O-RAN ALLIANCE Advances Towards Truly Open RAN, Delivers 'Bronze' Software and Expands O-RAN Virtual Exhibition

O-RAN ALLIANCE | July 06, 2020

The O-RAN ALLIANCE has continued its progress towards making the Radio Access Networks (RAN) truly open, intelligent, virtualized and fully interoperable. The O-RAN ALLIANCE welcomes TELUS Communications Inc. and U.S. Cellular as new operator members, bringing the total to 26 major carriers. O-RAN now has over 200 companies driving the definition and realization of O-RAN technology.

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Definitions and Objectives In evaluating the cost of a virtualization and private cloud solution, it is essential to use a metric that not only accounts for the cost to acquire the software and the physical infrastructure it requires, but also includes the time and effort needed to operate the solution. Because centralized management is a fundamental component of any virtualization and private cloud deployment, hardware and software costs associated with related management products.

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Definitions and Objectives In evaluating the cost of a virtualization and private cloud solution, it is essential to use a metric that not only accounts for the cost to acquire the software and the physical infrastructure it requires, but also includes the time and effort needed to operate the solution. Because centralized management is a fundamental component of any virtualization and private cloud deployment, hardware and software costs associated with related management products.

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New Hedge Fund Managed IT Trends Report Shows Industry Shift in IT Outsourcing and AI-Driven Services

Agio | September 16, 2022

Agio, a leading cybersecurity and managed IT provider for financial services firms, published its inaugural 2022 Hedge Fund Managed IT Trends Report today. The survey, conducted earlier this year, captures the opinions and perceptions of recent, current, and future technology management and information security programs, initiatives, and readiness from 100 hedge fund practitioners across the technology, operations, cybersecurity, and compliance fields. Survey respondents revealed that, coming out of the pandemic, firms are reevaluating their options with respect to in-sourcing versus outsourcing IT management. Looking ahead to the next two years, 89 percent of firms that currently in-source IT management said they are likely to allocate more spend to outsourced services. The driver behind this shift is a need for heightened security (54%), increased access to public cloud management and support expertise (46%), and more responsive end-user support (44%). 89% of firms that in-source IT management today said they plan to allocate more spend to outsourced services. Of those firms already outsourcing IT management, 91 percent said they are likely to switch providers. Among the largest hedge funds that currently outsource (funds with +$5 billion AUM), nearly two-thirds (64%) reported they were likely to change service providers in the next 24 months because their current vendor is unable to support a public cloud environment. In discussing how the managed service provider (MSP) model will change in the coming years, respondents predicted providers will employ artificial intelligence to remove service friction and increase service uptime (47%), as well as to enable support agents to be more responsive when issues do arise (47%). Most firms (51%) also predicted that MSPs will soon be measured and compensated by how well they limit break-fix issues versus how many issues they resolve. "Viewing IT management and security operations through a single lens is essential to our vision of delivering secure, reliable, and resilient information systems, We also agree with survey respondents that MSPs must evolve now or perish. We've made meaningful investments in AI-driven tools that empower our support agents to deliver better client service and improved system availability. That combination of human brilliance and predictive analytics is the future of managed services." Bart McDonough, CEO and Founder of Agio Other topics explored in this year's report include how firms are adjusting to the impact of new regulations; what steps firms are taking to ensure system uptime and information security while supporting a distributed workforce; and how the industry is shifting with respect to managing systems on-prem, in the cloud, and across multiple cloud environments. About Agio Agio is a hybrid cybersecurity and managed IT organization equipping the financial services and healthcare industries with next-generation cyber protection and technology support. Agio has extensive experience building, maintaining, optimizing, and securing IT infrastructure for the world's most prestigious client organizations. With more than 300 employees, our culture prioritizes frequent and timely communication to provide unrivaled, highly personalized service across all our solutions, including managed detection and response, 360° cybersecurity programs, virtual CISO (vCISO) support, technology hosting, monitoring, management, global service desk, desktop as a service, disaster prevention, and recovery. Agio is headquartered in New York, NY, with additional offices around the world.

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Cloudian Bolsters MSP Program with New Solutions and Enhanced Support

Cloudian | September 14, 2022

Cloudian has enhanced its Managed Service Provider (MSP) program to help MSPs and Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) capitalize on new market opportunities by leveraging the company’s expanded object storage solutions portfolio and increased program benefits, including go-to-market and event support, joint business planning and additional training. With over 300 MSP/CSP customers around the world—including 30 added over the past year—Cloudian provides the foundation for a range of S3-compatible data management and protection service offerings, and the enhanced program reflects the company’s commitment to helping these customers deliver greater value to their clients and drive more growth and profit. Leading S3 Storage Platform for MSPs/CSPs In recent years, the S3 API has emerged as the de facto standard for cloud storage, with a vast ecosystem of S3-compatible technology providers and applications. 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ExpressVPN | November 24, 2022

Leading consumer privacy and security company ExpressVPN has validated the security posture of all its desktop apps through three new independent audits by respected cybersecurity firms, Cure53 and F-Secure. The three new audits come just weeks after KPMG's audit of ExpressVPN's no-logs policy, underlining ExpressVPN's dedication to third-party privacy and security verifications. Cure53 tested both ExpressVPN's macOS and Linux desktop apps through white-box penetration tests and source code audits. The assessments confirm that the apps are secured against cyber security threats from malicious adversaries. This also validates the extensive work done by ExpressVPN's engineering and security experts in building a safer, more open internet for millions of people worldwide. F-Secure also reviewed ExpressVPN's Windows v12 app through penetration testing and source code auditing, and found no significant weaknesses. The audit verifies that ExpressVPN's latest Windows desktop app cannot be manipulated to leak information, such as a user's IP address, outside the VPN tunnel. It also confirms that the app is not susceptible to remote code execution attacks. Having all of ExpressVPN's desktop apps audited means that users can go online with the assurance that their privacy is protected, and do so confidently. The full audit report by Cure53 for macOS can be found here and Linux here. F-Secure's audit of ExpressVPN's Windows v12 app is available here. "As part of our continuous trust and transparency efforts, we're proud to announce that all of our desktop apps have now been audited, These audits are a testament to the efforts we put into improving and securing our product, and we're glad to receive the validation from Cure53 and F-Secure. We're committed to delivering audits on our mobile apps soon, and will continue to ensure privacy and security at every touchpoint of our product." Brian Schirmacher, penetration testing manager at ExpressVPN About ExpressVPN Since 2009, ExpressVPN has empowered millions of users to take control of their internet experience. The company's award-winning consumer VPN service is backed by its open-source VPN protocol Lightway, delivering user privacy in just a few clicks. ExpressVPN's Keys password manager and Aircove router make digital privacy and security easy and accessible for all. With a commitment to transparency, ExpressVPN products have been audited by PwC, Cure53, and others.

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