Cloud Services

Informatica Fast Tracks Journey to the Cloud with Pay-As-You-Go Pricing for Informatica Cloud Services for Microsoft Azure

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Informatica, a leading worldwide provider of data management solutions, today announced the availability of hourly pricing for Informatica Cloud® Services for Microsoft Azure in the Azure Marketplace. Now available as a pay-as-you-go hourly pricing model, this solution is designed to help users of the Azure cloud platform and Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite jump-start cloud data integration and management projects. Additionally, users can run enterprise-class integration jobs with no upfront costs, and simplify integration of disparate data sources - on-premises, in the cloud or in a hybrid environment - to gain critical insights. 

Fast Track the Journey to the Cloud

Informatica Cloud optimizes the value of Azure services by simplifying complex data management initiatives. This agile data integration and management solution includes pre-configured connectivity to multiple Azure data services including SQL Data Warehouse, Blob Storage, Data Lake Store and DocumentDB.

 

DreamHost Gives DreamObjects -- Its Inexpensive Object Storage Service -- an Upgrade

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DreamHost, a global leader in web hosting and cloud services for entrepreneurs and developers, today announced key improvements to DreamObjects, the company's secure open source cloud storage hosting service powered by Ceph. Like a file system with infinite capacity, customers use DreamObjects to build cloud-ready applications and to store documents, photos, songs and backup taking advantage of its Amazon S3 API compatibility. This upgrade utilizes Ceph's major Jewel release, the newest version of the distributed object store and file system that is enabling DreamObjects to be even more scalable, reliable, and high performing. 

Zen Internet Celebrates a Year of Cloud Success

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Zen Internet’s cloud services enjoyed significant success in 2015/16, with full year results showing a 144% growth in revenue. The company also announced a series of major milestones in the development of the business.

There were important advances for both Zen’s internal Zen Cloud and its Amazon Web Services (AWS) offerings. The company attained AWS Advanced Partner status early in the year, and remains one of only a handful of companies outside London able to offer customers that level of expertise.

The year also saw a substantial investment in Zen’s own Zen Cloud service, improving both hardware infrastructure and the customer portal. Customers now get better performance from an even more reliable and cost-effective storage platform, along with a more intuitive management portal.
 

Azul Announces Zulu Enterprise Deployed Internally at Microsoft for Key Cloud Services

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Azul Systems (Azul), the award-winning leader in Java runtime solutions, today announced that Microsoft’s Azure team has deployed Zulu Enterprise, Azul’s 100 percent open source Java platform based on OpenJDK, as the Java runtime for cloud services delivery applications, including building and supporting Windows-based internal configuration services and external data services using Azul’s proven, open source Java platform.

Cloud services delivery comprises an important set of use cases, as Microsoft uses Azure infrastructure for other cloud-based services, from Azure SQL Database and Azure DocumentDB to Power BI, Microsoft Intune and more.

Fusion Acquires Cloud Services Provider Apptix

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Fusion, a leading cloud services provider, announced today that it has acquired Herndon, Virginia-based Apptix, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Apptix ASA. Apptix provides cloud-based communications, collaboration, virtual desktop, compliance, security and cloud computing solutions to approximately 1,500 business customers throughout the U.S. Total consideration in the transaction was $28.0 million, consisting of $23.0 million in cash and approximately 3.0 million shares of Fusion unregistered common stock priced at $1.68 per share.

The acquisition, which closed on November 14, 2016, was financed with a new $70.0 million senior secured credit facility led by East West Bank, which replaces Fusion's previous $40.0 million senior credit facility. The new credit facility reduces Fusion's weighted average borrowing cost from 8.0% down to 7.5%.

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Snow Software Launches Snow Automation Platform 3.0 to Drive Software Asset Management Best Practices

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Snow Software, the leading developer of Software Asset Management (SAM) solutions, today announced the latest release of its Snow Automation Platform. The new platform automates key software and systems management tasks such as provisioning self-service portals for apps and cloud services, reharvesting unused software and managing joiners/leavers processes.

In addition to its existing automated processes for SAM, the updated Snow Automation Platform introduces new off-the-shelf automation workbooks to manage mobile and cloud investments.

Microsoft, IBM, among others, to provide cloud services to government departments

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In sync with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s Digital India initiative, the ministry of electronics and information technology (IT) plans to bring in private operators to provide cloud-based services for government departments, according to government officials.

As part of the exercise aimed at facilitating various e-governance initiatives, the ministry has shortlisted 11 firms including Microsoft India Pvt. Ltd, IBM India Pvt. Ltd, Tata Communications Ltd and Sify Technologies Ltd, among others, for empanelment to offer cloud services for an initial period of two years. This period can be extended by another year...

We Are Cloud Selects Tintri for Simplified Management of Their Hosted Cloud Services

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Tintri, a leading producer of VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualisation and cloud environments, today announced that We Are Cloud (WAC) is using Tintri's VMstore to simplify management of its virtualised workloads. Since deployment, WAC has eliminated the need to hire or retrain specialised storage admins and has clearer visibility into its servers, network and storage.

Founded in 2015, WAC is one of the fastest growing cloud service providers (CSP) in the UK, delivering a wide range of hosted services for its customers -- including MS Exchange, Citrix XenApp-based virtual desktops, servers and online back up. WAC needed a storage platform that could both support a breadth of customer needs and reduce management effort.

Safe Computing launches its international expansion plan from Interoute’s London Data Centre

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Safe Computing, a Spanish cloud computing and virtualisation solutions provider, has selected the London Data Centre of Interoute, owner-operator of a global cloud services platform and one of Europe's largest networks, as the launch pad for its international expansion plan in Europe.

Safe Computing started operating as a provider of specialised IT support for Andalusian SMEs with particular focus on the implementation of on-premise virtualised environments. The company is now launching an ambitious growth and evolution programme aimed at setting up a professional cloud-based environment and continuing to offer the same virtualisation services, but as an outsourced activity.

Amazon Introduces a Dash Button for Cloud Services Because Why Not?

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This is one we should have seen coming: Last week, Amazon Web Services announced a version of the Dash button specifically to enable software developers to trigger cloud computing services. Some background: Last year AWS parent company Amazon started offering programmed Dash buttons that consumers can stick around the house, near supplies they need to buy often.

If they see that they’re running low on paper towels, for example, they hit the Wi-Fi-connected button, and the order is conveyed to the great Amazon store in the sky and slated for delivery. Now AWS is applying that same Internet of things facility to its cloud computing services. The $19.95 AWS Dash button targets software developers who may want to use it to connect to AWS Internet of things services, announced last year...