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Chaos Sumo Releases Industry Report on AWS S3 Blind Spots and New Data Lake Use Cases

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Chaos Sumo, a cloud-based log data retention and analytics service for object storage, today released the findings of The State of Object Storage 2018 Report: The Emergence of the AWS S3 Data Lake. As object storage such as AWS S3 continues to gain widespread enterprise momentum, with over 70 percent of companies reporting to use it today, it offers untapped opportunities for promising new use cases such as historical log analytics, and application and media hosting. More than one third of respondents in a recent survey, conducted by Chaos Sumo in December-January 2018, are also looking to object storage to streamline and enable data lake usage for historical trend analysis and machine learning. The study also found that the top barriers preventing S3 innovation are the lack of tools today that enable data access and visibility, and costs of moving data around in order to analyze the growing volumes of disparate object storage data with accuracy and scale.

"The current inability of businesses to perform consistent, longitudinal and easy trend and predictive analysis in object storage, including log analytics, is resulting in critical business information being thrown away or archived in an inaccessible manner," says Thomas Hazel, founder and CTO of Chaos Sumo. "This hidden culprit - the increasing costs of storing data for real- or near-time analysis, is the core impediment to doing more with the growing amount of data stored in object storage such as AWS S3, and Chaos Sumo is here to tackle this head on."

How to get your staff on board with your move to the cloud

If you are eager to take your business to the next level, you should seriously consider moving to the cloud. The cloud is a brilliant way for you to use technology to your advantage. However, it can also be a risky maneuver if your existing employees are dubious about any changes to your operation. In order to reassure them and to secure their support, you will need to pay close attention to the following five tips.

Invest in your training

First things first, you will need to invest in training your workforce. If you are going to maintain high levels of morale, it is important that none of your staff members are left behind. They are likely to resent your move to the cloud if it is making it harder for them to power through their workload. That is why you need to train all of your employees to make the most of cloud technology. Once they begin to notice the benefits, they will surely be supportive of the idea.

Actapio Takes Cloud Native Approach to Upgrade On-Premise Infrastructure to Manage High Scale Web Workloads

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Today, Heptio, in collaboration with Actapio, a subsidiary of Yahoo Japan Corporation, announces Gimbal, an open source initiative to unify and scale the flow of network traffic into hybrid environments consisting of multiple Kubernetes clusters and traditional infrastructure technologies including OpenStack.

Gimbal removes obstacles for companies looking to adopt Kubernetes in their environments by routing high volume traffic into both Kubernetes clusters and existing solutions like OpenStack that often live side by side in the enterprise infrastructure. This cloud native solution is tailored for the highly dynamic nature of managing Kubernetes workloads, which expensive, existing solutions are not designed to do. By using Gimbal, companies can leverage the agility of cloud native systems to modernize legacy infrastructure, giving them faster time-to-market at reduced cost.

The advantages of Gimbal include:

BAE Systems and Dell EMC collaborate to offer mission-ready cloud solution for the U.S. Government

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BAE Systems and Dell EMC today announced a collaboration to offer the first scalable, hybrid cloud solution of its kind for the U.S. government. The federated secure cloud is flexible enough to power agency-level IT modernization or support smaller, forward-operating units.

The solution empowers users to collaborate securely through common business applications while also providing users with common access to mission-essential tools. Its environment includes zero-anonymity security features for security administrators to monitor, track, and control in real time all software, hardware, and user access to their respective clouds.

Cloud Foundry Now Available on Asia's Leading Cloud Provider Alibaba Cloud

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Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the most widely-adopted open source cloud technologies in the world, announced today that Cloud Foundry will be available on Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group. Alibaba Cloud, the largest cloud infrastructure provider in China and among the three largest globally, also announced that it has joined the Foundation as a Gold member.

This integration ensures seamless interaction between Alibaba Cloud and Cloud Foundry. By creating a Cloud Provider Interface (CPI) for Cloud Foundry BOSH, Alibaba Cloud now has access to both Cloud Foundry Application Runtime (CFAR) and Cloud Foundry Container Runtime (CFCR) workloads. CFCR is a Kubernetes and BOSH-based technology housed within the Cloud Foundry Foundation.
 

Mirantis Launches Continuous Delivery Product based on Netflix's Spinnaker

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Mirantis announced the beta program for Mirantis Application Platform, based on the Spinnaker open source project. Mirantis Application Platform helps enterprises run applications in the public cloud, employing the approach pioneered by hyperscalers like Netflix and Google and commonly referred to as cloud-native continuous delivery.

Mirantis Application Platform is a standalone complement to Mirantis' infrastructure management offering based on OpenStack and Kubernetes, called Mirantis Cloud Platform.

"While it's easy to start using public cloud and get immediate benefits as a small team, getting ROI from cloud for a large enterprise requires streamlining the various processes, tools and security requirements across a diverse set of engineering silos," said Adrian Ionel, Mirantis CEO. "Mirantis Application Platform aims to address this challenge, enabling enterprises to maximize cloud ROI at scale through cloud native continuous delivery."

Mirantis Application Platform will help enterprises moving to AWS or GCE realize the following benefits:

How to Move Your Business Online

If your company doesn't currently have an online presence, you have probably realized you're missing many opportunities. Any business wanting to compete in today's marketplace must be online, or they will quickly and easily be left behind. Learn how to move your business online.

Launch a Website

Launching a website should be your first step to transitioning your business online. This will be your company's shop door on the internet, as it's here they will visit to learn more about your brand, products, and services. It must, therefore, be visually appealing, easy to use, informative, and it must reflect your branding. Find a reputable website design service to get started, such as FigmentAgency.com.

CloudHealth Technologies Announces Support for Microsoft Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances

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CloudHealth Technologies today announced that the robust Reserved Instance (RI) management capabilities of its cloud management platform now extend to Microsoft Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances. As a result, Azure customers can use the platform to reduce costs, save time and improve budgeting and forecasting over the full RI lifecycle.

"As companies increasingly rely on CloudHealth for RI lifecycle management, we are excited to extend our RI capabilities to Microsoft Azure customers," said John Purcell, VP of Products for CloudHealth Technologies. "Further, the new Azure reservation support allows CloudHealth customers to quickly identify reservation purchase opportunities and take full advantage of the cost savings from Microsoft."

The CloudHealth platform offers several key features for managing Azure RIs:

Zenoss Launches New Capabilities for Dell EMC XtremIO

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Zenoss Inc., the leader in software-defined IT operations, today announced the release of its Dell EMC XtremIO ZenPack, which enhances capabilities for monitoring Dell EMC XtremIO storage management clusters.

International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that the percentage of data processed, stored or delivered by public cloud data centers will nearly double to 26 percent between 2016 and 2025.

"Storage continues to be a priority for our customer base," said Mike Lunt, vice president of engineering at Zenoss. "IDC's recent estimates for cloud data center growth reflect the trends and concerns our customers are experiencing, and the new XtremIO ZenPack helps us address those concerns."

Cloudistics Launches in EMEA to Fast-Track Growth and Expand Its Partner Program

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Cloudistics, the cloud software platform company, today announced its launch into the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region as demand for its private cloud with a premium experience spreads across the region. The entry into EMEA comes hot on the heels of the US launch of Cloudistics' "Accelerate" channel program; a three-pronged program tailored to the company's value-added resellers (VARs), Technology Alliance Partners (TAPs), and Managed Service Providers (MSPs), which is now being rolled out to partners in EMEA.

Distribution agreements are already in place with UK based Ignition Ltd and Securicom IT Solutions, a leading vendor of managed IT services on the African continent.

Cloudistics empowers organizations to declare their independence from public cloud by bringing the desired benefits of public cloud behind the firewall making private cloud implementation, deployment, operations and maintenance easy, consistent, predictable, repeatable and secure. Cloudistics provides a turnkey enterprise cloud that breaks the barriers of cloud adoption such as change management, complexity, competency, and unanticipated costs. Cloudistics Ignite is purposely engineered to provide a premium experience due to its "customer inspired design" that is composable, software-defined, clusterless scaling and easy to use web-based cloud management.