Cloud Management

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."  

Application-Driven Infrastructure Management for AWS Cloud

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.

Vistara to Demonstrate Modern IT Operations Management Platform at AWS re:Invent 2016

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Vistara will showcase its IT operations management platform at AWS re:Invent 2016. The SaaS-based system enables enterprise IT operations teams to scale, optimize and take full advantage of modern cloud services. Thousands of customers with hybrid cloud infrastructures already use Vistara to obtain the flexibility of public clouds, without sacrificing operational integrity. Vistara will be in booth #112.

"Enterprises are increasingly leveraging cloud platforms like AWS for greater elasticity and scalability," says Varma Kunaparaju, Chief Technology Officer at Vistara. "IT teams want contextual visibility, policy-driven automation and dynamic service management across on-premises, private and public cloud environments. Vistara has been specifically designed to meet this operational and business need. As a leading IT operations management platform, it's our mission to rapidly support critical AWS services.

itopia Debuts Native Mobile App for Cloud Workspace Management at IT Nation 2016

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Empowering IT service providers and MSPs to capitalize on the move to a cloud-first, mobile-ready world, itopia today introduced its Cielo app, the IT and telecom industry's first native mobile application for cloud workspace management. Compatible with both Android and iOS devices, the app empowers channel partners to provide customers with on-the-go management and technical support from virtually anywhere at any time.

Available now at no additional charge to itopia partners, the Cielo app simplifies and streamlines the support cycle for IT service providers and MSPs while dramatically improving the user and customer experiences. The new app is also proven to help technicians make better use of their time and manage support costs by reducing -- and in many cases eliminating -- the need for onsite trouble-shooting resources.

Founded by 2 Australians, Kumolus looks to tap India’s cloud management solutions market

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Cumulus clouds are the pretty, cauliflower-shaped things you see floating in the sky. Apart from the rain and shade they bring, they seem to have performed one more task — that of serving as inspiration for a startup. Kumolus manages — yes, you guessed right — cloud technology.

Though it’s been almost a decade since cloud computing was introduced and privately used, the phenomenon is still quite new to India. It was just a couple of years ago that Indian companies finally shed security concerns, got impressed by the characteristics of this technology, and adopted it. Now, with enterprises adopting various kinds of cloud strategies to improve workload performance, the cloud systems management software market has grown exponentially in the past few years...

Metalogix Launches Content.ly - A Single Platform to Monitor and Manage Disparate Cloud Collaboration Platforms

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Live from Microsoft Ignite (Booth #645), Metalogix, the market leading provider of solutions to move, manage and protect content within enterprise collaboration platforms, today announced Content.ly, a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering that allows businesses to control their content across collaboration platforms including Microsoft Office 365, Slack, Salesforce, Box, Dropbox and Google for Work.  

Content.ly fills a simple, but critical need that every large organization faces - a growing number of dispersed collaboration, storage and file synchronization platforms embedded in business processes with no unified way to manage them all.  

SolarWinds to Demonstrate How to Manage Hybrid IT in the Application Economy at VMworld 2016 US

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SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced its participation at VMworld 2016 US, August 28-September 1, 2016, in Las Vegas held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center. At the event, SolarWinds Head Geeks hybrid IT, and host its third annual Experts & Espresso, a series of free, expert-led learning sessions.

"With today's hybrid application infrastructure, gaining performance visibility and connectivity into all components are more important than ever," said Christoph Pfister, executive vice president of products, SolarWinds. "Applications and data are now fluid, residing in single or multiple on-premises datacenters, cloud-based datacenters, SAAS solutions, or in combination. The SolarWinds suite of system and network products provides the user with a single interface to pinpoint application issues in their virtualized infrastructure, while also optimizing resources for optimized application performance. For hosted applications, SolarWinds provides performance visibility into all networking layers that were previously unknown to IT administrators. VMworld is the ideal place to showcase these capabilities and get vital feedback from our users and the larger virtualization community."

Is a cloud HR management system as useful as it seems?

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While cloud-based technologies have the potential to revolutionise the HR function, this requires more than simply plugging into the cloud – people, processes and technology need to be successfully integrated in order to realise the greatest benefits from a cloud HR management system (HRMS).

According to the recently released KPMG 2016 Global HR Transformation Survey, of 854 HR executives from 52 countries surveyed, 42% are intending to replace their current HR system with a cloud-based one. However the survey also pointed out that HR’s high expectations for cloud computing to deliver revolutionary business benefits are largely failing to materialise...

IndependenceIT Announces General Availability of Adaptive Cloud Management Platform

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IndependenceIT, a cloud management platform provider that allows IT departments, service providers and ISVs to easily deliver Software Defined Data Centers, App Workloads and Cloud Workspaces, today announced general availability of its adaptive Cloud Management Platform (CMP+) at the 2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto, Canada.

IndependenceIT's next-generation software platform, CMP+, allows IT administrators to create and automate Software Defined Data Centers (SDDCs), as well as public, private, or hybrid cloud-based servers, applications, and workloads. The solution allows for greater choice in how these services are orchestrated and deployed. CMP+ permits administrators to provision and manage not only servers, but meaningful workloads where performance, availability, and accessibility can be tuned through administrative policies. Designed for both enterprises and IT service providers, the platform provides the highest level of automation and pre-set workflows to improve support, reduce administrative management, and lower costs.