Cable Access’s Virtualized Future Has Arrived

Multi Channel | February 10, 2020

The cable access technology business’s new, virtualized era has arrived for vendor Harmonic, which reported a 78% year-over-year spike in its fourth-quarter cable access revenue, to $43 million, driven by its CableOS software product. San Jose-based Harmonic also touted two new but unspecified Tier 1 cable operator clients for CableOS, which converts the formerly hardware-intensive converged cable access platform (CCAP) of the typical cable hybrid fiber coaxial network into a virtualized software-based architecture. CommScope, which acquired Arris last year, Cisco Systems and Casa Systems, respectively, led the old paradigm of supplying CCAP and cable modem termination system (CMTS) hardware.

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Cloud Foundry Launches New Platform to Simplify Kubernetes Developer Experience

Cloud Foundry | May 17, 2022

Cloud Foundry Foundation today announced Korifi, the beta release of a new Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that eases much of the complexity inherent to Kubernetes, to vastly improve the application deployment experience. The Kubernetes experience has been complex for operators and developers alike, Korifi harnesses the developer-centric experience of Cloud Foundry to deliver a Cloud Foundry-compatible application platform running on Kubernetes. "As Kubernetes has matured, our community has built several Cloud Foundry abstractions to reduce Kubernetes complexities," said Chris Clark, program manager of Cloud Foundry Foundation. "The proven Cloud Foundry developer experience already saves organizations millions of dollars by maximizing developer productivity. With Korifi, we're building on a new architecture learned from previous iterations like cf-for-k8s and KubeCF. Korifi brings greater interoperability with cloud-native technologies, bringing the ease and simplicity of the Cloud Foundry app developer experience to Kubernetes." Korifi's fully open-source code base and community-driven approach ensures that adopters get complete transparency and agility. For system integrators and service providers, Korifi is an avenue to enable a cloud-native transformation for their Cloud Foundry customers and also introduce a new cloud-based product. "Thousands of developers use Cloud Foundry everyday as an easy, reliable platform to deploy and manage their mission-critical applications. Their teams rely on its stability and automation to support those fleets of developers and applications. We see Korifi as an opportunity to ensure that Cloud Foundry interoperates well with the growing ecosystem of other cloud-native technologies and deployment practices." Craig McLuckie, chair of the Cloud Foundry governing board and vice president of research and development at VMware. Cloud Foundry is an open source technology backed by the largest technology companies in the world, including, HCL, Huawei, IBM, SAP, and VMware, and is being used by leaders in manufacturing, telecommunications and financial services. Only Cloud Foundry delivers the velocity needed to continuously deliver apps at the speed of business. Cloud Foundry's container-based architecture runs apps written in any language on a choice of cloud platforms — Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack, and more. With a robust services ecosystem and simple integration with existing technologies, Cloud Foundry is the modern standard for deploying mission critical apps at global organizations. About Cloud Foundry Foundation The Cloud Foundry Foundation is a non-profit open source organization formed to sustain the development, promotion and adoption of Cloud Foundry as the industry standard for delivering the best experience for developers at companies of all sizes. The Foundation projects include Cloud Foundry, Paketo Buildpacks, Korifi, Eirini, BOSH, Open Service Broker API, CredHub, and more. Cloud Foundry makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy and scale applications, and is used by more than half the Fortune 500, representing nearly $15 trillion in combined revenue.

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CISA recommends VMware, F5 patches. Liquidity mining fraud. Strapi issues patched. TDI clarifies data incident.

CISA | May 20, 2022

VMware yesterday addressed issues in several of its products: VMware Workspace ONE Access (Access), VMware Identity Manager (vIDM), VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), VMware Cloud Foundation, and vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. That these are more significant than the ordinary run of patches may be seen by the way the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has discussed them. Alert (AA22-138B), "Threat Actors Chaining Unpatched VMware Vulnerabilities for Full System Control" warns that "malicious cyber actors, likely advanced persistent threat (APT) actors, are exploiting CVE-2022-22954 and CVE-2022-22960 separately and in combination." The Alert adds, "CISA expects malicious cyber actors to quickly develop a capability to exploit newly released vulnerabilities CVE-2022-22972 and CVE-2022-22973 in the same impacted VMware products. In response, CISA has released, Emergency Directive (ED) 22-03 Mitigate VMware Vulnerabilities, which requires emergency action from Federal Civilian Executive Branch agencies to either immediately implement the updates in VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2022-0014 or remove the affected software from their network until the updates can be applied." US Federal civilian agencies have until next Monday to identify and remediate the issues, and they're required to report completion no later than Tuesday. Fraudulent liquidity mining. Sophos describes the way the threat of fraudulent liquidity mining is shaping up in decentralized finance systems. "Legitimate liquidity mining exists to make it possible for decentralized finance (DeFi) networks to automatically process digital currency trades," Sophos explains, and criminals are using social engineering to abuse such systems to defraud cryptocurrency investors of their holdings. More loosely regulated than conventional cryptocurrency exchanges, which use market makers and seek to ensure that sufficient reserves are on hand to back trades, DeFi exchanges use Automated Market Makers (AMMs). Sophos explains that "Smart contracts built into the DeFi network have to rapidly determine the relative value of the currencies being exchanged and execute the trade. Since there is no centralized pool of crypto for these distributed exchanges to pull from to complete trades, they rely on crowdsourcing to provide the pool of cryptocurrency capital required to complete a trade—a liquidity pool." Liquidity pool tokens, ("LP tokens") are used to represent the portion of the liquidity pool an investor contributed. But unethical DeFi operators can cancel the tokens (or simply not create a pool to back them in the first place), and this, Sophos observes, offers "ample opportunity for digital Ponzi schemes, fraudulent tokens, and flat-out theft." CMS vulnerabilities disclosed and patched. The Synopsys Cybersecurity Research Center (CyRC) has identified two vulnerabilities in Strapi. Strapi is an open-source headless content management system (CMS) Javascript software that enables developers to quickly design and build content-rich APIs. Both vulnerabilities involve authenticated users with access to the Strapi admin panel having access to private and sensitive data, such as email and password reset tokens. The first vulnerability allows for the authenticated user to view private and sensitive data for other admin panel users that have a relationship with content accessible to the authenticated user. The second vulnerability allows for the authenticated user to view private and sensitive data for API users if content types accessible to the authenticated user contains relationships to API users. The vulnerabilities are fixed in newer, updated versions of Strapi, and Synopsys has commended Strapi for its quick response to the discovery. Texas Department of Insurance clarifies facts surrounding its data incident. The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has sent around a fact sheet that clarifies a data incident the agency sustained earlier this year: "In January 2022, TDI found the issue was due to a programming code error that allowed internet access to a protected area of the application. TDI promptly disconnected the web application from the internet. After correcting the programming code, TDI placed the web application back online. The forensic investigation could not conclusively rule out that certain information on the web application was accessed outside of TDI. This does not mean all the information was viewed by people outside TDI. Because we couldn't rule out access, we took steps to notify those who may have been affected." While data could have been accessed by unauthorized personnel, TDI has investigated and found that, "There is no evidence to date that there was a misuse of information."

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Lightbits Labs Wins 2022 BIG Innovation Award

Lightbits Labs | January 18, 2022

Lightbits Labs (Lightbits), the first software-defined and NVMe-based data platform for any cloud, is pleased to announce it has been named a winner in the 2022 BIG Innovation Awards presented by the Business Intelligence Group. This is recognition for the company’s unique Complete Data Platform, which is an innovative architecture of NVMe/TCP, Intelligent Flash Management, and VMware vSphere 7 Update 3 compatibility that delivers high performance, simplicity, and cost-efficiency for VMware environments. As such, Lightbits, the inventor of NVMe/TCP, is quickly becoming the defacto standard for managing, analyzing, and storing data on any cloud. Leveraging NVMe/TCP protocol and a shared storage architecture, Lightbits delivers the lowest latencies and highest scalability while delivering performance equivalent to local flash. Lightbits solves the storage challenges for cloud-centric applications with greater efficiency than proprietary appliances and when combined with VMWare vSphere is giant leap forward in delivering an end-to-end NVMe solutions ecosystem. This recognition is further validation that Lightbits fills a critical need for modern IT organizations looking to inject efficiency and agility into the data center. We invented NVMe/TCP, its native to the software, and thus delivers all the low latency and high performance of local flash. And Lightbits is the only solution available with Intelligent Flash Management for maximum cost-efficiency. So, while we may pause to appreciate this recognition, we’ll keep making BIG innovations that enable customers to efficiently leverage their IT investments to extract maximum value from their data.” Carol Platz, Vice President of Marketing, Lightbits Labs “Innovation is driving growth in the global economy,” said Maria Jimenez, chief operating officer of the Business Intelligence Group. “We are thrilled to be honoring Lightbits as they are one of the organizations leading this charge and helping humanity progress.” About Lightbits Labs Lightbits Labs (Lightbits) is leading the digital data center transformation by making high-performance elastic block storage available to any cloud. Creators of the NVMe over TCP (NVMe/TCP) protocol, Lightbits software-defined storage 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. Backed by leading enterprise investors including Cisco Investments, Dell Technologies Capital, Intel Capital, and Micron, Lightbits is on a mission to make high-performance elastic block storage simple, scalable and cost-efficient for any cloud. The NVMe, and NVMe/TCP word marks are registered or unregistered service marks of the NVM Express organization in the United States and other countries. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use strictly prohibited. About Business Intelligence Group The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry award programs, these programs are judged by business executives having experience and knowledge. The organization’s proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers.

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VMware Recognized by Frost & Sullivan for Consistently Leading the Global SD-WAN Market

Frost & Sullivan | December 18, 2021

Frost & Sullivan recently analyzed the global SD-WAN vendor industry and, based on its findings, recognizes VMWare with the 2021 Global SD-WAN Vendor Market Leadership Award. Frost & Sullivan research shows that VMware has consistently ranked as the leader in this market since 2017. VMware SD-WAN, a core component of VMware secure access service edge (SASE), is delivered as a service across over 150 global points of presence (PoPs) deployed by VMware and its SASE service provider partners through the company's network of cloud services. The PoPs bridge the gap between users, cloud, and SaaS-based applications. Industry analyst Roopa Honnachari stated, "VMware SD-WAN, located at major PoP locations around the world, offers optimized paths for users accessing cloud IaaS and SaaS applications, eliminating the need to backhaul traffic to the data center." Many businesses deploy clouds to increase application availability, a factor that continues to drive deployment of the company's SD-WAN solution. Other industry drivers responsible for VMware's consistent market-leading position through its cloud deployments include: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to strengthen businesses' dependence on cloud to improve business continuity. Traditional WAN architectures such as MPLS VPNs, widely used to connect globally distributed enterprises, do not provide an efficient way to connect the ever-increasing remote workforce to cloud-based applications. Branch network traffic across MPLS VPNs is still routed via headquarters or hub locations (to ensure data security and compliance), resulting in delays. Hybrid work continues to gain traction and remote workers increasingly access cloud applications over internet connections. As a result, the inefficient "hairpin" model of traffic being routed via the enterprise data center no longer applies. VMware addresses these industry drivers through the SASE PoPs, which co-locate SD-WAN and cloud security solutions in close proximity to enterprise users around the world. This proximity optimizes end users' experience with cloud-hosted enterprise applications. VMware SD-WAN also has a unique feature called Dynamic Multipath Optimization, which uses continuous link monitoring and application awareness to remediate network problems and prioritize access to enterprise applications. VMware Edge Network Intelligence, another VMware SASE service that is co-located within SASE PoPs, processes high volumes of data from a wide range of network, device, and application sources. The solution can pinpoint with clarity whether a perceived application problem is due to issues with the local Wi-Fi network, broadband network, WAN, network services, or with the application. This greatly simplifies network operations and management for IT teams. VMware provides SD-WAN through its global network of channel partners, which include network service providers (NSPs), value-added resellers (VARs), managed service providers (MSPs), system integrators, and 270 telecom service providers. The company's rich SASE partner ecosystem includes: Multi-Cloud and Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) (e.g., AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, Oracle, Equinix) Unified Communications as a Service (e.g., Zoom, Microsoft Teams, RingCentral) Security (e.g., Zscaler, Check Point, Netskope, Menlo Security) Service Providers (e.g., AT&T, T-Mobile, Telstra) Access Anywhere (e.g., Eero, Transatel) Edge (e.g., AWS Outposts, Azure Private MEC, Lenovo) 5G (e.g., AWS Wavelength, Azure for Operators, ASOCS) VMware, with its strong SD-WAN solution, continues to lead the market in terms of number of deployed sites and revenue share. The company continues to innovate and invest in its product strategy and go-to-market programs as it expands its SASE platform, which includes SD-WAN as a core component. VMware's excellent strategy for growth, product differentiation and implementation, and technology leverage drive its position as a leader in the SD-WAN market." Roopa Honnachari, Industry analyst Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognizes the value-added features/benefits of the product and the increased ROI it offers customers, which, in turn, raises customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential. Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in various regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analyses, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry. 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.

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