Elastic is an Amsterdam-based company that has experienced rapid growth in recent years and has received $104MM+ in funding). Its ElasticSearch search engine (the company’s namesake) allows businesses to store, search, and analyze data in real-time and rapidly glean actionable insights and results from complex queries.
Fission.io is an open-source framework for serverless functions on Kubernetes, created by Platform9. While it’s still in early alpha (meaning production use is not advised at this juncture), Fission can turn any cluster into a system for delivering serverless or AWS Lambda-style app architecture on your own hardware or with a managed Kubernetes service.
To make the lives of IT technicians easier and ease their migration to the cloud, AWS has launched AWS Managed Services as part of its portfolio. The solution uses automation and machine learning to assist the deployment and management of cloud, using a set of APIs and CLI tools as integration points to connect to existing service management systems. This configuration allows IT professionals to re-use standard components and preserve their existing systems and best practices where possible.
Amazon has unveiled AWS Shield, a DDoS protection service for apps running on AWS, putting the largest public cloud in competition with the likes of CloudFlare. It’s free and automatically available for web apps that run on Amazon’s cloud computing service. AWS Shield features always-on detection and automatic inline mitigations that reduce latency, offering seamless and automatic protection against the bulk of the most common web threats, including network and transport layer DDoS attacks. The majority of attacks are volumetric assaults that seek to exhaust server resources, followed by state exhaustion and application layer attacks.
On the heels of Facebook successfully combating ad blockers on its platform and unlocking significant ad revenue in the process, Instart Logic has released its cloud-based ‘AppShield Ad Integrity’ solution for the benefit of the broader digital publishing ecosystem.
Microsoft has unveiled Azure Bot Service, a public cloud bot-service built on Microsoft Bot Framework and Azure Functions, which is meant to foster the spread of bot creation within the developer community at large. It provides serverless bot service that scales and that developers can use to build and deploy bots across a variety of apps and channels, including Slack, Facebook Messenger, and Skype.
Given the proliferation of mobile apps on smartphones across the world, it’s about time that someone came out with a global benchmark to set standards and gauge performance. PacketZoom, a mobile app accelerator, has stepped in to fill that vacuum, launching its Global Mobile App Network Benchmarks, the first of its kind.
The Mirai botnet made global headlines when it knocked out Dyn DNS and took many prominent websites offline on the East Coast. Now there’s a botnet powered by a new malware that has been unleashed upon the West Coast of the United States. CloudFlare has been mitigating the attack and detailing its odd characteristics. The team at the prominent CDN have noticed an interesting pattern, namely, that the attacker or attackers behind the botnet seem to be working regular hours, like the average Joe.
DeepMind, the Google-owned startup behind AlphaGo, has announced that it is open-sourcing its flagship platform, DeepMind Lab, to spur further research and innovation in artificial intelligence. The long-term goal is to eventually develop sophisticated cognitive systems that can learn to solve complex problems without guidance. To create AI agents that are innovative, adaptable, and able to operate across a wide variety of tasks, complex training and evaluative environments must also be designed and implemented. To that end, DeepMind Lab was created as a fully-3D game-like platform for AI research and training.
There’s a new startup in the CDN ecosystem called BitsNGo. Founded in 2015, the 12-employee company offers a global, Tier-1-backed CDN, combined with a competitive pricing scheme tailored to the burgeoning small and medium-sized business (SMB) segment, developers, and other businesses. Its SaaS pricing model allows customers to pay flat rates on whatever they use without prior commitments, which lets it to undercut competitors by up to 60%.
The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a free and open community with the aim of providing clarity and unbiased coverage of software security issues, and creating a common space for clear communication about them. To facilitate such discussion, OWASP’s Automated Threats to Web Applications Project has taken on the task of establishing a shared vocabulary of automated threats, which are threat events in which bots misuse web applications, occasionally leading to application denial of service. Its Automated Threat Handbook is a standard reference guide that classifies and lists the following top 20 automated threats, which have grouped into four major categories: Account Credentials, Payment Cardholder Data, Vulnerability Identification, and Other Automated threats.
Demand for cutting-edge bot detection and DDoS mitigation services has been growing in leaps and bounds in recent years, as the relentless arms race between hackers and cybersecurity researchers has bred a new crop of advanced cyberthreats. Recent, highly publicized hacking incidents have put the looming threat of further intrusions firmly on everyone’s minds. And, with the holiday shopping season in full swing, enterprises have been clamoring for cloud-based, turnkey cybersecurity solutions to thwart everything from DDoS attacks to malicious SQL injections.
Wowza has rolled out an update to its Streaming Engine, which improves scalability for live low-latency streaming. The update incorporates new GPU scaling and provides more cloud deployment options. The enhanced player also makes it easier to deliver Flash-free videos across a range of devices, applications, and websites.
Modern conceptions of memory are a little more nuanced than those from the past, holding that memories are reconstructed and reprocessed based on the problem at hand, and that the questions that are posed influence how memories are recalled. To replicate this process in neural networks, they must be able to both store their memories and logically reason about this data in order to respond to specific queries.
Of the 4 million+ websites that use CloudFlare, nearly all (98.01%) use IPv6. This has been a long time coming, since IPv6 first debuted commercially a decade ago in 2006 as the 2.0 version of IPv4. In order to move this process along, CloudFlare began enabling IPv6 on around 100,000 sites a day, leading to noticeable growth in AAAA websites between the months of August and October.