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Five9 Appoints Industry Veteran Rowan Trollope as New CEO

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Five9, Inc. (NASDAQ: FIVN), a leading provider of cloud contact center software for the digital enterprise, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Rowan Trollope as CEO effective May 3rd. Trollope was formerly SVP & General Manager of Cisco’s Applications Group.

Mike Burkland, who transitioned from CEO to Executive Chairman last December due to health reasons will continue as Executive Chairman. Barry Zwarenstein, Five9’s CFO, who served as Interim CEO during the transition, will continue as Chief Financial Officer. Dan Burkland will remain President overseeing Five9 customer facing functions which include Sales, Marketing and Services.
 

US Signal 2018 Security 'Health of Nation' Survey Reveals Organizations Had Increase in Cybersecurity Challenges

Today, US Signal, leading end-to-end IT solutions provider, released the results of its 2018 Security ‘Health of the Nation' survey, revealing that most organizations are still vulnerable to security threats.

The survey revealed that 81 percent of organizations witnessed an increase in cybersecurity challenges in the past year. In addition, 40 percent of respondents experienced at least one security incident in that time period, and 13 percent did not know if they had.

Nearly 120 security experts from a cross-section of organizations including technology, healthcare, education, food services and logistics, offered insights into the security health of their companies via SurveyTown. After 12 months of major hacks like the Equifax breach, the WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware outbreaks and the Spectre and Meltdown flaws in Intel chips, the findings reflect this surge in threats and demonstrate a need for stronger investment and education. Respondents' top three security challenges included.

How to Plan an Effective Cloud Marketing Strategy



Article Written by Agnieszka Podemska

Cloud services are utilized by many businesses for a variety of operations such as big data analysis, accounting, CRM, email validation, and many more. With the increase in popularity of cloud computing, companies turn to the cloud to optimize their marketing operations as well. Businesses can now build stronger relations with their clients by keeping in touch with them online. 

Additionally, thanks to the cloud, companies can analyze their target customers' behavioral history and adjust their range of products according to their clients' specific needs. Cloud can adapt marketing activities to individual recipients. It is also cost-effective as it eliminates the costs associated with printing marketing materials or spendings on radio and TV advertising. Due to the pay per use model, cloud users spend their budget only on the actual resource usage without wasting their money on unutilized storage. It is also a cheaper solution than the employment of the on-premises software. 

In order to strengthen their online presence, businesses need to prepare a successful cloud marketing strategy:

StarWind Releases Free Virtual Tape Library Solution Featuring Object Storage and Public Cloud Storage Support

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StarWind, a leading provider of hyperconverged infrastructure, high-performance storage, and backup solutions announced its new Virtual Tape Library (VTL) solution.

StarWind VTL is designed for organizations who are looking to break their dependency on costly tape backup process while meeting the regulatory data archival and retention requirements. Replacing physical tape backup process with on-premises Virtual Tape Libraries with cloud and object storage tiers delivers significant benefits, including:

  • Security and cost-efficiency: VTL eliminates manual backup process by shipping Virtual Tapes to any cost-efficient cloud and object storage using commodity ethernet.
  • Ransomware protection: ransomware doesn't know how to address data stored on tapes.
  • Enterprise-grade scalability: StarWind VTL scales capacity using object storage like HGST ActiveScale, Cloudian, Fujitsu Eternus, or cloud storage from AWS, Azure, Backblaze, or Wasabi.
  • Zero-change integration into any backup infrastructure thanks to using tape API, native to any backup software.

HyTrust Integrates with Veeam to Bring Fine-Grained Visibility and Insight to Veeam Cloud Data Availability Solutions

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HyTrust announced today that its market-leading CloudAdvisor product now includes fine-grained visibility and insight for cloud data availability solutions from Veeam Software through new product integration efforts. Now, HyTrust CloudAdvisor for Availability and CloudAdvisor for Data integrate with all Veeam products to offer data and file analysis, search and discovery, data categorization, sensitive data detection and user and file auditing across complex multi-cloud workloads. The integrated solution provides breakthrough content-level awareness for globally implemented workloads protected by Veeam solutions, including physical storage locations.

"With ever-increasing compliance and security requirements, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it is no longer realistic to store and protect data in a one-size-fits-all, unclassified manner," said David Siles, vice president of business development at HyTrust. "Enterprises and organizations must understand what they are storing or restoring and treat the content appropriately. With the new integration between HyTrust CloudAdvisor and Veeam cloud data availability solutions, customers can more easily comply with changing and complex requirements."

SUSE Select Services Fast-Track Customers' Software-Defined Infrastructure

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To put customers on the fast track to a software-defined infrastructure, SUSE today unveiled SUSE Select Services for its OpenStack Cloud and Enterprise Storage solutions. This fixed-price service offering is a blend of consulting, premium support and knowledge transfer designed to jump-start implementations and integrations of these two key software-defined infrastructure components. Solutions are implemented quickly and smoothly, easing data center transformation for enterprise customers. After implementation, SUSE Select Services provide proactive maintenance and premium support plus access to a customer success manager who is the customer's advocate within SUSE.

NAKIVO Releases v7.4 with Automated VM Failover for Near-Instant Disaster Recovery

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NAKIVO, Inc., a fast-growing virtualization and cloud backup software company, announced today the release of NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.4. The newest version adds 11 new features designed to simplify disaster recovery and increase convenience.

  • Automated VM Failover: NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.4 can help restore business activities in case of disaster without unnecessary delays. Automated VM Failover is performed by first replicating VMs to the DR location and then running a single failover job. As a result, the workloads are transferred to the DR location near-instantly, minimizing downtime. The process is fully automated with the help of network mapping and re-IP rules, which eliminate the need for manual reconfiguration of replicas.

Rackspace Expands VMware Private Cloud as a Service to Customer Data Centers

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Rackspace today extended its leadership in the private cloud market with the launch of Rackspace Private Cloud Everywhere, powered by VMware, a Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS) enabling cloud servers and storage to be in most data centers or colocation facilities around the world. With this announcement, Rackspace brings the benefits of PCaaS to more organizations and more applications, making their digital transformation faster, more successful, and more affordable. Rackspace Private Cloud Everywhere brings the power of cloud to the customer's data center, enabling companies to more easily comply with data sovereignty requirements and improve performance and customer satisfaction by locating cloud resources closer to users. 

"Today marks a new era for the VMware cloud market. For the first time, enterprises can have a fully managed VMware private cloud as a service located wherever their users need it," said Scott Crenshaw, executive vice president, private clouds at Rackspace. "Rackspace Private Cloud Everywhere makes private cloud the optimal platform for even more enterprises and workloads. Customers receive public cloud-like services, with the ease of migration, security, performance and economic advantages of private clouds."

 

Red Hat Accelerates Software-Defined Storage Adoption with Red Hat Storage One

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat Storage One, a new approach to web-scale enterprise storage aimed at providing customers the convenience of hardware-optimized systems while preserving the flexibility and scale of software-defined storage

Red Hat Storage One is designed to provide more of a plug-and-play approach to the procurement, deployment, and performance tuning of software-defined storage, ushering in a new wave of enterprise storage to meet the varying demands of modern workloads. Red Hat Storage One is a platform of pre-engineered systems, created in close collaboration with Red Hat's server hardware partners, that delivers tightly packaged workload-optimized storage solutions. The fulfillment and support is offered via Red Hat's hardware partner ecosystem. Supermicro is the first Red Hat server partner offering a single part number for software, hardware, and support of the solution.

 

Zerto Announces Cross-Selling Agreement with Microsoft, Delivers Advanced Multi-Cloud Resilience

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Zerto, an industry leader for IT resilience, announced today it now has a cross-selling agreement with Microsoft, meaning Zerto sales teams and channel partners are incentivized to co-sell and cross-sell Zerto's IT Resilience Platform and Microsoft Azure, aligning its enterprise sales motion with Microsoft sales teams.

Enterprise customers quickly realize significant savings with Zerto and Azure by eliminating redundant recovery datacenters and hardware and automating their full environment recovery. With Zerto, Microsoft customers also benefit from a simple and quick way to adopt Azure and utilize their existing Microsoft Enterprise Agreements.

"Due to this new, symbiotic business relationship with Microsoft, we are now able to package Zerto and Microsoft Azure with combined services and support as a co-selling opportunity that will improve profits and cash flow for channel partners," said Peter Kerr, director of Global Alliances, Zerto. "Microsoft's partners in the channel can now more easily benefit from Zerto's technology and support, while Zerto's channel partners benefit from easier access to Microsoft's ecosystem, Azure technology and support."