Tolly Group testing shows significant performance improvement for WAF and NGFW Virtual Appliances running on Array Networks AVX

Tolly Group | April 15, 2019

Array Networks has announced a new report by The Tolly Group on the testing and analysis of the performance of Web Application Firewall (WAF) and Next-Gen Firewall (NGFW) virtual appliances performing SSL/TLS decryption and re-encryption both unassisted and with the Array AVX Series Network Functions Platform and SSL offload capability. Tests showed large improvements across multiple metrics when SSL processing was offloaded to the AVX Series. This is particularly important for IT administrators concerned with application security and performance. These tests demonstrate that without some kind of SSL processing assistance, virtual security appliances cannot cope with the volume of encrypted traffic on today’s networks.

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This paper discusses best practices for Oracle VM Server for SPARC (previously called Sun Logical Domains). Oracle VM Server for SPARC virtualization technology allows creation of multiple virtual systems on a single physical system. Deployed on Oracle SPARC servers, this solution provides a powerful, efficient virtualization platform.

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This paper discusses best practices for Oracle VM Server for SPARC (previously called Sun Logical Domains). Oracle VM Server for SPARC virtualization technology allows creation of multiple virtual systems on a single physical system. Deployed on Oracle SPARC servers, this solution provides a powerful, efficient virtualization platform.

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Centrica Modernizes Applications with VMware Tanzu

VMware | June 17, 2022

VMware, Inc. announced today that it is assisting Centrica in its aim to help consumers live more sustainably, easily, and inexpensively by improving insight into the company's cloud-native apps running on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Centrica can receive deeper insights and trends into their platforms thanks to VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront, enabling an easier road to new products and services. Centrica uses VMware to provide analytics through easy dashboards on smart home apps, allowing its clients to utilize energy more effectively. Tanzu Observability gives Centrica a consistent perspective of their various, dispersed AWS environments, enabling them to swiftly obtain actionable business information (BI) and keep business-critical services operational for their customers. The Centrica team used Tanzu Observability to address problems that impeded app development early in the lifecycle. Tanzu Observability also promotes a uniform approach to security and, according to the business, has assisted Centrica in achieving a 25% decrease in monthly cloud costs by aggregating underutilized resources. “We needed to monitor the performance of our AWS infrastructure and empower the development team with a better understanding of customer demands. Tracking trends and patterns in customer behavior is vital to develop new releases that are more relevant to customers. We adopted Tanzu Observability to set up alerts, troubleshoot problems, and provide meaningful real-time dashboards to monitor system health. In turn, we were able to shift from reactive to proactive IT management and our teams were able to focus on delivering new services to our customers.” Christopher Livermore, head of operations at Centrica Tanzu Observability provides enterprises with a complete view of their whole AWS infrastructure, including AWS Lambda and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), with easier AWS Marketplace consumption. Customers of both VMware and AWS can benefit from increased visibility and extra insights into AWS, on-premises, and hybrid environments with Tanzu Observability at every point of their cloud journey. With out-of-the-box dashboards and alert conditions, AWS clients can quickly see metrics, events, tracing, or other data sources as a first glass pane for quicker problem identification and resolution with applied intelligence throughout their whole stack. Ajay Patel, senior vice president and general manager, Modern Applications & Management Business Group, VMware said that, “Businesses today are defined by the digital services they deliver. Tanzu Observability is empowering developers at organizations who are optimizing their application modernization efforts on AWS for speed, quality, and security in support of their journey to become a digital enterprise. Providing Tanzu Observability through AWS Marketplace gives our joint customers the flexibility to scale their observability needs as they progress along their AWS cloud journey.”

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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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VMware Furthers Commitment to Public Sector, Achieves Expanded FedRAMP High Authorization

VMware | July 22, 2022

VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced that it has achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) High Authorization through the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) for VMware Government Services, which includes VMware Carbon Black Cloud and VMware SD-WAN on AWS GovCloud (US). These cloud services are designed to empower US government agencies and customers supporting the US government to migrate, manage, and operate sensitive workloads in the cloud. VMware Government Services is now available on the FedRAMP Marketplace. Across the public sector, agencies are laying the groundwork for multi-cloud-adoption. With expanded FedRAMP Authorized offerings at the High Impact Level, VMware can help agencies accelerate their digital transformation timelines. VMware Government Services provides software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, and infrastructure-as-a-service capabilities, delivering modern applications at the speed that government agencies demand and enabling them to operate across data centers, the edge, and cloud. VMware Carbon Black Cloud, VMware SD-WAN and VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud (US), are cost-effective, more secure and compliant offerings that government agencies can now seamlessly leverage to modernize their infrastructures and accelerate multi-cloud initiatives. “VMware continues to invest to help government agencies leverage the power of the cloud and evolve IT infrastructures, Achieving expanded FedRAMP authorizations enables us to meet our customers wherever they are on their digital transformation journeys to help them innovate faster and create resiliency while adhering to the highest security and compliance standards. These additional accreditations further our commitment to our public sector customers to help them better serve and meet mission demands.” Jennifer Chronis, vice president, public sector, VMware Empowering the Public Sector to See and Stop More Threats VMware Carbon Black Cloud on AWS GovCloud (US) has received FedRAMP High Authorization amid an increasing demand by federal agencies for cloud-delivered security. Public sector customers can now deploy the modern endpoint security and advanced workload protection required to stay one step ahead of adversaries as geopolitically fueled cyberattacks increase. This authorization underscores VMware Carbon Black Cloud’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to threats on endpoints and server workloads from a single console for improved visibility and simplified operations. Powered by VMware Contexa, VMware Carbon Black Cloud delivers authoritative intelligence that enables federal customers to correlate threats across their environments. This designation solidifies VMware Carbon Black Cloud’s position as a trusted security platform helping the US government protect its most critical assets. As a founding member of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative, VMware is also a trusted national security partner participating in public-private sector collaboration, threat intelligence sharing and cyber defense planning. In addition, VMware Carbon Black Cloud is pursuing authorization to operate at Department of Defense (DoD) Impact Level (IL-4) to expand its federal footprint to U.S. DoD and Defense Industrial Base customers. Secure, Reliable Access to Cloud Apps & Services from Anywhere VMware SD-WAN is an industry-leading software-defined WAN solution, that connects users across distributed locations more safely, reliably, and efficiently to cloud-based applications, cloud services and agency data centers. The anywhere workforce has become the new normal for many government agencies. Modernizing agency networks with VMware SD-WAN on AWS GovCloud will improve remote employee productivity with more secure and optimized application access while simplifying operations and maximizing ROI. VMware SD-WAN is the only SD-WAN solution today to receive FedRAMP High Authorization that complements government agencies’ cloud-smart adoption with assured performance for mission-critical applications in the cloud. In addition, VMware SD-WAN is a key enabler for agencies to deliver on their vision of 5G and edge compute by eliminating IT complexity while delivering greater efficiency and faster deployment. Agencies can leverage VMware SD-WAN as a critical component of a multi-layered security strategy to help accelerate their journey towards a zero-trust architecture. Enabling Accelerated Multi-Cloud Adoption In April, VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud (US) achieved FedRAMP High JAB authorization as well as DISA Impact Level 5 (IL5) provisional authorization. VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud (US) supports critical public sector use cases, including data center extension, cloud migration, virtual desktops, disaster recovery, and application modernization. Now in its third year of operation, VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud (US) is serving a wide range of mission owners with availability in both US-East and US-West. VMware is committed to achieving FedRAMP authorization for additional services. VMware Government Services will help fast-track authorizations enabling agencies to accelerate innovation and multi-cloud adoption on VMware’s trusted digital foundation. 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. For more information, please visit www.vmware.com/company. VMware, Carbon Black, and VMware SD-WAN are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. This press release may contain hyperlinks to non-VMware websites that are created and maintained by third parties who are solely responsible for the content on such websites.

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