Dell EMC: Expect big changes as software eats networking

Siliconangle | September 04, 2019

Software is eating networking, and it’s about time. Software-defined networking, network virtualization, software-hardware disaggregation, and intent-based networking are creating a nimbler network for multicloud. They’re changing the experience of networking end users and making new operating models possible. Traditional networking methods — like Multiprotocol Label Switching and traffic backhauling are fading away, according to Tom Gillis (pictured, left), senior vice president and general manager of networking and security at VMware Inc. Standards of measuring network performance are shifting too. “Networking has changed,” Gillis said. “It’s no longer about speeds and feeds. It’s about availability and simplicity.” That essentially means raising networking to the software layer with automation, networking as code, SDN, etc.

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Microsoft Azure Active Directory serves several roles: It’s an identity and access management service; it’s a cloud-based directory; it can be used to enroll devices into other management systems; and it provides integrated identity management in Windows 10. Identity and access management (IAM) concepts have been around for years. But more recently the rise of cloud services, SaaS applications, mobile devices, BYOD, and general consumerization of IT trends have made IAM crucial for end user computing.

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Microsoft Azure Active Directory serves several roles: It’s an identity and access management service; it’s a cloud-based directory; it can be used to enroll devices into other management systems; and it provides integrated identity management in Windows 10. Identity and access management (IAM) concepts have been around for years. But more recently the rise of cloud services, SaaS applications, mobile devices, BYOD, and general consumerization of IT trends have made IAM crucial for end user computing.

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DISH and Qualcomm to Collaborate on the Development of the Nation's First O-RAN Compliant 5G Network

DISH | November 12, 2020

DISH Network Corporation and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced their collaboration to test open and virtualized RAN 5G solutions containing the new Qualcomm® 5G RAN Platforms to help fast track DISH's rollout of the nation's first cloud-native, Open RAN-compliant 5G network. DISH will utilize the Qualcomm 5G RAN Platforms through DISH's network vendors and device partners. The platforms are designed to allow emerging network vendors to accelerate deployment and commercialization of vRAN and interoperable networks that can deliver on the wide array of use cases and opportunities envisioned for 5G.

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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. 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Optima Domi Selects ManageXR to Scale Its Virtual Reality School

ManageXR | February 17, 2022

ManageXR, an enterprise device management platform designed for VR and AR devices, announced that it will serve as the exclusive device management solution for Optima Domi, the VR-first charter school set to "open its doors" later this year in Florida. Optima Domi is expecting an enrollment of 1,300 students for its inaugural 2022-2023 school year, with more students and grades to be added in the future. As a VR-first experience, students will spend four hours daily in interactive, virtual lessons - by way of Oculus headsets - designed to transform the way they learn. With ManageXR, Optima Domi can manage every single headset with fully remote technical support to ensure that students are accessing only the intended content and that their education remains uninterrupted by any technical glitches. Optima Domi is offering something unlike anything we've seen in education - with immersive lesson formats that can literally bring students back in time for history class or transport them to different galaxies for science. However, scaling a VR deployment of this size comes with unique technical and logistical challenges, and our platform will be working behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly for hundreds of students at once." Luke Wilson, founder and CEO of ManageXR Ahead of the school year, ManageXR is coordinating closely with Optima Domi and Engage, which powers the software for the school's curriculum, to think through the challenges associated with large-scale VR deployments. Because the platform enables Optima Domi to control every aspect of its VR device fleet remotely, including distributing apps and files, customizing the home screen user experience and tracking device health and usage, students can be ready to learn as soon as they receive their headsets in the mail. "Selecting ManageXR as Optima's headset management platform partner ensures that we will be able to provide a safe and secure VR environment for our scholars," said Adam Mangana, Executive Director of Optima Domi. "ManageXR gives us the ability to manage, monitor and secure our headsets so that our scholars experience in VR only what the academy determines is necessary for its classical curriculum and lets us keep them in a reliable learning environment." About ManageXR ManageXR solves the challenge of working with XR at scale. Whether you are managing one device or thousands, ManageXR enables users to distribute content, customize the user experience, maintain security, and troubleshoot devices, all in just a few clicks. ManageXR is based in San Francisco, California.

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