Firm Offers Software-Defined Network Connectivity

Virtualization Review | September 23, 2019

Firm Offers Software-Defined Network Connectivity
Since its inception, the bailiwick of the disruptive software-defined networking (SDN) movement has expanded to all sorts of use cases, with network connectivity now joining the crowd, offered by the firm Stateless IncIn announcing the new Luxon, a software-defined interconnect (SD-IX) platform, the Boulder, Colo., firm said it's addressing the new era of multi-site and hybrid cloud deployments with backing patent-pending technology said to simplify interconnecting workloads, with composability and scalability.

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The vSphere Optimization Assessment is a 30-day evaluation of vCenter Operations Management Standard Edition that delivers an Optimization Assessment report to the customer and helps them solve business problems. Join Jim Silvera, VMware Sr. Systems Engineer in this two part overview of the Operations Management dashboard. In this Part 1 of 2, Jim gives a detailed overview of the major and minor badges and how they relate to one another.

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VMware Enhances vSphere with Nvidia AI Software Support

VMware | March 25, 2021

With the arrival of vSphere 7 Update 2 in early March 2021, VMware took a significant step into the world of artificial intelligence and machine learning, and now support for Nvidia AI software has arrived on its flagship platform. This wasn't entirely surprising. Nvidia and VMware announced a collaboration during September's online VMworld event, intending to have Nvidia's AI Enterprise software accessible on VMware's platform for deploying and managing virtual machines. With this latest release, vSphere is "exclusively certified" to run Nvidia's AI Enterprise applications and frameworks, which have now been containerized and can be run through an organization's infrastructure rather than in a silo. This, of course, means more support for Nvidia GPUs, which are needed to run the software. "It opens up for both of us a good opportunity," Lee Caswell, vice president of marketing at VMware, told ITPro Today. "We're looking to go and help AI become mainstream in the enterprise. They're looking to open that up for all of our 300,000 vSphere customers, who can now have access to these new capabilities." Access to this market is vital for Nvidia because it will improve revenues in their data center division, which generated $6.7 billion in the previous fiscal year. Obtaining a position in the emerging enterprise AI market is also essential for VMware, which has spent the last few years expanding its offerings beyond the virtualization technology it pioneered, mostly by acquisitions; in 2018, VMware added cloud-native technology to its portfolio with the purchase of the Kubernetes startup Heptio, and about a year later bought back Pivotal a cloud-native platform. Access to this market is vital for Nvidia because it will improve revenues in their data center division, which generated $6.7 billion in the previous fiscal year. Obtaining a position in the emerging enterprise AI market is also essential for VMware, which has spent the last few years expanding its offerings beyond the virtualization technology it pioneered, mostly by acquisitions; in 2018, VMware added cloud-native technology to its portfolio with the purchase of the Kubernetes startup Heptio, and about a year later bought back Pivotal a cloud-native platform. Nvidia and Vsphere Caswell explained that traditionally, AI software has been run on bare metal to prevent possible performance loss associated with moving compute-heavy workloads to VMs or containers. The issue with this approach is that bare metal deployments are not portable. As a result, AI workloads are limited to silos, which is a problem for enterprises who want to use AI on-the-fly throughout their IT infrastructure. VMware and Nvidia were able to containerize Nvidia's AI Enterprise software with almost the same benchmarked performance levels as operating on bare metal by using properties inherent in vSphere's hypervisor. This makes Nvidia AI software easily available across an organization's infrastructure, resolving the issue of ensuring portability while sacrificing substantial efficiency. To function properly, AI software must be able to take advantage of GPUs, which take most of the load off of a server's CPUs by doing much of the heavy lifting. VMware has added support for Nvidia's A100 Tensor Core GPUs, which are used in Nvidia-Certified Systems, Nvidia-tested and licensed server designs sold exclusively by eight equipment manufacturers, including ASUS, Dell EMC, HPE, and Supermicro. In addition to running AI workloads, GPUs can be used for other vSphere features, such as Multi-Instance GPU, which enables GPU cycles to be shared by many users, and Distributed Resource Scheduler for automated workload placement to prevent performance bottlenecks. "Up to seven VMs can now share a single GPU," Caswell said. "That's a more cost-effective way to deploy at the enterprise

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Skupos Joins Mako Networks' VPN Cloud Partner Program

Skupos | June 24, 2021

To facilitate retailers' participation in fully-managed brand financed programs and promotions that enhance income and enable retailers to remain competitive, Skupos Inc. has joined a Mako VPN Cloud Partner Program. As a result, distributed merchants utilizing Mako Networks security solutions may now log in to guarantee safe network connections using Mako SD-WAN technology. The Mako VPN Cloud Partner Program enables retail sites to safely and quickly connect to the online applications of service providers. Skupos has direct access to the store via the Mako Central Management System (CMS), removes a 24/7 link to their back-office computer, and removes file problems due to disconnected files. The Mako Cloud partners can use virtual or physical Mako VPN concentrations to provide tens of thousands of dispersed retail sites in their online environments. In addition, retailers already using a Mako security gateway may connect to a partner's network simply by choosing it from the relevant drop-down menu and using the Mako CMS instructions. The platform Skupos supports retailers: • Revenue Boost: Increase your income instantly through registration in scan data and brand-funded promotions. • Build a Competitive Advantage: By providing discounts from brands to your customers, encouraging foot traffic and driving volume. • Save time: Earn hassle-free income by managing end-to-end programs. • Cost-Effective: Benefits from a platform without long-term commitments. With the help of a growing number of partners, the Mako VPN Cloud Program symbiotic proposal, where Mako Networks, partners, and customers are all united, is driving rapid development. The characteristics that make this connection simple make it quick and economical. The move from existing platforms to the Mako System often produces considerable savings considering both upfront and continuing expenses. Mako supports partners as a managed service provider: • Complimentary or reduced cost Mako VPN aggregation technology • Mako secure one-click connectivity template for the VPN. • Marketing documents approved for Mako • Mako technical support 24/7 access In addition, Mako's application of source network address translation allows retailers to connect to Mako VPN Cloud Partners networks without resetting internal IP addresses (SNAT). As retail brand safety requirements sometimes prohibit payment environments from accessing the public Internet, Mako VPN Cloud offers merchants a secure way of contacting third-party service providers. The solution utilizes a Mako VPN Cloud connection that subverts the public Internet and respects PCI DSS and other safety requirements. Mako System's key technological characteristics include: • The NAT implementation of Mako enables retailers to connect to partner networks without resetting their internal IP address schemes. • Mako Secure VPN cloud tunnels allow retailers to bypass public Internet connections, brand compliance, PCI DSS, and other security regulations. • Mako's redundancy of the SD-WAN circuit, the redundancy of physical and virtual devices, and geographic redundancy ensure that retailers are kept in touch with partner networks. About Skupos Inc. About In 2016, Skupos was established to provide product placement data, price, and customer behavior data across the c-store sector. Skupos has since been the unique platform for ultimately connecting the retail value chain of convenience to tens of thousands of dealers at the point of sale. The company's technology, which focuses primarily on independent companies and small stores, enables marketers to establish direct relationships with c-store clients and learn how consumers deal with their goods; from its headquarters in San Francisco and Denver, Skupos services over 14,000 clients worldwide. About Mako Networks Mako Networks offers distributor companies easy, secure, PCI-certified networks. Mako operates worldwide from US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand offices and combines centralized cloud administration and reporting, genuine SD-WAN, secure Wi-Fi, built-in mobile, Mako VPN Cloud, next-generation firewalls, and end-to-end PCI DSS certification into one simple, easy-to-manage system.

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Liteboxer Enters the Metaverse with the Launch of its Immersive Fitness Experience at CES 2022: Liteboxer VR for Meta Quest 2

Liteboxer | January 06, 2022

Liteboxer–the at-home fitness company that combines patented hardware, game dynamics, hit music, and expert training to create the world's most immersive workouts– announced its entrance into the metaverse with Liteboxer VR at CES 2022. The maiden VR fitness experience will be available on Quest 2, featuring real in-app expert trainers with new workouts daily. Liteboxer VR will also offer motivation-based competition and an extensive music library in partnership with Universal Music Group, bringing music that ranges from Lady Gaga to YG into the virtual ring. The First VR Experience Created by Fitness Experts Unlike other VR fitness offerings, Liteboxer VR is built to be fitness-first and champion a sports-at-home experience. With Liteboxer VR, users are immersed in real trainer-led workouts that cross the boundary of motivation into actual coaching and interaction. Instead of an exergaming video game, Liteboxer VR is a full workout experience that is built to fit into a gaming format, not the other way around. Amp Up the Adrenaline with Head-to-Head Competition Liteboxer VR will feature leaderboards and the ability to compete in direct challenges with friends, family or fellow Liteboxers around the world, making every workout feel like the main event. Users can initiate challenges and alert fellow Liteboxer VR users via Quest 2 that they're invited to duke it out within the metaverse, and also keep track of their performance with in-app leaderboards and personal stats. Those who wish to share their victories across social media can do so with an option to publish and share results. eSports With All the Sweat, but No Sweaty Controller Using its precise hand-tracking software–a first for fitness virtual reality–Liteboxer VR offers a controllerless experience, enabling users to square off in challenges with or without the additional hardware. Offering a controller-free workout, Liteboxer is launching the next generation of VR fitness today, equipping its users to enjoy an intense workout experience without the traditional need to grip bulky hardware. Craft a Playlist Suitable for Champions Liteboxer VR's vast music library will be refreshed daily, touting motivational Punch Tracks that push users to land blows to choreographed hit music. Contrasting its fitness app predecessors, Liteboxer VR has an added layer of curation, enabling its users to personalize a playlist song-by-song that gets their fists moving and heart pumping. Users who want to challenge their friends to the latest track by Billie Eilish or The Weeknd, or throw it back with a song by Bon Jovi, can simply select the song, send a challenge, then kick off the competition. For those who want a quick workout between meetings or before starting their day, Liteboxer VR offers quick play tracks for a one-off workout session that lasts as long as the user needs it to before throwing in the towel. We're thrilled to bring Liteboxer VR to market, blazing a trail for the VR fitness revolution and expanding access to first-class fitness that looks to the next wave of fit-tech innovation. The dawn of the metaverse points to a demand for a deeper sense of connectivity. Virtual reality workouts connect people in a way that's more meaningful than a 2D screen on a tablet, phone or computer. With just a VR headset and your will to win, anyone can now workout anywhere in the world with the best trainers, tracks and fitness technology." Jeff Morin, CEO and Co-founder of Liteboxer Liteboxer VR will be available for purchase by consumers on the Quest Store beginning March 3rd, 2022, enabling users to step into the ring for a full sensory fitness experience that evokes an emotional response formerly unique to sports. Regularly priced at $18.99/month (7 Day Free Trial) for first-time Liteboxers, Liteboxer VR will be free for those who already own Liteboxer's innovative Floor Stand or Wall Mount models and subscribe to Liteboxer's membership program. Liteboxer will be an exhibitor at CES 2022 from January 5th-8th, 2022 (booth: #54111, Sports Technology), located in Tech West at the Venetian Expo, Halls A-C. The at-home fitness company will be displaying all of its current models, including the Floor Stand, Wall Mount and newly launched VR offering, each available for demos. About Liteboxer Launched in 2020, Liteboxer combines patented hardware, hit music, game dynamics, and expert training to create the world's most immersive workouts. Liteboxer is designed to make high intensity workouts as fun as playing a video game, all while building cardio, strength, and mental acuity.

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The vSphere Optimization Assessment is a 30-day evaluation of vCenter Operations Management Standard Edition that delivers an Optimization Assessment report to the customer and helps them solve business problems. Join Jim Silvera, VMware Sr. Systems Engineer in this two part overview of the Operations Management dashboard. In this Part 1 of 2, Jim gives a detailed overview of the major and minor badges and how they relate to one another.