Virtustream caught in the middle of VMware-Azure play, and that’s right where it wants to be

Siliconangle | May 07, 2019

Sixteen years and two acquisitions later, VMware Inc. has been a key player in some of tech’s biggest deals to date. From EMC to Dell, the virtualization pioneer now finds itself contributing to Dell Technologies Inc.’s fully managed data center as a service, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC. Unveiled at last week’s Dell Tech World, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC seeks to offer the simplicity and flexibility of public cloud platforms in today’s hybrid-computing environments.

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Virtana Expands Kubernetes Strategy for Infrastructure Performance Management (IPM) and Monitoring within Container Environments

Virtana | December 15, 2022

Virtana, a leading provider of AI-driven solutions for hybrid cloud management and monitoring, today announced the expansion of its Kubernetes strategy across the full portfolio of Virtana Platform. This release brings Infrastructure Performance Management (IPM) and Monitoring support for container environments using Virtana Platform, following September's announcement of a Kubernetes rightsizing feature through Virtana Platform's cloud cost management solution. With the new IPM Kubernetes capabilities of Virtana Platform, users will have access to the same real-time, high-definition performance and dimensional information for containers that they enjoy today for legacy cloud infrastructure. This will expand access to Virtana Platform hybrid features to include rightsizing, monitoring, and capacity planning for Kubernetes-based workloads. Virtana's Multi-Cloud Insights Platform delivers benefits including rapid problem resolution (up to 80% decrease in mean-time-to-resolution), de-risk optimization initiatives (up to 50% staff productivity gains without impacting application performance), and cost reduction (up to 30% on cloud cost savings). "Today, Kubernetes customers are inundated with metrics and data points that are hard to understand or put into context. By using Virtana, our customers can now gain meaningful insights from Kubernetes and the key supporting infrastructure layers in relation to the application service. Providing full Kubernetes support across the entire Virtana Platform portfolio has always been our goal, from cloud cost management to IPM, which is key to enabling our customers' digital transformation journeys." Jon Cyr, Head of Product for Virtana Through a combination of agentless integrations with Prometheus and the Kubernetes API, customers can use Virtana to collect health, utilization, and performance metrics from their container environments—accelerating the achievement of their digital modernization goals. Virtana is empowering customers to use their choice of external management suites, like RedHat OpenShift, VMware Tanzu, and Rancher, so they can gain deeper insights with the tools they have already deployed. Through the Virtana Platform Cost Savings Opportunities dashboard, users can tailor their default rightsizing recommendations based on constraints for CPU and memory—to meet specific business requirements and risk tolerance. About Virtana Virtana provides a unified multi-cloud management platform to simplify the optimization, migration, and monitoring of application workloads across public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. The cloud-agnostic SaaS platform allows enterprises to efficiently plan their cloud migrations and then right size workloads across their hybrid cloud infrastructure for performance, capacity, and cost—most customers see 25% cloud cost savings or more within the first 10 days of use. Get a free 14-day trial of Virtana's optimization solution. Virtana was named Coolest Cloud Company by CRN, Top Cloud Leader Reducing Public Cloud Costs by Business Insider, Best Company Culture by Comparably, and a Customer First company by Gartner.

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x-cellent technologies Selects Lightbits for metalstack.cloud

Lightbits | November 21, 2022

Lightbits, the first software-defined and architected for NVMe® over TCP (NVMe®/TCP) data platform for any cloud, today announced that x-cellent technologies, a German-based technology consultancy, will integrate their high-performance, persistent storage running on Intel® high-performance technologies into their metalstack.cloud infrastructure. metalstack.cloud is a new cloud service offering that was initiated by x-cellent technologies on base of Open-Source solutions like Gardener as an alternative to public cloud solutions. metalstack.cloud targets customers and developers who require a secure tech platform to run Kubernetes as a Service for their applications from different industries and market domains, such as manufacturing companies, software companies, consulting companies, and startups. The service is produced and operated in Germany. metalstack.cloud is a set of microservices that implements Kubernetes (K8s) as a service on bare metal and enables elastic cloud infrastructure. It leverages K8s clusters so that end users can easily, securely, and cost-effectively launch their apps on the platform without having to worry about server hardware, networking, and storage management. The architecture is based on their open-source software, metal-stack.io, which was developed for the highly regulated financial sector and is being used successfully by CSPs, including Finanz Informatik Technologie Service (FI-TS), which is also the developer of metal-stack.io and a Lightbits customer. By using metalstack.cloud end users have access to a full K8s stack to develop and run their applications on and can be up and running within 15 minutes. “We have found Lightbits to be a perfect match for K8s workloads, a much simpler, and higher performing alternative to Ceph and other enterprise storage solutions, We have integrated Lightbits software with Intel high-performance hardware into our state-of-the-art Platform as a Service (PaaS), metalstack.cloud, because it allows us to manage the entire infrastructure of the data center with a lot of flexibility and in a highly available way.” Stefan Majer, Chief Technology Officer at x-cellent technologies GmbH The combined solution of Lightbits software with Intel high-performance technologies delivers an unmatched combination of performance, resiliency, and cost-efficiency for any cloud. Together, the companies are helping customers address their complex data center needs enabling CSPs, like metalstack.cloud, to deliver fast, resilient, and secure services to their clients. The solution can be used as a high-performance data platform for any orchestration environment, such as OpenStack, or to run container-based applications in a Kubernetes environment as well as virtualized applications in a VMware vSphere environment. “We are proud that x-cellent technologies have chosen Lightbits for their cloud platforms. It’s a good match, as their business philosophy closely aligns with our own—build state-of-the-art cloud data platforms that are simple to consume and deliver an unbeatable price-to-performance ratio at scale,” said Eran Kirzner, CEO at Lightbits Labs. “Our solutions help rid customers of the costly dependencies to hyperscalers, and vendor lock-in, but without compromising high-performance, security, scalability, and ease of use.” metalstack.cloud is in beta release, with general availability in 2023. About Lightbits Labs Lightbits Labs® (Lightbits), is on a mission to make high-performance block storage simple, scalable, and cost-efficient for any cloud. Lightbits offers a Cloud Data Platform that delivers efficiency, simplicity, and agility for modern data centers. Inventors of the NVMe® over TCP (NVMe/TCP) protocol, Lightbits is leading the digital data center transformation by making software-defined storage that is easy to deploy at scale and delivers performance equivalent to local flash to accelerate cloud-native applications in bare metal, virtual, or containerized environments.

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Safety-Certifiable Multi-core Wind River Helix Virtualization Platform Available for Intel SoCs

Wind River | December 09, 2022

Wind River®, a global leader in delivering software for intelligent systems, announced today that Wind River Helix™ Virtualization Platform now supports the Intel Xeon D-1700 and D-2700 processors and 11th Gen Intel Core™ processors. Part of Wind River Studio, Helix Platform is a safety-certifiable multi-core, multi-tenant platform with support for multiple independent levels of criticality. It is designed for broad industry use cases, including but not limited to: Commercial and military avionics General operating system (OS) consolidation for reduction of space, weight, and/or power in industrial, medical, and automotive settings Mixed levels of criticality to run unsafe software alongside software certified to the highest level in avionics (DO-178C), automotive (ISO 26262), industrial (IEC 61508), and other similar standards Key Helix Platform features include: True Type 1 hypervisor (not hosted in a real-time OS or requiring a special service OS) 64-bit multi-core leveraging advanced Intel virtualization technologies Single and multi-core guests Mix-and-match 32- and 64-bit unmodified guests Support for ARINC 653 Application Executive (APEX) FACE™ 3.1 conformance Multiple device models, including emulated, passthrough, shared, or para-virtualized No limits on the number of concurrent guests (Linux, RTOS, bare metal) Proven fault isolation and containment Increasingly, with the growth of the intelligent edge, industries such as aerospace and defense, automotive, and industrial bring unique sets of requirements and challenges. With Helix Platform support for Intel Xeon D and 11th Gen Intel Core™, Wind River is expanding architecture support to address the demanding needs of highly compute-heavy mission-critical applications. Avijit Sinha, chief product officer, Wind River. “From ever-evolving regulations to technology obsolescence and application performance uncertainty, the safety and compliance of mission-critical, multi-core applications across industries is essential. Collaboration with Wind River helps to remove the complexities of maintaining necessary safety and security requirements, while also accelerating time-to-market. This furthers Intel’s commitment to enable end user innovation and achieve mission success,” said Tony Franklin, general manager, Network and Edge – Federal and Aerospace at Intel. Proven in the most challenging safety-critical applications, Wind River technology makes it easier and more cost-effective for organizations to meet the stringent safety certification requirements of EN 50128, IEC 61508, ISO 26262, DO-178C, and ED-12C. With technology proven by more than 400 customers in over 800 safety programs in more than 100 civilian and military aircraft, Wind River is driving the transition to software-defined systems in aerospace and defense. Helix Platform is part of Studio, a cloud-native platform for the development, deployment, operations, and servicing of mission-critical intelligent systems. Intel Xeon D processors deliver server-class computing, hardware-based security, and high bandwidth I/Os for embedded and rugged applications at the edge, supporting hard real-time workloads and extreme temperature range, making them well suited for demanding applications in industries such as aerospace and defense and industrial. Engineered for IoT markets, 11th Gen Intel Core processors deliver a balance of performance and responsiveness in a low-power platform, supporting low latency and time-sensitive applications with the power to run multiple workloads, including AI and deep learning applications, on a single platform. About Wind River Wind River is a global leader in delivering software for intelligent systems. The company’s technology has been powering the safest, most secure devices in the world since 1981 and is found in billions of products. Wind River offers a comprehensive portfolio, supported by world-class global professional services and support and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River software and expertise are accelerating digital transformation of mission-critical intelligent systems that will increasingly demand greater compute and AI capabilities while delivering the highest levels of security, safety, and reliability.

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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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