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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Cloud computing is rapidly becoming the predominant IT service delivery mechanism as more enterprises realize its potential for digital transformation. However, as organizations evaluate different cloud platforms and configurations, it has become apparent that there is no “one size fits all,” even for multiple business units within the same enterprise. IDC estimated that in 2017 more than 85 percent of enterprises would commit to multicloud architectures “encompassing a mix of public cloud services, private clouds, community and hosted clouds.” Different cloud solutions offer different strengths and weaknesses depending on which criteria are most important—cost, security, scalability, speed of implementation or other factors. And most companies, unless they are “cloud native” or “born in the cloud“ startups, will also need to integrate and leverage existing legacy applications that may not be suitable for today’s modern cloud platforms.

Spotlight

Cloud computing is rapidly becoming the predominant IT service delivery mechanism as more enterprises realize its potential for digital transformation. However, as organizations evaluate different cloud platforms and configurations, it has become apparent that there is no “one size fits all,” even for multiple business units within the same enterprise. IDC estimated that in 2017 more than 85 percent of enterprises would commit to multicloud architectures “encompassing a mix of public cloud services, private clouds, community and hosted clouds.” Different cloud solutions offer different strengths and weaknesses depending on which criteria are most important—cost, security, scalability, speed of implementation or other factors. And most companies, unless they are “cloud native” or “born in the cloud“ startups, will also need to integrate and leverage existing legacy applications that may not be suitable for today’s modern cloud platforms.

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NVIDIA AI Enterprise Software Reaches General Availability

NVIDIA | August 27, 2021

NVIDIA, announced the availability of NVIDIA AI Enterprise, a comprehensive software suite of AI tools and frameworks that enables the hundreds of thousands of companies running VMware vSphere to virtualize AI workloads on NVIDIA-Certified Systems. Leading manufacturers Atos, Dell Technologies, GIGABYTE, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Inspur, Lenovo and Supermicro are offering NVIDIA-Certified Systems optimized for AI workloads on VMware vSphere with NVIDIA AI Enterprise. Separately, Dell Technologies today announced Dell EMC VxRail as the first hyperconverged platform to be qualified as an NVIDIA-Certified System for NVIDIA AI Enterprise. To help teams of data scientists run their AI workloads most efficiently, Domino Data Lab today announced it is validating its Domino Enterprise MLOps Platform with NVIDIA AI Enterprise, which runs on mainstream NVIDIA-Certified Systems. “The first wave of AI has been powered by specialized infrastructure that focused adoption on industry pioneers,” said Manuvir Das, head of Enterprise Computing at NVIDIA. “Today is the beginning of a new chapter in the age of AI, as NVIDIA software brings its transformative power within reach for enterprises around the world that run their workloads on VMware with mainstream data center servers.” “As AI applications become critical, customers want to run them on their enterprise infrastructure for manageability, scalability, security and governance,” said Krish Prasad, senior vice president and general manager of the Cloud Platform Business Unit at VMware. “Running NVIDIA AI Enterprise on VMware vSphere delivers a certified, end-to-end AI-Ready enterprise platform that’s easy to deploy and operate.” “Partnering closely with NVIDIA, we’re deepening our product integrations by enabling the Domino Enterprise MLOps Platform to run with a broader range of NVIDIA GPUs and validating it for NVIDIA AI Enterprise,” said Nick Elprin, CEO and co-founder of Domino Data Lab. “This new offering will help hundreds of thousands of enterprises accelerate data science at scale.” Customers Simplify, Scale with NVIDIA AI Enterprise Dozens of automotive, education, finance, healthcare, manufacturing and technology companies worldwide are among the early adopters using NVIDIA AI Enterprise. Many are midsize companies that can now develop a broad range of applications using the world’s most widely used servers to deploy and scale data science, conversational AI, computer vision, recommender systems and more. Among the earliest to use NVIDIA AI Enterprise is Cerence Inc., a leading provider of conversational AI for automotive and mobility markets with nearly 400 million Cerence-powered vehicles shipped worldwide. The company is using AI Enterprise to develop intelligent in-car assistants and digital co-pilots. Additionally, University of Pisa, an Italian public research university, is supporting HPC and AI training across multiple disciplines to advance scientific studies with the NVIDIA software. “NVIDIA AI Enterprise allowed us to expand our support for our researchers and students who utilize data analytics and AI deep learning and machine learning, while making these applications easier to deploy and manage,” said Maurizio Davini, chief technology officer at the University of Pisa. “Our testing has shown that these latest collaborations between NVIDIA and VMware deliver the full potential of our GPU-accelerated virtualized infrastructure at near bare-metal speeds.” Powerful AI Performance on Mainstream Servers NVIDIA AI Enterprise enables IT professionals that use VMware vSphere to run traditional enterprise applications to easily and cost-effectively support AI workloads while using the same tools they use to manage large-scale data centers and hybrid clouds. NVIDIA-Certified Systems from Atos, Dell Technologies, GIGABYTE, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Inspur, Lenovo and Supermicro for NVIDIA AI Enterprise feature a wide range of NVIDIA GPUs, including the A100, A30, A40, A10 and T4. These mainstream accelerated systems provide customers with a broad selection of options for scale-out, multinode, AI application performance on vSphere that is virtually indistinguishable from bare-metal servers. Availability NVIDIA AI Enterprise is now available from NVIDIA channel partners worldwide, including Atea, Carahsoft, Computacenter, Insight Enterprises, NTT, SoftServe and SVA System Vertrieb Alexander GmbH. Subscription licenses start at $2,000 per CPU socket for one year and include Business Standard Support (five days a week, nine hours a day). Perpetual licenses are $3,595 and require additional support purchase. Customers can upgrade to Business Critical Support for 24×7 access to NVIDIA AI expertise. About NVIDIA NVIDIA’s invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market and has redefined modern computer graphics, high performance computing and artificial intelligence

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Simplecloud Cloud-Based Remote Workplace Announced Its Education Platform That Allows Classroom Instruction to Go Remote in a Matter of Hours

SimpleCloud | September 15, 2020

SimpleCloud, the cloud-based remote workplace, today announced its education platform that allows classroom instruction to go remote in a matter of hours and maintain instruction continuity in applications like Autodesk, Adobe, Unity and Unreal Engine just to name a few. A short video explaining the key capabilities of SimpleCloud for Education can be viewed here. Reducing the technology barrier for students entering universities and colleges this year, SimpleCloud can help retain students for the semester and lower costs without compromising access to technology. Classes that require specific software suites or team collaboration in sectors such as design, animation, architecture, game development and engineering, can work with professors in virtual classrooms and labs, lowering health risks.

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Banyan Security Raises $30M in Growth Financing to Support Increased Demand for Innovative Zero Trust Network Access Platform

Banyan Security | January 24, 2022

Banyan Security, a leading provider of Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solutions, announced it has raised $30 million in financing. The Series B funding was led by Third Point Ventures. Additional new investors include SIG and Alter Venture Partners and current investors Shasta Ventures and Unusual Ventures also participated in this round. The latest round brings the total investment in the company to $47 million. This new funding comes on the heels of rapid growth for Banyan in the last year, including the addition of Den Jones, who joined as CSO in early December. The investment will fuel and accelerate the company’s trajectory, enabling further investments in sales and marketing and continued enhancements in product innovation, solidifying Banyan’s position as the best-in-breed zero trust remote access solution. It will also help the company expand into new markets and territories. Curtis McKee, Partner at Third Point Ventures, will join Banyan Security’s Board of Directors. Third Point Ventures is known for successful investments with ground-breaking innovators like SentinelOne, Upstart, and Sysdig. “As an investor across the IT landscape, I’ve looked at several of the up-and-coming remote access vendors who promote ‘zero trust’ and I’m thrilled to partner with Banyan Security, a true market disruptor and innovator,” said Curtis McKee, Partner at Third Point Ventures. “Banyan understands that zero trust is a strategy first and functionality second that, when used properly, serve broader ‘work from anywhere’ business goals. Among Banyan Security’s impressive roster of customers, you’ll find several household names and Fortune 500 organizations, which speaks to their ability to meet the demands of the largest and most demanding enterprise businesses. However, a big part of Banyan’s appeal is the elegance of their incremental ‘deploy-as-you-go’ model which leverages and extends existing security tooling to meet today’s demanding security requirements, and ultimately provides end users with a great experience.” With remote employees everywhere now working from their homes, airports, coffee shops and more, and accessing critical business applications that run across increasingly complex infrastructure, a new set of challenges has emerged for securing this ever-growing and interconnected access surface. Organizations have been increasingly driven to adopt zero trust models to modernize security, as well as handle the stress that the COVID-19 pandemic has put on their people, processes, and technology, especially on legacy VPNs. “With our organization shifting to nearly a fully remote workforce, Banyan’s modern approach to Zero Trust has been a game-changer in improving our overall security,” said Upendra Mardikar, Chief Security Officer at Snap Finance. “The SaaS-based solution was quick to deploy and our security and IT teams are now experiencing time savings and a better user experience. We’re extremely happy with our decision to move to Banyan for our Zero Trust network access needs.” With the rapid shift to remote and hybrid work, traditional network-centric solutions like legacy VPNs are no longer viable options for securing easy-to-use remote access to applications and IaaS resources. At Banyan Security, we strive to help our customers accelerate their zero trust journey by completely reimagining remote access from the user experience and security perspectives, building a comprehensive platform that helps them transform their security models with granular zero trust policy controls. This latest funding reinforces the urgent need for advanced remote access solutions that make effective use of zero trust technology, and our team is looking forward to expanding our market footprint to help meet that demand.” Jayanth Gummaraju, CEO and Co-Founder of Banyan Security Banyan Security provides least-privileged access to corporate applications and IaaS resources in real-time, leveraging organizations’ existing enterprise identity and security tool investments. Built on a patented zero trust architecture, the Banyan solution transparently deploys in hybrid and multi-cloud environments, continuously enforcing access policies based on any combination of user, device, and application contexts. In fact, Banyan has the only architecture that leverages and integrates with existing IT and cloud investments while permitting incremental deployment that truly accelerates measurable progress on the zero trust journey. Additionally, with the recent availability of Team Edition, a no-cost version of the company’s powerful Banyan Security Zero Trust Remote Access solution, organizations are provided with one-click, zero trust access to hosted applications, services, and infrastructure without the need for legacy VPNs, opening inbound firewall ports, or managing DNS changes. About Banyan Security Banyan Security provides secure, zero trust “work from anywhere” access to infrastructure and applications for employees, developers, and third parties without relying on network-centric solutions like VPNs. Deep visibility provides actionable insight while continuous authorization with device trust scoring and least privilege access deliver the highest level of protection without sacrificing end user productivity. Banyan Security protects tens of thousands of employees across multiple industries, including finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and technology.

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