Research Firm's Hype Cycle Report: 'SDN Has Become Obsolete

Virtualizationreview | October 14, 2019

Among many things included in research firm Gartner Inc.'s "Hype Cycle" report on enterprise networking for 2019 is this nugget of guidance about the software-defined networking (SDN) movement: "SD-WAN continues rapid movement as a mainstream technology, while software-defined networking (SDN) has become obsolete as true SDN technologies have not achieved any significant market traction." SDN has often been described as a transformative, next-gen, disruptive technology challenging the old guard of hardware-based, proprietary netorking systems. But, indeed, most of the buzz lately in the SDN space has focused on SD-WAN, a breakthrough niche of SDN that has moved the technology from testing, proofs of concept, experiments and demos to real-world enterprise usage.

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Cloud is one of the advanced technology solutions that is driving the success of many firms. From large to medium and small-sized enterprises, cloud is one most happening trend with the budget-friendly option and fast-paced product development. Cloud adoption has become a trend for many owing to its many advantages that can offer a competitive edge in the market.

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VMware | August 19, 2022

VMware, Inc. announced the next evolution of VMware Partner Connect – the company’s singular, unified, global partner program. Partner Connect’s new framework aligns to today’s cloud, services, and solutions-centric business models, and will help partners drive better business performance and profitability today while transforming their businesses for tomorrow. The evolved VMware Partner Connect program will deliver a flexible framework to support partners’ go to market with VMware, accelerate partner growth, and reward partners for the totality of their achievements and capabilities. VMware is delivering several immediate benefits, with additional capabilities and enhancements to be made available in the future. VMware has identified three core profit drivers that show up consistently within the company’s most profitable partners: Services, Lifecycle Profit, and Stickiness. Each pillar is synergistic and interconnected to create revenue and profit opportunities. For partners focused on these three areas, the results are tangible. When comparing VMware’s most profitable partners to the worldwide averages: more than 80% of revenue from their VMware practice is driven from services (cloud, managed, professional); services profit is 1.5X higher; and professional service days revenue is more than 2X higher.(1) “VMware has applied learnings from thousands of partners to drive the next evolution of Partner Connect and help partners perform while they transform. VMware is well positioned to help partners capture on the massive and growing opportunity in multi-cloud,” said Tracy-Ann Palmer, vice president, Partner Experience, Programs and Investments, VMware. “We now have one unified partner program that will be more flexible and efficient, with simpler paths to progression and more tools to help manage partners’ VMware business. We’re optimizing incentives and programs to help partners take their SaaS and subscription businesses to another level and capitalize on cloud-centric business models and economics.” Elevated Partner Experience with a New Partner Connect Structure With the next evolution of Partner Connect, VMware partners will benefit from a new flexible point system, simplified tiering, a business model orientation, and add more self-service and automation to further improve partner efficiency and profitability. Partner Connect will reward partners for different ways they create value, including both performance and capability activities. Progression in the program will be based on the new points system rather than a complex mix of IT pathways. Partners that progress to the new Pinnacle tier will experience even greater financial benefits and VMware engagement, including managed account coverage, joint business plan development, and access to big bets programs. Additionally, Partner Connect will now support four different business models under a single program: Solution Services, Solution Builder, Cloud Solution Provider, and Solution Reseller. Creating this flexible, collaborative framework across these four business models enables VMware to unify support across all business models. VMware will deliver a new self-service dashboard that provides partners easy-to-access visibility into where they stand in the Partner Connect program. Partners will be able to better track their progression, incentives earned, competencies achieved and other valuable telemetry for managing their VMware business. Accelerating Partner Business Transformation to SaaS, Services, and Solutions Selling Customer Success practices are critical to helping customers realize continuous value from the cloud, SaaS, and subscription offerings. They are also a key component of the Lifecycle Services identified by VMware as a core profit driver. With the new Partner-Led Customer Success Specialization, partners now have three options to execute Customer Success. Partners can build their own comprehensive offering through the Specialization, collaborate with VMware on Customer Success activities, or resell VMware Success 360. These options enable partners to guide customers through all the stages of their multi-cloud journey with VMware solutions, while providing a consistent method of working with customers to help them continually realize value and achieve outcomes faster. VMware has launched the Go-To-Market Play System (GPS) for VMware partners to meet the twin goals of delivering customer outcomes and partner profitability. Centered on transformational business challenges (Strategy Plays) and discrete focused IT solutions (Velocity Plays), GPS provides defined solutions with unified enablement and incentives to increase value and reach, as well as digital marketing support. With GPS for partners, VMware is transforming fragmented GTM programs into a unified approach directed at customer outcomes. These GPS plays are central to VMware’s outcome-oriented partner enablement and go-to-market evolution, driving end-to-end alignment beginning with partner capability development all the way to customer success. VMware is now making the VMware Ignite program more broadly available to partners and has aligned it with the Go-To-Market Play System and partner-led services initiatives. VMware Ignite is a unique partner practice activation and development program featuring a rigorous, proven methodology providing structured development paths to build capabilities across technical, sales, services, and marketing functions; access to trainings and VMware experts to support sales and practice development; and a variety of development paths for new and committed partners and distributors. The new VMware Ecosystem Solutions Partner Studio, which includes Solutions Lab and Solutions Hub, empowers partners to create and co-innovate on use-case-focused solutions to drive partner growth and global market differentiation. Solutions Lab is a facilitated co-innovation framework that helps partners take "Big Ideas" to market through guided assistance and support from VMware experts. With Solutions Lab, partners can deliver differentiated solutions that are repeatable and tailored for market-fit. Solutions Hub is an integrated digital self-service platform that streamlines the content creation, orchestration, and go-to-market process for partners’ solutions. Solutions Hub provides the digital tools to activate and publish curated solutions to VMware Marketplace today and additional third-party marketplaces in the future; measure pipeline, adoption, and penetration effectiveness; and accelerate time-to-market through automation. “We love that this new points-based system for progression will recognize and reward partners like Insight for the results-based strategic growth we achieve with our shared customers, The recognition of our total achievements and capabilities as part of the VMware Partner Connect Program is a key driver for the continued investment in growing our VMware solutions business.” Joyce Mullen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Insight Enterprises 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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IP Infusion Successfully Validates its Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway for Open Fronthaul Use Cases at O-RAN Global PlugFest Spring 2022

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. 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Service Express Acquires iTech Solutions Group and iInTheCloud

Service Express | July 05, 2022

Service Express, a leader in global data center and infrastructure solutions, announces the acquisition of managed services provider iTech Solutions Group and cloud hosting provider iInTheCloud. The acquisitions bring expanded IBM-specific offerings and IBM Gold Business Partner status to Service Express customers in the U.S. This deal replicates the company's existing IBM services, expertise and IBM Gold Business Partner status in the U.K. to bring comprehensive solutions to customers internationally.Based in Connecticut, iTech has over 20 years of experience offering expert solutions as an IBM Gold Business Partner. The company has worked alongside financial services, manufacturing and retail organizations, helping customers leverage IBM i infrastructure strategies. The acquisition of iTech brings a team of certified technical consultants, IBM i system administrators and skilled technicians with a deep understanding of IBM Power® Systems. At iTech, we take pride in our dedication to the success of our people and customers, said Pete Massiello, President of iTech Solutions Group. Joining Service Express gives us the ability to expand our service offerings to existing and new customers, which was challenging as a smaller organization. I'm looking forward to working with the Service Express team to create synergy and bring our solutions to more companies around the globe. In addition to hardware solutions, consulting and managed services, iTech provides customers with IBM i cloud hosting solutions by utilizing iInTheCloud infrastructure. iInTheCloud is a cloud hosting provider with Tier III data centers built on IBM Power Systems to deliver secure, scalable and resilient solutions for companies running IBM i, AIX and PowerLinux. iInTheCloud allows organizations to host production, test, development or replicate environments to support disaster recovery and business continuity. The company's Michigan-based data centers grant companies access to redundant power, cooling and communication feeds ensuring environments are highly available. "My focus has always been on creating flexible, reliable, and scalable solutions for IBM i and Power System customers around the Midwest," said Larry Bolhuis, Co-President of iInTheCloud. "With Service Express' headquarters only minutes from our data centers, the company has been the go-to service provider for many of our customers, as well as for iInTheCloud since its inception. I'm excited to expand our support options and capabilities for our new and existing customers." Service Express offers an extensive portfolio of solutions, including data center maintenance, managed and infrastructure services designed to help customers maintain and evolve their digital IT strategies. "The acquisition of iTech and iInTheCloud accelerate the expansion of our managed and infrastructure service offerings to the U.S., We anticipate strong company growth as we continue to broaden and diversify our solutions, bringing a wider portfolio of services to customers in the U.S. and U.K." -Ron Alvesteffer, President and CEO of Service Express About Service Express Service Express is an industry-leading data center solutions provider specializing in global multivendor maintenance, hybrid cloud, managed and infrastructure services, hardware solutions and more. Companies around the globe trust Service Express to deliver reliable end-to-end support. Service Express' flagship technology, ExpressConnect®, helps IT teams automate support with monitoring, ticketing, integrations and account management. For more information, visit serviceexpress.com. About iTech Solutions Group iTech Solutions, an IBM Gold Business Partner, helps organizations get the most performance, utilization and return on investment from existing or new IBM Power® Systems running IBM i, while ensuring critical business data is secure. Offerings include IBM Power Systems and storage, managed administration and OS subscription services, IBM i cloud hosting, OS Upgrades, PTF maintenance, HMC and FSP Upgrades, security assessments and remediation, HA replication solutions, DR testing, tape and disk encryption, virtual tape libraries, and more. For more information, visit itechsol.com. About iInTheCloud iInTheCloud specializes in IBM i cloud hosting solutions by leveraging IBM Power® and IBM Flash Systems in its Tier III data centers. The company works alongside organizations to deliver secure, scalable and resilient solutions to meet specific system requirements. With iInTheCloud's secure cloud, companies can consolidate workloads, increase server utilization, reduce capital costs, lower management costs, virtualize and provision memory, processor, and I/O resources. For more information, visit iinthecloud.com.

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