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Cloud Standards Customer Council Publishes Cloud Customer Architecture for Securing Workloads on Cloud Services Whitepaper

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The Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC) has published a new whitepaper, Cloud Customer Architecture for Securing Workloads on Cloud Services, that outlines security services and corresponding best practices for deploying a comprehensive cloud security architecture. The aim of this new guide is to provide a practical reference to help IT architects and IT security professionals architect, install, and operate the information security components of solutions built using cloud services. It is available for download at http://www.cloud-council.org/deliverables/cloud-customer-architecture-for-securing-workloads-on-cloud-services.htm

Many cloud services are now available, covering infrastructure, platform and application capabilities. Building business solutions using cloud services requires a clear understanding of the available security services, components and options-allied to a clear architecture- which addresses the complete lifecycle of cloud solutions covering development, deployment and operations.

The following security components are covered in detail:

Virtustream Expands Enterprise Cloud Platform for Mission Critical Applications to Asia-Pacific Region

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Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud company and a Dell Technologies Business, today announced that its enterprise cloud platform and services for mission critical applications are now available in the Asia-Pacific region including Australia and Japan. This offering includes Virtustream's innovative cloud technology and unique consumption billing model.

The need for enterprise cloud services in the region is increasing. According to published research, by 2020, "IDC predicts the Cloud Systems Infrastructure Services revenue in Asia/Pacific including Japan will reach $12.9 billion."

"The pent up demand for enterprise-level cloud services in the Asia-Pacific region is tremendous as organizations are eager to globally scale their operations at a rapid pace; while also managing the complexities of migrating their existing systems of record to the cloud," said Frank Gens, IDC senior vice president and chief analyst. "Add to that regional needs such as data sovereignty, and it narrows the playing field of providers significantly."

10 ways Google improved its cloud at NEXT

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Google cloud is seen by analysts as an up and comer. Company executives will even admit that the past few years Google has not had everything it needs to compete for enterprise customers in the IaaS public cloud market against Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and even IBM. But they will also tell you that Google is ready now.

Recently, Google held NEXT, its user conference where the company introduces new cloud features and users get to learn about the cloud platform. In the opening day keynote, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google’s cloud division, said that not many analysts have questioned Google’s technical abilities in the cloud. But now, they’ve rounded out the rest of their portfolio...

Are You Scared of the Cloud? Well You Should Be…

Are you afraid of using cloud services? Well, you should be because the very computing service's model introduces many different reasons to be concerned. There are a number of security flaws common across many different cloud services. In some cases, the cloud service or website poses a security threat and risk to one's privacy by its very design. Let's look at the biggest problems that come with using cloud services, websites and their associated apps.

Non secure Exchanges of Information

When you are connected to the cloud, you have to exchange information with the cloud servers. Your data is at risk when you upload it to the cloud or download it. Dropbox had to patch a flaw found in 2015 that allowed hackers to steal new information uploaded to its cloud through compromised third party Android apps. This is separate from the 2011 glitch that temporarily allowed anyone with a password to log in and view customer accounts.

Cavium and Microsoft Collaborate to Accelerate Cloud Services with ThunderX2

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Cavium, Inc., announced today that they are collaborating with Microsoft on evaluating and enabling a variety of cloud workloads running on Cavium's flagship ThunderX2 ARMv8-A Data Center processor for the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

The companies are also demonstrating web services on a version of Windows Server developed for Microsoft's internal use running cloud services workloads on ThunderX2. The server platform is based on Microsoft's Project Olympus - Microsoft's next generation open source hyperscale cloud hardware design.  The demonstrations will be shown at the Open Compute Project (OCP) U.S. Summit in San Jose on March 8 and 9, 2017 and are the result of an extensive long term collaboration between the two companies.

GigaTrust Launches Anyone-to-Anyone Content Security Cloud Services

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GigaTrust, a leading provider of endpoint security and document in-use protection, today announced the availability of GigaCloud, a fully-managed Software as a Service (SaaS) offering for secure endpoint document protection. GigaCloud delivers secure email and document collaboration services anytime, anywhere, on virtually any device and any platform with real-time data analytics, reporting and administrative tools.

In today's mobile society, email and documents are the lifeblood of communication among employees, partners and customers. But, with the rapid increase in data breaches, the need for document security is paramount. According to the Ponemon Institute, the average worldwide cost of a breach is $158 per record - a 29 percent increase since 2013. Balancing the need for collaboration with enterprise security and control to protect information against breaches, non-compliance, hacks and intellectual property theft from any mobile or desktop device represents the most significant challenge for organizations of all sizes in all industries.

Organizations often struggle with piecing together disparate security solutions to protect their universe of documents, but there is a better way. GigaCloud is the first and only secure email and document protection, consumption and collaboration service backed by cloud infrastructure and a complete security ecosystem. The GigaCloud service delivers the encrypted email and document protection that organizations and government entities need; in the configuration that works best for them.

Key benefits of the GigaCloud service include:

Teradata Launches IntelliCloud - Analytic Software-as-a-Service

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Teradata, a leading analytics solutions company, today announced Teradata IntelliCloud, its next generation secure managed cloud offering that provides data and analytic software as a service (SaaS). It is available with new deployment choices including Teradata IntelliFlex, the company's flagship enterprise data warehouse platform that Teradata will deploy and manage in its own data centers, and global public cloud infrastructure from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and later, from Microsoft Azure. By leveraging the same software, training, tools and ecosystem applications in which Teradata customers have already invested for their on-premises systems, IntelliCloud ensures 100% software consistency while increasing business agility and boosting focus on data-driven analytic insights that have meaningful business outcomes.

"Demand for cloud services increases daily. In fact, by 2020, 90 percent of our customers expect to have a hybrid cloud environment - and more than 85 percent expect to buy ‘as a service' for data warehousing," said Oliver Ratzesberger, executive vice president and chief product officer for Teradata.

According to Gartner, more and more clients are demanding that service offerings support hybrid scenarios that incorporate traditional technologies as well as new cloud technologies, and ultimately establish a hybrid IT environment. IntelliCloud was designed to support this type of modern hybrid approach with comprehensive subscription services aligned to customer priorities.

 

Purity IT Deploys Cloudian for Public Cloud Service

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Cloudian, Inc., a leading provider of hybrid cloud object storage, has announced that Purity IT, a storage and cloud services provider in Norway, has deployed its HyperStore solution as a key component of its new S3-based public cloud offering.

Based in Oslo, Purity IT is a leading regional provider of backup, disaster recovery and cloud storage services. They have built a public multi-site S3 service based on Cloudian HyperStore. The new service, which also offers local SAN cache and tiering to tape, is intended for use cases including primary storage, archiving and backup.

Cloudian HyperStore was selected ahead of technology from Scality, Red Hat, and Quantum, following a five month proof of concept comparison project. The competing solutions were tested on the following criteria: ease of use, data tiering capabilities, storage policy support, S3 API interoperability, scalability, security, and cost.

US Army turns to IBM to build, manage private cloud data center

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IBM officially announced Wednesday that it's signed a deal to build, manage and operate a private cloud data center for the US Army, within the Army's Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Alabama. The deal marks the first time the Army has turned to a private company to run a large-scale data center on its behalf within a military installation.

The on-premise private cloud initiative is part of a one-year task order. Under the Army Private Cloud 2 (APC2) contract, awarded to seven companies in 2011, the contract with IBM could be extended by as much as four additional years. Should it last the full five years, the contract will be worth approximately $62 million, IBM said...

UKCloud Kicks Off 2017 With Fresh Wave Of Price Cuts

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UKCloud, the easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave assured cloud services company, today announced its tenth round of price reductions, which are phased from 1st January 2017, across two of its most popular services: Cloud Storage and Enterprise Compute Cloud. The result of significant economies of scale and investment in hyper-converged infrastructure, UKCloud's latest price reductions coincide with price hikes elsewhere in the industry, particularly from US corporations. 

UKCloud's Cloud Storage provides a cost-effective storage repository for a variety of sensitive data assets, including body worn video and medical data. The company's investment in innovative hyper-converged infrastructure has completely refreshed the cloud storage platform, which is designed to deliver improved performance and functionality at a greatly reduced cost. Customers with large-scale requirements will pay just 1.5p per GB per month; this is a reduction of 66 percent and makes UKCloud's offering significantly cheaper than those of the leading US cloud providers. Customers with smaller requirements will see the price of their services fall by almost 80 percent, from 9p per GB per month to 2p per GB per month.