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WekaIO Eliminates the Need for Legacy External Storage with Cloud-Scale Storage Software

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WekaIO, a venture backed high-performance cloud storage software company, today emerged from stealth to introduce the industry's first cloud-native scalable file system that delivers unprecedented performance to applications, scaling to Exabytes of data in a single namespace. Headquartered in San Jose, CA, WekaIO has developed the first software platform that harnesses flash technology to create a high-performance parallel scale out file storage solution for both on-premises servers and public clouds.

WekaIO is the world's fastest distributed file system, processing four times the workload compared to IBM Spectrum Scale measured on Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) SFS 2014, an independent industry benchmark. Utilizing only 120 cloud compute instances with locally attached storage, WekaIO completed 1,000 simultaneous software builds compared to 240 on IBM's high-end FlashSystem 900. The WekaIO software utilized only 5% of the AWS compute instance resources, leaving 95% available to run customer applications.

IBM Revamps Computer Network Unit Around Watson Artificial Intelligence

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International Business Machines Corp. is revamping its Global Technology Services division, which helps customers run their computer networks, to rely more heavily on artificial intelligence. The new AI-capability will help IBM's customers minimize disruptions such as server outages or switching malfunctions by predicting problems before they occur and automatically taking corrective action, such as brokering additional cloud capacity or rerouting network traffic around bottlenecks, Bart van den Daele, general manager of IBM Global Technology Services in Europe, said in an interview.

The product offering, powered by IBM's Watson cognitive computing platform, will enable the company to maintain its market share in IT network infrastructure management, Van Daele said. New York-based IBM has been struggling to pivot from reliance on older products like computers and operating system software and into higher-growth areas like AI and the cloud...

Distributed Cloud Computing Platform iExec Joins the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

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The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) wants to connect Fortune 500 enterprises, startups, academics, and technology vendors with Ethereum subject matter experts. “Together, we will learn from and build upon the only smart contract supporting blockchain currently running in real-world production – Ethereum – to define enterprise-grade software capable of handling the most complex, highly demanding applications at the speed of business,” states the EEA website.

Store of Value recently published a short EEA explainer, noting that the EEA wants to create open-source standards for corporations to develop their own Ethereum implementations, while ensuring that applications built on Ethereum-derived platforms will run on all Ethereum platforms. Many high-profile banks and financial operators, which have joined the EEA, are listed in the EEA news page...

Microsoft to offer local version of Azure cloud service

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Microsoft Corp on July 10 unveiled a new service that allows customers to use its cloud technology on their own servers, part of the company's efforts to refocus its product line to compete more effectively with rivals Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google. The world's biggest software maker is looking to carve out a niche among customers who cannot or do not want to move all their computing operations to the massive shared data centres that are collectively known as the cloud.

“One of the key differentiations we have with Azure versus our two biggest competitors in the cloud platform space is our ability to support true hybrid solutions,” Judson Althoff, Microsoft's executive vice president of worldwide commercial business, told Reuters. Azure is Microsoft's cloud-computing platform, pegged by most market share studies as second in cloud computing behind Amazon Web Services...

Engility joins Cloud Security Alliance

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Engility Holdings, Inc. has joined the Cloud Security Alliance, the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help secure cloud computing environments.

“Joining CSA means our customers gain the best possible path forward when addressing cloud computing challenges,” said Gay Porter, vice president of Engility’s Technical Solutions Group. “We look forward to collaborating with others in the industry to maintain best practices and drive innovation and advancements around cloud security. We bring extensive systems engineering and enterprise modernization expertise and solutions, such as the recently introduced Cloud ASCEND™.”

Engility’s Cloud ASCEND™ combines state-of-the-art commercial cloud tools with a proprietary methodology and team of certified cloud experts to transform organizations’ digital enterprise. Scalable and tailorable, the tool designs secure and resilient cloud and hybrid enterprise architectures. These new architectures can be modeled using computer-aided design tools before any applications are actually migrated to the cloud. Cloud ASCEND also develops and tests systems bound for the Intelligence Community’s (IC) C2S cloud in an unclassified emulator, saving time and money while helping to design the optimal solution based on specific client needs.
 

Five9 Launches Major Release for Global Enterprises, Providing a Powerful Cloud Platform That Enables Digital Transformation

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Five9, a leading provider of cloud software for the enterprise contact center market, today announced the availability of Summer Release 2017, the latest major release of the award winning Virtual Contact Center(VCC). This release provides a global contact center solution that meets the requirements of today's leading multinational enterprises.

Today's global enterprises aspire to engage with customers consistently, regardless of location or device. However, legacy systems have hampered their transformation to today's digital world, leading to poor and inconsistent customer experience. Five9 Summer Release 2017 provides these global enterprises a complete omnichannel solution with a holistic view of their customers' journey across all touchpoints. Enterprises can easily engage with customers anywhere in the world, intelligently distributing interactions to the right agent regardless of location. Most importantly, Five9 delivers all these capabilities on a modular microservices-based architecture, enabling enterprises to maintain the rapid pace of innovation required to compete in today's fast-paced consumer centric world.

The Five9 Summer Release 2017 includes four key areas:

Talend Accelerates Big Data Pipeline Development for Microsoft Azure

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Talend, a global leader in cloud and big data integration solutions, today unveiled a new set of connectors for the Talend Data Fabric platform that helps customers rapidly migrate enterprise-wide data sources to Microsoft Azure to build more intelligent and scalable cloud data pipelines for real-time analytics.

"Today's companies understand cloud technology is becoming the new growth engine for their business and are eager to bridge legacy, on-premises data with the new world of cloud-powered big data lakes," said Ashley Stirrup, CMO, Talend. "Teaming with Microsoft allows us to deliver a complete solution for scaling big data workloads in the cloud. While other data integration solutions only connect with a few data sources, our Summer ‘17 release of Talend Data Fabric includes in-depth, native functionality to help customers quickly migrate a broad range of on-premise data sources to the Azure cloud and optimize cloud data pipelines, speeding time to insight."

Viptela Launches Comprehensive Cloud Transformation Solution for Enterprises

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Viptela, Inc., today announced Viptela Cloud onRamp, which enables organizations to seamlessly connect users and sites to the cloud, including infrastructure services (IaaS) and SaaS applications, while providing a highly optimized user-experience. Cloud onRamp is part of Viptela Fabric, a single platform that supports multiple use-cases including SD-WAN, Cloud Networking, Network-as-a-Service and AppUX.

"Viptela Cloud onRamp has transformed the user experience for our cloud-based services," said Pascal Heger, Global Network Architect for Agilent Technologies. "For example, Microsoft Office 365 response times have improved dramatically, especially at our international sites. We have fewer screen-freezes and a more responsive application experience. Viptela Cloud onRamp also enables a seamless migration to AWS."

Optimized IaaS and SaaS Clouds

 

Spanning Cloud Apps Expands Executive Team to Fuel Company Growth

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Spanning Cloud Apps LLC, the leading provider of SaaS data protection, today announced the expansion of its executive team to help the company meet the increasing demand for its backup and recovery solutions for SaaS applications. As the company continues to grow across the globe and expand its product portfolio, these new appointments will help fuel product innovation and sales growth.

Taps Former SolarWinds Executives to Drive Sales

Chad Savoy has joined Spanning as Vice President, Worldwide Sales, where he will develop strategies to help the company achieve its aggressive sales goals. Prior to joining Spanning, Chad served as Vice President of Sales at Vyopta Incorporated. He has also held Vice President of Sales positions at Datadog, Cornerstone OnDemand and SolarWinds, where he helped create and refine the SolarWinds sales process. Recognized as a best practice in the software industry, SolarWinds sales process contributed significantly to growing the company from a start-up to a profitable publicly traded company.
 

Quest Delivers SaaS Offering for Easy Recovery and Policy Management of Azure Active Directory and Office 365 Cloud Workloads

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Quest Software, a global systems management and security software provider, today announced the availability of Quest On Demand, a new, cloud-hosted software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that makes it simple for IT administrators to manage and secure Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) workloads. The first release of Quest On Demand delivers solutions that make it easy for organizations to rapidly backup and recover Azure AD and Office 365 users, attributes, groups and group membership. Additionally, it allows for secure access to Microsoft Exchange Online and Skype for Business Online features through automated policy management.

On Demand, the first SaaS platform from the Quest Microsoft Platform Management (MPM) business, delivers automation at scale. With On Demand, customers no longer need to install and configure on-premises software nor manage the roll-out of updates. The On Demand platform is ready to use after a few clicks and integrates the core security features built into Azure to ensure data integrity and security. Now, IT organizations can innovate faster, lower costs, and take advantage of enhanced security.