New Docker Enterprise Phone a Friend: Call Solution Architects for Help Operationalizing Your Solution

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After an organization adopts the Docker Enterprise platform from Mirantis, they usually have questions and need help to operationalize the solution they purchased. But just as the car insurance that covers damage from an accident doesn’t do you any good if you need new tires, the Mirantis Support team does a great job in working with customers to address critical blockers and issues that affect their business operations, but the support process is not an efficient vehicle to address non-critical questions, concerns and general requests for help that fall outside the realm of support issues.
For example, you might want advice on how best to set up your CI/CD process, or your logging and monitoring. To solve that problem, we have introduced the Docker Enterprise Phone a Friend service — an easy-to-use channel for customers to connect with a domain expert to discuss roadmap items, enhancements, ideas, or tips to operationalize their end-to-end platform.
The Phone a Friend service enables you to block an hour of time with a domain expert once a week to discuss non-critical items related to your Docker Enterprise deployment. It is a subscription-based service and comes in two flavors: a 1-month and a 3-month subscription. The service gives you access to up to 4 one-hour sessions per month.
For example, the discussions can be around authorization, authentication, application containerization and modernization, troubleshooting, performance tuning, microservices architecture and integration, or other related topics.
Setting up Appointments
The process of setting up appointments with the Mirantis Consulting Services team is straightforward. Here is what the scheduling process looks like:

Go to the Mirantis CloudCare Portal and click on the Phone a Friend link, as shown below. (The link only appears for active Phone a Friend subscribers.)

The link will take you to a website where you will be able to see the availability of the Mirantis Consulting Services team and schedule a time.

On the next screen, enter some basic contact information and share anything that will help the architect prepare for the meeting.

And that’s it. We tried to make the Phone a Friend service as easy as possible, from the simple UI to the convenient subscription model that lets you readily get advice from Solution Architects without requiring a services engagement. For more information, or to get started with a Phone a Friend subscription, please contact your Account Manager.
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Plan your migration to Azure VMware solution using Azure Migrate

Azure Migrate now supports assessments for Azure VMware Solution (AVS), providing even more options for you to plan your migration to Azure. AVS enables you to run VMware natively on Azure. AVS provides a dedicated Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) for your VMware environment on Azure, ensuring you can leverage familiar VMware tools and investments, while modernizing applications overtime with integration to Azure native services. Delivered and operated as a service, your private cloud environment provides all compute, networking, storage, and software required to extend and migrate your on-premises VMware environments to Azure.

As organizations now more than ever look for cost efficiencies, business stability, and consistency, choosing the most efficient migration path is imperative. This means considering a number of different workload scenarios and destinations, such as migrating your servers to Azure Virtual Machines or running your existing VMware workloads natively on Azure with AVS.

Previously, Azure Migrate tooling provided support for migrating Windows and Linux servers to Azure Virtual Machines, as well as support for database, web application, and virtual desktop scenarios. Now, you can use the migration hub to assess machines for migrating to AVS as well.

With the Azure Migrate: Server Assessment tool, you can analyze readiness, Azure suitability, cost planning, performance-based rightsizing, and application dependencies for migrating to AVS. The AVS assessment feature is currently available in preview.

This expanded support allows you to get an even more comprehensive assessment of your datacenter. Compare cloud costs between Azure native virtual machines (VMs) and AVS to make the best migration decisions for your business. Azure Migrate acts as an intelligent hub, gathering insights throughout the assessment to make suggestions, including tooling recommendations for migrating VM or VMware workloads.

How to perform an AVS assessment

You can use all the existing assessment features that Azure Migrate offers for Azure Virtual Machines to perform an AVS assessment. Plan your migration to AVS with up to 35,000 VMware servers in one Azure Migrate project.

Discovery: Use the Azure Migrate: Server Assessment tool to perform a datacenter discovery, either by downloading the Azure Migrate appliance or by importing inventory data through a CSV upload. Read Assess your servers with a CSV import into Azure Migrate to learn more about the import feature.
Group servers: Create groups of servers from the list of machines discovered. Here, you can select whether you’re creating a group for an Azure Virtual Machine assessment or AVS assessment. Application dependency analysis features allow you to refine groups based on connections between applications.
Assessment properties: You can customize the AVS assessments by changing the properties and recomputing the assessment. Select a target location, node type, and Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) level—there are currently three locations available—including East US, West Europe, and West US, and more will continue to be added as additional nodes are released.
Suitability analysis: The assessment gives you a few options for sizing nodes in Azure, between performance-based or as on-premises. It checks AVS support for each of the discovered servers and determines if the server can be migrated “as is” to AVS. If there are any issues found, the assessment automatically provides remediation guidance.
Assessment and cost planning report: Run the assessment to get a look into how many machines are in use and what estimated monthly and per-machine costs will be in AVS. The assessment also recommends a tool for migrating the machines to AVS. With this, you have all the information you need to plan and execute your AVS migration as efficiently as possible.

AVS Assessment and cost planning report.

AVS Readiness report with suggested migration tool.

Learn more

For detailed instructions on how to perform an AVS assessment, go to the documentation page.
Read more about Azure VMware Solution on the website or documentation page.
Learn more about Azure Migrate on the Azure Migrate website.
Watch the latest Azure Migrate video for a demo of performing a server migration.
Check out the new Azure Migrate e-book.

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Supporting federal agency compliance during the pandemic (and beyond)

If digital transformation was only a trend a few years ago, it’s now quickly becoming a reality for many federal government agencies. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed all kinds of agencies to reconsider the timelines and impact of their digital initiatives, whether this means moving core technology infrastructure to the cloud, rolling out more modern productivity tools for government employees, or using artificial intelligence to better deliver citizen services.At Google Cloud, we continue to help federal agencies of all sizes tackle their trickiest problems as they rapidly transform and digitize. At the same time—building on our FedRAMP High authorization announcement from last year—we’re committed to pursuing the latest government certifications, such as the Department of Defense’s (DoD) upcoming Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), to ensure federal agencies and the vendors that work with them are fully compliant.Applying intelligent automation to assist the U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeRecently, Accenture Federal Services (AFS) was awarded a position on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Intelligent Automation and Innovation Support Services (IAISS) blanket purchase agreement (BPA), a multi-contract vehicle. The five-year BPA includes piloting, testing, and implementing advanced technologies, including intelligent automation, artificial intelligence (AI), microservices, machine learning, natural language processing, robotic process automation, and blockchain. The goal of IAISS is to transform business processes and enhance mission delivery, and it’s expected to be a model for the federal government nationwide. AFS and Google Cloud previously worked with the USPTO to help the agency’s more than 9,000 patent examiners rapidly perform more thorough searches by augmenting their on-premise search tools with Google’s AI. The new solution—created by merging Google’s machine learning models with Accenture’s design, prototyping, and data science capabilities—helps extend examiners’ expertise during the patent search process.Supporting secure cloud management at the Defense Innovation UnitWe also recently announced that Google Cloud was chosen by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)—an organization within the Department of Defense (DoD) focused on scaling commercial technology across the DoD—to build a secure cloud management solution to detect, protect against, and respond to cyber threats worldwide.The multi-cloud solution will be built on Anthos, Google Cloud’s app modernization platform, allowing DIU to prototype web services and applications across Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure—while being centrally managed from the Google Cloud Console. The solution will provide real-time network monitoring, access control, and full audit trails, enabling DIU to maintain its strict cloud security posture without compromising speed and reliability. As a pioneer in zero-trust security and deploying innovative approaches to protect and secure networks, we’re looking forward to partnering with DIU on this critical initiative.Supporting Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) readinessFinally, while COVID-19 has driven a lot of how federal agencies are working day-to-day, the need for strong cybersecurity protections is as important as ever. At Google Cloud, meeting the highest standards for cybersecurity in the ever-evolving threat and regulatory landscape is one of our primary goals. In January of this year, the DoD published the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), a new standard designed to ensure cyber hygiene throughout the DoD supply chain. While the CMMC standard is not yet operational, the CMMC Advisory Board has advised cloud providers to conduct gap analysis against NIST SP 800-53, NIST SP 800-171, and preliminary versions of CMMC requirements. We’ve contracted with a third-party assessor to perform preliminary analyses of Google Cloud against the underlying CMMC controls, and we’re confident we’ll be able to meet the currently proposed controls—and to provide our customers with the right guidance to empower them in their CMMC journeys. For questions about Google’s existing compliance offerings, FedRAMP, or the CMMC, please contact Google Cloud sales. You can also visit our Compliance Resource Center and Government and Public Sector Compliance page to learn more about how we support your specific compliance needs. And to read more about our work with the public sector, including how we’re helping support agencies through the pandemic, visit our website.
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Grow your cloud career with high-growth jobs and skill badges

Cloud computing and data skills are especially in demand, as organizations are increasingly turning to digital solutions to transform the way they work and do business. The World Economic Forum predicts there will be close to a 30 percent increase in demand for data, AI, engineering, and cloud computing roles by 2022. Since April, Google Cloud learners have more than doubled year-over-year1. Of those who have started learning with us in 2020, many are looking to upskill or reskill into stable, well paying career paths.To help our expanding community of learners ramp quickly with their cloud careers, Google Cloud is unveiling a new Grow your cloud career webpage where you can find information on in-demand cloud career paths and free upskilling and reskilling resources. You can earn your first Google Cloud skill badges for your resume, which signify to employers that you have hands-on Google Cloud experience. We also have a special no cost learning section for small business leaders to help you build your first website and transform your business with data and AI.If you’re not sure which cloud role is right for you, we recommend exploring these three high-growth career paths.Data AnalystBy 2025, an estimated 463 exabytes of data is expected to be generated everyday. From online purchases, to personal health trackers, to smart factories, and more, the world generates massive amounts of data, but without Data Analysts this data is meaningless. Data Analysts interpret and gather insights from data, enabling better decision making. Their work is instrumental across several industries and for many business functions, including product development, supply chain management, and customer experience. You don’t need a technical background to get started in this role, but you will need to develop foundational skills in SQL (Structured Query Language), data visualization, and data warehousing. Cloud EngineerWith more than 88 percent of organizations now using cloud and planning to increase their usage, it’s no wonder that the Cloud Engineer role was one of the top in-demand job roles in the U.S. in 2019. Cloud Engineers play a critical role in setting up their company’s infrastructure, deploying applications, and monitoring cloud systems and operations. If you have education or experience in IT, the Cloud Engineer role may be the most natural path for you. It will give you a broad foundation in cloud and expose you to several different functions. Although working in cloud will require a shift in mindset for most with a traditional IT background, particularly in terms of automated infrastructure, scale, and agile workflows, there are several transferable IT skills that will continue to serve you well in this role.Cloud Application DeveloperFor those with a software development background, expanding your skills into cloud development is a must. Cloud offers developers several benefits, including scalability, better security, cost efficiencies, and ease of deployment. As a Cloud Developer, you are responsible for designing, building, testing, deploying, and monitoring highly scalable and reliable cloud-native applications. To upskill into this role, you will need to gain a deep understanding of cloud platforms, databases, and systems integration. If you’re ready to jumpstart your cloud career, visit our Grow your cloud career page where you can start upskilling and earning Google Cloud recognized skill badges for the Data Analyst, Cloud Engineer, or Cloud Developer job roles—get started at no cost here.1. According to internal data.
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