Inspur Unveiled its Cloud SmartNIC Solution Based on NVIDIA Data Processing Unit at GTC 2020

Inspur | October 05, 2020

Inspur, a leading data center and AI full-stack solutions provider, unveiled its Cloud SmartNIC solution based on NVIDIA BlueFieldⓇ-2 data processing unit (DPU) at GTC 2020. The Inspur Cloud SmartNIC solution deeply integrates the Inspur Server with NVIDIA DPU, enabling the combined capabilities of embedded processing, SmartNIC networking and high-performance PCIe 4.0 host interface, which can deliver hyper-performance network acceleration at a speed of up to 200Gb/s. The Cloud SmartNIC is used for offloading functions like traffic management, storage virtualization, and security isolation, significantly freeing CPU computing resources, and delivering efficient software-defined, hardware-accelerated services for AI, big data analytics, cloud, virtualization, microsegmentation, and next-generation firewalls.

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vSphere with Operations Management offers the most trusted virtualization platform with critical operational enhancements in performance monitoring and capacity management. It is designed for businesses of all sizes to run applications at high service levels and maximize hardware savings through higher capacity utilization and consolidation ratios. IT can gain visibility into virtual environments, proactively identify and remediate emerging performance issues, and optimize resource utilization through a unified console. On average, customers see tremendous benefits beyond using vSphere alone: 36 percent reduction in application downtime, 30 percent increase in hardware savings, and 26 percent decrease in time spent on troubleshooting issues1 .

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vSphere with Operations Management offers the most trusted virtualization platform with critical operational enhancements in performance monitoring and capacity management. It is designed for businesses of all sizes to run applications at high service levels and maximize hardware savings through higher capacity utilization and consolidation ratios. IT can gain visibility into virtual environments, proactively identify and remediate emerging performance issues, and optimize resource utilization through a unified console. On average, customers see tremendous benefits beyond using vSphere alone: 36 percent reduction in application downtime, 30 percent increase in hardware savings, and 26 percent decrease in time spent on troubleshooting issues1 .

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Verizon expands VRAN leadership position with addition of first Ericsson VRAN cell site into its network

Verizon | December 09, 2022

Verizon, the leader in Virtualized Radio Access Network (VRAN) innovation, announced today it has extended its network virtualization efforts with the addition of the first Ericsson virtualized cell site (also referred to as Ericsson Cloud RAN), with support from Intel and RedHat providing the processing and cloud-native orchestration functions. The advancements in Radio Access Network virtualization allows Verizon to rapidly respond to customers’ varied latency and computing needs, and provides greater flexibility and agility in the introduction of new products and services. The move to a cloud-native, virtualized architecture with standardized interfaces in every part of the network leads to greater flexibility, faster delivery of services, greater scalability, and improved cost efficiency in networks. Verizon has been a global leader in virtualizing its network, announcing recently it already has 8,000 cell sites already virtualized in its network with an eye towards virtualizing 20,000 sites. Virtualizing the far edge of the RAN – the cell sites closest to the customer - is a function of decoupling the hardware and software associated with a cell tower and transitioning the software so that it’s not just stored in the cloud, but is designed for a cloud-native architecture and operation. Just this week, Verizon and Ericsson published a position paper outlining the optimal technology path for VRAN in order to maximize the performance and efficiency of the network, disaggregate hardware from software, and simplify deployment wherever possible. This technology is built into the first Ericsson virtualized cell site deployed in the Verizon network. Components of VRAN Verizon coordinated with many ecosystem partners to welcome Ericsson’s first virtualized cell site. Ericsson provided its commercial 5G Cloud RAN solution, consisting of a virtualized Central Unit (vCU), a virtualized Distributed Unit (vDU), and radio units. This software-based 5G Cloud RAN solution spans across all of Verizon’s frequency bands, utilizing both FDD and TDD 5G spectrum assets, including Massive MIMO support for C-band and interconnecting previously deployed equipment to enable Ericsson Spectrum Sharing between LTE and NR carriers. The Ericsson Cloud RAN solution offers Verizon efficiency and in network deployment and operational management transformation. Intel provided its 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor, Intel vRAN Dedicated Accelerator ACC100 and Intel Ethernet Network Adapter E810 to deliver the processing, acceleration and connectivity requirements. Red Hat provided Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes to manage their fleet at scale in collaboration with Red Hat Consulting. As part of the solution, Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management delivers cloud-scale manageability by configuring the 5G RAN using a Distributed Unit (DU) profile, which deploys real-time OS kernel optimizations to run vRAN and other cloud-native application workloads from a single console. Red Hat OpenShift also incorporates zero-touch provisioning to enable distributed deployment at scale required to operate a large scale RAN. Virtualization paves the way for exciting innovation Verizon has been leading the way in virtualization with its vendor partners for years. Verizon began the journey by virtualizing the core of its network. In the years since, Verizon has been working with partners in lab trials and field tests and has been deploying cloud-based cell sites, building programmability into the network to meet the needs of today’s 5G customers and 5G solutions of tomorrow. Key 5G use cases focused on providing the best, most efficient network for customers, will heavily rely on the programmability of virtualized networks. Networks must serve IoT devices that do very little networking and stay in place, smartphones with infinite opportunities to use data in a highly mobile environment, and complex solutions like Augmented Reality that require massive computing capabilities on the edge of the network. These various network solutions rely on a correlated variety of resources from the network, which until recently have been defined rigidly and manually. Using orchestration and automation capabilities at scale on virtual infrastructure, Verizon automates network configuration changes and resource scaling dynamically based on demand. This is one of the greatest benefits of virtualizing a network - essentially building programmability into the network. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology and communications services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $133.6 billion in 2021. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.

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Cloud Carib becomes first Caribbean Company to join VMware Sovereign Cloud Initiative

VMware | December 05, 2022

A leading provider of cloud services in the Caribbean and Latin America, Cloud Carib now joins the VMware Sovereign Cloud Initiative, helping clients better protect national sovereignty within its region of operation. The tech firm headquartered in Nassau, The Bahamas, made the formal announcement after recently attending VMware Explore 2022 Europe conference in Barcelona, formerly VMworld. Today, 100+ countries have their own laws governing how data should be managed and stored within their sovereign borders, and most of these regulations are constantly changing. Cloud Carib, as a VMware Sovereign Cloud provider, meets the significant capabilities in delivering more secure and compliant cloud services to government organizations, those in the public sector and any client with data residency requirements or concerns. “We’re extremely proud to be the first Caribbean company to join the Sovereign Cloud Initiative and are committed to helping Digital Transformation Initiatives realize sovereignty for the protection of the communities we serve. We’re dedicated to bringing sovereign cloud services to our clients, advancing the region’s data protection and sovereignty commitments, and supporting nations as they modernize and protect their data within their borders,” remarked Stelios Xeroudakis, Cloud Carib’s Founder and Chief Technology Officer. The VMware Sovereign Cloud initiative helps customers engage with trusted national cloud service providers to meet geo-specific requirements around data sovereignty and jurisdictional control; data access and integrity; data security and compliance; data independence and mobility; and data analytics and innovation. “There is no data sovereignty without cloud sovereignty. And sovereignty does not have to come at the expense of cloud innovation,” said Rajeev Bhardwaj, Vice President, Cloud Provider Platform Solutions, VMware. “VMware Sovereign Cloud providers such as Cloud Carib can help customers innovate and drive digital transformation while reducing the risk of unlocking the value of data.” New research conducted by Vanson Bourne[1] commissioned by VMware reveals that over the next two years, 96% of all companies surveyed believe data will be a source of revenue, and 50% believe it will be a significant revenue source. As economic uncertainty intensifies, it is not surprising that more business leaders are zeroing in on their data as an untapped revenue source. Yet the downside is just as big: respondents identified data sovereignty as one of the key challenges facing organizations, with 95% admitting it is a concern. Organizations that fail to comply with data sovereignty regulations often must pay fines in the hundreds of millions of dollars and suffer damage to brand reputation because of data compromise. The first jurisdiction to benefit from this rollout is our home base in The Bahamas. Joining the Sovereign Cloud initiative amplifies our decade-long commitment to this region. So, this really is just the beginning as we aim to further that commitment by offering Sovereign Cloud to each country in the region as regulations evolve and security demands increase." Cloud Carib CEO Scott MacKenzie. About Cloud Carib Cloud Carib is the region’s premier provider of managed cloud services founded upon the principles of delivering quality, agility, and value for every client. Solutions range from complex bespoke dedicated private cloud offerings to hybrid cloud services. Every solution provides clients with controlled costs, unrivalled levels of service, and unparalleled levels of data protection and privacy – when and where privacy matters. VMware VMware is a registered trademark of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. This article may contain hyperlinks to non-VMware websites that are created and maintained by third parties who are solely responsible for the content on such websites.

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Quest NetVault Plus 13.1 Accelerates Recovery Time, Reduces Data Loss and Enables Backup to Object Storage

Quest | October 07, 2022

Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection and security software provider, today announced enhancements to NetVault® Plus – a cloud-ready enterprise data protection solution that enables protection and recovery of all systems, applications and data across a complex IT environment. NetVault Plus 13.1 users can now gain instant restore of systems, applications and data, reduce the risk of data loss through continuous data protection and significantly lower backup storage costs using deduplicated storage, both on-premises and in the cloud. The shift from the traditional office to a more hybrid workplace has upped the ante when it comes to data protection and backup and recovery efforts. A recent trends report found that 67% of organizations now use cloud services as part of their data protection strategies, and 42% of IT leaders consider hybrid‑cloud workload protection the most important aspect of enterprise backup. In the same report, 20% of IT implementers say improving recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO) will drive changing their backup solution in 2022. NetVault Plus 13.1 provides a new continuous data protection workflow. Featuring incremental forever backups and synthetic full creation at the storage layer. Users can also leverage the new workflow with VMware virtual machines and their Microsoft 365 data including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Teams, OneDrive and Azure Active Directory. This enhancement allows users to run backups more frequently to reduce the risk of data loss and damage and address demanding RPOs. This innovative protection technology also enables NetVault Plus 13.1 to offer instant restoration for VMware virtual environments. It allows users to either instantly recover a virtual machine back to production or simply boot for testing, from any incremental point directly from immutable deduplicated storage. This reduces costs by decreasing time to recovery and removing the need for special hardware appliances, non-deduplicated landing zones or staging areas. “As market demands and challenges grow, Quest’s award-winning NetVault Plus data protection solution continues to advance to help organizations meet demanding RTO and RPO parameters and attain their business continuity and disaster recovery goals, With its broad system, application, virtualization and cloud support, NetVault Plus 13.1 delivers a powerful yet easy to use data protection solution that is used globally to protect data centers, remote office and cloud resources.” Heath Thompson, President and GM, ISM at Quest NetVault Plus 13.1 adds: Continuous data protection and instant of VMware virtual machines. Continuous data protection for Microsoft Office 365 data to deduplicated immutable storage. Instant restore of VMware virtual machines direct from deduplicated, immutable storage. Backup direct to object storage provides simplified SaaS application protection leveraging native cloud storage. Immutable backup storage helps organizations protect business-critical systems, applications and data, reducing risks of successful ransomware or cyber-attack. Enterprise class data protection for hybrid, cloud environments ensuring business resilience through disaster recovery readiness. NetVault Plus 13.1 also provides the ability to backup directly to S3 compatible object storage in public cloud, private cloud and on-premises object storage arrays, allowing adoption of cloud workflows and simple storage mechanisms. About Quest Software Quest creates software solutions that make the benefits of new technology real in an increasingly complex IT landscape. Quest helps customers solve their next IT challenge, from maximizing the value of their data to Active Directory and Office 365 management, and cybersecurity resilience. Around the globe, more than 130,000 companies and 95% of the Fortune 500 count on Quest to become data empowered, deliver proactive management and monitoring for the next enterprise initiative, find the next solution for complex Microsoft challenges, and stay ahead of the next threat. Quest Software. Where next meets now.

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