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OpsMx | September 21, 2022
OpsMx, the leader in intelligent continuous delivery, today announced at ArgoCon 2022 a suite of software and services to enable more scalable and secure enterprise GitOps. The new OpsMx Enterprise for Argo and OpsMx Intelligent Software Delivery (ISD) for Argo products extend the capabilities provided by Argo, a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) open source project for continuous software delivery in Kubernetes environments. OpsMx also brings to the Argo community best practices for "CD at Scale" gained from existing OpsMx customers such as Cisco, Google, and other Fortune 100 global enterprises. OpsMx now offers the first and only open platform to automate application deployments to any target platform – containers, virtual machines, and functions – on-premises and in public cloud.
"Developers already love the flexibility and ease of use of Argo, With this announcement, operations teams and SREs get the tools they need to keep production deployments under control without slowing down their developers or the business." Demand for Argo continues to grow as organizations migrate applications to Kubernetes and containers. The CNCF User Survey published February 10, 2022 found that production use of Argo increased by 115% over the prior year.
Gopal Dommety, CEO and co-founder of OpsMx
Enterprise Argo users with an immediate need for greater production security can use OpsMx Enterprise for Argo (OEA) for free. OEA is an open source distribution of Argo CD, Argo Workflow, Argo Rollouts, and Argo Events that has been subjected to additional security testing and hardening. OpsMx makes security patches continually available as new vulnerabilities are discovered. An enhanced Argo installer simplifies security integrations, such as SSO and secrets management, as well as future Argo upgrades. OpsMx also offers fee-based 24 x 7 enterprise support.
OpsMx Intelligent Software Delivery (ISD) for Argo provides unified management across the multiple Argo clusters in an enterprise deployment. Applications can be tracked end-to-end across their lifecycle with a few clicks, from dev to test to staging to production. Gates, both manual and automated, can be added to the delivery process to enforce security policies, change controls, and application readiness. AI/ML on data collected from 70+ integrations with leading DevOps tools drives intelligence in the process. All this can be centrally reported and audited.
OpsMx Argo Deployment Services enable users to quickly get to a production-ready Argo deployment. This can include refactoring pipelines from legacy CD environments into Argo workflows. OpsMx SaaS offerings eliminate the need to manage infrastructure and upgrades.
OpsMx is also expanding support for the Argo open source community to encourage more users to see what Argo can offer. A new Argo Sandbox provides a free SaaS-delivered open source Argo environment for hands-on exploration. Upcoming education events include free webinars featuring Argo users from Adobe and Splunk, along with OpsMx experts, talking about the challenges of continuous delivery. OpsMx is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of ArgoCon 2022.
Together, these Argo additions bring Kubernetes-native capabilities to the OpsMx open CD architecture, creating the first and only open platform for best-in-class deployments to both Kubernetes environments and virtual machine / multi-cloud environments.
OpsMx simplifies and intelligently automates software delivery, enabling hundreds of thousands of developers at Google, Cisco, Western Union, and other leading global enterprises to ship better software faster. Incorporating open source Argo and Spinnaker, OpsMx is the first open, unified platform for deploying applications in container, virtual machine, and multi-cloud environments. The company's 150 employees serve customers from offices in Silicon Valley, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru, with funding from Dell Technologies Capital and Foundation Capital.
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VMware | August 09, 2022
At Black Hat USA 2022, VMware, Inc. released its eighth annual Global Incident Response Threat Report, which takes a deep dive into the challenges faced by security teams amid pandemic disruptions, burnout, and geopolitically motivated cyberattacks. Sixty-five percent of defenders state that cyberattacks have increased since Russia invaded Ukraine, according to report findings. The report also shines a light on emerging threats such as deepfakes, attacks on APIs, and cybercriminals targeting incident responders themselves.
“Cybercriminals are now incorporating deepfakes into their attack methods to evade security controls,” said Rick McElroy, principal cybersecurity strategist at VMware. “Two out of three respondents in our report saw malicious deepfakes used as part of an attack, a 13% increase from last year, with email as the top delivery method. Cybercriminals have evolved beyond using synthetic video and audio simply for influence operations or disinformation campaigns. Their new goal is to use deepfake technology to compromise organizations and gain access to their environment.”
Additional key findings from the report include:
Cyber pro burnout remains a critical issue. Forty-seven percent of incident responders said they experienced burnout or extreme stress in the past 12 months, down slightly from 51% last year. Of this group, 69% (versus 65% in 2021) of respondents have considered leaving their job as a result. Organizations are working to combat this, however, with more than two-thirds of respondents stating their workplaces have implemented wellness programs to address burnout.
Ransomware actors incorporate cyber extortion strategies. The predominance of ransomware attacks, often buttressed by e-crime groups’ collaborations on the dark web, has yet to let up. Fifty-seven percent of respondents have encountered such attacks in the past 12 months, and two-thirds (66%) have encountered affiliate programs and/or partnerships between ransomware groups as prominent cyber cartels continue to extort organizations through double extortion techniques, data auctions, and blackmail.
APIs are the new endpoint, representing the next frontier for attackers. As workloads and applications proliferate, 23% of attacks now compromise API security. The top types of API attacks include data exposure (encountered by 42% of respondents in the past year), SQL and API injection attacks (37% and 34%, respectively), and distributed Denial-of-Service attacks (33%).
Lateral movement is the new battleground. Lateral movement was seen in 25% of all attacks, with cybercriminals leveraging everything from script hosts (49%) and file storage (46%) to PowerShell (45%), business communications platforms (41%), and .NET (39%) to rummage around inside networks. An analysis of the telemetry within VMware Contexa, a full-fidelity threat intelligence cloud that’s built into VMware security products, discovered that in April and May of 2022 alone, nearly half of intrusions contained a lateral movement event.
“In order to defend against the broadening attack surface, security teams need an adequate level of visibility across workloads, devices, users and networks to detect, protect, and respond to cyber threats, When security teams are making decisions based on incomplete and inaccurate data, it inhibits their ability to implement a granular security strategy, while their efforts to detect and stop lateral movement of attacks are stymied due to the limited context of their systems.”
Chad Skipper, global security technologist at VMware
Despite the turbulent threat landscape and rising threats detailed in the report, incident responders are fighting back with 87% saying that they are able to disrupt a cybercriminal’s activities sometimes (50%) or very often (37%). They’re also using new techniques to do so. Three-quarters of respondents (75%) say they are now deploying virtual patching as an emergency mechanism. In every case, the more visibility defenders have across today’s widening attack surface, the better equipped they’ll be to weather the storm.
VMware conducted an online survey about trends in the incident response landscape in June 2022, and 125 cybersecurity and incident response professionals from around the world participated. Percentages in certain questions exceed 100 percent because respondents were asked to check all that apply. Due to rounding, percentages in all questions may not add up to 100 percent.
In addition to VMware’s presence at Black Hat USA 2022, there will be more than 100 security talks at VMware Explore, the global multi-cloud industry event taking place August 29 – September 1, 2022 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Register today to begin building your agenda.
VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company’s 2030 Agenda.
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OrionVM | September 07, 2022
OrionVM, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider and cloud computing pioneer, announced today the addition of technology partner Blaize®, the artificial intelligence (AI) computing innovator revolutionizing edge and automotive computing solutions, to create a new AI as a service (AIaaS) offering. This first-of-its-kind partnership will empower organizations across multiple industries to launch their AI solutions more quickly and efficiently, including machine learning across vast data sets. Under the agreement, both companies' global sales teams will sell Blaize's AI applications, enabled and powered by OrionVM's optimized cloud platform.
The Blaize AIaaS solutions can be utilized in three possible scenarios:
Blaize's unique Graph Streaming Processor (GSP®) chips for edge AI and sensor fusion applications cards can now be virtualized on the OrionVM cloud platform.
Dedicated AI environments for clients can be easily created with virtualized GSPs. For example, they can be integrated into video surveillance technology on the edge providing sophisticated and constantly-updated analysis of events.
The latest version of Blaize AI Studio is now available on the OrionVM cloud platform, allowing for the development of AI applications that can quickly be set up to perform workloads without needing to purchase and configure complex hardware environments.
"Before the availability of next-gen cloud solutions like ours, AI was cost-prohibitive owing to steep infrastructure spend and a shortage of qualified programmers. Now, companies do not need to build their clouds, or rely on inflexible and expensive public clouds to build, test, and utilize their artificial intelligence systems. They can now take advantage of data insights through AIaaS without expensive up-front investments. This allows them to harness the power of machine learning at significantly lower costs," said Daniel Pfeiffer, COO and VP Partnerships for OrionVM. "We are excited to see offerings like Blaize's AIaaS provide cloud advantages such as enterprise security and the ability to instantly deploy and scale."
Blaize's AI applications are now available on OrionVM's resilient, secure, high-performing infrastructure, enabling customers to run Blaize AI solutions on the industry's most efficient, flexible cloud platform. Customers will be able to deploy combined offerings to solve industry challenges in several verticals, including:
Security and Video Surveillance
Smart City and Transportation Services
Life Sciences and Healthcare
"We built our AI solutions with a deep understanding of where AI technology began and where it can go. Our innovative approach has helped companies across various industries because we address their need for products purpose-built for the requirements of edge AI, Our solutions allow customers flexibility by programming AI solutions to fit their specific requirements. Our advanced code-free AI software also uniquely implements "edge-aware" transfer learning and optimizations for higher accuracy post-model compression. The possibilities are almost limitless."
Dinakar Munagala, Blaize Co-founder and CEO
The AI industry has seen significant growth in the last few years, particularly during the pandemic, and this upward trend is expected to continue. According to International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide spending on AI will increase from $50.1 billion in 2020 to more than $110 billion by 2024. Digital healthcare, manufacturing and retail businesses are likely to expand their use of edge computing by 2028, according to the Linux Foundation's State of the Edge report. These sectors have already demonstrated interest in AI technology's ability to improve response times and save bandwidth, while enabling less constrained data analysis.
As businesses of various industries increasingly need to process large sets of data and harness the power of AI, they will seek out efficient and cost effective ways to bring AI technology into the fold. For more information on the OrionVM and Blaize AI offerings, please visit https://www.orionvm.com/BlaizeAI. For more information on Blaize, please visit https://www.blaize.com.
OrionVM has developed a proprietary suite of cloud infrastructure "building blocks" that form a new blueprint for the delivery and monetization of cloud-based technology solutions. The core architecture for these building blocks, categorized as Infrastructure as a Service ("IaaS"), has already been used in many industries, with proven traction from leading managed services providers (MSPs), tier 1 telcos and Fortune 500 companies. The OrionVM Cloud Platform supports private, public, hybrid & bare-metal cloud deployments and is built either for internal consumption or resale. OrionVM's purpose-built stack uses InfiniBand and is benchmarked to outperform the incumbent clouds, at a lower price point due to the extreme efficiency and reduced cost of goods sold. Self-service web portals allow clients to quickly launch their own enterprise-grade cloud services with zero capital expenditure.
Blaize is a leading provider of a proprietary purpose-built, full-stack hardware architecture and low-code/no-code software platform that enables edge AI processing solutions at the network's edge for computing in multiple large and rapidly-growing markets — automotive, mobility, retail, security, industrial automation, medical devices, and many others. Blaize's novel solution solves the technical problem that edge AI processing requires across those verticals — very low latency and high thermal and power efficiency — which previously relied on retrofitting sub-optimized AI solutions designed more for data centers and the cloud. Blaize has previously raised over $180MM from strategic investors such as DENSO, Daimler, Magna, and Samsung, and financial investors such as Franklin Templeton, Temasek, GGV, and others.