Store-age Virtualization How Retailers Can Gain An Edge With IT Operations

retailtouchpoints | August 06, 2019

For many retail organizations, individual stores are spread far and wide, oftentimes with thousands of locations. In any given store location, there are many applications and Internet of Things (IoT) devices running simultaneously to maintain business operations, security and more. These applications and devices include point of sale (POS) systems, video surveillance recordings, back office applications, inventory management software, digital signage and food service automation — to name a few. In order to stay competitive in a landscape where every retailer is looking for an edge to attract and retain customers, a flexible technical architecture that can easily handle change is crucial for business continuity. The successful IT management of multiple stores in various locations is important for managing application uptime, data production and storage without the need for onsite IT support in each store location.

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Verge.io Launches New Wiki and Training Modules for Quick-Start and Self-Guided Knowledge

Verge.io | October 13, 2022

Verge.io, the company with a simpler way to virtualize data centers, today launched a new online wiki and self-paced training modules to help onboard new users and allow prospective customers to better evaluate Verge-OS software prior to a test drive. The new wiki, located at https://wiki.verge.io, contains technical overviews of features such as storage, snapshots, hypervisor, synchronization, and GPU support plus dozens of knowledgebase articles drawn from more than five years of real-world customer deployments. Six new online training modules, each with multiple individual training sessions, give detailed explanations and demonstrations such as networking, snapshotting entire data centers, setting up synchronization between Verge-OS installations, and more. Each training session can be completed in only a few minutes, thanks to the simplicity of Verge-OS and its UI. Customers can also use the robust search function to look for a word or phrase across all the content in the wiki, knowledgebase, and training modules. “We set out to make Verge-OS the simplest and most powerful single piece of virtualization software in the world, and these investments in the wiki, training, knowledgebase and videos provide the supporting content to deliver on our purpose, I appreciate the contributions of our team members and our longtime customers in developing these materials for the benefit of the community.” Greg Campbell, CTO of Verge.io Verge-OS software enables virtualized data centers with greater savings and efficiencies than competing platforms. Verge-OS abstracts compute, network, and storage from commodity servers and creates pools of raw resources that are simple to run and manage, creating feature-rich infrastructures for environments and workloads like clustered HPC, ultra-converged and hyperconverged data centers, DevOps and Test/Dev, compliant medical and healthcare, remote and edge compute including VDI, and multi-tenant private clouds. Verge-OS is the only single piece of virtualization software that can provide a common platform from the edge to the public cloud and everyplace in between. It is easy to install and uses AI/ML for self-management so it can be managed by an IT generalist. A single license replaces separate hypervisor, networking, storage, data protection, and management tools to simplify technology stacks. Secure virtual data centers based on Verge-OS include all enterprise data services like global deduplication, disaster recovery, continuous data protection, snapshots, long-distance synch, and auto-failover. They are ideal for creating honeypots, sandboxes, cyber ranges, air-gapped computing, and secure compliance enclaves to meet regulations such as HIPAA, CUI, SOX, NIST, and PCI. Nested multi-tenancy gives service providers, departmental enterprises, and campuses the ability to assign resources and services to groups and sub-groups. About Verge.io Verge.io provides a simpler way to virtualize data centers and end IT infrastructure complexity. The company’s Verge OS software is the first and only fully integrated virtual cloud software stack to build, deploy and manage virtual data centers. Verge-OS delivers significant capital savings, increased operational efficiencies, reduced risk, and rapid scalability.

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Vodafone in Oman Extends Partnership With Netcracker, Adding Analytics, Integration Layer, DevOps and Managed Services Engagements

Netcracker | October 19, 2022

Netcracker Technology announced today that Vodafone in Oman has added analytics, DevOps processes and an integration layer to its ongoing engagement with Netcracker. This latest expansion to the partnership will further add to the operator’s data-driven capabilities, allowing it to grow and enhance its business and deliver an improved experience for customers. Vodafone entered the Omani market in December 2021 as the Sultanate’s third mobile operator, leveraging Netcracker Advanced Analytics to achieve end-to-end visibility across its business and operations and gain improved system availability and resilience. Netcracker DevOps Enablement includes a number of components to help Vodafone improve its DevOps processes as part of an overall operational transformation. The operator will also utilize Netcracker Support & Managed Services to optimize and improve business performance and extend coverage for Netcracker’s products and surrounding third-party systems. Overarching these projects is a new integration layer that will be critical to improving customer management, including functions such as service onboarding. “After a successful partnership with Netcracker to support the launch of our mobile business less than a year ago, we are taking the next step to leverage critical data and bring in DevOps and managed services processes to further improve our business and operations, By using these functions alongside a robust integration layer, we are confident that we will achieve increased revenue, lower OpEx and improve our engagement with our customers.” Stelios Savvides, Technology Director at Vodafone in Oman “By extending our relationship with these new projects, Vodafone in Oman is placing a high level of trust in Netcracker, which is an honor for us,” said Benedetto Spaziani, GM at Netcracker. “Our cutting-edge work with data and analytics, along with DevOps tools, processes and managed services best practices, will give Vodafone the advantage in the market and with current and future customers.” About Netcracker Technology Netcracker Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, offers mission-critical digital transformation solutions to service providers around the globe. Our comprehensive portfolio of software solutions and professional services enables large-scale digital transformations, unlocking the opportunities of the cloud, virtualization and the changing mobile ecosystem. With an unbroken service delivery track record of more than 25 years, our unique combination of technology, people and expertise helps companies transform their networks and enable better experiences for their customers. About Vodafone in the Sultanate of Oman Vodafone Oman was established through a strategic partnership between the Oman Future Telecommunication Company and Vodafone Group, one of the largest providers of mobile, fixed, broadband and digital TV services. In 2021, the Company obtained a Class I License to establish and operate public mobile telecommunications services in the Sultanate, becoming the third telecom operator in the local market. Vodafone seeks to employ the latest technologies and digital solutions in the world of telecommunications, aligning its efforts to contribute towards the achievement of the Oman Vision 2040 objectives. This is made possible by giving individuals, companies, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to foster innovation. The Omanisation percentage within the Vodafone team exceeds 90%, showcasing the company's significant interest in developing local talent, knowledge exchange and localizing technology. These are further enhanced through the provision of a sophisticated work environment that stimulates self-development and creativity.

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Veracode Launches Container Security Offering That Secures Cloud-Native Application Development

Veracode | October 11, 2022

Veracode, a leading global provider of application security testing solutions, today announced the enhancement of its Continuous Software Security Platform to include container security. This early access program for Veracode Container Security is now underway for existing customers. The new Veracode Container Security offering, designed to meet the needs of cloud-native software engineering teams, addresses vulnerability scanning, secure configuration, and secrets management requirements for container images. Veracode Chief Product Officer, Brian Roche, said, “As developers embrace cloud-native computing practices, containers have become increasingly important for business efficiency. This launch helps close a substantial gap in the market for developer-friendly solutions that cover critical capabilities for container security. We are excited to bring this next enhancement of our platform to the market and empower customers to address security testing for more modern architectures and deployment styles.” The Requirement for Container Security is Rapidly on the Rise Containers are increasingly used to simplify software deployment and runtime environment configuration management. They comprise small, fast, portable units of software in which code is packaged so that an application can be run quickly and reliably in different computing environments—from the desktop to the cloud. They provide an ecosystem of repositories, orchestration technologies, and capabilities that address related issues, such as service-to-service communication and configuration management. Instantiated in pipelines from code, containers have the benefit of immutability, meaning they are not updated, reconfigured or patched in production. Instead, the underlying image is updated with new capabilities and redeployed, helping to improve efficiency in the production environment. Despite the benefits of containers, they are affected by many of the same problems that traditionally plague physical production or virtual server hardware, such as vulnerabilities introduced through additional software, poorly managed secrets (like Amazon Web Services keys and credentials in Dockerfiles), and security misconfigurations. This has resulted in increased demand for products that address these issues and related problems, with the Global Container Security Market size expected to reach $3.9 billion by 2027*. Container security scanning analyzes container images against organizational or industry-specific standards to identify insecure processes, misconfigurations that could lead to a vulnerability, and inadequate authentication and access control. Veracode Container Security Integrates into the Developer Environment Many products already in the market are aimed at securing containers in runtime and offer limited support for developers, posing a major challenge for early remediation. Veracode’s solution instead integrates into the CI/CD (continuous integration and continuous delivery) pipeline and is available at the command line interface. Providing coverage for vulnerability detection and remediation, secrets management, and security configuration issues on the most popular operating systems, it delivers remediation advice to developers early in the software development life cycle so that insecure containers don’t ship to production. Veracode Container Security results are available in a variety of formats based on the user’s choice, including text, JSON (JavaScript Object Notation), and Software Bill of Materials (CycloneDX, SWID [Software Identification Tagging], or SPDX [Software Packaging Data Exchange]), making them easy to integrate with other tools. Providing developers and their teams with the tools to meet their specific needs means they can find and fix vulnerabilities early in the lifecycle, giving them confidence that their containerized application environment is secure. “Veracode Container Security will be instrumental for our developers to ensure that the workloads they deploy into our cloud are secure,” said the Director of Information Security at an automotive company. “Without this tool, it would take our team weeks to receive and action container results and these would only have been available in limited formats. Now, we’re excited to integrate findings into the pipeline before they even move into production, creating time and cost efficiencies for our business.” About Veracode Veracode is a leading AppSec partner for creating secure software, reducing the risk of security breach, and increasing security and development teams’ productivity. As a result, companies using Veracode can move their business, and the world, forward. With its combination of process automation, integrations, speed, and responsiveness, Veracode helps companies get accurate and reliable results to focus their efforts on fixing, not just finding, potential vulnerabilities.

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Radioip partners with nextnav for vertical location intelligence in vpn client

NextNav | November 17, 2022

RadioIP, a leader in secure mobile communications, has selected NextNav, the leader in vertical location positioning, to empower its industry-leading VPN solutions with mission-critical z-axis location intelligence. While mobile apps are used in many operations, many users need options that provide the ability to be tracked without being visible to others. With this partnership, first responders and security agencies can ensure personnel are safe and securely located, and that command can have the situational awareness required, without fear of their mission being compromised. Through the NextNav Pinnacle network, RadioIP will be positioned to bring a new level of efficiency and connectivity intelligence, providing end users with a secure and location-intelligent network node that allows precise tracking without the screen presence of a traditional mobile app. Whereas RadioIP's Armada™ VPN mobile app currently allows for x/y location, adding NextNav's Pinnacle z-axis service will allow for command to not only know the health of the connection but discreetly locate personnel in complex urban environments where vertical location is a must-have. When combined with RadioIP's Synopsis Metrics platform, agencies will have a complete view of all location services and network performance so that responders are secured and the connectivity they rely upon performs as required. "One of the most critical aspects of communication today is how the path is secured, As we have frequently seen from location spoofing and the risk it places on responders, it is critical that not only are communications secured but, when combined with NextNav's z-axis service, encrypted end-to-end. We designed Armada VPN to secure and measure connectivity of responder end points, and as we explored how to solve unique customer needs, we recognized that including z-axis is highly necessary in today's day and age." Roch Tremblay, COO at RadioIP "As the use of mobile apps increases in public safety, new and highly unique capabilities continue to emerge that will provide critical capabilities for public safety and security operations", said Dan Hight, VP of Business Development at NextNav. "RadioIP is a natural partner and, with NextNav's Pinnacle solution and service embedded in their ecosystem, agencies and end-users will benefit from having a "headless app" that protects those who serve with precision vertical location and secure connectivity. This partnership is one we see having tremendous benefit to not only agencies but our partner ecosystem as well." The Pinnacle network delivers precise vertical location in 4,400 cities and towns – capturing 90% of buildings greater than three stories – in the United States. NextNav Pinnacle powers applications across the public safety community to support stronger situational awareness for first responders. Earlier this year, a tier-one wireless carrier selected NextNav Pinnacle to bring z-axis capabilities to wireless 9-1-1 phone calls to enhance caller geolocation and emergency response outcomes. About RadioIP : A leader in mobile communications, Radio IP Software offers a portfolio of mobile VPN solutions to overcome the performance, security, connectivity and roaming challenges associated with wireless networks to achieve faster response times. Designed for today's wireless and mobile environments, our solutions enable mobile users to seamlessly roam across all network environments. Radio IP provides award-winning services for mission-critical and business-critical communication. We work with corporations, utilities, and government agencies in North America, Europe, South East Asia, and Australia. About NextNav: NextNav Inc. is a leader in next generation GPS, enabling a whole new ecosystem of applications and services that rely upon vertical location and resilient geolocation technology. The company's Pinnacle network delivers highly accurate vertical positioning to transform location services, reflecting the 3D world around us and supporting innovative, new capabilities. NextNav's TerraPoiNT network delivers accurate, reliable, and resilient 3D positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) services to support critical infrastructure and other GPS-reliant systems in the absence or failure of GPS.

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