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Microsoft Azure Sphere Hits GA Daily News Wrap: February 24, 2020


1/ After years of testing and previews, Microsoft Azure Sphere now launches in general availability. Initially introduced at RSA 2018, Azure Sphere is Microsoft’s integrated security solution for IoT devices and equipment. It comprises three components: Azure Sphere certified microcontrollers (MCUs), Azure Sphere OS and Azure Sphere Security Service. The MediaTek MT3620, the first Azure Sphere chip, featured an onboard security subsystem Microsoft christened “Pluton.” Eligible customers will be able to sign up in the coming days. Azure Sphere doesn’t have ongoing fees associated with it, but there’s a one-time cost for a chip (as little as less than $8.65) that includes access to all of Sphere’s components, plus OS updates for the lifetime of the chip. [Source: Microsoft Blog, VentureBeat]

2/ Open cloud company Mirantis has joined the Linux Foundation’s LF Networking (LFN) community, which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across open networking projects. LFN begins 2020 by evolving joint collaboration across the industry to enable cloud native network functions (CNFs) to shift workloads into Kubernetes clusters using ONAP to orchestrate a variety of functions and services. Other activity includes harmonization with open standards, via the Common NFVI Telco Taskforce (CNTT), jointly hosted by the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA). The group recently published an initial common Reference Model and Reference Architecture as well as hosting a joint hackathon with developers across the LFN community. CNTT enhances the OPNFV Verification Program (OVP), which combines open source-based automated compliance and verification testing for NFV stack specifications established by ONAP, multiple SDOs such as ETSI and GSMA, and the LF Networking End User Advisory Group (EUAG). Current efforts include the next iteration of OVP, with more automation integrated via ONAP. [Source: Linux Foundation]

3/ Databricks has launched its Data Ingestion Network to enable an easy and automated way to populate your lakehouse from hundreds of data sources into Delta Lake. Data ingestion into Delta Lake supports ACID transactions that makes data ready to query and analyze. Fivetran, Qlik, Infoworks, StreamSets, and Syncsort have joined the newly launched Data Ingestions Network. Their integrations to Data Ingest provide hundreds of application, database, mainframe, file system, and big data system connectors, and enable automation to move that disparate data into an open, scalable lakehouse on Databricks quickly and reliably. Customers using Azure Databricks already benefit from the native integration with Azure Data Factory to ingest data from many sources. [Source: SiliconAngle]

4/ Sumo Logic has made available its new Cloud SIEM Enterprise offering, which includes a set of capabilities to ease the burden on security operations center (SOC) personnel. These capabilities help identify and prioritize high fidelity threats and automate the analyst workflow, allowing SOC personnel to better manage real security events and effectively enforce security and compliance policies. The newly announced Sumo Logic Cloud SIEM Enterprise is a cloud-native solution that addresses the challenges facing today’s modern SOC. The latest offering modernizes security operations by automating the manual work for the security analyst, saving them time and enabling them to be more effective by focusing on higher-value security functions. Sumo Logic Cloud SIEM Enterprise also provides real-time insights and intelligence SOC teams can use to identify evidence of compromise and improve their ability to respond quickly by understanding the impact of an attack. [Source: Sumo Logic]