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Rackspace Teams with VMware to Deliver the Future of Multi-Cloud

Rackspace has expanded its Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS) portfolio to deliver the future of multi-cloud. Today, with the launch of Rackspace Managed VMware Cloud on AWS, Rackspace is evolving its private cloud portfolio to give customers new ways of deploying workloads across public and private clouds in any location, using a single, industry-standard set of tools and processes. Rackspace is helping customers overcome many of the challenges they face with multi-cloud operations, including standard workflows, consistent APIs, easier access to native services across clouds, simpler geographical expansion, compliance with data sovereignty policies and business continuity, cost-effective disaster recovery, and on-demand flexible capacity.

Rackspace is focused on providing modern IT as a service for its customers, and continues to transform IT delivery by offering unbiased, multi-cloud expertise, an unrivaled portfolio of cloud services, and familiar automation and management tools. This next generation cloud solution delivers greater flexibility for customers to run each VMware workload where it makes the most sense - in VMware Cloud on AWS, in their own data center or hosted in a geo-specific location, along with the consistency of a unified infrastructure that bridges private and public clouds. With thousands of VMware and AWS certifications across hundreds of experts, Rackspace is uniquely positioned to help customers integrate multiple clouds to meet their business requirements.

"This is a game changer in the cloud industry, and with thousands of VMware and AWS certifications across hundreds of experts, Rackspace is a strategic partner to help customers that want to move to VMware Cloud on AWS and further modernize their applications with native AWS services," said Peter FitzGibbon, vice president and general manager of Rackspace managed services for VMware. "Enterprises can now run every application in the best location, optimizing price, reliability, performance and security for every workload while using familiar tools, processes and APIs, which enterprises already use today. We deliver this as a fully managed service, making consumption simple while delivering the outcomes our customers expect."

Wipro Collaborates with Check Point Software to Offer Cloud Security Services

Wipro Limited announced a new partnership with Check Point Software Technologies Ltd, a leading provider of cyber security solutions globally, to deliver Check Point's advanced and dynamic cloud security solution, CloudGuard IaaS.

This strategic worldwide partnership will further accelerate demand for the CloudGuard comprehensive suite of cloud security products, which are focused on advanced threat prevention and safeguarding enterprise cloud applications, infrastructure, and data against the most sophisticated fifth-generation cyber-attacks threatening organizations today. CloudGuard already protects more than 2,000 enterprise cloud environments.

Cloud security is a shared responsibility between the service provider and the customer, which can be a challenging model to implement. Through this partnership, Wipro and Check Point are enabling customers to maximize their investment in cloud infrastructure by defending against the most sophisticated fifth-generation cyber security threats to their cloud assets and data.

eG Innovations Certified as Partner Ready for VMware Cloud on AWS

eG Innovations, a leading provider of IT performance monitoring and digital intelligence solutions, today announced that eG Enterprise, its flagship monitoring platform has been certified as Partner Ready for VMware Cloud on AWS.

VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand service that enables organizations to run applications across vSphere-based cloud environments with access to a broad range of AWS services. Powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, this service allows organizations to take advantage of VMware technologies across compute (vSphere), storage (vSAN) and networking (NSX), which are optimized to run on next-generation, elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure, with optimized access to AWS services.

With eG Enterprise, organizations can monitor all aspects of VMware Cloud on AWS performance. Monitoring of the virtual infrastructure and cloud monitoring are done in an agentless manner. A patented inside-outside monitoring technology provides 360-degree visibility into virtual machine performance. Using eG Enterprise's built-in capabilities for application code-level visibility and digital experience monitoring, IT professionals can get total performance assurance for their applications running on VMware Cloud on AWS.

Key Capabilities of eG Enterprise for Monitoring VMware Cloud on AWS:

Cloudian Joins HPE's Cloud28+

Cloudian, a provider of enterprise object storage systems, today announced the company has joined Cloud28+, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)-backed worldwide federation of cloud computing organizations. Dedicated to increasing cloud adoption worldwide, Cloud28+ members combine resources to share and promote a common platform for cloud-related knowledge and solutions.

"Cloudian is delighted to join the HPE-backed Cloud28+ community to help our mutual customers find the right mix of private, public and hybrid cloud solutions, to increase their knowledge of innovative offers and to help firms interested in becoming cloud service providers," said Jon Toor, CMO of Cloudian. "Our cloud-compatible, on-premises storage platform brings a compelling solution to the community, offering the limitless scalability and service provider-friendly features required in this era of expanding cloud possibilities."

ZeroStack Debuts Storage Controls on Its Cloud Platform

ZeroStack, creators of a self-driving cloud that lets users focus on their businesses, announced that administrators of its Self-Driving Cloud platform can now implement flexible storage controls that prevent over-consumption of storage by individual users or VMs.

MSPs and enterprises share storage pools across customers or end users in a cloud environment, and this can lead to over-consumption by a particular customer or VM, potentially removing capacity from the cluster that was expected by other users. With its new storage controls, ZeroStack gives cloud administrators the power to set, read and write IOPS capacity limits on VMs or customers to provide real-time caps that control over-consumption.

"Whether individual users or VMs, storage hogs can make life difficult for other cloud users in a shared environment," said Michael Lin, director of product management at ZeroStack. "Our new storage controls implement limits on storage hogs to ensure fair access to resources by all users and VMs."

Don't Sink Your Sales, Sync Your Cloud Instead

Despite having been around for close to two decades and statistics showing that it can positively transform how a business operates, cloud computing is yet to be absorbed fully by the business world today. A significant segment of product and service providers continue to use legacy sales IT systems that are not only difficult to integrate with emerging technologies but also costly to run.

In this article, we describe five key advantages of adopting cloud solutions to boost sales and the overall business process.

How the Digital Age Is Shaping the Modern-Day Business

The digital age refers to the advancements that have been brought on by technology. It is also known as the information age, given that the answer to any question you are looking for is a click of a button away, very literally. It all started with the introduction of digital computers which are now widespread and used by every single business across various industries to organize their information and data. This invention has changed the very way that the modern-day business operates and will continue to change it in the future. 

The very understanding of how people communicate has changed, and as a result of this consumer's behavior has also been affected. There are numerous other ways that the digital age has shaped what is now known as the business of today, and these will be touched upon below. 

Tips for Improving Your Business Agility

One of the key attributes of successful businesses is the ability to respond to change positively and without delay. Societies and lifestyles are in a constant state of change, and the development of new technologies accelerates the process even more rapidly. It's easy for businesses to get left behind if they aren't quick enough to respond to changing markets or trading conditions, or if such changes derail their forward movement. No business is immune to the forces of change, but the way to manage any situation that arises is to ensure your business is as agile as possible.

What is an agile business?

Cloud Veterans Launch TriggerMesh Serverless Management Platform

TriggerMesh, a company developing serverless and FaaS management solutions, announced their official company and product launch. TriggerMesh is offered as software-as-a-service and enables the deployment and management of functions on Kubernetes clusters enabled with Knative as well the management of event triggers across Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, and Azure.

TriggerMesh Serverless Management Platform allows developers to automate the deployment and of functions from their favorite version control system on the TriggerMesh cloud powered by Knative. The developers benefit from:

CA Technologies Updates Mainframe Solutions, Promoting an Open and Intelligent Platform for Hybrid Environments

CA Technologies announced updates to its mainframe solutions that are designed to accelerate modernization and integration initiatives, allowing enterprises to leverage mainframes as strategic enablers of digital transformation to drive revenue growth. These new and enhanced offerings enable customers to use intelligence and automation to maximize resources and protect data while working with the latest technologies and open innovations, across hybrid environments.

"Mainframes are an integral part of any hybrid IT environment where workloads should run on platforms that provide the best advantage," said Greg Lotko, general manager, Mainframe, CA Technologies. "Only CA can bring a more simplified user experience that spans the breadth of open DevOps and machine learning-based operational intelligence to make the mainframe an agile, integrated part of an evolving IT architectural landscape."

"We've found CA's tools to be flexible, easy to use and cost-effective for a dynamic workforce that includes developers and mainframers," said Jim Magnus, vice president of partner development at Ensono, a leading hybrid IT services provider and CA partner. "Our work and relationship with CA Technologies is vital to driving digital transformation for our clients. We believe the company is making the right investments in mainframe innovations to help clients optimize and modernize their hybrid IT environments."