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Microsoft has announced the preview of a brand-new Azure service called Azure Dedicated Host, that will allow Windows and Linux virtual machines (VMs) to run on single-tenant physical servers. The new service will provide users the full control and visibility over everything that goes on the server without sharing its resources. “With an Azure Dedicated Host, you can control all host-level platform maintenance initiated by Azure (e.g., host OS updates). An Azure Dedicated Host gives you the option to defer host maintenance operations and apply them within a defined maintenance window, 35 days,” explained Ziv Rafalovich, Principal Program Manager, Azure Compute, Microsoft, in a blog post. “During this self-maintenance window, you can apply maintenance to your hosts at your convenience, thus gaining full control over the sequence and velocity of the maintenance process.” Azure Dedicated Host enables enterprises to place Azure VMs on a specific and dedicated physical server. This will…
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TORONTO – RANK Software, an AI-based security analytics and threat intelligence platform, and Scalar, Canada’s leading IT solutions provider, today announced a partnership to deliver next-generation cybersecurity solutions through new Security Operations Centers.

The problem of preventing today’s increasingly sophisticated cyber security attacks from harming enterprise networks is exacerbated by the estimated gap of 3 million skilled cybersecurity professionals worldwide.


RANK and Scalar address this problem by combining RANK’s Virtual Advisor to Security Analysts (VASA) AI-based threat detection platform that provides real-time threat hunting capabilities with Scalar’s expertise as a leading Managed Security Services Provider.

Combined, the two organizations will focus on creating next-generation Security Operations Centers and advance the development of VASA by removing friction to enterprise customers consuming leading security solutions. These Centers will create a new model by forming teams of cybersecurity experts that deliver VASA’s proactive threat hunting capability as a service.

VASA helps identify and prevent security threats in real-time by ingesting data from network sources and identifying anomalies for security analysts to review. VASA addresses the challenges of identifying internal and unknown threats commonly missed today by perimeter defense systems through:

Active Learning. RANK Software helps reduce the false positives generated by most AI tools by recoding analyst feedback and allowing them to apply an action to similar alerts. This makes the VASA platform smarter over time allowing security analysts to become more efficient.

Enterprise Scale. RANK Software ingests data from over 40 sources out of the box including System Network Traffic and End Point log files. It is capable of handling more than 1 billion events a day at 10+ gigabits per second.

Contextualization. RANK Software builds on the results of AI, machine learning, and behavioral analytics by making the data more consumable and understanding risk thresholds based on context. This helps assemble and interpret the signals needed to hunt and assess threats faster and with high precision.

Flexible Architecture. On the cloud or on-premise, RANK Software provides unparalleled context and visibility into potential breaches.

“The cybersecurity landscape continues to increase in severity and sophistication,” said Paul Kerr, President and CEO of Scalar. “VASA enables customers to take action against proactive threats. Combined with our expertise in service delivery, we’re excited to offer our clients this software as a way to increase their security posture against a rising tide of possible threats.”

“RANK overcomes the challenges of batch analytics, delivers context to data, and focuses on data fidelity,” said Rick Constanzo, CEO, RANK Software. “This partnership with Scalar gives us the ability to create next-generation Security Operations Center that will combine the best AI tools for threat hunting with the best cybersecurity.”

About Scalar
Scalar is Canada’s leading IT solutions provider, focused on security, infrastructure, and cloud. Founded in 2004, Scalar is headquartered in Toronto, with offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria. Scalar was recently named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, named to CRN’s 2018 Solution Provider 500 List, and listed on the Growth 500 for the ninth year running. In addition, Scalar was deemed a major player in the IDC MarketScape for Canadian managed security service providers and ranked the #1 ICT security company on the 2014 -2018 editions of the Branham 300. For further details, visit www.scalar.ca or follow Scalar on Twitter, @scalardecisions.

About RANK Software
RANK Software is a leader in security intelligence and analytics. The company’s first product, VASA, is an AI-based threat detection platform that helps enterprises identify and analyze cybersecurity threats in real time, allowing them to take a proactive security posture in the rapidly changing cyber threat landscape. For more information, please visit www.ranksoftwareinc.com.

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Global leader in digital web security solutions—Sectigo (formerly Comodo CA), is revamping its Channel Partner Program to provide a new level of support and benefits to the partners. Sectigo Channel Partner Program is dedicated to build partnerships with web hosts, managed service providers, direct market resellers and domain registrars to develop and deliver website security solutions. The program provides required training, certifications, rewards, support and benefits to the partners, so that they can deliver valuable services to customers. With the revamped program, partners will get additional support, tools and discounts, which will allow them to expand into new segments within the cybersecurity market. Partners can now resell the complete suite of services offered by Sectigo. These services include TLS/SSL Certificates, SMIME/Email Certificates, Signing Certificates, Certificate Manager, IoT Manager, and PCI Compliance and Website Vulnerability Scanning. Sectigo Channel Partner…
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SAN FRANCISCO – Docker announced the Windows Server Application Migration Program, the best and only way to containerize and secure legacy Windows Server applications in advance of the end-of-support deadline for Microsoft Windows Server 2008. With industry-leading Docker Enterprise 2.1 and best-in-class tools and services specifically designed for Windows Server application migration, customers can quickly and easily migrate and modernize legacy Windows applications while driving continuous innovation across any application, anywhere.

With a large percentage of Windows Server applications still running on Windows Server 2003 or 2008, companies that postpone migrating legacy applications and systems are vulnerable to security risks and a higher cost of maintenance. Traditional methods such as upgrading the underlying operating system or migrating applications on to new systems or the cloud, require significant resources and only serves to add to the existing technical debt. Docker’s new program helps organizations seamlessly migrate legacy applications with the only container platform capable of containerizing Windows Server applications. Additionally, enterprise customers can take advantage of services and tools that leverage Docker’s experience in application migrations to quickly discover, containerize and migrate Windows Server applications with immediate cost savings.


“The majority of our legacy product portfolio at Mitchell runs on Windows Server. We sought a solution that would allow us to containerize all of our applications so we could reap the benefits of DevOps, increase portability and align operational modalities across the board,” said Marius Domean, Director R&D, Mitchell International. “Only Docker Enterprise was able to provide us with a robust, enterprise-grade solution that enables us to transform our legacy application stacks while reducing operational costs, minimizing our footprint of thousands of virtual machines and allowing us to adopt a hybrid cloud hosting architecture.”

Docker Enterprise 2.1: The Only Platform for Containerizing Windows Server Applications

Docker Enterprise is the leading enterprise-ready container platform that provides companies the choice, agility and security needed to efficiently build and manage their entire application portfolio, while reducing overall costs by more than 50 percent. The latest release, Docker Enterprise 2.1, enables organizations to easily migrate and modernize legacy Windows Server applications while driving continuous innovation across any application, anywhere. New features of Docker Enterprise 2.1 include:

Improved performance and compatibility for Windows Server Applications: updated support for Windows Server 2016, 1709, 1803 and 20191 in addition to smaller image sizes, improved compatibility and expanded networking options.
Greater insights and availability with out-of-the-box dashboards: new dashboards and management console including health status visibility and deeper service and platform benefits.
Enhanced security and compliance: support for industry standard security and authentication including SAML 2.0 authentication and the cryptographic modules in Docker Engine – Enterprise have been validated against FIPS 140-2 standards for both Windows and Linux.

“Because we have been working with customers on Windows Server containers from the beginning, Docker has a proven model for migrating and modernizing legacy Windows Server applications quickly and cost-effectively to any infrastructure, on-premises or in the cloud,” said Scott Johnston, Chief Product Officer for Docker. “Windows Server customers come to us for help designing a container strategy for their legacy applications that will help mitigate end of support issues. Through this program many customers experience a 50 percent reduction in the total cost of ownership (TCO) of applications using Docker Enterprise, freeing up budget for strategic IT initiatives such as cloud migration or edge computing.”

Industry-proven Services and Purpose-built Tooling Automates and Accelerates Application Conversion

The Docker program includes a new service offering based on the experience of proven methodologies from Docker’s Modernize Traditional Application (MTA) program and from working with enterprises like Mitchell International on migrating applications using Docker Enterprise. As part of the services engagement, customers will be able to accelerate discovery and conversion using Docker Application Converter, a tool that automatically scans systems for target applications and speeds up the conversion process by automatically creating Docker artifacts.

Additionally, customers will have access to Docker Certified Infrastructure which automates implementation and configuration best practices for integrating containers into enterprise IT infrastructure like VMware vSphere, Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. When combined with Docker’s expertise, organizations will have a “blueprint” for future migration projects and new application development.

Foundation for Continuous Innovation
Once implemented, the Docker Enterprise container platform and methodologies enable organizations to both modernize existing applications and adopt new technologies based on business requirements and customer needs. With Docker Enterprise, companies can standardize the software platform and adopt new technology stacks and architectures without changing how the organization operates – whether applications are cloud native applications, AI or edge computing workloads. Traditional application migration techniques lock companies into a specific infrastructure or operating system. With Docker Enterprise, organizations have a secure repeatable model that doesn’t lock into a specific infrastructure or cloud, enabling companies to modernize applications and adopt new technologies as business requirements evolve.

About Docker
Docker, the leader in the container platform market, enables developers and IT operations to build, secure and manage applications without technology or infrastructure lock in. By bringing together traditional applications and microservices built on Windows, Linux and mainframe under one operating model, Docker’s container platform enables the world’s largest companies to accelerate key digital initiatives including cloud migration, application modernization and edge computing. For more information, please visit: https://www.docker.com.

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ST. LOUIS – TierPoint, a leading provider of secure, connected data center and cloud solutions at the edge of the internet, today announced the launch of TierPoint CleanIP™ – the company’s fully managed, next-generation firewall service.

“Increasingly, IT leaders are looking to secure their enterprises for less cost, with less complexity, greater visibility and more granular control, across users, devices, and applications,” said Rob Carter, TierPoint Senior Vice President of Product Development, Architecture and Engineering. “CleanIP responds to those needs, enabling full-feature, next-generation firewall functionality, flexibly scaling from the edge to the core, with industry-leading security and performance, wherever workloads reside.”


Leveraging the Fortinet FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall platform, CleanIP helps organizations protect against a much broader spectrum of intrusions than traditional managed firewall services and does so on a location-agnostic basis; it can be deployed across all venues, from client premises to TierPoint facilities, with public or hyperscale cloud support.

“TierPoint is a Fortinet Platinum MSSP Partner that has established a growing presence in the healthcare, financial, education, government, SaaS, communications, and enterprise markets as a leader in managed security and cloud services,” said Matt Pley, Vice President of Cloud, Carriers, Service Providers & Strategic Accounts at Fortinet. “We’re pleased to partner with TierPoint to offer customers advanced firewall services powered by the Fortinet Security Fabric and FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall.”

In addition to traditional managed firewall functions, CleanIP offers intrusion detection and protection systems (IDS/IPS); SSL traffic inspection of all encrypted content; content filtering (excluding web pages or e-mail deemed objectionable or outside of policy); network anti-virus/block malware; anti-botnet, IP reputation and application protection; VPN access with secure, multi-factor authentication; application awareness (filtering packets, to help distinguish between safe and unwanted applications); and user awareness (with granular control of applications by specific users, user groups, and user machines, limiting what can be sent and received).

TierPoint is hosting a related webinar on November 1, with Fortinet and SHI, on “Best Practices When Deploying Next-Generation Firewalls.”

About TierPoint
Meeting clients where they are on their journey to IT transformation, TierPoint (tierpoint.com) is a leading provider of secure, connected data center and cloud solutions at the edge of the internet. The company has one of the largest customer bases in the industry, with 5,000 clients ranging from the public to private sectors, from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises. TierPoint also has one of the largest and most geographically diversified footprints in the nation, with over 40 world-class data centers in 20 markets and 8 multi-tenant cloud pods, connected by a coast-to-coast network. Led by a proven management team, TierPoint’s highly experienced IT professionals offer a comprehensive solution portfolio of private, multitenant, managed hyperscale, and hybrid cloud, plus colocation, disaster recovery, security, and other managed IT services.

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MARLBOROUGH, Mass. & LONDON – Corero Network Security (LSE: CNS), a leading provider of real-time, high-performance, automated DDoS defense solutions, today announced that it has secured a $2.0 million (£1.5 million) equity investment from Juniper Networks, an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks.

The Investment follows the Company’s recent announcement regarding a multi-year global resale partnership with Juniper to resell and support Corero’s SmartWall software products and services. Juniper provides the routing infrastructure for some of the world’s largest IP networks and cloud datacenters.


Ashley Stephenson, Corero CEO, said:

“We welcome this investment from a global corporation of Juniper Network’s reputation and scale, in addition to our previously announced global resale partnership. We feel this represents a further endorsement of our vision for SmartWall products as a critical component in securing IT networks from DDoS attacks. We look forward to working closely with Juniper to capitalize on our partnership and jointly pursuing the market opportunity for DDoS protection via its global sales force and channel.”

The Juniper resale partnership was showcased at the Juniper Networks’ annual customer and partner summit, NXTWORK 2018, in Las Vegas.

About Corero Network Security
Corero Network Security is a leader in real-time, high-performance DDoS defense solutions. Service providers, hosting providers and digital enterprises rely on Corero’s award winning technology to eliminate the DDoS threat to their environment through automatic attack detection and mitigation, coupled with complete network visibility, analytics and reporting. This industry leading technology provides cost effective, scalable protection capabilities against DDoS attacks in the most complex environments while enabling a more cost effective economic model than previously available. For more information, visit www.corero.com.

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