VMware Horizon on the Edge

Virtualization Review | January 15, 2020

At a recent VMUG, I met a desktop administrator who had an interesting problem: he had converted all of his desktop users to Horizon virtual desktops, but he was having issues bringing one of his smaller sites online. This site with 6 to 10 users depending on the season, was located in a rural eastern Oregon town with a single network cable feeding into it and was also the termination point for the network internet connectivity -- making this town both the literal and figurative edge of the network. When the network was up it ran fine and was reliable, but when it went down it would be for a day or two. Once during a severe winter storm, they had intermittent connectivity for an entire week. Hence, the company didn't feel comfortable putting virtual desktops at this site.

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For organizations of all sizes, server virtualization saves money, simplifies management, and can almost always improve application availability and efficiency. The ability to consolidate multiple workloads on fewer physical servers saves money in equipment, energy, and management, and adding new virtual machines is simple and fast. By separating applications and operating systems from their underlying hardware, companies can reduce equipment and management expenses and be more responsive to users and to change.


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Parallels Empowers Organizations and Hybrid Professionals to Work Securely without Limitations

Parallels | June 07, 2022

Parallels, a global leader in cross-platform solutions, today announces the availability of the public technical preview of Parallels RAS (Remote Application Server) 19. The latest updates and features of this release will enable organizations of all sizes to leverage improved deployment flexibility to lift and shift workloads to the cloud, increase data security, and streamline IT costs and management. The new features in Parallels® RAS 19 were designed to solve common critical issues organizations face; address the exponential growth of remote working, greater usage of private or public cloud, the unprecedented increase in cyberattacks, and the need to provide employee experiences that equal the quality of everyday consumer experiences. Through this release, Parallels RAS can now empower businesses to: Improve deployment flexibility for lift and shift workloads – Provide organizations and their employees with improved deployment flexibility that extends to multi-cloud for virtual applications and desktop delivery along with multiple application deployment methods. This is becoming a standard business requirement as we step into the next phase of hybrid working. Secure their remote workforce – Provide IT leaders with the governance to protect remote workers from new era cybersecurity threats - creating a company culture based on guarding against the weak links of human errors. Streamline their cost and IT management – Enable cross-functional teams to manage their IT budgets while promoting faster product delivery. These new features will help ensure a more efficient use of resources with automation capabilities and streamlined configurations, which will reduce IT management efforts while providing lower consumption costs. “We are committed to bringing innovation to our customers and have built a virtual desktop infrastructure solution that will help employees be productive anywhere, And with Parallels RAS 19 we have extended deployment flexibility and security while keeping simplicity at the forefront.” Christian Aquilina, Sr. Director of Product Management for Parallels RAS Please visit the What’s New web page to see the full list of the new features or the Parallels RAS product page to learn more. Key Parallels RAS 19 new features include: Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a cloud provider MSIX app attach integration Let’s Encrypt certificate management Parallels Client for Windows on ARM64 Expression-based filtering and policies Power management Email-based account discovery Logon hours control Multiple Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) providers Specific URL redirection Trial and Availability: The public technical preview of Parallels RAS 19, released today, provides early access to the new features that will help improve deployment flexibility and security while keeping simplicity in mind. Existing customers can login to their Parallels My Account to download and install Parallels RAS 19 Technical Preview. New users can register for an account at: my.parallels.com/register. Parallels RAS 19 General Availability is expected in August 2022. About Parallels Parallels is a global leader in cross-platform solutions that make it simple for businesses and individuals to use and access the applications and files they need on any device or operating system. Parallels helps customers leverage the best technology out there, whether it’s Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, or the cloud. Parallels solves complex engineering and user-experience problems by making it simple and cost-effective for businesses and individual customers to use applications anywhere, anytime. Parallels is part of the Corel portfolio. For more information, please visit www.parallels.com. About Corel Corel products enable millions of connected knowledge workers around the world to do great work faster. Offering some of the industry's best-known software brands, we give individuals and teams the power to create, collaborate, and deliver impressive results. Our success is driven by an unwavering commitment to deliver a broad portfolio of innovative applications – including CorelDRAW®, MindManager®, Parallels®, and WinZip® – to inspire users and help them achieve their goals.

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Scale Computing Partners with Servix to Deliver a Leading Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solution to the Brazilian IT Market

Scale | May 25, 2022

Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization and hyperconverged solutions, today announced its partnership with Servix, one of the largest technology integrators in Latin America. Servix will now deliver simple, reliable, affordable, and easy-to-deploy infrastructure solutions to the IT market in Brazil via Scale Computing’s award-winning HC3 virtualization platform, while simultaneously expanding its partner community in the region. Together, Scale Computing and Servix are bringing a virtualization alternative to customers and partners in Brazil. The Scale Computing virtualization platform combines servers, storage, and virtualization into a single solution to make IT infrastructure easier for organizations of every size. Whether an organization has one IT administrator or hundreds, the award-winning Scale Computing hyperconverged infrastructure eliminates complexity, lowers costs, and frees up management time. Many of today’s virtualization solutions consist of multiple vendor products, making them more complicated and expensive than necessary. Moreover, properly configuring disparate server and storage components takes up valuable department resources, and that's even before a company has installed and configured hypervisors or tested for compatibility and performance. Scale Computing’s virtualization software and appliances, meanwhile, are based on patented technologies designed from the ground up to minimize infrastructure complexity and cost. Whether an organization is considering migrating from its existing virtualization platform or is virtualizing from scratch for the first time, Scale Computing’s hyperconverged approach is the shortest path to affordable virtualization that’s easy to deploy, easy to manage, and easy to scale. “To navigate today’s complex infrastructure environments, businesses need flexibility, scalability, and resiliency. Scale Computing has a strong reputation for delivering results to IT operation leaders around the world, and we’re thrilled to be offering the HC3 solutions to Brazil. This partnership further demonstrates our commitment to providing our partners and customers with the most innovative and reliable solutions,” said Cleber Calejon, CEO, Servix. Scale Computing continues to be the top choice for organizations thanks to the simplicity, efficiency, and innovation of Scale Computing software. Automated machine learning capabilities found in the company’s solutions mean that the typical Scale Computing customer sees a reduction in on-going management costs of between 60 and 80 percent. Servix is a leading HCI integrator in Brazil, and we are proud to be partnering with an IT organization that is so forward thinking, embracing new technology as it makes sense for their customer base,” Scott Mann, VP of Sales, ROW & Global Channel Chief, Scale Computing. About Scale Computing Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Scale Computing software eliminates the need for traditional virtualization software, disaster recovery software, servers, and shared storage, replacing these with a fully integrated, highly available system for running applications. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, the self-healing platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing is the ideal infrastructure platform.

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O-RAN ALLIANCE Announces Its June 2022 Industry Summit, Progress of Its Global PlugFest Spring 2022 and a New Set of O-RAN Demos

O-RAN ALLIANCE | June 10, 2022

The O-RAN ALLIANCE invites all interested public to join its next industry summit to be held on June 29, 2022, as an open virtual event. The 2.5-hour session will bring: Latest updates from the O-RAN ALLIANCE leadership Updates from the O-RAN ecosystem on RAN openness, intelligence, cloudification, and testing and integration Live panel discussion: Accelerating industry adoption for large-scale commercialization For more details and to join the event, please visit www.o-ran.org/events. O-RAN Global PlugFest Spring 2022 in Progress O-RAN ALLIANCE has been sponsoring its global PlugFests to enable efficient testing and integration for the O-RAN ecosystem. O-RAN Global PlugFest Spring 2022, first of the two PlugFests planned for this year, has been progressing at 3 venues: Auray OTIC and Security Lab is hosting 21 participants: Alpha Networks, Askey Computer, Calnex Solutions, Foxconn, Institute for Information Industry, Inventec, IP Infusion, ITRI, JPC connectivity, Keysight Technologies, Lions Technology, LITEON, MICAS, NKG, Pegatron, QCT, REIGN Technology, Rohde & Schwarz, Sageran, VIAVI Solutions and WNC. Telefonica, at European OTIC in Madrid, is hosting 6 participants: ADVA Optical Networking, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, Precision Optical Transceivers, Ribbon and VIAVI Solutions. AT&T and DISH are hosting participants including Analog Devices, Anritsu, Calnex Solutions, Cisco, Fujitsu, HCL, IP Infusion, ITRI, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, META, NSF ARA: Living Wireless Lab, NSF PAWR: AERPAW, NSF PAWR: Colosseum, PHYTunes, Rohde & Schwarz, VIAVI Solutions, VMware and Wind River; with assistance from AT&T Lab, NSF PAWR: COSMOS Lab, NSF PAWR: POWDER Lab and University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab. All venues aim to conclude the spring PlugFest by end of June 2022. 23 new demos of O-RAN technology at the O-RAN Virtual Exhibition O-RAN ALLIANCE member companies have been progressing with their O-RAN based implementations. Latest demonstrations will soon be available at the O-RAN Virtual Exhibition. Newly added Intelligent RAN control demonstrations include: AirHop and VMware demonstrate how automation and programmability efficiently detect and remediate PCI collisions/confusions to optimize RAN performance. The proposal is a solution to current RAN frequency planning, conflict mitigation and optimization methods which are costly and time-consuming, slowing deployment of new services and decreasing performance of existing ones. Cellwize and VMware demonstrate how to bring programmability to any type of RAN deployment, including purpose-built RANs. As an example, we demonstrate how Cellwize’s rApp onboarded on VMware Centralized RIC optimizes EN-DC anchoring to maximize spectral usage in purpose-built RANs; leading to monetizable gains in performance. China Mobile and Lenovo demonstrate how video experience can be optimized using an xApp to predict the available bandwidth for a UE using the RIC and radio information reported over the E2 from the network and providing this predicted bandwidth to the Application Provider to adjust and optimize the video bitrate. Cohere and VMware demonstrate how using RAN programmability, operators can double mobile bandwidth without any changes to antennas, radio or devices. Using Cohere’s Spectrum Multiplier xApp powered by VMware Distributed RIC, now Services Providers can activate broadband in rural areas while avoiding costly changes in handsets or infrastructure. GDCNi demonstrates its RF product with high/middle/low transceiver power, performing interoperability testing with other vendors. GDCNi has rich RAN industrial experience and provides private RAN solutions for coal mines, ports, intelligent manufacturing, agriculture, and transportation, and helps to enrich the O-RAN ecosystem. Intel demonstrates SLA assurance demonstration with AI/ML-powered Network Slice Radio Resource Manager (NSRRM) xApp in an O-RAN RIC integrated with an Open, virtualized RAN. This demo shows operators the viability of offering revenue-generating business models with optimal radio resources. Polte and VMware demonstrate how to leverage RAN programmability to deliver precise sub-meter UE positioning. Using cellular as prime technology (as opposed to GPS or Wi-Fi), Polte’s xApp powered by VMware’s Near Real-time RIC offers global location indoors/outdoors, while lowering cost and extending battery life of the IoT asset tracker. Rimedo Labs demonstrates the complete integration of the Traffic Steering xApp into the open-source SD-RAN Near-Real-Time RIC from ONF. The solution highlights the opportunities to control the xApp via the policies through the A1 interface as defined by the O-RAN ALLIANCE, which enables manipulation of the behavior of the corresponding RRM algorithm based on the current strategy coming from the SMO. Newly added Open RAN demonstrations include: ArrayComm demonstrates its 5G Distributed Small Cell in a 5G SA E2E network showing its high performance and stability testing with measured downlink and uplink throughputs. It includes white box O-DU, Fronthaul Gateway, and O-RU. The O-DU is a single box built with NXP LX2160A and LA1201 SoC. ArrayComm demonstrates its 5G Distributed Small Cell on a Marvell platform consisting of a Marvell CNF95O virtualized O-DU card combined with x86/Arm server, Fronthaul Gateway, and O-RU. This platform can be widely used in the capacity coverage improvement scenarios, and also can be easily deployed as distributed RAN or cloud RAN. China Mobile and Lenovo demonstrate a CaaS platform, which followed O-Cloud specs, and pico gNB BBU respectively to form a joint test solution. Hardware construction has been completed; the first call was made in June. 5G performance will be tested in a E2E environment in next stage. Comba showcases Open RAN Multi-band Remote Radio Unit with advanced technology that maintains a low power consumption level and better receiver sensitivity. The small form factor and improved Mean Time Before Failure performance contributes to optimized installation and maintenance cost. These features facilitate fronthaul integration with O-DU partners. Foxconn, Auray and Calnex demonstrate O-RAN S-Plane Performance Testing with Foxconn’s O-RU in Auray OTIC and Security lab with Calnex’s Paragon-neo. O-RAN.WG4.CONF.0 has recommended the S-Plane performance test and functional test to be mandatory for O-RU S-plane testing and therefore mandatory for O-RAN/OTIC O-RU Badging. Intel, Capgemini, AWS and others demonstrate a unified view of end-to-end 5G service orchestration from the network edge to the cloud. Demo highlights agility using service orchestration to support dynamic network slicing for new business and service capabilities - allowing continuous delivery of new services and features. It also demonstrates O-RAN Fronthaul (xRAN) Test as defined by O-RAN ALLIANCE, using a sample application created to execute test scenarios with features of the xRAN library and test external API. IS-Wireless showcases a Multi MNO scenario supported in the form of a Neutral Host. The end-to-end Open RAN network is deployable on any cloud in an automated manner as containers and supports both Open Fronthaul Split 7.2x and 3GPP split 2. LITEON demonstrates FlexFi indoor small cell system based on open interfaces (e.g. Open Fronthaul Interface) enabling a cost effective deployment at large scale. And we also demonstrate an O-RAN based intelligent RAN management and control solution-LiteNetics. In this Proof of Concept, we verified manage gNB via the Radio Intelligent Controller (RIC) with O1 interfaces. LITEON provides 5G products that meet customer needs. MICAS demonstrates two O-RAN Radio Unit solutions, with one sub-6 GHz indoor small cell and one mmW small cell. Both solutions feature O-RAN's open fronthaul interface technology and enable cost-effective large-scale deployment. Pegatron, Auray and Calnex demonstrate O-RAN Fronthaul Latency Testing with Pegatron’s O-DU/O-CU in Auray OTIC and Security lab with Calnex’s Paragon-X in network emulation mode. O-RAN.TIFG.E2E-Test.0 has recommended the xHaul latency to be mandatory for O-RAN E2E testing and therefore mandatory for O-RAN/OTIC Badging. Rohde & Schwarz and VIAVI Solutions jointly demonstrate O-RAN open fronthaul (OFH) conformance and 3GPP pre-conformance validation of a Foxconn O-RU at Auray Lab. The Foxconn O-RU is validated by VIAVI’s automated TM500 O-RU tester with R&S SMW200A vector signal generator, R&S FSVA3000 spectrum analyzer and the R&S VSE signal analysis software. The demonstration highlights a progressive test plan including functional, interoperability, conformance and performance testing, with a single point of control for the entire testbed. Spirent demonstrates its end-to-end Open RAN test solution enabling the ability to accomplish functional, interoperability, performance, and compliance testing with either a real or emulated UE. This demo walks through the architecture of the solution and gives an overview of the interface, reporting, and capabilities. Spirent demonstrates a flexible, scalable, high-performance solution for comprehensively testing the CU for compliance, functionality, performance, and capacity. This demo walks through the architecture and presents an overview of the interface, reporting, and capabilities through running a test in 5G SA mode (NSA is also available). Spirent demonstrates how O-DU is tested with multiple emulated O-RU to verify function, reliability of O-DU & test delay in fronthaul networks. A challenge for O-RAN is long-duration reliability testing. Streamblocks are usually sent once in 5G fronthaul testing. Spirent solution sends continuous traffic to emulate real-world network traffic. Deploying a complete Open vRAN network is a daunting task. VMware and Altiostar demonstrate how to greatly reduce this effort by combining the automation capabilities of Altiostar EMS and VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN over Intel FlexRAN TM architecture. About O-RAN ALLIANCE The O-RAN ALLIANCE is a world-wide community of more than 300 mobile operators, vendors, and research & academic institutions operating in the Radio Access Network (RAN) industry. As the RAN is an essential part of any mobile network, the O-RAN ALLIANCE’s mission is to re-shape the industry towards more intelligent, open, virtualized and fully interoperable mobile networks. The new O-RAN specifications enable a more competitive and vibrant RAN supplier ecosystem with faster innovation to improve user experience. O-RAN based mobile networks at the same time improve the efficiency of RAN deployments as well as operations by the mobile operators. To achieve this, the O-RAN ALLIANCE publishes new RAN specifications, releases open software for the RAN, and supports its members in integration and testing of their implementations.

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Netcracker Wins Awards for Virtualization and 5G Innovator of the Year

Netcracker Technology | June 02, 2022

Netcracker Technology announced today that it has received two awards during Terrapinn’s Telecoms World Middle East 2022 event in Dubai last week. The awards, for Virtualization & Cloud leadership and 5G Innovator of the Year, validate Netcracker’s many projects in the Middle East region, including with customers such as Zain KSA, Vodafone Oman, du, Etisalat UAE and STC. They also highlight Netcracker’s solutions, including Netcracker Digital Platform, which are focused on innovative areas such as private 5G networks, multi-cloud and edge. The awards, which featured participation from operators and vendors, were judged by an expert panel specializing in telecom, media and technology. Netcracker won the Virtualization award for ground-breaking innovation in virtualization and cloud initiatives, including an extensive partner program. Netcracker received the 5G Innovator of the Year award for its private 5G automation solution, which encompasses Netcracker Digital Marketplace, edge orchestration and edge monetization. “We had a very competitive slate of nominees this year, so for Netcracker to win two awards is a great accomplishment,” said Gina Bester, GM – Middle East and Africa at Terrapinn. “To be recognized for virtualization and cloud as well as an innovator in the 5G space shows that Netcracker is leading the industry in technology and successful real-world deployments for customers in the Middle East and around the world.” “We are very proud to be singled out for two very prestigious awards from Telecoms World Middle East and Terrapinn, Our work with customers in the region has led to many innovative initiatives, and we are thrilled to be recognized for these achievements.” Ari Banerjee, SVP of Strategy at Netcracker 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.

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For organizations of all sizes, server virtualization saves money, simplifies management, and can almost always improve application availability and efficiency. The ability to consolidate multiple workloads on fewer physical servers saves money in equipment, energy, and management, and adding new virtual machines is simple and fast. By separating applications and operating systems from their underlying hardware, companies can reduce equipment and management expenses and be more responsive to users and to change.

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