AlienVault Virtual Appliance
AlienVault released the first AlienVault Unified Security Management (USM) virtual appliance. AlienVault USM is a collection of open source tools for asset discovery, vulnerability assessment, threat detection, behavioral monitoring, and built-in security intelligence. These integrated tools are optimized to provide complete security visibility and threat management through a management console. According to the announcement, this consolidation of security features into a single management platform lets AlienVault USM deliver rapid security intelligence. The product, which is compatible with VMware ESXi and Proxmox virtual environments, also offers simpler host-based intrusion detection system (HIDS) deployment for distributed environments and continuous vulnerability monitoring to increase detection accuracy and avoid network disruption. Each alarm from AlienVault USM includes detailed and customized instructions on how to investigate and respond to the detected threat.
A free trial of the AlienVault USM virtual appliance is available now for download from the company's website. Pricing for the AlienVault USM All-in-One appliance, which is aimed at smaller, single-tier deployments, starts at US$ 3,600 and includes free customer support and maintenance for the first year. Visit AlienVault for more details and additional pricing information:
Monkey Web Server Version 1.2
Monkey is a fast web server with minimal memory requirements that is particularly designed for embedded devices. To serve many requests with few resources, Monkey uses an event-based processing model. The recent Version 1.2 release of the Monkey web server includes the MatrixSSL library used by PolarSSL.
The new release also includes support for optimizing TCP Fast Open. In the core, the system uses the Red Black Tree self-balancing binary search tree for better performance.
Previous problems discovered in the Coverity code analysis have also been solved with the new release. Monkey is licensed under the GPLv2.
Please visit http://monkey-project.com/ for additional details.
CloudEthernet Forum Launched
A group of nine networking vendors have joined forces to form the CloudEthernet Forum, an organization tasked with adapting the Ethernet protocol for the cloud age. Founding members include Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Equinix, HP, Juniper Networks, PCCW, Sprirent Communications, Tata Communications, and Verizon. According to a statement by the CloudEthernet forum, the group is intended to address "… the specific issues of scaling and applying suitable Ethernet services to meet the stringent demands of delivering cloud services."
The forum will work on technical solutions for "VLAN scaling, Layer 2 performance, and resilience across very large domains and consolidating storage network technologies onto Ethernet."
Heroku Cloud API
The Heroku cloud application platform has a new API. Heroku is a cloud-based execution environment for applications written in Ruby, Java, Python, Clojure, Scala, Node.js, and other custom language implementations. According to Heroku, the new tool, "…derives from the same command-and-control API we use internally, giving entrepreneurs and innovators unprecedented power to integrate and extend the platform."
The new API supports integration of applications running on the Heroku platform with external tools, such as a mobile app that lets you control Heroku from a smartphone or tablet. Heroku is a commercial cloud services. For pricing and developer information see the website
SkySQL Merges with Makers of MariaDB
SkySQL has merged with Monty Program Ab, makers of the popular MariaDB open source database. According to the announcement, the newly formed company's aim is "to develop MariaDB into a truly interoperable, NewSQL open source database."
Patrik Sallner, who will lead the merged company as CEO, said, "By bringing on board the talented MariaDB developer team, SkySQL proposes a comprehensive partnership to leading open source database users. We are committed to develop MariaDB into the most versatile open source database. We look forward to working with the MariaDB Foundation as they engage with developers and users of MariaDB as well as with their important mission of ensuring the independence of the MariaDB project itself."
Along with various partners and community members, SkySQL plans to invest in the development of the MariaDB server; develop solutions to let MySQL and MariaDB users effectively manage their data in the enterprise and in the cloud; and enhance services to both MySQL and MariaDB users.
SkySQL also announced that it has joined the MariaDB Foundation – the recently formed organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, and advancing MariaDB. For more information, visit:
http://www.skysql.com/ or https://mariadb.org/en/.