June 2018

Why Data Breach Transparency Protects Business

Article Written by Avery Phillips

In a perfect world, data breaches wouldn't happen. Unfortunately, the reality is that criminals are looking for any way to exploit the cybersecurity flaws of your company. Companies using data storage methods relying on big data, the cloud, and the IoT are finding all too often that they are not bulletproof and that a data breach can bring a business to a standstill or worse. However, there is one way to lessen the blow of a data breach. 

Disclosing to your customers that a data breach has happened and exhibiting total transparency afterward isn't just ethical, it's mandated. Transparency is also the only way to get your business back on track. Being open and honest when answering customer questions about a data breach will help you to regain their trust and protect your business operations. 

Below are some ways that transparency protects your business and some tips on how to be transparent in the event of a data breach.

Cloud Licensing in Your Environs

One of the first hurdles you'll face when migrating to The Cloud is the bewildering variety of license options available. While working with financial and legal terms can be excruciating, it can also help you choose the right provider and save money for your small business. To understand Cloud licensing, use this beginner's guide to get a better feel for how software licenses work.

The Permanent License

Previously, there was a perpetual license, whereby your software was stored on a physical disk and you were allowed to use it for an unlimited period under the terms of the End User License Agreement (EULA). Think of the EULA as the rule book for software; it tells you things like how many machines the software can install, how long you could have access to free updates, and how much liability the company is willing to shoulder if something goes wrong when you use the software.

7 Benefits of Cloud Computing

Even if you haven't yet signed up for cloud computing, you will most certainly have heard of it. Cloud computing means that you can upload (and download) documents to a safe space online, rather than keeping them all on your own laptop or server. You can also use cloud-based apps to make things even easier; these include accountancy apps and word processing programs. It is a much more secure way to store your important files and information, and you can access your documents from any computer or mobile device wherever you happen to be. 

If you're still unsure about using cloud computing, we've put together some of the main benefits to show you just how useful it can be. 

Catalogic Teams with Storware in North America

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Catalogic Software, a developer of innovative data protection solutions, today announced that it has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Storware, Inc., a Polish provider of simplified data protection systems for businesses, to offer Storware data protection products in the North American market. In addition, Catalogic is taking an equity stake in Storware.

As part of this announcement, Catalogic is also announcing integration with Catalogic DPX backup software and its recently released vStor software-defined backup repository.

 

Three Fiber ISPs Launch Turnkey Phone Service Portfolio with Alianza Cloud Voice Platform

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Alianza Inc., the cloud voice platform company, announced today that three fiber broadband Internet service providers (ISPs) have selected Alianza's Cloud Voice Platform to power new VoIP phone services for their customers.

The providers-a cable company and two rural electric cooperatives-are delivering fiber-based broadband for the residential and business customers in their communities, and had not previously offered phone service. They each recognized the importance of cloud communications in delivering a great customer experience, increasing win rates and generating additional revenue. Research from Leichtman Research Group shows that 64 percent of broadband households subscribe to a bundle of services. According to the Federal Communications Commission, U.S. VoIP subscriptions have grown 32 percent since 2013.

New Aruba Hyper Cloud Data Center set to create first-ever ecological network in Italy

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Aruba S.p.A., a leader in data center, cloud, web hosting, email, certified email (PEC) and domain registration services, has announced the construction of its new Hyper Cloud Data Center in Rome in a press conference today. The launch of its fourth Italian data center - and the ninth for the whole European network - will complete Aruba's project to create a modern ecological network of data centers in the country.  The new data center in Rome (called IT4) will help Aruba consolidate its position as an enterprise level IT service provider, thanks to its unique network of existing data centers spread across the Italian peninsula. It will offer US and international corporations a foundation for their IT infrastructure in Italy. 

The new data center will be built in the Tecnopolo Tiburtino area in Rome and is expected to be completed by Spring 2020. Although it will be similar to the one Aruba opened last year in Milan, it will become the benchmark for Italian companies and others across Europe. Already in the planning stages, the project for the new data center will receive an investment of around 300 million Euros over the course of five years.

Essentials for Building an Effective Website

When you decide to build a website, you may have several reasons for doing so. For some, they serve as a place to find general information, while others use it to create an interactive hub for existing customers and prospective ones. Whatever the case, a website is multifunctional and can do a lot for both individuals and businesses. However, it is essential that in the process of building your website, you understand the purposes that it will serve and build it accordingly. Doing so should help save you a great deal of hassle in the long run as well as the costs associated with making major changes. In light of this, you're going to find several essentials to take into consideration if you want to build an effective website.

Know the Purpose of The Website

AppDynamics Announces New European Software-as-a-Service Offering, Fuelling Application and Business Monitoring Adoption

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AppDynamics, a Cisco company and the leader in application intelligence, today announced its new European Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering, built on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) EU (Frankfurt) Region. Now, European enterprises can accelerate their digital transformations with AppDynamics and AWS with full confidence and control of their monitoring data.

European companies are developing applications that are more powerful and sophisticated than ever, enabling them to keep up with the new pace of digital business and ever-rising customer expectations. Modern CIOs recognise that real-time application and business monitoring provides the bridge between the performance of these new and improved applications and the resulting customer experience, and critically, underpins their wider digital transformation success.

"With AppDynamics' new European SaaS offering, customers can have the best of both worlds - access to world-class SaaS-based monitoring with the peace of mind that all monitoring data is stored locally in Europe," said Firaas Rashid, EMEA CTO, AppDynamics.

Virtustream Expands Partnership with SAP to Offer Data Hub on Virtustream Enterprise Cloud

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Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud company and a Dell Technologies business, today announced an expanded partnership with SAP, becoming one of the first global cloud providers to offer the SAP Data Hub solution on the cloud via Virtustream Enterprise Cloud. Customers can now choose to deploy SAP Data Hub, which is a data operations management solution that enables data orchestration, pipelining, governance and agile sharing of all data across a connected data landscape, as an out-of-the-box solution.

From a single location, SAP Data Hub and Virtustream Enterprise Cloud allow customers to accelerate and expand the flow of data across their organization. Customers can get up and running quickly with a comprehensive solution that is installed, managed and maintained by Virtustream, giving IT teams more time to focus on solving strategic business problems.

New H3C Group Cloud Computing Fully Boosts Industrial Digital Transformation With Full-Stack Service & Panoramic Ecosystem

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New H3C Group released an application-guided full-stack cloud service platform at the 2018 Navigate, integrating its own advantages with partners, delivering an end-to-end integrated solution and assisting the digital transformation of industry. Accordingly, New H3C Group will shift its role from a private cloud provider to a provider of full-stack cloud service solutions.

Establishing a Panoramic Cloud Ecosystem with Partners

New H3C Group advocates a panoramic ecosystem, a full-stack convergence cloud platform, indicating that the cloud service itself has a clear and distinct boundary. Beyond the boundary, New H3C Group has an entry point for the eco-partners' products at each hierarchy of the cloud service stack, to give the partners more chances to provide users with industrialized and scenario-based cloud service catalogs. By virtue of this panoramic ecosystem, New H3C Group and its partners will obtain two-way empowerment and create a win-win situation while building a strong ecosystem.

4 of the newest ways to market your small business online

The change in the world of online advertising over the last few years has been quick and dramatic. As recently as 2010, there only existed a handful of ways in which you could advertise your business on the internet and those were pretty much restricted to pay-per-click or display ads.

Not anymore. With ever-evolving technology and greater connectivity through smartphones and tablets, the range of advertising options has exploded and they've become more customizable, more trackable and offer far greater value for money.

If you haven't fully embraced online advertising yet, then what are you waiting for? Here are four of the newest ways to market your small business online.

Red Hat Launches Fuse 7 and Expands Cloud-Native Integration Portfolio with New iPaaS Offering

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the availability of Red Hat Fuse 7, the next major release of its distributed, cloud-native integration solution, and introduced a new fully hosted low-code integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) offering, Fuse Online. With Fuse 7, Red Hat is expanding its innovative integration capabilities natively to Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, the industry's most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform. Fuse gives customers a unified solution for creating, extending and deploying containerized integration services across hybrid cloud environments.

The ability to quickly and efficiently integrate custom and packaged applications across the hybrid cloud can be a competitive differentiator for organizations today. Now with an iPaaS offering, Fuse enables diverse users such as integration experts, application developers, and non-technical citizen integrators to independently participate in the integration process using a single platform, while maintaining compliance with corporate governance and processes.

The Future of Business Finance in the Cloud

Article Written by Avery Phillips

Among the many industries that have been revolutionized by cloud computing and virtual software services, perhaps unexpectedly, is finance. For businesses in particular, abandoning legacy systems and upgrading to cloud resources can significantly improve the efficiency and accuracy of financial operations. 

It's pretty much a win-win, reducing bulk (both in terms of on-site IT and time spent), and reducing a company's reliance on outdated software and expensive overhauls. 

Here's how it works, and what's in store as cloud services continue to advance.

Sysdig Collaborates with IBM Cloud to Expand Cloud Intelligence Solutions for Developers

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Sysdig, Inc., the cloud-native intelligence company, announced today it will work with IBM to support the Sysdig Cloud-Native Intelligence Platform in IBM Cloud. Sysdig offers unified security, monitoring, and forensics for containers and microservices, giving users a robust view of the health of their cloud apps. By delivering its platform with the IBM Cloud, Sysdig plans to enable developer teams with tools to easily develop, deploy, and secure cloud-native apps, existing workloads moving to the cloud, and hybrid cloud architectures. These capabilities include easily managing container lifecycles, gaining real-time visibility into the health and performance of microservices, and the ability to better catch potential security risks.

This collaboration stems from many developers organically realizing the benefits of tapping Sysdig technologies on top of IBM Cloud, and will expand this integration for a more seamless experience, higher efficiency, and to help teams rapidly achieve a broad range of operational requirements. The announcement of the addition of Sysdig into IBM Cloud's growing ecosystem of partners was made this week at DockerCon North America, and folds into other advancements IBM is making to deliver a cloud best designed for new workloads in AI, machine learning, and IoT. For more information, visit the IBM Cloud blog, "Building a Cloud for AI with Kubernetes, DevOps and Scale."

Rubrik Announces Alta 4.2 Release, Extending Leadership in the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud

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Rubrik today announced the release of Alta 4.2, the latest advancement in its Cloud Data Management platform. With Alta 4.2, Rubrik reinforces its market-leading position as a single control plane for the enterprise hybrid cloud, with further support for private cloud, public cloud, and traditional data center workloads. Rubrik users now have the ability to protect a broad set of cloud-native AWS EC2 workloads and traditional enterprise platforms like AIX and Solaris with the same data management software, helping organizations bridge the gap between existing and future infrastructures.

Most enterprises are interested in developing a hybrid cloud computing strategy to exploit the benefits of public cloud infrastructure as a service/platform as a service (IaaS/PaaS) for better elasticity, agility and overall operational efficiency. According to polling results from Gartner's Data Center Infrastructure & Operations Management Summit, 32% of IT leaders reported that developing a private/public/hybrid cloud strategy is the largest data center (DC) challenge they face. Enterprises adopting the hybrid cloud look for flexibility to easily migrate workloads across environments based upon economic or business requirements.

Sureline Systems And Alibaba Cloud Forge Technology Partnership

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Sureline Systems, a leader in enterprise-class on-premises, remote and cloud, physical and virtual server Migration and Disaster Recovery solutions has signed a technology licensing agreement with Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, for Sureline's SUREedge Migrator and DR technology. 

"We are very excited to enter into this new technology partnership based on a technology licensing agreement," said Ravi Goyal, CEO, Sureline Systems. "This partnership with the leading cloud provider in China certainly validates our innovative, hypervisor agnostic and scalable cloud migration and DR solutions."
 

VMware Delivers Next-Generation Network Functions Virtualization Platform for 5G and Multi-Cloud Telco Networks

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VMware, Inc. announced VMware vCloud NFV-OpenStack Edition 3.0, the next generation of the company's production-proven network functions virtualization (NFV) platform for communications service providers (CSPs). With this new version of vCloud NFV-OpenStack Edition, which will include VMware Integrated OpenStack-Carrier Edition 5.0, VMware will be able to deliver breakthrough improvements in network performance, new carrier-grade networking capabilities, and intent-based service assurance to help improve the total economics of software-defined, open standards-based 5G and multi-cloud telco networks.

"VMware's NFV solution is deployed in more than 50 CSPs globally supporting a wide variety of use cases and more than 300 million mobile subscribers. And with the imminent arrival of 5G, a new approach to the telco network and cloud is required to solve for the hyper distribution of virtual network functions, applications and data," said Shekar Ayyar, executive vice president and general manager, Telco NFV Group, VMware. "With VMware vCloud NFV-OpenStack 3.0, service providers will be able to build software-defined, programmable, highly-distributed Telco Distributed Clouds based on open standards to deliver new advanced services to consumers, and quality-of-service-based network slices to serve the application needs for a wide variety of industries."

Embotics Launches Industry's First Truly Next-Gen Hybrid Cloud Management Platform

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Embotics, the hybrid cloud automation and orchestration company, today unveiled the new version of its award-winning vCommander platform. In its new release, Embotics vCommander v7 delivers next-generation hybrid cloud management software built for automation, orchestration and governance of both traditional and new microservice-based applications while facilitating DevOps.

Research from the Ponemon Institute released today identifies a gap between decision-makers' views that DevOps and microservice enablement are important and their confidence in their organizations' ability to deliver them today - a gap that is costing the average enterprise $34 million each year. With so many enterprises struggling to deliver microservices-based applications and enable DevOps methodology (74 percent and 67 percent, respectively), the report also identifies a gap between the capabilities of current Cloud Management Platforms (CMP 1.0) and what organizations turning to cloud native applications need.

Rackspace Launches Colocation Services to Support Enterprises with Digital Transformation

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Rackspace announced the launch of Rackspace Colocation, a new service that allows customers to deploy their own hardware in Rackspace data centers. Leveraging resilient critical infrastructure, network and on-ground support services, Rackspace is focused on delivering true transformation as a service across applications, data, security and infrastructure. The new Rackspace Colocation offering enables organizations to reduce their total cost of ownership (TCO), while improving scalability, strengthening disaster recovery capabilities, reducing application latency and helping IT meet stringent security and compliance requirements.

According to 451 Research, the colocation market will grow at a 12 percent compound annual growth rate through 2020. Enterprises are using colocation to kick off their cloud journey by getting out of their self-managed data center to lower their TCO as they seek to optimize their IT portfolio across public and private clouds. Beyond the financial implications, businesses are also adopting colocation solutions to achieve geographic diversity, forge strategic low latency connections with cloud services providers, augment disaster recovery strategies and to ensure their workloads are running in facilities that meet specific security and compliance mandates.

87% of ITDMs say Compliance Worries Prevent Greater Cloud use, According to WinMagic Survey

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New research released today by WinMagic shows that 87% of ITDMs limit their use of the cloud because of the complexity of managing regulatory compliance. A quarter (24%) said, it meant as a result, they only work with a single cloud vendor in their infrastructure, rather than exploit the benefits of a multi-cloud environment, such as cost effectiveness, flexibility, reliability, security and avoiding vendor lock-in.

Hands tied by management tools

The survey, which spoke to ITDMs in Germany, India, the UK and US, also noted that 63% felt the need to use multiple infrastructure management tools was also a hugely restricting factor in their use of multiple cloud vendors.

Looking specifically at managing security compliance across the enterprise, over a quarter (28%) stated they would "not be completely confident" IT systems met all the required processes and standards if an audit was called "today". 7% went as far as to say there was "a high risk of them failing."