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SentinelOne, which provides a machine learning-based solution for monitoring and securing laptops, phones, containerised applications and the many other devices and services connected to a network - has picked up $200 million. The proliferation of devices and the expanding network are the biggest issues today and it is getting very hard to monitor not just what your network looks like but what your attackers are looking for. This is where an AI-based solution like SentinelOne’s comes into play. The company has roots in the Israeli cyberintelligence community but is based out of Mountain View, and its platform is built around the idea of working automatically not just to detect endpoints and their vulnerabilities, but to apply behavioral models, and various modes of protection, detection and response in one go — in a product that it calls its Singularity Platform that works across the entire edge of the network. SentinelOne is by no means the only company working in the space of endpoint protection. Others in the space include Microsoft, CrowdStrike, Kaspersky, McAfee, Symantec and many others.
Microsoft launched a new version of its Office app for Android and iOS, combining Word, Excel and PowerPoint into a single application. Some of the advantages of this unified approach include, according to Microsoft, a simplified user experience and less phone storage used (compared to installing three separate apps). The app also brings new functionality such as the ability to convert images into editable Word and Excel documents, PDF scanning, making quick notes, scanning QR codes and transferring files between devices. A minor but (to some) important detail: The iOS app supports dark mode, meaning it will be displayed in a darker color scheme to match the rest of the OS when dark mode is set to on.
Datree, the early-stage startup building a DevOps policy engine on GitHub, announced an $8 million Series A. The company learned that while scanning code for issues was something DevOps teams found useful, they wanted help defining the rules. So Datree has created a series of rules packages you can run against the code to find any gaps or issues. It builds these rules packages based on the company’s own expertise, as well as getting help from the community, and in some cases partnering with experts. For its Docker security package, it teamed up with Aqua Security.
Netskope, that focuses on cloud security, has raised another $340M. From the start, Netskope has taken aim at cloud and mobile security, eschewing the traditional perimeter security that was still popular when the company launched in 2012. Legacy products based on traditional notions of perimeter security have gone obsolete and inhibit the needs of digital businesses. Today’s urgent requirement is security that is fast, delivered from the cloud, and provides real-time protection against network and data threats when cloud services, websites, and private apps are being accessed from anywhere, anytime, on any device
OptimoRoute, which helps businesses better plan their routes, has raised a $6.5 million Series A. The service allows businesses to set their specific constraints and then automatically creates daily routes for their drivers, no matter whether they are doing deliveries or cleaning pools. What makes OptimiRoute stand out from some of its competitors in this space isn’t just its often significantly lower prices but also that it offers drivers and customers a mobile experience that includes live tracking and ETAs and the ability to change routes in real time as necessary. With OptimoRoute, companies can plan for specific days of the week or up to five weeks in advance. The company is also currently testing a pickup and delivery system for both passengers and goods, as well as support for multi-day long-haul routes.
Zoho unveiled online booking software for small businesses - Zoho Bookings. It allows to handle three different types of bookings: appointments, class registrations, asset rentals. Zoho Bookings integrates with seven of the world’s popular payment gateways, including Stripe, PayPal, RazorPay, and Authorize.Net. Bookings connects with your Google calendars, as well as your Zoho and Zoho CRM calendars, so you never get double booked. If you have an event on your Google Calendar for a parent-teacher meeting on Friday from 10 to 12, that time will be automatically blocked off in Bookings.
Infor, which makes large-scale cloud ERP software, announced that Koch Industries has bought the company for $13 billion. Koch is the customer and the lead investor in Infor. The ERP vendor was a step before going public, so Koch decided to keep it private. As a global organization spanning multiple industries across 60 countries, Koch has the resources, knowledge and relationships to help Infor continue to expand its transformative capabilities. Infor may be the largest company you never heard of, with more than 17,000 employees and 68,000 customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. All of those customers generated $3 billion in revenue in 2018.