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Alcide Announces New Release of its Cloud-Native Security Platform for Modern Data Center and Cloud Environments

Grazed from Alcide

Alcide, provider of the most comprehensive full-stack cloud native security platform, today announced a new release of its Cloud Native Security Platform. The new version, on the heels of the platform's general availability in April 2018, represents a significant milestone based on extensive work with existing customers and design partners, adding features while improving performance and scalability.

Alcide's platform provides unprecedented granular visibility, control and security for a wide range of modern cloud-native environments, including containers, virtual machines, serverless computing and service mesh, as well as physical data centers. The result is not just deeper insight into complex infrastructures, but robust security against cyberattacks through the following capabilities: application aware micro-segmentation, a network visualization and connectivity map, advanced threat protection and embedded security policies.

Google Outsmarts Competition With Custom Machine Types In The Cloud

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Janakiram.

Microsoft Azure is no different in overwhelming the customers. It has over 30 VM types with varied capabilities and pricing options but with very little guidance on choosing the right configuration.  Like most of its competitors, Google has a choice of 18 predefined machine types that offer varying power of CPU, memory and storage across 4 categories. Each machine type has its own pricing and is billed separately. For example, customers running transactional databases choose from high-memory machine types while running the development and test workloads on standard machine types.
The challenge comes when customers try to map their on-premises server configuration with the available machine types. In most of the cases, they settle for a configuration that’s only a close match but not a symmetrical match. That’s where Google Compute Engine custom machine types come into the play. Customers can create a machine type with the number of cores and memory that mimics their existing server configuration...

Cloud Computing: Virtual Machines, Containers, & Docker, Oh My!

Grazed from EnterpriseTech. Author: Tenko Nikolov.

Containers have made quite the splash of late, with the rising popularity of Docker, the formation of the Open Container Initiative, and the launch of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. However, with alternative options like virtual machines dominating the cloud industry, the landscape of what technology should be used when and in partnership with what can become confusing.

Enterprises must fully understand each piece of technology to effectively decide which solution is the best fit for its needs. This means answering questions such as: What does the technology involve? How is the technology used? Who uses the technology?...

Cloud Computing: Nutanix hyper-converges upwards with bells, whistles and KVM

Grazed from TheRegister. Author: Chris Mellor.

In the name of server and storage efficiency, Nutanix has added KVM hypervisor support, erasure coding and new management to its hyper-converged systems, and promised VVOL-type integration, container and file-serving support. The aim is evidently to increase scale-out X86 server node, storage and admin efficiency, and top-level simplicity, by converging functionality stacks below the app and admin interfaces.

At its .NEXT conference in Miami, the city where DataCore is based, it announced its Xtreme Computing Platform (XCP) with Acropolis compute and storage software and its Prism management product. Acropolis consists of a customised KVM hypervisor, which along with ESXi and Hyper-V presents compute and storage services to guest OS’ and their applications...

Cloud Computing: For defense IT, virtual is more agile than physical

Grazed from Defense Systems.  Author: Bill Rowan.

A paradigm shift is happening inside the Defense Department. DOD organizations are embracing the idea that computing does not need to take place in a physical arena. This change is happening due to multiple macro-trends and technological innovations.

The current budgetary climate is forcing all agencies to reduce spending and make IT more efficient. This major trend is augmented by mandates driving data center consolidation efforts and desktop virtualization. Combined, these trends are accelerating the move towards the software-defined fighting force. It simply isn't logical any longer to think of defense IT as needing to be physical...

Cloud Computing: Containers - replacements or alternatives to virtual machines?

Grazed from TechRepublic.  Author: Nick Hardiman.

This year container-based technology announcements went crazy. This isn't the craze for packing data centers into shipping containers (that's so last decade) -- this is the Linux OS container craze. What's a container, and why is everyone so excited?

A brief history of fitting IT supply to demand

Ten years ago computing capacity requirements were calculated for the next business year. The process of estimating what would happen in the next year was practically impossible, but something had to be done (and is still being done in the enterprise)...