Every Cloud Has a Story: A Spectrum of Customers Move to Avaya Midmarket Cloud

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As new Avaya customers embrace Avaya Midmarket Cloud solutions, three examples offer unique stories that highlight their business models and reasons why full-on or hybrid cloud makes sense for them. From a small, start-up design business, to a youth soccer-focused camp and gear company, to a growing movie and TV studio with ever-changing requirements, Avaya Midmarket Cloud delivers the features, flexibility and cost-effectiveness they need for success, offered by Avaya channel partners.

The Crossing Studios in Burnaby, BC rents over 350,000 square feet of space to Hollywood movie and TV production crews, growing from a single location to eight in record time. Production needs can change frequently, and the number of people needing communications for a single customer can jump from a handful to more than a hundred with only a moment's notice. Since all eight locations had different communications infrastructure, IT spent inordinate amounts of time re-configuring and adapting systems that had sub-par reliability to begin with.

Inoapps Included On GCloud 8

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Oracle Platinum Partner Inoapps ( has been appointed as a supplier to the UK Government’s G-Cloud 8, the most recent iteration of the Crown Commercial Service's procurement framework for Cloud based computer services, hosted via the Digital Marketplace. The Crown Commercial Service works closely with departments and organisations across the public sector, ensuring that maximum value is extracted from every commercial relationship.

IBM Partners with VMware on Hybrid Cloud and Plans to Boost Cloud Credibility

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IBM is in Las Vegas this week playing host at its InterConnect event, the company's annual cloud and mobile technology conference.  And with a number of announcements being made, IBM just rolled up its sleeves, puffed out its chest, and put others on notice that it plans on taking a seat at the big boys cloud computing table.

Big Blue announced a major partnership with VMware to bring its customers onto the IBM Cloud; and at the same time, also announced partnerships with the developer community GitHub, link shortener Bitly, the recently open-sourced Swift language from Apple, and more.


xMatters enhances its Public Sector focus and secures accreditation as a G-Cloud Supplier

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xMatters, inc., a leader in communication-enabled business processes, has received accreditation from the Crown Commercial Service to trade on G-Cloud 7 in the UK’s Digital Marketplace. It can be found under the ‘Software As A Service’ Lot in the procurement framework, which went live on 23 November.

xMatters’ intelligent cloud communications technology automates communication processes, improves efficiency and reduces the amount of ‘noise’ that people are influenced by during a range of scenarios. For example, it improves communication during everything from IT incidents to civil unrest to operations of public facilities.

Pivotal Now Makes It Easier Than Ever to Take Software from Idea to Production in Less Than a Day

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Pivotal, the company accelerating digital transformation for enterprises, today announced a new release of Pivotal Cloud Foundry, the comprehensive Cloud Native platform that unifies the software delivery process with an integrated application framework, platform runtime, and infrastructure automation. Pivotal Cloud Foundry now includes expanded support for Spring Cloud Services, Microsoft Azure, .NET applications, Docker images, and application lifecycle management. With these enhancements, Pivotal further enables businesses to rapidly build, deploy, and operate Cloud Native applications on a wide choice of hosted, public, and private clouds.

The days of monolithic technologies are ending. Today’s modern enterprises practice agile software development with Cloud Native tools, process, and culture that can respond to speed of market and customer demand,” said James Watters, vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Group, Pivotal. “Pivotal Cloud Foundry delivers a comprehensive Cloud Native application development and operations environment so you can spend time building business value instead of your IT infrastructure.”

Oracle Extends Cloud Leadership with Oracle Management Cloud for IT Operations

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Oracle today announced Oracle Management Cloud (OMC), a suite of next-generation integrated monitoring, management and analytics solutions for IT organizations. Part of the Oracle Cloud Platform, the new services enable a real-time, collaborative environment in which DevOps leaders, line-of-business managers and business analysts have a clear end-to-end view into the applications and technologies that support business services.

Oracle Management Cloud eliminates multiple information silos across end user and infrastructure data—silos that have traditionally limited visibility and created inefficiency. It renders unnecessary the complex manual application monitoring processes, multiple toolsets and dependence on large groups of IT staff that comprise troubleshooting and decision-making today and instead offers proactive management, rapid trouble-shooting and the ability to run IT like a business. It is designed for today’s heterogeneous environments running Oracle and non-Oracle software, across on-premises, Oracle Cloud and third-party cloud services. Built on a horizontally scalable platform with high throughput big data processing, it provides real-time analysis and deep insights across technical and business events.

Ubuntu 15.10: What’s New in Server and Cloud?

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Ubuntu 15.10 will be available for download from Canonical on 22nd October 2015. The new update brings a host of incremental improvements and benefits for business users and Ubuntu developers-alike.

New in 15.10 (Wily Werewolf)

Canonical’s OpenStack Autopilot now GA

  • Full high availability of all cloud controller services, deployed using best practice architecture based on available hardware resources
  • Smart automated scale out that re-architects cloud controller services as hardware resources are added
  • Full integration of Open Daylight SDN controller
  • Choice of Swift or Ceph for object storage

New with 15.10, Canonical is debuting its newly launched Ubuntu OpenStack cloud deployer and management tool - OpenStack Autopilot - the most powerful and easiest way to deploy scale and manage Ubuntu OpenStack clouds without the complexity and costs associated with major cloud projects.

Akanda, Aptira and Cumulus Networks’ Partnership Gives OpenStack Cloud Operators Unprecedented Networking Simplification

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Akanda, the major contributor and supporter of the recently launched OpenStack Project Astara, today announced partnerships with Aptira and Cumulus Networks to provide OpenStack customers with innovative networking solutions that bring better consistency, performance, and flexibility to OpenStack clouds.  Together, Akanda, Aptira and Cumulus will help customers rapidly deploy the most comprehensive and supp

The cloud IT arms race is going to the no-name infrastructure providers

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Enterprise hardware giants like to pitch themselves as enablers of the cloud via their data center gear. But the race to be a cloud arms dealer is going to the no-name hardware providers.

According to IDC, cloud IT infrastructure spending, which includes storage, server, and networking, was up 14 percent in the fourth quarter to $8 billion. About 30 percent of all IT infrastructure spending goes to the cloud.

What’s New With Citrix CloudBridge?

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Citrix CloudBridge provides a unified platform that connects and accelerates applications, and optimizes bandwidth across public cloud and private networks. The only WAN optimization solution with integrated, secure, transparent cloud connectivity, CloudBridge allows enterprises to augment their datacenter with the infinite capacity and elastic efficiency provided by public cloud providers.

Citrix CloudBridge demo appliance updates

Citrix partners can now can order demo units for the full CloudBridge hardware appliance lineup: 400, 800, 1000WS, 2000, 2000WS, 3000, 4000 and 5000. This expanded offering gives you the flexibility to showcase the scale of the CloudBridge portfolio while demonstrating the current WAN optimization solution and the upcoming virtual WAN solution.