Private Cloud

Datrium Introduces Industry-First Blanket Encryption for Private Clouds

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Datrium, the leading provider of Open Convergence for cloud builders, today announced Datrium Blanket Encryption, an industry-first software product that combines always-on efficient deduplication and compression technology with high-speed, end-to-end encryption: in use at the host, in flight across the network and at rest on persistent storage.

The number of breaches within the US have quadrupled from 2005 to 2015, and the year 2016 accounted for seven of the ten biggest data breaches ever. With threats rising, the requirement to encrypt data everywhere - from host-to-storage, between hosts, and between sites - is becoming standard. However, leading storage arrays and hyper-converged systems only protect data at rest and do not protect against host or network intrusions. Guest operating systems and hypervisors offer encryption at the source, but at the expense of data reduction required by the economics of modern flash storage.

Security and Economics Without Compromise
Datrium offers a fundamentally new and comprehensive approach.  By deduplicating and compressing data, then encrypting while it is still in the application host's memory (RAM), Datrium Blanket Encryption can then move data across hosts, networks and storage that is always encrypted and efficient. 

New Massive Community Initiative from StratoScale: The Private Cloud Wiki

Article Written by David Marshall

Many organizations are using VMware, OpenStack and other technologies to take their clouds in-house, building private cloud infrastructures to reduce their costs and dependence on providers like Amazon AWS.  Anyone who has already ventured on a private cloud project has more than likely encountered the enormous complexity of the field, at every level: business, architecture, infrastructure, virtualization, and workload management.

With that in mind, I recently spoke with the team at Stratoscale - the maker of Symphony, a tool that sets up a private cloud with AWS-like capabilities on your local machines in minutes - and found out that they have set out to make private cloud more accessible, not just for cloud infrastructure specialists, but also for ordinary IT and DevOps professionals who want to better understand how they can leverage this technology.  To do that, they have created something that has totally blown me away!  They have taken it upon themselves to build a Private Cloud Wiki.  After spending quite some time navigating it, I'm dubbing it a 'must visit knowledge hub' that collects all the relevant information on private cloud technology from around the world, and organizes it in a meaningful structure:

 

Hostway Selected to Provide Computing Infrastructure for Core dna Platform

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Hostway announces an agreement with Core dna to provide the computing infrastructure for Core dna’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that is used to build marketing, e-commerce, intranets and community portal solutions. 

In addition, Hostway makes available for the first time the option to deploy Core dna on a dedicated private cloud for enterprise customers requiring high levels of security for compliance with regulations. Available now, these are custom configurations that are priced individually.

Rackspace Private Cloud Powered by VMware Now Runs VMware SDDC Technologies

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On Tuesday, Rackspace officially launched early access of VMware Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) on Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware, following the company's initial announcement from VMworld Las Vegas.

This single-tenant private cloud enables customers to conveniently transition or extend their on-premises VMware workloads into a hosted VMware environment at Rackspace and eases hybrid cloud adoption by utilizing the same VMware virtualization and software-defined technology that customers use in their datacenters.

Mirantis OpenStack Certification Enables Businesses With Private and Hybrid Cloud Infrastructures to Utilize Violin Memory Flash

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Violin Memory, Inc., a global pioneer of award-winning all flash storage platform solutions for primary storage and active workloads, today announced the company has obtained Mirantis Certification for OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder) that will give businesses and service providers the ability to leverage Violin's Flash Storage Platform (FSP) in both private and hybrid cloud computing environments. The company's commitment to use of cloud by the enterprise is evidenced by this latest certification, which will impact and benefit the businesses that are part of one of the largest distributions of OpenStack in the market: the Mirantis user base.

Why Online Gambling is a Private Cloud Early Adopter

Article Written by Mario Blandini, VP Product Marketing, SwiftStack

As the global online gambling market is expected to see a compound annual growth rate of nearly 11 percent between now and 2020 (Technavio), the amount of data associated with online gambling is also rapidly rising, entering the world of mind-boggling numbers.

This is an immediate problem for data-intensive companies like bet365 and others in the media and entertainment, life sciences and financial services industries. As data continues to grow worldwide in all facets of life and industry, organization as a whole are looking to these fast-moving companies as examples of how to solve their own data growth challenges.

Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 Simplifies Private Cloud Operations

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Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack company, today made operating a private cloud easier with the release of Mirantis OpenStack 9.0. Based on the Mitaka Openstack release, Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 includes a rich set of features to simplify lifecycle management of OpenStack.

"The improvements in Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 are based on real-world production deployments of Mirantis OpenStack, including our collaborations with AT&T and Volkswagen," said Boris Renski, co-founder and CMO of Mirantis. "The improvements we made - largely in the area of post-deployment operations - integrate Mirantis' services expertise into the software so that we can deliver better business outcomes. Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 will be a valuable asset to Mirantis as we help customers build and operate private clouds."
 

Platform9 Launches Channel Partner Program to Meet Growing Demand for Private Clouds

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Platform9, the company making private clouds easy, today announced a channel partner program designed for resellers, service providers and systems integrators focused on cloud computing, enabling them to more efficiently design and deploy flexible, enterprise-ready OpenStack private clouds for their customers.

According to Wikibon, true private cloud (on-premise and hosted together) is expected to grow from $7 billion in 2015 to $201 billion in 2026 (36% CAGR) and be 31% of infrastructure spend. At last month's OpenStack Summit, the OpenStack Foundation said half of the Fortune 100 use OpenStack. Wal-Mart, AT&T, SAP and Wells Fargo all spoke about how they're using open source code to build their private clouds.

Gulf Air Builds Private Cloud for Big Data Innovation With Red Hat Technologies

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has created a private cloud IT environment with Red Hat solutions. As part of this project, Gulf Air has deployed Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP), and Red Hat Storage as the platform for its innovative big data solution, Arabic Sentiment Analysis.

Established in 1950, Gulf Air is one of the Middle East’s first commercial airlines and today it is a major international carrier, with a fleet of 28 modern aircraft serving 39 cities in 22 countries across three continents. The company prides itself on offering traditional Arabian hospitality and is committed to being an industry leader in developing products and services that reflect the evolving needs and aspirations of its passengers. In the age of social media, that also entails monitoring and analysis of online conversations about Gulf Air.

Rackspace Simplifies Cloud Adoption for Companies by Delivering Managed Private Cloud Everywhere

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Rackspace today announced companies can run a fully-managed private cloud in any data center around the world without bearing the high cost, risk and operational burden of doing it themselves. By delivering OpenStack everywhere, the new integrated software, hardware and services solution can answer CIO demand for managed services for private cloud on their own terms -- meeting customers at every step of their cloud journey whether it is in a customer or third party data center, a Rackspace-supported third party colocation facility or a Rackspace data center.

Companies are on a transformational journey inside and outside their data centers -- adopting a hybrid approach to public and private cloud to deliver improved customer experiences, increase reliability and reduce infrastructure and operational costs. OpenStack has fast become a dominant platform for private cloud, but the complexity and cost of hiring talent to deploy and operate it themselves has enterprises wanting to consume OpenStack as a managed service.