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4ward365 Enterprise Edition Now Includes Robust Office 365 Monitoring Capabilities

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4ward, an industry-leading Microsoft Office 365 IT services company, announced today that its 4ward365 SaaS solution now includes robust monitoring capabilities for enterprises with Office 365 environments. 4ward clients now have the ability to monitor the integrity of their Office 365 service in real time, throughout the enterprise, anywhere on the globe, providing them with a holistic view of their environment. Companies with Office 365 deployments currently struggle with validating the integrity of their service in real time – typically, outages of Office 365 applications (e.g., Microsoft Outlook availability or Microsoft SharePoint search functionality) could take up to two hours to be recognized, and the time needed for resolution only adds to user/resource downtime and frustration. 4ward clients can now track outages throughout their tenants, self-report application availability, validate service integrity, and react in real time to any potential issues. In contrast to other monitoring solutions, 4ward365 does not require additional software nor administrator access into a company's infrastructure, providing safe and secure access to availability statistics without requiring escalated privileges throughout the enterprise.

Predix Is World’s First Industrial Cloud OS; Enables Machines To Communicate and Increase Productivity!

Grazed from Trak. Author: Mohul Ghosh.

$493 billion conglomerate General Electric is shedding it’s 124 year old legacy; and embedding a startup culture to solve some of the biggest problems which this world faces. Their Industrial Internet of Things platform: Predix, is actually on it’s way to change the future with it’s advanced cloud based Platform as a Service offering for industrial machines.

Via Predix, GE wants to improve industrial productivity, infuse more efficiency, and give more power to the industry. If Microsoft has built a platform to connect personal computers via Windows; if Google & Apple are scaling a platform to connect all smartphones and tablets; then GE is right now building a platform to connect 50 billion devices which includes heavy industrial appliances as well as some of the complex machines ever invented. Predix is changing the future, and it’s happening right infront of our eyes...

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Comcast Joins Cloud Foundry Foundation

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Comcast today announced it has joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the industry-standard multi-cloud platform, as a Silver member. Comcast joins GE, HPE, IBM, Pivotal, SAP, Verizon and more than 60 other technology innovators as a Foundation member. Through its membership, Comcast will be able to contribute ideas to the project while accelerating its own innovation by taking advantage of Cloud Foundry's continuous delivery approach to developing cloud-native software.

"We're looking forward to collaborating with Cloud Foundry's robust, global open source community through our participation in the Cloud Foundry Foundation," said Greg Otto, Executive Director Cloud Services, Comcast Cable. "Cloud Foundry delivers a consistent multi-cloud experience for our developers. This enables our product teams to focus on innovating new customer experiences."...

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Will Your Business's DR Plan Work? How Three Companies Showed Proof of Disaster Recovery Protection

Grazed from VMblog. Author: Pat O'Day

Today's businesses are more dependent on technology than ever. We rely on it for our daily tasks, operations and communications, which means having a disaster recovery (DR) plan is paramount in keeping businesses running smoothly in the face of emergency. Most businesses, if they're lucky, never have to worry about implementing their DR plan. That doesn't mean, however, that a DR plan is something that should be created and then never be looked at again. 

If someone asked you to show them proof of a reliable and secure DR plan, would you be able to do so?

Viptela SD-WAN Platform Adds Support for Microsoft Azure Cloud

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Viptela, Inc., the Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) company, today announced that its SD-WAN platform can extend a customer’s Wide Area Network (WAN) into the Microsoft Azure public cloud environment. An Enterprise can now treat their Azure Virtual Network (VNET) resource as a branch and benefit from all the SD-WAN capabilities offered by the Viptela platform. All Viptela elements can also be deployed on a Hyper-V hypervisor. 

LANDESK Enters into an OEM Agreement with Software License Optimization Expert Concorde Solutions

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LANDESK, a global leader in user-centered IT solutions, today announced that it has entered into an OEM agreement with Concorde, a recognized leader in software license optimization. This will complement LANDESK's IT asset management (ITAM) suite. The agreement extends LANDESK's endpoint software asset management to encompass complicated server license models that run in the data center. The combined solution will empower asset managers to more effectively manage their entire asset estate.

"Concorde's license optimization technology will extend the capabilities of the LANDESK ITAM suite by providing additional entitlement management and decision modeling to help our customers better determine their effective license position," said Steve Workman, vice president of corporate strategy at LANDESK. "This partnership joins Concorde's software licensing expertise to LANDESK's proven discovery and endpoint asset management capabilities, a collaboration that will deliver industry-leading IT and software asset management."

Cloud Computing: Computing Cancer, Microsoft Uses Computer Science to Find Cure

Grazed from: Author: Kay Soliven.

The Microsoft research labs, dedicated to creating solutions to problems of the computer industry, will use algorithms and computers to find a cure for cancer - the deadly challenge for humans today. According to Mircosoft, the company is conducting research in Microsoft Labs, Cambridge, UK to try and merge biology with computer science, in hopes of finding a solution for the disease.

According to corporate Vice-President in charge of the labs Jeannete Wing, "The collaboration between biologists and computer scientists is actually key to making this work." However, the tech giant found two approaches to the problem: first is taking biological processes as information processing systems where tools are developed and used to model computational processes, and second approach is using data to formulate analysis tools that may comprehend the complexity of cancer and its treatments...

Cloud Computing: IBM shows how fast its brain-like chip can learn

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Developing a computer that can be as decisive and intelligent as humans is on IBM's mind, and it's making progress toward achieving that goal. IBM's computer chip called TrueNorth is designed to emulate the functions of a human brain. The company is now running tests and benchmarking TrueNorth to demonstrate how fast and power efficient the chips can be compared to today's computers.

The results of the head-to-head contest are impressive. IBM says TrueNorth can engage in deep learning and make decisions based on associations and probabilities, much like human brains. It can do so while consuming a fraction of the power used by chips in other computers for the same purpose...

Cloud Computing: Anything you can do, AI can do better: Making infrastructure smarter

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Graham Jarvis.

Data flows and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the globalised supply chain by sending data around the world. Using the cloud as the data transport method requires more efficient data acceleration. AI is infiltrating many places, and it’s not just about replicating human performance and taking jobs, or streamlining processes. It also helps make technology smarter.

AI can be part of IT infrastructure. David Trossell, CEO and CTO of Bridgeworks, argues that it can be a good thing, and needn’t involve employees being made redundant. In his view, artificial intelligence offers a good story as it can enable organisations to better manage their IT infrastructure, and enable organisations to improve their business intelligence, allowing them to make better decisions at a time when big data volumes are increasing at a tremendous rate...

Oracle Closing in on AWS, Microsoft With Public Cloud Infrastructure

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Oracle has been accused of being "late to the party" when it comes to cloud computing—almost 10 years too late—but it is now the company is moving like Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt rounding the turn in the 200 meters. Now the Silicon Valley stalwart and its irrepressible Executive Chairman Larry Ellison are as confident and brash about their cloud strategy as the perennial gold-winning Jamaican running when crossing the finish line with another victory.

In keynotes here at the Oracle World conference this week, Ellison called out cloud competitor Amazon Web Services on several counts by virtually announcing the AWS' reign at the top of the cloud infrastructure services market. "Amazon's lead is over," he said, and followed that up with attacks on AWS's database services...