VMware | January 21, 2022
VMware announced an agreement with BT, a leading global communications services provider, to offer multinational customers more choice and flexibility in how they embrace a cloud-first approach to networking, security, and edge computing.
Under the terms of the agreement, BT will offer its customers VMware Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) as a global managed service, combining BT’s extensive networking capabilities and in-depth security expertise with VMware technology.
The launch of the BT-managed service builds on the strong partnership between the companies. BT already offers a managed service based on VMware SD-WAN.
The new managed service will help customers accelerate their digital transformation by providing employees wherever they are with flexible, more secure, and reliable access to cloud-based applications and services deployed in public and private clouds, SaaS, or at the enterprise edge. It will support the adoption of the latest digital technologies and workstyles, including IoT and hybrid working.
As part of the single-vendor ecosystem managed service, BT will provide full end-to-end support across networking and security, protecting access to applications and data across private, hybrid and multi-clouds. This will remove complexity for customers on adopting a full SASE approach and will be especially compelling for those looking to transform both networking and security operations.
VMware’s comprehensive cloud-delivered SASE solution brings together:
Network performance benefits of SD-WAN
Integrated security services delivered from the cloud
The ability to support modern distributed applications, all of which will benefit from artificial intelligence for IT operations, or AIOps, for faster problem resolution.
These capabilities are delivered as a service from a global network of over 150 points of presence (PoPs) deployed by VMware and its SASE service provider partners. BT will peer its network PoPs with VMware PoPs, so customers have an enhanced end user experience on the VMware platform.
The new BT-managed VMware SASE service will launch with features including URL filtering; in-line cloud access security broker (CASB) to protect user activity; content filtering to reduce attack surfaces; and content inspection to protect against malware attacks.
For customers looking to adopt hybrid workstyles, BT will provide VMware Secure Access. This zero-trust network access service allows only trusted devices and remote workers to access enterprise applications hosted on premises or in the cloud.
VMware and BT plan to work together to introduce new features to the managed service over the coming months.
Many organizations are deploying cloud networking with SD-WAN technology. SASE takes this approach to the next level with an architecture that enables delivery of networking, security, and edge compute services from the cloud. Launching our managed VMware SASE solution will help customers address networking and security challenges seamlessly as one.”
Scott Cowling, Director, Software Defined Networks, BT
Craig Connors, vice president and general manager for VMware’s SASE business, said, “Leading service providers like BT have modernized their networks so they can deliver a new category of services to enterprise customers. SASE has emerged as the blueprint for modern networking and security, and we are pleased BT has selected VMware SASE to simplify their customers’ multi-cloud journey.”
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.
Lightbits Labs | October 01, 2021
Lightbits Labs a leader in NVMe-based, scalable and software-defined elastic block storage that is fully optimized on Intel hardware for private and edge clouds, today announced that it has successfully completed a rigorous certification of LightOS® with VMware vSphere® 7 Update 3 and will be listed on the VMware Compatibility Guide. LightOS software-defined storage, fueled by 3rd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors with built in AI accelerators, Intel Optane Persistent memory (PMem) and 100Gb Intel Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters, offers the ultimate in performance, resilience, and scalability for VMware vSphere® while lowering cost.
Lightbits pioneered NVMe/TCP, developing a disaggregated storage solution that is easy to deploy at scale, while delivering performance that is similar to local flash. As a VMware Technology Alliance Partner and design partner, Lightbits has been collaborating with VMware on development and testing of the new vSphere NVMe/TCP feature. Supporting native NVMe/TCP in VMware vSphere is a major step toward delivering an end-to-end NVMe solutions ecosystem.
“Enterprise IT organizations supporting ESXi workloads, want access to the latest technologies to stay ahead in a highly competitive marketplace. Working with Lightbits and Intel, VMware is advancing its storage support with a strong roadmap for the NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) technology that gives data centers unprecedented remote access to NVMe storage. The addition of support for NVMe/TCP ensures that VMware hosts can better support modern applications that need high IOPS, low latency block storage solutions that offer large capacity and high density per storage server.”
Said Paul Turner, Vice President Product Management vSphere, VMware
LightOS supercharges VMware environments with these benefits:
Simple: It’s easy to consume over TCP/IP networks using standard protocols and drivers. Seamlessly integrates into existing infrastructure and VMware environments.
Flexible: software only, disaggregated architecture allows for independent scaling of storage and compute. Runs on commodity hardware of customer’s choosing for a broad range of use cases.
High-Performance: Featuring Intel Xeon Scalable processors with Intel DL Boost, Intel Optane PMem, and Intel Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters with ADQ technology, LightOS delivers high IOPS and low latency with performance that is equivalent to local flash without proprietary hardware and rigid capacity and performance constraints.
Lower TCO: Coupling Intel’s high-performance hardware platform with LightOS optimized for low-cost QLC SSDs, data reduction features dramatically improve efficiency, and disaggregated architecture maximizes resource utilization. Also, no hypervisor is required on storage nodes.
Highly Available: Rich data services such as SSD-level Elastic RAID, per-volume replication, multi-tenancy, snapshots, clones, remote monitoring, and more that result in highly resilient, high availability storage that extends across the entire virtualized platform.
Remi El-Ouazzane, Chief Strategy Officer, Datacenter and AI Group, Intel Corporation
“To overcome customer challenges requires addressing both hardware and software infrastructure in the data center, and partnerships with innovators like VMware and Lightbits strengthens our position to deliver complete solutions to solve those challenges. Intel’s platform breadth of high-performance technologies for the data center such as Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel Optane Persistent memory and Intel Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters are essential to deliver on the promise of NVMe/TCP. The integration of LightOS with Intel technology, especially for VMware environments provides private-cloud infrastructure and cloud service providers customers with an optimized cost-efficient, lower TCO storage solution while maintaining high performance and very low latency.”
Christos Karamanolis, Lightbits Labs Advisory Board Member
“This platform will provide core benefits to any organization that needs to increase the scale and utilization of their infrastructure, whether in financial services or other industries. LightOS enables data centers to take full advantage of NVMe/TCP. And when combined with the VMware ESXi and Intel hardware, organizations can rapidly and easily set up high-performance, scalable storage using the data center network they already have in place. For vSphere users who want flexibility, high availability, and high performance in a package that is easy to consume—this solution is compelling.”
Eric Burgener, Vice President of Research, IDC
“Digital transformation and the move to more data-driven business models is well underway at most enterprises today. To enable agility and better meet the performance, scalability, availability and efficiency requirements, enterprises are modernizing their storage infrastructures and moving to more server-based, software-defined architectures that support NVMe and cloud technologies. We envision NVMe/TCP as being an enabler of cost-effective high-performance disaggregated storage architectures similar to what hyperscalers are using. This announcement makes available an off-the-shelf solution that delivers the same set of performance, availability, scalability, and efficiency benefits for enterprise IT organizations supporting virtualized environments that's on par with the hyperscalers.”
“Digital leaders turn to Equinix for high performance, foundational infrastructure that can be deployed globally and on-demand,” said Zac Smith, Managing Director, Equinix Metal. “For years, NVMe/TCP has offered the promise of improved performance, increased deployment flexibility, and better cost efficiency through ‘hyperscale-style’ disaggregation of storage and compute, so we’re excited to see Lightbits, VMware, and Intel collaborating to bring this capability to our customers.”
“With the explosion of data underway, companies are committing to digital transformation on a massive scale. To extract the value of this data, applications need to rapidly store, access, and analyze data. Over the past few years private clouds and cloud service providers have been running cloud native applications on Lightbits, benefiting from our Kubernetes integration. Now we are super-excited to have a high performance, highly available storage solution also for VMware users, with in-box support for NVMe/TCP,” said Kam Eshghi, Chief Strategy Officer at Lightbits. “Organizations with private clouds and hybrid clouds, as well as cloud service providers and financial service providers can now realize the performance, scalability, and cost-efficiency benefits of a combined solution from VMware, Lightbits, and Intel.”
LightOS is a scalable, efficient NVMe/TCP storage solution with intelligent flash management that improves flash endurance by up to 20X. It’s easy to deploy at scale and delivers performance that is equivalent to local flash. A single LightOS cluster can deliver over 40M IOPS (random Read) and 10PB user capacity, with less than 200μs latency. Organizations previously utilizing iSCSI can instead use NVMe/TCP on the same network infrastructure and realize much higher performance. In addition to high performance, LightOS offers rich data services such as multi-tenancy, thin-provisioning, snapshots, clones, remote monitoring, dynamic rebalancing, and more that result in highly resilient storage that extends across the entire virtualized platform.
Lightbits, VMware, and Intel will jointly present a virtual breakout session, “Cloud Everywhere Transformation: NVMe/TCP Operating Models on Data Center and Cloud,” at VMworld 2021
About Lightbits Labs
Lightbits Labs is leading the digital data center transformation in the enterprise by delivering scalable and efficient cloud-optimized, software-defined elastic block storage (EBS) on-premises that is easy to consume. Pioneers of the NVMe™ over TCP (NVMe/TCP) protocol, making low latency application access available to enterprise IT organizations supporting high-performance databases, big data analytics, and web-scale environments using either virtual or container-based architectures. Lightbits LightOS storage is designed to maximize the utility of NVMe, for IT organizations who want simplicity, performance, and flexibility for their Private and Edge clouds.
NordVPN | January 05, 2022
As 2021 is coming to an end, we at Nord Security want to reflect on the most meaningful moments the company experienced this year. The Nord Security group is home to NordVPN, NordLayer, NordWL, NordPass, NordLocker, and Atlas VPN.
This year was full of challenges, but I guess you can say that about every year when you work in the cybersecurity sphere. Despite everything, we grew as a team with 230 people joining the company this year, as a product with the implementation of new features, and as an organization whose goal is to raise digital literacy awareness.
Eimantas Sabaliauskas, co-founder of Nord Security
NordVPN Teams has become NordLayer
NordVPN Teams started as a business virtual private network provider back in 2020. It has since expanded its cybersecurity offering and outgrown the name — a VPN is now just one of the components.That's why the decision was reached to change the name to NordLayer. The rebrand is set to facilitate the product's move towards the Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) framework, the industry standard in cybersecurity for organizations.
Acquiring ISO 27001 and ioXt certifications
In 2021, Nord Security's business products (NordLayer, NordWL, and NordPass Business) have achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for their information security management system (ISMS).
"The process of obtaining this certification involved testing our information management system to make sure we comply with the highest requirements. We successfully performed the meticulous audit process and can now reassure our clients that we meet high standards they deserve," says Tom Okman, the company's CEO .
Another important milestone was the Internet of Secure Things Alliance (ioXt) certification, acquired by the NordVPN mobile app for Android. The ioXt Compliance Program is said to bring transparency to consumer and enterprise buyers as well as to advance security in the internet of things (IoT) industry as a whole.
Boosting security with an audit and a bug bounty program upgrade
In 2021, NordVPN completed client security testing performed by VerSprite, a global leader in cybersecurity consulting and advisory services. Such audits help to evaluate NordVPN's reliability and focus on key security elements helping to maintain the highest standards in the industry.
NordPass Business has also undergone a comprehensive security audit carried out by the German auditing firm Cure53. It allowed NordPass to be seen in a different way and enabled the company to take action and improve the security of the service.
Furthermore, in a mission to increase its security, Nord Security expanded the bug bounty program to all of its products and increased the rewards tenfold on the HackerOne platform. Ethical hackers who report unknown critical vulnerabilities now can expect US$50,000 or more.
Advancing products with Nord Account and third-party logins
This year, Nord Security also introduced Nord Account, which brought multi-factor authentication to all of its products. Nord Account offers users a secure and simplified way to use and manage Nord family product accounts.
"Nord Account now supports security keys, such as YubiKey, which allows the use of MFA," says Tom Okman, CEO at Nord Security. "And we're not going to stop here. Additional multi-factor authentication methods, such as biometrics, will be implemented soon. The industry is moving towards passwordless flows, and we're striving to keep up."
Another upgrade to Nord Account was implemented with third-party logins. This feature enables users to log in to their Nord Account using their existing Google credentials.
Bringing awareness with International VPN Day
On August 19, 2021, NordVPN initiated and celebrated its first International VPN day. The goal of this event is to raise awareness of online security and the important role VPNs play in keeping users safe. On this day every year, the company invites all users to assess their digital habits and learn more about cybersecurity in general.
Atlas VPN joining Nord Security
Nord Security solidified its spot as the premier cybersecurity company by extending its portfolio of cybersecurity brands and incorporating Atlas VPN. This "freemium" VPN solution has become a part of Nord Security's corporate structure and is required to adhere to the core principles of transparency and trustworthiness set by the Nord brands.
About Nord Security
Nord Security is home to advanced security solutions that share the Nord brand and values, including the world's most advanced VPN service NordVPN, the next-generation password manager NordPass, encrypted cloud storage NordLocker, and the advanced network access security solution NordLayer. Established in 2012, Nord Security's products are now acknowledged by the most influential tech sites and IT security specialists.