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UKCloud wins OpenStack Superuser Award

 
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UKCloud, the easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave assured cloud services company, has this week won the OpenStack Superuser Award at the OpenStack Summit in Boston. UKCloud is this year’s joint winner with Paddy Power Betfair. 

The OpenStack Superuser Awards launched in 2014 to recognise organisations that have used OpenStack to meaningfully improve their business while contributing back to the community. Previous winners include multi-billion pound global organisations such as AT&T, CERN, Comcast and NTT Group. UKCloud successfully competes with generalist hyperscale providers by delivering specialist features, such as comprehensive assurance, that are cost-effective and relevant to the UK public sector. The company works closely with a strategic partner, Red Hat, to innovate the OpenStack platform by developing industry-leading security features, including two-factor authentication, secure networking and IP whitelisting. The company’s OpenStack platform is optimised for cloud native applications requiring the elasticity of a genuine public cloud platform coupled with the unique layers of assurance, sovereignty and secure government connectivity inherent to the UKCloud service. 
 

Microsoft's New Azure Database Offerings Challenge (and Maybe Surpass) AWS Cloud

Grazed from ADTMag. Author: Drew Robb.

In its database offerings, the Microsoft Azure cloud is starting to look a lot more like the Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) cloud. At this week's Build developer conference, Microsoft made a bunch of cloud-based data announcements, including previews of new Azure database services for PostgreSQL and MySQL. Perhaps not coincidentally, AWS already has similar offerings: Its Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) features PosgreSQL and MySQL as database engine options. AWS also offers a fully managed MySQL-compatible relational database called Amazon Aurora.

It's another new Azure offering, though, that may see even AWS playing catch-up: Azure Cosmos DB. "Today, we announced Azure Cosmos DB, the first globally distributed, multi-model database service delivering turnkey global distribution with guaranteed uptime and millisecond latency at the 99th percentile," Microsoft exec Scott Guthrie said in a blog post yesterday...

Become an Expert in Cloud Security With This New Online Course

Grazed from ScienceAlert. Author: Editorial Staff.

The cloud has a wealth of sensitive information floating through it – both from individuals and corporations. One critically important, and lucrative, field of work is making sure all that information is kept safe and secure. That's why we've teamed up with StackCommerce to bring you the Cloud Technology Security Knowledge (CCSK) Certification Prep course.

With 12 modules and 9.5 hours of content, you'll start with the basics of cloud computing, before diving into cloud security. Learn governance and risk management, cloud architectural framework and disaster recovery. The course also gets you prepped for the Cloud Security Alliance CCSK certification exam. Right now, the course is only US$27, and best of all, you can take the whole course from your couch...

Read more from the source @ http://www.sciencealert.com/become-an-expert-in-cloud-security-with-this-new-online-course

Should Your Business Move to the Cloud?

Grazed from Cloudwards. Author: Lavanya Rathnam.

Cloud computing is everywhere today. A majority of businesses, from startups to large corporations, use it in some capacity or another for streamlining their existing processes, data storage, application deployment, hosting, backup and anything else you can think of.  But what exactly is the cloud? Why is it such an integral part of business operations today? The U.S National Institute of Standards and Technology explains that cloud is a model that provides an on-demand access to a shared pool of computing resources. These resources are configurable and can be set up and used with minimal effort.

Benefits of Moving to the Cloud

Put it simply, cloud represents an evolution in IT that guarantees measurable benefits to users and this is why it’s becoming a central aspect in today’s business world. For an idea of its applications as well as those measurable benefits, check out our 30 app ideas for small business article or keep reading...

Read more from the source @ https://www.cloudwards.net/moving-business-to-the-cloud/

Oracle Criticizes Amazon Web Services’ Cloud Computing Solutions - Again

Grazed from 1RedDrop. Author: Shudeep Chandraskehar.

The cloud computing wars and the race to add the next client have become so intense that it has reached a stage where tech leaders are taking potshots at each other. Oracle and Amazon have always been at each other’s throats, touting their own excellence and highlighting the other’s failures, and Google’s Diane Greene also took a thinly veiled dig at other cloud service providers at the company’s Cloud Next conference two months ago.

But if you cut through the sound bites and look at what is actually happening, then it will become clear to you that the intensity of the competition is possibly starting to strain a few nerves; more importantly, however, there is a subtle but recognizable shift in the focus areas of the top cloud service providers...

Cisco Advancing Cloud Strategy with OpenStack

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

The cloud is a central pillar of Cisco's overall business efforts and one of the leading voices for Cloud at Cisco is Lew Tucker, Vice President and CTO of Cloud Computing. Tucker also serves as the Vice-Chairman of the OpenStack Foundation, helping to guide the open-source cloud platform forward.

In a video interview with eWEEK at the OpenStack Summit here, Tucker provides insight into where the cloud fits into Cisco's overall business and why OpenStack matters. Tucker said that Cisco's model around cloud is about how to increasingly move services into the cloud. Tucker specifically is focussed on the cloud platform piece of the business which involves OpenStack as well as container usage...

Dell Says He's Winning Back Customers From `Pricey' Public Cloud

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Editorial Staff.

Michael Dell said his company is seeing some customers return to buying equipment after discovering that working with the giant cloud-computing providers is more complicated and costlier than they thought. Hardware from Dell Technologies Inc. is getting a second look from companies finding that outsourcing their computing needs to the public cloud—big providers such as Amazon.com Inc., and Microsoft Corp.—can be twice as expensive or more as running it themselves, Dell said Monday.

While he didn't provide specifics, Dell added "it's not small numbers; it's large numbers." "We're not saying public cloud is not going to happen or it's not going to grow—it is. It's just not perfect for all workloads. And everything is not going to go to the public cloud," said Dell, who had earlier referred to the phenomenon as sort of a "boomerang" effect...

Read more from the source @ http://talkincloud.com/cloud-computing/dell-says-hes-winning-back-customers-pricey-public-cloud

Kaseya Acquires Industry-Leading Cloud Management Solution; Launches Unigma Cloud Management Suite

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Kaseya, the leading provider of complete IT management solutions for managed service providers (MSPs) and mid-market enterprises, today announced the launch and general availability of the Unigma Cloud Management Suite. Aimed at filling the void in public cloud management solutions for MSPs, the Unigma Cloud Management Suite delivers unified cloud management capabilities that empower MSPs to automate routine tasks, and optimize cost management through detailed cloud utilization analysis. The solution suite elevates the breadth of the Kaseya IT Complete Platform to deliver an industry-proven technology that efficiently and cost-effectively monitors public cloud infrastructures, and enables MSPs to grow their businesses through new service line offerings.

"I'm thrilled to introduce our acquisition of Unigma and unveil the leading unified public cloud management solution for MSPs," said Fred Voccola, CEO of Kaseya. "We bought Unigma because it is the clear leader in this burgeoning market of cloud management solutions. Not only does the technology allow for the management of public clouds, but it also addresses financial optimizations. The Unigma Cloud Management Suite provides unmatched public cloud management capabilities that will save MSPs even more time and money, and provide new opportunities for them to monetize and grow their business. This is a powerful new component to our Kaseya IT Complete family of industry-leading IT management solutions."
 

Top Cloud Trends for IT Leaders

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing is no longer just a means for upstarts to disrupt incumbents while avoiding the complexities and costs of operating traditional IT infrastructures. If anything, the concepts of cloud computing – elasticity, pay-as-you-go consumption model and speed of deployment – have defined how IT should be run in any organization today.

In this e-guide, read about the market potential for public cloud services in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, Oracle’s plans to meet the cloud computing needs of APAC enterprises and how perennial concerns around cloud security are being addressed by the industry...

Read more from the source @ http://www.computerweekly.com/ehandbook/Top-Cloud-Trends-for-IT-Leaders

SUSE Unveils SUSE OpenStack Cloud Monitoring to Simplify and Manage OpenStack Cloud Deployments

Grazed from OpenStack. Author: Editorial Staff.

SUSE® today unveiled SUSE OpenStack Cloud Monitoring, an open source software solution that makes it simple to monitor and manage the health and performance of enterprise OpenStack cloud environments and workloads. Based on the OpenStack Monasca project, SUSE OpenStack Cloud Monitoring makes it easy for operators and users to monitor and analyze the health and performance of complex private clouds, delivers reliability, performance and high service levels for OpenStack clouds, and reduces costs by simplifying, automating and preconfiguring cloud monitoring and management.

“OpenStack deployments produce a lot of complex and useful monitoring and log data,” said Michael Miller, SUSE president of Strategy, Alliances and Marketing. “As customers move to large-scale production they need operational tools to maintain their private cloud. The Monasca open source project makes this data manageable and valuable for enterprise users...