February 22, 2011 – Qualys has unveiled its second-generation security-as-a-service platform that uses Java and a number of open-source technologies. 

eWeek brought this news to our attention in their article, “Qualys Revamps Managed Security Platform with Java Back-End.” To make the unveiling possible, Qualys overhauled its managed-security service with open-source components and virtualization technologies.

The new platform uses Apache Solr for clustered data indexing and tagging, and technology from Terracotta and Ehcache for Web-scale application clustering. All this to make it easy for IT managers to spot anomalies and identify security issues.

Qualys also announced IronBee, an open-source cloud-based WAF (Web Application Firewall). IronBee examines HTTP traffic to evaluate data and code as they pass through the network to trap attacks such as cross-side scripting and embedded JavaScript. 

Melody K. Smith

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