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Oracle to Buy Cloud-Software Provider for $9.3 Billion

Grazed from Nasdaq. Author: Editorial Staff.

Oracle Corp. agreed to pay $9.3 billion for a cloud-computing pioneer that counts Larry Ellison as a major investor, using its second-largest acquisition to try to catch up in a key area where it has lagged.

Oracle said it is paying $109 a share in cash for NetSuite Inc., a 19% premium to the company's closing price Wednesday of $91.57. The deal is raising questions about the role of Mr. Ellison, Oracle's chairman, who is the biggest shareholder in both companies...

Q&A: Mirantis Fuels Collaboration with Intel and Google via OpenStack and Kubernetes

Grazed from VMblog.com. Author: David Marshall

Mirantis has been very busy in the past year pushing OpenStack innovation.  Having raised nearly a quarter billion dollars in financial backing from VCs and some of the world's largest technology companies, Mirantis has announced a collaboration with Intel and Google to modernize OpenStack by running the cloud software in Docker containers managed by Kubernetes. 

I spoke to Mirantis' Chris Clason, CTO, Cloud Platform Engineering Group, to learn more.

VMblog:  Why did you decide to work together?

HCSS Powers Construction Industry Software in the Cloud with nWorkSpace by CloudJumper

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CloudJumper, a workspace as a service (WaaS) platform innovator for agile business IT, today announced that construction industry software leader, HCSS, has standardized its cloud-based construction software solutions on the CloudJumper nWorkSpace WaaS platform. A pioneer in heavy construction software, HCSS leverages CloudJumper to provide the company's HeavyBid, HeavyJob, and other applications in a hosted environment. Additionally, HCSS utilizes CloudJumper's platform to deliver complete IT workspaces that allow customers to access critical business applications.

HCSS's applications support thousands of construction users across the United States in streamlining their operations with cloud-based access to HeavyBid and HeavyJob. The company's software applications help construction companies better manage their projects from bid to completion. Prior to CloudJumper, HCSS built an in-house solution to make HeavyBid and HeavyJob available to its customers via the cloud. While they were running a successful platform, the company's exponential growth over a short period of time soon created challenges regarding scalability and speed of deployment. To address the issue, HCSS chose the CloudJumper platform with its service-oriented infrastructure to build a full-featured cloud application software offering capable of meeting user demand.
 

How cloud assurance is at the heart of digital transformation

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Michael Segal.

Cloud computing is transforming modern business. Through the cloud, new digital-centric businesses are emerging that are more agile and innovative than anything seen before. Whether a new, ‘upstart’ business like Uber, with its compelling approach to city transport; or an established company breaking into new markets, like General Motors with its investment into Lyft, businesses are pioneering new customer services and business models that are disrupting entire industries and changing the way we work and play.

This digital transformation (DX) will affect all businesses. According to IDC, one third of the top 20 companies in every industry will have been disrupted by such digitally transformed companies by 2018. The message to businesses is clear: disrupt or be disrupted...

Gain access to an ARM server running Linux OS, through the cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Adam Shah.

If you want to play with an ARM-based server, you can now apply to gain access to one online through the Linaro Developer Cloud. The cloud service was announced in March but has finally gone live. It's mainly targeted at developers who want to evaluate ARM servers.

The free service is one way to access ARM servers, which aren't widely available. Applications go through an approval process, and only those serious about programming for ARM servers will likely be approved...

Unnatural disasters drive demand for cloud-based recovery and backup

Grazed from CCI. Author: Editorial Staff.

In the face of cyber-attacks, infrastructure failures, human error and other threats, companies are now prioritising Business Continuity initiatives that have traditionally been an afterthought. As part of these efforts, teams increasingly focus on the security and compliance of cloud-based disaster recovery and backup. iland, an award-winning cloud provider, today announced this strategic shift towards ensuring secure, fast and compliant IT resilience has fueled its growth across the United States, EMEA and Singapore markets.

iland’s industry-recognised Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) and Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) offerings have achieved a 248 percent revenue growth rate in the first half of 2016. The company also more than doubled its number of new DRaaS and BaaS customers across diverse industries ranging from healthcare to financial services to oil and gas...

CloudLock Achieves Advanced Technology Partner Status in Amazon Web Services Partner Network

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CloudLock, the leading Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) and Cloud Cybersecurity Platform, today announced the company has achieved Advanced Technology Partner status in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN). By reaching this status, CloudLock demonstrates its commitment to enabling organizations to secure their AWS environments, including codeless security and cloud DLP for apps purchased on the AWS marketplace and custom apps built on top of AWS.

While IaaS vendors such as Amazon are responsible for securing the infrastructure, security is inherently a shared responsibility. Organizations now focus on user behavior and data exposures instead of the infrastructure itself. In addition, organizations are building their own apps faster than ever, where many of these apps are the most business-critical and store or process highly-sensitive data. With homegrown, custom apps, organizations need to be able to defend against compromised accounts, prevent data breaches, achieve compliance, and enable security operations and forensics.

Virtuozzo Launches Updated Hyper-Converged Solution Utilizing Open Source Technology and Optimized KVM

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Virtuozzo, powering more than five million virtual environments as the leading virtualization platform for service providers, announced general availability of Virtuozzo 7. With this new version, the platform ushers in a new level of portability, reliability, and performance, especially for customers in large datacenter environments where vendor flexibility, as well as low latency, is critical. 

"Virtuozzo 7 is the most agnostic, agile, and cost effective virtualization platform on the market today," said Alexey Kobets, senior vice president of Research and Development, Virtuozzo. "It combines our own optimized KVM and the ability to create system containers in a single hyper-converged platform. Leveraging the entire Virtuozzo 7 product stack--or utilizing standalone products within it, such as Virtuozzo Storage--gives our partners the flexibility and efficiency required to run their business across multiple clouds with the lowest total cost of ownership." 

ZeroStack Partners with Data Center Services Providers to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Deployments

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ZeroStack, a one-stop shop for infrastructure that combines the consumption model of public cloud with the security needs of businesses, today announced that it has partnered with T5 Data Centers and Colovore, representing managed service providers (MSPs) and colocation service providers that will host individual ZeroStack Z-Block Cloud Appliances for each customer who wants the benefits of private cloud but don't want to host them on-premises.  

Enterprise users have been frustrated with a broken private cloud model that forces them to understand the complexities of on-premises cloud infrastructure, OpenStack, and other software. ZeroStack offers an alternative by abstracting complexity through a hyperconverged cloud appliance and integrated, web-based software that can be consumed like a public cloud. This platform opens up new revenue opportunities for regional service providers that want to offer the convenience and added security features of a hosted self-serve private cloud. With deployments by T5 in its Los Angeles data center and in Colovore's high-density Santa Clara facility, ZeroStack customers can seamlessly and time-efficiently migrate public or on-premise workloads into state-of-the-art, robust colocation environments.  

Nimble Storage Broadens Support to OpenStack Community With Mirantis Certification

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Nimble Storage
, the leader in predictive flash storage, today announced an expansion of its commitment to the cloud by achieving the Mirantis Unlocked validation for its Nimble Cinder Driver, providing easy-to-deploy, scalable and highly available storage options for customers using OpenStack infrastructure with the Nimble Predictive Flash platform.

Integration of the Nimble Cinder Driver with Mirantis OpenStack allows customers to deploy OpenStack clouds with fast and reliable access to data. The combination of Mirantis OpenStack and the Nimble Predictive Flash platform delivers the foundation for enterprise customers to radically simplify cloud infrastructure deployments while meeting the demands of a dynamic and expanding user base. The Nimble Predictive Flash platform combines the power of InfoSight Predictive Analytics with a Unified Flash Fabric consolidation architecture to deliver flash performance and unparalleled availability by predicting and preventing issues.