HPE Reveals Cloud Native Software for 5G Core

Sdxcentral | March 10, 2020

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today revealed a software stack for the 5G core that will be available in the second half of this year. With the HPE 5G Core Stack the company is trying to straddle the benefits of pairing software with its HPE GreenLake platform while also embracing an open, disaggregated approach that will allow operators to use the platform with services or hardware provided by other vendors. An adherence to cloud native infrastructure is a key differentiator for HPE’s approach to the 5G network core, according to Domenico Convertino, VP of product management at HPE’s communications and media division. “We are launching a real cloud native 5G core, so no cloud washing as many of the other traditional equipment providers are offering today,” he told SDxCentral. It’s real cloud native stuff that has been written from scratch, dedicated to the 5G network function” and it provides network operators with the ability to onboard network functions provided by other vendors. “If a mobile operator wants to have a multi-vendor 5G core network, this is probably today the only offering available for them.

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Banyan Security Research Uncovers Primary Considerations Influencing Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) Adoption

Banyan Security | June 28, 2022

Banyan Security, a leading provider of Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solutions, today revealed new research highlighting organizations’ preferences and hesitations for adopting modern remote access solutions. The independent survey was conducted by Sapio Research and engaged over 400 senior decision makers from mid- to large-sized companies in the U.S. and Canada, who are responsible for IT security and are aware of both virtual private networks (VPN) and ZTNA. The key findings from this study include: Over half (54%) of VPN owners stated that secure remote access is a priority at this time. VPN usage is still prevalent among a majority (90%) of security teams who have highlighted cost, time, and difficulty as reasons to not move forward with ZTNA adoption. Almost all organizations (97%) say that adopting a zero trust model is a priority, with 93% of organizations having committed a budget to enhance their VPN or move toward ZTNA within the next year or two. More than half (53%) of respondents have already started rolling out zero trust solutions. Personal Devices and VPNs Do Not Mix The last two years have shifted how we work, producing a new remote workforce that was essentially created overnight. As highlighted in this study, this has resulted in most workers – in this case 51% of respondents – using a combination of corporate and personal devices to connect to business applications and resources. Personal devices often used by less security-conscious family members. This creates a very risky environment as personal devices are easy targets for threat actors especially since IT teams cannot fully monitor activity on these devices. Additionally, personal devices are often used by other family members – particularly children – which make them even more susceptible to malware and other viruses. Despite known security issues, VPN usage continues to thrive, with 90% of respondents currently using a VPN in some capacity for secure remote access. When access is permitted on a personal device, it creates a risky situation for not only the user, but the entire organization. VPNs lack many of the application-level access controls and integrated security that are common in ZTNA solutions. As a result, cybercriminals will often target VPNs because a single set of compromised credentials can provide all of the access needed to carry out a data breach, ransomware incident, or other attacks. “As this study shows, VPN usage continues to be prevalent, often viewed as ‘good enough’ for remote access among organizations simply because that is what they have always used, What this doesn’t account for is the poor administrative and end user experience, not to mention that on-premises access must be handled with separate, siloed tools. We have plenty of evidence to show that legacy VPNs no longer adequately protect nor provide consistent and easy access to corporate resources for today’s ‘work from anywhere’ workforce.” Jayanth Gummaraju, CEO & Co-Founder of Banyan Security Key Drivers for ZTNA A majority of the respondents (97%) stated that adopting a zero trust model is a priority for their organization, where 44% said they have plans to roll out zero trust but are in the early stages, while 53% said they have already begun to roll out zero trust solutions. For organizations who have begun to roll out ZTNA solutions, the survey revealed that secure remote access (48%), improving the end user experience (34%) and eliminating exposure to VPN vulnerabilities (34%) were the top three drivers in their decision to choose ZTNA. Unlike VPNs, ZTNA provides access on a case-by-case basis, which is decided based on user, device, and application-level access and security controls. What’s Holding VPN Users Back from Making the Switch? Over two thirds of organizations (69%) believe implementing a ZTNA strategy would require a large undertaking. Aside from the general familiarity and comfortable usage of their traditional VPN solution, organizations stated that cost/budget constraints are the biggest barriers (62%) for VPN users to adopt ZTNA. Thirty percent of VPN owners said that it would be difficult to implement ZTNA infrastructure in their current security environment; however, 82% of respondents stated they would likely implement ZTNA if there was an easily deployable, inexpensive option. Apathy also appears to be one of the biggest barriers preventing VPN owners from adopting ZTNA solutions with 46% of respondents stating that modern, secure remote access is not a priority at this time. “While it is good to see that awareness of ZTNA solutions amongst IT security professionals continues to grow, the actual implementation of a ZTNA architecture is still considerably low, with just over 17% of respondents having truly begun to roll out a ZTNA strategy,” continued Gummaraju. “As we look toward a future where remote and hybrid work are the standard for most organizations, it’s encouraging to see that IT teams are looking beyond VPNs at more comprehensive zero trust network access solutions.” Research Methodology The survey was conducted among 410 Senior Decision Makers from mid- to large-sized companies in the U.S. and Canada, who are responsible for IT security and are aware of both VPN and ZTNA. The interviews were conducted online by Sapio Research in April 2022 using an email invitation and an online survey, with results accurate to ± 4.8% at 95% confidence limits. About Banyan Security Banyan Security provides secure, zero trust “work from anywhere” access to infrastructure and applications for employees, developers, and third parties without relying on network-centric legacy VPNs. Deep visibility provides actionable insight while continuous authorization with device trust scoring and least privilege access deliver the highest level of protection with a great end user experience. Banyan Security protects tens of thousands of employees across multiple industries, including finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and technology.

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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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Opera ships its new VPN Pro service to Windows and Mac to give you an extra level of security as you travel

Opera | August 08, 2022

Opera (NASDAQ: OPRA), the company behind the eponymous web browser, recently announced the expansion of its security features with the new VPN Pro subscription service, a premium device-wide VPN that can be used without the installation of a separate app. The VPN Pro service, previously available on Android, is now coming to Opera users on Windows and Mac. Travelling with no limits Opera VPN Pro is now multi-platform Opera VPN Pro is now multi-platform Opera ships its new VPN Pro service to Windows and Mac to give you an extra level of security as you travel Opera ships its new VPN Pro service to Windows and Mac to give you an extra level of security as you travel Opera ships its new VPN Pro service to Windows and Mac to give you an extra level of security as you travel Opera ships its new VPN Pro service to Windows and Mac to give you an extra level of security as you travel The summer is a time of travel, with people once again changing their location: for leisure or to attend industry events. The pleasures of travel, however, also come with the cybersecurity risks of using public Wi-Fi. The Opera browser, which is known for its free browser VPN, which is still available to all of our users, is providing its users with a device-wide solution that protects their laptops no matter where they go and what connections they use – from subway hotspots to hotel Wi-Fi. Opera VPN Pro users can enjoy safe and seamless connections wherever their vacation or business trip takes them. The subscription-based service will cover up to six devices connected to one account. Opera is offering a free month with an unlimited secure VPN connection to those who subscribe to VPN Pro via desktop before August 31st, with an opportunity to cancel the subscription at any time. Working from the beach, airport, or a cafe, as well as just browsing the web for fun, is now safer thanks to the VPN Pro solution. To use the new Opera VPN Pro, users need to install Opera Browser on Windows, or Mac on their computer, then sign into their Opera Account and try it for free. From that point, whenever the VPN is switched on, all the data that users send to the internet will be encrypted and sent to one of thousands of VPN servers around the world. This not only protects them while using unencrypted Wi-Fi at airports, restaurants and city centers, but also makes it harder for advertisers to track them. With a simple click on the Opera VPN Badge in the Opera browser address bar, or via the tray icon, users can enable full protection at any moment. Opera VPN Pro is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Polish, and Brazilian Portuguese. Available on Android, Windows and Mac Back in March, Opera released VPN Pro, a full-featured VPN solution that encrypts all traffic going out of the user's Android device. Today, it's boosting users' privacy on desktop. "VPN services are becoming an essential part of browsing, regardless of the device being used. Therefore, we decided to expand our offering so that users can connect up to six Android and desktop devices to their VPN subscription at once and stay safe online," said Krystian Kolondra, EVP PC & Gaming at Opera. VPN Pro satisfies the needs of those users who are looking for increased protection. It provides security to the entire device and protects up to 6 different Android and Win or Mac devices within one subscription. User data stays safe behind a wall of next-generation encryption, no matter what application is used. Just like Opera's Free VPN, VPN Pro is a no-log service. It offers access to 3,000+ private network servers in over 30 locations around the world, allowing users to download files and browse the web securely with a speedy VPN connection and unlimited bandwidth for all supported devices. There is no need to sacrifice speed for better security since VPN Pro gives access to high-speed servers, so users can browse faster than ever. Additionally, users can run data-saving mode alongside VPN Pro to ensure they never go overboard on their data. How to get started VPN Pro can be used on Windows and Mac by installing Opera Browser for desktop. To enhance device security and safety, users can subscribe to Opera VPN Pro directly inside the Opera Browser by following 5 simple steps: download the latest version of Opera Browser; log into Opera Account and select desired subscription period; follow the payment steps; enjoy a seamless and protected connection to the web! To use the same subscription on your Android device, simply download the Opera Browser for Android from the playstore, sign in to the same Opera account you have on your desktop and start using your VPN Pro on your phone! With Opera VPN Pro, existing Opera users can easily subscribe using their Opera account without the need to download another app or create another account. The pricing options vary from $1.99 to $5.99 per month (depending on the duration of the subscription) of VPN protection, making Opera VPN Pro one of the safest and most economical solutions on the market. If a user ever needs any help with the service, Opera's team of industry-leading experts are always available to assist. Support can be easily reached through the Help Center or by Chat & Email support, both available here. VPN Pro is currently available for users in the majority of markets around the globe. There is a 7-day free trial period and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Before the 31st of August, new users of VPN Pro on desktop can get one month of subscription for free. The release has a pricing offer of $5.99 for one month, $2.99 per month with a 6-month subscription, and $1.99 per month with a 12-month subscription for VPN protection. To discover all the benefits, visit the dedicated VPN Pro page. About Opera Opera is a global web innovator with an active base of hundreds of millions of monthly active users who have sought a better internet experience. Building on over 25 years of innovation that started with browser products, Opera is now leveraging its brand and highly engaged user base in order to expand its business into new segments. Today, Opera offers users around the world a range of products and services that include PC and mobile browsers, the newsreader Opera News, and apps dedicated to gaming, Web3 and e-commerce. Opera is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange (OPRA).

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VMware Named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant™ for Unified Endpoint Management for Fifth Year in a Row

VMware | August 19, 2022

VMware, Inc. announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a Leader in the 2022 Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management (UEM). This is the fifth consecutive year Workspace ONE – a core technology supporting unified endpoint management requirements that is part of VMware’s Anywhere Workspace - has been named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for unified endpoint management. In addition, VMware received the highest product scores in the 2022 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Unified Endpoint Management Tools report across all four defined Use Cases – Security-Centric Management, Remote Worker, Modern Windows Management, and Non-Standard PC. “Today’s workforce faces key challenges like fragmented security, operational complexity and subpar experiences, In our view, this recognition validates our mission to enable employees to work from anywhere more securely and without friction, while supporting our customers’ most pressing priorities including workplace modernization, zero trust security, a great digital employee experience and profound time and cost savings.” Shankar Iyer, senior vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware About VMware Anywhere Workspace and Workspace ONE VMware Anywhere Workspace is an integrated platform that enables employees to work from anywhere with more secure and frictionless experiences. It brings together all the necessary solutions into a single experience for IT and employees, including Unified End-point Management with Workspace ONE UEM, desktop as a service (DaaS) with Horizon, Digital Employee Experience (DEX), and Workspace Security. Workspace ONE UEM provides a comprehensive solution that enables companies to manage and better secure any device across all platforms. This UEM platform gives IT teams control over the highly diversified device deployments found in so many organizations today, while ensuring enterprise security at every level. Standout features include: Manage Every Endpoint on Every Platform: Manage and secure all devices (mobile, desktop, special-purpose, etc.) and apps (native, SaaS, virtual, etc.) at scale with a single powerful solution by taking advantage of modern, cloud-native efficiencies. Intelligence to Enlighten and Automate: IT teams get real-time visibility into the entire technology environment with Workspace ONE Intelligence, enabling informed, data-driven decisions. Proactive analytics help IT with faster resolution of issues that can negatively impact the overall digital employee experience (DEX) and security. Using the no-/low-code automation framework of Workspace ONE Freestyle Orchestrator, admins can automate routine and complex processes to minimize manual tasks for the IT team. Consistent Employee Experience: Employees work effectively on the go by providing a self-service unified app catalog that is consistent in look, feel, and function across all devices and platforms. The self-service digital workspace provides secure, single sign-on (SSO) access to all apps, actionable notifications, corporate communications, and support resources – all at one touch. Built-in per-app tunneling secures sessions even with apps behind a firewall. Automated Out-of-the-Box Device Onboarding: New devices register over the air during initial power-up with customizable configuration tools like Windows Drop Ship Provisioning, automated device enrollment with Apple Business Manager, zero-touch enrollment of rugged devices, and more. Admins can easily set up and customize the imageless configuration of work profiles such as email, VPN, Wi-Fi, apps, content, intranet sites, and other back-end resources. This gives employees immediate access to email, apps, and data within minutes of device startup, all of which ensures immediate user productivity and a positive employee experience no matter where the user is located. 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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What is virtualization? If you don't work in IT, or if you're just getting started in the industry, you might not understand the importance of this technology that has changed the face of the server room. That's why Spiceworks developed the IT for Everyone series to help explain important, but relatively complex computer topics to tech newbies using simple analogies.

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