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UKCloud Launches Cloud GPU Services; Becomes First European Cloud Service Provider with NVIDIA GPU Accelerated Computing

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UKCloud has today announced the launch of its Cloud GPU computing service based on NVIDIA virtual GPU solutions with NVIDIA Tesla P100 and M60 GPUs (graphics processing units). The service will support computational and visualization intensive workloads for UKCloud's UK public sector and healthcare customers. UKCloud is not only the first Cloud Service Provider based in the UK or Europe to offer Cloud GPU computing services with NVIDIA GPUs, but is also the only provider specializing in public sector and healthcare and the specific needs of these customers.

"Building on the foundation of UKCloud's secure, assured, UK-Sovereign platform, we are now able to offer a range of cloud-based compute, storage and GPU services to meet our customers' complex workload requirements," said Simon Hansford, CEO of UKCloud. "The public sector is driving more complex computational and visualization intensive workloads than ever before, not only for CAD development packages, but also for tasks like the simulation of infrastructure changes in transport, for genetic sequencing in health or for battlefield simulation in defense. In response to this demand, we have a greater focus on emerging technologies such as deep learning, machine learning and artificial intelligence."

 

Red Hat and Alibaba Cloud Join Forces to Bring Increased Flexibility with Open Source

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Red Hat and Alibaba Cloud today announced that they will join forces to bring the power and flexibility of Red Hat's open source solutions to Alibaba Cloud's customers around the globe.

Alibaba Cloud is now part of the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider program, joining a group of technology industry leaders who offer Red Hat-tested and validated solutions that extend the functionality of Red Hat's broad portfolio of open source cloud solutions. The partnership extends the reach of Red Hat's offerings across the top public clouds globally, providing a scalable destination for cloud computing and reiterating Red Hat's commitment to providing greater choice in the cloud.

In the coming months, Red Hat solutions will be available directly to Alibaba Cloud customers, enabling them to take advantage of the full value of Red Hat's broad portfolio of open source cloud solutions. Alibaba Cloud intends to offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux in a pay-as-you-go model in the Alibaba Cloud Marketplace.

CloudJumper Launches Competitive Replacement Program Encouraging Migration to the nWorkSpace WaaS Platform

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CloudJumper, a Workspace as a Service (WaaS) platform innovator for agile business IT, today announced the CloudJumper Competitive Replacement Program. The new program brings the company's popular WaaS platform to partners using competitive platforms such as Amazon Workspaces by offering an easy migration path, a substantially greater feature set, and lower pricing. Under the terms of the program, new and existing partners gain access to the CloudJumper WaaS platform at no charge for the first three months when signing up for a 12-month service agreement. The program is designed for IT service providers with client accounts on alternative desktop as a service (DaaS) or WaaS solutions, but who require a more affordable, customized, functional and reliable solution.

With CloudJumper's cloud-based workspace solution, customers gain access to business-class WaaS that is scalable to any size environment, exceptionally easy to use, and designed as a complete IT workspace. Unlike more limited platforms, CloudJumper nWorkSpace offers access to more than 2,200 applications and business data within the user's cloud desktop interface. Partners also have the ability to select their preferred cloud infrastructure vendor and can customize the service to meet the widest range of business requirements. The CloudJumper solution is currently priced 40-60 percent lower than competitive offerings and the new program provides a significant limited time incentive.

Quest Launches New Cloud Platform to Easily Manage Backup & Recovery Environment

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Quest Software, a global systems management and security software provider, today announced the new Quest Data Protection Portal -- an intuitive, cloud-based management console that provides end-to-end visibility for an entire data protection environment. The first release of the new portal is an extension of Quest's award-winning Rapid Recovery solution. The portal addresses a growing demand among Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and enterprise customers for a single pane of glass view into managing and monitoring growing data protection environments from anywhere at any time. Over time, the Quest Data Protection Portal will encompass all of the business's data protection solutions, giving customers complete visibility and management of backup and recovery needs of business applications across hybrid virtual infrastructures. 

To stay competitive and successful, companies cannot afford a minute of downtime. Though an effective backup and recovery solution remains critical to ensuring business continuity, as organizations are tasked with protecting increasingly complex and heterogeneous environments spanning physical, virtual and cloud-based systems, data protection management has become a mounting challenge for enterprises and MSPs alike.

Anchore 2.0 Releases Open Container Certification Platform

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Anchore, Inc., today announced Anchore Cloud 2.0, a suite of software tools that, via a simple User Interface (UI), provides developers, operations and security teams with a path to fully compliant container workloads both on-premise or in the cloud.

Anchore Cloud is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product built on a powerful open source analysis and policy engine that allows users to search for container images on public and private registries. With Anchore Cloud users can perform detailed analysis of container images and apply user defined policies to ensure that containers meet the organization's security requirements and operational best practices.

Anchore Cloud supports integration with the open source Anchore Engine for on-premises deployments, allowing the policies defined on Anchore Cloud service to be applied to images created and stored on-premises, and ensuring proper compliance prior to production deployment. Anchore is already integrated with popular open source tools including Jenkins and Kubernetes today.

Third Annual Cloud Foundry European Summit Begins Today in Basel

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Cloud Foundry Foundation
, home of the industry-standard platform for cloud applications, kicked off the 2017 European Summit in Basel, Switzerland, today at the Congress Center. Executives from Allianz, IBM, Pivotal and Swisscom, among others, will join Cloud Foundry end users and open source developers on the main stage over the two-day event to discuss project updates, share company stories of digital transformation and present Cloud Foundry use cases. 

"We expect our third European Summit to once again grow significantly year-over-year," said Abby Kearns, Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation. "This is a direct result of the continued adoption amongst enterprise users and growth of our ecosystem. When coupled with the launch of Container Runtime -- a Kubernetes-based approach to Cloud Foundry -- this event marks a major milestone for our community."

The Foundation shared highlights including the following:
 

Chef's Habitat Builder Delivers Cloud Native Operations for Containerized Applications

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Chef, the leader in Continuous Automation, today announced availability of Habitat Builder, a SaaS-based service that provides the fastest way to package apps simply and consistently for deployment and management across flexible cloud native architectures such as those comprising Docker Swarm, Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry, both on-premises and in-cloud. Habitat Builder gives developers and operations teams complete control over the containerized application lifecycle.

Developers packaging applications with Habitat are not required to commit to a particular export format or runtime; that decision can be made when the applications are deployed. Habitat also provides scaffolding for popular languages such as Node.js, Java and Ruby On Rails, automatically detecting what language tooling is being used and building an artifact for the application. Deployment artifacts contain the app, as well as the libraries and dependencies it needs to run in any traditional or cloud native architecture.

ZeroStack Opens Migration Path from Eucalyptus-based Cloud Platforms

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ZeroStack, Inc., creators of the self-driving on-premises cloud, today announced that its Intelligent Private Cloud platform offers a smooth migration path from the Eucalyptus cloud environment as Eucalyptus customers transition from that end-of-life product. Eucalyptus is a legacy product that required complex integration and maintenance. IT departments and their developer constituents can now move to the ZeroStack platform to implement a full-featured development environment that takes development from concept to production with point-and-click provisioning.

ZeroStack Showcases Machine Learning-Driven Cloud at Cloud Expo Asia

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ZeroStack, Inc., creators of the self-driving on-premises cloud, today announced that it will be demonstrating its Intelligent Cloud Platform at Cloud Expo Asia. Supported by Value Added Distributor, M5 Technologies and Alliance Partner Netweb, ZeroStack is participating at this major technology event in support of its regional channel program. ZeroStack will also be participating in Structure Research's VIP Event as part of the Expo. ZeroStack's ease of deployment, security features, SaaS portal, and self-healing capabilities were all cited as standouts against competitive offerings in a recent Frost & Sullivan report, and the company is seeing strong traction in South Asia through its partner ecosystem in Singapore.

CloudJumper Ensures Malware-Free Data Recovery Volumes for Workspace as a Service Customers with Acronis Backup Cloud

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CloudJumper, a Workspace as a Service (WaaS) platform innovator for agile business IT, today completed a one-year study of its data protection infrastructure and initiatives to reveal superior data recovery performance. The organization's advanced backup and disaster recovery infrastructure is made possible in part through the integration of Acronis Backup Cloud with the nWorkSpace WaaS platform. Marking a one-year anniversary since implementing the data protection software in its high transaction nWorkSpace environment, CloudJumper is reporting exceptional data recovery results across a client base covering tens of thousands of customers.

Acronis Backup Cloud is currently deployed across the CloudJumper WaaS environment as part of the platform's service package. Based on unique hybrid cloud architecture, Acronis Backup Cloud provides easy protection for all data in all environments, leaving the user in full control of what to protect and where to keep the protected data. It supports more than 20 platforms and allows data migration from one environment to another.