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IP Infusion | July 26, 2022
IP Infusion, a leading provider of open network software and solutions for wireline and mobile network operators, today announced that it successfully demonstrated the maturity and stability of its OcNOS®-based Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway (DCSG) solution addressing Fronthaul use cases at the O-RAN Global PlugFest Spring 2022.
O-RAN Alliance, a preeminent open technical organization comprising more than 350 companies and institutions, is transforming worldwide Radio Access Networks (RAN) to be intelligent, virtualized and fully interoperable. It features a large cross-section of Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and vendors focused on the disaggregation of the RAN. IP Infusion’s OcNOS-based DCSG contributes essential operational elements of the 5G mobile network, enabling rapid deployment and proven reliability, stability and flexibility.
“O-RAN Alliance’s stringent specifications for open software RAN architecture are defining the future network,” said Atsushi Ogata, President and CEO of IP Infusion. “This vigorous validation and testing in a multi-vendor environment confirms that IP Infusion’s field tested Fronthaul Switch helps operators save on costs as external timing equipment is not needed. We strongly advocate for a telecom industry that is a collaborative, virtualized RAN ecosystem of open, multi-vendor, autonomous networks focused on innovation and agility.”
IP Infusion participated in multi-vendor Fronthaul testing in two independent working environments for the O-RAN Global PlugFest.
O-RAN PlugFest hosted by AT&T and DISH
University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) in Durham, NH, USA
O-RAN PlugFest hosted by Auray
Auray OTIC and Security Lab in Taoyuan City, Taiwan
IP Infusion’s DCSG demonstrated advanced Timing and Synchronization capabilities critical to the Fronthaul network. The DCSG as Fronthaul Switch Solution provides unique functionality in the Fronthaul by providing an integrated Grand Master Clock reference to the RAN components. This complete Transport Timing Profile support ensures that IP Infusion is the source for Timing and Synchronization in the Fronthaul. The mature transport capabilities provide high-performance and low-latency with services such as Segment Routing, L2VPN-EVPN and L3VPN, for the RAN traffic.
PlugFest Testing Specifications:
End-to-End Forwarding and Latency verification of Fronthaul as per O-RAN Open xHaul Transport Working Group 9 specification
O-RAN Fronthaul Working Group 4 Conformance Test Specification
PlugFest Testing Scope:
Multi-vendor Interoperability and integration testing of O-RAN components in a lab environment
O-RAN specified end-to-end tests
Open Fronthaul S-plane testing
Portions of O-RAN specified Open Fronthaul Conformance tests, with a focus on the S-Plane
Verification and validation of applicability of tests in a lab environment
O-RAN specified Open Fronthaul Conformance tests
O-RAN specified end-to-end tests
IP Infusion’s solution confirmed its use case capabilities for mobile Fronthaul. Specific multi-vendor testing also showed the solution meeting or exceeding standards for:
Fronthaul Switch providing Transport and Synchronization to other RAN components
Integrated Grandmaster clock capability eliminating need for additional timing equipment in the Fronthaul
Precision Time Protocol (PTP) and Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) used to provide clock reference to multiple O-RUs and O-DUs
Timing reference provided via 1PPS and 10MHz interfaces to O-DUs
Mature services including Segment Routing, L2VPN-EVPN and L3VPN used for transporting RAN traffic
Extensive Quality of Service (QoS) feature support, ensuring prioritized transport
Node latency verification using external wave-form analyzer
Testing scenarios established realistic deployment conditions with a spectrum of technologies, protocols, and encapsulations of the solutions under review.
About IP Infusion
IP Infusion is a leading provider of open network software and solutions for carriers, service providers and data center operators. Our solutions enable network operators to disaggregate their networks to accelerate innovation, streamline operations, and reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Network OEMs may also disaggregate network devices to expedite time to market, offer comprehensive services, and achieve carrier grade robustness.
IP Infusion OcNOS and ZebOS common software platforms have been adopted by over 500 customers and thousands of deployments. In addition, IP Infusion offers commercial distributions of open source NOS projects including SONiC and DANOS Vyatta Edition. Our products are backed up by carrier-grade advanced network services.
IP Infusion, ZebOS, and OcNOS are trademarks or registered trademarks of IP Infusion. ACCESS is a registered trademark or trademark of ACCESS CO., LTD. in the United States, Japan and/or other countries. Northforge Innovations is a registered trademark of Northforge Innovations, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks, or registered service marks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.
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Evolve IP | July 11, 2022
Evolve IP a premier international service provider of Work Anywhere™ solutions announced that it has partnered with PeterConnects, part of Anywhere365® Group, to integrate and provide Microsoft Teams-focused communication and contact center solutions for enterprise organizations.
This partnership will further mobilize the deployment of Evolve IP's enterprise-grade Anywhere Receptionist solution. The Anywhere Receptionist solution is a state-of-the-art telephone operator console that tightly integrates with Microsoft Teams and provides a range of smart features for improved call handling and efficient call distribution.
The Anywhere Receptionist from Evolve IP
The Anywhere Receptionist solution is designed to optimize efficiencies, streamline customer interactions, and improve overall operator and caller experience in Microsoft Teams. It achieves all of this from a single, secure, integrated pane of glass.
The secure, cloud-hosted application enables attendants, receptionists, and contact center teams to elevate their remote working experience by providing full visibility into the availability and present status of all team members.
Evolve IP's Anywhere Receptionist solution delivers the following features and more:
Presence information of all users
Intuitive and modern user interface
Drag and drop call transfer
Automatic voicemail and email capabilities
Contact management and monitoring
Secure, browser-based cloud application
Deep Integration for Maximum Collaboration and Communication
"Anywhere Receptionist is deeply integrated into collaboration and communication platforms like Microsoft Teams, thereby extending its benefits beyond the contact center into every part of an organization. This empowers businesses to take communication to a new level and support their remote workforce,"
Autumn Salama, Chief Integration Officer of Evolve IP
Erik van Arkel, Global Head of Partnerships, Anywhere365 Group, explains, "I'm proud to see how our efforts to always innovate our products and go-to-market are a reason for service providers such as Evolve IP to connect with our family of brands. Our aim is to always maximize the potential of time in any customer dialogue. This relationship will support that aim, together with our continued growth, as we look to meet the growing demand for communications solutions on top of Microsoft Teams. We're looking forward to collaborating with this aspiring partner that has a solid reputation and footprint in their markets."
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Venn | August 29, 2022
Venn, the industry's first Virtual Desktop Alternative (VDA) built for regulated and security-minded organizations, today announced the launch of its breakthrough LocalZone™ technology. The new solution addresses the modern security and compliance challenges of remote and hybrid work environments, and increased reliance on Zoom and other modern SaaS applications.
New research from Venn underscores the dangers of legacy solutions that no longer support the modern mode of work. According to a recent Venn/Harris Poll study among more than 900 employed (full-time/part-time) Americans, nearly three-quarters (71%) admit to working around their company's IT policy or procedures in order to be more effective and efficient at their job*. To learn more about these findings, see here.
LocalZone addresses these modern and growing risks with a perimeter that isolates and secures work applications and data on any local device. Unlike conventional remote desktop solutions, LocalZone allows users to work locally with sensitive information while ensuring employee privacy by separating professional from personal computing activities on the same device. With LocalZone, IT departments and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can deploy turnkey Zero Trust security and provide a 10X improvement in user experience by eliminating the lag and compatibility challenges associated with legacy Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions.
"LocalZone Technology marks a powerful new approach for MSPs and IT leaders who have seen legacy virtual desktop infrastructure tools fall further and further out of step with the modern mode of work, Our game changing new technology empowers them to work locally on any device of their choosing while ensuring productivity, protection, and privacy."
David Matalon, CEO and Co-Founder of Venn
How LocalZone Works
Venn's patented LocalZone Technology is a groundbreaking solution for securing work applications, network traffic, files, and data on a user's own device. Its secure work perimeter lets end users work safely with sensitive applications and confidential company information on any device of their choosing, including personal laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. This zone of protection is marked by a bright blue border around anything on screen that is work-related. At a glance, users can verify that anything inside that blue border is controlled and protected by the organization, and anything outside of the border is kept private.
Unlike client hypervisors and virtual machines, LocalZone does not virtualize the operating system or applications. Instead, its patented application, filesystem, and network isolation techniques enable work applications and data to safely co-exist locally with a user's personal files and data. The result is a profound leap forward in user experience that allows applications to run as intended, with none of the compatibility issues normally associated with VDI.
With LocalZone, a new era of Freedom without Compromise is made possible by putting users first and delivering a fast, familiar, and flexible work experience – all without compromising organizational security or compliance. The benefits of this virtual desktop alternative over legacy VDI solutions include:
Productivity -- Venn empowers users to work locally - the way they want to - on the devices of their choice, from anywhere.
Protection -- Venn protects work files, data and SaaS applications from accidental or malicious exfiltration, compromise, or loss.
Privacy -- Venn separates digital work from personal computing and ensures that employees' non-work-related activities are not monitored.
Venn LocalZone Launch at IT Nation Connect
Venn will unveil its LocalZone technology at a virtual launch event running concurrent with the IT Nation Connect conference in Orlando, Florida, this afternoon at 1 p.m., ET.
Venn – A New Name, Logo, and Brand
To coincide with the introduction of LocalZone, the company has updated its brand and logo to Venn. Venn reflects the organization's more modern and human approach to empowering people to thrive at the intersection of work and life. The new brand includes a new digital presence, including website, social media profiles, and more.
"The new Venn brand embodies the power of our new platform and LocalZone technology – a solution really purpose-built for a more modern approach to work and life," Matalon said. "We've heard it from countless customers and users. Today, it's no longer about work versus life. It's about work plus life. Our Venn brand and all of our efforts represent that sweet spot where work and life come together."
Venn is the industry's first Virtual Desktop Alternative (VDA) built for regulated and security-minded organizations. Venn introduces patented LocalZone™ technology that protects SaaS applications and data and delivers Zero Trust security with a 10X better user experience than legacy VDI. Over 700 organizations, including Fidelity, Guardian, and Voya, trust Venn to meet FINRA, SEC, NAIC, and SOC 2 standards.