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Ditching Legacy Systems: Why Moving Payroll to the Cloud is Beneficial


Article Written by Avery Phillips

While using the cloud to handle payroll is nothing new - it was already in use in 2011 - bigger companies have been slower to adapt than small businesses and startups. Let's look at why companies would be better off following the fairly recent trend of ditching legacy systems and migrating to the cloud.

The Legacy System and Security

VMware vSphere 5.5 End of General Support - What Now?

 

Written by David Marshall

VMware vSphere 5.5 was probably the most installed version of vSphere to date.  And many virtualization administrators have fond memories of this release.  vSphere 5.5 goes all the way back to 2013, and it was hands down the most stable, fast and reliable hypervisor around.  But all good things must come to an end.  VMware products typically undergo a few stages within its lifetime:

  • General Availability (or GA)
  • End of General Support (EOGS)
  • End of Technical Guidance (End of Supported Life)

"End of General Support" is the date, generally 5 years after GA, from which VMware will no longer support the product actively.  And back in February of this year, we warned you that vSphere 5.5 was nearing the End of General Support or EOGS stage.  Well, that time has come and gone.  On September 19, 2018, vSphere 5.5 officially exited the general support phase and has moved onto something else, "Technical Guidance."  If you're playing buzzword bingo at home and trying to follow along, we should probably try to clarify what this means.

US Signal and Cloudflare Collaborate for DDoS Protection

Written by David Marshall

Today, it was announced that US Signal and Cloudflare have launched a fully managed and customizable distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection service to market. 

The new service delivers powerful DDoS mitigation for network, transport and application layers and is backed by a 100 percent SLA. Powered by Cloudflare's global Anycast network, the service is implemented by US Signal's information security and provisioning team, with support and customization from its technical operations engineers. 

"US Signal's new DDoS protection service is ideal for companies looking to update their existing DDoS mitigation strategies or for businesses lacking the manpower or skills to manage these risks internally. It is aimed at all market sectors but is particularly beneficial to high-risk areas such as tech, government, finance and healthcare," said US Signal President Stephen Oyer. "But regardless of the economic sector in which your company operates, Cloudflare's 15Tbps plus network throughput should offer peace of mind, as it can handle 15 times more traffic than the largest DDoS attack has produced to date." 

Use Cloud Services To Make Your Smartphone An E-Wallet



Article Written by Sally Perkins

These days, carrying a physical wallet seems almost a thing of the past. As credit card processing systems have improved and the availability of smartphones has broadened, more consumers have done away with physical wallets. Fewer people than ever before choose to carry cash and not very many people use checkbooks.

Most people pay with credit or debit cards for the average transaction. With a few extra steps, you don't even need to carry the card with you, thanks to the availability of digital storage on the cloud. Setting up an e-wallet can let you pay quickly and conveniently with your mobile device.

Store all of your payment options digitally on the cloud

 

Scale Computing and APC by Schneider Electric Launch 'Micro Data Center in a Box'

Written by David Marshall

Scale Computing has partnered with APC by Schneider Electric to deliver a Micro Data Center in a Box solution.

By utilizing Schneider Electric's award-winning Micro Data Center portfolio of infrastructure solutions, the Micro Data Center in a Box is able to deliver a fast, cost effective and resilient solution for channel partners, MSPs and end users while meeting the distinct challenges of big data and IoT faced by many businesses today.

The joint platform is built on a highly simplified but extremely effective and adaptable infrastructure. Micro Data Center in a Box offers a range of shared automated virtualization, compute, storage and power management resources. Under the terms of the agreement, Scale Computing supplies its HC3 HyperCore software while APC delivers a self-contained and secure enclosure. This solution allows organizations to simply and efficiently deliver a complete and highly energy efficient IT solution that is pre-tested, optimized and able to be rapidly deployed. This allows for a reliable and robust environment to leverage the best of on-premise and multi-cloud infrastructures.

The Micro Data Center in a Box requires minimal IT expertise and no additional infrastructure software. Instead, it is a highly available, self-managing platform for running applications at the edge. The added pay as you grow flexibility enables organizations to start small and grow their IT as and when needed. In addition, it has built-in redundancy to provide business continuity, even in remote edge locations. The solution is pre-packaged and ships ready to be deployed, providing a quick, turn-key and simple IT infrastructure, optimized to immediately support edge computing needs.

Gartner Says Public Cloud Revenue to Exceed $200 Billion in 2019



Written by David Marshall

In its latest forecast for the worldwide public cloud services market, analyst firm Gartner said it expects revenue to continue to grow by 17.3%, topping $206 billion next year.  That's up from $175.8 billion in 2018. 

The analyst firm points out that the fastest-growing segment of the market is cloud system infrastructure services (Infrastructure-as-a-service or IaaS), which includes the bulk of the public cloud services offered by companies such as Amazon Web Services Inc., adding that it will remain the fastest-growing individual segment in the market, growing by 27.6% in 2019 to reach $39.5 billion, up from $31 billion in 2018.

Moreover, Gartner said it expects that by 2022, 90% of organizations purchasing public cloud IaaS will do so from a company that integrates these offerings with platform-as-a-service products, using both capabilities from the same provider.

WhiteHat Adds Deeper Artifical Intelligence Capabilities for Sentinel DAST Solution for DevSecOps

Written by David Marshall

WhiteHat Security announced that new, artificial intelligence (AI) software is being added to WhiteHat Sentinel Dynamic, its dynamic application security testing (DAST) solution, which draws from a data lake of 95 million identified vulnerabilities.  The enhancements will enable WhiteHat to provide high levels of accuracy in the shortest timeframe, which can traditionally only be achieved through fully automated testing with additional human verification.  Though human verification is always available to WhiteHat clients, the company will now offer fully AI-enabled verification, taking just seconds.  This will allow developers to create secure web applications at the fast pace demanded by modern businesses. 

AppSec teams are constantly caught between the need for proper security testing and the ability to allow developer teams to meet strict deadlines. AI software will dramatically decrease threat vector identification times and improve the efficiency of false positive identification. As a result, businesses will increase the speed at which developers are made aware of potential application security vulnerabilities and deliver real-time security risk assessments.

Hyper-V Failover Clusters - What You Need to Know and How 5nine Can Help



Building a Hyper-V failover plan is a critical step for any organization wishing to maintain 24/7/365 availability of their Microsoft Cloud. However, configuring Hyper-V failover clusters and managing Hyper-V hosts has its own set of unique challenges, nuances and steps. This article provides an introduction to Hyper-V failover challenges, discusses its benefits and shares some resources where virtualization administrators can access more information.

A Brief Introduction to the History of Hyper-V Failover Clusters

A Hyper-V failover cluster is a group of Hyper-V hosts that can synchronize in a way so that one host can take the load (virtual machines, services, processes, etc) if another fails or suffers performance issues. Windows Server Administrators who wish to fortify their server workloads have a helpful option - Hyper-V failover clustering - right inside Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, and 5nine Manager.

Genomics & the Cloud: What's Next?

Article Written by Avery Phillips

Saving patient data to the cloud can mean using big data to improve medicine and discover problems that doctors might have missed. Uploading an entire gene sequence and studying the sequence - a branch of molecular biology known as genomics - could have an even bigger impact on medicine as a whole in the coming years. Let's look at the good and bad of the future of genomics and the cloud.

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Personalized Gene Editing

One of the biggest advancements in recent years is CRISPR, a method of editing genes that has made editing individual genes much easier and cheaper than in the past. It can be used to fight world hunger by making plants produce more fruit or become more resistant to anything from weather, insects, or blight, and even edit a person's genes. It's not quite at the stage where it's ready for humans, but it's close. 

Now, combine an easy way to edit genes with big data. First, the patient's gene sequence is uploaded to the cloud. This lets a computer comb through and identify what could be changed with CRISPR, to either reduce the chance for disease or eliminate it entirely could be in our near future. It seems like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it could very soon be a reality. Using big data to essentially crowdsource the solution to medical problems is not new, however.

Smart Availability - The Key for Producing Business Value Through Digital Transformation

Written By Don Boxley, CEO and Co-Founder, DH2i (www.dh2i.com)

One needn’t be a technology expert to realize that an outage or loss of service of any type or any length of time is unacceptable for today’s business organization (of course, nonprofits and government organizations are not very keen on downtime either). Even during the wee hours of the morning, “planned” system downtime is becoming less and less tolerable, especially given today’s global economy. While most are asleep in one geography, it is prime business hours in another.
Availability has become a chief priority for most IT professionals in today’s business organizations, whether your compute resources are located onsite, in the cloud, or spread across a hybrid environment. What IT professionals are beginning to realize, is that traditional options for high availability (HA) have limitations, and that continuous operational efficiency shouldn’t monopolize an organization’s financial or personnel resources with endless testing and retesting of availability.