Cloud security vendor Palerra recently announced enhanced support for Amazon Web Services in the form of its LORIC for AWS platform. Palerra’s LORIC for AWS solution delivers IT monitoring and remediation for a suite of AWS products and services including EC2, S3 and EBS. In contrast to cloud security products that adopt a siloed approach to protecting discrete AWS products, LORIC delivers integrated protection for AWS customers across all of the AWS products and services used in their deployments. Because LORIC’s breach detection and breach response solutions leverage unified behavioral analytics across a range of AWS products, customers stand to benefit from its ability to proactively detect aberrant behavior in one AWS product before it has the opportunity to effect deleterious downstream repercussions on other products. LORIC for AWS boasts threat detection capabilities, administration monitoring, user activity monitoring, configuring monitoring, usage visibility, pre-configured compliance reports and incident response functionality. The platform’s advanced analytics and machine learning capabilities have the capacity to detect notable deviations from baseline user activity profiles and automate the execution of remediation plans as necessary. Palerra’s automated monitoring and remediation functionality also facilitates compliance assessments and attestations that allow customers to dispense with manual audits and run compliance-related reports instead. In addition to AWS, Palerra’s LORIC platform supports Salesforce, Box, Microsoft 365 and ServiceNow as the battle for leadership in SaaS-focused cloud security heats up, particularly in light of the recent Ashley Madison hack that threatens to compromise the names of thousands of users.
Press Release: ActiveState Reveals 5 Advantages Leveraging Open Source Technologies for Enterprise App Development
Cost, Community and Innovation Among Key Reasons for Organizations to Engage with Open Source Technologies
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- Greater transparency: Source code and design deliberations are available for review, in contrast to the secretive processes of proprietary vendors. Assessment of the product and engagement with its community is available in order to determine if using the product is a good decision.
- Greater innovation: Using a product with a potentially much larger developer base enables access to greater innovation. In addition, by allowing anyone to contribute code, an open source product can incorporate unusual use cases, which might be otherwise ignored.
- Greater ability to affect product direction: With open source, direct interaction with developers is possible to present use cases, meaning code could be contributed that implements a desired functionality.
- Lower cost: Because open source is distributed under an expansive license, it is typically much more affordable than proprietary-licensed software, enabling organizations to focus their investment in areas more directly tied to business value.
- Better match for today’s enterprise IT requirements: Third Platform applications are more highly scaled and subject to much greater load variability. Open source licensing is more conducive to this highly changeable application environment as compared to proprietary software, which typically requires a high licensing fee for each server.
Apprenda has raised $24M in new funding in a capital raise led by Safeguard Scientifics with additional participation from New Enterprise Associates and Ignition Partners. Apprenda delivers a .NET and Java PaaS that distinguishes itself from other PaaS platforms by way of greater traction amongst enterprise customers that include the likes of JPMorgan, AmerisourceBergen and McKesson. The funding raise builds upon recent partnerships forged by Apprenda with Microsoft Azure, Piston Cloud Computing (recently acquired by Cisco) and the Cisco Intercloud Marketplace. The capital raise brings the total funding raised by Apprenda to $56M and is intended to enhance Apprenda’s product development and sales operations capabilities. The $24M Series D round also begs the question of whether the company is gearing up for an acquisition, particularly given its branding as an enterprise-grade PaaS that already boasts deep integrations with some of the leading IaaS platforms in the industry.
Microsoft has reportedly agreed to purchase Adallom, the Israel-based cloud security company for $320M. Adallom focuses on protecting the security of SaaS applications such as Salesforce.com, Office 365, Box, Dropbox and ServiceNow. Adallom customers include Pivotal, SAP, EllieMae, Netflix and LinkedIn. The deal further exemplifies Microsoft’s commitment to cloud security as evinced by its acquisition of another Israel-based startup, Aorato in 2014 and its recent collaboration with Bromium to complement the security functionality of Windows 10 by means of Bromium’s isolation technology. If confirmed, Microsoft’s purchase of Adallom adds further fuel to the recent spate of cloud security acquisitions as evinced by Splunk’s recent acquisition of Caspida for $190M and Cisco’s acquisition of OpenDNS for $635M.
Here are three quick thoughts on Google’s recent decision to become a corporate sponsor of OpenStack:
1. Google’s support of OpenStack marks one of the biggest endorsements to date of OpenStack, and as such, bolsters the credibility of the platform even further. Even though OpenStack is currently endorsed by the likes of Platinum Members Red Hat, IBM, HP and Rackspace, Google’s announcement constitutes an especially significant announcement given its ownership of a competitor public cloud IaaS platform in the form of the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Google’s endorsement suggests that the days of OpenStack’s segregation from proprietary public clouds such as the Google Cloud Platform, AWS and Microsoft Azure may well be numbered and that the IaaS space may well end up developing APIs from proprietary platforms to OpenStack in the foreseeable future.
2. The cloud computing industry is increasingly coming to terms with hybrid cloud infrastructures and the necessity for interoperability across different cloud ecosystems. By supporting OpenStack, Google embraces cloud hybridity and in particular, the necessity for Kubernetes to integrate deeply with the OpenStack ecosystem. Given that enterprises almost invariably embrace some combination of private and public clouds as part of their larger cloud strategy, Google’s support of OpenStack constitutes an emphatic affirmation not only of OpenStack, but also of the criticality of hybrid cloud infrastructures and management frameworks at this stage of the evolution of cloud computing.
3. Google’s collaboration with OpenStack on the Kubernetes project underscores the emerging ascendancy of containers to contemporary cloud computing as an alternative and complement to virtual machine based computing. By working with OpenStack to ensure the compatibility of Kubernetes as part of Project Magnum, Google is betting big on increased adoption of container technology throughout the industry. Furthermore, Google is placing its bet that Kubernetes, as opposed to other container management frameworks, has the pizazz to emerge as one of the premier container management frameworks in the industry, particularly in light of its forthcoming, deepened integration with OpenStack.
On Thursday, Google announced its sponsorship of the OpenStack Foundation as a corporate sponsor. As noted in a blog post, Google’s decision to join the OpenStack Foundation is motivated by industry trends toward adoption of hybrid clouds and container-based application development. By sponsoring OpenStack, Google is expected to contribute heavily to OpenStack Magnum, the project that aspires to ensure the compatibility of container orchestration platforms such as Docker and Kubernetes with OpenStack. Google’s contribution toward the integration of Kubernetes with OpenStack is expected to accelerate the adoption of container technologies and thereby facilitate development of more robust hybrid cloud infrastructures marked by the union of increasingly heterogeneous computing infrastructures. Google’s sponsorship of OpenStack represents a huge coup for the OpenStack Foundation and marks another notable twist in the ongoing battle for cloud market share amongst the likes of Amazon, Microsoft and Google.
Splunk recently acquired cybersecurity startup Caspida Inc. for $190M. The acquisition of Caspida enhances Splunk’s breach response capabilities with Caspida’s machine learning-based behavioral analytics for breach detection. Caspida’s technology attempts to solve the problem of breach detection with particular attention to cases where breaches occur by means of attackers with valid credentials. Because Caspida’s behavioral analytics facilitate the detection of anomalous user activity even if the user has valid credentials, Splunk customers now have access to best in class breach response and breach detection functionality. Caspida launched in 2014 with funding from First Round Capital, Redpoint Ventures and True Ventures under the leadership of CEO Muddu Sudhakar, a former executive at EMC, VMware and Pivotal. The deal underscores the intensity of contemporary interest in cybersecurity solutions and, in this case, the value of algorithmic, predictive modeling of user activity to proactively identify anomalous behavior, or behavior of interest, particularly given the preponderance of security breaches initiated by valid credentials. The larger point, of course, is that cybersecurity is red hot as illustrated by Splunk’s decision to enter into a partnership with an advanced analytics-focused security startup. The industry should expect analogous acquisitions of hot cloud and cybersecurity startups as breaches proliferate and cloud adoption accelerates further.