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3 Things You Need to Consider Before Choosing a Cloud Services Provider 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO CONSIDER BEFORE CHOOSING A CLOUD SERVICES PROVIDER

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Feb 10, 2017

Choosing a cloud services provider isn’t a decision to rush into. After all, you’re moving your business critical data and applications into the cloud. You want to make sure everything goes smoothly, and no sensitive data or files slip through the cracks. The right cloud services provide...

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4 Tips to Build IT Resilience Before the Next Amazon Cloud Outage 4 TIPS TO BUILD IT RESILIENCE BEFORE THE NEXT AMAZON CLOUD OUTAGE

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Mar 08, 2017

We all love Amazon. Where else can you buy things at 2 a.m. and enjoy the feeling of regret two days later? Not to mention, Amazon is a huge provider of cloud services for popular websites like Buzzfeed, Pinterest, Netflix and Spotify.

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Pivotal Q&A: Building Fast, Agile Applications at Scale With Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Redis Labs PIVOTAL Q&A: BUILDING FAST, AGILE APPLICATIONS AT SCALE WITH PIVOTAL CLOUD FOUNDRY AND REDIS LABS

blog article

Sep 25, 2017

The modern application needs to cater to a variety of functions and services. They need to accomplish both transactions, analytics, operational processing, and so on. Often they deal with a wide variety of data – from location to relationships to documents or graph. They can be legacy or brand...

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Redise Cloud Private is Now Generally Available REDISE CLOUD PRIVATE IS NOW GENERALLY AVAILABLE

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Dec 06, 2017

We are excited to announce that Redis Enterprise Cloud Private (RCP) is now generally available, with simplified signup and automated management. This release brings customers the power to deploy fully managed Redis Enterprise within their VPC in a zero touch and seamless manner.

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Bringing hybrid cloud Java and Spring apps to Azure and Azure Stack BRINGING HYBRID CLOUD JAVA AND SPRING APPS TO AZURE AND AZURE STACK

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Dec 05, 2017

Microsoft is proud to be a platinum sponsor of Pivotal’s SpringOne Platform conference, which started yesterday in San Francisco. SpringOne Platform is a premier destination for enterprise developers and architects who are passionate about cloud-native applications, and IT leaders that have se...

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cloud-init for RHEL 7.4 and CentOS 7.4 preview CLOUD-INIT FOR RHEL 7.4 AND CENTOS 7.4 PREVIEW

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Dec 06, 2017

cloud-init is an increasingly popular way to configure Linux VMs. Today we are pleased to announce a preview of provisioning RHEL 7.4 and CentOS 7.4 using cloud-init. This will allow you to migrate existing cloud-init configurations to Azure from other environments.

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7 Ways Enterprise Cloud Satisfies the IT Wishlist 7 WAYS ENTERPRISE CLOUD SATISFIES THE IT WISHLIST

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Nov 30, 2017

Enterprise cloud can provide the craveable “pay-as-you-go” model of the public cloud but potentially at a much lower cost, while giving you a common foundation to run legacy apps alongside cloud-native applications. No ugly rip and replace required.

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Nutanix and Citrix Pave Way for Hybrid Cloud VDI with Nutanix InstantON For Citrix Cloud NUTANIX AND CITRIX PAVE WAY FOR HYBRID CLOUD VDI WITH NUTANIX INSTANTON FOR CITRIX CLOUD

blog article

Dec 08, 2017

We understand your desire to take advantage of the benefits of VDI. But we also know you just aren’t sure how to easily get there because we hear the same thing all the time.

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Lax Cloud Management Creates a Sustained Risk of Enterprise Data Breaches LAX CLOUD MANAGEMENT CREATES A SUSTAINED RISK OF ENTERPRISE DATA BREACHES

blog article

Aug 10, 2017

There’s an alarming trend in IT security breaches lately. IT administrators are posting confidential data to cloud servers where the data has little to no protection from hackers and other unauthorized users.  In June, Deep Root Analytics, a data firm working on behalf of the Republican N...

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kiteworks 3 Brings Automation and Cloud Storage Integration to Enterprise File Sharing KITEWORKS 3 BRINGS AUTOMATION AND CLOUD STORAGE INTEGRATION TO ENTERPRISE FILE SHARING

blog article

Nov 01, 2017

Enterprises run on content, and today that content is everywhere: on Enterprise Content Management (ECM) platforms like Microsoft SharePoint and OpenText Documentum, on cloud services such as Office 365, and on public-cloud services like Box, Dropbox and Google Drive. When organizations share conten...

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An economic framework for cloud migration (pt. 2) AN ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK FOR CLOUD MIGRATION (PT. 2)

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Oct 17, 2017

A couple weeks ago, we introduced the first two steps of a framework we’re sharing with IT teams to help them work through their cloud migration.  In steps 1 and 2, we covered why creating a baseline is important for planning your migration and how creating a business case will establish ...

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5 capabilities of effective cloud cost management 5 CAPABILITIES OF EFFECTIVE CLOUD COST MANAGEMENT

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Nov 08, 2017

Public cloud costs are buried in monthly billing detail across multiple accounts and providers, business units, and teams. As a result, IT leaders do not have visibility into the total cost of supporting technology services and cannot make informed decisions about the most effective use of the publi...

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Hybrid Cloud and Multi-Cloud Mix Dominate Deployments HYBRID CLOUD AND MULTI-CLOUD MIX DOMINATE DEPLOYMENTS

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Nov 16, 2017

There are clouds on the horizon for 2018 – lots of them. According to new data from 451 Research, companies are spending more than ever on hybrid cloud environments and multi-cloud services and they’re investing in all types of cloud infrastructures.  Nearly 90% of large companies s...

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The Digital Healthcare Revolution: Are You Ready to Move to the Cloud? THE DIGITAL HEALTHCARE REVOLUTION: ARE YOU READY TO MOVE TO THE CLOUD?

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Nov 21, 2017

Between technological advances and patient expectations, healthcare providers find themselves in the middle of a digital healthcare revolution. What once was an analog world, is now transforming into an online highway, fully equipped with new tools and new ways of providing care. These digital healt...

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Blending the Power of ONTAP Cloud on AWS with VMware Cloud on AWS BLENDING THE POWER OF ONTAP CLOUD ON AWS WITH VMWARE CLOUD ON AWS

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Nov 28, 2017

You may wonder what NetApp is up to with our latest efforts with VMware and Amazon Web Services. Most of Netapp’s customers are well aware of our long partnership with VMware. We have many mutual customers who are using NetApp® storage behind their on-premises VMware environments. But we a...

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NetApp Neutrality: The Four Pillars For Working Across Public Clouds NETAPP NEUTRALITY: THE FOUR PILLARS FOR WORKING ACROSS PUBLIC CLOUDS

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Nov 28, 2017

Even for tried and true workloads, there’s more to NetApp’s cloud strategy than “ONTAP® everywhere.” SnapMirror® is a popular way to back up data, but it isn’t the only one. NetApp’s AltaVault™ finds the cheapest place to put storage, and places it t...

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John Engates’ Cloud Predictions for 2018 JOHN ENGATES’ CLOUD PREDICTIONS FOR 2018

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Nov 30, 2017

I’m lucky enough to spend a good portion of each working year with customers and speaking at conferences, where I get to hear from the best and brightest on virtually every subject related to cloud computing — which at this point is basically everything, from smart home devices to follow...

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Managing Sensitive Health Data in the Public Cloud MANAGING SENSITIVE HEALTH DATA IN THE PUBLIC CLOUD

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Dec 01, 2017

When two healthcare IT veterans realized that a whopping 32 percent of all prescriptions called into pharmacies don’t get picked up, they decided to do something about it and founded a business to help close the gap. Their company, ScriptDrop contracts directly with pharmaceutical companies to...

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Next-Gen Managed Service Providers Utilize Uber Model to Drive Multi-Cloud Success NEXT-GEN MANAGED SERVICE PROVIDERS UTILIZE UBER MODEL TO DRIVE MULTI-CLOUD SUCCESS

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Nov 29, 2017

In the new multi-cloud world, next-generation managed service providers (MSPs) can also leverage Uber-like concepts to help enterprises achieve breakthrough performance and efficiencies in managing their business applications across heterogeneous cloud environments.

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How the Right Load Balancer Can Reduce the Cost of Your Private Cloud HOW THE RIGHT LOAD BALANCER CAN REDUCE THE COST OF YOUR PRIVATE CLOUD

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Nov 30, 2017

Load balancers play a critical role in the world of infrastructure. They improve the performance of applications by distributing network or application traffic across the servers in your environment.

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3 strategies for migrating applications to the cloud 3 STRATEGIES FOR MIGRATING APPLICATIONS TO THE CLOUD

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Nov 14, 2017

Companies used to automatically default to the former “lifting and shifting” existing apps to the cloud. And that made sense at the time because it helped them capture the low-hanging fruit: IT cost savings without a lot of effort.

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Workday Cloud Platform: Building for a dynamic future WORKDAY CLOUD PLATFORM: BUILDING FOR A DYNAMIC FUTURE

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Nov 14, 2017

Workday’s annual gathering of customers, prospective customers, partners, and employees, Workday shared the latest on the open Workday Cloud Platform, its Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Run Microsoft Office in the Cloud 3 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD RUN MICROSOFT OFFICE IN THE CLOUD

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Nov 20, 2017

When Microsoft introduced Office 365 in 2010, few enterprises ran all of their mission-critical business applications in the cloud. That’s changed dramatically over the last seven years. In fact, in July, Microsoft announced that revenue from its cloud-based Office 365 surpassed that from its ...

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The Essential Question to Ask When You’re Securing Your Cloud Operations THE ESSENTIAL QUESTION TO ASK WHEN YOU’RE SECURING YOUR CLOUD OPERATIONS

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Nov 28, 2017

Modern security products can leverage the cloud for real-time intelligence. The intrusion prevention systems, endpoint protection solutions, and security information and event management tools running in our data centers rely on cloud-based threat intelligence to provide real-time updates as the thr...

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Cloud Computing Security: Provider & Consumer Responsibilities CLOUD COMPUTING SECURITY: PROVIDER & CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITIES

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Aug 31, 2017

Cloud always comes as a Shared Responsibility model between a service provider (example Amazon, Azure Google) and customers using this service.

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How to manage Change Management process in Cloud HOW TO MANAGE CHANGE MANAGEMENT PROCESS IN CLOUD

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Nov 03, 2017

Change Management (CM) is one of the ITIL processes responsible for controlling the life cycle of IT Infrastructure. The main objective of this process is to enable changes to be made while ensuring minimum disruption in IT services.

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Shining a Light on Shadow IT: Jason Crist on the Future of Cloud Security SHINING A LIGHT ON SHADOW IT: JASON CRIST ON THE FUTURE OF CLOUD SECURITY

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Oct 24, 2017

As impatient employees demand access to new cloud-based services and devices - which sometimes don't mesh with an organization's existing security framework - they're not taking no for an answer.

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Cloud Generation Endpoint Security – Protect Your Users Everywhere and On All Devices CLOUD GENERATION ENDPOINT SECURITY – PROTECT YOUR USERS EVERYWHERE AND ON ALL DEVICES

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Nov 12, 2017

We took on that challenge with the introduction of Symantec Endpoint Protection 14 (SEP) one year ago. For the first time, customers could combat cyber threats with an integrated defense platform that would fully orchestrate prevention, detection and response across endpoints, gateways, messaging an...

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Spotinst and Hashicorp Nomad to Reduce EC2 Costs for Users SPOTINST AND HASHICORP NOMAD TO REDUCE EC2 COSTS FOR USERS

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Nov 21, 2017

This is a guest post from Pavel Klushin, Solutions Architect at Spotinst. Spotinst is an online cloud management platform which allows companies to run their mission-critical applications and manage their infrastructure while reducing costs by up to 80%.

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HashiCorp Vault 0.9 HASHICORP VAULT 0.9

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Nov 14, 2017

The 0.9 release of Vault is focused on new functionality that improves Vault’s governance and data security capabilities across globally-distributed, multi-cloud environments.

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DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN FOR RACKSPACE CLOUD SERVERS DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN FOR RACKSPACE CLOUD SERVERS

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Sep 29, 2017

Irrespective of whether you use the Cloud or dedicated servers, it is essential that you should have a proper plan of countering any event if something goes wrong. To put it as simply as possible, technology breaks sometimes.

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CLOUD SERVICES COMPARISON: AMAZON VS MICROSOFT AZURE VS GOOGLE CLOUD CLOUD SERVICES COMPARISON: AMAZON VS MICROSOFT AZURE VS GOOGLE CLOUD

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Nov 17, 2017

As companies are gaining business momentum at a rampant pace, the use and application of different cloud services have become talk of the town. Companies are shifting from self-maintained data centers, as they are expensive to maintain and are not fully scalable. Cloud services have proved to be piv...

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Overcoming the Top 5 E-Commerce Marketing Challenges with Ingram Micro’s Cloud Store OVERCOMING THE TOP 5 E-COMMERCE MARKETING CHALLENGES WITH INGRAM MICRO’S CLOUD STORE

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Sep 28, 2017

What aspect of e-commerce marketing do you find the most challenging? If you’re like most business marketers, there are several areas. Some of the most common challenges today include lead generation, proving ROI on your activities, securing a marketing budget, managing your site and identifyi...

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Ingram Micro Cloud, Samsung and AWS Deliver Windows® as a Service to Mobile Prosumers INGRAM MICRO CLOUD, SAMSUNG AND AWS DELIVER WINDOWS® AS A SERVICE TO MOBILE PROSUMERS

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Oct 05, 2017

Ingram Micro Cloud’s collaboration with AWS takes this mobile solution even further. Amazon WorkSpaces is a virtual Microsoft Windows desktop that is served from AWS cloud and includes Windows, virtual CPU, memory and storage.

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Build hyperscale digital and advanced cloud commerce with the latest Odin Automation Premium 7.2 release BUILD HYPERSCALE DIGITAL AND ADVANCED CLOUD COMMERCE WITH THE LATEST ODIN AUTOMATION PREMIUM 7.2 RELEASE

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Oct 11, 2017

Today we have launched a new release of the Ingram Micro Cloud’s flagship platform, Odin Automation (OA) Premium, the hyperscale digital commerce platform that provides significant enhancements for the world’s leading service providers.

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Improved Scalability and Usability is Here with Cloud Marketplace October 2017 Update IMPROVED SCALABILITY AND USABILITY IS HERE WITH CLOUD MARKETPLACE OCTOBER 2017 UPDATE

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Oct 30, 2017

The Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace undergoes an upgrade to its core systems as part of our ongoing commitment to better support our reseller partners.

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iland cloud at UK VMUG UserCon ILAND CLOUD AT UK VMUG USERCON

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Nov 14, 2017

With cloud adoption standing at 88% amongst UK organisations, embracing the cloud revolution is now mainstream.

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Leading UK Property Company talks about the value of the VMware Powered iland cloud LEADING UK PROPERTY COMPANY TALKS ABOUT THE VALUE OF THE VMWARE POWERED ILAND CLOUD

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Nov 17, 2017

At VMworld Europe this year, we were lucky to have many iland customers at the event to share their experiences on leveraging Secure Cloud services from our VMware Powered global cloud.

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Cloud Compliance Explained: 4 Keys for Success CLOUD COMPLIANCE EXPLAINED: 4 KEYS FOR SUCCESS

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Oct 20, 2017

Cloud compliance is a huge issue for a majority of organizations, and it all begins the second you decide to migrate your data to the cloud. Until recently, most Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) only focused on providing data storage and cloud storage services to companies, without much energy dedicat...

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Multi-Clouds Are Trending: Why You Should Care MULTI-CLOUDS ARE TRENDING: WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

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Oct 26, 2017

In spite of the potential challenges associated with a multi-cloud strategy, CIOs and IT teams understand it can also offer substantial cost-related and agility benefits when utilized in a measured and strategic way.

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In the Cloud Age, Sales is a Team Sport IN THE CLOUD AGE, SALES IS A TEAM SPORT

blog article

Nov 29, 2016

Sales is stereotypically thought of as an extremely individualized occupation. The clichéd salesperson of popular lore is a competitive, single-minded loner who is constantly out-of-pocket chasing deals on the golf-course.

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Finding the right cloud collaboration solution for your business FINDING THE RIGHT CLOUD COLLABORATION SOLUTION FOR YOUR BUSINESS

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Sep 21, 2017

Organizations are built on ever-growing networks of individuals, teams, clients, partners and suppliers. It means that today’s agile organization must be able to work seamlessly across organizational and geographical boundaries.

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Free your archive data, move it to any cloud FREE YOUR ARCHIVE DATA, MOVE IT TO ANY CLOUD

blog article

Dec 21, 2016

Today we announced Freedom Archive, a new product that frees up inactive data from expensive on premise storage, frees up people from managing archaic tape archival processes, and provides the freedom to use any cloud provider.

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Hybrid Cloud Storage: A Smarter Storage Model HYBRID CLOUD STORAGE: A SMARTER STORAGE MODEL

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May 10, 2017

The cloud should not be just another storage tier where you unload your unstructured data/user files into a storage silo.

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Are Your Enterprise Files Safe in the Cloud? Yes, with Nasuni’s Security Model ARE YOUR ENTERPRISE FILES SAFE IN THE CLOUD? YES, WITH NASUNI’S SECURITY MODEL

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Oct 27, 2017

Security is central to everything we do at Nasuni. In 2017, our hybrid cloud file services platform and global file system were put through comprehensive security audits by some of the world’s most security-conscious enterprises.

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Nasuni Partners with Varonis to Bring Greater Security to Hybrid Cloud File Services NASUNI PARTNERS WITH VARONIS TO BRING GREATER SECURITY TO HYBRID CLOUD FILE SERVICES

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Oct 11, 2017

Data security has historically been a barrier to moving data into the cloud. Nasuni’s advanced security model overcomes this issue for the many enterprises replacing legacy NAS and on-premises file servers with our hybrid cloud platform.

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The fairest of them all - SecureVault Cloud Backup and DR THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL - SECUREVAULT CLOUD BACKUP AND DR

blog article

Feb 28, 2017

The use of the Cloud to back up data is, like most uses of Cloud, rising exponentially. But with so many providers offering a seemingly-perfect solution, how can you be sure you are making the right choice for your business? Blue Chip’s Sales and Marketing Director, Anthony Green, explains why...

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Five advantages of Cloud Computing that will make you want to switch FIVE ADVANTAGES OF CLOUD COMPUTING THAT WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO SWITCH

blog article

Jul 17, 2017

Cloud Computing may no longer be the new kid on the block in IT circles but it’s not as mainstream as you might think; in fact, a recent Eurostat report shows that in 2016 65% of UK Enterprises had yet to migrate to the Cloud.

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Granularity is critical for data protection at scale GRANULARITY IS CRITICAL FOR DATA PROTECTION AT SCALE

blog article

Oct 24, 2017

Traditional storage operating at LUN or volume granularity makes cloud data protection inefficient.

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Achieving maximum efficiency from cloud data protection ACHIEVING MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY FROM CLOUD DATA PROTECTION

blog article

Nov 07, 2017

Tintri introduced Cloud Connector, our goal was to create a solution for cloud data protection that was extremely efficient.

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Hybrid Cloud Storage: Respecting Physics HYBRID CLOUD STORAGE: RESPECTING PHYSICS

blog article

May 24, 2017

Before having a physics discussion, let’s make sure we all agree on a few basic definitions. The Forrester report states that, “Hybrid clouds are the future state of compute and storage for enterprises in the age of the customer.”

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Virtualization Software Will Not Just Survive, It Will Thrive In a Cloud Computing World VIRTUALIZATION SOFTWARE WILL NOT JUST SURVIVE, IT WILL THRIVE IN A CLOUD COMPUTING WORLD

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Aug 23, 2017

Deutsche Bank had overestimated AWS’s threat to VMware’s business. They have come to realize that the company’s server virtualization software can continue to thrive in a cloud computing world.

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Don’t Take SaaS for Granted Make Sure Your Deployments Go Smoothly DON’T TAKE SAAS FOR GRANTED MAKE SURE YOUR DEPLOYMENTS GO SMOOTHLY

blog article

Oct 19, 2017

Cloud application adoption is a force that can’t be stopped. And honestly, do any IT leaders really want to stop it? There are a lot of benefits to using cloud and SaaS applications.

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3 Network Problems That Affect the Cloud App End-User Experience 3 NETWORK PROBLEMS THAT AFFECT THE CLOUD APP END-USER EXPERIENCE

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Oct 23, 2017

When you’re using the cloud, the network is a crucial part of every application. There isn’t anything local; all access is over either the public internet or a direct connection to the cloud. While the cloud provider can ensure adequate resources for performance on their backend, they ha...

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APIs Connect Apps—And Slow Them Down APIS CONNECT APPS—AND SLOW THEM DOWN

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Oct 30, 2017

APIs build bridges between applications. Now that companies are moving quickly to cloud-based and SaaS applications, these APIs are a lifesaver.

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Construct Your Cloud Infrastructure for Performance, Efficiency CONSTRUCT YOUR CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE FOR PERFORMANCE, EFFICIENCY

blog article

Oct 27, 2017

Cloud infrastructures come in a lot of different flavors these days, but they all need to perform well and consistently if they’re going to succeed.

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Mapping the rise of enterprise cloud solutions MAPPING THE RISE OF ENTERPRISE CLOUD SOLUTIONS

blog article

Aug 01, 2017

Google Trends data is one good indicator of popularity, as you can track the web search volume of cloud-related terms in this case, Public Cloud, Private Cloud, and Enterprise Cloud. But first, let’s examine what defines these terms.

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Cloud Connector: enable hybrid cloud services by tying Tintri to AWS and IBM Cloud Object Storage CLOUD CONNECTOR: ENABLE HYBRID CLOUD SERVICES BY TYING TINTRI TO AWS AND IBM CLOUD OBJECT STORAGE

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Aug 16, 2017

We believe that the modern data center will be part of a multi-cloud model. Organizations will run multiple on-premises private clouds and public clouds simultaneously. That’s why it’s imperative that Tintri’s Enterprise Cloud platform be tightly integrated with public cloud.

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Tintri takes Enterprise Cloud to new heights with latest launch TINTRI TAKES ENTERPRISE CLOUD TO NEW HEIGHTS WITH LATEST LAUNCH

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Aug 16, 2017

Today we announced a slew of new capabilities that advance enterprise cloud. We’ve been using the term enterprise cloud for some time now, but I think we’ve been a little understated.

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Eliminate Transition Points for More Efficient Cloud Data Protection ELIMINATE TRANSITION POINTS FOR MORE EFFICIENT CLOUD DATA PROTECTION

blog article

Oct 10, 2017

When you think about use cases for cloud storage, data protection and disaster recovery are likely among the first things that come to mind. But not all approaches to cloud data protection are the same.

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Contexti’s Big Data as-a-Service In The Cloud Just Got Better With Cloudera Altus CONTEXTI’S BIG DATA AS-A-SERVICE IN THE CLOUD JUST GOT BETTER WITH CLOUDERA ALTUS

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May 26, 2017

We’re excited by the recent announcement of our partner Cloudera on the availability of Altus, which takes the deployment of data platforms and data pipelines in the cloud to the next level.

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Preparing Your Business For Digital Transformation With Data Science & Cloud Computing PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION WITH DATA SCIENCE & CLOUD COMPUTING

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Sep 22, 2017

Modern enterprise technologies generate vast amounts of data, which can be challenging and time-consuming to analyse.

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Comparing Cloud Storage and LTO for Creative Video COMPARING CLOUD STORAGE AND LTO FOR CREATIVE VIDEO

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May 09, 2017

We launched our Cloud File Gateway at NAB in Las Vegas last week and discussed its place in the storage hierarchy with many of the visitors to our booth. We focused on the merits of cloud storage versus a more conventional local LTO library for archived video content.

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Demystifying the Cost of Azure Blob Storage DEMYSTIFYING THE COST OF AZURE BLOB STORAGE

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May 26, 2017

The Microsoft Azure cloud platform offers a vast array of services including cloud storage. Within Azure storage, there are multiple offerings but the most economical is blob object storage.

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ATTN: Cloud Builders- Gear up for Microsoft Ignite ATTN: CLOUD BUILDERS- GEAR UP FOR MICROSOFT IGNITE

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Sep 19, 2017

Summer may almost be over but all the fun and festivities don’t have to end. Microsoft Ignite 2017 is ready to kick off in Orlando providing attendees the chance to learn, network and extend the summer bash a little longer.

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The Single Biggest Benefit Of Enterprise Cloud THE SINGLE BIGGEST BENEFIT OF ENTERPRISE CLOUD

blog article

Oct 09, 2017

Organizations across the globe are increasingly looking to public cloud not to reduce infrastructure costs but to enhance the ability of the business to react more quickly and effectively to the increasingly dynamic marketplace.

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3 Experts Share Critical Considerations for Cloud Migration 3 EXPERTS SHARE CRITICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR CLOUD MIGRATION

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Jul 24, 2017

Resourcing ensure you have the right people, with the right skills within your organization. This will generally need to include recruiting some new dedicated cloud resources, but just as importantly, ensure that your existing staff are trained and brought along on the journey losing them because th...

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At VMworld 2017, Hybrid Cloud Roadblocks and Realities AT VMWORLD 2017, HYBRID CLOUD ROADBLOCKS AND REALITIES

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Sep 08, 2017

For the first two days of the event and beyond, a main conversation in keynotes, in sessions and among attendees was the opportunity presented by the newly available VMware Cloud (VMC) run out of Amazon’s AWS.

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Cloud-Only IoT: Stepping into a Trap CLOUD-ONLY IOT: STEPPING INTO A TRAP

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Aug 22, 2016

Amazon, Microsoft, IBM and other vendors are all dictating that enterprises should build IoT solutions leveraging cloud-based macro processing across gargantuan quantities of data.

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ClearBlade Shatters IoT Scalability Benchmarks Leveraging Oracle Cloud Infrastructure High Performance Servers CLEARBLADE SHATTERS IOT SCALABILITY BENCHMARKS LEVERAGING ORACLE CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE HIGH PERFORMANCE SERVERS

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Oct 03, 2017

The ClearBlade IoT Platform enables companies to build IoT solutions that connect Devices to Enterprise Applications. The ClearBlade Cloud Platform and ClearBlade Edge Platform are specifically engineered to securely and flexibly deploy across any cloud, on-premise infrastructure or industrial gatew...

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Could This Be The World’s Simplest Tier 1 Cloud Data Center Infrastructure? COULD THIS BE THE WORLD’S SIMPLEST TIER 1 CLOUD DATA CENTER INFRASTRUCTURE?

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Oct 23, 2017

Datrium’s goal this year was to ship the world’s simplest infrastructure for compute+primary+secondary storage with cloud data management.  Our rate of progress is the main reason Q3 sales were about 4x Q1, and we’re not slowing down.

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Scaling An Open Convergence System For Hybrid Cloud Infrastructures SCALING AN OPEN CONVERGENCE SYSTEM FOR HYBRID CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURES

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Sep 27, 2017

In a traditional storage array, all data management functions are performed by the storage controller.  As more hosts are added, performance (as seen by a host) decreases because the storage controller is shared by all hosts.

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Cloud First, Encryption Second? CLOUD FIRST, ENCRYPTION SECOND?

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Dec 06, 2016

The Cloud First initiative was meant to drive greater adoption of cloud computing amongst government organizations to help achieve cost savings and all the other wonderful advantages that are driving commercial enterprises to embrace cloud computing.

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IBM Cloud Secure Virtualization: A HyTrust Joint Solution with IBM Cloud and Intel IBM CLOUD SECURE VIRTUALIZATION: A HYTRUST JOINT SOLUTION WITH IBM CLOUD AND INTEL

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Mar 20, 2017

HyTrust is proud to announce our new joint solution with IBM Cloud and Intel, IBM Cloud Secure Virtualization. This new offering solves for security and compliance barriers to cloud adoption, enabling organizations, especially in highly regulated industries, to take full advantage of the efficiency,...

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Universal Data Plane demo: Multi-cloud clusters spanning AWS and Azure UNIVERSAL DATA PLANE DEMO: MULTI-CLOUD CLUSTERS SPANNING AWS AND AZURE

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Sep 22, 2016

It's the idea that you could have a single, programmable data management platform that spans any workload, any cloud, and any storage tier.

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ARM servers help make software-defined storage ready for the cloud era ARM SERVERS HELP MAKE SOFTWARE-DEFINED STORAGE READY FOR THE CLOUD ERA

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Feb 28, 2017

Cloud environments at least the real ones, like those in Amazon, Facebook, and Google use distributed systems as their foundation. And as a leading distributed storage company, Hedvig definitely has a vested interest in that outcome.

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Moving to the Cloud? Avoid these Common Mistakes MOVING TO THE CLOUD? AVOID THESE COMMON MISTAKES

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Jul 31, 2017

Moving to the cloud, however, despite the promised benefits, does not come without its challenges. One thing I've discussed before is ensuring that your network is prepared. Recently, however, I had the opportunity to discuss additional common cloud mistakes with some cloud and storage experts.

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What Multi-Cloud Means for Managed Services WHAT MULTI-CLOUD MEANS FOR MANAGED SERVICES

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Aug 15, 2017

Multi-cloud environments have quickly become the new normal, and hybrid cloud is now an inevitability for many enterprises. RightScale reports that cloud users are running their applications in an average of 1.8 public clouds and 2.3 private ones.

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Cloud First, Encryption Second? CLOUD FIRST, ENCRYPTION SECOND?

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Dec 06, 2016

Many do not consider the government an early adopter of technology or an operator of data centers at the bleeding edge of innovation. The Cloud First initiative was meant to drive greater adoption of cloud computing amongst government organizations to help achieve cost savings and all the other wond...

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IBM Cloud Secure Virtualization: A HyTrust Joint Solution with IBM Cloud and Intel IBM CLOUD SECURE VIRTUALIZATION: A HYTRUST JOINT SOLUTION WITH IBM CLOUD AND INTEL

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Mar 20, 2017

HyTrust is proud to announce our new joint solution with IBM Cloud and Intel, IBM Cloud Secure Virtualization. This new offering solves for security and compliance barriers to cloud adoption, enabling organizations, especially in highly regulated industries, to take full advantage of the efficiency,...

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4 Hybrid Data Storage Strategies for Healthcare Providers 4 HYBRID DATA STORAGE STRATEGIES FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

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Aug 17, 2017

The cloud is a tried-and-true way to make IT more efficient and save money. Companies of all sizes and in all industries rely on the cloud for storing data and running applications. Well, almost all industries.

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How to Help Customers Transition to the Cloud HOW TO HELP CUSTOMERS TRANSITION TO THE CLOUD

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Aug 24, 2017

There are two ways service providers and resellers end up transitioning their customers to the cloud.

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Netskope Threat Research Labs analysis of ongoing cloud aware data theft attack NETSKOPE THREAT RESEARCH LABS ANALYSIS OF ONGOING CLOUD AWARE DATA THEFT ATTACK

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Jul 25, 2017

Netskope Threat Research Labs has become aware of an ongoing data theft attack. The attack begins as an email attachment and results in the installation of banking and credential theft malware, including Ursnif.

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Coin mining malware heads to the cloud with Zminer COIN MINING MALWARE HEADS TO THE CLOUD WITH ZMINER

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Aug 24, 2017

Netskope Threat Research Labs has detected several samples related to a coin miner malware named Zminer. The kill chain begins with the delivery of a drive-by download Zminer executable that downloads payloads from Amazon S3 cloud storage to a victim’s machine and then uses the machine’s...

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Cloud Service Brokerages: How CSB’s Fit in a Multi-Cloud World CLOUD SERVICE BROKERAGES: HOW CSB’S FIT IN A MULTI-CLOUD WORLD

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Aug 21, 2017

Cloud technology continues to both support and disrupt the evolution of digital business. Not surprisingly, spending on cloud computing infrastructure and platforms is expected to grow at a 30% CAGR from 2013 to 2018 compared with 5% growth for overall enterprise IT.

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Multi-Cloud Defined: What Is Multi-Cloud, Exactly? MULTI-CLOUD DEFINED: WHAT IS MULTI-CLOUD, EXACTLY?

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Sep 12, 2017

We’ve been talking about multi-cloud a lot lately here at BMC, and for good reason: managing the complexity of today’s evolving IT environments is what we do.

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Truth or Myth: 5 Cloud Computing Claims Put to the Test TRUTH OR MYTH: 5 CLOUD COMPUTING CLAIMS PUT TO THE TEST

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Sep 27, 2017

Although cloud computing has become standard practice for most IT organizations, the idea is still surprisingly misunderstood.

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Top 5 Capabilities of Multi-Cloud Discovery TOP 5 CAPABILITIES OF MULTI-CLOUD DISCOVERY

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Oct 04, 2017

Holistic cloud management includes multiple initiatives, but one of the most important is also commonly overlooked: discovery.

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Are Application-Specific Clouds the Best Choice for File Storage? ARE APPLICATION-SPECIFIC CLOUDS THE BEST CHOICE FOR FILE STORAGE?

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Aug 11, 2017

These app vendors are on the right track. Cloud object storage that is infinite, has geo-redundancy built-in, and eliminates the need to purchase, provision, and refresh on-premises NAS infrastructure is definitely where the market is headed.

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6 Reasons Your Creative Team Should Use a Cloud File System for Mac File Sharing 6 REASONS YOUR CREATIVE TEAM SHOULD USE A CLOUD FILE SYSTEM FOR MAC FILE SHARING

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Sep 20, 2017

Here are 6 reasons top media, advertising, and consumer brand firms, as well as in-house design departments, are turning to cloud storage platforms like Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, and IBM Cloud Object Storage and cloud file system solutions like Nasuni as the new way to share and transfer large Mac...

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Is My Data Safe in the Cloud? IS MY DATA SAFE IN THE CLOUD?

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Sep 01, 2017

In some cases, worries about security are likely keeping companies from being more aggressive in moving to the cloud.

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Three Ways to Get Your Multi-Cloud Costs Under Control THREE WAYS TO GET YOUR MULTI-CLOUD COSTS UNDER CONTROL

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Sep 20, 2017

The thought of putting your company’s sensitive data in the cloud brought concerns about security, and likely some sleepless nights worrying about outages.

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Top 5 Trends Shaping Up The DC and Cloud Markets TOP 5 TRENDS SHAPING UP THE DC AND CLOUD MARKETS

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Aug 30, 2017

A decade ago, the first cloud computing service became commercially available. It has since been revolutionizing the way businesses consume, process, and share information. It has come a long way from being an industry buzzword to a prominent strategy for organizations looking to impact their agilit...

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Why More than 50% of Cloud Deployments Today are Hybrid WHY MORE THAN 50% OF CLOUD DEPLOYMENTS TODAY ARE HYBRID

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Sep 06, 2017

By enabling public, private and virtual private cloud infrastructure to co-exist and thrive, the hybrid model is reshaping enterprise IT dramatically. According to a recent survey by Netmagic at the 2017 Cloud Leadership Summit, hybrid is now the preferred deployment model for more than 50% of compa...

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TO CLOUD OR NOT TO CLOUD? TO CLOUD OR NOT TO CLOUD?

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Aug 06, 2017

Cloud has many options, standards and methodologies for implementation and configuration.

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TRANSFORMATION MATTERS: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF DEVOPS TRANSFORMATION MATTERS: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF DEVOPS

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Jul 20, 2017

According to the folks at ZDNet, the use of cloud computing will be the only way to deliver the customer experience that will help to ensure the survival of your business in the longer term.

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Red Hat Shares April 2017: OpenStack and private clouds RED HAT SHARES APRIL 2017: OPENSTACK AND PRIVATE CLOUDS

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Apr 26, 2017

OpenStack lets you design a unique yet standardized cloud platform—but why and how are other enterprises using it? We cover that with advice and research.

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Red Hat Shares September 2017: public, private, or hybrid cloud? RED HAT SHARES SEPTEMBER 2017: PUBLIC, PRIVATE, OR HYBRID CLOUD?

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Sep 15, 2017

The differences between public, private, and hybrid clouds may be nuanced, but what you get out of them should be crystal clear. Learn about these differences today.

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Building an Open Cloud Strategy BUILDING AN OPEN CLOUD STRATEGY

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Sep 20, 2017

Open Cloud is not just using Open Source software to build private or hybrid clouds. In my opinion, it is also the adoption of the open source culture and best practices as the cornerstone of an Open Cloud Strategy.

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Simplifying Hybrid Cloud with Automation SIMPLIFYING HYBRID CLOUD WITH AUTOMATION

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Sep 22, 2017

A good cloud management platform (CMP) is a simple application that allows properly identified users to create the resources they need in multiple cloud providers without worrying about the different provider interfaces.

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cloudchat Recap: Talent, Experience and the Cost of Expertise CLOUDCHAT RECAP: TALENT, EXPERIENCE AND THE COST OF EXPERTISE

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Sep 25, 2017

We learned in our previous #cloudchat series that IT transformation is a journey, not a destination. This week, we heard this theme again, in the context of IT decision makers’ careers.

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Rackspace to Provide Partner Managed Cloud for SAP Software RACKSPACE TO PROVIDE PARTNER MANAGED CLOUD FOR SAP SOFTWARE

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Sep 26, 2017

Rackspace® announced today an agreement with SAP® (NYSE: SAP) to provide a partner managed cloud for SAP software solutions.

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Big Data and the Cloud are Disrupting the Financial Services Sector BIG DATA AND THE CLOUD ARE DISRUPTING THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR

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May 12, 2016

The financial services sector is looking to Big Data and the cloud to invest in evolving processes and improving customer service but face a number of challenges toward integrating these technologies.

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Rising Cloud Traffic Transforms Networks RISING CLOUD TRAFFIC TRANSFORMS NETWORKS

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Nov 10, 2016

Cloud traffic will represent 92% of all data center traffic, dramatically outpacing traditional data center traffic which is expected to be 8 % by 2020.

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No-Cost VM Migration to Google Cloud Platform Now Available With CloudEndure NO-COST VM MIGRATION TO GOOGLE CLOUD PLATFORM NOW AVAILABLE WITH CLOUDENDURE

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Mar 21, 2017

The new migration service provides companies with a fast, easy, and no-cost way to migrate to GCP without disrupting business. All you have to do is click the “Import VM” button in the VM Instances section of the Google Cloud Console.

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The Best & Worst Cloud Migration Stories THE BEST & WORST CLOUD MIGRATION STORIES

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May 04, 2017

The biggest challenges companies still encounter when trying to migrate servers to the cloud include minimizing downtime, staying within budget, and preventing performance disruptions.

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How to Choose the Right Cloud Infrastructure for Your Company HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE FOR YOUR COMPANY

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Jun 12, 2017

The highest growth is expected to come from cloud infrastructure services (IaaS), followed by cloud application services (SaaS).

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How to Win Support for Your Cloud Migration Strategy HOW TO WIN SUPPORT FOR YOUR CLOUD MIGRATION STRATEGY

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Jun 10, 2017

Despite the hype around the cloud, there are plenty of reasons to be concerned about cloud migration.

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Rule the 3 Kingdoms of AWS Cloud Computing With Game of Clouds 2017 RULE THE 3 KINGDOMS OF AWS CLOUD COMPUTING WITH GAME OF CLOUDS 2017

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Jul 12, 2017

With the upcoming release of Game of Thrones Season 7, it’s the perfect time to share our newest Game of Clouds map, which features the top cloud computing software and services available on AWS Marketplace.

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6 Cloud Experts Share Strategies for Minimizing Downtime During Migration 6 CLOUD EXPERTS SHARE STRATEGIES FOR MINIMIZING DOWNTIME DURING MIGRATION

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Jul 06, 2017

One of the biggest concerns that arise when planning cloud migration is how much downtime your system will experience and to what extent it will affect business operations.

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Azure HDInsight training resources – Learn about big data using open source technologies AZURE HDINSIGHT TRAINING RESOURCES – LEARN ABOUT BIG DATA USING OPEN SOURCE TECHNOLOGIES

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Sep 19, 2017

Azure HDInsight is the only fully-managed cloud Hadoop & Spark offering that gives you optimized open-source analytic clusters for Spark, Hive, MapReduce, HBase, Storm, Kafka, and Microsoft R Server backed by a 99.9% SLA.

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Keep credentials out of code: Introducing Azure AD Managed Service Identity KEEP CREDENTIALS OUT OF CODE: INTRODUCING AZURE AD MANAGED SERVICE IDENTITY

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Sep 14, 2017

A common challenge in cloud development is managing the credentials used to authenticate to cloud services.

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When Should I Use a Hosted Private Cloud? WHEN SHOULD I USE A HOSTED PRIVATE CLOUD?

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Sep 18, 2017

In a hosted private cloud model, the infrastructure, data center facilities, power and cooling and a variety of services and security options are provided by a service provider.

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Designing a Private Cloud for PCI Compliance DESIGNING A PRIVATE CLOUD FOR PCI COMPLIANCE

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Sep 13, 2017

Employing multi-layer security architecture, the Cardholder Data Environment (CDE) in the above architecture diagram is securely isolated from other networks and applications in the cloud.

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Why Bird is the Word When it Comes to Cloud Migrations WHY BIRD IS THE WORD WHEN IT COMES TO CLOUD MIGRATIONS

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Jun 06, 2017

3 Ways to Be an Arctic Tern During Cloud Migrations.

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Why Security SaaS & IaaS are the PB&J of the Cloud WHY SECURITY SAAS & IAAS ARE THE PB&J OF THE CLOUD

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Jul 13, 2017

We’re on a mission to make your business more profitable, and there’s more opportunity in the cloud than just about any other technology segment right now. In our last post.

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The Lure of Cloud Applications & Infrastructure THE LURE OF CLOUD APPLICATIONS & INFRASTRUCTURE

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Aug 24, 2017

According to research firm IDC, 80% of enterprise companies will adopt hybrid cloud architectures by 2018.

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Cloud Trends to Keep an on Eye on in 2017 CLOUD TRENDS TO KEEP AN ON EYE ON IN 2017

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Sep 11, 2017

Forrester, Gartner, and IDC unanimously agree that the cloud presents huge growth opportunities for managed service providers (MSPs).

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Try Cloud Essentials: A free hands-on resource from Microsoft TRY CLOUD ESSENTIALS: A FREE HANDS-ON RESOURCE FROM MICROSOFT

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Jun 27, 2017

Find out how Microsoft Cloud Essentials can help you get the necessary experience, training, and support to make your journey to the cloud successful.

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New cloud storage options for Office on Android NEW CLOUD STORAGE OPTIONS FOR OFFICE ON ANDROID

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Dec 01, 2016

We are excited to announce that the Cloud Storage Partner Program (CSPP) is now available for the Office apps on Android devices.

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Fast and Easy Containers: Azure Container Instances FAST AND EASY CONTAINERS: AZURE CONTAINER INSTANCES

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Jul 26, 2017

Containers have fundamentally changed the way developers develop their applications, the way applications are deployed, and the way system administrators manage their environments. Containers offer a broadly accepted and open standard, enabling simple portability between platforms and between clouds...

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Managing your resources with Azure Cloud Shell MANAGING YOUR RESOURCES WITH AZURE CLOUD SHELL

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Aug 15, 2017

Back in May this year we announced the public preview of Azure Cloud Shell. If you haven’t tried it out yet, Azure Cloud Shell gives you a new way to manage your resources in the Cloud.

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Scaling Cloud Networking Up and Out SCALING CLOUD NETWORKING UP AND OUT

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Jun 20, 2017

The broad adoption of Arista’s 100G spines and the enthusiastic acceptance of Arista’s R series exemplify the demands of cloud networking.

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Evolution from PINs to PICs Cloud Networking EVOLUTION FROM PINS TO PICS CLOUD NETWORKING

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Aug 07, 2017

Networking is simply so cool again after decades of static and stagnant silo designs. The rapid acceptance of universal cloud spine across a variety of clouds and industry verticals is a testament to just how critical of a problem this is to IT.

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Got Data Silos? Here’s What You Should Do About Them GOT DATA SILOS? HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD DO ABOUT THEM

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May 17, 2017

Silos prevent the sharing of ideas and resources and limit the user’s visibility into the business.

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Do You Have a SaaS Checklist? DO YOU HAVE A SAAS CHECKLIST?

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Aug 23, 2017

There are so many companies using “cloud services” and so many cloud providers out there. What are the top questions you should be asking a cloud provider?

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Debunking paranoia over Cloud Security- A wakeup call from the future DEBUNKING PARANOIA OVER CLOUD SECURITY- A WAKEUP CALL FROM THE FUTURE

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Jan 17, 2017

The year is 2025. Progress in cloud-based technologies has accelerated multifold everywhere except in Cynicalville. This place is populated by enterprises that were, and still are, not too sure about Cloud Computing.

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Cloud – The way forward for Test Automation tools CLOUD – THE WAY FORWARD FOR TEST AUTOMATION TOOLS

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Jul 03, 2017

Cloud infrastructure helps the QA team to run their automated tests in almost all the platforms, browsers with a variety of versions and mobile devices available nowadays.

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10 advantages of cloud computing for small businesses 10 ADVANTAGES OF CLOUD COMPUTING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

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Jul 17, 2017

Wondering whether you should move to the cloud? Any three of these advantages would be enough to convince many businesses to move their business into the cloud. But when you add up all 10? It’s approaching no-brainer territory.

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Meet the Trailblazer: Intrepid’s adventurous cloud technology transformation MEET THE TRAILBLAZER: INTREPID’S ADVENTUROUS CLOUD TECHNOLOGY TRANSFORMATION

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Jul 20, 2017

Intrepid Group wanted to take its customers on a more personal journey, as well as lay the foundation for international expansion. To achieve these objectives, the world’s largest adventure travel company underwent a cloud technology transformation.

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Vulnerability Remediation to the Cloud and Beyond VULNERABILITY REMEDIATION TO THE CLOUD AND BEYOND

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May 03, 2017

Security teams often use a variety of vulnerability management and response tools to assess and address the vulnerability situation across the organization, frequently using different sets of tools for different environment types.   This often makes getting a single picture of the current ...

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Cloud Governance vs Cloud Management: What’s the Difference? CLOUD GOVERNANCE VS CLOUD MANAGEMENT: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

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Aug 18, 2017

While clouds have proliferated in enterprise organizations – public, private, hybrid– it has become increasingly important to define strategy around cloud governance and management. A first step in establishing a successful multi-cloud strategy is simply making clear the difference betwe...

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Your Keys To Success With Cisco Spark YOUR KEYS TO SUCCESS WITH CISCO SPARK

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Jun 16, 2017

You understand moving to a cloud collaboration suite could complement, or even replace, your current unified communications (UC) solution. But, until now, you’ve hesitated to invest in a public cloud-based service.

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Is It Time To Look At Skype For Business And Cloud PBX? IS IT TIME TO LOOK AT SKYPE FOR BUSINESS AND CLOUD PBX?

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Jun 09, 2017

Cloud PBX is Microsoft’s technology for enabling call control and PBX capabilities in the Office 365 cloud using Skype for Business Online. It provides voice calling mainstays such as call hold, transfer, voicemail, call forwarding and more.

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GDPR AND CLOUD SERVICES GDPR AND CLOUD SERVICES

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Jul 18, 2017

The first thing you need to consider is your cloud suppliers’ stance on privacy and GDPR, which will vary by their location.  Data sovereignty is an important issue today, and will become more important beginning May of 2018. Data is subject to the law where it resides, as demonstrated by...

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8 OUT OF 10 IT LEADERS HAVE CLOUD FOMO - DO YOU? 8 OUT OF 10 IT LEADERS HAVE CLOUD FOMO - DO YOU?

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Aug 08, 2017

Public and private cloud vendors – some of the largest companies in tech and in the world - are in a competitive race to make the cloud a more efficient, flexible and fast part of every organization’s overall business strategy. In such a competitive – and exciting – cloud era...

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Microsoft Acquires Cycle Computing for Big Computing in the Cloud MICROSOFT ACQUIRES CYCLE COMPUTING FOR BIG COMPUTING IN THE CLOUD

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Aug 15, 2017

When Rachel, Rob, Doug, and I started Cycle twelve years ago on an $8,000 credit card bill, customers needed large up-front investments to access Big Compute. We set out to fix that, to accelerate the pace of innovation by changing the way the world accesses computing. Since then, our products have ...

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Microsoft Bolsters Azure With Cloud HPC Deal MICROSOFT BOLSTERS AZURE WITH CLOUD HPC DEAL

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Aug 15, 2017

Microsoft has acquired cloud computing software vendor Cycle Computing in a move designed to bring orchestration tools along with high-end computing access capabilities to the cloud.

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Gartner names Microsoft Azure as a leader in the Cloud IaaS MQ GARTNER NAMES MICROSOFT AZURE AS A LEADER IN THE CLOUD IAAS MQ

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Jun 16, 2017

As customers bet more and more on Cloud to drive digital transformation within their organizations, we’re seeing tremendous usage of Azure. Recently, Forbes reported a study done by Cowen and Company Equity Research, and stated that Microsoft Azure is the most used Public Cloud as well as most...

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ISVs find their cloud footing on Azure ISVS FIND THEIR CLOUD FOOTING ON AZURE

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Jun 29, 2017

According to Gartner, “By 2020, anything other than a cloud-only strategy for new IT initiatives will require justification at more than 30% of large-enterprise organizations.” With innovation shifting to public datacenters, pressure is on ISVs to develop their own cloud roadmap.

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Why developers should favor a hyperscale, converged infrastructure WHY DEVELOPERS SHOULD FAVOR A HYPERSCALE, CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE

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Jul 28, 2017

The original step in the modern infrastructure journey was pioneered by hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), and Nutanix in particular. HCI incorporates software-defined technologies; scale-out, modular components; and unified management interfaces (UIs, APIs, automation, orchestration, etc). Althou...

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Clarifying hybrid cloud storage: passive vs active data CLARIFYING HYBRID CLOUD STORAGE: PASSIVE VS ACTIVE DATA

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Jul 07, 2017

I recently gave a webinar with Forrester analyst, Richard Fichera. In his opening he noted “the inexorable march to public cloud is underway.” And he’s right. We see it everywhere. But “march” is a critical word. It’s not a leap and it won’t happen overnight...

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Hybrid Cloud Is the Raw Material For Digital Transformation HYBRID CLOUD IS THE RAW MATERIAL FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

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Mar 21, 2017

For companies pursuing digital transformation, the cloud is as necessary as workouts to an athlete. Hybrid cloud can be dovetailed into the broader digital strategy of a company.  Because the two trends are interlinked. Currently, the cloud market’s fastest-growing segment is the hybrid c...

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7 Best Practices for Cloud DR Strategy 7 BEST PRACTICES FOR CLOUD DR STRATEGY

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May 24, 2017

When it comes to your business applications, you can’t be more careful. Business applications and systems are the lifeblood and data is the oil for your organization, which is why CIOs need to take a closer look at the new and emerging DR practices that can help them recoup their business in t...

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Finding the Right Data Center Workloads for the Cloud FINDING THE RIGHT DATA CENTER WORKLOADS FOR THE CLOUD

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Jul 21, 2017

One of the most common questions data center operators have is which workloads they should move to the cloud. A frequent follow-up is which cloud is the best destination for each workload.

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3 Must-Know Pieces of Cloud Access Security Brokers 3 MUST-KNOW PIECES OF CLOUD ACCESS SECURITY BROKERS

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Aug 03, 2017

Let’s dive into one of the most buzzworthy cloud security topics today: cloud access security brokers, or CASBs (pronounced KAZ-bees). Previously, I discussed securing your organization if you use any cloud apps. Having a CASB in place is one of those critical components of a layered security ...

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Hardware Acceleration in the Cloud – Why Not? HARDWARE ACCELERATION IN THE CLOUD – WHY NOT?

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Nov 14, 2016

Data processing and computing power are these days moving into the cloud, which is mainly a virtualized environment with huge flexibility and scalability achieved through a massive infrastructure, based on uniform computing platforms working in parallel. This means that the cloud utilizes same serve...

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Embracing Service Agility, NFV Infrastructure Automation and the New Cloud Reality EMBRACING SERVICE AGILITY, NFV INFRASTRUCTURE AUTOMATION AND THE NEW CLOUD REALITY

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Mar 23, 2017

At Mobile World Congress recently, I was privileged to be invited to speak on a panel debating NFV. The topic of the panel discussion was “NFV: a re-examination” and included participants from Telefonica, InterDigital Europe, Cisco, Spirent and Red Hat. It was a far reaching discussion w...

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Bring Object Storage to Your Nutanix Cluster with Cloudian HyperStore BRING OBJECT STORAGE TO YOUR NUTANIX CLUSTER WITH CLOUDIAN HYPERSTORE

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Jun 09, 2017

Your Nutanix-powered private cloud provides fast, Tier 1 storage for the information you use every day. But what about the information that’s less frequently used, or requires more capacity than your Nutanix cluster has to spare? Cloudian HyperStore is on-prem storage that provides extra capac...

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Join Cloudian at Nutanix .NEXT to Learn About a New Data Protection Solution JOIN CLOUDIAN AT NUTANIX .NEXT TO LEARN ABOUT A NEW DATA PROTECTION SOLUTION

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Jun 21, 2017

Data protection requires significant storage capacity. For every gigabyte of primary storage on Nutanix, your backup environment will need at least three gigabytes of capacity. Between full backups, snapshots and offsite DR storage, capacity needs add up fast. In data-intensive applications, where s...

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Microsoft is outpacing the market in cloud share growth MICROSOFT IS OUTPACING THE MARKET IN CLOUD SHARE GROWTH

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Jul 31, 2017

For some analysts and industry observers, the best way to measure the winners and losers in a growing cloud computing market has been to use metrics such as run rate, growth rate, and market share.  To date, Amazon’s AWS cloud compute has reign supreme in most of those categories as it lo...

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Out of many, one hybrid cloud management platform OUT OF MANY, ONE HYBRID CLOUD MANAGEMENT PLATFORM

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Jul 31, 2017

As organizations continue to look to cloud services for IT and business uses, their computing environments are becoming vast, entangled webs that span public cloud services and various forms of private cloud. They’re exceedingly difficult to monitor, manage and secure.

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MAINTAINING HA COMPLIANCE IN THE PUBLIC CLOUD MAINTAINING HA COMPLIANCE IN THE PUBLIC CLOUD

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Jul 28, 2017

The Cloud is great. It allows you to deploy applications and never have to worry about infrastructure again. But, never worrying about infrastructure again is not the same as never worrying about application availability again.

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ASSURING CLOUD PERFORMANCE PART 1: HYBRID CLOUD WORKLOAD VISIBILITY ASSURING CLOUD PERFORMANCE PART 1: HYBRID CLOUD WORKLOAD VISIBILITY

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Aug 01, 2017

Turbonomic understands that moving to the cloud is an intricate process for even the most savvy IT professional. For the rest of us, it is roughly as charming as a charismatic dentist meeting you for the first time gripping a sledgehammer. As well spoken and articulate as he is, your eye cannot help...

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New HyperStore 4000: Highest density storage, cloud-like prices NEW HYPERSTORE 4000: HIGHEST DENSITY STORAGE, CLOUD-LIKE PRICES

blog article

Feb 21, 2017

Rack space and budget. Most data centers are short on both. Yet somehow, you’re expected to accommodate a 50% increase in unstructured data volume annually. That’s a problem. The new solution is the HyperStore 4000. With 700TB in just 4U of rack height, it’s nearly 2X the density o...

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Cloudian Moves Private Cloud Beyond Backup CLOUDIAN MOVES PRIVATE CLOUD BEYOND BACKUP

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Jun 29, 2017

In a data protection application, Cloudian acts as a backup target. To excel in this role, the system of course needs to be scalable, fast, and cost effective. But most importantly, it must ensure that data is never, ever corrupted or lost. Fortunately, data durability was the #1 design goal of Clou...

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Why Managed IT Services Providers Shouldn WHY MANAGED IT SERVICES PROVIDERS SHOULDN'T BE AFRAID OF THE CLOUD

blog article

May 24, 2017

According to a 2016 survey by CompTIA, cloud computing “top[s] the list of things that keep MSPs awake at night.” The fear is that the reduced costs, increased flexibility and greater ease of use available with cloud-based products will encourage customers to conclude they don’t re...

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Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Storage (And Why MSPs Should Recommend It) BENEFITS OF HYBRID CLOUD STORAGE (AND WHY MSPS SHOULD RECOMMEND IT)

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Jun 01, 2017

Enterprises are moving their data to the cloud at a rapid pace. According to a recent survey conducted by IDG, 70 percent of organizations already have at least one application in the cloud, and another 16 percent plan to do so within a year.

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Who Needs a Private Cloud? WHO NEEDS A PRIVATE CLOUD?

blog article

Jun 28, 2017

Corporations, both large and small, are moving into the cloud in great numbers. That’s because the cloud offers some very attractive benefits, including rapid deployment, infinite scalability, automatic provisioning, universal accessibility, and an OpEx pay-as-you-go economic model that yields...

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Managing A Multi-Cloud Environment MANAGING A MULTI-CLOUD ENVIRONMENT

blog article

Jul 05, 2017

A survey by Forrester Research reveals that 52 percent of large enterprises are already using more than one cloud provider. In fact, almost a third of those organizations are working with four or more cloud vendors. IDC predicts that by 2018 more than 85 percent of enterprises will have implemented ...

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Who Will Support Your Company WHO WILL SUPPORT YOUR COMPANY'S PRIVATE CLOUD?

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Jul 18, 2017

For most enterprises, the move into cloud computing is already well under way. The reason is that the cloud offers some compelling benefits over traditional IT, including lower costs, greater flexibility, and enhanced ease of use.

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Multi-cloud Management Best Practices MULTI-CLOUD MANAGEMENT BEST PRACTICES

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Jul 25, 2017

More and more companies are implementing a multi-cloud strategy. According to the RightScale 2017 State of the CloudReport, 85 percent of enterprises now have their applications running in more than one cloud. These companies have  discovered the benefits of multi-cloud management, including av...

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Windows 2003 End of Life and the Microsoft Hybrid Cloud WINDOWS 2003 END OF LIFE AND THE MICROSOFT HYBRID CLOUD

blog article

Jul 07, 2015

As everyone is surely aware by now, Windows 2003 finally comes to the end of its long, supported life on 15 July 2015. The foundation of many modern Windows networks and a giant leap forward for Microsoft in the server space from the NT4 and Windows 2000 days, the venerable OS is finally being put o...

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The new Hybrid; Flash to Disk to Cloud THE NEW HYBRID; FLASH TO DISK TO CLOUD

blog article

Nov 02, 2015

Hybrid has evolved. When we consider Hybrid in terms of storage it’s very often in the context of mixing different media types inside the same array, which is okay for many traditional workloads but, in a world of scale out and cloud scaling, does this still make sense? Some would say that to ...

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VM Migrations and Database Transformations for Simple Enterprise Cloud Adoption VM MIGRATIONS AND DATABASE TRANSFORMATIONS FOR SIMPLE ENTERPRISE CLOUD ADOPTION

blog article

Jun 29, 2017

At Nutanix .NEXT 2017, Nutanix announced new virtual machine (VM) migration and database (DB) transformational capabilities, designed to help customers more easily assess, and more simply migrate or transform datacenter workloads into the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud.

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Nutanix Teams Up with Google Cloud to Fuse Cloud Environments for Enterprise Apps NUTANIX TEAMS UP WITH GOOGLE CLOUD TO FUSE CLOUD ENVIRONMENTS FOR ENTERPRISE APPS

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Jun 28, 2017

The human brain has massive computational power and has access to large data sets through all the senses. However, it’s a low bandwidth, high latency decision system. To compensate for this, humans have evolved into creating an extension of this computing fabric called the spinal cord that is ...

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New Data Protection Capabilities that Enable Your Cloud Strategy NEW DATA PROTECTION CAPABILITIES THAT ENABLE YOUR CLOUD STRATEGY

blog article

May 08, 2017

Many organizations today have been given a mandate to have some percentage of their IT infrastructure in the cloud.  In fact, IDC states that 70 percent of CIOs have a “cloud first” strategy.  With increasing amounts of mission-critical data being moved to the cloud, it cannot ...

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Making the Complex Simple With Dell EMC Hybrid Cloud Platforms MAKING THE COMPLEX SIMPLE WITH DELL EMC HYBRID CLOUD PLATFORMS

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Jun 13, 2017

t’s no secret that today’s most innovative organizations are embracing hybrid cloud strategies to accomplish their digital initiatives. Research backed by Dell EMC customer results affirms that hybrid cloud not only enables IT transformation, but also paves new avenues of innovation and ...

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Artificial Intelligence tunes Azure SQL Databases ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TUNES AZURE SQL DATABASES

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Jul 19, 2017

To stay competitive, today’s businesses need to make sure that they focus on their core competencies that directly deliver customer value while relying on their cloud provider to offer an affordable, reliable, and easy to use computing infrastructure that scales with their needs.

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Sneak peek: A new Azure Cloud Console SNEAK PEEK: A NEW AZURE CLOUD CONSOLE

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Dec 07, 2016

For a while now, I have been passionate about containers and how they are revolutionizing and truly delivering the promise of cloud native computing. However, even as excited as I am about revolutionizing container compute with Azure, I’m equally passionate about user interface.  After al...

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Enterprise Cloud Strategy, 2nd Edition ENTERPRISE CLOUD STRATEGY, 2ND EDITION

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Jul 11, 2017

I’m delighted to announce the second edition of our free e-book, Enterprise Cloud Strategy, written by Barry Briggs and myself. Get your copy of the e-book. Much has changed in the two years since we published the first edition. Cloud computing has evolved from a technology that delivers effic...

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Tableau and Azure SQL DB, a match made in the cloud TABLEAU AND AZURE SQL DB, A MATCH MADE IN THE CLOUD

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Jul 18, 2017

In recent years, Microsoft SQL and Tableau Engineering teams have been working closely together to provide a superior user experience with the two platforms. Today we are sharing some advice on how to optimize the connectivity between Azure SQL DB and Tableau.

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Get More from the Cloud: Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Machine Delivers GET MORE FROM THE CLOUD: ORACLE DATABASE EXADATA CLOUD MACHINE DELIVERS

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Jun 23, 2017

Cloud-integrated engineered systems for Oracle Database address many of the key concerns that inhibit enterprises from making a swifter transition away from legacy on-premises infrastructures. It’s fair to say that the vast majority of companies are well aware of the benefits provided by cloud...

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34 Ways Your Finance and HR Clouds Need to Connect 34 WAYS YOUR FINANCE AND HR CLOUDS NEED TO CONNECT

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Jul 07, 2017

To accomplish these plans, finance and HR must not only work more closely together across lines of business—they must share technology and a common cloud framework. Otherwise, teams will be mired in manual work, integrating or even re-entering data from HR systems into finance and back again.&...

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Why NetScaler in the Cloud? WHY NETSCALER IN THE CLOUD?

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Jul 07, 2017

Since NetScaler VPX was first launched in the AWS Marketplace in 2012, we’ve seen many customers begin to actively explore the merits of deploying a dedicated virtual ADC in the cloud.

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The EU: Where Cloud Services and Privacy Meet THE EU: WHERE CLOUD SERVICES AND PRIVACY MEET

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Jul 10, 2017

Today our lives are dominated by cloud-based services offered by companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon. The business world has taken a similar route: an increasing number of companies use cloud services, from office and collaboration software to salesforce automation or enterprise resource pla...

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Announcing Microsoft Azure Government services in the Cloud Solution Provider program ANNOUNCING MICROSOFT AZURE GOVERNMENT SERVICES IN THE CLOUD SOLUTION PROVIDER PROGRAM

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Jun 21, 2017

We are excited to announce that Azure Government services are now available through the Cloud Solution Provider program (CSP). The CSP program enables partners to make Microsoft Cloud services part of their customer offerings, expanding U.S. government customer options in meeting their mission goals...

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Mware vCloud Director: An Introduction MWARE VCLOUD DIRECTOR: AN INTRODUCTION

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Mar 28, 2017

Cloud computing is growing at a spectacular pace. Most organizations are either using cloud technology or developing products that support it. VMware’s cloud management tool is called vCloud Director (vCD), which works on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) architecture.

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Challenges in Cloud Application Development CHALLENGES IN CLOUD APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

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Jun 03, 2017

Web applications running on a cloud platform are different from applications running on-premise in many ways. A cloud based infrastructure provides many services and options to develop a scalable and highly available application which can cater to a global audience. It provides unlimited opportuniti...

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HOW TO MINIMIZE CLOUD ADOPTION CONCERNS FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES FIRMS HOW TO MINIMIZE CLOUD ADOPTION CONCERNS FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES FIRMS

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Mar 10, 2015

In a survey of 102 global participants less than 50 percent had a solidified cloud strategy  from banking and credit unions, insurance groups, investment firms, and government organizations, ‘security concerns’ were unanimously cited as a reason not to adopt the cloud, according to ...

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How Telcos and Other MSPs Are Succeeding in Cloud HOW TELCOS AND OTHER MSPS ARE SUCCEEDING IN CLOUD

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Jul 28, 2016

There is little debate: Cloud computing has moved us into a new era of IT. Yet for service providers ranging from telcos to managed services providers (MSPs), the cloud provides both business challenges as well as enormous opportunities.

With the advent and strong adoption of public c...

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AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Pricing: Compute Instances AWS VS AZURE VS GOOGLE CLOUD PRICING: COMPUTE INSTANCES

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Nov 28, 2016

Comparing cloud pricing is complicated. It can be difficult to make apples-to-apples comparisons because cloud providers offer different pricing models, unique discounting options, and frequent price cuts. This article dives down into the details to show you which providers have the lowest-cost opti...

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Bi-directional curious? Veritas tackles multi-cloud migration maladies BI-DIRECTIONAL CURIOUS? VERITAS TACKLES MULTI-CLOUD MIGRATION MALADIES

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Jun 09, 2017

Information management company Veritas Technologies is targeting the headaches that the firm suggests might be thrown up by running multi-cloud operations.
Hybrid cloud deployments featuring a mix of public and on-premises deployments are conceptually sound, but the reality of application (an...

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Microsoft joins Cloud Foundry Foundation MICROSOFT JOINS CLOUD FOUNDRY FOUNDATION

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Jun 15, 2017

Cloud Foundry is an open source cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for software application developers to use for building, deploying and running applications — being cloud, it also has direct application ‘scale’ functions.
Microsoft thinks that the move to embrace Cloud Fou...

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AWS GovCloud (US) Heads East – New Region in the Works for 2018 AWS GOVCLOUD (US) HEADS EAST – NEW REGION IN THE WORKS FOR 2018

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Jun 13, 2017

AWS GovCloud (US) gives AWS customers a place to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the AWS Cloud. The first AWS GovCloud (US) Region was launched in 2011 and is located on the west coast of the US.
I’m happy to announce that we are working on a second Region that we expect ...

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TensorFlow in the Cloud: Accelerating Resources with Elastic GPUs TENSORFLOW IN THE CLOUD: ACCELERATING RESOURCES WITH ELASTIC GPUS

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Jun 06, 2017

Combined with GPUs, TensorFlow poses a powerful instrument for deep learning. However, it may still be difficult to switch between CPUs and GPUs—both in a local environment and in the cloud. One of the sessions at TensorBeat 2017 explored the ways to address the associated challenges and to ma...

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Check Out 10 New AWS Cloud Services of 2017 CHECK OUT 10 NEW AWS CLOUD SERVICES OF 2017

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Jun 05, 2017

Amazon has given a new lease on life to the Cloud Services through DevOps, especially since the launch of the AWS services. Right from data scooping, to bringing on the revolution of facial recognition, Amazon has done it all. If you go thinking about the past, you would realize how simple life was ...

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CFOs have discovered the big stick of cloud computing CFOS HAVE DISCOVERED THE BIG STICK OF CLOUD COMPUTING

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Jun 06, 2017

That’s logical if you think about it. CFOs are charged with keeping the company financially healthy. They are not happy about most IT expenses, and they have a deep-seated belief that IT is spending more money than it needs to. So, the concept of cloud computing seems to be a hammer that the C...

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Quantum StorNext adds Q-Cloud as AWS archiving tier QUANTUM STORNEXT ADDS Q-CLOUD AS AWS ARCHIVING TIER

blog article

Jan 28, 2017

Every cloud storage option has its pros and cons. Depending on your specific needs, the size of your environment, and your budget, it’s essential to weigh all cloud and on-prem options. Download this comprehensive guide in which experts analyze and evaluate each cloud storage option available ...

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Mining for digital hybrid-cloud gold — Veeam and NetApp on theCUBE MINING FOR DIGITAL HYBRID-CLOUD GOLD — VEEAM AND NETAPP ON THECUBE

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Jun 08, 2017

In the digital age, data is gold. With global data growth projected to reach 180 zettabytes by 2025, we are on the threshold of a digital gold rush of epic proportions. The challenge is how do you extract the most value out of your digital assets when data is disbursed across on-premises and public-...

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Netskope Investors Double Down on a Cloud Security Platform for the Enterprise NETSKOPE INVESTORS DOUBLE DOWN ON A CLOUD SECURITY PLATFORM FOR THE ENTERPRISE

blog article

Jun 07, 2017

When we started Netskope five years ago, the cloud access security broker (CASB) market was just getting started. Talking to CIOs and CISOs about their cloud adoption in those early days, it felt like we were speaking a different language.

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XenMobile Makes Transitioning to the Cloud a No-Brainer for Enterprise Mobility XENMOBILE MAKES TRANSITIONING TO THE CLOUD A NO-BRAINER FOR ENTERPRISE MOBILITY

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Jun 06, 2017

If you’re at HPE Discover in Las Vegas this week, stop by the Citrix booth #105 to find out why this is the year of the cloud for XenMobile enterprise mobility management solutions. With new pricing and service programs to support cloud transitions, we’re seeing tremendous interest for t...

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5 lessons: How DevOps, cloud reinvented IT Ops at Hiscox 5 LESSONS: HOW DEVOPS, CLOUD REINVENTED IT OPS AT HISCOX

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Jun 05, 2017

The cloud managed with the help of IT automation software, boosts productivity and frees IT staff for strategic challenges. DevOps and the rapid rollout of new services, meanwhile, allow IT to quickly roll out new applications as customer and business needs change.

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How do you recover when your cloud is the disaster? HOW DO YOU RECOVER WHEN YOUR CLOUD IS THE DISASTER?

blog article

Apr 27, 2017

Part of the allure of cloud services is not having to worry about disaster recovery (DR). Yet, during the S3 outage, having an independent DR plan would have come in handy for Apple, Snapchat, and other companies reportedly affected.

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How to maintain security compliance in the cloud HOW TO MAINTAIN SECURITY COMPLIANCE IN THE CLOUD

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Apr 28, 2017

Compliance is one of the main reasons why many organizations hesitate to fully engage in a cloud-first strategy. However, a clear understanding of how compliance can be achieved in the cloud enables companies to capitalize on the business agility and growth that the public cloud provides.

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Cloud Storage: AWS vs Azure vs Google vs SoftLayer CLOUD STORAGE: AWS VS AZURE VS GOOGLE VS SOFTLAYER

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Apr 18, 2016

In taking a strategic approach to choosing their cloud infrastructure, enterprise are opting for a mix of public and private clouds to ensure that they are using the most appropriate clouds for their workloads and applications. AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and IBM SoftLayer are among...

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Accelerate Code Development with Cloud Application Templates ACCELERATE CODE DEVELOPMENT WITH CLOUD APPLICATION TEMPLATES

blog article

Aug 25, 2016

RightScale Cloud Application Templates (CATs) help you orchestrate, operate, manage, and provision complex application stacks in the cloud regardless of the cloud infrastructure providers you use. CAT files deliver an end-to-end solution for organizations to develop approved applications and add the...

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MOBILE, CLOUD AND BIG DATA ARE BRIGHT TRENDS FOR OPEN SOURCE MOBILE, CLOUD AND BIG DATA ARE BRIGHT TRENDS FOR OPEN SOURCE

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Jul 25, 2012

The wheels of open source are strongly moving forward, just as suggested it would be in my post ‘ Storm over Open Source looks Unabated’. When glancing inside the sphere of open source technology, you will find many good reasons for it to be the choice for next generation IT architecture...

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In case of emergency, call from the cloud IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, CALL FROM THE CLOUD

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Apr 21, 2017

A business that has incorporated Voxbone’s emergency access services to its customer offering is Dialpad. This “desk phone killer” company was featured in a press release that explains how its BYOD (bring your own device) customers stay compliant while cutting the cords of traditio...

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Come together! Ovum looks at trends in UC COME TOGETHER! OVUM LOOKS AT TRENDS IN UC

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Apr 13, 2017

Ovum sees employees in 2017 using a variety of software-based tools, not only within organizations but also within teams, as individuals adopt their own preferred options. Another big trend is the rise of mobile communications within the workplace, which will continue to displace traditional devices...

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RightScale Product Updates: Azure Resource Manager Support for All Accounts, New Audit Entries in Cloud Management and More RIGHTSCALE PRODUCT UPDATES: AZURE RESOURCE MANAGER SUPPORT FOR ALL ACCOUNTS, NEW AUDIT ENTRIES IN CLOUD MANAGEMENT AND MORE

blog article

Jan 12, 2017

Our January product updates include Azure Resource Manager support for all accounts, new audit actions available in Cloud Management, and a new server href option that simplifies the API call and/or Cloud Workflow code for managing your resources.

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Cloud Computing Trends: 2017 State of the Cloud Survey CLOUD COMPUTING TRENDS: 2017 STATE OF THE CLOUD SURVEY

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Feb 15, 2017

In January 2017, RightScale conducted its sixth annual State of the Cloud Survey of the latest cloud computing trends, with a focus on infrastructure-as-a-service. In 2017, we see several new themes emerging: a narrowing race among public cloud providers, decrease in private cloud adoption, a renewe...

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RightScale Product Updates: Cloud Cost Management, Self-Service Plugins, Azure Resource Manager Enhancements, and More RIGHTSCALE PRODUCT UPDATES: CLOUD COST MANAGEMENT, SELF-SERVICE PLUGINS, AZURE RESOURCE MANAGER ENHANCEMENTS, AND MORE

blog article

May 11, 2017

Our May product updates include RightScale Optima, the first cloud cost management solution designed as a collaborative platform that integrates cost-saving recommendations and automated action with extensive cost reporting to help you reduce cloud costs.

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Game On: Cloud Contact Center Is No Longer a Fantasy GAME ON: CLOUD CONTACT CENTER IS NO LONGER A FANTASY

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Aug 16, 2016

Your contact center is a mission-critical business function. So if you move it to a cloud contact center, you’ll need the support of a global data center footprint, providing redundancy and failover for your cloud-based applications and distributed agents. Another big deal is data privacy and ...

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Can Launching a Cloud Contact Center Really Be That Easy? CAN LAUNCHING A CLOUD CONTACT CENTER REALLY BE THAT EASY?

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Apr 12, 2017

To my delight, this conversation quickly turned into a heart to heart when the topic turned to his experience with the administration and deployment of the product. He told me that he selected interns straight out of college—without a technology background to architect, administrator, and depl...

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5 Lessons I Learned in My Journey to the Cloud 5 LESSONS I LEARNED IN MY JOURNEY TO THE CLOUD

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Mar 03, 2017

Throughout my workday I use chat and video to communicate with colleagues around the world. We use PureCloud to easily share files, our desktops, and ideas as naturally as if we were in the same room. When I am not working, I pop onto another type of cloud to check my various social media for the la...

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Red Flags That You’re Not Dealing with a Cloud 2.0 Solution RED FLAGS THAT YOU’RE NOT DEALING WITH A CLOUD 2.0 SOLUTION

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Apr 26, 2017

Cloud software as a service (SaaS) are not just buzzwords anymore; they’re ways for organizations to become agile and efficient to meet their changing business needs. This is the age of the cloud. And as technology becomes more diverse and complex, we spend too much time managing it, instead o...

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SUCCESS IN THE CLOUD SUCCESS IN THE CLOUD

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Dec 12, 2016

Executives are constantly asking, “Is my cloud infrastructure secure?” Given business complexities and the distributed nature of cloud computing, that’s not an easy question to answer. With people constantly spinning up cloud infrastructure across your organization (and forgetting ...

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MICROSOFT AZURE CLOUD USAGE IS GROWING – DON’T FORGET ABOUT SECURITY MICROSOFT AZURE CLOUD USAGE IS GROWING – DON’T FORGET ABOUT SECURITY

blog article

Feb 02, 2017

During their Q2 earnings call this past January, Microsoft shared that the amount of Azure compute usage has more than doubled in the past year, helping drive continued growth in their Intelligent Cloud business.

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Boost Your Business with Great Offers from Green Cloud and Veeam BOOST YOUR BUSINESS WITH GREAT OFFERS FROM GREEN CLOUD AND VEEAM

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Feb 23, 2017

Through June 30, 2017, Veeam is running an incredible promotion for the nearly quarter-million end-users of their Cloud Connect services. Eligible customers will receive up to $1,000 in FREE Cloud Connect services. And to sweeten the deal, Green Cloud is offering special rates of $0.05 per GB to our...

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Green Cloud and Veeam’s Business-Boosting Offer Continues! GREEN CLOUD AND VEEAM’S BUSINESS-BOOSTING OFFER CONTINUES!

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Apr 05, 2017

Back in February, Veeam launched a promotion for the nearly quarter-million end-users of their Cloud Connect services, offering eligible customers up to $1,000 in FREE Cloud Connect services. On top of that, Green Cloud gave eligible partners special promotional rates of $0.05 per GB for signing up ...

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How Heavy is the Backblaze Cloud HOW HEAVY IS THE BACKBLAZE CLOUD

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Sep 26, 2016

The question “How heavy is the Backblaze Cloud?” came up in a marketing meeting one Monday afternoon. “One million pounds,” someone guessed, “A hundred thousand pounds,” someone else said trying to sound sure. The truth is we had no idea. “Well, how much doe...

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The Economics of Hybrid Cloud Storage THE ECONOMICS OF HYBRID CLOUD STORAGE

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Feb 28, 2017

Hybrid Cloud has jumped into the IT vernacular over the last few years. Hybrid Cloud solutions intelligently divide processing and data storage between on-premise and off-premise resources to maximize efficiency.

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What’s New With B2 Cloud Storage WHAT’S NEW WITH B2 CLOUD STORAGE

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Apr 07, 2017

Backblaze B2 continues to grow in popularity as developers, IT personnel and more realize the benefits of affordable cloud storage.

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5 Roadblocks to Successful Cloud Adoption 5 ROADBLOCKS TO SUCCESSFUL CLOUD ADOPTION

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Feb 02, 2017

Though cloud service providers invest heavily in developing and administering secure offerings, they are required by law to comply with government subpoenas and data requests. With government demands for data on the rise, it’s important for organizations to realize that their cloud provider ma...

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Future Proof Your Cloud Strategy While Preparing for GDPR FUTURE PROOF YOUR CLOUD STRATEGY WHILE PREPARING FOR GDPR

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Mar 30, 2017

Vaultive helps organizations prepare their cloud environment for GDPR compliance by applying unified security and governance to all their SaaS applications, allowing them to maintain complete continuous control over their data.  Features like advanced encryption, context-aware policy controls, ...

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Cloud Security Tips
How does the cloud affect cyber security? CLOUD SECURITY TIPS HOW DOES THE CLOUD AFFECT CYBER SECURITY?

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Jan 21, 2016

The cloud is growing without a doubt. International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that more than 65% of enterprise IT organizations will be involved in hybrid cloud technologies this year. More and more companies are utilizing various aspects of cloud computing to assist in their IT infrastructure...

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Business Continuity When Using Cloud Services
Linode DDoS Attack BUSINESS CONTINUITY WHEN USING CLOUD SERVICES LINODE DDOS ATTACK

blog article

Feb 02, 2016

2015 ended with a bang and 2016 appears to be starting distressed …at least as far as Linode is concerned. Linode, a cloud service provider, has been under a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack since Christmas week

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How To Migrate To A Multi-Cloud Deployment HOW TO MIGRATE TO A MULTI-CLOUD DEPLOYMENT

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Mar 15, 2017

Migrating to the cloud is a significant challenge for most organizations especially when the migration involves multiple datacenters, mobile users and remote locations. Ensuring secure access to cloud assets with legacy networks often leads to two choices — backhauling cloud traffic to a centr...

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The Carrier Cloud Needs A New Fabric, Not A Patched Cloth THE CARRIER CLOUD NEEDS A NEW FABRIC, NOT A PATCHED CLOTH

blog article

Apr 25, 2017

SD-WANs are driven by the explosive growth of Internet traffic and the changes in traffic flows. There is less demand for MPLS-to-the-datacenter and more demand for accelerating and securing traffic to internet destinations, such as cloud infrastructure and public cloud applications.

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How To Stop WannaCrypt Infections With The Cato Cloud HOW TO STOP WANNACRYPT INFECTIONS WITH THE CATO CLOUD

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May 15, 2017

The Cato Cloud should be configured to inspect WAN traffic, preventing WannaCrypt from spreading across the company in the event of an infection (Figure 5). This is done by blocking unnecessary SMB traffic between branches. In the case of an attack, users  should be limited to the local a site ...

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HackerNews Finds Cato Cloud To Be A “Huge Benefit” For IT Professionals HACKERNEWS FINDS CATO CLOUD TO BE A “HUGE BENEFIT” FOR IT PROFESSIONALS

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May 16, 2017

Connectivity involved connecting to resources on-premises and in cloud datacenters. Normally, users to connect directly to resources in the cloud. With hybrid clouds, users end up having to connect and reconnect every time they want to access resources in a different cloud. Kumar looked at how Cato ...

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EVOLVING YOUR SECURITY OPERATIONS STRATEGY TO FIT THE CLOUD EVOLVING YOUR SECURITY OPERATIONS STRATEGY TO FIT THE CLOUD

blog article

Mar 06, 2017

ou’ve decided to move to the cloud. It’s faster, more scalable, and more agile. However, you’re worried about security. The foundational infrastructure delivered by cloud providers is secure, but protecting the applications, workloads, and data you run on top of it is your responsi...

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CLOUDBLEED CAUSES CLOUDFLARE LEAK CLOUDBLEED CAUSES CLOUDFLARE LEAK

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Mar 02, 2017

The bad HTML parsers were initially introduced in September 2016 to a few sites that used CloudFlare’s services so only a relatively small amount of sites were affected. However, by February the number increased significantly when CloudFlare issued an update making the parsers much more widely...

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CLOUD SECURITY AS A VALUE ADDED SERVICE CLOUD SECURITY AS A VALUE ADDED SERVICE

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Mar 16, 2017

Several Microsoft VARs and SIs are making the change to Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider program.  According to Microsoft, companies that integrate their own Intellectual Property into their services outperform those that do not.

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CUSTOM CLOUD SECURITY: HELPING A DIGITAL MARKETING AGENCY, THE GARRIGAN LYMAN GROUP, PROTECT ITSELF AND ITS CLIENTS CUSTOM CLOUD SECURITY: HELPING A DIGITAL MARKETING AGENCY, THE GARRIGAN LYMAN GROUP, PROTECT ITSELF AND ITS CLIENTS

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Mar 20, 2017

If you work in the cloud, you must have a cloud security system to protect yourself—and your customers.

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SHIFTING BATTLEFRONTS IN CLOUD SECURITY SHIFTING BATTLEFRONTS IN CLOUD SECURITY

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Apr 24, 2017

In assessing risks to their organizations' data and their cloud-based environment, security teams must also be prepared to stay ahead of the latest IT security trends.

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Why your cloud services should be designed to fail WHY YOUR CLOUD SERVICES SHOULD BE DESIGNED TO FAIL

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Mar 01, 2017

This week’s AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) outage has served as a stark reminder that all cloud services can and do fail.

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Connecting to the cloud – your options explained CONNECTING TO THE CLOUD – YOUR OPTIONS EXPLAINED

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Mar 23, 2017

In this, the latest in our series of blogs looking at connectivity, we outline the options for connecting your office directly into the public cloud.

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Connectivity Security – the Key to Protecting Your Data in the Cloud CONNECTIVITY SECURITY – THE KEY TO PROTECTING YOUR DATA IN THE CLOUD

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Mar 30, 2017

The cloud transforms the way we work, from providing access to critical services on the move to enabling businesses to better communicate and grow.

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Evernote moves to Google’s cloud, cites machine learning as key factor EVERNOTE MOVES TO GOOGLE’S CLOUD, CITES MACHINE LEARNING AS KEY FACTOR

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Note-taking app provider Evernote has announced it is moving to Google Cloud Platform and is ditching its own servers and networks.

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Six of the best: CloudTech’s favourite stories from the web SIX OF THE BEST: CLOUDTECH’S FAVOURITE STORIES FROM THE WEB

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January is always a strange time of year at CloudTech HQ; the Consumer Electronics Show signifies the last vestiges of the holiday break, with the industry firmly awoken from its hibernal slumber to press ahead with 2014 deliverables.

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Cisco CISCO'S BACKTRACK ON CONNECT CLOUD - TAKING PRIVACY FOR GRANTED?

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Cisco has been forced to apologise for what Home Networking Vice President Brett Wingo described as “confusion and inconvenience” following the rolling out of their Connect Cloud system.

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Can your business stay secure in the cloud? CAN YOUR BUSINESS STAY SECURE IN THE CLOUD?

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“Is cloud computing secure?” A question that has been asked since the dawn of “the cloud” and the answer has been debated many times over. Cloud security has been a long, never-ending discussion and more often than not evidence shows businesses rarely regret taking the plunge...

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SaaS Start-up Metrics from an Investor’s Point of View: SaaS Math SAAS START-UP METRICS FROM AN INVESTOR’S POINT OF VIEW: SAAS MATH

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Mark MacLeod, General Partner, Real Ventures is a frequent advisor and contributor to the efforts of the Canadian-based Medical and Related Sciences (MaRS) .

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Four actions every CIO should take to capitalize on cloud FOUR ACTIONS EVERY CIO SHOULD TAKE TO CAPITALIZE ON CLOUD

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No doubt, cloud computing brings with it the promise of choice:choice in how you source and deliver services to drive out cost, in how you ramp up delivery time, and in how you achieve higher quality.

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Microsoft releases how-to guide for hybrid cloud implementation MICROSOFT RELEASES HOW-TO GUIDE FOR HYBRID CLOUD IMPLEMENTATION

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Microsoft has released a series of instruction guides for setting up hybrid cloud environments, including putting together a SharePoint intranet farm and a web-based line of business application in a hybrid cloud.

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How Amazon WorkSpaces will influence the future of IaaS HOW AMAZON WORKSPACES WILL INFLUENCE THE FUTURE OF IAAS

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As the cloud industry matures, AWS (among other major companies) is quickly becoming part of what many pundits are pointing to when they reference infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). With its scale and wide spread use, one could argue that AWS is the definitional IaaS platform.

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Can Virtustream succeed as a niche public cloud? CAN VIRTUSTREAM SUCCEED AS A NICHE PUBLIC CLOUD?

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Virtustream – not VMware – is the lead public cloud infrastructure provider for the new Dell Technologies, but is its narrow focus enough to sway IT pros?

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Cloud computing employment trends shift from generalists to specialists CLOUD COMPUTING EMPLOYMENT TRENDS SHIFT FROM GENERALISTS TO SPECIALISTS

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Cloud computing has created a plethora of new jobs in the IT industry and shows no signs of slowing down. But what are companies looking for in a potential cloud employee? Job hunters face the difficult choice of zeroing in on a certain cloud service or vendor, or becoming a jack of all trades.
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Another week, another sign of VMware adapting to a multicloud world ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER SIGN OF VMWARE ADAPTING TO A MULTICLOUD WORLD

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VMware made waves last week by partnering with Amazon, but another big-name public cloud integration that flew under the radar this week also highlights where the company is headed as enterprises move to a multicloud strategy.

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Three IT nightmares that haunted cloud admins in 2016 THREE IT NIGHTMARES THAT HAUNTED CLOUD ADMINS IN 2016

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Cloud doesn’t treat enterprise IT teams all the time; in fact, it occasionally throws out a few tricks. While there are many benefits to cloud, sometimes a cloud deployment can go terribly awry, prompting real-life IT nightmares — ranging from spooky security breaches to pesky platform a...

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Google GOOGLE'S STACKDRIVER TAPS INTO GROWING MULTICLOUD TREND

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A clear trend has emerged around public cloud adoption in the enterprise: organizations increasingly employ a mix of different cloud services, rather than go all in with one.

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Google cloud consulting service a two-way street GOOGLE CLOUD CONSULTING SERVICE A TWO-WAY STREET

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Google received plenty of attention when it reshuffled its various cloud services under one business-friendly umbrella, but tucked within that news was a move that also could pay big dividends down the road.

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Plan to kill Cisco public cloud highlights the investment needed to compete PLAN TO KILL CISCO PUBLIC CLOUD HIGHLIGHTS THE INVESTMENT NEEDED TO COMPETE

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The graveyard of public clouds is littered with traditional IT vendors, and it’s about to get a bit more crowded.

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With vCloud Air sale, VMware clears cloud computing path WITH VCLOUD AIR SALE, VMWARE CLEARS CLOUD COMPUTING PATH

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With the sale of its long languishing vCloud Air offering this week, VMware found a way to step away from the product that has had an uncertain future for quite some time.

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Awareness of shared-responsibility model is critical to cloud success AWARENESS OF SHARED-RESPONSIBILITY MODEL IS CRITICAL TO CLOUD SUCCESS

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When companies move to the cloud, it’s paramount that they know where the provider’s security role ends and where the customer’s begins.

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It’s all systems go for the Digital Marketplace on G-Cloud, government confirms IT’S ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR THE DIGITAL MARKETPLACE ON G-CLOUD, GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS

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A blog post on the gov.uk website has outlined a hazy date of the end of September when G-Cloud migrates from the CloudStore to the new shiny Digital Marketplace.

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Is hosted private cloud the future of cloud infrastructure? IS HOSTED PRIVATE CLOUD THE FUTURE OF CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE?

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Every business is different, and their infrastructure is sure to follow suit. However, just as there are standards within best practices for cloud, so too are there consistencies where cloud platforms are concerned.

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G-Cloud 5 is here: What’s improved, and what still needs to be done? G-CLOUD 5 IS HERE: WHAT’S IMPROVED, AND WHAT STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE?

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Earlier this morning the UK government confirmed the fifth iteration of the G-Cloud cloud store was open, with 1132 suppliers making the cut and 1518 in total.

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The best cloud companies and CEOs to work for in 2013 THE BEST CLOUD COMPANIES AND CEOS TO WORK FOR IN 2013

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Hiring great people and creating a culture of achievement that is fun, focused and able to get challenging tasks done is not an easy task.

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Microsoft unveils Azure App Service, digs into cloud first mantra again MICROSOFT UNVEILS AZURE APP SERVICE, DIGS INTO CLOUD FIRST MANTRA AGAIN

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With everything Microsoft releases, it’s a “mobile first, cloud first” mantra which accompanies it. This is no different; the tech giant has announced the launch of the Azure App Service, a cloud service which enables developers to built web and mobile apps for any platform and any...

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Incident response on the AWS cloud and the case for outsourcing INCIDENT RESPONSE ON THE AWS CLOUD AND THE CASE FOR OUTSOURCING

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It is 4pm on a Friday before a holiday, right before your team leaves for a long weekend. An engineer on your team suddenly cannot connect to certain instances in your AWS environment. The error is affecting the largest projects and biggest customers — across hundreds of instances — incl...

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Enterprise cloud strategies and taming the digital dragon ENTERPRISE CLOUD STRATEGIES AND TAMING THE DIGITAL DRAGON

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In their 2014 CIO Agenda report Gartner describes how ‘Taming the Digital Dragon’ (12 page PDF) is key to digital transformation strategies, with the hybrid cloud platform model as the enabling technology blueprint and business model.

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Zenny’s Cloud Links: 2012 Predictions, Open Source, Cloud Policy ZENNY’S CLOUD LINKS: 2012 PREDICTIONS, OPEN SOURCE, CLOUD POLICY

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Every Friday we like to highlight some of our favorite posts on Cloud Computing, service orientated infrastructure, DevOps, Big Data, and anything else that grabbed our attention over the week.

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Moving your law firm’s data to the cloud: Easily said, easily done MOVING YOUR LAW FIRM’S DATA TO THE CLOUD: EASILY SAID, EASILY DONE

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In a profession notorious for being slow to change, cloud-based solutions for many of the traditionally office-based systems like calendaring, matter tracking, remote access to email, document storage, and backup are gaining traction with law firms, especially small and mid-sized law firms.

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MITEL Cloud Anyware – Cloud BCP MITEL CLOUD ANYWARE – CLOUD BCP

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Working with VMware they’ve virtualized the core technologies of telephony, meaning that rather than having dusty old phone switches you could now run your telephony as an estate of Virtual Machines, presenting the opportunity to leverage VM tools to enhance their deployment, as well as meanin...

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Cloud migration: From monolith to microservices CLOUD MIGRATION: FROM MONOLITH TO MICROSERVICES

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A cloud migration project can be a relatively simple exercise, where applications are migrated ‘as is’, to gain benefits such as elastic capacity and utility pricing, but without making any changes to the application architecture, software development methods or business processes it is ...

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Strange Cloud Adoption STRANGE CLOUD ADOPTION

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Cloud computing adoption is following a different path from what has been observed in the past. The adoption pattern, that is the organizations taking up this approach are doing so in a different order than the past and for different reasons.

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Cloud Security Part 1: Why So Many Cloud Servers are Vulnerable CLOUD SECURITY PART 1: WHY SO MANY CLOUD SERVERS ARE VULNERABLE

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Security is the number one concern for cloud adoption. Deployment of cloud applications is daunting when you consider the risks of having your applications, infrastructure, IP and private information in the cloud.

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People, process, technology for Cloud service providers PEOPLE, PROCESS, TECHNOLOGY FOR CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDERS

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There’s been a lot written in cloud circles about the preparations enterprises need to make to prepare for the move to cloud - but what about service providers? A lot of service providers are coming from a managed hosting, managed services or even a telco background and are now building a clou...

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‘Security by design’ and adding compliance to automation ‘SECURITY BY DESIGN’ AND ADDING COMPLIANCE TO AUTOMATION

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Security is “job zero” for every company. If you are putting your customers or users at risk,  you will not be in business for long. And that begins with taking a more proactive approach to infrastructure security — one that does not rely on the typical protective or reactive ...

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VMware grabs Wanova for their end-user portfolio VMWARE GRABS WANOVA FOR THEIR END-USER PORTFOLIO

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Virtualisation experts VMware have acquired turnkey desktop cloud providers Wanova to further bolster their end-user portfolio.

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Back to school: Disaster recovery lessons BACK TO SCHOOL: DISASTER RECOVERY LESSONS

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The past week and a half have brought us the trifecta of business continuity / disaster recovery (BC/DR) stories: Hurricane Irene, the San Diego blackout, and the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I’ll try not to belabor the point – stuff happens, and business need to be prepared – and ins...

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HDS buys BlueArc, any surprises here? HDS BUYS BLUEARC, ANY SURPRISES HERE?

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Technically here in the northern hemisphere it is still summer, so there is another summer wedding to announce.

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Cloud Technology Partners Launches Managed Cloud Controls for AWS CLOUD TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS LAUNCHES MANAGED CLOUD CONTROLS FOR AWS

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Cloud Technology Partners (CTP), the premier cloud services and software company for enterprises moving to cloud, today announced the launch of Managed Cloud Controls for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Managed Cloud Controls represents a suite of next-generation managed services that enables enterprises...

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OpenDrives Extends Data Protection Capabilities into the Cloud with Microsoft Azure Integration OPENDRIVES EXTENDS DATA PROTECTION CAPABILITIES INTO THE CLOUD WITH MICROSOFT AZURE INTEGRATION

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OpenDrives today announced that it has developed a "cloud connector," enabling its Media and Entertainment clients to backup critical data files from on premises OpenDrives storage systems to Microsoft Azure, the global-scale, trusted cloud platform. Industry-leading media production compa...

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Pluribus Networks Simplifies the Software-Defined Data Center PLURIBUS NETWORKS SIMPLIFIES THE SOFTWARE-DEFINED DATA CENTER

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Pluribus Networks today announced a major evolution to its Software-Defined Networking (SDN) strategy with the introduction of the Adaptive Cloud Fabric virtualized architecture. Built on the deployment-proven Netvisor network virtualization software, the Adaptive Cloud Fabric is a simple, dynamic a...

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Hedvig Offers Industry HEDVIG OFFERS INDUSTRY'S FIRST CHANNEL PROGRAM DESIGNED AROUND THE FLEXIBILITY OF SOFTWARE-DEFINED STORAGE

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Hedvig, the company modernizing storage and accelerating enterprise adoption of private and hybrid clouds, today announced the expansion of its CloudScale Partner Program. The enhanced program provides its worldwide partner ecosystem with a flexible, customer-focused framework that makes it easier t...

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Numecent Announces The Release Of Cloudpaging For Enterprise 9.0 NUMECENT ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF CLOUDPAGING FOR ENTERPRISE 9.0

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Cloudpaging for Enterprise transforms native software delivery, deployment, and provisioning to and from the cloud, datacenter, and desktop. Key updates available in Cloudpaging for Enterprise 9.0 include:

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VMblog VMBLOG'S EXPERT INTERVIEWS: LINKERD CREATORS SHARE "SERVICE MESH" VISION AS PROJECT REACHES 1.0 MILESTONE

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Turing award winner and MIT professor Barbara Liskov famously championed the power of "abstraction" as a change agent in computer science and system design.  So when I heard about an emerging service-level abstraction that has the potential to be to microservices what TCP/IP was to cl...

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Quali CloudShell 8.0 Release Announces Support for Microsoft Azure and OpenStack Cloud Platforms QUALI CLOUDSHELL 8.0 RELEASE ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR MICROSOFT AZURE AND OPENSTACK CLOUD PLATFORMS

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Quali, the leader in cloud sandbox software for cloud and DevOps automation, today announced the general availability of CloudShell 8.0 with second-generation shells which are easier to build and maintain, along with new support for Microsoft Azure and OpenStack based cloud platforms.

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Days Numbered for Legacy Cloud Management Platforms With Release of 4th Iteration of Orchestration-First Cloud Management Platform, Cloudify DAYS NUMBERED FOR LEGACY CLOUD MANAGEMENT PLATFORMS WITH RELEASE OF 4TH ITERATION OF ORCHESTRATION-FIRST CLOUD MANAGEMENT PLATFORM, CLOUDIFY

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The latest version of Cloudify open source multi-cloud management software-Cloudify 4-ships today, with new features that present a direct threat to legacy cloud management platforms (CMPs) used by enterprises since the earliest days of cloud. These legacy CMPs-such as RightScale and CloudForms-are ...

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When iPaaS Goes Awry – Don’t accelerate your point-to-point connections WHEN IPAAS GOES AWRY – DON’T ACCELERATE YOUR POINT-TO-POINT CONNECTIONS

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A recent report from Mckinsey revealed that when companies pursue digital transformation, the complexity of IT architecture increases.  This complexity doesn’t happen immediately.

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Deep Learning in Bright Cluster Manager Version 7.3 DEEP LEARNING IN BRIGHT CLUSTER MANAGER VERSION 7.3

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Enterprises have been busy for years collecting large amounts of data and analyzing it to obtain a competitive advantage by using machine learning – developing algorithms that can learn from and make predictions on data.

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Has OpenStack Finally Arrived? HAS OPENSTACK FINALLY ARRIVED?

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As the dust settles from October’s OpenStack Summit in Barcelona, Spain, it seems like a good time to take stock. How is OpenStack doing? Is it still the darling of DevOps devotees everywhere, or is it fading into obscurity like so many hot technologies that came before it?

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How to manage HPC resources effectively HOW TO MANAGE HPC RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY

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The term HPC escapes a one-size-fits-all, cut and dried definition. According to Kyle Maxey writing in an article titled What is High Performance Computing and How Can Engineers Use It?, here's what it means: "In the end, HPC is all about the aggregation of computing resources to solve comp...

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More Highlights From Our 2016 User Survey MORE HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR 2016 USER SURVEY

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In my last post, I showed you some of the results of Bright’s latest user survey. In particular we looked at the size of deployed clusters, workload manager preference, and the the high percentage of clusters running GPUs.

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Cloud Expo Europe 2016 CLOUD EXPO EUROPE 2016

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Germany is the largest technology market in Europe, according to Germany Trade & Invest, and accounts for 24.5% of all technology purchases in the region. By comparison the UK accounts for 17.3% and France accounts for 15.6%.

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SC16 is in the rear view mirror – but the energy and innovation we saw at the conference and expo will “drive” the year to come SC16 IS IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR – BUT THE ENERGY AND INNOVATION WE SAW AT THE CONFERENCE AND EXPO WILL “DRIVE” THE YEAR TO COME

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Our Bright Computing team has a lot to be thankful for this year – and it all came together at the 2016 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC16), in Salt Lake City, Utah a couple of weeks ago.

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University selects our cluster manager software UNIVERSITY SELECTS OUR CLUSTER MANAGER SOFTWARE

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As recently announced on the HPCWire blog, the University of North Dakota has selected the Bright Computing cluster manager software for use on its HPC clusters.

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Technical Training Videos on OpenStack and Big Data to Help You Learn in a Bright Way TECHNICAL TRAINING VIDEOS ON OPENSTACK AND BIG DATA TO HELP YOU LEARN IN A BRIGHT WAY

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If you are a system administrator, an engineer, or a developer working with cluster and cloud infrastructure in general, these videos are designed for you.

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Cloud Trends for 2017 and Beyond CLOUD TRENDS FOR 2017 AND BEYOND

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That time of year isn’t it? Everyone becomes a fortune teller and starts writing about things that will happen in the year ahead. Last year I wrote about IoT, and we did see a lot of development in that area – including (sadly) the security watchpoint I mentioned in the article.

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Serverless Computing – What is it? SERVERLESS COMPUTING – WHAT IS IT?

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Serverless is a concept in Cloud Computing that has been growing in popularity over the last 12 months. It is very powerful and has a lot of potential. In this post, I hope to help explain what Serverless is, how it can be used and some examples of how it is being used in the industry.

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Cloudreach & Blackstone – Staying at the Top CLOUDREACH & BLACKSTONE – STAYING AT THE TOP

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“Getting to the top is hard, but it’s harder to stay there”. You’ll find a lot of different quotes to this effect (and presumed authors too) if you search the internet. Although I’m not a big fan of using tired, cheesy, pseudo-inspirational statements, I believe this on...

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Cloudreach – 5 and a half years on CLOUDREACH – 5 AND A HALF YEARS ON

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I felt inspired to write this today following the public announcement that Cloudreach has taken an epic next step on its journey to disrupt the world of tech and will now grow with the assistance of Blackstone.

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Unknown unknowns are a reality – does this stop you? Blackstone and Beyond. UNKNOWN UNKNOWNS ARE A REALITY – DOES THIS STOP YOU? BLACKSTONE AND BEYOND.

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Donald Rumsfeld may not be everyone’s cup of tea, however he did come up with one of the most famous statements in politics during a press briefing in 2002. This statement focused on ‘unknown unknowns’. Some people called him crazy at the time but it is in fact a very clever way of...

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Cloud MSP Magic Quadrant – Life in the top right CLOUD MSP MAGIC QUADRANT – LIFE IN THE TOP RIGHT

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Top Right. There it was, right before my eyes. Proudness, excitement and relief. All felt at the same time when I first opened the Hyperscale MSP Magic Quadrant preview sent by Gartner. At Cloudreach it was our first experience entering such a process and we had no idea where we stood until the resu...

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What the AWS Outage Teaches Us About the Shared Responsibility Model WHAT THE AWS OUTAGE TEACHES US ABOUT THE SHARED RESPONSIBILITY MODEL

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It was essentially a fat finger on the command line.  Everyone in IT has done it at one point in their career.  I once deleted the contents of an entire disk with an accidental recursive flag, which coincidentally happens to be when I moved from engineering to sales.  And whilst autom...

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ChatOps for the Next-Gen MSP CHATOPS FOR THE NEXT-GEN MSP

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In this digital age, ChatOps is certainly gaining traction, becoming the manifestation of conversation-driven collaboration. Technology teams around the world continue to use and create new ways of working together, controlling resources, streamlining processes, and innovating in their respective wo...

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Cloud and Agile: why do they work so well together? CLOUD AND AGILE: WHY DO THEY WORK SO WELL TOGETHER?

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I came from a traditional infrastructure IT background, and when I heard ‘Agile’ being banded around by my colleagues and peers, I half saw it as an excuse to not plan, or as a big buzz word just because the powers that be had heard about it at a conference that year.

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Lack of Product Owners: the problem with Directionless Agile LACK OF PRODUCT OWNERS: THE PROBLEM WITH DIRECTIONLESS AGILE

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I’m back again and this time and in contrast to my positive “falling in love” confession about Agile I also want to balance the argument and write about a reoccurring problem I have seen in large enterprises during their Agile Cloud Adoption programmes.

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AWS KMS Envelope Encryption AWS KMS ENVELOPE ENCRYPTION

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Today the Cloudreach blog covers a topic that is hot, hot, hot given the continuing security breaches, challenges and discussions around the globe. Specifically, we’re going to talk about encryption in AWS and how to make AWS Key Management Service (KMS) secure for your needs.

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Why cloud MSPs are software companies WHY CLOUD MSPS ARE SOFTWARE COMPANIES

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When your infrastructure is code, the art of developing great software applications and building great infrastructure systems start to look similar.

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The blame game: Does cloud storage result in data loss? THE BLAME GAME: DOES CLOUD STORAGE RESULT IN DATA LOSS?

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I recently came across a piece by Carl Brooks over at IT Tech News Daily that caught my eye, title was Cloud Storage Often Results in Data Loss. The piece has an effective title (good for search engine: SEO optimization) as it stood out from many others I saw on that particular day.

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Rethinking Cloud ROI from a Customer’s Perspective RETHINKING CLOUD ROI FROM A CUSTOMER’S PERSPECTIVE

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Seeing the proliferation of cloud ROI, TCO and cost calculators brings to mind my economics professors who strove with a passion to reduce complex consumer decisions into simple, very powerful formulas.

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Managing hybrid clouds: What team do IT leaders need? MANAGING HYBRID CLOUDS: WHAT TEAM DO IT LEADERS NEED?

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As most enterprise IT leaders know, transitioning IT staff to a cloud-based service delivery model is often more challenging than transitioning the infrastructure itself.

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5 cloud server security tips for 2013 5 CLOUD SERVER SECURITY TIPS FOR 2013

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Big surprise – a firewall management service provider telling you to lockdown the firewall, but putting aside the brand of our soap box, the firewall is the front-line defence for all security.

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Preparing for Your Cloud Migration PREPARING FOR YOUR CLOUD MIGRATION

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The good news is that you'll probably have an expert, or a Microsoft partner like us at Shaping Cloud, guiding you through the migration. Your IT consultant will handle most of the complicated bits and pieces, but there are still some key things that you can do to prepare for the move.

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d Hat snipes at VMware, calls cloud vision “fundamentally flawed” D HAT SNIPES AT VMWARE, CALLS CLOUD VISION “FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED”

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Open cloud provider Red Hat has hit out at end user computing giant VMware in a blog post, describing its recently outlined hybrid cloud vision as “appealing” but “fundamentally flawed in implementation.”

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Docker security: How to monitor and patch containers in the cloud DOCKER SECURITY: HOW TO MONITOR AND PATCH CONTAINERS IN THE CLOUD

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Nearly a quarter of enterprises are already using Docker and an additional 35% plan to use it. Even sceptical IT executives are calling it the future.

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OpenStack Summit Barcelona with a Ceph flavour OPENSTACK SUMMIT BARCELONA WITH A CEPH FLAVOUR

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A few months have passed since the must-attend cloud computing event — OpenStack Summit Barcelona — rocked the Spanish autumn and brought together a truly international crowd ready to enjoy the grueling schedule and benefit from all activities the organizers had lined up.

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Teaming up with Dell to bring HPC to the masses TEAMING UP WITH DELL TO BRING HPC TO THE MASSES

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We were very excited at SC16 to announce that Bright Cluster Manager provides infrastructure management technology for Dell’s Blueprints program. The program includes a group of end-to-end solutions optimized and validated to meet Dell customers’ biggest challenges: big data, high perfor...

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Five Predictions for HPC Clusters in 2017 FIVE PREDICTIONS FOR HPC CLUSTERS IN 2017

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As the year draws to a close, we have been thinking about what the HPC industry is likely to face in 2017.

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Setting up GPU Hypervisors on OpenStack SETTING UP GPU HYPERVISORS ON OPENSTACK

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At Bright, we have our own private cloud based on Bright OpenStack. We use it to run R&D, dev, and QA workloads for our engineering teams.

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Government GOVERNMENT'S COMPUTING NEEDS MET THROUGH PRIVATE CLOUD SOLUTIONS

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According to a recent post from GovTechWorks, 64 percent of federal IT managers prefer to keep most of their agency's cloud-based applications in a private cloud, due to compliance requirements with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

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A Look Back at CeBIT and Huawei’s HPC Roundtable A LOOK BACK AT CEBIT AND HUAWEI’S HPC ROUNDTABLE

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I had the pleasure of attending CeBIT in Hannover Germany last week, which, year on year, becomes increasingly business-to-business focused. With more than 200,000 visitors from around the world, this is a monster of a show.

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Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting – A Week Well Spent DELL EMC HPC COMMUNITY MEETING – A WEEK WELL SPENT

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The tag line for the Community Meeting was how to transform the future of HPC, with Dell focusing on the convergence of HPC, big data, and cloud. Dell’s strategy points are threefold: Advancing HPC, democratizing HPC, and optimizing HPC. Jay Boisseau, the HPC Technology Strategist at Dell EMC,...

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What Cloud And Mobile Means To Your Accounting Business WHAT CLOUD AND MOBILE MEANS TO YOUR ACCOUNTING BUSINESS

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Technological advancements have greatly impacted the accounting industry, to help create a more efficient and accurate modern technology assisted accounting practice. From the Sumerian clay tablets, the basic adding machines of the 19th century to the modern day calculators and cloud hosted accounti...

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5 Ways To Save Time On Accounting Tasks 5 WAYS TO SAVE TIME ON ACCOUNTING TASKS

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Undertaking accounting processes and tasks is not just an overwhelming experience but is also very time consuming as well. Accountants and CPAs are often at a lack of time and working smarter and not harder is very beneficial for such professionals. Here are a few pointers which intend to help accou...

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10 Reasons To Host QuickBooks On The Cloud 10 REASONS TO HOST QUICKBOOKS ON THE CLOUD

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QuickBooks is a widely popular accounting software which is used by accounting firms and individually practicing CPAs worldwide. It provides an easy and quick way to handle sales, expenses, transaction tracking/monitoring, and many more accounting practices. It is specifically targeted at small and ...

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5 Tax Saving Tips Every Business Should Know 5 TAX SAVING TIPS EVERY BUSINESS SHOULD KNOW

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It is no easy task to start and maintain a profitable business! But even with a successful business, taxes can make them look like peanuts. In this article, we shall discuss in brief a few pointers to help accountants and businesses alike, to keep the dreaded taxes from burning out a significant amo...

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Traditional Accounting vs Cloud Accounting: What Should You Choose? TRADITIONAL ACCOUNTING VS CLOUD ACCOUNTING: WHAT SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

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More and more businesses are adopting cloud-based services everyday, all thanks to the numerous benefits of efficacy and cost effectiveness associated with the cloud technology. That’s not all, the entire world is now in some way or another using cloud services, from connected appliances to in...

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How CPAs can Become Trusted Advisors To Their Clients HOW CPAS CAN BECOME TRUSTED ADVISORS TO THEIR CLIENTS

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The traditional role of accountants and CPAs has been through a great many changes in the last decade itself. With disruptive trends like cloud-based accounting, the growing popularity of accounting software, IoT, artificial intelligence, and process automation, CPAs all over the world were becoming...

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Data Security Vulnerabilities Of Free Cloud Storage Services DATA SECURITY VULNERABILITIES OF FREE CLOUD STORAGE SERVICES

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Most businesses don’t even consider data security as a major operational element until an actual data breach has occurred. Businesses which deal with large volumes of confidential data every day should always take a proactive and defensive approach to the data security.

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Cloud Technology Trends To Look Out For In 2017 CLOUD TECHNOLOGY TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2017

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In the last few years, cloud computing has drastically changed the way businesses of all sorts and sizes operate. A recent market analysis from Cisco discloses that the entire global Cloud IP traffic is set to quadruple within the next 5 years and is also predicted to show a CAGR growth of 30% till ...

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Microsoft Ignite 2015: A Focus On Neudesic’s Big Data Hybrid-Cloud Architecture MICROSOFT IGNITE 2015: A FOCUS ON NEUDESIC’S BIG DATA HYBRID-CLOUD ARCHITECTURE

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During this 60 minute session, Lance leveraged Neudesic’s cutting-edge, hybrid-cloud architecture to showcase how a hybrid Big Data compute scenario can greatly reduce storage and processing costs, while keeping Personal Identifiable Information (PII) on premises.

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Cloudforce Keynote Asks: How Are Enterprise Organizations Bridging the Social Divide? CLOUDFORCE KEYNOTE ASKS: HOW ARE ENTERPRISE ORGANIZATIONS BRIDGING THE SOCIAL DIVIDE?

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Earlier this morning, I had the great pleasure of sitting in on the Cloudforce keynote from salesforce.com visionary and CEO Marc Benioff. I’ve attended a number of conferences, large and small, and have to admit this was one of the more well-thought-out and put-together keynotes I’ve se...

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Partner Spotlight: CarrierSales, Cloud Contact Center Specialists Who Place a Premium on Relationships PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: CARRIERSALES, CLOUD CONTACT CENTER SPECIALISTS WHO PLACE A PREMIUM ON RELATIONSHIPS

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As my second installment of our Partner Spotlight series, we recently had the opportunity meet with Ray Hicken at CarrierSales to find out how they are finding such great success into today’s competitive market and delve into the importance of offering a cloud-based contact center (CCaaS) solu...

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Congratulations to AWS for Maintaining the Lead in Gartner MQ CONGRATULATIONS TO AWS FOR MAINTAINING THE LEAD IN GARTNER MQ

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Our partner, Amazon Web Services (AWS), was – once again - named the definitive leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Storage Services. In fact, an article on The Next Web even called AWS “the king of cloud Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers.”

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Welcome to Serenova! WELCOME TO SERENOVA!

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This past year has been all about positive transformation for our company, our team, and our customers. Today, we took the next step in that journey. I’m thrilled to announce that as of this morning, LiveOps Cloud is now officially Serenova!

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Welcome to the Contact Center, AWS! WELCOME TO THE CONTACT CENTER, AWS!

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The Serenova team and I just got back from Enterprise Connect and it was once again an amazing show. Our friends at UBM did a phenomenal job of capturing and capitalizing on both the momentum and ongoing digital transformation of the Communications, Collaboration, and Contact Center spaces.

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Report from the Field: Cloud Contact Center takes Center Stage at Enterprise Connect REPORT FROM THE FIELD: CLOUD CONTACT CENTER TAKES CENTER STAGE AT ENTERPRISE CONNECT

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Enterprise Connect is an exciting time for those of us in the enterprise communications space. It’s a meeting of more than 5,500 minds who are heavily focused on all things enterprise IP Telephony, Converged Networks and Unified Communications.

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Why vendor lock-in remains a big roadblock to cloud success WHY VENDOR LOCK-IN REMAINS A BIG ROADBLOCK TO CLOUD SUCCESS

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Despite the clear advantages of cloud, enterprises can be skittish about getting “trapped” in a public cloud vendor. But unfortunately, this may prevent them from achieving success in the cloud, a new survey finds.

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Key definitions of Cloud Computing types KEY DEFINITIONS OF CLOUD COMPUTING TYPES

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The key benefits of the cloud computing model include self-service, cost-savings, economies of scale and flexibility.

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Two Kinds of Cloud Infrastructure TWO KINDS OF CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE

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I’m just getting around to writing about a terrific post by Rodrigo Flores over at GigaOm about SLAs and cloud infrastructure. Flores neatly articulates something that we have based nScaled on – the importance of the enterprise service agreement and SLAs in cloud, and the factors that ma...

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Grocery vs. Restaurant = OpenStack vs. Amazon GROCERY VS. RESTAURANT = OPENSTACK VS. AMAZON

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As OpenStack emerges as an important force in cloud computing infrastructure, I often see the comparison of OpenStack, the open source project, to Amazon’s Amazon Web Services (AWS). I’ve made that comparison myself.

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Zenny’s Weekly Cloud Links #25 – VMworld, Telstra, Cloud Security, Hybrid Cloud ZENNY’S WEEKLY CLOUD LINKS #25 – VMWORLD, TELSTRA, CLOUD SECURITY, HYBRID CLOUD

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Every Friday we like to highlight some of our favorite posts on Cloud Computing, service orientated infrastructure, DevOps, and anything else that grabbed our attention over the week. Here are some great articles from the week of August 29th that are worth taking a look at. Enjoy!

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Why your cloud needs more than great customer service WHY YOUR CLOUD NEEDS MORE THAN GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE

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When start-ups and enterprises first evaluate cloud providers, they often choose an out of the box solution that fits their immediate needs. Their hosting provider promises great customer service, but they have essentially the same stack as thousands of other customers and still need a large SysOps ...

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10 tips for keeping your information safe in the cloud 10 TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR INFORMATION SAFE IN THE CLOUD

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Using the cloud to store your data via virtual datacentres is great! You can have lots of space for a cheap price, which you can access virtually anywhere.

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What can MSPs gain from linear growth and recurring revenue? WHAT CAN MSPS GAIN FROM LINEAR GROWTH AND RECURRING REVENUE?

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We’ve reached it, the critical stage between cloud growth and cloud maturity. And there’s no need to deny that with cloud maturity come great opportunities.

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Why enterprises need containers and Docker WHY ENTERPRISES NEED CONTAINERS AND DOCKER

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At DockerCon 2015 last week, it was very clear that Docker is poised to transform enterprise IT.

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Want to Move to the Cloud? Talk to your CFO WANT TO MOVE TO THE CLOUD? TALK TO YOUR CFO

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So, you have decided that moving to the cloud is the right choice for your business.

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3 ways application development is thankful for MSPs 3 WAYS APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT IS THANKFUL FOR MSPS

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In honour of the upcoming holiday, we wanted to spend a little time exploring how application development and product management can leverage managed services as well as (or better) other parts of the organization more traditionally associated with such outsourcing partnership.

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GreenPages’ Journey to the Cloud – The Vision Is Complete GREENPAGES’ JOURNEY TO THE CLOUD – THE VISION IS COMPLETE

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Imagine taking the entire core infrastructure of a $100 Million company, loading it into a couple of trucks, and driving it 60 miles down the road to a colocation facility.  Add to that the challenge of making sure a 24x7x365 Managed Services organization stays running, even while some of their...

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DevOps automation: Financial implication and benefits with AWS DEVOPS AUTOMATION: FINANCIAL IMPLICATION AND BENEFITS WITH AWS

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It is no surprise that cloud computing brings with it monetary advantages, which are realised when an organisation trades fixed capital expenditure (CAPEX) for variable operational expenditure (OPEX) on a pay-as-you-go usage model (learn more about Capex vs. Opex).

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40-Love: New Cloud Computing Index Sparks Wall Street Interest 40-LOVE: NEW CLOUD COMPUTING INDEX SPARKS WALL STREET INTEREST

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A new ISE Cloud Computing Index (SKYY) lumps 40 of the top pure play, non-pure play and hybrid cloud companies into a grand experiment that strives to double the index's monthly return using leverage.

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The true rate of cloud adoption in healthcare THE TRUE RATE OF CLOUD ADOPTION IN HEALTHCARE

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Although healthcare was once considered an industry that would not adopt cloud computing due to systemic security, legal, and privacy issues, that no longer seems to be the case.

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America’s defence department moves towards cloud computing AMERICA’S DEFENCE DEPARTMENT MOVES TOWARDS CLOUD COMPUTING

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We are all aware of the United States military, and that it is the largest in the world. It has a budget of over £340 billion and employs in excess of 3 million people. 1.5 million of those people are in active duty, or regular military personnel.

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New approach challenges accepted tech market outlook NEW APPROACH CHALLENGES ACCEPTED TECH MARKET OUTLOOK

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It’s time to strip away the hype surrounding analytics, big data and cloud computing by asking how these technologies contribute  to excellent customer experiences and greater customer engagement.

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3 Things The Cloud is NOT 3 THINGS THE CLOUD IS NOT

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Ask 10 people what Cloud computing is and you’ll probably get 8 different answers and 2 blank stares.

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The real story behind enterprise cloud penetration within the verticals THE REAL STORY BEHIND ENTERPRISE CLOUD PENETRATION WITHIN THE VERTICALS

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Last year Gartner released numbers that pointed to the growth of cloud computing from 2011 to 2016, specifically, the growth of cloud computing by vertical industry.

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Is your cloud wasting money? How to rein things in IS YOUR CLOUD WASTING MONEY? HOW TO REIN THINGS IN

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Cloud costs are notoriously difficult to contain. With 50+ AWS services, complex usage pricing, and bills that list “EC2 costs” as a single line item, it is often hard to know who spent what — and then tie those numbers to project budgets and ROIs.

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Cloud Security Part 2: The SECRET Sauce CLOUD SECURITY PART 2: THE SECRET SAUCE

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The key to effective cloud security is like a two-sided coin – one side is security (of course) while the other is management. Most overlook the latter, only to realize how critical management is when it’s too late and they’ve given up on the first, security

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Opinion: Why there is no such thing as managed IaaS OPINION: WHY THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS MANAGED IAAS

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The age of managed infrastructure is coming to an end. Cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) have spent the last decade developing platforms that eliminate the manual, time-consuming maintenance of hardware, network, and storage, and enabling infrastructure to be controlled via software, i....

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Does cloud and big data threaten your job? DOES CLOUD AND BIG DATA THREATEN YOUR JOB?

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I have a really long commute to and from work.  And I when I say long, I mean an hour and a half or more long. Needless to say, I have a lot of time to listen to the news.

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The new AWS region is set to further cloud adoption in the UK THE NEW AWS REGION IS SET TO FURTHER CLOUD ADOPTION IN THE UK

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With the steady rise of AWS adoption in the UK, it should come as no surprise that AWS will be adding a new UK region by the end of 2016.

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IT leaders prepare for the arrival of the federated cloud IT LEADERS PREPARE FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THE FEDERATED CLOUD

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And the federated cloud will be coming to a city near you, allowing your team to take advantage of a globally scattered array of datacentre infrastructure that will power the next generation of gaming apps, social media, e-commerce and online publishing applications.

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Understanding the fundamentals of cloud security for healthcare UNDERSTANDING THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CLOUD SECURITY FOR HEALTHCARE

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Continuing our discussion from my last blog in July, perhaps it’s helpful to drive deeper into security approaches and technology for use within clouds that serve the healthcare vertical.  We’ll start by focusing on the fundamentals of cloud security for healthcare.

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10 myths of cloud computing debunked 10 MYTHS OF CLOUD COMPUTING DEBUNKED

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There is a lot of hype surrounding the cloud and its delivery of software, storage and infrastructure over the Internet, but many businesses still view the technology as being too disruptive to implement.

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5 Cloud Predictions for 2012 – Private Clouds, PaaS, & Hypervisor Uptick 5 CLOUD PREDICTIONS FOR 2012 – PRIVATE CLOUDS, PAAS, & HYPERVISOR UPTICK

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As we say goodbye to 2011, it’s been an incredible year of technology as the cloud continues to mature.

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Analysing cloud computing and the healthcare industry ANALYSING CLOUD COMPUTING AND THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY

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Cloud computing has touched many industries and is increasingly being adopted in many ways, from easily accessible data storage to business application solutions and reduction in hardware investment.

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How can cloud hosting affect banking? HOW CAN CLOUD HOSTING AFFECT BANKING?

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Accenture, the IT consultancy reported this year that “cloud computing will increasingly provide banks with new lower cost operating models thanks to virtualisation, greater automation, and the ability to push more activities offshore.”

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Struggling with Your 2012 Budget and the Cloud? You’re Not Alone STRUGGLING WITH YOUR 2012 BUDGET AND THE CLOUD? YOU’RE NOT ALONE

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As 2012 looms on the horizon, IT executives are struggling with the budgetary process and are trying to find some breathing space in all of the bad news.

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4 non-obvious costs of cloud downtime 4 NON-OBVIOUS COSTS OF CLOUD DOWNTIME

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“The cause of today’s outage came from within our data centres. What was noteworthy about today’s outage was the coincidental failure of two parallel systems at nearly the same time…We are investing aggressively in our systems to avoid this situation in the future.”

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Cloud Security: Let’s Keep the Data Between Us CLOUD SECURITY: LET’S KEEP THE DATA BETWEEN US

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In 2011 Dave Kennedy, a renowned IT Security "Ninja" reported that there were 480 security breaches of digital assets. The worst hit, as usual, appears to be the Healthcare sector with a total of 160 breaches.

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Integrating customer service and the cloud INTEGRATING CUSTOMER SERVICE AND THE CLOUD

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The cloud is commonly envisaged as a utilitarian service, enabling those companies using it, to experience ease of access to data in various accounts, homogenisation of such accounts, the external management of servers, negating the need for expensive hardware, and so on.

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VMworld and The Toughest Cloud Management Question VMWORLD AND THE TOUGHEST CLOUD MANAGEMENT QUESTION

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Last week at VMworld we asked a secret shopper to visit all the major cloud management vendors (BMC, CA, HP, IBM, and CA Nimsoft) and ask the Toughest Cloud Management Question.

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Will People Fully Embrace Cloud Gaming? WILL PEOPLE FULLY EMBRACE CLOUD GAMING?

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In recent years the world of gaming has seen a shift in the way in which games are played and therefore the way they need to be developed.

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Further evidence of growth in cloud gaming FURTHER EVIDENCE OF GROWTH IN CLOUD GAMING

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AMD, a chip designer, is now pushing a lot of money into Ciinow, a cloud based game streaming firm. Ciinow has stated that it will use its AMD Radeon graphics cards due to the fact that AMD is pumping a lot of cash into the firm.

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Is cloud computing ready for the Olympics? IS CLOUD COMPUTING READY FOR THE OLYMPICS?

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With the Olympic Games just around the corner, one wonders whether, in a time where cloud computing is coming on leaps and bounds and gaining popularity by the day, it will be ready to service the Olympics.

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Every 6 seconds a new virtual machine “cloud” is born EVERY 6 SECONDS A NEW VIRTUAL MACHINE “CLOUD” IS BORN

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A virtual machine of course is the kernel of cloud computing, a device enabling SMEs to deploy virtual resources in the cloud using a utility pricing model from Virtual Internet.

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What You Gonna Do when the Cloud Gets Slow on You? WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THE CLOUD GETS SLOW ON YOU?

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I hate to be breaker of bad news, but the reality is that cloud computing is more than an abstract concept.

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Charity uses cloud computing to protect from visitor surges CHARITY USES CLOUD COMPUTING TO PROTECT FROM VISITOR SURGES

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Action for Children, one of Britain’s foremost charities has used a cloud hosting provider to create a hybrid cloud with which to support its website as well as applications, especially during peak surges in visitor numbers.

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Can the cloud assist the banking industry? CAN THE CLOUD ASSIST THE BANKING INDUSTRY?

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The banking industry has faced a vast number of challenges recently and continues to do so, particularly with increasing regulations, unhappy customers, strengthening competition and decreasing levels of profitability.

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Looking into the EU Cloud Computing initiative LOOKING INTO THE EU CLOUD COMPUTING INITIATIVE

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The European Commission produced a communication entitled “Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe,” which announced a new cloud computing strategy for the European Union. The EC released a statement saying that the Cloud computing strategy will, if it works, facilitate the...

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Does mobility and the cloud equal total compatibility? DOES MOBILITY AND THE CLOUD EQUAL TOTAL COMPATIBILITY?

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Over the last fifteen or so years, we have seen computing make the transition from the fixed and immovable desktops and servers, through to chunky underpowered laptops, through to less chunky but more powerful laptops using Wi-Fi connectivity, through to smartphones, 3G, tablets.

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Is Australia about to go through a cloud boom? IS AUSTRALIA ABOUT TO GO THROUGH A CLOUD BOOM?

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Recent evidence suggests that cloud competition in Australia is about to intensify. Australia’s high-tech population and its concern about cloud-hosting outside of the country should prove very tempting for cloud companies to set up domestically.

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Is cloud computing meeting its expectations? IS CLOUD COMPUTING MEETING ITS EXPECTATIONS?

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One issue relative to cloud computing that keeps critics well fed is the degree to which expectations and realities of the technology all too often don’t sync. Add to the mix a large degree of expected hype around buzzy marketing concepts, and what companies expect going into switching to clou...

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What Elephant in the Room? 5 Excuses to Avoid the Cloud WHAT ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM? 5 EXCUSES TO AVOID THE CLOUD

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“Cloud is not for us.” “We virtualize almost everything so it’s like we already use Cloud.” “Cloud is too expensive.” Etc……So what’s your excuse? Cloud isn’t going away.

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Survey Reveals Cloud Adoption Should Quadruple SURVEY REVEALS CLOUD ADOPTION SHOULD QUADRUPLE

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Cloud adoption amongst enterprises is now expected to significantly grow throughout the rest of 2012, however it has also been revealed that some serious obstacles must be overcome. This is according to a customer survey carried out by Cisco Systems.

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Samsung unveils cloud gaming service SAMSUNG UNVEILS CLOUD GAMING SERVICE

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Samsung have revealed that they will be offering a cloud-based gaming service which they will build into their flagship 7000 series HDTVs.

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Cloud computing to lift off in China CLOUD COMPUTING TO LIFT OFF IN CHINA

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It has been reported that cloud computing is quickly emerging as one of China’s fastest growing industries. The annual rate of growth has been calculated at 40%.

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Contractors would do well to use the cloud CONTRACTORS WOULD DO WELL TO USE THE CLOUD

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Building contractors were told this week that cloud computing could make a huge difference to the construction industry, especially when it comes to project management.

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Analysing the differences between cloud orchestration and cloud automation ANALYSING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CLOUD ORCHESTRATION AND CLOUD AUTOMATION

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What is the difference between cloud orchestration and cloud automation? An exploration of these two terms is more than a vocabulary exercise; it highlights a key challenge for teams looking to improve IT processes.

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Cloud Computing: essential to SMEs? CLOUD COMPUTING: ESSENTIAL TO SMES?

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It has been reported this week that 65% of US small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) say that cloud computing is absolutely essential to their organisation and future growth plans.

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How Intel’s acquisition of Altera could transform IoT and the data centre HOW INTEL’S ACQUISITION OF ALTERA COULD TRANSFORM IOT AND THE DATA CENTRE

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After a relatively quiet transaction that began on June 1 2015, in December Intel officially acquired the Altera Corporation and reformed it as an internal department dubbed “Intel Programmable Solutions Group.”

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5 reasons why small businesses choose the cloud 5 REASONS WHY SMALL BUSINESSES CHOOSE THE CLOUD

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It has recently been shown that 80% of private businesses involved in foreign trade are small or medium sized businesses and many of these are growing or looking to expand and develop.

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Nasa making use of cloud computing NASA MAKING USE OF CLOUD COMPUTING

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Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have announced that they will be looking to make use of cloud computing platforms in order to power the administration’s next generation of projects.

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Who controls the cloud market – providers or consumers? WHO CONTROLS THE CLOUD MARKET – PROVIDERS OR CONSUMERS?

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We first went from reserving cloud capacity to securing capacity on-demand, and then we even started to bid for unused capacity in the spot market – all in an effort to decrease cost in the cloud.

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Fingertip Cloud Glossary: Test yourself! FINGERTIP CLOUD GLOSSARY: TEST YOURSELF!

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We live in a world of acronyms including SEO, CRM and SaaS. And in recent months (maybe years!) you have become becoming accustomed to phrases such as 'cloudbursting' and the 'elastic' nature of 'cloud computing'.

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Cloud Identity and Security Best Practices CLOUD IDENTITY AND SECURITY BEST PRACTICES

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Here is our Linkedin social community for this, and the practice will shortly be underpinned by a new Kantara Initiative working group of the same name that I’m currently launching.

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Obamacare goes live: Healthcare cloud computing in action OBAMACARE GOES LIVE: HEALTHCARE CLOUD COMPUTING IN ACTION

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Today marks the opening of the online enrollment of government-approved health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

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Why IT remains unprepared for cloud management WHY IT REMAINS UNPREPARED FOR CLOUD MANAGEMENT

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The vast majority of enterprises plan to migrate more workloads to the cloud in 2016. But IT teams may not be prepared to maintain cloud resources, a new survey by Logicworks finds.

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Perception Differences between Adopters and Non-Adopters of Cloud PERCEPTION DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ADOPTERS AND NON-ADOPTERS OF CLOUD

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What makes some enterprises adopt cloud computing while others, despite being well informed, decline the opportunity? IaaS providers tout lower cloud computing cost, boast easy scalability, and assure security; but these marketing messages have enticed only 10% of U.S. firms to adopt cloud deploymen...

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Are cloud contracts driving away business? ARE CLOUD CONTRACTS DRIVING AWAY BUSINESS?

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Cloud computing providers are increasingly falling for bad habits – they are offering customers “standard form” contracts whereby they set the provider lays out the terms, very much like insurance companies do with their policies.

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Can CenturyLink take on cloud’s big three? CAN CENTURYLINK TAKE ON CLOUD’S BIG THREE?

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The much publicised race to the bottom in cloud pricing started with Google, Microsoft and Amazon all slashing their prices for virtual machines, storage and bandwidth.

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Service Assurance Via the Cloud, Part 1: Don’t Be a Joker SERVICE ASSURANCE VIA THE CLOUD, PART 1: DON’T BE A JOKER

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I understand Floyd’s aggravation with those tired arguments warning innocents against the so-called “cloud computing model.”

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Open Washing in a “Cloud Washed” World OPEN WASHING IN A “CLOUD WASHED” WORLD

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Hidden in an era of “cloud washing”, products, new companies, and marketing campaigns must contain the word “cloud”, is something I’ll call “open washing.”

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The Cloud 300 – Who is Gaining Mind Share in 1Q 2012? THE CLOUD 300 – WHO IS GAINING MIND SHARE IN 1Q 2012?

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Ok, so it’s a few more than 300. What can I tell you? The segment is growing by leaps and bounds. The question remains, who is gaining mind share in the 1st quarter of 2012?

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Service Assurance Via the Cloud, Part 3: Addressing the Physical SERVICE ASSURANCE VIA THE CLOUD, PART 3: ADDRESSING THE PHYSICAL

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As Kent Erickson said in his recent post, What You Going Do when the Cloud Gets Slow on You, moving to the cloud doesn’t give you freedom to tune out the physical infrastructure behind the magic.

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Intacct’s CEO Robert Reid on growing a successful cloud business INTACCT’S CEO ROBERT REID ON GROWING A SUCCESSFUL CLOUD BUSINESS

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Selling software to accountants, auditors and Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) takes accuracy, precision and software quality to an entirely new dimension.

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Amazon cloud “in league of its own” – and why it may never change AMAZON CLOUD “IN LEAGUE OF ITS OWN” – AND WHY IT MAY NEVER CHANGE

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Two separate pieces of research released this week have found its way to CloudTech HQ, and both have come to the same conclusion: Amazon Web Services (AWS) is miles ahead of the competition in terms of providing infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) services.

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How cloud integration is defining the future of CRM HOW CLOUD INTEGRATION IS DEFINING THE FUTURE OF CRM

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The future of customer relationships depends more on context than transactions.

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Why you can’t let disaster recovery slide off your IT budget in 2017 WHY YOU CAN’T LET DISASTER RECOVERY SLIDE OFF YOUR IT BUDGET IN 2017

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As we welcome in the New Year, we are already seeing multiple blogs prognosticating 2017 trends, setting priorities and suggesting resolutions.

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The key lessons of the Healthcare.gov fiasco THE KEY LESSONS OF THE HEALTHCARE.GOV FIASCO

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ne of the advantages ZapThink brings to the discussion of Enterprise IT is our global perspective. As we travel the world, we hear the opinions of many people across many countries and industries.

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Analysis: What does the role of the CIO look like in 2016? ANALYSIS: WHAT DOES THE ROLE OF THE CIO LOOK LIKE IN 2016?

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It is a question which carries more resonance as technology matures: what is the major role of the CIO today?

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A roundup of cloud computing and enterprise software predictions for 2014 A ROUNDUP OF CLOUD COMPUTING AND ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE PREDICTIONS FOR 2014

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Alan Kay’s saying that the best way to predict the future is to create it resonates through the best cloud

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