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Arcserve Acquires Zetta, Enterprise-Cloud Disaster Recovery Provider

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Arcserve, LLC, whose breakthrough data protection and availability solutions deliver enterprise power with small team simplicity, today announced the acquisition of Zetta, a leader in cloud-first disaster recovery (DR) solutions and data center IP. Zetta's offerings provide organizations with direct-to-cloud disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) and backup as a service (BaaS) to quickly and reliably protect, access and recover virtual and physical data without the need for extra hardware. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. This transaction further increases Arcserve's market share on the heels of the company's recent email archiving technology acquisition.

"The acquisition of Zetta advances our cloud solution with technology, data centers and expertise that places Arcserve at the forefront of the backup and recovery industry," said Mike Crest, CEO of Arcserve. Jeff Whitehead, CTO of Arcserve and former CTO of Zetta, added, "Arcserve and Zetta share the same passionate focus on customer success and delivering the world's foremost data protection innovation. Becoming a part of Arcserve presents us with an amazing opportunity to invest further in our technology and gives our customers access to a broader portfolio of data protection solutions with continued global support."

HyTrust Acquires DataGravity

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HyTrust, Inc., a leading workload security provider, today announced the acquisition of DataGravity, a data visibility and security company, to further automate and enhance security policy enforcement for workload data. The acquisition brings new data discovery and classification expertise that expand HyTrust data security solutions focused on protecting workload data. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but members of the DataGravity team will be joining HyTrust.

Also, today HyTrust announced it has raised $36 million in new funding, with this latest round of investment going towards expanding its sales and marketing efforts, and for new product development and acquisitions.

The DataGravity acquisition comes at a time of rapid growth in the cloud security solutions market. According to Forrester, the global cloud security solutions market will grow 28 percent annually over the 2017 to 2021 period, from $1.5 billion in 2017 to $3.5 billion in 2021.

Rackspace and Lightstream Team to Provide Custom Managed Microsoft Cloud Solutions

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Rackspace today announced from the Microsoft Inspire conference in Washington, D.C. a relationship with Lightstream, a leading systems integrator, to deliver integrated Microsoft Cloud Solutions with specialized customer lifecycle support. Through this collaboration, Rackspace will provide custom tools, optimization and ongoing 24x7x365 Fanatical Support for customers who leverage Lightstream IT transformation and migration services for Microsoft Azure as well as other Microsoft Private Cloud and Microsoft Productivity Cloud solutions.

"As more enterprises adopt Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft cloud technologies, they often require assistance to help them reduce complexity -- from planning and migration to the ongoing tasks of scaling applications, managing costs, maintaining security and ensuring application uptime," said Ramakant Pandrangi, vice president and general manager of Microsoft Clouds at Rackspace. "This is where Rackspace and Lightstream are well-positioned to help. By coupling our robust Microsoft expertise, support and guidance, this collaboration provides a unique end-to-end experience for customers who want to optimize their Microsoft solutions."

Cloud Computing: Penguin Computing Announces Full Product Line Transition to Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors

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Penguin Computing®, provider of high performance computing, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, today announced completion of the company's major technology transition to the Intel® Xeon® Scalable platform for all Penguin Computing product lines. "Penguin Computing's server solution offers an unrivaled array of compute and storage form factors, in standard 19" EIA, Open Compute and Tundra™ Extreme Scale platform," said William Wu, Director of Product Management, Penguin Computing.

"We are excited to introduce Intel® Xeon® Scalable platform based solutions into our versatile Relion® and Tundra™ product lines to tackle today's computing challenges. Organizations looking to deploy across Data Centers, Cloud Computing, hyper-scale HPC and Deep Learning will find Penguin Computing's unique and expanding solutions to meet their needs."...

Read more from the source @ https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/17/07/p9761498/penguin-computing-announces-full-product-line-transition-to-intel-xeon-

Microsoft improves Azure's analytical capabilities with Cloudyn acquisition

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As an industry, cloud computing services have matured to become a staple of information technology in the enterprise. Organizations of all sizes are using cloud computing to achieve economies of scale that could never have been reached with conventional on premises solutions. But while the benefits of cloud computing solutions may be obvious, at least anecdotally, measuring the actual cost benefits can be a bit more elusive.

By acquiring Cloudyn, a company that helps enterprises optimize their investments in cloud services, Microsoft is looking to add a toolset to Azure that can provide customers with a way to measure the cost benefits of cloud computing. It is an important step toward creating the dominant cloud services platform for business and confirms Microsoft's strategy of competing in a mobile-first, cloud-first world...

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Cloud Computing: Microsoft Is Bundling Office and Windows For Business Customers

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Microsoft’s biggest selling software products are now being sold in an all-in-one package. The business technology giant debuted its Microsoft 365 software package on Monday that includes the Windows 10 operating system, Office 365 workplace software, and security software for mobile devices.

The new software bundle is intended to make it easier for companies to buy Microsoft’s flagship enterprise software products in one subscription as opposed to paying for them individually. Microsoft (MSFT, +0.62%) will sell two versions of Microsoft 365, with one version, Microsoft 365 Business, tailored for small-to-medium-sized companies and the other, Microsoft 365 Enterprise, for larger organizations...

What Is the ISE Cloud Computing Index?

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Cloud computing has taken the technology sector by storm, making it possible for major enterprises to gain access to cutting-edge data analytics and storage capacity without building out a huge in-house technology infrastructure framework. Many of the companies that have helped their clients establish their presence in the cloud have performed quite well for investors, and the ongoing trend toward coming up with new technologies makes it likely that cloud computing companies will remain strong. The ISE Cloud Computing Index provides a handy benchmark for investors to use to track the budding industry, and you can even invest in an ETF that offers direct exposure to the index to let you take advantage of its future potential for growth.

What the ISE Cloud Computing Index is and how it works

The ISE Cloud Computing Index was developed by International Securities Exchange ETF Ventures as one of several innovative indexes tracking growing industries and emerging technologies. The business model for ISE ETF Ventures is to come up with attractive index ideas and then find partners to launch exchange traded products, including ETFs...

Read more from the source @ https://www.fool.com/investing/etf/2017/07/10/what-is-the-ise-cloud-computing-index.aspx

Burger King turns to Equinix for cloud computing support

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Companies like Burger King might seem antithetical to data centers, but for Equinix CEO Steve Smith, the fast-food chain represents just one of the many clients his data centers serve. "Burger King, as you know, has stores and outlets all over the world. So they have customers, their people and their business deployed all over the world. All that information is distributed," Smith told "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer on Friday.

"It requires local capability on servers, storage arrays and networking gear everywhere that Burger King has outlets." Enter Equinix, an real estate investment trust that runs nearly 180 data centers across 44 of the world's largest markets. Burger King is just one of the REIT's 10,000 customers, Smith said...

Overcoming File Sharing, Healthcare App Cloud Security Concerns

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Potential file sharing and healthcare cloud security risks must be addressed in covered entities’ and business associates’ risk analyses, according to the latest OCR cybersecurity newsletter. These collaboration tools can greatly benefit organizations, but the possible privacy and security risks cannot be ignored.

Risk management policies and business associate agreements (BAAs) should also review any file sharing or cloud computing options to ensure PHI security, OCR maintained. “Misconfigurations of file sharing and collaboration tools, as well as cloud computing services, are common issues that can result in the disclosure of sensitive data, including ePHI,” the newsletter stated...

Cloud Carib Extends Reach by Opening New Data Centers Across the Caribbean and Latin America

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Cloud Carib Limited is extending its reach across the Caribbean and Latin America, bringing several new data centers to the region. Cloud Carib is the premiere managed cloud service provider in the Caribbean. The organization has data centers located on the islands of Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas and is launching a newly rebuilt CaribPod data center in Panama. Cloud Carib has announced service extensions into Barbados and Jamaica and additional regional sites planned in Trinidad, Cayman, and other locations before the end of 2017.

"Our strategic expansion demonstrates our continuing commitment to clients that we're delivering best in-class services directly to them and allowing our clients to choose a location that best suits their needs. We're helping clients design a solution for them, not providing cookie cutter solutions and forcing them to work within those constraints -- Cloud Carib is dedicated to service excellence for our clients," said Scott MacKenzie, Chief Commercial Officer at Cloud Carib.