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LiveAction Advances Network Visibility at the Edge and the Cloud with Latest Release of LiveNX Platform

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LiveAction, a provider of IT network performance management, visualization and analytics software, today announced the latest release of the LiveNX platform. The newest features further boost the performance of SD-WANs, offer increased viewability into the network endpoints of all types, and include machine learning and automation, among other enhancements. LiveNX enables network engineers and IT operations to increase productivity and improve online user experiences by making it easier to monitor, manage, and troubleshoot network performance issues.

The LiveNX platform maximizes a company's investments in IT network management by ensuring users consistently have optimal online experiences without interruptions or delays. LiveNX performs network diagnostics, monitors service delivery to ensure service level agreements (SLA) are met, automates device discovery to make it easier for users to access the network, and issues proactive alerts to potential problems. It visualizes the entire network and presents a comprehensive view of performance through a dynamic dashboard. LiveNX also integrates with the Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) as well as other multi-vendor environments.

Google’s cloud gets a boost as Forrester names it a leader in data analytics

Grazed from SiliconAngle. Author: Mike Wheatley.

Google Inc.’s efforts to establish itself as a major player in cloud computing received a small boost Wednesday when it was named by research firm Forrester Inc. as the undisputed leader in a part of the market Forrester calls “Insight Platform-as-a-Service.” It should be noted that Insight PaaS is just a small subsection of the overall PaaS market, so Google still has some way to go.

Forrester defines the Insight PaaS category as an integrated set of data management, analytics and insight application development and management components, offered as a platform. PaaS more generally is the middle layer of cloud computing, customarily defined as services to allow software developers to create applications that run on the Internet...

Multi-cloud: the future of computing

Grazed from ITWeb. Author: Richard Vester.

Cloud computing has revolutionised the way people work, consume applications, and the way they store their data. However, although it was born out of the need to simplify IT environments and make their business lives far easier, today, many companies are opting to have many cloud vendors, instead of just one. Multi-cloud is the future of computing. A recent Dimensional Research survey found 77% of businesses are planning to implement multi-cloud architectures in the near future.

Many businesses want to have different options, and will choose to use multiple cloud providers to support their various workloads and applications. They can select a cloud that will best meet their individual requirements. It's a matter of not putting all their IT eggs in one basket. The flexibility of multi-cloud is one of the main drivers behind its increased adoption...

17 Statistics Forecasting the Future of Business Intelligence in the Cloud

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Tricia Morris.

As once common objections and concerns around moving to the cloud (such as security) begin to wane, organizations are identifying and prioritizing their IT and business initiatives that might benefit most from a cloud deployment. Business intelligence and analytics is one of those key initiatives. Within the next few years, it is predicted that cloud will be the preferred delivery mechanism for analytics.

But many organizations are already there. In a Deloitte, EMA and Informatica State of Cloud Analytics Report survey, 70.1% of the respondents say cloud is already an essential part of their analytics strategy. Does the forecast call for greater cloud coverage in enterprise analytics? See what’s trending now and what’s in store:...

Read more from the source @ http://www.business2community.com/cloud-computing/17-statistics-forecasting-future-business-intelligence-cloud-01891332#AUBwcExpEbi9GLtd.99

CloudVelox Extends Automated Mass Migrations To Datacenter Environments Enabling Three New Use Cases

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CloudVelox, a pioneer in cloud automation and orchestration software, today announced release 5.0 of its One Hybrid Cloud software with new capabilities to enable automated mass migrations to datacenters with VMware virtualized environments. With this new release, One Hybrid Cloud now enables 3 new use cases for enterprise customers with the flexibility to migrate workloads from any source to datacenter environments including between data centers (DC to DC), rack to rack (intra-datacenter) as well as migrate or repatriate workloads from the cloud to the data center (Cloud to DC). Previously, CloudVelox had delivered several innovations including automated Application Blueprinting and automated network customization to enable automated migration and recovery from the data center to the cloud. These new use cases deliver on our vision to provide IT Executives and Partners the ability to manage a boundary-less data center by enabling a seamless dynamic pool of resources without boundaries and without fear of lock-in.

NVMe will replace traditional flash, not just co-exist with it, says majority of IT respondents in new European study

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Recent research carried out by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), a leading IT research, analysis, and strategy firm, and sponsored by storage innovators including Excelero, a disruptor in software-defined block storage, has revealed that:

  • Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) flash is expected to eventually replace traditional flash storage by 87% of European IT professionals whose organizations are currently using or considering NVMe technology (60% of all respondents).
  • Almost 60% of organizations have begun to implement a Software-Defined Storage (SDS) solution or are committed to it as a long-term strategy.
  • Business intelligence/data analytics, digital media, collaboration and Internet-of-Things (IoT), are most responsible for storage capacity growth today, with eCommerce, and social networking data not far behind.
  • Over half of organizations are likely to consider purchasing their storage infrastructure from a startup, a reversal of longstanding perceptions.

Is Amazon’s cloud service too big to fail?

Grazed from FnLondon. Author: Yolanda Bobeldijk.

Gavin Jackson, head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Amazon Web Services, loves to talk about snowballs. Not the lumps of mush and ice that children chuck at each other, but Amazon’s portable information storage devices, big grey suitcases that hold huge amounts of data.

When clients such as banks sign on with Amazon Web Services, the ecommerce juggernaut’s cloud-computing service, they upload encrypted data from their old legacy IT systems into the snowball, or the larger-capacity snowball edge. These are then shipped to an Amazon data centre where the data is transferred into the AWS cloud...

Joining Apple, Amazon’s China Cloud Service Bows to Censors

Grazed from NYTimes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Days after Apple yanked anti-censorship tools off its app store in China, another major American technology company is moving to implement the country’s tough restrictions on online content. A Chinese company that operates Amazon’s cloud-computing and online services business there said on Tuesday that it told local customers to cease using any software that would allow Chinese to circumvent the country’s extensive system of internet blocks.

The company, called Beijing Sinnet Technology and operator of the American company’s Amazon Web Services operations in China, sent one round of emails to customers on Friday and another on Monday. “If users don’t comply with the guidance, the offered services and their websites can be shut down,” said a woman surnamed Wang who answered a Sinnet service hotline. “We the operators also check routinely if any of our users use these softwares or store illegal content.”...

Read more from the source @ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/business/amazon-china-internet-censors-apple.html

CloudPhysics to Accelerate Channel Go-To-Market Delivering Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Assessments

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CloudPhysics, one of the fastest growing channel automation platforms for next generation data center product and service delivery, today announced that it has joined the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance. CloudPhysics has worked with Microsoft technologies for many years, and this collaboration further demonstrates the commitment of both companies to deliver value to Channel Partners wanting to build strong engagement with their customers.

CloudPhysics' Private and Public Cloud Assessment model provides rightsizing and instance recommendations that enable partners and customers to accurately plan migration strategies to all major cloud providers. It enables the quick rightsizing of on-premises workloads, saving costs by fitting storage, memory, and CPU provisioning accurately to usage demands.

Can the Cloud Protect Your Data?

Article Written by Avery Phillips

For most people, the cloud is this otherworldly thing that they don't completely understand. Yes, your data is there, and yes, occasionally other people can access it, but is it safe? Can you guarantee who is able to access your data, or is it a free-for-all? 

Well, the answer to that is more complicated than you think. On one hand, some severe cyberattacks could have been avoided if the victims had been using cloud services instead. On the other, there is always the risk that someone unauthorized will be able to access your data. This might seem like a double-edged sword, but one end is clearly sharper than other upon closer inspection.