Unlocking the Potential of Deep Learning with Virtualized AI

Run:AI | April 22, 2020

  • A virtualized AI infrastructure for DL would run a single workload on multiple shared physical resources.

  • Article by Google’s Francois Chollet discusses the skill acquisition-based approach to gathering intelligence.

  • The conventional computing stack – from processor to firmware to virtualization, abstraction, orchestration and operating layers through to end-user software.


Is the recent progress in deep learning true artificial intelligence? A widely-discussed article by Google’s Francois Chollet discusses the skill acquisition-based approach to gathering intelligence – the one currently in use in modern DL. He argues that with huge data sets available for training models, AI is mastering skill-acquisition but not necessarily the “scope, generalization difficulty, priors, and experience” that true AI should incorporate. Even with our progress in AI, and specifically DL, we are nowhere near the limits of what DL can achieve with bigger, better-trained more accurate models, those that take into account not only skill but experience, and generalization of that experience.

Understandably, this has put intense focus on computing power, particularly the hardware that enables data scientists to run complex training experiments.

 

Nvidia increasing sees DL as a key market for its GPUs and bought Mellanox to speed communication inside a GPU cluster. With its recent acquisition of Habana, Intel is likely betting that custom AI accelerator hardware is a better match.


Other AI-first hardware includes Cerebras’s massive chip in a custom box that’s designed for the specific types of intensive, long-running workloads that training DL models require. In the cloud, Google’s Tensor Processing Units offer another bespoke option.

For companies running their own DL workloads, more compute is generally better. Whether exotic AI accelerators or tried-and-tested GPUs, quicker model training means more iterations, faster innovation and reduced time-to-market. It may even mean we can achieve “strong” AI (i.e., AI than goes beyond “narrow AI,” which is the capability of doing a single, discrete task) quicker.

 

In 2020, continuing the trend of recent years, companies will invest in ever-more AI hardware, in an effort to satisfy data scientists’ demands for compute to run bigger models to solve more complex business problems. But hardware isn’t the whole picture.


The conventional computing stack – from processor to firmware to virtualization, abstraction, orchestration and operating layers through to end-user software – was designed for traditional workloads, prioritizing high-availability, short-duration operations.Training a DL model, though, is the opposite of this sort of workload. While running a model, an experiment may need 100 percent of all the computing power of one or multiple processors for hours or even days at a time.

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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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Desktop Virtualization Market To Cross $36,258.9 Million Size by 2030, says P&S Intelligence

P&S Intelligenc | June 21, 2022

According to the market research report published by P&S Intelligence, the desktop virtualization market was valued at $11,980.7 million in 2021, and it is expected to touch $36,258.9 million by 2030, progressing at a compound annual growth rate of 13.1% in the years to come. Virtual desktops have substantial advantages as compared to physical desktops, including cost savings, simpler administration, enhanced efficiency, support for a wide diversity of device types, stouter security, suppleness and scalability, and improved user experiences. Approximately 25% of the revenue of the desktop virtualization market is generated by desktop as a service, which is likely to experience a growth rate of 13.5% in the years to come. This is because of the growing requirement for secured virtual desktops when working remotely, particularly since the epidemic has imposed hybrid work cultures. The number of people using desktop as a service has almost doubled in the last two years. Large organizations, which have in excess of 1,000 employees, are equipping their systems with desktop virtualization software for easy access to data from central sources and for safety reasons. Machines have already been virtualized, and now this trend is being witnessed in desktops as well. The virtualization of desktops and servers can help a business take a lead with abridged costs of hardware, quicker provisioning and deployment of the desktop and server, energy savings, enhanced data safety, disaster recovery, and higher IT working efficiency. The subscription-based pricing model has the larger size in the desktop virtualization market. Some vendors deliver the software free of cost, some charge on an hourly basis, and some offer the license or charge monthly or yearly. A subscription is expedient and dependable, creating a bond between the client and the vendor. Regional Analysis of Desktop Virtualization Market The share of North America is the largest in the desktop virtualization market, credited to the advanced IT infrastructure, because of the high funding in it, and early penetration of 5G and cloud-based technologies. Numerous universities, colleges, and K12 schools make use of this technology, which is the foremost reason for the high requirement for virtual desktop software in the U.S. and Canada. APAC will witness the fastest progress in the coming years because of the thriving economy, growing funding in IT infrastructure, and surging count of private and government initiatives for the usage of IoT and AI across numerous verticals. Key players are investing in niche markets, such as the MEA, to expand their consumer base. For example, Oracle started a novel cloud region in Johannesburg in January 2022, its first in Africa. Additionally, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services have invested in cloud setups in Africa over the last three years. About P&S Intelligence P&S Intelligence provides market research and consulting services to a vast array of industries across the world. As an enterprising research and consulting company, P&S believes in providing thorough insights on the ever-changing market scenario, to empower companies to make informed decisions and base their business strategies with astuteness. P&S keeps the interest of its clients at heart, which is why the insights we provide are both honest and accurate. Our long list of satisfied clients includes entry-level firms as well as multi-million-dollar businesses and government agencies.

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Comcast Business Partners with Fortinet to Secure Enterprise Application Access with New SASE and SSE Solutions

Fortinet | August 02, 2022

Comcast Business today announced a strategic partnership with Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, to deliver enterprises a new set of secure access service edge (SASE), and security service edge (SSE) solutions to help enterprises protect their distributed workforces using a cloud-delivered approach to security policy enforcement. This collaboration expands Comcast Business’s managed services expertise, while giving enterprises greater flexibility to choose the cloud architecture and vendor mix that is right for them. In today’s work-from-anywhere world, IT leaders are challenged with balancing employee convenience with securing their networks. New security architectures, such as SASE, which converges networking and security via SD-WAN and cloud-delivered security, and SSE, the security foundation of SASE, enable enterprises to strengthen their security posture while enhancing employees’ experience, regardless of their location. In fact, according to a recent Foundry CIO research study sponsored by Masergy (a Comcast Business company) and Fortinet, the overwhelming majority (98%) of enterprise IT leaders surveyed cited the convergence of network and security as critical or very important, while 94% said their adoption of SASE solutions has accelerated. The new Comcast Business offerings — delivered through Comcast Business Secure Gateways — give enterprises the option to choose from either SASE or SSE solutions backed by Fortinet’s security-driven networking technology and Equinix’s flexible cloud connection Equinix Fabric™ for a complete secure network service. Enterprises wanting to enable safe access to cloud and web services can take advantage of the Comcast Business SSE solution, which brings together multiple cloud-delivered network security technologies in a fully-hosted environment. The Comcast Business SASE solution provides this hosted SSE security architecture combined with zero trust capabilities and any of Comcast Business’s SD-WAN solutions. “In today’s dynamic world, no two companies are alike and very few are the same as they were just two years ago,” said Amit Verma, Chief Technology Officer, Enterprise Solutions, Comcast Business. “By expanding our relationship with Fortinet, we are offering our clients more choice and the flexibility to choose a solution that works for them – while providing some of the latest security solutions to help keep them ready for the day – today and tomorrow.” Comcast Business Secure Gateways provide a fully-hosted set of SASE or SSE services covering a broad range of security networking solutions for Firewall-as-a-Service (FWaaS), Intrusion Prevention (IPS), Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB), and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA). Comcast Business Secure Gateways are hosted across the United States at Equinix data centers, offering up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) of cloud connectivity for public, private, or hybrid cloud deployments. The Equinix Fabric™ enables support of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM and more than 200 SaaS providers. "In order to enhance user experience, reduce complexity, and improve their security posture against today’s most advanced and persistent threats, organizations must adopt solutions that converge networking and security, We’re pleased to work closely with Comcast Business to build SASE services that support customers at any stage of digital innovation with Fortinet’s industry leading security-driven networking technology.” John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO, Fortinet About Comcast Business Comcast Business offers a suite of Connectivity, Communications, Networking, Cybersecurity, Wireless, and Managed Solutions to help organizations of different sizes prepare for what’s next. Powered by the nation’s largest Gig-speed broadband network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and one of the leading service providers to the Enterprise market. Comcast Business has been consistently recognized by industry analysts and associations as a leader and innovator, and one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services. About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia 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. 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The Power of Audio Meets the Power of Virtual Desktops: EPOS & 10ZiG Announce New Partnership

10ZiG | July 06, 2022

EPOS, a global premium brand designing high-end audio solutions for better communication and collaboration, and 10ZiG, a leading provider of virtual desktop endpoint hardware and software, have partnered to deliver EPOS audio devices and management software optimized for 10ZiG Windows 10 IoT Thin Client endpoint devices. The recent global pandemic set off the largest work-from-home (WFH) transition in the history of doing business and is still shaping how we work today. It only made sense that EPOS and 10ZiG joined forces, so the world could leverage hardware and software for remote and hybrid virtual desktop setups. The EPOS & 10ZiG partnership developed as a perfect duo for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and audio communication, in both office and remote setup solutions. Having the most advanced tools in place, including supportive remote Thin Client endpoints and audio headsets makes for an easier and better user experience for unified communications and related platforms. EPOS Connect VDI is the client application that enables various asset management features to allow IT managers to administer EPOS audio devices across the entire organization through the intuitive EPOS Manager UI. EPOS Manager is a powerful on-premises or cloud-based IT management solution for managing, updating, and configuring an organization’s EPOS headsets and speaker phones from any location. From entry-level to high-demand users, 10ZiG Windows 10 IoT Thin Client device models 4610q, 6010q, and 6110, comply and work seamlessly with EPOS headsets and speakerphones, specifically the ADAPT 660. With the EPOS & 10ZiG partnership, businesses can maximize focus and productivity anywhere with the certified combined solutions. The EPOS product lines offer a range of outstanding features like superb call clarity, stereo sound, adaptive ANC, and a unique UC optimized solution with machine learning enhanced microphone performance. The 10ZiG product lines are a range of x86-based Thin & Zero Client endpoints that include a wide array of hardware options, such as varying display connectivity, Fiber options, free centralized management via the 10ZiG Manager™, and more. About EPOS Established upon the former successful joint venture between audio specialist Sennheiser and the world-leading hearing technology group Demant, EPOS designs, manufactures and sells pioneering high-end audio and video solutions for business professionals and serious gamers. Crafted with advanced engineering and pioneering technologies, EPOS offers uncompromised audio and video connectivity that enable business professionals to better communicate and collaborate – anytime, anywhere and on any device. EPOS audio is reliable, easy-to-use, and designed for ultimate comfort. Owned by the Demant Group and with headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, EPOS builds on more than 115 years’ audio expertise and operates in a global market with offices and partners in more than 60 countries. About 10ZiG 10ZiG Technology provides virtual desktop Thin & Zero Client endpoints and centralized management software (10ZiG Manager™) for VDI, DaaS, SaaS, and Cloud-based workspaces. A front-runner in many VDI innovations including leading audio & video communication support, 10ZiG works to make product fit into the customer’s computing environment, not the other way around. In office or at home, 10ZiG virtual desktop technology maximizes traditional, remote, or hybrid-working setups.

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