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On-Demand: Hyperconvergence 101 - Getting Started with #Hyperconvergence

 

While hyperconvergence aims to make the datacenter more efficient, hyperconvergence can also be confusing at times, due to the numerous forms of HCI, the different approaches, and the varying levels of efficiency that can be gained.

In this educational event, DataCore will cover what hyperconvergence really is, how it works from install to administration, and how it can help your company.

Hear from hyperconvergence expert Steve Hunt of DataCore and moderator and vExpert, David Davis to get all your HCI questions answered!

Watch this on-demand webinar at your own pace, on your own time.

 

Startups lead the field in Cloud Management Platform Market

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WhatMatrix, the independent technology comparison and analysis site, today announced the publication of its second Landscape analysis report. The Cloud Management Platforms (CMPs) Landscape report finds that start up companies with a dedicated focus on CMP lead the larger, more established companies in this field of technology.

The report, authored by category consultant Ephraim Baron, highlights a flourishing market. The WhatMatrix CMP Comparison launched just two years ago with five vendors, it now compares eleven. While established solutions such as Cisco CloudCenter and VMware vRealize Automation continue to be solid overall performers with many market leading features, the number one solution in the comparison leaderboard is CloudBolt, with Morpheus Data in second place.

"The WhatMatrix CMP Landscape report is unique due to our focus on detailed technical criteria," explained Ephraim Baron, category consultant at WhatMatrix. "This report helps organizations drill into specific use case scenarios to best determine which CMP will best meet their business needs. No other industry analysis provides this granular level of guidance."
 

McAfee Expands Support for Amazon Web Services with New MVISION ePO on AWS

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McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, today announced the availability of McAfee MVISION ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) deployment gives organizations more time to dedicate their efforts on security concerns by eliminating the typical hardware, software and database maintenance tasks associated with on-premises management solutions.

McAfee MVISION ePO is a SaaS solution that offers a simplified, centralized point of view and comprehension. It removes the deployment and maintenance overhead of backend infrastructure and allows customers to easily migrate their existing McAfee ePO environment. Organizations can focus exclusively on reducing security risk with the agility of AWS and always run the latest security capabilities. With McAfee MVISION ePO on AWS, McAfee manages the service and further leverages AWS to provide premier infrastructure.

"We're excited to see the launch of McAfee MVISION ePO on AWS, giving enterprises the ability to continue their cloud journey with an additional layer of security," said Rohit Gupta, global segment leader, Security, Amazon Web Services, Inc. "We look forward to continuing and strengthening our relationship with McAfee in the future."

"With AWS, we can simplify the deployment of McAfee MVISION ePO to remove barriers for customers and allow them to take advantage of our security management platform from anywhere," said Raja Patel, vice president and general manager of Corporate Security Products, McAfee. "Offering McAfee MVISION ePO on AWS, an open and integrated security management console, supports our customers' cloud transformation and allows their security technologies to work in tandem to create a strengthened defence."

Rubrik Boosts Partner Success with Velocity Partner Program

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Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management Company, today announced the launch of the Rubrik Velocity Partner Program, its first global program for resellers. The Velocity Partner Program, named after a core value of the company, provides new and expanded opportunities for Rubrik's channel partners to capitalize on the Company's momentum and tap into the $48 billion data management market opportunity. The tiered program empowers partners with a framework for differentiation, more sales and technical enablement to build and recognize expertise, and new rewards to support partners who invest in their business with Rubrik.

"Rubrik's unprecedented growth is due in large part to our phenomenal partner ecosystem and our 100% channel go-to-market approach," said Bertrand Yansouni, VP of Worldwide Channel at Rubrik. "Our new Velocity Partner Program expands upon our commitment to the channel by empowering partners to drive their key business initiatives through Rubrik, like building their cloud business or driving more advanced services. We believe this new program will increase the velocity of our partners' success."

Rubrik has been committed to a 100% channel business model since day one. The Rubrik Velocity Partner Program was designed with partner input and incorporates meaningful investments to enable and reward dedicated partners who lead with Rubrik. The program introduces of a host of new benefits and opportunities for the Rubrik reseller community including:

NeuVector and Alibaba Cloud Announce Partnership to Secure Kubernetes Containers

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NeuVector, the leader in Kubernetes security delivering the first and only multi-vector container firewall, and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced a new partnership to strengthen Kubernetes security for enterprise customers. Alibaba Cloud has recently launched its Container Service for Kubernetes to help users deploy containers more easily and securely, and the service is now utilizing NeuVector's technology to provide specialized security for Kubernetes containers.

Alibaba Cloud's Container Service for Kubernetes is a fully-managed solution that enables organizations to focus on building their applications rather than constantly managing and optimizing container infrastructure. Importantly, the service provides high-performance, flexible, and enterprise-grade management of Kubernetes containerized applications throughout the entire application lifecycle. Container Service for Kubernetes simplifies cluster creation and expansion, and integrates Alibaba Cloud capabilities in virtualization, storage, network, and security to provide a markedly improved running environment for Kubernetes-containerized applications.

 

Verizon Digital Media Services adds managed security services to its cloud solution for enterprises

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Verizon Digital Media Services today announced it has added a round-the-clock managed cloud security offering as part of its global Cloud Security Solution. The managed cloud security component provides access to expert security professionals who monitor and proactively take corrective action against the latest security threats, no matter the time of day. The addition of this offering complements features previously available within Verizon Digital Media Services' leading Cloud Security Solution, including a dual web application firewall (WAF), distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection, bot management, and real-time analytics and reporting.

"Any security threat or vulnerability is a distraction of resources and valuable time for a business," said Frank Orozco, Chief Technology Officer for Verizon Digital Media Services. "By leveraging our managed cloud security feature, our customers can now lean on our dedicated security teams to monitor and protect their web and mobile applications, so they can concentrate on growing their business."

 

How to Forge a Career in 3D Printing

What with all the engineering jargon attached to it, the nitty gritty details associated with it, and the disorganization of the online information that pertains to it, 3D printing can easily be seen as a field that is not at all friendly to newcomers. If you want to dedicate your career to this sector, however, then you need to ignore everything that you might come across, and you need to go for it. 

More to the point, to forge for yourself a career in 3D printing, you need to take as much advice as you can, from as many sources as you can. You can find such advice below. 

Cloud Academy Launches Assessment Cycles to Further Bolster Skill Measurement Capabilities

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Cloud Academy today announced the launch of an end-to-end suite designed to measure cloud skills, assess training effectiveness, identify skill gaps, and enhance cloud training strategies at scale. The launch, which includes the general availability of Analytics, Assessment Cycles and the continued beta of Skill Profiles, affirms Cloud Academy's continued commitment to taking a quantified and data-driven approach towards technology learning in the context of driving innovation.

These announcements come in advance of upcoming cloud industry conferences including Microsoft Ignite and AWS re:Invent, where major updates are expected in machine learning, automation, storage, and artificial intelligence.

"Cloud technologies are forcing organizations to quickly improve how they think about software and digital transformation, requiring leaders to find ways to help their teams maintain knowledge of existing technologies while acquiring emerging skills relevant for innovation projects. Organizations who fail to catch up will be left behind and will struggle to survive in the next five years." said Stefano Bellasio, CEO, Cloud Academy. "Our recently launched capabilities offer organizations the ability to map their organization's tech skills, identify skills gaps, and use our software and content library to build custom Training Plans for their teams, which will increase accountability and provide the right training guidance. Our intention is to give our customers a unique enterprise platform to consistently develop and measure their tech skills at scale to improve their time to market with products and services and, which in turn uses data to attract and retain talent."

Micro Focus Launches New Data Protection Solutions for Virtualized and Hybrid IT Environments

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Micro Focus launched Data Protector Express and Data Protector Premium - the latest editions of its enterprise-grade backup and disaster recovery solutions. As organizations embrace Hybrid IT, DevOps, and Predictive Analytics their resulting IT environment requires an advanced data protection system to address the new security, availability, cost, and data governance needs. Built-on an adaptive architecture that combines analytics, automation, and built-in security, these latest solutions meet the most demanding data protection and compliance requirements for global enterprise hybrid IT environments.

"There is really no room for error when it comes to protecting corporate data, and there is a very finite budget and set of resources for doing so," said Balaji Venkatraman, senior director, PM and R&D at Micro Focus. "Our customers face this challenge on a daily basis as they work through daily location and storage challenges, outages, breaches, data theft and more. Those considerations define our latest Data Protection solutions - they ensure that customers have the security, speed, control and flexibility to protect data wherever it resides within a hybrid IT environment and at a lower TCO than ever before."

Jungle Disk Announces New Software Version Including Google Cloud Platform Support

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Jungle Disk today announced version 3.30 of its encrypted cloud backup and storage software, which now includes Google Cloud Platform as the default storage choice. With the new version of the software, small businesses will be able to take advantage of multiple cloud platform choices, increased performance, and cross-platform HIPAA and PCI compliant collaboration with military-grade encryption to store and secure business critical data.

The addition of Google Cloud Platform in the new software version improves data recovery time for small businesses in the event of an accident or cyber attack. Also, customers who choose to store data on Google Cloud Platform through the Jungle Disk software gain the advantage of geo-replicated data protection without the complexity of integrating into cloud APIs themselves. This ensures that if there is an outage in a single data center it will not impact daily business operations of a customer's Jungle Disk powered cloud based file server.