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Alibaba Cloud expanding and setting new benchmarks – becomes first Asian cloud provider with C5 attestation, announces new data center in Dubai

Alibaba Cloud – the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, recently announced successful completion of Cloud Computing Compliance Controls Catalogue (C5), which is set out by Federal Office for Information Security in Germany also known as BSI (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik). Reportedly, Alibaba Cloud has now become the first Asian cloud provider to get recognized with this attestation along with the additional requirements. “Alibaba Cloud is fully committed to the highest standards in all aspects of our operations no matter where that might be in the world. We are proud to be the first company to meet the C5 additional requirements – something that should increase the trust placed in us by our growing client base not only in Germany, but also across the whole of Europ...

101 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About Domain Names

Why Not Getting the .COM TLD You Want Might Not Be the End of the World? As the Internet continues to grow exponentially, more of its most valued real estate – the .com, is no longer available for new entrants into the domain market. For many, this can be disheartening, especially when that million-dollar idea and million-dollar name took hours to research, plan and draw-up. Though a .com TLD (Top Level Domain) remains the premier TLD in use, other options do exist and may actually be cheaper and better for your brand. According to domain facts from websitebuilderau.com, a vast array of country and regional TLDs, along with industry and sector-based non-government TLDs exist and are vastly under-populated, meaning getting that perfect domain name may be cheaper and easier than you th...

Microsoft announces general availability of Azure Bot Service and Language Understanding to help developers develop improved conversational bots

Microsoft recently announced the general availability of – Azure Bot Service and Microsoft Cognitive Services Language Understanding (LUIS). While Azure Bot Service will help developers to build conversational platforms on a variety of channels, the LUIS service will help them create customized natural interactions across any platform, application and even bots. With this development, the developers will get extended capabilities to create custom models that can interpret intention of humans conversing with bots. “This announcement delivers on our AI Platform approach, providing developers and data scientists with all the tools they need to create AI applications in the cloud and on mobile devices” – said Lili Cheng, Corporate Vice President, Artificial Intelligence and Research Group. Wit...

Juniper Networks announces intent to move its OpenContrail’s Codebase to The Linux Foundation

Networking giant – Juniper Networks, announced its intent to move the codebase for OpenContrail, its open-source network virtualization cloud platform, to The Linux Foundation, at NXTWORK 2017. OpenTrail is a scalable network-virtualization control plane that provides powerful SDN (software-defined networking) and security. It is deployed by leading cloud providers, telcos, enterprise datacenters etc. to simplify their operations and for the automation of workloads across clouds. Juniper bought Contrail, which was an SDN company, in 2012. Contrail products were first released as open sourced in 2013. Since then, the networking giant has put in all the efforts to build a more reliable, flexible and vibrant environment around the project. This includes expanding project’s governance ea...

New Gartner report identifies HPE and Dell EMC leaders in the server revenue and shipment market 

Worldwide server revenue recorded a huge rise in the third quarter of 2017, reaching 16 percent year-over-year (YoY), while the server shipment grew to 5.1 percent, according to a new Gartner report Building of infrastructure to support cloud and hybrid cloud implementation was considered as the major driving force behind the growth of server market, per the report. “x86 servers increased 5.3 percent in shipments for the year and 16.7 percent in revenue in the third quarter of 2017. RISC/Itanium Unix servers declined globally, down 23.5 percent in shipments and 18.3 percent in vendor revenue compared with the same quarter last year. The ‘other’ CPU category, which is primarily mainframes, showed a decline/increase of 54.5 percent,” – said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice pre...

World Cloud Summit 2017 highlights: cloud paving way for datacenter transformation

World Cloud Summit – one of the most awaited industry events, which was hosted virtually this year, came to end on 6th December 2017. The two-day event hosted online, attracted over 500 attendees. The event brought the thought leaders from all around the world to discuss about cloud, hosting, datacenter, AI and IoT. The event started with a keynote session by Guruprit Ahuja, CEO and Co-founder – RackNap, who talked about building an enterprise cloud strategy aligning with industry trends. He discussed about the transformation of the IT industry due to cloud and how this cloud shift will reshape IT industry in the coming years. He considered Microsoft, Google and AWS as the major trendsetters, and said that those who successfully attain this transformation will survive while the rest ...

IT, Cloud, SaaS industry most vulnerable to DDoS attacks: Verisign Report 

As per the recently released “Q3 2017 DDoS Trends Report” by Verisign, 29% of online attacks during third quarter of 2017 involved five or more types of attacks. 88% of attacks involved multiple attack types that were targeting multiple layers and varied according to distributed denial of service (DDoS) event. Verisign reported that 56% of the total attacks in Q3 2017 involved User Datagram Protocol (UDP) flood attacks like Domain Name System (DNS), Network Time Protocol (NTP), Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP), Character Generator Protocol (CHARGEN) and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) reflective amplification attacks. The IT, Cloud, and SaaS industry accounted for 45% of the total mitigation activities, and became the most targeted industry for 12th consecutive quarter. 2...

Microsoft teams up with Heptio and Tigera to better Kubernetes support for Azure and Windows Server Containers 

After announcing the serverless and DevOps capabilities for Kubernetes community, Microsoft has now shifted its focus to the Kubernetes ecosystem and has announced collaboration with Heptio and Tigera. Heptio will bring its Kubernetes disaster recovery and migration solutions to Azure with Heptio Ark, while Microsoft and Tigera will jointly contribute to Project Calico, to simplify network security for Windows Containers. Heptio Ark Ark project works through Kubernetes API, and is a solution for managing backups and disaster recovery. It’s also a useful source to move workloads across on-premise and public cloud environments. These capabilities of Ark will be available to Azure customers, and will help them not only backup and restore content in AKS (Azure Container Service), but also the ...

Microsoft Azure adds DevOps and Serverless capabilities to Kubernetes community 

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 eq...

Oracle promotes intelligent multi-cloud management and serverless deployment by open sourcing Kubernetes tools

At the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2017 conference in Austin, Oracle open sourced two new Kubernetes projects designed for helping developers develop container-native applications utilizing Kubernetes. This move will provide a technology stack that’s community-driven, open-sourced, cloud-neutral and integrated with container technology to enable customers to experience the flexibility of hybrid and multi-cloud deployments, without being worried for cloud lock-in. The new projects─ Fn project Kubernetes Installer and Global Multi-Cluster Management, are integrated with the Oracle Container Native Application Development Platform, and offer developers an enterprise-grade platform to build, deploy and operate applications. “There continue to be significant concerns by developers looking into ser...

VMware enhances its hybrid cloud platform with new cloud management and container networking capabilities 

VMware announced updates to its software defined data center (SDDC) platform, Cloud Foundation, to offer cloud management and provisioning capabilities across hybrid cloud environments through its vRealize Suite. The new VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3 will address the increasing demand for hybrid cloud of enterprises so that they get faster innovation along with more agile and service-oriented IT model, based on both private and public clouds. VMware Cloud Foundation has been integrated with Intel Select Solutions which brings the capabilities of Intel Xeon Scalable processors and other Intel technologies to VMware customers. VMware said that the Intel powered Cloud Foundation will provide customers more security and reliability, as well as top performance for traditional and containerized wo...

Equinix expands its data center platform to establish interconnection between businesses worldwide 

The data center provider, Equinix, announced the expansion of its global platform through virtual and physical connection between its International Business Exchange (IBX) datacenters worldwide. Called inter-metro connectivity, the service will enable seamless, on-demand, direct and private access for customers of any field to connect to other Equinix customers from all Equinix locations. Equinix has renamed its Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX) to ECX Fabric, through which it will deliver this inter-metro connectivity. The new service uses the existing SDN features of ECX, enabling customers to customize their connectivity to any other customer, like partner and supplier, across all Equinix locations. “As digital transformation intensifies, business possibilities have no limits and neith...

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