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These innovations are driving collaboration in the Cascadia region | Microsoft On The Issues

As far as enviable commutes go, a short hop in a seaplane, flying over water and past snow-capped mountains, is up there.

Connecting Seattle and Vancouver, a recently launched flight route is testament to the growing ties between the locations.

The two-way trading relationship between Canada and the United States remains one of the largest in the world – and the links between British Columbia and Washington state are growing. In 2016, the launch of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor formalized the connection. And a July 2019 study also found that a high-speed rail line connecting Vancouver, Seattle and Portland could bring $355 billion in economic growth in the region.

Here are a few of the ways this region is coming together.

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Innovation at scale

Microsoft, along with many other business, academic and research institutions, has been working to maximize the opportunities the corridor presents – and the Canadian Digital Technology Supercluster consortium is one example.

Bringing together names in tech, healthcare and natural resources, this consortium hopes to advance technologies by developing innovation and talent. It will also be a boon to the local economy, with the goal of creating 50,000 B.C. jobs over the next 10 years, fuelling growth across multiple sectors and expanding opportunity across the region.

A meeting of minds

Home to some of the world’s leading research and medical organizations, the Cascadia region is also aiming to become a global leader in biomedical data science and health technology innovation.

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Accelerating cancer research has been a key target. Working in collaboration with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Microsoft has established the Cascadia Data Discovery Initiative, which is tackling the barriers that make research breakthroughs difficult, such as data discovery and access.

Microsoft’s partnership with BC Cancer is taking another approach to finding a cure for the disease. Using Azure, scientists can collaboratively analyze vast amounts of data, accelerating the pace of research. Interns from the Microsoft Garage program have been working to take this a step further, using the HoloLens platform to create mixed reality tools to help researchers visualize the structure of a tumor.

Inspiring the next generation

Work is also happening at the grass-roots level, helping to create the next generation of graduates ready to build the technologies of the future. Through a partnership with Microsoft, the British Columbia Institute of Technology is delivering a first-of-its-kind mixed-reality curriculum, with the goal of training students for jobs in digital media and entertainment along the Cascadia Corridor.

British Columbia students are also benefiting from a Microsoft initiative to help high schools build computer science programs. The TEALS program first started in Washington state in 2009 and recently expanded to B.C. It pairs computer science professionals with teachers, giving schools the training and support to help their students build skills for in-demand local careers.

A lesson for others

The Cascadia Corridor is already helping Vancouver, Seattle and the region achieve more than they could do independently.

A steering committee established at the end of 2018 will help build on the economic opportunities, growing human capital in the region, investing in and expanding transport and infrastructure, and helping to foster an ecosystem that encourages innovation.

For more on the Cascadia Corridor and other Microsoft work follow @MSFTIssues on Twitter.

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Heineken’s Athina Syrrou and Microsoft’s Brad Anderson talk Teams in ‘The Shiproom’ | Transform

In this episode of “The Shiproom,” Athina Syrrou, who leads collaboration and end user devices for Heineken, joins Microsoft’s Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft 365, to discuss what got Heineken interested in using Microsoft Teams and what they’ve learned about it since beginning the pilot – including how to introduce and adopt it efficiently.

Syrrou explains how she chooses the tools she provides to her global workforce, and how she uses the cloud to give her users maximum flexibility to choose the apps and devices they need.  She also schools Anderson on how to use common Greek idioms around the office (which explains why he’s recently been mumbling things about roller skates, chair legs and ducks).

Other discussion topics: The superiority of Greek yogurt, the perfect beer to pair with cereal, the benefits of moving to Intune, elephants and how deploying Microsoft 365 gives users the flexibility needed to do their best work and enable BYOD.

Stop by The Shiproom on YouTube to view more episodes. To learn how you can shift to a modern desktop with Microsoft 365, visit Microsoft365.com/Shift.

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Tune-In Tomorrow to the ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood Finale – Xbox Wire

Tomorrow night, ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood concludes on TBS with the sixth and final episode of the docu series focused on the stories and players behind the world of Gears Esports. If you’d like to catch up with the entire series of The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood ahead of the finale, you can watch all five aired episodes through VOD on the Gears Esports website.

Stemming from Xbox’s partnership with ELEAGUE, the six-part docu series focused on the stories and players behind the world of Gears Esports on TBS, the ELEAGUE Gears Summer Invitational was held three weeks ago, crowning Tox Gaming as the inaugural champions of the first Gears 5 esports event. In addition to a thrilling weekend of competition, we announced the first details of the Gears Esports 2019-2020 season, including a partnership with PGL to create a new Pro League.

To continue the Gears Esports journey, be sure to tune-in to the sixth and final episode of The Bonds & Betrayals of Brotherhood airing on TBS tomorrow, Friday, August 2, at 11 pm ET/8 pm PT. The docu series will continue to explore each player’s intense connection to the game and each other as they navigate to become the best players in the world on Gears 5 Esports.

Episode 6 of The Bonds & Betrayals of Brotherhood highlights pro player Justin “Kenny” Kenny’s career in Gears Esports – spanning across numerous titles, teams, and organizations over the years. Kenny reflects upon how the Gears Esports scene has both itself grown and allowed him to grow along with it.

The final episode also provides an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the recent ELEAGUE Gears 5 Invitational event and allows each of the six featured series pro players to reflect upon on their performance competing in the unreleased title. Through the eyes of these players, viewers will get the chance to experience the Gears 5 esports mode, Escalation, and prepare for the upcoming Gears 5 Esports season.

To stay updated, follow @EsportsGears on Twitter and visit Gears.gg. Be sure to also check out ELEAGUE’s channels; @ELEAGUETV and www.ELEAGUE.com.

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Microsoft Investigator Fellowship seeks PhD faculty submissions

August 1, 2019 | By Jamie Harper, Vice-President, US Education

Microsoft is expanding its support for academic researchers through the new Microsoft Investigator Fellowship. This fellowship is designed to empower researchers of all disciplines who plan to make an impact with research and teaching using the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform.

From predicting traffic jams to advancing the Internet of Things, Azure has continued to evolve with the times, and this fellowship aims to keep Azure at the forefront of new ideas in the cloud computing space. Similarly evolving, Microsoft fellowships have a long history of supporting researchers, seeking to promote diversity and promising academic research in the field of computing. This fellowship is an addition to this legacy that highlights the significance of Azure in education, both now and into the future.

Full-time faculty at degree-granting colleges or universities in the United States who hold PhDs are eligible to apply. This fellowship supports faculty who are currently conducting research, advising graduate students, teaching in a classroom, and plan to or currently use Microsoft Azure in research, teaching, or both.

Fellows will receive $100,000 annually for two years to support their research. Fellows will also be invited to attend multiple events during this time, where they will make connections with other faculty from leading universities and Microsoft. They will have the opportunity to participate in the greater academic community as well. Members of the cohort will also be offered various training and certification opportunities.

When reviewing the submissions, Microsoft will evaluate the proposed future research and teaching impact of Azure. This will include consideration of how the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform will be leveraged in size, scope, or unique ways for research, teaching, or both.

Candidates should submit their proposals directly on the fellowship website by August 16, 2019. Recipients will be announced in September 2019.

We encourage you to submit your proposal! For more information on the Microsoft Investigator Fellowship, please check out the fellowship website.

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New Gurucul network traffic analysis tool debuts

Gurucul has launched Network Behavior Analytics, a new network traffic analysis product that uses machine learning analytics to identify cyberthreats.

This tool identifies and monitors unusual behavior from any entity, including workstations; servers; firewalls; robotic process automation tasks; IoT devices, such as CCTV or vending machines; operational technology infrastructure; and point-of-sale devices.

Using machine learning algorithms on network flows and packet data, Network Behavior Analytics identifies unknown threats by creating behavior baselines for each device on a network. The product uses network flow data such as source and destination IPs, protocol, bytes in and out, and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol logs to correlate IP-specific data to machines and users.

Network Behavior Analytics is integrated with the Gurucul User and Entity Behavior Analytics platform to give users a full view across the network, including identity, access and activity on enterprise apps and systems. The tool comes with prepackaged machine learning models designed to run on high-frequency network data streams.

According to Gurucul, Network Behavior Analytics can identify threats such as zero-day exploits, fileless malware and ransomware. It does this by detecting behaviors that are unusual to the baseline it created, related lateral movement within the network, command and control communication, suspicious account activity from a compromised account, and access misuse. The framework can detect threats in real time, in addition to advanced persistent threats or stealth attacks that are dormant between various stages of cyberattack.

Monitoring network traffic to identify threats has become more common in recent years, with new tools emerging to help enterprises understand their network activity. In July, Datadog added a product called Network Performance Monitoring to its cloud monitoring program to give admins visibility into network connections and data flows.

The Awake Security Platform is another product that continuously monitors a network environment and can detect and respond to threats. It provides a complete view of each user, device and application, and it is able to detect malicious intent.

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SafeBreach launches new platform to prioritize, mitigate security gaps

SafeBreach has launched the next version of the SafeBreach GRID platform — its Global Risk Director that helps security teams prioritize and manage security gaps revealed by breach simulation.

According to SafeBreach, GRID correlates data from multiple simulations to identify security gaps and then links them to their potential business impact. The platform then generates a priority-based set of recommendations that helps security teams decide which security gaps to address first.

Cybersecurity and risk management are among the top investment priorities in 2019 for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), according to this year’s ComputerWeekly/TechTarget IT Priorities research.

As companies equip themselves with new technologies to improve employee performance, smooth operations and boost productivity, concerns over breaches and attacks grow higher. As a result, 29% of EMEA and 34% of U.K. respondents said they were planning to increase investment in security to address new threats and compliance requirements to support digital transformation.

According to SafeBreach, the launch follows customers’ demand for higher team efficiency by discovering and tackling the most impactful security issues first. It claims GRID does that by analyzing the enterprise’s assets and the immediate threat landscape to discover any security gaps in its network.

The GRID product works exclusively with the SafeBreach platform and includes the following features:

  • risk indicators to help quantify business risk;
  • analysis of multiple simulation results to provide prioritization of remediation activities;
  • guidance on security configuration changes based on potential business impacts; and
  • integration via the SafeBreach platform with security tools to automatically gather SafeBreach’s analysis of enterprise network and endpoint security gaps for an organization.

A security startup based in Silicon Valley, SafeBreach is competing with other U.S.-based startups, such as Verodin and AttackIQ, in the breach and attack simulation technology market.

AttackIQ, which recently announced its partnership with BlackBerry Cylance to deliver enterprise endpoint security validation, promises to provide “customizable scenarios that mimic real-world threats” for organizations to measure their security control performance and identify security gaps, according to their website.

Verodin’s Security Instrumentation Platform also works to make sure an organization’s security control system is up to date with the current threat landscape. The product intends to integrate into and guide customers’ IT environments to test the effectiveness of their “network, endpoint, email and cloud controls” and then offers reports on how to optimize existing controls, according to the vendor.

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Transform learning with the new Microsoft Teams Assignments | | Microsoft EDU

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Earlier this summer we announced new updates coming to Teams for Education to celebrate our two-year anniversary. We’re excited to share the previously announced Grid View–a simpler, faster and more seamless user experience is now available! See it in action here

We’d like to take a moment to thank you—our vibrant worldwide community of educators—for all the insightful ideas and feedback you’ve shared with us. All of these updates were driven and inspired by you.

Over these past two years, we’ve been amazed by the successes of educators at every grade level who use Teams to assign work and leave impactful feedback that helps students achieve more. Thanks to you, today we’re thrilled to launch a new Assignments experience worldwide. 

Let’s dive into what’s new! 

A fastermore streamlined design 

We’ve redesigned Assignments while listening to educators of every grade level so that everyone can get more done.  

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The Assignments tab now shows a clear view of what’s coming up next. Think of it as your to do list. If you’re a teacher, this means work you have left to review or grade. For students, that means approaching due dates. 

It’s easy to assign engaging learning activities  

We’ve refreshed the assignment creation experience with a new single-column layout. You’ll notice that details are grouped in a more intuitive way, based on what we heard from you. 

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And we’ve given you more space—a larger canvas to view and edit documents and more screen space to create the perfect grading rubric. 

Add assignment resources from any team 

Working on a lesson plan in a Staff or PLC team? When it’s ready to assign, simply select Add resources on your assignment and choose it from the file picker. No need to move your content between teams. 

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See what your students see  

From the beginning, you asked us for a way to preview how assignments appear to your students. Now, just click the new Student view option and you’re there. 

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Add Close dates to your assignments 

Edit all the dates that matter to your assignment with new, more fine-tuned controls. Schedule to assign in the future, add a due date, and now, specify when you want to close turn-ins, tooNo submissions will be allowed after the close date, granting you more flexibility on if/when you’ll accept late or revised work from students. 

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Assign content from your favorite education apps using the Share to Teams button 

We know inspiration for a lesson can come from anywhere, even when you’re on the go. With that in mind, the new Share to Teams feature makes it simple to create assignments or send links to your class directly from your favorite education apps and learning resources.  

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We’re thrilled to share that some of our favorite education apps have already integrated with Teams! You’ll now find Share to Teams buttons in Kahoot, FlipgridBunceeWakelet, Pear Deck, Flat.io, SoundTrapKano, and so many more. (If you’re an Edtech developer interested in adding your own Share to Teams button, head here to get started.)  

Use Immersive Reader to read assignment instructions and feedback 

When it’s challenging to read the assignment instructions, it can be difficult for students to share their best work. Immersive Reader implements proven techniques to improve reading for students regardless of their age or ability. That’s why we’ve integrated the Immersive Reader into all student assignment instruction pages! 

Bring Microsoft MakeCode computer science activities to your classroom 

Assign Microsoft MakeCode activities right from TeamsMakeCode brings computer science to life for all students with fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors for learners at different levels.  

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Check out the live demo from the MakeCode team to see an activity in action. (IT Admins can enable MakeCode in the Teams Admin Center.)  

Review student work in a snap 

Select an assignment from your list. Start grading. No extra clicks necessary. :smile:

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It’s also easier to tell what you have left to grade and which student assignments you’ve already graded and returned. Sort by submission status to view who’s turned in work at a glance. 

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And when you’re finished grading? It’s time to celebrate! Take a break; you deserve it. 

Grading that goes with you 

You asked and we answered. Now, teachers can grade Teams Assignments from anywhere on an iOS or Android device using the Teams app. In fact, all our new assignments updates work well on mobile devices!  

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Deter plagiarism and grade in one step with Turnitin 

We’re excited to expand our release of Turnitin in Teams Assignments! Turnitin helps teach the value of academic integrity, proper attribution, and authentic writing by empowering teachers to identify similarities between student work and the world’s largest collection of internet, student papers, and academic journal content. With our new integration, Turnitin subscribers can screen assignments directly in Teams. 5_SpeedTurnitin.png

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Join the Early Access Program and get an exclusive opportunity to test drive the integration before it’s launched more broadly. (You must have a Turnitin license.) 

 

Up next: We saved the best for last 

We want to continue delivering you the best possible Assignments experience, and that’s why we’re building a gradebook in Teams. Our new gradebook gives you the perspective you need on average scores on assignments and individual student progress. We’re rolling this out to our beta customers soon, collecting invaluable educator feedback, and then delivering this experience right to you. We can’t wait!

 

Tips & trainings for back to school 

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Get all the how-tos on the latest Teams for Education updates by browsing the Education help centeror boost your knowledge with the new course on the Microsoft Educator Center. Plus, jump into back to school prep and check out this quick tip on how to reuse all your assignments and content from last year. 

And a reminder – Teams is part of Office 365 for Education which is free to all schools worldwide. Get started here 

Thank you for everything you do. We hope you have an amazing school year. Reach out to me anytime with your questions—we love your feedback. 

Justin Chando and the Teams for Education team 

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Startup Dgraph Labs growing graph database technology

Dgraph Labs Inc. is set to grow its graph database technology with the help of a cash infusion of venture financing.

The company was founded in 2015 as an effort to advance the state of graph database technology. Dgraph Labs’ founder and CEO Manish Jain previously worked at Google, where he led a team that was building out graph database systems. Jain decided there was a need for a high-performance graph database technology that could address different enterprise use cases.

Dgraph said July 31 it had completed an $11.5 million Series A funding round.

The Dgraph technology is used by a number of different organizations and projects. Among them is Intuit, which uses Dgraph as the back-end graph database for its’ open source project K-Atlas.

“We were looking for a graph database with high performance in querying large-scale data sets, fully distributed, highly available and as cloud-native as possible,” said Dawei Ding, engineering manager at Intuit.

Ding added that Dgraph’s graph database technology stood out from both architectural design as well as performance benchmarking perspective. Moreover, he noted that being fully open sourced made Dgraph an even more attractive solution for Intuit’s open source software project.

The graph database landscape

Multiple technologies are available in the graph database landscape, including from Neo4j, Amazon Neptune and DataStax Enterprise Graph, among others. In Jain’s view, many graph database technologies are actually graph layers, rather than full graph databases.

“By graph layer, what I mean is that they don’t control storage; they just overlay a graph layer on top of some other database,” Jain said.

So, for example, he said a common database used by graph layer-type technologies is Apache Cassandra or, in Amazon’s case, Amazon Aurora.

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Graph database of all the movies directed by Steven Spielberg, their country of filming, genres, actors in those movies and the characters played by those actors.

“The problem with that approach is that to do the graph traversal or to do a graph join, you need to first bring the data to the layer before you can interact with it and do interesting things on it,” Jain commented. “So, there’s multiple back and forth steps and, therefore, the performance likely will decrease.”

In contrast, the founding principle behind Dgraph was that graph database technology could be developed that can scale horizontally while also upping performance, because the database controls how data is stored on disk.

Open source and the enterprise

Dgraph is an open source project and hit its 1.0 milestone in December 2017. The project has garnered more than 10,000 stars on GitHub, which Jain points to as a measure of the undertaking’s popularity.

Going a step further is the company’s Dgraph Enterprise platform, which provides more capabilities that an organization might need for support, access control and management. Jain said Dgraph Labs is using the open core model, in which the open source application is free to use, but then if an organization wants certain features, it must pay for it.

Jain stressed that the core open source project is functional on its own — so much so that an organization could choose to run a 20 node Dgraph cluster with replication and consistency for free.

Why graph databases matter

We were looking for a graph database with high performance in querying large-scale data sets, fully distributed, highly available and as cloud-native as possible.
Dawei DingEngineering manager, Intuit

A problem with typical relational databases is that with every data model comes a new table, or new schema, and, over time, that can become a scaling challenge, Jain said. He added that in the relational database approach, large data sets tend to become siloed over time as well. With a graph database, it is possible to unify disparate data sources.

As an example of how a graph database technology approach can help to eliminate isolated data sources, Jain said one of Dgraph’s largest enterprise customers took 60 different vertical data silos stored in traditional database and put all of it into a Dgraph database.

“Now, they’re able to run queries across all of these data sets, to be able to power not only their apps, but also power real-time analytics,” Jain said.

What’s next for Dgraph Labs

With the new funding, Jain said the plan is to open new offices for the company as well as expand the graph database technology.

One key area of future expansion is building a Dgraph cloud managed service. Another area that will be worked on is third-party integration, with different technologies such as Apache Spark for data analysis.

“Now that we have a bunch of big companies using Dgraph, they need some additional features, like, for example, encryption, and so we are putting a good chunk of our time into building out capabilities,” he said.

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Asigra appliance uses Zadara technology

The new Asigra appliance can’t be bought — only rented.

Asigra has partnered with Zadara Storage to release the Asigra Cloud OpEx Appliance. The device is Zadara’s Virtual Private Storage Appliance (VPSA) pre-installed with Asigra’s backup software. Like Zadara’s storage-as-a-service (STaaS) offerings, the Asigra appliance is sold as a subscription, essentially making it a backup appliance as-a-Service.

Asigra will ship the device to the customer’s data center or colocation. All of the storage, controllers and disks are managed. The end customer doesn’t need to bring any storage expertise to the table. All the data is encrypted such that only the end customer can see it — their managed service provider (MSP) can’t.

Asigra sells its products exclusively through channel partners, many of which are MSPs that provide backup-as-a-service (BaaS) and disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) to end customers. The revenue model of MSPs is subscription-based, but traditionally, procuring storage is based on projected consumption. This means MSPs could end up buying more storage than they need.

Eran Farajun, executive vice president of Asigra, said by buying Asigra backup on an appliance on a pay-as-you-go basis, MSPs avoid overprovisioning and will only pay for the storage they use. Many of Asigra’s MSPs were using Asigra’s backup and Zadara’s STaaS separately, and Farajun said they were the ones who first brought up the idea of packaging the two.

“We’re really just responding to what our market has been asking for,” Farajun said.

Asigra only makes backup software, and all of its converged backup appliances come from partnerships with hardware vendors. The company started in 1986, but didn’t release its first device with pre-installed backup software until 2015 through a partnership with SuperMicro. Asigra began packaging software on iXsystems appliances in 2018. 

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The Asigra Cloud OpEx Appliance is based on Zadara’s Virtual Private Storage Appliance.

Marc Staimer, president and founder of Dragon Slayer Consulting, said MSPs operate in a world where capital expenditure (capex) is going against an operational expenditure (opex) revenue stream. Money is made when the streams cross, but MSPs would rather have their costs and revenue be in alignment.

Many of the costs of running a service provider business fall under capex. Staimer said service providers who use the public cloud to provide BaaS and DRaaS need to purchase storage in a high-cost, high-performance tier to ensure fast recovery as well as a low-cost, high-capacity tier to keep overall costs down. According to Staimer, the performance tier costs six times more than the capacity tier.

MSPs also must provision hardware for their end customers. Staimer said MSPs are typically expected to provide the hardware at no cost, as it’s a necessary component of their services.

The Asigra appliance solves both of these problems because it’s entirely pay-as-you-go, with no upfront investment.

“People want a pure opex model,” Staimer said. “It’s a very good move on Asigra’s part.”

The Asigra Cloud OpEx Appliance is generally available now and starts at 30 terabytes of capacity and can scale up to petabytes. Pricing starts at pennies per gigabyte per month.

The Cloud OpEx Appliance uses Asigra’s flagship Asigra Cloud Backup Evolved software. Farajun said he expects updates to the core backup software in early 2020, including security enhancements and better integration with VMware.

Farajun said the next update will also focus on integrating with Microsoft Office 365’s Teams and Groups applications, as well as other cloud-based SaaS applications. He noted he has been seeing more customers realizing the need to protect their SaaS data.

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