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5nine Releases Manager Datacenter 2.0 for Multitenant Hyper-V Environments

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5nine Software, the leading provider of Microsoft Cloud management, security and migration solutions, today announced version 2.0 of its popular 5nine Manager Datacenter. This 2.0 release signifies the next step for 5Nine's Manager Datacenter product to serve as a comprehensive, and scalable enterprise solution. Its new features and improvements enable large, multitenant and distributed Microsoft Cloud datacenters to centrally manage, monitor, back up, recover and control Hyper-V infrastructures in a more cost-efficient and streamlined manner.

Enterprise VMM: The Market Today

The explosion of Hyper-V adoption in recent years, alongside Microsoft Cloud in general, has quickly made it one of the leading virtualization platforms on the enterprise market today. Large organizations with multiple datacenters and locations are beginning to realize, though, that new tools may be needed to more effectively remotely manage, monitor and secure their infrastructure while using this platform.

5nine Manager Datacenter offers the simplest, fastest and best enterprise management experience available. This release provides the following new features and VMM advantages over similar offerings:

CorpInfo Launches Onica with $20 Million Capital Infusion from Sunstone Partners to Fuel Growth of AWS Services and Solutions

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CorpInfo, a leading IT services company announces the formation of Onica, with a $20 million growth equity investment from Sunstone Partners. Onica will focus solely on the exponential growth of its Amazon Web Services (AWS) consulting and managed services business. Onica is an AWS Premier Consulting Partner and Managed Service Provider Partner.

Onica will be led by cloud services visionary, CEO Stephen Garden, who transformed CorpInfo from a legacy consulting company into an industry leading cloud advisory firm.

“Today’s announcements are the culmination of four years at the forefront of the cloud computing boom in collaboration with AWS and having supported hundreds of customers in their transformations,” Garden said. “This investment will allow Onica to continue to expand sales, marketing, and delivery resources globally, and to accelerate our development of technology solutions that bring operational excellence to the enterprise cloud journey.”
 

Axway Extends Multi-Cloud Strategy in Expanded Microsoft Integration

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Axway, a catalyst for transformation, today announced that clients choosing Microsoft Azure can now power Axway AMPLIFY, its integration and engagement platform, across multiple clouds. Designed to enable organizations around the world to unlock business value from a vast array of data sources and transform the customer experience, AMPLIFY helps developers, architects and administrators develop innovative user experiences on any device.

Organizations are increasingly adopting cloud-based solutions to better collaborate across departments and geographies. In today's new business environment, being able to quickly master and leverage massive volumes of data are a key element in creating desirable customer experiences. With AMPLIFY now powered by Azure, its customers will benefit from the productivity, intelligence and hybrid capabilities of the trusted Azure cloud platform.

With traditional omnichannel approaches to customer experience proving to be sub-optimal for some organizations, Axway has identified a new approach to meet customer needs - customer experience networks. Leveraging data from a vast array of internal and external sources in a customer's journey, on premise and across different clouds, enterprises can innovate faster to better serve customers, employees, business partners and suppliers. Azure partners and customers can take advantage of this CX network to co-innovate with customers and embrace stakeholders in a more strategic and coherent way.

Using The Cloud To Save Dollars

Article Written by Sally Perkins

Cloud computing is the future of digital technology and has benefited from intense competition, with the cloud providers "race to zero" being thrilling for consumer pockets.

For both personal and business users of cloud technology, there are a number of ways beyond the basic outlay required that can save you money, from the potential of innovative subscription services to being able to do away with expensive hardware.

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Microsoft CSPs Expecting Less Conflict, More Azure Consumption

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Microsoft wants to drive more Azure consumption.

Considering revenue growth has practically doubled every quarter for some time, the Azure business might not seem like a huge problem. It's not about trying to pull ahead of Amazon Web Services (AWS), which by far is the largest cloud provider. Despite the growth of Azure, clearly the No. 2 global public cloud, Microsoft needs to ensure that Google, Salesforce.com, IBM and others keep their distance.

For Microsoft, what's perhaps even more important is that the dominance of AWS doesn't become insurmountable. 
 

CloudJumper Powers Workspace as a Service Platform in Switch's Tier 5 Data Centers Through Partnership with ProfitBricks

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CloudJumper, a leading Workspace as a Service (WaaS) platform innovator for agile business IT, today announced the company has expanded its strategic relationship with ProfitBricks, a leading channel-focused cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider, to deploy nWorksSpace WaaS solutions within the Switch Tier 5 Data Center campus in Las Vegas. CloudJumper partners now have the ability to build highly competitive WaaS and cloud application delivery solutions on this premier brand of ProfitBricks infrastructure which has been recognized by the Uptime Institute for "enhanced availability and reliability."

The Tier 5 Data Center Standard was introduced this year by Switch, a leader in data center design, development, and mission critical operations. With ProfitBricks cloud infrastructure operations located within Switch's Core Campus in Las Vegas, CloudJumper will host a growing number of nWorkSpace accounts in this environment. The Switch Tier 5 Data Center Standard not only encompasses the resiliency and redundancy of other data center ratings systems, but also evaluates more than 30 additional key elements, such as long-term power system capabilities, the number of available carriers, zero roof penetrations, the location of cooling system lines in or above the data center, physical and network security and 100-percent use of renewable energy.

AT&T Expands Strategic Relationship with Amazon Web Services

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AT&T is expanding business cloud networking solutions with Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS customers using AT&T connectivity can now have highly secure, flexible connectivity options to serve their cloud, cybersecurity and mobility needs. These solutions can help customers mobilize their workforce to support the digital age.

“Many of our customers are on their journey to the cloud with AWS,” said Roman Pacewicz, chief product officer, AT&T Business. “We can offer customers a highly secure, cloud optimized networking environment. No matter where they are in that transition or how they want to get there, AT&T has it covered.”

“Business customers rely on AT&T for proven network connectivity, cybersecurity and IoT solutions. These new enhancements provide our customers with the performance, security and connection options they need to grow their businesses on AWS,” said David Wright, general manager, Worldwide Strategic Technology Partners, Amazon Web Services, Inc.
 

Thales announces new security-as-a-service for centralized control of encryption keys used for Microsoft Azure and AWS

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Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, announces CipherTrust Cloud Key Manager for support of Microsoft Azure Key Vault and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Key Management Service (KMS) bring your own key (BYOK) capabilities. The solution allows users of these dominant public cloud solutions to meet compliance mandates and further protect their most sensitive data by creating and managing encryption keys separate from their cloud provider's infrastructure.

To help save time and money, a growing number of enterprises are eschewing legacy technologies in favor of cloud and SaaS environments. While these technologies are digitally transforming businesses, they present challenges: enterprise data is fair game for cybercriminals regardless of operating environments, and meeting compliance and best practices requirements isn't always straightforward. In response, enterprises are developing encryption strategies to better protect and control their data. While effective, this presents a new hurdle; when considering that many enterprises utilize multiple cloud providers, the management of encryption keys can prove difficult.

Thales CipherTrust Cloud Key Manager offers a number of benefits to help enterprises control and secure encryption keys in multi-cloud environments, including:

Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 34% to $43.7 Billion

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Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2017.

Operating cash flow increased 14% to $17.1 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $15.0 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2016. Free cash flow decreased to $8.1 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $9.0 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2016. Free cash flow less lease principal repayments decreased to $3.5 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $5.3 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2016. Free cash flow less finance lease principal repayments and assets acquired under capital leases decreased to an outflow of $1.0 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with an inflow of $3.8 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2016.

Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards totaled 503 million on September 30, 2017, compared with 496 million one year ago.

ARBA Retail Systems Releases Point of Sale Cloud Solutions That Run on Microsoft Azure

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ARBA Retail Systems, a technology leader in POS and Cashless Payment solutions, leverages the Microsoft Azure platform to give clients strong Business Intelligence and data analytics.

ARBA Retail System’s complete suite of Point of Sale Cloud Solutions run on Microsoft Azure providing us and our customers with significant benefits that are unrivaled by any other Cloud platform.

Microsoft Azure is ranked by Gartner as the only major cloud platform that is the leader for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and a strong Platform as a Service (PaaS). Running on Microsoft Azure provides ARBA clients with a completely seamless and integrated solution package.