IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

Prisma Cloud Adds Multi-Cloud Drift Detection to Bridgecrew to Help Organizations Keep Cloud Infrastructure Aligned and Secure

Palo Alto Networks | August 31, 2021

Palo Alto Networks announced that Bridgecrew by Prisma Cloud has added Multi-Cloud Drift Detection to identify and flag discrepancies between how cloud resources were defined in infrastructure as code (IaC) and how they are currently configured in runtime. With misconfigurations a leading cause of cloud breaches, Drift Detection helps improve cloud security posture and enables teams to effectively manage IT infrastructure (GitOps). The initial deployment of Drift Detection supports Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.

According to Gartner, "Through 2025, more than 99% of cloud breaches will have a root cause of preventable misconfigurations or mistakes by end users."1 While DevSecOps helps keep misconfigurations to a minimum by codifying and enforcing security policies, out-of-band changes are inevitable because of maintenance, incident response tasks and ad hoc changes these out-of-band changes are known as drift. Regardless of why drift occurs, being able to detect and address it when it does is crucial to maintaining GitOps practices and mitigating cloud risk.

"The most effective way to avoid misconfigurations is by adopting infrastructure as code and making all changes through git and a secure continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline. That way, misconfigurations are identified and fixed in code before they're provisioned," said Idan Tendler, vice president of DevSecOps, Prisma Cloud at Palo Alto Networks. "However, even organizations that follow GitOps best practices have 'break glass' emergencies where operations teams need to make quick changes to cloud resources directly in production that can result in drift. Detecting this drift is one of the keys to maintaining a secure cloud infrastructure."

Bridgecrew Drift Detection is powered by the company's latest open source project Yor, which automatically tags IaC templates with attribution and ownership details as well as a unique ID that gets carried across to cloud resources. Drift Detection builds on top of Yor's code-to-cloud tracing abilities by alerting developers when a drift occurs and allowing them to automatically fix it straight from the Bridgecrew platform. Because of the visibility and control that Drift Detection allows, it is an important critical capability for any organization that is shifting security left and embracing DevSecOps.

About Bridgecrew
Bridgecrew by Prisma Cloud is the developer-first cloud DevSecOps platform that enables teams to automate infrastructure security throughout the development lifecycle. With support for infrastructure as code (IaC) scanning, security-as-code fixes, and native developer tools integrations, Bridgecrew shifts security left and makes it accessible to developers.

About Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We help address the world's greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, we are at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organizations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before.

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Sachin Chheda is the director of solutions and verticals marketing at Nutanix. His team is responsible for the solution planning and go-to-market effort for different use cases and verticals. He has long been involved in information technology with engineering, management and marketing positions at the industry's most innovative companies—developing and taking to market datacenter infrastructure products that power some of the largest and most forward-looking enterprises. Over the past decade, Sachin has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a regular contributor to industry journals.

Spotlight

Sachin Chheda is the director of solutions and verticals marketing at Nutanix. His team is responsible for the solution planning and go-to-market effort for different use cases and verticals. He has long been involved in information technology with engineering, management and marketing positions at the industry's most innovative companies—developing and taking to market datacenter infrastructure products that power some of the largest and most forward-looking enterprises. Over the past decade, Sachin has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a regular contributor to industry journals.

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Fluree and ZettaLabs Announce Merger to Serve Enterprises Seeking Data-Centric Architecture and Legacy Data Infrastructure Modernization

Fluree | September 22, 2022

Fluree, a company headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which has developed a distributed ledger graph database platform, and New Jersey-based ZettaLabs, a business that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to prepare raw data for analytics use, today announced the merger of the two companies. The combination of Fluree and ZettaLabs will enable Fluree to expand its offerings beyond its established expertise of working with “green-field,” new data-centric initiatives that encompass bleeding-edge innovation. With ZettaLabs now part of Fluree, the company possesses the prowess to tackle enterprise legacy data architectures and take the first steps toward modernization. All ZettaLabs employees will integrate into the Fluree ecosystem, bringing Fluree’s total headcount to 50. “At Fluree, we are building the data infrastructure for the future,” said Brian Platz, Fluree co-founder and CEO. “While many of our customers enjoy the unique benefits of our semantic graph distributed ledger database technology, we recognize that organizations first need a way out of their entrenched silos in order to build their end-goal infrastructures. Dealing with legacy infrastructure is one of the biggest challenges for modern businesses, but nearly 74% of organizations are failing to complete legacy data migration projects today due to inefficient tooling and a lack of interoperability. By adding the ZettaLabs team and product suite to our own, Fluree is poised to help organizations on their data infrastructure transformation journeys by uniquely addressing all major aspects of migration and integration: security, governance and semantic interoperability.” ZettaSense has been rebranded as Fluree Sense. The data pipeline that uses AI and machine learning, as well as ontologies, to normalize, cleanse and harmonize data from disparate data sources that need to be integrated in a way that eliminates any requirement for additional data governance, master data management or data quality software. Fluree Sense makes data in existing legacy databases, data warehouses and data lakes ready for downstream enterprise consumption and sharing, whether in analytic repositories like Snowflake or Databricks, or Fluree’s immutable knowledge graph database. “We developed our flagship product, ZettaSense, to ingest, classify, resolve and cleanse big data coming from a variety of sources. who will become Fluree’s president. “The problem is that the underlying data technical architecture -- with multiple operational data stores, warehouses and lakes, now spreading out across multiple clouds -- is continuing to grow in complexity. Now with Fluree, our shared customer base and any new customers can evolve to a modern and elegant data-centric infrastructure that will allow them to more efficiently and effectively share cleansed data both inside and outside its organizational borders." Eliud Polanco, co-founder and CEO of ZettaLabs The merger, the first in Fluree’s history, makes Fluree a go-to company for roughly 90% of businesses hindered by legacy infrastructure and database systems that do not have the toolset or talent to undergo an effective transformation. It also augments Fluree’s customer base, which now includes large, enterprise financial-services customers. Use cases for Fluree Sense include: Legacy data migrations that cleanse and harmonize data from multiple sources to enable migration from a legacy enterprise business platform to a target digital platform; Customer data integrations that integrate customer, account, product and transaction data from across multiple data sources into a single golden 360-degree customer record; Consent management that enables active customer consent and control of how data is shared across products, regions and business functions within an organization; and, Cross-border data residency that allows secure sharing of information across borders adhering to the various national data-privacy regulations using multi-party computation. “We don’t have a lack of data today — we have a lack of high-quality data,” said Peter Serenita, retired Chief Data Officer and current chairman of the New York City-headquartered nonprofit organization Enterprise Data Management Council. “This is why it is essential for enterprises to take a data-centric approach to their modernization initiatives in order to truly transform their legacy infrastructure and eliminate their data silos for good. Joining forces with the ZettaLabs team and product will allow Fluree to continue its mission of turning big data into better data for sustainable business outcomes.” While Fluree currently serves the existing enterprise data management market as an innovative database solution, it is mostly for new data projects that have identified a specific requirement for data trust, integrity, sharing or security. The merger with ZettaLabs enables Fluree to provide value to all enterprise data teams looking to get a handle on their legacy infrastructure and modernize their platforms to satisfy increasingly complex business goals. Fluree now has a full spectrum of data management capabilities for organizations — from the first step of integrating and migrating legacy system data infrastructure with ZettaLabs’ technology to building modernized operational and analytical data infrastructure atop Fluree’s database system. “Fluree’s merger with ZettaLabs is directly in line with Fluree’s vision to deliver data-centric capabilities to modernize enterprise data abilities,” said Dan Malven, managing director of 4490 Ventures, a Madison-based venture capital firm and Fluree lead investor. “Enterprises seeking data-centric architectures now not only have a landing place with Fluree’s core ledger graph database technology, but also now a starting point for their legacy infrastructure to onboard their data management into data centricity.” About Fluree Co-founded in 2016 by CEO Brian Platz and Executive Chairman Flip Filipowski, Fluree PBC is headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Fluree is pioneering a data-first technology approach with its data management platform. It guarantees data integrity, facilitates secure data sharing and powers data-driven insights. The Fluree platform organizes blockchain-secured data in a scalable semantic graph database — establishing a foundational layer of trusted data for connected and secure data ecosystems. The company’s foundation is a set of W3C semantic web standards that facilitate trusted data interoperability. Fluree currently employs 50.

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Spectrum Enterprise Announces National Availability of 100 Gigabit Ultra-High Speed Data Services

Spectrum Enterprise | December 02, 2022

Spectrum Enterprise, a unit of Charter Communications, Inc., today announced the availability of Ultra-High Speed Data services across its national fiber network that deliver speeds of 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) for a range of data transport solutions, such as internet, WAN and Wavelength. Enterprises can benefit from these high-performance data capabilities at multiple locations, including private data centers, public clouds, corporate headquarters, and branch sites. Leveraging the Spectrum Enterprise Network architecture, Ultra-High Speed Data services easily scale from 10Gbps to 100Gbps and offer a range of redundancy options. Spectrum Enterprise Ultra-High Speed Data services enable businesses to increase agility and meet the changing connectivity needs of their digital platforms. These services are paired with premium support and are fully managed and monitored to help ensure that the mission critical requirements of applications using the services are met. "Bandwidth utilization for Ethernet-based business networks across the United States is anticipated to grow at a compound annual rate of 32% over the next five years, with the highest growth segment being ultra-high speed connections of between 10Gbps and 100Gbps. In fact, data transport volume over 10+ Gbps connections is expected to grow almost five times by 2026, to nearly 2400 Terabytes annually. Ensuring network evolution plans consider the growing demand for bandwidth and performance will be a key requirement for every organization." -Erin Dunne, Director of Research, Vertical Systems Group. Public cloud access, high-speed trading, video collaboration, file sharing, high-performance computing and internet access are among the many use cases fueling the demand for ultra-high speed data services. Investing in a modern network "At Spectrum Enterprise, we're committed to the success of our clients. We're investing in the breadth and depth of our network, its capabilities, and, importantly, the solutions and experience surrounding them so that we can provide businesses with speeds of 100Gbps and beyond," said Bill Archer, Charter Executive Vice President and President of Spectrum Enterprise. "Our Ultra-High Speed Data services capitalize on the performance capabilities of our dense fiber network with an unmatched experience and value. From solution design to dedicated support and management, we're there every step of the way so our clients stay a step ahead of future technologies and business demands." The national availability of Spectrum Enterprise Ultra-High Speed Data services across metro and wide area networks to support a client's full range of operations is the result of ongoing investments in network capability, solution design and the experience that large enterprises require. Spectrum Enterprise provides clients a modern network platform, deployed to over 270,000 on-net buildings and fiber proximity to millions of businesses across the U.S. This capability delivers 100Gbps speeds to any client site – whether it's a commercial building, data center or any other location. Different types of enterprises across the country have begun using Spectrum Enterprise Ultra-High Speed Data services. Leading Fortune 500 financial firms employ these services to support critical operational requirements. School districts support students and teachers with better classroom and digital learning experiences due to high-performance connectivity solutions. Organizations across multiple sectors depend on the low-latency attributes of Ultra-High Speed Data services to transport massive amounts of data across hybrid cloud workloads. About Spectrum Enterprise Spectrum Enterprise, a part of Charter Communications, Inc., is a national provider of scalable, fiber technology solutions serving many of America's largest businesses and communications service providers. The broad Spectrum Enterprise portfolio includes networking and managed services solutions: Internet access, Ethernet access and networks, Voice and TV solutions. The Spectrum Enterprise team of experts works closely with clients to achieve greater business success by providing solutions designed to meet their evolving needs. For more information, visit enterprise.spectrum.com.

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Dell Technologies Transforms the Edge with Project Frontier Software Platform

Dell Technologies | October 13, 2022

Dell Technologies introduces Project Frontier, which will deliver an edge operations software platform, integrated with Dell's edge portfolio, for customers to more securely manage and orchestrate edge applications and infrastructure for deployments at global scale. The complexities of edge operations—in locations from manufacturing floors and retail stores to remote wind turbines—are growing as more organizations want to manage and secure data at the source but have limited IT support to do it. According to a 2022 IDC survey, 42% of businesses say the most challenging aspect of edge deployments is putting together an entire edge solution1. With the amount of data generated growing nine times annually and expected to reach 221 exabytes by 20262, organizations need a simple and effective way to manage and secure the diverse ecosystem of edge technologies. "We're seeing exponential growth in applications running at the edge, making edge the next frontier of business transformation—where devices, infrastructure and data come together to deliver real-time insights at scale. "With this growth, comes complexity. It's not feasible to have IT staff deployed at every edge location. Our decades of edge experience combined with our new solutions help customers simplify their edge and streamline their data to gain insights ranging from factory safety and the speed and precision of patient care in hospitals, while providing more choice in how they realize their edge and multicloud technologies." Gil Shneorson, senior vice president of edge solutions, Dell Technologies Dell's Project Frontier to more securely scale edge operations for any enterprise use case With the Project Frontier edge operations software platform, customers can expect: Their choice of software applications, IoT frameworks, operational technologies (OT), multicloud environments and future technologies supported by an open design that will consolidate existing and new enterprise edge use cases. Zero Trust-enabled security protection across edge applications, data and infrastructure, from design to deployment, backed by end-to-end supply chain security measures. Greater efficiency and reliability of end-to-end edge operations with centralized management, zero-touch deployment and secure device onboarding. Minimal need for IT expertise in the field with automation to streamline edge deployments and operations across potentially thousands of edge locations. Integration of edge compute and storage hardware with workloads for ease of serviceability and increased security. Global planning and support services across 170 countries to help design edge deployments and create a roadmap for scaling customers' edge infrastructure to meet new demand. As an example, Dell Technologies is one of the world's leading technology manufacturers and manages one of the largest global supply chains. Dell plans to deploy the edge platform to deliver increased production line efficiencies by simplifying operations, securely connecting critical data from the production floor to IT infrastructure and enabling real-time reporting of automation data. Additionally, with the Dell Edge Design Program, Dell is collaborating with customers to help design and shape the development of Project Frontier to meet their specific needs. "IDC sees a wide range of locations where modern edge workloads will be deployed, and it is critical that these environments are highly resilient and can operate with limited human intervention," said Jennifer Cooke, IDC Research Director for Edge Strategies. "Dell's efforts with its Project Frontier look to be a strong step forward in realizing an architecture to address these needs and help customers streamline their edge operations." "Dell Technologies and Atos have long worked together to deliver more value to businesses by helping them realize the full potential of their data," said Arnaud Langer, Global Edge and IoT senior product director, Atos. "We look forward to collaborating on new edge innovations that can help organizations significantly simplify and secure their edge while improving business outcomes." Innovations across Dell infrastructure and end user portfolio simplify edge deployments As Project Frontier comes to life, Dell is expanding its current edge portfolio to help businesses scale and manage their edge deployments. Edge analytics and operations: Manufacturers can remove complexities and streamline how they deploy edge applications with an enhanced Dell Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge. The solution now includes new Dell-validated partner applications to support advanced edge use cases and improve factory processes and efficiencies, while reducing waste and raw materials usage for more sustainable operations. For example, Claroty provides asset discovery, network protection, threat detection and vulnerability and risk management for cyber-physical systems. Cognex machine vision helps improve manufacturing quality and performance by eliminating defects, verifying assembly and tracking information during the production process. Telit automates data collection and management from sensors, devices, machines and factories with its IoT platform. XMPro creates composable digital twins of factory operations to help manufacturers save time and materials during the factory operating process. Manufacturers can respond quickly to changes in demand and enable reconfigurable production lines with Dell's private 5G capability. Edge compute and analytics: The Dell PowerEdge XR4000 is the shortest depth server in the Dell PowerEdge family at about the size of a shoebox. The XR4000 is 60% shorter than traditional data center servers, and its multiple mounting options allow it to be installed in a rack, on walls or ceilings, saving valuable floor space. The multi-node, 2U chassis server can survive unpredictable conditions like heat waves or falls. While small, the XR4000 is a high-performance server capable of supporting a wide range of edge workloads and is designed with Intel® Xeon® D processors with multi-operating system as well as optional GPU support. The XR4000 is available with the Dell Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge and powers new Dell VxRail rugged modular nodes, delivering high performance and scalability in high latency, low bandwidth locations. Edge data collection: Built to withstand the most demanding edge locations, the Dell Latitude 7230 Rugged Extreme Tablet is the industry's lightest3, most powerful4, 12" fully-rugged tablet. Designed to operate in extreme cold and hot environments, this tablet is rated for maximum protection against dust, dirt and water—ideal for first responders and outdoor environments. New Wi-Fi 6E5 capability with dual-band support provides more reliable connectivity, 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors deliver powerful performance, and optional integrated features, such as a barcode scanner, GPS module and smartcard reader, increase productivity in the field. The tablet is made to be viewed in the brightest, harshest lighting with the largest screen-area for a 12" fully-rugged, military-grade tablet6. About Dell Technologies Dell Technologies helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry's broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era. Copyright © 2022 Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. All Rights Reserved. Dell Technologies and Dell are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other trademarks may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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