Snow Software Announces New Capabilities to Help Organizations Optimize Cloud Technologies

Snow Software | August 21, 2020

Snow Software, the global leader in technology intelligence, today announced new capabilities to help organizations optimize cloud technologies at a time when consumption is increasing yet budgets are tightening. The newly released solutions, including Bring Your Own License optimization for Snow Commander and enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) insights, provide IT and business leaders with the perspective they need to get the most out of their technology investments as they adjust to the new normal.

Reliance on the cloud has risen sharply in response to the global pandemic. A recent Snow survey found that 76% of IT leaders have increased their use of cloud infrastructures such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, and over half increased their use of cloud-based applications. This surge is happening at a time when many organizations are looking to reduce or cut IT spend, making it essential for organizations to control and understand cloud usage.

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Datadog Acquires Cloudcraft to Create Live Cloud Architecture Diagrams

Datadog | November 10, 2022

Datadog, Inc. the monitoring and security platform for cloud applications, today announced it has acquired Cloudcraft, a visualization service for cloud and system architects to create real-time diagrams of their cloud infrastructures. A well-designed cloud architecture is essential in order to ensure the underlying infrastructure stays operational, in budget and compliant over time. Modeling cloud environments helps organizations accomplish these goals. However, traditional modeling and design tools are static, meaning they are outdated as soon as the documentation is published. Cloudcraft addresses this problem by providing real-time visualization of cloud infrastructures. Cloudcraft instantly analyzes service relationships within customers' AWS environments, reverse engineers a system architecture diagram and automatically updates that diagram in line with infrastructure changes. Datadog plans to continue to offer Cloudcraft to existing and new customers and enhance its capabilities by integrating with the Datadog platform. "Our goal is to help organizations make better cloud architecture decisions by creating real-time visualizations built on data and metrics, The acquisition by Datadog will enable us to further this mission through richer models, actionable insights and multi-cloud support." Tomas Junnonen, Founder and CEO of Cloudcraft "Hundreds of thousands of engineers have designed their cloud infrastructure with Cloudcraft's clear and readable diagrams," said Michael Gerstenhaber, VP of Product at Datadog. "Combining Datadog's real-time observability data with Cloudcraft will allow us to shift monitoring further left and support our customers' success with cloud migrations, container adoptions or other structural changes engineers consider every day." About Datadog Datadog is the monitoring and security platform for cloud applications. Our SaaS platform integrates and automates infrastructure monitoring, application performance monitoring and log management to provide unified, real-time observability of our customers' entire technology stack. Datadog is used by organizations of all sizes and across a wide range of industries to enable digital transformation and cloud migration, drive collaboration among development, operations, security and business teams, accelerate time to market for applications, reduce time to problem resolution, secure applications and infrastructure, understand user behavior and track key business metrics.

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Votiro Cloud Integrates With Box Content Cloud to Provide Zero Trust Content Security

Votiro | October 20, 2022

Votiro, the category leader in Content Disarm and Reconstruction (CDR) technology, today announced its integration with Box’s leading Content Cloud to prevent ransomware and other evasive file-borne threats from entering users’ content collaboration applications and environments. Available today, users can seamlessly connect Votiro Cloud to Box to provide an essential layer of security needed to prevent new and unknown threats by sanitizing content before adding it in Box. Digital content collaboration capabilities have been paramount in the new hybrid work environment, where bad actors are targeting content and data management platforms, primarily through hidden threats in files. Many of these threats leverage advanced obfuscation techniques that can easily evade detection through traditional security technologies. Through this integration with Box, Votiro Cloud can easily be downloaded and deployed within the customers’ environment, and begin immediately eliminating all malware threats. Preventing Threats without Ruining Files Instead of scanning for known malware signatures, Votiro Cloud proactively disarms weaponized files before they enter the network and prevents virtually all attacks, ranging from evasive commodity attacks to zero-day attacks, including ransomware. In addition, Votiro’s solution prioritizes secure collaboration, increasing productivity without compromising security. All incoming files to Box Content Cloud from remote employees, contractors, and 3rd party partners are sanitized and reconstructed to preserve the integrity and functionality of the original file, allowing users to collaborate securely. "Organizations today need products that are inherently secure to support employees working from anywhere, At Box, we continuously strive to improve our integrations with third-party apps so that it's easier than ever for customers to use Box alongside best-in-class solutions. With today's integration with Votiro, we are providing customers with even more options for additional security controls to further minimize the risk of potential incidents.” Fred Klein, Vice President of Business and Corporate Development at Box Votiro applies Zero Trust principles to a customer’s interactions with digital files, automated file processing, or application-to-application file transfer process. Votiro’s scalability, speed, and depth and breadth of accepted file formats best positions them to help enterprises collaborate with third-parties safely while keeping business flowing. Files are processed at scale for high volume operations and within milliseconds, completely transparent to the end user. The company’s cloud-based, open application programming interface (API), and auto-scaling functionality allows for limitless scalability to seamlessly accommodate surges in file throughput. Votiro Cloud is easy to use and the open API fits into existing file flows seamlessly, including to and from content-rich applications and services like customer-facing portals deployed in public cloud platforms, machine-to-machine transfer to cloud content platforms such as AWS S3, Snowflake, and Box. “Enterprises no longer have to implicitly trust the users interacting with files in the cloud content platforms, but explicitly ensure safe content at all times. As a result, building out a data protection strategy and investing in technologies that adhere to the Zero Trust model is a great way to ensure secure content collaboration,” said Ravi Srinivasan, CEO at Votiro. “Digital collaboration services, like Box, create amazing efficiencies for businesses and - with the right safeguards - also provide a high level of security. We’re proud to integrate with Box to offer an essential layer of security to protect the content and data that organizations’ exchange on a daily basis without inhibiting user productivity.” About Votiro Votiro is a zero-trust content security company serving hundreds of commercial and government organizations worldwide. Votiro Cloud is an open, API-centric Content Disarm and Reconstruction (CDR) solution to deliver safe content and eliminate file-borne threats targeting your remote workers, content-rich apps, data lakes, supply chain and B2C digital interactions. Votiro is headquartered in the United States, with offices in Australia, Israel, and Singapore.

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A More Efficient, Innovative and Greener 11.11 Runs Wholly on Alibaba Cloud

Alibaba Cloud | November 16, 2022

Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has once again excelled in its mission of supporting the group’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, thanks to its high-performance computing and innovative technology. Drawing on self-developed infrastructure upgrades, the group saw an 8% year-on-year saving in computing cost per resource unit from April 1 to November 11. “The breadth and depth of cloud technology deployment during this year’s 11.11 has once again showcased Alibaba’s best cloud and technology practice; be it through fundamental architecture like self-proprietary technology powering high-performance computing and database products, or consumer-facing XR (extended reality) and livestreaming technologies. We intend to continue applying these proven capabilities to even better serve our customers and help them to be more efficient, innovative and greener in their own digital transformation journeys,” Li Cheng, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Alibaba Group Doing more with less through cloud-native and serverless innovations This year’s 11.11 was powered by Alibaba Cloud’s dedicated processing unit for the Apsara Cloud operating system. The upgraded infrastructure system, significantly improved efficiency of computing, storage and network in data centers supporting the event, while also reducing network latency. For example, with this new upgrade supported by cloud-native technology, ordering, pre-sale balance payment and refunding could be launched simultaneously with an enhanced scalability and lower latency. During this year’s 11.11, the front page of Taobao, one of Alibaba’s e-commerce platforms, was upgraded by the latest serverless technology, allowing for automatic scaling with extreme elasticity based on actual workloads. Alibaba Cloud’s cloud-native database products also significantly expanded the capacity of consumers’ shopping carts by more than a double, from 120 items to 300. The ApsaraDB for Redis Enhanced Edition (Tair), a cloud-based in-memory database service for enterprises, supports new functions such as product grouping and sorting, enabling consumers to organize their shopping cart according to their own preferences. They could also make use of the ‘select’ function to enjoy cross-merchant discounts, to pre-order goods and use vouchers for a more rewarding shopping experience. Innovative technology delivers more immersive consumer experience A more immersive shopping experience was created this year thanks to Alibaba’s proprietary technology in supporting extended reality. Alibaba’s technology in 3D modeling leverages a neural radiance field (NeRF), a neural network technology for generating novel views of complex 3D scenes. During this year’s 11.11, it assisted luxurious retail and furniture brands, like Burberry, Estee Lauder and SK-II, to build virtual stores on the e-commerce platform Tmall. Through self-developed 3D renderings that realistically represent natural light, flames and natural flowing water, an outdoor nature scene was built for sportswear brands including Descente (Japan), to showcase its latest products in a vibrant and invigorating environment. Consumers can also view the products in three dimensions, enabling them to inspect details up close, or try on their chosen watches and accessories virtually thanks to AR technologies. Consumers are also free to arrange different items of furniture indoors, or tents for outdoor camping. Another new expressive interaction came from an XR-powered marketplace on Tmall and Taobao. Using the automatic 3D space creation technology from Alibaba’s research institute DAMO Academy, a virtual shopping street was built, featuring over 700 products from 70 brands including 30 internationally-recognized franchises, such as Sanrio’s iconic Hello Kitty, and Hollywood’s franchise Minions. Shoppers can choose their own avatars, check out the products and place them in their virtual shopping carts. During this year’s 12-day festival from October 31 to November 11, nearly 2 million packages were delivered by Xiaomanlv vehicles, Alibaba’s last-mile logistics vehicle. This is double the package delivery volume from the same period last year. The logistics robot was deployed in over 400 campuses across China, which has greatly reduced the time of queuing for package deliveries during peak hours. A greener 11.11 powered by clean energy In addition to its cloud computing solutions helping to reduce energy consumption, Alibaba Cloud’s five hyper-scale data centers across China also doubled the amount of clean energy used to support this year’s 11.11 compared to last year. More than 32 million kilowatt-hours of electricity used by Alibaba Cloud to support 11.11 this year came from renewable energy, up by 30% on a daily basis average compared to last year. Additionally, Alibaba Cloud's Heyuan data center, the cloud company’s largest hyper-scale data center in South China, now runs entirely on clean energy. Alibaba Cloud’s self-developed immersion cooling technology has reduced the energy consumption of the data centers, with power usage effectiveness (PUE) reaching as low as 1.09 - a world-leading level. Alibaba Cloud has also worked with Tmall to leverage the carbon management platform, Energy Expert. It provided online carbon footprint modeling, calculations and certifications for more than 40 brands in various sectors, including paper & pulp, food and personal care, to help them categorize low-carbon products, identify carbon emission resources and conduct informed sustainability practices to reduce carbon emissions. About Alibaba Cloud Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com) is the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group. It offers a complete suite of cloud services to customers worldwide, including elastic computing, database, storage, network virtualization services, large-scale computing, security, management and application services, big data analytics, a machine learning platform and IoT services. Alibaba maintained its position as the third leading public cloud IaaS service provider globally since 2018, according to IDC. 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Denodo Achieves Google Cloud Ready – BigQuery Designation

Denodo | October 12, 2022

Working with Google Cloud – BigQuery, Denodo Platform helps its customers integrate, manage, and deliver enterprise data in near real-time New Delhi, October 11, 2022 - Denodo, a leader in data management, today announced that it has successfully achieved Google Cloud Ready – BigQuery designation. By earning this designation, Denodo proved that the Denodo Platform has met a core set of functional and interoperability requirements when integrating with BigQuery. This designation enables common Denodo and Google Cloud customers to discover and have confidence that the Denodo Platform works well with BigQuery. Denodo Platform, a data integration, management and delivery platform, is powered by data virtualization technology. Data virtualization helps organizations to connect to all their data irrespective of their location, format, and latency, virtually integrates the data that has been collected in disparate repositories, and rapidly delivers it to the applications for consumption by business users. In addition to data virtualization, the Denodo Platform supports other core capabilities such as data movement topology, stream data integration, API services, complex data transformation, augmented data integration, data preparation and integration portability. Google Cloud Ready – BigQuery is a partner integration validation program that intends to increase customer confidence in partner integrations into BigQuery. As part of this initiative, Google Cloud engineering teams validate partner integrations into BigQuery in a three-phase process: Run a series of data integration tests and compare results against benchmarks, work closely with partners to fill any gaps, and refine documentation for our mutual customers. “Companies are working with a range of partners and applications alongside BigQuery to create new value with their data as they digitally transform their business,” said Ritika Suri, Director, Technology Partnerships, Google Cloud. “The Google Cloud Ready – BigQuery designation indicates that Denodo’s integrations with BigQuery help deliver excellent value and results for customers that are looking to drive data-driven decisions across their organization.” “We are thrilled to announce that the Denodo Platform has achieved Google Cloud Ready – BigQuery designation, As a leader in data integration, management and delivery, Denodo helps thousands of enterprises to democratize data to enable their business users to make faster and better business decisions. Denodo’s integration with Google Cloud’s BigQuery will undoubtedly help many of these customers to innovate better with faster time-to-insights.” Suresh Chandrasekaran, Executive Vice President at Denodo The Denodo Platform for GCP is available via four subscription offerings on the GCP Marketplace. Denodo Professional is an entry-level subscription designed to help organizations get started with data virtualization, Denodo Standard provides data virtualization to an entire company while Enterprise and Enterprise Plus provide logical data fabric solutions that take data virtualization to advanced levels. Take advantage of a 30 day free trial of Denodo Professional to explore a variety of use cases such as Smart Analytics, Intelligent BI reporting, Data as a Service, SaaS integration, etc. or to. learn more about Google Cloud Ready - BigQuery and its benefits, About Denodo Denodo is a leader in data management. The award-winning Denodo Platform is the leading data integration, management, and delivery platform using a logical approach to enable self-service BI, data science, hybrid/multi-cloud data integration, and enterprise data services. Realizing more than 400% ROI and millions of dollars in benefits, Denodo’s customers across large enterprises and mid-market companies in 30+ industries have received payback in less than 6 months. For any further media queries, please contact: Ankita@mediamic.in; +91 98112 44864 rohit@mediamic.in; +91 8882627373

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