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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

Grazed from Computerworld.  Author: Oleg Dulin

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.
 

HotLink and Avnet Partner to Enable Public Cloud Adoption for Corporate IT Data Centers

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HotLink Corporation, the market leader in transformation solutions for hybrid IT, today announced an agreement with Avnet, a leading global technology distributor. The alliance makes HotLink solutions easily accessible to Avnet channel partners in the United States and Canada, as more enterprise customers seek ways to easily, quickly and cost-effectively extend, integrate and unify on-premise computing environments with public cloud resources like Amazon Web Services (AWS). As the only Avnet partner providing native public cloud integration with VMware vCenter management infrastructure, HotLink will enable resellers to deliver holistic management of hybrid cloud production environments as easily as homogenous, on-premise VMware deployments.

Avnet helps partners deliver consumption or subscription model public cloud solutions for their customers with reduced complexity and risk through its Avnet Cloud Marketplace.  Avnet curates the most cutting-edge technologies for its community of value-added resellers (VARs). Avnet partners can now take advantage of the HotLink Cloud-Attach Platform, patented technology that offers seamless interoperability between VMware management infrastructure and public and private cloud resources - without adding operational or integration complexity, or an array of new tools. Avnet will make available HotLink Managed DRaaSä, which extends VMware vCenter to provide disaster recovery and business continuity leveraging AWS and HotLink Cloud Management Expressä for out-of-the-box VMware vCenter integration with AWS and Azure resources.

 

Survey Shows More than 50 Percent of Businesses Not Leveraging Public Cloud

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While more than 50 percent of respondents are not currently leveraging public cloud, 80 percent plan on migrating more within the next year, according to a new study conducted by TriCore Solutions, the application management experts. As new streams of data are continuing to appear, from mobile apps to artificial intelligence, companies in the future will rely heavily on cloud and digital transformation to minimize complexity.

The study is based on survey results from more than 200 industry professionals. The research outlines businesses state of operations, biggest changes expected and greatest needs for the digital age. Today’s CIO understands the delicate balance between managing for today’s demands and preparing for the technology solutions of tomorrow.

Here are some key results from the survey:

New Relic CEO ‘Amazed’ by C-Suite Embrace of Public Cloud

Grazed from Barron's. Author: Tiernan Ray.

Following a report this afternoon by software management and analytics tools maker New Relic (NEWR) of fiscal Q4 revenue that topped analysts’ expectations and a an outlook for this quarter and the year above consensus, CEO Lew Cirne was kind enough to spend a few minutes talking with me by phone.

Cirne was “thrilled” with the results, including both a 10% improvement in the company’s operating profit margin, on an adjusted, non-GAAP basis, and the company’s further expansion into enterprise accounts after a history of selling mostly to small and medium businesses...

Cloud Cruiser for Azure Public Cloud Now Offered on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

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Following increased demand from Microsoft Azure customers, Cloud Cruiser, a provider of cloud analytics solutions, today announced the availability of Cloud Cruiser for Azure Public Cloud in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Cloud Cruiser is also offering six months free usage of this product for a limited timeframe. As Azure usage increases, it is important for a customer to analyze consumption and spending in order to optimize services for greater business agility. 

"Cloud Cruiser has collaborated with Microsoft since 2012, delivering cloud analytics solutions to enterprises and service providers utilizing Microsoft Azure Public Cloud, Windows Pack and System Center," said Paul Tilston, vice president of sales and alliances, Cloud Cruiser. "This Azure Marketplace offering for all Azure EA accounts helps track consumption with confidence and gives fast insights into usage and costs, better enabling customers to deliver the right services at the right time.  We believe this is a must-have capability as you move more workloads to Azure," added Tilston.

 

Red Hat Launches OpenShift Dedicated, Delivering its Container Application Platform as a Public Cloud Offering

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced the general availability of OpenShift Dedicated, a new cloud-based service targeting enterprise IT and development teams. OpenShift Dedicated includes the Docker container and Kubernetes orchestration technologies included in the recently-released OpenShift Enterprise 3.1 and builds on OpenShift Online, Red Hat's offering for individual developers to build, launch and host their applications in a shared public cloud, supported by Red Hat.

According to a recent IDC MarketScape report, Red Hat has become a major player in the cloud application platform space. Since it’s launch in November 2011, there has been a notable increase in the number of applications created on and developers using OpenShift Online. The general availability of OpenShift Dedicated presents a third consumption model for Red Hat's OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering:

Dumping gear in the public cloud: It's about ease of use, stupid

Grazed from TheRegister. Author: Trevor Pott.

Public cloud computing has finally started to make sense to me now. A recent conversation with a fellow sysadmin had me rocking back and forth in a corner muttering "that's illogical". When I emerged from my nervous breakdown I realised that capitalising on the irrationality of the decision-making process within most companies is what makes public cloud computing financially viable.

For certain niche applications, cloud computing makes perfect sense. "You can spin up your workloads and then spin them down when you don't need them" is the traditional line of tripe trotted out by the faithful. The problem is that you can't actually do this in the real world: the overwhelming majority of companies have quite a few workloads that aren't particularly dynamic. We have these lovely legacy static workloads that sit there and make the meter tick by...