Brave iOS browser Now Has VPN Thanks to Joint Effort with Guardian

Brave Software | July 28, 2020

Brave Software, the company behind the Brave browser, has teamed up with Guardian to bring a virtual private network (VPN) directly to Brave’s iOS browser. Now, Brave users on iOS can easily sign up for the Brave Firewall + VPN — powered by Guardian’s Firewall + VPN services. However, Brave’s VPN system also works system-wide and not just in the browser. Brave says its VPN + Firewall can protect users from data, location and mail beacon tracking along with protecting browsing data like a typical VPN. In a press release, the company said its solution went above and beyond the basic IP address masking seen in other VPN services. Brave’s VPN encrypts and protects anything people do while connected to the internet. The service prevents unauthorized tracking, blocks ads and encrypts all traffic from your iPhone or iPad.

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This document provides a general overview of the security controls implemented in various VMware Cloud™ Services offerings that run on the Amazon Web Services infrastructure as a service (IaaS). The intent is to provide readers with an understanding of how VMware approaches security for its cloud offerings, the key mechanisms and processes VMware uses to manage information security, and insight into the shared responsibility for providing security in a modern cloud computing environment.

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This document provides a general overview of the security controls implemented in various VMware Cloud™ Services offerings that run on the Amazon Web Services infrastructure as a service (IaaS). The intent is to provide readers with an understanding of how VMware approaches security for its cloud offerings, the key mechanisms and processes VMware uses to manage information security, and insight into the shared responsibility for providing security in a modern cloud computing environment.

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IBM and Airspan Networks Plan to Work to Accelerate 5G-enabled Open RAN Adoption in Europe

IBM Global Business Services, Airspan | September 21, 2021

IBM and Airspan Networks Inc., which provides groundbreaking, disruptive software and hardware for 5G network solutions, announced plans to collaborate on the launch of a 5G-enabled Open RAN testbed across the IBM Watson IoT Center in Munich, Germany and IBM’s Global Industry Solution Center (GISC) in Nice, France, to showcase long-distance control over 5G-enabled edge computing. The goal of developing this testbed is to help clients across Europe innovate and develop multi-vendor solutions designed to address different customer use case requirements, based on open, interoperable standards, while optimizing performance. IBM Global Business Services and Airspan plan to work together to accelerate the adoption of Open RAN technology and its ecosystem incorporating IBM’s leading global hybrid cloud and AI orchestration services. IBM Global Business Services, a leading systems integrator in the telco industry, is focused on processes, methodologies, and edge experience to deliver value and transformational projects with emerging technologies. The Open RAN testbed is intended to advance the development of Open RAN software and hardware solutions, and end-to-end interoperability testing with private 5G stand-alone core networks. The two companies plan to provide partners and customers with the opportunity to collaborate, integrate and test features for next generation campus networks. As part of the intended collaboration, Airspan Networks is providing its Open RAN AirVelocity 2700 indoor radio unit and virtualized Open RAN Centralized Unit (vCU) and Distributed Unit (vDU) OpenRANGE software to help customers test and validate 5G private network solutions using Open RAN. IBM is expected to provide its Global Business Services technology integration services, as well as IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation and IBM Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps, to allow customers to more efficiently manage and orchestrate edge cloud implementation and applications. In addition, the IBM Global Business Services team is planning to implement a visual inspection application for customers to further extend Industry 4.0 5G edge computing use cases on Open RAN. “Open approaches and standards-based technologies are vital to help unleash the full potential of 5G and edge computing. That’s why, in collaboration with Airspan, we hope to work to advance emerging use cases that harness Open RAN and bring new value to telecom clients. The planned expansion of the Open RAN testbed will allow us to demonstrate these capabilities as we accelerate 5G and edge computing innovation,” said Marisa Viveros, Vice President of Strategy and Offerings, Telecom, Media and Entertainment Industry at IBM." “Through critical collaboration with leaders like IBM and testing in these labs, which could help accelerate the development of Open RAN and 5G solutions and the open architecture ecosystem, we believe Airspan can continue to be at the forefront of innovation and industry disruption through end-to-end Open RAN solutions,” said Airspan Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Henrik Smith-Petersen. This year, IBM announced the Open RAN Center of Excellence in Spain to accelerate the progress of Open RAN and standards-based technologies in Europe. In May 2021, Airspan announced the opening of a 5G Innovation Lab in the UK as a showcase and demonstration facility for partners, customers and government institutions, to focus on the development of Open RAN software, 5G sub 6 GHz and mmWave indoor and outdoor equipment, and private network use cases. IBM Global Business Services and Airspan are working toward definitive agreements detailing joint plans to accelerate the adoption of Open RAN technology and its ecosystem incorporating IBM’s leading global hybrid cloud and AI orchestration services. Statements regarding IBM's future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice and represent goals and objectives only. About Airspan Airspan Networks Holdings Inc. (NYSE American: MIMO) is a U.S.-based provider of groundbreaking, disruptive software and hardware for 5G networks, and a pioneer in end-to-end Open RAN solutions that provide interoperability with other vendors. As a result of innovative technology and significant R&D investments to build and expand 5G solutions, Airspan believes it is well-positioned with 5G indoor and outdoor, Open RAN, private networks for enterprise customers and industrial use applications, fixed wireless access (FWA), and CBRS solutions to help mobile network operators of all sizes deploy their networks of the future, today. With over one million cells shipped to 1,000 customers in more than 100 countries, Airspan has global scale. www.airspan.com. About IBM Global Business Services IBMers believe in progress—that the application of intelligence, reason and science can improve business, society and the human condition. To learn more about IBM Global Business Services, please visit https://www.ibm.com/services

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VMware Cross-Cloud Services Help Customers Run their Businesses Better in AWS

VMware | November 20, 2021

VMware, Inc. is making it easier for Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers to purchase and deploy VMware Cross-Cloud services to support their AWS environments. VMware Cross-Cloud services help AWS customers drive digital innovation with enterprise control. VMware Carbon Black Cloud and VMware Tanzu are the latest services now available in the AWS Marketplace, a digital catalog with thousands of software listings from independent software vendors that make it easy for customers to find, test, buy, and deploy software that runs on AWS. VMware Cross-Cloud services offer distinct advantages to both IT operators and developers working in AWS. These advantages include accelerating application modernization, migrating workloads faster to the cloud, adopting a cloud operating model for their entire organization, and more securely and efficiently connecting a distributed workforce to cloud-based resources. Whether a customer has transitioned their business to run entirely in AWS or has a mixed environment of AWS and VMware vSphere, VMware Cross-Cloud services gives them the freedom and enterprise control they need to innovate and win. Our expanded presence in AWS Marketplace is another proof point of our focus on meeting customers where they are at by delivering value for the strategic cloud environment of their choice.” Vittorio Viarengo, vice president, cross-cloud solutions, VMware “The addition of VMware Cross-Cloud services in AWS Marketplace brings VMware’s portfolio of solutions to both developers and infrastructure and operations professionals who are building apps and operating their businesses in AWS,” said Mona Chadha, Director, AWS Marketplace Category Management, AWS. “Our mutual customers can streamline procurement and accelerate adoption of VMware Cross-Cloud services, leading to faster time-to-value and better business outcomes.” Advancing App Modernization and DevSecOps with VMware Tanzu VMware Tanzu (marketplace listing) is a modular application platform for building, running, and managing modern apps on AWS and hybrid-cloud infrastructure. Tanzu provides a consistent experience for developers and for operators, enabling them to navigate the complexities of modern apps and Kubernetes—gaining efficiencies and scale. Core to Tanzu is an upstream-aligned Kubernetes distribution that’s easy to operate and maintain using Cluster API for deploying and updating clusters. As an AWS Partner Network (APN) Advanced Technology Partner, customers can leverage the expert services of VMware Tanzu Labs to work side by side with teams to build capabilities and instill processes that show immediate and lasting impact. With Tanzu, AWS customers benefit from: Developer self-service access to clusters, along with a standardized, more secure build model for creating and maintaining containers. Fleet-wide policy management for pod access, networking, and security enabling simultaneous policy application to hundreds of Kubernetes clusters wherever they’re running, as well as to a particular namespace that is common across multiple different Kubernetes clusters. Full-stack observability capable of performing at more than a million data points per second to enable faster troubleshooting and smart alerting of potential anomalies across all clusters and the workloads running within them. Enabling Consistent and Unified Enterprise Security with VMware Carbon Black Cloud VMware Carbon Black Cloud (marketplace listing) is a cloud-native endpoint, workload, and container protection platform that enables customers to operationalize consistent, modern security in AWS and hybrid cloud environments. By analyzing more than one trillion security events per day VMware Carbon Black Cloud proactively uncovers attackers’ behavior patterns and empowers defenders to respond and remediate in real-time from anywhere in the world. Endpoint, workload, and container security capabilities are unified into one console and one agent so that infrastructure and infosec teams have a single, shared source of truth to improve security together. With VMware Carbon Black Cloud, AWS customers benefit from: Cloud-native endpoint security that combines prevention and automated detection to defend organizations from the full spectrum of today’s sophisticated attacks. Advanced workload protection for the modern data center to better secure workloads running in virtualized, private and hybrid cloud environments. Enterprise-grade container security that provides continuous visibility, enhanced security, and compliance for containerized applications from development to production in AWS and private cloud environments. Transforming Cloud Management with CloudHealth CloudHealth (marketplace listing) is a robust cloud management platform that helps AWS customers simplify cloud financial management, streamline cloud operations, and improve cross-organizational collaboration. AWS customers can leverage VMware’s deep insight and experience in public cloud management to grow their own cloud expertise using a proven framework to progress through their cloud management maturity journey. With CloudHealth, AWS customers benefit from: Faster decision making through alignment of cloud data with business context and access to custom reports and dashboards tailored to each business function, team, or project. Better resource utilization and cost optimization through actionable recommendations for rightsizing AWS services and managing Reserved Instances and Savings Plans. More efficient cloud operations by implementing governance policies to proactively alert and take automated actions within an AWS environment. “We really love the visibility CloudHealth provides for being able to have a single pane of glass into our AWS spend and sharing reporting across teams,” said James Fogerson, senior manager of the Cloud Center of Excellence for Robert Half. “Senior management really appreciates our focus on cost management with AWS and keeping people on track for managing spend. The reports we can generate are a good way to make sure the team is aware of where the costs are going and agree that those should be the main drivers.” Improving Cloud & Kubernetes Security Posture with CloudHealth Secure State CloudHealth Secure State (marketplace listing) is an intelligent cloud native security and compliance platform that helps organizations protect millions of cloud resources at scale. Using a resource relationship-based cloud data model, CloudHealth Secure State improves security visibility with real-time inventory search, advanced risk correlation, and more than 950 best practices rules to report security and compliance violations. With CloudHealth Secure State, AWS customers can: Reduce misconfigurations and prioritize threats with visual risk context and a more secure auto-remediation approach. Increase compliance with industry standards with out-of-the-box benchmarks and enterprise customizations. Operationalize a cloud security program through better collaboration between developers, security, and operations team. “CloudHealth Secure State provides us with a global view of Discovery’s cloud estate and enables us to operate more securely in AWS,” said Johan Marais, senior platform services manager, Discovery Group. “We can visualize real-time risks due to infrastructure deployments or configuration changes in our AWS environment, and based on various metrics and guard rails, delivers a mechanism to auto-remediate policy violations and improve our AWS security posture. Additionally, the CloudHealth Secure State platform makes it easy to measure compliance against predefined governance frameworks as well as custom frameworks critical to our organization.” Cloud-Native Load Balancing and Web Security with VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer (marketplace listing) is a modern, standalone application services platform for public cloud or on-premises deployments. The software-defined platform includes local and global load balancing, Web Application Firewall (WAF), and container ingress services. NSX Advanced Load Balancer natively integrates with AWS to provide central orchestration of a distributed load balancing and application security fabric, powerful analytics and visibility that helps administrators troubleshoot in seconds, and elastic on-demand scaling of services across data centers and clouds. With NSX Advanced Load Balancer, AWS customers can: Simplify application delivery operations with central orchestration, elastic scale, and cloud-native integration across clouds and on-premises environments. Automate load balancing, autoscaling, container ingress, and application security to facilitate self-service capabilities for app teams. Pinpoint application performance and security issues with powerful insights covering more than 700 application networking parameters. Delivering More Secure and Consistent Access to Apps with VMware SASE VMware SASE (marketplace listing) combines SD-WAN capabilities with cloud-delivered security functions, including cloud web security, zero trust network access, and firewalling. These capabilities are delivered as-a-service across both the near and far edge locations from a global network of points of presence (PoPs). By leveraging VMware SASE, AWS customers can simplify, manage, and automate WAN infrastructure across thousands of locations and better support distributed workforces. With VMware SASE, AWS customers benefit from: Scalable and easy-to-deploy and more secure remote access for applications running in AWS and AWS Outposts. Consistent, reliable application delivery to mobile clients, branches, and campuses under virtually any network condition. Better business resiliency through network transport independence and actionable and automated insights on network health and app delivery 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. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company’s 2030 Agenda.

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Scale Computing Announces Acronis Agentless Backup for Scale Computing HC3, Allowing Full Virtual Machine Backup and Fast Recovery for HC3 Clusters

Scale Computing | October 20, 2020

Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization and hyperconverged solutions, today announced it is offering Acronis Agentless Backup for Scale Computing HC3, allowing for full virtual machine backup and fast recovery for HC3 clusters. This innovation delivers easy, efficient, reliable and secure protection for all data and apps in on-premises and remote systems, in private and public clouds, and on mobile devices.

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