Survey: Bright SD-WAN Outlook Driven by Cost Reduction, but Security Lags

Virtualizationreview | February 04, 2020

Cato Networks published its fourth State of the WAN report, finding that the outlook for software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) is bright for 2020, driven by organizations seeking to reduce WAN costs. Most respondents (66 percent) will have some kind of SD-WAN deployed by the end of 2020," the company said. "What's more, 40 percent of MPLS respondents will have converted to SD-WAN. That was just one takeaway from the Tel Aviv company that touts its security-infused SD-WAN-based offering as a convergence of SD-WAN and secure access service edge (SASE). Another highlight details why organizations are turning to SD-WAN: "Most respondents (56 percent) consider SD-WAN to reduce WAN costs. Network agility as it applies to sites -- whether in the form of faster site deployment or increasing bandwidth -- is also popular.

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IBM is launching a cloud marketplace, which will bring its steadily growing portfolio of services and third party offerings together for one-click cloud shopping. The marketplace provides extra incentive for those developing on BlueMix, giving them an avenue to sell their applications to a large audience, once completed.

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IBM is launching a cloud marketplace, which will bring its steadily growing portfolio of services and third party offerings together for one-click cloud shopping. The marketplace provides extra incentive for those developing on BlueMix, giving them an avenue to sell their applications to a large audience, once completed.

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Scale Computing Continues to Deliver High-Performing and Resilient Edge Computing and IT Infrastructure to the Maritime Industry

Scale Computing | August 04, 2022

Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, today announced ongoing momentum with customers in the maritime industry sector. The company’s SC//Platform and SC//HyperCore edge computing solutions enable maritime providers to run their critical onboard IT applications with self-healing, automated infrastructure. Whether it’s an offshore rig operating deep in the North Sea or a container ship crossing the Pacific Ocean, Scale Computing empowers a broad range of maritime service providers to improve their efficiency and ensure high availability. “Few industries showcase the challenges and promise of edge computing as does the global maritime industry where IT resiliency is an operational necessity and downtime is unacceptable, Scale Computing meets the complex and evolving infrastructure requirements of an industry that demands 24x7 availability, full redundancy, and is backed by human experts who understand the unique conditions that exist at the edge.” Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder of Scale Computing Scale Computing brings the maritime industry into a new era of computing by revamping IT operations with a solution that simplifies management, reduces operating costs, and ensures resiliency and high availability in the face of unpredictable environmental conditions. Northern Marine Group is a ship management and marine services provider that offers a full spectrum of ship and offshore management services. Operating a diverse fleet of technically managed vessels, including a wide range of tankers, ferries and offshore assets, the Northern Marine fleet is constantly on the move around the globe. Northern Marine selected Scale Computing’s SC//Platform, which provides them with simplified, highly affordable IT infrastructure that offers unmatched resiliency in some of the world’s most extreme environments. Because internet connectivity is highly intermittent with no dedicated IT personnel stationed on their vessels, Northern Marine deployed SC//HyperCore clusters to keep their operations running smoothly, whether offshore or out at sea. Scott Mungall, IT Technical Lead for Northern Marine, says, “We were looking for ways to evolve our onboard IT infrastructure across our fleet. In the last several years, requirements for key infrastructure systems on board have changed. Each vessel now has two or more operational critical applications on its server infrastructure, meaning we really can’t afford any downtime. We need to be able to sustain equipment failure and still continue to operate." Headquartered in Dubai, Telford Offshore offers cost-effective construction and project management solutions to the oil & gas industry. The company supports multiple offshore activities, focusing on high-capacity accommodation, lifting, fabrication and installation services for projects that include laying pipelines and carrying out subsea construction. With internet connectivity slow and costly at sea, relying on the cloud for critical operations was simply not an option. Telford Offshore recognized their on-board infrastructure would need to be local and on-premises. Following a comprehensive evaluation of edge solution providers, Telford Offshore selected Scale Computing’s SC//Platform as the only solution in its class to offer the unique combination of simplicity and performance demanded by their fleet. Wouter Lustig, IT Manager at Telford Offshore, explained that, “We wanted the solution to be a long-term future-proof investment with the possibility of deploying it on our vessels at sea. The solution needed to be simple enough for the one or two electricians on board to install, deploy, and maintain. Scale Computing’s solution operates as its own data center in a box and can easily connect back to the deployment at the headquarters in Dubai. We are still amazed at how easy it is to install, deploy and manage – we don’t need to worry about the management of the day-to-day solution; it just takes care of itself.” About Scale Computing Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Scale Computing software eliminates the need for traditional virtualization software, disaster recovery software, servers, and shared storage, replacing these with a fully integrated, highly available system for running applications. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, the self-healing platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing is the ideal infrastructure platform.

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VMware Enhances Its Unique Lateral Security for Multi-Cloud

VMware | June 03, 2022

VMware Inc. announced today substantial updates to its unique lateral security capabilities to assist clients in achieving robust security for both contemporary and old applications across multi-cloud environments. Contexa, VMware's full-fidelity threat intelligence tool that watches the entirety of VMware's network, endpoint, and client technologies, was launched ahead of the RSA Conference 2022. VMware is enhancing its security and management offering by combining standard security analytics with augmented threat information via Contexa. “Threat actors are increasingly deploying sophisticated infiltration tactics, including the use of stolen credentials in order to exploit vulnerabilities and hide in the noise of normalcy. In a world where the stakes in security continue to rise, lateral security has become the new battleground. Combining VMware Contexa with our architectural advantage, VMware exclusively sees every process running in an endpoint, every packet crossing the network, every access point, and the inner workings of both traditional and modern apps to identify and stop threats others can’t.” Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager, Networking and Advanced Security Business Group, VMware Attackers have nowhere to hide thanks to VMware Contexa. VMware Contexa is a threat intelligence cloud that detects what other solutions don't and prevents what other solutions can't. Contexa sees and understands the internal workings of both contemporary and classic applications every step of the way—from user to device, to network, to run time, to data—due to its privileged position in the infrastructure. Every day, VMware Contexa captures and analyzes approximately 1.5 trillion endpoint eventsi and 10 billion network flowsii, as well as carefully selected threat intelligence data obtained via technology partnerships. This rich information is evaluated further utilizing machine learning and the expertise of over 500 researchers from VMware's Threat Analysis Unit and incident response partners. Contexa now detects over 2.2 billion suspicious behaviors each dayiii, providing zero touch detection and automatic, graded reaction for more than 80% of these occurrences. Contexa, which is included into every VMware security solution, will be free to all new and current clients. The business that pioneered virtualization is now protecting virtual machines like no other—and innovating in contemporary application security.

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Opera Is the Only Major Browser Featuring Free and Pro VPNs

Opera | June 02, 2022

Opera was the first major browser to provide a free, unlimited, no-log built-in browser VPN service six years ago. Opera is now extending its security capabilities with the new VPN Pro subscription model, a premium device-wide VPN that can also be utilized without the need to install separate software. The new VPN Pro service is now available for Android users on Opera. As a result, Opera is the only major browser that offers both a no-log, limitless free VPN for the browser and a device-wide VPN Pro solution, giving extra data security and robust online security. The VPN Pro service is already accessible in the developer version of the desktop Opera browser. Opera has been a recognized industry leader for over 25 years, giving the greatest online experience with greater privacy and security. Stefan Stjernelund, Product Director of Opera for Android said that "We know that VPN services have become an essential part of browsing, which is why we now offer both a Free and a Pro solution to our users. This makes it a unique proposal on the market." A one-of-a-kind deal that includes both free and paid VPN services: Standalone VPN programs that secure the complete device often need extra actions from the user, such as installing the software, creating an account, and integrating it with their system. In contrast, Opera's mission has always been to make online security simple and uncomplicated. As a result, VPN Pro has been integrated into Opera's Android browser. Users can surf securely with a free, no-log, limitless VPN that secures their browser, or they can use VPN Pro to cover their complete computer. The availability of both free and paid VPN services distinguishes Opera's offering on the market. "We have always focused on protecting our users' privacy with advanced built-in features aimed at keeping them safe when they surf the web. We have decided to expand that offering with a unique service that users have been asking for – both Free and Pro VPN solutions tailored to their needs. Now users can easily choose what suits them best and browse comfortably, knowing that their data is under powerful protection." Stefan Stjernelund, Product Director of Opera for Android

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