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Lightbits | April 06, 2022
Lightbits®, the first software-defined NVMe® data platform for any cloud, today announced that the Lightbits Cloud Data Platform is available on VMware Marketplace. In addition to high performance and increased flexibility, Lightbits offers rich data services that result in highly resilient storage that extends across the entire virtualized platform.
VMware Marketplace is a one-stop shop for VMware validated and certified ecosystem solutions that enable customers to discover, try, purchase, and deploy directly to VMware environments. Partners can easily publish their solutions for VMware customers across platforms such as VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Tanzu, and more. Customers will be able to access and purchase these third-party partner solutions directly from their cloud environments, while also experiencing the convenience of features such as notifications, reporting, and analytics.
Lightbits provides a unified, consistent, high-performance data platform for any cloud that delivers efficiency, simplicity, and agility for container-based applications in a Kubernetes environment, as well as virtualized applications in a VMware environment. The innovative Lightbits Cloud Data Platform is architected to leverage the performance and latency benefits of NVMe/TCP and Intelligent Flash Management™ (IFM), solving the complexity and high-cost problems of high-performance storage for any cloud. Lightbits provides efficiency and flexibility of disaggregation at performance that is similar to local flash. A single Lightbits cluster can deliver over 40M IOPS (random Read) and 10PB user capacity, with less than 200μs latency. Organizations previously utilizing iSCSI can instead use NVMe/TCP on the same network infrastructure and realize much higher performance. The Lightbits Cloud Data Platform is certified with VMware vSphere® 7 Update 3 and is available on the VMware Marketplace.
“Lightbits is an efficient, disaggregated software-defined architecture that combines the advantages of NVMe/TCP data fabric, IFM, and enterprise data services that is easy to consume on the VMware Marketplace. IFM dramatically improves flash storage efficiency and delivers the highest performance with the lowest latencies at scale for VMware environments,” said Eran Kirzner, CEO at Lightbits. “Many Cloud Service Providers and VCPP customers are already realizing how simple it is to provision storage, control volume policies such as availability, protection, data reduction, and QoS.”
We are pleased to see the Lightbits Cloud Data Platform on VMware Marketplace. Compatible technologies, such as the Lightbits Cloud Data Platform, enable our customers to build, run, manage and better secure their applications effectively and efficiently using VMware products and services. We’re excited to work with partners such as Lightbits Labs to empower customers to derive the most value from their technology investments.”
Ramya Sarangarajan, Director, Product Marketing and Strategy, VMware
About Lightbits Labs
Lightbits Labs® (Lightbits), is a cloud data platform company that delivers ease of use and efficiency while unlocking agility for modern businesses. Creators 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. 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.
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Stratodesk | June 09, 2022
Stratodesk, the leading global EUC innovator of endpoint OS software, today announced the general availability of its latest software evolution, Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4. Answering top challenges facing enterprises in a new hybrid work world, Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 increases the adoptability and useability of high performance, hybrid cloud workspaces. Stratodesk’s newest operating system accomplishes this through the addition of capabilities enabling simpler end-user experiences, advanced, high resolution protocols, and integration of the latest Cloud and VDI solution provider software releases.
"According to our primary research, 81% of technology-based workers perform at least some job tasks outside of the physical office," noted Steve Brasen, Research Director at Enterprise Management Associates. "Most legacy technologies are not equipped to securely deliver IT services to remote users without impeding their productivity. Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 works with existing IT infrastructures to create consistent user experiences, and the newly released self-service capabilities enables broad deployment with ease."
Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 Addresses Challenges Facing IT by Enabling Hybrid Work
In 2022, ensuring the effectiveness of secure, high performance, hybrid cloud workspaces is a key challenge facing IT leaders. Businesses continue to seek new and better ways to provide their workers with workplace flexibility. In fact, a recent study found 100% of IT leaders polled desired a hybrid work model. To achieve this without making sacrifices in productivity, enterprises require a more powerful, more adoptable, and easier to use endpoint OS than any previously available on the market.
Stratodesk addresses this need with a new evolution of Stratodesk NoTouch software. Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 boasts critical features to enable the new, secure hybrid work world. It also includes the biggest graphical user interface (GUI) update since the last major update released in 2021 – a new first-time installation wizard and sleek new design elements that streamline end user experience. Together these improvements will reduce helpdesk requests for large enterprises by making the endpoint easier to set up and interact within remote work scenarios.
A Simpler Out-of-the-Box Experience for Stratodesk NoTouch OS Enabling Customers to be Self Intuitive
Updates made to the GUI will deliver a simpler out-of-the-box experience of Stratodesk NoTouch OS. First time Stratodesk NoTouch admins remain in full control, all while end users can take a simpler self-serve approach. The updated installation process will guide system admins step-by-step through a process that will make endpoint deployment across thousands of devices easier – delivering on Stratodesk’s mission to ease adoptability for enterprise customers.
New graphical elements include several additional icons to compliment the minimalistic design of Stratodesk NoTouch OS . An ideal alternative to the traditional “hotkey” approach, these icons are an easy and intuitive way for remote workers to manage their networks, enable multi-monitor display, and access their sound settings.
Natively Cloud Friendly Updated Clients to Enable Cloud Workspaces are Included
Ultimately, updates made to the Stratodesk NoTouch OS out-of-the-box experience will embolden Cloud and traditional VDI workspaces.
“In 2022, we expect to see more businesses look to the cloud to enable hybrid work,” says Stratodesk Strategic Alliances VP Ricardo Antuna. “Regardless of the physical locations of endpoints, Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 is designed to ease challenges in scaling hybrid deployments and the adoptability of hybrid workspaces.”
To achieve easier adoptability and scalability for secure cloud workspaces, Stratodesk maintains its historic first day deployment for brand new Linux clients as they become available from VDI/Cloud solution providers including Citrix, Microsoft, Nutanix and VMware. Stratodesk NoTouch OS and NoTouch Center are fully cloud native, and let customers choose any on premises or cloud-based solution to empower their hybrid workspace deployments.
“Adoptability in a hybrid work world is a greater necessity than ever before,” says Stratodesk founder and CEO, Emanuel Pirker. “By ushering in a new evolution of Stratodesk software, we are effectively saying ‘we’re here for it’. Hybrid work has never been so compelling an offering, enabling everything from retaining better talent, increased productivity, all while providing a better work-life balance. Of course, making the user experience for remote workers as seamless as possible is vital to the productivity of any organization. Updates made to Stratodesk NoTouch OS reflect changes in the modern work world as we all jointly seek a new and better way for hybrid work.”
Furthering the advancement of scalability in hybrid work deployments are the latest updates to Stratodesk Cloud Xtension. Stratodesk has enhanced the already extensive capabilities of Stratodesk Cloud Xtension, effectively improving scalability performance for hybrid cloud deployments.
Stratodesk NoTouch OS is the First EUC Endpoint Software Support to Support Mechdyne TGX
Adding to its history of firsts, Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 includes the availability of Leostream within Stratodesk NoTouch OS. Available natively, Stratodesk NoTouch OS is the first endpoint OS to enable Mechdyne TGX via Leostream, natively, allowing for powerful high powered graphical content for remote endpoints. Advanced use cases benefiting from these enhancements range from media and entertainment to oil and gas, and the highly demanding (from a graphics perspective) world of editing production houses.
A US government defense contractor initially seeking a PCoIP solution capable of handling high resolution content, opted for Mechdyne TGX and its inclusion within Leostream and are working closely with Stratodesk to enable this solution within their Cloud deployment.
“By partnering with Stratodesk, we are able to provide a seamless experience to workers around the world,” says Karen Gondoly, Leostream CEO. “Stratodesk customers can take advantage of connecting to their virtual and cloud desktops via their preferred display protocol. Our joint relationship with Mechdyne also makes it possible to leverage the powerful TGX protocol for high end resolution.”
“By integrating with Stratodesk and Leostream, we are able to deliver the world’s first iteration of a Thin Client OS that includes our powerful TGX protocol for high end graphics displays,” said Cathy Lascara, VP of Software at Mechdyne. “TGX is ideal for demanding scenarios in energy, engineering, entertainment and loves high resolution and multi-monitor - making it ideal for the enterprise.”
Compressed Imaging Makes Stratodesk NoTouch OS Faster than Ever Before
Additionally, Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 uses a new compression technique that leads to improved performance, making Stratodesk NoTouch OS faster than ever before. This advanced speed allows IT to maximize the time saving benefits they have already come to expect from imaging and deploying new devices with Stratodesk NoTouch OS across entire deployments, and thousands of endpoints.
Customers wanting a deeper look into what Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 offers can access via their Customer Portal the release notes for a full rundown of new features. Business and IT leaders new to Stratodesk NoTouch can schedule a 20 minute demo of our software.
“By making it easier than ever before for end users to self-service within Stratodesk NoTouch OS, our customers have another unique selling point from the EUC innovator,” says Sonia St. Charles, CEO of Davenport Group. “Additionally, as a Dell Technologies Titanium Partner, we are excited for what these latest updates mean for our customers leveraging new and existing Dell PCs, laptops, and thin clients – enabling them to be repurposed with the latest clients from VDI/Cloud vendors to look and feel like new.”
“We have a shared mission to deliver secure hybrid cloud workspaces to workers everywhere and our partnership with Stratodesk brings Stratodesk NoTouch OS high security, and adoptability to our DX Series thin client solutions,” says Sean Copeland, Executive Vice President at Amulet Hotkey. “Our clients are compact and feature rich, providing advanced features that supports PCoIP, Blast, and other remote display protocols, for high end use cases in global enterprise, defense, and government markets.”
Founded in 2010, Stratodesk is the leading global EUC innovator of endpoint OS software. Stratodesk’s agile and customer-centric, Linux-based managed OS software, Stratodesk NoTouch, is defining end user computing with its freedom to transform any device into a cloud-ready and highly secure endpoint, enabling companies to cost-effectively manage their unified VDI endpoint deployments and secure digital perimeters. Stratodesk’s software works seamlessly across all x64, x86 and ARM/Raspberry Pi based hardware products, increases endpoint security, and simplifies user experience. Today, with nearly one million licenses deployed globally across multiple industries, Stratodesk prides itself on its authenticity and dedication to delivering the most innovative software solution to its customers.
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O-RAN ALLIANCE | June 10, 2022
The O-RAN ALLIANCE invites all interested public to join its next industry summit to be held on June 29, 2022, as an open virtual event. The 2.5-hour session will bring:
Latest updates from the O-RAN ALLIANCE leadership
Updates from the O-RAN ecosystem on RAN openness, intelligence, cloudification, and testing and integration
Live panel discussion: Accelerating industry adoption for large-scale commercialization
For more details and to join the event, please visit www.o-ran.org/events.
O-RAN Global PlugFest Spring 2022 in Progress
O-RAN ALLIANCE has been sponsoring its global PlugFests to enable efficient testing and integration for the O-RAN ecosystem. O-RAN Global PlugFest Spring 2022, first of the two PlugFests planned for this year, has been progressing at 3 venues:
Auray OTIC and Security Lab is hosting 21 participants: Alpha Networks, Askey Computer, Calnex Solutions, Foxconn, Institute for Information Industry, Inventec, IP Infusion, ITRI, JPC connectivity, Keysight Technologies, Lions Technology, LITEON, MICAS, NKG, Pegatron, QCT, REIGN Technology, Rohde & Schwarz, Sageran, VIAVI Solutions and WNC.
Telefonica, at European OTIC in Madrid, is hosting 6 participants: ADVA Optical Networking, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, Precision Optical Transceivers, Ribbon and VIAVI Solutions.
AT&T and DISH are hosting participants including Analog Devices, Anritsu, Calnex Solutions, Cisco, Fujitsu, HCL, IP Infusion, ITRI, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, META, NSF ARA: Living Wireless Lab, NSF PAWR: AERPAW, NSF PAWR: Colosseum, PHYTunes, Rohde & Schwarz, VIAVI Solutions, VMware and Wind River; with assistance from AT&T Lab, NSF PAWR: COSMOS Lab, NSF PAWR: POWDER Lab and University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab.
All venues aim to conclude the spring PlugFest by end of June 2022.
23 new demos of O-RAN technology at the O-RAN Virtual Exhibition
O-RAN ALLIANCE member companies have been progressing with their O-RAN based implementations. Latest demonstrations will soon be available at the O-RAN Virtual Exhibition.
Newly added Intelligent RAN control demonstrations include:
AirHop and VMware demonstrate how automation and programmability efficiently detect and remediate PCI collisions/confusions to optimize RAN performance. The proposal is a solution to current RAN frequency planning, conflict mitigation and optimization methods which are costly and time-consuming, slowing deployment of new services and decreasing performance of existing ones.
Cellwize and VMware demonstrate how to bring programmability to any type of RAN deployment, including purpose-built RANs. As an example, we demonstrate how Cellwize’s rApp onboarded on VMware Centralized RIC optimizes EN-DC anchoring to maximize spectral usage in purpose-built RANs; leading to monetizable gains in performance.
China Mobile and Lenovo demonstrate how video experience can be optimized using an xApp to predict the available bandwidth for a UE using the RIC and radio information reported over the E2 from the network and providing this predicted bandwidth to the Application Provider to adjust and optimize the video bitrate.
Cohere and VMware demonstrate how using RAN programmability, operators can double mobile bandwidth without any changes to antennas, radio or devices. Using Cohere’s Spectrum Multiplier xApp powered by VMware Distributed RIC, now Services Providers can activate broadband in rural areas while avoiding costly changes in handsets or infrastructure.
GDCNi demonstrates its RF product with high/middle/low transceiver power, performing interoperability testing with other vendors. GDCNi has rich RAN industrial experience and provides private RAN solutions for coal mines, ports, intelligent manufacturing, agriculture, and transportation, and helps to enrich the O-RAN ecosystem.
Intel demonstrates SLA assurance demonstration with AI/ML-powered Network Slice Radio Resource Manager (NSRRM) xApp in an O-RAN RIC integrated with an Open, virtualized RAN. This demo shows operators the viability of offering revenue-generating business models with optimal radio resources.
Polte and VMware demonstrate how to leverage RAN programmability to deliver precise sub-meter UE positioning. Using cellular as prime technology (as opposed to GPS or Wi-Fi), Polte’s xApp powered by VMware’s Near Real-time RIC offers global location indoors/outdoors, while lowering cost and extending battery life of the IoT asset tracker.
Rimedo Labs demonstrates the complete integration of the Traffic Steering xApp into the open-source SD-RAN Near-Real-Time RIC from ONF. The solution highlights the opportunities to control the xApp via the policies through the A1 interface as defined by the O-RAN ALLIANCE, which enables manipulation of the behavior of the corresponding RRM algorithm based on the current strategy coming from the SMO.
Newly added Open RAN demonstrations include:
ArrayComm demonstrates its 5G Distributed Small Cell in a 5G SA E2E network showing its high performance and stability testing with measured downlink and uplink throughputs. It includes white box O-DU, Fronthaul Gateway, and O-RU. The O-DU is a single box built with NXP LX2160A and LA1201 SoC.
ArrayComm demonstrates its 5G Distributed Small Cell on a Marvell platform consisting of a Marvell CNF95O virtualized O-DU card combined with x86/Arm server, Fronthaul Gateway, and O-RU. This platform can be widely used in the capacity coverage improvement scenarios, and also can be easily deployed as distributed RAN or cloud RAN.
China Mobile and Lenovo demonstrate a CaaS platform, which followed O-Cloud specs, and pico gNB BBU respectively to form a joint test solution. Hardware construction has been completed; the first call was made in June. 5G performance will be tested in a E2E environment in next stage.
Comba showcases Open RAN Multi-band Remote Radio Unit with advanced technology that maintains a low power consumption level and better receiver sensitivity. The small form factor and improved Mean Time Before Failure performance contributes to optimized installation and maintenance cost. These features facilitate fronthaul integration with O-DU partners.
Foxconn, Auray and Calnex demonstrate O-RAN S-Plane Performance Testing with Foxconn’s O-RU in Auray OTIC and Security lab with Calnex’s Paragon-neo. O-RAN.WG4.CONF.0 has recommended the S-Plane performance test and functional test to be mandatory for O-RU S-plane testing and therefore mandatory for O-RAN/OTIC O-RU Badging.
Intel, Capgemini, AWS and others demonstrate a unified view of end-to-end 5G service orchestration from the network edge to the cloud. Demo highlights agility using service orchestration to support dynamic network slicing for new business and service capabilities - allowing continuous delivery of new services and features. It also demonstrates O-RAN Fronthaul (xRAN) Test as defined by O-RAN ALLIANCE, using a sample application created to execute test scenarios with features of the xRAN library and test external API.
IS-Wireless showcases a Multi MNO scenario supported in the form of a Neutral Host. The end-to-end Open RAN network is deployable on any cloud in an automated manner as containers and supports both Open Fronthaul Split 7.2x and 3GPP split 2.
LITEON demonstrates FlexFi indoor small cell system based on open interfaces (e.g. Open Fronthaul Interface) enabling a cost effective deployment at large scale. And we also demonstrate an O-RAN based intelligent RAN management and control solution-LiteNetics. In this Proof of Concept, we verified manage gNB via the Radio Intelligent Controller (RIC) with O1 interfaces. LITEON provides 5G products that meet customer needs.
MICAS demonstrates two O-RAN Radio Unit solutions, with one sub-6 GHz indoor small cell and one mmW small cell. Both solutions feature O-RAN's open fronthaul interface technology and enable cost-effective large-scale deployment.
Pegatron, Auray and Calnex demonstrate O-RAN Fronthaul Latency Testing with Pegatron’s O-DU/O-CU in Auray OTIC and Security lab with Calnex’s Paragon-X in network emulation mode. O-RAN.TIFG.E2E-Test.0 has recommended the xHaul latency to be mandatory for O-RAN E2E testing and therefore mandatory for O-RAN/OTIC Badging.
Rohde & Schwarz and VIAVI Solutions jointly demonstrate O-RAN open fronthaul (OFH) conformance and 3GPP pre-conformance validation of a Foxconn O-RU at Auray Lab. The Foxconn O-RU is validated by VIAVI’s automated TM500 O-RU tester with R&S SMW200A vector signal generator, R&S FSVA3000 spectrum analyzer and the R&S VSE signal analysis software. The demonstration highlights a progressive test plan including functional, interoperability, conformance and performance testing, with a single point of control for the entire testbed.
Spirent demonstrates its end-to-end Open RAN test solution enabling the ability to accomplish functional, interoperability, performance, and compliance testing with either a real or emulated UE. This demo walks through the architecture of the solution and gives an overview of the interface, reporting, and capabilities.
Spirent demonstrates a flexible, scalable, high-performance solution for comprehensively testing the CU for compliance, functionality, performance, and capacity. This demo walks through the architecture and presents an overview of the interface, reporting, and capabilities through running a test in 5G SA mode (NSA is also available).
Spirent demonstrates how O-DU is tested with multiple emulated O-RU to verify function, reliability of O-DU & test delay in fronthaul networks. A challenge for O-RAN is long-duration reliability testing. Streamblocks are usually sent once in 5G fronthaul testing. Spirent solution sends continuous traffic to emulate real-world network traffic.
Deploying a complete Open vRAN network is a daunting task. VMware and Altiostar demonstrate how to greatly reduce this effort by combining the automation capabilities of Altiostar EMS and VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN over Intel FlexRAN TM architecture.
About O-RAN ALLIANCE
The O-RAN ALLIANCE is a world-wide community of more than 300 mobile operators, vendors, and research & academic institutions operating in the Radio Access Network (RAN) industry. As the RAN is an essential part of any mobile network, the O-RAN ALLIANCE’s mission is to re-shape the industry towards more intelligent, open, virtualized and fully interoperable mobile networks. The new O-RAN specifications enable a more competitive and vibrant RAN supplier ecosystem with faster innovation to improve user experience. O-RAN based mobile networks at the same time improve the efficiency of RAN deployments as well as operations by the mobile operators. To achieve this, the O-RAN ALLIANCE publishes new RAN specifications, releases open software for the RAN, and supports its members in integration and testing of their implementations.
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Scale | May 25, 2022
Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization and hyperconverged solutions, today announced its partnership with Servix, one of the largest technology integrators in Latin America. Servix will now deliver simple, reliable, affordable, and easy-to-deploy infrastructure solutions to the IT market in Brazil via Scale Computing’s award-winning HC3 virtualization platform, while simultaneously expanding its partner community in the region.
Together, Scale Computing and Servix are bringing a virtualization alternative to customers and partners in Brazil. The Scale Computing virtualization platform combines servers, storage, and virtualization into a single solution to make IT infrastructure easier for organizations of every size. Whether an organization has one IT administrator or hundreds, the award-winning Scale Computing hyperconverged infrastructure eliminates complexity, lowers costs, and frees up management time.
Many of today’s virtualization solutions consist of multiple vendor products, making them more complicated and expensive than necessary. Moreover, properly configuring disparate server and storage components takes up valuable department resources, and that's even before a company has installed and configured hypervisors or tested for compatibility and performance. Scale Computing’s virtualization software and appliances, meanwhile, are based on patented technologies designed from the ground up to minimize infrastructure complexity and cost. Whether an organization is considering migrating from its existing virtualization platform or is virtualizing from scratch for the first time, Scale Computing’s hyperconverged approach is the shortest path to affordable virtualization that’s easy to deploy, easy to manage, and easy to scale.
“To navigate today’s complex infrastructure environments, businesses need flexibility, scalability, and resiliency. Scale Computing has a strong reputation for delivering results to IT operation leaders around the world, and we’re thrilled to be offering the HC3 solutions to Brazil. This partnership further demonstrates our commitment to providing our partners and customers with the most innovative and reliable solutions,” said Cleber Calejon, CEO, Servix.
Scale Computing continues to be the top choice for organizations thanks to the simplicity, efficiency, and innovation of Scale Computing software. Automated machine learning capabilities found in the company’s solutions mean that the typical Scale Computing customer sees a reduction in on-going management costs of between 60 and 80 percent.
Servix is a leading HCI integrator in Brazil, and we are proud to be partnering with an IT organization that is so forward thinking, embracing new technology as it makes sense for their customer base,”
Scott Mann, VP of Sales, ROW & Global Channel Chief, Scale Computing.
About Scale Computing
Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Scale Computing software eliminates the need for traditional virtualization software, disaster recovery software, servers, and shared storage, replacing these with a fully integrated, highly available system for running applications. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, the self-healing platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing is the ideal infrastructure platform.