Commentary: The next frontier of experience — 5G — is good news for retailers

Chain Store Age | April 02, 2019

Reports of 5G service soon flooding the market are everywhere, and even though the technology is still some years away from mass adoption, the race for faster and better connectivity is underway. The 5G era will certainly provide an answer to our allergy to time-wasting. Promise of speeds that will leave 4G in the dust means slow-loading sites and cellular dead zones will be a thing of the past. Consumers can look forward to faster download speeds, near-zero latency, and as a result, a whole new class of digital experience.

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We just concluded VMware Explore, and we were so excited to introduce VMware Cloud Flex Storage. Here’s a recap of what was discussed.

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We just concluded VMware Explore, and we were so excited to introduce VMware Cloud Flex Storage. Here’s a recap of what was discussed.

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HPE GreenLake adds application, analytics, and developer services to modernize workloads across the hybrid cloud

Hewlett Packard Enterprise | December 08, 2022

HPE DISCOVER Frankfurt 2022 – Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced new application, analytics, and developer services for HPE GreenLake, edge-to-cloud platform, that enable organizations to drive a data-first modernization strategy for production workloads across hybrid cloud environments. Updates include: HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise now offers expanded container deployment options for Kubernetes with Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) Anywhere from Amazon Web Services (AWS), and infrastructure-as-code and cloud-native toolchains to support customer’s DevOps and continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) environments. Six workload-optimized instances for general purpose, compute, memory, and storage are now available on HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise with simple rate card pricing that delivers a straightforward pay-as-you-go consumption model. Expanded partner ecosystem momentum that now includes HPE GreenLake for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, and the recently announced HPE GreenLake for VMware. Enhancement to consumption analytics delivers improved usage and cost analytics of applications for the three hyperscaler public cloud vendors. HPE GreenLake for Data Fabric and HPE Ezmeral Unified Analytics are now available through new HPE Ezmeral early access program. “HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise is a ready, out-of-the-box private cloud with a completely modern experience, delivering optimized performance, open choice and low and predictable TCO, which is resonating with organizations across every industry,” said Vishal Lall, senior vice president and general manager, HPE GreenLake Cloud Services Solutions. “Customers recognize the importance of a hybrid cloud operating model for their digital transformation, and HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise is the only solution that brings the best hybrid cloud capabilities from edge to core and across multiple clouds, delivered as a cloud service.” Deploy and manage workloads across the hybrid cloud with HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise reimagines the modern private cloud experience by providing an automated, flexible, scalable, and fully managed enterprise-grade private cloud. Built for both cloud-native and traditional applications, HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise supports the self-service deployment of bare metal, virtual machines, and container workloads from a common pool of infrastructure, optimized for price and performance. Today, HPE unveiled several enhancements to HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise: HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise offers expanded container deployment options for Kubernetes with Amazon EKS Anywhere. Customers can now run on-premises the same container run-times they use in the public cloud and obtain workload portability with a consistent cloud-native experience across their hybrid cloud. Customers can easily self-serve the management of VMs, containers or bare metal using an intuitive user interface console, application programming interfaces (APIs), command line interface (CLI) or infrastructure-as-code (IaC) that will improve their time to value. These options provide developers immediate access to their workspace with the flexibility to choose from a variety of operating systems, containerized application stacks, and toolchain integration services for increased efficiency and visibility. To optimize performance across a variety of mission critical workloads, HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise now offers six workload-optimized instances for general purpose, compute, memory, and storage with competitive rate card pricing that delivers a straightforward pay-as-you-go consumption model. Enhancement to consumption analytics delivers improved usage and cost analytics of applications for the three hyperscaler public cloud vendors. This includes easier showback reporting and dashboard insights to help customers improve capacity planning and budgeting across their hybrid environment. HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise is now generally available in 52 countries worldwide and available for partners to sell via the HPE GreenLake for Partners program. Expanding the HPE GreenLake ecosystem partners and marketplace offerings To give customers more choice and functionality, HPE continues to expand its partner ecosystem offerings on HPE GreenLake Marketplace for DevOps, AI/ML, analytics, data protection, security and more. Today, we highlight the new HPE GreenLake for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, and the recently announced HPE GreenLake for VMware. HPE GreenLake for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform is the result of the joint development announcement made earlier this year at Discover 2022, to deliver new service offerings on HPE GreenLake with Red Hat open source solutions. The combination of HPE GreenLake with Red Hat OpenShift provides customers with a consistent, powerful foundation for application development and hybrid cloud innovation. This helps customers to reduce costs and complexity, while enhancing stability and performance across multiple IT environments. HPE GreenLake for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform delivers self-service management of containers across edge, data center and hybrid cloud environments, enabling customers with more flexibility, scalability, and optimized standardized container configurations. Announced in November 2022, HPE GreenLake for VMware will bring together HPE GreenLake and VMware Cloud to deliver a fully integrated solution with a simple pay-as-you-go hybrid cloud consumption model. VMware Cloud will be fully integrated across the HPE GreenLake portfolio including HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise Early access program for HPE GreenLake for Data Fabric and HPE Ezmeral Unified Analytics At Discover Frankfurt, HPE introduced an early access program for HPE GreenLake for Data Fabric and HPE Ezmeral Unified Analytics. With the early access program, developers can try the data fabric and analytics service prior to release, testing new features and capabilities for solving hybrid data and analytics challenges. HPE GreenLake for Data Fabric modernizes analytics and data management, unifying different data types across on-premises, multi-cloud, and edge, to deliver seamless access to a trusted source of data. HPE Ezmeral Unified Analytics provides a cloud solution that supports best-of-breed, open source tools to address the full lifecycle of data engineering, analytics, and data science projects. The HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform– the foundation of the HPE GreenLake experience The HPE GreenLake platform provides customers and partners with a unified hybrid experience and easy access to cloud services. Today, HPE GreenLake supports more than 65,000 customers, powers more than two million connected devices and manages more than one exabyte of data with customers worldwide1. Organizations benefit from one platform from which to automate, orchestrate, and run their hybrid cloud strategy. HPE continues to innovate and invest in the HPE GreenLake platform. In March 2022, HPE announced a new, unified operational experience that provides a simplified view and access to all cloud services, including capabilities at the edge. This included the convergence of the HPE GreenLake platform with Aruba Central. At HPE Discover 2022 in June, HPE announced additional advancements, including enhanced security, a new developer portal and tools, and deeper capabilities to manage assets and workloads at scale. Click here to take a virtual test drive of the HPE GreenLake platform. About Hewlett Packard Enterprise Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) is the global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, everywhere. Built on decades of reimagining the future and innovating to advance the way people live and work, HPE delivers unique, open and intelligent technology solutions as a service. With offerings spanning cloud services, compute, high performance computing & AI, intelligent edge, software, and storage, HPE provides a consistent experience across all clouds and edges, helping customers develop new business models, engage in new ways, and increase operational performance. For more information, visit: www.hpe.com

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SecureAuth Announces Arculix Universal Authentication Fabric™ to Strengthen Passwordless Continuous Authentication

Arculix | November 21, 2022

SecureAuth, a leader in access management and authentication, today announced its Arculix Universal Authentication Fabric to further strengthen the technology to enable organizations for passwordless continuous authentication. Arculix Universal Authentication Fabric is a technology framework that delivers authentication driven by AI/ML behavioral modeling, continuous risk scoring and eliminates logging in making passwords obsolete. For users, it’s a one-and-done event for accessing their relevant apps, VDI or SSO. For companies, it’s a robust authentication with continuous authentication in the background without any friction to the user. “Historically, a single source to define and administer policy and processes for all users has been absent, Fraud, credential stuffing and attacks will continue to evolve as bad actors thwart existing security approaches. SecureAuth’s Universal Authentication Fabric delivers the first risk-based analytics approach as a consolidated backbone for continuous, multi-factor, and passwordless authentication with the highest level of security as well as a frictionless experience for users.” Paul Trulove, CEO of SecureAuth Between authenticating to the workstation, an SSO portal or federated web apps, VDIs, VPN, and PAM solutions, the typical user authenticates 16 times a day using three different sets of username and password. This is simultaneously insecure and a poor user experience. With Arculix Universal Authentication Fabric, users can login once and securely access the applications needed to do their job. Arculix Universal Authentication Fabric allows users to attain a level of assurance needed to authenticate with its patented behavioral AI/ML risk analytics engine. To ensure there is no account takeover (ATO), it generates a score at the beginning of a user logging in that is used to grant access to web apps, servers and services without requiring another factor check. This removes the need for siloed systems to authenticate users. “SecureAuth’s Arculix Universal Authentication Fabric is the underlying element for the new 360-degree cybersecurity perimeter that every enterprise needs: Continuous, Holistic and Adaptive,” said Alfredo Estirado, CEO of Grupo TRC. “As a key partner of SecureAuth, we are excited to offer this to our customers across various geographies.” Key capabilities include expansion of passwordless features into endpoints, including access to persistent and non-persistent VDIs, in the same passwordless way a user authenticates to a standard machine. This enables a passwordless authentication journey whether in or out of the office. This Universal Authentication Fabric also supports our device trust support for seamless passwordless authentication for transient virtual desktops and physical desktops. About SecureAuth Corporation SecureAuth is a next-gen access management and authentication company that enables secure and passwordless continuous authentication experience for employees, partners and customers. With the only solution that can be deployed in cloud, hybrid and on-premises environments, SecureAuth manages and protects access to applications, systems and data at scale, anywhere in the world.

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Sophos Firewall Unleashes Xstream Power for Distributed and Enterprise Edge Computing

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. Availability 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.” About Sophos 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.

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