Hillstone Networks | January 19, 2022
Hillstone Networks, a leading provider of infrastructure protection solutions, introduced the latest iteration of its flagship StoneOS solution.
Organizations today demand a comprehensive, intelligent, high-performing and automated security solution that works. StoneOS delivers. This is a major upgrade resulting in unparalleled capabilities to help protect organizations, their critical assets and their workforces from the myriad of security threats they face every day.”
Tim Liu, CTO & co-founder of Hillstone Networks
6 Key Updates to StoneOS 5.5R9 include:
Machine learning technology leveraged to enhance intelligent detection and prevention -StoneOS leverages the latest ML-based data sets to help bolster DGA detection. The extended support of a cloud sandbox allows for improved unknown threat detection and enhanced intelligence sharing.
Extended VPN capability delivers refined secure access for the remote workforce – The new additional VPN features support extended user scenarios, a configuration wizard, and a performance upgrade to help meet the growing demand of feature-rich VPN solutions at a lower TCO.
Additional enhancements unleash the power of hardware acceleration for traffic decryption –The new StoneOS release optimizes the throughput performance of SSL proxy and introduces the whitelist capability to help exempt certain entities in particular scenarios.
Automated, scalable and smarter policy management and operations – A new mini policy feature allows central orchestration systems to meet dynamically changing security requirements. Additionally, app-based policy rule recommendation and NAT policy redundancy checks help improve efficiency.
Advanced integration capabilities for 3rd party and SDN solutions – In addition to RESTful APIs and SNMP, the new StoneOS supports configuration and management over Netconf. Beyond that, StoneOS improves its ability to leverage external resources.
Comprehensive system robustness optimization from services to modules – Beyond extending high availability solutions to IPv6, the new StoneOS release brings service level robustness by redesigning the software architecture and module level optimization for the data center firewalls.
About Hillstone Networks
Hillstone Networks’ proven Infrastructure Protection solutions provide enterprises and service providers with the visibility and intelligence to comprehensively see, thoroughly understand, and rapidly act against multilayer, multistage cyberthreats. Favorably rated by leading analysts and trusted by global companies, Hillstone protects from the edge to cloud with improved total-cost-of-ownership.
Intel | May 29, 2020
With virtualized desktop infrastructure, or VDI, Intel is seeing increased use of Optane DC persistent memory to improve efficiency.
Intel debuted Intel Optane DC persistent memory last year, alongside the launch of the second-generation Xeon Scalable processors.
The company is also seeing an acceleration in demand for its memory and storage products across other VMware solutions.
Intel executive Laura Crone said a growing need for virtualized desktop infrastructure and virtualized storage solutions is driving demand for its storage and memory products in the data center.
Crone, vice president of sales for Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, told CRN that the need to improve and accelerate storage and memory capabilities for the two application types has come in response to the large number of workers who moved to home offices and an increase in the use of digital resources that have been prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.
While Crone (pictured above) oversees sales for all of Intel's non-volatile memory and storage solutions, she said she is spending a lot of her time working with partners to accelerate demand for the company's Optane memory products, both for the data center and PCs — a push that was made evident in comments she made at the virtual Intel Partner Connect conference last week.
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Intel debuted Intel Optane DC persistent memory last year, alongside the launch of the second-generation Xeon Scalable processors, promising a new kind of memory offering that combines performance akin to DRAM with the persistent qualities of hard drive storage. The company's Optane memory solutions for PCs, on the other hand, have been available since 2017.With products for both markets, it's about bringing more data closer to the CPU as the amount of data that needs to be processed and analyzed increases — a trend Crone sees continuing, even in the face of current disruptions in the economy being caused by the pandemic.
We're spending more time helping people understand how Optane can help their data center infrastructure or on the client side where Optane can help accelerate and improve their infrastructure. So from a partner perspective, I think that the opportunity is all around this exploding data, and the need for memory and storage is greater than it's ever been,
Laura Crone, vice president of sales for Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group.
With virtualized desktop infrastructure, or VDI, Intel is seeing increased use of Optane DC persistent memory to improve efficiency, Crone said. In a report by Principled Technologies, the firm found that Optane DC increased virtual desktop users by 87 percent compared to a configuration only using DRAM. The company is also seeing an acceleration in demand for its memory and storage products across other VMware solutions, such as the EXSI hypervisor with Optane DC and the chipmaker's Optane SSD products with VMware's VSAN storage solutions.
"It's all about the number of people that are working remotely and how do you service that demand," she said, citing banking as one area that has seen an increased need for digital infrastructure.
Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group saw first-quarter revenue grow 46 percent year-over-year to $1.3 billion, Crone said, and the channel is a key part of driving that growth. With that, Intel recently launched an Optane specialty program within the channel organization that provides partners with various benefits, including samples, sales rebates, marketing incentives and training, according to Crone. To date, 15 partners have joined the program.
"We have a number of partner wins already with Optane, which is pretty exciting," Crone said. "And we just look forward to growing more of those as we go forward into 2020 and 2021."
Kent Tibbils, vice president of marketing at ASI, a Fremont, Calif.-based Intel distributor, said partners are mobilizing to come up with creative ways to sell Optane memory products as awareness increases.
"We definitely see where Optane can help improve the utilization of your processor by being able to make sure that there's enough data that's able to get into the processors, and that ultimately allows you to have more virtual machines," he said.
The company's SSD products have already been a strong point for Intel, where Tibbils said there has been a lot of growth as servers transition from SATA to NVMe storage types. Intel's SSDs have also been driving growth on the client side of the business, he added.
They'll have other solutions coming as they continue to improve the density of those drives, which brings down the price, which is perfect for the client side of the business. So we saw a lot of growth in client that previously maybe had not existed because price points weren't quite there,
Kent Tibbils, vice president of marketing at ASI, a Fremont, Calif.-based Intel distributor.
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Red Hat | August 10, 2020
Linux and open source stalwart Red Hat announced Red Hat Virtualization 4.4, the latest update to the company's enterprise virtualization platform for traditional virtual machine (VM)-based workloads. Red Hat Virtualization virtualizes Linux and Windows workloads for improved performance, its site says, while providing a single virtualization platform to create, start, stop, pause, migrate, and template hundreds of VMs on hundreds of other hardware or software.