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Live Nation Selects Amazon Web Services as Cloud Infrastructure Provider

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced that Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV), the world's leading live entertainment and ticketing company, has selected AWS as its public cloud infrastructure provider and is moving its global IT infrastructure to the AWS Cloud. AWS will help Live Nation reliably and securely scale its IT infrastructure for future growth across Ticketmaster and Corporate IT, as well as select parts of its Festival business. Live Nation currently produces more than 26,000 live events per year around the world, including more than 80 festivals, and operates more than 150 venues.

Arrow Electronics Introduces Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Solution Bundles

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Arrow Electronics, Inc. today announced it will roll out dozens of Microsoft-based hybrid cloud solution bundles over the next year, providing Arrow's reseller ecosystem with in-demand, easy-to-implement cross-vendor solutions aimed at helping them solve complex end-customer business challenges and increase revenue streams.

Arrow unveiled the first three of its new Microsoft hybrid cloud solution bundles today:

Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery as a Service: How is DRaaS Different from Backup and Recovery?

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For businesses, cloud-based backup and recovery has become common these days. If backup is fast enough to fit within a backup window, and if recovery times hit recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO) service levels, you’re golden.

After that, it gets complicated. Backup and recovery are critical components of disaster recovery (DR), but alone they can’t assure that application processing continues uninterrupted. Many enterprises have built their DR plans around remote sites because they already own multiple data centers, or they have the budget for secondary hot sites. However, unless they have an extra data center hanging around — or can afford to lease a secondary hot site — midsized and small businesses were out of luck for remote DR.
 

MSPAlliance Announces Rob O'Neill, SEAL Team Six Leader, as Keynote Speaker for MSPWorld 2017

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The International Association of Cloud & Managed Service Providers, (MSPAlliance - www.mspalliance.com), has announced that Rob O'Neill, SEAL Team Six Leader, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, will be delivering the keynote speech at the 2017 MSPWorld Conference March 26-28 in New Orleans. MSPWorld (www.mspworldconference.com) is the leading conference for managed services and cloud computing providers world-wide; this year's conference theme is "The Weaponization of Data."

Rob O'Neill is one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time. He was a SEAL Team Six leader with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He has deployed more than a dozen times, and he held combat leadership roles in more than 400 combat missions in four different theaters of war. A highly-trained Navy SEAL, he led the military's most elite and was involved in our nation's most important campaigns. With most of his career shrouded in a classified cloak, O'Neill was the man on the ground we have never heard of but know exists.

AlienVault Takes Proven Unified Security Management Platform to the Cloud

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AlienVault, the leading provider of Unified Security Management (USM) and crowdsourced threat intelligence, today announced the availability of USM Anywhere, the first all-in-one Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) security monitoring platform designed to centralize threat detection, incident response, and compliance management of cloud, hybrid cloud, and on-premises environments from a single cloud-based console.

Built natively in the cloud to monitor hybrid cloud environments, USM Anywhere is a comprehensive, unified solution that significantly simplifies security and reduces deployment time, so that companies of all sizes can go from installation to first insight within minutes. USM Anywhere also provides advanced automated response orchestration with external security tools and applications, making it easier for IT teams to respond quickly and efficiently to identified threats.

Simplifying Threat Detection and Response

Nerdio Progresses in the VMware vCloud Air Network

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Adar, Inc., creator of industry-leading ITaaS platform Nerdio, today announced it has been upgraded in the VMware vCloud Air Network as an Enterprise-level Service Provider.

The VMware vCloud Air Network provides organizations with VMware-based enterprise-class security and infrastructure compatibility, with the freedom to readily move workloads among private, public and hybrid clouds.

Using proven VMware technology customers already use in their existing data centers, VMware vCloud Air Network Service Providers can accelerate their business growth by offering customers trusted and secure public and hybrid cloud services.

New Survey Reveals Most MSPs Feel Greatest Competition from Google, Other Cloud Vendors

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Sonian, the leading provider of cloud-based email archiving and insights, today unveiled new survey findings that reveal that 79 percent of managed service providers (MSPs) today feel their greatest competitive threat is cloud providers, as opposed to other MSPs. This represents a significant leap from five years ago, when only 54 percent of MSPs viewed cloud providers as their greatest competition. MSPs of all sizes agreed they lost more deals to Google than any other cloud provider, including Amazon, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Microsoft - and expect Google to be the cloud market leader by 2021.

These findings were detailed in a new report released today, "A New World Order: How MSPs are Trying to Survive and Thrive in a Cloud-first World," based on a Berg Research survey of more than 300 MSPs commissioned by Sonian.

The MSP Market in an Increasingly Cloud-First World

 

Zenoss Launches ZenPack SDK to Extend Hybrid IT Monitoring Reach

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Zenoss Inc., the leader in hybrid IT monitoring and analytics software, today announced the launch of its ZenPack SDK, a new portal that enables anyone to create ZenPacks, or plug-ins, that extend the capabilities of the Zenoss platform. ZenPacks can be created to extend functionality in monitoring serversnetworking systemsstorage systemsvirtual environmentscontainersconverged infrastructureapplications and more.

"The extensibility of our platform is a key difference between Zenoss and other solutions," said Marcus MacNeill, vice president of product management at Zenoss. "The new ZenPack SDK portal now makes it easier than ever for IT Ops and DevOps teams to customize and extend monitoring and analytics capabilities to cover just about any technology they can imagine."

The Zenoss IT monitoring and analytics platform was architected with extensibility as a key tenet, to meet unique requirements for the largest enterprise and service provider deployments. ZenPacks represent one pillar of this extensibility and enable Zenoss customers to extend their capabilities to monitor new types of systems and applications and to add advanced monitoring functionality for systems and applications that are already covered.

Cloud Storage Scalability Ranks #1 on IT Wish Lists in 2017

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An independent survey commissioned by Zadara Storage, the provider of enterprise-class storage-as-a-service (STaaS), has underscored the IT industry's need for symmetrically scalable cloud storage, that can instantly scale up or down to meet business requirements, as a key challenge to growth in 2017 - and corroborates other recent analyses of IT demands for storage scalability in the coming year.

When asked to share their top strategy for managing their organization's data storage in 2017, one third of IT decision makers responding in Germany, the UK and the US, ranked "having cloud storage that scales up or down according to my organization's needs" as their #1 wish in 2017. Scalability was cited by nearly twice as many as those who selected the next highest response, outranking other mission-critical IT demands. The 2017 wish list unveiled by this research included:

5 Technologies That Transformed the World of Nursing Forever

Nursing has moved far beyond the classic image of Florence Nightingale saving the sick and wounded with water and bandages. New technologies have been taking the world by storm lately, and the world of nursing is no different. Let's look at the five technologies that transformed the world of nursing forever.

Electronic IV Monitors

One of the benefits of electronic monitoring is that it is no longer necessary for nurses to administer intravenous feeds continuously. IV pump infusions provide more controlled medication delivery by ensuring a constant flow of fluids and medications like pain meds on demand (within specified limits). Nurses still check on patients and tend to new issues, but there is no longer a need for nurses to continually make rounds to check on each and every patient every few minutes.