Microsoft patches serious security flaws in Azure

techradar.com | February 04, 2020

Security researchers at Check Point have identified two major security flaws in Microsoft Azure that could be exploited by hackers to gain access to sensitive information stored on machines running Azure or to take over Azure servers.The first security flaw was discovered in Azure Stack and if exploited, it would enable a hacker to gain access to screenshots and other sensitive information from machines running Azure.Azure stack is a cloud computing software solution that was developed by Microsoft to allow enterprises to deliver Azure services from their own data centers. The software giant created Azure Stack as a means of helping organizations embrace hybrid cloud computing on their own terms while still being able to address business and technical considerations.

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The infrastructure that public and commercial organizations have built to solve big problems has been transformative to both science and business. There is no end in sight for its growth, value and the new challenges it will enable users to tackle. Cloud shows equal promise. The true potential lies, not in trying to do the same things in a different “place”, but in leveraging this new “tool” to accomplish more and different things. The goal for customers should be to find the proper mix, not make a choice.


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Sigmoid enables significant cost reduction on Google Cloud Platform for Reckitt

cloud | June 16, 2022

Sigmoid, a leading data engineering and AI solutions firm, partnered with Reckitt a multinational consumer goods company, in successfully concluding a global cloud optimization initiative. This engagement helped Reckitt to improve their data infrastructure on the cloud and enable analytics solutions across marketing and supply chain. With increasing data volumes and multiple business teams relying on access to high quality data, enhancing cloud performance was a strategic imperative for Reckitt. Unplanned spikes in cloud cost and the inability to predict monthly expenses necessitated the development of a solution that would provide 100% visibility of cloud usage at a granular level and ensure continued cost efficiency. "To have a clear view on cloud usage and continuity of key analytics initiatives, we partnered with Sigmoid. Their expertise in optimizing data infrastructure on multiple cloud platforms helped us leverage the best practices in monitoring, guard railing and optimization which brought down our cloud costs by more than 50% for all BAU projects in GCP," said Thomson Iruthayaraj, Global Lead Data Strategy and Operations - IT at Reckitt. Sigmoid's cloud optimization solutions and custom dashboards helped Reckitt gain visibility of estimated costs for planned projects and alerts for any fluctuations or anomalies in billing patterns. Reckitt also achieved improvement in query performance by 97% and cost saving by 54%. "We are happy to work with Reckitt in their cloud enablement and optimization. Our association with leading cloud service providers combined with our experience in data management enabled us to develop a highly cost efficient solution with real time monitoring and notification system that drives business critical use cases for Reckitt," Mayur Rustagi, Sigmoid's CTO and Co-Founder. With Reckitt operating a multi-cloud infrastructure, the engagement with Sigmoid has paved the way to further optimize cloud costs, reduce time to insights and deploy enterprise wide best practices to derive the maximum benefit from data residing on the cloud. About Sigmoid Sigmoid combines data engineering and AI consulting to help enterprises gain competitive advantage through effective data-driven decision making.Some of the world's largest data producers are engaging with Sigmoid to solve complex business problems. Sigmoid brings deep expertise in data engineering, marketing analytics, artificial intelligence, and DataOps.

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Spectrio Launches All-New Spectrio Cloud Content Management Software

Spectrio | June 14, 2022

Spectrio, one of the nation’s leading providers of comprehensive digital signage solutions, announced today the launch of its newly redesigned Spectrio Cloud content management system. Informed by years of user feedback, the all-new Spectrio Cloud CMS features an enhanced user experience, allowing clients to create and manage all their digital experiences and Spectrio products through a single platform. The release of the new Spectrio Cloud CMS advances the company’s initiative to create a unified software solution for its customer engagement products and services. With this release, Spectrio’s clients are now presented with an even easier-to-navigate portal, serving as a springboard to launch all of the digital experiences provided by Spectrio. This unified interface makes it easier for clients to find, create, preview, and schedule digital content out to their networked screens and kiosks. “At Spectrio, we are always looking for ways to make content management simple and intuitive for our clients, so they can create and deploy the content they need quickly and easily, We’ve simplified the look and feel of the CMS, giving clients an enhanced, modern experience that makes the process of updating digital content faster and more efficient.” Brandon Mullins, Vice President of Product at Spectrio Spectrio employees also utilize Spectrio Cloud to provide enhanced customer service, optimize customer experiences and connect with other digital tools and applications. The new CMS allows employees to assist clients, search the company’s knowledge base, utilize internal reporting tools, and more. Spectrio was named as a G2 Digital Signage Leader in the Winter 2022 report. In 2021, Spectrio’s digital signage software was included on Capterra’s Digital Signage Shortlist, receiving a “Top Performer” nod for its high score in both popularity and user ratings. The company was also recognized as “Best Overall Video Marketing Company” in the 2021 MarTech Breakthrough Awards for its comprehensive suite of products and services that make it simple for clients to create and implement video marketing in their businesses. About Spectrio Spectrio is a leading provider of comprehensive digital signage solutions that empowers clients to transform their business locations into modern, dynamic destinations for customers and employees. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., and founded in 2002, Spectrio serves over 150,000 franchise and enterprise locations in multiple industries, including quick-service restaurants, automotive, healthcare, and financial services. With supporting offerings geared towards Overhead Music, On-Hold Messaging, WiFi Marketing, and more, Spectrio offers businesses a complete customer engagement solution at scale.

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Flexera Drives FinOps Best Practices with Flexera One Cloud Cost Optimization

Flexera | June 17, 2022

Flexera, the company that helps organizations maximize business value from their technology investments, today announced new product features and industry momentum for Flexera One Cloud Cost Optimization. Flexera’s flagship platform, Flexera One, is the first of its kind: an award-winning platform that delivers the power to mitigate risk, reduce costs, and maximize every technology investment. It offers technology value optimization (TVO) through IT visibility, IT asset management (ITAM), cloud cost optimization (CCO), and cloud migration and modernization. Flexera One enables enterprises to take control of their cloud journey with: Definitive technology resource data. Flexera One offers comprehensive and normalized cost visibility into the data center, SaaS and cloud through unique discovery and the unmatched Technopedia catalog of IT product reference data. Consumption intelligence. Flexera One provides savings on licensing costs by applying use rights and rightsizing investments. Internal Flexera customer research has found that customers save more than 30 percent with this approach. Automated portfolio governance. Flexera One continually optimizes business agility through automated cost optimization and feeding compliance and cost data into other IT solutions via outbound and inbound APIs. Hybrid IT optimization. Customers leverage Flexera One’s data for negotiations with major vendors, including Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and SAP. Flexera One FinOps Innovation Flexera continues to work with its customers and the broader FinOps community. Recent Flexera One Cloud Cost Optimization innovations include: Cloud spend anomaly detection: anomaly analysis and detection in cloud spend based on any dimension. Choose business dimensions across multiple cloud costs. Look within automatically calculated thresholds at an account level and identify which services are driving outliers. Cloud spend forecasting: straight line, linear regression and moving average, configurable look back, projection options, and categorization by relevant dimensions. Usage forecasting: project usage by region, account or business dimension to support commitment and capacity planning decisions. Cross-platform cost ingestion: common bill ingestion of any cloud or other costs into the platform. Flexera supports Alibaba Cloud, Azure China, Oracle cloud and the ingestion of data from any other service or source, including labor and full-time equivalent (FTE) costs, on-prem licensing or any cost to provide a total cost of ownership (TCO) view. Automation engine for unit economics: production of unit economics KPIs using Flexera’s automation engine to ingest other metrics, such as usage data from other sources, to produce relevant cost of goods sold (COGS) measures. These include FinOps best-practice KPIs (such as cost per instance hour) and other business KPIs. Contextualized multi-cloud data: complement existing hybrid and multi-cloud tagging strategies by ingesting attributes from CMDBs, enterprise architecture tools or other repositories. Integration with existing tools: push cloud spend recommendations into existing tools, such as JIRA and ServiceNow, using Flexera’s automation engine. Engineers can use these existing tools to prioritize optimization initiatives. Currency adjustment program: automatic conversion of cloud costs to any currency through integration with Xe.com. This makes multi-cloud strategies more effective for global enterprises that work across multiple currencies. Growing Leadership in the FinOps Community Beyond product innovation, Flexera’s commitment to the field of FinOps includes active involvement in initiatives that help advance cloud financial management. Flexera’s Brian Adler, senior director, cloud market strategy, and Jeremy Chaplin, senior cloud solution architect, will speak at FinOps X in Austin, TX. The session, FinOps & IT Asset Management, The Partnership for Success, will be on Monday, June 20, from 4:10 to 4:40 pm CDT. The FinOps Foundation hosts the FinOps X event as the gathering place for engineers, FinOps practitioners, finance people, architects, and anyone who participates in managing the value of cloud. About Flexera Flexera delivers SaaS-based IT management solutions that enable enterprises to accelerate digital transformation and multiply the value of their technology investments. We help organizations inform their IT with definitive visibility into complex hybrid IT ecosystems, providing unparalleled IT insights that allow them to seize technology opportunities. And we help them transform their IT with tools that deliver actionable intelligence across an ever-increasing range of dimensions to effectively manage, govern and optimize their hybrid IT estate. More than 50,000 customers subscribe to our technology value optimization solutions, delivered by 1,300+ passionate team members worldwide.

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Qumulo Launches Cloud Now Program; Gives Cloud Builders One Free Petabyte of Storage

Qumulo | April 26, 2022

-Qumulo, the leader in data storage and management at scale, today unveiled “Cloud Now,” a new program that offers cloud builders the ability to create and test up to one petabyte (PB) of multi-cloud file storage at no cost*. As the only multi-cloud file platform able to run massive data workloads with radical simplicity, Qumulo designed the Cloud Now Program to eliminate barriers to unstructured data storage in the cloud while speeding time to deployment. Customers can now build a proof of concept (POC) at scale with no Qumulo licensing costs, no underlying cloud storage infrastructure costs, and a white-glove deployment experience. are already turning to the cloud to scale rapidly. Recent macroeconomic challenges, such as supply chain delays and labor shortages, have accelerated cloud adoption. According to recent independent analyst reports, organizations are increasing annual cloud spending by 20.7% through 2025, and more than 40% of enterprises surveyed are moving workloads to the cloud to mitigate supply chain disruption. “Today’s enterprises need to manage their data and keep their business moving forward. We believe every business should experience the benefits of cloud, which is why we are offering to build proof of concept environments for our customers free of charge in the cloud of their choice,” said Bill Richter, CEO at Qumulo. “The Cloud Now Program removes concerns of cost and infrastructure lock-in – something legacy vendors simply can’t do.” As the only multi-cloud provider that runs on AWS, GCP, and Azure infrastructure at massive scale, Qumulo gives customers the ability to manage massive amounts of unstructured data, regardless of which cloud it is in, for instant freedom and flexibility. Customers frequently turn Qumulo POCs into production workloads and with Cloud Now, have a free cloud storage environment to run real-world production workloads with confidence. As a software defined, multi-cloud unstructured data solution, Qumulo runs in data centers, private clouds and all three major public clouds. Deploying the Qumulo single software stack across on-prem and the public cloud reduces complexity with a single management experience wherever a customer’s data resides. Qumulo also offers the same award-winning customer support experience across all deployments. About Qumulo, Inc. Qumulo is the breakthrough leader in simplifying data management in its native file form at a massive scale across hybrid-cloud environments. Its high-performance file data platform is designed to store, manage and create workflows and applications with data in its native file form at massive scale on prem and in the public cloud. Qumulo is trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major film and animation studios, and some of the largest research facilities in the world to easily manage the full data lifecycle from ingestion, transformation, publishing and archiving with cost-effective capacity, dynamic scalability, automatic encryption, real-time visibility and an advanced API that enables customers to easily integrate Qumulo into their ecosystem and workflows.

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The infrastructure that public and commercial organizations have built to solve big problems has been transformative to both science and business. There is no end in sight for its growth, value and the new challenges it will enable users to tackle. Cloud shows equal promise. The true potential lies, not in trying to do the same things in a different “place”, but in leveraging this new “tool” to accomplish more and different things. The goal for customers should be to find the proper mix, not make a choice.

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