IBM bets on blockchain to leverage cloud revenue

ciodive.com | February 12, 2020

Industry watchers say blockchain adoption in the enterprise is in its infancy. IBM's got time and resources to watch it evolve and deliver more workloads to its cloud. Since 2018, IBM has tripled its blockchain patents each year, and has a workforce of 2,000 blockchain experts focused on development and implementation, the company told CIO Dive. Citing customers the size of Ford, Maersk and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, IBM's strategy hinges on luring more customers to its cloud platform.IBM has worked to make inroads in advanced technologies such as quantum computing unveiling the IBM Q System One last year and blockchain. But the enterprise cloud market, led by Amazon Web Services, has remained elusive.In the broader cloud market, IBM is a niche player, according to Gartner stats. In 2018 it landed in last place among the top five providers, with 1.8% of market share. IBM trails its closest competitor, Google Cloud, which sits at 4%.In 2018, artificial intelligence, cloud and blockchain projects helped IBM emerge from a 22-quarter revenue growth crater. In January, IBM announced a succession plan for CEO Ginni Rometty, who led the company through a computing evolution. The company's choice of a cloud executive as CEO highlights IBM's shift to focus on the technology. Arvind Krishna, who will become CEO on April 6, currently serves as SVP for cloud and cognitive software.

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Red Hat and Nutanix Announce Strategic Partnership to Deliver Open Hybrid Multicloud Solutions

Red Hat, Nutanix | July 30, 2021

Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source solutions, and Nutanix, a leader in hybrid multicloud computing, today announced a strategic partnership to enable a powerful solution for building, scaling and managing cloud-native applications on-premises and in hybrid clouds. The collaboration brings together industry-leading technologies, enabling installation, interoperability and management of Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Nutanix Cloud Platform, including Nutanix AOS and AHV. Key elements of the partnership include: Red Hat OpenShift as the preferred choice for enterprise full stack Kubernetes on Nutanix Cloud Platform. Customers looking to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift on hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) will be able to use an industry-leading cloud platform from Nutanix, which includes both Nutanix AOS and AHV. Nutanix Cloud Platform is now a preferred choice for HCI for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift. This will enable customers to deploy virtualized and containerized workloads on a hyperconverged infrastructure, building on the combined benefits of Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud technologies and Nutanix’s hyperconverged offerings. Nutanix AHV is now a Red Hat certified hypervisor enabling full support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift on Nutanix Cloud Platform. The certification of the Nutanix built-in hypervisor, AHV, for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift offers enterprise customers a simplified full stack solution for their containerized and virtualized cloud-native applications. This certification delivers Red Hat customers additional choice in hypervisor deployments, especially as many organizations explore innovative, modern virtualization technologies. Joint engineering roadmap providing robust interoperability. Red Hat and Nutanix will focus on delivering continuous testing of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift with Nutanix AHV to provide robust interoperability. The companies will also collaborate to deliver more timely support by aligning product roadmaps. More seamless support experience providing faster resolution times for joint customers. Customers will be able to contact either company with support issues. The two companies are collaborating to deliver a best-in-class support experience for the interoperability of the certified products. Because of its distributed architecture, Nutanix Cloud Platform delivers an IT environment that is highly scalable and resilient, and well-suited for enterprise deployments of Red Hat OpenShift at scale. The platform also includes fully integrated unified storage, addressing many tough challenges operators routinely face in configuring and managing storage for stateful containers. About Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. Red Hat helps customers integrate new and existing IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize on our industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure, and manage complex environments. Award-winning support, training, and consulting services make Red Hat a trusted adviser to the Fortune 500. As a strategic partner to cloud providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the digital future. About Nutanix Nutanix is a global leader in cloud software and a pioneer in hyperconverged infrastructure solutions, making clouds invisible, freeing customers to focus on their business outcomes. Organizations around the world use Nutanix software to leverage a single platform to manage any app at any location for their hybrid multicloud environments. Learn more at www.nutanix.com or follow us on social media @nutanix

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Cologix Grows Strategic Partnership with Console Connect

Cologix, Inc | June 21, 2022

Cologix, North America’s leading network-neutral interconnection and hyperscale edge data center company, today announced its continued strategic partnership with Console Connect by PCCW Global by deploying the Console Connect Software Defined Interconnection platform at Cologix’s TOR1 data center in Toronto. This marks Console Connect’s second PoP within Cologix’s Canadian market and interconnection ecosystem. The first became available in December 2021 at Cologix’s MTL7 data center in Montréal. “Through our growing collaboration with Console Connect, we’re excited to offer our Canadian customers additional fast and reliable interconnections at the digital edge to connect with their customers, partners and employees across the globe, Moreover, we provide our customers with choice and flexibility through our interconnection ecosystem of 600+ networks, 300+ cloud providers and 30+ onramps across the U.S. and Canada. We look forward to future business initiatives with Console Connect.” Sean Maskell, President and General Manager, Cologix Canada The Cologix and Console Connect partnership enables Cologix’s customers to securely and directly connect to Console Connect’s Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) platform, providing accessibility to the international connectivity of 850+ data centers in over 50 countries. Specifically, within Cologix’s TOR1 facility, businesses can access 150+ unique networks with low latency connectivity powered by high-count, diverse and scalable fiber. The facility also delivers access to Cologix’s four additional data centers in Toronto with direct onramps to cloud services and a network-dense ecosystem with 200+ Canadian-based networks. The Console Connect self-service portal allows customers to quote, order, deliver and manage their network connections to all major hyperscale cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services Direct Connect, Alibaba Cloud, Google Cloud Interconnect, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute and more. “We’re thrilled to grow the availability of our extensive and resilient platform with Cologix in Canada. First, in Montréal, and now, Toronto,” said Michael Glynn, Senior Vice President of Digital Automated Innovation at Console Connect. “Our Console Connect platform delivers uncontended service with assured quality of service and the ability to scale and flex high-speed connectivity on-demand. We deliver higher levels of network performance, speed and security to meet customers’ immediate digital needs." About Cologix Inc. Cologix provides carrier- and cloud-neutral hyperscale edge data centers and services across North America. Cologix is the interconnection hub for cloud service providers, carriers and a rich ecosystem of partners who want to deploy applications at the very edge across Canada and the U.S. With a growing portfolio of next generation facilities that meet the unique requirements for hyperscale growth with deep connectivity, Cologix offers massive scale and tailor-made data center solutions to accelerate customers’ digital transformation. For on-demand connectivity for scale and control, Cologix Access Marketplace provides fast, reliable, self-service provisioning.

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Cisco Unveils Innovations Driving New Security Cloud Strategy English

Cisco | June 07, 2022

RSA Conference – Cisco, the leader in enterprise networking and security, unveiled its plan for a global, cloud-delivered, integrated platform that secures and connects organizations of any shape and size. The company is designing the Cisco Security Cloud to be the industry's most open platform, protecting the integrity of the entire IT ecosystem - without public cloud lock-in. "With the complexity of hybrid work, continued acceleration of cloud adoption, and the ever-advancing threat landscape, organizations are looking for a trusted partner to help them achieve security resilience. We believe Cisco is uniquely positioned due to its scale, breadth of solutions and cloud-neutral business model to meet their needs," said Jeetu Patel, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Security and Collaboration at Cisco. "Cisco is already delivering upon key tenets of our cloud platform vision. We're excited to increase our innovation velocity to truly deliver on the vision of the Cisco Security Cloud." The Security Cloud will provide an integrated experience for securely connecting people and devices everywhere to applications and data anywhere. With unified management, the open platform will provide threat prevention, detection, response, and remediation capabilities at scale. Cisco has been on the journey toward the Security Cloud for some time and is sharing additional progress with new innovations across its security portfolio. Secure Access Ushering in the next generation of zero trust, Cisco is building solutions that enable true continuous trusted access by constantly verifying user and device identity, device posture, vulnerabilities, and indicators of compromise. These intelligent checks take place in the background, leaving the user to work without security getting in the way. Cisco is introducing less intrusive methods for risk-based authentication, including the patent-pending Wi-Fi fingerprint as an effective location proxy without compromising user privacy. To evaluate risk after a user logs in, Cisco is building session trust analysis using the open Shared Signals and Events standards to share information between vendors. Cisco unveiled the first integration of this technology with a demo of Cisco Secure Access by Duo and Box. "The threat landscape today is evolving faster than ever before, We are excited to strengthen our relationship with Cisco and deliver customers with a powerful new tool that enables them to act on changes in risk dynamically and in near real-time. You can expect to see more innovation and execution from Box and Cisco that help businesses protect their content across any location, application, or device." Aaron Levie, CEO and Co-founder of Box Secure Edge To radically simplify how organizations connect and protect users, things, and applications, anywhere, Cisco is excited to introduce Cisco+ Secure Connect Now, a unified Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solution. Cisco+ Secure Connect Now is a turnkey offer available in several countries that allows customers to quickly deploy SASE and ease day-to-day operations through a cloud-managed platform. The as-a-service subscription is optimized for value and managed through a unified dashboard. Cisco offers unmatched breadth and depth in its networking and security capabilities, which is why Telefonica Tech will add Cisco's SASE suite to its service portfolio. "As businesses shift to support hybrid work and work from anywhere models, we are committed to helping them adapt to the increased demand for high performing and secure connectivity," said Rames Sarwat, Director of Cyber Security & Cloud Products and Services at Telefonica Tech. "Together with Cisco, we will offer customers an innovative, managed service that will combine SD-Branch with Cisco SASE to address a complete set of next-generation connectivity and security use cases for the branch and the hybrid worker." Secure Operations Cisco added a new Talos Intel On-Demand service offering custom research on the threat landscape unique to each organization. To help accelerate incident detection and response, Cisco announced enhancements to Cisco Secure Cloud Analytics with its ability to automatically promote alerts into SecureX and map those alerts to MITRE ATT&CK. This follows the general availability of SecureX device insights to aggregate, correlate, and normalize data about the devices in their environment, and the integrations of Kenna and Secure Endpoint to better prioritize vulnerabilities. Cisco also introduced the Secure Firewall 3100 Series, designed for hybrid work with a new encrypted visibility engine that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to detect hidden threats. Simplification Cisco is introducing simplification across the portfolio with the new unified Secure Client. Streamlining how administrators and users manage endpoints, half of Cisco Secure agents, including AnyConnect, Secure Endpoint, and Umbrella, will be unified by mid-year 2022 with additional agents to be added over time. This follows the new cloud-delivered Secure Firewall Management Center, which is enabled through the Cisco Defense Orchestrator and unifies management of both cloud and on-premise firewalls. About Cisco Cisco is the worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet. Cisco inspires new possibilities by reimagining your applications, securing your data, transforming your infrastructure, and empowering your teams for a global and inclusive future. 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Trend Micro Leads the Cloud Security Industry with the Most Data Centers Across More Geographies

Trend Micro Incorporated | December 14, 2021

Trend Micro Incorporated the global cloud security leader, offers cloud security in data centers across 9 countries. This represents the broadest global distribution of data centers from any security company, supporting the largest number of cloud security customers in the world. Global data center availability better enables customer digital transformation and cloud adoption by removing data residency roadblocks. Data residency and data sovereignty are key considerations for compliance and business risk when companies move to the cloud. According to Gartner, businesses "face huge challenges to mitigate growth in associated business and financial risks from incidents such as noncompliance, hacking and ransomware. These risks are compounded by data residency issues and poor security planning as data flows across new storage and analytics platforms on-premises and across public multicloud and hybrid cloud services.1" "SaaS is the way to buy today, and security is no exception. We've seen exponential growth in our SaaS-based solutions and demand for local data center availability has risen accordingly. We are always looking for the best ways to solve business problems with our security platform and we're happy to offer the most regional data centers as one of the latest ways we're meeting customers where they are – both physically and in their digital transformation journey." Kevin Simzer, chief operating officer for Trend Micro Trend Micro is committed to supporting the business priorities of customers and reducing business risk any way possible. The company has responded to customer demand by helping enterprises meet data residency and sovereignty requirements with more local data centers. In addition, cloud security services are integrated and available for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, further meeting customers where they are in their digital transformation journey. All regional data centers meet leading compliance regulations, including PCI DSS and ISO 27001, as well as GDPR requirements. About Trend Micro Trend Micro, a global cybersecurity leader, helps make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Fueled by decades of security expertise, global threat research, and continuous innovation, Trend Micro's cybersecurity platform protects hundreds of thousands of organizations and millions of individuals across clouds, networks, devices, and endpoints. As a leader in cloud and enterprise cybersecurity, the platform delivers a powerful range of advanced threat defense techniques optimized for environments like AWS, Microsoft, and Google, and central visibility for better, faster detection and response. With 7,000 employees across 65 countries, Trend Micro enables organizations to simplify and secure their connected world.

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