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5 Industries Highly Impacted by the Cloud

Article Written by Avery Phillips

The term "industry cloud" is telling of what many industries think of the cloud. It is becoming so much of a part of the industry that they are shaping it to move vertically instead of horizontally. In other words, the cloud system has been customized to fit the needs and operations of a specific industry - and worldwide spending on industry cloud is only expected to grow. 

The benefits of the cloud are too valuable to not make the switch, in fact, there is a substantial chance that your company has already. The benefits may be known, but just how are they transforming leading industries? 

Read below for an analysis of industries significantly impacted by the Cloud.   

Idaho Farm Bureau Insurance Taps Scale Computing for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Today, it was announced that Idaho Farm Bureau Insurance, the largest insurance company entirely based in Idaho, is using Scale Computing’s HC3 solution to modernize their IT infrastructure for maximum performance, reliability and low cost of ownership.

“Our customers rely on us to provide prompt and accurate service as they’re dealing with important, urgent issues, so exceptional IT availability and reliability are vital to our organization,” said Adam Waldron, CIO at Idaho Farm Bureau Insurance. “With Scale Computing, we were able to migrate our entire IT environment to a single hyperconverged system, greatly improving reliability and reducing complexity, while keeping costs down.”
Idaho Farm Bureau Insurance, established in 1947 by a group of farmers and ranchers, is now the largest writer of farm and ranch insurance in the state. With more than $200 million in written net premiums, Idaho Farm Bureau Insurance needed maximum reliability and uptime in their IT infrastructure with no margin for error.

Spice Money Transforms Digital Payments for Millions of Users with Nutanix

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Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced the deployment of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software at Spice Money, a digital wallet subsidiary of Spice Digital Limited. Spice Money chose Nutanix to help with scaling transactions, streamlining their data center management and reducing costs to deploy their services.

Spice Money is used mainly for money transfers within India, and processes over 4 million transactions for more than 2 million customers every month. To date, Spice Money has achieved a Gross Transaction Value (GTV) of $1 billion USD.

Keeping up with its exponential growth while retaining innovation, high performance and reliability of the service are critical objectives for Spice Money. Digitization and digital payments are key areas of growth across India and customers are increasingly demanding faster and more secure services. Data protection and compliance were also important considerations in their selection of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud solution.

AccelStor All-Flash Solutions Unlock Data Possibilities for AI and Cloud

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AccelStor, an innovative all-flash array (AFA) provider for the big data era, is excited to announce its participation in the upcoming Cloud Expo Europe, taking place from March 21 to 22 at Booth C1850 in the ExCel London exhibition centre. Besides presenting latest all-flash storage solutions breaking through performance and availability barriers for artificial intelligence (AI), virtualization and private cloud, AccelStor will present a live demonstration of its new generation NeoSapphire high availability models, one of the highlights not to be missed this year.

AccelStor NeoSapphire all-flash arrays are highly integrated with virtualization and private cloud platforms, supporting VMware vSphere and OpenStack Cinder. NeoSapphire's "high availability" series features symmetric active-active, clustered shared-nothing architecture (SNA), providing full redundancy and 99.9999% reliability, enabling enterprises to achieve non-disruptive operations effortlessly. In addition, the patented FlexiRemap software technology accelerates data processing and unleashes the true performance of big data workloads with outstanding performance, over 1 million IOPS for 4KB random access.

WANdisco launches OEM sales partnership with Alibaba Cloud

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WANdisco, the Live Data Company, announces it has entered into a non-exclusive OEM ('Original Equipment Manufacturer') sales agreement with Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group.

Under the sales agreement, WANdisco Fusion, a solution that seamlessly replicates transactional data at petabyte scale without downtime or disruption, will be sold as a standard component on Alibaba Cloud, covering several key aspects including Live Data migration to Alibaba Cloud, Alibaba Cloud for disaster recovery and hybrid big data with Alibaba Cloud.  The partnership represents a substantial increase in WANdisco's addressable market and a significant extension of its channel strategy.

Huawei and Veeam Provide Rapid Recovery and Business Continuity for FusionCube Hyperconverged Infrastructure

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Huawei announced a verified solution stack built with the Huawei FusionCube hyperconverged platform that leverages Veeam Availability Suite for protection and rapid recovery of workloads. The Huawei verified solution provides enterprises a highly scalable and easy-to-manage platform to both power and protect business workloads.

Veeam, the Availability for the Always-On Enterprise innovator, brings data availability and protection capabilities to FusionCube hyperconverged infrastructure to all workloads - virtual, physical and cloud - all from a single management console, providing:

5 tips for effectively running an online business

In this digital age, one of the best options available to entrepreneurs is running their business online. This is a fantastic way for self-employed professionals to save on time, money, and effort. That is why you should seriously consider launching your own online organization. If you are wondering where to start, the following five tips will help you on your journey to success.

Do your research

First things first, you need to do your research. The online world is so vast that you may be overwhelmed by the task of identifying your competitors. However, it is important that you do so before pushing forward with your plans. Otherwise, it will be extremely difficult for you to stand out in a crowded market.

Why Your Staff May Resist a Move to the Cloud

Deciding to move part of your business to the cloud is something you will have considered carefully before implementing. You will have gone through every aspect of how this change will help you, your business and your staff. There will have been meetings, planning sessions, budget calculations, a lot of time and effort put into the project, and now you're excited and eager to get going. It can, therefore, be very disappointing and frustrating to reach this stage of the process and find that when you tell your staff about the changes, they seem at best underwhelmed and quite possibly unhappy and even angry. Why are you getting this reaction, and what can you do about it?

You know it makes sense

When you have analyzed how a change in your business will affect your operations and profits, you are in possession of all the facts and know how beneficial this change will be. You've had time to digest every aspect and implication of how this new system will work and you know it will make significant improvements in your productivity and your ability to interact seamlessly with your clients. The problem is that your staff don't know any of these things! When you gather them together to tell them all about the fantastic new system they'll be using, they won't take in all the positives, but will hear words like "change" and "automation." This may cause them to start to worry about the disruption to their routines and even whether this means their job is in danger.

Alibaba Cloud's Indonesian Data Center Commences Operation

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Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced the commencement of operations for its first data center in Indonesia. The data center is the first global public cloud platform in the country that will now provide a local choice for Indonesian businesses, particularly SMEs and startups, by offering a powerful, reliable and cost-effective cloud product and services. Alibaba Cloud's data center will also help Indonesian customers with low latency or data residency requirements to store and process data within the country.

The data center will offer a comprehensive suite of cloud products and services ranging from elastic computing, database service, networking, security and middleware to analytics and big data. This full range of Alibaba Cloud's solutions will satisfy the surging needs of local enterprises across a range of industries including e-commerce, media, Fintech, gaming, logistics, transportation and manufacturing. In particular, the big data service "MaxCompute", a big data platform that allows users to store and process massive amounts of structural data to levels as high as terabyte or even petabyte, will bring sophisticated data intelligence services such as data processing, analytics and machine learning to Indonesian businesses, empowering data-driven innovation and business transformation.

"As the only global cloud services provider originating from Asia, we are uniquely positioned with cultural and contextual advantages to provide innovative data intelligence solutions and computing capabilities to customers across this region," said Alex Li, General Manager of Asia Pacific, Alibaba Cloud.

Veritas Study Shows That Organizations Are Moving to the Cloud Without Evaluating the Impact of a Cloud Outage

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New findings from a study by Veritas Technologies, a leader in multi-cloud data management, indicate that an alarming majority (60 percent) of respondents have not fully evaluated the cost of a cloud outage to their business and are therefore ill prepared to deal with the impact of an outage.

While cloud service providers offer infrastructure-based service level objectives, the research indicates that many organizations fail to understand their own responsibility, in addition to that of the cloud service providers', in ensuring that their critical business applications are adequately protected in the event of an outage.

Understanding Cloud Outages