VIRTUAL DESKTOP STRATEGIES

Windstream Enterprise Announces New SD-WAN Enhancements with VMware

Windstream | June 02, 2021

Windstream Enterprise (WE), a provider of managed communications services, has announced new feature enhancements and hardware for its VMware-powered SD-WAN.

VMware's three new SD-WAN edge devices represent the company's next-generation technology, named a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure. These new edge devices provide improved performance with enhanced processors that offer additional functionalities and simplified design and deployment with less complexity. Windstream Enterprise will now provide customers with industry-leading SD-WAN technology due to the enhancements.

By integrating SD-WAN with security, the new SD-WAN edges assist in the evolution of the SASE (Secure Access Service Edge). MNS is deployed as a Virtual Network Function (VNF) on the VMware edge, providing unified threat management security for the SD-WAN network.

Customers will be able to access the MNS VNF using Windstream Enterprise's award-winning WE Connect portal to remotely self-service, view, and configure their VNF firewalls to enable the following benefits:

• View firewall details and policies to ensure proper network protection configuration.

• Manage web filtering policies, such as the ability to block specific URLs or categories depending on content.

• Policies for application control that protect employees from inappropriate, harmful, and unprotected apps

• Reports are generated automatically to review and audit online activity and potentially risky behavior.

About Windstream
Windstream Holdings is a communications and software company that is privately held. Windstream provides managed communications services, such as SD-WAN and UCaaS, and high-capacity bandwidth and transport services to businesses across the United States. In addition, with an enhanced fiber network and 5G fixed wireless service, the company provides premium Internet, entertainment, and security services to consumers and small and midsize businesses primarily in rural areas in 18 states.

Spotlight

A friend of ours recently shared a story with us about his experience renting a vacation cottage. It was one of our hottest summers on record, and inside the traditional A-frame cabin the temperature was stifling. The owner of the cottage had left a small portable air conditioner to help cool down the interior, but when our friend plugged in the device, the circuits blew. The cottage’s electrical design was based on an older 15-amp service and this appliance needed 30 amps to run.

Spotlight

A friend of ours recently shared a story with us about his experience renting a vacation cottage. It was one of our hottest summers on record, and inside the traditional A-frame cabin the temperature was stifling. The owner of the cottage had left a small portable air conditioner to help cool down the interior, but when our friend plugged in the device, the circuits blew. The cottage’s electrical design was based on an older 15-amp service and this appliance needed 30 amps to run.

Related News

VIRTUAL DESKTOP TOOLS

Andes Announces the N25F-SE Processor, the World First RISC-V CPU IP with ISO 26262 Full Compliance

Andes Technology | October 31, 2022

Andes Technology, a leading supplier of high efficiency, low-power 32/64-bit RISC-V processor cores and founding premier member of RISC-V International, today announces its safety-enhanced AndesCore N25F-SE is the first RISC-V CPU IP certified to be fully compliant with ISO 26262 functional safety standards for the development of automotive applications. SGS-TÜV Saar GmbH, an independent functional safety certification body, has assessed and completed product audit process for N25F-SE with achieved functional safety for ASIL B (Automotive Safety Integrity Level B) applications, according to all applicable ISO 26262 series of standards including Parts 2, 4, 5, 8 and 9. AndesCore N25F-SE. The N25F-SE is a 32-bit RISC-V CPU core that supports standard IMACFD extensions, including efficient integer instructions and single/double precision floating point instructions. It incorporates the Andes V5 extension instructions to further boost performance and reduce code size. The efficient 5-stage pipeline of the N25F-SE provides a good balance of high operating frequency and compact design. Its flexible interfaces greatly simplify SoC designs. Like its sought-after cousin the N25F, the N25F-SE comes with rich configurable options, all of which are fully certified, and thus SoC design teams are not limited by one fixed CPU configuration when offering automotive solutions. ISO 26262 and ASIL-B Applications. ISO 26262 defines functional safety as the “absence of unreasonable risk due to hazards caused by malfunctioning behavior of electrical/electronic systems”. To enforce functional safety with a reasonable cost structure, proper safety measures for desired ASIL levels should be applied, from the least stringent ASIL A to the most stringent ASIL D. Examples of electronic systems where ASIL B is sufficient are dashboard, in-car monitoring, keyless entry, lighting control, tire pressure monitoring, vision ADAS, and window control. Either to incorporate new electronic systems on board, or to upgrade existing ones without ISO 26262 compliance, the N25F-SE is well suited for the wide range of applications requiring ASIL B compliance. Leader of RISC-V Functional Safety. “Andes is the first RISC-V CPU vendor certified, for the development process of automotive processor cores, to be compliant with ISO 26262 standards up to ASIL D in 2020. With the certified development process in place, we formally started our functional safety roadmap to deliver at least one ISO 26262 compliant core every year to cover all segments of performance and features,” said Dr. Charlie Su, President and CTO of Andes Technology. “Andes has developed a wide range of AndesCore processors, from driving cost sensitive MCUs to accelerating datacenter AI/ML computations. We are excited to announce our first safety-enhanced AndesCore the N25F-SE based on the most popular and mature CPU IP family, the 25-series." ISO 26262 Full Compliance. The ASIL B fully compliant N25F-SE was developed under considerations on all applicable requirements of ISO 26262 standards by defining tailored safety activities with solid rationales, from the fundamental specification, analysis, and design to verification and many more. It comes with the Safety Package which includes Safety manual, Safety analysis report (FMEDA and more), and Development Interface Outline. Together, the N25F-SE and its Safety Package offer an effective, efficient, and flexible automotive solution. It greatly reduces the time for SoC design teams to certify their ISO 26262 compliant SoCs. In comparison, an ASIL B “ready” solution is without certifying all required ISO 26262 Parts (2, 4, 5, 8 and 9) and thus provides incomplete support for the SoC’s certification; as a result, SoC design teams must go through all the work the CPU IP vendors are supposed to do. In addition, the N25F-SE helps reduce the cost and power consumption for SoCs requiring only an ASIL B processor IP without forcing them to use a double-sized dual-core lock-step solution with ASIL D. “As the only public RISC-V CPU IP company and a leader in the RISC-V ecosystem, we want to raise the awareness of the importance of ISO 26262 full compliance.” Dr. Su stressed. Cidana. “Consumer experience is shaping expectations for In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems. It is one of the segments evolving rapidly in the automotive industry. Cidana offers the optimized LC3+ codec and makes it available on Andes ISO 26262 compliance platform. Other mainstream audio codecs can be supported based on the required performance,” said Chinn Chin, the Chief Executive Officer of Cidana. “We are looking forward to collaborating with Andes and bringing the Cidana solutions to automotive SoCs powered by the N25F-SE.” Green Hills Software. “We are pleased to expand our production-ready automotive safety solutions to support the safety-certified AndesCore 25-Series RISC-V IP core family from the technology leader, Andes Technology,” said Dan Mender, Vice President, Business Development, Green Hills Software. “This combined hardware-software solution for the AndesCore N25F-SE gives SoC providers a valuable head-start in offering integrated and optimized production-proven platforms for next-generation vehicle ECUs that require the highest performance and lowest power, with advanced tools that reduce their customers’ time to market and development costs.” IAR Systems. “RISC-V is being adopted at a remarkable speed in applications from the edge to the cloud and now it is entering the automotive market. IAR Systems support the mature and popular Andes RISC-V 25-series processors since its release a few years back in the IAR Embedded Workbench for RISC-V, Functional Safety edition. We are glad to learn that Andes N25F-SE has been certified for full ISO 26262 compliance,” said Rafael Taubinger, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at IAR Systems. “We are looking forward to extending our collaboration with Andes to support its Safety Enhanced processors starting from the N25F-SE enabling our mutual customers to speed up the path to using RISC-V in automotive safety-critical applications.” Parasoft. “We would sincerely congrats on Andes Technology's N25F-SE been certified to the ISO 26262 functional safety standard,” said Yue Liu, the President of Parasoft Greater China. "Andes is a leading provider of RISC-V processors, and PARASOFT, a solution provider that helps enterprises deliver defect-free software, is pleased to partner with Andes to further deliver RISC-V ecosystem solutions to our customers. I am confident that we will be able to provide a complete suite of testing solutions for the automotive safety lifecycle in the near future, helping customers improve their ability to develop and deliver high quality software.” Virtual Open Systems. “At Virtual Open Systems we are working with Andes to enable hypervisor-less mixed criticality virtualization supporting concurrent execution of a certified real time operating system (OS) with a general purpose OS using our VOSySmonitoRV, a low level firmware developed with ASIL certification in mind," said Daniel Raho, Virtual Open Systems SAS CEO. "We are excited to extend VOSySmonitoRV with support for Andes Safety Enhanced processors starting from the N25F-SE.” The AndesCore N25F-SE is available for licensing now. Over half of a dozen leading SoC companies are already developing in-vehicle applications with the N25F-SE. Following the N25F-SE, the D25F-SE with DSP/SIMD extension and Bit Manipulation extension is expected to be available in early 2023. About Andes Technology Seventeen years in business and a Founding Premier member of RISC-V International, Andes is publicly-listed company and a leading supplier of high-performance/low-power 32/64-bit embedded processor IP solutions, and the driving force in taking RISC-V mainstream. Andes’ fifth-generation AndeStar™ architecture adopted the RISC-V as the base. Its V5 RISC-V CPU families range from tiny 32-bit cores to advanced 64-bit cores with DSP, FPU, Vector, Linux, superscalar, and/or multicore capabilities. The annual volume of Andes-Embedded SoCs has exceeded 3 billion in 2021 and continues to rise. By the end of 2021, the cumulative volume of Andes-Embedded™ SoCs has surpassed 10 billion

Read More

SERVER VIRTUALIZATION

VMware SASE and SD-WAN Helps Organizations Take a Holistic Approach to Networking and Security

Frost & Sullivan | November 01, 2022

The last two years accelerated Information Technology (IT) trends that were already underway: rapid increase in the adoption of cloud, multi-cloud, and internet of things (IoT); a smarter edge for use cases such as modern retail, healthcare, and manufacturing; and a distributed workforce, where employees can be anywhere. Software-defined (SD) WAN technology eliminates the traditional WAN connectivity challenges associated with distributed enterprise applications and IoT devices that held back this acceleration. The need to more securely connect distributed users to cloud-based applications is driving the adoption for software-defined, cloud-delivered security. Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) combines the flexibility of SD-WAN technology with a full suite of security services it delivers from the cloud. SASE points of presence (PoPs) provide networking and security functions closer to the user, enabling fast and more secure access Frost & Sullivan's latest white paper, As Edge Computing Gains Traction, the Business Case for SASE is Stronger than Ever, explores how market trends highlight the demand for the cloud-delivered networking, compute, and security architecture that SASE delivers. As public cloud adoption levels continue to increase post-pandemic due to hybrid and multi-cloud configurations, businesses should: Integrate edge computing as part of hybrid cloud architecture to optimize and more securely connect edge locations back to data centers and cloud-hosted applications. Implement hybrid and multi-cloud configurations to become more distributed and easily build, deploy, and continually optimize app delivery, for a more competitive edge. Support hybrid work trends and optimize user connectivity to cloud-based applications. Auto apply security conditions to users accessing enterprise applications based on the user identity and the context to mitigate risks and protect digital assets. VMware SASE is an example of the right way to secure and speed access in this distributed landscape through cloud-delivered SD-WAN Edge devices, Gateways, SASE Orchestrator, Edge Network Intelligence™, and Edge Compute Stack. The global network of scalable VMware SASE PoPs delivers apps to users reliably, quickly, and more securely over a single management interface. The VMware SASE product family delivers enterprise agility through a cloud-first open architecture, superior digital experience with rock-solid SD-WAN connectivity, security based on zero-trust principles, and operational simplicity with vendor-agnostic Artificial Intelligence for Operations that can help predict and prevent problems before they occur. About Frost & Sullivan For six decades, Frost & Sullivan has been world-renowned for its role in helping investors, corporate leaders and governments navigate economic changes and identify disruptive technologies, Mega Trends, new business models and companies to action, resulting in a continuous flow of growth opportunities to drive future success.

Read More

SERVER VIRTUALIZATION

Options Announces VMware Cloud Verified Status in TR2

Options | November 02, 2022

The accomplishment follows the VMware Cloud Provider Principal Partner Status awarded to the firm last year. Options also holds Cloud Verified status at NJ2, 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 specific individual client needs. It also enables customers to achieve unmatched consistency, performance, and interoperability levels for traditional and containerised enterprise applications based on the most advanced VMware cloud technologies. “Toronto has emerged as a leader in the convergence of tech leadership, financial services and innovation, bringing best-in-class infrastructure even closer to our clients and bolstering our operational presence in the region. As the sixth certification in recent months, today’s news is a further demonstration of Options’ growing portfolio of VMware solution architecture and the continued rollout of service excellence, capability and choice for our customers across the capital markets.” Options President and CEO Danny Moore Today’s news comes as the latest in a series of strategic announcements for Options, including its tenth Microsoft Gold Partner status, its partnership with on-demand market data provider QUODD, 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 9 key cities; New York, Toronto, Chicago, London, Belfast, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo 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.

Read More