CenturyLink Private Cloud on VMware Cloud Foundation Now Available on Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers

Thefastmode | May 06, 2019

In a move that gives customers more choice and hybrid-cloud flexibility, CenturyLink announced that CenturyLink Private Cloud on VMware Cloud Foundation is now available on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, a scalable platform that delivers the flexibility and performance enterprises demand.

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In IT, there is an exception to every rule; even the most basic rule of IT, which states that the answer to every question is “it depends.” Security is no different, and because it touches on all aspects of IT from the physical out to the cloud, anything to do with security is going to be rife with exceptions, including this book. There is a lesson in the middle of this confusion, however, which is that all good IT security implementations have to start somewhere.

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In IT, there is an exception to every rule; even the most basic rule of IT, which states that the answer to every question is “it depends.” Security is no different, and because it touches on all aspects of IT from the physical out to the cloud, anything to do with security is going to be rife with exceptions, including this book. There is a lesson in the middle of this confusion, however, which is that all good IT security implementations have to start somewhere.

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Axis Launches New Program Aimed at Helping IT Leaders Finally Retire Their VPN

Axis Security | November 18, 2021

Axis Security, the leader in zero trust access, announced their VPN Buyback Program which provides IT leaders with a simple, cost-effective way of replacing their existing VPN service in order to adopt zero trust network access (ZTNA). The program is one of the first of its kind and is effective immediately for all companies using major VPN providers. "VPN's have been exposed by the shift to remote work and IT leaders are ready to move on. Many are finding the transition difficult because many ZTNA solutions are limited by the number of protocols they support. As a result, the VPN lives long after a new ZTNA solution is adopted. Axis provides a better way, with full support for critical protocols like VOIP and ICMP, for example, enabling a clean break and a more secure future. The goal of the buyback program is providing an incentive that is aligned with IT leaders' goals, which is to fully retire their VPNs once and for all." Dor Knafo, CEO and co-founder of Axis Security The Axis VPN BuyBack program allows IT leaders to easily replace their VPN with Axis' modern ZTNA service. Customers will have the ability to support all ports and protocols, offer both agent and agentless access options for users, inspect traffic to track individual employees and third-party activities, and automatically augment policy based on contextual changes such as identity, device posture, even geographic location. This provides customers with unprecedented visibility, fine-grained controls over access and keeps users off the corporate network. It removes the need for the customer's inbound VPN gateway, freeing up budget to invest in key business initiatives like multi-cloud, and simplify management for IT admins. The program will provide customers with up to twelve months of free Axis credit by committing to a three-year Axis ZTNA term. The offer can be applied to any customer who is currently using a major VPN service today, and will run through the end of July 2022. "With many of our users working remotely, improving the speed, usability, and security of our legacy VPN solution has been a top priority for us. With Axis, we've been able to achieve greater speed and seamless usability while realizing the benefits of a zero-trust, identity based model, activity reporting, and a simplified management console. Our users are as thrilled as we are with the result," said James Bilotta, SVP and Chief Information Officer, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. "We're aggressively adopting SaaS and public cloud to support our business, so partnering with the right security service was critical. We knew right away that we wanted a cloud-delivered solution. What we like about Axis is that it's easy to use zero trust policies to provide thousands of users with secure connectivity to a variety of resources. Axis also helps our security team get the visibility we need to track user activity in granular detail, automatically adapt policies to guarantee that only authorized personnel can access resources, and ensures that we can easily scale to support our modern workplace. Now, even as we embrace the cloud, we can still ensure our data is always accessed safely," said Joshua Danielson, Chief Information Security Officer, Copart. About Axis Axis believes that the sooner IT adopts zero trust, the sooner we can witness a world where the exchange of information is always fast, seamless and secure. With 350 Axis cloud service edges across the world, Axis helps IT leaders enable their employees, partners, and customers to securely access business data – without the pitfalls of network-centric solutions or application limitations that every other zero trust service faces. Through its world-class research & development and founding team which hails from Israel's acclaimed Unit 8200, Axis aims to accelerate the world's transition to a modern workplace where hybrid work is made simple, digital experience becomes a competitive advantage, and business data remains protected from cyber threats – even as it moves to cloud.

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VMware SASE Launched by BT As A Managed Service

VMware | January 21, 2022

VMware announced an agreement with BT, a leading global communications services provider, to offer multinational customers more choice and flexibility in how they embrace a cloud-first approach to networking, security, and edge computing. Under the terms of the agreement, BT will offer its customers VMware Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) as a global managed service, combining BT’s extensive networking capabilities and in-depth security expertise with VMware technology. The launch of the BT-managed service builds on the strong partnership between the companies. BT already offers a managed service based on VMware SD-WAN. The new managed service will help customers accelerate their digital transformation by providing employees wherever they are with flexible, more secure, and reliable access to cloud-based applications and services deployed in public and private clouds, SaaS, or at the enterprise edge. It will support the adoption of the latest digital technologies and workstyles, including IoT and hybrid working. As part of the single-vendor ecosystem managed service, BT will provide full end-to-end support across networking and security, protecting access to applications and data across private, hybrid and multi-clouds. This will remove complexity for customers on adopting a full SASE approach and will be especially compelling for those looking to transform both networking and security operations. VMware’s comprehensive cloud-delivered SASE solution brings together: Network performance benefits of SD-WAN Integrated security services delivered from the cloud The ability to support modern distributed applications, all of which will benefit from artificial intelligence for IT operations, or AIOps, for faster problem resolution. These capabilities are delivered as a service from a global network of over 150 points of presence (PoPs) deployed by VMware and its SASE service provider partners. BT will peer its network PoPs with VMware PoPs, so customers have an enhanced end user experience on the VMware platform. The new BT-managed VMware SASE service will launch with features including URL filtering; in-line cloud access security broker (CASB) to protect user activity; content filtering to reduce attack surfaces; and content inspection to protect against malware attacks. For customers looking to adopt hybrid workstyles, BT will provide VMware Secure Access. This zero-trust network access service allows only trusted devices and remote workers to access enterprise applications hosted on premises or in the cloud. VMware and BT plan to work together to introduce new features to the managed service over the coming months. Many organizations are deploying cloud networking with SD-WAN technology. SASE takes this approach to the next level with an architecture that enables delivery of networking, security, and edge compute services from the cloud. Launching our managed VMware SASE solution will help customers address networking and security challenges seamlessly as one.” Scott Cowling, Director, Software Defined Networks, BT Craig Connors, vice president and general manager for VMware’s SASE business, said, “Leading service providers like BT have modernized their networks so they can deliver a new category of services to enterprise customers. SASE has emerged as the blueprint for modern networking and security, and we are pleased BT has selected VMware SASE to simplify their customers’ multi-cloud journey.” 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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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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