CloudCow facebook CloudCow twitter Syndicate content Subscribe to Cloud Computing Technology Headlines using RSS

Cloud Computing Technology News and Headlines

Join the HERD!   
CloudCow Mailing List 

Ubuntu 18.10: Multi-cloud, new desktop theme and enhanced desktop snap integration

Grazed from Canonical

Canonical announced the release of Ubuntu 18.10, focused on multi-cloud deployments, AI software development, a new community desktop theme and richer snap desktop integration.

"Ubuntu is now the world's reference platform for AI engineering and analytics" said Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical. "We accelerate developer productivity and help enterprises operate at speed and at scale, across multiple clouds and diverse edge appliances."

This year, the financial services industry has engaged significantly with Canonical and Ubuntu for infrastructure efficiency on premise and to accelerate their move to the cloud. The push for machine learning analytics and of fintech efforts around blockchain, distributed ledger applications and cryptocurrencies are current drivers of Ubuntu investments and deployments.

Alibaba Cloud Expands European Presence With UK Data Centres

Grazed from Alibaba Cloud

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, has today announced the opening of two availability zones in the UK, in addition to its Frankfurt and Dubai data centres launched in 2016.

This expansion not only extends Alibaba Cloud's capabilities within Europe, but also serves to highlight the provider's ongoing commitment to the region. Alibaba Cloud's local footprint is steadily increasing, with data centres across three EMEA locations: Frankfurt, Dubai, and now London.

Answering an increase in demand for Alibaba Cloud services across the EMEA region, the pair of high performance availability zones will enable organisations in the region to accelerate the upgrade of their digital infrastructure enabling more efficient digital transformation initiatives. Business continuity is also a clear focus, with dual availability zones offering stronger disaster recovery capabilities.

The London location also boasts 24/7 on-site support - including both security and engineering - as well as real-time monitoring and a ticketing system with SLA guarantees. The new data centres offer a wide range of Alibaba Cloud product lines, including: Elastic Computing, Storage, Database, Network, Application Services and Big Data Analytics.

Zscaler Extends Cloud DLP Service with Inline Exact Data Match for Massive Data Sets Covering Users Globally

Grazed from Zscaler

Zscaler, Inc. today announced inline Exact Data Match (EDM) with native SSL inspection as part of its advanced Cloud Data Loss Prevention (DLP) service. The inline EDM capability extends the Zscaler cloud platform to protect against the loss of sensitive information across all users and branches with more precision while reducing the number of false positives to near zero. This service is provided in the Zscaler cloud, providing the capacity of one billion data points per customer across 100 data centers globally.

Traditional DLP appliances that sit in the data center are expensive and resource-intensive, and their protection can be subpar, often failing to alert an organization until after data has been compromised. Zscaler's inline EDM with native SSL inspection blocks sensitive information before it leaves the network. In the first half of 2018, the Zscaler cloud platform blocked an average of 800,000 SSL-encrypted transactions per day containing advanced threats. Zscaler EDM with native SSL inspection and policy enforcement secures all application and user traffic, providing enhanced security and a business advantage.

"IT organizations need better visibility into potential risks of data leakage with granular control and actionable outcomes," said Steve House, Vice President of Product Management, Zscaler. "With the addition of EDM, our customers, in real time, can more precisely identify and protect sensitive information that could potentially leave their network - keeping the good things in, and the bad things out."

Global Software Vendors Reap Rewards with Oracle Cloud

Grazed from Oracle

Oracle today announced that Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) around the world are rapidly adopting Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to run enterprise and cloud-native applications with mission-critical performance and core-to-edge security. Spanning multiple industries, leading brands, including FICO, FireEye, KNAPP, and Manhattan Associates have selected Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to power their market leading cloud solutions.

According to IDC, ISVs using Oracle Cloud have experienced quicker time to market, faster customer onboarding, cost savings and an increased ability to operate reliable secure services.

"We continue to see tremendous growth in ISV adoption of Oracle Cloud," said Inderjeet Singh, executive vice president Global ISV, OEM and Java. "Oracle Cloud Infrastructure provides ISVs with the ability to innovate faster and streamline operations while at the same time offer increased performance at a lower cost compared to other public cloud providers."

Oracle Cloud Gives Easy Access to Partner Solutions

Grazed from Oracle

To help customers take advantage of its growing ecosystem of partner applications and solutions, Oracle today announced the inclusion of the Oracle Cloud Marketplace within the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure console. The Oracle Cloud Marketplace is an online store for thousands of Oracle and partner-built business applications and services, including FireEye, HighJump, and ICS Financial Systems.

As part of this announcement, Oracle is delivering new ‘click to launch' functionality directly within Oracle Cloud Marketplace allowing customers to quickly deploy turn-key applications and images via a Partner Image Catalog. With this addition, partners can easily get their technical and business solutions, including Fortinet Fortigate, Jenkins by Bitnami, and Check Point CloudGuard, into the hands of customers for development, test, pilot, and production deployments. End-users benefit from the simplicity and can easily find, learn about, and deploy applications directly from the console and launch pre-installed servers to their Oracle Cloud Infrastructure environment in just a few clicks. What once took days and possibly weeks to do, can now be done in a matter of minutes.

"At Oracle, we continuously strive to make it easier for customers to explore, demo and launch applications in Oracle Cloud, whether they be innovative business applications from our growing ecosystem of partners or existing Oracle Applications", said Kash Iftikhar, vice president of product and strategy, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. "The integration between Oracle Cloud Marketplace and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, leveraging our new Partner Image Catalog capabilities, further validates our commitment to both customers and partners, helping them easily deliver the best possible business solutions."

New Fugue Compliance Suite Helps Enterprises Enforce Cloud Security and Policy to Prevent Breaches

Grazed from Fugue

Fugue, the company automating security and compliance enforcement in the cloud, today announced the availability of the Fugue Compliance Suite to make it easier for enterprises to validate cloud infrastructure against security and compliance policy to prevent data breaches. Included in the Fugue 1.8 product release, the Compliance Suite contains pre-built validations expressed in policy-as-code libraries that are mapped to AWS CIS Benchmarks, NIST 800-53 Rev. 4, GDPR, and HIPAA.

"As enterprise cloud adoption increases, so have data breaches and other security and compliance incidents due to cloud misconfiguration exposure," said Phillip Merrick, CEO of Fugue. "Because of this, cloud security and compliance are now top enterprise priorities, but it's important that solutions don't slow the pace of innovation. The Fugue Compliance Suite is designed to help cloud teams move fast and at scale to ensure that compliance policy is continuously enforced at every stage."

FireEye Demonstrates Superior Email Threat Detection with No-Cost Cloud Email Evaluations

Grazed from FireEye

FireEye, Inc., the intelligence-led security company, today announced the availability of a new capability that allows organizations to evaluate email threat detection efficacy with a no-charge evaluation service powered by FireEye Email Security.

"Email continues to be the most prevalent attack vector, and adversaries are taking advantage. In fact, our recent study found that less than a third of email traffic was considered ‘clean'," said Ken Bagnall, vice president of email security at FireEye. "With the introduction of FireProof Email Threat Analysis, we provide the ability for organizations to assess their cloud email security - at no charge. The evaluation analyzes an organization's delivered email to determine if advanced threats are getting past current defenses. And in the evaluations that we've run for organizations, we've found a significant amount of malware that had bypassed their existing security tools."

Rackspace Launches Managed Disaster Recovery as a Service for Zerto

Grazed from Rackspace

Rackspace today announced it is broadening its existing Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for on-premises, colocation and multi-cloud environments. By leveraging Zerto's industry-leading disaster recovery (DR) software, Rackspace will provide managed services for all aspects of disaster recovery planning, testing and management with custom recovery service level agreements (SLA). Rackspace DRaaS for Zerto is another example of how Rackspace is fulfilling its strategy to deliver modern IT as a service for its customers by offering unbiased expertise, an unrivaled portfolio of cloud services, and agile delivery of IT the way customers want. This new offering will provide customers with a lower cost alternative to traditional DR solutions that helps them minimize downtime and service interruptions. With Rackspace managing the disaster recovery process, customers can focus on their core business.

Zerto leads the IT resilience industry with its DR capabilities based on continuous data protection to provide resilience for critical workloads and support for multi-cloud platforms. Rackspace has partnered with its customers for more than 20 years to enable faster disaster recovery of critical IT infrastructure, while saving them the cost of building and operating expensive secondary recovery sites.

Is Cloud Storage Right for Your Photography Business?

Photography has come on in leaps and bounds since the early days of black and white photos that were recorded on plate. Celluloid film came next, followed by color film and today we have digital files. A number of new tools and gadgets are now being introduced, such as drones, and the developments in photography software mean you can tweak your images for that perfect shot. Cloud storage is another development worth considering. Traditional forms of storage can be unreliable in the long term. They can become damaged, get scratched and become unusable. Before looking at the benefits, perhaps it's pertinent to explain what it is.  

What is Cloud Storage?

Cloud storage is a service where data is remotely maintained, managed and backed up. Users of the service are able to store files online. These files can then be accessed from anywhere in the world as long as there is an internet connection.  

Here are some ways you can take advantage of what cloud storage has to offer.

Webinar: NVMe and Flash - Make Your Storage Great Again!

 

NVMe and all-flash systems can solve any performance, floor space and energy problems.  At least this is the marketing message many vendors and analysts spread today - but actually, sounds too good to be true, right?

Like always in real life, there is no clear black or white, but some circumstances you should be aware of - especially if you intend to leverage these technologies.  

You may ask yourself: Do I need to rip and replace my existing storage? What is the best way to integrate both? What benefits do I receive?

Well, join this brief webinar with Datacore, which will also include a live demo and audience Q&A so you can get the most out of these technologies, and make your storage great again!

WHEN?  October 24, 2018 @ 1PM ET

You will discover:

  • How to integrate Flash over NVMe in real life
  • How to benefit of some Flash/NVMe for your entire applications