May 17, 2020

Meet IBM Cloud Pak: open source cybersecurity for hybrid systems

Cyber Security
Cloud
IBM
Harry Menear
2 min
Today, IBM announced the launch of Cloud Pak, a new cybersecurity platform targeted at securing diversified hybrid systems.
Today, IBM announced the launch of a new cybersecurity platform targeted at securing diversified hybrid systems.

Based on IBM’s own open-source soft...

Today, IBM announced the launch of a new cybersecurity platform targeted at securing diversified hybrid systems.

Based on IBM’s own open-source software, Cloud Pak can connect with any security tool, cloud or on-premise system, without moving data from its original source, and uses open-source technology for hunting threats, automating capabilities to help speed response to cyberattacks, and gives the software the ability to run in any environment. 

"As businesses move mission-critical workloads to hybrid multicloud environments, security data is spread across different tools, clouds and IT infrastructure. This can create gaps that allow threats to be missed, leading security teams to build and maintain costly, complex integrations and manual response plans," said Mary O'Brien, General Manager, IBM Security. "With Cloud Pak for Security, we're helping to lay the foundation for a more connected security ecosystem designed for the hybrid, multicloud world."

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In addition to being (theoretically) limitlessly extensible, Cloud Pak can reportedly search and translate security data from a variety of sources, bringing together critical security insights from across a company's multicloud IT environment.  

According to a press release from IBM released earlier today, Cloud Pak’s main three capabilities include: 

“Run anywhere. Connect security openly – IBM Cloud Pak for Security installs easily in any environment – on premises, private cloud or public cloud. It is comprised of containerised software pre-integrated with the Red Hat OpenShift, the industry's most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform. 

Gain security insights without moving data – Transferring data in order to analyse it creates additional complexity. IBM Cloud Pak for Security can connect data sources to uncover hidden threats and help make better risk-based decisions, while leaving the data where it resides. Through the use of open standards and IBM innovations, clients can access IBM and third-party tools to search for threat indicators across any cloud or on-premise location.

Respond faster to security incidents with automation – IBM Cloud Pak for Security connects security workflows with a unified interface to help teams respond faster to security incidents. According to IBM Security estimates, security teams have to manage an average of 200,000 potential security events per day, and coordinate responses across dozens of tools.”

For more information, read the full press release.

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Aug 3, 2021

Huawei to invest $100 million in start-up ecosystem

huawei
Cloud
investment
start-ups
3 min
During its HUAWEI CLOUD Spark Founders Summit, Huawei announced it will invest US$100 million in Asia Pacific start-ups over three years

Chinese multinational technology company, Huawei has announced its plan to invest US$100 million in start-up support at the inaugural HUAWEI CLOUD Spark Founders Summit. The summit took place simultaneously in Singapore and Hong Kong.

The investment, which will groom start-ups, could grow Huawei’s share of the region’s cloud computing market.

Attended by representatives from many prominent Asian start-ups, academia, as well as more than 50 regional top venture capitalists and over 300 startup founders, the summit focused on social value.

Discussing the social value of this start-up ecosystem, the event highlighted how start-ups can promote technological and ecosystem innovation, contribute to local communities and drive socioeconomic development.

Building a sustainable start-up ecosystem

Huawei said the investment would go towards its Spark Program in the Asia Pacific region. This program aims to build a sustainable start-up ecosystem for the region over the next three years.

Through the program, Huawei has been helping Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand build their start-up hubs.

Senior Vice President and Board Member at Huawei, Catherine Chen, opened the summit by emphasizing how important startups are to social advancement and what Huawei is doing to support startups: "Startups and SMEs are the innovators, disruptors, and pioneers of our times. 34 years ago, Huawei was a startup with just 5,000 dollars of registered capital.” 

“Recently, we have been thinking: How can we leverage our experience and resources to help more startups address their challenges? Doing so would allow them to seize the opportunities posed by digital transformation, achieve business success, and develop more innovative products and solutions for the world," she continued.

Cloud collaboration fostering technological innovation

At the summit, Huawei also announced its Spark Program would go on to focus its efforts on developing four additional start-up hubs. These hubs, which will be in Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, aim to recruit a total of 1,000 start-ups into the Spark accelerator program and shape 100 of these start-ups into scale-ups.

To support these new start-up hubs, Huawei will provide cloud resources as well as partnering them with venture capitalists and incubators to fund bidding ideas.

Ramping up its support for start-ups across the globe, Huawei also launched its Cloud-plus-Cloud Collaboration and Joint Innovation Program at the summit. The company plan to devote ongoing efforts and leverage its complete business portfolio in the Cloud-plus-Cloud collaboration space. 

Discussing Cloud-plus-Cloud collaboration Zhang Ping'an, CEO of Huawei's Cloud Business Unit, said: "Starting today, we are stepping up our support for startups through four new initiatives, aimed at cloud-plus-cloud collaboration, continuous tech innovation, global and local services, and high-quality business ecosystems. Today, we launched our Cloud-plus-Cloud Collaboration and Joint Innovation Program, through which we will support startups with US$40 million worth of resources.”

This space will foster technological innovation, global and local services and business ecosystems to accelerate the growth of start-ups.

Adding to the success of HUAWEI CLOUD

Three additional initiatives under the Asia Pacific Spark Program was launched by Huawei at the event:

  • The Spark Developer Program: this aims to nurture a developer ecosystem powered by HUAWEI CLOUD in the Asia Pacific region
  • The Spark Pitstop Program: this is designed to onboard and support start-ups on HUAWEI CLOUD to accelerate product development
  • The Spark Innovation Program: this is focused on facilitating enterprise innovation through the Spark start-up ecosystem

Ping'an also noted, "Since its launch in 2017, HUAWEI CLOUD has been the world's fastest-growing cloud, and has driven the growth of countless startups."

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