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New Massive Community Initiative from StratoScale: The Private Cloud Wiki

Article Written by David Marshall

Many organizations are using VMware, OpenStack and other technologies to take their clouds in-house, building private cloud infrastructures to reduce their costs and dependence on providers like Amazon AWS.  Anyone who has already ventured on a private cloud project has more than likely encountered the enormous complexity of the field, at every level: business, architecture, infrastructure, virtualization, and workload management.

With that in mind, I recently spoke with the team at Stratoscale - the maker of Symphony, a tool that sets up a private cloud with AWS-like capabilities on your local machines in minutes - and found out that they have set out to make private cloud more accessible, not just for cloud infrastructure specialists, but also for ordinary IT and DevOps professionals who want to better understand how they can leverage this technology.  To do that, they have created something that has totally blown me away!  They have taken it upon themselves to build a Private Cloud Wiki.  After spending quite some time navigating it, I'm dubbing it a 'must visit knowledge hub' that collects all the relevant information on private cloud technology from around the world, and organizes it in a meaningful structure:

 

Dome9 Adds Native Support for Microsoft Azure, Enabling Unified Multi-Cloud Enterprise Security

Grazed from Dome9 Security

Dome9 Security, a leader in cloud infrastructure security, today announced native support for the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform. With this release, Dome9's Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) security platform provides built-in, API-enabled integration with Azure, the public cloud of choice for many global enterprises. Azure customers can now leverage the powerful control fabric offered by the Dome9 Arc platform to manage security and compliance across their Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure environments.

The Dome9 Arc platform allows security and operations teams to visualize the network security posture and exposure levels by analyzing network security groups and attached network-based assets like virtual machines, load balancers, and database services in their Azure environments. Customers can detect and audit changes to security policies across Azure subscriptions and regions, correlate security events in the Azure Security Center, and continuously monitor their state of compliance. This enables security operations teams to quickly identify and proactively resolve misconfigurations and vulnerabilities that could lead to downtime or costly breaches.

Infrascale Works with Google Cloud Platform to Deliver Faster Failover

Grazed from Infrascale

Infrascale, a leading provider of cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions, today announced it is now a Google Cloud Platform Technology Partner, providing a fully-managed cloud backup and disaster recovery service that provides guaranteed 15-minute failover of critical business applications in the event of a ransomware attack, server crash or site-wide disaster.

The collaboration between Infrascale and Google Cloud Platform enables organizations to better protect their data, uptime, and operational resiliency with a pay-as-you-go model, eliminating the upfront investment for organizations to procure and maintain secondary site infrastructure.

Backup to the Google Cloud

NuoDB 2.6 Delivers Elastic SQL Database for Scaling On-Demand Cloud Applications

Grazed from NuoDB

NuoDB, the elastic SQL database company for cloud applications, today released NuoDB 2.6 to enable customers to elastically scale out their modern cloud applications as part of their digital transformation efforts. With formal support for active-active database deployments across Amazon Web Services (AWS) Availability Zones, NuoDB 2.6 enables organizations to maximize their AWS investments including better availability, utilization, performance, and resiliency.

NuoDB 2.6 also introduces table partitions and storage groups to efficiently improve performance, helping organizations improve customer satisfaction, reduce total cost of ownership, and provide a foundation for future growth. In addition, organizations migrating off of traditional relational databases can capitalize on NuoDB 2.6's extensive SQL compatibility to reduce the complexity, cost, effort, and time typically required from database migration.

Active-Active Database Deployment in AWS Eliminates Downtime

 

OpenStack Community Elects 2017 Board of Directors

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The OpenStack Foundation, the open infrastructure community comprised of 34,000+ voting members globally, has elected its 2017 Board of Directors. With 24 members across nine countries and 19 organizations, the Board represents a large, diverse and vibrant open source community.

According to a recent Forrester Research Report, "OpenStack's Global Traction Expands for its Newton Release," OpenStack has "grown into a de facto standard platform for the private cloud market and now serves as the foundation for public clouds, particularly in Europe and China."

The OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors includes 24 board members-eight Individual Directors elected by the individual members of the OpenStack Foundation; eight Platinum Directors, each appointed by a Platinum Member of the Foundation; and eight Gold Directors elected by the Gold Members of the Foundation. The elected and appointed directors for 2017 will begin their terms on January 24.

Why Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Growth is Critical to Cloud Computing

Grazed from 1RedDrop. Author: Shudeep Chandrasekhar.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service, or IaaS, was the fastest growing cloud segment in 2016, and there are several indications that we could see a repeat of strong growth in 2017 as well. Early in 2016 Gartner projected that the Infrastructure-as-a-Service market will reach $22.4 billion in size.

That turned out to be another feather in Gartner’s cap, because Business Insider recently reported that the IaaS market hit the $22 billion mark for 2016. By 2015, the IaaS market was worth nearly $16 billion, and if the numbers by the two reputed sources are correct, then the cloud infrastructure market has recorded an eye-popping 38% growth in 2016...

Read more from the source @ http://1reddrop.com/2017/01/16/infrastructure-service-iaas-growth-critical-cloud-computing/

The Cloud in a digital age

Grazed from Director. Author: David Stokes.

The Cloud has undoubtedly changed the way modern business operates, and in today’s digital economy there’s little room for error. Yet, with high stakes also comes a wealth of opportunity for the UK economy. 2016 saw many dynamic, political and socio-economic shifts, which will play out over the course of the next few years.

But ultimately the game changer remains the same: businesses are realising the significance of flexibility and choice when it comes to data and the cloud, and how this can help their business to accelerate growth, be successful, and stave off future competition. From Travis Perkins to Shopdirect and Dixons Carphone, brands are witnessing how cloud technology can transform their business to create a more seamless, personalised experience for their customers, and accelerate the digital transformation of a company...

Growth in Cloud IT Infrastructure Spending Will Accelerate in 2017, According to IDC

Grazed from International Data Corporation (IDC)

According to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, total spending on IT infrastructure products (server, enterprise storage, and Ethernet switches) for deployment in cloud environments will increase by 18.2% in 2017 to reach $44.2 billion. Of this amount, the majority (61.2%) will be done by public cloud datacenters, while off-premises private cloud environments will contribute 14.6% of spending. With increasing adoption of private and hybrid cloud strategies within corporate datacenters, spending on IT infrastructure for on-premises private cloud deployments will growth at 16.6%. In comparison, spending on traditional, non-cloud, IT infrastructure will decline by 3.3% in 2017 but will still account for the largest share (57.1%) of end user spending. (Note: All figures above exclude double counting between server and storage.)

In 2017, spending on IT infrastructure for off-premises cloud deployments will experience double-digit growth across all regions in a continued strong movement toward utilization of off-premises IT resources around the world. However, the majority of 2017 end user spending (57.9%) will still be done on on-premises IT infrastructure which combines on-premises private cloud and on-premises traditional IT. In on-premises settings, all regions expect to see sustained movement toward private cloud deployments with the share of traditional, non-cloud, IT shrinking across all regions.
 

ImageWare's GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite Achieves Microsoft Windows Certification

Grazed from ImageWare Systems, Inc.

ImageWare Systems, Inc., a leader in mobile and cloud-based, multi-modal biometric identity management solutions, has achieved certification for its GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2. GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite is also fully compatible with Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2016, and works seamlessly with Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. 

This certification designates software products that meet Microsoft's standards for compatibility and recommended practices with their Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system. GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite is also fully supported in Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 environments.

Hedging its bets, AWS evolves into holistic cloud provider

Grazed from DigitalNewsAsia. Author: Edwin Yapp



AS the dust settles on the recently-concluded Amazon Web Services re:Invent 2016, one thing is clear: cloud behemoth Amazon Web Services (AWS) Inc is far from done innovating and is once again gearing up for new battleground frontiers.

At its annual developers’ and users’ conference held in Las Vegas in Dec 2016, AWS executives were not only busy selling the idea of its version of the cloud but were also pushing new boundaries in making cloud technologies ubiquitous in the life of the enterprise.