February 2018

Why Your Customers Need Cloud Technology in 2018

Article Written by Sally Perkins

Cloud technology is quickly replacing traditional methods of storing data in every area of life. Between the music we listen to, the movies we watch, and the work we perform every day, there is almost no area that isn't touched by cloud technology. In fact, it has been predicted by Forbes that, by late 2018, "80% of all IT budgets will be committed to cloud solutions." One of the most useful ways of employing this technology is to improve the overall experience your customers receive from your business. Whether used behind the scenes or utilized in a customer-facing function, using cloud technology offers dozens of ways to enhance your relationship with your customers. 

Unsure if your business can utilize cloud technology for this purpose? Explore three reasons your customers need this technology in 2018. 

 

What is Microsoft Azure and Can It Compete Against Other Clouds?

Pretty much everyone has heard of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. What fewer people know about is Microsoft Azure. They may have heard of it but don't know what it is. What is Microsoft Azure, and can it compete against other clouds?

An Overview of Azure

Microsoft Azure, originally called Windows Azure, is Microsoft's cloud computing service. They changed the name because it can handle Linux as well as Windows. There are hundreds of services like file storage, backups and full virtual machines available on Azure.

It isn't as heavily utilized as Amazon Web Services or the Google Cloud Platform. For example, Amazon Web Services has more than a million users ranging from small businesses trying to put out an app or develop a service that will be accessible worldwide to big companies like Unilever and Netflix. Microsoft wants to leverage its cloud computing infrastructure to profit off other organizations paying it to deliver their software, content and services.

The Future of Careers in Cloud Accounting

Article Written by Avery Phillips

Virtually every industry under the sun is adopting cloud-based platforms as the path forward, and the accounting and finance sectors are no different. The cloud boasts a lot of benefits, and its implementation is crucial for businesses invested in remaining competitive and relevant. 

But this shift in platform requires a comparative shift in the professionals who fill the ranks of finance and accounting positions within companies. As we've previously noted, "There is an explosion in both the use of cloud computing and the demand for people to assist in the mass migration to cloud." 

The demand must be filled by individuals who are able to implement the same ethics and understanding as their predecessors, but in a way that fits the modern technology and systems.

Promoting Your Move to the Cloud

If you are contemplating, or indeed are in the throes of moving your business to the cloud, you are probably thinking about the processes involved and what benefits you'll accrue when the move is complete. It's a big change for your business, and you will be expecting positive outcomes. Meanwhile, other businesses in your sector who may be considering a similar move will be keen to find out as much as they can about the migration and how things are going. It's likely that the changes to your business will have at least some effect on your customers, so it's worth considering how you can use your migration to promote your business.

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Webinar: Does Using Citrix Cloud Services Make Performance Monitoring Easier?

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Organizations now have a variety of cloud-based options for delivering virtualized applications and desktops. Cloud deployments are fast, involve a lower hardware footprint and simplify IT operations. A key question to answer in this context is:

Does Citrix Cloud services make performance monitoring easier than it was for on-premise deployments?

Join John Worthington, Director of Product Marketing at eG Innovations, for this informative webinar "Does Using Citrix Cloud Services Make Performance Monitoring Easier?" and increase your knowledge base about monitoring Citrix Cloud services. 

WHEN? Thursday, February 15th, 2018 @ 12:00 pm ET | 11:00 am CT | 9:00 am PT

Questions that will be answered during the webinar include:

  • What is Citrix Cloud and how does it work?
  • What are the deployment options available?
  • What performance challenges will they encounter?
  • What are the various monitoring tools and options available?

SonicWall Extends Firewalls to Virtual Environments, Roll Out Next-Generation Endpoint Protection Across Hybrid Infrastructures

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SonicWall announces a range of public beta trials that demonstrate enhanced security capabilities of the company's automated real-time breach detection and prevention platform. The new offerings not only provide organizations with robust deployment options across on-premises, cloud and virtualized environments, but also protect endpoints within the network from today's advanced cyber threats.

"To better equip our customers to protect their businesses, brands and data, we're ensuring critical security capabilities are available - in an integrated, cohesive architecture - across the environments of their choice," said SonicWall CEO Bill Conner. "Organizations will be able to seamlessly deploy the security tools they want, when they want and where they want while eliminating both complexity and potential network vulnerabilities. This provides a bridge from where they are today to where they are going in the future."

To responsibly validate this customer-focused approach, SonicWall announces three new products for the beta release: SonicWall Capture Client, SonicWall Network Security (NSv) virtual next-generation firewalls and SonicWall virtual web application firewalls. In addition, the beta for SonicOS 6.5.1 includes support for new firewall APIs.

Bromium Application Isolation Now Available for Citrix XenServer

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Bromium, Inc., the pioneer and leader in virtualization-based enterprise security that stops advanced malware attacks, today announced it now supports Citrix XenServer 7.3 nested virtualization with superior performance. Citrix XenServer is an open source platform for cost-effective application, desktop, cloud, and server virtual infrastructures. When Bromium is used for cybersecurity, any supported application or task is completely isolated inside a micro virtual-machine (micro-VM) so that any malicious behavior is contained and cannot impact the host or VDI environment. Adding application isolation as a security layer is the smartest way to allow employees to get back to work while containing malware.

"As the most integrated hypervisor with world's leading VDI and application delivery product, XenDesktop, Citrix XenServer gives our customers an enterprise hypervisor platform for hosting their virtual desktop workloads on-premises," says David Cottingham, Director of XenServer Product Management & Partner Engineering at Citrix. "With today's ever-increasing sophistication of threats, additional layers of protection are more important than ever. Bromium Secure Platform gives our customers a unique solution for protecting their virtual desktop infrastructure in new ways to safeguard against ransomware - combating sophisticated threats with sophisticated protection."

Rackspace Achieves Real Economic and Service Advantages Using Scality Software-Defined Storage

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Scality announced that its customer, Rackspace, having chosen Scality RING from among 23 software-defined storage solutions that it evaluated, has seen advantages that exceeded their expectations.

In the competitive business of hosting, infrastructure costs-CAPEX and OPEX both-are key to optimizing profitability. So, when Rackspace embarked on an infrastructure refresh project, lowering TCO was a critical goal-second only to that of maintaining the absolute best in service levels. And, because growth comes with success, Rackspace also required a solution that scales without limits, simply and without interruptions. They found it with Scality RING.

Atmosera and iTrellis Accelerate Business Agility with Advanced IT Re-Platforming for Microsoft Clouds

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Atmosera, a premier Tier-I Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) and iTrellis, a custom software and systems integration consultancy based in Seattle, today announced a strategic partnership to orchestrate the transition of business IT applications to preferred cloud environments, including Microsoft Azure. Atmosera and iTrellis aligned to integrate computing environments and construct workflows that accelerate digital business transformation and agility for IT environments. The combined services also tackle the need for many companies to re-platform or re-factor their applications to take full advantage of advanced cloud features.

According to US analyst house Pacific Crest, the amount spent on cloud is set to triple over the next five years to $239 billion, and Microsoft's Cloud Platform continues to pick up a large portion of the market. The research firm estimates that in the second half of this year, Microsoft's Commercial Cloud segment will become the largest public cloud platform for the first time in 10 years, firmly marking its cloud leadership position.

Zerto Introduces Multi-Cloud IT Resilience Platform with Virtual Replication 6.0

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Zerto releases its answer for those seeking a single platform for disaster recovery, data protection and workload mobility to, from and between multiple clouds for continuous availability. Today, it announced the general availability of Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) 6.0, the industry's first IT Resilience Platform for multi-cloud that delivers disaster recovery, data protection and workload mobility in a single solution, ensuring businesses have continuous data availability. 

ZVR 6.0 delivers inter-cloud workload mobility and protection between Azure, IBM Cloud, AWS and more than 350 cloud service providers; enabling control and flexibility to move to, from and between any combination of clouds. By combining continuous replication, automated orchestration and enterprise-class scalability, the Zerto platform increases business agility and simplifies IT operations. 

Customer Satisfaction: How to Retain Your Customers

The average company loses up to 20 percent of its customers per year, and some can lose as much as 80 percent. In terms of actual customer figures, it's clear that losing already existing custom can make the difference between a successful business and one that fails. If you compound just the 20 percent figure over a number of years, those figures start to add up, and for clued-up business owners, retaining those existing customers is as important as finding new ones. However, keeping existing customers coming back is very often a low-cost mission, and it makes good business sense to look at all of the ways you're losing out on return custom. 

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The majority of companies spend a lot of money on making customers aware of their products and services, and then spend little to no time on making those same customers come back. Worse, some companies fail even to keep track of inactive customers and they become complacent as they concentrate on finding new customers. It is only by being aware of your customer base and your relationship with them that you can ensure that they will once again buy your product or service over and over again.
 

Check Point Software Announces CloudGuard: Complete Gen V Cyber Protection for the Cloud

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Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., a leading provider of cyber-security solutions globally, has today announced the CloudGuard product family to protect enterprises from Gen V cyber attacks on cloud applications and infrastructure.  Check Point is also introducing CloudGuard SaaS protecting enterprises against cyber attacks on SaaS applications. CloudGuard is a part of the Check Point Infinity architecture, built on industry proven and award winning technologies to provide comprehensive Gen V cyber protection for the cloud.

Enterprise cloud adoption is accelerating, enabling greater business agility and efficiencies through both deployment of hybrid cloud infrastructures like Amazon Web Services, Microsft Azure and  VMWare NSX; and migration to cloud-based applications such as Microsoft Office365, Google G-Suite, Salesforce, Servicenow, Slack, Box, Dropbox, Egnyte and more.  There is also an increase in multi vector attacks on cloud workloads and cloud applications including malware, as well as increasing incidences of account hijacking.  According to Check Point research, half of all breaches of enterprise SaaS applications are the result of account hijacks.

REAN Cloud Awarded Cloud Contract with Department of Defense with a Ceiling of $950 Million

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REAN Cloud, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Premier Partner and global cloud systems integrator, today announced that it has finalized a five-year contract with the Department of Defense (DoD) for up to $950 million to enable agencies within the DoD to procure cloud solutions and services directly from REAN Cloud in a new streamlined process. The agreement represents a groundbreaking model automating pricing and procurement so that government customers can quickly achieve full IT operations in the cloud.

REAN Cloud worked with Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) -- a DoD organization charged with accelerating commercial innovation to the U.S military -- in order to facilitate prototyping and procurement of the full range of cloud adoption requirements, from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to application assessments, migrations, operations and more. The production Other Transaction (OT) contract is modeled on an award-winning OT prototype project for the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), DoD's first large-scale infrastructure assessment and cloud migration successfully completed by REAN Cloud last year. This project earned USTRANSCOM honorable mention for the 2017 DoD CIO Cyber and IT Excellence Award, as the migration to highly automated and controlled cloud environments has enabled large-scale modernization.

How Cloud Computing Can Increase Your Company's Productivity

For your business, productivity is essential to having a thriving business. You not only want your employees to be as efficient as possible, but you also need to company to turn that into sales and profit. When it comes to saving time and increasing productivity, there are many ways that you can get a better performance from your company. However, one way that is more beneficial than the others is turning to cloud computing. Below is four reasons why cloud computing can be so valuable to your business.

Versatile and Mobile

A modern-day working environment is very different from how it was a few years ago. Then, people would have to be at their desks to get their work done. It often meant long hours at the office and no flexibility. However, with cloud computing that has changed for the better. The ability to access all your files anywhere means you don't have to stay at work so late and you can even work from home if you choose. It also makes it less likely that you will forget anything when you attend a meeting because you can access it from your phone or tablet.

UShareSoft Announces UForge AppCenter 3.8, Making Hybrid Cloud Application Delivery Easier than Ever

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UShareSoft, a Fujitsu company and leader in Hybrid IT application automation, today launches UForge AppCenter 3.8. The new release further simplifies application delivery in hybrid IT environments, letting customers model, build and deploy applications from a single console. It also makes it faster and easier for customers to move workloads between data centers and clouds.

A recent survey of IT decision makers commissioned by Fujitsu found that over half of them find it difficult to balance agility and control in their technology choices, and lack the in-house skills needed to manage their cloud estate. Moreover, an overwhelming 80 percent want to move workloads between clouds more easily. Organizations are also looking to avoid lock in to a specific cloud platform or vendor.

Box and Palo Alto Networks Strengthen Integration to Protect the Extended Enterprise

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Box, a leader in cloud content management, and Palo Alto Networks, the next-generation security company, today announced the expansion of their existing integration to now automatically classify sensitive content and enforce policies to prevent users from accidentally or intentionally sharing confidential information.

The integration, offered through Box Governance, is the result of partnerships between Box and Palo Alto Networks, as well as other cybersecurity industry leaders. Palo Alto Networks Aperture SaaS security service delivers complete visibility and granular enforcement across all user and data activity within enterprise SaaS applications like Box, providing detailed analysis and analytics on usage without requiring any additional hardware or software.

The People Who Continue To Grow Their Fortunes Using Cloud Technology

Article Written by Sally Perkins



Cloud technology is hot business right now. 2017 saw American businesses budget $1.77 million on cloud based storage, while IT departments are anticipated to house just 40% of their apps and platforms on in-house systems in 2018. Evidence that the need for cloud technology continues to grow across the world. Utilizing cloud systems is a sound investment for any organization as it's cost-effective, secure and trustworthy. Therefore, in a world where it's important to maintain reliable and secure systems, now is the time to take the plunge and use the cloud. Afterall, multiple entrepreneurs across the world have made their fortunes from this technology. 

 

RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Report Uncovers Cloud Adoption Trends

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RightScale Inc., a demonstrated leader in enterprise universal cloud management, today announced the results of the RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Survey. In its seventh year, the RightScale State of the Cloud Survey is the largest survey of corporate cloud users, including 997 technology professionals at large and small enterprises across a broad cross-section of industries.

The survey results are available in the RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Report, which can be downloaded at www.rightscale.com/2018-cloud-report.

"The RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Survey showed that enterprise cloud spending will grow rapidly over the next year, and yet 35 percent of cloud spend is wasted. As a result, optimizing clouds costs is the top initiative for cloud users in 2018," said Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale. "Multi-cloud continues to be the preferred strategy for enterprises, with companies reporting that they use nearly five different clouds on average. With this multi-cloud approach, Azure is now nipping at AWS' heels and, in fact, is in a dead heat with AWS among enterprises that are just beginning their cloud adoption."

Demand for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Accelerates as Enterprises Move to the Cloud

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Veeam Software, the Availability for the Always-On Enterprise innovator, today announced that it has experienced strong - and accelerating - demand for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 since the product's initial release. Over 25,000 organizations have downloaded the software, representing in aggregate more than 2.3 million Microsoft Office 365 users. From Q2 2017 to Q3 2017, sales for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 grew 83 percent. In the most recent fiscal quarter, from Q3 2017 to Q4 2017, sales grew even faster with the release of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v1.5, at 327 percent, accelerating Veeam's overall momentum - and reporting 4 consecutive quarters of growth.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 provides organizations additional options to protect their data on top of the automatic data replication Microsoft provides across its data centers, as well as native resiliency controls available in Office 365. This combination lets companies have complete control of their data and ensure availability to their users.

 

CloudJumper Acquires IndependenceIT to Create the Most Comprehensive Cloud Application and Workspace Platform

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CloudJumper announced it has acquired privately held IndependenceIT (IIT), a leading provider of WaaS enablement software for automating the deployment of applications, data, and complete workspaces in the cloud. With the addition of cloud and hypervisor agnostic Cloud Workspace Suite software, CloudJumper now delivers the most comprehensive and well-integrated WaaS portfolio available to IT service providers with features such as one-click WaaS deployment across private and public clouds (Azure, Google, and AWS). The combined synergy will drive increased margins, efficiency, and revenue opportunities for IT service providers globally.

By incorporating the strengths of the CWS platform, CloudJumper is uniquely positioned to expand what is possible in WaaS and cloud-based app enablement for SMBs and the enterprise. Now, IT service providers have complete implementation flexibility and control over how applications and workspaces are configured across a public, private, or hybrid cloud infrastructure to better control the costs of IT management. The expanded capabilities also allow organizations to automatically migrate from third-party VDI, DaaS, or WaaS platforms including Citrix, to the more seamless, easy to manage, and cost-effective CloudJumper solution suite.