Friday Notebook, June 30, 2017: Egnyte gets AI, Apperian adds ID options, Box on Azure, and more

Also: a look at NotPetya; the future of Nano Server; Nutanix and Google partner; notes from on Cloud Identity Summit; Office 365 identity options; ARKit; and a ‘what-if’ thought exercise.

This is our weekly log of everything that’s happened in the EUC, EMM, and desktop virtualization space, collected and co-written by me and Gabe.


Enterprise file sync and share vendor Egnyte has announced the general availability of Egnyte Protect, their cloud-based content governance product. It can do file-level encryption management, access control, and enforce data residency and retention policies. We last caught up with Egnyte in October, but now that Protect is GA, they have even more to talk about: they’re adding the ability to detect anomalous user behavior, indicating compromised accounts or insider threats, using machine learning. Clearly, the artificial intelligence trend is in full swing, and I’m interested to see how our space reacts as these products go into production. (And one side note—be sure check out the marketing video for Protect—it’s refreshingly direct!)

This week Apperian added some new identity and password-related capabilities to their mobile app management platform. (It really has been a big identity week!) Updates include support for OAuth, support for SSO via TouchID on iOS, and more advanced password policies. This is their first major product announcement since being acquired by Arxan in January.

Microsoft and Box announced a big partnership on Tuesday: Box will offer storage on Azure, the companies will go to market together, and they’re working on using Azure’s AI capabilities in Box. (Plus the Box apps work with Intune’s app-level MAM features.)

You’ve probably already read all about the NotPetya malware that hit Ukraine hard and spread throughout the rest of the world early this week, but in case you haven’t, here’s the best of several overviews I read. (It came highly recommended.) We asked this after WannaCry, but will this one push your IT strategy forward?

Microsoft Nano Server will be going through some big changes. For some background on what Nano Server currently looks like (for a while, at least), head to this introduction by Mike Nelson. On the client side, Microsoft announced new security features for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. It will finally bring the virtualization-based Windows Defender Application Guard.

Nutanix and Google Cloud announced a partnership around hybrid cloud. Google Cloud may be trailing AWS and Azure, but they’re making a huge bid right now, under the leadership of Diane Greene—check out our coverage of their Cloud Next ‘17 conference from March.

Have you seen the demos of apps based on the new augmented reality framework in iOS? If not, check out @madewithARKit on Twitter. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited. One note, though—you do have to have an iOS device with an A9 or later processor, which means iPhone 6s or later, iPhone SE, any iPad Pro, or the 2017 iPad.

Our blog posts

Jack: Cloud Identity Summit 2017: Ping Identity news and strategy; plus reflections on the event. Ping Identity is partnering with Microsoft to connect on-premises apps to Azure AD; and sent signals that machine learning-based security is coming to their products soon.

Jack: Cloud Identity Summit 2017: What I learned about the present and future of ID Open standards are coming together to make it a good time for enterprise identity in the cloud. Next stop, continuous authentication.

Gabe: Could Citrix acquire Bromium as part of their mission to become a security company? Citrix wants to be a security company. The strategy they outlined at Synergy covered threats from outside the organization, but what about threats that come from user activity?

Theresa Miller: Office 365: What are your identity management options? Theresa Miller covers how to get your on-premises Active Directory users up into the cloud, and how it will affect the user experience.

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