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SaaS Updates Summary: April 3-7

BetterCloud Monitor

April 10, 2017

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Last week, we had a bunch of news and updates.

First, in a new blog post, Google explores Chrysaor Malware on Android.

DirSync and AADSync Support is ending for Microsoft customers, meaning it’s time to Upgrade to Azure.

On the Salesforce side, the company announced the following: “To align with security industry best practices and protect the safety of your data, Salesforce is requiring an upgrade to TLS 1.1 or higher by July 22, 2017.”

Dropbox made a major announcement by introducing the new dropbox.com. According to the post, “Dropbox.com is designed to bring your files to life with team-first functionality—so it’s not just a place for your files, but for people and conversations, too. Here’s what’s new and what it means for you.”

Office 365 also made a major announcement, releasing Threat Intelligence and Advanced Data Governance as well as major updates to Advanced Threat Protection. “With the launch of Office 365 Threat Intelligence, we are enriching security in Office 365 to help customers stay ahead of the evolving threat landscape,” says Microsoft. They’re announcing a new reporting UI “to improve the customer experience for Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and extending the ATP Safe Links feature to Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Office 365 ProPlus desktop clients.”

Office 365 Advanced Data Governance gives customers new compliance capabilities, including a “new policy management interface for Data Loss Protection (DLP)” that “helps Office 365 customers remain compliant and in control of their data.”

Google Cloud got a bit faster as the company shared more details Espresso, “Google’s peering edge architecture” and the newest offering in their Software Defined Networking (SDN) strategy. According to Google, “Espresso has been in production for over two years and routes 20 percent of our total traffic to the internet.” (No word on if Latte, Americano, or Croissant are in development <- my feeble attempt at humor).

Google pushed the roll out back of a new Google Accounts login page back a few days based on customer feedback. “The Google Accounts login page will have a new look and feel, consistent across computers, phones, and tablets. The rollout will start with a small set of users on April 10 and ramp up slowly over the course of several weeks,” says Google.

Google is also announcing more investment in their undersea cables, particularly in the Southeast-Asia region. “Many people are coming online across Asia, including businesses that depend on the cloud. That’s why it’s so important to enable better internet connectivity across the region, and why Google, alongside AARNet, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel, SubPartners and Telstra, is building a new international subsea cable system in Southeast Asia, called INDIGO.”

According to Google, the cable will connect Perth, Sydney, and Singapore as well as serve a branch to Jakarta. Alcatel Submarine Networks, the company enlisted to build the undersea cable (Crazy to think about what that process is like), is expected to be complete the project by mid-2019.

Slack is making it easier for you to pay them by accepting Euros, British Pounds, and Japanese Yen. For the many companies outside the U.S., this will greatly streamline billing. (Bitcoin is still not an option for those wondering.)

Lastly, Smartsheet announced a new user conference. Smartsheet ENGAGE, as their calling it, “will provide a forum for our 10 million registered users in more than 190 countries to hone their use of the Smartsheet platform and become charter members of a rapidly growing global community.”

Atlassian is updating their Jira product to make it easier to prioritize bugs and suggestions. “We’re moving several jira.atlassian.com (JAC) projects into new projects focused on the cloud and server.”

Today, Office 365 announced several new Group features, including the ability to restore deleted groups, set up retention policies, and enhance label management.

Lastly, Google Cloud entered another partnership. This time with Elastic. “The Elastic stack—Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats and Logstash—offers search, log analysis and visualization for search, logging, security, metrics and analytics.” The partnership will bring managed support of Elastic’s open source search and analytics platform to Google Cloud Platform.

For yesterday’s SaaS updates (and beyond), click here for our archive.

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