Alation Raises $9M In Series A Funding For Stealth Solution To Enhance Big Data Accessibility

Alation today announces the finalization of $9M in Series A funding led by Costanoa Venture Capital and Data Collective Venture Capital, with participation from Andreessen Horowitz, Bloomberg Beta and General Catalyst Partners. The funding will be used both for product development and the expansion of Alation’s sales and marketing operations. Still in stealth mode, Alation intends to enhance the ability of organizations to access and retrieve data. Based on the premise that organizations continue to struggle with respect to locating data housed within their own infrastructures, Alation intends to improve data accessibility as well as to help customers more effectively understand the quality and significance of their data. Alation CEO Satyen Sangani remarked on Alation’s value proposition as follows:

Organizations still struggle with quickly finding, understanding and using the right data. Data-driven enterprises have voracious appetites for information and continue to make massive investments in data management platforms like Hadoop and business intelligence software like Tableau. While these technologies help with computation, storage, and visualization, ironically they make it harder to navigate the ocean of data. Alation helps people get to key insights faster.

Although business intelligence platforms such as Tableau facilitate data visualization and analysis, Sangani notes, organizations continue to wrestle with the problem of maneuvering within their “ocean of data” and finding the right data for analysis. Led by a team of founders with prior experience at Oracle, Google and Apple, Alation is gearing up for a general availability release of its platform in mid-2015. As told to Cloud Computing Today by CEO Satyen Sangani, the company’s solution focuses on structured and semi-structured data and claims several large, data-driven companies within its roster of customers. Expect more details regarding Alation to emerge within the upcoming months as it comes out of stealth and takes the wraps off its platform for managing big data complexity and increasing data accessibility more generally.

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Numerify Announces Impressive Growth For Its Cloud-Based Analytics Platform

Cloud-based analytics vendor Numerify recently announced the addition of notable product enhancements to its Numerify360 for IT platform marked by solutions dedicated to the needs of managed service providers and retail and higher education institutions. In addition, Numerify revealed a slew of updates to its portfolio of products that facilitate the operation of IT as a business by enhancing its change management, location analytics, incident analysis and text analytics solutions. Unlike many IT analytics vendors that focus on infrastructure and application-related metrics such as latency and throughput, Numerify differentiates itself by building applications focused around empowering IT leadership to obtain visibility regarding its performance as a business that serves other business units within the organization. For example, Numerify’s location analytics capability enables IT to derive granular business intelligence about technology performance in different geographies to facilitate proactive interventions to mitigate technology-related disruptions. Similarly, Numerify’s change management analytics facilitate the identification of changes resulting in service interruptions to minimize the disruptive effect of changes to applications and infrastructure.

News of Numerify’s updates to its platform arrives in conjunction with company announcements of “significant growth” since its April 2014 stealth launch marked by quarterly revenue growth in the triple digits and a bevy of new customer signings. Backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital, Numerify delivers a unique level of analytics that empowers IT to focus on the metrics that impact the satisfaction of their customers rather than remaining mired in technology-related metrics that require the imposition of another level of abstraction to understand their business value and significance. The bottom line here is that the increasing heterogeneity of contemporary IT infrastructures means that the application and infrastructure analytics space is red hot, and likely to continue burning brightly given the sprawl of on-premise, cloud-based and distributed applications. Expect Numerify to continue building on its impressive market traction in the remainder of 2015 and expanding a customer roster that currently includes Netflix, Aruba Networks and the University of San Francisco.

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Meru Networks Announces Meru Xpress Cloud, Cloud-Managed Wi-Fi For SMBs

Meru Networks today announces the Meru Xpress Cloud, a Wi-FI solution that delivers enterprise-grade Wi-Fi to small to medium-size businesses that grapple with the challenges posed by the proliferation of mobile devices in the workplace. Architected using the Meru XP8i access point, the Meru Xpress Cloud boasts enhanced data security by ensuring that all corporate data remains behind the firewall. The Meru Xpress Cloud boasts a degree of operational simplicity that allows office staff with little to no specific IT expertise to deploy the Meru wireless solution alongside high performance, scalability, redundancy and security. Monetized by way of a subscription or a resale pricing model, the Meru Xpress Cloud competes with the likes of Cisco and Aruba by targeting SMB customers that have less upfront capital to invest in cloud-managed Wi-Fi and more operational capital to support deployment, operation and support of a long-term solution. Today’s announcement highlights yet another use case for cloud-based infrastructures in the form of cloud-managed Wi-Fi for SMBs that require enterprise-grade scalability and high performance in a technology environment characterized by the radical prolixity and explosive growth of end user devices that need to connect to Wi-Fi networks.

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Vormetric Introduces Tokenization And Data Masking Solution To Its Data Security Platform

Today, data security solution provider Vormetric announces the release of Vormetric Tokenization with Dynamic Data Masking on the Vormetric Data Security Platform. Vormetric Tokenization enables the protection of sensitive data by creating a bridge between sensitive data and a randomly generated data point that substitutes for the original data. For example, Vormetric Tokenization allows customers that process credit cards to create a proxy data point with a 1-1 correspondence to each credit number received in transactional data processing. Customers can use the proxy data point to mask the original credit number and thereby reduce the risk of credit fraud. The keys to the castle that allow customers to decode the link between the tokenized, proxy data and the original data are kept in the Vormetric platform’s Token Vault that enjoys multiple layers of protection and data security. By centralizing access to the bridge between sensitive data and deidentified data via its Token Vault, Vormetric’s Tokenization and Data Masking solution reduces the scope of compliance-related audits. As a result, Vormetric’s Tokenization solution saves organizations the operational cost of ensuring the entire IT infrastructure responsible for processing sensitive data achieves compliance standards by shrinking the target area for the audit to the Token Vault. In all, Vormetric’s Tokenization with Dynamic Data Masking product complements its existing Vormetric Transparent Encryption solution for the protection of data at rest as well as its Application Encryption solution for implementing encryption at the level of an entire application or library of applications. As such, the tokenization solution strengthens Vormetric’s portfolio of offerings for ensuring the security of data at rest and consolidates Vormetric’s leadership in the data security space related to protecting the security of data at rest in on premise, cloud and Big Data environments.

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Kaseya Releases Version 9 of Its Enterprise Mobility Management Platform At A Disruptive Pricepoint

IT management provider Kaseya today announced the launch of Release 9 of its Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform for mobile devices and their attendant applications. EMM delivers a suite of products and services that help small to midsize business tackle the challenge of managing the proliferation of devices used within their IT infrastructures. More specifically, EMM integrates bring you own device (BYOD) management, mobile device management and mobile application management capabilities in a way that empowers IT administrators to manage devices, applications and their associated policies and procedures by means of one application. Kaseya’s EMM platform boasts rapid onboarding of devices in conjunction with the rapid deployment of policies and procedures for authorizing authentication and access protocols for different devices. The integration of mobile device management with BYOD allows customers to centralize and automate the control of devices such as laptops, PCs, servers and smartphones within the purview of their network infrastructure. Importantly, Release 9 introduces Kaseya’s private cloud as the foundational infrastructure for EMM, thereby giving customers the elasticity, scalability, redundancy, failover and unified security specific to well architected cloud infrastructures. Launched at a disruptive price point based on a monthly fee per user as opposed to per device, Release 9 of Kaseya’s Enterprise Mobility Management platform promises to consolidate Kaseya’s market positioning within the IT management landscape for SMBs by delivering enhanced operational simplicity for device and application management in addition to attractive pricing that leverages Kaseya’s newly introduced private cloud. Founded in 2000, Kaseya serves over 10,000 customers in 20 countries.

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Amazon Promises To Detail “Other” Category In Earnings Reports And Reveal AWS Earnings Later In 2015

Today, in its fourth quarter earnings call, Amazon announced that Amazon Web Services claims more than one million active customers featuring year over year usage growth of the AWS platform by 90%. Moreover, in 2014, AWS rolled out 515 feature and service releases, or 80% more than the previous year. The most recent quarter also featured the release of AWS Lambda, a service that runs code in response to events driven by Amazon S3, Amazon Kinesis, and Amazon DynamoDB. During the same period, AWS also announced the Amazon EC2 Container Service and Amazon Aurora, a MySQL-compatible relational database for Amazon RDS that boasts performance improvements over MySQL by a factor as much as five at a price point of one tenth of the cost of commercial relational database products. Importantly, Amazon announced that it will finally reveal details of AWS earnings later in 2015, which are currently bucketed into the “Other” category in Amazon’s earnings reports and subsequently leave the exact figure open to endless amounts of analyst speculation and inference. Revenue in Amazon’s “Other” category for the most recent quarter was $1.67B, although that figure includes advertising and credit-card related revenues.

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Tips For Protecting Data Privacy And Security From Mitch Coopet, CTO & Co-founder Of Code42

In celebration of Data Privacy Day, Cloud Computing Today spoke to Mitch Coopet, CTO and cofounder of Code42 regarding data privacy and security tips for IT managers. To empower employees to work productively in different locations, Coopet remarked on the importance of ensuring that data protection protocols apply to multiple devices and operating systems. Coopet also suggested understanding the volume of unsanctioned apps in an IT environment and revisiting corporate backup policies to ensure data is backed up over a variety of devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. Code42 is the company behind the popular endpoint backup service, CrashPlan, whose customers include Expedia, Yelp and P&G as well as Yale and Stanford Universities.

3 Tips For Protecting Data Privacy For IT Managers And Organizations by Mitch Coopet

1, Balance User Productivity with Enterprise IT Needs:

While typically cast in the role of the “enforcer” — or put more bluntly, saying “no” to employee requests for sharing across personal devices and apps — IT actually has an opportunity to help employees increase work productivity now more than ever.  To empower user productivity while maintaining rigorous security standards, data protection policies must support multiple devices and operating systems regardless of physical location. Looking ahead, IT can directly improve productivity and innovation for the enterprise by anticipating how employees will interact with data, particularly on laptops and mobile devices that exist at the edge of the corporate network, as opposed to operating within a traditional data center. Provide secure, easy ways for employees to work on their devices regardless of where they are, and educate them on the productivity tools available to them through IT.

2. Survey Unsanctioned App Usage: With more employees turning to the growing selection of cloud-based apps to get work done faster and on-the-go, it has become increasingly difficult for IT managers to monitor the huge volume of “unsanctioned apps” that live in a given network via their presence on employee-owned devices. According to a report from cloud app security company Netskope, nearly 90 percent of the apps being used at a given company are not formally sanctioned by IT. This underscores a broader trend, and the need for IT to move beyond simply condoning the use of officially sanctioned apps. Put plainly, it’s just not realistic to do anymore. Understanding which apps employees are using to create and access work data is half the battle in developing data management policies that address unsanctioned cloud app usage.

3. Re-think your backup hygiene: According to Forrester’s Forrsights Devices and Security Workforce Survey, over half of employees assume that their companies back up their most important files, whether or not this is the case. The reality is that today with more important work files living on laptops, smartphones and tablets, rather than centralized servers, IT often expects employees to take responsibility for backing up data that is not created or accessed on the network. It comes down to empowering employees to work on-the-go without compromising sensitive company data. One such avenue to ensure this approach is to provide a backup solution that continuously and automatically backs up employees’ endpoint devices and mitigates the risk of a data loss event.

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