July 2018

The VMworld 2018 Content Catalog is Now Live!

 

After months of submissions and voting, VMware has created the content catalog for the upcoming VMworld US 2018 event.

Are you attending the event this year?  If so, this is your chance to start planning.  The content catalog contains a complete listing of all the sessions, including abstracts, speaker information, and (when available) details on session times and locations.  There are 600+ breakout sessions, panels, labs, quick talks and group discussions, and this is your opportunity to map out your conference experience to maximize your learning!

Juniper Networks Delivers EVPN-VXLAN Fabric to Connect Enterprise Data Center and Campus Networks

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Juniper Networks, an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced the expansion of its campus portfolio, including extending EVPN-VXLAN fabric to the campus, enabling a common architecture for campus and data center fabrics by unifying disparate architectures. Through this unification, Juniper Networks is providing the building blocks for an enterprise-wide fabric, a key component in building a simple, secure and automated multicloud. Juniper also announced enhancements to its branch portfolio with new capabilities in its Contrail SD-WAN solution, utilizing NFX SeriesSRX Series and vSRX Series WAN Edge devices combined with Contrail Service Orchestration. 

Most enterprises have separate campus and data center networks, leveraging entirely different architectures to provide connectivity across the two domains. This leads to divergent operations, which inhibits enterprises' attempts to unify their infrastructure under a common operational umbrella. With Juniper's new EVPN-VXLAN campus architecture, enterprises can build campus networks using the same protocols that are popular in the most stable and efficient data centers that exist today.

 

Datera Transforms Industry Approach to Data Services for High Performance Applications with 100% Software-Based Platform

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Datera, Inc. announced the immediate availability of its Datera 3.2 Platform, enabling customers to intelligently automate their data operations and capitalize on the transition to server-based architectures to solve their data challenges. With this latest release, Datera further extends its market leadership in data automation and orchestration for tier one applications with heightened integration into container-based applications, new levels of performance through collaboration with flash and persistent memory technology leaders Intel and Samsung, and expanded global reach with active-active stretch clusters that transcend legacy data silos. As part of this release, Datera also expands the list of deployment configurations and certifications with the industry's top three server providers (HPE, Dell and Cisco), making it easier for customers to attain the benefits of Datera with their hardware vendor of choice.

"The design of Datera's Data Services Platform simplifies and automates IT storage architectures for tier one applications by creating a single, enterprise-ready design that spans workloads, locations and uses cases," said George Crump, Lead Analyst at Storage Switzerland. "With its expanded support for container-based workloads and expanded server-based deployment options in 3.2, Datera makes a strong case to organizations looking to cure the headaches associated with legacy data architectures."

Investing: What You Need To Know

Investing: What You Need To Know

Pooling your money into places of investment can seem daunting, especially if you're not able to gain a guarantee that your venture will be fruitful. This is often the very nature of investment, and you cannot always be sure. If you're keen to continue ahead, then you will need to decide where you're going to invest, and thoroughly research which areas are the safest. These areas include mutual funds, individual stocks and bonds, real estate and land, to name just a few. You can no longer just go by what your gut tells you when there are large sums of money at stake, so it's imperative that you learn as much as you can on financial theories, active terminology, the risks, and good starting points.

SolarWinds MSP Launches MSP Pulse Benchmarking Tool for MSPs

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SolarWinds MSP, a global leader in delivering comprehensive, scalable IT service management solutions to IT solution providers and MSPs, has today launched MSP Pulse, a benchmarking tool that is designed to enable managed service providers to effectively understand the health of their business, with deep insight into opportunity areas for new investment, and an understanding of how they rank against their peers.

MSP Pulse was developed in partnership with The 2112 Group, a leading business-strategy firm focused on improving the performance of technology companies' direct and indirect channels. With the new tool, MSPs answer a few questions that drive a customized, comprehensive report. It details:

Threat Stack Releases 451 Research Pathfinder Report: Refocusing Security Operations in the Cloud Era

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Threat Stack announced the publication of the 451 Research Pathfinder Report: Refocusing Security Operations in the Cloud Era. The Pathfinder Report, commissioned by Threat Stack, provides specific and actionable guidance for IT, DevOps, and security teams as they adapt to the increased adoption of public cloud, DevOps practices, and modern infrastructure like containers.

As organizations continue to adopt public cloud and drive towards digital transformation initiatives, many will shift towards a DevOps culture that values agility and flexibility in the development process. The 451 Research Pathfinder Report cautions that it can be easy to overlook security during this transition and provides security guidance for organizations with an IT infrastructure in transition.

Formula 1 Selects AWS as its Official Cloud and Machine Learning Provider

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced that Formula One Group (Formula 1) is moving the vast majority of its infrastructure from on-premises data centers to AWS, and standardizing on AWS's machine learning and data analytics services to accelerate its cloud transformation. Formula 1 will work with AWS to enhance its race strategies, data tracking systems, and digital broadcasts through a wide variety of AWS services-including Amazon SageMaker, a fully managed machine learning service that enables everyday developers and scientists to easily build and deploy machine learning models, AWS Lambda, AWS's pioneering event-driven serverless computing service, and AWS analytics services-to uncover never-before-seen metrics that will change the way fans and teams enjoy, experience, and participate in racing. Formula 1 has also selected AWS Elemental Media Services to power its video asset workflows, enhancing the viewing experience for its 500 million plus fans worldwide.

Predictive Analytics in the Cloud

Article Written by Avery Phillips

What is happening with your business? What is going to happen with your customers?

We've been able to spidey-sense changes in the marketplace with predictive analytics that have been made available through the computing power of the cloud.

And it's amazing.

With the added capability of pulling in additional computing power seemingly from thin air, cloud computing has allowed us to use algorithms and data in ways we never could before. Now that we are able to make informed decisions with huge data sets and access to information and predictive behavior via cloud computing, the future of business and its interaction with clients will never be the same. "Separately, predictive analytics and cloud solutions are changing the way organiza­tions do business ... Together, they open up a wealth of opportunities."

Here are a few reasons the ability to use predictive analytics, by taking advantage of cloud computing, is vital to your business success.

NAFCU Services Announces Amazon Web Services as a Preferred Partner for Cloud Computing

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NAFCU Services has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world's most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, as the Preferred Partner for their Cloud Computing Platform. Amazon Web Services joins the distinguished group of NAFCU Services Preferred Partners, carefully selected by three panels of leading credit union CEOs.

AWS offers over 125 services for computing, storage, networks, and more to help credit unions run critical applications and workloads in the cloud. With over one million monthly active customers across every industry, AWS enables credit unions to accelerate innovation, enhance member service, operate more efficiently, and strengthen security: https://aws.amazon.com/financial-services/.

The Benefits of Cloud Computing for a Small Business

Cloud computing is being hailed as the best thing since the post-it note for modern business owners. Are you sat there wondering what it's all about? Business owners, big and small, successful and new ventures are turning to this new way of doing business. Gone are the days of traditional applications for your desktop. Long gone are the days of paper and pen, even! Figures suggest that within a few years, more than three-quarters of small businesses will be using cloud services, and there are numerous reasons why this will be so. Here is a guide for beginners. After all, with so many small businesses jumping on board, it's got to be something worthwhile.

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is as simple as it sounds: it's computing based remotely, by utilizing the internet. Traditionally, a small business owner would have made use of a number of different applications on a desktop. The apps or programs would be downloaded directly onto a computer or a server. Nowadays, there is no need for this as cloud computing allows for the same applications directly from the internet. It's not just businesses that make use of this system. Facebook, for example, uses cloud computing as does your mobile banking service. Even the Government of Canada makes use of cloud computing. It allows you, as a business owner, to view, edit, and access all your important information from anywhere in the world. You're no longer tied to the office or forced to work using a specific computer. As long as you've got an internet connection you can run your business from China to Timbuctoo. 

Crayon Recognized as Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Service Provider

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Crayon, a global leader in Software Asset Management (SAM) and Cloud Economics, has achieved a significant milestone in being recognized as a Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Service Provider (MSP).

As customers move to the public cloud with increasing pace, they need partners with a deep level of cloud expertise and experience to guide them. Inclusion in the Azure Expert MSP program is awarded to partners that meet a stringent set of requirements, including verified proof of excellence in customer delivery and technical expertise, and the successful completion of an independent audit of their managed services, people, processes and technologies.
 

Uila Extends Monitoring and Analytics to Multi-Cloud

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Uila Inc., the Multi-Cloud Monitoring and Analytics company, today released support for seamless Multi-Cloud visibility across all Private and Public Cloud deployments including VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platforms.  Uila's new Multi-Cloud version provides a single pane of glass to monitor performance, capacity and resource allotments simultaneously across Multiple Cloud technologies, both public and private. With this new release, IT Operations and Cloud IT teams are now armed with critical information that will help them proactively plan application deployment, monitor performance, prevent and solve service degradation issues for workloads that span multiple clouds.

Since the first release, Uila's Application Dependency Map has provided detailed, dynamic Application topology maps for multi-tier applications, allowing proactive troubleshooting of issues at lightning speeds with full visibility into the behavior, health and dependencies across applications and infrastructure. With the new release, this capability has been further expanded with full workload dependency visibility across multiple clouds and cloud providers. IT teams can now pinpoint performance bottlenecks for workloads spanning multiple clouds in a single view. This dynamic Multi-Cloud Dependency Mapping & performance analysis capability is not only important for solving application performance issues, but provides the needed visibility for organizations who may be switching cloud providers or rolling back to an on-premise datacenter.

 

VirtaMove Announces Native Support for the "Big Three" Clouds Azure, AWS and GCP

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VirtaMove announced that its Application Migration automation technology supports workload migration to the "Big Three" clouds: Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google Compute Platform (GCP). VirtaMove provides a dedicated version of V-Maestro, a GUI-based orchestration product, that is supported in the cloud in each of these "big three" cloud versions. The software also provides a library of migration templates that can speed application migrations for legacy Windows Servers to a modern green-field cloud-hosted Windows operating system like WS2012 or WS2016.

VirtaMove Migration Intelligence (MI) Suite is a comprehensive and innovative family of software products that orchestrates, monitors, and migrates Windows Server applications to a newer OS, in any cloud. Migration Intelligence products allow you to migrate applications from inhouse servers to the cloud and intelligently re-use migration templates for even greater efficiency and portability. The MI Suite also provides provisioning capabilities for creating the optimal destination environment in the cloud.

Striim Strengthens Platform for Cloud-based Analytics

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Striim, provider of an enterprise-grade platform for streaming data integration, today announced the general availability of version 3.8.4 of the Striim platform. This new release strengthens the platform's capabilities in helping organizations with their transition to, and use of, cloud-based analytics by creating enterprise-grade, real-time data pipelines to feed different layers of their cloud environment. Available as a cloud service, Striim enables companies to reap the agility and cost-savings benefits of cloud-based analytics with real-time data movement, scalability, and faster time-to-market.

With the new 3.8.4 release, the Striim platform can support organizations across all layers of their cloud-based analytical environment by bringing real-time data to:

Luminate Announces Microsoft Azure Integration Offering Seamless, Secured Access to Hosted Corporate Applications

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Luminate Security, provider of a universal platform for secure access to corporate applications in hybrid cloud environments, today announced that its agentless Secure Access Cloud platform is fully integrated with Microsoft Azure, providing direct, secure access to applications and services deployed on Azure. 

Luminate's platform also integrates with Azure Active Directory for authentication and policy management throughout the lifetime of the user's session. 

As organizations are transferring their data centers to the cloud, their corporate IT security operations need to shift. Traditional access security tools were designed for solutions such as site-to-site and remote access VPNs, making cloud connections complex and insufficiently secure while breaking up the cloud-user experience.

 

5nine Expands Platform with Hybrid Cloud Management and Security for Microsoft Azure

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5nine, a provider of security and management solutions for the Microsoft Cloud, today announced it is expanding the 5nine solution suite  to support the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform, thereby providing full management and security capabilities across the entire Microsoft Cloud environment - private, public and hybrid. 5nine Cloud Manager, formerly 5nine Manager Datacenter, enables users to manage, monitor and backup/recover their existing cloud infrastructure while easing the transition to hybrid environments. 

5nine greatly simplifies businesses' ability to manage and secure their cloud infrastructure. 5nine Cloud Manager is uniquely positioned to help businesses achieve maximum ROI from their cloud investments by managing and securing those resources regardless of their rapidly-changing environment.

 

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) 16.5 Launches

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Parallels launched version 16.5 of Parallels Remote Application Server, which allows IT administrators to automatically provision remote desktop session hosts and enables Parallels RAS deployment to auto-scale based on the load. Parallels RAS now also supports publishing Microsoft App-V containers. The extended PowerShell API supports new features including automation for a variety of complex configurations and repetitive tasks (as well as automation for extended client policies), giving IT administrators flexibility to easily configure client devices.

Managed service providers (MSPs) and independent software vendors (ISVs) now have new customization capabilities, such as rebranding the Windows Client and the ability to download a branded Windows Client through the HTML5 gateway. In addition, MSPs and ISVs can now flexibly manage and monitor licenses for their clients or farms with Service Provider, with the ability to set the maximum user limits and notifications if sub-licenses have reached their limit.

Fingerprint's Cloud Backup and Archive Services Built on Scality RING

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Scality, leader in software solutions for distributed file and object storage and multi-cloud data control, announced today that Fingerprint Technologies, a "one-stop shop" for business technology customers, depends on Scality RING software-defined storage (SDS) as the underpinning for its backup and archive cloud services offerings. 

Fingerprint Technologies is a company that fosters an environment of adventure and passion for the business, and developing innovative solutions for business IT is an underlying goal.  Offering everything from broadband services to web development to infrastructure, it's no surprise that ease of use and smooth integration with a variety of applications are important to the team there. They implemented their Scality RING across three sites to ensure data availability and integrity--even if one site goes down.

Alcide Announces New Release of its Cloud-Native Security Platform for Modern Data Center and Cloud Environments

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Alcide, provider of the most comprehensive full-stack cloud native security platform, today announced a new release of its Cloud Native Security Platform. The new version, on the heels of the platform's general availability in April 2018, represents a significant milestone based on extensive work with existing customers and design partners, adding features while improving performance and scalability.

Alcide's platform provides unprecedented granular visibility, control and security for a wide range of modern cloud-native environments, including containers, virtual machines, serverless computing and service mesh, as well as physical data centers. The result is not just deeper insight into complex infrastructures, but robust security against cyberattacks through the following capabilities: application aware micro-segmentation, a network visualization and connectivity map, advanced threat protection and embedded security policies.

Hedvig and Veeam Enable Enterprises to Modernize Their Backup Infrastructure

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Hedvig, the company modernizing storage and accelerating enterprise adoption of private and hybrid clouds, announced it has been tested as a Veeam Ready Repository. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform together with Veeam Backup & Replication not only provides high-availability, security, and broad application support, but also offers enterprises the flexibility of selecting any hardware or public cloud offering.

The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform is a software-defined storage solution that allows businesses to create an elastic storage system built from low-cost, commodity server hardware to support any application, hypervisor, container or cloud. Hedvig is built with cloud-like provisioning and simplicity for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and seamlessly plugs into cloud orchestration solutions to deliver automated, on-demand storage provisioning at any scale.