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By Rich Handley

Hazelcast Announces Enterprise Edition of Its IoT Security Software

Hazelcast, an in-memory data-management company, has announced an enterprise edition of its Hazelcast Jet 0.7 platform with security features. Jet, paired with Hazelcast IMDG, offers an in-memory computing platform designed specifically for the Internet of Things (IoT) and microservices.

An early adopter of the Jet platform is already using the system for a critical IoT use case, the company reports. The user, a service provider specializing in the acquisition, persistence, secure transportation and dissemination of high-frequency sensor data, has developed a solution for the energy industry using Jet. Its solution provides comprehensive data-management software for edge processing; the role of Jet within the solution is to capture, stream and publish low-latency and high-frequency sensor data over low-bandwidth networks to multiple consumption points.

In this role, the Jet system acts as the processing backbone of the energy solution, monitoring sensors from remote production locations in varying formats and frequencies, then transforming this raw data into insights and decisions. This allows adjustments to be made to settings in real time, the firm explains. According to the company, Jet has a small footprint suited to the constraints that can be encountered in remote locations with limited IT access.

"We see a powerful new dynamic emerging around data management. In today's digital era, new systems are required that can deliver information with the time-sensitivity that meets rising business and consumer expectations," said Kelly Herrell, Hazelcast's CEO, in a prepared statement. "Hazelcast has already redefined high-performance processing for data at rest. Now, we are bringing that same level of performance to data in motion, enabling a new breed of ultra-high-performance applications based on streaming data that allow our customers to gain insight faster, enable actions within shorter durations, and engage new data at the speed with which it is arriving."

The latest release of Hazelcast Jet introduces the following features:

Hazelcast Management Center provides a console with various views to enable greater visibility into Jet clusters. The homepage provides a live dashboard-style overview, displaying at-a-glance statistics that can be used to gauge cluster status and health. In addition to monitoring the overall state of clusters, users can analyze the data flow of the distributed pipelines. Management Center provides visual tools to inspect running jobs and detect potential bottlenecks. Developers can observe clusters in real time and gain greater insight into what is occurring under the hood.

Hazelcast Security Suite offers TLS encryption, mutual authentication with X509 certificates, and roles-based authorization over data structures and actions. Cluster members can automatically authorize each other, thereby preventing attackers from impersonating users to steal account credentials. The Security Suite provides data privacy (TLS/SSL and symmetric encryption), authentication (JAAS-based authentication, socket interceptor and TLS Mutual Authentication) and authorization (JAAS-based authorization and security interceptor) within clusters. The suite is integrated into the Jet platform, streamlining the security of sensitive and valuable data.

Hazelcast Jet can dynamically re-scale to adapt to workload changes. When a cluster extends or shrinks, running jobs can be automatically adjusted to make use of all available resources without manual intervention. In the latest release of Jet, the company explains, it is more straightforward to integrate third-party libraries, such as predictive analytics tools for data enrichment. New features provide convenience for frequent tasks and afford companies immediate insight into their data.

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