August 2018

The Cloud & the Law

Article Written by Avery Phillips

Whether uploading photos on Instagram, creating do-to lists on Evernote or saving projects on Google Drive, you're storing them on the cloud. It's a universal technology becoming more and more present in our daily lives than ever before. As the social media landscape and online world grows larger, the cloud's capacity to store information is becoming bigger every day, and companies worldwide are taking notice. Many companies are now moving their business to the cloud as technology advances and improves. But some worry the cloud's access is overreaching and could lead to dangerous consequences. 

How Is Amazon Advancing Cloud-Based Technology? 

According to Mashable, Amazon created their own cloud computing platform called Amazon Web Services in 2006. The company offers online services to websites such as cloud-based storage and database services. Amazon is pushing cloud-based technology in other innovative directions, such as the development of the Amazon Key, which customers can use to unlock their front door and track package deliveries. 

CloudWave Achieves SOC 1 Type 2 and SOC 2 Type 2 Compliance

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CloudWave, an IT infrastructure, cloud services, and technology consulting services provider for healthcare organizations, has successfully completed Service Organization Controls (SOC) 1 Type 2 and SOC 2 Type 2 examinations, performed by Assure Professional - a leading cybersecurity, assurance and compliance solutions provider. CloudWave's financial transaction processing system is both SOC 1 Type 2 and SOC 2 Type 2 compliant, in accordance with the attestation standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

"We have had the opportunity to work with CloudWave for the past several years in evaluating their control environment as it relates to adherence to the SOC examination standard as published by the AICPA. Once again CloudWave has demonstrated their commitment to Security and Availability in their service offerings," said Juan Vargas, Assure Professional Senior IT Security Auditor.

EnterpriseDB Announces Cloud Migration Portal, Product Updates to Run Postgres Everywhere

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EnterpriseDB, developer of the most complete Postgres-based database platform, announced the beta version of its EDB Postgres Migration Portal, the first fully-automated online tool for moving Oracle databases to the EDB Postgres Platform.

The Migration Portal is the centerpiece of recent releases that makes it easier for users to run EDB Postgres everywhere - whether an on-premises data center, private or public cloud computing platform. In addition, the company announces new features in EDB Postgres Ark and EDB Postgres Containers that facilitate both on-premises and cloud deployments. The combination of multiple deployment models along with portability to move workloads enables EDB customers to have the same Postgres experience no matter what platform they choose.

 

Carbon Black Introduces Cb LiveOps for Real-Time Query and Response

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Carbon Black announced the release of Cb LiveOps. Cb LiveOps extends core functionality of osquery to empower organisations to ask questions of all endpoints, take action to remediate identified issues in real time, and simplify operational reporting. It is the newest offering built on Carbon Black's groundbreaking Cb Predictive Security Cloud (PSC), a platform that delivers complete endpoint prevention, detection, and response, all from a single agent.

Delivering Cb LiveOps on the PSC gives customers a consolidated and comprehensive, cloud-delivered security stack, one that bridges security and IT operations. As a result, organisations can move away from existing offerings in the market, such as those offered by Tanium and CrowdStrike, to a solution that delivers a full suite of functionality serving both security and IT teams. With Cb LiveOps, security teams can perform in-depth investigations, conduct remote remediation from the cloud, and perform on-demand vulnerability assessments, all within a single solution.

 

NAKIVO Releases v7.5 with vSphere 6.7 Support and Cross-Platform Recovery

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NAKIVO, Inc., a fast-growing virtualization and cloud backup software company, announced the release of NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.5. The latest version supports vSphere 6.7 and adds integration with major storage vendors such as DELL EMC Data Domain and NETGEAR ReadyNAS.

Kaminario Expands Open Hardware Strategy for NVMe-based K2.N Storage Architecture

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Kaminario, a leading cloud storage software company, is expanding its certified hardware stack for the NVMe-based K2.N storage platform.  K2.N is powered by Kaminario's unique composable storage platform and leverages a fully-converged NVMe / NVMeF hardware stack comprised of industry-leading hardware solutions. Kaminario and its hardware partners are delivering the next generation of cloud-scale storage solutions that provide the highest levels of performance, flexibility, and cost-efficiency. 

"Kaminario's software-focused composable storage platform is designed to leverage best-in class hardware solutions, while giving customers the flexibility to align datacenter infrastructures to their own hardware strategies," said Eyal David, CTO, Kaminario. "Our certified hardware strategy delivers flexibility while ensuring the enterprise-class capability world-class datacenter operators need."

 

Nutanix Announces Intent to Acquire Frame to Deliver DaaS from Multiple Clouds

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Nutanix announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mainframe2, Inc. ("Frame"), a leader in cloud-based Windows desktop and application delivery. With Frame, Nutanix customers will be able to deliver desktops-as-a-service (DaaS) from multiple clouds, combining the consumer-grade simplicity and web-scale design of cloud applications with the functionality of traditional virtual desktop applications. The closing of the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions.

According to Gartner, "by 2019, 50% of new VDI users will be deployed on DaaS platforms." The report goes on to state that, "interest in DaaS has resurfaced as a hot topic with midsize organizations that have progressed and matured their cloud strategies." (Gartner, Inc., When Midsize Organizations Should Select Desktop as a Service, Nathan Hill, Refreshed: July 19, 2018 | Published: 31 January 2017) Taking advantage of Frame's cloud-native architecture, Nutanix will extend the service to Xi Cloud and Google Cloud Platform, while continuing support for popular third-party clouds like AWS and Azure. This will provide customers with a genuine multi-cloud deployment model, consistent with Nutanix's philosophy of customer choice.

dinCloud, first to join the Citrix Ready CSP Program

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dinCloud, a digital transformation platform that offers hosted workspaces and cloud infrastructure, has announced that it is the first Citrix Service Provider (CSP) to join the Citrix Ready CSP Program.

The Citrix Ready Program helps customers identify third-party solutions that are recommended to enhance Citrix workspace, networking and analytics solutions. dinCloud completed a rigorous testing and verification process to ensure compatibility with Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop, providing confidence to customers in joint the solutions.

"This allows us to extend the ability to run a Citrix-powered hosted workspace using the dinCloud platform which has automation and ease of use as a core tenant," said Farhan Mirza, senior director of engineering at dinCloud.

vOneCloud 3.2 Released with Marketplace and Docker Integration

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OpenNebula Systems, the company behind the OpenNebula Project, announced the immediate availability of the 3.2 stable version of vOneCloud, the virtual appliance for vSphere that transforms an existing VMware vCenter deployment into an automated, self-service private cloud. vOneCloud is commercially supported by OpenNebula Systems.

This new release of the appliance, tailored to ease the provisioning of resources from vSphere based infrastructures, comes packed with exciting new features. vOneCloud 3.2, which is based on OpenNebula 5.6 ‘Blue Flash, brings a revamped import mechanism, improved driver performance, VNC options for Wild VMs, network creation reworked, VM migration between clusters, marketplace integration, Docker integration, and scheduled periodic actions.

SentinelOne Announces Partnership with Avid Secure to Bring Complete Visibility to Cloud Security

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SentinelOnethe autonomous endpoint protection company, has partnered with Avid Secure, an intelligent cloud security and compliance company, to provide security teams with complete visibility into their cloud workloads-including their hosts and networks. By combining SentinelOne with Avid Secure, security professionals are instantly able to determine whether or not resources are protected and prioritize their protection needs.

"Agility is a key use case for public cloud adoption. SentinelOne and Avid Secure's combined solution provides real-time cloud workload protection status at your fingertips. This is critical for migrating several petabytes of our data and many services to AWS and Azure cloud platforms," said Aaron Peck, Vice President and CISO, Shutterfly Inc.

ScaleFlux Computational Storage Transforms Cloud Infrastructure

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ScaleFlux, Inc., a pioneer in deploying Computational Storage at scale, is rapidly expanding its market reach directly with Tier-1 customers worldwide. The launch of its 2nd generation Computational Storage platform brings support for cutting edge NAND technology and delivers performance enhancements across the board to maintain its lead in maximizing flash infrastructure.

Hao Zhong, CEO and Co-Founder of ScaleFlux, will deliver a keynote presentation titled "Computational Storage: Acceleration Through Intelligence and Agility", Wednesday, Aug 8 @ 2:10pm in the main hall of Flash Memory Summit. This presentation will cover how hyperscale/cloud environments are realizing a 10X improvement in hybrid transactional and analytical processing capabilities. In addition, webscalers in markets spanning online gaming, adtech, and digital payments who heavily depend on high transaction applications have realized the benefits of ScaleFlux Computational Storage over other Flash storage solutions.

Aviatrix Software-Defined Cloud Routing Solution Adds Important Security Measures for AWS VPCs

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Aviatrix, a pioneer in software-defined (SD) cloud routing and an inaugural AWS Network Competency partner, today announced a new security capability for its AVX SD cloud routing solution. The AVX virtual private cloud (VPC) egress security feature makes it easy to both discover and control internet traffic leaving Amazon Web Services (AWS) VPCs, allowing organizations to more effectively secure egress traffic against internal threats and external attacks.

The AVX VPC egress security capability also enables organizations to comply with internal best practices and industry regulations such as Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards, which require controls and restrictions in place to deny unauthorized outbound traffic related to cardholder data.

"Moving resources to the public cloud doesn't absolve organizations of the strict security and regulatory requirements governing how they manage their enterprise data traffic," said Aviatrix CEO Steven Mih. "Internet-bound VPC egress traffic has been a blind spot, making it nearly impossible for cloud engineers to distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate destinations. As organizations move more of their workloads to the public cloud, they need cloud-specific tools to give them both visibility into and control over AWS VPC egress traffic."

Four Ways to Simplify Your Business

The complexities of business are what makes it such a fascinating area of work: there's people to manage, sales to forecast, risks to conceive of and setbacks to tackle, all of which can come from a wide variety of directions. Nonetheless, when it comes to managing your own business, these complexities can sometimes get in the way of effective, efficient and therefore optimal business performance: you'll want to simplify some of your business procedures to really get ahead. Here are just four tips to help you simplify your business so that it's able to perform at its peak. 

Webinar: The 7 Barriers to Cloud Adoption and Digital Transformation Success

 

In this webinar, Cloudistics will identify the 7 Barriers to Cloud Adoption and Digital Transformation Success. Participants will learn what the 7 barriers are and gain insights and understanding of why recognizing and overcoming them is so incredibly important.

Multiple cloud studies have revealed that some 82% of organizations have a desire to use cloud to help them simplify IT processes, become more innovative and as a result accelerate time-to-market and time-to- value.

AWS Announces General Availability of Amazon Aurora Serverless

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced general availability of Amazon Aurora Serverless. Aurora Serverless is a new deployment option for Amazon Aurora that automatically starts, scales, and shuts down database capacity with per-second billing for applications with less predictable usage patterns. Amazon Aurora Serverless offers database capacity without the need to provision, scale, and manage any servers. Aurora Serverless brings the power of the MySQL-compatible database built for the cloud to applications with intermittent or cyclical usage patterns without the need to manage database servers. To get started with Amazon Aurora Serverless, visit https://aws.amazon.com/aurora/serverless.

IGEL To Bring DISRUPT End User Computing Forum to Las Vegas

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IGEL, a world leader in endpoint management software for the secure enterprise, today announced that it is bringing the DISRUPT End User Computing (EUC) Forum to Las Vegas. The event will take place August 26-28, 2018 at Border Grill at Mandalay Bay, and will feature presentations on latest innovations in end-user computing and workspace management, deep dive trainings on IGEL products and solution demonstrations by IGEL ecosystem and channel partners. Event registration is now open. 

"End user computing is fast becoming a top priority for IT driven by Window 10 migrations and security challenges," said Jed Ayres, President and CEO of IGEL North America and Global CMO. "DISRUPT EUC Las Vegas will address these challenges and more through thought leadership sessions and deep dive trainings. As the center for EUC disruption in 2018, this event is the best place to learn how to optimize endpoints for optimal user productivity and security through today's state-of-the-art VDI and DaaS solutions." 

How To Be A Better IT Manager

Working in IT is a tough job because it’s a complex industry and you need to have specific knowledge that’s going to help advance the company where you work. Part of your responsibility in a leadership role is to be a good manager and help the employees who are under you succeed. 
Not only will you enjoy your job more when you learn how to become a better IT manager, but your department will likely thrive as well. People will start to notice all your hard work,and you’ll have a better chance at being in the running for the next promotion. 
 
Educate Yourself  

As a manager, you can’t always expect to depend on other people for answers and solutions. You have to want to take the initiative to educate yourself on all that’s going on in the IT world and be ready to propose your ideas to management. Become a better IT manager when you not only have the skill, but also the knowledge to excel at your job. Attend conferences, read up on various publications and take online courses to help you gain new information and stay on top of the latest trends. Keep in mind that the more you know the better suggestions you can make and the more people will trust you to do a good job. 
 

Cloud-Based Apps Can Make Your Life As a Landlord Easier



Article Written by Sally Perkins

Not so long ago, cloud computing seemed like something out of a science fiction storyline. Instead of dedicating space for information, programs, and applications on your own hard drive, you can just pop onto the internet and access all of the data from any place. These days, more applications and programs are moving to the cloud for greater accessibility and flexibility.

As a landlord, you have a job that requires 24/7 diligence. You never know when a water heater could start leaking or a tenant could have a security emergency. Thankfully, cloud-based applications can actually make your job easier and your tenants' experience in your units better.

7 Tips for Hyper-V Monitoring that You’ll Wish You Read Sooner

Learn how to better manage your Hyper-V environment and improve performance. In this article, we'll walk through how to optimally configure your VMs and servers. Then, we'll provide a number of tips for monitoring your Hyper-V VMs. 

A key aspect of optimizing and monitoring performance is understanding the requirements for the workloads. You need to identify these requirements, along with the dependencies of the software that you'll run, and then categorize the various types of resource utilization parameters. These are the high-level considerations: 

  • Memory - What is the amount of RAM that is necessary for a specific VM? Is this amount adequate for all levels of application activity?
  • CPU - Learn if the applications are typically CPU-intensive. Is it possible the performance gains will be seen with multiple CPUs?
  • Storage Options - Account for all speed and capacity requirements for storage that supports the VMs. Will the applications run better using network storage?
  • Network - Does any VM need access to other systems-or to the Internet? Which of these VMs will generate heavy traffic?

Gather this information from historical statistics that your organization may be collecting, or think through how best to conduct the estimates. Either approach will be helpful in identifying potential performance bottlenecks.

Portworx Expands Container Data Management Options for Amazon Web Services Customers

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Portworx, the cloud native storage company modern enterprises trust to manage data in containers, today announced that Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) has integrated with its flagship product PX-Enterprise, enabling mission critical stateful workloads to run in Docker containers with dynamic provisioning, cross-Availability Zone high availability, application consistent snapshots, auto-scaling and encryption functionality. Following Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) integration with PX-Enterprise earlier this year, Amazon customers have unparalleled choice when it comes radically simplified operations of containerized stateful services running anywhere on the Amazon Web Services platform.

Containers have redefined how today's leading enterprises build and deploy applications, automate operations and cut costs through improved resource utilization. As container adoption accelerates, however, to include mission critical stateful services like databases, enterprises have discovered a need for a cloud native storage solution that provides HA, backups, snapshots, encryption, auto-scaling and monitoring integration to successfully manage stateful containerized applications. The combination Amazon ECS scaleable container platform and Portworx persistent storage provides enterprises with an easy-to-manage container environment no matter what their scale.