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Circadence Brings Project Ares Cybersecurity Platform to Microsoft Azure

Circadence helps address one of today's biggest cybersecurity learning challenges through its connection with Azure: scalability. By hosting Project Ares on Azure, Circadence has established a learning environment that can scale to replicate networks, complex enterprises, interconnected city infrastructure, and even military operations, with full digital fidelity.

Within Project Ares, CyRaaS - or Circadence's Cyber Range-as-a-Service - is the innovative capability that spins up simulated, virtual environments. When cloned in CyRaaS, the learning model is computationally elastic. It can be used for individual skill-based learning, team collaboration and interaction, staff or student assessment, cyber-attack scenario testing, and more - and then be restored to the original state with the flip of a virtual switch. CyRaaS creates authentic, immersive, real-world learning experiences for cyber professionals who can now safely enhance their skillsets and performance without compromising operational infrastructure.

Upbound Makes Multicloud a Reality with Crossplane, An Open Source Multicloud Control Plane

Upbound, the company who brought forward Rook, announced Crossplane, an open source multicloud control plane. Crossplane introduces workload and resource abstractions on-top of existing managed services to enable a high degree of workload portability across cloud providers. A single crossplane enables the provisioning and full-lifecycle management of services and infrastructure across a wide range of providers, offerings, vendors, regions, and clusters. The open source project is a community driven effort to provide the best of all clouds to organizations.

"By running workloads across cloud providers, organizations are able to improve availability, geographic presence, reach, as well as optimize cost and take advantage of differentiated services," said Bassam Tabbara, CEO of Upbound. "A critical component of a multicloud strategy is a control plane that is able to schedule and orchestrate portable workloads across cloud providers, regions, clusters and on-premises while still using best-of-breed managed services."

Crossplane supports AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud with more cloud providers and on-premises options coming soon. Based on the familiar Kubernetes API, Crossplane was built with the cloud native world in mind. Crossplane applies many of the lessons learned in container orchestration to multicloud workload and resource orchestration.

Nerdio Adds New Toolset for Creation of Fully Customizable Azure Plans

Nerdio, innovators of ridiculously simple IT management platforms for public and private cloud, today announced the launch of their Plans Designer, a free toolset that helps IT Managed Service Providers (MSPs) create and customize Microsoft Azure sales packages.

Plans Designer allows MSPs to create fully customizable and brandable packages of Azure infrastructure, all priced out and MSP-website ready. It simply and clearly lays out the options and benefits of Azure cloud environments. Plans Designer makes understanding and evaluating plans a painless process for both MSPs and their customers, regardless of their previous experience with cloud technology.

"The ability to easily package and price Azure is something that MSPs are craving. We are excited to be able to offer them this free tool to drive their sales and maximize Azure consumption," said Amol Dalvi, VP, Product at Nerdio. "While the adoption of cloud IT environments is soaring, MSPs are up against general misconceptions and customer uncertainty about migrating to the cloud. We wanted to help them clearly communicate the various ways to move to Microsoft's public cloud."

Site24x7 Introduces AI-Driven Microsoft Azure Monitoring and Microsoft Teams Chatbot Integration

Site24x7, the cloud-based performance monitoring solution for DevOps and IT operations, today announced the introduction of its AI-powered Microsoft Azure monitoring as well as its chatbot integration with Microsoft Teams. Site24x7 Azure monitoring enables IT teams to manage over 100 Azure products using the Azure Monitor REST API in near real time, thus making it valuable for IT teams to gain actionable alerts, reduce resolution time, and gain visibility into their hybrid clouds. With the introduction of the Site24x7 chatbot for Microsoft Teams, DevOps and application owners will be able to get the health status of critical applications in their familiar workplace chat room.

Many organizations are adopting a hybrid cloud environment, creating the need to monitor a growing mix of both on-premises and multiple cloud infrastructures. The global hybrid cloud market overall is expected to grow from $44.60 billion in 2018 to $97.64 billion by 2023, according to B2B research company MarketsandMarkets.

Addressing this growing challenge, Site24x7 brings together existing capabilities for monitoring user experience, infrastructure monitoring, and application performance management into one unified solution that can deliver full stack monitoring in a hybrid environment, thus giving DevOps and IT teams a holistic view into their IT infrastructure. Additionally, Microsoft Teams chatbot integration helps to enhance productivity in organizations grappling with hybrid environmental challenges.

Igneous Strengthens Integration with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure

Igneous, a leader in Unstructured Data Management (UDM), announced the immediate availability of enhanced integrations with all three major public cloud storage providers. These enhanced integrations give data-centric organizations the flexibility and control to programmatically move individual datasets and exports to any storage tier in public clouds. In addition, cloud data management operations are handled via the Igneous UDM as-a-Service solution, affording customers lower operational costs.

Customers currently use Igneous' API-based cloud storage integrations for efficient long-term data protection and archive. Moving datasets in and out of public clouds from datacenters at scale, however, can burden enterprise IT departments, which face growing challenges. Igneous' exclusive NAS export control shifts this burden onto the Igneous platform via programmatic, end-to-end unstructured data management as-a-Service, regardless of size of files, density of filesystems, or volume of data offsite for storage cost optimization. Igneous equips customers to automatically replicate backup exports and archive datasets to Microsoft Azure's Hot, Cool, and Archive storage tiers; Google Cloud Platform's Regional, Nearline, and Coldline storage tiers; and Amazon Web Services' S3 Standard, S3 Infrequent Access (IA), and Glacier storage tiers.

 

Codefresh Removes Barriers to Helm Ecosystem by Launching Integration with Microsoft Azure

Codefresh today announced integration with Microsoft Azure hosted Helm Repositories, an important step in making it incredibly efficient for teams to adopt Helm by removing the barriers to the Helm ecosystem.

As the Helm ecosystem grows, Codefresh is leading the way with Microsoft making it easier to build, test, and deploy Helm Charts with an easy-to-use Codefresh GUI, and store them in the Azure Container Registry. This is valuable for teams using Kubernetes as users can package Kubernetes applications with the charts and the images they reference together.

The Codefresh integration with Azure offers:

  • Login with Azure to add repositories to Codefresh; no additional authentication configuration required
  • Consume and push Charts from Codefresh
  • Manage Chart deployments in all connected Kubernetes clusters
  • Geo-replicate charts across multiple regions, using the Azure Container Registry Geo-replication capabilities.

Microsoft and Glasswall Collaborate on Azure and O365

Microsoft and Glasswall Solutions announced that Glasswall has earned Co-Sell Ready status through the Microsoft One Commercial Partner Program. Glasswall, seen as the world leader in file remediation and regeneration technology, is now among a select group of global independent software vendors to obtain Gold ISV Co-Sell Ready status from Microsoft. As a result, effective immediately, Glasswall collaborates with Microsoft field sales teams worldwide on targeted customer opportunities and related account planning activities, both in the commercial and government, defense and security sectors.

Glasswall has developed a uniquely effective, award-winning and patent-protected Deep-File Inspection, Remediation and Sanitisation Technology - d-FIRST - a disruptive methodology for the prevention of malware and understanding of organizational risk from file-borne cyber-attacks. It reverses the traditional signature-based security approach by validating ‘known good' elements of a file which are finite and bounded, regenerating a new identical and safe copy, typically in fractions of a second. While Glasswall FileTrust ATP for Email already integrates with O365 and Microsoft Exchange, the company will immediately commence work on further integration of its Glasswall FileTrust products with other O365 applications including OneDrive and SharePoint.

Cloud Veterans Launch TriggerMesh Serverless Management Platform

TriggerMesh, a company developing serverless and FaaS management solutions, announced their official company and product launch. TriggerMesh is offered as software-as-a-service and enables the deployment and management of functions on Kubernetes clusters enabled with Knative as well the management of event triggers across Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, and Azure.

TriggerMesh Serverless Management Platform allows developers to automate the deployment and of functions from their favorite version control system on the TriggerMesh cloud powered by Knative. The developers benefit from:

New Turbonomic Cloud Specialization Designed for Top Global Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services Partners

Turbonomic announced a strategic extension of its Partner Program, designed from the ground-up for the top, global partners of Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The new Cloud Specialization offers partners a differentiated technology and approach to managing today's workload diversity across multiple customer environments in a single platform, enabling partners to deliver the industry's fastest and most accurate, AI-powered cloud assessment plans and optimization.

The new Specialty builds upon Turbonomic's rapidly accelerating partnerships with Microsoft Azure and AWS (awarding Turbonomic with both AWS Cloud Migration and AWS Cloud Management Tools Competencies within a month of each other).

Partners who complete specialization gain access to dedicated technical resources to assist with first engagements, co-brandable customer campaigns and service delivery templates. Additionally, the enablement and training provide partners with the technical acumen to deliver new services at any phase of customers' cloud journey. More than 30 partners have been onboarded and enabled through the new Specialization.

Mission Announces Partnership with CloudCheckr to Instantly Bolster the Cloud Service Provider's Cloud Intelligence Platform

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Mission, a nationwide managed services and consulting company for cloud platforms including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, announced a partnership with CloudCheckr - the leading cloud management platform - that will help drive deeper insights and increased automation for customers leveraging Mission's managed Cloud Intelligence Platform. The partnership comes shortly after the Mission brand launched following the 2018 mergers of managed cloud service providers Reliam, Stratalux, and G2 Tech Group.

Mission harnesses best-of-breed, purpose-built tools and solutions as part of its Cloud Intelligence Platform. This includes Mission's popular Cloud Optimization capability, which uses technologies like CloudCheckr - fully managed by Mission - to thoroughly uncover new ways of improving customers' cloud performance while strategically reducing spend wherever possible. Through this platform, customers can take advantage of Mission's complete application performance management instrumentation, security instrumentation, automated maintenance, automated backups, and active monitoring. With today's partnership, Mission will now leverage CloudCheckr's powerful cloud management features and insights as a critical new input to the Cloud Intelligence Platform, enhancing Mission's managed service and yielding even more cloud optimization results for customers across industries.