Google Announces New Confidential Virtual Machine on AMD's 2nd Gen EPYC Processors

Google | July 14, 2020

With AMD’s market share slowly increasing, it becomes very interesting to see where EPYC is being deployed. The latest announcement today comes from AMD and Google, with news that Google’s Compute Engine will start to offer new Confidential Virtual Machines (cVMs) built upon AMD’s Secure Encryption Virtualization (SEV) feature. These new cVMs are variants of Google’s N2D series offerings, and Google states that enabling SEV for full memory and virtualization encryption has a near zero performance penalty.

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NFV has been hugely beneficial for IT to modernize their Enterprise Network. It has the ability to virtualize classical network functions like switching, routing, firewalls and so on (a.k.a White-Box Implementation). NFV has made a huge difference by improving the way to create, deploy, and manage enterprise networks.

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NFV has been hugely beneficial for IT to modernize their Enterprise Network. It has the ability to virtualize classical network functions like switching, routing, firewalls and so on (a.k.a White-Box Implementation). NFV has made a huge difference by improving the way to create, deploy, and manage enterprise networks.

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VIAVI Provides Benchmarking and Validation for Global O-RAN Plugfest

VIAVI | December 21, 2021

Viavi Solutions Inc. shared the company's role in the third annual global O-RAN plugfest hosted by Tier-1 communications service providers and the O-RAN ALLIANCE. The plugfest involved a series of on-site demonstrations across multiple countries, conducted in October and November 2021. VIAVI provided benchmarking and validation for plugfest tests and demonstrations at locations including: New Brunswick, USA, hosted by AT&T and Verizon with Rutgers University; Menlo Park, USA, hosted by AT&T and Verizon at the TIP Community Lab with Meta; Berlin, Germany, hosted by Deutsche Telekom; Madrid, Spain, hosted by Telefónica; Gurgaon, India, hosted by Airtel; Tokyo, Japan hosted by Yokosuka Research Park with participation from major service providers including Rakuten Mobile; and Taiwan hosted by Auray OTIC and Security Lab and Chunghwa Telecom. This year's plugfest demonstrated the rapid evolution of the O-RAN ecosystem with increasing focus on the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC), which changes the way network resources are managed, bringing artificial intelligence and big data into day-to-day operations. To mitigate the risk involved in introducing this new technology, operators depended upon tools from VIAVI including the TeraVM RIC Test to test the performance of the RIC when presented with a wide range of RAN scenarios, to test the functionality of rApps and xApps, as well as provide the means to generate the data needed to train AI models. The VIAVI Test Suite for O-RAN Specifications also supported conformance, performance, interoperability and end-to-end testing: Open Radio Unit (O-RU) and Open Distributed Unit (O-DU) – Casa Systems Apex 5G Evo Radio was validated using the VIAVI TM500 O-RU Tester in conjunction with the Rohde & Schwarz SMW200A Vector Signal Generator (VSG), FSW Signal and Spectrum Analyzer and Vector Signal Explorer (VSE) software. Performance testing of the Sercomm Small Cell O-RU/O-DU was conducted using the VIAVI TeraVM O-CU Simulator and TeraVM Core Emulator. The Foxconn/WNC/Alpha/ITRI O-RU was tested using the VIAVI TM500 O-RU Tester. Open Central Unit (O-CU) – Performance (load/scale) testing of the Accelleran O-CU installed on a cloud native router was conducted using the VIAVI TeraVM O-CU Tester. Open Fronthaul (OFH) – OFH interoperability between Intel's FlexRAN™ reference software and Capgemini Engineering O-CU, O-DU and Core, with IP Infusion fronthaul switch as grandmaster clock, was validated using the VIAVI TM500 O-DU Tester and E500 UE Emulator. VIAVI also provided the T-BERD/MTS-5800 for Xhaul Transport and Synchronization testing on the Ciena 5164 and 5168 with grandmaster, and on the Cisco NCS540. End-to-end interoperability testing of the Foxconn O-RU with another vendor’s O-DU and O-CU was conducted with the VIAVI E500 UE Emulator and TeraVM Core Emulator. OFH and end-to-end interoperability was demonstrated between the TeraVM Core Emulator, Foxconn O-RU, Capgemini O-DU/O-CU and commercial device. RIC – The TeraVM RIC Test was used to validate the Accelleran dRAX™ RIC and xApps, and the TCS RIC and traffic steering xApp. TeraVM RIC Test also supported a demonstration of the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP) enabling RAN self-healing and optimization, including rApp impact compensation with RAN optimization xApps working on latest O-RAN SC RIC stack. With each O-RAN plugfest, we have seen commitment from more service providers, a proliferation of vendors, and clearer signs that the technology is progressing toward maturity. In 2021, the scope of investigation has expanded beyond connectivity between O-RAN elements to automated assurance and optimization using the RIC and xApps." Sameh Yamany, Chief Technology Officer, VIAVI VIAVI offers the most comprehensive test platform on the market for lab validation, field deployment and service assurance of O-RAN networks, deployable on premise, in public or private clouds, and as Test as a Service (TaaS). With over 85% of NEMs using the VIAVI RANtoCore platform for gNB development, the company uniquely offers market-leading 5G and Open RAN test solutions for conformance, performance and interoperability of O-RU, O-CU, O-DU, RIC and Core elements. About VIAVI VIAVI is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions for communications service providers, enterprises, network equipment manufacturers, government and avionics. We help these customers harness the power of instruments, automation, intelligence and virtualization to Command the network. VIAVI is also a leader in light management solutions for 3D sensing, anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, and defense applications.

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WorkJam and VMware Connect to Deliver a Frontline Experience Like No Other

VMware | January 18, 2022

WorkJam, the leading digital workplace for organizations with frontline and hourly employees, announced its alliance with VMware, a leading innovator in enterprise software. The alliance will bring together WorkJam communication, task management, learning, and open shift management tools and VMware Workspace ONE Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) platform. As industry leaders continue to embrace bring-your-own (BYO) and corporate-owned and personally-enabled (COPE) device initiatives, this combination will give businesses the ability to deliver a more consistent and engaging digital employee experience, boost productivity, and reduce costs. The planned interoperability was announced in conjunction with the first day of NRF 2022, the largest annual trade show in retail. Workspace ONE is an intelligent-driven platform that enables IT to simply and securely deliver any app on any device with integrated access control, management, automation and analytics, and remote support. Using time and attendance data from WorkJam, Workspace ONE customers will be able to selectively restrict access to sensitive corporate content on devices—like inventory management and buy online, pick-up in store (BOPIS) apps—when employees aren't on the clock. While off the clock, workers will still be able to use their BYO or COPE device to access non-work features and personal data, as well as non-sensitive corporate content—like HR apps and shift scheduling tools. With WorkJam and VMware Workspace ONE, employers of frontline workforces will be able to: Enable a consistent and compliant employee experience across the organization Simplify and streamline communications and operational processes organization-wide Advance workplace culture through incentivized learning in the flow and upskilling Boost productivity and retention through a unified employee experience Net a consistent customer experience across the organization Frontline workers need to access productivity tools via multiple touch points throughout the day, which can cause serious risk for both security and productivity if not handled thoughtfully. That's why WorkJam and VMware are coming together. As businesses continue to navigate change in a time of technological advancement, it's becoming increasingly important for businesses to prioritize clarity, accessibility, and security." Rich Halbert, Chief Strategy Officer at WorkJam "Empowered and digitally connected employees can make all the difference for retailers," said Ed Durbin, Director of VMware's Global Retail Industry Group. "BYO and COPE policies enable retailers to redefine the employee experience and maintain a competitive advantage. Together with WorkJam, we are powering the future of digital workspaces to help our customers better deploy BOYD and COPE with the privacy employees demand and the enhanced data security that IT requires. Armed with the necessary tools to make their jobs easier and more productive, employees can transform the retail experience from the inside out." About WorkJam WorkJam is the proven digital solution for break-through gains in frontline workforce productivity & retention. As the employee-facing suite for communication, learning, task management, and more, WorkJam delivers next-level employee enablement - Total Frontline Orchestration. Available in over 42 languages and countries, WorkJam is loved by employees and employers alike as they gain knowledge, dexterity and a compliant digital relationship created through an average 89% adoption and an ROI that begins at 170%. About VMware VMware software powers the world's complex digital infrastructure. The company's cloud, app modernization, networking, security, and digital workspace offerings help customers deliver any application on any cloud across any device. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to being a force for good, from its breakthrough technology innovations to its global impact.

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MemVerge Big Memory Technology Speeds Genomic Analytic Processes for Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

MemVerge | September 22, 2021

MemVerge, the pioneers of Big Memory software, announced Memory Machine™ Big Memory virtualization software has been selected by Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences to speed the genomic analytic processing for plant DNA research to develop more sustainable plant products. At the forefront of research and development, Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences seeks to find solutions to pressing health and agriculture issues and their interaction with the environment. To achieve this, Penn State has become a go-to place for analyzing and accessing dispersed and large data in an effort to facilitate transformative life sciences discoveries by enabling path-breaking research, simulating innovation, and inspiring work in a collaborative environment. Among its flagship research projects is the analysis of plant DNA sequencing to identify opportunities to develop plants - from cocoa to apples - that can better sustain droughts, diseases and achieve longer transportation and shelf life, which is important to improve food supplies for third world nations. To achieve this research, the bioscientists at Penn State must analyze genome sequences that are even more complex than human genomes. Using traditional analytic methods, it could take weeks to process specific workloads and running jobs can often fail as data is much larger than the available compute memory. Using MemVerge Memory Machine memory virtualization software, Penn State has been able to accelerate discovery for its plant DNA research. By deploying a pool of software-defined DRAM and persistent memory (PMem), the life sciences institute has been able to speed the completion of their analytic pipeline and run jobs that it hasn't been able to process before. "MemVerge Memory Machine has been a game-changing technology for our plant DNA research," said Claude dePamphilis, Director of the Center for Parasitic and Carnivorous Plants at Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. "The innovative technology helps us achieve DRAM-like performance from a mixed memory configuration. This has not only dramatically increased our time to research findings but has also saved us considerable budget in the process." Memory Machine software provided scientists at Penn State with transparent access to virtualized DRAM and PMem memory and ZeroIO™ Snapshot technology. The in-memory snapshot technology allows researchers to roll back workloads quickly to specific points in time for adaptive analyses and ensure resilience with lightning-fast crash recovery. This allows new genomic testing to continue without downtime. "The genomic sequencing use case at Penn State is an exceptional example of how Big Memory technology can overcome the barriers presented by the 'data bigger than memory' problem," said Charles Fan, CEO of MemVerge. "By eliminating the boundaries of traditional compute infrastructure and creating a memory fabric that can cost-effectively support the memory-intensive processes applications such as genomics analytics require, we are changing the landscape of what is possible. Memory is no longer a limitation for applications such as genomics sequencing, in-memory databases and other data-intensive usages such as animation and VFX. We're opening the door for increased innovation, landmark research findings and better health outcomes." MemVerge Memory Machine makes 100% use of available memory capacity while providing new operational capabilities to memory-centric workloads. Memory Machine answers the need for a modern in-memory computing model to support emerging applications that require real-time analytics, true in-memory computing, and fault-tolerant memory persistence to speed massive processing workloads. About MemVerge Memory is too small. Storage is too slow. In response, MemVerge is pioneering the new category of Big Memory Computing that simultaneously delivers the nanosecond performance of memory with the massive capacity of storage. MemVerge® Memory Machine™ Software transparently virtualizes different types of memory hardware into a pool of software-defined memory with the same performance of DRAM, but with many times the capacity. On top of the transparent memory service, Memory Machine provides the industry's first suite of data services that can provision petabytes of capacity, performance, availability, and mobility at the speed of memory and across the clouds.

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