Three Ways To Use The Cloud To Your Business's Advantage

The cloud is not a new concept, in fact, people around the globe have been utilizing this handy tool since 2006. In theory, this expansive space can be used for almost any files and data your company, or you personally may need. For example, it's not uncommon to hear of people syncing their smartphone contacts and their photos to ‘the cloud' to keep them safe, thereby freeing up precious storage space on their device.

Likewise, an increasing number of businesses are migrating their data systems from hardware to these providers. No matter what industry you are a part of, whether it's a unique graphic design firm or a large manufacturing operation, the cloud is here to stay and getting on board now will save you time, money and resources. So, what are the ways you can use it to the best of your ability? Below are three ways.

Gradient Launches To Fuel Next Generation Of Cloud AI

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Paperspace, a leading provider of AI cloud computing, today announced the launch of Gradient to put the power of artificial intelligence into the hands of every developer. With Gradient, AI and machine learning developers of all levels can tap into a dedicated cloud of AI solutions for building, training and deploying machine learning applications.

"There's no denying that AI is the future of every industry, but today's complex cloud ecosystem coupled with a massive skills gap are threatening innovation," said Daniel Kobran, co-founder of Paperspace. "You shouldn't need decades of experience to build intelligent applications. We designed Gradient to remove infrastructure bottlenecks so that any developer can build a production-ready cloud AI pipeline."

Gradient is a suite of enterprise-ready tools that makes developing cloud AI as simple as building a modern web service. Featuring one-click Jupyter notebooks, a powerful GPU job runner and a new integration that lets you add 1-line of code to run any code on a full GPU cloud, Gradient works to turn raw infrastructure into the building blocks for intelligent applications. The mission behind Gradient is to accelerate the development of new machine learning products and services across a host of industry verticals.

Secura Partners with HyTrust to Offer Robust Virtual Machine Level Data Encryption as a Service

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Secura announced a partnership with workload security specialist, HyTrust, to offer HyTrust DataControl virtual machine level encryption to customers as a service on flexible, monthly terms.

Fully managed by Secura, HyTrust DataControl can be delivered as either a stand-alone solution or as part of Secura's comprehensive Web Protect online security suite.

Many data encryption technologies will only encrypt on a platform level, or premium license editions of software would need to be purchased to access encryption, making them expensive options to implement, with lengthy minimum contract terms.

DataControl allows encryption at rest to be applied on a per virtual machine basis, so only those specific parts of a platform that hold sensitive or regulated data need to be encrypted, making it incredibly cost-effective for businesses to implement and protect their data.

PrimaryIO Develops Hybrid Cloud Data Management (HDM) technology for VMware Cloud on AWS

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PrimaryIO, today announced Hybrid Cloud Data Management technology for customers of VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware Cloud on AWS brings together VMware's enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) software and elastic, bare-metal infrastructure from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to give organizations consistent operating model and application mobility for private and public cloud. PrimaryIO technology enables a range of use cases to leverage the benefits of hybrid cloud on critical data assets to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS.

PrimaryIO Hybrid Cloud Data Management technology is based on deep understanding and profiling of the application behavior at a working set level to enable customers to rapidly move and burst workloads to VMware Cloud on AWS. This enables a range of use cases for customers to leverage the capacity and capabilities of the AWS cloud, while retaining their current storage investments for their persistent data.

Must Know Ways To Improve Your Small Business Today

Your business is important to you, so you must be looking out for ways to improve it as often as you can. The business and technology worlds are two that progress and change at an alarming rate, so it's crucial that you remain aware of significant advancements in these and other relevant fields. Always keep an eye out for ways in which you can improve your business as enhancements begin to arise. This way, you can prevent your business from becoming tired and outdated. As the boss, it's your responsibility to be searching for means of continued improvement either yourself, or to employ a specialist individual or a team to do exactly this for you.

Use The Best Software

If you're office based, then you and your employees need to be using the very best technology you can afford. Business processes will be quicker and more efficient if you're using modern services. If you're using computer software that is out of date, then you're going to have to work extremely hard to keep up and challenge other businesses. Avoid using old IT software and invest in improved communications such as cloud technology from Teldat, spyware, CRM and file recovery software. You cannot expect the best work from your team if you're not giving them the best software to work with. Your business will start to suffer and slip if you're not giving 100% into improving the essential apps, tools, and software so begin today and replace any old services you have.

Databricks Delivers Microsoft Azure Databricks Addressing Customer Demand

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Databricks, provider of the leading Unified Analytics Platform powered by Apache Spark, today announced general availability of Microsoft Azure Databricks. Azure Databricks is Databricks' Unified Analytics Platform offered as an integrated service within the Azure cloud platform. Organizations from around the globe using Azure Databricks are now deriving value from their Big Data and realizing the promise of Artificial Intelligence (AI). 

Designed by Databricks in collaboration with Microsoft, Azure Databricks combines the best of Databricks' Spark-based cloud service and Azure to help customers accelerate innovation with one-click set up, streamlined workflows and an interactive workspace that enables collaboration between data scientists, data engineers, and business analysts. The integrated service provides Databricks' Unified Analytics Platform integrated with the Azure cloud platform, encompassing the Azure Portal; Azure Active Directory; and other data services on Azure, including Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Data Lake Store; and Microsoft Power BI.

Research Highlights the Importance of Cloud-Specific Security Capabilities

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Barracuda Networks, Inc., a provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection solutions, today released "Firewalls and the Cloud," a survey of IT professionals responsible for cloud environments. This survey, which is comprised of data collected from over 600 respondents from around the world, provides an overview of experiences and attitudes in regards to cloud security. In order to accomplish this, a wide range of questions on the current state of security in the cloud were sent to participants who were identified as having security responsibility in environments with significant cloud investments.

Key Findings Include:

The cloud is redefining the role of the firewall

An overwhelming 83 percent of respondents have concerns about deploying traditional firewalls in the cloud, with 39 percent naming "pricing and licensing not appropriate for the cloud," and 34 percent citing "lack of integration prevents cloud automation" as their top two concerns.  ​

How To Make Your IT Department More Efficient

As an employer, it's important to be able to inspire your team to be as efficient and productive as possible. This can be a challenge, particularly in the IT department which can be one of the most difficult areas in which to work in a company due to the pressures and requirements. However, if you can balance a leadership ability with being someone the team looks up to, you should be able to get the best out of everyone. Here are some ways to do it.

Be Authentic

It's easy to spot when someone is not their authentic selves, and a lacking authenticity in the workplace will always be viewed with mistrust. The IT department requires a manager who is able to be themselves. This will mean you can be more relaxed around them, and more able to help them when they need you rather than concentrating on keeping a mask on at all times.

You don't have to let your employees into every aspect of your life, but it can certainly help if you let them know a little about you. A manager who is an unknown to them will be unable to gain the trust and friendship of their team in a way that someone who is completely themselves can.


What Crucial Factors Should You Consider When Deciding Which Web Host to Use?

There are several elements that come together to make an online business successful and web hosting is certainly one of those. Not only does the right web host mean you'll deliver a satisfactory user experience, but your website will also perform better in search rankings and you won't lose money unnecessarily, due to downtimes or any related problems.

Not only do you need to ensure your hosting is right from the very beginning, but you must also be sure your hosting plan continues to be the best one for you. Before we jump right into the most important considerations to make when choosing a hosting provider, it's a good idea to find out exactly what your hosting needs are.

Questions to ask yourself first

RedLock Announces Support for New Security Command Center for Google Cloud Platform

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RedLock, the Cloud Threat Defense company, today announced technology integration with Cloud Security Command Center for Google Cloud Platform, a security and data risk platform that helps enterprises gather data, identify threats and act on them before they lead to damage or loss. The RedLock integration with Cloud Security Command Center provides customers with centralized visibility into security and compliance risks, and greater context for alerting and actionable remediation in Google Cloud environments. As part of the integration, RedLock continuously monitors environments and sends results pertaining to resource misconfigurations, compliance violations, network security risks and anomalous user activities to Cloud Security Command Center.

The RedLock Cloud 360 platform connects to an organization's Google Cloud environment within minutes via APIs, and works in the background to ensure that DevOps can keep their focus where it belongs-on developing and deploying apps their customers need. Key features of the platform include: