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Robin.io and AirHop Announce Strategic Partnership to Modernize Open RAN Solutions for 4G/5G Networks

Robin.io | October 26, 2021

Robin.io and AirHop Communications announced a strategic partnership to provide solutions that deliver automated improvements in the performance of Open Radio Access Networks (Open RAN) and end-user quality of experience while reducing the costs, complexities and deployment times for Mobile Network Operators (MNO) and Cloud Service Providers (CSP) rolling out 5G and other next-gen networks and services.

By working in close strategic partnership, Robin and AirHop enable the expedited deployment of cloud-native Open RAN in an operationally optimized solution. The AirHop and Robin partnership significantly reduces the development time for systems integrators, MNOs and CSPs by enabling a smooth path to integration and orchestration of self-optimizing Open RAN solutions, which greatly eases the cost and operational effort needed for productization. Robin and AirHop technologies are key enablers for Rakuten Mobile’s 4G/5G network in Japan as well as the Rakuten Communication Platform (RCP) delivering virtualization, standardization, optimization and automation of 5G Open RAN, leading to more cost efficiency, innovation and affordability.

Robin.io core technologies—Multi Cluster Automation Platform (MDCAP), Cloud Native Platform (CNP), and Cloud Native Storage (CNS)—will provide a cloud native infrastructure for onboarding network functions. The technologies also will deliver hyper-automation that orchestrates and manages the lifecycles of bare-metal infrastructures, third-party appliances, Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), Cloud-native Network Functions (CNFs) and services. They deliver these capabilities with built-in logging, monitoring and policy engines, for closed loop automation, managed through a single pane of glass. Robin solutions provide intuitive and declarative interfaces that auto-discover and auto-configure resources for the service’s entire life-cycle, reducing deployment complexity, time-lines and human error.

AirHop provides a suite of real-time network intelligence solutions delivering Radio Access Network (RAN) automation and performance optimization for coverage and capacity, network configuration, mobility optimization and network operations. AirHop’s eSON solution is commercially hardened with large-scale deployments at Reliance Jio and Rakuten Mobile. eSON provides MNOs with deployment flexibility supporting optimization applications for disaggregated vRAN architectures as a pre-standard, near-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) platform and as xApps/rApps on emerging near real-time and non-real-time RIC platforms based on O-RAN standards. eSON applications optimize performance across Rakuten Mobile’s end-to-end cloud native wireless network for macro cell, small cell and HetNet coverage use cases delivering improved spectral efficiency of the network, resulting in higher throughput and more capacity, reduced operational expenses through automated configuration and issue resolution, and dynamic balancing of user traffic across the network. eSON360 provides AI/ML based rApps across a broad spectrum of target RAN optimization use cases.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Robin on this autonomous network journey. AirHop real-time RAN optimization and Robin.io hyper-automation are driving both horizontal and vertical automation in Rakuten Mobile’s industry leading RCP resulting in operational cost reductions, deployment acceleration and improved performance of Open RAN.”

Yan Hui, CEO of AirHop

“Working together, Robin and Airhop are delivering a platform that telecom operators can successfully deploy across the entire 5G stack on cloud-native infrastructure at scale, including near real-time network automation and performance optimization reducing deployment and operations cost,” said Partha Seetela, CEO and CTO of Robin.io. “The solution enables operators to successfully manage their network functions across thousands of sites and delivers improved spectral efficiency of the network, resulting in higher throughput and more capacity. This announcement reinforces the importance of our Robin partner ecosystem that includes best-of-breed hardware and software technology vendors essential to accelerate the time to value for our telco customers."

About AirHop Communications
AirHop Communications is a leader of advanced 4G/5G RAN intelligence solutions. AirHop’s flagship eSON is a cloud-native near real-time RAN optimization solution for closed loop optimization of RAN resources delivering significant gains in spectral efficiency, lower operating costs and improved end-user quality of experience across 4G and 5G networks. AirHop’s eSON360 provides AI/ML based applications across a broad spectrum of target 4G and 5G RAN optimization use cases. eSON and eSON360 solutions, backed by a comprehensive portfolio of patents, are fully virtualized, robust and commercially deployed at scale by leading MNOs across both traditional network architectures and Open RAN architectures. AirHop is headquartered in San Diego, California.

About Robin.io
Robin.io, the 5G and application automation platform company, delivers products that automate the deployment, scaling and life cycle management of data- and network-intensive applications and for 5G service chains across edge, core and RAN. The Robin platform is used globally by companies including BNP Paribas, Palo Alto Networks, Rakuten Mobile, SAP, Sabre and USAA. Robin.io is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California.

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Rohde & Schwarz and VIAVI Solutions Jointly Offer O-RAN Radio Unit Conformance Test Solution

VIAVI Solutions | February 22, 2022

Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) and Viavi Solutions Inc. (VIAVI) announced they have partnered to offer an integrated solution for conformance testing of O-RAN Radio Units (O-RUs). The two companies, leaders in wireless communication test and active in specifications development in the O-RAN ALLIANCE, have combined their industry-leading capabilities. Central to the joint solution is the O-RU Test Manager which provides a seamless user experience. The solution will be demonstrated at MWC Barcelona 2022, February 28-March 3, at the Rohde & Schwarz Booth #5A80. O-RAN is making radio access networks more open, disaggregated and flexible. Opening the network architecture can foster innovation, accommodate individual needs and enhance network efficiency. Therefore, O-RAN is experiencing rapid advancement and growth in the technology ecosystem. The O-RAN ALLIANCE includes over 300 service providers, vendors and research institutions, and the number of participants in O-RAN Global PlugFest 2021 doubled from the previous year. Network disaggregation as in O-RAN brings new challenges in terms of interoperability between the network equipment of dif­ferent vendors. Fronthaul conformance tests, defined by the O-RAN ALLIANCE, ensure that the evolving O-RUs are interoperable with the O-RAN distributed unit (O-DU). The joint test solution already supported benchmarking and validation tests at multiple locations during PlugFests and will now be showcased at MWC Barcelona 2022. It includes: The R&S SMW200A vector signal generator, R&S FSVA3000 signal and spectrum analyzer and the R&S VSE signal analysis software from Rohde & Schwarz, to emulate a real-world radio environment by generating, capturing and analyzing RF signals, extended for O-RAN applications. The TM500 O-RU Tester from VIAVI, implementing the O-RAN Distributed Unit (O-DU) side of the M-plane and C/U-plane functionality necessary to configure the interface with the O-RU and exchange of I/Q data over the Open Fronthaul. The O-RU Test Manager application, providing a single point of control for the integrated system, simplifying testcase workflow while allowing deeper data inspection and analysis as needed. The number of companies involved in O-RAN continues to grow, including traditional network operators and network equipment manufacturers, as well as new vendors, system integrators, chipset developers, OTICs and other labs. This large ecosystem will benefit from a partnership of two industry leaders, including the long-standing experience in RF testing and high-performance test and measurement solutions from Rohde & Schwarz, and VIAVI's experience in network emulation, including demonstrator competency and CUSM plane generation." Alexander Pabst, Vice President Market Segment Wireless Communications at Rohde & Schwarz "Both VIAVI and R&S have collaborated with top service providers and vendors on rolling out previous generations of mobile technology, and our partnership delivers a best-of-breed approach with a unified customer experience," said Ian Langley, Vice President and General Manager, Wireless Business Unit, VIAVI. "As software and hardware become disaggregated in O-RAN, testing has proven invaluable in helping the industry identify and fix potential issues earlier in the development cycle, so the technology can move from lab to trial to live deployment." At MWC Barcelona, R&S Stand #5A80, VIAVI and R&S will jointly demonstrate O-RAN WG4 fronthaul conformance testing. An O-RU Reference Design is validated by VIAVI's automated TM500 O-RU tester with R&S SMW200A vector signal generator, R&S FSVA3000 signal and spectrum analyzer and the R&S VSE signal analysis software. About Rohde & Schwarz The Rohde & Schwarz technology group is among the trailblazers when it comes to paving the way for a safer and connected world with its leading solutions in test & measurement, technology systems, and networks & cybersecurity. Founded more than 85 years ago, the group is a reliable partner for industry and government customers around the globe. On June 30, 2021, Rohde & Schwarz had around 13,000 employees worldwide. The independent group achieved a net revenue of EUR 2.28 billion in the 2020/2021 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany. About VIAVI VIAVI is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions for communications service providers, enterprises, network equipment manufacturers, government and avionics. We help these customers harness the power of instruments, automation, intelligence and virtualization to Command the network. VIAVI is also a leader in light management solutions for 3D sensing, anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, and defense applications.

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VMware Enhances vSphere with Nvidia AI Software Support

VMware | March 25, 2021

With the arrival of vSphere 7 Update 2 in early March 2021, VMware took a significant step into the world of artificial intelligence and machine learning, and now support for Nvidia AI software has arrived on its flagship platform. This wasn't entirely surprising. Nvidia and VMware announced a collaboration during September's online VMworld event, intending to have Nvidia's AI Enterprise software accessible on VMware's platform for deploying and managing virtual machines. With this latest release, vSphere is "exclusively certified" to run Nvidia's AI Enterprise applications and frameworks, which have now been containerized and can be run through an organization's infrastructure rather than in a silo. This, of course, means more support for Nvidia GPUs, which are needed to run the software. "It opens up for both of us a good opportunity," Lee Caswell, vice president of marketing at VMware, told ITPro Today. "We're looking to go and help AI become mainstream in the enterprise. They're looking to open that up for all of our 300,000 vSphere customers, who can now have access to these new capabilities." Access to this market is vital for Nvidia because it will improve revenues in their data center division, which generated $6.7 billion in the previous fiscal year. Obtaining a position in the emerging enterprise AI market is also essential for VMware, which has spent the last few years expanding its offerings beyond the virtualization technology it pioneered, mostly by acquisitions; in 2018, VMware added cloud-native technology to its portfolio with the purchase of the Kubernetes startup Heptio, and about a year later bought back Pivotal a cloud-native platform. Access to this market is vital for Nvidia because it will improve revenues in their data center division, which generated $6.7 billion in the previous fiscal year. Obtaining a position in the emerging enterprise AI market is also essential for VMware, which has spent the last few years expanding its offerings beyond the virtualization technology it pioneered, mostly by acquisitions; in 2018, VMware added cloud-native technology to its portfolio with the purchase of the Kubernetes startup Heptio, and about a year later bought back Pivotal a cloud-native platform. Nvidia and Vsphere Caswell explained that traditionally, AI software has been run on bare metal to prevent possible performance loss associated with moving compute-heavy workloads to VMs or containers. The issue with this approach is that bare metal deployments are not portable. As a result, AI workloads are limited to silos, which is a problem for enterprises who want to use AI on-the-fly throughout their IT infrastructure. VMware and Nvidia were able to containerize Nvidia's AI Enterprise software with almost the same benchmarked performance levels as operating on bare metal by using properties inherent in vSphere's hypervisor. This makes Nvidia AI software easily available across an organization's infrastructure, resolving the issue of ensuring portability while sacrificing substantial efficiency. To function properly, AI software must be able to take advantage of GPUs, which take most of the load off of a server's CPUs by doing much of the heavy lifting. VMware has added support for Nvidia's A100 Tensor Core GPUs, which are used in Nvidia-Certified Systems, Nvidia-tested and licensed server designs sold exclusively by eight equipment manufacturers, including ASUS, Dell EMC, HPE, and Supermicro. In addition to running AI workloads, GPUs can be used for other vSphere features, such as Multi-Instance GPU, which enables GPU cycles to be shared by many users, and Distributed Resource Scheduler for automated workload placement to prevent performance bottlenecks. "Up to seven VMs can now share a single GPU," Caswell said. "That's a more cost-effective way to deploy at the enterprise

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Top 6 Nord Security highlights of 2021

NordVPN | January 05, 2022

As 2021 is coming to an end, we at Nord Security want to reflect on the most meaningful moments the company experienced this year. The Nord Security group is home to NordVPN, NordLayer, NordWL, NordPass, NordLocker, and Atlas VPN. This year was full of challenges, but I guess you can say that about every year when you work in the cybersecurity sphere. Despite everything, we grew as a team with 230 people joining the company this year, as a product with the implementation of new features, and as an organization whose goal is to raise digital literacy awareness. Eimantas Sabaliauskas, co-founder of Nord Security NordVPN Teams has become NordLayer NordVPN Teams started as a business virtual private network provider back in 2020. It has since expanded its cybersecurity offering and outgrown the name — a VPN is now just one of the components.That's why the decision was reached to change the name to NordLayer. The rebrand is set to facilitate the product's move towards the Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) framework, the industry standard in cybersecurity for organizations. Acquiring ISO 27001 and ioXt certifications In 2021, Nord Security's business products (NordLayer, NordWL, and NordPass Business) have achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for their information security management system (ISMS). "The process of obtaining this certification involved testing our information management system to make sure we comply with the highest requirements. We successfully performed the meticulous audit process and can now reassure our clients that we meet high standards they deserve," says Tom Okman, the company's CEO . Another important milestone was the Internet of Secure Things Alliance (ioXt) certification, acquired by the NordVPN mobile app for Android. The ioXt Compliance Program is said to bring transparency to consumer and enterprise buyers as well as to advance security in the internet of things (IoT) industry as a whole. Boosting security with an audit and a bug bounty program upgrade In 2021, NordVPN completed client security testing performed by VerSprite, a global leader in cybersecurity consulting and advisory services. Such audits help to evaluate NordVPN's reliability and focus on key security elements helping to maintain the highest standards in the industry. NordPass Business has also undergone a comprehensive security audit carried out by the German auditing firm Cure53. It allowed NordPass to be seen in a different way and enabled the company to take action and improve the security of the service. Furthermore, in a mission to increase its security, Nord Security expanded the bug bounty program to all of its products and increased the rewards tenfold on the HackerOne platform. Ethical hackers who report unknown critical vulnerabilities now can expect US$50,000 or more. Advancing products with Nord Account and third-party logins This year, Nord Security also introduced Nord Account, which brought multi-factor authentication to all of its products. Nord Account offers users a secure and simplified way to use and manage Nord family product accounts. "Nord Account now supports security keys, such as YubiKey, which allows the use of MFA," says Tom Okman, CEO at Nord Security. "And we're not going to stop here. Additional multi-factor authentication methods, such as biometrics, will be implemented soon. The industry is moving towards passwordless flows, and we're striving to keep up." Another upgrade to Nord Account was implemented with third-party logins. This feature enables users to log in to their Nord Account using their existing Google credentials. Bringing awareness with International VPN Day On August 19, 2021, NordVPN initiated and celebrated its first International VPN day. The goal of this event is to raise awareness of online security and the important role VPNs play in keeping users safe. On this day every year, the company invites all users to assess their digital habits and learn more about cybersecurity in general. Atlas VPN joining Nord Security Nord Security solidified its spot as the premier cybersecurity company by extending its portfolio of cybersecurity brands and incorporating Atlas VPN. This "freemium" VPN solution has become a part of Nord Security's corporate structure and is required to adhere to the core principles of transparency and trustworthiness set by the Nord brands. About Nord Security Nord Security is home to advanced security solutions that share the Nord brand and values, including the world's most advanced VPN service NordVPN, the next-generation password manager NordPass, encrypted cloud storage NordLocker, and the advanced network access security solution NordLayer. Established in 2012, Nord Security's products are now acknowledged by the most influential tech sites and IT security specialists.

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