December 2018

OpsRamp's Cloud Skills Survey Finds That 94% of IT Organizations Are Struggling To Find Cloud Talent

OpsRamp, the service-centric AIOps platform for the modern enterprise, today announced the results of its survey on the talent crisis for the Cloud, DevOps, and Site Reliability Engineering skills at the Gartner Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies Conference. The survey illustrates a crisis in hiring for digital talent and skills that is stifling innovation, impacting productivity and derailing revenue growth. 

The transition to cloud-native applications and infrastructure is well underway: Over 60% of IT professionals mentioned that a majority of their applications are either built or run using hybrid cloud architectures. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) organizations will need vastly different skills, technologies, and processes over the next five years as they adopt a cloud-first posture. How do IT leaders find the right talent that can deploy and maintain dynamic, flexible and cost-effective digital services?

 

Tips For Helping Your Company Adopt More Technology Solutions

As the head of technology at your organization, it can be challenging to get upper management and your employees to accept that what you're telling them is best for the company. The reality is that technology solutions can be complicated and aren't always cut and dry. These types of changes often put others on the defense and cause them to ask a lot of tough questions.

It's a wise idea to have a list of ways handy for how you can get the go-ahead at your company from those who matter the most to adopt more technology solutions. It's your job as the lead in this area to sell them on it and make sure what you're suggesting is genuinely going to help your business move forward in a positive direction.

Explain the Benefits

One tip to help your company adopt more technology solutions is to be forthcoming about all the benefits that will come from these upgrades. For instance, take time to study all you need to know about speeding up your content pages for mobile and understanding the advantages of working in the cloud. Come to meetings prepared to go over all the reasons why what you're proposing is the best move at the time and worth the investment in the long run. Put together a list of the most appealing options in your opinion and present the benefits in a clear and concise manner or presentation. This is one of the most important steps because if people can't see how these solutions are aiding them, then it's going to be more difficult to get them to commit to your solutions and move forward. 

CSS Tools That Change the Way We Use Code

CSS is extremely helpful in the design and structure of websites and knowing how to use and understand it allows you to change coding and adapt web pages to suit your specific needs. The benefits of using CSS include allowing you to manage your own website template and design, which can lead you to attract clientele and work towards your goals through a professional looking website that presents the identity that you envisioned. For non-IT professionals though, CSS can be a complex and often indecipherable language that many potential users can find difficult to grasp. However, long, complex pages of code can now be made easier with these simple changes to the way that you use CSS.

Typography Tools

Typography can become one of the most complex elements of CSS, managing how your website displays text and its appearance to site visitors. Although typography includes many simple features such as font and italics, features such as spacing and text alignment can prove more difficult to control to suit your vision. However, with must-have typography tools such as text designers, you will be able to communicate with your audience without the difficulties of some CSS programs. Tools such as CSS Type Set and Gridlover are excellent examples of tools that give you back the control that CSS can sometimes leave you without, giving you the autonomy to design at your will without the complexities of a difficult system. While CSS Type Set allows you to test different fonts and play with different layouts and designs, Gridlover is one of the best tools to use for spacing issues and for grappling with headings and sub-headings.

Univa Selected as a Winner in the 2018 Best in Biz Awards

Univa, a leading innovator in enterprise-grade workload management and optimization solutions for on-premise and hybrid cloud high-performance computing (HPC), today announced that it has been named a silver winner in the Enterprise Product of the Year category for its Navops Launch platform in the 2018 Best in Biz Awards, an independent business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America.

Navops Launch is a hybrid cloud management platform that combines public cloud services and on-premise clusters to cost-effectively meet increasing workload demand. This solution optimizes and balances application placement in hybrid cloud services versus on-premise infrastructure and reduces the risk of uncontrolled spending from migrating HPC applications to cloud, to offer enterprise users predictability, monitoring and control of their cloud expenditures. Univa's recent release of Navops Launch 1.0, uses an automation engine that integrates cluster and cloud management systems with end-user defined metrics to fully inform intelligent cloud workload placement actions. With Navops Launch, organizations can take advantage of the virtually unlimited scalability, lightning-fast cluster creation and the pay-per-use economics of hybrid HPC cloud computing with fully automated control of spending and policies.

The Benefits of Moving IT Management to the Cloud



Article Written by Avery Phillips

 

When it comes to moving IT management to the cloud, there is no one size-fits-all strategy. In fact, patience and research are essential to making sure that a company finds the solution that is right for them. It takes time to align resources, build capacity, and engage vendors to make sure everyone is on the same page. 

Cloud solutions range from hybrid solutions, in which some information is stored locally and the rest on the cloud, to the choices between private and public cloud services. No matter which way a company chooses to go, though, there are some clear benefits of moving IT management to the cloud. 

Using a trusted IT management software can eliminate some of the problems and concerns many businesses have and make the process of moving to the cloud a much simpler one. When it comes right down to it though, what are the advantages of moving your IT to the cloud?

ZeroStack Delivers AI-as-a-Service

ZeroStack, creators of a self-driving cloud that lets users focus on their businesses, today announced that administrators of its Self-Driving Cloud platform can provide single-click deployment of GPU resources and deep learning frameworks like TensorFlow, PyTorch, and MXNet, taking care of all the OS and CUDA library dependencies so users can focus on AI development. Furthermore, users can enable GPU acceleration with dedicated access to multiple GPU resources for an order-of-magnitude faster inference latency and user responsiveness. GPUs within hosts can be shared across users in a multi-tenant manner.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning products and solutions are quickly becoming commonplace and are shaping our experiences in computing like no other time in history, and AI applications and solutions are now more viable than ever with the availability of modern machine learning and deep learning frameworks such as TensorFlow, Caffe, etc., along with access to GPUs that are built specifically to perform parallel operations on large amounts of data. However, one significant challenge remains: deploying, configuring, and executing these complex tools and managing their interdependencies and versioning and compatibility with servers and GPUs.

Teradici Expands Support for Multicloud Environments

Teradici, the creator of industry-leading PCoIP technology and Cloud Access Software, today announced expanded support for multicloud environments. Users of Teradici Cloud Access Software can now manage virtual machines deployed from public clouds, private data centers or any combination of the two via a newly updated Cloud Access Manager. With the introduction of multicloud entitlements, companies can now create and manage these virtual environments on AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure or via their on-premise infrastructure, benefiting from the flexibility and agility that a multicloud strategy enables.

"Teradici is committed to supporting our customers and their multicloud strategy. Expanding the capabilities of Cloud Access Software provides more flexibility and simplifies how businesses can securely deliver high-performance virtual workstations across their entire organization," said David Smith, CEO of Teradici. "Our technology enables enterprise organizations the flexibility to easily and quickly scale their cloud deployments up or down using a mix of private and public clouds."

"With the multicloud capabilities of Cloud Access Software, we can connect staff and freelance artists to virtual desktops in our in-studio private cloud or to high performance work environments hosted in the public cloud," said Jeremy Smith, CTO, Jellyfish Pictures. "We have the flexibility and agility to scale our IT infrastructure, via private or public clouds, based on project requirements."

Portworx Releases PX-Enterprise 2.0 to Solve Data Portability with Kubernetes for Hybrid and Multi-cloud Enterprises

Portworx, the cloud-native storage company modern enterprises trust to manage data in containers, today announced the availability of PX-Enterprise 2.0, the most significant new release to-date of its comprehensive cloud native storage and data management solution for running stateful containers in production. The two most significant updates are PX-Motion and PX-Central. PX-Motion allows Kubernetes users to migrate application data and Kubernetes pod configurations between clusters enabling cloud migration, backup & recovery, blue-green deployments and more. PX-Central enables enterprises to manage their Kubernetes application data with embedded monitoring and metrics directly from the Portworx dashboard. Together these updates empower enterprises to overcome the biggest barriers to hybrid- and multi-cloud adoption, as well as manage and protect containerized applications, including their mission critical data, from a single platform.

According to findings from Portworx's 2018 Annual Container Adoption Survey, also published today, one-third of respondents report running containers in more than one cloud, with 23 percent running in two clouds and 13 percent running in three clouds. However, data management and multi-cloud operations are leading barriers to enterprise container adoption with 39 percent of respondents citing data management as one of their top 3 barriers to container adoption, and 34 percent citing multi-cloud and cross-data center management as a top barrier. As enterprises increasingly adopt hybrid- and multi-cloud strategies, they must be able to move their application data across clouds safely and securely without negatively affecting operations. Portworx integrates with more container platforms than any other solution, including Kubernetes services running on AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Pivotal as well as Red Hat OpenShift, Mesosphere DC/OS, Heptio and Rancher. PX-Enterprise 2.0 fulfills the promise of containers and multi-cloud adoption by solving data portability across all major enterprise container platforms and arming enterprises with tools that allow them to visualize the state of their Kubernetes applications' data.

CloudJumper Announces Cloud Workspace Management Suite for VMware Cloud on AWS

CloudJumper, a leading provider of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Workspace as a Service (WaaS) and Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solutions, today announced that its Cloud Workspace Management Suite (CWMS) software is now available to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware Cloud on AWS brings together VMware's enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) software and elastic, bare-metal infrastructure from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to give organizations consistent operating model and application mobility for private and public clouds.

CloudJumper CWMS software is a complete cloud-based platform for Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Workspace as a Service (WaaS), and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) delivery, providing ease of management and access to the productivity tools needed to run businesses in the cloud. CWMS delivers an integrated online experience that unifies business applications and corporate file systems using a full-featured Microsoft Windows desktop from anywhere, across any device. IT administrators retain complete control, security and auditability of their IT infrastructure for compliance through an intuitive browser-based management system that reduces support costs, increases service quality and improves responsiveness.

 

DC BLOX Launches Secure Enterprise Cloud Storage

DC BLOX, a multi-tenant data center company offering robust connectivity and storage solutions for distributed IT in the Southeastern U.S., today announces the immediate availability of the DC BLOX Cloud Storage service. The service enables customers to reduce the cost, complexity and risk of off-site data backups with simple, predictable pricing and scalable remote data storage.

Widespread industry digitization is creating unprecedented growth in data, bringing numerous advantages but also significant costs for businesses. Related challenges commonly faced by businesses include the complexity of adding to storage infrastructure, and managing multiple copies of data for processing, analysis, backup, long-term archive and more. Businesses experiencing this rapid growth can now leverage DC BLOX's reliable and local cloud storage to avoid capital outlay and proactively protect their critical data at a lower cost than comparable public cloud storage providers like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure storage options.

Independent Research Firm Names VMware a Leader in Unified Endpoint Management

VMware, Inc., a leading innovator in enterprise software, today announced it has been positioned as a leader in The Forrester Wave: Unified Endpoint Management, Q4 2018, which evaluated 12 unified endpoint management (UEM) vendors. VMware's intelligence-driven digital workspace platform, VMware Workspace ONE, achieved the highest possible score in the market presence category, as well as the product vision, commitment to innovation, and partner ecosystem criteria.

According to the Forrester Wave report, "Over the past year, VMware has invested heavily in helping customers embrace modern management for Windows 10 with its Workspace ONE product. The solution's differentiated AirLift feature automates migration of SCCM collections, devices, and app packages to Workspace ONE. It excels in IAM, with features like single sign-on (SSO) to the Workspace ONE app and support for dozens of conditional access policies."

 

Webinar: How to Easily Migrate Data Without Downtime

 

Are you forced to replace your hardware? Are you thinking about different deployment models for your IT infrastructure, e.g. hyperconvergence?

Well, any change to your IT infrastructure is a major challenge, and typically requires complex data migrations, resulting in service downtime, overtime and more money to spend - but are the results worth it?

Before you start your next project, think about an alternative approach to rip-and replace, like software-defined storage. You may ask yourself, why should that help me? And there are many good reasons, but an essential one are the unrivaled chained migration options.

If you're wondering what these benefits can mean to you, just join this brief webinar with DataCore Software, which also includes a live demo and audience Q&A so you can see how simple it is to bring software-defined storage into your IT environment and leverage chained migration. Among others, you'll be able to discover:

  • How to integrate software-defined storage into your environment
  • How to migrate data between totally different types of storage
  • How to change towards hyperconverged during regular business operations

WHEN?  December 12, 2018 @ 1PM ET

Join Alfons Michels, Sr. Product Marketing Manager & Alex Best, Dir. Technical Business Development - DataCore Software 

 

HYCU and Lenovo to Deliver Purpose-Built Data Protection for Joint Nutanix Customers Worldwide

HYCU announced a new global reseller agreement with Lenovo. This agreement will provide Nutanix customers that purchase HYCU Data Protection for Nutanix with Lenovo offerings directly from Lenovo and its resellers in a single transaction. HYCU's integration with Lenovo solutions provides a compelling and cost-attractive data protection solution that delivers IT simplicity and multi-cloud management for the Nutanix-led data center.

"For today's modern data center, IT organizations look for easy to deploy and use data protection solutions that maintain a great user experience. Our agreement with HYCU reinforces our customer-first approach and helps us deliver high value solutions to our customers," said John Majeski, who leads the Software and Solutions business at Lenovo Data Center Group. "Our experience shows that our customers want IT simplicity while gaining maximum value from their infrastructure solutions. HYCU's solutions deliver both IT simplicity and multi-cloud data protection and when combined with Lenovo solutions, and Nutanix, accelerate the move to the multi-cloud data center while maximizing cost."

With HYCU, Lenovo customers gain the industry's first and only purpose-built data protection and back-up software solution for Nutanix IT environments by using HYCU Data Protection for Nutanix's easy to deploy and manage software solution.

 

GigaOm Reviews Multi-Cloud Object Storage and Data Mobility Systems

"Organizations that are adopting hybrid or multi-cloud should pay particular attention to how data is stored and accessed across different applications and infrastructures," writes GigaOm Analyst Enrico Signoretti in a just released GigaOm Market Landscape Report, "Multi-Cloud Object Storage and Data Mobility." The report looks at the challenges posed by multi-cloud storage and examines the tools needed to realize a winning multi-cloud storage strategy.

"Block, File and Object/Cloud. All of them have very peculiar characteristics which are important to understand all the challenges with data mobility and avoid potential lock-ins while providing the best options for users and applications," says Signoretti, naming the three best storage systems for a multi-cloud strategy. Signoretti also examines the maturity of categories, notes key considerations for using multi-cloud solutions and includes a vendor review.

"When it comes to multi-cloud, wherein a large number of applications and data are stored in different locations, there are several aspects that come into play, these include data security, data protection, data placement and compliance, performance and cost." - Enrico Signoretti

Upbound Makes Multicloud a Reality with Crossplane, An Open Source Multicloud Control Plane

Upbound, the company who brought forward Rook, announced Crossplane, an open source multicloud control plane. Crossplane introduces workload and resource abstractions on-top of existing managed services to enable a high degree of workload portability across cloud providers. A single crossplane enables the provisioning and full-lifecycle management of services and infrastructure across a wide range of providers, offerings, vendors, regions, and clusters. The open source project is a community driven effort to provide the best of all clouds to organizations.

"By running workloads across cloud providers, organizations are able to improve availability, geographic presence, reach, as well as optimize cost and take advantage of differentiated services," said Bassam Tabbara, CEO of Upbound. "A critical component of a multicloud strategy is a control plane that is able to schedule and orchestrate portable workloads across cloud providers, regions, clusters and on-premises while still using best-of-breed managed services."

Crossplane supports AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud with more cloud providers and on-premises options coming soon. Based on the familiar Kubernetes API, Crossplane was built with the cloud native world in mind. Crossplane applies many of the lessons learned in container orchestration to multicloud workload and resource orchestration.

How to Secure Your Google My Business Listing

Google My Business (GMB) is a free tool for businesses and organizations that lets them manage their online presence on Google, including Search and Maps. GMB is relatively easy to use and after verifying and editing the details about your business, customers will find you more easily.

Getting the basics right, however, is essential. At the cornerstone of a successful local SEO campaign is a fully-optimized GMB so that you appear in Maps, as well as the local pack listings. Securing your position, though, requires time and effort.

The following guide will explain how to secure and verify your Google My Business listing, as well as how to elevate it.

Webinar: 10 Key Strategies to Optimize Costs and Govern AWS

 

The public cloud with its unlimited resource, requires higher financial discipline from IT when compared to traditional data center budgeting/spending. Without any cost controls and governance in place, cloud spend could blow past budgets and derail projects. Customer needs to adopt a proactive approach to avoid out of control spend and poor governance, which can result in significant security issues.

In this webinar, HyperGrid will provide 10 strategies to help you:

  • Choose wisely among all available AWS alternatives
  • Streamline your operations in AWS, and
  • Continuously optimize your deployment to take advantage of best practices and available arbitrage opportunities within the hundreds of millions of combinations available to you on AWS

Don't fail from failovers: The difference between Failover and Disaster Recovery

Don't fail from failovers: The difference between Failover and Disaster Recovery

It won't only happen to others.

Imagine your IT systems go out.

It's time to spring into action.

But wait - your backups are unavailable, locked in a storage room at another site, and you have employees who now aren't able to work. Stress levels rise and profits drop.

Elastifile Unveils Managed Service to Deliver Scalable File Storage for Google Cloud Platform

Elastifile, the pioneer of enterprise-grade, scalable file storage for the public cloud, today announced the introduction of a fully-managed, scalable file storage service for Google Cloud Platform. Leveraging tight integration with Google Cloud infrastructure, Elastifile Cloud File Service makes it easy to deploy, manage, and scale enterprise file storage in the public cloud. Customers can sign up for early access to the new service at https://www.elastifile.com/early-access-gcp.

With an increasing number of organizations seeking to leverage public cloud resources, scalable, cost-effective file storage has emerged as a critical enabler for ubiquitous cloud adoption. To address this emerging need, Elastifile partnered with Google Cloud to deliver a fully-managed, cloud-native file service, complete with a full suite of enterprise NAS features. This new service leverages deep integration with Google Cloud infrastructure and makes file storage on GCP both user-friendly and affordable, thereby eliminating the gap between enterprise storage requirements and cloud capabilities. Leveraging the new file service from Elastifile, Google Cloud users can, for the first time, manage scalable, software-defined NAS infrastructure as easily as they manage other Google-native services...with none of the complexity and cost associated with do-it-yourself storage implementations...and without the scalability and availability limitations of legacy, hardware-dependent storage architectures.

Computer Design & Integration LLC (CDI LLC) Launches Kickstart Program for VMware Cloud on AWS

Computer Design & Integration LLC (CDI LLC), one of eight national partners pre-selected to enroll in the VMware Cloud on AWS Early Adopter Program, announced today the launch of its Kickstart Program for VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC on AWS), a one-week engagement during which CDI will guide customers through the process of moving to the AWS cloud. This program will analyze an enterprise's current VMware environment and provide expert consulting on how to deploy, move and maintain cloud migration.

Activities include: