November 2017

CenturyLink completes acquisition of Level 3

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CenturyLink, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Level 3 Communications, Inc. The combination of CenturyLink and Level 3 creates a leading global network services company capable of providing customers a wide range of high-quality technology solutions over a secure and reliable fiber-rich network.

The combined company, with estimated pro forma revenue of $24 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2017 (excluding revenue related to CenturyLink's May 1, 2017, colocation business sale and including estimated intercompany eliminations and purchase accounting adjustments), anticipates that approximately 75 percent of its core revenue will come from business customers and nearly two-thirds of its core revenue will come from strategic services. CenturyLink's network now connects more than 350 metropolitan areas with more than 100,000 fiber-enabled, on-net buildings, including 10,000 buildings in EMEA and Latin America.

Top reasons why you cannot ignore cloud database technology

Article written by Danish Wadhwa of Simplilearn

What is cloud database?

A distributed database that delivers computing as a service is called as the cloud database management system. It shares web infrastructure for resources, software and information over the entire network. The use of cloud as a storage location allows to extract and compute database from anywhere. The distributed storage solution is widely used by a large number of the web application to scale up. The users can easily outsource the resource and services to the third party server with this solution.

If you are planning to move your database online, I recommend reading over the following points so that you can understand the different ways how cloud database technology benefits your business.

Cisco Teams With ConnectWise To Create A 'Managed Service In A Box' Solution For MSPs

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Cisco Systems has teamed with ConnectWise to create a solution that enables MSPs to monitor and manage Cisco's cloud-based networking, security and unified communications solutions under a single pane of glass.

At Cisco Partner Summit 2017 Wednesday, Cisco unveiled ConnectWise Unite with Cisco, a managed services software that combines Cisco Spark, Meraki, Cisco Umbrella and Stealthwatch Cloud under a single interface.
 

Cloud computing: How to make the move without losing control

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The shift to cloud computing, though real, is still at an early stage for many companies. Clive Longbottom, service director at analyst Quocirca, says any claim that the move to on-demand IT has reached a tipping point should be accompanied by a large pinch of salt. "Everyone is busy saying the cloud is already here, but our research suggests just 12 percent of businesses are cloud-first organisations," he says.

His firm recently polled 400 IT directors and strategists on behalf of enterprise cloud company Nutanix. While a third of businesses run workloads in the cloud, about a quarter of firms go as far as to suggest they will never move on-demand.
 

Hammer and OnApp partner to make private cloud affordable for all European businesses

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Hammer, a leading distributor of value-add server, storage and networking products, has announced a partnership with OnApp to bring OnApp Enterprise cloud appliances to businesses across Europe. OnApp software powers public cloud services for more than 3,500 telcos, MSPs and hosting companies worldwide - and now a new version of OnApp, OnApp Enterprise, is bringing the same public cloud efficiency, scalability and ease of use to the enterprise datacentre. Under the new partnership, OnApp Enterprise cloud solutions will become available to Hammer resellers throughout Europe via its offices in France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, the UK and Nordic countries.

OnApp Enterprise has everything a business needs to create a secure, self-service private cloud within the corporate datacentre. Delivered as a ready-to-run appliance using Intel® Data Center Blocks hardware, OnApp Enterprise includes a full virtualisation software stack, high performance software-defined storage, and a complete set of private cloud automation and management tools. With a fixed cost pricing model, and turnkey deployment in less than a day, OnApp brings public cloud agility to small businesses and enterprise IT departments, without the complexity or expense of other solutions.
 

YugaByte Launches From Stealth with $8M In Series A Funding

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YugaByte, a cloud-native database for mission-critical applications, launched today from stealth with $8 million in Series A funding led by Ravi Mhatre of Lightspeed Venture Partners and other prominent angels including Jeff Rothschild, former VP of Infrastructure at Facebook. Bipul Sinha, CEO of Rubrik, is a strategic advisor to the company.

The founders, Kannan Muthukkaruppan, Karthik Ranganathan, and Mikhail Bautin, are ex-Facebook engineers who were instrumental in scaling and maturing Apache HBase for massive real-time workloads such as Facebook Messages & Facebook's Operational Data Store. At YugaByte, they have assembled a stellar team of distributed systems and database experts from Facebook, Oracle, Nutanix & Google and built a fundamentally new database for modern, mission-critical applications.

"The knowledge and experience of YugaByte's leadership team is just one of the many reasons we chose to invest," said Ravi Mhatre, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners. "Companies today are looking for ways to drive innovation and growth, and YugaByte, with this new cloud-native database for mission-critical data, does just that. We are excited to be on this journey with the team.''

VMware to Acquire VeloCloud Networks

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VMware today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire VeloCloud Networks, Inc., provider of industry-leading cloud-delivered software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) technology for enterprises and service providers. Once the acquisition closes, VeloCloud will enable VMware to build on the success of its industry-leading network virtualization platform -VMware NSX-and expand its networking portfolio to address end-to-end automation, application continuity, branch transformation and security from data center to cloud to edge. This acquisition will also further enable VMware to lead the industry transition to a software-defined future, and help customers bring their businesses into the digital era with networking that is ubiquitous, open, programmable and secure by default.

The transaction is expected to close in VMware's fiscal Q4 2018. There is no change to VMware's previously provided fiscal 2018 guidance due to this transaction.

According to Gartner, "While WAN architectures and technologies tend to evolve at a very slow pace -- perhaps a new generation every 10 to 15 years -- the disruptions caused by the transformation to digital business models are driving adoption of SD-WAN at a pace that is unheard of in wide-area networking" VeloCloud cloud-delivered SD-WAN technology is deployed globally at-scale by more than 1,000 customers, both directly by enterprises and by Telcos and managed services providers serving enterprise customers. Service provider customers include AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Macquarie Telecom, MetTel, Mitel, Sprint, TelePacific, Telstra, Vonage and Windstream. Enterprise customers include Bay Club, Brooks Brothers, Devcon, NCR, Redmond, Saber Healthcare Group, and Triton Management Services."

Future Hosting Warns Server Admins To Keep SSH Keys Safe

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Future Hosting, a global managed server hosting provider, has warned server hosting clients not to upload private SSH keys to production servers. The warning was prompted by a rapid increase in the number of malicious scans that attempt to discover accidentally uploaded SSH keys (as reported by WordFence on October 18, 2017).

If SSH private keys fall into the hands of malicious third parties, they can be used to compromise servers and the data stored on them. Private keys can be accidentally uploaded to the publicly accessible directories of web servers, and it is trivially easy for a malicious third-party to scan for private keys in those directories.

Future Hosting advises server hosting clients to use passphrases with their SSH key pairs. Using passphrases may be inconvenient, but a key pair with a passphrase is useless to an attacker even if the private key is made public.

InsideSales.com Partners with Microsoft to Provide Sales Acceleration Solutions Storage on Azure

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InsideSales.com, the sales acceleration SaaS software leader, has partnered with Microsoft to provide call recording storage for Predictive PowerDialer. Customers can now take advantage of Azure’s cloud services to retain recorded copies of critical sales conversations.

“Our customers have created millions of hours of call recordings for coaching or compliance purposes," said Dave Elkington, CEO and founder of InsideSales.com. "We wanted to make it simple, secure and cost effective for them to store those recordings for long periods of time. Microsoft offers world-class cloud services through its global network of managed data centers. InsideSales customers using Predictive PowerDialer can retain and review their sales call recordings through our seamless integration with Microsoft Azure.”
 

Cumulus Networks Accelerates Web-Scale Adoption for OpenStack Environments

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Cumulus Networks, the leading provider bringing web-scale networking to enterprise cloud, today at OpenStack Summit Sydney, announced the availability of Cumulus in the Cloud for OpenStack environments.

As the standard for both service providers and enterprises looking to build a cloud environment, over ⅓ of Cumulus Networks' customer base is already leveraging OpenStack. OpenStack offers a rich variety of components that can be combined to build a cost-efficient, tailored private or public cloud solution, while increasing operational efficiency. Now with Cumulus in the Cloud for OpenStack, a virtual test environment that provides a low-effort way to learn Cumulus Networks' technologies, operators have access to all the steps needed to develop fully functioning OpenStack environments.

Organizations of all sizes are increasingly dependent upon their applications and are evaluating ways to optimize application performance. Pre-production however, evaluating new IT infrastructure and developing a Proof of Concept (PoC) can be time consuming and expensive, especially for companies bound to restrictive systems from legacy vendors.

Red Hat Improves IT Flexibility and Reduces Complexity with Linux Containers in Latest Version of OpenStack Platform

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open-source solutions, today announced Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12, the latest version of Red Hat's massively scalable and agile cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Based on the OpenStack "Pike" release, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 introduces containerized services, improving flexibility while decreasing complexity for faster application development. Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 delivers many new enhancements, including upgraded DCI (distributed continuous integration) and improved security to help maintain data compliance and manage risk.

Hundreds of customers rely on Red Hat OpenStack Platform to power their hybrid and private clouds for a variety of mission-critical deployments, including BBVA; Cambridge University; FICO; Massachusetts Open Cloud; Turkcell; IAG;Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Paddy Power Betfair; Produban; UKCloud; and Verizon. And, Red Hat OpenStack Platform is backed by a robust ecosystem of partners, including Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo, Rackspace, and NetApp for enterprise businesses, as well as Ericsson, Nokia, NEC, Huawei, Cisco and others from the telecommunications industry.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 is designed for private or public cloud infrastructure, built on the enterprise-grade backbone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 is a tested, certified, and fully-supported version of OpenStack that provides the agility to scale and more quickly meet customer demand without compromising availability, performance, or IT security requirements. Red Hat OpenStack Platform also includes Red Hat CloudForms, Red Hat's multi-cloud management platform, to provide operational visibility and policy-based management across the Red Hat OpenStack Platform infrastructure and workloads. Additionally, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 maintains tight integration with Red Hat Ceph Storage, a highly-scalable block, object, and file storage solution, designed for scale-out clouds.

OpenStack Adoption, Deployments Surge as Enterprises Increasingly Favor Multi-Cloud Strategies

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Surveys conducted by five organizations, including the OpenStack Foundation User Survey, document acceleration of OpenStack adoption across industries and regions, and attest to the open source software's "essential" role in multi-cloud environments, NFV and IoT/edge computing.

Key Findings:

  • In the OpenStack User Survey, respondents indicated that users from 48 percent of deployments are also interacting with another cloud. Additionally, the diversity of users was demonstrated in year-over-year analysis showing growth among non-IT, mainstream industries, including significant growth among the financial and government industries, as well as growth in research, retail and telecom.
  • Cloudify-sponsored survey of nearly 700 enterprise cloud professionals found that OpenStack was the most widely deployed cloud infrastructure. Results also upheld the multi-cloud trend demonstrated in the User Survey, reporting that 51 percent of organizations are deploying more than one cloud and the second most popular two-cloud combination is AWS and OpenStack.
  • In a recent SDxCentral report, 87 percent of respondents said that OpenStack would be used to manage edge infrastructure.
  • Heavy Reading survey focused on telecom operators found that 96 percent of those who already deploying an NFV strategy find OpenStack essential or important.
  • SUSE-sponsored survey of more than 1,400 senior IT professionals found that OpenStack is in production in 23 percent of organizations (up from 15 percent in 2015). A total of 82 percent are using or plan to use OpenStack in the future.

Juniper Networks Democratizes the Telco Cloud with Contrail Cloud Enhancements

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Juniper Networks, an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced enhancements to Contrail Cloud to help service providers mitigate the challenges in building and operating distributed and scalable clouds. These updates, including integration of OpenStack Platform and Ceph Storage from leading open source solutions provider Red Hat, built-in AppFormix automation and visibility, pre-validated virtual network functions (VNFs) and new end-to-end support services, give carriers a far simpler path to delivering business, IoT and mobile services in the cloud.

Some of the world's largest service providers have already proven that leveraging cloud architectures to offer business and mobility services can yield immense benefits, including service agility and speed of innovation, as well as considerably lower risk and costs. However, the road to a distributed, scalable and always-available cloud is paved with operational challenges. Tedious procurement processes, complexities in building clouds, integration and interop, coordinating support across multiple vendors, and IT skills gaps in managing carrier-grade service level agreements (SLAs) can all complicate the journey. In a poll among Juniper customers, the company found:
Respondents said "lack of visibility for all parts of cloud networks" is their top challenge in migrating to the cloud (nearly 40 percent ranked it No. 1); operational complexity ranked second; skills gaps among engineers third and rip-and-replace costs came in fourth.
 

Red Hat Pairs With Alibaba Cloud in China

Article Written by Avery Phillips

The October 12th announcement that Chinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba Group has joined the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider program came as a shock to some developers, but it seems a smart move as Red Hat already gets more than 12 percent of its profits from Asia, per the 2016 annual report. This strategic partnership could help revenues in Asia top EMEA levels, at 21.26 percent, in only a few years. 

Joining the Red Hat CCSP ensures that Alibaba Cloud, the largest cloud-hosting provider in all of Asia, is ready to deliver a secure and flexible space for development. The enhanced portability of OpenShift.io and performance of Alibaba Cloud's back-end hardware should be very attractive to developers in the quickly growing Asian tech sector. This could mean a wealth of job opportunities, for both expats and teleworkers, but China poses its own risks and hazards for developers to keep in mind.

STT Connect and Armor Partner to Deliver End-to-End Secure Cloud Solutions in the Asia Pacific

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ST Telemedia Connect (STT Connect), a Singapore-based private cloud provider, and US-headquartered Armor announced today a partnership to offer end-to-end secure cloud solutions in the Asia Pacific, the fastest growing market for both cloud and security.

The collaboration marries STT Connect's highly secure, enterprise-grade private cloud infrastructure with Armor's world-class managed security tools to support enterprises' need for agility while protecting their business, customers, and IT investment. With combined industry endorsements by PCI DSS, HIPAA/HITRUST CSF, GDPR, ISO/IEC 27001 and MTCS SS 584 Level 3, the two companies will deliver a fully integrated and managed security service with end-to-end protection and 24/7/365 security operations centre (SOC) for cloud workloads and hybrid IT environments.

ZTE Releases the New-generation Cloud Platform TECS 6.0 at the OpenStack Summit Sydney

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ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, officially released TECS 6.0, the new-generation Cloud Platform, at the OpenStack Summit Sydney. Based on the latest OpenStack Pike, TECS 6.0 features cloud native microservice architecture and edge DC design. It also employs FPGA hardware acceleration technology and boasts powerful ICT convergence resource orchestration capability.

TECS 6.0 has the following characteristics:

GDPR Compliance and Fines May Affect Almost 80% of Organizations Surveyed

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HyTrust, Inc., a leader in workload security solutions, announced findings from its latest cloud adoption survey conducted at VMworld 2017. The survey of 323 respondents assessed deployment decisions for cloud infrastructure, containers and workload security along with risk and compliance from cloud deployments. The most significant result was the large number of companies that are not prepared for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance that takes effect in May 2018.

The European Union (EU) regulation for data privacy not only applies to organizations located within the EU, but it will also apply to organizations located outside of EU member nations if they process and hold the personal data of residents within the European Union, regardless of the company's location.

Key findings regarding GDPR:

Druva Introduces Next Generation Cloud-to-Cloud Data Protection with Apollo for AWS

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Today, Druva announced Druva Apollo a new service delivered via the Druva Cloud Platform that enables data management for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and  Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud workloads on a single policy control plane. The capabilities offer the ability to protect, govern and provide insights to data that resides within Amazon Web Services (AWS), including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), building on Druva's already existing data management services that span physical and virtual server environments, endpoints and cloud SaaS services like Office 365.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to drive major adoption year over year with a compound annual growth rate of over 65 percent and the growth of multi-cloud adoption close to 85 percent. As a result, the ability to support workload mobility while protecting data in heterogeneous environments is critical. Traditional data protection systems have focused entirely on on-premises infrastructure throughout the last decade, yet rapid cloud adoption has created a new set of challenges requiring deeper analytics into data usage, managing its lifecycle and providing a more holistic protection model across on-premises and cloud sources.

AWS Announces Availability of C5 Instances for Amazon EC2

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced the availability of C5 instances, the next generation of compute optimized instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Designed for compute-heavy applications like batch processing, distributed analytics, high-performance computing (HPC), ad serving, highly scalable multiplayer gaming, and video encoding, C5 instances feature 3.0 GHz Intel XeonScalable processors (Skylake-SP) up to 72 vCPUs, and 144 GiB of memory-twice the vCPUs and memory of previous generation C4 instances-providing the best price-performance of any Amazon EC2 instance. To get started with C5 instances, visit: https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/c5/.

Dimension Data and NTT Communications Join Forces to Create a Single 'Cloud Powerhouse' and Drive Innovation

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Dimension Data, the global technology solutions and services provider, and NTT Communications, the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT Group, will create a single ‘cloud powerhouse' by bringing together their cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) capabilities under the management of NTT Communications to deliver transformative, cloud-based solutions and innovation to clients of both organizations around the world.

Dimension Data and NTT Communications employ some of the most highly-skilled, sought-after cloud experts in the market. Bringing together these experts under the management of NTT Communications means the combined capabilities will have the power to drive innovation into the market and deliver the services that today's organizations demand.