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BlueData Announces General Availability on Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure

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BlueData, provider of the leading container-based software platform for AI and Big Data workloads, today announced the general availability (GA) of its BlueData EPIC software on Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure. This makes BlueData the only unified solution for Big-Data-as-a-Service and AI-as-a-Service with the flexibility to support all three major public cloud services as well as on-premises and hybrid cloud deployments.

Public cloud services continue to be an increasingly popular option for many workloads in the enterprise - including applications for distributed analytics, data science, machine learning, and deep learning. But most enterprises today want the ability to deploy these applications quickly and easily regardless of the infrastructure, either on- or off-premises. They want self-service, elastic, automated, and secure environments for machine learning and analytics - whether the underlying compute and data storage is hosted in one public cloud or another, in their own data centers, or in a hybrid architecture.

Leveraging the inherent infrastructure portability of Docker containers, BlueData is committed to supporting these multi-cloud and hybrid cloud options for Big Data and AI deployments. Last fall, BlueData introduced the initial directed availability of BlueData EPIC on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure - adding to its existing GA support for Amazon Web Services (AWS). And over this past year, BlueData has introduced additional new capabilities for AI, machine learning, and deep learning applications in multi-cloud and hybrid models.

 

Zscaler Achieves AWS Security Competency Status for Zero Trust

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Zscaler, Inc., a leader in cloud security, announced that Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) is the first zero trust architecture to achieve Amazon Web Service (AWS) Security Competency status.

The ZPA zero trust architecture securely connects authorized users and devices to named, internally managed applications without exposing the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) to the internet. With ZPA, applications connect to users via inside-out connections, making them invisible to unauthorized users and reducing the risk of internet-based attacks. Enterprises using ZPA can create micro-segmented architectures without virtualizing the security stack and creating complex firewall policies.

ThinPrint Cloud Services Unveils Perfect Printing Solution for Coworking Spaces and Universities

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ThinPrint Cloud Services, a subsidiary of the endpoint print management expert ThinPrint, today released the newest version of ezeep, the leading printing solution for coworking spaces and universities. RFID-based printing is now fully integrated into ezeep, making it the ideal solution in markets where users share multiple printers. In addition to this highly user-friendly set up, the new updates eliminate the need for IT administrators to spend time on printer assignments or printer driver management.

Printing in coworking spaces or universities has historically been challenging for both users and IT administrators. Users are tasked with selecting and gaining access to the correct printer and clicking through widely-varying user interfaces, while admins are burdened with assigning the correct printers to the users, as well as managing printer drivers.

The new version of ezeep eliminates the need for users to have to choose among several printers on a list. Instead, they simply select the virtual ezeep printer, go to the printer they find most convenient and initiate the printout by holding any RFID card against the RFID scanner connected to it. A fitness club ID can be used just as easily as an employee or library card. The only requirement being that the card must be RFID-enabled. In addition to simplifying the process, ezeep now ensures unauthorized persons cannot accidentally or intentionally take a printout from the printer.

 

UShareSoft Announces New Multi-Cloud Application Blueprinting

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UShareSoft, a Fujitsu company and leader in Hybrid IT application automation, today announces the availability of the industry's only platform for fully modeling both application stacks and their deployment infrastructure "as code." This will make it easier than ever for enterprise customers to deploy and manage applications agnostically across multi-cloud environments, helping increase business agility as part of digital transformation, without sacrificing governance and control.

The new platform underlines Fujitsu's focus on strengthening multi-cloud integration and operations services to address the growing industry-wide cloud skills gap. A recent survey of IT decision makers commissioned by Fujitsu found that more than 70 percent of respondents find it challenging to transform their IT to meet business needs, while an even greater number, 75 percent, struggle to identify where governance has not been followed.

To help organizations meet these challenges, UShareSoft's UForge AppCenter provides a "model once, run anywhere" approach to cloud application delivery and management. Customers enjoy greater agility-running applications to support business priorities, without getting locked into a specific vendor-while ensuring full visibility and governance over their software. Through partnering with an extensive choice of cloud vendors spanning multiple hyperscale services and platforms, Fujitsu offers organizations hybrid IT and multi-cloud environments with a comprehensive line-up of integration and operations services.

HyperGrid Closes $25M Series C Round

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HyperGrid, the market leader in Hybrid Cloud Management (HCM), today announced the closing of a $25M Series C round of funding co-led by new investor, HighBar Partners and current investor Atlantic Bridge Capital, and participated in by current investors Acero Capital. The new round will be used to drive product development, expand the global reach for its flagship cloud management solution, HyperCloud and support the Company's growing base of enterprise and managed service provider customers.

"Our completeness of vision, our team and differentiated technology have been well-received within the market," said Nariman Teymourian, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at HyperGrid. "With the help of our investment partners, we will look to expand the reach of our cloud expertise and industry-leading hybrid cloud management solution to help businesses around the globe with cloud adoption."

Building upon the Company's successful 2017, HyperGrid has accelerated growth by further penetrating the U.S. market and establishing a solid foothold in APAC and EMEA, resulting in a year-over-year increase in revenue of 300 percent across its enterprise and MSP customer base. HyperCloud is available as a SaaS offering or can be deployed as software on any cloud or on-premises environment to provide customers maximum flexibility in enabling their cloud journey. Since its launch in February 2018, over 100 customers have adopted HyperCloud SaaS. This has enabled HyperGrid to dramatically differentiate itself from competitors which primarily focus on narrower approaches. As a result, HyperGrid was identified as one of CRN Top 10 Cloud Computing Startups for 2018. Additionally, HyperCloud, the industry's first truly intelligent cloud management solution, was rated one of the top three solutions based on the depth of its capabilities by Forrester in the Q2 2018 Hybrid Cloud Management Wave Report.

Veeam and Lenovo Partner to Deliver Intelligent Data Management for Lenovo Software-Defined Infrastructure and SAN Solutions

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Veeam Software, the leader in Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available Enterprise, today announced a new global partnership with Lenovo, a Fortune 500 company and global technology leader in driving Intelligent Transformation through smart infrastructure, software and solutions that solve real-world business problems. This partnership will enable customers to purchase Veeam Intelligent Data Management solutions with Lenovo Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) and Storage Area Network (SAN) offerings directly from Lenovo and its resellers in a single transaction. Veeam's integration with Lenovo solutions provides organizations with a broad range of choice and flexibility to deliver availability, IT simplicity, scalable performance, operational efficiency and accelerated innovation for the Hyper-Available Enterprise.

"Lenovo's decision to resell Veeam Intelligent Data Management and Availability solutions with their offerings reflects Veeam's market momentum and leadership," said Peter McKay, President and Co-CEO of Veeam. "It's a prime example of two technology leaders collaborating to provide the most seamless and efficient sales and deployment process for its partners and customers. Lenovo's global reach and extensive partner ecosystem, combined with the strong growth of its Data Center Infrastructure (DCI) and Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) business units, provides Veeam customers with the best purchasing experience."

Sysdig Closes $68.5 Million in Series D to Enable Enterprises to Secure and Monitor Containers and Cloud-Native Applications

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Sysdig, Inc., the cloud-native intelligence company, today announced it raised $68.5 million in series D funding, led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from previous investors, Bain Capital Ventures and Accel. This round of funding brings Sysdig's total funding to date to $121.5 million. Sysdig will use the funds to extend its leadership in enabling enterprises to operate reliable and secure containerized infrastructure and cloud-native applications.

Sysdig offers enterprises the first unified approach to container security, monitoring, and forensics. Unlike traditional approaches, the Sysdig Cloud-Native Intelligence Platform was built with an understanding of the modern DevSecOps workflow across Kubernetes, Docker and both private and public clouds. Sysdig's open source forensics technology, Sysdig, and its open source security project, Sysdig Falco, have a community of millions of users, and provide the foundation for a rich, commercial product set. Dozens of Global 2000 enterprises are Sysdig customers today, including many of the world's largest financial institutions, media companies, cable companies, technology companies, and government agencies.

OneLogin and Netskope Partnering to Expand Cloud Security for Enterprises

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OneLogin, the industry leader in Unified Access Management, today announced an enhanced integration and partnership with Netskope cloud security to implement adaptive security across SaaS, IaaS, and web environments. The joint solution provides Enterprises with a more powerful cloud-native approach to manage and protect corporate cloud services.

Enterprises have to be on constant alert against external threats who often target systems through authorized users. The OneLogin and Netskope partnership empowers organizations to easily discover, and govern, sanctioned cloud services and activities. The end result is a closed loop process that brings all cloud services into an identity management fold and ensures consistent cloud security and compliance.

Alibaba to Showcase Latest Technology at Flagship Event

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The Computing Conference 2018, Alibaba's annual flagship event, will showcase an array of cutting-edge technology from the company and its partners from September 19 to 22.

The theme of this year's Conference is Empower Digital China, and more than 60,000 participants-including entrepreneurs and developers across China-are expected to attend the four-day event in Hangzhou, Alibaba's home base.

Now in its ninth year, the world-class technology festival will feature the hottest trends in areas such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and the blockchain. The Conference also aims to open up a dialogue among top industry experts around technology's influences on the economy and society.

The Computing Conference is Alibaba's largest annual technology showcase. It has transformed from a local forum of 20 Internet companies in 2009 to an event that takes place throughout different cities in China before ending in Hangzhou.

Pulumi's Cloud Native SDK Lets Teams Easily Define and Deliver Cloud Native Infrastructure as Code for Kubernetes in Any Cloud

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Pulumi Corporation today announced the availability of its Cloud Native SDK for Kubernetes enabling a code-based approach to creating, deploying and managing applications across clouds including Microsoft AKS, Amazon EKS, and Google GKE, in addition to on-premises and hybrid environments. Pulumi also announced it has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation to accelerate development and delivery of its cloud native programming tools and framework.

The Pulumi SDK provides full access to Kubernetes APIs and enables execution of all Kubernetes operations through ‘configuration as code,' the use of real programming languages for configuration of cloud native resources. This provides clear productivity benefits by enabling code reuse and abstraction, in addition to easing previously difficult operations such as complex multi-stage cloud application deployments, or combining Kubernetes deployments with other cloud resources such as datastores. Pulumi also supports existing Helm and YAML-based configuration of Kubernetes.

Pulumi stacks can be coded using a variety of common languages including JavaScript, TypeScript, Python and Go and work consistently across all Kubernetes, serverless, data and infrastructure services from cloud platforms, eliminating the need for developers and DevOps teams to support multiple DSLs and configuration dialects.