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How to Keep Customer Data Safe in the Cloud

Article Written by Avery Phillips

Your customers are important to you and your business. Being of significance to you, it would be fitting for you to keep the customer data you obtain out of harm's way. At the same time, you are considering cloud services to accommodate the large capacity of not only customer data but company data as well. So, how do you enjoy the benefits of off-site cloud computing, while keeping your data safe?

Below are some of the biggest threats to data loss, cyber attacks, and otherwise questionable methods of obtaining sensitive data, and what you should watch out for to keep your customer data safe on the cloud.   

Data Breaches

In 2017, we saw very large companies fall victim to massive data breaches, unwittingly releasing sensitive customer data. Equifax, a major credit reporting agency and the hardest hit, revealed information of 143 million US customers. Your business holds very sensitive customer data such as credit card information, social security numbers, and birthdates - all which can be used to turn your customer's loss into a cyber attacker's gain.

Cloud-Based Tools for Creative Professionals

Article Written by Avery Phillips

Tools are everything to the creative professional. What is a graphic designer without software to do their work? Or a writer without a computer or pen to write with? Although most people in creative industries have the basic tools they need to get the job done, there are plenty of other apps and software that will make doing what they love easier and more efficient.

However, with all the devices and programs marketed towards creative professionals, it can be hard to decipher which are useful and which are wastes of money. To make a more informed decision, creatives have to remember that they're living in an increasingly connected and collaborative world.

With that in mind, cloud-based tools become the obvious choice. Not only do these applications provide top of the line tools to complete tasks, but they give the ability to share work in an instant. If that sounds good to you, check the tools below to optimize your creative business.

Google Announces Intent to Acquire Xively for $50 Million



Written by David Marshall

Google has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Xively, a division of LogMeIn, Inc. for $50 million.

To better set the stage for the growing market landscape, the company said by 2020, it's estimated that about 20 billion connected things will come online, and analytics and data storage in the cloud are now the cornerstone of any successful IoT solution. 

Google stated the deal will "complement" its Google Cloud efforts to provide a fully managed IoT service that easily and securely connects, manages, and ingests data from globally dispersed devices. Adding, "With the addition of Xively's robust, enterprise-ready IoT platform, we can accelerate our customers' timeline from IoT vision to product, as they look to build their connected business."

Atos Launches Managed OpenShift with Red Hat to Accelerate Businesses' Digital Transformation

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Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, and Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announces a collaboration to deliver a new fully-managed cloud container solution - Atos Managed OpenShift (AMOS) - built on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, the industry's most comprehensive enterprise-grade container platform based on industry standards, including Linux container technologies and Kubernetes.

AMOS enables customers to create and run cloud-native applications and migrate legacy workloads on enterprise hybrid cloud environments, in a fully-managed service, leveraging the power of open source container technologies (Linux container technologies, Kubernetes). Because AMOS is built on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, a container-centric hybrid cloud solution, it can deliver the flexibility customers seek from cloud-native and container-based applications.

Excelero Enables CMA to Deliver Time-To-Market Advantage By Using Excelero's NVMesh In Its Analytics Solutions

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Excelero, a disruptor in software-defined block storage, said that IT consulting practice CMA has helped more healthcare organizations to achieve significant time-to-market advantage by deploying Excelero's NVMesh server SAN within CMA's MicroTerabyte "data warehouse in a box" solutions. As hospitals, healthcare providers and payers embrace advanced analytics applications in the search for new treatments and insights, CMA found Excelero's NVMesh to deliver the agile, exceptionally high performance, low-latency storage infrastructure that CMA needs as the foundation of its Oracle RAC cluster-based analytics offerings. NVMesh's benefits flow to both users of CMA's hosted MicroTerabyte solution, and its on-demand Dynamic Analytics Platform (DAP)® database as a service (DBaaS) offering.

"Healthcare organizations have an insatiable need for advanced analytics yet getting efficient performance from large databases demands a storage infrastructure with high performance and ultra-low latency. Excelero's NVMesh software delivered beyond our expectations," said Brian Dougherty, chief technical architect at CMA. "Because of its flexibility and scalability, we deployed NVMesh in just two days, versus several weeks for DSSD - 80% faster. The time we saved can help our customers get started sooner with important medical research and finding new ways to control healthcare costs."

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Now Globally Available on Alibaba Cloud

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Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the enterprise open source operating system developed by the world's leading open source solutions provider Red Hat, is now available globally in the Alibaba Cloud Marketplace on a pay-as-you-go basis, bringing more choice and flexibility to customers of both Alibaba Cloud and Red Hat globally.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides a stable foundation for modernizing IT infrastructure, on which enterprises and developers can roll out new applications, virtualize environments and create a hybrid cloud to deploy Red Hat's certified open source solutions. Users can also customize their versions with add-on functionality from Alibaba, including desktop options and developer tools.

Alibaba Cloud and Red Hat entered into a collaboration to leverage each other's infrastructure and solutions in October 2017. Since then, Alibaba Cloud has completed the certification process to officially become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider. Being certified means that Alibaba Cloud is recognized as a provider that can offer a safer, scalable, supported and consistent environment for enterprise cloud deployments, as well as Red Hat-tested and validated open source solutions.

Customers of Alibaba Cloud and Red Hat, along with independent software vendors (ISVs) and developers across the globe, can benefit from this collaboration in the following ways:

HyperGrid Unveils Software-Defined Cloud Platform

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HyperGrid today announced its Software-Defined Cloud (SDC) strategy for its HyperCloud software platform; the only platform that integrates application management, intelligent cloud management and software-defined infrastructure services for private and public clouds. HyperCloud empowers customers to achieve digital transformation by enabling their journey to a cloud model. It enables them to cloudify existing assets, simplify operations, transform traditional applications, build modern workloads, and automatically optimize workload deployments by picking the best cloud. HyperCloud can quickly deliver consistent management and control of their prevailing public cloud environments to achieve simplicity, automation and intelligence.

HyperCloud's turnkey capabilities automate and simplify operations, make traditional applications cloud-friendly, and enable development of modern applications based on microservices that help users seamlessly and systematically get into a truly vendor-agnostic cloud model.  This announcement showcases HyperGrid's mission to help customers embrace a multi-cloud architecture for their business needs by minimizing the traditional barriers to cloud adoption such as integration, learning, and complex management.

"Multi-cloud use cases are increasing every year, which is making the use of multiple clouds very complex to manage. There is a clear need for a platform that spans private and public clouds, to help organizations to modernize and transform to the Cloud Era,'' said Henry Baltazar, Research VP Infrastructure at 451 Research. ‘'HyperGrid's cloud management platform enables organizations to intelligently manage workloads across all IT infrastructure in a single pane of glass."

Mavenir Teams with Dell EMC to Deliver Expanded Cloud-Native NFV Solutions

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Mavenir, a leader in mobile network transformation, today announced its collaboration with Dell EMC OEM Solutions to deliver a broad range of solutions for service providers and enterprises covering 5G Cloud RAN, Packet Core, IoT, VoLTE, VoWiFi and RCS on Mavenir's cloud-native Open Stack NFV and container CloudRange platform.

Communications service providers are under intense pressure to simultaneously drive new revenue streams and aggressively reduce costs as OTTs gain market share in voice and messaging services. This expanded collaboration directly addresses these challenges, bringing together Mavenir's extensive software stack for mobile network providers and Dell EMC solutions for infrastructure, cloud and IOT to create new offerings and best practices that enable the cost effective and rapid evolution of service provider and enterprise networks. Mavenir and Dell EMC OEM will pursue advanced engineering engagements in Cloud RAN, IOT and Enterprise Private LTE Solutions, including CBRS initiatives.

RADCOM Collaborates With Red Hat to Accelerate Operators' Transition to Cloud-Native Assurance

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RADCOM Ltd., today announced it is collaborating with Red Hat to provide operators with a fully virtualized network visibility solution running on Red Hat OpenStack Platform. As operators transition to NFV, a critical first step is gaining end-to-end network visibility. This collaboration enables operators to attain cloud-native network visibility without the hassle of building their own private cloud infrastructure. Moreover, once the operators' transition to NFV mature, integration efforts with the operators' NFV and MANO infrastructure can be simplified.

"Our customers see deploying network visibility as their top priority in beginning their journey to NFV-based networks. Customers want to deploy cloud-native service assurance as their first virtual network function (VNF) to test all other VNFs during the early POC(s) stage as well as when as the operator deploys them on the network," said Rami Amit, RADCOM's CTO and Head of Product. "However, not all operators have mature cloud environments. In collaborating with Red Hat, RADCOM is providing operators a solution that allows them to achieve network visibility more rapidly, whether they have cloud environments or not. This solution provides operators with an ideal cornerstone on which to build their next-generation NFV networks and ensures complete end-to-end network services visibility from day one."

Lifeboat to Distribute Cloudistics' Cloud Solutions

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Lifeboat Distribution, an international value-added distributor for virtualization, security, business continuity and emerging technologies, announced today a distribution agreement with Cloudistics, a leading cloud software appliance company.

Lifeboat will sell Cloudistics' cloud solutions to its network of value-added resellers. Cloudistics goes beyond traditional HCI by delivering a turnkey enterprise cloud on-prem. Cloudistics interlocks and virtualizes network, storage, and compute, and then hides infrastructure from the user with application-focused control software. Through a software defined approach, Cloudistics provides customers the ability to focus on deploying, securing and managing their applications and services.