October 2017

Talend Boosts Business Agility Using the Cloud, Accelerating Time-to-Insight 3x

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Talend, a global leader in cloud and big data integration solutions, today unveiled a new version of Talend Integration Cloud (TIC), the company's highly scalable and secure integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) solution, which leverages the power of the cloud to enable widespread use of data for decision making. The new release includes a cloud-based version of Talend Data Preparation, which delivers data-as-a-service, 24x7, to a variety of business roles, while allowing IT to maintain control and governance over enterprise information. Available immediately for trial, Talend Data Preparation Cloud accelerates time-to-insight by 3x so companies can more efficiently utilize data as a strategic asset to improve business performance and competitiveness.

"Data is the new ‘oil' that fuels businesses today. To effectively advance business objectives and become truly data-driven, companies must empower all members of the organization to access, qualify, analyze and apply information to their daily job functions," said Ashley Stirrup, CMO for Talend. "The Fall ‘17 release of Talend Integration Cloud makes it easier to scale self-service access to enterprise data so employees can make more informed decisions, faster."

Docker Delivers Kubernetes On Its Enterprise Platform

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Docker revealed a comprehensive integration of Kubernetes into its enterprise container platform on Tuesday, a telling move aiming to simplify the adoption of a technology commonly considered a rival to its own.

The new native functionality of Docker Enterprise Edition, Docker's commercial Containers-as-a-Service product, tackles deployment and management of an orchestrator for Docker containers increasingly dominating the market at its layer of the container stack.

OSIsoft Introduces OSIsoft Cloud Services

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OSIsoft LLC, a leader in operational intelligence, today announced OSIsoft Cloud Services, a new portfolio of services for securely storing, sharing and analyzing data with PI System technology in the cloud.

OSIsoft Cloud Services will allow existing PI System customers to more readily connect distributed facilities and assets to their existing PI System infrastructure or spin up new uses and applications for the PI System, such as predictive maintenance or leveraging PI System data for regulatory compliance. New customers, meanwhile, will be able to experiment with collecting, storing and analyzing data with the PI System.

OSIsoft Cloud Services will also serve as a foundation for integrated industrial digital communities where companies and people share data in real-time with supply chain partners, downstream customers and service providers. OSIsoft will offer OSIsoft Cloud Services as a managed service on a subscription basis that will expand over time. Additionally, partners will offer services and applications for OSIsoft Cloud Services on the OSIsoft Marketplace.

CyrusOne Continues to Expand With Amazon Web Services Direct Connect Service

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CyrusOne, a premier global data center REIT, announced today availability of Amazon Web Service (AWS) Direct Connect at its Houston West data center campus and through CyrusOne’s National IX platform. AWS Direct Connect allows customers to access AWS services through a private and secure network that reduces costs and delivers a more reliable network experience.

“We are very excited to provide our customers at the Houston West data center private and high-performance cloud connectivity with the expansion of the AWS Direct Connect service,” said Josh Snowhorn, vice president and general manager of interconnection, CyrusOne. “We strive to empower our customers to enhance their cloud-based applications. As they work to deploy hybrid IT solutions, this offering is critical in providing direct, private access from their IT infrastructure to cloud services.”
 

New Study Shows Cloud Adoption Boom Is Fueling The Transformation Of IT

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Cloud adoption is booming, driving IT transformation in the modern enterprise, with organizations taking advantage of software-defined infrastructure (SDI), containers and DevOps to keep pace with the demands of today's markets. That's according to the 2017 global study of IT professionals commissioned and released by enterprise open source infrastructure solution provider SUSE.

The study provides insights into what is driving the rapid growth and momentum of new technologies and strategies, and why these are vital to IT professionals looking to support their transformation initiatives as they seek to improve agility, reduce risk and decrease operational expenses. Study insights include:

IBM expands partnership with Docker to drive apps to the public cloud

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At DockerCon EU in Copenhagen, IBM announced that it is expanding its relationship with Docker.  Together, IBM and Docker will be making it easier for clients to modernize their existing applications with Docker Enterprise Edition, combined with IBM Cloud, software and services.

The partnership is focused on three big takeaways:

  • Docker for IBM Cloud, which will allow customers to easily bring up a Docker environment to containerize their existing workloads and run them on IBM Cloud.

  • IBM's participation in Docker's Modernize Traditional Applications (MTA) program, so that IBM can help customers improve efficiency and agility by modernizing existing portfolios.

  • Certified IBM software will be available in the Docker Store, simplifying the containerization of existing software which uses IBM middleware.

Anexinet Expands Cloud Modernization Portfolio with Analytics Expertise

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Anexinet Corporation, a leading provider of analytics, digital and cloud solutions, today announced the expansion of its Cloud Modernization Portfolio with Anexinet Cloud Insights, an analytics offering to help enterprises address cloud spend and security concerns. Included in the offering is a cloud analytics team focused on providing guidance regarding cost optimization, security, and governance to help enterprises reach and maintain their cloud operational goals.

“The cloud journey involves discipline in tracking the benefits of the cloud to target business goals.” says Brad Hokamp, CEO Anexinet. “Our cloud insights and resourcing model with analytics experts fill a critical gap for our customers frustrated by operational challenges.”
 

McAfee Integrates Advanced Analytics to Increase Security Operations Center Efficiency and Protect Endpoints and Cloud

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McAfee, one of the world's leading cybersecurity companies, today announced new endpoint and cloud solutions that go beyond machine learning to take advantage of the speed and accuracy of advanced analytics, deep learning and artificial intelligence, and increase efficiency of security operations. Cyber threats and the data needed to defend against them continue to increase, overwhelming security teams and driving the need for open, efficient security operations. McAfee's new solutions make use of the automation, reasoning and data curation uniquely provided by advanced analytics technologies, allowing security teams to easily discover and assess data and root out threats. Through human-machine teaming and an open and interoperable cybersecurity platform, McAfee proves ‘Together is power,' with collaborative security that defends against shared adversaries.

"Security teams are increasingly overwhelmed by the complexity they face in their environments which hinders their ability to defend against the growing number of threats," said Chris Young, CEO of McAfee. "McAfee is acting on our ‘Together is power' principle with collaborative security that combines the unique advantages of people, machines and partners enabling teams to be situationally aware of security events and take swift action to thwart assaults, from the endpoint to the cloud."

Interoute adds Cloud Fabric to its Edge SD-WAN service to drive improved application performance

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Interoute, the global cloud and network provider, has launched Interoute Edge SD-WAN, a Software-Defined Wide Area Network service meshed into its global Cloud Fabric. This latest evolution of the Interoute Edge product family reduces costs and improves cloud application performance by intelligently managing connections to applications. Utilizing the company's Cloud Fabric, Interoute Edge SD-WAN blends public and private access networks into one dynamic application network. It ensures application traffic is directed over the fastest routes without impacting availability or needing costly, unused backup circuits.

The Cloud Fabric mesh is constantly adapting and re-routing itself, to intelligently optimize application data flows between local offices and the corporate private cloud environment and accelerate applications delivered from the public cloud.

 

The Risk of Using Cloud Storage: Natural Disasters

Article Written by Avery Phillips 

After a summer like 2017, staying safe in the midst of a natural disaster is on many people's minds. What some people may be forgetting to keep safe, however, is their cloud data. 

Cloud data revolutionized the way companies store their information by making it easier to organize files from any location - not just the office desktop. Suddenly CEOs could work from Bermuda to Paris, having access to every file on the go. 

Now, where does that leave all of our information?  

Everyone know it isn't not floating above our heads in a million little pieces like a Willy Wonka candy bar. It is stored in one of many data centers throughout the world that specialize in cloud services and cloud-based resources. 

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces 30 New Members

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Open Source Summit - The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which sustains and integrates open source technologies like Kubernetes and Prometheus, today announced that 30 new members joined the Foundation.

451 Research forecasts the global DevOps & microservices market is predicted to reach $10 billion by 2021, positioning cloud native technologies for rapid adoption.

"CNCF is thrilled to welcome our many new members from around the world in diverse industries, including financial leaders like Bloomberg and Morgan Stanley," said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. "CNCF has now crossed over the 100 member mark in less than two years since we started, including the six largest public cloud providers. As our membership base diversifies, the ecosystem benefits from broader input, contributions and financial support to fuel more rapid adoption of cloud native computing."

Cray supercomputing comes to Microsoft Azure to boost AI workloads in the cloud

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A new alliance between Cray and Microsoft will bring Cray's supercomputing capabilities to Microsoft's Azure cloud, in an effort to help businesses more easily scale workloads for artificial intelligence (AI), analytics, modeling, and more, according to a Monday press release.

The partnership will enable new capabilities for businesses in the cloud, but it will also help broaden the reach of Cray's capabilities, the release said. Customers who may have previously been unable to access an on-premise Cray system will now have an option to engage its features in the cloud.

"By working with Cray to provide dedicated supercomputers in Azure, we are offering customers uncompromising performance and scalability that enables a host of new previously unimaginable scenarios in the public cloud," Microsoft Azure corporate vice president Jason Zander said in the release. "More importantly, we're moving customers into a new era by empowering them to use HPC and AI to drive breakthrough advances in science, engineering and health."
 

Cisco Announces Agreement to Acquire BroadSoft, a Leader in Cloud Calling and Contact Center Solutions

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Cisco and BroadSoft today announced a definitive agreement for Cisco to acquire publicly-held BroadSoft, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD. Pursuant to the agreement, Cisco will pay $55 per share, in cash, in exchange for each share of BroadSoft, or an aggregate purchase price of approximately $1.9 billion net of cash, assuming fully diluted shares including conversion of debt. The acquisition has been approved by the board of directors of each company.

"Together, Cisco and BroadSoft will deliver a robust suite of collaboration capabilities across every market segment," said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Applications Business Group. "We believe that our combined offers, from Cisco's collaboration technology for enterprises to BroadSoft's suite for small and medium businesses delivered through Service Providers will give customers more choice and flexibility."
 

Atlantic.Net Talks Cloud Hosting, HIPAA and HITECH Compliance

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If your company is in the market for a Cloud Hosting, Managed Hosting, Dedicated Hosting, or HIPAA-Compliant Hosting provider, you may have already come across Atlantic.Net.  I recently sat down with the company's VP of Marketing, Adnan Raja, and asked him some questions about the company and their services.  

VMblog:  Tell us a little bit about Atlantic.Net and its history.

Adnan Raja:  Atlantic.Net was founded in 1994 by Marty Puranik as an ISP. Under Marty's leadership, Atlantic.Net has led the way in changing and adapting to new technologies, consistently introducing new services and solutions. Atlantic.Net is now a market leading cloud hosting provider, specializing in on-demand, private, and hybrid cloud hosting solutions. We operate our own SSAE 16 SOC 1 SOC 2 datacenter facilities, with presence in six international data centers.

Logicalis US Announces Expansion of its Microsoft Azure IaaS Solutions

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Enterprise CXOs today are rapidly adopting a "cloud first" approach to their organizations' growing IT infrastructure needs. While some compute functions are still best managed on premise, an extensible hybrid cloud IT strategy can deliver a more cost-effective, pay-as-you-go model that increases the agility needed in a modern workplace while decreasing capital expenditures.  To help, Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), announced today the expansion of its cloud-first infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) capabilities, offering enterprise customers the assistance they need to migrate key workloads to the Microsoft Azure cloud.

"Our goal is to support our customers' cloud-first visions by helping them put their infrastructure in the cloud," says Wendy McQuiston, Director of Microsoft Professional Services, Logicalis US. "With Azure, we can take those workloads that have traditionally resided in a data center, taking up server rack space, requiring cooling and cabling and on-premise maintenance and management, and move that into the cloud. The move to the cloud offers organizations greater agility, the ability to obtain innovative services, and improved time-to-market for desired solutions.  Additionally, many customers find that shifting the financial model from a cap-ex to a more cost-effective, pay-as-you-go op-ex model is advantageous." 

Skyhigh Targets Cloud Adoption Challenges With Three Breakthrough Cloud-Native Data Security Innovations

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At the company's first-ever livestreamed Cloud-Native Data Security Summit at 10 a.m. PDT today, Skyhigh, the cloud security company, will unveil three innovations that enable organizations to protect data in the cloud. These new breakthroughs aims to solve unique security challenges that the scale, speed and user-centric nature of the cloud present, and thus enable organizations to leverage the power of cloud to accelerate their businesses.

Data is an organization's most valuable asset. As organizations strive to identify, control and protect data in the cloud, and a world in which traditional network-centric security technologies become less relevant, they must reframe their security strategy to focus on securing data natively in the cloud. This is the foundational premise of Skyhigh's Cloud-Native Data Security (CNDS) framework.

"Today, we are in the age of cloud. And within the persistent ebb-and-flow of information, security needs to empower IT to provide data protection without disrupting the breakneck speed of modern business," said Mauro Loda, Chief Cloud Security Architect, DuPont. "With a CNDS approach, we can enforce security policies like data loss prevention (DLP), rights management, data classification, threat protection and encryption through a single security platform designed in the cloud, for the cloud."

WinMagic and Scale Computing Partner for Hyperconvergence Benefits from Unified Cloud Security

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Today, WinMagic and Scale Computing announced a collaboration for enterprises who need high performance, highly secure access to their data across their unified public, private and hybrid cloud environments.

Through Scale's high availability HC3 hyperconverged platform combined with WinMagic's SecureDoc CloudVM encryption and intelligent key management solution, organizations can secure their cloud workloads while focusing on driving business value.

"The ability to control and manage data flow in and out of an organization is going to become increasingly difficult without the implementation of an enterprise solution capable of keeping ahead of security issues, emerging trends, and ever-evolving compliance regulations. Working with WinMagic puts our customers and partners in control. It also helps reduce security risks, with one simple easy to use solution, that overlays our HC3 platform, and allows users to pursue the advantages of public, private or a hybrid cloud strategy," said Jeff Ready, CEO of Scale Computing.

HashiCorp Raises $40 Million to Meet Demand for Cloud Infrastructure Automation

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HashiCorp, a leader in cloud infrastructure automation, today announced that it has raised $40 million in Series C funding from its existing investors, bringing the total raised to $74 million. The round was led by GGV Capital and Redpoint, with Mayfield and True Ventures also participating. The company plans to use the new funding to accelerate investment across its go-to-market, engineering, and customer success teams to support its rapidly growing customer base.

"Broad usage of our products by operations, security, and development professionals has meant that HashiCorp products play an increasingly critical role for many large enterprises as they adopt cloud," said Dave McJannet, CEO of HashiCorp. "Our products provide consistent workflows to provision, secure, connect, and run any infrastructure, so we are uniquely positioned to help enterprises address the realities of multi-cloud. Our commercial customer base has grown significantly over the past 18 months and this funding will allow us to invest aggressively across the breadth of our organization and with a particular emphasis on customer support and success."

Mitchell Hashimoto and Armon Dadgar, HashiCorp's founders and co-CTOs, launched the company in 2012.

Microsoft is now trying to use Google's secret cloud weapon against it

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On Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled the Azure Container Service, a new service for the Azure cloud computing platform that's built on Kubernetes — a mega-popular open source cloud technology built by Google.

Kubernetes is a software project that started out as a way for Google to manage its massive server infrastructure and has since become a  go-to tool for modern software developers .

While the market-leading Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure both offer some kind of support for Kubernetes, Google Cloud prides itself on being the first and best place to use the software, given that it was invented there.
 

Three UK Selects MYCOM OSI to Assure World’s First Telco Cloud

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MYCOM OSI, the leading independent provider of Assurance, Automation and Analytics solutions to the world's largest Communications Service Providers (CSPs), today announced that Three UK has selected MYCOM OSI to assure its next generation core network which deploys NFV (Network Functions Virtualization), SDN (Software Defined Networks) and will be part of the world's first Telco Cloud. 

Three UK is deploying the world's first fully integrated cloud native core network that will enable massive scalability, elasticity, and better reliability, so as to provide the highest quality and service experience possible for Three's customers, as demand for VoLTE, high definition video and other digital services continue to grow. In addition, it will provide improved agility to rapidly respond to customers' dynamic service demands while preparing for IoT and 5G. 

MYCOM OSI's Experience Assurance and Analytics (EAA) product suite will be deployed to monitor Three UK's all-new Telco Cloud which is based on the ETSI NFV MANO framework, incorporates open-source technologies, such as Red Hat® OpenStack Platform, and spans several new state-of-the-art datacentres architected for full geo-redundant high-availability. EAA will assure both new virtualized and existing physical networks, and provide closed-loop assurance-driven orchestration based on end-to-end network and service quality.