cloud platforms

CyberArk Launches Advanced Privileged Session Management for Cloud

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CyberArk announced CyberArk Privileged Session Manager for Cloud. Through a transparent user experience, this new offering extends privileged access session isolation, monitoring and control to the most common web applications, cloud and social media platforms. As part of an integrated solution, Privileged Session Manager for Cloud also leverages industry-leading risk scoring capabilities to detect and alert on suspicious privilege-related activity.  

Cloud administrators and privileged business users often have elevated rights to sensitive cloud platforms and web applications, yet this access is not always managed by the IT team. This allows users to operate outside of corporate security, potentially exposing the entire organization to unknown risks. An external attacker or malicious insider who is able to hijack these types of user credentials could shut down cloud environments, execute a total compromise of web applications or DevOps tool consoles, steal sensitive customer data or post inflammatory comments on social media.

"As organizations take advantage of the flexibility of hybrid cloud computing, the agility and speed offered by DevOps methodologies, and leading containerized platforms like Red Hat OpenShift, cross-environment security monitoring is important," said Chris Morgan, director, Technical Marketing, Red Hat Cloud Platforms, Red Hat. "CyberArk Privileged Session Manager for Cloud enables administrators with web-based cloud and DevOps tool consoles to manage and administer these dynamic and powerful environments while providing security teams with more control and monitoring capabilities to help reduce risk."

Virtustream Teams Up with Pivotal to Enable Rapid Deployment of Cloud-Native Apps

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Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud company and a Dell Technologies business, today announced a collaboration with Pivotal to provide a fully managed, enterprise-class cloud service for customers building and deploying applications with Pivotal Cloud Foundry, one of the world's most powerful cloud-native platforms.

Designed to pair Virtustream's leading enterprise-class cloud and managed services with the widely popular Pivotal Cloud Foundry cloud-native application development platform, the single instance, hosted service provides an alternative to general purpose public cloud offerings. This enables organizations to quickly build and deploy applications, while delivering capabilities that enhance developer productivity, ensure high availability and security, and provide operational control, all of which are necessities in developing innovative software solutions.

"To compete in today's markets, enterprise customers require the ability to develop and deploy their applications at a faster clip," said Kevin Reid, president and chief technology officer, Virtustream. "Virtustream Pivotal Cloud Foundry Service enables organizations to utilize one of the most popular developer platforms on the market today to deploy into a secure, enterprise-class cloud, while offloading the management of the environment to Virtustream."

Napier Partners with Microsoft to Launch Cloud-based Hospital Management Solutions on Windows Azure

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Napier Healthcare Solutions, a leading healthcare software provider, today announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft based on a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering which will help hospitals deploy Napier’s flagship Hospital Information System (HIS) on Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform. The HIS is an integral part of Napier’s comprehensive EHRm product suite.

Hospitals of any size can benefit from Napier’s HIS on the Windows Azure platform through seamless and secure access from anywhere in the world. Built on a rock-solid foundation that powers some of the biggest businesses in the world, the platform is built to handle millions of requests per day and offer incredible stability and automatic load balancing...

New Relic Launches APM SaaS Platform

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New Relic, a provider of software analytics solutions, has announced a new application performance monitoring, or APM, software-as-a-service platform. The new New Relic offers more than 50 plug-ins, including plug-ins for services Amazon Web Services (AWS), MySQL and Rackspace Hosting. And New Relic users can discover or easily build plug-ins to customize the monitoring of their unique and evolving modern app environments.

With the new APM SaaS solution, data from any component of the application stack, including database, caching, networking, queuing, and platform as a service (PaaS) and cloud services, will be available in a single location to streamline and automate workflows. Software builders can have a single, consistent interface for all the monitoring metrics of their choice. There is no need to log in and out of different solutions to manage the performance of different components of their app environment...

IBM explores making Java Virtual Machine big part of future cloud platforms

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IBM is conducting research that involves making use of the open Java Virtual Machine (JVM) in a cloud-based setting as a way to provide dynamic services, especially to mobile devices. If the research project works out, it might be considered “the operating system of the future for both embedded systems and the cloud,” said Jan Rellermeyer, IBM research staff member at IBM Research in Austin, Texas, who explained the intent behind the research at this week’s Design Automation Conference.

JVM is the well-known open software created at Sun that facilitates write-once, run-anywhere applications. The idea behind trying to establish JVM as a software stack in the cloud is to facilitate a “continuous platform experience” between JVM-based applications running in the cloud and mobile devices, Rellermeyer noted...

What next for Cloud Foundry?

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VMware aggressively recruited partners to base platforms on its open-source Cloud Foundry stack. Now as it preps the Pivotal Initiative spinoff, those partners worry about more intense competition with the Cloud Foundry mothership.  We all know now that VMware is spinning off its Cloud Foundry Platform as a Service (PaaS) effort to The Pivotal Initiative, along with some other VMware and EMC technologies.

What we still don’t know is what the emergence of this new entity means for the Cloud Foundry ecosystem — the third parties that built their own platforms atop the Cloud Foundry platform. Officially, no one’s saying anything beyond VMware’s opaque blog post announcing the move. Basically, VMware told us all to check back in Q1 2013 for details...

Amazon, Microsoft and Google targeted by cloud provider Joyent

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Joyent may be the biggest cloud provider you haven't heard of. According to the pure-play infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider -- which was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in San Francisco -- it is a top 5 vendor of cloud-based virtual machines in the world, a stat that's backed up by Gartner. That means it's rubbing elbows with the big names of cloud computing -- Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Microsoft and Google.

"They're the most interesting cloud company that few people talk about," says George Reese, CTO of enStratus, a company that consults with enterprises on cloud strategies and helps business deploy applications to the cloud. "When we talk to people we get questions about AWS, Rackspace, HP, and when we mention Joyent, they're like, 'Who?'"...