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nClouds and Amazon Web Services Sign Strategic Collaboration Agreement to Accelerate and Optimize Cloud Usage for Startups

nClouds (www.nclouds.com), a provider of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and DevOps consulting and implementation services, announced today that it has signed a Strategic Collaboration Agreement (SCA) with AWS. The intent of the agreement is to help startups and growth-stage companies leverage AWS for strategic advantage.

"nClouds has a proven track record of providing consultation and implementation services to growth-stage companies," said Darci Kleindl, Director of North American Partners, Amazon Web Services, Inc. "By working with nClouds, we can help customers leverage automation to accelerate product delivery and improve productivity, optimize cloud costs while building scalable infrastructure, and address their unique security and compliance requirements."

"Working with rapid-growth companies to build their cloud infrastructure that supports business growth is what we do best," said JT Giri, CEO and Co-founder of nClouds. "For these organizations, cloud is typically the most important component of their business infrastructure and leveraging the power of AWS can generate significant benefits for them."

AWS Announces Amazon WorkLink

Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced the availability of Amazon WorkLink, a fully managed service that enables companies to provide their workforce with secure one-click access to internal websites and web applications from their mobile devices without connecting to VPNs or using custom browsers. End users simply download the Amazon WorkLink app to enable access to internal content through existing browsers on their mobile devices. IT administrators determine which internal content to make available, and Amazon WorkLink securely renders it behind the scenes using the compute and networking infrastructure of AWS, delivering a non-cached, fully functional, graphical representation of the web content to the user requesting it. Amazon WorkLink removes the need to build and maintain complicated infrastructure and software deployments to secure access to internal content on authorized mobile devices outside of the firewall. Amazon WorkLink also reduces the risk of information loss or theft because content is never stored or cached on devices. There are no up-front payments, per seat licensing costs, or long-term commitments, and customers pay only $5 per active user per month. To get started with Amazon WorkLink, visit: aws.amazon.com/worklink.

SIOS Protection Suite for SAP Optimized on AWS Now Available in AWS Solution Space

SIOS Technology Corp., the industry pioneer in providing intelligent application availability for critical workloads, today announced its SIOS Protection Suite for SAP optimized on AWS is now available in AWS Solution Space. SIOS Protection Suite for SAP optimized on AWS provides high availability, data replication, and disaster recovery in an easy, cost-efficient solution on AWS. SIOS is also offering a special consultancy service.

"Businesses must ensure that the SAP applications that power their data and systems provide the same service levels that are achieved in their on-premises data," said Jerry Melnick, president and CEO, SIOS Technology. "Without high availability and disaster protection, they can suffer downtime should cloud services be interrupted. An enterprise must find the right HA solution to protect the critical components of their SAP environment, while efficiently managing resources and costs. AWS is partnering with SIOS to achieve the strictest levels of high availability for our customers and the SAP applications they are moving to the AWS cloud."

Kentik Releases Report on 'AWS Cloud Adoption, Visibility & Management'

Kentik, the provider of network analytics for the cloud-native world, today announced the results of a report it conducted on AWS user adoption rates, multi-cloud trends, and cloud cost and visibility challenges. The report, "AWS Cloud Adoption, Visibility & Management," compiles an analysis based on the survey responses of 310 executive and technical-level attendees at the recent AWS annual user conference, AWS re:Invent. 

"We've reached the point where cloud providers have proven effective as an alternative to the huge overhead of building, maintaining and upgrading physical infrastructure. But at the same time, the rapid expansion of public cloud use, as well as multi-cloud, hybrid cloud and cloud-native environments, has created new challenges for visibility and cost control," said Jim Frey, former networking industry analyst and vice president of strategic alliances at Kentik. "Our intent with this study was to look into the current state of experiences and practices, to help educate the industry and drive conversation on strategies and solutions to address the challenges."

Key findings in the report include:

FalconStor Renames Flagship Product to FalconStor Data Mastery Platform and Announces Validation of Cloud Integration for AWS

FalconStor Software, Inc., which provides the world's only vendor-agnostic software platform for comprehensive on-premises and cloud storage and data management, has renamed its award-winning, flagship offering, FreeStor, to FalconStor Data Mastery Platform (FDMP). The company is changing the name to more accurately reflect the product's full value proposition for large, complex enterprises, which includes native cloud functionality, now newly validated for AWS and in the validation process for additional leading cloud computing services. 

"While competitors provide narrower proprietary or niche solutions, FalconStor thinks differently about data storage and management, resulting in a unique and powerful offering that's more relevant than ever in today's world of exponential data proliferation and expanding storage options, including the public cloud," said Todd Brooks, CEO, FalconStor. "We want the name of our flagship product to reflect and immediately convey that difference and the value we provide to customers."

 

Cavirin Pioneers Machine Learning Driven CyberPosture Scoring and Closed Loop Security for Google Cloud, AWS and OS Resources

Cavirin Systems, Inc., the only company providing risk, cybersecurity and compliance posture for the enterprise hybrid cloud, today announced the general availability of its Winter 2019 CyberPosture Intelligence release. New capabilities include closed-loop security for Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Security Command Center (SCC) integration, Ansible auto-remediation for Linux workloads, and machine learning-based CyberPosture scoring that helps customers prioritize remediation based on risk.

"Our Winter 2019 release is the next step in delivering on our vision of true multi-cloud closed-loop security," said Bashyam Anant, Vice President of Product Management at Cavirin. "Current security solutions use a siloed approach for proactive and reactive security, leaving organizations vulnerable. With closed-loop security, Cavirin is the first to assess the impact of alerts related to new, deleted or changed resources from monitoring solutions like AWS CloudTrail and Google StackDriver, using CyberPosture scoring to prioritize infrastructure changes based on their risk. Security gaps can be auto-remediated using each cloud's serverless functions."

Cavirin is also the first to apply machine learning to recommend technical controls for industry standards (e.g. NIST 800-171) and regulatory frameworks (e.g HIPAA) with associated weights and severities, which in turn drives the ability for customers to drive compliance based on risk, using Cavirin's CyberPosture scores.

Elastifile Cloud File System Now Available on AWS Marketplace

Elastifile, a pioneer of enterprise-grade, scalable file storage for the public cloud, today announced availability of Elastifile Cloud File System on AWS Marketplace, providing Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers with the ability to easily deploy enterprise-grade, scalable file storage in just a few clicks.

As organizations increasingly seek to leverage cloud infrastructure, effective data management has emerged as a critical enabler for seamless integration. However, the vast majority of enterprise applications were designed to interface with file systems and expect to leverage standard NAS protocols (e.g. NFS). As a result, when shifting or bursting on-premises workflows to cloud, organizations need cloud-based file storage to deliver native compatibility...thus eliminating the need for costly, time-consuming application refactoring.

Powered by a dynamically scalable, cloud-native architecture with intelligent object tiering, Elastifile Cloud File System (ECFS) makes cloud integration simpler than ever. ECFS provides POSIX-compliant, enterprise-grade file storage on AWS, unlocking a broad range of cloud storage use cases, including industry-specific workflows such as media rendering, semiconductor design, and traditional enterprise IT (e.g. ERP, CRM). ECFS also integrates seamlessly with Kubernetes, enabling data persistence and sharing across containerized environments. By deploying via AWS Marketplace, customers also benefit from simplified billing with Elastifile included on their existing AWS bill.

Amazon Web Services Announces AWS Backup

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced AWS Backup, a fully-managed, centralized backup service that makes it faster and simpler for customers to back up their data across AWS services and on-premises, helping customers more easily meet their business and regulatory backup compliance requirements. AWS Backup makes protecting storage volumes, databases, and file systems easier by giving customers a single service to configure and audit the AWS resources they backup, automate backup scheduling, set retention policies, and monitor recent backups and restores in one place. To get started with AWS Backup visit: aws.amazon.com/backup.

As enterprises move more and more applications to the cloud, their data can become distributed across multiple services, including databases, block storage, object storage, and file systems. While these services in AWS provide backup capabilities, customers often create custom scripts to automate scheduling, enforce retention policies, and consolidate backup activity across several services in order to better meet their business and regulatory compliance requirements. AWS Backup removes the need for custom solutions or manual processes by providing a centralized place to manage backups across AWS. With just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can create a policy that defines how frequently backups are created and how long they are stored. Customers can then assign these policies to their AWS resources, and AWS Backup automatically handles the rest by automatically scheduling backup actions for the assigned AWS resources, orchestrating across AWS services, and managing their retention period.

Zadara Announces Virtual Private Storage Array for VMware Cloud on AWS

Zadara, provider of the Zero-Risk Enterprise Data Cloud, today announced its enterprise-class storage solutions are available to 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 a consistent operating model and application mobility for private and public cloud. Zadara Virtual Private Storage Arrays deliver the advanced data storage and management features that customers of VMware Cloud on AWS need.

Zadara is a cloud-based Enterprise NAS and SAN service with NFS, CIFS/AD and iSCSI interfaces, dual HA controllers, dedicated high performance drives and enterprise-class storage features (snapshots, replication, thin provisioning, encryption, etc.). Data is stored on dedicated hardware for the ultimate privacy and quality of service, and protected with in-flight and at-rest encryption, with user-managed keys.

Bsquare and Amazon Web Services Collaborate to Accelerate Internet of Things Adoption

Bsquare Corporation, a provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) services and software, announced today it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) to meet the increasing demand for IIoT solutions. Bsquare has selected AWS as its preferred cloud services provider and is leveraging AWS to expand new offerings around DataV, a suite of edge-to-cloud IoT services and software designed to improve uptime, manageability, and performance of enterprise assets. 

"Bsquare has a long track record of success developing solutions running on AWS that help industrial businesses reach their IoT goals," said Acting Bsquare CEO, Kevin Walsh. "We also share the same commitment to constant innovation that is necessary to drive digital transformation across a variety of enterprise and industrial markets. As a result, we are pleased to be able to collaborate with AWS as we work together to develop more advanced solutions for our customers."