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OpenStack releases Pike to deliver improved manageability, composability and scale

With the launch of Pike, the OpenStack community released the 16th version of its open source cloud infrastructure platform, making it easier for users to adopt OpenStack with the improved lifecycle management tools and new delivery models that include private-cloud-as-a-service.

Pike’s modular architecture will now enable running of standalone services, thus eliminating the need of complete set of OpenStack services. Composability of Pike addresses new use cases like containers and edge computing. Projects that can be run in a standalone way include Ironic bare-metal and Cinder block storage.

To simplify, now OpenStack Ironic bare metal service comes with enhanced integration for Neutron networking and Cinder block storage. Cinder, can also be run as a standalone storage service for bare metal, virtual machines or containers that use Docker or Kubernetes.

The features and upgrades that Pike brings are the lessons of experience you get from enabling thousands of public and private clouds, large and small, for seven-plus years,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation.

He further said, “The rise of composable services and simpler consumption options are part of that maturation process. Our community is now focused on eliminating future technical debt as well as growing OpenStack’s capabilities to support ever-expanding use cases.”

OpenStack Pike offers some new capabilities to its users that will contribute towards improved manageability and greater flexibility and scalability.

  • Nova Cells v2 : With this new Pike release, Cells Version 2 have become production ready and now the architecture of the Nova Cells will support large deployments and scaling of the compute services.
  • Python 3.5 upgrade :  With the Pike release, platform has been re-based to support the much newer Python 3.5 and to take advantage of new features and increased performance in the future.
  • Swift object storage : Individual regions can function even if the cross-region network is down, and failures in one region can use the remote region to recover. Users can now run multiple concurrent processes per server.

You can download OpenStack Pike and learn more about it here.

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Hosting industry gets ready for WHD.usa 2017 – to discuss the future of IoT and Cloud computing

WHD.usa, a world-class technology conference that celebrates the potential of the internet and how it can be used as a powerful technology weapon, is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas between September 11-12 this year.

The two-day celebration of technology and internet capabilities, will feature inspiring keynotes from the industry leaders followed by insightful sessions on the running business practices and trends. The goal is to provide an opportunity for the leading technology businesses worldwide to connect, collaborate and share experiences that add value to the hosting industry.

This year, WHD.usa will see a gathering of hosting and cloud professionals from across North America. It will include senior executives and tech leaders from top hosting companies, hardware manufacturers, software vendors and content creators. Overall, it will present strong networking opportunities to the attendees, helping them to learn about latest industry advancements with which they can take their businesses to the next level.

WHD.usa is a part of the globally held event series – WorldHostingDays, which calls together cloud services and internet infrastructure industries to discuss digital technologies that have the potential to change the industry’s future.

The list of the keynote speakers consists of leaders and experts coming from leading internet and cloud computing sectors. It includes familiar industry personalities like Blake Irving (CEO- GoDaddy), Robert Jacobi (President – Joomla Org), Emil Sayegh (CEO-Hostway) and many more.

The keynote sessions will let the attendees gain some expert opinions on how they can grow their IT or cloud business through effective partnership programs.

The event partners include .com powered by Verisign, Acronis, IBM, Sucuri, epages, Joomla, OpenSRS, SiteLock, and other reputed names.

The event will also have a CONNEXION-PARTY on Monday 11th, with performances by leading artists like Billy Morrison, Billy Duffy, Mark McGrath and others.

The attendees can avail any of the two types of passes available – Standard Pass at $187.00 and VIP Pass at $559.00. But this offer is only available for those who register by August 31st.

Stay connected with us to get all latest updates about the event firsthand as DHN is the proud media partner for WHD.usa 2017. And that means as one of our readers, you can attend at no charge by using our special coupon code US178UF! So, hurry and register your seat today.

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RackNap announces Cloud Business Email and Domain integration with OpenSRS

RackNap a fast-growing Cloud Services Delivery and Business Automation platform provider, announced in WHD.India the complete integration of the cloud business email and domain offerings from OpenSRS (a leading provider of go-to-platform to manage domain names, email addresses, security products and more) with its platform.

Service providers can use RackNap to offer these services via a unified marketplace, automatically provision and bill the end customer directly. Built with cloud technology, the email solution from OpenSRS gives anytime-anywhere and secure access to emails, contacts and calendars from any device. Protection against spam further helps the users to get a filtered mail-box free from any unrequired mails.

Sabarinathan Sampath, SVP at RackNap added, “The Service provider community has long been wanting to offer a robust cloud-based email solution to its customer base. They now have enterprise grade email from OpenSRS which can be provisioned and billed in a seamless way via RackNap.

OpenSRS also supports multiple languages ranging from English, Spanish, Dutch, French, Italian, Brazilian and Danish to Norwegian and Portuguese. The solution comes on state-of-the-art cloud infrastructure with 99.99% uptime SLA guarantee, complete 24X7 management, virtual mailboxes and easy installation. RackNap proposes to integrate SSL certificate offerings too from OpenSRS as a part of the next phase of integration.

Sanjeev Sharma, Head of Sales (Asia) at OpenSRS commented “The range of product offerings from OpenSRS can now reach a wider set of Cloud Solution providers, Telcos via the RackNap platform with this integration. RackNap is rapidly establishing a foothold in different markets with this ERP-type Cloud Services Delivery and Business Automation Platform and Service providers can benefit from this integration.

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Office 365 plays pivotal role in Microsoft’s growth and presents opportunities for MSPs

As per 451 Research’s Hosting and Cloud Study 2017, there has been an increase in the number of hosted application services used by the organizations. Last year, nearly 55% organizations used email, collaboration and productivity apps for increasing business productivity. With digital transformation, hosted application services like file storage, database and warehousing, CRM and others are witnessing an increased usage.

The need for collaborative communication and emailing solutions like Office 365 is also rising. As per the data released by the Microsoft, there are over 70M plus Office 365 commercial active users. Customers want more than just an emailing solution and thus, Office 365 is witnessing a rapid rise and is playing a pivotal role in Microsoft’s growth.

As per Microsoft news on its third quarter results, its revenue in productivity and Business Processes was $8.0 billion that increased 22% (up 23% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Office commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 7% (up 8% in constant currency) driven by Office 365 commercial revenue growth of 45% (up 45% in constant currency).
  • Office consumer products and cloud services revenue increased 15% (up 14% in constant currency) and Office 365 consumer subscribers increased to 26.2 million.

Our results this quarter reflect the trust customers are placing in the Microsoft Cloud,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “From large multi-nationals to small and medium businesses to non-profits all over the world, organizations are using Microsoft’s cloud platforms to power their digital transformation.

Office 365 automatic updates, improved user-adaptability, security and newly added features like Teams and Flow has resulted it in being favoured by SMBs and corporate houses alike.

Increasing demand for Office 365 and migration of email systems is a rising opportunity for service providers as well. As per 451 Research, of all SMBs surveyed, 83% have yet to switch to Office 365.

Migration is not a simple step and includes many important stages from preparation of user accounts, directory synchronization, mailbox data migration to cutover till clean up and process completion that needs help of a managed service provider.

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IBM acquires Private cloud and hosting business of Verizon

Verizon, through an official statement, announced the decision to sell its private cloud services and hosting business to IBM.

With the new development, it seems like Verizon’s cloud services and hosting businesses have come to an end. Verizon entered the cloud market back in 2011 when it acquired Terremark, preparing a strong foundation for its private cloud business.

Cloud market is witnessing a fierce competition between major players like Amazon, Google and Microsoft who have already reserved a place for themselves. Verizon also sold its public cloud services last year and with this recent move it appears like it was not able to set a higher scale for its cloud service and now might come up with new business strategies all-together.

George Fischer, SVP and Group President at VES (Verizon Enterprise Solutions) through the official statement, pointed towards various “strategic initiatives” that both Verizon and IBM together aim to work upon with this agreement.

He said, “It is the latest development in an ongoing IT strategy aimed at allowing us to focus on helping our customers securely and reliably connect to their cloud resources and utilize cloud-enabled applications.”

He further added, “Our goal is to become one of the world’s leading managed services providers enabled by an ecosystem of best-in-class technology solutions from Verizon and a network of other leading providers.”

IBM, on the other side, has been performing seemingly well, especially in the cloud services. Though its other legacy business is seeing a downfall, its cloud service department is faring well. Here, by purchasing private cloud and hosting business of Verizon, it further strengthens its cloud service portfolio.

The acquisition is expected to close by the end of this year.

Verizon had recently closed a deal with Equinix, in which it sold 29 of its datacenter to the latter.

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Cloud IaaS to exceed traditional data center outsourcing spend in 2017

Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service will see new highs this year exceeding traditional datacenter outsourcing spend. As per a Gartner report, traditional datacenter spend in India is predicted to reach $559 million while Cloud IaaS spending will sum around $677 million, in 2017.

Cloud IaaS services represent a cost effective and optimized model of managing infrastructural needs of the organizations and act as the reason why most of them go for these integrated systems.

Talking about the trend, Gartner Research Analyst – DD Mishra said, “As the demand for agility and flexibility grows, organizations will shift toward more industrialized, less-tailored options. Organizations that adopt hybrid infrastructure will optimize costs and increase efficiency. However, it increases the complexity of selecting the right toolset to deliver end-to-end services in a multisourced environment.”

Gartner also predicts that by 2020, hybrid infrastructure management capabilities will be high in demand with over 90 percent of organizations opting for it.

By 2021, the infrastructure utility services (IUS) and the data center outsourcing (DCO) market will account for 22 percent of the predicted $3.8 billion data center service market (DCS). Earlier, in 2016, DCO/IUS together contributed 36.5 percent of the total $1.65 billion DCS market per the report.

With this, in India, the cloud IaaS market is expected to surpass $2.1 billion in respect to end-user spending by 2021, which is approximately three times that of the traditional DCO services.

The end-user traditional DCO spending is expected to reach $693 million in 2021, that will be more than half of the overall DCS spending of $3.8 billion approximately, as per Gartner.

This means that by 2021 traditional data center services will coexist with a minority share alongside the industrialized and digitalized services.” added DD Mishra.

With digital transformation being in full swing, the IaaS market will evolve dynamically and service providers are expected to get new opportunities beyond infrastructure.

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Increased IoT adoption opens new door of opportunities for providers

Increase in the internet penetration rate, growing interconnected devices and BYOD trend in the organizations along with an increase in the new technologies is leading to growth in the Internet of Things (IoT). The term IoT is used for representing a system of interconnectedness of machines, computing devices via internet, allowing easy exchange of data.

As per the data released by Microsoft in the Hosting and Cloud summit 2017, IoT is impacting all sizes of businesses from manufacturing, infrastructure, logistics, transportation to government and is helping organizations with insightful data and analytics. It also promotes asset management and remote monitoring. The coming years can see several inventions around IoT, like smart lighting to take control over energy consumption, smart parking and more.

Overall, it has a wide use cases around plethora of industries who are using big data to better manage their operations, reduce cost and increase efficiency. As per a study by 451 Research, technologies that are going to change the business landscape in the next 5 years include the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, robotics, wearables, nanotechnology and 3D printing.

Although there are no major players in the IoT landscape at present but few mention worthy names include Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, At&T, Oracle and more. There are enough opportunities for the cloud service providers to capitalize IoT by providing low cost solutions and eliminating customer bottlenecks. However, concerns for security will continue to revolve around IoT applications and platforms and, organizations will spend considerable time in choosing the right IoT provider.

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AI and cognitive systems to play a major role in digital transformation

Widespread adoption of cognitive systems and artificial intelligence (AI) across a broad range of industries will drive worldwide revenues from nearly $8.0 billion in 2016 to more than $47 billion in 2020IDC.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cognitive systems are impacting a huge number of industries. A study commissioned by IDC predicts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 55.1% for the cognitive/AI solutions markets over the 2016-2020 forecast period.

Software developers and end user organizations have already begun the process of embedding and deploying cognitive/artificial intelligence into almost every kind of enterprise application or process – David Schubmehl, Research Director, (Cognitive Systems and Content Analytics) IDC said.

He further added, “Recent announcements by several large technology vendors and the booming venture capital market for AI startups illustrate the need for organizations to be planning and undertaking strategies that incorporate these wide-ranging technologies. Identifying, understanding, and acting on the use cases, technologies, and growth opportunities for cognitive/AI systems will be a differentiating factor for most enterprises and the digital disruption caused by these technologies will be significant.” 

AI and machine learning technologies enable organizations to automate a wide range of operations that require data management in one or the other way. IDC predicted wide opportunity for AI and cognitive systems in banking, securities/investments and manufacturing owing to the vast set of unstructured data they possess that needs to be converted into insightful analytics.

Banking, retail along with healthcare and discrete manufacturing industries will be the major investors in cognitive or AI systems. Amongst these four, banking and retail each will deliver nearly $1.5 billion revenue, and combining the four the revenue will cover more than half of the worldwide AI and Cognitive revenues. Even healthcare and discrete manufacturing will deliver the highest revenue growth over the forecast period – 2016-2020 with 69.3% and 61.4% CAGRs respectively.

In another report from 451 research in association with Microsoft, AI is identified as one of the key technologies in which organizations are willing to invest in next five years, with the level of investment reaching 53%.

Organizations like Microsoft and Facebook are also using artificial intelligence for bettering their services. Recently, they unveiled new server designs as a part of their initial steps towards AI. 

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Devastating weather conditions push some companies to AWS, CTO – Amazon

The emerging cloud technologies are enabling companies to move away from on-premise data centers to cloud-based DC(s).While this is the major reason behind excessive cloud migration but lately, some clients have been signing-in on cloud due to a totally different reason – the climate change.

The recent years have been witnessing massive storms and earthquakes from New Jersey to Japan, leaving infrastructure destroyed and in an irretrievable state. Most organizations are now favoring cloud for data backup and improved accessibility, Werger Vogels – CTO, Amazon, told to a news channel.

During the AWS summit in San Francisco, Vogels said that many banking and telecommunication firms in the Philippines have been adopting AWS facilities in Singapore, “given the massive typhoons that have hit the country time after time.

Amazon has been widening its datacenters reach to cover most of the important regions, making cloud transition an easy sell to big companies. It has 16 regions around the world, currently. It also plans to open a new DC in Paris this year followed by another in Stockholm in 2018.

Vogels said, “If a calamity happens in one of those regions, they can move their customers to another region.”
Amazon advanced its capital expenditures by 46 percent in 2016 to $6.7 billion, and the company in its annual report said that these investments on infrastructure has been incurred to support AWS.
Though the primary aim of AWS was not to provide a disaster recovery alternative, but the current trend is making companies knock its doors. While the last year was warmest on record, NASA has predicted that the storms would increase as warming surges.

Vogels talking about the trend, also shared an incident from past where during the Hurricane Sandy in 2012 on the New Jersey coast, an AWS client that provided backup solution, saw a huge number of request from the nearby customers “that became interested in backing up their data on the West Coast.” Similarly in Japan, soon after the earthquake people started moving to AWS.

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Worldwide hosting and Cloud market growing at a rate of 20% CAGR, with cloud share to increase to 43% by 2020

There has been a substantial shift in the workload to the cloud environment with dramatic workload migration expected within the next two years, from current 41% to over 60%.  On premise to off premise shift is expected from 35% to 52%, and significant expansion of public clouds (IaaS and SaaS) is predicted as workload execution venues. – 451 Research, Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud Transformation, Workloads & Key Projects 2016.

As per another study by 451 Research – Grand Strategy for Digital Transformation: Partner for Success, the cloud share in hosting and cloud market is expected to increase from 7% in 2010 to 43% by 2020.

Out of 1721 respondents, including SMBs, organizations and companies in over 10 geographical locations, over 66% chose hosted private cloud, 61% chose dedicated servers, 60% opted for public cloud/ Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), 53% basic website hosting and 39% chose bare metal servers for infrastructure services that they plan to use in the coming year.

With the cloud, the trend seems to favor managed services, those that are bundled with at least one managed or security service. Enterprises in all the regions responded that of their current spending on hosting and cloud infrastructure, over 62% is spent on the managed services, while 38% is spent on unmanaged services.  Out of the total hosting and cloud spending, 46% of the budget is allocated for the basic infrastructure, while 54% is spent on managed services/security services.

Over 84% organizations favored spending on managed or bundled service for their next hosting and cloud infrastructure engagement.

Describing how their organization will use different on-premises and off-premises environments over the next 2 years, 31% told that their focus will be primarily on a single cloud environment and not multiple clouds. 28% favoured multiple different cloud environments, but with little or no interoperability between them. 25% responded that they will have multiple cloud environments to migrate workloads or data between different cloud environments. Only 15% said that they will have multiple cloud environments where single business function will be delivered across different cloud environments.

The main drivers for adoption of hybrid cloud or multi cloud environments, include:

  • Flexibility and choice, as applications or workloads can operate in most fit IT environment with security, data residency, application workload characteristics, end user demands/ traffic etc.
  • Organizations can extend the IT resource capacity of existing on-premises infrastructure without capital expense.
  • Enterprises can maximize return on existing on-premises IT investments for existing applications/workloads, but use public cloud/IaaS for new applications/workloads.
  • Organizations can establish the right balance between speed/agility/innovation and security/risk.
  • Organizations can integrate core business systems and data (“systems of record”) to enable interaction with customer-/end user-facing digital initiatives (“systems of engagement”).
  • They can support the development lifecycle: private cloud for production and public cloud for development/test.
  • Their need for an off-site location for backup /disaster recovery/business continuity.

As per the study, 61% used Microsoft Azure, 53% Google cloud Platform, 46% used AWS, 43% used IBM SoftLayer and 33% organizations used VMware vCloud Air as their public cloud/IaaS platform as part of their hybrid or multi-cloud environment.

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