Learn the ins and outs of NSX-T vs. NSX-V

searchvmware | July 26, 2019

NSX is VMware's software-defined networking platform, and it comes in two distinct flavors: NSX-V for vSphere environments, and NSX-T for non-vSphere environments. In the NSX-T vs. NSX-V debate, you must take the use cases of each into consideration. NSX functions as a software version of a network hypervisor; it automates networking and provides multiple network services, such as IP address management. NSX enables organizations to troubleshoot security, automation and networking in the data center. Both versions of the product give you virtual control over switches, routers, access control and firewalls. VMware built NSX-T and NSX-V on completely different code bases to cater to two different use cases.

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Governments across the world are increasingly considering cloud computing solutions in an effort to provide less costly, more efficient and better public services through a variety of cloud deployment models (private, public, hybrid and/or community clouds). A typical policy objective driving cloud adoption in the public sector is the improvement and streamlining of ‘e-Government services’ to meet the demands and expectations of citizens who are increasingly embracing digital and mobile technologies. 1 Better e-Government brings about immediately observable benefits to citizens, but poses the challenge of escalating computing and data processing needs.

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Governments across the world are increasingly considering cloud computing solutions in an effort to provide less costly, more efficient and better public services through a variety of cloud deployment models (private, public, hybrid and/or community clouds). A typical policy objective driving cloud adoption in the public sector is the improvement and streamlining of ‘e-Government services’ to meet the demands and expectations of citizens who are increasingly embracing digital and mobile technologies. 1 Better e-Government brings about immediately observable benefits to citizens, but poses the challenge of escalating computing and data processing needs.

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Sangfor Announces the Grand Opening of New Office in Turkey

Sangfor Technologies | July 18, 2022

Fiber-optic internet service provider Surf Broadband Solutions has completed an extensive rebranding effort, reflecting the evolution of the company, as well as a renewal to its corporate mission and values. At the heart of this rebrand is a change of the company name to Surf InternetSM and an update to the corporate logo. "This transformation reinforces Surf's commitment to elevate the customer experience as we illuminate communities throughout the Great Lakes region, Today's announcement is just the beginning of many more good things to come. Our team is excited to build on Surf's foundation of a customer-first mindset and comprehensive range of business and residential internet service offerings." Chief Marketing Officer Lana Frank Initial elements of Surf's brand evolution include: New Name, Logo, and Brand Colors: Surf's new name clearly communicates the company's core service offerings. The logo's blue arch inserted above the "S" bends like light and is symbolic of connection and expansion. The color palette has been slightly updated to include hues of blue, orange, bright green, and purple, retaining familiarity while also lending a more contemporary, dynamic, and cutting-edge look. Expanded Mission Statement: "We believe that high-speed, reliable internet service is the great equalizer. We're on a mission to transform the future of our region by building an unparalleled network and providing an unsurpassed customer experience for the communities where we live, work, and serve." About Surf Internet Surf Internet is an innovative fiber-optic internet company that serves as the essential gateway to connectivity across the Great Lakes region of Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. The company is building a bridge to the wide-open future by delivering high-speed, reliable internet to homes and businesses in underserved, rural communities. Surf's 100-plus person team is local, giving them an edge when it comes to customer care and advocacy for the region. Headquartered in Elkhart, Ind., Surf also has offices in La Porte, Ind., Byron Center, Mich., and Coal City and Rock Falls, Ill.

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IP Infusion Successfully Validates its Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway for Open Fronthaul Use Cases at O-RAN Global PlugFest Spring 2022

IP Infusion | July 26, 2022

IP Infusion, a leading provider of open network software and solutions for wireline and mobile network operators, today announced that it successfully demonstrated the maturity and stability of its OcNOS®-based Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway (DCSG) solution addressing Fronthaul use cases at the O-RAN Global PlugFest Spring 2022. O-RAN Alliance, a preeminent open technical organization comprising more than 350 companies and institutions, is transforming worldwide Radio Access Networks (RAN) to be intelligent, virtualized and fully interoperable. It features a large cross-section of Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and vendors focused on the disaggregation of the RAN. IP Infusion’s OcNOS-based DCSG contributes essential operational elements of the 5G mobile network, enabling rapid deployment and proven reliability, stability and flexibility. “O-RAN Alliance’s stringent specifications for open software RAN architecture are defining the future network,” said Atsushi Ogata, President and CEO of IP Infusion. “This vigorous validation and testing in a multi-vendor environment confirms that IP Infusion’s field tested Fronthaul Switch helps operators save on costs as external timing equipment is not needed. We strongly advocate for a telecom industry that is a collaborative, virtualized RAN ecosystem of open, multi-vendor, autonomous networks focused on innovation and agility.” IP Infusion participated in multi-vendor Fronthaul testing in two independent working environments for the O-RAN Global PlugFest. O-RAN PlugFest hosted by AT&T and DISH University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) in Durham, NH, USA O-RAN PlugFest hosted by Auray Auray OTIC and Security Lab in Taoyuan City, Taiwan IP Infusion’s DCSG demonstrated advanced Timing and Synchronization capabilities critical to the Fronthaul network. The DCSG as Fronthaul Switch Solution provides unique functionality in the Fronthaul by providing an integrated Grand Master Clock reference to the RAN components. This complete Transport Timing Profile support ensures that IP Infusion is the source for Timing and Synchronization in the Fronthaul. The mature transport capabilities provide high-performance and low-latency with services such as Segment Routing, L2VPN-EVPN and L3VPN, for the RAN traffic. PlugFest Testing Specifications: End-to-End Forwarding and Latency verification of Fronthaul as per O-RAN Open xHaul Transport Working Group 9 specification O-RAN Fronthaul Working Group 4 Conformance Test Specification PlugFest Testing Scope: Multi-vendor Interoperability and integration testing of O-RAN components in a lab environment O-RAN specified end-to-end tests Open Fronthaul S-plane testing Portions of O-RAN specified Open Fronthaul Conformance tests, with a focus on the S-Plane Verification and validation of applicability of tests in a lab environment O-RAN specified Open Fronthaul Conformance tests O-RAN specified end-to-end tests IP Infusion’s solution confirmed its use case capabilities for mobile Fronthaul. Specific multi-vendor testing also showed the solution meeting or exceeding standards for: Fronthaul Switch providing Transport and Synchronization to other RAN components Integrated Grandmaster clock capability eliminating need for additional timing equipment in the Fronthaul Precision Time Protocol (PTP) and Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) used to provide clock reference to multiple O-RUs and O-DUs Timing reference provided via 1PPS and 10MHz interfaces to O-DUs Mature services including Segment Routing, L2VPN-EVPN and L3VPN used for transporting RAN traffic Extensive Quality of Service (QoS) feature support, ensuring prioritized transport Node latency verification using external wave-form analyzer Testing scenarios established realistic deployment conditions with a spectrum of technologies, protocols, and encapsulations of the solutions under review. About IP Infusion IP Infusion is a leading provider of open network software and solutions for carriers, service providers and data center operators. Our solutions enable network operators to disaggregate their networks to accelerate innovation, streamline operations, and reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Network OEMs may also disaggregate network devices to expedite time to market, offer comprehensive services, and achieve carrier grade robustness. IP Infusion OcNOS and ZebOS common software platforms have been adopted by over 500 customers and thousands of deployments. In addition, IP Infusion offers commercial distributions of open source NOS projects including SONiC and DANOS Vyatta Edition. Our products are backed up by carrier-grade advanced network services. IP Infusion, ZebOS, and OcNOS are trademarks or registered trademarks of IP Infusion. ACCESS is a registered trademark or trademark of ACCESS CO., LTD. in the United States, Japan and/or other countries. Northforge Innovations is a registered trademark of Northforge Innovations, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks, or registered service marks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

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Centrica Modernizes Applications with VMware Tanzu

VMware | June 17, 2022

VMware, Inc. announced today that it is assisting Centrica in its aim to help consumers live more sustainably, easily, and inexpensively by improving insight into the company's cloud-native apps running on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Centrica can receive deeper insights and trends into their platforms thanks to VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront, enabling an easier road to new products and services. Centrica uses VMware to provide analytics through easy dashboards on smart home apps, allowing its clients to utilize energy more effectively. Tanzu Observability gives Centrica a consistent perspective of their various, dispersed AWS environments, enabling them to swiftly obtain actionable business information (BI) and keep business-critical services operational for their customers. The Centrica team used Tanzu Observability to address problems that impeded app development early in the lifecycle. Tanzu Observability also promotes a uniform approach to security and, according to the business, has assisted Centrica in achieving a 25% decrease in monthly cloud costs by aggregating underutilized resources. “We needed to monitor the performance of our AWS infrastructure and empower the development team with a better understanding of customer demands. Tracking trends and patterns in customer behavior is vital to develop new releases that are more relevant to customers. We adopted Tanzu Observability to set up alerts, troubleshoot problems, and provide meaningful real-time dashboards to monitor system health. In turn, we were able to shift from reactive to proactive IT management and our teams were able to focus on delivering new services to our customers.” Christopher Livermore, head of operations at Centrica Tanzu Observability provides enterprises with a complete view of their whole AWS infrastructure, including AWS Lambda and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), with easier AWS Marketplace consumption. Customers of both VMware and AWS can benefit from increased visibility and extra insights into AWS, on-premises, and hybrid environments with Tanzu Observability at every point of their cloud journey. With out-of-the-box dashboards and alert conditions, AWS clients can quickly see metrics, events, tracing, or other data sources as a first glass pane for quicker problem identification and resolution with applied intelligence throughout their whole stack. Ajay Patel, senior vice president and general manager, Modern Applications & Management Business Group, VMware said that, “Businesses today are defined by the digital services they deliver. Tanzu Observability is empowering developers at organizations who are optimizing their application modernization efforts on AWS for speed, quality, and security in support of their journey to become a digital enterprise. Providing Tanzu Observability through AWS Marketplace gives our joint customers the flexibility to scale their observability needs as they progress along their AWS cloud journey.”

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