Verizon touts virtualization achievement, builds toward single digit latency

Ecn | May 08, 2019

Verizon has notched another achievement in its network virtualization efforts, with successful tests paving the way for commercialization of edge computing and network slicing technologies. The tests, conducted in California with partners Intel and Nokia, achieved full virtualization of baseband unit functions, the operator announced Wednesday. In the trial, hardware and software were decoupled, enabling more flexibility as to where compute functions could happen within the network. Verizon noted that baseband functions make up the heaviest load of computing on the Radio Access Network (RAN).

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WatchGuard Unveils Firebox NV5 and AP332CR to Support Remote Workers and Outdoor Environments

WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. | December 13, 2022

WatchGuard® Technologies, a global leader in unified cybersecurity, have released its Firebox NV5 VPN gateway tabletop appliance and the AP332CR, a new Wi-Fi 6 access point for rugged or outdoor deployments. Built to support MSPs and end users for purpose-driven deployment locations, these two additions to WatchGuard’s powerful lineup of security products and services further extend enterprise-grade protection for customers with distributed operations, while providing a seamless experience wherever they are. Combined with WatchGuard Cloud to deliver one simplified platform for centralized security management, both the NV5 and AP332CR are easy to deploy, configure, and report on through WatchGuard’s Unified Security Platform® framework. “WatchGuard remains laser-focused on its vision to be the security provider of choice for MSPs, empowering them with security solutions that satisfy a broad range of customer requirements and needs, including remote and distributed environments,” said Ryan Poutre, product manager at WatchGuard Technologies. “We are meeting our promise to set a new standard for security delivery – through our technology, through our team, and through WatchGuard’s thriving partner ecosystem. And together, we’ll keep raising the bar.” Continuing to expand the breadth and relevance of WatchGuard’s robust security portfolio is a key part of the company’s mission to make enterprise-grade security accessible to all organizations, and further enables the company to bring simplification and scale to every aspect of security consumption, delivery, and management. Firebox NV5: Edge Connectivity for Branch Locations and Remote Applications The Firebox NV5 is a powerful solution for distributed, secured VPN traffic and comes with a centralized security and logging solution for administrators. Designed to support remote VPN connections back to a corporate virtual or physical Firebox, the NV5 can route traffic back to the corporate security appliance using WatchGuard Branch Office VPN (BOVPN) capabilities to provide the same level of protection as a device sitting at the corporate office. With enterprise-class SD-WAN capabilities, the NV5 is ideal for deployment in remote applications like kiosks, digital signs, ATMs, and office equipment. Key Features of the Firebox NV5 include: Zero-touch deployment – WatchGuard Cloud offers a zero-touch deployment and configuration tool that comes standard with the Firebox NV5. IT teams can utilize zero-touch deployment to eliminate much of the labor involved in setting up a Firebox to work in their network ‒ all without having to leave their office. Local staff simply connects the device to power and the internet, and the NV5 automatically downloads and applies the pre-determined configuration from the corporate network. Network adaptation with SD-WAN – Businesses require network solutions that adapt to changing conditions by optimizing network performance and costs. Dynamic path selection picks the most appropriate connection based on real-time monitoring of jitter, packet loss, and latency. Utilizing this technology, the Firebox NV5 makes it easy to reduce the use of expensive MPLS or cellular data and improve network resiliency, while maintaining security. WatchGuard user experience – Many customers utilize remote applications or have small satellite offices that can be difficult and costly to secure and manage. The NV5 utilizes the same platform as other WatchGuard Firebox, Wi-Fi, authentication and endpoint solutions. Whether scheduling firmware upgrades or monitoring access points, technicians have one user experience. WatchGuard AP332CR: The Ideal Choice for Mid-Density Outdoor/Rugged Environments Wi-Fi is essential for customers to stay connected for work or as a service for their own customers. The IP67-rated AP332CR delivers superior Wi-Fi 6 performance and WPA3 encrypted security across distributed networks and is ideal for building an easily scalable network in rugged or outdoor deployment conditions. This dual-band access point delivers fast, reliable coverage with a 2x2 radio and four external, omnidirectional antennas offering up to 1.2 Gbps on the 5 GHz band. A single PoE+ port is included to support data rates up to 2.5 Gbps. Utilizing WatchGuard Cloud for deployment and configuration, the AP332CR offers a seamless experience with Wi-Fi 6 performance and WPA3 encryption ‒ making it ideal for building easily scalable networks across school campuses, public hotspots, and smaller manufacturing environments. About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader in unified cybersecurity. Our Unified Security Platform® approach is uniquely designed for managed service providers to deliver world-class security that increases their business scale and velocity while also improving operational efficiency. Trusted by more than 17,000 security resellers and service providers to protect more than 250,000 customers, the company’s award-winning products and services span network security and intelligence, advanced endpoint protection, multi-factor authentication, and secure Wi-Fi. Together, they offer five critical elements of a security platform: comprehensive security, shared knowledge, clarity & control, operational alignment, and automation. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

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Pine Networks Selects IP Infusion's OcNOS Network Operating System for Network Transformation

IP Infusion | January 27, 2023

IP Infusion, a company that makes open network software, said that Pine Networks, a leading European systems integrator, has chosen IP Infusion's OcNOS as the preferred network operating system to turn its customers' networks into decentralized, highly scalable, and secure operations. As part of the deal, Pine Networks will use IP Infusions' OcNOS as its core networking solution. Pine Networks chose OcNOS because it has advanced technical features, works with existing systems, and has a simple licensing process. Pine Networks is adding IP Infusion features to carrier IP routing, Ethernet, MPLS, segment routing, and EVPN to make networks more efficient, faster, and safer. Customers of Pine Networks will also get better network analytics and visibility, as well as more flexible system deployment models. Hadi Choueiry, Managing Director and Founder of Pine Networks, said, “IP Infusion’s innovative offering and excellent customer service enable us to support our mission to provide a deep reduction in our customers' total cost of ownership while we help them scale and deliver improved services." Additionally, they mentioned, "IP Infusion’s cost-effective solution provides the technical features and functions our customers need, with much shorter lead times, giving us an outstanding competitive edge.” (Source - Businesswire) Pine Networks will be able to give its customers a high level of performance by using OcNOS's core network solutions. OcNOS seamlessly interoperates with legacy routers. These are manufactured by Cisco, Huawei, Nokia, and Mikrotik. About IP Infusion IP Infusion is one of the best companies for data center operators, carriers, and service providers to get open network software and solutions from. It has more than 500 customers and thousands of deployments. Our solutions enable network operators to deconstruct their networks in order to accelerate innovation, streamline operations, and bring down the total cost of ownership (TCO). Network OEMs may also separate network devices to cut the time it takes to bring a product to market, offer more services, and get carrier-grade reliability. IP Infusion is a wholly owned and independently operated subsidiary of Access Co., Ltd. and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

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Mirantis OpenStack for Kubernetes Sees 10x Increase in Virtual Machine Deployment Launches New Release

Mirantis | January 13, 2023

Mirantis has announced that its Mirantis OpenStack for Kubernetes (MOSK) has seen virtual machines deployed on its infrastructure increase more than 10 times the previous year. The latest release of MOSK 22.5 includes full support for OpenStack Yoga, shared file system-as-a-service using OpenStack Manila to support legacy workloads, and easy integration with monitoring systems to provide data on the state of cloud resources. MOSK makes it possible for cloud-native and traditional applications to use digital infrastructure. This makes sure that applications are reliable and gives users full control over application data. MOSK offers centralized logging, monitoring, and alerting, as well as tools to automate management of the infrastructure underneath, from setting up hardware to configuring software. Artem Andreev, product manager, Mirantis OpenStack for Kubernetes commented, “The significant growth we’ve seen of VM deployment on MOSK in 2022 serves, yet again, as proof that OpenStack is still a relevant and important infrastructure for virtualized workloads at enterprises and service providers.” He further said, “MOSK hardens the open source OpenStack as the basis for mission-critical operations, removing the typical challenges of OpenStack cluster deployment and operations with an easy-to-use virtualization platform – containerized and optimally-configured for Kubernetes. (Source: Businesswire) About Mirantis Mirantis helps companies ship code faster on both public and private clouds. This makes developers more productive because they don't have to worry about managing infrastructure. The company takes a ZeroOps approach to managing and running Kubernetes and cloud environments by using intelligent automation and cloud-native skills. Mirantis provides a public cloud experience on any infrastructure, from the data center to the edge, with a single cloud experience for complete app and DevOps portability, a single pane of glass, and automated full-stack lifecycle management, all based on open source. Mirantis works with some of the biggest companies in the world, like Adobe, DocuSign, Inmarsat, Nationwide Insurance, PayPal, Reliance Jio, Societe Generale, Splunk, and S&P Global.

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