Breaking the multi-cloud barrier in a regulated industry

Kasper Borg Nissen | June 9, 2022 | 92 views

cncf
How Kubernetes and Linkerd became Lunar’s multi-cloud communication backbone
At Lunar, a Scandinavian online bank, we embraced cloud native tech early on. We’ve been running Kubernetes since 2017 and today have over 250 microservices distributed across three clouds.

This blog will explore how we set out to centralize all platform services. The gains were substantial — from being better prepared to absorb newly acquired companies to improved developer productivity.

About Lunar
Founded in 2015, Lunar set out to challenge the banking status quo by reinventing how people interact with their finances. Lunar is for those who want everything money-related in one place — 100% digital, right in their hands.

For us, that meant offering customers a smarter way to manage their money with more control, faster savings, easier investments, and no meaningless fees. That’s how we envision the future of banking.

In 2021, Lunar acquired Lendify, a Swedish lending company; and PayLike, a Danish fintech startup. This is all part of Lunar’s broader strategy to grow and scale. It also meant we had to integrate all these systems, so they work together smoothly.

Lunar’s commitment to cloud native principles
Lunar’s team of 150+ full-time engineers push about 40 releases to production on any given day. Out of these 150, ten are platform engineers, and that’s the team that I lead.

We operate nine Kubernetes clusters across three cloud providers (AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform) on multiple availability zones. We also run 250+ microservices plus a range of platform services that are part of our self-service developer platform. We want our teams — or Squads as we call them — to be autonomous and self-driven. To support this “shift left” mindset, a group of platform Squads builds abstractions and tooling to ensure developers can move their features fast, securely, compliant, and efficiently.

The Lendify acquisition means we now have an Azure-based platform we have to integrate and adapt, so it complies with the same cloud native principles Lunar is built on. We are currently working on seamlessly connecting our AWS and Azure environments.

There are multiple reasons why we chose the cloud native path. First, we needed a platform that allowed our teams to manage their services and be fully autonomous. Secondly, as a fintech company pioneering cloud-based banking, we had to provide a clear exit strategy for cloud providers — a regulatory requirement by the Danish FSA.

Kubernetes was a perfect fit. Functioning as an abstraction on top of a cloud provider, it helped us achieve both goals.

This autonomy allowed us to scale easily as most dependencies were removed. Squads are also supported by a mix of open source tooling, including Backstage, Prometheus, and Jaeger, and some custom-built solutions, which we have open-sourced, such as shuttle and release-manager.

This multi-cloud strategy and work style support the company’s goal of scaling, both in terms of the number of employees and mergers and acquisitions. It also allows us to stay technology agnostic and choose the technologies that best fit our needs.

Oh no, where are our production logs?
The idea of centralizing platform services started with our log management system Humio. At the time, we were developing failover processes for our production Kubernetes clusters. As it turned out, this led to missing logs in our log management system. That’s when we realized we had to remove the system from our production cluster and centralize it before performing any failover in production.

From logs to centralizing all platform services
After successfully centralizing our log management system, we decided to embark on a platform services centralization journey prior to any corporate acquisitions. While we had multiple environments, many of our platform services, such as our observability stack, were replicated in each environment. These services require a vast amount of resources and are fairly complex. Services such as Humio, Prometheus, and Jaeger (with Elasticsearch), are stateful services. Having stateful services in “workload” clusters makes failover and disaster recovery much harder. For this reason,  we decided to minimize the number of stateful services in these environments. Additionally, running nine replicated setups, simply didn’t scale — we needed a centralized solution. 

Moreover, having multiple endpoints for accessing things like Grafana, led to lots of duplication of users, dashboards, etc. This caused some confusion for our developers, changes had to be made in multiple places, leading to drift between environments, and other challenges. Managing users in one system was a lot more efficient than doing so in nine (or more).

That’s why we decided to create a centralized cluster owned by the platform team that would eventually run the entire observability stack, release management, developer tooling, and cluster-API.

Today, our log and release management runs as centralized services the platform team provides. Also, Backstage is provided out of the centralized environment along with a handful of other tools. Next in line is our monitoring setup, a mix of Buoyant Cloud and Prometheus/Grafana. 

The quest to connect our clusters
Once we started centralizing platform services, we needed to connect our clusters. At the time, we were only running clusters in AWS and considered VPC peering across our accounts. Doing that was somewhat painful due to clashing CIDR ranges. We also evaluated VPNs but aren’t big fans of using technologies with two static boxes on each end. Besides, we wanted to move towards zero trust networking, following the principles of BeyondProd by Google.

Service meshes finally caught up with our needs!
We continuously evaluated service meshes during our 5+ years of running Kubernetes in production. In 2017, we had Linkerd running as a PoC but decided against it. It was still the JVM-based Linkerd 1 and quite complex. We kept following the development and evolution of service meshes and, when we saw the Linkerd 2.8 release and its multi-cluster capabilities, we realized it was time to give service meshes another shot.

Our decision was further reinforced by some problems we were experiencing with gRPC load balancing (which is not natively supported by Kubernetes) and the need to switch to mTLS for all internal communication. A service mesh made a lot more sense now.

While we evaluated both Linkerd and Istio, we have always been big fans of the approach Linkerd took: start with the basics and make that work well. We gave ourselves a week: two engineers; one playing with Istio and the other one with Linkerd.

We had the Linkerd multi-cluster up and running within an hour! After a few days of struggling with Istio, we gave up on it. Linkerd did the job fast and easily — the perfect mesh for us. It had all the features we needed at the time; was easy to operate, had a great community, and solid documentation.

Since going live, we also started using Buoyant Cloud for better visibility across all our environments.

Lunar is committed to the CNCF stack
At Lunar, we are big fans of CNCF projects and use many of them (in fact, I’m a CNCF Ambassador and love educating the community on these awesome projects!). Lunar is also a CNCF End User Member.

Our stack includes Kubernetes, Prometheus, cert-manager, Jaeger, Core DNS, Fluent-bit, Flux, Open Policy Agent, Backstage, gRPC, and Envoy among others. We’ve built an Envoy-based ingress/egress gateway in all clusters to provide a nice abstraction for developers to expose services in different clouds.

Prepared to scale our business and shake up the European banking market
From a technology perspective, we have now achieved a fairly simple way to provide and connect clusters across clouds. Kubernetes allows us to run anywhere, Linkerd enables us to seamlessly connect our clusters, and GitOps provides an audited way to manage our environments across multiple clouds with the same tooling and process. And from a developer perspective, whether you deploy on GCP  or AWS, the process is identical.

Seamless integration with newly acquired startups
The business impact has been substantial. With our new multi-cloud communication backbone, we are better positioned to support upcoming mergers and acquisitions — a key part of our business strategy. Having a cloud agnostic way to extend the Lunar platform regardless of where they run, is incredibly powerful. It also allows us to select the provider that best fits our needs for each use case. 

Fully prepared for DR while compliant with government regulations
The fact that we are no longer losing logs during failover is huge. We’ll soon implement quarterly failovers for our production clusters. We need to ensure we know exactly how our system behaves in case of a failure and how to bring it back up. It’s important both from a regulatory perspective and a business perspective. If our customers were to lose access to their account information, it would have disastrous consequences for our business. That’s why we proactively train for the worst-case scenario. If something were to happen, we would know exactly what to do and how to avert an issue.

We are big believers in the pets vs. cattle idea but go a step further. We don’t want to have pet servers or pet clusters either. Imagine losing logs each time we perform a failover. Without audit logs, we’d fall out of regulatory compliance right there and then.

Centralized services and streamlined processes increased developer productivity
Centralizing most of our platform services has already streamlined many processes and improved developer productivity. We ensure that all releases, metrics, logs, traces, etc., are properly tagged with fields such Squad names, environments, and so on, making it easy for developers to find what they are looking for. It also ensures clear ownership of that particular piece.

Managing the team is also a lot simpler. For me, that means I don’t have to set up dashboards, help search through logs, etc. — our Squads are truly independent. Because our platform is based on self-service, it is decoupled from the organization allowing our team to focus on implementing the next thing that will help our developers move faster, be more secure, or ensure better quality.

Easy audits and peace of mind for management
Then there are the easy audits. Since everything is centralized, we can run audit reports for all clouds and services across groups and environments. That is good for us and provides peace of mind in the highly-regulated financial services industry.

While we aren’t there yet, we expect to save significant time in engineering resources by not having to operate and maintain nine versions of the soon-to-be fully centralized stack.

Well-positioned to scale fast and smoothly
Overall we feel well-positioned for upcoming acquisitions and organic growth. With a platform able to extend anywhere, we’ve become a truly elastic organization.

Spotlight

Advent Global Solutions

Advent Global Solutions (AGS) is a leading global IT services company, specialized in delivering enterprise software solutions, IT consulting & outsourcing services, and product engineering solutions. Advent Global’s commitment to deliver IT services is backed by 1,000+ employees and preferred partnerships with companies like SAP, Oracle, Sybase, and IBM.

OTHER ARTICLES
CLOUD SECURITY

Cloud Cryptography: Using Encryption to Protect Data

Article | July 6, 2022

Even privacy specialists agree that encryption is a fundamental technology and the cornerstone of security, but cloud encryption can be daunting. In addition, small and medium-sized enterprises can become confused by the sheer quantity of encryption techniques. Cloud cryptography encrypts cloud-based data. It allows users to securely use shared cloud services while cloud provider data is encrypted. Cloud cryptography safeguards sensitive data without slowing exchange. Cloud encryption makes it possible to secure sensitive data outside your organization's corporate IT infrastructure when that data is no longer under your control. Companies utilize a variety of cryptographic key types for cloud security. Three algorithms are used for cloud data encryption: Symmetric Algorithm One key encrypts and decrypts data. It requires little computing resources and excels at encryption. Two-way keys ensure verification and approval in symmetrical algorithms. Encrypted information in the cloud can't be deciphered unless the client possesses the key. Asymmetric Algorithm Encryption and decoding need distinct keys. Every recipient needs a decoder—the recipient's private key. The encryption key belongs to someone. The most secure approach requires both keys to access explicit data. Hashing It's key to blockchain security. In a blockchain, data is stored in blocks and linked by cryptographic protocols. A code or hash is assigned to each information block added to the chain. Hashing helps arrange and recover data. Businesses need to adopt a data-centric approach in this complex and evolving world of virtualization, cloud services, and mobility to protect their sensitive information from contemporary threats. Companies should deploy data security solutions that secure sensitive data consistently, including cloud data encryption and key management. Comprehensive cloud security and encryption platform should include robust access controls and key management to help enterprises use encryption successfully and cost-efficiently.

Read More
CLOUD SECURITY

Is It Time For Your Organization To Adopt Cloud Computing?

Article | July 11, 2022

The potential of cloud computing is becoming increasingly apparent to various businesses, and it is also growing. AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google GCP are just a few of the numerous cloud service providers that are accessible globally. In addition, you can choose from a variety of migration strategies to go from local servers to cloud servers. Many businesses are considering shifting to the cloud. What are the indications that you are prepared, and why should you relocate? There's a chance your company is already utilizing an on-premise solution. Since it's been in use for a while, organizations are accustomed to it. But the need for greater flexibility has grown exponentially now that the shift to digital has accelerated in recent years. Threats to On-premise There are various drawbacks to on-premise software. Updates aren't usually frequent, and they’re not always supported. This implies that firms won't always have access to the most recent features and abilities. A custom build is much more time-consuming if you require a feature right away than getting it added to quarterly updates. There's a chance that the program an organization is using will someday be completely phased out. Then the organization is stuck using a solution that won't receive any more updates. In addition, with the hardware getting older, current operating systems might be unable to execute older programs. In the meantime, rivals would have switched to cutting-edge, affordable cloud-based technologies, which allow them to run their businesses and provide a much smoother client experience. Why Choose the Cloud? Moving to the cloud applies to every aspect of your business. Real-time data is provided, allowing for far more precise decision-making. Automating routine manual chores streamlines operations and frees up team members' time for activities they enjoy. It is also perfect for emerging forms of working, like remote and hybrid work, because it can be accessed from anywhere, on any device, at any time.

Read More
CLOUD SECURITY

Managing Multi-Cloud Complexities for a Seamless Experience

Article | July 8, 2022

Introduction The early 2000s were milestone moments for the cloud. Amazon Web Services (AWS) entered the market in 2006, while Google revealed its first cloud service in 2007. Fast forward to 2020, when the pandemic boosted digital transformation efforts by around seven years (according to McKinsey), and the cloud has become a commercial necessity today. It not only facilitated the swift transition to remote work, but it also remains critical in maintaining company sustainability and creativity. Many can argue that the large-scale transition to the cloud in the 2010s was necessary to enable the digital-first experiences that remote workers and decentralized businesses need today. Multi-cloud and hybrid cloud setups are now the norm. According to Gartner, most businesses today use a multi-cloud approach to reduce vendor lock-in or to take advantage of more flexible, best-of-breed solutions. However, managing multi-cloud systems increases cloud complexity, and IT concerns, frequently slowing rather than accelerating innovation. According to 2022 research done by IntelligentCIO, the average multi-cloud system includes five platforms, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and IBM Red Hat, among others. Managing Multi-Cloud Complexities Like a Pro Your multi-cloud strategy should satisfy your company's requirements while also laying the groundwork for managing various cloud deployments. Creating a proactive plan for managing multi-cloud setups is one of the finest features that can distinguish your company. The five strategies for handling multi-cloud complexity are outlined below. Managing Data with AI and ML AI and machine learning can help manage enormous quantities of data in multi-cloud environments. AI simulates human decision-making and performs tasks as well as humans or even better at times. Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence that learns from data, recognizes patterns, and makes decisions with minimum human interaction. AI and ML to help discover the most important data, reducing big data and multi-cloud complexity. AI and machine learning enable more simplicity and better data control. Integrated Management Structure Keeping up with the growing number of cloud services from several providers requires a unified management structure. Multiple cloud management requires IT time, resources, and technology to juggle and correlate infrastructure alternatives. Routinely monitor your cloud resources and service settings. It's important to manage apps, clouds, and people globally. Ensure you have the technology and infrastructure to handle several clouds. Developing Security Strategy Operating multiple clouds requires a security strategy and seamless integration of security capabilities. There's no single right answer since vendors have varied policies and cybersecurity methods. Storing data on many cloud deployments prevents data loss. Handling backups and safety copies of your data are crucial. Regularly examine your multi-cloud network's security. The cyber threat environment will vary as infrastructure and software do. Multi-cloud strategies must safeguard data and applications. Skillset Management Multi-cloud complexity requires skilled operators. Do you have the appropriate IT personnel to handle multi-cloud? If not, can you use managed or cloud services? These individuals or people are in charge of teaching the organization about how each cloud deployment helps the company accomplish its goals. This specialist ensures all cloud entities work properly by utilizing cloud technologies. Closing Lines Traditional cloud monitoring solutions are incapable of dealing with dynamic multi-cloud setups, but automated intelligence is the best at getting to the heart of cloud performance and security concerns. To begin with, businesses require end-to-end observability in order to see the overall picture. Add automation and causal AI to this capacity, and teams can obtain the accurate answers they require to better optimize their environments, freeing them up to concentrate on increasing innovation and generating better business results.

Read More
CLOUD SECURITY

Evaluating the Importance of Cloud Native Security

Article | June 29, 2022

As time goes on, an increasing number of businesses worldwide are taking their approach to digital transformation a step farther than their competitors, who are yet to explore the digital front as effectively. As a result, from corporate regulations and financial limits to compliance penalties and new attack vectors, security teams face increasing difficulties when businesses move and scale their apps and services across multiple clouds. The creation of cloud-native applications has also increased as more businesses ramp up their digital transformation initiatives. Despite not having a clearly defined boundary to secure, contemporary distributed networks based in the cloud require network security. In addition, more sophisticated observability and security capabilities are also necessary due to the rising development and deployment of cloud-native apps. Organizations must understand what security entails for each new layer of the application stack in order to better secure cloud-native applications. They must also understand that the entire development pipeline requires a security management toolkit. In a perfect world, all cloud-native applications would secure every one of their endpoints and restrict access to only services or users with valid credentials. Every request for resources from an application should specify who is making it, their access role, and any privileges they may have. The difficulty of keeping track of these assets, as well as the constantly changing nature of cloud resources, adds to the complexity. As they scale up, cloud-native solutions like serverless present new difficulties. In particular, serverless apps frequently have hundreds of functions, making it challenging to manage all this data and the services that utilize it as the program grows. Due to this, resources must be immediately recognized as soon as they are produced and tracked through all modifications until they are no longer available. Despite the complexity of cloud-native applications, the fundamentals of cybersecurity remain the same. Beyond the necessity of end-user training, it appears that the five pillars of zero trust are strikingly similar to the essentials of cybersecurity: Network Application workload Identities Data Devices (physical security) Although using the cloud benefits businesses, security flaws, mistakes, and incorrect configurations are common. Moreover, different approaches leave security weaknesses. Lack of insight and end-to-end context about risk further hinders your capacity to safeguard the cloud. Additionally, as cloud expansion and the rate of agile software deployment rise, the task is getting steadily more complicated. And nobody wants to give up growth or speed in the name of security.

Read More

Spotlight

Advent Global Solutions

Advent Global Solutions (AGS) is a leading global IT services company, specialized in delivering enterprise software solutions, IT consulting & outsourcing services, and product engineering solutions. Advent Global’s commitment to deliver IT services is backed by 1,000+ employees and preferred partnerships with companies like SAP, Oracle, Sybase, and IBM.

Related News

CLOUD DEPLOYMENT MODELS

CoreStack Accelerates Vision and Growth with Acquisition of Optio3

CoreStack | September 27, 2022

CoreStack, a global multi-cloud governance provider, today announced the company’s acquisition of Optio3, an AI-powered operations management company based in Seattle, WA. As a result, CoreStack will acquire 100 percent of Optio3’s technology and IP and will integrate Optio3 team into the CoreStack team. Optio3 Co-founder and CEO Sridhar (Sri) Chandrashekar will be joining the CoreStack leadership team as Chief Digital Officer (CDO). “We’ve been leveraging Optio3’s technology in our platform for 9 months and have had tremendous success with it,” said Ezhilarasan (Ez) Natarajan, CoreStack Founder and CEO. “We now have the opportunity to bring the Optio3 team’s expertise in-house and can further tailor the technology to support our enterprise customers’ needs.” CoreStack helps enterprises unleash the power of cloud on their terms by providing a NextGen multi-cloud governance platform that is Continuous, Holistic, Autonomous, Integrated, and Nimble (CHAIN). This NextGen governance solution enables proactive multi-cloud governance and 360-degree visibility across financial management (FinOps), security operations (SecOps), and cloud operations (CloudOps) in a unified dashboard. The Optio3 acquisition will further facilitate CoreStack’s delivery of these NextGen multi-cloud governance capabilities, bringing their deep industry experience in building scalable SaaS products as well as a proven technology framework that strengthens the platform, automates the cloud infrastructure, and increases the speed of innovation and delivery. “CoreStack is at an inflection point in its growth curve with a phenomenal pipeline of Fortune 5000 customers,” said Sri Chandrashekar, CoreStack’s new CDO. “The Optio3 team is highly specialized in delivering high-scale platforms and SaaS solutions to those enterprise customers. I’m excited that we’re working together to achieve CoreStack’s ambitious vision and product roadmap for NextGen Cloud Governance.” Founded in 2016, CoreStack is a multi-national corporation with headquarters in Bellevue, WA, an engineering Center of Excellence is in Chennai, India, and sales and support personnel located across the globe to ensure seamless support. Since January 2022, CoreStack has hired more than 150 people, won significant deals, and added numerous marquee partners. Booked annual revenues have grown by more than 100%, and customer renewal rates remain at 100%. Annual cloud spend across all customers and partners governed by CoreStack is crossing $2B, and the company has doubled down on partnership engagements with AWS, Azure, Google, and Oracle. “We are thrilled to be bringing Optio3’s technology and team into our family,” said Ez Natarajan. “CoreStack was born with the mission of establishing a robust, NextGen governance layer on top of even the most complex multi-cloud ecosystems. We are now perfectly positioned to offer our customers a highly scalable, manageable, and reliable solution – one that drives digital transformation and delivers next-level performance.” “We are delighted to bring in Optio3’s technology, CoreStack was born with the mission of establishing a robust, NextGen governance layer on top of even the most complex multi-cloud ecosystems. We are now perfectly positioned to offer our customers a highly scalable, manageable, and reliable solution one that drives digital transformation and delivers next-level performance.” Sabapathy Arumugam, CoreStack Co-Founder and CTO About CoreStack CoreStack provides a NextGen Cloud Governance platform that empowers enterprises to predictably increase top-line revenues, improve bottom-line efficiencies, and gain a competitive edge through AI-powered real-time cloud governance on autopilot. CoreStack's FinOps, SecOps, and CloudOps solutions embrace, enhance, and extend native-cloud capabilities, enabling reporting, recommendation, and remediation and providing single pane-of-glass governance across multi-cloud. Through executive dashboards for comprehensive real-time insights, CoreStack delivers transformative value such as 40% increase in operational efficiencies, 50% decrease in cloud costs, and 100% security assurance and compliance. CoreStack helps 500+ global enterprises govern $2+ billion in annual cloud consumption. Gartner, Frost & Sullivan, Forrester, S&P Global and IDC have recognized CoreStack as an innovator and leader in cloud management solutions. CoreStack is backed by strategic advisors, including the ex-CEO of Wipro and ex-CIO of Microsoft. The company is a Microsoft Azure Gold Partner, Amazon AWS Advanced Technology Competency Partner, Oracle Cloud Build Partner, and Google Cloud Build Partner.

Read More

CLOUD SECURITY

Rapidly Evolving Hybrid Cloud Security Requirements are Driving the Need for Deep Observability

Gigamon | September 28, 2022

Gigamon, the leading deep observability company, is guiding the industry forward today, bringing application and network-level intelligence together for the first time to help network, security, and cloud IT operations teams eliminate security blind spots and deliver defense in depth across their highly distributed hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure. Leading market intelligence firm, the 650 Group, forecasts the deep observability market’s CAGR to grow over 60 percent to reach $2 billion by 2026. They predict Gigamon will take a commanding lead with 68 percent market share in the first half of 2022. Together with an expanding ecosystem of technology alliance partners, Gigamon harnesses actionable network-level intelligence that amplifies the power of cloud, security, and observability tools, ultimately empowering large organizations to achieve the transformational promise of the cloud. A recent IDC global survey of 900 large organization IT executives and managers* revealed that 'strengthened cybersecurity posture and practices' is the number one benefit of deep observability intelligence and insights. And to overcome their concerns for security vulnerabilities, 79 percent of respondents indicate they have made good-to-excellent progress in leveraging network intelligence and performance metrics for security insights. When asked specifically where the alignment of NetOps and SecOps efforts and tools have improved security management, a strong majority of respondents cited the following: provide complete visibility into on-premises systems and cloud services, reduce false positives, improve speed and accuracy of triage, and validate remediation. To further underscore the urgency for organizations to address security blind spots, a recent Vitreous World State of Ransomware for 2022 and Beyond survey revealed more than 95 percent of the more than one thousand global respondents, consisting of large organization IT and security executives, had experienced ransomware attacks in the past year. The research also revealed that 89 percent of global security leaders surveyed agree deep observability is an important element of cloud security with 50 percent of global CISOs/CIOs strongly agreeing with this statement. “As a cloud-first dental support organization, we are continuously seeking new ways to fortify our security posture and equip our supported owner doctors with the latest, proven technology and highly skilled support staff, so they can focus on providing the perfect patient experience to patients with an extraordinary, differentiated care experience,” said Nemi George, vice president of IT and information security officer and IT service operations at Pacific Dental Services. “With the deep observability we gain from Gigamon, we can eliminate security blind spots at the network layer of our hybrid cloud infrastructure, deliver defense in depth, and confidently scale our operations.” A New Frontier: Deep Observability The Gigamon Hawk Deep Observability Pipeline harnesses actionable network-level intelligence to amplify the power of cloud, security, and observability tools, enabling IT organizations to assure security and compliance governance, speed root-cause analysis of performance bottlenecks and lower the operational overhead associated with managing today’s highly distributed hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure. Gigamon extends the value of these tools with real-time network intelligence derived from packets, flows and application metadata to deliver defense in depth and performance management. Gigamon has an extensive ecosystem of technology alliance partners that includes leading observability vendors Dynatrace, New Relic and Sumo Logic. “We are proud to partner with Gigamon and integrate their network-level intelligence with the Dynatrace platform’s full-stack observability, application security, and AIOps capabilities to enable our joint customers to innovate faster and more securely,” said Bob Wambach, vice president of product marketing at Dynatrace. “Large organizations continue to embrace hybrid-cloud, multi-cloud, and cloud-native technologies as the foundation for their digital services and innovation. As a result, applications have become increasingly complex and distributed. The combination of Dynatrace and Gigamon gives customers unprecedented abilities to simplify cloud complexity. The actionable, network-level intelligence of the Gigamon deep observability pipeline provides additional network-security context to the precise answers and intelligent automation delivered by Dynatrace.” “At Trace3 we help our customers design, move and re-architect workloads to the Cloud. One of the challenges we face is maintaining visibility into key applications regardless of cloud architecture pattern, in alignment with guidance from well-architected frameworks,” said Chris Nicholas, vice president cloud and cloud solutions group at Trace3. “Gigamon Hawk helps us deliver actionable network-level intelligence against many advanced security and observability use-cases. The built-in performance tools help us accelerate troubleshooting while lowering operational costs.” “IT organizations are navigating an unprecedented increase in cyber threats across all vectors of their hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure, and the underlying complexity and disparity of tools used to manage these environments introduces blind spots that can expose their organizations to risk, Gigamon is at the right place at the right time to capitalize on this high growth market and deliver more value to our customers by extending the value of tools they have already deployed and empowering them with actionable network-level intelligence for the hybrid cloud so they can run fast, stay secure, and accelerate innovation.” Shane Buckley, president and CEO of Gigamon About Gigamon Gigamon offers a deep observability pipeline that harnesses actionable network-level intelligence to amplify the power of observability tools. This powerful combination helps IT organizations to assure security and compliance governance, speed root-cause analysis of performance bottlenecks, and lower operational overhead associated with managing hybrid and multi-cloud IT infrastructures. The result: modern enterprises realize the full transformational promise of the cloud. Gigamon serves more than 4,000 customers worldwide, including over 80 percent of Fortune 100 enterprises, 9 of the 10 largest mobile network providers, and hundreds of governments and educational organizations worldwide.

Read More

CLOUD SECURITY

Kyndryl and Elastic Announce Expanded Partnership to Enable Data Observability, Search and Insights Across Cloud and Edge Computing Environments

Elastic | September 26, 2022

Kyndryl the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider, and Elastic the company behind Elasticsearch, today announced an expanded global partnership to provide customers full-stack observability, enabling them to accelerate their ability to search, analyze and act on machine data (IT data and business data) stored across hybrid cloud, multi-cloud and edge computing environments. Under the partnership, Kyndryl and Elastic will collaborate on creating joint solutions and delivery capabilities designed to provide deep, frictionless observability at all levels of applications, services, and infrastructure to address customer data, analytics and IT operations management challenges. The companies will focus on delivering large-scale IT operations and AIOps capabilities to joint customers by leveraging Kyndryl’s data framework and toolkits and Elastic’s Enterprise Search, Observability, and Security solutions, enabling streamlined migrations, modernized infrastructure and tenant management, and AI development for efficient and proactive IT management. As part of the partnership, Kyndryl and Elastic plan to collaborate to support customer needs and requirements via joint offerings and solutions across the following areas: IT Data Modernization – Helping organizations manage exponential storage growth and giving them the capability to search for data wherever it resides. IT Data Management Services for Elastic – Providing flexibility to users of Elastic by letting Kyndryl manage the entire stack infrastructure and analytics workloads for IT operations. Intelligent IT Analytics – Enabling actionable observability through AI/ML capabilities that deliver unified insights for proactive and efficient IT operations with technology domain-specific insights. Data Migration Services for Elastic – Delivering the capability to streamline migrations and deploy self-managed Elastic workloads to the hyperscalers of a customer’s choice. Kyndryl’s global team of data management experts will also participate in the global Elastic certification program to expand their expertise in advising, implementing and managing Elastic solutions across critical IT projects and environments. “Customers in all industries are seeking to improve their capacity to search and analyze the data stored in the cloud and on edge computing environments, We are happy to partner with Elastic to create and bring forward a unified approach that will help customers overcome hurdles and improve their ability to access and gain insights at scale from their business data.” Nicolas Sekkaki, Applications, Data & AI global practice leader for Kyndryl “Enabling customers to gain actionable insights from their data is a key enabler of data-driven digital transformation,” said Scott Musson, Vice President, Worldwide Channel and Alliances at Elastic. “The combination of Kyndryl’s global expertise in managing mission-critical information systems and the proven scale and flexibility of the Elastic Search Platform provides the critical foundation to help organizations drive speed, scale, and productivity, and address their observability needs across hybrid cloud, multi-cloud and edge computing environments.” About Kyndryl Kyndryl is the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider serving thousands of enterprise customers in more than 60 countries. The Company designs, builds, manages and modernizes the complex, mission-critical information systems that the world depends on every day. For more information, visit www.kyndryl.com. About Elastic Elastic is a leading platform for search-powered solutions. We help organizations, their employees, and their customers accelerate the results that matter. With solutions in Enterprise Search, Observability, and Security, we enhance customer and employee search experiences, keep mission-critical applications running smoothly, and protect against cyber threats. Delivered wherever data lives, in one cloud, across multiple clouds, or on-premise, Elastic enables 18,000+ customers and more than half of the Fortune 500, to achieve new levels of success at scale and on a single platform.

Read More

CLOUD DEPLOYMENT MODELS

CoreStack Accelerates Vision and Growth with Acquisition of Optio3

CoreStack | September 27, 2022

CoreStack, a global multi-cloud governance provider, today announced the company’s acquisition of Optio3, an AI-powered operations management company based in Seattle, WA. As a result, CoreStack will acquire 100 percent of Optio3’s technology and IP and will integrate Optio3 team into the CoreStack team. Optio3 Co-founder and CEO Sridhar (Sri) Chandrashekar will be joining the CoreStack leadership team as Chief Digital Officer (CDO). “We’ve been leveraging Optio3’s technology in our platform for 9 months and have had tremendous success with it,” said Ezhilarasan (Ez) Natarajan, CoreStack Founder and CEO. “We now have the opportunity to bring the Optio3 team’s expertise in-house and can further tailor the technology to support our enterprise customers’ needs.” CoreStack helps enterprises unleash the power of cloud on their terms by providing a NextGen multi-cloud governance platform that is Continuous, Holistic, Autonomous, Integrated, and Nimble (CHAIN). This NextGen governance solution enables proactive multi-cloud governance and 360-degree visibility across financial management (FinOps), security operations (SecOps), and cloud operations (CloudOps) in a unified dashboard. The Optio3 acquisition will further facilitate CoreStack’s delivery of these NextGen multi-cloud governance capabilities, bringing their deep industry experience in building scalable SaaS products as well as a proven technology framework that strengthens the platform, automates the cloud infrastructure, and increases the speed of innovation and delivery. “CoreStack is at an inflection point in its growth curve with a phenomenal pipeline of Fortune 5000 customers,” said Sri Chandrashekar, CoreStack’s new CDO. “The Optio3 team is highly specialized in delivering high-scale platforms and SaaS solutions to those enterprise customers. I’m excited that we’re working together to achieve CoreStack’s ambitious vision and product roadmap for NextGen Cloud Governance.” Founded in 2016, CoreStack is a multi-national corporation with headquarters in Bellevue, WA, an engineering Center of Excellence is in Chennai, India, and sales and support personnel located across the globe to ensure seamless support. Since January 2022, CoreStack has hired more than 150 people, won significant deals, and added numerous marquee partners. Booked annual revenues have grown by more than 100%, and customer renewal rates remain at 100%. Annual cloud spend across all customers and partners governed by CoreStack is crossing $2B, and the company has doubled down on partnership engagements with AWS, Azure, Google, and Oracle. “We are thrilled to be bringing Optio3’s technology and team into our family,” said Ez Natarajan. “CoreStack was born with the mission of establishing a robust, NextGen governance layer on top of even the most complex multi-cloud ecosystems. We are now perfectly positioned to offer our customers a highly scalable, manageable, and reliable solution – one that drives digital transformation and delivers next-level performance.” “We are delighted to bring in Optio3’s technology, CoreStack was born with the mission of establishing a robust, NextGen governance layer on top of even the most complex multi-cloud ecosystems. We are now perfectly positioned to offer our customers a highly scalable, manageable, and reliable solution one that drives digital transformation and delivers next-level performance.” Sabapathy Arumugam, CoreStack Co-Founder and CTO About CoreStack CoreStack provides a NextGen Cloud Governance platform that empowers enterprises to predictably increase top-line revenues, improve bottom-line efficiencies, and gain a competitive edge through AI-powered real-time cloud governance on autopilot. CoreStack's FinOps, SecOps, and CloudOps solutions embrace, enhance, and extend native-cloud capabilities, enabling reporting, recommendation, and remediation and providing single pane-of-glass governance across multi-cloud. Through executive dashboards for comprehensive real-time insights, CoreStack delivers transformative value such as 40% increase in operational efficiencies, 50% decrease in cloud costs, and 100% security assurance and compliance. CoreStack helps 500+ global enterprises govern $2+ billion in annual cloud consumption. Gartner, Frost & Sullivan, Forrester, S&P Global and IDC have recognized CoreStack as an innovator and leader in cloud management solutions. CoreStack is backed by strategic advisors, including the ex-CEO of Wipro and ex-CIO of Microsoft. The company is a Microsoft Azure Gold Partner, Amazon AWS Advanced Technology Competency Partner, Oracle Cloud Build Partner, and Google Cloud Build Partner.

Read More

CLOUD SECURITY

Rapidly Evolving Hybrid Cloud Security Requirements are Driving the Need for Deep Observability

Gigamon | September 28, 2022

Gigamon, the leading deep observability company, is guiding the industry forward today, bringing application and network-level intelligence together for the first time to help network, security, and cloud IT operations teams eliminate security blind spots and deliver defense in depth across their highly distributed hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure. Leading market intelligence firm, the 650 Group, forecasts the deep observability market’s CAGR to grow over 60 percent to reach $2 billion by 2026. They predict Gigamon will take a commanding lead with 68 percent market share in the first half of 2022. Together with an expanding ecosystem of technology alliance partners, Gigamon harnesses actionable network-level intelligence that amplifies the power of cloud, security, and observability tools, ultimately empowering large organizations to achieve the transformational promise of the cloud. A recent IDC global survey of 900 large organization IT executives and managers* revealed that 'strengthened cybersecurity posture and practices' is the number one benefit of deep observability intelligence and insights. And to overcome their concerns for security vulnerabilities, 79 percent of respondents indicate they have made good-to-excellent progress in leveraging network intelligence and performance metrics for security insights. When asked specifically where the alignment of NetOps and SecOps efforts and tools have improved security management, a strong majority of respondents cited the following: provide complete visibility into on-premises systems and cloud services, reduce false positives, improve speed and accuracy of triage, and validate remediation. To further underscore the urgency for organizations to address security blind spots, a recent Vitreous World State of Ransomware for 2022 and Beyond survey revealed more than 95 percent of the more than one thousand global respondents, consisting of large organization IT and security executives, had experienced ransomware attacks in the past year. The research also revealed that 89 percent of global security leaders surveyed agree deep observability is an important element of cloud security with 50 percent of global CISOs/CIOs strongly agreeing with this statement. “As a cloud-first dental support organization, we are continuously seeking new ways to fortify our security posture and equip our supported owner doctors with the latest, proven technology and highly skilled support staff, so they can focus on providing the perfect patient experience to patients with an extraordinary, differentiated care experience,” said Nemi George, vice president of IT and information security officer and IT service operations at Pacific Dental Services. “With the deep observability we gain from Gigamon, we can eliminate security blind spots at the network layer of our hybrid cloud infrastructure, deliver defense in depth, and confidently scale our operations.” A New Frontier: Deep Observability The Gigamon Hawk Deep Observability Pipeline harnesses actionable network-level intelligence to amplify the power of cloud, security, and observability tools, enabling IT organizations to assure security and compliance governance, speed root-cause analysis of performance bottlenecks and lower the operational overhead associated with managing today’s highly distributed hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure. Gigamon extends the value of these tools with real-time network intelligence derived from packets, flows and application metadata to deliver defense in depth and performance management. Gigamon has an extensive ecosystem of technology alliance partners that includes leading observability vendors Dynatrace, New Relic and Sumo Logic. “We are proud to partner with Gigamon and integrate their network-level intelligence with the Dynatrace platform’s full-stack observability, application security, and AIOps capabilities to enable our joint customers to innovate faster and more securely,” said Bob Wambach, vice president of product marketing at Dynatrace. “Large organizations continue to embrace hybrid-cloud, multi-cloud, and cloud-native technologies as the foundation for their digital services and innovation. As a result, applications have become increasingly complex and distributed. The combination of Dynatrace and Gigamon gives customers unprecedented abilities to simplify cloud complexity. The actionable, network-level intelligence of the Gigamon deep observability pipeline provides additional network-security context to the precise answers and intelligent automation delivered by Dynatrace.” “At Trace3 we help our customers design, move and re-architect workloads to the Cloud. One of the challenges we face is maintaining visibility into key applications regardless of cloud architecture pattern, in alignment with guidance from well-architected frameworks,” said Chris Nicholas, vice president cloud and cloud solutions group at Trace3. “Gigamon Hawk helps us deliver actionable network-level intelligence against many advanced security and observability use-cases. The built-in performance tools help us accelerate troubleshooting while lowering operational costs.” “IT organizations are navigating an unprecedented increase in cyber threats across all vectors of their hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure, and the underlying complexity and disparity of tools used to manage these environments introduces blind spots that can expose their organizations to risk, Gigamon is at the right place at the right time to capitalize on this high growth market and deliver more value to our customers by extending the value of tools they have already deployed and empowering them with actionable network-level intelligence for the hybrid cloud so they can run fast, stay secure, and accelerate innovation.” Shane Buckley, president and CEO of Gigamon About Gigamon Gigamon offers a deep observability pipeline that harnesses actionable network-level intelligence to amplify the power of observability tools. This powerful combination helps IT organizations to assure security and compliance governance, speed root-cause analysis of performance bottlenecks, and lower operational overhead associated with managing hybrid and multi-cloud IT infrastructures. The result: modern enterprises realize the full transformational promise of the cloud. Gigamon serves more than 4,000 customers worldwide, including over 80 percent of Fortune 100 enterprises, 9 of the 10 largest mobile network providers, and hundreds of governments and educational organizations worldwide.

Read More

CLOUD SECURITY

Kyndryl and Elastic Announce Expanded Partnership to Enable Data Observability, Search and Insights Across Cloud and Edge Computing Environments

Elastic | September 26, 2022

Kyndryl the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider, and Elastic the company behind Elasticsearch, today announced an expanded global partnership to provide customers full-stack observability, enabling them to accelerate their ability to search, analyze and act on machine data (IT data and business data) stored across hybrid cloud, multi-cloud and edge computing environments. Under the partnership, Kyndryl and Elastic will collaborate on creating joint solutions and delivery capabilities designed to provide deep, frictionless observability at all levels of applications, services, and infrastructure to address customer data, analytics and IT operations management challenges. The companies will focus on delivering large-scale IT operations and AIOps capabilities to joint customers by leveraging Kyndryl’s data framework and toolkits and Elastic’s Enterprise Search, Observability, and Security solutions, enabling streamlined migrations, modernized infrastructure and tenant management, and AI development for efficient and proactive IT management. As part of the partnership, Kyndryl and Elastic plan to collaborate to support customer needs and requirements via joint offerings and solutions across the following areas: IT Data Modernization – Helping organizations manage exponential storage growth and giving them the capability to search for data wherever it resides. IT Data Management Services for Elastic – Providing flexibility to users of Elastic by letting Kyndryl manage the entire stack infrastructure and analytics workloads for IT operations. Intelligent IT Analytics – Enabling actionable observability through AI/ML capabilities that deliver unified insights for proactive and efficient IT operations with technology domain-specific insights. Data Migration Services for Elastic – Delivering the capability to streamline migrations and deploy self-managed Elastic workloads to the hyperscalers of a customer’s choice. Kyndryl’s global team of data management experts will also participate in the global Elastic certification program to expand their expertise in advising, implementing and managing Elastic solutions across critical IT projects and environments. “Customers in all industries are seeking to improve their capacity to search and analyze the data stored in the cloud and on edge computing environments, We are happy to partner with Elastic to create and bring forward a unified approach that will help customers overcome hurdles and improve their ability to access and gain insights at scale from their business data.” Nicolas Sekkaki, Applications, Data & AI global practice leader for Kyndryl “Enabling customers to gain actionable insights from their data is a key enabler of data-driven digital transformation,” said Scott Musson, Vice President, Worldwide Channel and Alliances at Elastic. “The combination of Kyndryl’s global expertise in managing mission-critical information systems and the proven scale and flexibility of the Elastic Search Platform provides the critical foundation to help organizations drive speed, scale, and productivity, and address their observability needs across hybrid cloud, multi-cloud and edge computing environments.” About Kyndryl Kyndryl is the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider serving thousands of enterprise customers in more than 60 countries. The Company designs, builds, manages and modernizes the complex, mission-critical information systems that the world depends on every day. For more information, visit www.kyndryl.com. About Elastic Elastic is a leading platform for search-powered solutions. We help organizations, their employees, and their customers accelerate the results that matter. With solutions in Enterprise Search, Observability, and Security, we enhance customer and employee search experiences, keep mission-critical applications running smoothly, and protect against cyber threats. Delivered wherever data lives, in one cloud, across multiple clouds, or on-premise, Elastic enables 18,000+ customers and more than half of the Fortune 500, to achieve new levels of success at scale and on a single platform.

Read More

Events