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New Arcserve release helps protect hybrid environments

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With the launch of its latest Unified Data Protection (UDP) product, backup specialist Arcserve is aiming to remove the multiple points of failure typically introduced into IT environments through a piecemeal, 'do-it-yourself' approach to data backup and disaster recovery.

Using an image-based technology, the new Arcserve UDP extends proven backup and DR technologies to protect every type of workload, including Nutanix AHV and Microsoft Office 365.

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What is fueling container and multicloud adoption? [Q&A]

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Containers and cloud native applications are transforming how quickly and reliably organizations can bring ideas to market, while also providing the key building blocks for multicloud strategies.

But for all the speed, agility, and elasticity these technologies promise, they also create a complexity tipping point. Across industries, IT staff looking to deliver on the benefits of container and multicloud strategies -- without being overwhelmed by complexity -- are increasingly turning towards workload automation.

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Personal details of 80 million US households exposed on unsecured Microsoft cloud server

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Security researchers have discovered an unprotected database stored on a Microsoft cloud server. The 24GB database includes personal information about 80 million households across the US.

The researchers from vpnMentor were working on a web mapping project when they made the discovery. They say that as the database they found left out in the open relates to American households which include multiple residents, the data breach could potentially affect hundreds of millions of people.

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Microsoft, Dell and VMware become partners in the cloud

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Microsoft has announced that it is extending its partnership with Dell in a move that will enable Microsoft Azure customers to take advantage of VMware virtualization in the cloud.

The company is also bringing VMware into the Microsoft 365 ecosystem to extend the capabilities of its Windows Virtual Desktop too. It will also bring new management and security options to Microsoft Intune.

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3 document management takeaways from Google Cloud Next 2019

In early April, more than 30,000 attendees gathered in San Francisco at Google Cloud Next to hear a variety of new announcements and innovations as told through product reveals, break-out sessions and keynote speakers. Included in the long list of what’s to come were several key features that will substantially impact document management on G Suite.

I’ve narrowed down that information into the following three main takeaways regarding document management and business processes: 

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More than half of companies have sensitive files open to all employees

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The latest data risk report from security company Varonis reveals that 53 percent of companies have at least 1,000 sensitive files open to all employees, putting them at risk of data breaches.

Keeping old sensitive data that risks fines under HIPAA, GDPR and the upcoming CCPA is a problem too. The report finds over half of data is stale and 87 percent of companies have over 1,000 stale sensitive files, with 71 percent having over 5,000 stale sensitive files.

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Empowering the channel to make a success of cloud

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In the fast-paced world of the IT channel, choosing the right partner can make or break a business. In an ideal world, the partnership delivers a result that’s greater than the sum of its parts -- after all that’s the whole point of the channel. A successful partnership should mean that customers benefit from outstanding technology, service and support, which in turn brings the partners sustained revenues and opportunities to grow sales. So often, however, partner selection is rushed and it’s unclear how the businesses will work to align their expertise and create a genuinely compelling proposition for customers.

Ineffective partnerships are a real threat to success, and that’s why we’re seeing a real push among Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) towards strategies to empower the channel and recognition that the first steps are selecting the right partners, followed by proactive investment in the ongoing relationship.

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Virtual support agent streamlines service desk management

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One of the biggest challenges for service desk teams is striking the right balance between business-critical projects and keeping up with everyday problems and requests.

To help relieve this problem, ManageEngine, the IT management division of Zoho, is incorporating Zia, Zoho's AI assistant, as a virtual IT support agent in its cloud-based service desk software, ServiceDesk Plus.

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Cloud-to-cloud migrations: Making the user experience seamless through coexistence

A survey published by Gartner in August 2018 found 25 percent of public companies have transitioned to a cloud email platform, with those rates even higher among private companies and SMBs. Now that so many businesses have migrated from on-premises applications to the cloud, the market is now seeing a sharp uptick in the number of cloud-to-cloud migrations, reaching parity and even surpassing on-prem to cloud moves.

One of the biggest drivers of cloud-to-cloud migrations are mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. In this scenario, the buyer needs to merge those new users and data into their environment. In the likely chance the business is running Office 365, this would require performing a tenant to tenant (T2T) migration of workloads including mailboxes, OneDrive or SharePoint instances, personal archives or Personal Storage Tables (PSTs), and any other data associated with users the cloud office suite.

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New platform helps search and analysis of cloud-stored data

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As companies store ever larger amounts of data, the current solutions and services available to handle it become more and more costly and difficult to manage.

To address these challenges, Boston-based CHAOSSEARCH is launching a new platform that delivers rapid search and analytics through a managed service, based on simple, elastic storage.

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Securing serverless computing, the latest cloud paradigm [Q&A]

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The cloud-skills shortage has made security a major challenge for enterprises. In fact, virtually every data breach in the cloud today is due to human error, rather than brilliant hacking. Hackers don't even bother launching attacks in the public cloud; they simply look for misconfigured systems that leave data exposed.

Against this backdrop, a whole new cloud model is taking hold -- serverless computing. In a world where cloud certifications and security skills are already in short supply and causing chaos in the cloud, what will serverless computing do to compound that problem for enterprises? Is it possible for organizations to avoid making the same mistakes with this new paradigm that they are making in traditional cloud environments?

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Cohesity launches as-a-service backup for Google Cloud

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As companies move more of their workloads to the cloud they want to ensure that their data is properly protected.

Storage specialist Cohesity is launching a new software as a service (SaaS) solution that delivers enterprise-grade backup and recovery for applications running on the Google Cloud platform.

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New hybrid platform helps enterprises to maximize cloud use

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Cloud management company RackWare is launching its new Hybrid Cloud Platform, designed to remove the barriers to enterprise cloud adoption.

It allows enterprises to migrate to the cloud seamlessly, implement a cloud-based approach to disaster recovery and offers oversight and control of all cloud resources.

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Cloud-based risk management: Transforming business safety processes

Industries employing commercial and non-commercial drivers experience immense pressure to meet safety regulations and ensure employee and brand protection. A report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that approximately 40 percent of motor vehicle accidents are work-related and cost employers over $56 billion annually, with 53 percent of vehicle accidents causing employees to miss work. Whether a company employs sales professionals, commercial drivers or service technicians, the importance of tracking driver performance is paramount.

In the 21st century, businesses can no longer ignore the modern data solutions revolutionizing company risk management. The cloud-based fleet management market is projected to be worth over $17 billion by 2025, and this surge in market growth has unearthed inefficiencies in mobility risk management. Consistent feedback on driving behavior is key to mitigating a fleet company’s risk, which is why employers and fleet managers are increasingly embracing cloud-based technology and its real-time reporting benefits.

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We're getting better at backing up our data -- but we're also losing more

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A new study released by Acronis ahead of Sunday's World Backup Day shows 92.7 percent of consumers are backing up their computers -- an increase of more than 24.1 percent from last year and the largest ever year-on-year increase.

This could be because the report also shows that 65.1 percent of those surveyed say either they or a family member has lost data as a result of an accidental deletion, hardware failure or software problem -- a jump of 29.4 percentage points from last year.

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