How to escape your failed virtual machine deployment

techrepublic | June 19, 2019

How to escape your failed virtual machine deployment
Its easy to change your traditional server applications to virtual instances. Its not so easy to go the other direction.In the process of writing about how to choose between a virtual machine (VM) and a container for your application, a new question arose: What if your virtual deployment doesnt work out, and you want to go back to a regular server installation. The top response, when looking into why a company would go back to bare metal, is performance. Sometimes the management advantages that come with virtual machines just arent worth the performance hit.There are many advantages to deploying applications on bare metal. First and foremost, you will receive better performance from bare metal. Some applications are even designed for dedicated or specialized hardware and wouldnt function in virtualized or containerized environments. A second reason is that some shrink-wrapped applications arent certified for VMs or containers,said Ranga Rajagopalan, CTO of Avi Networks. Regulated industries and security concerns are also sometimes good reasons not to go virtual, he and others noted.

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Robin.io | October 26, 2021

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AirHop’s eSON solution is commercially hardened with large-scale deployments at Reliance Jio and Rakuten Mobile. eSON provides MNOs with deployment flexibility supporting optimization applications for disaggregated vRAN architectures as a pre-standard, near-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) platform and as xApps/rApps on emerging near real-time and non-real-time RIC platforms based on O-RAN standards. eSON applications optimize performance across Rakuten Mobile’s end-to-end cloud native wireless network for macro cell, small cell and HetNet coverage use cases delivering improved spectral efficiency of the network, resulting in higher throughput and more capacity, reduced operational expenses through automated configuration and issue resolution, and dynamic balancing of user traffic across the network. eSON360 provides AI/ML based rApps across a broad spectrum of target RAN optimization use cases. “We are pleased to be partnering with Robin on this autonomous network journey. 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