Nutanix Partners with Udacity to Offer Hybrid Cloud Nanodegree Program

Business Wire | March 31, 2020

Nutanix a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced a partnership with Udacity, the global online learning platform, resulting in a new Hybrid Cloud Nanodegree program. This program will enhance learning opportunities in the emerging cloud technologies market that are essential for organizations to uplevel their IT infrastructure. As part of the collaboration, Nutanix will also sponsor 5,000 scholarships to help IT professionals advance their knowledge with this initiative. As more services move to the cloud, IT teams require the knowledge and expertise it takes to properly manage these infrastructures that increasingly stretch across on-premises and public cloud in a hybrid model

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Pulse Secure is an information security specialist focused on "secure access" for people, devices, things, and services. Since being spun out of Juniper in 2014, the company has made considerable investments innovating on its product lines, capabilities, and usability. Pulse Secure Access Suite is the cornerstone technology, supporting IT access security and single sign-on (SSO) for global enterprises across a wide range of industry verticals and a hybrid mix of operational platforms. Sold separately or as a bundle, the secure access portfolio provides nextgeneration SSL-VPN facilities for mobile users, endpoint visibility and compliance, network profiling and Network Access Control (NAC), and virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) technologies. The value of the Pulse Secure Access Suite is to deliver protected connectivity, user and endpoint visibility, and threat response across mobile, network, and hybrid cloud environments, focused on ease of use for administrators and transparency for end users.

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Pulse Secure is an information security specialist focused on "secure access" for people, devices, things, and services. Since being spun out of Juniper in 2014, the company has made considerable investments innovating on its product lines, capabilities, and usability. Pulse Secure Access Suite is the cornerstone technology, supporting IT access security and single sign-on (SSO) for global enterprises across a wide range of industry verticals and a hybrid mix of operational platforms. Sold separately or as a bundle, the secure access portfolio provides nextgeneration SSL-VPN facilities for mobile users, endpoint visibility and compliance, network profiling and Network Access Control (NAC), and virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) technologies. The value of the Pulse Secure Access Suite is to deliver protected connectivity, user and endpoint visibility, and threat response across mobile, network, and hybrid cloud environments, focused on ease of use for administrators and transparency for end users.

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Verizon and AWS expand to 30% more metro area locations with mobile edge computing

Verizon | January 19, 2022

Verizon and AWS are now offering mobile edge computing in more U.S. metro areas with the addition of Charlotte, Detroit, Los Angeles and Minneapolis. Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength, a real-time cloud computing platform, brings AWS compute and storage services to the edge of Verizon’s wireless network. The combination minimizes the latency and network hops required to connect from an application hosted on the platform to the end user’s device. Launched in August 2020, the companies currently offer mobile edge computing via AWS Wavelength Zones in 17 locations in the U.S. Using 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength allows developers and businesses to build and deploy a variety of applications such as machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and video and game streaming. Fermata Energy, a Verizon Ventures company, and Easy Aerial are among the innovators who participated in the 5G Studio, a collaboration between Verizon and Newlab, to develop transformative technology solutions leveraging Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network technology and Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength at Newlab. Easy Aerial is a leading provider of American-made, military-grade, autonomous drone-in-a-box-based monitoring and inspection solutions for commercial, government, and military applications. With the low end-to-end latency enabled by Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength, Easy Aerial was able to collect and transfer live drone video for near real-time object detection and telemetry data for rapid processing and analysis. 5G and mobile edge computing also allowed expensive compute to be removed from the drone, reportedly saving about 10% in drone costs and increasing flight time by approximately 40%. “Being able to utilize the high bandwidth for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength provides is a game changer,” said Ivan Stamatovski, CTO of Easy Aerial. “It shifts the paradigm on what is possible to achieve with airborne sensors by processing data at the edge of the network in near real-time.” Fermata Energy’s Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology turns electric vehicles (EVs) into mini power plants by discharging energy services from EVs’ batteries to the home, building, or energy grid. Using a bidirectional charger connected both to an EV and a building’s energy load, Fermata Energy’s cloud-based software, running on Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength, reacted to changes in the grid and, as a result, load-balance data in near real-time with very low latency, according to Fermata Energy. This allows Fermata Energy to dispatch an EV as a valuable energy resource providing near real-time response to the state of the grid. Verizon and AWS are also working with software as a service (SaaS) providers Couchbase and Confluent to make it easier for developers who use their platforms to create applications running on Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength. Using infrastructure templates, Verizon and AWS seamlessly extended the capabilities of these providers to the edge to automate the complexity of edge networking, core compute, and the software itself. Couchbase empowers developers to build, deploy and run their most mission-critical applications by providing a high-performance, flexible and scalable modern database that runs across the data center and any cloud. By working with Couchbase, Verizon and AWS are enabling native data storage and processing at the network edge at high performance and scale. Confluent’s data in motion platform enables enterprises to connect and process real-time data across multi-cloud and hybrid environments to power new IoT analytics and applications. “Using Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength and Confluent, our joint customers are able to build real-time IoT connections with ultra-low latency. This allows organizations to intelligently respond to events happening essentially in real-time as they deploy more 5G-enabled devices across their organizations to power next-generation digital experiences and business processes,” said Gerry Fierling, Sr. Director, Global AWS Alliance, Confluent. To easily integrate the entire 5G Edge footprint into mobile applications, Verizon also offers developers the 5G Edge Discovery Service that seamlessly discovers the optimal mobile edge compute location for any Verizon mobile client. The Edge Discovery Service, alongside a broader suite of APIs, is available on the 5G Edge developer portal. “Through our continued collaboration with AWS, we’re helping developers and businesses in every industry create truly transformational applications for use cases such as immersive VR gaming, video distribution, and connected and autonomous vehicles,By expanding our 5G Edge locations across the U.S., we’re enabling developers to quickly and easily build apps and services that take advantage of the low latency, massive bandwidth and strong reliability of 5G and edge computing.” Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business “Customers that want to build ultra-low latency applications need access to compute, storage, and advanced cloud services at the edge of the 5G network. They tell us that broad coverage is very important to ensure consistent application experiences, wherever their end-users may be,” said George Elissaios, general manager of AWS Wavelength and Director of Product Management, AWS. “With the continued and rapid expansion of AWS Wavelength Zones across the US and around the world, we are delivering on that, while also broadening access to advanced 5G and edge capabilities to every AWS customer, small or large. We’re excited to see the innovation that customers like Easy Aerial and Fermata Energy bring with novel applications that transform consumers’ experiences by leveraging AWS Wavelength on Verizon 5G Edge.” Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength is currently available in 17 locations including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, Phoenix, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Washington DC. Verizon Communications Inc. was formed on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology and communications services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $128.3 billion in 2020. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.

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Huawei is launching a full 5G solution series for "1+N" target networks

prnewswire | November 16, 2020

At the 2020 Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF), Mr. Yang Chaobin, President of Huawei Wireless Network Solution, divulged the future-arranged "1+N" 5G target organizations and delivered a full arrangement of 5G answers for building rearranged "1+N" 5G networks. "To grasp the moving toward brilliant decade of 5G, we have to develop our organizations towards 5G with full range and assemble one high-data transfer capacity rearranged target network that guarantees universal availability with on-request overlay of 'N' abilities," said Yang. 5G isn't just another age of versatile innovation, it likewise speaks to the formation of new business, environments, and openings. 5G includes more expanded administrations and separated necessities in contrast with 4G. The association of individuals requires an adjacent high-data transfer capacity organization to give a superior involvement with enormously diminished per-bit costs. The association of things likewise requires omnipresent inclusion to help the enormous network of IoT terminals. Industry associations, which are applied first in quite a while, require capacities, for example, adaptable high uplink, low idleness, and high-exactness situating to be sent on request. To meet these separated prerequisites, Huawei proposes "1+N" 5G target networks for full-range advancement toward 5G and building a pervasive high-limit establishment organization, with high-data transmission mid-groups as its center and other recurrence groups to accomplish separated advantages and on-request overlay of 'N' capacities. Manufacture One Foundation Network for Ubiquitous Connectivity Any undertaking starts with one stage. Client experience is the premise whereupon jumped 5G administrations are created. The expense per piece of 5G networks must be diminished to offer constant cross-age client experience. The mix of high-transmission capacity mid-groups and Massive MIMO (M-MIMO) is the way to building up a high-transfer speed organization to accomplish universal network. Scaled arrangement worldwide has indicated that TDD high-transfer speed M-MIMO has been exceptionally perceived over the business. TDD mid-band M-MIMO accomplishes co-inclusion at similar locales with 1.8 GHz and a negligible of a ten times improvement in client experience contrasted and that of 4G. The presentation of a similar equipment changes significantly with various calculations. As the foundation of M-MIMO execution, calculations extraordinarily influence the exhibition of business organizations. Huawei's spearheading calculations will empower administrators to fundamentally improve client experience and the cell limit of 5G networks. Huawei's versatile high goal (AHR) calculation will assist administrators with facilitating grow network limit in situations with high client thickness and solid impedance. The UL/DL decoupling arrangement improves the uplink inclusion of TDD mid-band. It improves M-MIMO inclusion by 6 dB to 7 dB in the uplink and by 2 dB to 3 dB in the downlink. At MBBF 2020, Huawei additionally delivered the multi-band UL/DL decoupling arrangement, which underpins the mix of 3.5 GHz/3.7 GHz and 1.8 GHz/2.1 GHz/700 MHz, 2.6 GHz and 1.8 GHz/700 MHz, 4.9 GHz and 2.3 GHz. In 2019, Huawei dispatched the business' first Blade AAU, which coordinates Sub-3 GHz and 32T32R M-MIMO to address the issue of amazingly restricted recieving wire spaces in certain business sectors, empowering disentangled sending of single-radio wire 5G M-MIMO. This year, Huawei delivered Blade AAU Pro, which underpins 64T64R M-MIMO and Sub-3 GHz full-band. The arrangement accompanies the special "straightforward" reception apparatus innovation which rearranges organization and subsequently decreases costs. For business sectors in which high-transfer speed TDD is difficult to find or the limit load is weighty, Huawei dispatched the business' first FDD M-MIMO, which generously improves cell ability to three to multiple times that of 4T4R organizations. The imaginative metamaterial dipole plan and tiny without pim channel innovation empower FDD M-MIMO to have a plentifulness width of under 500 mm and designing details comparable to TDD M-MIMO. "Huawei's wide array of mid-band M-MIMO solutions and advanced software algorithms can help operators build a mid-band high-bandwidth foundation network for ubiquitous connectivity that delivers optimal user experience," Yang added. How "N" Capabilities Simplify Deployment and Offer Key Benefits While running basic services on high-bandwidth mid-band network bands, operators can also develop differentiated advantages by using other spectrums, such as those assigned for FDD or Super Uplink. But this poses challenges such as fragmented spectrums, diversified channels and sectors, and varying spectrum lifecycles. "To innovate 'N' capabilities, we need to simplify deployment while maintaining diversity and order," said Yang. At MBBF 2020, Huawei released its highly integrated Blade Pro portfolio for FDD applications. This portfolio includes the industry-acclaimed ultra-wideband RRU, which slashes the number of required devices by two thirds by integrating three low or three intermediate FDD bands into one box, greatly simplifying deployment. It also supports dynamic power sharing on multiple bands, making this RRU extremely energy efficient. The Blade Pro flexible channel solution, powered by the industry's first digital software-defined antenna (SDA) and 8T8R RRU, is perfect for various scenarios due to its exceptional flexibility. It supports multi-TX, multi-sector coverage to deliver large capacity and 2 x 4T4R or 4 x 2T2R on one module to cover traffic lines or serve tubular tower sites. Pole sites can close coverage gaps, offload traffic, and enhance the uplink in cases where macro base stations can provide only basic, incomplete coverage. Huawei also launched a series of simplified solutions to supplement 5G coverage. Easy Macro 3.0 is the industry's first application that carries FDD 4T4R and TDD 8T8R in one box, and it also supports simplified deployment of UL/DL decoupling. Book RRU 3.0 realizes both TDD and FDD 4T4R. For indoor coverage, the LampSite EE suite provides B2B capabilities, such as D-MIMO, Super Uplink, and high-precision positioning, to accommodate differentiated services in varying scenarios. "1+N" to Autonomous Driving Network Efficient O&M is a huge challenge in building "1+N" target networks. 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The 5G WTTx suite provides reliable service provisioning check, precise network capacity warning and capacity expansion guidance as well as network evaluation and line management, greatly improving the O&M efficiency of 5G WTTx services. PowerStar, with the help of AI, implements intelligent carrier management based on traffic, reverse mobility load balancing (MLB) energy saving based on energy efficiency, and hierarchical energy saving based on key performance indicators (KPIs). It greatly reduces network energy consumption through coordinated energy saving between multiple frequency bands and radio access technologies. Test results on commercial live networks reveal that PowerStar brings "1+N" energy efficiency and optimal user experience, reducing energy consumption by 15% and increasing network traffic by 10%. 5G promises a bright future. The mobile industry needs to build more powerful networks and create opportunities in the coming golden decade of 5G. Huawei is ready with "1+N" simplified 5G networks and a complete range of solutions. About Huawei Founded in 1987, Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. We have more than 194,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions, serving more than three billion people around the world. Our vision and mission is to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. To this end, we will drive ubiquitous connectivity and promote equal access to networks; bring cloud and artificial intelligence to all four corners of the earth to provide superior computing power where you need it, when you need it; build digital platforms to help all industries and organizations become more agile, efficient, and dynamic; redefine user experience with AI, making it more personalized for people in all aspects of their life, whether they're at home, in the office, or on the go.

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oXya, a Hitachi Group company, has earned the SAP on Microsoft Azure Advanced Specialization

oXya | February 11, 2022

oXya, a Hitachi Group company, today announced it has earned the SAP on Microsoft Azure advanced specialization. As a Microsoft Partner, oXya has demonstrated its deep knowledge, extensive experience and proven success at implementing SAP solutions on Azure. As mainstream support for the SAP ECC platform ends in 2027, and as core SAP products are being optimized for the SAP HANA database, many enterprises are looking for a partner with advanced skills to migrate and modernize their existing SAP environment in the cloud. "We are very pleased to have earned the SAP on Microsoft Azure advanced specialization. This advanced specialization is a recognition of our SAP expertise and commitment in managing and migrating customers on Microsoft Azure successfully. It was certified by a third-party external audit firm that confirmed that all our processes meet Microsoft Azure's very high standards. Since its foundation, oXya's mission has been to help organizations increase their efficiency and flexibility by providing SAP customers with a range of technical services, managed services, and cloud solutions. Our customers, who give us a 99% satisfaction rating, consider that oXya gives them more agility to adapt to market changes" said Geert Vandendorpe, CEO, oXya. "Beyond agility and flexibility, Microsoft Azure offers significant value for its SAP customers by integrating enterprise IT systems, including Microsoft Office 365 and Active Directory, For these reasons, more and more companies make the choice of Azure to embrace their vision to the future. At oXya, we have migrated multiple customers, from industries such as manufacturing, retail, water and waste management, services, and more." Matthieu Petitprez, Deputy Chief Technology Officer at oXya Rodney Clark, Corporate Vice President, Global Partner Solutions, Channel Sales and Channel Chief at Microsoft added, "The SAP on Microsoft Azure advanced specialization highlights the partners who can be viewed as most capable when it comes to migrating enterprise SAP applications over to Azure. oXya clearly demonstrated that they have both the skills and the experience to offer clients a comprehensive and professional SAP to cloud managed service."   About oXya oXya, a Hitachi Group Company, is a global leader in technical services, managed services, and cloud solutions for SAP clients. oXya designs, migrates and runs mission-critical SAP infrastructure and support operations for hundreds of global enterprises and midsize organizations. Whether customers' SAP and IT systems run on a private, public, or hybrid cloud, oXya experts manage their SAP systems and orchestrate the different clouds and their capabilities to deliver the best SLA/price ratio for the customer. oXya customers enjoy a unique support model, which includes all-inclusive pricing. Along with the commitment and expertise of oXya's consultants, these features lead to an astounding 99% of oXya customers being fully satisfied with oXya services.

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