vSAN Becomes More Affordable for Cloud Providers

VMware | August 05, 2019

vSAN Becomes More Affordable for Cloud Providers
Today, we are excited to announce that VMware vSAN, the key technology behind the industry’s #1 HCI solution, is more affordable than ever for VMware Cloud Providers! Effective August 1, 2019, the VMware Cloud Provider Program (VCPP) list price for the datacenter versions of vSAN has been lowered up to 50%. For partners looking to deploy vSAN as the final step to achieve Cloud Verified status, then that path now becomes even easier. Launched in 2013, VMware vSAN is a hyperconverged software-defined storage product that’s optimized for VMware vSphere infrastructure. The industry-leading HCI solution allows you to leverage existing vSphere expertise to simplify and accelerate storage management from a single, natively-integrated virtualization platform.

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Because user experience is the key to VDI success, many enterprise organizations are choosing to add GPUs to traditional CPU-only VDI environments to improve the performance of graphics rich applications and operating systems. Everything from general office applications on Windows 10 to specialized design applications for architects, engineers, and other visual artists can benefit greatly from GPU acceleration. When using GPUs in a VDI environment, however, it’s important to select the correct remoting protocol to optimize image quality and bandwidth consumption. Perceived issues with GPU-enabled desktops are often the result of remoting protocols that aren’t optimized for a given use case. This paper provides an overview of nine different VDI policy sets from Citrix and their impact on the user experience. You’ll learn how to choose the right protocols for specific end user needs.

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Hillstone Networks Sets New Standard in Intelligent, Reliable and Automated Security Solutions With StoneOS 5.5R9

Hillstone Networks | January 19, 2022

Hillstone Networks, a leading provider of infrastructure protection solutions, introduced the latest iteration of its flagship StoneOS solution. Organizations today demand a comprehensive, intelligent, high-performing and automated security solution that works. StoneOS delivers. This is a major upgrade resulting in unparalleled capabilities to help protect organizations, their critical assets and their workforces from the myriad of security threats they face every day.” Tim Liu, CTO & co-founder of Hillstone Networks 6 Key Updates to StoneOS 5.5R9 include: Machine learning technology leveraged to enhance intelligent detection and prevention -StoneOS leverages the latest ML-based data sets to help bolster DGA detection. The extended support of a cloud sandbox allows for improved unknown threat detection and enhanced intelligence sharing. Extended VPN capability delivers refined secure access for the remote workforce – The new additional VPN features support extended user scenarios, a configuration wizard, and a performance upgrade to help meet the growing demand of feature-rich VPN solutions at a lower TCO. Additional enhancements unleash the power of hardware acceleration for traffic decryption –The new StoneOS release optimizes the throughput performance of SSL proxy and introduces the whitelist capability to help exempt certain entities in particular scenarios. Automated, scalable and smarter policy management and operations – A new mini policy feature allows central orchestration systems to meet dynamically changing security requirements. Additionally, app-based policy rule recommendation and NAT policy redundancy checks help improve efficiency. Advanced integration capabilities for 3rd party and SDN solutions – In addition to RESTful APIs and SNMP, the new StoneOS supports configuration and management over Netconf. Beyond that, StoneOS improves its ability to leverage external resources. Comprehensive system robustness optimization from services to modules – Beyond extending high availability solutions to IPv6, the new StoneOS release brings service level robustness by redesigning the software architecture and module level optimization for the data center firewalls. About Hillstone Networks Hillstone Networks’ proven Infrastructure Protection solutions provide enterprises and service providers with the visibility and intelligence to comprehensively see, thoroughly understand, and rapidly act against multilayer, multistage cyberthreats. Favorably rated by leading analysts and trusted by global companies, Hillstone protects from the edge to cloud with improved total-cost-of-ownership.

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Hiveio and Cloudhelix Will Work Together to Deliver Best-in-Class Cloud-Based Virtualization Solutions

HiveIO | September 10, 2020

HiveIO, the leader in the all-in-one Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) software market, announced today a partnership with Cloudhelix a specialist cloud services provider in the UK. HiveIO and Cloudhelix will work together to deliver best-in-class cloud-based virtualization solutions for customers that want to get started with VDI within hours. As a massive number of businesses, schools, and hospitals go virtual, so do their desktop needs. The combination of VDI technology from HiveIO and specialist cloud expertise from Cloudhelix allows organizations to reduce hardware expenses and IT complexity, enable efficiency across their organization, and control security and compliance. HiveIO has disrupted this market with a state-of-the-art, all-in-one solution that delivers a high performing VDI solution that scales and heals itself. Starting today, organizations can experience the power of HiveIO as a service with the capabilities delivered by Cloudhelix.

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Robin.io and AirHop Announce Strategic Partnership to Modernize Open RAN Solutions for 4G/5G Networks

Robin.io | October 26, 2021

Robin.io and AirHop Communications announced a strategic partnership to provide solutions that deliver automated improvements in the performance of Open Radio Access Networks (Open RAN) and end-user quality of experience while reducing the costs, complexities and deployment times for Mobile Network Operators (MNO) and Cloud Service Providers (CSP) rolling out 5G and other next-gen networks and services. By working in close strategic partnership, Robin and AirHop enable the expedited deployment of cloud-native Open RAN in an operationally optimized solution. The AirHop and Robin partnership significantly reduces the development time for systems integrators, MNOs and CSPs by enabling a smooth path to integration and orchestration of self-optimizing Open RAN solutions, which greatly eases the cost and operational effort needed for productization. Robin and AirHop technologies are key enablers for Rakuten Mobile’s 4G/5G network in Japan as well as the Rakuten Communication Platform (RCP) delivering virtualization, standardization, optimization and automation of 5G Open RAN, leading to more cost efficiency, innovation and affordability. Robin.io core technologies—Multi Cluster Automation Platform (MDCAP), Cloud Native Platform (CNP), and Cloud Native Storage (CNS)—will provide a cloud native infrastructure for onboarding network functions. The technologies also will deliver hyper-automation that orchestrates and manages the lifecycles of bare-metal infrastructures, third-party appliances, Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), Cloud-native Network Functions (CNFs) and services. They deliver these capabilities with built-in logging, monitoring and policy engines, for closed loop automation, managed through a single pane of glass. Robin solutions provide intuitive and declarative interfaces that auto-discover and auto-configure resources for the service’s entire life-cycle, reducing deployment complexity, time-lines and human error. AirHop provides a suite of real-time network intelligence solutions delivering Radio Access Network (RAN) automation and performance optimization for coverage and capacity, network configuration, mobility optimization and network operations. AirHop’s eSON solution is commercially hardened with large-scale deployments at Reliance Jio and Rakuten Mobile. eSON provides MNOs with deployment flexibility supporting optimization applications for disaggregated vRAN architectures as a pre-standard, near-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) platform and as xApps/rApps on emerging near real-time and non-real-time RIC platforms based on O-RAN standards. eSON applications optimize performance across Rakuten Mobile’s end-to-end cloud native wireless network for macro cell, small cell and HetNet coverage use cases delivering improved spectral efficiency of the network, resulting in higher throughput and more capacity, reduced operational expenses through automated configuration and issue resolution, and dynamic balancing of user traffic across the network. eSON360 provides AI/ML based rApps across a broad spectrum of target RAN optimization use cases. “We are pleased to be partnering with Robin on this autonomous network journey. AirHop real-time RAN optimization and Robin.io hyper-automation are driving both horizontal and vertical automation in Rakuten Mobile’s industry leading RCP resulting in operational cost reductions, deployment acceleration and improved performance of Open RAN.” Yan Hui, CEO of AirHop “Working together, Robin and Airhop are delivering a platform that telecom operators can successfully deploy across the entire 5G stack on cloud-native infrastructure at scale, including near real-time network automation and performance optimization reducing deployment and operations cost,” said Partha Seetela, CEO and CTO of Robin.io. “The solution enables operators to successfully manage their network functions across thousands of sites and delivers improved spectral efficiency of the network, resulting in higher throughput and more capacity. This announcement reinforces the importance of our Robin partner ecosystem that includes best-of-breed hardware and software technology vendors essential to accelerate the time to value for our telco customers." About AirHop Communications AirHop Communications is a leader of advanced 4G/5G RAN intelligence solutions. AirHop’s flagship eSON is a cloud-native near real-time RAN optimization solution for closed loop optimization of RAN resources delivering significant gains in spectral efficiency, lower operating costs and improved end-user quality of experience across 4G and 5G networks. AirHop’s eSON360 provides AI/ML based applications across a broad spectrum of target 4G and 5G RAN optimization use cases. eSON and eSON360 solutions, backed by a comprehensive portfolio of patents, are fully virtualized, robust and commercially deployed at scale by leading MNOs across both traditional network architectures and Open RAN architectures. AirHop is headquartered in San Diego, California. About Robin.io Robin.io, the 5G and application automation platform company, delivers products that automate the deployment, scaling and life cycle management of data- and network-intensive applications and for 5G service chains across edge, core and RAN. The Robin platform is used globally by companies including BNP Paribas, Palo Alto Networks, Rakuten Mobile, SAP, Sabre and USAA. Robin.io is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California.

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Because user experience is the key to VDI success, many enterprise organizations are choosing to add GPUs to traditional CPU-only VDI environments to improve the performance of graphics rich applications and operating systems. Everything from general office applications on Windows 10 to specialized design applications for architects, engineers, and other visual artists can benefit greatly from GPU acceleration. When using GPUs in a VDI environment, however, it’s important to select the correct remoting protocol to optimize image quality and bandwidth consumption. Perceived issues with GPU-enabled desktops are often the result of remoting protocols that aren’t optimized for a given use case. This paper provides an overview of nine different VDI policy sets from Citrix and their impact on the user experience. You’ll learn how to choose the right protocols for specific end user needs.