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Zenoss Launches Advanced Monitoring Capabilities for Kubernetes

Zenoss Inc. | February 25, 2022

Zenoss Inc., the leader in AI-driven full-stack monitoring, announced it has released expanded monitoring capabilities for Kubernetes, the most widely deployed open-source orchestration platform used to manage container technology across cloud environments. Initially released in 2014, the platform evolved from Google’s code used to manage its data centers and was later donated to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

Kubernetes, also known as K8s, has been supported by a community of professional programmers and coders from around the world. Along with containers more generally, Kubernetes has emerged as a primary technology for modern cloud-native workloads. Accordingly, almost 50% of organizations have adopted Kubernetes.

According to Gartner®, “By 2025, 85% of organizations will run containers in production, up from less than 30% in 2020.” This is a strategic planning assumption in their research titled Emerging Technologies: Kubernetes and the Battle for Cloud-Native Infrastructure, October 2021.*

Zenoss monitoring for Kubernetes now provides:

  • Overall cluster health monitoring
  • Health monitoring for nodes, services and pods
  • Dashboards for Kubernetes clusters, nodes, pods and containers
  • Service impact and root-cause analysis
  • Monitoring of StatefulSet component, enhancing management of stateful applications
  • Enhanced filtering for pods and containers
  • Enhanced templates for clusters, containers and nodes
  • Enhanced dynamic modeling of pods and containers
  • Enhanced visibility for controlling cloud expenses

Zenoss initially released monitoring and analytics capabilities for Kubernetes in 2018 and has continuously expanded those capabilities to become a leading monitoring platform for container-based environments. Zenoss provides full-stack monitoring and AIOps for public and private clouds, as well as for all on-prem IT infrastructure.

"Cloud-native environments create new challenges for monitoring highly distributed applications due to the unprecedented complexity and scale. The solution requires modernizing the approach to monitoring, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.”

Ani Gujrathi, chief technical officer for Zenoss

Zenoss Cloud is the leading AI-driven full-stack monitoring platform that streams all machine data, uniquely enabling the emergence of context for preventing service disruptions in complex, modern IT environments, including those built on Kubernetes. Zenoss Cloud leverages the most powerful machine learning and real-time analytics to give companies the ability to scale and adapt to the changing needs of their businesses. 

*Gartner, “Emerging Technologies: Kubernetes and the Battle for Cloud-Native Infrastructure”, Michael Warrilow, Wataru Katsurashima, Daryl Plummer, 12 October 2021. GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved.

About Zenoss
Zenoss works with the world's largest organizations to ensure their IT services and applications are always on. Delivering full-stack monitoring combined with AIOps, Zenoss uniquely collects all types of machine data, including metrics, dependency data, events, streaming data and logs, to build real-time IT service models that train machine learning algorithms to deliver robust AIOps analytics capabilities. This enables IT Ops and DevOps teams to optimize application performance, predict and eliminate outages, and reduce IT spend in modern hybrid IT environments. Zenoss is recognized in the 2021 Gartner Market Guide for AIOps Platforms.

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The cloud computing services market is forecasted to continue growing at a rapid pace over the near-to-medium term. This growth will be driven by key business priorities including operational flexibility, cost savings, and pay-as-you-use models.P&C insurers are expected to enter the cloud computing arena cautiously, with no single cloud services delivery model being a silver bullet for best meeting all their business needs. Cloud computing solutions will help insurers develop strong collaborative capabilities and better information sharing, as well as improve their bottom line by enhancing procedural efficiency, and reducing the total cost of ownership of IT infrastructure.The key for P&C insurers to succeed and gain a competitive edge is to develop a holistic cloud strategy that can be implemented across the core and non-core functions of the insurance value chain. P&C insurers should develop their cloud strategy based on risk consideration, level of standardization, and target total cost of acquisition at each core and noncore functions level.


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Snow Software and Anodot Partner to Transform Cloud Cost Management

Snow Software | June 10, 2022

Snow Software, the global leader in technology intelligence, and Anodot, the business monitoring company, today announced a new strategic partnership to help organizations solve the urgent challenge of managing rapidly growing and increasingly complex cloud costs. Snow and Anodot will bridge the disciplines of IT asset management (ITAM) and finance operations (FinOps) together to address evolving issues associated with cloud cost management. As cloud usage rises rapidly across industries, companies are increasingly struggling to attain complete visibility into their spend across technologies and across multi-cloud environments, Kubernetes costs, cost variability and allocation, and bill complexity, resulting in missed opportunities to reduce cloud waste and overspending. The two companies are committing significant go-to-market and research & development investments, leveraging core technologies in their portfolios – Snow Atlas and Anodot Cost – to address this acute market challenge. According to IDC, cloud spending will exceed $1.3 trillion by 2025. This spending includes everything from cloud infrastructure and application services to servers and storage, to professional and managed services. Cloud spending continues to surge, but organizations struggle to gain a complete picture of their cloud investment. While ITAM provides a view into the software used and FinOps helps organizations navigate the bill from their cloud service provider, there isn’t one holistic view available to leaders. Snow and Anodot are dedicated to solving this issue by offering a complete picture of cloud investments to every stakeholder across an organization that requires visibility of those resources from IT to FinOps to Engineering. As a first step of the partnership, Snow is introducing a cloud cost management solution that enables granular cloud cost visibility and continuous cost monitoring for multi-cloud and Kubernetes environments—including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform—and provides actionable savings recommendations. Snow Cloud Cost powered by Anodot offers an easy-to-use dashboard that enables attribution and tracking of costs across cloud providers, applications, services and lines of business in near real-time. The solution also provides accurate forecasting, anomaly detection and alerts, which eliminate cost spikes and foster a successful FinOps culture. “We believe the traditional approach to managing cloud costs is no longer sufficient, and it’s time to address the next evolution of cloud cost issues,” said Vishal Rao, President and CEO of Snow. “Organizations that struggle to manage their investments often end up paying for more than they need. With our combined expertise, Snow and Anodot are uniquely positioned to make an immediate and meaningful impact to an organization’s cloud investment because we are bringing together two key disciplines – ITAM and FinOps. Snow has a long history of providing organizations actionable insight into technology investments that goes beyond IT asset management, what we call technology intelligence. With this partnership, we are bringing technology intelligence to cloud cost management to give our customers more control, more visibility and more decision-making power over their cloud investments.” Snow’s vision for technology intelligence enables organizations to accelerate data-driven decision making by providing complete visibility into all technology within their organization, combined with built-in intelligence to optimize cost, usage and risk. To make this vision a reality, Snow is broadening its ecosystem of technology partners that will bring the highest quality data and insight from all technology domains into the Snow Atlas platform. Anodot is joining this expanding ecosystem, bringing their machine learning backed business monitoring expertise. “Businesses across the board understand the need to cut expenses in this delicate period, and cloud costs are a significant part of this, Yet as investment in cloud services swells, we are seeing a new era of complexities that requires a different approach. The need to address this evolving challenge has led to a sharp rise in demand for our cloud cost management tools, which Snow has recognized. The sum of our joint expertise is far greater than its parts, and we are excited about the ways this joint solution will help businesses across industries get a handle on their cloud management and costs.” David Drai, CEO and Co-founder of Anodot FinOps, an evolving cloud financial management discipline and cultural practice, is increasingly adopted by organizations around the world. With more than 1,500 company members and 5,300 individual members, the FinOps Foundation is dedicated to advancing people who practice the discipline of cloud financial management through best practices, education and standards. Snow has been an active member of the FinOps Foundation since July 2021 and currently has more than 35 FinOps certified team members across Sales, Product and Support. As cloud requirements continue to evolve, especially in FinOps, Snow is committed to contributing to FinOps Foundation working groups to collectively address cloud cost management issues with other industry leaders. For further details about the Snow-Anodot partnership and to preview what’s ahead in cloud cost management, find Snow at FinOps X, the FinOps Foundation event in Austin, Texas on June 20-21. About Snow Software Snow Software is changing the way organizations understand and manage their technology consumption. Our technology intelligence platform provides comprehensive visibility and contextual insight across software, SaaS, hardware and cloud. With Snow, IT leaders can effectively optimize resources, enhance performance and enable operational agility in a hybrid world. About Anodot Anodot is the business monitoring company that eliminates business blind spots by proactively monitoring business metrics, enabling companies to protect revenue, and manage cost. Leveraging AI and ML, Anodot’s augmented analytics proactively alert companies to revenue-critical business incidents and automates their remediation in real time. 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Vodafone Partners with Oracle to Accelerate Technology Modernization on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle | June 22, 2022

Oracle and Vodafone, the largest pan-European and African technology communications company, today announced a strategic partnership to modernize the operator's European IT infrastructure and accelerate its transition to the cloud. Under the multi-year agreement, Vodafone will modernize and migrate a large number of its systems to OCI Dedicated Region, a fully managed cloud region that brings all of Oracle's public cloud services into Vodafone's own network and data centers. This will provide a dedicated cloud platform for Vodafone to modernize its thousands of Oracle databases as well as to support and scale its mission-critical OSS and BSS systems, including CRM and order management. The implementation will also enable Vodafone to build new cloud-based applications faster, and by taking advantage of its geographical scale, launch them in multiple markets at the same time. Oracle will deploy OCI Dedicated Region in Vodafone's main data centers that manage its European IT and network operations. The deployment of public cloud services directly inside Vodafone's own network and data centers will enable the operator to flexibly modernize, manage and automate its critical systems using new technologies such as autonomous services, and more easily meet the latency and performance requirements of these applications. Vodafone will also have close access to compute resources that enable it to dynamically augment and scale services in multiple geographies according to changing business requirements, while reducing operational costs and meeting data residency regulations. The partnership supports Vodafone's multi-year initiative to consolidate and modernize the technology infrastructure that supports its mission-critical systems into a shared, on-premises, open-standard platform capable of supporting and scaling next-generation digital services. It will also help Vodafone further its Tech 2025 goals: reducing time-to-market of its services, providing stand-out customer experiences through always-on services, and reducing operational costs through automation. "As Vodafone focuses on growth, data is key to how we evolve our business, build new capabilities and innovate to meet the needs of our customers. Our collaboration with Oracle supports our vision of becoming a technology communications company," said Scott Petty, Chief Digital & IT Officer, Vodafone. "The agreement enables Oracle to bring its entire portfolio of cloud services directly into Vodafone data centers. This includes the same architecture, software, services and control plane used in OCI public cloud. The flexibility offered by OCI enables us to build a robust, secure, and extensible cloud platform in our own data centers, while also providing the operational agility and scalability required to support the growth and diversification of our business." "Telecom companies are reimagining their business models to innovate and monetize new opportunities at speed and at scale, Vodafone is at the forefront of this thinking, and we are excited to bring the power of OCI to Vodafone's data centers to support the company and its partners as they fast-track this vision and deliver the next generation of connected services." Clay Magouyrk, executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure "Now more than ever, telecom companies need to quickly adopt new technologies to deliver new innovative products at speed while continuing to meet evolving regulatory requirements. Our partnership with Vodafone is based on achieving this balance, providing a cloud platform that enables Vodafone to modernize and consolidate its existing infrastructure while also building a foundation for a digital future. We are looking forward to partnering with one of the telecom sector's digital trailblazers as we help shape the next generation of communication services and business models," said Jonathan Tikochinsky, executive vice president, global strategic clients, Oracle. About Oracle Oracle offers integrated suites of applications plus secure, autonomous infrastructure in the Oracle Cloud. For more information about Oracle

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Aptum Report Calls for Big-Picture Thinking to Close the Gap Between Cloud’s Promise and Reality of Secure Operations

Aptum | June 18, 2022

Aptum, a hybrid multi-cloud managed service provider, has announced Part 2 of its annual Cloud Impact Report 2022, titled Solving the Data Security Equation. The report examines the complexities inherent in hybrid cloud environments and their implications on security, data governance, compliance and disaster recovery. In particular, it finds that while companies are convinced of the value of cloud computing, its drivers have evolved. Drivers to the cloud When it comes to the value of cloud, the majority of respondents (91%) consider cloud computing to be essential for data management. In fact, more than half (54%) believe cloud transformation has had a positive impact on data governance. 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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. 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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." 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