Digital Transformation

UShareSoft Announces New Multi-Cloud Application Blueprinting

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UShareSoft, a Fujitsu company and leader in Hybrid IT application automation, today announces the availability of the industry's only platform for fully modeling both application stacks and their deployment infrastructure "as code." This will make it easier than ever for enterprise customers to deploy and manage applications agnostically across multi-cloud environments, helping increase business agility as part of digital transformation, without sacrificing governance and control.

The new platform underlines Fujitsu's focus on strengthening multi-cloud integration and operations services to address the growing industry-wide cloud skills gap. A recent survey of IT decision makers commissioned by Fujitsu found that more than 70 percent of respondents find it challenging to transform their IT to meet business needs, while an even greater number, 75 percent, struggle to identify where governance has not been followed.

To help organizations meet these challenges, UShareSoft's UForge AppCenter provides a "model once, run anywhere" approach to cloud application delivery and management. Customers enjoy greater agility-running applications to support business priorities, without getting locked into a specific vendor-while ensuring full visibility and governance over their software. Through partnering with an extensive choice of cloud vendors spanning multiple hyperscale services and platforms, Fujitsu offers organizations hybrid IT and multi-cloud environments with a comprehensive line-up of integration and operations services.

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.

Zenoss Cloud Intelligent IT Operations Management Platform Now Generally Available

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Zenoss Inc., a leader in software-defined IT operations, today announced the general availability of Zenoss Cloud, an intelligent IT operations management platform. The company's next-generation cloud-native offering enables businesses to prevent IT outages and optimize cloud and on-premises systems as they undergo digital transformation, a business requirement for the survival of companies across all industries.

Technology vendors have taken many different approaches over the years to help prevent IT service outages and improve overall IT performance. These approaches include infrastructure monitoring, artificial intelligence operations, log analytics and more. Some approaches collect performance data from systems directly, some rely on logs, some rely on events, while others rely on data sent from agents. Zenoss Cloud represents one of the first platforms that combines all of these approaches.

Binary Tree and Monza Cloud Announce Partnership to Accelerate Digital Transformation in the Microsoft Azure Cloud

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Binary Tree and Monza Cloud today announced a partnership to help clients develop new applications more quickly in Microsoft Azure. Specifically, Monza Cloud's AzStudio platform will drive Binary Tree's new Innovation Center.

Innovation has always been critical to remain competitive, but today it needs to be delivered at speed, at scale and yield business results rapidly. The Binary Tree Innovation Center will develop tangible proof-of-concepts backed by proven ideation methodology, deep Microsoft Azure Cloud knowledge and expertise while leveraging AzStudio from Monza Cloud to continue powering enterprise transformations.

AzStudio makes it easy to develop new cloud applications based on standards and best practices. Its feature-rich interface lets users quickly build applications on Azure with enhanced integrated security, visual process management, and robust extensibility.

Red Hat Unveils Next-Generation Process Automation Offering

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the launch of Red Hat Process Automation Manager 7, a comprehensive, cloud-native platform for developing business automation services and process-centric applications across hybrid cloud environments. Process Automation Manager is the next generation of Red Hat's business process management (BPM) offering, Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite, and enables organizations to streamline, automate, measure and continuously improve business operations.

Digital transformation can place new demands on both business and IT to deliver greater efficiency and agility throughout the application lifecycle. Process Automation Manager is designed to foster closer collaboration between the two groups by enabling business users to directly participate in creating new business applications using business-friendly concepts, while retaining the governance and oversight required by IT for application scalability and security.

Process Automation Manager provides both business and IT users with a low-code solution that can reduce the time required to build applications that automate business processes, enforce business policies and make business decisions.

 

Rackspace Launches Colocation Services to Support Enterprises with Digital Transformation

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Rackspace announced the launch of Rackspace Colocation, a new service that allows customers to deploy their own hardware in Rackspace data centers. Leveraging resilient critical infrastructure, network and on-ground support services, Rackspace is focused on delivering true transformation as a service across applications, data, security and infrastructure. The new Rackspace Colocation offering enables organizations to reduce their total cost of ownership (TCO), while improving scalability, strengthening disaster recovery capabilities, reducing application latency and helping IT meet stringent security and compliance requirements.

According to 451 Research, the colocation market will grow at a 12 percent compound annual growth rate through 2020. Enterprises are using colocation to kick off their cloud journey by getting out of their self-managed data center to lower their TCO as they seek to optimize their IT portfolio across public and private clouds. Beyond the financial implications, businesses are also adopting colocation solutions to achieve geographic diversity, forge strategic low latency connections with cloud services providers, augment disaster recovery strategies and to ensure their workloads are running in facilities that meet specific security and compliance mandates.

Transforming Business Operations through Hybrid IT Integration

The focus on Hybrid IT integration has never been as strong as it is today. With the growth in cloud and on-premise technologies, enterprises are faced with the challenge of figuring out ways to address overarching hybrid IT challenges and create maximum impact. Using homegrown solutions & point-to-point connectivity to integrate applications lead to spaghetti coding and it can do more harm than good. The right strategy to integrate cloud and on-premise applications is a Hybrid IT integration framework. It can put you on a path to faster data exchange, accelerated time to revenue, and streamlined business operations.  


 

Integration Issues that Prevent Enterprises from Reaching Benefits 

Rackspace and Switch Join Forces to Deliver Digital Transformation Services to Customers in Switch's Tier 5 Platinum Data Center

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Switch and Rackspace today announced a new agreement to deliver Rackspace private cloud solutions and connectivity to managed public cloud solutions on AWS, Azure and Google in Switch's highly secure and reliable Tier 5 Platinum data center PRIME locations. The agreement builds on Rackspace's Fanatical Everywhere and Pay-As-You-Go Private Cloud services that allow customers to run private clouds in any data center, with a consumption and billing model similar to that for public clouds. 

Switch and Rackspace customers will receive multiple benefits including:

INFINIDAT Announces Public Cloud and Data Protection Product Lines

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INFINIDAT announced four new products aimed at enterprises seeking to accelerate digital transformation and drive cost out of their IT infrastructure. 

InfiniSync

InfiniSync is a 450 pound, ballistically hardened data bunker appliance that is the world's first solution for zero RPO synchronous data mirroring over virtually infinite distance, with zero latency impact.

"Traditional mission-critical computing requires synchronous mirroring, perhaps from lower Manhattan to a data bunker in northern New Jersey, and then asynchronous mirroring from the bunker to a disaster recovery site in Texas," said Jacob Broido, Chief Product Officer at INFINIDAT. "InfiniSync eliminates the need for the New Jersey data center while ensuring all transactions make it to Texas under every imaginable scenario, including power and network failures and regional and rolling disasters."

InfiniSync will be generally available on April 2, 2018.

Going digital with your business – the must 'gets'

If you're starting up a small business or recently started running one, then have you thought about how you're going to make it stand out on the net? It doesn't matter what the nature of your company is; you should be looking for as many opportunities as possible to promote your products and services through a website and across social media channels. Being a small organization, you probably don't have the budget to hire a full-time member of staff dedicated to digital. Don't worry; there are still things you can do to get your presence out there. Here are some of the top ‘gets' you need to be thinking about.