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Only half of cloud infrastructure professionals at global enterprises believe they are being charged the right amount for what they get from their cloud providers, according to survey results released Wednesday by cloud optimization firm Densify.
Three-quarters of organizations either overspend their public cloud budget, or are not sure how much they are spending, according to the survey results, and half of respondents do not know how to handle the frequent technology and pricing changes made by providers. This is despite significant public cloud spending, as half of the organizations surveyed spend more than $300,000 per year, and 20 percent spend more than $1.2 million per year.
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"In a market with very few major cloud providers, customers don't have many choices and simply continue to pay their high cloud bills without a second thought," Yama Habibzai, chief marketing officer of Densify said in a statement. "We've helped hundreds of companies optimize their clouds, with major reductions in their cloud bill, so we know that they are overspending."
Better tracking of cloud spending could surely help, as one in four respondents do not audit cloud usage and cost, or do not know if their organization audits it, and only 20 percent utilize an automation tool to optimize their infrastructure.
Only 5 percent of respondents distrust cloud providers, but 30 percent say they are not well prepared
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Peak 10 + ViaWest today announced the acquisition of a 203,000-square foot data center in Collegeville, Pa., which will significantly expand the company’s data center footprint in the northeast region. The facility, previously owned by GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK), is the largest purpose-built, stand-alone data center with immediately leasable space in the greater Philadelphia market. This facility complements Peak 10 + ViaWest’s existing cloud node and advanced engineering team in Allentown, Pa., and brings the company’s total operational footprint of 41 data centers in 21 markets to more than three million square feet.

“For some time now we have sought to further expand in the northeast, and this facility met our stringent criteria in a way that no others had. We are very excited to bring our customer-first culture – and the capabilities of our national data center platform and connectivity solutions – to the region,” said Chris Downie, CEO for Peak 10 + ViaWest.


The new data center is located on 25 acres, offering expansion capacity to potentially double the amount of raised floor based on customer demand. The facility is designed to withstand natural disasters and various man-made risks and includes redundant power, fiber feeds, and advanced amenities supporting enhanced security requirements. It boasts 2N+1 redundancy and the ability to provide a range of densities to meet the needs of Peak 10 + ViaWest customers. It will also be a hub on the company’s recently announced 100 Gigabit nationwide backbone fiber network. The facility has substantial interconnection capabilities from several communications carriers. The company plans to increase access to more than 80 network carriers to provide customers with true national and global reach.

“We remain committed to growing our company by investing capital that supports our customers’ expanding and increasingly complex IT, colocation and connectivity needs,” added Downie. “With these ongoing investments, our customers will continue to benefit from increased scale, a coast-to-coast data center presence and a comprehensive and robust suite of IT solutions.”

With the deal, Peak 10 + ViaWest gains a Fortune 500 customer in GSK, which will continue to maintain its IT environment in the facility and leverage the company’s expertise in data center operations. GSK joins more than 400 current Peak 10 + ViaWest healthcare customers, demonstrating the company’s position as a trusted IT partner to the healthcare industry. The facility will provide Peak 10 + ViaWest with significant additional capacity for customer growth beyond the GSK deployment.

“This partnership provides continuity for our employees, while also allowing Peak 10 + ViaWest to expand its footprint into a strategic market,” said Bill Trifaro, Director of Data Center Operations and Facilities at GSK. “We’re proud of our team’s efforts to build and maintain this world class facility, and we know that Peak 10 + ViaWest customers will be delighted to join us at this location.”

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PALO ALTO, CA – Cloudera, Inc., (NYSE: CLDR), the modern platform for machine learning and analytics, optimized for the cloud, announced that it has partnered with Arcadia Data, Centrify, and StreamSets to simplify the first use case on the cybersecurity hub. Leveraging Cloudera Manager’s parcel deployment capabilities, chief information security officers (CISOs) can now access Cloudera’s cybersecurity solution based on Apache Spot (incubating), through an app store-like experience, making machine learning simple and accessible by removing the barrier of entry to data-driven insights for security operation centers. The new feature also provides easy access to associated ISV capabilities such as ingestion, visualization, and analytics.

Today’s threat landscape presents a clear need for a fast and simple way to gain enterprise-wide visibility and to accelerate the rate of threat detection, investigation, and response. Cloudera’s next generation cybersecurity hub enables anomaly detection, behavior analytics, and comprehensive access across all enterprise data using an open, scalable platform. With this app-like experience, Cloudera is enabling organizations to expedite security use cases such as cyber vulnerability and events analytics.


“CISOs understand that today’s threats require investment in open, scalable, future proofed data platforms,” said Tom Reilly, chief executive officer at Cloudera. “At Cloudera, we want to remove as much of the friction as we can and make it easy for CISOs to deploy their first big data cyber use cases. Together with our partners, Cloudera is providing CISOs with a point and click path to deploy and benefit from a next generation cybersecurity data platform.”

Cloudera’s partners are already contributing to the new service and deployment capabilities for the cybersecurity hub that allow for easy deployment via Cloudera Manager, working towards effective next generation solutions that better secure their customer’s business.

Arcadia Data provides the visualization capabilities including pre-configured application screens that let security operations centers quickly analyze data that resides in Cloudera’s solution. Read more about Arcadia Data’s application.

Arcadia Data

“CISOs need a faster way to detect and respond to cyber threats across diverse and ever-growing digital endpoints, networks, and users,” said Priyank Patel, co-founder and chief product officer at Arcadia Data. “Arcadia Enterprise was architected for big data analytics and provides the powerful visualizations to let security analysts quickly identify cyber threats, effectively perform forensic analysis, and hunt for the unknown. We are excited to collaborate with Cloudera to provide out-of-the-box visual analytics which illuminate the value of Apache Spot as a leading big data open source cybersecurity solution.”

Centrify has worked with the community to define the user data model so that Centrify data can seamlessly land in the community-defined open data model.

Centrify

“According to Verizon, identity is the top attack vector for hackers and we have seen that compromised credentials for both IT and end users have increasingly resulted in data breaches. Centrify provides a single comprehensive platform to secure each user’s access to applications and infrastructure through the power of identity services,” said Bill Mann, chief product officer at Centrify. “Centrify is working with Cloudera to help Apache Spot incorporate Identity information into the Open Data Model from Centrify Identity Services, ensuring that Apache Spot has the most comprehensive data sources for advanced analytics to prevent attacks.”

StreamSets has donated ingestion pipelines to the community in order to accelerate data ingest for the Cloudera cyber solution.

StreamSets

“Getting consumption-ready data into the enterprise data hub while managing the ever-changing data sources is critical to unlock the potential of big data for cybersecurity,” said Kirit Basu, Head of Products at StreamSets. “Our partnership and technical integrations with Cloudera and Apache Spot make it easy for our customers to deploy ingestion pipelines quickly and operate them continuously with real-time monitoring and alerts.”

About Cloudera
At Cloudera, we believe that data can make what is impossible today, possible tomorrow. We empower people to transform complex data into clear and actionable insights. We deliver the modern platform for machine learning and analytics optimized for the cloud. The world’s largest enterprises trust Cloudera to help solve their most challenging business problems. Learn more at cloudera.com.

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(Bloomberg View) — If you thought internet ads were annoying, consider this: The websites you visit could now be harnessing your computer to do cryptocurrency mining.
Digital currencies demand a lot of computing power. To complete each block of transactions, computer owners around the world must race to solve an extremely difficult cryptographic puzzle, with the winner getting paid in the relevant cryptocurrency. To increase their chances, such "miners" invest vast amounts in processing capacity — building server farms in far-flung places where electricity is cheap — and are always on the lookout for inexpensive ways to get more.
Website publishers, for their part, are constantly seeking new ways to generate revenue. Subscriptions can be a hard sell. Ads are less than ideal: They often repel users, they can be hijacked by bots and Russians, and big players such as Google typically take a cut of the revenue. So some are resorting to an untapped resource: selling miners access to the computing power of the people who visit their sites.
Here's how it works. Let's say you go to a site devoted to cat pictures. When your web browser loads the first page, it also initiates a script that instructs your computer's processor to do calculations for a cryptocurrency miner, who could be located in Germany or just about anywhere. You might notice nothing more than a slightly slower computer and a slightly higher electricity bill. The miner
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BURLINGTON, MA – Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud IT data protection, today announced the availability of Acronis Data Cloud — a unified platform for all current and future cloud-based services that Acronis is bringing to the market for service providers.

Integrating Acronis Data Cloud, service providers receive immediate access to all the available solutions, without the complexity of integrating each service separately:


Acronis Backup Cloud — the world’s number one backup-as-a-service solution for service providers. Acronis Backup Cloud supports more than 20 data sources, has the capacity to block ransomware with Acronis Active Protection, allows for backup from anywhere and recovery however required and is capable of certifying data with blockchain-based Acronis Notary. Popularity of this service drove the 100% YoY sales growth and 400% YoY increase in the amount of the protected data stored in the Acronis Cloud (September 2017).

Acronis Disaster Recovery Cloud (Partner Preview) — a turnkey, self-service solution, built upon Acronis Backup Cloud, that lets service providers instantly recover their customers’ critical IT systems, applications, and data, utilizing the Acronis’ cloud infrastructure.

Acronis Files Cloud — enterprise file sync and share solution that simplifies the management of the shared data while meeting the strictest security requirements of a modern business. It removes the risks associated with using public file sync and share services by allowing service providers to control data storage location. It addresses the need of modern businesses for secure file access, sync and share — something that has been validated by a 200% YoY growth in sales.

Easy way to retain customers and increase Average Revenue per User (ARPU)

Acronis Data Cloud brings shared management and easy integration into major business automation systems such as Odin Automation, Hostbill, ConnectWise Automate, Autotask, and WHMCS (full list can be found at https://www.acronis.com/en-us/cloud/service-provider/platform/integrations). Unified usage reporting, shared policy engine and common API allow service providers to offer more products without modifying their existing processes.

Availability of multiple services within the same platform allows partners to monetize their relationships with customers, making it easy to sell more, cross-sell, and bundle. Acronis Data Cloud helps service providers to increase ARPU and reduce churn. Acronis Data Cloud can also be branded with a logo and corporate colors, further establishing service provider’s position in the market.

Acronis Data Cloud is great value. Not only it’s easy to deploy, it also requires no initial investment and can be operated with zero CAPEX, based on a transparent pay-as-you-go licensing. Whatever the business model, Acronis Data Cloud can fit the bill. It supports any offer packaging, any type of deployment, including on-premise, cloud or hybrid, and almost any pricing model.

“Since deploying Acronis Backup Cloud a year ago, our deployment of the software has decreased our support costs significantly by consolidating multiple products into one. The enhanced platform provides even more functionality and control over customer data with disaster recovery and file sync & share solutions. Acronis is not only a great cloud operator but also a great business partner,” said JD Helms, President, CloudJumper.

Acronis Storage

Based on Acronis hybrid cloud architecture, Acronis Data Cloud is also closely integrated with Acronis Storage, giving service providers freedom to choose where to store the protected data. Installing Acronis Storage in their infrastructure, they bring the functionality of Acronis Cloud to their own datacenter, offering secure storage capacity closer to their customers.

Acronis Storage offers universal access over multiple protocols iSCSI, S3, Acronis Backup Gateway, NFS, and SMB/CIFS and VTL coming soon in 2018. Acronis CloudRAID technology provides seamless scalability for redundancy, Blockchain-based Acronis Notary allows data certification and validation. With new capabilities available to service providers every quarter, Acronis ensures that the constantly evolving customer needs are covered.

“Acronis is a cloud company with 100% partner focus. Whatever we do in the cloud space, we do it with partners. Acronis’ solutions help service providers to monetize their customer relationships by offering all the data protection services their customers need,” said John Zanni, President of Acronis.

To find out more how Acronis Data Cloud can help you grow your business, visit: https://www.acronis.com/en-us/cloud/service-provider/platform
To become Acronis partner, please visit: https://www.acronis.com/en-us/partners/

About Acronis
Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud IT data protection through its backup, ransomware Active Protection, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, fast, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud, mobile and applications. Founded in 2003 in Singapore, with global headquarters in Switzerland, Acronis protects the data of more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 150 countries and 20 languages. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products are consistently named best product of the year and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning, and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors, and cloud resellers. Learn more at acronis.com.

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DENVER, CO – SiteColo, a Wadsworth Littleton, LLC company, announces the acquisition of controlling interest in MuchPages, LLC. SiteColo will be the single largest shareholder at 70% percent.

SiteColo, one of the fastest growing web hosting companies of 2017, provides cloud web hosting and domain services to organizations of all sizes. Since the last fiscal quarter, SiteColo has grown in revenue by over 240%. The addition of the MuchPages drag and drop page builder will add yet another service to this award-winning lineup.


“We’re excited to be able to provide our customers this new service,” said Jason Jersey, President of Wadsworth Littleton, LLC. “Our infrastructure will only enhance the current overall customer experience.”

MuchPages was initially developed as a specialty site builder, offering users the ability to easily and quickly create stunning landing pages, capture pages, and the growing market segment of single page websites. The real power of MuchPages is that it is simple enough for an amateur to use, yet powerful enough to be the go-to tool for any digital marketing agency or department. In addition, this move brings additional value to the existing MuchPages customer base as well by being able to offer other services in one convenient place.

“I am looking forward to working alongside the SiteColo team. With these additional resources, MuchPages will be able to fulfill it’s potential, and provide our customers the best possible experience.” Bill Gelwick, Chief Marketing Officer of MuchPages, LLC.

The combining of these services offers customers the utmost in flexibility. Businesses have a need to rapidly create custom pages to support various promotions, social campaigns, or even paid advertising. Anyone with a website can benefit from the use of MuchPages, which is why we felt it would be the perfect acquisition. These combined services offer businesses efficient, cost-effective solutions.

“If we can help generate more business for our customers, it will, in turn, provide more business for us,” said Jason Jersey, President of Wadsworth Littleton, LLC. “It is a true win/win, something very rare in the business world today.”

About SiteColo
SiteColo is a managed cloud hosting and domain registration provider with 24/7 support. Their Operations Center is located in Denver, Colorado and their main Data Center is headquartered in downtown Chicago, Illinois. SiteColo is beyond a standard hosting company – they’re an innovation company, developing proprietary technology used to drive customer success. The company currently provides managed cloud infrastructure to several notable car manufacturers, dealers, fitness centers, rehabs, and notable religious organizations. Additional information about SiteColo can be found at https://www.sitecolo.com/ and for information about the newly acquired service offering, visit https://muchpages.com/.

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