NetApp brings new mid-range storage system

With NetApp solutions, this Data Fabric can deliver applications that engage users and can provide analytics that turns insights into a competitive advantage.

Hybrid cloud data services firm NetApp has announced NetApp ONTAP 9.6, a new midrange, end-to-end NVMe AFF A320 storage system and new services for businesses.

According to the company, the cloud-connected flash solutions, coupled with Data Fabric strategy, provide operational efficiency and protection needed to support innovation, add performance and power technologies such as artificial intelligence or 5G networks. 

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Viva Leisure Chooses OnApp Cloud to Support Expanding Health Club Network

Flexible private cloud platform supports muscular growth plan at Australia’s fastest-growing health club operator

OnApp has announced that Viva Leisure, Australia’s fastest-growing health club operator, has chosen the OnApp Cloud Management Platform to create a private cloud that ensures maximum uptime for the server infrastructure supporting Viva’s growing network of health clubs, gyms and spas across the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales, which operate 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

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New Google project offers Kubernetes building blocks for CI/CD

Tekton is an open-source toolkit for creating cloud-native continuous integration and delivery pipelines on Kubernetes
New Google project offers Kubernetes building blocks for CI/CD
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Cloud-native technologies such as Kubernetes promise to be a hedge against cloud lock-in. A new open-source project, Tekton, offers a Kubernetes-native framework for quickly building CI/CD systems that run anywhere Kubernetes runs. Plus, Tekton will work with existing CI/CD servers such as Jenkins.

 

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Red Hat Brings OpenShift to Microsoft Azure

Azure Red Hat OpenShift, which brings a jointly-managed enterprise-grade Kubernetes solution to Microsoft Azure, is now available. The solution enables IT organizations to use Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform in their datacenters and more seamlessly extend these workloads to use the power and scale of Azure services, Red Hat said.

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Supermicro Introduces Open Private Cloud Solutions Based on New Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

Super Micro Computer, Inc. (SMCI), a global leader in enterprise compute, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has introduced open private cloud solutions on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, and Supermicro cloud-optimized server and storage systems.

Supermicro and Red Hat have collaborated to develop powerful open private cloud solutions based on Supermicro’s industry-leading SuperServer and SuperStorage systems as well as Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. With fully integrated hardware, software and support packages, these new solutions built with enterprise Kubernetes provide the ability to deploy and manage containers in an on-premises, private and hybrid cloud environment.

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CenturyLink Expands Partnership with Google Cloud to Help Enterprises Become More Agile on their Cloud Journeys

As global enterprises count on dynamic networks to connect to the cloud, CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is expanding its partnership with Google Cloud to help drive digital transformation for companies. The partnership enables CenturyLink to combine a leading public cloud, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), with CenturyLink IT consulting services.

 

By joining the Google Cloud Partner Program, CenturyLink will provide implementation, sales and technical support to enterprises as they accelerate innovation with cloud solutions. This reinforces CenturyLink’s support for GCP – in June 2018, the company announced it could connect customers to Google Cloud globally through Google Cloud Partner Interconnect. In addition, CenturyLink’s global broadcast fiber network, Vyvx Cloud Connect, provides access to GCP by offering multi-site, diverse connectivity paths into GCP for high-bandwidth, high-quality video feeds.

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Configure On-Premise Cloud Environments In Minutes

Mirantis has launched a web-based SaaS application to help users deploy a compact cloud and experience the flexibility and agility of Infrastructure-as-Code. Model Designer for Mirantis Cloud Platform (MCP) is said to help infrastructure operators build customized, curated, exclusively open source configurations for on-premise cloud environments.

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Microsoft introduces new cloud experiences and developer tools for all creators at Microsoft Build

REDMOND, Wash. — May 6, 2019 — Monday at Microsoft Build 2019, Microsoft Corp.’s annual developer conference, the company showcased new technologies for developers of all kinds to create intelligent and productive solutions. Microsoft customers and partners, including Starbucks, J.P. Morgan, Kroger, Spatial, Epic Games and others, are showcasing new solutions that deliver more intelligent, customer-centric experiences.

Announcements include new collaboration and productivity services across apps and the web as well as AI capabilities in Microsoft 365 to further address the changing nature of work. In addition, Microsoft is delivering new open source technologies and developer tools in Azure and Windows. Microsoft’s trusted, extensible cloud platforms — spanning infrastructure, data, AI and mixed reality, productivity and collaboration, business applications, and gaming — bring together a global collective of developers and technology capabilities toward creating breakthrough new experiences for organizations and individuals. In his opening keynote, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella outlined the company vision and developer opportunity across Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Gaming.

“As computing becomes embedded in every aspect of our lives, the choices developers make will define the world we live in,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Microsoft is committed to providing developers with trusted tools and platforms spanning every layer of the modern technology stack to build magical experiences that create new opportunity for everyone.”

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Qualys Releases Innovative Extension to its Groundbreaking Cloud Agent Platform with New Cloud Agent Gateway (CAG) Service

Strengthening the company’s groundbreaking Cloud Agent Platform, Qualys’ new high-availability proxy appliances simplify and secure connectivity for large-scale Cloud Agent deployments

FOSTER CITY, Calif. — April 30, 2019 — Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS), a pioneer and leading provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions, today unveiled its new Cloud Agent Gateway (CAG), a major extension of its Cloud Agent Platform that drastically simplifies large-scale deployments across on-prem and hybrid cloud environments.

Qualys Cloud Agent Gateway (CAG) Service is a cluster of virtual appliances managed from the Qualys Cloud Platform to securely connect agents deployed anywhere, including OT environments and restricted on-premises networks, to the Qualys Cloud Platform. Customers can securely connect Cloud Agent traffic to a CAG virtual appliance located within restricted or sensitive on-premises networks, enabling the extension of Cloud Agent deployments into sensitive environments like DMZs in highly locked down data centers and industrial networks where direct Internet access is restricted.

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Google releases AI training data set with 5 million images and 200,000 landmarks

Designing AI systems capable of accurate instance-level landmark recognition (i.e., distinguishing Niagara Falls from just any waterfall) and retrieving images (matching objects in an image to other instances of that object in a catalog) is a longstanding pursuit of Google’s AI research division. Last year, it released Google-Landmarks, a landmarks data set it claimed at the time was the world’s largest, and hosted two competitions (Landmark Recognition 2018 and Landmark Retrieval 2018) in which more than 500 machine learning researchers participated.

Today, in a significant step toward its goal of more sophisticated landmark-detecting computer vision models, Google open-sourced Google-Landmarks-v2, a new, larger landmark recognition corpus containing twice as many photos and seven times as many landmarks. Additionally, it’s launched two new challenges (Landmark Recognition 2019 and Landmark Retrieval 2019) on Kaggle, its machine learning community, and released the source code and model for Detect-to-Retrieve, a framework for regional image retrieval.

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