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Microsoft has announced the general availability of its Accelerated Networking (AN) for Azure virtual machines (VMs). The AN can be used for both Windows and latest distributions of Linux. How does Accelerated Networking work? In AN, the software defined networking (SDN) of Azure is moved from CPUs, into the SmartNICs (smart networking interface) based on FPGA (field programmable gate-array). It enables a single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) to a VM, which lessens the compute cycles by end user applications. Hence, the load on VMs is reduced, along with the decrease in inconsistency in latency. Benefits of Accelerated Networking The Accelerated Networking will speed up the networking throughput of Azure VMs up to 30 Gbps. Low latency Reduced jitter Reduced CPU usage Supported versions AN supports Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter and Windows Server 2016, and these VMs- D/DSv2, D/DSv3, E/ESv3, F/FS, FSv2, and Ms/Mms. AN was available in public preview only till 4th…
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NEW YORK – Ubersmith, an INAP (NASDAQ: INAP) company and a global leader in subscription business management software, today reported another year of progress, including the addition of new customers in 2017 such as Challenger Broadband, Cytranet, Dikaio Design, Element Critical, Evocative, Micro Logic, Micron21, Nodes Direct, ServOnDemand and Voxtell. Demonstrating global demand for Ubersmith’s product, the new customers are based in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, the U.K., United Arab Emirates, China, South Korea and Australia.

Ubersmith is defining a new category called ‘subscription business management’ where customers have a single software suite for billing and related functionality. That is enhanced with Ubersmith’s partner network that delivers complementary payment processing, technologies and services.


“Companies everywhere are looking for ways to transition from traditional billing to recurring billing models that are often based on consumption, and Ubersmith is delivering a product which excels at these types of billing for SaaS companies, service providers and enterprises of all sizes,” said Kurt Daniel, president of Ubersmith. “Now, we’ve got in place new features and an expanded ecosystem of partners with complementary technologies and services that companies anywhere in the world can leverage.”

Product Enhancement
In terms of product development, Ubersmith introduced a hosted version of its software suite so that customers have the convenience of accessing the software without having to install and maintain it on-premises, which reduces their operating costs. This provides customers the option to use either the hosted version or their own version of Ubersmith software on-premises in their data center.

Additional product features added during the year include: an advanced usage-based billing framework; enhanced SureTax integration; self-service trial and installation of Ubersmith’s software suite; an enhanced user interface; and enhanced support for smartphones and tablets. The team also added a new testing partner to complement internal testing of future releases.

Business Expansion
To help better serve its customer base, in 2017 Ubersmith launched its first formal partner program with Authorize.net, Braintree, eBridge Solutions, GlowTouch, R1Soft, Schneider Electric, Thought Engineer, Vantiv, Virtuozzo and Wipro added as new partners.

With additional hires in sales, product marketing and business development to support customers and partners, the company grew and moved to a larger headquarters office in midtown New York City next to Bryant Park.

Ubersmith also participated in industry events, including 451 Research Group’s Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit, HostingCon, IMN Data Center & Cloud Services Forum and, for the first time, sponsored WHD.global in Germany and Cloud Expo Asia in Singapore.

About Ubersmith
Ubersmith is a global leader in subscription business management software for organizations of all sizes. The company’s suite of usage-based billing, quoting, order management, infrastructure management and help desk ticketing solutions is integrated, open and scalable. Hundreds of companies around the world rely on Ubersmith to better serve their customers, better run their businesses, shorten time-to-market and boost overall efficiency. For more info, please visit https://ubersmith.com.

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LONDON, UK – A new, international study jointly commissioned by WP Engine and Manifesto and conducted by Vanson Bourne explores which content management system (CMS) technologies are used most commonly by enterprises and discovers what benefits these organisations derive from using multiple CMSs. “WordPress Success Among Enterprise CMSs” study surveyed over 300 enterprise-level IT and marketing decision makers in the U.S. and U.K. The majority (61 percent) of the respondents worked for organisations with at least 3,000 employees and on average came from organisations whose global revenue totaled $3.2 billion. The survey found WordPress is on par with Adobe Experience Manager as the most frequently used CMS in either a primary or secondary fashion. Further, WordPress was the leading secondary CMS.

A near unanimity (93 percent) of respondents believe that there are multiple benefits to having a secondary CMS. Those benefits include faster time to market, ease of use, agility and the ability to experiment and customise quickly. Among WordPress users, as either their primary or secondary CMS, the benefits of using WordPress ranged from scalability, a robust ecosystem, quicker time to market and better analytics and security to the increasing availability of skilled WordPress developers. Not surprisingly, WordPress was the most popular secondary CMS due to the fact that it is open source software and consequently is better able to integrate and work well with other content management systems like Adobe and Sitecore.


“Enterprise companies are seeing the intrinsic benefits of using multiple CMSs to help run their business,” said Mary Ellen Dugan, Chief Marketing Officer at WP Engine. “The decision to go with more than one CMS is most often made at the executive level, proving the strategic value that multiple CMS deliver to an enterprise. The results showed that WordPress is already a top platform with clear benefits from both an integration and agility standpoint. In the future, the study shows WordPress expanding its market share to provide exceptional digital experiences with greater agility, with greater ease of use and faster time to market.”

The following are key findings from the study. Click on the following links to learn more about the results, register for the webinar and download a copy of the white paper and infographic.

• The rise of multiple CMSs: 53 percent of respondents said their organisation uses two or more CMSs. Of those who are using more than one CMS, the decision maker is most often (46 percent) an executive in the company, proving it is a strategic decision for the enterprise.
• Most popular CMSs: Adobe and WordPress: Adobe Experience Manager is the most commonly used CMS (60 percent), with WordPress a close second (57 percent). The next most popular CMS was Sitecore CMS coming in a distant third (22 percent).
• WordPress popularity by vertical: WordPress is the most likely used CMS across several verticals including both retail (73 percent) and business services/consulting (63 percent) organisations.
• Primary and secondary CMSs: Adobe (44 percent) and WordPress (36 percent) led the list of primary CMSs. WordPress was the leading (20 percent) secondary CMS.
• WordPress as a secondary CMS: Where WordPress is being used as a secondary CMS it brings clear benefits to the enterprise consisting of better publishing capability (54 percent), agility (53 percent), experimentation (53 percent) and customisation/personalisation (51 percent).
• Dual CMS usage expected to rise: Respondents plan to use additional CMSs (41 percent); and for organisations not already using a CMS, more enterprises indicated they will select WordPress than any other system (22 percent).
• Which departments are selecting WordPress CMS: Marketing (71 percent) led the list of departments choosing to use WordPress as their CMS, followed by IT (61 percent) and Sales (44 percent).
• How is WordPress as a CMS being used: WordPress is most likely to be used for an organisation’s corporate website (64 percent), brand or product website (59 percent) and eCommerce (46 percent).

“Our respondents identified clear benefits to using multiple CMSs and the value it brings to their organisation,” said Chloe Byrne, Research Consultant with Vanson Bourne. “WordPress was easily one of the top CMSs in our survey. Looking ahead, of those respondents with only one CMS currently, more than a third (37 percent) plan to expand within a year, and the data suggests WordPress is expected to be their top choice.”

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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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Microsoft, at KubeCon in Austin, Texas, announced two new open-source projects for serverless containers and Kubernetes-native DevOps, making it easier for developers to do more with Azure and Kubernetes. Virtual Kubelet and Open Service Broker for Azure (OSBA), the new open source projects, are built upon the existing services of Microsoft. Virtual Kubelet Virtual Kubelet is a new version of Azure Container Instances (ACI) Connector for Kubernetes, which Microsoft had released in July this year on an experimental basis. It offers the per-second billing model, suited to handle short-term usage fluctuations. The Virtual Kubelet comes with a pluggable architecture that supports several runtimes. It integrates existing features of Kubernetes connector and enables users to target ACI or any equivalent runtime, empowering developers with serverless containers. The container hosting company, Hyper.sh, is joining in as a contributor to the project. James Kulina, Chief Operating Officer of…
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LONDON – A new, national study commissioned by WP Engine and conducted by the Centre for Generational Kinetics explores the mindset, preferences, and expectations of Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers for their current and future digital experiences. “The Future of Digital Experiences” study, which surveyed 1,005 people in the EU ages 14 – 59, found that for Generation Z – those born from 1996 to the present – the digital experience is their human experience. These digital natives expect to have constant access to the online world and want their digital experiences to be free, secure, authentic, transparent and personalised.

Unlike their predecessors, who use the internet mainly to source information, the research found that 86 percent of Gen Z rely on the internet primarily for social media and entertainment, demonstrating a marked shift from “inform me” to “entertain me.” Where prior generations saw function or utility, Gen Z sees fun, connection and emotion. For them, there is no “online” or “internet.” Gen Z doesn’t distinguish whether they are online, on an app, in a social network’s platform or walking around with their mobile phone. To this generation, the digital world is ubiquitous and blends seamlessly with the real world- they price shop in stores, they hang out with their loved ones while waiting on line and they watch their favourite shows together with thousands of friends.


The expectation is not just that the web will play an increasingly larger role in their life, but that it is, and will continue to be, an absolutely integral part of their life. For example, 51 percent of Gen Z believes that in five years the internet will determine what they do on a daily basis, 38 percent believes their online reputation will determine their dating options, and a surprising 68 percent believes that online actions, including social media posts and past purchases, will affect future job offers. 58 percent of Gen Z even said that they predict internet usage will be as accurate for understanding whether a person gets a loan as their credit score.

The following are key findings from the study. Visit https://wpengine.com/gen-z-eu to learn more about the results and download a copy of the white paper and infographic.

• Digital Dependence v. Boomer Indifference: Gen Z doesn’t just view the digital world differently; they are more dependent on it than previous generations. 22 percent of Gen Z can’t go for more than one hour without the internet while 33 percent of Boomers can go two or more days without it. Another 39 percent of Gen Z says they could only comfortably go without online access for 2-8 hours. In other words, 61 percent of Gen Z can’t go more than eight hours without being online.
• This Time It’s Personal: Gen Z is 25 percent more likely than other generations to provide personal information to gain a more predictive, personalised online experience. In five years, 47 percent of Gen Z believe that websites will know what you are looking for before you tell them. 32 percent of Gen Z would stop visiting a website if it didn’t anticipate what they needed, liked or wanted. In addition, 41 percent of Gen Z believes that in the next five years websites will become more human in experience by exhibiting personalised emotions when you visit and interact with them.
• Virtually There: 45 percent of Gen Z believe virtual reality will be adopted within three years or less. 76 percent believe that the way we interact with the internet will change significantly. Biometrics, predictive technologies, voice and gestures are all predicted to replace typing on a singular device. For Gen Z, technology isn’t a tool for productivity, rather it’s a door to empathy.
• Authentically Yours: Authenticity on the internet is a significant factor for Gen Z. 41 percent of Gen Z needs to trust that people online are who they say they are and reviews come from real customers who purchased the product and aren’t incentivized. Conversely, 72 percent of Boomers want secure payments online and are less concerned with authenticity.
• Safe and Secure: With so many generational differences, one area where all generations resoundingly agree is with the need for safer, more secure digital experiences. Three of the top five things that all respondents want most from the web are better blocking from malware, more protection from fraud or ID theft and better authenticity around the trustworthiness of a website. However Gen Z takes this a step further. Gen Z is over 25 percent more likely than Boomers and Gen X to choose a digital world where websites or apps can predict and provide what users need at all times over one where a person is completely anonymous and has to make multiple manual selections. Gen Z is transitioning from fearful to fearless, because they see security as an enabler of better, more engaging online experiences.

“For Gen Z, there is an expectation that just about everything will either move online or go away completely,” said Mary Ellen Dugan, Chief Marketing Officer at WP Engine. “This presents an incredible opportunity for companies targeting their business and makes a brand’s digital face to the world – their website – the single most important place to express their purpose and deliver value. To effectively reach this younger generation, a brand’s digital experience needs to deliver value by establishing an ongoing dialogue with these stakeholders in an authentic, personalised and secure way. Anything less will be dismissed in 8 seconds or less.”

Added Jason Dorsey, President at The Centre for Generational Kinetics, “Gen Z already influences tens of billions of dollars in annual spending and will soon be the driver of every major consumer trend. In fact, it’s predicted that by 2020, Gen Z will be 40 percent of all consumers. Brands that can’t adapt to the unique needs and behaviour of these true digital and mobile natives are likely to fade into obsolescence and miss out on their incredible purchasing power.”

Gen Z is a large, increasingly influential group with a relationship to technology unlike any previous generation. In fact, their human experience is their digital experience, and they are dependent upon it. Gen Z has never known a time devoid of online access and they depend on it for entertainment over information. They also crave authenticity in all aspects of these digital experiences, and see security enabling better, more personalised interactions. Gen Z believes the future will be personal, with connected appliances and devices and uniformly personalised experiences across websites, apps, and platforms. This presents a huge opportunity to connect with them – in more human, more secure, more predictive and more personalised ways than ever before.

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