May 2018

US Signal 2018 Security 'Health of Nation' Survey Reveals Organizations Had Increase in Cybersecurity Challenges

Today, US Signal, leading end-to-end IT solutions provider, released the results of its 2018 Security ‘Health of the Nation' survey, revealing that most organizations are still vulnerable to security threats.

The survey revealed that 81 percent of organizations witnessed an increase in cybersecurity challenges in the past year. In addition, 40 percent of respondents experienced at least one security incident in that time period, and 13 percent did not know if they had.

Nearly 120 security experts from a cross-section of organizations including technology, healthcare, education, food services and logistics, offered insights into the security health of their companies via SurveyTown. After 12 months of major hacks like the Equifax breach, the WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware outbreaks and the Spectre and Meltdown flaws in Intel chips, the findings reflect this surge in threats and demonstrate a need for stronger investment and education. Respondents' top three security challenges included.

Five9 Appoints Industry Veteran Rowan Trollope as New CEO

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Five9, Inc. (NASDAQ: FIVN), a leading provider of cloud contact center software for the digital enterprise, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Rowan Trollope as CEO effective May 3rd. Trollope was formerly SVP & General Manager of Cisco’s Applications Group.

Mike Burkland, who transitioned from CEO to Executive Chairman last December due to health reasons will continue as Executive Chairman. Barry Zwarenstein, Five9’s CFO, who served as Interim CEO during the transition, will continue as Chief Financial Officer. Dan Burkland will remain President overseeing Five9 customer facing functions which include Sales, Marketing and Services.
 

Turbonomic Releases Major Update to AI-Powered Workload Automation for Hybrid Cloud

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Turbonomic today announced a major update to its workload automation software, delivering on the promise of application-aware infrastructure and making any type of workload - virtual, cloud and container - SMART (self-managing, anywhere, in real-time). Innovations in Turbonomic v6.1 include continuous usage automation of AWS Reserved Instances; a new integration with Cisco AppDynamics; new continuous optimization of container platforms; and a next-generation, AI-powered Decision Engine. Collectively, today's news extends Turbonomic's industry-leading workload automation, enabling customers to continuously automate trustworthy decisions for any type of workload anywhere (on-premises, in the cloud, and in containers) and at any time.

As organizations continue to accelerate digital transformation and IT modernization initiatives, the resulting high volume of dynamic workloads distributed across a decentralized hybrid cloud infrastructure leads to management complexity that is beyond the scale of manual control or monitoring tools. Only software automation, powered by AI, can ensure that applications continuously get the resources needed to perform at the lowest possible cost, while maintaining compliance with business policies.

Iron Mountain Introduces Iron Cloud Critical Protection and Recovery to Safeguard High-value Data

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Iron Mountain Incorporated, the global leader in storage and information management services, today announced Iron Mountain Iron Cloud Critical Protection and Recovery (CPR), a managed data protection solution to safeguard and restore critical data, providing confidence in recovery in the event of malicious denial of access attack. Available as part of Iron Mountain's Iron Cloud purpose-built portfolio of cloud-based solutions, Iron Cloud CPR enables organizations to proactively protect vital digital information through secure isolation of their most essential data, providing critical availability of clean data in the event it is jeopardized by a cyberattack. This solution, as part of an enterprise risk containment plan, helps mitigate reputational damage, costs and lost revenue potential from unplanned operational downtime. 

Organizations are applying digital capabilities to processes, products, and assets to improve operational efficiencies, enhance customer value, manage risk, and uncover new revenue opportunities. These digital transformation initiatives generate new types and sources of data increasingly targeted by malicious actors seeking to exploit the unique and highly valuable digital assets found in that data, especially medical and financial records. Today's attacks challenge organizations to find solutions with sufficient protection, full restoration and rapid recovery capabilities to prevent the potential loss of revenue and erosion in brand reputation and company trust. Taken together, these factors have led organizations to a data protection and recovery crossroads, where conventional backup and recovery approaches are insufficient in isolating critical digital assets and enabling restoration following a cyberattack.

Excelero Awarded Key Patent for Making NVMe over Fabrics (NVMf) More Efficient

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Excelero, a disruptor in software-defined block storage, was assigned US patent #9,971,519 today -  its second US patent -  governing a technique of performing NVMe access directly from a chip. This intellectual property (IP) will be utilized in upcoming SmartNIC-based versions of its flagship NVMesh Server SAN and provides customers with more efficient ways to use distributed NVMe using the open standard NVMf. Excelero is also in talks with NIC manufacturers about licensing this technology, which will help accelerate not just NVMesh, but also NVMf from any vendor.

IDC and Wikibon predict the NVMf market is "where the world is going," with present adoption focused on high-performance applications that require exceptionally high performance and low latency.  However, there is pent-up demand for NVMf storage among a wider set of use cases, as enterprises and service providers seek to optimize their infrastructures in the same way as the Tech Giants.
 

Astronomer Announces Secure, Private Cloud Option for Running Apache Airflow on Kubernetes

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In response to growing market concerns over data security and GDPR compliance, Astronomer, the open-source data engineering platform, has launched its Enterprise Edition, allowing for easy Apache Airflow deployment in a secure environment. Earlier this year, Astronomer announced the first managed Apache Airflow offering (available through its SaaS data platform). Enterprise Edition provides the same feature-rich access to Airflow, but through a customer's own Kubernetes cluster. Astronomer Enterprise Edition customers get full access to all source code for the platform, and can therefore modify and extend it to suit their needs while keeping all data inside their own virtual private cloud (VPC).

"GDPR and other data security concerns are forcing organizations to weigh the risks of sending customer data to external vendors. We are seeing an acceleration of interest in our managed access to Apache Airflow for data collection and routing, but it's matched by a demand for security and control of the data," said Ry Walker, Co-founder and CEO of Astronomer. "Enterprise Edition solves this problem and comes backed by the support and firepower of our leading Airflow engineers."

Portworx Advances Cloud Native Storage for Kubernetes

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Portworx, the best cloud native storage solution for Kubernetes, today announced the availability of PX-Enterprise 1.4, the most significant new release to-date of its comprehensive solution for running stateful containers in production. Updates in 1.4 include 3DSnap, the container industry's first application consistent snapshot solution for complex Kubernetes applications, as well as a brand new graphical user interface (GUI) for PX-Enterprise optimized for multi-cloud environments. These new capabilities enable customers to store and protect containerized applications, including their mission critical data from a single platform, and were developed in collaboration with Portworx's large and growing customer base, including 15 of the Fortune Global 1000.

"I chose Portworx as the cloud native storage layer for my multi-tenant container-as-a-service platform because it allows me to offer best-in-class features like high availability, auto-scaling, backup and recovery, and encryption to my customers at a reasonable cost," said Kris Watson, CEO of ComputeStacks, a company that provides a Docker container platform to service providers. "And now, PX-Enterprise with 3DSnap allows me to provide a time machine for my customer's entire application, ensuring that I can always restore it to a particular point-in-time with guaranteed application consistency.  No one else can do that."

StorageOS Announces General Availability of Persistent Container Storage Solution

StorageOS, Inc. has announced the general availability of its software-defined persistent storage platform for running containerized applications in production.

Container adoption has been explosive as enterprises embrace DevOps and refactor applications to run in containers instead of directly on virtual machines. The company also announced an $8 million Series A funding round, led by existing investor Bain Capital Ventures with participation from new investors: MMC Ventures in the UK, where StorageOS R&D is located, and 645 Ventures in New York, StorageOS' new U.S. headquarters. StorageOS will use the investment to expand product development and drive global sales.

Webinar: Empower Your Mobile Workforce with Secure Application and Desktop Delivery

 

 

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) provides access to desktop applications as if they were native applications on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, making your employees truly productive on the go.

WHEN? May 15, 2018 @ 09:00 AM PST

Empower your workforce to be productive anytime, from anywhere.

In this webinar, you will learn about:

  • Customize keystroke shortcuts:Provide end users on the move with quick access to complex application commands by creating personalized keystroke shortcuts.
  • Instant web access:Enable users to securely access an application from any HTML5 browser.
  • Files and folders:Access centralized files and folders with ease from any device through a secure connection that doesn't expose your assets or intellectual property.
  • Quick Helpdesk:Enable instant, easy, and secure remote assistance to your employees. Shadow a Windows device to gain access to the full desktop, and control applications running locally on the system, as well as any remote applications published fromParallelsRAS.
  • Fast client-user configuration:Effortlessly onboard new employees so they can start immediately working on published applications and desktops.

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How To Showcase Your Computer-Based Marketing Prowess

The marketing landscape has changed steadily since the inception of the internet and its subsequent ubiquity in the global marketplace. Nowadays, the public consumes the large majority of its media through mobile phones, tablets, laptops and personal computers rather than the printed word. As such, a whole host of new options for marketing products, services and organizations have arisen that make use of this new and malleable medium. Here are some top-class tips for anyone hoping to make a splash on the digital marketing scene, whether it be with savvy social media posts or catchy YouTube jingles. 

Writing 

The transition from print to digital of the written word might seem un unchanged one, appearing as it does on screens in a similar fashion to how it exists in print. However, this would be to grossly underestimate the function of words on a screen and the ability of anyone with even the most rudimentary knowledge of the workings of Microsoft Word to manipulate the written word, making it more attention-grabbing. 

Bitnami Stacksmith Automates Migration of Traditional Applications to Microsoft Azure and Azure Kubernetes Service

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Bitnami announced the addition of Azure support to Bitnami Stacksmith, an enterprise tool that automates the migration of traditional applications to cloud platforms.

Launched in February of 2018, Bitnami Stacksmith is an enterprise tool that simplifies the migration of traditional enterprise applications from the datacenter to the cloud. Stacksmith takes a running application in the datacenter, repackages and optimizes it for cloud deployment, and delivers everything needed to successfully deploy it to a container or cloud platform. Stacksmith then continuously monitors the replatformed application for updates and patches, providing an easy way for companies to keep applications up-to- date and secure.

PagerDuty Helps Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio Customers Manage Incidents in Real Time and Migrate Confidently to the Cloud

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PagerDuty, a global leader in digital operations management, announced integration of PagerDuty's real-time operations management platform with Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio Team Services, Azure's integrated suite of DevOps services. These integrations enable Microsoft's enterprise customers to manage incidents in real time, helping minimize business disruption, migrate confidently to the cloud and bridge the gap between development and operations teams. Today, hundreds of companies and their DevOps teams are already using PagerDuty with Azure to automatically monitor their cloud services' health and quickly respond to incidents.

"PagerDuty gives Microsoft customers a best-in-class platform to automatically manage incidents and orchestrate action," said Jukka Alanen, senior vice president of business development and corporate strategy at PagerDuty. "In today's environment, the price businesses pay for failing to deliver a great customer experience is extremely costly, resulting in lost revenue, customer churn and compromised brand value. With PagerDuty, Azure and Visual Studio Team Services customers can quickly address critical issues that arise throughout the software delivery lifecycle while improving productivity of their DevOps teams."

Mellanox Technologies Selects Univa to Extend Silicon Design HPC Cluster to Hybrid Cloud

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Univa, a leading innovator in on-premise and hybrid cloud workload management solutions for enterprise HPC customers, today announced that Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. selected Univa's solution, mainly Navops Launch, to extend its on-premise EDA cluster to the cloud, providing Mellanox with cost-effective, on-demand capacity.

Mellanox is a leading supplier of end-to-end Ethernet and InfiniBand intelligent interconnect solutions for servers, storage and hyper-converged infrastructure. Given that Fortune 500 data centers and half of the world's top 500 fastest supercomputers employ Mellanox products in their operations, the company understands the value of smart innovation and operational efficiency. Thus, Mellanox was seeking a solution from a trusted partner that would bridge their current cluster management software to a future with a robust scheduler, while leveraging hybrid cloud.

Fog Computing Leading the Conversation

Cloud services have been touted as being responsible for the incredulous rise of the Internet of Things (IoT). Today, numerous people and organizations use smart interconnected devices in their day-to-day operations. 

Unbelievably, the concept of M2M (machine to machine) has existed for more than a decade. However, most organizations never bothered to check out and unleash the technology's power. 

M2M has the power to provide insightful takes on data. The key issue was how the technology would have meshed with prevailing infrastructure. We've only just recently unlocked the potential thanks to the fact that our current technology has been able to scale up to handle the bulk of the data. Cloud computing has been right at the heart of the equation. 

Q&A: Elliot Pearse Talks About HostPresto and What Makes a Good Web Hosting Company



Good web hosting can be an art form, like a fine wine, where only the highest quality ingredients and knowledge gained through experience can create a perfect blend that will provide you with the high quality product you expect, and deserve.  But trying to read between the lines to find a good, affordable web hosting solution can be a challenge.  CloudCow recently spoke with Elliot Pearse, managing director of HostPresto to learn more.

CloudCow:  How long has HostPresto.com been going and how did you get started?

Using Cloud Services to Speed Up Your Development Workflow

Modern software development can be quite demanding in terms of hardware and software resources, and it's not rare for programmers to invest into high-end machines just for writing code nowadays. When you take a look behind the scenes, it makes perfect sense that things are in this state at the moment, but more importantly, you would probably notice a few opportunities for improving your own situation if you're clever enough. Most notably, integrating cloud technologies into your development workflow can be a huge boost to your productivity if you do it right.

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A Global Technology Provider for 700+ financial services clients, Increases Efficiency of Personnel and SOC team by 37%

Article Written by Arun Gandhi, Director of Product Management at Seceon and Grigoriy Milis, Chief Technology Officer at RFA

As security breaches and attacks continue to lead global headlines, effective cybersecurity protections are the "new normal" for conducting business today. In addition to recently enacted regulations, with more coming in near future, it is imperative for managed service providers (MSPs) to provide best-in-class security solutions to customers while differentiating themselves from the competition. 

Traditional solutions are no longer sufficient; tools must evolve to combat the increasing sophistication of cybercriminal techniques and technologies. Customized malware exists now that can evade and bypass many of the traditional endpoint security solutions. Traditional signature- and manual calculation-based approaches are simply not sufficient for providing security with the increasing sophistication of cyber threats. Above all, the biggest challenge remains integration of these point solutions as they are from different manufacturers and not built to communicate with each other inherently. 

In business for nearly thirty years, Richard Fleischman & Associates, also known as RFA, is a trusted technology partner to more than 700 clients globally who retain more than $900 billion in total assets under management. Serving as an MSP for its financial sector clients, RFA used a number of traditional solutions and services from large market leaders successfully, but was always challenged to find a solution that could address threats (i.e., detect, contain and eliminate) between the perimeter and endpoints to their required level of sophistication. Multi-layered approaches recommended by industry experts were rendered ineffective as the solutions were note properly integrated and remained silo'ed. Moreover, the level of protection afforded resulted in dissatisfaction when compared to the overhead cost. 

Cloud Hosting for WordPress: How to Do It Yourself

Getting your own cloud server can be very daunting when you think about the setup and maintenance tasks you will have to deal with as you try to get the server running smoothly. Aside from the basic setup of the hosting server, you also need to think about how the database is configured, security measures to put in place, and other details about the cloud environment.

Still, there are a lot of benefits to gain from using your own cloud account to host websites, particularly when you have a lot of sites catering to thousands of visitors. In this article, we will discuss some of the easiest ways to get started with using your own cloud server.

Easily Manage Events With Cloud Computing



Article Written by Sally Perkins

Running large scale events can be difficult, and with the global population on the rise, crowds are becoming even bigger and harder to manage. But cloud-based technology, which allows you to share information instantly across different devices, makes managing these events easier than ever. Here are some of the ways cloud-based computing can alter the way you manage your events in helpful ways.

Five9 Spring Release 2018: Practical AI for the Contact Center and Portfolio Wide Enhancements

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"Good morning, Sophia! I see you are contacting us about an overcharge. Given you are a valued customer, I will credit the charge for this month's bill. Is there anything else I can help you with?" Have you ever had this experience calling a company where they already know you, know exactly why you are calling, and resolves your issue in a minute? If you are like most, this experience is rare. Personalized customer service matters and artificial intelligence (AI) can be the game changing technology. It takes the burden off the customer and enables an amazing experience.

To connect the dots for the agent and customer, today we announce Five9 Spring Release 2018. This release includes major enhancements across the portfolio, including Five9 Genius and Engagement Workflow.