Blue Turtle offers innovative solution for emerging Cyber Threat with Darktrace partnership

Blue Turtle Technologies, a leading security solutions provider and Darktrace, the leader in Enterprise Immune System Technology, have announced a strategic partnership to deliver Darktrace’s award winning cyber defense technology to the South African market.

Acknowledged for its expertise in providing best-in-class technology management solutions.  Blue Turtle offers carefully selected world-leading products to enhance the performance and efficiency of its customers’ digital environment. Partnering with Darktrace allows it to strengthen its cyber security defense platform and deliver the self-learning Enterprise Immune System to its customers, enabling them to detect advanced cyber threats that pass undetected through traditional perimeter defense solutions.

Darktrace’s innovative technology is based on unsupervised machine learning and mathematics developed at the University of Cambridge. The Enterprise Immune System monitors large volumes of data within networks on a 24/7 basis and ‘learns’ the pattern of life for every device, individual user and network. In achieving this understanding of an organisation’s ‘self’, Darktrace can spot new, emerging behaviors that fall outside this pattern of normality. Users benefit from an unparalleled visibility of their network, are able to address any rising issues early and take proactive measures to mitigate the risk.

“As disruptive cyber-attacks are becoming more effective at breaching security defenses, our partnership with Darktrace can provide great benefits to the Southern Africa market. Darktrace’s immune-system approach assists large organizations and government bodies in detecting behavioral anomalies in real time, allowing organizations to take timely action,” said Ronnie Koch, Infrastructure Security Architect, at Blue Turtle. “By detecting them earlier, they are able to protect themselves against advanced attacks and data compromises from within the network.”

“We are delighted to be working with Blue Turtle and extend the Enterprise Immune System to South African market,” said Nick Trim, Managing Director EMEA, at Darktrace. “Darktrace’s self-learning technology and unique approach to tackling sophisticated cyber threats helps organizations build resilient defense strategies and protect their reputation in an increasingly complex threat landscape.”

Blue Turtle unveils advanced BMC Control-M 9 Platform

Blue Turtle assists in delivering high-speed IT innovation for faster application deployment with built-in stability for optimal production performance with BMC Control-M 9

Delivering services at the speed of digital business is a major challenge for most enterprise IT organizations. To meet this need, Blue Turtle, as the leader in solutions for optimisation and management of IT systems, announces the general availability of Control-M 9, the latest version of its industry leading workload automation solution, which accelerates application time-to-value while simultaneously delivering stability, lowering operating costs, and increasing enterprise application services performance.

BMC’s Control-M 9 is a part of Blue Turtle’s Business Service Management platform and a part of BMCs Digital Enterprise Management strategy designed to make digital business fast and seamless and optimize every environment from mainframe to mobile to cloud.

High-speed IT innovation requires companies to deliver continuous application availability while simultaneously maintaining stability, control, and enterprise application services performance. The Control-M 9 solution enables competitive advantage by providing both IT operations and application developers with a new way to collaborate by automatically promoting application workflows across the stages of development through production with built-in stability and production performance.

“Control-M 9 is a game changer for companies that must deliver high-speed IT digital innovation,” said Gur Steif, president, BMC Workload Automation. “Our new automated application promotion gives the Ops and AppDev teams a friction-free way to meet their simultaneous need for speed and stability. With a host of other innovations that reduce total cost of ownership and improve business value, Control-M 9 delivers better bottom line business results.”

The Control-M 9 solution continues to improve workload automation services’ performance, usability, and cost reduction. New capabilities include risk-reducing high availability, out-of-the-box single view predictive analytics across the enterprise, automated agent and client deployment for faster upgrades, and maintenance, and improved data security. The solution also provides native interface capability to any application with Application Integrator, open platform support for JDBC-compliant databases, and a native interface for Apache Spark, complementing the Control-M solution’s leading position in native Big Data application integration support.

“BMC has made several enhancements that stand to improve workload automation services”, said Neil Cullum, Principal Control M Specialist at Blue Turtle. “We are excited about the Control-M 9 features, our clients will leverage the capabilities within Control-M to overall improve the value of their business and of course, delivering the applications faster.”

“Control-M 9 offers BMC’s customers an important set of enhanced automation capabilities that enable both IT operations and application developer teams to simplify and streamline complex business process workflows and data transformations,” said Mary Johnston Turner, research vice president for Enterprise Systems Management at IDC. “Control-M 9 is a vital part of BMC’s broader Digital Enterprise Management portfolio. By enabling customers to reduce operational complexity and cost-effectively link traditional compute platforms with emerging cloud and mobile applications, Control-M 9 will help many organizations execute their digital business strategies while continuing to maximize the value of existing applications and infrastructure.”

The next generation of leading workload automation software is now available, contact us for a consultation at (011) 206 5600 or info@blueturtle.co.za.

Blue Turtle named BMC Software Partner of the Year 2015

Blue Turtle Technologies, leaders in solutions for optimization and management of IT systems, has announced that it has again been recognized by BMC Software, one of the global leaders in enterprise service management, as the Partner of the Year 2015.

The award was presented at the BMC Africa Day event held at The Campus in Johannesburg. Blue Turtle, a BMC Partner for over 10 years, provides the full range of BMC Enterprise Service Management software. Solutions that provide for optimised operation, delivery and management of IT Services, whilst enabling the move to Digital Service Management.

Blue Turtle named Top Africa Partner 2015

The BMC Software Partner Award is given to partners that have demonstrated excellence in delivering BMC Software based solutions over the past year. This award recognizes Blue Turtle for significant growth in the adoption of BMC software, excellent customer support, and solution delivery in South Africa and Africa.

“This accolade comes after another great year of customer and market growth for the Blue Turtle team,” said Geoff Van Den Bosch, Managing Director at Blue Turtle. “Our customers can be assured that our vendor partners acknowledge our accomplishments and believe in the way we conduct our business. In addition, it confirms our continued investment and position as the leading provider of BMC Software and services in the region.”

 

Blue Turtle announces partnership with Bizagi to drive BPM adoption in SA

 

Depth and breadth of combined services plus a state-of-the-art BPM platform create a perfect combination to deliver value to a very attractive market

Blue Turtle Technologies announces its partnership with Bizagi Ltd, the global Business Process Management (BPM) software author, to jointly offer BPM solutions to the South African Market.

Under this partnership, Blue Turtle will be able to complement its consultancy portfolio, with Bizagi offerings in order to help its customers gain better control over their processes and improve their performance. “Partnering with an organization such as Bizagi, who are globally respected for implementing highly functional business process management solutions, is an exciting opportunity for Blue Turtle,” stated Justin Arnoldi, Application and Data Business Manager at Blue Turtle. “Clients looking to implement highly intuitive, mobile ready solutions, now have the tools necessary to deliver tangible results fast.”

 

Gustavo Gomez, Bizagi CEO, says: “We’re excited by the opportunity to work with Blue Turtle. The business value that customers such as Old mutual have already achieved can now be more effectively delivered to other businesses in the region. The partnership with Blue Turtle opens up new markets and new opportunities for Bizagi, while giving our SA customers a local partner they can rely on; together we can deliver enterprise best practice at a global level.”

 

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Toad for Oracle 12.7 is coming soon – Be a Part of It

 

The latest version of Dell Software Toad for Oracle is coming soon! All systems are on track and we are scheduled for a mid-June, 2015 release. This release has several interesting new features that will enable you to work more efficiently in teams, work more productively, and streamline some of the features you’ve grown to love. New features include:

  • Integration with Toad Intelligence Central to share files between Toad userstoad-world-logo
  • Centralized Code Analysis with management Analytics web interface
  • Rewritten Team Coding
  • Support for Oracle 12c InMemory
  • New, modern SQL editor
  • New Code Assist

Get a sneak peek of what’s new in this new YouTube video from product manager Brad Wulf on What’s New in 12.7 . Contact the Blue Turtle team to find out more on this release or follow Toad for Oracle blog on ToadWorld for more info.  

Parasoft Named a Leader in Modern Application Functional Test Automation Tools

Forrester Research, Inc., "The Forrester Wave™: Modern Application Functional Test Automation Tools, Q2 2015," 17 April

Forrester Research, Inc., “The Forrester Wave™: Modern Application Functional Test Automation Tools, Q2 2015,” 17 April

Parasoft Cited for “Solid features in UI automation and very comprehensive functional API testing automation features

Blue Turtle, the leading Parasoft partner in Southern Africa announces that Parasoft, a market leader in the automation of application testing has been named a leader in “The Forrester Wave™: Modern Application Functional Test Automation Tools, Q2 2015.”*

Forrester Research gave Parasoft the highest score among all vendors in the Current Offering category, and stated that “Agile project management (PM) and test management tools make [Parasoft’s] solution stand out.”

According to the report, “Parasoft’s API testing roots and comprehensive integrations pays off. Parasoft has a very strong product offering…[Its] strong vision on the use of analytics to drive greater testing performance, implemented in its current products and road map, make it a key player in the continuous delivery world allowing developers to promote low-risk, quality-release candidates in delivery pipelines.”

After examining past research, user-need assessments, and vendor and expert interviews, Forrester developed a comprehensive set of evaluation criteria. They evaluated vendors against 40 criteria, which they grouped into three high-level buckets: Current Offering, Strategy, and Market Presence.

“To us, Forrester’s evaluation confirms the value of the advanced automation, comprehensive capabilities, and easy extensibility that we believe earned us this position as a leader,” said Wayne Ariola, Parasoft Chief Strategy Officer. “We are impressed by Forrester’s efforts to help AD&D professionals select the right FTA tool, and we are extremely honored to be recognized in this important research.”

“We are excited to share the news with all our local clients, said Tommy Erlank, Business Manager for Application Optimization at Blue Turtle. This is great validation of Parasoft’s ability to understand and manage software application quality in the context of the “real world”. Parasoft’s ability to automate application testing of end-to-end business processes has always been very strong, and we see our clients reap the benefits of a comprehensive functional, regression, load and stress testing suite. More so, Parasoft’s SOA testing and Service Virtualization capabilities are key differentiators when it comes to Agile development and Continuous testing practices.”

 

Delphix acquires data masking leader, Axis Technology Software

Blue Turtle’s Data as a Service partner Delphix acquires Axis Technology, an acquisition that adds integrated masking to industry-leading data as a service platform.

Blue Turtle Technologies recognises that business applications and databases are growing at a rapid pace. According to Delphix, the market leader in Data as a Service, announced that it has acquired Axis Technology Software to enable secure, self-service data delivery for application projects, including ERP rollouts, custom development and migrations to private and public clouds.

Data as a Service delivers the right data to the right team at the right time, dramatically accelerating a wide range of application projects. By acquiring Axis Technology Software, a market leader in data masking, Delphix becomes the only solution for integrated data masking, data virtualization and data archiving.

“We believe that data masking—the ability to scramble private information such as social security numbers and credit card information—has become a critical requirement for managing data across development, testing, training and reporting environments,” said Jedidiah Yueh, CEO of Delphix. “With Axis, Delphix not only accelerates application projects, but also increases data security for our customers.”

High-profile data breaches continue to make headlines as organizations struggle to manage information security in the face of rapidly changing applications, data centers and the cloud. Data masking replaces confidential data such as social security numbers, birthdates and addresses with scrambled data that cannot be used to target customers. Adding data masking to the robust Delphix DaaS platform enables IT organizations to eliminate confidential and private information before it reaches developers, QA engineers or other privileged users—both on premises and in the cloud—dramatically reducing the surface area of data at risk.

Secure Data as a Service delivers a triple benefit to enterprise customers:

  • Security: meet external regulatory and internal requirements for managing private information, including PCI and HIPAA compliance
  • Speed: accelerate time to market by 50 percent for critical application projects and releases that drive customer retention, upsell opportunities and operational efficiency
  • Cost: reduce IT operating and capital expenses for projects by 50 percent

Many organizations leave the responsibility for data masking in the hands of various application teams that employ a range of scripts and manual processes to secure data, often leaving sensitive data at risk. Legacy test data management solutions mask data, but they leave the distribution of masked data up to IT administrators, resulting in stale datasets that reduce the effectiveness of application development and testing.

Secure Data as a Service combines automated data masking, data virtualization and data archiving into a single, powerful solution that delivers data within data centers and across private and public clouds.

Molina Healthcare, a customer of Delphix and Axis Technology Software, has deployed Data as a Service across more than 6,000 databases and over 2 petabytes of data in its private cloud.

“As a user of both solutions, we rely on Delphix and Axis to help us increase agility, reduce costs and meet industry regulations for data protection,” said Bharani Krish, associate vice president, Enterprise Infrastructure Services, Molina Healthcare. “We expect the combination to better enable our own IT transformation initiatives.”

“We’ve built a sophisticated platform to secure customer data at Axis, proven at many of the world’s biggest banks and enterprises,” said Michael Logan, founder and CEO of Axis Technology Software. “We’re excited to join Delphix in its mission to transform enterprise data management. The integrated power of our platforms will provide our customers the ability to protect their data where and when they need it.”

As vice president of Data Masking at Delphix, Logan will be responsible for driving technology synergies and continued market adoption of masking as an addition to the Delphix platform.

“Ongoing data breaches are driving an increased interest in data-centric security,” said Garrett Bekker, senior security analyst, 451 Research. “The combination of Delphix Data as a Service and Axis’ data masking brings a new approach to securing application data during development and testing.  While organizations have relied on data masking as a way to ‘de-identify’ sensitive information for some time, masking can be a challenge to manage, particularly for large-scale development projects that require numerous copies of a specific database instance. By virtualizing a ‘golden masked image’ that can be easily replicated or torn down as needed, Delphix can provide a degree of scalability to masking projects that was previously hard to achieve.”

Blue Turtle can facilitate the implementation of Delphix Secure DaaS. More information can be found at www.blueturtle.co.za

Attunity named to CRN Big Data 100 for Third Consecutive Year

Blue Turtle Technologies announces that Attunity Ltd, a leading provider of information availability software solutions, has been named to The Channel Company’s 2015 CRN® Big Data 100 for its high-performance data usage analytics and data delivery offerings. The annual list recognizes companies that bring innovative tools, technologies and services to market, helping organizations productively manage, process and analyze the increasing volume of information being generated today.

Attunity is recognized in the industry for its ability to help organizations overcome the challenges of making Big Data available quickly and easily. The company’s technology portfolio delivers automated, end-to-end Big Data usage and delivery solutions to support mission-critical data and analytics initiatives. In addition, Attunity’s robust solutions enable users to easily analyze, manage, and move small or large amounts of data with key optimizations specific to chosen platforms – whether in the data center, Hadoop or the cloud.

“When it comes to selecting building block technologies for Big Data solutions, channel partners need a dependable resource they can rely on to identify the key tools available,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “We congratulate the vendors of the CRN Big Data 100 for their innovation and commitment to helping businesses manage the Big Data challenge.”

“The Big Data industry is expanding at a rapid pace, and it is important for us at Attunity to stay innovative and agile so we can help organizations effectively reach their most challenging data delivery goals,” stated Lawrence Schwartz, Vice President of Marketing at Attunity. “We are honored to receive this important industry recognition for the third year in a row and look forward to continuing to exceed our customers’ needs and expectations.”

The Countdown is on for Windows Server 2003 End of Support

Microsoft will stop patching Windows Server 2003 in less than 90 days, and a recent survey found that a lot of enterprises aren’t even aware that the end of support is coming.

The extended support for Windows Server 2003 ends in July 14, 2015. It will mean to many South African enterprises still running on Windows Server 2003 that, while their systems may still be working well, they will no longer get support from Microsoft. Change is inevitable, After July 14, If enterprises are still running Windows Server 2003 in their datacenter, they need to take steps now to plan and execute a migration strategy to protect their infrastructure.

Blue Turtle delivers solutions, based on technology from Appzero and Dell Software that will automate much of the migration effort and allow for the move from 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure or Office 365, where organisations can achieve concrete benefits, including performance, reduced maintenance requirements, and increased agility and speed of response to their business.

Further, Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003, that means no more patches at all, just like with Windows XP last year. “After support ends, organisations will face the cyber crime risks, and potential compliance issues. Blue Turtle is now providing technology, from Bit9, that will allow ‘unpatched’ systems to run securely while a customer migrates”, says Martyn Healy, Blue Turtle Marketing Director.

Bit9, an endpoint security firm, recently released results of its “Windows Server 2003 (WS2K3) End-Of-Life Survey,” and the findings were rather startling. There were two glaring results from the survey:

  1. Nearly one in three enterprises (30%) plan to continue to run Server 2003 after the July 14 deadline, leaving an estimated 2.7 million servers unprotected.
  2. More than half of enterprises surveyed (57%) do not know when the end-of-life deadline is. In the survey, Bit9 gave respondents a multiple choice question asking the month when Server 2003 end-of-life would occur. Thirty percent of organizations surveyed said “I do not know,” and another 27% guessed wrong.

Server 2003, migrations are nowhere near as quick as they are with desktops. Bit9 says a migration could take up to six months, depending on the variances in the apps and complexity. This means that millions of Windows servers holding sensitive data will be unpatched. Bit9’s mission is security, so it was most concerned about this.

“Servers, including domain controllers and Web servers, are where most organizations’ critical information resides. So, if organizations continue to run Windows Server 2003 after July 14, without implementing appropriate compensating controls, they are putting customer records, trade secrets, and other highly valuable data at risk. Cybercriminals, hacktivists, and nation-states prey on unprotected servers, leaving enterprises exposed to potentially catastrophic breaches that can lead to lawsuits, regulatory fines, and loss of customer trust,” said Christopher Strand, Senior Director of Compliance at Bit9.

With less than 100 days left, Bit9 survey and blog stresses that organizations yet to upgrade must immediately aim to get their Server 2003 systems into a compliant state to eliminate both financial and legal penalties and avoid the brand damage associated with failed audits, data breaches, and noncompliance. Effective compensating controls for organizations without an upgrade plan include network isolation, application whitelisting, and continuous server monitoring[1].

Read the full Windows Server 2003 (WS2K3) End-Of-Life Survey report here.

To get started with the Migration Planning, please contact Blue Turtle on info@blueturtle.co.za or (011) 206 5600.

[1] Andy Patrizio, Network World, Windows Server 2003 support ends in 100 days, and many don’t even know, April 2015

 

Scalable Software Signs Blue Turtle Technologies (PTY) Limited as a Platinum Partner, Adding Momentum in IT Asset Management

Partnership with Blue Turtle Grows Scalable’s Impact in SaaS ITAM

Scalable Software, an established software developer providing Asset Vision®, the leading Cloud-based IT Asset Management solution, is partnering with Blue Turtle Technologies, expanding its reach into Southern Africa to serve Enterprise organizations in the Banking, Insurance, Telco and Public Sector verticals.   “As Blue Turtle Technologies continues to grow its solutions portfolio—including Cloud and SaaS offerings—having a partner like Scalable to expand our value-add to our customers is very valuable. Scalable’s solution is ideally suited to the growing technology markets here in Africa,” said Llevron Jacobs, Blue Turtle “We look forward to helping our customer’s drive their cost optimization programs through our partnership with Scalable.”

Bruce Aboudara, EVP Sales and Marketing, Scalable Software, noted, “Blue Turtle’s customer reach is impressive. What is most exciting is their breadth and depth of experience in the Infrastructure and Operations space, meaning they can effectively apply our technology to known business problems that are crying out for cost effective and innovative solutions.”

“With this partnership, Blue Turtle can add integrated asset discovery, inventory, normalization and usage metering in a single platform that supports software asset management, application migration and all sorts of compliance initiatives. This ranges from the desktop to the datacenter to growing delivery models such as SaaS applications, thin clients and VDI deployments. As customers in Africa look for world class IT Asset Management technology that can be delivered without the past challenges of on-premise restrictions, we expect there will be lots of interest in Asset Vision, Scalable’s breakthrough approach to IT Asset Management,” continued Mr. Aboudara.