IT pros discuss challenges of a workspace platform deployment

Techtarget | June 25, 2019

Digital workspace platforms provide a set of tools that can improve the end-user experience and simultaneously simplify management for IT, but deploying them may involve wholesale changes to an organizations back-end infrastructure and management processes. Workspace platforms can replace desktop and application virtualization products, but they can also fulfill the roles of unified endpoint management, identity and access management (IAM), UX monitoring, and other crucial tools and technologies that IT professionals need to manage all aspects of their deployment.

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VMware vSphere makes it simpler and less expensive to provide higher levels of availability for important applications. With vSphere, organizations can easily increase the baseline level of availability provided for all applications, as well as provide higher levels of availability more easily and cost-effectively. vSphere makes it possible to reduce both planned and unplanned downtime. The revolutionary VMware vMotion™ (vMotion) capabilities in vSphere make it possible to perform planned maintenance with zero application downtime.

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VMware vSphere makes it simpler and less expensive to provide higher levels of availability for important applications. With vSphere, organizations can easily increase the baseline level of availability provided for all applications, as well as provide higher levels of availability more easily and cost-effectively. vSphere makes it possible to reduce both planned and unplanned downtime. The revolutionary VMware vMotion™ (vMotion) capabilities in vSphere make it possible to perform planned maintenance with zero application downtime.

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Microej Announces its Trusted Virtual Execution Environment, MICROEJ VEE, Now Supports the Top-Selling NXP I.MX25 Family

MicroEJ | August 25, 2020

MicroEJ, the worldwide leader in software enablement solutions for embedded and IoT devices, announces its trusted Virtual Execution Environment, MICROEJ VEE, now supports the top-selling NXP i.MX25 family. This proven and reliable hardware, combined with MicroEJ cutting edge virtualization technology, makes it the perfect cost-effective solution for markets requiring high levels of reliability, such as industrial, automotive, and general embedded applications.

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VMware Speeds Service Providers’ Move to Multi-Cloud

VMware | October 28, 2021

To bring innovative apps and services to customers more quickly, service providers are betting heavily on the cloud. And as apps and data continue to distribute across clouds and locations, service providers require flexibility to deploy and consistently manage workloads anywhere. That is why VMware is unveiling enhancements to its Telco Cloud Platform designed to help service providers speed their multi-cloud transformation. “With network modernization efforts well underway, service providers are now focused on how to monetize 5G services. And how to do it fast. Thanks to cloud-native architectures, time to market for launching new services has moved from months and years to days and weeks. Over 150 CSPs around the world rely on VMware Telco Cloud Platform to accelerate time to revenue while providing automation and consistent operations across networks for 4G, 5G and beyond. The VMware Telco Cloud Platform provides multi-cloud capabilities from the core to the edge without locking the service provider into a single cloud architecture or deployment. It thereby delivers the agility and speed our customers need for their massive 5G deployments.” Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider and Edge, VMware The enhancements to VMware Telco Cloud Platform include: VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud will let service providers seamlessly incorporate public clouds into their overall 5G architecture. VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Edge will provide the foundation for delivery of next-generation communications and compute services at the service provider and enterprise edge. New VMware Telco Cloud Automation capabilities will enable consistent, multi-cloud operations across the entire network. In addition, support for network slicing will be added through Project Lattice, now in tech preview. VMware’s RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) platform will unlock app innovation and velocity across radio access networks (RAN). Introducing VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud Service providers have started to embrace public clouds as a part of their network architecture. As network functions are deployed across on-premises telco clouds and public clouds, service providers require a platform that enables consistent multi-cloud operations and automation. Introduced VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud, powered by VMware Cloud, offers service providers choice and flexibility to run their workloads in multi-cloud environments with ease. An extension of VMware Telco Cloud Platform, VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud is comprised of the same field-proven virtualization solution, carrier-grade container-as-a-service (CaaS), and multi-layer automation, consistent across core, edge, RAN, and now with public cloud. VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud will provide service providers with: The ability to migrate telco and IT workloads to public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), specifically VMware Cloud on AWS, quickly and cost efficiently while having the flexibility to bring them back to the on-premises telco clouds, if and when necessary. A choice to deploy leading network functions, through VMware’s partner ecosystem, on the best clouds to serve their functional purposes based on cost, availability, and performance. Consistent operations with multi-layer automation across any telco cloud – from core, edge, RAN, to public cloud. VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud is expected to be generally available in VMware’s Q4 FY22, initially supporting service providers to deploy their network functions on VMware Cloud on AWS environments. Learn more about VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud here. Announcing VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Edge At VMworld 2021, VMware introduced VMware Edge, a product portfolio that will enable organizations to run, manage and better secure edge-native apps. Service providers will play a key role in VMware’s unified edge platform strategy. That’s why today VMware is announcing VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Edge, a variation of Telco Cloud Platform adapted to host and manage multi-vendor network edge solutions. An open and multi-cloud platform, VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Edge will provide: A foundation for deploying next-generation communication services, including Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC), Private Mobile Networking (PMN) and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), among others. Ability to deploy edge-native apps at the service provider edge or the enterprise edge. Automation and operational consistency across edges and other network sites. A bridge to VMware’s extensive partner ecosystem spanning hyperscalers, network equipment providers, ISVs, edge-native app developers, and more. An example of a VMware Edge ecosystem partner is Lenovo. Its comprehensive edge product portfolio coupled with VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Edge will enable automated edge services that will accelerate time to value. The combined solution will provide a strong foundation for edge deployments across different market segments. New Telco Cloud Automation Capabilities Will Enable Multi-Cloud Operations Spanning the entire network, Telco Cloud Automation is the orchestration and automation engine for Telco Cloud Platform. It enables consistent operations and cloud-first approach to management and orchestration by abstracting cloud complexities and exposing the new multi-cloud ecosystem through standard telco interfaces and unified resources. VMware announced new capabilities for Telco Cloud Automation, including: Consistent Multi-Cloud Operations:Telco Cloud Automation customers will be able to leverage Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) public cloud resources through either VMware Cloud on AWS or Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS). Network Slicing:VMware unveiled Project Lattice, a tech preview, that will extend Telco Cloud Automation capabilities with 3GPP standard-compliant network slicing management. This will enable service providers to plan, design, and instantiate end-to-end network slices across the RAN, edge, core and transport network domains. An add-on module to Telco Cloud Automation, the new network slicing capability will help service providers unify these domains and close the gap between the delivered services and required network resources from physical or cloud infrastructure. Accelerate onboarding and instantiation of network functions: Telco Cloud Automation will offer new designer capabilities to support more lifecycle automation options and accelerate onboarding and instantiation of network functions through automated CaaS and infrastructure customizations. Network operability improvements: Telco Cloud Automation will enable new automated Day 2 operations for CaaS operations, BIOS and firmware upgrades that reduce maintenance time while allowing greater management flexibility across data centers. Augmented CI/CD automation: Updates will make it easier to integrate Telco Cloud Automation into existing CI/CD pipelines with new SDK and enable a service provider to decrease new app deployment and update time—reducing integration costs and OpEx. Infrastructure Automation Enhancements: Telco Cloud Automation will also offer Mount Bryce driver support, and Precision Time Protocol (PTP) network function automation. These integrations will help automate away manual infrastructure-level operations that prove essential for running vRAN and other high-performance apps. New Telco Cloud Automation capabilities will be generally available in VMware’s Q4 FY22 apart from Project Lattice, which is in tech preview. Learn more about VMware Telco Cloud Automation for multi-cloud operations here and Project Lattice for network slicing here. Introducing VMware RIC The RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) is a new function introduced by the O-RAN Alliance that enables service providers to deploy cloud-native control and management apps in the RAN. VMware is introducing VMware RIC, a platform that abstracts the underlying RAN infrastructure and provides developer APIs for xApps and rApps to program the RAN. VMware RIC platform will consist of two RICs that can run independent of each other, or together: VMware Centralized RIC, an implementation of the non-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (non-RT RIC) in the O-RAN Alliance reference architecture. It will manage and host rApps that have control functions with response timing greater than one second. VMware Distributed RIC, an implementation of the near-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (near-RT RIC) in the O-RAN Alliance reference architecture. It will manage and host xApps that have control functions with response timing less than one second, typically on the order of 10’s of milliseconds. About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. 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The World’s First Layer 1 Blockchain for Bandwidth, PKT, to List on Bittrex Global

PKT | January 04, 2022

Bittrex Global announced PKT, the world’s first layer-1 blockchain for bandwidth, will list on its exchange later this month. PKT is an open-source community project that monetizes unused internet bandwidth and provides an economic incentive for people to expand internet connectivity and network infrastructure with minimal technical knowledge required. The blockchain is Bitcoin-fork designed for microtransaction scalability with near-zero fees and 60 second block times. PKT divides the Internet Service Provider (ISP) roles of infrastructure provider and network operator. In effect, this lowers the barrier of entry for entrepreneurs to become ISPs, and decentralizes internet access for billions of people worldwide. We are excited to welcome such a unique blockchain project onto the exchange. Bittrex Global is pleased that it can serve as a vehicle of momentum for PKT and we look forward to seeing its many use cases come to fruition over the coming year.” Stephen Stonberg, CEO of Bittrex Global “I am excited to see the PKT community activated around the vision of taking the internet back from monopolistic telecom companies,” says Caleb James DeLisle, lead developer of PKT, “and for Bittrex Global providing the community with an on-ramp to participate.” There are an estimated 200,000 cores mining the PKT Network globally and the mining pools have reported seeing over 100 Gb/s of sustained bandwidth, powered entirely by people from around the world. Mining difficulty and network bandwidth have increased more than 10,000% since January 2021. The PKT Network use cases will include free VPN, launching in 2022, localized mesh networking, internet sharing, and a new token issuance protocol called Token Strike, which provides token and NFT issuance with near-zero cost gas fees. TokenStrike will launch in 2022 and enables anyone to tokenize and trade bandwidth in a decentralized bandwidth market. PKT is an internet built by the people, for the people. About PKT PKT is a decentralized high-speed data network that enables anyone to monetize their unused internet bandwidth. Powered by PacketCrypt, the world’s first bandwidth-hard proof-of-work, people who connect to the PKT Network are paid in PKT Cash ($PKT) every 60 seconds. PKT provides an economic incentive for people to grow internet connectivity and infrastructure with minimal technical knowledge. As the network grows, PKT drives bandwidth demand, which in turn drives down the cost of bandwidth, increases the speed of the PKT Network, and improves internet connectivity in both urban and rural areas worldwide. PKT is a decentralized community project with no company, no investors, and no pre-mine. The project is an extension of the open source cjdns mesh networking protocol, created by PKT lead developer Caleb James DeLisle in 2011, which makes it so people can get onto the internet without requiring a traditional ISP. About Bittrex Global Bittrex Global, the most secure digital asset exchange in the world, serves both retail and institutional clients, globally. Committed to helping users build wealth, Bittrex Global facilitates the purchase and trade of over 250 tokens. Through its use of cutting-edge technology, advanced security protocols, and a sophisticated elastic multi-stage wallet strategy, the company provides a high-level experience for professional and novice customers alike. Bittrex Global is a key player in driving widespread adoption of secure and decentralized methods to building wealth while remaining compliant and adhering to the wide array of regulatory measures across the globe.

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