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Spiceworks Study Reveals One in Four Companies Never Test Their Disaster Recovery Plan

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Spiceworks announced the results of a new survey examining how companies are preparing for disasters across North America and Europe and the financial impact of outages within their organizations. The results show that while 95 percent of organizations have a disaster recovery plan in place, 23 percent never test their plan. Among those that don't test their plan, 61 percent cited inadequate time, 53 percent cited inadequate resources, and 34 percent said disaster recovery is not a priority in their organization. The findings indicate a lack of testing and coverage gaps within disaster recovery plans may be leading to service outages in many organizations. 

"Even the best laid disaster plans can go awry, especially if no one bothers to test them," said Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks. "Ideally, a company's disaster recovery plan should evolve and improve over time as weaknesses are exposed during testing and an organization's needs change. However, the results show testing is often infrequent or not taking place at all, leaving many organizations vulnerable when disaster strikes."

 

Platform.sh Launches White-label SaaS Factory

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Platform.sh, the Idea-to-Cloud Application Platform that simplifies cloud infrastructure, announced the availability of its white-label platform, which enables software companies and SaaS entrepreneurs to transform their existing on-premise software or build new SaaS businesses with unprecedented speed.

Organizations spend increasingly significant amounts of time and budget on the development and maintenance of infrastructure, distracting focus from the core value that they provide to their customers - amazing applications and digital experiences. Platform.sh allows them to put their energy towards exciting and engaging customers - rather than building teams and technical debt to manage tooling, servers, containers, and cloud infrastructure - and eliminates capital expenditures needed to launch new lines of business.

In a matter of days, Platform.sh can provide a fully branded experience for the rapid deployment of SaaS software, commerce apps, mobile back-ends, and web applications at scale, built in multiple languages or frameworks. This capability leverages Platform.sh's API-first approach to development, its unique instant-cloning technology, and its complete "batteries included" continuous deployment workflow, where infrastructure becomes composable and managed with the same tools as application code.

 

Mission Announces Partnership with CloudCheckr to Instantly Bolster the Cloud Service Provider's Cloud Intelligence Platform

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Mission, a nationwide managed services and consulting company for cloud platforms including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, announced a partnership with CloudCheckr - the leading cloud management platform - that will help drive deeper insights and increased automation for customers leveraging Mission's managed Cloud Intelligence Platform. The partnership comes shortly after the Mission brand launched following the 2018 mergers of managed cloud service providers Reliam, Stratalux, and G2 Tech Group.

Mission harnesses best-of-breed, purpose-built tools and solutions as part of its Cloud Intelligence Platform. This includes Mission's popular Cloud Optimization capability, which uses technologies like CloudCheckr - fully managed by Mission - to thoroughly uncover new ways of improving customers' cloud performance while strategically reducing spend wherever possible. Through this platform, customers can take advantage of Mission's complete application performance management instrumentation, security instrumentation, automated maintenance, automated backups, and active monitoring. With today's partnership, Mission will now leverage CloudCheckr's powerful cloud management features and insights as a critical new input to the Cloud Intelligence Platform, enhancing Mission's managed service and yielding even more cloud optimization results for customers across industries.
 

A10 Networks Delivers Major Automation, Analytics and Multi-Cloud Management Advancements to Its Application Delivery Solution

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A10 Networks announced availability of major advancements to its Thunder Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) with Harmony Controller support for centralized, multi-cloud management, rich per-app analytics and DevOps tool integration. Numerous new enhancements also enable integration with Kubernetes, enhanced Ansible Playbooks and simplified ADC policy configuration with expanded Application Centric Template (ACT) support.

Organizations are striving to become more agile as the role of IT and software becomes paramount. Fast roll-out, control and optimization of applications drive revenue, competitive advantage and customer satisfaction. Apps must be secured and quickly delivered regardless of where they reside.

A10's ADCs with their tight coupling to the Harmony Controller lead the industry in enabling administrators to intelligently manage, control and automate the deployment of application delivery services to maximize agility, provide actionable insights and ensure app availability and security while simplifying operations with lower TCO. Augmentations to A10's Thunder ADC with Harmony Controller intelligent automation capabilities include:

SolarWinds Gives MSPs Better Visibility into Customer Environments with Network Device Monitoring

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SolarWinds MSP, a leader in delivering comprehensive, scalable IT service management solutions to IT solution providers and managed service providers (MSPs), today announced it has expanded its SolarWinds® RMM capabilities by launching the Network Device Monitoring feature. 

Network Device Monitoring is built to give MSPs the visibility they need to monitor customer switches, printers, routers, and firewalls-in addition to servers and workstations-from a single pane of glass. With greater visibility into the complete network, MSPs can proactively maintain network devices by getting information on hardware health, performance, and utilization. 

12 Tips To Help You Improve Your New IT Business

Running your own business is a big accomplishment, and you should be proud of how far you've come. However, there's always room for improvement, and being a new IT business means you're having to continue innovating your business processes, products and/or services.

The following tips will help you advance your company so you can continue to grow and expand. When you put your time and energy into focusing on what's most important, you'll be able to succeed over the long-term. Keep in mind that change is difficult and it could take some time before you see your adjustments truly making a difference in how you operate your business.

1.   Set Goals

It's imperative you take the time to sit down and set goals for what you want to achieve. You need this roadmap in place early so you know where you're heading and can communicate these objectives to your leadership team and staff. Be specific in your approach and write down exactly what you're going to do differently to ensure your goals are being met in a timely manner. Be diligent about tracking your progress, so you know what's working and what areas will require you to go back to the drawing board.

Scale Computing Raises $34.8 Million in Strategic Funding

Scale Computing today announced $34.8 million in Series F funding. Lenovo, being the largest investor in the round, announced last week a global partnership with Scale. The partnership was called  to bring intelligent edge computing to global retailers, distributed enterprises, and SMBs. New along with existing financial investors also participated in the round.

“We have experienced tremendous growth over the past two years, driven by our unique capability to completely automate the administration of a fully converged platform,” said Jeff Ready, CEO of Scale Computing. “This round of funding, combined with our new partnership with Lenovo, enables us to instantly reach customers at a global scale.”

Scale’s patented HyperCore™ technology identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in both hardware and software in real time, using machine intelligence and automation to keep applications running without human intervention. This capability is especially critical in distributed enterprise edge computing, retail, and SMB deployments, where onsite IT staff may be very limited or non-existent. As such, Scale’s HC3 Edge platform has emerged as the leading platform for running mission critical applications in these environments.
 

Google's Mobile-First Search Algorithm & the Cloud



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For the past few years, business owners have been scrambling to rework their websites to fit mobile technology. If you don't keep up, you will be left behind. Right now, mobile is king and Google sets the pace. 

Late in 2017, Google decided to redesign their algorithm to prioritize mobile-optimized pages. Since more people (63 percent) now search using mobile devices, and almost 75 percent of all online searches run through Google, this is news that you cannot ignore. As of June of this year, websites that run quickly on mobile now rank higher than those that load slowly. 

Unfortunately, this puts a lot of businesses in a bind. If previously your website came up on top of a Google search, you may now find yourself buried beneath a lot of responsive, mobile-ready, dynamic loading websites. So what can you do about it?

Webinar: Cleaning Up After the Cloud Migration Party

 

This webinar, featuring Forrester Principal Analyst Lauren E. Nelson and Trent Fitz Solution Strategist at Zenoss, will discuss the pre-party and post-party requirements for facilitating a well executed cloud migration and the importance of having the right technologies in place to manage and support a hybrid environment.

Pre-Party Prep: Understand What You Have

Applications not built for the cloud often suffer from performance issues due to their monolithic architecture, which is unfit for horizontal scaling. Before beginning your cloud migration journey, it's important to understand how suitable each application is for a cloud environment.

Party with the Lights On

During a cloud migration, it's critical to ensure minimal service disruption. Proper care must be taken to manage the chaos among all IT systems and applications. It's important to understand the proper tools and processes for seamless cloud transitions.

The Clean-Up: Manage Your Hybrid World

For most enterprises, a cloud migration isn't like flipping a light switch. It is a journey, and one that usually ends with hybrid IT environments. It's extremely important to have the right technologies in place to manage that hybrid environment.

WHEN? Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 11:00 AM Central Standard Time 

 

Limelight Networks and Ericsson to Accelerate Content Delivery and Edge Cloud Adoption

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Limelight Networks and Ericsson have signed an agreement to collaborate on content delivery and edge cloud services.

As more traffic shifts to the public internet from private networks, the need for high performance networks and distributed infrastructure is required to maintain a high-quality user experience. A key solution to this is edge cloud computing. Providing computing capabilities close to the user or device gives a superior quality of service. For new low latency applications such as IoT, gaming, and virtual reality, robust computing capabilities at the edge of the network are needed. Communications service providers and technology companies will play a pivotal role in scaling the next wave of internet traffic.

Ericsson is partnering with service providers globally to build the Ericsson Unified Delivery Network (UDN) Edge Cloud Platform - a web-scale edge delivery network, driving performance benefits and cost efficiencies. Content delivery is the first application built on the UDN platform. Under the agreement, Limelight's content delivery technology will be deployed on the Ericsson UDN Edge Cloud Platform to expand its global delivery capabilities and increase delivery capacities.