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 Collaborates With Macnica Networks To Accelerate Sales Of Its Isolation Platform In Japan
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 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.
Silver Peak’s Partnership With Infoblox, Nutanix and Zscaler Affirms Adoption Of Its SD WAN Solution
On Monday, Silver Peak announced partnerships with Infoblox, Nutanix and Zscaler that promise to accelerate the adoption of its Unity EdgeConnect SD Wide Area Network (WAN) solution. Silver Peak’s Unity EdgeConnect solution creates a virtual overlay-based Wide Area Network that leverages both MPLS and broadband connectivity. By using broadband to deliver overlay-based WAN infrastructures, Silver Peak’s Unity EdgeConnect solution allows customers to improve application performance, reduce latency, improve scalability and optimize bandwidth. Infoblox provides network management solutions whereas Nutanix specializes in hyperconverged software-defined appliances and Zscaler focuses on cybersecurity. Infoblox, Nutanix and Zscaler stand to benefit from the enhanced operational agility and performance improvements enabled by the Silver Peak SD WAN solution, in conjunction with dramatically reduced implementation costs. Silver Peak’s partnership announcement also testifies to successful product integration between its SD WAN platform and a diverse range of platforms and infrastructures that illustrates an increasingly turnkey deployment process that dramatically shortens the cycle time required of an SD WAN implementation. Monday’s announcement consolidates Silver Peak’s leadership in the SD WAN space and correspondingly illustrates increasing market adoption of virtual overlay-based WAN solutions that allow customers to benefit from broadband connectivity to deliver a high performing, agile wide area network solution.
On August 11, HP announced the release of Excavator, the latest version of HP Vertica. Excavator features the ability to ingest and perform real-time analytics on massive amounts of streaming data. HP Excavator’s ability to analyze high velocity, streaming datasets positions it more strongly to embrace use cases related to the internet of things and machine data, more generally. Other features of HP Excavator include the ability to perform text searches on massive volumes of log data in conjunction with enhanced manageability and security. In addition, HP Excavator features more advanced SQL analytic functions as well as enhanced support for Apache Hadoop. This release also features further optimization for Apache Hadoop as well as integration with Apache Kafka. Finally, HP Excavator also boasts enhanced cloud interoperability in the form of tighter integration between Amazon S3 and HP VerticaOnDemand. Given its recent acquisition of ActiveState Stackato and renewed commitment to HP Helion, based on OpenStack, HP Excavator underscores the strength of HP’s big data play, particularly in light of Vertica’s tightened integration with Apache Hadoop. The obvious question now is how tightly HP can integrate Vertica with the rest of its Helion cloud portfolio toward the end of delivering an integrated cloud-big data offering that allows enterprises to enjoy the scalability and automation of cloud infrastructures alongside the data management and analytic capabilities required in an era of ever increasing device connectivity and real-time data feeds.
The infographic below, from Kensington, elaborates on challenges associated with connecting devices due to decreasing numbers of available connectivity ports. The graphic chronicles the history of connectivity and presages discussions related to the internet of things and the promise of integrated, wireless connectivity to a myriad of everyday objects and appliances.
Internet security company Zscaler recently announced the finalization of $100M in funding. TPG led the funding round in conjunction with existing investors EMC and Lightspeed Ventures. The Zscaler platform delivers comprehensive web, mobile, cloud application and wifi security for customers that include United Airlines, NBC, Humana and the National Health Services of the UK. The $100M funding round is intended to accelerate product development, expand sales operations and scale the business to accommodate its meteoric growth. According to a press release, Zscaler currently secures over “15 billion internet requests” and stops over 100 million threats to cybersecurity daily. Zscaler’s multi-tenant, distributed cloud platform bi-directionally identifies incoming and outgoing security threats while concurrently optimizing internet performance and end user productivity. The $100M funding round raises Zscaler’s estimated valuation to over $1 billion and emphatically illustrates the intensity of market interest in innovative and effective cloud security solutions. As a result of the capital raise, TPG partner Nehal Raj will join Zscaler’s board of directors. Meanwhile, TPG’s investment in Zscaler continues to illustrate its support for disruptive technology companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Domo and Lynda.com.