VMware Cloud Foundation Gets Security Breakthrough At RSA

CRN | February 25, 2020

VMware’s popular VMware Cloud Foundation is receiving a major shot in the arm with new security capabilities from Carbon Black and NSX as the virtualization star continues its march to make security intrinsic in all its products. At RSA 2020 conference on Tuesday, VMware unveiled that VMware Advanced Security for Cloud Foundation – which is the basis for offers such as VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud on Dell EMC – will inject Carbon Black’s workload protection Real-time Workload Audit/Remediation technology as well as its Next-Generation Antivirus (NGAV) and Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) solutions. Additionally, VMware’s NSX Advanced Load Balancer with Web Application Firewall capabilities and NSX Distributed IDS/IPS can be added to VMware Cloud Foundation deployments. The NSX and Carbon Black technology will integrate with VMware vSphere.

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Run Your Databases Up to 7X Faster and at Scale with Pavilion

Pavilion Data Systems | August 04, 2022

Pavilion™ Data Systems, a leading data analytics acceleration platform provider and pioneer of NVMe-Over-Fabrics (NVMe-oF), today announced that Pavilion’s industry-leading platform with unified high performance, sub-millisecond read/write latency, intelligent architecture, patented data protection, and an end-to-end NVMe design makes ANY database, both on bare metal and virtualized, achieve material performance gains by operating up to 7X faster than using NVMe SSDs in a server. The Pavilion Data Acceleration Platform is composed of the Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array (HFA) and Pavilion HyperOS™. The performance density of the hardware and performance algorithms of the software enable the Pavilion platform to keep up with I/O demands from the databases, delivering the industry’s lowest write latency, and improving database transaction commit time and high availability. Writes happen faster by allowing more databases on the same instance or more concurrent users on each database instance, so the ultra-low latency coupled with the high throughput and IOPS enable databases to analyze more data, faster. Rigorous testing in the Pavilion solutions lab and deployments with customers and industry-leading database consultants showed that Pavilion enabled databases like Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Elasticsearch, and Cassandra to deliver more transactions at lower latency with the same hardware, whether on bare metal or virtualized servers. Pavilion’s lower latency also has a massive effect in VMware environments, requiring less memory from the database on each VM environment. This means more database files on the same virtualized database instance, and/or more virtual machines on the same physical server. “I’ve worked on pretty much every storage array on the planet at this point, and it takes a lot to impress me. When I started learning about the Pavilion architecture, I was blown away by it. I just love it,” said David Klee, founder and CEO of Heraflux Technologies and a Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert. “SQL Server on VMware comprises the bulk of the servers that we see in the wild. The unmatched performance that Pavilion offers allows me to reduce my SQL Server memory footprint, pack more SQL Servers on the host while improving performance, and squeeze more out of my expensive SQL server licensing – everyone wins!” In the world of SQL Server on VMware, customers see an average of 30% to 50% reduction in memory required, which translates directly to 30% to 50% fewer SQL Server licenses. In virtualized SQL Server environments, vSphere licenses are cut as well. IQVIA, the leader in connected intelligence, needed to scale its Microsoft SQLServer-based analytics platform, and NVMe SSDs inside their servers could not provide the speed required to meet their business expectations, so they used Pavilion’s NVMe/RoCE support. "We needed an external storage platform that matched the performance we get from internal NVMe SSDs to support a mission-critical SQL analytics use case running on VMware 7, The Pavilion platform enabled us to meet this challenging requirement that could not be met with other options." Ken Boyer, Director Global Storage MGMT at IQVIA “We have shown that ANY database, bare metal or virtualized, is faster on Pavilion than using NVMe SSDs in a server,” said Costa Hasapopoulos, Chief Field Technology Officer and WW VP of Business Development for Pavilion Data. “For testing each database, we leveraged the corresponding industry-accepted synthetic load-generation tool and compared the performance of each database on bare-metal and in virtualized environments using Pavilion’s certified NVMe/RoCE capability for Windows Server and VMware. For Linux we used CentOS and Oracle Enterprise Linux. For all tests the results were resoundingly conclusive, with up to 7X performance boost over using a server with NVMe SSDs, and there is zero virtualization tax.” Using Pavilion enables customers, partners, and consultants to replace racks of database servers and minimize software license costs, dramatically reducing TCO. This makes Pavilion ideal for accelerating database operations. About Pavilion Data Systems Pavilion provides the data analytics acceleration platform that enables organizations to derive greater value from their data—faster, simpler, and at scale. We are the perfect complement for AI/ML, HPC, analytics, edge, and other data-driven workloads, and we are the ideal data I/O platform for GPU-based computing platforms. The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform, powered by Pavilion HyperOS, delivers unmatched performance and density, ultra-low latency, and unlimited scalability and flexibility, providing customers unprecedented choice and control. Learn why Fortune 500 companies and federal government agencies choose Pavilion.

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HostColor announced Dedicated Cloud IaaS in the U.S., Canada, and the UK

Host Color LLC | August 16, 2022

Cloud service provider HostColor.com (HC) announced that it now offers Dedicated Cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (DCIaaS) based on VMware ESXi, Proxmox, and Linux Containers (LXC) virtualization technologies. The DCIaaS can be used by any organization for the deployment of custom-built, standards-based Private, Public or Hybrid technology infrastructure. The cloud service provider delivers self-managed and fully managed DCIaaS from data centers located in 17 U.S., Canadian, and UK major metropolitan markets - Ashburn, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia; Bend, Oregon; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles and Santa Clara, California; Miami, Florida; Newark, New Jersey; New York, NY; Seattle, Washington; Toronto, Ontario; Vancouver, British Columbia, and London, UK. HostColor's Dedicated Cloud infrastructure services have fixed monthly costs that do not rise depending on the resource usage. The Cloud IaaS users pay a flat monthly fee for a certain amount of dedicated computing resources – processor (CPU), memory (RAM), and data storage (SSD, NMVe, or HDD) and a specific bandwidth quota on a 1-gigabit or 10-gigabit internet port. The cloud service provider does not charge clients for DNS zones, DNS queries, or for each 1 GB data transfer. Unlike the services offered by the so-called "Major Clouds", HostColor's dedicated public or private cloud IaaS services come with free infrastructure support. "We save an enormous amount of money on data transfer, computing resource usage, and technical support to the SMBs that choose to use HostColor's Dedicated Cloud services, instead of IaaS on any of the so-called "major clouds". HC's DCIaaS features a fairly large, clearly-defined bandwidth quota, instead of charging them for each GB data transfer. If any organization needs to use 80 TB data transfer per month, for example, HostColor saves it eight thousand dollars per year on average for data transfer, DNS records, DNS queries, and technical support", Dimitar Avramov, HostColor's co-founder and CEO He adds that “Bandwidth” is the amount of data that can be transferred at one time, while "Data Transfer" is the actual amount of data transferred. HostColor's Public and Private Dedicated Cloud services start with a guaranteed bandwidth quota of 100 Mbps or 250 Mbps, depending on the data center location.The company's DCIaaS customers, connected to a 1 Gbps internet port, who use a 250 Mbps bandwidth quota, can transfer 80 TB of data per month. If they choose to use a full 1-gigabit bandwidth port they can push 324 TB data transfer per month. Those who have a dedicated cloud connected to a 10-gigabit internet port with a 2 Gbps bandwidth quota can transfer 648 TB of data in a 30-day period. HostColor has recently announced the availability of New York Dedicated Server hosting services connected to 10-gigabit Internet ports. They are delivered from the data centers – Teleport, Staten Island, and DataBank, New Jersey. The 10-gigabit server plans start with a 2 Gbps bandwidth allowance and can be scaled up to a full 10 GbE internet connection. According to the market intelligence firm IDC “Dedicated Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (DCIaaS) solutions deliver compute and/or storage resources dedicated to an individual customer that are deployed on customer premises and consumed as a service.” IDC explains that “his model is essentially a dedicated version of a publicly available cloud offering, modified to run on-premises or in a specially certified colocation environment”. The market intelligence firm also explains that the cloud service providers retain full ownership of all underlying infrastructure hardware and software and are completely responsible for delivery, maintenance, updating, and ultimate disposal of the asset when the subscription is terminated. About HostColor.com is a global IT infrastructure and Web Hosting service provider since 2000. The company has its own virtual data centers, a capacity for provisioning dedicated servers and colocation services in 50 data centers worldwide. Its subsidiary HostColorEurope.com operates Cloud infrastructure and delivers dedicated hosting services in 19 European counties.

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Former VMware Cybersecurity Leader Tom Kellermann Joins Contrast Security as Senior Vice President of Cyber Strategy

Contrast Security | August 26, 2022

Contrast Security (Contrast), the leader in code security that empowers developers to secure as they code, today announced the appointment of Tom Kellermann, who will serve as the company's Senior Vice President of Cyber Strategy. As a Contrast leader, Kellermann will be responsible for developing and overseeing the company's government and financial sector strategy, which will include advising government agencies, standard bodies, financial institutions, insurers and regulators. In addition, Kellermann will facilitate a new, industrywide approach to sharing strategic, software-layer cyberintelligence. "While there has been some progress to increase the information sharing of cyberintelligence between the private and public sectors, as an industry we are still missing a significant opportunity to really strengthen the collective position against software attacks, One of Tom's personal missions is to work towards the advancement and proactive defense of both the nation's critical infrastructure and financial sector. I believe his addition to the team will help us accelerate the impact of Contrast's offerings and increase our ability to be a great partner in those sectors." Alan Naumann, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at Contrast Security Kellermann has more than 23 years of experience, which will be critical as Contrast expands its work with the government and financial sectors. Prior to joining Contrast, he held the positions of Head of Cybersecurity Strategy for VMware and Chief Cybersecurity Officer for Carbon Black Inc. In 2020, he was appointed to the Cyber Investigations Advisory Board for the United States Secret Service and was appointed a commissioner on the Commission on Cyber Security in 2008 for the 44th president of the United States. "In 2022, the digital transformation of organizations has been hijacked due to the surge in application attacks and attacks on APIs. In order to combat growing threats, we must not only shift left in cybersecurity but build security into the entire SDLC [Software Development Life Cycle] in order to defend from within," said Tom Kellermann, Senior Vice President of Cyber Strategy at Contrast Security. "I am proud to join Contrast Security, and Jeff Williams — who I believe is a pioneer in the industry — to lead cyber strategy and drive our mission of protecting code security and ultimately the software that we rely on daily." To find out more about Contrast and its Secure Code Platform, please visit https://www.contrastsecurity.com/platform. About Contrast Security: Contrast Security secures the code that global business relies on. It is the industry's most modern and comprehensive code security platform, removing security roadblock inefficiencies and empowering enterprise developers to write and release secure application code faster. Embedding code analysis and attack prevention directly into software with instrumentation, the Contrast platform automatically detects vulnerabilities while developers write code, eliminates false positives, and provides context-specific how-to-fix guidance for easy and fast vulnerability remediation. Doing so enables application and development teams to collaborate more effectively and to innovate faster while accelerating digital transformation initiatives. This is why a growing number of the world's largest private and public sector organizations rely on Contrast to secure their applications in development and extend protection to cloud and on-premise applications in production.

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ControlUp Accelerates Adoption of DEX Management Platform With Ability to Monitor Zoom, MS Teams, and Other Unified Communications Tools

ControlUp | September 02, 2022

ControlUp, the industry leader in Digital Employee Experience (DEX) management, today announced that ControlUp Co-founder and Chief Product Officer Yoni Avital will host a bad user experience smackdown at VMware Explore 2022. ControlUp, a VMware Partner, is also breaking its Edge DX adoption records, a solution that allows IT teams to not only monitor productivity tools like Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) and Zoom but allows for advanced data analytics to proactively address issues. See a demo of Edge DX and more at ControlUp's booth in South Hall 1302. "With the new ability for IT teams to monitor Zoom and MS Teams, Edge DX is the fastest growing product in our portfolio to date. This is a testament to how important having real-time data analytics accessible to IT teams, The solution also allows for rapid deployment, which is crucial when it comes to the sales cycle. For example, one financial services client deployed 192,000+ seats in a matter of weeks." Asaf Ganot, Co-founder and CEO, ControlUp Recently recognized as a strong performer in end-user experience management by Forrester Research in The Forrester Wave™, ControlUp continues to bring data together in unique ways to optimize the digital employee experience while proactively addressing network latency issues, availability of SaaS apps and virtual desktops, and slow logons. With the ability to deploy Edge DX at scale in minutes, IT teams can virtually sit side-by-side with work from anywhere (WFA) employees to fix issues quickly on endpoint devices so team members can get back to work fast. Similar to our recent integration to monitor functionality with MS Teams, our new integration with Zoom provides IT teams usage insights across employee calls and meetings. Data analysis monitors the quality of calls for technical issues that may impact the digital experience of participants. Edge DX makes remediation actions available for addressing and preventing issues that impact productivity. By proactively identifying potential bottlenecks and failure points, IT teams can now provide resolutions before Help Desk tickets are filed. VMware Explore attendees have the opportunity to hear and see how ControlUp helps remove IT dark zones with real-time visibility that improves employees' productivity in two sessions: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 3:15-3:45 p.m., Joel Stocker, Director of Product Marketing, ControlUp, and Tom Fenton, Tech. Mrkt. Engr., ControlUp, will present "Improve Remote Work Experience with Last-Mile Monitoring From ControlUp" in The Expo Theater. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Yoni Avital, Co-founder & CPO, ControlUp, and Trentent Tye, Tech Marketing, ControlUp, will hammer things out in a "Bad User Experience Smackdown: Easy Horizon Troubleshooting with ControlUp" in a Breakout Session. "ControlUp is proud to be an established VMware Partner with deep integrations that help VMware users capture real-time data insights for on-the-fly troubleshooting," said Avital. "It is no secret that work-from-anywhere is here to stay, which solidifies the ongoing need for our DEX management platform to help IT teams monitor performance, availability, and productivity for networks, apps, and unified communications tools like Zoom and MS Teams." Microsoft, MS Teams are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. VMware, Horizon, and VMware Explore are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions. About ControlUp ControlUp powers the work-from-anywhere world by delivering a Digital Employee Experience (DEX) Management Platform built for IT teams to make remote work more flexible and reliable. Whether your desktops are physical or virtual, your applications are local or SaaS, IT can optimize remote work environments from the datacenter or from the cloud with rich, real-time visibility across the entire digital employee experience. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with R&D in Israel, ControlUp supports over 2,000 customers and counting.

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