Druva and VMware Bring Data Protection for the Cloud Era to VMworld 2019

Streetinsider | August 12, 2019

-- Druva, Inc., the leader in Cloud Data Protection and Management, today announced its lineup as a platinum sponsor of VMworld 2019, at booth number 827. The company will be showcasing the industry’s only SaaS-based data protection platform, which delivers cloud backup and disaster recovery across endpoints, data center, and cloud workloads, including VMware environments – without any dedicated hardware, software or skilled resources.“Customers increasingly want to run mission-critical workloads in the cloud to leverage its agility, cost savings, and enhanced security,” said Kristen Edwards, Director of Alliances Programs, VMware. “VMware Cloud on AWS allows customers to leverage the familiarity of VMware tools and training while running their existing applications securely across a hybrid cloud environment. As we continue expanding the capabilities of VMware Cloud, partners like Druva are important to delivering on our vision of a centralized approach for data protection across both on-premise and cloud workloads.”

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MetTel Launches Global Cloud Network to Deliver SASE Managed Services to Safeguard Network Data in the Borderless Enterprise

MetTel | November 11, 2021

MetTel, an IT communications and digital transformation leader, announced the launch of its global cloud network designed to extend its secure networking services purpose-built for the Secure Access Service Edge (SASE). MetTel will make the enterprise transition to SASE easy by delivering its MetTel SASE solutions through the same fully managed service to which its clients are accustomed. MetTel will launch its SASE portfolio with its Zero-Trust Network Access (ZTNA) offering in addition to its existing Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) and Firewall as a Service (FWaaS). MetTel's ZTNA solution provides secure remote access to an organization's applications, data, and services based on clearly defined access control policies. It is an evolutionary step beyond virtual private networks (VPNs) in that ZTNA provides access only to services and applications an individual has been explicitly granted versus the broad network access VPNs afford. This stricter user validation becomes more valuable as more remote workers join the network and is the basis for any organization looking to adopt a Zero-Trust security framework. "MetTel is poised to deliver fully managed SASE services through our U.S. and global cloud centers on demand for enterprise clients, providing benefits such as AI-based threat correlation without the complexity. There are no easy answers to SASE today because no single technology vendor does it all well. A multi-vendor approach lets organizations get the best technology at a pace and timing that makes sense for them, and MetTel is here to make sure all of the pieces come together exactly as they are needed without abandoning existing investments – the most logical choice for many organizations." Ed Fox, Chief Technology Officer of MetTel MetTel has engineered some of the largest commercial implementations of SD-WAN in North America, each connecting thousands of locations with high performance and scalable bandwidth in many different verticals such as retail, automotive, waste management and including the largest jewelry retailer in the world.   A recognized leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Network Services, MetTel is well-positioned for success as SD-WAN is an essential component of SASE. Similarly, MetTel is guarding the perimeter of the network with implementations of FWaaS, including many of its SD-WAN customers. One such client is a distributed network of family-focused medical facilities spread across the southwestern U.S. MetTel is also providing SD-WAN, FWaaS and ZTNA for a national healthcare provider that has entrusted MetTel to implement ZTNA for greater security at the individual user level. Healthcare organizations are tasked with protecting the privacy of patients by HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations and ZTNA is being used as an effective method of securing patient data by requiring user authentication at every turn. Many organizations perceive the need to quickly move to a SASE architecture but are not sure how best to implement it. Gartner, which defined the SASE concept, projects that by 2024 at least 40 percent of all enterprises will have explicit strategies to adopt SASE. In addition, the global SASE market is expected to reach a compound annual growth rate of 10.8 percent by 2026, according to Market Insight Reports. MetTel finds many organizations are not aware that SASE resources perform best when IT delivery systems are in close proximity to the "edge" where end-users reside. Building a global network offers accessibility and scalability to meet overall market and individual enterprise demand for surges in resources during times of need. There are also data privacy laws in several nations that require voice or data generated in-country remain local and not transit international IT facilities. With these client needs in mind, today MetTel is announcing a major expansion of its network infrastructure with new, cloud-based communication delivery centers worldwide. The first wave of international centers being installed in 2021 include: Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Mexico City, London, Madrid, Mumbai, Singapore, Tokyo and Sydney with further expansion expected in 2022. This build out is in addition to MetTel's ubiquitous network of physical and virtual data centers around the US including Ashburn, VA; Atlanta, GA; Denver, CO; Dallas, TX; Santa Clara and San Jose, CA; Seattle, WA; New York City and Chicago, IL. This full complement of cloud delivery centers, along with a healthy list of preferred ecosystem partners places MetTel in a position to provide a wide array of high-performance, secure network as a service offerings building upon current products with additional SASE features, the main components of which are: Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) Software Defined – Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) Secure Web Gateway (SWG) Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) In addition to these SASE core elements, there are a number of supporting services that are required for organizations to be successful and meet the needs of their business. Additional network services include Network as a Service, WAN optimization, bandwidth aggregation, advanced networking services. Additional future integrated security services will include: Remote Browser Isolation (RBI), Data Loss Prevention (DLP), DDoS, DNS protection and AI threat detection. Providing the network as a service, as MetTel does, requires the most responsive and real-time capabilities with little margin for error -- any mistakes are immediately and transparently seen in the network world. MetTel takes the same approach to SASE, extending its DNA to make resources responsive and constantly available, using leading technology providers with best-of-breed security capabilities. Current security technology partners that contribute to MetTel's SASE stack include VMware, Forcepoint, Fortinet and several others currently under evaluation in MetTel Labs. Another point of emphasis for MetTel will be providing an overarching AI-guided threat detection service that aggregates malicious activity gathered from the network into actionable tasks. MetTel sees clear benefits for enterprises by providing the best in secure networking in the form of SASE: Security embedded into high performance networking. Unified threat portal to view all threats and response actions. Reduction in complexity and costs through vendor consolidation. Increasing situational awareness through a single threat portal. Moving to the latest generation of protections designed for the edge. Simplifying vendor management, while improving compliance. Preventing engineering bloat, while optimizing capabilities. Reducing latency and improving user experience by executing at the edge. Enabling new digital business scenarios through greater flexibility and resiliency. About MetTel MetTel is a leader in communications and digital transformation (DX) solutions for enterprise customers. By converging all communications over a proprietary network, MetTel gives enterprises one, unified view and control point for all their communications and advanced network services.  MetTel's comprehensive portfolio of customer solutions can boost enterprise productivity, reduces costs and simplifies operations.  Combining customized and managed communication solutions with a powerful platform of cloud-based software, the company's MetTel Portal enables customers to manage their inventory, usage, spend and repairs from one simple, user-friendly interface.

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SINET and Juniper Networks to Accelerate Connectivity Across Cambodia’s Booming Digital Economy

Juniper Networks, Sinet | August 24, 2021

Juniper Networks, a leader in secure, AI-driven networks, announced that SINET, one of Cambodia’s largest internet and telecommunication service providers, has selected Juniper Networks to upgrade its network infrastructure, accelerating time-to-value for customers in Cambodia. Building on a long-term relationship, SINET has partnered with Juniper Network for further upgrades and to deploy advanced network solutions, deepening the foundation for its exponential growth. As one of the fastest-growing economies in ASEAN, Cambodia is on the cusp of a digital revolution, with mobile connections having risen to 128.8 percent of its total population1 in 2021. With SINET’s network infrastructure upgrades, enterprise users can now use a common framework to manage the exponential increase of endpoints accessing campus and data centers. In today’s era of hybrid work environments, SINET delivers high-speed connectivity and services to both business and residential customers for smooth video teleconferencing and streaming services. With nearly 20 years of presence in Cambodia, SINET has consistently introduced new network solutions to simplify, connect and empower businesses across the country. The company currently operates over 200 active network points of presence (POPs), providing fast and reliable internet connection to main cities and provincial towns, as well as remote districts and villages, fulfilling its vision to connect all corners of Cambodia. Juniper Networks was selected for this network infrastructure upgrade having grown and delivered quantifiable success alongside SINET as a long-term partner. With the expansion of the Ethernet Virtual Private Network – Virtual Extensible LAN (EPVN-VxLAN) IP Fabric and Metro-Ethernet transport networks expansion project completed in 2018 and early 2021, SINET was able to smoothly implement the solutions from end-to-end, completing both deployments with almost no downtime. News Highlights: Juniper Networks’ QFX Series Switches provide the building blocks for the EVPN-VxLAN IP Fabric, offering SINET an efficient and scalable way to build and connect its expansive network. Juniper Networks’ ACX Series Universal Metro Routers are at the core of SINET’s latest 200G Metro-Ethernet expansion project, bolstering its nationwide fiber network and maintaining its competitiveness with one of Cambodia’s most advanced networks. With the completion of these network upgrades, SINET has provided more stable and secure services to its customers while laying the foundation for future growth in line with the Cambodia ICT Masterplan announced in 2020. Juniper Networks is dedicated to dramatically simplifying network operations and driving superior experiences for end users. Our solutions deliver industry-leading insight, automation, security and AI to drive real business results. We believe that powering connections will bring us closer together while empowering us all to solve the world’s greatest challenges of well-being, sustainability and equality.

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DZS Participates in O-RAN ALLIANCE Plugfest with Mavenir in Turin, Italy to Validate Open, Multi-Vendor 5G Stand Alone and 4G Macro Solutions

DZS | January 03, 2022

DZS, a global leader in broadband connectivity platforms and communications software solutions, announced its participation in the third Global O-RAN ALLIANCE PlugFest at the European Open Test and Integration Center (OTIC) in Turin, Italy hosted and sponsored by TIM. This testing validated multi-vendor 5G interoperability and end-to-end functional tests of O-RAN ALLIANCE specifications for 5G and 4G Radio Access Network (RAN) elements, including fronthaul, midhaul and backhaul interfaces between Radio Access Network equipment provided by DZS, Mavenir, Dell, VMware, Microelectronics Technology (MTI), and Keysight Technologies. DZS is proud to have collaborated in the Turin OTIC lab with Mavenir and a strong complement of other O-RAN ALLIANCE members in defining the future of 4G and 5G O-RAN architectures in Europe and around the world. This highly successful PlugFest in Italy showcased DZS open fronthaul transport solutions and demonstrated how we, in combination with our industry partners, can enable a path forward for service providers seeking to modernize their networks with the flexibility and efficiencies of O-RAN architectures. The success of the Global O-RAN Plugfest 2021 clearly shows that O-RAN is emerging as a compelling solution for not only greenfield networks, but also for established service providers who are already pioneering large-scale 5G deployments.” Charlie Vogt, President and CEO, DZS Starting in Q3 2021, the third O-RAN ALLIANCE Global Plugfest was held in 7 venues across the world including 94 participating companies – demonstrating the commercial readiness of many O-RAN implementations. Vendors participating in the Turin OTIC lab multi-vendor interoperability test network included: DZS C1216RO open fronthaul gateways featuring built-in GPS and network timing support Mavenir 5G radio units (RUs) and MTI 4G RUs Mavenir MAVair 4G and 5G virtualized RAN (VRAN) and MAVcore converged core network software Dell EMC PowerEdge R-Series and XE carrier-grade servers VMware Telco Cloud Platform software environment AWS Outposts edge cloud infrastructure environment Keysight Technologies test solutions “Mavenir commends DZS for its expertise and leadership in bringing cutting-edge fronthaul transport technology to this highly successful O-RAN ALLIANCE Plugfest validating the open fronthaul use case for 5G and 4G solutions,” said B.G. Kumar, President of the Communications Services Business at Mavenir. “O-RAN and virtualization continues to gain momentum in Europe. As service providers look to cost effectively deliver advanced and differentiated services in their highly competitive markets, Mavenir and DZS will work together to enable carriers across the globe to move forward with this technology.” With a forward-looking business strategy centered on empowering service providers and network operators through open standards, software-driven systems and freedom of choice, DZS solutions are at the core of groundbreaking, wide-scale open ecosystems like Rakuten Mobile’s fully virtualized, cloud-native O-RAN 5G mobile network and playing key roles in other parallel O-RAN ALLIANCE PlugFest activities in Asia. The DZS commitment to the O-RAN architectural model is but one example of how DZS is enabling service providers worldwide to enjoy the cost, manageability and service benefits of flexible, scalable and interoperable wireless and wireline broadband networks with no vendor lock-in. About DZS DZS Inc. is a global leader in broadband connectivity platforms and communications software solutions with more than 20 million products in service with customers and alliance partners spanning more than 100 countries. DZS, the DZS logo, and all DZS product names are trademarks of DZS Inc. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective holders. Specifications, products, and/or product names are all subject to change.

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