November 2017

Latest Version of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform Joins Infrastructure and Services Across Hybrid Cloud Environments

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today launched Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.7, the latest version of Red Hat's enterprise-grade Kubernetes container application platform. As application complexity and cloud incompatibility loom, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.7 helps IT organizations to build and manage applications that use services from the datacenter to the public cloud. The newest iteration of the industry's most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform includes native integrations with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Service Brokers that enable developers to bind services across AWS and on-premise resources to create modern applications while providing a consistent, open standards-based foundation to drive business evolution.

Cloud-native enterprise applications can consume services from multiple locations, including from the data center and multiple public clouds. Also, according to 451 Research, more than 60 percent of enterprises implementing cloud strategies are using two (or more) different cloud environments -- on-premises private clouds, hosted private cloud, and multiple public clouds. Increasingly, modern applications built for digital transformation rely on a mesh of loosely-coupled component and microservices, making consistency across cloud providers a significant challenge, but one that Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.7 helps to address.

Aerohive First to Answer Customers' Age-Old Question: How Am I Doing Compared to Others?

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Aerohive Networks, a Cloud Networking Leader, today announced Cloud-based Comparative Analytics for enterprise access networks. As the capability is built out, customers will be able anonymously and dynamically to compare infrastructure and client metrics to similar-sized deployments and/or industries to help them proactively determine if and where to focus corrective or optimization efforts.

Quantifying and qualifying the operational effectiveness of the access point of an enterprise network has always been problematic because of variable usage and demand by users, compounded by the remoteness from IT resources. Using the power of the Cloud, Aerohive's new, totally anonymous Comparative Analytics capability will allow IT professionals to accurately compare key infrastructure and client metrics, at first dynamically and within a few months over time. Finally, Aerohive's Comparative Analytics capability will answer the age-old customer question of how to compare operating effectiveness to others of similar size and similar industries, as well as whether the metrics are getting better or worse over time.

Morpheus Data Optimizes Multi-Cloud Deployments and Unifies Ops Teams

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Today, Morpheus Data announced a major software release which brings predictive analytics to cloud management and enables end-to-end app lifecycle management in multi-cloud hybrid IT environments.

Research indicates that total enterprise spending on public cloud services is expected to continue to grow at double digits over the coming years. Much of this growth comes from application teams seeking to mirror best-in-class DevOps organizations where time to deploy is measured in minutes. At the same time, enterprise IT teams are signaling adoption of multi-cloud strategies rather than standardizing on a single provider. Unfortunately, fragmented cloud management has done little to speed deployment and rouge development has led to expensive cloud sprawl.

To address these gaps, Morpheus Data has updated its Unified Ops Orchestration platform with machine learning to lower cloud costs and new 3rd party integrations to speed application deployments. Unlike tools which only address part of the issue, only Morpheus provides a systematic solution to optimize resources, enable governance, accelerate workflows, and modernize applications. The solution was architected to be 100% infrastructure agnostic across bare metal, VM, and containerized deployments spanning on-premises, hosted, and public clouds.

VeloCloud Named 2017 SD-WAN Global Market Share Leader by Industry Analyst Firm Frost & Sullivan

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VeloCloud Networks, Inc., the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN company, today announced it is the overwhelming market share leader in the SD-WAN market, according to Frost & Sullivan's "Analysis of the Software-Defined WAN Market, 2017" report published last month. In addition to a thorough evaluation of SD-WAN market drivers, trends and forecasts, the report published the market share comparisons for 2017 of the leading SD-WAN vendors.

According to Frost & Sullivan, VeloCloud garnered 29.5 percent market share of the global SD-WAN market during 2017 for the overwhelming leadership position. This report included coverage of the leading vendors in the SD-WAN category, and ranked them according to market share results. The closest vendor to VeloCloud trails with only 14.4 percent of the industry's market share in 2017.

Chef Announces New Compliance and Application Automation Capabilities for AWS

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Chef, the leader in Continuous Automation, today announced new capabilities designed to further accelerate enterprise adoption of Amazon Web Services (AWS) by addressing users' compliance and containerized application lifecycle control concerns. Building on AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate announced in 2016, new functionality includes Chef Automate with integrated compliance.

"As enterprises accelerate their migration to the cloud, working with DevOps leaders like Chef is crucial," said Scott Wiltamuth, Vice President of AWS Dev and Management Tools, Amazon Web Services, Inc. "Chef is providing valuable on-ramps for enterprise customers who are migrating workloads from on-premises data centers to AWS. We are pleased to see Chef's compliance-as-code capabilities as part of AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate."

"When AWS launched OpsWorks with Chef Automate we immediately jumped on that," said Eric Schneider, CTO of Verisk. "It is one less component that we had to worry about. The experts at Chef and AWS are worrying about it for us, and that allows us to focus what is important for us and our customers."

Puppet Collaborates with Amazon Web Services, Delivers New Solution Empowering Enterprises with Agility for Cloud Migration

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Puppet today announced a new collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), which includes the launch of AWS OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise, a new, fully-managed Puppet Master. This new solution empowers customers with a complete automation strategy for operating at scale, while providing them with the agility and flexibility of the cloud.

In order to successfully operate and scale on the cloud, enterprises are increasingly looking for an automation strategy that allows them to focus on driving value for their business. Without an automation strategy in place, consistently managing a large, dynamic environment, and adopting the DevOps practices that enable organizations to operate efficiently on the cloud, can be difficult. AWS OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise enables customers to easily adopt Puppet Enterprise to manage their infrastructure so they can accelerate their cloud migration to AWS, help ensure security and compliance, while enjoying the benefits of a fully managed service and consumption-based pricing.

Accenture and Pivotal Launch New Business Group to Help Enterprises Accelerate Cloud Migration and Speed Software Development

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Accenture and Pivotal Software, Inc., have formed a new business group to help Fortune Global 500 companies and other large enterprises accelerate their software development and innovate at startup speed.

The Accenture Pivotal Business Group (APBG) will help enterprises migrate legacy applications to the cloud and accelerate cloud-native application development on Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF), one of the world's most powerful cloud-native platforms. Operated and managed by Accenture and powered by Pivotal's next-generation software development methodology, the APBG will offer clients new capabilities for developing modern cloud-native products and services that leverage artificial intelligence and other innovative technologies in areas such as the internet of things and connected cars and homes.

Accenture and Pivotal will launch two APBG locations, one in Columbus, Ohio, and another in New York City. The joint facilities will be dedicated spaces where APBG will help large enterprises rapidly migrate their businesses onto PCF and prototype innovative products and services. The group has already begun work with companies in the banking and insurance sectors.

CloudHealth Strengthens and Simplifies Cloud Governance with Groundbreaking Next-Gen Policy Engine

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CloudHealth Technologies today announced a next-generation policy engine that governs cloud infrastructure in an entirely new way. Through easily enabled and fully customizable best practice policies in the CloudHealth platform, businesses can govern cloud infrastructure more simply than ever before.

Policy-driven methodologies have long proven to be the most efficient, secure way to manage cloud and hybrid environments at scale. However, this approach requires enterprises to rely on software that captures information and drives behavior based on best practices, internal policies and reference architectures. CloudHealth now removes the legwork from cloud governance by defining best practice policies that manage all aspects of services, applications and infrastructure across cost, availability, security, performance and usage. These policies mimic visual programming languages by virtue of their high extensibility at both an object, rule, condition and action level.

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AWS Announces Amazon Sumerian

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At midnight, during the AWS re:Invent Midnight Madness kick-off event, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced Amazon Sumerian, a new service that makes it easy for any developer to build Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and 3D applications, and run them on mobile devices, head-mounted displays, digital signage, or web browsers. With Amazon Sumerian's editor, developers can build realistic virtual environments, populate them with 3D objects and animated characters, and script how they interact with each other and the application's users. VR and AR apps created in Amazon Sumerian will run in any browser that supports WebGL or WebVR graphics rendering, including Daydream, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and iOS mobile devices. Getting started with Amazon Sumerian is as simple as logging into the AWS Management Console. There is no software to install or upfront costs-customers pay only for the storage used for 3D assets and the volume of traffic generated to access the virtual scenes they create. To learn more about Amazon Sumerian, visit: http://aws.amazon.com/sumerian.

Liquidware Working with LG Electronics USA to Enable Amazon WorkSpaces On-Boarding

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Liquidware today announced an alliance with LG Electronics USA Business Solutions to provide integrators and customers with solutions to ease the transition for organizations looking to on-board users to LG Zero and Thin Clients and Amazon WorkSpaces, the leading cloud based Windows desktop solution. The solutions are being jointly demonstrated in LG's booth (#2040) this week at Amazon Re:Invent.

LG Electronics, an Amazon partner chosen exclusively to power the Amazon WorkSpaces labs this week with LG Zero Clients at Amazon Re:Invent, provides devices and monitors that enable users to connect directly to on premise and cloud based virtual desktops, such as Amazon WorkSpaces, without any additional hardware. Liquidware, also an Amazon WorkSpaces partner, is a leader in onboarding, monitoring, diagnosing and leveraging user experience metrics for physical, virtual, and cloud based desktops such as Amazon WorkSpaces.
 

ExtraHop Adds AWS Data to Provide Performance and Security Insights for Hybrid Enterprises

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ExtraHop, a leader in real-time analytics and an Advanced tier Technology Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN), today announced support for integration with AWS CloudWatch, CloudTrail, and VPC Flow Log data, providing enhanced visibility and contextual analysis for customers with AWS and hybrid environments. ExtraHop will be exhibiting at booth #1405 at AWS re:Invent 2017 conference taking place November 27-December 1, 2017 in Las Vegas.

Organizations have embraced cloud and hybrid infrastructure to deliver their critical applications and services due to the scale and agility advantages that cloud computing offers. As organizations expand their IT footprints, they are often challenged to adopt common monitoring strategies and tools that work across all of their environments.

NeuVector Brings New Container Security Solutions to AWS re:Invent 2017

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NeuVector, a leading container firewall company, today announced its participation at AWS re:Invent 2017. NeuVector will exhibit at booth #K45, where the company will showcase NeuVector 1.3 -- just released -- alongside a new enterprise version purpose-built for large-scale deployments. AWS re:Invent 2017 takes place November 27 - December 1 in Las Vegas.

Key container security enhancements included in NeuVector 1.3 include Layer 7 container firewall capabilities with application-intent intelligence, automated scaling to secure all container traffic without manual updates, enterprise integration, and UI developments designed for better visualization and faster implementation. The container security solution will be exhibited via multiple Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) clusters running Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS), Rancher, Red Hat OpenShift, Docker, and Kubernetes - and all protected by the NeuVector container firewall. The solution supports dedicated cloud as well as hybrid cloud implementations.

mLab Brings Expanded MongoDB Database-as-a-Service Solution to AWS re:Invent 2017

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mLab, a leading fully managed cloud database service featuring automated provisioning, scaling, and management of MongoDB databases, today announced its sponsorship and continued participation at AWS re:Invent 2017. The Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) provider will be exhibiting at booth #2225, where the company will showcase the newest features added to the popular platform for fully hosted and managed MongoDB deployments. mLab is a Gold Sponsor of re:Invent, which takes place November 27 - December 1 in Las Vegas.

mLab's mature DBaaS provides essential MongoDB hosting and support for startups and enterprises across a broad set of industries. Using the platform allows organizations to focus their finite technical resources on product development, not on managing backend database operations. Customers select mLab's service for its timely and expert support, automated provisioning, seamless and zero-downtime database scaling, 24/7 monitoring and alerts, web-based management tools, and its reputation for delivering consistently high database availability and performance.

Centrify Earns Advanced Partner Status in the Amazon Web Services Partner Network

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Centrify, a leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, today announced two milestones with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Centrify has been named an Advanced tier Partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN) and Centrify Identity Services are now available on AWS Marketplace. Achieving Advanced Technology Partner status in the APN allows Centrify to leverage the power of AWS's shared security model and provide identity and privilege management solutions for AWS administrators as well as developers and users of applications and workloads running on AWS services.

"We are thrilled to be a member of the AWS Partner Network and extend our collaboration with the leading cloud services provider," said Bill Mann, chief product officer at Centrify. "Our Advanced Technology Partner status enables us to couple Centrify's cutting-edge identity services and privilege management with the AWS shared security model, making it simpler for organizations to securely manage their employees' access to corporate AWS resources for development, application hosting and cloud storage and minimizes the need for administrative shared accounts and passwords to be reset on AWS."

Trend Micro Acquires Immunio and Expands Hybrid Cloud Security for DevOps Lifecycle

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As companies build and deploy applications faster across everything from cloud to containers, any drag on the DevOps lifecycle can create drag on an entire business. In response to this, Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today announced the expansion of its Hybrid Cloud Security solution scope. New capabilities, attained through a combination of acquiring Montréal, Canada-based Immunio and in-house development, increase the automated protection that Trend Micro can provide throughout the DevOps lifecycle. These capabilities will be demonstrated at AWS re:Invent 2017 in Las Vegas, Nov. 27 through Dec. 1 (booth#1812). 

 

Cloud Management Report 2017 Now Available

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CloudCheckr has released the 2017 Cloud Management Report, a new study into how leading organizations migrate to the cloud and optimize their IaaS investments. This report offers surprising insights into the ways organizations are establishing a cloud center of excellence (CCoE) to dramatically improve their public cloud deployments.

Key findings:

  • 94% of organizations face challenges in public cloud adoption
  • 33% report that business leadership has a strong understanding of the cloud
  • 81% say they need to improve communication between departments
  • 63% have added new roles to deal with cloud adoption
  • 46% have already formed a CCoE
  • 83% report having a CCoE is effective

 

 

Cloudticity Releases Free, Fully Automated HIPAA Technical Assessment

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Cloudticity, a leading provider of HIPAA-compliant managed services for AWS, announced today that it has released an automated tool for healthcare organizations to scan their Amazon Web Services accounts for HIPAA compliance. In doing so, Cloudticity is continuing their mission to improve healthcare by providing a growing list of security, compliance, and management tools to the industry. Executing the automated compliance check takes five minutes, and is complete within five hours.

Cloudticity helps healthcare organizations design, build, migrate, and manage HIPAA-compliant solutions on AWS. Cloudticity's platform for healthcare's digital era, Cloudticity Oxygen, is a next-gen managed services solution that fully embraces automation and delivers security, compliance, agility, and reliance.

Dynatrace Announces Performance Monitoring for AWS Lambda Functions and Voice-based Interactions with Amazon Alexa

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Digital performance management company Dynatrace, today announced code-level monitoring for serverless AWS Lambda functions. With the AWS Lambda serverless compute service becoming increasingly popular for IoT and Alexa skills, Dynatrace is also announcing that for the first-time organizations can monitor performance across the whole omnichannel landscape, covering web, mobile and now voice-based interactions with Amazon Alexa.

"Amazon Alexa is becoming a key part of omnichannel experiences. Today, people buy and transact business via voice, not just on their laptop or mobile device. Monitoring these transactions at a user level is critical, as without it, you have an increasingly big blind-spot," said Alois Reitbauer, VP, Chief Technical Strategist and Head of Innovation Lab at Dynatrace. "It's similar with IoT; you now have millions of devices that are driving the code that's being executed in AWS Lambda, so organizations need automated real-time discovery and continuous visibility to deliver proactive performance management and avoid IoT failures."

Instana Adds AI-Powered Analysis For AWS Products

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As part of their presence at AWS re:Invent 2017 next week, Instana today announced the ability for its Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven application performance management (APM) solution to discover, analyze and monitor Amazon Web Services (AWS). By applying AI-powered analysis, Instana provides customers with comprehensive visibility and performance management across their hybrid application environment, including legacy, containerized and cloud-native services from a single monitoring solution.

Instana’s extended visibility into hybrid application environments includes CloudWatch data, providing contextual intelligence and performance management beyond the isolated CloudWatch dashboard. This improved capability encompasses traditional and modern dynamic applications providing a full stack view as one contiguous environment with the ability to drill down and investigate details in any of the underlying services and infrastructure.

As Instana extends its understanding into the AWS products, it provides: