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ZeroStack Debuts New Operational Features for Its Self-Driving Cloud

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ZeroStack, Inc., creators of a self-driving on-premises cloud, today announced a host of new features that further streamline operations for IT administrators and DevOps Workbench end users. Already renowned for its point-and-click self-provisioning and operational simplicity, ZeroStack's self-driving cloud now sports new, advanced capabilities that further reduce IT overhead while giving end users greater flexibility.

The features include:

Alibaba Cloud Launches Malaysia City Brain to Enhance City Management

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Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced the launch of its Malaysia City Brain initiative in collaboration with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the country's digital economy development agency, and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), the city council in the capital, at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.

The Malaysia City Brain initiative is a significant milestone because it's the first time for the City Brain solution to be adopted overseas. It is developed on Alibaba Cloud's robust cloud computing infrastructure and will support Malaysia's digital transformation with cloud technology and artificial intelligence.

Powered by Alibaba Cloud's large-scale computing engine Apsara, Malaysia City Brain offers a comprehensive suite of acquisition, integration, and analysis of big and heterogeneous data generated by a diversity of sources in urban spaces through video and image recognition, data mining and machine learning technology. The power and functionality of the City Brain will enable Malaysian urban planners and city officials to upgrade their city governance and decision-making to turn the city into an intelligent one.

How to Become a Better Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur is definitely not an easy job; you have a lot of responsibility in your hands, you need to manage a team and figure out how to launch a startup. Not everyone is born an expert in this field, but there are a few tips that might help you become that mean and powerful entrepreneur that you've always wanted to be. Some of the main factors that might help you, in this case, include perseverance, hard work and a positive attitude.

If you want to enhance your productivity, boost your creativity and maintain your positive attitude, you need to keep motivated and remember your aims. Since you're just starting out, you should be able to accept criticism regardless who it comes from. Try to learn from your mistakes and try to become a better individual each day. As your business grows and the cash flow comes in you could even get help from other people. Don't let tasks that are too difficult take over your life and ruin your business.

Cloud Security Alliance Quantum-Safe Security Awareness Survey Report

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The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world's leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, today released the Quantum-Safe Security Awareness Survey Report. Conducted by CSA's Quantum Safe Security Working Group (QSS WG) the survey looks to assess the overall awareness and understanding of quantum security risk and is part of the group's larger effort to develop a future framework for addressing quantum computing threats.

"Within the next 10 to 15 years we can expect to see a cryptographically useful quantum computer," said Bruno Huttner, CSA QSS WG co-chair and product manager for the Quantum-Safe division of ID Quantique. "With this considerable breakthrough will come a significant threat to the security of public key cryptography and the associated challenges of securing the global digital communications infrastructure. This report is an important step in identifying potential areas of concern and so we can begin to lay the groundwork for security solutions."

 

The 7 Best Cloud Contact Center Software Platforms in 2018

- Why and How? 

Excellent customer service doesn't happen by accident. As the global cloud market is growing, cloud contact center solutions help organizations of all sizes be first and stay first in their industry likewise, by empowering customer service teams to move faster and work smarter. By equipping contact centers with the best tools and details they need to win every communication across the customer journey.

Indeed, a Forrester report predicts that the global cloud market will reach $146 billion this year and $236 billion by 2020.

Benefits of Cloud-Based Contact Center

With the promise of success cloud solutions is an ideal choice to choose for businesses, looking to improve their customer service performance with maximum efficiency.

Signal Sciences Partners with Optiv Security to Bring Application, Cloud and DevOps Security Solutions to the Enterprise

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Signal Sciences today announced a partnership with Optiv Security, a market-leading provider of end-to-end cyber security solutions, to bring application, cloud and DevOps security solutions to enterprise-class organizations. Signal Sciences Web Protection Platform (WPP) empowers organizations to enable cloud and DevOps while protecting their most critical web applications, APIs and microservices from security threats. By combining Signal Sciences WPP with Optiv's technology expertise and comprehensive security services, enterprise application development and cloud security programs become more effective, manageable and measureable.

"The rapid and widespread adoption of DevOps, agile and cloud infrastructure for application development has brought significant security issues for organizations of all kinds," said Andrew Peterson, CEO of Signal Sciences. "We're incredibly excited to help Optiv reduce the complexity of enterprises' cloud, DevOps and application security programs while improving the overall efficiency and effectiveness of those critical areas."

Virtustream and Dell EMC Form Strategic Alliance with Samsung SDS to Expand Enterprise Cloud Services in South Korea

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Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud company and a Dell Technologies business, and Dell EMC today announced a strategic alliance with Samsung SDS to deliver Virtustream Enterprise Cloud in South Korea. With a growing economy, South Korea is home to several Fortune 500 companies and global enterprises and thus is a region that is primed to take full advantage of Virtustream's unique capabilities and proven expertise in moving mission critical applications to the cloud. Samsung SDS customers will benefit from superior application performance and efficiency delivered by Virtustream's enterprise-class cloud platform and Dell EMC's infrastructure solutions.

Samsung SDS selected Virtustream and Dell EMC to provide enterprise cloud services, because its unique consumption-based billing method significantly reduces costs for its customers and provides high levels of application performance, security and risk management. As a part of this new offering, Samsung SDS will license and implement Virtustream's xStream® software, which is an integrated cloud management platform that enables service providers such as Samsung SDS to deliver enterprise-class, IT-as-a-Service to their customers.

Cisco Accelerates Multicloud Journey with HyperFlex Platform Innovations

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Cisco announced platform innovations for Cisco HyperFlex with the 3.0 software release that delivers performance and simplicity for any application, on any cloud, at any scale.  Enhancements include support for Microsoft Hyper-V, stretch clusters, containers, and new multicloud services that enable applications to be deployed, monitored and managed in any cloud. The result is a platform that uniquely enables development and deployment of both traditional and cloud-native applications on a common hyperconverged platform.

Cisco HyperFlex: The Power to Simplify More
Other hyperconverged solutions neglect the crucial roles that networking and distributed file systems play in the performance and scaling of clustered servers. Cisco redefined hyperconvergence with a complete end-to-end approach that engineers high performance server and networking technology, with a purpose-built filesystem. The result is industry leading performance that enables customers to efficiently support a broader array of applications, including databases and mission critical ERP workloads. 

Cumulus Networks Raises $43M in Series D Financing to Accelerate Global Adoption of Open Networking

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Cumulus Networks, the leading provider bringing web-scale networking to enterprise cloud, has closed $43M in new funding in a round led by Telstra Ventures, the investment arm of Australia's leading telecommunications and technology company, bringing total funding to $129 million. All existing investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures and Sequoia Capital participated. The company will use the investment to advance its mission: to free customers from expensive proprietary network stacks and bring the automation, agility and scalability of web-scale networks to companies of all sizes.

With the new funding, the company will massively expand its sales force and invest in growing its marketing programs, with a particular focus on reaching new customers in EMEA and Asia Pacific. It will also expand its footprint within Fortune 500 enterprises and service providers, while continuing to focus on bringing innovative networking products to market.

"Telstra Ventures is focused on investing in strategic, value-added businesses that show strong market fit and growth potential," said Mark Sherman, Managing Director, Telstra Ventures. "In this case we had the advantage of being a Cumulus Networks customer first, which gave us several months of first-hand experience working with their products, services and team. After that experience, we were eager to expand our partnership and invest in the company. Open networking is key to growing service provider capabilities and we are thrilled to have Cumulus join our portfolio of strategic, innovative companies."

Big Switch Extends Network Innovations to Automate Hyperconverged Environments

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Big Switch Networks, The Next-Generation Data Center Networking Company, today announced Big Cloud Fabric (BCF), an SDN-based data center network switching fabric, now supports a robust ecosystem of the leading hyperconverged (HCI) solutions, including: VMware vSAN, Dell EMC ScaleIO and Nutanix. 

The introduction of HCI technology has fundamentally altered the enterprise storage landscape by offering increased performance, enhanced data services, lower CapEx, and simplified operations. The network simplicity and automation introduced via Big Cloud Fabric, which leverages an SDN-based leaf/spine Clos fabric and open networking hardware to enable rapid provisioning of networks for HCI scale-out deployments and high performance for large clusters, is ideal for HCI environments. Big Cloud Fabric automates the provisioning of network resources through seamless integration with HCI orchestration systems and provides full visibility of HCI environments to network teams, thus becoming the "networking easy button" for IT teams deploying modern storage solutions and software-defined data centers (SDDCs). Additionally, BCF reduces networking TCO by deploying on industry-standard switch hardware from Dell EMC open networking, Edgecore white box, and the HPE Altoline family.