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MongoDB Enhances Atlas Platform for Modern Application Development, Announces Google Cloud Partnership for Generative AI

At its annual developer conference in New York, MongoDB unveiled several new capabilities for its Atlas platform, aiming to simplify the process of building modern applications for enterprises. The company’s President and CEO, Dev Ittycheria, highlighted the features as a means of supporting customers in running large-scale, mission-critical workloads with enhanced scalability and flexibility. MongoDB also announced industry-specific offerings and a partnership with Google Cloud to expedite the adoption of generative AI and enable the creation of innovative applications.

The key announcements from MongoDB’s event include significant improvements to Atlas, the fully-managed data platform that facilitates the development and deployment of scalable applications. Notably, Atlas now incorporates AI-powered vector search, enabling semantic search capabilities for text, images, audio, and video data. This opens doors to applications like text-to-image search and seamless integration of generative AI. Additionally, the introduction of stream processing allows developers to extract real-time insights from high-velocity and high-volume streaming data, enabling dynamic behavior adjustments and informed business actions.

MongoDB introduced Atlas Search Nodes, which provide dedicated resources for scaling search workloads independently of the database. Moreover, Atlas now supports querying data in Microsoft Azure Blob Storage through MongoDB Atlas Online Archive and Atlas Data Federation, expanding the service beyond its previous compatibility with AWS.

In collaboration with Google Cloud, MongoDB launched an AI initiative that integrates Google Cloud’s Vertex AI large language models (LLMs) with MongoDB Atlas. This integration empowers developers to accelerate their workflows and build new classes of generative AI applications, such as semantic search, classification, outlier detection, AI-powered chatbots, and text summarization. Kevin Ichhpurani, Corporate Vice President for Global Ecosystem and Channels at Google Cloud, expressed excitement about the initiative, emphasizing its potential for developers to create innovative applications and experiences that add significant business value.

MongoDB’s commitment to supporting generative AI development extends to its “AI Innovators” program, designed to aid organizations in building AI-powered solutions. The program offers up to $25,000 in MongoDB Atlas credits, partnership opportunities within the MongoDB ecosystem, and go-to-market support. It caters to both early-stage startups and established organizations with an existing customer base.

Another notable announcement was the introduction of Atlas for Industries. MongoDB plans to provide its data platform in industry-specific packages, beginning with Atlas for financial services. This program grants enterprises in the financial sector access to architectural design reviews, technology partnerships, and industry-specific knowledge accelerators, enabling rapid adoption and application development tailored to the industry’s unique challenges. MongoDB intends to expand this offering to manufacturing, automotive, insurance, healthcare, retail, and other industries throughout the year.

Lastly, MongoDB made its Relational Migrator generally available, offering a faster and easier migration process from legacy relational database technologies to MongoDB Atlas. The tool analyzes legacy databases, generates new data schemas and code automatically, and seamlessly migrates data to MongoDB Atlas with no downtime. Currently, it supports transfers from Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, and PostgreSQL.

With these advancements and strategic collaborations, MongoDB aims to empower developers and enterprises to leverage its Atlas platform, unleash the power of data and software, and build next-generation applications that shape the future of their businesses.

Orca Security and Google Cloud Expand Partnership for Enterprise Cloud Security

Orca Security, a leading agentless cloud security company, has announced an expanded partnership with Google Cloud, with the aim of strengthening the security of cloud workloads, data, and users. By integrating the Orca Cloud Security platform with key Google security products like Google Chronicle, Security Command Center, and VirusTotal, the collaboration seeks to provide comprehensive security solutions for multi-cloud development and runtime environments.

Orca Security takes pride in being the first third-party security solution to integrate the VirusTotal API v3, which was released earlier this year. This partnership represents a significant advancement in cloud security, as it equips organizations with essential tools to enhance visibility and achieve robust security in their cloud environments.

The integration with Google Chronicle, Security Command Center, and VirusTotal offers numerous advantages to Orca Security’s customers. By leveraging Google Cloud’s robust security services through Chronicle and Security Command Center, customers can consolidate cloud security telemetry to endpoint solutions. This consolidation of data enhances the security offering provided to Google’s customers.

With regards to VirusTotal, Orca Security is strengthening its malware capabilities by incorporating the platform’s robust data. This integration ensures broader coverage and deeper telemetry for malware data, thereby enhancing overall enterprise security.

Orca Security utilizes the latest Google Cloud API updates to introduce advanced features and capabilities, going beyond the identification of security risks and prevention of attacks such as denial-of-service and ransomware. The platform can also uncover idle, paused, and stopped workloads, as well as orphaned applications and endpoints that require consolidation or decommissioning.

Avi Shua, the CIO of Orca Security, emphasized the significance of consolidating an organization’s cloud insights into a unified data model. This approach enables security teams to gain context and prioritize risks for their cloud-native applications.

The platform now offers an Attack Path analysis feature that consolidates multiple individual risks into an interactive dashboard. This feature allows security teams to understand the impact of a workload vulnerability, including overprivileged users and exposed storage buckets containing sensitive personally identifiable information (PII). By comprehending this chain of vulnerabilities, organizations can assess the risks they face.

Orca’s malware detection capabilities, utilizing hash-based and heuristic approaches, provide confidence in findings. The integration with VirusTotal enables analysts and incident response teams to quickly access additional intelligence on the identified malware. This helps them understand the nature of the suspected malware and its potential connection to a larger threat.

Moving forward, Orca Security is committed to strengthening its team supporting the Google Cloud partnership, focusing on product development and go-to-market efforts. The collaboration aims to empower security leaders to address critical issues effectively. By integrating security throughout the application lifecycle, organizations can unify their development, DevOps, and security teams to deploy the most secure software and enhance the security of their cloud-native applications.

In addition to the core integrations, Orca Security is actively exploring the incorporation of the Mandiant Threat Intel feed to provide enhanced context for attack paths and findings. The company is also collaborating with Google Cloud partner SADA to expand the Orca Cloud Camp, which will showcase the unique combination of Orca, SADA, and Google. This partnership will be unveiled at the upcoming Google Next event.