VMware taps pros in the field to write the book on SD-WAN

Siliconangle | September 12, 2019

Software-defined wide area networking is getting a lot of press. Some claim it’s the skeleton key to a number of vexing information-technology puzzles, like multicloud and internet of things, for example. Is there a way businesses can cut through the hype and find out if SD-WAN is really for them? “There is a lot of noise out there,” said Dave Twinam (pictured, left), director of systems engineering SD-WAN, VeloCloud Business Unit, at VMware Inc. The many vendors including VMware bringing SD-WAN solutions to market may not be dumb about the topic. But it might be preferable to hear from enterprise-IT practitioners actually using it day in, day out. “You don’t understand what the implementation’s going to be like until you’re in it,” said Rosa Lear (pictured, right), director of marketing of the VeloCloud Business Unit at VMware.

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Conceptually, virtualization is the capability of a device to host one or more virtual machines (VMs) that each behave like actual independent machines with their own operating system (OS), all running on the same underlying device hardware. In regard to GPUs, this means the capability to support multiple concurrently running operating systems, each capable of submitting graphics workloads to the single graphics hardware entity. GPU virtualization is now a must-have for a range of next-generation applications, from automotive, to consumer electronics, to the IoT. GPUs that implement hardware virtualization can provide isolation between the various applications/OSs for increased security, as well as maximum utilisation of the underlying GPU hardware.

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Conceptually, virtualization is the capability of a device to host one or more virtual machines (VMs) that each behave like actual independent machines with their own operating system (OS), all running on the same underlying device hardware. In regard to GPUs, this means the capability to support multiple concurrently running operating systems, each capable of submitting graphics workloads to the single graphics hardware entity. GPU virtualization is now a must-have for a range of next-generation applications, from automotive, to consumer electronics, to the IoT. GPUs that implement hardware virtualization can provide isolation between the various applications/OSs for increased security, as well as maximum utilisation of the underlying GPU hardware.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise | November 03, 2022

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The new HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers are engineered for the hybrid world to deliver an intuitive cloud operating experience, trusted security by design, and optimized performance for workloads.” Neil MacDonald, executive vice president and general manager, Compute, at HPE VIDEO: Be data-first: Next generation HPE ProLiant – engineered for your hybrid world Intuitive cloud operating experience On HPE ProLiant servers, an HPE GreenLake for Compute Ops Management subscription provides a cloud-native management console. This increases operational efficiency by securely automating the process to access, monitor, and manage servers, no matter where the compute environment lives. The console provides simple, unified, and automated capabilities to allow customers to control their compute with global visibility and insight. Customers can also easily onboard thousands of distributed devices and benefit from faster server firmware updates to focus efforts on business operations, and not on managing complex IT infrastructure. HPE GreenLake for Compute Ops Management also includes carbon footprint reporting for customers to view emission metrics, from individual servers to full compute environments, to monitor energy usage. Trusted security by design HPE continues to lead and deliver secure infrastructure, from edge to cloud, starting at the silicon level with the HPE Silicon Root of Trust, an industry-exclusive security capability that protects millions of lines of firmware code, from malware and ransomware, with a digital fingerprint that is unique to the server. Today, the HPE Silicon Root of Trust secures millions of HPE servers around the world. 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Info-Tech Research Group | November 04, 2022

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Innovative Connecting Pte Ltd | November 25, 2022

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