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How Organizations Can Fix the Cloud Skills Gap

Written by Sam Bowman

Cloud computing and technology are rapidly becoming the norm for business. The problem is that there is a serious skills gap between corporate IT personnel and cloud computing experts. Some might even say this gap is becoming a crisis. 

The need for seasoned, versatile professionals is gaining momentum while IT managers lack the training and motivation to expand their skill sets. The pool of available skilled cloud technology experts is very shallow, and this situation doesn't look like it will resolve any time soon. 

Although most companies are aware of the skills gap and the highly competitive marketplace, they don't know what to do about it. Many believe that this problem has held them back and made them less competitive.

The Future Of Website Personalization Moves With Cloud-Based ML Tools

Written by Paul Matthews

If there's a recurring trend in web development since 2015, that is definitely related to big data and its projections within the web development world. Website personalization or web personalization is a branch of web development which focuses on creating tools that, by reading big data, cookies and everything in between are automatically learning what a hypothetical user may want from a listing. Let's analyse how these tools are developed nowadays and why their cloud compatibility will be a major factor in the near future. 

What Exactly Is Website Personalization?  

Web personalization was born from combining UX-based strategies to some Python-based tools which were simply reading cookies. UX is a major part of the current web development industry and, therefore, this combination was big from its beginning. In 2019, web personalization is an industry which focuses on creating tools developed to tailor each catalogue, product description and general online portal to a potential customer by reading the big data associated with him/her. 

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Excelero Appoints HPC Industry Visionary Sven Breuner as Field CTO

Excelero, a disruptor in software-defined block storage, today announced that it has appointed High-Performance Computing (HPC) pioneer Sven Breuner as Field Chief Technical Officer (CTO.) With over a decade of leadership in the HPC industry, Sven will help expand the innovative capabilities in Excelero's award-winning NVMesh solution by anticipating customers' future requirements while bringing deep technical and product knowledge to the field teams.

"Many of our customers run scale-out file systems such as GPFS and BeeGFS on top of NVMesh, which gives Sven an in-depth technical perspective on the needs of Excelero's target market"

Microsoft Expert, Symon Perriman, Teams Up with Liquidware to Explore the Benefits of Virtualizing Desktops in the Public Cloud

Liquidware, the leader in adaptive workspace management, today announced that it will host a webinar on Feb. 21, with internationally acclaimed Microsoft Expert, author, keynote presenter, and technology personality, Symon Perriman to explore the benefits of virtualizing desktops in a public cloud. The informative webinar comes just ahead of the much-anticipated public preview of Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD). In preparation, Liquidware and Microsoft delivered a joint solution brief which details how the solutions work together to deliver easy to on-board and manage Microsoft WVD workspaces on Azure. 

"The public cloud is now seeing real adoption of virtual desktops, and nobody has more or deeper expertise in freeing desktops from on-prem and readying them for the cloud, than Liquidware. They've been doing great things with physical, virtual and cloud desktops in the areas of user environment management, application layering and monitoring," said Perriman. "This webinar will take a hard look at the benefits companies stand to gain from virtualizing their desktops in a public cloud, why Microsoft Azure and WVD promises to be a premiere platform, and how Liquidware's suite of adaptive workspace management solutions - Stratusphere UX, ProfileUnity and FlexApp - play into that."

Smartronix Announces a Limited Time Offer to Subsidize Colo-to-Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Migrations

Smartronix announces Colo-to-Cloud, a special limited time offer to subsidize the AWS migration for Virtual Machines (VM) running on VMware. For projects with a minimum of 500 VMs, the migration will be free (completely funded), with partial subsidies offered for smaller projects. This offering will help organizations quickly realize the benefit of AWS without incurring migration costs. 

Colo-to-Cloud provides organizations currently using a colocation facility with a quick, efficient, and subsidized process to realize the following benefits:

Baffle Releases First Data Protection Solution for AWS Lambda Serverless Compute

Baffle, Inc., an advanced data protection company, today announced it has released the first-to-market solution for data-centric protection of Amazon's AWS Lambda, a pioneering serverless compute service. On the heels of its breakthrough for data-centric encryption, Baffle Advanced Data Protection Service gives enterprises the ability to provide a common data security model for existing infrastructure while also accelerating the "lift and shift" to serverless computing services such as AWS Lambda.

Baffle's award-winning and patented platform now provides data protection to the newest cloud native architectures - including serverless - which are the future of computing. Enterprises in highly-regulated industries are increasingly running automated mission-critical and time-sensitive operations through AWS Lambda, such as hedge funds monitoring stock market fluctuations or businesses spinning up resources after a natural disaster. With Baffle's Advanced Data Protection Service, enterprises can easily migrate to cloud native technologies to grow their businesses, without worrying about the underlying security of their data.

AWS Lambda is a serverless, event-based compute service that automatically manages underlying compute resources, without the need for provisioning hardware or learning a new computing language. AWS Lambda runs code on high-availability compute infrastructure and performs all the administration of the compute resources, including server and operating system maintenance, capacity provisioning and automatic scaling, code and security patch deployment, and code monitoring and logging.

Western Digital and Veeam Streamline Data Backup and Recovery for Scale-out Hybrid Cloud Environments

Western Digital announced that its ActiveScale object storage system supports Veeam Cloud Tier, a feature of the new Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4 . The ActiveScale system provides Veeam customers with a fast, cost-effective hybrid-cloud backup repository that helps manage the avalanche of data inundating today's data centers.

"As a leading data infrastructure company, Western Digital is a valued member of the Veeam Alliance Partner Program, and we're are extremely pleased that their ActiveScale system is one of the first to be compatible with Veeam Cloud Tier," said Ken Ringdahl, vice president of Global Alliance Architecture at Veeam. "Their membership, as well as ActiveScale's support for Veeam Cloud Tier, allows us to work together to develop technologies that can transform our customers' environments and enable Intelligent Data Management."

"We're delighted to expand our relationship with Veeam," said Stefaan Vervaet, senior director of Solutions & Alliances, Western Digital's Data Center Systems business unit. "Together, our goal is to help ensure that our customers' data is always protected and available for quick and easy recovery when using our ActiveScale system or IntelliFlash all-flash arrays. The combination of Western Digital systems and Veeam software delivers a highly scalable and an economical solution for end-to-end backup of enterprise and service provider applications."

Deutsche Telekom Completes World's First Public Mobile Edge Network, Powered By MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R1.0

MobiledgeX, which is helping operators make edge infrastructure widely accessible and easy to use for third parties, today announced it has released MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R1.0, which is powering the world's first public mobile edge network deployment with Deutsche Telekom in Germany and live developer trials in the network. The solution connects mobile users to application cloud containers created by aggregating existing operator network resources. These containers execute close to end devices, meeting the stringent performance requirements of next- generation mobile innovations. MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R1.0 is now in general availability globally and already supporting the prototyping of developer use cases in public networks.

Walter Goldenits, CTO of Telekom Deutschland in Germany, said: "Deutsche Telekom is proud to lead a global effort toward a smart, mobile, digital society and recognizes that ubiquitous edge availability is the foundation for this vision. For operators, Edge-Cloud R1.0's ability to quickly aggregate existing 4G and 5G resources and make them available anywhere they are needed across the network means an extremely low barrier to entry for scalable edge deployments that can be immediately monetized. When edge networks are deployed widely, developers and device makers can more easily define business and use cases for new offerings that can be rolled out across a large number of users. The milestone announced today is an important moment not just for Deutsche Telekom and MobiledgeX, but the broader mobile ecosystem eager to capitalize on the massive edge opportunity in the lead-up to 5G."

Lacking a Clear Plan for Public Cloud Will Cost Operators Millions, Optiva Warns at MWC

Optiva Inc., an innovative software provider of mission-critical, cloud-native monetization solutions to leading communication service providers (CSPs) globally, is cautioning CSPs at Mobile World Congress Barcelona (MWC) that failure to move core, cloud-native applications to the public cloud will result in the loss of competitive market position and millions of dollars from their bottom line.

At a series of complimentary Optiva Insider events at MWC, Optiva executives will unveil their new Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Simulator. The simulator allows operators to see, specific to their circumstances, the resources and revenues they are wasting with on-premises implementations of their core BSS applications. In the case of one Middle Eastern CSP, hosting their disaster recovery on the public cloud is leading to savings of 78 percent of its TCO.

In Ovum's February 2019 report "Understanding the Business Value of Re-architecting Core Applications on the Public Cloud" Roy Illsley, distinguished analyst at Ovum stated that: