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AHEAD Launches CoPilot, A New Managed Service for the Public Cloud

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AHEAD, a leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions, announced today the release of its new managed service, CoPilot, which will monitor and optimize public cloud environments. The company officially unveiled CoPilot at AWS re:Invent 2017, as AWS will be the initial focus of the service (AHEAD is exhibiting at Booth #2122).

While there is incredible momentum around public cloud adoption, enterprises often find that the combination of enthusiasm and lack of qualified staff lead to unintended negative consequences. These include spikes in billings from new resources being deployed across their businesses and configuration missteps that can leave companies exposed to potential data breaches.

The CoPilot service delivers reports, dashboards, alerts and benchmarks, and integrates them with guidance from AHEAD cloud experts to provide actionable insights in three areas:

IBM expands partnership with Docker to drive apps to the public cloud

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At DockerCon EU in Copenhagen, IBM announced that it is expanding its relationship with Docker.  Together, IBM and Docker will be making it easier for clients to modernize their existing applications with Docker Enterprise Edition, combined with IBM Cloud, software and services.

The partnership is focused on three big takeaways:

  • Docker for IBM Cloud, which will allow customers to easily bring up a Docker environment to containerize their existing workloads and run them on IBM Cloud.

  • IBM's participation in Docker's Modernize Traditional Applications (MTA) program, so that IBM can help customers improve efficiency and agility by modernizing existing portfolios.

  • Certified IBM software will be available in the Docker Store, simplifying the containerization of existing software which uses IBM middleware.

Worldwide Public Cloud Services Spending Forecast to Reach $266 Billion in 2021, According to IDC

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Worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is forecast to reach $266 billion in 2021, according to the latest update to the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide. Although spending growth will slow somewhat over the 2016-2021 forecast period, the market is expected to achieve a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.0%. Public cloud services spending will reach $128 billion in 2017, an increase of 25.4% over 2016.

The United States will be the largest market for public cloud services accounting for more than 60% of worldwide revenues throughout the forecast and total spending of $163 billion in 2021. Western Europe and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) will be the second and third largest regions with 2021 spending levels of $52 billion and $25 billion, respectively. APeJ and Latin America will experience the fastest spending growth over the forecast period with CAGRs of 26.7% and 26.2%, respectively. However, six of the eight regions are forecast to experience CAGRs greater than 20% over the next five years.

Cirba Unveils Optimization Service for Public Cloud and On-Premise Virtual Infrastructure

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Cirba, Inc. today unveiled an analytics service, Densify, for optimizing public cloud and on-premise virtual infrastructure. The Densify service is the next evolution of SaaS as it combines the organization's predictive and real-time optimization analytics with an assigned Densification Advisor, eliminating the burden of learning, operating, managing and maintaining software.

Cirba also announced it is rebranding to Densify, reflecting the company's strategic value proposition to reduce cloud and infrastructure costs while also improving application performance. The Densify service offers fast time to value, ease of adoption and use and the greatest potential for savings in the market through the industry's most powerful optimization engine. For a limited time, customers can start with Densify service free for the first 14 days.

"Based on our experience, we know that organizations desperately want to reduce their cloud bill and show highly utilized infrastructure, but there are only so many hours in the day," said Gerry Smith, CEO of Densify. "We understand that IT is looking for more than a software product - they want outcomes. They are looking for experts who can tune and watch over the automated analytics; they want to know that someone is there for them, helping them deliver results - not another management and maintenance burden."

Opus Interactive Announces Lowest Latency Connectivity to Hyperscale Public Cloud Providers via Its Lit Network Services

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Opus Interactive, a leading provider of custom cloud hosting services, announces today it is offering the lowest latency, direct access to hyperscale public cloud providers available in the Portland market, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, via its Lit Network Services.  Opus' Lit Network Services provide a fully redundant and multi-provider ring that connects several Greater Portland area facilities, including Infomart Data Centers, EdgeConneX, the Pittock Block and Tata Communications' BB1.

Opus Interactive's flagship facility is located in Infomart Data Centers in Hillsboro and its Portland data center is located in Tata Communications' BB1 facility.  As the retail cloud and colocation provider for Infomart Data Centers' Hillsboro location, Opus Interactive offers the facility's wholesale tenants as well as Opus and EdgeConneX customers low latency, direct access to hyperscale public cloud providers as well as backhaul to all available providers located within the Pittock Block.  Gartner predicts that the global public cloud services market will grow 18 percent in 2017 to approximately $247 billion, up from $209 billion last year, indicating that the availability of fast, secure and seamless connectivity to public cloud services will become increasingly essential for companies to remain competitive.

HyperGrid Delivers Another Major Innovation – Public Cloud On-Premises is Now a Reality

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HyperGrid, the Enterprise Cloud-as-a-Service leader, today announced the launch of the next phase in the realization of the company’s vision, with a major release of the HyperCloud service, and HyperCloud’s availability as the industry’s only fully managed service in an on-premises “pay as you use” pricing model. It also announced the addition of new and innovative hybrid cloud decision intelligence  features added from the company’s recent acquisition of XOcur, makers of a business intelligence SaaS platform for cloud decision making. Today’s news comes on the heels of HyperGrid’s announcement last year of HyperCloud, the industry’s first on-premises cloud as a service delivered with subscription economics, and of achieving exceptional sales growth in FY16 and even more accelerated growth so far in FY17.

“The market demand for Enterprise Cloud services is growing exponentially; yet, some organizations feel left behind as they are not able to move to cloud as quickly or freely as others”, said Nariman Teymourian, HyperGrid President and CEO. “Delivering unified cloud services, quickly, simply and in a pay as you use model on premises is groundbreaking for the enterprise. I am not aware of any other company in the world that can combine these capabilities with the ability to manage multiple clouds using a single platform. By continuing to grow the capabilities that HyperCloud provides and simplifying how it is delivered, we are bringing our unique service value proposition to an ever-growing base of client use cases.”

Ixia Delivers End-to-End Visibility for Public Cloud

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Ixia, a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, today announced it has further extended the reach delivered by the CloudLens Platform to the public cloud.  CloudLens Public provides Visibility-as-a-Service (VaaS) and is the first to be implemented as a pure Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution. It is designed from the ground up to retain the benefits of the cloud - elastic scale, flexibility, and agility. CloudLens Public provides intelligent and automated visibility as a service that scales with public cloud infrastructures.

Access to application and network data in cloud environments is critical for security and monitoring tools to ensure the reliability, security, and performance of mission-critical applications. Granular access to cloud traffic is important to avoiding blind spots in a network that can compromise application monitoring, as well as overall security.

Ixia has extended the benefits of the company's CloudLens Platform to enable customers to capture and filter data in the public cloud. Designed as a SaaS platform, it does all the heavy lifting behind the scenes, freeing customers from managing visibility.  

Securing applications in the public cloud

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I have written on the topic of cloud-induced transformation of IT in the past. Adapting IT audit and monitoring processes to cloud infrastructure is one of the challenges I come across when it comes to cloud rollouts.

In a 1990s-era data center, everything revolves around hardware and virtual machines. Big, monolithic applications are installed and run on servers. Servers themselves run in the private subnet (secure) or public (DMZ), and they have various security agent software installed to monitor and log everything that goes in and out of these machines. 

2nd Watch Recognized by Industry Analyst Firm as a Leader in the Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers Market

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2nd Watch has been recognized by Gartner in its first-ever Magic Quadrant on public cloud infrastructure managed service providers. In the report, Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide (February 2017), Gartner positioned 2nd Watch in the Leaders quadrant for its ability to execute and completeness of vision.

Founded in 2010, 2nd Watch was among the first audited AWS Managed Service Provider Partners. The firm has helped some of the world's biggest brands use AWS, including Crate & Barrel, Condé Nast, Coca-Cola North America, Lenovo, Motorola, SCOR and Yamaha, while earning AWS Competencies in Financial Services, Enterprise Migration, DevOps, Big Data, Marketing and Commerce, Life Sciences and SharePoint. 2nd Watch was also the first cloud-native managed service provider to earn SOC2 compliance. The firm is opening an East Coast Managed Cloud Services Center in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2017.
 

Orange Business Services Strengthens Its International Cloud Strategy with New Public Cloud Services for Multinational Corp

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Orange Business Services is accelerating its international cloud strategy with a new global public cloud offering that includes advice, auditing, integration and managed services for cloud infrastructure and applications. The services, delivered in partnership with Huawei, complement the existing Orange private cloud portfolio and will help enterprises in their digital transformation initiatives.

The principal aim of the international cloud strategy is to help multinational corporations (MNCs) migrate their legacy enterprise applications to the cloud and ensure that their infrastructure and applications are available in all geographic regions in which they need to be hosted.

The new cloud services will roll out across Western Europe and Southeast Asia in April 2017, followed by the US in October 2017. The Middle East and Africa are scheduled for 2018.