Jul 31, 2020

Whistic’s cybersecurity vendor management platform

Whistic
Cybersecurity
platform
vendors
William Smith
2 min
Whistic’s cybersecurity vendor management platform
Whistic is a Salt Lake City, Utah-based startup operating a vendor security platform to speed up trust development...

Whistic is a Salt Lake City, Utah-based startup operating a vendor security platform to speed up trust development.

The company’s platform is aimed at addressing the cybersecurity vulnerabilities inherent to a company’s relationship with its vendors, automating security reviews to give security teams information on vendor security and compliance.

It counts among its customers Okta, Qaultrics and Airbnb, with the latter’s Nate Jones, Security Program Manager, commenting: “Security reviews move much faster, especially when others are part of Whistic already so we can take advantage of the double-sided marketplace that the platform offers. Increasing the speed of reviews is important because it saves person hours, freeing time for us to work on other initiatives.”

The company’s Whistic Trust Catalog includes 14,000 company profiles, growing thirty times since it launched in 2019.

The company has raised a total of $16mn since its foundation in 2015. Its latest Series A, announced earlier this week, raised $12mn from lead investor Emergence, alongside Album VC.

In a press release, Nick Sorensen, Whistic CEO, said: “As more companies are realizing the importance of generating trust with their customers and validating trust with their third-parties, we are excited to offer a new, proactive approach to vendor security. The alliance with Emergence enables us to continue to accelerate our growth and develop new ways for companies to evaluate security postures and build trust.”

Whistic said it would use the funds to scale operations and increase its rate of hiring.

We’re excited to have Whistic join our family of market-defining companies at a time when quickly building and verifying trust is critical,” said Gordon Ritter, Emergence Founder and General Partner. “The value the platform delivers for customers is unparalleled and we are looking forward to creating a new fabric of trust that speeds up the pace of business globally.”

Share article

May 12, 2021

Confluent announces new private cloud building platform

Cloud
Data
Technology
Digital
2 min
Confluent launches its Kubernetes platform, providing developers a cloud-native data streaming experience within private cloud infrastructure

Confluent, a platform that sets data in motion, today announced Confluent for Kubernetes, the first platform purpose-built to bring cloud-native capabilities to data streams in private infrastructures.

Confluent for Kubernetes allows platform teams to bring much of the same cloud-native experience found within Confluent Cloud to their self-managed environments while enabling operations teams to retain control of their data and infrastructure. As a cloud-native solution, Confluent for Kubernetes helps achieve faster time-to-value and reduce operational burdens with a fully elastic and scalable cloud-native experience in private infrastructure.

“To compete in the digital realm, organisations need to quickly deliver personalised customer experiences and real-time operations, which are only possible with access to data from all environments and cloud-native advantages,” said Ganesh Srinivasan, Chief Product and Engineering Officer, Confluent.

“For organisations that need to operate on-premises, we’re bringing the benefits of cloud computing to their private infrastructure with Confluent for Kubernetes. Now, any company can build a private cloud service to move data across their business regardless of its environment.”

 

How can Confluent for Kubernetes help?

Organisations who are transitioning to the cloud or who need to keep workloads on-premises can use Confluent for Kubernetes’ cloud-native capabilities, including a declarative API to deploy and operate Confluent. According to the company, the platform also makes moving applications to the public cloud easier by ‘seamlessly migrating workloads to wherever your business needs them with the ability to connect and share data with Confluent Cloud’.

  • Enhanced reliability – As a cloud-native system, Confluent for Kubernetes detects if a process fails and will automatically restart processes or reschedule as necessary. Automated rack awareness spreads replicas of a partition across different racks, improving the availability of your brokers and limiting the risk of data loss.

  • Automated elasticity – Meet changing business demands with the ability to scale up using API-driven operations. The platform will automatically generate configurations, schedule and run new broker processes, and ensure data is balanced across brokers so that clusters can be efficiently utilised.

  • Simplified infrastructure management – Confluent for Kubernetes extends the Kubernetes API, enabling organisations to define the desired high-level state of clusters rather than manage all the low-level details. This infrastructure-as-code approach reduces the operational burden and achieves a faster time to value, while enhancing security with standards that can be easily and consistently deployed across an organisation.

Share article