Verizon Business Allows Enterprises to Extend Virtual Network Services Capabilities Along with Kubernetes Managed Service

Verizon | October 23, 2020

Verizon Business today announced VNS Application Edge, a solution that allows enterprises to extend the Virtual Network Services capabilities and now deploy business applications to the edge, along with a Kubernetes managed service delivered through a simple digital experience. VNS Application Edge, built in collaboration with Rafay Systems Inc., is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering that provides a turnkey automation framework for managing Kubernetes clusters and containerized app deployment. Verizon will now deliver a unified experience for both network and containerized application lifecycle management, using a single orchestrated platform and end-to-end service management.

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With Horizon Cloud - next-gen, user identity is separate from machine identity. Although Active Directory is used for machine identity, for user identity, admins now have the option of choosing between Azure AD and VMware Workspace ONE Access. This video demonstrates configuring directories for both Active Directory (machine identity) and Workspace ONE Access (user identity).

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With Horizon Cloud - next-gen, user identity is separate from machine identity. Although Active Directory is used for machine identity, for user identity, admins now have the option of choosing between Azure AD and VMware Workspace ONE Access. This video demonstrates configuring directories for both Active Directory (machine identity) and Workspace ONE Access (user identity).

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A Partnership Between VMware and Venafi Improves Multi-cloud, Multi-cluster Security

Venafi | January 12, 2023

Vanafi, a leading provider of machine identity management, said that VMware has added its machine identity control plane to its Tanzu service mesh. With this integration, virtual machines, containers, and Kubernetes clusters can talk to each other in a secure way right out of the box. Customers will be able to set up and keep secure connections between applications, services, and other workloads with this integration. Enhanced multi-cloud and multi-cluster security helps to gain better observability, consistency, and freedom of choice when it comes to machine identity management, ensuring regulations are adhered to. Vice president of security strategy and threat intelligence at Venafi, Kevin Bocek, said, "It's exciting to see VMware simplifying customers' cloud-native journeys while still ensuring enterprise-grade security." Moreover, he added, "Other service mesh – such as Istio, only support self-signed machine identities out-of-the-box, which fall outside of companies’ already existing machine identity management infrastructure and trust chains." Further, he said, "It's great to see VMWare is addressing this security gap by tapping into the control plane for machine identity management in a way that’s frictionless and security-team approved." (Source: Businesswire) This enables Tanzu users integrate their service mesh with a trusted certificate authority (CA) of they select to support mutual Transport Layer Security (mTLS) between Kubernetes clusters. This integration will help customers automate the issuance and renewal of machine identities, generate identities from over 40 trusted certificate authorities, and gain unparalleled observability and freedom of choice over machine identity management. It will also help with compliance with regulations. About Venafi Venafi is a cybersecurity company that specializes in machine identity management. It offers solutions that manage and protect identities for various types of machines, including physical and IoT devices, software applications, APIs and containers. The company has a global visibility of all machine identity types and the risks associated with them. Jetstack is a Venafi company that specializes in working with enterprises using Kubernetes and OpenShift. It is an open source pioneer and the creator of cert-manager, an industry standard for cloud native machine identity management. Jetstack's products and solutions protect the application environments and platform infrastructure for global organizations. Venafi has over 30 patents and serves security-conscious organizations and government agencies, including top U.S. health insurers, airlines, credit card issuers, and banks from the U.S., U.K, Australia and South Africa.

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Remote Work is Here to Stay and Canadian Companies That Offer It Have Competitive Edge

globenewswire | December 16, 2022

Remote work is here to stay and employers offering it have a competitive edge when it comes to retaining and recruiting employees, according to a survey from The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals. Three-quarters of businesses (76%) that have offered remote work since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic say they are continuing to allow their employees to work remotely. The most cited reason is to help attract and retain employees (66%). Nearly half of employers (49%) say remote work has had a positive impact on their company as a whole, while only 15% say it has had a negative impact, and the remainder say it has had no impact at all. What’s more, a plurality of employers (46%) say remote work has not impacted employee productivity compared to when they were in the company’s physical workspace. Nearly a quarter of companies (22%) reported their employees became more productive, though one-third (32%) of companies say their employees became less productive with remote work. The ability to work remotely has become a basic requirement for an employer to stay competitive in many industries, according to Hanif Hemani, an Express franchise owner in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. “Quite simply the ‘genie is out of the bottle’ and most employers have offered and continue to offer work from home options,” said Hemani. “Remote work isn’t going anywhere and, in fact, employers are using this flexibility as a recruitment strategy.” Hemani says hybrid work weeks have become the most popular remote work model. “Most businesses are electing a hybrid model requiring employees to be in the office for a set number of days,” he said. “Typically, I am finding that the 3 consecutive days in office is a popular and good option, as all employees are available for face-to-face meetings on one set day of the week.” There are some potential drawbacks to remote work. “Recent insights from some large surveys have warned that remote work can stifle innovation, as employees tend to interact (remotely) with only the same group of people, and cross divisional collaboration and cross pollination of ideas can become less frequent as innovation can often occur from in-person ‘watercooler’ interactions,” said Hemani. “Remote work can also cause a disconnect between employees and their managers which can lead to problems down the road.” But there are also many benefits to offering remote work. “Remote work is popular and desired by many employees, and if employees are happier, this should lead to better engagement, which can lead to better productivity,” he said. “If employees are more engaged and more productive then the employer will benefit. In addition, if employees are more satisfied, they will be less likely to leave which will save companies time and money not having to deal with turnover and recruitment.” When, and if, the country’s labour shortages ease, it remains to be seen if fully remote or hybrid workplace options are as prevalent,” Express Employment Professionals CEO Bill Stoller. “As long as productivity doesn’t suffer, offering a remote work option for employees has many benefits and is a popular incentive shaping many companies’ cultures right now,” he added. “While this arrangement may not be feasible for everyone, competition for top talent is still fierce, so it may be worth a try.” About Bill Stoller William H. "Bill" Stoller is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment International. Founded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the international staffing franchisor supports the Express Employment Professionals franchise and related brands. The Express franchise brand is an industry-leading, international staffing company with franchise locations in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. About Express Employment Professionals At Express Employment Professionals, we’re in the business of people. From job seekers to client companies, Express helps people thrive and businesses grow. Our international network of franchises offers localized staffing solutions to the communities they serve across the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, employing 586,000 people globally in 2021 and 10 million since its inception. For more information, visit ExpressPros.com/CA.

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PacketFabric Joins Google Cloud Marketplace as Technology Partner, Enabling Multi-Cloud Data Migration

PacketFabric | January 06, 2023

PacketFabric, a provider of on-demand connectivity for the enterprise cloud, has joined the Google Cloud Marketplace as a technology partner. This will allow organizations to connect multi-cloud environments to multiple 100 Gbps connections for data migration and automate direct connectivity between private cloud colocation and cloud providers on PacketFabric's private network. PacketFabric's Cloud Router offering, available on the Google Cloud Marketplace, provides a self-service network-as-a-service platform with private and secure connectivity between cloud providers and optimized, low latency service. Using SADA’s marketplace integration services practice, PacketFabric was engaged end-to-end in the process of By joining the Google Cloud Marketplace, PacketFabric can provide organizations with an automated and optimized network solution that is secure, reliable, and cost-effective. "PacketFabric is proud to be a NaaS leader and be available to customers on Google Cloud Marketplace. As many enterprises move to Google Cloud they now have instant access to the industry's lowest friction and most scalable multi-cloud routing solution." Dave Ward, Chief Executive Officer, PacketFabric The Cloud Router also lets businesses control traffic between cloud providers and regions and automate direct connections between private clouds in colocation and cloud providers. PacketFabric services are billed hourly, monthly, or up to 36 times per month. With PacketFabrics Cloud Router, organizations can maximize the use of their cloud-based applications and services by connecting their multi-cloud environments to multiple 100 Gbps connections for data migration. About PacketFabric PacketFabric is the Connectivity Cloud. It was built from the ground up to be flexible, scalable, fast, programmable, and secure, with no trade-offs. This lets businesses build a flexible cloud core that gives them the best digital business results. The Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) platform from PacketFabric uses a private optical network that can grow very quickly, the latest packet-switching technology, and automation from beginning to end. PacketFabric provides private and secure on-demand connections between hundreds of the world's best colocation facilities and cloud service providers. With an advanced Application Program Interface (API) and web portal, IT, network, and DevOps teams can set up cloud-scale connectivity in minutes.

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