Cloud Spending Explodes as Rivals Chase AWS with Higher Growth Rates

Virtualizationreview | February 10, 2020

Two recent reports on cloud infrastructure spending show an explosion in an industry still dominated by Amazon Web Services (AWS), although rivals led by Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) are beating the kingpin in growth rates. While the AWS lead is huge, reports indicate the cloud giant's growth rate roughly matches the industry average while several competitors are outpacing it, but they have a long way to go to usurp the champion. In the meantime, they have to settle for bigger pieces of an exploding pie.

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Atos and VMware Join Forces to Help Organizations and Industries Derive Value from Data More Easily

Atos | May 05, 2022

Atos and VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced an extension of the companies’ strategic partnership by working to deliver an integrated set of capabilities to help speed up the development of “Data Spaces”. Data Spaces are platforms that allow for greater exchange, collaboration, and monetization of data between organizations or industries, independently of the underlying infrastructure, whilst enabling data sovereignty and interoperability. With the VMware and Atos collaboration effort on Data Space development, the companies plan to deliver an integrated set of capabilities that help enable data and industry applications to be used and shared more strategically to boost national and regional digital economies. The expanded collaboration will deliver capabilities aligned to the Gaia-X architecture and serve as a key enabler and booster of the Gaia-X initiative, which seeks to accelerate the exchange of data through new digital platforms that comply with common rules. Atos and VMware plan to combine VMware’s multi-cloud and app modernization capabilities with the Atos cloud, as well as cybersecurity expertise and technology integration from Atos. The capabilities are designed to provide businesses and industries with the key building blocks to rapidly design, develop, deploy, better secure, and manage Data Spaces that are compliant with jurisdictional data governance requirements. Organizations can also utilize and monetize existing data to create machine learning and artificial intelligence services, and enable new industry-specific services for: Healthcare and life sciences – facilitating the merge and exchange of health data to accelerate research and clinical trials. Financial services – developing cross-company and cross-border services and collaboration ecosystems, for example with a sustainable finance platform to comply with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) requirements. Utilities – optimizing the electric networks for the charging of electric vehicles. “With a comprehensive set of data space capabilities from VMware and Atos, organizations will gain access to a viable and rapid way to more securely share, manage and monetize their data,” said Laurent Allard, Head of Sovereign Cloud EMEA, VMware. “Today’s world is multi-cloud. Aligned to the principles of Gaia-X, the suite of capabilities will be designed to deliver the interoperability, reversibility and security required for European businesses and industries to create value from data and drive their digital ambitions faster.” “VMware and Atos are long-term partners and share a commitment to helping organizations drive value from data,” said Frédéric Malicki, CTO, Southern Europe, Atos. “By supporting the acceleration of Data Space development and data sovereignty with the capabilities from VMware and Atos, we expect to give customers the tools to drive value not just from their own data, but also from federated data, collaboratively with partners and peers. Organizations can transform existing data into new services that, for example, could help farmers better predict the weather or human health organizations improve living conditions for the elderly with automated energy management.” About Atos Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 111,000 employees and annual revenue of c. € 11 billion. European number one in cybersecurity, cloud and high-performance computing, the Group provides tailored end-to-end solutions for all industries in 71 countries. A pioneer in decarbonization services and products, Atos is committed to a secure and decarbonized digital for its clients. Atos is an SE (Societas Europaea), listed on Euronext Paris and included in the CAC 40 ESG and Next 20 indexes. The purpose of Atos is to help design the future of the information space. Its expertise and services support the development of knowledge, education and research in a multicultural approach and contribute to the development of scientific and technological excellence. Across the world, the Group enables its customers and employees, and members of societies at large to live, work and develop sustainably, in a safe and secure information space.

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Scale Computing Named a Finalist in Storage Magazine, SearchStorage 2021 Products of the Year Awards

Scale Computing | January 27, 2022

Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, announced that its HC3 for Video Surveillance has been selected as a finalist in TechTarget’s Storage Magazine and SearchStorage.com’s annual Products of the Year Awards for 2021. TechTarget named Scale Computing’s HC3 Video Surveillance, a Milestone validated solution, as a finalist in the Hyperconverged & Composable Infrastructures category. In its announcement, SearchStorage highlighted that Scale Computing’s HC5250D-V appliance “is purpose-built to be the infrastructure for video management systems and building automation systems. The product combines the high availability, simplicity, and scalability of Scale Computing's popular HC3 family. Video surveillance is one of the most prevalent edge uses, and this product fits into a small footprint.” There is a growing need for edge computing to support an application-driven world as technology continues to extend its way into every part of the business. The need for video surveillance implementations are critical to business security and monitoring, and traditional video management systems simply aren’t enough for organizations today. We are committed to delivering innovative solutions, like video surveillance and HC3 Edge technology, to bring simple, available, and affordable infrastructure for applications in places where IT resources are impossible.” Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder of Scale Computing Organizational demands for video surveillance and security systems continue to evolve to ensure assets, facilities, and people are protected. Scale Computing solves the challenge and complexity of virtualization deployments of video surveillance and access control applications for both customers and systems integrators alike. Verified to run on the most popular VMS solutions including Milestone, Digital Watchdog, and Axis, the HC3 Video Surveillance solution combines the scalability, simplicity, and high availability of Scale Computing’s HC3 family. This news follows exciting award wins for the company, including: Scale Computing’s HC3 Video Surveillance named a winner for the 2021 CRN Tech Innovator Awards in the Edge Computing category. Scale Computing named on CRN’s 2021 Edge Computing 100 list. Winner in both the Edge Computing category and the Converged/Hyperconverged Infrastructure category, of the 2021 CRN Annual Report Card (ARC) Awards. This is the third consecutive year Scale Computing has been recognized as a CRN ARC Award winner. Scale Computing HC3 received two TrustRadius 2021 Top Rated Awards, in Hyperconverged Infrastructure and Server Virtualization. Scale Computing received a 5-Star rating in CRN’s 2021 Partner Program Guide. The Storage Magazine 2021 Products of the Year Awards recognizes winners in five categories: Backup and Disaster Recovery Hardware, Software and Services; Cloud Storage; Disk and Disk Subsystems; Hyperconverged and Composable Infrastructures, and Storage System and Application Software. All enterprise storage products were judged based on technological innovation, performance, ease of integration, ease of use and manageability, functionality, and value. About Scale Computing Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Scale Computing HC3 software eliminates the need for traditional virtualization software, disaster recovery software, servers, and shared storage, replacing these with a fully integrated, highly available system for running applications. Using patented HyperCore technology, the HC3 self-healing platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing HC3 is the ideal infrastructure platform.

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CISA recommends VMware, F5 patches. Liquidity mining fraud. Strapi issues patched. TDI clarifies data incident.

CISA | May 20, 2022

VMware yesterday addressed issues in several of its products: VMware Workspace ONE Access (Access), VMware Identity Manager (vIDM), VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), VMware Cloud Foundation, and vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. That these are more significant than the ordinary run of patches may be seen by the way the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has discussed them. Alert (AA22-138B), "Threat Actors Chaining Unpatched VMware Vulnerabilities for Full System Control" warns that "malicious cyber actors, likely advanced persistent threat (APT) actors, are exploiting CVE-2022-22954 and CVE-2022-22960 separately and in combination." The Alert adds, "CISA expects malicious cyber actors to quickly develop a capability to exploit newly released vulnerabilities CVE-2022-22972 and CVE-2022-22973 in the same impacted VMware products. In response, CISA has released, Emergency Directive (ED) 22-03 Mitigate VMware Vulnerabilities, which requires emergency action from Federal Civilian Executive Branch agencies to either immediately implement the updates in VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2022-0014 or remove the affected software from their network until the updates can be applied." US Federal civilian agencies have until next Monday to identify and remediate the issues, and they're required to report completion no later than Tuesday. Fraudulent liquidity mining. Sophos describes the way the threat of fraudulent liquidity mining is shaping up in decentralized finance systems. "Legitimate liquidity mining exists to make it possible for decentralized finance (DeFi) networks to automatically process digital currency trades," Sophos explains, and criminals are using social engineering to abuse such systems to defraud cryptocurrency investors of their holdings. More loosely regulated than conventional cryptocurrency exchanges, which use market makers and seek to ensure that sufficient reserves are on hand to back trades, DeFi exchanges use Automated Market Makers (AMMs). Sophos explains that "Smart contracts built into the DeFi network have to rapidly determine the relative value of the currencies being exchanged and execute the trade. Since there is no centralized pool of crypto for these distributed exchanges to pull from to complete trades, they rely on crowdsourcing to provide the pool of cryptocurrency capital required to complete a trade—a liquidity pool." Liquidity pool tokens, ("LP tokens") are used to represent the portion of the liquidity pool an investor contributed. But unethical DeFi operators can cancel the tokens (or simply not create a pool to back them in the first place), and this, Sophos observes, offers "ample opportunity for digital Ponzi schemes, fraudulent tokens, and flat-out theft." CMS vulnerabilities disclosed and patched. The Synopsys Cybersecurity Research Center (CyRC) has identified two vulnerabilities in Strapi. Strapi is an open-source headless content management system (CMS) Javascript software that enables developers to quickly design and build content-rich APIs. Both vulnerabilities involve authenticated users with access to the Strapi admin panel having access to private and sensitive data, such as email and password reset tokens. The first vulnerability allows for the authenticated user to view private and sensitive data for other admin panel users that have a relationship with content accessible to the authenticated user. The second vulnerability allows for the authenticated user to view private and sensitive data for API users if content types accessible to the authenticated user contains relationships to API users. The vulnerabilities are fixed in newer, updated versions of Strapi, and Synopsys has commended Strapi for its quick response to the discovery. Texas Department of Insurance clarifies facts surrounding its data incident. The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has sent around a fact sheet that clarifies a data incident the agency sustained earlier this year: "In January 2022, TDI found the issue was due to a programming code error that allowed internet access to a protected area of the application. TDI promptly disconnected the web application from the internet. After correcting the programming code, TDI placed the web application back online. The forensic investigation could not conclusively rule out that certain information on the web application was accessed outside of TDI. This does not mean all the information was viewed by people outside TDI. Because we couldn't rule out access, we took steps to notify those who may have been affected." While data could have been accessed by unauthorized personnel, TDI has investigated and found that, "There is no evidence to date that there was a misuse of information."

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RiverMeadow announces VM-based migration capability to any Public Cloud, becoming the only Platform to offer VM-based and OS-based migrations

RiverMeadow | April 19, 2022

RiverMeadow Software Inc., a leading provider of Cloud Migration and Disaster Recovery Software and Services, announced today that it has added new capability to its market-leading Cloud Migration Platform to allow customers the option to carry out VM-based or OS-based migrations to any cloud. This makes RiverMeadow the only Multi-Cloud Migration Platform in the market to offer customers the choice of how they migrate to Public Clouds, including Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) or Amazon Web Services (AWS). "RiverMeadow is fanatically focused on delivering the most flexible Migration Platform in the market", states Jim Jordan, President and CEO of RiverMeadow. "We offer flexibility in terms of how you deploy, flexibility in terms of which cloud you're going to, and now flexibility in terms of how you migrate – by VM or by OS. By leveraging our Migration Platform in this way, RiverMeadow is uniquely positioned to address the vast majority of diverse use cases, making cloud adoption faster and more cost-effective." Key benefits of RiverMeadow's Multi-Cloud Migration Platform include: Flexibility of Migration:Migrate by VM - ideal for Lift and Shift; minimal impact to resourcing and minimal organisation change – Migrate by OS - ideal for OS modernization as part of the migration; rightsizing; support for nonstandard and deprecated hypervisors Migrate to any Target - supports VMware on any public cloud and native IaaS on Azure, AWS and GCP Cloud Mobility - Supports migration off of public cloud and onto private or on prem or migrate between any public cloud with ease Ease of Deployment - The Platform set can be instantiated and ready for migration inside an hour Flexibility of Deployment - SaaS or local deployment (in choice of public cloud hypervisor or on premise) Speed of Migrations - Designed with the principles of speed and accuracy of migrations OS Modernization - Retire legacy Operating Systems as you migrate; the only automated modernization technology endorsed by Microsoft for Windows OS upgrades Multi-Cloud - Single Pane of Glass to handle all migration efforts to any private or public cloud Data Only Migration - Decouples data from the OS VDI Migration – Full Migration (OS + Apps + Data) – User Profile Migration (Physical endpoint / VDI -> VDI PaaS) Integrated Disaster Recovery – Migrate and Protect workloads "We are committed to delivering greater value to our customers," explains Greg Dennis, Chief Technology Officer at RiverMeadow. "The added flexibility to offer both VM-based and OS-based migrations from ANY source to any public or private cloud with zero impact to the source environment shows the extent to which we are further differentiating ourselves as an industry leader in the cloud migration market." About RiverMeadow: RiverMeadow provides a broad range of fixed-price Multi-Cloud Migration and Disaster Recovery Services and Product capability to dramatically reduce the time, cost and risk of moving physical, virtual and cloud-based workloads into and between public or private clouds.

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