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Cloud Computing: Why base capabilities are no longer enough for operations management

Grazed from IBM. Author: Kristian Stewart.

The business objectives of an IT or network operations team have not changed substantially for years or even decades. Measures like mean time to repair (MTTR) or budget use frequently can be reduced to time, money and quality of service. Fundamentally, IT and network teams must maximize the availability of high-quality services while minimizing the cost of doing so.

The demand for services supported by larger, more sophisticated infrastructure has increased steadily, even if the objectives have not changed. Disciplines such as fault or event management have emerged and matured, and led to a set of key capabilities that are table-stakes for a credible solution. More complex infrastructure requires a solution that can:...

Read more from the source @ https://www.ibm.com/blogs/cloud-computing/2017/08/operations-management-move-beyond-base/

VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN Wins "Fierce 15" Award from FierceWireless

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VeloCloud Networks, Inc., the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN company, today announced that FierceWireless, a publication from Questex, LLC, has named VeloCloud to its annual "Fierce 15" list of the year's most promising, privately held startups in the wireless space. 

FierceWireless (http://www.fiercewireless.com/) recognizes groundbreaking technology, advancements, improvements and contributions to the overall wireless community through the Fierce 15 awards program. 

mLab Announces Hosted MongoDB Support Across All AWS Regions

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mLab, the fully managed cloud Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) for MongoDB, today announced availability in all fourteen Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) regions. As mLab's worldwide customer growth accelerates, the expansion allows the company to better serve businesses throughout North America, EMEA, and APAC.

mLab's fully managed cloud database service adds AWS's Frankfurt, Mumbai, and Seoul regions, completing global support for developers who want to focus on building their product -- and not on managing their databases. Due in large part to a continual geographic expansion of data center availability across AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure, mLab has seen a 77% increase in database volume over the past year. Customers choose mLab's cloud database service because of its automated provisioning and scaling of MongoDB databases, backup and recovery, 24/7 monitoring and alerting, web-based management tools, and expert support.
 

Cloud computing decision guide: Breaking down 7 top solutions for healthcare

Grazed from HealthcareIT News. Author: Gus Venditto

To help with your planning, this Healthcare IT News Cloud Computing Buyers guide looks at the top four IaaS providers, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM. A report from Synergy Research Group found that these platforms have over 60 percent of the public cloud market. (Amazon has the lion’s share with 33 percent share; the other three divide 27 percent of the market.) The market is far from stable, however; Microsoft and Google each achieved an annualized growth rate of 80 percent in the first quarter of 2017.

We also look at services from three companies who specialize in supporting healthcare providers with managed services: ClearData, CDW and VMware.

Shop carefully. “Read the fine print and really make sure you ask a lot of questions,” Snedaker says. “Don’t take a sales rep’s word for anything. Not to disparage sales reps, but if it’s not in the contract, it really doesn’t matter what the salesperson said.”
 

Microsoft boosts cloud HPC strategy with Cycle Computing acquisition

Grazed from CBROnline. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft has acquired Cycle Computing so that it can accelerate “Big Computing” in the cloud. Cycle Computing is described by Microsoft Azure VP Jason Zander in a blog post as being “a leader in cloud computing orchestration, to help make it easier than ever for customers to use High-Performance Computing and other Big Computing capabilities in the cloud.”

The company first made its name on Amazon Web Services EC2 offering with software that claimed to be able to spin up to 10,000 cores, back in 2011, and then 50,000 cores which was designed for the discovery of pharmaceutical drugs. That was showcased in 2013, along with a 71,000 core offering that ran at 729 teraflops...

Read more from the source @ http://www.cbronline.com/news/cloud/public/microsoft-boosts-cloud-hpc-strategy-cycle-computing-acquisition/

Juniper SVP: Cloud Computing’s Next Wave Unifies Security and Connectivity

Grazed from SDXCentral. Author: Jessica Lyons Hardcastle.

Juniper Network’s security products have taken a backseat to its switches and routers over the past year as the company’s cloud business strategy continues to boost revenues. But as hyperscalers, telcos, and enterprises invest more in cloud data centers and architecture, they’ll need to beef up security — which makes cloud security a “very attractive market,” said Kevin Hutchins, SVP of strategy and product line management at Juniper.

Speaking at the 2017 Instinet Media and Telecom Conference, Hutchins acknowledged that Juniper’s security product performance “hasn’t been where we’d like it to be.” But, he added, there’s an opportunity to grow that portfolio. “Security is just going to become a key feature of how do you connect users to applications, applications to applications, regardless of where they are sitting,” Hutchins said...

Rackspace Launches New Privacy and Data Protection Offering

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Rackspace today announced the launch of Privacy and Data Protection (PDP), a new cybersecurity offering designed to help identify and protect sensitive data in a customer's environment such as intellectual property, customer payment information and personally identifiable information, while meeting strict compliance requirements around securing data at rest. The new PDP offering represents a key part of a unified security operation approach that businesses need to help ensure their organization is protected.

According to a recent Forrester Research report, an alarming 49 percent of global network security decision-makers report that they experienced at least one breach during the past 12 months. The continued increase in security related incidents is forcing Chief Risk and Chief Compliance officers in particular to reevaluate the way their organization handles sensitive customer data to ensure that it is both secure and accessible only by authorized users. The new offering provides businesses with a fully managed data protection service, including data classification, data access policies, encryption and activity reporting, which can be easily integrated with existing applications without requiring code changes.

How to Start Your First Marketing Campaign

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to marketing. Your business, industry, target market and platforms should determine how you promote your business online, which could be through PPC, email marketing or social media management. To ensure your success when launching a new company, we are offering tips on how to start your first marketing campaign.

Organize Your Ideas

We don't doubt you have a variety of ideas floating around in your head or written in a notebook. However, don't rush into starting all the ideas at once. Instead, aim to identify the marketing opportunities that will provide the biggest benefits to your business.

Datrium Announces DVX 3.0 with Split Provisioning

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Datrium announced Datrium DVX 3.0 with Split Provisioning, a fundamentally new and different method of scaling converged infrastructure for private clouds.  DVX with Split Provisioning is the industry's first server-powered converged infrastructure system to fully separate scaling of host storage speed and persistent capacity to simply and incrementally match resources to evolving tenant requirements. The new software provides scaling from 1-128 Compute Nodes, or up to 200 gigabytes per second (GB/s) IO bandwidth, and from 1-10 Data Nodes, or up to 1.7 petabytes (PB) of capacity, in a single composable pool. Datrium will demonstrate its DVX platform with Split Provisioning at the VMworld conference in Las Vegas, Aug. 27-31, booth #618.

Unlike Open Converged Infrastructure, Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) approaches maintain persistent data on every server and are limited to 2 or 3 simultaneous server failures before users experience a data outage. As a result, HCI users tend toward smaller clusters, across which servers and workloads should be homogeneous. According to Gartner, "in today's world, most hyperconverged deployments are in the range of 8 to 16 nodes.", so rackscale deployments need multiple clusters, each of which needs configuration and administration.  Gartner has concluded that "...many mainstream enterprise IT directors do not yet trust SDS in HCIS solutions to deliver multipetabyte capacity at scale for Tier 1 mixed workloads that require low latency.".

ClearSky Data Extends Multi-Cloud Support for Public, Private Cloud Environments

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ClearSky Data, provider of on-demand primary storage with built-in offsite backup and disaster recovery (DR) as a single service, today announced it is partnering with leading public and private cloud providers - including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cloudian, Google and Virtustream. ClearSky's Cloud Edge offering runs in the public cloud, allowing enterprises to choose the right cloud within a multi-cloud environment while also leveraging public cloud compute for processing without having to copy any data. Customers reap the benefits of the hybrid cloud combined with high performance for their cloud-based workloads. 

A RightScale report this year found almost 70 percent of enterprises are embracing hybrid cloud by deploying multiple public and private clouds. In addition to on-demand data access across multiple locations, these organizations want the flexibility to choose which cloud is right for each application. ClearSky Data's technology partnerships meet those needs, and its edge-based service delivery model means enterprises can leverage the elasticity and economics of the cloud for all their applications, whether they are on-premises or in the cloud.