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Absolute Now Integrated with Microsoft Azure Information Protection

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Absolute, the self-healing endpoint security company, has strengthened its technology partnership with Microsoft by integrating with Microsoft Azure Information Protection (AIP), adding persistent visibility to enhance data protection. The integration combines Absolute's visibility into dark endpoints and ability to identify sensitive data with Microsoft AIP's ability to control and secure the files.

The integration of Absolute with Microsoft AIP allows organizations to seamlessly identify and locate sensitive data, which can reside in a number of popular application and file types including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF. Once seamlessly applied through the Absolute console, the AIP protection remains attached to the files even if they move off the endpoint, allowing only authorized users to access the files. This approach to data protection balances security with flexibility by shifting data protection from being device-centric to user-centric. Customers now have unparalleled visibility into endpoints to better manage unwanted access to these sensitive files, without potentially restrictive policies hampering productivity or security workarounds causing potential data breaches.

The two solutions provide strong complementary data protection that:

Alteryx Brings Accessible, Scalable Self-Service Analytics to Microsoft Azure

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Alteryx, Inc., a leader in self-service data analytics, today announced it will offer its Alteryx Server in a cloud computing environment on Microsoft Azure. Organizations can now quickly deploy Alteryx Server, a powerful platform to share analytical workflows across the enterprise, via the Azure Marketplace to empower analysts and business users to more easily consume data and make more informed business decisions. 

"We're seeing increased demand from enterprises looking for cloud-based analytics solutions that meet expectations for flexibility and scalability without sacrificing the security or performance of on-premises solutions," said Bob Laurent, Vice President of Product Marketing at Alteryx, Inc. "With Microsoft Azure, we are making it easier, quicker and safer than ever to deploy analytics in the cloud across an entire enterprise."

Turbonomic Now Supports AWS and Azure Environments, Unleashing Elasticity and Scale of Hybrid Cloud

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Turbonomic today announced major advancements to its hybrid cloud management platform, enabling customers to confidently accelerate their journey to hybrid cloud. Turbonomic, recently named an IDC Innovator for multicloud management, has extended the platform's on-premises capabilities with new support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure public cloud environments. Today's news underpins the Turbonomic vision of enabling organizations to control any workload, on any infrastructure, anywhere, anytime. New public cloud support includes:
  • Visibility of all workloads, whether on-premises or in AWS and Azure environments;
  • Acceleration of public cloud migration;
  • Lowering of public cloud bills on average by 30 percent;
  • Control of workloads to assure performance and deliver service levels; and
  • Enforcement of compliance policies across a hybrid cloud.

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Now Available at CoreSite’s Boston Data Center

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CoreSite Realty Corporation, a premier provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions across the U.S., today announced the availability of Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute through CoreSite's Boston data center. Private connectivity to Microsoft Azure via ExpressRoute is now available in four of CoreSite's markets, including through its Denver, Los Angeles and New York data center campuses.

CoreSite customers in Boston may now privately connect to Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 via the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange, which provides private, SLA-backed virtual connections and on-demand provisioning. The integration of Azure ExpressRoute and the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange provides CoreSite customers with the opportunity to establish a fast and reliable connection into Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 that bypasses the public Internet. With a dedicated, high-performance Azure ExpressRoute connection, customers have a natural extension of their datacenters and can build hybrid applications that span on-premises infrastructure and Azure without compromising privacy or performance.

BeyondTrust Announces Support for Microsoft Azure

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BeyondTrust, a leading cyber security company dedicated to preventing privilege misuse and stopping unauthorized access, announced support for the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, providing privileged access management (PAM) and vulnerability management (VM) solutions that can now be hosted in and manage Azure instances.

According to the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Storage Services Worldwide, 80 percent of cloud breaches through 2020 will occur due to customer misconfiguration, mismanaged credentials or insider theft. As the cloud ecosystem evolves it is increasingly critical to ensure visibility and security. However, many traditional security tools that are architected for on-premises environments and extended to the cloud present critical blind spots that put an organization at risk.

Dell EMC Unveils New Cloud Platform for Microsoft Azure Stack

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Dell EMC today announces Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, a new, turnkey, hybrid cloud platform that offers a simple and fast path for implementing and sustaining a hybrid cloud based on Microsoft Azure Stack. The new platform helps organizations standardizing on the Microsoft Azure ecosystem to accelerate their digital transformation with automated IT service delivery for traditional and cloud-native applications. As a result, organizations can better engage with their customers, reduce time to market for new services, and free-up resources to focus on adding business value.

"Cloud is an operating model, not a place, and adopting a hybrid model has become the clear choice," said Peter Cutts, senior vice president, Hybrid Cloud Platforms, Dell EMC. "Making hybrid cloud platforms simple and turnkey enables businesses to rapidly develop and deploy new applications, optimize resources, control costs and deliver the best possible customer experiences."

The new Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack combines Dell EMC's leadership in worldwide cloud infrastructure with its long history of partnering with Microsoft, which includes shipping the industry's first Microsoft-based hybrid cloud in October 2015. According to IDC, Dell EMC was No. 1 in the worldwide cloud infrastructure market for 2016 with $5.7 billion in revenue and 17.6% market share.

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?

Article Written by David Marshall



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