December 2016

Why Do Most American Companies Outsource Their IT Services?

Author: Stephanie Rowan.

As your company grows, so does its responsibilities and capabilities. However, your time to manage these responsibilities shrinks in a comparable fashion to the speed of your company's growth, and you are left with few options. You can scramble to manage everything in-house, but the quality of your work and your level of customer service will most likely suffer. A second option would be to never sleep and suffer through a terrible work/life balance. The third option is to outsource. There is a better way to balance the demands of quality and value.

 

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Chef Automate Now Available as Fully Managed Service on AWS

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At AWS re:Invent 2016, Chef announced that the full capabilities of Chef's commercial platform have been integrated into a new managed service provided, supported, and backed by Amazon Web Service (AWS). AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate makes configuring, deploying, and scaling cloud and on-premises infrastructure simple and secure by automating infrastructure as code. The new joint solution gives AWS customers access to Chef's entire platform in just a few clicks, while also taking care of all Chef maintenance, from provisioning environments to backups. AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate underpins core components of DevOps by automating everything from cloud migration to continuous application deployment, accelerating time-to-value for software development and reducing infrastructure management.

"Many of our customers have been using Chef for years to easily manage their cloud infrastructure. This new solution delivers robust automation capabilities with almost no setup or maintenance required," said Scott Wiltamuth, VP of Developer and Productivity Tools, AWS. "AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate makes it even easier for customers to ensure their cloud and on-premises resources are fast and secure. Development and operations teams have a strong foundation for leveraging DevOps practices in AWS or on-premises to turbocharge software delivery."

Mirantis Launches First Vendor-Agnostic Kubernetes and Docker Certification

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Mirantis launched the first vendor-agnostic Kubernetes and Docker certification, giving enterprises a way to identify container skills in a competitive cloud market. Professionals preparing for the certification are recommended to take the Kubernetes and Docker bootcamp. The company also announced a new online, self-paced KD100 training for self-learners looking for economy pricing and additional flexibility.

Cloud computing skills have progressed from being niche to mainstream as the world's most in-demand skill set. LinkedIn named cloud computing as the hottest skill in demand in France, India, and the United States in 2015. Within cloud computing, Kubernetes and containers have grown in popularity. The OpenStack User Survey shows Kubernetes taking the lead as the top Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) tool, while 451 Research has called containers the "future of virtualization," predicting strong container growth across on-premises, hosted and public clouds.

SUSE Acquires OpenStack IaaS and Cloud Foundry PaaS Talent and Technology Assets from HPE

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SUSE has entered into an agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to acquire technology and talent that will expand SUSE's OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution and accelerate SUSE's entry into the growing Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) market. The acquired OpenStack assets will be integrated into SUSE OpenStack Cloud, and the acquired Cloud Foundry and PaaS assets will enable SUSE to bring to market a certified, enterprise-ready SUSE Cloud Foundry PaaS solution for all customers and partners in the SUSE ecosystem. The agreement includes HPE naming SUSE as its preferred open source partner for Linux, OpenStack and Cloud Foundry solutions. In addition, SUSE has increased engagement with the Cloud Foundry Foundation, becoming a platinum member and taking a seat on the Cloud Foundry Foundation board.

VeloCloud Demonstrates Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN Leadership at Gartner Data Center Conference

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VeloCloud Networks, Inc., the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN company, today announced it will demonstrate VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN at the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference, taking place at the Venetian Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, Dec. 5 - 8. 

At the Gartner conference, VeloCloud will participate in the following activities:

4 Ways The Cloud Can Make Your Business More Successful

Grazed from HostReview. Author: Meghan Belnap.

Cloud computing in layman's terms is the outsourcing of virtual office space in a place that is secure and easily retrievable. The cloud has infinite capacity and businesses can take advantage of this by letting it handle the paperwork, only that storage is in paperless form. It can take away the pain of having to store papers that eventually accumulate dust, mites, and molds in the offices while posing as a potential fire risk. Cloud-based programs get hosted by companies like Lightstream technology solutions that combine customer care models with superior technology solutions. The following are the four ways that the cloud can make your business more successful.

1. Cutting down on meetings

The traditional meetings can be productive. They bring together the employees who brainstorm on issues giving ideas and charting the way forward. However, sometimes, they are had far too frequently and overtake work production. If uncontrolled, they could assume the primary position in the business, resulting in it being a nuisance, and negating the original purpose...

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HPE, Microsoft Combine Forces For Cloud Adoption

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HPE, one part of the now-split Hewlett Packard, and Microsoft are teaming up to promote hybrid cloud adoption among their joint clients. Reports Friday (Dec. 2) said the two technology giants have announced a collaboration to streamline the adoption of hybrid IT and reduce friction for its users. Microsoft’s Azure platform will combine with HPE infrastructure and services, reports said, to introduce a new program of service offerings for joint customers.

Their joint initiative was announced by Microsoft Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise Scott Guthrie and HPE Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Group Antonio Neri. They revealed the plans at the Discover London 2016 event. In a blog post, HPE Director of Cloud Solutions Marketing Ken Won also remarked on the venture...

ZeroStack Wraps Up 2016 with 10 Key Milestones

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ZeroStack, the world’s first cloud-managed datacenter company, announced today that it achieved several significant milestones for its Cloud Platform during its first full year on the market. The milestones span both technology and partnership achievements, and demonstrate ZeroStack’s rapid growth and leadership in the cloud-managed datacenter space. 

Technology Milestones

  • In March, ZeroStack announced the first on-premises, cloud-managed software. ZeroStack was the first on-premises cloud vendor to leverage a growing trend toward cloud-managed infrastructure.
  • In June, ZeroStack unveiled its zApp Store, a new source of single-click, downloadable application templates for users of ZeroStack’s Cloud Platform. The App Store enables single-click onboarding of over 20 workloads including Jenkins, Cassandra, Hadoop and Spark.

Zyxel Ships Nebula Family of Cloud-Managed Networking Solutions

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Zyxel Communications, a leading provider of secure broadband networking, Internet access and connected home products, today announced it is now shipping its Nebula family of cloud-managed network solutions including 11ac access points and Gigabit Ethernet switches.

Ideal for distributed organizations and value-added resellers that deploy and manage networks at multiple locations across the country, the Zyxel Nebula Cloud Management architecture enables IT administrators to securely monitor and manage the networks at all of their locations in real-time from a single dashboard. Utilizing the powerful web-based Nebula management interface to manage Zyxel’s growing family of Cloud-managed access points and Gigabit PoE switches centralizes the IT function and eliminates the requirement for highly-trained IT staff at branch locations.

Partners HealthCare Selects ClearSky Data to Make Hybrid Cloud a Reality

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ClearSky Data, provider of a global storage network that manages the entire enterprise data lifecycle, today announced that Partners HealthCare is using its service for elastic, on-demand storage for Splunk, SQL and VMware data. One of the nation’s leading biomedical research organizations and a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Partners HealthCare has deployed ClearSky Data’s fully managed service to reduce its traditional, on-premises storage footprint; maintain its high performance and security standards; tap into the network’s inherent data protection and disaster recovery capabilities; and harness the agility and economics of the cloud.

Dizzion Achieves HIPAA/HITECH Compliance for Secure Virtual Desktops

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Dizzion, Inc., a full-service end user computing (EUC) provider, today announced that it has been independently validated by cyber risk management advisors, Coalfire, who found that Dizzion’s control posture is in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Breach Notification Rule. Dizzion, having met HIPAA and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) requirements will assist healthcare organizations, covered entities and business associates in attaining and maintaining compliance with HIPAA and HITECH.

BlackMesh Introduces Healthcare Managed Cloud Solution

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BlackMesh, a leader in fully-managed dedicated and cloud-based solutions, announced today it is continuing to provide innovative technology solutions to the healthcare market by launching its HIPAA-compliant Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution. The cloud offering is designed to meet the specific technical and regulatory needs of the healthcare industry.

BlackMesh’s private healthcare cloud solution meets the strict requirements of the healthcare industry and provides the highest-level of security for important medical data, including Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), Electronic Health Records (EHRs), and other healthcare applications. With the BlackMesh HIPAA-compliant cloud platform, agencies within the healthcare sector can focus on patient-related project initiatives, not underlying network operations or security.

Cloud Computing: Amazon Go - RFID Wins, Google Loses

Grazed from EETimes. Author: Rick Merritt.

With a simple video, Amazon has set in motion a chain of forces that could drive RFID into the mainstream and help Amazon pull further ahead of Google. It’s just one move, and nothing may come of it, but it sends out many ripples. The video creates expectations among consumers that they should be able to avoid check-out lines. It puts big grocery chains on notice that they need to figure out how to use RFID tags to create such stores before their competitors do.

Grocery stories won’t want to make this move. It will cost a lot to get items tagged, buy scanners, and figure out how to deal with inevitable conflicts when customers complain that they were charged for the wrong items. But the ones that do it will have a significant competitive advantage. However the struggles come out for grocery stores, RFID wins. It moves from use in the industrial Internet of Things to the consumer world big time...

INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud Computing Is Helping CIOs Deliver

Grazed from WorkDay. Author: Editorial Staff.

Digital disruption is transforming business at the core. And it’s changing the priorities of the CIO, too. View the infographic to learn how you can prepare to embrace digital transformation and move ahead with confidence.

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CloudVelox Extends Automation Capabilities to Cloud Network Customization to Accelerate Enterprise Cloud Migration

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CloudVelox, a pioneer in cloud automation and orchestration software, today announced a new automated cloud network customization capability for its One Hybrid Cloud (OHC) software that is designed for complex data center environments. Cloud network customization enables enterprises to map their existing network environments in a data center to a cloud network design, so that enterprises can accelerate the migration and deployment of workloads without sacrificing workload compatibility or control.

Large data centers and cloud environments have complex network configurations and settings to satisfy regulatory and internal policies. These data centers and environments have various levels of internal as well as external permissions and access. Additionally, for production deployments, enterprise workloads may be configured to operate in specific sub-networks, VLANs and use specific IP address ranges as well as physical IP addresses. To ensure these workloads can run in the cloud seamlessly would require a significant amount of effort, mapping the existing network design into a virtual network environment within the cloud. OHC cloud network customization automates the task of mapping an existing network environment into the cloud network, so that customers can accelerate deployments and maintain control to address regulatory, security and compliance mandates.

Azul Announces Zulu Enterprise Deployed Internally at Microsoft for Key Cloud Services

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Azul Systems (Azul), the award-winning leader in Java runtime solutions, today announced that Microsoft’s Azure team has deployed Zulu Enterprise, Azul’s 100 percent open source Java platform based on OpenJDK, as the Java runtime for cloud services delivery applications, including building and supporting Windows-based internal configuration services and external data services using Azul’s proven, open source Java platform.

Cloud services delivery comprises an important set of use cases, as Microsoft uses Azure infrastructure for other cloud-based services, from Azure SQL Database and Azure DocumentDB to Power BI, Microsoft Intune and more.

BetterCloud Launches Industry’s First Unified SaaS Management Platform to Put IT in Control of the SaaS-Powered Workplace

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BetterCloud today launched the industry’s first-ever unified software-as-a-service (SaaS) management platform. The new BetterCloud platform provides a centralized management interface for SaaS applications, and equips IT departments with the powerful automation and governance capabilities required to operate modern, SaaS-powered workplaces. BetterCloud currently supports G Suite, Slack, Zendesk and Dropbox, with a dozen integrations planned for 2017, including Salesforce.

The explosion of SaaS gives organizations a far greater number of vendors to choose from as they seek out best-in-breed SaaS applications that closely fit their needs. By mid-2017, large enterprises are expected to have adopted 52 SaaS applications on average, according to BetterCloud’s Trends in Cloud IT research.

Zen Internet Celebrates a Year of Cloud Success

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Zen Internet’s cloud services enjoyed significant success in 2015/16, with full year results showing a 144% growth in revenue. The company also announced a series of major milestones in the development of the business.

There were important advances for both Zen’s internal Zen Cloud and its Amazon Web Services (AWS) offerings. The company attained AWS Advanced Partner status early in the year, and remains one of only a handful of companies outside London able to offer customers that level of expertise.

The year also saw a substantial investment in Zen’s own Zen Cloud service, improving both hardware infrastructure and the customer portal. Customers now get better performance from an even more reliable and cost-effective storage platform, along with a more intuitive management portal.
 

Keio University Selects Zadara Hybrid Cloud Storage to Address Its DR and Cost Challenges

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Zadara Storage, the provider of enterprise-class storage-as-a-service (STaaS) today announced that Keio University has selected the Zadara VPSA storage array to provide file services to their over 2,000 member university staff. By working with Zadara's partner CDC, Keio University is able to upgrade their aging IT infrastructure to address immediate disaster recovery and cost challenges, and also position themselves for future growth.

Zadara's partner CDC, is a leading provider of enterprise storage solutions. With over 30 years of experience, the company focuses on providing industry-leading solutions to solve key customer challenges. By focusing on both short- and long-term requirements, CDC is able to architect solutions that address both immediate challenges, but also provide the scalability and flexibility customers need to enable growth and long-term success.

Public vs. Private Cloud: 5 Trends to Watch

Grazed from GovTechWorks. Author: Editorial Staff.

Security tops the concerns of federal information technology managers as they look to move data and applications into the cloud – and that’s consistent with other public sector IT executives. But federal managers are substantially more likely to settle on private cloud solutions when compared to those managing state and local or higher education IT services. Five trends that define the differences between how IT chiefs in each sector are approaching cloud migration:

1. Feds Keep it Private

Some 64 percent of federal IT managers said they are most likely to place a majority of their cloud-based applications in a private cloud, according to a recent study by market researcher MeriTalk. That compares with 54 percent of state and local IT managers and only 50 percent of those handling IT services for institutions of higher education. Confining agency data to private clouds does not necessarily mean building a cloud from scratch...

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