March 2018

Entrust Datacard Joins Cloud Security Alliance to Promote Security in Cloud Computing

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Entrust Datacard, a leading provider of trusted identity and secure transaction technology solutions, today announced that it has joined 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.

Entrust Datacard brings a deep expertise in trusted identities and transactions, with offerings in IoT, authentication, access, issuance, PKI and SSL. In the last year, the company has launched two cloud-based solutions. The IntelliTrust™ Authentication Service delivers high levels of authentication security in the cloud, and the ioTrust™ Security Solution establishes a secure by design connected ecosystem from device manufacturing through the entire IoT lifecycle.

Denodo Achieves Strong Year-End Momentum Marked by Overwhelming Demand for Its Cloud Data Virtualization Platform

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Denodo, the leader in data virtualization, continued its strong trajectory in 2017 as evidenced by a 61 percent increase in year-over-year revenue. The company achieved strong growth in licenses, including a significant increase in the number of cloud customers which grew 179 percent over the previous year. Customer acquisitions from around the globe added to Denodo's profitability, as the number of new organizations leveraging the award-winning Denodo Platform rose 67 percent.

Interest from strategic technology and consulting experts reached an all-time high, which was witnessed by the 106 percent increase in new partner agreements signed. The company also expanded its geographic footprint by opening new offices in France and Singapore.

Inpixon Selects Amazon Web Services Cloud Infrastructure for Indoor Positioning Analytics Delivery

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Inpixon, a leading indoor positioning and data analytics company, today announced it will use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver a greater range of high-availability Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings. With the adoption of AWS, Inpixon’s Indoor Positioning Analytics (IPA) platform is able to offer a solution that provides both on-premises security monitoring and cloud-hosted intelligence analytics.

“After extensive research and several successful test scenarios, we are very confident that AWS is the right choice for Inpixon’s IPA,” said Shirish Tangirala, Inpixon CPO. “IPA’s analytics engine requires a robust, high-performance infrastructure to compute an immense amount of locational data captured hourly by our sensors in order to deliver positional accuracy and intelligence. Based on performance, scalability, and security, AWS is the ideal fit.”

Microsoft to make Ubuntu a first-class guest under Hyper-V

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Microsoft's revealed a plan to make Ubuntu 18.04 a "first-class" guest under Hyper-V.

Microsoft's definition of first-class may sound a bit ho-hum for users of other desktop hypervisors, as it includes window resizing, a clipboard that goes from host to guest and back again, something Microsoft's called a "Better mouse experience", Drive redirection and the Enhanced Session Mode that allows a guest to access host hardware. The Register's virtualization desk has enjoyed such features for quite some time in VirtualBox and VMware's desktop hypervisors.

A Step-By-Step Guide to Starting a Website

Everyone has the right and the ability to start their own website. There is no prerequisite for content. You don't need to fit a certain criterion in order to apply. No matter who you are, or what you want to say or do with your website is up to you. There are websites for every reason under the sun, and you can carve out your own piece of the Internet pie where you can share your thoughts, your stories, or your products. The only thing stopping you is that you might not know how to start your own website, which is why you should follow this step-by-step guide.

1.    Narrow Your Niche

It's easy to have a website, but it's hard to create a successful website. That is why when you are planning to start your own website, you need to narrow down your niche. The more specific your niche is, the better. Lifestyle websites cover a huge range of topics, which means if you start a generic lifestyle website of your own you will be competing with the biggest names and the plethora of others who have come before you. Now, start a lifestyle website about life in your town, and you'll have a more targeted audience. All websites need a USP. 

Stratodesk and Imprivata Partnership Brings Security and Convenience to Healthcare VDI

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Stratodesk, the creator of NoTouch Desktop and long-time partner of Imprivata, has announced an updated, feature-complete integration with Imprivata OneSign. NoTouch enables users to leverage the power of Imprivata OneSign to access workstations and applications by simply tapping their proximity badges, scanning their fingerprints, swiping their smart cards, or using a wide array of additional authentication modalities.

The integration also supports Imprivata OneSign Fast User Switching (FUS), which allows multiple users to quickly and securely log in to shared workstations. Secondary authentication, which is increasingly becoming necessary for the prescription of controlled substances, is also supported in both Citrix and VMware VDI environments. By combining the ease and power of NoTouch OS with healthcare's leading single sign-on and virtual desktop access platform from Imprivata, NoTouch customers will have unparalleled secure access to clinical information and applications across all endpoints, PCs, Thin Clients, laptops, and the new Citrix Workspace Hub.

Dropbox and Google Cloud Partner to Deliver Cross-Platform Integrations

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Dropbox today announced a partnership with Google Cloud to deliver a more unified home for work. Working with Google Cloud, Dropbox plans to develop a series of cross-platform integrations that connect G Suite cloud productivity tools and content (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Hangouts) with its global collaboration platform. These integrations will be made accessible for all Dropbox users. As a result:

  • Users will be able to create, open, and edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files that live in Dropbox.
  • From within Dropbox, users will have the option to open and edit compatible files directly in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
  • Dropbox Business administrators will be able to manage Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files just like any other content that lives in Dropbox.

Unitrends Extends Cloud Backup Solutions with Spanning Partnership

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Unitrends, the global leader of all-in-one enterprise backup and continuity solutions, today announced expanded cloud backup solutions for Microsoft Office 365, Google G Suite, and Salesforce through a new technology partnership with Spanning Cloud Apps. This key partnership between two leaders in cloud backup will enable customers to protect critical software-as-as-service (SaaS) data without slowing performance or overburdening their IT staff.

"Both Unitrends and Spanning enable enterprises to have peace of mind about their data by providing enterprise-class backup and recovery software that's well designed and easy to use," said Paul Brady, CEO of Unitrends. "As our customers increasingly rely on cloud-based SaaS applications, their data protection needs could become more complex. Spanning Backup solutions reduce that complexity by bringing Office 365, G Suite and Salesforce into our portfolio of data protection."

Building Customer Confidence and Trust in Your Business

As a business, one of the most important things you need is the trust and confidence of your customers. If you cannot achieve that, then your company will struggle to retain the customers as you constantly have to acquire new ones, costing you more money than necessary. The only way that you can gain the trust of your customers is to show them that you can be relied upon to deal with them honestly and keep all their data safe. How can you start to build the confidence of your customers?

Be More Than Just Another Company

The first thing that you need to do to win over your customers is to behave more than just another cold faced company. Too many companies try to distance themselves from their customers instead of trying to relate to them. It can cause some customers to distrust big businesses and think that their priority is to make a sale and keep their customer's money, regardless of whether their goods are worth it. It can be made worse if those same companies are not engaging especially with customer service, and it is important that you try to be as personable with your customers as possible. You need to answer questions and do what you can to help them. In your advertising, use the words "you" and "yours" more than "I" and "we," this will make you appear that you are talking to the individual.

RISC Networks and Velostrata Team Up to Deliver End-to-End Cloud Journey Solution

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RISC Networks and Velostrata announce joint integration to deliver the best-in-class cloud migration solution. Successful cloud migrations almost always require a collaborative effort. Cloud migration occurs through several different, but crucial, phases, and require an end-to-end solution which leverages the right software and partners from beginning to end.

RISC Networks ITOA Platform is implemented for the first and final phases of the migration process: discovery and migration planning to start, and migration validation after the move. You can't successfully move applications and related databases without gaining a complete picture of how everything is interconnected. The RISC Networks Platform allows you to discover all in-scope devices, automatically create application stacks and quickly see the level of effort (rscore) required to move a stack. Additionally, IT professionals can rationalize their applications, evaluate cost and resource estimates, and create a cloud migration plan within the platform. At this point, users (automatically) convert the Asset Report from the RISC Networks Portal into a Velostrata automation runbook. Through the implementation of the Velostrata runbook, users can automatically migrate their on-premises workloads and applications into the cloud based on the sequence and instance types (among other customer desired variables) defined in their runbook.

Ericsson to Automate Cloud Execution Environment (CEE) for NTT DOCOMO

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Ericsson has been selected by NTT DOCOMO, INC. to automate the deployment of Ericsson's virtual infrastructure manager (VIM) solution, Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment (CEE) based on OpenStack, at commercial sites in Japan. The deployment will rapidly improve installation, sanity testing, and deployment times for Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVi).

The Fulfillment-OSS NFVi Provisioning solution will significantly reduce manual CEE deployment time and will enable end-to-end and efficient project implementation across NTT DOCOMO's network function virtualization platform system.

SailPoint Provides Customers Freedom of Choice in Identity Governance Deployment

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SailPoint Technologies Holdings, Inc. today unveiled the company's comprehensive delivery strategy that provides customers with deployment options for their identity governance platform, spanning: software-as-a-service, in the public cloud, in their own data center or from a managed service provider. SailPoint is the first and only vendor to offer a comprehensive identity governance platform while providing customers with the freedom to choose the deployment option that best suits their needs.

"Global enterprises face a myriad of changing business requirements, which in turn is forcing them to evolve their infrastructure. Some organizations are moving to a cloud-first strategy while others are looking for a delivery option that reduces their needs for skilled staff and limits infrastructure capital expenses," said Kevin Cunningham, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder for SailPoint. "Regardless of their preference in approach, every enterprise needs an identity governance platform that manages their entire hybrid IT environment. We found that providing our customers with a comprehensive set of deployment options gave them the freedom to choose the identity governance delivery strategy that best aligns with their infrastructure strategy."

Independent Global Study of Developers and Testing Professionals Reveals Increasing Adoption of Agile, DevOps

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Sauce Labs, Inc., provider of the world’s largest cloud-based platform for continuous testing of web and mobile applications, today announced the results of an independent survey, titled, “Testing Trends in 2018: A Survey of Development and Testing Professionals.” The survey, conducted by Dimensional Research, reveals that agile and DevOps adoption is on the rise, with 91 percent of respondents reporting that they have adopted agile practices and 17 percent reporting that they have fully embraced DevOps. Findings also show that management views automation as critical, with 87 percent reporting that management is on board with automated testing.

The fourth annual “State of Testing” report is designed to better understand current trends related to delivering high-quality web and mobile applications. Findings highlight the vast complexity of software and its testing requirements, as testers now need to consider multiple platforms, devices, browsers, version of operating systems and more. To help developers and testers meet increasing end-user demands, Sauce Labs also announced today its Continuous Testing Cloud to enable users to more effectively deliver high-quality applications faster.

Varnish 6.0 adds greater security and cloud support

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Varnish Software, a pioneer in caching software and high-performance content delivery, today announced a new release of its Varnish platform for API and web acceleration, streaming and DIY content delivery networks (CDNs). Varnish 6.0, the commercial version of Varnish Cache, includes new features for security, cloud deployments, cache invalidation and full HTTP/2 support. The new release is currently under limited availability.

New features help to prevent cache leaks, support dynamic cloud environments including Kubernetes and facilitate efficient cache updates

Varnish 6.0 provides new capabilities for overcoming challenges in the dynamic online world, helping organisations to manage their websites, apps and content delivery faster, safer, at a lower cost and more flexibly. Over recent years, mobile apps and bots have contributed to extremely heavy website traffic. Video, images and streaming consume ever-growing amounts of bandwidth. At the same time, cache leaks like Cloudbleed are a growing threat. And new regulations including GDPR herald a new era of security requirements.

How to scale your website as your company grows

As your company increases in size, you'll naturally be looking to widen your reach and evolve your offers. While you're doing all this hard work offline, you should also ensure you update your website so that it proudly displays your growing successes. 

Whether you're in the industry of digital tech or not, your website is a crucial information platform for attracting new customers, establishing a bond with them, and converting them from interested parties into frequent clients. As such, you don't want to allow your digital presence to fall by the wayside; you want to promote your professional ability and introduce your audience to your employees and services. 

Here are just some of the ways you can scale your website as your company grows. 

PacketFabric Offers Connectivity to IBM Cloud

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PacketCOR, the cloud on-ramp product offered by PacketFabric, enables dedicated, security-rich connectivity to IBM Cloud through Direct Link at speeds from 1Gbps to 10Gbps.  This provides customers with a protected, reliable and low latency connection for moving critical workloads and data to the cloud versus the public internet. With PacketCOR, customers can seamlessly create hybrid environments and access IBM's extensive catalogue of cloud services including Artificial Intelligence (AI), analytics, Blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT).

PacketFabric customers can access IBM Cloud services in Dallas, Texas; San Francisco, California; and Washington, D.C., from any location on the PacketFabric network.

Kaminario and Commvault Join Forces to Accelerate and Automate Operational Backup and Recovery and Ensure Business Continuity

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Kaminario, a leading all-flash storage company, today announced the integration of the Kaminario Composable Data Platform with Commvault's IntelliSnap snapshot technology to automate application-consistent data protection and copy data management workflows with the power of all-flash. The seamless integration between Kaminario's native snaps and Commvault's IntelliSnap technology provides extremely fast, cost-effective and reliable disaster recovery solutions for on-premises, SaaS, cloud and virtual environments. 

With the massive influx of data coming into today's business environment, companies must safeguard information to prevent liability issues for both customers and business. Therefore, the right data backup and recovery systems are paramount for ensuring business success. The unified integration of Kaminario and Commvault IntelliSnap ensures application-consistent backups that bring intelligence and flexibility to Kaminario native snapshot management. Together Commvault and Kaminario deliver an integrated, automated data protection approach that provides a single, complete view of all stored data. This means you can rapidly recover data, whenever you need to, enabling organizations to quickly return to business as usual from an outage, even in the face of a ransomware event.

MapR Extends Data Fabric for Kubernetes

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MapR Technologies, Inc., a pioneer in delivering one platform for all data, across every cloud, today announced at Strata Data Conference it has extended advanced containers integration into the MapR Converged Data Platform which provides persistent storage for containers and enables the deployment of stateful containerized applications. The MapR Data Fabric for Kubernetes addresses the limitations of container use by providing easy and full data access from within and across clouds and on-premises deployments. Now stateful applications can easily be deployed in containers for production use cases, machine learning pipelines and multi-tenant use case. 

The MapR Data Fabric now includes a natively integrated Kubernetes volume driver to provide persistent storage volumes for access to any data ­-­ from databases, files and streaming - located on-premises, across clouds and to the edge.  The data fabric's extension to Kubernetes also provides scheduled automation for multi-tenant, containerized and non-containerized applications located inside and outside of a MapR cluster.


OnRamp Helps Startups Thrive with Free Cloud Program

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OnRamp Access, LLC, a HITRUST-certified cloud infrastructure provider, is pleased to announce the release of OnRamp’s Cloud Innovation Program with the goal of helping startups innovate, scale and thrive. Eligible startups receive six months of free resources on OnRamp’s HITRUST-certified virtual private cloud (VPC) built on OpenStack technology and access to OnRamp’s rich set of resources, including security and compliance expertise, an extended community of partners, and marketing opportunities.

The program is open to all startups, but is best suited for software startups developing a SaaS-based product or service that’s subject to security and compliance mandates, such as HIPAA and PCI.

Keeping Your Personal Information Safe Online

The world is moving increasingly online, with peoples' social lives and educational spheres gradually shifting from the real world to the virtual. This change has already brought about immeasurable benefits to both personal and business lives, and these are expected to continue in the years to come. However, with such benefits comes increased risk. Despite stories populating the media of catfishing and stolen information, people are not as careful as they should be online. Although it seems like a complicated process, there are some easy tricks you can follow in your everyday life to ensure your information is safe each time you go online.