Hybrid Cloud

IBM, Red Hat collaborate to accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption with OpenStack

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IBM and Red Hat, Inc. announced a strategic collaboration designed to help enterprises benefit from the OpenStack platform's speed and economics while more easily extending their existing Red Hat virtualized and cloud workloads to the IBM Private Cloud.

As part of this new collaboration, IBM has become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider, giving clients greater confidence that they can use Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage on IBM Private Cloud when the offering launches for general availability at the end of March 2017.

Additionally, as part of the agreement, Red Hat Cloud Access will be available for IBM Cloud by the end of Q2 2017, allowing Red Hat customers to move eligible, unused Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions from their data centre to a public, virtualized cloud environment in IBM Cloud Data Centres worldwide.

Imperva FlexProtect Simplifies Security for Hybrid Cloud Application Deployments

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Imperva, Inc., committed to protecting business-critical data and applications in the cloud and on-premises, today announced Imperva FlexProtect to give customers access to both Imperva SecureSphere and Imperva Incapsula within a single subscription agreement. By providing the flexibility to deploy Imperva web application firewall (WAF) solutions based on need, the subscription helps organizations simplify the protection of enterprise applications as they migrate their portfolios from on-premises data centers to the cloud.

The cloud market will accelerate in 2017 as enterprises seek to gain efficiencies as they scale compute resources to better serve customers, noted a Forrester Research blog.* As companies migrate applications from on-premises to the cloud, application security itself must become hybrid to support the combination of both on-premises and cloud appliances along with cloud services. However, within the enterprise application portfolio, there is usually uncertainty surrounding which applications will move and when, how they will be rearchitectured, and what happens if an app needs to be migrated back on-premises or moved to a different cloud. By giving customers the flexibility to use Incapsula and SecureSphere, regardless of where an application is initially deployed or migrated, Imperva FlexProtect directly supports dynamic hybrid cloud deployments and provides needed investment protection to manage this transition.

CloudVelox Delivers Industry's First Cloud Automation Solution

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CloudVelox, a pioneer in cloud automation and orchestration software, today announced new enterprise-grade automated cloud workload mobility and optimization capabilities with enhanced management and control features for its One Hybrid Cloud (OHC) software. Through automation, OHC accelerates workload mobility and optimization in the cloud by matching data center environments with optimal cloud services to deliver cost savings or improved application performance, without requiring specialized cloud skills. New features for cloud optimization include: application-centric instance tagging, placement groups, multiple security groups, Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles. New features for managing workload mobility include comprehensive system reporting and alerts for the successful completion of workload migrations to the cloud. With the new powerful suite of OHC features, enterprises are able to accelerate time to value, are further equipped to meet regulatory and compliance requirements and reduce IT effort while enhancing system visibility, management and control.

According to an IDC study, nearly 68 percent of organizations are using some form of cloud to help drive business outcomes; however, only three percent have optimized cloud strategies in place today. Businesses are challenged by unexpected cloud costs, the complexity of mapping security and data policies from the data center to the cloud, a scarcity of skilled cloud engineers, and a lack of visibility into monitoring the status of mass workload migrations.

 

SwiftStack 5 Enhances Data Management to Accelerate Adoption of Hybrid Cloud Workflows

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SwiftStack, a company that powers hybrid cloud storage for enterprises, today announced availability of its latest software release, SwiftStack 5, which will be demonstrated at the Google Cloud Next Conference 2017, March 8 through March 10 in San Francisco, at booth #A4. One notable enhancement to its Cloud Sync feature is the ability to replicate data bidirectionally between the four Google Cloud Storage offerings, as well as other cloud provider's solutions. Two-way synchronization of data stored between on-premises and the public cloud is managed as a policy controlled by IT, so data is automatically delivered to where it can best be computed on or utilized, within private data centers or in the public cloud.

"We believe that enterprises now and  for the foreseeable future will live in a hybrid cloud world, where business value should determine where data lives, when it moves and how it behaves," said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "IT creates and controls the policies for corporate data that places data on-premises and/or in the public cloud, based on the criteria that keeps their customers happy: cost, performance, security, access and availability." More about Duplessie's view on multi-cloud data management can be found in this short video:http://learn.swiftstack.com/2017-esg-multi-cloud-data-management.html.

 

Docker Launches New Enterprise Edition to Accelerate Business-Critical Application Deployments Across Hybrid Cloud

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Docker today announced Docker Enterprise Edition (EE), a new commercial platform for enterprise development and IT ops teams that build, run, and operate business-critical applications in production at scale across the software supply chain. Comprised of a container runtime, with integrated and multi-tenant orchestration, security and management in addition to an ecosystem of certified technologies, Docker EE gives enterprises an open container platform that ensures a simplified yet rich user experience. This new modular platform makes it easy to install, configure and upgrade Docker on certified infrastructure (operating systems and cloud providers). Docker EE is available in three tiers: Basic comes with the Docker platform, support and certification and Standard and Advanced tiers add advanced container management (Docker Datacenter) and Docker Security Scanning.

Docker is also launching its Docker Certification Program, a framework for partners to integrate and certify their technology to Docker EE and make their solutions available on Docker Store. The Docker Certification Program is designed for both technology partners and enterprise customers to recognize Containers and Plugins that excel in quality, collaborative support and compliance. Docker Certification is aligned to the available Docker EE infrastructure, which provides enterprises with a trusted way to run more technology in containers with support from both Docker and the publisher. With certified containers and certified infrastructure, organizations now have the reassurance that the entire portable stack is supported and compatible with technologies from other ecosystem partners. 

IBM Accelerates Hybrid Cloud Adoption By Enabling Channel Partners To Offer VMware Solutions

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IBM today announced that it is helping to accelerate hybrid cloud adoption by providing its channel partners an easy way to sell VMware Cloud Foundation and other VMware-based cloud services. As a part of these new efforts, IBM Business Partners will now be able to offer cloud services, which clients can utilize to quickly extend their existing VMware environments to the IBM Cloud.

IBM Business Partners can now provide a one-stop shop for clients looking to migrate their on-premises VMware platforms to the cloud by providing a portfolio of lifecycle services including planning, architecture, migration and end-to-end management.

IBM is the first to market to bring this offering to channel partners, such as Avnet, BMSIX, Ingram Micro, Tridatum, and Vicom, who are looking to sell these new VMware subscription-based solutions running on the IBM Cloud.
 

BlockApps Collaborates with Red Hat to Deliver Hybrid Cloud Solution for Blockchain Applications in the Enterprise

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BlockApps, the first Blockchain-as-a-Service platform and a leading provider of Ethereum blockchain enterprise software, is collaborating with Red Hat to make it easier for enterprises to build production blockchain applications that can be deployed in production across hybrid cloud environments -- spanning both public and private clouds.

Some of the biggest barriers to enterprises adopting blockchain technologies have been the complexity of quickly developing solutions that can scale from proof-of-concepts (POCs) to enterprise-level production environments.

Cisco Accelerates Hybrid Cloud Adoption with Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack

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Cisco today announced it is expanding its Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) Solutions portfolio by offering Microsoft Azure Stack on Cisco UCS via an integrated, validated system that enables organizations to deliver Microsoft Azure services from their on-premises data center. The joint Cisco and Microsoft solution provides the tools for enterprises to grow and modernize their applications in a highly flexible and scalable hybrid cloud environment. 

As businesses evolve in response to changing market dynamics, they look for a simple-to-manage hybrid cloud solution that is intelligent and flexible enough to optimize resources and scale on demand, while retaining on-premises benefits. Through Azure Stack, customers receive a solution providing full control over how they manage governance, security, and performance through the combination of Microsoft's robust Azure cloud platform with the industry-leading Cisco UCS into an integrated system designed specifically for cloud workloads.

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Arrow Electronics Introduces Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Solution Bundles

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Arrow Electronics, Inc. today announced it will roll out dozens of Microsoft-based hybrid cloud solution bundles over the next year, providing Arrow's reseller ecosystem with in-demand, easy-to-implement cross-vendor solutions aimed at helping them solve complex end-customer business challenges and increase revenue streams.

Arrow unveiled the first three of its new Microsoft hybrid cloud solution bundles today:

Purity IT Deploys Cloudian for Public Cloud Service

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Cloudian, Inc., a leading provider of hybrid cloud object storage, has announced that Purity IT, a storage and cloud services provider in Norway, has deployed its HyperStore solution as a key component of its new S3-based public cloud offering.

Based in Oslo, Purity IT is a leading regional provider of backup, disaster recovery and cloud storage services. They have built a public multi-site S3 service based on Cloudian HyperStore. The new service, which also offers local SAN cache and tiering to tape, is intended for use cases including primary storage, archiving and backup.

Cloudian HyperStore was selected ahead of technology from Scality, Red Hat, and Quantum, following a five month proof of concept comparison project. The competing solutions were tested on the following criteria: ease of use, data tiering capabilities, storage policy support, S3 API interoperability, scalability, security, and cost.