Juniper Bets On the Enterprise With Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN

Juniper | April 08, 2019

Juniper today released a cloud-delivered version of its SD-WAN service to simplify adoption and operations. It also leverages the recent $405 million acquisition of Mist Systems, which closed last week, to add visibility into both wired and wireless via its Contrail Service Orchestration platform. Previously, Juniper had two flavors of SD-WAN: one that was based on its underlying SRX platform, which is a secure router that also acts as a next-generation firewall; and one based on NFX as the underlying platform, which works as a universal CPE (uCPE) that can run NFV software, or virtual network functions (NFV) on top. Both flavors run its Junos operating systems to provide routing, switching, and security. According to Mike Bushong, Juniper’s vice president of enterprise and cloud marketing, the value that its SD-WAN offerings (including this most recent update) bring to the greater market is that they’re integrating its entire enterprise portfolio to help organizations transform and improve their networking.

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As enterprises pivot toward software-defined service delivery, optimal management of compute, network, and storage resources is critical to operational success. Virtualization, cloud technologies, and IT automation have significantly improved the operational agility of enterprises and have enabled them to meet tight SLAs. Processes such as continuous integration and continuous delivery have played a critical role in the success of DevOps. Adopting DevOps has both technical and cultural challenges. From an automation perspective, an organization needs to pick the right automation platform which would do the job; at the same time, it has to be ensured that the automation platform has integrations across the stack including most of the infrastructure components for a unified management experience.

Spotlight

As enterprises pivot toward software-defined service delivery, optimal management of compute, network, and storage resources is critical to operational success. Virtualization, cloud technologies, and IT automation have significantly improved the operational agility of enterprises and have enabled them to meet tight SLAs. Processes such as continuous integration and continuous delivery have played a critical role in the success of DevOps. Adopting DevOps has both technical and cultural challenges. From an automation perspective, an organization needs to pick the right automation platform which would do the job; at the same time, it has to be ensured that the automation platform has integrations across the stack including most of the infrastructure components for a unified management experience.

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Cohesity Highlights Data Management and Data Security Innovations at VMware Explore

Cohesity | August 24, 2022

Cohesity, a leader in next-gen data management, will highlight how customers can safeguard their data while accelerating the move to hybrid and multicloud environments at VMware Explore August 29 - September 1, 2022. As ransomware attacks continue to rise, cybercriminals have begun developing new methods of cyber mayhem that involve targeting confidential data. Attendees will learn how Cohesity FortKnox, a SaaS data isolation and recovery solution, can help provide a secure copy of data in the event of a cyber attack. Cohesity will highlight and discuss how other next-gen data management solutions, including AI / ML capabilities, provide customers with improved security to protect and recover data from cyberattacks in order to maintain business continuity. Attendees will also learn how to protect their cloud infrastructure with a unified data management solution that also makes it easy to drive business outcomes from data insights. Cohesity’s presence at the event includes: Sessions at VMware Explore: Session 1: Do You Trust your Data Recovery Strategy: WHO: Jon Hildebrand and Mike Nelson, Principal Technologists, Cohesity WHEN: Tuesday, Aug 30 3:15 - 3:45 p.m. PT WHERE: Moscone South, Lower Level, The Expo Theater 1 ABOUT: Enterprise data protection is more important than ever due to the changing cybersecurity landscape and the need to ensure recoverability. Our Cohesity experts will discuss top mistakes to avoid when protecting your data as well as the best practices for data management success for VMware Cloud. Learn how to get ahead by turning your data into an asset instead of a liability using comprehensive data management services to extract more value for security, compliance, and more. Session 2: Reduce Ransomware Anxiety - Practical Advice to Safeguard Your VMware Data: WHO: Brian Spanswick, CISO, Cohesity Theresa Miller, Director, Technology Advocacy Group, Cohesity Victor Camacho, Principal Technologist, Cohesity Robert Shields, Director of Data Security (PMM) WHEN: Wednesday, Aug 31 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. PT WHERE: Moscone South, Esplanade, Room 151 ABOUT: Did you know that the average downtime from a ransomware attack is 22 days? And that even the most ready IT operations teams will need 1 to 2 weeks to be back online? There is an overwhelming amount of information - including CISA’s “Shields Up” guidance - on how to best prepare for these events. Hear from our expert panel on the best practices for optimizing your organization's cyber resiliency strategy with backup and recovery that will quickly restore your mission-critical data when disaster strikes. Session 3: Back to Basics: Business Continuity vs. Disaster Recovery WHO: Theresa Miller, Director, Technology Advocacy Group, Cohesity WHEN: Thursday, Sep 1 10:45 - 11:00 a.m. PT WHERE: Moscone West, Level 2, VMware Communities and {code}, Community Theater ABOUT: Yes, business continuity and disaster recovery are different. So why can this topic be so confusing? Join me for 12 minutes to uncover the difference between the two and some best practices surrounding adoption of both as business recovery strategies. Session 4: Become a Security Genius in 12 Minutes WHO: Theresa Miller, Director, Technology Advocacy Group, Cohesity WHEN: Tuesday, Aug 30 12:15 - 12:30 p.m. PT WHERE: Moscone West, Level 2, VMware Communities and {code}, Community Theater ABOUT: You manage your organization’s infrastructure, so why in the world would you care about security? Let’s first talk about why you could care about security. Then, we will dive into top best practices to improve your security posture now. Session 5: Fun with the WSL WHO: Mike Nelson, Principal Advocate, Cohesity WHEN: Tuesday, Aug 30 2:15 - 2:30 p.m. PT WHERE: Moscone West, Level 2, VMware Communities and {code}, Community Theater ABOUT: The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a tool that not only provides cross-platform goodness for administrators, it also allows for some cool interfaces and geeky fun you can play around with in your downtime. We will take a look at a few of these in the time allowed. Session 6: Learn Azure Cloud Shell in 12 Minutes WHO: Mike Nelson, Principal Advocate, Cohesity WHEN: Thursday, Sep 1 10:00 - 10:15 a.m. PT WHERE: Moscone West, Level 2, VMware Communities and {code}, Community Theater ABOUT: Take just 12 minutes to learn the important features and uses for Azure Cloud Shell. We will look at PowerShell, Bash, accessing the shell, and what you can do once you are in it. Session 7: Learn PowerShell by Building a Cool Alarm Clock WHO: Mike Nelson, Principal Advocate, Cohesity WHEN: Wednesday, Aug 31 9:00 - 9:15 a.m. PT WHERE: Moscone West, Level 2, VMware Communities and {code}, Community Theater ABOUT: Back by popular demand is a session given at the last in-person VMworld that featured a quick tutorial on PowerShell basics and then building a really cool alarm clock using functions. Now, the alarm clock is even cooler and more awesome than the last. A Gold sponsor, Cohesity will exhibit at booth #1402 and feature a series of in-booth presentations from technical leaders showcasing its multilayered security architecture designed to help organizations protect themselves from sophisticated ransomware attacks. To learn more about Cohesity’s overall presence at VMware Explore, click here. About Cohesity Cohesity radically simplifies data management. We make it easy to protect, manage, and derive value from data across the data center, edge and cloud. 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OpsMx Extends Argo CD With Deployment Controls and Visibility for Enterprise GitOps

OpsMx | September 21, 2022

OpsMx, the leader in intelligent continuous delivery, today announced at ArgoCon 2022 a suite of software and services to enable more scalable and secure enterprise GitOps. The new OpsMx Enterprise for Argo and OpsMx Intelligent Software Delivery (ISD) for Argo products extend the capabilities provided by Argo, a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) open source project for continuous software delivery in Kubernetes environments. OpsMx also brings to the Argo community best practices for "CD at Scale" gained from existing OpsMx customers such as Cisco, Google, and other Fortune 100 global enterprises. OpsMx now offers the first and only open platform to automate application deployments to any target platform – containers, virtual machines, and functions – on-premises and in public cloud. "Developers already love the flexibility and ease of use of Argo, With this announcement, operations teams and SREs get the tools they need to keep production deployments under control without slowing down their developers or the business." Demand for Argo continues to grow as organizations migrate applications to Kubernetes and containers. The CNCF User Survey published February 10, 2022 found that production use of Argo increased by 115% over the prior year. Gopal Dommety, CEO and co-founder of OpsMx Enterprise Argo users with an immediate need for greater production security can use OpsMx Enterprise for Argo (OEA) for free. OEA is an open source distribution of Argo CD, Argo Workflow, Argo Rollouts, and Argo Events that has been subjected to additional security testing and hardening. OpsMx makes security patches continually available as new vulnerabilities are discovered. An enhanced Argo installer simplifies security integrations, such as SSO and secrets management, as well as future Argo upgrades. OpsMx also offers fee-based 24 x 7 enterprise support. OpsMx Intelligent Software Delivery (ISD) for Argo provides unified management across the multiple Argo clusters in an enterprise deployment. Applications can be tracked end-to-end across their lifecycle with a few clicks, from dev to test to staging to production. Gates, both manual and automated, can be added to the delivery process to enforce security policies, change controls, and application readiness. AI/ML on data collected from 70+ integrations with leading DevOps tools drives intelligence in the process. All this can be centrally reported and audited. OpsMx Argo Deployment Services enable users to quickly get to a production-ready Argo deployment. This can include refactoring pipelines from legacy CD environments into Argo workflows. OpsMx SaaS offerings eliminate the need to manage infrastructure and upgrades. OpsMx is also expanding support for the Argo open source community to encourage more users to see what Argo can offer. A new Argo Sandbox provides a free SaaS-delivered open source Argo environment for hands-on exploration. Upcoming education events include free webinars featuring Argo users from Adobe and Splunk, along with OpsMx experts, talking about the challenges of continuous delivery. OpsMx is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of ArgoCon 2022. Together, these Argo additions bring Kubernetes-native capabilities to the OpsMx open CD architecture, creating the first and only open platform for best-in-class deployments to both Kubernetes environments and virtual machine / multi-cloud environments. About OpsMx OpsMx simplifies and intelligently automates software delivery, enabling hundreds of thousands of developers at Google, Cisco, Western Union, and other leading global enterprises to ship better software faster. Incorporating open source Argo and Spinnaker, OpsMx is the first open, unified platform for deploying applications in container, virtual machine, and multi-cloud environments. The company's 150 employees serve customers from offices in Silicon Valley, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru, with funding from Dell Technologies Capital and Foundation Capital.

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Napatech | July 06, 2022

Napatech™ the leading provider of programmable Smart Network Interface Cards (SmartNICs) used for Data Processing Unit (DPU) and Infrastructure Processing Unit (IPU) services in telecom, cloud, enterprise, cybersecurity and financial applications worldwide, today announced a set of new SmartNIC capabilities that enable standard, unmodified applications in edge and core data centers to benefit from offloaded and accelerated compute and networking functions. As enterprises, communications service providers and cloud data center operators deploy virtualized applications and services in edge and core data centers, they increasingly leverage workload-specific coprocessors to offload functions such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), storage, networking and infrastructure services from general-purpose server CPUs. 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Data center operators therefore need to be able to select offload solutions that are compatible with the relevant standards, to avoid having to create custom, vendor-specific versions of their software. The latest upgrade to Napatech's Link-Virtualization™ software, release 4.4, addresses this challenge by incorporating networking and virtual switching features that implement full support for the relevant open standards, while delivering best-in-class performance and functionality. Specifically, Link-Virtualization now supports a fully hardware-offloaded implementation of the Virtio 1.1 Input/Output (I/O) virtualization framework for Linux, including the standard kernel NIC interface, which means that guest Virtual Machines (VMs) do not require a custom or proprietary driver. Link-Virtualization also supports the open-standard Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) fast-path running in guest VMs to maximize the performance of functions such as Open Virtual Switch (OVS). 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