IBM’s Red Hat acquisition exposes its cloud business weakness

In a move showing just how desperate it is to boost its sagging cloud business, IBM agreed to pay a whopping $34 billion for Red Hat, which provides open source software to the enterprise. IBM isn’t gaining any technology through this acquisition; it already has access to any open source technology Red Hat develops. It isn’t gaining revenue or profit at a level material to IBM, and the free cash flow it gains may barely cover the cost of the debt IBM issues to pay for the transaction.

The only sane rationale for this acquisition is that Red Hat can somehow transform IBM’s culture, evolving the company from dinosaur to modern cloud player. Perhaps it’s copying Microsoft’s playbook, and plans to put Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst in charge as IBM’s version of Satya Nadella. As uniquely talented a leader as Whitehurst is, this is a tall order for any mortal, and one the odds don’t favor. Or perhaps they intend to split the company into a smaller, more nimble cloud business led by Whitehurst, while carving off the cash flow generating legacy businesses.

That would increase the odds of success, but any way you look at it, this is a Hail Mary pass for IBM.

Source: Scott Crenshaw, for Rackspace.com

SQL & Windows Server 2008 End Of Support

SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support is coming and time is running out!

A big deadline is approaching for any company running Windows Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008. In July 2019, these platforms will no longer be supported by Microsoft, and every company that misses the deadline will face serious security and data loss risks.

Veracloud recommends taking a forward-thinking approach to this situation and viewing it as an opportunity to innovate using a multitude of options only made possible by utilizing Microsoft Azure. And by just migrating to Azure, you can get free Extended Security Updates for 3 more years after the end of support.

You probably know by now that  SQL Server and Azure SQL Database is engineered to handle the quickly-evolving needs of modern data developers and administrators. And perhaps you’re ready to modernise your data ecosystem, but the thought of cloud migration gives you pause. It’s a good time to discover the options in Azure SQL Database for easing the way.

This technical white paper takes a deeper look at modernising data to the cloud and the operational role Azure SQL Database plays.

Your data doesn’t need to be vulnerable.  Our customers are factoring this event into their larger data initiatives.  Whether you are looking to quickly mitigate your risk or using SQL end of life as a catalyst for innovation, we are here to help.

AWS RDS SQL Server to Azure SQL Database

Users can now migrate Amazon RDS for SQL Server to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance with minimal downtime by using generally available functionality in the Azure Database Migration Service. To learn more about how to use Azure Database Migration Service to perform online migrations from Amazon RDS for SQL Server to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance with minimal downtime, read the associated tutorial in the Azure Database Migration Service

Office 365 Application Performance With Cisco Intelligent WAN

IT directors and network administrators today have a tough job. They somehow need to balance an ever-expanding collection of mission-critical applications with the rising costs of private WAN solutions. The cloud has only made this more difficult. Many private and hybrid cloud resources as well as Software as a Service (SaaS) applications, such as the Office 365 application, can quickly monopolize the available bandwidth leading to unacceptable latency issues. In response to this dynamic, companies are looking to leverage the internet to route critical traffic as opposed to dumping more money into their private WAN contracts. Cisco offers an Intelligent Wide Area Network (IWAN) solution, and it has the potential to drastically improve performance and cut costs.

What Is An Intelligent WAN?
On one level, an intelligent WAN is just like any other wide area network. It connects the office’s local area network (LAN) to the wide reaches of the web. It is the highway by which office staff can access the internet. Cisco IWAN takes this concept one step further and provides network administrators an additional level of control. Instead of being structured with primary pathways flooded with traffic and secondary pathways waiting in the wings, an IWAN can alleviate congestion in the WAN and improve performance.

Citrix Data Breach

Software maker Citrix has revealed that it’s been the target of a data breach, resulting in international hackers making off with a large amount of data. The company states that it was contacted by the FBI last week and warned that its network was likely compromised by an Iran-linked hacker group, which stole between 6TB and 10TB of business documents.

Citrix is working quickly in response to the incident. “We commenced a forensic investigation; engaged a leading cybersecurity firm to assist; took actions to secure our internal network; and continue to cooperate with the FBI,” the company states. It adds that there’s no sign any of Citrix’s products or services have had their security compromised, but also admits that it’s not clear exactly how many or which documents were accessed.

While Citrix says it’s working to contain the incident and ensures its products and services remain secure, the real problem is that as a government contractor the company has a vast amount of sensitive data, and now it’s anyone’s guess if or how much has been accessed.

Cloudflare Partnership

We have chosen Cloudflare as one of our key partners to enhance our multi-cloud portfolio.

Cloudflare’s cloud-based performance and security solution assist enterprises by accelerating and securing their on-premises or cloud hosted websites and applications. Purpose-built for both cloud and hybrid deployments, Cloudflare delivers enterprise-grade DDoS protection, web application firewall (WAF), content delivery network (CDN), robust DNS, with a reduction on your monthly cloud compute hours and cost savings.

Speak to use to enjoy reduced pricing, increases performance, and hardened security for your website and application.

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