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SAN FRANCISCO – Docker announced the Windows Server Application Migration Program, the best and only way to containerize and secure legacy Windows Server applications in advance of the end-of-support deadline for Microsoft Windows Server 2008. With industry-leading Docker Enterprise 2.1 and best-in-class tools and services specifically designed for Windows Server application migration, customers can quickly and easily migrate and modernize legacy Windows applications while driving continuous innovation across any application, anywhere.

With a large percentage of Windows Server applications still running on Windows Server 2003 or 2008, companies that postpone migrating legacy applications and systems are vulnerable to security risks and a higher cost of maintenance. Traditional methods such as upgrading the underlying operating system or migrating applications on to new systems or the cloud, require significant resources and only serves to add to the existing technical debt. Docker’s new program helps organizations seamlessly migrate legacy applications with the only container platform capable of containerizing Windows Server applications. Additionally, enterprise customers can take advantage of services and tools that leverage Docker’s experience in application migrations to quickly discover, containerize and migrate Windows Server applications with immediate cost savings.


“The majority of our legacy product portfolio at Mitchell runs on Windows Server. We sought a solution that would allow us to containerize all of our applications so we could reap the benefits of DevOps, increase portability and align operational modalities across the board,” said Marius Domean, Director R&D, Mitchell International. “Only Docker Enterprise was able to provide us with a robust, enterprise-grade solution that enables us to transform our legacy application stacks while reducing operational costs, minimizing our footprint of thousands of virtual machines and allowing us to adopt a hybrid cloud hosting architecture.”

Docker Enterprise 2.1: The Only Platform for Containerizing Windows Server Applications

Docker Enterprise is the leading enterprise-ready container platform that provides companies the choice, agility and security needed to efficiently build and manage their entire application portfolio, while reducing overall costs by more than 50 percent. The latest release, Docker Enterprise 2.1, enables organizations to easily migrate and modernize legacy Windows Server applications while driving continuous innovation across any application, anywhere. New features of Docker Enterprise 2.1 include:

Improved performance and compatibility for Windows Server Applications: updated support for Windows Server 2016, 1709, 1803 and 20191 in addition to smaller image sizes, improved compatibility and expanded networking options.
Greater insights and availability with out-of-the-box dashboards: new dashboards and management console including health status visibility and deeper service and platform benefits.
Enhanced security and compliance: support for industry standard security and authentication including SAML 2.0 authentication and the cryptographic modules in Docker Engine – Enterprise have been validated against FIPS 140-2 standards for both Windows and Linux.

“Because we have been working with customers on Windows Server containers from the beginning, Docker has a proven model for migrating and modernizing legacy Windows Server applications quickly and cost-effectively to any infrastructure, on-premises or in the cloud,” said Scott Johnston, Chief Product Officer for Docker. “Windows Server customers come to us for help designing a container strategy for their legacy applications that will help mitigate end of support issues. Through this program many customers experience a 50 percent reduction in the total cost of ownership (TCO) of applications using Docker Enterprise, freeing up budget for strategic IT initiatives such as cloud migration or edge computing.”

Industry-proven Services and Purpose-built Tooling Automates and Accelerates Application Conversion

The Docker program includes a new service offering based on the experience of proven methodologies from Docker’s Modernize Traditional Application (MTA) program and from working with enterprises like Mitchell International on migrating applications using Docker Enterprise. As part of the services engagement, customers will be able to accelerate discovery and conversion using Docker Application Converter, a tool that automatically scans systems for target applications and speeds up the conversion process by automatically creating Docker artifacts.

Additionally, customers will have access to Docker Certified Infrastructure which automates implementation and configuration best practices for integrating containers into enterprise IT infrastructure like VMware vSphere, Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. When combined with Docker’s expertise, organizations will have a “blueprint” for future migration projects and new application development.

Foundation for Continuous Innovation
Once implemented, the Docker Enterprise container platform and methodologies enable organizations to both modernize existing applications and adopt new technologies based on business requirements and customer needs. With Docker Enterprise, companies can standardize the software platform and adopt new technology stacks and architectures without changing how the organization operates – whether applications are cloud native applications, AI or edge computing workloads. Traditional application migration techniques lock companies into a specific infrastructure or operating system. With Docker Enterprise, organizations have a secure repeatable model that doesn’t lock into a specific infrastructure or cloud, enabling companies to modernize applications and adopt new technologies as business requirements evolve.

About Docker
Docker, the leader in the container platform market, enables developers and IT operations to build, secure and manage applications without technology or infrastructure lock in. By bringing together traditional applications and microservices built on Windows, Linux and mainframe under one operating model, Docker’s container platform enables the world’s largest companies to accelerate key digital initiatives including cloud migration, application modernization and edge computing. For more information, please visit: https://www.docker.com.

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OVERLAND PARK, KS – Responding to increasing demand for hybrid IT solutions requiring secure, multi-cloud environments, QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of software-defined and mega-scale data center solutions today announced availability of private connectivity via Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute from QTS data centers in 12 major markets.

QTS’ expanding portfolio of direct, private connectivity solutions includes access to five of the world’s largest cloud providers ensuring high-throughput, and low-latency access over a single interface.


Via Azure ExpressRoute, QTS provides customers with private access that ensures the reliability and performance of critical enterprise applications running within Microsoft Azure. By effectively bypassing public Internet routes, QTS is able to lower latency and improve network security and availability. This is particularly important for enterprises creating or expanding hybrid IT environments that require secure access to public and private cloud resources.

Customers within QTS facilities can now take advantage of fast, reliable connectivity to Azure making it ideal for scenarios such as data migration, replication for business continuity, disaster recovery, and other high-availability strategies. It is also a cost-effective option for transferring large amounts of data, such as datasets for high-performance computing applications, or moving large virtual machines between environments in Azure and on-premises production environments.

QTS’ innovative software-defined data center platform (SDP) serves as the foundation of QTS’ connectivity platform that enables automated provisioning and access to public and private cloud solutions. Using SDP, customers can view and manage their hybrid connectivity in real-time. This software-defined data center approach increases visibility while reducing deployment time for network administrators and engineers.

“QTS is pleased to offer Microsoft Azure customers a secure, software-defined networking experience that facilitates deployment and expansion of their hybrid colocation initiatives,” said Clint Heiden, Chief Revenue Officer, QTS. “QTS is focused on providing a variety of options for direct public cloud access that optimize performance, reliability, efficiency and cost.”

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute is initially available in QTS data centers in Phoenix, AZ; Chicago, IL; Ashburn, VA; Suwanee, GA and Atlanta, GA; Irving, TX; Piscataway, NJ; Richmond, VA; Santa Clara, CA; Miami, FL; Sacramento, CA; Jersey City, NJ; and Overland Park, KS.

About QTS
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of data center solutions across a diverse footprint spanning more than 6 million square feet of owned mega scale data center space throughout North America. Through its software-defined technology platform, QTS is able to deliver secure, compliant infrastructure solutions, robust connectivity and premium customer service to leading hyperscale technology companies, enterprises, and government entities.

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Oracle has rolled out yet another database offering to its Autonomous Database portfolio. Called Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database, it is a self-driving database cloud service targeted for developers. Autonomous NoSQL Database will be delivered as a fully managed service which has been designed to handle NoSQL applications requiring low latency, data model flexibility, and elastic scaling. These kind of NoSQL applications can include UI personalization, online fraud detection, gaming, shopping carts, etc. Powered by machine learning and automation capabilities, the new offering will be a convenient answer to the workloads that need fast and predictable responses to simple operations. It comes with APIs which will allow developers to focus on application development, rather than managing servers, storage expansion, cluster deployments, software installation, and backup. Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database will automatically allocate the resources required to meet dynamic workload needs,…
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At the Ignite conference in Florida, Microsoft is hosting more than 30,000 attendees this week. The tech giant made plenty of announcements at its massive tech event. In fact, the number of news is this much high that Microsoft had to provide a booklet of around 27 pages to the press. This post covers few of the most significant announcements from the Microsoft Ignite 2018, including partnership of Microsoft, Adobe and SAP, preview of SQL Server 2019, password-less sign-in to Azure AD, and more. Highlights from Microsoft Ignite 2018: 1. Open Data Initiative by Adobe, Microsoft and SAP Most of the organizations rely on software and services by Microsoft, Adobe and SAP. These services are used for product development, operations, finances, marketing, sales, human resources etc. At Ignite, these companies joined forces to empower their mutual customers with the Open Data Initiative. The aim of Open Data Initiative is to break the data silos and enable a single view of the customers. This…
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South Bend, IN – HostColor.com (HC), a web hosting provider since 2000 has recently launched a new service named Managed Website which includes technical and system administration. The difference between regular self-managed Web Hosting and the Managed Website is, that the first one is a do-it-yourself service. The owners of a self-managed web hosting accounts usually receive login credentials for a their control panel and account management system. The controls panel is used for configuration and automation of various services such as http/https, email, antispasmodic, antivirus, databases, ftp, storage space and others, delivered from a shared server environment.

What is Managed Website?

Managed Website is an IT hosting service that uses the same technology environment as the self-managed web hosting. There is one major difference, however. The Managed Website comes with a technical and system administration. This means that the website owners no longer need to learn how control panels and all other website services work, in order to be able to configure them to their custom settings.


In other words, the Managed Website makes possible for the individuals and small business owners to save a lot of time by outsourcing all technical workloads to Host Color. All HC Managed Website Hosting plans feature 1 hour of technical and system administration by default. The website owners can extend the managed service on demand.

“The average site owner who manages a website based on the most popular LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQWL, PHP) server environment, usually spends between 8 and 16 hours per month on technical administration. Those are numbers which we have received from a survey, we have conducted among our clients who use the Self-Managed Web Hosting services”, says Dani Stoychev an Operations Manager at HostColor.com. He has also added that a lot of people who spend more than 8 hours per month working with the cPanel control panel and on the backend of their websites, usually like doing that and this is the main reason for them to deal with a technical administration. “Still, there are many small business owners who simply do not calculate the time spend on managing their websites and hosting accounts. At the end of the month many of them usually find that they have lost 10 hours on average on dealing with technical issues, instead of spending more time on developing and growing their business”, adds the HC Operations Manager.

The main reason for Host Color to announce the Managed Web Hosting service is that website technology frameworks have become much more complex and people no longer deal with a handful of technologies such as HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP and few others. Most content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress, Drupal and Joomla have grown into whole ecosystems. In order to manage properly any live versions of websites, anyone needs to have a specific operational knowledge and experience on server-side installations.

Those who create and manage websites need a complex knowledge on Linux OS, web servers, databases, various Open Source frameworks, hosting automation control panels, CMS and various platforms and applications. Even the web designers and digital agencies who usually specialize in building websites on certain CMS, aren’t usually familiar with the server-side workloads, website maintenance and troubleshooting.

“There are 3 major reasons the website management work to be shifted to the infrastructure providers”, says Dimitar Avramov, the CEO of HC. “Web hosting companies are open 24/7; Their Support teams have the knowledge to manage live versions of the websites; Managed web hosting providers charge less for maintenance than the digital agencies.”

HC has listed five different Managed Website plans on tis website. Each of them features different amount of computing resources. However, all of them come with “1 hour of Managed Service” per month. The company’s customers can add as many hours of technical and system administration as they need by paying a reasonably low per-hour fee. There are also monthly Managed service packages available at special pricing for commitment of 4 hours or above.

The Managed Website includes a Domain Validated SSL certificate, a dedicated IP address, a certain number of hosted websites, an enterprise-grade SSD storage with build-in data protection, an uptime monitoring and most importantly an onsite SEO service (website and content analysis). The HC customers have the flexibility to use and subscribe for the Managed Website hosting service on monthly basis.

About Host Color
Host Color- AS46873 – is a web hosting provider since 2000. It operates a fully-redundant, 100% uptime network and peers to more than 70 quality Internet networks and ISPs. The company is also a Cloud Computing service provider and delivers Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud servers from various data centers across North America. Its main data center is based out of South Bend, Indiana, 90 miles from Chicago. HC also provides disaster recovery, Colocation and Dedicated Hosting in Europe through Host Color Europe.

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Google Cloud is granting $9 million cloud credit to Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) for further development of Kubernetes and empower the community. Kubernetes, the open-source orchestration system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications, has grown incredibly in usage since Google launched it in 2014. Currently, it is used by nearly 54% of Fortune 100 businesses in some capacity. The developers use containers widely nowadays as it allows them to create one version of software that can run on many operating systems and servers. Google has now started transferring ownership and management of the Kubernetes’s cloud resources to CNCF community contributors. The $9 million grant of Google Cloud Platform credits has been divided over the three years to cover the infrastructure costs related to Kubernetes development and distribution. It will include running the continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines and delivering…
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