Silver Peak, Ciena Tackle Enterprise SD-WAN Deployments

Sdxentral | December 19, 2019

Silver Peak and Ciena announced a team up that will pair the SD-WAN vendor’s software platform on the optical giant’s universal consumer premises equipment (uCPE). That combo is aimed at developing new service delivery models for communications service providers (CSPs) and greater flexibility for global enterprise customers. Silver Peak’s Unity EdgeConnect software combines SD-WAN, routing, segmentation, and WAN optimization into a single NFV instance that will run on Ciena’s 3906 and 3926 uCPE platforms. Those platforms have, respectively, been optimized for 1-gigabit and 10-gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

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The UCS C220 M5 SFF server extends the capabilities of Cisco’s Unified Computing System portfolio in a 1U form factor with the addition of the Intel® Xeon® Processor Scalable Family, 24 DIMM slots for 2666-MHz or 2933-MHz DIMMs with capacity points up to 128 GB, 2666-MHz DCPMMs with capacity points up to 512 GB, two 2 PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 slots, and up to 10 SAS/SATA hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state drives (SSDs). The C220 M5 SFF server also includes one dedicated internal slot for a 12G SAS storage controller card.

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The UCS C220 M5 SFF server extends the capabilities of Cisco’s Unified Computing System portfolio in a 1U form factor with the addition of the Intel® Xeon® Processor Scalable Family, 24 DIMM slots for 2666-MHz or 2933-MHz DIMMs with capacity points up to 128 GB, 2666-MHz DCPMMs with capacity points up to 512 GB, two 2 PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 slots, and up to 10 SAS/SATA hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state drives (SSDs). The C220 M5 SFF server also includes one dedicated internal slot for a 12G SAS storage controller card.

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Lenovo Unveils new Smarter Tech Innovations to Define the Future of the Digital World

Lenovo | October 18, 2022

Lenovo today held its annual global innovation event, Tech World, sharing its vision for the evolution of collaboration across users, spaces, and devices to unlock unlimited possibilities in both real-world applications and the Metaverse. Lenovo unveiled new concepts, solutions, and emerging innovations that will define the way we work, learn, and engage in the digital world. The company also announced its vision for net-zero emissions, honing in on a credible and collaborative blueprint to addressing one of humanity’s greatest challenges. Lenovo unveiled innovations including the first public showing of rollable proof of concepts for smartphones and laptop PCs. Infusing computing into rollable screens provides productivity, entertainment, and connectivity on a dynamic, adjustable, and larger screen, but on smaller device – addressing customer pain points and improving hybrid working productivity. Also unveiled was the compelling interactive and physical holographic solution for immersive telepresence communication and teamwork, called Cyber Spaces. As data proliferation continues, Lenovo also showcased how its innovations, empowered by AI with edge computing, are enabling faster data processing at the source of its creation, transforming city streets, precision medicine, and shopping markets. "Technology is transforming our future workspace and living space into a combination of virtual and physical worlds, enabled by the power of new IT infrastructure which is prevalent, expected and on demand, The power of innovation is not only digitalizing and smartifying all industries but also helping solve humanity's greatest challenges. For that purpose, Lenovo is doubling our investment in R&D to use smarter technology to empower a rapidly changing world.” Lenovo Chairman and CEO, Yuanqing Yang At Tech World ‘22, Lenovo unveiled: Rollable Form Factor Innovations Lenovo and Motorola unveiled rollable proof of concepts for smartphones and laptop PCs, ushering in a new potential era where this unique form factor enables more content and offers huge possibilities for the future to improve hybrid work and life. Designed to elevate multi-tasking, browsing, and mobile use cases, the new rollable proof of concepts are compact, yet don’t sacrifice screen size – enabling content on screen to be dynamically adjusted to the device as the expandable screen rolls inward into the base of the laptop, and smartphone. Innovations for Productivity Lenovo Freestyle app enables universal control and collaboration between a tablet and PC, allowing users to seamlessly pair and transform their tablet into a portable second screen to extend desktop space or a wireless touchscreen for their laptop. motorola edge smartphones include Ready For Platform, which extends smartphone capabilities to bigger screens and allows for a mobile desktop experience, console-like gaming, content streaming and video chats Lenovo revealed its Remote Work Enablement solution, which delivers hardware, software, and premium services straight to employees, and allows remote workers to get set up quickly. Lenovo also presented a future concept called Cyber Spaces, which replicate an immersive face-to-face experience by providing an interactive, physical holographic solution for telepresence communication and teamwork. Additionally, the event saw new advancements in “virtual personas” or “digital humans,” to address challenges posed by traditional video conferencing, including bandwidth, quality, and privacy. AI Solutions Lenovo showcased its Production Decision Engine, which uses AI and big data to address digitalization pain points. Its Supplier 360 identifies, analyzes and mitigates supply chain risks to help plan for ‘what if’ scenarios. The company also presented its Smart Services solution, which forecasts repair needs and optimizes the network of parts, service engineers and logistics support. Lenovo demonstrated how its Virtual Classroom solution offers virtual teachers to students, providing personalized tests and recommendations. The new remote video collaboration solution connects frontline workers with remote experts to perform repair jobs through real time marks. Vision for Net-Zero by 2050 Lenovo shared its vision for net-zero emissions, and its first step toward that vision with near-term 2030 emissions reduction goals. Lenovo is aligning its emissions reduction goals to the Science Based Targets initiative in both the near and long-term to contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement. Lenovo highlighted the innovations that will help it realize its vision for net-zero, and the actions the company is taking across products and manufacturing to lower its carbon footprint. Guest experts clarified the need for credible standards and collaboration between public and private entities in order to make progress toward a smarter, more sustainable future while clarifying the meaning and importance of net-zero commitments. Edge and AI technologies Enabling Next-gen Data Processing Lenovo and VMware announced an MOU for joint Edge and Cloud Innovation Labs, with plans underway to develop co-engineered edge, AI and multi-cloud solutions that will help accelerate business transformation across manufacturing and retail environments. Lenovo showcased its ThinkEdge series of servers – including SE350 and SE450 – to show how the servers perform well under extreme conditions, with top-performance GPUs to support heavy AI . Lenovo also presented XClarity, a unified, open cloud software management platform that simplifies IT orchestration, deployment, automation, metering, and support from edge to cloud. The company also showcased its Edge Cloud Platform, which enables various applications across vertical industries as well as its Hybrid Cloud Solution, which covers the full lifecycle of building, migrating, using and managing hybrid cloud. Additionally, TruScale, an all-inclusive, subscription-based model, has expanded to more customers. Lenovo also unveiled the findings of its global multi-industry research study of 500 chief technology officers (CTOs). The study uncovered CTO’s viewpoints on how traditional IT will continue to evolve into a ‘New IT’ architecture where client devices, edge computing, cloud computing, network and AI all work together to address common pain points and provide solutions that drive further global digitalization across all industries. Tech World ‘22 coincides with Lenovo’s global Think30 celebration, honoring 30 years of ThinkPad’s and ThinkSystem’s purposeful design and engineering innovation. Building on this legacy, the company unveiled the broadest enterprise portfolio enhancement in its history, designed to accelerate global IT modernization with the new Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions V3, and celebrated over 200 million ThinkPad devices sold. Lenovo continues to redefine device innovations, including with the recent launch of the new ThinkPad X1 Fold, the next generation of the world’s first foldable PC. Lenovo Chairman and CEO, Yuanqing Yang delivered the Tech World ‘22 keynote speech and shared insight into how Lenovo’s smarter technology is empowering people everywhere to change their world for the better. In the keynote, Yang was joined by Lenovo business leaders and leading global CEOs, including Cristiano Amon, President and CEO of Qualcomm; Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel; Julie Sweet, Chair and CEO of Accenture; as well as Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, and Arvind Krishna, Chairman and CEO of IBM. Customers and partners including Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO from Formula 1® and Panos Panay, Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer from Microsoft also discussed the role of Lenovo’s smarter technology in empowering intelligent transformation. Dr Yong Rui, Lenovo’s Chief Technology Officer, discussed how Lenovo will develop Metaverse tech solutions to empower intelligent transformation. He highlighted how Lenovo’s core technology and innovations across devices, servers, software, and solutions will connect the virtual and physical worlds. During the main keynote session, Luca Rossi, President of Lenovo’s Intelligent Devices Group, presented new future concepts. From consumer innovations that improve life to productivity and collaboration solutions, new form factors like the rollable laptop PC and smartphone proof of concepts, and even emerging AI and Metaverse solutions like the new Lenovo ThinkReality VRX virtual reality solution will empower future generations as they navigate the digital transformation of our evolving world. Kirk Skaugen, President of Lenovo’s Infrastructure Solutions Group, presented the evolution of computing everywhere. Kirk discussed the need to immediately harness data across all industries to intelligently transform. Lenovo’s smarter infrastructure is enabling this transformation, via servers, storage, and services. Kirk was joined by leaders from VMware and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center as he showcased how Lenovo is leading AI at the edge to help customers harness the power of the global data growth (expected to double by 2025) happening across today’s changing IT landscape. Ken Wong, Executive Vice President and President of Lenovo’s Solutions & Services Group, discussed how the role of a CIO has expanded as the world digitizes. Ken also highlighted the value of industrial Metaverse solutions, the importance of digital workspace solutions and how optimizing track management for engineers can improve infrastructure such as public transportation, in real time. Claudia Contreras, Executive Director of Lenovo’s Global Sustainability Services also highlights that Lenovo’s services can help customers work toward their own sustainability goals, no matter where they are in their journey. Laura Quatela, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Lenovo highlighted the ways Lenovo is working toward enhanced sustainability across its product offerings on its journey to net-zero. In addition to sustainable product innovations, Laura shares sustainable improvements Lenovo is making to lead the way in low-emissions manufacturing, as well as Lenovo’s intentions to share and report its progress for a credible, collaborative approach to emissions reduction. These sustainability efforts were bolstered by Yang’s closing announcement of Lenovo’s commitment to a vision for net-zero by 2050. About Lenovo: Lenovo is a US$70 billion revenue global technology powerhouse, ranked #171 in the Fortune Global 500, employing 75,000 people around the world, and serving millions of customers every day in 180 markets. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, Lenovo has built on its success as the world’s largest PC company by further expanding into key growth areas including server, storage, mobile, solutions and services. This transformation together with Lenovo’s world-changing innovation is building a more inclusive, trustworthy, and sustainable digital society for everyone, everywhere.

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Cloudian Bolsters MSP Program with New Solutions and Enhanced Support

Cloudian | September 14, 2022

Cloudian has enhanced its Managed Service Provider (MSP) program to help MSPs and Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) capitalize on new market opportunities by leveraging the company’s expanded object storage solutions portfolio and increased program benefits, including go-to-market and event support, joint business planning and additional training. With over 300 MSP/CSP customers around the world—including 30 added over the past year—Cloudian provides the foundation for a range of S3-compatible data management and protection service offerings, and the enhanced program reflects the company’s commitment to helping these customers deliver greater value to their clients and drive more growth and profit. Leading S3 Storage Platform for MSPs/CSPs In recent years, the S3 API has emerged as the de facto standard for cloud storage, with a vast ecosystem of S3-compatible technology providers and applications. Cloudian’s award-winning HyperStore object storage platform was architected to be fully S3-compatible from Day 1 and continues to have the most advanced S3 compatibility in the industry. In addition, as the company initially focused on MSP customers, HyperStore has always included features such as multi-tenancy, quality-of-service and billing. Other key HyperStore benefits include granular SLA management, data placement controls and industry-leading security certifications such as Common Criteria, FIPS and SEC Rule 17a-4(f). Foundation for New Value-Add Services Cloudian has long provided a limitlessly scalable foundation for data storage and protection services such as S3 Storage-as-a-Service, Backup-as-a-Service, Archive-as-a-Service and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service. Over the past two years, the company has expanded its solutions portfolio and worked closely with other technology leaders — e.g., Veeam, VMware, Splunk — to enable MSPs/CSPs to offer new value-add services. These include: Ransomware Protection Services – Based on Cloudian’s S3 Object Lock, this service uses data immutability to prevent cybercriminals from encrypting or deleting a backup data copy, thereby enabling quick recovery of the unchanged backup without paying ransom. Sovereign Cloud Services – With its native S3 API, exabyte-level scalability and multi-tenancy, Cloudian enables MSPs/CSPs to offer locally based sovereign cloud services and further distinguish themselves from global hyperscalers. Data Analytics Services – MSPs/CSPs can leverage Cloudian’s native S3 compatibility for seamless integration with analytics solutions such as VMware Tanzu Greenplum, Microsoft SQL Server 2022 and Vertica. Program Benefits Cloudian’s MSP program benefits include: Sales and Marketing support for joint events, go-to-market activities and sales campaigns Joint business planning Co-branded solution collateral Subscription and VMware Cloud Provider consumption pricing models Partner portal for streamlined access to Cloudian tools, resources and educational materials Online training to stay on top of the latest sales and technical information Promotion on Cloudian’s website 24x7 technical support To learn more about the Cloudian program, visit cloudian.com/msp-partners/. “We have a deep commitment to helping our customers improve their productivity and profitability by keeping their data safe, secure and readily available, With our Cloudian and Veeam-powered ransomware protection service offering, we’re able to assure our customers that their productivity need not be threatened even by such powerful and potentially debilitating cybersecurity threats.” Jon Williams, chief technology officer, Calligo “AUCloud is Australia’s sovereign cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider and the first VMware recognized sovereign cloud provider in Australia, focused on meeting the specific data security needs of the Australian Government, Defense, Intelligence and Critical Infrastructure communities, as well as security conscious enterprises more broadly,” said Phil Dawson, managing director, AUCloud. “Cloudian has played a central role in enabling us to meet the data management and protection needs of our customers, with key features such as modular scalability and multi-tenant resource pooling as well as certifications with the most stringent international security standards.” “Traditional infrastructure solutions often cannot meet the cost, scalability and other requirements for supporting modern apps,” said Adam Svoboda, principal cybersecurity strategist, Eagle Technologies. “Eagle has been at the forefront in helping our customers meet their evolving needs, and our Cloudian partnership has enabled us to pursue new market opportunities, deliver enhanced value to our customers and drive more profitable growth.” "Cloudian met all our requirements, including scalability and high security standards,” says Martin Endreß, chief customer officer, IONOS. “We noticed from the beginning that Cloudian takes the needs of European customers very seriously." About Cloudian Cloudian is the leader in data management software for the hybrid cloud. With military-grade security, limitless scalability and seamless cloud integration, Cloudian’s S3-compatible object storage lets users optimize data access, meet data sovereignty requirements and cut costs by consolidating information to a single, cloud-like platform. Cloudian’s geo-distributed architecture manages and protects object and file data at the edge, core, and in the cloud, for both conventional and modern applications.

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OpsMx Extends Argo CD With Deployment Controls and Visibility for Enterprise GitOps

OpsMx | September 21, 2022

OpsMx, the leader in intelligent continuous delivery, today announced at ArgoCon 2022 a suite of software and services to enable more scalable and secure enterprise GitOps. The new OpsMx Enterprise for Argo and OpsMx Intelligent Software Delivery (ISD) for Argo products extend the capabilities provided by Argo, a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) open source project for continuous software delivery in Kubernetes environments. OpsMx also brings to the Argo community best practices for "CD at Scale" gained from existing OpsMx customers such as Cisco, Google, and other Fortune 100 global enterprises. OpsMx now offers the first and only open platform to automate application deployments to any target platform – containers, virtual machines, and functions – on-premises and in public cloud. "Developers already love the flexibility and ease of use of Argo, With this announcement, operations teams and SREs get the tools they need to keep production deployments under control without slowing down their developers or the business." Demand for Argo continues to grow as organizations migrate applications to Kubernetes and containers. The CNCF User Survey published February 10, 2022 found that production use of Argo increased by 115% over the prior year. Gopal Dommety, CEO and co-founder of OpsMx Enterprise Argo users with an immediate need for greater production security can use OpsMx Enterprise for Argo (OEA) for free. OEA is an open source distribution of Argo CD, Argo Workflow, Argo Rollouts, and Argo Events that has been subjected to additional security testing and hardening. OpsMx makes security patches continually available as new vulnerabilities are discovered. An enhanced Argo installer simplifies security integrations, such as SSO and secrets management, as well as future Argo upgrades. OpsMx also offers fee-based 24 x 7 enterprise support. OpsMx Intelligent Software Delivery (ISD) for Argo provides unified management across the multiple Argo clusters in an enterprise deployment. Applications can be tracked end-to-end across their lifecycle with a few clicks, from dev to test to staging to production. Gates, both manual and automated, can be added to the delivery process to enforce security policies, change controls, and application readiness. AI/ML on data collected from 70+ integrations with leading DevOps tools drives intelligence in the process. All this can be centrally reported and audited. OpsMx Argo Deployment Services enable users to quickly get to a production-ready Argo deployment. This can include refactoring pipelines from legacy CD environments into Argo workflows. OpsMx SaaS offerings eliminate the need to manage infrastructure and upgrades. OpsMx is also expanding support for the Argo open source community to encourage more users to see what Argo can offer. A new Argo Sandbox provides a free SaaS-delivered open source Argo environment for hands-on exploration. Upcoming education events include free webinars featuring Argo users from Adobe and Splunk, along with OpsMx experts, talking about the challenges of continuous delivery. OpsMx is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of ArgoCon 2022. Together, these Argo additions bring Kubernetes-native capabilities to the OpsMx open CD architecture, creating the first and only open platform for best-in-class deployments to both Kubernetes environments and virtual machine / multi-cloud environments. About OpsMx OpsMx simplifies and intelligently automates software delivery, enabling hundreds of thousands of developers at Google, Cisco, Western Union, and other leading global enterprises to ship better software faster. Incorporating open source Argo and Spinnaker, OpsMx is the first open, unified platform for deploying applications in container, virtual machine, and multi-cloud environments. The company's 150 employees serve customers from offices in Silicon Valley, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru, with funding from Dell Technologies Capital and Foundation Capital.

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