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Armor Global Partner Program Increases International Channel, Adds Microsoft and AWS Partners to Ranks

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The Armor Guardian Partner Program announced today six additional partners, increasing its international presence and channel partners that hold a number of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft partner competencies. Armor, a cloud security service provider, offers a community-powered approach to security with the industry's first threat prevention and response platform, Spartan, designed for private, hybrid and public cloud environments including AWS and Azure.

"In the last twelve months, revenue through our channel efforts has accelerated by 400 percent and we look forward to carrying that momentum into the new year with the expansion of our presence in the United Kingdom, France, Poland and Greater Toronto area," said Chris Drake, founder and CEO of Armor. "Partners that are advising, migrating and managing important customer applications in the cloud recognize Armor's unique ability to accelerate their business by taking the burden of cloud security and compliance away from clients."

The Cloud Competition Intensifies - Rapid Growth Ahead for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform

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A new LogicMonitor survey of nearly 300 industry influencers predicts that enterprises will migrate the majority of their IT workloads from the data center to the cloud by 2020. Fueling this transition will be the 20.8 billion IoT devices Gartner predicts will come online, and the rapid maturation of AI and machine learning technologies. The Future of the Cloud Study also finds that while Amazon holds a dominant leadership position in the public cloud market, Microsoft and Google are closing that gap.

LogicMonitor, the leading SaaS-based performance monitoring platform for Enterprise IT, sponsored the survey, polling both AWS re:Invent attendees and industry analysts, media, consultants and vendor strategists to explore what the landscape for cloud services will look like in 2020. "Our customers continue to ask for guidance in planning their cloud migration strategies," said Jeff Behl, Chief Product Officer for LogicMonitor. "We designed our survey to gather feedback from some key industry influencers to understand their predictions, and to provide our customers with insights and answers."

LTI to Offer Blockchain Solution Powered by Microsoft Azure

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Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd., a global technology consulting and digital solutions company, announced today the availability of its blockchain-based trade finance solution on Microsoft Azure marketplace.

The solution tracks the flow of goods in a value chain, improving transparency across multiple entities involved. It enables accelerated adoption of distributed ledger technologies by bringing together LTI’s deep industry knowledge and blockchain capabilities together with Microsoft’s expertise in cloud-based solutions.
 

IDERA Introduces Mobile App in Uptime Cloud Monitor Release

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IDERA, a provider of powerful database productivity tools, today announced an update to its Uptime Cloud Monitor product that improves mobile monitoring capabilities, adds support for more versions of SQL Server and Windows Server, and extends support of a variety of Microsoft Azure virtual machines, servers, and databases.

IDERA Uptime Cloud Monitor provides essential monitoring tools and capabilities that help IT professionals identify and address cloud infrastructure and application issues. This latest update allows users to monitor servers and websites in real-time and receive push alert notifications any time, any place with Uptime Cloud Monitor's mobile applications for Apple iOS and Android.

"As organizations migrate more infrastructure to the cloud, Uptime Cloud Monitor gives IT administrators an end-to-end view of all their systems, eliminating blind spots between on-premises data and the cloud," said Robert Anderson, vice president of product management at IDERA. "Our new mobile capabilities extend these monitoring capabilities to iOS and Android devices so IT can identify and react to potential issues before they become serious problems -- anywhere they go."

DISA Awards Microsoft Azure Cloud Contract to ViON

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ViON Corporation, a market leader in the design, delivery and maintenance of mission-critical IT infrastructure solutions, announced today it has been awarded a three-year, $1.4 million contract for public cloud acquisition services by the Department of Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The contract will serve the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) development environment by streamlining the transition to the Microsoft Azure Government Cloud and providing Capacity as-a-Service (CaaS).

“Being chosen to support DISA’s move to public cloud underscores the market’s need for a more flexible procurement method and ViON’s ongoing success with the as-a-Service model. We have a long history and expertise implementing on-premise cloud and this extends our portfolio to public as well,” said Tom Frana, CEO of ViON. “Our project management team brings more than 16 years experience facilitating cloud migrations, ensuring a seamless transition for all our customers, regardless of workloads.”

Armor Spartan Platform Delivers Protection for Cloud Workloads, Leverages Amazon GuardDuty for Increased Detection and Response

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Armor today announced significant advancements in Spartan, the industry's first threat prevention and response platform for private, hybrid and public cloud environments including AWS and Azure. These enhancements enable businesses of all sizes to accelerate the pace of preventing, detecting and eliminating cyber threats in any cloud or on-premise environment. Clients can now leverage features to uncover hidden threats missed by traditional solutions, make faster more accurate decisions to eliminate threats, and gain on-demand access to highly experienced HIPAA, PCI compliance experts. 

"I am very excited that the public cloud providers continue to take security seriously and continue to expose more capabilities like GuardDuty," said founder and CEO, Chris Drake, Armor. "These capabilities allow for Armor to continue to gather more detail from the AWS cloud, allowing us to better identify and remediate threats on behalf of our clients. Due to the power of automation, there will be a day in the not-so-distant future that the public cloud will be seen as the most secure option for IT. Security integration and automation allows cybersecurity professionals to focus on important activities and not be burdened by managing legacy IT security approaches."

Databricks Becomes Microsoft Partner to Offer Its Unified Analytics Platform as an Integrated Microsoft Azure Service

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Databricks, provider of a leading Unified Analytics Platform and founded by the team who created Apache Spark, today announced it has become a partner with Microsoft to expand the reach of its Unified Analytics Platform and address customer demand for Spark on Microsoft Azure. Databricks' Unified Analytics Platform will be offered as an integrated service within the Azure Portal as Azure Databricks. The new Azure service, introduced today at the Microsoft Connect 2017 conference, makes it easier for organizations around the globe to derive value from their Big Data and realize the promise of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

"Our alliance with Microsoft is a major milestone for the growth of Databricks' Unified Analytics Platform," said Ali Ghodsi, cofounder and CEO at Databricks. "There's a large base of Microsoft Azure customers looking for a high-performance analytics platform based on Spark - and Databricks is already the leading Cloud platform for Spark. These organizations will be able to simplify Big Data and AI with Azure Databricks."

John ‘JG' Chirapurath, general manager of Data Platform Marketing, Microsoft Corp. said, "Our work with Databricks and the development of Microsoft Azure Databricks has been driven by customer demand. Azure users will benefit from the fast and collaborative Apache Spark based analytics platform optimized for Azure, and through the integration with other Azure services, such as Microsoft Power BI, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Cosmos DB, and Azure Active Directory."

InsideSales.com Partners with Microsoft to Provide Sales Acceleration Solutions Storage on Azure

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InsideSales.com, the sales acceleration SaaS software leader, has partnered with Microsoft to provide call recording storage for Predictive PowerDialer. Customers can now take advantage of Azure’s cloud services to retain recorded copies of critical sales conversations.

“Our customers have created millions of hours of call recordings for coaching or compliance purposes," said Dave Elkington, CEO and founder of InsideSales.com. "We wanted to make it simple, secure and cost effective for them to store those recordings for long periods of time. Microsoft offers world-class cloud services through its global network of managed data centers. InsideSales customers using Predictive PowerDialer can retain and review their sales call recordings through our seamless integration with Microsoft Azure.”
 

Axway Extends Multi-Cloud Strategy in Expanded Microsoft Integration

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Axway, a catalyst for transformation, today announced that clients choosing Microsoft Azure can now power Axway AMPLIFY, its integration and engagement platform, across multiple clouds. Designed to enable organizations around the world to unlock business value from a vast array of data sources and transform the customer experience, AMPLIFY helps developers, architects and administrators develop innovative user experiences on any device.

Organizations are increasingly adopting cloud-based solutions to better collaborate across departments and geographies. In today's new business environment, being able to quickly master and leverage massive volumes of data are a key element in creating desirable customer experiences. With AMPLIFY now powered by Azure, its customers will benefit from the productivity, intelligence and hybrid capabilities of the trusted Azure cloud platform.

With traditional omnichannel approaches to customer experience proving to be sub-optimal for some organizations, Axway has identified a new approach to meet customer needs - customer experience networks. Leveraging data from a vast array of internal and external sources in a customer's journey, on premise and across different clouds, enterprises can innovate faster to better serve customers, employees, business partners and suppliers. Azure partners and customers can take advantage of this CX network to co-innovate with customers and embrace stakeholders in a more strategic and coherent way.

Microsoft CSPs Expecting Less Conflict, More Azure Consumption

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Microsoft wants to drive more Azure consumption.

Considering revenue growth has practically doubled every quarter for some time, the Azure business might not seem like a huge problem. It's not about trying to pull ahead of Amazon Web Services (AWS), which by far is the largest cloud provider. Despite the growth of Azure, clearly the No. 2 global public cloud, Microsoft needs to ensure that Google, Salesforce.com, IBM and others keep their distance.

For Microsoft, what's perhaps even more important is that the dominance of AWS doesn't become insurmountable.