From Virtualization to Containerization

Lightreading | October 21, 2019

After seven years of trying, the telecom industry is still struggling to get to grips with network functions virtualization (NFV).The latest initiative to facilitate NFV adoption, the Common NFVI Telco Taskforce (CNTT), combines the efforts of the Linux Foundation, the GSMA, ETSI and a number of Tier 1 operators. Yet even this initiative is seen by some as trying to fix a fundamentally broken model and some industry commentators are writing NFV's obituary. Before the telecom industry has got to grips with "step one" virtualization, many industry leaders are already moving on to the next level -- containerization. This is a key part of making network software cloud-native i.e. designed, developed and optimized to exploit cloud technology such as distributed processing and data stores.

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3Cloud Data Solutions Make Healthcare Compliance Concerns a Thing of the Past

3Cloud LLC | September 13, 2022

3Cloud is transforming the healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences industries by modernizing data estates and applications while driving interoperability with the Microsoft Azure cloud. 3Cloud's broad array of offerings, including high performance computing, bioinformatics, application modernization, modern data platform, FHIR and interoperability have led them to become the go to partner across the industry. With forward-thinking data estate and app modernization solutions, 3Cloud enables physicians and other healthcare providers to see a more complete view of their patients and develop a better understanding of their utilization rates and demand for services. 3Cloud is empowering decision-makers across the industry to look at how healthcare providers access and use health information to drive better models of care, improve patient safety and clinical outcome, and enhance the overall patient experience. Healthcare systems must always balance the delivery of care with operational efficiency. Clinical outcomes, revenue cycle management, progressive research, and administrative efficiency compete for attention. 3Cloud helps providers create modern data platforms to improve revenue cycle analytics, supply chain management, nurse schedules, reimbursement rates and more to ensure that their internal operations run smoothly and effectively. Insurers often have a large variety of sources and levels of complexity when it comes to data. A leading U.S. healthcare payor whose tens of thousands of employees serve millions of members is working to transform their business by embracing a nimble, elastic modern data architecture. By partnering with 3Cloud to launch their business transformation, the insurer saw almost instantaneous benefits, including rapid access to accurate data and predictive analytics. 3Cloud is also helping healthcare payors and providers tackle data integration challenges and comply with the CMS interoperability requirements under the 2016 Cures Act. 3Cloud's solutions for Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR) are designed to create a modern, secure and highly flexible environment. By implementing a framework leveraging Azure Health Data Services for the consumption, storage and aggregation of data with industry-leading architecture and data design patterns, they provide a simple and digestible way for developers to interact with healthcare data. This allows for the focus to shift more towards innovation and less on managing infrastructure supporting interoperability use cases. Once this framework is established, focus can be shifted to advancing innovation through SMART on FHIR application development, complex integrations, and advanced analytics, all of which lead to a better patient or member experience. Their experience building, managing and migrating HIPAA-compliant applications on the cloud helps organizations create and execute the right plan to modernize their applications, without affecting current business operations or compromising proprietary applications. Prioritization is put on reducing operating costs and gaining the agility to iterate and innovate with ease. The cloud offers opportunities to perform bioinformatics analyses interactively and at-scale, helping to overcome the struggle for genomics research to analyze vast amounts of data in an efficient way. 3Cloud has perfected this by using Azure Synapse to analyze millions of variants quickly as opposed to the old way of using large, on-premise high performance computing (HPC) cluster jobs. Another method 3Cloud utilizes to pave the way for genomics research is by using Azure Data Lake to centralize data and automate bioinformatics pipelines in the cloud, while also providing enterprise-grade data security. 3Clouds' Azure Data and Analytics Platform solution makes creating new research enclaves for research projects a templatized, automated process, taking research startup time from days to hours. It also provides researchers with the ability to use traditional frameworks or High Compute (HCP) services, streamlining the process of delivering results. The strong relationship with Microsoft is a cornerstone of 3Cloud's proven success. This year they were awarded Microsoft Partner of the Year across multiple categories, including: Worldwide Winner Migration to Azure Worldwide Winner Solution Assessments US Winner Solution Assessments US Winner Modernizing Applications Worldwide Finalist Analytics Worldwide Finalist Healthcare & Life Sciences 3Cloud was selected from over 3,900 worldwide and 1,800 national partner nominations, for demonstrating excellence in digital innovation and modernizing clients' data estates and applications on the Microsoft Azure platform. About 3Cloud As a top Microsoft services partner focused 100% on the Azure platform, 3Cloud helps clients build, migrate, modernize and manage their applications, infrastructure, data and analytics in the cloud. Founded by Mike Rocco and Jim Dietrich who served over 15 years together at Microsoft, 3Cloud combines a team of highly experienced cloud architects and technologists with a strong network of Microsoft sales and engineering relationships to deliver the ultimate Azure experience for clients. 3Cloud is headquartered in Chicago and serves clients throughout the U.S.

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Fortinet is the Fastest Growing ZTNA Vendor, Customers Highlight the Benefits of Fortinet Universal ZTNA

Fortinet | August 18, 2022

Fortinet a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced accelerated momentum of Fortinet Universal ZTNA and its ability to provide secure access for any user anywhere, whether they are remote or in the office. In fact, according to the latest Gartner report on enterprise network equipment market share, Fortinet is among the highest five global ZTNA vendors, with the fastest growing revenue of any vendor quarter-over-quarter from 4Q21-1Q22 and year-over-year from 1Q21-1Q22.1 Fortinet attributes this growth to its differentiated approach to ZTNA that supports secure application access for any user in any location, lower total cost of ownership, more seamless transition from VPN, and integration with the Fortinet Security Fabric, including Fortinet Secure SD-WAN. ZTNA emerges as a top solution to implement Zero Trust principles Organizations of all sizes are adopting Zero Trust as a corporate security strategy to enable digital acceleration, support remote and hybrid work, and reduce risk. According to Gartner, “60% of organizations will embrace Zero Trust as a starting point for security by 2025. More than half will fail to realize the benefits.”2 While transitioning from implicit trust to an explicit Zero Trust model is a top strategic concern, most organizations – over 80% according to a January 2022 Zero Trust survey from Fortinet – have found it difficult to execute. ZTNA has emerged as a top technology adopted by organizations as a first step to implementing zero trust principles to the corporate network. Secure access for any user anywhere with Fortinet Universal ZTNA At an increasing rate, organizations seeking to reduce their risk profile by building a zero trust architecture are turning to Fortinet Universal ZTNA. Key benefits of Fortinet’s solution include: Consistent user experience in all work locations: Unlike cloud-only ZTNA, Fortinet Universal ZTNA delivers universal enforcement and the same user experience and security policies whether employees are located in densely populated offices, working remotely from home, or on the road. Easy transition from VPN to ZTNA: Because VPN and ZTNA are managed by the same integrated client from Fortinet FortiClient organizations can transition application access seamlessly and at their own pace. Existing Fortinet customers can immediately access ZTNA: Customers with existing FortiGate and FortiClient investments already have what they need to start applying Fortinet Universal ZTNA, an unlicensed feature. ZTNA integrated with SD-WAN: Fortinet is the only vendor delivering ZTNA, SD-WAN, and enterprise-grade security that is integrated by a single operating system to more effectively support secure application access and application steering. All three SD-WAN for connectivity, ZTNA for secure access, and enterprise-grade security for traffic inspection and protection can be configured, orchestrated, and managed using the same centralized console. Powerful networking and security convergence enabled by FortiOS everywhere: With Fortinet Universal ZTNA, Fortinet continues its legacy of delivering solutions that converge networking and security across its FortiGate platform. This convergence is powered by a single operating system—FortiOS—across all FortiGate form factors, including appliances, virtual machines, container solutions, SASE, and cloud deployments, to deliver coordinated security policies and consistent user experience. “Fortinet Universal ZTNA delivers the most complete support for work-from-anywhere by delivering a universal approach to ZTNA that is consistent on-prem, in the cloud or as a service via SASE. Because cloud-only ZTNA solutions aren’t able to adequately support in-office workers and do so at a high cost, we’re seeing an increasing adoption of Fortinet Universal ZTNA to support today’s hybrid workforce.” John Maddison, EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet Customer and Partner Validation of Fortinet Universal ZTNA Organizations around the world rely on Fortinet Universal ZTNA to improve secure access to applications. Current Fortinet customers highlight the value of Fortinet’s offering: “We are drawn to Fortinet Universal ZTNA because it will allow us to control application access for both on-campus and remote users. Having ZTNA on-prem and in the cloud means we’re able to better ensure our hybrid workforce has access to the applications they need while keeping our network more secure and easier to manage and control with less resources. The ability to use the Fortinet gear we already have to apply ZTNA enforcement is really appealing.” - Tal David, Networking and Security Global Manager at Sapiens “We’re currently migrating away from our existing VPN solution to FortiClient with connections through our FortiGates. Because Fortinet delivers several security capabilities from a single agent, we will be removing multiple other security agents. And because the ZTNA agent is a part of FortiClient, we will more easily control our shift from traditional VPN to an easier to manage ZTNA with a more seamless end-user experience. Being able to implement granular control of user-to-application access at our own pace will make a big difference in our plans to reduce security risk in our network.” - JP DiCicco, IT Infrastructure Operations Manager at RES Americas “We were really attracted to the Security Fabric concept of the Fortinet solution and how those products all talk to each other and react in real-time based on their observance of threats. That along with the common management interface for the whole suite of products made it a really easy decision for us. Because of the integrated nature of Fortinet’s products, adding on ZTNA to further improve our security posture with granular access control is seamless.” - Colby Cousens, IT Director at Town of Danvers, Massachusetts Fortinet’s partners are also leveraging Fortinet Universal ZTNA to support their customers: “Fortinet’s dedication to consistently converging networking and security via FortiGate allows us to deliver immense value to customers. Having access to next-gen firewalling, SD-WAN and ZTNA all in one location and on one operating system that’s consistent whether on-prem, in the cloud, or as a service means easier management, better user experience, and a higher security posture.” - Marc Jabian, Cybersecurity Practice Manager at Netsync About Fortinet Fortinet makes possible a digital world that we can always trust through its mission to protect people, devices, and data everywhere. This is why the world’s largest enterprises, service providers, and government organizations choose Fortinet to securely accelerate their digital journey. The Fortinet Security Fabric platform delivers broad, integrated, and automated protections across the entire digital attack surface, securing critical devices, data, applications, and connections from the data center to the cloud to the home office. Ranking #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide, more than 580,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. And the Fortinet NSE Training Institute, an initiative of Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA), provides one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry to make cyber training and new career opportunities available to everyone.

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neXt Evolution of Tintri VMstore Breaks Out of the Data Center and Into the Cloud

Tintri | August 30, 2022

Tintri, a DDN subsidiary and the leading provider of auto adaptive, workload intelligent platforms, is celebrating its 10th anniversary of product availability with the "neXt" evolution of Tintri's VMstore® series. Expanding on its purpose-built, auto adaptive VMstore platform, Tintri's new Virtual Series incorporates 10 unique features that comprise the company's Platform as a Service (PaaS) approach. The Virtual Series offers autonomous QOS, predictive analytics, distributed data services, and ease-of-use in a robust and efficient virtual data workload management platform for hybrid cloud ecosystems. As businesses continue to adapt to the massive influx of data and mobile workforces, there is a critical need to implement a more flexible and interconnected IT ecosystem to manage the size and complexity of applications. IT departments must not only manage code updates and new features for these applications, but also the underlying infrastructure which affects workflows while protecting data from being compromised due to ransomware and other impacts. Tintri has seen the movement toward containerization in hybrid IT environments and has adapted its intelligent analytics to enhance locality, security and predictive failure and recovery capabilities. "We are in close collaboration with our customers and partners and understand the challenges they continue to face as data and application implementation becomes more distributed," said Phil Trickovic, SVP of Revenue, Tintri. "Because of our unique architecture meant specifically for virtual data sets, we are perfectly positioned to meet these new customer challenges and bring tremendous value by rapidly advancing the technology needed to address these new industry dynamics. By decoupling Tintri's AI-powered software from our hardware platform, VMstore customers can now deploy the efficient, transparent and easy-to-use data management platform they're accustomed to with Tintri." Businesses have consistently turned to Tintri for ease of use, predictable performance and stable service. Customers rely on Tintri to help reduce overhead costs and resources required to manage IT operations, particularly when integrating a cloud strategy. Tintri enables customers to focus on strengthening business operations, leveraging the platform's intelligence to stay ahead of the curve. Tintri VMstore is purpose-built for virtualized workloads and is now taking this same approach to develop the virtual version of VMstore technology, opening the door to new levels of infrastructure efficiency in hybrid cloud ecosystems. Tintri Virtual Series Features Tintri's neXt data management platform will consist of a new Virtual Series solution that enables 10 technology features to lower cost and complexity and gain backup and disaster recovery efficiencies, with the option to deploy and transfer within both on-prem and cloud environments. Tintri's One Stop Hybrid Cloud Shop Tintri.io – Easy to access site for support, best practices, service recommendations, and Tintri professional services Reduce Expense and Complexity of Data Protection Backup to the Cloud – Eliminate expensive add-on backup solutions; leverage snapshot file index for faster file recovery Replicate to the Cloud – Tintri's Native Async Replication provides enhanced data protection to instantly safeguard on-prem workloads by replicating to the cloud Restore to the Cloud – Restore files, folders and full VMs 10x faster than the enterprise backup solutions Simplified Hybrid Cloud Workload Management Workload Migration – Increased flexibility to move virtual workloads from on-prem to cloud with enhanced data relocation tools Centralized Cloud Management – Manage more sites, VMstore systems and virtual workloads with ease with Tintri Global Center management Enhanced Security and Visibility Ransomware Protection – Achieve unprecedented visibility for rapid detection and recovery using Ransomware Defense suite with air-gap snapshot protection Data Security Services – Locate risk without expensive security services and impacts to production systems with Automated Vulnerability Scanning Container Data Services for Cloud Native Applications Tintri Kubernetes Services – Manage quality of service, data protection and cloning for physical and virtual clusters for containerized workloads Tanzu Integration – Support for VMware Tanzu and other common Kubernetes distributions "The new Virtual Series platform and the 10 neXt feature additions were designed to address the shift we have seen in the IT market over the last 3-5 years, Because of VMstore's unique ability to see and manage virtual workloads, these neXt features give users a complete view into their hybrid cloud needs. Both performance and data protection tie back to Tintri's Analytics platform allowing users to design the infrastructure, both cloud and on-prem to best serve the organization's entire application needs." Brock Mowry, Tintri's CTO Tintri Virtual Series Availability & Beta Program The 10 Virtual Series features will roll out over the next 15 months. Tintri Data Security Services and Tanzu Integration are both available today to existing VMstore customers.Tintri will also launch several beta programs as Tintri rolls out its neXt generation platform. About Tintri Tintri, a wholly owned subsidiary of DataDirect Networks (DDN), delivers purpose-built solutions to store and manage virtual machines in enterprise data centers. Thousands of customers have saved countless administrative hours using Tintri's innovative technologies.

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Stratodesk Delivers Flexible, Secure Endpoint OS for VMware Horizon and Cloud Workspaces, Achieving VMware Ready Status for 12 Consecutive Years

Stratodesk | August 25, 2022

Stratodesk, the EUC endpoint OS innovator, today announced new secure endpoint software solutions certified for VMware Horizon 8 version 2206. The Stratodesk solutions certified “VMware Ready” for the twelfth consecutive year give IT teams great flexibility and confidence in deploying cloud-ready workspaces based on VMware and Stratodesk. Stratodesk NoTouch OS offers VMware Horizon customers an effortless yet highly secure route to the cloud by delivering centrally managed VMware Horizon endpoints in minutes to end-users located anywhere in the world. Stratodesk allows IT teams to convert x86-64 and Raspberry Pi-based hardware quickly into modern VMware Horizon VDI and app endpoint client machines with the latest software and security capabilities for end-users, while giving IT complete control over the managed asset. Customers can manage tens of thousands of Stratodesk-enabled Horizon clients accessing Horizon virtual desktops and apps within VMware Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services environments, or on-premises, all from a single Stratodesk console. “Organizations investing in cloud and digital transformation strategies need flexibility and efficiency now more than ever to scale their business and enable workforce productivity,” said Ricardo Antuna, vice president of strategy and business development at Stratodesk. “Stratodesk’s ‘VMware Ready’ solution gives our IT customers and their end-users the utmost confidence they can work from anywhere, turning practically any commodity computer into essential business tools that are highly managed and secure.” “Empowering a hybrid workforce requires edge and endpoint solutions to put apps and data securely in the hands of end-users while enabling IT teams to seamlessly manage devices regardless of form factor. The VMware Ready logo signifies to customers that Stratodesk NoTouch OS can be deployed with confidence and can speed time to value,” Sachin Sharma, director of product marketing, end user computing business group, VMware Stratodesk customers such as Firstmark Credit Union, Hartford Healthcare, iQor, Loblaws, and many others across industries are rapidly modernizing their end-user computing environment using VMware with Stratodesk. “As a billion-dollar financial services company, we take productivity and security seriously,” said Aaron Bedingfield, CTO of Firstmark Credit Union. “Stratodesk and VMware Horizon with True SSO helped us simplify our entire computing infrastructure to save on hardware costs and management time, standardize workstations and implement security features that enable our distributed teams to work safely from anywhere.” Stratodesk delivers more VMware certified options for customers looking to deploy VMware Horizon Whether VMware Horizon is deployed on-premises, through Microsoft Azure or AWS, Stratodesk NoTouch OS brings a seamless and cost-effective endpoint operating system across x86/64 and Raspberry Pi based devices. New Stratodesk NoTouch OS VMware Ready certifications include: VMware Horizon 8 2206 Enterprise for both Raspberry Pi 4 and Thin Clients (x86/64) VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure (Client 2206) for both Raspberry Pi 4 and Thin Clients (x86/64) See these Stratodesk solutions demonstrated in Booth #1700 at VMware Explore 2022. VMware Explore 2022 attendees can learn more from Stratodesk customers and product experts in breakout sessions, booth demos, expo hall crawl, happy hours, and other activities. Breakout Customer Session: Retail Workshop: The Future of Retail is Now… Are you Ready? [INDB2772US] with Retail Edge [CEIB2225US]. Monday, Aug. 29 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM PDT. This must-attend retail & CPG workshop will provide the opportunity to hear from VMware Retail experts and to mix with your peers with sessions including: Store Innovation and Retail Edge presented by Charles Cockshoot, Retail Industry Solution Architect, VMware Engaging customer experiences requiring agile Cloud-Enabled Infrastructure presented by Bharadwaj Kachapuram, Snr. Product Marketing Manager SASE, VMware POS Virtualization – Bring New Life and Opportunities to a Business Critical Service presented by Brent McCoubrey, EUC Technical Strategist, VMware The workshop will conclude with a customer Q&A and an informal drinks reception for another chance to ask questions and connect. Customer Session: Hartford HealthCare – A Modernization Journey [CSXB2155US]. Wednesday, Aug. 31 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM PDT. Learn about the transformation journey of Connecticut’s only truly integrated healthcare system to the VMware Cloud platform with Stratodesk-powered endpoints to serve more than 2,000 employees. AMA with Stratodesk CEO Emanuel Pirker, answering all your questions at Booth #1700 on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 2 PM, Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 1 PM and Thursday, Sept. 1 at 11 AM PDT. Stratodesk NoTouch Product demonstrations of VMware Horizon 8 version 2206 in multiple environments including: Microsoft Azure Cloud Dell 7220 and 5430 thin clients including ruggedized versions Amulet Hotkey DX1600 thin client connections through PCoIP ControlUp Edge DX integration Endpoint enrollment and visibility in VMware Workspace ONE VMware Ready Raspberry Pi 4 devices Strong endorsement from the Stratodesk ecosystem Joel Stocker, director of product marketing at ControlUp: "ControlUp delivers a comprehensive Digital Employee experience management platform with real-time monitoring across VDI, SaaS and web applications, unified communications and physical endpoints. Partnering with Stratodesk expands the number of endpoints that can benefit from the remote office visibility our Digital Employee Experience Management Platform offers while empowering IT organizations to deliver a best-in-class employee experience including endpoints running Stratodesk NoTouch OS.” Sonia St. Charles, CEO of Davenport Group: “Our customers want secure endpoints, user mobility, and ease of management – critical IT needs we meet with Stratodesk. When paired with Dell and VMware solutions, it is easier than ever for organizations to operate secure, cloud-ready workspaces.” Patrick Coble, principal analyst at VDISEC: “What sets thin client vendors apart is how they manage devices and enable security features. Stratodesk NoTouch support for VMware Horizon 8 and Microsoft Azure, plus the availability in both VMware and Stratodesk NoTouch Center in the Azure marketplaces, makes it easy for customers to set up their Horizon clients and get going quickly. This flexibility for multi-cloud management is a big reason why our research found Stratodesk to be one of the most secure virtual desktop endpoint software solutions in the market.” Tom Cole, director of product management with Amulet Hotkey: "We partner with Stratodesk on a shared mission to deliver to our customers the most advanced and secured endpoints featuring rich graphics, high performance and flexibility of remote display protocols. We are excited to partner with Stratodesk and showcase our DX1600 running Stratodesk NoTouch OS within their booth at VMware Explore.” About Stratodesk 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 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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Mojohome uses cutting edge virtual reality technology for interior design and furnishing shopping. The cloud-based platform creates a powerful sales and marketing tool that enables retailers to virtually demonstrate their home and office products in a customer’s personal space. Customers can design and “walk in” their furnished virtual place, transforming the unsure decision-making process into a fun and certain experience. As a result, sales are made quicker and easier.

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