A Look at Azure Bastion and Lighthouse

Virtualization Review | September 26, 2019

Here's a look at Azure Bastion, for securely connecting to Windows and Linux VMs, and Azure Lighthouse, which lets service providers deliver managed services for their customers. Not so long ago Microsoft announced Azure Bastion, a more secure way to connect to your Windows and Linux VMs in Azure. More recently the company revealed Azure Lighthouse, a game changer for Microsoft partners building their future on managing businesses' Azure deployments. In this article I'll look at both services, Bastion is in preview, but Lighthouse is generally available (GA). Many businesses have migrated their (legacy) applications directly to Linux or Windows Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) VMs in the cloud. This gets you out of having to manage server hardware and lets you proudly tell your manager that "we're in the cloud now," but this brings some new challenges, particularly around managing the servers.

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A software-defined data center gives you and your organization increased agility, flexibility, and manageability. But to get there, you need a faster, easier, more e ective way to deliver a virtualized environment. HPE and VMware are at the forefront of this trend. Here’s why the HPE ConvergedSystem delivers the business agility that enables you to quickly adapt to market and customer needs. The combined solution gives you the power to be Refocus your investments on innovation, not operations, by lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO) of your most critical workload solutions

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Axis Security | November 18, 2021

Axis Security, the leader in zero trust access, announced their VPN Buyback Program which provides IT leaders with a simple, cost-effective way of replacing their existing VPN service in order to adopt zero trust network access (ZTNA). The program is one of the first of its kind and is effective immediately for all companies using major VPN providers. "VPN's have been exposed by the shift to remote work and IT leaders are ready to move on. Many are finding the transition difficult because many ZTNA solutions are limited by the number of protocols they support. As a result, the VPN lives long after a new ZTNA solution is adopted. Axis provides a better way, with full support for critical protocols like VOIP and ICMP, for example, enabling a clean break and a more secure future. The goal of the buyback program is providing an incentive that is aligned with IT leaders' goals, which is to fully retire their VPNs once and for all." Dor Knafo, CEO and co-founder of Axis Security The Axis VPN BuyBack program allows IT leaders to easily replace their VPN with Axis' modern ZTNA service. Customers will have the ability to support all ports and protocols, offer both agent and agentless access options for users, inspect traffic to track individual employees and third-party activities, and automatically augment policy based on contextual changes such as identity, device posture, even geographic location. This provides customers with unprecedented visibility, fine-grained controls over access and keeps users off the corporate network. It removes the need for the customer's inbound VPN gateway, freeing up budget to invest in key business initiatives like multi-cloud, and simplify management for IT admins. The program will provide customers with up to twelve months of free Axis credit by committing to a three-year Axis ZTNA term. The offer can be applied to any customer who is currently using a major VPN service today, and will run through the end of July 2022. "With many of our users working remotely, improving the speed, usability, and security of our legacy VPN solution has been a top priority for us. With Axis, we've been able to achieve greater speed and seamless usability while realizing the benefits of a zero-trust, identity based model, activity reporting, and a simplified management console. Our users are as thrilled as we are with the result," said James Bilotta, SVP and Chief Information Officer, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. "We're aggressively adopting SaaS and public cloud to support our business, so partnering with the right security service was critical. We knew right away that we wanted a cloud-delivered solution. What we like about Axis is that it's easy to use zero trust policies to provide thousands of users with secure connectivity to a variety of resources. Axis also helps our security team get the visibility we need to track user activity in granular detail, automatically adapt policies to guarantee that only authorized personnel can access resources, and ensures that we can easily scale to support our modern workplace. Now, even as we embrace the cloud, we can still ensure our data is always accessed safely," said Joshua Danielson, Chief Information Security Officer, Copart. About Axis Axis believes that the sooner IT adopts zero trust, the sooner we can witness a world where the exchange of information is always fast, seamless and secure. With 350 Axis cloud service edges across the world, Axis helps IT leaders enable their employees, partners, and customers to securely access business data – without the pitfalls of network-centric solutions or application limitations that every other zero trust service faces. Through its world-class research & development and founding team which hails from Israel's acclaimed Unit 8200, Axis aims to accelerate the world's transition to a modern workplace where hybrid work is made simple, digital experience becomes a competitive advantage, and business data remains protected from cyber threats – even as it moves to cloud.

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Verizon Business Allows Enterprises to Extend Virtual Network Services Capabilities Along with Kubernetes Managed Service

Verizon | October 23, 2020

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Ericsson's new Open Lab will accelerate network virtualization technology

Ericsson | April 01, 2021

Ericsson has developed the Ericsson Open Lab, a new space for leading Ericsson Cloud RAN customers and ecosystem collaborators to innovate and build on virtualized 5G Radio Access Networks (RAN) technologies. Customers all over the world can practically enter Ericsson Open Lab. It is housed alongside the company's Cloud RAN experience at Ericsson's R&D facility in Ottawa. These operations will be supported by the company's global locations. Ericsson Open Lab facilitates rapid and interactive cooperation, resulting in innovation to supplement current RAN solutions. Ericsson Open Lab also aims to assist service providers in exploring and implementing new rollout and 5G use case scenarios, as well as to build opportunities for greater automation and reduced human interaction. The lab provides a setting for further analysis of Open RAN technology, including virtualization, administration, and orchestration. The Ericsson Open Lab partnership expands beyond Ericsson cloud-native infrastructure technologies and RAN software advancements on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers and acceleration hardware. It will also aim to promote greater collaboration with communications service providers and business partners in fields such as machine learning, network automation, and optimization. KDDI, Ooredoo, Orange, Softbank Corp, Turkcell, and ecosystem partners such as Intel, NVIDIA, Red Hat, and Wind River are among these service providers. As the Cloud RAN network needs to change, more clients and collaborators would be involved, allowing new collaboration practices in the Open Lab. "Open technology underpins the new mobile miracle, which connects more than eight billion devices today with one set of global operating standards," says Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks at Ericsson. We welcome our customers and collaborators to co-create and introduce new cloud technologies to 5G with Ericsson Open Lab. "We developed this partnership to build architectures and universal operating standards to supplement current 5G ready infrastructure." If the market starts to embrace more transparent architectures, this project will help to explore the boundaries of 5G networks by collaborating directly with carriers and corporate customers around the world." Ericsson Open Lab includes the most recent cloud-native technology in the industry, as well as collaboration and interactive meeting software. This will provide augmented users with engaging, dynamic, and interactive collaboration experiences. For research and co-creation activities, 100MHz of indoor mid-band spectrum and 60MHz of indoor/outdoor mid-band spectrum are available at the Ottawa site. Customers and partners will use this to build and test Cloud RAN capabilities depending on their spectral holdings and use case specifications through indoor and outdoor networks. Ericsson's Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) approach to Cloud RAN technology development is also supported by rapid and interactive partnerships with service providers and ecosystem partners. This approach means that new features are seamlessly incorporated and ramps up the feedback loop and design of new features. This means the software can be implemented easily, often within minutes of development. The Open Lab comes on the heels of Ericsson's announcement of the development of its Cloud-RAN product line. The lab allows for the continued production of Ericsson Cloud RAN solutions on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) infrastructure, adding greater reliability and versatility to customer networks. ABOUT ERICSSON Ericsson allows communications service providers to fully realize the importance of connectivity. The portfolio of the company comprises Networks, Streaming Platforms, Managed Services, and Emerging Businesses. It is intended to assist their customers in digital transformation, increasing productivity, and discovering new revenue sources. Ericsson's innovation investments have allowed billions of people around the world to reap the benefits of connectivity and mobile broadband. Ericsson's stock is listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm and the Nasdaq New York exchanges.

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