Understanding VMware in just 4 minutes

SEAN MITCHELL | August 13, 2019 | 112 views

VMware is a significant global vendor of enterprise software. Its software has not only pioneered virtualisation, but to this day it leads the segment.Its core product is vSphere which is generally used to virtualise servers. Not long ago, a company would have a different physical server for each service — for example, an Email server, a file server, a database server etc.Using this approach, the hardware was severely underutilised. Often each of these servers was only using a tiny percentage of its capacity.Virtualisation and the vSphere product from VMware changed that. A company could virtually run each of these servers on a single server. Now instead of three servers, each running at a small percentage utilisation, one server is running all three in virtual instances.The operating system and software didn't know that they were running inside a virtual machine and sharing a server with other virtual machines.

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Network Virtualization: The Future of Businesses and Networks

Article | July 26, 2022

Network virtualization has emerged as the widely recommended solution for the networking paradigm's future. Virtualization has the potential to revolutionize networks in addition to providing a cost-effective, flexible, and secure means of communication. Network virtualization isn't an all-or-nothing concept. It can help several organizations with differing requirements, or it can provide a bunch of new advantages for a single enterprise. It is the process of combining a network's physical hardware into a single, virtual network. This is often accomplished by running several virtual guest machines in software containers on a single physical host system. Network virtualization is indeed the new gold standard for networking, and it is being embraced by enterprises of all kinds globally. By integrating their current network gear into a single virtual network, businesses can reduce operating expenses, automate network and security processes, and lay the groundwork for future growth. Network virtualization also enables organizations to simulate traditional hardware like servers, storage devices, and network resources. The physical network performs basic tasks like packet forwarding, while virtual versions handle more complex activities like networking service management and deployment. Addressing Network Virtualization Challenges Surprisingly, IT teams might encounter network virtualization challenges that are both technical and non-technical in nature. Let's look at some common challenges and discuss how to overcome them. Change in Network Architecture Practically, the first big challenge is shifting from an architecture that depends heavily on routers, switches, and firewalls. Instead, these services are detached from conventional hardware and put on hypervisors that virtualize these operations. Virtualized network services are shared, scaled, and moved as required. Migrating current LANs and data centers to a virtualized platform require careful planning. This migration involves the following tasks: Determine how much CPU, computation, and storage resources will be required to run virtualized network services. Determine the optimal approach for integrating network resilience and security services. Determine how the virtualized network services will be implemented in stages to avoid disrupting business operations. The key to a successful migration is meticulous preparation by architects who understand the business's network requirements. This involves a thorough examination of existing apps and services, as well as a clear knowledge of how data should move across the company most effectively. Moreover, a progressive approach to relocation is often the best solution. In this instance, IT teams can make changes to the virtualization platform without disrupting the whole corporate network. Network Visibility Network virtualization has the potential to considerably expand the number of logical technology layers that must collaborate. As a result, traditional network and data center monitoring technologies no longer have insight into some of these abstracted levels. In other circumstances, visibility can be established, but the tools fail to show the information correctly so that network operators can understand it. In either case, deploying and managing modern network visibility technologies is typically the best choice. When an issue arises, NetOps personnel are notified of the specific service layer. Automation and AI The enhanced level of automation and self-service operations that can be built into a platform is a fundamental aspect of network virtualization. While these activities can considerably increase the pace of network upgrades while decreasing management overhead, they need the documentation and implementation of a new set of standards and practices. Understand that prior network architectures were planned and implemented utilizing actual hardware appliances on a hop-by-hop basis. A virtualized network, on the other hand, employs a centralized control plane to govern and push policies to all sections of the network. Changes may occur more quickly in this aspect, but various components must be coordinated to accomplish their roles in harmony. As a result, network teams should move their attention away from network operations that are already automated. Rather, their new responsibility is to guarantee that the core automation processes and AI are in sync in order to fulfill those automated tasks. Driving Competitive Edge with Network Virtualization Virtualization in networking or virtual machines within an organization is not a new trend. Even small and medium businesses have realized the benefits of network virtualization, especially when combined with a hosted cloud service provider. Because of this, the demand for enterprise network virtualization is rising, driving higher end-user demands and the proliferation of devices and business tools. These network virtualization benefits can help boost business growth and gain a competitive edge. Gaining a Competitive Edge: Network Virtualization Benefits Cost-Savings on Hardware Faster Desktop and Server Provisioning and Deployment Improved Data Security and Disaster Recovery Increasing IT Operational Efficiency Small Footprint and Energy Saving Network Virtualization: The Path to Digital Transformation Business is at the center of digital transformation, but technology is needed to make it happen. Integrated clouds, highly modern data centers, digital workplaces, and increased data center security are all puzzle pieces, and putting them all together requires a variety of various products and services that are deployed cohesively. The cloud revolution is still having an influence on IT, transforming how digital content is consumed and delivered. This should come as no surprise that such a shift has influenced how we feel about current networking. When it boils down to it, the purpose of digital transformation for every company, irrespective of industry, is the same: to boost the speed with which you can respond to market changes and evolving business needs; to enhance your ability to embrace and adapt to new technology, and to improve overall security. As businesses realize that the underlying benefit of cloud adoption and enhanced virtualization isn't simply about cost savings, digital strategies are evolving, becoming more intelligent and successful in the process. Network virtualization is also a path toward the smooth digital transformation of any business. How does virtualization help in accelerating digital transformation? Combining public and private clouds, involving hardware-based computing, storage, and networking software definition. A hyper-converged infrastructure that integrates unified management with virtualized computing, storage, and networking could be included. Creating a platform for greater productivity by providing the apps and services consumers require when and when they utilize them. This should include simplifying application access and administration as well as unifying endpoint management. Improving network security and enhancing security flexibility to guarantee that quicker speed to market is matched by tighter security. Virtualization will also help businesses to move more quickly and safely, bringing products—and profits—to market faster. Enhancing Security with Network Virtualization Security has evolved as an essential component of every network architecture. However, since various areas of the network are often segregated from one another, it might be challenging for network teams to design and enforce network virtualization security standards that apply to the whole network. Zero trust can integrate such network parts and their accompanying virtualization activities. Throughout the network, the zero-trust architecture depends on the user and device authentication. If LAN users wish to access data center resources, they must first be authenticated. The secure connection required for endpoints to interact safely is provided by a zero-trust environment paired with network virtualization. To facilitate these interactions, virtual networks can be ramped up and down while retaining the appropriate degree of traffic segmentation. Access policies, which govern which devices can connect with one another, are a key part of this process. If a device is allowed to access a data center resource, the policy should be understood at both the WAN and campus levels. Some of the core network virtualization security features are: Isolation and multitenancy are critical features of network virtualization. Segmentation is related to isolation; however it is utilized in a multitier virtual network. A network virtualization platform's foundation includes firewalling technologies that enable segmentation inside virtual networks. Network virtualization enables automatic provisioning and context-sharing across virtual and physical security systems. Investigating the Role of Virtualization in Cloud Computing Virtualization in the cloud computing domain refers to the development of virtual resources (such as a virtual server, virtual storage device, virtual network switch, or even a virtual operating system) from a single resource of its type that also shows up as several personal isolated resources or environments that users can use as a separate individual physical resource. Virtualization enables the benefits of cloud computing, such as ease of scaling up, security, fluid or flexible resources, and so on. If another server is necessary, a virtual server will be immediately created, and a new server will be deployed. When we need more memory, we increase the virtual server configurations we currently have, and we now have the extra RAM we need. As a result, virtualization is the underlying technology of the cloud computing business model. The Benefits of Virtualization in Cloud Computing: Efficient hardware utilization Virtualization improves availability Disaster recovery is quick and simple Energy is saved by virtualization Setup is quick and simple Cloud migration has become simple Motivating Factors for the Adoption of Network Virtualization Demand for enterprise networks continues to climb, owing to rising end-user demands and the proliferation of devices and business software. Thanks to network virtualization, IT companies are gaining the ability to respond to shifting demands and match their networking capabilities with their virtualized storage and computing resources. In fact, according to a recent SDxCentral report, 88% of respondents believe it is "important" or "mission critical" to implement a network virtualization software over the next two to five years. Virtualization is also an excellent alternative for businesses that employ outsourced IT services, are planning mergers or acquisitions or must segregate IT teams owing to regulatory compliance. Reasons to Adopt Network Virtualization: A Business Needs Speed Security Requirements Are Rising Apps can Move Around Micro-segmentation IT Automation and Orchestration Reduce Hardware Dependency and CapEx: Adopt Multi-Tenancy Cloud Disaster Recovery mproved Scalability Wrapping-Up Network virtualization and cloud computing are emerging technologies of the future. As CIOs get actively involved in organizational systems, these new concepts will be implemented in more businesses. As consumer demand for real-time services expands, businesses will be driven to explore network virtualization as the best way to take their networks to the next level. The networking future is here. FAQ Why is network virtualization important for business? By integrating their current network gear into a single virtual network, businesses can reduce operating expenses, automate network and security processes, and set the stage for future growth. Where is network virtualization used? Network virtualization can be utilized in application development and testing to simulate hardware and system software realistically. Network virtualization in application performance engineering allows for the modeling of connections among applications, services, dependencies, and end users for software testing. How does virtualization work in cloud computing? Virtualization, in short, enables cloud providers to provide users alongside existing physical computer infrastructure. As a simple and direct process, it allows cloud customers to buy only the computing resources they require when they want them and to maintain those resources cost-effectively as the demand grows.

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Virtualization can transform your company’s IT infrastructure

Article | July 12, 2022

For many companies in today’s highly competitive, rapidly digitizing world, data center transformation is not merely a one-time project – it’s a constant challenge. No corporate IT leader should be content merely to revamp their data infrastructure once, then call it a day. Instead, they should always be looking for ways to make their approach to data more dynamic and easier to scale. Ideally, they’d do so in a way that maximizes resource utilization while minimizing costs. Luckily, that’s exactly the idea behind virtualization, which involves creating a new infrastructure that’s capable of rapidly scaling and facilitating workload development. IT leaders are quickly coming to realize that with virtualization in their toolbox, they’re able to make their operations more agile than ever, and without increasing costs. This is why over 80% of enterprise server workloads today are running on virtual machines, and the market for data center virtualization is expected to reach a total value of $10 billion by 2023.

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Best Practices for vSphere 6.7 Tagging

Article | June 7, 2022

vSphere Tags were introduced in version 5.1 as a way to organize inventory objects such as VMs, Hosts, Datastores, etc., a much-needed feature for helping search for or group objects within vSphere. A Tag is basically a label that can be applied to vSphere inventory objects. When an administrator creates a tag, it is then assigned to a tag category. Categories allow the grouping of related tags. When a Category is created, you can specify associations of object types (such as; VM or Datastore) as well as whether more than one tag in a category can be applied to an object (ex; One Tag or Many Tags).

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How to automate the creation multiple routable VLANs on single L2 network using VyOS

Article | February 12, 2020

My personal homelab has a very simple network topology, everything is connected to a single flat network. This has served me well over the years, but sometimes it can prevent me from deploying more complex scenarios. Most recently while working with NSX-T and Project Pacific, I had a need for additional VLANs which my home router does not support. There are a number of software solutions that can be used including the popular pfSense, which I have used before. Over the Winter break, a colleague introduced me to VyOS, which is another popular software firewall and router solution. I had not heard of VyOS before but later realized it was derived from Vyatta, which I had heard of, but development of that solution had stopped and VyOS is now the open source version of that software. Having never played with VyoS before, I thought this might be a good learning opopournity and started to dabble with VyOS over the holiday.

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VMware Launches Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre in Montreal

VMware | October 17, 2022

VMware a leading innovator in enterprise software, today announced the opening of the VMware Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre. The Centre will bring together VMware's multi-cloud infrastructure, advanced networking, and Modern Application Development expertise with the latest in emerging Cloud Native development techniques, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies to deliver a sustainable path to 5G+ and 6G technologies. "Montreal has one of the most significant clusters of AI researchers in the world, as well as a thriving community of innovative startups, Through partnerships with researchers, startups and industry partners, we will be able to bring together cloud, networking and AI to build 6G technologies that are sustainable and centered on human needs." Kit Colbert, Chief Technology Officer, VMware The Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre is part of the TETRA initiative. Located within Centech and ÉTS in Montreal, it supports three connected programs: Applied Research: In partnership with Mitacs, VMware is working with researchers across Canada to develop sustainable 5G+ and 6G technologies, improve digital equity and rearchitect the Internet to an Open Grid. Next G-AI Research & Innovation Lab: The Research & Innovation Lab provides researchers and industry partners with access to cutting-edge software and hardware that allows them to quickly validate and demonstrate key concepts. Modern Application Software Factory: The VMware Tanzu Modern Software Factory provides VMware customers and partners with access to VMware Tanzu solutions and open-source technologies. The offering will comprise, Spring and .Net development expertise and tools, developer accelerators, automated container build service, support for any Kubernetes conformant run time along with the ability to build, run and manage software supply chains that deliver on the 5S promise of (speed, stability, savings, security, scalability). Through partnerships with Mitacs, Centech and the IEEE, VMware will also provide selected researchers and startups access to both the Next G-AI Innovation Lab and Modern Application Software Factory. "The Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre will enable local, national and international research collaboration, and contribute significantly to the Montreal innovation ecosystem," said John Hepburn, CEO of Mitacs. "We are proud to support this critical research to develop 6G technologies, with a focus on ensuring that they are sustainable, equitable and will benefit Canadians across the country." Partnership with Centech to support Montreal startups Through the VMware Tanzu Modern Applications Software Factory, select partners and startups associated with Centech will have free access to Tanzu solutions and open-source technology. This set of enterprise-grade, platform-agnostic tools will allow participants to learn how to better build, deliver, and manage cloud native apps designed to run on any Kubernetes on-premises, in the public cloud or edge environments. "Having access to the VMware Tanzu technology is an incredible advantage for our entrepreneurs," said Richard Chenier, Director General, Centech. "Access to these powerful tools will allow startups to swiftly deploy modern applications, significantly speeding time to market and enabling them to be deployed in any environment." Addressing the Digital Divide VMware, Mitacs and the IEEE Future Networks Initiative also announced the first Canadian-specific prize category in the Connecting the Unconnected Challenge, which seeks novel solutions for universal and affordable internet access. "The Internet is a critical access point to education, economic opportunity, and health information and services," said Mary Ward-Callan, Managing Director, Technical Activities, IEEE. "However, nearly half of the world remains unconnected. Through our partnership with VMware and Mitacs, we're looking to work with Canadian competitors interested in tackling this critical humanitarian issue." The 2023 Challenge will kick-off in spring 2023, including the challenge specifically dedicated for Canadian researchers that has been jointly developed by the IEEE, VMware and Mitacs. The Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada, welcomed the opening of the VMware Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre, adding, "Canada is a global leader in great talent, especially in emerging areas of technology like artificial intelligence and machine learning. This investment will further strengthen our ability to tackle some of the most important challenges facing our society, including the resilience of our communications network, and ultimately support Canadians across the country." "With some of the top researchers and a pool of more than 27,000 highly qualified talents, Montréal's world-renowned expertise in artificial intelligence has a lot to offer to develop sustainable and accessible 5G+ and 6G technologies," said Stéphane Paquet, President and CEO, Montréal International. "The past two and a half years have shown us how reliable internet connections are vital to our well-being. This new Research and Innovation Centre puts our metropolis, once again, on the map as a city where knowledge and talent are dedicated to responding to pressing issues with the highest standards of quality." "VMware's decision to establish its Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre in Quebec demonstrates the attractiveness and expertise of Quebec in the technology sector. The Investissement Québec International teams are proud to have supported and guided VMware in the development of their project. The establishment of the Centre will advance important research towards 6G networks and provide opportunities for Quebec startups to test and develop their technology," said Hubert Bolduc, President of Investissement Québec International. About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company's 2030 Agenda.

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VMware Named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN

VMware | September 22, 2022

VMware, Inc. announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a Leader in the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN. Gartner recognized VMware for its ability to execute and completeness of vision. Previously known as the Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure, this year’s report marks the fifth consecutive year that Gartner has recognized VMware as a Leader in SD-WAN. Architected with the idea that the cloud is the network, VMware SD-WAN provides unparalleled reliability and simplicity in securely connecting users from the branch or home to cloud, SaaS, or traditional applications. These benefits stem in part from VMware and its partners investment in more than 150 points of presence worldwide that have high-speed, low-latency connections to major cloud and SaaS providers. “VMware is honored to be recognized again by Gartner as a Leader in SD-WAN, We feel our extensive deployments of more than 600,000 branches across 18,000 customers have given us the ability to continually adapt to the evolving needs of SD-WAN customers. The unique insights gleaned from what enterprises need near- and long-term are a big reason why, we believe, we continue to be a leader in SD-WAN.” Craig Conners, general manager, SASE, VMware VMware SD-WAN is a part of VMware SASE. By delivering cloud networking and cloud security services with VMware SASE, customers can achieve: With a cloud-first approach, VMware SD-WAN delivers a more secure, reliable, and optimal path to SaaS and IaaS providers via a unique global network of cloud-hosted gateways, allowing customers to simplify their path to cloud transformation. VMware provides customers and partners the option to host gateways themselves as well to take advantage of their own SaaS and IaaS on-ramps in a more efficient way than other SD-WAN providers. Broad security options including an ICSA-certified branch firewall, third-party security workloads, and configurable business policies that direct traffic to the cloud or data center for better protection against attacks at all levels. Additionally, VMware provides Security Service Edge (SSE) capabilities to help customers better secure access to all web and cloud services as well as locally hosted applications. Assured application performance with user access and an optimized experience for mission-critical apps, even during degraded network conditions. Simplified operations that include cloud-based gateways and an orchestration platform to eliminate the management overhead normally required to maintain these components. Additionally, VMware Edge Network Intelligence provides true visibility and analytics into networks, end user and IoT devices. AIOps capabilities combine machine learning, AI, big data, and self-healing technologies to help network operations teams further simplify IT management. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Gartner and Magic Quadrant are registered trademarks of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and are used herein with permission. All rights reserved. This document was renamed from Magic Quadrant of WAN Edge Infrastructure to Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN in 2022. About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company’s 2030 Agenda.

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VMware Report Warns of Deepfake Attacks and Cyber Extortion

VMware | August 09, 2022

At Black Hat USA 2022, VMware, Inc. released its eighth annual Global Incident Response Threat Report, which takes a deep dive into the challenges faced by security teams amid pandemic disruptions, burnout, and geopolitically motivated cyberattacks. Sixty-five percent of defenders state that cyberattacks have increased since Russia invaded Ukraine, according to report findings. The report also shines a light on emerging threats such as deepfakes, attacks on APIs, and cybercriminals targeting incident responders themselves. “Cybercriminals are now incorporating deepfakes into their attack methods to evade security controls,” said Rick McElroy, principal cybersecurity strategist at VMware. “Two out of three respondents in our report saw malicious deepfakes used as part of an attack, a 13% increase from last year, with email as the top delivery method. Cybercriminals have evolved beyond using synthetic video and audio simply for influence operations or disinformation campaigns. Their new goal is to use deepfake technology to compromise organizations and gain access to their environment.” Additional key findings from the report include: Cyber pro burnout remains a critical issue. Forty-seven percent of incident responders said they experienced burnout or extreme stress in the past 12 months, down slightly from 51% last year. Of this group, 69% (versus 65% in 2021) of respondents have considered leaving their job as a result. Organizations are working to combat this, however, with more than two-thirds of respondents stating their workplaces have implemented wellness programs to address burnout. Ransomware actors incorporate cyber extortion strategies. The predominance of ransomware attacks, often buttressed by e-crime groups’ collaborations on the dark web, has yet to let up. Fifty-seven percent of respondents have encountered such attacks in the past 12 months, and two-thirds (66%) have encountered affiliate programs and/or partnerships between ransomware groups as prominent cyber cartels continue to extort organizations through double extortion techniques, data auctions, and blackmail. APIs are the new endpoint, representing the next frontier for attackers. As workloads and applications proliferate, 23% of attacks now compromise API security. The top types of API attacks include data exposure (encountered by 42% of respondents in the past year), SQL and API injection attacks (37% and 34%, respectively), and distributed Denial-of-Service attacks (33%). Lateral movement is the new battleground. Lateral movement was seen in 25% of all attacks, with cybercriminals leveraging everything from script hosts (49%) and file storage (46%) to PowerShell (45%), business communications platforms (41%), and .NET (39%) to rummage around inside networks. An analysis of the telemetry within VMware Contexa, a full-fidelity threat intelligence cloud that’s built into VMware security products, discovered that in April and May of 2022 alone, nearly half of intrusions contained a lateral movement event. “In order to defend against the broadening attack surface, security teams need an adequate level of visibility across workloads, devices, users and networks to detect, protect, and respond to cyber threats, When security teams are making decisions based on incomplete and inaccurate data, it inhibits their ability to implement a granular security strategy, while their efforts to detect and stop lateral movement of attacks are stymied due to the limited context of their systems.” Chad Skipper, global security technologist at VMware Despite the turbulent threat landscape and rising threats detailed in the report, incident responders are fighting back with 87% saying that they are able to disrupt a cybercriminal’s activities sometimes (50%) or very often (37%). They’re also using new techniques to do so. Three-quarters of respondents (75%) say they are now deploying virtual patching as an emergency mechanism. In every case, the more visibility defenders have across today’s widening attack surface, the better equipped they’ll be to weather the storm. Methodology VMware conducted an online survey about trends in the incident response landscape in June 2022, and 125 cybersecurity and incident response professionals from around the world participated. Percentages in certain questions exceed 100 percent because respondents were asked to check all that apply. Due to rounding, percentages in all questions may not add up to 100 percent. VMware Explore In addition to VMware’s presence at Black Hat USA 2022, there will be more than 100 security talks at VMware Explore, the global multi-cloud industry event taking place August 29 – September 1, 2022 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Register today to begin building your agenda. About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company’s 2030 Agenda.

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VMware Launches Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre in Montreal

VMware | October 17, 2022

VMware a leading innovator in enterprise software, today announced the opening of the VMware Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre. The Centre will bring together VMware's multi-cloud infrastructure, advanced networking, and Modern Application Development expertise with the latest in emerging Cloud Native development techniques, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies to deliver a sustainable path to 5G+ and 6G technologies. "Montreal has one of the most significant clusters of AI researchers in the world, as well as a thriving community of innovative startups, Through partnerships with researchers, startups and industry partners, we will be able to bring together cloud, networking and AI to build 6G technologies that are sustainable and centered on human needs." Kit Colbert, Chief Technology Officer, VMware The Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre is part of the TETRA initiative. Located within Centech and ÉTS in Montreal, it supports three connected programs: Applied Research: In partnership with Mitacs, VMware is working with researchers across Canada to develop sustainable 5G+ and 6G technologies, improve digital equity and rearchitect the Internet to an Open Grid. Next G-AI Research & Innovation Lab: The Research & Innovation Lab provides researchers and industry partners with access to cutting-edge software and hardware that allows them to quickly validate and demonstrate key concepts. Modern Application Software Factory: The VMware Tanzu Modern Software Factory provides VMware customers and partners with access to VMware Tanzu solutions and open-source technologies. The offering will comprise, Spring and .Net development expertise and tools, developer accelerators, automated container build service, support for any Kubernetes conformant run time along with the ability to build, run and manage software supply chains that deliver on the 5S promise of (speed, stability, savings, security, scalability). Through partnerships with Mitacs, Centech and the IEEE, VMware will also provide selected researchers and startups access to both the Next G-AI Innovation Lab and Modern Application Software Factory. "The Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre will enable local, national and international research collaboration, and contribute significantly to the Montreal innovation ecosystem," said John Hepburn, CEO of Mitacs. "We are proud to support this critical research to develop 6G technologies, with a focus on ensuring that they are sustainable, equitable and will benefit Canadians across the country." Partnership with Centech to support Montreal startups Through the VMware Tanzu Modern Applications Software Factory, select partners and startups associated with Centech will have free access to Tanzu solutions and open-source technology. This set of enterprise-grade, platform-agnostic tools will allow participants to learn how to better build, deliver, and manage cloud native apps designed to run on any Kubernetes on-premises, in the public cloud or edge environments. "Having access to the VMware Tanzu technology is an incredible advantage for our entrepreneurs," said Richard Chenier, Director General, Centech. "Access to these powerful tools will allow startups to swiftly deploy modern applications, significantly speeding time to market and enabling them to be deployed in any environment." Addressing the Digital Divide VMware, Mitacs and the IEEE Future Networks Initiative also announced the first Canadian-specific prize category in the Connecting the Unconnected Challenge, which seeks novel solutions for universal and affordable internet access. "The Internet is a critical access point to education, economic opportunity, and health information and services," said Mary Ward-Callan, Managing Director, Technical Activities, IEEE. "However, nearly half of the world remains unconnected. Through our partnership with VMware and Mitacs, we're looking to work with Canadian competitors interested in tackling this critical humanitarian issue." The 2023 Challenge will kick-off in spring 2023, including the challenge specifically dedicated for Canadian researchers that has been jointly developed by the IEEE, VMware and Mitacs. The Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada, welcomed the opening of the VMware Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre, adding, "Canada is a global leader in great talent, especially in emerging areas of technology like artificial intelligence and machine learning. This investment will further strengthen our ability to tackle some of the most important challenges facing our society, including the resilience of our communications network, and ultimately support Canadians across the country." "With some of the top researchers and a pool of more than 27,000 highly qualified talents, Montréal's world-renowned expertise in artificial intelligence has a lot to offer to develop sustainable and accessible 5G+ and 6G technologies," said Stéphane Paquet, President and CEO, Montréal International. "The past two and a half years have shown us how reliable internet connections are vital to our well-being. This new Research and Innovation Centre puts our metropolis, once again, on the map as a city where knowledge and talent are dedicated to responding to pressing issues with the highest standards of quality." "VMware's decision to establish its Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre in Quebec demonstrates the attractiveness and expertise of Quebec in the technology sector. The Investissement Québec International teams are proud to have supported and guided VMware in the development of their project. The establishment of the Centre will advance important research towards 6G networks and provide opportunities for Quebec startups to test and develop their technology," said Hubert Bolduc, President of Investissement Québec International. About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company's 2030 Agenda.

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VMware Named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN

VMware | September 22, 2022

VMware, Inc. announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a Leader in the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN. Gartner recognized VMware for its ability to execute and completeness of vision. Previously known as the Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure, this year’s report marks the fifth consecutive year that Gartner has recognized VMware as a Leader in SD-WAN. Architected with the idea that the cloud is the network, VMware SD-WAN provides unparalleled reliability and simplicity in securely connecting users from the branch or home to cloud, SaaS, or traditional applications. These benefits stem in part from VMware and its partners investment in more than 150 points of presence worldwide that have high-speed, low-latency connections to major cloud and SaaS providers. “VMware is honored to be recognized again by Gartner as a Leader in SD-WAN, We feel our extensive deployments of more than 600,000 branches across 18,000 customers have given us the ability to continually adapt to the evolving needs of SD-WAN customers. The unique insights gleaned from what enterprises need near- and long-term are a big reason why, we believe, we continue to be a leader in SD-WAN.” Craig Conners, general manager, SASE, VMware VMware SD-WAN is a part of VMware SASE. By delivering cloud networking and cloud security services with VMware SASE, customers can achieve: With a cloud-first approach, VMware SD-WAN delivers a more secure, reliable, and optimal path to SaaS and IaaS providers via a unique global network of cloud-hosted gateways, allowing customers to simplify their path to cloud transformation. VMware provides customers and partners the option to host gateways themselves as well to take advantage of their own SaaS and IaaS on-ramps in a more efficient way than other SD-WAN providers. Broad security options including an ICSA-certified branch firewall, third-party security workloads, and configurable business policies that direct traffic to the cloud or data center for better protection against attacks at all levels. Additionally, VMware provides Security Service Edge (SSE) capabilities to help customers better secure access to all web and cloud services as well as locally hosted applications. Assured application performance with user access and an optimized experience for mission-critical apps, even during degraded network conditions. Simplified operations that include cloud-based gateways and an orchestration platform to eliminate the management overhead normally required to maintain these components. Additionally, VMware Edge Network Intelligence provides true visibility and analytics into networks, end user and IoT devices. AIOps capabilities combine machine learning, AI, big data, and self-healing technologies to help network operations teams further simplify IT management. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Gartner and Magic Quadrant are registered trademarks of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and are used herein with permission. All rights reserved. This document was renamed from Magic Quadrant of WAN Edge Infrastructure to Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN in 2022. About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company’s 2030 Agenda.

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VMware Report Warns of Deepfake Attacks and Cyber Extortion

VMware | August 09, 2022

At Black Hat USA 2022, VMware, Inc. released its eighth annual Global Incident Response Threat Report, which takes a deep dive into the challenges faced by security teams amid pandemic disruptions, burnout, and geopolitically motivated cyberattacks. Sixty-five percent of defenders state that cyberattacks have increased since Russia invaded Ukraine, according to report findings. The report also shines a light on emerging threats such as deepfakes, attacks on APIs, and cybercriminals targeting incident responders themselves. “Cybercriminals are now incorporating deepfakes into their attack methods to evade security controls,” said Rick McElroy, principal cybersecurity strategist at VMware. “Two out of three respondents in our report saw malicious deepfakes used as part of an attack, a 13% increase from last year, with email as the top delivery method. Cybercriminals have evolved beyond using synthetic video and audio simply for influence operations or disinformation campaigns. Their new goal is to use deepfake technology to compromise organizations and gain access to their environment.” Additional key findings from the report include: Cyber pro burnout remains a critical issue. Forty-seven percent of incident responders said they experienced burnout or extreme stress in the past 12 months, down slightly from 51% last year. Of this group, 69% (versus 65% in 2021) of respondents have considered leaving their job as a result. Organizations are working to combat this, however, with more than two-thirds of respondents stating their workplaces have implemented wellness programs to address burnout. Ransomware actors incorporate cyber extortion strategies. The predominance of ransomware attacks, often buttressed by e-crime groups’ collaborations on the dark web, has yet to let up. Fifty-seven percent of respondents have encountered such attacks in the past 12 months, and two-thirds (66%) have encountered affiliate programs and/or partnerships between ransomware groups as prominent cyber cartels continue to extort organizations through double extortion techniques, data auctions, and blackmail. APIs are the new endpoint, representing the next frontier for attackers. As workloads and applications proliferate, 23% of attacks now compromise API security. The top types of API attacks include data exposure (encountered by 42% of respondents in the past year), SQL and API injection attacks (37% and 34%, respectively), and distributed Denial-of-Service attacks (33%). Lateral movement is the new battleground. Lateral movement was seen in 25% of all attacks, with cybercriminals leveraging everything from script hosts (49%) and file storage (46%) to PowerShell (45%), business communications platforms (41%), and .NET (39%) to rummage around inside networks. An analysis of the telemetry within VMware Contexa, a full-fidelity threat intelligence cloud that’s built into VMware security products, discovered that in April and May of 2022 alone, nearly half of intrusions contained a lateral movement event. “In order to defend against the broadening attack surface, security teams need an adequate level of visibility across workloads, devices, users and networks to detect, protect, and respond to cyber threats, When security teams are making decisions based on incomplete and inaccurate data, it inhibits their ability to implement a granular security strategy, while their efforts to detect and stop lateral movement of attacks are stymied due to the limited context of their systems.” Chad Skipper, global security technologist at VMware Despite the turbulent threat landscape and rising threats detailed in the report, incident responders are fighting back with 87% saying that they are able to disrupt a cybercriminal’s activities sometimes (50%) or very often (37%). They’re also using new techniques to do so. Three-quarters of respondents (75%) say they are now deploying virtual patching as an emergency mechanism. In every case, the more visibility defenders have across today’s widening attack surface, the better equipped they’ll be to weather the storm. Methodology VMware conducted an online survey about trends in the incident response landscape in June 2022, and 125 cybersecurity and incident response professionals from around the world participated. Percentages in certain questions exceed 100 percent because respondents were asked to check all that apply. Due to rounding, percentages in all questions may not add up to 100 percent. VMware Explore In addition to VMware’s presence at Black Hat USA 2022, there will be more than 100 security talks at VMware Explore, the global multi-cloud industry event taking place August 29 – September 1, 2022 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Register today to begin building your agenda. About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company’s 2030 Agenda.

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