Hybrid Cloud

Virtustream Provides Flexibility and Consumption-Based Cost Model to AlmavivA's Hybrid Cloud Environment

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Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud company and a Dell Technologies business, today announced the successful completion of the delivery phase of a hybrid cloud project for AlmavivA, a global technology solutions provider based in Rome.

AlmavivA needed a consumption-based, pay-as-you-go model for customer projects of varying sizes that was both financially and operationally beneficial. Additionally, AlmavivA's customers wanted to test the power of predictive analytics through SAP HANA Business Warehouse (BW), but did not want to over commit to a cloud allocation model that would weigh down their projects with unnecessary costs and administration.

VMware Introduces Major Update for Integrated Hybrid Cloud Platform

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VMware, Inc. today unveiled VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3, which will be the latest release of its integrated hybrid cloud platform. VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3 introduces integrated cloud management platform (CMP) capabilities that will provide customers with a simplified path to building a hybrid cloud based on consistent infrastructure and operations. The platform will deliver management and provisioning of compute, network, storage and application services at scale across hybrid cloud environments via integrations with VMware vRealize Automation, vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight.

In response to the ever-increasing demand for faster innovation, customers are embracing more agile, service-oriented IT models that rely on both private and public clouds. In a 2016 VMware customer survey, 60 percent of enterprise customers polled stated they are using a public cloud. VMware Cloud Foundation delivers to customers a direct path to the hybrid cloud by providing them a common infrastructure that can be deployed on-premises or run as a service from the cloud with a consistent operational experience across clouds.

Aporeto Launches Security Solution for Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Applications

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Aporeto today announced the launch of the first Zero Trust Security solution for the enterprise based on finely-tuned application identity, context and intent. The solution continuously monitors and protects applications, by replacing network security based approaches with a radically simple identity and authorization system.

Aporeto's security is decoupled from the infrastructure and network; the solution transparently binds to applications to provide them with identity and protect them according to their context and operations intent using end-to-end cryptographic techniques. This approach is underpinned by the "zero trust" principle that assumes that any part of the infrastructure can be compromised at any given time. In contrast, the common approaches of security products are to provide static, infrastructure-dependent protection that must constantly be reconfigured to address application needs.

Enterprise Cloud Data Management leader, Informatica, is using Aporeto as the company continues to deliver and grow its portfolio of data management solutions as cloud services.

Cavirin Adds the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to its Hybrid Cloud Security Assessment and Remediation Platform

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Cavirin Systems, Inc. offers continuous security assessment and remediation for hybrid clouds, containers, and data centers, via the most comprehensive curated library of industry guidelines, control frameworks, and best practices.

Cavirin today announced support for the NIST Cybersecurity Framework on its Hybrid Cloud Security Platform. The Framework outlines the best risk management practices and principles that organizations should apply to improve the security and resilience of their critical infrastructures. It helps organizations avoid the failures in processes and policies that are the source of many of today's breaches. To create this guidance, the NIST Framework leverages current standards and guidelines, such as ISO, COBIT, CIS, and other NIST documents.

Cavirin unifies and automates continuous cybersecurity risk management for hybrid infrastructures prevalent in the enterprise. Cavirin's customers can select the NIST Cybersecurity Framework as one of the Platform's many control frameworks for assessing their infrastructure against the framework requirements, prioritizing and remediating any open issues found, thereby enhancing their security and risk posture. Cavirin's security team has analyzed this draft NIST document and translated the guidance into a set of technical controls that help organizations automatically align to the document's recommendations. A detailed description of Cavirin's NIST support is available on the NIST Industry Resources page. Cavirin's NIST Framework primer is here.

Scale Computing Collaborates with Google Cloud on HC3 Cloud Unity

Scale Computing announced that it is working with Google to develop HC3 Cloud Unity, a hybrid cloud solution that makes it easy for organizations, including channel partners and MSPS, to move application workloads freely in the cloud or on-premises. 

HC3 Cloud Unity allows an organization's apps to use resources in the cloud and on-prem at the same time, and enables apps solely created for on-prem to now run on Google Cloud Platform. 

"One of the biggest barriers to cloud adoption for IT organizations is the inability to move applications to and from the cloud," said Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder of Scale Computing. "With HC3 Cloud Unity, Google and Scale have laid a massive two-way speedway across the HC3 clusters on-premises and HC3 on Google Cloud Platform. This network means organizations no longer have to use or create different apps for the cloud, they can utilize their apps created for on-prem to run in the Google Cloud, which will be a game changer of end users, channel partners and MSPs globally." 

DXC Technology Announces Service Offerings for Microsoft Azure to Enable Digital Transformation in a Hybrid Cloud Environment

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DXC Technology announced new application and managed service offerings for Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack that provide a wide range of services to accelerate and efficiently scale digital strategies across both public and private clouds. 

"Enterprises and public sector clients are facing increasing business pressures and regulatory changes that are accelerating the need for flexible, scalable cloud solutions," said Dan Hushon, senior vice president, chief technology officer, DXC Technology. "They need to optimize operations and performance across platforms to decrease costs and increase agility - all while maintaining compliance.

"The services we're announcing today help clients with their Microsoft Azure strategies by providing the specialized tools, methods and skills needed to build, modernize, transform and migrate applications," Hushon continued. "They demonstrate commitment to strengthen our relationship with Microsoft to deliver services for Azure that empower enterprises to thrive in today's dynamic business landscape."

Caringo Announces Swarm Hybrid Cloud for Microsoft Azure

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Caringo announced today the availability of Caringo Swarm Hybrid Cloud for Microsoft Azure, allowing its customers to replicate files from S3, NFS, and HDFS to Azure in the Azure native Blob format. By seamlessly converting files from an S3 object, Caringo object, Azure Blob or NFS accessible file, you can send files to Azure for analysis, protection and long-term archive.

Most organizations are quickly outgrowing their traditional network attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) devices and data growth continues to outpace storage resources and strain budgets. Organizations need to combine the security of a private cloud with the efficiency and additional services of a public cloud. Caringo Swarm Hybrid Cloud for Microsoft Azure provides the flexibility and agility to execute computing tasks, while keeping the most vital components behind your company's firewall.

Red Hat and Microsoft Simplify Containers to Help Enterprises Accelerate to the Hybrid Cloud

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Microsoft Corp. and Red Hat, Inc. today announced an expansion of the two companies' alliance with plans for new initiatives aimed at enabling enterprises to more easily adopt containers. This includes native support for Windows Server containers on Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated on Microsoft Azure, and SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift. These additions to the companies' joint roadmap will focus on simplifying container technologies to help enterprise customers increase the agility and drive digital transformation using hybrid cloud.

Continuing their commitment to deliver choice and flexibility to enterprise customers, Microsoft and Red Hat will extend the integrated, co-located Microsoft and Red Hat support to enable these new offerings across platforms. This helps to assure IT organizations that whatever challenges they face on their path to digital transformation, Microsoft and Red Hat will stand by them together.

Platform9 Raises $22 Million Series C Funding to Reimagine Hybrid Clouds

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Platform9, the open-source-as-a-service company making hybrid clouds easy, today announced it has raised $22 million in Series C funding led by Canvas Ventures. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) also participated in the round, as did existing investors Redpoint Ventures and Menlo Ventures. The funding round, which brings Platform9's total capital raised to date to $36.5 million, allows the company to scale its pioneering cloud delivery model, which makes it easy to deploy, manage and maintain hybrid clouds with popular cloud frameworks, such as Kubernetes, OpenStack and Fission. The new capital enables Platform9 to scale its global salesforce, product and marketing teams, as well as boost engineering investments as it expands its innovation agenda to deliver new capabilities for hybrid clouds.

"Enterprises today are racing to adopt the cloud, but struggle with managing numerous infrastructure silos, ranging from legacy virtualized data centers to pockets of public cloud deployments," said Sirish Raghuram, CEO, Platform9. "With our novel SaaS approach to complex cloud frameworks, we enable infrastructure anywhere to be easily managed using industry-leading open-source frameworks such as Kubernetes and OpenStack. Today, Platform9 is enabling DevOps, reducing costs and accelerating cloud transformation for more than 200 clouds worldwide."

Nutanix Reboots The Hybrid Cloud With Single OS for the Multi-cloud Era

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Nutanix announced at its .NEXT Conference 2017 that the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS will be delivered as a full software stack with new multi-cloud capabilities in Nutanix Calm and a new cloud service called Nutanix Xi Cloud Services. The new offerings take a fresh approach to hybrid cloud, empowering customers to use Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Software throughout their multi-cloud deployments, including on-premises with platforms from IBM, Dell EMC, Lenovo, Cisco and HPE, in the cloud via AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Azure or natively with Nutanix Xi Cloud Services.

In the multi-cloud era, data and applications are dispersed not just across enterprise private and public clouds, but also distributed remote office/branch office (ROBO) and disaster recovery (DR) environments, as well as edge computing use cases. Today's enterprises want to build these diverse deployment options into their end-to-end cloud designs, without disjointed IT operations or lock-in to any one virtualization or cloud stack. A single software OS brings a new approach to unifying these multiple clouds - across the full compute, storage and network stack - which dramatically simplifies operations with common IT tooling, enabling application mobility across clouds, while remaining open to any hardware, hypervisor, or cloud.