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2nd Watch Launches Automation Frameworks for DevOps and Cloud Infrastructure

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2nd Watch announces two new services for cloud automation: the 2nd Watch Modern CI/CD Pipeline and the 2nd Watch Machine Image Factory. Both services automate core functions of DevOps style software development and cloud infrastructure management, saving companies money and time. Companies can deploy the services on AWS, Azure or multi-cloud infrastructure, leveraging technologies specific to those environments.

The 2nd Watch Modern CI/CD Pipeline helps companies automate and accelerate application code development and save up to 75 percent on traditional implementation costs. Continuous integration/delivery (CI/CD) is a key piece in the DevOps lifecycle, consisting of tools which automate the release of software throughout the entire development and QA cycle. Typically, companies create these pipelines in-house by weaving together multiple tools. Now, development teams can automate that step and leverage 2nd Watch's standard pipeline framework, which can be easily replicated for each project. By using a previously deployed and trusted pattern, this cloud native solution brings confidence to an otherwise highly complex undertaking, which can be inconsistent. The Modern CI/CD Pipeline leverages Packer, Ansible and Terraform with options for Chef or Puppet, or 2nd Watch can customize the pipeline as needed for unique requirements.

How Technology Can Help You To Engage With Your Customers

As a business owner, you know how important your customers are. Engaging with them is essential to keep them as loyal to you as possible because they all have a lot of choices. If they feel they are getting more attention from another company, they will transfer their loyalty and their money to them. 

Being able to engage well, though, is entirely different to simply engaging. You mustn't, for example, try to sell too hard, or bother your customers in any way. You should, of course, always answer questions and reply to comments. Getting the balance right when it comes to customer engagement is crucial, and technology is always a great place to start when thinking about engagement. Here are some ways to get it right. 

Rackspace Continues Build Out of Executive Team

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Rackspace announced today that Mark Bunting has been named Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Bunting joins the executive leadership team, led and built out by CEO Joe Eazor over the past year. Under Eazor's leadership, Rackspace is poised to continue its transformation as one of the industry's broadest providers of IT and professional services across applications, data, security and infrastructure. 

"I've known and worked with Mark for years and am excited to have him formally on board," said Joe Eazor, CEO, Rackspace. "His appointment to CMO, in combination with the recent additions to the Rackspace executive team, serves as a signal to the market that we're ready to drive Rackspace forward as a digital transformation leader."

 

AWS Announces Pay-per-Session Pricing for Amazon QuickSight

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Amazon Web Services announced pay-per-session pricing for Amazon QuickSight. Amazon QuickSight is a fast, cloud-powered, business analytics service that makes it easy for all users within an organization-regardless of their technical skill-to build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and quickly get business insights from their data. With pay-per-session pricing, any user can have read-only access to interactive, data driven dashboards in Amazon QuickSight and pay only when they've accessed these dashboards. This makes Amazon QuickSight an even more cost-effective way for customers to make personalized business analytics available to everyone, whether they have tens, hundreds, or thousands of users. Pay-per-session pricing for Amazon QuickSight dashboards starts at $0.30 per session up to a maximum of $5 per user, per month, and is available in Amazon QuickSight Enterprise Edition in all supported AWS regions. With pay-per-session pricing there are no upfront costs, no annual commitments, and no charges for inactive users. To get started with Amazon QuickSight, visit: https://aws.amazon.com/QuickSight.

Latest Trends in Cloud Computing Technology



Article Written by Juned Ghanchi


Cloud Computing technology has become highly popular in the recent few years, so much so that people sometimes forget that these luxuries didn't always exist. It hasn't been long ago when we used to delay work because the file was lying on our system in some other place or used to carry our USB drives, CDs, or floppy disks wherever we went. Now, however, everything has become storable, accessible, and editable on the cloud, eliminating the need for carrying hardware everywhere. 

The way in which we share information has been revolutionized with cloud. Both everyday technology users as well as the business world are enjoying the benefits of the shift. It was cloud that enabled massive open online courses (MOOCs) in 2012 that scaled organized education for the first time. Since then, the industry is growing at a rapid pace as it has much more room for growth, innovation, and development. Every industry, be it banking, education, health, agriculture, or any other business have significantly progressed as stakeholders have taken advantage of the cloud instead of setting up physical infrastructure. Let's check out the recent trends in cloud computing technology. 

5 Tips To Survive A Cut In Your Pay

There are times when you have to deal a pay cut. These pay cuts can be due to different reasons, however, the impact is same in all situations - difficulty in managing your finances. This might even stress you because your expenses, daily routines, monthly necessities, and dutiful responsibilities, all would be affected. To come out of this situation, most people take some money outside the family or friends, which is also disgraceful. Therefore, if you want to come out of this situation without asking money from outsiders, then follow the tips mentioned below. These tips will enable you to cut your expenses skillfully without hampering other mandatory responsibilities.

EverData introduces Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting Services in Europe

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Everdata Technologies recently introduced VPS services in Europe. Everdata Technologies which is one of India's fastest growing Web Hosting companies because of their promising services, holds the aim to provide the best out of available resources. The company holds a goodwill in data center industry due to its innovative and out of the box thinking capacity and premium customer support. The freshly launched VPS services in Europe will empower European clients to enjoy benefits of VPS at an affordable cost with a guarantee of premium aftersale support.

They also have their privately managed premium data centers in Germany and Netherland that offers faster speed and better stability, promising to enrich the user experience of the European audience.

The company has launched 5 business-friendly VPS Europe hosting plans with honest prices, fast speed, stable performance and reliable support 24X7X365.
 

The Linux Foundation Announces Free Introduction to Open Source Networking Technologies Course

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The Linux Foundation
, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the opening of enrollment for LFS165x - Introduction to Open Source Networking Technologies. Students may pre-register now for this free course, and full course content will be available beginning in early August. 

The 2017 Open Source Jobs Report from The Linux Foundation and Dice found nearly half of hiring managers are looking to hire individuals with networking expertise, and 55 percent report that formal training or certification is a priority when choosing new hires. On top of that, the way networks are built and deployed is evolving, with open source networking projects being responsible for much of this transformation.

LFS165x explores open source networking projects, from The Linux Foundation and beyond, that are shaping the future of networking and telecoms. Designed for open source enthusiasts, university students, network architects and engineers, security architects and engineers, and system engineers, this course offers an introduction to open source networking.

Webinar: The State of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) for MSPs

 

IT service providers have had their world rocked by the rapid expansion of mobile platforms and VDI technology over the past decade. Suddenly, their customers' employees expect to access virtual workspaces on any device, anywhere - MSPs are taking note.

To meet their customers' expectations, MSPs are turning toward affordable, all-in-one VDI solutions. VDI solutions provide a secured and managed service to desktop and mobile users anywhere.   

Supermicro Announces New Cloud-Scale Enterprise Systems

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Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, announced that it is offering proven cloud-scale, enterprise system configurations including the multi-node BigTwin and SuperBlade along with a 1U Cloud Storage system.

These proven Supermicro cloud system configurations have already been deployed across the entire range of datacenter environments including cloud service providers (CSPs), media streaming, e-commerce, social, telecommunications, semiconductor, OpenStack, artificial intelligence (AI), content delivery networks (CDN), and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). These systems are cloud optimized for scale-out, high performance at maximum density and software defined storage.