Oracle Public Cloud Services Now Available At Fujitsu Data Center

Oracle Public Cloud Services Now Available At Fujitsu Data Center

Fujitsu Limited and Oracle Corporation Japan have announced that Oracle Cloud Platform services, including Oracle Database Cloud Service, are now available from Oracle’s public-cloud services environment-Oracle Cloud-now hosted in a Fujitsu data center, a first for Japan.

A variety of Oracle Cloud Platform services were made available from March 27, 2017 followed by the April 20 release of Fujitsu Cloud Service K5 DB powered by Oracle Cloud (K5 DB (Oracle)), which adds Oracle Database Cloud Service to the lineup of database options from Fujitsu Cloud Service K5.

Oracle and Fujitsu have a long history of collaboration when it comes to processors, servers, and software. This synergy now extends to the datacenter, where Oracle’s cloud services will be available locally to Japanese customers backed by Fujitsu.

Fujitsu has the largest number of Oracle-certified Oracle Cloud engineers in Japan, and offers a coordinated portfolio of services to assist in the deployment and operations of Oracle Public Cloud, to help organizations build new modern cloud-based solutions and transition their enterprise systems, including mission-critical operations, to the cloud.

Fujitsu and Oracle formed a strategic alliance announced on July 6, 2016, and based on a strategic collaboration to deliver enterprise-grade, world-class cloud services to customers in Japan and their subsidiaries around the world, have commenced sales of public cloud services from Japan. Together with making Oracle Public Cloud services available from Fujitsu’s robust and reliable datacenter in Japan, can now be used as part of Fujitsu Cloud Service K5, Fujitsu’s public-cloud service.

“The Oracle Cloud Platform running in Fujitsu’s Japan datacenter alongside Fujitsu Cloud Service K5 DB powered by Oracle Cloud is a natural continuation of the three decade history Oracle and Fujitsu have working together to help customers achieve competitive advantage” said Edward Screven, chief corporate architect, Oracle. “By combining Fujitsu’s system integration expertise with Oracle’s cloud services, Fujitsu and Oracle will accelerate the transition of our joint customers’ enterprise systems to cloud.”

The Oracle Cloud Platform offered by Fujitsu and Oracle

Oracle Cloud is the industry’s broadest and most integrated public cloud, offering a complete range of public cloud services across SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. Oracle Cloud Platform, which includes Oracle’s analytics, application development, data management, and integration services, has experienced steady growth, adding thousands of customers in fiscal 2017. Global enterprises, SMBs, and ISVs are turning to Oracle Cloud Platform to build and run modern Web mobile, and cloud-native applications.

By delivering Oracle Public Cloud services, including Oracle Database Cloud Service with high-available, high-scalable features, such as Oracle Real Application Clusters1, from Fujitsu’s robust, reliable datacenter, mission-critical systems can be used in a cloud environment with peace of mind and superlative performance. Because Fujitsu provides access to Oracle products and services such as Oracle Database, via a public cloud environment, which is used in the enterprise systems of many of its customers, Fujitsu is able to meet its customers’ diverse needs for enterprise-grade cloud services, including support for private clouds.

About Fujitsu Cloud Service K5 DB powered by Oracle Cloud

Based on the Oracle Database Cloud Service, this service incorporates Fujitsu’s systems-integration know-how and is delivered as the kind of distinctive database service that customers expect from Fujitsu. For example, this automates the settings used when creating a database, such as the security settings, encryption, and operational monitoring needed when deploying and building a database. Customers need not learn any new cloud-specific technologies, and can immediately start using Oracle Database Cloud Service. They can also use the service in peace of mind thanks to Fujitsu’s high-quality one-stop support.

This service connects the Fujitsu K5 cloud service, which supports systems of record (SoR)2 and systems of engagement (SoE)3, to Oracle Cloud Services, extending K5’s database offerings with K5 DB (Oracle). This enables companies to move their existing ICT assets into the cloud and enhance their support for SoR.

Engineers on hand to assist with customer cloud-transition needs

As part of this service offering, Fujitsu maintains a network of engineers and services to facilitate Oracle Cloud deployment and operation. Fujitsu has the largest number of people with “ORACLE MASTER Cloud Oracle Database Cloud Service” certification in Japan (winner of Oracle Certification Award 2016), with more than 100 engineers already on staff. Structuring the “Cloud Solution for Oracle” as a service to aid in Oracle Cloud deployment and operation has, with certified engineers4, realized rapid, secure and steady transition to Oracle Cloud, responsively meeting customer cloud transition needs.

A Diamond member in the Oracle PartnerNetwork5, Fujitsu and Oracle have a relationship that spans more than three decades. This joint project works to increase Fujitsu’s systems integration capabilities and further strengthens Oracle technology expertise. By increasing the number of Oracle Cloud engineers in the Fujitsu Group and formalizing their place in the organization, Fujitsu and Oracle look forward to being able to work together more closely.

  1. Oracle Real Application Clusters: Feature that increases the availability of database systems.
  2. Systems of Record (SoR): Existing systems that record company data and perform business processes.
  3. Systems of Engagement (SoE): Systems that implement digital transformations, including business-process transformation and new-business development.
  4. Certified engineers: Holders of “ORACLE MASTER Cloud Oracle Database Cloud Service” or “ORACLE MASTER Platinum Oracle Database 11g/12c” certification.
  5. Oracle PartnerNetwork

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Opus Interactive Chosen As Jelastic’s First West Coast Cloud Hosting Partner

Opus Interactive Chosen As Jelastic’s First West Coast Cloud Hosting Partner

Jelastic has launched the first cloud-hosting partner on the West Coast, Opus Interactive.

Opus Interactive is an Oregon-based cloud hosting and colocation company that specializes in delivery of customized IT solutions. The company will provide Jelastic cloud hosting services from its data center in Hillsboro.  The Tier III facility is owned by Infomart and was recently selected as the flagship datacenter for LinkedIn based on sustainability, security, and energy savings advantages.

“We’re very selective about our hosting partners. Reliability, scalability, and security are critical to the needs of our users who range in size from independent developers to large enterprise applications.” says Ruslan Synytsky, CEO and Co-founder at Jelastic, “We’re excited for the partnership with Opus Interactive. They’ve been in the industry since 1996, and have a proven track record for customer service that they deliver from world class facilities.”

Opus Interactive’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), powered by Jelastic, lets developers and companies benefit from the wide set of platform features, such as:

  • Vertical and horizontal auto-scaling
  • Intuitive application topology wizard
  • Zero downtime deployment with automated traffic distribution
  • One-click installation for popular applications
  • Easy creation of dev, test, production environments
  • Integrated CI and CD tools for automation

Opus Interactive will be Jelastic’s first datacenter partner in the Pacific Northwest, an area labeled “The Silicon Forest” whose datacenter draw includes the likes of Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. Low cost power, connectivity, and direct access to undersea cable links to the Asia Pacific market are huge attractors.

Connectivity between people, places, and things is quickly being adopted. Gartner predicts that by 2020, 21 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be connected. In tandem, the demand for hosted apps that enable that connectivity and the development platforms they stem from is also rising. Developers want a reliable platform that gives them flexibility and visibility that they can manage from inception to end-user adoption. And they want it to be simple.

“Understanding the start to finish needs of agencies and developers was baked into our service offering from the beginning. We launched our company out of an IT department in a creative agency 20 years ago,” said Eric Hulbert, CEO of Opus Interactive, “Obviously, a lots changed in the way services are delivered, but what has stayed the same is – whether it’s Java, Ruby, Python, or something else, it still needs a reliable platform that will grow to support the uptake. The simpler the better:  Jelastic is the all-in-one streamlined service the developer community has been waiting for.”

Opus Interactive`s platform, powered by Jelastic, provides highly available hosting on top of up-to-date blade servers from HPE. All customers are welcome to try easy installation, deployment and management of applications for a free 14-day trial.

 

Source: CloudStrategyMag

TierPoint Achieves, Renews Key Industry Certifications

TierPoint Achieves, Renews Key Industry Certifications

TierPoint LLC has announced that it has successfully completed its most recent round of HIPAA, PCI-DSS, GLBA, and SOC 2 Type II annual compliance audits for all data centers it operates. TierPoint also holds EU-US Privacy Shield certification and ITAR registration on a company-wide basis.

“In our industry, there is an increased focus on security, privacy protection and reliability standards,” said Paul Mazzucco, chief security officer, TierPoint. “Our commitment is to not only meet but exceed industry standards, with a year-round program of rigorous testing and analysis of our infrastructure.”

TierPoint is among a select few national infrastructure providers that have achieved compliance certifications for such a large national footprint of facilities, which (in TierPoint’s case) includes 40 data centers in 20 markets with 8 multi-tenant cloud pods. Compliance certifications are considered important by many organizations seeking a colocation, cloud or hybrid IT solution with uniform processes and practices that meet industry standards for physical and operational efficiency, privacy protection, and security.  

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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer Supports Azure SQL Database

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer Supports Azure SQL Database

SolarWinds has announced the availability of SolarWinds® Database Performance Analyzer with support for Microsoft® Azure® SQL Database in the Azure Marketplace.

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer delivers deep visibility into the performance of top database platforms, including Microsoft SQL Server® 2016, and provides advice for optimization and tuning to accelerate database performance. Using agentless architecture and unique Multi-Dimensional Performance Analysis™, it quickly finds the root cause of complex problems and improves the performance of on-premises, virtualized, cloud, or hybrid IT application environments. With its availability in the Azure Marketplace, the thousands of organizations running millions of Azure SQL Database instances can now benefit from these capabilities, with simplified deployment in minutes.

“We’re thrilled to offer SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer with Azure SQL Database support in the Azure Marketplace,” said Gerardo Dada, vice president, product marketing, SolarWinds. “By helping to eliminate potential overprovisioning, slow end-user experience, and overspend, SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer can help cloud developers achieve the ROI and cost efficiency they seek in the cloud.”

According to the SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2017: Portrait of a Hybrid IT Organization, databases are one of the top three infrastructure elements IT organizations are migrating to the cloud. Furthermore, the study found that by weighted rank, the top reason for prioritizing these areas of their IT environments for migration were greatest potential for return on investment (ROI) and cost efficiency.

“We think customers will benefit from SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer with support for Microsoft Azure SQL Database and are pleased to make it available for easy deployment through the Azure Marketplace,” said Andrea Carl, director, commercial communications at Microsoft Corp. “Now our customers running millions of Azure SQL Database instances benefit having additional tools to quickly root out problems and improve overall performance.”  

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer is part of the SolarWinds end-to-end hybrid IT performance management portfolio of products. The SolarWinds portfolio also includes SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM), which provides deep visibility into the performance of business-critical applications and the infrastructure that supports them on-premises and in the cloud, as well as SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM), which provides comprehensive network performance monitoring with the NetPath™ feature for critical path visualization on-premises and in the cloud.

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Fusion Secures $2.1 Million, Five Year Contract

Fusion Secures .1 Million, Five Year Contract

Fusion has secured a $2.1 million, five year cloud solutions contract with a leading health system. The company cited Fusion’s productivity enhancing cloud communications and collaboration services, integrated cloud connectivity with Quality of Service guarantees, experienced, live technical support and exemplary reputation for providing a superior customer experience.

Fusion’s team of experts will provide a comprehensive suite of cloud services including:

  • An advanced, fully integrated cloud services platform providing scalable, converged voice and data solutions to accommodate future growth
  • A single source solution for the cloud, with one integrated invoice and single point of contact
  • Advanced billing, reporting, monitoring and management systems
  • 24 x 7 network operations monitoring
  • 24 x 7 live maintenance, technical and customer support

The health system was impressed with Fusion’s robust, geographically diverse nationwide network, which in combination with its integrated, single source cloud solutions will enable the company to reliably and securely connect multiple managed branches of the health system across multiple states.

Fusion’s ability to provide a comprehensive suite of additional cloud services as part of its end-to-end managed network solution was also an important consideration for the health care institution as it looks to migrate more of its business to the cloud over time.

“For more than 30 years, this leading hospital system has established a tradition of excellence sponsoring community initiatives and collaborations that address the causes and consequences of poverty, including residential care for the homeless and low-income childcare as well as education-related efforts for childcare providers and disengaged parents. We are gratified to have earned the trust and confidence of this community-focused organization that shares Fusion’s dedication to providing an exceptional customer experience,” said Russell P. Markman, president of business services, Fusion.

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Report Shows Need For Enterprise-Wide Plans To Combat Network Intrusions

Report Shows Need For Enterprise-Wide Plans To Combat Network Intrusions

The BakerHostetler 2017 Data Security Incident Response Report highlights the critical need for senior executives in all industries to understand and be ready to tackle the legal and business risks associated with cyberthreats and to have enterprisewide tactics in place to address intrusions before they happen.

The report provides a broad range of lessons to help executives identify risks, appraise response metrics and apply company-specific risk mitigation strategies based on an analysis of more than 450 cyber incidents that BakerHostetler’s Privacy and Data Protection team handled last year. The firm’s experience shows that companies should be focused on the basics, such as education and awareness programs, data inventory efforts, risk assessments, and threat information sharing.

Theodore Kobus, leader of the Privacy and Data Protection team, said, “Like other material risks companies face, cybersecurity readiness requires an enterprisewide approach tailored to the culture and industry of the company. There is no one-size-fits-all approach.”

Why incidents occur

Phishing/hacking/malware incidents accounted for the plurality of incidents for the second year in a row, at 43 percent – a 12 percentage point jump from a year earlier. The only category for which phishing/hacking/malware was not the most common incident cause was finance and insurance, where employee action/mistake was the top reason.

Ransomware attacks — where malware prevents or limits users from accessing their system until a ransom is paid — have increased by 500% from a year earlier, according to industry research. The BakerHostetler report details the typical ransomware scenario and the challenges that such incidents present. “Having a regularly scheduled system backup and a bitcoin wallet to pay a ransom will help with operational resiliency. Ransomware is not likely to go away, and incidents will probably increase over the short term, so companies should be prepared,” added Kobus.

Included in the report is a checklist of actions companies can take to minimize their risk against these attacks and to respond promptly and thoroughly should a cyber breach occur. Topping the list is increasing awareness of cybersecurity issues through training and education. In addition, the report lists six other core steps most businesses should take to prepare for an incident and mitigate risk.

“It’s no longer a question of which industries are most at risk. All industries are faced with the task of managing dynamic data security risks. Even companies in the retail, restaurant and hospitality industries, while highly regulated, had the fourth-highest rate of data security incidents,” Kobus added.

Key statistics from BakerHostetler’s 2017 Data Security Incident Response Report:

  • Incident causes: Phishing/hacking/malware 43%, employee action/mistake 32%, lost/stolen device or records 18%, other criminal acts 4%, internal theft 3%.
  • Industries affected: Health care 35%, finance and insurance 16%, education 14%, retail/restaurant/hospitality 13%, other 9%, business and professional services 8%, and government 5%.
  • Company size by revenue: Less than $100 million 39%, between $100 million and $500 million 33%, $500 million to $1 billion 17%, and greater than $1 billion 11%.
  • Most breaches discovered internally: 64% of breaches were internally discovered (and self-reported) compared with 36% that were externally discovered. In 2015, only 52% of incidents were self-reported.
  • Incident response timeline: On average 61 days from occurrence to discovery; eight days from discovery to containment; 40 days from engagement of forensics until investigation is complete; 41 days from discovery to notification.
  • Notifications and lawsuits filed: In 257 incidents where notification to individuals was given, only nine lawsuits were filed. This is partially explained by companies being prepared to better manage incidents.
  • No notification required: 44% of incidents covered by the report required no notification to individuals — similar to 2015 results.
  • Average size of notification: Incidents in the retail/restaurant/hospitality industry had the highest average notification at 297,000, followed by government at 134,000 and healthcare at 61,000. All other industries had less than 10,000 notifications per incident.
  • Forensic investigation costs: The average total cost of forensic investigations in 2016 was
  • $62,290, with the highest costs in excess of $750,000.
  • Health care: The number of incidents rose last year, but the average size of the incidents decreased. Of the incidents analyzed by the BakerHostetler report, 35% were in healthcare, yet the average size of the incident notification was 61,000 — only the third highest of all industries surveyed.
  • Triggering state breach notification laws: Just over half of cyber incidents last year (55%) were subject to state breach notification statutes, down slightly from the year prior. Of the incidents where notification was required, the highest percentages were those involving Social Security numbers (43%) and health care information (37%). Only 12% of cases involved payment card data.
  • Active state attorneys general: AG’s made inquiries after notifications were made in 29% of incidents, although overall regulatory investigations and inquiries were down to 11% in 2016, from 24% in 2015, and litigation was down to 3% last year compared with 6% the prior year.

Back to the basics

The first line of defense in protecting a company’s data and reputation during a cybersecurity incident is to outfit the organization with baseline procedures and processes to reduce the company’s risk profile. By focusing on key areas like employee awareness and education, companies can help prevent incidents while laying the groundwork for a successful response and reducing the likelihood events will be severe should they happen.

“Employees are often cited as a company’s greatest asset. In the cybersecurity arena, they can also be a liability. The report’s numbers reinforce the ongoing need to focus on effective employee awareness and training. They also show that a defense-in-depth approach is necessary, because even well-trained employees can make mistakes or be tricked,” said Kobus.

The full 2017 BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report can be found here. The Privacy and Data Protection team will host a webinar on the findings on May 9 at noon ET. Kobus also will be participating in a morning panel titled, “Shakedown Street: Cyber Extortion, Data Breach and the Dirty Business of Bitcoin” on April 20 at the Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C.

Source: CloudStrategyMag

Unitas Global And Canonical Partner

Unitas Global And Canonical Partner

Unitas Global and Canonical have announced they will provide a new fully-managed and hosted OpenStack private cloud to enterprise clients around the world.

This partnership, developed in response to growing enterprise demand to consume open source infrastructure, OpenStack and Kubernetes without the need to build in-house development or operations capabilities, will enable enterprise organizations to focus on strategic Digital Transformation initiatives rather than day-to-day infrastructure management.

This partnership, along with Unitas Global’s large ecosystem of system integrators and partners, will enable customers to choose an end-to-end infrastructure solution to design, build, and integrate custom private cloud infrastructure based on OpenStack. It can then be delivered as a fully-managed solution anywhere in the world allowing organizations to easily consume the private cloud resources they need without building and operating the cloud itself.

Private cloud solutions provide predictable performance, security and the ability to customize the underlying infrastructure. This new joint offering combines Canonical’s powerful automated deployment software and infrastructure operations with Unitas Global’s infrastructure and guest-level managed services in data centers globally.

“Canonical and Unitas Global combine automated, customizable OpenStack software alongside fully-managed private cloud infrastructure, providing enterprise clients with a simplified approach to cloud integration throughout their business environment,” explains Grant Kirkwood, CTO and founder, Unitas Global. “We are very excited to partner with Canonical to bring this much-needed solution to market, enabling enhanced growth and success for our clients around the world.”

“By partnering with Unitas Global, we are able to deliver a flexible and affordable solution for enterprise cloud integration utilizing cutting-edge software built on fully-managed infrastructure,” comments Arturo Suarez, BootStack product manager, Canonical. “At Canonical, it is our mission to drive technological innovation throughout the enterprise marketplace by making flexible, open source software available for simplified consumption wherever needed, and we are looking forward to working side-by-side with Unitas Global to deliver upon this promise.”

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Online Tech Acquires Echo Cloud

Online Tech Acquires Echo Cloud

Online Tech has announced it has acquired Echo Cloud, a Kansas City, MO, based enterprise cloud company. The acquisition is set to boost Online Tech’s reach in the Midwest market and provide further geographical diversity to its growing cloud infrastructure.

Yan Ness, CEO of Online Tech, said the acquisition provides several benefits for his company, including an expanded product line and geographic reach to the Kansas City and Missouri markets. “I’m very pleased with this deal,” Ness said. “We really like the Kansas City market. There’s lots of demand that we think is underserved, and this is a great opportunity to provide companies in the area with our secure, compliant hybrid IT services.”

Additional benefits include adding two Kansas City data centers and extra cloud infrastructure to Online Tech’s existing data centers across Michigan and Indiana.

Bill Severn, CEO of Echo Cloud, is equally enthusiastic for the two companies to come together. “Echo Cloud is extremely excited to be joining Online Tech,” he said. “I believe the values we hold match Online Tech’s very well, and I think this will be a great partnership moving forward.”

The companies will combine their existing services into Online Tech’s client portal to allow for easy account viewing and service management. Echo Cloud will also provide new services from Online Tech to its existing clients that are compliant with standards such as PCI and HIPAA. “Online Tech has been a leader in compliance for many years,” Severn said. “I’m pleased we can now offer HIPAA- or PCI-compliant data hosting to our existing customers here in Kansas City.”

 

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NTT Communications' Extends Multi-Cloud Connect To Oracle Cloud

NTT Communications' Extends Multi-Cloud Connect To Oracle Cloud

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) has announced the extension of Multi-Cloud Connect connection to Oracle Cloud, to help multi-national customers take advantage of performance, cost and innovation benefits of the cloud.

While enterprises understand the promise and many benefits of the cloud, most experience issues such as latency, packet loss and security threats given that connectivity to cloud services are still heavily dependent to public Internet. With Multi-Cloud Connect, Oracle Cloud users will be able to leverage NTT Com’s secure, reliable, high performing MPLS network to access their business critical applications.

Multi-Cloud Connect will connect directly to Oracle Cloud’s platform through Oracle Network Cloud Services- FastConnect enabling private connection to its broad portfolios and features: platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS). This includes middleware such as “Oracle Database Cloud Service” and “Oracle Java Cloud Service”, as well as integration and business analytics features. Furthermore, NTT Com and Oracle will enable hybrid deployment of Oracle Cloud and Oracle software hosted on-premises or “Oracle Cloud at Customer”, under one global network.

Source: CloudStrategyMag

Faction® Receives New Patent

Faction® Receives New Patent

Faction® has announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Faction a new US Patent #9,621,374, which extends the functionality of hybrid and multi-cloud to new protocols including Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) and Software Defined Networking (SDN). The new patent further reinforces Faction’s place at the forefront of hybrid and multi-cloud solutions. 

Faction’s new patent allows customers to leverage two key innovations in the networking and cloud arenas: VXLAN and SDN. VXLAN technology is attractive to enterprises as it works to improve scalability challenges associated with large cloud deployments. SDN technology enables networks to add agility and flexibility, while allowing administrators to respond quickly through a centralized control location.

The new patent comes on the heels of Faction’s recently announced USPTO Patent #9,571,301 for the company’s pioneering work on hybrid and multi-cloud networking, which allows users to tap into the best features of private and public clouds to create one unified, optimized cloud. Enterprises and service providers using hybrid and multi-cloud typologies benefit from establishing a seamless extension of infrastructure to and between public clouds. These networks are especially useful in data center configurations to connect physical resources to one or more cloud providers.

“Our newest patent further validates Faction’s intellectual property leadership in hybrid and multi-cloud solutions,” states Luke Norris, CEO and founder, Faction. “By choosing Faction cloud, enterprises and service providers can take advantage of the many benefits inherent in combining the best features of private and public clouds – truly creating a cutting-edge approach to IT cloud transformation. Our patent leadership also paves the way for clients to leverage future cloud capabilities and allows Faction to confidently meet the sharp increase in demand we are seeing from enterprises seeking to establish hybrid and multi-cloud cloud strategies.”

Source: CloudStrategyMag