Why the non-hyperscale cloud ecosystem is thriving

Siliconangle | September 05, 2019

The tide has turned for smaller cloud service providers. They no longer fear that hyperscalers will swipe away every last one of their customers. They’re now in the center of a healthy ecosystem that includes their infrastructure providers, customers, and hyperscaler partners. Why would enterprise IT organizations and small and medium-sized businesses snub the public-cloud giants? “The answer is that vertical expertise is king here,��� according to Kevin Shatzkamer (pictured, left), vice president and general manager of service provider solutions at Dell Technologies Inc. Public cloud is built for a lowest common denominator; customers bring their own differentiation, he added. Certain industries have methods and practices ingrained into the way they do IT; retail is especially concerned with latency; healthcare is ruled by HIPAA, for example. Smaller cloud providers with vertical specializations can meet them closer to where they already are, so they can pick up in cloud where they left off on premises, Shatzkamer said.

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Compute virtualization has changed IT’s expectations regarding the efficiency, cost, and provisioning speeds of new applications and services. By decoupling the operating system from the underlying hardware, compute virtualization provides an extremely flexible operational model for virtual machines that lets IT treat a collection of physical servers as a generic pool of resources.

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Compute virtualization has changed IT’s expectations regarding the efficiency, cost, and provisioning speeds of new applications and services. By decoupling the operating system from the underlying hardware, compute virtualization provides an extremely flexible operational model for virtual machines that lets IT treat a collection of physical servers as a generic pool of resources.

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OpsRamp Powers VSO’s Hybrid, Multi-Cloud Management Services

OpsRamp | September 15, 2022

OpsRamp, the digital operations management company, has partnered with Virtual Service Operations (VSO), a leader in hybrid and multi-cloud managed services, to power VSO’s virtual Service Quality Operations Division (vSQOD) Managed Services offering. VSO is using OpsRamp’s digital operations management platform for monitoring and alerting of hybrid and multi-cloud workloads and patching-as-a-service across its customer accounts. VSO manages a variety of technologies, both on-customer-premises and in public cloud environments, all unified in the OpsRamp platform. The OpsRamp multi-tier, multi-tenant SaaS-based platform allows VSO to monitor and manage Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, VMware, Kubernetes, and much more from a single pane of glass. “The benefit of OpsRamp is that it goes across all of those different cloud environments and our on-premises footprint as well, We are able to monitor globally, by region, and by customer.” Laura Richardson, Chief Technology Officer of VSO VSO supports multiple environments 24/7 through its vSQOD service, using OpsRamp for alert handling, event correlation and escalation, integrated with Jira Service Management. Improved uptime, greater resiliency and security, and lower operational costs are all benefits customers have enjoyed from working with VSO, powered by OpsRamp. “It all starts in OpsRamp,” said Richardson. “We use OpsRamp as a clearinghouse for alerts, then after event correlation it feeds Jira with actionable tickets. We can quiet the noise so the tickets that hit Jira get immediate focus.” More than 60% of the vSQOD are veterans of the US Armed Forces. VSO founders Steve O’Keefe and John Birch launched the company at the start of 2018 with a veteran-centric mission propelled by their past experience working with highly-trained and adaptable service members. While some of vSQOD’s hires come to the firm with subject matter expertise in IT that they gained in the military, VSO offers transitioning service members with an interest in tech the opportunity to train with Skillbridge before separation from the armed forces. They can then advance their technical training through internal skill-mapping or partnership courses once in the field. “We hire veterans, train them in teams and deploy them in teams,” said Richardson. “More than 200,000 people exit the military each year, after having spent years in one or more of the US military’s 4000 schools. It’s a great pool of talent to draw from. Veterans work well in teams, have excellent leadership qualities, and thrive as IT professionals. VSO’s Managed Services are outstanding because of them.” “OpsRamp is honored to be the IT operations management platform of choice for VSO and support its mission of hiring and training veterans for careers in IT,” said Jim Lampert, vice president of global strategic accounts at OpsRamp. “OpsRamp helps MSPs to grow their business, improve customer outcomes and reduce operational costs.” VSO is one of several recent customer success stories OpsRamp has announced in the MSP space including: Liquid IT: Reduced alert noise by 95% resulting in lower mean time to detect and resolve incidents and increased service availability. Pinnacle Technology Partners: Reduced alert floods so they now only have to respond to critical events, allowing them to reduce mean time to repair, and automate high-volume, time-consuming IT operations tasks. WinWire: Reduced event noise by 90%, automated 70% of routine IT operations tasks and managed the same number of clients with 50% less staff effort. About OpsRamp: OpsRamp is a digital operations management software company whose SaaS platform is used by managed service providers and enterprise IT teams to monitor and manage their cloud and on-premises infrastructure. Key capabilities of the OpsRamp platform include hybrid infrastructure discovery and monitoring, event and incident management, and remediation and automation, all of which are powered by artificial intelligence. About VSO: Virtual Service Operations is a U.S.-based Managed Services and Engineering firm for infrastructure, cloud, and hybrid environments. Its military veteran workforce provides reliable, secure, and cost-effective solutions for companies in need of a flexible, affordable approach to hybrid architecture and data management.

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Cohesity Highlights Data Management and Data Security Innovations at VMware Explore

Cohesity | August 24, 2022

Cohesity, a leader in next-gen data management, will highlight how customers can safeguard their data while accelerating the move to hybrid and multicloud environments at VMware Explore August 29 - September 1, 2022. As ransomware attacks continue to rise, cybercriminals have begun developing new methods of cyber mayhem that involve targeting confidential data. Attendees will learn how Cohesity FortKnox, a SaaS data isolation and recovery solution, can help provide a secure copy of data in the event of a cyber attack. Cohesity will highlight and discuss how other next-gen data management solutions, including AI / ML capabilities, provide customers with improved security to protect and recover data from cyberattacks in order to maintain business continuity. Attendees will also learn how to protect their cloud infrastructure with a unified data management solution that also makes it easy to drive business outcomes from data insights. Cohesity’s presence at the event includes: Sessions at VMware Explore: Session 1: Do You Trust your Data Recovery Strategy: WHO: Jon Hildebrand and Mike Nelson, Principal Technologists, Cohesity WHEN: Tuesday, Aug 30 3:15 - 3:45 p.m. PT WHERE: Moscone South, Lower Level, The Expo Theater 1 ABOUT: Enterprise data protection is more important than ever due to the changing cybersecurity landscape and the need to ensure recoverability. Our Cohesity experts will discuss top mistakes to avoid when protecting your data as well as the best practices for data management success for VMware Cloud. Learn how to get ahead by turning your data into an asset instead of a liability using comprehensive data management services to extract more value for security, compliance, and more. Session 2: Reduce Ransomware Anxiety - Practical Advice to Safeguard Your VMware Data: WHO: Brian Spanswick, CISO, Cohesity Theresa Miller, Director, Technology Advocacy Group, Cohesity Victor Camacho, Principal Technologist, Cohesity Robert Shields, Director of Data Security (PMM) WHEN: Wednesday, Aug 31 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. PT WHERE: Moscone South, Esplanade, Room 151 ABOUT: Did you know that the average downtime from a ransomware attack is 22 days? And that even the most ready IT operations teams will need 1 to 2 weeks to be back online? There is an overwhelming amount of information - including CISA’s “Shields Up” guidance - on how to best prepare for these events. Hear from our expert panel on the best practices for optimizing your organization's cyber resiliency strategy with backup and recovery that will quickly restore your mission-critical data when disaster strikes. Session 3: Back to Basics: Business Continuity vs. Disaster Recovery WHO: Theresa Miller, Director, Technology Advocacy Group, Cohesity WHEN: Thursday, Sep 1 10:45 - 11:00 a.m. PT WHERE: Moscone West, Level 2, VMware Communities and {code}, Community Theater ABOUT: Yes, business continuity and disaster recovery are different. So why can this topic be so confusing? Join me for 12 minutes to uncover the difference between the two and some best practices surrounding adoption of both as business recovery strategies. Session 4: Become a Security Genius in 12 Minutes WHO: Theresa Miller, Director, Technology Advocacy Group, Cohesity WHEN: Tuesday, Aug 30 12:15 - 12:30 p.m. PT WHERE: Moscone West, Level 2, VMware Communities and {code}, Community Theater ABOUT: You manage your organization’s infrastructure, so why in the world would you care about security? Let’s first talk about why you could care about security. Then, we will dive into top best practices to improve your security posture now. Session 5: Fun with the WSL WHO: Mike Nelson, Principal Advocate, Cohesity WHEN: Tuesday, Aug 30 2:15 - 2:30 p.m. PT WHERE: Moscone West, Level 2, VMware Communities and {code}, Community Theater ABOUT: The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a tool that not only provides cross-platform goodness for administrators, it also allows for some cool interfaces and geeky fun you can play around with in your downtime. We will take a look at a few of these in the time allowed. Session 6: Learn Azure Cloud Shell in 12 Minutes WHO: Mike Nelson, Principal Advocate, Cohesity WHEN: Thursday, Sep 1 10:00 - 10:15 a.m. PT WHERE: Moscone West, Level 2, VMware Communities and {code}, Community Theater ABOUT: Take just 12 minutes to learn the important features and uses for Azure Cloud Shell. We will look at PowerShell, Bash, accessing the shell, and what you can do once you are in it. Session 7: Learn PowerShell by Building a Cool Alarm Clock WHO: Mike Nelson, Principal Advocate, Cohesity WHEN: Wednesday, Aug 31 9:00 - 9:15 a.m. PT WHERE: Moscone West, Level 2, VMware Communities and {code}, Community Theater ABOUT: Back by popular demand is a session given at the last in-person VMworld that featured a quick tutorial on PowerShell basics and then building a really cool alarm clock using functions. Now, the alarm clock is even cooler and more awesome than the last. A Gold sponsor, Cohesity will exhibit at booth #1402 and feature a series of in-booth presentations from technical leaders showcasing its multilayered security architecture designed to help organizations protect themselves from sophisticated ransomware attacks. To learn more about Cohesity’s overall presence at VMware Explore, click here. About Cohesity Cohesity radically simplifies data management. We make it easy to protect, manage, and derive value from data across the data center, edge and cloud. 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VMware Announces Settlement of Previously Disclosed Investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission

VMware | September 13, 2022

VMware, Inc. today announced that it has reached a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to resolve a previously disclosed investigation related to the Company’s backlog disclosures in public filings for its 2019 and 2020 fiscal years, which ran from February 3, 2018 through January 31, 2020. Under the terms of the settlement, the Company has agreed to pay a civil monetary penalty of $8 million without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings, which relate to the Company's disclosures. The SEC’s findings do not include any findings that the Company failed to comply with generally accepted accounting principles. The SEC Staff has confirmed that it does not intend to recommend enforcement action against any current or former VMware officers or other member of management in connection with the investigation, and this settlement concludes the matter. VMware believes this settlement is the right course of action for the Company and continues to be committed to operating at the highest level of integrity, including with respect to its public filings and communications with investors. About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company’s 2030 Agenda.

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