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App Containers Get a Needed Security Boost

App Containers Get a Needed Security Boost

Application container rivals CoreOS and Docker each released "production ready" versions of their platforms this week as ...

IBM Extends Spark Push With Analytics Tools

IBM Extends Spark Push With Analytics Tools

IBM is expanding its Bluemix cloud development platform with a heavy dose of data analytics tools designed ...

Microsoft Eyes Hybrid Cloud Shift With Azure Stack

Microsoft Eyes Hybrid Cloud Shift With Azure Stack

Microsoft is zeroing in on the steady shift to hybrid cloud deployments with an Azure cloud-based platform ...

Docker Acquires Cloud Pioneer Unikernel Systems

Docker Acquires Cloud Pioneer Unikernel Systems

Industry consolidation around an emerging application container ecosystem gained momentum this week with Docker Inc.'s acquisition of ...

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February 6, 2016(0)
From small, hardly noticeable beginnings the biggest cloud cyber-attacks grow. Called multi-stage intrusion attacks, it’s how hackers create a virtual machine in a public cloud to penetrate the on-prem portion of companies’ hybrid cloud environments. Multi-stage intrusions are responsible for some of the most notorious cyber-attacks in the retail, banking and entertainment industries, such as those at VTech Holdings ... Full article
February 5, 2016(0)
Application container rivals CoreOS and Docker each released "production ready" versions of their platforms this week as the expanding container ecosystem moves to button down secure distribution of enterprise applications at scale. Industry leader Docker released the latest version of its application container platform on Thursday (Feb. 4) focusing on across-the-board container orchestration and improved networking capabilities along with ... Full article
February 4, 2016(0)
IBM is expanding its Bluemix cloud development platform with a heavy dose of data analytics tools designed to integrate data services into a growing number of hybrid cloud deployments. The new services that include a open source graph database service also reflect IBM's investment in other open source analytics tools like Apache Spark. Along with new graph database and ... Full article
January 29, 2016(0)
Microsoft is zeroing in on the steady shift to hybrid cloud deployments with an Azure cloud-based platform that would allow customers to deliver Azure services from their own datacenters. The company (NASDAQ: MSFT) unveiled a technical preview of its Microsoft Azure Stack this week, calling it the "next phase of its hybrid cloud strategy." (The preview was scheduled to ... Full article
January 22, 2016(0)
Industry consolidation around an emerging application container ecosystem gained momentum this week with Docker Inc.'s acquisition of U.K.-based Unikernel Systems, a developer of lightweight operating systems used to deliver distributed applications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but San Francisco-based Docker said Thursday (Jan. 21) Unikernel Systems developers would continue contributing to several open source unikernel projects. Based ... Full article
January 21, 2016(0)
In-memory computing specialist Hazelcast Inc. rolled out the latest version of its "data grid" that includes support for new cloud management and application container deployments along with a higher density memory store for web-scale application deployments. Hazelcast, Palo Alto, Calif., said Thursday (Jan. 21) its version 3.6 release upgrades the performance and functionality of its in-memory data grid designed ... Full article
January 19, 2016(0)
While most enterprises we cover are focused on scaling their infrastructure and with it their growth, a small but growing number of "social good" enterprises are looking for ways to leverage information technology to solve less sexy but equally important problems. Some are even attracting investors. A case in point is Captricity Inc., a startup that has come up ... Full article
January 14, 2016(0)
Shadow IT, the systems and solutions used inside organizations without explicit approval, are becoming a fact of life for most organizations. Indeed, industry studies estimate that nearly 30 percent of IT spending occurs outside the IT department, a total that is expected to rise by an estimated 5 percent over the next several years. Given that reality, cloud vendors ... Full article
January 13, 2016(0)
As companies increasingly move portions of their advanced scale computing workloads to the cloud, at least one industry watcher warns that the lure of an instant, scalable virtual infrastructure with utility billing comes with plenty of caveat emptor price/performance variables. In an update to its public cloud benchmark released today, Cloud Spectator, a Boston-based IaaS watcher, reports the current price/performance ... Full article
January 12, 2016(0)
New approaches to automating the management of open source software, especially emerging Linux-based application containers, are arriving at a steady pace from key open-source players and startups formed over the last several years to make enterprise DevOps teams' task a little less onerous. Among them are new security tools from Black Duck Software designed to scan application containers to ... Full article
January 6, 2016(0)
Now that most enterprises have been convinced they need a cloud strategy that frequently begins with the embrace of public cloud, a services sector has emerged to help companies manage cloud computing infrastructure and costs. That cloud sector is beginning to see some merger and acquisition activity with a deal this week between a cost management provider and a ... Full article
December 16, 2015(0)
Red Hat continues to build up its arsenal of OpenShift application platform capabilities as it adds integration and other middleware capabilities designed to get Docker containers up and running in production. The open-source leader (NYSE: RHT) said Wednesday (Dec. 16) it is rolling out three new services on its OpenShift platform based on its JBoss enterprise-class application and integration ... Full article
December 15, 2015(0)
IBM said it would seek to combine its Watson cognitive computing technology with the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) as another way to boost its cloud platform. The company also announced it would establish a new Watson IoT hub in Germany that will among other things oversee a new effort to deliver Watson APIs on the IBM cloud. IBM ... Full article
December 11, 2015(0)
Microsoft's application container ecosystem continues to expand with the announcement this week by a virtualization, container and data management vendor that it would make its container technology available on the Microsoft Azure cloud. San Jose-based Sphere3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) said Thursday (Dec. 10) its Glassware 2.0 application container technology could be used to migrate Windows business applications to the ... Full article
December 8, 2015(0)
Unstructured data in the form of video continues to make inroads in large enterprises as it becomes as a service as well as source of business intelligence. With that in mind, IBM (NYSE: IBM) said Tuesday (Dec. 8) it has acquired cloud-based video provider Clearleap Inc. in an effort to provide video access from more devices while making it ... Full article
December 1, 2015(0)
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Microsoft are extending their cloud partnership with a hyper-converged platform aimed at capturing a larger share of the market for hybrid cloud computing. Separately, HPE (NYSE: HPE) unveiled a managed cloud brokerage service based on its Helion cloud platform designed to rein in cloud "sprawl." The partners said Tuesday (Dec. 1) at an HPE ... Full article
November 20, 2015(0)
Google is upping the ante in the cloud, moving beyond incremental tactics like price wars with market leader Amazon Web Services, to develop a long-term enterprise strategy under new cloud services chief Diane Greene. The search giant on Thursday (Nov. 19) appointed Greene, a Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) board member and co-founder and CEO of VMware (NYSE: VMW), to head ... Full article
November 18, 2015(1)
An expanded cloud-benchmarking test again found public cloud competitors outperforming industry leader Amazon Web Services in terms of performance and price, with the bare metal version of IBM's SoftLayer platform leading the way followed by Google Cloud. In-memory database vendor VoltDB, an IBM (NYSE: IBM) partner, sponsored the cloud performance benchmark, again using the Yahoo Cloud Serving Benchmark (YCSB). ... Full article
November 12, 2015(0)
IBM rolled out new cloud developer services and tools this week while announcing a partnership with one of India's largest IT outsourcing vendors as it continues to extend its cloud business to capitalize on the enterprise shift to hybrid clouds. IBM (NYSE: IBM) said Nov. 12 it would partner will Bangalore-base HCL Technologies (NSE: HCLTECH) to jointly build hybrid ... Full article
November 10, 2015(0)
Cloud vendors are responding to last month's data privacy ruling by a European court with security upgrades to cloud storage and orchestration services aimed at helping customers meet stricter EU data protection requirements. Among the first out of the gate in response to the Oct. 6 ruling by the European Court of Justice invalidating a "Safe Harbor" framework is ... Full article

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