McAfee Releases Audit Plugin for MySQL Users

McAfee, the organization that holds the title of being the world’s largest security technology company, has just announced the release of its free open-source audit plugin for MySQL users. The free plugin was created by McAfee to join the company’s pre-existing solutions that make up its award-winning line of products that specialize in database security.

Ideal for small and medium-sized businesses, but also valuable for larger organizations, the MySQL audit plugin allows users to collect comprehensive activity audits from their databases that offer in-depth detail and help to satisfy audit requirements.

The way in which McAfee addresses database security allows the company to provide solutions to organizations that often face troubles when trying to properly secure their databases.  McAfee’s successful approach is demonstrated in the MySQL audit plugin’s full set of features, which begins with total visibility into the status and vulnerabilities of all databases in a particular environment.

A large portion of the audit plugin’s appeal comes from the flexibility and ease of use it offers.  Interested parties do not have to worry about making any changes to their existing database and network architecture, as the plugin is non-intrusive.  While remaining so, it supplies real-time database protection across all vectors, creating a solid barrier against malicious or unauthorized activity.

The MySQL audit plugin’s ease of use continues with the fact that it can supply vital security updates through McAfee’s virtual patching for databases without having to take critical applications offline.  This reduces downtime and allows businesses to continue functioning as normal with minimal interruptions.  Additionally, since the audit plugin can be implemented as a software-only solution, deployment is simplified and highly scalable for monitoring cloud-based databases.

Dan Sarel, McAfee’s vice president of database security product management, commented on the new release: “McAfee developed the free database audit plug-in to give the community of MySQL users a means of building enterprise-level database security around their databases.  When coupled with the McAfee Database Activity Monitoring sensor for MySQL, the data is subject to the same real-time analysis and policy enforcement as the data collected from other supported databases.”

As mentioned, McAfee currently offers the MySQL audit plugin at no cost.  The plugin supports DB2, Oracle, SQL, and Sybase databases and can be downloaded by visiting https://github.com/mcafee/mysql-audit/downloads.

For more on this topic, visit http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mcafee-brings-security-to-the-mysql-open-source-database-community-2012-03-26

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Logicworks Launches Infrastructure Services for Hadoop

Logicworks, a provider of cloud computing and managed hosting services, has officially announced the launch of its new infrastructure services offering for Apache Hadoop.  Created in response to the increasing demands of business intelligence and big data customers, the new infrastructure for Hadoop offers users the security and performance of enterprise storage and dedicated servers, the value and scalability of cloud computing, and Logicworks’ renowned managed services in a single solution.

Logicworks’ infrastructure for Hadoop comes equipped with an extensive set of features.  The service employs low-latency, high bandwidth networks for improved performance and efficiency of Hadoop clusters.  It features hybrid architecture with infiniCloud public cloud service that offers multiple advantages.  The enterprise storage supplies maximum data protection and customers also receive the ability to add resources on an on-demand basis.

The features of Logicworks’ new infrastructure for Hadoop continue with horizontally scalable stacked switches for scaling “Hadoop clusters on a self-healing, redundant network with stacked Extreme Networks Switches.”  The service addresses name node redundancy through the use of VMware-based private clouds for high availability via vSphere Fault Tolerance, which creates a live shadow of NameNode virtual machines.  Improved Hadoop performance is achieved through the use of latest generation hardware found in private cloud nodes and the public cloud.

Rounding out the noteworthy features of Logicworks’ infrastructure for Hadoop are dedicated inter-cluster communication interfaces.  These use VLANs to provide network isolation to keep Hadoop cluster traffic separate from other network traffic.  Logicworks’ also uses bare metal servers and cloud resources in its service for Hadoop that have network interfaces dedicated to inter-node traffic.  Lastly, the service offers Hadoop Distributed File Systems protocol through Isilon to reduce the importing and exporting of data into and out of Hadoop to help customers conserve resources.

Kenneth Ziegler, president of Logicworks, said: “Our clients find it expensive and time consuming to stand up and maintain high-availability infrastructures for their analytics systems.  Our managed Big Data services provide a turn-key, proven architecture which allows clients to spend less time worrying about their infrastructure and more time using their data for better decision-making.”

For more on this topic, visit http://www.marketwatch.com/story/logicworks-solves-big-data-hosting-challenges-with-new-infrastructure-services-for-hadoop-2012-03-21

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