EKINOPS S.A. | September 03, 2021
Ekinops, a leading network access and virtualization specialist, has announced that its enterprise SBC (Session Border Controller) solution included in the OneOS6 middleware has been certified by Microsoft Direct Routing. This certification allows businesses to benefit from the services offered by Microsoft Teams while keeping the telecom provider of their choice.
Companies can now benefit from a complete solution that supports employee mobility and boosts productivity by combining the calling functions of traditional operators with the Microsoft platform capabilities, alongside advanced functionalities to make and receive phone calls from Teams users via Teams Direct Routing.
A proven solution for interconnecting traditional communications systems with the latest generation of IP-based voice and data technologies, the Ekinops SBC range encompasses the most advanced features in terms of performance, security and voice quality.
Ekinops offers a full range of certified SBCs for enterprises. It includes:
A hybrid SBC solution (ONeSBC) that supports both analog and digital devices already in the enterprise while delivering Microsoft Direct Routing. Since it is not a "rip and replace" approach, the amortization of current investments is not impacted by the introduction of Microsoft Direct Routing in the enterprise.
A virtualized VNF solution (ONEvSBC) allowing the dematerialization of the SBC solution for deployment in a public or private cloud.
"In a context where home office work is growing rapidly, Microsoft Teams has become an essential and strategic collaboration platform for organizations," said Sylvain Quartier, Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy for Access at Ekinops. "We are proud to have swiftly and successfully passed the Microsoft Direct Routing Teams certification with our SBC solutions. This certification broadens the scope of applications for our solutions and allows our operator customers to enrich their unified communications and collaboration service offerings."
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Wind River | August 30, 2021
Wind River, a global leader in delivering software for intelligent systems, announced that the companies are jointly developing a 5G vRAN solution that integrates Intel® FlexRAN reference software for systems fueled by 3rd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors with built-in AI acceleration, and also features Intel® Ethernet 800 Network Adapters and the Intel vRAN Dedicated Accelerator ACC100 in concert with Wind River Studio. The collaboration will further expand on these innovations by optimizing new capabilities delivered with future next generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors (Sapphire Rapids). The joint solution builds on work by Intel and Wind River on Verizon’s 5G milestone to complete the world’s first end-to-end fully virtualized 5G data session.
Wind River Studio provides a cloud-native platform for the development, deployment, operations, and servicing of mission-critical intelligent systems. Its cloud infrastructure capabilities include a fully cloud-native, Kubernetes container-based architecture based on the StarlingX open source project for the deployment and management of distributed edge networks at scale. With an out-of-the-box, optimized, ultra-low-latency, small-footprint infrastructure, Studio offers operators the flexibility to grow new business and further improve total cost of ownership. Intel FlexRAN is a vRAN reference implementation for virtualized cloud-enabled radio access networks.
With 5G driving a shift to cloud-native approaches, operators are pursuing vRAN for greater agility. They are optimistic about the potential of vRAN as an anchor tenant for far-edge cloud and eager to move beyond past implementation challenges. According to a Heavy Reading study, operators have cited the following as typical key challenges for vRAN: systems integration (58% of responses), operational complexity of multi-vendor vRAN (46%), and edge cloud server performance (36%).1
Prospective customers and vRAN solution providers will be able to review evaluation packages consisting of Intel FlexRAN reference software pre-integrated with Wind River Studio to simplify and accelerate customer trials and deployments of 5G vRAN. This offering expands upon the recently introduced Intel Select Solutions for Virtual Radio Access Network (vRAN) on Wind River Studio.
“As 5G opens up new opportunities across industries, there will be an increasing need to put greater intelligence and compute to the edges of the network, where new use cases evolve and thrive. As such, operators must adopt a low-latency far-edge cloud architecture to enable these new use cases in an intelligent, AI-first world,” said Kevin Dallas, president and CEO at Wind River. “Together with Intel, we are providing a best-in-class differentiated solution to help customers deliver on high-reliability, ultra-low-latency, and highly efficient offerings for their next-generation networks.”
“As operators realize the benefits and embrace a virtualized, software-defined architecture, our products, ecosystem, and years of experience help accelerate this shift to flexible, agile networks,” said Dan Rodriguez, Intel corporate vice president and general manager, Network Platforms Group. “Working closely with innovators like Wind River, we offer operators a path to fast-track successful vRAN deployments with validated hardware and software that can accelerate their 5G objectives.”
Wind River is a leader in the early 5G landscape, powering 5G RAN deployments, and Wind River Studio capabilities address operators’ complex challenges in deploying and managing a physically distributed, ultra-low-latency cloud-native infrastructure.
About Wind River
Wind River is a global leader in delivering software for intelligent systems. The company’s technology has been powering the safest, most secure devices in the world since 1981 and is found in billions of products.
OpenVPN Inc. | September 02, 2021
OpenVPN, a leading global private networking and cybersecurity company, announced that businesses are rapidly adopting the company’s next-generation virtual private network (VPN) solutions to adapt to the changes in work and adoption of cloud accelerated by the COVID-19 global pandemic. Over the past 18 months, the company, at times, experienced as much as 70 percent growth, which, according to market research firms’ projections, was four times faster than the expected market growth rates. Adoption of its OpenVPN Cloud solution is growing even faster at 50 percent quarterly growth in monthly recurring revenue (MRR) over the last quarter. This rapid customer growth comes as businesses shifted IT priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic to best support remote workforces and accelerate digital strategies for growth, as well as expanding investment in the cloud.
OpenVPN introduced its next-gen OpenVPN Cloud solution in May 2020 to help businesses of all sizes to quickly, easily, and cost-effectively connect private networks, devices, and servers to build a secure, virtualized modern network--without the need for complex and expensive proprietary hardware (routers, firewalls, and other traditional approaches). For organizations that use or plan to use Zero Trust Access (ZTA), Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and Software Defined Networking (SDN), next-gen VPN is a critical layer that supports and accommodates these approaches. To support the adoption of its OpenVPN Cloud solution, the company continues to increase the number of worldwide PoPs. In addition, to support current and future growth, and add innovative and differentiating features, OpenVPN is aggressively hiring the best talent worldwide.
“Sophisticated threats, regionally and remotely distributed workforces, work from home, the growth of IoT, and the move to the cloud make the old, rigid ways of connecting and insulating your assets obsolete. The days of legacy VPN as purely remote access or site-to-site are gone. Modern network architecture requires room for contemporary approaches to sit on top of a private networking foundation,” said Francis Dinha, Co-founder and CEO, OpenVPN. “Our continued and rapid growth can be attributed to our ability to help organizations secure the business at scale while providing a seamless experience even as priorities change whether it’s a pandemic, rapid rollout of digital strategies or accelerated cloud journey.”
OpenVPN’s Growth Trajectory More Than 4x Market Projected Rate
OpenVPN counts tens of thousands of businesses as customers around the world. The VPN market is expected to reach between $107.6 billion (ResearchAndMarkets.com) and $120 billion (Global Market Insights) by 2027, which represents a CAGR of between 15% and 17.2%. OpenVPN grew by as much as 70% during the last 18 months, which is four times faster than the expected market growth rate. In addition, more than 97% of its customers renew or expand the number of VPN connections. OpenVPN Cloud surpassed millions of connection hours per week, which represents 50% growth each quarter and is the company’s fastest growing solution since being introduced last year. In addition Cloud Service Providers including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud use the open source or commercial offerings from OpenVPN to enable secure access to its cloud services.
OpenVPN Cloud - Redefining the Next Generation VPN for Modern Networks
OpenVPN Cloud takes the complexity and high cost out of building and managing a secure private network. It delivers to its customers an elegant cloud-based solution with an adaptive and dynamic platform that can easily grow as businesses grow, whether connecting on-premises or to the IaaS cloud, which has attracted more DevOps and IT operations teams. OpenVPN Cloud helps businesses quickly, easily, and cost-effectively connect private networks, devices, and servers to build a secure and virtualized modern network. To make this possible, OpenVPN has vertically integrated technologies from advanced IP routing and secure access, threat detection and prevention, and firewall into its virtualized, mesh-connected, high-speed network platform with worldwide PoPs. The company continues to deliver enhancements to the platform with additional capabilities, including domain routing, Cyber Shield (DNS-based content filtering), and unique resource publishing and sharing.
OpenVPN is a leading global private networking (VPN) and cybersecurity company that allows organizations to truly safeguard their assets in a dynamic, cost effective, and scalable way. Our cloud-based next-gen VPN platform allows businesses to quickly and easily connect private networks, devices, and servers to build a secure, virtualized modern network. OpenVPN is used by tens of thousands of businesses around the world.