IBM Announces the Acquisition of Bluewolf, Cloud Consulting Firm

Bluewolf group is a cloud consulting company that focuses on providing their services to the businesses that uses Salesforce or some other cloud related software and applications.  IBM the computing and services giant announces that it has come to a deal to acquire Bluewolf Group. It is a consulting company that focuses on serving businesses using Salesforce and other cloud software applications. Bluewolf will be added to IBM’s Interactive Experience, or IX unit, which is a part of the huge Global Business Services consulting division. Conditions of the deal were not disclosed, but according to sources well-known with the subject, IBM will pay somewhat more than $200 million.

Eric Berridge, Bluewolf’s CEO, said “the New York-based company was founded in 2000 and has been offering Salesforce-related services since 2002. The company has more than 500 employees, with offices in North America and other countries that include the United Kingdom, France and Australia.”

The Salesforce that is a San Francisco-based company established in 1990, was a pioneer in presenting software as an online service. From that time, consulting firms have boosted up to assist companies in customizing Salesforce services and put them together with other business systems. San Francisco-based Bluewolf was founded in 2000 with the goal of revolutionizing up the software consulting business.

In 2002 co-founder and CEO Eric Berridge get together with Marc Benioff, his former boss at software giant Oracle. The gathering resulted in the formation of Bluewolf’s practice, dedicated almost completely to serving companies install and more successfully use the Salesforce. It has now worked with around 9,500 companies.

Paul Papas, global leader of the IBM unit, said “its customers will benefit from the combination of Bluewolf’s expertise with other IBM services and activities, including mobile application development with Apple Inc. He further said “They now have the access to the full capabilities that IBM has to offer.”

Bluewolf team will join the IBM Interactive Experience, a unit of the computing giant’s global services arm that works with services from Salesforce, SAP and others. With the Bluewolf agreement, IBM has now accomplished 10 cloud-related acquisitions. It makes for the latest in a string of cloud-focused acquisitions by Big Blue in recent months.

IBM’s plan is to merge Bluewolf’s reach with its own cloud software and infrastructure capabilities. The agreement is probable to close in the 2nd quarter of 2016 and is subject to standard regulatory reviews.

Microsoft Cloud App “Security” Ready to Uncover Shadow IT

The upcoming cloud app from Microsoft will help the IT administrators of the enterprises to uncover and identify those cloud services that are not monitored and can be used to give away data.

Security cloud Microsoft acquired the Adallom last year, which is a security software company and focus on security of data on the multi-cloud environment. The new cloud app will be based on the features and technology of Adallom.

“Today, we are announcing Microsoft Cloud App Security, based on the Adallom technology, will become generally available in April 2016. Microsoft Cloud App Security brings the same level of visibility and control that IT departments have in their on-premises network to their SaaS applications including apps like Box, SalesForce, ServiceNow, Ariba, and of course Office 365” said Microsoft Chief Information Security Officer Bret Arsenault.

Microsoft Cloud App Security will also authorize new superior security administration abilities constructed into Office 365 that will perk up IT visibility and management. These new capabilities contain; Advanced security alerts that will inform Office 365 administrators of irregular or doubtful movement in the service so that they can take action. The Cloud app discovery, which enables IT to examine which cloud services the users are linking to. App permissions that offers the capability to support or withdraw permissions for third party services that your users are endorsed to hook up to Office 365.

He further said “Protecting Microsoft’s environment entails managing security for more than 1 million corporate devices across the globe, using multiple platforms. The diversity of our computing environment often mirrors those of our customers, which enables us to develop services that meet their security needs.”

Shadow IT is a huge sightless point for venture organizations. According to a new study by Cisco, IT section harshly misjudges the figure of public cloud services used in their environments. The average big organization is linked to an astounding 1,220 public cloud service that is about 25 times more than the amount that IT departments are maintaining track of.

With the app IT administrators also will be cautioned of actions that places their potentially perceptive information at risk. The Office 365 higher security notifications will help you to irregular and apprehensive action so that you can take action. The system informs you of strange actions, such as if a user take an administrative act from a place they have never logged onto previously.

AWS Adds Canadian Region to Its Estate Through Montreal Data Center

AWS announces the opening of its new Canadian region that is carbon neutral and powered by renewable hydro power as well as a new test drive service of its cloud services buyers.

Canada Amazon Web Service (AWS) is keeping the pace with its growing customer base and in the continuation of the launch of its new data centers; it announces the opening of Canadian region. The new data center in the Montreal, Quebec, Canada will be totally carbon neutral and the power to this data center will be provided through a clean and renewable source which is hydro power.

“The planned Canada-Montreal region will give AWS partners and customers the ability to run their workloads and store their data in Canada. As a reminder, we currently have 4 other regions in North America—US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Northern California), US West (Oregon), and AWS GovCloud (US)—with a total of 13 Availability Zones, plus the planned but not yet operational region coming to Ohio in 2016” said AWS chief technology evangelist Jeff Barr.

The Montreal amenities are not restricted to Canadian customers and partners, but it is open to all the existing AWS customers who would like to route and store their data in Canada.

He further said “Today’s announcement means that our global infrastructure now comprises 32 Availability Zones across 12 geographic regions worldwide, with another 5 AWS regions (and 11 Availability Zones) in Canada, China, India, Ohio, and the United Kingdom coming online throughout the next year.”

In the meantime, AWS also announced a partnership with data platform provider MapR to produce a ‘try before you buy’ service. MapR will offer free test drives of the AWAS services Data guise DgSecure, HPE Vertica, Apache Drill and TIBCO Spotfire, these services will run from its integrated Spark/Hadoop systems.

The AWS Test Drive service will provide the customers with private IT sandbox environments, it will be pre-configured with the servers, so that cloud service customers can start, login and discover about popular third-party big data IT services as they explore their buying options.

The MapR claims that the system is so easy that the entire procedure, from beginning, to the learning, can be accomplished within an hour using its step by step lab handbook and video. The test drives are powered by AWS Cloud Formation.

The MapR is presently the only Hadoop distribution of the AWS Cloud that is accessible as an alternative on Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR), AWS Marketplace and now via the AWS Test Drive.