AT&T Misses Network Virtualization Goal

Sdxcentral | January 03, 2020

AT&T failed to meet its long-held goal to virtualize at least 75% of its network functions before 2020. It now aims to hit that mark by year’s end. The company has often proclaimed it would reach that goal, going back to at least 2017, but AT&T now admits that those goalposts have moved somewhat. The company closed 2019 at 65%, despite a slightly downshifted goal to virtualize 70% of network functions before 2020. “We aim to control 75% of our core network functions with software by the end of 2020 and, by reaching 65% at the end of 2019, we’re nearly there,” Scott Mair, president of AT&T technology and operations, wrote in a blog post. CTO Andre Fuetsch’s comments at the Open Networking Summit in April 2019 proved to be remarkably prescient. “We left all the hard stuff for last,” he said at the time.

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Lightbits and Intel to Demonstrate Application Acceleration and Improved Resource Utilization Using an Intel IPU and Disaggregated NVMe Storage

Lightbits | September 29, 2022

Intel Innovation Lightbits, the first software-defined and architected for NVMe/TCP data platform for any cloud, will be conducting a joint product demonstration with Intel at the upcoming Intel Innovation event, taking place September 27-28, 2022 in San Jose. The demonstration will highlight Lightbits software-defined, NVMe/TCP storage cluster providing high-performance block storage to compute servers equipped with Intel® IPU E2000, thereby enabling the freeing up of CPU cores to maximize the customer’s revenue without sacrificing application performance. The demo will highlight the increased infrastructure efficiency and flexibility that results from the on-demand provisioning of remote NVMe storage. Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) need to reduce the CPU resources allocated to storage processing, thereby making more CPU cycles available to run customer applications. Intel Innovation attendees will see how the combined solution of Lightbits software with Intel high-performance technologies dynamically provisions storage, significantly reduces Xeon CPU utilization for infrastructure tasks and delivers a high-performance cloud block storage solution. In this example, the number of cores was reduced by more than 4X, demonstrating significant CPU utilization savings. The combined solution of Lightbits software with Intel high-performance technologies delivers an unmatched combination of performance, resiliency, and scalability while lowering TCO. As strategic partners, the companies are helping customers address their complex data center needs enabling CSPs, IT organizations with private clouds, FinTech, and electronic retailers to deliver fast, resilient, and secure services to their clients. The solution can be used as a high-performance data platform for any orchestration environment, such as OpenStack, or to run container-based applications in a Kubernetes environment as well as virtualized applications in a VMware vSphere environment. Lightbits Labs (Lightbits), is on a mission to make high-performance block storage simple, scalable, and cost-efficient for any cloud. Lightbits offers a Cloud Data Platform that delivers efficiency, simplicity, and agility for modern data centers. Inventors of the NVMe over TCP (NVMe/TCP) protocol, Lightbits is leading the digital data center transformation by making software-defined storage that is easy to deploy at scale and delivers performance equivalent to local flash to accelerate cloud-native applications in bare metal, virtual, or containerized environments.

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Innovators Across the Industry to Gather at VMware Explore 2022 US

VMware | August 24, 2022

VMware, Inc. a leading innovator in enterprise software, today announced the general session keynote speakers and the conference sponsors for its global multi-cloud event, VMware Explore 2022 US taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2022. VMware Explore is the center of the multi-cloud universe and an evolution of the company’s flagship conference, VMworld. The re-imagined event, in person again after two years, is focused on the evolution of today’s multi-cloud era, and will highlight technologies, ecosystem, industry experts, and developer communities that are shaping the future. VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how multi-cloud is enabling and enhancing an always-on, digital world. He will also showcase VMware’s strategic partner ecosystem, which is helping customers scale their business, drive innovation and transform customer experiences. The session will also feature VMware President Sumit Dhawan and CVS Health CIO, Roshan Navagamuwa, to discuss the U.S. healthcare leader’s customer-centric approach as it puts multi-cloud into action. Additionally, VMware leaders CTO Kit Colbert and CTO of Americas Amanda Blevins, along with DevOps guru and Google principal engineer Kelsey Hightower, McLaren Racing head of commercial technology Ed Green, and best-selling author and professionally trained futurist Jacob Morgan, will discuss multi-cloud leadership, cloud-native platforms, cloud and edge transformation, and the hybrid workforce. In addition to the general session, VMware Explore 2022 US features a variety of sessions spanning key technology themes and industries, including: Explore VMware Cross-Cloud Services - In this session, attendees will learn how to navigate the opportunities of multi-cloud environments by embracing the world of modern application development and Kubernetes, modernizing infrastructure, and enabling hybrid workforces. vSphere+ and vSAN+: The Next Evolution of VMware Enterprise Workload Platform - This session will introduce new product innovations in vSphere+ and vSAN+ that help customers improve workload performance, enhance operational efficiency, and increase time to value for DevOps. Are Your Networking and Security Cloud Smart? - Learn how VMware is enabling customers to implement Zero Trust across multi-cloud environments with zero appliances, zero tickets, zero taps and zero disruptions. VMware’s annual conference will feature 800+ unique breakout sessions, tutorials, and keynotes from VMware and its community of customers and partners. Notable sponsors for VMware Explore 2022 US include Amazon Web Services (AWS), Dell Technologies, Google Cloud, Intel, Microsoft, and NVIDIA. View the full list of VMware Explore 2022 US sponsors and exhibitors here. Beginning Aug. 29, VMware Explore will deliver rich technical content both in-person and on-demand. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about multi-cloud and edge architectures from the perspective of VMware product experts and industry thought leaders. Additionally, attendees will learn how to streamline developer experiences and DevOps practices across applications. About VMware Explore 2022 VMware Explore is an evolution of the company's flagship conference, VMworld. The event has transformed to be the industry’s go-to-event for all things multi-cloud. VMware Explore 2022 features more industry-led solution and technical sessions than ever before, an extensive ecosystem of 90% of the top cloud partners, a thriving marketplace of multi-cloud ISVs and several networking events with VMware Cross-Cloud™ services and open source communities. With an unparalleled view into multi-cloud services, from public to private to edge, for all applications, VMware Explore 2022 attendees will gain the tools they need to solve challenges by simplifying multi-cloud complexity without compromise. 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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Versa Networks Expands APAC and Japan Leadership Team to Continue Global Growth and Meet Accelerating APJ Region Demand for Versa SASE

Versa Networks | July 07, 2022

Versa Networks, the recognized secure access service edge (SASE) leader, today announced it has named former Commvault Software and Dell Technologies executive Rachel Ler as its first Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) Region Vice President. Ler joins Versa to lead the company’s expanding APJ team with a focus on sales and market expansion to meet rapidly increasing demand for Versa SASE in the region. “I was attracted to Versa Networks by its uniquely integrated approach toward security and networking that delivers these comprehensive services simply to customers,” said Ler. “I am excited to join at this important time for Versa, as I see tremendous opportunity across the APJ region, especially in this highly fragmented technology space. I look forward to helping the team establish itself as the trusted advisor to customers and partners in the APJ region.” Ler previously served as the Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific region for Commvault Software. She was responsible for driving sustainable sales growth with a focus on solution innovation and customer experience, including collaborating and strengthening Commvault’s broad and diverse partner ecosystem across all the distinct markets. She has a proven track record with more than 20 years of experience spanning direct and channel sales, as well as regional APJ leadership roles, at Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Nimble Storage, NetApp, IBM and Microsoft. Ler graduated from Nanyang Polytechnic with a Diploma in Information Technology, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. “We are very excited to have attracted someone of Rachel’s caliber and experience to lead our APJ regional business, Demand is increasing for Versa SASE as APJ organizations look to take advantage of the differentiated benefits offered by our uniquely integrated networking and security capabilities. We are committed over the long term to our customers in APJ, and under Rachel’s leadership we are excited about the growth we will enjoy in the region.” Martin Mackay, Versa Chief Revenue Officer Versa SASE delivers tightly integrated services via the cloud, on-premises, or as a blended combination of both via Versa Operating System (VOS™) with a Single-Pass Parallel Processing architecture and managed through a single pane of glass. Versa began delivering SASE services such as VPN, Secure SD-WAN, Edge Compute Protection, Next-Generation Firewall, Next-Generation Firewall as a Service, Secure Web Gateway (SWG), and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) more than five years ago. Versa uniquely provides contextual security based on user, role, device, application, location, security posture of the device, and content. As the leader in SASE, the fastest growing security and networking category, and executing on SASE services for years, Versa is the only solution proven to deliver the industry’s leading and differentiated architecture for high performance and security. Dell’Oro Group listed Versa as the 2021 SASE market share leader with 84-percent market share for the unified category in its 4Q21 Network Security Quarterly Report, and Frost and Sullivan ranks Versa as the Number 2 worldwide market share leader in SASE. Gartner has also identified Versa SASE as having the most SASE components out of all 56 vendors Gartner evaluated, while Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) found that Versa SASE has the most SASE supported functions, as published in its industry report. About Versa Networks Versa Networks, the leader in SASE, combines extensive security, advanced networking, industry-leading SD-WAN, genuine multitenancy, and sophisticated analytics via the cloud, on-premises, or as a blended combination of both to meet SASE requirements for small to extremely large enterprises and Service Providers, and via the simplified Versa Titan cloud service designed for Lean IT. Thousands of customers globally with hundreds of thousands of sites trust Versa with their networks, security, and clouds. Versa Networks is privately held and funded by Sequoia Capital, Mayfield, Artis Ventures, Verizon Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Liberty Global Ventures, Princeville Capital, RPS Ventures and Triangle Peak Partners.

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Dell Technologies Delivers Industry-First Innovations with VMware to Power Multicloud and Edge Solutions

Dell Technologies | September 06, 2022

Dell Technologies is introducing new infrastructure solutions, co-engineered with VMware, that deliver greater automation and performance for organizations embracing multicloud and edge strategies. "Customers tell us they want help simplifying their multicloud and edge strategies as they look to drive more efficiency and performance from their IT," said Jeff Boudreau, president, Dell Technologies Infrastructure Solutions Group. "Dell Technologies and VMware have numerous joint engineering initiatives spanning core IT areas such as multicloud, edge and security to help our customers more easily manage and gain value from their data." Business data and applications continue to grow in multicloud environments comprised of edge locations, public clouds and on-premises IT. Many organizations have already adopted a multicloud approach, and the number of applications running at the edge will grow 800% by 2024.1 "IDC's global research shows many organizations are struggling to balance the rapidly rising complexity and cost of data center, edge and cloud operations with relentless business demand for better data integration, security and application performance, These organizations recognize the need for a consistent operating model tightly integrated with infrastructure platforms that support sophisticated, large scale data-driven workloads." Mary Johnston Turner, IDC research vice president, future of digital infrastructure agenda Dell VxRail delivers greater performance and smallest-ever systems at the edge Dell is introducing several new VxRail systems and software advancements that improve performance on-premises and at the edge including the industry's only jointly engineered HCI-based DPU solution with VMware.2 Improved system performance: A result of co-engineering with VMware and its Project Monterey initiative, VxRail systems support new VMware vSphere 8 software that has been rearchitected to run on DPUs. Customers can improve application and networking infrastructure performance and improve TCO by moving these services from a system's CPU to its new on-board DPU. Support demanding workloads: Select VxRail systems now support VMware's new vSAN Enterprise Storage Architecture (ESA). With up to 4x vSAN performance improvement3, customers can better support demanding mission-critical applications. Smallest edge systems: VxRail rugged modular nodes deliver high performance and scalability in the system's smallest form factor to date.4 Modular nodes are ideal for edge use cases including healthcare, energy and utilities and digital cities because of VxRail's industry-first, on-board hardware witness5, which will allow for deployment in high latency, low bandwidth locations. "The increasing demand for software-defined infrastructure services for networking, storage and security places more demands on already-strained CPUs. As more distributed, resource intensive applications are onboarded, there is a need to reimagine data center architecture to fully support the requirements of these applications," said Krish Prasad, senior vice president & general manager, Cloud Platform Business, VMware. "Dell VxRail with VMware vSphere 8 will deliver a foundation for next generation data center architecture by running infrastructure services on the DPU. This will enable greater network and application performance and a new level of sophistication in adopting Zero Trust security strategies to protect modern enterprise workloads." Dell APEX expands multicloud and edge support for VMware environments Dell is adding several offers to its APEX portfolio for VMware workloads that help speed development of cloud-native apps and better allocate compute and storage resources for applications at the edge. APEX Cloud Services with VMware Cloud adds managed VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid services, which allows IT teams to help developers move faster by using a container-based approach to application development. With Dell-managed Tanzu services, customers can provision Kubernetes clusters through the vSphere user interface. Organizations also will be able to help speed development efforts by building, testing and running cloud-native applications alongside traditional applications on the same platform. APEX Private Cloud and APEX Hybrid Cloud offer new compute-only options that allow customers to support more workloads and increase IT infrastructure efficiency by independently scaling compute and storage resources. Organizations can start small and scale their infrastructure as their IT needs change. Customers can use Dell's industry-leading enterprise storage data services by connecting compute-only instances to Dell storage such as APEX Data Storage Services. "APEX Hybrid Cloud lets us manage our multicloud environment seamlessly and gain better insights into our VMware workloads. It's allowed us to reduce the cost of supporting applications and workloads by 20%," said Ben Doyle, chief information officer, ATN International. "We stood up the Dell APEX solution quickly, and we easily moved 70% of our infrastructure to it in under three months. We look forward to working with Dell Technologies to expand our cloud footprint moving forward." Dell Validated Designs for AI – AutoML uses AI to democratize data science Dell Validated Designs for AI – Automatic Machine Learning (AutoML) uses automated machine learning models to help data scientists of all skill levels develop AI-powered applications. The solution includes tested and proven configurations of Dell VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure with H2O.ai, NVIDIA and VMware software to help customers speed time to insight from data with automation that delivers up to 18x faster AI models.6 Organizations report 20%7 faster time to value with Dell Validated Designs for AI, helping data scientists of all skill levels develop AI-powered applications faster. VMware Tanzu in Dell Validated Designs for AI helps provide greater container security and allows customers to run AI at the edge using VMware Tanzu services. About Dell Technologies Dell Technologies ( NYSE:DELL) helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry's broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era.

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