VMware completes $2.7bn Pivotal Software acquisition

Capacity Media | January 08, 2020

Enterprise software player VMware has completed the acquisition of US-based Pivotal Software for $2.7 billion. Pivotal’s offerings will be core to the VMware Tanzu portfolio of products and services designed to help customers transform the way they build, run and manage their most important applications, with Kubernetes as the common infrastructure substrate.“It's my pleasure to announce Ray O'Farrell as the leader of VMware’s new modern applications platform business unit—uniting the Pivotal and VMware Cloud Native Applications teams,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware (pictured).“And as Pivotal is now part of VMware, I want to thank the Pivotal leadership team for building a great company. Together, we’re poised to be the leading enabler of Kubernetes with a deep understanding of both operators and developers.”VMware said that combining the cloud-native platform provider’s developer-centric offerings to its Kubernetes run-time infrastructure and management tools will deliver a comprehensive enterprise solution that enables dramatic improvements in developer productivity in the creation of modern applications.

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Netrix Announces Appointment of Russell P. Reeder as CEO

Netrix | January 13, 2022

Netrix, LLC, a leading provider of managed and professional IT and cybersecurity solutions, announced the appointment of Russell P. Reeder as Chief Executive Officer of Netrix. Reeder, who previously served as Executive Chairman of Netrix’s Board of Directors, joins from Infrascale, a cloud-based data protection, backup and disaster recovery solution provider, where he has been CEO since 2019. Reeder succeeds Rob Dang, who joined Netrix in 2012 and was named CEO following its acquisition by affiliates of OceanSound Partners, LP in July 2020. Dang will continue to serve on the Board of Directors and has been appointed Vice Chairman where he will actively focus on strategic acquisitions, product strategy, and supporting key customer and partner relationships. It has been an honor to lead the talented team at Netrix. As the Company continues to mature, I felt that the time for a transition was right. Russ’s skills are well-suited for the opportunities ahead, particularly his experience delivering growth and a scalable operational framework, which will be crucial as we expand our global delivery footprint, enhance our service offerings, and provide differentiated IT solutions to our customers. I am looking forward to continuing my active involvement in strategic growth initiatives, partnering with Russ, OceanSound, and our management team, and supporting our talented team of associates and our customers and partners.” Rob Dang, Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of Netrix “Since the firm’s founding, I have been exploring opportunities to work with the OceanSound team as we are strongly aligned around core principles, specifically a shared focus on value creation achieved via revenue growth and operational excellence. I was thrilled to join the Board of Directors at Netrix following OceanSound’s investment and have been impressed by the culture of growth and unwavering focus on customers I have experienced,” commented Reeder. “Our portfolio of solutions positions Netrix in a vast and high-growth market, and I look forward to partnering with Rob, OceanSound, the senior leadership, and our team of nearly 800 personnel worldwide. The combination of our technology capabilities and partnership approach to customer relationships will continue to enhance our market position and advance us toward our goal of becoming the leading provider of mission-critical IT solutions for the mid-market.” “I’ve known and worked with Russ for nearly a decade since GoDaddy acquired Media Temple – his track record overseeing transformational growth and operational excellence in the enterprise IT sector positions him for success as the new CEO of Netrix. We are thrilled to have a proven leader of his caliber take the helm as we continue executing on our growth and value creation strategy,” said Ted Coons, Co-Founder and Partner at OceanSound. “Over the last decade, Rob has shepherded the transformation of Netrix from a regional value-added reseller into a leading provider of mission-critical IT solutions with a global footprint. His customer-centric approach and the growth-oriented culture he has fostered are core to what drew us to Netrix. We look forward to the continued partnership as he transitions into his new role as Vice Chairman,” added David Stein, Principal at OceanSound. Prior to Infrascale, Reeder served as President and CEO of the U.S. business of OVHcloud, a French cloud computing company, where he oversaw the acquisition and integration of vCloud Air from VMware in 2017. Previously, Reeder served on the Executive Leadership Team at GoDaddy, following the acquisition of Media Temple, where he served as President and COO, by GoDaddy in 2013. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Science Center of Northern Virginia and the Advisory Board at Virtru. Reeder graduated with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University where he currently serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Council for the Madison Center for Civic Engagement. He is active in the Young Presidents’ Organization and participated in the Harvard Business School President’s Program in Leadership. About Netrix, LLC Netrix is a leading provider of cloud, security, collaboration, ITSM and application development solutions. Through both proprietary and managed solutions leveraging leading third-party tools, Netrix addresses the most mission-critical IT needs of midsize and enterprise businesses.

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A2i Selects BlastWave's BlastShield Passwordless Software-Defined Perimeter Solution

BlastWave | December 17, 2021

BlastWave, a developer of software-defined perimeter (SDP) solutions that protect networks from inadvertent and intentional threats, announced that A2i systems selected its BlastShield solution to protect A2i's internal network and remote customer access. BlastShield is the first all-in-one SDP patented solution that combines infrastructure cloaking and passwordless multi-factor authentication (MFA) for identity-based secure remote network access for organizations that've adopted a zero-trust security model. BlastShield enables organizations to hide on-premise and cloud workloads from outsiders and insider threats, concealing an organization's infrastructure from cyberattacks through software-defined microsegmentation without modifications to existing network fabric and hardware. BlastWave's novel approach solves the three most critical steps in the cyber kill chain for an attacker: (1) account takeover; (2) lateral movement; and (3) remote access compromise. In addition, BlastShield helps prevent and isolate attacks mitigating the spread of malware, reducing the blast radius. BlastShield also enables cloud-native app development by securing microservices, containers and Kubernetes clusters. A2i Systems provides the first secure pricing optimization solution in the retail fuel industry through their flagship product, PriceCast Fuel. A2i Systems utilizes customer-centric AI by detecting behavioral patterns in Big Data and dynamically mapping customer and competitor behaviors to identify the optimal price for consumers throughout the day. As a result, A2i can now help customers price strategically instead of tactically through their cloud-hosted services that move them on to the most advanced fuel price management system currently available. In the wake of recent supply chain attacks, we recognized that VPN-based solutions simply cannot provide the level of protection we require for our critical data and remote access. The security of our data and our customers' data is our highest priority and we needed a secure platform to provide access to our hybrid data services, hosted both in the cloud and on-premise. BlastShield filled both these needs for us with their patented solution." Emil Erlandsson, Vice President of Professional Services at A2i After a comprehensive proof of concept (PoC) using BlastShield's Free Starter Package solution, A2i selected BlastShield and began deploying BlastShield's Invisible peer-to-peer software-defined perimeter solution for initially for internal use for secure remote access. "We're excited to partner with A2i systems on this project," says Tom Sego, CEO BlastWave. "By combining A2i's revolutionary AI-based fuel pricing solution with BlastWave's patented invisible SDP, A2i customers will enjoy the benefits of state-of-the-art pricing optimization while mitigating the risk of supply chain attacks." About BlastWave Founded by former executives and technologists from Apple and Cisco, BlastWave is taking a fundamentally different approach to security aimed at protecting privacy and connected devices from cyberattacks. BlastWave's patented product, BlastShield, is an all-in-one-zero trust stack that combines state-of-the-art passwordless multi-factor authentication with high-performance, resilient encrypted connectivity and built-in microsegmentation. In addition to protecting servers and IoT devices, BlastShield also secures containers that are orchestrated with Kubernetes, enabling more agile and efficient cloud-native application development. BlastWave is backed by Rocket Strategies, Lucas Venture Group, and Millennium Investments. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. About A2i Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, A2i uses ground-breaking Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to make advancements in ways to interact with your customers at the forecourt. We are giving you the opportunity to transform your business and be ready for the next phase of Fuel Retail. Our product, PriceCast Fuel (PCF) is the world's first industry-specific retail fuel pricing, management and optimization solution developed by A2i. By combining state-of-the-art AI and Machine Learning with Big Data, PCF brings dynamic, predictive consumer-behavior-based pricing to the retail fuel industry providing a fully automated pricing decision system capable of achieving location-specific objectives optimally within any given corporate constraints. By applying self-learning capabilities, PCF continuously assures the highest accuracy prediction in an ever-changing market.

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Beyond Identity Expands Integrations With Leading SSO Providers

Beyond Identity | April 18, 2022

Invisible, unphishable multi-factor authentication (MFA) provider Beyond Identity today announced integrations with additional single sign-on (SSO) solutions from CyberArk, Google Cloud, OneLogin by One Identity, Shibboleth, and VMware to accelerate enterprise and higher education adoption of completely passwordless MFA. These new integrations – which come on the heels of Beyond Identity announcing $100 million in Series C funding – further expand the industry’s most extensive ecosystem of identity and SSO providers committed to the advancement of passwordless MFA. Passwords remain the most vulnerable link in the authentication chain and are involved in 80% of data breaches. Passwords are a compromised authentication method and an initial attack vector for ransomware and account takeover attacks. Adversaries employ phishing techniques to steal credentials or simply purchase previously stolen passwords to gain access. Recent high-profile security breaches, such as TransUnion South Africa, further underscore the fact that passwords are the root cause of cyberattacks. The prevailing assumption is that MFA will protect organizations from password-based attacks. Unfortunately, attackers are easily bypassing existing MFA solutions at scale. To shore up the federal government’s cybersecurity defenses and deliver on President Biden’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently released a Zero Trust Architecture Strategy that requires agencies to stop using easily phishable MFA, including push notifications, one-time passwords over SMS, and voice-based systems. “Strong authentication” is a foundational component of any zero trust strategy, and the U.S. government now requires “passwordless MFA.” “Beyond Identity’s approach aligns with the OMB’s recent guidance: passwordless MFA with no phishable factors,” said Kurt Johnson, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Beyond Identity. “We are thrilled to welcome cybersecurity leaders CyberArk, Google Cloud, OneLogin by One Identity, Shibboleth, and VMware into our technology ecosystem. We look forward to bringing secure and frictionless MFA to these important solutions with our Secure Work product that transforms the user experience while significantly bolstering defenses.” Secure Work, one of three products built on Beyond Identity’s cloud-native platform, safeguards an organization’s SaaS apps, cloud resources, and critical data by eliminating passwords and restricting access to authorized and secure devices. It empowers zero trust by cryptographically binding a user’s identity to their devices with proven public/private key technology. The solution ensures every device has the correct security settings and required security software running at the time of login – before granting access. Beyond Identity’s advanced authenticator collects dozens of device security posture checks at the time of login. These granular security attributes can then be used to enforce security policies and stop risky users and devices from authenticating, protecting all critical resources. About Beyond Identity Beyond Identity is fundamentally changing how the world logs in with a groundbreaking invisible, unphishable MFA platform that provides the most secure and frictionless authentication on the planet. We stop ransomware and account takeover attacks in their tracks and dramatically improve the user experience. Beyond Identity’s state-of-the-art platform eliminates passwords and other phishable factors, enabling organizations to confidently validate users’ identities. The solution ensures users log in from authorized devices, and that every device meets the security policy requirements during login and continuously after that. Our revolutionary approach empowers zero trust by cryptographically binding the user’s identity to their devices and analyzing hundreds of risk signals on an ongoing basis. The company’s advanced risk policy engine enables organizations to implement foundationally secure authentication and utilize risk signals for protection, rather than just for detection and response.

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Thought leaders come together to discuss the futureof developer relations in a remote-first world

SlashData | September 19, 2020

For immediate release London, United Kingdom Media contact at SlashData Ltd. Viktorija Ignataviciute viktorija@slashdata.co Best practises engaging Open Source and DevOps developers Developer trends; Tracking Covid effect on the industry While industries, businesses and individuals are being challenged significantly, the Future Developer Summit is determined to turn this into an enhanced learning opportunity, open to all Developer Relations, Marketing and Advocacy community members. Traditionally hosted in the Bay Area, CA, the 5th Future Developer Summit invites its guests to join the event remotely on 29-30 Sep & 6-7 Oct, ensuring the safety of all stakeholders. For the first time this year, the Summit offers 2 tracks: Open Source and DevOps. Thought leaders at the Future Developer Summit Industry leaders are coming together to discuss the future of developer marketing and developer relations. Director and VP level representatives from CNCF, Google, Microsoft, Comcast, HashiCorp, Intel, Salesforce, Facebook, MongoDB, Futurewei, Eclipse Foundation, Indeed.com, Expedia, Nutanix, and more. Jono Bacon - author of “People Powered” and Mary Thengvall - Director of Developer Relations at Camunda are joining as event’s co-hosts. Follow new announcementsat futuredeveloper.io/ Keynotes by: • Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director at Eclipse Foundation • Nithya Ruff, Executive Director, OSPO at Comcast • Stormy Peters, Director of Open Source Programs Office at Microsoft • Adam FitzGerald, VP, Developer Relations at HashiCorp Lightning talks - hear about successes and failures from: • Melissa Evers-Hood - VP, Intel Architecture, Graphics and Software at Intel • Priyanka Sharma - General Manager at CNCF • Chris Kelly - Director, Open Source and Engineering Engagement at Salesforce • Grace Francisco - VP, Global Developer Relations & Education at MongoDB • Anni Lai - Head of Open Source Operations and Marketing, Cloud at Futurewei • Duane O'Brien - Head of Open Source at Indeed.com • Tobie Langel - Principal and founder, UnlockOpen • Satya Singh - Principal Product Manager - Platform & Marketplaces at Expedia • Mark Lavi - DevOps and Automation Solutions Architect at Nutanix • Tamao Nakahara - Head of Developer Experience at Weaveworks • Amr Awadallah - VP, Developer Relations at Google The highlights • On 29-30 Sep & 6-7 Oct. Full agenda at futuredeveloper.io/ • The highest rated industry event with a Net Promoter Score - 94! • Co-hosts: - Jono Bacon - author of “People Powered” - Mary Thengvall - Director of Developer Relations at Camunda • Remote friendly event for the global tech leaders community • Summit offers 2 tracks: Open Source and DevOps • 2 networks to join: Community and Exclusive • Registration is free for all attendees. We do invite you to voluntarily contribute to Black Girls Code • This year’s Summit coincides with SlashData’s 10-year anniversary of developer research. Join us to celebrate together! ▶ Reporters can redeem the Media Pass here. ▶ General Admission is available here. *Senior audience only Exclusive edition - announcement The Future Developer Summit is opening its doors in 2 weeks! Don’t miss a chance to join an outstanding crew of industry thought leaders bringing the best learning experience for Developer Relations, Marketing and Advocacy community members. Exclusive edition on 6-7 October Your Unique Executive Networking Opportunity in a remote-first world Two industry panels How do industry leaders approach contribution to open source? Speakers: • Sam Ramji - Chief Strategy Officer at DataStax • Chris DiBona - Director of Open Source at Google • Nithya Ruff - Executive Director, OSPO at Comcast • Stormy Peters - Director of Open Source Programs Office at Microsoft The diversity of DevOps approaches and how customers are adopting it? Speakers: • Kelsey Hightower - Staff Developer Advocate, Google Cloud Platform at Google • Greg Wilson - Director of Cloud Developer Relations at Google • Nicole Forsgren - VP, Research and Strategy at GitHub • TBA very soon! Two fireside chats with: • Jono Bacon - author of “People Powered” • Kathy Kam - Head of Open Source & Developer Advocacy at Facebook Two Master Classes Using practical examples, and a lot of data as usual, we will be demonstrating how you can increase your DevRel ROI by taking data-backed decisions and what are the key reasons for using data in your decision making process. Availability is limited → Secure Your Executive Seat

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