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TMC's Cloud Computing Magazine Announces 2017 Cloud Security Excellence Award Winners
The Cloud Computing Security Excellence Awards, presented by Cloud Computing magazine, honor solutions in two categories: those that most effectively leverage cloud platforms to deliver network security, and those providing security for cloud applications.

Cloud Growth and Cloud Waste
According to Gartner, the global infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market will grow by 39 percent in 2017 to reach $35 billion by the end of the year. IaaS growth shows no sign of slowing down and is expected to reach $72 billion by 2021, a CAGR of 30 percent. This revenue is principally split by the big-four players in public cloud: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure (Azure), Google Compute Platform (GC) and IBM.

It's Time to Challenge Beliefs and Fears When It Comes to IT Transformation
It goes without saying that the task of going cloud-first at the enterprise level can be daunting. After all, you're looking at a wholesale shift in the very essence of your computing fabric. But, while it sounds scary, we found that it may not be a hard as you think.

What is the New Age of Telecom?
Given the company's growth since it first combined three prominent brands in 2013, I spoke to Coriant's CEO Shaygan Kheradpir to hear firsthand about the journey and his strategy for continued growth and the new age of telecom.

Data Striim-ing for Real-time Actionable Business Intelligence
Those same consumers, however, are also employees, analysts, and executives, but the business world, as it often does, lags behind consumer trends (think about where the mobile device phenomenon began). Ultimately, though, the question became: why can't we have access to real-time business information as well?

Business Cloud Communications Growing Rapidly
A recent study has found that the business cloud communications market is growing by 23 percent annually.

Hitachi Content Platform Portfolio Improves Cloud Computing Efficiency
The Hitachi Content Platform Portfolio has been updated to improve the efficiency of cloud computing and multi-cloud environments to achieve higher savings in the total cost of ownership.

ParkMyCloud Now Supports Auto Scheduling for Google Cloud Platform
ParkMyCloud announced it now supports the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in addition to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, which brings three of the leading cloud providers under its portfolio.

Mistakes to Avoid When Using Cloud Contact Center Technology
Cloud technology has transformed the industry by effectively removing the need for enterprises to own, operate and manage an on-site contact center system. However, many contact centers are still not utilizing the technology to its full potential. In this article, we will reveal the worst mistakes you can make when deploying and using cloud contact center technology.

How Cloud Technology Can Save Millions of Dollars
Spending two years and two million dollars to implement an on-premises management information system has been an all too common experience for companies looking to implement data-driven decision processes. This price tag for upfront fixed costs of infrastructure equipment and software is a significant barrier for small to medium-sized enterprises seeking to tap into the rich data flow of their business transactions.

Aviatrix Honored As 'Cool' Cloud Computing Vendor
Aviatrix has been named a "cool vendor" in cloud computing for 2017 by Gartner Inc.

NVIDIA Ramps Up Cloud Computing with New Partner Program
NVIDIA's new partner program represents a major advance in cloud computing, offering early access to new architecture and more.

Four Common Cloud Challenges and How to Deal With Them
Cloud migration has accelerated among businesses of all sizes in the last two years, driven in large part by the desire to become more agile, reduce operational costs, and increase innovation. Adoption shows no signs of slowing and the IDC predicts that most software vendors will have fully shifted to a software as a service (SaaS) or platform as a service (PaaS) platform by the year 2018.

Cloud Application Lifecycle Management
Enterprises typically have diverse application portfolios, which is why so many are turning to a hybrid cloud strategy. Some applications have variable workloads and low data sensitivity, making them natural fits for public clouds. Others have data that not everybody is comfortable having outside of a corporate firewall and steady state demand, making them better suited for private clouds.

Cloud vs. Data Center: Important Things to Know
Whether moving to cloud computing or sticking to an in-house data center, there are important things to know.

RackWare Hybrid Cloud Management Now GA
RackWare today announced the general availability of its solution for managing hybrid cloud environments. The Advanced Hybrid Cloud Management Suite addresses all types of scenarios, including public clouds, OpenStack, and physical environments.

Network Infrastructure is Undergoing a 'Tectonic Shift': New CCO Explains How Coriant is Addressing This
Coriant recently added to its team by bringing aboard Homayoun Razavi, a 30-year veteran of the tech industry. His career includes executive positions at industry-leading companies such as BroadSoft and Ditech, as well as experience with successful startups such as Ascend and Cascade Communications. Cloud Computing magazine recently interviewed Razavi to learn more about him and his work at Coriant.

How Cloud Computing Can Change Digital Marketing
There are many different industries that can benefit significantly from cloud adoption. In fact, 90 percent of companies are using the cloud in some form. One industry that can certainly benefit from the use of the cloud is digital marketing. Here are some of the big changes the cloud is likely to cause for digital marketing as a whole.

Cognizant Licenses, Trains on Pivotal Cloud Foundry
Cloud platform company Pivotal and application engineering outfit Cognizant are deepening their relationship. This expanded partnership will see Cognizant license Pivotal technologies, get access to Pivotal's Platform Acceleration Lab, and train its consultants and customers on Pivotal's platform.

What to Expect in Cloud Computing
A string of forecasts have emerged for cloud computing, and the news looks reasonably good going forward.

This Is Why We Aren't Seeing More Cloud Startups
Cloud computing and storage services used to be extremely expensive, and it was a space that didn't see a lot of innovation or change. But all of that is changing now, and Amazon is largely to blame - not that it's a bad thing.

Still Afraid of the Cloud? You Shouldn't Be
Despite the fact that the cloud has now been around for years, and is accepted by the tech community as a legitimate resource, it still remains an enigma to countless companies and individuals. It's human nature to be skeptical of concepts we don't fully understand, and that's a problem businesses face on a daily basis when contemplating the cloud.

Top-down vs. Bottom-up Approaches to Moving to Cloud
Many companies and government agencies adopt a "top-down" approach in setting IT policy, making sure technology is secure before approving it for organization-wide use. Some, conversely, employ a "bottom-up" approach, allowing individuals and offices to innovate, and then adopting those experiments that have successful results to improve the organization-wide technology infrastructure.

Cloud Computing Market to Hit $41.7B in 2017
The latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker has revealed a 15.3 percent increase in cloud computing for 2017, with a total market value of $41.7B.

5 Trends Every SaaS Sales Leader Needs to Know
The SaaS model - led by companies such as Microsoft and SalesForce - is attracting more disruptors than ever before. As new companies threaten marketplaces and margins, sales leaders in the SaaS space that do not 'track and react' to the industry's latest trends could face extinction.

What Is Cloud Waste (And How Can You Prevent It)?
"Waste not, want not." That was one of the quips of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin. It couldn't be more timely advice in today's cloud computing world - especially given the reality of cloud waste.

Cloud Computing and AI Are Merging Together
Cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) are two seemingly unrelated technologies that have already transformed how we engage with the world around us. Now, industries are combining these fields for even further changes.

Peak 10 Details Channel, Customer Strategy
Peak 10 is a national provider of cloud and colocation services. It is investing richly in the channel, and wants to increase the amount of business it does with the channel as a whole.

IT and Business: In Search of the Golden Mean
In an ideal world, the business side of an enterprise is responsible for setting the revenue goals and then meeting them, while the IT side of the house is responsible for providing the technology support needed to meet those business goals.

Gap Shrinking in Cloud Computing
The gap in cloud computing between Amazon and Microsoft is shrinking, according to a new report.

Magento Commerce Adds New Functionality
Magento Commerce has added some new functionality to the Magento Commerce Cloud. That includes new business intelligence, content management, payments, shipping, and social commerce features.

Zang Cloud Gives BBB Extra Firepower
The Better Business Bureau of Los Angeles and Silicon Valley brings in Zang Cloud to drive its BBB now system.

Reports of the Cloud's Death Are Greatly Exaggerated
Levine has told various media outlets that cloud computing, in his mind, is analogous to mainframe computing. Both are centralized. But the Internet of Things, Levine says, will call for decentralization - or computing at the edge.

Cloud Computing 2.0 is Here: Welcome to Fog Computing
Cloud computing has been a buzz worthy phrase lately, but now people are curious about the next generation of cloud computing: fog computing. Keep reading to learn about what this technology is and why it matters for businesses and consumers alike.

Five Cyber Threats E-commerce Websites Should Watch Out For
Regardless of the size of the business, the threat posed by cyber criminals is real. Here are five of the biggest cyber threats e-commerce websites need to be aware of and secure themselves against.

Wanda Group to Sell IBM Cloud in China
IBM has joined forces with Dalian Wanda Group to provide Chinese companies with cloud services. The partners have founded a new venture called Wanda Cloud Company.

VMware to Discuss Cloud, Virtualization Benefits
To learn more about how virtualization works, how it relates to the cloud, and how your company can benefit from it, check out the webinar "Your Journey to the Cloud Starts Today!" This free event, sponsored by ePlus along with VMware, will take place Thursday, March 23 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.

TMC Announces Recipients of the 2016 Cloud Computing Excellence Award
TMC, a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person and online, today announced the winners of the 2016 Cloud Computing Excellence Award.

Actiance Adds Vantage to Microsoft Azure
Cloud security has been important ever since there was a cloud to secure. Actiance is delivering a whole new value by connecting its Vantage system to Microsoft Azure.

Cloudera Reportedly Filed IPO Paperwork
Cloudera Inc. is reportedly readying for an initial public offering that could yield a valuation of $4.1 billion.

Cloud: How Did We Get Here and What's Next?
It wasn't too long ago that companies used on-premises solutions for all of their IT and data storage needs. Now, with the growing popularity of Cloud services, the world of IT is rapidly changing. How did we get here? And more importantly, what is the future of IT and data storage?

Google Bolsters Machine Learning Platform
Google is acquiring Kaggle, a company that specializes in data science and machine learning.

The Five Most Common Application Bottlenecks
Application bottlenecks can lead an otherwise functional computer or server to slow down to a crawl. The term "bottleneck" refers to both an overloaded network and the state of a computing device in which one component is unable to keep pace with the rest of the system, thus slowing overall performance.

Cloud Compliance

Five Considerations for DCOI Compliancy
DCOI stands for data center optimization initiative. It is part of a U.S. government mandate that requires all federal data centers to implement efficiency, energy, and cost saving measures.

Cloud Disaster Recovery Mistakes Your Organization Might Be Making
Cloud computing is an excellent means to improve a company's defensive posture against failure, but the cloud that is being used has to have built-in redundancy for local and geographic failure. Geo-redundancy, coupled with intrusion detection/prevention and denial of service attack mitigation capabilities, constitutes a total cloud disaster recovery package.

MiFID II and the Urgency of the Cloud
MiFID II affects all organizations conducting business in Europe, and its 2,000 pages of regulations must be strictly followed. Minor changes to the regulations may be enacted at any time, with companies failing to comply receiving major fines.

iland's Secure Cloud Services Take On Data Privacy Regulations
iland's Secure Cloud Services were released today with the intention of helping companies use the cloud, while also meeting compliance and data privacy regulations.

The Importance of Intelligent Network Automation in Hybrid Cloud Environments
When you consider the lower infrastructure cost, greater agility, and improved security they offer in comparison to public clouds or traditional client-server architectures, it's no surprise that a growing number of organizations are investing in hybrid clouds and virtualized, automated data centers.

When Do Custom Cloud Applications Make Sense?
Businesses often look for a quick technology solution to satisfy their needs. Many times, selecting a vendor or commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) or software as-a-service (SaaS) application is a great choice. Especially when commercial applications offer functionality that is ready to go and can be implemented quickly with minimal development or customization work.

Public or Private: Which Cloud is Right for You?
Cloud services are gaining in popularity as the capabilities continue to evolve rapidly. Along with these capabilities, many questions may arise for business owners and users alike. The majority of these questions may be answered through understanding the implications that arise out of utilizing a public or private cloud as your primary method of storage in the future.

Benefits of Taking E-commerce to the Cloud
The last two decades have been marked with tremendous growth of e-commerce. Its popularity and simplicity changed the way we see and do business today. New technological solutions emerge every year and e-commerce business owners need to keep up with the developments in order to prevent falling behind their competitors. The rise of cloud computing created a whole new world of options.

Getting Cloud Computing Right with Cloud Perspectives
Steven Woodward, Cloud Perspectives CEO, will be presenting at ITEXPO this week during a session titled "Cloud Connectivity: Consumer, Provider and Broker Implications" on Thurs., Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m. The session will look at typical cloud brokering scenarios and the various cloud options as well as dive into how SDN and NFV can be used to help solve challenges.

Hybrid Cloud to Become Big Technology Opportunity for Enterprises
Hybrid cloud is set to be one of the biggest, most valuable technology opportunities for enterprises in the Middle East in 2017 and looking ahead over the next few years. To take advantage of this opportunity, enterprises must apply the same principles they utilize in maintaining multiple data centres to data storage in the cloud - whereby a single cloud will no longer suffice.

Why Turnkey Solutions Beat Generic Cloud Services in Virtual Training Delivery
There's no denying it - cloud has arrived. Cloud technology has seen adoption grow rapidly in recent years and is expected to be even bigger business. Forrester expects public cloud services to be worth $236 billion by 2020 and, if the new year hasn't sunk in yet, that's just three years away.

How Cloud SaaS Models Enable Organizations to Think Outside the Box
As organizations across all industries continuously look for innovative measures to improve their productivity and expand their reach, cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) models have become the norm.

Compliance in the Cloud: How to Cover Your Bases
Regulatory compliance today is more burdensome than ever, and not just in heavily regulated industries like healthcare and payment card processing. In fact, in PricewaterhouseCoopers' 2016 CEO Survey, 79 percent of respondents said they were either "somewhat concerned" or "extremely concerned" about the impact that over-regulation might have on their organization's growth prospects.

Cloud Computing Market to Experience Sustainable Growth
A new Kable Market Research report projects "sustainable" growth ahead for the cloud computing market.

Not All Clouds Are Created Equal
Data in transit, traveling to and through the cloud, is at risk. But there's also danger while it's stored or processed. And as more organizations look to cloud services, and providers make investments in infrastructure and data centers, the theme of quality over quantity rings true.

Aviatrix Raises $15M in B Round
Aviatrix, a company that addresses the network part of hybrid cloud, today revealed it has raised $15 million in a Series B funding round. New investor CRV led the round, in which existing investors Formation 8 and Ignition Partners also participated.

Cracking the Cloud Migration Code
For many businesses today, the discussion of whether to move to the cloud is over. It is now a question of when-and, more importantly, how.

How to Optimally Manage Various Environments on the Cloud
Cloud for business is no longer optional. Startups need the cloud for its speed and ease, while enterprises need the cloud for its scalability. No matter an organization's cloud requirements, any application development life cycle involves various environments, including, but not limited to, development, testing, staging and production.

Combining High Performance Computing with Big Data Analytics on the Same Infrastructure
The cloud computing revolution continues to change the way organizations view their IT resources. OpenStack cloud software provides a common, open source platform that can be used by corporations, service providers, researchers, and anyone else that wants to deploy a private cloud. For many HPC users the question now becomes, can I run an HPC workload atop this OpenStack or alongside it?

Ten Best Global Telecom Companies in 2017
The world has huge telecommunications and wireless connection needs, and with the increasing influence and growth of mobile, the telecommunications industry is forecast to continue growing at a tremendous pace.

Positioning Network Service Providers for Success with Cloud Contact Center Solutions
Network Service Providers (NSPs), historically, have mostly operated in the connectivity business. But as cloud-based solutions continue to proliferate, new opportunities are forcing them to reconsider their business model. The contact center is one such opportunity, and there are two very compelling reasons why NSPs should take note.

Storage the SwiftStack Way
Software has an insatiable appetite for today's world. Serving as the straw stirring the drink, innovation is driving the software-defined and SaaSy reality of today and opportunity of tomorrow. Throw in the cloud, and the sky is the limit. An area feeling software's impact is storage, and specifically scale. There are many ways to address storage but when it comes to large object storage, SwiftStack takes an interesting approach.

Kandy Talks RTC, Predictions for 2017
Kandy, GENBAND's platform as a service offering, has been weaving rich communications services into business and consumer applications via mobile and the Internet since its inception. So what's next?

Cloud Predictions 2017
Robert Green, CTO at cloud technologies provider Dizzion, offers his predictions for the cloud in 2017.

Datera: Data as a Service for the Data Era
We are clearly in the midst of transformation in today's digital era, and garnering growing attention is data. It's not just about data, though, it's about leveraging real time data to gain real time insights, which is challenging infrastructure to support this trend, and then some, as our real time reality proliferates.

Cloud Computing Benefits for Enterprises
Though the core benefits of efficiency and agility remains the same, let's take a high-level view on the major bucket benefits of cloud computing.

Cloud Computing Magazine Announces Winners of 2016 Backup and Disaster Recovery Awards
The Cloud Computing Backup and Disaster Recovery Award recognizes technologies and vendors that have built cloud solutions empowering businesses small or large to remain active and productive under even the most challenging conditions, minimizing lost business opportunities.

Eight Ways Cloud Computing will Skyrocket Small Businesses
With cloud computing, small businesses have received a firm thrust in the right direction. They are getting access to facilities and capabilities that were once possible to only large companies.

Quali Sandbox Helps Businesses Get to Market Faster
The Quali CloudShell sandbox provides businesses with the ability to standardize production environments so they can expedite their time to market.

What Contact Centers Look for in a Cloud Service Provider
The contact center has evolved as customer expectations have become more demanding. Complex technology is required to manage the increasingly connected and interactive communications between customers and agents.

Aria Systems: Monetization Solutions Address Today's Trends
Monetization solutions from Aria Systems help the businesses that use them-including information technology departments- to offer their customers more choices in their products and services, and how and when to purchase and pay for them.

Cloud First World Presents IT with Golden Opportunity
As cloud computing has gained year-over-year traction in the enterprise world, many have wondered when large organizations would reach a tipping point. In other words, when would the majority of enterprises declare themselves as cloud-first entities, build their strategies around cloud-first pillars, and be in some stage of transitioning to cloud-first implementation? As it turns out, that point does not exist in the distant, or even the not-so-distant, future. That time is now. And for IT, that changes everything.

Convergence Corner

Looking at the World of Collaboration through a Prysm
Today's so-called digital workplace is creating new ways for businesses to collaborate and conduct business both internally and externally, with colleagues, partners, customers, prospects, and any other stakeholders, regardless of location. Geography is no longer a barrier to collaboration; nor, frankly, is the type of interaction or collaboration - applications, content, video, voice, multiparty interactions can all be shared interactively in the digital workspaces that are replacing traditional conference rooms.

ParkMyCloud Delivers Zero-Touch Parking
The move to the cloud has been lauded for its ability to provide people with networking resources on demand. Indeed, you could think of Amazon Web Services and the like as utilities. But while you can switch off a light or turn off a faucet to manage your power and water usage and cost, there's no easy way to hit the off button on the cloud when it's not in use. At least there wasn't until the introduction of ParkMyCloud, says Jay Chapel, CEO of the Dulles, VA-based startup.

TMC's Cloud Computing Magazine Announces 2016 Cloud Security Excellence Award Winners
The Cloud Computing Security Excellence Awards, presented by Cloud Computing magazine, honor solutions in two categories: those that most effectively leverage cloud platforms to deliver network security, and those providing security for cloud applications.

Comcast Fined by FCC
The FCC levied "the largest civil penalty assessed from a cable operator by the FCC," earlier this week, fining cable television and Internet provider Comcast 2.3 million dollars, after it was revealed that the company charged customers for services they never requested.

IBM Launches Cloud Object Storage
This week, technology giant IBM announced a number of new software and platform releases with a focus on the cloud. As more businesses are looking to move large parts of their operations to the cloud, IBM has focused heavily on hybrid cloud technologies with the goal of increasing the security and reliability of cloud-based systems.

Pure Storage Rolls Out Petabyte-Scale Flash Storage
One of the biggest problems for flash storage has long been its comparative lack of storage capability against its direct equivalent, hard disk storage. A terabyte in hard disk was much easier to get, and much less expensive, than a terabyte in flash. However, Pure Storage may well have beaten that part of the flash / hard disk debate thanks to its new petabyte-scale storage system, now available for cloud-based information technology (IT) systems.

Accenture Meets Clients' Needs with New Salesforce Capabilities
To improve upon its status as a cloud services provider, Accenture has acquired Salesforce solution providers CRMWaypoint and New Energy Group. Going past acquisitions, the company has also worked closely with Salesforce to create a portfolio of industry solutions that support as-a-service innovations. This portfolio includes 15 Fullforce solutions, which is more than double what it had last year.

Which Enterprise Cloud Computing Provider Should Your Business Invest In?
When cloud computing technology first became scalable for businesses, competition was stiff as all of the top tech providers, and numerous commercial and enterprise companies, were vying to become the go-to cloud tech provider. However, the market eventually elevated Amazon, Microsoft and Google to the top of the ranks of cloud tech providers. These brands continue to dominate by offering the top cloud computing technology options available. Today, business executives realize the real challenge they face when it comes to the cloud is figuring out which one of these providers best meets their needs before investing in the tech.

Infinera Unveils Cloud Xpress 2
Infinera has had terrific success with its line of Cloud Xpress solutions. Building on that, the company today unveiled Cloud Xpress 2.

Nimbix Introduces PushToCompute
Nimbix now allows developers and ISVs to push workflows to its platform via a new solution called PushToCompute.

The Automotive Industry Goes Driving in the Cloud
The automotive industry has undergone some serious innovation as of late. Just a few of these innovations include the development of mobile broadband, cloud computing and location-awareness. Developments have even been made such that your car can now keep out of accidents by shutting it off and applying the brakes before you make contact with another car. It truly is mind-boggling just how connected our cars are.

Should My Company Migrate to the Cloud?
From email and file sharing to CRM systems and critical infrastructure, businesses are moving their systems to the cloud at a phenomenal rate. But before diving head first into the cloud, keep in mind that migrations don't happen overnight and that any company considering this move must carefully evaluate both the risks and rewards.

SugarCRM, VMware Join the IBM Cloud
VMware is best known for its virtual machine technology. The company's product portfolio includes a cloud-hosted virtual desktop solution called Horizon Air.

Why Software as a Service? Let Me Explain
With SaaS, of course, customers pay for software via a subscription according to use instead of making a one-off purchase. Instead of installing the software on the organization's servers, it will now be in the supplier's cloud. Organizations can then access it through the Internet.

Microservices, Agility, DevOps: Three Keys for Mobile Success
With tech-forward Millennials now comprising the bulk of the U.S. workforce-having surpassed generation X-we can only anticipate demands for evolving technology in business to intensify, mirroring consumer behavior. Mobile can be the catalyst in helping organizations to meet those expectations. In many cases, mobile has already played a role in how software has been architected, designed, developed and distributed, which our experience has found contributes to stimulating innovation and development.

Cloud Billing for Enterprises Moving Center Stage for Monetizing the 'Now' Economy
This all started with the realization that digitization of content along with the Internet was going to make real-time the only time when it came to being responsive in an increasingly online world. It has been expanded greatly to incorporate the need for more and more context-based agility. And, while I don't like using Wikipedia definitions, the one for "real-time economy" is spot on:

Five Things IT Managers Should Look For In A Web-based App
Keeping the network free of unauthorized software has always been a challenge. Software inventory and management tools are often helpful in holding back the tide of software that saps the time and attention of the IT staff. However, the emerging world of apps that run in a web browser makes it even more difficult to be aware of, let alone manage, the software the company employees are running. The only practical way to get ahead of the curve on this trend is to understand and embrace it in a way that lets you overcome the risks and problems. How? Look for web-based apps that are optimized for enterprise management and provide them to your users. Here are the enterprise-friendly features to look for in a web-based app:

Enterprise Cloud Communications: What You Need to Know
Today's business world continues to shift its dynamic from one that operated fully in-house with clunky on-premises equipment to one that's allowing hosted and cloud-based solutions into the mix. These cloud communications solutions are replacing traditional on-premises systems and changing the dynamics of the enterprise. No more keeping tabs on servers and having to perform daunting upgrades.

Ranger College Perks Up Its Distance Learning With ADTRAN
Distance learning offers new educational opportunities to a wide array of users, allowing most anyone to sit in on a class and even cut some of the expense out of a college education. Ranger College-a community college located in rural Texas-recently added to its own lineup of distance learning options by bringing in ADTRAN's ProCloud Plus system to better allow educators to offer up a learning environment users can get behind regardless of physical location.

IBM Named Market Leader in Critical Cloud Segments
All three Ovum Decision Matrix reports evaluated roughly a dozen vendors on varying criteria like technology features, ability to execute and overall market impact. When evaluating these vendors, Ovum acknowledged that digital transformation is taking place across all industries, with software driving added value and product differentiation, and DevOps transforming the way software is created. It favored single holistic solution that perform release management, orchestration and automation.

Barracuda Announces Two New Backup Appliances, Pricing Updates
Barracuda recently announced that it has launched two new recovery hardware units, updated its virtual backup software, and changed the pricing options for it cloud-based recovery software.

Jive Communications VP Talks Growth, M&A Strategy, and E-Rate
One of the early players in hosted voice, Jive Communications Inc. celebrates a decade in business this August. The company has experienced an average growth rate of 70 percent over the last four years, fueled in part by its aggressive acquisition strategy.

Mitel Announces Cloud Service Provider of the Year Winners
Every year, Mitel, a provider of mobile communications services for enterprises, names the top cloud service providers in its field by awarding its partners with the Cloud Service Provider of the Year awards.

Arbor Networks Creates New Flexible Licenses
Arbor Networks, a developer of network analysis software that helps enterprise clients detect attacks and threats, recently announced three Flexible Licensing options for cloud-based deployments of the Arbor Networks SP network visibility application.

TMC Grants Avalara With Product of the Year Award
One may say that Avalara works primarily in the tax compliance industry. Another may also say that it operates more for telecoms. And another may say that cloud-based software is its home base. Although it clearly reaches into all three sections (and perhaps others), its existence as a software developer places its squarely in the global cloud computing market, which Forrester expects will reach $241 billion by 2020, up from $40.7 billion in 2011.

Google Reportedly Wins Apple Business for iCloud Services Hosting
Apple has reportedly tapped Google to provide it with hosting for its iCloud services in what CRN and Fast Company say is a $400-600 engagement. This is big news not only because it involves two of the largest and most important companies in tech today, but also due to the fact that Apple is an existing user of Amazon Web Services, which pioneered and is the leader in the cloud computing arena.

Toshiba VIPedge Application Service Named a 2015 Cloud Computing Product of the Year
Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division has been selected by TMC to win a 2015 Cloud Computing Product of the Year Award, as presented by Cloud Computing magazine, for the VIPedge Application Service. This win is a validation of Toshiba's efforts with VIPedge as it honors vendors with the most innovative, useful and beneficial cloud products and services that have been brought to market within the last year.

Cloud Means Freedom
As an industry, are we making clear and compelling arguments for moving your organization to the cloud? Are we speaking the language of business to business? Or, are we espousing generic cloud messages and overly hyped benefits? If all businesses are becoming digital businesses, isn't getting cloud right an IT imperative?

How AWS Partnerships Are Helping Businesses Succeed
On the surface, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is just another cloud services provider in a crowded market. Of course, the service happens to be provided by one of the biggest companies in the world, giving it an edge from the start. However, Amazon has a long history of setting itself apart from competitors through its unique focus on what customers want. That same type of strategizing about business users has helped AWS establish itself as the leader in cloud services.

Planning Your Cloud Strategy
The word "cloud" in the technology context first popped up in the April 1994 Wired article on General Magic. Then the term was almost completely forgotten until Amazon started marketing its Elastic Compute Cloud in 2006.

Striata's New SDR Enforces Privacy in Cloud-Based Systems
Striata - a company dedicated to Customer Communications Management software and document security technologies - launched an innovative Secure Document Repository (SDR) Solution. This solution brings enterprises, both large and medium, six layers of protection, bringing enhanced data protection. What's better is that this solution not only keeps data secure within the cloud, but it also protects data once it leaves the cloud.

Too Legit to Quit: Why Skullcandy is Teaming Up with Icertis
No, we're not talking about MC Hammer this time. We're talking contract management. Cloud-based contract management provider, Icertis, announced a recent partnership with Skullcandy, Inc. that will help the performance audio brand to excel in future business dealings within the global marketplace.

Security and Accountability Drive Concerns for Maximizing Cloud Investment
Recently, 46 percent of IT executives said they were dealing with an average of four or more applications. The survey, sponsored by thinkJar and conducted by Beagle Research, polled 148 IT executives and found IT managers are "being overtaxed with work and unable to keep up with new requests and new demands," concluding that the average IT manager is taking on more cloud services than they can handle.

Pivotal Cloud Foundry Now Available Alongside Cisco Metapod
Little by little, it seems Pivotal is doing what it can to extend the reach of its Pivotal Cloud Foundry open source platform as a service (PaaS) offering that gives developers a fully featured, ready-to-use cloud computing environment. For example, last May Pivotal partnered with Mirantis to create an integrated IaaS-PaaS offering that merged Cloud Foundry with Mirantis OpenStack. Now, Pivotal is doing something similar with Cisco.

Winners of the 2015 Cloud Computing Product of the Year Award Announced
TMC, a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person and online, announced today the winners of the 2015 Cloud Computing Product of the Year Award.

Artisan Infrastructure Offers Unlimited Cloud Storage with Neverfail HybriStor
Being a major name in cloud infrastructure, it's not surprising that Artisan Infrastructure is continually focused on enhancing the speed and availability of its services. In December, for example, the company introduced VMware vCenter Server support to its IT Continuity Engine. Now, Artisan has introduced Neverfail HybriStor data protection appliances through its network of channel partners.

Zentera Systems' CoIP Now Available on CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace
Zentera Systems, provider of cross-cloud session network solutions, this week announced that it will participate in the CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace Provider Program. Being included in the program means Zentera is able to offer its Cloud over IP (CoIP) session network solution to businesses by way of the CenturyLink Cloud platform.

IDC MarketScape Commends BT for Diverse Portfolio, Cloud Commitment
Communications services and solutions provider BT is enjoying the growth of its international reputation, now serving customers in more than 170 countries. The company recently announced that it has been named a market leader in two recent IDC MarketScape reports, which use an innovative vendor analysis model to provide in-depth insights into the competitive abilities of information and communications technology (ICT) suppliers in various markets.

The xPaaS Revolution and the Rise of BizDevOps
Platform-as-a-service, or PaaS, is an increasingly popular cloud offering that enables developers and IT operations professionals to build and maintain applications while avoiding many infrastructure-related challenges and expenses. According to a 2014 IDC report, the global PaaS market is expected to reach $20.3 billion in 2018 as enterprises continue to adopt this new technology.

Onix Achieves Fedramp Compliance with Google Paas and Saas
Google has achieved FedRAMP compliance for its Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings in a partnership with Onix Networking Corp. Included in this compliance designation are the elements of multi-tenant public and hybrid Google Apps cloud instances and the multi-tenant public cloud Google App Engine. The announcement comes ahead of what will likely be a number of continuing and emerging opportunities for the federal government to utilize the various cloud-based advantages of Google's services.

StorageCraft Promotion Offers $100 Credit for New Cloud-based Machines
StorageCraft, a provider of cloud based disaster recovery services, has announced a new offer that will extend through March where clients can receive $100 toward every new machine they add to the Cloud Services recovery system.

Microsoft Awards CloudRoute Silver Data Center Competency
Being an authorized Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP), it was only a matter of time until CloudRoute earned a Silver Data Center competency certificate; it just so happens that the company managed the accomplishment this week. A Silver Data Center competency certificate signifies CloudRoute's ability to meet Microsoft customers' evolving needs in today's dynamic business environment.

nGenx Passes 1,800 Hosted Applications
As third party software providers have begun to offer software access in the cloud, they have also realized the potential of allowing businesses to launch their own software in what is being called workspace-as-a-service (WaaS). This cloud-based workspace can become more than just an allowance of server space; it specifically targets business that have their own applications they wish to share across multiple team members.

Data Continues to Move Into the Cloud
If there's one thing that information technology professional can count on in the technology industry, it is that the amount of data out there will continue to grow. One of the places we can look to for continued growth is in the cloud. To illustrate that point, in a recent report put out by 451 Research, it is projected that cloud storage expenditure will double in two years.

ITEXPO Panel to Play Host to Viptela's SD-WAN Vision
The growth of software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) is seen throughout the market, and companies are preparing for the next generation of connectivity accordingly. Viptela is a rapidly growing name in this field, and it will be bringing its vision of an SD-WAN future to this year's ITEXPO event.

Wheelings & Dealings: IronScales Collects $1.5 Million to End Phishing
Phishing is a present day plague that affects many people throughout the world. Cybercriminal operations drive this type of cyber risk, and over the course of these operations, nefarious groups set up bogus websites and emails which are designed to look like legitimate institutions such as banking, retailers, and other valued targets. IronScales recently announced seed funding to the tune of 1.5 million dollars which will help it stop this type of cyberattack. Based out of Israel, the developers of this software boost cloud-based intelligence in order to stop phishing. The system is sort of a community watch environment where users submit information about suspicious emails.

Unisys Eases Cloud Migrations and Workloads on AWS
It isn't hard to find companies migrating to the cloud. And those migrations are filled with questions, concerns, demands, and the need for expertise. Entire conferences, like the upcoming ITEXPO, devote full panels to the topic. One of the top concerns in any migration is security. Unisys has emerged with an enterprise security product called Unisys Stealth that utilizes micro-segmentation security on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud and features migration elements.

Commvault and Nutanix Protect the Invisible Infrastructure
Nutanix provides an invisible cloud infrastructure, meaning it is not present on premises. But the company extends that invisibility by making the entire infrastructure lifecycle invisible, so users don't have to worry about maintenance, upgrades, obsolescence and the financial burden associated with them. The new strategic partnership between Commvault and Nutanix will safeguard said invisible infrastructure with innovative data protection solutions.

Cloud-based e-Discovery Creating Efficiencies for Law Firms
Bloomberg and many other news outlets are questioning whether or not 2016 is the "year of cloud-based e-discovery." This makes sense, given that 2015 was the year cloud-based innovations erupted into the mainstream. Experts are predicting that e-discovery will soon adopt and completely immerse itself into the cloud universe.

Wheelings & Dealings: MiMedia Gains $15 Million in Series C
MiMedia, a startup bent on creating the "next generation personal cloud" for all its customers digital media, has announced it latest round of seed funding.

Multi-cloud Brings Major Benefits to Business Applications
The rate at which businesses utilize multiple cloud models has grown at a tremendous pace. One reason the practice has become common is that cloud computing has grown in importance across the business industry. Applications and the delivery of applications have increasingly shifted to multi-cloud. That shift has been facilitated by the ease of integration between cloud systems; now, applications deployed in a number of clouds must be able to talk to each other and to various cloud environments.

FCC, ATT Team Up to Move to the Cloud
As the regulatory agency for telecommunications in the U.S., one might expect the Federal Communications Commission to be on top of the latest technology, but the FCC is turning to some outside help in moving to the cloud. The FCC has signed an agreement with AT&T to support mobile and cloud-based applications.

Faction Partners with Level 3 For Secure Cloud Connections
Faction offers its enterprise clients cloud-based infrastructure that come through channel partners as private, public, and hybrid style connections. In order to boost the efficacy of these connections, Faction recently partnered with Level 3 and will bring the Level 3 Cloud Connection Solution to three Faction cloud nodes in the U.S.

SAP and Accenture Forge Unprecedented Collaboration
Looking for a way to help accelerate development of its SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA) as well as industry and line-of-business solutions, SAP SE has decided to join forces with Accenture to aid in the core and industry development and go-to-market of the platform. SAP S/4HANA is the next generation business suite from SAP built on its most advanced in-memory platform.

Equinix and Global Capacity to Provide Enterprises with Direct Access to Cloud Services
Large enterprises with a global presence have to connect with all their assets, no matter where they are, and access the resources they need anytime. This is a time consuming and resource intensive process, but with today's technology it can be a seamless experience. However, it requires the right solution, which is why Equinix and Global Capacity have announced their collaboration to give enterprises direct access to cloud service providers.

NetCarrier Authorizes VoIP Supply to Distribute nCloud
Voice and data services provider NetCarrier recently announced a new strategic partnership with VoIP Supply, a large global reseller of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment. Under the terms of this agreement, VoIP Supply will distribute NetCarrier's nCloud services throughout the United States.

Amazon Web Services Opens Data Centers in Korea
Going into 2016, Amazon Web Services (AWS) was one of the top competitors to watch in the data center space. After all, AWS managed to further cement its lead in the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space, according to Gartner, which placed AWS in the leader spot for the fifth consecutive year in 2015 for public IaaS. Days into the new year, and it's clear that Amazon is keen to maintain its position with the launch of AWS in the Asia Pacific region.

ShoreTel's Corvisa Acquisition is Officially Complete
You may recall, prior to the new year, that ShoreTel announced the acquisition of cloud-based unified communications provider Corvisa for a reported $8.5 million in cash. At the time of the initial announcement, the acquisition was expected to close some time in the first quarter of 2016. Well, it looks like "first quarter" meant "six days into 2016" as the acquisition officially completed as of Wednesday.

Electric Cloud Automates DevOps for Quicker, Better Software Delivery
DevOps is still a relatively new concept in many organizations, particularly those that have kept their developers and other operations teams siloed for years as a general rule. But DevOps and continuous delivery are steadily catching on, even in larger enterprises, as organizations realize the massive benefits an integrated development process can reap.

Webair Streamlines SAP with Cloud Hosting Solution
Cloud, colocation and managed services provider Webair has announced that it has launched its SAP Cloud Hosting solution.

Sphere 3D Joins Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance to Virtualize Legacy Apps, Make Them Mobile
Cloud containerization, virtualization and data management solutions provider Sphere 3D has announced that it's joined the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance to deliver virtualized applications, virtualized desktop and enterprise storage over Microsoft Azure.

CodeLathe Delivers Scale, Speed, and Reliable File Sharing with Microsoft Azure
Enterprise file sharing is a field of technology that has many different varieties and integrations. CodeLathe has announced their own approach to the vast enterprise market with an integration between its FileCloud product and Microsoft's Azure infrastructure. The combined product allows for high availability, redundant, sync, and scalable access to files without a need for a complicated setup.

TokBox, Polycom Leading to Faster, More Productive Tech & Conferencing Experiences in 2016
Recently, TokBox, a Telefonica company and recognized leader in WebRTC, announced the release of yet another collaborator tool in mobile integrations. While companies are pairing up to bring the ultimate communications experience, TokBox makes its contribution to the overall customer experience, while eliminating some of the frustration that comes with tech support and strategic planning via remote interface.

The 4 Integration Pillars You Need for Digital Transformation
At this point, most people understand the strategic importance of digital transformation. Companies lacking a vision for digital strategy have fallen by the wayside, and companies who are surging ahead of the competition are the ones who have been able to provide digital tools which efficiently deliver services to customers through secure, accessible connections. What exactly does that look like? Look no further; here are a few foundational steps that will enable and propel digital transformation.

How Containers Make CIOs the Real Winner of the Cloud Wars
It has become clear, even to the most causal enterprise IT observer, that the major cloud providers are in a relentless battle to win customers. These "cloud wars" are marked not only by increasingly similar feature sets across clouds, but also relentless price cutting. The leaders in these cloud wars-Amazon, Microsoft and Google-are determined to build their market share even if that means reduced margins in the short term. If they can capture a user today with lower prices, the story goes, they'll have a customer for life.

Cloudyn's Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring Solution Stirring Up Buzz
The gradual transition to the cloud over the past several years has introduced a seemingly endless number of newer niche markets. For instance, as the selection of business-enhancing cloud solutions continues to grow and companies invest heavily in cloud infrastructure, those companies need a monitoring tool to optimize their infrastructure. Several startup companies, such as Israel's Cloudyn, aim to meet this need by offering solutions that facilitate operations of business cloud infrastructure deployments.

Huawei and Mesosphere Collaborate on Cloud Foundry Open Source Framework
This week, Huawei and Mesosphere announced a substantial new partnership that resulted in the creation of an interesting joint solution dubbed the CloudFoundry-Mesos. This open source framework, available now on GitHub, is the result of integrating a new Cloud Foundry framework developed by Huawei with Mesosphere's Datacenter Operating System (DCOS).

Nobody Does Data Like Druva
Traditionally, data protection was built around data centers but as data goes mobile and moves to the cloud, a new way to manage and protect this data was needed. Many firms today are approaching this issue with diligence but none quite like Druva.

CliQr's Cloud Management Platform Critical for Hybrid Clouds
Hybrid cloud deployments have become so pervasive that it's no longer practical to expect applications to conform to the specific requirements of myriad cloud environments. In the cloud age, applications need to be ready for deployment and management on numerous cloud environments right out of the gate to maximize efficiency and availability.

Using 'Bring Your Own Encryption' for Securing Cloud-based Data
While cloud computing, virtualisation, and other enabling technologies are integral to the Always-On business, it should not detract from the importance of security. This article discusses how bring your own encryption (BYOE) could reprioritise this for decision-makers

IBM Targets Media and Entertainment with Strategic Acquisition
In its latest step to becoming a cloud powerhouse, IBM has acquired cloud-based video services provider Clearleap, Inc. The company's offering will be integrated into the IBM Cloud platform and will enable enterprises and media and entertainment (M&E) companies to easily manage, expand and monetize user video experiences while delivering them via the web and mobile devices.

TelePacific Signs with Aligned Communication to Better Service Texas
Providing a comprehensive connectivity cloud and continuity solution at to over 75K clients in small business and enterprise sectors of industry, TelePacific Communications has signed a distribution agreement with Aligned Communications. Through this partnership, TelePacific can focus on delivering better solutions to clients, primarily in Texas, utilizing Aligned's network of over 300 subagents.

Axcient's DRaaS Offers Cloud-Based Backup and Recovery for SMBs
Cloud computing has enabled SMBs to take advantage of myriad enterprise-class solutions and applications that were previously not available to them. Just seven years ago when Axcient first launched, backup and disaster recovery wasn't even on the radar for many small and medium-sized companies.

IBM Expands Direct Link Services with New Collaborations
With few exceptions, speed tends to be the name of the game in the technology world. Whether it's getting products and services to customers or getting data from point A to point B in as little time as possible, the faster it gets done, the better. Being one of the oldest companies in tech, this is a fact IBM knows well. The company demonstrated this in October when it acquired hybrid storage specialist Cleversafe, bringing speedy flash storage to IBM data centers. Through new collaborations with Verizon, Equinix, Digital Realty and other, IBM has once again shown its dedication to speed.

NTT Brings Secure Cloud Solutions to U.S. Hewlett Packard Enterprise Customers
NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), NTT Group's information and communications technology (ICT) solutions business, is making its global portfolio of cloud infrastructure solutions available to Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) customers. This was made possible thanks to an agreement between HPE and NTT Com's US subsidiary, NTT America.

Cloud Adoption is Up, But Security Still a Concern
Cloud adoption among businesses is on the rise, according to the recently released IDG 2015 Cloud Computing Survey, but security is still a sticking point for the enterprise.

SearchYourCloud Gives Data Search a Boost
In this data-driven society it's hard to believe we still have difficulty finding the information we need. In fact, employees spend an average of 1.8 hours every day, 9.3 hours per week, searching and gathering information. SearchYourCloud (SYC) CEO, Simon Bain, realized this years ago after conducting a survey that found "20 percent of knowledge work is time wasted looking for stuff".

IBM Spurs Development of First Responder Cloud Apps
On Tuesday, IBM announced that it is offering developers access to the IBM Cloud as part of an initiative to create an applications that can assist first responders.

IBM Strengthens Federal Government Cloud Play with Five New Partners
IBM is beefing up its cloud play once again with the announcement of five new partners focusing on the U.S. Federal Government market.

Emruz Founder Helps Organizations Tackle the Cloud & DevOps
There's a lot of confusion in the marketplace about cloud technology and how to consume it. But there is help available for those companies that need assistance in migrating to the cloud and adapting to and adopting other trends, such as DevOps. So says Shahin Pirooz, managing partner and founder at Emruz.com, who spoke with me last week at TMC Editor's Day Silicon Valley.

Citrix Sees Software-Based Future
Virtualization is a growing movement in the networking arena. Firms are trading in legacy hardware of the past for more agile and cost effective software solutions. One firm in particular making waves in the software revolution is Citrix, a company that specializes in server application and desktop virtualization as well as networking, software as a service and cloud computing technologies.

The Cloud Wars: The Battle for Enterprise IT has Just Begun
Do you remember when Amazon was known mostly for selling books online, Google was just a search engine, and Dell just built PCs? Dell recently acquired enterprise storage giant EMC, more evidence of a growing trend that companies, while still rooted in traditional IT infrastructure, are embracing the cloud.

Netformx Helps Manage the Complexity of Creating Correct, Profitable Proposals
Putting together multifaceted data and telecommunications solution proposals for enterprise customers is no easy task. Not only do sales people need to pick and choose from the array of different cloud and on-premises offerings from various vendors, they want to be able to take advantage of the multitude of rebate programs offered by companies like Cisco, and they want to know that the solutions they've put together will be profitable for them and their organizations.

What the Safe Harbor Ruling Means for the Future of Data Security
Last month Safe Harbor, a 15-year-old agreement between the U.S. and the E.U. governing data storage and transfer, was struck down. This ruling could mean trouble for thousands of businesses on both sides of the Atlantic that relied on this framework to transfer and store EU data in the U.S. One of the immediate areas where businesses will feel the impact of this decision is in cloud computing.

Kalray Readies Second-Generation Bostan Processor to Accelerate the Data Center
European processor company Kalray, which two years ago introduced the 256-core programmable processor called Andey, in the first quarter of 2016 will come out with Bostan - a second-generation solution that will take real-time processing performance to a whole new level.

TMC Announces Recipients of the 2015 Cloud Computing Storage Excellence Award
TMC, a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person and online, today announced the winners of the 2015 Cloud Computing Storage Excellence Award.

Bare Metal IaaS Enables Major Benefits Over Conventional Virtualized Cloud
In addition to making use of the OpenStack API, AgileSERVER can be deployed as a hybrid offering, working with existing virtual cloud and colocation environments. The platform also offers high levels of network security and redundancy along with universal IP and CDN transfer for performance improvements and cost savings.

Winners of the 2015 Cloud Computing Backup and Disaster Recovery Award Announced
TMC, a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person and online, today announced the recipients of the 2015 Cloud Computing Backup and Disaster Recovery Award.

Equinix Forges Massive Transatlantic Cloud Services Link with Hibernia Networks
A powerful new high-speed communications link has been forged between telecom service provider Hibernia Networks and Equinix. Hibernia announced it will offer Ethernet connectivity to and within the Equinix Cloud Exchange in North America, Asia and Europe.

Infor Rolls Out Cloud Solution for Public Entities
Infor, already one of the leading companies in the world when it comes to business applications in industries that are trying to focus on the cloud, announced the Infor CloudSuite Public Sector.

Wheelings & Dealings: Bracket Computing Scores More than $45 Million to Develop Secure Computing Cell
Secure virtual infrastructure provider for the cloud, Bracket Computing, has brought in a new funding round worth more than $45 million. The company is planning to use the Series C funding to develop its Bracket Computing Cell as well as expand globally.

Introducing Google Cloud Datalab, a Tool for Data Processing and Visualization
Google has joined the open source data analysis party with Cloud Datalab, a new interactive tool based on the Google Cloud Platform and running on the Google App Engine for large-scale data exploration, analysis and visualization.

Cloud Computing Poised to Drive and Disrupt the IT World
SysAid Technologies, a global provider of ITSM, is in a unique position when it comes to observing the impact of cloud computing. We got a chance to speak to Sarah Lahav, CEO of SysAid, about the state of cloud computing and where she anticipates its future lies.

Precision Translation Tools to Release Slate Translation Tool for Windows
Precision Translation Tools (PTTools), a developer of language translation software, recently announced the upcoming launch of its Slate Desktop productivity software.

Small Business Adoption of Cloud Computing Means Big Future for Market
A new report from BCC Research has its sights set extremely high for the cloud optical systems and componentry market. After estimating that the market was around 1 billion dollars last year, they projected a growth to 1.2 billion for this year, and an astonishing 3.1 billion five years from now in 2020.

The Cloud's Impact on Fall Budgets
Special guest writer Penny Collen examines the impact cloud computing, increased metadata, and more accurate forecasting have had on annual fall budgets.

FireLayers and Check Point Partner to Provide Extra Security
FireLayers and Check Point recently announced the creation of the Extend Perimeter Security (EPS) solution designed to prevent attacks that exploit vulnerabilities from BYOD practices and the growing use of cloud technology in enterprises. EPS is a combination of FireLayers' Secure Cloud Application Platform and Check Point's SandBlast Threat Emulation service.

Onshape, Cloud-Based CAD Firm, Raises $80 Million in Funding
Onshape, the first and only full-cloud 3D CAD system that lets everyone on a design team work together using any web browser, phone, or tablet, has raised $80 million.

TriCore Solutions Readies UC Presentation at ITEXPO Anaheim
TMC recently caught up with Mark O'Connor, General Manager of Sales East for Tricore and ITEXPO presenter, and he answered some probing questions.

TMC Announces Cloud Computing Product of the Year Award Call for Applications
TMC, a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person and online, today announced that applications are being accepted for the 2015 Cloud Computing Product of the Year Award.

Onshape, Cloud-Based CAD Firm, Raises $80 in Funding
Onshape is described as being the first and only full-cloud 3D CAD system that lets everyone on a design team work together using any web browser, phone, or tablet. It breaks away from the traditional method of installing computer-aided design (CAD) software, costing around $5,000, on a dedicated workstation.

Consolidated Communications Expands Cloud Services to Dallas, Sacramento
Cloud Wi-Fi allows businesses to centrally manage their Wi-Fi networks through a web-based dashboard. Larger offices can use multiple access points while having them managed from one location. The solution is geared toward businesses with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies. It also offers enhanced security compliant with both HIPAA and PCI.

3CX V14 and the Hybrid Cloud
3CX has announced a new version of its Microsoft Windows-based software PBX, 3CX Phone System for Windows. Version 14 includes a number of improvements for users and administrators, but primarily, the new release introduces a wholesale hosted/cloud offer for 3CX channel partners that can be sold as a monthly or yearly subscription service to end customers. The new 3CX Cloud PBX Server is designed for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Value Added Resellers (VARs) that want to support multiple customers using 3CX in the cloud. A multi-instance implementation allows for up to 25 virtual instances of the 3CX software to be installed on a single Windows Server - a significant advantage to partners in terms of cost and management.

Huawei Unveils FusionSphere 6.0 Cloud Operating System for the Enterprise
The OS also offers IaaS through unified service catalogs and APIs, and can elastically scale service loads to deploy services as needed for tenants and upper-layer apps. Additional features include disaster recovery and backup with support for host and storage replication and VIS active-disaster recovery. It also enables SDN by automatically managing both virtual and physical networks with support for dedicated IT service operation.

Mitigate Business Risk During an Uncertain Economy with the Cloud
An excellent use of an investment in the future of your company is in the cloud. Operating on a cloud-based business management solution will allow you to remain lean during down times while improving business efficiencies and accelerating growth. The right cloud-based business management solution will bring together the most pertinent data from all areas of your operations, providing insights to help you make informed business decisions. It will also have an easy to use interface so that anyone in your company can easily adopt and use. It can be accessed on any device and is flexible enough to adapt to your unique business workflows and processes.

Telecom Operators Missing Out on Massive Cloud Revenue Potential from SMB Customers
Telecom operators are in an ideal position to capitalize on the growing SMB demand for cloud services, according to new research. BCSG, which offers a cloud business app marketplace for SMBs, conducted a study of 500 companies in the UK and US and found that telecom operators are primed and ready to expand to the SMB market.

Wheelings & Dealings: CloudFlare Grabs $110M Funding Round and Makes Key Cloud Partnerships
CloudFlare has been firing up its networking and development efforts over the past week and the endeavor has paid off. The content-delivery network (CDN) and security specialist announced a $110 million round of funding, on the heels of a massive partnership announcement with Chinese search engine company Baidu.

Dimension Data and EMC Partner on Hybrid Cloud Solutions
There is very little doubt that working through the cloud is only getting more popular the further we move into the 21st century. This is underlined by the recent announcement by cloud computing firms Dimension Data and EMC that they are expanding their partnership and creating a new organization called the Catalyst Alliance.

Datos IO Unveils Distributed Versioning Platform for Scale-Out Databases
The cloud, mobile, and social networking have transformed the requirements of data centers and databases, says Tarun Thakur, CEO and co-founder of Datos IO. Traditional relational databases, for which users need to set up schemas at the outset, are not a good match for this new, more dynamic world, he says. A look at what's happened with Informatica, Riverbed, and Veritas - all of which recently went private, eliminating $12 billion in market cap from this product category - illustrates that fact, he says, as does the rise of a new breed of database solutions like Amazon Aurora, Apache, Hadoop, SAP Hana, and talend, among many others.

9 Mistakes Businesses Make on Social Media
The benefits of doing customer service correctly on social media are enormous, in fact when companies engage and respond to requests over social media, those customers end up spending 20-40 percent more with that company and are three times more likely to recommend that brand to their friends.

FlexITy Launches Backup and Recovery Services Based on Asigra Cloud Backup Platform
FlexITy, a fast-growing IT service provider, recently announced that it has expanded its managed services portfolio with the addition of backup and recovery services based on the Asigra Cloud Backup platform.

Barracuda Networks Launches Backup Virtual Appliance
Barracuda Networks, a company that specializes in cloud storage and the creation of virtual appliances, recently announced the launch of its Barracuda Backup Virtual Appliance (Vx).

ParkMyCloud Announces General Availability for AWS
ParkMyCloud has developed an application which allows business users to automatically schedule "on" or "off" states for their computing services. Now the company has released its application for general use on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Web Security Report Q3 2015
The Web Security Report provides web security trends, statistics, best practices, and resources for chief information security officers (CISOs) and IT security staff.

NaviSite Launches Onboarding Service for Migration to Cloud
For enterprises, moving to cloud-based applications and hardware can be a hassle. It takes a lot of planning beforehand to decide exactly which applications will make the shift and how that will affect productivity at home. This is the impetus behind NaviSite's latest launch-an onboarding service for businesses called NaviCloud Director platform intended for management of workloads.

The Cloud Holds Major Promise for the Healthcare Sector
The potential for cloud computing within the healthcare industry is tremendous, fostering tighter collaboration among professionals and better patient education, for starters. The same benefits that are set to propel adoption are also seen as a hindrance or risk by some though, and the market is treading very carefully when it comes to the cloud.

ClearSky Launches Global Storage Network as Alternative to Typical Cloud Service
ClearSky Data announced recently that it had launched a global storage network designed to simplify storage infrastructure and free IT departments from the usual hassles of backups and disaster recovery. Although the cloud was designed to address these issues, ClearSky argues that cloud technology alone falls short of giving businesses the performance they need.

NTT Launches Multi-Cloud Offering to Facilitate Public and Hybrid Cloud Choice
Choice is one of the biggest competitive differentiators in the crowded cloud computing market. As customers become savvier about the cloud and its benefits, they want the ability to pick and choose from a variety of cloud providers and services, including pubic and private platforms or a blend of each.

Majority of Companies Expect the Cloud to Drive Revenues During Second Wave of Adoption
The cloud is riding its second wave of adoption, and organizations are beginning to understand its true scope and promise. At least according to a new study sponsored by Cisco, which shows new adoption is being fueled by companies using the cloud as a platform for innovation and growth as well as cost savings and efficiencies.

Xactly Deploys Aryaka's WAN as-a-Service to Improve RDP Performance
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) directs data in high-performance telecommunication networks, but increasingly companies are finding it is not able to perform to the standards that is required in today's low latency ecosystem.

What Does a Cloud Management Platform Provider Do? (And Other Questions You Were Afraid to Ask)
As cloud technology continues to become more ubiquitous, cloud management platform providers are growing more and more prevalent as a means to help organizations seize the benefits of cloud. But what exactly are cloud management platform providers, and how can they help organizations consume cloud resources more economically and efficiently?

Veritone Launches Cloud-Based Cognitive Media Platform
So what is a Cognitive Media Platform and why is it important/disruptive? The answer to this question comes from Newport Beach, California-based Veritone which has quietly been working under the radar for over two years to change the way the processing of unstructured audio and video streams can be easily turned into near real-time actionable business intelligence.

Bridging the OpenStack Skills Gap
Earlier this year, a survey of 3,000 IT decision makers found that one-third were deploying private clouds to enhance enterprise operations. Half were using OpenStack as the underlying platform, with 65 percent agreeing that OpenStack is ready to handle mission-critical workloads.

QLogic, ASI Team Up to Offer Networking to VARs
Networking infrastructure provider QLogic has announced a partnership with ASI, a distributor of solution building I/O and reference architecture blueprints.

MapR and AWS Team Up to Enable Real-Time Hadoop in the Cloud
MapR Technologies has joined ranks with AWS, making its distribution product for big data projects available in the AWS Cloud. The MapR Distribution solution enables continuous, real-time operational Apache Hadoop within the AWS cloud platform.