Google Gives SAP Cloud Customers New Access Transparency Feature

Today’s topics include Google’s new Access Transparency feature for SAP cloud customers; MicroFocus’ new StormRunner Functional app tester; Infinidat’s InfiniBox 4.0 core operating software featuring machine learning; and Microsoft’s release of Azure Storage Explorer.

Enterprises running SAP workloads on Google cloud can now monitor when Google technicians are accessing the systems hosting their data to perform maintenance or to check performance, thanks to Google’s new Access Transparency feature on its cloud platform.

Access Transparency gives enterprises visibility into operational access by Google employees to systems that store, process or secure customer data. Cloud providers sometimes require such access to address support requests or to ensure that a service is meeting performance targets. The feature will tell administrators why the Google employee needed access, the time of access, the specific system accessed and the employee’s location.

The Access Transparency feature is part of Google’s effort to build trust in its cloud service among SAP customers.

Micro Focus, which recently merged with Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s software business and debuted as a combined group on Sept.1, released a new analytics-powered software tester Nov. 14 that enables software engineering teams to test applications from any browser, operating system or mobile device.

StormRunner Functional enables enterprises to deploy intelligent and continuous application delivery cycles on-demand while decreasing development costs and test execution times. It uses a wide variety of compatible automated test assets including Unified Functional Testing, UFT Pro and Selenium, and is optimized for integration with an array of developer testing tools, including Google Analytics, Micro Focus Octane, GIT and Jenkins.

With StormRunner Functional, testing teams can quickly understand trends that affect the overall quality of the application by drilling down to the root cause of test failure through detailed reporting and analytics.

Infinidat, which specializes in petabyte-scale data storage systems, on Nov. 14 launched its InfiniBox 4.0 core operating software, which now features machine-learning algorithms to produce high performance. Unlike conventional enterprise storage systems that rely on flash hardware, Infinidat is software-optimized, using machine-learning algorithms to extract high performance and reliability out of low-cost hardware.

Chairman and CEO Moshe Yanai said, “InfiniBox 4.0 represents [Infinidat’s] most feature-rich release to date, and incorporates capabilities that will further enhance [the company’s] business continuance and service provider support.”

The software manages up to 5 petabytes of data and includes a new quality-of-service feature that allows customers to explicitly control resource allocation and consumption at a granular level while providing a non-disruptive governance model.

Businesses using Azure Cosmos DB, formerly Microsoft's DocumentDB NoSQL service, to power their applications can now use the Azure Storage Explorer tool to manage cloud storage resources.

"The extension allows you to manage Cosmos DB entities, manipulate data, create and update stored procedures, triggers, as well as User Defined Functions," explained Jenny Jiang, a Microsoft Big Data principal program manager. "Azure Storage Explorer not only offers unified developer experiences for inserting, querying and managing your Azure Cosmos DB data, but also provides an editor with syntax highlighting and suggestions for authoring your Cosmos DB stored procedures," she continued.

The tool also enables users to browse Cosmos DB using both the MongoDB and DocumentDB interfaces, open a Cosmos DB account directly in the main Azure portal, and add additional resources to their Quick Access shortcut list.