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Off-premises cloud computing services gain traction; are multi-clouds next?

Grazed from IHS. Author: Liz Cruz.

With digitization transforming and disrupting businesses everywhere, there is tremendous pressure to change and adapt, especially for enterprise information technology (IT) departments. A key part of change is the need for greater agility and faster adoption of new technology. Both of these agents drive the off-premises cloud market, while also altering the architecture of on-premises data centers or private clouds to include orchestration for the automatic deployment of workloads. To achieve success, a key takeaway for businesses is to rethink IT, shifting reliance from traditional data-center models to new mechanisms like the cloud.

Growth all around

In assessing just how fast transformation is occurring within the space, one only has to look at the rate of growth projected for the next few years ahead. The market for off-premises cloud services is forecast for solid revenue growth of approximately 30% year-over-year in the near term, with strong expansion to continue through 2021. The market’s increase is due to larger portions of enterprise IT budgets being allocated to off-premises cloud services...

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Panzura Extends Leadership in Hybrid Cloud Storage With Eight New Patents

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Panzura, the leader in hybrid cloud storage, today announced that within the past 60 days, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded the company eight new patents.

These patents cover key enabling technology for the Panzura distributed cloud file system, which provides true storage consolidation in the cloud without sacrificing performance at the edge. As a result, customers can move to hybrid cloud storage rapidly to manage exponential unstructured data growth and reduce total storage costs by up to 70 percent. Panzura has won 26 patents to date, with 19 more pending.

Specifically, the new patents cover:

CloudGenix and TBI Sign Master Agent Agreement

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CloudGenix, Inc., the software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) leader, today announced it has signed a partnership agreement with TBI, a leading distributor of data, network, cloud, voice and managed services. This agreement will allow TBI partners to deliver to its clients the industry's first and only application-defined SD-WAN solution. With CloudGenix, enterprises can now eliminate complex routing protocols and hardware routers, and directly set up business rules and app-SLAs -- all while reducing WAN cost by 50 to 70 percent.

As a leading technology distributor, TBI advises and consults on the right solutions to solve organizational challenges, especially those related to increasing bandwidth, upgrading outdated systems, adding new services and migrating or deploying cloud solutions. TBI helps recommend technologies like SD-WAN that assist with convergence and modernization.

Sauce Labs Test Analytics Accelerates Testing and Release Processes

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Sauce Labs, Inc., provider of the world's largest cloud-based platform for automated testing of web and mobile applications, today announced Sauce Labs Test Analytics, the latest addition to the Sauce Labs Automated Testing Cloud. This latest release provides users with near real-time, multi-dimensional test analytics to optimize resources and release software faster.

"With modern development teams often distributed across the globe, it is difficult to obtain insights into testing behaviors and patterns in a way that make sense," said Lubos Parobek, vice president of product at Sauce Labs. "Sauce Labs Test Analytics addresses this need, providing users the insights to optimize their tests, release software faster and drive CI/CD and DevOps initiatives forward."

Sauce Labs Test Analytics brings analytics to everyone -- including executives, developers, test engineers and QA teams. The platform allows users to dig deep into test results to identify critical trends. Executives can leverage a high level dashboard to get an overview of test coverage, feature readiness and releases, while more technical users can easily narrow down into individual tests to identify common failures.

Key benefits of Sauce Labs Test Analytics include:

OpenStack Foundation Says We Are At A Cloud Tipping Point

Grazed from LifeHacker. Author: Anthony Caruana
 

At the opening of OpenStack Day in Melbourne, hosted by Aptira, Jonathan Bryce said we are at an important tipping point with cloud technologies. And while his comments were informed by the results of the foundation's recent user survey, I think he's right.

Bryce said the rise of OpenStack reflects a shift. When the platform was new, its adoption was driven by technical users. But the recent rapid growth is reflection of increased user adoption. That is, the uptake of cloud solutions has moved from technical drivers towards business drivers.

The Linux cloud swap that spells trouble for Microsoft and VMware

Grazed from TheRegister. Author: Editorial Staff.

Just occasionally, you get it right. Six years ago, I called containers "every sysadmin's dream," and look at them now. Even the Linux Foundation's annual bash has been renamed from "LinuxCon + CloudOpen + Embedded Linux Conference" to "LinuxCon + ContainerCon".

Why? Because since virtualization has been enterprise IT's favourite toy for more than a decade, the rise of "cloud computing" has promoted this even more. When something gets that big, everyone jumps on board and starts looking for an edge – and containers are much more efficient than whole-system virtualization, so there are savings to be made and performance gains to win...

Healthcare technology is booming thanks to cloud computing and wearables

Grazed from SiliconAngle. Author: Duncan Riley.

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner and longtime tech analyst Mary Meeker released her annual Internet Trends Report Wednesday, and more than anything else, she pointed to a transformation of health thanks to big data and cloud computing. The report, which is highly regarded in the tech community for its insights into trends and predictions, dedicated 31 pages to “Healthcare @ The Digital Inflection Point” and came up with some amazing stats about how technology and the Internet are transforming the sector.

At the top of the list, and perhaps the most remarkable number, is the way data is helping develop new medicines. Meeker said the digitization of medical data means that medical knowledge now doubles every 3.5 years versus doubling only every 50 years in 1950. Meeker added that the increased availability of health data is helping to accelerate clinical trials and encouraging collaboration with the scientific community as well...

Read more from the source @ https://siliconangle.com/blog/2017/05/31/mary-meeker-healthcare-technology-booms-off-back-cloud-support-wearables/

Salesforce Launches $50M Fund for Cloud Consulting Firms

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Nicole Henderson.

Salesforce’s corporate investment group Salesforce Ventures has announced a new $50 million fund on Wednesday, aimed at growing the next-generation of cloud consulting firms. The new SI (system integrator) Trailblazer Fund will provide new cloud consulting companies with the capital required to build and scale their Salesforce services capabilities.

To keep up with demand from customers, Salesforce is going to need 10 times the number of consultants in the next five years, according to data based on recent research from IDC. And what better way to grow this base than infuse $50 million into it. "Growing customer demand for Salesforce has created a critical need for more Salesforce-trained consulting partners as part of the thriving 'Salesforce Economy,'" Tyler Prince, EVP of Worldwide Alliances and Go-to-Market Innovation, Salesforce said in a statement...

Cloudfire switches from CentreStack to Storage Made Easy for their Collaboration offering deployed on OpenStack and Red Hat Ceph

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Storage Made Easy (SME), supplier of the leading Enterprise File Fabric, announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Cloudfire, an Italian cloud provider based in Reggio Emilia with a focus on cloud for business. Integrating the SME Enterprise File Fabric with existing cloud storage based on Ceph will enrich the offerings Cloudfire can provide to customers.

Cloudfire is a cloud service provider offering Backup, Disaster Recovery,Private Cloud (IaaS), Archiving, Monitoring, Web Services and Unified Communications (Mail, File Sharing, Cloud PBX).

Cloudfire replaced CentreStack from Gladinet with SME because they needed a secure, stable, and richer featured user-friendly platform. Customers can now manage corporate collaboration and file sharing with unified control of enterprise assets, satisfying security requirements.

Egenera Announces the Availability of Xterity Cloud Services on G-Cloud 9 Platform

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Egenera, a provider of wholesale cloud services to the channel, today announced the availability of its Xterity Cloud Services on G-Cloud 9, the UK government's latest G-Cloud framework. In the UK, Xterity is hosted in Slough and Newcastle.

G-Cloud 9 is available through a portal operated by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), and provides UK public sector organizations with a timely, cost-effective and efficient way to purchase cloud-based services as commodities to accelerate cloud adoption.