Cloud Management

OnApp automates workflow management for enterprise private clouds

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OnApp has launched a new version of its OnApp Enterprise private cloud management solution that adds automated workflow management for enterprise IT departments. Available now in OnApp Enterprise v5.5, a new transaction approval and notification system allows enterprises to require management approval for a range of actions in their OnApp private clouds, helping them improve cloud governance, control costs and manage user access to IT resources.

With the new version of OnApp Enterprise, companies can configure any number of user roles to require approval for actions impacting cost, resource availability and application availability - for example, creating or deleting virtual servers, or adding resources to a virtual server. The new functionality builds on OnApp's extensive Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) engine, catalog management and self-service UI to enable enterprises to deliver a highly-automated public cloud experience across one or more datacenters, safely within constraints set by IT and business management.

GigaSpaces Plans Spinoff of Cloudify Division to Focus on Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Management and Network Orchestration

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GigaSpaces Technologies announced today that it will spin off Cloudify, its orchestration and cloud management platform business unit, into a new company focused on the fast-growing market for management and orchestration of cloud applications and network functions virtualization (NFV).

Planning for the move began in 2016, driven by strong growth of the Cloudify product line in core enterprise cloud markets, as well as success in entering the carrier network orchestration market. It allows the new Cloudify entity to dedicate engineering, product development, marketing and customer support activities to the cloud market segment. GigaSpaces, with its long-standing track record in the in-memory computing market, will continue to capitalize on its technology investments and innovation in its XAP and InsightEdge product lines.

 

SkyKick Announces Major Upgrades to Cloud Management Platform to Help IT Solution Providers Enhance Cloud Offerings

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SkyKick, a global provider of cloud management software for information technology (IT) solution partners, announced today major enhancements to its Cloud Management Platform for partners. The product enhancements are a direct response to rapid global adoption of SkyKick's platform, and the need to continually innovate to provide partners with more efficiency and profitability in their IT cloud projects.

The company is releasing a significant upgrade to its award-winning Office 365 Migration Software Suite, with new features to make managing migrations simpler, while giving partners even more visibility and control over active projects. Partners will have a new user interface that provides more granular visibility over project phases, and control buttons to quickly execute key email migration tasks. A new project review feature will provide increased transparency into the status of active migrations. Partners will also have more ways to configure mailboxes, and to manage devices using the SkyKick Outlook Assistant (SKOA) individually or in bulk.

VMware Helps Customers Maximize Hybrid Cloud Investments with New vRealize Cloud Management Platform

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VMware, Inc. today introduced major updates across its VMware vRealize cloud management platform to improve software-defined data center (SDDC) and cloud operations and accelerate application and infrastructure service delivery across hybrid clouds. New releases include VMware vRealize Operations 6.6VMware vRealize Automation 7.3vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3vRealize Log Insight 4.5 and vRealize Network Insight 3.4, which combine to provide enterprise customers with advanced intelligent operations and automated IT capabilities to more easily stand up and operate a VMware-based cloud. Additionally, VMware is introducing increased support for containers and configuration management solutions to ease moving applications from dev-test to production.

The VMware vRealize Suite enables customers to manage and provision at scale -- compute, network, storage and application services across hybrid cloud environments. The platform's comprehensive management capabilities for the SDDC and across multiple clouds help customers to address three common use cases -- intelligent operations, automated IT and DevOps-ready IT -- based on thousands of customer engagements.

"VMware is committed to supporting our customers' digital transformation initiatives by helping them to modernize their data centers as well as integrate their public clouds," said Ajay Singh, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management Business Unit, VMware. "These latest updates to our vRealize platform will help customers get more out of their hybrid cloud investments today, and put them on a path for cross-cloud management of applications and infrastructure regardless of where the workload is running."

Kaseya Acquires Industry-Leading Cloud Management Solution; Launches Unigma Cloud Management Suite

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Kaseya, the leading provider of complete IT management solutions for managed service providers (MSPs) and mid-market enterprises, today announced the launch and general availability of the Unigma Cloud Management Suite. Aimed at filling the void in public cloud management solutions for MSPs, the Unigma Cloud Management Suite delivers unified cloud management capabilities that empower MSPs to automate routine tasks, and optimize cost management through detailed cloud utilization analysis. The solution suite elevates the breadth of the Kaseya IT Complete Platform to deliver an industry-proven technology that efficiently and cost-effectively monitors public cloud infrastructures, and enables MSPs to grow their businesses through new service line offerings.

"I'm thrilled to introduce our acquisition of Unigma and unveil the leading unified public cloud management solution for MSPs," said Fred Voccola, CEO of Kaseya. "We bought Unigma because it is the clear leader in this burgeoning market of cloud management solutions. Not only does the technology allow for the management of public clouds, but it also addresses financial optimizations. The Unigma Cloud Management Suite provides unmatched public cloud management capabilities that will save MSPs even more time and money, and provide new opportunities for them to monetize and grow their business. This is a powerful new component to our Kaseya IT Complete family of industry-leading IT management solutions."
 

Virtustream and BCX Partner to Revolutionise the Cloud Market in South Africa

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Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud company and a Dell Technologies Business, today announced its first customer and partner in Africa. BCX, Africa's premier end-to-end digital solutions partner, providing advanced information and communications technology, will implement Virtustream xStream and Virtustream Viewtrust software to further orchestrate, automate and secure BCX's cloud capabilities.

Virtustream xStream is an integrated cloud management platform that enables service providers such as BCX to deliver enterprise-class, IT-as-a-Service to their customers. BCX's cloud capabilities are strengthened by the addition of Virtustream Viewtrust enterprise risk management and continuous compliance monitoring solution.

Pilgrim Quality Solutions and Concerto Cloud Services to Provide Next Generation Cloud-Based Quality Management Solutions

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Pilgrim Quality Solutions, a leading global provider of enterprise quality management software and services for the Life Sciences, today announced organizations across the life sciences industry can now accelerate and improve their enterprise quality management deployments and execution worldwide, by leveraging Pilgrim’s next generation cloud solution in concert with Concerto Cloud Services within world-leading Equinix and Microsoft Data Centers around the globe.

Pilgrim Quality Solutions has offered its solutions in the cloud for companies of all sizes for more than a decade. Concerto Cloud Services is a fully managed cloud services provider for mission-critical applications.

Cloudify Releases 4th Iteration of Orchestration-First Cloud Management Platform

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The latest version of Cloudify open source multi-cloud management software-Cloudify 4-ships today, with new features that present a direct threat to legacy cloud management platforms (CMPs) used by enterprises since the earliest days of cloud. These legacy CMPs-such as RightScale and CloudForms-are showing their age now that orchestration-first approaches like Cloudify have matured, adding CMP features and enhanced performance in the latest version. Cloudify 4 is available for download here.

Orchestration-First CMP

CMPs were built to satisfy central IT demands for control, and PaaS platforms were built to satisfy casual developer demands for ease of use. Orchestration platforms, by contrast, were built to satisfy power user demands for advanced automation and lifecycle management.

Cloudify 4 takes an "orchestration first" approach to cloud management, bringing the key capabilities of all three approaches into one platform. The new version expands the number of potential users to include not just power users, but developers who prefer PaaS-like features such as a simple, one-click portal and integration with CI/CD processes.

SingleHop Introduces Industry's First Application-Driven Managed AWS Solution

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SingleHop, a global provider of on-demand private cloud and managed hosting, today announced the official launch of its AWS managed services offering  - Service First Support for Amazon Web Services. The fully managed solution is the first to offer architecture, management and optimization of environments in the AWS cloud based on the availability, performance and security needs of individual applications.

"Time-constrained IT departments are adopting AWS in large numbers, only to find they first have to master a new set of technical capabilities before they can achieve the desired performance and efficiency gains for their applications,"said Zak Boca, CEO of SingleHop. "Our managed AWS customers avoid this situation entirely by leveraging our extensive automation and AWS-certified engineering team to manage deployments for them.  They want the best vehicle to drive their applications, but they don't have the resources or desire to build and maintain the vehicle themselves."  

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BetterCloud Launches Industry’s First Unified SaaS Management Platform to Put IT in Control of the SaaS-Powered Workplace

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BetterCloud today launched the industry’s first-ever unified software-as-a-service (SaaS) management platform. The new BetterCloud platform provides a centralized management interface for SaaS applications, and equips IT departments with the powerful automation and governance capabilities required to operate modern, SaaS-powered workplaces. BetterCloud currently supports G Suite, Slack, Zendesk and Dropbox, with a dozen integrations planned for 2017, including Salesforce.

The explosion of SaaS gives organizations a far greater number of vendors to choose from as they seek out best-in-breed SaaS applications that closely fit their needs. By mid-2017, large enterprises are expected to have adopted 52 SaaS applications on average, according to BetterCloud’s Trends in Cloud IT research.