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Kontron partners with Canonical to enable universal OpenStack-based virtualized services

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Kontron, a global provider of cloud and carrier-class integrated infrastructure platforms, announced today the launch of a commercially available SYMKLOUD OpenStack Platform. In collaboration with Canonical, Kontron exercised a complete validation of Ubuntu OpenStack on SYMKLOUD hardware, and will fully support and manage the platform's life cycle in alignment with each new open source software release, starting with Mitaka.

This represents a major commitment by Kontron to radically simplify the evaluating, buying and deploying of production-grade OpenStack platforms. For communication service providers, cloud and hosting providers, and enterprises who build private clouds, this fulfills many market expectations of an integrated OpenStack platform that is - deployable in hours not days, priced at a reasonable entry point, and is maintained as a truly open source platform without vendor lock-in.

The hardware-software integration story

Commvault and CloudWave Bring Streamlined Cloud Backup and Recovery to Healthcare Market with Powerful New Service Offering

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Commvault, a global leader in enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud for the healthcare market, today announced that its Commvault Data Platform was selected by CloudWave to power its new OpSus Backup service. The new healthcare backup-as-a-service (BaaS) offering - part of the OpSus Healthcare cloud services portfolio - enables healthcare organizations to quickly, easily and securely use the cloud to protect and recover mission-critical application data. By building the OpSus Backup service on Commvault's comprehensive data management platform, CloudWave is able to deliver healthcare enterprises a fully-managed backup service that cuts costs while minimizing security, business continuity and regulatory compliance risks. Today's announcement was made at HIMSS 2017, being held Feb. 19 - Feb. 23, in Orlando.

OpSus Backup supports healthcare enterprises' efforts to implement holistic data management strategies that allow them to protect, control and derive more value from all their data. OpSus Backup uses Commvault's holistic data management platform to backup data on Tier 4 data centers, and encrypt data both in transit and at rest. Both healthcare enterprise IT staff and CloudWave's team of healthcare IT experts can use the service to initiate, monitor and maintain backup operations, as well as perform on-demand data restoration on secure landing zones.

 

Understanding OpenStack's Success

Grazed from Linux Journal.  Author: Petros Koutoupis

At the time I got into the data storage industry, I was working with and developing RAID and JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks) controllers for 2 Gbit Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks (SAN). This was a time before "The Cloud". Things were different—so were our users. There was comfort in buying from a single source or single vendor. In an ideal world, it should all work together, harmoniously, right? And when things go awry, that single vendor should be able to solve every problem within that entire deployment.

That is why, enterprise companies typically bought from a single storage vendor and invested deeply in them. You either bought HP, Dell, EMC, Sun Microsystems or NetApp, which also was successfully carving a new market in Network Attached Storage (NAS). For example, once an EMC shop, always an EMC shop. Hundreds of thousands to even millions of dollars were spent to ensure that you were enabled for high availability, fault tolerance, training, support and more. Again, through that single vendor.

Cohesity Unveils Native Integration With Pure Storage for Fast, Simple and Cost-Effective Data Protection and Recovery

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Cohesity, the pioneer of hyperconverged secondary storage, today announced a new integration with Pure Storage, the market's leading independent solid-state array vendor, to deliver faster, more efficient data protection and recovery. The native integration with Pure Storage FlashArray//M also empowers customers to leverage public cloud storage for long-term data retention and accelerate DevOps with instantaneous copies of any production application.

By combining Cohesity's hyperconverged secondary storage platform with Pure's all-flash arrays for mission-critical applications, customers now have access to highly efficient and scalable infrastructure that extends across the data center. The integration allows companies to automatically consolidate a wide array of secondary storage tasks on Cohesity DataPlatform within the Pure operating environment, rather than wrangle a handful of fragmented and expensive point solutions for data protection, backup, file services, DevOps and analytics.

Sapporo City Chooses Nutanix Enterprise Cloud for Application Virtualization

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Nutanix (NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced an application virtualization project to achieve Internet Segregation for Sapporo City, the fifth largest population in Japan, and the largest city on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

As part of the local government initiative driven by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Sapporo City is tasked to strengthen its information security by carrying out an internet segregation; a mechanism that prevents information leakage by separating the network connected to the internet from other business networks such as LGWAN (Integrated Administrative Network). For example, the city can choose to segregate secure email systems from other activities such as Internet browsing. As a result, a project was launched with Nutanix to virtualize specific applications and separate them from the existing environment.
 

Cloud Computing: Apple, Microsoft and Amazon offer fairer deal on cloud storage

Grazed from PCWorld. Author: Peter Sayer.

Apple, Microsoft and Amazon have agreed to give cloud storage subscribers fairer contracts after intervention by the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority. Such cloud storage services are typically used to store photos, videos, music or digital copies of important documents. If the services shut down or vary their capacity or prices without notice, customers can lose their data, or be held hostage.

The CMA asked the storage service providers to give adequate notice before closing, suspending or changing services, and to allow customers to cancel their contracts and receive a pro-rata refund if they didn't accept service changes. The regulator last year obtained similar undertakings from Google, Dropbox and five other cloud storage providers...

Cloud Computing: Future Startups Will Succeed Only If They Acknowledge These Harsh Realities

Grazed from Entrepreneur. Author: Dan Blacharski.

The dotcom boom of the 1990s was a glorious and wonderfully chaotic time. When it began, nobody really knew that there was such a thing going on as a “dotcom boom,” they just knew that there was something exciting and disruptive happening, and they wanted in. Only a very small handful of visionaries truly saw the full scope of what it was and how it would change the world.

There were a lot of things about that time that failed. A lot of companies burned out quickly, a lot of venture capital money went up in smoke and a lot of 20-year-olds found themselves on the unemployment line with nothing on their resume except “Dotcom CEO.” Yet, a lot of things went right too: The innovative spirit changed how we view and launch startups to this day...

Orange Business Services Strengthens Its International Cloud Strategy with New Public Cloud Services for Multinational Corp

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Orange Business Services is accelerating its international cloud strategy with a new global public cloud offering that includes advice, auditing, integration and managed services for cloud infrastructure and applications. The services, delivered in partnership with Huawei, complement the existing Orange private cloud portfolio and will help enterprises in their digital transformation initiatives.

The principal aim of the international cloud strategy is to help multinational corporations (MNCs) migrate their legacy enterprise applications to the cloud and ensure that their infrastructure and applications are available in all geographic regions in which they need to be hosted.

The new cloud services will roll out across Western Europe and Southeast Asia in April 2017, followed by the US in October 2017. The Middle East and Africa are scheduled for 2018.
 

Containers May Work With, Or In Place Of, Private Cloud

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: Charles Babcock

Some investors in private cloud say OpenStack is attractive to them because it can serve as a platform on which to manage containers. Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the Openstack Foundation, made that argument recently and PayPal, Comcast, and other major OpenStack implementers have suggested the same thing.

In support of his position, Bryce referred to the 451 Research report of Jan. 10, OpenStack and Containers: Confusion, Complement and Competition, which cited the efforts within the OpenStack project to accommodate containers and manage them at a large scale. These include the Zun, Magnum and Heat projects within OpenStack for managing containers. OpenStack and Containers is only available behind a 451 Research paywall.
 

Colt deploys Ciena’s packet-optical technology

Grazed from VoiceNData. Author: Sanjeeb Kumar Sahoo.

Colt Technology Services said it is deploying Ciena’s packet-optical technology to future proof the bandwidth demands of its customers driven by the explosion of IT applications, data, content and cloud computing. The partnership with Ciena strengthens Colt’s high-bandwidth push across Europe and Asia, enabling flexible, ultra-high bandwidth services across its 100Gbps-enabled metro and multi-terabit backbone networks. This network upgrade supports growth across a number of key European markets including London, Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam as well as improving inter continental connections into Asia including Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore.

“As the applications and infrastructure that power businesses increasingly move into the cloud and the data centre, the demand for reliable, scalable, and high-quality, business-grade connectivity continues to grow.By partnering with leading technology firms like Ciena, we are signaling our commitment to providing the intelligent, high-bandwidth networks enterprises require...