Podcast: Network Virtualization & Protein Bars

Lightrading | September 16, 2019

Almost everything in the next-generation telecoms world depends on network virtualization and SDN.5G, network slicing, cloud-native deployment, SD-WAN and other key technologies transforming service provider networks all require network virtualization and software-defined networking as foundational technology to go. To learn more about these crucial technologies, we're packing our bags for Dallas, for our cleverly named Network Virtualization and SDN Americas conference Tuesday through Thursday. Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser took a break from her last-minute organizational efforts to talk with me about the current state of network virtualization and SDN. Also: Kelsey explains why she always wants to talk about protein bars.

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Join host SeanDo as he gets the latest updates on Windows Virtual Desktops (WVD) from guest John Federico of Microsoft. Since its release WVD has tremendous interest from customers craving cloud deployments. With Citrix and Microsoft WVD you can take what you know and have today and seamlessly move to the Azure cloud.

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Join host SeanDo as he gets the latest updates on Windows Virtual Desktops (WVD) from guest John Federico of Microsoft. Since its release WVD has tremendous interest from customers craving cloud deployments. With Citrix and Microsoft WVD you can take what you know and have today and seamlessly move to the Azure cloud.

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SERVER VIRTUALIZATION

MacStadium Announces Inaugural User Conference, Showcases World-Class Enterprise Mac Virtualization and Cloud Solutions for macOS

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. About MacStadium 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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VMWARE

Digital Element Enhances Nodify™, Providing Security Teams With Industry Leading Insights Into Criminal VPN Usage

Digital Element | October 03, 2022

Digital Element, the global IP geolocation and audience insights leader, has announced a suite of updates to Nodify™, the industry’s first and most advanced threat intelligence solution designed to help security professionals respond to the recent surge in the VPN market. While other solutions on the market claim to offer VPN usage insights, Nodify is the only offering that provides a granular look into which VPNs are being used across all devices to weed out bad actors and allow legitimate services to continue. As tech providers expand their offerings and provide new safety features to users, Nodify gives organisations an unmatched level of detail around VPN traffic, usage, and intent, enabling cybersecurity teams to understand the level of threat such traffic poses and set policies around that traffic. “With the growing interest in personal privacy on the web, we’ve seen many consumers utilising VPNs for legitimate reasons, but now more and more people are leveraging the anonymity around VPNs to cloak their location and bypass geographic boundaries set by today’s leading service providers, Security professionals need to understand the nuances around VPN usage on their platforms. For example, users who have opted to hide their personal information may not necessarily be trying to torrent illegal data from a remote location. Determining who is granted and denied access depends entirely on the granular data available in Nodify.” Jerrod Stoller, President of Digital Envoy, parent company of Digital Element Following the launch of Nodify in April 2022, Digital Element has introduced a new suite of updates, keeping the product at the forefront of VPN data reporting with the most extensive VPN detection system available. Notable updates include: Higher Frequency: With proxy IPS and VPNs changing rapidly, Nodify data is collected on an hourly basis and provides customers with a daily update on usage. Deeper Insights: Going beyond the generic VPN collection, Nodify provides users with critical insights into the VPN user, including services provided by the VPN provider such as "no logging," "multihop," and "corporate," these fields help clients determine the good vs the bad based on their use case. Ease of Use: Nodify has a User interface that allows clients to quickly get a complete understanding of any VPN provider through a simple web dashboard. “GPS spoofing has become a major pain point for industries ranging from streaming to gaming services. With everything from third-party apps to full-service providers now offering VPN services, it has become harder for providers to delineate what devices should be granted access. Still, accurate identification remains critical to their success,” said Jonathan Tomek, VP of Research and Development at Digital Element. “Because Nodify is API based, we’re able to provide that granular data in the moments that matter the most. Users aren’t limited to just relying on GPS data from a phone that can easily be spoofed.” About Digital Element Digital Element is the global IP geolocation and intelligence leader. In business for more than two decades, the company has unrivalled expertise in leveraging IP address insights to deliver new value to companies in a privacy-sensitive, transparent manner. Leveraged by the world’s most recognised brands, Digital Element provides clients with innovative solutions designed to optimise engagement across industries and applications, creating unique value at every consumer touchpoint. Many of the world’s largest websites, brands, security companies, ad networks, social media platforms and mobile publishers have trusted Digital Element’s technology to target advertising, localise content, enhance analytics, and manage content rights as well as detect and prevent online fraud.

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VIRTUAL DESKTOP STRATEGIES

VMware Spurs CSP Network Modernization with Major Advances in Telco Cloud Portfolio

VMware | September 30, 2022

Mobile World Congress Las Vegas 2022 – VMware today unveiled new product innovations and partnerships that will enable communications service providers (CSPs) to rapidly modernize their networks in a cost and energy efficient manner and accelerate 5G core, RAN and edge deployments and lifecycle management. CSPs are accelerating the pace of 5G and Open RAN deployments to meet the demands of consumers and enterprises as they increase their appetite for ultra-low latency and high speed networks to support their digital transformation. This rapid pace of deployment introduces operational complexities from network lifecycle management to vendor interoperability along with network service assurance. “Today’s CSPs find themselves in a unique position in the edge value chain, with the ability to act as principals and provide the most cost and energy efficient path to edge transformation, At the same time, CSPs need to rapidly modernize their networks and deploy overlay services to monetize their investments. VMware’s flexibility and consistency in delivering a multi-cloud approach allows our CSP customers to meet this challenge head-on.” Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider and Edge, VMware Expanded VMware Telco Cloud Platform Ecosystem—Now Supporting 275+ VNFs and CNFs VMware Telco Cloud Platform 2.5 with VMware Telco Cloud Automation 2.1 enable CSPs to expedite the innovation cycle to deliver new network services, reduce operational complexities for VNF and CNF onboarding, instantiation, and lifecycle management to achieve substantial TCO savings. The latest release of VMware Telco Cloud Platform adds the capability to: Upgrade control plane and worker node pools separately, amid management of cluster failures. Protect and better secure 5G networks from sophisticated security attacks with intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDPS) for east-west network traffic. Accelerate the deployment of network services with an expanding partner ecosystem of over 275 virtualized and containerized network functions (VNFs and CNFs) including Mavenir’s Converged Packet Core. “The success of 5G rollouts hinges on the ability to disaggregate networks and roll out new services at a faster pace and larger scale,” said Ashok Khuntia, Mavenir’s President, Core Networks. “With Mavenir’s 5G Converged Packet Core certified through the VMware Ready for Telco Cloud program, we were able to quickly validate our CSAR package conformity as well as the steps for onboarding and lifecycle management of our network functions. As a result, VMware and Mavenir will enable CSPs to quickly onboard and deploy network functions resulting in time, money and integration savings.” VMware Telco Cloud Automation 2.1 extends multi-cloud operations and automation capabilities with new support for AWS and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) enabling CSPs to provision CNFs directly on native Amazon EKS. “DISH Wireless has already deployed thousands of edge nodes to build the world’s first hyper-distributed cloud, and it’s growing exponentially. Our 5G Open RAN network is the first application deployed and supported by VMware Telco Cloud Automation,” said Marc Rouanne, EVP and Chief Network Officer, DISH Wireless. “VMware Telco Cloud Automation enables DISH to automate deployment and management of physical and virtual infrastructure and applications, at scale. We, with the help of VMware, can now offer a new platform for developers to stretch the cloud to end devices and create a bridge between hyper-scale clouds.” Extended Capabilities for Closed-Loop Operations of Large-Scale Mobile Networks The latest release of VMware Telco Cloud Service Assurance 2.0 enables new use cases for mobile service assurance, including CaaS, 4G and 5G mobile cores, network slicing, and RAN. To streamline the testing and proof of concept (PoC) of this software, VMware has expanded its scope of work with its customer DISH Wireless. DISH Wireless is testing VMware’s software to monitor its distributed-cloud infrastructure and collect metrics and logs to provide actionable insights and facilitate closed-loop automated provisioning and management. “At DISH Wireless, data is the most valuable product generated by our wireless cloud. We are now trialing VMware Telco Cloud Service Assurance to enhance our ability to collect data from the edge, anticipate issues, maintain high system reliability, and ultimately, expose great value to our enterprise development community,” said Brian Mengwasser, Vice President of MarketPlace & Apps Design, DISH Wireless. Enabling Rapid Deployment and Cost/Energy Savings for the Disaggregated RAN VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN™ 2.0 accelerates and simplifies deployments across distributed RAN sites with cloud-smart automation. This release enables improved performance, operability, and scale, helping accelerate adoption and time-to-launch. The addition of VMware Bare Metal Automation provides CSPs with simplified zero-touch provisioning and lifecycle management from bare metal provisioning to telco cloud infrastructure and network functions. VMware ESXi enhancements (included in the platform) provide bare metal equivalent latency performance and the flexibility, agility, and security benefits inherent to virtualization platforms. About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company’s 2030 Agenda.

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