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VMware Integrated OpenStack Drives 5G Readiness and Fastest Path to Production OpenStack Deployment

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VMware, Inc. unveiled VMware Integrated OpenStack 5, which will be the newest release of VMware's OpenStack distribution that is on the OpenStack Queens release. Available in both Carrier and Data Center Editions, VMware Integrated OpenStack 5 will introduce new features to help customers simplify, scale, and secure production OpenStack environments. Through open, vendor-neutral API access to VMware's industry-leading virtualized infrastructure, communications service providers (CSPs) and enterprises have a proven, high-performance platform based on an open architecture to accelerate production network functions virtualization (NFV) workload deployment and service innovation.

VMware Integrated OpenStack 5 will be one of the first commercial OpenStack distributions to comply with the OpenStack Foundation's 2018.02 interoperability guidelines. An active member of the OpenStack community, VMware packages, tests, and supports all major components of the distribution, including the full open source OpenStack code in a multi-cloud architecture. VMware Integrated OpenStack provides customers with the fastest and most efficient solution to deploy and operate OpenStack clouds optimized for VMware's NFV and software-defined data center (SDDC) infrastructure, with advanced automation and onboarding. Eligible existing VMware Integrated OpenStack customers will be able to take advantage of the software's built-in upgrade capability to upgrade seamlessly to VMware Integrated OpenStack 5.

Rackspace Achieves AWS Financial Services Competency

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Rackspace today announced that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Financial Services Competency status. This designation recognizes Rackspace for leveraging its deep expertise to implement effective solutions that help financial services organizations manage critical issues such as risk management, core systems implementations, data management, navigating compliance requirements, and establishing governance models. Rackspace delivers true transformation as a service across applications, data, security and infrastructure.  Achieving the AWS Financial Services Competency is an important step in Rackspace's broader effort to support financial services organizations with their digital transformation. 

According to a recent report from the Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF), 72 percent of U.S. finance executives were either using cloud-based solutions in 2017 or they planned to do so in the future. While many banking, insurance, investment firms and other financial services organizations are moving to the cloud at an increasing rate, most lack the resources and expertise needed to navigate this digital transformation on their own. 

 

Atmosera Introduces Three-Tier Azure Management Suite for the Enterprise

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Atmosera, a premier Tier-I Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP), today announced the company's Three Tier Azure Management Suite to strategically align Atmosera managed service levels with business objectives, expertise, and their existing IT investment. A leading provider for the cloud enablement of business applications, Atmosera now provides co-managed and self-managed Azure solutions in addition to its fully managed solution suite. Atmosera provides these options via a customer's existing Enterprise Agreement (EA) or via the Atmosera CSP licensing format. 

The new portfolio offers customers diversity of choice for the oversight and management of compute, storage, networking, security, support, and engineering relative to a wide range of cloud-based IT solutions powered by Azure.

According to Synergy Research Group, spending on cloud infrastructure services in the last quarter of 2017 jumped 46 percent, comfortably beating the growth rates achieved in the previous three quarters. Microsoft led the pack in terms of cloud growth. For its quarter ending Dec. 31, 2017, Microsoft reported revenues from Azure increased 98 percent.

 

Making Outsourcing Work for Your Small Business

Outsourcing has become something of a business buzzword over the last few years, but that doesn't mean you should dismiss it as just another fad. If you haven't seriously considered the benefits of outsourcing, you could be missing out on a strategy that is likely to make a big difference to your profitability. Even the smallest businesses, including sole traders and freelancers, can take advantage of the principles of outsourcing, so it's worth looking at how you could make outsourcing work for you, whatever your situation. After all, anything that can increase your profitability has to be worth considering.

Hasn't outsourcing got a poor reputation?

Inspur Releases InCloud OpenStack Version 5.5 at OpenStack Summit Vancouver

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Inspur, an OpenStack Foundation Gold member, today released version 5.5 of its InCloud OpenStack cloud operating system at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. The software, widely used in the financial services, securities and enterprise sectors in China, offers new capabilities in large-scale services delivery across multiple availability zones and geographies, accessibility and ease of management, stability and scalability, and intelligent operation and maintenance.

The newest version of InCloud OpenStack adds:

The Best Cloud Storage of 2018 for Mac Users

While there are still those out there in cyberspace who are leery of storing anything in the Cloud, most users are now feeling more secure with the added layers of security now in play. Having said that, it is important to understand that the best storage for Microsoft machines may not be the best for Macs, if they even are compatible. Even though iOS is said to be the safer of the two operating systems, less prone to hacks as it were, you don't want to leave yourself vulnerable so it's important to understand how Cloud storage works before choosing the right storage for you.

Advice for Mac Newbies

If this is your first Mac computer, you might not know that there are some very significant differences between the Windows and iOS platforms. For those who aren't familiar with the Apple operating system, check out sites like Mach Machines which offer comprehensive articles on Apple computers and devices. Once you familiarize yourself with Mac, it's time to look for Cloud storage which gives you the amount of space you need and the levels of security you are most comfortable with.

2018's Best Cloud Computing Software

Cloud computing is quickly rising as the go-to alternative for hardware-based storage, with many businesses reducing their reliance on expensive and vulnerable hardware as time goes by. Many businesses are opting to store everything in the cloud and, given the multitude of cloud storage service providers out there, they are not having any trouble finding the right one.

It is easy to see why this is such an attractive solution for modern companies. With data being an extremely valuable commodity, businesses are looking for the most secure environment in which to store it. There are plenty of cloud storage providers out there which utilize military-grade software and hardware to provide these secure environments where data is safe from hackers. Read about this and more on HardwareSecrets.com.

Here are three of the best cloud computing software solutions on the market today in 2018 -

Five9 Spring Release 2018: Practical AI for the Contact Center and Portfolio Wide Enhancements

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"Good morning, Sophia! I see you are contacting us about an overcharge. Given you are a valued customer, I will credit the charge for this month's bill. Is there anything else I can help you with?" Have you ever had this experience calling a company where they already know you, know exactly why you are calling, and resolves your issue in a minute? If you are like most, this experience is rare. Personalized customer service matters and artificial intelligence (AI) can be the game changing technology. It takes the burden off the customer and enables an amazing experience.

To connect the dots for the agent and customer, today we announce Five9 Spring Release 2018. This release includes major enhancements across the portfolio, including Five9 Genius and Engagement Workflow.

Easily Manage Events With Cloud Computing



Article Written by Sally Perkins

Running large scale events can be difficult, and with the global population on the rise, crowds are becoming even bigger and harder to manage. But cloud-based technology, which allows you to share information instantly across different devices, makes managing these events easier than ever. Here are some of the ways cloud-based computing can alter the way you manage your events in helpful ways.

Cloud Hosting for WordPress: How to Do It Yourself

Getting your own cloud server can be very daunting when you think about the setup and maintenance tasks you will have to deal with as you try to get the server running smoothly. Aside from the basic setup of the hosting server, you also need to think about how the database is configured, security measures to put in place, and other details about the cloud environment.

Still, there are a lot of benefits to gain from using your own cloud account to host websites, particularly when you have a lot of sites catering to thousands of visitors. In this article, we will discuss some of the easiest ways to get started with using your own cloud server.