Kubernetes 1.15 Release Delivers 25 Enhancements

virtualizationreview | June 20, 2019

Today the Kubernetes 1.15 Release Team announced the delivery of Kubernetes 1.15, which is the second release this year. According to the blog announcement, the release includes 25 different enhancements which include two that have moved to stable, 13 moving into beta and 10 in alpha that cover the main themes of continuous improvement and extensibility. Stable enhancements that were highlighted in the announcement include kubeadm , which continues to receive features and stability work required for bootstrapping production clusters efficiently. The cluster lifecycle building block has also helped promote high availability (HA) capability to beta, and allows users to use the kubeadm init and kubeadm join commands to configure and deploy an HA control plane.

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VNET Announces Changes to Leadership Team

VNET Group | September 26, 2022

VNET Group, Inc. a leading carrier- and cloud-neutral Internet data center services provider in China, today announced that Mr. Samuel Yuan-Ching Shen decided to resign from his positions as the Company's Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of Retail IDC Business Group due to personal reasons, and he will remain with the Company as a senior advisor to the senior management. Mr. Jeff Dong, the Company's president, has been appointed to succeed Mr. Shen as the Company's Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. "I would like to thank Samuel for his contributions and dedication to our success throughout his tenure. His leadership has been instrumental in driving value and growth for VNET. We look forward to his ongoing guidance in his new role as our senior advisor." Mr. Josh Sheng Chen, Founder and Chairman of VNET "Meanwhile, I am pleased to welcome Jeff to the executive leadership team. We are confident that Jeff's extensive industry insight and deep investment expertise, acquired over a long and illustrious professional career, will continue to drive our dual-core growth strategy and fuel our ongoing commitment to achieving sustainable growth and long-term shareholder value." Mr. Jeff Dong has served as president of the Company and chief executive officer of VNET Capital since June 2022. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Dong served as the head of the real assets investment department of Taiping Capital Asset Management, a subsidiary of China Taiping Insurance Group, from June 2020 to June 2022. Mr. Dong has extensive experience in real assets investment in infrastructure, TMT and new energy sectors. Mr. Dong's related experience spans more than 15 years, including over a decade serving in various roles at China Investment Corporation, a sovereign wealth fund of China. Mr. Dong received his Ph.D. from Manchester Business School. About VNET VNET Group, Inc. is a leading carrier- and cloud-neutral Internet data center services provider in China. VNET provides hosting and related services, including IDC services, cloud services, and business VPN services to improve the reliability, security, and speed of its customers' internet infrastructure. Customers may locate their servers and equipment in VNET's data centers and connect to China's internet backbone. VNET operates in more than 30 cities throughout China, servicing a diversified and loyal base of over 6,500 hosting and related enterprise customers that span numerous industries ranging from internet companies to government entities and blue-chip enterprises to small- to mid-sized enterprises.

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Run Your Databases Up to 7X Faster and at Scale with Pavilion

Pavilion Data Systems | August 04, 2022

Pavilion™ Data Systems, a leading data analytics acceleration platform provider and pioneer of NVMe-Over-Fabrics (NVMe-oF), today announced that Pavilion’s industry-leading platform with unified high performance, sub-millisecond read/write latency, intelligent architecture, patented data protection, and an end-to-end NVMe design makes ANY database, both on bare metal and virtualized, achieve material performance gains by operating up to 7X faster than using NVMe SSDs in a server. The Pavilion Data Acceleration Platform is composed of the Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array (HFA) and Pavilion HyperOS™. The performance density of the hardware and performance algorithms of the software enable the Pavilion platform to keep up with I/O demands from the databases, delivering the industry’s lowest write latency, and improving database transaction commit time and high availability. Writes happen faster by allowing more databases on the same instance or more concurrent users on each database instance, so the ultra-low latency coupled with the high throughput and IOPS enable databases to analyze more data, faster. Rigorous testing in the Pavilion solutions lab and deployments with customers and industry-leading database consultants showed that Pavilion enabled databases like Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Elasticsearch, and Cassandra to deliver more transactions at lower latency with the same hardware, whether on bare metal or virtualized servers. Pavilion’s lower latency also has a massive effect in VMware environments, requiring less memory from the database on each VM environment. This means more database files on the same virtualized database instance, and/or more virtual machines on the same physical server. “I’ve worked on pretty much every storage array on the planet at this point, and it takes a lot to impress me. When I started learning about the Pavilion architecture, I was blown away by it. I just love it,” said David Klee, founder and CEO of Heraflux Technologies and a Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert. “SQL Server on VMware comprises the bulk of the servers that we see in the wild. The unmatched performance that Pavilion offers allows me to reduce my SQL Server memory footprint, pack more SQL Servers on the host while improving performance, and squeeze more out of my expensive SQL server licensing – everyone wins!” In the world of SQL Server on VMware, customers see an average of 30% to 50% reduction in memory required, which translates directly to 30% to 50% fewer SQL Server licenses. In virtualized SQL Server environments, vSphere licenses are cut as well. IQVIA, the leader in connected intelligence, needed to scale its Microsoft SQLServer-based analytics platform, and NVMe SSDs inside their servers could not provide the speed required to meet their business expectations, so they used Pavilion’s NVMe/RoCE support. "We needed an external storage platform that matched the performance we get from internal NVMe SSDs to support a mission-critical SQL analytics use case running on VMware 7, The Pavilion platform enabled us to meet this challenging requirement that could not be met with other options." Ken Boyer, Director Global Storage MGMT at IQVIA “We have shown that ANY database, bare metal or virtualized, is faster on Pavilion than using NVMe SSDs in a server,” said Costa Hasapopoulos, Chief Field Technology Officer and WW VP of Business Development for Pavilion Data. “For testing each database, we leveraged the corresponding industry-accepted synthetic load-generation tool and compared the performance of each database on bare-metal and in virtualized environments using Pavilion’s certified NVMe/RoCE capability for Windows Server and VMware. For Linux we used CentOS and Oracle Enterprise Linux. For all tests the results were resoundingly conclusive, with up to 7X performance boost over using a server with NVMe SSDs, and there is zero virtualization tax.” Using Pavilion enables customers, partners, and consultants to replace racks of database servers and minimize software license costs, dramatically reducing TCO. This makes Pavilion ideal for accelerating database operations. About Pavilion Data Systems Pavilion provides the data analytics acceleration platform that enables organizations to derive greater value from their data—faster, simpler, and at scale. We are the perfect complement for AI/ML, HPC, analytics, edge, and other data-driven workloads, and we are the ideal data I/O platform for GPU-based computing platforms. The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform, powered by Pavilion HyperOS, delivers unmatched performance and density, ultra-low latency, and unlimited scalability and flexibility, providing customers unprecedented choice and control. Learn why Fortune 500 companies and federal government agencies choose Pavilion.

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VMware and Award-Winning Cyber Security Leader guardDog.ai Announce Partnership for Virtual Implementations at 2022 VMware Explore

guardDog | August 10, 2022

Guard Dog Solutions, Inc., dba guardDog.ai, and VMware are now partnered. guardDog.ai is launching the VMware implementation of its Fido 3 technology at the 2022 VMware Explore event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, in booth 1914. As the award-winning leader in real-time cyber security protection for business and consumers, guardDog.ai is using VMware’s Tanzu containerization technology to support hardware-free and entirely remote deployment and management of cyber security protection for any size MSSP or organization. guardDog’s subscription-based Fido technology uses patent-pending artificial intelligence from the company’s cloud-based Autonomous Incident Response (AiR) database to pre-emptively recognize all devices connected to a network (including most especially the IoT and smart device connections device management solutions can’t see). The solution exposes and shuts down most cybersecurity threats before exploits can happen, protecting users and organizations from threats such as ransomware, man-in-the-middle attacks, denial of service, and emerging novel threats, protecting networks and the devices attached to them. “Full virtualization has been on our product roadmap from the date of our inception, I have had the opportunity to partner with VMware through multiple organizations I have founded and led, and am particularly compelled by the power of the containerization architecture exemplified in VMware Tanzu. We are extremely pleased to provide what we believe is one of the most exemplary use cases for Tanzu implementation, and we look forward to using this technology to protect users and networks and to move the needle on the war against cybersecurity for many seasons to come.” Peter Bookman, CEO and founder of guardDog.ai “The implementation of guardDog.ai Fido 3 as a containerized appliance is a game changer, creating opportunities for anyone who wants to keep bad actors out of their systems,” says Industry veteran CIO Steve O'Donnell. “A wide variety of industry colleagues and I have had the opportunity to test Fido pre-launch and can report that it operates as advertised, it is fully automated, simple to implement and provides effective protection that can be deployed anywhere.” With the VMware implementation of guardDog.ai’s Fido technology, MSSPs and IT departments can now replace the Fido hardware plugins with entirely virtual and remotely manageable implementations. This provides exceptional economy and ability to deploy and manage guardDog’s protection remotely, from a single location, for any size of organization or IT customer base. guardDog.ai uses AI-driven overlay technology in Fido to find and protect users and networks from attempted cyberattacks in less than two milliseconds, by identifying the threats that device and network management solutions can’t see and proactively halting potential exploits before they begin. In both wired and Wi-Fi networks, Fido protects network and the device users from the threats across the entire Attack Surface, and most especially within the edge territory outside the perimeter of the network or on attached devices that other solutions cannot see. These include the myriad of IoT (Internet of Things) devices such as specialized health monitoring equipment, printers, doorbells, thermostats, smart refrigerators, smart pens, smart TVs, and game systems that are inherently vulnerable to the networks they join. Thanks to the VMware partnership and implimentation, the ability to obtain and deploy virtualized Fido technology also eliminates the supply chain issues of availability delays, while allowing for instant and continual updates to the AiR database of known threats and suspicious network behavior. For all implementations, the virtualized alternatives for guardDog’s Fido v3 technology is making it possible to cover all areas of the potential Attack Surface with far greater economy and ease than before. About guardDog.ai Guard Dog Solutions Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, guardDog.ai has developed a cloud-based Autonomous Incident Response (AiR) cyber security software service that works together with a companion Fido unit to simplify network security. The solution provides protection and visibility as it exposes invisible threats on networks and the devices attached to them, with patented technology to address and prevent cybersecurity threats before they compromise network environments. Every business, government, healthcare institution, home consumer, or other organization, is grappling to find security solutions that are adapting to this changing world. guardDog.ai is pioneering new innovations designed to meet these challenges.

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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. 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