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Mission Secures $15 Million in Additional Funding from Great Hill Partners to Fuel Organic Growth Through 2020

Achieving unmatched success creating additional customer opportunities with AWS in the U.S. in 2019, Mission will put new capital towards expanding its team, technology, system, and go-to-market strategies.

Mission, a managed services and consulting company for Amazon Web Services (AWS), today announced it has closed an additional $15 million of equity funding from Great Hill Partners, a leading growth-oriented private equity firm. Mission will use this capital to further accelerate the AWS managed service provider’s organic growth through 2020.

The fresh round continues Great Hill Partners’ investment in Mission; the Boston-based firm initially committed up to $75 million to company founder and CEO Simon Anderson to launch Mission in 2017. To date, approximately $40 million of that capital has been invested to establish Mission’s current standing as a trusted, award-winning provider of AWS managed services and consulting. Mission has rapidly built a coast-to-coast geographic presence, a leadership team made up of cloud industry veterans, and a customer base of more than 200 businesses from across a particularly wide breadth of industries and AWS use cases.

This year, Mission has established itself as a top partner to AWS in its U.S. Territory segment – measured by the shared customer growth opportunities Mission has created with AWS. With hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and New York, Mission has fully staffed teams of AWS solutions architects and sales executives in three major AWS customer geographies: Southern California, Northern California, and the Northeast. Mission is also currently adding a new hub in Chicago to best serve the AWS U.S. Central region.

“Mission continues to prove itself as an exceptionally capable provider of managed cloud services,” said Drew Loucks, Principal, Great Hill Partners. “The company has really made its mark in a rapidly growing market, with enterprises across verticals eager to realize the tremendous benefits of migrating to the cloud and harnessing all that AWS has to offer. Mission has also been effective at bringing in the right expertise required to make their customer engagements so successful, and our additional investment will ensure accelerated growth throughout this year and next.”

With the new capital, Mission will build on its foundation as a customer-focused cloud transformation business, continuing to invest in and expand its team of expert cloud consultants and solutions architects that now hold nearly 100 AWS certifications. Mission will also invest in the technologies, systems, and go-to-market strategies that best align the provider with overall AWS growth and customer demands. Beyond this $15 million round, Great Hill Partners and other limited partners have additional capital available for further investment in Mission, as needed, to fund acquisitions and continue to reinforce Mission’s staff of AWS experts.

“Mission continues to experience strong momentum through 2018 and into 2019,” said Stewart Armstrong, CFO, Mission. “We remain disruptive in the market as we strive to continue to deliver unique value to our customers. The Great Hill team continues to be a valuable partner for Mission, and I’m excited to put this additional funding to work as we expand and optimize our go-to-market strategies and accelerate the deployment of new, world-class technologies and services to our customers. We remain focused on helping more organizations achieve their cloud goals, no matter how challenging, with our expertly-orchestrated AWS management and optimization.”

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Microsoft adds new access control options to Azure Monitor Logs

To save people from the hassle of having to use complex logs, Microsoft has announced a number of new capabilities for Azure Monitor Logs.

These capabilities will enable resource-centric logging, by allowing users to have their monitor logs centralized while staying integrated into Azure and its role-based access control mechanisms (RBAC).

Previously, due to the complexity of logs architecture, the organizations were not able to maintain access control on their own. This not only lowered the usage of data but also resulted in inaccurate decision making as these decisions were generally not taken on the basis of data.

To tackle that, Microsoft has unveiled two new access control options:  Workspace-centric and Resource-centric.

“We have recently announced a new set of Azure Monitor Logs capabilities that allow customers to benefit from the advantages of both paradigms. We plan to enhance and complete alignment of all Azure Monitor’s components over the next few months,” wrote Microsoft in a blog post.

The Workspace-centric mode will provide centralized teams the full access to all the logs from all workspaces regardless of the resource permissions. There will soon be a new option that will also allow them to use this mode for the components that don’t provide support for resource-centric or off-Azure resources.

On the other hand, the resource-centric mode will enable query of the logs that are related to a source. This mode will work for a specific resource, all the resources in a specific group, or all the resources in a specific subscription.

“Logs will be served from all workspaces that contain data for that resource without the need to specify them. If workspace access control allows it, there is no need to grant the users access to the workspace,” explained Microsoft.

The new features will have simpler models with fewer workspaces that will now allow the administrators to govern their environments better and in a secured manner.

Also read: Microsoft and industry leaders launch new open project for service mesh interoperability

Additionally, Microsoft introduced an automated capability to Azure Monitor that quickly decides on the right mode on the scope a user opts. If the user chooses a workspace, queries will be sent in workspace-centric mode. Alternatively, if the user selects a resource option, resource group, or subscription, the resource-centric is used.

Microsoft also mentioned the capability to set permissions per table that store the logs. The users who have permission to access workspace or resources, can read details of their log types. Admins can use custom roles to limit the user access.

Microsoft added that the Azure Monitor will soon be able to scope queries for an entire subscription.

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VeeamON 2019: Veeam makes improvement in orchestration, assures recoverability

Veeam Software, during the VeeamON 2019 conference in Miami, FL introduced revised version of orchestration tool, known as NEW Veeam Availability Orchestrator v2. The new version is designed to aid in eliminating lengthy testing and recovery processes.  

“Our new version of Veeam Availability Orchestrator eliminates the challenges of manual processes by introducing reliable orchestrated recovery of production VMs, whether they’re protected by backups or replicas,” said Danny Allan, Vice President of Product Strategy at Veeam. “This also includes the ability to quickly and efficiently leverage protection data to prove recoverability and compliance, whether standards are imposed internally or by governing regulations like HIPAA, SOX, GDPR and more.” 

 Veeam Availability v2, premiered at VeeamON 2019 is generally available now. This tool will help in lowering the cost of recovery. The new version has the capability to automate processes and create actionable documentation that will be directly customized or updated enabling the organizations to meet their recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) efficiently. 

The Availability Orchestrator is applicable to other IT aspects as well by using data from replications and backups for automated testing, patches, upgrades, automated testing and more. There are five stages of data management on cloud and orchestration is one of them. The other ones are cloud mobility, visibility, backup and automation. 

Earlier promised Veeam Availability Suite v10 including NAS backup and recovery will be accessible by 2019 end. The version 10 is expected to include Direct Restore to VMware feature in it, along with Instant Recovery to vSphere. 

Also read: Microsoft and industry leaders launch new open project for service mesh interoperability 

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Acronis rolls out major update to its enterprise backup solution

Acronis is rolling out a major update to its enterprise backup solution—Acronis Backup, by extending its scalability, adding physical data shipping, improved user experience, support for more languages, etc.

Acronis Backup 12.5 Update 4, the latest update, brings several new features to the customers. First, they will be able to send encrypted backups of all the data to an Acronis data center on a hard drive.

Second, the number of devices that can be managed from a single management server has been increased. Customers can now manage up to 8,000 devices using an easy-to-use web interface and save on infrastructure resources.

Third, the company has improved the active protection in its backup solution. It can now detect crypto-mining malware and protect network folders mapped as local drives.

Fourth, customers can now convert backup files into VM files, which they can run on VMware Workstation and Microsoft Hyper-V.

Fifth, there is a new comment feature that can be used to organize devices by adding comments to protected machines, and then group or filter them using keywords.

Sixth, Acronis Backup now also has a new Performance and backup window for setting up backup window settings easily and reduce the impact on running systems.

Seventh, the latest release will add support for more operating systems and hypervisors. These include:

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2019 with Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2019
  • VMware vSphere 6.7 update 1
  • Citrix XenServer 7.6
  • RHEL 7.6
  • Ubuntu 18.10
  • Fedora 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
  • Debian 9.5, 9.6
  • Windows XP SP1 (x64), SP2 (x64), (x86)

Lastly, the company has added seven new languages to the user interface (UI). These include Bulgarian, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Serbian, Malay, and Indonesian.

Also read: 97% of enterprises perform data backup at least once a year: Acronis’ World Backup Day survey

“This is by far the largest Acronis Backup update to date. We listened to our users and brought the features that they requested. Acronis Backup is the most secure backup in the market, which is why it is trusted by more than 500,000 businesses worldwide,” said Patrick Hurley, Vice President & General Manager, Americas at Acronis.

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Veeam lands $500 million investment from Insight Venture Partners

Leading data management firm Veeam Software has landed a $500 million investment from Insight Venture Partners.

The Switzerland-based company is currently one of the largest private software companies around the globe, having over 325k customers and generating approx. $1 billion in sales. Over the last few years, Veeam has experienced significant growth in the rapidly evolving cloud data management market.

The new funding round led by Insight Venture Partners will accelerate the next phase of Veeam’s growth, as the company aims to become a leader in data management solutions for public and private cloud.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Jeff Horing and Michael Triplett from Insight Venture Partners, having worked with them since 2002 when Insight invested in our first company, Aelita Software,” said Ratmir Timashev, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President (EVP), Sales and Marketing, at Veeam.

“Back then, we relied on Insight to provide strategic counsel and support, and after we sold that company to Quest Software in 2004, we continued our relationship. Over the years, Insight has been a trusted advisor to Bill Largent, Andrei Baronov and me, even acquiring a minority share in Veeam back in 2013. Today, Veeam is leading the data management space, with more than 325,000 customers, 60,000 partners, 82 percent of the Fortune 500 relying on our solutions, and with industry analysts heralding us as Leaders across all sectors; with Insight and CPPIB’s, investment I know we will take this to the next level.”

Along with the capital, Veeam is also going to gain benefit from Insight Onsite, an internal business strategy arm of Insight Venture Partners. It will allow Veeam to speed up its organic growth, as well as drive expansion in adjacent markets.

“Over the past decade, Veeam has established itself as the premier vendor for on-premises backup and recovery software, and is now No.1 in the market for providing data management for public and private cloud environments.  Only great companies like Amazon and Apple have been able to pivot into market leading positions in multiple markets, and Veeam now joins this elite group,” commented Michael Triplett, Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners, and member of the Board of Directors at Veeam.

“Veeam has unparalleled leadership in terms of technology, vision and go-to-market strategies, which we believe will only further extend its No.1 market position.  Insight is thrilled to continue this journey with Veeam’s management.”

Also read: Veeam makes its hyper-availability solutions available with Lenovo SDI and SAN offerings

The new funding will also enable Veeam to progress towards its mission to become the most trusted provider of Backup solutions, and deliver agility, availability, and business acceleration to global customers through the Veeam Availability Platform.

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Secura announces cloud-based disaster recovery solution enabled by VMware vCloud Availability

Secura is delighted to announce Cloud DR, a disaster recovery as a service solution which leverages VMware vCloud Availability, one of the latest cloud technology advancements from VMware, a leading innovator in enterprise software.

Secura’s Cloud DR solution offers simple, cost-effective Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for VMware-based platforms, as either a bolt-on service to customers of Secura’s Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) or any organizations with VMware infrastructure on its site or in a data center.

Built around VMware vCloud Availability, Cloud DR offers native disaster recovery protection for any VMware workloads with near instant recovery of protected virtual machines at the click of a button.

Cloud DR can be entirely self-provisioned and managed using VMware solutions, VMware vCenter and vSphere Replication, and customers can configure Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) settings, access non-disruptive sandbox testing on demand and manage replication, migration and failover.

“We’re really excited to have worked with VMware to offer this innovative cloud-based Disaster Recovery as a Service to customers in the UK,” said Secura CTO, Dan Nichols.

“Our Cloud DR solution makes it simple for businesses of any size to employ native, robust VMware-based disaster recovery services in a cost-effective way that does not require significant upfront investment.”

Secura’s Cloud DR service removes the need to purchase additional hardware or software, connecting any VMware-based platform to robust disaster recovery on Secura’s own VPC infrastructure.

Easy online management, metered storage and usage-based costs make it cost effective and simple to implement enterprise-level disaster recovery.

Also read: Secura Partners with HyTrust to Offer Robust Virtual Machine Level Data Encryption as a Service

“We are committed to delivering innovative solutions to our customers to accelerate their digital transformations,” said Alanzo Blackstock, Director, UKI Partner Organization at VMware.

“The opportunity to work with Secura in the UK on its Cloud DR solution, leveraging the latest VMware vCloud Availability technology, will enable Secura to offer simple, cost-effective cloud-based disaster recovery services that seamlessly support their customers’ environments.”

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Serverless is the next evolution of a microservice architecture: New Stack Serverless Survey

Over 75% of organizations are either using or planning to use serverless computing in next 18 months, according to The New Stack Serverless Survey 2018.

An increasing number of developers are preferring serverless computing to avoid the complexities of modern software development. In the development arena today, the developers are concerned about performance, scalability, security, privacy and more burdens. All these aspects can not only overwhelm a beginner, but also a veteran engineer.

That is the reason serverless computing is more than just a technology. It’s also a movement. Serverless architecture is transforming the way software developers build, deploy, and manage applications today. It also positively impacts the business decision-making and structure of the organization.

AWS released the first serverless platform – AWS Lambda in 2014. Other cloud providers like Google and Microsoft also launched their serverless computing services post that.

Serverless offerings like Microsoft Azure functions and AWS Lambda are seeing a strong growth quarter over quarter. No need of managing infrastructure remains the primary reason for this growth.

Another benefit of serverless is that it’s pay-as-you-go, calculated on the basis of consumption rather than pre-purchased services on guesswork. It is also accessible to people, and its infrastructure is completely invisible.

“The point of calling something serverless is to say that we no longer need to run, and manage [virtual or physical] servers ourselves,” writes Peter Sbarski, Serverlessconf organizer. “We do not even have access to them.”

Highlights of The New Stack Serverless Survey 2018:

Serverless: the next evolution of a microservice architecture

As well explained by Erica Windisch, co-founder and CTO of IOpipe, the serverless is next evolution of a microservice architecture. Cloud providers are essentially taking what were best practices with containers and Docker, but enforcing them as part of the serverless model.

They are providing four of the factors of a traditional twelve-factor application built on a microservice architecture, and baking them into a serverless platform. These four factors include processes, concurrency, disposability, and logs as event streams. Developers get these factors as part of the serverless platform.

Half of organizations already using serverless architecture

The New Stack surveyed over six hundred organizations globally in August this year. The survey found that around 50% of organizations are currently using a serverless architecture, and 28% are planning to do so in next 18 months.

Impacts of serverless on software development lifecycle

41% of the organizations that are using serverless computing reported speed of development as one of the top advantages of serverless.

However, only 29% of the organizations that are planning to deploy serverless cited speed of development as a top benefit.

Respondents also indicated flexibility of scaling, cost of resources, speed of deployment, DevOps culture, application performance, etc. as the main benefits of serverless architecture.

Impacts of serverless on software development lifecycle

Serverless: kind of a time machine for developers

Serverless computing reduces the time from code development to putting that code in production. There is no infrastructural drag in between the coding and running it. It’s like “here is my code, now run it,” or “here is my data, now store it.”

Chad Arimura, vice president of serverless at Oracle explains, “The basic idea is a developer just writes code and pushes to a serverless service. That’s it. The rest is handled by the service. Better yet, dependencies like database and storage are also services folded in seamlessly under the serverless hood.”

“Behind the scenes, specialized teams combined with a lot of automation are operating these systems at scale, so that the developer doesn’t have to think about this stuff. It does kind of look and feel like magic and moonbeams, which is why the hype cycle is strong with serverless. Because it’s such a better experience.”

Top 10 technologies on serverless roadmap for 2019 and beyond

Nowadays, function as a service (FaaS) is grabbing the most attention, as it is the most transformative factor of serverless. It changes the way developers build applications.

Of the FaaS products in use, AWS Lambda is the number one product on serverless roadmaps. As per the report, 71% of organizations said that they were either using or planning to use Lambda in next 18 months.

Suggested reading: Serverless computing comparison guide: AWS, Google, IBM and Microsoft

There are the best technologies on serverless roadmap for next 18 months:

  1. AWS Lambda
  2. Amazon CloudWatch
  3. Azure Functions
  4. Serverless Framework
  5. AWS Server Application Model
  6. Google Cloud Functions
  7. Kubeless
  8. Python Lambda
  9. OpenFaaS
  10. Apache OpenWhishk

serverless roadmap for 2019

Top technical use cases of serverless

Majority of organizations consider HTTP REST API, batch jobs, and business logic as the best technical use cases of serverless.

  1. HTTP REST APIs and web applications
  2. Batch jobs or scheduled tasks
  3. Business logic
  4. Continuous integration pipeline
  5. Stream processing at scale
  6. Database changes or change data capture (CDC)
  7. Mobile backends
  8. Chat bots
  9. IoT sensor input messages
  10. Multimedia processing
Also read: Top 4 development trends in cloud of which every developer should be aware of

Downsides of serverless

For all the advantages of serverless, there are some limitations as well. The respondents cited portability, control, application performance, and risk reduction as the most common downsides of serverless in their organizations.

Downsides of serverless

To download The New Stack Serverless Survey 2018 report, click here.

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Oracle adds self-driving database cloud service to its Autonomous database portfolio

Oracle has rolled out yet another database offering to its Autonomous Database portfolio. Called Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database, it is a self-driving database cloud service targeted for developers.

Autonomous NoSQL Database will be delivered as a fully managed service which has been designed to handle NoSQL applications requiring low latency, data model flexibility, and elastic scaling. These kind of NoSQL applications can include UI personalization, online fraud detection, gaming, shopping carts, etc.

Powered by machine learning and automation capabilities, the new offering will be a convenient answer to the workloads that need fast and predictable responses to simple operations.

It comes with APIs which will allow developers to focus on application development, rather than managing servers, storage expansion, cluster deployments, software installation, and backup.

Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database will automatically allocate the resources required to meet dynamic workload needs, when developers specify the throughput and capacity.

For interoperability between standard relational and standard JSON data models, the service comes with a non-proprietary SQL language. Using it, developers can run the same application in cloud or on-premises without any platform lock-in.

Along with this, it comes with software development kit and support for main development languages like Python, Node.js, and Java.

“We continue to leverage our revolutionary autonomous capabilities to transform the database market,” said Andrew Mendelsohn, executive vice president, Oracle Database.

“Our latest self-driving database cloud service, Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database, provides extreme reliability and performance at very low costs to achieve a highly flexible application development framework.”

Since the new offering will run on Oracle Cloud infrastructure, it will automate the key management processes like patching, tuning and upgrading so that critical infrastructure can run automatically.

Also read: Oracle expands autonomous cloud portfolio with new services focused on mobile development and data integration

Oracle claimed that its new offering will provide high availability and up to 70% lower cost than Amazon DynamoDB.

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MariaDB acquires Clustrix to advance its database platform

The prominent database provider MariaDB has acquired Clustrix to make its database platform more advanced.

Clustrix is a provider of relational database engineered for cloud and datacenter. Known for the scalability it provides, the ClustrixDB is an ideal database solution for high-transaction, high-value applications. It delivers over 25 trillion transactions every month through its customers, translating to datasets in billions of rows.

Whereas, MariaDB is an adaptable solution because of its architecture that supports pluggable and purpose-built storage engines.

The acquisition will help MariaDB to add Clustrix’s database scalability to its own platform and better compete in the market. The joint solution will come with higher availability and greater scalability as compared to other traditional distributed options.

“Today, the choices for a scale-out database option are limited – go with a traditional solution like Oracle with high cost and bloat or choose a NoSQL solution that has limited capabilities for data integrity,” said Michael Howard, CEO, MariaDB Corporation.

“With Clustrix, MariaDB can provide a better solution for our customers that have challenging scale-out enterprise environments. Our distributed solution will satisfy the most extreme requirements of our largest customers and gives them the freedom to break from Oracle’s lock-in.”

Recently, MariaDB made additional investment in its platform for further innovation. The company believes that the acquisition of Clustrix will allow MariaDB Labs to tackle the challenges in database field. These challenges are extreme in distributed computing, machine learning, next-generation chips, and memory and storage environments.

“At Nielsen Marketing Cloud, we needed a high-performance solution to process over 100,000 transactions per second,” said Brent Keator, VP of Infrastructure for Nielsen Marketing Cloud (formally eXelate).

“Distributed technology from Clustrix combined with their world-class support team gave us the scale, performance and reliability that we could trust. With Clustrix becoming part of MariaDB, we’re excited to continue to use the technology that handles our high transaction workloads with ease while using the popular, modern MariaDB platform with its proven enterprise functionality.”

Also read: MariaDB open sources MariaDB TX 3.0 compatible with Oracle database

Clustrix is the second company to be acquired by MariaDB in 2018. Earlier this year, MariaDB also acquired MmmothDB to strengthen its analytics solution called MariaDB AX.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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HPE advances OneView and OneSphere to simplify hybrid IT

With HPE OneView reaching one million licenses globally, HPE is simplifying the infrastructure management with advancements to OneView and OneSphere. The company aims to help businesses automate and streamline data center operations, gain insights faster across hybrid cloud and accelerate service delivery.

HPE OneView is an infrastructure automation engine that helps enterprises to deploy workloads faster and increase efficiency through workflow automation.

The new features in HPE OneView 4.1 will enable customers to automate virtual machine (VM) farm lifecycle management for VM clusters and offer cloud-based support.

It features integrations for Microsoft Azure Log Analytics and VMware vRealize Orchestrator, to enable faster deployment of workloads. HPE said that integration with Azure Log Analytics will provide a bridge between Microsoft cloud management services and HPE hardware infrastructure.

OneView for VMware vRealize Orchestrator will automate the complex IT tasks. It comes with a predefined set of HPE tasks and workflows that customers can use in vRealize Orchestrator.

Further, HPE stated that there are new reference configurations in OneView for Chef automation, and reference architecture for HPE Synergy with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. This expanded ecosystem will help customers to quickly compose infrastructure and workloads.

“As enterprise cloud adoption continues to mature, organizations are developing a comprehensive strategy for managing both on- and off-premises infrastructure,” said Ric Lewis, senior vice president and general manager, Software Defined and Cloud Group, HPE. “HPE OneView brings together all aspects of everyday lifecycle management across compute, storage and network resources into one place, giving companies the cloud performance they need to meet today’s rapidly evolving business needs.”

On the other hand, HPE OneSphere is an as-a-service hybrid cloud management solution used to simplify management of hybrid clouds. It is a platform for IT operations, business executives and developers to work together effectively.

With the updates, OneSphere now includes expanded support for Microsoft Azure public cloud and Kernal-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor. It will help enterprises to easily provision resources and get key insights in utilizations and costs of workloads usage in clouds.

Also read: Red Hat and HPE collaborate to accelerate container application delivery

OneSphere is now available, while OneView 4.1 is expected to be available by end of June 2018.

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