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Split to provide free access to feature flagging platform

Split, the leading product decisions platform for engineering and product teams, announced today that is offering free, unlimited access to its feature flag solution. By making its industry leading technology widely available in Split’s Feature Flag Edition at no cost to product and development teams, organizations of any size, maturity or budget can respond faster to changing market conditions and shift toward a continuous deployment model for greater business value.

“We have identified almost 40 open source feature flagging libraries in the market, but they lack comprehensive feature sets and are not well-maintained,” said Trevor Stuart, co-founder and president at Split. “We're excited to introduce the first managed feature flag service for free, allowing development teams to take advantage of our industry leading feature flagging technology, and focus on innovation, while eliminating the need to build solutions in-house.”

The Split Feature Flag Edition introduces the most comprehensive entry point to feature flagging in the industry. Companies can now have access to a free feature flagging solution, which offers product and engineering teams dramatic strategic benefits including faster time to market, quicker rate of error correction, more frequent experiments and maximized engineering productivity.
 

Nerdio Adds New Toolset for Creation of Fully Customizable Azure Plans

Nerdio, innovators of ridiculously simple IT management platforms for public and private cloud, today announced the launch of their Plans Designer, a free toolset that helps IT Managed Service Providers (MSPs) create and customize Microsoft Azure sales packages.

Plans Designer allows MSPs to create fully customizable and brandable packages of Azure infrastructure, all priced out and MSP-website ready. It simply and clearly lays out the options and benefits of Azure cloud environments. Plans Designer makes understanding and evaluating plans a painless process for both MSPs and their customers, regardless of their previous experience with cloud technology.

"The ability to easily package and price Azure is something that MSPs are craving. We are excited to be able to offer them this free tool to drive their sales and maximize Azure consumption," said Amol Dalvi, VP, Product at Nerdio. "While the adoption of cloud IT environments is soaring, MSPs are up against general misconceptions and customer uncertainty about migrating to the cloud. We wanted to help them clearly communicate the various ways to move to Microsoft's public cloud."

StarWind Releases Free Virtual Tape Library Solution Featuring Object Storage and Public Cloud Storage Support

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StarWind, a leading provider of hyperconverged infrastructure, high-performance storage, and backup solutions announced its new Virtual Tape Library (VTL) solution.

StarWind VTL is designed for organizations who are looking to break their dependency on costly tape backup process while meeting the regulatory data archival and retention requirements. Replacing physical tape backup process with on-premises Virtual Tape Libraries with cloud and object storage tiers delivers significant benefits, including:

  • Security and cost-efficiency: VTL eliminates manual backup process by shipping Virtual Tapes to any cost-efficient cloud and object storage using commodity ethernet.
  • Ransomware protection: ransomware doesn't know how to address data stored on tapes.
  • Enterprise-grade scalability: StarWind VTL scales capacity using object storage like HGST ActiveScale, Cloudian, Fujitsu Eternus, or cloud storage from AWS, Azure, Backblaze, or Wasabi.
  • Zero-change integration into any backup infrastructure thanks to using tape API, native to any backup software.

Acronis Releases a Free, AI-based Ransomware Protection Tool

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Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage, today released Acronis Ransomware Protection, a free, stand-alone version of its unique AI-based Acronis Active Protection technology, which stops ransomware attacks in real-time and helps users to recover data without paying the ransom.

Recent ransomware attacks exposed the vulnerability of endpoint devices, showing that new strains of ransomware can easily bypass traditional anti-virus software to encrypt user data. Acronis Ransomware Protection provides an additional level of defense that can be used together with other data protection solutions already installed on the device, such as anti-virus and backup software. It monitors system processes in real-time to automatically detect and stop the attacks other solutions can't. In event of a ransomware attack, Acronis Ransomware Protection blocks the malicious process and notifies the user with a popup. If any files were damaged in the attack, it facilitates the instant recovery of those affected files.

Free Hyper-V Backup using Vembu VMBackup

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Microsoft Hyper-V is becoming a tough competitor for VMware vSphere ever since Microsoft unveiled Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2.  And Hyper-V has been constantly attracting a lot of users, many of whom are already benefitted by the new and improved function of Hyper-V server.  Setting up a Hyper-V server and creating virtual machines is really an easy and simple task, but creating a backup policy for the VMs running on Hyper-V is still complicated for many IT admins. 

Now that  your organization has created its own private cloud by way of Hyper-V, and you've migrated most or all of your physical servers to VMs -- and in many cases, you've even moved over your mission-critical servers -- how do you protect them and keep the organization operational when "stuff happens" and things go wrong?  What, if anytrhing, are you currently using to backup those VMs? 

If your business is currently looking for such a solution, but the budget isn't where you need it in order to get all the features you require, you should check out the new Vembu VMBackup FREE edition which might just surprise you.
 

IDERA Free Tools Now Available on AWS Marketplace

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IDERA, a leading provider of database lifecycle management solutions (DLM), today announced four free tools available on AWS Marketplace, providing customers a range of options for third-party management solutions for Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Database across Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

“We build our portfolio of free tools to solve critical issues for users, and their success is clear with hundreds of thousands of downloads worldwide,” said Heidi Farris, chief marketing officer at IDERA. “Making them available on AWS Marketplace for cloud database customers reinforces IDERA’s commitment to data professionals who must consistently accomplish more for less. We’re looking forward to expanding our free tools in cooperation with AWS.”

Spiceworks Launches Free Tool to Help IT Professionals Track and Manage Cloud Spending

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Spiceworks, the professional network for IT, today announced Cloud Cost Monitor, a free online tool that connects to IT professionals' Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services accounts to analyze and report on organizations' infrastructure as a service (IaaS) costs and utilized resources. The tool's online dashboard displays a breakdown of an organization's IaaS spending, including weekly cost trends that can be delivered as an email report. This helps IT professionals identify and address any anomalies in their cloud usage before their monthly invoice arrives. 

According to Spiceworks' study Diving into IT Cloud Services, only 25 percent of IT professionals believe cloud services are more cost effective than on-premises infrastructure, potentially due to a lack of visibility in how their cloud services are being utilized and the impact on monthly costs. Cloud Cost Monitor is designed to help IT professionals overcome the challenges of keeping their IaaS costs under control by enabling them to track how their usage and costs are trending over time.

 

New Veeam Backup for Linux Delivers Availability for Linux Servers in the Cloud and On Premises; Latest FREE Tool from Veeam

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Veeam Software, the innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise, today announced Veeam Backup for Linux, a free standalone agent that delivers backup and recovery for Linux servers running in the public cloud, as well as for a few remaining physical Linux servers running on premises. Customers can use this tool to back up individual cloud instances and restore them on premises, or back up on premises and restore in the cloud.

Linux remains the go-to choice for the cloud, with 75 percent of enterprises reporting they use Linux as their primary cloud platform. Existing solutions often require a manual process to execute or are complex and expensive, which means the availability of many of these Linux servers is at risk.

SolarWinds Offers New Free Tool to Monitor Server Health

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SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable hybrid IT infrastructure management software, today launched SolarWinds Server Health Monitor free tool, the latest to join more than 30 free tools from SolarWinds' comprehensive IT management product family. SolarWinds Server Health Monitor provides IT professionals with detailed visibility into multi-vendor server infrastructure.

"Monitoring the underlying IT infrastructure that supports the health and performance of business critical applications is a necessity for IT pros to ensure business continuity," said Nikki Jennings, group vice president, product strategy, SolarWinds. "Understanding the performance of server infrastructure is a big part of the performance of the entire IT infrastructure, and is a key metric that all IT pros should have clear visibility into. SolarWinds now provides IT pros with a free tool that offers insight into health status and availability of multi-vendor server hardware to pinpoint the cause of performance issues faster."

SolarWinds and CopperEgg Team Up to Deliver SolarWinds Cloud Performance Monitor

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CopperEgg, Corp., a cloud monitoring and analytics company, today announced that it has joined forces with SolarWinds to offer SolarWinds Cloud Performance Monitor powered by CopperEgg, a new free tool that provides real-time monitoring for up to two servers running in public and private clouds. With SolarWinds Cloud Performance Monitor, IT professionals can troubleshoot cloud-based performance problems through real-time analytics and alerting on server, OS, system, and process issues.
 
Enterprises who are utilizing or testing cloud computing and software-defined datacenter architectures can use SolarWinds Cloud Performance Monitor to automatically detect and alert on server, system, and operating system issues in public cloud environments like Amazon EC2, Rackspace, or Microsoft Azure or private cloud environments. SolarWinds Cloud Performance Monitor capabilities include: