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Microsoft announces public preview of application protection tool- Adaptive Application Controls 

Adaptive application controls, the application whitelisting tool which Microsoft announced at its Ignite conference, is now available for public preview in Azure Security Center.

The adaptive application controls (AAC) protect applications from malicious and vulnerable exploits, using the whitelisting rules. It simply whitelists the applications that are good, and blocks the rest.

Microsoft said that AAC analyzes Azure virtual machines (VMs) using machine learning capabilities, create baseline of applications, group VMs, and further apply suitable whitelisting rules automatically.

These whitelisting rules can be viewed, modified, as well as the alerts can be received in case any application violate the rules; all in Azure Security Center.  

The groups of VMs can be managed and monitored using the application control policies. Users can specify the policies on the basis of different groups of VMs. It decreases the management difficulties, and increases the application protection.  

Whitelisting can provide critical protection for purpose-built servers running on a static set of applications.

Also read: Microsoft teams up with Heptio and Tigera to better Kubernetes support for Azure and Windows Server Containers

Adaptive application controls are available for all versions of Windows VMs running in Azure, and can be purchased within standard pricing tier of Azure Security Center. Microsoft is offering a free trial for first 60 days.

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HPE simplifies multi-cloud management with OneSphere

At its Discover 2017 customer conference in Madrid, HPE introduced a simplified multi-cloud management platform called OneSphere that provides a combined experience across public clouds, on-premises private clouds and software-defined infrastructure.

HPE has designed OneSphere to address the needs of developers, IT operators, data scientists, researchers and enterprises to build clouds, deploy apps, and gain insights faster.

“Our customers need a radically new approach – one that’s designed for the new hybrid IT reality,” stated Ric Lewis, senior vice president and general manager, Software-Defined and Cloud Group at HPE. “With HPE OneSphere, we’re abstracting away the complexity of managing multi-cloud environments and applications so our customers can focus on what’s important – accelerating digital transformation and driving business outcomes.”

OneSphere contains a SaaS portal through which it offers access to a set of IT resources including public cloud services and on-premises environments. It also offers unified experience across clouds, sites, orchestration tools, PaaS and containers, which results in minimizing the requirement of specialized skills.

HPE said that managing the multi-cloud environments with traditional management solutions is complicated, and needs multiple points of management, consuming more resources and costs. They are also difficult to set up and manage since most companies use a combination of public cloud and on-premises resources.

HPE OneSphere has been designed to simplify all these management complications, providing users a one-stop access to all their applications and data from anywhere.

It works across containerized workloads, bare metal applications, and VMs, enabling internal stakeholders to compose hybrid clouds.

OneSphere streamlines DevOps so that enterprises get deep insights across the public and on-premises environments. It enables them to speed up the cycle times, better productivity, and generate cost-savings.

Also read: HPE’s new high-density compute and storage solutions to help businesses adopt HPC and AI applications

HPE said that OneSphere is a solution to accelerate digital transformation, and is ideal for businesses that want to capitalize on digital disruption and enable a broad range of new customer experiences.

It will be available from January 2018.