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Case Study:  AI EdgeLabs' Cybersecurity Enhancement for Scale Computing

Case Study: AI EdgeLabs' Cybersecurity Enhancement for Scale Computing

Building support Scale Computing's varied and dynamic infrastructure without compromising performance with AI EdgeLabs` comprehensive cybersecurity solution
March 26, 2024

Scale Computing is at the forefront of delivering hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions, integrating virtualization, servers, storage, and backup/disaster recovery into a unified system. This innovation offers substantial efficiency, scalability, and cost benefits, yet it inherently presents complex cybersecurity challenges. The integration of diverse environments, spanning edge computing, cloud instances, and traditional data centers, creates a broad attack surface susceptible to a variety of cyber threats.

Context & Challenge

Scale Computing operates in an environment where the security of data and infrastructure cannot be overstated. With deployments ranging from small edge computing nodes to large data centers, the complexity and variability of the infrastructure present significant cybersecurity challenges.

Confronting Today's Cyber Threats Head-On

Ransomware and Malware: Threats capable of encrypting data or disrupting operations, demanding ransoms for their cessation. Given Scale Computing's infrastructure that spans across edge, cloud, and data center environments, ransomware and malware present significant risks. The interconnected nature of hybrid infrastructures can facilitate the spread of such malware, exacerbating the impact of attacks.

Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) Attacks: Interceptions threatening the integrity and confidentiality of data in transit between the cloud, edge, and data centers. For Scale Computing, which relies on the transmission of data between edge devices, data centers, and the cloud, ensuring the security and integrity of data in transit is paramount.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks: Overwhelming traffic aimed at disrupting the availability of services. Scale Computing's infrastructure, particularly its edge computing components, could be targeted to disrupt operations or as part of a broader attack strategy against the infrastructure.

DNS Spoofing: Redirecting traffic to malicious sites, potentially leading to data exfiltration or the spread of malware.  For Scale Computing, which may manage vast amounts of data across its HCI solutions, ensuring the integrity of DNS queries and responses is crucial to prevent data exfiltration or the spread of malware.

Insider Threats: Insider threats, whether malicious or accidental, can arise from employees, contractors, or partners with access to the IT infrastructure. Given the complex and distributed nature of Scale Computing's environment, managing access controls and monitoring user activities are critical to mitigating these risks.

These challenges necessitate a cybersecurity solution that is not only comprehensive and advanced but also flexible and lightweight to support Scale Computing's varied and dynamic infrastructure without compromising performance.


Unleashing the Power of AI EdgeLabs Solution for Cybersecurity

AI EdgeLabs offers a comprehensive cybersecurity solution tailored to meet the unique needs of Scale Computing. Key features of AI EdgeLabs that cater to Scale Computing's requirements include:

Lightweight and Efficient: AI EdgeLabs' agents are designed to be resource-efficient, using only up to 700MB and up to 5% CPU usage, ensuring minimal impact on system performance across Scale Computing's diverse solutions.

Advanced Threat Detection: AI EdgeLabs' EDR capabilities are crucial for identifying and responding to malware and ransomware attacks. By monitoring endpoints in real-time, AI EdgeLabs can detect unusual behaviors or known signatures of malicious software, enabling rapid isolation and remediation of infected systems. This is especially important in a hybrid infrastructure where endpoints can range from traditional workstations to cloud instances and edge devices.

Comprehensive Network Analysis: AI EdgeLabs analyzes network traffic to detect anomalies indicative of DDoS, MITM, and DNS spoofing attacks. Utilizing machine learning models, the solution can identify suspicious patterns, even in encrypted traffic, without the need for decryption, preserving the efficiency of edge resources.

Parallel Analysis of Network Interfaces: The ability to analyze multiple network interfaces simultaneously allows Scale Computing to maintain high levels of security across its varied infrastructure without sacrificing performance or scalability.

Flexible Management of Network Interfaces: AI EdgeLabs offers the flexibility to manage and analyze different numbers of network interfaces, ensuring that Scale Computing can tailor the security measures to specific requirements of each deployment.

Autonomous Operation: Designed to function autonomously, AI EdgeLabs ensures continuous protection even in scenarios where connectivity to a cloud backend is intermittent or unavailable. This feature is crucial for maintaining security across Scale Computing's distributed edge computing environments.

Edge-Based Data Processing and ML Inference: All preprocessing of data and inference of machine learning models occur on the edge. This design choice not only enhances the speed and efficiency of threat detection but also ensures that security measures are not hindered by connectivity issues to the cloud backend.

Adaptability to Complex Infrastructures: AI EdgeLabs is built to seamlessly integrate into Scale Computing's hybrid infrastructure, offering the flexibility to manage and analyze various network interfaces, ensuring customized protection strategies are in place for different deployment scenarios.


The implementation of AI EdgeLabs within Scale Computing's infrastructure brings about a transformative change in its cybersecurity posture. Scale Computing now benefits from real-time threat detection, advanced network traffic analysis, and efficient handling of a wide range of cyber threats, from DDoS attacks to sophisticated malware and ransomware targeting Linux systems.

The lightweight, flexible, and autonomous nature of AI EdgeLabs ensures that Scale Computing can offer its customers a secure, reliable, and efficient computing platform without compromising on performance or scalability. The addition of AI EdgeLabs into Scale Computing's ecosystem not only fortifies its cybersecurity defenses but also enhances its value proposition in the hyperconverged infrastructure market.

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