Spectrum Enterprise's Parimi charts course toward virtualization

Fiercetelecom | October 03, 2019

When it came to drawing up its virtualization playbook a few years back, Charter decided to drill down on a few key areas. During a sponsored Q&A at SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans, Satya Parimi, group vice president, enterprise data at Spectrum Enterprise, described his company's approach to virtualization. Our key priority has been initially about what new services can be launched using virtualization and how can we enhance the client experience for the services we already to offer?"he said. "So as it stands today, our strategy at a very high level is primarily around making sure we have the right infrastructure in place and the right capabilities in place to virtualize a number of these services.

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Defense Information Systems Agency Releases VMware NSX® Security Technical Implementation Guide

VMware Inc. | April 28, 2022

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Netooze Ltd Announces a New vStack and VMware Cloud Service

Netooze | May 10, 2022

The cloud truly levels the playing field, giving large and small companies the ability to store information in remote data centers rather than on-site. And with the rise of the work-from-home initiative, the global cloud computing market is expected to grow from $445 billion in 2021 to $947 billion USD by 2026. Enter: Netooze, a new vStack and VMware Cloud-Service that lets you configure and deploy virtual servers, configure network circuits, order SSL certificates, and administer domain zones and monitoring. Like similar offerings from other hyperscalers like AWS, Netooze's service provides access to the entire vStack and VMware stack that runs natively on its infrastructure, giving enterprises a consistent vSphere-based environment. The use cases for VMware services provided by hyperscalers typically include application modernisation and migration, hybrid-cloud and disaster recovery. These are expected to drive demand for Netooze's Clould service as well. Enterprises that intend to modernize their workloads on Netooze Cloud can also tap into the full suite of cloud services to infuse their applications with cloud-native capabilities. "In today's app-driven economy, more enterprises are adopting a hybrid cloud model to accelerate their digital transformation," said Dean Jones, CEO at Netooze. "Netooze Cloud helps customers modernize applications, infrastructure and operations faster with demonstrable economic benefits and less risk," he added. Netooze Cloud also expects financial companies to sign up for its VMware service, noting that it will bring its technology know-how, as well as that of VMware, to power the transformation of financial institutions. With technological advances, the future is set to be highly competitive and agility is the need of the hour Netooze cloud-benefits include: One of the lowest priced cloud-servers on the market. Netooze servers are lightning fast, secure, and simple to set up and operate. The VM-Servers are built on the newest Intel® Scalable CPUs with a 3.1 GHz clock speed and enable a revolutionary new-level of cloud-computing. Servers make use of VMware's ESXi hypervisor, as well as DRS and high-availability capabilities. Servers automatically restore functioning and assign assured server resources in the event of a hardware breakdown. Netooze is an ideal option for users who provide managed hosting services for web applications or websites in shared environments. Great tool for tech-savvy start-ups Works on What-You-See-Is-What-You-Pay model Has a user-friendly management interface Time to create a ready-to-run VM is no more than 40-seconds (including VMs with Windows-Server-OS) 99.9% uptime Service Level Agreement (SLA). Free DNS management for domains A new era of inclusivity, collaboration, and creativity is on the horizon, and Netooze will play a key role. About Netooze Netooze is a cloud service provider of virtual infrastructure rental services, SSL certificates, and free DNS hosting. Construct your cloud architecture with VMware ESXi software which use VMware's ESXi hypervisor, as well as DRS and high-availability capabilities.

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Edgecore Networks’ Pocket WFA Solution Delivers Incredible Agility with Infinite Possibilities

Edgecore Networks | February 15, 2022

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OpenShift boosts DevSecOps with VMware Tanzu in its rear view

OpenShift | May 12, 2022

Red Hat OpenShift was introduced, but the fiercest competition among DevOps platform vendors for enterprise buyers has only just begun. Red Hat first released OpenShift in 2011 and standardized its OpenShift Container Platform on Kubernetes in 2014, well ahead of the open source container orchestration framework's emergence as an industry standard. OpenShift remains, by most market analysts' measures, the most widely used DevOps platform, a category that took shape amid the upheavals of the COVID-19 pandemic and an industry consolidation that saw VMware acquire Heptio in 2018, forming the basis for its Tanzu Kubernetes products; IBM acquire Red Hat for $34 billion in 2019; and SUSE acquire Rancher in 2020. The latest IBM estimates put the number of OpenShift customers at about 3,500 companies. "They're still No. 1 in the market, especially with anything being done on premises with containers and Kubernetes," said Rob Strechay, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, a division of TechTarget. "In public cloud, they hold their own, while [Amazon] EKS Anywhere and [Google] Anthos haven't made as much progress on premises." Multi-faceted platform comparisons complex Here and there, however, there are chinks in OpenShift's armor, depending on a customer's technical focus. Some early adopters of edge computing, such as the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense, have favored Rancher Kubernetes, for example, given it was first to market in 2019 with a stripped-down version of Kubernetes in k3s and UI support for centrally managing thousands of edge clusters. As of this week, Red Hat OpenShift Advanced Cluster Management supports up to 2,000 single-node OpenShift clusters. Analysts also point to VMware and its Tanzu platform -- despite Tanzu's status as a relative latecomer to the Kubernetes platform market after years of struggles to integrate it with Cloud Foundry PaaS -- as Red Hat's current chief rival, given the hundreds of thousands of large enterprise customers that use vSphere virtual machines and vRealize IT management tools. VMware's CEO, Raghu Raghuram, has claimed that a majority of OpenShift environments run on vSphere. VMware has also made some inroads in hybrid cloud with its VMware Tanzu on AWS offering, keeping pressure on Red Hat, according to Strechay.

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Understanding the benefits and challenges to enable a transformation in the way the end user experience is delivered. Until recently, organizations have faced a relatively simple choice when provisioning the end user environment laptop or desktop. While this lack of choice removed much of the complexity from the decision-making process, it regularly resulted in over spending, inefficiency and, in many cases, a less-than-satisfying end user experience.

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