VMware: Bridging the Digital Employee Experience Perception Gap Crucial in Delivering Better Business Outcomes

Yahoo | July 24, 2019

According to VMware, Inc. (VMW), a leading innovator in enterprise software, the delivery of positive digital employee experience correlates with improved business outcomes and this is shaping how organizations innovate and compete. Findings of the new global VMware Digital Employee Experiencestudy also uncovered key perception gaps between IT decision makers and employees when it comes to the topic of digital empowerment within their organizations in Asia Pacific(APAC) and the need for HR to step up to support IT in delivering positive digital employee experiences. The study, which surveyed 1,600 respondents from Australia, Japan, India, Singapore and China, found that while the vast majority of APAC IT decision makers (95%) agree that IT provides employees with the digital tools they need in order to be successful in their job, 46% of employees surveyed do not agree with this.

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Here I build a virtualization server which can be rack mounted inside an IKEA Lack table converted to host a Cisco CCNA-CCNP home lab (with GNS3 for Cisco router emulation) and virtualization lab for studying. This video is a shorter, updated and compressed version of a video which I uploaded half a year ago about building a cheap virtualization host for home use, i.e. not involving expensive industry grade server components. The VT-x (AMD-v) virtualization extension and VT-d (IOMMU) feature for direct PCI-e device direct bypass/passthrough to VMs are discussed.

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Here I build a virtualization server which can be rack mounted inside an IKEA Lack table converted to host a Cisco CCNA-CCNP home lab (with GNS3 for Cisco router emulation) and virtualization lab for studying. This video is a shorter, updated and compressed version of a video which I uploaded half a year ago about building a cheap virtualization host for home use, i.e. not involving expensive industry grade server components. The VT-x (AMD-v) virtualization extension and VT-d (IOMMU) feature for direct PCI-e device direct bypass/passthrough to VMs are discussed.

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H3C AD-WAN Solution Helps LiveCom's Global SD-WAN Operation

H3C | December 07, 2022

According to Omdia's report, the compound growth rate of the global SD-WAN market will reach 11.9% from 2021 to 2027, and the market size will exceed USD 10 billion by 2027, continuing to lead the enterprise network service market. In recent years, as the epidemic accelerated the digital transformation of the industry, more and more enterprises have chosen cloud, and the demand of enterprises for campus networks, data centers and wide area networks has increased rapidly. The SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) has attracted the attention of more enterprises and service providers because it helps enterprises to achieve quality cloud in a more flexible connection mode, while reducing the cost of WAN. Although the SD-WAN has a broad market prospect, in fact, the existing SD-WAN solutions cannot fully meet the customer demands. Presently, in Chinese market, most manufacturers lack the capability to optimize end-to-end network resources, so it is difficult to provide a complete set of solutions. In the international market, the solutions of some manufacturers are realized through mergers and acquisitions, which causes problems such as high prices, difficult operation and maintenance, long development cycle, etc., which greatly affects the deployment progress of the SD-WAN. Based on the insight into the industry pain points, H3C AD-WAN solution, with the concept of "application-driven network", carries out innovative explorations around technical architecture, business experience, security protection and control, operation and maintenance management, business model and other fields, offers new features such as new service modes, WAN optimization, multi-cloud connection, end-to-end SRv6, SASE business automation, etc., and helps the customers build full-scenario, whole-domain and full-lifecycle intelligent WANs, which can better meet the requirements of the operators in the "post-epidemic" era for end-to-end control, operation, and maintenance for SD-WAN construction. This solution has now been applied to overseas market. H3C and LiveCom Cooperate Closely to Explore New SD-WAN Modes In March, 2021, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued the Action Plan for Coordinated Development of the "Double Gigabit" Network (2021-2023), proposing to adopt the SD-WAN technical solution to optimize network transmission quality. As encouraged by this policy, the three major domestic telecom carriers have invested in the research and development of SD-WAN intelligent dedicated lines, and the WAN architecture has also turned to SD-WAN in an all-round way. LiveCom is an international carrier that has long been dedicated to cross-border communication information services. With the global business expansion of LiveCom, the number of POP nodes deployed overseas and the volume of business carried by the backbone networks increase. Therefore, the forwarding delay, site deployment, network resource optimization, business operation and maintenance management of its global network are facing greater challenges. In order to further enhance its competitiveness in the global market, LiveCom needs a powerful partner to help upgrade its SD-WAN services in an all-round way, and it is just the right time to cooperate with H3C. After testing SD-WAN products of several manufacturers, LiveCom made a long-term cooperation decision with H3C in less than three months due to the strong advantages of H3C, such as advanced and steady products, professional technicians, and comprehensive service coverage. In the cooperation mode in which H3C provides overall solutions and products, and LiveCom provides lines and technical support, both parties have finally provided customers with high-quality bandwidth operation services based on SD-WAN solutions. At the application level, in the headquarters and branch scenarios, H3C provides hardware products and SD-WAN controllers for deployment, which help LiveCom to establish multiple POP points around the world and deploy branch routers for enterprises. In addition, through the northbound API interface of the SD-WAN solution provided by H3C, LiveCom can customize the display interfaces according to the actual needs of customers, and comprehensively improve the customer experience in operation and maintenance. During the cooperation, both sides have gradually formed a benign and interactive cooperation mode through joint efforts. In the early stage, with deep experience in hardware and solutions, H3C organized pre-sales and after-sales training for LiveCom's technicians in operation, troubleshooting, and calling northbound interfaces of the routers, so as to help them enhance their experience in operating large and medium-sized SD-WAN networks. Besides, H3C provided mature cases for LiveCom, and engineers from both sides jointly deployed the SD-WAN platform. LiveCom was responsible for giving feedbacks of new customer demands to H3C, and both parties jointly analyzed customer demands to provide improved SD-WAN functions and services and solve the problems of the customers.

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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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Penguin Computing to Acquire Remote Access Software Assets from Colorado Code Craft

Penguin Solutions | November 17, 2022

Penguin Solutions, an SGH brand that provides HPC, AI, and IoT technologies for edge, core, and cloud, announced today that its Penguin Computing group has acquired all software and intellectual property assets of Colorado Code Craft and welcomed Colorado Code Craft employees to the Penguin Computing team. The company specializes in secure remote work and collaboration software solutions for high-performance and high-fidelity remote visualization, including remote 3D visualization for applications running in the cloud and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for technical computing. Penguin and Colorado Code Craft have been working together since 2014, when they collaborated to deliver Penguin’s Scyld Cloud Workstation™ VDI platform as a remote visualization technology with the Penguin on Demand (POD) HPC cloud. The companies have continued the partnership since that time, expanding the product to include numerous follow-on software releases and capabilities. Recent enhancements include the addition of 60fps (frames per second) video refresh support and support for 4K video fidelity for demanding high-resolution workloads -- all delivered through a standard browser. “The data volumes and compute-intensive use cases for HPC and AI increasingly lead to situations where data scientists and researchers are operating from locations far from the data center or cloud, With the acquisition of Colorado Code Craft’s high-performance, browser-based remote display capabilities, we’re able to provide our customers with a secure way to deliver remote desktops and application streaming from any cloud or data center to any device, regardless of the network conditions. This agentless solution accelerates users’ work processes by enabling rapid access to in-place data on the HPC/AI cluster and operates without the need for application or user workstation modifications.” Thierry Pellegrino, president of Penguin Solutions Penguin’s Scyld Cloud Workstation software is based on Colorado Code Craft technology and continues to play a key role in Penguin on Demand (POD) offerings. The current user base is comprised of data scientists, researchers, and engineers across diverse markets such as: energy, engineering, infrastructure, manufacturing, monitoring and evaluation, oil & gas, and research. In addition, the software is also integrated with Penguin’s new Scyld Cloud Central™ platform – and will also be available for use on the Google Cloud Platform, POD, and by Penguin customers leveraging dedicated HPC/AI cluster environments within their data center or co-location facilities. “After a decade of developing remote visualization platforms and expanding innovative solutions for customers, we are very excited to become a part of Penguin Solutions,” said Thomas Ruge, founder of Colorado Code Craft. “Together we will expand our customer base with both enterprise customers and technology partners into industries such as media/entertainment and distributed design/engineering that rely on the seamless remote application experience that we can provide.” The definitive agreement was signed on November 7, 2022 and the financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Visit our website or Penguin Solutions’ booth #2400 at SC22 this week to learn more. Penguin Solutions, Penguin Computing, Colorado Code Craft, Scyld Cloud Central, and Scyld Cloud Workstation are trademarks or registered trademarks of Penguin Computing, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. About Penguin Solutions The Penguin Solutions™ portfolio, which includes Penguin Computing™ and Penguin Edge™, accelerates customers’ digital transformation with the power of emerging technologies in HPC, AI, and IoT with solutions and services that span the continuum of edge, core, and cloud. By designing highly-advanced infrastructure, machines, and networked systems we enable the world’s most innovative enterprises and government institutions to build the autonomous future, drive discovery and amplify human potential. Penguin Solutions is an SGH Brand.

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