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Quali CloudShell 8.0 Release Announces Support for Microsoft Azure and OpenStack Cloud Platforms

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Quali, the leader in cloud sandbox software for cloud and DevOps automation, today announced the general availability of CloudShell 8.0 with second-generation shells which are easier to build and maintain, along with new support for Microsoft Azure and OpenStack based cloud platforms.

Microsoft Azure is continuing to gain traction as a public cloud platform with a rich developer ecosystem. With the upcoming general availability of Microsoft Azure Stack, it is increasingly becoming attractive for hybrid cloud deployments.

OpenStack adoption in enterprises is also increasingly successful as a private cloud platform with revenues growing at 35% CAGR, according to 451 Research. Adoption of OpenStack is increasing among organizations with over 1,000 employees both with on-premise and hosted OpenStack deployments. The 451 Research team predicts a growing number of use-cases across enterprise and service provider deployments. These include SDN, NFV, mobile and IoT, in addition to traditional use-cases in big data, DevOps, PaaS and serving line-of-business requirements.

Unitas Global Collaborates with Equinix and Microsoft Azure to Deliver End-to-End Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution

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Unitas Global, the leading enterprise cloud solutions provider, today announced a strategic partnership with Equinix, the global interconnection and data center company, and Microsoft Azure to deliver an end-to-end hybrid cloud solution that enables enterprises to consume public and private cloud services with full transparency and ease. Combining Unitas Global's expertise in designing, deploying, and managing hybrid cloud solutions, Equinix's data center and interconnection services, and Microsoft's Azure public cloud, the enterprise solution delivers application enablement and multi-cloud orchestration capabilities, as well as extensive global reach enabling connectivity into any market.

Armor Cloud Security Helps Baxter Credit Union (BCU) Fulfill Shared Responsibility within Microsoft Azure

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Cloud adoption is gaining momentum among financial institutions, and BCU is at the forefront of this emerging trend for online services. BCU is now working with Armor, The First Totally Secure Cloud Company, to provide data protection and compliance for Microsoft Azure instances with Armor Anywhere. This managed security solution aligns with PCI 3.2 compliance standards and is designed for hybrid cloud environments to help address shared responsibility for public cloud workloads.

"While the financial sector has among the most stringent compliance and regulatory standards, it remains under constant assault by sophisticated cyber attacks," said Jared Day, president, Armor. "BCU is a trailblazer in cloud adoption and will be able to extend IT resources while applying the latest security and compliance controls to keep members safe. Aligning with a visionary organization that realizes the benefits of the cloud, but understands that security requires specialized expertise and solutions, presents an exciting opportunity for Armor."

 

What have we learned from the Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure outages?

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In the past month both AWS and Microsoft Azure have experienced lengthy outages due to issues with the storage supporting the cloud. These outages have flooded through companies globally and brought into focus the potential downsides of putting all your eggs into the public cloud basket. After both of these incidents, the question is, how reliable is the public cloud and what options and alternatives are available?

A few technology experts have offered their opinion:

The best of both worlds is a multi-cloud strategy

 

Cavium and Microsoft Collaborate to Accelerate Cloud Services with ThunderX2

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Cavium, Inc., announced today that they are collaborating with Microsoft on evaluating and enabling a variety of cloud workloads running on Cavium's flagship ThunderX2 ARMv8-A Data Center processor for the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

The companies are also demonstrating web services on a version of Windows Server developed for Microsoft's internal use running cloud services workloads on ThunderX2. The server platform is based on Microsoft's Project Olympus - Microsoft's next generation open source hyperscale cloud hardware design.  The demonstrations will be shown at the Open Compute Project (OCP) U.S. Summit in San Jose on March 8 and 9, 2017 and are the result of an extensive long term collaboration between the two companies.

Teradata Launches IntelliCloud - Analytic Software-as-a-Service

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Teradata, a leading analytics solutions company, today announced Teradata IntelliCloud, its next generation secure managed cloud offering that provides data and analytic software as a service (SaaS). It is available with new deployment choices including Teradata IntelliFlex, the company's flagship enterprise data warehouse platform that Teradata will deploy and manage in its own data centers, and global public cloud infrastructure from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and later, from Microsoft Azure. By leveraging the same software, training, tools and ecosystem applications in which Teradata customers have already invested for their on-premises systems, IntelliCloud ensures 100% software consistency while increasing business agility and boosting focus on data-driven analytic insights that have meaningful business outcomes.

"Demand for cloud services increases daily. In fact, by 2020, 90 percent of our customers expect to have a hybrid cloud environment - and more than 85 percent expect to buy ‘as a service' for data warehousing," said Oliver Ratzesberger, executive vice president and chief product officer for Teradata.

According to Gartner, more and more clients are demanding that service offerings support hybrid scenarios that incorporate traditional technologies as well as new cloud technologies, and ultimately establish a hybrid IT environment. IntelliCloud was designed to support this type of modern hybrid approach with comprehensive subscription services aligned to customer priorities.

 

CSC and Virtual Clarity Accelerate Digital Transformation of Enterprise Clients to IT-as-a-Service

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CSC, a global leader in next-generation IT services and innovative cloud solutions, and Virtual Clarity, a leading provider of IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) transformation strategy and leadership, today announced an agreement to jointly help enterprises accelerate their transformation to leading cloud environments, including Amazon Web Services, IBM Cloud, and Microsoft Azure.

Under the terms of the agreement, CSC will make an undisclosed investment in Virtual Clarity to accelerate the company's leading transformation consulting services targeting the Financial Services, Insurance, Telecom, and Manufacturing industries. Virtual Clarity will become a Strategic Affiliate of CSC and will collaborate on joint go-to-market pursuits with CSC.

Virtual Clarity has significant knowledge and experience in helping global clients solve large, complex business problems and building lasting value for customers and partners. Its ClearTransformation service enables companies to accelerate business innovation, overcoming the inertia of legacy IT by transforming the traditional IT operating model to nimble IT-as-a-Service.

Microsoft's plan to bridge its infrastructure and platform cloud services is unfolding

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Two years ago, Microsoft officials began talking up the company's plan to bring a bunch of Azure platform-as-a-service capabilities to the infrastructure-as-a-service side of the Microsoft Azure cloud.

In March 2016, Microsoft rolled out one piece of this strategy via its delivery of Virtual Machine Scale Sets. Virtual Machine Scale Sets allow users to create thousands of identical virtual machines so as to be able to scale big compute and big data applications quickly.

Microsoft's motto for Virtual Machine Scale Sets: "Control it like IaaS, scale it like PaaS."

Acalvio to Deliver Industry's First Distributed Deception Solution on Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform

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Acalvio Technologies, an innovator in Advanced Threat Defense, today announced the industry's first Distributed Deception solution to be delivered from Microsoft's Azure platform. Acalvio will collaborate with Microsoft to create standardized models for deployment and response; and enable Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to deliver customized solutions for their respective markets.

"Business leaders are moving quickly to leverage the cloud to drive digital transformation while reducing security risks," said Andrew Conway, General Manager of Product Marketing for Microsoft Enterprise Mobility & Security. "We are pleased to work with Acalvio as they build their innovative cloud-based Advanced Threat Defense on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform to deliver security capabilities that give companies greater confidence in their security posture."

 

Cisco Accelerates Hybrid Cloud Adoption with Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack

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Cisco today announced it is expanding its Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) Solutions portfolio by offering Microsoft Azure Stack on Cisco UCS via an integrated, validated system that enables organizations to deliver Microsoft Azure services from their on-premises data center. The joint Cisco and Microsoft solution provides the tools for enterprises to grow and modernize their applications in a highly flexible and scalable hybrid cloud environment. 

As businesses evolve in response to changing market dynamics, they look for a simple-to-manage hybrid cloud solution that is intelligent and flexible enough to optimize resources and scale on demand, while retaining on-premises benefits. Through Azure Stack, customers receive a solution providing full control over how they manage governance, security, and performance through the combination of Microsoft's robust Azure cloud platform with the industry-leading Cisco UCS into an integrated system designed specifically for cloud workloads.

Accelerate Business Growth With UCS and Azure Stack