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Arkadin Launches a Cloud Consulting Practice to Ensure Clients Have Highly Functioning UC Services

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Arkadin, an NTT Communications company and market leader in cloud Unified Communications and Collaboration services, announces today a new managed service to help enterprises successfully navigate their digital cloud transformation journeys. Cloud Transformation Services (CTS) is a holistic, technology agnostic program that includes the full spectrum of UC services, including needs assessments, risk mitigation, migration planning, training, change management and adoption campaigns. It also includes ongoing support services through Arkadin's 24/7 help desks and regular Service Management reviews to measure the quality of the UC service.

"As Microsoft, Cisco and other leading UC providers continue to roll out advanced cloud capabilities, our clients need a trusted partner to help make decisions about the platforms and technologies best suited to their needs," said Christophe Reyes, Arkadin's Managing Director, UCaaS. "We are well positioned for this: Our clients benefit from sophisticated networking and telecommunications expertise from fellow NTT Group Companies Dimension Data and NTT Communications, and our own deep experience in telephony and collaboration. Together we offer the full life-cycle of services for optimising their cloud UC journeys."

Components of the 4-step ‘Cloud Transformation Services' program:

How technology can help you to create a buzz around your business

In order to secure success for your business, it is vital that you present your organization in the best light. If you are going to stand out from the competition, you will constantly need to be on the lookout for opportunities to move your company forward. One of the best ways for you to do this is by engaging with technology. Why stay in the past when moving into the future can save you an enormous amount of time, money, and effort? Furthermore, making the most of your digital devices will assist you in creating a buzz around your business. Below are six examples that support this claim.

Technology can help you to improve your levels of service

Firstly, technology can help you to improve your levels of service. Not only can it aid you in speeding up your operation, but it can also help you to lower your costs and save your staff members from carrying out monotonous tasks. If you are wondering where to start, you should consider automating specific elements of your business. For instance, if you have an online mailing list, you should use an automated response system to deal with the initial stages of inquiries and complaints. Automated emails will also be of use if you run an online store and need to send through order confirmations. Eliminating the risk of human error and speeding up your responses is a fantastic way for you to improve the customer experience. It could lead to positive word of mouth reviews and impressive online recommendations.

Nutanix Fuels Channel Partners to Propel the Next Generation of Cloud Deployments

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Nutanix announced today that it is introducing new channel program incentives and expanded standalone software license offerings with Dell EMC to drive the next wave of enterprise cloud adoption for its customers. With these new incentives, Nutanix will provide its partners with enhanced economics for selling Nutanix software and enable customers to have more options in how they procure industry-leading hybrid cloud and hyperconverged technologies for their data centers.

Dell EMC XC Core includes Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers and Dell EMC solution integration software for Nutanix software deployments. XC Core, available today, is an alternative to other products in the Dell EMC XC Family that allows customers to purchase the Nutanix software license separately from the rest of the appliance with access to software support directly from Nutanix's award-winning customer service organization. Customers will be able to choose the software licensing terms and conditions that are optimal for their business needs.

Going digital with your business – the must 'gets'

If you're starting up a small business or recently started running one, then have you thought about how you're going to make it stand out on the net? It doesn't matter what the nature of your company is; you should be looking for as many opportunities as possible to promote your products and services through a website and across social media channels. Being a small organization, you probably don't have the budget to hire a full-time member of staff dedicated to digital. Don't worry; there are still things you can do to get your presence out there. Here are some of the top ‘gets' you need to be thinking about. 

Netwrix Survey: Tech and IT Companies Are the Driving Force of Cloud Security Investments

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Netwrix Corporation, provider of a visibility platform for user behavior analysis and risk mitigation in hybrid environments, today released the 2018 Netwrix Cloud Security: In-Depth Report.

The report supplements the 2018 Netwrix Cloud Security Report, unveiling survey findings specific to various industries and regions. Overall, 853 organizations shared their feedback for the survey, conducted in November 2017. All organizations are public or hybrid cloud users.

The key findings include:

Keeping Your Personal Information Safe Online

The world is moving increasingly online, with peoples' social lives and educational spheres gradually shifting from the real world to the virtual. This change has already brought about immeasurable benefits to both personal and business lives, and these are expected to continue in the years to come. However, with such benefits comes increased risk. Despite stories populating the media of catfishing and stolen information, people are not as careful as they should be online. Although it seems like a complicated process, there are some easy tricks you can follow in your everyday life to ensure your information is safe each time you go online. 

OnRamp Helps Startups Thrive with Free Cloud Program

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OnRamp Access, LLC, a HITRUST-certified cloud infrastructure provider, is pleased to announce the release of OnRamp’s Cloud Innovation Program with the goal of helping startups innovate, scale and thrive. Eligible startups receive six months of free resources on OnRamp’s HITRUST-certified virtual private cloud (VPC) built on OpenStack technology and access to OnRamp’s rich set of resources, including security and compliance expertise, an extended community of partners, and marketing opportunities.

The program is open to all startups, but is best suited for software startups developing a SaaS-based product or service that’s subject to security and compliance mandates, such as HIPAA and PCI.

MapR Extends Data Fabric for Kubernetes

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MapR Technologies, Inc., a pioneer in delivering one platform for all data, across every cloud, today announced at Strata Data Conference it has extended advanced containers integration into the MapR Converged Data Platform which provides persistent storage for containers and enables the deployment of stateful containerized applications. The MapR Data Fabric for Kubernetes addresses the limitations of container use by providing easy and full data access from within and across clouds and on-premises deployments. Now stateful applications can easily be deployed in containers for production use cases, machine learning pipelines and multi-tenant use case. 

The MapR Data Fabric now includes a natively integrated Kubernetes volume driver to provide persistent storage volumes for access to any data ­-­ from databases, files and streaming - located on-premises, across clouds and to the edge.  The data fabric's extension to Kubernetes also provides scheduled automation for multi-tenant, containerized and non-containerized applications located inside and outside of a MapR cluster.


Kaminario and Commvault Join Forces to Accelerate and Automate Operational Backup and Recovery and Ensure Business Continuity

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Kaminario, a leading all-flash storage company, today announced the integration of the Kaminario Composable Data Platform with Commvault's IntelliSnap snapshot technology to automate application-consistent data protection and copy data management workflows with the power of all-flash. The seamless integration between Kaminario's native snaps and Commvault's IntelliSnap technology provides extremely fast, cost-effective and reliable disaster recovery solutions for on-premises, SaaS, cloud and virtual environments. 

With the massive influx of data coming into today's business environment, companies must safeguard information to prevent liability issues for both customers and business. Therefore, the right data backup and recovery systems are paramount for ensuring business success. The unified integration of Kaminario and Commvault IntelliSnap ensures application-consistent backups that bring intelligence and flexibility to Kaminario native snapshot management. Together Commvault and Kaminario deliver an integrated, automated data protection approach that provides a single, complete view of all stored data. This means you can rapidly recover data, whenever you need to, enabling organizations to quickly return to business as usual from an outage, even in the face of a ransomware event.

PacketFabric Offers Connectivity to IBM Cloud

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PacketCOR, the cloud on-ramp product offered by PacketFabric, enables dedicated, security-rich connectivity to IBM Cloud through Direct Link at speeds from 1Gbps to 10Gbps.  This provides customers with a protected, reliable and low latency connection for moving critical workloads and data to the cloud versus the public internet. With PacketCOR, customers can seamlessly create hybrid environments and access IBM's extensive catalogue of cloud services including Artificial Intelligence (AI), analytics, Blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT).

PacketFabric customers can access IBM Cloud services in Dallas, Texas; San Francisco, California; and Washington, D.C., from any location on the PacketFabric network.