Cisco Internet Report Touts 5G Mobile, Marks More DDoS Attacks

Virtualization Review | February 19, 2020

Cisco's huge new Annual Internet Report predicts great things for mobile 5G in the next few years but also warns of an increase in the size and frequency of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. The report, covering 2018-2023, assesses digital transformation across multiple business segments including enterprise -- with a focus on fixed broadband and mobile networking. While fixed broadband tech Ethernet and Wi-Fi is fairly stable, the company showcases big things happening in the 5G mobile space. The average 5G speed will be 575 megabits per second, or 13 times faster than the average mobile connection," Cisco said in announcing its first annual report. "With advanced performance capabilities, 5G will deliver more dynamic mobile infrastructures for AI and emerging IoT applications including autonomous cars, smart cities, connected health, immersive video and more.

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VMware vSphere® 6 continues to enhance the performance features and capabilities of the vSphere platform, making it the most robust and highest-performing cloud platform. vSphere 6 supports larger virtual machines and physical hosts to accommodate even the most demanding workloads. It also introduces several new features that reduce latency and increase throughput for network, storage, and compute.

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VMware vSphere® 6 continues to enhance the performance features and capabilities of the vSphere platform, making it the most robust and highest-performing cloud platform. vSphere 6 supports larger virtual machines and physical hosts to accommodate even the most demanding workloads. It also introduces several new features that reduce latency and increase throughput for network, storage, and compute.

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Saudi Telecom Company (STC) Rolls out On-Demand Virtual Services Using ADVA’s Ensemble Suite of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Technologies

ADVA | January 28, 2021

ADVA today announced that the Saudi Telecom Company is turning out on-request virtual services utilizing ADVA's Ensemble set-up of organization capacities virtualization (NFV) innovations. The new general CPE (uCPE) offering is based on the Dell EMC Networking Virtual Edge Platform (VEP) 1405 arrangement running ADVA's Ensemble Edge Cloud NFV suite. Venture clients of STC, the biggest IT specialist organization in the Middle East, will have the option to rapidly and effectively access virtual services, including steering, firewall, WAN streamlining, IoT and voice applications. With the business' biggest environment of virtual organization capacities (VNFs) to browse, overseen administration clients can consequently empower new applications and services with no monetary danger. “Today’s enterprises need to be agile. They require the freedom to mix and match the latest cloud technologies to seize new revenue opportunities in an instant. That’s what our new uCPE service is all about. It eliminates vendor lock-in and lets our clients experiment with best-in-class solutions that fit their specific needs and ambitions,” said Fahad A. Alhajeri, VP, digital solutions, STC. “By giving our customers quick and secure access to an unrivalled range of multi-vendor virtual technologies, we’re unleashing the full potential of businesses in this region. With the help of ADVA’s Ensemble NFV technology, we’re forging a path for our customers to a cloud-based future of on-demand services and rapid innovation.” STC's new uCPE offering empowers organizations across the Middle East to choose virtual items from the Ensemble Harmony Ecosystem, a novel multi-merchant climate with unrivaled assortment and decision. It's based on the Dell EMC Networking VEP 1405 arrangement, a conservative, low-power uCPE apparatus reason worked to have VNFs and ideal for requesting SD-WAN applications. With ADVA's Ensemble Connector as the NFVI stage, numerous VNFs can run on a solitary uCPE. Other key segments incorporate Ensemble Orchestrator and Virtualization Director, which give a basic and powerful administration and organization (MANO) design, enabling STC to turn out secure virtualized services at scale. STC’s uCPE service is ideal for connecting the enterprise to the cloud. Now businesses throughout the Middle East can leverage the power of virtualization and choose from the market’s widest range of onboarded commercial VNFs,” commented James Buchanan, GM, Edge Cloud, ADVA. “Our Ensemble suite’s MANO capabilities support the rollout of secure virtualized service across multiple locations with complete flexibility and scale. And, thanks to our Ensemble Connector’s zero-touch provisioning, STC can ship uCPE to a customer site and provision it securely with no need for technicians. With such rapid deployments and agile service creation at the network edge, STC is leading the way to the managed services of tomorrow.” “By utilizing our Virtual Edge Platform 1405 series and ADVA’s Ensemble software, STC is giving its customers a simple way to respond to shifting industry demand,” said Drew Schulke, VP, Dell EMC Networking, Dell Technologies. “Working with ADVA, we’re empowering STC and its customers to digitalize their infrastructures. Now they can deploy solutions at the click of a mouse and harness advanced tools for boosting security, reducing costs and improving end-user customer experience.” About ADVA ADVA is a company founded on innovation and focused on helping our customers succeed. Our technology forms the building blocks of a shared digital future and empowers networks across the globe. We’re continually developing breakthrough hardware and software that leads the networking industry and creates new business opportunities. It’s these open connectivity solutions that enable our customers to deliver the cloud and mobile services that are vital to today’s society and for imagining new tomorrows. Together, we’re building a truly connected and sustainable future. About STC “Solutions by STC” is one of the largest technology and communications services providers in the Middle East. The company has a range of products and services that address the needs of consumers and businesses of all sizes. Solutions by STC has continued to build upon its core telecom position and offers innovative digital services and solutions for enterprises, including cloud and infrastructure services, network and security management services, Big Data and analytics solutions, and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions (such as fleet/asset management and mobile point-of-sale solutions).

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Open Source Project vcluster Now Runs Upstream Kubernetes Natively

Loft Labs | January 10, 2022

Loft Labs, a venture-backed startup working on developer tooling and platform technology for Kubernetes, announced that the popular open source vcluster project now supports upstream Kubernetes. Although engineers have already been able to deploy virtual clusters using vcluster on top of vanilla Kubernetes clusters, the virtual clusters themselves have always been using the opinionated K3s distribution internally rather than upstream Kubernetes. With this release, vcluster users will now be able to deploy Kubernetes-powered virtual clusters to improve and optimize utilization of computing resources without the need to use K3s within the virtualization layer. We expanded vcluster support to vanilla Kubernetes in response to feedback from our user community. Many companies working with vcluster want to start leveraging the benefits of virtual clusters in production. Making these virtual clusters run with Kubernetes rather than K3s is a big step towards production-readiness for vcluster.” Lukas Gentele, co-founder and CEO, Loft Labs With the availability of upstream Kubernetes in vcluster, users can now also use any new Kubernetes feature immediately after its release and will not have to wait for K3s to ship their adapted Kubernetes version. First launched in April 2021, vcluster is used to create lightweight Kubernetes clusters that run inside the namespaces of underlying Kubernetes clusters. Using virtual clusters solves the majority of multi-tenancy issues of Kubernetes because they offer: Better isolation than simple namespace-based multi-tenancy; Reduced cloud computing cost because virtual clusters are much more lightweight and resource-efficient than spinning up separate single-tenant clusters; Logical separation and encapsulation of application workloads from the underlying cluster’s shared infrastructure workloads (such as shared ingress controller or network plug-ins). At the same time, virtual cluster users can expect that their virtual cluster behaves just like any regular Kubernetes cluster because vcluster is a certified Kubernetes distribution, which means that it passes all conformance tests that CNCF requires. Virtual clusters are often used as development environments when engineers are building, testing and debugging cloud-native software, but they are also frequently used as ephemeral environments for executing continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines. Also, an increasing number of companies are starting to explore virtual clusters in production, where virtualizing Kubernetes can be a great way to: surpass the scalability limits of regular Kubernetes clusters; isolate heterogeneous workloads in shared clusters; and streamline and simplify cluster operations when working with large-scale multi-tenant clusters. Loft Labs builds on top of vcluster and provides an enterprise-grade Kubernetes platform called Loft which is used by large organizations to create a self-service platform for their engineering teams. When an enterprise runs Loft, their engineers can provision virtual clusters on-demand whenever they need them, either using the Loft UI (user interface), the Loft CLI (command-line interface) or even using the Kubernetes command-line tool kubectl via the custom resources provided as part of Loft. About Loft Labs Loft Labs was founded in 2019 to create open-source developer tooling and virtual cluster technology for Kubernetes, with the goal to increase developer productivity and to help engineers gain secure but unimpeded access to cloud infrastructure.

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Alkira and Check Point Software Technologies Collaborate to Bring Enterprise-Class Security to Cloud Workloads

Alkira, Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd. | September 30, 2021

Check Point CloudGuard can be rapidly provisioned into one or multiple globally distributed Alkira Cloud Exchange Points (CXP) to provide security policy enforcement for application traffic between any set of endpoints connected to the Alkira global cloud backbone Cloud networking pioneer Alkira® and Check Point Software Technologies, a leading provider of cyber security solutions globally, today announced a technology alliance to provide Check Point Software’s CloudGuard firewalls in Alkira’s Cloud Network infrastructure as-a-Service (CNaaS). This comes as organizations deploying application workloads to the cloud are struggling with the complexity of implementing consistent enterprise-wide security controls spanning cloud, multi-cloud and on-premises environments. The Check Point CloudGuard platform provides cloud native security with advanced threat prevention for all assets and workloads enabling customers to deploy the same robust security in the cloud that they are used to with on-premises systems. Alkira brings a high-performance cloud network-as-a-service with global virtual infrastructure, advanced routing, intelligent service insertion and dynamic auto-scale, simplifying set-up and day 2 operations for enterprise cloud networking and security deployments. “Alkira and Check Point simplify security deployments and make it easier for enterprise customers to apply a single security posture across the entire enterprise network spanning cloud, multi-cloud and existing data center or colocation facilities. Delivering the Alkira virtual network infrastructure and Check Point security management tools as a service allows enterprises to avoid the costs and complexity of DIY solutions, and provides guaranteed performance and scalability.” said Atif Khan, CTO and Founder of Alkira Alkira Cloud Services Exchange® (CSX) fully automates the provisioning, licensing, service insertion, scaling and health monitoring of CloudGuard network security gateways. Alkira seamlessly inserts the CloudGuard gateways at any point in the Alkira global cloud backbone, providing stateful security controls for any on-premises, cloud, and Internet application traffic. Alkira allows customers to decouple CloudGuard from the specific cloud providers, thus providing a more efficient multi-cloud security architecture. Cloud environments offer global presence and vast compute resources but lack the necessary routing, policy and operational controls enterprises require for a streamlined cloud firewall deployment. Even in a single cloud environment, do-it-yourself solutions result in a complex sprawl of virtual machine instances and traffic management scenarios. They also tend to make inefficient use of resources. All these problems are made worse in multi-cloud environments. “The combination of Check Point CloudGuard and Alkira simplifies the process of provisioning and ongoing management in the cloud networking environment which is a big win for enterprise customers. The Check Point CloudGuard platform provides cloud native security with advanced threat prevention for all assets and workloads, across public, hybrid and multi-cloud environments, enabling customers to benefit from a single unified security platform.” added TJ Gonen, Head of Cloud Security at Check Point Check Point CloudGuard can be rapidly provisioned into one or multiple globally distributed Alkira Cloud Exchange Points (CXP) to provide security policy enforcement for application traffic between any set of endpoints connected to the Alkira global cloud backbone. Once CloudGuard has been provisioned within an Alkira CXP it can provide: Security policy to and between public clouds Cloud hosted, stateful firewall services for branches and data centers Regionalized Internet breakouts for secure SaaS application access Cloud DMZ environment for Internet facing applications Shared cloud application services for partners and M&As Alkira’s visual policy manager simplifies policy configuration, scoping and inspection, and streamlines auditing for assurance and compliance purposes. Alkira’s intent-based approach selectively routes traffic to firewalls according to need, improving efficiency of firewall utilization and optimizing network performance. Customers have a choice of bring-your-own license (BYOL) or pay-as-you-go (PAYG) licensing models. Check Point offers a multilevel security architecture that defends enterprises’ cloud, network and mobile device-held information, and a comprehensive and intuitive one-point-of-control security management system. CloudGuard is available in the Alkira network services marketplace. About Alkira Alkira delivers Cloud Networking as-a-Service (CNaaS) and developed the first Network Cloud which enables enterprises to build and deploy a secure global unified multi-cloud network infrastructure as-a-service that delivers network connectivity, advanced network and security services, and end-to-end visibility and governance. Alkira Cloud Services Exchange® (CSX) seamlessly and securely connects branches, data centers, remote users and clouds. Alkira CSX is available on the AWS and Azure Marketplaces. Alkira was founded by CEO Amir Khan, founder and former CEO of Viptela, and Atif Khan, CTO, former VP and founding team member at Viptela. Alkira has raised $76M from Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Koch Disruptive Technologies, LLC, and GV Capital (formerly Google Ventures)

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