VMware to acquire Avi Networks

DCD | June 25, 2019

VMware to acquire Avi Networks
VMware, a subsidiary of Dell Technologies, announced its intention to buy cloud application delivery platform Avi Networks for an undisclosed amount. The deal, which is expected to close at the end of VMware's current fiscal quarter, will see the company looking to create the industrys only complete software-defined networking stack, VMware said in a statement. Avi networks is a privately owned, Santa-Clara based company that helps customers modernize and automate application delivery in the data center.

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Red Hat Announces New Offerings to Accelerate Open Hybrid Cloud Technologies

Red Hat | April 28, 2020

New technologies double down on vision to enable customers to ‘build anything, deploy everywhere,’ from the edge to hybrid and multicloud environments. OpenShift virtualization and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes break down application barriers and extend control over distributed resources. Latest version of leading enterprise Kubernetes platform delivers enhancements to prime developers and operation teams for cloud-native operations. Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced new offerings to help organizations of all sizes and industries optimize, scale or simply protect IT operations in the face of shifting global dynamics. Red Hat has long championed technology evolutions and wants to enable customers to build any application and deploy everywhere with the consistency and flexibility an open hybrid cloud foundation provides. Building on this vision, Red Hat’s new offerings are designed to improve the delivery, accessibility and stability of critical services and applications on a worldwide scale on the backbone of the hybrid cloud. More than ever before, Red Hat sees a need for IT to evolve to meet rapidly expanding demand for always-on digital services and ever-present connectivity. Nearly every industry, including healthcare, logistics, retail, financial services, government, education and more, is adapting in real-time to meet demand for faster, more widespread access to essential applications and services while maintaining operational stability. In the telecommunications industry, for example, traffic has spiked by more than 50% in some global regions. This surge has led telecommunications and service providers to expand capacity and speed up 5G deployments and edge computing, in turn driving examinations of network and cloud infrastructure readiness. Perhaps more than ever before, the unique needs of every organization are in sharp focus - some need to scale operations immediately to meet relentless services demand while others seek to strengthen and maintain core IT operations. Rather than only provide technologies to address one need or the other, Red Hat provides a flexible, fully open set of solutions to our customers, meeting them where they are with what they need. This could be the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform to drive greater operational stability or the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform to help rapidly scale services for critical demands, all backed by our expertise, experience and commitment to helping global communities at large, not just our immediate customers. Paul Cormier, president and CEO, Red Hat. Red Hat believes that the necessary technologies for meeting these needs are not tied to legacy software stacks or rooted in expensive proprietary technologies. Instead, the answers will be driven by open source innovation, enabling organizations to take advantage of cloud-native platforms everywhere, from the edge and on-premises datacenters to multiple public clouds. With open source technologies like Linux and Kubernetes, organizations not only have access to innovation that can help them build what's next and keep them at the forefront of their industries, but also automate, adapt and scale existing operations across IT environments with greater flexibility than proprietary vendors can provide. Read More: Computing, Cost Savings and the Cloud: The Value of Virtualization Traditional and cloud-native applications, unified and managed from the core to the edge. Red Hat’s leadership in open source communities is not for marketing or convenience. In Kubernetes, Red Hat was an early contributor alongside Google and remains the second-leading corporate contributor to Kubernetes. Red Hat is helping to advance the key technologies in Kubernetes and related communities which are enabling this cross-industry IT evolution. With Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat pioneered an enterprise Kubernetes platform that has enabled customers to embrace cloud-native approaches while also supporting existing traditional applications. Red Hat OpenShift is trusted by customers across industries because of this differentiated approach. To help further eliminate the barriers between traditional and cloud-native applications, Red Hat is introducing capabilities that enable new workloads on OpenShift and that meet customers where they are. Today Red Hat announced: OpenShift virtualization, a new feature available as a Technology Preview within Red Hat OpenShift, derived from the KubeVirt open source project. It enables organizations to develop, deploy and manage applications consisting of virtual machines alongside containers and serverless, all in one modern platform that unifies cloud-native and traditional workloads. While some vendors seek to protect legacy technology stacks by dragging Kubernetes and cloud-native functionality backwards to preserve proprietary virtualization, Red Hat does the opposite: Bringing traditional application stacks forward into a layer of open innovation, enabling customers to truly transform at their speed, not at the whims of proprietary lock-in. Read more about OpenShift virtualization’s new container-native virtualization capabilities. Read More: Introducing virtio-networking: Combining virtualization and networking for modern IT 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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Polte and VMware To Unlock 5G Precise Positioning for Open Radio Access Networks

Polte | October 08, 2021

Polte, the innovator of Cloud Location over Cellular (C-LoC) technology, announced a partnership with VMware to enable an Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) solution for global "5G Precise Positioning," leveraging Polte as an xApp on VMware's RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) platform. This partnership aims to address the challenges of security, accuracy, and seamless cellular continuity that previously created barriers to access for 5G Precise Positioning within use cases ranging from Industry 4.0 to 5G Critical IoT. Together, through the augmentation of Open RAN architecture, Polte and VMware endeavor to stimulate innovation while subsequently offering systems integrators more RAN vendor choice. "Together, Polte's and VMware's 5G Precise Positioning solution aims to meet the increasing demands for enterprise security while providing accuracy down to the sub-meter level with private networks, We plan to unlock a plethora of new global asset tracking use cases, especially within 5G Industrial and Critical IoT." said Stephen Spellicy, vice president of product marketing and business development, Service Provider and Edge, VMware. The RIC, as introduced by the O-RAN Alliance, is a core element of Open RAN architecture that allows operators to launch and optimize new cloud-native services and xApps, uninterrupted. VMware's RIC offers a software development kit (SDK) for third parties to develop new innovative applications for Open RAN, and enables operators to seamlessly integrate such applications into their networks. It will enable Polte's location xApp to not only democratize 5G Precise Positioning, but offer a foundation for other xApps that benefit from location awareness. "Solutions providers should think of location as a system, not a feature. Taking a holistic approach to location at the earliest stages of any 5G deployment is fundamental to the success of offering value in 5G to enterprises." said Polte CEO Ed Chao. As a leading provider of cellular location, Polte's domain expertise and 70 global patents and patents pending are key to unlocking the full potential of 5G positioning for enterprises. 5G allows Polte to transform the utility of cellular location, bringing the optimum level of accuracy for macro networks and 5G private networks. Polte's and VMware's Open RAN RIC-based 5G Precise Positioning solution will provide enterprises with more secure communication to all devices and to their own cloud architecture, required for the most advanced, mission-critical communications. Polte and VMware are both contributing members of the O-RAN Alliance, as well as participants in the 5G Open Innovation Lab, a collaborative ecosystem bringing together leading enterprise partners with cutting-edge startups harnessing the power and potential of 5G and edge computing to build what's next. About Polte: Polte, the innovator of Cloud Location over Cellular (C-LoC) technology, provides disruptive, low-cost indoor and outdoor IoT location solutions that empower enterprises with unprecedented, real-time visibility into all the things that matter. Leveraging global 4G and 5G cellular signals, Polte transforms what is possible with asset tracking by driving heightened accessibility and greater speed to ROI for supply chain, logistics, manufacturing, and a wide range of other sectors

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VMware Paves the Way for Radio Access Network (RAN) Modernization

VMware | October 27, 2021

Service providers are transforming their RAN to architectures that are open and programmable. This provides an opportunity for developers to create innovative apps and services to be deployed across the RAN. A proponent of this wave of RAN innovation, VMware announced several updates to its RAN portfolio of products and introduced VMware RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC). VMware RIC, along with VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN, will help service providers smoothly transition to Open RAN. “When it comes to Open RAN, the genie is out of the bottle. The potential benefits of increasing innovation while reducing operational expense are compelling. As such, VMware is pushing to accelerate the transformation of the RAN along with Open RAN principles. VMware is paving the way for service providers to modernize the RAN so it is programmable and intelligent, built with best-of-breed solutions from a vibrant partner ecosystem.” Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider and Edge, VMware 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 today 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. VMware RIC will provide service providers with: Choice and flexibility to transform the RAN into an open, intelligent RAN while minimizing business disruption. An agile RAN architecture so they can quickly respond to customer needs, changes in traffic pattern, as well as any unforeseen events that require a sudden shift. Programmability and intelligence to enable innovations introduced by a broad ecosystem. Enhanced security to better safeguard a larger attack surface inherent to the distributed nature of RAN sites and the devices connected to them. VMware has engineered its RIC to seamlessly integrate with traditional RAN equipment as well as virtualized RAN network functions independent of them being O-RAN compliant. A large ecosystem of xApps and rApps enables service providers to maximize the benefits of an Open RAN to address their unique requirements and priorities. To drive the growth of this ecosystem, VMware plans to offer a RAN application developer program to help partners jump-start and accelerate development of xApps and rApps with VMware RIC SDKs, access to VMware RIC development licenses, developer support, testing environment, and interoperability certification. The planned program will be centered around the developer experience, from the initial design of the xApp/rApp all the way to the deployment. Examples of partners who are already working with VMware to integrate their xApps and/or rApps as microservices on VMware RIC through SDKs, include: Cohere Technologies’ Spectrum Multiplier xApp improves spectral efficiency for service providers by as much as 2x with the use of its unique Delay-Doppler channel representation. Polte's location xApp pioneers more secure, accurate and global location intelligence for service providers and their customers. AirHop xApps and rApps support a broad spectrum of use cases, including RAN configuration and operation optimization, interference management, capacity and coverage optimization, and mobility optimization. Cellwize RAN intelligence technology and rApps enable backward compatibility alongside O-RAN future proof management and orchestration of multi-vendor networks. Intel is a strategic partner as VMware works with service providers to virtualize the RAN. VMware RIC is based on Intel FlexRAN reference architecture, enabling a flexible and programmable platform for software-defined RANs. “Intel FlexRAN software allows operators transitioning to a cloud-native architecture to run their RAN and AI workloads on the same standard hardware platform as other workloads, from core to edge to access," saidCristina Rodriguez, vice president of Intel’s Network Edge Group and general manager, Wireless Access Network Division. "VMware RIC, powered with Intel AI and Machine Learning capabilities, supports a wide variety of xApps and rApps that will help operators optimize their network performance, deliver new functions and features, and offer new value-added services.” VMware RIC SDKs are expected to be generally available in VMware’s Q4 FY22. VMware RIC is expected to be initially available in VMware’s Q1 FY23. New VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN Capabilities VMware RIC, combined with VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN, paves a clear and simple path toward RAN transformation. Service providers can virtualize RAN functions on a horizontal platform specifically optimized for RAN. The same platform, with VMware RIC, can be utilized for Open RAN, providing service providers flexibility and a smooth evolution toward the future without disrupting their business operations and overhauling network design. Advancements to VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN aim to strike a balance between network performance and operational flexibility. The platform’s enhanced performance meets strict latency requirements to support even the most demanding RAN workloads, while its hypervisor functions as the unheralded workhorse to provide operational flexibility. New VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN features will provide service providers with: Superior performance: VMware ESXi delivers real-time performance for RAN workloads (read the blog). Cost reduction: VMware Tanzu for Telco combined with VMware ESXi allows service providers to mix and match various cloud-native RAN workloads and custom 5G applications on the same physical appliance, ideal for open and disaggregated RAN where space is limited at the cell site and the number of sites keeps growing. Operational consistency: VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN provides a common platform and end-to-end automation and orchestration across 5G networks to prevent creating siloed islands of network functions. O-RAN Service Management and Orchestration (SMO) Service providers are adopting a multi-vendor service and orchestration management (SMO) framework as defined by the O-RAN Alliance. This SMO framework includes the non-real-time RIC, O-Cloud management, and FCAPS (fault, configuration, accounting, performance and security) management. VMware’s RAN portfolio is uniquely positioned to address all these functions: VMware Centralized RIC with associated SDK and rApps. VMware Telco Cloud Automation for O-Cloud management. VMware Telco Cloud Operations for FCAPS spanning RAN infrastructure, transport and mobile core. While the above components will integrate seamlessly for a simplified experience, customers may choose to deploy any component independently. VMware Partners with Aspire to Streamline RAN Testing and Validation Aspire Technology is a well-established leader within the Open RAN ecosystem, not only with its Open RAN Lab services, but also through a wide range of projects with global service providers, technology partners, systems integrators and Open RAN communities. Leveraging Aspire’s deep heritage in networks, the Aspire Open RAN Lab enables technology partners, like VMware, and service providers to fast-track development, integration, test and deployment of Open RAN-based networks. VMware and Aspire are announcing today they have entered into a strategic partnership to accelerate and simplify testing and integration of Telco Cloud Platform RAN as part of a service provider’s end-to-end network. Bill Walsh, CEO of Aspire Technology, stated, “As an independent supplier, we believe that Open RAN is a transformational move in network disaggregation, thus we are excited to partner with VMware in helping service providers smoothly transition to Open RAN.” 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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