VMware and Google unveil strategic partnership

IT News Africa | August 01, 2019

Google Cloud and VMware have announced a new service that will allow organisations to run their VMware workloads in Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The Google Cloud VMware Solution by CloudSimple will leverage VMware Cloud Foundation infrastructure software.“Customers increasingly want to run their mission-critical workloads, including those from VMware, in Google Cloud,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO at Google Cloud. “We’re delighted to partner with VMware to support these workloads, enabling customers to leverage Google Cloud’s core competencies such as secure, performant, global and highly available infrastructure, AI, ML and analytics.

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Enterprises are prioritizing edge computing, but finding roadblocks. ESG analyst Bob Laliberte breaks down key findings and market statistics to explain edge compute challenges – including data security and inadequate IT skillsets – and provide a few ideas about how to overcome them.

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Enterprises are prioritizing edge computing, but finding roadblocks. ESG analyst Bob Laliberte breaks down key findings and market statistics to explain edge compute challenges – including data security and inadequate IT skillsets – and provide a few ideas about how to overcome them.

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Red Hat Helps Enterprises Modernize at Scale with New Migration Toolkit

Red Hat | November 23, 2022

Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Migration Toolkit for Applications 6, based on the open source project Konveyor, aimed at helping customers accelerate large-scale application modernization efforts. The toolkit enables customers to better assess, prioritize and modernize their applications across hybrid cloud environments on Red Hat OpenShift, the industry’s leading Kubernetes platform. Few would disagree that the technology landscape has shifted dramatically in recent years. According to Red Hat’s 2022 State of Application Modernization Report, organizations plan to modernize 54% of their custom applications during the next year, and over a quarter of these workloads during the next six months. In the medium term, respondents also reported that 80% of applications will be modernized in the next two years. It’s clear that the reliance on virtualization, as we currently understand it, has shifted. Organizations are embracing cloud-native technologies to meet heightened user expectations and market competition, but this doesn’t happen overnight. With Migration Toolkit for Applications and related services and offerings, Red Hat is helping customers modernize applications at their speed and on their timelines. Migration Toolkit for Applications is an integrated assembly of tools that support Java application modernization and migration projects at scale across a broad range of use cases. Now designed to help migration leads and developers find the best and most reliable modernization path forward, Migration Toolkit for Applications 6 includes: New application inventory and assessment modules that assist organizations in managing, classifying and tagging their applications while assessing application suitability for deployment in containers, including flagging potential risks for migration strategies. Full integration with source code and binary repositories to automate the retrieval of applications for analysis along with proxy integration including HTTP and HTTPS proxy configuration managed in the user interface. Improved analysis capabilities with new analysis modes, including source and dependency modes that parse repositories to gather dependencies and add them to the overall scope of the analysis. There is also a simplified user experience to configure the analysis scope, including open source libraries. Enhanced RBAC powered by Red Hat Single Sign-On, defining three new differentiated personas with different permissions to suit the needs of each user—administrator, architect and migrator—including credentials management for multiple credential types. Administrator perspective to provide tool-wide configuration management for administrators. Open source community drives containerization leap Kubernetes is fueled by a vibrant open source community and to further drive adoption, Red Hat and IBM Research created Konveyor. Konveyor is an open source project aimed at helping modernize and migrate applications for open hybrid cloud deployments by building tools, identifying patterns and providing advice on bringing cloud-native transformation across IT. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) project forms the foundation for Migration Toolkit for Applications and with this set of tools, organizations can have deeper insight throughout their adoption process—whether they’re making decisions at the portfolio or application level. To learn more about the latest version of Migration Toolkit for Applications, visit the webpage here. “Hybrid cloud isn’t just the future of computing—it’s here now, and Red Hat is determined to give our customers the tools, direction and intelligence to help them bring their applications to this new world. We know that transformation doesn’t happen overnight, which is why Red Hat Modernization Toolkit for Applications is designed to accelerate modernization, not stifle it, by easing the process of bringing traditional applications to a hybrid cloud-ready platform with analysis and automation.” James Labocki, senior director, product management, Red Hat About Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. Red Hat helps customers integrate new and existing IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize on our industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure, and manage complex environments. Award-winning support, training, and consulting services make Red Hat a trusted adviser to the Fortune 500. As a strategic partner to cloud providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the digital future.

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Fortinet confirms VPN vulnerability exploited in the wild

Fortinet | December 14, 2022

Fortinet issued an advisory Monday detailing the heap-based buffer overflow flaw, tracked as CVE-2022-42475, affecting multiple versions of its FortiOS SSL-VPN. Ranked a 9.3 on the common vulnerability scoring system, Fortinet warned the critical flaw could allow a remote unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code. "Fortinet is aware of an instance where this vulnerability was exploited in the wild, and recommends immediately validating your systems against the following indicators of compromise," Fortinet wrote in the advisory. Patches are available, and Fortinet recommended upgrading to the latest versions as well as the unaffected earlier version of FortiOS. In an email to TechTarget Editorial, Fortinet said it also continues to monitor the situation. While the company's Product Security Incident Response team made the advisory publicly available Monday, it was not the first notification on the critical flaw. Olympe Cyberdefense, a France-based cyber threat intelligence vendor, released an alert Friday citing that a "new critical flaw, not yet made public" affected Fortinet SSL-VPN. The alert, which was first reported Monday by TechTarget sister publication Le Mag IT, warned the zero-day vulnerability was easy to exploit and that attackers could gain full control of intended devices. Additionally, Olympe Cyberdefense recommended disabling VPN-SSL functionality if it's not essential. Olympe updated its alert once Fortinet confirmed the vulnerability and urged customers to patch. In a statement sent to TechTarget Editorial, Claire Tills, senior researcher engineer at Tenable, noted the time gap between the Olympe's initial disclosure and Fortinet's advisory. "Three days after its initial public disclosure, Fortinet patched CVE-2022-42475 and confirmed it has been exploited in the wild," Tills said. "Fortinet SSL-VPNs have been a major target for years now -- to the extent that the FBI and CISA issued a dedicated advisory to these flaws and their exploitation in 2021. Nation state actors are still known to exploit those legacy vulnerabilities in Fortinet SSL-VPNs. Given that this new vulnerability has already been exploited, organizations should patch CVE-2022-42475 immediately before it joins the ranks of other legacy VPN flaws." Attacks targeting VPNs have been on the rise, with multiple government warnings since 2020 when remote work increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In October, FortiOS faced another critical vulnerability that allowed attackers to bypass authentication and was exploited in the wild. Like Monday's advisory, Fortinet was not the first to publicly disclose the flaw.

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Edgecore Networks Provides a Cost-Effective SD-WAN Solution for SMEs with SDW102 and SDW102-L

Edgecore | December 21, 2022

Edgecore Networks, a leading provider of traditional and open network solutions for enterprises, data centers, and telecommunication service providers, today announced the launch of the SDW102 and SDW102-L, the latest addition to its SD-WAN product line—the SDW series. The SDW102 and SDW102-L are designed for chain stores, small to medium-sized enterprises, and SOHOs to address application performance issues for remote users, providing robust, secure, and adaptive network services on demand. The pandemic has changed many things, from the way of living to the method of work. Hybrid work is now the norm in many organizations. This shift to remote work and hybrid workspace forces organizations to take a more systematic and strategic approach to connect remote workers to applications and data. To better connect employees in multiple office locations, Edgecore provides its SD-WAN solution for organizations to improve specifically on the cost-effectiveness and complexity of traditional WANs, as well as increasing business agility. Now with its new members, the SDW102 and SDW102-L, Edgecore’s SD-WAN product line becomes more complete and flexible. The SDW102 and SDW102-L are easy to deploy and primarily aimed at small and medium-sized businesses, chain stores, and SOHOs to simplify their networks while also increasing reliability and application access. The SDW102 supports wired WAN and LAN, while the SDW102-L offers optional 4G LTE Cat. 6 with a SIM slot. The SDW102 and SDW102-L can be managed by an SD-WAN software controller, allowing users to install the controller in a data center or on a server. In addition, the SDW102 and SDW102-L can be adjusted as a hub or spoke via software. On top of traffic monitoring, Edgecore’s centralized controller can be used to set policies and prioritize traffic. The SD-WAN considers the policies and network bandwidth to route traffic accordingly, ensuring the expected application performance. “Hybrid working is a new normal. Edgecore is active in finding the best solution for businesses with distributed workforces. Along with the launch of SDW102 and SDW102-L, Edgecore’s SD-WAN solution addresses customers of all sizes and in all verticals, The Edgecore SDW-series provides you with a simple way to embrace the beauty of SD-WAN - a plug-and-play, secure, agile, reliable mechanism to deliver enterprise-grade services to remote sites and branches. No more complexity, no more paying for what you don’t really need!” TT Hsu, Vice President of Edgecore Networks About Edgecore Edgecore Networks Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Accton Technology Corporation, the leading networking ODM. Edgecore Networks delivers wired and wireless networking products and solutions through channel partners and system integrators worldwide for Data Center, Service Provider, Enterprise and SMB customers. Edgecore Networks is the leader in open networking, providing a full line of open 1G-400G Ethernet OCP Accepted™ switches, core routers, cell site gateways, virtual PON OLTs, optical packet transponders, and Wi-Fi access points that offer choice of commercial and open source NOS and SDN software.

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