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Microsoft and Red Hat unite to help enterprises adopt containers easily for enhanced cloud experience

Microsoft and Red Hat announced a partnership recently which focuses on Red hat’s OpenShift container platform supporting Windows Server containers – a container technology of Microsoft, used for operating Windows applications in containers. This includes Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated on Microsoft Azure, Windows Server containers on Red Hat OpenShift and SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift. With the move, the companies joint focus will be to help enterprises get better agility and drive digital transformation with hybrid cloud. This will enable more and more enterprises to lift their workloads from Windows server and take them to containers to modernize their development workflows. “Alongside Microsoft, Red Hat is providing a way for organizations to make techn...

Despite revenue decline, Cisco fights back with new acquisition and plans for product extensions

Cisco Systems Inc. recently announced its intent to buy Springpath Inc, leading hyperconvergence software provider for $320 Million in cash. The decision came few days after the computer networking giant announced its fourth quarter earnings report of a declining revenue base. Total revenue was down 4% recorded at $12.41 billion. The revenue from many of its products was considerably low (5% down). The primary products revenue was down in the fourth quarter, while services saw an increase by 1%. Security and wireless offerings recorded 3% and 5% upsurge. While other revenue sources were all in the decline, including switching and routing (9% down year-over-year). Reportedly, analysts said that they don’t expect much improvement to the business in coming quarters, but the company can perfor...

Equinix to expand footprint in Asia Pacific with its fifth data center in Hong Kong

Equinix recently announced launching its fifth International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Hong Kong in Q4 2017. The US $32 million facility, also known as HK5, is located at Tseung Kwan O, in close proximity to submarine landing stations and financial data center hubs. This strategic placement of HK5 among growing data center cluster will help it meet interconnection demands from organizations in the financial services and others. It will provide customers with high security, compliance and operational excellence and comes with disaster preparedness and robust reliability. Upon completion, the eight-storey HK5 with 48,000 square feet of colocation space will add 1,200 cabinets to the Equinix’s footprint in the city of Hong Kong. Equinix currently runs four data centers in H...

Docker announces new Enterprise Edition to facilitate application modernization

Docker Inc. recently introduced the general availability of Docker Enterprise Edition. The new release puts Docker in the lead to bring first of its kind Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS) solution in the market. It also extended support to include IBM Z and Windows Server 2016. The new solution will have Linux, Windows and Linux-based mainframe applications to give maximum benefits to the users. Docker EE has the capability to combine different Linux and Windows application into one single platform with complete flexibility and control, broad range application support and end-to-end automated software supply chain. With this, organizations can now easily include Docker EE into their existing processes and workflows. It is the only solution that modernizes Windows, Linux and mainframe applicat...

Docker raises fund to fuel its container business

Docker Inc. – the software containers firm, is raising funds to increase company’s valuation to 1.3 billion. Reportedly, the company will raise $75M funds in its latest funding round. The Company is planning to invest portion of the capital on building a sales and marketing team which would be focused towards large organizations. Docker is the leading name in container space and helps software developers build and run software programs more efficiently. The container technology empowers developers by allowing them build isolated and independent spaces that can be stored in the cloud. This move, will help the firm to boost company’s effort to commercialize its open-source container engine. Industry report states that there will be more management level changes in the firm. The f...

AWS joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation to support open-source containerization projects

Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently announced joining Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a Platinum member. The news broke out exactly two weeks after its arch competitor Microsoft made news by signing up with CNCF as a platinum member. By making this move, AWS confirms its commitment to support open-source projects that help developers build applications and easily run them on AWS or other supporting cloud platforms. “As the largest cloud provider, AWS brings years of experience in enabling enterprises to successfully adopt cloud computing and enormous expertise in cloud native technologies,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. He added further, “We are honored to have AWS join CNCF as a platinum member, and believe that their participation ...

Donuts Registry raises $110 million to acquire one-time competitor Rightside Group

Domain Registry Firm – Donuts Inc. recently raised $110 million fund from Silicon Valley Bank, a division of SVB Financial Group, to support its move to acquire Rightside Groups Ltd. Earlier in June 2017, the two companies had announced entering into an agreement for merger under which Donuts will acquire Rightside for $10.60 per share, approximately $213MM in cash. With the $110 credit facility extended by SVB, and participating banks, including N.A., Pacific Western Bank, Cadence Bank, Umpqua Bank and Comerica Bank, Donuts completed its merger with the Rightside Group and has enough funding for its other corporate purposes. Donuts chief executive officer, Bruce Jaffe, said, “We are delighted to partner with Silicon Valley Bank and are gratified by the enthusiastic response fr...

Digital core and edge computing technologies can help in building the datacenter of tomorrow

Digital Transformation (DX) has resulted in an increase in the data volume generated by the organizations. Huge expansion of data can be seen across a wide range of industry verticals, including healthcare, biotech, energy, IoT (Internet of Things), automotive, telecom, consumer electronics, manufacturing, gaming, entertainment, space exploration, cyber-security and more. This has led to an increase in the data storage requirements and hence, there’s an increasing pressure that the data centers must evolve to accommodate the demands of the new-world organizations. Now, when the industries evolve, there are a number of new industry specific terms that are coined and become a part of day to day industry terminology. One such term that has been heard lately a lot in the datacenter industry is...

A quick comparison of Machine Learning platforms of Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM

Gone are the days when a machine needed a precise set of instructions to complete a task. With the Machine Learning (ML) technology, today’s machines have become smarter. Now they can learn patterns, draw inferences and behave in a set manner. Machine learning takes birth from pattern recognition and the idea that the machines can utilize data to learn by identifying patterns in it and eventually make predictions in the future based on the previously identified pattern, without being programmed. It can be better understood as augmented intelligence – a combination of human and machine capabilities. It’s not a new concept, but has gained momentum recently. It actually dates to the 80s and 90s, though at that time, it was not highly advanced. The advent of big and unstructured da...

Microsoft strengthens its position in the evolving container space with ACI Service

Microsoft is swiftly but strategically contributing to open-source projects to strengthen its position in the cloud market. Recently, the cloud juggernaut announced two new game-changing decisions – introduction of Azure Container Instances (ACI) to drive innovation in the container space and joining Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) that’s hosted by The Linux Foundation as a platinum member, as a part of Microsoft’s continued engagement with the education and open-source community at large. The new Azure service will provide users to instantly access containers allowing them to build applications quickly, without requiring any Virtual Machine infrastructure management. ACI is a unique, easy and fast service in the cloud as the container will start within seconds and wil...

Microsoft’s new addition to Blockchain-as-a-Service to improve its utility for enterprises

Microsoft recently introduced Enterprise Smart Contracts to make it easier for enterprises to build powerful blockchain applications. Two years back, the company launched Azure “Blockchain-as-a-Service.” The goal was to give developers an environment to build useful apps using blockchain. Blockchain is a technology that stores bitcoin or other cryptocurrency transactions and acts as a digital ledger. It interests the banking and finance sectors, who can use it for secure and private transactions. Since the launch of Blockchain as a service, Microsoft was trying to understand what else customers needed to build applications. In a blog, Marley Gray, Principal Program Manager, Azure Blockchain Engineering said, “Our customers and partners often say to us – Ok, you’ve made it easy for me...

IoT helps CIOs and CTOs unlock new revenue opportunities from existing products and services

25% senior business leaders said that the use of IoT in their business is sparking a new wave of innovation due to the vast set of insightful data; 22% told that IoT is helping them unlock new revenue opportunities from current products and services. This and more such findings were revealed in Internet of Things Business Index,2017 study by The Economist Intelligence Unit. The study mirrored the business plans of 825 senior business leaders. Amongst these, 412 were either from companies’ board or were C-level executives. The study focused on evaluating the current and future applications of IoT by the global business community. Amongst the business leaders interviewed, 55% think that IoT technologies will promote internal cost-savings and generate revenues externally in the next thr...

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