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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.

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Arrow Electronics Introduces Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Solution Bundles

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Arrow Electronics, Inc. today announced it will roll out dozens of Microsoft-based hybrid cloud solution bundles over the next year, providing Arrow's reseller ecosystem with in-demand, easy-to-implement cross-vendor solutions aimed at helping them solve complex end-customer business challenges and increase revenue streams.

Arrow unveiled the first three of its new Microsoft hybrid cloud solution bundles today:

One Identity Extends Top-Rated Active Roles Solution to Azure AD, Driving Efficiency and Security into Hybrid Environments

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One Identity, a recognized leader in identity and access management, today announced a new Active Roles version that extends best-in-class features to conquer the security and management challenges organizations face as they grapple with the complexities of hybrid Active Directory (AD) environments. With thousands of users already leveraging Active Roles to manage on-premises Active Directory, Active Roles 7.1 delivers a single management console, purpose-built to help organizations overcome the time-consuming burden and functional gaps often presented by disparate and limited native tools for the hybrid AD/Azure Active Directory environment.

Currently, nearly 90 percent of organizations worldwide rely on Microsoft's Active Directory to authenticate and authorize users on their networks, translating into 500 million organizations, globally. Yet while Microsoft's launch of the cloud-based Azure Active Directory (AAD) has fueled steady growth in enterprise cloud adoption, many organizations face significant challenges in efficiently managing the security and administration of their quickly growing hybrid environments. Organizations require a solution that addresses these issues in on-premises, cloud-based and hybrid Active Directory ecosystems.

"The steadily rising appetite for cloud-based productivity tools like Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange Online has driven quick adoption of Microsoft's AAD - yet many adopting the cloud still, by necessity, have their feet firmly planted in on-premises environments, leading to vast inconsistencies in administrative processes and security execution," said John Milburn, president and general manager of One Identity. "Coupled with the shortcomings of native and other third-party solutions, the rise of these hybrid AD/AAD environments has led to millions of enterprises struggling with dangerous gaps in security and crippling inefficiencies. With our release of Active Roles 7.1, One Identity now empowers organizations with precise, unified and consistent administration and security for both AD and AAD from a single point of management, enabling enterprises to embrace cloud adoption without sacrificing security."

What's next for Azure Site Recovery?

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When Microsoft first showed off its disaster recovery service on Azure in 2014, it was called Hyper-V Recovery Manager and was an extension of a System Center tool for failing over Hyper-V virtual machines (VM) to another location, using the public cloud to coordinate testing and managing recovery between your data centers.

Today, Azure Site Recovery (ASR) lets you fail over into the cloud as well to another location, from physical and virtual servers, and it handles far more workloads than just Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (or even VMware and vSphere, which it also supports).

TierPoint Expands Channel Partner Opportunities as Newly Designated Microsoft Azure Indirect Cloud Solution Provider

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TierPoint LLC, a leading national provider of hybrid IT solutions, today announced that it has been designated a Microsoft Azure Authorized Indirect Cloud Solution Provider - making it one of less than a dozen US-based managed hosting and cloud providers that have achieved this designation and building on TierPoint's prior designation as a Direct Partner within the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program.

"This expanded licensing program opens the door to compelling new opportunities for our channel partners and their clients," said Bob Buchanan, TierPoint Vice President, Channel. "TierPoint partners that are enrolled in the Microsoft Partner Network with Indirect Reseller status can now provide one-stop shopping for Microsoft Azure solutions, increase revenue, and leverage TierPoint's unique and comprehensive mix of hybrid IT services, including cloud design, deployment, and management - all backed by our superior, high-touch service and 39 world-class data centers in 20 geographically diversified markets."

Riverbed Delivers "One-click" Cloud Networking Solution for Secure Connectivity to Microsoft Azure Cloud Networks

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Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, today announced that Riverbed SteelConnect, an app-defined SD-WAN solution that simplifies networking for the cloud-centric enterprise, now offers instant and easy provisioning of SD-WAN connectivity into Microsoft Azure cloud networks. SteelConnect is transforming legacy hardware-based approaches to networking with a software-defined and application-centric solution that delivers the agility, visibility, and performance that businesses need to deliver real business impact in a cloud-first world.

As applications continue to move to the cloud, performance and security remain critical concerns for the enterprise. SteelConnect delivers automated, secure connectivity to Azure cloud networks with a single click. As a result, enterprises can be more agile, while maintaining the same level of performance delivered from the cloud across the entire hybrid network.

"Riverbed has a long-standing relationship with Microsoft to provide fast and secure access to users' applications and data, wherever it resides," said Paul O'Farrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Riverbed's SteelConnect, SteelHead, and SteelFusion business units. "With the seamless integration of Microsoft Azure with Riverbed SteelConnect, we're taking this a step further, ensuring that connectivity to the cloud itself is simple, instant and secure."

Dome9 Adds Native Support for Microsoft Azure, Enabling Unified Multi-Cloud Enterprise Security

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Dome9 Security, a leader in cloud infrastructure security, today announced native support for the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform. With this release, Dome9's Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) security platform provides built-in, API-enabled integration with Azure, the public cloud of choice for many global enterprises. Azure customers can now leverage the powerful control fabric offered by the Dome9 Arc platform to manage security and compliance across their Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure environments.

The Dome9 Arc platform allows security and operations teams to visualize the network security posture and exposure levels by analyzing network security groups and attached network-based assets like virtual machines, load balancers, and database services in their Azure environments. Customers can detect and audit changes to security policies across Azure subscriptions and regions, correlate security events in the Azure Security Center, and continuously monitor their state of compliance. This enables security operations teams to quickly identify and proactively resolve misconfigurations and vulnerabilities that could lead to downtime or costly breaches.

Akumina Software Platform Now Available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

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Akumina today announced that its software platform for digital workplaces, InterChange, is available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

InterChange allows Akumina's customers to meet all the core requirements of a modern intranet, or ‘digital workplace' including communication, information delivery, systems integration, collaboration and personalization.

Using InterChange developers can build collaborative, personalized and targeted digital workplaces, powered by an organization's intelligence inside Office 365 and other market leading cloud applications, to create compelling digital experiences. Once deployed, the InterChange AppManager ensures internal business users and subject matter experts can easily manage these applications. The AppManager SDK and InterChange DevFramework allow for the extension and customization of InterChange-based applications by Akumina's partners and customers.

Actifio Lets Customers Move Faster To Microsoft Azure

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Actifio, the copy data virtualization company, today announced support of Microsoft Azure with the availability of the Actifio Sky in the Azure Marketplace. Actifio's copy data virtualization platform helps enterprise customers move faster to the cloud, speeding up hybrid cloud adoption for test data provisioning for application development, backup, disaster recovery, instant recovery, data migration, long-term retention or analytics.

IT leaders are driving initiatives to accelerate business innovation and speed to market via faster software development while driving down costs. Actifio helps enterprise CIOs reduce risk while moving faster to a hybrid cloud, with a data management platform that: