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Cloud Computing: VMware Is Poised To Continue Its Run

Grazed from SeekingAlpha. Author: John Longsworth.

VMWare, Incorporated (NYSE:VMW) stock has run up strongly since bottoming in early 2016. Right now it's in a resting pattern as it builds strength. It has plenty of room to run though, and great fundamentals to power that run. It's a technology stock that's worth consideration. Let's take a closer look at it.

VMW Provides Cloud Computing Services

VMware, Inc. is a subsidiary of Dell Technologies. It was part of EMC until 2016, when Dell took EMC over. There was a lot of concern at the time about the future of the company. But in August 2016 VMW released several new products and told the public that it was alive and well. Since then the company has thrived. VMware provides the infrastructure for cloud utilities, virtualization software services, and server software...

Quali CloudShell 8.0 Release Announces Support for Microsoft Azure and OpenStack Cloud Platforms

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Quali, the leader in cloud sandbox software for cloud and DevOps automation, today announced the general availability of CloudShell 8.0 with second-generation shells which are easier to build and maintain, along with new support for Microsoft Azure and OpenStack based cloud platforms.

Microsoft Azure is continuing to gain traction as a public cloud platform with a rich developer ecosystem. With the upcoming general availability of Microsoft Azure Stack, it is increasingly becoming attractive for hybrid cloud deployments.

OpenStack adoption in enterprises is also increasingly successful as a private cloud platform with revenues growing at 35% CAGR, according to 451 Research. Adoption of OpenStack is increasing among organizations with over 1,000 employees both with on-premise and hosted OpenStack deployments. The 451 Research team predicts a growing number of use-cases across enterprise and service provider deployments. These include SDN, NFV, mobile and IoT, in addition to traditional use-cases in big data, DevOps, PaaS and serving line-of-business requirements.

Cloudify Releases 4th Iteration of Orchestration-First Cloud Management Platform

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The latest version of Cloudify open source multi-cloud management software-Cloudify 4-ships today, with new features that present a direct threat to legacy cloud management platforms (CMPs) used by enterprises since the earliest days of cloud. These legacy CMPs-such as RightScale and CloudForms-are showing their age now that orchestration-first approaches like Cloudify have matured, adding CMP features and enhanced performance in the latest version. Cloudify 4 is available for download here.

Orchestration-First CMP

CMPs were built to satisfy central IT demands for control, and PaaS platforms were built to satisfy casual developer demands for ease of use. Orchestration platforms, by contrast, were built to satisfy power user demands for advanced automation and lifecycle management.

Cloudify 4 takes an "orchestration first" approach to cloud management, bringing the key capabilities of all three approaches into one platform. The new version expands the number of potential users to include not just power users, but developers who prefer PaaS-like features such as a simple, one-click portal and integration with CI/CD processes.

Global Cloud Xchange and Alibaba Cloud Join Forces to Bolster Global Digital Economy

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Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, to provide direct access to Alibaba Cloud Express Connect via GCX’s CLOUD X Fusion in Singapore, offering enterprise customers robust Cloud solutions to drive new business opportunities. The signing ceremony took place today during the Alibaba Cloud Computing Conference in Nanjing, China.

“As the Cloud revolution continues and innovation becomes even more rapid and breath-taking, we see an exponential growth in connectivity requirements and robust infrastructure especially with the rapidly evolving Internet ecosystem in China,” said Bill Barney, CEO, Reliance Communications and Global Cloud Xchange. “We are pleased to provide Alibaba Cloud with secure, low latency solutions across our global subsea network infrastructure which covers major e-commerce hubs worldwide."
 

AWS CodeStar Eases Building and Deployment of Java, Other Code on Amazon Cloud

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Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) has unveiled a new cloud service for building and deploying applications on the AWS cloud computing platform. AWS CodeStar is designed to integrate with existing IDEs and abstract some of the steps needed to build a toolchain for continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) on the cloud computing service.

The initial release of the service supports development in five programming languages, including Java, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby and Python. It comes pre-configured with a project management dashboard, an automated CD pipeline, and a Git code repository using AWS CodeCommit, AWS CodeBuild, AWS CodePipeline and AWS CodeDeploy...

Cloud-Hungry Customers Foster Ultimate Software's Growth

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The cloud computing revolution has captured the intention of investors throughout the technology industry, and Ultimate Software Group (NASDAQ:ULTI) has chosen to focus on providing cloud-based human resource management applications for a wide range of customers. That has helped foster impressive growth for Ultimate Software, and a strengthening economy has only made it more important for the company's clients to manage their personnel efficiently and effectively.

Coming into Tuesday's first-quarter financial report, Ultimate Software investors were enthusiastic about the company's growth prospects, and Ultimate did a good job of delivering on most of their expectations. The stock didn't react positively to its earnings release, but fundamental growth prospects appear to be on track for a healthy future...

Cloud Technology Partners Launches Managed Cloud Controls for AWS

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Cloud Technology Partners (CTP), the premier cloud services and software company for enterprises moving to cloud, today announced the launch of Managed Cloud Controls for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Managed Cloud Controls represents a suite of next-generation managed services that enables enterprises to effectively operate their cloud environment, with all the security, compliance and economic justification necessary for mass adoption of AWS.

As part of this inaugural launch, CTP announced the general availability of its first two offerings in this new category, Continuous Compliance and Continuous Cost Control for AWS.

"Over the past couple of years, enterprises have invested heavily to make the transformative move to AWS," said Brian Ott, Vice President and Managed Cloud Controls Practice Lead at Cloud Technology Partners. "Now that enterprises are beginning to operate substantial workloads in the cloud, IT leaders are faced with the challenge of supporting thousands of applications and users, managing millions in new cloud spend and keeping their environments secure at all times."

Splunk Cloud Launches on AWS Marketplace

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Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced support for SaaS Contracts in AWS Marketplace. The new globally available API capability enables seamless procurement and deployment of Splunk® Cloud. The automated and accelerated purchasing process for Splunk Cloud via AWS Marketplace ensures fast time-to-value for customers leveraging Splunk solutions to gain real-time security, operational and cost management insights across their Amazon Web Services (AWS) and hybrid environment.

The University of San Francisco (USF) is home to an innovative academic community of more than 12,000 students, faculty and staff. "As a higher education institution, USF prides itself on being at the forefront of technology, which is why we turned to Splunk and AWS," Opinder Bawa, vice president of information technology and chief information technology officer, University of San Francisco. "Ensuring the privacy of student, faculty and staff data is of critical importance. Adopting Splunk has enabled our small IT team to protect against increasingly sophisticated threats. The availability of Splunk Cloud on AWS Marketplace will make it even easier and faster to enhance the security of our entire AWS environment. This visibility is essential to our digital transformation journey."

RapidFire Tools Inc. Launches Unlimited-Use Internal Cyber Security Service Delivery System For MSPs

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RapidFire Tools Inc. has bundled together a powerful new set of tools that, for the first time, allows MSPs to roll-out a high-value, automated and branded internal IT security service that can be offered to all of their clients. The new product, called Detector SDS (Service Delivery System), includes an unlimited-use license for its unique Detector™ cyber security alerting appliance, plus additional new tools that the MSP can use to define the level of service, dynamically build marketing materials to help sell the services they create, and built-in workflow automation to easily manage the cyber security alerts through a common interface. Everything in the system, including the unlimited-use Detector appliance license, is covered by a low monthly subscription.

The Detector SDS solution comes pre-configured with a set of three "white-labeled" cyber security service plans -- "Silver," "Gold" and "Platinum." MSPs can deliver these as-is, "out-of-the-box," or modify them to meet the needs of individual clients using the built-in, menu-driven "Service Plan Creator." The pre-configured services, as well as the customized ones, can all be renamed and branded by the MSP. Once the plans are created, the MSP can quickly and easily select one or more plans to present to a client or prospect, and the system will automatically generate a professionally-formatted and branded "Plan Matrix" sales sheet. The Plan Matrix has a column for each service plan, in addition to neatly organized check-boxes that allow the client to easily see the differences in the individual plan features and deliverables. In addition, the system can automatically generate a branded Service Catalog for each Plan Matrix, providing more details about each of the deliverables included with each different level of service.
 

Dunkin’ Brands Selects AWS as its Cloud Infrastructure Provider

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, has selected AWS as its cloud infrastructure provider. The company has completed the migration of its mobile applications, e-commerce websites, and key corporate IT infrastructure applications from on-premises infrastructure to AWS for increased scalability, reliability, availability, security, and reduced costs, and has improved the digital experience for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins guests.