Cloud application security vendor Elastica recently announced a partnership with Cisco that allows Cisco to resell Elastica’s Cloud Access Security Broker solutions to its customers. The partnership between Elastica and Cisco gives Cisco customers access to Elastica’s CloudSOC portfolio which includes IT risk assessments, deep visibility regarding live cloud application traffic and the ability to detect risky actions on the part of enterprise employees. Elastica’s Shadow IT risk assessment enables customers to prioritize risk ratings of applications in addition to analytics on cloud application usage within an organization. Meanwhile, Elastica’s Shadow Data analytics provide insight into data governance and compliance-related risks with a view toward providing direction regarding how improved data governance and renewed approaches to IT compliance can mitigate an organization’s overall IT risk. Another core Elastica CloudSOC product offering provides deep insight into live cloud application traffic and user activity by leveraging machine learning and semantic technologies that can identify compromised user accounts, high risk transactions and threatening user accounts by means of a proprietary, algorithmic ThreatScore. Elastica’s cloud application security solution draws upon cloud application API data via Elastic securelets that connect to the backend of cloud applications, live cloud application data regarding networking traffic as well as usage patterns and log data from third party security solutions. Elastica’s partnership with Cisco complements solutions such as Cisco’s Cisco Cloud Web Security (CWS), Web Security Appliance (WSA) and Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance by providing deep visibility into analytics related to the security of SaaS and cloud applications more generally. Moreover, Elastica stands to gain access to Cisco’s expansive channel of customers while Cisco benefits from the data science expertise that Elastica brings to the conversation regarding cloud security. Expect to hear more about Elastica as its partnership with Cisco deepens and fuels accelerated product innovation in collaboration with the needs of its evolving customer base.
Kaseya recently announced the launch of Kaseya Release 8, which adds security and compliance features to its cloud monitoring platform. Kaseya 8 bolsters the ability of small to mid-size organizations to manage their IT infrastructure and applications by means of enhancements to Kaseya Remote Control that empower IT administrators to remotely perform work on servers and workstations. Moreover, Kaseya’s AuthAnvil product helps companies manage IT-related authentication protocols, including two factor authentication, single sign-on and password management functionality. AuthAnvil also enables users to customize the list of applications included within the purview of single sign-on applications as illustrated below:
Furthermore, Kaseya 8 claims enhanced centralized management functionality for Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint Online. In addition, the platform delivers service level tracking software to automate compliance with service level agreements in conjunction with the delivery of notifications that signal cases in which a SLA stands a danger of violation. Overall, Tuesday’s release pivots the product toward security and compliance functionality for SMBs by delivering out of the box functionality that can assist organizations monitor compliance with SLAs and assure the implementation of robust identity access management features. As told to Cloud Computing Today in a phone interview with Kaseya’s CEO, Yogesh Gupta, the company’s primary client base consists of SMBs sized at roughly 50 to 250 employees. The latest release delivers security and compliance solutions that can be readily implemented by companies that fit the profile of Kaseya’s customer base that are seeking to ensure the security of their IT infrastructures. That said, cloud security and compliance are hot topics for virtually any organization with a cloud deployment, so Kaseya will need to ensure its offering can meet the demands of its customers as they grow and undertake more complex cloud and application deployments.
When Performance Matters
We know as well as anyone that the cloud solutions market is crowded, and getting more so every day. Nowadays everyone seems to be a cloud provider; everyone has a solution they want to sell you, from legacy hardware providers with “platinum new cloud capabilities” to purists who pressure you to adopt “real” scalable cloud technologies.
But buyer beware: Not all cloud service providers are created equal. Many can generalize solutions or pontificate idealisms, but do they really have the right software and services for your particular enterprise needs? Enterprise cloud users require a much more sophisticated level of performance than a personal user or smaller business. In an enterprise, the data is sensitive, and the stakes are high. It’s vital that a cloud provider that considers themselves “enterprise grade” can guarantee a high level of performance and availability and provides the SLAs to back it up. If its mission critical apps do not consistently run well in the cloud, any other promises just don’t matter.
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