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Blue Coat Acquires Perspecsys To Effectively Make Public Cloud Applications Private

Blue Coat Acquires Perspecsys To Effectively Make Public Cloud Applications Private

Blue Coat Acquires Perspecsys

Expands portfolio in exploding cloud security market, providing relief for multinational enterprises struggling with data compliance requirements & regional sovereignty regulations

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 30, 2015Blue Coat Systems, Inc., a market leader in enterprise security, today announced it has acquired Perspecsys, Inc., a leader in enterprise cloud data protection solutions. With this acquisition, Blue Coat significantly expands its cloud security offerings while enhancing the industry’s most robust hybrid cloud portfolio. This expanded portfolio positions Blue Coat as a leader in the Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) segment and sets a new bar for data protection within cloud applications.

CASBs have become the primary means of layering security onto SaaS (Software as a Service) applications,” said Mike Fey, Blue Coat president and COO. “Industry analysts predict substantial growth for this space over the next five years. As SaaS deployments continue to increase, this technology will become an essential component of enterprise data and cloud security.

This acquisition enables Blue Coat to offer the industry’s widest range of CASB capabilities within its market-leading Secure Web Gateway portfolio. Together, Perspecsys and Blue Coat deliver the industry’s leading solution for protecting data in an era of user-led cloud application consumption, dramatically enhancing security for corporate-approved cloud applications and services.

As dependency on cloud applications grows, enterprises are faced with a number of issues regarding data privacy, compliance and security. These include compliance requirements for Personally-Identifiable-Information (PII), as well as payment (PCI) and protected health information (HIPAA); strict data governance and regional residency rules for multinational companies; and most prominently, the continuous global news of data breaches. These concerns can be an inhibitor to the adoption of cloud applications for many organizations.

Perspecsys’ Cloud Data Protection platform solves the key business risks associated with data compliance, privacy and security for enterprises as they move to adopt cloud-based applications. Through the use of its patented cloud data tokenization and encryption capabilities, Perspecsys puts enterprises in complete control of their data at all times, regardless of where the data resides, both while in use and at rest in the cloud. By removing the risks associated with placing sensitive data in the cloud with applications such as, ServiceNow and Oracle, Perspecsys effectively makes the public cloud private.

To gain control over the explosion of cloud application usage, our customers tell us that the proxy is the logical location to implement CASB features and with our historic strength and understanding of web applications it is a perfect fit,” said Greg Clark, Blue Coat CEO. “Given that more than 50 percent of our customers are based overseas, and as we look to expand our vision for cloud protection, we are paying close attention to the unique needs of multinationals that reside or are doing business in geographies with strict compliance and data sovereignty requirements. Perspecsys has delivered an approach for encrypting and tokenizing data in the cloud that can actually be used in the real world by global customers, making it a disruptive force in the market and a great addition to Blue Coat. In summary, Perspecsys’ capability reduces corporate cyber-crime risk. Management of data at rest via tokenizing or encrypting is rapidly becoming a critical element of cyber defense for both corporate owned infrastructure and cloud applications.”


We’re excited to be joining forces with Blue Coat. As the largest content security provider on the planet and a leader in CASB, Blue Coat is the logical source for these security services,” said David Canellos, Perspecsys CEO.

Enterprises want to buy this class of solution from Blue Coat and Perspecsys’ Cloud Data Protection is a natural complement to Blue Coat’s widely recognized portfolio of cloud and proxy technologies.”

About Perspecsys

Perspecsys’ Cloud Data Protection platform solves key data compliance, privacy and security concerns for enterprises adopting cloud-based applications. The solution puts enterprises in complete control of their cloud data at all times, allowing them to simply address the leading data compliance and security challenges impacting enterprise cloud adoption. By removing the security issues and operational risks associated with placing sensitive data in the cloud, Perspecsys makes the public cloud private. Before its acquisition by Blue Coat, Perspecsys, Inc. was a privately held company backed by investors, including Intel Capital, Paladin Capital and Ascent Venture Partners.

About Blue Coat Systems

Blue Coat is a leader in enterprise security, providing on-premise, hybrid and cloud-based solutions for protecting web connectivity, combating advanced threats and responding to security breaches. Blue Coat is the global market leader in securing connection to the web and counts nearly 80 percent of the Global Fortune 500 as its customers. Blue Coat was acquired by Bain Capital in March of 2015. For additional information, please visit

Alibaba $1 Billion Dollar Cloud Investment – International Competition Mounting

Alibaba $1 Billion Dollar Cloud Investment – International Competition Mounting

Alibaba $1 Billion Dollar Cloud Investment 

China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) said on Wednesday it would invest $1 billion into its Aliyun cloud computing arm to challenge Inc’s (AMZN.O) lucrative Web Services division, opening a global front in the battle between the two e-commerce giants.

With the global cloud computing market estimated by analysts to be worth about $20 billion, Alibaba said in a statement the investment would go toward setting up new Aliyun data centers in the Middle East, Singapore, Japan and Europe. The firm also plans to strike business partnerships with telecom and enterprise technology providers in those regions.

Although Alibaba and Amazon have so far avoided competing directly in their core business of e-commerce outside China, Aliyun’s international expansion takes aim squarely at Amazon Web Services (AWS), an increasingly central and profitable division of the Seattle-based company.

Information Source: Reuters

Getting Value From The Cloud

Getting Value From The Cloud

Value From The Cloud

Emergent Research predicts that small businesses employing cloud computing will more than double in the next six years, from 37% to 80%. Though often associated with small business transformation, cloud technology can be useful for large and government organizations too. MSPmentor comments that cloud computing is no longer only for developers and startups. While innovators and early adopters were the first to take advantage of cloud services, reliability and commitment in the cloud industry has made it amenable and advantageous to the greater market, as evidenced in The Path to Value in the Cloud.

Primary Uses

  • Mobility – Cloud technology allows businesses to create mobile offices so that data can be accessed and synced from anywhere. Organizations are free to work with global partners, and employees are able to provide value from remote locations.
  • Sharing – Data can be shared effortlessly with teams near and far. Companies don’t need to email large files or save copies to drives for remote access, but instead data stored in the cloud can be retrieved by anyone with appropriate access.
  • Backup – System failures and such disasters wreak havoc for companies, where hardcopies have long been outmoded. The cloud simplifies backup with automatic updating as you work, and offers the additional benefit of off-site storage for enhanced protection.
  • Storage & Hardware – Hard drive space requirements are reduced as files don’t have to be stored on local systems, and hardware requirements are decreased. With cloud services providing access to resources, and offerings such as Amazon Web Services and IBM dashDB Enterprise MPP, data and technology specs and costs can be economized.

Principal Considerations


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  • Location – You should understand where your data is being stored as this may affect both performance and legal compliance. Certain types of data must be stored in your native country, and the data storage facilities should provide physical and virtual security while incorporating protection from fire, flood, and earthquakes.
  • Encryption Management – Data at rest and in motion must be secure, and so preserving ownership of encryption is necessary. By controlling keys, you limit exposure to malicious insider threats which are often more harmful than external risks. Be sure to clarify who has this control before taking up a service.
  • Data Segregation – Cloud providers service many organizations and ensuring databases are properly secured ensures that a flaw in one client application won’t allow attackers access to other client data. It’s also necessary to confirm that any system-wide ‘super admin’ accounts which provide individuals with access to the entire cloud environment are limited and strictly monitored.
  • Testing – The cloud is often used as a backup solution, but you should ensure that information is adequately backed up by your provider. These backups and disaster recovery plans should be thoroughly tested to ensure your welfare.
  • Automated Tasks – Because of the scalability the cloud provides, expanding and reducing organizations is simplified. Scalability also benefits organizations with reduction of IT admin tasks where sufficient automation is available. Cloud provisioning, management, monitoring, and orchestration are commonly provided through APIs, and you should ensure your provider has APIs to launch VMs, configure security parameters, and start and stop services.
  • Network Security – Whichever service provider you utilize, scrutinize data encryption, anti-virus, and firewalls. Networks should constantly be monitored, and you need to understand the level of visibility when migrating to the cloud, routine security audits and alerts provided, and types of event monitoring.

Windstream Communication’s free download provides a comprehensive analysis of how to get the most value from the cloud for your business.

By Jennifer Klossterman

Wearable Tech – 250 Million Smart Wearables In Use

Wearable Tech – 250 Million Smart Wearables In Use

Wearable Tech Expansion

By 2018, CCS Insights predicts sales of wearable tech globally to have increased to 135 million, with over 250 million smart wearables in use. Apple Watch has been of particular interest this year, with talks of the Apple Watch 2 already surfacing. Strategy Analytics estimates that 4 million Apple Watches were sold in the second quarter of 2015, helping the overall smartwatch market grow approximately 457% annually.


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Technological Advances

Advances in technology increase the range of products available, with hardware shrinking to fit new requirements, software developing to deliver new functions and data, and power solutions emerging to meet these constraints. Texas Instruments suggests Adapting Qi-compliant wireless-power solutions to low-power wearable products as even the tiny micro-USB charge connections are too large for some newer wearable devices. With the convenience of use and added benefit of eliminating connector contamination, wireless charging provides some exciting opportunities to designers. The WT Wearable Technologies Innovation World Cup is already accepting entries for the 2015/2016 competition with prizes worth over $200,000. Categories include sports & fitness, healthcare & wellness, gaming & lifestyle, and safety & security, and special categories of smart clothing and smart jewelry are also being offered.

Fresh Ideas

Personal Air-Quality Monitoring


The enviro-tracker is a personalized air-quality monitor developed by startup Tzoa. It uses internal sensors to measure air quality, temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, ambient light, and UV exposure and connects to smartphones so that readings can be viewed, and recommendations submitted. The device creates a crowdsourced map of environmental data in real-time.


Winning the Gaming & Lifestyle category of the WT Wearable Technologies Innovation World Cup 13/14, ViviTouch 4D Sound was developed with electroactive polymers (EAP) used as a flexible capacitor. Stretchable electrodes are printed on either side of the EAP film in a particular pattern, and the polymer motors move the skin around a user’s ear, generating a realistic subwoofer experience.

Pain Relief


NeuroMetrix, Inc.’s Quell Wearable Pain Relief Technology is an easy-to-use, over-the-counter device which helps relieve chronic pain. Utilizing wearable intensive nerve stimulation technology, this 100% drug-free pain relief method is designed for conditions including painful diabetic neuropathy, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and sciatica.

Into the Future

Going forward, consumers can expect wearable tech to get smaller, less intrusive, and nearly invisible. Personalized devices nesting inside jewelry or fashion items could trend, and efficiency and accuracy will increase with time. The development of devices able to ‘learn’ is an intriguing possibility.

By Jennifer Klostermann

Performance In Cloud Shows Microsoft Has Strong Foundations

Performance In Cloud Shows Microsoft Has Strong Foundations

Microsoft Has Strong Foundations For The Future

Results show that Microsoft is still the best choice for resellers adopting their product range for the cloud world

Microsoft has recently announced its FYQ4 Earnings Report, which showed the company’s commercial cloud revenue grew by 88%, despite an overall quarterly loss.  The growing cloud revenue has been driven by the success of its Microsoft applications, which include Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM Online.

Commenting on the cloud business results, Piers Linney, Co-CEO of Cloud Services Provider (CSP) and Microsoft Gold partner Outsourcery, says that the results demonstrate the success of Microsoft’s strategy in putting cloud computing at the forefront of its commercial strategy, as customers shift away from traditional on-premises storage.

Linney states: “The growth of cloud brought a number of challenges to many of the established players in the industry who have had to rapidly adapt to new business models as a result. These latest results from Microsoft, while mixed, show that it has held its strong footing in what is a rapidly expanding cloud market.

When we chose to position Microsoft’s product stack and the Microsoft cloud platform at the heart of our offering, Outsourcery was questioned as to why we were limiting our potential market and not taking a more agnostic approach. However, when you think that virtually every company uses some sort of Microsoft tool, we felt that this was a sensible move to grow our offering. Further to our Microsoft services, we have been passionate about developing our own public sector proposal and bringing added value to the table through our partner programme. Additionally, we have worked to create our own Ofcom-regulated, enterprise grade O-Cloud platform.

Working with Microsoft enables us to deliver expertise in an offering that is always reliable and best-of-breed. Microsoft’s latest cloud sales result justifies our decision to remain Microsoft-centric and shows that the strength of Microsoft, and Outsourcery in turn, will only continue.”

A recent Hosting and Cloud Study 2015, commissioned by Microsoft and 451 Research which surveyed 1,700 hosting and cloud customers, revealed that 75 per cent are now beyond the cloud discovery phase. The research highlights an expectation that in three years, almost half of their applications will be deployed in a combination of private and public cloud environments, signifying the importance of cloud and application hosting to businesses in the future.

Linney continues, “the uptake of cloud computing has been driven by businesses that are seeking greater efficiency, flexibility and cost-savings within their organisation. The benefits of cloud computing combined with Microsoft’s high-performance product applications, which include Office 365 and Skype for Business, create a valuable and comprehensive cloud offering for businesses to bring on board.

Microsoft is consistently pioneering new and exciting products for its partners and customers and we are looking forward to working with them as a Gold partner long in to the future, to bring innovative and high-performance products, hosted on Outsourcery’s O-Cloud platform, to the market,” Linney concludes.

Cheap, Convenient Clouds Are Likely To Change The Way Enterprises Do Business

Cheap, Convenient Clouds Are Likely To Change The Way Enterprises Do Business

451 Research: Cloud Costs Fall Across The Board

If you have a keen interest in cloud development, new cloud products/services, public/private cloud pricing and cloud computing market competition, then “451 Research’s latest updates on Cloud Price Index” might interest you. The research states that the basic cost of renting cloud services — from one of the big public cloud providers — has fallen over 2% since the Index began in October 2014. During the last few years, the cost of cloud computing services has dropped significantly; cloud providers want to snatch more and more market share from their competitors.

In an article published in Forbes, 451 Research reports that on-demand cloud service is more cost effective. It can help companies save up to 44% over the on-demand price. Interestingly, 451 Research’s Cloud Price Index (CPI) has shown a series of steep price cuts in cloud pricing. The CPI is based on cloud quotes from a number of providers. The report includes quotes from AWS, Colt, Google, Microsoft, Swisscom, Verizon and Windstream.

The research shows how enterprising customers are adopting cost-aware approaches from the available pool of cloud providers. Those subscribing to cloud-based resources for several months, or years, are getting higher value in terms of cost and service.

Owen Rogers, the lead analyst for digital economics at 451 Research, explains: “Commitment goes a long way: capital, recurring revenue, financial lock-in and improved cash flow are all good news from the corporate angle. Advanced notification means better capacity planning, more accurate (and cheaper) purchase of hardware and infrastructure, and even the potential for better ‘bin-packing’ of capacity – all of this results in a better-used infrastructure, reducing sunk cost and maximizing cheap unit prices.”

As the cloud-computing prices keep falling, the whole IT businesses keep smiling:

Almost a decade ago, cloud computing was considered a far-fetched idea. But many people have now started adopting cloud-computing services to store and backup their personal and business data. According to a forecast by Statista, an online statistics company, the cloud storage industry is expected to generate over $4.04 billion revenue globally by 2016 — which shows how rapidly industry has grown.

Statistic: Global cloud service revenue from storage services from 2010 to 2016 (in billion U.S. dollars) | Statista
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The emerging market of public and private cloud infrastructure benefits enterprises, bringing down their input costs while it introduces new efficient services and provides a variety of products. It is foolish to make a data center when you are not sure what your needs will be in next six months. Cloud-computing services are now available at a most affordable price, and there is no reason to put-off taking advantage of them.

Rogers also believes: “Cloud has no bottom price. Even if infrastructure is eventually given away for free, as long as the provider sells other services, which offset this loss, then it can still be a profitable business.”

Price-cutting in cloud computing services is a win-win for both cloud service providers and enterprisers.

By Todd Franks

Taking Advantage of The Apple Watch

Taking Advantage of The Apple Watch

Apple’s Most Personal Device

Touted as Apple’s most personal device yet, the Apple Watch has received diverse reactions. Some industry pundits consider it better suited to early adopters, with its convenience being eclipsed by the learning curve and high price. However, past successes of Apple devices suggest that getting behind their new product won’t end in disappointment. The Apple Watch can only be as good as the apps developed for it, and a few major brands are already ensuring that their apps take center stage.

The Taptic Engine behind Apple Watch notifications is a new form of wearable tech interaction, developed to help users disengage from technology without disconnecting from essential information. The wrist-tapping feedback comes through in different patterns and strengths depending on the type of notification received, and glances provide significant snips of application information likely to be most relevant such as weather, traffic, or stocks. Apple Pay is a swipe method of payment delivered with the Apple Watch, adding convenience while simultaneously promoting the device.


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Interesting Applications

Various retail apps encourage shoppers to frequent their store while making the in-store experience simpler. Target’s mobile app links to the Apple Watch with shopping lists and in-store navigation, ensuring users find what they want using the most direct routes. A few travel apps are available to help organize flights, car hire, accommodation bookings, and activities. Expedia highlights upcoming travel arrangements and provides flight status and gate change notifications directly to the Apple Watch, as well as hotel addresses and check-in times. Many fitness apps have been developed, making use of embedded sensors to measure heart rate and steps taken, and Tinder is using the watch’s heart rate monitor to match up heart-rate increases with potential suitors. From Instagram to Amazon, Shazam to XE Currency, the available apps are countless, but their success is dependent on how well they’ve been developed to meet user needs and wants.


Ensuring your apps are both user-friendly and attractive is key, but developers should take full advantage of Apple Watch functionality to highlight their apps. Allowing users to decide on the frequency of interaction can also be of benefit, as providing too much feedback is a sure path to app deletion. At the same time, not offering enough insight makes your application superfluous. Quickly and succinctly presented information is a must, and differentiating between functions that will require iPhone connectivity and those which merely duplicate iPhone operations helps ensure necessary and desirable app creations.

Apple Watch applications need not be highly customizable or detailed solutions, but should successfully focus on the fundamental principle of providing concise and helpful pieces of data as necessary. 5 Watch Outs With the Apple Watch offers some great advice for anyone hoping to develop an efficacious application that will grab the market’s attention.

By Jennifer Klostermann

How SIP Trunking Helps Companies Benefit From A VoIP Enabled Phone System

How SIP Trunking Helps Companies Benefit From A VoIP Enabled Phone System

How SIP Trunking Helps Companies Benefit From VoIP

With more companies opting to use VoIP as their means to make calls, they needed the means to transition their phone system into a more VoIP based communications. The answer to that has been Session Initiation Protocol or SIP.

With this cloud-hosted technology, companies are able to replace traditional telephone trunks that connect their phone system with the public switched telephone network (PSTN). And since SIP is also an IETF standard for multimedia initiations, it has also become the means to deliver video over the Internet as well. This paves the way for more features like video conferencing through your own phone system.


With SIP trunking, you are getting a VoIP-enabled cloud-hosted phone system that has the following benefits:

Flexibility and mobility

SIP trunking takes advantage of the Internet. Because it is hosted over the Internet, location is no longer a limitation. Companies are now able to access their own cloud-hosted phone system from anywhere in the world and make and receive VoIP calls as long as they have stable Internet connection. This is important as the modern working environment is moving towards a more flexible workforce that telecommutes and is constantly mobile.


The technology also allows you to have a phone system that adjusts to your business needs. It makes it easier for you to add or remove phone numbers-toll free numbers or local numbers at any city in the US – or add or delete extensions depending on the growth of the company.

Virtual presence

VoIP and SIP are able to allow companies to establish presence in different locations without the need to be physically present there. For example, you can get a local number that people in the community can call even if you do not have a physical location in there.

Reduced call costs

SIP trunking allows for flat rates for both local and long distance calls that greatly reduce actual calling costs. Lastly, by being able to implement a phone system with extensions, users within the system can easily call and communicate with each other with no additional costs.

Unified communications

SIP allows for the transmission of different communication tools such as voice, data, and video. This allows SIP trunking providers like BroadconnectUSA to combine different communication tools like fax, voice, and others into one phone system. This allows them to provide companies of all sizes a streamlined cloud-hosted phone system that combines different advanced communication features.

Now that you know the benefits of SIP trunking for an effective VoIP-enabled business communications system, you want to know if your own company network can adopt the technology. While the only real requirement for VoIP and SIP trunking is an Internet connection, you want to make the most of it by adapting good practices that allows you to make the most out of the technology.
So before talking to the next SIP trunking provider, check your company first for:

Stable Internet connection

If you do not have a reliable Internet connection, any VoIP related communication tool will not be satisfying. You need business level Internet connection that is stable and high broadband speed. Recommended options are DSL and fiber optics. There are also speed testers online that you can use to measure your own Internet speed.

QoS routers and switches

Choosing the right routers and switches is also important in ensuring clear VoIP calls. QoS stands for quality of service and these routers and switches ensures that the network prioritizes the transmission of voice data over other types of transmission like downloading or streaming.

A robust network


The effectiveness of cloud hosted phone systems depends largely on the ability of the company’s own network to facilitate it. If the company has an old and outdated network infrastructure, then it can be the cause of phone service disruption. A good SIP trunking provider can be very good but still ineffective if the network it will run through is not able to adapt. So before signing up, make sure that your network can handle the data transmission required by this type of phone service.

SIP ready phones

While most VoIP services can be accessed through the desktop or mobile device, a lot of companies still prefer to have IP phones. A lot of providers give companies the option to buy or lease phones from them that are SIP ready and are already configured for the phone system. Some companies, on the other hand, may already have their own IP phones, which they want to use on their new service. If that is also the case with your company, you have to first check if it is a SIP enabled phone as there are other services that uses a different protocol. You also have to check if that specific IP phone model is supported by your new provider and how it can be configured to the phone system.

Once you have those areas checked, you can now fully enjoy the benefits of a VoIP-enabled phone system for your company.

By Glenn Blake

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