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Microsoft is now trying to use Google's secret cloud weapon against it

Grazed from Business Insider.  Author: Matt Weinberger

On Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled the Azure Container Service, a new service for the Azure cloud computing platform that's built on Kubernetes — a mega-popular open source cloud technology built by Google.

Kubernetes is a software project that started out as a way for Google to manage its massive server infrastructure and has since become a  go-to tool for modern software developers .

While the market-leading Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure both offer some kind of support for Kubernetes, Google Cloud prides itself on being the first and best place to use the software, given that it was invented there.
 

HashiCorp Raises $40 Million to Meet Demand for Cloud Infrastructure Automation

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HashiCorp, a leader in cloud infrastructure automation, today announced that it has raised $40 million in Series C funding from its existing investors, bringing the total raised to $74 million. The round was led by GGV Capital and Redpoint, with Mayfield and True Ventures also participating. The company plans to use the new funding to accelerate investment across its go-to-market, engineering, and customer success teams to support its rapidly growing customer base.

"Broad usage of our products by operations, security, and development professionals has meant that HashiCorp products play an increasingly critical role for many large enterprises as they adopt cloud," said Dave McJannet, CEO of HashiCorp. "Our products provide consistent workflows to provision, secure, connect, and run any infrastructure, so we are uniquely positioned to help enterprises address the realities of multi-cloud. Our commercial customer base has grown significantly over the past 18 months and this funding will allow us to invest aggressively across the breadth of our organization and with a particular emphasis on customer support and success."

Mitchell Hashimoto and Armon Dadgar, HashiCorp's founders and co-CTOs, launched the company in 2012.

WinMagic and Scale Computing Partner for Hyperconvergence Benefits from Unified Cloud Security

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Today, WinMagic and Scale Computing announced a collaboration for enterprises who need high performance, highly secure access to their data across their unified public, private and hybrid cloud environments.

Through Scale's high availability HC3 hyperconverged platform combined with WinMagic's SecureDoc CloudVM encryption and intelligent key management solution, organizations can secure their cloud workloads while focusing on driving business value.

"The ability to control and manage data flow in and out of an organization is going to become increasingly difficult without the implementation of an enterprise solution capable of keeping ahead of security issues, emerging trends, and ever-evolving compliance regulations. Working with WinMagic puts our customers and partners in control. It also helps reduce security risks, with one simple easy to use solution, that overlays our HC3 platform, and allows users to pursue the advantages of public, private or a hybrid cloud strategy," said Jeff Ready, CEO of Scale Computing.

Skyhigh Targets Cloud Adoption Challenges With Three Breakthrough Cloud-Native Data Security Innovations

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At the company's first-ever livestreamed Cloud-Native Data Security Summit at 10 a.m. PDT today, Skyhigh, the cloud security company, will unveil three innovations that enable organizations to protect data in the cloud. These new breakthroughs aims to solve unique security challenges that the scale, speed and user-centric nature of the cloud present, and thus enable organizations to leverage the power of cloud to accelerate their businesses.

Data is an organization's most valuable asset. As organizations strive to identify, control and protect data in the cloud, and a world in which traditional network-centric security technologies become less relevant, they must reframe their security strategy to focus on securing data natively in the cloud. This is the foundational premise of Skyhigh's Cloud-Native Data Security (CNDS) framework.

"Today, we are in the age of cloud. And within the persistent ebb-and-flow of information, security needs to empower IT to provide data protection without disrupting the breakneck speed of modern business," said Mauro Loda, Chief Cloud Security Architect, DuPont. "With a CNDS approach, we can enforce security policies like data loss prevention (DLP), rights management, data classification, threat protection and encryption through a single security platform designed in the cloud, for the cloud."

Logicalis US Announces Expansion of its Microsoft Azure IaaS Solutions

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Enterprise CXOs today are rapidly adopting a "cloud first" approach to their organizations' growing IT infrastructure needs. While some compute functions are still best managed on premise, an extensible hybrid cloud IT strategy can deliver a more cost-effective, pay-as-you-go model that increases the agility needed in a modern workplace while decreasing capital expenditures.  To help, Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), announced today the expansion of its cloud-first infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) capabilities, offering enterprise customers the assistance they need to migrate key workloads to the Microsoft Azure cloud.

"Our goal is to support our customers' cloud-first visions by helping them put their infrastructure in the cloud," says Wendy McQuiston, Director of Microsoft Professional Services, Logicalis US. "With Azure, we can take those workloads that have traditionally resided in a data center, taking up server rack space, requiring cooling and cabling and on-premise maintenance and management, and move that into the cloud. The move to the cloud offers organizations greater agility, the ability to obtain innovative services, and improved time-to-market for desired solutions.  Additionally, many customers find that shifting the financial model from a cap-ex to a more cost-effective, pay-as-you-go op-ex model is advantageous." 

Atlantic.Net Talks Cloud Hosting, HIPAA and HITECH Compliance

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If your company is in the market for a Cloud Hosting, Managed Hosting, Dedicated Hosting, or HIPAA-Compliant Hosting provider, you may have already come across Atlantic.Net.  I recently sat down with the company's VP of Marketing, Adnan Raja, and asked him some questions about the company and their services.  

VMblog:  Tell us a little bit about Atlantic.Net and its history.

Adnan Raja:  Atlantic.Net was founded in 1994 by Marty Puranik as an ISP. Under Marty's leadership, Atlantic.Net has led the way in changing and adapting to new technologies, consistently introducing new services and solutions. Atlantic.Net is now a market leading cloud hosting provider, specializing in on-demand, private, and hybrid cloud hosting solutions. We operate our own SSAE 16 SOC 1 SOC 2 datacenter facilities, with presence in six international data centers.

Cisco Announces Agreement to Acquire BroadSoft, a Leader in Cloud Calling and Contact Center Solutions

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Cisco and BroadSoft today announced a definitive agreement for Cisco to acquire publicly-held BroadSoft, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD. Pursuant to the agreement, Cisco will pay $55 per share, in cash, in exchange for each share of BroadSoft, or an aggregate purchase price of approximately $1.9 billion net of cash, assuming fully diluted shares including conversion of debt. The acquisition has been approved by the board of directors of each company.

"Together, Cisco and BroadSoft will deliver a robust suite of collaboration capabilities across every market segment," said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Applications Business Group. "We believe that our combined offers, from Cisco's collaboration technology for enterprises to BroadSoft's suite for small and medium businesses delivered through Service Providers will give customers more choice and flexibility."
 

Cray supercomputing comes to Microsoft Azure to boost AI workloads in the cloud

Grazed from TechRepublic.  Author: Conner Forrest

A new alliance between Cray and Microsoft will bring Cray's supercomputing capabilities to Microsoft's Azure cloud, in an effort to help businesses more easily scale workloads for artificial intelligence (AI), analytics, modeling, and more, according to a Monday press release.

The partnership will enable new capabilities for businesses in the cloud, but it will also help broaden the reach of Cray's capabilities, the release said. Customers who may have previously been unable to access an on-premise Cray system will now have an option to engage its features in the cloud.

"By working with Cray to provide dedicated supercomputers in Azure, we are offering customers uncompromising performance and scalability that enables a host of new previously unimaginable scenarios in the public cloud," Microsoft Azure corporate vice president Jason Zander said in the release. "More importantly, we're moving customers into a new era by empowering them to use HPC and AI to drive breakthrough advances in science, engineering and health."
 

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces 30 New Members

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Open Source Summit - The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which sustains and integrates open source technologies like Kubernetes and Prometheus, today announced that 30 new members joined the Foundation.

451 Research forecasts the global DevOps & microservices market is predicted to reach $10 billion by 2021, positioning cloud native technologies for rapid adoption.

"CNCF is thrilled to welcome our many new members from around the world in diverse industries, including financial leaders like Bloomberg and Morgan Stanley," said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. "CNCF has now crossed over the 100 member mark in less than two years since we started, including the six largest public cloud providers. As our membership base diversifies, the ecosystem benefits from broader input, contributions and financial support to fuel more rapid adoption of cloud native computing."

The Risk of Using Cloud Storage: Natural Disasters

Article Written by Avery Phillips 

After a summer like 2017, staying safe in the midst of a natural disaster is on many people's minds. What some people may be forgetting to keep safe, however, is their cloud data. 

Cloud data revolutionized the way companies store their information by making it easier to organize files from any location - not just the office desktop. Suddenly CEOs could work from Bermuda to Paris, having access to every file on the go. 

Now, where does that leave all of our information?  

Everyone know it isn't not floating above our heads in a million little pieces like a Willy Wonka candy bar. It is stored in one of many data centers throughout the world that specialize in cloud services and cloud-based resources.