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OVH Announces Intent to Acquire VMware vCloud Air Business

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VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, and OVH, a global hyper-scale cloud provider, today announced OVH intends to acquire VMware vCloud Air business. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.  The transaction is expected close in calendar 2Q 2017.

vCloud Air is VMware's cloud offering based on the software-driven data center and designed specifically to meet enterprise needs delivering a secure, hybrid cloud experience.  The recent introduction of bi-directional, zero downtime cloud migration and the hybrid DMZ architecture has enabled our customers to accelerate the pace of migration to the cloud, while maintaining security, compliance and control. Since its inception, vCloud Air has serviced industry leading customers as they embrace a hybrid cloud environment.

VMware has evolved its business strategy to focus on providing hybrid an cross-cloud software and services.  Given this evolution, VMware is transitioning vCloud Air U.S. and European data centers, customer operations, and customer success teams to OVH.  After the close of the acquisition, OVH will operate the service as vCloud Air Powered by OVH, will continue to leverage VMware's hybrid cloud technology, and will closely partner with VMware on go-to-market and customer support around the three proven vCloud Air use cases: data center extension, data center consolidation, and data center recovery.

 

Ixia Delivers End-to-End Visibility for Public Cloud

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Ixia, a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, today announced it has further extended the reach delivered by the CloudLens Platform to the public cloud.  CloudLens Public provides Visibility-as-a-Service (VaaS) and is the first to be implemented as a pure Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution. It is designed from the ground up to retain the benefits of the cloud - elastic scale, flexibility, and agility. CloudLens Public provides intelligent and automated visibility as a service that scales with public cloud infrastructures.

Access to application and network data in cloud environments is critical for security and monitoring tools to ensure the reliability, security, and performance of mission-critical applications. Granular access to cloud traffic is important to avoiding blind spots in a network that can compromise application monitoring, as well as overall security.

Ixia has extended the benefits of the company's CloudLens Platform to enable customers to capture and filter data in the public cloud. Designed as a SaaS platform, it does all the heavy lifting behind the scenes, freeing customers from managing visibility.  

Amazon Web Services Announces the Opening of Data Centers in Sweden in 2018

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, today announced that it plans to open an infrastructure region in Sweden in 2018. The new AWS EU (Stockholm) Region will comprise of three Availability Zones at launch. Currently, AWS provides 42 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another five Availability Zones, across two AWS Regions in France and China, expected to come online this year. For more information on AWS's global infrastructure, go to https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/global-infrastructure/.

"For over a decade, we've had a large number of Nordic customers building their businesses on AWS because we have much broader functionality than any other cloud provider, a significantly larger partner and customer ecosystem, and unmatched maturity, reliability, security, and performance," said Andy Jassy, CEO, AWS. "The Nordic's most successful startups, including iZettle, King, Mojang, and Supercell, as well as some of the most respected enterprises in the world, such as IKEA, Nokia, Scania, and Telenor, depend on AWS to run their businesses, enabling them to be more agile and responsive to their customers. An AWS Region in Stockholm enables Swedish and Nordic customers, with local latency or data sovereignty requirements, to move the rest of their applications to AWS and enjoy cost and agility advantages across their entire application portfolio."

Telos Corporation to Provide the U.S. Army with Cloud Migration Support under $247.7 Million Contract

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Telos Corporation, a leading provider of continuous security solutions and services for the world's most security-conscious organizations, today announced it is one of the awardees of the $247.7 million Army Cloud Computing Enterprise Transformation (ACCENT) basic ordering agreement (BOA).

As the U.S. Army moves designated applications, systems and data to the commercial cloud, Telos will provide critical transition support, including guiding the service through the security and compliance efforts to obtain authority to operate (ATO). ACCENT is the Army's preferred contractual source used by all Army commands and organizations requiring commercial cloud services.

Oracle secures ISO 27001, HIPAA and SOC certifications for its cloud portfolio

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Oracle has announced its public cloud services have achieved various security and compliance certifications, including ISO 27001, HIPAA, SOC1 and SOC2, in what the company describes as ‘continued momentum’ for its products. The Redwood giant’s platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) has received Service Organisation Control (SOC) attestations across a variety of key services, while its Fusion software as a service (SaaS) is HIPAA-accredited and the ISO 27001 was awarded for ‘the proper management and security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee details or information entrusted to an organisation by third parties’.

The move puts Oracle alongside its various industry competitors; for example, Microsoft’s SOC1 and SOC2 information can be found here – copies of the report are only available to customers who have signed an NDA – while ISO 27001 can be found here. The Oracle accreditations were administered by Schellman & Co...

Read more from the source @ https://www.cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2017/apr/03/oracle-secures-iso-27001-hipaa-and-soc-certification-its-cloud-portfolio/

Cloud Standards Customer Council Publishes Version 2.0 of Impact of Cloud Computing on Healthcare Whitepaper

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The Cloud Standards Customer Council™ (CSCC™) has published a much-anticipated update to the highly read Impact of Cloud Computing on Healthcare whitepaper. The paper was written to help enterprise IT and business decision makers in the healthcare industry analyze and consider the implications of cloud computing on their businesses.

This whitepaper offers guidance and strategies to help decision makers evaluate and compare cloud computing offerings from different providers, taking into account requirements from medical practices, hospitals, research facilities, insurance companies and governments. It is available for free download at: http://www.cloud-council.org/deliverables/impact-of-cloud-computing-on-healthcare.htm...

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Businesses are now seeking cloud-based solutions that provide the level of security and backup functionality they have come to expect from on-premises deployment.

With cybercrime posing a significant threat to organizations of all sizes, most companies are looking for a cloud service that can secure their data while pushing their operations into the future. While Microsoft Office 365 does provide the native security and backup functionality companies require, it may fail to provide the peace of mind and protection an organization needs.

If you are evaluating whether to deploy Office 365, we are providing a comprehensive guide to a third-party backup tool that can support the cloud solution.

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Rackspace Launches Global Professional Services for Enterprise Customers

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Rackspace today announced an expanded professional services offering to help customers move workloads out of their data centers and onto the world's leading public and private cloud platforms. This offer, called Global Solutions and Services (GSS), will provide customers across all markets with the specialized expertise and support needed to transform their IT operations. Through GSS, Rackspace architects and engineers will work with customers to plan, assess, design, migrate, manage and optimize their journey to the cloud, helping to ensure they achieve maximum performance, agility and cost-efficiency.

For the first time, Rackspace will provide professional services to any business, regardless of which cloud platform it chooses or whether it is an existing Rackspace customer. Rackspace has earned the highest level of partner certification from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, and recently announced a strategic relationship with Google Cloud to become its first managed services support partner for Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Rackspace also offers specialized expertise and support for dedicated servers and for the three major private clouds, powered by VMware, Microsoft and OpenStack.

5 Ways Machine Learning Has Influenced The Modern Cloud

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The cloud computing industry is going through a gradual shift towards becoming an intelligent cloud. While compute, storage, and networking continue to be the revenue spinners for cloud vendors, it is Machine Learning that is becoming the focal point of the contemporary cloud.

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