DARPA plans shift from AWS and on-prem to multicloud by 2022

Data Center Dynamics | February 06, 2020

The US military's research agency, DARPA, plans to use multiple cloud providers by 2022, according to a procurement document, requesting help from IT network services contractors. The agency currently relies on a mixture of Amazon Web Services and internal server infrastructure, according to the document, which gives details of DARPA's current server and cloud deployments, and its future plans. The request provides a rare glimpse into the IT infrastructure of one of the US government's most secretive agencies, known for its part in the creation of the Internet.

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In this video tutorial of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Cloud Practitioner, I will explain and show you the different cloud computing service modes. So, let’s get started. IaaS, PaaS and SaaS are cloud computing service models, where IaaS stands for Infrastructure as a Service, PaaS stands for Platform as a Service and SaaS stands for Software as a Service. Now, let’s learn in detail each of them with examples.

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In this video tutorial of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Cloud Practitioner, I will explain and show you the different cloud computing service modes. So, let’s get started. IaaS, PaaS and SaaS are cloud computing service models, where IaaS stands for Infrastructure as a Service, PaaS stands for Platform as a Service and SaaS stands for Software as a Service. Now, let’s learn in detail each of them with examples.

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Zesty | September 14, 2022

Zesty, a pioneer in dynamic cloud infrastructure solutions, today announced a $75 million Series B funding round led by B Capital and Series A investor Sapphire Ventures. Previous investors Next47 and S-Capital also participated in the round. Zesty has raised $116 million in total since its founding in 2019. Zesty's customer base has grown by 127% from 2021 to 2022 and the company has tripled its revenue since its Series A last year. The static nature of cloud infrastructure today encumbers DevOps with the burdensome task of managing cloud resources in a constantly shifting business environment. DevOps teams burn countless hours trying to make predictions and manual adjustments to ensure their infrastructure efficiently meets application demand. Budgets are further strained as cloud infrastructure spend is expected to hit over $90 billion in 2022 – 22% more than in 2021. Zesty's solutions spearhead the evolutionary transition to dynamic cloud infrastructure by automatically adapting compute and storage to meet real-time business needs. As a result, businesses can finally fulfill the promise of the cloud by gaining the flexibility they need to scale up or down. This allows DevOps teams to significantly reduce cloud costs, maintain optimal app performance, and alleviate the stress of managing static infrastructure. Zesty's solutions require zero human input – so engineers no longer waste time monitoring, measuring, predicting, and adjusting resource allocations, and can instead focus on developing new products and features. "The cloud has become the foundation for critical functions for countless companies, but more often than not, DevOps teams are stuck with static infrastructure, like discount program commitments or allocated storage volumes that waste time and money. "This situation is no longer tenable in today's volatile economic environment, or any environment for that matter. DevOps teams shouldn't be wasting their time babysitting the cloud. That's why we're excited to help companies save significant resources, both financial and human. This investment will help us grow our team and further develop our products to meet the exploding demand for greater cloud flexibility." Maxim Melamedov, CEO and co-founder of Zesty Zesty's suite of products are designed with DevOps teams in mind, providing the first automated solutions for resource optimization tasks that are traditionally manual and labor intensive. Their customer base includes hundreds of international companies – including Heap, Gong, Yotpo, Monday, and Wiz. "Despite its enormous value and scalability, the cloud still lacks flexibility and that's holding DevOps back," said Rashmi Gopinath, General Partner at B Capital. "Teams are forced to make impossible predictions regarding future infrastructure needs, which leads to wasted money and is a huge drag on DevOps productivity. Dynamic cloud infrastructure is the game-changer so many businesses have been waiting for, and we're excited to be part of this cloud revolution." "Cloud computing continues to hold huge potential and promise for companies of all sizes and at all stages of the cloud adoption journey," said Casber Wang, Partner at Sapphire Ventures and Zesty board member. "But that promise comes at a high associated cost: management intricacy, cloud waste, margin erosion, imprecise budgeting, and much more. Cloud needs have always been dynamic, and with Zesty's differentiated optimization platform, companies can now see the ROI and stop making such a trade-off, programmatically." About Zesty Zesty helps organizations adapt to changing business needs by making their cloud infrastructure more dynamic. With offerings for compute, block storage, and Kubernetes, Zesty automatically scales resources to meet application demands in real-time. This helps DevOps teams to slash cloud costs, maintain perfect app performance, minimize the hassle of managing infra and fully realize the true flexibility of the cloud.

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IronNet Launches IronRadar to Automatically Block Adversary Infrastructure

IronNet, Inc. | September 30, 2022

IronNet, Inc., an innovative leader Transforming Cybersecurity Through Collective DefenseSM, has launched IronRadarSM, a new solution designed to proactively and automatically update customers’ cybersecurity tools with malicious indicators for adversary infrastructure. Developed by IronNet’s team of elite threat hunters, IronRadar uses an innovative process that fingerprints a server and determines whether it is a command and control (C2) server while those servers are being stood up, even before a cyber attack is initiated. IronRadar enriches the data creating purpose-built intelligence updates for proactively blocking adversarial infrastructure, and was observed to have 98% accuracy over six months of testing. “We know that Cobalt Strike and other open-source tools provide the framework for legitimate ‘red team’ activities. “Unfortunately, open-source tools are being used by advanced persistent threat groups to gain access to systems, establish C2, and launch attacks. Thanks to our innovative and dedicated CyOC team, IronRadar can identify threats as new adversarial infrastructure servers appear and before they can be used in sophisticated cyber attacks.” Don Closser, Chief Product Officer of IronNet IronRadar is now available for all networks beyond the IronNet Collective DefenseSM platform community as an annual subscription – sold directly from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace makes it cost effective and easy to buy and scale. Once installed, customers can easily upgrade to join the Collective Defense community at any time. “Detecting weaponized C2 servers before they connect to a network and inflict damage like ransomware and eCrimes is a daunting challenge for all organizations,” said Christopher Kissel, Research Vice President of Security and Trust Products, at IDC. “The launch of the purpose-built threat intelligence feed from IronNet is a game changer because it proactively blocks known, new, and unreported C2 infrastructures.” IronRadar is the only existing automated threat intelligence feed developed specifically to combat C2 behavior. This easy-to-use tool enables a customer’s SOC to: Actively block known C2 and emerging threat C2 IoCs. Integrate real-time threat intelligence into any security solution – SIEM, SOAR, Incident Response, and more. Accelerate threat response by exposing the adversaries and evolving tradecraft targeting infrastructure. IronRadar integrates seamlessly with the IronNet Collective Defense platform, powered by AWS, which is the only solution that can identify anomalous behaviors and deliver actionable attack intelligence to all the other participants in the IronNet community. The Collective Defense platform serves as an early warning system for all participating companies and organizations, strengthening network security through correlated alerts, automated triage, and extended hunt support. About IronNet, Inc. Founded in 2014 by GEN Keith Alexander, IronNet, Inc. is a global cybersecurity leader that is transforming how organizations secure their networks by delivering the first-ever Collective Defense platform operating at scale. Employing a number of former NSA cybersecurity operators with offensive and defensive cyber experience, IronNet integrates deep tradecraft knowledge into its industry-leading products to solve the most challenging cyber problems facing the world today.

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