September 2017

Private Cloud Trend Brings Strong Growth to ownCloud in First Half of 2017

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With its innovative solution, ownCloud is one of the leading providers of software for secure data exchange (Enterprise File Sync & Share) and is progressively gaining market share. Today, the company announces that in the first half of 2017 order intakes have seen a steep increase of more than 65% when compared to the previous year. In German-speaking countries, growth was even significantly higher with the growth rate at over 100%. In the first half of the year, more than 100 companies signed new, many multi-year, subscription contracts for the ownCloud solution. The company sees an increasing demand for secure private cloud solutions as the main driver for this growth.  The most prominent new customers are coming mostly from the technology and financial services sectors.

"This strong and stable growth shows that the developers of ownCloud continue to do an excellent job and that our focus on data sharing in the private cloud as a secure alternative to public cloud services meets market requirements. The secret to success lies in the combination of outstanding software and a qualified, professional service. This is also reflected in an outstanding renewal rate. Over 90% of our customers are renewing their contracts with us year over year," says Tobias Gerlinger, CEO of ownCloud. "We are very pleased that we are also seeing an increasing demand in the international markets, especially in the US. This will help us to accelerate our pace of growth in the upcoming months."

 

Rubrik Achieves Advanced Tier Technology Partner Status in AWS Partner Network

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Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management company, today announced it has been named an Advanced tier Technology Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN). Rubrik is a leader in defining the large, emerging market for Cloud Data Management, delivering a solution that allows companies to recover, manage, and secure data across public clouds and on-premises environments.

For cloud-native applications, Rubrik orchestrates all critical data management functions -- including backup, recovery, replication, archival, copy data management, search and analytics. As an Advanced tier Technology Partner in the APN, Rubrik demonstrates expertise in data management and disaster recovery alongside the company's commitment to deep integration with AWS, a key cloud platform for many customers. Technology Partners in the APN provide software solutions that are either hosted on or integrated with AWS.

Could Cloud Computing Lag Make Driverless Cars Unsafe?

Article Written by Avery Phillips

Any gamer that has given cloud gaming a shot knows that aliens, zombies, and orcs aren't the biggest enemy they will face - lag is. It can be frustrating to attempt to block an enemy attack only to get decimated by delayed response times. 

But what if this same lag could affect you in real life? What if your car was subject to these same delays? 

In terms of changing the nature of how we interact with the internet, driverless cars are the biggest innovation since the smartphone. And they will be available sooner than you might think. According to major manufacturers like Toyota, Volvo, and Tesla, we should expect them to hit the market before 2020. Is cloud computing, in its current form, able to handle the additional load of thousands upon thousands of new "devices"? Considering the distance that data has to travel to and from driverless cars, this is a real concern. 

Salesforce shares the cloud with CloudCherry

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CloudCherry, the customer experience software solution provider, has integrated with the service cloud and marketing cloud of Salesforce, the US-based cloud computing company. This integration is expected to improve handling of customer issues and drive higher satisfaction ratings. CloudCherry offers 17 channels for organisations to capture relevant, contextual, real-world data from customers.

The feedback captured from these channels can be driven towards the contact centre from physical locations, online, email, SMS, or social ­­ raised as a case on Salesforce and addressed by agents immediately. "The Salesforce CRM platform helps you understand who your important customers are and what they are doing...

Huawei debuts Enterprise Intelligence cloud platform

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Zheng Yelai, president of Huawei’s Cloud BU and IT product line, launched the platform on day one of Huawei’s annual conference – Huawei Connect 2017 – in Shanghai, China, amid updates on the company’s current progress in the cloud market. “The best cloud must be able to deliver the services that customers need, and AI needs to create more value for enterprises.

To make this happen, we have to integrate single-point techniques and apply them, together, in sophisticated enterprise scenarios,” Zheng Yelai said. “We’re positioning Huawei Cloud as an enabler of the intelligent world. It provides AI, IoT, computing, and storage capabilities that provide enterprises with more innovative, intelligent cloud services...

The Benefits of Monitoring Your Employees

When you begin monitoring your employees, the initial impression might be that you simply do not trust your workforce. However, using monitoring software is not all about ensuring your staff members stay in line and don't break the rules. There are actually various other advantages to using such a system.

Before delving into those benefits, you are probably wondering: ‘Where do I even obtain such a system?' Well the remote-control solution available at http://www.fireworld-inc.com is a popular an option, allowing users to view and control a remote PC free of charge. Paid options are also available that supply many more features and across multiple desktops.

Now that's out of the way, let's look at the benefits of monitoring your employees.

Fix any spotted mistakes

As you view what your employees are doing, you can potentially pick up on any mistakes that are made and quickly do some amendments. This is because you have the ability to quickly access their PC, where you can then point out the error, correct it and even instruct the staff member on what they did wrong.

Cloud Hosting Best Practices for Business

Article Written By M. Adnan Raja, Vice President of Marketing, Atlantic.Net

When you are considering the adoption of Cloud Hosting for your business, you are in good company. Just consider the industry forecasts, revealing the volume of businesses that each made its own decision to deploy a Cloud, and subsequently, to expand that part of their infrastructure: 
  • Nearly three-quarters of IT-sector CFOs reported that Cloud would be the most significant factor influencing their firms in 2017.
  • The spend on public Cloud services is expected to expand from $209.2 billion in 2016 to $246.8 billion in 2017 (an 18% rise), according to Gartner.
  • The expansion of Cloud computing itself is predicted to develop even faster, improving from $67 billion to $162 billion between 2015 and 2020 (a 19% increase). [source]

How do you deploy Cloud in the smartest possible way for your business, though? Here are some general best practices, along with advice specific to Cloud-ifying mission-critical apps and managing hybrid Clouds.

5 Elements of Your Business That You Should Move Online

In this digital age, it is vital that any successful business knows how to operate online. If you want to stay one step ahead of your competitors, you should seriously consider using technology to do this. Moving elements of your business online can dramatically reduce the amount of money you are spending, and the time that different activities take to complete. This change can also help to improve the way that you interact with your employees, your customers, and your potential business partners. Don't be left behind!

Make sure that you are getting the most out of all that technology has to offer. Below are five elements of your business that you should move online, and the kinds of rewards that you should expect to receive if you are daring enough to do so.

Move your presentations online

Avi Networks Acquires StacksWare to Enhance SaaS Delivery of ADC, Security, and Analytics Products

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Avi Networks, the leader in next-generation load balancing and application services, today announced the acquisition of StacksWare. As enterprises expand their use of cloud technologies, there is a strong desire to consume network services such as elastic load balancing, application analytics, and web application firewalls in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployment model. StacksWare, a pioneer in SaaS cloud management solutions, will lead the continued development of Avi Networks' SaaS and managed services offerings.

"Today, every enterprise is adopting cloud technologies, but none of that is practical without robust, automated, scalable, and easy-to-use application networking services," said Murali Basavaiah, vice-president of engineering and co-founder of Avi Networks. "The passion, drive, and technical capabilities of the StacksWare's team captured our attention, and will help us to further develop our SaaS capabilities."

Sumo Logic Unveils 2017 'State of Modern Applications in the Cloud' Report

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Sumo Logic, the leading cloud-native, machine data analytics platform that delivers continuous intelligence, today released its 'State of Modern Applications in the Cloud' report providing exclusive data-driven insights, best practices and emerging trends by analyzing technology adoption within the application stack. Based on active and anonymized data from more than 1,500 customers using Sumo Logic's machine data analytics platform, this next wave of data builds upon last year's 'State of Modern Applications in AWS' report, delivering rich and unprecedented analysis of mission-critical modern applications and infrastructures on cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. The report is released in conjunction with Sumo Logic's inaugural Illuminate user conference, taking place in Burlingame, Calif., and will be discussed during Sumo Logic CEO Ramin Sayar's keynote on Sept. 13, which will also be accessible via live webcast.

"Today's enterprises are striving to deliver high-performance, highly scalable and always-on digital services. These services are built on 'modern architectures' -- an application stack with new tiers, technologies and microservices -- typically running on cloud platforms like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform," said Kalyan Ramanathan, vice president of product marketing for Sumo Logic. "Sumo Logic has exclusive access to the rich customer data and insights that showcase the nuts and bolts of how forward-thinking digital businesses are architecting and running their modern applications on the leading cloud service providers."

VMware Speeds Customer Time to Value for SDDC and Multi-Cloud Management with New vRealize Suite 2017

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Today at VMworld 2017 Europe, VMware, Inc. announced advancements to its cloud management platform to help customers deploy, operate and manage IT infrastructure and application services across a multi-cloud landscape. The introduction of VMware vRealize Suite 2017 will integrate the latest releases of vRealize OperationsvRealize AutomationvRealize Business for Cloud, and vRealize Log Insight and feature new lifecycle management capabilities to support customers' data center modernization and cloud integration efforts.

"As IT organizations strive to become more agile and innovative, VMware is helping them achieve these outcomes by modernizing their data centers and integrating public clouds with their private clouds," said Ajay Singh, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management Business Unit, VMware. "VMware vRealize Suite 2017 introduces new lifecycle management capabilities to enable IT to accelerate time to value for their cloud management platform, and deliver and manage application and infrastructure services faster and more efficiently than ever before."

Accelerating Application and Infrastructure Service Delivery On- and Off-Premises

 

BDNA to Launch Cloud Asset Insights to Optimize Cloud Management for Amazon EC2 Deployments

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BDNA, the leader in delivering the most trusted and comprehensive technology asset information, announced today an agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop BDNA Cloud Asset Insights, a unique, new solution that provides discovery and normalization for commercial software assets deployed on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Cloud Asset Insights offers a comprehensive view of software assets for improved cloud management and enables organizations to accelerate business transformation. 

Amazon EC2 is a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. Using Amazon EC2, companies can launch as many or as few virtual servers as needed, configure security and networking, and manage storage.

BDNA Cloud Asset Insights collects, normalizes, enriches and reports on software assets residing on Amazon EC2 instances as well as the instance details. The solution can also capture short-lived or ephemeral instances and the software running on them. Cloud Asset Insights reduces operational cost and financial risk to simplify cloud management by providing greater insight and transparency into asset technology spend and opportunities in the cloud. Data enriched with market intelligence provides clean, accurate and relevant data to drive business decisions.

HyTrust Announces Enhanced Security Solutions for VMware Cloud Provider Program Partners

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HyTrust, a leader in workload security solutions, today made moves to broaden security and compliance offerings for VMware Cloud Provider Program Partners with further integration of HyTrust solutions and VMware vCloud Director (vCD). This enhanced offering builds on HyTrust's existing integration with NSX and vCenter with the ability to include discrete vCloud Director driven workload encryption for vCloud Director tenants. The solution utilizes Intel Xeon processors hardware-based security technologies to address the current needs of VMware Cloud Provider Program Partners who are committed to providing secure and regulatory compliant cloud offerings to their customers. Demonstrations of this technology will be exhibited at the VMworld 2017 Europe in Barcelona.

As customers move to public and hybrid cloud environments, VMware Cloud Provider Program Partners must ensure a level of data security that allows them to achieve scale efficiencies and to operate in today's round-the-clock business environment. HyTrust, leveraging Intel technology, delivers critical partner services through regulatory compliance automation, unplanned outage prevention, data breach prevention across clouds and the enablement of new partner revenue streams, such as: Data Sovereignty, Data Geo-Fencing-As-A-Service, and Compliant Cloud Services.

With the new VMware vCloud Director for Service Provider integration, HyTrust provides a level of security and trust that enables the following:

Private and Hybrid Cloud Enforcement

Heptio Closes $25 Million Series B Funding to Accelerate the Growth of Cloud Native Computing

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Heptio, founded by two of the creators of Kubernetes to accelerate the growth of the Kubernetes community and make the platform more accessible to businesses of all sizes, announced the closing of a $25 million Series B funding round. Led by Madrona Venture Group and joined by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Accel Partners, this latest funding comes less than a year after the company's first round of $8.5 million bringing the total raise to $33.5 million.

"This new funding accelerates our growth and enables us to look beyond Kubernetes to support businesses' IT transformation efforts in a hybrid-cloud world," said Heptio CEO, Craig McLuckie. "We are excited to partner with investors who share our enthusiasm and support our vision to bring cloud native computing to all IT organizations."

Kubernetes is an open source platform for automating the deployment, scaling and management of application containers. Containers have emerged as an important tool for enterprise software developers, and a critical stepping stone to cloud-native IT deployments. Containers simplify the process of deploying software into a production environment, and create legitimate portability between different cloud environments, or between an on-premises and cloud environment.

5 Ways for You to Move Your Business Online

In this digital age, it is vital that your business can successfully operate online. Don't get left behind! Moving your business online is a fantastic way to save money, time, and effort. It will also help you to reach a wider range of clients. If you have always run your organization in the real world, digitizing may be an intimidating concept. However, it is the fastest way for your entrepreneurial endeavor to grow and thrive. Not only this, but the process is much easier than you might think. Below are five ways for you to move your business online.

Consider your website

Most modern businesses will already have a website. Therefore, in order to stand out from your competitors, you will need to ensure that the maximum amount of online traffic is being driven towards your website. At www.s44seoservices.com.au, you can find a professional service to increase your website ranking and encourage people to visit your site. Whilst your competitors may just be waiting for clients to come to them, you will have taken matters into your own hands and be actively encouraging them!

AMD works with Amazon to create virtualized graphics in the cloud

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Amazon Web Services has chosen to use Advanced Micro Devices’ graphics technology to run graphics software in the cloud. The net result is that it could become a lot cheaper to process graphics-intensive apps in the cloud, rather than on a local machine.

AMD said in a blog post that it’s no secret most enterprise applications — from standard Windows productivity apps to engineering software — run better when they are accelerated by graphics processing units (GPUs). Traditionally, those apps have run on heavy-duty workstations on local machines.
 

Atlantic.Net Announces Cloud Platform That Encrypts All Customer Data Stored At Rest Automatically

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Today, Atlantic.Net, a leading cloud hosting solutions provider, announced that the Atlantic.Net Cloud Platform now encrypts all customer data stored at rest by default. As part of an ongoing effort to ensure the privacy of customer data, Atlantic.Net's world-class encryption will take place at the storage system layer and be implemented in a transparent manner, with no need for configuration by the user. Atlantic.Net believes encryption of customer's data at rest shouldn't be an optional feature and is now a requirement of all computing, free of charge.

Data is automatically encrypted prior to being written to the disk using Advanced Encryption Standard 256-bit (AES-256), which is the only publicly accessible encryption cipher approved by the National Security Agency (NSA) for top-secret information and is often included as part of customer compliance requirements. Furthermore, each encryption key used to encrypt data is encrypted with a set of master keys for additional security.

OnApp automates workflow management for enterprise private clouds

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OnApp has launched a new version of its OnApp Enterprise private cloud management solution that adds automated workflow management for enterprise IT departments. Available now in OnApp Enterprise v5.5, a new transaction approval and notification system allows enterprises to require management approval for a range of actions in their OnApp private clouds, helping them improve cloud governance, control costs and manage user access to IT resources.

With the new version of OnApp Enterprise, companies can configure any number of user roles to require approval for actions impacting cost, resource availability and application availability - for example, creating or deleting virtual servers, or adding resources to a virtual server. The new functionality builds on OnApp's extensive Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) engine, catalog management and self-service UI to enable enterprises to deliver a highly-automated public cloud experience across one or more datacenters, safely within constraints set by IT and business management.

CloudCheckr Offers Enhanced Cybersecurity Solutions Through AWS Marketplace for AWS GovCloud (US)

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CloudCheckr, the enterprise cloud management platform, today announced the availability of its software products on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace for AWS GovCloud (US), the platform for public sector software and compliance-focused solutions for regulated IT workloads. AWS GovCloud (US) bolsters the ability of government and government-related organizations to transform and modernize their digital operations using the cloud. The availability of AWS Marketplace in the region allows customers to streamline processes and discover reliable cloud management vendors with advanced security and compliance capabilities. With the announcement of AWS Marketplace for AWS GovCloud (US), customers may access CloudCheckr services in AWS Marketplace.

"Public sector organizations are increasingly gaining operational advantages when moving to the cloud," said Barry Russell, General Manager of Global Business Development, AWS Marketplace and Service Catalog, Amazon Web Services, Inc. "Our customers want easy-to-deploy solutions to drive data-driven operational efficiencies and speed innovation. CloudCheckr has demonstrated deep experience in cybersecurity and cloud management and we look forward to having their solutions on AWS GovCloud Marketplace."

Increasing Business Efficiency With the Cloud



Article Written by Avery Phillips

Time-intensive tasks like server maintenance and keeping track of in-house storage can feel like throwing man-hours into a black hole. Human innovation has always been driven by the desire to increase productivity - to perform a task more efficiently in the same amount of time. For businesses today, freeing up an employee's time to focus on more critical tasks has a huge impact on performance and, ultimately, the bottom line. 

The tech industry is being bombarded by innovations, and the applications of a new technology are rarely fully explored when it first arrives on the scene. The functionality of the cloud dates back to the 1950s, but its applications have been changing and growing. 

The main benefit for a business is the flexibility that cloud computing offers. Instead of purchasing and maintaining servers on which to store data and run applications, businesses can pay for the computing power they need on a network of off-site servers. If a quick scale up, or down, is required, they can just pay for more or less space. 

For today's tech-savvy businesses, cloud computing offers a number of solutions to other time-intensive tasks by moving them online. It's allowing marketing teams to collaborate more easily, it's making points of physical interaction with customers smoother, and it's becoming the preferred way to handle financial data.