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Docker Puts Emphasis on Container Security with Docker 1.10

Article Written by David Marshall

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Docker has launched the latest version of its containerization platform, and with it, placed a heavy emphasis on security updates.  The latest release of Docker Engine has now reached version 1.10 (that's one incremental number above 1.09, so as not to be confused with a 1.1 release).

The new additions help answer one of the main objections raised by some of the early critics of the technology -- solving security challenges.

Up until this release, Docker containers have had to run as root under the Docker daemon, bringing with it a host of security concerns.  The security solution in Docker 1.10 is a new feature called "user namespaces," a concept that was originally introduced as an experimental feature in Docker version 1.9.  User namespaces expands on the idea of granular access policies by allowing multiple namespaces to reside on the same Docker host.

 

Blue Medora, VMware Partner To Advance Software-Defined Data Center Cloud Management

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Blue Medora, a leading innovator in the enterprise management space, today announced a global reseller agreement with VMware, a leader in cloud infrastructure and virtualization technology. The expanded relationship allows VMware to sell Blue Medora’s solutions that extend the VMware vRealize Operations platform.

Blue Medora management packs bring true visibility into business critical applications by simplifying management through a comprehensive view of the entire IT stack. Blue Medora’s innovative monitoring solutions deliver high returns on infrastructure and software investments through improved cross-platform efficiencies. This ubiquitous access to actionable intelligence increases the overall business value of IT.

Zscaler Announces Expansion of PartnerEcosystem to Include Leading Cloud Application Security Brokers (CASB)

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Zscaler, the leading cloud security company, today announced an expansion of its open partnerecosystem to include Cloud Application Security Brokers (CASB) and is pleased to announce that CipherCloud, CloudLock and Skyhigh Networks are now partners of Zscaler.

The changing IT landscape brought on by the shift of applications from the data center to the cloud and the increased access through mobile devices introduces new threats that go undetected by appliances deployed in the data center. Enterprises have to rethink their traditional appliance-centric castle-and-moat security architectures while continuing to provide their users with access to cloud applications and services. Zscaler’s cloud security platform provides full inline threat protection to guard against cyber attacks, prevent data leakage and allow safe enablement of cloud applications by employees.
 

Lightstream Expands its Storage Solutions Portfolio with Zadara Enterprise Storage-as-a-Service

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Zadara Storage, the provider of enterprise-class storage-as-a-service (STaaS), and Lightstream today announced that Zadara’s award-winning Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA) platform is now available as part of a new Lightstream storage-as-a-service offering.

Industry research has shown that the storage-as-a-service market will grow from about 10% of the overall storage market in 2015, to as much as 80% or more by 2023 (source: IT Brand Pulse, October 2015). IT professionals are recognizing that the traditional Capital Expense (CapEx) model of capacity acquisition and management cannot keep up with the data storage needs of today’s enterprise. Instead, IT organizations are being asked to reduce costs while at the same time provide immediately available, agile, and reliable enterprise-grade storage. The historical model of evaluating potential vendors, buying, installing and maintaining disk arrays and then repeating the cycle every 3-5 years cannot support this goal.
 

New Transceiver Speeds Data Transfers for Cloud Computing

Grazed from ElectronicDesign. Author: James Morra.

Over the last year, computer companies have been diving deeper into cloud computing, with Hewlett Packard making the controversial decision to spin out its information technology business, and Dell buying data storage company EMC. The widespread use of cloud computing is not only making for more competition, but also leading to new advances in servers that process data from the cloud.

Now, researchers have built a transceiver that could speed up data transfers between optical modules and semiconductor chips used in servers and switches. Built by Fujitsu Laboratories and system-on-chip designer Socionext, the transceiver can transmit data at 56 Gbits/s per channel—twice the speed of current transceiver standards...

Read more from the source @ http://electronicdesign.com/communications/new-transceiver-speeds-data-transfers-cloud-computing

Cutting the cord: Why the cloud is the future of app delivery

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Jimmy Chang.

IT is challenged by the line of business to deliver a competitive edge to compete in a global market. Securely delivering apps and data to any device is a core IT workflow to enable productivity. However, if you are like most companies, your IT budget is not growing at the same pace as demand for IT services. To be more agile, the current paradigm around app delivery needs to be turned upside down. IT needs to cut the cord.

IT’s evolution: From plow horse to racehorse

IT and the work world have come a long way. Remember the days when the IT department issued you a standard black PC and employees worked at desks? Back then, IT was focused on analysing available IT solutions and then executing multiyear plans. It was common for IT to be working on multi-year programs for SharePoint, ERP, and CRM systems...

Bell, IBM enter cloud computing partnership for Canada

Grazed from TelecomPaper. Author: Editorial Staff.

Bell Business Markets and IBM entered into a new partnership for the Canadian market to expand the cloud computing services available through Bell Business Cloud. This partnership will give businesses across Canada access to the IBM Cloud via a private connection from Bell. Bell Business Cloud enables enterprises to plug into the IBM Cloud, giving them direct access to a wide range of on-demand computing and storage options.

These new services include Bell Cloud Connect, Bell Cloud Compute and Backup & Restore. Bell's Business Cloud in partnership with IBM is available across the country to all mid and large businesses.

Read more from the source @ http://www.telecompaper.com/news/bell-ibm-enter-cloud-computing-partnership-for-canada--1127017

Unitrends and CloudCheckr Partner to Help MSPs Build, Manage and Grow their AWS-Hosted Businesses

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Unitrends, a leader in enterprise-level cloud continuity, and CloudCheckr, a key provider of Amazon Web Services (AWS) monitoring and services management solutions, today announced a joint partnership to help managed service providers (MSPs) build, manage and grow their AWS-hosted businesses.

In a recent survey conducted by Kaseya, more than 400 MSPs revealed that the greatest areas of MSP services revenue growth in 2015 were backup and recovery, remote monitoring, and cloud services, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). Respondents expect these service pricing plans to rise again substantially in 2016. Leveraging the powerful combination of CloudCheckr and Unitrends Boomerang, a virtual appliance enabling users to simply and affordably move virtual machines (VMs) from VMware to AWS, MSPs can take full advantage of these offerings without increasing overhead expenses.

Avaya Dives Headlong Into Hybrid With Midmarket Cloud Solutions

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Avaya, a global leader in business communications software, systems and services, today announced its first complete, multichannel unified communications and contact center cloud offers targeted for the midmarket. Avaya Midmarket Cloud solutions are two flexible deployment options, enabling Avaya channel partners to seamlessly evolve midsize companies to the advanced capabilities needed for digital business. Both options, Powered by Avaya IP Office™ and OnAvaya™ - Google™ Cloud Platform, can enable true, hybrid clouds that allow customers to maximize their investments in more than 1 million Avaya systems worldwide.

Based on the world-class, Avaya IP Office™ Platform, Avaya Midmarket Cloud Solutions are the only unified communications and contact center cloud offers for midsize businesses in the market that utilize the same code base as those installed on premises. The benefits of a single code base for deploying hybrid clouds cannot be understated:

Cloud Computing: The Tiny Startup Racing Google to Build a Quantum Computing Chip

Grazed from TechnologyReview. Author: Editorial Staff.

The airy Berkeley office space of startup Rigetti Computing boasts three refrigerators–but only one of them stores food. The other two use liquid helium to cool experimental computer chips to a fraction of a degree from absolute zero. The two-year-old company is trying to build the hardware needed to power a quantum computer, which could trounce any conventional machine by tapping into quantum mechanics.

The company aims to produce a prototype chip by the end of 2017 that is significantly more complex than those built by other groups working on fully programmable quantum computers. The following generation of chips should be able to accelerate some kinds of machine learning and run highly accurate chemistry simulations that might unlock new kinds of industrial processes, says Chad Rigetti, the startup’s founder and CEO...