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Microsoft and Red Hat bring OpenShift to Azure as a jointly managed service

Microsoft and Red Hat are expanding their existing partnership on cloud computing. The companies are bringing Red Hat OpenShift on Azure, to enable developers run container applications on public cloud and on-premises.

OpenShift is a Kubernetes container orchestration platform that builds, runs, and scales the applications in cloud, while Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform. OpenShift on Azure will be offered as a fully managed service in cloud.

“Microsoft and Red Hat are aligned in our vision to deliver simplicity, choice and flexibility to enterprise developers building cloud-native applications. Today, we’re combining both companies’ leadership in Kubernetes, hybrid cloud and enterprise operating systems to simplify the complex process of container management, with an industry-first solution on Azure,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft.

Red Hat and Microsoft will together manage, engineer and design the OpenShift on Azure. The joint solution will support the customers of both the companies, and it will be jointly managed by Red Hat and Microsoft.

The new offering will help developers to use OpenShift and move apps between on-premises and Azure. They will be able to securely connect between Azure and on-premises OpenShift clusters with hybrid networking.

Microsoft said that the joint solution will allow developers to access a number of Azure services like Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Machine Learning, and Azure SQL DB.

Microsoft will enable hybrid cloud support for OpenShift on Azure Stack, so that customers can develop, deploy and manage cloud apps on Microsoft infrastructure. Red Hat OpenShift on Azure will include support for Windows containers and Red Hat Enterprise Linux containers for multiarchitecture container management.

Furthermore, it will have integrated Microsoft SQL Server across OpenShift, offering more options to harness data.

“Very few organizations are able to fully silo their IT operations into a solely on-premises or public cloud footprint; instead, it’s a hybrid mixture of these environments that presents a path toward digital transformation,” said Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat. “By extending our partnership with Microsoft, we’re able to offer the industry’s most comprehensive Kubernetes platform on a leading public cloud, providing the ability for customers to more easily harness innovation across the hybrid cloud without sacrificing production stability.”

Visual Studio Enterprise and Visual Studio Professional subscribers will get Red Hat Enterprise Linux credits. It will allow developers to work with Java, .NET, and other frameworks on the OpenShift on Azure.

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

Announced at Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, the Red Hat OpenShift on Azure will be available for preview in coming months.

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XO Communications Launches XO Enterprise Cloud, XO Cloud Drive and XO Cloud Vault

XO Communications today announced launch of XO Enterprise Cloud, XO Cloud Drive, and XO Cloud Vault, its three new cloud service offerings that leverage Tier III data centers and the XO nationwide network to offer IT infrastructure-as-a-services ideal for SMBs and enterprises who want to to virtualize their data centers, back up enterprise-wide data to the cloud, and enable cloud-based file sharing and storage for employees.

Providing SLAs, integrated security, and high-performance data center and network, the new enterprise-class cloud solutions help IT professionals and the organizations run a wide range of applications, from test and development to mission-critical applications, in the cloud.

XO Enterprise Cloud

Designed to meet customer requirements for enterprise-grade cloud computing services delivered over a private and secure network environment, XO Enterprise Cloud gives customers the flexibility of multiple network connectivity options to access the Enterprise Cloud platform and multiple computing resource allocation options, such as Shared, Reserved and Dedicated, depending on what best supports their application needs.

Some specifications of XO Enterprise Cloud are as follows:

  • Performance – The XO Enterprise Cloud server and storage infrastructure is built using best-in-class products from HP, VMware Inc., and EMC Corporation and offers three tiers of high performance storage, including Solid State Drives.
  • Network Security – Networked Fortinet security appliances and subscription services provide broad, integrated and high-performance protection against dynamic security threats.
  • Availability – Redundant N+1 architectural design provides for 100% availability.
  • Compliance – The XO Enterprise Cloud platform is deployed in Tier III data centers located in Northern Virginia and Southern California with SSAE 16 Type 2 compliance.
  • Scalability – XO Enterprise Cloud provides a highly flexible platform that can support 1 Gbps dedicated bandwidth per virtual machine, as well as scale-up capabilities that can reach 32 vCPUs and 512 GB RAM per server.

XO Cloud Drive

XO Cloud Drive allows companies to give their employees the ability to store, share, synchronize and collaborate on business content and files in the cloud while giving IT organizations the ability to control and centralize how business content is shared.

With XO Cloud Drive, files can be drag-and-dropped, saved virtually for consistent version control and shared anywhere, anytime, across multiple platforms and among numerous users for seamless collaboration.

The cloud-based platform provides uniform access to files across the following platforms, including iOS, Android, Mobile Web, Windows, Mac and Linux.

Some salient features of XO Cloud Drive are:

  • Content aggregation from multiple sources
    • Microsoft Office documents, presentations and spreadsheets
    • Google apps, emails and documents
    • Bookmarks
    • RSS feeds
    • Social media
    • Images and embedded media
  • Dynamic file synchronization to keep important files and folders up-to-date across multiple devices.
  • Conflict-free, automatic synchronization to mitigate offline/online, as well as multi-user file editing.
  • Full-text indexed search of all content and team collaboration with permission-based file access.
  • File version history stored allowing customers to preserve and restore from all previous versions of business files.
  • List, view, rename, share, download and delete files.
  • Intuitive editor to create text and illustrative notes.
  • Easy-to-use web-based management interface.

XO Cloud Vault

XO Cloud Vault automates and simplifies backup services for businesses with multiple locations or complex, distributed IT environments. Customers can replicate data from the XO Enterprise Cloud platform as well as from premise-based servers and desktops.

An intelligent backup design provides compression, encryption and copy of only those documents, emails and databases that have changed since the most recent backup across the following platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac, Solaris and FreeBSD.

To restore, the virtual design allows users to point and click to refresh files to a single point in time, streamlining and automating disaster recovery/business continuity planning for businesses of all sizes.

Some salient specifications of XO Cloud Vault are as follows:

  • Flexible backup schedule including continuous, every few hours, by day and time, incremental and multiple full backups.
  • Powerful compression algorithms to reduce bandwidth usage.
  • Support Microsoft Exchange server, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL SharePoint, etc.
  • Support Mapped Network Drives and external USB drives.
  • Block level incremental backups with options to configure multiple full backups.
  • User configured (up to 448 bit) encryption key guarantees data privacy and facilitates compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Virtually unlimited versioning with advanced data retention policies.
  • Comprehensive reports & dashboards with email notification options.
  • Bandwidth throttling.
  • Automatic updates of agent and plugin software.

“IT organizations are continually pressured to support an increasing number of mission-critical applications with fewer resources, causing businesses to seek out virtual solutions as a way to effectively and efficiently expand core operations without spending unnecessary capital,” said Jake Heinz, Vice President of marketing, XO Communications.

“In response to this industry need, XO Communications has expanded our services for dedicated cloud resources. This deeper commitment to the Infrastructure-as-a-Service market puts XO Communications in the best position to serve mid- and large-sized businesses for their computing, data and network requirements,” he added.

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DiscountASP.NET’s Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services Hosting now Available

DiscountASP.NET, an ASP.NET hosting and SQL hosting provider for Microsoft developers, today launched i Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services Hosting as an optional add-on enhancement.

With SQL 2012 Reporting Services our customers have the ability to transform their data into meaningful reports to help manage and grow their business.
– Takeshi Eto, VP Marketing and Business Development, DiscountASP.Net.Takeshi Eto, VP Marketing and Business Development, DiscountASP.Net

In a bid to support SQL 2012 Reporting Services, DiscountASP.NET has added an SSRS 2012 User Manager tool to their Control Panel. The said tool will allow customers to add, remove and manage additional SSRS users in real-time. The SQL 2012 Reporting Services are priced at $5 per month and there’ll be no charges per hour for them.

Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services support web-based and ad-hoc reporting and provide the ability to author reports from different data sources with rich formatting. After being processed, reports can be delivered through a central repository, email subscriptions, or embedded into web applications.

“With the launch of SQL 2012 Reporting Services, we deliver Microsoft’s latest enterprise reporting solution as a cost effective hosted service with predictable pricing,” said Takeshi Eto, VP Marketing and Business Development. “With this service our customers have the ability to transform their data into meaningful reports to help manage and grow their business.”

DiscountASP.Net alsp announced that the Reporting Services servers are separate from customer website servers and SQL 2012 servers.

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