OpenSynergy, Google, and Qualcomm to Collaborate on a Virtualized Android Automotive OS

OpenSynergy GmbH | July 07, 2020

OpenSynergy, today announced its yearlong collaboration with Google and Qualcomm on a reference platform with a virtualized Android Automotive OS instance running on top of OpenSynergy's COQOS Hypervisor SDK and Qualcomm's Snapdragon SA8155 automotive System on Chip (SoC). Google has announced collaborations with several vehicle manufacturers to power in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems with Android Automotive OS, Google's open-source Android platform. The automotive sector is moving towards consolidating increasingly complex and heterogeneous hardware subsystems such as the Instrument Cluster, Infotainment, Head up display etc. onto a single System on Chip (SoC) with mixed-criticality (safety-critical and non-critical) requirements. This enables tighter software integration between the subsystems, and allows for cost and weight savings. Hence, Google is working on virtualization of Android Automotive OS by leveraging and extending VIRTIO, an established virtualization standard maintained by the OASIS consortium, which Google is a member of. Virtualization allows multiple operating systems ("guests") with mixed-criticality requirements to share the same hardware ("host") managed by host software ("hypervisor"). Android Automotive OS will be supported as a guest virtual machine on automotive industry standard based hypervisors.

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With Horizon Cloud - next-gen, user identity is separate from machine identity. Although Active Directory is used for machine identity, for user identity, admins now have the option of choosing between Azure AD and VMware Workspace ONE Access. This video demonstrates configuring directories for both Active Directory (machine identity) and Workspace ONE Access (user identity).

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With Horizon Cloud - next-gen, user identity is separate from machine identity. Although Active Directory is used for machine identity, for user identity, admins now have the option of choosing between Azure AD and VMware Workspace ONE Access. This video demonstrates configuring directories for both Active Directory (machine identity) and Workspace ONE Access (user identity).

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Options Technology Achieves VMware Cloud Verified Status in Singapore, Expands Availability in Asia

Options Technology | January 23, 2023

Options Technology, a capital markets services provider, announced that it has achieved VMware Cloud Verified status in SG1. This follows the company's achievement of VMware Cloud Provider Principal Partner Status and Cloud Verified Attainment at other sites. These accomplishments demonstrate Options Technology's commitment to giving its customers access to the latest virtualization technology. The Cloud Verification assures that the partner is validated to expertly deliver cloud infrastructure-as-a-service to meet specific client needs using VMware's network, storage, and compute solutions. With the Cloud Verified Status at SG1, Options Technology can now offer VMware's cloud infrastructure-as-a-service to customers in the Singapore area. The CEO of Options, Danny Moore, said that their partnership with VMware continues to provide service excellence, capability, and choice for their customers across the capital markets. The VMware Cloud Verified status means that Options Technology has met the strict requirements set by VMware and is able to provide customer-focused cloud infrastructure solutions that meet the needs of the capital markets sector. With the Cloud Verified Status, Options Technology is now well positioned to provide customized cloud infrastructure solutions to Singapore customers. About Options Technology Options Technology is a leading provider of IT infrastructure to global capital markets firms. Founded in 1993, the company originally provided technology services to hedge funds, but now provides high-performance managed trading infrastructure and cloud-enabled managed services to over 550 firms globally, including investment banks, hedge funds, and exchanges. With offices in 9 key cities around the world, Options is well-positioned to serve its customers both on-site and remotely. In 2019, the company secured a significant growth investment from Abry Partners, a private equity firm, which has enabled it to accelerate its growth strategy and expand its reach in key financial centers globally. Options has been named among the UK’s leading growth companies in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table for five consecutive years.

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TeamViewer Streamlines Remote Support at Henkel's IT Department

TeamViewer | February 03, 2023

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Boosting the Signal from Space: MetTel Labs Deploys VMware SD-WAN over Starlink

MetTel | December 15, 2022

MetTel announced today that its Customer Innovation Labs, the research and development unit of MetTel, has deployed its Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) service using the VMware SD-WAN™ solution over SpaceX's Starlink satellite service. These technologies far outpace the growth of the overall IT market which Gartner predicts at 5.1% year-over-year in 2023. According to the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for SD-WAN report, "The SD-WAN market is forecast to generate a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14% in end-user spending from 2020 through 2026." Starlink's service has expanded significantly with more than 3,000 satellites in orbit and over 500,000 customers since 2019, according to research firm Ookla, with an estimated 500% growth in supporting terminals since 2021. Led by MetTel Chief Technology Officer, Ed Fox, MetTel Labs strives to innovate, test, and prove new technologies, services and best practices with enterprise customers. In the case of Starlink, MetTel collaborated with multiple enterprise clients to deploy SD-WAN technology over the satellite network and bring high bandwidth communications to remote locations that would otherwise lack Internet access. Among the active use cases are a large government agency and a leader in the environmental management industry. "Deployment of earth-based SD-WAN over Starlink will bring business-grade connectivity and network management to every remote location where it's needed for our clients," said Fox. "MetTel is thrilled to upgrade the quality of space-based communication while extending the reach of our SD-WAN network to any location worldwide." As an access technology, satellite communication has always been a challenge as signals must travel up to space and back down to earth, introducing latency and eroding performance. Many satellite communication providers use packet manipulation like queuing to provide a better consumer experience, but when using a business-oriented overlay technology like SD-WAN the packet manipulation can inhibit the performance of the network. Starlink's low-earth orbit system provides low latency, high bandwidth transmissions without heavy processing of traditional satellite, enabling the MetTel Labs team to integrate space-based access paths into its existing terrestrial SD-WAN networks. "The promise of space-based communication is limitless.By deploying SD-WAN over the Starlink satellite network, MetTel is bringing the benefits of VMware SD-WAN -- cloud-delivered, resilient networking with embedded security, along with DMPO which will automatically remediate transient satellite link issues -- to anywhere on earth, without the need for terrestrial networks." Craig Connors, vice president and general manager of VMware's SASE business. VMware SD-WAN™ and VMware SASE™ bring cloud-delivered networking, security, and AIOps together with compute to support secure, ubiquitous access to Cloud and SaaS for branch and remote workers as well modern applications at the edge. VMware's SD-WAN solution makes intelligent routing decisions based on network conditions and then steers traffic to the optimal network path to meet customers' service level requirements and provide a better user experience for applications. Working with VMware SASE and SD-WAN solutions, MetTel has built a global cloud network with 19 data centers and points of presence (PoPs) to deliver its secure networking services as a fully managed service. A recognized leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Network Services for 2020 and 2021, MetTel has engineered some of the largest commercial implementations of SD-WAN and cloud firewall in North America, each connecting thousands of locations with high performance and scalable bandwidth in many different verticals such as retail including the largest jewelry retailer in the world, automotive, and waste management. Gartner, Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN, Jonathan Forest, Naresh Singh, Andrew Lerner, Karen Brown, 12 September 2022. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About MetTel MetTel is a leader in communications and digital transformation (DX) solutions for enterprise customers. By converging all communications over a proprietary network, MetTel gives enterprises one, unified view and control point for all their communications and advanced network services. MetTel's comprehensive portfolio of customer solutions can boost enterprise productivity, reduce costs and simplify operations.

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