January 2018

Noction IRP for Cloud - The Ultimate Public Cloud Routing Optimization Service Debuts on AWS Marketplace

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Noction has announced the release of IRP for Cloud - the first cloud network performance optimization service, specifically designed to address public cloud providers conventional BGP routing deficiencies and accelerate Internet traffic.

At the center of IRP for Cloud is the well-known Noction Intelligent Routing Platform, which is designed to actively check remote prefixes for metrics such as packet loss, latency, throughput, historical reliability as well as maximum peer capacity; analyze the collected network performance metrics and select the best performing route for traffic to pass through.

Five9 Delivers Cloud-Based Contact Center Solution to a Large Financial Technology Company

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Five9, Inc., a leading provider of cloud software for the enterprise contact center market, today announced that it has been selected by a financial technology company focused on providing affordable loans to consumers.

With more than 240 retail locations, the financial technology company is focused on providing loans to consumers with poor or no credit. The company's contact center agents provide customer service and in two languages (English and Spanish) related to loan origination, loan applications and credit-building programs.

Cloud-Native Early Adopters Gain Digital Dexterity, Innovation and Customer Experience Advantages

A select group of communications and media providers are rapidly adopting cloud-native technologies in order to obtain the agility and continuous innovation needed to meet the digital experience benchmark set by digital disruptors.  However, most service providers are moving slower, hindered by legacy technology, culture and processes, as well as the challenges of managing both legacy and cloud native systems in a hybrid, combined environment. While the move to cloud native systems is visible across the industry, mainstream adoption is unlikely before 2022. The laggards will find it challenging to close the early leads established by the fast movers.

These are part of the findings from an Amdocs-commissioned global study of leading communications and media companies by Analysys Mason, a global consultancy and research firm specializing in telecoms, media and technology. The results are based on in-depth discussions with senior executives of the surveyed companies.

"Communications and media providers are following the initial lead of web-scale software companies such as Amazon and Netflix in adopting cloud computing, DevOps practices, and cloud-native software architecture," said Dr. Mark H Mortensen, research director of digital transformation at Analysys Mason. "What we see from the survey is that this is mostly being driven by the need to boost agility and innovation. Even though full transition is almost a decade away, those providers who can bring these technologies into their everyday operations quickly will secure the strongest competitive advantages."

commercetools Announces Integration of Its Microservices Commerce Platform into Adobe Experience Cloud

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commercetools, the leader in next-generation commerce software, today announced it is one of the first commerce platform vendors to integrate with Adobe's new commerce microservices capabilities for Adobe Experience Cloud. This represents the next step in the companies' collaboration launched less than a year ago. With its cloud-native, microservices architecture, the commercetools platform provides an optimal pairing for Adobe's new commerce microservices capabilities.

The combination of Adobe's commerce microservices capabilities plus commercetools' commerce platform gives retailers and brands new degrees of flexibility and agility. Every customer touchpoint in-store or online - be it mobile, social, IoT, virtual/mixed reality - can be interactions of deeper engagement and enabled for commerce.

A10 Networks Launches Full Spectrum Cloud Scrubbing and On-premise Enterprise DDoS Protection Solution

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A10 Networks, a Secure Application Services company, today announced the A10 DDoS Protection Cloud, powered by Verisign, and the A10 Thunder 1040 TPS appliance offering advanced on-premise protection. With the availability of the latest A10 DDoS protection solutions, A10 delivers full spectrum enterprise protection to detect and mitigate distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

A10 Networks' hybrid approach to DDoS defenses combines surgical precision on-premise protection with orchestrated cloud scrubbing, delivered in form factors and subscription models that are cost effective. Smart, scalable solutions from A10 to assist with protection against harmful DDoS attacks, helping to ensure availability of enterprise business services while protecting legitimate users on the network.

Unlike other cloud-based DDoS protection services, A10 DDoS Protection Cloud, which is powered by Verisign's cloud-based DDoS Protection Service, is based on legitimate traffic, so enterprises do not pay for the amount of traffic that attacks apply against their network. Traffic diversions, or "swings," to the cloud service are optimized by the on-premise Thunder TPS appliances. The Thunder TPS appliance employs machine learning, traffic profiling and intelligent policy escalation in order to reduce disruption on-premise and alert A10 when redirection to the cloud may be necessary.

CoreSite Announces Connectivity to Alibaba Cloud in Its Silicon Valley and Northern Virginia Data Center Campuses

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CoreSite Realty Corporation, a premier provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions across the U.S., today announced the availability of connectivity to Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, via the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange in Silicon Valley and Northern Virginia. 

Customers in Silicon Valley and Northern Virginia can now enjoy a dedicated network connection between their on-premise infrastructure and Alibaba Cloud's secure, reliable and scalable cloud platform. Benefits of direct connectivity to Alibaba Cloud include enhanced security, optimal network performance, and compatibility with the full suite of Alibaba Cloud services including Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Elastic Compute Service and Object Storage Service. Importantly, the availability of streamlined access to Alibaba Cloud allows international customers to expand their cloud-based applications worldwide in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Platform9 Enables Cadence to Optimize a Cloud-First Approach for Its Internal Engineering Infrastructure

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Platform9, the next-generation open cloud company, today announced Cadence Design Systems, Inc. has deployed Platform9's open cloud solution to transform its legacy IT environment to a cloud environment. Designed to provide operational flexibility and ease of use, Platform9's open cloud platform delivers a full stack of cloud technologies, including OpenStack and Kubernetes, that can manage across any infrastructure and help customers achieve rapid time to value at enterprise scale.

As Cadence's business has evolved to enable more complex solutions for semiconductor and system companies, high-performance computing (HPC) became a critical need for its engineering team. This, along with the need to enhance internal engineering productivity and consolidate legacy and modern business apps, prompted the Cadence team to simplify and modernize its IT operating environment with a cloud-first approach.

"As we continue to challenge traditional thinking in the industry, we needed a solution for scaling our IT operations that would meet strict industry guidelines, enhance developer productivity and align with our long-term product delivery strategy," said Carl Siva, vice president of IT at Cadence. "After considering several products and services, we selected Platform9 because it delivers widely used cloud frameworks such as OpenStack and Kubernetes, spans multiple regions across the globe, lets us easily establish a cloud environment in compliance with semiconductor industry requirements, and ultimately, provide our engineering team with resources on-demand via an automated self-service platform."

Actifio Announces Sky 8.0 OnVault for VMware Cloud on AWS

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Actifio, the Data-as-a-Service company, today announced Sky 8.0 OnVault's availability to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware Cloud on AWS brings together VMware's enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) software and elastic, bare-metal infrastructure from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to give organizations consistent operating model and application mobility for private and public cloud. Actifio Sky 8.0 OnVault can deliver cost savings, improved protection, and business acceleration to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS.

"A hybrid cloud strategy combines the computing control brought by a private cloud, with the flexibility achieved by the public cloud, and is going to be increasingly crucial for businesses to adopt moving into 2018," said Ash Ashutosh, CEO of Actifio. "Sky 8.0 OnVault for VMware Cloud on AWS marks an extension of our ongoing collaboration with VMware to provide customers with enhanced business solutions and drive accelerated digital transformation through hybrid cloud environments."

Nuvem Networks Announces the General Availability of Self-Service Deployment for AWS Direct Connect Through the AWS Marketplace

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Nuvem Networks, an AWS Technology and Direct Connect partner, announces general availability of self-service deployment for AWS Direct Connect through the AWS Marketplace. This release supports the following AWS regions in the United States: US-East (Northern Virginia), US-West (Northern California), and US-West (Oregon). 

Organizations considering or in the midst of projects involving hybrid cloud solutions with AWS are strongly encouraged to automate the deployment of AWS Direct Connect with Nuvem Networks patented network-as-service (NaaS) platform to achieve significant reductions in the complexity, time, and costs associated with establishing and using hybrid cloud solutions.

How Cloud Computing Can Help Web Designers

Small businesses are increasingly embracing cloud computing and the many opportunities that it offers. Some analysts claim that small businesses who make use of cloud technology can boost their growth by as much as 25%. This is fantastic news for any business hoping to increase their bottom line and to ensure that they are keeping well up to speed with their technological capabilities. But how exactly does cloud computing make such a significant difference to small businesses?

To answer this question, we take a look at the specific case of a business that specializes in web design. Here are some of the ways that cloud computing can make a significant difference to the productivity and, therefore, the profitability, of a web design business.

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Worldwide Public Cloud Services Spending Forecast to Reach $160 Billion This Year, According to IDC

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Worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is forecast to reach $160 billion in 2018, an increase of 23.2% over 2017, according to the latest update to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide. Although annual spending growth is expected to slow somewhat over the 2016-2021 forecast period, the market is forecast to achieve a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.9% with public cloud services spending totaling $277 billion in 2021.

The industries that are forecast to spend the most on public cloud services in 2018 are discrete manufacturing ($19.7 billion), professional services ($18.1 billion), and banking ($16.7 billion). The process manufacturing and retail industries are also expected to spend more than $10 billion each on public cloud services in 2018. These five industries will remain at the top in 2021 due to their continued investment in public cloud solutions. The industries that will see the fastest spending growth over the five-year forecast period are professional services (24.4% CAGR), telecommunications (23.3% CAGR), and banking (23.0% CAGR).

How To Save Your Company From Making Mistakes Online

To boost the profile of your business and stand out from your industry peers, it is vital that you create a strong online profile for your organization. It's a fantastic way for you to reach a wider audience and to establish yourself as a company that can thrive in the modern world. However, this strategy will only be successful if you can avoid the pitfalls of working online. In such a fast-paced and wide-reaching environment, you can't afford to make any mistakes. Below are five tips that will help you to take control.

Carefully Manage Your Digital Marketing Strategies

If you have made the wise decision to invest in your digital marketing strategies, it is important that you understand exactly what you are doing. You need to find a company that can guide you through the process and dramatically increase the amount of online traffic that is moving towards your business. There are a variety of specialized companies that can ensure your business hits the correct targets, such as 180fusion SEO company. They will guide you to make all of the right decisions.

Dell Boomi Invests Big in Product Innovation to Help Enterprises Realize the Power of The Connected Business

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Dell Boomi (Boomi), the leading provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software to build The Connected Business, announced continued acceleration in research and development (R&D). The acceleration includes a commitment that the coming year will be another year of growing investment in R&D by more than 50 percent and Steve Wood has been promoted to Chief Product Officer to help lead product innovation efforts.

Boomi exists to help enterprises connect everything and engage everywhere across any channel, device or platform. The Boomi platform equips enterprises to improve productivity, accountability and collaboration across business units and with customers and partners to build The Connected Business and drive digital transformation efforts. Boomi helps to transform businesses, enabling them to adopt best-of-breed cloud, while understanding the realities of the enterprise. 

Ping Identity Predicts Proliferation of Blockchain Identities and Death of Knowledge-Based Authentication

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Ping Identity, the leader in Identity Defined Security, has unveiled its top five cybersecurity predictions for 2018, authored by its CTO office. These include advances in biometrics, the mass exposure of personally identifiable information from numerous data breaches, and a blockchain craze in 2018.

"With rampant data breaches in 2017 targeting victims from consumers and enterprises to politicians and nation states, the protection of personally identifiable information has never been more important," said Patrick Harding, CTO, Ping Identity. "While new threats will continue to emerge, 2018 looks promising for advancements and innovation in cybersecurity."

The following highlights Ping Identity's top five cybersecurity predictions for 2018:

How Does Technology Help Your Life

Nowadays, technology plays a vital role in our day to day life. Most people could not live without their phones or constant access to the internet. At the same time, it is somewhat weird to think that the generations that are born these days don't know how a world without social media or mobile apps would work. Technology is essentially based on different techniques, tools and methods that are meant to solve a problem or serve a certain purpose. Technology can have a bad reputation among people for leading them on different paths and exposing them to the unknown. However, there are so many pros that technology brings to our daily life. Some of these include the ability to work and develop home businesses, keep in touch with people all over the world and many more.

There are so many aspects of technology that could be discussed. First of all, it is important to establish that technology does not only mean a smartphone or a very trendy laptop. Technology means so much more. In order to understand technology, it is important to think about the whole process that goes behind the product itself and maybe most importantly, of the purpose that it serves for.

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FileCloud Announces ServerSync, First EFSS Platform to Integrate Windows File Servers with IaaS Clouds

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FileCloud, a cloud-agnostic Enterprise File Sharing and Sync (EFSS) platform, today announced that it is the first enterprise file services platform to integrate branch-office Microsoft Windows file servers with any IaaS cloud. This enhanced product offering, ServerSync, can replicate files and permissions on any local Microsoft Windows file servers and sync with the cloud to enable teams to store, share and access files seamlessly.

"Over 80 percent of businesses still run on-premise Microsoft Windows file servers to store their files," said Madhan Kanagavel, CEO, FileCloud. "There is no easy way for team members to access these files remotely, greatly inhibiting the speed at which business can be conducted. With FileCloud's ServerSync, customers can access their data locally from the file server and remotely from the cloud."

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Chicago Bears IT Staff Scores a Touchdown With the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud

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Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, announced today that the Chicago Bears have deployed the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud for their mission-critical applications, including Microsoft SQL Server databases, financial reporting software, and an internally-developed player scouting application. The Nutanix solution has simplified system management and improved performance, enabling the Bears IT staff to reduce time spent on deploying and managing infrastructure and improve coaches and players' training and preparation experiences.

The switch to Nutanix was a result of an assessment, which determined that the Bears' 3-tier infrastructure was over-allocated. As a result the team decided to deploy a hyperconverged solution for its Microsoft SQL Server databases, financial reporting software, and player scouting application.

Improvements enabled by the Chicago Bears' use of the Nutanix solution include:

Containership Announces Overlaycloud Public Beta

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Containership, a company rooted in making hybrid and multi-cloud computing simple, is expanding their offering with the announcement of the public beta release of Overlaycloud. While the service is currently still invite only, interested parties can sign up to gain exclusive first access to the low cost cloud and edge computing platform beginning today.

Overlaycloud has partnered with several data centers to help monetize and take advantage of their unused computing power. The end result is top tier servers at bottom dollar pricing for the consumer, and availability zones in regions that the big cloud providers don't currently operate in.

How Cloud Computing is Benefiting Car Dealerships

The roots of cloud computing can be traced back to the 1950s. Not much was known about cloud computing or the revolutionary nature of what it offered back then. Fast forward to today and cloud computing has infiltrated every sphere of life for businesses around the world. Many businesses that exist today would not have had a chance if they were founded before the emergence and dominance of the cloud-computing phenomenon. By embracing the cloud, businesses can reduce the costs of buying and maintaining hardware.

Automobile Industry and Cloud Computing

Like other industries, the automotive industry has not been left out in this revolution of the business process. The last few years have seen drastic changes in the automotive industry. What's more, there is enough evidence to suggest that the trend will continue into the near future, for as long as cloud computing continues to transform the business process.

ZeroStack Announces Cloud Innovation Partner Program

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ZeroStack, Inc., creators of a self-driving on-premises cloud, today announced the ZeroStack Cloud Innovation Partner Program, its inaugural program for its global partner ecosystem.

Designed for resellers who can see the writing on the wall and want to transition to selling cloud platforms and services, the worldwide Cloud Innovation Partner Program is designed to accelerate partners' ability to bring their customers the benefits of public cloud at a fraction of the cost, and to offer the control, security and performance of a private cloud environment. The program supports the success of resellers (Cloud Innovation Partners), service providers (Cloud Innovation Service Providers), and Distributors (Cloud Innovation Distributors), and provides unique benefits tailored around the capabilities of each partner. Each partner category has a customized partnership model within the program, which is designed to maximize value for that partner type's unique business model.