Microsoft to Buy Cloudyn for Cloud Monitoring Technology

Today’s topics include Microsoft's acquisition of Cloudyn for cloud monitoring, Barracuda Sentinel's use of AI to detect spear phishing attacks; American Airline heading to IBM Cloud to handle customer and enterprise workloads; and Tegile launching a speedy new multi-tiered flash storage array.

Microsoft has acquired another company in its relentless quest to become the preferred cloud for enterprises, even among those that run some of their IT workloads on rival cloud platforms.

Back in April, there were rumblings from Israeli news media that Microsoft was interested in acquiring Cloudyn, a multi-cloud monitoring and budgeting specialist, for a reported $50 million to $70 million.

Microsoft made it official on June 29 by announcing that it had inked a deal to acquire the privately-held firm, although the companies didn't disclose the financial terms.

Cloudyn, which provides visibility into business' multi-cloud environments, is an existing Microsoft Azure technology partner.

Asaf Cidon sold his security startup Sookasa to Barracuda in March 2016 and has been busy helping to build new technologies for Barracuda ever since.

One of those new technologies was announced on June 28, with the debut of the Barracuda Sentinel service designed to help detect spear phishing and improve email security.

"Our team from Sookasa has been working on communication and content security which led lead us to this new product, Barracuda Sentinel," Cidon told eWEEK.

The new Barracuda Sentinel service uses machine learning and artificial intelligence technology to help identify potentially malicious email attacks and targeted spear phishing.

Cidon said that Sentinel uses a combination of different machine learning technologies including Apache Spark, to conduct analysis of email messages.

American Airlines, which knows as much about clouds as anyone, will soon be riding IBM’s into the IT friendly skies.

The world's largest passenger carrier said June 28 that it will use IBM Cloud as the foundation for an IT changeover designed to make internal processes faster, more efficient, and more adaptable. American Airlines is making this move so its main customer-facing web site, AA.com, will scale up to handle traffic during high-volume periods.

The airline will migrate some of its critical applications, including the main website, its mobile app and its global network of check-in kiosks to the IBM Cloud. Other workloads and tools, such as the company’s Cargo customer website, also will be moved.

NAND flash storage maker Tegile Systems, which has rebranded itself as a provider of persistent-memory storage solutions for databases and containerized environments, has released its next-generation flagship flash storage platform.

The Milpitas, Calif.-based company said its newest IntelliFlash HD enables enterprises to take advantage of non-volatile memory express (NVMe) without needing the system resources commonly required by other vendors.

The new arrays contain high-density flash, provide full encryption and can store 30 percent more petabytes of data for any application use case and every workload, the company said. They are powered by IntelliFlash OS 3.7, the newest iteration of Tegile’s flash-optimized storage architecture.

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