Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung Hype Open Virtualization

Sdxcentral | November 15, 2019

Opening and virtualizing the radio access network (RAN) is a pursuit with almost unanimous support at least on the surface. Operators, software makers, and equipment vendors have coalesced around this effort with varying degrees of force.Motivating factors differ, but the widely expected outcome is generally the same: a disaggregated, software-driven, open framework for RAN. Multiple and oftentimes overlapping initiatives are being driven by alliances that have earned The support of the biggest companies in telecom and new players that are emerging.The proposition of this more flexible network architecture has also shifted from cost benefits to a less restrictive framework that opens up opportunities for third-party development, according to Stefan Pongratz, VP at Dell’Oro Group.

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In the digital era, enterprises face increased data center complexity and rising costs as they struggle to meet evolving business requirements. Data center infrastructures need to evolve quickly, balance added responsibilities, and meet strict resource and budgetary constraints. Factor in the tremendous data explosion driven by emerging trends such as cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and big data, and legacy data centers inevitably face a nightmare of complications.

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In the digital era, enterprises face increased data center complexity and rising costs as they struggle to meet evolving business requirements. Data center infrastructures need to evolve quickly, balance added responsibilities, and meet strict resource and budgetary constraints. Factor in the tremendous data explosion driven by emerging trends such as cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and big data, and legacy data centers inevitably face a nightmare of complications.

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Andes Announces the N25F-SE Processor, the World First RISC-V CPU IP with ISO 26262 Full Compliance

Andes Technology | October 31, 2022

Andes Technology, a leading supplier of high efficiency, low-power 32/64-bit RISC-V processor cores and founding premier member of RISC-V International, today announces its safety-enhanced AndesCore N25F-SE is the first RISC-V CPU IP certified to be fully compliant with ISO 26262 functional safety standards for the development of automotive applications. SGS-TÜV Saar GmbH, an independent functional safety certification body, has assessed and completed product audit process for N25F-SE with achieved functional safety for ASIL B (Automotive Safety Integrity Level B) applications, according to all applicable ISO 26262 series of standards including Parts 2, 4, 5, 8 and 9. AndesCore N25F-SE. The N25F-SE is a 32-bit RISC-V CPU core that supports standard IMACFD extensions, including efficient integer instructions and single/double precision floating point instructions. It incorporates the Andes V5 extension instructions to further boost performance and reduce code size. The efficient 5-stage pipeline of the N25F-SE provides a good balance of high operating frequency and compact design. Its flexible interfaces greatly simplify SoC designs. Like its sought-after cousin the N25F, the N25F-SE comes with rich configurable options, all of which are fully certified, and thus SoC design teams are not limited by one fixed CPU configuration when offering automotive solutions. ISO 26262 and ASIL-B Applications. ISO 26262 defines functional safety as the “absence of unreasonable risk due to hazards caused by malfunctioning behavior of electrical/electronic systems”. To enforce functional safety with a reasonable cost structure, proper safety measures for desired ASIL levels should be applied, from the least stringent ASIL A to the most stringent ASIL D. Examples of electronic systems where ASIL B is sufficient are dashboard, in-car monitoring, keyless entry, lighting control, tire pressure monitoring, vision ADAS, and window control. Either to incorporate new electronic systems on board, or to upgrade existing ones without ISO 26262 compliance, the N25F-SE is well suited for the wide range of applications requiring ASIL B compliance. Leader of RISC-V Functional Safety. “Andes is the first RISC-V CPU vendor certified, for the development process of automotive processor cores, to be compliant with ISO 26262 standards up to ASIL D in 2020. With the certified development process in place, we formally started our functional safety roadmap to deliver at least one ISO 26262 compliant core every year to cover all segments of performance and features,” said Dr. Charlie Su, President and CTO of Andes Technology. “Andes has developed a wide range of AndesCore processors, from driving cost sensitive MCUs to accelerating datacenter AI/ML computations. We are excited to announce our first safety-enhanced AndesCore the N25F-SE based on the most popular and mature CPU IP family, the 25-series." ISO 26262 Full Compliance. The ASIL B fully compliant N25F-SE was developed under considerations on all applicable requirements of ISO 26262 standards by defining tailored safety activities with solid rationales, from the fundamental specification, analysis, and design to verification and many more. It comes with the Safety Package which includes Safety manual, Safety analysis report (FMEDA and more), and Development Interface Outline. Together, the N25F-SE and its Safety Package offer an effective, efficient, and flexible automotive solution. It greatly reduces the time for SoC design teams to certify their ISO 26262 compliant SoCs. In comparison, an ASIL B “ready” solution is without certifying all required ISO 26262 Parts (2, 4, 5, 8 and 9) and thus provides incomplete support for the SoC’s certification; as a result, SoC design teams must go through all the work the CPU IP vendors are supposed to do. In addition, the N25F-SE helps reduce the cost and power consumption for SoCs requiring only an ASIL B processor IP without forcing them to use a double-sized dual-core lock-step solution with ASIL D. “As the only public RISC-V CPU IP company and a leader in the RISC-V ecosystem, we want to raise the awareness of the importance of ISO 26262 full compliance.” Dr. Su stressed. Cidana. “Consumer experience is shaping expectations for In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems. It is one of the segments evolving rapidly in the automotive industry. Cidana offers the optimized LC3+ codec and makes it available on Andes ISO 26262 compliance platform. Other mainstream audio codecs can be supported based on the required performance,” said Chinn Chin, the Chief Executive Officer of Cidana. “We are looking forward to collaborating with Andes and bringing the Cidana solutions to automotive SoCs powered by the N25F-SE.” Green Hills Software. “We are pleased to expand our production-ready automotive safety solutions to support the safety-certified AndesCore 25-Series RISC-V IP core family from the technology leader, Andes Technology,” said Dan Mender, Vice President, Business Development, Green Hills Software. “This combined hardware-software solution for the AndesCore N25F-SE gives SoC providers a valuable head-start in offering integrated and optimized production-proven platforms for next-generation vehicle ECUs that require the highest performance and lowest power, with advanced tools that reduce their customers’ time to market and development costs.” IAR Systems. “RISC-V is being adopted at a remarkable speed in applications from the edge to the cloud and now it is entering the automotive market. IAR Systems support the mature and popular Andes RISC-V 25-series processors since its release a few years back in the IAR Embedded Workbench for RISC-V, Functional Safety edition. We are glad to learn that Andes N25F-SE has been certified for full ISO 26262 compliance,” said Rafael Taubinger, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at IAR Systems. “We are looking forward to extending our collaboration with Andes to support its Safety Enhanced processors starting from the N25F-SE enabling our mutual customers to speed up the path to using RISC-V in automotive safety-critical applications.” Parasoft. “We would sincerely congrats on Andes Technology's N25F-SE been certified to the ISO 26262 functional safety standard,” said Yue Liu, the President of Parasoft Greater China. "Andes is a leading provider of RISC-V processors, and PARASOFT, a solution provider that helps enterprises deliver defect-free software, is pleased to partner with Andes to further deliver RISC-V ecosystem solutions to our customers. I am confident that we will be able to provide a complete suite of testing solutions for the automotive safety lifecycle in the near future, helping customers improve their ability to develop and deliver high quality software.” Virtual Open Systems. “At Virtual Open Systems we are working with Andes to enable hypervisor-less mixed criticality virtualization supporting concurrent execution of a certified real time operating system (OS) with a general purpose OS using our VOSySmonitoRV, a low level firmware developed with ASIL certification in mind," said Daniel Raho, Virtual Open Systems SAS CEO. "We are excited to extend VOSySmonitoRV with support for Andes Safety Enhanced processors starting from the N25F-SE.” The AndesCore N25F-SE is available for licensing now. Over half of a dozen leading SoC companies are already developing in-vehicle applications with the N25F-SE. Following the N25F-SE, the D25F-SE with DSP/SIMD extension and Bit Manipulation extension is expected to be available in early 2023. About Andes Technology Seventeen years in business and a Founding Premier member of RISC-V International, Andes is publicly-listed company and a leading supplier of high-performance/low-power 32/64-bit embedded processor IP solutions, and the driving force in taking RISC-V mainstream. Andes’ fifth-generation AndeStar™ architecture adopted the RISC-V as the base. Its V5 RISC-V CPU families range from tiny 32-bit cores to advanced 64-bit cores with DSP, FPU, Vector, Linux, superscalar, and/or multicore capabilities. The annual volume of Andes-Embedded SoCs has exceeded 3 billion in 2021 and continues to rise. By the end of 2021, the cumulative volume of Andes-Embedded™ SoCs has surpassed 10 billion

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Fortinet’s Latest Next-Gen Firewall Helps Customers Achieve Sustainability Goals by Consuming 80% Less Power Than Rivals

Fortinet | November 08, 2022

Fortinet, a leader in broad, integrated, and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced FortiGate 1000F, the latest series of next-generation firewalls (NGFW) from Fortinet to deliver higher performance—more than seven times faster firewall throughput—and lower power consumption—83 percent fewer watts per Gbps of firewall throughput—than competitive solutions. Performance is No Longer the Only Consideration as CIOs Focus on Sustainability In addition to being chartered to maintain a resilient and secure hybrid IT environment, most enterprises also have sustainability goals that they have to meet. This has added more pressure for CIOs and IT leaders as sustainability and cost control have become an important board-level line item. In fact, the Gartner® Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2023 Sustainable Technology report reveals that, “By 2025, 50% of CIOs will have performance metrics tied to the sustainability of the IT organization.”1 Delivering High-Performance, Environmentally Sustainable, and Consistent Security for the Data Center As the vendor that received the highest score for the Enterprise Data Center use case in the 2022 Gartner® Critical Capabilities for Network Firewalls report2, and a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Firewalls, Q4 2022 report, Fortinet is pleased to announce the FortiGate 1000F series, the latest NGFW for enterprise data centers. Supported by over 20 years of developing purpose-built security processing units (SPUs), FortiGate 1000F continues Fortinet’s legacy of delivering NGFWs that provide the scale, performance, and power savings to meet the security requirements of today's enterprise data centers. “Improving sustainability practices is a top-of-mind business concern for enterprises today, which is putting pressure on CIOs to reduce the carbon footprint of their IT infrastructure. Fortinet continues to meet our own sustainability goals and help our customers do the same through our dedication to improving the performance and energy efficiency of our products. The FortiGate 1000F series of next-generation firewalls, which delivers higher performance and lower power consumption compared to competitive solutions, is the latest example from Fortinet.” John Maddison, EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet High-Performance Security Fortinet’s purpose-built SPUs enable FortiGate 1000F to deliver an average of 7.4x more firewall throughput to help enterprise security keep pace with the speed of today’s networks. FortiGate 1000F also offers nearly 7x higher IPsec VPN performance and 7x higher SSL inspection throughput than the industry average to ensure network blind spots are eliminated and enterprises have full visibility of clear-text and encrypted network flows without introducing bottlenecks. This is critical for high-performance data centers in order to defend mission-critical data and rapidly identify and stop threats before they infiltrate the network. Additionally, with threat protection performance that is 2x higher than the industry average, FortiGate 1000F processes critical AI/ML-powered security services such as IPS, Application Control, and Malware Protection faster than other offerings. As is true with Fortinet’s entire line of FortiGate NGFWs, FortiGate 1000F enables secure digital transformation by delivering advanced visibility and control over network traffic to support enterprises in building contextual, evolving network and security policies. Environmentally Sustainable Security FortiGate 1000F helps customers achieve their sustainability goals by requiring 83 percent fewer watts per Gbps of firewall throughput and requiring 86 percent fewer watts per Gbps of IPsec VPN throughput. FortiGate 1000F also requires less cooling than other solutions, generating only 15 percent of the BTU/h per Gbps of firewall throughput compared to competitive firewalls. Fortinet’s high-performance, low-power network firewalls mean that enterprises require fewer firewalls to accomplish their business needs, helping further reduce costs for space and cooling in the data center. Consistent Security FortiGate 1000F is powered by a single operating system, FortiOS, which provides unified security and management frameworks across all form factors and edges, supporting hybrid environments in a consistent and coordinated way. With FortiOS everywhere, customers benefit from broad visibility, seamless integration and interoperability between critical security elements, and granular control and automation. This includes Universal Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) with a built-in ZTNA application gateway, allowing explicit access to applications and enforcing customers' Zero Trust policies. Like all FortiGate next-generation firewalls, FortiGate 1000F includes a suite of FortiGuard AI-powered Security Services that are developed and continually enhanced by FortiGuard Labs. For advanced, real-time protection against known and unknown threats in the data center, customers can leverage AI-powered IPS and anti-virus, as well as the industry’s first in-line sandbox protection to stop malware and ransomware from ever entering the network. Enterprise data centers depend on these services to monitor and protect against file-based attack tactics, malware, lateral movement, ransomware, and credential-based attacks. FortiGate 1000F vs. Competitors Below is a comparison of the top firewalls on the market against the target performance numbers of the FortiGate 1000F series. Security Compute Rating is a benchmark (performance multiplier) that compares FortiGate performance metrics versus the industry average of competing products across various categories that fall within the same price band. Also included are power and heat metrics for competing products showcasing the energy efficiency of FortiGate 1000F versus competitive solutions. About Fortinet Fortinet makes possible a digital world that we can always trust through its mission to protect people, devices, and data everywhere. This is why the world’s largest enterprises, service providers, and government organizations choose Fortinet to securely accelerate their digital journey. The Fortinet Security Fabric platform delivers broad, integrated, and automated protections across the entire digital attack surface, securing critical devices, data, applications, and connections from the data center to the cloud to the home office. Ranking #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide, more than 595,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. And the Fortinet NSE Training Institute, an initiative of Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA), provides one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry to make cyber training and new career opportunities available to everyone.

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ProArch, Nerdio and Rimo3 Join Forces to Help Enterprises Succeed with Highly Comprehensive Desktop-as-a-Service

ProArch | October 20, 2022

ProArch, a global IT services and consulting firm and top Microsoft Solutions Partner, has partnered with Nerdio the premier solution for organizations looking to deploy virtual desktops in Microsoft Azure and Rimo3 the leading innovator of intelligent, automated, testing and modernization solutions for enterprise Windows applications to fortify ProArch’s Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution. Gartner projects the demand for DaaS to grow 253% between 2021 and 2024. Recognizing a market and skills gap, ProArch has enlisted Nerdio and Rimo3 to deliver a highly comprehensive DaaS solution that supports modern cloud strategies that enterprise IT leaders are looking to adopt. “With experience working with enterprises across cloud, security, data and application development, we know every organization requires a unique approach to adopting Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), DaaS strategically moves workloads to a secure AVD environment and includes ongoing guidance from ProArch, so your team isn’t left wondering what to do next. Now, in partnership with Nerdio and Rimo3, we’re able to leverage automation to streamline migration and management so that enterprises can accelerate their cloud journey and be more flexible and secure.” Ben Wilcox, CTO of security and cloud at ProArch ProArch’s DaaS Solution is built on top of Microsoft’s Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), Nerdio Manager for Enterprise and Rimo3. The solution helps enterprises realize the benefits of a distributed workforce and build elasticity into their IT infrastructure to accelerate growth. It is currently available, and ProArch has begun working with enterprise organizations to execute the migration of workloads, AVD implementation and ongoing managed services. ProArch’s DaaS Solution is unique in the market not only because of the strength of its technology stack but also because ProArch performs the migration of workloads while incorporating security best practices. In addition, ProArch’s 24/7 Security Operations Center (SOC) can be integrated into the service to monitor and respond to cyber threats in real time. “We have always admired ProArch’s strong expertise in helping enterprises realize their cloud potential,” said Vadim Vladimirskiy, CEO and cofounder of Nerdio. “We are excited to propel their new DaaS solution alongside Rimo3 so that enterprise organizations can get up and running with Azure Virtual Desktop much more quickly and efficiently while feeling assured their investment is being guided, optimized and cared for by the experts at ProArch.” “The full complement of ProArch’s service offerings and depth of subject matter expertise helps enterprises move to the cloud with confidence,” said Samit Halvadia, CTO of Rimo3. “Combining the industry-leading features of Nerdio and Rimo3 into their DaaS solution enables customers to accelerate their journey from legacy to modern and ultimately unlock the full benefits of AVD.” About ProArch ProArch is a global technology services firm that delivers transformative value through cybersecurity and compliance, cloud and infrastructure, data and AI, and software development. ProArch connects business goals with technology solutions and strategies to accelerate modernization, reduce risk, harness the power of data and create customer-centric digital products. ProArch’s mission is to listen closely, understand deeply and solve strategically for absolute value to our clients. About Nerdio Nerdio empowers Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and enterprises to build successful cloud practices in Microsoft Azure with Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365. Nerdio Manager for Enterprise is a packaged Azure application that runs in users’ own tenants without compromising security and compliance by allowing third-party vendors access to the IT environment. Nerdio Manager for MSP empowers MSPs to deploy, manage and optimize virtual desktop environments in Microsoft Azure through easy multitenant management. About Rimo3 Rimo3 provides unattended automation for Windows application migration, format modernization and readiness testing for Windows 10, Windows 11, Windows 365 and Azure Virtual Desktop, as well as identifying MSIX and multisession suitability. By leveraging automation to collect application insights, Rimo3 helps IT organizations speed the time to delivery and minimize risk in deploying security updates and ongoing changes in desktop and server environments across physical, virtual and cloud workspaces. Streamline operations, optimize resources, lower costs and improve end-user productivity.

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