Hybrid Cloud

Tegile Integrates With Cisco to Unite Flash Storage With Hybrid Cloud Management for Enterprises

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Tegile Systems, the leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays for databases, virtualized server and virtual desktop environments, today announced an integration with Cisco UCS Director to orchestrate and automate an end-to-end IT converged infrastructure management process.

IT deployment of data center resources make the difference between a successful enterprise and an ineffective one. Tegile’s IntelliStack integration with Cisco UCS Director improves consistency efficiency and speed. Through the integration, enterprises are able to deploy the latest in flash storage technology from Tegile supported with the Cisco UCS Director interface that manages infrastructure components including compute, network, virtualization and storage as well as public clouds such as Amazon and Azure.

Datalink Showcases Secure Hybrid Cloud Solution at Cisco Live 2016

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Today at Cisco Live, Cisco's annual IT and communications conference, Datalink (DTLK) announced the addition of secure hybrid cloud capabilities to its all-in-one Cloud Complete package of services and solutions for fast-tracking IT transformation and associated cloud deployments. Cloud Complete bundles strategic planning, design and security services with both converged and hyperconverged infrastructures, private and hybrid cloud build-out, and technical support, creating a project framework that shortens cloud rollouts from months to weeks.

The new Cloud Complete security enhancement enables security policies to be defined within the hybrid cloud environment at the application level, based on an analysis of client workloads by Datalink consultants. The resulting microsegmentation - achieved through the software-defined network (SDN) features of the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)- makes it possible to segregate sensitive information such as billing and customer data to mitigate the risk that a hacker traversing the network laterally will be able to gain access to the most privileged accounts.

Acronis Delivers Broad Data Protection for Apps and Data in Microsoft Environments

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Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection, today announced its new Acronis Backup Cloud Extension for Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto. The new offerings enable Microsoft Cloud Services Providers (CSPs) to easily provision and manage a highly flexible range of backup services across physical and virtual environments, while supporting the broad range of devices in use by businesses today. By plugging Acronis Backup Cloud into Azure or Azure Stack environments, Microsoft CSPs have a new and simple option to add increased value to their offerings by selling more complete backup and data protection services to customers.

Today's small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) face new challenges when it comes to data protection, including massive increases in data volume, complex computing environments, more digital business processes and mobile workers, as well as man-made and natural disasters and cyber-threats. In addition, SMBs struggle to protect data in virtual, physical, and mobile IT environments, with 48 percent of SMBs running both virtual and physical systems, and almost 60 percent of SMBs using mobile devices for work-related activities.

Catalogic Software Talks Copy Data Management, Hybrid Cloud, Oracle and More

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Catalogic Software recently announced a new software release that provides: dramatically easier management and use of Oracle database copies, the market's only Copy Data Management (CDM) support for the EMC Unity storage family, and Integration with AWS S3 for cloud-based data retention. These are just a few of the many exciting new features in the latest release of Catalogic ECX 2.4.  To find out more, I spoke with Catalogic Software's VP of Marketing, Tom Grave.

The REAL State of Cloud

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Private clouds are a waste of money and hybrid clouds are mistaken investments.

That's what Lydia Leong of Gartner says anyway.

With no published end-user research other than a conference straw poll, the Gartner cloud myth is that there is just one way to "cloud." If it's not a public cloud (and presumably an AWS public cloud) then you are just wasting your time and money drinking the Kool-Aid of legacy vendors.

An update on security in the hybrid cloud: Where do we go from here?

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Even in mid-2016, very few who are serious about cloud computing will tell customers that out of the box public cloud services are as secure as their corporate data centres. At the same time no-one would suggest introducing mission critical applications and data into a brand new data centre environment without first planning and implementing proper physical, network, server, and application security controls.

Many organisations distrust moving corporate data and application assets into the public cloud. Loss of control of these assets is the most common reason stated; this is code for loss of control over the security aspects of the environment. To answer this, public cloud providers have developed some form of Shared Security Responsibility model...

6 Tips for Increasing the Portability of Your Hybrid Cloud Security Strategy

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The prices and services that cloud infrastructure providers offer change so often that you may be doing yourself a disservice by tying your hybrid cloud to one particular vendor. We’re even starting to see services emerge that shift workloads transparently between cloud providers to give customers the best deal.

Security should be a high priority in any scenario, however, and strategies for hybrid cloud environments must take into account the potential for frequent movement of data between public clouds as well as between public and private clouds. Here are six factors to consider to ensure that your security strategy is portable across all services and service providers...

Cirba Launches Densify.com SaaS-Based Analytics for Densifying and De-Risking Hybrid Clouds

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With the launch of Densify.com, Cirba Inc. takes away the effort and time necessary to deliver highly efficient and risk-free cloud infrastructure. At the core of Densify.com is Cirba’s proven predictive analytics engine which is managed for customers by world leading Densification Engineers.

“We recognized that many IT organizations want risk-free efficiency but haven’t the manpower nor the necessary analytics to deliver. The result has been to over-provision, in some cases by a lot,” said Gerry Smith, CEO of Cirba. “With Densify.com, we are offering these IT organizations very simple, fast and risk-free means to maximize infrastructure efficiency.”

Ixia Announces CloudLens Platform to Deliver Visibility Across Private, Public, and Hybrid Clouds

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Ixia, a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, today announced CloudLens, a platform consisting of existing Ixia solutions and planned products that will integrate network visibility across private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. Combining the power of Ixia's virtual network taps, packet and application flow filtering, Netflow with advanced application identification and geographic location, SSL decryption, and industry-leading deduplication capabilities, Ixia’s CloudLens platform provides service providers, cloud providers, and enterprises with unprecedented insight into network traffic in both physical and virtualized environments.

Hyperscale deployments are characterized by continuous configuration changes based on demand. While resource pooling and elastic scale are part of the cloud value proposition, the ability to monitor virtual traffic flows at the same scale has been limited. Ixia’s CloudLens platform will provide the framework for virtual taps and data filtering to meet the elastic demands of cloud customers in a multi-tenant self-serve model. Using products in the CloudLens platform, users will be able to deploy a highly scalable traffic monitoring system in a matter of minutes, not hours or days.

Securing the hybrid cloud: What skills do you need?

Grazed from CSO. Author: Brian Dye.

With enterprises moving to hybrid cloud environments, IT architectures are increasingly spread among on-premises infrastructure and public and private cloud platforms. Hybrid models offer many well-documented benefits, but they also introduce more complexity for securing data and applications across the enterprise. And this added complexity requires an increasingly diverse skill set for security teams.

That’s a challenge, considering the growing cybersecurity skills shortage. In one recent study, 46% of organizations said they have a “problematic shortage” of cybersecurity skills – up from 28% just a year ago. One-third of those respondents said their biggest gap was with cloud security specialists. Modern security teams require a broad and deep mix of technology skills, ranging from twists on traditional network and OS technology all the way to security on data itself, to address a rapidly evolving threat landscape...