Artificial Intelligence to Enhance Agility and Responsiveness of Enterprise Networks

The fast Mode | October 07, 2019

At the just concluded Network Virtualization and SDN Asia 2019, The Fast Mode spoke to Michael Xu, Consulting Specialist, APAC Center of Excellence (CoE) on some of the key topics of interest in the Networking space. The event is part of the TechXLR8 Asia conference which took place from the 11th -12th of September 2019 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands Singapore. Michael Xu discussed among others Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it powers Juniper Networks’ multi-cloud network solutions. Michael also shared latest insights in networking security and Software Defined Wide Area Network (SDWAN), and how Juniper Networks’ solutions are safeguarding today’s networks and revolutionizing their transformation. Watch the full interview in the following video.

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The last decade has seen dramatic changes in the way accountants utilize cloud computing to alter how, where and with whom they work. But are today’s financial professionals and their organizations equipped for this sea change brought about the new technology? According to a recent survey by Dimensional Research, the answer is a resounding yes. Survey results show that those farther along the path to broad cloud adoption are leading the charge to becoming the cloud accountants of the future.

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The last decade has seen dramatic changes in the way accountants utilize cloud computing to alter how, where and with whom they work. But are today’s financial professionals and their organizations equipped for this sea change brought about the new technology? According to a recent survey by Dimensional Research, the answer is a resounding yes. Survey results show that those farther along the path to broad cloud adoption are leading the charge to becoming the cloud accountants of the future.

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SonicWall Returning Choice to Customers by Securing Any Mix of Cloud, Hybrid and Traditional Networks

SonicWall | October 13, 2021

SonicWall, a global leader in physical, virtual and cloud-focused cybersecurity solutions, is emphasizing the return of customer choice for securing and scaling a mix of cloud, hybrid and traditional environments. "Too many times organizations have been forced to change the way they operate in order to secure access to their networks, data, devices and people. We've been busy innovating cloud and virtual solutions that help organizations secure complex blends of networks, including virtual, hybrid, cloud and on-premises deployments." Bill Conner, SonicWall President and CEO SonicWall's growing virtual, cloud and hybrid offerings leverage the best of the company's Boundless Cybersecurity approach to return deployment choices to the customer while solving real-world use cases faced by SMBs, enterprises, governments and MSSPs. SonicWall's core cloud solution offerings: Solve security and connectivity challenges for cloud-native and hybrid environments. Secure access to cloud and on-premises applications and virtualized workloads through modern zero-trust capabilities. Protect increasingly distributed and remote workforces through powerful virtualized security layers and zero-touch capabilities. Simplify threat detection and response by unifying security events and analytics in a single cloud-based dashboard, allowing easy visualization and management of high-risk alerts. "The modern IT environment is rife with complexity that drives security and connectivity challenges, which can be further complicated when organizations require hybrid environments comprised of physical, virtual and SaaS offerings, and private and public cloud solutions," said IDC Research Director Chris Rodriguez. "Cybersecurity vendors that support these deployment options add tremendous financial and operational flexibility for their customers, and are also well suited for organizations that are in different stages of their cloud journey." SonicWall Solves Today's Complex Security, Connectivity Challenges SonicWall's cloud innovation is driven by the need to solve complex security and connectivity challenges by delivering power, flexibility and choice to customers and partners. SonicWall has collaborated with organizations worldwide to build some of the most secure and robust hybrid networks. "The University of Pisa connects and secures a wide and distributed network of systems, users, applications and services to ensure our institution can provide the highest levels of on-campus and remote learning," said University of Pisa CIO Antonio Cisternino. "It's imperative that we're able to use the same trusted security controls, regardless of how we deploy them. Through their growing range of virtual, cloud and hybrid offerings, SonicWall gives us that choice and flexibility without sacrificing the security standards we require to protect and enable students, faculty and staff." SonicWall ensures organizations are able to set their own deployment paths and cloud migration timelines — not forcing them into a rigid vendor-first approach. By providing cloud-based (e.g., virtual firewall and VPN), as-a-service (e.g., ZTNA, FWaaS) and on-premises (e.g., firewalls, VPN) options, SonicWall empowers customers to deploy what works for their architecture — and adopt cloud transformation at their pace. These real-world hybrid environments are secured using a cohesive mix of virtual, cloud and on-premises offerings, including SonicWall NSv virtual firewalls, Cloud Edge Secure Access zero-trust security, appliance-free SMA virtual private networks (VPN), and Cloud App Security to protect SaaS applications. Organizations are able to further scale and extend distributed environments by simultaneously deploying security across multiple locations — with minimal IT support — using Zero-Touch Deployment capabilities. Implement Zero-Trust Security in as Few '15 Minutes' With the influx of work-from-home access, companies require a simple and secure way of connecting their workforce to resources they need — wherever they're located. SonicWall embraces zero-trust security as a tenet of cybersecurity in a perimeter-less, cloud-first reality. SonicWall helps organizations easily and quickly connect remote users to on-premises resources, cloud-hosted applications, branch offices and public clouds. In as few as 15 minutes, SonicWall Cloud Edge Secure Access — the company's zero-trust network access (ZTNA) offering — quickly scales security beyond the perimeter through modern zero-trust principles. This results in logical trust zones that authenticate every user, device and location for secure access to only the specific services and resources they require. Simplify Threat Detection, Visibility & Response New in SonicWall Capture Security Center 3.0, Unified Insights brings analytics from across SonicWall products, including physical and virtual firewalls, wireless access points, switches and endpoint security products into a single, customizable dashboard. This provides a central, easy-to-use location for monitoring environments and troubleshooting incidents, eliminating the need to multi-task across different consoles. Paired with SonicWall Analytics, Capture Security Center 3.0 can transform large volumes of data (spanning tens of thousands of firewall nodes) into actionable insights and defensive actions against hidden risks across networks, applications and users — all with the visibility, precision, speed and scale of the cloud. Integrate Cloud-delivered Threat Protection Across Hybrid Environments Regardless of deployment strategy, SonicWall ensures organizations can identify and block both known and unknown cyberattacks across traditional networks, public and private cloud infrastructure, and virtual environments by seamlessly integrating SonicWall physical and virtual firewalls when and where it makes sense for your business. The foundation of this ecosystem integrates with SonicWall's cloud-based Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) multi-engine sandbox service to stop advanced cyberattacks, including never-before-seen malware and ransomware. About SonicWall SonicWall delivers Boundless Cybersecurity for the hyper-distributed era in a work reality where everyone is remote, mobile and unsecure. SonicWall safeguards organizations mobilizing for their new business normal with seamless protection that stops the most evasive cyberattacks across boundless exposure points and increasingly remote, mobile and cloud-enabled workforces. By knowing the unknown, providing real-time visibility and enabling breakthrough economics, SonicWall closes the cybersecurity business gap for enterprises, governments and SMBs worldwide.

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Command The 5G Network: VIAVI Introduces Industry's First Field Test Instrument for O-RAN Deployment

Viavi Solutions Inc. | October 21, 2021

Viavi Solutions Inc. announced that the OneAdvisor-800 all-in-one cell site tool can be upgraded with the O-DU Emulation application to verify field deployment of O-RAN radios. As mobile service providers build their 5G networks to scale, OneAdvisor-800 now provides comprehensive capabilities for cell site deployment, including fiber inspection and characterization, cable and antenna analysis, and O-RAN radio verification. Service providers and equipment manufacturers worldwide are adopting open radio access networks to reduce infrastructure costs and lower the barrier to entry for new product innovation. In line with these benefits, O-RAN also enables carriers to thoroughly validate the tower installation very early in the process, thereby reducing installation problems and accelerating deployments. As a leader in O-RAN specifications development, wireless lab validation platforms, and field workforce solutions, VIAVI has addressed these requirements by augmenting the OneAdvisor-800 cell site tool. OneAdvisor-800 is a single, modular instrument proven to help cell site technicians test fiber, radio frequency (RF), and Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI), eliminating the need for multiple independent tools. The addition of the Open Distributed Unit (O-DU) Emulation application further streamlines site verification and guards against future truck rolls by enabling functional testing of the Open Radio Unit (O-RU) upon installation, rather than waiting until the O-DU is in place. The technician's work is simplified by guided workflows, with Job Manager programming the service provider's test criteria, and automatically uploading results to the StrataSync cloud. "As our customers deploy 5G at scale, the OneAdvisor-800 is helping them cut time to market and total cost of deployment thanks to a comprehensive feature set and test process automation. We developed the OneAdvisor-800 with a modular design as an essential means of future-proofing it, and the introduction of O-RAN radio verification is a clear demonstration of that promise to deliver support throughout the entire network lifecycle." Kevin Oliver, Vice President and General Manager, Converged Instruments and Virtual Test, VIAVI Test Suite for O-RAN Specifications VIAVI offers the most comprehensive test platform on the market for lab validation, field deployment and service assurance of O-RAN networks. VIAVI delivers integrated solutions to validate that all interfaces are working correctly – including RF, O-DU, O-RU, signaling, transport, timing and synchronization – and equipment is performing to specifications even under load and stress, from the lab to the field. With vast experience validating network products for operators and manufacturers worldwide, including all Tier-1 network equipment manufacturers, as well as partnerships with best-of-breed vendors, VIAVI helps network operators ensure interoperability — the principal concern in a multi-vendor based O-RAN environment. About VIAVI VIAVI is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions for communications service providers, enterprises, network equipment manufacturers, government and avionics. We help these customers harness the power of instruments, automation, intelligence and virtualization to Command the network. VIAVI is also a leader in light management solutions for 3D sensing, anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, and defense applications.

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Lightbits Labs Delivers Industry’s First Software-Defined NVMe/TCP Storage Solution for VMware

Lightbits Labs | October 01, 2021

Lightbits Labs a leader in NVMe-based, scalable and software-defined elastic block storage that is fully optimized on Intel hardware for private and edge clouds, today announced that it has successfully completed a rigorous certification of LightOS® with VMware vSphere® 7 Update 3 and will be listed on the VMware Compatibility Guide. LightOS software-defined storage, fueled by 3rd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors with built in AI accelerators, Intel Optane Persistent memory (PMem) and 100Gb Intel Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters, offers the ultimate in performance, resilience, and scalability for VMware vSphere® while lowering cost. Lightbits pioneered NVMe/TCP, developing a disaggregated storage solution that is easy to deploy at scale, while delivering performance that is similar to local flash. As a VMware Technology Alliance Partner and design partner, Lightbits has been collaborating with VMware on development and testing of the new vSphere NVMe/TCP feature. Supporting native NVMe/TCP in VMware vSphere is a major step toward delivering an end-to-end NVMe solutions ecosystem. “Enterprise IT organizations supporting ESXi workloads, want access to the latest technologies to stay ahead in a highly competitive marketplace. Working with Lightbits and Intel, VMware is advancing its storage support with a strong roadmap for the NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) technology that gives data centers unprecedented remote access to NVMe storage. The addition of support for NVMe/TCP ensures that VMware hosts can better support modern applications that need high IOPS, low latency block storage solutions that offer large capacity and high density per storage server.” Said Paul Turner, Vice President Product Management vSphere, VMware LightOS supercharges VMware environments with these benefits: Simple: It’s easy to consume over TCP/IP networks using standard protocols and drivers. Seamlessly integrates into existing infrastructure and VMware environments. Flexible: software only, disaggregated architecture allows for independent scaling of storage and compute. Runs on commodity hardware of customer’s choosing for a broad range of use cases. High-Performance: Featuring Intel Xeon Scalable processors with Intel DL Boost, Intel Optane PMem, and Intel Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters with ADQ technology, LightOS delivers high IOPS and low latency with performance that is equivalent to local flash without proprietary hardware and rigid capacity and performance constraints. Lower TCO: Coupling Intel’s high-performance hardware platform with LightOS optimized for low-cost QLC SSDs, data reduction features dramatically improve efficiency, and disaggregated architecture maximizes resource utilization. Also, no hypervisor is required on storage nodes. Highly Available: Rich data services such as SSD-level Elastic RAID, per-volume replication, multi-tenancy, snapshots, clones, remote monitoring, and more that result in highly resilient, high availability storage that extends across the entire virtualized platform. Supporting Quotes Remi El-Ouazzane, Chief Strategy Officer, Datacenter and AI Group, Intel Corporation “To overcome customer challenges requires addressing both hardware and software infrastructure in the data center, and partnerships with innovators like VMware and Lightbits strengthens our position to deliver complete solutions to solve those challenges. Intel’s platform breadth of high-performance technologies for the data center such as Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel Optane Persistent memory and Intel Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters are essential to deliver on the promise of NVMe/TCP. The integration of LightOS with Intel technology, especially for VMware environments provides private-cloud infrastructure and cloud service providers customers with an optimized cost-efficient, lower TCO storage solution while maintaining high performance and very low latency.” Christos Karamanolis, Lightbits Labs Advisory Board Member “This platform will provide core benefits to any organization that needs to increase the scale and utilization of their infrastructure, whether in financial services or other industries. LightOS enables data centers to take full advantage of NVMe/TCP. And when combined with the VMware ESXi and Intel hardware, organizations can rapidly and easily set up high-performance, scalable storage using the data center network they already have in place. For vSphere users who want flexibility, high availability, and high performance in a package that is easy to consume—this solution is compelling.” Eric Burgener, Vice President of Research, IDC “Digital transformation and the move to more data-driven business models is well underway at most enterprises today. To enable agility and better meet the performance, scalability, availability and efficiency requirements, enterprises are modernizing their storage infrastructures and moving to more server-based, software-defined architectures that support NVMe and cloud technologies. We envision NVMe/TCP as being an enabler of cost-effective high-performance disaggregated storage architectures similar to what hyperscalers are using. This announcement makes available an off-the-shelf solution that delivers the same set of performance, availability, scalability, and efficiency benefits for enterprise IT organizations supporting virtualized environments that's on par with the hyperscalers.” “Digital leaders turn to Equinix for high performance, foundational infrastructure that can be deployed globally and on-demand,” said Zac Smith, Managing Director, Equinix Metal. “For years, NVMe/TCP has offered the promise of improved performance, increased deployment flexibility, and better cost efficiency through ‘hyperscale-style’ disaggregation of storage and compute, so we’re excited to see Lightbits, VMware, and Intel collaborating to bring this capability to our customers.” “With the explosion of data underway, companies are committing to digital transformation on a massive scale. To extract the value of this data, applications need to rapidly store, access, and analyze data. Over the past few years private clouds and cloud service providers have been running cloud native applications on Lightbits, benefiting from our Kubernetes integration. Now we are super-excited to have a high performance, highly available storage solution also for VMware users, with in-box support for NVMe/TCP,” said Kam Eshghi, Chief Strategy Officer at Lightbits. “Organizations with private clouds and hybrid clouds, as well as cloud service providers and financial service providers can now realize the performance, scalability, and cost-efficiency benefits of a combined solution from VMware, Lightbits, and Intel.” LightOS is a scalable, efficient NVMe/TCP storage solution with intelligent flash management that improves flash endurance by up to 20X. It’s easy to deploy at scale and delivers performance that is equivalent to local flash. A single LightOS cluster can deliver over 40M IOPS (random Read) and 10PB user capacity, with less than 200μs latency. Organizations previously utilizing iSCSI can instead use NVMe/TCP on the same network infrastructure and realize much higher performance. In addition to high performance, LightOS offers rich data services such as multi-tenancy, thin-provisioning, snapshots, clones, remote monitoring, dynamic rebalancing, and more that result in highly resilient storage that extends across the entire virtualized platform. Lightbits, VMware, and Intel will jointly present a virtual breakout session, “Cloud Everywhere Transformation: NVMe/TCP Operating Models on Data Center and Cloud,” at VMworld 2021 About Lightbits Labs Lightbits Labs is leading the digital data center transformation in the enterprise by delivering scalable and efficient cloud-optimized, software-defined elastic block storage (EBS) on-premises that is easy to consume. Pioneers of the NVMe™ over TCP (NVMe/TCP) protocol, making low latency application access available to enterprise IT organizations supporting high-performance databases, big data analytics, and web-scale environments using either virtual or container-based architectures. Lightbits LightOS storage is designed to maximize the utility of NVMe, for IT organizations who want simplicity, performance, and flexibility for their Private and Edge clouds.

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