This growing relevance of cloud technology has, however, raised a few issues—particularly, in relation to data privacy and the implications of localisation of data. Being a rapidly and constantly evolving area, regulators globally are grappling with ensuring that legal developments are in consonance with the technological advancement and industry-specific needs. Currently, there is no specific legislation in India that regulates cloud computing...

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ClearSky Data Extends Multi-Cloud Support for Public, Private Cloud Environments

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ClearSky Data, provider of on-demand primary storage with built-in offsite backup and disaster recovery (DR) as a single service, today announced it is partnering with leading public and private cloud providers - including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cloudian, Google and Virtustream. ClearSky's Cloud Edge offering runs in the public cloud, allowing enterprises to choose the right cloud within a multi-cloud environment while also leveraging public cloud compute for processing without having to copy any data. Customers reap the benefits of the hybrid cloud combined with high performance for their cloud-based workloads. 

A RightScale report this year found almost 70 percent of enterprises are embracing hybrid cloud by deploying multiple public and private clouds. In addition to on-demand data access across multiple locations, these organizations want the flexibility to choose which cloud is right for each application. ClearSky Data's technology partnerships meet those needs, and its edge-based service delivery model means enterprises can leverage the elasticity and economics of the cloud for all their applications, whether they are on-premises or in the cloud.

Datrium Announces DVX 3.0 with Split Provisioning

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Datrium announced Datrium DVX 3.0 with Split Provisioning, a fundamentally new and different method of scaling converged infrastructure for private clouds.  DVX with Split Provisioning is the industry's first server-powered converged infrastructure system to fully separate scaling of host storage speed and persistent capacity to simply and incrementally match resources to evolving tenant requirements. The new software provides scaling from 1-128 Compute Nodes, or up to 200 gigabytes per second (GB/s) IO bandwidth, and from 1-10 Data Nodes, or up to 1.7 petabytes (PB) of capacity, in a single composable pool. Datrium will demonstrate its DVX platform with Split Provisioning at the VMworld conference in Las Vegas, Aug. 27-31, booth #618.

Unlike Open Converged Infrastructure, Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) approaches maintain persistent data on every server and are limited to 2 or 3 simultaneous server failures before users experience a data outage. As a result, HCI users tend toward smaller clusters, across which servers and workloads should be homogeneous. According to Gartner, "in today's world, most hyperconverged deployments are in the range of 8 to 16 nodes.", so rackscale deployments need multiple clusters, each of which needs configuration and administration.  Gartner has concluded that "...many mainstream enterprise IT directors do not yet trust SDS in HCIS solutions to deliver multipetabyte capacity at scale for Tier 1 mixed workloads that require low latency.".

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Rackspace Launches New Privacy and Data Protection Offering

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Rackspace today announced the launch of Privacy and Data Protection (PDP), a new cybersecurity offering designed to help identify and protect sensitive data in a customer's environment such as intellectual property, customer payment information and personally identifiable information, while meeting strict compliance requirements around securing data at rest. The new PDP offering represents a key part of a unified security operation approach that businesses need to help ensure their organization is protected.

According to a recent Forrester Research report, an alarming 49 percent of global network security decision-makers report that they experienced at least one breach during the past 12 months. The continued increase in security related incidents is forcing Chief Risk and Chief Compliance officers in particular to reevaluate the way their organization handles sensitive customer data to ensure that it is both secure and accessible only by authorized users. The new offering provides businesses with a fully managed data protection service, including data classification, data access policies, encryption and activity reporting, which can be easily integrated with existing applications without requiring code changes.

Juniper SVP: Cloud Computing’s Next Wave Unifies Security and Connectivity

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Juniper Network’s security products have taken a backseat to its switches and routers over the past year as the company’s cloud business strategy continues to boost revenues. But as hyperscalers, telcos, and enterprises invest more in cloud data centers and architecture, they’ll need to beef up security — which makes cloud security a “very attractive market,” said Kevin Hutchins, SVP of strategy and product line management at Juniper.

Speaking at the 2017 Instinet Media and Telecom Conference, Hutchins acknowledged that Juniper’s security product performance “hasn’t been where we’d like it to be.” But, he added, there’s an opportunity to grow that portfolio. “Security is just going to become a key feature of how do you connect users to applications, applications to applications, regardless of where they are sitting,” Hutchins said...

Microsoft boosts cloud HPC strategy with Cycle Computing acquisition

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Microsoft has acquired Cycle Computing so that it can accelerate “Big Computing” in the cloud. Cycle Computing is described by Microsoft Azure VP Jason Zander in a blog post as being “a leader in cloud computing orchestration, to help make it easier than ever for customers to use High-Performance Computing and other Big Computing capabilities in the cloud.”

The company first made its name on Amazon Web Services EC2 offering with software that claimed to be able to spin up to 10,000 cores, back in 2011, and then 50,000 cores which was designed for the discovery of pharmaceutical drugs. That was showcased in 2013, along with a 71,000 core offering that ran at 729 teraflops...

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