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Micro Focus unveils Data Center Automation for SaaS delivery

By Zach Thompson
Wed 8 Jun 2022

MicroFocus has released Data Center Automation (DCA) for software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery, offering more cost-effective vulnerability risk and IT compliance management.

Micro Focus DCA recognises server vulnerabilities and remediates them automatically both on-premises and in the cloud through a centralised approach.

The offering also allows users to see which servers are not compliant and remediate vulnerabilities with automated, agentless patching using SLO-based scheduling.

Micro Focus notes doing this bridges the gap between security and operations.

"Micro Focus is committed to delivering SaaS-based solutions across our products, and this latest release enhances our customers' ability to overcome the challenges associated with relentless threats and increasingly complex compliance standards.

"With the new SaaS deployment option, Data Center Automation customers have a fast path to orchestrate, standardise, and prioritise end-to-end infrastructure patching and continuous compliance management in a unified approach."

One of the new capabilities in Micro Focus DCA 2022.05 is that its SaaS provides fortified deployment and secure operations with ISO 27001 certified hosting and business continuity with a 99.9% availability service level agreement.

Further, Micro Focus' Server Automation customers are able to integrate on-premises software with DCA Premium SaaS to add reporting, dashboarding, and analytics.

Also included are improvements to compliance management with updated PCI and SOX compliance benchmarks as well as additional language support, reduced system requirements, support for Windows Server 2022 for vulnerability patching workflows and additional database support.

The announcement of this new offering comes after Gartner recognised Micro Focus as a leader for the ninth consecutive time in their 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing (AST) report.

This comes as a result of the successful capabilities of the company's Fortify security solutions, as well as their entire CyberRes portfolio. Expanded capabilities in AST for cloud-native applications, APIs, and infrastructure-as-code (IaC) are also some of the key features mentioned.

Micro Focus included several AST products and services within the CyberRes portfolio, including their Static Code Analyzer (SAST), WebInspect (DAST), Software Security Center, Fortify on Demand (SaaS) and Fortify Software Composition Analysis (SCA).

The company says that Fortify delivers an inclusive and extensible application security platform from a trusted partner that is created to support today's modern enterprises. AppSec professionals and key stakeholders are provided with integration tools and capabilities in a variety of situations, whether it be on-premises, SaaS, and as-a-service.

As part of the company's continuing expansion, it also recently expanded its application security solutions by acquiring Debricked as further evidence of the market's need to secure the software supply chain.

The company says it continues to innovate and adapt to the ever-changing market needs to help build secure software fast.

It believes that creating more opportunities for enterprises in the security sector helps create better outcomes.

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