Today is a major milestone for Open Raven: we announced the release for general availability (GA) of our commercial product, the Open Raven Cloud-Native Data Protection Platform. A colossal amount of work by the Open Raven team that owes a considerable debt to the fantastic group of design partners who have been piloting the platform. If you’ve taken the time to speak with us or especially if you’ve used the earlier versions of the platform, we greatly appreciate it and want you to know that it’s made all the difference. In a year chock full of distractions and mayhem, we certainly don’t take it for granted.
Open Raven Platform 1.0 is a giant leap beyond the Community Edition version we announced in February that focused on cloud asset and data discovery.
Some of the key product capabilities in Platform 1.0 include:
With Open Raven Platform 1.0, we’re frequently asked how we compare to AWS Macie, Amazon’s native data classification service for S3. We’re dramatically different from Macie. If you’re only interested in data classification, then Open Raven is better, faster, and less expensive for identifying sensitive, personal or regulated data. But most SecOps, privacy and cloud teams we talk to want more than a data classification service. They want an end-to-end operational platform, tightly integrating discovery and classification with policy-based monitoring and enforcement to proactively protect their data in AWS from breaches and leaks. And they’d rather not have to build such a platform themselves.
Open Raven key differentiators from Macie include data location (e.g., on EC2), more powerful classification, end-to-end operationalization, visualization across an entire AWS estate, as well as short-term scope beyond S3 and mid-term scope beyond Amazon (i.e., Snowflake and Google Cloud Platform in 2021). Macie’s opaque pricing model is also a sticking point for many. Our straightforward pricing model (we bill by data store w/ 10GB included per store) has been well received by our design partners.
Our design partners are using Open Raven Platform 1.0 to solve a growing list of key challenges with protecting cloud data. The use cases we see most often include:
This month, we quietly launched a SaaS-based free trial of Open Raven Platform 1.0. While we still offer our hybrid deployment - where we deploy directly into a customer’s cloud environment – we now lead with a SaaS based trial which is quicker and easier for many. We received consistent feedback that SaaS was fine in most environments, albeit the hybrid model is still available when required by the circumstances.
With the trial version readily available, we have begun to transition our perpetual free entry point (what we called Community Edition) to a full open source offering. We are hammering out the details of a clearer, more compelling open source strategy to be announced early next year, now being driven by our recently hired Open Source Director, Dave Lester.
We are consistently reaffirmed that the timing of the Open Raven Platform 1.0 release couldn’t be better. The need for visibility and control of cloud data security and privacy is pervasive as organizations accelerate their transition to the public cloud and accumulate massive amounts of data along the way. The existing amount of manual work, time, expense and resulting number of incidents are clear indications that existing solutions, from cloud providers and security vendors alike, aren’t working.
We’ve been working since early last year to reimagine data protection and we can’t wait to help you. To map your entire cloud infrastructure in minutes. To pinpoint critical data sitting in petabyte-scale S3 buckets. To make compliance absolutely painless and even a little pretty. Drop us a line to start a Free Trial or Request a Demo today.