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SolarWinds MSP Recognized as Top RMM Vendor in Annual Reader's Choice Awards

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SolarWinds MSP, a leader in delivering comprehensive, scalable IT service management solutions to IT solution providers and MSPs, today announced it is a gold winner in the remote monitoring and management (RMM) category in the 2018 ChannelPro Readers' Choice Awards. This is the third year in a row the managed services innovator has earned the top RMM honor.

Additionally, SolarWinds MSP earned two silver awards:

  • Best PSA
  • Best Integrated RMM/PSA Suite

Latest Version of Red Hat Ansible Engine Enables New Cloud, Network, and Windows Automation

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.6, the latest release of its simple, powerful, and agentless open source IT automation solution. Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.6 adds new content for automating across hybrid and multicloud environments, along with simplified connections to network APIs and updates for Ansible deployments overseeing Windows environments.

When Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.6 combines with Red Hat Ansible Tower, Red Hat's centralized control plane for managing and optimizing automated systems at enterprise scale, organizations can more easily extend automation across complex footprints. This includes hybrid and multicloud environments as well as diverse infrastructure, network, and application deployments.

 

ClearDATA Launches Healthcare Compliant Cloud Offering on Microsoft Azure

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ClearDATA, one of the leading security and compliance experts in the healthcare cloud, has launched a new healthcare compliant offering for Microsoft Azure. The new offering helps healthcare organizations operating on Azure to innovate and scale while maintaining compliance with rapidly-changing laws and regulations affecting privacy and data collection of protected health information (PHI).

As a result of ClearDATA's healthcare exclusive offering, including Automated Safeguards and an at-a-glance Compliance Dashboard, healthcare organizations - including payers and providers - have another option for native access to Azure without running the risk of non-compliance. For healthcare clients considering Azure to address the transformative needs of their business, ClearDATA enables the move to the cloud with performance, agility and efficiency while adhering to the complex regulations in healthcare, including HIPAA, GxP and GDPR.

Lenovo Leaps Forward With Next-Generation ThinkAgile Composable Cloud Platform

 

Lenovo Data Center Group, one of the fastest growing hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) vendors according to IDC, - with HCI revenue growing at almost twice the market growth rate in Q1 2018 (149.1% compared to 76.3%)-is further expanding its ThinkAgile portfolio to provide an innovative solution for customers who desire the agility of the public cloud and the security of a private cloud. To address this growing customer trend, Lenovo - together with Cloudistics - has developed the ThinkAgile CP Series composable cloud platform, a ‘cloud-in-a-box' that offers all of the conveniences and ease-of-use of a public cloud environment secured behind the customer's own data center firewall.

Lenovo ThinkAgile CP Series - with fully-integrated infrastructure, application marketplace and end-to-end automation of software-defined network, compute and storage - delivers a turnkey cloud experience that can be easily and centrally managed from anywhere through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) portal.

CrowdStrike Enhances Security Hygiene for Workloads on AWS

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CrowdStrike Inc. today announced the availability of Falcon Discover for Amazon Web Services (AWS) workloads. Falcon Discover provides security, operations and development teams with detailed visibility and extensive control over Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, improving overall security posture.

As today's enterprises continue to migrate their critical data and implement hybrid centers to host workloads that are both on-premises and on the cloud, maintaining security consistently is challenging. Today, many organizations of all sizes lack security resources and are looking for solutions that are easy to deploy, manage, and integrate.

Falcon Discover allows organizations to quickly visualize existing Amazon EC2 deployments across all regions (including instances without an endpoint security product installed) and subsequently monitors cloud trail logs for any modifications to the environment. As a result, the customer has a more complete picture of their networks and any systems or applications, enabling centralized, automated management and improving the organization's security posture.

AWS Chosen to Provide the Vast Majority of Cloud Infrastructure for 21st Century Fox

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced that 21st Century Fox extended its strategic relationship with AWS, selecting the world's leading cloud provider for the vast majority of its key platforms and workloads. The media company is also leveraging AWS's machine learning and data analytics services to create a consistent set of digital media capabilities across its brands. As part of a broader cloud transformation, 21st Century Fox has already reduced its data center needs by 50 percent and moved over 30 million assets-approximately 10 petabytes of content-to Amazon Glacier and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). Continuing this transformation, 21st Century Fox will use AWS as the primary platform to deliver over 90,000 titles on demand for key brands such as FOX, FX, National Geographic, 20th Century Fox Television, 20th Century Fox Film, and FOX Sports.

Finding Extra Income Streams Using Cloud Versatility



Article Written by Sally Perkins


Cloud computing is seen as the hallmark of tech giants like Amazon, but old-fashioned institutions are showing how anyone can benefit from it. It was reported last quarter that Walmart had improved 60% of online transactions using cloud technology, making it so their customers are able to benefit from return offers at record pace, and further so that prices can be changed at the click of a button. The key message to take from that bit of success? Even if you're not massively changing your business, cloud integration can help to craft new products and generate more income on the fly.

The technology isn't as prohibitive as it may once have been, either. Cloud security is becoming well understood and technology is continuing apace to provide solutions to every business. For the business owner or individual looking to make some extra money, this means opportunity. From mobile-based options to ebooks and courses, there are plenty of options thanks to the cloud.
 

Darktrace Cloud Protects Next Wave of Cloud Computing Models and More SaaS Applications

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Darktrace has announced that Darktrace Cloud can protect the next wave of cloud computing models, applications, and devices with its multi-award-winning cyber AI technology. The enhanced capability announced today comes in response to soaring demand for Darktrace Cloud and the accelerated adoption of innovative cloud architectures, such as edge computing and IoT data stored in the cloud.

Over 500 Darktrace customers use Darktrace Cloud to defend cloud environments and SaaS applications including Addivant, Innovating Capital, TruWest Credit Union, and City of Las Vegas.

"With Darktrace Cloud, we are shining a flashlight into the darkest corners of our digital infrastructure," commented Collin McCreath, Director of Information Technology at Addivant. "The ability to leverage Darktrace's AI to identify vulnerabilities and unknown threats in real time has fundamentally transformed our cyber security strategy. We now have unparalleled visibility of all our cloud environments and SaaS applications, and can better understand not only the configurations of our cloud workloads, but the movements between our entire digital business."

Ensono Recognized as Microsoft Azure Expert MSP After Rigorous Audit Process

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Ensono, a leading hybrid IT services provider, announces its status as one of the first managed service providers to be recognized as a Microsoft Azure Expert MSP from the Microsoft pilot program after an intensive audit process. 

Ensono is now one of just 32 certified Azure Expert MSPs after proving itself as an expert ally in assisting clients in adopting Azure services. This certification recognizes that Ensono clients on Azure receive continuous optimization in spend and technology. Ensono's managed Azure clients will receive fully audited managed services and will have access to the most qualified consultants and technical resources throughout their digital transformation journeys. 

To achieve this certification, Ensono underwent an in-depth audit that evaluated its technical expertise, assessment and design, build and migration, cloud operations and service management, security and governance, SLAs customer satisfaction, cost optimization and reporting for its Azure services. Ensono's Hyper Cloud Platform was a critical element in receiving the certification. This cloud management platform allows clients to have full visibility of their Microsoft Azure environment without having to worry about day-to-day management and long-term strategy.

 

Quest Brings Migration to the Cloud with Newest Addition to SaaS Portfolio

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Quest Software, a global systems management and security software provider, today announced the availability of Quest On Demand Migration, the newest offering to its Microsoft Azure-hosted software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, Quest On Demand. Quest has been helping organizations migrate, manage and protect Microsoft platforms for nearly 20 years and is now extending this expertise to the cloud.

With increasing merger, acquisition and divestiture activity and the ongoing surge in Microsoft Office 365 adoption, more and more companies need help consolidating their Office 365 tenants. Quest On Demand Migration automates complex, repetitive, and error prone steps in the migration process. With On Demand Migration, businesses benefit from a single, intuitive interface to easily manage discovery, assessment and configuration for migration of accounts, email and OneDrive.

On Demand Migration, the second in a series of offerings to be delivered within the On Demand portfolio, demonstrates Quest's commitment to rapidly delivering new modules based on customer demand and with a common user experience. The Quest On Demand platform also offers On Demand Recovery for robust backup and recovery of Office 365 and Azure Active Directory (AD) users, groups, attributes and group membership, as well as technical previews for ‘soon to be released' solutions: On Demand Audit and On Demand Group Management. By extending capabilities to include multi-tenant audit and search and Office 365 group management, Quest On Demand is offering organizations more cost effective ways to manage and maintain control of their Office 365 and Azure AD workloads from one place.