VMware Buys Veriflow for Network Monitoring, Verification

Sdxcentral | August 16, 2019

Another week, another VMware acquisition. Today the virtualization giant said it plans to buy Veriflow, a network verification startup. VMware didn’t disclose terms of the purchase.The deal follows three other VMware acquisitions announced since May, and this week the company said it’s also in talks to buy sister company Pivotal.VMware says it will use Veriflow’s technology to boost its networking monitoring, troubleshooting, and verification tools.Founded in 2013, Veriflow has raised $11.1 million to date. It started shipping its software in 2016. A year later it extended the capabilities of its continuous network verification platform to hybrid clouds. In March, it introducedpublic cloud insights and visibility. When the acquisition closes, VMware plans to integrate Veriflow into its vRealize Network Insight product, said Ajay Singh, SVP and GM of VMware’s Cloud Management business unit, in a blog post about the acquisition.

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When an accident caused a fire-suppression system to drench the PBS data center, 3 of the 5 servers failed. After the near-disaster, PBS set out to build a comprehensive businesscontinuity and disaster recovery solution. The solution included: Automated data replication to a secondary site.

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Arculix | November 21, 2022

SecureAuth, a leader in access management and authentication, today announced its Arculix Universal Authentication Fabric to further strengthen the technology to enable organizations for passwordless continuous authentication. Arculix Universal Authentication Fabric is a technology framework that delivers authentication driven by AI/ML behavioral modeling, continuous risk scoring and eliminates logging in making passwords obsolete. For users, it’s a one-and-done event for accessing their relevant apps, VDI or SSO. For companies, it’s a robust authentication with continuous authentication in the background without any friction to the user. “Historically, a single source to define and administer policy and processes for all users has been absent, Fraud, credential stuffing and attacks will continue to evolve as bad actors thwart existing security approaches. SecureAuth’s Universal Authentication Fabric delivers the first risk-based analytics approach as a consolidated backbone for continuous, multi-factor, and passwordless authentication with the highest level of security as well as a frictionless experience for users.” Paul Trulove, CEO of SecureAuth Between authenticating to the workstation, an SSO portal or federated web apps, VDIs, VPN, and PAM solutions, the typical user authenticates 16 times a day using three different sets of username and password. This is simultaneously insecure and a poor user experience. With Arculix Universal Authentication Fabric, users can login once and securely access the applications needed to do their job. Arculix Universal Authentication Fabric allows users to attain a level of assurance needed to authenticate with its patented behavioral AI/ML risk analytics engine. To ensure there is no account takeover (ATO), it generates a score at the beginning of a user logging in that is used to grant access to web apps, servers and services without requiring another factor check. This removes the need for siloed systems to authenticate users. “SecureAuth’s Arculix Universal Authentication Fabric is the underlying element for the new 360-degree cybersecurity perimeter that every enterprise needs: Continuous, Holistic and Adaptive,” said Alfredo Estirado, CEO of Grupo TRC. “As a key partner of SecureAuth, we are excited to offer this to our customers across various geographies.” Key capabilities include expansion of passwordless features into endpoints, including access to persistent and non-persistent VDIs, in the same passwordless way a user authenticates to a standard machine. This enables a passwordless authentication journey whether in or out of the office. This Universal Authentication Fabric also supports our device trust support for seamless passwordless authentication for transient virtual desktops and physical desktops. About SecureAuth Corporation SecureAuth is a next-gen access management and authentication company that enables secure and passwordless continuous authentication experience for employees, partners and customers. With the only solution that can be deployed in cloud, hybrid and on-premises environments, SecureAuth manages and protects access to applications, systems and data at scale, anywhere in the world.

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Gcore Launches Budget Cloud Computing Solution for Webmasters, Developers and Hobbyists

Gcore | January 19, 2023

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Remote Work is Here to Stay and Canadian Companies That Offer It Have Competitive Edge

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