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Singapore Unicorn Acronis Released The World’s First Complete Cyber Protection Solution, Tailored To Fight Pandemic Cyberthreats And Improve Remote Work

Enabling service providers to cut costs and defend their clients against cyberthreats through AI-powered integration of data protection and cybersecurity – with total Zoom security, COVID-19 URL filtering and a 100% detection rate

Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, announced today the availability of Acronis Cyber Protect, an innovative new cyber protection solution that integrates backup, disaster recovery, next-gen anti-malware, cybersecurity, and endpoint management tools into one service. Acronis Cyber Protect eliminates complexity, improves productivity, and enables managed service providers (MSP) to efficiently make security a focal point of their portfolio – ensuring their business can meet client expectations for data, applications, and systems security and protection.

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The primary challenges MSPs face are complexity, inadequate security, and low productivity. The lack of integration between the patchwork of vendor solutions they use to build their services decreases security, complicates employee training, productivity, and usability – all while increasing support and licensing costs with multiple vendors. Acronis Cyber Protect changes the game by giving MSPs a single solution to deliver backup, anti-malware, security, and endpoint management capabilities such as vulnerability assessments, URL filtering, and patch management.

These integrated capabilities create new opportunities for MSPs to deliver enhanced cybersecurity. With Acronis Cyber Protect, MSPs can proactively avoid cyberattacks, minimize downtime, ensure fast and easy recoveries, and automate the configuration of client protection to counter the latest cyberthreats. The result is improved margins, better profitability, easier SLA compliance, greater performance, and decreased churn – all at a lower cost.

Planned since last year, this is a truly unparalleled solution that’s been custom-made to help businesses that were caught off guard by the pandemic. A cyber protection life vest for MSPs struggling to cater for their customers changing needs.

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AV-Test, the respected German security institute known for putting malware security solutions through rigorous testing on a  computer running Windows 10 Professional – testing both the status and dynamic detection rates of Acronis Cyber Protect, scanning a set of 6,932 malicious Windows executable (PE) files. Acronis scored perfectly with a verified 100% detection rate, and delivered a perfect result in the lab’s false-positive test, causing zero false positives. More information about the test is available here.

Acronis recognizes that even with these test results and AI-enhanced protection, it is impossible to achieve 100% security at every moment. If a threat does slip through the security measures, Acronis Cyber Protect provides the best business continuity to ensure businesses are able to restore affected data, applications, and systems quickly and effectively.

Helping MSPs secure remote work amid COVID-19

Acronis rapidly developed a holistic set of features for Acronis Cyber Protect to help MSPs and their clients smoothly and safely meet the challenges of today’s remote work environments including:

  • To help with finances: The ability to pause billing for non-paying customers while preserving their backups; Launched Acronis #CyberFit Financing and promotions through July 31, 2020; No extra charges for Acronis Cyber Protect and no billing for Acronis Cyber Backup for new clients
  • To help protect employees: Voice-enabled, touchless control for remote connections to office machines for end-users; Security alerts from Acronis Cyber Protection Operations Centers related to COVID-19
  • For remote work devices and users: Default templates with secure protection plans for remote work devices; Native VPN capability; Secure file sync and share integration; Remote data wipe

The industry needs unified, modern cyber protection

“Traditional backup solutions are dead because they are not secure enough, and traditional anti-virus applications do not protect data from modern cyberthreats. Legacy solutions are no longer able to counter the dangers today’s businesses face,” said Acronis Founder and CEO Serguei “SB” Beloussov. “Service providers need to offer their clients integrated cyber protection that covers all Five Vectors of Cyber Protection – safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security. With Acronis Cyber Protect, service providers have the ability to deliver solutions that ensure their clients are #CyberFit and ready to face any new threats.”

Acronis Cyber Protect is a demonstration of the power of integration. It features one unified licensing model, one agent and backend, one management console, one user interface, and a high level of integration among services – sharing data and automating actions to greatly improve the security posture for endpoint and edge devices.

“The unique cyber security features of this solution are yet unrivalled on the market, they will allow businesses in India to operate remotely securely and indefinitely – even after the pandemic is over,” said Munesh Jadoun, CEO, ZNet Technologies, a distributor of Acronis solutions.

“The unique integration of AI-powered data protection and cybersecurity in Acronis Cyber Protect enables Ingram Micro Cloud to satisfy the cyber protection needs of service providers, small and medium businesses, and enterprise-edge workloads,” said Tim Fitzgerald, Vice President, Cloud Channel Sales, Ingram Micro.

“Acronis is among the companies on the forefront for integrated data protection and cyber protection,” said Phil Goodwin, Research Director, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group, IDC. “We believe that Acronis Cyber Protect is among the most comprehensive attempts to provide data protection and cybersecurity to date.”

The Acronis Cyber Protect roadmap expands the availability of Acronis Cyber Protect to businesses worldwide, with an on-premises edition scheduled for release in the second half of 2020. Until then, any customer can leverage the advantages of Acronis Cyber Cloud as a managed service through their MSP. A personal version of the solution is also planned for release in Q3 2020.

Availability and Promotions

Please visit https://www.acronis.com/en-us/business/cyber-protect/ to sign-up online or request a fully-functional trial. To support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Acronis Cyber Protect is available at the same cost of Acronis Cyber Backup Cloud for all service providers until July 31, 2020.

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Participants from 15 Eurasian countries coming to Turkey for “Cloud Computing” event

The largest Cloud Technology organization of Eurasia, CloudTalk Global – 2020, which is the first and only cloud-specific event across the region, will be held in Istanbul under the slogan of “Connect with the Future” on June 11.

The pulse of one of the near future trends, cloud computing, will beat in Turkey once again with one of the most important events of the region. CloudTalk Global – 2020 Conference and Exhibition, which will bring senior industry representatives and cloud computing professionals from 15 different countries together, will be held at the Istanbul Congress Centre on June 11, 2020. The event, where cloud technology will be discussed extensively, is also characterized as being the biggest event of Eurasia specific to this sector.

It is no secret that the investment patterns and statistics and the change in economic models, worldwide and locally, indicate that the IT sector will play a major role in the future. In addition to technological products and services, software exports have also become a branch that makes significant contributions to Turkey’s economy. CloudTalk Global – 2020, aiming to make Turkey the marketing-communication center of technology and innovation in the cloud computing sector, brings together the movers and shakers of the sector with cloud-computing-specific conferences and fairs.

“Turkey will be an alternative to the USA and Western Europe in cloud computing”

Burkay Yapağcıoğlu

Indicating that they will host more than 2000 participants from 15 different countries at the CloudTalk Global – 2020 event, Burkay Yapağcıoğlu said: “Although we have tens of cloud computing companies in Turkey, CloudTalk Global – 2020, which will be organized under the banner of cloud computing sector for the first time, is a great opportunity not only for Turkey but also for many countries in the region like Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, etc. Especially in conference sessions, we will try to make a case for the potential of Turkey as it understands the needs of the region and is closing the gap on its global rivals by enjoying having the edge on costs effectiveness and high R&D capabilities of becoming a solution partner and an alternative market for the countries of the region in the cloud computing industry dominated by USA and technology companies based in Western European.”

Emerging trends and best practices in the cloud industry, long-term cloud strategies for digital transformation, next generation of cloud infrastructure technologies, multi-cloud strategies and their adaptation in companies, “Edge to Cloud Computing” strategies, “Intelligent IoT Edge Appliance”  and application areas, Future of Cloud-Native IT Infrastructures, Data Centre Optimization and Transition to Cloud Structures, Latest Innovations in Cloud Product Development and in DevOps, Latest State of Microservice and Container Technologies will be discussed at the conference.  

Also read: 10 key technologies and trends to support digital infrastructure in 2020

36 senior executives from international leading cloud companies such as Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud as well as the local cloud service providers namely BulutBroker and UzmanPosta will be on the stage as speakers at the event to be participated by senior IT executives, IT consultants, network administrators, system administrators, data center experts, cloud architects, security managers, developers, and product managers.

You can register for the event through www.cloudtalkglobal.com website.

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Top 7 open-source project trends to look out for in 2020

As the open-source community completed a decade of existence, GitHub released a report which reveals the top open source project trends for 2020, on the basis of contributors, visitors, and star activity data.

Today, GitHub is used by millions of developers to share code and build business. It isn’t just about the code (like all things in life), it’s the people that keep the project moving forward and alive along with the community of users.

TensorFlow/TensorFlow (24k) and Microsoft/vscode (15k) had the most number of active repositories in 2017. While Kubernetes/Kubernetes was the most discussed repository in the year.

GitHub is home to open source projects written in 337 unique programming languages, especially JavaScript. Java, the second most popular language on GitHub, has been replaced by Python.

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Latest trends in open source projects

Below are the top open-source project trends to look out for in the year ahead.

  • Cross-platform development

GitHub revealed that cross-platform/web development showed the highest activity growth in 2017. It was the most contributed, most visited, and most starred project.

The cross-platform development leads to easier development process and enables deployment across desktop and mobile platforms in lesser time.

As per the data, Angular/angular-cli repository saw the highest growth, with a 2.2 time increase in contributors in 2017, as compared to a year ago.

  • Deep learning & Machine learning 

Artificial intelligence, especially its deep learning category, drove the interest of a number of users. The deep learning projects like Keras-team/Keras and Mozilla/DeepSpeech were the most contributed projects in 2017.

The visitors for TensorFlow/TensorFlow in 2017 grew 2.2 times from 2016, while TensowFlow/models visitors grew 5.5 times.

The popularity of image and speech recognition, and other such technologies among enterprises, is contributing towards the implementation of deep learning.

Machine learning, the practice of teaching a computer to learn, attracted users to the repositories, including scikit-learn/scikit-learn and keras-team/keras.

While Tensorflow repository provides scalable machine learning using data flow graphs, scikit-learn offers machine learning in Python language.

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  • New skills

The repositories which were designed to teach new coding skills ranked third in the list. Users starred a lot of projects related to getting coding jobs, learning to code, and coding best practices. Like, Chalarangelo/30-seconds-of-code and norvig/pytudes helped users with code examples in JavaScript and Python, respectively and helped users gain fluency in them.

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There were more coding skills which guided users with ways to pass software engineering interviews, and in picking up or brushing existing skills.

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Apart from these open source project trends, code editing, containerization, development, and design also saw growth in the last few years.

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Load balancer comparison: Alibaba Cloud, AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, IBM

The popularity of cloud computing has increased over the last few years due to the explosive use of the internet. From competitive tech companies to start-ups, everyone wants to get into this space. According to the research, about 94% of enterprises are using at least one cloud service today.

As the enterprises shift their infrastructure on the cloud, the need for cloud load balancing solutions arise to handle traffic spikes. They can rapidly autoscale in response to the level of demand. They play a crucial role in balancing the system performance by evenly distributing the dynamic workload over multiple servers.

Leading cloud providers like Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, Google Cloud and IBM lead the cloud load balancer market. If you are wondering which solution you should opt for, here we list the major cloud load balancers and their features.

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Alibaba Cloud

Alibaba’s Cloud Server Load Balancer (SLB) redirects the incoming traffic among various instances to balance and improve the service capabilities of applications. It can process up to millions of requests all at the same time and quickly meet the requirements during large demands. This avoids service outrages.

It checks the service availability of ECS instances by performing health checks. In the case of unhealthy instances, it automatically removes them to avoid a single point of failure. You can also reduce the frequency of health check by increasing the interval time or changing a layer-7 health check to layer-4 health check based on the service condition.

Source: Alibaba Cloud

SLB also provides URL-based routing that allows users to redirect the incoming traffic to the backend server, based on URLs. This lets you configure the SLB across different zones of the region, so even if communication to one zone is interrupted, SLB automatically directs the traffic to zone 2 that is working normally.

Another important feature is Cross Region Disaster Tolerance through Global Traffic Manager (GTM), where we can configure SLB instances in different regions, and add ECS instances in various zones of the regions along with DNS service. The DNS service can resolve domain names, add IP addresses of different regions to different address pools of the Server Load Balancer and perform health checks. So, if a region becomes unavailable, this will automatically stop the domain name resolution for that unavailable region.

The price is calculated on the length of time of load balancer rentals and network traffic.

AWS

Amazon’s Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) can be used to distribute traffic across multiple EC2 instances. The service is elastic (i.e. changeable) and fully managed which means that it can automatically scale to meet demand.

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There are three types of load balancers available in AWS.

Classic Load Balancer (CLB) operates on both the request and connection levels for Layer 4 (TCP/IP) and Layer 7 (HTTP) routing. It is best for EC2 Classic instances.

Application Load Balancer (ALB) works at the request level only. It is designed to support the workloads of modern applications such as containerized applications, HTTP/2 traffic, and web sockets.

Network Load Balancer (NLB) operates at the fourth layer of the (OSI) Open Systems Interconnection model. It is capable to handle millions of requests per second.

The pricing is based on the number of deployed load balancers and the data processed per hour.

AWS also provides third-party load balancing tools like Kemp LoadMaster and Barracuda Load Balancer in its Marketplace for more control. There is DNS based load balancing also which is offered through Route 53 which provides various routing and load balancing services. Route 53 is also useful in medical checks to send notifications through Cloud Watch.

Microsoft Azure

There are three types of load balancers in Azure: Azure Load Balancer, Internal Load Balancer (ILB), and Traffic Manager. The various load balancers ensure that the traffic is sent to healthy nodes.

Microsoft’s Azure Load Balancer offers a higher level scale with layer 4 load balancing across multiple VMs (virtual machines).

Source: Azure

Internal Load Balancer (ILB) has an internal-facing Virtual IP. Meaning, users can apply an internal load balancing for virtual machines (VM) that are connected only to an internal Azure cloud service or a virtual network.

Traffic Manager is an internet-facing solution that balances the traffic loads at various endpoints using a policy engine as well as a set of DNS queries. It can route traffic to any region’s service and even to non-Azure endpoints.

The pricing depends on the number of DNS queries received.

Azure also provides health check features that can be achieved through periodically polling an HTTP endpoint. It also provides third-party load balancing tools that are available in the Azure Marketplace.

Google Cloud

The Google Cloud Load Balancer (GCLB) provides server-side load balancing to distribute incoming traffic to multiple virtual machine instances. It allows users to direct applications across any region and scale compute with very little configuration. It can load 0-1 million requests per second with no pre-warming.

Source: Google

There are three deployment types of load balancing services in Google: Global, Network and Internal. Global Load Balancing supports HTTP(S) traffic for modern web-based applications. Traffic is distributed to the region that is closest to the calling user, provided the region has available capacity.

Network Load Balancing directs traffic across virtual machine (VM) instances in the same region in a VPC network. Any TCP and UDP traffic can be load balanced on the basis of source, destination port, and protocol so that the traffic from the same connection reaches the same server.

Internal Load Balancing is a regional load balancer that distributes the internal traffic across a set of back-end instances without requiring a public IP address.

The health check feature is set up within the Compute Engine of the UI. You can send health-related alerts and notifications on instance groups without the load balancer itself.

The pricing of GCLB is based on the amount of data processed.

IBM

The IBM Cloud Load Balancer (ICLB) distributes the load balance of traffic across multiple application server instances to improve uptime and scaling of application with minimum disruption.

In case of interruption to an entire zone, the applications work without any problem as the load balancer instances are divided across various zones of the same region. This enhances the security and availability of any application in the IBM Cloud.

It offers various load balancing options to choose from.

Source: IBM

IBM supports Multi-Zone Region (MZR) which means the load balancer nodes are instantiated in two different data centers. In case of an interruption to the data center communication, the load balancer will still continue to work, as the other node is a part of a different data center.

The load balancer allows medical checks periodically to check the health of the back-end ports and distribute the traffic accordingly. The health of the ports is continuously monitored until it successfully passes two consecutive health check attempts, Layer-4 for TCP ports and Layer-7 for HTTP port.

The pricing of ICLB is based on service usage hours, data processed and outbound public bandwidth depending on the geographic region.

If you have anything to add to the list, let us know in the comment section.

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Alibaba Cloud and ZNet Technologies Forge New Partnership

Companies set to bring opportunities and emerging cloud technologies to Indian partners. 

Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has entered a distribution partnership with ZNet Technologies Private Limited, India’s leading cloud distributor offering cloud infrastructure and managed services. The partnership will bring Alibaba Cloud’s proven products and solutions that have been supporting Alibaba Group’s international business activities ranging from e-commerce, fin-tech, logistics, digital media, and entertainment, to ZNet businesses and channel partners, and empower them with innovative and reliable technologies for success in a digital era.

As an established and competitive distributor, ZNet is equipped with both the sales and technical knowledge to help customers get up to speed with Alibaba Cloud products and solutions, which include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Content Delivery Network (CDN), Video on demand (VOD), SMS, Big Data, Mail services and much more. Through this collaboration, Alibaba Cloud hopes to leverage ZNet’s expertise in cloud migration, product development and managed services to bring customers and partners greater business value.

The parties hope to equip local businesses with fast track digital transformation initiatives to expedite their digital transformation process.

“Our partnership with ZNet gives us the opportunity to share our technologies and industry know-hows with our partners and help them succeed in the competitive Indian market”, said Alex Li, General Manager, Alibaba Cloud South Asia. “We have gained strong expertise in working with our global partners, and we hope to transfer the knowledge to local partners and customers so that we can empower them on their digital transformation journey and achieve greater business success.” 

“Alibaba Cloud is one of the fastest-growing public cloud providers across the globe. Our distributorship will provide our channel players, the opportunity to work with Alibaba Cloud in India. With data localization soon to become mainstream with Indian government initiatives, the presence of Alibaba Cloud data centers in India will serve the needs of the Indian businesses very well and will help them in complying to these new requirements,” said Munesh Jadoun, CEO, ZNet Technologies Private Limited.

Alibaba Cloud and ZNet Technologies will bring added value to local service providers by providing them with support from Alibaba Cloud certified professionals. In addition, sales and marketing assistance will also be made available to partners via GTM activities. Together, ZNet and Alibaba Cloud will bring more personalized customer service to facilitate business growth.

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Diadem Technologies joins hands with Plesk, to offer Plesk panel integrated hosting services in India

Diadem Technologies, India’s leading cloud service provider, providing cloud, dedicated and hybrid hosting solutions for clients across the globe, announced a partnership with Plesk, the leading Server, Website and WordPress management platform, proven on servers, sites, apps, hosting and cloud businesses. With this partnership, Diadem Technologies will make Plesk powered hosting services available to its customers.

With Plesk powered hosting services, Diadem Technologies will be able to deliver out of the box, value-added services to their customers. We are very pleased to partner with them for the quickly growing Indian marketplace and we look forward to a long-lasting partnership,” said Nils Hueneke, Plesk CEO.

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With the robust Plesk management platform, we aim to provide our customers with the ability to manage their apps, websites, servers and technologies using a single and secure user interface. This will help them get rid of redundant and time-consuming website and security management tasks,” said Hriday Biyani, Co-Founder and CEO, Diadem Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

This partnership will be empowered by ZNet Technologies Pvt. Ltd. as ZNet is the distributor of Plesk licenses in India.

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Cloud Leadership Summit 2019 successfully brings together leaders in the Indian cloud and hosting industry

An unparalleled event for the leaders in the cloud and hosting industry in India, Cloud leadership summit 2019 concluded successfully in Goa.  The event that took place at Hotel Le Méridien Calangute, Goa, India from 8 to 10 November, brought together CEOs and heads of the leading multinationals in the Indian cloud and hosting industry together in a relaxed setting.

Cloud leadership summit 2019

There were the following sessions at the event.

1.Panel Discussion: Future of Web Hosting in 2020 and Beyond

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The panelists included Tarun Dua, CEO – E2E Networks, Narendra Sen, CEO – Rackbank and Samir Jhaveri, CEO – XcellHost Cloud.

There was a discussion on the future of web hosting and how web hosting companies have to evolve in order to remain relevant and grow stronger.

There were also discussions on the growth of the Indian datacenter industry and its future. With niche markets still open, what should service providers do to compete with three big public cloud providers?  Further, they discussed how to provide services to customers with open source tools.

  1. The panel discussion was followed by a presentation by the sponsors – Acronis and ZNet Technologies.

In this session, the Acronis team told about how the web hosting, data center, and the cloud industry can comply with the data localization laws in India by offering Acronis cloud services to their customers.

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  1. Panel Discussion: Growth hacking with sustainable marketing for scaling up your hosting business

The panelists were Munesh Jadoun, CEO – ZNet Technologies, Danish Wadhwa, CEO – Webdew and Dhanasekar Mani, CEO – OVI Hosting.

As web hosting has evolved to cloud hosting, hyperscale and serverless computing so has the marketing techniques for web hosting services. In this session, there was a deep dive into how effective offline and online marketing is, best practices along with recommended tools for improving SEO and company presence across social media platforms. The points that were discussed:

  • Email marketing
  • Social media marketing
  • SEO and content marketing
  • Offline marketing
  • CRM and tools for tracking leads and opportunities
  • Digital marketing cheat sheet and best practices
  • Outsource vs DIY?

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  1. Panel Discussion: Web Hosting Automation – Tools, Resources and best practices

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The panelists included Sabarinathan Sampath, COO – ZNet Technologies, Ishan Talahati, CEO – Leapswitch, and Tarun Dua, CEO – E2E Networks.

The discussion was held around how the hosters can automate their hosting business- this covered the tools, resources and best practises of how web hosting companies worldwide are automating the daily tasks for deployment, monitoring and also for support. The points that were discussed included:

  • Virtualization automation tools.
  • Ansible automation
  • Monitoring for VMs and service end points
  • cPanel, Plesk and other control panels for hosters.
  • AV and malware prevention for Linux and Windows
  • Support automation
  • WHMCS – Are there any other viable alternatives
  1. The panel discussion was followed by a presentation by the sponsors – Intel and RP tech India.

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  1. Panel Discussion: AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud: Demystifying Multi-Cloud Operations

The panelists were Arun Bansal, CEO – Mantra Tech, Rahul Kukure, CEO – Hostin Services and Bharat Bala, ReadyDedis, LLC

Multi-Cloud expertise is essential for the growth of web hosting providers and in this session, there were discussions around the best practices for managing multi-cloud operations, right pricing your services along with client expectations and the skills required for the team to manage multi-cloud hosting services.

AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud: Demystifying Multi-Cloud Operations

In the end, there was a session on digital marketing best practices by Danish Wadhwa, CEO, Webdew.

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The attendees were quite elated with the three days sessions where they got to expand their knowledge realm and find solutions to their business problems.

Team DHN is looking ahead to cover Cloud Leadership Summit 2020!

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Plesk APAC Partner Day 2019 brought together leaders in hosting and the cloud industry

The Plesk APAC Partner Day 2019 event kicked off in Singapore on October 11, bringing together the web hosts, tech enthusiasts, and like-minded people in the industry.

With the theme “Drive Digital Transformation Now”, the event explored what’s new in Plesk Obsidian, a look behind the development of Obsidian, WordPress Community insights, valuable marketing tips, and much more.

Plesk Obsidian is a powerful management platform for servers, websites, applications, as well as hosting & cloud businesses. It became generally available this month only. Full details and the new features of Plesk Obsidian are available here.

Along with these, the Plesk APAC Partner Day 2019 also provided a platform to the attendees to meet peers, inspiring speakers, and explore new opportunities to network and connect with experts and leaders in the industry.

There were around ten sessions about Plesk Obsidian, Managed WordPress hosting, the impact of digital transformation on the web hosting industry, expanding business with Acronis, etc.

Plesk APAC Partner Day 2019

These were the key topics discussed at the event:

  • The Rise Of Plesk Obsidian – Jan Löffler, CTO, Plesk
  • A look behind the scenes of Plesk Obsidian Development – Andrey Kugaevsky, Senior Program Manager, Plesk
  • Vickson’s Diaries – Vickson Tan, Graphic web designer and digital marketing strategist, Exabytes
  • Bloggers need Managed WordPress Hosting too! – Liew Cheon Fong, WordPress consultant
  • How to build a WordPress Millenium Falcon with Plesk Extensions – Markus Galler, VP of Sales, Plesk
  • Stranger Things on WordPress Hosting – Sam Suresh, Founder of MU DOT MY PLT
  • Patricia’s Guide to the Galaxy – Patricia Hillebrand, Director of Global Channels, Plesk
  • Automating protection and expanding business with Acronis – Oleg Prosvetov, Technology consultant, Acronis
  • From Complexity to Simplicity – Maik Broemme, Senior Product Manager, Virtuozzo
  • How Digital Transformation affects the Hosting Industry – Gavin Gibson, COO and Co-Founder, Dreamescape Networks, Singapore; Andy Saw, COO, Exabytes Networks; Manoj Dhanda, CEO and Founder, MicroHost
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The Plesk APAC Partner Day 2019 was a great success, with positive responses from the web hosts, partners, and other attendees. If you attended the event, let us know your experience via the comments below.

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Three biggest cloud myths that just won’t die

While the cloud adoption rate around the world is on the rise, there are still many organizations that are resisting the adoption of the cloud. Their main reasons behind not adopting the cloud are some myths and misconceptions.

According to The State of Enterprise Software 2019 report by IBRS, the most common cloud myths among the businesses are security, price, and integration. For instance, Australia is a leader in enterprise cloud adoption, but still, some market segments remain in the thrall of cloud myths.

Most common cloud myths and misconceptions

Following are the most common myths about cloud computing:

1. Security Myth

A high number of organizations in the survey said that security is the main reason for not migrating to the cloud. They are concerned about the security of the cloud systems and the critical data shifted to the cloud. But it is one of the biggest myths about the cloud.

The investment by cloud service providers on cybersecurity is more than most of the organizations’ budget. They have strict data security policies and practices in place.

“Typically, these security and privacy policies are a much higher standard than most on premise systems.”

-Tony Robertson, Director, Cloud Capacity & Compliance at TechnologyOne

Related read: Legacy tools put organizations to survival mode rather than digital transformation: Forrester

2. Cost & Utilization Myth

A large number of organizations are in a false belief that it will cost them higher if they run the infrastructure on the cloud. That’s why they choose to manage software solutions internally on-premise.

The IBRS report busts this myth, showing that the main advantages of migrating to the cloud are:

  • freeing up IT resources from on-premises infrastructure,
  • reduced investments in on-premises infrastructure, and
  • lower operating costs.

“SaaS providers take it one step further from the cloud, eliminating both the need to manage any infrastructure, as well as all aspects of upgrading and patching the software and hardware.”

This removes the need for all the facilities and staff required to perform these functions. This, in turn, will mean the total cost of ownership (TCO) for the SaaS solution is typically less than the on-premise equivalent.”

Robertson

3. Integration Myth

Organizations think that it is very difficult to integrate with cloud services, as compared to on-premise software. IBRS report counts it among the biggest cloud myths, that often arise when organizations are looking to combine software design with deployment methods.

Various cloud-based enterprises apps use a micro-services architecture, which is not possible with the ageing on-premises solutions.

“Integrating with cloud systems, and particularly, SaaS solutions, has become a much simpler proposition. Most SaaS vendors will provide a list of integration options that have been tested and verified as scalable, robust and secure. The benefit of moving to an ‘as-a-service’ offering, like SaaS, is that integration is no longer a technical headache because the software partner takes on, and manages that complexity.”

Robertson

Find out more insights in the full “The State of Enterprise Software 2019” report.

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DevSecOps is becoming standard approach to protect cloud native applications: Report

As enterprises consistently shift towards technology as a service (XaaS), the production workloads are shifting to the public cloud platforms. With this, about 46% of the heterogenous mix of server workload types are expected to shift from VMs and bare metal to containers and serverless platforms in next one year.

Given the rapid increase in serverless platforms usage, companies must also know the related security threats, and the need to understand and implement the security measures to manage threats, says a new Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) study that looks at the processes involved in and employed by the organizations to secure cloud-native applications.

Analysts at Data Theorem polled 371 IT and cyber security professionals in North America to create Security for DevOps – Enterprise Survey Report.

Survey highlights – the DevSecOps approach is emerging for securing cloud-native applications

The analysts have found that the DevSecOps is an emerging concept to handle the rising cloud security challenges.

The study shows that 84 percent of the organizations have already incorporated security into their DevOps processes to some extent.

It also found that 8 percent companies are presently securing their cloud-native applications with DevSecOps (DevOps with Security) practices. This is again expected to rise. 68 percent of organizations said they are planning to secure 75% or more of their cloud-native applications with DevSecOps practices in two years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About one in five companies has a unified approach to secure cloud-native applications. Overall, 82% of companies agreed to have different teams that are responsible for securing the cloud-native applications. Out of these, 52% have plans to merge these responsibilities in future.

However, when it comes to implementing security controls, only 22% of organizations aimed to embed security throughout the development process.

The study also found that out of all the cloud-native applications security controls, malware detection and prevention (32%) and vulnerability scanning (30%), both performed post deployment are the most commonly identified security controls.

While most of the organizations are aware about DevSecOps strategy and some have even started to implement in the process, many are still facing challenges to cover their applications.

What made security implementation difficult was the shortage of skilled security professionals, need for team collaboration, and lack of cloud security skills. Plus, the use of many technologies is complicating the process.

Given that, the CIOs, development and security teams have to work together to analyze and create threat models, integrate tools into the development process to protect cloud-native applications, and prioritize pre-deployment and runtime controls.

CIOs should now clearly understand that a deep collaboration across teams is significant in integrating security to the complete software delivery lifecycle.

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