April 2018

VMware Simplifies Modern Data Center and Hybrid Cloud Environments through Updates to vRealize Cloud Management Platform

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VMware, Inc. announced new releases across its integrated VMware vRealize cloud management platform (CMP) that will make it easier for customers to implement, use, and manage hybrid cloud environments. Guided by customer feedback, the new updates to the vRealize platform will combine to simplify how customers innovate and enable IT governance through new ‘self-driving' operations capabilities that optimize workload performance and capacity across their hybrid clouds as well as through new and enhanced IT automation and productivity capabilities.

The new product releases -- Realize Operations 6.7, vRealize Automation 7.4, vRealize Business for Cloud 7.4, vRealize Orchestrator 7.4, vRealize Log Insight 4.6 and vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 1.2 -- will come together in the VMware vRealize Suite to enable customers to manage and provision compute, network, storage and application services across hybrid cloud environments at scale. The new operations, automation and lifecycle management features and enhancements across the integrated platform are designed to provide customers with faster overall time to value, improved ease of use, and increased control of VMware's software-defined data center (SDDC) stack.

"VMware is focused on delivering innovation across our cloud management platform to help customers accelerate their digital transformation journey," said Ajay Singh, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management Business Unit, VMware. "Cloud transformation is difficult and can quickly derail without a capable, integrated and easy-to-operate CMP. Our investments in IT operations management and automation will further simplify and speed our customers' use of the hybrid cloud to transform their businesses."

How To Use Technology As A Marketing Tool

As a business owner, when you think of technology you probably imagine the computer systems, equipment and machinery that form the infrastructure of your company, and possibly the products or services you deal in, depending on your market. Technological changes happen at an ever-increasing pace, and it can be hard enough to keep up with those product and infrastructure developments, let alone anything else. Savvy business owners know that making use of technology can extend into marketing as well, so if you aren't already using tech to promote your business, get ahead of your competitors and make use of the tools that are available to get your business noticed.

Apps

There's an app for everything it seems, with more being added and developed constantly. It's highly likely that there is an app around that would be very helpful to you if you only knew it existed. If you already have an idea for what would help your business, you can have a look online and see if there are apps that can do what you're looking for. If you haven't got any ideas yourself, don't assume that there isn't anything - there are many innovative and original apps available for all types of consumer. Have a browse for apps that are relevant to your industry or niche and see what you can find. You can also look in industry publications, where apps are frequently reviewed and advertised. Say you have just opened a new Italian Restaurant in a busy city center. Competition is fierce, but by looking at what apps are relevant to your industry, you could make use of restaurant marketing and mobile apps that can give you an advantage over your rivals. If the app you want doesn't seem to exist, you can always create one yourself, or use a freelance designer to create one for you. If it catches on, you may find you have an additional revenue stream as well as a useful app. You can also use apps as an advertising platform, where you pay to have your business featured on the app of your choice, helping you to reach more potential customers.

Rackspace and Switch Join Forces to Deliver Digital Transformation Services to Customers in Switch's Tier 5 Platinum Data Center

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Switch and Rackspace today announced a new agreement to deliver Rackspace private cloud solutions and connectivity to managed public cloud solutions on AWS, Azure and Google in Switch's highly secure and reliable Tier 5 Platinum data center PRIME locations. The agreement builds on Rackspace's Fanatical Everywhere and Pay-As-You-Go Private Cloud services that allow customers to run private clouds in any data center, with a consumption and billing model similar to that for public clouds. 

Switch and Rackspace customers will receive multiple benefits including:

Effective Management Solutions for Big Data



Storing, processing, and efficient management are three basic challenges related to Big Data. Presently, there is not a large enough capacity to store the amount of data that has been created in the digital world during the last few years. Big data is the result of measuring and monitoring practically everything going on in the world, creating data at a faster rate than can be stored, processed, or managed by currently-available technologies. Interestingly, the vast majority of Big Data is either duplicated or synthesised data. This surge of unstructured data makes up as much as 80% of new data that must be managed. This has put many enterprises in a position where they need to come up with efficient management solutions for Big Data.

Why Manage Big Data?

The broad concept known as Big Data management encompasses all the technology and procedures used to collect, store, organise, and deliver vast caches of data. It involves data migration, cleansing, integration, and preparation to be used in reporting and analytics. Big Data management is essential because it can improve the accuracy and reliability of analytics. This means your organisation can benefit from quality business insights resulting from the analytics.

4 Ways Technology Is Rapidly Transforming the Fitness Landscape

Technology has radically altered our lives in many areas, and fitness is no exception. Technology has changed everything from the way people train to how fitness centers are being marketed and operated. Let's look at four ways technology is transforming the world of fitness as we know it.

Fitness enters the Cloud

Wearable devices are collecting vital information nonstop. Depending on the device, they can collect data like calories burned, optimal heart rate, temperature, miles walked, and even advanced metrics like length and quality of sleep. All of this data is automatically saved to the cloud for easy interaction with other devices.

There are even apps that let you take a picture of the exercise machine's console, capturing data like time, distance, calories burned. These apps use optical character recognition to translate the data on the machine to information stored in your fitness profile. This is a viable solution for saving your data when the machine you're working on isn't compatible with your personal device.

Qualys Acquires 1Mobility

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Qualys, Inc., a pioneer and leading provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions, today announced that it has acquired the software assets of 1Mobility, Singapore. 

The acquisition now allows Qualys to provide enterprises of all sizes with the ability to create and continuously update an inventory of mobile devices on all versions of Android, iOS and Windows Mobile in their environment; and to continuously assess their security and compliance posture, while quarantining devices that are compromised or out-of-compliance. It also allows Qualys to extend its PCI certification to mobile devices and to deliver a highly scalable Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution that permits the distribution of apps and security policies over the air (OTA) to corporate or employee-owned devices (BYOD).

"With the acquisition of 1Mobility, Qualys is uniquely positioned to provide visibility across on-premises, endpoints, cloud(s) and now mobile and IoT environments," said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO, Qualys, Inc. "This is critical as companies are accelerating their digital transformation and looking at ways to consolidate their current security and compliance stack while expanding their mobile workforce. 1Mobility has built a comprehensive and well-architected technology that allows organizations to manage and secure mobile and IoT devices at scale, and we welcome them to the Qualys family."

Megazone, an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, Signs Strategic Alliance with CloudPassage for Cloud Security Partnership

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Megazone, an AWS premier consulting partner and cloud-specialized company today announced a strategic alliance with CloudPassage for cloud-based security automation.

CloudPassage offers a SaaS-based workload security automation platform that on-demand delivery of security controls across data centers, private/public clouds, virtual machines and containers - at speed and scale. Unlike traditional security systems, Halo and its robust APIs integrate with popular CI/CD toolchains and processes, providing just-in-time feedback for fixing vulnerabilities early in the development cycle. This lets DevOps teams operate efficiently while providing security teams the validation they require without slowing the DevSecOps workflow. Halo easily integrates with popular infrastructure automation and orchestration platforms, allowing Halo to be easily deployed. CloudPassage works with many Fortune 500 customers and leading MSSPs to continuously monitor the security and compliance posture of their business critical workloads.

Saviynt and Identity Methods Provide Increased Access to Cloud Identity Governance and Security Solutions

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Saviynt, a leading Global provider of Cloud Security and Identity Governance solutions, has announced today a strategic partnership with Identity Methods. This partnership will enable Identity Methods to develop their cloud offering, by integrating Saviynt’s cloud products seamlessly with Identity Methods’ existing product set. This will help ensure organisations are able to manage their applications, data and infrastructure, along with their identity lifecycle, profiles and access rights, in a secure manner from experts within the industry.

 With Saviynt’s growing foothold across Europe and Identity Methods’ presence within the UK, this latest partnership will provide greater scope to extend the footprint, both across and outside of the UK. This partnership provides Identity Methods’ customers and prospects with access to the most complete set of Identity Management and Cloud Security solutions, across multiple platforms and enterprises.
 

Zenoss Announces Partnership With Google Cloud

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Zenoss Inc., a leader in software-defined IT operations, announced it has joined the Google Cloud partner program with intention to expand Zenoss capabilities for IT operations management (ITOM) to enterprise hybrid cloud environments that leverage the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

With this partnership, Zenoss will add value to clients by integrating the monitoring of hybrid cloud environments leveraging GCP with any IT infrastructure an organization may support - adding to robust multicloud capabilities Zenoss already supports with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Zenoss builds comprehensive real-time models of hybrid IT environments and uses them to provide holistic health and performance insights exactly where they are needed. Using Zenoss, customers of GCP can:

Recent Healthcare Technology and the Cloud

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Healthcare systems are adopting modern technology into their day-to-day processes in order to streamline medical processes and increase patient satisfaction, and this integration is having noteable positive changes in medical care. More and more hospitals are already adopting technology like the cloud, which has helped to increase the efficiency of sharing data between doctors. As technology continues to advance and produce lifesaving breakthroughs, recent healthcare technology interconnects with technology like the cloud to create a hyperconnected field of medicine.

Patient Care

The cloud serves as a method for sharing a vast amount of data, in real time, across many sources. This provides an invaluable resource that is exponentially more valuable depending on the kind of information you are able to share across it. While the technological advancements happening don't always seem directly tied to the field of medicine, tech developers, as well as medical practitioners are always looking for ways to bring them all together to help patients.

The Difference Between Offline and Online Businesses

So much has changed in the past few years in the way that businesses are conceived, developed and created. This has happened not just over the course of centuries but also mere decades, and even now there are constant changes and new discoveries in all kinds of fields that affect how a business runs. Everything from science, engineering, psychology, art, and technology has an impact on how people see the world and find opportunities for creating a business. Since the advent of the digital age in which the world now finds itself, businesses have been quick to adopt various techniques uncovered by research and products from these other fields to their advantage. The most influential upon the business world has to be that of technology as this has offered a whole new range of potential. Starting a business without the internet, screens, and a digital database is seen as old-fashioned and even foolish nowadays. Here are some of the main differences between running a business with the help of the internet and running one without. 

One: Graphic Design 

Design plays a huge part in the success of businesses that operate both online and offline. Designers who work for marketing companies or teams within a business are given a set of constraints regardless of whether they intend to advertise physically (on posters and billboards), or digitally through websites, digital signage and other new media. These constraints not only act as limitations for the designers to butt against but also as structured challenges to foster creativity. In this sense, there is perhaps more creative potential in a more limited area of graphic design in advertising as it forces the designers to come up with innovative solutions to meet the business' objectives. Digital media such as video content and dynamic websites are much flashier but also require less concentrated effort in order to pass for adequate. This means that there is more chance of low quality as the designs are merely a sideline of the main marketing task. Of course, the benefits of having a good designer working with digital media means that much more content will be created to advertise your business without wasting as many material resources. For a company with enough of a marketing budget, both print and digital design is a must. 

Bitdefender Launches High Performance Virtualization Security for MSPs

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Bitdefender, a leading global cybersecurity technology company protecting 500 million users worldwide, today announced its Security for Virtualized Environments (SVE) is now available for MSPs. Expressly designed to help service providers protect their customers' virtual desktops and servers without slowing performance or affecting users, it delivers full-fledged, multi-layered defense, including machine learning, anti-exploit and continuous process monitoring, all within a lightweight footprint.

To ensure maximum performance and protection, Bitdefender's SVE for MSPs offers a highly resilient virtual machine (VM) security architecture that offloads scanning to hardened, virtual appliances with load balancing and failover capabilities. Available as a monthly-billed service, it addresses challenges related to poor performance and user experience, inefficient security management, VM security and compliance gaps, which MSPs have been struggling with for years.

Webinar: Parallels RAS Integrates with AppsAnywhere

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Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) and AppsAnywhere allow universities and colleges to support any device at a fraction of the cost of traditional VDI solutions.  Parallels RAS combined with AppsAnywhere, enables students to easily access applications and desktops hosted on Microsoft Remote Desktop Service (RDS) and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), on any device.

Take technology beyond the traditional classroom setting.  Enable students to work anywhere on and off campus on their device of choice, including PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, HTML5, and Chrome.

Join this live Webinar on April 18th, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m. PDT.

After taking part in the webinar, you will leave with a deeper understanding of both Software2 and Parallels RAS, and their many properties and benefits to education IT.  

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Nexenta Announces New Software as a Service Solution Suite

Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), today launched NexentaCloud, a new product family of cloud native storage solutions. Designed and built as an organic extension of Nexenta's award-winning Open SDS solution, the new family of solutions allows user to extend the numerous benefits of Nexenta's solution onto the cloud. The first product to be announced is NexentaCloud available in AWS Marketplace.

NexentaCloud for Amazon Web Services (AWS) allows enterprises to run their core business applications, which utilize file and block storage native to AWS, while fully integrating with on premises solutions. Offering enterprise-class features such as snapshots, cloning, thin provisioning and data compression, NexentaCloud for AWS delivers a comprehensive data storage solution that supports business-critical functions including business continuity and self-service test/development.

 

SWIM.AI Introduces SWIM EDX, Software Delivering Real-Time Intelligence and Digital Twins at the Edge

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SWIM.AI, the edge intelligence software company, today exited stealth and announced the general availability of its edge software solution, SWIM EDX, delivering edge intelligence and real-time business and operational insights. Current business intelligence solutions require large volumes of time-series data to be reduced, streamed to the cloud, stored, cleaned, analyzed and then modelled - at great expense and often with significant delays. By applying analytics, self-training digital twins and edge computing, SWIM EDX allows manufacturers, infrastructure providers, enterprises, cities and IoT vendors to analyze and take immediate action on fast edge data. In addition, the company today announced key additions to its management team, including Simon Crosby as chief technology officer, Simon Aspinall as chief sales and marketing officer, and Ramana Jonnala as chief product officer.

"Edge devices and data volumes are growing exponentially, leaving enterprises swamped," said Holger Mueller, VP and principal analyst for Constellation Research. "That data, however, holds insights that can truly transform production, efficiency and a multitude of other factors. Being able to analyze that data, and therefore predict system performance on the fly puts enterprises ahead of the game."

Droplet Computing Unveils at Cloud Field Day

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Droplet Computing today announced their patent-pending application container solution - Droplet Universal - that decouples applications from the operating system and enables applications to run on any device, on- or offline. 

"Application delivery methods haven't really changed for the past 20 years or so," stated Stephen Horne, co-founder and CEO, Droplet Computing. "The various technologies currently available all come with complexities and caveats to deliver an acceptable user experience. Droplet Computing's raison d'etre is to redefine application delivery to remove the barriers to an extraordinary user experience, no matter what their applications or preferred choice of device."

In the Gartner Symposium keynote in October 2017, they predicted that, by 2023, 90% of current applications would still be in use. Droplet Universal enables businesses to run current and legacy applications on any device, regardless of connectivity, operating system and underlying chipset. 

Droplet Universal enables:

Tens of Thousands of Customers Flocking to AWS for Machine Learning Services

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) shared that tens of thousands of customers are using AWS machine learning services, with active users increasing more than 250 percent in the last year, spurred by the broad adoption of Amazon SageMaker since AWS re: Invent 2017. Amazon SageMaker is a fully managed service that removes the heavy lifting, complexity, and guesswork from each step of the machine learning process, empowering everyday developers and scientists to use machine learning much more expansively and successfully. AWS has meaningfully more reference customers for machine learning than any other provider, and much of it has to do with AWS's unmatched array of services that enable a full stack machine learning experience. With AWS machine learning services, customers are building a wide variety of intelligent applications and solutions with the help of AWS's P2 and P3 graphical processing unit (GPU) instances, deep learning Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) that embed all the major frameworks, Amazon SageMaker, AWS DeepLens-a device that has helped thousands of customers gain hands on experience with machine learning, and services at the top layer of the stack such as Amazon Rekognition, Amazon Polly, Amazon Lex, and Amazon Comprehend.

Today, AWS also announced the general availability of two new machine learning services, which are part of AWS's machine learning portfolio, Amazon Transcribe and Amazon Translate. Amazon Transcribe provides grammatically correct transcriptions of audio files to allow audio data to be analyzed, indexed, and searched. Amazon Translate is a deep learning powered machine translation service that provides natural sounding language translation in both real-time and batch scenarios. These services further extend the language capabilities already provided on AWS with Amazon Lex for conversational interfaces, Amazon Polly for Text-to-Speech, and Amazon Comprehend for processing natural language to discover insights and contextual relationships in text.

Netwrix Survey: 69% of Healthcare Providers Plan to Move More Data to the Cloud, Disregarding Insider Threat

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Netwrix Corporation, provider of a visibility platform for data security and risk mitigation in hybrid environments, today released the 2018 Netwrix Cloud Security: In-Depth Report for Healthcare infographics. The infographics provide an industry perspective into the healthcare sector's use of cloud technology and assessment of the risks associated with cloud migration. 

The report reveals that most healthcare providers store sensitive data, such as electronic protected health information (ePHI), personally identifiable information (PII) and financial data, in the cloud, yet only a few of them have pervasive visibility into who is accessing that data.

The key findings include:

2 Ways To Keep Your Business More Secure

While it may be impossible to remain 100% protected at all times, it is increasingly important that every company is making the most of its security. The growing threat of cybercrime means that alongside the huge number of benefits that the internet offers, it also comes with some substantial risks. It is this reason why it has never been more important that you look at your online security and critically view it regarding its strengths. Identifying your weak security points is the first stage of addressing them, so here are the key ways that you can assess your business security and help to keep your business much more secure. 

Google Cloud Introduces VPC Flow Logs to Cloud Customers for Network Visibility

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Enterprise users of Google's cloud platform have a new option for logging and monitoring network traffic for security and performance issues.  Google introduced VPC Flow Logs to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), giving administrators a way to track network flows all the way down to an individual virtual interface, in near-real-time.

According to GCP Product Manager Ines Envid, VPC Flow Logs is like Cisco's NetFlow, "but with more features."  It provides responsive flow-level network telemetry for GCP environments, creating logs in five-second intervals. 

Organizations can use VPC Flow Logs to collect network telemetry at various levels and they can choose to collect telemetry for a particular VPC (virtual private cloud) network or subnet or drill down further to monitor a specific VM Instance or virtual interface.