Alibaba Cloud | November 16, 2022
Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has once again excelled in its mission of supporting the group’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, thanks to its high-performance computing and innovative technology. Drawing on self-developed infrastructure upgrades, the group saw an 8% year-on-year saving in computing cost per resource unit from April 1 to November 11.
“The breadth and depth of cloud technology deployment during this year’s 11.11 has once again showcased Alibaba’s best cloud and technology practice; be it through fundamental architecture like self-proprietary technology powering high-performance computing and database products, or consumer-facing XR (extended reality) and livestreaming technologies. We intend to continue applying these proven capabilities to even better serve our customers and help them to be more efficient, innovative and greener in their own digital transformation journeys,”
Li Cheng, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Alibaba Group
Doing more with less through cloud-native and serverless innovations
This year’s 11.11 was powered by Alibaba Cloud’s dedicated processing unit for the Apsara Cloud operating system. The upgraded infrastructure system, significantly improved efficiency of computing, storage and network in data centers supporting the event, while also reducing network latency. For example, with this new upgrade supported by cloud-native technology, ordering, pre-sale balance payment and refunding could be launched simultaneously with an enhanced scalability and lower latency.
During this year’s 11.11, the front page of Taobao, one of Alibaba’s e-commerce platforms, was upgraded by the latest serverless technology, allowing for automatic scaling with extreme elasticity based on actual workloads.
Alibaba Cloud’s cloud-native database products also significantly expanded the capacity of consumers’ shopping carts by more than a double, from 120 items to 300. The ApsaraDB for Redis Enhanced Edition (Tair), a cloud-based in-memory database service for enterprises, supports new functions such as product grouping and sorting, enabling consumers to organize their shopping cart according to their own preferences. They could also make use of the ‘select’ function to enjoy cross-merchant discounts, to pre-order goods and use vouchers for a more rewarding shopping experience.
Innovative technology delivers more immersive consumer experience
A more immersive shopping experience was created this year thanks to Alibaba’s proprietary technology in supporting extended reality. Alibaba’s technology in 3D modeling leverages a neural radiance field (NeRF), a neural network technology for generating novel views of complex 3D scenes. During this year’s 11.11, it assisted luxurious retail and furniture brands, like Burberry, Estee Lauder and SK-II, to build virtual stores on the e-commerce platform Tmall.
Through self-developed 3D renderings that realistically represent natural light, flames and natural flowing water, an outdoor nature scene was built for sportswear brands including Descente (Japan), to showcase its latest products in a vibrant and invigorating environment. Consumers can also view the products in three dimensions, enabling them to inspect details up close, or try on their chosen watches and accessories virtually thanks to AR technologies. Consumers are also free to arrange different items of furniture indoors, or tents for outdoor camping.
Another new expressive interaction came from an XR-powered marketplace on Tmall and Taobao. Using the automatic 3D space creation technology from Alibaba’s research institute DAMO Academy, a virtual shopping street was built, featuring over 700 products from 70 brands including 30 internationally-recognized franchises, such as Sanrio’s iconic Hello Kitty, and Hollywood’s franchise Minions. Shoppers can choose their own avatars, check out the products and place them in their virtual shopping carts.
During this year’s 12-day festival from October 31 to November 11, nearly 2 million packages were delivered by Xiaomanlv vehicles, Alibaba’s last-mile logistics vehicle. This is double the package delivery volume from the same period last year. The logistics robot was deployed in over 400 campuses across China, which has greatly reduced the time of queuing for package deliveries during peak hours.
A greener 11.11 powered by clean energy
In addition to its cloud computing solutions helping to reduce energy consumption, Alibaba Cloud’s five hyper-scale data centers across China also doubled the amount of clean energy used to support this year’s 11.11 compared to last year. More than 32 million kilowatt-hours of electricity used by Alibaba Cloud to support 11.11 this year came from renewable energy, up by 30% on a daily basis average compared to last year. Additionally, Alibaba Cloud's Heyuan data center, the cloud company’s largest hyper-scale data center in South China, now runs entirely on clean energy. Alibaba Cloud’s self-developed immersion cooling technology has reduced the energy consumption of the data centers, with power usage effectiveness (PUE) reaching as low as 1.09 - a world-leading level.
Alibaba Cloud has also worked with Tmall to leverage the carbon management platform, Energy Expert. It provided online carbon footprint modeling, calculations and certifications for more than 40 brands in various sectors, including paper & pulp, food and personal care, to help them categorize low-carbon products, identify carbon emission resources and conduct informed sustainability practices to reduce carbon emissions.
About Alibaba Cloud
Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com) is the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group. It offers a complete suite of cloud services to customers worldwide, including elastic computing, database, storage, network virtualization services, large-scale computing, security, management and application services, big data analytics, a machine learning platform and IoT services. Alibaba maintained its position as the third leading public cloud IaaS service provider globally since 2018, according to IDC. Alibaba is the world’s third leading and Asia Pacific’s leading IaaS provider by revenue in U.S. dollars since 2018, according to Gartner.
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LTI | November 04, 2022
Fosfor, the Data Products Unit of Larsen & Toubro Infotech (BSE: 540005, NSE: LTI), today announced that it has been approved as a Snowflake Ready Technology Validation Partner. Achieving this validation confirms Fosfor’s DataOps product, Spectra, and Decision Intelligence product, Lumin, adhere to Snowflake’s best practices around performance, reliability, and security.
Under the Snowflake Ready Technology Validation program, Snowflake audits and validates a company’s native integration with Snowflake based on functional and performance best practices. The audit requires a native connector that has been available for at least six months, as well as a set of joint customers and case studies. With this validation, Fosfor joins a list of prominent product companies that have been approved under this program.
“Efficient access to quality data helps organizations quickly inform strategies and decisions – it is a must-have for our customers," says Tarik Dwiek, Head of Technology Alliances at Snowflake. “Fosfor’s take on monetizing data at speed and scale for enterprises complements Snowflake's commitment to capitalizing on the infinite potential of the Data Cloud and creates a winning proposition for our customers.”
Along with LTI recently being awarded Elite tier partner status and receiving the Delivery Partner of the Year award at the 2022 Snowflake Summit, the Technology Ready designation further reinforces the long-standing partnership between the companies. A growing number of Fosfor customers are realizing the synergistic value created by combining Fosfor’s data and AI capabilities with Snowflake’s Data Cloud.
“The Snowflake-Fosfor partnership is a natural fit in exploding value from Data & AI for enterprises globally and is creating immense value for our joint customers with Fosfor products’ seamless native connectivity to Snowflake. Fosfor products like Spectra are solving major DataOps challenges for enterprises, while Lumin converts data into decision insights with ease for business users, We are delighted to be in lockstep with Snowflake to strengthen our valued partnership and in our aligned vision to create limitless business impact for enterprises.”
Satyakam Mohanty, Chief Product Officer, Fosfor
Snowflake has been a key partner of LTI since 2018, and of the Fosfor product suite since its launch in December of 2021. Click here to learn more about the powerful combination of Fosfor and Snowflake.
The Fosfor Product Suite is the only end-to-end suite for optimizing all aspects of the data-to-decisions lifecycle. Fosfor helps you make better decisions, ensuring you have the right data in more hands in the fastest time possible. The Fosfor Product Suite comprises of Spectra, a comprehensive DataOps platform; Aspect, a no-code unstructured data processing platform; Optic, a data fabric to facilitate data discovery-to-consumption journeys; Refract, a data science and MLOps platform; and Lumin, a decision intelligence platform. Collectively, the Fosfor suite helps businesses discover the hidden value in their data. The Fosfor Data Products Unit is part of LTI, a global technology consulting and digital solutions company with hundreds of clients and operations in 33 countries. For more information, visit www.fosfor.com.
LTI (NSE: LTI) is a global technology consulting and digital solutions company helping more than 500 clients succeed in a converging world. With operations in 33 countries, we go the extra mile to assist our clients and accelerate their digital transformation journeys. Founded in 1997 as a subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro Limited, our unique heritage gives us unrivalled real-world expertise to solve the most complex challenges of enterprises across all industries. Each day, our team of more than 50,000 LTItes enable our clients to improve the effectiveness of their business and technology operations and deliver value to their customers, employees, and shareholders.
Lacework | October 27, 2022
Lacework, the data-driven cloud security company, today announced a new integration with Google Cloud's Chronicle Security Operations, bringing its cloud-native application protection platform (CNAPP) capabilities to Chronicle deployments. By tapping into rich multicloud runtime alerts from the Lacework Polygraph Data Platform, organizations using Chronicle Security Operations gain better insight into cloud threats, helping them understand, respond to, and remediate incidents more effectively than ever before. Lacework fully integrates multicloud runtime telemetry with Chronicle Security Operations.
SOC teams that rely on legacy security solutions, which are based on static, manually-written rules, can't keep up with the rate and scale of changes in cloud environments. They are then forced to spend an increasing amount of analyst time and energy sifting through an overwhelming volume of low-context alerts. SOC teams need a modern threat management solution that can keep up with the constantly changing nature of the cloud, and allows them — and their company overall — to operate and innovate effectively at scale.
With this integration, organizations using Chronicle Security Operations can now access runtime alerts and anomalous activity from multicloud environments, generated by the Lacework Polygraph Data Platform. The Lacework Polygraph Data Platform uses automation to provide teams with an improved signal-to-noise ratio compared to traditional solutions that are not built for the cloud, without the need for manual intervention. The addition of these high-context alerts allows SOC teams to quicken investigation and remediation, and closes the gap between SOC and security teams by embedding Lacework into security playbooks.
"Enterprises transforming their security strategies for the cloud require technologies that easily deliver comprehensive visibility across their multicloud environments, Lacework's integration with Chronicle Security Operations enables organizations to detect and address the right threats via contextual insights that matter the most across their diverse environments."
Sunil Potti, VP/GM of Security, Google Cloud
Key capabilities of this integration include:
Anomaly detections from Lacework, including the cloud control plane, audit logs, cloud, and container instances for Google Cloud, AWS, and Microsoft Azure are all shared with Chronicle Security Operations.
Using Chronicle's Universal Data Model parsers, customers can easily onboard this integration within their existing Chronicle instance.
Customers will be able to create automation, orchestration and response playbooks using Chronicle SOAR to quickly react to and address issues.
"Cloud threats are only becoming more sophisticated over time, so it's critical for security teams to have the right context to make the right decisions to remediate issues quickly," said Jay Parikh, co-CEO, Lacework. "Through our continued partnership with Google Cloud, we're making it easier for joint customers to take advantage of the richness of Lacework data so they can get a better understanding of what's happening across their multicloud environments and continue to innovate with confidence."
The Lacework integration with Chronicle Security Operations will be available to organizations via Google Cloud Marketplace
Lacework is the data-driven security company for the cloud. The Lacework Polygraph Data Platform automates cloud security at scale so our customers can innovate with speed and safety. Only Lacework can collect, analyze, and accurately correlate data across an organization's cloud and Kubernetes environments, and narrow it down to the handful of security events that matter. Customers all over the globe depend on Lacework to drive revenue, bring products to market faster and safer, and consolidate point security solutions into a single platform. Founded in 2015 and headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Lacework is backed by leading investors like Sutter Hill Ventures, Altimeter Capital, D1 Capital Partners, Tiger Global Management, Counterpoint Global (Morgan Stanley), Franklin Templeton, Durable Capital, GV, General Catalyst, XN, Coatue, Dragoneer, Liberty Global Ventures, and Snowflake Ventures, among others.
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CoreStack | September 07, 2022
CoreStack, a global cloud governance provider that empowers enterprises to unleash the power of the cloud by enabling continuous and autonomous cloud governance at scale, today announced that it is participating in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace Vendor Insights preview, which streamlines the complex third-party software risk assessment process by enabling sellers to make security and compliance information available through AWS Marketplace, a curated digital catalog that customers can use to find, buy, deploy, and manage third-party software, data, and services to build solutions and run their businesses. CoreStack’s NextGen Cloud Governance solutions — FinOps, SecOps and CloudOps — are now available via a unified web-based dashboard as part of AWS Marketplace Vendor Insights to give customers access to security and compliance information.
AWS Marketplace Vendor Insights helps streamline the procurement process by granting buyers access to evidence made available by sellers related to data privacy and residency, application security, and access control.
“We created AWS Marketplace Vendor Insights to serve customers that need help validating third-party software that meets their compliance needs, We are glad to see CoreStack participating in the Vendor Insights preview and their commitment to trust and transparency. Companies like CoreStack work with AWS to showcase their validated security profile, saving customers months of effort, reducing the software risk assessment lead time for customers while assuring them of continuous monitoring of vendor security.”
Jason Timmes, General Manager, AWS Marketplace Seller Services
Using Vendor Insights can help buyers reduce assessment lead time to a few hours by allowing buyers to access the vendor’s validated security profile, saving months of effort from questionnaires and back-and-forth with vendors. The dashboard also provides evidence backed by AWS Config and AWS Audit Manager assessments, external audit reports, and software vendor self-assessments to help customers perform continual compliance monitoring.
"Vendor Insights provides ongoing visibility and alerts about the vendor’s security hygiene,” said Satyam Patel, Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer at 7.ai. “Using Vendor Insight notifications helps us remove the need for periodic reassessments and brings in agility in the procurement process.”
The CoreStack platform, built on cloud-native services, empowers AWS customers to achieve security and compliance, enhance cloud operational efficiencies as well as optimize costs. It applies a unique cloud-as-code approach that leverages deep artificial intelligence (AI) / machine learning (ML), declarative definitions, and a patented cloud service-chaining technology. Customers can leverage CoreStack’s powerful NextGen Cloud Governance offerings — FinOps, SecOps and CloudOps — to govern operations, security, cost, access, and resources across multiple cloud accounts.
“We take pride in helping customers embrace, expand and enhance cloud through our NextGen Cloud Governance, and we are proud to showcase our validated and strong security story with customers through Vendor Insights,” said Parul Chheda, Vice President of Strategic Alliances at CoreStack. “Security is a shared responsibility, and we are happy that AWS Marketplace customers can directly monitor and inspect configuration of our technology resources and collect other critical information to deliver up-to-date security posture metrics and artifacts. We look forward to working with AWS to fast-track due diligence and further the value we can offer to our customers.”
CoreStack is a NextGen cloud business accelerator 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, enable reporting, recommendation, remediation and provide 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 $2B+ in annual cloud consumption.