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ThoughtSpot Announces Partnership with Google Cloud Platform to Deliver Multi-Cloud Analytics for the Enterprise

ThoughtSpot announced a partnership with Google Cloud to deliver multi-cloud analytics to the enterprise. As part of this partnership, ThoughtSpot has been certified to run its in-memory calculation engine Falcon, one of the fastest in the industry, on Google Cloud Platform, and announced new integrations with Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine to simplify machine learning and data science workflows.

Harnessing the Power of Multiple Clouds

Cloud technologies are reshaping every industry by streamlining operations, reducing inefficiencies, and unlocking completely new opportunities for organizations. As cloud technologies proliferate, however, enterprises face a new set of challenges in managing and harnessing the collective power of their multiple clouds. ThoughtSpot breaks these barriers by enabling enterprises to analyze data across their public cloud, private cloud, and on premise environments.

WekaIO and Univa Partner to Simplify the On-Ramp of HPC Workloads to the Cloud

Univa announced a partnership with WekaIO, a high-performance scale-out file system storage company, to help enterprise customers accelerate the migration of their HPC workloads to the cloud. Univa is working with WekaIO to integrate one of the industry's fastest parallel file systems into its Navops Launch, to offer customers a comprehensive, high-performance, hybrid cloud solution for HPC and machine learning workloads.

There continues to be an increasing trend within IT and research organizations to migrate workloads to the cloud in order to accommodate the demands of today's high-performance applications. With this in mind, Univa's innovative workload management and optimization solutions, Navops Launch and Grid Engine, are uniquely suited for industries such as life sciences, manufacturing, and AI/analytics that require the highest level of performance to support data-intensive and performance-hungry applications. Accelerating machine learning projects through the elimination of storage bottlenecks is of high interest to enterprises, and this collaboration will allow WekaIO's high-speed scale-out file storage technology to support computational needs that help users advance machine learning projects into production.

ClearSky Data to Provide Enterprises with Limitless Data Scalability, Protection and Access Available on Platform Equinix

ClearSky Data, provider of on-demand primary storage with built-in offsite backup and disaster recovery (DR) as a service, and Equinix, the global interconnection and data center company, today announced a partnership to expand the delivery of ClearSky's market-leading, high-performance data management and storage services on Platform Equinix. Together, the ClearSky and Equinix services provide enterprises access to their data wherever it's located, with comprehensive, built-in data protection.

Enterprises embracing today's digital transformation initiatives are challenged to manage explosive data growth, minimize infrastructure and adopt cloud strategies. The unique combination of ClearSky's edge-based service and Equinix's global footprint creates a hybrid data fabric and network that empowers companies to solve their complex data management challenges and derive more value from their data. Specifically, enterprises gain access to on-demand storage with built-in backup and DR, unlimited capacity and no egress fees while also accelerating any cloud, multi-cloud or edge computing deployment.  

"[Equinix] is aggressively moving beyond basic colocation to leverage growth in interconnection as well as enterprise and virtualized services," writes Hugh Ujhazy, Associate Vice President at IDC, in IDC Market note: Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric: Friend or Foe? "It will also focus on growing its share of the enterprise sector over the next few years."

 

Cloud Spectator Launches the World's Largest Automated Platform for Comparing Cloud Service Providers

Cloud Spectator, the authoritative Cloud benchmarking and consulting firm, launched the industry's first global Cloud Transparency Platform. The Cloud Transparency Platform is the world's largest automated Cloud services comparison platform - tracking monthly pricing on over 15,000 Cloud offerings in 50+ data centers from around the globe. Users can generate customized reports with biweekly performance and price-performance value benchmarks on over 200 virtual machines (VMs) in North America, Europe, and Asia.

According to Ken Balazs, CEO of Cloud Spectator, "As the Cloud market has matured, Providers have become increasingly sophisticated with service offerings and pricing strategies. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) price and performance varies widely, making it nearly impossible for consumers to compare prices, performance and overall value without additional insight or data analytics. The Cloud Transparency Platform is poised to bring much-needed transparency to the Cloud market."

Currently, the Cloud Transparency Platform provides data on fifteen Cloud Service Providers, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Softlayer, Alibaba Cloud, and Digital Ocean, just to name a few. Customized Cloud comparisons can be user selected and sorted based on key metrics including VM size, instance type, CPU, RAM, billing options, global regions, and many more.

Additional information about the Cloud Transparency Platform is available at: https://cloudspectator.com/cloud-service-provider-comparison/

Amazon Web Services Launches Second GovCloud Region in the United States

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced the launch of the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region, its second GovCloud infrastructure region in the United States. With the launch of the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region, AWS now provides 57 Availability Zones across 19 geographic regions globally with another 12 Availability Zones and four regions coming online in Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, South Africa, and Sweden between the end of 2018 and the first half of 2020. The AWS GovCloud Regions meet the stringent requirements of the public sector and highly regulated industries, including being operated on US soil by US citizens, and are accessible only to vetted US entities and root account holders who must confirm they are US persons. For more information, go to: https://aws.amazon.com/govcloud-us/.

"For more than seven years, government customers and those in highly regulated industries have been using AWS GovCloud (US-West) to run workloads that must meet the most stringent security and compliance requirements," said Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector at AWS. "Based on the growth of GovCloud (US-West) and high customer demand for a second region in the eastern part of the US, we've opened a second GovCloud Region so that AWS customers can support their mission-critical programs with even lower latency to the East Coast and have the ability to implement cross-region disaster recovery."

AWS was the first cloud provider to launch an isolated infrastructure region designed to meet government and other highly regulated industry requirements when it opened the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region in 2011. Like AWS GovCloud (US-West), AWS GovCloud (US-East) offers three Availability Zones. AWS Regions are comprised of multiple Availability Zones, which refer to technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting business continuity, yet near enough to provide low-latency for high availability applications. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, physical security, and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can design their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even greater fault tolerance.

Altaro VM Backup v8 introduces WAN-Optimized Replication, further reducing Recovery Time Objective (RTO)

Altaro has introduced WAN-Optimized Replication in its latest version, v8, allowing businesses to be back up and running in minimal time should disaster strike. Replication permits a business to make an ongoing copy of its virtual machines (VMs) and to access that copy with immediacy should anything go wrong with the live VMs. This dramatically reduces the recovery time objective (RTO).

Optimized for WANs, Altaro's WAN-Optimized Replication enables system administrators to replicate ongoing changes to their virtual machines (VMs) to a remote site and to seamlessly continue working from the replicated VMs should something go wrong with the live VMs, such as damage due to severe weather conditions, flooding, ransomware, viruses, server crashes and so on.

SonicWall Secures Hybrid Clouds by Simplifying, Enhancing Deployment for Enterprises, SMBs

SonicWall announced new Capture Cloud Platform capabilities that include Zero-Touch Deployment and Secure SD-WAN (software-defined WAN) designed for distributed enterprises and organizations with hybrid cloud environments. The company also announced enhancements to the Capture Security Center with personalized Risk Meters that deliver company-specific, real-time threat intelligence and risk scoring, as well as Hyper-V, Azure and AWS support for its virtual firewall series.

"Organizations are invested in hybrid cloud strategies where they're able to harness the power of both public and private clouds, but they require solutions that help simplify and secure their cloud migration initiatives," said SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner. "Whether they are pursuing the benefits of a vendor's specific capabilities, looking to reduce the cost of hiring staff or seeking to reach compliance standards, SonicWall helps protect their migration while simultaneously giving more visibility and control of their environments."

Reducing Cost with Zero-Touch Deployment
SonicWall Zero-Touch Deployment allows organizations to quickly and securely configure firewall hardware at new locations without requiring advanced and costly on-site personnel. Once new products are brought online in remote locations, administrators can manage local and distributed networks through a single pane-of-glass using Capture Security Center, SonicWall's flagship cloud-based management and analytics SaaS platform.
 

Codefresh Removes Barriers to Helm Ecosystem by Launching Integration with Microsoft Azure

Codefresh today announced integration with Microsoft Azure hosted Helm Repositories, an important step in making it incredibly efficient for teams to adopt Helm by removing the barriers to the Helm ecosystem.

As the Helm ecosystem grows, Codefresh is leading the way with Microsoft making it easier to build, test, and deploy Helm Charts with an easy-to-use Codefresh GUI, and store them in the Azure Container Registry. This is valuable for teams using Kubernetes as users can package Kubernetes applications with the charts and the images they reference together.

The Codefresh integration with Azure offers:

  • Login with Azure to add repositories to Codefresh; no additional authentication configuration required
  • Consume and push Charts from Codefresh
  • Manage Chart deployments in all connected Kubernetes clusters
  • Geo-replicate charts across multiple regions, using the Azure Container Registry Geo-replication capabilities.

Zenoss Announces Capabilities for Kubernetes Clouds

Zenoss Inc., a leader in software-defined IT operations, announced the release of the Kubernetes ZenPack, which expands capabilities for IT operations management to enterprise hybrid cloud environments that leverage Kubernetes containers. This offering enhances Zenoss to more effectively support Kubernetes clusters running in public clouds and on-premises data centers.

With the new ZenPack for Kubernetes containers, Zenoss adds tremendous value to clients by integrating the monitoring of multicloud environments leveraging Kubernetes technology with any IT infrastructure an organization may use - no matter where that infrastructure is located or how it is hosted. Alongside Zenoss' existing ZenPack for Docker environments, Zenoss now offers the most complete portfolio of extensions available to enable IT organizations to gain complete visibility into every technology their constituents depend on.

"Enterprise IT organizations are transforming to meet the dynamic needs of their businesses, and one technology that has seen sustained growth is containers," said Mike Lunt, vice president of engineering at Zenoss. "With the release of the Kubernetes ZenPack, Zenoss enables IT organizations to monitor hybrid cloud environments leveraging containers within the full context of an organization's IT stack."

TechDemocracy Announces IT Risk Management Platform for Amazon Web Services

TechDemocracy announced that its flagship platform, Intellicta, is now optimized for Amazon Web Services (AWS), letting boards of directors and senior management teams bridge the visibility gaps across their compliance, security, risk and governance functions, all while merging their enterprise security silos with AWS.

Intellicta's unique Digital Risk Management (DRM) Assurance framework offers the capability of getting a proactive and comprehensive view of the overall cybersecurity resilience and all-inclusive dashboard across each service and application within the Amazon Cloud.

Under the AWS shared responsibility model, Intellicta provides 360 degrees of visibility when it comes to various threat vectors that arise in the areas of infrastructure security; access control; logging and monitoring; configuration and vulnerability analysis; and data loss prevention. It also performs an in-depth analysis on the effectiveness of existing cyber risk and compliance solutions and offers a consolidated view of enterprise risk posture.