Zenedge State of the Union

Zenedge, a leading provider of cloud-based, artificial intelligence-driven cybersecurity solutions continues to experience rapid growth. This year they announced the addition of three new solutions, Zenedge API Security, Zenedge Bot Manager and Zenedge Malware Protection to their already robust suite of managed cybersecurity products (Web Application Firewall and DDoS).

Red5 Pro and Limelight Networks Partner on WebRTC

Earlier this month, the live-streaming company Red5 announced that they would partner with Limelight Networks to optimize and expand distribution of media to larger audiences. Their partnership combines Red5’s WebRTC-based low-latency streaming for real-time video delivery with Limelight’s extensive content delivery network.

Packet Processors: Linux, Snabb, PacketShader, and VPP

As various complex functions such as data compression and cryptography are increasingly performed on data packets, network traffic throughput can suffer. One means of increasing throughput and avoiding latency is through the use of open-source packet processors and various packet-processing acceleration techniques. In order to understand how these tools optimize this process, it’s important to first understand how packet processing works.

Google Cloud Introduces TCP BBR Congestion Control Algorithm

Last month, Google announced the release of a new congestion control algorithm, TCP BBR (Bottleneck Bandwidth and Round-trip propagation time), for Google Cloud Platform. By eschewing loss-based congestion control for a system that considers the speed at which the network delivers data, BBR is able to improve latency and bandwidth use on Internet traffic, reducing round-trip time by 33 percent and providing 11 percent higher mean-time-between-rebuffers for all mobile and desktop users.

DeepMind Developing Algorithms That Imagine

Two recently published research papers from DeepMind outline their development of new machine-learning architectures with the ability to imagine, reason, and plan for optimal behaviors within an uncontrolled environment. Unlike AlphaGo and other machine-learning models that operate within environments with clear-cut rules and no unforeseen obstacles, these new architectures are designed to plan for and adapt to the unpredictability the real world.

Cato Networks Introduces Cloud-Based Context-Aware IPS

Yesterday, Cato Networks expanded its SD-WAN service with the addition of a context-aware IPS (Intrusion Prevention System). The managed system provides IPS inspection as a service, using big data from the Cato Cloud to update new signatures and software patches and has unlimited inspection capacity, including TLS inspection and extending to all cloud and mobile traffic. Cato’s service addresses common IPS shortcomings such as location-bound inspection and increased IT costs due to updates and software patches.

China’s Quest to Become the Leading AI Juggernaut

Last week, a policy statement from the State Council announced China’s intention to become a leader in artificial intelligence research, products, and innovation. The statement included plans for China to become competitive with the US and other countries in AI over the next three years and by 2030, lead the world in AI theory, research, and technology, with Chinese AI industries producing 1 trillion yuan ($147.80 billion USD) per year.

Barracuda Announces NextGen Firewall Enhancements

Last week, Barracuda announced enhancements to their firewall products that will expedite customers’ adoption of Microsoft Azure and enable increased automation. The firewall enhancements include increased integration with Microsoft OMS, SD-WAN capability, and a WAF REST API integrated with Puppet Labs technology that will aid in automated deployments and the move toward continuous delivery.

Spotify, A Giant In The Open Source Infrastructure Movement

With a massive catalog of music, a large base of subscribers and myriad features for them to utilize, Spotify’s infrastructure needs are significant. Each day, they handle 100 billion user-generated events of over 300 different event types, which must not only be processed but used to train the machine learning algorithms that generate personalized recommendations, radio play, and Discover pages for each user.