The infographic below, courtesy of NSONE, illustrates the evolution of Domain Name System (DNS) towards application aware, data-driven infrastructures that can meet the needs of globally distributed applications. DNS platforms will need to deliver data-driven, management of network traffic to effectively serve the needs of real-time data feeds and ensure smart routing. Managed DNS services empower customers to monitor and control ownership of domains to ensure high performance and availability by means of an intuitive user interface and management console.
This week, Boston-based startup ClearSky Data came out of stealth with a tiered approach to cloud storage that differentially stores hot, medium and cold customer storage to optimize cost and recognize gradations in the frequency with which data storage is used by customers. ClearSky Data leverages a three tiered storage infrastructure that keeps most important, frequently used data on premise whereas the second tier uses a colocation facility enabled by means of a collaboration with Digital Realty. The Digital Realty colocation facility in question is based within a 120 mile radius of each customer. The third storage tier is composed of Amazon Web Services for data not often accessed by customers. One of the salient advantages of ClearSky is that it gives customers the low latency required for production-grade workloads. Backed by General Catalyst and Highland Capital, ClearSky Data has raised $12M to date.
Menlo Security recently announced a partnership with Macnica Networks whereby Macnica Networks will serve as a distributor and provider of customer support for Menlo Security’s isolation platform for customers in Japan. Macnica Networks will distribute Menlo Security’s SaaS security offering to Japanese enterprise and service providers to accelerate Menlo Security’s larger expansion into Asia and the Pacific Rim. Unlike cybersecurity vendors that detect security threats by means of deviations from baselines that signify unremarkable user activity and external threats, Menlo Security’s isolation platform quarantines all web traffic from endpoint devices and removes malware before it has the opportunity to reach the endpoint. Amir Ben-Efraim, co-founder and CEO of Menlo Security, commented on the partnership with Macnica Networks as follows:
Macnica Networks has established a strong reputation as a leader introducing important security innovations to the Japanese market. We’re delighted to be partnering with them to help Japanese enterprises and service providers significantly improve their defenses against the rising threat of malware.
By partnering with Macnica Networks, Menlo Security underscores the seriousness of its commitment to sales outreach to Japan and the Asia Pacific more generally. Conversely, the partnership points toward the interest had by Japanese enterprises and service providers in isolation-based security platforms as businesses worldwide come to terms with security threats to SaaS platforms. Menlo’s decision to partner with Macnica illustrates how the market for cloud-based applications and related infrastructures has spread globally to include Asia, and Japan in particular, as an increasingly rich customer base for cybersecurity vendors such as Menlo Security. Meanwhile, the partnership between the two vendors underscores the urgency of cybersecurity solutions to the industry at large as the hugely fractionated cybersecurity industry churns out a multitude of variegated solutions that differentially address threats to cybersecurity.
On Monday, Intel announced its intent to lead a $100M capital raise for Mirantis, one of the few pure play commercial OpenStack vendors in the market today. Intel leads the investment alongside Goldman Sachs and existing investors August Capital, Insight Venture Partners, Ericsson, Sapphire Ventures and WestSummit Capital. The investment marks the second $100M capital raise on the part of Mirantis in the space of a year given that Insight Ventures led a $100M funding round with Mirantis less than a year ago. The October 2014 $100M capital raise led by Insight Ventures represented the largest funding raise in the history of open source computing and, as such, this year’s investment marks another notable milestone in the history of capital raises for open source-based technologies. Intel’s decision to lead the $100M capital raise builds upon its support of OpenStack as a Platinum member of the OpenStack consortium as of 2015. Today’s investment constitutes another emphatic affirmation of OpenStack that promises to transform the cloud computing landscape significantly by giving Mirantis the capital to innovate with respect to its commercial distribution of OpenStack. As one of the only remaining pure play OpenStack vendors in the marketplace, the investment bolsters the valuation of Mirantis and empowers it to consolidate its positioning as a distributor of an enterprise grade platform for building private, IaaS clouds that interoperate with other OpenStack-based cloud platforms.
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On August 18, Pivotal announced the appointment of Rob Mee as CEO. Mee replaces Paul Maritz, who will assume the newly created role of Executive Chairman. Mee was promoted from his role as Executive Vice President of Products and R&D. Mee was also the founder of Pivotal Labs, one of the foundational pillars around which the larger Pivotal business entity was built. Mee founded Pivotal Labs in 1989 before it was acquired by EMC in 2012. Meanwhile, Pivotal Cloud Foundry recently announced the achievement of $100M in its annual bookings run-rate. Pivotal Cloud Foundry’s financial milestone underscores the success of its reception of its commercial version of the open source cloud platform for building private, public and hybrid clouds. By stepping down as CEO, Paul Maritz ends a 35 year career as an operational manager and expects to have more time to advise other companies and work with the Mifos Initiative, a financial services platform for the “developing world,” as reported by The New York Times.
Basho Technologies has announced the development of a framework that allows Riak KV to run on Apache Mesos in collaboration with Cisco. The integration of Riak KV, a highly available distributed database, with Apache Mesos allows users of Riak KV to take advantage of the conjunction of the massive scalability and operational simplicity of Mesos. As such, the conjunction of Riak KV and Apache Mesos enables Basho customers to embrace use cases featuring globally distributed internet of things data and big data applications that ingest massive volumes and velocities of streaming data. Mesos takes control of the infrastructure requirements of the system whereas Riak KV owns the data layer in the form of a NoSQL database that allows users to store and access data for interactive mobile and web applications that feature concurrent, real-time input from millions of users. The integration of Riak KV with Apache Mesos will be available on Cisco’s Intercloud, an evolving marketplace for cloud and big data products that features an emerging array of products for building hybrid clouds. By bringing Riak KV and Mesos into the mix, Cisco proleptically sets the stage for a turnkey, cloud-big data platform marked by the confluence of cloud infrastructures and big data stores such as Riak KV. The decision to integrate Apache Mesos alongside Riak KV underscores Cisco’s interest in operational simplicity given the reputation of Mesos for its ability to allocate shared resources in distributed data environments. All told, Cisco continues to make systematic, step-wise progress toward a leadership role in the emerging cloud and big data space as evinced by Riak KV’s ability to leverage the scheduling, massive scalability and operational simplicity of the Mesos architecture. Customers should expect to hear more announcements from Cisco about how products such as Riak KV fit into a larger solution that leverages the other components of its portfolio, with an anticipated focus on increased integration between the cloud and data tiers of its Intercloud platform.
Platform9 recently announced the release of Platform9 Managed OpenStack for VMware vSphere as a SaaS solution. Platform9 Managed OpenStack for VMware vSphere facilitates the deployment of OpenStack private clouds that leverage VMware vSphere virtualization technology. By using a virtual appliance to integrate OpenStack with vSphere resources, VMware enterprise customers now have the ability to spin up an OpenStack-based cloud that integrates with VMware vSphere resources. Developers interested in self-provisioning resources or accessing their applications will interface directly with the OpenStack cloud, whereas IT and Sys Admins will work on vSphere infrastructure resources. The Platform9 solution empowers developers to build automation into their workflows and applications in addition to using orchestration tools and APIs to construct relationships between workflows. Most importantly, however, the solution boasts 100% interoperability between VMware vSphere and OpenStack and supports vSphere-based API automation and compatible third party products. Overall, Platform9’s support of VMware vSphere represents an important milestone in OpenStack’s trajectory, particularly given the way in which the acquisition of OpenStack startups such as Cloudscaling, Metacloud and Piston Cloud Computing by the likes of EMC and Cisco threatens to slow the pace of innovation within the OpenStack space. Platform9’s ability to deliver OpenStack via a SaaS interface and give customers an unprecedented degree of flexibility regarding the configuration of their deployments. Expect the industry to deepen the integration between VMware and cloud-based environments as more and more cloud platforms come to terms with the reality that enterprises based on VMware vSphere prefer to maintain their fleet of virtualization infrastructure resources while they expand their investments in private and public cloud deployments.