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OpenStack Foundation released the 18th version of its cloud infrastructure platform, called OpenStack Rocky. The latest version comes with several new capabilities for operators of both private and public clouds. The OpenStack software is used by over 75 public cloud datacenters and thousands of private clouds globally at a scale of more than 10 million compute cores. The platform can uniquely suit the deployments of various hardware architectures including bare metal, virtual machines (VMs), graphics processing units (GPUs) and containers. Rocky version of OpenStack is a major release that brings enhancements to the OpenStack Ironic project, support for serverless functionality, and updates for enterprises to easily migrate to newer versions of OpenStack. It incorporates improvements that will make OpenStack a more compatible platform for modern technologies like edge computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and software containers. Enterprises nowadays are shifting beyond…
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WAYNE, PA – Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) has expanded its Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) certification across its modern, resilient cloud platforms, and now offers compliant production and disaster recovery services on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its managed private cloud.

Organizations are often burdened with achieving PCI DSS compliance for everything from their infrastructure to their applications. By achieving certification, Sungard AS now reduces the complexity and cost of the process for customers, who only need to certify their applications.


While initial certification takes months or even years and can be costly, the real challenge for many organizations is maintaining it. One study from Verizon’s PCI DSS Compliance report found that only 29 percent of organizations were still compliant a year after their initial certification. Sungard AS is among those few, having demonstrated its ability to maintain PCI compliance for other services for half a decade, assuring that it can enable compliance for all customers.

“We’re continually updating and improving our cloud offerings to keep pace with market changes as well as deliver the service customers need,” said Josh Crowe, Chief Technology Officer at Sungard AS. “By certifying our cloud platforms for PCI compliance, customers who need PCI compliance can leverage our AWS and managed private cloud services to achieve their objectives quickly for both production and recovery workloads.”

AWS shared responsibility model of security means that while AWS is PCI-compliant, the elements organizations add to the cloud, from their operating systems, network and firewall configuration to their client-side and server-side data protections, must be PCI-certified by each organization. Sungard AS offers both production and recovery environments that are PCI-certified, saving crucial steps.

Private clouds grant organizations more control for mission-critical or complex workloads, achieving agility, security and economics with platforms like VMware. But the PCI certification process can be arduous in private cloud because both production and recovery environments must be compliant. Sungard AS uses the exact same infrastructure for production and recovery in a hosted private cloud, which both eliminates the double work and speeds PCI-compliant recovery.

For more information on Sungard AS’ modern, resilient cloud platforms, visit https://www.sungardas.com/en/services/cloud-and-hosting/.

About Sungard Availability Services
Sungard Availability Services (“Sungard AS”) is a leading provider of critical production and recovery services to global enterprise companies. Sungard AS partners with customers across the globe to understand their business needs and provide production and recovery services tailored to help them achieve their desired business outcomes. Leveraging more than 40 years of experience, Sungard AS designs, builds and runs critical IT services that help customers manage complex IT, adapt quickly and build resiliency and availability.

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SAN MATEO, CA – Cloudian announced that it raised $94 million in a Series E funding, bringing the company’s total funding to $173 million. The round includes participation from investors Digital Alpha, Eight Roads Ventures, Goldman Sachs, INCJ, JPIC (Japan Post Investment Corporation), NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc. and WS (Wilson Sonsini) Investments. Cloudian will use this investment, which is the largest single round to date for a distributed file systems and object storage provider, to expand its worldwide sales and marketing efforts and increase its engineering team to meet rising demand for its limitlessly-scalable enterprise storage solutions.

“Cloudian redefines enterprise storage with a global data fabric that integrates both private and public clouds — spanning across sites and around the globe — at an unprecedented scale that creates new opportunities for businesses to derive value from data,” Cloudian CEO Michael Tso. “Cloudian’s unique architecture offers the limitless scalability, simplicity, and cloud integration needed to enable the next generation of computing driven by advances such as IoT and machine learning technologies.”


According to IDC, the worldwide enterprise storage market grew by 34.4% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2018, reaching over $52 billion in annualized revenue. Cloudian’s global enterprise storage fabric meets this growing demand with a software-defined-storage platform that transforms standard servers and virtual machines into a pool of logical storage resources that can be co-located with data sources and data consumers, whether in physical data centers, at remote sites, or in the cloud. Scalable to hundreds of petabytes and beyond, the Cloudian architecture creates a global federation of storage assets to form a hyperscale fabric that eliminates the boundaries of traditional storage, allowing information resources to be transparently pooled and shared over distance.

“Computing now operates without physical boundaries, and customers need storage solutions that also span from the data center to the edge,” said Takayuki Inagawa, president & CEO of NTT DOCOMO Ventures. “Cloudian’s geo-distributed architecture creates a global fabric of storage assets that supports the next generation of connected devices.”

Global businesses in data-intensive verticals such as media, healthcare and manufacturing create and consume vast quantities of data at hundreds of locations across the organization. Cloudian meets these distributed storage needs with a peer-to-peer resource fabric and a single management framework that spans Cloudian storage appliances, industry standard X86 servers running Cloudian software, and public cloud storage. The result is simple, efficient data management across the global storage landscape.

“For too long, enterprise storage users have settled for solutions that offer incrementally more performance or scale without fundamentally addressing the challenge of global data management,” said Daniel Auerbach, senior managing partner at Eight Roads Ventures. “When Eight Roads Ventures first invested in Cloudian in 2014 we saw a different approach – here was a company applying cloud-scale technologies to the enterprise storage challenge. This, our third round of investment, affirms our belief in Cloudian’s innovative approach and next stage of growth.”

Recently added Cloudian customers include public health agencies in the US and UK, two of the top five Formula One teams, a US national research lab, an online travel market leader, a top three pharmaceutical company, a top three global car maker, a top five European bank, an Ivy League university, and one of the world’s largest global engineering companies.

“Global 2000 customers in media, automotive, manufacturing, healthcare, and government look to Cloudian to manage their rapidly growing information assets, a trend that we see only accelerating,” said Edouard Hervey, managing director at Goldman Sachs. “We believe Cloudian is well-positioned to dominate the next generation of enterprise storage with its elegantly simple design that integrates both the data center and cloud environments.”

“With long-standing roots in the Silicon Valley, our firm has represented over 3,000 private companies and early-stage startups, giving us a unique perspective on the success factors found in high-growth firms,” said Larry Sonsini, Cloudian investor and senior and founding partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. “WS Investments chose to work with the Cloudian management team led by Michael Tso because they exhibit the markers of long-term success with a strong, integrity-driven culture and an innovative solution to the vital challenge of global data management.”

Unlike traditional storage solutions whose architectures were derived from stand-alone systems that operate within a single data center, Cloudian’s architecture was built on cloud technologies that were designed for distributed environments and limitless scale.

“There will be 20 billion connected devices by 2020, creating a compelling need for data management solutions that are architected for geo-distribution and cloud integration,” said Gregory M. Bryant, Intel’s senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group and Cloudian board member. “Cloudian’s global data fabric architecture lets customers manage data organization-wide from a single console, so they can capitalize on the next generation of connected computing.”

The Series E funding includes a $25 million investment from Digital Alpha that was first announced in February.

About Cloudian
Cloudian turns information into insight with a hyperscale data fabric that lets customers store, find and protect data across the organization and around the globe. Cloudian data management solutions bring cloud technology and economics to the data center with uncompromising data durability, intuitive management tools, and the industry’s most compatible S3 API. Cloudian and its ecosystem partners help Global 1000 customers simplify unstructured data management today, while preparing for the data demands of AI and machine learning tomorrow.

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DALLAS, TX – DataBank has completed the recertification and authorization of the GSA’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) for its secure, federal CloudPlus platform under both IaaS and PaaS certification categories.

The Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) audit and validation process leveraged the latest NIST 800-53R4 security framework and validated the IaaS, PaaS, and comprehensive suite of DataBank NIST-compliant security offerings.


The coverage of the Authorization to Operate (ATO) includes traditional IaaS and PaaS services enhanced with fully managed DDoS Protection, Intrusion Detection, Intrusion Prevention, Web Application Firewalls, Antivirus, Host-based Intrusion Prevention, Log Offloading, Configuration Scanning, Patch Management, Dual Factor Authentication (token or PIV/CAC Cards), Backup Services, SynFlood Protection, Load Balancing, CDN, FIPS 140-2 compliant encryption, Compute, Storage, Hypervisor, Network, Internal and External Vulnerability Scanning, SIEM, and 24/7 SOC and NOC operations.

“DataBank’s vision is to become the easiest place to host highly secure mission critical applications,” commented Vlad Friedman, Chief Technology Officer, DataBank. “Our mission is to help transform cloud-enabled FedRAMP/NIST-compliant workloads by delivering increased agility and predictable pricing while eliminating downtime. Backed by a 24/7 SOC and NOC, we go far beyond the typical IaaS boundaries of the hypervisor, diving deep into the PaaS layer for operating systems.”

DataBank’s FedRAMP-Compliant CloudPlus is currently located in Baltimore, MD and Phoenix, AZ with plans for expanding to two more locations by year’s end. The company plans to focus and serve the needs of federal, state, local, and educational organizations, as well as System Integrators and SaaS Providers focused on the federal marketplace.

DataBank also provides Public Cloud Connectivity as a Service, complementing colocation and CloudPlus and allowing secure and redundant 10G connectivity to over 250 public clouds including AWS, Azure, Google, IBM, Dropbox, Office 365, and more. DataBank enables true hybrid deployments of colocation, private CloudPlus, and public cloud workloads all supported by a highly responsive operations group and holistic management portal.

“Our commitment to offering secure cloud services has been validated through this rigorous security assessment, which underscores and further verifies the security of our services, systems, processes, and facilities,” says Mark Houpt, Chief Information Security Officer at DataBank. “DataBank takes a very proactive, consultative approach to our clients’ security and compliance needs.”

The FedRAMP program was created in 2011 to reduce the risks of cloud services and empower government agencies to transform their legacy IT infrastructure to secure, cost-effective cloud solutions. It “provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services,” according to FedRAMP.gov.

DataBank is now compliant with FedRAMP, HIPAA-HITECH, SSAE-18, PCI-DSS, Privacy Shield, GDPR, and more. For more information about DataBank’s FedRAMP Platform, visit https://www.databank.com/solutions/compliant-hosting/fedramp-fisma/.

About DataBank
DataBank is a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, cloud, and connectivity services, offering customers 100% uptime availability of data, applications, and infrastructure. DataBank’s managed data center services are anchored in world-class facilities. Our flexible technology solutions are designed to help customers effectively manage risk, improve their technology performance, and allow them to focus on their core business objectives. DataBank is headquartered in the historic former Federal Reserve Bank Building, in downtown Dallas, TX.

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At DockerCon 2018, Docker announced three new capabilities for its enterprise-grade products to simplify the development and management of software container applications on premises and across multi-clouds. Two of the new features are targeted at Docker Enterprise Edition (EE), while the one is for Docker Desktop. Docker EE is a leading container platform, while Docker Desktop is a desktop environment used to build applications. Talking about the Docker EE, it is getting federated application management feature, and support for Kubernetes on Windows Server. The federated application management feature will automate the management and security of container applications on premises and across Kubernetes-based cloud services. It will provide a single management platform to enterprises so that they can centrally control and secure the software supply chain for all the containerized applications. “With an estimated 85 percent of today’s enterprise IT organizations employing a multi-cloud…
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SAN ANTONIO, TX – Rackspace® announced it has acquired RelationEdge®, a full-service Salesforce Platinum Consulting Partner and digital agency that helps clients engage with their customers from lead to loyalty by improving business process, leveraging technology, and integrating creative digital marketing.

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications like Salesforce® are a growing component of many companies’ digital transformation journey. With this acquisition, Rackspace expands its ability to be a preferred partner for managing a customer’s complete application portfolio through continuous transition to modern technologies, including SaaS applications. Rackspace has built one of the industry’s broadest portfolios of IT services and expertise across applications, data, security, and infrastructure.


“We have acquired RelationEdge in response to the growing demand we’re hearing from customers,” said Gerard Brossard, EVP and general manager of Rackspace Application Services. “Enterprise and midmarket companies are increasingly deploying SaaS applications to enhance business processes across many departments, from sales and marketing to customer service, operations, HR, and finance. These applications are powerful, but also complex to implement and costly to continually keep up-to-date. RelationEdge further extends Rackspace’s unrivaled portfolio and expertise to help companies navigate and operate in the world of ever-changing IT.”

“The line between managed services and professional services is blurring. Enterprise customers want a trusted advisor who can help them navigate their end-to-end digital transformation journey as they adopt next generation SaaS environments” said Michelle Bailey, Group Vice President, General Manager and Research Fellow, IDC. “Rackspace’s acquisition of RelationEdge addresses this enterprise customer need and fits the evolving company strategy to be a leading IT services provider.”

Based in San Diego, CA where it was founded in 2013, RelationEdge has since opened offices in a dozen cities across the U.S. It is a growing and profitable business with 125 employees. Rackspace intends to operate the business with considerable independence under its current leadership and the RelationEdge brand, which is well known and respected among Salesforce’s leaders and customers.

“We are very proud of what we’ve built,” said Matt Stoyka, RelationEdge founder and CEO. “We’re also excited about what we still can achieve in this fast-growing market by joining forces with Rackspace. The two companies are a great fit culturally as both differentiate themselves through exceptional customer service. RelationEdge’s Process First, Technology Second® approach perfectly complements Rackspace’s approach to provide unbiased expertise across all leading technologies and to deliver the best-fit solution for each customer’s unique needs.”

“We are happy to see Rackspace and RelationEdge come together,” said Kori O’Brien, Senior Vice President, North America Alliances & Channels at Salesforce. “RelationEdge has been a valuable partner in the Salesforce ecosystem. The combination of RelationEdge’s unique process-first approach to solving business problems, and Rackspace’s transformation and technology expertise, will allow both companies to provide greater service and solutions to fuel customer success.”

Both companies are privately held, with Rackspace owned by affiliates of certain funds of Apollo Global Management, LLC and certain co-investors. RelationEdge was owned by its founders, its regional market leaders, and Tide Rock Ventures. Financial details are not being disclosed.

About Rackspace
Rackspace is a leading provider of IT as a service in today’s multi-cloud world. It delivers expert advice and integrated managed services across applications, data, security and infrastructure, including public and private clouds and managed hosting. Rackspace partners with every leading technology provider, including Alibaba, AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, Oracle, SAP, and VMware. The company is uniquely positioned to provide unbiased expertise on which technologies will best serve each customer’s needs. Rackspace was named a leader in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide and has been honored by Fortune, Glassdoor and others as one of the best places to work. Based in San Antonio, Texas, Rackspace serves more than 140,000 business customers, including most of the Fortune 100, from data centers on five continents. Learn more at rackspace.com.

About RelationEdge
RelationEdge is a Salesforce Platinum Consulting Partner and Digital Agency that helps companies implement, customize and integrate Salesforce, and provides ongoing services and support to continually adapt the platform to meet changing business requirements. RelationEdge uses marketing and technology to get from lead to loyalty. For more information, please visit relationedge.com.

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