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Cloud Academy Launches Assessment Cycles to Further Bolster Skill Measurement Capabilities

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Cloud Academy today announced the launch of an end-to-end suite designed to measure cloud skills, assess training effectiveness, identify skill gaps, and enhance cloud training strategies at scale. The launch, which includes the general availability of Analytics, Assessment Cycles and the continued beta of Skill Profiles, affirms Cloud Academy's continued commitment to taking a quantified and data-driven approach towards technology learning in the context of driving innovation.

These announcements come in advance of upcoming cloud industry conferences including Microsoft Ignite and AWS re:Invent, where major updates are expected in machine learning, automation, storage, and artificial intelligence.

"Cloud technologies are forcing organizations to quickly improve how they think about software and digital transformation, requiring leaders to find ways to help their teams maintain knowledge of existing technologies while acquiring emerging skills relevant for innovation projects. Organizations who fail to catch up will be left behind and will struggle to survive in the next five years." said Stefano Bellasio, CEO, Cloud Academy. "Our recently launched capabilities offer organizations the ability to map their organization's tech skills, identify skills gaps, and use our software and content library to build custom Training Plans for their teams, which will increase accountability and provide the right training guidance. Our intention is to give our customers a unique enterprise platform to consistently develop and measure their tech skills at scale to improve their time to market with products and services and, which in turn uses data to attract and retain talent."

Micro Focus Launches New Data Protection Solutions for Virtualized and Hybrid IT Environments

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Micro Focus launched Data Protector Express and Data Protector Premium - the latest editions of its enterprise-grade backup and disaster recovery solutions. As organizations embrace Hybrid IT, DevOps, and Predictive Analytics their resulting IT environment requires an advanced data protection system to address the new security, availability, cost, and data governance needs. Built-on an adaptive architecture that combines analytics, automation, and built-in security, these latest solutions meet the most demanding data protection and compliance requirements for global enterprise hybrid IT environments.

"There is really no room for error when it comes to protecting corporate data, and there is a very finite budget and set of resources for doing so," said Balaji Venkatraman, senior director, PM and R&D at Micro Focus. "Our customers face this challenge on a daily basis as they work through daily location and storage challenges, outages, breaches, data theft and more. Those considerations define our latest Data Protection solutions - they ensure that customers have the security, speed, control and flexibility to protect data wherever it resides within a hybrid IT environment and at a lower TCO than ever before."

Jungle Disk Announces New Software Version Including Google Cloud Platform Support

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Jungle Disk today announced version 3.30 of its encrypted cloud backup and storage software, which now includes Google Cloud Platform as the default storage choice. With the new version of the software, small businesses will be able to take advantage of multiple cloud platform choices, increased performance, and cross-platform HIPAA and PCI compliant collaboration with military-grade encryption to store and secure business critical data.

The addition of Google Cloud Platform in the new software version improves data recovery time for small businesses in the event of an accident or cyber attack. Also, customers who choose to store data on Google Cloud Platform through the Jungle Disk software gain the advantage of geo-replicated data protection without the complexity of integrating into cloud APIs themselves. This ensures that if there is an outage in a single data center it will not impact daily business operations of a customer's Jungle Disk powered cloud based file server.

SolarWinds MSP Launches SolarWinds Threat Monitoring Service Program

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SolarWinds MSP, a global leader in delivering comprehensive, scalable IT service management solutions to IT solution providers and managed service providers (MSPs), today announced the launch of the SolarWinds Threat Monitoring Service Program. The new offering builds on SolarWinds Threat Monitor with outsourced security operations center (SOC) services delivered via SolarWinds Threat Monitoring Service Providers.

Threat Monitor is designed to help reduce the complexity of threat detection for IT operations teams as well as for MSPs and MSSPs (managed security service providers). The unified platform includes automated threat detection, active response to security incidents, and audit-ready reports.  The SolarWinds Threat Monitoring Service Program is designed to support MSPs who have purchased Threat Monitor, but prefer to partner with one of the SolarWinds Threat Monitoring Service Providers (TMSPs) to deliver tandem managed security services to their customers.

"MSPs are already doing security basics on the protection front; however, they don't necessarily want to become full MSSPs, even though there is a growing market demand for detection- and remediation-focused security," stated Tim Brown, vice president of security, SolarWinds. "This is where the SolarWinds Threat Monitoring Service Program comes into play. It's designed to give our customers the chance to partner with SolarWinds TMSPs to deliver the types of 24/7 SOC services that are becoming more paramount."

Webinar: Parallels RAS & AppsAnywhere

 

Parallels RAS & AppsAnywhere integration enables education organizations to seamlessly deliver Windows applications to non-windows devices at an affordable cost.

Parallels RAS is an alternative to traditional and expensive VDI and desktop virtualization tools, and using remote desktop technology, IT can deliver all their Windows apps to any device, on and off campus.  And by integrating with AppsAnywhere, students and staff have only one location to go to for all their apps, regardless of the device they're using.  

WHEN?  October 17th, 2018 - 10:00 AM PDT 

Some of the topics that will be covered in this upcoming live Webinar include:

  1. Empower BYOD and utilize any device to make educational resources readily available to students, educators, and staff, whatever platform they wish to work from.
  2. Easy to deploy VDI with no need for expensive add-ons (e.g. reporting engine, printer redirection, ADC and load balancing)
  3. Protect student and staff data with encryption protocols and advances filtering.
  4. Enable distance learning by delivering educational applications to any device, anywhere, anytime.

Cavirin Delivers Breakthrough Resource Visibility and Security Posture Intelligence for Hybrid Cloud Infrastructures

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Cavirin Systems, Inc., the only company providing risk, cybersecurity and compliance posture for the enterprise hybrid cloud, today announced the general availability of its Summer 2018 CyberPosture Intelligence release. CyberPosture is a consolidated risk score for the hybrid infrastructure, based on configuration checks, vulnerabilities, and risk, security and compliance audit frameworks requirements, permitting the CISO's team to immediately compare the organization's current security posture against the desired ‘golden posture' and immediately take corrective action. CyberPosture Intelligence provides a set of visibility and control capabilities that allows organizations to automate security policy across their hybrid cloud data centers to reduce a growing attack surface and assure compliance with industry regulations.

"Cavirin for the first time is truly integrating continuous compliance and cloud security posture management into a single, actionable view for the CISO and their teams," said Nemi George, Senior Director of Information Security and Service Operations at Pacific Dental Services. "This innovation will help cut through the myriad of operational noise (event alerts and notifications), helping to identify the real risks across our hybrid infrastructure whilst providing actionable intelligence."

According to research conducted by ESG, businesses plan to increase the number of workloads they have deployed in a public cloud platform. However, as more organizations leverage the flexibility of both on-premise and public cloud platforms to gain agility in an increasingly competitive business environment, the need for cybersecurity and mitigating risk becomes complicated by the resulting expansion of the intrusion surface. The new CyberPosture Intelligence capabilities from Cavirin close the loop for protection, monitoring, and remediation across cloud workloads and cloud security posture management, while permitting organizations to retain full control of their assessment data, important in many verticals such as those subject to FedRAMP. This approach differs from a SaaS-based solution where confidential data is sent outside of the user's environment.

US Signal and Cloudflare Collaborate for DDoS Protection

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Today, it was announced that US Signal and Cloudflare have launched a fully managed and customizable distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection service to market. 

The new service delivers powerful DDoS mitigation for network, transport and application layers and is backed by a 100 percent SLA. Powered by Cloudflare's global Anycast network, the service is implemented by US Signal's information security and provisioning team, with support and customization from its technical operations engineers. 

"US Signal's new DDoS protection service is ideal for companies looking to update their existing DDoS mitigation strategies or for businesses lacking the manpower or skills to manage these risks internally. It is aimed at all market sectors but is particularly beneficial to high-risk areas such as tech, government, finance and healthcare," said US Signal President Stephen Oyer. "But regardless of the economic sector in which your company operates, Cloudflare's 15Tbps plus network throughput should offer peace of mind, as it can handle 15 times more traffic than the largest DDoS attack has produced to date." 

HyperGrid's HyperCloud Analytics Now Available on AWS Marketplace

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HyperGrid, the market leader in Hybrid Cloud Management (HCM), announced today that its HyperCloud Analytics module is now available on the AWS Marketplace. HyperCloud is the industry's first, truly intelligent HCM platform, enabling enterprises and MSPs to embrace the software-defined cloud and drive their digital transformation. Available in a purpose-built version for AWS users, HyperCloud is offered in a unique no contract, pay-as-you-go model. Today's announcement complements HyperGrid's recent Series C funding announcement to accelerate adoption of HyperCloud within the fast growing small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and enterprise business unit segments, who are at the forefront of adopting cloud services.

"HyperCloud provides key insights to help enterprises build an accurate assessment and expedite the cloud planning and migration process," said Manoj Nair, Chief Product Officer at HyperGrid. "Additionally, optimizing usage of Cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) can be challenging for customers new to the public cloud, but HyperGrid helps navigate those pitfalls. Our listing on the AWS Marketplace, combined with our track record for helping businesses optimize their cloud environment and new round of financing, put HyperGrid in position to capitalize on the opportunity presented as AWS users seek to accelerate public cloud adoption, and drive greater bottom-line value for their organizations."

SignalFx Expands Award-winning Cloud Monitoring Service to Provide Data Locality in Europe

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SignalFx announced the immediate availability of a new EU Region, a new production deployment of its award-winning service hosted in Ireland. Hundreds of customers across all geographies already use SignalFx to monitor their cloud native environments; starting today, they can do so with the flexibility to store their data in the US or in Europe. With this expansion, SignalFx will be better able to address the acceleration of cloud adoption taking place in the EMEA market.

Operating in the cloud is increasingly becoming the model of choice to respond to the agility and speed of innovation that digital businesses require. Cloud systems and cloud-native applications open up new requirements for monitoring and observability that traditional solutions cannot address. SignalFx works with leading global companies to help mitigate the operational risk and cost of cloud adoption while providing the most advanced cloud monitoring service for modern cloud-native applications and environments.

Hybrid and Dedicated Clouds to Help Drive Massive Growth for Machine Learning Projects Over Next Two Years

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Machine learning (ML) is poised for explosive growth over the next two years with an increasing number of projects moving into production by 2020, based on a recent survey of more than 344 technology and IT professionals titled "The Future of Machine Learning," conducted by technology marketing organization, Dimensional Research. Though a diverse set of ML projects are currently initiated by 93% of the respondents, only 22% of these projects have actually moved into production, citing migration as the top technical challenge.

Univa, the leading innovator in on-premise and hybrid cloud workload management solutions for enterprise HPC customers, sponsored the survey that polled 344 technology and IT professionals across the globe and across 17 industries, with technology, financial services and healthcare leading the charge in ML adoption. "Our customers are already asking for guidance with migrating their HPC and machine learning workloads to the cloud or hybrid environment," said Rob Lalonde, vice president and general manager of Navops at Univa. "As a result, we decided to conduct this survey to better understand the type of projects driving value in machine learning, as well as better assess what key challenges users are currently facing that are preventing them from moving their projects into production. We look forward to utilizing this data to help guide our customers and recommend the right set of tools and migration options needed to accelerate ML value."