October 2017

Swyx announces its own cloud service and plans to offer its products as a service

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Unified Communications (UC) specialist Swyx has announced its own cloud-based communications offering at its annual Partner and Technology Conference: As part of the cloud solution SwyxON, the UC provider will in future offer its products as a service throughout Europe. Swyx is committed to the channel so customers will be able to purchase the manufacturer's own cloud service exclusively from Swyx partners.

With the cloud service SwyxON, the UC specialist creates the ideal framework for tomorrow's communication: customers benefit from the proven Swyx Unified Communications functionality as well as the high elasticity, flexibility and cost-effectiveness of cloud-based communication. Companies can if necessary alter the services they use within a short period of time and thus react flexibly to new requirements. Multiple locations and mobile users can also be easily integrated. 

In addition, SwyxON customers can significantly reduce maintenance and administration costs: They always use the latest version of the Swyx communication solution and innovative new features are immediately available. The connectivity can be individually customised depending on user requirements. Swyx is working closely with experienced partners who have their own network infrastructures and data centres to provide their own cloud services, ensuring the quality and safety of the solution. SwyxON will be available next year, first in Germany and later on throughout Europe.
 

Containers will oust VMs and storage arrays, says Red Hat

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Red Hat launches storage delivered via containers and predicts a future in which costly and inflexible storage hardware and pricey hypervisors will be a thing of the past

The traditional storage array will become a thing of the past – and so will the virtual machine and hypervisor. Costly and cumbersome and lacking the flexibility to support the unpredictable and “bursty” requirement of applications in the cloud era, they will be replaced by containers.
 

MyVitalz Strengthens Cloud Posture with Armor Managed Security Solution

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Armor has announced that it has further strengthened cloud security for MyVitalz™, a cloud-based in-home medical monitoring solution provider that improves care and reduces costs. A customer since 2013, MyVitalz is now transitioning to the latest version of Armor’s dynamic security solution to improve PHI data management and protection.

“The healthcare industry is responsible for vital data that is highly coveted by criminals,” said Chris Drake, founder and CEO, Armor. “With these security threats and new regulatory demands consistently being implemented, the cloud has become an ideal platform to manage massive amounts of information. To fully leverage its benefits and efficiencies, however, security cannot be an afterthought. Armor’s solutions lift security responsibilities from our customers to provide peace-of-mind that critical patient data is protected.”
 

Veritas Study: Alarming Majority of Organizations (69%) Export Full Responsibility for Data Protection, Privacy and Compliance

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Veritas Technologies, a leader in multi-cloud data management, today announced the results of a global survey spanning thirteen countries indicating that the majority of global organizations (56 percent) operate with a cloud-first mentality when it comes to deploying new applications and managing workloads. Only one percent of organizations reported that they will not be adopting cloud over the next two years. However, the study reveals that significant misconceptions exist on the responsibility for data management, with 69 percent of organizations wrongfully believing data protection, data privacy and compliance are the responsibility of the cloud service provider.

The Truth in Cloud study, commissioned by Veritas and conducted by Vanson Bourne, surveyed 1,200 global business and IT decision makers revealed that customers are embracing the multi-cloud as a key component of their business strategies. Within the survey, customers indicated they use a variety of cloud service providers, including public clouds and hosted private clouds. With respect to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) specifically, over two-thirds (67 percent) of organizations state they use, or plan to use, two or more cloud providers. Forty-two percent say they are using, or plan to use, three or more cloud providers, with common goals of improving resiliency and data security as well as reducing capital expenditures (Capex) and operating expenses (Opex).

As customers embrace the cloud, the research explores three key areas of focus: misconceptions of data management in the public cloud, rise in multi-cloud adoption and future cloud trends.

AWS Announces General Availability for Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced general availability for Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility. Amazon Aurora is a cloud-optimized relational database that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. Now, customers who use PostgreSQL databases can get up to several times better performance with scalability, durability, availability, and security as good as or better than commercial databases—all at one-tenth the cost. With no upfront costs or commitments required, customers pay a simple hourly charge for each Amazon Aurora database instance they use, and can automatically scale storage capacity with no downtime or performance degradation. AWS also announced that customers migrating to Amazon Aurora from another database can use the AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) free of charge for the next six months. To get started with Amazon Aurora, visit https://aws.amazon.com/aurora

Historically, customers have had to choose between performance and price when evaluating database solutions. Commercial databases offer high performance and advanced availability features, but are expensive, complex to manage, have high lock-in, and come with punitive licensing terms. Open source databases such as PostgreSQL and MySQL require less capital expense, but customers often find they cannot achieve the performance or availability of commercial databases. Amazon Aurora offers the best of both worlds—the performance and availability of the highest-grade commercial databases at a cost more commonly associated with open source. And, with more and more enterprises embracing PostgreSQL for its user-defined functions and data types, complex SQL support, NoSQL and JSON support, broad application language support, and closer semantics to some of the old guard databases, Amazon Aurora’s PostgreSQL launch comes at a great time for customers looking to break free of the cost and complexity of traditional commercial databases.
 

AWS Announces Availability of P3 Instances for Amazon EC2

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced P3 instances, the next generation of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) GPU instances designed for compute-intensive applications that require massive parallel floating point performance, including machine learning, computational fluid dynamics, computational finance, seismic analysis, molecular modeling, genomics, and autonomous vehicle systems. The first instances to include NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs, P3 instances are the most powerful GPU instances available in the cloud. To get started with P3 instances, visit https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/p3/.

P3 instances allow customers to build and deploy advanced applications with up to 14 times better performance than previous-generation Amazon EC2 GPU compute instances, and reduce training of machine learning applications from days to hours. With up to eight NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs, P3 instances provide up to one petaflop of mixed-precision, 125 teraflops of single-precision, and 62 teraflops of double-precision floating point performance, as well as a 300 GB/s second-generation NVIDIA NVLink interconnect that enables high-speed, low-latency GPU-to-GPU communication. P3 instances also feature up to 64 vCPUs based on custom Intel Xeon E5 (Broadwell) processors, 488 GB of DRAM, and 25 Gbps of dedicated aggregate network bandwidth using the Elastic Network Adapter (ENA).

Aerohive Extends SD-LAN to Remote Locations with NFV Appliance for Cloud-Managed VPN Services

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Aerohive Networks, a Cloud Networking Leader, today announced an expansion to its SD-LAN capabilities with the ability to extend the corporate user experience to small branch and remote locations using the radically simplified HiveManager NG cloud networking platform and the addition of a network-function-virtualized (NFV) appliance.

Aerohive's virtual private network solution provides connectivity for remote workers and offices by securely extending the corporate network to remote locations with the ease of unified cloud management and plug-and-play configuration. The solution also assures business continuity in the event of an unplanned outage or natural disaster, allowing organizations to provide a consistent mobility experience even in temporary locations.

FileCloud Joins Microsoft Cloud Storage Partner Program

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FileCloud, the leading file sharing software ensuring enterprise control in the cloud, today announced that it has officially joined the Microsoft Cloud Storage Partner Program. As part of Microsoft’s Cloud Storage Partner Program, FileCloud will enable Office 365 business users to open, edit and save changes to remote Office files stored in FileCloud using a web browser. Importantly, users can co-author and collaborate on documents in real time on Office documents stored in FileCloud from anywhere.

Since its inception, FileCloud continues to break barriers and offers unique customer choices. FileCloud gives Office customers a seamless experience when working with Office documents regardless of how they are accessed or where they are stored.
 

Advantech and IGEL Offer Easy-to-Manage Cloud Computing Solutions for the Healthcare Sector

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IGEL, a world leader in endpoint management software for the secure enterprise, and Advantech, a leading provider of medical computing solutions, today announced an ongoing development and technology partnership. The result of the partner collaboration will be shown for the first time at the world's largest medical fair - MEDICA - to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany, from Nov. 13-16, where Advantech's point-of-care (POC) medical computer will be demonstrated with the IGEL OS. The solution combines Advantech's hardware expertise and IGEL's software know-how to enable unique endpoint management capabilities especially designed for the healthcare sector.

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ARBA Retail Systems Releases Point of Sale Cloud Solutions That Run on Microsoft Azure

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ARBA Retail Systems, a technology leader in POS and Cashless Payment solutions, leverages the Microsoft Azure platform to give clients strong Business Intelligence and data analytics.

ARBA Retail System’s complete suite of Point of Sale Cloud Solutions run on Microsoft Azure providing us and our customers with significant benefits that are unrivaled by any other Cloud platform.

Microsoft Azure is ranked by Gartner as the only major cloud platform that is the leader for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and a strong Platform as a Service (PaaS). Running on Microsoft Azure provides ARBA clients with a completely seamless and integrated solution package.
 

Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 34% to $43.7 Billion

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Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2017.

Operating cash flow increased 14% to $17.1 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $15.0 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2016. Free cash flow decreased to $8.1 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $9.0 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2016. Free cash flow less lease principal repayments decreased to $3.5 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $5.3 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2016. Free cash flow less finance lease principal repayments and assets acquired under capital leases decreased to an outflow of $1.0 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with an inflow of $3.8 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2016.

Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards totaled 503 million on September 30, 2017, compared with 496 million one year ago.

Thales announces new security-as-a-service for centralized control of encryption keys used for Microsoft Azure and AWS

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Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, announces CipherTrust Cloud Key Manager for support of Microsoft Azure Key Vault and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Key Management Service (KMS) bring your own key (BYOK) capabilities. The solution allows users of these dominant public cloud solutions to meet compliance mandates and further protect their most sensitive data by creating and managing encryption keys separate from their cloud provider's infrastructure.

To help save time and money, a growing number of enterprises are eschewing legacy technologies in favor of cloud and SaaS environments. While these technologies are digitally transforming businesses, they present challenges: enterprise data is fair game for cybercriminals regardless of operating environments, and meeting compliance and best practices requirements isn't always straightforward. In response, enterprises are developing encryption strategies to better protect and control their data. While effective, this presents a new hurdle; when considering that many enterprises utilize multiple cloud providers, the management of encryption keys can prove difficult.

Thales CipherTrust Cloud Key Manager offers a number of benefits to help enterprises control and secure encryption keys in multi-cloud environments, including:

AT&T Expands Strategic Relationship with Amazon Web Services

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AT&T is expanding business cloud networking solutions with Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS customers using AT&T connectivity can now have highly secure, flexible connectivity options to serve their cloud, cybersecurity and mobility needs. These solutions can help customers mobilize their workforce to support the digital age.

“Many of our customers are on their journey to the cloud with AWS,” said Roman Pacewicz, chief product officer, AT&T Business. “We can offer customers a highly secure, cloud optimized networking environment. No matter where they are in that transition or how they want to get there, AT&T has it covered.”

“Business customers rely on AT&T for proven network connectivity, cybersecurity and IoT solutions. These new enhancements provide our customers with the performance, security and connection options they need to grow their businesses on AWS,” said David Wright, general manager, Worldwide Strategic Technology Partners, Amazon Web Services, Inc.
 

CloudJumper Powers Workspace as a Service Platform in Switch's Tier 5 Data Centers Through Partnership with ProfitBricks

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CloudJumper, a leading Workspace as a Service (WaaS) platform innovator for agile business IT, today announced the company has expanded its strategic relationship with ProfitBricks, a leading channel-focused cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider, to deploy nWorksSpace WaaS solutions within the Switch Tier 5 Data Center campus in Las Vegas. CloudJumper partners now have the ability to build highly competitive WaaS and cloud application delivery solutions on this premier brand of ProfitBricks infrastructure which has been recognized by the Uptime Institute for "enhanced availability and reliability."

The Tier 5 Data Center Standard was introduced this year by Switch, a leader in data center design, development, and mission critical operations. With ProfitBricks cloud infrastructure operations located within Switch's Core Campus in Las Vegas, CloudJumper will host a growing number of nWorkSpace accounts in this environment. The Switch Tier 5 Data Center Standard not only encompasses the resiliency and redundancy of other data center ratings systems, but also evaluates more than 30 additional key elements, such as long-term power system capabilities, the number of available carriers, zero roof penetrations, the location of cooling system lines in or above the data center, physical and network security and 100-percent use of renewable energy.

Microsoft CSPs Expecting Less Conflict, More Azure Consumption

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Microsoft wants to drive more Azure consumption.

Considering revenue growth has practically doubled every quarter for some time, the Azure business might not seem like a huge problem. It's not about trying to pull ahead of Amazon Web Services (AWS), which by far is the largest cloud provider. Despite the growth of Azure, clearly the No. 2 global public cloud, Microsoft needs to ensure that Google, Salesforce.com, IBM and others keep their distance.

For Microsoft, what's perhaps even more important is that the dominance of AWS doesn't become insurmountable. 
 

Using The Cloud To Save Dollars

Article Written by Sally Perkins

Cloud computing is the future of digital technology and has benefited from intense competition, with the cloud providers "race to zero" being thrilling for consumer pockets.

For both personal and business users of cloud technology, there are a number of ways beyond the basic outlay required that can save you money, from the potential of innovative subscription services to being able to do away with expensive hardware.

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Axway Extends Multi-Cloud Strategy in Expanded Microsoft Integration

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Axway, a catalyst for transformation, today announced that clients choosing Microsoft Azure can now power Axway AMPLIFY, its integration and engagement platform, across multiple clouds. Designed to enable organizations around the world to unlock business value from a vast array of data sources and transform the customer experience, AMPLIFY helps developers, architects and administrators develop innovative user experiences on any device.

Organizations are increasingly adopting cloud-based solutions to better collaborate across departments and geographies. In today's new business environment, being able to quickly master and leverage massive volumes of data are a key element in creating desirable customer experiences. With AMPLIFY now powered by Azure, its customers will benefit from the productivity, intelligence and hybrid capabilities of the trusted Azure cloud platform.

With traditional omnichannel approaches to customer experience proving to be sub-optimal for some organizations, Axway has identified a new approach to meet customer needs - customer experience networks. Leveraging data from a vast array of internal and external sources in a customer's journey, on premise and across different clouds, enterprises can innovate faster to better serve customers, employees, business partners and suppliers. Azure partners and customers can take advantage of this CX network to co-innovate with customers and embrace stakeholders in a more strategic and coherent way.

CorpInfo Launches Onica with $20 Million Capital Infusion from Sunstone Partners to Fuel Growth of AWS Services and Solutions

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CorpInfo, a leading IT services company announces the formation of Onica, with a $20 million growth equity investment from Sunstone Partners. Onica will focus solely on the exponential growth of its Amazon Web Services (AWS) consulting and managed services business. Onica is an AWS Premier Consulting Partner and Managed Service Provider Partner.

Onica will be led by cloud services visionary, CEO Stephen Garden, who transformed CorpInfo from a legacy consulting company into an industry leading cloud advisory firm.

“Today’s announcements are the culmination of four years at the forefront of the cloud computing boom in collaboration with AWS and having supported hundreds of customers in their transformations,” Garden said. “This investment will allow Onica to continue to expand sales, marketing, and delivery resources globally, and to accelerate our development of technology solutions that bring operational excellence to the enterprise cloud journey.”
 

5nine Releases Manager Datacenter 2.0 for Multitenant Hyper-V Environments

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5nine Software, the leading provider of Microsoft Cloud management, security and migration solutions, today announced version 2.0 of its popular 5nine Manager Datacenter. This 2.0 release signifies the next step for 5Nine's Manager Datacenter product to serve as a comprehensive, and scalable enterprise solution. Its new features and improvements enable large, multitenant and distributed Microsoft Cloud datacenters to centrally manage, monitor, back up, recover and control Hyper-V infrastructures in a more cost-efficient and streamlined manner.

Enterprise VMM: The Market Today

The explosion of Hyper-V adoption in recent years, alongside Microsoft Cloud in general, has quickly made it one of the leading virtualization platforms on the enterprise market today. Large organizations with multiple datacenters and locations are beginning to realize, though, that new tools may be needed to more effectively remotely manage, monitor and secure their infrastructure while using this platform.

5nine Manager Datacenter offers the simplest, fastest and best enterprise management experience available. This release provides the following new features and VMM advantages over similar offerings:

SEGA Games Implements Tintri Enterprise Cloud Technology to Maintain Application Performance

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SEGA Games Co., Ltd. has significantly improved the stability, availability and manageability of its IT infrastructure by implementing enterprise cloud technology from Tintri, Inc. Tintri has enabled SEGA Games to cure a persistent conventional storage problem that left Sega Games’ IT team unable to monitor and control resources consumed by Virtual Machines (VMs). In addition, the time spent by the SEGA Games infrastructure team on storage operations has been reduced significantly.
 
With more than half of SEGA Games’ physical servers used to host virtualization environments, where 2,000-3,000 VMs are running, Quality of Service (QoS) is vital to infrastructure stability. Previously, VMs consuming lots of storage I/O resources – or ‘Monster VMs’ – were affecting overall performance of other VMs using the same storage.
 
“The stability and availability of the IT infrastructure is of utmost importance to any organization operating at the leading edge of their industry”