August 2017

Cloud computing decision guide: Breaking down 7 top solutions for healthcare

Grazed from HealthcareIT News. Author: Gus Venditto

To help with your planning, this Healthcare IT News Cloud Computing Buyers guide looks at the top four IaaS providers, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM. A report from Synergy Research Group found that these platforms have over 60 percent of the public cloud market. (Amazon has the lion’s share with 33 percent share; the other three divide 27 percent of the market.) The market is far from stable, however; Microsoft and Google each achieved an annualized growth rate of 80 percent in the first quarter of 2017.

We also look at services from three companies who specialize in supporting healthcare providers with managed services: ClearData, CDW and VMware.

Shop carefully. “Read the fine print and really make sure you ask a lot of questions,” Snedaker says. “Don’t take a sales rep’s word for anything. Not to disparage sales reps, but if it’s not in the contract, it really doesn’t matter what the salesperson said.”
 

mLab Announces Hosted MongoDB Support Across All AWS Regions

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mLab, the fully managed cloud Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) for MongoDB, today announced availability in all fourteen Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) regions. As mLab's worldwide customer growth accelerates, the expansion allows the company to better serve businesses throughout North America, EMEA, and APAC.

mLab's fully managed cloud database service adds AWS's Frankfurt, Mumbai, and Seoul regions, completing global support for developers who want to focus on building their product -- and not on managing their databases. Due in large part to a continual geographic expansion of data center availability across AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure, mLab has seen a 77% increase in database volume over the past year. Customers choose mLab's cloud database service because of its automated provisioning and scaling of MongoDB databases, backup and recovery, 24/7 monitoring and alerting, web-based management tools, and expert support.
 

VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN Wins "Fierce 15" Award from FierceWireless

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VeloCloud Networks, Inc., the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN company, today announced that FierceWireless, a publication from Questex, LLC, has named VeloCloud to its annual "Fierce 15" list of the year's most promising, privately held startups in the wireless space. 

FierceWireless (http://www.fiercewireless.com/) recognizes groundbreaking technology, advancements, improvements and contributions to the overall wireless community through the Fierce 15 awards program. 

Cloud Computing: Why base capabilities are no longer enough for operations management

Grazed from IBM. Author: Kristian Stewart.

The business objectives of an IT or network operations team have not changed substantially for years or even decades. Measures like mean time to repair (MTTR) or budget use frequently can be reduced to time, money and quality of service. Fundamentally, IT and network teams must maximize the availability of high-quality services while minimizing the cost of doing so.

The demand for services supported by larger, more sophisticated infrastructure has increased steadily, even if the objectives have not changed. Disciplines such as fault or event management have emerged and matured, and led to a set of key capabilities that are table-stakes for a credible solution. More complex infrastructure requires a solution that can:...

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Cloud Computing: How Azure Event Grid Can Become The Foundation Of Microsoft Serverless Strategy

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft ­­has added an important component to its public cloud, Azure Event Grid, which is a fully-managed intelligent event routing service that allows communication through the publish-subscribe model. Azure Event Grid provides lightweight infrastructure for applications to exchange messages. On one side, there will be sources that generate data and raise an event, and on the other hand, there are interested parties consuming the data by responding to these events.

Microsoft is integrating a variety of Azure services with Event Grid that acts as the event sources. An application subscribed to an Event Grid topic may be notified each time a new virtual machine is provisioned, or a new document is uploaded to cloud storage. It is really up to the application on what it does with this data...

ZeroStack Wins Status Award for Top Startup Cloud Company

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ZeroStack, Inc., creators of the self-driving on-premises cloud, today announced that it has been named Top Startup Cloud Company in the Business Intelligence Group’s 2017 Stratus Awards. ZeroStack beat out dozens of other companies and was named in one of the 30 categories awarded because of its self-driving private cloud technology and application of machine learning to simplifying cloud management.

“Without a doubt, cloud is not only ‘here to stay’ but accelerating in virtually every aspect of business,” said Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer of Business Intelligence Group. “The 30 companies we are recognizing are truly innovating how consumers and businesses alike are operating. We are honored and proud to reward these leaders in business.”

"ZeroStack works hard to push the envelope of private cloud technology by applying machine learning techniques to simplify digital transformation for our customers,” said Kamesh Pemmaraju, vice president of Product Management at ZeroStack. “We are delighted to have received this recognition for our efforts.”

Box Brings Intelligence to Cloud Content Management

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Box, Inc., a leader in cloud content management, today announced that it is bringing advanced image recognition capabilities to enterprise content through an integration with Google Cloud Vision. Available today in private beta, the integration represents one of Box's first use cases of advanced machine learning to help enterprises improve workflows and drive efficiencies through more accurate discovery and deeper insights into unstructured content stored in Box.

"Organizations today have no way to extract insights from the massive amounts of unstructured data that are essential to their business, missing a huge opportunity to drive innovation, efficiency, and cost savings," said Aaron Levie, cofounder and CEO, Box. "By combining the machine learning capabilities of Google Cloud with the critical data businesses manage and secure in Box, we are enabling our customers - for the first time - to unlock tremendous new value from their content, digitize manual workflows, and accelerate business processes."

Manage containers in cloud computing to prevent sprawl, cut costs

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Tom Nolle.

Containers in cloud computing simplify and accelerate application deployment, but the ease with which users spin them up can result in overuse. When this happens in the public cloud, container sprawl can drive up costs alarmingly. Fortunately, container sprawl is manageable, but enterprises need to take control early and fight to keep it. And above all, remember that not all container sprawl management practices will address cloud costs.

The container sprawl challenge

VMs were the first popular virtualization strategy, but it was clear that companies could take virtualization too far, complicating both host management and application deployment. Containers in cloud computing, and in the data center, offer a way to create virtual hosts that share an OS and some middleware on a physical server...

World's Largest Open Source Cloud Computing Summit to be Hosted in Sydney

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Sydney, Australia, will host thousands of cloud computing experts from more than 50 nations for the OpenStack Summit, November 6-8, at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Center. This will be the first time the must-attend open infrastructure event has been held in Australia where users like American Airlines, China Railway, Saudi Telecom, Commonwealth Bank, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Sprint and Tencent/WeChat will talk about multi-cloud strategies, cost savings and increasing agility with OpenStack.

The biannual OpenStack Summit-held previously in major cities like Paris, Tokyo, Vancouver, San Francisco and Barcelona-will draw thousands of developers, operators, cloud architects, business unit leaders and CIOs from the world's centers of IT innovation.

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Now Available Across Seven CoreSite Markets

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CoreSite Realty Corporation, a premier provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions across the U.S., today announced the expanded availability of Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, which can now be privately accessed from seven of CoreSite's markets across the country, including Northern Virginia, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, and Boston.

CoreSite customers can privately connect to Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 via the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange, which provides high-performance, SLA-backed virtual connections and on-demand provisioning. The integration of Azure ExpressRoute and the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange provides CoreSite customers with the opportunity to establish a fast and reliable private connection into Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365. With an Azure ExpressRoute connection, customers have a natural extension of their data centers and can build hybrid applications that span on-premises infrastructure and Microsoft Cloud services without compromising privacy or performance.

Service Providers Validate Cloudian's HyperStore Object Storage Platform

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Cloudian, the innovation leader in enterprise object storage systems, today announced that its Cloudian HyperStore adoption by global service providers has doubled over the last year. MSPs deploy Cloudian to address the exploding demand for cloud storage services - a market that is expected to generate over $23 billion revenue in 2017 with growth exceeding 25% annually.

MSPs recognize the value HyperStore provides with the industry's richest set of MSP-specific features such as billing, multi-tenancy, and a 100 percent native S3-API that guarantees trouble-free application compatibility. Delivering telco-grade reliability and availability since 2011, Cloudian systems now serve tens of thousands of enterprises in over a dozen countries, on nearly every continent.

Assured Data Protection (Assured DP), a leader in data protection and disaster recovery (DR) services for the enterprise, is the latest service provider to recognize the value of Cloudian's HyperStore. They chose HyperStore to provide their customers trouble-free support for their backup-as-a-service offering.

vArmour Exponentially Grows Patent Portfolio, Focusing on Application Policy and Automation

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vArmour, the leading data center and cloud security company, today announced 12 additions to its growing patent portfolio issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, almost doubling its patent portfolio within a year. Newly awarded patents focus on policy and automation as services to secure the data center.

vArmour has exponentially increased its patent portfolio since 2015, having an additional 12 issued within the past year, taking the total patents issued to 25, plus 23 pending U.S. patents. The recently awarded and pending patents help security teams in defining and applying application policies to better secure data in multi-cloud environments.

Recent patent innovations allow business owners and their teams to define security policy based upon what's most important for business outcomes as opposed to system capabilities. The cost of security administration is drastically reduced through end-to-end automation, allowing the ability to respond in a predictable, predetermined manner to changing threat landscapes. Cloud-first digital organizations and those in highly regulated environments -- such as Financials, Critical Infrastructure and Healthcare -- would be best served with this modern approach to security. The unifying theme of these innovations is to securely enable business based upon the intent and needs of the application owner.

Red Hat and Microsoft Simplify Containers to Help Enterprises Accelerate to the Hybrid Cloud

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Microsoft Corp. and Red Hat, Inc. today announced an expansion of the two companies' alliance with plans for new initiatives aimed at enabling enterprises to more easily adopt containers. This includes native support for Windows Server containers on Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated on Microsoft Azure, and SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift. These additions to the companies' joint roadmap will focus on simplifying container technologies to help enterprise customers increase the agility and drive digital transformation using hybrid cloud.

Continuing their commitment to deliver choice and flexibility to enterprise customers, Microsoft and Red Hat will extend the integrated, co-located Microsoft and Red Hat support to enable these new offerings across platforms. This helps to assure IT organizations that whatever challenges they face on their path to digital transformation, Microsoft and Red Hat will stand by them together.

Rackspace Expands Private Cloud Capabilities with Adoption of VMware Cloud Foundation

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Rackspace today announced the general availability of Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware, which will now be built on VMware Cloud Foundation. With this, customers can enhance the foundational technology that is enabling their move out of the data center and into the cloud with the newest VMware capabilities. Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware built on VMware Cloud Foundation will enable full software defined data center (SDDC) capabilities including compute, storage and networking that span the public and private cloud.

VMware Cloud Foundation accelerates IT's time-to-market by providing a factory-integrated cloud infrastructure stack that is simple to use and includes a complete set of software-defined services for compute, storage, networking and security. Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware helps businesses maximize their VMware deployments by helping build, operate and optimize customers' physical and virtual infrastructure, freeing IT resources from day-to-day infrastructure management so they can focus on their core business. Rackspace is one of the largest global providers in the VMware Cloud ProviderTM Program and has partnered with VMware for more than 10 years delivering valuable solutions for mutual customers.

Google to reveal technical details of Titan security chip for cloud computing networks

Grazed from IndianExpress. Author: Editorial Staff.

Alphabet Inc’s Google this week will disclose technical details of its new Titan computer chip, an elaborate security feature for its cloud computing network that the company hopes will enable it to steal a march on Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp. Titan is the size of a tiny stud earring that Google has installed in each of the many thousands of computer servers and network cards that populate its massive data centers that power Google’s cloud services.

Google is hoping Titan will help it carve out a bigger piece of the worldwide cloud computing market, which is forecast by Gartner to be worth nearly $50 billion. A Google spokeswoman said the company plans to disclose Titan’s technical details in a blog post on Thursday...

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Rubrik Consolidates Resource Intensive, Legacy Infrastructure with Federal Cloud Data Management Solution

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Rubrik, the cloud data management company, today announced federal government agencies are increasingly relying on its Cloud Data Management platform to simplify their data center environments. By replacing unnecessary legacy infrastructure with a purpose-built software-defined, converged backup solution, agencies are eliminating the data silos preventing real modernization. Rubrik's platform enables agencies to securely manage data from creation to expiration across private and public clouds, delivering compliant data backup, replication and archive in a single solution.

"Agencies are struggling to migrate away from legacy technologies to more modern, cost-effective approaches like the cloud," said Steve Alfieris, VP and General Manager of Rubrik Federal. "We are bringing the best of Silicon Valley innovation to the government to help solve this challenge. Our platform enables agencies to more efficiently and economically plan their transition on a proven path to cloud migration."

With the Office of Management and Budget reporting that governmentwide legacy spending as a percentage of total IT spending is at a record high of 70.3 percent, agencies need to identify new approaches to modernize their technology environments. The United States Navy's Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), the agency responsible for the IT operation and management for all Naval installations worldwide, is doing just that.

Cumulus Networks Arms Customers for Networking in the Container Era With Host Pack and Cumulus in the Cloud

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Cumulus Networks, the leading provider bringing web-scale networking to enterprise cloud, today announced the availability of Cumulus Host Pack, a full suite of technologies that brings the host to the network for visibility and connectivity, enabling organizations to deploy and operate production-ready, web-scale networks for containers and microservices. The Host Pack suite will also be made available for trial through Cumulus in the Cloud, a low effort, zero cost way to explore these technologies before committing to a full deployment.

Because containers are constantly created and destroyed, and workloads are often moved to different physical machines or migrated to completely different data centers, a new way of thinking about the underlying network is essential to success. The new Host Pack offering is the first of its kind to address the challenges network operators face in achieving end-to-end network visibility and connectivity of containerized applications.

Tintri Platform Provides Cloud Benefits to BrightCloud Customers

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Tintri, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise cloud platforms, today announced that BrightCloud has deployed Tintri to help deliver cloud benefits to its customer base. BrightCloud offers a Hybrid Cloud Service, and with Tintri they can guarantee the performance of customer applications, access more detailed analytics and leverage automation to greatly reduce operating effort and expense.

BrightCloud, headquartered in Daventry in the United Kingdom, provides enterprise-grade managed and cloud-based services focusing on Microsoft, VMware, and Citrix technology. Established in 2000, BrightCloud now supports nearly 50 small and medium-sized businesses from its central operations centre in the UK and three hosted data centres located across Europe.

Prior to purchasing Tintri, BrightCloud built its IT environment on traditional fibre channel storage and HP rack-mounted servers. However, due to the complex nature of the legacy system, the IT team was spending too much time manually intervening to meet performance SLAs for customer applications. The expertise required to make the infrastructure work was creating silos and impeding communication.

New VM Import Tool from CloudShare Makes Migrating to Cloud Easier and Faster Than Ever

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CloudShare, a leading supplier of specialized cloud-based IT lab environments for software training, sales demos and PoCs (proof of concept), and development and testing, today announced the immediate availability of a new virtual machine (VM) import tool that makes migrating VMware and Oracle VirtualBox VMs to the cloud much easier and faster than before.

Many organizations and cloud services still rely on file transfer protocol (FTP) to migrate VMs to the cloud. These uploads take hours to complete, and the process is not reliable. Errors are common, especially with large files, and there is typically no way to know whether an error has occurred until the lengthy upload process is complete.

CloudShare's new VM Import tool checks for potential errors immediately at the start of the process, enabling the vast majority of errors to be detected within two minutes instead of the hours of waiting that FTP-dependent methods require. Plus, if errors occur, CloudShare provides a unique auto-correct feature that users may accept or override. The entire process runs behind the scenes so users can keep working on other tasks until complete. The end result is a custom CloudShare template that includes initial networking, and which can easily be joined with existing pre-built CloudShare templates to create a complex environment in no time.

 

Cloud Computing: Digitization of Enterprises Help Drive the Tech Industry

Grazed from BusinessInsider. Author: Editorial Staff.

According to a research report by Deloitte, opportunities for technology companies have broadened considerably. Adoption of various technological innovative products is key to competitive advantage for many companies. An example of the 'digitization of the enterprise', is the adoption of cloud computing. The use of cloud computing provides small-to-medium sized enterprises with sophisticated capabilities which previously were available only to huge corporations.

Hot sectors within the technology industry include cybersecurity products, storage and bandwidth, advances in cognitive technologies, increasingly sophisticated data analytics, the Internet of Things and more. The adoption of technology by enterprises is reflected on IT Spending. Worldwide IT spending is forecast to grow from $2.46 trillion in 2015 to over $2.8 trillion in 2019, according to the new Worldwide Semiannual IT Spending Guide: Industry and Company Size from International Data Corporation (IDC). North America will provide the largest share of global IT spending, and it is forecast to pass the $1 trillion mark in 2017...

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