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Will Bracket Computing Transform Security for the Software-Defined World?

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

As organizations continue to move to a software-defined world and adopt multi-cloud and hybrid IT strategies, security approaches that assume the enterprise controls the entire IT stack or require that on-premises and cloud-based workloads be secured separately are proving inadequate.

Bracket Computing has developed a novel approach to security based on the premise that organizations must be able to consistently secure workloads without regard to where they run and who owns the underlying infrastructure. Using what they call the ‘metavisor,’ they have created a security layer that sits on top of the hypervisor, but below the guest OS.

As a result, it has a one-to-one relationship with the guest in the same way that an agent-based security approach might, but without the inherent vulnerability of agent-based solutions. On the other hand, they provide the transparency and immutability of a network-based device, but without the need to control the underlying infrastructure. The result is what they call a “Computing Cell” — a secure computing instance that provides workload isolation, encryption, and micro-segmentation.

Most importantly, Bracket’s solution runs on all major public cloud platforms as well as on premises VMWare instances and can be managed using a centralized control platform. This universality enables enterprise security professionals to consistently administer security policies on a workload-by-workload basis across the entirety of the organization’s software-defined infrastructure – whether it’s in their data center or running in the cloud.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at [email protected].

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.