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Cloud Academy Research Shows Preferences in Cloud; Emergence of Multi-Cloud

Cloud Academy, the leading digital skills development platform for enterprises, today released its November 2018 Data Report revealing trends and shifts in the cloud computing industry. The data is collected from Cloud Academy's publicly available benchmarking tools Cloud Roster and Cloud Catalog. Among the report's key findings:

Amazon Web Services Announces 13 New Machine Learning Services and Capabilities

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced 13 new machine learning capabilities and services, across all layers in the machine learning stack, to help put machine learning in the hands of even more developers. AWS introduced new Amazon SageMaker features making it easier for developers to build, train, and deploy machine learning models - including low cost, automatic data labeling and reinforcement learning (RL). AWS revealed new services, framework enhancements, and a custom chip to speed up machine learning training and inference, while reducing cost. AWS announced new artificial intelligence (AI) services that can extract text from virtually any document, read medical information, and provide customized personalization, recommendations, and forecasts using the same technology used by Amazon.com. And, last but certainly not least, AWS will help developers get rolling with machine learning with AWS DeepRacer, a new 1/18th scale autonomous model race car for developers, driven by reinforcement learning.

These announcements continue the drum beat of machine learning innovation from AWS, which has launched more than 200 significant machine learning capabilities in the past 12 months. Customers using these new services and capabilities include Adobe, BMW, Cathay Pacific, Dow Jones, Expedia, Formula 1, GE Healthcare, HERE, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, Kia Motors, Lionbridge, Major League Baseball, NASA JPL, Politico.eu, Ryanair, Shell, Tinder, United Nations, Vonage, the World Bank, and Zillow. To learn more about AWS's new machine learning services, visit: https://aws.amazon.com/machine-learning.

"We want to help all of our customers embrace machine learning, no matter their size, budget, experience, or skill level," said Swami Sivasubramanian, Vice President, Amazon Machine Learning. "Today's announcements remove significant barriers to the successful adoption of machine learning, by reducing the cost of machine learning training and inference, introducing new SageMaker capabilities that make it easier for developers to build, train, and deploy machine learning models in the cloud and at the edge, and delivering new AI services based on our years of experience at Amazon."

Cloudability Helps Customers Optimize Over $8 Billion in Cloud Spend

Cloudability, a leader in cloud financial management and operations, today announced it is managing more than $8B in cloud spending to date since January 2015 amidst rapid enterprise customer adoption, including BP, OLX and Sony. Cloudability recently achieved the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Management Tools Competency for Cost Optimization, a core pillar of the AWS Well Architected Framework (WAF), allowing customers to create efficient and optimal cloud architectures. Cloudability has also announced integrations with Atlassian and Datadog, providing customers with Operational Excellence and Performance Efficiency recommendations that have been cost-optimized by Cloudability.

"Succeeding in an environment of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity requires leadership on all levels, which in turn requires tailored insights on demand," said Sascha Curth, Head of Cloud Strategy at OLX, the world's leading classifieds platform in growth markets. "Cloudability provides us these insights, beyond simple analytics, to support our need to deliver customer value in the most efficient way, while increasing the predictability of our cost footprint."

Nerdio Adds New Toolset for Creation of Fully Customizable Azure Plans

Nerdio, innovators of ridiculously simple IT management platforms for public and private cloud, today announced the launch of their Plans Designer, a free toolset that helps IT Managed Service Providers (MSPs) create and customize Microsoft Azure sales packages.

Plans Designer allows MSPs to create fully customizable and brandable packages of Azure infrastructure, all priced out and MSP-website ready. It simply and clearly lays out the options and benefits of Azure cloud environments. Plans Designer makes understanding and evaluating plans a painless process for both MSPs and their customers, regardless of their previous experience with cloud technology.

"The ability to easily package and price Azure is something that MSPs are craving. We are excited to be able to offer them this free tool to drive their sales and maximize Azure consumption," said Amol Dalvi, VP, Product at Nerdio. "While the adoption of cloud IT environments is soaring, MSPs are up against general misconceptions and customer uncertainty about migrating to the cloud. We wanted to help them clearly communicate the various ways to move to Microsoft's public cloud."

Liquidware announces FlexApp and ProfileUnity support for Amazon AppStream

Liquidware, the leader in adaptive workspace management, today announced support for Amazon AppStream via its FlexApp, application layering, and ProfileUnity, User Environment Management (UEM) products. With this announcement comes the expansion of the already deep functionality of these products that have contributed to making Liquidware the last independent platform-agnostic player in a market segment dominated by giants.

Liquidware FlexApp is now the first application layering solution to support Amazon AppStream, and in doing so greatly streamlines the management thereof, while driving costs down for users. FlexApp achieves these operational and cost savings by allowing administrators to leverage a single Windows Server base image to deliver multiple applications without the need to constantly update the base image or affect user productivity with application updates.  FlexApp layered applications are not installed to the base image of the AppStream Windows Server, but instead are layered onto the server where they look, react, and feel as if they were installed.

OVHcloud Disrupts Cloud Status Quo with New Digital Pricing Strategy

OVHcloud, a global cloud provider specializing in delivering industry-leading performance and cost-effective solutions to manage, secure, and scale businesses, today announced a progressive new pricing strategy for bare metal servers that offers an everyday low price that is lower than promotional offers made by competing providers to disrupt the cloud status quo. The pricing change reflects OVHcloud's commitment to web developers, technology entrepreneurs, founders of small businesses, and gamers who require speed, availability, flexibility, portability, and performance from their hardware providers without paying a premium for these benefits. 

"OVHcloud is investing aggressively in the US market. Our new pricing strategy showcases our commitment to bringing more users onto the OVHcloud platform," said Russell P. Reeder, US President & CEO, OVHcloud. "We have been serving the global community of tech builders for almost 20 years and now they will have more options in the US. Whether for entry-level hosting, development sandbox, small dev and test workloads, or custom applications, they can build with confidence on OVHcloud dedicated servers. And now, they can take advantage of our everyday low prices."

 

Vology Joins as Premier Partner for Google Cloud Platform

Vology, a leading managed IT, security and cloud services provider, today announced it has joined the Google Cloud Partner Program as a Premier Partner, becoming one of the Managed Services Providers (MSPs) within Google Cloud's ecosystem.

Effective immediately, Vology will tap the computational power and global reach of Google Cloud's infrastructure to sell, service and build more robust solutions and controls to provide customers with a safe, secure path to the cloud, with ongoing support and administration.

N2WS Extends Data Protection into Amazon S3, Saving Customers up to 40%

N2WS, a Veeam company, introduces Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) snapshot decoupling and the N2WS-enabled Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) repository. With the release of N2WS version 2.4, customers can reduce storage costs by up to 40 percent. The release of N2WS Backup & Recovery v2.4 allows Amazon Web Services (AWS) users to choose from different storage tiers and reduce costs for data being retained for longer terms.

"We are excited that N2WS is introducing snapshot decoupling into the Amazon S3 repository. This will help us to drastically reduce our storage costs," said Jamie MacDonald, head of platform and security at ZoneFox. "We manage over 700 snapshots with varying life cycling requirements, so this integration allows us to increase our backup retention period while paying less."

Enterprises can experience significant costs savings with backup lifecycle management and the ability to move snapshots to an N2WS-enabled Amazon S3 repository. Companies archiving data for compliance can also benefit from a cost-effective approach for long-term data retention on AWS. For Managed Service Providers (MSPs), N2WS v2.4 provides an opportunity to lower storage costs for their clients while improving overall levels of service delivery through effective data management.

Alert Logic Achieves Amazon Web Services Container Security Competency Status

Alert Logic today announced at AWS re:Invent 2018 in Las Vegas that the Alert Logic threat management offering has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Container Competency status. Alert Logic Network Intrusion Detection System (IDS) and log management for containers allows for real-time detection of known and unknown exploits that target applications running in containers on Docker, Kubernetes, Elastic Beanstalk, Docker Swarm, CoreOS, Azure Kubernetes Service, Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), and Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS), across cloud, on-premises, and hybrid environments.

AWS is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify Consulting and Technology APN Partners with deep industry experience and expertise. The AWS Container competency designation recognizes Alert Logic's technical strength and demonstrated success helping companies leverage containers and container-based solutions to build, test, release and scale at any size.

VMware to Drive Adoption of "As-A-Service" Model for On-Premises Data Centers with New Solutions for AWS Outposts

VMware, Inc. previewed two new offerings-VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts and VMware Cloud Foundation for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) that will run on AWS Outposts, enabling customers to build and deploy in customer data centers in an "as a service" model with rich, enterprise-class capabilities. Both solutions will leverage AWS Outposts, new fully managed and configurable compute and storage racks built with Amazon Web Services (AWS) hardware that allow customers to run compute and storage on-premises, while seamlessly connecting to the rest of AWS's broad array of services in the cloud. Together these offerings will enable customers with a consistent infrastructure and operational experience across all VMware and AWS cloud environments.

"VMware's vision is to provide customers with consistency of infrastructure, operations and developer experience, enabling them to build and run any application wherever the business requires. This empowers them to maximize the value of their IT investments and achieve better business outcomes," said Mark Lohmeyer, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware. "As part of our broader hybrid cloud strategy to deliver Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) infrastructure as an end-to-end service across the data center, cloud, and the edge, on industry-leading hardware, we are pleased to extend our collaboration with AWS and the value we can deliver our joint customers."

"VMware Cloud on AWS has seen great momentum since we introduced it together in 2017, and this marks another step forward in our collaboration to enable customers to run VMware Cloud on AWS locally on AWS Outposts," said Sandy Carter, vice president, EC2 Enterprise Workloads, Amazon Web Services. "Customers have been telling us that they want an extension of their VMware Cloud on AWS environments on-premises, using the same hardware, the same interfaces, the same APIs, and the same instant access to the latest AWS capabilities the minute they become available, without having to manage hardware or software. With AWS Outposts, we are delivering a seamless, integrated hybrid experience."