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Linux Academy Launches Cloud Assessments Platform to Test and Train Hands-On Technology Skills

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Linux Academy, the foremost online Linux and cloud training platform and community, today launched the public beta of Cloud Assessments, a new platform that allows enterprises to test and train their IT teams, as well as prospective job candidates, on their technology. Individuals can also leverage Cloud Assessments to prove real, hands-on skill and earn micro certifications. The first Cloud Assessment offerings will focus on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

"In today's world of constantly changing technologies and competition for IT talent, it's necessary for companies to know for certain that their IT staff and new hires have more than a theoretical understanding of their technology, particularly AWS," said Anthony James, CEO and founder, Linux Academy. "Whether it's used by companies to test, vet, or train their teams on AWS skills or by individuals to assess and learn new ones, Cloud Assessments provides proof of those skills, and we're very excited about the tremendous advantages and opportunities it presents to both."

Zadara Storage to Expand Market Reach through Agreement with Tech Data

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Zadara Storage, the provider of enterprise-class Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS), today announced an agreement with Tech Data Corporation, one of the world's largest wholesale distributors of technology products, services and solutions. Technology Solutions, formerly a division of Avnet and now part of Tech Data, will make Zadara Storage solutions easily accessible to channel partners worldwide through its Avnet Cloud Marketplace. Zadara Storage uniquely offers users enterprise-grade storage-as-a-service in any location (cloud, on-premise or hybrid), supporting any data type (block, file and object) and connecting to any protocol (FC, iSCSI, iSER, NFS, CIFS, S3, Swift). Customers of AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure can access Zadara Storage directly from their cloud virtual machines and enjoy Zadara's enhanced privacy, performance and data protection features.

According to the industry analyst firm IT Brand Pulse, the public cloud storage-as-a-service market is growing at approximately 25% per year, and by 2020 will capture 25% of a massive $50 billion in enterprise storage spending. The rapid transition from traditional CapEx storage to as-a-service solutions is due to the scalability, elasticity and economic benefits of OpEx-based storage-as-a-service. "At IT Brand Pulse, we believe that the rapid growth Zadara Storage is enjoying is due to their excellent product/market fit," said Frank Berry, CEO IT Brand Pulse. "Users are tired of the traditional model of purchasing and managing storage, and Zadara Storage has a unique, world-class storage-as-a-service solution, providing enterprise-grade storage that is also fully managed."

TriCore Becomes Standard APN Consulting Partner and AWS Channel Reseller Program Partner

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TriCore Solutions, the application management experts, today announced it has successfully achieved status as a Standard AWS Partner Network (APN) Consulting Partner and AWS Channel Reseller Program Partner. As part of the APN, the Company will have access to additional resources for technical, business, and sales enablement to help its customers design, architect, build, migrate, and manage their workloads and applications on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

“We’ve seen a lot of demand for AWS support from our existing customers, showing how big of a role it plays in the cloud space and the pace of migration expected to grow in the coming years,” said Mark Clayman, CEO, TriCore Solutions. “As more companies move parts of their business to the cloud, knowledge of AWS nuances becomes an essential area of expertise for managed service providers to possess. We’re continually innovating at TriCore, expanding our capabilities to respond to industry conditions and the needs of our customers, and our new status as Standard APN Consulting Partner and AWS Channel Reseller Program Partner demonstrates our promise to provide superior services that do just that.”
 

Wipro Launches the HOLMES Cloud BOT

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Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, today announced the launch of the Wipro HOLMES Cloud BOT - a continuously learning digital consultant that leverages Wipro’s BoundaryLess Data Center solution.

The Wipro HOLMES Cloud BOT uses a gamified natural language processing (NLP)-based chat interface to have an intelligent interaction with stakeholders to enrich the data for cloud analysis. It leverages the Wipro HOLMES Artificial Intelligence Platform that helps enterprises hyper-automate processes, redefine operations and enable their digital journeys. HOLMES represents Wipro’s integrated automation capabilities across infrastructure, applications and business process services, delivered through a comprehensive blend of tasks, processes, and cognitive technologies.

The Wipro HOLMES Cloud BOT leverages applications and infrastructure data residing in multiple data sources in the client’s environment, and facilitates collaboration between stakeholders from IT and business teams to create a comprehensive digital repository. This helps in analyzing and predicting viable cloud placement decisions, based on rule-based algorithms and past learning to accelerate the client’s cloud journey.
 

Blue Medora's Cloud and Database Performance Monitoring Innovations Drives Record Annual Growth

Blue Medora announced yesterday continued strong growth with its sixth consecutive record-breaking quarter. Over the past year, Blue Medora grew its product business by more than 240 percent and increased their customer base by 200 percent.
 
Closing the year with strong Q4 performance, the company expanded the business 254 percent from the previous year, exceeding expected interest in SelectStar, Blue Medora's native database performance, analytics and health monitoring platform.
 

Announcements at Google Next 17 and price cut on IaaS

Grazed from IT Blog.  Author: Marius Sandbu

So the last couple of days I’ve been watching closely on the keynotes at #GoogleNext, where Google was showing alot of the new enhancements to their platform. So a couple of weeks back they also introduced a new relational database service which is geo syncronous as well called Spanner

Now up until now Google has been one of the cheapest providers when it comes to regular IaaS, but now they have also announced commited use discount as well which will cut the IaaS cost even more. Let me give you an example.

Price cut on IaaS

ViON Cloud Experts Address Market as Fears Rise from Recent AWS S3 Outage

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ViON Corporation, a market leader in the design, delivery and maintenance of mission critical IT infrastructure solutions, today released new guidance for organizations as they re-evaluate their cloud strategy in light of the widespread AWS outage last week. As a long-term advisor in cloud computing for agencies and commercial enterprises, ViON is sharing the content throughout their network to help customers and non-customers gain stability amid a perfect storm of questions across the market.

“The outage shines a light on the vulnerability that IT managers and c-level executives face in business operations and data management – and we realize what a tremendous responsibility it is to plan for and anticipate all the possibilities,” explained Rob Davies, Executive Vice President of Operations. “We’ve served these leaders for many years and we feel it’s important to continue serving this community with sound advice and information as the stakes rise higher and higher.”
 

State Of Cloud Analytics In The Enterprise

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  • Cloud is an essential part of the analytics strategy of 70.1% of respondents, and 21.6% state that it is necessary as part of their analytics adoption.
  • Highest levels of cloud adoption involve moving and storing data, through data integration (61.1%) and data warehousing (55.8%).
  • 83.1% currently have mobile analytics implementations.
  • Enterprises are on a cloud analytics adoption journey from collaboration to enhancing business processes and strategies.

These and many other fascinating insights are from The State of Cloud Analytics, 2016. You can download the report here (41 pp., PDF, no opt-in). Informatica and Deloitte sponsored the study with industry analyst and consulting firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). Based on interviews with 402 respondents, 25.6% of which are senior managers, followed by C-level executives (23.6%), and senior directors/directions (20.9%) in late 2016 the study provides insights into current and future adoption plans of cloud analytics...

Google’s secret weapon in cloud computing: people

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: David Needle.

Google had several big tech and service announcements at this week's second annual Google Cloud Next conference here. But the company is also leveraging a surprising resource to win enterprise customers - people. It's surprising because Google's biggest successes have come from technology that pretty much sells itself, such as search and related advertising services like AdWords and AdSense.

But in those areas, Google succeeded because it was able to adroitly exploit its first mover advantage. In cloud computing, it trails the clear leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) and second-place Microsoft Azure. So at Cloud Next, the company did what smart competitors do: it unveiled new features and pricing designed to better position the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) as a worthy alternative...

Read more from the source @ http://www.computerworld.com/article/3179764/cloud-computing/googles-secret-weapon-in-cloud-computing-people.html

Excelero Launches from Stealth with NVMesh 1.1

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Excelero, a disruptor in software-defined block storage, is launching out of stealth today and announcing version 1.1 of its NVMesh® Server SAN software for exceptional Flash performance for web and enterprise applications at any scale. Funded in part by Fusion-io's founder David Flynn, Excelero enables enterprises to deploy next-generation data centers modeled after the standard hardware-based hyperscale IT architectures of technology giants like Facebook, Amazon and Google. With NVMesh, customers can leverage the full performance of NVMe flash at data center scale, with predictable application performance and astounding price/performance levels for even the most demanding applications.

NVMe holds the promise of unlimited performance for hyperscale environments, but current inefficient storage and application architectures suffer from low utilization rates - as little as 25%.  In nearly three years of development, Excelero has achieved 11 patents or patent-pending innovations for the ability to virtualize the NVMe devices and unify the capacity into a single pool of high-performance storage - to flexibly provision storage to applications as they need it.