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CloudPhysics Infographic Shows Hidden Dangers Lurking In Virtualized Datacenters

The following graphic, courtesy of CloudPhysics, illustrates some of the hidden hazards lurking in virtualized datacenters. Created in the spirit of Halloween, the graphic identifies issues such as Heartbleed and admission control that may have unexpected repercussions on the performance of IT infrastructures. CloudPhysics specializes in the identification and pre-emptive resolution of problems that may affect virtualized infrastructures as elaborated in a blog post by Krishna Raj Raja.

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Snowflake Computing Reveals Data Warehouse As A Service Designed For The Cloud

Today, Snowflake Computing emerged from stealth to announce the Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse, branded as the first data warehouse designed specifically for the needs of cloud computing infrastructures. The Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse absolves customers of the hassle of managing an on premise data warehouse by providing a data warehouse as a service. Moreover, the platform’s patent pending technology delivers a SQL-compliant data warehouse that elastically scales in conjunction with the number of users, incoming data and workloads. The platform’s “multidimensional elasticity” enables users to load and query data concurrently with a degree of performance that enables rapid ingestion and transformation of data into a relational database structure. Meanwhile, the product decouples storage from computational power in the context of a larger architecture dedicated to optimizing cloud storage and querying capabilities. Customers interact with data stored in the Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse via a SaaS user interface that delivers query results as illustrated by the screenshot below:

Whereas competing data warehouses from Teradata and Oracle typically deliver on premise data warehouse products, the Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse allows analysts to run queries such as that shown in the graphic above via a web browser. Today’s announcement of the Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse coincides with a concomitant announcement of the company’s finalization of $26M in Series B funding led by Redpoint Ventures with additional participation from Sutter Hill Ventures and Wing Ventures. With an extra $26M in cash, Snowflake Computing stands poised to continue disrupting the traditional data warehouse space by delivering a warehousing platform uniquely configured for the cloud. As such, the platform embodies the convergence of cloud computing and Big Data by delivering cloud-optimized performance for the storage and retrieval of petabytes of real-time, streaming Big Data.

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Kaseya Release 8 Adds Security And Compliance Functionality To Its Cloud Monitoring Platform

Kaseya recently announced the launch of Kaseya Release 8, which adds security and compliance features to its cloud monitoring platform. Kaseya 8 bolsters the ability of small to mid-size organizations to manage their IT infrastructure and applications by means of enhancements to Kaseya Remote Control that empower IT administrators to remotely perform work on servers and workstations. Moreover, Kaseya’s AuthAnvil product helps companies manage IT-related authentication protocols, including two factor authentication, single sign-on and password management functionality. AuthAnvil also enables users to customize the list of applications included within the purview of single sign-on applications as illustrated below:

Furthermore, Kaseya 8 claims enhanced centralized management functionality for Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint Online. In addition, the platform delivers service level tracking software to automate compliance with service level agreements in conjunction with the delivery of notifications that signal cases in which a SLA stands a danger of violation. Overall, Tuesday’s release pivots the product toward security and compliance functionality for SMBs by delivering out of the box functionality that can assist organizations monitor compliance with SLAs and assure the implementation of robust identity access management features. As told to Cloud Computing Today in a phone interview with Kaseya’s CEO, Yogesh Gupta, the company’s primary client base consists of SMBs sized at roughly 50 to 250 employees. The latest release delivers security and compliance solutions that can be readily implemented by companies that fit the profile of Kaseya’s customer base that are seeking to ensure the security of their IT infrastructures. That said, cloud security and compliance are hot topics for virtually any organization with a cloud deployment, so Kaseya will need to ensure its offering can meet the demands of its customers as they grow and undertake more complex cloud and application deployments.

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Security In Hybrid Clouds: A Cloud Security Infographic From AlgoSec

The following infographic, from AlgoSec, reflects on the implementation of security protocols in hybrid cloud environments.

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Ericsson Acquires Majority Stake In Apcera

This week, Ericsson acquired a majority stake in Apcera, a platform as a service vendor that enables organizations to control how applications are used in cloud computing environments. Apcera’s Continuum platform allows customers to monitor the usage of IT infrastructures, orchestrate application deployment and implement governance and security policies. The acquisition of Apcera promises to enhance the Ericsson platform by delivering cloud automation as well as security, governance and application management functionality that gives users more granular insight about the performance of their infrastructure and its constituent environment. Apcera’s technology takes aim at the rapidly emerging discipline of business processes dedicated to risk management, security and compliance by providing Ericsson customers with enhanced abilities to organize and delineate security and governance protocols as they relate to infrastructure components and applications. The acquisition constitutes a notable feather in Ericsson’s IaaS cap as it builds out its cloud portfolio to serve the needs of enterprise customers, many of whom are compelled to leverage audit, compliance and security protocols to satisfy the requirements of investors and state and federal regulatory agencies.

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Base Enhances Sales Productivity Platform With Real-Time Analytics And Rich Data Visualization

Base, the CRM that leverages real-time data and analytics, recently announced the release of a bevy of new features and functionality that brings real-time, Big Data analytics to cloud-based sales productivity management. Base’s proprietary technology aggregates data from sources such as phone calls, in person meetings, social network-based prospects and news feeds and subsequently produces real-time notifications to sales professionals. As a result, sales teams can minimize their manual input of sales-related data and instead take advantage of the analytic and data visualization capabilities of the Base platform. The Base platform testifies to a qualitative shift within the CRM space marked by the delivery of enhanced automation to sales operations workflows resulting from the conjunction of real-time data, predictive analytics and data visualization. Uzi Shmilovici, CEO of Base, remarked on the positioning of Base within the larger CRM landscape as follows:

Base picks up where other CRMs have left off. Until now, legacy cloud Sales and CRM products like Salesforce have been accepted as ‘the norm’ by the enterprise market. However, recent advancements in big data, mobility and real-time computing reveal a need for a new generation of intelligent sales software that offers flexibility, visibility, and real-time functionality. If you’re using outdated technology that cannot adapt to the advanced needs of modern day sales teams, your competition will crush you.

Here, Shmilovici comments on the way in which big data, real-time analytics and the proliferation of mobile devices have precipitated the creation of a new class of sales applications that outstrip the functionality of “legacy cloud Sales and CRM products like Salesforce.” In a phone interview with Cloud Computing Today, Shmilovici elaborated on the ability of the Base platform to aggregate disparate data sources to produce rich, multivalent profiles of sales prospects that augment the ability of sales teams to convert leads into qualified sales. Base’s ability to enhance sales operations by means of data-driven analytics are illustrated by the screenshot below:

The graphic above illustrates the platform’s ability to track sales conversions at the level of individual sales professionals as well as sales managers or owners within a team. VPs of Sales can customize analytics regarding the progress of their teams to enable enhanced talent and performance management in addition to gaining greater visibility as to where the market poses its stiffest challenges. More importantly, however, Base delivers a veritable library of customized analytics that illustrates a prominent use case for the convergence of cloud computing, real-time analytics and Big Data technologies. As such, the success of the platform will depend on its ability to continue enhancing its algorithms and analytics while concurrently enriching the user experience that remains integral to the daily experience of sales teams.

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Guest Blog Post: CEO Digital IQs Vary Widely – and Surprisingly – Between Sectors

The following blog post was guest authored by Chris Curran, a principal and Chief Technologist for PwC’s US Advisory practice.

While no one expects all companies to be on an equal footing when it comes to their level of digital IQ, it’s fascinating to see just how wide the gaps are between regions. We recently surveyed 1,500 business and IT executives and found:

If your company is one of those with ground to make up, there are five behaviors to look for and foster that help companies rise to this new challenge:

Having the CEO become an active digital champion. While many CEOs are thought of as being behind the curve, our study actually found that 77% of business and IT leaders in North America are confident about their digital acumen, more than any other region in the world.

Strengthening the relationship between the CIO and CMO. These are two departments that haven’t historically had to work together before.

An outside-in approach to digital innovation: ideas can come from university and government labs, open source-based innovation, crowd-funded innovation, any number of places that are outside the company itself. Top performers don’t just look in for ideas – they look everywhere.

New IT platform investments. With so much change over the past 18 months, much less few years, significant upgrades are required.

Viewing digital as an enterprise capability: digital capabilities are not specific or centralized functions, but rather are woven throughout to affect all areas of the business.

What factors – cultural, structural, economic – are you seeing as those that are helping companies get more digital?”

Bio: Chris Curran is a principal and Chief Technologist for PwC’s US Advisory practice. A recognized thought leader on the topic of digital innovation, Chris helps organizations develop and apply practical approaches for emerging technologies. He co-leads PwC’s annual Global Digital IQ Survey, in which over 1,400 c-level business and technology executives express their beliefs about the role of IT in economic competition, and also writes the CIO Dashboard blog. Follow him at  @CBCurran.

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