Red Hat: We need to talk about cloud-native

Lightreading | March 18, 2020

As they edge (sic) towards a 5G architecture, can the network operator community build on key takeaways from their early virtualization efforts? Susan James, senior director of Telecommunications Strategy at Red Hat, sure as hell hopes so. "The telcos need to look at what has been learned from the NFV years," says James, adding pointedly, "there's no point in just dumping applications into containers." And that could be the temptation as the telecom sector starts to embrace the cloud-native aspects of 5G and all that encompasses, from new ways of building, onboarding, integrating, managing, exposing and supporting applications, whether developed in-house or sourced from third-party developers.cTelcos have been talking about cloud-native for a few years, since they realized that somewhat monolithic virtualized network functions (VNFs) running on early NFV infrastructure platforms would only get them a smidge of the agility and flexibility they seek. Instead, a wide-area-network friendly, carrier-grade version of the containerized systems increasingly popular with large enterprises and the data center brigade look far better suited for the challenges that full-blown 5G (with its gazillions of potentially latency-intolerant devices connected to edge platforms) will bring.

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While the rapid infux of smart devices, including tablets and phones, and mobility workforce trends is adding signifcant complexity to IT operations, the increase in employee productivity, collaboration, and satisfaction that mobile technologies ofer is not lost on business leaders. Business leaders are increasingly looking to IT to deliver a mobile workspace that allows employees to access corporate data, applications, and communication resources on their devices of choice. But making the most of the opportunity while minimizing risks can be complex and overwhelming for many IT teams. Therefore, it makes more sense than ever for IT leaders to consider virtual client computing (VCC) solutions.


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VyOS Gets Featured as a Fast Mover and a Challenger in GigaOm Radar for Network Operating Systems

VyOS Networks Corporatio | September 21, 2022

VyOS Networks Corporation, the company that develops the VyOS Network Platform and provides support services, announced today that it was featured as a challenger and a fast mover in GigaOm Radar for network operating systems reports for SMB, enterprise and cloud/managed service provider segments. The full report is available to everyone interested upon request. "We are proud to get featured in GigaOm Radar reports this year again. We are glad that our effort to provide our customers with a stable and feature-rich platform is recognized," Yuriy Andamasov, VyOS Networks Corporation CEO "There is more to VyOS than market reports cover, however. GigaOm Radar makes a comparison of products where their use cases overlap. Still, VyOS also covers unique use cases that other vendors don't, such as custom embedded hardware support and modification of VyOS itself," adds Daniil Baturin, VyOS Networks Corporation CTO. About VyOS VyOS is an open-source network operating system. Its slogan is "a universal router" because it supports multiple deployment scenarios and roles: bare-metal hardware from small boards to large servers, all popular virtualization platforms including VMware, KVM, and Microsoft Hyper-V, and multi-cloud support for major hyperscalers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. VyOS supports multiple dynamic routing protocols via FRRouting, various VPN protocols, and other network routing and security features, available through a unified stateful CLI and an HTTP API for management automation. About VyOS Networks Corporation VyOS Networks Corporation is a company started by the VyOS open-source project founders and maintainers to provide services for it and ensure sustainable development.

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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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DTEX Systems Unveils New Privacy-First ‘PULSE’ Workforce Cyber Intelligence Product to Enable the Workforce of the Future

DTEX | August 22, 2022

DTEX Systems, the leader in Workforce Cyber Intelligence & Security, has announced the general availability of PULSE Workforce Cyber Intelligence. The first-of-its-kind workforce engagement and intelligence solution, designed with privacy as a first priority, will support digital transformation initiatives and related human capital management programs by enabling IT, HR, and Finance teams to learn from employee engagement with organizational assets and identify opportunities for improved work-life balance and operational efficiency. The Working World Has Changed and So Must Technology Outdated Employee Monitoring solutions that rely on intrusive surveillance techniques breach employee privacy and erode trust. While the intent may be to track activity and productivity towards a goal of professional development and operational efficiency, the net result is often a culture of skepticism, caution, and distrust amongst the workforce. With the Work-from-Anywhere movement here to stay, how can management learn from the workforce in the same way they did when they were able to ‘manage by physical proximity' via meaningful, interpersonal, face-to-face communications? Employee Surveillance is the WRONG answer. “Employees are not meant to be spied on, watched, and monitored. They are meant to be trusted, relied upon, and to help inform us as leaders about what we can do better to improve personal, professional, and financial outcomes for them and the organization as a whole,” said Bahman Mahbod, President & CEO at DTEX Systems. “Invasive, intrusive, surveillance-motivated technologies that monitor keystrokes, scan email, and record screens are archaic and unnecessary. They accomplish nothing and instead breed a culture of mistrust and skepticism. It is time for a new approach that embraces employees as informed, intelligence-gathering business partners.” According to Gartner, “Employees who are kept informed about why and how their organizations gather data about them exhibit higher discretionary effort and higher levels of trust relative to peers. In turn, companies with high levels of trust between employees and managers beat average annualized returns for the S&P 500 by a factor of three.”1 Legacy technologies have failed to answer the most important questions raised by progressive CEOs, and their HR, IT, and Finance leadership, including: What applications do we have? Are they being utilized? By whom? How often? Are there cost savings and efficiencies to be found in our application stack and licensing agreements? How is a hybrid work model performing for our organization as a whole? Are we meeting key performance indicators? Are we meeting objectives from a time and deliverables perspective? Do our employees feel engaged, motivated, protected, and respected? What unsanctioned SaaS applications are being utilized by top performers? What opportunities are there to learn from BYOA and adopting new SaaS apps that could accelerate innovation and efficiency? DTEX PULSE enables organizations to learn from their workforce by anonymizing an employee’s physical interactions with organizational assets (data, machines, applications, and people), aggregating these interactions across the entire business, and then performing analysis to understand engagement levels without compromising privacy. DTEX PULSE is NOT an employee surveillance tool. DTEX PULSE’s patented pseudonymization technology and unique data minimization techniques ensure employee privacy is maintained, while innovative behavioral machine-learning models help HR, IT, Finance, and Cybersecurity teams deliver better day-to-day experiences and foster better outcomes for employees and the organization. “The future of work is defined by a digitally-enabled, highly intelligent, hybrid workforce who is motivated by respect, privacy, a passion to make meaningful contributions, and innovation, The post-COVID workforce is a factor driving the acceleration of digital transformation initiatives, yet corporate visibility is regressing as operations and employees become decentralized. The goal in developing PULSE was to properly align the digital enterprise with the requirement for employee privacy, while making the workforce a source of operational intelligence and not the subject of surveillance.” Mohan Koo, CTO and Co-founder of DTEX Systems The most common use cases for DTEX PULSE include: Remote Workforce Analytics to help quantify the impact of employees and teams working remotely by analyzing application usage and access to data, both on and off the corporate VPN. Software License Optimization to help answer why, how, when and for how long employees use enterprise assets by providing contextual intelligence related to actual software utilization. This helps IT and procurement teams analyze the human habits that drive and disrupt workflows, and helps them understand what’s working, what’s not, and how they can adapt their strategies to support a more efficient workforce. Bring Your Own Application Awareness analyzes SaaS application usage data by top performers to discover authorized and unauthorized SaaS applications which support technology, efficiency, and innovation goals, without compromising a strong security posture. About DTEX Systems DTEX Systems helps hundreds of organizations worldwide better understand their workforce, protect their data, and make human-centric operational investments. Its Workforce Cyber Intelligence & Security platform brings together next-generation DLP, UEBA, digital forensics, user activity monitoring and insider threat management in one scalable, cloud-native platform. Through its patented and privacy-compliant meta-data collection and analytics engine, the DTEX platform surfaces abnormal behavioral ‘indicators of intent’ to mitigate risk of data and IP loss, enabling SOC enrichment with human sensors and empowering enterprises to make smarter business decisions quickly.

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Innovators Across the Industry to Gather at VMware Explore 2022 US

VMware | August 24, 2022

VMware, Inc. a leading innovator in enterprise software, today announced the general session keynote speakers and the conference sponsors for its global multi-cloud event, VMware Explore 2022 US taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2022. VMware Explore is the center of the multi-cloud universe and an evolution of the company’s flagship conference, VMworld. The re-imagined event, in person again after two years, is focused on the evolution of today’s multi-cloud era, and will highlight technologies, ecosystem, industry experts, and developer communities that are shaping the future. VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how multi-cloud is enabling and enhancing an always-on, digital world. He will also showcase VMware’s strategic partner ecosystem, which is helping customers scale their business, drive innovation and transform customer experiences. The session will also feature VMware President Sumit Dhawan and CVS Health CIO, Roshan Navagamuwa, to discuss the U.S. healthcare leader’s customer-centric approach as it puts multi-cloud into action. Additionally, VMware leaders CTO Kit Colbert and CTO of Americas Amanda Blevins, along with DevOps guru and Google principal engineer Kelsey Hightower, McLaren Racing head of commercial technology Ed Green, and best-selling author and professionally trained futurist Jacob Morgan, will discuss multi-cloud leadership, cloud-native platforms, cloud and edge transformation, and the hybrid workforce. In addition to the general session, VMware Explore 2022 US features a variety of sessions spanning key technology themes and industries, including: Explore VMware Cross-Cloud Services - In this session, attendees will learn how to navigate the opportunities of multi-cloud environments by embracing the world of modern application development and Kubernetes, modernizing infrastructure, and enabling hybrid workforces. vSphere+ and vSAN+: The Next Evolution of VMware Enterprise Workload Platform - This session will introduce new product innovations in vSphere+ and vSAN+ that help customers improve workload performance, enhance operational efficiency, and increase time to value for DevOps. Are Your Networking and Security Cloud Smart? - Learn how VMware is enabling customers to implement Zero Trust across multi-cloud environments with zero appliances, zero tickets, zero taps and zero disruptions. VMware’s annual conference will feature 800+ unique breakout sessions, tutorials, and keynotes from VMware and its community of customers and partners. Notable sponsors for VMware Explore 2022 US include Amazon Web Services (AWS), Dell Technologies, Google Cloud, Intel, Microsoft, and NVIDIA. View the full list of VMware Explore 2022 US sponsors and exhibitors here. Beginning Aug. 29, VMware Explore will deliver rich technical content both in-person and on-demand. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about multi-cloud and edge architectures from the perspective of VMware product experts and industry thought leaders. Additionally, attendees will learn how to streamline developer experiences and DevOps practices across applications. About VMware Explore 2022 VMware Explore is an evolution of the company's flagship conference, VMworld. The event has transformed to be the industry’s go-to-event for all things multi-cloud. VMware Explore 2022 features more industry-led solution and technical sessions than ever before, an extensive ecosystem of 90% of the top cloud partners, a thriving marketplace of multi-cloud ISVs and several networking events with VMware Cross-Cloud™ services and open source communities. With an unparalleled view into multi-cloud services, from public to private to edge, for all applications, VMware Explore 2022 attendees will gain the tools they need to solve challenges by simplifying multi-cloud complexity without compromise. 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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While the rapid infux of smart devices, including tablets and phones, and mobility workforce trends is adding signifcant complexity to IT operations, the increase in employee productivity, collaboration, and satisfaction that mobile technologies ofer is not lost on business leaders. Business leaders are increasingly looking to IT to deliver a mobile workspace that allows employees to access corporate data, applications, and communication resources on their devices of choice. But making the most of the opportunity while minimizing risks can be complex and overwhelming for many IT teams. Therefore, it makes more sense than ever for IT leaders to consider virtual client computing (VCC) solutions.

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