October 2018

Updating Cloud Platforms to Increase GDPR Compliance



Article Written by Sally Perkins

In light of the implementation of GDPR on May 25th, a recent revealed 56% of respondents plan to use private or multi-cloud platforms within the next 18 months. Even though these types of platforms offer many benefits to companies all around the globe, it has been found that the average European enterprises are especially prone to taking advantage of their many benefits and are using an average of 608 cloud apps. This signals a shift in the focus that organizations have to place on data security measures and compliance, and while you might likely understand how to use cloud computing and storage services, it is important to understand how to update them to meet these compliance measures as well.

The Current State of Unprotected Data

Three Steps You Need to Take to Ensure the Security of Your Business

When you are running a business in the modern world, to achieve any success, you will be using a vast variety of different, innovative technology. The developments and advancements in technology and the use of the internet in the past few decades have not only changed the way you will do business but, indeed, the way you will live your entire life. For all the great things technology brings, however, there will always be people who use it unlawfully or for bad purposes, such as hacking into accounts or stealing information. As the head of a business, it is incredibly important that you take every step you possibly can to safeguard your business from these potential security issues. As the leader, you will have a huge number of tasks on your to-do list and adding in time to think of possible ways you can improve security shouldn't be one of them. This handy guide will walk you through some of the essential things you should seriously consider doing as soon as possible to make sure your company is well and truly protected. 

Keeping threats at bay

Regulating Stress in the Cloud

Article Written by Avery Phillips

When we consider the digital frontier, our inclination is typically to look at how changes in technology are changing industries. And in a lot of ways that makes sense given the fact industries are capable of adopting and implementing on a large scale, and thus they showcase the potential impact of certain aspects of new tech. 

Yet underneath this drive within companies to be innovative there lies the core reality that it all comes back to how consumers - and human beings in general - are able to utilize technology overall, and in this case the cloud specifically, to bolster quality of life. 

Stress is an issue so widespread in varying degrees, its significance is often underrated. But, what research shows is that stress contributes to a wide range of serious chronic diseases. It's an inevitable part of life that we all deal with at one time or another, but it doesn't have be a serious game changer. 

The cloud can provide a method for individuals to regulate their stress on a daily basis in a way that previous generations never before had the ability to do; ultimately that means stress as a whole may take a back seat for some individuals, which is right where it belongs.

Versa Driving Trend Toward Secure Multi-Cloud/SD-WAN Services, According to New Analyst Report by Futuriom

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Versa Networks is highlighted as a key market driver for its Secure Cloud IP architecture by analyst Futuriom with the launch of its new report Networking the Secure IP Cloud - Trends Driving the Cloud at NetEvents EMEA, in Portugal. Versa Networks has also recently been recognised by NSS Labs, the globally trusted source for independent fact-based cybersecurity guidance, as the only pure-play SD-WAN vendor to achieve a 100% evaluation for security in the first ever NSS Labs group test for SD-WAN. Versa has been awarded a ‘Recommended' rating in the NSS Labs Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) Group Test. 

Cloud, SD-WAN and security are in the midst of an evolution that is quickly growing in importance and will eventually dominate the WAN-edge architecture. The new report by R. Scott Raynovich, Futuriom, makes the important point that: "Cloud networks have entirely different requirements from client/server networks. They need to connect a variety of physical and virtual endpoints, including branches, private data centers, and the Internet."

 

Zadara Adds All-Flash Arrays, Advanced Features to Its Service Offering

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Zadara, provider of zero-risk enterprise cloud storage, today announced the latest enhancements to its service offering, focusing on eliminating the technical, operational, and financial risks associated with enterprise data storage and management. The expanded service is the result of over 1.5 years intense R&D effort and represents Zadara's most significant development to its storage-as-a-service value proposition, especially in the flash storage market. Zadara's offering now includes an all-flash array that features data reduction techniques such as compression and deduplication. This lowers customers' TCO as Zadara's usage-based pricing model means that they only pay for the storage they consume.

Further enhancements include:

Tufin Launches First of Its Kind Program for MSSPs to Better Manage and Protect Customer Networks

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Tufin, the market-leading provider of Network Security Policy Orchestration solutions, today launched its Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) Program, enabling MSSPs to offer "Tufin as a Service" in a consumption-based model, delivering maximum value and flexibility. Tufin provides vital network visibility and enables organizations to make network security policy changes in minutes, reduce the attack surface and ensure continuous compliance. With Tufin as a Service, offered separately or integrated into an MSSP's services portfolio, MSSPs can automate policy changes to provide cost-effective services to their customers, improving security across heterogeneous networks.

Tufin developed its unique program to address the growing need for MSSPs to have an "as a service" offering that removes the manual and painstaking processes associated with firewall management.  The solution provides MSSPs a way to consistently and regularly manage network security policies and automatically document who made a change, when they made a change, and why they made a change. Benefits include reduced network configuration errors, improved troubleshooting, decreased network downtime and lower costs associated with providing these services. MSSPs will now be able to provide their customers better business agility with lower risk and improved speed and accuracy of network changes while meeting security demands.

Cohesity Empowers Service Providers to Build, Manage, and Grow Cohesity Powered Multi-Cloud Services on One Web-Scale Platform

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Cohesity announced an expansion of the Cohesity Partner Program that empowers service providers to rapidly build and deliver highly differentiated secondary data and application services to meet the growing demands of enterprise customers. Service providers that join the Cohesity Partner Program can now utilize new capabilities in the Cohesity DataPlatform including multi-tenancy, tenant self-service, and chargeback reporting to deliver high-value services across private, public, and hybrid clouds within one web-scale platform.

Cohesity also announced today the Cohesity Powered trust mark, a designation available only to qualified partners who build their businesses on Cohesity's trusted platform and adhere to strict quality standards. The trust mark enables partners to further differentiate their value in the market while driving customer preference for their innovative services.

"The Cohesity Partner Program gives service providers innovative ways to help customers directly address the complexities of mass data fragmentation while harnessing the power of secondary data and applications," said Mohit Aron, founder and CEO, Cohesity. "By building their own solutions on Cohesity's platform, coupled with the credibility of the Cohesity Powered trust mark, service providers can confidently offer a wider array of value-added services to their customers, grow their businesses, and help customers derive the most value from their secondary data."

Cloud Daddy Launches Modern Data Protection Update for Secure Backup Solution on AWS Marketplace

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Cloud Daddy, creator of the world's most secure and easy to use AWS-native data protection solution, announced today that its one-of-a-kind product offering has been enhanced with additional, unique value-added features and is now available on the AWS Marketplace.

With the latest version of Cloud Daddy Secure Backup 1.2, customers can, at a glance, see where their backups and replications are stored. Cloud Daddy's unique Disaster Recovery Orchestration Dashboard provides the ability to visualize the backup and replications contained within AWS regions, anywhere in the world they may exist, dramatically simplifying disaster recovery. The ability to filter and drill down to locate a specific target to restore provides the flexibility to recover a workload to the same AWS account/region, or to a different account/region within AWS, anywhere in the world, providing layers of disaster recovery and maximum data protection.

Cloud Daddy, compared to the competition such as N2WS (recently acquired by Veeam), or CloudRanger (recently acquired by Druva), provides more than just backup and offers a better, modern user interface, infrastructure management features, combined with advanced security countermeasures, for a superior data protection solution that you'll pay less money for, while receiving much greater value. With five levels of product offerings, from free to enterprise-class, Cloud Daddy offers a comprehensive range of both backup/disaster recovery and advanced security features for enterprises of all sizes, including MSPs and channel partners.

ZeroStack Delivers GPU-as-a-Service via NVIDIA Hardware

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ZeroStack announced that its Self-Driving Cloud Platform can now detect and provide selective end-user access of NVIDIA GPUs to deliver GPU-as-a-Service. This makes the ZeroStack platform the first solution to offer cloud-based, fine-grained access to GPU services.

ZeroStack's GPU-as-a-Service capability gives customers powerful features to automatically detect NVIDIA GPUs hosted on multiple physical servers and make them available within the ZeroStack environment. ZeroStack cloud administrators can then configure, scale, and allow fine-grained access control of GPU resources to end users. Users can enable GPU acceleration, deploy new machine learning and deep learning workloads with tools such as TensorFlow, Caffe, etc., and provide the applications with dedicated access to multiple GPUs for order-of-magnitude faster inference latency and user responsiveness.

WhiteHat Application Security Report Released Today

WhiteHat Security released its 2018 Application Security Statistics Report, "The Evolution of the Secure Software Lifecycle," today.  The report identifies the security vulnerabilities and challenges introduced into the enterprise through traditional applications, and through agile development frameworks, microservices, application programming interfaces (APIs), and cloud architectures. 

WhiteHat's annual study was published in partnership with NowSecure, providers of automated mobile app security testing; and Coalfire, providers of cyber risk management and compliance services for public and private enterprises.

One of the greatest concerns discovered by these methods, alongside WhiteHat's application security testing, is that with few exceptions, the number of serious vulnerabilities per site has increased across all major industries, despite some improvements in finance, healthcare and retail. Unfortunately, these verticals are still struggling with long windows of exposure combined with very high times to fix, which has driven up security risk levels compared with last year's report

DDN Simplifies the AI Data Center with NVIDIA

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DataDirect Networks (DDN) today announced it is teaming with NVIDIA to transform data centers with storage and compute solutions that are fully integrated and optimized for AI and deep learning (DL) workloads. Backed by deep AI expertise in both storage and computing, the DDN A³I platform with NVIDIA DGX-1 AI supercomputers delivers a validated, pre-configured solution that enables high performance at scale, thus making it faster and easier for every enterprise to gain data-fueled insights through the power of AI and deep learning.

"Artificial intelligence and deep learning applications are creating some of the most challenging workloads in modern computing history, and are straining traditional compute, storage and network resources," said Paul Bloch, president and co-founder, DDN. "DDN A³I with NVIDIA DGX-1 is an integrated solution that provides unlimited three-dimensional scaling and improved performance as clusters grow, accelerating the end-to-end AI and DL workflow. DDN A³I with DGX-1 is driving faster iteration and, most importantly, speeding business innovation."

DDN A³I with NVIDIA DGX-1 provides a turnkey solution that delivers a true end-to-end parallel architecture providing the highest throughput, lowest latency and maximum concurrency in data delivery to applications. Easy to deploy, manage, scale and support, the joint solution, available through AI-specialized resellers, delivers immediate workflow enablement and full saturation of GPU resources, all backed by one of the world's strongest pools of deep AI expertise.

CloudHealth Technologies Is Now Part Of VMware

Written by David Marshall

On Thursday of last week, VMware closed its acquisition of CloudHealth Technologies, extending cloud management beyond VMware's previous capabilities in private and hybrid cloud and into the public cloud.  VMware partners will soon be able to offer the cloud management platform as an integrated offering to their clients.  While terms of the deal weren't discussed, Reuters put the price tag at approximately $500 million.

As part of the announcement, VMware stated:

Datica Announces First-Ever Complete Cloud Compliance Tool for Developers

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Datica announced its fourth product, the Cloud Compliance Management System (CCMS). The new product completes Datica's suite of offerings focused on the two most difficult technology problems for digital health: cloud compliance and health data interoperability.

The dynamic nature of the cloud has greatly outpaced existing compliance tools available to developers. The modern cloud is no longer simply someone else's computer but is now a constellation of managed services delivered as software that sits on top of the leading cloud service providers, like AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.

API-Driven Continuous Compliance

Utimaco Launches Cryptoserver Cloud: HSM as a Service for Secure Multi-Cloud Environments

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Utimaco, a leading manufacturer of Hardware Security Module (HSM) technology, is proud to announce the availability of its cloud HSM offering in Europe and Asia. With CryptoServer Cloud, the German hardware security specialist launches a uniquely flexible and customizable HSM as a Service. The solution enables Cloud Service Providers (CSP) independence and provides organizations in multi-cloud environments with security and flexibility. CryptoServer Cloud will hit Asian and European markets in early November.

Dedicated HSM and maximum security

Netcracker Introduces Industry's First Full-Stack Cloud-Based SDN/NFV Solution as a Service

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Netcracker Technology announced today the launch of a game-changing new solution: the Netcracker Business Cloud, which eliminates the time, cost and complexity barriers service providers typically face in deploying cloud-based applications and virtual connectivity services. By offering the industry's first end-to-end, cloud-based SDN/NFV and IT solution-from VNFs to orchestration, OSS, BSS, portals and a digital marketplace-as a service, the solution enables dramatic reductions in time-to-market while opening disruptive business models for service providers. Netcracker Business Cloud, as part of its end-to-end offering, also includes comprehensive consulting and go-to-market services, making it a full turnkey solution.

Netcracker Business Cloud offers remarkable deployment flexibility using Netcracker's cloud or a multi-cloud environment comprised of a service provider's private cloud and public clouds, with Netcracker taking responsibility for the end-to-end service. For large service providers with OpCo and ServCo models, Netcracker Business Cloud offers the flexibility to host the solution in a single location and deliver it as a service to the affiliates, enabling them to offer next-gen B2B services quickly. While it is a full-stack solution, its flexible, microservices-based architecture allows operators to use only parts of the solution they need to further augment or replace their own cloud solutions.

ZeroStack Partners With Hitachi Sunway to Deliver Turnkey Cloud Solution in ASEAN Markets

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ZeroStack, creators of a self-driving cloud that lets users focus on their businesses, today announced Hitachi Sunway is bundling the ZeroStack Intelligent Cloud platform on any x86 servers to offer a turnkey, secure private cloud solution for demanding customers in ASEAN markets.

Hitachi Sunway provides consulting and hosted infrastructure for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions; managing and supporting IT infrastructures; and cloud-enabling IT platforms - including the cyber security elements - in its fully-compliant and secured data centers.

Why Your Small Business Needs Cloud Computing

Have you heard other business owners talking about cloud computing and wondered what they're talking about? For the small business owner, it provides access to technologies that only a few years ago would have been out of reach. By allowing you to access your business data and applications from anywhere in the world, whatever time of the day or night it is, you can compete with other businesses, regardless of their size. The days of traditional desktop applications are numbered. If you've found yourself wondering whether it's time to upgrade to cloud-based computing, here are six good reasons why you should take that step.

A Senior's Approach To Cloud Computing



Article Written by Sally Perkins

Web accessibility, and cloud computing, in particular, can be of great value to seniors, making it easier to keep in touch with family and friends, obtain useful information, shop from the comfort of their homes and even pay bills. At present, approximately 67% of American adults over the age of 65 go online on a regular basis according to Pew Research Center.  While seniors are gradually warming up to emails, social media, and online banking, many are still completely oblivious to cloud storage and of what benefit it can be to them personally. Whereas it will be a relatively simple task to introduce cloud computing to a tech-savvy senior, it might require more effort to convince internet rookies of the same advantages.

RiskSense Cloud Service Protects Against Cyber Threats and Vulnerabilities Ahead of Midterm Elections

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RiskSense, Inc., pioneering risk-based vulnerability prioritization and management, today announced its AI-Assisted Pen Testing Service called Attack Surface Validation for Election Systems which provides complete visibility and prioritization of security vulnerabilities that enables any district to remediate problems before the midterms. Immediate findings are delivered through the RiskSense cloud-service and cover the assessment of a district's entire voting ecosystem, including devices, applications, databases, networks, etc., for vulnerabilities, missing patches, misconfigurations, and more. RiskSense allows resource and security expert-constrained districts to know what to urgently fix, and receive validation that remediation actions were successful.

"I am not a security expert, but I knew it was important to assess the security of the technology and processes used in my district," said the New Mexico Secretary of State. "The priorities and prescriptive actions provided to our IT staff by RiskSense allowed us to prepare and remediate quickly as findings came to light with the specialized attack scenarios. We have the results to share amongst our constituents that our district will not be idle nor let our community be vulnerable to tampering."

Legacy Networks Stifle Government Cloud Migration; Struggle to Keep Pace With Demands of Next-Gen Tech

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MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT, today announced the results of its new report, "Cloud Complexity: Navigating the Network Piece of the Federal Cloud Puzzle." The study, underwritten by Riverbed Technology and Tech Data Government Solutions, surveyed 150 Federal IT decision makers to understand their agency's cloud migration plans and network modernization efforts.

The study confirmed that 67 percent of government agencies' legacy network infrastructures are simply not prepared to handle the cloud migration lift or keep pace with the changing demands of cloud and hybrid networks. One of the biggest areas holding agencies back is the chaos and lack of prioritization to properly update networks necessary for cloud adoption and IT modernization efforts, 51 percent of managers reported. Respondents also noted that to reach their cloud goals, agencies need to increase network capacity and speed, reduce complexity, and improve visibility.