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How to Painlessly Migrate to the Cloud

Article Written by Avery Phillips

So you're a business that needs to keep data about your clients, or you've been thinking about upgrading your internal software tools. You know the cloud is "where it's at" these days, but migrating your entire database and software suite sounds like an absolute nightmare. 

Panic not! Migrating to cloud services doesn't have to hurt, but transitioning without the headache does require some careful planning. A cloud transition is a continuous process, and although it can be made relatively painless, it's still quite difficult. 

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This is one of the first headaches that people think about. Making sure employees are up to date on new accounts and security procedures is a hassle (no one likes coming up with new passwords!), and you might have concerns about the security implications of an off-site service hosting your data or your client's data. 

Worldwide Public Cloud Services Spending Forecast to Reach $160 Billion This Year, According to IDC

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Worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is forecast to reach $160 billion in 2018, an increase of 23.2% over 2017, according to the latest update to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide. Although annual spending growth is expected to slow somewhat over the 2016-2021 forecast period, the market is forecast to achieve a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.9% with public cloud services spending totaling $277 billion in 2021.

The industries that are forecast to spend the most on public cloud services in 2018 are discrete manufacturing ($19.7 billion), professional services ($18.1 billion), and banking ($16.7 billion). The process manufacturing and retail industries are also expected to spend more than $10 billion each on public cloud services in 2018. These five industries will remain at the top in 2021 due to their continued investment in public cloud solutions. The industries that will see the fastest spending growth over the five-year forecast period are professional services (24.4% CAGR), telecommunications (23.3% CAGR), and banking (23.0% CAGR).

Cogeco Peer 1 Adds Managed Microsoft Azure Services to Cloud Portfolio

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Cogeco Peer 1, a global provider of essential business-to-business products and services, today is adding Managed Microsoft Azure Services to its global cloud portfolio, allowing customers to select from a fully customizable list of Azure expertise and scalable services.

"With the addition of Managed Microsoft Azure Services, Cogeco Peer 1 is offering customers flexible, customizable solutions that enable them to unlock the full potential of Azure to accelerate their enterprise transformation," said Bertrand Labelle, Vice President Marketing and Innovation, Cogeco Peer 1. "These services will power the potential of businesses looking to simplify their journey to the cloud and optimize their investment in Azure. They will benefit from a secured, monitored and optimized Azure environment entirely designed for their specific business needs and managed by our team of experts. This is about optimizing return on investment for customers who don't always have the expertise or capacity to take full advantage of the power of Azure".

Egenera Launches New Xterity Partner Program Designed for MSPs and Solutions Providers

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Egenera, a leading provider of wholesale cloud services to the channel today announced the launch of the Xterity Partner Program (XPP), a new program designed to empower the company's fast-growing network of resellers to capitalize on the exploding demand for cloud services in the SMB and mid-market.

Egenera's Xterity Cloud Services are sold 100 percent through the channel and deliver a full range of dedicated, managed, private and public cloud services, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), Backup as a Service (BaaS), and cloud migration.

Egenera's channel partners already benefit from a wholesale pricing structure that delivers the margins resellers need to develop a profitable and sustainable cloud services business.

Gamechanger: How the Cloud Has Altered Manufacturing Maintenance Forever

Article Written by Avery Phillips

Every year, companies rely more heavily on machines and technology to get work done. Basic machines are getting more advanced, and cloud services, IoT functionality, as well as data collection are increasing the efficiency of workplaces.

But as we rely more heavily on advanced machines and the data they generate to complete everyday activities, we open ourselves up to risk when those machines fail. An efficient maintenance schedule has always been a necessity for any business, especially warehouses, construction companies, and the like. But you'd be hard-pressed to find a workplace that doesn't rely on the efficient operation of machines or computers.

That's where the cloud comes in, especially in the manufacturing sector, for keeping up with the added complexity of maintenance scheduling.

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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.

 

Egenera Teams Up with Brigantia Partners for Xterity Cloud Services Distribution in the UK

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Egenera, a leading provider of wholesale cloud services to the channel today announced that it has signed a strategic partnership with Brigantia Partners, the largest subscription community of independent technology resellers and MSPs in the United Kingdom. Under the agreement, Brigantia is offering Egenera's Xterity Cloud Services to its extensive network of UK-based partners.

"We're seeing demand for cloud ramping up significantly among UK MSPs and solution providers," said Iain Shaw, commercial director, Brigantia. "End users are asking for cloud and the channel is actively looking for competitively priced, high quality services with top notch support and management. Brigantia can now deliver with Xterity."

CoreOS Tectonic 1.8 Delivers Industry's First Open Cloud Services for Enterprise Kubernetes

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To enable hybrid and multi-platform flexibility, CoreOS, the creator of the Tectonic enterprise Kubernetes platform, today announced that Tectonic 1.8 will ship with industry-first Open Cloud Services that enable enterprises to deploy key infrastructure components with the ease and efficiency of managed cloud services, while avoiding cloud vendor lock-in.

Companies are embracing containerized infrastructure to enable modern, more scalable, agile, flexible IT. According to Gartner, "by 2020, more than 50 percent of global enterprises will be running containerized applications in production, up from less than 20 percent today" (Gartner, Market Guide for Container Management Software, Dennis Smith, Anne Thomas, Arun Chandrasekaran, 10 August 2017). Enterprises need to build for a cloud native world, while DevOps leaders must have the latitude to run their applications in the cloud or hybrid environment of their choice.

With the CoreOS Open Cloud Services Catalog, CoreOS provides enterprises an alternative to cloud vendors' proprietary services and APIs, offering the equivalent of cloud-based offerings, based on open source technologies that enable customers to build their infrastructures on the hybrid environments of their choice.

Centrify Earns Advanced Partner Status in the Amazon Web Services Partner Network

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Centrify, a leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, today announced two milestones with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Centrify has been named an Advanced tier Partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN) and Centrify Identity Services are now available on AWS Marketplace. Achieving Advanced Technology Partner status in the APN allows Centrify to leverage the power of AWS's shared security model and provide identity and privilege management solutions for AWS administrators as well as developers and users of applications and workloads running on AWS services.

"We are thrilled to be a member of the AWS Partner Network and extend our collaboration with the leading cloud services provider," said Bill Mann, chief product officer at Centrify. "Our Advanced Technology Partner status enables us to couple Centrify's cutting-edge identity services and privilege management with the AWS shared security model, making it simpler for organizations to securely manage their employees' access to corporate AWS resources for development, application hosting and cloud storage and minimizes the need for administrative shared accounts and passwords to be reset on AWS."

TNS Expands Portfolio with New Cloud Connectivity Services

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Financial organizations who want to include cloud services within their trading infrastructure can now benefit from a new connectivity solution from Transaction Network Services (TNS) which addresses the mission-critical requirements of the global financial markets.

TNS Secure Cloud Connect has been designed to provide secure, resilient and easy access to a range of cloud services, including those from the major cloud providers. It facilitates connectivity to the cloud as well as from a firm's presence in the cloud to TNS' vast global financial community which includes more than 2,000 endpoints. Where cloud providers use a regional set up, TNS Secure Cloud Connect enables cross-region connectivity to help make the infrastructure more efficient and redundant.

Alex Walker, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of TNS' Financial Services Division, said: "Cloud services are rapidly expanding and it's no surprise that financial organizations have now begun to deploy these services. The cloud can provide greater flexibility and allow cost savings, but these benefits can be undermined by using unreliable and insecure public internet connectivity.