March 2018

Must Know Ways To Improve Your Small Business Today

Your business is important to you, so you must be looking out for ways to improve it as often as you can. The business and technology worlds are two that progress and change at an alarming rate, so it's crucial that you remain aware of significant advancements in these and other relevant fields. Always keep an eye out for ways in which you can improve your business as enhancements begin to arise. This way, you can prevent your business from becoming tired and outdated. As the boss, it's your responsibility to be searching for means of continued improvement either yourself, or to employ a specialist individual or a team to do exactly this for you.

Use The Best Software

If you're office based, then you and your employees need to be using the very best technology you can afford. Business processes will be quicker and more efficient if you're using modern services. If you're using computer software that is out of date, then you're going to have to work extremely hard to keep up and challenge other businesses. Avoid using old IT software and invest in improved communications such as cloud technology from Teldat, spyware, CRM and file recovery software. You cannot expect the best work from your team if you're not giving them the best software to work with. Your business will start to suffer and slip if you're not giving 100% into improving the essential apps, tools, and software so begin today and replace any old services you have.

PrimaryIO Develops Hybrid Cloud Data Management (HDM) technology for VMware Cloud on AWS

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PrimaryIO, today announced Hybrid Cloud Data Management technology for 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. PrimaryIO technology enables a range of use cases to leverage the benefits of hybrid cloud on critical data assets to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS.

PrimaryIO Hybrid Cloud Data Management technology is based on deep understanding and profiling of the application behavior at a working set level to enable customers to rapidly move and burst workloads to VMware Cloud on AWS. This enables a range of use cases for customers to leverage the capacity and capabilities of the AWS cloud, while retaining their current storage investments for their persistent data.

Secura Partners with HyTrust to Offer Robust Virtual Machine Level Data Encryption as a Service

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Secura announced a partnership with workload security specialist, HyTrust, to offer HyTrust DataControl virtual machine level encryption to customers as a service on flexible, monthly terms.

Fully managed by Secura, HyTrust DataControl can be delivered as either a stand-alone solution or as part of Secura's comprehensive Web Protect online security suite.

Many data encryption technologies will only encrypt on a platform level, or premium license editions of software would need to be purchased to access encryption, making them expensive options to implement, with lengthy minimum contract terms.

DataControl allows encryption at rest to be applied on a per virtual machine basis, so only those specific parts of a platform that hold sensitive or regulated data need to be encrypted, making it incredibly cost-effective for businesses to implement and protect their data.

Gradient Launches To Fuel Next Generation Of Cloud AI

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Paperspace, a leading provider of AI cloud computing, today announced the launch of Gradient to put the power of artificial intelligence into the hands of every developer. With Gradient, AI and machine learning developers of all levels can tap into a dedicated cloud of AI solutions for building, training and deploying machine learning applications.

"There's no denying that AI is the future of every industry, but today's complex cloud ecosystem coupled with a massive skills gap are threatening innovation," said Daniel Kobran, co-founder of Paperspace. "You shouldn't need decades of experience to build intelligent applications. We designed Gradient to remove infrastructure bottlenecks so that any developer can build a production-ready cloud AI pipeline."

Gradient is a suite of enterprise-ready tools that makes developing cloud AI as simple as building a modern web service. Featuring one-click Jupyter notebooks, a powerful GPU job runner and a new integration that lets you add 1-line of code to run any code on a full GPU cloud, Gradient works to turn raw infrastructure into the building blocks for intelligent applications. The mission behind Gradient is to accelerate the development of new machine learning products and services across a host of industry verticals.

Three Ways To Use The Cloud To Your Business's Advantage

The cloud is not a new concept, in fact, people around the globe have been utilizing this handy tool since 2006. In theory, this expansive space can be used for almost any files and data your company, or you personally may need. For example, it's not uncommon to hear of people syncing their smartphone contacts and their photos to ‘the cloud' to keep them safe, thereby freeing up precious storage space on their device.

Likewise, an increasing number of businesses are migrating their data systems from hardware to these providers. No matter what industry you are a part of, whether it's a unique graphic design firm or a large manufacturing operation, the cloud is here to stay and getting on board now will save you time, money and resources. So, what are the ways you can use it to the best of your ability? Below are three ways.

Western Digital Provides Cost-Effective, Hybrid-Cloud Backup and Recovery Solution with StorReduce Software for Enterprises

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Creating environments for data to thrive, Western Digital Corporation today announced that it is relieving big data pressures on IT managers by offering enterprises a cost-effective and scalable backup and recovery solution for on-premises and hybrid cloud environments. Two powerful technologies, ActiveScale object storage system and StorReduce deduplication software, provide petabyte-scale storage that protects data efficiently, and facilitates a data forever architecture, saving companies up to 70% compared to traditional backup appliances. With this modern approach, protected data is stored in an open format so customers can analyze and extract hidden value from the data to help transform businesses or achieve new breakthroughs faster.

There's no doubt that data is growing rapidly. This is putting multiple pressures on IT managers to optimize budgets and resources, reduce backup and restore times, design for regulatory and security mandates, and more efficiently balance workloads and applications on-premises and in the cloud. Today, traditional backup methods such as expensive backup appliances, or magnetic tape for long-term retention, are rendering themselves ineffective due to the volume, velocity and variety of data.

Avi Networks Delivers 'Elasticity Everywhere' With Zero Code Automation for Multi-Cloud Environments

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Avi Networks, the next-gen application delivery platform, launched new features today that make it easy for enterprises to automate the deployment and scaling of applications in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Enhancements to Avi's integration with datacenter management platforms, Ansible and Terraform, paired with Avi's machine learning capabilities let IT teams provision infrastructure resources and application services without the need to code complex logic. This solution can be deployed across the largest cloud providers, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, as well as private data centers.

Until now, enterprises had to manually configure applications and use custom scripts to provision resources within their environments. The architectural innovations in Avi's platform remove this hurdle to deliver best-in-class automation, elasticity, and self-service. As demand increases for an application, Avi can automatically spin up additional servers, cloud infrastructure, network resources, and application services for the application.

New SonicWall MSSP Program Expands Partner Opportunities to Meet Explosive Demand for Managed Security Services

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SonicWall, the trusted security partner protecting more than 1 million networks worldwide, announces the company's new managed security service provider (MSSP) program. The SonicWall SecureFirst MSSP Program helps partners with new or mature managed security practices fill their customers' widening security skills gap by building and scaling their managed security service offerings to deliver optimal security outcomes.

"The swift rise and sophistication of data breaches and network threats is forcing well-intentioned organizations to outsource network and data protection to MSSPs," said SonicWall Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Steve Pataky. "This opens many opportunities for SecureFirst Partners to deliver or resell expert 24/7 managed security services - backed by SonicWall's automated real-time breach detection and prevention - to provide ongoing protection from cyber attacks. This means incredible growth for our SecureFirst partners, so we want to accelerate their managed security services in every way possible."

A Step-By-Step Guide on How to Start a Successful Online Business

There is more to running an online business than having a great product or service. Entrepreneurs need to think about their brand, online security, data management and market viability. If you want to start on the path to success, here is a step-by-step guide on how to start a successful online business.

Step One: Identify a Niche

Before you consider launching a business online, you need to identify where your business will fit in the industry, and you'll need to find the right products to fill a gap in the market and complement your branding. To do so, research the different niches in your industry and aim to identify potential problem areas so you can find the best solution for your customers.

New Cloud Security Report Reveals Rising Cybersecurity Concerns and Lack of Expertise

Crowd Research Partners today released the 2018 Cloud Security Report revealing that security concerns are on the rise, exacerbated by a lack of qualified security staff and outdated security tools - while data breaches are at an all-time high.

Download the complete 2018 Cloud Security Report here.

"While workloads continue to move into the cloud, the study reveals that cloud security concerns are on the rise again, reversing a multi-year trend," said Holger Schulze, CEO of Cybersecurity Insiders and founder of the 400,000-member Information Security Community on LinkedIn which commissioned the study. "With half of organizations predicting a rise in cloud security budgets, protecting today's cloud environments require more and better trained security professionals and innovative, cloud-native security solutions to address the concerns of unauthorized access, data and privacy loss, and compliance in the cloud."

Key takeaways from the report include:

Pivot3 Announces Pivot3 Cloud Edition to Simplify Use of Public Clouds

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Pivot3, the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) technology and performance leader, today announced Pivot3 Cloud Edition on Amazon Web Services (AWS), which enables customers to simplify, optimize and automate their use of multi-cloud environments to better address business challenges. This extension of Pivot3's HCI software platform to the public cloud is part of the company's strategy to unify on-premises and public cloud infrastructures with its innovations in policy-based management and automated resource orchestration technologies. By extending these capabilities, Pivot3 is addressing the many challenges IT faces in reducing costs while improving agility from a hybrid and multi-cloud environment.

"Advancements in public cloud services brought the promise of reduced complexity and improved economics. However, to this point, IT has been held back by management and cost complexities along with lack of seamless, end-to-end control," said John Spiers, executive vice president of strategy, Pivot3. "Pivot3 Cloud Edition features our Intelligent Cloud Engine that brings unprecedented simplicity, intelligence and automation to multi-cloud environments. This intelligence engine features our market-leading policy-based management and resource orchestration capabilities that were designed to span on-premises infrastructure and public clouds as tiers of resources."

INFINIDAT Announces Public Cloud and Data Protection Product Lines

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INFINIDAT announced four new products aimed at enterprises seeking to accelerate digital transformation and drive cost out of their IT infrastructure. 

InfiniSync

InfiniSync is a 450 pound, ballistically hardened data bunker appliance that is the world's first solution for zero RPO synchronous data mirroring over virtually infinite distance, with zero latency impact.

"Traditional mission-critical computing requires synchronous mirroring, perhaps from lower Manhattan to a data bunker in northern New Jersey, and then asynchronous mirroring from the bunker to a disaster recovery site in Texas," said Jacob Broido, Chief Product Officer at INFINIDAT. "InfiniSync eliminates the need for the New Jersey data center while ensuring all transactions make it to Texas under every imaginable scenario, including power and network failures and regional and rolling disasters."

InfiniSync will be generally available on April 2, 2018.

SolarWinds Introduces Cloud-First Backup Service for Physical and Virtual Servers

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SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today marked World Backup Day a few days early by introducing its first backup solution targeted for direct use by end-user customers. SolarWinds Backup is a cloud-first backup service developed to protect virtual and physical servers. It is built upon the company's own proven technology already used by Managed Services Providers (MSPs) to securely and efficiently protect the data assets of thousands of organizations worldwide. The product has been designed from the ground up to reduce cost and complexity without sacrificing speed or reliability.

With many backup alternatives to choose from in a competitive marketplace, almost half of IT professionals are marginally satisfied or dissatisfied with their current backup products, according to findings from a recent survey of SolarWinds' 145,000-member THWACK user community. Almost 10 percent of respondents admitted to being dissatisfied and actively looking to switch products. Forty-two percent cited cost, and 31 percent chose complexity as their most significant pain points.

Ways Technology Has Changed the Way We Do Business

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has made the process of doing and running a business much easier. A business owner can make transactions from the comfort of their smartphone and run several accounts there, communicate and network with people anywhere in the world and monitor the breaking news across all countries. All this without even having to leave the house.

With the digital revolution, you can monitor market trends, order products you want and pay for them online, and a customer is always a click away. Technology has transformed the way we do business today.

Seamless transactions

The era when you had to stand in long queues is long gone. There is now online and mobile banking which has made it easier to buy and purchase goods and to pay bills. Through mobile payments platforms, it is now cheaper, more efficient and convenient for businesses to make transactions whether it is business to business or other third parties like banks.

4 Industries That Can Truly Benefit From The Cloud

The cloud, a virtual space where programs, documents, and other information is stored safely, is becoming more and more widespread. Many companies can use it, but it is particularly useful for some industries which can use the cloud to streamline their processes, giving their customers a better service and optimizing profits. The following industries are examples of this new way of working. 

Hotels

Being able to make a profit in the hotel industry is becoming harder as time goes on due to cost comparison websites that show customers how to get a better deal. It means that this particular industry needs to come up with innovative ways to increase their customers' satisfaction while reducing their outgoings. The cloud can help the hotel industry with this by allowing individual hotels to keep in touch with other pricing structures in real time and adjusting their own accordingly. 

GoDaddy Goes All-In on AWS

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, today announced that GoDaddy Inc. is going all-in on AWS, migrating the vast majority of its infrastructure as part of a multi-year transition. GoDaddy will leverage the breadth and depth of AWS services-including machine learning, analytics, databases, and containers-to innovate faster than ever before and to meet the needs of its customer growth around the world. AWS will enable GoDaddy to accelerate the delivery of its products and services, and easily deploy them globally in minutes, to its customers worldwide.

Bitdefender Talks Endpoint Security with VMblog Ahead of the RSA Conference #RSAC

"UJ" Desai, group product manager at Bitdefender speaks ahead of the upcoming 2018 RSA Conference.  Bitdefender's technology is sophisticated and advanced, and its layered endpoint security is designed for cloud and virtualization.

In this video interview, UJ talks about Bitdefender's latest endpoint security release and describes the type of organizations that will benefit from the company's GravityZone Ultra solution.  Want to know how Bitdefender differentiates themselves from other solutions in a crowded endpoint security market?  Watch and find out. 

You'll also want to hear UJ's top three security best practices that he recommends organizations follow to get the most value out of their endpoint security solutions.  Don't miss!


Additional Resources:

Visit the Gartner-Bitdefender portal to learn how to build a future-proof, secure datacenter.

Download a report to see the results of the latest AV-Comparatives Advanced Endpoint Protection Test.

Arista Introduces New Platforms for Cloud and Enterprise Customers

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Arista Networks today announced an expanded family of platforms delivering 10x performance for switching and routing. The new generation of 25G and 100G systems add new capabilities for visibility, load balancing, network segmentation, scale and allow both Cloud and Enterprise customers to easily migrate their networks, retaining operational consistency.

The Arista 7050X3 and 7260X3 Series are fixed-form factor leaf and spine platforms based on the Broadcom Trident 3 and Tomahawk 2 chip sets running Arista EOS for rich automation and visibility. The 7050 and 7060 Series scale performance at a tenfold increase in just seven years, enabling versatile two-tier cloud networks.

"We are seeing customer adoption of on-premises cloud-scale applications with high bandwidth, driven by virtualized and containerized servers, driving a migration to 25/100G in Enterprise networks to address the increasing bandwidth. These new systems require improvements in network telemetry and performance monitoring tools, aligned to an expectation of an ‘always-on' operation," said Alan Weckel, Founder and Technology Analyst for 650 Group.

Nine Top Tips for Staying Safe Online in Work

As an employee of a business, you will spend most of your life in work, from the moment the sun comes up, to the time of day when it starts to sink back down. As with most business positions, you will be spending most of your time online, which means you could be open to security threats that can gain entry to your business. This is a scenario that nobody wants to face, as it can impact a wider demographic than you alone. When you are at work, it's a great idea to follow a bank of simple tips, which will ensure the safety of your and your fellow staff members as you go about your daily business.

Install a trusted anti-virus

Before you go online, you need to make sure that your computer has anti-virus installed. Although your work system will likely have one that covers each monitor, you will still need to have one installed on your own laptop if you are conducting company business on there. There is a range of free anti-viruses you can install, but the best ones are those which you pay a small sum for, which have heightened security features that have your online security at heart.

New Amulet Hotkey CoreStation Solutions Simplify Windows Migration and Enhance Compute Performance

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Amulet Hotkey Inc., a leader in design, manufacturing and system integration for remote physical and virtual workstation solutions, today announced a significant addition to the CoreStation blade family based on the Dell EMC PowerEdge FX architecture. 

For the first time, powerful NVIDIA Tesla data center GPUs can be used in the industry leading Dell EMC PowerEdge FX architecture. The Amulet Hotkey CoreStation VFC640 GPU accelerated blade server uses a unique PCIe expansion module and GPU card developed in collaboration with Dell EMC and NVIDIA product engineering teams. Two Amulet Hotkey DXF-EXP-V modules support up to eight NVIDIA Tesla P6 GPUs in the FX2 server chassis, while maintaining the benefits of the FC640 blades and FX2 architecture. The result is a powerful and agile platform that can handle a broad range of workloads.

"The Amulet Hotkey CoreStation VFC640 expands upon the market leading blade workstation portfolio designed to meet the graphics and compute performance needs of professionals while driving customers' IT transformations," said Andrew Jackson, president, Amulet Hotkey Inc. "Our unique solution enables up to eight powerful GPUs, with up to four dual-socket servers in a PowerEdge FX2s chassis. Delivering this capability in an industry standard 2U rackmount form factor demonstrates our commitment to use innovative design and manufacturing to meet enterprise IT needs for a truly flexible and scalable computing architecture."