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Liquidware Expands Alliances Team as Computing Heads to the Cloud

Liquidware, the leader in adaptive workspace management, announced the appointments of 23-year veteran and three times Microsoft MVP, Robert Corradini, to lead its robust alliances programs as Director of Alliances, and fellow Microsoft MVP, Jeff Pitsch, as Senior Solutions Architect, effective October 2018. These appointments come at a strategic juncture, as the company works to expand its Amazon, Microsoft and Nutanix alliances in order to help organizations navigate the virtual desktop landscape, while continuing to deliver a more enhanced customer experience through its additional longstanding and key alliances with Citrix and VMware.

Corradini was recently responsible for crafting and running Nutanix Ready, a global program to validate third party solutions, that equipped him with a skill set which plays perfectly into the extended work Liquidware is doing with AWS, Microsoft, Google, and Nutanix. A creative, savvy technical engineer, he is skilled in both public and hybrid cloud computing with expertise that moreover spans the design, development and implementation of high-performance technology solutions.

Cloudamize Helps The Instillery Triple the Speed of Migration Planning and Grow Its Cloud Business

The Instillery, a public cloud consulting and managed services company, has leveraged the Cloudamize cloud computing analytics platform to plan cloud migrations three times faster for enterprises moving to Amazon Web Services (AWS). By using Cloudamize's automated analytics for cloud assessment and migration planning, The Instillery can more quickly instill confidence to migrate and get clients to the cloud faster - ultimately helping it increase the growth of its cloud business and provide exceptional client experiences.

Before implementing Cloudamize, attempting to gain full visibility into clients' on-premises infrastructures was painfully time-consuming for both The Instillery and its clients. Accurately and efficiently predicting cost and performance in AWS and identifying the best path to the cloud were major challenges that led to delayed cloud adoption by clients.

Because manual assessment and migration planning cost so much time, taking on new projects was nearly impossible for The Instillery without any extra bandwidth. As a result, the cloud consulting company chose to partner with Cloudamize.

Datadog Enhances Monitoring for Serverless Applications in AWS

Datadog announced comprehensive end-to-end monitoring for AWS Lambda functions. This capability is made possible by the release of a new integration with AWS X-Ray, which traces serverless calls while they run on AWS-operated infrastructure. Traces from AWS X-Ray, as well as metrics and logs data from Lambda functions, are available in a new serverless-centric user interface called Datadog Cloud Functions. Both of these new features are available for public beta.

While serverless functions can simplify development and scaling in certain areas of an application, they have also introduced significant complexity in performance monitoring. AWS Lambda runs on AWS-operated infrastructure where traditional instrumentation methods cannot be deployed. Without insight into this infrastructure, DevOps teams face blind spots where performance issues can occur for applications that rely on AWS Lambda.

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Altaro launches new multi-tenant offering complete with storage infrastructure: Altaro Office 365 Backup for MSPs

Thanks to the new Altaro Office 365 Backup for MSPs, being launched today, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can now provide their customers with backup and recovery services for Office 365 Exchange mailboxes, by automatically backing them up to Altaro's Microsoft Azure infrastructure. With this latest offering, Altaro extends its B2B data protection solutions beyond virtual machine (VM) backup for which it is already widely known and praised, counting more than 8,000 partners and MSPs worldwide.

It is essential for businesses to back up user Office 365 mailboxes so as not to lose critical data in the case of accidents such as unintentional mailbox deletion, or attacks such as malicious user actions or malware.

As Microsoft does not back up Office 365 subscriber data, Altaro's new offering enables MSPs to provide their customers with robust, reliable mailbox backup and recovery services.

Caveonix Announces RiskForesight for VMware Cloud on AWS

Caveonix, the company providing proactive defense against risks in hybrid cloud environments, today announced that RiskForesight is available to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware Cloud on AWS brings together VMware's enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) software and elastic, bare-metal infrastructure from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to give organizations consistent operating model and application mobility for private and public cloud. Caveonix's RiskForesight product delivers proactive risk management to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS.

RiskForesight is a multi-tenant cyber risk and compliance management platform for the hybrid cloud, enabling service providers to offer full workload protection to their customers. RiskForesight's patented engine, CaveoIQ, leverages predictive analytics and machine learning to build IT, cyber and compliance risk mitigation models across the full cyber control plane to ensure security, network, compliance and policy enforcement of all cloud-based workloads.

Druva Cloud Platform Brings Advanced Disaster Recovery and Governance Capabilities to AWS Workloads

Druva, Inc. today announced significant updates to Druva CloudRanger, Druva's data protection solution for AWS workloads, including the industry's first advanced automated disaster recovery, legal-hold, and file level search. Part of Druva Cloud Platform, these enhancements enable businesses utilizing AWS cloud environments to protect against unplanned events, better manage the lifecycle of their data and respond rapidly to compliance and legal data inquiries.

As enterprises continue to migrate application workloads to the cloud, ensuring disaster recovery and managing underlying data governance has become a critical need. Traditional on-premises systems have become too costly and complex, and fall short in addressing cloud architectures. Emerging cloud-based systems, however, are not immune to system corruption, user errors, outages or malicious attacks and can be difficult to manage for compliance or legal needs given the distributed nature. With Druva CloudRanger, enterprises are now able to ensure business continuity, minimize production environment impact and meet increasing compliance regulations across their AWS workloads through a single solution.

"The needs of today's businesses, increasingly taking place in the cloud, have surpassed the capabilities of yesterday's on-premises systems," said David Gildea, vice president of product and general manager, Druva CloudRanger. "With growing data footprints, Druva CloudRanger automated disaster recovery, governance, and deep level searches bring AWS users powerful control and manageability in a scalable, reliable SaaS solution. These enhancements will ensure enterprises achieve both business continuity and reduce the risks of their data in the cloud."

 

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Microsoft Acquires FSLogix to Enhance Virtual Desktop Capabilities in Office 365

Written by David Marshall

Microsoft announced today that is has acquired FSLogix, a company that launched back in 2012 with a focus on reducing the amount of hardware, time and labor required to support virtual desktop platforms.  FSLogix products solve real world problems in a straightforward, easy to deploy way.  From small businesses to very large global enterprises across numerous industries, their solutions enhance customer experience and productivity, while reducing support requirements for IT departments.

FSLogix co-founder and CTO Randy Cook said the company's first two products, FSLogix Apps and FSLogix Profile Container, "focused on addressing critical needs that have existed from the dawn of desktop virtualization" while their most recent product, Office 365 Container, "is designed to enhance the Microsoft Office 365 experience in those virtual desktop environments."

FSLogix Apps, one of its flagship solutions, provides a unique approach to managing applications that allows you to create a single master disk image while hiding applications from end users that are not entitled to them.  It can also be used to enforce device-based licensing.  FSLogix Profile Containers are getting rid of folder redirection, and optimizing login and application start times, and virtually eliminating profile corruption and login storms.
 

Announcing Fugue Risk Manager to Help Identify Cloud Compliance Violations and Protect Against Data Breaches

Fugue announced the release of Fugue Risk Manager. A new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, Fugue Risk Manager is designed to make it easier for enterprises to identify compliance issues in their cloud environments and prevent them from reoccurring.

Fugue Risk Manager inspects cloud infrastructure environments and identifies resource configuration issues for common compliance regimes, including AWS CIS Benchmarks, NIST 800-53 Rev. 4, GDPR, HIPAA, and custom controls specified by the customer. Once violations are corrected and a known-good baseline is established, Fugue Risk Manager can automatically identify configuration drift and revert it back to the established baseline as soon as it occurs.

"Enterprises that adopt the cloud are quickly confronted with the challenge of guarding against infrastructure misconfiguration that leads to critical data breaches and costly compliance fines," said Phillip Merrick, CEO of Fugue. "We developed Fugue Risk Manager to simplify the task of finding these problems and ensuring they never happen again, and to do so efficiently to support the speed and agility today's business demands."