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Dimension Data and NTT Communications Join Forces to Create a Single 'Cloud Powerhouse' and Drive Innovation

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Dimension Data, the global technology solutions and services provider, and NTT Communications, the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT Group, will create a single ‘cloud powerhouse' by bringing together their cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) capabilities under the management of NTT Communications to deliver transformative, cloud-based solutions and innovation to clients of both organizations around the world.

Dimension Data and NTT Communications employ some of the most highly-skilled, sought-after cloud experts in the market. Bringing together these experts under the management of NTT Communications means the combined capabilities will have the power to drive innovation into the market and deliver the services that today's organizations demand.

Druva Introduces Next Generation Cloud-to-Cloud Data Protection with Apollo for AWS

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Today, Druva announced Druva Apollo a new service delivered via the Druva Cloud Platform that enables data management for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and  Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud workloads on a single policy control plane. The capabilities offer the ability to protect, govern and provide insights to data that resides within Amazon Web Services (AWS), including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), building on Druva's already existing data management services that span physical and virtual server environments, endpoints and cloud SaaS services like Office 365.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to drive major adoption year over year with a compound annual growth rate of over 65 percent and the growth of multi-cloud adoption close to 85 percent. As a result, the ability to support workload mobility while protecting data in heterogeneous environments is critical. Traditional data protection systems have focused entirely on on-premises infrastructure throughout the last decade, yet rapid cloud adoption has created a new set of challenges requiring deeper analytics into data usage, managing its lifecycle and providing a more holistic protection model across on-premises and cloud sources.

Logicalis US Announces Expansion of its Microsoft Azure IaaS Solutions

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Enterprise CXOs today are rapidly adopting a "cloud first" approach to their organizations' growing IT infrastructure needs. While some compute functions are still best managed on premise, an extensible hybrid cloud IT strategy can deliver a more cost-effective, pay-as-you-go model that increases the agility needed in a modern workplace while decreasing capital expenditures.  To help, Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), announced today the expansion of its cloud-first infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) capabilities, offering enterprise customers the assistance they need to migrate key workloads to the Microsoft Azure cloud.

"Our goal is to support our customers' cloud-first visions by helping them put their infrastructure in the cloud," says Wendy McQuiston, Director of Microsoft Professional Services, Logicalis US. "With Azure, we can take those workloads that have traditionally resided in a data center, taking up server rack space, requiring cooling and cabling and on-premise maintenance and management, and move that into the cloud. The move to the cloud offers organizations greater agility, the ability to obtain innovative services, and improved time-to-market for desired solutions.  Additionally, many customers find that shifting the financial model from a cap-ex to a more cost-effective, pay-as-you-go op-ex model is advantageous." 

LayerStack Launches CloudNet for a Higher Elasticity of Resources Management

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LayerStack, a Hong Kong based IaaS provider, released CloudNet as the new product category. CloudNet is an IT resource pooling cloud infrastructure that enables customized resources allocation in terms of SSD storage, vCPU, RAM, IP address and image storage. It serves as a pool of compute resources for multiple VMs across multiple datacenters in Hong Kong and Singapore. It also addresses different virtual machine requirements under the same control panel for centralized management. Users can enjoy high controllability in developing a fully customized cloud infrastructure in terms of specifications.

"This resource pooling architecture supports multi-tenancy model with dedicated processing resources to facilitate different specification needs," said Matthew Wu, Product Engineering Manager of LayerStack. CloudNet starts at a reasonable price from US$75 per month with 8 vCPU, 16GB RAM, 400GB SSD storage, 4 IP addresses and 50GB image storage. On top of the default resources package, clients can also purchase additional resources separately according to specific needs.

Oracle President Thomas Kurian Highlights Oracle's Cloud Innovation at Oracle OpenWorld 2017

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At Oracle OpenWorld 2017, Thomas Kurian, Oracle president of product development, showcased game-changing new services and enhancements across the Oracle Cloud Platform. Providing customers a unique advantage, Oracle is the only cloud provider to deliver a complete cloud portfolio, spanning IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and Data as a Service (DaaS). With deep product knowledge, integration, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) built into every layer of the stack, customers can speed innovation with unmatched choice, cost and performance.

Kurian demonstrated several of these new services on stage, showing how customers can transform business with Oracle's cloud services. New cloud innovations spanning infrastructure, analytics, data management, and applications showcased in the session included:

MSA Selects Kaminario to Accelerate Marketing Analytics and Extend Infrastructure-as-a-Service Offering

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Kaminario, a leading all-flash storage company, today announced Management Science Associates, Inc. (MSA) has selected Kaminario K2 all-flash storage array to power its internal marketing analytics applications and support its hosted infrastructure services. A leader in analytics, information technology infrastructure and information management solutions, MSA provides analytical-based solutions across a spectrum of industries -- from consumer packaged goods, media and IT to medical, life sciences, pharmaceutical and the arts.

Kaminario K2 all-flash storage array provides MSA with unmatched database performance, helping reduce the run time of their most critical analytic workloads by 15 to 40 percent. Extending the benefits beyond just application performance improvements, the new infrastructure also enables MSA to optimize its power and data center space utilization, reducing operational spend by nearly 70 percent.

VMware Targets Enterprise Layer With Horizon Cloud Integration In Azure

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VMware has announced it will integrate and deliver VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure to deliver desktop as a service (DaaS) on Azure. The move aims to help customers accelerate the move to Windows 10 and bring VMware virtual desktops and applications to the enterprise layer using Azure.

Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware, said: “The addition of VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure puts VMware in a unique position to offer customers several infrastructure options for virtual desktops and applications with the flexibility to move between different platforms...

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Faction Continues to Dominate Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Marketplace

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Faction, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud provider, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Faction a new US Patent #9,621,374, which extends the functionality of hybrid and multi-cloud to new protocols including Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) and Software Defined Networking (SDN). The new patent further reinforces Faction's place at the forefront of hybrid and multi-cloud solutions. 

Faction's new patent allows customers to leverage two key innovations in the networking and cloud arenas: VXLAN and SDN. VXLAN technology is attractive to enterprises as it works to improve scalability challenges associated with large cloud deployments. SDN technology enables networks to add agility and flexibility, while allowing administrators to respond quickly through a centralized control location.

Microsoft refreshes Azure Stack preview - adds new cloud services

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Microsoft has refreshed the third (and said to be final) Azure Stack technical preview with lots of new features and fixes. Don't call it Azure Stack Technical Preview (TP) 4. But given the many features and fixes in the April 6 update, you might be excused if you do. Today's update includes previews of the Azure App Service (web apps, API apps, and mobile apps), Azure Functions server-less computing, and updated version of of SQL/MySQL database services.

In addition, according to Microsoft's blog post on the update, "Based on feedback and several ongoing improvements/bug fixes, we've also updated the Azure Stack TP3 software for a better deployment and operational experience." In order to try out the new Azure Platform-as-a-Service services introduced today, users must first move to the updated TP3 software, which includes refreshed features for both administrators and tenants...

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Inoapps First To Receive New Oracle MSP Status

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Oracle Platinum Partner Inoapps (www.inoapps.com) has been accepted and accredited by Oracle as the first UK partner with IaaS specialisation to join its new Global Managed Service Provider (MSP) programme. As a fully accredited MSP, the company will provide Professional and Managed Services to Oracle IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service) customers; spanning readiness assessments, migration and full implementation and managed services.

This scheme will only be available to Partners who have a Global Managed Service capability, so only a handful of Partners with a ‘truly global reach are to be chosen for this new Oracle accreditation. The decision to select Inoapps first reflects the company’s ability to deliver global support and migration services 24 hours a day / 7 days a week / 365 days a year, through its offices across EMEA, the USA and ASEAN territories. Another reason for the choice was Inoapps’ success in receiving both EMEA and Global SaaS Cloud Transformation Specialized Partner of the Year Awards at Oracle OpenWorld 2016.