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Increasing Business Efficiency With the Cloud



Article Written by Avery Phillips

Time-intensive tasks like server maintenance and keeping track of in-house storage can feel like throwing man-hours into a black hole. Human innovation has always been driven by the desire to increase productivity - to perform a task more efficiently in the same amount of time. For businesses today, freeing up an employee's time to focus on more critical tasks has a huge impact on performance and, ultimately, the bottom line. 

The tech industry is being bombarded by innovations, and the applications of a new technology are rarely fully explored when it first arrives on the scene. The functionality of the cloud dates back to the 1950s, but its applications have been changing and growing. 

The main benefit for a business is the flexibility that cloud computing offers. Instead of purchasing and maintaining servers on which to store data and run applications, businesses can pay for the computing power they need on a network of off-site servers. If a quick scale up, or down, is required, they can just pay for more or less space. 

For today's tech-savvy businesses, cloud computing offers a number of solutions to other time-intensive tasks by moving them online. It's allowing marketing teams to collaborate more easily, it's making points of physical interaction with customers smoother, and it's becoming the preferred way to handle financial data. 

Cloud Hosting Best Practices for Business

Article Written By M. Adnan Raja, Vice President of Marketing, Atlantic.Net

When you are considering the adoption of Cloud Hosting for your business, you are in good company. Just consider the industry forecasts, revealing the volume of businesses that each made its own decision to deploy a Cloud, and subsequently, to expand that part of their infrastructure: 
  • Nearly three-quarters of IT-sector CFOs reported that Cloud would be the most significant factor influencing their firms in 2017.
  • The spend on public Cloud services is expected to expand from $209.2 billion in 2016 to $246.8 billion in 2017 (an 18% rise), according to Gartner.
  • The expansion of Cloud computing itself is predicted to develop even faster, improving from $67 billion to $162 billion between 2015 and 2020 (a 19% increase). [source]

How do you deploy Cloud in the smartest possible way for your business, though? Here are some general best practices, along with advice specific to Cloud-ifying mission-critical apps and managing hybrid Clouds.

CloudCheckr Offers Enhanced Cybersecurity Solutions Through AWS Marketplace for AWS GovCloud (US)

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CloudCheckr, the enterprise cloud management platform, today announced the availability of its software products on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace for AWS GovCloud (US), the platform for public sector software and compliance-focused solutions for regulated IT workloads. AWS GovCloud (US) bolsters the ability of government and government-related organizations to transform and modernize their digital operations using the cloud. The availability of AWS Marketplace in the region allows customers to streamline processes and discover reliable cloud management vendors with advanced security and compliance capabilities. With the announcement of AWS Marketplace for AWS GovCloud (US), customers may access CloudCheckr services in AWS Marketplace.

"Public sector organizations are increasingly gaining operational advantages when moving to the cloud," said Barry Russell, General Manager of Global Business Development, AWS Marketplace and Service Catalog, Amazon Web Services, Inc. "Our customers want easy-to-deploy solutions to drive data-driven operational efficiencies and speed innovation. CloudCheckr has demonstrated deep experience in cybersecurity and cloud management and we look forward to having their solutions on AWS GovCloud Marketplace."

OnApp automates workflow management for enterprise private clouds

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OnApp has launched a new version of its OnApp Enterprise private cloud management solution that adds automated workflow management for enterprise IT departments. Available now in OnApp Enterprise v5.5, a new transaction approval and notification system allows enterprises to require management approval for a range of actions in their OnApp private clouds, helping them improve cloud governance, control costs and manage user access to IT resources.

With the new version of OnApp Enterprise, companies can configure any number of user roles to require approval for actions impacting cost, resource availability and application availability - for example, creating or deleting virtual servers, or adding resources to a virtual server. The new functionality builds on OnApp's extensive Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) engine, catalog management and self-service UI to enable enterprises to deliver a highly-automated public cloud experience across one or more datacenters, safely within constraints set by IT and business management.

Atlantic.Net Announces Cloud Platform That Encrypts All Customer Data Stored At Rest Automatically

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Today, Atlantic.Net, a leading cloud hosting solutions provider, announced that the Atlantic.Net Cloud Platform now encrypts all customer data stored at rest by default. As part of an ongoing effort to ensure the privacy of customer data, Atlantic.Net's world-class encryption will take place at the storage system layer and be implemented in a transparent manner, with no need for configuration by the user. Atlantic.Net believes encryption of customer's data at rest shouldn't be an optional feature and is now a requirement of all computing, free of charge.

Data is automatically encrypted prior to being written to the disk using Advanced Encryption Standard 256-bit (AES-256), which is the only publicly accessible encryption cipher approved by the National Security Agency (NSA) for top-secret information and is often included as part of customer compliance requirements. Furthermore, each encryption key used to encrypt data is encrypted with a set of master keys for additional security.

AMD works with Amazon to create virtualized graphics in the cloud

Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Dean Takahashi

Amazon Web Services has chosen to use Advanced Micro Devices’ graphics technology to run graphics software in the cloud. The net result is that it could become a lot cheaper to process graphics-intensive apps in the cloud, rather than on a local machine.

AMD said in a blog post that it’s no secret most enterprise applications — from standard Windows productivity apps to engineering software — run better when they are accelerated by graphics processing units (GPUs). Traditionally, those apps have run on heavy-duty workstations on local machines.
 

5 Ways for You to Move Your Business Online

In this digital age, it is vital that your business can successfully operate online. Don't get left behind! Moving your business online is a fantastic way to save money, time, and effort. It will also help you to reach a wider range of clients. If you have always run your organization in the real world, digitizing may be an intimidating concept. However, it is the fastest way for your entrepreneurial endeavor to grow and thrive. Not only this, but the process is much easier than you might think. Below are five ways for you to move your business online.

Consider your website

Most modern businesses will already have a website. Therefore, in order to stand out from your competitors, you will need to ensure that the maximum amount of online traffic is being driven towards your website. At www.s44seoservices.com.au, you can find a professional service to increase your website ranking and encourage people to visit your site. Whilst your competitors may just be waiting for clients to come to them, you will have taken matters into your own hands and be actively encouraging them!

Heptio Closes $25 Million Series B Funding to Accelerate the Growth of Cloud Native Computing

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Heptio, founded by two of the creators of Kubernetes to accelerate the growth of the Kubernetes community and make the platform more accessible to businesses of all sizes, announced the closing of a $25 million Series B funding round. Led by Madrona Venture Group and joined by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Accel Partners, this latest funding comes less than a year after the company's first round of $8.5 million bringing the total raise to $33.5 million.

"This new funding accelerates our growth and enables us to look beyond Kubernetes to support businesses' IT transformation efforts in a hybrid-cloud world," said Heptio CEO, Craig McLuckie. "We are excited to partner with investors who share our enthusiasm and support our vision to bring cloud native computing to all IT organizations."

Kubernetes is an open source platform for automating the deployment, scaling and management of application containers. Containers have emerged as an important tool for enterprise software developers, and a critical stepping stone to cloud-native IT deployments. Containers simplify the process of deploying software into a production environment, and create legitimate portability between different cloud environments, or between an on-premises and cloud environment.

HyTrust Announces Enhanced Security Solutions for VMware Cloud Provider Program Partners

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HyTrust, a leader in workload security solutions, today made moves to broaden security and compliance offerings for VMware Cloud Provider Program Partners with further integration of HyTrust solutions and VMware vCloud Director (vCD). This enhanced offering builds on HyTrust's existing integration with NSX and vCenter with the ability to include discrete vCloud Director driven workload encryption for vCloud Director tenants. The solution utilizes Intel Xeon processors hardware-based security technologies to address the current needs of VMware Cloud Provider Program Partners who are committed to providing secure and regulatory compliant cloud offerings to their customers. Demonstrations of this technology will be exhibited at the VMworld 2017 Europe in Barcelona.

As customers move to public and hybrid cloud environments, VMware Cloud Provider Program Partners must ensure a level of data security that allows them to achieve scale efficiencies and to operate in today's round-the-clock business environment. HyTrust, leveraging Intel technology, delivers critical partner services through regulatory compliance automation, unplanned outage prevention, data breach prevention across clouds and the enablement of new partner revenue streams, such as: Data Sovereignty, Data Geo-Fencing-As-A-Service, and Compliant Cloud Services.

With the new VMware vCloud Director for Service Provider integration, HyTrust provides a level of security and trust that enables the following:

Private and Hybrid Cloud Enforcement

BDNA to Launch Cloud Asset Insights to Optimize Cloud Management for Amazon EC2 Deployments

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BDNA, the leader in delivering the most trusted and comprehensive technology asset information, announced today an agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop BDNA Cloud Asset Insights, a unique, new solution that provides discovery and normalization for commercial software assets deployed on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Cloud Asset Insights offers a comprehensive view of software assets for improved cloud management and enables organizations to accelerate business transformation. 

Amazon EC2 is a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. Using Amazon EC2, companies can launch as many or as few virtual servers as needed, configure security and networking, and manage storage.

BDNA Cloud Asset Insights collects, normalizes, enriches and reports on software assets residing on Amazon EC2 instances as well as the instance details. The solution can also capture short-lived or ephemeral instances and the software running on them. Cloud Asset Insights reduces operational cost and financial risk to simplify cloud management by providing greater insight and transparency into asset technology spend and opportunities in the cloud. Data enriched with market intelligence provides clean, accurate and relevant data to drive business decisions.