VMware to acquire Uhana, an AI-based network automation startup

Data Center News | July 29, 2019

VMware is adding another company to its list of acquisitions, with network automation company Uhana to be joining the ranks.Uhana is a startup company that uses deep learning and real-time artificial intelligence to automate network operations and enhance the application experience. The company was born out of Stanford University.VMware will add Uhana’s technology to VMware’s Telco Cloud and Edge Cloud portfolio, which means VMware will be able to better serve the telecommunications industry and the journey to 5G.VMware’s EVP & GM of Telco and Edge Cloud, Shekar Ayyar, states that communications service provider (CSP) networks are undergoing two major shifts: the transition to programmable and virtualised 5G networks, as well as the rise of low-latency applications such as online gaming, virtual reality, and IoT. These, VMware says, are putting strain on networks. In order to deliver a pleasing and consistent user experience through competitive economics, network service providers must turn to network automation and application optimisation to address those problems.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is generating an unprecedented volume and variety of data. Data for transportation applications - including smart traffic signals, road-weather information systems, traffic sensors, and vehicles themselves - are no exception to this rule. For these data to enable a true sea change in transportation operations and crash reduction, they must be acquired, filtered, normalized, and aggregated in real-time, and the amount and type of data sent back to the data center should be vastly different than the data collected and analyzed in real-time. Edge and fog compute is necessary to enable big data applications to have a true and positive impact on transportation planning, programming, and system operations.


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Hybrid Courtroom Recording & Remote Workflows Supported by New FTR Gold 7.6

For The Record | July 29, 2022

Remotely monitor legal proceedings with For The Record's latest digital court reporting release, FTR Gold 7.6. The software that set the industry standard for quality and efficiency now offers fluid livestreaming of audio and video to support full remote management of courtroom recording from anywhere. By eliminating geographic constraints, FTR Gold 7.6 will allow jurisdictions to connect with a broader pool of available stenographers and digital court reporters. FTR Gold 7.6 features several upgrades from past software versions. The primary upgrade is an accelerated FTR Reporter engine, which dramatically improves the playback performance of real-time proceedings to FTR Monitor and FTR Player over a wide area network (WAN) or virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment. The technology records and streams content with the market-leading functionality built into the latest versions of FTR Gold Recording and Monitoring Suites, including 16 channels of high-fidelity audio and four channels of high-definition video. This allows remote court monitors and digital court reporters to simultaneously record, monitor, and livestream proceedings anywhere on the court's network—in the courthouse or across the town, county, or state. According to Priya Sivagnanam, Technical Project Manager of For The Record, "FTR Gold 7.6 facilitates alternative workflows to support courts as they manage the escalating stenographer shortage and adapt to the demand for remote, hybrid hearings. These structural shifts in court operations are only building momentum, so this innovation arrives at a critical time. Courts will find that playback performance during remote monitoring is seamless in WAN and VDI environments. FTR Gold 7.6 is dramatically enhanced from past versions of FTR Gold." About For The Record For The Record is the global leader in digital audio, visual, and record-keeping innovations for the legal justice system. Over three decades, the company has modernized more than 30,000 courtrooms across 70+ countries. For The Record's recent innovations include the world's first cloud-based recording management system; an online transcript ordering platform; real time speech-to-text transcription; and a virtual justice platform that observes traditional court protocols. With the goals of accelerating justice and enhancing accessibility, For The Record continuously develops new courtroom technology.

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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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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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Parallels Extends Desktop Platform Offerings to Further Improve User Experience and Productivity for Running Windows on a Mac

Corel | August 29, 2022

Parallels, a global leader in cross-platform solutions, today announces the release of Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac. The latest version of Parallels’ powerful solution is designed to optimize the usability of the latest Apple hardware, while also powering performance and gaming updates, providing users with greater freedom and flexibility. Through this release, Parallels® Desktop 18 for Mac offers all end-users, professionals, and enterprises: First-class performance: Users can leverage the most-advanced Windows experience on their Macs to run more than 200,000 Windows apps and classic games. Continuous and seamless integration: Optimized for the latest Apple hardware, users can enjoy compatibility with Apple’s ProMotion display and unleashed performance of the Apple M1 Ultra chip that delivers up to 96% faster Windows 11 on a Mac Studio, * while staying up to date with any upcoming macOS upgrades. Easier set up for Windows 11: Users can now get Windows 11 downloaded, installed, and configured in just one click saving time with setting up, as well as download a free set of ready-to-use Linux systems. Enhanced Windows game-play experience on a Mac: Users can now simply connect a game controller to their Mac, switch to Windows, and start playing. Enjoy smooth Windows UI and video playback, a higher frame rate, and much more. The new features in Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac have been engineered to enable users to be more productive while leveraging a high-performing Windows OS on a Mac, that is easy to use and stays up to date—even when a new Apple hardware or a macOS, Windows, or Linux version is released. “We are proud of our engineering team that continues to be at the forefront of innovation to offer a remarkably more powerful and seamless Parallels Desktop for Mac experience to our users, that is integrated with the latest macOS Ventura, optimized for the latest Apple hardware, and offers valuable features to deliver even better productivity and performance, This is as simple and easy to use as it gets, and our users can rely on Parallels Desktop for Mac to focus on the job at hand.” Prashant Ketkar, Chief Technology and Product Officer at Corel Trial and Availability: Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Standard, Pro, and Business editions are all engineered to offer an optimal experience on Mac computers with Intel and Apple M series chips and can be purchased at parallels.com/desktop or from authorized resellers worldwide. Parallels Desktop subscriptions include complimentary concurrent subscriptions to Parallels Access and Parallels Toolbox for Mac and Windows. Key Parallels Desktop 18 features Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Standard Edition: Optimized for the upcoming macOS Ventura release to support new features, functionality, and deliver exceptional performance. Full support for Apple’s ProMotion display with automatic refresh rate changes and unleashed Apple M1 Ultra performance allowing users to assign more resources and get up to 96% faster Windows 11. * Seamless Windows gaming experience with automatic sharing of Xbox or DualShock Bluetooth game controllers with Windows and Linux. Improved compatibility of Intel (x86) applications when running Windows 11 on ARM, specifically when saving and reading files from the Mac disk. Improved USB 3.0 to support live data streaming devices, including Elgato HD60, Startech USB 3.0 Video Capture, and more. Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Pro Edition (Offers all the power of the standard edition, plus these unique capabilities): Powerful network conditioner on Apple M1 Macs enabling users to set up various network conditions for the virtual machine (bandwidth, packet loss, delay) similar to both Windows and Linux virtual machines. Isolate virtual machine network from Mac on Apple M1 Mac computers for better security and start a Minikube cluster with Parallels Desktop as a virtualization provider. Ability to use network boot with Linux ARM virtual machines now available on Mac computers with Apple M1 chips. Easily analyze an application performance in a separate VM using the enhanced Parallels plug-in for Visual Studio. Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Business Edition (Builds on the power of the Pro edition with additional functionality, including): Convenient SSO/SAML authentication for employees to sign in and activate Parallels Desktop with a corporate account. Allows admins to deploy, provision, or transfer a Windows 11 virtual machine across employees’ Mac computers. Manage Parallels customer experience program participation centrally in Parallels My Account. 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, ChromeOS, 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. 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The Internet of Things (IoT) is generating an unprecedented volume and variety of data. Data for transportation applications - including smart traffic signals, road-weather information systems, traffic sensors, and vehicles themselves - are no exception to this rule. For these data to enable a true sea change in transportation operations and crash reduction, they must be acquired, filtered, normalized, and aggregated in real-time, and the amount and type of data sent back to the data center should be vastly different than the data collected and analyzed in real-time. Edge and fog compute is necessary to enable big data applications to have a true and positive impact on transportation planning, programming, and system operations.

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