If Data is Oil, Business information is Petrol

April 22, 2019

-by Heramb Thuse , Head Cloud Solutions & Presales , Crayon

Software Experts India

Funny title! Isn’t it? IT world is always chasing new phrases and new tech jargons, fancy new ideas and new ways to apply new tech concepts. Every technology innovation is better than a previous one, and helps in solving current business problem effectively. Every new cool thing/innovation attracts both – the presenters and recipient. Both of them spend time and resources to understand the entire process before getting into business value, TCO analysis, and transformation journeys etc.

Cloud is the new normal

There was a time when Cloud had been just a buzz word and IT professionals were trying to understand concerns associated with it. There were a lot of security related myths initially, lot of eye brows were raised when enterprises had to move their in premises workloads to Cloud. Cloud as a solution stood tall and proved its value, helped answer questions on security effectively and efficiently. But those days are long gone and today, ‘Cloud is the new normal’. Enterprises don’t feel abnormal now to put their critical applications, data in cloud. Board room discussions are now revolving around Multi Cloud strategy.

So now what’s next?

As advancements kept on happening, the large-scale compute power, ability to crunch peta bytes of data in quick time and development in ability to solve business problems with algorithmic approach brought two new fancy tech terms – Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Today, AI is a hot topic of discussion in boardrooms, as professionals seek to improve profitability, monetise value of data, and capture new market share. Every enterprise would wish to use these technologies to gain competitive edge, better their products and services and quickest possible go to market decisions.

While everyone is trying to understanding ML and AI, we see enterprises still struggling to see business value out of these two. Even people confuse and interchangeably use ML, AI, data analysis terminologies. While decision makers are going through workshops, presentations and brain storming sessions, there is a large chunk of enterprises not even aware the size of disintegrated data islands exist in their own enterprises. This heap of data they are generating, maintaining and spending money for is even not used for analytics to take any decisions.

Many times enterprises are unable to derive the value of data due to lack of knowledge, lack of information and wrong notions of how it can work. Many times , it is even considered not possible that two dispersed, isolated, inherently different data sources like databases, excels, op premise and in cloud etc., can talk to each other and produce information.

 Extracting Business Information from Raw Data

There are many solutions that can help convert ‘Oil‘ (Raw Data) into meaningful and more valuable ‘Petrol‘ (Business Information). CXO’s will see lots of value in this petrol and would love to see this Crude oil producing Petrol.

Enterprises can go for business analysis / data visualisation tools or solutions like Microsoft Power BI, AWS Quick sight or Tablue, etc. Interestingly, most of these tools follow ‘pay-per-usage’ model and can be subscribed on a monthly basis. So, enterprises need not to invest in them perpetually before they even see the value in them. Application of these tools / solutions can not only bring value out of Data but an entire new way of looking at collaborative effort to achieve more in less. Suddenly Data starts speaking, for example, Data of Financial system and applications start adding value to CRM, CRM Data adds value to purchase department, two diverse entities and departments start new ways and means to work in tighter processes. Adds a lot of value to decision makers to see inter related, inter dependent departments with their own and isolated data ponds producing meaningful information on an integrated, orchestrated, intuitive platform for effective live decision making.

It is very interesting journey to see the hidden value of data. These tools help in finding new meaning to data and help decision makers take an informed decision. The ability to intuitively analyse data helps to comprehend it quickly. Various statistical models, which otherwise look impossible to use for different and huge volume of data, suddenly become easy to use and experiment with. These tools bring lots of value and use cases, especially when they collaborate and can help in predictive analysis for business, which any decision make would love to have.

By no means the Data visualisation tools are alternatives to MI / AL, but surely can bring a lot of value and direction to decision makers to decide the priorities, business models and areas of business focus where ML/ AI can be used for business advantages more effectively.

So in a nutshell, even before one thinks about ML and AI, one to ask ourselves and other business stakeholders, have we made an attempt to convert our Oil (Data) into Information (Petrol)?

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R&M presents 4PPoE Standard Products for LAN cabling

April 22, 2019

MUMBAI / BENGALURU, India – April 22, 2019 – R&M, a Swiss cabling systems developer and provider of high-quality fiber & copper solutions for network infrastructures around the world, made its presence in BICSI India District Conference & Expo 2019 held at Mumbai and presented on topic ‘IEEE 802.3bt 4PPoE Standard: New requirements for LAN cabling‘.

BICSI event witnessed industry leaders, policy makers, innovators, manufacturers and partners from cabling installation for LAN and data center design segment. Matthias Gerber, Market Manager LAN Cabling at R&M presented on new requirements and standards for LAN cabling. He also spoke on the importance of PoE development and its impact on LAN cabling.

At BICSI District Conference, Matthias Gerber explained, “Today, we can see continuous high power demands across various industries. 4PPoE cabling is the best choice to address the demand. They have a great impact on LAN cabling. With proper planning, installation and product selection together is the best way to support 4PPoE applications. Keeping the industry trends and organization requirements in mind, R&M develops innovative products and solutions to meet the standards of 4PPoE LAN cabling.

Interacting with the crowd at the product expo, Murugesan. R, Senior Director, Sales – Private Networks at R&M India said, “Our customers and partners around the world benefit from the high quality Swiss standard products. R&M always focus on manufacturing future-proof, modular solutions that ensure the investments are protected for a long time, in turn building long term customer relationships.”

R&M team displayed below products at BICSI Product Expo:

  • Automated Infrastructure Management
  • Ultra-High-Density Solutions
  • R&MhealthLine products
  • Containment System which includes the Rack and Fiber Raceway
  • FTTx products
  • Other Copper and Fiber LAN accessories

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About R&M

R&M (Reichle & De-Massari AG) is a leading global producer of future-proof products and systems for communication and data networks. The company’s close collaboration with certified partners results in pioneering connectivity solutions in the sectors LAN, Public and Telecom Networks as well as Data Centers. The Swiss family company stands for innovation, quality and proximity to customers. More information is available at www.rdm.com


Tenable Integrates with Google Cloud Security Command Center

April 19, 2019

COLUMBIA, Md. / MUMBAI, India – April 18, 2019 – Tenable®, Inc., the Cyber Exposure company, today announced the integration of Tenable.io® – for vulnerability management in the Cloud – with Google Cloud Security Command Center (Cloud SCC). This provides organizations with enhanced visibility into their cloud assets, both public and private, delivered via a single dashboard. Cloud-focused organizations can now confidently manage Cyber Exposure across the entire modern attack surface and reduce cyber risk in their environments.

Cloud SCC is a security management and data risk platform for Google Cloud Platform (GCP), that helps security professionals gain visibility and control over their cloud resources and detect and respond to threats. Data collected by Tenable.io is fed into Cloud SCC via Tenable’s GCP asset connector, giving security teams a unified view of all cloud-based assets in their environments. Security teams can now mitigate threats to cloud resources by effectively identifying ephemeral assets with the connector and feeding that information into the platform to assess for vulnerabilities.

Tenable is committed to helping organizations embrace the benefits of the cloud in a secure fashion,” said Ray Komar, Vice President of Technical Alliances, Tenable. “Our expanded partnership with Google Cloud will provide security teams with holistic visibility that reflects live changes in digital workloads. This is a critical first step in practicing Cyber Exposure and a cornerstone of modern business.”

Tenable.io is a core component of the Tenable Cyber Exposure platform, which uniquely provides the breadth of visibility into cyber risk across IT, cloud, IoT and OT environments and the depth of analytics to measure and communicate cyber risk in business terms to make better strategic decisions. Tenable.io has won a number of industry awards, including Best Vulnerability Management Solution at the 2019 SC Awards, Best Vulnerability Management Solution at the 2018 SC Awards Europe, Best Security Software and Most Innovative Security Product from the Info Security Product Guide’s 2018 Global Excellence Awards.

For more information about the Tenable.io connector for Google Cloud SCC, visit the Google Cloud SCC Services Marketplace.

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About Tenable

Tenable®, Inc. is the Cyber Exposure company. Over 27,000 organizations around the globe rely on Tenable to understand and reduce cyber risk. As the creator of Nessus®, Tenable extended its expertise in vulnerabilities to deliver the world’s first platform to see and secure any digital asset on any computing platform. Tenable customers include more than 50 percent of the Fortune 500, more than 25 percent of the Global 2000 and large government agencies. Learn more at www.tenable.com.


Tenable Announces General Availability of Predictive Prioritization in Tenable.io

April 18, 2019

COLUMBIA, Md. / MUMBAI, India – April 18, 2019 – Tenable®, Inc., the Cyber Exposure company, today announced Predictive Prioritization is now generally available within Tenable.io® – its cloud-based vulnerability management platform and a core component of the Tenable Cyber Exposure platform. Predictive Prioritization is a ground-breaking innovation for solving the vulnerability prioritization problem, enabling organizations to dramatically improve their remediation efforts by focusing on the 3 percent of vulnerabilities that are most likely to be exploited.

Attempting to prioritize vulnerabilities with CVSS (Common Vulnerability Scoring System) alone presents significant limitations. According to the National Vulnerability Database, there were 16,500 new vulnerabilities disclosed in 2018 alone, but only a small subset had a public exploit available and even fewer were actually leveraged by attackers. However, the majority of vulnerabilities scored through CVSS are rated ‘high’ or ‘critical.’ This creates an overload of high-priority vulnerabilities and one of the most difficult challenges organizations face today.

Predictive Prioritization addresses this industry-wide problem by re-prioritizing vulnerabilities based on the probability they willbe leveraged in an attack. Tenable.io now automatically displays a Vulnerability Priority Rating (VPR) that indicates the remediation priority of each flaw, along with VPR Key Drivers, which provide enhanced context into how scores are calculated. Both features are dynamic and change with the threat landscape, arming security teams with actionable insight into their true level of business risk.

The release of Predictive Prioritization across Tenable’s Cyber Exposure platform is the latest phase of our mission to redefine vulnerability management for the digital era. We’re helping customers solve one of the most difficult challenges in the industry today,” said Renaud Deraison, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Tenable. “Predictive Prioritization flips the advantage back to cyber defenders by telling them where they’re exposed, to what extent and which vulnerabilities to focus on first. These are all critical components of an effective Cyber Exposure strategy.”

This latest release follows the general availability of Predictive Prioritization in Tenable.sc™ (formerly SecurityCenter), making Tenable’s Cyber Exposure platform the only one to provide predictive capabilities for on-premises and cloud deployments.

For more information on Predictive Prioritization click here or join the webinar on April 24 at 2 PM ET to learn more.

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About Tenable

Tenable.i®, Inc. is the Cyber Exposure company. Over 27,000 organizations around the globe rely on Tenable to understand and reduce cyber risk. As the creator of Nessus®, Tenable extended its expertise in vulnerabilities to deliver the world’s first platform to see and secure any digital asset on any computing platform. Tenable customers include more than 50 percent of the Fortune 500, more than 25 percent of the Global 2000 and large government agencies. Learn more at www.tenable.com.


Cool, Quiet, Ready for Use: New Platform for Micro Data Center and Edge Computing

April 16, 2019

  • With EdgeGo from R&M, companies can spontaneously provide data center infrastructures.
  • Ready-for-connection cabinet does away with the need to buildserver rooms.

WETZIKON, Switzerland / BENGALURU, India – April 16, 2019 – R&M, the globally active developer and provider of cabling systems for high-quality network infrastructures, based in Wetzikon, Switzerland, is launching a ready-for-connection micro data center. It’s called EdgeGo Basic and is used as a platform to be able to provide infrastructures for edge computing in next to no time.

With EdgeGo, R&M is supporting the current trend for creating compact, high-performance data center infrastructures on the edge of the cloud. Here providers, companies, utilities and cities all over the world are installing large numbers of additional edge data centers. This means they are creating cloud-like, autonomous computing performance.

With EdgeGo R&M is launching a ready-wired, sound-proof micro data center for creating infrastructures at the edge site.

Processing major amounts of data on site

They need them to be able to operate particularly security-, time- and company-critical as well as bandwidth-greedy applications. If massive quantities of data had to be processed latency-free, the transmission path to a central hyperscale data center would often be too long and too expensive. Use cases of edge computing include 5G services, autonomous driving and production, artificial intelligence for buildings and machines, medical technology, trade, augmented reality, blockchain, smart city and smart grid.

R&M believes the ready-wired edge solutions could be implemented particularly in industrial companies producing in leased buildings. There would be no need to plan and integrate additional server rooms with raised floors and further elaborate components. A move would be simple as EdgeGo can simply be disassembled and moved on. Further areas of use are in trade, banks, law firms, hospitals, authorities and the transport industry as well as in the military.

R&M equips the EdgeGo housing with sound protection, cooling and a security camera. Users add cabling and IT equipment as required and can start operating the micro data center immediately.

EdgeGo has the dimensions of a rack with 42 height units. The cabinet is sound-proof. EdgeGo reduces the noise of the active equipment by 31 dBA. That corresponds to 99.9% of the typical emissions of IT devices. This means EdgeGo is particularly suitable for noise-sensitive environments. A temperature-regulated controller controls the speed of the ventilators. The active cooling attains a performance of 12 kW, a best-in-industry figure. The capacity of the passive cooling is 2.75 kW.

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About R&M

R&M (Reichle & De-Massari AG) is a leading global producer of future-proof products and systems for communication and data networks. The company’s close collaboration with certified partners results in pioneering connectivity solutions in the sectors LAN, Public and Telecom Networks as well as Data Centers. The Swiss family company stands for innovation, quality, and proximity to customers.

More information is available at www.rdm.com


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