January 2018

How To Maintain Reliable And Secure Technology

Maintaining and managing secure, efficient and reliable technology means considering a great number of factors. Your business operates in a high-velocity environment. To ensure your business will continue to thrive and grow each day, it is important to select and maintain the right technology platforms for your business. Enterprise security is an aspect that allows security professionals to understand the bigger picture of your business. In doing so, they will need to enhance the effectiveness across your business strategy.

Making sure that your company is secure from all points of view is a key aspect for every business owner. There are a variety of elements that should be kept in mind while doing so. Ensuring that your data is secure should be a high priority for everyone. As data is at the core of every business, people need to remember that not being able to protect it against all threats could potentially lead to ending the activity of a business. Moreover, business owners should aim to create a scalable, sustainable and stable technology.

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Armor Cloud Security Solution Available in AWS Marketplace with New Logging Feature and Consumption-based Pricing

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Traditional business models and the delivery of services are changing as small and midsize businesses demand more from providers to meet evolving requirements and cloud needs. In order to rapidly deliver and strengthen security controls to workloads on the public cloud, Armor, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Advanced Technology Partner, today announced the availability of the Armor Anywhere solution in AWS Marketplace with new consumption-based pricing and enhanced log management services. 

"The market for cloud-based security services is expected to total close to $9 billion by 2020. To us, this signals an increased dependence on cloud offerings and demand for additional security controls," said founder and CEO Chris Drake, Armor. "There now lies a unique opportunity to accelerate the delivery of additional security features to cloud, and AWS customers now have the ability to further increase the breadth of their security controls and prevent downtime with simple and immediate deployment of Armor Anywhere."

Zain Bahrain Optimizes Business Operations Using Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS Software

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Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced that Zain Bahrain, a leading telecommunications provider in the Kingdom of Bahrain, has successfully deployed a new cloud based enterprise software solution which resulted in higher operational efficiency. The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software, combined with the Nutanix AHV hypervisor, allows the operator to rapidly monitor and analyse data, leading to better decision making and freeing up resources so that their organizations can focus on their key strength - innovating new products and services for its customers.

The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software combines compute, storage, and virtualization, as well as providing monitoring and analytics, allowing for further business optimization. It offers efficiency and has practically no limitation on scalability, a key priority for Zain as it optimizes its future growth model. Nutanix allows Zain to utilize its ‘pay-as-you-grow' feature to meet these growth requirements. Also by selecting the Nutanix AHV hypervisor, Zain is able to significantly reduce the licensing cost for virtualization, as it comes free of charge with the deployment.
 

Vembu sets the stage for 2018 by launching the NEW Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0

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Vembu is all set to deliver more by initiating with their new release, Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 that is now GA for download! This new version 3.9.0 is expected to benefit all the IT setups across the globe that aims for complete data protection. The new release will play a crucial role in meeting the technological expectations that will uphold 24/7 availability for the ever-growing size of data the Small & Mid-sized businesses.

“Vembu ensures availability of our core production systems that support Mackie’s business operations. 24x7 availability of business applications and its data is critical for us, and Vembu delivers on these requirements. Vembu has become an integral component of our IT and business continuity strategy,” said Lee Wong, Manager of Information Technology at the Mackie Group.
 

Carbon Black Announces Cb ThreatSight, the Latest Cybersecurity Innovation Powered by the Cb Predictive Security Cloud

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Cb ThreatSight leverages the PSC to provide customers with a managed threat hunting service, which simplifies alert management to prioritize and streamline the validation of important alerts. The service is staffed by top threat experts who keep constant watch over an organization's environment, alert teams to emerging threats, and provide access to critical security services when they are needed most.

As the global threat landscape accelerates, security teams often worry an attack will slip through. Compounding this issue is a scarcity of cybersecurity staffing and expertise. Many organizations, especially SMBs, lack dedicated security professionals to investigate and respond to the flood of alerts and attacks they face. Even skilled professionals miss important alerts in their own environments (or trending threats in the public realm) because they are so resource constrained.

With Cb ThreatSight, organizations can better understand context surrounding alerts, ensure the most important alerts are adequately addressed, and earn peace of mind, knowing they are protected by some of the world's best threat hunters.

 

Rovius Cloud Appliances Accelerate Enterprise Cloud Deployment

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Accelerite, a provider of software for digital transformation infrastructure, today announced the general availability of a new product suite, Rovius Cloud Appliance, integrating compute, storage and virtualization to deliver a fully-managed enterprise cloud that is ready to consume in minutes. Developed on Dell EMC infrastructure, Rovius Cloud Appliance bridges the gap between on-premises infrastructure and public cloud to support increasingly distributed, elastic and unpredictable workloads.

"Customers today are looking for IT solutions that are scalable, automated and secure while optimizing a diverse range of workloads, both traditional and cloud native," said Ron Pugh, Vice President and General Manager for the Americas, Dell EMC OEM Solutions. "Dell EMC OEM solutions and Accelerite will deliver technology that enables customers to thrive in any IT environment, be it on-premises or the cloud."

Netwrix Survey: 39% of Organizations Blame their Own IT Teams for Security Incidents in the Cloud

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Netwrix Corporation, provider of a visibility platform for user behavior analysis and risk mitigation in hybrid environments, released the 2018 Netwrix Cloud Security Report. The report identifies concerns that organizations have about cloud security, the threats they dealt with over the last year, and their plans for further cloud usage and security enhancements.

The 2018 Netwrix Cloud Security Report presents the results of our third annual survey, conducted in November 2017. The respondents represent 853 organizations of various sizes, industries and geographical locations. All organizations are public or hybrid cloud users.

The key findings include:

Sumo Logic Acquires FactorChain to Pioneer New Security Analytics Essential for Cloud and Modern Application Delivery

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Sumo Logic, the leading cloud-native, machine data analytics platform that delivers continuous intelligence, today announced it has acquired FactorChain, an early stage security company with a Security Investigation Platform that makes transformational improvements in speed and depth of threat investigations, enabling resolution of complex threats spanning both IT and security in minutes instead of hours. Combined with Sumo Logic's machine data analytics strength across the cloud infrastructure, platform and application layers, this acquisition accelerates the development of a new class of converged IT ops and security solutions, which are essential for modern application delivery in the cloud.

"We are seeing more and more digital businesses struggling to adapt traditional security models to cloud and modern application delivery," said Ramin Sayar, CEO of Sumo Logic. "Resolving which threats to assess in the avalanche of alerts and how to quickly resolve them is a challenging enough problem in traditional IT environments. However, in the dynamic large-scale cloud environment, this problem can't possibly be answered without new thinking in security analytics and operations. The FactorChain acquisition accelerates our vision of a new model that converges operations and security in the cloud and provides innovative solutions to persistent challenges in investigation workflows at cloud scale. We're thrilled to welcome the team onboard to drive our shared vision and disrupt traditional legacy SIEM markets moving too slowly to keep pace with accelerating cloud transitions."

New Veeam Recovery to Microsoft Azure Ensures Business Continuity That's Fast, Easy-to-Use, Simple to Deploy and Affordable

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Veeam Software, the Availability for the Always-On Enterprise innovator, today announced the immediate availability of Veeam Recovery to Microsoft Azure with Veeam PN (Powered Network). This new, on-demand turnkey solution ensures Business Continuity that is fast, easy to use, simple to deploy and affordable. It includes the new FREE product, Veeam PN, an easy to use, light-weight software defined networking (SDN) solution to eliminate complicated VPN installation and simplify network configuration to create the ultimate recovery site on Microsoft Azure.

Businesses depend on IT to have a plan in place to maintain operations when disaster strikes or outages occur. According to Gartner, "although there's no magic answer on how much impact downtime will have on your business, current industry surveys have shown that the average enterprise estimates an impact of approximately $5,600 for every minute of unplanned downtime in its primary computing environment." This adds up to over $300,000 per hour. Unfortunately, for many enterprises, backup and recovery contingencies are insufficient. For one thing, the cost of maintaining and supporting a remote recovery site for a mirrored system with duplicate hardware and software is prohibitive given the high capital expense. For another thing, backup and recovery is extremely labor-intensive and time-consuming.

CloudPassage Halo Now Available on Amazon AWS Marketplace

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CloudPassage, the leader in cloud and container workload security, today announced availability of their award-winning security automation platform Halo and the Server Secure cloud workload security solution on AWS Marketplace. Customers subscribing to Halo Server Secure on AWS Marketplace can now purchase it as part of the new AWS Enterprise Contract program. The Enterprise Contract program standardizes the contract between CloudPassage and the customer, helping them simplify their security budgeting and streamlining payment - CloudPassage Halo will simply appear as a line item on their AWS bill.

"Now AWS Marketplace customers can buy and deploy Halo Server Secure for high-performance cloud workload security in a highly predictable and cost effective way - via a single integrated AWS bill," said John Janetos, director, business development, CloudPassage. "As global enterprises rapidly embrace the cloud for mission-critical workloads and DevOps for application development, automated security that can operate at speed and scale is becoming a critical path. The AWS Marketplace helps eliminate protracted negotiations to make it easy for our customers to securely embrace the cloud."

Acronis Releases a Free, AI-based Ransomware Protection Tool

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Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage, today released Acronis Ransomware Protection, a free, stand-alone version of its unique AI-based Acronis Active Protection technology, which stops ransomware attacks in real-time and helps users to recover data without paying the ransom.

Recent ransomware attacks exposed the vulnerability of endpoint devices, showing that new strains of ransomware can easily bypass traditional anti-virus software to encrypt user data. Acronis Ransomware Protection provides an additional level of defense that can be used together with other data protection solutions already installed on the device, such as anti-virus and backup software. It monitors system processes in real-time to automatically detect and stop the attacks other solutions can't. In event of a ransomware attack, Acronis Ransomware Protection blocks the malicious process and notifies the user with a popup. If any files were damaged in the attack, it facilitates the instant recovery of those affected files.

Big Switch Extends Network Innovations to Automate Hyperconverged Environments

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Big Switch Networks, The Next-Generation Data Center Networking Company, today announced Big Cloud Fabric (BCF), an SDN-based data center network switching fabric, now supports a robust ecosystem of the leading hyperconverged (HCI) solutions, including: VMware vSAN, Dell EMC ScaleIO and Nutanix. 

The introduction of HCI technology has fundamentally altered the enterprise storage landscape by offering increased performance, enhanced data services, lower CapEx, and simplified operations. The network simplicity and automation introduced via Big Cloud Fabric, which leverages an SDN-based leaf/spine Clos fabric and open networking hardware to enable rapid provisioning of networks for HCI scale-out deployments and high performance for large clusters, is ideal for HCI environments. Big Cloud Fabric automates the provisioning of network resources through seamless integration with HCI orchestration systems and provides full visibility of HCI environments to network teams, thus becoming the "networking easy button" for IT teams deploying modern storage solutions and software-defined data centers (SDDCs). Additionally, BCF reduces networking TCO by deploying on industry-standard switch hardware from Dell EMC open networking, Edgecore white box, and the HPE Altoline family.

Cumulus Networks Raises $43M in Series D Financing to Accelerate Global Adoption of Open Networking

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Cumulus Networks, the leading provider bringing web-scale networking to enterprise cloud, has closed $43M in new funding in a round led by Telstra Ventures, the investment arm of Australia's leading telecommunications and technology company, bringing total funding to $129 million. All existing investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures and Sequoia Capital participated. The company will use the investment to advance its mission: to free customers from expensive proprietary network stacks and bring the automation, agility and scalability of web-scale networks to companies of all sizes.

With the new funding, the company will massively expand its sales force and invest in growing its marketing programs, with a particular focus on reaching new customers in EMEA and Asia Pacific. It will also expand its footprint within Fortune 500 enterprises and service providers, while continuing to focus on bringing innovative networking products to market.

"Telstra Ventures is focused on investing in strategic, value-added businesses that show strong market fit and growth potential," said Mark Sherman, Managing Director, Telstra Ventures. "In this case we had the advantage of being a Cumulus Networks customer first, which gave us several months of first-hand experience working with their products, services and team. After that experience, we were eager to expand our partnership and invest in the company. Open networking is key to growing service provider capabilities and we are thrilled to have Cumulus join our portfolio of strategic, innovative companies."

Cisco Accelerates Multicloud Journey with HyperFlex Platform Innovations

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Cisco announced platform innovations for Cisco HyperFlex with the 3.0 software release that delivers performance and simplicity for any application, on any cloud, at any scale.  Enhancements include support for Microsoft Hyper-V, stretch clusters, containers, and new multicloud services that enable applications to be deployed, monitored and managed in any cloud. The result is a platform that uniquely enables development and deployment of both traditional and cloud-native applications on a common hyperconverged platform.

Cisco HyperFlex: The Power to Simplify More
Other hyperconverged solutions neglect the crucial roles that networking and distributed file systems play in the performance and scaling of clustered servers. Cisco redefined hyperconvergence with a complete end-to-end approach that engineers high performance server and networking technology, with a purpose-built filesystem. The result is industry leading performance that enables customers to efficiently support a broader array of applications, including databases and mission critical ERP workloads. 

Virtustream and Dell EMC Form Strategic Alliance with Samsung SDS to Expand Enterprise Cloud Services in South Korea

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Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud company and a Dell Technologies business, and Dell EMC today announced a strategic alliance with Samsung SDS to deliver Virtustream Enterprise Cloud in South Korea. With a growing economy, South Korea is home to several Fortune 500 companies and global enterprises and thus is a region that is primed to take full advantage of Virtustream's unique capabilities and proven expertise in moving mission critical applications to the cloud. Samsung SDS customers will benefit from superior application performance and efficiency delivered by Virtustream's enterprise-class cloud platform and Dell EMC's infrastructure solutions.

Samsung SDS selected Virtustream and Dell EMC to provide enterprise cloud services, because its unique consumption-based billing method significantly reduces costs for its customers and provides high levels of application performance, security and risk management. As a part of this new offering, Samsung SDS will license and implement Virtustream's xStream® software, which is an integrated cloud management platform that enables service providers such as Samsung SDS to deliver enterprise-class, IT-as-a-Service to their customers.

Signal Sciences Partners with Optiv Security to Bring Application, Cloud and DevOps Security Solutions to the Enterprise

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Signal Sciences today announced a partnership with Optiv Security, a market-leading provider of end-to-end cyber security solutions, to bring application, cloud and DevOps security solutions to enterprise-class organizations. Signal Sciences Web Protection Platform (WPP) empowers organizations to enable cloud and DevOps while protecting their most critical web applications, APIs and microservices from security threats. By combining Signal Sciences WPP with Optiv's technology expertise and comprehensive security services, enterprise application development and cloud security programs become more effective, manageable and measureable.

"The rapid and widespread adoption of DevOps, agile and cloud infrastructure for application development has brought significant security issues for organizations of all kinds," said Andrew Peterson, CEO of Signal Sciences. "We're incredibly excited to help Optiv reduce the complexity of enterprises' cloud, DevOps and application security programs while improving the overall efficiency and effectiveness of those critical areas."

The 7 Best Cloud Contact Center Software Platforms in 2018

- Why and How? 

Excellent customer service doesn't happen by accident. As the global cloud market is growing, cloud contact center solutions help organizations of all sizes be first and stay first in their industry likewise, by empowering customer service teams to move faster and work smarter. By equipping contact centers with the best tools and details they need to win every communication across the customer journey.

Indeed, a Forrester report predicts that the global cloud market will reach $146 billion this year and $236 billion by 2020.

Benefits of Cloud-Based Contact Center

With the promise of success cloud solutions is an ideal choice to choose for businesses, looking to improve their customer service performance with maximum efficiency.

Cloud Security Alliance Quantum-Safe Security Awareness Survey Report

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The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world's leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, today released the Quantum-Safe Security Awareness Survey Report. Conducted by CSA's Quantum Safe Security Working Group (QSS WG) the survey looks to assess the overall awareness and understanding of quantum security risk and is part of the group's larger effort to develop a future framework for addressing quantum computing threats.

"Within the next 10 to 15 years we can expect to see a cryptographically useful quantum computer," said Bruno Huttner, CSA QSS WG co-chair and product manager for the Quantum-Safe division of ID Quantique. "With this considerable breakthrough will come a significant threat to the security of public key cryptography and the associated challenges of securing the global digital communications infrastructure. This report is an important step in identifying potential areas of concern and so we can begin to lay the groundwork for security solutions."

 

How to Become a Better Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur is definitely not an easy job; you have a lot of responsibility in your hands, you need to manage a team and figure out how to launch a startup. Not everyone is born an expert in this field, but there are a few tips that might help you become that mean and powerful entrepreneur that you've always wanted to be. Some of the main factors that might help you, in this case, include perseverance, hard work and a positive attitude.

If you want to enhance your productivity, boost your creativity and maintain your positive attitude, you need to keep motivated and remember your aims. Since you're just starting out, you should be able to accept criticism regardless who it comes from. Try to learn from your mistakes and try to become a better individual each day. As your business grows and the cash flow comes in you could even get help from other people. Don't let tasks that are too difficult take over your life and ruin your business.

Alibaba Cloud Launches Malaysia City Brain to Enhance City Management

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Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced the launch of its Malaysia City Brain initiative in collaboration with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the country's digital economy development agency, and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), the city council in the capital, at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.

The Malaysia City Brain initiative is a significant milestone because it's the first time for the City Brain solution to be adopted overseas. It is developed on Alibaba Cloud's robust cloud computing infrastructure and will support Malaysia's digital transformation with cloud technology and artificial intelligence.

Powered by Alibaba Cloud's large-scale computing engine Apsara, Malaysia City Brain offers a comprehensive suite of acquisition, integration, and analysis of big and heterogeneous data generated by a diversity of sources in urban spaces through video and image recognition, data mining and machine learning technology. The power and functionality of the City Brain will enable Malaysian urban planners and city officials to upgrade their city governance and decision-making to turn the city into an intelligent one.