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Menlo Security Partners With Webroot To Deliver Analytics On Security Threats To Complement Its Isolation Security Platform

Menlo Security today announced a partnership with Webroot that enables the delivery of granular intelligence regarding threats detected via the Menlo Security Isolation Platform. Webroot’s web classification data empowers IT administrators to block websites that originate threats and variously implement more selective threat detection and remediation protocols for those sites, where possible. Menlo’s partnership with Webroot also allows customers to perform more granular analytics on incoming threat intelligence that subsequently enables the development and ongoing modification of strategic approaches to the management of security threats based on data regarding their type, frequency and originating source. Meanwhile, Menlo Security continues to differentiate in the space of cloud and IT security vendors that leverage isolation approaches to quarantine threats as opposed to using analytics to differentiate between malicious and innocuous web traffic. Whereas many isolation methodologies focus on securing the endpoint in the form of end user devices, Menlo Security’s isolation platform stops malware, phishing and other malicious code before it has the opportunity to reach an endpoint device. Today’s partnership with Webroot bolsters the level of granularity it can provide customers about threats within their IT infrastructure and represents yet another feather in its cap as the battle for leadership in the cloud security space heats up in earnest.

Categories: Cloud Computing Security, Menlo Security, Miscellaneous

Press Release: Forty-nine global cloud providers sign up to the OnApp Federation

New members contribute more than 50 compute cloud locations in 30 countries

HostingCon, San Diego – July 28 2015: OnApp has announced that 49 cloud providers have now signed up to provide compute cloud infrastructure on the OnApp Federation, the world’s biggest public cloud. The new members of the OnApp Federation will contribute more than 50 compute cloud locations in 30 countries, in addition to the 170+ CDN locations already available. The news extends the OnApp Federation’s lead as the most globally distributed, low-latency public cloud.

As a member of the OnApp Federation, each cloud provider can buy and sell cloud infrastructure through a wholesale, on demand marketplace. By buying infrastructure, providers can make global cloud locations available to their customers for application deployment, as a seamless part of their local cloud. The addition of new locations enables their customers to minimize latency for end users by hosting applications in their nearest city, and manage data sovereignty and compliance issues by controlling precisely which clouds data can, or cannot be hosted in.

“The Federation brings a new model to cloud infrastructure buying. We’ve built a global marketplace where any service provider can go and buy cloud infrastructure and make it available to their clients,” said Ditlev Bredahl, CEO of OnApp. “While cloud as a concept has been discussed and misunderstood for years, one of the persistent elements has always been that cloud infrastructure should be available easily and quickly. As part of the OnApp Federation, these 49 service providers will now have access to unlimited infrastructure, with more scale than any megahoster, more locations and better world-wide performance.”

The new cloud providers joining the OnApp Federation will extend its coverage in European locations, including London, Toronto, Cologne, Oslo, Nijmegen, Copenhagen, Kiev, Sofia, Rende, Isle of Man, Reggio Emilia, Milan, Utretcht, Aalesund, Lisbon, Almere, Madrid, Ghent and Tallinn. In the US and Canada, cloud providers have joined from Spring, Toronto, Dallas, Los Angeles, Montreal, Honolulu, Houston, Portland, Atlanta and Kansas City; in South America, from Sao Paulo; in Asia-Pacific, from Taiwan, Sydney and Leederville; and in the Middle East and Africa, from Cape Town, Tunis, Marrakech and Tel Aviv.

“The value of the OnApp Federation, for cloud providers, is simple and unique: it makes you an instant global player. It means our clients can deploy applications wherever they need them, through the same UI and with the same service package they expect from TelosHost. We can offer cloud locations we would not otherwise have access to, and sell compute cloud from around the world.” said Ben Westfall, CEO, TelosHost.

Aaron Faby, CEO of Xfernet also commented, saying that “using OnApp, we’ve built up a customer base of U.S. enterprises who are looking for the benefits of cloud application hosting, but with the added advantage of managed services, enterprise-grade support and private cloud options too. The OnApp Federation lets us take this to the next level, and give our customers access to cloud locations all over the world. That’s especially important for clients whose businesses depend on 100% reliability and scalability, such as our customers in application development, ecommerce and gaming. For us, it means we can scale out our cloud without CAPEX on new infrastructure, and win projects we would otherwise not have the global reach to handle.”

OnApp has also announced the addition of new objective metadata about the performance of locations on the OnApp Federation, as well as new reporting and management tools for providers selling infrastructure through OnApp’s global network.

They include historic CPU, IOPS and bandwidth ratings, which are available through the OnApp Federation marketplace; a new ‘seller to buyer’ notification system to keep infrastructure buyers informed about outages and scheduled maintenance; a streamlined new way to switch federated infrastructure between private and public zones; and extended control of limits and pricing for infrastructure being sold on the Federation.

The new features will be available in version 4.1 of OnApp, coming in early Autumn/Fall 2015.

About OnApp
OnApp software enables hosts, telcos and other service providers to sell the complete range of Infrastructure-as-a-Service products, from bare-bones virtual servers to fully-automated cloud, dedicated servers, CDN, storage and more. The OnApp platform also gives service providers on-demand access to the OnApp Federation, a global network of cloud providers, connected to a real-time wholesale marketplace where they can buy and sell compute and CDN capacity.

For more information, please contact:

Austin Brailey / Nicolette Pillay

Firefly Communications – PR for OnApp

E: OnAppTeam@fireflycomms.com

T: +44 (0)203 170 8008

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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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Atlas, HashiCorp’s Infrastructure Version Control Platform, Leaves Beta After Usage By Mozilla And Cisco

DevOps leader HashiCorp today announced that Atlas, its version control platform for infrastructure, has exited Beta and is now publicly available. Developed by the company that aims to transform datacenter management, Atlas brings together a myriad of open source technologies from HashiCorp that collectively streamline and simplify the process of infrastructure management. Given the way in which contemporary infrastructure deployments almost invariably assume more complex morphologies and configurations as business needs change, Atlas gives customers an automated solution to the problem of documenting changes to physical and virtual servers, networking topologies, orchestration frameworks and other attributes of an infrastructure deployment. Constituent components of Atlas include open source tools Vagrant, Packer, Terraform, Serf, Consul and Vault that variously manage actions such as, but not limited to, managing development environments, creating infrastructure components, automating the provisioning of infrastructure and performing runtime orchestration.

Current Atlas users include Mozilla, which uses Atlas for its Socorro project and Cisco, which leverages Atlas for Shipped, its platform for bringing applications from development to production. Atlas and its various components empower customers to enhance the auditability of their infrastructure deployments as well as to more accurately perform rollbacks, debug infrastructure-related errors, perform root cause analyses and understand interdependencies between infrastructure components. Today’s release of Atlas from Beta testifies to enhanced industry interest in infrastructure management, spurred in no small part by the contemporary proliferation of increasingly heterogeneous and complex infrastructures featuring hybrid clouds and progressively complex networking topologies. Unique because of its focus on version control for infrastructure, Atlas stands poised to rapidly consolidate its early traction in the infrastructure management space and continue innovating in the space of technologies focused on datacenter management and operations.

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Amazon Releases iOS Mobile App For Cloud Drive Which Fails To Impress

Amazon recently released Cloud Drive for iOS, a mobile app for the iOS platform that serves as the counterpart to the Cloud Drive app for Android that was released in June. Previously, iOS users had access to an Amazon app that enabled access to Amazon Photos, which were automatically uploaded to the Amazon Cloud. With the release of Cloud Drive for IOS, however, iOS users can read files within the Amazon Cloud Drive, including the preview of spreadsheets and presentations. The app allows users to share files via a link or email attachment and post the file to social media applications. Importantly, users cannot upload files to the Amazon Cloud using either the Android or iOS app, which renders the app bereft of crucial functionality in comparison to competing mobile apps from the likes of Dropbox and Google Drive. The lack of Cloud Drive app functionality is surprising for Amazon, which historically has differentiated itself by way of the richness of the pre-configured features within its cloud-based product line. As such, the app illustrates the immaturity of Cloud Drive within the larger portfolio of cloud-based storage platforms and raises questions about the depth of Amazon’s commitment to Cloud Drive, even though the industry can reasonably can expect significant enhancements to both the Android and Apple mobile apps in forthcoming months.

Categories: Amazon Web Services, Miscellaneous

Google Cloud Source Repositories Enables Google Cloud Platform Customers To Store Source Code

Without a formal announcement, Google has launched a repository for storing code named Google Cloud Source Repositories. Currently in Beta, the repository allows users to store application-related code on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Users can set up a Git remote and perform push, pull, clone, log and other operations. The platform also allows users to connect a GitHub code repository to other code repositories such as GitHub or BitBucket. Additionally, the Google Cloud Source Repository features a Source Code Editor as well as integration with the Google Cloud Debugger. While the Google Cloud Source Repository hardly aspires to replace code repositories such as GitHub anytime in the near future, it represents yet another feather in the cap of the Google Cloud Platform in the form of a repository that enables customers to store, debug and deploy their code within the same platform. As such, the Google Cloud Source Repositories constitutes yet another moment in the evolution of the Google Cloud Platform into a one stop shopping ground for application development and hosting. Google Cloud Source Repositories participates in a larger ecosystem of code repositories for major IaaS platforms alongside the likes of the Amazon Web Services Git repository CodeCommit and Microsoft Azure’s Visual Studio Online service. The beta release of the platform currently allows for 500 MB of storage although developers should expect Google to monetize storage allocations for code in forthcoming months.

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Infographic: The Networking Grid And The Rise Of Interconnectedness

The following infographic, courtesy of Equinix, illustrates the historical transformation in the way in which objects are interconnected. The infographic does well to show the proliferation of objects that have variously become digitized and participate in a larger networked grid marked by increased connectivity and bi-directional data and information flow.

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