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Poor Security Practices Put Cloud-Driven Business Growth and Cost Savings at Risk

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According to new research from Kaspersky Lab, 35 percent of businesses admit that they are unsure if certain pieces of corporate information are stored on company servers or on those of their cloud providers. Businesses are rapidly adopting cloud-based services to leverage cost savings, but the new report shows that this is leaving them unable to safeguard and account for business data, which puts them at risk to the effects of a potential third-party data breach.

Cloud services are enabling companies to take advantage of key technologies to support day-to-day operations and growth plans - without having to worry about maintenance or a hefty price tag. Therefore, it's no surprise that 78 percent of businesses are already using at least one Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based platform, and nearly the same amount (75%) are also planning to move more applications to the cloud in the future. When it comes to Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), nearly half (49%) of enterprises and 45 percent of SMBs are looking to outsource IT infrastructure and processes to third-parties.

 

Meituan.com Selects Mellanox Interconnect Solutions to Accelerate its Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Cloud Data Centers

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Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that Meituan.com has selected Mellanox Spectrum™ Ethernet switches, ConnectX® adapters and LinkX™ cables to accelerate its multi-thousand servers for their artificial intelligence, big data analytics and cloud data centers. Meituan.com is the world’s leading online and on-demand delivery platform, supporting 280 million mobile users and 5 million merchants across 2,180 cities in China, and processing up to 21 million orders a day during peak times. Utilizing Mellanox 25 Gigabit and 100 Gigabit smart interconnect solutions and RDMA technology, Meituan.com can better analyze and match user needs to merchant online offers, faster and more accurately, while lowering data center operational costs.
 

Citrix Named a Leader for Cloud and Hybrid Solutions in Enterprise File Sync and Share Platforms

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Citrix is positioned as a leader in both The Forrester Wave: Enterprise File Sync and Share Platforms -Cloud Solutions, Q4 2017 report as well as The Forrester Wave: Enterprise File Sync and Share Platforms -Hybrid Solutions, Q4 2017 report. The two new, independent Forrester Wave reports evaluate enterprise files sync and share vendors.

According to The Forrester Wave, Cloud Solutions report, "Citrix differentiates with its process and security offerings. Citrix provides cloud and hybrid deployment options for ShareFile, its EFSS offering. Customers can share and collaborate on files, as well as get approvals or eSignatures in the context of a business process. It supports large files - up to 100 GB - by default. Customers can protect content with data loss prevention (DLP), mark sensitive items with configurable watermarking tools, and execute auditable transactions with digital signature support."

New cloud-ready Nokia Data Refinery software brings web-scale automation to digital service providers' data-driven operations

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Nokia's Data Refinery data processing software adds support for cloud-ready automated deployment, enabling service providers to deliver new digital services and operate with web-scale efficiency.

Deriving value quickly and efficiently from the tremendous amount of data available to service providers is critical to improving business performance and customer experience. However, the demands of the digital world require real-time data that is uniformly available, and more scalable, flexible and accessible data processing than ever before. 

Nokia Data Refinery (formerly Comptel Data Refinery) provides intelligent fast data processing to power complex event processing, mediation convergence and consolidation solutions. It captures and processes siloed data of any type and from any source, including data from customers, applications, connected devices, networks, locations and services. It then refines and enriches that data with important contextual information and delivers it in real-time and in the right format to any business application, enabling service providers to deliver new personalized digital experiences.

Liquidware Announces General Availability of Stratusphere UX 6.0

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Liquidware, a leading 3rd party provider of platform-agnostic end-user computing solutions, today announced the general availability of Stratusphere UX 6.0, a user experience monitoring and diagnostics solution for physical desktops, virtual and cloud-based workspaces. Stratusphere UX has received a major architectural change with this release, scaling to support the capture of far more user, machine and application metrics and information. The solution has also added features to support application strategy, application visibility as well as support for new end-devices.

"We have put significant resources behind this version of Stratusphere UX," said David Bieneman, CEO and co-founder, Liquidware. "Architectural enhancements and the addition of a Stratusphere Collector Appliance now allow the solution to extend visibility and capture more in-guest details, while also increasing overall responsiveness and reporting." The new architecture of Stratusphere UX will better support enterprise environments with a platform scale increase of 400 percent and increases of 40 percent in interface responsiveness and over 100 percent in reporting time.
 

Worldwide Spending on Industry Cloud by Financial Firms Set To Grow by 24% in 2018, According to IDC

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Worldwide spending on industry cloud in the finance industry (banking, insurance, and securities and investment services combined) is expected to reach $3.2 billion in 2017, which represents an increase of 26% over 2016, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Semiannual Industry Cloud Tracker. IDC expects the amount to more than double in 2021, amassing total worldwide spending of $7.2 billion.

The manufacturing industry (both discrete and process combined) was a larger spender on industry cloud though, relative to its finance counterpart. This industry is expected to spend $4.2 billion in 2017 and achieve year-over-year growth of 23% in 2018. Similar to the finance industry, the manufacturing industry is also set to double its 2017 spending in 2021, reaching a total of $9.2 billion by then.

However, these two industries pale in comparison when matched against the spending might of healthcare providers. IDC forecasts healthcare providers across the world will spend a total of $8.9 billion in adopting industry cloud solutions during 2017. This industry is expected to increase spending by 20% year over year in 2018 on industry cloud solutions; by 2021, the same industry will spend a staggering $17.6 billion on industry cloud.

Armor Global Partner Program Increases International Channel, Adds Microsoft and AWS Partners to Ranks

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The Armor Guardian Partner Program announced today six additional partners, increasing its international presence and channel partners that hold a number of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft partner competencies. Armor, a cloud security service provider, offers a community-powered approach to security with the industry's first threat prevention and response platform, Spartan, designed for private, hybrid and public cloud environments including AWS and Azure.

"In the last twelve months, revenue through our channel efforts has accelerated by 400 percent and we look forward to carrying that momentum into the new year with the expansion of our presence in the United Kingdom, France, Poland and Greater Toronto area," said Chris Drake, founder and CEO of Armor. "Partners that are advising, migrating and managing important customer applications in the cloud recognize Armor's unique ability to accelerate their business by taking the burden of cloud security and compliance away from clients."

Druva Reveals 2017 AWS Cloud Data Protection Survey

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Druva, the global leader in cloud data protection and management, today announced the results of its Druva 2017 AWS Cloud Data Protection Survey, which reveals a disconnect between the perceptions of cloud data protection and its reality. The survey solicited insights from IT professionals across 20 industries, including technology, energy, financial and healthcare, regarding the state of Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud adoption, enterprise secondary storage, data protection and archiving needs.

According to results, one of the biggest benefits seen from those who have already moved their data to the cloud is cost savings (59 percent); yet 49 percent of respondents who are considering a move cite cost as the number one barrier. This paradox is indicative of a larger misconception about the capabilities of cloud technology. Despite rising confidence in durability and availability of company data in AWS, concerns remain around storage and usage costs.

Turbonomic Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation

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Turbonomic today announced that it has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), further advancing its commitment to bring self-managing systems to the cloud-native community and accelerate the adoption of Kubernetes. CNCF is committed to sustaining and integrating open source technologies like Kubernetes and Prometheus.

"CNCF is thrilled to have the support of organizations across the globe, like Turbonomic, contributing to diverse industries - each collectively focused on fueling more rapid adoption of cloud-native computing through open source technologies," said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

Alibaba Cloud Becomes the First Cloud Computing Company to Obtain C5 Attestation with Additional Requirements

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Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of the Alibaba Group, announced today that it had completed its assessment for the Cloud Computing Compliance Controls Catalogue (C5) set out by the Federal Office for Information Security in Germany, also known as Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI). Alibaba Cloud is the world's first cloud provider to achieve this attestation with the additional requirements. The attestation covers Elastic Compute Service ("ECS"), Relational Database Service ("RDS"), Object Storage Service ("OSS"), Content Delivery Network ("CDN"), Server Load Balancer ("SLB"), Virtual Private Cloud ("VPC") and Alibaba Cloud Security available on Alibaba Cloud's regions in Singapore and Germany.

Alibaba Cloud's commitment to applying the highest levels of compliance in controls and security is shown by meeting the C5 standard that serves not only as a benchmark for the German market, but also increasingly as a benchmark for institutions across Europe. With the attestation, customers in German states can leverage the work performed under this BSI audit to comply with stringent local requirements and operate secure workloads using Alibaba Cloud services.

C5 is intended primarily for professional cloud service providers, their auditors and customers of the cloud service providers. It has 17 distinct control requirements that the cloud providers either have to comply with or meet defined minimum standards. It is a required assessment for working with the public sector in Germany and is being increasingly adopted by the private sector. The philosophy behind C5 is to unify the currently fragmented certification of cloud provisions that are measured against no agreed standards and possess no coherent oversight.