VMware's Pivotal purchase looks toward a containerized, not virtualized, future

Tech Republic | August 29, 2019

VMware's intent to purchase Pivotal, announced at VMworld 2019, is an important indicator about the future of cloud computing. As the last stalwart proponent of a virtualization-first deployment strategy, the Pivotal purchase and larger embrace of Kubernetes underlies an inevitability most everyone realized in 2016: VMs are old and busted, and containers are where the momentum is. The journey to this point is peculiar, as merger and acquisition stories go VMware and Pivotal are both majority owned by Dell, as part of Dell's purchase of EMC in 2015. Pivotal spun out of VMware in 2012, and subsequently had an IPO at $15 per share in April 2018, and VMware is paying $15 per share to acquire Pivotal. In an interview with ZDNet, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger stated that "Every move that we're making is calculated."

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vSphere 7 delivers essential services for the modern hybrid cloud. It powers the computing environment for modern applications, AI/ML, and business critical applications. Applications can be deployed using any combination of virtual machines, containers, and Kubernetes. vSphere 7 with Kubernetes, available through VMware Cloud Foundation, delivers VMware Cloud Foundation Services and application-focused management for streamlined development, agile operations, and accelerated innovation.

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Skupos Joins Mako Networks' VPN Cloud Partner Program

Skupos | June 24, 2021

To facilitate retailers' participation in fully-managed brand financed programs and promotions that enhance income and enable retailers to remain competitive, Skupos Inc. has joined a Mako VPN Cloud Partner Program. As a result, distributed merchants utilizing Mako Networks security solutions may now log in to guarantee safe network connections using Mako SD-WAN technology. The Mako VPN Cloud Partner Program enables retail sites to safely and quickly connect to the online applications of service providers. Skupos has direct access to the store via the Mako Central Management System (CMS), removes a 24/7 link to their back-office computer, and removes file problems due to disconnected files. The Mako Cloud partners can use virtual or physical Mako VPN concentrations to provide tens of thousands of dispersed retail sites in their online environments. In addition, retailers already using a Mako security gateway may connect to a partner's network simply by choosing it from the relevant drop-down menu and using the Mako CMS instructions. The platform Skupos supports retailers: • Revenue Boost: Increase your income instantly through registration in scan data and brand-funded promotions. • Build a Competitive Advantage: By providing discounts from brands to your customers, encouraging foot traffic and driving volume. • Save time: Earn hassle-free income by managing end-to-end programs. • Cost-Effective: Benefits from a platform without long-term commitments. With the help of a growing number of partners, the Mako VPN Cloud Program symbiotic proposal, where Mako Networks, partners, and customers are all united, is driving rapid development. The characteristics that make this connection simple make it quick and economical. The move from existing platforms to the Mako System often produces considerable savings considering both upfront and continuing expenses. Mako supports partners as a managed service provider: • Complimentary or reduced cost Mako VPN aggregation technology • Mako secure one-click connectivity template for the VPN. • Marketing documents approved for Mako • Mako technical support 24/7 access In addition, Mako's application of source network address translation allows retailers to connect to Mako VPN Cloud Partners networks without resetting internal IP addresses (SNAT). As retail brand safety requirements sometimes prohibit payment environments from accessing the public Internet, Mako VPN Cloud offers merchants a secure way of contacting third-party service providers. The solution utilizes a Mako VPN Cloud connection that subverts the public Internet and respects PCI DSS and other safety requirements. Mako System's key technological characteristics include: • The NAT implementation of Mako enables retailers to connect to partner networks without resetting their internal IP address schemes. • Mako Secure VPN cloud tunnels allow retailers to bypass public Internet connections, brand compliance, PCI DSS, and other security regulations. • Mako's redundancy of the SD-WAN circuit, the redundancy of physical and virtual devices, and geographic redundancy ensure that retailers are kept in touch with partner networks. About Skupos Inc. About In 2016, Skupos was established to provide product placement data, price, and customer behavior data across the c-store sector. Skupos has since been the unique platform for ultimately connecting the retail value chain of convenience to tens of thousands of dealers at the point of sale. The company's technology, which focuses primarily on independent companies and small stores, enables marketers to establish direct relationships with c-store clients and learn how consumers deal with their goods; from its headquarters in San Francisco and Denver, Skupos services over 14,000 clients worldwide. About Mako Networks Mako Networks offers distributor companies easy, secure, PCI-certified networks. Mako operates worldwide from US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand offices and combines centralized cloud administration and reporting, genuine SD-WAN, secure Wi-Fi, built-in mobile, Mako VPN Cloud, next-generation firewalls, and end-to-end PCI DSS certification into one simple, easy-to-manage system.

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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 Cross-Cloud Services Help Customers Run their Businesses Better in AWS

VMware | November 20, 2021

VMware, Inc. is making it easier for Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers to purchase and deploy VMware Cross-Cloud services to support their AWS environments. VMware Cross-Cloud services help AWS customers drive digital innovation with enterprise control. VMware Carbon Black Cloud and VMware Tanzu are the latest services now available in the AWS Marketplace, a digital catalog with thousands of software listings from independent software vendors that make it easy for customers to find, test, buy, and deploy software that runs on AWS. VMware Cross-Cloud services offer distinct advantages to both IT operators and developers working in AWS. These advantages include accelerating application modernization, migrating workloads faster to the cloud, adopting a cloud operating model for their entire organization, and more securely and efficiently connecting a distributed workforce to cloud-based resources. Whether a customer has transitioned their business to run entirely in AWS or has a mixed environment of AWS and VMware vSphere, VMware Cross-Cloud services gives them the freedom and enterprise control they need to innovate and win. Our expanded presence in AWS Marketplace is another proof point of our focus on meeting customers where they are at by delivering value for the strategic cloud environment of their choice.” Vittorio Viarengo, vice president, cross-cloud solutions, VMware “The addition of VMware Cross-Cloud services in AWS Marketplace brings VMware’s portfolio of solutions to both developers and infrastructure and operations professionals who are building apps and operating their businesses in AWS,” said Mona Chadha, Director, AWS Marketplace Category Management, AWS. “Our mutual customers can streamline procurement and accelerate adoption of VMware Cross-Cloud services, leading to faster time-to-value and better business outcomes.” Advancing App Modernization and DevSecOps with VMware Tanzu VMware Tanzu (marketplace listing) is a modular application platform for building, running, and managing modern apps on AWS and hybrid-cloud infrastructure. Tanzu provides a consistent experience for developers and for operators, enabling them to navigate the complexities of modern apps and Kubernetes—gaining efficiencies and scale. Core to Tanzu is an upstream-aligned Kubernetes distribution that’s easy to operate and maintain using Cluster API for deploying and updating clusters. As an AWS Partner Network (APN) Advanced Technology Partner, customers can leverage the expert services of VMware Tanzu Labs to work side by side with teams to build capabilities and instill processes that show immediate and lasting impact. With Tanzu, AWS customers benefit from: Developer self-service access to clusters, along with a standardized, more secure build model for creating and maintaining containers. Fleet-wide policy management for pod access, networking, and security enabling simultaneous policy application to hundreds of Kubernetes clusters wherever they’re running, as well as to a particular namespace that is common across multiple different Kubernetes clusters. Full-stack observability capable of performing at more than a million data points per second to enable faster troubleshooting and smart alerting of potential anomalies across all clusters and the workloads running within them. Enabling Consistent and Unified Enterprise Security with VMware Carbon Black Cloud VMware Carbon Black Cloud (marketplace listing) is a cloud-native endpoint, workload, and container protection platform that enables customers to operationalize consistent, modern security in AWS and hybrid cloud environments. By analyzing more than one trillion security events per day VMware Carbon Black Cloud proactively uncovers attackers’ behavior patterns and empowers defenders to respond and remediate in real-time from anywhere in the world. Endpoint, workload, and container security capabilities are unified into one console and one agent so that infrastructure and infosec teams have a single, shared source of truth to improve security together. With VMware Carbon Black Cloud, AWS customers benefit from: Cloud-native endpoint security that combines prevention and automated detection to defend organizations from the full spectrum of today’s sophisticated attacks. Advanced workload protection for the modern data center to better secure workloads running in virtualized, private and hybrid cloud environments. Enterprise-grade container security that provides continuous visibility, enhanced security, and compliance for containerized applications from development to production in AWS and private cloud environments. Transforming Cloud Management with CloudHealth CloudHealth (marketplace listing) is a robust cloud management platform that helps AWS customers simplify cloud financial management, streamline cloud operations, and improve cross-organizational collaboration. AWS customers can leverage VMware’s deep insight and experience in public cloud management to grow their own cloud expertise using a proven framework to progress through their cloud management maturity journey. With CloudHealth, AWS customers benefit from: Faster decision making through alignment of cloud data with business context and access to custom reports and dashboards tailored to each business function, team, or project. Better resource utilization and cost optimization through actionable recommendations for rightsizing AWS services and managing Reserved Instances and Savings Plans. More efficient cloud operations by implementing governance policies to proactively alert and take automated actions within an AWS environment. “We really love the visibility CloudHealth provides for being able to have a single pane of glass into our AWS spend and sharing reporting across teams,” said James Fogerson, senior manager of the Cloud Center of Excellence for Robert Half. “Senior management really appreciates our focus on cost management with AWS and keeping people on track for managing spend. The reports we can generate are a good way to make sure the team is aware of where the costs are going and agree that those should be the main drivers.” Improving Cloud & Kubernetes Security Posture with CloudHealth Secure State CloudHealth Secure State (marketplace listing) is an intelligent cloud native security and compliance platform that helps organizations protect millions of cloud resources at scale. Using a resource relationship-based cloud data model, CloudHealth Secure State improves security visibility with real-time inventory search, advanced risk correlation, and more than 950 best practices rules to report security and compliance violations. With CloudHealth Secure State, AWS customers can: Reduce misconfigurations and prioritize threats with visual risk context and a more secure auto-remediation approach. Increase compliance with industry standards with out-of-the-box benchmarks and enterprise customizations. Operationalize a cloud security program through better collaboration between developers, security, and operations team. “CloudHealth Secure State provides us with a global view of Discovery’s cloud estate and enables us to operate more securely in AWS,” said Johan Marais, senior platform services manager, Discovery Group. “We can visualize real-time risks due to infrastructure deployments or configuration changes in our AWS environment, and based on various metrics and guard rails, delivers a mechanism to auto-remediate policy violations and improve our AWS security posture. Additionally, the CloudHealth Secure State platform makes it easy to measure compliance against predefined governance frameworks as well as custom frameworks critical to our organization.” Cloud-Native Load Balancing and Web Security with VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer (marketplace listing) is a modern, standalone application services platform for public cloud or on-premises deployments. The software-defined platform includes local and global load balancing, Web Application Firewall (WAF), and container ingress services. NSX Advanced Load Balancer natively integrates with AWS to provide central orchestration of a distributed load balancing and application security fabric, powerful analytics and visibility that helps administrators troubleshoot in seconds, and elastic on-demand scaling of services across data centers and clouds. With NSX Advanced Load Balancer, AWS customers can: Simplify application delivery operations with central orchestration, elastic scale, and cloud-native integration across clouds and on-premises environments. Automate load balancing, autoscaling, container ingress, and application security to facilitate self-service capabilities for app teams. Pinpoint application performance and security issues with powerful insights covering more than 700 application networking parameters. Delivering More Secure and Consistent Access to Apps with VMware SASE VMware SASE (marketplace listing) combines SD-WAN capabilities with cloud-delivered security functions, including cloud web security, zero trust network access, and firewalling. These capabilities are delivered as-a-service across both the near and far edge locations from a global network of points of presence (PoPs). By leveraging VMware SASE, AWS customers can simplify, manage, and automate WAN infrastructure across thousands of locations and better support distributed workforces. With VMware SASE, AWS customers benefit from: Scalable and easy-to-deploy and more secure remote access for applications running in AWS and AWS Outposts. Consistent, reliable application delivery to mobile clients, branches, and campuses under virtually any network condition. Better business resiliency through network transport independence and actionable and automated insights on network health and app delivery 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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