Cloud Infrastructure

CloudCheckr Now Enables the Public Cloud to Go Back in Time with New Audit Solution --- SnapBack

CloudCheckr, the comprehensive cloud management platform for cloud cost optimization, security, and compliance, revealed a new way for modern enterprises, service providers, and public sector organizations, to peer back in time. Announced at the annual AWS re:Invent conference, CloudCheckr SnapBack provides a snapshot-in-time view of an entire cloud infrastructure, utilizing up to seven years of customer data.

Available now in the CloudCheckr platform, SnapBack technology changes a customer's view of their cloud infrastructure to a specific point in time in the past. In particular, this historical view of cost, security, and compliance allow large enterprises and service providers to view comparisons over a long period of time, access a visual audit trail of changes to their infrastructure, and assess their security stance. Data presented through SnapBack is frozen-in-time and not editable by any user or administrator.

Platform.sh Launches White-label SaaS Factory

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Platform.sh, the Idea-to-Cloud Application Platform that simplifies cloud infrastructure, announced the availability of its white-label platform, which enables software companies and SaaS entrepreneurs to transform their existing on-premise software or build new SaaS businesses with unprecedented speed.

Organizations spend increasingly significant amounts of time and budget on the development and maintenance of infrastructure, distracting focus from the core value that they provide to their customers - amazing applications and digital experiences. Platform.sh allows them to put their energy towards exciting and engaging customers - rather than building teams and technical debt to manage tooling, servers, containers, and cloud infrastructure - and eliminates capital expenditures needed to launch new lines of business.

In a matter of days, Platform.sh can provide a fully branded experience for the rapid deployment of SaaS software, commerce apps, mobile back-ends, and web applications at scale, built in multiple languages or frameworks. This capability leverages Platform.sh's API-first approach to development, its unique instant-cloning technology, and its complete "batteries included" continuous deployment workflow, where infrastructure becomes composable and managed with the same tools as application code.

 

ScaleFlux Computational Storage Transforms Cloud Infrastructure

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ScaleFlux, Inc., a pioneer in deploying Computational Storage at scale, is rapidly expanding its market reach directly with Tier-1 customers worldwide. The launch of its 2nd generation Computational Storage platform brings support for cutting edge NAND technology and delivers performance enhancements across the board to maintain its lead in maximizing flash infrastructure.

Hao Zhong, CEO and Co-Founder of ScaleFlux, will deliver a keynote presentation titled "Computational Storage: Acceleration Through Intelligence and Agility", Wednesday, Aug 8 @ 2:10pm in the main hall of Flash Memory Summit. This presentation will cover how hyperscale/cloud environments are realizing a 10X improvement in hybrid transactional and analytical processing capabilities. In addition, webscalers in markets spanning online gaming, adtech, and digital payments who heavily depend on high transaction applications have realized the benefits of ScaleFlux Computational Storage over other Flash storage solutions.

Dropbox Pioneers Future of Cloud Infrastructure with SMR Technology Deployment

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Dropbox, a leading global collaboration platform, announced a new chapter in the evolution of Magic Pocket, its custom-built storage infrastructure. The company is successfully deploying Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) drive technology, which will increase overall storage density, reduce the company's physical data center footprint, and provide significant cost savings-without sacrificing performance or reliability. Dropbox will be the first company to test and deploy SMR technology at this scale.

Dropbox anticipates approximately a quarter of its Magic Pocket infrastructure will be on SMR drive capacity by 2019. In the coming months, the company also plans to open source the test software it created in the process, which will let other companies qualify SMR technology for their own enterprise storage environments.

2nd Watch Launches Automation Frameworks for DevOps and Cloud Infrastructure

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2nd Watch announces two new services for cloud automation: the 2nd Watch Modern CI/CD Pipeline and the 2nd Watch Machine Image Factory. Both services automate core functions of DevOps style software development and cloud infrastructure management, saving companies money and time. Companies can deploy the services on AWS, Azure or multi-cloud infrastructure, leveraging technologies specific to those environments.

The 2nd Watch Modern CI/CD Pipeline helps companies automate and accelerate application code development and save up to 75 percent on traditional implementation costs. Continuous integration/delivery (CI/CD) is a key piece in the DevOps lifecycle, consisting of tools which automate the release of software throughout the entire development and QA cycle. Typically, companies create these pipelines in-house by weaving together multiple tools. Now, development teams can automate that step and leverage 2nd Watch's standard pipeline framework, which can be easily replicated for each project. By using a previously deployed and trusted pattern, this cloud native solution brings confidence to an otherwise highly complex undertaking, which can be inconsistent. The Modern CI/CD Pipeline leverages Packer, Ansible and Terraform with options for Chef or Puppet, or 2nd Watch can customize the pipeline as needed for unique requirements.

Global cloud IT infrastructure revenues hit $8 billion in Q1 2017, says IDC

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Global cloud IT infrastructure revenues hit $8 billion (£6.2bn) in the first quarter of 2017 going up almost 15% year over year – with Cisco the big winners, according to IDC. The analyst firm has put out the latest figures on its Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker (below), and found Dell and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) could not be separated at the top, with Cisco behind.

The two main players saw their revenues dip compared with this time last year; Dell hit $1.289bn compared to HPE with $1.118bn, with a decrease in revenue of 0.2% and 8.6% respectively, while Cisco, in third with $902 million, saw its revenue go up 8.7%. It’s worth noting at this juncture that despite the disparity IDC declares a statistical tie if there is a difference of one percent or less between vendor revenues...

Red Hat Pairs Enterprise-Grade Kubernetes with Massively-Scalable Cloud Infrastructure in Latest Version of Red Hat Cloud Suite

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the availability of the latest version of Red Hat Cloud Suite. As cloud-native, containerized applications grow in importance to CIOs focused on enterprise digital transformation, IT infrastructure and management technologies need to adapt to the unique needs posed by modern applications, while still maintaining existing systems. Red Hat Cloud Suite enables organizations to more easily build cloud-native applications, deploy them and manage these workloads through a single offering, helping businesses to modernize without sacrificing existing IT infrastructure investments.

Launched in April 2016, Red Hat's broadest hybrid cloud offering, Red Hat Cloud Suite provides an end-to-end, deployment-ready solution for enterprise digital transformation. Key to digital transformation are Linux containers, which can help enterprises across industries become more nimble and better respond to evolving customer and competitive needs.

Built on the backbone of the world's leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Cloud Suite addresses the drive towards digital transformation and adoption of Linux containers by bringing together Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, the company's enterprise-grade container application platform, with massively scalable infrastructure provided by Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Virtualization. Along with Red Hat CloudForms for hybrid and multi-cloud management, Red Hat Cloud Suite offers a unified, pre-integrated solution for enterprises seeking to advance Linux containers from the developer workstation to mission-critical deployments at cloud-scale for a more digitally-transformed enterprise.

New Cloud Technologies Geared Towards Faster Applications

In a previous article about new cloud trends, we talked about the fundamental benefits offered by today's cloud infrastructure. The pay-as-you-go consumption model eliminates the need for substantial initial investments completely, while the flexible nature of cloud computing allows companies to incorporate more cloud resources as the business grows. Rapid deployment completes the set, making cloud computing a fantastic choice.

The future of cloud computing lies in speed. New technologies - and new iterations of existing technologies - are designed to allow web applications and services to perform better under heavy load. How can these technologies benefit cloud-based apps in general?

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Serverless, Inc. Nets $3M to Radically Simplify Cloud Infrastructure

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Serverless, Inc., creators of the Serverless Framework, which enables companies to build web, mobile and IoT applications comprised of cloud services that scale automatically, has secured $3 million in seed funding led by Trinity Ventures. The funds will further Serverless’ mission to help its users spend less time operating complex infrastructure and more time delivering results.

In addition, Serverless, Inc. has brought Serverless Framework V1.0 out of beta. The Framework’s beta has seen massive interest from the open-source community and has racked up more than 11,000 GitHub stars in one year. It leverages new, event-driven compute services, like Amazon Web Services’ Lambda, to deploy applications that scale continuously and bill their owner only when they run. After being tested by hundreds of startup and enterprise companies, the Serverless Framework is ready for production.

Fugue Emerges to Solve Complexity of Operating at Scale in the Cloud

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Fugue, Inc. announced today the availability of its cloud-native solution for fully automating the deployment, operations and enforcement of cloud infrastructure at scale. 

Enterprises are moving to the cloud to increase competitiveness and efficiency. However, complexity explodes in the cloud, and achieving those goals is challenging, as most DevOps teams today are forced to manually stitch together disparate tool sets. Fugue tackles this complexity with a cohesive system that allows DevOps professionals to define infrastructure upfront, leverage a runtime component to ensure that all cloud resources remain consistent with that definition, and automatically correct configuration drift. Furthermore, Fugue eliminates wasteful and error-prone cloud maintenance burdens that slow innovation and increase compliance and security risks. As the technological gateway that unlocks the power of the cloud, Fugue helps businesses achieve digital transformation and competitive advantage goals.