Aryaka Adds 'HybridWAN' Functionality to its SD-WAN Service

Virtualization Review | September 25, 2019

Aryaka, known for its managed software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) offering, has added connectivity options with what it calls HybridWAN. Definitions of HybridWAN often describe a combination of multiple connections available for WAN traffic, such as multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) circuits and broadband Internet, for one example. For Aryaka, those connectivity options include its own Layer 2 core network and its managed Internet connectivity, with the L2 core option suitable for business-critical traffic a bailiwick of MPLS in traditional networks and the Internet option suitable for less critical and costly traffic.

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These release notes describe the new features, improvements and changes in release 2.4 of the Cisco Meeting Server software. The Cisco Meeting Server software can be hosted on: n the Cisco Meeting Server 2000, a UCS 5108 chassis with 8 B200 blades and the Meeting Server software pre-installed as the sole application. n the Cisco Meeting Server 1000, a Cisco UCS server preconfigured with VMware and the Cisco Meeting Server installed as a VM deployment. n the Acano X-Series hardware. n or on a specification-based VM server. Note: From version 2.4 Meeting Server software no longer supports Microsoft Hyper-V.

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These release notes describe the new features, improvements and changes in release 2.4 of the Cisco Meeting Server software. The Cisco Meeting Server software can be hosted on: n the Cisco Meeting Server 2000, a UCS 5108 chassis with 8 B200 blades and the Meeting Server software pre-installed as the sole application. n the Cisco Meeting Server 1000, a Cisco UCS server preconfigured with VMware and the Cisco Meeting Server installed as a VM deployment. n the Acano X-Series hardware. n or on a specification-based VM server. Note: From version 2.4 Meeting Server software no longer supports Microsoft Hyper-V.

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Avast One to Extend Home Network Protection and Online Safety Guidance Across Platforms

Avast | August 10, 2022

Avast One, the all-in-one digital protection service from Avast (LSE: AVST), a global leader in digital security and privacy, has extended its cross-platform support by adding its Online Safety Score feature to both the Mac and iOS platforms of Avast One. Previously available on Windows and Android, Online Safety Score helps people take control of their online safety by providing a simple, easy to read score with regular feedback and tips on how to improve it further. Network Inspector, formally known as WiFi Inspector in Avast Free Antivirus, has also been added to the Mac platform so that networks and devices can be scanned for vulnerabilities. The update follows Avast One's recognition by AV-Test as a 'Top Product' in the industry, achieving full points in malware protection, performance and usability. Earlier this year, Avast bolstered the free and premium versions of Avast One with new and innovative privacy and scam prevention features across all major platforms, including Email Guardian, Private Mode, Scam Protection for mobile, and a Smart VPN which launches automatically for activities such as online banking. In this latest update, Avast has strengthened its cross-platform support further with Online Safety Score and Network Inspector which provide more guidance and user control over online safety for greater peace of mind no matter the device used. Premium customers can benefit from Avast One's leading protection and performance capabilities for up to 30 computers and mobile phones across PC, Mac, Android and iOS, ensuring families and their devices stay private and secure. Last year, Avast's Digital Citizenship study of over 16,000 people found that despite the internet's increasing importance day-to-day, heightened online safety and privacy concerns are stopping people from fully engaging in online activities. With this in mind, Avast has enhanced the protection capabilities of Avast One across all platforms, to provide online citizens with greater control and confidence at a time of rising online scams, fraud, and other malicious activity. "Across the world, safe and free access to digital services is increasingly becoming an everyday requirement. Yet our Avast Digital Citizenship Report found that two out of three people decided not to do something online because of security and privacy concerns, It's a wake-up call for us that many people do not feel confident about using critical online services and are abandoning decisions to shop, bank, or register new accounts because of concerns about security, privacy and identity. We understand that effective protection means protection on our customers' terms, and with Avast One we've made sure it's available on every major platform, wherever and whenever it's needed." Vita Santrucek, Chief Product Officer at Avast In addition to Online Safety Score, the features available in the latest update of Avast One include: Network Inspector: automatically scans networks and connected devices for vulnerabilities, and offers recommendations to improve device security when connected to public networks, as well as tips to strengthen the protection of home networks so that intruders are unable to access them and obtain personal data App Lock: locks sensitive apps and photos with a PIN, pattern, or fingerprint that's different to the authentication used to unlock a phone, providing the user with an additional layer of protection. Available on Avast One Individual and Family for Android. For individuals or families with iOS devices, the Photo Vault feature secures photos in an encrypted folder inside the Avast One app, protected by a PIN, Touch ID or Face ID to improve privacy on shared mobile devices. Avast One is available in Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It is available for download now at www.avast.com and is compatible with Android, iOS, macOS and Windows. About Avast: Avast a FTSE 100 company, is a global leader in digital security and privacy, headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic. With over 435 million users online, Avast offers products under the Avast and AVG brands that protect people from threats on the internet and the evolving IoT threat landscape. The company's threat detection network is among the most advanced in the world, using machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to detect and stop threats in real time. Avast digital security products for Mobile, PC or Mac are top-ranked and certified by VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, SE Labs and others.

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Acquisition by Broadcom Creating Concerns for VMware Users

Broadcom | June 21, 2022

Broadcom Inc., an American designer, developer, manufacturer, and supplier of a wide range of semiconductor and infrastructure software products, announced acquiring U.S.-based cloud computing and virtualization technology company VMware, Inc. The acquisition was completed with the transaction of cash and stocks worth approximately US$61 billion. Broadcom’s CEO, Hock Tan expressed optimism about the chances for success of the merged companies, with plans to fuse Broadcom's existing security and infrastructure software into VMware's portfolio. "Hock Tan is a very shrewd business guy. He is aware of financial implications, both short and long-term, for his company with these acquisitions. Will he bleed it dry? I suppose that's a possibility, but it's not clear yet." Brian Kirsch, an IT architect and instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College VMware users and employees were concerned that the company would face the same fate as others after being acquired by Broadcom, but they are adopting a wait-and-see attitude. However, post the statement mentioned above, the stakeholders of VMware are now worried that the innovative technologies of the company will land on Broadcom Inc.’s chopping block, same as previously acquired companies. The concerns of VMware employees and users are justified, seeing the position of companies such as CA Technologies in 2018 and Symantec's Enterprise Software Business in 2019 after the adoption of the “acquire and axe” policy by Broadcom. One of the VMware insiders who deals with multiple tech teams at the company mentioned that Broadcom will sell off the VMware products and solutions, except the most profitable ones. He further stated, "Some employees are nervous because of the cuts they figure are coming. Others are concerned they won't invest in some products like NSX Intelligence that look like they have a promising future."

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Infortrend Powers Up Scale-Out Unified Storage EonStor GS U.2

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Infortrend Technology, Inc., a market-leading enterprise storage supplier, has enhanced EonStor GS U.2, an enterprise scale-out unified storage system with U.2 NVMe SSD. It provides block and file-level scale-out extensibility to boost capacity and performance as storage requirements rise. The EonStor GS (GS) unified SAN/NAS storage is intended for a variety of corporate applications such as database, virtualization, video post-production, and file sharing. It provides excellent capacity and performance in a variety of ways. Users can begin with one GS and add other GS as required to establish a cluster with up to four appliances through scale-out. GS supports the common ultra-fast U.2 SSD and boosts performance up to 1000K IOPS and 22GB/s per appliance to improve data processing with high IOPS and low latency. GS offers a single namespace for CIFS and NFS user access from Windows, Linux, and macOS. IT administration can be simplified even further with auto-balancing, which ensures that data is stored equitably on each GS in a cluster. IT personnel may save money by expanding all-flash U.2 GS with HDD JBOD and letting the auto-tiering technology move 'hot' and 'cold' data between high-performance SSD and cost-effective HDD. For forward-looking enterprises seeking a competitive and cost-saving solution, we updated GS unified storage with support of scale-out expandability and U.2 SSD. Users can connect several GS into a cluster with optimized load balancing, increased I/Os, and tight data protection." Frank Lee, Senior Director of Product Planning Infortrend has revamped its 2022 Reseller Partnership Program to assist partners in increasing expertise and profitability. Partners enjoy special benefits like deal registration with price protection, access to demo machines, and much more.

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