Platform9 Launches Channel Partner Program to Meet Growing Demand for Private Clouds

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Platform9, the company making private clouds easy, today announced a channel partner program designed for resellers, service providers and systems integrators focused on cloud computing, enabling them to more efficiently design and deploy flexible, enterprise-ready OpenStack private clouds for their customers.

According to Wikibon, true private cloud (on-premise and hosted together) is expected to grow from $7 billion in 2015 to $201 billion in 2026 (36% CAGR) and be 31% of infrastructure spend. At last month's OpenStack Summit, the OpenStack Foundation said half of the Fortune 100 use OpenStack. Wal-Mart, AT&T, SAP and Wells Fargo all spoke about how they're using open source code to build their private clouds.

EdgeConneX Launches Portland Edge Data Center Cloud Ecosystem With Industry-Leading Partners

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EdgeConneX, specializing in global data center solutions at the edge of the network, today announces the launch of its Portland Edge Data Center Cloud Ecosystem with industry leaders including Ciena, Electric Lightwave, Megaport, Opus Interactive and ScienceLogic. The ecosystem provides EdgeConneX customers with on-demand, direct access to top cloud providers, the latest interconnection, infrastructure monitoring and performance measurement, as well as network access and managed services solutions. These partners enable customers to launch, manage and grow private, hybrid and public cloud environments with ease within a secure and reliable Edge Data Center environment. EdgeConneX also offers direct connectivity to Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect in its Portland Edge Data Center.

EdgeConneX's ecosystem partnership with Megaport allows customers to access the company's SDN-enabled elastic interconnection fabric that enables direct, seamless connectivity to AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform via an Application Program Interface (API). Opus Interactive aids EdgeConneX enterprise customers in their migration to the cloud, while managing their cloud infrastructure ongoing. ScienceLogic provides IT infrastructure monitoring and performance measurement services, assisting CIOs in the management of their infrastructure on a single pane of glass, no matter where the infrastructure may reside -- on premises, in colocation, or in the cloud. Electric Lightwave is the largest regional fiber provider in the west, offering network access to the cloud and private connectivity options that provide greater cloud security and lower latency for customers. Ciena is a market leader in creating customized solutions that assist customers in the management of complex optical and Ethernet technologies. These collective partnerships, along with others underway, position the Portland Edge Data Center as the region's most prominent cloud hub and the only way in which to locally reach AWS Direct Connect and Azure by Microsoft.

Boxbee Pivots, Unveils Holistic Software for Storage Entrepreneurs

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Recognizing an opportunity to shake up the self-storage market, Boxbee today unveiled a proprietary software platform empowering entrepreneurs to create and manage their own storage service with on-demand pickup and delivery. The platform boasts an intuitive design allowing users to create a storage service in a matter of minutes with just a few clicks. The launch marks Boxbee's pivot from operating an on-demand consumer storage service to a logistics software platform that will unleash entrepreneurship and innovation into the $27 billion dollar self-storage industry.

Led by supply chain and logistics innovator Kristoph Matthews, Boxbee pioneered the on-demand storage space in 2012. Matthews sold the legacy on-demand storage business to Iron Mountain (IRM) earlier this year to focus on creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to provide storage services with on-demand pickup and delivery to their community, but lack the capital or know-how to build software to manage the business as it scales.

First Ever OpenStack Days-East Event to be Held in New York City, August 23-24

The first ever OpenStack Days - East event will be held in New York City from August 23-24, as a gathering place for anyone wanting to learn more about the OpenStack open source infrastructure as a service (IaaS) from some of the world's pioneering users and thought leaders. 

OpenStack East is expected to draw 500 attendees bringing IT professionals, developers and OpenStack supporters together to share case studies, trends, and plans for the world's fastest-growing open source project.

This community event is being guided by a steering committee that includes representatives from the east coast OpenStack Meetups and organized by Tesora, along with GigaSpaces.

Scale Computing Wins Best Midmarket Hardware Solution at Midsize Enterprise Summit

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Scale Computing, the market leader in hyperconverged storage, server and virtualization solutions for midsized companies, was named the Best Midmarket Solution: Hardware of the Midsize Enterprise Summit XCellence Awards 2016 on May 3 in Indianapolis for its newly announced flash-integrated HC3 appliances.

Scale Computing was among the 60 top vendors at the Midsize Enterprise Summit demonstrating their cutting-edge products, services and new technology solutions designed to boost productivity and accelerate ROI. The MES XCellence Awards measure attendees' perceptions of sponsor products, services, and presentations during the event with top honors going to the companies who earned the most votes during the event.

WinDocks: .NET and SQL Containers with Docker Commands, Now Available in AWS Marketplace with a No-cost Community Edition

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WinDocks, the Practical Windows container, announced a no-cost downloadable Community Edition, providing Windows professionals no-cost access to .NET and SQL Server containers using Docker commands. The company also announced availability of WinDocks products in Amazon Web Services Marketplace (AWS Marketplace), including a no-cost virtual machine (VM) based on the WinDocks Community Edition (AWS usage fees apply).

The WinDocks Community Edition includes the full WinDocks features, with a limit of five containers:

EMC’s VCE VxRack System 1000 Goes "Cloud Native"

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EMC has expanded its VCE VxRack System 1000 to provide a “turnkey cloud-native IaaS experience” through new ‘Neutrino’ nodes. The expanded VCE VxRack System 1000 is designed to support multiple cloud-native IaaS and data stacks while enabling provisioning of cloud-native IaaS environments in less than one hour.

With EMC’s VxRack System, customers would be able to deploy an enterprise-grade cloud-native IaaS in just a few days with built-in automation as well as dynamically provision resources for the first time in less than one hour. In addition, the software automation layer enables simple ‘day two’ operations including monitoring and reporting, single click software upgrades, and single vendor support of these open-source, cloud-native IaaS and data stacks, automating what customers have discovered is a complex changing ecosystem and operational tasks that require rare and deep expertise...

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Huawei Global Safe City Summit asserts future urban security and safety will be built on data, connectivity and interoperability

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Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, is hosting a two-day global gathering of government leaders from the public safety and security sector at its Safe City Summit 2016, being held in Dubai on May 17-18, 2016. Themed 'Leading New ICT, Making Cities Safer', the event will see local, regional and international guests attend workshops to gain insights on how cities around the world are deploying new ICT solutions by Huawei to protect their city's property and assets, the safety of its citizens and visitors, and its emergency-service operations.

The Safe City Summit 2016 workshops will provide attendees with Huawei's insights on trends in safe city construction and the key solutions helping to create a consolidated IT platform that is critical to providing more efficient emergency response services and quicker threat mitigation processes...

Cloud Computing: 5 Cybersecurity Threats Businesses Should Watch Out for in 2016

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From phishing attacks to new and creative malware to infected laptops, cyber-crime is globally growing at an alarming rate. These cyber criminals are not just targeting the blue chip companies and large corporations as the media reports. According to Symantec, 43 percent of cyber-attacks in 2015 targeted small-to-medium sized businesses with around 250 to 500 workers. Experts forecast a continuation of this trend in 2016 with the global cybercrime industry growing to $600 billion a year. The weak cyber security protocols of these businesses make them easy targets. They also offer access to larger corporations and the government who are their clients.


Malware lurks in the background stealing company data such as usernames and passwords. These malware is mostly installed by unsuspecting employees. According to Blue Coat, the average data breach can cost an organization 5.4 million dollars. In April 2016, MetStar, a non-profit organization running 10 hospitals in the Baltimore and Washington area was a victim of SAMSAM ransomware that encrypted sensitive data, requiring them to pay up the amount of 45 Bitcoins (approx. US$ 18,500) for the decryption key. Luckily, the IT department was able to detect the malware and prevent it from spreading further into their internal network...

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Cirba Launches SaaS-Based Analytics for Densifying and De-Risking Hybrid Clouds

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With the launch of, Cirba Inc. takes away the effort and time necessary to deliver highly efficient and risk-free cloud infrastructure. At the core of is Cirba’s proven predictive analytics engine which is managed for customers by world leading Densification Engineers.

“We recognized that many IT organizations want risk-free efficiency but haven’t the manpower nor the necessary analytics to deliver. The result has been to over-provision, in some cases by a lot,” said Gerry Smith, CEO of Cirba. “With, we are offering these IT organizations very simple, fast and risk-free means to maximize infrastructure efficiency.”