Oracle Hybrid Cloud

Oracle has recently unveiled a new hybrid cloud service that allows customers within highly regulated industries transition to Oracle’s cloud at its own pace. Oracle has effectively placed its public cloud behind the enterprise firewall.

Called Oracle Cloud at Customer, this new service allows customers to enjoy the benefits of Oracle Cloud Services within their own data centers. This service involves a server that runs in the customer’s data centers but is managed by Oracle. This hybrid cloud runs on-premise.

Customers also have the freedom to choose which services they would like to utilize, including disaster recovery, infrastructure services, and data management. This new software is compatible with Oracle Cloud, allowing for workload portability.

Highly regulated may now meet legal requirements pertaining to sovereignty, security, and privacy with this hybrid cloud.

Microsoft, cloud giant, has the most well developed enterprise business compared to other cloud giants such as Amazon and has also developed software similar to that of Oracle in the form of Azure Stack. Azure Stack allows customers to run Azure public cloud in their own data centers, as Oracle Cloud at Customer does.

Oracle has also recently expanded its cloud services to expand across all layers of the stack (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS). These services now include data management, enterprise integration, customer service, supply chain management, and data integration.



Thomas Kurian, president, “The exact same software that runs our cloud is now available on customers’ data center floors so Oracle infrastructure as a service and Oracle platform as a service is now available in your data center – same software, same APIs – and because it is the same software and because it is the same APIs, it gives you the ability to get seamless workload portability.”

Amit Zavery, senior vice president for the Oracle Cloud Platform, “We bring in a cloud machine, which is basically a replica of our public cloud services, and install it at the customer site. Customers can get the infrastructure, the database, all the public cloud services, but behind the firewall

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Dell @SecureWorks to Launch AETD Red Cloak | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Dell SecureWorks is launching Advanced Endpoint Threat Detection (AETD) Red CloakTM, a fully-managed SaaS solution that can slash the time required to detect and respond to cyber-attacks from months or weeks to hours or minutes.
Armed with strong threat detection and endpoint monitoring capabilities as well as lightweight sensors that can be provisioned in minutes, AETD Red Cloak can scale via a cloud delivery model to any size environment and meet the challenge of identifying attacks that use little or no malware.

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Get Smart with IP Intelligence By @PSilvas | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Security

There are always threats out there on the big bad internet. The majority of breaches happen at the application layer and many OWASP Top 10s like SQL injection are still malicious favorites to gain entry. Add to that the availability of DDoS tools, anonymous proxies and the rise of hacktivism means networks and systems are bigger targets than ever. Threat detection today relies on a couple elements: Identifying suspicious activity among the billions of data points and refining a large set of suspicious incidents down to those that matter.

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More enterprises using Microsoft and Google apps in tandem, research reveals


Office 365 continues to be the most popular cloud app used by enterprises ahead of Salesforce and Box, while Slack has jumped in workplace popularity, according to the latest figures from identity management provider Okta.

Increasingly, enterprises are using both Office 365 and Google Apps, the fourth most popular service overall. Traditionally, Okta argues, industries such as finance, biotech and construction are more likely to be Microsoft houses compared to more digital businesses which prefer Google – a conclusion which mirrors research conducted by BetterCloud last year. The reason for organisations using both ranges from how different departments operate to keeping the lights on for the desktop license. In total, 82% of financial firms use Office 365 only, compared to 50% of online companies who are Google-exclusive.

The rise of communication app Slack has also been keenly noted in the research, with usage of the product rising 77% in the second half of 2015. Data visualisation provider Tableau (65%) and software analytics service New Relic (56%) also grew strongly among Okta’s customers, the latter being listed in Slack’s app directory.

Not only is Slack one of the fastest growing enterprise apps, it also pervades the vast majority of the enterprise. Not surprisingly, Office 365 and Google Apps are the leaders in this category, with Slack being used by 75% of employees on average in any one organisation. Perhaps more surprisingly, Facebook and Twitter is far lower on the list – although the prospect of these apps being not available or blacklisted to employees is a possibility. “We believe these apps still live outside of the IT realm,” comments Okta, with Facebook in particular looking to bolster their enterprise credentials with Facebook at Work.

Elsewhere, Okta argues some traditional on-prem software providers, particularly SAP, Oracle and Adobe, are making a reasonable fist of transforming its operations to a cloudy future, mostly through an acquisitive approach. This may not be a verdict which is universally agreed; when Dell’s acquisition of EMC for $67bn, the largest deal in tech history, was announced back in October, Cade Metz described the more traditional vendors as “the walking dead.”

You can read the full Okta analysis here.

Korean government prioritizes growth of cloud computing

Network ExpansionThe Korean government has announced a new policy to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the country, according to Business Korea.

Speaking at a cloud computing conference in Korea, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning have announced that it will be running a number of initiatives to increase the adoption of cloud computing from 6.4% to 13%, seemingly over the next twelve months. Over the same period, the government also plans to increase the number of Korean cloud companies from 353 to 500, as well as growing private cloud adoption in public institutions to at least 3%.

The Korean government has estimated that should the new initiatives be successful the domestic cloud market could be worth in excess of 1.1 trillion won, roughly £670 million. To support the growth of the industry, the government will also build a cloud computing support centre in Daegu City, which will provide guidance for public institutions who are making the transition.

While the government has laid bare its intentions for the industry in the country, it has not been stated how cloud computing is currently perceived by enterprise. The government has estimated that 6.4% of businesses in Korea currently utilize the cloud, whereas in the UK the figure is viewed as generally much higher. It has been estimated recently that 93% of enterprise in the UK have adopted the cloud.

In what could be seen as a move to encourage enterprise appetite for the cloud, the government has invited enterprises in need of cloud computing in various industries to join the deregulation task force currently led by IT firms in the private sector.

Alongside this announcement, the government has also prioritized the growth of SME’s through the adoption of cloud. In what appears to be a move to emulate companies such as Uber and AirBnB, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning will work in collaboration with the Center for Creative Economy & Innovation to provide cloud software and infrastructure to smaller organizations who could otherwise not afford the technology.

In terms of international expansion of the Korean cloud computing industry, the government will once again provide assistance highlighting the Software-as-a-Service market. It believes the SaaS market is where the country has the greatest opportunity to compete on the international scale, as there is not an outright market leader for the moment. It also believes that the country is a good position to capitalize on the growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service market in South East Asia.

The success of all cloud initiatives could partly depend on the success of the government in engaging enterprise in the country and building the appetite for the technology, which is at a low adoption rate in comparison to other nations.

Why the resiliency of the mainframe is not a surprise in the cloud computing age


Cynics have been foretelling the imminent demise of the mainframe since the early 1990s, but all the evidence continues to point to the contrary. Today, 96% of the world’s banks and 71% of Fortune 500 companies continue to run mainframes, generating 30 billion transactions every single day. If these figures weren’t convincing enough, the latest earnings from IBM clearly show the mainframe is still booming, with sales from its zSeries growing by 21% over the year.

The resiliency of the mainframe might seem odd in the age of cloud computing, artificial intelligence and mobile. However, put simply, the mainframe has always been and remains the single most reliable, secure and scalable platform for processing the huge workloads generated in today’s digital economy. As we’re all ordering takeaways, taxis and tickets on our growing array of smart devices and apps, mainframes are powering away behind the scenes, crunching the numbers and processing the vast volume of transactions that keep these services running. With so much resting on its highly capable shoulders, why would anyone even contemplate moving off the mainframe? Rather than trying to phase it out, businesses should be asking how they can maximise on its potential to create an unbeatable competitive advantage.

Getting the mainframe to the table

The first challenge here is persuading any devout cynics that the mainframe still has its place as a major bread-winner at the table. The problem is that mainframes haven’t had a seat at the table for a very long time. Instead, they’ve been sitting in their own silo, running separate to the rest of IT. As a result, it’s always been viewed as something of a mystery to those working outside its inner circle. This is what IT teams must address if the mainframe is to be truly accepted and driven to achieve its full potential for the business. IT directors need to break down the barriers between mainframe and distributed application teams and integrate it as part of their mainstream DevOps and multi-platform IT environments.

This will become more important as the generation of experienced mainframe developers continues to retire. If things don’t change, then pretty soon we’ll reach the point where there will be nobody left to support the mainframe, except for those that are unfamiliar, disenchanted, or even afraid of it. In order to encourage their acceptance of it, the agile developers working in modern multi-platform environments need to realise that DevOps teams are only as strong as their weakest link. Since mainframe code provides a huge chunk of the digital DNA that defines how the business runs, it’s impossible to turn DevOps into a true competitive advantage if that one mainframe element sits in isolation. It’s therefore in everyone’s best interests to bring the mainframe into the fold of mainstream IT.

Breaking down the walls

To make this transition successfully, organisations must create a level-playing field that allows DevOps artisans to support the mainframe effectively. These artisans, working in agile development sprints, have to be able to bring that same approach to the mainframe in order to integrate it as part of a mainstream DevOps and multi-platform IT environment. As such, it simply won’t work if they are forced to learn esoteric mainframe development techniques and adopt outdated approaches. Distributed application and mainframe development teams should be able to use the same toolsets across the entire IT stack, whether they’re putting the finishing touches to the script of a brand new mobile app, or tweaking the underlying mainframe code-base that supports it. There are a number of ways that IT departments can create these capabilities.

Firstly, they should move away from the traditional green-screen environments associated with stuffy and outdated mainframe programming, as these are a major turn-off for distributed application developers. Overlaying these environments with Windows-like interfaces allows modern developers to work in ways they are more comfortable with, and removes the need for idiosyncratic knowledge. It’s also vital that both mainframe and non-mainframe experts understand the interdependencies between multi-platform application code and data. Without this, there’s a risk that a change introduced in the code of one application could have a derogatory impact on the functionality of another.  Five nines reliability on the mainframe isn’t an aspiration.  It’s an imperative. 

One of Europe’s largest private banks is tackling this issue with visualisation techniques that give its developers intuitive insight into the relationships between its applications, so they can identify any potential problems in programming logic. This means they are able to find and fix issues that used to take hours to identify within just minutes, or avoid problems altogether by better understanding the implications of the coding changes they’re about to make.

A new dawn in the mainframe

Measures such as these will significantly reduce the barriers that have until now held businesses back from integrating the mainframe as part of their mainstream DevOps and multi-platform IT environments. As well as enabling DevOps teams to become more agile and achieve their full potential, breaking down the silos and bringing everyone together will also foster knowledge transfer between newer developers and the more experienced generation of mainframe experts. This will significantly alleviate the risk being created by the dwindling mainframe workforce, by ensuring a smooth transition to the new generations that will be responsible for its stewardship in the future. Once these generations are able to harness the immense power of the mainframe for themselves, who knows what dreams of unbeatable competitive advantages they’ll be capable of achieving for the business?

Brocade makes play for DevOps market with StackStorm acquisition

BrocadeNetworking vendor Brocade has acquired StackStorm, a start-up that builds software for automating datacentre operations.

StackStorm, which describes itself as an organization defined by the DevOps ideology, said on its blog that it will be joining Brocade to help accelerate the company’s efforts to bring DevOps style scalable open source automation to Brocade’s networking solutions. This is one of the first moves which Brocade has made to capitalize on the growing DevOps trends within the industry.

The company was launched in 2013 and left stealth mode in May 2014 promoting itself as a company which can streamline datacentre operations. The model itself is focused on incorporating a DevOps ideology into the datacentre, automating common tasks, claiming it can help companies run their facilities like Facebook, where a single person can be responsible for tens of thousands of servers, not just a couple of hundred.

On the Brocade blog, PG Menon, Senior Director of Technology & Strategy for Switching, Routing and Analytics said “Using StackStorm technology, Brocade customers will be able to bring DevOps methods to networking as well as experience many of the benefits of scale-out IT automation enjoyed by the Cloud Titans.

“Simply put, achieving business agility through DevOps methods for IT automation that also includes networking is no longer limited to Cloud Titans. Every IT shop will be able to realize those same benefits.”

While DevOps is seen as one of the strongest growing trends within the cloud industry, Brocade is building its business case on the fact that the use of DevOps is limited to tech giants at the top of the ladder such as Amazon and Facebook. The company aim to deliver the same agility to smaller organizations who cannot command the software manpower of the industry’s major players in designing and delivering DevOps-enabled business agility.

Under Brocade, the StackStorm technology will be extended to networking and new integrations will be developed for automation across IT domains such as storage, compute, and security. The StackStorm team also highlighted in its blog it anticipates investment from Brocade to increase the size of its team over the coming months.

Containers and microservices starting to enter mainstream market – survey

MainstreamA recent survey from NGINX highlighted containers and microservices are two buzzwords which are starting to enter the mainstream market as companies target daily software releases.

While daily software releases are the ultimate goal within the industry, 70% of respondents highlighted that they are currently releasing new code only once a week, with only 28% reaching target. Barriers cited were a lack of automation tools, a constant trade-off between quality of code and expected speed of delivery, as well as a lack of central management, accountability, and collaboration tools.

Containers are now seemingly beginning to enter the mainstream as 69% of respondents said that they were either actively using or investigating the technology currently. Of the 20% using containers in production, more than a third are running more than 80% of their workloads on containers and more than half for mission-critical applications. The technology is also creating a new buyer audience for vendors, as 74% of respondents said developers were responsible for choosing development and delivery tools as opposed to heads of departments or managers.

Microservices tell a slightly different story, as while adoption levels are similar at approximately 70% currently using or investigating, the trend is weighted more towards small and medium organizations rather than the blue chips. Of the larger organizations, 26% are researching, 36% are currently using in development or production however 38% aren’t using microservices at all.

AWSThe survey also demonstrated AWS are continuing to dominate market share, accounting for 49%. Despite Google and Microsoft Azure grabbing headlines recently with a number of new client wins, acquisitions and product releases, the market seemingly still favours AWS with respondents highlighting an accessible price point as one of the most important factors when selecting a cloud provider.

Continuous integration and continuous delivery are becoming development best practices, as 27% of the respondents would now consider their organization to have a mature practise for continuous integration and delivery. On the other end of the scale, roughly a third said that they were keen to move forward with continuous integration and delivery but the necessary level of collaboration or understanding is not yet widespread in their organizations as of yet.

While the survey does demonstrate the integration of cloud-first technologies such as containers are moving beyond the early-adopter stage, it will be some time before such technologies become common place in large scale organizations were the wheels are slower to turn. Like the cloud business model, containers and microservices seem to be offering small and medium size operations the opportunity to compete with larger organizations budgets through technology innovation, agility and speed of deployment.

Parallels at the IT Roadmap Conference in Seattle

On Wednesday, April 6, the Parallels team will be at the IT Roadmap event taking place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seattle. During this event, we will be exhibiting the latest versions of our revolutionary suite of software products, including Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition, Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM, and Parallels […]

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QNAP Launches New Enterprise-Class NAS Series | @CloudExpo @QNAP_nas #Cloud

QNAP® Systems, Inc. has released the new enterprise-class rackmount TVS-ECx80U-SAS R2 and TS-ECx80U R2 NAS series. Both series include two built-in SFP+ based 10GbE ports while keeping the same price tag as the previous TVS-ECx80U-SAS/TS-ECx80U series. The TS-ECx80U R2 series also includes models featuring an Intel® Core™ i3 3.5 GHz processor and 8GB DDR3 or 4GB DDR3 ECC RAM, providing businesses with more options to satisfy demands for higher-speed Ethernet solutions.

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