Samsung Taps Amdocs to Combine 5G and Virtualization in ONAP

Sdxcentral | September 09, 2019

Samsung is partnering with Amdocs to help more mobile operators virtualize their networks in the 5G era. The companies say they will collaborate to integrate virtual network functions (VNF) with operators that use Samsung’s 5G network offerings in the Open Networking Automation Platform (ONAP). “This is less related to new capabilities for Samsung Network equipment and very much focused on supporting [communications service providers] in their journey towards 5G and network virtualization, and specifically the combination of the two,” Oren Marmur, VP and head of NFV at Amdocs, wrote in response to questions. Samsung will provide VNFs in the 5G core domain, and Amdocs will provide its software, NFV, SDN, and ONAP expertise to enable these VNFs into ONAP, Marmur explained. The effort will start with Samsung’s virtualized central unit function and eventually expand to other capabilities, including components of the 5G core, aimed at helping operators build a fully cloud-enabled 5G network, according to Amdocs.

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As healthcare continues its industry-wide transition from paper-based to electronic records, a successful end user computing strategy – including desktop virtualization – gives care providers fast access to clinical applications and patient information at the point of care, which can significantly increase workflow efficiency and improve the patient experience.

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As healthcare continues its industry-wide transition from paper-based to electronic records, a successful end user computing strategy – including desktop virtualization – gives care providers fast access to clinical applications and patient information at the point of care, which can significantly increase workflow efficiency and improve the patient experience.

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guardDog.ai VMware Architect Russell Hamker to Present at 2022 VMware Explore

guardDog.ai | August 20, 2022

Guard Dog Solutions, Inc., dba guardDog.ai, and VMware have disclosed further details of the company’s participation at VMware Explore 2022 in the Moscone Center in San Francisco Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, in booth 1914. Attendees who would like to have private appointments can sign up and gather more information at guardDog.ai/vmware. guardDog.ai VMware Architect Russell Hamker will be speaking on how to create VMs (Virtual Machines) from 100 percent code on Thursday, Sept. 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 PM PDT at Moscone West, Level 2, Room 2005. In this session Hamker will join VMware Spring Developer Advocate DaShaun Carter in demonstrating how to build and deploy a Linux VM, how to patch the system, and how to install extra packages including Docker, Kubernetes and VMware Tanzu. At Booth 1914, guardDog.ai will be teaching organizations of all sizes how to increase their cybersecurity wellness by training and deploying existing IT staff members to become Attack Surface Monitors in less than one hour. As the award-winning leader in real-time cyber security protection for business and consumers, guardDog.ai is using VMware’s Tanzu containerization technology to support hardware-free and entirely remote deployment and management of cyber security protection for any size MSSP (Managed Security Service Providers) or organization. guardDog’s subscription-based FiDo technology uses patent-pending artificial intelligence from the company’s cloud-based Autonomous Incident Response (AiR) database to pre-emptively recognize all devices connected to a network including most especially the IoT (Internet of Things) and smart device connections device management solutions can’t see. The solution exposes and shuts down most cybersecurity threats before exploits can happen, protecting users and organizations from threats such as ransomware, man-in-the-middle attacks, denial of service, and emerging novel threats, protecting networks and the devices attached to them. “This year’s VMware conference is making its first return as a live event since the COVID pandemic began, We are pleased to play a role in making the 2022 event an extremely notable one as we announce our partnership with VMware as well as our use of the containerization architecture exemplified in VMware Tanzu as one of the key virtualizations models we are advancing to allow the remote deployment and management of thousands of FiDo implementations from a single location.” Peter Bookman, CEO and founder of guardDog.ai guardDog.ai uses AI-driven overlay technology in FiDo to find and protect users and networks from attempted cyberattacks in less than two milliseconds, by identifying the threats that device and network management solutions can’t see and proactively halting potential exploits before they begin. In both wired and Wi-Fi networks, FiDo protects network and the device users from threats across the entire Attack Surface, and most especially within the edge territory outside the perimeter of the network or on attached devices that other solutions cannot see. These include the myriad of IoT (Internet of Things) devices such as specialized health monitoring equipment, printers, doorbells, thermostats, smart refrigerators, smart pens, smart TVs, and game systems that are inherently vulnerable to the networks they join. Thanks to the VMware partnership and implementation, the ability to obtain and deploy virtualized FiDo technology also ends supply chain issues of availability delays, while allowing for instant and continual updates to the AiR database of known threats and suspicious network behavior. For all implementations, the virtualized alternatives for guardDog’s FiDo v3 technology are making it possible to cover all areas of the potential Attack Surface with far greater economy and ease than before. About guardDog.ai Guard Dog Solutions Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, (dba guardDog.ai) has developed a cloud-based Autonomous Incident Response (AiR) cyber security software service that works together with a companion FiDo unit to simplify network security. The solution provides protection and visibility as it exposes invisible threats on networks and the devices attached to them, with patented technology to address and prevent cybersecurity threats before they compromise network environments. Every business, government, healthcare institution, home consumer, or other organization, is grappling to find security solutions that are adapting to this changing world. guardDog.ai is pioneering new innovations designed to meet these challenges. In 2022, guardDog.ai is expanding its reach still further to address full Attack Surface Management (ASM) and ASM-as-a-Service (ASMaaS) as cyber security’s next horizon. Additional virtual deployments for guardDog.ai are now available through methods such as clusters of open development based on containers, via Kubernetes orchestration, and through other industry partnerships. This makes guardDog.ai hardware agnostic and will provide IT staff, IT organizations and MSSPs (Managed Security Service Providers) with the ability to achieve instantaneous and unlimited deployments. For more information, visit www.guardDog.ai. Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains forward-looking statements of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance and results, and will not be accurate indications of the times by which such performance will be achieved.

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Cogent Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire T-Mobile's Wireline Business

Cogent | September 12, 2022

Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire T-Mobile's Wireline Business. Cogent's commitment to serving the Wireline Business customers it is acquiring through this transaction will cement the future for this strong legacy business as T-Mobile continues its strategic focus on providing wireless solutions to consumers and enterprises as the core of its future growth. For Cogent, acquisition of T-Mobile's Wireline Business is expected to be an ideal strategic fit with its existing business. The Wireline Business offers the legacy Sprint U.S. long-haul network that provides an owned network asset to complement and eventually replace Cogent's current leased network and provides the ability to expand its product set, including the sales of optical wave transport services to new and existing customers. It also has a current customer base who are a fit for Cogent's products and services, and a group of experienced employees with the knowledge and capabilities to execute the company's strategy. As part of the agreement, in addition to the fiber network and related assets and customers, Cogent will acquire certain liabilities associated with the business. In addition, at the closing of the acquisition, the parties will enter into a separate agreement pursuant to which Cogent will offer IP transit services to T-Mobile for 54 months following the closing date and T-Mobile will pay Cogent $700 million for such services, with $350 million due in equal payments over the first 12 months after closing and $350 million due in equal payments over the remaining 42 months. Cogent expects to offer customers the ability to migrate from their legacy MPLS VPN solutions to modern Ethernet / VPLS or SD-WAN / DIA solutions for their corporate needs. Cogent also expects to facilitate the migration of netcentric internet access customers from the T-Mobile Wireline Business (legacy Sprint) AS1239 to Cogent's AS174. A newly formed direct subsidiary of Cogent will consummate the acquisition. Cogent does not plan to issue new debt or equity in order to finance the acquisition, and the transaction is not expected to be dilutive to Cogent's existing stockholders. Cogent plans to maintain its current dividend per share, which is expected to continue to increase over time. Houlihan Lokey served as the exclusive financial advisor to T-Mobile and T-Mobile was represented by Joseph Alexander, Nancy Victory, Marc Samuel and Jason Juall from DLA Piper. Once registered, participants will receive the dial in number along with a unique PIN. Each individual caller will require their own unique PIN. To ensure timely access, participants should register promptly and dial in approximately 5 minutes before the call starts. A listen only webcast is accessible under "Events" in the "About" section of Cogent's About Cogent Cogent is a facilities-based provider of low cost, high speed Internet access and private network services to bandwidth intensive businesses. Cogent's facilities-based, all-optical IP network provides services in over 219 markets across 51 countries.

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VMware Redefines Networking and Security for Multi-Cloud with New Innovations

VMware | September 01, 2022

VMware Explore US 2022 – VMware Inc.today announced new innovations across its expanding networking and security portfolio that will help customers embrace the cloud operating model. These new innovations include: Project Northstar for multi-cloud networking, security and end-to-end visibility Expansion of network detection and visibility to the Carbon Black Cloud endpoint protection platform, with early access available now Project Trinidad that extends and advances VMware’s API security and analytics Project Watch, a new approach to multi-cloud networking and security that provides advanced app to app policy controls “Enterprises are facing an unprecedented level of threat and complexity as they operate in today’s multi-cloud world, VMware is radically transforming how our customers consume networking and security – allowing them to realize the agility and efficiencies of the cloud operating model through a cloud-smart approach. With a privileged position in the infrastructure and a scale out distributed software architecture, we’re able to leverage the intrinsic attributes of our platforms and deliver these unique solutions in a consumption-oriented manner.” Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager of VMware’s Networking and Advanced Security business group Simplifying Networking and Security for Multi-Cloud In Project Northstar, VMware announces a major advancement of its NSX platform. Announced in technology preview today, Project Northstar will transform how enterprises consume networking and security in a multi-cloud world. Project Northstar will deliver multi-cloud networking, security, workload mobility and end-to-end threat detection and response with a centralized cloud-console for consistent and simplified software-as-a-service (SaaS) consumption. This family of services includes network & security policy management, network detection and response (NDR), network visibility and analytics (NSX Intelligence), advanced load balancing (ALB), and workload mobility (HCX) for private cloud environments and VMware Cloud deployments. “As an innovator in software-defined networking, VMware offers a full-stack of networking and security services in an integrated solution that benefits thousands of enterprise customers today,” said Umesh Mahajan, senior vice president and general manager for VMware’s Networking and Security business unit. “Customers are seeking a uniform policy model across multi-cloud deployments, along with consistent network connectivity, security, and load balancing services. With Project Northstar we continue to shape how enterprises consume networking and security in a multi-cloud world.” Today, with the latest update to VMware NSX 4.0 and VMware vSphere 8, NSX networking and security functions can now be implemented on Data Processing Units (DPUs, also known as SmartNICs) connected to the host hypervisor. Offloading NSX services to the DPU can accelerate networking and security functions without impacting the host CPUs, addressing the needs of modern applications and other network-intensive and latency-sensitive applications. Strengthening Lateral Security The growth in laterally moving threats requires security teams to pay closer attention to east-west network traffic. Examining traffic through network taps is no longer sufficient. Modern distributed cloud architectures can further exacerbate blind spots. VMware’s architecture allows customers to see processes running in an endpoint, packets crossing the network, access points, and the inner workings of both traditional and modern apps to identify and stop threats others can’t. As part of today's announcements, VMware is strengthening its lateral security capabilities by embedding network detection and visibility into Carbon Black Cloud's endpoint protection platform, which is now available to select customers in early access. This extended detection and response (XDR) telemetry adds network detection and visibility to endpoints with no changes to infrastructure or endpoints, providing customers with extended visibility into their environment across endpoints and networks leaving attackers nowhere to hide. Limited visibility into the east-west traffic between microservices also puts modern applications at greater risk. Project Trinidad, which is in tech preview, extends VMware's API security and analytics by deploying sensors on Kubernetes clusters and uses machine learning with business logic inference to detect anomalous behavior in east-west traffic between microservices. Findings from VMware’s recent Global Incident Response Threat Report reveal that ransomware actors continue to evolve their cyber extortion strategies. Ransomware will continue to be a business reality, and VMware uniquely makes recovery from an attack faster, more predictable, and less prone to error with VMware Ransomware Recovery for VMware Cloud DR, a new offering unveiled at VMware Explore. This new, purpose-built ransomware recovery-as-a-service solution enables safe recovery that prevents re-infection of IT and line-of-business production workloads through its innovative use of an on-demand isolated recovery environment on VMware Cloud on AWS. Guided recovery workflows allow customers to quickly identify recovery point candidates, validate restore points using embedded behavioral analysis, and recover data with minimal loss. Expanding Security for the Data Center and Cloud Edge Last year, VMware announced the industry-first elastic application security edge (EASE) which enables the networking and security infrastructure at the data center or cloud edge to flex and adjust as app needs change. To help customers preserve their investments in expensive hardware appliances that are incapable of adapting to changing app environments, VMware is introducing: VMware NSX Gateway Firewall: VMware’s next-generation firewall now offers a new stateful active-active edge scale-out capability that significantly increases network throughput for stateful services. VMware now offers advanced threat prevention capabilities with IDPS, malware analysis, sandboxing, URL filtering, TLS proxy, stateful firewall, and stateful Network Address Translation (NAT) that extend centralized security controls to physical and virtual workloads at the data center and cloud edge. VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer: With a goal to deliver multi-layer application security at the edge, closer to applications and users for better efficiency and performance, VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer (ALB) is adding new bot management capabilities, while enhancing the security capabilities of its web application firewall, malware detection, security analytics, and DDoS protection. These enhancements at the edge help customers maintain a consistent security posture with operational simplicity, extending protection from traditional to cloud-native container-based applications deployed across multi-cloud environments. VMware NSX ALB’s ability to enforce API security policies in line with application delivery traffic helps customers in protecting their north-south APIs. Project Watch: At VMware Explore 2022, VMware is unveiling Project Watch, a new approach to multi-cloud networking and security that will provide advanced app-to-app policy controls to help with continuous risk and compliance assessment. In technology preview, Project Watch will help network security and compliance teams to continuously observe, assess, and dynamically mitigate risk and compliance problems in composite multi-cloud applications. Securing the Edge for the Distributed Workforce In the past two years, enterprise customers have fundamentally changed how they build and deploy networks and access to support distributed workers. The market for secure access service edge (SASE) solutions is expected to nearly triple by 2026 with security being a key driver of growth as enterprises strategically invest for the new age of distributed applications and hybrid work, according to the Dell'Oro Group1. A leader in SD-WAN2, VMware is now offering additional deployment flexibility to customers who want a multi-phase journey from their current network and endpoint management solutions to a next-generation SASE offering by adding new web proxy-based connectivity to VMware Cloud Web Security. VMware Cross-Cloud™ services Helps Customers Navigate the Multi-Cloud Era At VMware Explore 2022, VMware is unveiling new and enhanced offerings for VMware Cross-Cloud services to help customers navigate the multi-cloud era with freedom, flexibility and security. VMware Cross-Cloud services is a portfolio of cloud services that deliver a unified and simplified way to build, operate, access, and better secure any application on any cloud from any device. VMware Cross-Cloud service pillars include 1) App Platform, 2) Cloud Management, 3) Cloud & Edge Infrastructure, 4) Security & Networking, and 5) Anywhere Workspace. For the latest news and more on how VMware is delivering a faster and smarter path to cloud for digital businesses, visit the VMware Explore 2022 media kit. About VMware Explore VMware Explore is an evolution of the company's flagship conference, VMworld. VMware Explore aims to be the industry’s go-to-event for all things multi-cloud. This year, it will feature industry-led solution and technical sessions, an extensive ecosystem of 90% of the top cloud partners, a thriving marketplace of multi-cloud ISVs and several networking events. To learn more about VMware Explore, please visit: www.vmware.com/explore.html. 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.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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