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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 the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

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).

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