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IBM launches cloud ready 'skinny' mainframe

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Despite changes brought about by the cloud, edge computing and distributed systems, the mainframe remains for many businesses, the most stable, secure and mature environment to support IT initiatives including the proliferation of blockchains.

IBM is launching its newest cloud ready mainframe -- the IBM z14 Model ZR1 and IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper II, the latest additions to its family of z14 mainframe technology announced in 2017.

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Live migration and why it's important for VMware cloud partners

Data migration

When moving VMware virtual machines to the cloud, the sure-fire way to migrate the VMs and their data completely is to simply stop the VMs, copy their components (OVF files) and assemble them into an Open Virtual Appliance (OVA). You transport the OVA package over the network or via a physical device to the cloud destination, unpack the files and restart the VMs. If you’ve done things right, the VMs pick up right where they left off.

Of course, it's not quite that easy. The physical resources and configurations in the cloud data center should be comparable to what you were running on in your on-premises data center. Network addresses and access permissions have to be properly set up in the cloud environment as well. Fortunately, VMware provides useful tools like vRealize to address that part of the cloud migration challenge.

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Cloud use and compliance drive enterprise encryption strategy

Data encryption

The need to protect sensitive data against cyber criminals, address complex compliance requirements, and guard against human error is driving enterprises to adopt encryption.

A new study by cyber security company Thales eSecurity, based on research by the Ponemon Institute, shows that 43 percent of respondents report that their organization has an encryption strategy applied consistently across their enterprise.

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21 percent of open source serverless applications have critical vulnerabilities

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Serverless computing is increasingly popular because it eliminates infrastructure concerns. However, a new report raises worries about its security.

According to an audit by serverless security company PureSec, more than one in five serverless applications has critical security vulnerabilities.

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New program helps companies meet cloud security goals

Cloud data security

Infrastructure and development practices are changing as companies move towards cloud computing, DevOps, and on-demand SaaS delivery models.

This means security and operations teams must integrate their approach to securing systems. Cloud security company Threat Stack is launching a Cloud SecOps Program to help companies integrate security and operations initiatives and reduce risk.

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New platform delivers improved data management across clouds

Cloud management

Businesses are increasingly using multiple cloud platforms and so need a means of managing all of their data assets wherever they're located.

Cloud development company JetStream Software is launching a new cross-cloud data management platform to give cloud service providers and enterprise cloud operations a better way to support workload migration, resource elasticity, and business continuity across multi-cloud and multi-data center set ups.

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Amazon to delete MP3s from its Music Storage service for some users

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Subscribers to Amazon's Music Storage service have less than a month to access their music before it is lost forever.

The company has announced that as of April 29, there will be no new subscriptions accepted for the service, and any existing subscriptions will be allowed to expire. If you do not opt to save your MP3s before this happens, you will lose access to them completely.

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Druva unifies data management across clouds


Enterprises increasingly store data in more diverse and complex cloud environments.

Data management platform Druva is launching a new version of its cloud platform offering an as-a-service solution that unifies data protection, management and intelligence capabilities for business-critical data.

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Businesses are failing to understand the impact of cloud outages

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Many firms in the UK are failing to understand their responsibilities in relation to systems in the cloud, according to a new study.

The research from Veritas Technologies shows that 66 percent of respondents believe that dealing with cloud service interruptions is the primary responsibility of their cloud service provider.

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Enterprises turn to multi-cloud environments despite extra complexity

Cloud maze complexity

Businesses have been adopting the cloud for many reasons, the results of a new study show that large enterprises are increasingly turning to multiple different clouds despite the complexity this creates.

The report from hybrid cloud management company Scalr shows several reasons for this approach. Half of enterprises rank disaster recovery as the top reason for implementing multiple clouds, with having a secondary platform for test/dev coming in as a close second at 46 percent.

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McAfee delivers added security for Microsoft Azure

Data cloud lock

Azure is a popular cloud platform for business, but firms need to ensure their applications, underlying cloud infrastructure and data are protected.

McAfee is addressing this by extending its Cloud Security Platform to consistently protect Azure, delivering an extensive solution to secure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

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Perception of cloud security challenges differs across industries

Secure cloud

The cloud brings many benefits to businesses, but it also brings with it risks, the biggest of which concerns the security of information.

A new survey from cloud governance specialist Netwrix looks at how different sectors and geographies deal with cloud security.

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Dropbox partners with Google Cloud for integration with Docs, Gmail and Hangouts Chat

Dropbox has joined forces with Google Cloud to bring integration with G Suite. The move comes out of a recognition that people tend to use more than one cloud service, and it can be problematic having to deal with files and tools in different locations.

The partnership means that users will be able to open and edit G Suite files from within Dropbox. Ultimately, there will be support for Docs, Sheets, Slides, Hangouts Chat and Gmail, making it far easier to work with the cloud services from Dropbox and Google together.

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New intelligence tool improves monitoring of hybrid environments

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Digital transformation means businesses need to be able to handle rapid change across a variety of environments.

IT operations specialist OpsRamp is launching a new Unified Service Intelligence tool that offers a simpler way to monitor and manage operational environments in a hybrid world.

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Apple iCloud now powered by Google Cloud, not Microsoft Azure

Public Cloud is a massive business for tech giants like Amazon, Microsoft and Google. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is currently the clear leader, with 62 percent share, followed by Microsoft Azure, on 20 percent, and Google on just 12 percent.

However, Google has scored an important win over Microsoft, replacing its rival as the cloud infrastructure service Apple relies on for its own iCloud services.

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