Why did operator NFV adoption lag so much?

Search Networking | July 19, 2019

NFV adoption was hampered by high costs and deployment issues, according to one industry insider. Also, learn about the latest on network security and industry hype. Network functions virtualization, or NFV, was supposed to be the next big thing in networking technology. But, seven years after its introduction, NFV adoption among network operators hasn't met expectations. Tom Nolle, an industry analyst and founder of CIMI Corp., dissected some of the reasons why network operators have shied away from fully embracing NFV. One main reason is the sometimes stiff licensing fees that virtual network functions (VNF) developers have attached to their offerings.

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As the mobile network evolves from 4G to 5G, the industry is setting an end-user expectation for improved network experience and assured service levels. Mobile network operators (MNOs) feel they can deliver on this because 5G technologies are expected to have higher throughput, lower latency, and predictable service performance compared to 4G/LTE networks. The emerging concept of network slices—which are multiple virtual network channels running on one physical media—promises assured levels of throughput.

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As the mobile network evolves from 4G to 5G, the industry is setting an end-user expectation for improved network experience and assured service levels. Mobile network operators (MNOs) feel they can deliver on this because 5G technologies are expected to have higher throughput, lower latency, and predictable service performance compared to 4G/LTE networks. The emerging concept of network slices—which are multiple virtual network channels running on one physical media—promises assured levels of throughput.

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OpsMx Extends Argo CD With Deployment Controls and Visibility for Enterprise GitOps

OpsMx | September 21, 2022

OpsMx, the leader in intelligent continuous delivery, today announced at ArgoCon 2022 a suite of software and services to enable more scalable and secure enterprise GitOps. The new OpsMx Enterprise for Argo and OpsMx Intelligent Software Delivery (ISD) for Argo products extend the capabilities provided by Argo, a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) open source project for continuous software delivery in Kubernetes environments. OpsMx also brings to the Argo community best practices for "CD at Scale" gained from existing OpsMx customers such as Cisco, Google, and other Fortune 100 global enterprises. OpsMx now offers the first and only open platform to automate application deployments to any target platform – containers, virtual machines, and functions – on-premises and in public cloud. "Developers already love the flexibility and ease of use of Argo, With this announcement, operations teams and SREs get the tools they need to keep production deployments under control without slowing down their developers or the business." Demand for Argo continues to grow as organizations migrate applications to Kubernetes and containers. The CNCF User Survey published February 10, 2022 found that production use of Argo increased by 115% over the prior year. Gopal Dommety, CEO and co-founder of OpsMx Enterprise Argo users with an immediate need for greater production security can use OpsMx Enterprise for Argo (OEA) for free. OEA is an open source distribution of Argo CD, Argo Workflow, Argo Rollouts, and Argo Events that has been subjected to additional security testing and hardening. OpsMx makes security patches continually available as new vulnerabilities are discovered. An enhanced Argo installer simplifies security integrations, such as SSO and secrets management, as well as future Argo upgrades. OpsMx also offers fee-based 24 x 7 enterprise support. OpsMx Intelligent Software Delivery (ISD) for Argo provides unified management across the multiple Argo clusters in an enterprise deployment. Applications can be tracked end-to-end across their lifecycle with a few clicks, from dev to test to staging to production. Gates, both manual and automated, can be added to the delivery process to enforce security policies, change controls, and application readiness. AI/ML on data collected from 70+ integrations with leading DevOps tools drives intelligence in the process. All this can be centrally reported and audited. OpsMx Argo Deployment Services enable users to quickly get to a production-ready Argo deployment. This can include refactoring pipelines from legacy CD environments into Argo workflows. OpsMx SaaS offerings eliminate the need to manage infrastructure and upgrades. OpsMx is also expanding support for the Argo open source community to encourage more users to see what Argo can offer. A new Argo Sandbox provides a free SaaS-delivered open source Argo environment for hands-on exploration. Upcoming education events include free webinars featuring Argo users from Adobe and Splunk, along with OpsMx experts, talking about the challenges of continuous delivery. OpsMx is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of ArgoCon 2022. Together, these Argo additions bring Kubernetes-native capabilities to the OpsMx open CD architecture, creating the first and only open platform for best-in-class deployments to both Kubernetes environments and virtual machine / multi-cloud environments. About OpsMx OpsMx simplifies and intelligently automates software delivery, enabling hundreds of thousands of developers at Google, Cisco, Western Union, and other leading global enterprises to ship better software faster. Incorporating open source Argo and Spinnaker, OpsMx is the first open, unified platform for deploying applications in container, virtual machine, and multi-cloud environments. The company's 150 employees serve customers from offices in Silicon Valley, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru, with funding from Dell Technologies Capital and Foundation Capital.

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VMware Helps Customers Navigate Multi-Cloud with Innovative New Offerings

VMware | September 05, 2022

VMware, Inc. unveiled innovations, new offerings, services and expanded partnerships that further its commitment to help customers navigate and thrive in today’s multi-cloud world. As customers continue to evolve and digitize their businesses to innovate faster and better serve their own customers, VMware and its partner ecosystem are enabling businesses to select the right cloud for the right app. “Whether you’re a challenger born in the cloud or an established player, the ultimate destination for customers is a multi-cloud environment that empowers teams to accelerate their digital innovation, At VMware Explore, VMware and our partners are advancing our technology offerings to help customers gain advantages from a cloud-smart approach.” Raghu Raghuram, CEO, VMware Read Raghu Raghuram’s from Cloud Chaos to Cloud Smart blog post Many of these new capabilities are built on the VMware Cross-Cloud™ services the company introduced at VMworld 2021 and are designed to give organizations the strategic advantages of a cloud-smart approach. As organizations increase the number of clouds they support to accelerate their business goals, they experience an increase in operational complexity. VMware Cross-Cloud services deliver a unified and simplified way to build, operate, access, and better secure any application, on any cloud, from any device—across app platform, cloud management, cloud and edge infrastructure, networking and advanced security, and anywhere workspace. Accelerate Enterprise Cloud Transformation VMware is introducing cloud and edge infrastructure solutions that help businesses accelerate their enterprise cloud transformation and enable customers to better run, scale and secure enterprise workloads across private and public clouds and at the edge. VMware and its public cloud partners also continue to help customers migrate and run those workloads in the public cloud of their choice. Additionally, VMware unveiled networking and security innovations to help customers further embrace the cloud operating model. Highlights include: VMware vSphere 8 ushers in a new era of computing by supporting DPUs (Data Processing Units) alongside CPUs and GPUs—making the future of modern infrastructure accessible to all enterprises. vSphere 8 will also supercharge customers’ workload performance, improve operational efficiency and IT productivity, accelerate innovation for DevOps, and more. Through a next-generation storage platform optimized for modern hardware with hyperconverged infrastructure, VMware vSAN 8 introduces breakthrough performance and hyper-efficiency. The new vSAN Express Storage Architecture will enhance the performance, storage efficiency, data protection and management of vSAN running on the latest generation storage devices. VMware Cloud Foundation+ will unveil a cloud-connected architecture for managing and operating full stack HCI in data centers. VMware Edge Compute Stack 2 will help customers address the needs of simplicity and scale at the edge including support for smaller cluster sizes to run containers efficiently on smaller COTS hardware. Project Northstar, a preview of a major advancement of the VMware NSX platform, for multi-cloud networking, security, and end-to-end visibility. Project Watch, a new approach to multi-cloud networking and security that will provide advanced app to app policy controls to help with continuous risk and compliance assessment. Scale Cloud Native Platform Operations VMware continues to help customers secure, run and manage all cloud native apps. New advances to the VMware Tanzu portfolio unlock developer productivity, deliver end-to-end security from build to production, and enable more secure multi-cloud operations at scale, regardless of where enterprises are in their Kubernetes journey. VMware also introduced a new multi-cloud management portfolio—VMware Aria—which will provide a set of end-to-end solutions for managing cloud native applications and infrastructure. The new offerings will help customers manage their costs, performance, configuration and delivery across public and private clouds. Highlights include: VMware Tanzu for Kubernetes Operations—including VMware Tanzu Mission Control, VMware Aria Operations for Apps, and VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid—will simplify Kubernetes delivery, management, and reliability. New features in VMware Tanzu Mission Control will extend and optimize multi-cloud, multi-cluster Kubernetes management capabilities. This includes a preview for lifecycle management of Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) clusters, integration with VMware Aria Automation, continuous and consistent cluster lifecycle management via GitOps, and application reliability with cross-cluster backup and restore. VMware Aria Graph, a graph-based data store technology that will reduce multi-cloud complexity across any cloud, any app, and for every persona. VMware Aria Hub, formerly Project Ensemble, which will provide centralized views and controls to manage the entire multi-cloud environment, and leverages VMware Aria Graph to provide a common definition of applications, resources, roles, and accounts. Empower the Hybrid Workforce Customers continue to seek to enable anywhere work with secure and frictionless experiences. This week’s advancements across VMware Anywhere Workspace will inject automation into the end-user computing environments of organizations, enabling IT teams to do more with less. Updates include: The next generation of VMware Horizon Cloud that will enable multi-cloud agility and flexibility Broader Digital Employee Experience solutions that go beyond Workspace ONE UEM managed devices to now include VMware Horizon and third-party managed and unmanaged devices. The extension of Workspace ONE Freestyle Orchestrator to mobile devices and third-party apps, for multi-platform automation and orchestration. For the latest news and more on how VMware is delivering a faster and smarter path to cloud for digital businesses including a comprehensive list of partner announcements, visit the VMware Explore 2022 media kit. About VMware Explore VMware Explore is an evolution of the company's flagship conference, VMworld. VMware Explore aims to be the industry’s go-to-event for all things multi-cloud. This year, it will feature industry-led solution and technical sessions, an extensive ecosystem of 90% of the top cloud partners, a thriving marketplace of multi-cloud ISVs and several networking events. 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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Options Announces VMware Cloud Verified Status in NJ2

Options | August 25, 2022

Options Technology, the leading Capital Markets services provider, today announced the achievement of VMware Cloud Verified status in NJ2 Weehawken. The accomplishment follows the VMware Cloud Provider Principal Partner Status awarded to the firm last year, along with Cloud Verified status at PRDC, LHC, LD4 and NY5 sites. Cloud Verification assures that a partner is validated to expertly deliver cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service across VMware’s best-in-class network, storage, and compute solutions to meet individual client needs specifically. It also enables customers to achieve unmatched levels of consistency, performance, and interoperability for traditional and containerised enterprise applications based on the most advanced VMware cloud technologies. “Options has a long history of providing a range of VMware Cloud infrastructure and services to clients across the global capital markets. As the fourth certification in recent months, the successful extension of our cloud verified status in NJ2 is a further demonstration of the secure, reliable and efficient technology that underpins our growing portfolio of cloud-agnostic services. As our cloud business continues to evolve and expand into new regions and territories, we look forward to the next phase of partnership with VMware and the continued rollout of service excellence, capability and choice for our customers.” Options President and CEO Danny Moore Today’s news comes as the latest in a series of strategic announcements for Options, including its eighth Microsoft Gold Partner status, hosting capabilities in Aruba IT3 Bergamo, and the launch of its Quantify and Data Store products. In 2019, Options received investment from Boston-based Private Equity Firm Abry Partners. This investment has enabled Options to accelerate its growth strategy and develop its technology platform while expanding its global reach in key financial centres. About Options Options Technology is the No. 1 provider of IT infrastructure to global Capital Markets firms, supporting their operations and ecosystems. Founded in 1993, the firm began life as a hedge fund technology services provider. Today, the company provides high-performance managed trading infrastructure and cloud-enabled managed services to over 550 firms globally, providing an agile, scalable platform in an Investment Bank-grade Cybersecurity wrapper. Options clients include the leading global investment banks, hedge funds, funds of funds, proprietary trading firms, market makers, broker/dealers, private equity houses, and exchanges. With offices in 8 key cities; New York, Toronto, Chicago, London, Belfast, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Auckland, Options are well placed to service its customers on-site and remotely. In 2019, Options secured a significant growth investment from Abry Partners, a Boston-based sector-focused private equity firm. This investment has enabled Options to considerably accelerate its growth strategy to invest further in its technology platform and expand its reach in key financial centres globally. Options has been named among the UK’s leading growth companies in the 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table. About Abry Partners Abry is one of the most experienced and successful sector-focused private equity investment firms in North America. Since its founding in 1989, the firm has completed over $82 billion of leveraged transactions and other private equity or preferred equity placements. Currently, the firm manages over $5.0 billion of capital across their active funds.

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