In COVID-19 crisis public cloud computing is an unsung hero

crn.com | March 23, 2020

The growing coronavirus crisis has been a test like no other of the ability of online applications to dramatically, reliably and securely scale—a remarkable feat only possible because of publiclouds and their companion technologies.Office closures, social distancing and shelter-in-place orders have resulted in a massive and sustained surge in users of collaboration, shopping and entertainment solutions as the entire world converts personal interactions to virtual ones.So far, that unprecedented shift has gone off with barely a stutter. As millions around the world strive to remain productive, and fight boredom, public cloud has enabled video conferencing, remote project collaboration, e-commerce, education, gaming and streaming video companies to meet spectacular and unplanned-for demand in a way that would have been impossible a decade ago.While application vendors like Zoom Video, Slack, and Netflix are at the forefront of public consciousness these days, behind the scenes, Amazon Web Services which supports all those webscale companies has been the essential player in enabling them to accommodate a world in crisis.

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Dynatrace Launches Grail for Boundless Observability, Security, and Business Analytics

Dynatrace | October 10, 2022

Software intelligence company Dynatrace announced today the launch of its Grail™ core technology within the Dynatrace® Software Intelligence Platform. Grail will revolutionize data analytics and management by unifying observability data as well as security and business data from cloud-native and multicloud environments, retaining its context, and delivering instant, precise, and cost-efficient AI-powered answers and automation. Initially, Dynatrace is leveraging Grail to power log analytics and management. Going forward, the company expects to extend the technology to power additional IT, development, security, and business analytics solutions. Multicloud and cloud-native architectures, the backbone of modern digital transformation, produce an explosion of data. This data is siloed, reflecting the diverse parts of the cloud ecosystem where it originated. To extract value from this data using traditional solutions, ITOps, DevOps, SRE, and security teams need to structure it to reflect questions they expect to ask in the future. They rely on time-consuming manual procedures, including data indexing and rehydration, in addition to managing multiple data repositories, which cannot react quickly enough to rapidly changing application and cloud environments or evolving security threats. The cost and overhead of maintaining antiquated procedures and fractured toolsets outpace the business value. Modern clouds demand a new approach. “Sprawling and dynamic cloud-native and multicloud environments are an ecosystem of various technologies and services, and the composition changes by the second. This paradigm makes it critical for organizations to acquire a platform with advanced AI, analytics, and automation capabilities. The platform must be able to ingest all observability, security, and business data, put it in an accurate context in real time, and facilitate access to data-backed insights when needed.” Stephen Elliot, Group Vice President, I&O, Cloud Operations, and DevOps at IDC Adding Grail to its platform positions Dynatrace to address these needs. Grail is a causational data lakehouse with a massively parallel processing (MPP) analytics engine. It leverages the new Dynatrace Query Language (DQL) for context-rich log analytics. It works in concert with other core Dynatrace platform technologies, including: OneAgent services to automatically discover, activate, and instrument applications, microservices, infrastructure, and any dependency in modern cloud environments; Smartscape continuously updated full-stack topology; PurePath distributed tracing and code-level analysis; and Davis causal AI to process data and deliver precise answers prioritized by business impact. Philip Mendez, Product Owner – IT Performance Monitoring at Toyota Financial Services, said, “We’re on a mission to accelerate digital transformation. Success requires real-time insights from the enormous quantity of data streaming from our clouds. Grail takes our analytics capabilities to the next level by presenting logs in the context of user experience, traces, and related events. Our teams no longer have to decide which data to keep or what to do before storing it. And we no longer have to pay an arm and a leg for fast queries. Grail enables us to deliver more value to our customers with always-optimized systems and user experience.” Bernd Greifeneder, Founder and Chief Technical Officer at Dynatrace, said, “Organizations are painfully in need of a revolutionary approach to observability, security, and business data analytics that transcends the performance limits of their existing solutions by as much as 100X for complex use cases while relieving existing cost constraints for managing cloud-native and multicloud environments. Grail delivers by boosting the Dynatrace-approach to causal AI, which retains data-context with precision and at massive scale. Starting with logs, Grail makes it possible for teams to leverage instant analytics for any query or question cost-effectively.” Grail for log management and analytics is expected to become available within 30 days of this announcement for customers using Dynatrace SaaS on AWS. For additional details on Grail and Dynatrace log management and analytics capabilities, please visit the Dynatrace resource center or Dynatrace.com. About Dynatrace Dynatrace exists to make the world’s software work perfectly. Our unified software intelligence platform combines broad and deep observability and continuous runtime application security with the most advanced AIOps to provide answers and intelligent automation from data at an enormous scale. This enables innovators to modernize and automate cloud operations, deliver software faster and more securely, and ensure flawless digital experiences. That’s why the world’s largest organizations trust the Dynatrace® platform to accelerate digital transformation.

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ThinkData Works Now Available On Google Cloud Marketplace

ThinkData Works | September 09, 2022

Data catalog provider ThinkData Works Inc has launched its catalog and enrichment services on Google Cloud Marketplace, providing customers with reduced time-to-value and access to Google Cloud’s leading AI and data analytics capabilities. The ThinkData Works catalog platform allows customers to make better business decisions by connecting to both internal and external data sources and providing rich metadata, governance, and discoverability features. Unlike alternative solutions, it offers unique enriched data feeds on global trade, demographics, business attributes, and more – fueling powerful insights when combined with existing internal data assets. Google Cloud Marketplace allows customers to quickly and simply access powerful software and Google Cloud-based data solutions. “Google Cloud is committed to helping organizations scale their data analytics and AI/ML initiatives,” said Dai Vu, Managing Director, Marketplace & ISV GTM Programs, Google Cloud. “With ThinkData Works’ data catalog available on Google Cloud Marketplace, customers will be able to easily access and act on data insights, enabling them to execute on data-driven initiatives with greater speed and at scale.” The partnership builds on a growing ecosystem of data and management tools available to customers of both organizations. “Many companies have invested in AI and ML solutions but find that data variety and poor data health restrict their progress, Availability on Google Cloud Marketplace means customers can more easily deploy our leading catalog platform through their existing relationship with Google Cloud, enabling them with the tools to manage and distribute data to unlock further AI and ML capabilities.” Brendan Stennett, ThinkData Works co-founder and Chief Technology Officer About ThinkData Works ThinkData Works unlocks the value of data to grow your business. Connect seamlessly to any source, drive critical insights, and deliver data while retaining visibility and control. Founded in 2014, ThinkData Works offers flexible data connections, an intuitive catalog interface, and secure tools to deliver data where it needs to be — inside or outside your organization. Purpose-built to handle the complexities of data variety, their unified cloud platform cuts overhead, fuels innovation, and drives revenue growth.

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CoreStack Participates in AWS Marketplace Vendor Insights Preview

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 [24]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.” About CoreStack 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.

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2CRSi, Clever Cloud, Kalray and Vates Join Forces for Sovereign and Innovative Data Center Equipment

Clever Cloud | October 18, 2022

2CRSi a designer and manufacturer of high-performance energy-efficient servers, Clever Cloud, a European provider of automation and optimization solutions for websites and applications hosting, Kalray (Euronext Growth Paris: ALKAL), a leading provider of hardware and software technologies for high-performance, data-centric computing markets, from Cloud to Edge and Vates, an open source software company specializing in secure and open source virtualization, are pleased to announce that the ReNESENS project, led by Vates, has been awarded by the French AMI Cloud: France 2030 Investment Plan - "Supporting the supply of solutions for the industry of the future"1. The aim of ReNESENS is to develop solutions for Cloud and Edge data center infrastructure around a new class of processors called DPU (Data Processing Unit) and innovative virtualization and software-defined technologies. The speed, complexity and quantity of data handled by data centers is exploding historically on the Cloud and more recently at the Edge. New classes of equipment are needed based on new hardware and software foundations to provide more efficient, power-optimized, and more open data center infrastructures. The ReNESENS project is bringing together some of the most advanced French companies with unique expertise in the new class of DPU data processors, virtualization software, highly efficient servers and innovative data center architecture; Vates, Clever Cloud, Kalray and 2CRSi. The project intends to develop an innovative and attractive sovereign proposition, for both end users and the ecosystem of data center players. Olivier Lambert, President and Founder of Vates, said: “Data centers are more crucial now than ever before, meaning the need for innovative and very efficient systems management and portability. In this regard, virtualization plays a key role; ReNESENS is a project of strategic importance to develop the next generation of data centers, both at the core and at the Edge. In this project, Vates will work closely with its partners to integrate XCP-ng into Kalray’s DPU architecture and ensure its stack works well with Clever Cloud’s network tools. It will also deliver tightly optimized appliances that combine the best of Kalray, Clever Cloud technologies and 2CSRi’s high-end and Edge computing hardware solutions.” “Innovation is the driving force of 2CRSi. Our contribution to the ReNESENS project is strategic for the group. Working on technology sovereignty is key to success in a disoriented post-COVID world. This project, entirely developed in France with our partners Kalray, Clever Cloud and Vates, will change the course of how we manage and power infrastructure. This solution is designed to solve two major issues of our industry; cloud security and energy savings in the data center environment.” Alain Wilmouth, CEO of 2CRSi Éric Baissus, CEO of Kalray, said: “DPU processors are a game changer for data center infrastructures. They offer a unique opportunity to build more flexible, scalable, energy-efficient solutions. As the European DPU leader, we are delighted to work closely with 2CRSi, Clever Cloud and Vates as part of the ReNESENS project to build the next generation of data center infrastructures.” Quentin Adam, CEO of Clever Cloud, said: “We are pleased to participate in the ReNESENS project, which will lead to the emergence of an innovative network traffic management solution, in both hardware and software, that will improve the technical and energy efficiency of our infrastructures while reducing costs. Clever Cloud will bring all its expertise to this initiative and to its partners 2CRSi, Kalray and Vates. Working together, French technology players will create tomorrow's Cloud tools.” The ReNESENS project is structured around 4 main areas: DPU and Virtualization: Usage of DPU to improve performance and power efficiency of virtualization and logical isolation. Orchestration: Orchestration with the development of an isolation system for the container execution environment. Software-defined networking and storage: The use of DPUs to achieve maximum network performance via open source, secure and high-performance software routing (Reverse Proxy) as well as storage protocols and services. Hardware integration: The use of DPUs within a new generation of data center equipment. Lasting 3 years, ReNESENS is a multi-million Euro project, with the predicted outcome of a complete range of highly innovative solutions combining hardware and software, enabling customers to use independent, secure and highly sophisticated appliances for their data centers. About 2CRSi Founded in Strasbourg (France), 2CRSi group develops, produces and sells customised, high-performance and environmentally friendly servers. In the 2021-22 financial year, the Group generated revenue of €183.6 million. The Group today has approximately 400 employees and markets its offer of innovative solutions (processing, storage and network) in more than 50 countries. 2CRSi has been listed since June 2018 on the regulated market of Euronext in Paris (ISIN Code: FR0013341781). About Clever Cloud Founded in 2010, Clever Cloud is a company based in Nantes, France, and specializes in IT automation. It creates and provides the software building blocks necessary for the flexible deployment of applications on self-service PaaS architectures. Its clients include major names such as Airbus, AXA About Kalray Kalray is a leading provider of hardware and software technologies and solutions for high-performance, data-centric computing markets, from cloud to edge. Kalray provides a full range of products to enable smarter, more efficient, and energy-wise data-intensive applications and infrastructures. Its offerings include its unique patented DPU (Data Processing Unit) processors and acceleration cards, as well as its leading-edge software-defined storage and data management solutions. Implemented individually or in combination, Kalray's high-performance solutions allow its customers to improve the efficiency of data centers or design the best solutions in fast-growing sectors such as AI, Media & Entertainment, Life Science, Scientific Research, Edge Computing, Automotive and others. Founded in 2008 as a spin-off of the well-known French CEA research lab, with corporate and financial investors such as Alliance Venture (Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi), NXP Semiconductors or Bpifrance, Kalray is dedicated through technology, expertise, and passion. About Vates Since 2012, Vates has been developing open-source solutions dedicated to enterprise-grade server virtualization, ensuring the ability to deliver high performance in both data centers and small infrastructure. As a major player in systems management and delivery, we have been working on our innovative and secure open-source hypervisor based on Xen: XCP-ng, as well as the management, backup and orchestration platform dedicated to XCP-ng and Citrix Hypervisor: Xen Orchestra.

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