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Verizon | September 19, 2022
Verizon, the leader in Virtualized Radio Access Network (VRAN) innovation, has now deployed over 8,000 virtualized cell sites with a goal of deploying over 20,000 by the end of 2025. This technology milestone allows Verizon to rapidly respond to customers’ varied latency and computing needs, and provides greater flexibility and agility in the introduction of new products and services. The move to a cloud-based, virtualized architecture with standardized interfaces in every part of the network leads to greater flexibility, faster delivery of services, greater scalability, and improved cost efficiency in networks.
“We are building the network with the most advanced technology available, because we know people rely on our network and we are committed to delivering the variety and quality of services our customers need, Even while driving the most aggressive network deployment in our company’s history, we know giving people access to 5G is only part of the winning equation.”
Adam Koeppe, Senior Vice President of Planning and Technology at Verizon
Key 5G use cases focused on providing the best, most efficient network for customers, will heavily rely on the programmability of virtualized networks. Networks must serve IoT devices that do very little networking and stay in place, smartphones with infinite opportunities to use data in a highly mobile environment, and complex solutions like Augmented Reality that require massive computing capabilities on the edge of the network. These various network solutions rely on a correlated variety of resources from the network, which until recently have been defined rigidly and manually. Using orchestration and automation capabilities at scale on virtual infrastructure, Verizon automates network configuration changes and resource scaling dynamically based on demand. This is one of the greatest benefits of virtualizing a network - essentially building programmability into the network.
It takes more than just virtualization
While the advancement of virtualization technology is a critical step towards advanced 5G solutions, Verizon is working on many other technological advancements in parallel to deliver to customers the most robust, advanced, and reliable network in the world.
Verizon recently announced a massive advancement in its packet core network, quadrupling the capacity on its fiber network.
It also recently announced it is beginning to deploy 100 MHz of C-band spectrum in many markets across the US– a significant increase from the 60 MHz of spectrum it has deployed in 5G markets to date. Almost doubling the spectrum available for 5G Ultra Wideband turbo charges the service, offering significantly higher speeds, much greater capacity to accommodate more customers and more robust services, and allows Verizon to offer 5G Home broadband and Business Internet services to more customers.
ORAN - Disaggregating the hardware and software functions on the network through widespread virtualization creates the foundation for ORAN. ORAN is an evolution of the virtual network architecture with the potential to bring many benefits in terms of deployment flexibility, faster innovation in an open environment, and greater service options by increasing the opportunity for new entrants to provide competitive and advanced solutions. More competition, more innovation, and increased supplier diversity will all be a net benefit to operators and consumers.
Advanced antenna configurations - Verizon continues to drive antenna efficiency, including widespread use of Massive MIMO, which leads to greater speeds and less signal interference resulting in greater capacity and speed for customers.
MEC - Mobile EdgeComputing (MEC) moves the data processing done by the applications and services closer to the customer at the edge of the network. This shortens the roundtrip distance data travels from the device to servers that can process data. This helps critical, performance-impacting applications respond more quickly and efficiently. Verizon’s MEC is deployed in a rack next to our Core network gear which enables the lowest possible latency. We are partnering with the top cloud partners, driving tighter network integration/differentiation through API’s. Verizon recently expanded its MEC ecosystem by bringing AWS Wavelength zones to Nashville and Tampa and now reaches 19 metro areas. This means that 75% of the U.S. population is now within 150 miles of VZ 5G Edge.
Webscale platform - Using a Verizon-owned and operated webscale platform, Verizon engineers have created a cloud-native architecture. Verizon’s telco cloud has been optimized for telco workloads, unique telco regulatory and performance requirements, and tighter integration with other operations systems. This unique cloud architecture drives efficiency and allows functionality to be distributed throughout the network. Verizon’s native telco workloads (Core, RAN, signaling, and user plane) run more efficiently and with better performance and resiliency when deployed on this optimized cloud platform.
Verizon remains very active in global standards bodies and continue to work with experts globally to set standards and expectations for future technology.
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ZEDEDA | July 25, 2022
ZEDEDA, the leader in edge orchestration, announced today that it has closed $26 million in Series B funding, capping a period of exponential growth. The broad range of new and existing investors — including Coast Range Capital, Lux Capital, Energize Ventures, Almaz Capital, Porsche Ventures, Chevron Technology Ventures, Juniper Networks, Rockwell Automation, Samsung Next and EDF North America Ventures — signals the importance of edge computing to companies across all industries and verticals.
All existing investors participated in this latest round of financing, which has doubled the previous investment in the company. ZEDEDA has now raised more than $55 million since its inception.
“All aspects of our business — from a growing base of Global 500 customers to major strategic partnerships and growth in deployed edge nodes — are on a terrific path,” said Said Ouissal, founder and CEO of ZEDEDA. “This latest round of investment validates that our open framework and ecosystem approach to the distributed edge is the ideal choice for the future of connected operations.”
A recent Worldwide Edge Spending Guide from IDC forecasted double-digit growth for investments in edge computing. This year’s total is expected to be $176 billion, an increase of 14.8% over 2021, with a 2025 target of nearly $274 billion.
“The market for edge computing solutions is poised for tremendous expansion, and we believe ZEDEDA will be a major contributor,” said Tom Gallo, Managing Partner at Coast Range Capital. “They combine innovation and expertise like no one else in the industry, and we are excited to join them on their journey in this round of funding.”
“Businesses worldwide are looking to take advantage of the benefits of edge computing as they look for ways to support remote work and improve efficiency,” said Bilal Zuberi, Partner at Lux Capital, who has participated in every fundraising round for ZEDEDA. “As a long-time investor, we’re excited to double down with ZEDEDA as they continue to grow rapidly.”
ZEDEDA to Accelerate Momentum After a Year of Dramatic Growth
The past 12 months have seen a sharp increase in ZEDEDA’s growth as a company. Revenue is up 7x year-over-year, while at the same time, its number of nodes under management has risen by 4x. ZEDEDA’s strong growth is fueled by existing customers now applying the company’s solution across different edge deployments in addition to new customers beginning their edge deployments.
ZEDEDA will use the latest round of funding to support its expanding customer base, accelerate research and development and expand its marketing and sales operations. The budding ecosystem around the industry’s first open orchestration solution has attracted strategic partnerships and integrations with Google, Microsoft, PTC, and SUSE. ZEDEDA’s expanding customer base includes OEM activities with Global 500 companies, including a leading global virtualization software provider and a leading industrial automation company.
Strategic Investor Perspectives on $26M Series B Funding Round
The wide adoption of cloud computing by distributed organizations is accelerating the growth of edge computing, as organizations across all verticals are implementing business-transforming use cases. Industries from manufacturing to energy to automotive are turning to edge computing to manage and process vast amounts of data from new sources within their distributed operations and organizations.
“Hardware diversity on the edge is a challenge for many global companies. ZEDEDA’s technology has the potential to unify an entire ecosystem of hardware and apps. The technology is designed to enable remote device management and application orchestration that could improve data visibility, control and security,” said Jim Gable, Vice President, Innovation and President of Technology Ventures at Chevron. “This is the latest investment from our Core Energy Fund 7, which focuses on operational enhancement, digitalization and lower carbon technologies.”
“The explosion of data generated from the ever-growing number of devices, machines and sensors at the edge of the network is driving a fundamental shift and the need to build next-generation AI-driven networks with intelligent edge computing and processing capabilities,” said Sujai Hajela, EVP, AI-Driven Enterprise at Juniper Networks. “ZEDEDA provides a unified orchestration experience across hardware, software, networks and clouds, and this, along with impressive execution and ability to meet the ambiguous and evolving demands of today’s enterprise edge market, has made them a trusted partner for organizations looking to transform their operations.”
“Managing data at the edge is increasingly mission-critical for enterprises that need to optimize real-time decision-making, maximize operational efficiency, and drive new business outcomes,” said Raymond Liao, Managing Director at Samsung Next. “We are confident that the ZEDEDA team is in a strong position to deliver scalable infrastructure solutions to a rapidly growing pipeline of IIoT customers."
“As part of Porsche’s commitment to innovation, the company is always looking for technology that supports our ability to generate unique and sustainable solutions, This extended partnership with ZEDEDA creates exciting possibilities for the automotive industry to take advantage of increased network speed and computing capacity.”
Mattias Ulbrich, CEO of Porsche Digital and CIO of Porsche
ZEDEDA makes edge computing effortless, open, and intrinsically secure - extending the cloud experience to the edge. ZEDEDA reduces the cost of managing and orchestrating distributed edge infrastructure and applications, while increasing visibility, security and control. ZEDEDA delivers a distributed, cloud-native edge management and orchestration solution, simplifying the security and remote management of edge infrastructure and applications at scale.
ZEDEDA ensures extensibility and flexibility by utilizing an open partner ecosystem with a robust app marketplace and leveraging an open architecture built on EVE-OS, from the Linux Foundation. EVE-OS is a lightweight, open-source Linux-based engine. ZEDEDA delivers instant time to value, has thousands of nodes under management and is backed by world-class investors with teams in the United States, Germany and India
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Devolutions | July 04, 2022
Devolutions, a software company, announced today that its flagship product Remote Desktop Manager (RDM) has been recognized by G2 with the following badges: Leader, High Performer, and Leader Europe. These accomplishments are highlighted in G2's Summer Report, which is based on evaluations supplied by verified people having direct, hands-on experience with a specific product. Products were evaluated for inclusion in the Summer Report based on the following criteria: ease of conducting business, quality of assistance, and probability of recommending the product.
G2, the world's largest and most recognized software marketplace, delivers information to over 60 million business professionals each year to help them make wiser software selections based on real peer evaluations. Products that receive G2's Leader, High Performer, and Leader Europe badges have received extremely high evaluations from G2 users as well as significant Satisfaction and Market Presence scores.
RDM from Devolutions allows for the consolidation of all remote connections on a single platform that can be safely shared between users and throughout the whole team. This solution enables IT departments to drive organizational security, speed, and productivity while decreasing inefficiencies, expense, and risk. Remote Desktop Manager now has a 4.7-star rating from G2 users, with 84 percent giving it a 5-star rating.
Sara Rossio, chief product officer at G2 Commented, “Rankings on G2 reports are based on data provided to us by real software buyers. Potential buyers know they can trust these insights when researching and selecting software because they’re rooted in vetted, verified and authentic reviews.”
“Since day one at Devolutions, we have always put customers at the center of everything that we do. We are grateful and energized to see that this commitment is helping millions of IT pros around the world use Remote Desktop Manager, as well as our other solutions, to improve security, productivity, operational simplicity, communications, governance, and compliance,”
David Hervieux, CEO of Devolutions