VMware’s Modern App Strategy Embraces Kubernetes as ‘Goldilocks Abstraction’

Sdxcentral | March 10, 2020

VMware added native Kubernetes support to its Cloud Foundation software stack and products to its Kubernetes-focused Tanzu portfolio as it continues its aggressive push into containers and cloud-native. The virtualization giant originally planned to roll out the updates at a launch event in San Francisco today. But in light of coronavirus fears — and following similar moves by a slew of tech companies in recent weeks — VMware moved its App Modernization in a Multi-Cloud World event online. At its VMworld 2019 event, the vendor unveiled its overarching Kubernetes play: its Tanzu portfolio. This product line includes all of the Pivotal assets, which VMware bought last year for $2.7 billion. It also includes assets VMware acquired as part of its $550 million Heptio purchase and Bitnami, which it bought for an undisclosed amount last May.Today, VMware put its new Kubernetes assets on full display, and detailed how it believes Kubernetes will bridge enterprises’ legacy VMware environments with their newer microservices-based applications.

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Ekinops' SixSq joins 5G-EMERGE to build solutions for the satellite-enabled 5G media market

Ekinops | July 11, 2022

The 5G-EMERGE project aims at developing an integrated satellite and terrestrial system based on open standards to enable high-quality content distribution services over multi-layer IP infrastructures. Telecommunications satellites will efficiently deliver high-demand content, including streaming of live events, as close as possible to the end user – to the 'edge'. The project includes demonstrations in 5G base stations, users' homes and vehicles. A consortium of 20 companies from six European countries will collaborate on developing the distributed edge technology and service-delivery features. SixSq's contribution includes leading the demonstration work package and providing the edge-to-cloud software infrastructure based on its Nuvla.io B2B SaaS platform and marketplace of containerised applications, as well as its open source NuvlaEdge software. "leveraging satellite broadcast and 5G is a great opportunity to deliver the right high-density content at the right location with the right customization. However, this requires fine-tuned orchestration of the entire value chain and this is what SixSq edge-to-cloud software provides. We are no stranger to big challenges posed by ESA and EBU and are looking forward to pushing the boundaries of edge-to-cloud, bringing together the space sector, 5G and multi-media content delivery." SixSq CEO Marc-Elian Bégin "The 5G-Emerge project is yet another example of Ekinops' long commitment towards software innovation as a mean to add value to the telecommunications sector," commented Vincent Munière, Group Chief Technology Officer & VP R&D at Ekinops. "We are looking forward to helping set the bar in 5G services and content delivery." For SixSq, this project is a unique opportunity to showcase its edge computing software's ability to orchestrate complex scenarios for a range of new commercial use-cases, ranging from maritime, vehicle, public transport, 5G and building applications. Working with market leaders in their domain, Nuvla.io will manage apps across the edge-to-cloud continuum.

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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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Infoblox's State of Security Report Spotlights Remote Work Hazards around the World

Infoblox | June 01, 2022

Infoblox, the leader in DNS management and security services, today unveils a global report examining the state of security concerns, costs, and remedies. As the pandemic and uneven shutdowns stretch into a third year, organizations are accelerating digital transformation projects to support remote work. Meanwhile, attackers have seized on vulnerabilities in these environments, creating more work and larger budgets for security teams. 1,100 respondents in IT and cybersecurity roles in 11 countries – United States, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Australia, and Singapore – participated in the survey. Key findings include: The surge in remote work has changed the corporate landscape significantly – and permanently. 52% of respondents accelerated digital transformation projects, 42% increased customer portal support for remote engagement, 30% moved apps to third party cloud providers, and 26% shuttered physical offices for good. These changes led to the additions of VPNs and firewalls, a mix of corporate and employee owned devices as well as cloud and on-premises DDI servers to manage data traffic across the expanded network. The hybrid workforce reality is causing greater concerns with data leakage, ransomware and attacks through remote access tools and cloud services. Respondents indicate concerns about their abilities to counter increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks with limited control over employees, work-from-home technologies, and vulnerable supply chain partners. The sophistication of state-sponsored malware also is a source of worry for many. Organizations have good reason to worry: 53% of respondents experienced up to five security incidents that led to at least one breach. Though ransomware often grab headlines, phishing is the most common conduit for illegal entry. Attacks tended to originate on WiFi access points, employee-owned endpoints, or the cloud. Overall, 43% suffered at least $1 million in direct and indirect losses. Organizations are buying cloud-first security tools to protect their hybrid environments. 59% of respondents saw bigger budgets in 2021 and nearly 75% anticipate an increase in 2022. They are creating a defense-in-depth strategy using everything from endpoint and network security to cloud access security brokers, DNS security, and threat intelligence services to defend their expanded attack surface. Network data is taking center stage for threat hunting. 40% mostly relied on network flow data, 39% on systems-specific vulnerability information, 39% DNS queries, and 37% outside threat intelligence services. Interest in Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) frameworks is accelerating. As assets, access and security move out of the network core to the edge with the push for virtualization, 53% have already partially or fully implemented SASE and another 28% intend to do so. "The pandemic shutdowns over the past two years have reshaped how companies around the world operate, Cloud-first networks and corresponding security controls went from nice-to-have features to business mainstays as organizations sent office workers to work from home. To address the spike in cyberattacks, security teams are turning to DNS security and zero trust models like SASE for a more proactive approach to protecting corporate data and remote devices." Anthony James, VP of Product Marketing at Infoblox About Infoblox Infoblox is the leader in next generation DNS management and security. More than 12,000 customers, including over 70% of the Fortune 500, rely on Infoblox to scale, simplify and secure their hybrid networks to meet the modern challenges of a cloud-first world.

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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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