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Napatech Delivers Industry-Leading Data Center Capacity and Monitoring for 5G Packet Core Infrastructure

Napatech | February 19, 2022

Napatech the leading provider of programmable Smart Network Interface Cards (SmartNICs) used in telecom, cloud, enterprise, cybersecurity and financial applications worldwide, today announced the integration of 5G User Plane Function (UPF) offload within its Link-Inline™ software suite. This will enable communications service providers (CSPs) to maximize the number of users supported in an edge or core data center.

Unlike in most 4G networks based on purpose-built appliances, the 5G packet core is implemented as virtualized or cloud-native software running on servers located within edge and core data centers. As CSPs worldwide scale up the deployments of their 5G networks, they face strong financial pressure to maximize the number of users that can be supported on each server, whether individual subscribers or IoT devices, thereby minimizing the net cost-per-user.
Within 5G packet core software, the subsystem that represents the highest compute workload is the User Plane Function (UPF), which performs critical packet inspection, routing and forwarding functions associated with connecting user and device traffic from the Radio Access Network (RAN) to the Data Network (DN). General-purpose server CPUs aren't well suited to the performance and latency requirements of real-time packet processing, so CSPs and 5G core software vendors typically adopt solutions for offloading the UPF to accelerator cards that are optimized for executing such workloads.

Napatech addresses the key business challenges around packet core deployments through its new, integrated hardware/software solution that delivers industry-leading UPF performance. The solution comprises a fully offloaded UPF fast path implemented within the Link-Inline™ software stack, running on programmable PCI-Express (PCIe) SmartNICs available in configurations that support a total bandwidth of either 100Gbps (NT100 card) or 200Gbps (NT200 card). The UPF data path is implemented as a port-to-port inline or "hairpinned" architecture, which ensures that following initial setup all flows are processed on the SmartNIC with no need to pass traffic to and from the server CPU, maximizing the overall performance of the system.

Using a single 200Gbps NT200 SmartNIC to sustain 100Gbps of full duplex traffic, the Napatech UPF Offload solution processes up to 100 million concurrent flows, with a flow learning rate greater than 1.5 million flows per second. This results in a total throughput of up to 85 million packets per second on stateful connections and ensures full wire speed operation for typical packet sizes. In a representative use case analyzed by the company, the Napatech UPF offload solution enables CSPs to support seven times more users per server than with competing solutions.

"Napatech's UPF offload solution supports industry-standard Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) such as DPDK RTE_FLOWS, ensuring a straightforward integration with existing 5G core software, Similarly, full support for Kubernetes container orchestration ensures that the solution can be deployed within a standard cloud-native environment."

 Charlie Ashton, senior director of business development, Napatech

As an additional benefit for CSPs, Napatech's UPF offload solution enables them to improve the efficiency of their network monitoring systems. In a typical 5G network, multiple packet core instances are deployed at physical locations ranging from edge nodes to on-premise clouds to metro Points of Presence (PoPs) to telco data centers. CSPs, however, need a holistic, real-time view of network traffic trends to ensure Quality of Service (QoS) and proactively identify actual or potential problems.

Napatech addresses this monitoring challenge by implementing high-performance traffic mirroring and tunneling functions within the Link-Inline software running on its SmartNICs. Both "N3" (RAN to Core) and "N6" (Core to Data Network) traffic can be tunneled over a mirror feed and forwarded to a centralized monitoring system located at the Network Operations Center (NOC). This enables CSPs to implement an efficient, cost-effective network monitoring system that's centralized, rather than being forced to replicate individual monitoring appliances at many remote locations. It also ensures a cost-effective solution for implementing Lawful Intercept (LI) functions with zero packet loss.

"Napatech is addressing a critical industry challenge with its 5G UPF offload solution," said Roy Chua, founder and principal, AvidThink. "As deployments of both public and private 5G networks proliferate, CSPs are under increasing pressure to maximize the profitability of their services. Napatech's solution can enable them to maximize the efficiency of their packet core servers and network monitoring systems, contributing significantly to improving the ROI for their 5G infrastructure."


About Napatech
Napatech is the leading supplier of programmable FPGA-based SmartNIC solutions used in telecom, cloud, enterprise, cybersecurity and financial applications worldwide. Through commercial-grade software suites integrated with robust, high-performance hardware, Napatech accelerates telecom, networking and security workloads to deliver best-in-class system-level performance while maximizing the availability of server compute resources for running applications and services. Additional information is available at www.napatech.com.

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Effectual Achieves Inaugural HashiCorp Infrastructure Competency

Effectual | November 09, 2022

Effectual, a modern, cloud first managed and professional services company, has been awarded the HashiCorp Infrastructure Competency as part of the newly released Partner Technical Competency Program for Systems Integrators. Effectual is one of only six companies globally to be recognized with the HashiCorp Infrastructure Competency as part of the program's launch. As a leader in multi-cloud infrastructure automation software, HashiCorp's software suite enables organizations to adopt consistent workflows and create a system of record for automating the cloud: infrastructure provisioning, security, networking, and application deployment. The new competency program gives partners with the HashiCorp Systems Integrator designation the opportunity to be recognized for their ability to deliver and integrate HashiCorp products and solutions into end customers' initiatives. Competencies are only awarded after a successful audit that assesses a range of requirements, including the number of technical staff certified on HashiCorp products and proven customer success with HashiCorp products in deployment. HashiCorp's endorsement gives customers confidence in Effectual's ability to guide, advise, assist, and execute alongside them, bringing the required experience and expertise to succeed with the advantages of HashiCorp's portfolio of automation tools. "Effectual enables customers to accelerate automation and innovation utilizing HashiCorp Terraform, Vault, and the recently released HCP Boundary. "Together we help customers drive positive business outcomes and realize greater agility, security controls, and increased operational efficiency." Robb Allen, Effectual CEO As an elite pure-play AWS services provider, Effectual is a validated AWS MSP Partner holding six AWS competencies. Effectual prides itself on bringing deep cloud and modernization experience to all customer engagements. Complementing this deep partnership with AWS, the cloud first MSP has embraced and invested in its partnership with HashiCorp. This strategic combination of industry expertise ensures that customers have the confidence to migrate and establish a strong modern foundation on which to build and deploy next-generation applications, services, and operations. About Effectual An AWS Premier Consulting Partner, Effectual is a modern, cloud first managed and professional services company that works with commercial enterprises and the public sector to enable digital transformation and full stack IT modernization. Effectual's deeply experienced and passionate team of problem solvers apply proven methodologies to enable positive business outcomes with Amazon Web Services and VMware Cloud on AWS. Effectual is a member of the Cloud Security Alliance, and the PCI Security Standards Council.

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HUAWEI CONNECT 2022 in Dubai: Innovative Infrastructure Drives Industrial Digital Transformation

Huawei | October 13, 2022

HUAWEI CONNECT Dubai was held in the United Arab Emirates, with more than 3,000 industry stakeholders coming together to discuss around the theme of "Innovative Infrastructure to Unleash Digital". Representatives from Egypt's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Nigeria's Galaxy Backbone Limited, Huawei, and other organizations shared their latest digitalization practices, exploring new paths to industrial digital transformation. Ken Hu, Huawei's Rotating Chairman, delivered a keynote outlining three ways the ICT ecosystem can help break through common barriers in digital transformation: Boost digital infrastructure, including more robust connectivity and stronger, more diverse computing resources. Help organizations go beyond simple cloud adoption and truly make the most of cloud, focusing on advanced technology services that drive leapfrog development. Build out local digital ecosystems including partner development, strengthening the digital talent pool, and providing more support for SMEs. Steven Yi, President of Huawei Middle East & Africa Area, gave the opening remark that expressed gratitude to customers and partners for their ongoing trust, and reaffirmed Huawei's commitment to contributing to local development. He also talked about three key initiatives of Huawei and its customers and partners to unleash digital productivity. Together, they work to build a solid digital foundation for all and reinforce local digital ecosystems to support the future of digital nations. Innovative, scenario-based technologies enhance digital infrastructure to unleash digital productivity Bob Chen, Vice President of Huawei Enterprise BG, discussed how multi-tech synergy is critical for finding the right technology for the right scenario. He explained in his keynote speech "Innovative Digital Infrastructure Accelerates Digital Transformation" that "Data is at the core of digital transformation, and data ingestion, transmission, storage, and analysis are key steps. Huawei provides full-stack products and product portfolios to support end-to-end data processing, accelerating customers' digital transformation." In terms of data connectivity, Huawei unveiled NetEngine AR5710, a hyper-converged gateway that is ideal for small and midsize branches, and NetEngine 8000 F8, an ultra-compact universal-service aggregation router. These all-new products are helping lay a solid data foundation to further unleash digital productivity. In terms of data transmission, Huawei has been exploring how to apply the fifth generation fixed network (F5G) evolution across various industries. In addition, Huawei and a Dubai customer jointly launched a digital pipeline corridor inspection solution based on the optical fiber sensing technology, enabling automatic pipeline corridor inspection. Regarding data storage, Huawei and Commvault, a data management software company, jointly launched a data protection solution that provides enterprise customers with secure and reliable data protection from end to end. This helps create a reliable and efficient storage foundation, allowing enterprises to maximize the value of data. Joy Huang, President of Huawei Cloud Strategy & Industry Development, pointed out that Huawei's approach to digital transformation has three pillars: greener infrastructure, ongoing innovation, and shared experience. Huawei Cloud aims to be the best digitalization partner for customers, and is working with partners and customers to unleash digital with Everything as a Service. Innovative infrastructure is being deployed in industries to drive industrial digitalization At the event, customers from various industries in the Middle East and Africa also shared their best practices with Huawei in digital transformation. Dr. Hesham Farouk Ali, Egypt's Assistant Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, said that ICT would make education more people-centric and accelerate the transformation of both teaching and learning methods. Huawei's expertise in education and research networks, cloud, and AI is providing key support and laying groundwork for the digitalization of higher education in Egypt. Baffajo Beita, CIO of Galaxy Backbone Limited, stated that Galaxy and Huawei have been innovating together to help Nigeria build a unified e-government cloud network, accelerating the government's digitalization and boosting the country's digital economy. 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Together with KDDI and Oracle, Nexar Unveils AI Application that uses Crowd-Sourced Vision Data to Find Available Street Parking in Tokyo

Nexar | September 14, 2022

Nexar, the leading computer vision AI company, released a video demonstrating the first ever AI-powered parking space-finder app. Demonstrated with Oracle & KDDIs' mobile and edge infrastructure, the app reviews dash cam footage to detect on-street free curb space in Tokyo's busy streets using edge compute environments. Nexar, KDDI and Oracle are part of the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium (AECC), which works to create the computing and connectivity infrastructure for connected cars of the future. Nexar's app can dynamically and safely scale the sharing of transient conditions in near real-time. This demonstration comes on the heels of a similar real-time on-street parking app pilot in New York City, where thousands of Nexar's popular dash cams were driven around the city, capturing 220 million miles of driving each month and spotting empty parking spaces in real-time. Locations and photos are shared instantly to Nexar's app, so that a circling driver can quickly grab the empty space. Using the power of AI and the distributed edge architecture, Nexar solves the issue of latency, and compute and connectivity costs by consolidating and verifying multiple vehicles at the network edge. Nexar's goal is to solve the geolocation class of problems: HDMap fresh change collection, intelligent driving hazards, provide blockages and convenience alerts, and create traffic scheduling cruise assist, using edge compute environment and resources. This way, Nexar can spot and map empty parking spaces "seen" by these dash cams as they drive through the city, sharing them through push notifications to other drivers to the free parking spot. Tokyo's AECC pilot is a breakthrough in proving the viability of such applications for the future of 5G networks, using in-car camera SDKs to compute the Uber H3 spatial index, which is used to distribute data across multiple edge clouds including Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). The pilot also uses AECC aggregation and consolidation on the network edge. This PoC proves the feasibility of cost-effective scale and elasticity of automotive edge services that will drive different use cases leveraging the powerful 5G and edge compute industry trends. In addition, Toyota, DENSO, NTT, Ericsson and Intel are charter AECC members. The parking-finder app used the AECC's distributed edge architecture, deployed on KDDI and OCI, and using the standards that Nexar, Cisco and UPC have been developing in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Running on OCI, the app relies on fast, flexible, and affordable compute capacity through OCI Compute and Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes to run live data points for the AI algorithm. "We are honored to be a part of this state of the art PoC demonstration with Nexar and Oracle in order to envision very advanced business use cases and their technical solutions developed by AECC. "Such business use cases and edge/cloud computing technologies in the mobility domain are one of the most significant KDDI's strategies over 5G mobile networks. For that purpose, we are actively working for AECC as a member company as well as a chair of the PoC committee, and making every effort to contribute to a smart society in near future." Dr. Tomohiro Otani, General Manager of KDDI Corporation "Smart mobility services allow drivers to find available street parking efficiently and fast," said Toshimitsu Misawa, member of the board, CEO and president of Oracle Corporation Japan. "These services collect a very large amount of data which need to be processed near real-time. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is designed to run nearly all applications more securely with enhanced data processing capabilities to increase speed and accuracy. We are glad to collaborate with Nexar and KDDI to continue to make advances in automotive edge services. "In the near future, all vehicles will come equipped with dash cams, but the issue of how to upload the collected data without crashing the infrastructure will remain," said Bruno Fernandez Ruiz, CTO and co-founder of Nexar. "Partnering with AECC, KDDI and Oracle, we've discovered how to share this data scalably and economically in order to produce a collective value, enabling new applications such as parking detection. To deliver on the vision of real-time parking data, automakers will need to learn how to share data rather than assume that a siloed approach can succeed. With the AECC, KDDI and Oracle, we have accomplished just that." About Nexar Nexar turns cars into vision-sensors to understand the world. Its platform powers car vision connected services and apps, at scale, making new vision-based applications for better driving, powered by a crowd-sourced vision feed. Using anonymous, aggregated data captured from this network, Nexar has developed a portfolio of vision-based data services for public and private sector partners to make roadways safer and more efficient. Nexar's platform is already deployed across hundreds of thousands of cars, detecting parking spots, managing city safety and more.

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Nutanix Accelerates Kubernetes Adoption in the Enterprise

Nutanix | October 27, 2022

Nutanix , a leader in hybrid multicloud computing, today announced new features in its Cloud Platform to accelerate the adoption of Kubernetes running both at scale and cost-effectively. The company announced broad support for leading Kubernetes container platforms, built-in infrastructure as code capabilities, and enhanced data services for modern applications. These new features allow DevOps teams to accelerate application delivery with the performance, governance, and flexibility of the Nutanix Cloud Platform while allowing customers to maintain control of their IT operating costs. “Kubernetes deployments are inherently dynamic and challenging to manage at scale. “Running Kubernetes container platforms cost-effectively at large scale requires developer-ready infrastructure that seamlessly adapts to changing requirements. Our expertise in simplifying infrastructure management while optimizing resources—both on-premises and in the public cloud—is now being applied to help enterprises adopt Kubernetes more quickly. The Nutanix Cloud Platform now supports a broad choice of Kubernetes container platforms, provides integrated data services for modern applications, and enables developers to provision Infrastructure as Code.” Thomas Cornely, SVP, Product Management, Nutanix According to Gartner, by 2027, 25% of all enterprise applications will run in containers, an increase from fewer than 10% in 20211. This is a significant challenge for many given most Kubernetes solutions are not meant to support enterprise scale, even less can do so in a manner that is cost effective. The Nutanix Cloud Platform enables enterprises to run Kubernetes in a software-defined infrastructure environment that can linearly scale. Additionally, whether running Kubernetes on-premises or in the public cloud, Nutanix delivers a cost-effective solution that can help lower total cost of ownership by up to 53% when compared to other native cloud deployment solutions. New capabilities, including broad support for leading Kubernetes container platforms, built-in infrastructure as code capabilities, and enhanced data services, make Nutanix an even stronger proposition for enterprises looking to deploy Kubernetes at scale. Specifically, new enhancements include: Broad Kubernetes Ecosystem: The Nutanix Cloud Platform, with the built-in AHV hypervisor, now supports most leading Kubernetes container platforms with the addition of Amazon EKS-A. This builds on a large ecosystem including Red Hat OpenShift, SUSE Rancher, as well as Google Anthos, and Microsoft Azure Arc for edge deployments, along with the native Nutanix Kubernetes, Nutanix Kubernetes Engine (NKE). 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