Infrastructure solution provider’s HCI software platform achieves Common Criteria certification
The certification of Pivot3’s Acuity hyperconverged infrastructure software platform demonstrates to government and private-sector organizations that the solution has met security and data protection standards established by the International Organization for Standardization 15408.
The Lowdown: Common Criteria is an internationally recognized set of guidelines that define a common framework for evaluating the security features and capabilities of IT security products. Pivot3’s prior-generation software platform attained the certification as well.
The Details: The certification process for Common Criteria consists of several evaluation assurance levels, each one more stringent than the last. With its Acuity solution, Pivot3 reached Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 2+. Requirements for achieving a particular EAL include analysis, design documentation, and functional or penetration testing. Common Criteria security testing is performed by accredited third-party laboratories.
Background: In 2017, Pivot3 launched Acuity as the industry’s first priority-aware, policy-based HCI platform with advanced policy-based management and NVMe PCIe flash. Offering sixfold performance over conventional HCI solutions, Acuity allows organizations to automate data protection, placement and performance, and delivers unmatched management simplicity at enterprise scale.
Pivot3 has achieved the Common Criteria certification on the heels of double-digit quarterly revenue growth. At the beginning of the month, the company announced that it’s seeing increased demand for hyperconverged and hybrid cloud deployments among large enterprises and in specific vertical markets such as government and transportation and logistics.
The company attributes the dramatic growth largely to its ecosystem of channel partners – a base it’s continuing to expand, especially in the areas of IoT, security, and data center architectures.
The Buzz: “Threats faced by organizations today are fluid, ever-changing, and increasingly complex, and CIOs, CISOs, and CSOs need to know their infrastructure meets the most stringent security requirements,” said Ben Bolles, Pivot3’s vice president of product. “Pivot3 has proven itself as a leader in providing security, resilience, and manageability at scale for customers with mission-critical applications and environments. With the Common Criteria certification – considered to be the gold standard for security – IT leaders have the confidence that their infrastructure meets the highest security and data protection standards.”
“As government agencies and regulated industries work to modernize their infrastructure, they will rely heavily on certified solutions to protect and secure sensitive data,” said Jake Nelson, director of marketing at Corsec Security, which assisted Pivot3 with the certification process. “The completion of the Common Criteria process not only opens doors to new and exciting markets for Pivot3 with its Acuity platform, but it also demonstrates the company’s commitment to product security and the protection of our nation’s infrastructure.”