Kubernetes Takes Center Stage at VMworld

Virtualizationreview | August 26, 2019

All the best new product names and code names spoken during the VMworld kickoff keynote had to do with Kubernetes. The names that involved creative effort and an attempt at inspiration on the part of the product and marketing teams were "Tanzu," "Project Pacific" and "Project Galleon." VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger left no doubt during his Monday keynote why VMware is investing in Kubernetes-related acquisitions, contributing engineering resources to related open source projects, building new products related to Kubernetes, overhauling old ones to better support Kubernetes, and spending time on getting the names right.

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Across all industries, discussion of migration to cloud services have become commonplace. In fact, it is one of the first considerations when discussing IT cost reduction. While cost savings, speed of deployment and scalability top the list of business motivations, an increasing number of enterprises also view cloud computing as a key enabler of business transformation – one that can help improve customer engagement, forge new partnerships and drive competitive advantage while ensuring compliance with standards and future-proofing solutions.


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VIAVI and VMware Announce Testbed as a Service for RAN Intelligent Controller Testing

Viavi | November 25, 2022

Viavi Solutions Inc.today announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with VMware to drive standardized frameworks and metrics for RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) testing. This testbed as a service will enable mobile operators to introduce programmability to the RAN and help accelerate the adoption of Open RAN. The RIC is a cloud-native central component of an open and virtualized RAN network, enabling the optimization of RAN resources through analytic processing and adaptation recommendations. The RIC takes advantage of native and third-party xApps and rApps – microservice-based applications operating in near-real time (near-RT) and non-real-time (non-RT), respectively – to enable operators to automate and optimize RAN operations at scale to reduce the operator's total cost of ownership, and to introduce innovative new services. VMware is focused on attracting and collaborating with a vibrant ecosystem of partners to help its operator customers adopt Open RAN with complete confidence. VIAVI has the most comprehensive portfolio of Open RAN test solutions in the industry and plays a leading role in defining test processes in the O-RAN ALLIANCE and Telecom Infra Project (TIP). The two companies will work together to demonstrate compliance with RIC-related requirements, assisting CSPs in validating the solution in the lab and scaling the solution to production. The industry-leading VIAVI TeraVM RIC Test and the VMware RIC will form a joint testbed as a service for testing, profiling, and validating third-party xApps and rApps. In addition to the framework, the two companies will work together to drive industry consensus around testing methodology and performance metrics. By having pre-built test cases and a standardized test method for the RIC and xApp/rApp, operators can reduce the time it takes to validate the solution in their lab, meaning they can move to a production environment faster. "Open RAN, by definition, depends on strong collaboration to drive innovation, and that's a perfect way to think about this partnership between leaders in their respective fields, The RIC represents a huge opportunity to the industry: Applying AI/ML techniques allows operators to simplify the management of complex 5G configurations and dynamically optimize the network to cater for new use cases, energy efficiency, and changing traffic patterns." Ian Langley, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Wireless Business, VIAVI "We're excited to work with VIAVI on helping move the industry forward to accelerate the adoption of Open RAN," said Lakshmi Mandyam, vice president, Service Provider Product Management and Partner Ecosystem, VMware. "Our companies share a vision of what it will take to address the challenges hindering adoption by simplifying the path for CSPs to test, profile, and certify third-party xApps and rApps through a common framework. VIAVI's leadership in Open RAN testing and VMware's leadership in RIC make this an ideal collaboration." About VIAVI VIAVI (NASDAQ: VIAV) is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions for communications service providers, hyperscalers, equipment manufacturers, enterprises, government and avionics. VIAVI is also a leader in light management technologies for 3D sensing, anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, government and aerospace applications. Together with our customers and partners we are United in Possibility, finding innovative ways to solve real-world problems.

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Kaspersky launches new VPN to amplify speed and convenience

Kaspersky | October 21, 2022

Today Kaspersky unveiled a new version of Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection, which introduces a dramatic 200% boost in VPN tunnel performance, compared to 2020. A split tunneling feature grants users the ability to prioritize secure connection traffic for certain services, while a VPN-for-routers capability automatically re-routes any connected device at home. Global VPN usage is on the rise, with the market set to reach a colossal $77.1 billion by 2026. This comes as no surprise, since installing a VPN provides a quick and easy way to improve security and prevent data from falling into the wrong hands. It does this by routing data through an encrypted tunnel, which hides the IP address and makes it look as though the connection has come from elsewhere. Alongside the performance increase, the updated Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection’s split tunnelling feature allows users to select exactly what traffic goes through the VPN. This will help to achieve better performance, letting the user prioritize high-bandwidth traffic, focus on data in sensitive apps and disable the VPN for other apps that might be reliant on location data. The geography of servers within Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection has also been greatly increased, now offering 86 locations across 68 regions. This lets users access a wider range of content on the biggest global streaming services, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Disney+ and BBC iPlayer. An intuitive new function of the VPN helps customers to pick the best location for a particular task by recommending the one that provides the best performance level for either streaming or torrenting. Additionally, the VPN for routers now allows all devices connected to home Wi-Fi to run through the VPN automatically, without having to setup each one individually. This feature is particularly useful for smart TVs, smart locks, and other smart home gadgets, on which a user cannot install a VPN directly, therefore providing uninterrupted privacy and security to these devices. “As people continue to work from home and spend more time online, an increased importance is placed on keeping their data private as well as securing connected home devices,To support consumers with their needs, we’ve invested a lot into improvement of our Kaspersky VPN. As a result, consumers can experience boosted VPN tunnel performance, with a 200% increase compared to 2020. The VPN also sees new features and better UX to ensure speed, privacy and high performance across all home devices.” Marina Titova, vice president, consumer product marketing at Kaspersky About Kaspersky Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity and digital privacy company founded in 1997. Kaspersky’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into innovative security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky technologies and we help 240,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them.

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Leostream Teams with Liquidware on Best-of-Breed Digital Workspace Management Platform

Leostream | November 01, 2022

Leostream, the leading provider of enterprise-grade remote access solutions, today announced a joint digital workspace management solution with Liquidware Inc. that keeps desktops and applications agile and always available. The combination of the Liquidware Essentials™ bundle with Leostream’s connection management platform offers customers a single, cohesive, tested, scalable and affordable solution that connects end users to their desktops or applications seamlessly, from any device, using any display protocol. Unlike traditional VDI approaches, the Leostream and Liquidware combined solution enables user profile management across any on-premises or cloud backend infrastructure by moving users seamlessly between backend environments based on performance needs. Users log in from the same portal with the same credentials for unlimited freedom and flexibility while organizations are able to transition from costly legacy VDI stacks with a solution custom built to suit their needs. Liquidware provides comprehensive user environment management, application layering and user experience monitoring in the Essentials suite, which includes ProfileUnity™, FlexApp™ and Stratusphere™ UX. ProfileUnity and FlexApp harvest current user profile environments and applications to prepare for a smooth migration. Stratusphere UX enables organizations to measure their current environments in order to properly design, resource and move their target environment to any desktop platform; physical, virtual or cloud-based. Liquidware Stratusphere UX gathers and provides key user-experience metrics to support the design of desktop images to be provisioned by Leostream. "Combining true best-of-breed solutions like Liquidware Essentials and the Leostream Platform allows organizations to avoid the cost and management overheads of point legacy solutions,” said Jason E. Smith, VP Alliances and Product Marketing, Liquidware. “With this joint offering, IT admins can easily move from physical to VDI or cloud-based desktops seamlessly with no user downtime.” Leostream is the connection management platform of choice for major enterprises around the globe for its ability to mix and manage on-premises and cloud-based hosting platforms. Leostream’s remote access and desktop connection management software enables organizations to create security-conscious remote desktop environments that are sustainable, performant, and cost-effective. The ability to orchestrate disparate technologies from a single management and access platform is a uniquely Leostream construct that enables organizations to advance the state of the art of their entire hosted desktop environment with an eye on integrating new technologies as they come to market. “Both Liquidware and Leostream offer field-proven solutions that improve management of increasingly complex IT environments, This joint solution better allows users to co-exist and move across physical, virtual, cloud, and mixed-Windows OS environments with ease. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to collaborate to deliver this digital workspace management solution to provide our joint customers with the unlimited freedom and flexibility that they need, while helping them seamlessly transition off costly legacy platforms.” Karen Gondoly, Leostream CEO About Liquidware Liquidware is a leader in digital workspace management solutions for Windows desktops. The company’s products encompass all facets of management to ensure the ultimate user experience across all workspaces – physical, virtual, DaaS or in the cloud. Enterprises across the globe utilize Liquidware solutions to dramatically decrease time spent managing desktops, while delivering increased security, flexibility, and scalability. Supported platforms include Microsoft physical, Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), and RDS desktops, Citrix Desktops, VMware Horizon, Amazon WorkSpaces, and Nutanix Frame. Liquidware products are available through a global network of partners. About Leostream The Leostream Platform embodies over 20 years of Leostream research and development in supporting customers with hosted desktop environments including VDI, hybrid cloud, and high-performance display protocols. The Engineering, Science & Technology Emmy®-winning Leostream Platform provides the world’s most robust desktop connection management and remote access feature set, allowing today’s enterprises to choose the best-of-breed components to satisfy their complex security, cost, and flexibility needs, while working with them as they evolve into tomorrow.

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Kyndryl and Citrix Announce Global Alliance to Help Customers Accelerate Adoption of Digital Workplace Virtualization Services and Solutions

Kyndryl and Citrix | October 03, 2022

Kyndryl the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider, today announced a global alliance with Citrix to help businesses improve workplace collaboration and employee productivity to address the rapidly changing requirements of today’s hybrid workforce on a global scale. By leveraging the longstanding operational and industry expertise of Kyndryl’s Digital Workplace Services, powered by Citrix DaaS, both companies will continue to develop modernized, end-to-end IT management services and virtual desktop solutions across hybrid and multi-cloud environments for new and existing customers. Through the alliance, Kyndryl will extend the reach of its framework of flexible workplace modernization services designed and deployed for Citrix’s core technologies, including comprehensive desktop and application virtualization managed services that provide secure, remote access to corporate assets from any device or location, while enhancing overall employee satisfaction and end-user experiences. “Kyndryl and Citrix have worked side-by-side as longstanding partners for nearly two decades, and we’re thrilled to continue growing our relationship and customer offerings with Citrix,” said Ivan Dopplé, General Manager, Kyndryl Digital Workplace Services Global Practice. “Both companies have always remained hyper-focused on helping our global customers navigate the complexities of the modern-day workplace and embracing agility as the business landscape continues to shift at unprecedented speed.” Kyndryl currently provides managed application support services for over 400,000 Citrix users to enterprises around the world. The service offerings provided in collaboration with Citrix include: VDI/DaaS/Virtual App Transformation Services: Driving agility and best-in-class user experiences by building and transforming clients through the delivery of modern DaaS solutions Secure Remote Access Services: Delivering DaaS implementations that strengthen security postures and enhance protection of customer data while facing the challenges of growing remote workforces Cloud Migrations with Citrix Cloud: Helping customers accelerate their journey to the cloud by delivering an integrated digital workspace with advanced security capabilities that unifies multiple Citrix Cloud services onto a single, unified platform across on-premises, public and hybrid cloud environments. “Kyndryl is an important and trusted partnership for Citrix, with deep technical expertise in managing and delivering Citrix solutions across public and on-premises cloud platforms, Now more than ever before, workers are the most valuable asset for any organization, but businesses continue to face new challenges in successfully implementing the tools and technologies that foster real collaboration and productivity. With Kyndryl, our combined workplace solutions and skills have the unmatched ability to provide tangible impact and growth for our customers and their employees alike.” Michelle Senecal de Fonseca, Vice President, Citrix Global Cloud Innovation Strategic Partnerships About Kyndryl Kyndryl is the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider serving thousands of enterprise customers in more than 60 countries. The Company designs, builds, manages and modernizes the complex, mission-critical information systems that the world depends on every day.

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Across all industries, discussion of migration to cloud services have become commonplace. In fact, it is one of the first considerations when discussing IT cost reduction. While cost savings, speed of deployment and scalability top the list of business motivations, an increasing number of enterprises also view cloud computing as a key enabler of business transformation – one that can help improve customer engagement, forge new partnerships and drive competitive advantage while ensuring compliance with standards and future-proofing solutions.

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