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What Is Cloud-Native and Why Does it Matter for CI

Article | March 15, 2024

Continuous intelligence (CI) relies on the real-time analysis of streaming data to produce actionable insights in milliseconds to seconds. Such capabilities have applications throughout a business. In today’s dynamic marketplace, new CI applications that use data from various sources at any given time might be needed on very short notice.The challenge is how to have the flexibility to rapidly develop and deploy new CI applications to meet fast-changing business requirements. A common approach employed today is to use a dynamic architecture that delivers access to data, processing power, and analytics capabilities on demand. In the future, solutions also will likely incorporate artificial intelligence applications to complement the benefits of traditional analytics. Increasingly, cloud-native is the architecture of choice to build and deploy AI-embedded CI applications. A cloud-native approach offers benefits to both the business and developers. Cloud-native applications or services are loosely coupled with explicitly described dependencies.

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Cloud Security, Cloud App Management, Cloud Infrastructure Management

Why Microsoft Should Spinoff Its Cloud Business

Article | August 8, 2023

Microsoft currently features old-school solutions that are growing relatively slowly (Office and Windows) and new cloud solutions that are growing tremendously (Dynamics 365 and Azure). If the company stays in its current form, Microsoft stock will keep steadily advancing. But because the company’s total top and bottom lines are never going to increase much more than 30% or 35% per year, the shares are never going to deliver truly huge returns. But that would change if the company was to spin off its rapidly growing cloud businesses. In such a scenario, the current owners of Microsoft stock would receive shares in a cutting edge cloud services company (let’s call it Azure), and shares in a company focused on providing old, mostly PC-based software to businesses and consumers.

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Intelligence Giant Upgrading its Cloud Technology

Article | February 27, 2024

With the huge amounts of data in all fields, a future in the cloud is imperative to help deal with this explosion of data, especially in the field of intelligence technology. This is the reason why the US Central Intelligence Agency is updating its cloud technology. The agency has recently released a draft request for proposal for its Commercial Cloud Enterprise contract.The C2E tens of billions contract will be a multi-award commercial cloud computing contract with a five-year base period and two five-year options for a period of performance of up to 15 years, according to nextgov.com.In a March 2019 presentation by the Directorate of Digital Innovation, a division of the CIA, the department outlined its vision for C2E. It would be broad and include infrastructure, platform and software cloud services supporting a broad range of users, with a variety of security clearances and a worldwide presence, as reported by techcrunch.com. The principal C2E Program objective is to acquire cloud computing services directly from commercial cloud service providers with established records for innovation and operational excellence in cloud service delivery for a large customer base,the department stated in the presentation.Apparently, the agency prefers to avoid all the attention that the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud procurement process got, and quietly go about its business.

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AWS tags US$235 million to expand its cloud infrastructure in Latin America

Article | February 10, 2020

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is raising its stake on cloud computing infrastructure in Latin America. Proof of this is that the IT company will use R$1 billion (around US$235 million) to expand its data center in Sao Paulo. These millions will be used for its Data Processing Center located in that part of Brazil. In addition, a portion of these US$235 million will also be used to increase the services it offers to both public and private parties.The move gives reason to suggest that AWS is upping the ante in the future of startups and tech in the region that rely on cloud services to develop their own products.It launched its cloud center in Brazil in 2011 but it’ll be getting some beefing up thanks to these funds. Moreover, AWS has two Edge networks in São Paulo and two in Rio de Janeiro. As well as one in each of the following cities: Bogotá (Colombia), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Santiago (Chile).The objective of all of this is to be the region’s prime provider of cloud infrastructure and beat out its competition AKA, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft’s Azure.

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LightEdge Offers Secure, Scalable LightEdge Cloud with 100% Uptime

LightEdge | October 12, 2023

LightEdge, a prominent cloud and colocation provider, introduces its robust cloud offering, LightEdge Cloud. This cloud solution blends the flexibility of public clouds with private cloud-grade security, incorporating robust connectivity options and compliance expertise for heavily regulated industries. It comes with a 100% uptime guarantee and round-the-clock performance monitoring by a dedicated team of cloud engineers. LightEdge Cloud offers a secure and customizable enterprise cloud experience, emphasizing co-management and transparency. Jim Masterson, the CEO of LightEdge, emphasized that the LightEdge Cloud provides support for any enterprise workload with a scalable, transparent, and, most importantly, highly secure solution. Key features of LightEdge Cloud: Managed by experienced data center and cloud engineers for proactive performance maintenance. Transparent pricing with no hidden costs, including data egress fees and per-IP charges. Compatibility with various enterprise workloads, such as VMware-based, IBM-based, and container-based workloads Integration with VMware Cloud Director for enhanced transparency and management Enhanced security features include microsegmentation, a virtual firewall, DDoS protection, and load balancing. Supported by LightEdge's secure, redundant network developed over 25 years. Dale Dawson, the VP of Product at LightEdge, emphasized that the LightEdge Cloud offers identical advantages to any public cloud but at a more cost-effective and transparent price point, with a complete team of cloud experts prepared to intervene when necessary. LightEdge Cloud provides a secure platform for enterprise workloads, supported by cloud infrastructure and management solutions from VMware and Dell Technologies. Co-management may limit independence, and competition with established cloud providers may pose challenges. Performance and scalability should be evaluated against larger platforms. LightEdge Cloud offers robust security, 100% uptime, transparent pricing, and compatibility with various enterprise workloads, making it attractive for regulated industries. Proactive maintenance, integration with VMware Cloud Director, and a secure network boost reliability. About LightEdge LightEdge, founded in 1996, is a trusted provider of secure cloud and colocation services, with a strong emphasis on security, observability, and compliance. Serving over 1,300 clients, the company offers tailored public cloud solutions and simplifies multi-cloud environments. With a focus on reducing complexity and enhancing security, LightEdge allows clients to allocate resources to innovation over maintenance.

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Virtana Acquires Cloud and Kubernetes Observability Solution Powered by Advanced AI and Open-Source Telemetry Collection, OpsCruise

Prnewswire | June 16, 2023

Virtana, the leading IT operations management (ITOM) company accelerating hybrid, multi-vendor, and multi-cloud infrastructure innovation with artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps), has acquired cloud observability platform, OpsCruise, the only purpose-built cloud-native, and Kubernetes observability platform. OpsCruise's solution empowers ITOps/DevOps/SRE teams to predict performance degradation and pinpoint its cause. This is enabled by the deep understanding of Kubernetes and popular technologies used in modern applications, coupled with OpsCruise's unique contextual Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) based behavior profiling. OpsCruise solution is also tightly integrated with leading open-source monitoring tools and cloud providers for metrics, logs, traces, flows, and configuration data, freeing customers from costly proprietary alternatives. With this acquisition, Virtana continues to deliver on its vision to support simplified and unified hybrid infrastructure observability for on-prem, cloud, and edge multi-vendor environments by extending its hybrid coverage to support cloud-native, open-source, containers, and serverless functions. Co-created in 2018 by The Fabric, a Silicon Valley startup foundry focused on cloud and IoT infrastructure, and tech entrepreneurs Scott Fulton, Aloke Guha, and Shridhar Venkatraman, OpsCruise was founded with a vision to address the challenges of complexity and cost of managing applications in the cloud. Gartner named OpsCruise a Cool Vendor in Observability in 2022 because "it uses Machine Learning profiling to rapidly identify performance issues in Kubernetes and serverless cloud-native environments, allowing IT Ops/SRE teams to more efficiently manage complex modern environments." Leading organizations, including Avis Car Rental, Telefonica, Tesla, and United Airlines, use OpsCruise to solve challenges, such as slow-downs, expensive proprietary telemetry collection, unexpected dependencies, misconfigurations, and resource saturation across Kubernetes, cloud services, and infrastructure. Virtana Platform delivers unified hybrid infrastructure management solutions, including real-time performance monitoring, large-scale analytics capabilities, support for Kubernetes on-premises, Cloud Cost Management, and Workload Placement. Gartner short-listed Virtana Platform as a Digital Platform Conductor tool, defined by Gartner as a new category of tools. These tools "coordinate the various infrastructure tools used to plan, implement, operate and monitor underpinning technology and services for applications and digital products." With OpsCruise, Virtana now supports Kubernetes deployments anywhere and automates anomaly detection to identify suspicious behaviors and data protection. The acquisition also enhances extensibility with improved support of a broad range of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings. "At Virtana, one of our core values is fostering customer obsession and innovation. Our team is committed to delivering the industry's most robust hybrid cloud infrastructure monitoring and management solution, and the acquisition of OpsCruise augments that effort," said Kash Shaikh, President and CEO of Virtana. "The integration of OpsCruise into our portfolio was driven by our many conversations with IT leaders worldwide to understand their challenges and how Virtana can help address them." Kash continued, "Customers are challenged with expensive proprietary observability data collection that they may not use, not achieving a fast time to resolution, which affects their ability to provide the best customer experience. This acquisition will help accelerate how our customers reduce costs with open-source-based collection and predict and pinpoint the problems so they can innovate within their competitive markets. We are delighted to welcome OpsCruise to the Virtana family." "We are thrilled to join forces with Virtana to help deliver on their vision of hybrid infrastructure management," said Scott Fulton, Founder & CEO of OpsCruise. "Cloud observability has become a data problem. Traditional tools require significant configuration and tuning to simply present telemetry data on dashboards. OpsCruise automatically makes sense of the data to provide contextual insights, identify degradations and automate causal analysis - an observability smart layer. It's about enabling engineers to toil less with monitoring tools, incidents, and war rooms." About Virtana Virtana accelerates hybrid infrastructure innovation through deep-system data and centralized visibility. Its unified multi-cloud management solution, Virtana Platform, simplifies the optimization, migration, and monitoring of application workloads across public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. The cloud-agnostic SaaS platform allows enterprises to efficiently plan their cloud migrations and then right-size workloads across their hybrid cloud infrastructure for performance, capacity, and cost—most customers see 25% cloud cost savings or more within the first 10 days of use. Get a free 14-day trial of Virtana's optimization solution at virtana.com/optimize-free-trial Virtana was named Coolest Cloud Company by CRN, Top Cloud Leader Reducing Public Cloud Costs by Business Insider, Best Company Culture by Comparably, and a Customer First company by Gartner.

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OVHcloud® US Launches Startup Program to Accelerate Businesses in Their Journey to the Cloud

Prnewswire | June 07, 2023

OVHcloud® US – the global alternative to hyperscalers offering truly flexible cloud solutions, launched their Startup Program to accelerate startups' journey to the cloud. This 12-month program offers up to $120,000 in free credits and up to 20 hours of technical consultations where members in the early stages of development can design a minimum viable product or even build the optimal infrastructure to scale rapidly to reach new markets. "At OVHcloud US, we believe in innovation for freedom," said Startup Program Lead US, Francois Giraud. "OVHcloud launched the global Startup Program in 2015 having already supported 3,300 startups and scaleups, and we are thrilled to kick off the program in the U.S. Our Startup Program allows us to be hands-on with our members and to provide personal customer service that companies will not find at other cloud providers. Whether they are an early-stage startup or an established startup looking to scale, our goal is to see the members of this program succeed and grow their businesses. We personalize the experience of each member to provide tools and guidance they need to help them build a secure, high-performance cloud environment." Companies and startups across all verticals are invited to join the program. OVHcloud US products can support digital businesses requiring rapid, flexible, and affordable scaling of cloud infrastructure and those using data-intensive technologies. Benefiting from an open cloud with no hidden fees, no vendor lock-in, and transparent pricing, Startup Program members can enjoy the high performance, scalability, and sustainability of OVHcloud US' solutions at a lower price point. "OVHcloud's open ecosystem allows us to help startups build their environment in a cost-efficient way," continued Giraud. "Startups can create and develop their environment and applications in OVHcloud at a lower cost with full reversibility. Many cloud providers lock in startup program members once they begin to develop their environment, do not provide consistent pricing for those who graduate from the program, and, if a startup chooses to leave the platform, they might be forced to rearchitect full applications. Our open cloud allows businesses to develop their applications in an open-source approach supporting multicloud scenarios." OVHcloud US Startup Program founding members include Pytheia, Vault Staking, Mantis Ad Network, SharePlay Interactive, PracticeQuest, Sabz Ventures, Radiance AI, MateWorkx, and more. As the members continue to grow, OVHcloud US is already looking ahead to create an accelerator program to continue to aid startups in their cloud journey. To learn more about OVHcloud® US Startup Program and apply, please visit us.ovhcloud.com/startup-program/. About OVHcloud US OVHcloud US is a subsidiary of OVHcloud, a global player and Europe's leading cloud provider operating more than 400,000 servers within 34 data centers across four continents. For 20 years, the Group has relied on an integrated model that provides complete control of its value chain from the design of its servers to the construction and management of its data centers, including the orchestration of its fiber-optic network. This unique approach allows it to independently cover all the uses of its 1.6 million customers in more than 140 countries. OVHcloud now offers latest generation solutions combining performance, price predictability, and total sovereignty over their data to support their growth in complete freedom. https://us.ovhcloud.com/

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LightEdge Offers Secure, Scalable LightEdge Cloud with 100% Uptime

LightEdge | October 12, 2023

LightEdge, a prominent cloud and colocation provider, introduces its robust cloud offering, LightEdge Cloud. This cloud solution blends the flexibility of public clouds with private cloud-grade security, incorporating robust connectivity options and compliance expertise for heavily regulated industries. It comes with a 100% uptime guarantee and round-the-clock performance monitoring by a dedicated team of cloud engineers. LightEdge Cloud offers a secure and customizable enterprise cloud experience, emphasizing co-management and transparency. Jim Masterson, the CEO of LightEdge, emphasized that the LightEdge Cloud provides support for any enterprise workload with a scalable, transparent, and, most importantly, highly secure solution. Key features of LightEdge Cloud: Managed by experienced data center and cloud engineers for proactive performance maintenance. Transparent pricing with no hidden costs, including data egress fees and per-IP charges. Compatibility with various enterprise workloads, such as VMware-based, IBM-based, and container-based workloads Integration with VMware Cloud Director for enhanced transparency and management Enhanced security features include microsegmentation, a virtual firewall, DDoS protection, and load balancing. Supported by LightEdge's secure, redundant network developed over 25 years. Dale Dawson, the VP of Product at LightEdge, emphasized that the LightEdge Cloud offers identical advantages to any public cloud but at a more cost-effective and transparent price point, with a complete team of cloud experts prepared to intervene when necessary. LightEdge Cloud provides a secure platform for enterprise workloads, supported by cloud infrastructure and management solutions from VMware and Dell Technologies. Co-management may limit independence, and competition with established cloud providers may pose challenges. Performance and scalability should be evaluated against larger platforms. LightEdge Cloud offers robust security, 100% uptime, transparent pricing, and compatibility with various enterprise workloads, making it attractive for regulated industries. Proactive maintenance, integration with VMware Cloud Director, and a secure network boost reliability. About LightEdge LightEdge, founded in 1996, is a trusted provider of secure cloud and colocation services, with a strong emphasis on security, observability, and compliance. Serving over 1,300 clients, the company offers tailored public cloud solutions and simplifies multi-cloud environments. With a focus on reducing complexity and enhancing security, LightEdge allows clients to allocate resources to innovation over maintenance.

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Virtana Acquires Cloud and Kubernetes Observability Solution Powered by Advanced AI and Open-Source Telemetry Collection, OpsCruise

Prnewswire | June 16, 2023

Virtana, the leading IT operations management (ITOM) company accelerating hybrid, multi-vendor, and multi-cloud infrastructure innovation with artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps), has acquired cloud observability platform, OpsCruise, the only purpose-built cloud-native, and Kubernetes observability platform. OpsCruise's solution empowers ITOps/DevOps/SRE teams to predict performance degradation and pinpoint its cause. This is enabled by the deep understanding of Kubernetes and popular technologies used in modern applications, coupled with OpsCruise's unique contextual Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) based behavior profiling. OpsCruise solution is also tightly integrated with leading open-source monitoring tools and cloud providers for metrics, logs, traces, flows, and configuration data, freeing customers from costly proprietary alternatives. With this acquisition, Virtana continues to deliver on its vision to support simplified and unified hybrid infrastructure observability for on-prem, cloud, and edge multi-vendor environments by extending its hybrid coverage to support cloud-native, open-source, containers, and serverless functions. Co-created in 2018 by The Fabric, a Silicon Valley startup foundry focused on cloud and IoT infrastructure, and tech entrepreneurs Scott Fulton, Aloke Guha, and Shridhar Venkatraman, OpsCruise was founded with a vision to address the challenges of complexity and cost of managing applications in the cloud. Gartner named OpsCruise a Cool Vendor in Observability in 2022 because "it uses Machine Learning profiling to rapidly identify performance issues in Kubernetes and serverless cloud-native environments, allowing IT Ops/SRE teams to more efficiently manage complex modern environments." Leading organizations, including Avis Car Rental, Telefonica, Tesla, and United Airlines, use OpsCruise to solve challenges, such as slow-downs, expensive proprietary telemetry collection, unexpected dependencies, misconfigurations, and resource saturation across Kubernetes, cloud services, and infrastructure. Virtana Platform delivers unified hybrid infrastructure management solutions, including real-time performance monitoring, large-scale analytics capabilities, support for Kubernetes on-premises, Cloud Cost Management, and Workload Placement. Gartner short-listed Virtana Platform as a Digital Platform Conductor tool, defined by Gartner as a new category of tools. These tools "coordinate the various infrastructure tools used to plan, implement, operate and monitor underpinning technology and services for applications and digital products." With OpsCruise, Virtana now supports Kubernetes deployments anywhere and automates anomaly detection to identify suspicious behaviors and data protection. The acquisition also enhances extensibility with improved support of a broad range of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings. "At Virtana, one of our core values is fostering customer obsession and innovation. Our team is committed to delivering the industry's most robust hybrid cloud infrastructure monitoring and management solution, and the acquisition of OpsCruise augments that effort," said Kash Shaikh, President and CEO of Virtana. "The integration of OpsCruise into our portfolio was driven by our many conversations with IT leaders worldwide to understand their challenges and how Virtana can help address them." Kash continued, "Customers are challenged with expensive proprietary observability data collection that they may not use, not achieving a fast time to resolution, which affects their ability to provide the best customer experience. This acquisition will help accelerate how our customers reduce costs with open-source-based collection and predict and pinpoint the problems so they can innovate within their competitive markets. We are delighted to welcome OpsCruise to the Virtana family." "We are thrilled to join forces with Virtana to help deliver on their vision of hybrid infrastructure management," said Scott Fulton, Founder & CEO of OpsCruise. "Cloud observability has become a data problem. Traditional tools require significant configuration and tuning to simply present telemetry data on dashboards. OpsCruise automatically makes sense of the data to provide contextual insights, identify degradations and automate causal analysis - an observability smart layer. It's about enabling engineers to toil less with monitoring tools, incidents, and war rooms." About Virtana Virtana accelerates hybrid infrastructure innovation through deep-system data and centralized visibility. Its unified multi-cloud management solution, Virtana Platform, simplifies the optimization, migration, and monitoring of application workloads across public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. The cloud-agnostic SaaS platform allows enterprises to efficiently plan their cloud migrations and then right-size workloads across their hybrid cloud infrastructure for performance, capacity, and cost—most customers see 25% cloud cost savings or more within the first 10 days of use. Get a free 14-day trial of Virtana's optimization solution at virtana.com/optimize-free-trial Virtana was named Coolest Cloud Company by CRN, Top Cloud Leader Reducing Public Cloud Costs by Business Insider, Best Company Culture by Comparably, and a Customer First company by Gartner.

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OVHcloud® US Launches Startup Program to Accelerate Businesses in Their Journey to the Cloud

Prnewswire | June 07, 2023

OVHcloud® US – the global alternative to hyperscalers offering truly flexible cloud solutions, launched their Startup Program to accelerate startups' journey to the cloud. This 12-month program offers up to $120,000 in free credits and up to 20 hours of technical consultations where members in the early stages of development can design a minimum viable product or even build the optimal infrastructure to scale rapidly to reach new markets. "At OVHcloud US, we believe in innovation for freedom," said Startup Program Lead US, Francois Giraud. "OVHcloud launched the global Startup Program in 2015 having already supported 3,300 startups and scaleups, and we are thrilled to kick off the program in the U.S. Our Startup Program allows us to be hands-on with our members and to provide personal customer service that companies will not find at other cloud providers. Whether they are an early-stage startup or an established startup looking to scale, our goal is to see the members of this program succeed and grow their businesses. We personalize the experience of each member to provide tools and guidance they need to help them build a secure, high-performance cloud environment." Companies and startups across all verticals are invited to join the program. OVHcloud US products can support digital businesses requiring rapid, flexible, and affordable scaling of cloud infrastructure and those using data-intensive technologies. Benefiting from an open cloud with no hidden fees, no vendor lock-in, and transparent pricing, Startup Program members can enjoy the high performance, scalability, and sustainability of OVHcloud US' solutions at a lower price point. "OVHcloud's open ecosystem allows us to help startups build their environment in a cost-efficient way," continued Giraud. "Startups can create and develop their environment and applications in OVHcloud at a lower cost with full reversibility. Many cloud providers lock in startup program members once they begin to develop their environment, do not provide consistent pricing for those who graduate from the program, and, if a startup chooses to leave the platform, they might be forced to rearchitect full applications. Our open cloud allows businesses to develop their applications in an open-source approach supporting multicloud scenarios." OVHcloud US Startup Program founding members include Pytheia, Vault Staking, Mantis Ad Network, SharePlay Interactive, PracticeQuest, Sabz Ventures, Radiance AI, MateWorkx, and more. As the members continue to grow, OVHcloud US is already looking ahead to create an accelerator program to continue to aid startups in their cloud journey. To learn more about OVHcloud® US Startup Program and apply, please visit us.ovhcloud.com/startup-program/. About OVHcloud US OVHcloud US is a subsidiary of OVHcloud, a global player and Europe's leading cloud provider operating more than 400,000 servers within 34 data centers across four continents. For 20 years, the Group has relied on an integrated model that provides complete control of its value chain from the design of its servers to the construction and management of its data centers, including the orchestration of its fiber-optic network. This unique approach allows it to independently cover all the uses of its 1.6 million customers in more than 140 countries. OVHcloud now offers latest generation solutions combining performance, price predictability, and total sovereignty over their data to support their growth in complete freedom. https://us.ovhcloud.com/

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