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ClearSky Data Attains Advanced Technology Partner Status in the Amazon Web Services Partner Network

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ClearSky Data, provider of on-demand primary storage with built-in offsite backup and disaster recovery (DR), today announced it has achieved Advanced Technology Partner status in Amazon Web Service (AWS) Partner Network (APN). AWS’ global partner program focuses on helping APN Partners with go-to-market and technical support. ClearSky Data’s expanded relationship with AWS furthers its mission to help more companies get to the cloud quickly, so they can eliminate secondary infrastructure, take advantage of hybrid DR and dramatically reduce costs with consumption-based enterprise storage.

As enterprise IT teams struggle to consolidate multiple infrastructure silos and free themselves from painful upgrade cycles, the case for cloud migration is escalating. At the same time, these organizations are tasked with multiple data management challenges, from backing up archival information assets to rapidly ingesting massive amounts of machine data at the edge. ClearSky Data provides a storage-as-a-service solution integrated with AWS, enabling enterprises to access all of this data wherever it’s needed – on-premises or in the cloud – without replication.
 

5 Ways Cloud Computing Is Serving Small Businesses

The cloud is redefining the way many companies do business, no matter their size or sector. Migrating online comes with many obvious benefits, including cost savings, mobile working, and accessibility. However, many small business owners are reluctant to take the plunge due to concerns about security or a reluctance to join the digital workforce. 

According to recent statistics, 37 percent of U.S. small businesses have fully adapted to cloud computing, and this percentage is set to double to 80 percent by 2020. Suffice to say, the cloud has transformed the way that modern entrepreneurs do business, but there are still many misconceptions about cloud computing that are causing some businesses to steer clear. To help you realize the benefits, here are five ways that cloud computing is serving small businesses around the world. 

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Top Five Cloud Services Predictions 2018

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Karl Roe, VP Services & Cloud Solutions at Nuvias, takes a look at what’s in store for organisations using the cloud in 2018

1. The Rise of AI

2018 will see Artificial Intelligence (AI) drive a transformational change among organisations and impact on cloud use.

ICT isn’t getting any simpler, and businesses are being forced to move faster as their customers’ requirements become more demanding. This is driving innovation in areas like AI, but automation of past processes won’t be enough to keep up with the “need for speed” in business agility.

We will see lots more AI projects and initiatives in 2018; it will be the cornerstone of change in automation of ICT. Proactive, automated, non-human decisions are now a necessity. Are the robots coming? Yes, they are – but we still need to develop the Intellectual Property (IP) to drive them.
 

SolarWinds Acquires Loggly, Strengthens Portfolio of Cloud Offerings

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SolarWinds , a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced it has completed the acquisition of Loggly, Inc., a provider of cloud-based log monitoring and log analytics software. With the transaction, the company also will add to its team of world-class software engineering talent.

Loggly is a SaaS-based, unified log monitoring and log analytics product, that aggregates, structures, and summarizes log data so users can analyze and visualize their data to answer key questions, spot trends, and deliver actionable reports. The acquisition complements the company's existing portfolio of SaaS-based cloud monitoring solutions and SolarWinds plans to continue investing to innovate and enhance Loggly.

With the acquisition, SolarWinds also will deepen its cloud-software engineering and analytics expertise. Former Loggly executives Manoj Chaudhary, CTO and VP, Engineering, and Vito Salvaggio, VP, Product will join SolarWinds as leaders in engineering and product, respectively. Members of the core development, operations, support, sales, and marketing teams will transition as part of the transaction.

WSM International, a leader in cloud adoption and migration services, has achieved the Advanced status in the Amazon Web Service

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WSM International, a leader in cloud adoption and migration services, has achieved the Advanced status in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) by meeting or surpassing requirements with more than 40 certifications, significant business related to AWS and customer references demonstrating satisfaction.

"This acknowledges the investment we've made and the expertise that our people bring to our customers looking to move to AWS, as well as those seeking to optimize workloads that are already running on AWS," said Ryan Pelerin, CEO of WSM. "In 2017, we saw a huge spike in requests for help with migration to AWS and we expect that the interest in AWS will grow even faster in 2018. Achieving the Advanced level is not an end for us as we will continue our efforts to further develop and expand our skills to best serve our customers on AWS."

 

Spectre and Meltdown fixes: How will they affect storage?

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Analysis How will the bugfixes for Intel's Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities affect storage?

IBM – which plans to release firmware updates tomorrow that address Spectre-like bugs in its designs for its POWER CPUs – has said that its storage won't be affected at all. We received an IBM statement which confirmed: "IBM Storage appliances are not impacted by this vulnerability."

 

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ALSO launches partnership with Scale Computing across Europe

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ALSO is teaming up with Scale Computing, a market-leading provider of integrated storage, server, and virtualisation software solutions. ALSO will integrate Scale's HC3 software with Lenovo servers to expand the use of hyper-converged solutions across Europe. 

"Scale's HC3 solution complements our existing product portfolio. By integrating with Lenovo servers, it provides the simplified management and cost reductions that are required in today's IT environment. We are committed to working with leading vendors to deliver quality IT services, and our partnership with Scale Computing is a case in point. We look forward to working with Scale to help our customers address the challenges of traditional virtualisation," said Gustavo Möller-Hergt, CEO of ALSO Holding AG (SIX: ALSN). 
 

Toshiba Unveils Microsoft Azure IoT Certified Intelligent Edge Device

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Toshiba Client Solutions Co., Ltd. today announced dynaEdge a high-performance Windows 10 based mobile edge computing device that is certified for Microsoft Azure IoT services to provide a next-generation Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge platform. Using Azure Cognitive Services and Machine Learning, Toshiba's dynaEdge enables workers in the field to intuitively access and improve centralized resources, making it an ideal device for remote maintenance, production lines and other industrial solutions. The integration of Skype for Business also provides a seamless interface between workers and remote experts for an immediate assistance and optimum efficiency.

L&T Technology Services Launches Digital Industrial Transformation Go-To-Market Powered by Microsoft Azure

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L&T Technology Services Limited, a leading global pure play engineering services provider, today announced worldwide general availability (G.A), launch and go-to-market of 3 LTTS flagship solutions that will focus on driving Digital Industrial Transformation on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. The two companies will further consolidate their existing global alliance by setting up a joint Digital Industrial Transformation Applied Innovation Centre for shared enterprise customers.

The Digital Industrial Transformation Applied Innovation Centre will showcase how the Microsoft AI platform, Azure IoT, Microsoft Cognitive Services and Azure Machine Learning power LTTS' globally proven cutting edge digital solutions in Smart Manufacturing, Smart Asset Performance Management & Smart Buildings. The proposed Applied Innovation Centre will include live Digital Industrial Use Cases from their Enterprise customers and academia partners, in addition to LTTS and Microsoft.