DZS | January 03, 2022
DZS, a global leader in broadband connectivity platforms and communications software solutions, announced its participation in the third Global O-RAN ALLIANCE PlugFest at the European Open Test and Integration Center (OTIC) in Turin, Italy hosted and sponsored by TIM. This testing validated multi-vendor 5G interoperability and end-to-end functional tests of O-RAN ALLIANCE specifications for 5G and 4G Radio Access Network (RAN) elements, including fronthaul, midhaul and backhaul interfaces between Radio Access Network equipment provided by DZS, Mavenir, Dell, VMware, Microelectronics Technology (MTI), and Keysight Technologies.
DZS is proud to have collaborated in the Turin OTIC lab with Mavenir and a strong complement of other O-RAN ALLIANCE members in defining the future of 4G and 5G O-RAN architectures in Europe and around the world. This highly successful PlugFest in Italy showcased DZS open fronthaul transport solutions and demonstrated how we, in combination with our industry partners, can enable a path forward for service providers seeking to modernize their networks with the flexibility and efficiencies of O-RAN architectures. The success of the Global O-RAN Plugfest 2021 clearly shows that O-RAN is emerging as a compelling solution for not only greenfield networks, but also for established service providers who are already pioneering large-scale 5G deployments.”
Charlie Vogt, President and CEO, DZS
Starting in Q3 2021, the third O-RAN ALLIANCE Global Plugfest was held in 7 venues across the world including 94 participating companies – demonstrating the commercial readiness of many O-RAN implementations. Vendors participating in the Turin OTIC lab multi-vendor interoperability test network included:
DZS C1216RO open fronthaul gateways featuring built-in GPS and network timing support
Mavenir 5G radio units (RUs) and MTI 4G RUs
Mavenir MAVair 4G and 5G virtualized RAN (VRAN) and MAVcore converged core network software
Dell EMC PowerEdge R-Series and XE carrier-grade servers
VMware Telco Cloud Platform software environment
AWS Outposts edge cloud infrastructure environment
Keysight Technologies test solutions
“Mavenir commends DZS for its expertise and leadership in bringing cutting-edge fronthaul transport technology to this highly successful O-RAN ALLIANCE Plugfest validating the open fronthaul use case for 5G and 4G solutions,” said B.G. Kumar, President of the Communications Services Business at Mavenir. “O-RAN and virtualization continues to gain momentum in Europe. As service providers look to cost effectively deliver advanced and differentiated services in their highly competitive markets, Mavenir and DZS will work together to enable carriers across the globe to move forward with this technology.”
With a forward-looking business strategy centered on empowering service providers and network operators through open standards, software-driven systems and freedom of choice, DZS solutions are at the core of groundbreaking, wide-scale open ecosystems like Rakuten Mobile’s fully virtualized, cloud-native O-RAN 5G mobile network and playing key roles in other parallel O-RAN ALLIANCE PlugFest activities in Asia. The DZS commitment to the O-RAN architectural model is but one example of how DZS is enabling service providers worldwide to enjoy the cost, manageability and service benefits of flexible, scalable and interoperable wireless and wireline broadband networks with no vendor lock-in.
DZS Inc. is a global leader in broadband connectivity platforms and communications software solutions with more than 20 million products in service with customers and alliance partners spanning more than 100 countries.
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VMware | March 25, 2021
With the arrival of vSphere 7 Update 2 in early March 2021, VMware took a significant step into the world of artificial intelligence and machine learning, and now support for Nvidia AI software has arrived on its flagship platform.
This wasn't entirely surprising. Nvidia and VMware announced a collaboration during September's online VMworld event, intending to have Nvidia's AI Enterprise software accessible on VMware's platform for deploying and managing virtual machines.
With this latest release, vSphere is "exclusively certified" to run Nvidia's AI Enterprise applications and frameworks, which have now been containerized and can be run through an organization's infrastructure rather than in a silo. This, of course, means more support for Nvidia GPUs, which are needed to run the software.
"It opens up for both of us a good opportunity," Lee Caswell, vice president of marketing at VMware, told ITPro Today. "We're looking to go and help AI become mainstream in the enterprise. They're looking to open that up for all of our 300,000 vSphere customers, who can now have access to these new capabilities."
Access to this market is vital for Nvidia because it will improve revenues in their data center division, which generated $6.7 billion in the previous fiscal year.
Obtaining a position in the emerging enterprise AI market is also essential for VMware, which has spent the last few years expanding its offerings beyond the virtualization technology it pioneered, mostly by acquisitions; in 2018, VMware added cloud-native technology to its portfolio with the purchase of the Kubernetes startup Heptio, and about a year later bought back Pivotal a cloud-native platform. Access to this market is vital for Nvidia because it will improve revenues in their data center division, which generated $6.7 billion in the previous fiscal year.
Obtaining a position in the emerging enterprise AI market is also essential for VMware, which has spent the last few years expanding its offerings beyond the virtualization technology it pioneered, mostly by acquisitions; in 2018, VMware added cloud-native technology to its portfolio with the purchase of the Kubernetes startup Heptio, and about a year later bought back Pivotal a cloud-native platform.
Nvidia and Vsphere
Caswell explained that traditionally, AI software has been run on bare metal to prevent possible performance loss associated with moving compute-heavy workloads to VMs or containers. The issue with this approach is that bare metal deployments are not portable. As a result, AI workloads are limited to silos, which is a problem for enterprises who want to use AI on-the-fly throughout their IT infrastructure.
VMware and Nvidia were able to containerize Nvidia's AI Enterprise software with almost the same benchmarked performance levels as operating on bare metal by using properties inherent in vSphere's hypervisor. This makes Nvidia AI software easily available across an organization's infrastructure, resolving the issue of ensuring portability while sacrificing substantial efficiency.
To function properly, AI software must be able to take advantage of GPUs, which take most of the load off of a server's CPUs by doing much of the heavy lifting. VMware has added support for Nvidia's A100 Tensor Core GPUs, which are used in Nvidia-Certified Systems, Nvidia-tested and licensed server designs sold exclusively by eight equipment manufacturers, including ASUS, Dell EMC, HPE, and Supermicro.
In addition to running AI workloads, GPUs can be used for other vSphere features, such as Multi-Instance GPU, which enables GPU cycles to be shared by many users, and Distributed Resource Scheduler for automated workload placement to prevent performance bottlenecks.
"Up to seven VMs can now share a single GPU," Caswell said. "That's a more cost-effective way to deploy at the enterprise
RevBits | October 05, 2021
RevBits, a software provider for a complete 360-degree cyber defense, today announced availability of RevBits Zero Trust Network (ZTN). RevBits ZTN is a thin-client application providing authenticated access for remote users and devices to applications, services and data, with comprehensive network security.
The remote workforce and third-party access are elevating the security risk for business. Moving network protection to endpoints, RevBits ZTN isolates and protects internal assets, without implementing complicated network segmentation. Supporting a default no-trust security posture, RevBits ZTN provides in-transit data security through encryption, secure access to applications and services, and network security through user and device authentication.
"As enterprise threat levels rise, rethinking cybersecurity and perimeter control is paramount. It is no longer a matter of ensuring data encryption for remote users through a VPN as a complement for network security; organizations must adopt a default no-trust posture."
said David Schiffer, CEO at RevBits.
Building upon its technological innovation in the access management marketplace, through the award-winning RevBits Privileged Access Management (PAM), RevBits ZTN expands access management and control to the individual user level, with unified visibility and analytics, from a single vendor.
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have been the main security tool for remote access. However, VPN protection stops at the network perimeter, leaving the internal network vulnerable. VPN provides a level of protection by encrypting data in transit and a layer of obfuscation. However, it doesn't authenticate users or their devices, leaving the network open to attackers if VPN credentials are stolen.
RevBits ZTN provides data security with encryption and granular access control to digital assets, by authenticating all users and devices. "Based on our unique architecture and patent-pending technologies, RevBits ZTN provides best in class protection," said Mucteba Celik, CTO at RevBits. "By combining the principles from our PAM solution, RevBits ZTN delivers data encryption, comprehensive obfuscation, granular user and machine access control, and monitoring to protect digital infrastructure."
RevBits ZTN feature highlights
Proxy servers located in 24 globally distributed cloud regions for fast, secure connections and automatic scaling.
Multiple options for user authentication, including fingerprint, facial recognition, YubiKey, SAML, MFA and others.
Control every aspect of a remote session, including monitoring, reviewing, recording and killing sessions with one click.
RevBits delivers new levels of security IQ through context-rich behavioral analysis, artificial intelligence and machine learning. RevBits Cyber Intelligence Platform (CIP) is a unified security platform that integrates a best-in-class suite of Detection and Response, Privileged Access Management, Email Security, Deception Technology, and Zero Trust Network solutions. RevBits empower security operations with a complete cyber defense; encrypting, authenticating, authorizing, and intelligently analyzing layered context-rich security data across the security stack. RevBits dashboard unifies cross-functional security presenting an intuitive 360-degree view. Taking cybersecurity to the next level, RevBits is innovating new capabilities, with multiple patented technologies to ensure enterprises have a security advantage.