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Barracuda Offers Backup Customers and MSPs Faster Restores with LiveBoot 2.0

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Barracuda Networks, Inc. today announced Barracuda Backup LiveBoot 2.0, which includes Cloud LiveBoot for Microsoft Hyper-V and gives customers faster restores to minimize downtime in VMware vSphere and Hyper-V environments. Barracuda LiveBoot 2.0 offers a backup and recovery option for larger virtual machines, and reduces boot times.

"The whole point of deploying a backup strategy is to make sure businesses are covered when things go wrong, and in today's landscape, there are a lot of potential obstacles," said Rod Mathews, senior vice president and general manager, data protection at Barracuda. "We've seen everything from natural disasters to ransomware attacks or employees accidentally deleting critical files that can wreak havoc on an organization's recovery strategy. Barracuda Backup LiveBoot 2.0 provides customers with a powerful and affordable layer of protection for recovering lost data."     

Faster Restores, Reduced Downtime

Skyhigh Networks Awarded Pioneering CASB Patents for Cloud Security and Cloud Governance

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Skyhigh Networks, the world's leading Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), announced today the company has been awarded two new CASB patents for security and governance capabilities. This official recognition follows nearly four years of comprehensive assessment by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, further validating Skyhigh's risk-based approach to helping customers safely adopt software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud services.

The two new patents, ‘Cloud Service Usage Risk Assessment' and ‘Cloud Service Risk Usage Monitoring System,' brings Skyhigh's granted portfolio count to eight, forming the most robust and growing patented technology portfolio in the CASB industry. Previous CASB patents granted to Skyhigh covered cloud-based encryption with enterprise managed keys, increasingly critical for the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other privacy regulations; and identity-based, mobile-to-cloud inline security enforcement, critical for any inline CASB use case. A combination of these seminal patents positions Skyhigh as the CASB industry leader covering cloud discovery, compliance, data security and threat protection.

10 ways Google improved its cloud at NEXT

Grazed from NetworkAsia. Author: Brandon Butler.

Google cloud is seen by analysts as an up and comer. Company executives will even admit that the past few years Google has not had everything it needs to compete for enterprise customers in the IaaS public cloud market against Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and even IBM. But they will also tell you that Google is ready now.

Recently, Google held NEXT, its user conference where the company introduces new cloud features and users get to learn about the cloud platform. In the opening day keynote, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google’s cloud division, said that not many analysts have questioned Google’s technical abilities in the cloud. But now, they’ve rounded out the rest of their portfolio...

Docker Donating ContainerD to Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Grazed from ServerWatch. Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

In December 2016, Solomon Hykes, the founder of Docker, announced a re-focused containerd (Con-tay-ner-D) initiative, spinning out the core container runtime from the Docker Engine community project. At the time, it wasn't entirely clear where containerd would land, but now the picture has come into focus, as Docker is sending containerd to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). "We already have an investment in the CNCF, and it made sense to take advantage of that existing investment," Hykes told ServerWatch.Docker

Docker Inc was among the founding members of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which got started in July 2015 as a Linux Foundation Collaboration Project. Hykes noted that Docker already has technical integrations with several projects hosted by CNCF, including the Prometheus monitoring project and the GRPC remote procedure call effort...

Read more from the source @ http://www.serverwatch.com/server-news/docker-donating-containerd-to-cloud-native-computing-foundation.html

Oracle Turns A Corner As Cloud Revenues Boom, Earnings Top

Grazed from Investors. Author: Brian Deagon.

Database software provider Oracle (ORCL) reported fiscal third quarter earnings late Wednesday that cruised past estimates as the software giant's transition to a cloud-based model picks up momentum. Oracle reported non-GAAP revenue of $9.3 billion, just topping the consensus estimate of $9.25 billion and 3% above a year earlier. It reported earnings per share minus items of 69 cents a share excluding various items, up 8% vs. a year earlier beating the consensus estimate of 62 cents, as polled by Thomson Reuters.

Oracle sees fiscal Q4 down 1% to up 2%. The midpoint for a 0.5% rise would slightly exceed Wall Street forecasts for a 0.2% uptick to $10.618 billion. Oracle also sees Q4 EPS of 78-82 cents in constant currency, though it's unclear how that compares to analysts' target for 78 cents. The software giant also hiked its quarterly dividend to 19 cents a share from 15 cents...

CloudVelox Delivers Industry's First Cloud Automation Solution

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CloudVelox, a pioneer in cloud automation and orchestration software, today announced new enterprise-grade automated cloud workload mobility and optimization capabilities with enhanced management and control features for its One Hybrid Cloud (OHC) software. Through automation, OHC accelerates workload mobility and optimization in the cloud by matching data center environments with optimal cloud services to deliver cost savings or improved application performance, without requiring specialized cloud skills. New features for cloud optimization include: application-centric instance tagging, placement groups, multiple security groups, Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles. New features for managing workload mobility include comprehensive system reporting and alerts for the successful completion of workload migrations to the cloud. With the new powerful suite of OHC features, enterprises are able to accelerate time to value, are further equipped to meet regulatory and compliance requirements and reduce IT effort while enhancing system visibility, management and control.

According to an IDC study, nearly 68 percent of organizations are using some form of cloud to help drive business outcomes; however, only three percent have optimized cloud strategies in place today. Businesses are challenged by unexpected cloud costs, the complexity of mapping security and data policies from the data center to the cloud, a scarcity of skilled cloud engineers, and a lack of visibility into monitoring the status of mass workload migrations.

 

Zerto Partners with Industry’s Biggest Players in New BC/DR Technical Alliances Program

Written by David Marshall

Zerto, a leading provider of cloud IT resilience solutions, introduced its new technical alliances program, which will join together global technology companies to bring hybrid cloud and business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) solutions to market. This program extends the already successful Zerto Alliance Partner (ZAP) Program to tech companies in order to equip them with the tools and resources to foster growth in a mutual customer base.

Early members of the ZAP Technical Alliance Program include Microsoft, AWS, IBM, HPE, Nutanix, Pure Storage, Quantum Corporation, Nimble Storage, ExaGrid, Infinidat, Kaminario, Pivot3, Tegile, Embotics and Turbonomics.

“Zerto’s solution for Microsoft Azure not only provides our customers with the BC/DR and hybrid cloud capabilities they need, but the coordinated go-to-market activities will help bring innovative products to market to help enterprises garner more value from their IT investments,” said Feliz Montpellier, Worldwide Leader, Global ISV Alliances, Microsoft.
 

SecureWorks Cloud Guardian Solutions Simplify and Automate Cloud Security

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SecureWorks Corp., a leading provider of intelligence-driven information security solutions, is bolstering its Cloud Guardian portfolio with a new service that automates the application of strong cloud security policies for organizations embracing digital transformation.

With the Security Configuration Management solution, clients can add another layer of cyber protection for their workloads on Amazon Web Services (AWS) by programmatically implementing and enforcing best practices for security. The service leverages not only the Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks for AWS as a best practices library, but also a series of policies based on SecureWorks' AWS usage and incident response experience. Users can repair their cloud configurations with a single click, simplifying security and enabling organizations to focus on rapidly developing new applications and tools for their customers.

The addition of Security Configuration Management to the Cloud Guardian portfolio continues SecureWorks' efforts to address the challenges many enterprises and small businesses face as they continue their march towards hybrid IT. With the Cloud Guardian solutions, organizations can receive:

Datera joins Accelerite Cloud Technology Partnership Program

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Datera, a provider of elastic storage for on-premises clouds, announced a strategic partnership with Accelerite, a leading vendor of enterprise infrastructure software. With this partnership, Accelerite and Datera offer a private cloud solution that is architected as-a-service for all-flash and hybrid flexibility and optimized for true scale-out and enterprise-class performance. This partnership will authorize Accelerite to offer Datera’s Elastic Data Fabric through all of its channels, which allows companies to run enterprise applications at web-scale economics, and adapt quickly to ever-changing business demands.

Accelerite is the largest private cloud technology provider based on Apache CloudStack™. With the Datera Elastic Data Fabric software, enterprise data centers will have intelligent and flexible data storage capabilities that seamlessly adapt to their ever-changing business demands. The Datera software works on commodity x86 servers for all clouds, allowing companies to have the agility to run enterprise applications at web-scale operational efficiency and enterprise class performance with low latency.
 

SingleHop Introduces Industry's First Application-Driven Managed AWS Solution

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SingleHop, a global provider of on-demand private cloud and managed hosting, today announced the official launch of its AWS managed services offering  - Service First Support for Amazon Web Services. The fully managed solution is the first to offer architecture, management and optimization of environments in the AWS cloud based on the availability, performance and security needs of individual applications.

"Time-constrained IT departments are adopting AWS in large numbers, only to find they first have to master a new set of technical capabilities before they can achieve the desired performance and efficiency gains for their applications,"said Zak Boca, CEO of SingleHop. "Our managed AWS customers avoid this situation entirely by leveraging our extensive automation and AWS-certified engineering team to manage deployments for them.  They want the best vehicle to drive their applications, but they don't have the resources or desire to build and maintain the vehicle themselves."  

Application-Driven Infrastructure Management for AWS Cloud