CLOUD APP MANAGEMENT
Sage | July 27, 2021
Sage has tapped the private cloud service provider Cloud at Work as a “Strategic Hosting Provider,” certified to support other solution providers and their customers in their cloud migration activities.
Cloud at Work is a Sage channel partner for a long-time now and helps Sage customers quickly and smoothly move their Sage applications to a private cloud. The Strategic Hosting Provider designation confirms Cloud at Work’s proficiency in Sage applications and cloud technology. Further, it also reaffirms Sage’s trust in the company to support their partners and customers as they migrate from on-premises to the cloud ecosystem.
In a statement declaring the certification, Tyler Bower, Cloud at Work’s director of cloud and hosting services, says, “We are pleased to have been selected to join the Sage Partner Cloud program as a Strategic Hosting Provider. We look forward to help Sage Business Partners meet the increasing demand for quick and safe migration to a secure hosting environment.”
Using the Cloud at Work platform, Sage’s customers in the U.S. who are running on-premises Sage ERP applications, including Sage 100, Sage 300, and Sage X3, can migrate those application instances to the Cloud at Work platform.
The Sage certifications confirm Cloud at Work’s ability to provide hosting services through other Sage channel partners. In addition, it showcases how it supports Sage's customers, along with working with its in-house customers. According to the cloud, running hosted Sage applications also influences businesses and organizations are to move to a cloud ERP system. In addition, it allows customers to apprehend the performance, efficiencies, and financial benefits of SaaS with a minimum of disruption.
Bower further mentions in his related blog post, “To extend the life of Sage applications, hosting Sage software on the Cloud at Work platform helps to preserve business investments. These investments include custom development or add-ons to the applications and in integrations with third-party applications.”
According to Bowler, customers also benefit from the combined support of Sage support combined with Cloud at Work’s SaaS expertise. Bower said, “It’s a partnership that extends a winning combination of increased performance and industry-leading solutions that allows Sage customers to uncover the power of their business.”
Aziz Benmalek, executive vice president of Sage’s Global Partner Organization, says, “Latest global events have augmented the need for any time, anywhere access to business-critical information. This accelerated demand influences the customers to migrate to the cloud because they look for freedom and flexibility to customize their requirements and make their business processes future-ready.”
He added, “Cloud at Work joins us as a strategic cloud hosting partner as per their remarkable track record of supporting customers on their journey to the cloud. They are also known for enabling their customers to continue using the trusted Sage products that already work for their business, without interruption.”
Cloud at Work enhances the Sage software market this year. In May, the company introduced a $1.5 million partner development fund that Sage customers who use Cloud at Work to host their applications can utilize exclusively. In addition, the fund can support Sage’s cloud initiative and motivate customers to migrate their Sage applications to Cloud at Work hosting.
CLOUD APP MANAGEMENT
IBM, BoxBoat | July 13, 2021
IBM unveils plans to buy its 11th company over the past 12 months. Now, it is the DevOps and Kubernetes startup, BoxBoat. The news surfaced within weeks after IBM acquired the application and network performance management star Turbonomic.
In 2021, IBM has already spent millions acquiring Salesforce expert 7Summits and Waeg; hybrid cloud consulting firm Taos; myInvenio for AI automation; StackRox for container and Kubernetes security.
Since July 2020, IBM has also acquired hybrid cloud consultant Nordcloud, SAP specialist TruQua Enterprises, WDG for AI automation, and AIOps expert Instana. But, perhaps, its biggest IT acquisition was Red Hat for $34 billion in 2019.
Most of IBM’s acquisitions over the past year, such as its buys of Nordcloud, Taos, StackRox, and BoxBoat, are focused around its prominently expanding multi-cloud transformation, management expertise, and hybrid cloud capabilities. BoxBoat’s acquisition, which happened just one week since Jim Whitehurst’s sudden exit as president of IBM, is to boost Red Hat OpenShift adoption and Big Blue’s hybrid cloud strategy.
John Granger, senior vice president of IBM’s hybrid cloud services, stated, “None of the cloud modernization projects can thrive without a containerization strategy. BoxBoat is at the forefront of container services innovation.” He further added, “Our clients need a cloud architecture that has competencies to operate across a traditional IT environment, private cloud, and public clouds. That is at the core of our hybrid cloud strategy.”
BoxBoat was established in 2016, aiming to assist customers in complex cloud consulting projects by implementing Kubernetes and containers to enable hybrid cloud environments. BoxBoat is also a partner to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, advising several fortune 100 companies and government agencies on best practices, reforming existing DevOps solutions, and containerizing critical workloads. Though, the financial terms of the BoxBoat deal are not disclosed yet but, the deal is expected to be closed by this quarter.
According to the forecast by IT research firm Gartner, more than 85 percent of global companies will be running containerized applications in production by 2025. Kubernetes is open-source cloud-enabled software for managing and deploying containers. As a result, it is quickly becoming the preferred means to build digital services at scale and across clouds.
Tim Hohman, CEO-BoxBeat, says, “We establish BoxBoat on the idea that the containers and DevOps would become an industry standard. It has the potential to transform enterprise IT with high-speed application deployment workflows.” Furthermore, he added, “Joining IBM will allow us to comprehend a shared vision of assisting our customers modernize by effectively deploying container-based applications on-premises and to the cloud.”
BoxBoat delivers a complete services suite, which includes tailored strategies for Kubernetes. Further, it also assists in adopting an enterprise container platform and application, DevSecOps, training, and enablement. IBM stated BoxBoat helps enterprises with the proper tooling, business strategy, workflows, and processes to meet their DevOps goals.
BoxBoat is joining IBM Global Business Services to grow the hybrid cloud services business quickly. The startup is looking forwards to enhance IBM’s capacity to meet demand surge for containers and the processing elements of the digital cloud transformation. BoxBoat engineers are active open-source contributors and expert admins and application developers in Kubernetes, AWS, Docker, GitLab, Google Cloud Platform, Hashicorp, and Microsoft Azure technologies.
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Authentic8 | April 06, 2021
Authentic8, the developers of the Silo Web Isolation Platform, announced today that its Silo product suite and cloud technology have been granted FedRAMP authorization, a comprehensive certification proving that its products and services follow regulatory standards for hosting the US government data.
FedRAMP is the only third-party credential program accredited by the United States government for ensuring the integrity of private cloud providers. Authentic8 is one of approximately 215 vendors that have earned FedRAMP clearance.
“FedRAMP authorization is the gold standard for cloud-based services, and Silo is the only web isolation platform that has it.” Unlike self-certification, FedRAMP allows certified third parties to determine and verify compliance with a codified series of federal risk management requirements,” said Scott Petry, CEO of Authentic8. “With FedRAMP approval, Authentic8 has been validated as sufficiently safe to host U.S. government data, regardless of agency. Any entity, public or private, benefits directly from FedRAMP's intrinsic protection as well as the quality improvement process.”
The Silo Web Isolation Platform is used by government departments and Fortune 500 companies to harden and automate their security architectures; to provide safe and anonymous web access to staff; to monitor high-value workflows, sensitive data, and web-based applications; and to perform web analysis with no risk of attribution back to the system or network.
Authentic8's patented Silo Web Isolation Platform operates by separating users from the web by running all web code off-site in a removable container in the cloud, preventing it from accessing the network environment or end computer. Silo integrates confidentiality, identity, and data policy into the browser. It liberates the site's strength and removes the threats of unregulated third-party web content, unauthorized access, employee abuse of unmanaged devices, and malicious intent by hackers or state-sponsored actors.
The world's most at-risk organizations depend on Authentic8 to eliminate the risk of accessing the internet. More than 500 government agencies and commercial companies depend on Authentic8's cloud-based Silo Web Isolation Platform to isolate the stuff they care about — like applications, data, and devices — from the things they can't trust, like external websites, users, and unmanaged devices.
Authentic8 challenges the decades-old approach to web access. Customers have the assurance they require that their web use is safe and compliant in every session through its proactive security and policy control.