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OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL – Sima Solutions LLC (SIMA), a real-time software solutions company and leading Business Process Management (BPM) provider, announced today the strategic deployment of SimaCLOUD, an integrated IBM Cloud Hosting WebSphere Commerce platform. SimaCLOUD Solutions provides clients managed transformation services to migrate legacy WebSphere Commerce application environments into the Cloud. Our new managed services and solutions for WebSphere Commerce hosting is designed to enable companies to bridge on-premises environments into private or public clouds and accelerate app development. The SimaCLOUD solutions for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce includes the open source Kubernetes-based container architecture and supports Docker containers. This facilitates integration and portability of workloads as they evolve to any cloud environment, including the public IBM Cloud, AWS, Azure, and others.

“Regardless of what version of WebSphere Commerce you are starting with, SimaCLOUD Solutions for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce has the roadmap to accelerate transformation of your WebSphere Commerce application to cloud hosting,” states Jim Pollitt, President of Sima Solutions LLC. He continues: “The new Sima Managed Services and Solutions for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce provides Flexible Platforms with Support for Enterprise Developers to simplify management of WebSphere Commerce and accelerate app development.

  • Dev / Test Cloud Environments to add more application and agile development capacity fast and efficiently
  • IBM Private Cloud migration to move existing application workloads into the latest version of WebSphere Commerce
  • Advanced Cloud Management Automation: Streamlined management across cloud environments to help launch, monitor and manage services and help ensure consistent security protocols.
  • Security & Data Encryption: Security Vulnerability Advisor to scan containers across the cloud to surface potentially serious issues and weaknesses; Ability to encrypt all data in flight and provide for strict access control by users within a cluster.
  • Core Cloud Platform: Includes a container engine, Kubernetes orchestration, and essential management tools surrounding developer runtimes, which are fully integrated and automated.
  • Infrastructure Choice: Compatible with systems from leading manufacturers including Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo and NetApp, as well as IBM Systems, including IBM Power Systems, IBM Z, and IBM Data and Application Support & DevOps Tools
  • Infrastructure Choice – Compatible with systems from leading manufacturers including Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo and NetApp, as well as IBM Systems, including IBM Power Systems, IBM Z and IBM Data
  • Application Support, Optimized management & DevOps Tools: Containerized versions of software and development frameworks, including IBM WebSphere Liberty, Open Liberty, MQ and Microservice Builder, as part of software bundles; and APM, Netcool and UrbanCode, which can be added for a separate fee.

About Sima Solutions LLC
Sima Solutions’ SimaCLOUD for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce enables organizations to create, deploy, and manage WebSphere Commerce apps in the cloud environment of their choice. A GSA Schedule 70 contract holder (GS-35F-037AA) with over 20 years’ experience in the IT-consulting industry, Sima Solutions is a leading provider of software and services for IBM’s products based on WebSphere, e-Commerce and service-oriented architecture (SOA). Led by experienced, top-tier lead architects, their consultants provide project-based or staff-augmentation services to design, build and deploy enterprise-class solutions for small to midsize organizations to global enterprises. For more information, visit www.simacloud.com.

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SANTA BARBARA, CA – A new LogicMonitor® survey of nearly 300 industry influencers predicts that enterprises will migrate the majority of their IT workloads from the data center to the cloud by 2020. Fueling this transition will be the 20.8 billion IoT devices Gartner predicts will come online, and the rapid maturation of AI and machine learning technologies. The Future of the Cloud Study also finds that while Amazon holds a dominant leadership position in the public cloud market, Microsoft and Google are closing that gap.

LogicMonitor, the leading SaaS-based performance monitoring platform for Enterprise IT, sponsored the survey, polling both AWS re:Invent attendees and industry analysts, media, consultants and vendor strategists to explore what the landscape for cloud services will look like in 2020. “Our customers continue to ask for guidance in planning their cloud migration strategies,” said Jeff Behl, Chief Product Officer for LogicMonitor. “We designed our survey to gather feedback from some key industry influencers to understand their predictions, and to provide our customers with insights and answers.”


Steady Migration to the Cloud

Survey results confirm that in the short term, 37 percent of all IT workloads will continue to run predominantly on-premises, and 31 percent will run in the public cloud. However, over the next two years, the percentage of premises-based workloads will drop to 27 percent and workloads running in the public cloud will grow to 41 percent with the balance running on private or hybrid clouds. When will 95 percent of all workloads run in the cloud? That’s 10-15 years out but acceleration could pull it in.

The survey asked respondents about the key drivers of this transition: 63 percent cited Digital Transformation followed closely by IT Agility (62 percent) and DevOps (58 percent). This changes dramatically by 2020 when AI and Machine Learning takes the lead followed by IoT.

The Competition Intensifies

Respondents also expect the market to grow increasingly competitive as Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform gain ground on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Gartner’s research shows Amazon holds a 44 percent share of the overall cloud IaaS market, followed by Microsoft at 7 percent, Alibaba, 3 percent and Google trailing at 2 percent today.

Overcoming the Skills Shortage

The third largest public cloud challenge cited by respondents was that IT staff lacks cloud experience. More than a third also cited lack of visibility.

To get ahead of this, Enterprises should make it easy for IT professionals to gain complete situational awareness of all technologies in their IT stack by answering basic questions like:

  • Is the technology working?
  • Is performance meeting SLAs?
  • Is everything within capacity limits?

One way to quickly gain situational awareness is to consider a SaaS-based performance monitoring solution that monitors everything from the data center up to and including cloud services, such as the LogicMonitor platform. “Traditionally, organizations have used various monitoring tools to keep tabs on different parts of their technology,” said Steve Francis, Founder and Chief Evangelist, LogicMonitor. “Organizations really need an end-to-end monitoring solution that automatically monitors both on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure, services and apps to truly understand what’s going on so they can continue to be agile and proactive.”

To view the full report, “Future of the Cloud Study” please visit the LogicMonitor at https://www.logicmonitor.com/resource/the-future-of-the-cloud-a-cloud-influencers-survey.

About LogicMonitor
LogicMonitor® is the leading SaaS-based performance monitoring platform for Enterprise IT. With out-of-the-box coverage for thousands of technologies, LogicMonitor makes it easy to gain granular visibility into infrastructure and application performance. LogicMonitor’s automated device discovery, preconfigured alert thresholds, and rich, customizable dashboards, come together to give IT teams the speed, flexibility, and actionable insights required to succeed in today’s competitive markets.

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PALO ALTO, CA – ScaleGrid, a rising leader in database hosting and management, has just announced shared hosting for their MongoDB management plans on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Their new Shared Cluster plan is immediately available, in addition to their Dedicated Cluster and Bring Your Own Cloud database management plans.

ScaleGrid’s Shared Cluster plan covers an unlimited number of databases and comes with their full suite of premium database management tools, including slow query analysis, alerts, web command line and automated monitoring. Shared Clusters supports MongoDB version 3.4.9 with a 3-node replica set, Snappy Compression and WiredTiger storage engine on cloud provider AWS. Their all-inclusive pricing includes all network, disk, machine and management costs for $10 per GB.


Dharshan Rangegowda, ScaleGrid CEO and Founder shares “we’re very excited to bring our full suite of database management features to our Shared Cluster plan and drive the market forward at a reduced cost.” He continues to explain “one of the greatest benefits of our shared hosting is the ability to enable compression, allowing our customers to significantly save on their hosting costs while retaining high speeds and little to no load on their system.”

These MongoDB Shared Cluster plans are highly-available and hosted in Docker containers. ScaleGrid’s database hosting and management solution also provides dynamic scaling, free backups, and allows its users to retain full admin access to their MongoDB clusters.

ScaleGrid plans to make the shared model available in additional AWS regions in the near future, along with availability on other Cloud providers like Azure and DigitalOcean.

About ScaleGrid
ScaleGrid provides a fully managed Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) solution used by thousands of developers, startups, and enterprise customers including UPS, Dell, and Adobe. The ScaleGrid platform supports MongoDB and Redis on both public and private clouds, including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and DigitalOcean, and handles all your database operations at any scale so you can focus on your product instead of operations.

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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.
See also: Hostway Adds AWS, VMware to Multi-Cloud Managed Services Portfolio
"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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LOS ANGELES – Whether your data traverses the globe or between clouds, there is a business and legal barrier. From a business perspective, different cloud providers have competing goals, so the collaboration of clouds is incompatible.

Governments also regulate the flow information for safety and security reasons. As a result, many governments pay meticulous attention to how information is stored and disseminated. This raises the barriers to entry for companies wanting to expand to sensitive locations.


To overcome the barriers to entry, Zenlayer launched a way to connect cloud servers and data centers around the world, which can be deployed in minutes. The new service is called Zenlink and is now available to all cloud service providers.

Zenlayer allows companies to connect clouds with different geographic locations as well as different cloud providers. Zenlayer uses a dedicated connection to reduce latency and increase security between data centers. This preserves transfer reliability and enables pay-per-use.

Before Zenlink was introduced, companies would take weeks to provision their cloud infrastructure, which would incur heavy service fees to maintain. Now companies can connect their clouds instantly and seamlessly with Zenlink.

About Zenlayer
Zenlayer enables companies to quickly deploy and manage their global infrastructure so that they can globalize their business within minutes. Zenlayer provides hosting and software defined networking services, including bare metal servers, SD-WAN, and edge computing. Zenlayer was founded in 2014 and have expanded to 77 data centers across six continents. Zenlayer is headquartered in Los Angeles and Shanghai with offices in Singapore, Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. At Zenlayer, we believe in powering a better connected world.

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SUNNYVALE, CA – Datrium, the leading provider of Open Converged Infrastructure for hybrid clouds, today announced Datrium Cloud DVX, a cloud-native instance of Datrium DVX that offers recovery services for VMs running in DVX on-premises. Cloud DVX includes global cloud deduplication and provides the simplest and most efficient approach to VM and vDisk level backup and recovery available within a converged or hyperconverged infrastructure system offering.

Adoption of the public cloud for offsite backup and recovery has been a challenge because the size of backup data, the need for regular full backups, and the lack of adequate data reduction limits the economic and practical viability of doing so. According to Gartner1, “Deduplication is the key to reducing cloud storage costs, but most backup software’s cloud connectors do not support deduplication, and other choices are limited to a few cloud gateways and emerging integrated backup appliances with native cloud gateway function.” The report goes on to state, “Deduplication backup target appliances don’t support cloud storage as another tier without running a virtual edition in the cloud, which would incur additional cloud compute costs and more-expensive associated storage.”


Cloud DVX is a port of the DVX software to Amazon Web Services (AWS), and is a natural architectural fit. The first service available on Cloud DVX is a SaaS-based utility that runs on AWS, providing VM and vDisk backup and recovery for on-premise Datrium DVX systems. Beyond as-a-service simplicity, the new service offering delivers breakthrough global cloud deduplication and forever incremental backups to minimize the cost of capacity and network bandwidth. Granular, dedupe-aware recovery also provides accelerated Recovery-Time-Objectives (RTO) versus other AWS S3-based offerings.

Simple Service Sidesteps AWS Learning Curve
Datrium Cloud DVX eliminates the need to learn and setup AWS, deal with EC2 service outages, and manually handle software upgrades. The recovery service provides a simple one-click setup with AWS, then provides backup instance storage and recovery as a SaaS-based offering. As a part of the service, Datrium manages service availability. The service also includes automated software upgrades as well as proactive support related to AWS resources.

Because Datrium Cloud DVX provides direct-to-host restore, the management (and cost) of an additional on-premises backup or cloud gateway device is eliminated, further simplifying public cloud backup and recovery.

Cloud Economics Depend on Global Cloud Deduplication and Forever-Incrementals
Cloud DVX provides global cloud deduplication for AWS S3 across multiple protection groups, multiple on-premises DVX systems, and even across multiple sites. In addition, because Cloud DVX supports forever-incremental backups, no additional full backups are required after initial seeding. The differential, dedupe-aware snapshot backup service means that customers maintain full data efficiency both on-the-wire and at-rest. In addition, because this service supports end-to-end encryption, there is no need to add a separate VPN and related AWS charges.

This massive focus on data and network efficiency means that AWS resources are 65% lower2 and 91% lower versus the S3-based products from hyperconverged and hyperconverged backup vendors, respectively.

“As a financial services company, we need to retain data for up to 25-30 years for parts of our business and have been reliant upon tape to do so,” said Daryl Dressler, Infrastructure Engineer for Intuition LLC. “In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, we needed to recover from tape held at Iron Mountain. However tape deliveries are best effort and with all the flooding that had occurred, the delivery trucks were unable to reach our data center for days. With the dedupe-aware efficiency of Datrium Cloud Backup for AWS, we can cost-effectively deploy it as a tape replacement and significantly reduce recovery time in these situations.”

Fast RTO Depends on Dedupe-Aware Data Retrieval and Direct-to-Host Restore
The combination of dedupe on-the-wire with granular recovery of an individual vDisk, significantly improves recovery time. As an example, recovering a 100GB vDisk in the cloud may require retrieval of just a few gigabytes of data and just seconds, thanks to duplicate data in the local DVX.

Because of the global on-premises and cloud deduplication capabilities of DVX, Cloud DVX provides an RTO more than 2X faster than Nutanix Cloud Connect. In addition, RTO benefits from direct-to-host restore. With independent backup products, data must first be restored to the backup system, fully rehydrated, and incremental backups replayed, before it is copied to the primary system. Because DVX combines Tier 1 application consolidation with built-in data protection offering direct-to-host restore, Cloud DVX delivers 2X faster RTO compared to HCI Backup vendors.

“I was looking for a cost-effective approach to offsite data protection for our research data,” said Jeff Cunningham, Director of Information Systems at the Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) department at the University of Maryland. “Datrium Cloud Backup was so simple to use, but I was interested in profiling the restore speed over our network. When I performed recovery testing, I was blown away – it was virtually instantaneous because Datrium took advantage of the fact that most of the VM data being recovered was already on my local system.”

“Cloud should be the new Iron Mountain, but it’s not. Most cloud backup approaches are still complex, expensive and slow,” said Brian Biles, CEO and Founder of Datrium. “Datrium’s Cloud DVX recovery service is the first approach that really addresses these issues..”

1 Gartner: Is Cloud Storage the New Tape? Pushan Rinnen, Refreshed: 6 January 2017 | Published: 21 March 2016
2 Based on daily snapshots of 40 terabytes of data with a 2% per day change rate over a 1 year period. AWS resources for Datrium were calculated to be $15.5K versus $44.5K and $179K for S3-based HCI and HCI Backup, respectively.

About Datrium
Datrium is the leader in Open Converged Infrastructure for hybrid clouds, a new breed of converged infrastructure that goes beyond hyperconvergence. Datrium converges compute, primary storage and cloud backup for vastly simpler administration, performance and protection of hybrid cloud infrastructure. The company is led by the founders and CTOs from Data Domain and early principal engineers from VMware. For more information, visit www.datrium.com.

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