MacStadium | September 17, 2022
“We’re honored and humbled to build upon our Leaders in Infrastructure Technology initiatives by hosting our first user conference in our hometown of Atlanta, We’re excited to see the interactions that ensue by bringing together some of the largest technology industry leaders for a tech preview and discussing synergies and opportunities to efficiently solve real industry challenges.”
Tom Schnell, senior vice president and chief customer officer at MacStadium
Founded in 2011, MacStadium combines patented technology, proprietary configurations and unparalleled expertise in Apple infrastructure to meet the needs of customers ranging in size from individual developers to Fortune 100 companies. With high-performance and dedicated Apple hardware, including the Mac Pro, Mac mini and the new Mac Studio; private cloud solutions required by DevOps, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and enterprise users, guaranteed uptime with expert support; and, data centers located worldwide, MacStadium has earned the trust of iOS developers, mobile testing teams and DevOps engineers worldwide.
Simplifying Mac for Business
The company’s invitation-only 2022 MacStadium User Conference will highlight its proprietary enterprise Mac virtualization and cloud solutions. The conference is for professionals who work in environments encompassing IT; cloud, bare metal; SaaS; security; the Apple ecosystem; - desktop and management; virtual desktop; DevOps; iOS engineering; continuous integration, continuous delivery and continuous deployment; and Mac virtualization.
The conference will offer educational opportunities to learn how MacStadium’s cloud solutions simplify Mac for business. Among them is MacStadium’s proprietary Orchestration of Kubernetes on Apple (Orka®) platform that uniquely solves Mac DevOps and Mac virtualization complexities and IT teams’ Mac virtual-desktop needs. Orka, for instance, may reduce iOS build times by more than 30%. MacStadium also boasts a first-to-market, rackable Mac Studio cloud solution and can reduce IT employee on-boarding by eight to 12 weeks.
A data center tour for press members and existing customers is available during and after the conference.
“I’ve witnessed MacStadium’s steady and significant growth for many years,” said Nick Cobb, vice president of product and engineering at Kyte and former DevOps executive at Uber. “MacStadium’s expertise and approach to solve real issues within the Apple ecosystem is unmatched. I’m excited to preview their next phase of innovation while they bring industry leaders together.”
Previews of MacStadium’s Coming Tech Roadmaps and Platforms
Registered conference attendees include technology leaders from Fortune 500 companies, along with gaming, enterprise SaaS, fintech and consumer-focused organizations.
Attendees will have the opportunity to preview upcoming technology roadmaps, learn about proprietary new platforms launching soon and about best-in-class utilization of MacStadium’s services for optimizing their organizational processes, engage with MacStadium’s executive and engineering teams and interact with industry leaders.
Summit Partners Technologist-in-Residence Neil Roseman is scheduled to deliver the conference’s keynote speech titled, “The Power of Ecosystems.” He spent a decade at Amazon.com, where he served as vice president of technology, responsible for Amazon’s marketplace platform, digital media technologies and worldwide retail software systems. After Amazon, Neil served as Zynga’s vice president of engineering, where he created the company’s platform and led the launch of Zynga.com.
Super Bowl champion and former NFL offensive tackle Ryan Harris will deliver an inspiring talk titled, “I Am, I Can, I Will.” Harris won Super Bowl 50 as a player with the Denver Broncos and played professional football for 10 years before retiring in 2016. Harris graduated from Notre Dame University with bachelor’s degrees in economics and policy and is a frequent guest speaker at organized events.
Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Atlanta, MacStadium is a software-as-a-service leader delivering scalable and secure enterprise cloud solutions exclusively for macOS. The company’s suite of advanced software-enabled infrastructure, combined with its innovative technology, delivers the security, performance, reliability and flexibility its customers require for successful app development on Apple devices. Powered by MacStadium, Orka (Orchestration with Kubernetes on Apple) is the only virtualization layer available for Mac build infrastructure based on Docker and Kubernetes technology. MacStadium is a Summit Partners portfolio company with growing operations in Las Vegas, Silicon Valley, Dublin, Ireland.
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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.
Napatech | July 06, 2022
Napatech™ the leading provider of programmable Smart Network Interface Cards (SmartNICs) used for Data Processing Unit (DPU) and Infrastructure Processing Unit (IPU) services in telecom, cloud, enterprise, cybersecurity and financial applications worldwide, today announced a set of new SmartNIC capabilities that enable standard, unmodified applications in edge and core data centers to benefit from offloaded and accelerated compute and networking functions.
As enterprises, communications service providers and cloud data center operators deploy virtualized applications and services in edge and core data centers, they increasingly leverage workload-specific coprocessors to offload functions such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), storage, networking and infrastructure services from general-purpose server CPUs. This architectural approach not only maximizes the availability of server compute resources for running applications and services but also improves system-level performance and energy efficiency by running the offloaded workloads on devices optimized for those specific tasks such as programmable SmartNICs, also known as Data Processing Units (DPUs) or Infrastructure Processing Units (IPUs).
Thanks to this offload trend as well as an acceleration in global data center deployments, programmable SmartNICs represent the fastest-growing segment of the NIC market, with a Total Available Market (TAM) forecasted to reach $3.8B/year by 2026 according to Omdia.
To maximize the portability of their software and to accelerate their time-to-market, developers of cloud applications and services incorporate industry-standard Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and drivers within their software. Data center operators therefore need to be able to select offload solutions that are compatible with the relevant standards, to avoid having to create custom, vendor-specific versions of their software. The latest upgrade to Napatech's Link-Virtualization™ software, release 4.4, addresses this challenge by incorporating networking and virtual switching features that implement full support for the relevant open standards, while delivering best-in-class performance and functionality.
Specifically, Link-Virtualization now supports a fully hardware-offloaded implementation of the Virtio 1.1 Input/Output (I/O) virtualization framework for Linux, including the standard kernel NIC interface, which means that guest Virtual Machines (VMs) do not require a custom or proprietary driver. Link-Virtualization also supports the open-standard Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) fast-path running in guest VMs to maximize the performance of functions such as Open Virtual Switch (OVS). Link-Virtualization is also fully compatible with OpenStack, allowing a seamless integration into cloud data center environments worldwide.
Other new features incorporated in Link-Virtualization include IPv6 VxLAN tunneling, RPM-based setup for OpenStack Packstack, configurable Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU), live migration on packed ring, port-based Quality of Service (QoS) egress policing and more. The software is available on Napatech's portfolio of SmartNICs, powered by AMD (Xilinx) and Intel FPGAs, that span 1 Gbps, 10 Gbps, 25 Gbps, 40 Gbps, 50 Gbps and 100 Gbps port speeds.
As one example of the industry-leading performance delivered by Link-Virtualization, the complete offload of the OVS data path onto the SmartNIC means that only a single host CPU core is required to run the OVS control plane while delivering industry-leading throughput of 55 million packets per second for Port-to-VM-to-Port (PVP) traffic and 130 million packets per second for Port-to-Port (PTP) traffic. Reclaiming host CPU cores previously required to run OVS and making them available to run applications and services leads to a significant reduction in the number of servers required to support a given workload or user base. This in turn drives significant reductions in overall data center CAPEX and OPEX. It also results in lower system-level power consumption and improved energy efficiency for the edge or cloud data center. To aid in the estimation of cost and energy savings for specific use cases, Napatech provides an online ROI calculator, which data center operators can use to analyze their projected savings.
"Napatech's Link-Virtualization software enables data center operators to optimize the performance of their networking infrastructure in a completely standards-compatible environment, which maximizes their flexibility in selecting applications, Besides full support for standard APIs, the solution also incorporates critical operational features such as Receive Side Scaling (RSS) for efficiently distributing network traffic to multiple VMs and Virtual Data Path Acceleration (vDPA), which enables the live migration of running workloads to and from any host, whether or not a SmartNIC is present."
Napatech CMO Jarrod J.S. Siket
Napatech is the leading supplier of programmable FPGA-based SmartNIC solutions used in telecom, cloud, enterprise, cybersecurity and financial applications worldwide. Through commercial-grade software suites integrated with robust, high-performance hardware, Napatech accelerates telecom, networking and security workloads to deliver best-in-class system-level performance while maximizing the availability of server compute resources for running applications and services.