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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

Using Technology to Make Your Company More Flexible

With so many new companies starting and the lines between markets blurring, many established businesses have had to think of new ways to keep themselves relevant. One of the best ways to do that is to try and keep your core business as flexible as possible so you can move and adapt to changes quickly. Technology can help your company become more flexible and able to adapt and even anticipate changes.

Market Research

One of the things which has changed with technology is market research. You no longer need to have people on the high street handing out surveys to get an opinion on your customer's happiness. You can now tap into their thoughts just be sending them an email or a text message. The proportion of customers that respond might even be higher using these methods, as they can respond when they wish instead of having to stop in the street. It also allows you to get the results of your survey a lot quicker, especially if using an automated survey.

Univa Open Sources Project Tortuga to Accelerate the Migration of Enterprise HPC Workloads to the Cloud

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Univa, a leading innovator in on-premise and hybrid cloud workload management solutions for enterprise HPC customers, announced the contribution of its Navops Launch (née Unicloud) product to the open source community as Project Tortuga under an Apache 2.0 license to help proliferate the transition of enterprise HPC workloads to the cloud.

"Having access to more software that applies to a broad set of applications like high performance computing is key to making the transition to the cloud successful," said William Fellows, Co-Founder and VP of Research, 451 Research. "Univa's contribution of Navops Launch to the open source community will help with this process and hopefully be an opportunity for cloud providers to contribute and use Tortuga as the on-ramp for HPC workloads."

Navops Launch offers faster path to the cloud for HPC workloads

InterVision Expands Its DRaaS and IaaS Offerings with the Acquisition of Industry Leader Bluelock

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InterVision is pleased to announce the acquisition of Bluelock, a recognized leader in Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions.

"Bluelock is an accomplished provider and one of the most sought after brands in the fast-growing DRaaS space," said Aaron Stone, President and CEO of InterVision. "Bluelock has built a top notch organization with an industry leading DRaaS solution, a loyal client base, and exceptional customer satisfaction. This acquisition positions InterVision to better address the changing needs of our clients in today's high-uptime and compliance-driven IT Marketplace."

Why Technology Should Be Your First Focus At Your Business

If you own a business, you have to remain knowledgeable when it comes to technology, especially in this digital age and reliance on electronics. Spend time diving in deeper to discover the advantages of having it become a bigger part of your operation.

It has so much to offer that it's worth taking a look at all it can do for you and your company. If you want to compete in your industry and draw in more customers, then it's highly recommended you welcome aboard more technology solutions at your workplace. In fact, it should be your first focus for several reasons that are worth exploring further.

Allows Employees to Work from Home

Working from home is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. More and more employees are looking to work for companies who offer a work from home opportunity so they can create more work-life balance in their lives. Being tied down to a desk all day isn't attractive to those looking for a new job, and they're going to gravitate toward companies with more flexibility. All your employees truly need to work remotely is a laptop, an Internet connection and access to important files from their home. This is also good for you being the owner because you can conduct business from anywhere in the world using the proper technology.