Webinar: Is Operations Manager Still Relevant In The World Of The Cloud?

Webinar: Is Operations Manager Still Relevant In The World Of The Cloud?

With Microsoft so focused on the cloud, it raises concerns about the future of technologies such as Operations Manager. To tackle this topic, Microsoft MVP Cameron Fuller has written a whitepaper which looks at Operations Manager and its future from a variety of angles. As a complement to the whitepaper, MVP Cameron Fuller will host two webinars in order to answer the question: “Is Operations Manager still relevant in the world of the cloud?

The webinars will be co-hosted by Savision’s co-founder and VP of Product Management, Dennis Rietvink.

During the webinars, the topics that will be covered are:

  • A history of Operations Manager and what conclusions we can draw from that history
  • Cloud first, mobile first, and it’s impacts on System Center
  • The Microsoft Operations Management Suite and how it compares with Operations Manager
  • Monitoring available within Azure, and solutions to monitor Azure
  • The Cloud Platform Stack, WAP, and Azure Stack
  • Architecting Operations Manager to run in the cloud

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Google Cloud Source Repository

Google Cloud Source Repository

Google hasn’t announced it yet, but the company earlier this year started offering free beta access to Cloud Source Repositories, a new service for storing and editing code on the ever-expanding Google Cloud Platform.

It won’t be easy for Google to quickly steal business from source code repository hosting companies like GitHub and Atlassian (with Bitbucket). And sure enough, Google is taking a gradual approach with the new service: It can serve as a “remote” for Git repositories sitting elsewhere on the Internet or locally.

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Tech Company Finds Stolen Government Log-ins All Over Web

Tech Company Finds Stolen Government Log-ins All Over Web

WASHINGTON (AP) — A CIA-backed technology company has found logins and passwords for 47 government agencies strewn across the Web — available for hackers, spies and thieves.

Recorded Future, a social media data mining firm backed by the CIA’s venture capital arm, says in a report that login credentials for nearly every federal agency have been posted on open Internet sites for those who know where to look.

According to the company, at least 12 agencies don’t require authentication beyond passwords to access their networks, so those agencies are vulnerable to espionage and cyberattacks. The company says logins and passwords were found connected with the departments of Defense, Justice, Treasury and Energy, as well as the CIA and the Director of National Intelligence.

News Source: Associated Press

Docker And Rocket Ready For Liftoff – Software Containers

Docker And Rocket Ready For Liftoff – Software Containers

Software Containers

Docker, CoreOS, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are now working on a new standard for software containers with the help of the Linux Foundation. Other members of this coalition include Apcera, Cisco, EMC, Fujitsu Limited, Goldman Sachs, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Mesosphere, Pivotal, Rancher Labs, Red Hat and VMware — that is, virtually everybody who has a stake in building a thriving container ecosystem.

Docker may have become synonymous with containers, but it’s not the only container format around and not everybody agrees that it should become the standard format. Last December, CoreOS announced that it was launching its own container runtime (rkt) and format (appc), a project that received some support from major players like Google, Red Hat and VMware.

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Networks Can Be Used As Sensors To Enforce Security

Networks Can Be Used As Sensors To Enforce Security

Network Sensors & Security Enforcement

As Cisco Live 2015 launched in California this week, a primary message the company sent out was that it is critical to lock out cybercriminals. But as methods of attack become increasingly sophisticated, and points of infiltration multiply, traditional methods of security are not enough. So instead of seeing computer networks as attack points that must be protected, Cisco sees networks as the key to defending organizations from attack.

Cyber Security Issues Discussed

As the Internet of Everything (IoE) expands and grows, increasing connectivity in all ways, the opportunity for cyber attacks, as well as the attack surface, also grows. Coupled with this, Cisco goes as far to suggest that many international cybercrime organizations understand networks better than those in the business. This often means that the cybercriminals have also identified network defenses, so when a breach occurs, it can take a very long time to identify and reverse it.

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One of this week’s innovation talks at Cisco Live by senior vice presidents of Cisco, Bryan Palma and David Goeckeler focused on security innovations, and discussed how protection against cyber attacks can be implemented using “threat-centric security.” Universal connectivity comes with the requirement that companies take strategic steps to “reduce complexity and protect their environments from advanced threats,” they say. With this in mind, the talk focused on innovations in what they termed “threat-concentric security” that can help companies anticipate cyber attacks and guard against them. It also looked at the rapid pace of change in today’s IT market as well as the vital need to provide availability, as well as access and the required performance that today’s IoE economy demands.

Cisco has an advanced cyber threat defense solution that enables businesses to detect threats. It has also partnered with Lancope to offer the Lancope StealthWatch System as part of the Cisco solution, and Lancope’s technical engineer, Matt Robertson also headed a session this week that featured Cisco and highlighted ways to fend off advanced insider threats and external attacks.

Andrew Wild, Lancope’s chief information security officer (CISO) was at the conference. He told CloudTweaks that Cisco’s innovation to use networks as sensors, highlighted the importance that networks should not simply be seen as attack points. Instead, he said, they are “the source of a huge amount of information and of significant investment, which is currently being underutilized as the primary threat identification and mitigation tool for today’s most insidious attacks.”

Cisco points out that the Ponemon Institute has released figures that show it takes on average 80 days to discover malicious attacks on networks, and 123 days to resolve them. In its annual report last year (2014), the company also stated that 100 percent of business networks Cisco teams had analyzed had traffic going to websites that hosted malware.

It’s no longer realistic to think that a strong perimeter defense will stop attacks,” says Wild. Instead of focusing on how to keep attackers out, enterprises should be asking what is the quickest way to identify ongoing attacks and mitigate their damage.

Organizations have already spent millions on building out robust, highly-scalable worldwide networks. Now is the time to leverage this investment and empower it to protect itself. “The Network as a Sensor model allows enterprises to activate the network to obtain constant, pervasive visibility and threat detection. All attacks must traverse the network to achieve their objective, and by using your Network as a Sensor, you are more likely to detect malicious activity that could lead to a major breach.

He said it was also possible to “mine your network” for context around who, what, when and where strange activities were happening on the network.

We believe the time is now for the Network as a Sensor to start shifting the balance of power towards those who should truly have the most information about their own networks.”

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Intel Strengthens IOT Position With $16.7 Billion Acquisition

Intel Strengthens IOT Position With $16.7 Billion Acquisition

Intel Strengthens IOT Position With Acquisition

Enables New Classes of Products in High-Growth Data Center and Internet of Things Market Segments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. & SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) and Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced a definitive agreement under which Intel would acquire Altera for $54 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $16.7 billion.

The acquisition will couple Intel’s leading-edge products and manufacturing process with Altera’s leading field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology. The combination is expected to enable new classes of products that meet customer needs in the data center and Internet of Things (IoT) market segments. Intel plans to offer Altera’s FPGA products with Intel Xeon® processors as highly customized, integrated products. The companies also expect to enhance Altera’s products through design and manufacturing improvements resulting from Intel’s integrated device manufacturing model.

Intel’s growth strategy is to expand our core assets into profitable, complementary market segments,” said Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel. “With this acquisition, we will harness the power of Moore’s Law to make the next generation of solutions not just better, but able to do more. Whether to enable new growth in the network, large cloud data centers or IoT segments, our customers expect better performance at lower costs. This is the promise of Moore’s Law and it’s the innovation enabled by Intel and Altera joining forces. We look forward to working with the talented team at Altera to deliver this value to our customers and stockholders.”

Given our close partnership, we’ve seen firsthand the many benefits of our relationship with Intel—the world’s largest semiconductor company and a proven technology leader, and look forward to the many opportunities we will have together,” said John Daane, President, CEO and Chairman of Altera. “We believe that as part of Intel we will be able to develop innovative FPGAs and system-on-chips for our customers in all market segments. Together, we expect to drive meaningful value for our customers, partners and employees around the world. This is an exciting transaction that provides immediate and significant value to our stockholders. We look forward to working closely with the Intel team to ensure a smooth transition and complete the transaction as quickly as possible.

Altera will become an Intel business unit to facilitate continuity of existing and new customer sales and support. Intel plans to continue support and development for Altera’s ARM-based and power management product lines.

The transaction is expected to be accretive to Intel’s non-GAAP EPS and free cash flow in the first year after close. Intel intends to fund the acquisition, which is expected to close within six to nine months, with a combination of cash from the balance sheet and debt.

The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Intel and Altera Boards of Directors and is subject to certain regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, including the approval of Altera’s stockholders.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Rothschild Inc. are serving as financial advisors and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP are serving as legal advisors to Intel. Goldman, Sachs & Co. is serving as the exclusive financial advisor to Altera and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Professional Corporation, is serving as legal advisor to Altera.

For more information, investors are encouraged to visit intelacquiresaltera.transactionannouncement.com, which will be used by Intel and Altera to disclose information about the transaction and comply with Regulation FD.

Transaction Discussion Webcast

Intel will hold a public webcast at 7:00 a.m. PT (10:00 a.m. ET) today to discuss the transaction. The webcast and a copy of the webcast presentation materials can be found on Intel’s Investor Relations website at www.intc.com. The live webcast can also be accessed in the United States at 1-866-383-8009 and outside the United States at +1-617-597-5342 with the passcode 99323762. A webcast replay and a copy of the webcast presentation materials will also be available at intelacquiresaltera.transactionannouncement.com.

About Intel

Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world’s first commercially available “conflict-free” microprocessors. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com, and about Intel’s conflict-free efforts at conflictfree.intel.com.

About Altera

Altera® programmable solutions enable designers of electronic systems to rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets. Altera offers FPGA, SoC, CPLD, and complementary technologies, such as power solutions to provide high-value solutions to customers worldwide. Visit Altera at www.Altera.com.

Smartphone Security More Important Than Ever Thanks To NFC Implants

Smartphone Security More Important Than Ever Thanks To NFC Implants

Smartphone Security More Important Than Ever

When was the last time you spared a thought as to whether or not your smartphone is secure enough? Chances are, your security system doesn’t extend beyond a simple lock screen pattern or password. But it should.

In fact, the security of your smartphone should be one of your chief concerns. Think for a moment: exactly how much personal and financial information is stored on your smartphone? Internet banking, Paypal, Facebook, e-mail… the list goes on. Your smartphone is a veritable goldmine for a would-be digital thief, and all that stands in his way is an abstract geometric shape (or a 4-digit passcode).

In fairness to the password, it did have its heyday. In fact, with the advent of the lock-out (wherein a user is locked out after a number of unsuccessful tries, essentially preventing brute force hacking methods), the password was once a formidable security barrier. That is true no longer.

Fast Moving Tech

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The rapidly evolving nature of technology means that, inevitably, the methods that cyber criminals use to carry out their misdeeds grow increasingly more complex every year. Where once someone would have to physically steal your phone to access all those juicy bank passwords, now all they have to do is… hold your phone in their hand?

New Hacking Method

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Seth Wahle, an engineer at APA wireless, has demonstrated a new method of hacking that is both impressive and deeply worrying. He has implanted a device in his hand that contains an NFC (Near Field Communications) chip. This device, which contains just 888 bytes of memory, constantly pings nearby android phones, asking its user to open up a link. Once open, the link installs malicious software onto the phone.

Using his implant, Wahle has managed to force a secure android device to take a photograph of him. While taking a selfie is certainly an innocent enough use of the technology, the implications of this are rather terrifying. Rather than installing a bug that activates a device’s camera, a hacker could install a bug that gathers financial information and relays it back to the hacker. All he would need to do is load up his NFC chip with the right virus and take a stroll through a crowded mall, pinging android phones as he goes; and while many people may ignore the link that pops up on their device, there would certainly be enough people opening it to make the potential consequences rather catastrophic.

Undetectable

As if that wasn’t bad enough, this new technology is also completely undetectable using current security systems; in fact, Wahle (who was a petty officer in the US navy) passed through scanners every day when he was in the military, and they never once detected it.

So start to think about getting your smartphone security up to date. Only access apps and links from trusted sources, log out of sites once payments are made, and never send personal information over any sort of mobile communication, be it texts, Facebook messages, or e-mail. Keep your operating systems up-to-date, and keep an eye out for a guy asking to ‘quickly look something up on your phone’ who has a scar on his hand (or not, as the implant wound almost completely fades away!)

Gartner: CEOs Realize The Cloud Is Where New Disruptive Industry Platforms Get Created

Gartner: CEOs Realize The Cloud Is Where New Disruptive Industry Platforms Get Created

Gartner CEO and Senior Business Executive Survey

Survey Points to Positive Business Conditions and Accelerating Technology Innovation in 2015

STAMFORD, Conn., April 21, 2015 — Most CEOs expect positive business conditions and accelerating technology innovation in 2015, according to a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. The 2015 Gartner CEO and senior business executive survey found that growth remains a top priority and technology-related change is viewed as the primary tool to achieve that growth in 2015 and 2016.

The Gartner CEO and senior business executive survey of 400 senior business leaders in user organizations worldwide was conducted in the last quarter of 2014, asking questions about 2015 and 2016. Most responding organizations were those with annual revenue of $1 billion or more. The survey results show that business conditions are good — though not spectacular — and stability is good enough to enable strategic investments.

Each year we ask CEOs to state their top five business priorities and this year growth was once again the top priority,” said Mark Raskino, vice president and Gartner fellow. “However, explicit mentions of growth were down from last year. We attribute this decline not to less interest in growth, but rather to increasing interest in the mechanism that will create it.

The second-most-important category of business priority for 2015 and 2016 is technology related. This is the highest position we have ever seen for technology in this survey and it’s our firm belief that CEOs are more focused on this area than at any time since 1999,” said Mr. Raskino. “When we examine the subtext of the responses, the purpose of CEOs’ interest in technology becomes immediately obvious. Over half of the responses relate to revenue- and growth-related technology issues such as multichannel, e-commerce and m-commerce.

Customer-facing and analytics capabilities remain in the foreground for most of the survey respondents. When it comes to top technology investments over the next five years, 37 percent of respondents ranked customer engagement management (CEM) as the leading technology-enabled business capability, followed by digital marketing at 32 percent and business analytics at 28 percent.

Cloud-based business also now has high recognition, as CEOs come to realize that the cloud is where new disruptive and controlling industry platforms get created. However, the standout finding from this year’s survey was the meteoric rise of the Internet of Things, a term that barely garnered any recognition in previous years.

With digital starting to fundamentally change the nature of industries, CEOs’ security and risk concerns are rising. Seventy-seven percent of survey respondents agreed with the statement that “The digital world is creating new types and levels of risk for our business,” and 65 percent felt that “Investment in risk management practices is not keeping up with new and higher levels of risk.”

Although this was a partly prompted finding, we also saw strong evidence of this rising concern elsewhere in the responses,” said Mr. Raskino. “CEOs are right to be concerned. As products and services become digital they add far greater utility for the customer but also far greater power for those dark forces who might usurp digital control. CEOs and CIOs should collaborate to jolt the executive team out of cyber-risk complacency.”

More detailed analysis is available in the report “CEO Survey 2015: Committing to Digital.” The report is available on Gartner’s website. This report is part of the Gartner Special Report 2015 CEO Survey: Committing to Digital, which looks at how growth and technology are top priorities for CEOs even as the need for deep structural change is not fully recognized. The Special Report can be viewed at http://bit.ly/ceosrvy.

About Gartner

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. The company delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is the valuable partner to clients in approximately 10,000 distinct enterprises worldwide. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and has 6,800 associates, including more than 1,500 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 90 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

Docker Secures $95 Million Series D Funding

Docker Secures $95 Million Series D Funding

Docker Secures $95M in Series D Funding to Meet the Unrivaled Demand for Its Open Source Platform  

Burgeoning Ecosystem Standardizes on Docker to Transform How Applications Are Built, Shipped and Run in the Modern Datacenter

SAN FRANCISCO – April 14, 2015 – Docker, Inc., the organization behind the open platform for distributed applications, today announced that it has raised $95 million of Series D funding. This latest infusion builds on the successful Series C round raised in September, and enables Docker to address the needs of the millions of ecosystem users and thousands of enterprises that have standardized on Docker’s technology. The financing will enable deeper integration with go-to-market partners such as AWS, IBM and Microsoft, who have made strategic product investments in support of Docker’s open source technology. It will also fuel new platform capabilities across the application development lifecycle, solidifying Docker as the foundation for a new generation of distributed applications.

The round was led by Insight Venture Partners, with new contributions from Coatue, Goldman Sachs and Northern Trust. Existing investors Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital, Trinity Ventures and Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures also participated in the round.

This financing is a strong vote of confidence in Docker management, and strengthens the company’s ability to fulfill the needs of the millions of developers who have made the commitment to utilizing its breakthrough products and services in their daily work,” said Jeff Horing, co-founder of Insight Venture Partners. “Docker will be able to continue to make additional hires in general to put more critically-needed products into the hands of developers.”

Docker’s model enables any application to be built and run as a consistent, low-overhead Docker container, liberating developers from infrastructure concerns and dramatically increasing innovation. Enterprises using Docker have reported that it shrinks deployment cycles from weeks to minutes and drives up to 20X improvement in computing resource efficiency. More than 300 million instances of Docker’s technology have been downloaded from its hosted service, Docker Hub, enabling organizations to create both an agile application environment and an agile organization.

Our responsibility is to give people the tools they need to create applications that weren’t possible before,” said Solomon Hykes, founder and CTO of Docker. “We will continue to honor that commitment to developers and enterprises. We think they are still looking for a platform that helps them build and ship applications in a truly standardized way, without lock-in or unwanted bundled features. That is what we set out to build, and we are not yet content with what we have achieved so far. We are getting a clear message from the market that they like what we are building, and we plan to keep building it. The financing enables us to deliver on that promise.”

Dockerized applications are enabling increased productivity and continuous business innovation for organizations such as the BBC, Gilt, Goldman Sachs, Groupon, ING, Spotify and Yelp. Companies like these are often initially exposed to Docker by a few development teams that integrate Docker into their workflows and are able to immediately demonstrate the productivity benefits of the platform across the development organization. These grassroots efforts quickly receive executive attention when, almost overnight, application enhancements take minutes when they used to take months.

With the accelerating pace of digitization in the financial industry, the breadth, complexity and diversity of our software and infrastructure services has grown materially,” said Don Duet, global co-head of the Technology Division at Goldman Sachs. “The ability to manage and run business-critical technology at scale in an agile and adaptive ecosystem has become fundamental to our firm. When our engineers discovered and started using Docker’s open source platform, they were immediately impressed by the portability it provides applications. It inspired us to move towards a standardized infrastructure for packaging, shipping and running our applications based on Docker’s technology.”

An April 2015 survey of 685 enterprise CIOs by Enterprise Technology Research highlights that Docker technology has the strongest buying intention score (known as a Net spending intentions score or “NET score”) ever recorded in the six years of the firm’s research, which covers 274 technology vendors across 24 sectors of enterprise technology. This aligns with the positive feedback that Docker has received on its flagship commercial product, Docker Hub Enterprise, which is being beta trialed by a number of Fortune 100 companies and will be made broadly available later this quarter.

“The combination of strong product demand and a rapidly-expanding ecosystem has put Docker on a growth trajectory far beyond what most companies experience in this phase of their development,” said Ben Golub, CEO of Docker. “This type of financial support, in addition to the high caliber of this group of investors, provides Docker with the resources and guidance needed to meet the demands of all aspects of our community – from open source contributors to Fortune 100 enterprises. Over the course of the last six months, we’ve exceeded every growth milestone we set for the company and the community. With the continued support of our investors, partners and community, Docker will continue to disrupt organizational conventions, transforming monolithic teams, processes and applications into more productive and agile microservices environments.”

About Docker, Inc.

Docker, Inc. is the company behind the Docker open source platform, and is the chief sponsor of the Docker ecosystem. Docker is an open platform for developers and system administrators to build, ship, and run distributed applications. With Docker, IT organizations shrink application delivery from months to minutes, frictionlessly move workloads between data centers and the cloud, and can achieve up to 20X greater efficiency in their use of computing resources. Inspired by an active community and by transparent, open source innovation, Docker containers have been downloaded 300 million times and Docker is used by millions of developers across thousands of the world’s most innovative organizations, including eBay, Baidu, the BBC, Groupon, ING, Yelp, Spotify, Yandex, and Cambridge HealthCare. Docker’s rapid adoption has catalyzed an active ecosystem, resulting in more than 100,000 “Dockerized” applications, over 40 Docker-related startups,  and integration partnerships with AWS, Cloud Foundry, Google, IBM, Microsoft, OpenStack, Rackspace, Red Hat and VMware.

Docker, Inc. is venture backed by AME Cloud Ventures, Benchmark, Coatue, Goldman Sachs, Greylock Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Northern Trust, Sequoia Capital, SV Angel , Trinity Ventures, and Y Combinator.

Google Cloud Platform Partners With CDN Provider CloudFlare

Google Cloud Platform Partners With CDN Provider CloudFlare

Google Partners With CDN Provider CloudFlare

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Apr 13, 2015) – CloudFlare, the leading Internet performance and security company, has collaborated with Google as an authorized Cloud Platform Technology Partner. Starting today, Google Cloud Platform customers can extend the capabilities of their existing infrastructure and also enjoy all of the performance and security benefits of CloudFlare.

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CloudFlare extends Google Cloud Platform customers’ infrastructure directly to the network edge for even faster content delivery, as well as heightened optimization and security.

Google realizes the importance of security and combining it with the best available performance only enhances its world-class infrastructure,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of CloudFlare. “Now customers can enjoy the best of both worlds, protecting and accelerating their web properties while staying focused on growing their core business.

Benefits include:

  • Doubled web performance – CloudFlare uses advanced caching and the SPDY protocol to double web content transfer times, making web content transfer times significantly faster.
  • Datacenters at your customer’s doorstep – CloudFlare’s global edge network caches static files close to their destination, meaning content always loads fast no matter where customers are located. Also, CloudFlare peers with Google in strategic locations globally, improving response times for Google Cloud Platform services.
  • Protection against DDoS and SQL injection attacks – Because CloudFlare sits on the edge, customers are protected from malicious traffic before it reaches Google Cloud Platform. This keeps websites up and running without compromising page load times or performance.

Signing up has never been easier. To learn more, please visit: https://cloudflare.com/google

About CloudFlare

CloudFlare, Inc. makes sites lightning fast, protects them from attacks, ensures they are always online, and makes it simple to add web apps with a single click. Regardless of size or platform, CloudFlare supercharges websites with no need to add hardware, install software, or change a line of code. The CloudFlare community gets stronger as it grows: every new site makes the network smarter. More than 5 percent of global Web requests flow through CloudFlare’s network; every month more than 1.8 billion people experience a faster, safer, better Internet. CloudFlare was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, named the Most Innovative Network & Internet Technology Company for two years running by the Wall Street Journal, and ranked among the world’s 50 most innovative companies by Fast Company. CloudFlare has offices in San Francisco, California, USA and London, UK.

Oracle New Retail Cloud Service

Oracle New Retail Cloud Service

Oracle has unveiled six new Retail Cloud Services designed to help retailers capitalize on modern business opportunities.

Announced on Wednesday, the Redwood City, CA.-based firm said six new cloud solutions have been added to the company’s retail cloud portfolio. Stemming from MICROS Retail solutions, acquired by Oracle last year, the new cloud services are designed to assist retailers in the management of e-commerce applications, customer engagement, the stock chain, ordering and brand compliance.

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Adobe Document Cloud Now Available

Adobe Document Cloud Now Available

Adobe Document Cloud

SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 7, 2015 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of its newest cloud offering, Adobe Document Cloud, a modern way to manage documents at home, in the office and across devices. Document Cloud addresses the waste and inefficiency associated with document processes. Whether it’s school permission slips, health insurance forms or complex enterprise document workflows, Adobe is transforming how people and businesses get work done. At the heart of Document Cloud, and also available today, is the all-new Adobe Acrobat DC, the world’s best PDF solution taken to an entirely new level. With a stunning, touch-enabled interface and powerful companion mobile apps, Acrobat DC delivers free e-signing with every subscription, now included as part of both Document Cloud and Creative Cloud.

The response to Adobe Document Cloud has been incredibly positive and inspiring,” said Bryan Lamkin, senior vice president of Technology and Corporate Development at Adobe. “Clearly, we have struck a chord, as we set out to alleviate document distress for both enterprise workers and individual consumers. With Document Cloud, we are revolutionizing how people get work done with documents, and our customers are applauding the move.”

Adobe Document Cloud includes:

  • All-new Acrobat DC

With an intuitive, touch-enabled interface, Acrobat DC delivers powerful new functionality to get work done anywhere. The new Tool Center offers simplified and quick access to the tools you use most, including the ability to easily edit PDFs on mobile devices. Plus, use the camera on your device and Adobe Photoshop magic to easily convert any paper documents to digital, editable files that can be sent for signature.

  • E-signing Anywhere, for Everyone

eSign Services (formerly Adobe EchoSign) are now included with every subscription of Acrobat DC, which is part of both Document Cloud and Adobe Creative Cloud. Now you can electronically send and sign any document from any device. Document Cloud for enterprise offers eSign services with premium capabilities designed for organizations. New Fill & Sign makes signing anything fast and easy, including smart autofill across devices.

  • New Mobile Link and Mobile Apps

Access your work as you move between desktop and devices, and pick up that form or document where you left off with new Mobile Link — your files, settings and signatures stay with you. With two new mobile apps, Adobe Acrobat DC mobile and Adobe Fill & Sign DC, people can create, comment and sign documents directly on their mobile devices. Download the free apps from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

  • Document Management & Control

Services such as Send & Track DC let you manage, track and control your documents. With intelligent tracking, you gain visibility into where critical documents are along their process, including who has opened them and when. Control features also help to protect sensitive information, both inside and outside the firewall, for business or personal use.

In addition, Document Cloud for enterprise provides entire organizations with services, including enterprise-class e-sign services, that bring speed and efficiency to business document workflows. Document Cloud for enterprise offers solutions for industries including healthcare and insurance, financial services, media and entertainment, government, and schools and universities. And, enterprises can centrally manage Document Cloud and Creative Cloud user accounts and licenses with single sign-on (SSO) in the Adobe Enterprise Dashboard.

Individuals and Organizations Welcome the Availability of Document Cloud:

  • Andy Bevan, Head of IT, Barton Willmore

I look forward to Adobe Document Cloud giving us the ability to produce any file at a moment’s notice without carrying piles of paper around. It’s a game changer.”

  • Rhonda Carlson, Corporate IT Group, CH2M HILL

People will love the editing and enhanced scanning features in Adobe Acrobat DC for how they contribute to productivity. For our departments that frequently scan documents, the Enhance Scans functionality will be a timesaver.”

  • Jones Lukose, Head of the Records and Archives Management Department, International Criminal Court (ICC)

For the International Criminal Court (ICC), PDF is a standard for more than 2 million documents published to the website and internal processes. Adobe Acrobat is essential to our business, and document integrity is top of mind for us. I’m glad to see Adobe continue to invest in document security for its customers with Acrobat DC.

  • Dawn Welsh, Senior Manager, IT Licensing, Asset Management and Support, International Game Technology

“I am impressed with the focus on mobile capabilities within Adobe Document Cloud. Our employees need access to their documents at home, in meetings, or on the road. The ability to quickly pull up my files through a single log-in is invaluable to improving productivity.

  • Joost van de Bunt, Business Development Manager, KLM

Today, workers on the road use different apps, tools and software across many different devices, having to keep track of where their documents are. With Adobe Document Cloud, it can all happen in one place, with one solution. The documents are with the worker wherever they are, making everything much more efficient.”

  • Ray Young, Business Development Director, Ricoh UK

“In our business, everyone is mobile-enabled. Companies are using mobile technology and cloud applications to gain access to information, efficiently and fast. With eSign services in Adobe Document Cloud, we can access information remotely. Accessing information wherever you are, whenever you want is no longer a nice-to-have, it is a must-have.

  • Larry Denny, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, TiVo

eSign services in Adobe Document Cloud are helping us streamline internal and external processes across the company, making it one of the most value-added products we’ve ever seen at TiVo.

Pricing and Availability

Acrobat DC and Adobe Document Cloud are available immediately. A subscription to Acrobat DC comes with Adobe Document Cloud services. Adobe Creative Cloud members now also have access to Document Cloud through Acrobat DC Pro, which is included with every full membership to Creative Cloud. Acrobat DC is also offered as a perpetual product, available through Adobe Authorized Resellers, the Adobe Store, and Adobe Direct Sales. A free 30-day trial of Acrobat DC is available now.

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