AppFormix Partners With Mirantis To Deliver Real-Time Infrastructure Analytics For OpenStack

After exiting from stealth in June, infrastructure analytics vendor AppFormix today announced a partnership with OpenStack vendor Mirantis. AppFormix will integrate with IaaS deployments based on the Mirantis OpenStack distribution to deliver analytics about resource utilization and performance in addition to identifying resource bottlenecks and remediating resource contention. Given its focus on understanding how infrastructure components perform within a larger ecosystem of infrastructure, applications and data feeds, AppFormix fills a critical niche within the OpenStack community with respect to real-time analytics related to infrastructure. In addition to delivering timely analytics about OpenStack infrastructure, AppFormix gives customers data-driven recommendations about how they can reconfigure or tweak their deployments to optimize infrastructure and application performance. As told to Cloud Computing Today in an interview with AppFormix CEO Sumeet Singh, AppFormix also provides a rich visual interface that provides customers with real-time experience regarding the status of infrastructure and its consumption of application and data-related resources. The partnership between AppFormix and Mirantis positions AppFormix strongly to take a leadership position with respect to infrastructure analytics for OpenStack although, as Singh noted, Mirantis represents the only free standing commercial OpenStack vendor in light of the acquisitions of startups such as Piston Cloud Computing, Cloudscaling and Metacloud. In the meantime, AppFormix plans to further develop the capability of its platform to support infrastructure analytics in other cloud environments as it continues to reinforce the value of real-time data about cloud and container infrastructures.

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Palerra Announces Enhanced Cloud Security Support For AWS

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.

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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

Submitted by samanthas on Wed, 2015-07-22 11:00

VANCOUVER, British ColumbiaJuly 22, 2015 – The IT world is quickly shifting to the “Third Platform,” which IDC has coined as the confluence of social, mobile, analytics (big data) and cloud as the foundation for next generation IT. When it comes to staying competitive in the Third Platform world, open source will be a requirement, not an option. ActiveState today shared the top advantages of leveraging open source technologies in enterprise application development. To learn more about the Third Platform and how to enable the future of applications, please visit:www.stackato.com/vision

The use of open source has gained the attention of large enterprises, whose IT departments have a large and growing commitment to open source products. Open source advantages include:

  • 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.
Bart Copeland, President and CEO, ActiveState, said:
“The nature of enterprise IT is rapidly evolving and open source is changing the game. Companies are quickly realizing that in order to succeed, they must empower themselves with the right processes, tools and culture. This is where open source is a major benefit. Once considered the domain of small businesses and start-ups, open source software offers greater transparency, innovation and opportunity to affect product direction. As this adoption increases, open source skills will become critically important, not just for using open source wisely but for attracting the talent necessary to compete in a Third Platform world.”

About ActiveState: 
ActiveState believes that enterprises gain a competitive advantage when they are able to quickly create, deploy and efficiently manage software solutions that immediately create business value, but they face many challenges that prevent them from doing so. The Company is uniquely positioned to help address these challenges through our experience with enterprises, people and technology. ActiveState is proven for the enterprise: more than two million developers and 97 percent of Fortune 1000 companies use ActiveState’s solutions to develop, distribute, and manage their software applications written in Java, Perl, Python, Node.js, PHP, Tcl and other dynamic languages. Global customers like Cisco, CA, HP, Bank of America, Siemens and Lockheed Martin trust ActiveState to save time, save money, minimize risk, ensure compliance and reduce time to market. To learn more, visit ActiveState.com.

Media Contacts:  
Michael Salmassian
Nadel Phelan, Inc.
Phone: +1-831-440-2408
michael [at] nadelphelan.com

Samantha Singh
ActiveState Software Inc.
Phone: +1-778-785-2487
samanthas [at] activestate.com
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Apprenda PaaS Raises $24M In Series D Funding

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.

Categories: Apprenda, PaaS

Report: Microsoft In Agreement To Purchase Israel-based Cloud Security Firm Adallom For $320M

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.

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Three Quick Thoughts On Google’s Corporate Sponsorship Of OpenStack

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.

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Google Announces Sponsorship Of OpenStack Foundation

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.

Categories: Google, OpenStack

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