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Subaru Canada Increases Performance With Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform

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Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, announced today at its .NEXT on Tour conference in Toronto that Subaru Canada has deployed the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform for its mission-critical workloads. As one of the leading global automotive brands, Subaru Canada entrusts its high performance workloads to run seamlessly on Nutanix software, and has seen significant improvements since its initial deployment. Notably, the company has achieved performance improvements, easier infrastructure management, a reduced data center footprint and better relationships with its end users.

Subaru Canada runs all the company's business intelligence (BI), customer relationship management (CRM) solutions, and virtual desktop (VDI) deployments on its Nutanix solution. By migrating these workloads to one web-scale platform from multiple servers and storage systems, the company has simplified its entire data center operation. Since making the change from its previous NetApp solution to the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud, the company has seen a significant improvement in the speed of the Nutanix system: the extract, transform and load (ETL) nightly process that used to take four hours now only takes two hours with Nutanix.

SingleHop Works with ThousandEyes to Enhance Network Monitoring Insights

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SingleHop, a global provider of on-demand hosted private clouds and managed cloud services, today announced a collaboration with ThousandEyes, a leader in Network Intelligence, to enable greater visibility beyond its five data centers in North America and Europe. The ThousandEyes platform provides insights into networks anywhere around the globe, enhancing SingleHop's ability to provide the always-available and high-quality service required by SaaS, gaming, Hosted Voice and Communications, and other service provider customers.

"Customers rely on us to power their mission-critical applications with zero downtime and minimal latency," said Mike Davis, director of network operations at SingleHop. "Armed with the Network Intelligence gained from ThousandEyes, our network engineers are able to see upstream and across our WAN and the internet to mitigate performance-degrading events with higher precision and greater speed."

 

Databricks Becomes Microsoft Partner to Offer Its Unified Analytics Platform as an Integrated Microsoft Azure Service

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Databricks, provider of a leading Unified Analytics Platform and founded by the team who created Apache Spark, today announced it has become a partner with Microsoft to expand the reach of its Unified Analytics Platform and address customer demand for Spark on Microsoft Azure. Databricks' Unified Analytics Platform will be offered as an integrated service within the Azure Portal as Azure Databricks. The new Azure service, introduced today at the Microsoft Connect 2017 conference, makes it easier for organizations around the globe to derive value from their Big Data and realize the promise of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

"Our alliance with Microsoft is a major milestone for the growth of Databricks' Unified Analytics Platform," said Ali Ghodsi, cofounder and CEO at Databricks. "There's a large base of Microsoft Azure customers looking for a high-performance analytics platform based on Spark - and Databricks is already the leading Cloud platform for Spark. These organizations will be able to simplify Big Data and AI with Azure Databricks."

John ‘JG' Chirapurath, general manager of Data Platform Marketing, Microsoft Corp. said, "Our work with Databricks and the development of Microsoft Azure Databricks has been driven by customer demand. Azure users will benefit from the fast and collaborative Apache Spark based analytics platform optimized for Azure, and through the integration with other Azure services, such as Microsoft Power BI, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Cosmos DB, and Azure Active Directory."

Lacework Enables AWS Customers to Rapidly Implement Security Best Practices and Proactively Identify S3 Buckets at Risk

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Lacework, the industry's first solution to bring automation, speed and scale to cloud security, today announced new features that enable Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers to easily and continuously maintain an AWS cloud configuration that is compliant with proven security best practices. Lacework now automatically reports on the configuration's adherence to the Center for Internet Security (CIS) Benchmark for AWS.

Lacework has also introduced security controls targeted at AWS S3 buckets, enabling AWS customers to rapidly identify S3 buckets at risk or compromised due to misconfiguration. Through a targeted auditing of S3 configuration, Lacework ensures that all buckets are configured with best practices for logging, encryption and versioning, then provides continuous monitoring with AWS CloudTrail events and workload activity analysis.

"Deploying new initiatives to the public cloud brings a spectrum of new security challenges that many organizations are not yet familiar with," said Dan Hubbard, Chief Security Architect, Lacework. "Starting with the daily validation of the AWS configuration (AWS accounts and AWS resources such as S3 buckets), to the continuous monitoring of workloads deployed on AWS, the Lacework cloud security platform enables organizations to safely migrate data to AWS and deploy applications in AWS."

VirtuLocity Networks Announces Free 15-Day Trials of its VLNCloud Virtual Internet Acceleration Service to AWS Customers

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VirtuLocity Networks, a software acceleration platform-as-a-service (PaaS) company, today announced a free 15-day trial of its patented congestion control solution, VLNCloud, on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Available on AWS Marketplace, VLNCloud can be installed here. The company's patented solution, which launched last month at Mobile World Congress Americas after successful beta trials with CDNs and mobile operators, demonstrates improved cloud connections throughput and data payload transport time by up to 80 percent, which can be seen on the website here.

"End users attempting to access video-based real-time applications have long experienced sub-par network conditions due to packet loss, delay, and jitter - an issue that is only getting worse as wireless and mobile usage becomes more ubiquitous," said Mike Sapien, Chief Analyst at Ovum, Global Research and Advisory firm. "Some SD-WAN technologies have been built with complex, costly options to address improved application performance with features such as virtual rerouting, DNS steering, and edge caching, but there is actually a large market opportunity to tackle the issue directly with basic WAN and internet connections themselves."

CloudHealth Technologies Enables Businesses to Unleash the Full Potential of Containers

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CloudHealth Technologies today announced the CloudHealth Container Governance Module, the industry's first ever container governance offering, enabling customers to unleash the full business potential of containers without sacrificing governance or visibility.

Container adoption is skyrocketing. Gartner predicts more than 50 percent of enterprises will be running containers in production by the year 2020.1 Hand in hand with containerized deployments is the move toward serverless and functions-as-a-service, with adoption of offerings like AWS Lambda climbing rapidly. Yet a containerized, serverless world, for all its speed and flexibility, also presents significant challenges -- such as loss of visibility. In the shifting sands of this "black box" environment, enterprises struggle to determine which services and apps are consuming resources and driving cost, and to understand consumption and utilization.

"Running a containerized environment helps us maintain our incredibly high standard of agility of feature velocity," said Ben Chess, Director of Engineering, Yelp. "At the same time, transparency is a must, so we can measure resource consumption and allocate costs appropriately across our hybrid environment. CloudHealth lets us maximize the value of our container deployment by telling us how well utilized it is and whether our clusters have the right mix of supporting resources. That insight is pivotal: It enables us to make informed, strategic business decisions without additional overhead."

BlueData and Dell EMC Expand Relationship to Deliver Big-Data-as-a-Service in the Enterprise

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BlueData, provider of a leading Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) software platform, today announced that it has signed a reseller agreement with Dell EMC, becoming a Select partner in Dell EMC's Technology Connect Partner Program. The two companies will deepen their go-to market relationship to deliver the BlueData EPIC software platform to Dell EMC's enterprise customers across the globe.

BlueData EPIC software uses Docker container technology to help simplify and accelerate the deployment of Big Data analytics and data science environments in the enterprise. Together, Dell EMC and BlueData provide a comprehensive solution to accelerate time-to-value and reduce TCO for Big Data infrastructure. With Dell EMC and BlueData, enterprises can deliver exceptional simplicity, speed, efficiency, and performance for their Big Data implementations.

Dell Technologies Capital is an early investor in BlueData, and an active member of their Board of Directors, providing valuable business guidance and access to the broad Dell Technologies ecosystem. This latest agreement deepens the go-to-market relationship between BlueData and Dell Technologies and is an important step in helping the company to continue to scale its business.

Red Hat Helps Power Big Data's Future with SAP Vora on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the availability of the SAP Vora solution on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, an integrated solution that pairs enterprise-grade Kubernetes with actionable big data insights. The combined technologies help enterprises to orchestrate data of nearly any volume, velocity, and variety to drive faster and smarter business decisions as a component of a consolidated, enterprise big data hub.

SAP Vora on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform is a continuation of the strong collaboration between Red Hat and SAP to support a variety of enterprise applications and big data scenarios. Running on Kubernetes clusters and Linux containers powered by OpenShift, SAP Vora provides containerized analytics engines and services and collects big data via Apache Spark, Apache Hadoop, and directly from cloud environments to use for actionable business intelligence. Red Hat OpenShift delivers a scalable platform upon which these capabilities can run, integrating containerized services and SAP Vora resources for a unified, flexible offering.

Key features of the integrated offering include:

Amidst Major Growth, Skytap Announces New Cloud Integrations and Hires Microsoft Executive

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Skytap, Inc., a global cloud provider, today announced Skytap Cloud integration with third-party cloud services, which will enable enterprises to select services from IBM Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and other public clouds to extend the value of traditional applications. These new capabilities will be delivered in the first half of 2018, further differentiating Skytap Cloud as a direct path for enterprises to iteratively modernize mission-critical applications without disrupting business operations.

The company also today announced it appointed Neil Holloway to its executive team as senior vice president of business development. Tapped to continue expanding Skytap's partner ecosystem, Holloway joins the company during a period of sustained growth and momentum. Skytap's business continues to accelerate with five of the company's top ten customers closing this year and existing customer upgrades growing nearly 300 percent year over year (YoY) in Q3.

TNS Expands Portfolio with New Cloud Connectivity Services

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Financial organizations who want to include cloud services within their trading infrastructure can now benefit from a new connectivity solution from Transaction Network Services (TNS) which addresses the mission-critical requirements of the global financial markets.

TNS Secure Cloud Connect has been designed to provide secure, resilient and easy access to a range of cloud services, including those from the major cloud providers. It facilitates connectivity to the cloud as well as from a firm's presence in the cloud to TNS' vast global financial community which includes more than 2,000 endpoints. Where cloud providers use a regional set up, TNS Secure Cloud Connect enables cross-region connectivity to help make the infrastructure more efficient and redundant.

Alex Walker, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of TNS' Financial Services Division, said: "Cloud services are rapidly expanding and it's no surprise that financial organizations have now begun to deploy these services. The cloud can provide greater flexibility and allow cost savings, but these benefits can be undermined by using unreliable and insecure public internet connectivity.