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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Virtualization addresses IT’s most pressing challenge: the infrastructure sprawl that compels IT departments to channel 70 percent of their budget into maintenance, leaving scant resources for business-building innovation. The difficulty stems from the architecture of today’s x86 computers they’re designed to run just one operating system (OS) and application at a time. As a result, even small data centers must deploy many servers, each operating at just 5–15 percent of capacity highly inefficient by any standard.

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Virtualization addresses IT’s most pressing challenge: the infrastructure sprawl that compels IT departments to channel 70 percent of their budget into maintenance, leaving scant resources for business-building innovation. The difficulty stems from the architecture of today’s x86 computers they’re designed to run just one operating system (OS) and application at a time. As a result, even small data centers must deploy many servers, each operating at just 5–15 percent of capacity highly inefficient by any standard.

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Verizon deploys more than 8,000 VRAN cell sites, rapidly marches towards goal of 20,000

Verizon | September 19, 2022

Verizon, the leader in Virtualized Radio Access Network (VRAN) innovation, has now deployed over 8,000 virtualized cell sites with a goal of deploying over 20,000 by the end of 2025. This technology milestone 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-based, 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. “We are building the network with the most advanced technology available, because we know people rely on our network and we are committed to delivering the variety and quality of services our customers need, Even while driving the most aggressive network deployment in our company’s history, we know giving people access to 5G is only part of the winning equation.” Adam Koeppe, Senior Vice President of Planning and Technology at Verizon 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. It takes more than just virtualization While the advancement of virtualization technology is a critical step towards advanced 5G solutions, Verizon is working on many other technological advancements in parallel to deliver to customers the most robust, advanced, and reliable network in the world. Verizon recently announced a massive advancement in its packet core network, quadrupling the capacity on its fiber network. It also recently announced it is beginning to deploy 100 MHz of C-band spectrum in many markets across the US– a significant increase from the 60 MHz of spectrum it has deployed in 5G markets to date. Almost doubling the spectrum available for 5G Ultra Wideband turbo charges the service, offering significantly higher speeds, much greater capacity to accommodate more customers and more robust services, and allows Verizon to offer 5G Home broadband and Business Internet services to more customers. ORAN - Disaggregating the hardware and software functions on the network through widespread virtualization creates the foundation for ORAN. ORAN is an evolution of the virtual network architecture with the potential to bring many benefits in terms of deployment flexibility, faster innovation in an open environment, and greater service options by increasing the opportunity for new entrants to provide competitive and advanced solutions. More competition, more innovation, and increased supplier diversity will all be a net benefit to operators and consumers. Advanced antenna configurations - Verizon continues to drive antenna efficiency, including widespread use of Massive MIMO, which leads to greater speeds and less signal interference resulting in greater capacity and speed for customers. MEC - Mobile EdgeComputing (MEC) moves the data processing done by the applications and services closer to the customer at the edge of the network. This shortens the roundtrip distance data travels from the device to servers that can process data. This helps critical, performance-impacting applications respond more quickly and efficiently. Verizon’s MEC is deployed in a rack next to our Core network gear which enables the lowest possible latency. We are partnering with the top cloud partners, driving tighter network integration/differentiation through API’s. Verizon recently expanded its MEC ecosystem by bringing AWS Wavelength zones to Nashville and Tampa and now reaches 19 metro areas. This means that 75% of the U.S. population is now within 150 miles of VZ 5G Edge. Webscale platform - Using a Verizon-owned and operated webscale platform, Verizon engineers have created a cloud-native architecture. Verizon’s telco cloud has been optimized for telco workloads, unique telco regulatory and performance requirements, and tighter integration with other operations systems. This unique cloud architecture drives efficiency and allows functionality to be distributed throughout the network. Verizon’s native telco workloads (Core, RAN, signaling, and user plane) run more efficiently and with better performance and resiliency when deployed on this optimized cloud platform. Verizon remains very active in global standards bodies and continue to work with experts globally to set standards and expectations for future technology.

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StorMagic SvSAN Validated with HPE ProLiant MicroServer Platform

StorMagic | November 16, 2022

StorMagic, solving the world’s edge data problems, today announced that StorMagic SvSAN has been validated with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus platform. The combination of HPE’s most compact ProLiant server and StorMagic’s hyperconverged software brings simplicity of management and 100 percent uptime to any application, even in the smallest edge locations. “The HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus server delivers a powerful platform in a tiny form factor that is perfect for customers looking to save space at small sites,” said Maciek Szczesniak, Vice President and General Manager of SMB & Mid-Market at HPE. “StorMagic SvSAN on HPE servers delivers a robust, powerful all-in-one architecture for edge computing environments, with no server rack required. Solutions like this will help us deliver on our SMB strategy to deliver simplified offerings to fuel business growth.” StorMagic SvSAN runs on any hypervisor as a guest virtual machine to enable complete, highly-available shared storage and virtualization with only two MicroServer servers per site. Its shared storage executes active-active synchronous mirroring to create a copy of data on both servers, eliminating downtime. HPE ProLiant MicroServer is easy to install, scale and manage. The solution delivers the reliability demanded by edge computing customers, has low power requirements and provides users with key features like high availability clustering, rolling software upgrades and data security, all in a compact unit. “StorMagic is thrilled to further expand its partnership with HPE through the validation of their most compact ProLiant server ever, Our joint customers will benefit from this footprint reduction at their small sites as well as the 100 percent uptime delivered by SvSAN.” Brian Grainger, president of StorMagic Inc. and CRO, StorMagic StorMagic is an active member of the HPE Complete Partner Program and the HPE Partner Ready for Technology Partner Program. HPE ProLiant MicroServer and HPE Edgeline systems validated with SvSAN are available today from HPE or StorMagic’s global network of reseller partners. About StorMagic StorMagic is solving the world’s edge data problems. We help organizations store, protect and use their data at and from the edge. StorMagic’s Forever Data solutions ensure data is always protected and available, no matter the type or location, to provide value anytime, anywhere. StorMagic’s storage, surveillance and security products are flexible, robust, easy to use and cost-effective, without sacrificing enterprise-class features, for organizations with one to thousands of sites.

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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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