Hybrid Cloud

HCL Technologies and IBM Collaborate to Accelerate Clients' Hybrid Cloud Journey

HCL Technologies (HCL), a global technology company, today announced a collaboration with IBM designed to help advance the hybrid cloud journeys of organizations worldwide.

HCL today announced new re-platforming and refactoring services to enable enterprises to build and migrate applications to IBM Cloud Private from within the company's HCL Cloud Native Labs. The services will be orchestrated and available from HCL's Cloud Native Labs in London, New York, and Noida, later this year.

HCL offerings include cloud strategy planning, application transformation, cloud-native cultural transformation, proof of concept building, and next-generation cloud native software development services - all of which are being extended to include the IBM Cloud offerings.

Cloudian Provides Seamless Hybrid and Multi-cloud Storage Integration for Veeam Environments

Cloudian today announced that its HyperStore object storage platform integrates seamlessly with Veeam's newest data protection software release, Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4. This integration provides new and existing Veeam customers with highly cost-effective, limitlessly scalable storage that works across public and private cloud environments. 

With data playing an increasingly central role in an organization's success, keeping it safe and readily available is more critical than ever. However, doing so has become more challenging in the face of continued rapid data growth. Veeam software is designed to provide both data protection and availability for all workloads-physical, virtual and cloud-and one of the key features in the new release is support of S3-compatible object storage platforms, utilizing the de facto standard protocol for cloud storage.

Because Cloudian offers the storage industry's best S3 compatibility, Veeam data protection customers will now be able to take full advantage of HyperStore's benefits as a backup, archive and disaster recovery storage target. These benefits include:

Avaya and Verint Extend Workforce Engagement Management for Cloud

Avaya Holdings Corp. and Verint Systems Inc. today announced an expansion of their partnership to introduce cloud deployments for Avaya Workforce Engagement Management, improving customer experience through operational intelligence in the contact center. Avaya‘s suite of workforce engagement capabilities can be deployed in any manner from on-premises to cloud services supporting public, private or hybrid deployment models.

Verint and Avaya, strategic partners for nearly 15 years, currently provide omnichannel and voice contact center and WEM solutions to tens of thousands of customers worldwide, ranging from small-to-medium businesses (SMB) to large enterprises with thousands of seats. Avaya and Verint expect that their current offering will continue to satisfy a wide range of customer requirements, and ongoing co-development will further expand WEM capabilities.

Avaya IX Workforce Engagement is a new offering introduced as part of the Avaya Intelligent Xperiences - or Avaya IX - solution naming architecture unveiled this week at the company's annual ENGAGE user group conference. Based on input from customers and partners, the new naming will streamline Avaya's portfolio of solutions and reflect the wealth of experience Avaya brings to bear for customers as they transform digitally and move their solutions into the cloud.

New Report Shows Retailers Bullish on Hybrid Cloud

Nutanix, Inc., a leader in enterprise cloud computing, announced the retail findings of its Enterprise Cloud Index Report, measuring retailers' plans for adopting private, hybrid and public clouds. The report revealed enterprise workloads are quickly moving off traditional data center infrastructure, dropping from 41% today to just 18% in two years time, as cloud usage accelerates. The retail industry has the second largest penetration of hybrid cloud deployments at 21%; with 93% identifying hybrid cloud as the ideal IT model, outpacing the global average for other industries.

Today's consumer expects a seamless omnichannel shopping experience in store, online and through new avenues such as mobile, in-app or even smart TV purchases. At the same time, retailers need to gather, analyze and keep data secure. This pressure to keep ahead of customer expectations is driving retailers to deploy innovative IT practices faster than ever.

It may not be a surprise that retailers are also embracing public clouds more quickly than their counterparts in other industries, yet their control of public cloud spend is better than peers in other industries. With the seasonality of the retail industry and traffic bursts impacting workload needs throughout the year, retailers have experience in flexing workloads to the public cloud as demand requires. Today, there is 15% public cloud usage in the retail industry compared to a 12% global average; and usage is set to grow to 22% in the next two years, outpacing the global cross-industry average by an even wider margin of 7 percent. Yet the higher than average percentage of retailers who say that hybrid cloud is the ideal IT deployment model (93%) also indicates that public cloud is not a panacea for the retail industry.

Red Hat Unifies Automation Across Hybrid Cloud Management with Latest Version of Red Hat Ansible Tower

Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.4, the latest version of its enterprise framework for automating across IT operations including infrastructure, networks, cloud and security. Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.4 includes workflow enhancements including nested workflows and workflow convergence, designed to simplify challenges inherent in managing complex hybrid cloud infrastructure.

A common reality for enterprises can be that separate IT teams may manage on-premises IT vs. cloud services, each with their own sets of Ansible Playbooks. To help maximize the benefits of automation across distributed infrastructure, these organizations can move beyond implementing automation to creating an automation "center of excellence." A center of excellence helps to provide consistent automation across the enterprise, sharing common solutions and accepted strategies as automation is introduced into new areas of IT internally. With Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.4, users can now define one master workflow that ties different areas of IT together - designed to cover a hybrid infrastructure without being stopped at specific technology silos.

With Red Hat's management portfolio, including Red Hat Satellite for Red Hat Enterprise Linux management and Red Hat CloudForms for bare metal, virtual machine and private cloud operations, integrated with Red Hat Ansible Tower, IT teams are able to more consistently orchestrate workflows across their full enterprise IT infrastructure estate.

Explorer and Equinix Partners to Launch OCEAN: A Methodology for Oracle Multi-Cloud and Hybrid-Cloud Deployments

At the annual UKOUG Tech18 Conference, held at ACC Liverpool December 2018, Explorer and Equinix took to the stage to launch a new partnership focussed on creating a joint solution and proposition for Hybrid Multi-Cloud Adoption. This proposition, which is a design methodology and fully managed service, is primarily designed for the Oracle customer base in the UK. The solution is called OCEAN.

OCEAN stands for Oracle Cloud, Enterprise Architecture & Networking and is a Cloud Adjacent Architecture design methodology for Oracle Cloud and multi-cloud adoption, which is interconnected via the Equinix Cloud Exchange FabricTM to on-premise infrastructure hosted within private cage(s) inside Equinix datacentres.
 

Caveonix Announces RiskForesight for VMware Cloud on AWS

Caveonix, the company providing proactive defense against risks in hybrid cloud environments, today announced that RiskForesight is available to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware Cloud on AWS brings together VMware's enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) software and elastic, bare-metal infrastructure from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to give organizations consistent operating model and application mobility for private and public cloud. Caveonix's RiskForesight product delivers proactive risk management to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS.

RiskForesight is a multi-tenant cyber risk and compliance management platform for the hybrid cloud, enabling service providers to offer full workload protection to their customers. RiskForesight's patented engine, CaveoIQ, leverages predictive analytics and machine learning to build IT, cyber and compliance risk mitigation models across the full cyber control plane to ensure security, network, compliance and policy enforcement of all cloud-based workloads.

SonicWall Secures Hybrid Clouds by Simplifying, Enhancing Deployment for Enterprises, SMBs

SonicWall announced new Capture Cloud Platform capabilities that include Zero-Touch Deployment and Secure SD-WAN (software-defined WAN) designed for distributed enterprises and organizations with hybrid cloud environments. The company also announced enhancements to the Capture Security Center with personalized Risk Meters that deliver company-specific, real-time threat intelligence and risk scoring, as well as Hyper-V, Azure and AWS support for its virtual firewall series.

"Organizations are invested in hybrid cloud strategies where they're able to harness the power of both public and private clouds, but they require solutions that help simplify and secure their cloud migration initiatives," said SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner. "Whether they are pursuing the benefits of a vendor's specific capabilities, looking to reduce the cost of hiring staff or seeking to reach compliance standards, SonicWall helps protect their migration while simultaneously giving more visibility and control of their environments."

Reducing Cost with Zero-Touch Deployment
SonicWall Zero-Touch Deployment allows organizations to quickly and securely configure firewall hardware at new locations without requiring advanced and costly on-site personnel. Once new products are brought online in remote locations, administrators can manage local and distributed networks through a single pane-of-glass using Capture Security Center, SonicWall's flagship cloud-based management and analytics SaaS platform.
 

DH2i Launches DxOdyssey for Zero Trust Hybrid/Multi-Cloud Security

DH2i, the leading provider of multi-platform Software Defined Perimeter and Smart Availability software for Windows and Linux, today announced the launch of DxOdyssey, its new network security software that dynamically deploys perimeter security where needed in order to isolate services for fine-grained user access, creating a Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP). The new DH2i SDP offering gives medium and large organizations the perimeter security model needed for Zero Trust network connectivity between on-premises sites and/or multi-cloud environments. In addition, the new offering addresses customer desire for a highly scalable, self-healing networking solution that is easy to configure and manage, with a high ROI. DxOdyssey makes the application infrastructure "always-secure and always-on".

Today's medium and large organization security and network admins are well-aware of the difficulties that surround using traditional approaches such as virtual private networks (VPNs) for perimeter security to connect on-premises sites and/or multi-cloud environments. The issues include:

Red Hat Refines Hybrid Cloud Innovation with Latest Version of the World's Leading Enterprise Linux Platform

Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6, a consistent hybrid cloud foundation for enterprise IT built on open source innovation. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 is designed to enable organizations to better keep pace with emerging cloud-native technologies while still supporting stable IT operations across enterprise IT's four footprints.

According to Gartner, "the landscape of cloud adoption is one of hybrid clouds and multiclouds. By 2020, 75% of organizations will have deployed a multicloud or hybrid cloud model." Red Hat believes that this indicates that a common foundation, one that can handle workloads in a consistent fashion regardless of whether they are running on bare metal or on a public cloud instance, is a key need for enterprises as they embrace a variety of cloud computing models.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 helps to provide this foundation, enabling organizations to deploy applications on a footprint that can best fit their unique needs, with the knowledge that the underlying operating system remains the same consistent and mission-critical-ready platform. The latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 brings enhancements designed to address a range of IT challenges, emphasizing security and compliancemanagement and automation, and Linux container innovations.