Multi-cloud adding new challenges: report

Multi-cloud is giving CIOs headaches according to a new report, which found that application experience is suffering as a result of companies increasingly using more than one pubic cloud in conjunction with a private cloud infrastructure.

The survey, conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of New York based application experience specialist Kemp Technologies, confirms that multi-cloud is fast becoming the standard for business with 84 percent of CIOs surveyed expecting multi-cloud will make up to half of their hosting environment in the next three years – up from an average of less than 30 percent today.

But the report – based on a survey of 150 companies across Australia, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong – also found that as more critical applications migrate to the public cloud, the ability to achieve visibility and control is becoming crucial to maintaining resilience and availability as well as ensuring the optimum application experience.

“The migration of applications into public cloud environments or across multiple clouds can enable better application experience, control and flexibility when paired with load balancing infrastructure,” says Tony Sandberg, Kemp APAC regional director.

IT teams are predicting a more complex environment deploying applications in the cloud and are expressing a clear need to simplify deployment, get better management and control of those applications. Speed, agility, scalability, and automation are now the top requirements for these load balancers.

“Deployment of load balancing on a per-application basis that matches exact requirements will become more common to achieve the speed and agility required today,” the report says.

“Where load balancers were once configured and left to run for months or even years at a time, IT teams today are looking to automation to help build and deploy load balancers in desired states more frequently, ensuring applications can be scaled up and down, migrated to and from different clouds and to address failover scenarios.”

Equinix boosts Oracle play with multi-region cloud connectivity expansion

Equinix has ramped up its collaboration with Oracle, expanding its private and secure connectivity to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in dozens of metropolitan areas around the world, including Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Hong Kong.

According to the interconnection and data centre provider, its recent expansions in Sydney, São Paulo, Tokyo, Toronto and Zurich now offer customers in those regions private connectivity to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect via Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX) Fabric.

An on-demand, software defined network (SDN)-enabled interconnection service, ECX Fabric is designed to help customers connect to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect, and other clouds and network providers located around the world.

“Our expansion in Sydney demonstrates our commitment to helping businesses in Australia further their digital transformation journeys and we are thrilled to offer our customers with a presence in our local facilities access to the Oracle Cloud via our ECX Fabric,” said Glenn Uidam, senior director of operations at Equinix Australia.

Equinix claims that the recent expansions now sees it offer more private connections to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect than any other data centre player in the market, with connectivity via ECX Fabric available in 34 metro areas globally.

These include seven metro areas in the Asia Pacific region, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Hong Kong, Osaka, Singapore and Tokyo; 14 areas in North America; and 13 across Europe.

For Robert Blackburn, global managing director, Oracle strategic alliance, Equinix, this expansion of the long-running partnership between Oracle and Equinix meets a growing need in the market.

“As companies around the world are prioritising digital transformation as a way to gain a competitive advantage, we’re seeing increased customer demand to migrate Oracle workloads to Oracle Cloud,” Blackburn said. “The reality is that companies that are adopting digital transformation are thriving, and those that are not are being left behind.

“With this direct access, our mutual customers can create a high-speed, low-latency connection that allows them to fully realise the benefits of their Oracle deployment. We are excited to deepen our collaboration with Oracle and offer this service in these new metros across the globe,” he said.

Nutanix nabs enterprise cloud deal with Swinburne University of Technology

Enterprise cloud computing specialist Nutnix has picked up a contract with Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technolog to help it build and manage a hybrid cloud, in a bid to axe time-consuming and administrative tasks for the university’s IT team and final year students.

Nutanix noted that Swinburne has a curriculum that focuses and relies heavily on technology. “The IT team at the university needed a way to deliver easy-to-use IT services to the students with a behind-the-scenes infrastructure that enabled them to scale and automate those services,” it added. “With the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software, the self-service portal works like an application store, where students may browse, choose and deploy the IT solution they need for their final year projects, including complex mobile application development programs, with a single click.”

In addition, the students are able to take advantage of other automated services, such as quickly procuring more storage when they need it. Behind the scenes, the university’s IT team uses Nutanix Calm to automate these processes and also migrate workloads and apps between cloud environments.

“With Nutanix, Swinburne spends less time on provisioning services and the students themselves are more satisfied with IT support and productive in their studies,” said the firm. “Other benefits Swinburne achieves with Nutanix include better security, increased performance and IT vendor consolidation.”

Fujitsu eyes government digital shift opportunity with new ‘Protected Cloud’

Fujitsu has released its ‘Protected Cloud’ service, a software-as-a-service offering aimed at government agencies seeking to complete digital transformation in a secure cloud technology environment.

Fujitsu said it’s working with Vault to deliver the service which includes infrastructure-as-a-service, backup-as-a-service and government desktop-as-a-service.

The service portfolio – which meets the controls of the Australian Signals Directorate’s Information Security Manual – will be delivered from a government-only protected cloud environment, offering enterprise productivity, a high degree of data security, governance and business functionality.Fujitsu_MFoster_200x250_tcm98-874854

“With government agencies aggressively adopting cloud-first strategies, security has been a key concern,” said Fujitsu ANZ CEO Mike Foster. “The… Protected Cloud solution addresses those security concerns and delivers increased workforce adaptability and mobility.

Foster said digital transformation investments to date had been focused on customer-facing initiatives.

“Meanwhile, employee-facing systems are ripe for transformation,” he added. “Fujitsu’s Protected Cloud initiative offers a way to meet sophisticated operational demands while future-proofing government infrastructure against ever-evolving business needs and technology offerings.”


Heather Wright is in San Jose as a guest of NetEvents

A real-time artificial intelligence transcription service and a cybersecurity offering designed to prevent ‘human-centric attacks’ were among the winners at NetEvent’s IoT, Cloud and Cybersecurity Innovation Awards held in San Jose this evening.

The transcription service from Silicon Valley startup AISense was named Hot Start-up Cloud/Datacenter, with Fyde, an app designed to block phishing, smashing and other account takeovers before they steal personal information, named Hot Start-up Cybersecurity.

The awards, presented at a gala dinner at the NetEvents Global Press and Analyst Summit also saw software company Polte, which provides location technologies to track IoT and mobile devices indoors and outdoors via a cloud-based, virtualised location platform, win Hot Start-up IoT.

In the Innovation Leader categories, intent-based networking vendor Apstra took out the Cloud/Datacenter category, with NetFoundary named IoT Innovation Leader and ForeScout winning the Cybersecurity, and noted for its ability to deliver ‘greater and continuous visibility in a multivendor environment’.

“We thought the technologies across all the companies were real strong, the teams were strong and the market opportunities were big and very good potential,” Curtis Feeny, a partner at Silicon Valley Data Capital and one of the judges for the awards, said.

Feeny said the technologies of all three finalists – AISense, Cohesity and Dust Photonics – in the Hot Start-up Cloud/Datacenter category were ‘real impressive’.

“These are companies that have already got traction in all three cases, they’ve got working products and you can tell the products are already delivering on the promise, so that makes it hard when you have three companies with really strong products,” he said.

Sam Liang, AISense CEO and co-founder, told Telecom Times the company’s cloud-based service was designed to address the problem of

“Especially in enterprises, people spend tonnes of money and time talking – in meetings, phone calls and video conferencing – but people forget the conversations pretty fast.”

Liang, a former platform lead for Google Maps Location Platform, demonstrated the offering to Telecom Times.

The technology is designed to recognise long form, multi-person conversations, providing real-time translation, done in the cloud and available immediately with the ability to search. AISense takes a voice print of each speaker, mapping it to the user, and ‘remembering’ their voice.

Video and web conferencing service Zoom has licensed the AISense technology to provide automatic translation for its customers.

Liang said AISense is already in discussions with some Australian organisations about using the product.

He says AISense is targeted at enterprise, business to business and business to consumer markets, along with education.

“We’re already processing thousands of hours of translation every day.”

Sinan Eren, Fyde founder and CEO, says the Fyde app is designed to take on the many variants of phishing – where the majority cybersecurity incidents begin – blocking phishing, smashing and other takeover attacks before they steal information.

The app uses 3% battery life over 24 hours.

The Fyde app is available free for consumers, with the consumer service providing threat data back to Fyde, which is used to inform their enterprise service.

In presenting the award, Feeny noted that again, all three finalists – with Jask and Vectra runners up – were ‘incredibly strong teams and technologies’.


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