VMware advances hybrid cloud operations and automation

VMware | April 03, 2019

VMware announced advancements across its integrated VMware vRealize cloud management platform to help IT enable developers and IT admins to quickly build and deliver applications in hybrid cloud environments with more secure and consistent operations. The new product releases vRealize Operations 7.5, vRealize Network Insight 4.1, vRealize Automation 7.6, and vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 2.1 – will supposedly combine to provide expanded self-driving operations and enhanced programmable provisioning capabilities across private and hybrid clouds. VMware vRealize Operations supposedly delivers self-driving operations management from applications to infrastructure to optimise, plan and scale hybrid clouds including on-prem environments.

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Cell virtualization, a breakthrough technique pioneered by CommScope and employed in the OneCell C-RAN small cell solution, allows multiple users to share the same wireless frequencies without interference, effectively multiplying wireless capacity. Cell virtualization has been likened to advanced 5G technologies, but it is available today in LTE with OneCell. This short animation explains how cell virtualization works.

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Cell virtualization, a breakthrough technique pioneered by CommScope and employed in the OneCell C-RAN small cell solution, allows multiple users to share the same wireless frequencies without interference, effectively multiplying wireless capacity. Cell virtualization has been likened to advanced 5G technologies, but it is available today in LTE with OneCell. This short animation explains how cell virtualization works.

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3 ways to celebrate International VPN Day

NordVPN | August 20, 2021

NordVPN launches a new international event to bring more awareness to cybersecurity Virtual private network (VPN) was invented in 1993 and has become an essential cybersecurity tool for anyone who cares about their cybersecurity. In fact, at the moment, there are 142 million VPN users in the US alone and, according to Google Trends, the demand is growing constantly. “It is important that we celebrate the product which, in an age of cybercrime, protects our digital privacy by encrypting our network. It is also important to at least once a year bring awareness to cybersecurity threats and learn more about ways to stay secure. And that is what International VPN Day is for,” the cybersecurity expert at NordVPN Daniel Markuson comments. Below, Daniel Markuson suggests the best ways to celebrate International VPN Day on August 19: Evaluate your digital habits Many of us may be sure we know it all when it comes to privacy online. However, as the NordVPN report shows, the world scored only 65.2 out of 100 in the National Privacy Test last year. In 2020, 48,063 respondents from 192 countries responded to a test that consisted of 20 questions. It helped to evaluate their online privacy skills and knowledge, and the results showed that we still need to learn a lot. “Assessing yourself can be very valuable, and the National Privacy Test is a great way to do that. So, once a year, on International VPN Day, take the test and find out what skills you may still lack,” Daniel Markuson recommends. Learn about cybersecurity Once you take the test, it is time to improve your knowledge. The cybersecurity world is evolving every year, bringing in new ways to protect yourself. So, it is normal that a regular user may not know everything. The test helps to identify what extra security measures could make you more safe and private on the internet. There are many valuable learning resources available online, but here are some of the most important tips from Daniel Markuson: Don’t use the same password for everything. It’s like using the same lock for your car, apartment, and storage. Instead, create strong and unique passwords for every online account. Password managers like NordPass will be a great help here — they generate strong passwords and remember them for you. Do your best to avoid online scams. Do not click on a link unless you trust the source. And do not enter your credentials on shady websites. Read emails and the websites you visit carefully. If they look poorly written and the design seems off, they could have been set up by scammers. Use a VPN. A VPN is especially useful for anyone who uses public Wi-Fi hotspots — meaning all of us. Public Wi-Fi usually has an exceptionally low firewall when it comes to blocking hackers. This weak security allows hackers to place themselves between users and the Wi-Fi connection. You can’t be sure you're safe on such a network — unless you’re using a VPN. Lead by example Once you test yourself and learn something new, encourage others to do the same. The primary goal of International VPN Day is to bring more attention to privacy, security, and freedom on the internet and educate people around the world. So, contribute to this mission by inviting your friends and family to celebrate with you. ABOUT NORDVPN NordVPN is the world’s most advanced VPN service provider used by over 14 million internet users worldwide. NordVPN provides double VPN encryption, malware blocking, and Onion Over VPN. The product is very user-friendly, offers one of the best prices on the market, has over 5,000 servers in 60 countries worldwide, and is P2P-friendly. One of the key features of NordVPN is the zero-log policy.

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VMware Speeds Service Providers’ Move to Multi-Cloud

VMware | October 28, 2021

To bring innovative apps and services to customers more quickly, service providers are betting heavily on the cloud. And as apps and data continue to distribute across clouds and locations, service providers require flexibility to deploy and consistently manage workloads anywhere. That is why VMware is unveiling enhancements to its Telco Cloud Platform designed to help service providers speed their multi-cloud transformation. “With network modernization efforts well underway, service providers are now focused on how to monetize 5G services. And how to do it fast. Thanks to cloud-native architectures, time to market for launching new services has moved from months and years to days and weeks. Over 150 CSPs around the world rely on VMware Telco Cloud Platform to accelerate time to revenue while providing automation and consistent operations across networks for 4G, 5G and beyond. The VMware Telco Cloud Platform provides multi-cloud capabilities from the core to the edge without locking the service provider into a single cloud architecture or deployment. It thereby delivers the agility and speed our customers need for their massive 5G deployments.” Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider and Edge, VMware The enhancements to VMware Telco Cloud Platform include: VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud will let service providers seamlessly incorporate public clouds into their overall 5G architecture. VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Edge will provide the foundation for delivery of next-generation communications and compute services at the service provider and enterprise edge. New VMware Telco Cloud Automation capabilities will enable consistent, multi-cloud operations across the entire network. In addition, support for network slicing will be added through Project Lattice, now in tech preview. VMware’s RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) platform will unlock app innovation and velocity across radio access networks (RAN). Introducing VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud Service providers have started to embrace public clouds as a part of their network architecture. As network functions are deployed across on-premises telco clouds and public clouds, service providers require a platform that enables consistent multi-cloud operations and automation. Introduced VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud, powered by VMware Cloud, offers service providers choice and flexibility to run their workloads in multi-cloud environments with ease. An extension of VMware Telco Cloud Platform, VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud is comprised of the same field-proven virtualization solution, carrier-grade container-as-a-service (CaaS), and multi-layer automation, consistent across core, edge, RAN, and now with public cloud. VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud will provide service providers with: The ability to migrate telco and IT workloads to public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), specifically VMware Cloud on AWS, quickly and cost efficiently while having the flexibility to bring them back to the on-premises telco clouds, if and when necessary. A choice to deploy leading network functions, through VMware’s partner ecosystem, on the best clouds to serve their functional purposes based on cost, availability, and performance. Consistent operations with multi-layer automation across any telco cloud – from core, edge, RAN, to public cloud. VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud is expected to be generally available in VMware’s Q4 FY22, initially supporting service providers to deploy their network functions on VMware Cloud on AWS environments. Learn more about VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud here. Announcing VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Edge At VMworld 2021, VMware introduced VMware Edge, a product portfolio that will enable organizations to run, manage and better secure edge-native apps. Service providers will play a key role in VMware’s unified edge platform strategy. That’s why today VMware is announcing VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Edge, a variation of Telco Cloud Platform adapted to host and manage multi-vendor network edge solutions. An open and multi-cloud platform, VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Edge will provide: A foundation for deploying next-generation communication services, including Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC), Private Mobile Networking (PMN) and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), among others. Ability to deploy edge-native apps at the service provider edge or the enterprise edge. Automation and operational consistency across edges and other network sites. A bridge to VMware’s extensive partner ecosystem spanning hyperscalers, network equipment providers, ISVs, edge-native app developers, and more. An example of a VMware Edge ecosystem partner is Lenovo. Its comprehensive edge product portfolio coupled with VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Edge will enable automated edge services that will accelerate time to value. The combined solution will provide a strong foundation for edge deployments across different market segments. New Telco Cloud Automation Capabilities Will Enable Multi-Cloud Operations Spanning the entire network, Telco Cloud Automation is the orchestration and automation engine for Telco Cloud Platform. It enables consistent operations and cloud-first approach to management and orchestration by abstracting cloud complexities and exposing the new multi-cloud ecosystem through standard telco interfaces and unified resources. VMware announced new capabilities for Telco Cloud Automation, including: Consistent Multi-Cloud Operations:Telco Cloud Automation customers will be able to leverage Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) public cloud resources through either VMware Cloud on AWS or Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS). Network Slicing:VMware unveiled Project Lattice, a tech preview, that will extend Telco Cloud Automation capabilities with 3GPP standard-compliant network slicing management. This will enable service providers to plan, design, and instantiate end-to-end network slices across the RAN, edge, core and transport network domains. An add-on module to Telco Cloud Automation, the new network slicing capability will help service providers unify these domains and close the gap between the delivered services and required network resources from physical or cloud infrastructure. Accelerate onboarding and instantiation of network functions: Telco Cloud Automation will offer new designer capabilities to support more lifecycle automation options and accelerate onboarding and instantiation of network functions through automated CaaS and infrastructure customizations. Network operability improvements: Telco Cloud Automation will enable new automated Day 2 operations for CaaS operations, BIOS and firmware upgrades that reduce maintenance time while allowing greater management flexibility across data centers. Augmented CI/CD automation: Updates will make it easier to integrate Telco Cloud Automation into existing CI/CD pipelines with new SDK and enable a service provider to decrease new app deployment and update time—reducing integration costs and OpEx. Infrastructure Automation Enhancements: Telco Cloud Automation will also offer Mount Bryce driver support, and Precision Time Protocol (PTP) network function automation. These integrations will help automate away manual infrastructure-level operations that prove essential for running vRAN and other high-performance apps. New Telco Cloud Automation capabilities will be generally available in VMware’s Q4 FY22 apart from Project Lattice, which is in tech preview. Learn more about VMware Telco Cloud Automation for multi-cloud operations here and Project Lattice for network slicing here. Introducing VMware RIC The RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) is a new function introduced by the O-RAN Alliance that enables service providers to deploy cloud-native control and management apps in the RAN. VMware is introducing VMware RIC, a platform that abstracts the underlying RAN infrastructure and provides developer APIs for xApps and rApps to program the RAN. VMware RIC platform will consist of two RICs that can run independent of each other, or together: VMware Centralized RIC, an implementation of the non-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (non-RT RIC) in the O-RAN Alliance reference architecture. It will manage and host rApps that have control functions with response timing greater than one second. VMware Distributed RIC, an implementation of the near-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (near-RT RIC) in the O-RAN Alliance reference architecture. It will manage and host xApps that have control functions with response timing less than one second, typically on the order of 10’s of milliseconds. 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.

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Telco Systems and Stem Connect Collaborate to Accelerate the Rollout of Service Virtualization on Telecommunications Networks

Telco Systems | July 15, 2021

Telco Systems, a leading provider of innovative Network Edge solutions for communications infrastructure and service management, and Stem Connect, a leading supplier of ultra-reliable business connectivity solutions, announced today a joint offering for a service virtualization solution in the United Kingdom, France, and South Africa. The new service will be built on Telco Systems' fast edge technology and Stem Connect's expertise in providing enterprise-grade networking solutions in these regions. This strategic collaboration was formed after successful testing of the integrated solution in accordance with particular market needs, which included Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) such as SD-WAN and Firewall. Customers will get access to the latest Edge Computing technology as well as a localized, field-proven deployment capability. With enterprises looking for quick and efficient solutions that reduce time to market, the focus of this collaboration is on pre-packaged technology and a streamlined delivery and service approach. The solution goes beyond connection and security because Telco Systems' edge device allows other applications to be installed on the device at a low cost, allowing Stem Connect to deploy additional applications required by the enterprise customer. Third-party VNFs and new white box devices can be set up and fully operational in minutes thanks to Telco Systems' virtualization technology. This technology allows telcos, managed service providers, and governments to rapidly deploy new VNF-based business services with centralized administration and ongoing orchestration. Telco Systems' Edge computing solution also enables MSPs to operate on Intel or Arm-based devices while using native Cloud environments for network management and operations. About Telco Systems Telco Systems is a leader in innovative Cloud Computing and Network Edge solutions for managing communications infrastructure and services. Carrier Ethernet, MPLS-based demarcation and aggregation, NFV, uCPE, 5G, and IoT solutions are among the company's industry-leading Cloud Edge Computing product portfolio. Worldwide, managed service providers and enterprises depend on Telco Systems for networking technologies and innovations to increase the capacity of their network infrastructures and generate revenue from new connectivity offerings. BATM Advanced Communications' fully owned subsidiary is Telco Systems. About Stem Connect Stem Connect, a leading and preferred Network Provider in the United Kingdom, France, and South Africa, takes a unique approach to provide connectivity solutions to our customers. Our main goal is to provide affordable and practical solutions that are supported by highly skilled and professional support staff. Stem Connect is well known in the enterprise for managed connectivity solutions, voice, data, or fail-safe service level agreements. The Stem Connect network has a strong presence, with numerous International Fibre routes and Global peering POPS. Our fiber, POPS (Point of Presence), and datacenter peering points allow us to create a resilient network with multiple fail-overs and shortest path routing, allowing Stem Connect to offer a highly resilient network with minimal latency. As a result, our clients can run real-time applications that surpass their expectations. In addition, we provide one of the most extensive service level agreements in the UK.

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