Keeping up with today's new technologies and the slew of products and services introduced to support them is a daunting task. Here is a brief list of some networking and infrastructure news of the week to help you navigate the choices.
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Red Hat launched new data resilience capabilities for cloud-native workloads with the release of Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage 4.6. This new offering from Red Hat Data Services lets users extend their existing data protection platforms and infrastructure to enhance data resilience for cloud-native workloads across hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Integrated with Red Hat OpenShift, the provider’s enterprise Kubernetes platform, Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage 4.6 offers enhanced data resilience features, including snapshot functionality orchestrated by the Container Storage Interface (CSI) and OpenShift APIs for Data Protection to restore data and applications that run in container pods. The solution also offers broad support from an ecosystem of leading backup vendor solutions, such as IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, which provides data resilience for containerized applications running in Red Hat OpenShift and Kubernetes; TrilioVault for Kubernetes; and Kasten K10 by Veeam.
SUSE released Longhorn 1.1, which has been a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Sandbox project since October 2019. The solution became generally available in June 2020. With this latest release, Rancher container management platform users can now leverage a Kubernetes-native storage solution in low-powered hardware at the edge. Specifically, Longhorn 1.1 allows DevOps teams to easily manage persistent data volumes in any Kubernetes environment while bringing an enterprise-grade but vendor-neutral approach to cloud-native storage. With this latest update, Rancher users can build additional resilience into their edge environments with ARM64 support, new self-healing capabilities, and increased performance visibility provided by Longhorn 1.1.
Veritas Technologies announced the launch of Veritas NetBackup 9. NetBackup 9 delivers new features to provide additional choices for deployment across the edge, core, and cloud while increasing operational simplicity. With NetBackup 9, Veritas adds Flex Scale, offering customers a scale-out deployment option based on Veritas’ validated reference design. This new architecture provides a hyperconverged approach to data protection that delivers cloud-like simplicity and scalability in an on-premises data center. With NetBackup Flex Scale, businesses no longer need to forecast capacity needs and provision in anticipation of future growth. Instead, they can simply add more nodes as required. In other Veritas news, the company announced it had acquired HubsStor to extends cloud capabilities across its platform to expand enterprise SaaS data protection in the cloud.
Lucidum announced the commercial availability of its IT asset discovery platform that eliminates blind spots across cloud, security, and IT operations. The Lucidum Community License is available as a free, self-configured download and provides enterprises with an always-on, centralized, and continuously updated inventory of their AWS investments. Once configured, the platform automatically ingests data from 13 AWS services, including compute, storage, and database services. Within hours, Lucidum provides visibility and context into all known, and unknown AWS assets purchased, if they are properly configured, who is using them, if they have appropriate security controls in place and if a company is overpaying for AWS services.
HAProxy Technologies announced the HAProxy Kubernetes Ingress Controller 1.5, which allows applications running in a Kubernetes cluster to find and communicate with each other, and the outside world through the Service abstraction. The solution also offers basic authentication and service mutual TLS authentication. It also offers config snippets support. With that, instead of editing HAProxy’s configuration file, haproxy.cfg, by hand, a user can simply add annotations to Kubernetes Ingress, Service, or ConfigMap files and apply them with kubectl.
Sardina Systems announced free cloud migration to FishOS OpenStack and Kubernetes for enterprise vScaler users to deploy private clouds to FishOS. FishOS open-source solution comes standard with functionalities that enterprises require, including automation, auto-failover, disaster recovery, zero downtime upgrade, monitoring, integration, and coexistence with existing infrastructure. The FishOS architecture is flexible to scale up compute, storage, networking, and management to fit enterprise workload growth.
Qumulo announced expanded Cloud Q configurations available through the AWS Marketplace. The enhanced cloud file offering benefits customers in two ways. First, it lowers the cost of file data management for customers. Second, it increases the range of performance options for customers, which enables much more efficient AWS infrastructure utilization for a wider variety of unstructured file data workloads. Enterprise customers can use Qumulo’s more performant cloud-native file data platform to better serve the increasing performance demands of data-intensive, file-based workflows.
Dell Technologies, SK Telecom, and VMware announced they are collaborating to develop OneBox MEC, a single box approach that provides enterprises with an integrated, private 5G, and edge computing platform. OneBox MEC will bring new 5G and edge computing capabilities to enterprises. As a fully integrated solution, it will simplify deployment and operations and deliver reliable and predictable performance via secure connectivity. Solutions providers, network functions providers (RAN and Core), and system integrators will be able to use the OneBox MEC to improve latency, reliability, and security of IT systems and networks.
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