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Speedcast | March 17, 2023
Speedcast, a leading communications and IT services provider, has released a new model of the company’s SIGMA network management platform with new architecture for the award-winning Universal Remote. Hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, the enhanced SIGMA platform makes connectivity path management and network control simpler, faster, and more economical than ever before.
From the intuitive user interface to intelligent and secure network switching, the enhanced SIGMA streamlines the complexities of diverse connectivity paths, making the concept of 100% uptime a reality for customers with critical operations or remote business requirements.
SIGMA’s newly released feature sets enable customers to seamlessly incorporate new technologies and communications paths as they launch, including low-Earth-orbit (LEO) and medium-Earth-orbit (MEO) satellite constellations. Customers can seamlessly layer any connectivity path, including Starlink and OneWeb, to their existing corporate network, optimizing application performance and offering robust edge security.
The SIGMA platform is being implemented as part of a multi-path, multi-orbit connectivity solution for a Europe-based logistics and transport company with a fleet of cable-laying vessels. The ability to support a significantly expanded number of WANs with a full enterprise SD-WAN suite that enables smart load balancing, QoS, WAN switching, and next-generation firewall has driven increased interest in the enhanced SIGMA platform. The network management solution was also recently deployed for a Singapore-based ship management company and a North America-based tanker fleet.
“Demand for highly diverse networks and seamless integration with third-party VSAT services, such as Starlink and OneWeb, has been a major sales driver for us,” said Joe Spytek, CEO at Speedcast. “Our SIGMA Universal Remote brings together the full suite of enablers for extensive multi-path network management.”
An AWS-qualified platform, SIGMA’s new architecture spotlights Speedcast’s innovative approach to network management. It removes complexity and cost for operations and gives users complete transparency and control of their networks. Built-in traffic and policy management provides users with real-time bandwidth monitoring and the ability to control and prioritize data usage for critical applications over crew welfare or other remote site requirements. In addition, the platform includes Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) cloud-native technology for added network security through a Zero Trust approach, which validates users and device access to applications anywhere in the world. The SASE framework helps organizations simplify their IT infrastructure, advance threat prevention, better protect their data, easily connect users and devices wherever they are located, and reduce total costs.
Updates can be pushed over the air to remote sites, saving customers critical time and delivering cost savings with complete remote upgrades. With a growing number of communication paths, satellite orbits, unique constellations, and specialized technologies, the new remotely extensible SIGMA enhancement ensures that customers always have access to the latest network management features for future-proofed operations.
“This is just the beginning,” said Spytek. “Being cloud-native, the SIGMA platform is highly scalable and can speed up our time-to-market to bring customers the edge applications that will make a difference for their remote operations. We’re working to prioritize new features on SIGMA so we can deliver value to customers faster and help them accelerate their operations.”
Speedcast maintains the largest technology-agnostic network in the world, incorporating satellite, LTE, Microwave and L-band to ensure the highest levels of uptime, availability, and performance. Now, as a Starlink and OneWeb authorized reseller and integrator, Speedcast brings together the right solutions and expertise to meet customers’ needs everywhere they operate. Added SIGMA features are slated to bring advanced networking functionality, zero-touch provisioning, enhanced remote staff and crew welfare, and more throughout 2023.
Speedcast is a leading communications and IT services provider, delivering critical communications services to the Maritime, Energy, Mining, Media, Telecom, Cruise, NGO, Government, and Enterprise sectors. The company leverages its global network platform to provide fully connected systems that harness technologies and applications to transform what remote operations can achieve. With the world’s most comprehensive network, Speedcast enables faster, seamless pole-to-pole coverage from a global hybrid satellite, fiber, cellular, microwave, MPLS, and IP transport network with direct access to public cloud platforms.
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Azul | February 08, 2023
On February 7, 2023, Azul, the only 100% Java-focused firm, announced that its high-performance Java runtime, Azul Platform Prime, now supports 64-bit Arm architectures, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) Graviton-based Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances. This combination enables clients to reduce cloud costs while improving the performance of popular open-source technologies, cloud-native apps, and Java-based frameworks.
Azul delivers more than 20 years of Java market leadership and supports more Java versions than any other vendor, including Oracle. Azul has long been a driving force behind Java support for developing hardware architectures, including spearheading the OpenJDK community effort (JEP 391) to enable support for Apple Silicon Arm-based Macs, and now supports AWS Graviton2 and Graviton3 processors for cloud deployments.
Azul is extending its leadership with cloud-native Java runtimes that support 64-bit Arm architectures by offering the finest Java Virtual Machine (JVM) for AWS Graviton processors with Azul Platform Prime and has received service validation from AWS Graviton Ready Program. In addition, Azul's rigorous testing shows that Azul Platform Prime performs substantially faster than competing OpenJDK alternatives. Azul Platform Prime running on AWS Graviton2 and AWS Graviton3 processors, provide improved price performance and scale required for cloud workloads.
Arm platforms are becoming increasingly popular because of their low cost-performance ratio. According to Gartner®, "By 2025, Arm-based shipments will account for around 20% of worldwide (except China) infrastructure as a services (IaaS) capabilities, and 55% of platform as a services (PaaS) capability."
(Source – Business Wire)
Azul is the only 100% Java-focused firm, providing the most trusted Java platform to the contemporary cloud enterprise. By emphasizing its clients' success, maintaining a steadfast commitment to innovation and quality, and promoting Java via community leadership, it delivers the world's finest commercial support for OpenJDK. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, the company is trusted by millions of Java developers, hundreds of millions of devices, and prominent companies, including 27% of the Fortune 100, to provide extraordinary capabilities, security, performance, value, and success for their applications.
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Strata Identity | January 04, 2023
Strata Identity, a company that provides identity orchestration services, has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), a global organization focused on promoting best practices for secure cloud computing. Strata Identity will work with CSA members on projects related to the open source IDQL Standard and identity orchestration. The open source IDQL Standard and identity orchestration are two ways that Strata Identity is working to make cloud computing safer.
Strata Identity's platform allows incompatible cloud identity systems to work together, allowing customers to unify access policies and governance. The company is also a founding member of Hexa, an open source identity federation software, and the IDQL Standard for policy orchestration. Strata Identity wants to make cloud computing safe for its customers by helping them bring their access policies and governance together.
"Lack of interoperability between individual cloud identity platforms and their legacy on-premises brethren is holding back app modernization and cloud migration projects. We look forward to collaborating with the CSA’s extensive community of vendors, enterprises, and industry influencers to advance open standards for cloud identity orchestration."
Eric Olden, CEO of Strata Identity
Eric Olden, CEO of Strata Identity, said the company is looking forward to collaborating with the CSA to advance open standards for cloud identity orchestration. The CEO of the CSA, Jim Reavis, said that Strata Identity's expertise in multi-cloud identity orchestration will help CSA members deal with problems related to app modernization. Strata Identity is going to work with the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) to help advance open standards for cloud identity orchestration.
About Strata Identity
Strata Identity has made a name for itself as the leader in identity orchestration for hybrid and multi-cloud environments with its innovative Maverics platform. This recipe-driven solution enables organizations to integrate and manage even the most incompatible identity systems while preserving a consistent user experience. By separating applications from identity, Maverics makes it possible to use modern authentication methods like password-less login and enforce consistent access policies without having to spend a lot of money refactoring source code.