April 2018

Cloud Foundry Now Available on Asia's Leading Cloud Provider Alibaba Cloud

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Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the most widely-adopted open source cloud technologies in the world, announced today that Cloud Foundry will be available on Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group. Alibaba Cloud, the largest cloud infrastructure provider in China and among the three largest globally, also announced that it has joined the Foundation as a Gold member.

This integration ensures seamless interaction between Alibaba Cloud and Cloud Foundry. By creating a Cloud Provider Interface (CPI) for Cloud Foundry BOSH, Alibaba Cloud now has access to both Cloud Foundry Application Runtime (CFAR) and Cloud Foundry Container Runtime (CFCR) workloads. CFCR is a Kubernetes and BOSH-based technology housed within the Cloud Foundry Foundation.
 

BAE Systems and Dell EMC collaborate to offer mission-ready cloud solution for the U.S. Government

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BAE Systems and Dell EMC today announced a collaboration to offer the first scalable, hybrid cloud solution of its kind for the U.S. government. The federated secure cloud is flexible enough to power agency-level IT modernization or support smaller, forward-operating units.

The solution empowers users to collaborate securely through common business applications while also providing users with common access to mission-essential tools. Its environment includes zero-anonymity security features for security administrators to monitor, track, and control in real time all software, hardware, and user access to their respective clouds.

Actapio Takes Cloud Native Approach to Upgrade On-Premise Infrastructure to Manage High Scale Web Workloads

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Today, Heptio, in collaboration with Actapio, a subsidiary of Yahoo Japan Corporation, announces Gimbal, an open source initiative to unify and scale the flow of network traffic into hybrid environments consisting of multiple Kubernetes clusters and traditional infrastructure technologies including OpenStack.

Gimbal removes obstacles for companies looking to adopt Kubernetes in their environments by routing high volume traffic into both Kubernetes clusters and existing solutions like OpenStack that often live side by side in the enterprise infrastructure. This cloud native solution is tailored for the highly dynamic nature of managing Kubernetes workloads, which expensive, existing solutions are not designed to do. By using Gimbal, companies can leverage the agility of cloud native systems to modernize legacy infrastructure, giving them faster time-to-market at reduced cost.

The advantages of Gimbal include:

How to get your staff on board with your move to the cloud

If you are eager to take your business to the next level, you should seriously consider moving to the cloud. The cloud is a brilliant way for you to use technology to your advantage. However, it can also be a risky maneuver if your existing employees are dubious about any changes to your operation. In order to reassure them and to secure their support, you will need to pay close attention to the following five tips.

Invest in your training

First things first, you will need to invest in training your workforce. If you are going to maintain high levels of morale, it is important that none of your staff members are left behind. They are likely to resent your move to the cloud if it is making it harder for them to power through their workload. That is why you need to train all of your employees to make the most of cloud technology. Once they begin to notice the benefits, they will surely be supportive of the idea.

Chaos Sumo Releases Industry Report on AWS S3 Blind Spots and New Data Lake Use Cases

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Chaos Sumo, a cloud-based log data retention and analytics service for object storage, today released the findings of The State of Object Storage 2018 Report: The Emergence of the AWS S3 Data Lake. As object storage such as AWS S3 continues to gain widespread enterprise momentum, with over 70 percent of companies reporting to use it today, it offers untapped opportunities for promising new use cases such as historical log analytics, and application and media hosting. More than one third of respondents in a recent survey, conducted by Chaos Sumo in December-January 2018, are also looking to object storage to streamline and enable data lake usage for historical trend analysis and machine learning. The study also found that the top barriers preventing S3 innovation are the lack of tools today that enable data access and visibility, and costs of moving data around in order to analyze the growing volumes of disparate object storage data with accuracy and scale.

"The current inability of businesses to perform consistent, longitudinal and easy trend and predictive analysis in object storage, including log analytics, is resulting in critical business information being thrown away or archived in an inaccessible manner," says Thomas Hazel, founder and CTO of Chaos Sumo. "This hidden culprit - the increasing costs of storing data for real- or near-time analysis, is the core impediment to doing more with the growing amount of data stored in object storage such as AWS S3, and Chaos Sumo is here to tackle this head on."

Increasing Healthcare Communication Efficiency Through the Cloud

Article Written by Avery Phillips

If there's one industry where time and precision count, it's in the healthcare industry. When handling the health of the general public, it's important that healthcare employees are able to communicate as efficiently as possible, as small communication mistakes can lead a patient to receive the incorrect diagnosis or be given the wrong treatment plan. As the healthcare industry continues to integrate technology into their day-to-day work processes, the use of the cloud and IoT technology to send files back and forth is improving efficiency in the industry.

Preventing Mistakes With Asset Tracking

Mistakes in the medical industry are unfortunate events that can lead to potentially life threatening errors. These errors can be as small as mislabeling blood samples, or writing down incorrect or illegible numbers on dosing instructions, which happen more often without the use of digital files transferred through cloud technology. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations works to reduce the number of errors committed by establishing good communication practices in healthcare that help avoid circumstances that bring about error.

47Lining Launches AWS Quick Start to Enable Customers to Perform Advanced Analytics on Industrial Time Series Data

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47Lining, a REAN Cloud Company, today announced its Amazon Web Services (AWS) Industrial Time Series Data Connector Quick Start at Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade show for industrial technology, from April 23-27th. The Connector Quick Start allows companies to quickly and easily synchronize their industrial time series data to AWS so they can perform advanced predictive and historic analytics using the full breadth of AWS big data and partner services.

47Lining developed the Industrial Time Series Data Connector Service so organizations can leverage their investment in common on-premises industrial process data historians while simplifying the process of making their data available on AWS in formats suitable for advanced analytics. For decades, industrial organizations have been using time series database software to harness data from their industrial devices and systems to provide real-time operational intelligence. By connecting users and devices, these systems play a critical role in helping enterprises address their most pressing business challenges. Now, organizations can reduce costs, accelerate their pace of innovation, and bring together data previously held in silos, by synchronizing their real-time and historic industrial time series data on AWS. 47Lining offers a jumpstart consulting offer on AWS’s Solution Space to help customers get started with use of the Connector.
 

Liquidware Unchains Enterprises from On-Prem to DaaS

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Liquidware, the leading third party provider of platform-agnostic end-user computing solutions, today announced the release of v6.7.6 of ProfileUnity, its User Environment Management (UEM) solution. This latest version breaks new ground with its universal object-based cloud storage for Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.  Liquidware is now the only company capable of moving a user profile from Microsoft Windows to object-based cloud storage, or multiple clouds, without the use of a Server Message Block (SMB). 

The new functionality enables organizations, agencies, and enterprises to fully leverage the cloud in their end user computing strategies, reducing the reliance on costly, complex, and commodity based legacy storage solutions.  

Unitrends Launches Aggressively Priced VM Backup Solution Dedicated to VMware Administrators

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Unitrends announced today the release of a new solution targeted at VMware administrators - VM Backup Essentials (vBE). vBE converges enterprise-grade virtual backup software, ransomware detection, and fully integrated cloud storage options into a powerful, easy-to-use product that is aggressively priced at $105 per socket per year. 

As VMware Administrators scan the market for backup solutions, they're faced with a barrage of offerings that only add complexity and cost as these solutions are not built to meet their specific needs. With vBE, they can turn to a solution fit for the enterprise, but simplified and priced specifically for the VMware Admin. With a focus on protecting the modern, highly virtualized datacenter against the latest downtime threats, including ransomware, vBE rejuvenates both the innovation and superior customer support that the VMware administrator deserves.

ThinPrint Launches the First Managed and Secure Mobile Printing Solution for Businesses

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Print management expert, ThinPrint, today announced the availability of its new product ThinPrint Mobile Print. The new software enables companies to integrate iOS and Android devices into their existing print infrastructure so that employees can easily access and use all current network printers. User authorizations are automatically inherited from the Microsoft Active Directory or from the print server and can be additionally extended or restricted as required for mobile users. ThinPrint's close cooperation with the leading mobile device management (MDM) providers ensures seamless interaction for companies with enterprise mobility management (EMM) systems in use. The included secure pull-printing feature, which allows users to authenticate themselves directly at the printer, rounds off the solution perfectly.

Many companies use an MDM or EMM system to securely manage their mobile devices and distribute apps. However, if employees want to print with their iPads, iPhones or Android devices, they quickly reach the limits of mobile productivity. The new ThinPrint Mobile Print software is the solution. It can be integrated into EMM or MDM systems to enable secure mobile printing with iOS and Android devices. Employees can print from iOS and Android apps on their tablets and smartphones to any existing network printer in the enterprise, regardless of which printer models from which manufacturer are in use. The existing user rights are inherited from the Microsoft Active Directory (AD) or from the print servers but can be modified if required.

Zerto Announces Cross-Selling Agreement with Microsoft, Delivers Advanced Multi-Cloud Resilience

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Zerto, an industry leader for IT resilience, announced today it now has a cross-selling agreement with Microsoft, meaning Zerto sales teams and channel partners are incentivized to co-sell and cross-sell Zerto's IT Resilience Platform and Microsoft Azure, aligning its enterprise sales motion with Microsoft sales teams.

Enterprise customers quickly realize significant savings with Zerto and Azure by eliminating redundant recovery datacenters and hardware and automating their full environment recovery. With Zerto, Microsoft customers also benefit from a simple and quick way to adopt Azure and utilize their existing Microsoft Enterprise Agreements.

"Due to this new, symbiotic business relationship with Microsoft, we are now able to package Zerto and Microsoft Azure with combined services and support as a co-selling opportunity that will improve profits and cash flow for channel partners," said Peter Kerr, director of Global Alliances, Zerto. "Microsoft's partners in the channel can now more easily benefit from Zerto's technology and support, while Zerto's channel partners benefit from easier access to Microsoft's ecosystem, Azure technology and support."

Red Hat Accelerates Software-Defined Storage Adoption with Red Hat Storage One

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat Storage One, a new approach to web-scale enterprise storage aimed at providing customers the convenience of hardware-optimized systems while preserving the flexibility and scale of software-defined storage

Red Hat Storage One is designed to provide more of a plug-and-play approach to the procurement, deployment, and performance tuning of software-defined storage, ushering in a new wave of enterprise storage to meet the varying demands of modern workloads. Red Hat Storage One is a platform of pre-engineered systems, created in close collaboration with Red Hat's server hardware partners, that delivers tightly packaged workload-optimized storage solutions. The fulfillment and support is offered via Red Hat's hardware partner ecosystem. Supermicro is the first Red Hat server partner offering a single part number for software, hardware, and support of the solution.

 

Rackspace Expands VMware Private Cloud as a Service to Customer Data Centers

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Rackspace today extended its leadership in the private cloud market with the launch of Rackspace Private Cloud Everywhere, powered by VMware, a Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS) enabling cloud servers and storage to be in most data centers or colocation facilities around the world. With this announcement, Rackspace brings the benefits of PCaaS to more organizations and more applications, making their digital transformation faster, more successful, and more affordable. Rackspace Private Cloud Everywhere brings the power of cloud to the customer's data center, enabling companies to more easily comply with data sovereignty requirements and improve performance and customer satisfaction by locating cloud resources closer to users. 

"Today marks a new era for the VMware cloud market. For the first time, enterprises can have a fully managed VMware private cloud as a service located wherever their users need it," said Scott Crenshaw, executive vice president, private clouds at Rackspace. "Rackspace Private Cloud Everywhere makes private cloud the optimal platform for even more enterprises and workloads. Customers receive public cloud-like services, with the ease of migration, security, performance and economic advantages of private clouds."

 

NAKIVO Releases v7.4 with Automated VM Failover for Near-Instant Disaster Recovery

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NAKIVO, Inc., a fast-growing virtualization and cloud backup software company, announced today the release of NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.4. The newest version adds 11 new features designed to simplify disaster recovery and increase convenience.

  • Automated VM Failover: NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.4 can help restore business activities in case of disaster without unnecessary delays. Automated VM Failover is performed by first replicating VMs to the DR location and then running a single failover job. As a result, the workloads are transferred to the DR location near-instantly, minimizing downtime. The process is fully automated with the help of network mapping and re-IP rules, which eliminate the need for manual reconfiguration of replicas.

SUSE Select Services Fast-Track Customers' Software-Defined Infrastructure

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To put customers on the fast track to a software-defined infrastructure, SUSE today unveiled SUSE Select Services for its OpenStack Cloud and Enterprise Storage solutions. This fixed-price service offering is a blend of consulting, premium support and knowledge transfer designed to jump-start implementations and integrations of these two key software-defined infrastructure components. Solutions are implemented quickly and smoothly, easing data center transformation for enterprise customers. After implementation, SUSE Select Services provide proactive maintenance and premium support plus access to a customer success manager who is the customer's advocate within SUSE.

HyTrust Integrates with Veeam to Bring Fine-Grained Visibility and Insight to Veeam Cloud Data Availability Solutions

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HyTrust announced today that its market-leading CloudAdvisor product now includes fine-grained visibility and insight for cloud data availability solutions from Veeam Software through new product integration efforts. Now, HyTrust CloudAdvisor for Availability and CloudAdvisor for Data integrate with all Veeam products to offer data and file analysis, search and discovery, data categorization, sensitive data detection and user and file auditing across complex multi-cloud workloads. The integrated solution provides breakthrough content-level awareness for globally implemented workloads protected by Veeam solutions, including physical storage locations.

"With ever-increasing compliance and security requirements, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it is no longer realistic to store and protect data in a one-size-fits-all, unclassified manner," said David Siles, vice president of business development at HyTrust. "Enterprises and organizations must understand what they are storing or restoring and treat the content appropriately. With the new integration between HyTrust CloudAdvisor and Veeam cloud data availability solutions, customers can more easily comply with changing and complex requirements."

StarWind Releases Free Virtual Tape Library Solution Featuring Object Storage and Public Cloud Storage Support

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StarWind, a leading provider of hyperconverged infrastructure, high-performance storage, and backup solutions announced its new Virtual Tape Library (VTL) solution.

StarWind VTL is designed for organizations who are looking to break their dependency on costly tape backup process while meeting the regulatory data archival and retention requirements. Replacing physical tape backup process with on-premises Virtual Tape Libraries with cloud and object storage tiers delivers significant benefits, including:

  • Security and cost-efficiency: VTL eliminates manual backup process by shipping Virtual Tapes to any cost-efficient cloud and object storage using commodity ethernet.
  • Ransomware protection: ransomware doesn't know how to address data stored on tapes.
  • Enterprise-grade scalability: StarWind VTL scales capacity using object storage like HGST ActiveScale, Cloudian, Fujitsu Eternus, or cloud storage from AWS, Azure, Backblaze, or Wasabi.
  • Zero-change integration into any backup infrastructure thanks to using tape API, native to any backup software.

How to Plan an Effective Cloud Marketing Strategy



Article Written by Agnieszka Podemska

Cloud services are utilized by many businesses for a variety of operations such as big data analysis, accounting, CRM, email validation, and many more. With the increase in popularity of cloud computing, companies turn to the cloud to optimize their marketing operations as well. Businesses can now build stronger relations with their clients by keeping in touch with them online. 

Additionally, thanks to the cloud, companies can analyze their target customers' behavioral history and adjust their range of products according to their clients' specific needs. Cloud can adapt marketing activities to individual recipients. It is also cost-effective as it eliminates the costs associated with printing marketing materials or spendings on radio and TV advertising. Due to the pay per use model, cloud users spend their budget only on the actual resource usage without wasting their money on unutilized storage. It is also a cheaper solution than the employment of the on-premises software. 

In order to strengthen their online presence, businesses need to prepare a successful cloud marketing strategy: