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VMware, Pivotal, Google Team Up in Container Service

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VMware announces a partnership with Pivotal and Google at VMworld-- one with a focus on containers, specifically through a new service dubbed Pivotal Container Service (PKS).

Pivotal Container ServiceAccording to the 3 companies, PKS simplifies the creation, deplyment and management of container project at scale. Each company brings something to the table, since Google provides the Kubernetes container orchestration tool, Pivotal adds the Cloud Foundry Platform as a Service (PaaS) and VMware ties everything with a final management layer.

Pivotal also gets final naming rights, explaining the admittedly confusing PKS acronym. Either way, the result is "production-ready Kubernetes" running on VMware vSphere and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). It is based on Kubo, the open-source container management system developed by Google and Pivotal, and provides a container development environment on Cloud Foundry. A VMware layer provides the management of the entire container lifecycle.

Infosys and MongoDB Join Migration Forces

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Next-generation MongoDB bolsters its existing partnership with outsourcing specialist Infoysys to launch a mainframe offloading solution complementing their existing application modernisation offering.

Legacy mainframe"For decades, mainframes have been used to store business-critical data. However, they are increasingly unable to optimally handle the scale and complexity of modern applications, especially in a cost effective way," MongoDB says. "Infosys has been helping the largest enterprises in the world strategically transform their business through application modernisation with MongoDB. Our joint mainframe offload solution will further enable enterprises to migrate the data for new, flexible applications off legacy systems while keeping the mainframe utilised for what it was originally designed for."

Juniper Buys Cyphort

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Juniper boosts its Sky advanced threat prevention (ATP) through the acquisition of Cyphort, a startup specialised in security analytics for advanced threat defense.

Juniper networksFinancial details of the deal are not available.

Cyphort offers an open-architecture platform complete with a machine learning-powered analytics engine. It integrates with existing security tools to help mid-size and large enterprises find threats able to bypass first-line security efforts. Post-acquisition, Cyphort technology will be integrated in both cloud and on-premises Sky offerings.

Google Intros Tiered Cloud

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Google announces Network Service Tiers Alpha-- a first tiered cloud offering from the company, with different pricing depending on whether the customer wants either higher performance or lower costs.

Google WallThe Premium tier delivers traffic over a private fibre network with over 100 points of presence (POPs) across the globe, making it what Google claims is the largest of any public cloud provider. The network promises to be highly redundant to ensure high availability, with at least 3 independent paths between any two locations to ensure traffic is unaffected by a single fibre cut.

Another Premium feature is Global Load Balancing, with the management simplicity of a single anycast IPv4 or IPv6 VIP, seamless expansion across regions, and overflow or fail over to other regions.

Econocom to Buy Aciernet?

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According to a document uploaded on the website of French competition regulator Autorité de la concurrence, Belgian VAR Econocom plans to acquire French infrastructure specialist Aciernet.

Econocom"In accordance with Article L 430-3 of the French Commercial Code, Econocom SE proposes to acquire sole control of Aciernet SAS in the services sector," the document reads.

Founded in 2001, Aciernet is an infrastructure specialist in networking and datacentre integration and services. It is based in the suburbs of Paris and counts the likes of Cisco, EMC, Arista, Arbor Networks, Palo Alto and Fortinet as partners.

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