After six-month lull, CapEx jumps to $31 billion in Q3, Synergy Research says
Hyperscale data center operators like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are beginning to spend money again, according to analysts with Synergy Research Group, which is good news to vendors and channel players that have a stake in data center hardware or the cloud.
The Lowdown: After slow capital expenditure spending during the six months of the year, the major cloud companies spent more than $31 billion, a year-over-year 8% increase, the market research firm said in a report this month. With the boost, the CapEx pace in 2019 is now ahead of the that of 2018, which was a record-setting year.
The Details: A good chunk of the money the hyperscalers are spending is going to building, growing, and equipping their massive data centers, a number that now sits at 504, triple the number since the beginning of 2013. All the hyperscalers are heavily reliant on the cloud for their operations, which is driving the need for more data center space and operations, and continued strong revenue growth are enabling them to make the investment.
The top five spenders in the third quarter were Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple, and with the exception of Apple, the other four saw significant year-over-year jumps in CapEx spending, according to Synergy Research. The other top hyperscale spenders were IBM, JD.com, Oracle, and Chinese companies Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu.
The data was based on an analysis of both the CapEx and data center footprint of 20 of the world’s top cloud and Internet service providers, including the largest players in search, social networking, e-commerce, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).
The Impact: Spending by these hyperscalers is increasingly important to any vendor or partner that sells data center hardware or have clients with growing cloud-based strategies. Cloud service providers and cloud-based companies are becoming the key drivers of hardware sales, and Gartner last month noted that worldwide public cloud revenue will grow 17% in 2020, to $266.4 billion, adding that cloud adoption among organizations is now mainstream. In October, Synergy Research reported that the top four public cloud providers – Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Alibaba – accounted for 72% of the third-quarter worldwide IaaS and PaaS market.
The Buzz: “As expected, there was a significant boost in CapEx in the third quarter, after a couple of quarters that were relatively soft in comparison with the lofty heights achieved in 2018,” said John Dinsdale, chief analyst at Synergy Research. “Hyperscale companies are in growth mode and revenue growth rates remain in strong double-digit territory, with aggregated Q3 revenues up 14% over 2018. Amazon, Google, Facebook and Alibaba are all growing much more rapidly than that. These expanding companies are highly reliant on bigger and better data center operations, which will drive continued growth in CapEx levels.”
New releases of Remote Assistant for MSPs focus on Apple operating systems
Cloud-based backup company MSP360 is giving MSPs tools to remotely support their customers from computers running Apple macOS systems and mobile devices powered by the tech giant’s iOS or iPadOS operating systems.
The Lowdown: MSP360, which until July was known as CloudBerry Lab, this month launched two releases of its freeware MSP360 Remote Assistant for MSPs for using the Apple operating systems to deliver client support.
The Details: The offerings from Delaware-based MSP360 are:
>Remote Assistant for macOS: Provides authentication via PIN or encryption key, supports the meeting feature in macOS, provides basic chat functionality – including real-time chats through text and voice – and protects data transmissions via public key encryption.
>Remote Assistant for iOS: Delivers an easy and secure (through encryption) remote-control tool of any iOS or iPadOS device, enables participation in meeting while working remotely, offer background voice-over-IO (VoIP) capabilities to let users chat using voice rather than text and text chat if users can’t talk.
The Impact: The latest offerings by the company, which says it has more than 8,000 MSP partners and more than 300,000 users, add to its lineup of products for managing client environments with Apple OSes, which also includes the iOS app for its Managed Backup Service. The company is in a crowded and fast-growing cloud backup market that includes such heavyweights as Microsoft, Oracle, and Google as well as cloud giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other rivals like Barracuda Networks and Datto. It also enables backup to such cloud providers as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud. The market is expected to grow more than 21% a year though 2023, when it will hit $5.66 billion, according to Market Research Future.
Background: Along with the name change, the company in July brought on veteran Veeam executive Brian Helwig as CEO. MSP360 in October said that in the third quarter, the company saw revenue grow 60%, that the number of MSPs signing up for its managed cloud backup service doubled year-over-year, and that data stored in the cloud using the company’s platform grew 128 percent, from 200PB to 455PB.
The Buzz: “Our team is committed to making it easier for MSPs to manage and provide remote support to their clients,” Helwig said. “We encourage our customers to share feedback with us as we continue to roll out new features for all versions of our MSP360 Remote Assistant product.”
Cloud provider says Outposts appliances generally available, launches Local Zones
Amazon Web Services (AWS), the largest public cloud services provider in the world, is taking steps to make it easier for organizations to continue to run workloads in or near their own data centers while keeping a fast connect into the cloud.
The Lowdown: At the AWS re:Invent 2019 show this week in Las Vegas, company officials said that not only are the previously announced Outposts appliances now generally available, but that the company also is addressing the need of some customers to get fast access to applications and data that are kept off premises or are at the edge.
The Details: The announcements by AWS include:
>Outposts: The company last year announced plans to sell data center appliances outfitted with AWS services that would be installed in customer data centers and connect directly to their AWS environments, addressing the growing trend among enterprises toward hybrid cloud environments. Now Outposts – which can run such services as Elastic Container Service (ECS), Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), and Relational Database Service (RDS) – are generally available, with systems for VMware Cloud on AWS coming next year. AWS will use internal teams to install Outposts in customer data centers, though as demand grows, the company may also turn to systems integrators.
>Local Zones: AWS is deploying its compute, storage, database, and other services in places close to customers that need single-digit millisecond latency for their applications and services and that also want to continue easily connect back to the rest of their workloads running in AWS regions. The company opened the first Local Zone in Los Angeles with plans to create more in other areas in the future.
>5G: AWS is partnering with Verizon to leverage 5G connectivity to connect the cloud more closely with mobile and connected devices at the edge in another nod to the need of enterprises for fast connectivity between their data centers, cloud environments, and the edge of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network. Verizon will use AWS’s new Wavelength service, which is designed to enable developers to deploy AWS-based applications that need very low latency to mobile devices using 5G. Verizon will create small data centers that run AWS services near where it has 5G, enabling data at the edge to be processed more quickly. AWS expects to enter into similar partnerships with other carriers in the future.
The Impact: AWS is making these moves to address the rapid changes in the IT environment. One trend is the growing enterprise adoption of hybrid clouds; Flexera’s RightScale cloud report earlier this year found that 69% of survey respondents are adopting hybrid cloud strategies. Outposts is one way AWS is addressing this. Other cloud providers also are pushing into on-premises data centers, including Microsoft through Azure Stack and Google Cloud via Anthos. Another trend is the rise of the edge and the need to push more compute, storage, networking, and analytics closer to where much of the data is being generated, which calls for low-latency connectivity.
The Buzz: “When we started thinking about offering a truly consistent hybrid experience, what we heard is that customers really wanted it to be the same – the same APIs, the same control plane, the same tools, the same hardware, and the same functionality. It turns out this is hard to do, and that’s the reason why existing options for on-premises solutions haven’t gotten much traction today,” said Matt Garman, vice president of compute services at AWS. “With AWS Outposts, customers can enjoy a truly consistent cloud environment using the native AWS services or VMware Cloud on AWS to operate a single enterprise IT environment across their on-premises locations and the cloud.”
“In many industries, customers live in a hybrid world and they need insights and answers across their on-premises and cloud environments to simplify complexity and to accelerate their digital transformation,” said Steve Pace, senior vice president of global sales at Dynatrace. “With the launch of AWS Outposts, organizations have a seamless hybrid experience in how they build, operate, and manage their application workloads across cloud and on-premises environments. Like AWS Outposts, the Dynatrace software intelligence platform, powered by an explainable AI [artificial intelligence] engine, was purpose-built to support hybrid environments in a single platform and provide the same observability, automation, and intelligence regardless of the customer’s deployment model. Dynatrace’s software intelligence platform has been vetted and tested in close collaboration with AWS, to provide a seamless and frictionless experience for our joint hybrid cloud customers.”
“As we continue to modernize our data collection and software, we want to create containerized hybrid infrastructure and easily deploy using AWS services,” Morningstar CTO James Rhodes said. “With AWS Outposts, we can build once and run application on-premises and easily migrate our applications to an AWS Region where possible. Ultimately, this allows us to accelerate the adoption of cloud technologies within our development teams, keep up with accelerating business and customer needs, and support our long-term journey to the cloud.”
“Customers are excited about AWS Outposts because it gives them on-premises access to AWS compute, storage, and database with the same APIs, control plane, tools, and hardware as they get in AWS Regions. But, for some of our customers, they either don’t have an on-premises data center or want to get rid of their local data center, but still have a need for some of their workloads to run locally given latency requirements,” said Peter DeSantis, vice president of AWS Global Infrastructure. “AWS Local Zones solve this problem for customers. They allow customers to avoid having local data centers, let them run the workloads in the Local Zone that needs to have single-digit latency to end-users locally, and make it easy for these workloads to seamlessly connect with the rest of their applications running in AWS Regions.”
“We are first in the world to launch Mobile Edge Compute – deeply integrating Verizon’s 5G Edge platform with Wavelength to allow developers to build new categories of applications and network cloud experiences built in ways we can’t even imagine yet,” said Hans Vestberg, CEO and chairman of Verizon. “Bringing together the full capabilities of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband and AWS, the world’s leading cloud with the broadest and deepest services portfolio, we unlock the full potential of our 5G services for customers to create applications and solutions with the fastest speeds, improved security, and ultra-low latency.”
Growth of AI making it easier for bad actors to create realistic fake videos, images
Threat actors and nation-states worldwide, leveraging advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, will continue using deepfake video in 2020 for disinformation campaigns and to bypass facial recognition systems, according cybersecurity firm McAfee.
The Lowdown: Deepfakes – videos and images created through AI-based technologies that are difficult for people to determine whether they’re real – are among the top threat predictions for next year laid out this week by McAfee officials, joining other dangers like ransomware, weak APIs, and the growing use of containers.
The Details: Ransomware, malware, and remote desktop protocol (RDP) attacks were in the news a lot this year, the officials wrote a blog post. However, the fast-evolving AI and machine learning techniques, leveraged by cybersecurity companies like McAfee to improve their products and services, also are being used by increasing sophisticated cyber-criminals.
According to McAfee, the top security threats next year will include:
>Deepfake technologies for everyone: Nation-states can use deepfake videos or images to sow discontent in countries and manipulate elections or a cybercriminal can create one showing a CEO saying something that could impact a company’s stock price. Increasingly easy-to-use techniques now make it easier for less-skilled actors to create deepfake content, which will lead to an increase in the amount of misinformation.
>Deepfakes and facial recognition: AI has been a boon for facial recognition technologies, enabling systems to quickly scan and identify large numbers of faces in almost real-time. However, AI also is fueling techniques for creating deepfakes. McAfee predicts that bad actors will being generating and using deepfakes to bypass facial recognitions systems, forcing organizations to understand the risks that biometric systems like facial recognition present and harden their systems.
>Ransomware grows into two stages: In typical ransomware campaigns, cyber-criminals essentially capture and encrypt a company’s data and then demand payment before giving the decryption key. Next year, ransomware campaigns will grow into two-stage attacks. Before the initial ransomware attack, the bad actors will exfiltrate a corporation’s sensitive data and then launch the first stage of the campaign, demanding payment from victims to get their files back. In the second stage, the attackers will target the same victims, either by selling the stolen data online or to again extort the company with the threat of disclosing the data.
>APIs as the weak link: APIs will continue to grow in importance in a world of clouds, microservices, and the Internet of Things (IoT). However, API security is not as strong as other application security components and cyber-criminals are increasingly targeting them as an easy avenue to sensitive data. Organizations need to better understand their cloud service APIs, implement policy-based authorization, and embrace user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) tools.
>DevSecOps and containers: As the use of containers by developers continues to grow, so does the challenge of pre-emptive and continuous detection of vulnerabilities in the applications and infrastructure-as-code (IAC) configuration errors. The need to run risk assessment when the code is built and before deployment will fuel the rise of DevSecOps models.
The Buzz: “The ability to create manipulated content is not new,” Steve Grobman, senior vice president and CTO at McAfee, wrote in blog post. “Manipulated images were used as far back as World War II in campaigns designed to make people believe things that weren’t true. What’s changed with the advances in artificial intelligence is you can now build a very convincing deepfake without being an expert in technology. There are websites set up where you can upload a video and receive in return, a deepfake video. There are very compelling capabilities in the public domain that can deliver both deepfake audio and video abilities to hundreds of thousands of potential threats actors with the skills to create persuasive phony content.”
“For 2020, we predict the targeted penetration of corporate networks will continue to grow and ultimately give way to two-stage extortion attacks,” wrote John Fokker, head of cyber investigations for McAfee Advanced Threat Research. “In the first stage cybercriminals will deliver a crippling ransomware attack, extorting victims to get their files back. In the second stage criminals will target the recovering ransomware victims again with an extortion attack, but this time they will threaten to disclose the sensitive data stolen before the ransomware attack.”
“Threat actors are following the growing number of organizations using API-enabled apps because APIs continue to be an easy – and vulnerable – means to access a treasure trove of sensitive data,” Vice President and McAfee Fellow Sekhar Sarukkai wrote. “Despite the fallout of large-scale breaches and ongoing threats, APIs often still reside outside of the application security infrastructure and are ignored by security processes and teams. Vulnerabilities will continue to include broken authorization and authentication functions, excessive data exposure, and a failure to focus on rate limiting and resource limiting attacks. Insecure consumption-based APIs without strict rate limits are among the most vulnerable.”
Sales executive Bill Scannell will take over the consolidated group in wake of Marius Haas’ departure
Dell Technologies is making executive changes that will include increasing Bill Scannell’s responsibilities to include overseeing the giant tech vendor’s commercial and partner sales as head of the company’s new converged sales organization that will include channel sales.
The Lowdown: Scannell’s new duties are part of a larger organizational change announced this week that includes naming Jeff Clarke, a 32-year veteran at Dell, as chief operating officer and vice chairman, and the retirement of Chief Commercial Officer Marius Haas.
The Details: Haas’ retirement at the end of this year opened up the opportunity for the company to rethink its sales operations, according to Chairman and CEO Michael Dell. Haas has been with Dell for seven years after spending 10 years with (pre-split) Hewlett-Packard in a range of areas, including strategy, networking, and e-business. Scannell, currently president of enterprise sales and customer operations, worked his way up through the ranks at EMC since joining the company in 1986, taking over enterprise sales for Dell after the company bought EMC for $67 billion in 2016. He also has been in charge of Dell’s Enterprise Partner Preferred program.
Partners generated $49 billion in orders for Dell last year and company officials earlier this year said the goal is to increase that to $70 billion.
The Impact: The other move involves Clarke, who has been overseeing Dell’s Client Solutions Group, Infrastructure Solutions Group, and global supply chain. He also works with VMware executives to push integration of VMware technologies across all of Dell’s companies. In his new role, Clarke also will be responsible for day-to-day business operations in conjunction with Michael Dell and Dell Technologies’ executive team.
The Buzz: “Jeff has been a trusted advisor to me for more than 30 years,” Michael Dell said. “Jeff is well regarded by the industry, our board, key stakeholders and team members. The way he intersects our technology vision with operational excellence makes him the ideal COO and partner. Marius’ contributions to Dell Technologies will far outlast the seven years he has been with the company. I thank him for his leadership and wish him all the best as he begins this next chapter. Given this change, we have the perfect opportunity to consolidate our sales organizations under the leadership of Bill Scannell. Bill is an outstanding leader, known for his customer-first mindset, who will ensure the best experience for our customers and team as we make this transition.”
Study finds more organizations migrating applications from clouds back to on premises
Hybrid clouds are the future, with more enterprises moving some workloads back on premises from the public cloud and planning to shift more of their investments to hybrid cloud infrastructures, according to a recent report from Nutanix.
The Lowdown: The cloud and hyperconverged infrastructure software maker’s second Enterprise Cloud Index survey found that 85% of 2,650 IT decision makers around the world said their ideal operating model is hybrid cloud. The report echoes other tech companies and industry analysts have found, including market research firm Forrester, which has said that 74% of enterprises say the have a hybrid cloud strategy in place.
The Details: Enterprises initially saw the public cloud as a significant opportunity to save on upfront capital expenses, but that view has evolved over time as their experience with the cloud – and their cloud options – grew. Many found that some workloads – such as applications with unpredictable usage – were best suited for the cloud, but others with more predictable usage could run in on-premises environments at costs lower than in the public cloud, according to the report. In addition, organizations get the most value from the cloud when they are able to match each application with the best cloud environment.
The key findings in the report include:
>Bringing applications back on premises: 73% of survey respondents said they are moving some applications from public clouds, with 22% saying they are moving five or more applications. In addition, 95% said it is essential or desirable to be able to easily move applications between clouds.
>Security is the top factor: 60% of respondents said their future cloud deployments would most significantly be impacted by the state of security among clouds. Data security and compliance, at 26%, was the top factor for enterprises when deciding where to run a workload.
>Hybrid clouds are most secure: 28% said the hybrid cloud model was the most secure of their IT operating model options, compared with 21% who said an on-premises private cloud model was best. Only 13% said private data centers were most secure. Nutanix said on reason for these numbers may be that with the cloud, enterprises can pick the right cloud environment for their security needs.
>Not everyone is in the cloud: 23.5% of enterprises aren’t using any cloud technologies right now. However, the percentage of those with no cloud deployments will drop to 6.5% within a year and to 3% in two years, based on plans laid out by survey respondents.
>Mixing cloud and digital transformation: 72% of respondents said their push for digital transformation was informing their cloud efforts and 64% said digital transformation was their top business priority.
The Impact: Hybrid clouds continue to be a focus of many in the tech industry. The top public cloud services providers are all looking to leverage the trend toward hybrid clouds, with Amazon Web Services running out their Outposts systems designed to run in customer data centers and Microsoft’s Azure Stack offerings that not only can run on servers in on-premises environments but also – with Azure Arc – can run on rival cloud infrastructures. Google Cloud is approaching this with Anthos, which enables Google cloud services to run on-premises.
The Buzz: “As organizations continue to grapple with complex digital transformation initiatives, flexibility and security are critical components to enable seamless and reliable cloud adoption,” Nutanix CIO Wendy M. Pfeiffer said. “The enterprise has progressed in its understanding and adoption of hybrid cloud, but there is still work to do when it comes to reaping all of its benefits. In the next few years, we’ll see businesses rethinking how to best utilize hybrid cloud, including hiring for hybrid computing skills and reskilling IT teams to keep up with emerging technologies.”
“Cloud computing has become an integral part of business strategy, but it has introduced several challenges along with it,” said Ashish Nadkarni, group vice president of infrastructure systems, platforms, and technologies at IDC. “These include security and application performance concerns and high cost. As the 2019 Enterprise Cloud Index report demonstrates, hybrid cloud will continue to be the best option for enterprises, enabling them to securely meet modernization and agility requirements for workloads.”
The Virtualizor Team has released Virtualizor 18.104.22.168 (Stable)
In this version we have introduced some bug fixes and improvements. Here is the complete change list:
[Bugfix] If the VM was created with multiple disks and using QCOW2
storage, at that time Virtualizor was giving error while editing the VM.
This was happening on the servers where qemu version was greater than
2.0. This is fixed.
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Study: Office workers envision a more mobile, digital workplace than IT pros
There is a growing disconnect between an increasingly mobile workforce that envision a more digital future for their companies around collaboration and IT decision makers that continue to see a workplace that is reliant on traditional technologies like printers, according to a new study released this week by research firm Quocirca.
The Lowdown: The problem is that the IT decision makers are making investments based on their view of the future, which could be slowing the print-digital convergence efforts of many companies and hindering the increased productivity that such a transformation promises, the analysts said.
The Details: The key findings in the report include:
>Importance of paper: 65% of IT decision makers say paper will continue to be an important part o the workplace in 2025, but only 36% of office workers feel the same way.
>Investments: 62% of office workers say digital collaboration tools should be an investment priority, compared with 45% of IT decision makers.
>Print vendors: 58% of all people surveyed said print vendors need to be closer partners with both IT decision makers and lines-of-business.
>Digitization and paper: 49% said digitization of paper-based processes will be very important to digital transformation initiatives by 2025. 25% said it is today.
>The environment: The top challenge associated with the print segment at enterprises is reducing its environment impact.
Like other parts of the IT industry, the printer segment needs to adopt a more service-oriented focus and become more significant players in the larger tech discussions at enterprises, enabling them to influence IT decision makers, according to the study.
The Impact: The industry is seeing declining demand for printer and copier hardware and supplies like paper and ink as more businesses opt for digital technologies and reduce the number of pages they print. It’s also a crowded space, with such established vendors as HP, Canon, Xerox, Ricoh, Sharp, and Konica Minolta. The challenges in the industry have been highlighted by Xerox’s recent $33 billion takeover bid of HP, a move the latter company has rejected.
The Buzz: “The print industry is at a critical point where it must build momentum around ‘as-a-service’ IT-centric offerings,” said Louella Fernandes, director at Quocirca. “However, identifying what customers need will prove difficult given the significant disconnection in priorities between those who use print technologies and those who specify and purchase them. This creates a satisfaction gap where office workers don’t get the productivity tools they want, and IT decision makers see their investments failing to have the positive impact they anticipate. Print vendors need to become strategic partners working with IT decision makers to identify what business units really need, offering services that satisfy those requirements, while also responding to the security and control requirements of IT decision-makers. Failure to do this will see print vendors continue losing influence with both IT decision-makers and lines-of-business at the crucial point where digital transformation focus is turning towards digitizing paper-based processes.”
Company could ask for $1 billion for the cybersecurity business
Dell Technologies may be looking to sell its RSA Security unit for as much as $1 billion, according to Bloomberg News.
The Lowdown: Citing unnamed people familiar with the situation, Bloomberg reported this week that discussions are in the early stages and there’s no guarantee that Dell will sell the business unit. A Dell representative would not comment about the matter.
The Details: Dell inherited RSA when it bought storage giant EMC for more than $60 billion in 2016. EMC had bought RSA in 2006 for about $2.1 billion. RSA was one of a number of business that Dell acquired via the EMC deal, including VMware, Pivotal, and Virtustream. At various points since the EMC takeover, there have been rumors of Dell looking to sell off various businesses, including RSA.
RSA offers a broad range of cybersecurity products designed to help enterprises detect and respond to advanced cyber-attacks. Also in the portfolio are tools for managing identities and reducing threats like IP theft and fraud.
Bloomberg noted that from the outside RSA – which also conducts a large annual security conference – is seeing strong competition from the likes of Okta and Ping Identity. At the same time, Dell and its companies continue to grow their own security capabilities, such as VMware’s acquisition of Carbon Black this year for $2.1 billion. Dell also owns security firm SecureWorks.
On its website, RSA notes that it protects about 30,000 businesses and about 2 billion customers. It also manages more than 50 million identities.
The Buzz: “Carbon Black’s focus on hybrid cloud security is well-aligned with both VMware’s and Dell’s broader end-to-end enterprise solution strategies,” Charles King, principal analyst with Pund-IT, told Information Security Media Group’s BankInforSecurity site. “Though public key encryption and management is still a significant factor in enterprise computing, its position is likely to diminish over time. In other words, putting RSA on the market would make sense both practically and strategically for Dell. The value that $1 billion in cash could provide for funding other acquisitions or paying down debt is also a nice sweetener.”
CHANNELNOMICS: VMware Grabs Carbon Black and Pivotal for $4.8 Billion
Company building out Prisma portfolio through acquisitions
Palo Alto Networks is bulking up its cloud security capabilities with the planned acquisition of Aporeto, a four-year-old company whose product portfolio includes a distributed firewall, cloud-based privileged access management (PAM) and an identity-aware proxy.
The Lowdown: Palo Alto this week is spending $150 million for Aporeto to bolster its Prisma Cloud suite of cloud security tools. The deal is expected to close early next year.
The Details: Palo Alto, which made its bones as a network security vendor, unveiled the Prisma portfolio in May as a simpler way to enable access, data protection, and application security in cloud environments. The Prisma suite includes Prisma Access, a secure access service edge (SASE) securing connecting mobile users, branch offices, and other aspects of a distributed environment, and Prisma Cloud, a cloud-native security platform.
There also is Prisma SaaS to protect Software-as-a-Service applications and VM-Series next-generation firewalls. Aporeto will add such capabilities as network microsegmentation, PAM for cloud resources and infrastructure, and Kubernetes for container orchestration.
Background: Aporeto is the latest acquisition of a cloud-security vendor by Palo Alto. The company last year bought Evident.io for cloud infrastructure protection and RedLock for $173 million for cloud threat defense. This year Palo Alto scooped up Twistlock for container security and PureSec for serverless protection.
The Buzz: “We are thrilled to welcome Aporeto to the Palo Alto Networks family,” Palo Alto Chairman and CEO Nikesh Arora. “We believe the addition of Aporeto’s unique machine identity technology will further enhance our leading Prisma Cloud capabilities and strengthen our commitment to helping customers secure their journey to the cloud.”
“We have dedicated ourselves to helping organizations securely embrace the cloud,” Aporeto co-founder and CTO Dimitri Stiliadis said. “Teaming up with Palo Alto Networks allows us to bring our machine identity-based microsegmentation technology to a large customer base. We are thrilled to join forces to help customers secure their journey to the cloud.”