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Cray signs solutions provider agreement with Vanguard Infrastructures

Cray has announced that it has signed a solutions provider agreement with Vanguard Infrastructures. Vanguard will develop, market, and sell on premise and cloud-as-a-service cybersecurity solutions that fuse supercomputing technologies with an open, enterprise-ready software framework for big data analytics. Vanguard has also purchased a Cray Urika-GX system.

Headquartered in Frisco, Texas, Vanguard Infrastructures offers hosting services and custom-built cybersecurity solutions that utilise the unique capabilities of graph analytics. With its new Cray Urika-GX agile analytics platform and the integrated Cray Graph Engine, Vanguard can offer advanced cybersecurity solutions that can analyse billions of data points and behavioural mannerisms of both human and machine to help customers combat cybersecurity and insider threats.

'The unprecedented combination of speed and versatility of the Cray Urika-GX system makes it a powerful component of a comprehensive cybersecurity solution for threat detection,' said Fred Kohout, Cray’s senior vice president of products and chief marketing officer. 'Vanguard can now provide its customers with differentiated and customised cybersecurity solutions that combine the strengths of Cray’s big data analytics infrastructure with Vanguard’s security expertise.'

'Vanguard is honoured to work with Cray to enrich the Urika-GX and utilise its large-scale processing capabilities to solve mission-critical security threats across industry verticals,' said Vijay Richard, Executive Vice President, Vanguard Infrastructures. 'The Urika-GX platform powers Vanguard’s Intelligence to not only detect but also mitigate data exfiltration attempts. In addition, the Cray Graph Engine rapidly and intuitively offers visualisation of networks, threats and interdiction activity in near real-time.'

The Cray Urika-GX agile analytics platform features a scalable analytics software environment designed to support large-scale data science activity. An exclusive feature of the Cray Urika-GX system is the Cray Graph Engine, which leverages the high-speed Aries network interconnect, to provide unprecedented, large-scale graph pattern matching and discovery operations across complex collections of data. Also supported is the Apache Spark cluster engine and the Apache Hadoop software library, both included to provide the tools necessary for large-scale analytics and machine learning operations. When combined, the three environments – Spark, Hadoop and the Cray Graph Engine – enable customers to build complete end-to-end analytics workflows and avoid unnecessary data movement.

For more information on the Cray Urika-GX system, and Cray’s partner initiatives, please visit the Cray website at


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