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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.

Dimension Data and NTT Communications Join Forces to Create a Single 'Cloud Powerhouse' and Drive Innovation

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Dimension Data, the global technology solutions and services provider, and NTT Communications, the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT Group, will create a single ‘cloud powerhouse' by bringing together their cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) capabilities under the management of NTT Communications to deliver transformative, cloud-based solutions and innovation to clients of both organizations around the world.

Dimension Data and NTT Communications employ some of the most highly-skilled, sought-after cloud experts in the market. Bringing together these experts under the management of NTT Communications means the combined capabilities will have the power to drive innovation into the market and deliver the services that today's organizations demand.

InsideSales.com Partners with Microsoft to Provide Sales Acceleration Solutions Storage on Azure

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InsideSales.com, the sales acceleration SaaS software leader, has partnered with Microsoft to provide call recording storage for Predictive PowerDialer. Customers can now take advantage of Azure’s cloud services to retain recorded copies of critical sales conversations.

“Our customers have created millions of hours of call recordings for coaching or compliance purposes," said Dave Elkington, CEO and founder of InsideSales.com. "We wanted to make it simple, secure and cost effective for them to store those recordings for long periods of time. Microsoft offers world-class cloud services through its global network of managed data centers. InsideSales customers using Predictive PowerDialer can retain and review their sales call recordings through our seamless integration with Microsoft Azure.”
 

Hammer and OnApp partner to make private cloud affordable for all European businesses

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Hammer, a leading distributor of value-add server, storage and networking products, has announced a partnership with OnApp to bring OnApp Enterprise cloud appliances to businesses across Europe. OnApp software powers public cloud services for more than 3,500 telcos, MSPs and hosting companies worldwide - and now a new version of OnApp, OnApp Enterprise, is bringing the same public cloud efficiency, scalability and ease of use to the enterprise datacentre. Under the new partnership, OnApp Enterprise cloud solutions will become available to Hammer resellers throughout Europe via its offices in France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, the UK and Nordic countries.

OnApp Enterprise has everything a business needs to create a secure, self-service private cloud within the corporate datacentre. Delivered as a ready-to-run appliance using Intel® Data Center Blocks hardware, OnApp Enterprise includes a full virtualisation software stack, high performance software-defined storage, and a complete set of private cloud automation and management tools. With a fixed cost pricing model, and turnkey deployment in less than a day, OnApp brings public cloud agility to small businesses and enterprise IT departments, without the complexity or expense of other solutions.
 

OSIsoft Introduces OSIsoft Cloud Services

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OSIsoft LLC, a leader in operational intelligence, today announced OSIsoft Cloud Services, a new portfolio of services for securely storing, sharing and analyzing data with PI System technology in the cloud.

OSIsoft Cloud Services will allow existing PI System customers to more readily connect distributed facilities and assets to their existing PI System infrastructure or spin up new uses and applications for the PI System, such as predictive maintenance or leveraging PI System data for regulatory compliance. New customers, meanwhile, will be able to experiment with collecting, storing and analyzing data with the PI System.

OSIsoft Cloud Services will also serve as a foundation for integrated industrial digital communities where companies and people share data in real-time with supply chain partners, downstream customers and service providers. OSIsoft will offer OSIsoft Cloud Services as a managed service on a subscription basis that will expand over time. Additionally, partners will offer services and applications for OSIsoft Cloud Services on the OSIsoft Marketplace.