Cloud App Development
Business Wire | September 15, 2023
On September 14, 2023, CloudBees, a leading enterprise software delivery platform, introduces a groundbreaking cloud-native DevSecOps platform that prioritizes platform engineers and developer experiences. The platform, built on Tekton, employs a domain-specific language akin to GitHub Actions and incorporates feature flagging, security, compliance, pipeline orchestration, analytics, and value stream management (VSM) into a fully managed single-tenant SaaS, multi-tenant SaaS, or on-premise virtual private cloud instance.
A spokesperson for CloudBees stated that the revolutionary platform was the market's most open and extensible DevSecOps solution, capable of orchestrating any tool in the software development toolkit. They added that it redefined DevSecOps by addressing the challenges of delivering secure, compliant, cloud-native software faster than ever.
Meeting the Challenges of Cloud-Native Development
As the rush towards cloud-native application development continues, software development and delivery teams grapple with the complexities of modern cloud-native architectures. This has led to the emergence of platform engineering as an evolution of DevOps practices. Platform engineering unites various roles such as site reliability engineers (SREs), DevOps engineers, security teams, product managers, and operations teams with the shared goal of integrating all organizations’ disparate technologies and tools into a streamlined path for developers. The CloudBees platform is purpose-built for this mission.
The CloudBees Platform: Speed and Security
The CloudBees platform empowers organizations to simplify complex cloud-native development and deployment processes across all DevOps tools, thereby accelerating innovation. It ensures a seamless journey from code development to successful deployment with a focus on:
1. Developer-centric experience: Enhancing developer experience by minimizing cognitive load and making DevOps processes nearly invisible through blocks, automations, and golden paths.
2. Open and extensible: Embracing the DevOps ecosystem, starting with Jenkins, and offering flexibility to orchestrate any other tool, protecting existing tooling investments.
3. Self-service model: Allowing platform engineers to customize the platform, providing autonomy for development teams. Developers can focus on innovation without waiting for automation or resources.
4. Security and compliance: Centralizing security and compliance with out-of-the-box workflow templates containing built-in security measures. Automated DevSecOps is integrated, incorporating checks across source code, binaries, cloud environments, data, and identity.
Michel Lopez, founder and CEO at E2F, noted that the CloudBees platform had significantly reduced the time required for their ISO 27001 compliance audit, from 12 hours to just 60 minutes. He also mentioned that the CloudBees platform provided all controls.
Shawn Ahmed, Chief Product Officer at CloudBees, emphasized,
Our new platform empowers developers, unifies teams, and accelerates innovation while offering unprecedented flexibility and choice.
The CloudBees platform promises to enhance developer experiences, streamline processes, and prioritize security, offering organizations a powerful tool to navigate the complexities of modern cloud-native architectures and accelerate innovation.
CloudBees, headquartered in San Jose, California, has been a software development leader since 2010. The company thrives in an innovation-driven industry by addressing the need for balancing development freedom and regulatory governance through its pioneering end-to-end automated software delivery system. Its robust Software as a Service (SaaS) platform encompasses DevOps, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, and more, ensuring secure and compliant innovation.
Lacework | September 07, 2023
Lacework, a trailblazer in data-driven cloud security, has introduced an innovative community platform, expanding its arsenal of cutting-edge technical resources.
This dynamic community is a hub for Lacework's customers, support teams, and fellow cloud security experts. The Lacework Community is a multifaceted network comprising discussion forums, comprehensive documentation, a knowledge base, immersive events, and educational resources. Members are empowered to delve into a wealth of documentation through the platform's federated search or initiate unique discussions to glean insights from Lacework experts and industry peers.
Jay Parikh, CEO of Lacework, said they were always looking for new ways to help their customers succeed and that the community would connect them with their peers and partners to learn and share faster and more broadly. He also added that customers would experience a new level of support from Lacework through the discussions, documentation, and engagement.
Key features accessible to users of the Lacework Community include:
Discussion Forums: Covering a broad spectrum of Lacework and cloud security topics
Knowledge Base: Hosting numerous articles addressing common support issues
How-to Guides: Curated by Lacework's Customer Success Architects
Product Updates: Summarizing monthly releases and offering in-depth feature insights
Networked Events: Featuring daily office hours and marketing events
Integrated Documentation: Housing thousands of articles indexed for seamless federated search functionality
John Turner, Senior Security Architect at LendingTree, said that things changed fast in the cloud security world and that companies faced new daily threats and tactics. He also noted that quick learning and peer feedback could significantly affect any company's security posture. He added that Lacework's community would provide that critical input and elevate the cloud security conversation.
The Lacework Community is now open to both existing customers and potential prospects.
Lacework is a platform providing comprehensive cloud security, including threat detection, anomaly identification, and compliance management across multi-cloud systems, workloads, and Kubernetes. However, it faces challenges for a few users as visibility is lacking and compliance-related metrics and IAM security control could be improved. IAM security management controls and detection of deviations and misconfigurations are critical, but have yet to be developed in Lacework. There is no data governance or data visibility.
Lacework, a data-driven cloud security platform, automates security at scale with its Polygraph Data Platform. This platform uniquely collects, analyzes, and correlates data across AWS, Azure, GCP, and Kubernetes, pinpointing crucial security events amid vast data streams. Clients rely on Lacework for revenue growth, safer product launches, and consolidated security solutions.
Lacework strengthens cloud security, enabling faster innovation by scaling with an organization's dynamic cloud data, including code, identities, containers, and multi-cloud infrastructure. It offers security and development teams prioritized insights on significant risks.
Cloud App Management
Business Wire | September 29, 2023
CoreStack, a global multi-cloud governance provider, today announced the release of CoreStack Assessments, a product that simplifies and streamlines multi-cloud assessments for managed services providers and their enterprise customers. CoreStack Assessments equips MSPs and SIs to run multi-cloud assessments at scale against cloud-native Well-Architected Frameworks as well as custom frameworks, enabling them to quickly and easily identify and resolve issues across security and compliance, cost, and operations.
As organizations progress their cloud transformation, it’s imperative that they continue to operate in an optimized and well-architected manner, said Cyril Belikoff, GM of Azure and Industry GTM at Microsoft. CoreStack Assessments hits the mark by empowering single and multi-cloud customers with a comprehensive evaluation of architectural alignment with industry best practices.
“We are thrilled to introduce CoreStack Assessments to our partners – and to simplify delivery of cloud assessments,” said Saba Arumugam, CoreStack’s Chief Technology Officer. “Armed with these powerful assessment capabilities, our partners will be able to capitalize more quickly on the opportunities that matter and help their customers realize the full potential of their cloud investments. This solution provides our partners a robust, flexible, and streamlined assessment experience so they can help customers embrace cloud best practices in the most efficient way possible.”
Purpose-built for partners, CoreStack Assessments provides out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Azure, AWS, and GCP frameworks. Partners can also import existing custom frameworks, create custom assessment frameworks based on hyperscaler frameworks, or create new frameworks from scratch. With multi-level hierarchy and identity isolation, a clear and centralized workflow, and highly automated issue detection and recommendations, CoreStack Assessments provides MSPs new levels of assessment flexibility and scalability. The solution also provides powerful collaboration, evidence tracking, and reporting features.
“For Cloudelligent, CoreStack Assessments has been a game changer,” said Dwayne Lyle, Chief Revenue Officer at Cloudelligent. “It has reduced the internal costs to deliver a Well-Architected Review and automated many of our manual activities, accelerating delivery of these assessments by 50% and helping us ensure our customers are always well-architected. Ultimately it has improved the customer experience and differentiated us from other AWS Well-Architected Partners who deliver reviews in a more traditional way.”
CoreStack Assessments is offered alongside CoreStack NextGen Cloud Governance, a powerful set of solutions that leverage AI to provide continuous and autonomous governance for FinOps, SecOps, and CloudOps through one unified dashboard. CoreStack NextGen Cloud Governance is designed to help customers leverage best-of-breed cloud platforms with the least friction possible, boosting top-line revenues and bottom-line efficiencies whether they’re running AWS, Microsoft Azure, GCP, OCI, or a combination of cloud providers.
CoreStack was recently named one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., ranking 835th on the Inc. 5000 List for 2023. CoreStack's inclusion on this prestigious list underscores its striking growth and transformative influence within the cloud industry. CoreStack comes in 120th in the Software category and is the 10th best performing company in the Seattle area and 12th in Washington State. CoreStack has also been recognized by Frost & Sullivan, Forrester, Gartner, S&P Global, and IDC as an innovator and leader in cloud management.
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 750+ global enterprises govern $2+ billion in annual cloud consumption, and $300 million in cloud cost savings. Frost & Sullivan, Forrester, Gartner, S&P Global, and IDC have recognized CoreStack as an innovator and leader in cloud management. CoreStack is backed by strategic advisors, including the ex-CEO of Wipro and ex-CIO of Microsoft. The company is a Microsoft Azure (Legacy) Gold Partner, Amazon AWS Technology Partner with Cloud Operations Competency, Oracle Cloud Build Partner, and Google Cloud Build Partner. To learn more, visit www.corestack.io
Orca Security | September 14, 2023
Orca Security, a leader in agentless cloud security, has unveiled a groundbreaking AI-driven cloud asset search feature within its Orca Cloud Security Platform. This innovation positions Orca as the first provider to offer an AI-powered cloud asset search that's as simple as asking a question. This development empowers not only security professionals but also developers, DevOps teams, cloud architects, and risk governance and compliance teams to swiftly and effortlessly gain insights into their cloud environments.
Building upon its existing integrations with ChatGPT and Microsoft Azure OpenAI GPT-4 for generating remediation instructions, Orca's new AI-driven search functionality revolutionizes accessibility by enabling users to pose natural language queries like, ‘Do I have any Log4j vulnerabilities exposed to the public?’ or ‘Are there any unencrypted databases with sensitive data accessible on the internet?’ This democratizes cloud security, making it accessible to individuals across the organization, regardless of their expertise, to rapidly respond to zero-day risks, optimize cloud assets, and assess exposure to threats.
Gil Geron, CEO and co-founder of Orca Security, emphasized the platform's user friendliness, stating,
With our latest AI-powered cloud asset search, we are delivering on our promise to provide cloud security that is easy to operate. We built the industry’s first agentless cloud security platform to eliminate lengthy and labor-intensive deployments. Now we are focused on democratizing cloud security by introducing solutions that do not require reading through lengthy documentation or extensive training to operationalize, allowing security teams, developers, and DevOps teams to get value from day one.
[Source: Business wire]
Cloud asset discovery is a critical process involving the identification, categorization, and mapping of all digital assets within a cloud environment. This includes virtual machines, databases, storage instances, containers, networking components, and applications. Yet many organizations lack access to this vital information.
Orca's patented SideScanning technology offers 100% visibility for asset discovery and is now presenting this data intuitively to various teams across organizations, enabling a comprehensive understanding of their cloud environments. This capability is particularly crucial during zero-day threats, where speed is essential, facilitating faster and more effective mitigations.
Orca's solution also eliminates the need for users to understand different naming conventions for each cloud provider. Instead, users can ask general questions, and Orca will automatically search for the relevant status names for each provider, streamlining the search process and ensuring accurate results.
The AI-powered cloud asset search feature is immediately available through a feature request in the Orca Cloud Security Platform.
About Orca Security
Orca Security is a leading provider of cloud security solutions that offer full-stack visibility of the complete cloud infrastructure. It provides deep insights into vulnerabilities, malware, misconfigurations, and more across various platforms, including AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, and Kubernetes. The platform is designed to provide complete visibility of the entire cloud estate, from development to production, without requiring an agent. The company is known for innovative SideScanning technology that delivers instant-on, workload-level security.