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7 biggest announcements at Interop 2019

Interop 2019, an unbiased IT conference, hosted all levels of IT and business pros at the Mirage, Las Vegas, on May 20-23. The three-day event provided attendees a complete objective view of the things happening across all the IT disciplines.

It featured speakers from industry leaders like Google, Microsoft, IBM, Juniper Networks, Cisco, Delta Dental, and Red Hat.

Interop 2019: Top announcements

Having said that, below are the main announcements made at Interop 2019:

1. Winners of 2019 Best of Interop Awards

Interop announced the winners of its 2019 Best of Interop Awards to recognize the companies that made significant technological advancements with their innovative products.

2019 Best of Interop Awards Winners:

  • CloudEdge Expander Cloud Module, Expanse
  • DevOpsDatadog Synthetics, Datadog
  • Infrastructure—Batfish Enterprise, Intentionet
  • Security— Edge Expander Cloud Module, Expanse
  • Emerging Vendor— 128 Technology
  • Honorable Mention— IBM Multicloud Manager, IBM and ThousandEyes Multi-Cloud Network Intelligence, ThousandEyes

“A huge congratulations to this year’s award winners as well as all those who submitted,” said Meghan Reilly, General Manager, Interop. “These awards are a staple for Interop and continue to honor companies who push the envelope to better not only their organizations, but the industry as whole. Thank you all for your dedication and hard work in an everchanging and growing space.”

2. Kissflow Digital Workplace

The workflow management leader Kissflow launched an industry-first unified digital workplace platform called Kissflow Digital Workplace. The new solution combines the power of project management, process automation and team collaboration to streamline business workflows and enterprise productivity.

“Over the last six years, our world-class business process and workflow automation platform has enabled thousands of companies’ productivity processes across the globe,” said Kissflow’s CEO, Suresh Sambandam.

“We’ve now embarked on a greater mission of providing an intuitive product that unifies the entire spectrum of work. Our new no-code platform is built on the consumer scale capabilities coupled with enterprise-level security of Google Kubernetes Engine, which is flexible enough to enable a perfect orchestration between various microservices of Kissflow.”

3. Arcules adds ACaaS to its portfolio

Arcules added access control-as-a-service (ACaaS) to its portfolio that already includes Video-Surveillance-as-a-Service (VSaaS). The new solution will allow customers centrally manage access control effectively across geographically dispersed business locations in a single user interface, the company said.

4. Datadog’s SaaS-based monitoring and analytics platform

Datadog showcased a new monitoring and analytics platform for infrastructure, applications, logs, etc. Based on software-as-a-service (SaaS), the new solution is a unified platform to provide visibility into the performance of modern apps.

5. Expander Cloud module

Expanse showcased the new Edge Expander Cloud module that will enable enterprises to monitor their internet traffic flows for risky and out-of-policy communications.

6. Forward Enterprise platform

Forward Networks launched a new network verification platform called Forward Enterprise that enables network operators to query their network like a database.

7. IBM multi-cloud management solutions

IBM showcased its multi-cloud management solutions that can provide greater operational agility and power to identify, analyze and respond quickly to change in the hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

Suggested reading: 15 e-commerce trends to watch out for in 2019

The event witnessed many more innovative announcements for enterprises, which can be found here.

It will return next year as Interop 2020 in Las Vegas on May 4-7.

Images source: Interop

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Hostway and HOSTING merge, creating one of the largest global managed cloud services platforms

Hostway and HOSTING today announced the merger of the two organizations, combining to create one of the largest managed cloud services platforms in the world. Both companies are known for secure, compliant managed hybrid cloud solutions and together will have an unmatched set of products and services with the ability to scale for their clients’ growing needs.

The combined organization has 14 world-class data centers in five countries across three continents and will be led by Emil Sayegh as CEO and president. Investors Littlejohn & Co., LLC and Pamlico will stay on to equally back the combined entity.

“Both Hostway and HOSTING have always had an uncompromising commitment to customer service and an incredible history of pioneering leading-edge solutions into the market. This merger is a natural progression of the two companies’ focus on providing solutions for CIOs and IT leaders to reduce costs, mitigate risks and increase business agility,” said Sayegh.

“Our combined strengths benefit all our customers by delivering even more product sets and the scalability to adapt to clients’ changing needs. We will be in a unique position to help customers every step of the way as they make the journey to hybrid cloud environments while protecting them against ever-emerging threats.”

“Both Pamlico and Littlejohn came together to back this merger because we believe the combination makes for an undisputed leader in IT transformation solutions for mission critical applications, and provides opportunity to dominate the market,” said Michael Kaplan, Managing Director, Littlejohn & Co.

“Collectively the organization is even better positioned to address the top enterprise IT challenges of security, costs, lack of IT resources, governance and multi-cloud complexity. Both Pamlico and Littlejohn are prepared to fully support the company into its next phase of growth,” said Scott Stevens, Partner at Pamlico Capital.

Also read: Hostway continues expansion with new data center in Austin, new offices in Chicago and San Antonio

HOSTING and Hostway will continue to operate under two separate brands and operational models for a limited period during the interim integration. The company intends to fully merge all functions and operate under a single brand within the next twelve months.

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Cisco and AWS launch Kubernetes-powered hybrid cloud solution

Cisco has announced a new hybrid cloud platform that will make it easier for enterprises to run new containerized applications across all environments. The new platform will be powered by Kubernetes, and has been built for Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Called Cisco Hybrid Solution for Kubernetes on AWS, the new solution integrates Cisco’s networking, security, management and monitoring software with AWS’ cloud services.

It configures on-premises Kubernetes environments to be consistent with Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS), the companies said. The Amazon EKS is a managed Kubernetes service for managing software containers, which became generally available in June this year.

Today, applications have become the lifeblood for enterprises. Hence, enterprises are looking to develop and deploy applications across public and private clouds, without any obstruction. If they build the applications easily, get them up and run quickly, if can provide huge competitive advantage.

Cisco Hybrid Solution for Kubernetes on AWS aims to allow developers deploy and manage containerized applications more easily across on-premises and the AWS cloud. It will allow them focus on building and using applications, speed up innovation and reduce time to market.

“Today, most customers are forced to choose between developing applications on-premises or in the cloud. This can create a complex mix of environments, technologies, teams and vendors. But they shouldn’t have to make a choice,” said Kip Compton, senior vice president, Cloud Platform and Solutions at Cisco.

“Now, developers can use existing investments to build new cloud-scale applications that fuel business innovation. This makes it easier to deploy and manage hybrid applications, no matter where they run. This allows customers to get the best out of both cloud and their on-premises environments with a single solution.”

The new solution will come with a common set of tools for on-premises and AWS, which will simplify the management of on-premises Kubernetes infrastructure. It will help IT operations team to reduce complexity and costs.

Cisco Hybrid Solution for Kubernetes on AWS will also enable containerized applications to work with existing resources and production environments. This provides another advantage to both developers and IT operation teams.

“More customers run containers on AWS and Kubernetes on AWS than anywhere else,” said Terry Wise, Global Vice President of Channels & Alliances, Amazon Web Services, Inc.

“Our customers want solutions that are designed for the cloud and Cisco’s integration with Amazon EKS will make it easier for them to rapidly deploy and run containerized applications across both Cisco-based on-premises environments and the AWS cloud.”

Also read: Cisco acquires Duo Security for multi- and hybrid-cloud security

The new solution is expected to be available in December 2018. Cisco will provide the solution as a software solution requiring only Cisco Container Platform, or as hardware/software solution with Cisco Container Platform running on Cisco HyperFlex.

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IBM marks one of the most significant tech acquisition, buys Red Hat for $34 billion

IBM is marking one of the most significant tech acquisition, buying open source cloud software provider Red Hat for approximately $34 billion.

With Red Hat acquisition, IBM aims to provide an open source approach to cloud, that features unparalleled security and portability across multiple clouds.

Enterprises are continuously adopting a multi-cloud approach, but study reveals that 80% of enterprise workloads have yet to shift to cloud. This is because of the proprietary nature of cloud market.

In such a scenario, the data and applications can’t get portable across multiple clouds. It also prevents portability of data security in multi-cloud environment and consistent cloud management.

“Most companies today are only 20 percent along their cloud journey, renting compute power to cut costs. The next 80 percent is about unlocking real business value and driving growth,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “

“This is the next chapter of the cloud. It requires shifting business applications to hybrid cloud, extracting more data and optimizing every part of the business, from supply chains to sales.”

IBM and Red Hat are leading hybrid cloud providers. With acquisition, the companies will be strongly positioned to address this issue and accelerate multi-cloud adoption.

IBM buys Red Hat

Both the companies will work together on their shared leadership in key technologies, like Linux, containers, Kubernetes, multi-cloud management, and cloud management and automation. This will enable them to help enterprises accelerate development of cloud-native enterprise apps, drive greater portability and security of data and applications across multiple public and private clouds.

“The acquisition of Red Hat is a game-changer. It changes everything about the cloud market. IBM will become the world’s #1 hybrid cloud provider, offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock the full value of the cloud for their businesses,” added Ginni Rometty.

IBM and Red Hat have been partners for around a couple of decades now. Red Hat will be able to continue building partnerships with other cloud providers including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and more.

“Open source is the default choice for modern IT solutions, and I’m incredibly proud of the role Red Hat has played in making that a reality in the enterprise,” said Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat.

“Joining forces with IBM will provide us with a greater level of scale, resources and capabilities to accelerate the impact of open source as the basis for digital transformation and bring Red Hat to an even wider audience –  all while preserving our unique culture and unwavering commitment to open source innovation.”

Talking about the financial details of the deal, IBM is buying all the issued and outstanding and common shares of Red Hat for $190 per share in cash. Following the completion of acquisition, Red Hat will operate as a distinct unit within IBM’s Hybrid Cloud team. Jim Whitehurst and Red Hat’s current management team will continue to lead Red Hat.

Also read: IBM brings together Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes with new cloud service

“IBM’s commitment to keeping the things that have made Red Hat successful – always thinking about the customer and the open source community first – make this a tremendous opportunity for not only Red Hat but also open source more broadly,” said Paul Cormier, President, Products and Technologies, Red Hat.

“Since the day we decided to bring open source to the enterprise, our mission has remained unchanged. And now, one of the biggest enterprise technology companies on the planet has agreed to partner with us to scale and accelerate our efforts, bringing open source innovation to an even greater swath of the enterprise.”

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Red Hat unveils Fuse 7 integrated with OpenShift and Fuse Online

Red Hat has introduced the latest version of its cloud-native integration solution: Red Hat Fuse 7, which was formerly called Red Hat JBoss Fuse.

Fuse 7 is a cloud-native distribution solution for developers to develop, deploy and scale integration capabilities. It has now been integrated with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform for better collaboration among diverse users.

Developers will get a unified solution to create, extend, and deploy containerized integration services across hybrid cloud environments. Fuse 7 integrated with OCP will enable greater productivity and manageability in private, public and hybrid clouds.

The new version of Fuse service comes with a new low-code integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) solution called Fuse Online. It will help integration experts, application developers and citizen integrators to build integration services independently.

Enterprises will get a single unified platform rather than having several pieces of technology for different user characteristics. It will enable maximum collaboration between developers and citizen integrators.

Fuse 7 provides an intuitive interface and customizable capabilities, allowing citizen integrators to deliver integration solution without waiting for developers to implement it.

“With Fuse 7, which includes Fuse Online, we are continuing to enhance and evolve the platform to meet the changing needs of today’s businesses, building off of our strength in hybrid cloud and better serving both the technical and non-technical professionals involved in integration today,” said Mike Piech, vice president and general manager, Middleware, Red Hat.

The browser-based graphical interface that contains over 200 pre-defined connectors and components, will help enterprises and developers to rapidly integrate applications and services.

Red Hat said that the pre-defined components are based on Apache Camel and consist over 50 new connectors for big data, cloud services, and SaaS endpoints. These will help organizations to adapt and scale for legacy systems, APIs, IoT devices and cloud-native applications.

Also read: Red Hat and Juniper expand partnership to simplify management of hybrid and multi-cloud environments

Customers can deploy Red Hat Fuse 7 alongside Red Hat 3scale API Management to easily integrate systems across hybrid cloud environments.

Red Hat Fuse 7 is now available for customers through Red Hat Customer Portal.

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Red Hat and Juniper expand partnership to simplify management of hybrid and multi-cloud environments

Red Hat has expanded its partnership with Juniper Networks to provide a unified solution that can make the management of hybrid and multi-cloud environments easier for enterprises.

At the OpenStack Summit 2018, Red Hat announced that it will integrate Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat OpenStack Platform with Juniper Contrail Enterprise Multicloud.

“The transition to the cloud is increasingly complex, but having a unified, automated platform can deliver a more seamless process with greater visibility. We are thrilled to deepen our relationship with Red Hat so that together we can provide an open and unified solution designed to allow enterprises to simply and more securely manage their applications and services across any and all kinds of environments.” – Bikash Koley, Chief Technology Officer, Juniper Networks

Red Hat OpenStack Platform is a highly scalable infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform that makes the adoption of hybrid cloud and digital transformation initiatives easier. The open source software giant recently announced the latest version of OpenStack Platform.

On the other hand, the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform gives enterprises full control over their Kubernetes environments to build and run applications on-premises and in public cloud. Whereas, the Juniper Contrail Enterprise Multicloud is a multi-cloud ready networking, security, orchestration and monitoring platform.

The integrated solution will help enterprises and IT teams to manage and run applications and services on virtual machines (VMs), containers, and cloud environments.

Red Hat and Juniper said that the new solution can help IT teams to manage connectivity, security, and visibility from a single platform. It will also help enterprises to avoid the vendor lock-ins for multi-cloud environments.

“Modern IT often requires open solutions designed to meet the requirements of today and well into the future. While proprietary cloud infrastructure and networking solutions served their purpose, they were not built with the flexibility open source can deliver for a hybrid cloud world to help meet customer needs for platforms that can speed agility and take advantage of new innovations,” said Lars Herrmann, general manager, Portfolio Programs and Strategy, Red Hat.

Also read: Red Hat links datacenters and edge deployments with new HCI solution

“When I talk to customers, I have found the frustration of having chosen a proprietary solution that has limited their abilities in these areas and has locked them in is real. An open source solution that combines the power of containers and a scalable hybrid cloud infrastructure solution with consistent networking can address this. We’re excited to collaborate with Juniper to enable this for customers,” added Herrmann.

In November last year, the companies collaborated to integrate the Red Hat OpenStack platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage with the Juniper Contrail Cloud platform. The collaboration was aimed at providing carriers an easy method of delivery IoT, business and mobile service in the cloud.

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Cisco intends to acquire Skyport Systems for hybrid cloud security 

Cisco has planned to acquire Skyport Systems, a leading secure hyperconverged infrastructure provider, to strengthen its cloud portfolio.

Skyport Systems is a California-based private company which provides a hyperconverged platform to simplify IT infrastructure by converging compute, virtualization, networking and storage onto a single platform. Skyport has integrated security into its solutions, which differentiates it from other hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) providers.

The acquisition will enable Cisco to utilize Skyport’s services, IP, seasoned software and network expertise to broaden its service portfolio, and enhance hybrid cloud security.

In November 2017, Cisco expanded its product portfolio, with a new broad set of multicloud security solutions. In the same year, Cisco acquired Springpath for $320 million, and Broadsoft for $1.9 billion. However, Cisco hasn’t disclosed the terms and acquisition amount for Skyport Systems.

Cisco inclination towards hybrid cloud is visible, since it had joined hands with Google Cloud as well for security and agility in the modern hybrid world. The joint hybrid cloud solutions from Google and Cisco have been helping enterprises to manage, develop and secure services and applications across data centers and in the cloud.

Also read: Cisco makes technology to identify malware in encrypted traffic generally available

Cisco was already investing in Skyport, and had participated in the company’s $30 million series C round in 2016.

Skyport team will join Cisco’s Data Center – Cloud Systems Product Group, and Service Provider – Networking Group. These groups are led by Liz Centoni (Sr. VP, Cisco), and Jonathan Davidson (General Manager, Cisco), respectively.

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VMware teams up with NxtGen for scalable and secure cloud environments 

The industry-leading virtualization software company, VMware, has partnered with NxtGen, the emerging leader in the datacenter and cloud services space, to help enterprises decrease time to market, reduce capex and development costs, with new solutions across public cloud and on-premise data centers.

As part of the alliance, the companies will deliver new solutions as part of the NxtGen Infinite Datacenter, provided from NxtGen’s Mumbai and Bengaluru data centers.

“Service providers like NxtGen can leverage VMware technology to help customers from decreased time to market, reduced capital expenditure and lowered development costs to stay competitive,” said Arun Parameswaran, Managing Director, VMware India.

With the growth in business needs and use cases, the enterprises go for multiple public and private cloud services along with the on-premise datacenter. It makes the IT infrastructure complex, and issues related to management and security arise.

NxtGen Infinite Datacenter provides the ability to integrate the internal and external environments of enterprise data. It makes it easy for enterprises to implement a private cloud on premise, and further move to hybrid cloud as well.

VMware will extend the datacenter expertise of NxtGen through its VMware NSX. Using NxtGen’s VMware NSX, the enterprises who run workloads on on-premise infrastructure, will be able to run the workloads into a public cloud as well, in case the demand arises.

“We look forward to continuing to strengthen NxtGen’s vision of an ‘Infinite Data Center’ through our partnership with VMware,” said AS Rajgopal, CEO, NxtGen.

Additionally, the integration also provides security, load-balancing, as well as Disaster-as-a-Service (DaaS) capabilities. VMware protects its software and virtual machines using App Defense.

VMware’s partnership with NxtGen will also promote hybrid cloud adoption.

Also read: VMware enhances its hybrid cloud platform with new cloud management and container networking capabilities

Last year, it had partnered with Amazon Web Services to launch VMware Cloud on AWS, which helped customers enjoy the cloud computing benefits without shelling out anything extra for any data center management software of VMware.

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Google and Cisco join forces to work towards a hybrid cloud world 

Google Cloud and Cisco Systems recently joined hands to provide enterprise customers with security and agility in a modern hybrid world with an open, completely supported hybrid cloud-computing solution. The joint hybrid cloud offering will enable customers to manage, develop and secure services and applications across the data centers and in cloud.

Enterprises will have maximized benefits of their investments with a way to run, protect and monitor workloads, plan migration and avoid vendor lock-in. Organizations can build new apps on-premises or in the Google Cloud using the existing developer tools, run-time, and production environment.

“This joint solution from Google and Cisco facilitates an easy and incremental approach to tapping the benefits of the Cloud. This is what we hear customers asking for,” said Diane Greene, CEO, Google Cloud.

The new hybrid cloud solution helps developers utilize GCP Service Catalog, managed Kubernetes, Cisco networking and security, service mesh monitoring and Istio authentication. The enterprise app developers will have secure access to cloud APIs, and cloud developers will have secure access to enterprise APIs and on-premises resources. The legacy workloads running on-premises can connect to cloud through APIs using Apigee, the enterprise-grade API management tool from Google.

Developers can speed up the modernization of apps on-premises with the use of Kubernetes container strategy. Cisco’s cloud-ready solutions for Kubernetes and containers enhance the security and consumption policies. Developers can code in hybrid environments using the DevNet Developer Center tools of Cisco.

“Our partnership with Google gives our customers the very best cloud has to offer— agility and scale, coupled with enterprise-class security and support,” said Chuck Robbins, chief executive officer, Cisco. “We share a common vision of a hybrid cloud world that delivers the speed of innovation in an open and secure environment to bring the right solutions to our customers.”

Google’s Istio, the open-source, container- and microservice optimized technology, helps developers apply new portable services, along with the ability to configure and manage the services centrally.

Also readGoogle and IBM to jointly address developer security challenges with Grafeas

The joint solution will be available to a limited number of customers during first half of 2018, and will be generally available in the second half of the year.

 

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Azure advancements remove cloud adoption barriers, going hybrid made easier

This week at its annual Ignite conference, Microsoft showcased its hybrid capabilities and announced many new advancements that will help enterprise customers to remove cloud barriers and seize the opportunities that cloud brings with it, especially the hybrid cloud model.

Azure has long been committed to enabling the only true consistent cloud experience from identity, to data, to platform, to security and management. We uniquely understand that a distributed hybrid cloud model is the durable cloud model. And, we uniquely understand that hybrid cloud is more than just infrastructure – it must address your entire environment,” said Microsoft EVP of Cloud and Enterprise Scott Guthrie in a blog post

Hybrid cloud is playing a central role in most organizations’ cloud strategy and is considered to be a future-proof and long-term approach by the customers. It is considered essential in the world of AI and IoT.

Mark Jewett, Microsoft Director of Product Marketing, Cloud Platform, said in his blog post “We asked 2,500 IT professionals about their approach to cloud, and 91 percent of these IT workers believe hybrid cloud will remain the approach for their organizations five years from now.”

Out of the many solutions that Microsoft has built to help advance hybrid scenarios, Azure Stack is an absolute game-changer. It allows flexible deployment in the cloud or on premises, thus enabling a consistent development experience for cloud-native and traditional applications.

Also read: https://www.dailyhostnews.com/znetlive-to-add-hybrid-cloud-solution-based-microsoft-azure-stack-product-portfolio/

As a commitment to provide consistent hybrid cloud to its enterprise IT customers, Microsoft made few announcements:

  •   Azure Stack integrated systems available for shipping and purchase

Azure Stack, an extension of Azure that enables organizations to build and deploy apps with the same APIs, tools and experiences as they use in Azure, is available for purchase. OEM partners – Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Lenovo are the shipping systems for Azure Stack integrated systems. Customers can purchase Azure Stack from them and get the help to deploy and install it, to run their applications.

Also Read: https://www.dailyhostnews.com/microsoft-azure-stack-tp3-leading-the-way-to-hybrid-cloud-adoption/

With it, developers can build an application and run it in both – Azure and Azure Stack and it will meet every regulatory requirement.

  •   A new unified Azure database migration tooling experience

Microsoft has built a fully managed Azure SQL Database service, with 100 percent SQL Server compatibility for no code changes via managed instance and has introduced a new and fully automated Azure Database Migration Service that will enable customers have a near-zero downtime migration, thus helping them save time and lower costs significantly.

  •  General availability of Microsoft SQL Server 2017 on Linux, Windows, and Docker

Customers will be able to run SQL Server 2017 on Windows Server, Linux, and Docker, for the first time. With this, customers will get support for scalable Python and R-based analytics and help to enable in-database advanced machine learning. This will allow developers to train advanced models easily with data inside SQL Server, without the need of moving data.

SQL Server 2017 GA will help developers deliver high performance and data security with everything built in, including AI, using their preferred platform and language

  • Extension of Azure Security center protection to hybrid environments

Microsoft has extended new security capabilities to its Azure customers. They will now be able to detect and defend advanced threats and protect their workloads running on premises or in cloud. Security Center will unify security management across environments and provide intelligent threat protection using analytics and the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph.

We will keep you posted with more news from Microsoft Ignite this week. Stay tuned!

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