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Join the defining leadership forum for data center, cloud & edge at Datacloud India & SAARC 2019

Microsoft and IDC’s joint research titled Unlocking the Economic Impact of Digital Transformation in Asia Pacific predicts that by 2021, digital transformation alone will add around USD 154 billion to India’s GDP, and will increase the growth rate by 1% every year. Globalization speed, digital systems, evolving business models and markets are leading India towards a digital economy.

This digital revolution, also regarded as ‘the internet economy’, will generate new growth avenues and present the largest business opportunity in the coming 30 to 40 years.

India has proven leadership in the digital technologies, the cloud, data center, edge, colocation and IT infrastructure space.

Take a look at the following figures:

  • The total Indian data center infrastructure market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.30% during the period from 2015-2020. 2
  • India Offers $100 Billion Intelligent Edge Opportunity,- Anant Maheshwari President, Microsoft India 3
  • India’s information technology services market is forecasted to grow from around $17 billion in 2016 to around $28 billion in 2020. 4
  • India’s cloud market is expected to be worth $ 4.1 billion by 2020. 5

To explore the value of building and investing in the data center, cloud, edge and other IT infrastructure across this competitive and fast-growing economy, Datacloud is coming to India this year.

Capacity and Datacloud has partnered for the most defining communications and data infrastructure summit of IndiaDatacloud India 2019.

A look at Datacloud India 2019

Capacity India & SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Corporation) have come together with one of the leading digital infrastructure conference series – Datacloud, to provide businesses with an unparalleled opportunity to meet and connect with the region’s entire edge, cloud, voice and content ecosystem. The alignment is a joint effort to promote India and its surrounding regions as a huge growth opportunity market for the respective partners.

Capacity India & SAARC 2019 will bring together regional and international carriers, subsea and terrestrial cable operators, content providers, cloud SPs, data centres, vendors, aggregators and government bodies, and local telecom providers in India and the Indian subcontinent.

Datacloud is a global event offering thought leadership across critical IT infrastructure markets – data centers, cloud, hyperscale, edge etc. It is a one-stop platform for exploring international networking and deal-making opportunity.

In this inaugural event, attendees can meet the leaders of data center businesses, explore the latest investment opportunities and collaborate with others to build and deploy critical cloud facilities in the exponentially growing market.

The co-located Capacity India & SAARC 2019 will further extend this opportunity to connect with telco audience.

Things you should know before heading for Datacloud India 2019:

  • While the Capacity India & SAARC be taking place on 12th February, the inaugural Datacloud India & SAARC will be held on 13th February at Westin, New Delhi.
  • With a shared exhibition space, you can attend individual content stream as well as network, both at the same time.
  • The two co-located events will be accessible with one premier networking event pass.

Key topics of discussion at Datacloud India & SAARC 2019 and Capacity India & SAARC 2019

The hot topics of discussion include but do not limit to the following:

  • Trends and forecasts for Indian and SAARC telecom market
  • Interconnection opportunities in India and beyond
  • What does it mean to evolve as a digital economy
  • Digital innovation as an Economic Foundation
  • Ways to better manage your cloud infrastructure
  • Impact of Edge on cloud and data center services
  • Data Center design

A look at speakers

  • Ajay Mishra, Director Digital Transformation Consulting, Ericsson
  • William Barney, CEO – Reliance Communications
  • Gulzar Azad, Country Head Connectivity India – Google
  • Pawan K. Sharma, Head IT operations – Tata Motors
  • Bikram Singh Bedi, Head of India – Amazon Web Services
  • Rajeev Seoni, CIO – EY
  • Narender Sen, Founder & CEO, RackBank Datacenters
  • Vikas Kanungo, Senior Consultant World Bank – The World Bank
  • Manoj Paul, MD India – GPX Global

DHN is the official media partner for Datacloud India 2019.

Register today using code DHNINDIA19 and avail 15% discount. Don’t miss your chance to network with the drivers of data center, cloud and edge in India & SAARC.

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Google Opens Up Compute Engine For Developers; Upgrades App Engine and Launches Google Cloud Datastore

Google today announced public availability of Google Compute Engine, a part of the Google Cloud Platform unveiled last year at Google I/O developer’s conference. The company has also completed ISO 27001:2005 international security certification for Compute Engine, Google App Engine, and Google Cloud Storage.

Over the last year we have continued our focus on feature enhancement and developer experience. Our developers inspire us everyday, and we can’t wait to see what you build next. – Urs Hölzle, SVP, Google.

Public Availability of Compute Engine
In a move supposedly made to compete with Amazon Web Services and its Elastic Compute Cloud in the cloud infrastructure market, Google has also added new features and significant upgrades to Compute Engine, including by-the-minute charges and a new NoSQL database service. Developers can start using Compute Engine by visiting cloud.google.com.

Some of the new features are:

  • Now customers won’t have to pay for compute minutes they don’t use as Compute Engine will have Sub-hour billing charges for instances in one-minute increments with a ten-minute minimum.
  • Shared-core instances, which will provide smaller instance shapes for low-intensity workloads.
  • Customers can now create gateways, VPN servers and build applications spanning their local network and Google’s cloud with newly introduced Advanced Routing features.
  • Large persistent disks, which will support up to 10 terabytes per volume as compared to 1.25 terabytes yesterday.

Upgrades to Google App Engine
Google has also added PHP support in App Engine — a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for hosting web apps, which has until now supported only Java, Python, and Google’s own language Go. Access to PHP support is currently in limited preview. Users can now run open source apps like WordPress on App Engine and partition apps into components with separate scaling, deployments, versioning and performance settings.

Google Announces Public Availability of Compute Engine; Upgrades App Engine and Launches Google Cloud Datastore
Credit: The Verge

Newly Launched Google Cloud Datastore
Google has also launched Google Cloud Datastore, a solution somewhere on the lines of Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3.)

Based on the popular App Engine High Replication Datastore, Google Cloud Datastore is a fully managed solution for storing non-relational data and features automatic scalability along with:

  • Support for ACID transactions.
  • High availability of reads and writes.
  • Strong consistency for SQL-like queries, indexes and more.
  • Replication across Google’s multiple datacenters.
  • No planned downtime.

While AWS is still a clear front-runner in the cloud infrastructure market by miles, it has received severe criticism for the way it handles enterprises; which will make Google Compute Engine’s journey very interesting and worth a worth. Google too, hasn’t been able to “get” enterprises yet, but given the massive infrastructure it has in place to support it’s computing needs, it remains a solid competitor.

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Rackspace to use it’s Openstack expertise to expand it’s Global Cloud Network

Rackspace Hosting today announced it’s plans to expand its global cloud network by building and running interoperable public clouds for service providers around the world, telecommunications companies. As the founder of OpenStack, Rackspace plans to build out cloud infrastructures for it’s partners with it’s technology, operations and go to market expertise.The partners can then start charging their customers for the said cloud offerings. The news follows the acquisition of Exceptional Cloud Services and its suite of developer solutions, including error tracking and Redis-as-a-Service capabilities by Rackspace.

Rackspace will deploy it’s public cloud into a service provider data center and remotely operate that cloud, and the service provider will provide the physical data center operations as well as market, sell and support the co-branded cloud directly to its end-customers. The company will also provide continuous automated testing and delivery of updates from the Rackspace engineering teams, along with infrastructure management operations such as patching, tuning and monitoring backed by carrier-grade SLAs.

Such an extensive extension of Rackspace’s public cloud portfolio will give both service providers and their customers access to a network of interconnected global data centers – customers will be able to run their workloads in any data center that is part of the network, while maintaining their business relationship with the local provider of their choice. It will also expand Rackspace’s global data center footprint to include these service provider partners, thereby increasing both it’s and it’s partners’ resource utilization and cloud growth.

Rackspace to offer OpenStack deployments to telecos and other providers

Following are the components that Rackspace plans to make available to telcos and other large service providers:

  • Cloud technology: Rackspace Cloud hardware and software infrastructure, powered by OpenStack, with continuous automated testing and delivery of updates from Rackspace engineering teams.
  • Infrastructure Operations: Patching, tuning and monitoring with carrier-grade SLA’s.
  • Go-to-market support: Sales and support training, collateral, and customer references to accelerate the time to market needed for a successful launch.
  • Extended reach for users: Cloud users would benefit from the program’s interconnected, individually owned and operated data centers around the world by being able to run their workloads in multiple geographies. Customers of any one program partner in the network would have access to additional resources through the other program partners in the network.
  • Increased resource utilization for providers: Rackspace and all other program partners would expand their datacenter reach to include those of the other program partners. This would enable the program partners to increase resource utilization and cloud growth by selling through other providers in the network.
The creation of this network allows for different providers, in different regions, with different service characteristics to link together to better serve the cloud users around the world with a fully interoperable global ‘cloud of clouds’.
– Lanham Napier, CEO, Rackspace.Lanham Napier, CEO for Rackspace.

“Rackspace is developing its OpenStack based cloud technology that it uses in its own cloud into a commercially supported, packaged offering,” said Gary Chen, research manager for IDC’s Cloud and Virtualization System Software. “Not every provider wants to or should build a cloud from scratch, and Rackspace’s experience with cloud computing and this turnkey packaged cloud solution should be of interest to other providers. IDC believes that a global federated service provider cloud network that allows creation of hybrid clouds with resources from multiple public providers could be a compelling solution for customers.”

“We have had interest from service providers on nearly every continent to extend Rackspace’s proven OpenStack powered public cloud solutions and expertise to their customers. It is important to broaden the adoption of open-source technologies through partners around the world,” said Lanham Napier, CEO for Rackspace. “The creation of this network allows for different providers, in different regions, with different service characteristics to link together to better serve the cloud users around the world with a fully interoperable global ‘cloud of clouds’. Rackspace is passionate about leading this charge and helping service providers capitalize on the expanded network to better serve their customers.”

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What is SaaS? Software-as-a-Sevice Explained!

Saas Explained.When someone explains Software as a Service or Cloud Computing to you – do you have one of those moments where you hear the words, but can’t make sense of what they are saying? Here is an analogy that virtually everyone can understand.

We all understand the cost of buying and maintaining a car. Today, people can either buy or lease a car. In both cases, some repairs are covered under warranty or included in the lease, but there are still costs involved to operate and maintain it. Not to mention the hassle of selling or trading the car in when you need a new one. What if a third option were available – Car as a Service?

In this model, you would pay a flat monthly fee to use the car. All maintenance, repairs, and even upgrades are included. Fuel, oil changes, standard maintenance, unexpected maintenance, body shop work, etc. are all included in the monthly fee. To top it off, when the manufacturer comes out with a time tested new model, your car will automatically get exchanged for latest model at no additional cost. No need to sign anything and go through the hassle of signing a new lease – the new car would be delivered to your home or office, all your personal belongings in the car would be transferred to the new car, and the old one would be taken away.

You might be thinking that this still sounds like nothing more than a fancy lease. But it’s actually very different. In addition to covering all maintenance expenses and model upgrades, there are no long term agreements or commitments. If at some point you no longer need the car, you simply turn it in at the end of the month and the payments go away.

Now let’s say that you have 5 employees and got each of them a car under the Car as a Service plan. These same benefits would apply to all of your employee’s cars as well. If 2 employees leave, simply return their cars and keep the rest. Your monthly fee will immediately be adjusted accordingly. You only need to pay for the cars as long as you need them. You always know exactly how much to budget each month because there are never additional expenses for fuel, maintenance, or repairs. And you never have to worry about your car getting old because you will receive a new model every few years.

If Car as a Service really existed, would you entertain this option the next time you need a car? If the answer is “Yes”, then you need to consider Software as a Service the next time you need to buy or upgrade any software applications or computer hardware. The video below will make things clear as to how SaaS works:

What is SaaS?
Software as a service (SaaS) is a model for using software as a subscription service instead of buying the license and installing the application files on a local computer from a CD, or increasingly as a download from a vendor website. According to technology analyst firm IDC, key characteristics of Software as a Service include:

  • Network-based access to, and management of, commercial software.
  • Server management from a central location rather than at each customer site.

Software as a Service is generally priced on a per-user basis for each application, with billing managed by a major credit card. Sometimes there are minimum user requirements, minimum subscription time periods, as well as additional fees for setup, extra bandwidth and storage.

Saas-Working-Model
Saas Working Model

Who is it for?
In the business-to-business arena, the Software as a Service model is most often focused on the small-medium business segment. Unlike large enterprises, smaller companies have:

  • Little or no staff devoted to information technology, and the employees they do have are often stretched thin and are generalists in their knowledge and skills.
  • Limited budgets, particularly for capital expenditures.
  • More fluid needs for tools and people due to rapid growth and other changing requirements.
  • Greater demands on time, as most small business owners and their employees wear multiple hats.
  • Growing propensity to operate on a ‘virtual’ model, with employees working from home, at remote work sites, or from rented office space that is shared with other businesses.

The flexibility of software as a service is particularly attractive to small business owners –

  • No upfront investment in money or time, and often no contracts.
  • Ability to use powerful business applications without having to acquire the specialized infrastructure and staff needed to manage them.
  • Power to mix and match applications or add and remove users as needed
  • Freedom to work from any location.

How does it work?
The Software as a Service model requires primarily a web browser and an internet connection:

  1. The customer goes to a website and ‘buys’ a subscription – generally monthly – to the desired Software as a Service applications and number of users. An account is set up with a major credit card for billing.
  2. The person who places the order (who generally becomes an administrator) is given login credentials and a web URL for secure access to the Software as a Service application.
  3. Every user added to the account receives his/her own log-in credentials granting them web access to the Software as a Service application(s) for as long as needed and as long as specified terms are met.

Most Software as a Service vendors provide a secure web portal with additional services such as support, along with administrator access for changing the number of users or applications and maintaining other account information.

SaaS BenifitsAdvantages:
Since nothing resides on a single hard drive (with a few exceptions in which files must be installed locally), the application can be used from any internet connected PC, providing greater flexibility.

  • With pay-as-you-go terms, you pay only for what you use.
  • You’re never locked into a license, so there’s no obsolescence and no buyer’s remorse if something doesn’t work out the way you thought it would, or if requirements change. While purchased software cannot be returned, software as a service subscriptions may be cancelled.
  • Reap the productivity rewards from an application whenever you want, without a commitment or big upfront investment in money or an evaluation process.
  • Add or remove users as staffing needs change, and applications as business needs change.
  • Predict and budget how much you will spend, and move the cost from a capital expenditure to a business expense.
  • Redirect financial resources, people and time for other needs and priorities.

Disadvantages:

  • With SaaS, the users do not have a copy of the executable file: it is on the server, where the users can’t see or touch it. Thus it is impossible for them to ascertain what it really does, and impossible to change it. SaaS inherently gives the server operator the power to change the software in use, or the users’ data being operated on.
  • Users must send their data to the server in order to use them. This has the same effect as spyware: the server operator gets the data. She/he gets it with no special effort, by the nature of SaaS. This gives the server operator unjust power over the user.

Final word on SaaS:

  • Software as a Service vendors manage software as a core business with experienced, dedicated staff in professional data center facilities.
  • Security, redundancy and resources are equal or superior to those of the largest, most sophisticated enterprises. With today’s security threats and the growing importance of information technology for productivity and competitive advantage, robust facilities are moving from ‘nice to have’ to ‘must have’.
  • Bandwidth has become readily available (particularly with the growth of wireless) and highly competitive, making it more dependable as well as less expensive. Today, homes and offices are routinely equipped with high-speed, broadband internet access.
  • You will have one less thing to worry about. No servers, systems or software to install, administer, backup, protect and upgrade.

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Peak 10 Cloud Infrastructure Validated for Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance

Web Hosting and cloud solutions provider Peak 10 announced that its data centers and cloud infrastructure have been validated for PCI DSS 2.0 Level 1 compliance. The company recently underwent a rigorous audit by an independent Quality Security Assessor (QSA) to ensure that it meets best practices and security controls needed to keep credit card data safe and secure during transit, processing and storage.

While customers remain responsible for many aspects of the compliance of their technologies and applications, their use of Peak 10’s cloud infrastructure can help meet many of the requirements for compliance with PCI DSS and HIPAA/HITECH. – David Kidd, Director of quality assurance, Peak 10.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a proprietary information security standard for organizations that handle cardholder information for the major debit, credit, prepaid, e-purse, ATM and POScards.

Validation of Peak 10’s compliance with PCI DSS ensures that customers using the Peak 10 PCI-compliant Cloud can leverage the company’s enterprise-class facilities and cloud infrastructure to ensure the security and availability of their applications and data, as well as help meet their own requirements for PCI compliance. Peak 10 is on the ‘Approved Service Providers’ list for major credit card brands and provides an extensive highly secure network coupled with 24/7 technical support to minimize risks that can compromise sensitive data security.

As part of its standard security measures, the Peak 10 PCI-compliant Cloud employs multi-layer protection and data access limitations. It also monitors, defends against and mitigates cyber assaults and threats. Features include antivirus management, vulnerability scanning, a secure audit trail and resource tracking along with round-the-clock technical support by comprehensively trained Peak 10 staff to maximize uptime and availability and enhance security.

In addition to the PCI DSS audit, Peak 10 successfully completed annual company-wide compliance audits for SSAE 16 (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements 16), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act for its data center and cloud infrastructure operations. Industry research shows that organizations are exhibiting stronger assurance for maintaining regulatory compliance in the cloud. According to a recent Microsoft study, 34 percent of SMBs that use the cloud felt more confident in their company’s regulatory compliance than in their pre-cloud days.

“While customers remain responsible for many aspects of the compliance of their technologies and applications, their use of Peak 10’s cloud infrastructure can help meet many of the requirements for compliance with PCI DSS and HIPAA/HITECH,” said David Kidd, Director of quality assurance, Peak 10. “The successful completion of this most recent series of audits is part of our continued commitment to maintaining a well-governed, high-quality IT service environment.”

Peak 10’s portfolio of cloud services also includes a HIPAA-compliant Cloud solution for businesses handling electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI). For more information on Peak 10’s cloud solutions, visit www.peak10.com.

About Peak 10
Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored cloud computing, information technology (IT) infrastructure solutions and managed services, primarily for mid-market businesses. Customer-centric, responsive and cost-effective, Peak 10 solutions are designed to scale and adapt to customers’ changing business needs, enabling them to increase agility, lower costs, improve performance and focus internal resources on their core competencies. Peak 10 holds the Cisco® Cloud Provider Certification with a Cisco Powered Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) designation. Peak 10 is SSAE 16 audited and helps companies meet the requirements of various regulatory compliance acts such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), HIPAA/HITECH, PCI DSS and Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLBA). For more information, visit www.peak10.com.

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Rise Partners with SADA Systems

DAILYHOSTNEWS, October 19, 2011 – Rise, a leading provider of Cloud and hosted services, has today announced its latest partnership, providing California based SADA Systems with a full-service Cloud Infrastructure solution that will enable its customers to migrate from on-premise servers and systems, to a scalable, Virtual Private Cloud infrastructure.

According to Tony Safoian, president and CEO of SADA Systems the switch from on-premise to Cloud infrastructure can be a daunting task for most businesses, therefore it needed to make sure that whoever it partnered with was able to make the transition as seamless and pain free as possible: “Businesses are increasingly turning to Cloud-based solutions because they offer flexibility, scalability and security that had not been available previously. Despite this, moving to a Cloud service can still be met with a sense of unease. It was therefore paramount that when looking for a partner they complemented our vision, needs, and capabilities.”

Through its partnership with Rise, SADA’s Cloud infrastructure service will provide customers with significant flexibility and efficiency when it comes to managing IT infrastructure. By migrating to the Cloud, businesses can focus on core activities knowing that its IT infrastructure services are safe and secure.

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According to Steve Holford, director at Rise, this latest partnership further demonstrates Rises’ continual commitment to providing customized services that can be tailored to the exact requirements of the customer: “At Rise, we pride ourselves on being the partner of choice when it comes to bespoke Cloud solutions. Our view has always been simple. Each customer is an individual, and it’s our role to meet those individual requirements. Through our partnership with SADA we are able to offer their customers truly unique, hosted services; we are thrilled to be working alongside them.”

About Rise
Rise is the channel sales division of Fasthosts Internet Group. Based in Chesterbrook, PA, Rise provides Cloud Computing and hosted IT services to a variety of customers, who rely on its hosted services and DataCenter on Demand™ platform. Rise hosts these services from the secure infrastructure of Rise’s Datacenter on Demand.
Website:http://us.rise.co

About SADA Systems, Inc.
Founded in 2000, SADA Systems is a privatelyowned information technology consulting, outsourcing, and development firm. SADA was one of the founding members of the Google Apps Authorized Reseller Program as well as one of Microsoft’s first Online Services partners specializing in cloud platform migration and deployment.
Website: http://www.sadasystems.com