April 2018

6 Ways To Manage Your Business When You're On Vacation

Owning and running your own business is a hard thing to do and will take a lot of work at the start. You might find that you are working long hours, perhaps every day of the week, just to get things off the ground. So you might find that you are getting too tired to work effectively and you need a break - perhaps you'll like the idea of going abroad, or you might want to stay at home for a week resting up. 

The problem comes when you worry so much about leaving your business in someone else's hands that you can't relax when you're away from it, and taking a vacation in the first place doesn't feel right for you. If you follow this path, you will find that you make yourself ill, burn yourself out, or completely fall out of love with your business. 

To ensure that you can have a vacation and still keep on top of the day to day running of your company, here are some ways that you can manage your business while you're away. 

RedLock, Barracuda Join Forces to Help Organizations With a Cloud Threat Defense Strategy

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RedLock, the Cloud Threat Defense company, and Barracuda Networks Inc., a provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection solutions, today announced their joint efforts to help organizations fulfill their responsibilities in securing public cloud environments. The joint-solution approach offers enterprises the ability to implement a broad Cloud Threat Defense strategy across Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud environments that aligns with the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF). The two companies plan several go-to-market initiatives, including joint sales efforts, joint product demonstrations and joint solution collateral development.

"RedLock and Barracuda products fit together to address the security challenges in public cloud computing environments," said Varun Badhwar, CEO and co-founder at RedLock. "The solutions assist enterprises with addressing the four functions of NIST CSF, which include identifying assets, protecting against threats, detecting security events, and responding to incidents. We're privileged to work with Barracuda in helping organizations obtain the benefits of public cloud computing."

FireEye and Oracle Collaborate on Cloud Transformation

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FireEye, Inc., the intelligence-led security company, a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced a relationship with Oracle to offer additional security services for customers migrating to the cloud. FireEye Email Security has achieved Powered by Oracle Cloud status and is now available on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. Additionally, customers can now evaluate FireEye Email Security running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure via the Oracle Cloud Jump Start demo lab.

"Based on our extensive frontline experience and global telemetry, we know email is one of the most prevalent and successful attack vectors today," said Jason Martin, EVP of global engineering and security products, FireEye. "Email attack campaigns by their very nature are controlled by the adversary and can scale in volume and composition. Customers who deploy FireEye's email security capabilities utilizing Oracle Cloud Infrastructure will be able to benefit from the scalability of the infrastructure to more rapidly respond to changes in the email threat landscape."

How To Secure Your Next IT Job

Job hunting isn't easy, regardless of your industry. If you're searching for your next IT position, then don't expect it to fall into your lap. Even if your skills are amazing, it's still crucial to market yourself to employers effectively. Check out the tips below to help you out with your search.

Polish That Resume

If your resume is tacky or out of date then its time for an overhaul. It's the first thing employers will see, so you want to make it count. Remember, if you're applying for a position listed publicly then chances are dozens or even hundreds of other applicants have also applied. To give yourself the best chance you want to make your resume stand out from the crowd.

Transforming Business Operations through Hybrid IT Integration

The focus on Hybrid IT integration has never been as strong as it is today. With the growth in cloud and on-premise technologies, enterprises are faced with the challenge of figuring out ways to address overarching hybrid IT challenges and create maximum impact. Using homegrown solutions & point-to-point connectivity to integrate applications lead to spaghetti coding and it can do more harm than good. The right strategy to integrate cloud and on-premise applications is a Hybrid IT integration framework. It can put you on a path to faster data exchange, accelerated time to revenue, and streamlined business operations.  


 

Integration Issues that Prevent Enterprises from Reaching Benefits 

E8 Storage Announces InfiniBand Support

Today, E8 Storage announced the availability of InfiniBand support for its high performance, NVMe storage solutions. E8 Storage support for InfiniBand will be seamless for customers who now have the flexibility to connect via Ethernet or InfiniBand when paired with Mellanox ConnectX InfiniBand/VPI adapters. 

"InfiniBand connectivity combined with the full potential of flash as delivered by E8 Storage is an almost unstoppable partnership in terms of speed, low latency and scalability. Together, this makes E8 Storage and Mellanox a powerful combination for data center implementations and for databases that drive financial trading systems, real-time data analytics, and healthcare applications," commented Scott Sinclair, senior analyst at ESG.

The move comes as a direct response to HPC customers that wish to take advantage of the high speed, low latency throughput of InfiniBand for their data hungry applications. The announcement also strengthens E8 Storage's long-standing technology partnership with Mellanox that originally enabled the integration of E8 Storage's rack scale flash architecture with selected Mellanox adapters.

 

Akamai's State of the Internet/Security: Report Highlights the Importance of Information Sharing in Battle Against CyberThreats

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Akamai Technologies today announced the availability of the State of the Internet / Security: Carrier Insights Report for Spring 2018, which shows that sharing information is an important factor in helping to defend against cyber threats. The report analyzes data from more than 14 trillion DNS queries collected by Akamai between September 2017 and February 2018 from communications service provider (CSP) networks around the world.

For more than 19 years, Nominum, acquired by Akamai in 2017, has leveraged in-depth DNS data to improve overall protection against sophisticated cyberattacks such as distributed denial of service (DDoS), ransomware, trojans, and botnets. Akamai's Carrier Insight Report builds upon the Nominum expertise and highlights the effectiveness of DNS-based security that is enriched with data coming from other security layers. This layered security approach involves gathering various security solutions to collectively protect an organization's data.

"Siloed understanding of attacks against individual systems isn't enough for defenders to prepare for today's complicated threat landscape," said Yuriy Yuzifovich, Director of Data Science, Threat Intelligence, Akamai. "Communicating with varying platforms is critical when acquiring knowledge across teams, systems and data sets. We believe that the DNS queries that our service provides act as a strategic component to arming security teams with the proper data necessary for that big picture view of the threat landscape."

Effective Online Marketing Tips for Small Business

Digital marketing is one of the most important factors in the overall marketing plan for small business. Even if your company offers local-based products and services, many people are searching online for those requirements, so being present in the search engines is a must to reach this audience. Local marketing incorporates a host of other marketing elements, but every business should be taking advantages of the benefits that being online can bring. There are a host of factors of digital marketing that should be considered and investing in these areas will help you reap the rewards for local, national and possibly international results. 

Take a look at some of the areas you should be focusing on to give you a slice of the pie in search engines. 

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New Kaspersky Lab Solution for Hybrid Cloud Security Management

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To support companies moving to a cloud architecture, today, Kaspersky Lab has launched its new Kaspersky Hybrid Cloud Security offering, expanding the company's virtualization and cloud security portfolio. The new solution is the next generation of hybrid cloud protection for businesses of all sizes, integrated with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

Organizations that struggle to deal with the speed of business process automation and growth of corporate data are turning to the hybrid cloud to expand their infrastructure. At the same time, more than half (59%) of businesses feel they cannot fully trust its data to cloud services because it could introduce new risks to their IT security. Their concerns are authentic with the lack of visibility in hybrid cloud ecosystems today - making them even more vulnerable to cyberattacks.

 

DataStax Releases Major Update to the Industry's Leading Distributed Cloud Database Designed for Hybrid Cloud

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DataStax, powering the Right-Now Enterprise with the always-on, distributed cloud database built on Apache Cassandra, today announced the immediate availability of DataStax Enterprise 6 (DSE 6).

DSE 6 allows customers to maintain hybrid cloud flexibility with all the benefits of a distributed cloud database on any public cloud or on-premises. DSE 6 includes all the advantages of Apache Cassandra and much more with none of the complexities, delivering easy enterprise-wide adoption at scale. DSE 6 builds on its already superior performance for both reads and writes, which is critical for high-volume data ingestion requirements. Double the performance of Apache Cassandra, DSE 6 delivers twice the responsiveness and the ability to handle twice the throughput on the same infrastructure.

"Our enterprise customers are under intense pressure to bring the value of their data to new levels, and this release makes building and delivering transformative applications faster, easier, and more secure," said Billy Bosworth, CEO of DataStax. "The fact that we deliver this power in an architecture that accelerates hybrid-cloud initiatives is doubly beneficial."

Tripwire Expands Cloud Security Capabilities with Cloud Management Assessor

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Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of security and compliance solutions for enterprises and industrial organizations, today announced expanded support for cloud environments with Tripwire Cloud Management Assessor (CMA). The solution now features File Integrity Monitoring (FIM) capabilities for addressing publicly exposed data in the cloud, and its core secure configuration management functionality now supports all major cloud providers, including Google Cloud Platform.

"Tripwire is dedicated to helping organizations implement critical security controls in their environments, especially as these environments grow more complex with the adoption of hybrid and multicloud models," said Tim Erlin, vice president of product management and strategy at Tripwire. "We've expanded our capabilities to help organizations keep their cloud environments properly configured and prevent inadvertent exposure of their data."

Cloud Foundry Adoption Accelerates Globally in Every Vertical According to New Global Survey

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Cloud Foundry usage continues to accelerate across the globe, with broad deployments proliferating across enterprises within every industry, according to the semi-annual User Survey released today by the Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the most widely- adopted open source cloud technologies in the world, at its North American Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston. The study revealed the continued increase in popularity of Cloud Foundry among developers and steady growth in adoption, especially across large organizations, thanks to its cost cutting and time savings.

According to the survey, enterprises in every industry and across the world use Cloud Foundry Application Runtime to develop, deploy and manage their cloud-native applications -- and they're deploying Cloud Foundry more broadly across their companies than ever before. Nearly a third (30 percent) of user respondents describes their Cloud Foundry use as "broad" -- either rolling out or fully integrated across the whole company.

Since the 2017 User Survey was published in October, there has been a twelve point increase in adoption (both broad and limited). It's therefore unsurprising that most companies responding to the survey are relatively new to Cloud Foundry, indicating sustained momentum in Cloud Foundry adoption. Time and again, evaluation of the technology leads to adoption.
 

Hacks to improve your business marketing

If you are looking to improve your business profile and support your most recent business campaigns, then you are going to need to make sure that you pay enough attention to upping your marketing potential. The chances are that if you are currently trying to improve your company, you will be spending a lot of time on the road, networking, or at tradeshows. Luckily, there are a few hacks that you can employ to ensure that your marketing efforts are effective and continue to remain relevant and engaging for your target leads. From making sure that all your digital channels are kept up to date and relevant to considering automation as an option for when you are out of the office, choose your hacks wisely, and you will ultimately save your firm both time and money.

Opportunities for Big Data with Cloud Computing



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The term "big data" refers to sets of structured and unstructured digital data that are too complex and voluminous to be processed by traditional technologies. These sets of data can be mined for information by businesses. Big data is often described using 5 V's: Volume, Velocity, Variety, Veracity and Value. Volume refers of course to the large amount of data that needs to be processed. This data involves e-mail messages, photos, videos, voice recordings and social media posts. Velocity concerns the speed at which new data is generated. Variety refers to different types of data. Veracity relates to the reliability and relevance of the given data. Value equals to the profit businesses can gain by having access to big data. 

In order to store all the data we need innovative big data technologies that go beyond  traditional database solutions. Cloud computing enables efficient big data processing and it is available for businesses of all sizes. The current technological advancements in cloud computing for big data processing open new opportunities for businesses:

Commvault Expands Data Protection Solutions for Government Customers through the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace

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Commvault, a global leader in enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud, today announced expanded offerings available through the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace.

Now U.S. government agencies, System Integrators (SI) and private sector contractors can move, manage and use cloud-based data and workloads with increased security, speed, flexibility and reliability. The Commvault Data Platform can help AWS customers with sensitive workloads meet their requirements of data protection.

Public and private sector IT organizations are increasingly challenged to protect, manage, and access business-critical data. Rapid data growth is driving capacity requirements. Increased data retention and regulations often require critical data be kept for years or even decades. Threats from ransomware are demanding faster and more flexible disaster recovery procedures.  

Built with the needs of security-conscious organizations in mind, the Commvault Data Platform offers comprehensive data protection and management capabilities for government customers. Commvault Data Platform provides data backup, recovery, management, e-discovery and disaster recovery with data protection across files, applications, databases, and hypervisors.

Cloudistics Launches in EMEA to Fast-Track Growth and Expand Its Partner Program

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Cloudistics, the cloud software platform company, today announced its launch into the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region as demand for its private cloud with a premium experience spreads across the region. The entry into EMEA comes hot on the heels of the US launch of Cloudistics' "Accelerate" channel program; a three-pronged program tailored to the company's value-added resellers (VARs), Technology Alliance Partners (TAPs), and Managed Service Providers (MSPs), which is now being rolled out to partners in EMEA.

Distribution agreements are already in place with UK based Ignition Ltd and Securicom IT Solutions, a leading vendor of managed IT services on the African continent.

Cloudistics empowers organizations to declare their independence from public cloud by bringing the desired benefits of public cloud behind the firewall making private cloud implementation, deployment, operations and maintenance easy, consistent, predictable, repeatable and secure. Cloudistics provides a turnkey enterprise cloud that breaks the barriers of cloud adoption such as change management, complexity, competency, and unanticipated costs. Cloudistics Ignite is purposely engineered to provide a premium experience due to its "customer inspired design" that is composable, software-defined, clusterless scaling and easy to use web-based cloud management.

Zenoss Launches New Capabilities for Dell EMC XtremIO

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Zenoss Inc., the leader in software-defined IT operations, today announced the release of its Dell EMC XtremIO ZenPack, which enhances capabilities for monitoring Dell EMC XtremIO storage management clusters.

International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that the percentage of data processed, stored or delivered by public cloud data centers will nearly double to 26 percent between 2016 and 2025.

"Storage continues to be a priority for our customer base," said Mike Lunt, vice president of engineering at Zenoss. "IDC's recent estimates for cloud data center growth reflect the trends and concerns our customers are experiencing, and the new XtremIO ZenPack helps us address those concerns."

CloudHealth Technologies Announces Support for Microsoft Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances

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CloudHealth Technologies today announced that the robust Reserved Instance (RI) management capabilities of its cloud management platform now extend to Microsoft Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances. As a result, Azure customers can use the platform to reduce costs, save time and improve budgeting and forecasting over the full RI lifecycle.

"As companies increasingly rely on CloudHealth for RI lifecycle management, we are excited to extend our RI capabilities to Microsoft Azure customers," said John Purcell, VP of Products for CloudHealth Technologies. "Further, the new Azure reservation support allows CloudHealth customers to quickly identify reservation purchase opportunities and take full advantage of the cost savings from Microsoft."

The CloudHealth platform offers several key features for managing Azure RIs:

How to Move Your Business Online

If your company doesn't currently have an online presence, you have probably realized you're missing many opportunities. Any business wanting to compete in today's marketplace must be online, or they will quickly and easily be left behind. Learn how to move your business online.

Launch a Website

Launching a website should be your first step to transitioning your business online. This will be your company's shop door on the internet, as it's here they will visit to learn more about your brand, products, and services. It must, therefore, be visually appealing, easy to use, informative, and it must reflect your branding. Find a reputable website design service to get started, such as FigmentAgency.com.

Mirantis Launches Continuous Delivery Product based on Netflix's Spinnaker

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Mirantis announced the beta program for Mirantis Application Platform, based on the Spinnaker open source project. Mirantis Application Platform helps enterprises run applications in the public cloud, employing the approach pioneered by hyperscalers like Netflix and Google and commonly referred to as cloud-native continuous delivery.

Mirantis Application Platform is a standalone complement to Mirantis' infrastructure management offering based on OpenStack and Kubernetes, called Mirantis Cloud Platform.

"While it's easy to start using public cloud and get immediate benefits as a small team, getting ROI from cloud for a large enterprise requires streamlining the various processes, tools and security requirements across a diverse set of engineering silos," said Adrian Ionel, Mirantis CEO. "Mirantis Application Platform aims to address this challenge, enabling enterprises to maximize cloud ROI at scale through cloud native continuous delivery."

Mirantis Application Platform will help enterprises moving to AWS or GCE realize the following benefits: