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Enterprise IT Focused on Moving More Workloads to Cloud in 2019

NetEnrich announces the results of its 2019 Cloud Adoption survey on public cloud adoption in the enterprise. The 2019 survey, which ran online in December 2018, was completed by 100 IT decision-makers in companies with 500 or more employees. A key takeaway from the survey was that cloud adoption is already very high and growth is likely to continue in 2019. And yet, IT pros remain concerned about a range of cloud issues, including security and privacy. 

According to NetEnrich's survey, large enterprises are eagerly adopting cloud infrastructure, applications and services. In fact, 85% of respondents reported either moderate or extensive production use of cloud infrastructure, while 80% said their companies had moved at least a quarter of all their applications and workloads to the public cloud. Meanwhile, 86% of respondents have re-architected some or all of their applications to use cloud-native services.

By making these moves, companies are benefiting from a faster time-to-market for new digital products and services, reduced costs and optimized use of IT infrastructure. However, the pace, scale and priorities associated with public cloud adoption differs from company to company. In conducting its survey, NetEnrich sought to clarify how far along companies are in their cloud adoption, and their goals and challenges. Following are some of the survey's key findings:

Oracle Expands Cloud Business with Next-Gen Data Center in Canada

Oracle today announced the opening of a Toronto data center to support in region customer demand for Oracle's public cloud, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Oracle's next-generation cloud infrastructure offers the most flexibility in the public cloud, allowing companies to run traditional and cloud-native workloads on the same platform. With Oracle's modern cloud regions, only Oracle can deliver the industry's broadest, deepest, and fastest growing suite of cloud applications, Oracle Autonomous Database, and new services in security, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, all running on its enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure. 

"Enterprises in the region still have limited ability to run mission-critical applications in the cloud and are struggling to attain the level of performance they have on-premises without a major overhaul," said Don Johnson, executive vice president, product development, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. "With this new location Oracle is delivering on its promise to deliver even more customers with consistent high performance, low predictable pricing and the flexibility our cloud brings to the table."

While cloud adoption has increased, many organizations are still hesitant to make the transition to the cloud due to security concerns and a desire to protect existing investments. First generation public cloud offerings were not architected to accommodate traditional application architectures. Oracle's next-generation cloud infrastructure is built specifically to help organizations of any size run the most demanding workloads securely while delivering unmatched security, performance, and cost savings.

Kemp Simplifies Application Delivery Management and Cloud Migration Costs with Launch of Transparent Cost Calculator

Kemp announced the release of the Kemp total cost of ownership (TCO) calculator, which enables enterprises to gain visibility into the overarching costs associated with cloud migration and application delivery.

To calculate your costs, try the TCO calculator here: https://kemptechnologies.com/total-cost-ownership/calculator

Unlike traditional load balancer/ADC deployments, where the customer pays a license per appliance and must predict future throughput, Kemp's metered licensing and per-app ADC deployment model benefits customers by enabling them to provision any number of Kemp LoadMasters as needed with unlimited throughput. This reduces the total cost of ownership for load balancing, especially in multi-cloud environments.

Amazon Web Services Announces AWS Backup

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced AWS Backup, a fully-managed, centralized backup service that makes it faster and simpler for customers to back up their data across AWS services and on-premises, helping customers more easily meet their business and regulatory backup compliance requirements. AWS Backup makes protecting storage volumes, databases, and file systems easier by giving customers a single service to configure and audit the AWS resources they backup, automate backup scheduling, set retention policies, and monitor recent backups and restores in one place. To get started with AWS Backup visit: aws.amazon.com/backup.

As enterprises move more and more applications to the cloud, their data can become distributed across multiple services, including databases, block storage, object storage, and file systems. While these services in AWS provide backup capabilities, customers often create custom scripts to automate scheduling, enforce retention policies, and consolidate backup activity across several services in order to better meet their business and regulatory compliance requirements. AWS Backup removes the need for custom solutions or manual processes by providing a centralized place to manage backups across AWS. With just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can create a policy that defines how frequently backups are created and how long they are stored. Customers can then assign these policies to their AWS resources, and AWS Backup automatically handles the rest by automatically scheduling backup actions for the assigned AWS resources, orchestrating across AWS services, and managing their retention period.

Split to provide free access to feature flagging platform

Split, the leading product decisions platform for engineering and product teams, announced today that is offering free, unlimited access to its feature flag solution. By making its industry leading technology widely available in Split’s Feature Flag Edition at no cost to product and development teams, organizations of any size, maturity or budget can respond faster to changing market conditions and shift toward a continuous deployment model for greater business value.

“We have identified almost 40 open source feature flagging libraries in the market, but they lack comprehensive feature sets and are not well-maintained,” said Trevor Stuart, co-founder and president at Split. “We're excited to introduce the first managed feature flag service for free, allowing development teams to take advantage of our industry leading feature flagging technology, and focus on innovation, while eliminating the need to build solutions in-house.”

The Split Feature Flag Edition introduces the most comprehensive entry point to feature flagging in the industry. Companies can now have access to a free feature flagging solution, which offers product and engineering teams dramatic strategic benefits including faster time to market, quicker rate of error correction, more frequent experiments and maximized engineering productivity.
 

Insight Venture Partners Invests $500 Million In Veeam

Veeam Software today announced that Insight Venture Partners has invested $500 million with strong participation from strategic investor Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) to accelerate the next phase of Veeam's growth as the No.1 provider of Data Management solutions for the public and private cloud. Veeam will leverage Insight Venture Partners' internal business strategy arm, Insight Onsite, and capital to accelerate its expansion through both organic growth and M&A activities.

Veeam is one of the largest privately held software companies in the world, with approximately $1 billion in sales and more than 325,000 customers, adding 50,000 new customers every year. Veeam has been growing organically over the last 12 years in a rapidly expanding cloud data management market that enterprises annually spend an estimated $30 billion to address. Testament to this growth, Veeam touches more production environment workloads than any other systems management company in the market.

 

Zadara Announces Virtual Private Storage Array for VMware Cloud on AWS

Zadara, provider of the Zero-Risk Enterprise Data Cloud, today announced its enterprise-class storage solutions are available to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware Cloud on AWS brings together VMware's enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) software and elastic, bare-metal infrastructure from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to give organizations a consistent operating model and application mobility for private and public cloud. Zadara Virtual Private Storage Arrays deliver the advanced data storage and management features that customers of VMware Cloud on AWS need.

Zadara is a cloud-based Enterprise NAS and SAN service with NFS, CIFS/AD and iSCSI interfaces, dual HA controllers, dedicated high performance drives and enterprise-class storage features (snapshots, replication, thin provisioning, encryption, etc.). Data is stored on dedicated hardware for the ultimate privacy and quality of service, and protected with in-flight and at-rest encryption, with user-managed keys.

F5 Survey Shows App Services Critical in a DevOps-Driven Multi-Cloud World

F5 Networks announced the availability of its 2019 State of Application Services report. This year's survey showed that organizations regard application services as vital for cloud adoption and, ultimately, for success in today's app-driven digital economy. Emerging application services like ingress control and IoT gateways are on the rise, and together with established services such as firewalls and global server load balancing, are enabling companies to adapt to the requirements of today's multi-cloud world.

"Applications are now the most valuable asset in the modern enterprise, defining a new era of Application Capital," said Kara Sprague, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Application Services Business Unit at F5. "This year's report explores the approaches companies are taking on their digital transformation journeys and how they are optimizing the people, processes, and systems used to develop, deploy, and deliver applications for competitive advantage and business impact."

The report reflects input from nearly 2,000 respondents globally across a range of industries, company sizes, and roles. Participants were asked about the challenges and opportunities presented by the ongoing process of digital transformation, resulting in a comprehensive analysis of how IT organizations are transforming to meet the ever-changing demands of the digital economy.

Excelero Grows Revenues 4x In Record FY 2018

Excelero, a disruptor in software-defined block storage, concluded fiscal year (FY) 2018 on December 31 with a 4x increase in revenue compared to FY 2017 - which itself was 4x the revenues of FY 2016. The number of new customers for Excelero's NVMesh solution, which enables shared NVMe Flash at local performance, grew 3x compared to new customers in 2017. Excelero sold thousands of licenses to hyperscale Web giants during 2018, with its revenue split evenly between these "web monsters" and OEM-led deals by such global strategic partners as Supermicro and Lenovo, and savvy regional resellers and system integrators including Arcastream, CMA and Pixit Media who package Excelero's solutions into total solutions for a variety of verticals.

"We're expanding our focus on Chinese and Japanese markets, where IT leaders also are seeing the ROI of deploying scale-out NVMe storage architectures - and we are already on track to make 2019 just as successful."

As data centers transition from legacy infrastructure to vastly more efficient software-defined solutions, Excelero's 2018 business results demonstrate the enormity of the next-generation storage opportunity, the wisdom of a 100% channels-driven selling approach, and the appeal of Excelero's NVMesh solution.

Bsquare and Amazon Web Services Collaborate to Accelerate Internet of Things Adoption

Bsquare Corporation, a provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) services and software, announced today it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) to meet the increasing demand for IIoT solutions. Bsquare has selected AWS as its preferred cloud services provider and is leveraging AWS to expand new offerings around DataV, a suite of edge-to-cloud IoT services and software designed to improve uptime, manageability, and performance of enterprise assets. 

"Bsquare has a long track record of success developing solutions running on AWS that help industrial businesses reach their IoT goals," said Acting Bsquare CEO, Kevin Walsh. "We also share the same commitment to constant innovation that is necessary to drive digital transformation across a variety of enterprise and industrial markets. As a result, we are pleased to be able to collaborate with AWS as we work together to develop more advanced solutions for our customers."