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Acronis expands APIs and hands the keys to third-party developers as well

Acronis is expanding its APIs and allowing even the third-party developers to build on the Acronis Cyber Platform.

Acronis Cyber Platform is the core of the company’s existing services. It features over 100 application programming interfaces (APIs) supported by software development kits (SDKs) and sample code. It was previously available only to developers at Acronis and selected integration partners including Microsoft, Google, and ConnectWise.

The company is now opening the platform with new open APIs to third-party developers at independent software vendors (ISVs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and service providers.

These developers can build on the Acronis Cyber Platform and extend the functionalities of their applications for better control, ease, efficiency, reliability, and security.

For instance, they will be able to create new data sources, data locations, data management capability, and integrate their apps with Acronis cyber protection solutions.

Furthermore, access to the Acronis Cyber Platform will also enable them to integrate Acronis into their apps, system, or marketplace. This will help ISVs, OEMs, service providers, resellers, and customers to drive new revenue and meet more demands of themselves and end-users.

“Extending our proven cyber protection solutions with the opening of our platform and its APIs brings our vision to market and presents an opportunity for ISVs, OEMs, service providers and developers at organizations to extend their applications and extend the functionality of the Acronis suite or cyber protection solutions and make them available to our partner ecosystem,” commented Acronis’ Founder and CEO Serguei “SB” Beloussov.

“We’re known for engineering excellence and we hope to see rapid innovation by developers around the world as they leverage the massive growth of the world’s data, coming from sources such as AI, IoT, edge, and cloud. ISVs, OEMs, service providers, customers and partners can differentiate and drive revenue for their businesses by building on the Acronis Cyber Platform and accessing the Acronis value chain.”

Also read: Acronis rolls out major update to its enterprise backup solution

The new APIs are an improved version of the previous set of APIs which were not very robust and developed, told Acronis president and co-founder Stas Protassov to ZDNet.

“We want our partners and customers to use our products more expansively and according to their unique needs,” he said.

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Get ready to experience hyperscale enablement, cloud, data and other internet innovations at CloudFest 2019

CloudFest 2019 to be held between March 23-29 at Rust, Germany, will welcome the leaders of the cloud, hosting and internet infrastructure space to come together and connect to shape the future of the internet industry. Get ready to hear the most inspiring voices of the industry, attend compelling breakout sessions, and take advantage of the amazing networking opportunities followed by high-spirit after-hours events.

The theme of CloudFest 2019

This year, the festival’s theme is Hyperscale enablement. Hyperscalers are forecasted to cover 70 percent of the IaaS market by 2021. These large-scale operators are set to reshape the market. It’s the perfect time for the service providers to identify the potential of this opportunity and encash it for business growth.

CloudFest 2019 will bring together leading hyperscale operators. Attendees can use this opportunity to learn the best way to collaborate and enter into some astounding partnerships. These partnerships can help you make money from the different streams of the demand and value chains.

We see this as a critical juncture in the industry, a time where service providers should no longer look to hyperscalers as the competition, but to welcome them as a vital partner.” Soeren von Varchmin, CEO at CloudFest.

Why CloudFest 2019 is a must-attend?

CloudFest, over the past fifteen years, has evolved to be one of the most sought-after events for the leaders in the internet infrastructure space. CloudFest 2019, just like the previous year, will be bigger and better.

The event will be attended by over 7000 potential customers, industry leaders and professionals for a heck of a week. Prepare to witness some of the most innovative products to be exhibited during the event. Specially curated keynotes, workshops, and panels on trending topics will be another important reason to attend it.

The 4th annual hacking event – Hackathon

CloudFest will also be conducting Hackathon – the only official event to go beforehand, for the 4th time.

Hackathon will see 50+ developers from more than 20 companies  create innovative solutions to solve persistent tech problems. It will take place during the weekend, before the main event, in Santa Isabel Hotel at Europa Park, Rust, Germany.

The projects again this year will be focused on open-source communities, not for profit and interoperable.

Headliners

CloudFest is an annual get-together of not only the professionals in the internet infrastructure space, but it also draws celebrities, influencers, newsmakers and experts from around the world. CloudFest 2019 will also see the line-up of such headliners:

  • Tatiana Tropina – Cybercrime Expert, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law
  • Daniel Kraft – Chief Developer, Namecoin Project
  • Will Pemble – CEO, Goal Boss
  • Hank Shocklee – Producer, Public Enemy
  • Bhavin Turakhia – CEO & Founder, Flock

Key topics

Hyperscaling with the Domain Name System

Andy Simpson – Principal Data Scientist at Verisign, will talk about the significance of domain names and how they can be used in various customer engagement strategies.

Beyond the Hype – PKI and the Cloud

Dan Timpson – CTO at DigitCert, will talk about seamless integration of PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) into your cloud-native architectures. He will also throw light on the role of PKI in datacenter environments, web security etc.

The WordPress Hosting Experience – Bought Cheaply And Paid Dearly?

Jan Loffler – CTO at Plesk, will discuss and share his vision of a best-in-class WordPress hosting. He will also bring a surprise guest who will guide the audience on how to make a WordPress user happy and allow hosters to stand out in the crowd.

Power your Moonshots with the Cloud

Yuval Dvir – Head of Online Partnerships at Google Cloud, will talk about the changing technology landscape, increasing convergence of infotech and biotech and how cloud is the underlying factor here because of its high-availability and non-comprising security.

DHN is the official media partner of CloudFest 2019. Use code CF19AJL and register now for free.

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Oracle launches new cloud native framework for developers

Oracle has launched a new set of cloud native managed services and on-premises software for developers. Called Oracle Cloud Native Framework, the new solution capitalizes on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment.

More and more organizations are looking to embrace open source solutions and cloud capabilities. However, complex choices, lack of training and fear of vendor lock-in have become barriers to them.

Oracle wants to remove these barriers with the new cloud native capabilities and offerings, whether the organizations are deploying models on public cloud, on premises or hybrid cloud.

Since Oracle is a platinum member of Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), it leverages open standards to provide developers the right solutions to meet the broad deployment requirements.

“With the growing popularity of the CNCF as a unifying and organizing force in the cloud native ecosystem and organizations increasingly embracing multi cloud and hybrid cloud models, developers should have the flexibility to build and deploy their applications anywhere they choose without the threat of cloud vendor lock-in. Oracle is making this a reality,” said Don Johnson, executive vice president, product development, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Oracle Cloud Native Framework includes Oracle Functions, Streaming, Resource Manager, Monitoring, Notification Service, and Events.

Oracle Functions is a new serverless cloud service called Oracle Functions, which is based on the open source Fn Project. It is a scalable and multi-tenant solution that allow developers to focus on writing code to meet business demands, without much expertise about infrastructure concepts.

Resource Manager is a managed service for provisioning Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resources and services. It uses Terraform to reduce configuration errors and increase productivity by managing infrastructure declaratively.

Monitoring, Notification Service, and Events are services for observability and analysis of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). As an integrated service, the Monitoring service provides metrics from all the resources and services in OCI. There are alarms for developers to track the metrics and act on them in case the metrics vary or exceed defined thresholds.

The Notification service enables broadcasting of messages to distributed components like email and PagerDuty. Whereas, the Events service allows developers to respond to changes in the resources of OCI.

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

Oracle Cloud Native Framework will support both cloud native and traditional applications like WebLogic, Java, and database.

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GitLab 11.0 released with Auto DevOps and other key features

GitLab, a single application that automates the complete DevOps lifecycle, recently announced the release of GitLab 11.0 along with general availability of Auto DevOps and many other key features.

GitLab Auto DevOps is designed to solve software issues faced by developers related to building, integrating, testing, securing, reviewing, configuring and deploying codes, which is a long and time-consuming process. Auto DevOps automates the complete development lifecycle through complete CI/CD (Continuous Integration and Delivery) pipeline already in the picture, that automates the entire process.

Developers simply need to write code and push them, and the rest is taken care by Auto DevOps. It guides code from verification to monitoring without requiring any added configuration. By removing bottlenecks of development lifecycle, it can increase performance by 200%.

Auto DevOps uses Kubernetes – open source platform for managing container workloads, for modern and scalable deployments. GitLab’s integration with Google Kubernetes Engine further simplifies Kubernetes for Developers who can start using it in few clicks.

GitLab 11.0 is loaded with many other features like:

  • License Management (software composition analysis) for easy tracking and management of included licenses.
  • Increase security with introduction of Static and Dynamic Application Security Testing for catching vulnerabilities in preliminary stage. Other security updates included Dependency and Container Scanning, extension of SAST (Static Analysis Security Testing) to include Scala and .NET.
  • Kubernetes pod logs for directly reviewing debug via GitLab’s deployment board.
  • GitLab Web IDE to view CI/CD pipeline directly from the IDE.
  • Epic/Roadmap navigation update with better user interface and increased visibility.

The new Auto DevOps will allow companies to have simpler software development process, making it easier to kick-start new projects and bring consistency across applications. This release is GitLab’s 84th consecutive product release, standing on its promise to deliver new capabilities and improve existing product line.

Visit to know more: https://docs.gitlab.com/ee/topics/autodevops/

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Microsoft is reportedly buying open-source development platform GitHub

Microsoft is reportedly marking one of the biggest tech acquisition in 2018, buying the leading open-source software development platform GitHub.

People familiar with the matter told Business Insider that GitHub has been struggling to find a CEO since former CEO Chris Wanstrath announced resignation nine months back. The company has failed to generate profits. Microsoft might officially announce the acquisition earlier this week.

GitHub is one of the world’s leading software development platform, hosting 27 million developers who are working on 80 million repositories of code. The top tech companies including Facebook, Apple, Google, and IBM use GitHub to host and review code, manage projects, and build software.

In fact, over 1000 of developers from Microsoft itself use GitHub to write code for projects hosted on the site. GitHub has preferred Microsoft partially because of the impressive leadership of CEO Satya Nadella, said one of the sources. Microsoft was in talks to team up with GitHub, but ended up discussing on acquisition.

“The companies have had on-and-off conversations over the years, but talks have grown more serious in the past few weeks,” sources told Business Insider.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella believes that computing has reached everywhere, and is embedded in places, things, homes, and cities. The world has become a computer itself. And if the world is a computer, the developers are a new seat of power.

GitHub is a primary vehicle for developers that allows them to collaborate and share ideas along with writing code. It is like LinkedIn for developers. The acquisition of GitHub will help Microsoft to bring its cloud and development tools to more developers.

Also read: Microsoft Cloud is up to 93% more energy efficient than traditional on-premise datacenters: Report

Terms of the acquisition weren’t known on Sunday. GitHub was last valued at $2 billion in 2015.

Bloomberg tried connecting with Microsoft and GitHub but both the companies declined to comment.

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Recap Rootconf 2018 – a look at the current and future security trends of IT infrastructure and DevOps

HasGeek hosted 400+ developers, architects, managers and security experts at Rootconf 2018, which concluded on 10-11 May 2018.

The two-day conference, held at NIMHANS Convention Centre, had over 35 sessions consisting of talks, Birds Of Feather (BOF) sessions and hallway conversations around IT infrastructure and security.

Open source developer from Bangladesh, A. S. M. Shamim Reza, and network engineer from Bhutan Telecom, Alisha Gurung, spoke about security protocols and how to secure systems better. Former VSNL engineer, Derick Thomas, elaborated on the importance of network security for startups and the need for better data protection at the network layer level.

Chief evangelist from Percona, Colin Charles, talked about database security at the enterprise level, followed by a captivating session on enterprise security by Pukhraj Singh. Pukhraj explained the geopolitics of cyberspace and how this impacts the choice of security tools for companies and nation-states.

Rachna Khaira, journalist at The Tribune, delivered the closing talk on the ground realities of Aadhaar, the problems with the infrastructure of public service delivery.

Day 2 at Rootconf 2018 featured talks on monitoring, scaling, metrics aggregation, load balancing and site reliability problems that bog all IT organizations. Companies such as Intuit, Exotel, Helpshift, DigitalOcean, E2E Networks and others shared their learnings.

Videos of all talks from the conference are published here:

Day 1: https://hasgeek.tv/rootconf/2018-day-1 
Day 2: https://hasgeek.tv/rootconf/2018-day-2

Photos from the event are available here.

Day 1: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hasgeek/sets/72157669030939178

Day 2: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hasgeek/sets/72157696880401345

For more information visit: https://rootconf.in/ 

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ZNet becomes authorized Plesk distributor in India

Expanded partnership provides growth and market-leading user experience to Indian customers

ZNet, India’s leading hosting and cloud services provider, today announced that it has become the distributor for Plesk in India. Plesk is the leading WebOps platform to build, secure and run applications, websites and hosting businesses that scale in the Cloud. Plesk is more than just a generic control panel providing automation capabilities to reduce complexity, save time and simplify the lives of web professionals and IT administrators alike.

Plesk’s rich and open extension catalogue provides access to relevant features and enables service providers of any size to specialize, address customer needs and grow their business.

This aligns well with ZNet’s extensive customer and partner network comprising hosters, developers, system administrators and service providers, who will now be able to get Plesk licenses and solutions at an even more competitive pricing and increased support.

Also Read: ZNetLive launches first of its kind customer self-service mobile app for its clients

We’re thrilled to announce that as the distributor of Plesk in India, ZNet is now authorized to provide the full range of Plesk solutions for developers, digital agencies, IT admins, content mangers, web hosters, hyperscalers at a very competitive pricing,” said Munesh Jadoun, CEO, ZNet Group. “With our home-grown automation tool (RackNap) we will deliver these Plesk solutions in an efficient automated manner to our customers,” he added.

For Plesk, this move translates to increased penetration in the Indian market by attaining the ability to provide its high quality, feature-rich, OS agnostic platform to Indian resellers and customers from a single, highly qualified source.

The internet industry is projected to double by 2020 in India. We believe that fast adoption of digital technologies paired with a rise in mobile-phone penetration and decline in data costs will add approx. half a billion new internet users in India over the next five years,” says Nils Hueneke, CEO at Plesk. “We are very pleased to take our partnership to the next level. Together with ZNet, we’ll be able to offer compelling services in a fast-growing market addressing current and future trends for the benefit of both resellers and the end customers.”

For more information on ZNet, visit: www.znetcorp.com

For more information on Plesk, visit: http://www.plesk.com/

Contact partners@znetlive.com for becoming a Plesk and ZNet Partner.

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World Satoshi Summit and NASSCOM Blockchain SIG team up to promote blockchain adoption across enterprises

South Asia’s leading blockchain conference – World Satoshi Summit, recently announced partnering with NASSCOM blockchain SIG to promote adoption of blockchain across various sectors and industries.

With exactly one month remaining for World Satoshi Summit, it is time to gear up for getting some latest updates on the revolutionary blockchain technology. The conference recently announced a strategic partnership with the apex body of the USD 154B IT-BPM industry – NASSCOM, through its NASSCOM Blockchain SIG.

The partnership aims to accelerate the move towards a much connected and transparent India, where every industry and sector will be able to leverage blockchain technology for their betterment. With this, blockchain ecosystem in India will get a tactical direction through proper architectural support, which will serve as a base for the Indian corporates and startups who can benefit from the blockchain technology.

Blockchain innovations like bitcoin and distributed ledger have the potential to renovate the entire economy.

World Satoshi Summit is a series of events that will be taking place across the world. Its first event is going to be held in India in the capital city of New Delhi between 12th – 13th May, 2018 at the JW Marriott Hotel Aerocity.

The conference will bring together over 3500 blockchain believers under one roof.

With World Satoshi Summit we are providing stakeholders of the Blockchain community a universal platform to ideate and innovate around the revolutionary technology. We firmly believe that India, world’s largest democracy, will serve as the proving ground for the emergent technological revolution. Tying up with NASSCOM is indeed an exhilarating opportunity for our team as the partnership will enable us to give the required support to the Blockchain community of this Region.” – Harmeet Singh Monga, Founder, World Satoshi Summit.

Also read: Calling all the blockchain enthusiasts in the largest blockchain conference: World Satoshi Summit 2018

The event will have some expert speakers who will deliver keynotes on the impact of the distributed ledger technology on the world economy. The list of speakers includes:

Sally Eaves – CTO, Emergent Technology, Forbes Technology Council. Top 100 Blockchain Influencer.

Devie Mohan – Founder of Turya, Co-Founder and CEO at Cashaa. Among top 100 blockchain influencer.

Ajeet Khurana – CEO at Zebpay.

Kumar Gaurav – Founder & CEO at Cashaa, Blockchain expert/speaker. Top 100 blockchain influencer.

Leanne Kemp – Founder & CEO at Everledger. Mapped 1M + diamonds on Blockchain.

Roger Ver – CEO, Bitcoin.com

Richard Kastelein – Co-Founder at Crypto-assets Design Group. Top 100 Blockchain Influencer.

Ross Smith – Director of Engineering at Microsoft.

Ted Lin – Head of International Markets, Binance.

Lawrence Lerner – CEO at Rchain.

Janina Lowisz – VP Marketing, Cashaa. Amongst top 100 Blockchain Influencer.

Vinod Tiwari – GM, Business Development and Sales, Powerledger.

Summit’s key highlights

Blockchain for Enterprises

The conference will have dedicated sessions for multiple industries like Travel, Insurance, Healthcare, FinTech etc. The sessions will help enterprises understand the benefits that can be leveraged through successful deployment of the ledger based technology in organizations’ core processes.

Smart Contracts

The onset of distributed ledger and other blockchain innovations is redefining transactions. Smart contract is one such example that has eliminated dependence on intermediaries and minimized costs that existed in the traditional contracts. They are much more secure and time saving than their previous counterparts. At WSS, developers stand a chance to attend special workshops and learn the specifics of a smart contract and know how to build one.

Blockathon

At Blockathon, developers will be seen solving real life blockchain problems and queries. This will be a golden opportunity for the organizations to identify the right talent for their enterprise.

Nova-Stride for Startups

The event has a special focus on the startups who can showcase their blockchain skills and talents and get the opportunity to get on the spot funding by attracting the panel of investors IBs, VCs, HNIs and Angels through their blockchain skills.

Women empowerment at World Satoshi Summit

WSS aims to focus on the development of underprivileged in order to make them a part of the technological revolution. As a part of this, they have initiated Women Economic Empowerment program, under which they will train 250+ underprivileged women from across the globe in technical and non-technical blockchain skills by the year 2020. This will help them to be future ready for the huge opportunities that will be created in the decentralized industry.

DHN readers get a premium offer

Being the official media partner for the event, DHN provides its readers 18% discount during registration, which they can avail by using the code WSSDRV18. So, grab your slot now!

Stay tuned to get latest updates straight from the event.

Note: The event stands cancelled/postponed due to unavoidable circumstances. We regret the inconvenience caused.

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Google announces price cuts for NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and preemptible local SSDs

Google recently announced price cut of up to 36 percent for NVIDIA Tesla GPUs that are offered via its on-demand Google Compute Engine virtual machines. With this, in US regions, the cost for using K80 GPU’s is $0.45 per hour while for P100 machines, it will be $1.46 per hour.

Google Compute Engine offers powerful GPUs that can be added to users’ VM instances. These GPUs can be used to accelerate specific workloads on VM instances like machine learning and data processing.

Scientists, engineers and artists require access to large parallel computational power. Hence, Google offers VMs with GPUs that have the capacity to boost performance, and by connecting them to NVIDIA Tesla K80 and P100s GPUs, Google has managed to bring maximum flexibility to the developers. A number of applications like molecular modelling and physical stimulations will benefit from the hundreds of cores available on the GPUs.

Google, also as a bonus, announced lowering the prices of preemptible local SSDs by nearly 40 percent as compared to on-demand Local SSDs.

Google said in its blog, “We hope that the price reduction on NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and preemptible Local SSDs unlocks new opportunities and helps you solve more interesting business, engineering and scientific problems.”

Google has targeted the price cuts at developers, who can now run their own machine learning workloads in the cloud without worrying about the cost constraints.

The announcement has come a few days before AWS’s annual conference that will kick off on 27th November in Las Vegas, where AWS is expected to make a number of revelations related to AI and Machine Learning.

It will be interesting to see whether AWS also announces some more price cuts or not. Stay tuned for the latest updates.

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Developers to get security alerts for known vulnerabilities with new GitHub feature

GitHub – one of the largest development platforms, launched a new security feature that has the capability to search project dependencies in JavaScript and Ruby, and alert project owners on finding any known vulnerability.

Earlier in mid-October, GitHub had introduced a Dependency Graph section in the Project’s Insights tab that show a tree-like structure of all the loaded libraries. The new feature is the next step to improve the overall experience of managing and running projects in GitHub.

As soon as a new vulnerability is detected, the user will get notified along with the known fixes to the issue.

This feature is a major step towards ensuring code’s security in the projects running on GitHub. With GitHub now hosting nearly 67 million of repositories and projects that rely on software libraries and software packages that do not get updated frequently, security is major concern.

Developers can keep a check on the security alerts that can be accessed under Insights tab of any project. Users will also get email notifications whenever GitHub updates its database with information about new vulnerability.

Source: GitHub

The security feature will be automatically enabled for the public repositories while for private repositories, owners will need to opt in security alerts in their repository setting or simply by allowing access in the dependency graph section of their repository’s insights tab. The user will get suggestions on recommended updates and for moving to a safer version.

The vulnerabilities disclosed will be those that have CVE IDs – disclosed publicly from the NVD (National Vulnerability Database). However, GitHub plans to improve the vulnerability identification process.

The company also plans to extend support for Dependency Graph and security alerts which is currently enabled on Javascript and Ruby, and will include Python in 2018.

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