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BlueData Announces General Availability on Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure

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BlueData, provider of the leading container-based software platform for AI and Big Data workloads, today announced the general availability (GA) of its BlueData EPIC software on Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure. This makes BlueData the only unified solution for Big-Data-as-a-Service and AI-as-a-Service with the flexibility to support all three major public cloud services as well as on-premises and hybrid cloud deployments.

Public cloud services continue to be an increasingly popular option for many workloads in the enterprise - including applications for distributed analytics, data science, machine learning, and deep learning. But most enterprises today want the ability to deploy these applications quickly and easily regardless of the infrastructure, either on- or off-premises. They want self-service, elastic, automated, and secure environments for machine learning and analytics - whether the underlying compute and data storage is hosted in one public cloud or another, in their own data centers, or in a hybrid architecture.

Leveraging the inherent infrastructure portability of Docker containers, BlueData is committed to supporting these multi-cloud and hybrid cloud options for Big Data and AI deployments. Last fall, BlueData introduced the initial directed availability of BlueData EPIC on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure - adding to its existing GA support for Amazon Web Services (AWS). And over this past year, BlueData has introduced additional new capabilities for AI, machine learning, and deep learning applications in multi-cloud and hybrid models.

 

CIS Hardened Images for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Now Available in Microsoft Azure Marketplace

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CIS recently released CIS Hardened Images for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 into the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Microsoft Azure. CIS Hardened Images are virtual machines preconfigured according to the security recommendations of the CIS Benchmarks. In the past year, CIS has released a total of 18 CIS Hardened Images for various operating systems into the Azure Marketplace and the Azure Government Marketplace.

Hardening is the process of limiting potential vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers and cyber criminals. The CIS Benchmarks are a set of consensus-based recommendations developed by cybersecurity experts around the world to improve cybersecurity defenses for various technologies. While operating systems can have hundreds of vulnerabilities by default, CIS Hardened Images are preconfigured to strengthen security, reduce system build costs, and help accelerate workload deployment time. 

Ixia Delivers Complete Visibility into All Traffic in Virtual Workloads in Private Cloud Environments

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Keysight Technologies announced Cloud Sensor vTap, a new feature of CloudLens from Ixia, a Keysight Business. Cloud Sensor vTap enables organizations to better manage their security risk in private and hybrid cloud environments, such as Microsoft Azure Stack, with comprehensive visibility into East-West traffic without requiring hypervisor access.

The rapid increase in cloud adoption has heightened the need for securing data, applications, and workloads that reside in any cloud-based environment. In fact, in a recent Ixia survey, Lack of Visibility Drives Public Cloud Security Risk, 82 percent of IT professionals indicated they are concerned with security and data privacy in the private cloud.

Symantec Introduces Cloud Workload Protection Suite; Automates Visibility & Security for AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform

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Symantec Corp. has announced new additions to Symantec Cloud Workload Protection (CWP) Suite, adding multilayered anti-malware scanning for workloads, protecting both compute and storage.

The demand for greater business agility has led many organizations to adopt a hybrid cloud infrastructure often combining on-premises, public and private clouds. However, traditional on-premises security tools do not have the cloud-native integrations required to protect and scale with workloads and storage in these dynamic environments. Symantec CWP and CWP for Storage include multilayered anti-malware protection powered by industry-leading Symantec Endpoint Security (SEP) technologies to help discover and mitigate viruses and threats. CWP helps automatically discover, visualize and protect workloads across heterogeneous hybrid cloud data center environments using a single agent, single console solution. The solution supports physical on-premises servers, virtualized private clouds, and public cloud platforms including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Binary Tree and Monza Cloud Announce Partnership to Accelerate Digital Transformation in the Microsoft Azure Cloud

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Binary Tree and Monza Cloud today announced a partnership to help clients develop new applications more quickly in Microsoft Azure. Specifically, Monza Cloud's AzStudio platform will drive Binary Tree's new Innovation Center.

Innovation has always been critical to remain competitive, but today it needs to be delivered at speed, at scale and yield business results rapidly. The Binary Tree Innovation Center will develop tangible proof-of-concepts backed by proven ideation methodology, deep Microsoft Azure Cloud knowledge and expertise while leveraging AzStudio from Monza Cloud to continue powering enterprise transformations.

AzStudio makes it easy to develop new cloud applications based on standards and best practices. Its feature-rich interface lets users quickly build applications on Azure with enhanced integrated security, visual process management, and robust extensibility.

ClearDATA Launches Healthcare Compliant Cloud Offering on Microsoft Azure

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ClearDATA, one of the leading security and compliance experts in the healthcare cloud, has launched a new healthcare compliant offering for Microsoft Azure. The new offering helps healthcare organizations operating on Azure to innovate and scale while maintaining compliance with rapidly-changing laws and regulations affecting privacy and data collection of protected health information (PHI).

As a result of ClearDATA's healthcare exclusive offering, including Automated Safeguards and an at-a-glance Compliance Dashboard, healthcare organizations - including payers and providers - have another option for native access to Azure without running the risk of non-compliance. For healthcare clients considering Azure to address the transformative needs of their business, ClearDATA enables the move to the cloud with performance, agility and efficiency while adhering to the complex regulations in healthcare, including HIPAA, GxP and GDPR.

Ensono Recognized as Microsoft Azure Expert MSP After Rigorous Audit Process

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Ensono, a leading hybrid IT services provider, announces its status as one of the first managed service providers to be recognized as a Microsoft Azure Expert MSP from the Microsoft pilot program after an intensive audit process. 

Ensono is now one of just 32 certified Azure Expert MSPs after proving itself as an expert ally in assisting clients in adopting Azure services. This certification recognizes that Ensono clients on Azure receive continuous optimization in spend and technology. Ensono's managed Azure clients will receive fully audited managed services and will have access to the most qualified consultants and technical resources throughout their digital transformation journeys. 

To achieve this certification, Ensono underwent an in-depth audit that evaluated its technical expertise, assessment and design, build and migration, cloud operations and service management, security and governance, SLAs customer satisfaction, cost optimization and reporting for its Azure services. Ensono's Hyper Cloud Platform was a critical element in receiving the certification. This cloud management platform allows clients to have full visibility of their Microsoft Azure environment without having to worry about day-to-day management and long-term strategy.

 

Quest Brings Migration to the Cloud with Newest Addition to SaaS Portfolio

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Quest Software, a global systems management and security software provider, today announced the availability of Quest On Demand Migration, the newest offering to its Microsoft Azure-hosted software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, Quest On Demand. Quest has been helping organizations migrate, manage and protect Microsoft platforms for nearly 20 years and is now extending this expertise to the cloud.

With increasing merger, acquisition and divestiture activity and the ongoing surge in Microsoft Office 365 adoption, more and more companies need help consolidating their Office 365 tenants. Quest On Demand Migration automates complex, repetitive, and error prone steps in the migration process. With On Demand Migration, businesses benefit from a single, intuitive interface to easily manage discovery, assessment and configuration for migration of accounts, email and OneDrive.

On Demand Migration, the second in a series of offerings to be delivered within the On Demand portfolio, demonstrates Quest's commitment to rapidly delivering new modules based on customer demand and with a common user experience. The Quest On Demand platform also offers On Demand Recovery for robust backup and recovery of Office 365 and Azure Active Directory (AD) users, groups, attributes and group membership, as well as technical previews for ‘soon to be released' solutions: On Demand Audit and On Demand Group Management. By extending capabilities to include multi-tenant audit and search and Office 365 group management, Quest On Demand is offering organizations more cost effective ways to manage and maintain control of their Office 365 and Azure AD workloads from one place.

5nine Expands Platform with Hybrid Cloud Management and Security for Microsoft Azure

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5nine, a provider of security and management solutions for the Microsoft Cloud, today announced it is expanding the 5nine solution suite  to support the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform, thereby providing full management and security capabilities across the entire Microsoft Cloud environment - private, public and hybrid. 5nine Cloud Manager, formerly 5nine Manager Datacenter, enables users to manage, monitor and backup/recover their existing cloud infrastructure while easing the transition to hybrid environments. 

5nine greatly simplifies businesses' ability to manage and secure their cloud infrastructure. 5nine Cloud Manager is uniquely positioned to help businesses achieve maximum ROI from their cloud investments by managing and securing those resources regardless of their rapidly-changing environment.

 

Luminate Announces Microsoft Azure Integration Offering Seamless, Secured Access to Hosted Corporate Applications

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Luminate Security, provider of a universal platform for secure access to corporate applications in hybrid cloud environments, today announced that its agentless Secure Access Cloud platform is fully integrated with Microsoft Azure, providing direct, secure access to applications and services deployed on Azure. 

Luminate's platform also integrates with Azure Active Directory for authentication and policy management throughout the lifetime of the user's session. 

As organizations are transferring their data centers to the cloud, their corporate IT security operations need to shift. Traditional access security tools were designed for solutions such as site-to-site and remote access VPNs, making cloud connections complex and insufficiently secure while breaking up the cloud-user experience.