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Broadband Forum | July 14, 2022
Operators can now reduce the time and cost associated with onboarding new Optical Network Unit (ONU) vendors, roll-out services faster, and more easily migrate and evolve their networks by applying new innovations and flexibility thanks to the publication of two new documents from the Broadband Forum today.
Broadband Forum’s TR-451 ‘vOMCI Specification’ and MR-451 ‘ONU Management using Virtualized OMCI’ have armed operators with more choice in how they create, activate, and maintain services associated with ONUs. Previously, the management cycle of the ONU was tied to a specific vendor’s Optical Line Terminal (OLT). The latest specification enables operators to de-couple the ONU and OLT from control and management purposes, with the Virtualized ONU Management (vOMCI) being introduced as a solution to centralize operations without relying on each OLT to act as a management entity.
This means operators’ OLT vendors no longer needed to be intimately involved in the roll-out of the management services and features provided by the ONU. TR-451 also increases the number of potential ONU vendors, allowing operators to better negotiate the best prices for ONUs. The specification enables easier interoperability testing and on-boarding of ONUs within an operator’s ecosystem and cloud-based network. It supports various deployment models where virtualized functions can be deployed to the cloud or within existing management system solutions.
“The latest specification can be used in the evolution of the management of ONUs, not as a replacement for the management processes and data models already in use by operators but to future-proof their infrastructure while maintaining their investment in existing ONU devices,” said Bruno Cornaglia, Co-Director of the SDN/NFV Work Area at Broadband Forum. “Ultimately, ONU management will be more adaptive to changes in operators’ processes and services, as well as less costly to maintain.”
About the Broadband Forum
Broadband Forum is the communications industry’s leading open standards development organization focused on accelerating broadband innovation, standards, and ecosystem development. Our members’ passion – delivering on the promise of broadband by enabling smarter and faster broadband networks and a thriving broadband ecosystem.
Broadband Forum is an open, non-profit industry organization composed of the industry’s leading broadband operators, vendors, thought leaders who are shaping the future of broadband, and observers who closely track our progress. Its work to date has been the foundation for broadband’s global proliferation and innovation. For example, the Forum’s flagship TR-069 CPE WAN Management Protocol has nearly 1 billion installations worldwide.
Broadband Forum’s projects span across 5G, Connected Home, Cloud, and Access. Its working groups collaborate to define best practices for global networks, enable new revenue-generating service and content delivery, establish technology migration strategies, and engineer critical device, service & development management tools in the home and business IP networking infrastructure. We develop multi-service broadband packet networking specifications addressing architecture, device and service management, software data models, interoperability and certification in the broadband market.
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Scale Computing | June 22, 2022
Scale Computing, a global leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged systems, announced today a collaboration with Wasabi Technologies, a hot cloud storage business. The collaboration offers a quick, dependable, and effective hybrid cloud storage, archiving, and backup solution that enables enterprises to install and manage hundreds of sites efficiently using cloud-like orchestration. Wasabi is a low-cost cloud storage target for large data gathering on Scale Computing's IT infrastructure software platform, enabling businesses to capture and keep data where and when it is required.
“Data collection is increasing exponentially every year across every industry. Video surveillance, IoT sensors, and even legacy applications have the ability to collect more real-time data. This has led to an ever-increasing number of business requirements surrounding data retention and with it, unmanageable data storage costs. This partnership empowers enterprises to run their business-critical applications on Scale Computing alongside the cost-effective public cloud offering from Wasabi. As an enterprise grows, the new solution offers capacity scalability, plus the performance benefits of a hybrid cloud,” said Scott Mann, VP of Sales, ROW & Global Channel Chief, Scale Computing.
Scale Computing software offers a robust IT infrastructure solution that is specifically built for executing applications on-premises. Lightweight and efficient software is packaged for uncontrolled, non-IT settings and maintained centrally, allowing applications to run everywhere and decreasing burdens for IT personnel. With the inclusion of Wasabi hot cloud storage as a data retention and archiving target, both traditional data center and edge computing systems powered by Scale Computing gain more data storage options customized to an organization's budget. Customers of Scale Computing and Wasabi may treat their data as hot data to reduce upload windows and immediately access their data for quicker downloads, and there are no costs for egress or API queries.
“By combining industry-leading, on-premises edge computing with easy-to-use cloud data retention and archival, we’re creating the ideal, agile hybrid cloud environment that today’s organizations need. Wasabi’s solution is 80 percent less expensive and is faster than first-generation cloud vendors, while Scale Computing has a strong reputation for delivering results to leading businesses around the world. We’re thrilled to be partnering with them,”
David Boland, VP of Cloud Strategy, Wasabi Technologies
Citrix | June 10, 2022
Stratodesk, the leading global EUC innovator of endpoint OS software, has received Citrix ReadyTM verification for Citrix Virtual Apps and DesktopsTM 2203 Long Term Service Release (LTSR), demonstrating Stratodesk's long collaborative partnership with Citrix while also boosting joint customers' confidence in Stratodesk NoTouch's ability to meet the demands of a productive Citrix deployment.
Why are Stratodesk and Citrix used?
Why use Citrix with Stratodesk NoTouch is all about bringing your IT infrastructure into the world of no surprises. Enterprises use LTSR builds to acquire the upgrades they need without the requirement for frequent, recurring regression testing. Furthermore, the technology provides organizations with increased predictability.
Organizations benefit from updating to a properly tested and approved version that includes all of the most recent features and improvements. Citrix LTSRs are released every two to three years and include the finest upgrades from previous years. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 2203 LTSR is the most recent version. Enterprises may benefit from improved communication tools, usability, and, of course, security with this edition.
Stratodesk Achieves Citrix Ready Verification by Meeting Rigorous Testing Benchmarks
Along with the LTS Branch, achieving endpoint qualification standards – specifically Citrix Ready Endpoint, Endpoint Premium, and Cloud for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Citrix DaaS – demonstrates the strength of our cooperation with Citrix.
To satisfy these sophisticated standards, Stratodesk developers had to go through extensive testing, with the goal of providing joint clients confidence that Stratodesk works flawlessly with the newest Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 2203 LTSR capabilities and upgrades.