SERVER VIRTUALIZATION, VIRTUAL SERVER INFRASTRUCTURE
MacStadium | February 20, 2023
MacStadium, a company that makes Mac private clouds and software-as-a-service, said that its Orka Platform is a great alternative for businesses that want to switch from VMware's vSphere ESXi running macOS on last-generation Intel-based Mac computers to its Orka Platform. The Orka Platform from MacStadium is a complete solution that lets businesses switch from VMware's vSphere ESXi running macOS on Intel-based Mac computers from the last generation to their own private cloud.
The Orka Platform works with Apple chips and gives a smooth alternative to VMware's announcement in October that vSphere ESXi 7.0 will no longer support macOS. The Orka Platform has everything developers need to replace vSphere ESXi workloads on Mac platforms, such as high-performance virtual macOS environments, easy orchestration through RESTful APIs, enterprise-grade performance, and Kubernetes support.
Greg McGraw, co-founder and CEO at MacStadium, said, “Orka Platform represents the perfect tool for application development teams who rely on using virtualized Mac compute and must now move on from VMware.” He added, “MacStadium already has helped leading organizations seamlessly transition to the Orka Platform from VMware. He also said, "Orka Platform supports Apple silicon, and the MacStadium team will assist those making the migration with a customized proof-of-concept environment, as well as all the technical support they require.”
Customers who switch from VMware can get a free, customized proof-of-concept environment as well as technical support from MacStadium. MacStadium's Orka Platform has a number of benefits for businesses that want to move away from VMware's vSphere (ESXi) running macOS.
MacStadium provides enterprise-level infrastructure-as-a-service for workloads that require macOS. They offer private clouds and dedicated servers, all-flash and disk-based SAN storage, and Mac private cloud solutions. Their services are trusted by iOS developers, mobile testing teams, and DevOps engineers worldwide. They have five data centers for reliability and offer support from trained experts. MacStadium was started in 2011 in Atlanta and only makes cloud solutions for macOS that are scalable, secure, and new. They also offer the Orka® Platform, the only virtualization layer available for Mac-based infrastructure.
VIRTUAL DESKTOP TOOLS,SERVER VIRTUALIZATION
Venafi | January 12, 2023
Vanafi, a leading provider of machine identity management, said that VMware has added its machine identity control plane to its Tanzu service mesh. With this integration, virtual machines, containers, and Kubernetes clusters can talk to each other in a secure way right out of the box. Customers will be able to set up and keep secure connections between applications, services, and other workloads with this integration. Enhanced multi-cloud and multi-cluster security helps to gain better observability, consistency, and freedom of choice when it comes to machine identity management, ensuring regulations are adhered to.
Vice president of security strategy and threat intelligence at Venafi, Kevin Bocek, said, "It's exciting to see VMware simplifying customers' cloud-native journeys while still ensuring enterprise-grade security." Moreover, he added, "Other service mesh – such as Istio, only support self-signed machine identities out-of-the-box, which fall outside of companies’ already existing machine identity management infrastructure and trust chains." Further, he said, "It's great to see VMWare is addressing this security gap by tapping into the control plane for machine identity management in a way that’s frictionless and security-team approved."
This enables Tanzu users integrate their service mesh with a trusted certificate authority (CA) of they select to support mutual Transport Layer Security (mTLS) between Kubernetes clusters. This integration will help customers automate the issuance and renewal of machine identities, generate identities from over 40 trusted certificate authorities, and gain unparalleled observability and freedom of choice over machine identity management. It will also help with compliance with regulations.
Venafi is a cybersecurity company that specializes in machine identity management. It offers solutions that manage and protect identities for various types of machines, including physical and IoT devices, software applications, APIs and containers. The company has a global visibility of all machine identity types and the risks associated with them.
Jetstack is a Venafi company that specializes in working with enterprises using Kubernetes and OpenShift. It is an open source pioneer and the creator of cert-manager, an industry standard for cloud native machine identity management. Jetstack's products and solutions protect the application environments and platform infrastructure for global organizations. Venafi has over 30 patents and serves security-conscious organizations and government agencies, including top U.S. health insurers, airlines, credit card issuers, and banks from the U.S., U.K, Australia and South Africa.
VIRTUAL DESKTOP TOOLS, VIRTUAL DESKTOP STRATEGIES
WatchGuard Technologies | February 21, 2023
On February 20, 2023, WatchGuard Technologies released a line of tabletop firewall appliances for remote and distributed businesses called the Firebox T25/T25-W, T45/T45-POE/T45-W-POE, and T85-POE. They are part of the Unified Security Platform architecture of WatchGuard Cloud and can be managed from a distance.
These devices offer secure solutions for small offices, home offices, retail settings, and remote users, with little network configuration and management needed. Different devices have different throughput and port options to meet the needs of different businesses.
Ryan Poutre, product manager at WatchGuard Technologies, said, "Attackers pose advanced and sophisticated threats to IT environments of all sizes and types, but SMBs and branch offices usually don't have dedicated technical staff to install, configure, and manage network security appliances." He also said, "This new generation of fireboxes takes full advantage of our unified security platform architecture." This lets MSPs offer the strong solutions and easy management they need to meet the needs of a wide range of customers and deployment scenarios."
The Fireboxes are made to help managed service providers offer a simple, reliable solution to a wide range of customers and deployment scenarios.
About WatchGuard Technologies
WatchGuard Technologies is a globally recognized leader in providing award-winning products and services with a focus on network security, endpoint security, secure Wi-Fi, multi-factor authentication, and network intelligence. With over 18,000 security resellers and service providers and 250,000 trusted customers worldwide, the company aims to offer enterprise-grade security that is simple and accessible to businesses of all types and sizes. WatchGuard Technologies was started in 1996 and has its main office in Seattle, Washington. It also has offices in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America to serve the needs of midmarket businesses and distributed enterprises.