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Altran and Ciena’s Blue Planet Division Work Together to Address Virtualization and Orchestration Needs For 5G

Altran | February 15, 2021

Altran, part of Capgemini, and Blue Planet, a division of Ciena, today announced a collaboration to furnish network administrators with intelligent automation solutions. This collaboration will uphold administrators that are wrestling with progressively complex prerequisites across physical and virtual areas driven by 5G, cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT). Because of their co-made solutions, administration conveyance across numerous merchant frameworks will be improved and computerized, empowering administrators to adapt their speculations quicker.

Intelligent automation is the execution of the operational and utilitarian cycles associated with planning, making and conveying a start to finish administration. Generally, these cycles were taken care of by space explicit, siloed operational emotionally supportive networks (OSS) and apparatuses worked for static conditions. The expanding combination of cutting edge organizing advances and automation has quickened interest for measure arrangement – a market projected to surpass $9 billion by 2025, as indicated by Market Study Report LLP.

Through the collaboration, Blue Planet and Altran expect to seek after promising circumstances in assistance organization, cloud arrangement, stock, examination, network affirmation, OSS/BSS combination and organization automation. Blue Planet's Intelligent Automation Portfolio is an extensive, open programming suite that engages specialist organizations with profound bits of knowledge about the organization to advance business measures, diminish costs and improve the client experience. Blue Planet is reason worked for shut circle automation joining multi-area administration coordination, stock alliance, with examination and affirmation, opening organization potential and business readiness. As a feature of the Capgemini Group, Altran will give its particular contributions in the zones of framework coordination, designing and R&D administrations, sending, overseen and uphold administrations. This joined with its extraordinary, driving edge programming structures will be incorporated with Blue Planet's portfolio.

“Altran’s collaboration with Blue Planet enables operators to seize new service opportunities as they transform their existing infrastructure into next-generation networks that employ software-defined networking and network functions virtualization,” said Dietmar Wendt, Chief Global Sales & Portfolio Officer, Engineering and R&D at Capgemini. “Our co-created solutions will help operators shorten time to revenue by simplifying and automating service delivery across multiple vendor ecosystems and equipment that span the WAN, data center and cloud.”

Rick Hamilton, Senior Vice President of Blue Planet, a division of Ciena, said, “Our partnership with Altran is key to executing digital transformation initiatives for operators around the globe looking to transform networks and realize the full potential of a software-defined and open approach.”

About Altran

Altran is an integral part of Capgemini, a global leader in consulting, digital transformation, technology and engineering services. The Group is at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of clients’ opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital and platforms. Building on its strong 50-year + heritage and deep industry-specific expertise, Capgemini enables organizations to realize their business ambitions through an array of services from strategy to operations. Capgemini is driven by the conviction that the business value of technology comes from and through people. Today, it is a multicultural company of 270,000 team members in almost 50 countries. With Altran, the Group reported 2019 combined revenues of €17billion.

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VMware Speeds Service Providers’ Move to Multi-Cloud

VMware | October 28, 2021

To bring innovative apps and services to customers more quickly, service providers are betting heavily on the cloud. And as apps and data continue to distribute across clouds and locations, service providers require flexibility to deploy and consistently manage workloads anywhere. That is why VMware is unveiling enhancements to its Telco Cloud Platform designed to help service providers speed their multi-cloud transformation. “With network modernization efforts well underway, service providers are now focused on how to monetize 5G services. And how to do it fast. Thanks to cloud-native architectures, time to market for launching new services has moved from months and years to days and weeks. Over 150 CSPs around the world rely on VMware Telco Cloud Platform to accelerate time to revenue while providing automation and consistent operations across networks for 4G, 5G and beyond. The VMware Telco Cloud Platform provides multi-cloud capabilities from the core to the edge without locking the service provider into a single cloud architecture or deployment. It thereby delivers the agility and speed our customers need for their massive 5G deployments.” Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider and Edge, VMware The enhancements to VMware Telco Cloud Platform include: VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud will let service providers seamlessly incorporate public clouds into their overall 5G architecture. VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Edge will provide the foundation for delivery of next-generation communications and compute services at the service provider and enterprise edge. New VMware Telco Cloud Automation capabilities will enable consistent, multi-cloud operations across the entire network. In addition, support for network slicing will be added through Project Lattice, now in tech preview. VMware’s RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) platform will unlock app innovation and velocity across radio access networks (RAN). Introducing VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud Service providers have started to embrace public clouds as a part of their network architecture. As network functions are deployed across on-premises telco clouds and public clouds, service providers require a platform that enables consistent multi-cloud operations and automation. Introduced VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud, powered by VMware Cloud, offers service providers choice and flexibility to run their workloads in multi-cloud environments with ease. An extension of VMware Telco Cloud Platform, VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud is comprised of the same field-proven virtualization solution, carrier-grade container-as-a-service (CaaS), and multi-layer automation, consistent across core, edge, RAN, and now with public cloud. VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud will provide service providers with: The ability to migrate telco and IT workloads to public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), specifically VMware Cloud on AWS, quickly and cost efficiently while having the flexibility to bring them back to the on-premises telco clouds, if and when necessary. A choice to deploy leading network functions, through VMware’s partner ecosystem, on the best clouds to serve their functional purposes based on cost, availability, and performance. Consistent operations with multi-layer automation across any telco cloud – from core, edge, RAN, to public cloud. VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud is expected to be generally available in VMware’s Q4 FY22, initially supporting service providers to deploy their network functions on VMware Cloud on AWS environments. Learn more about VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud here. Announcing VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Edge At VMworld 2021, VMware introduced VMware Edge, a product portfolio that will enable organizations to run, manage and better secure edge-native apps. Service providers will play a key role in VMware’s unified edge platform strategy. That’s why today VMware is announcing VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Edge, a variation of Telco Cloud Platform adapted to host and manage multi-vendor network edge solutions. An open and multi-cloud platform, VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Edge will provide: A foundation for deploying next-generation communication services, including Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC), Private Mobile Networking (PMN) and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), among others. Ability to deploy edge-native apps at the service provider edge or the enterprise edge. Automation and operational consistency across edges and other network sites. A bridge to VMware’s extensive partner ecosystem spanning hyperscalers, network equipment providers, ISVs, edge-native app developers, and more. An example of a VMware Edge ecosystem partner is Lenovo. Its comprehensive edge product portfolio coupled with VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Edge will enable automated edge services that will accelerate time to value. The combined solution will provide a strong foundation for edge deployments across different market segments. New Telco Cloud Automation Capabilities Will Enable Multi-Cloud Operations Spanning the entire network, Telco Cloud Automation is the orchestration and automation engine for Telco Cloud Platform. It enables consistent operations and cloud-first approach to management and orchestration by abstracting cloud complexities and exposing the new multi-cloud ecosystem through standard telco interfaces and unified resources. VMware announced new capabilities for Telco Cloud Automation, including: Consistent Multi-Cloud Operations:Telco Cloud Automation customers will be able to leverage Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) public cloud resources through either VMware Cloud on AWS or Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS). Network Slicing:VMware unveiled Project Lattice, a tech preview, that will extend Telco Cloud Automation capabilities with 3GPP standard-compliant network slicing management. This will enable service providers to plan, design, and instantiate end-to-end network slices across the RAN, edge, core and transport network domains. An add-on module to Telco Cloud Automation, the new network slicing capability will help service providers unify these domains and close the gap between the delivered services and required network resources from physical or cloud infrastructure. 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VMware RIC platform will consist of two RICs that can run independent of each other, or together: VMware Centralized RIC, an implementation of the non-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (non-RT RIC) in the O-RAN Alliance reference architecture. It will manage and host rApps that have control functions with response timing greater than one second. VMware Distributed RIC, an implementation of the near-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (near-RT RIC) in the O-RAN Alliance reference architecture. It will manage and host xApps that have control functions with response timing less than one second, typically on the order of 10’s of milliseconds. 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. 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OpenSynergy Works with Google and Qualcomm to Deliver Virtualized Android Automotive OS Reference Platform

OpenSynergy | September 08, 2021

OpenSynergy introduced today the company's new automotive reference platform for virtual Android™ 11 (based on Trout). With technology from Google and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., the reference platform features the integration of the Virtual I/O (VIRTIO) framework into Android Automotive OS, which allows Android to run on any hypervisor supporting the upcoming VIRTIO devices and any system on chip (SoC). The reference platform contains Android 11, a board support package (BSP) from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and the VIRTIO-based COQOS Hypervisor SDK, all of which are running on a Snapdragon® Automotive Development Platform (ADP). VIRTIO is an established virtualization standard maintained by the OASIS Open consortium that provides a device sharing framework for devices such as Block, Network, Console, graphics processing unit (GPU), Input, etc. As active members of the consortium, OpenSynergy and Google have worked to expand the scope of the open standards in the automotive domain. As there are missing automotive-specific VIRTIO devices, the two companies are working within the OASIS consortium to close the gap. Furthermore, the collaboration between OpenSynergy and Google aims to allow flexibility to automakers and Tier-1 suppliers to switch between SoCs and hypervisors to best match their needs. The reference platform showcases an Android Automotive OS-based Cockpit Domain Controller (CDC) architecture. Similar to other CDCs, the underlying hypervisor guarantees the secure coexistence of Android (typically a QM system) with systems of higher criticality, such as the real-time OS displaying the telltales on an Instrument Cluster (typically ASIL B). The novelty lies in deploying a fully virtualized Android Automotive OS (Trout), i.e., an Android version with no dependencies on the hardware. Instead of directly accessing the hardware devices, Android accesses these devices using the standardized VIRTIO framework provided by the underlying virtual platform. A fully virtualized Android Automotive OS can easily be ported onto any hardware supported by the underlying virtual platform. In the case of the COQOS Hypervisor SDK, the hardware is any automotive relevant ARMv8-A-based SoC. The clean architectural separation introduced by VIRTIO makes updating Android and the BSP easy. The reference platform and the usage of virtualized Android Automotive OS were showcased over the last year in several promotional events. Now, customers can access it and develop their specific applications on it. The released reference platform is intended only for research and pre-development purposes and not for series production. Customers can acquire the Snapdragon ADP through Qualcomm Technologies' distribution channels. The reference platform software is now available at OpenSynergy. Jonathan Siegel, Portfolio Manager of OpenSynergy: "It has been an honor to work with Google and Qualcomm Technologies on such a game-changing project for the automotive industry. After intense years of development, the day has come in which we at OpenSynergy are finally releasing the virtual Android Automotive OS reference platform to the community. We are confident that this will ignite a new dynamic features we did not think of will be developed; easier deployment processes will be implemented. And we look forward to what comes next for VIRTIO-based Android. The community will guide us!"

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Google Fi Expanding VPN to iPhone

Google | February 10, 2021

Google Project Fi's VPN administration has simply been accessible to Android clients in beta up until this point, however that is going to change. "We're extending admittance to the VPN to iPhone, with the goal that it will be accessible for all clients on Fi," the organization reported in a public statement. "We intend to reveal the VPN to iPhone clients beginning this spring." What's more, the VPN administration is formally going to all Android clients, subsequent to being in beta for the most recent few years. "In the wake of tuning in to your input and making execution enhancements, we're removing the Fi VPN from beta for Android telephone clients. This implies you can get the advantages of the VPN while likewise getting a quicker, more grounded association across your applications and administrations," Google composed. As an update, Project Fi's cell phone administration guarantees limitless homegrown talk and text, alongside worldwide informing, tying and that's just the beginning. The core of it is a versatile lattice that joins T-Mobile's inclusion zones with 1,000,000 or so WiFi areas of interest. Not long after dispatch, Google revealed a consistently on VPN that encodes and conceals your online movement, even from Google itself. The solitary proviso is that your information utilization could bounce by up to 10% while utilizing it. As a feature of Safer Internet Day (TIL) Google Fi additionally dispatched a protection and security center point in the Fi application on Android telephones. That will allow you to find out about and deal with your Fi protection and security highlights in a single spot. The organization additionally reminded clients that Fi blocks presumed spam calls, while shielding your telephone number from dangers like SIM trades. As referenced, the VPN is going to emerge from beta on Android, however Google didn't say precisely when — and it will show up to iPhone clients this spring.

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