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Syncsort's New Cloud Capabilities Address Growing Requirements for Capacity Management Across Complex Hybrid Environments

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Syncsort, the global leader in Big Iron to Big Data software, today announced major enhancements to its Athene capacity management software, including the addition of Athene Cloud. The new cloud capabilities, and enhanced reporting and integration, support the growing need to optimize workloads to meet service performance objectives and control costs, both on-premise and in the cloud.

The new release, part of the Syncsort Optimize family of products, extends the ability to manage enterprise-wide workloads to the cloud. For organizations without internal capacity management teams, Syncsort now delivers Capacity Management-as-a-Service for on-premise and cloud environments. The new cloud capabilities enable organizations to easily scope on-premise to cloud migrations and workload optimization for hybrid cloud environments.

Twistlock Releases Active Threat Protection for Serverless Functions

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Twistlock, the leading provider of container and cloud native cybersecurity solutions, today announced the addition of serverless runtime defense to the Twistlock platform.  With this new functionality, companies can extend Twistlock's automated, whitelist based threat protection to serverless functions running in AWS Lambda and other leading serverless platforms.

This new capability builds upon Twistlock's release of vulnerability scanning for serverless functions in July 2017, and brings Twistlock's serverless capabilities to parity with the full lifecycle, full stack protection the platform currently offers for containers and virtual machines. Customers can now centralize their serverless, container, and VM security in a single platform that provides developers, devops, and security teams alike the visibility and controls needed to deliver cloud native applications securely.

BlueData Introduces New Innovations for AI and Machine Learning in Hybrid or Multi-Cloud Deployments

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BlueData, provider of the leading Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) software platform, today announced the new summer release for BlueData EPIC. This release builds upon BlueData's innovations in running large-scale distributed analytics and machine learning (ML) workloads on Docker containers, with new functionality to deliver even greater agility and cost savings for enterprise Big Data and AI initiatives. 

Last spring, BlueData introduced support for hybrid cloud environments - leveraging the inherent infrastructure portability and flexibility of Docker containers. This past fall, BlueData delivered a major new release that added deep learning (DL), GPU acceleration, and multi-cloud support to the container-based BlueData EPIC platform. And last month, BlueData announced a new turnkey solution to accelerate AI and ML / DL deployments in the enterprise.

 

CTERA Introduces Powerful New Enterprise Cloud Storage Gateways

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CTERA Networks, the global leader in secure enterprise file services, today announced the expansion of its appliance product line with faster, larger, and more versatile edge filers designed to meet the needs of the modern remote and branch office (ROBO) IT environment. The new CTERA HC Series Edge Filers support 96TB of raw local storage, 10GbE interfaces, all-flash options, as well as the ability to spin multiple virtual machines on the same device.

With more than 45,000 gateways deployed, CTERA is the world leader in secure edge to cloud file services, enabling distributed enterprises to replace legacy file servers and NAS systems with modern cloud-enabled filers. CTERA allows for a smooth and secure transition to the cloud, migrating existing file shares to a global file system over a WAN-accelerated protocol while preserving full control over data residency. 
Highlights of the CTERA HC series offering include:

HPE Introduces Industry-first Service to Optimize Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud Consumption

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Today, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced HPE GreenLake Hybrid Cloud, a new consumption experience designed to help customers manage and optimize their on- and off-premises clouds. HPE GreenLake Hybrid Cloud is an automated cloud operating model, leveraging HPE's leading intellectual property and standardized with HPE best practices to help customers consume the exact cloud resources they need, wherever their workloads live - while driving improved performance, cost, security and compliance. By eliminating the need for staff to manage the hybrid environment day-to-day, the new solution helps diminish human error and enables staff to focus on innovation.

Hybrid IT is the reality for most enterprises as it allows them to blend a mix of applications, services and platforms, all tailored to their needs.  However, many enterprises struggle with the complexity of operating different private, public and hybrid clouds and having the right skills to oversee and manage their cloud implementation, which can lead to unknown, unrestrained cost and risk. According to Gartner by 2020, organizations that lack cost optimization processes will average 40% overspend in public cloud. In addition, many customers lack automation and simple tools to unleash the agility of the cloud, and continuous monitoring of controls and compliance frameworks to manage risk. 

SUSE Helps Customers Capitalize on Kubernetes with Enhanced CaaS Platform

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SUSE today unveiled SUSE CaaS Platform 3, the next advancement of the solution that accelerates delivery of modern applications for the digital economy. SUSE CaaS Platform delivers Kubernetes innovations in a complete enterprise-class container management solution that lets application development and DevOps teams more easily deploy, manage and scale container-based applications and services.

SUSE is focused on delivering an exceptional operator experience with SUSE CaaS Platform. With deep competencies in infrastructure, systems, process integration, platform security, lifecycle management and enterprise-grade support, SUSE ensures IT operations teams can deliver the power of Kubernetes to their users quickly, securely and efficiently.

 

Synology Announced the Release of Two New Active Backup Applications

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With more organizations operating across physical, virtual, and cloud platforms, it becomes a challenge to IT departments to ensure the safety of the growing data across this cross-platform environment. To address this problem, Synology provides a new, all-in-one solution that closely integrates software and hardware for businesses of varying scale.  

Two new backup applications were announced by Synology as part of its Active Backup suite of packages: the official version of Active Backup for Office 365 that supports SaaS cloud backup, and the beta version of Active Backup for Business that provides data availability for workloads in physical and virtual environments. 

Active Backup for Office 365 employs single instancing technology to not only help businesses with the management and availability of Office 365 data, but also significantly lower the space occupied by backups. The content search function is particularly geared toward combing through content in mail and attachments, enabling users to find the mail in need of recovery in the shortest time.

Five9 President, Dan Burkland to Host the Customer Contact Week Excellence Awards Ceremony

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Five9, Inc., a leading provider of cloud contact center software for the digital enterprise, announced today that Five9 President, Dan Burkland will host the Customer Contact Week (CCW) Excellence Awards ceremony on June 19, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The CCW Excellence Awards recognizes teams who have made a commitment to driving superior contact center and customer experience performance. These awards honor those who have demonstrated world-class thinking, creativity and execution in the contact center market. In addition to Dan Burkland hosting, the awards ceremony will include live entertainment by Paul Zerdin, Celebrity Ventriloquist & America's Got Talent Season 10 Winner. Purchase tickets for the awards ceremony here.

Dropbox Pioneers Future of Cloud Infrastructure with SMR Technology Deployment

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Dropbox, a leading global collaboration platform, announced a new chapter in the evolution of Magic Pocket, its custom-built storage infrastructure. The company is successfully deploying Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) drive technology, which will increase overall storage density, reduce the company's physical data center footprint, and provide significant cost savings-without sacrificing performance or reliability. Dropbox will be the first company to test and deploy SMR technology at this scale.

Dropbox anticipates approximately a quarter of its Magic Pocket infrastructure will be on SMR drive capacity by 2019. In the coming months, the company also plans to open source the test software it created in the process, which will let other companies qualify SMR technology for their own enterprise storage environments.

ClearSky Data IT Leadership Survey Finds IT Leaders Embracing Hybrid DR to Manage 40% Annual Growth in Archival Data

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ClearSky Data, provider of on-demand primary storage with built-in offsite backup and DR as a service, today announced the results of its recent survey on the state of disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS). The findings reflect the experiences of more than 500 senior-level IT leaders. While respondents were enthusiastic about the potential for DRaaS to improve data protection strategies under limited budgets, the majority have no plans to move to a cloud-only approach, making a strong case for hybrid DR.

ClearSky's survey asked leaders in a range of industries where they store their data, how often they test their DR strategies, what level of data growth they expect this year and more. The findings confirm data protection remains a critical concern for enterprise IT leaders, who want efficient ways to protect all their data and remain operational in the event of disasters. However, despite cloud advances, 51 percent of respondents said they have no plans to move to cloud-only approaches. About the same number reported they are deployed in hybrid models today.