Options | November 02, 2022
The accomplishment follows the VMware Cloud Provider Principal Partner Status awarded to the firm last year. Options also holds Cloud Verified status at NJ2, PRDC, LHC, LD4 and NY5 sites.
Cloud Verification assures that a partner is validated to expertly deliver cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service across VMware’s best-in-class network, storage, and compute solutions to meet specific individual client needs.
It also enables customers to achieve unmatched consistency, performance, and interoperability levels for traditional and containerised enterprise applications based on the most advanced VMware cloud technologies.
“Toronto has emerged as a leader in the convergence of tech leadership, financial services and innovation, bringing best-in-class infrastructure even closer to our clients and bolstering our operational presence in the region. As the sixth certification in recent months, today’s news is a further demonstration of Options’ growing portfolio of VMware solution architecture and the continued rollout of service excellence, capability and choice for our customers across the capital markets.”
Options President and CEO Danny Moore
Today’s news comes as the latest in a series of strategic announcements for Options, including its tenth Microsoft Gold Partner status, its partnership with on-demand market data provider QUODD, hosting capabilities in Aruba IT3 Bergamo, and the launch of its Quantify and Data Store products.
In 2019, Options received investment from Boston-based Private Equity Firm Abry Partners. This investment has enabled Options to accelerate its growth strategy and develop its technology platform while expanding its global reach in key financial centres.
Options Technology is the No. 1 provider of IT infrastructure to global Capital Markets firms, supporting their operations and ecosystems.
Founded in 1993, the firm began life as a hedge fund technology services provider. Today, the company provides high-performance managed trading infrastructure and cloud-enabled managed services to over 550 firms globally, providing an agile, scalable platform in an Investment Bank-grade Cybersecurity wrapper.
Options clients include the leading global investment banks, hedge funds, funds of funds, proprietary trading firms, market makers, broker/dealers, private equity houses, and exchanges. With offices in 9 key cities; New York, Toronto, Chicago, London, Belfast, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Auckland, Options are well placed to service its customers on-site and remotely.
In 2019, Options secured a significant growth investment from Abry Partners, a Boston-based sector-focused private equity firm. This investment has enabled Options to considerably accelerate its growth strategy to invest further in its technology platform and expand its reach in key financial centres globally.
Options has been named among the UK’s leading growth companies in the 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table.
About Abry Partners
Abry is one of the most experienced and successful sector-focused private equity investment firms in North America. Since its founding in 1989, the firm has completed over $82 billion of leveraged transactions and other private equity or preferred equity placements. Currently, the firm manages over $5.0 billion of capital across their active funds.
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Andes Technology | October 31, 2022
Andes Technology, a leading supplier of high efficiency, low-power 32/64-bit RISC-V processor cores and founding premier member of RISC-V International, today announces its safety-enhanced AndesCore N25F-SE is the first RISC-V CPU IP certified to be fully compliant with ISO 26262 functional safety standards for the development of automotive applications. SGS-TÜV Saar GmbH, an independent functional safety certification body, has assessed and completed product audit process for N25F-SE with achieved functional safety for ASIL B (Automotive Safety Integrity Level B) applications, according to all applicable ISO 26262 series of standards including Parts 2, 4, 5, 8 and 9.
AndesCore N25F-SE. The N25F-SE is a 32-bit RISC-V CPU core that supports standard IMACFD extensions, including efficient integer instructions and single/double precision floating point instructions. It incorporates the Andes V5 extension instructions to further boost performance and reduce code size. The efficient 5-stage pipeline of the N25F-SE provides a good balance of high operating frequency and compact design. Its flexible interfaces greatly simplify SoC designs. Like its sought-after cousin the N25F, the N25F-SE comes with rich configurable options, all of which are fully certified, and thus SoC design teams are not limited by one fixed CPU configuration when offering automotive solutions.
ISO 26262 and ASIL-B Applications. ISO 26262 defines functional safety as the “absence of unreasonable risk due to hazards caused by malfunctioning behavior of electrical/electronic systems”. To enforce functional safety with a reasonable cost structure, proper safety measures for desired ASIL levels should be applied, from the least stringent ASIL A to the most stringent ASIL D. Examples of electronic systems where ASIL B is sufficient are dashboard, in-car monitoring, keyless entry, lighting control, tire pressure monitoring, vision ADAS, and window control. Either to incorporate new electronic systems on board, or to upgrade existing ones without ISO 26262 compliance, the N25F-SE is well suited for the wide range of applications requiring ASIL B compliance.
Leader of RISC-V Functional Safety. “Andes is the first RISC-V CPU vendor certified, for the development process of automotive processor cores, to be compliant with ISO 26262 standards up to ASIL D in 2020. With the certified development process in place, we formally started our functional safety roadmap to deliver at least one ISO 26262 compliant core every year to cover all segments of performance and features,” said Dr. Charlie Su, President and CTO of Andes Technology. “Andes has developed a wide range of AndesCore processors, from driving cost sensitive MCUs to accelerating datacenter AI/ML computations. We are excited to announce our first safety-enhanced AndesCore the N25F-SE based on the most popular and mature CPU IP family, the 25-series."
ISO 26262 Full Compliance. The ASIL B fully compliant N25F-SE was developed under considerations on all applicable requirements of ISO 26262 standards by defining tailored safety activities with solid rationales, from the fundamental specification, analysis, and design to verification and many more. It comes with the Safety Package which includes Safety manual, Safety analysis report (FMEDA and more), and Development Interface Outline. Together, the N25F-SE and its Safety Package offer an effective, efficient, and flexible automotive solution. It greatly reduces the time for SoC design teams to certify their ISO 26262 compliant SoCs. In comparison, an ASIL B “ready” solution is without certifying all required ISO 26262 Parts (2, 4, 5, 8 and 9) and thus provides incomplete support for the SoC’s certification; as a result, SoC design teams must go through all the work the CPU IP vendors are supposed to do. In addition, the N25F-SE helps reduce the cost and power consumption for SoCs requiring only an ASIL B processor IP without forcing them to use a double-sized dual-core lock-step solution with ASIL D. “As the only public RISC-V CPU IP company and a leader in the RISC-V ecosystem, we want to raise the awareness of the importance of ISO 26262 full compliance.” Dr. Su stressed.
Cidana. “Consumer experience is shaping expectations for In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems. It is one of the segments evolving rapidly in the automotive industry. Cidana offers the optimized LC3+ codec and makes it available on Andes ISO 26262 compliance platform. Other mainstream audio codecs can be supported based on the required performance,” said Chinn Chin, the Chief Executive Officer of Cidana. “We are looking forward to collaborating with Andes and bringing the Cidana solutions to automotive SoCs powered by the N25F-SE.”
Green Hills Software. “We are pleased to expand our production-ready automotive safety solutions to support the safety-certified AndesCore 25-Series
RISC-V IP core family from the technology leader, Andes Technology,” said Dan Mender, Vice President, Business Development, Green Hills Software. “This combined hardware-software solution for the AndesCore N25F-SE gives SoC providers a valuable head-start in offering integrated and optimized production-proven platforms for next-generation vehicle ECUs that require the highest performance and lowest power, with advanced tools that reduce their customers’ time to market and development costs.”
IAR Systems. “RISC-V is being adopted at a remarkable speed in applications from the edge to the cloud and now it is entering the automotive market. IAR Systems support the mature and popular Andes RISC-V 25-series processors since its release a few years back in the IAR Embedded Workbench for RISC-V, Functional Safety edition. We are glad to learn that Andes N25F-SE has been certified for full ISO 26262 compliance,” said Rafael Taubinger, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at IAR Systems. “We are looking forward to extending our collaboration with Andes to support its Safety Enhanced processors starting from the N25F-SE enabling our mutual customers to speed up the path to using RISC-V in automotive safety-critical applications.”
Parasoft. “We would sincerely congrats on Andes Technology's N25F-SE been certified to the ISO 26262 functional safety standard,” said Yue Liu, the President of Parasoft Greater China. "Andes is a leading provider of RISC-V processors, and PARASOFT, a solution provider that helps enterprises deliver defect-free software, is pleased to partner with Andes to further deliver RISC-V ecosystem solutions to our customers. I am confident that we will be able to provide a complete suite of testing solutions for the automotive safety lifecycle in the near future, helping customers improve their ability to develop and deliver high quality software.”
Virtual Open Systems. “At Virtual Open Systems we are working with Andes to enable hypervisor-less mixed criticality virtualization supporting concurrent execution of a certified real time operating system (OS) with a general purpose OS using our VOSySmonitoRV, a low level firmware developed with ASIL certification in mind," said Daniel Raho, Virtual Open Systems SAS CEO. "We are excited to extend VOSySmonitoRV with support for Andes Safety Enhanced processors starting from the N25F-SE.”
The AndesCore N25F-SE is available for licensing now. Over half of a dozen leading SoC companies are already developing in-vehicle applications with the N25F-SE. Following the N25F-SE, the D25F-SE with DSP/SIMD extension and Bit Manipulation extension is expected to be available in early 2023.
About Andes Technology
Seventeen years in business and a Founding Premier member of RISC-V International, Andes is publicly-listed company and a leading supplier of high-performance/low-power 32/64-bit embedded processor IP solutions, and the driving force in taking RISC-V mainstream. Andes’ fifth-generation AndeStar™ architecture adopted the RISC-V as the base. Its V5 RISC-V CPU families range from tiny 32-bit cores to advanced 64-bit cores with DSP, FPU, Vector, Linux, superscalar, and/or multicore capabilities. The annual volume of Andes-Embedded SoCs has exceeded 3 billion in 2021 and continues to rise. By the end of 2021, the cumulative volume of Andes-Embedded™ SoCs has surpassed 10 billion
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Sophos | November 22, 2022
Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, today introduced new Sophos Firewall capabilities to better meet the complex and demanding needs of distributed and enterprise edge computing. Sophos Firewall now delivers performance enhancements that accelerate encrypted traffic inspection, dynamic traffic routing for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), added resiliency with software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) load balancing and high-availability enhancements, and seamless integration with Microsoft Azure Active Directory.
“One of the key benefits of the Xstream architecture and Flow Processors is that they are programmable. This means that while other firewalls get slower over time, we can increase performance, even when we add new features and capabilities, Our design ensures customers’ investment in Sophos Firewall is future-proofed and enables seamless transition to a cloud-enabled world. SD-WAN and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) demand a more efficient platform, which is not only resilient but also makes day-to-day management easier and faster than ever.”
Daniel Cole, vice president of network security product management at Sophos
The effective and reliable assessment of network traffic is critical in protecting against threat actors, as evidenced in Sophos’ 2023 Threat Report that published today. Distributed offices, remote workforces, cloud workloads, custom-built legacy apps, and a growing reliance on global software-as-a-service providers create a configuration and risk management headache for network security managers.
Sophos Firewall now provides the performance, protection and resiliency that distributed enterprises require, while simplifying the management of complex networks. Benefits include:
Advanced performance and protection: A new high-performance dynamic routing engine and Xstream Transport Layer Security (TLS) FastPath acceleration improves encrypted traffic inspection while also adding headroom for traffic that requires deep-packet inspection; the asymmetric cryptographic capabilities within Xstream Flow Processors – included in every XGS Series appliance – enable TLS inspection on even the most demanding networks
Added resiliency and peace of mind: New SD-WAN load balancing for performance and reliability in the event of an internet service providers’ (ISP) outage along with enhancements to high-availability clusters ensure maximum business continuity and uptime for mission critical networks
Improved ease of management: Managing network security is easier than ever with new Microsoft Azure Active Directory integration for seamless administrator single sign-on and new host and service object search
Sophos Firewall integrates with Sophos ZTNA (zero trust network access) under one unified management plane and is a key pillar of Sophos’ SASE strategy, providing a more simplified, scalable and secure solution over traditional remote-access virtual private networks (VPN). The network solution is also part of the Sophos Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem, which integrates Sophos’ entire portfolio of products, services and Sophos X-Ops threat intelligence for faster and more contextual and synchronized detection, protection and response.
Sophos Firewall is available for immediate purchase exclusively through Sophos’ global channel of partners and Managed Service Providers (MSPs). It is easily managed in the cloud-native Sophos Central platform alongside other solutions, where users can oversee installations, respond to alerts and track licenses and upcoming renewal dates via a single, intuitive interface, or by Sophos Managed Detection and Response (MDR).
What Analysts, Channel Partners and Customers Say
“With their latest firewall release, Sophos has leveraged the flexibility of their Xstream architecture to deliver improvements in performance for VPN throughput and more efficient handling of TLS encrypted traffic, which is vitally important in today’s encrypted world,” said Christopher Rodriguez, research director of IDC’s Security & Trust practice. “They’ve also completed the build-out of their networking feature set to provide an integrated SD-WAN solution. Combined with other recent enhancements to their secure access portfolio like ZTNA as a Service, they’re positioning to provide the features and capabilities that larger distributed enterprise organizations demand, while also building out a SASE strategy that will appeal to organizations of all sizes.”
“As a multinational technology consulting firm that’s relied on Sophos Firewall since it was first incepted, Seidor Networks intimately knows the offering is a must-have solution for protecting against malware and other unwanted network traffic,” said Sean Hancock, ISP manager at Seidor Networks. “Sophos is continuously innovating and adding new features that are industry best. This new version of Sophos Firewall raises the bar even higher with unrivaled network protection and performance; and when you pair Sophos Firewall with Sophos XDR, the results are truly next level as endpoints and firewalls share real-time threat intelligence for further improved network visibility and lateral movement control.”
“The new Sophos Firewall software has multiple advantages for all of our customers,” said Marc Hurrelmann, chief executive officer at Midland IT. “Many of the features added have been designed to address the challenges that larger organizations are facing with implementing SD-WAN, optimizing performance, scaling their network, improving resiliency and up-time, and enhancing management efficiency. Smaller organizations will benefit from all the added value packed into Sophos Firewall with better performance, protection, networking, and management.”
Sophos is a worldwide leader and innovator of advanced cybersecurity solutions, including Managed Detection and Response (MDR) and incident response services and a broad portfolio of endpoint, network, email, and cloud security technologies that help organizations defeat cyberattacks. As one of the largest pure-play cybersecurity providers, Sophos defends more than 500,000 organizations and more than 100 million users globally from active adversaries, ransomware, phishing, malware, and more. Sophos’ services and products connect through its cloud-based Sophos Central management console and are powered by Sophos X-Ops, the company’s cross-domain threat intelligence unit. Sophos X-Ops intelligence optimizes the entire Sophos Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem, which includes a centralized data lake that leverages a rich set of open APIs available to customers, partners, developers, and other cybersecurity and information technology vendors. Sophos provides cybersecurity-as-a-service to organizations needing fully-managed, turnkey security solutions. Customers can also manage their cybersecurity directly with Sophos’ security operations platform or use a hybrid approach by supplementing their in-house teams with Sophos’ services, including threat hunting and remediation. Sophos sells through reseller partners and managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, U.K.