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Microsoft Joins Cloud Foundry

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Microsoft Joins Cloud Foundry

The Cloud Foundry Summit hosts a surprise announcement-- Microsoft is a Gold Member of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, the group taking care of the open-source platform-as-a-service (PaaS) originally developed by VMware.

The foundation already counts a number of big names, including Cisco, Dell EMC, IBM, SUSE and SAP, whose Platinum membership puts them on a tier above Microsfot. In the Gold ranks are the likes of SAS, GE Digital, Huawei, Capgemini and Google. The search giant in fact joined Cloud Foundry last year in a bid to make its cloud platform more open.

“Microsoft and the Cloud Foundry community are deeply aligned around our mutual understanding of enterprise business and technical requirements, and our commitment to help organizations modernize their applications without vendor lock-in," Microsoft says. "By joining the Cloud Foundry Foundation, we will be able to work with members to contribute to Foundation initiatives and bring a wider range of solutions to Microsoft Azure for our customers and the community.”

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Tech Data Intros SMB Cloud on Azure

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Tech Data Intros SMB Cloud on Azure

Tech Data launches a cloud-based solution on Microsoft Azure designed for SMB customers-- the Small Business Cloud Server, a scalable IT platform promising to be flexible, cost-effective, and easy to deploy and manage.

The services comes in 3 sizes, 1-6 users, 7-20 users and 40+ users. Resellers get detailed monthly usage and billing information via the StreamOne cloud provisioning and billing platform, and one can also set usage thresholds and limits if required. The Small Business Cloud Server package includes with a Microsoft Azure virtual machine, Microsoft Office 365 (Exchange, Office and SharePoint), backup, storage, VPN functionality and optional remote desktop capability.

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Gartner: Cloud-Based Security to Grow 21% in 2017

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Gartner: Cloud-Based Security to Grow 21% in 2017

The global cloud-based security service market will continue seeing strong growth in 2017, Gartner reports-- the market reaches $5.9 billion this year, a 21% increase over 2016.

Overall cloud-based security growth is above the total information security market, and as such the analyst forecasts it will reach "close" to $9bn by 2020. Driving such growth are mainstream services addressing security information and event management (SIEM) and access management (IAM), while emerging offerings such as threat intelligence enablement, cloud-based malware sandboxes, cloud-based data encryption, endpoint protection management, threat intelligence and web application firewalls (WAFs) are among the fastest-growing.

Also driving growth are SMBs-- such companies are increasingly aware of security threats. They also see the cloud as a means to reduce costs, especially for powering and cooling hardware-based security equipment and datacentre floor space.

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Aruba Kicks Off Milan Datacentre

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Aruba Kicks Off Milan Datacentre

Aruba opens the first phase of what it claims will be the largest datacentre campus in Italy-- the IT3 Global Cloud Data Centre located in Ponte San Pietro, around 40km outside of Milan.

The site covers 210000 square-metres of indoor space, but has buildings in need of either revamping or destruction. Its first facility, dubbed DC-A, is already operational and can support 4MW of equipment, of which 3MW are currently in use. At full capacity, it can be built out to hold 15MW, while the campus in full has the potential to carry loads up to 90MW.

IT3 is the 3rd for Aruba, and the 7th in total. The company says it will offer dedicated server space for large companies, public administrators, IT operators, SMEs, system integrators and telcos, as well as cloud infrastructure solutions of the disaster recover, business continuity, routing and hardware supply variety. Non-European companies and providers will also be able to host data locally, in compliance with GDPR regulations.

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Elastic Intros Elastic Cloud Enterprise

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Elastic Intros Elastic Cloud Enterprise

Elastic, the company behind Elasticsearch and the Elastic Stack, announces Elastic Cloud Enterprise (ECE)-- an infrastructure bundling the Elastic toolset for use with Elastic Stack.

According to the company, ECE allows enterprises to centralise the management, monitoring and provisioning of multiple Elastic Stack clusters. It also allows the deployment of X-Pack features, such as security, alerting, monitoring, graph, reporting and machine learning, as well as the running of Elasticsearch, Kibana and X-Pack on physical hardware, virtual environments, private clouds, a private zone in a public cloud, or a public cloud such as Google Cloud, Azure or AWS.

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