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VMware Smart Assurance Gets Wize - SDxCentral


LOS ANGELES – VMware is integrating Cellwize's automation and orchestration technology into its Smart Assurance Suite to provide network operators with a full-loop view into their operations. Gabriele Di Piazza, VP of VMware's Telco Products and Solutions business, said the Cellwize integration allows for deeper monitoring and network management. This includes end-to-end visibility of the radio access network (RAN) topology along with the virtual and physical elements of the network; an automated root cause analysis that uses machine learning and impact correlation to provide more control over the network; and the use of self-optimization and self-healing to optimize the RAN and core network power management. "We can now improve this process and correlate this information with all the other parts of the network," Di Piazza told SDxCentral during this week's MWC Los Angeles 2019 event. The integration will build on Smart Assurance Suite's existing capabilities.

VMware using Carbon Black to secure the distributed workforce


Realising the future of work has shifted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, VMware is looking to centralise the security controls its customers now need, saying legacy networking and security approaches lack the automation, cloud scale, and intrinsic security needed to connect and protect apps, data, and users that are globally distributed. This idea, vice president of VMware's advanced technology group Chris Wolf said, is key to the company's new VMware Future-Ready Workforce solutions. He labelled them as providing "exceptional workforce experiences", end-to-end zero trust security controls, and simplified management. "The Future-Ready Workforce solutions combine industry-leading Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), Digital Workspace, and endpoint security capabilities to help IT manage and optimise secure access to any app, on any cloud, from any device while providing a simple, high performant, and a safer user experience for the distributed workforce," he told ZDNet. The VMware SASE platform, the company explains, is a cloud-first offering that "delivers application quality assurance, intrinsic security, and operational simplicity, and is ideal for organisations that are supporting a work from anywhere workforce".

Micron doubles capacity of NVDIMM memory


At the SC17 show, Micron Technology has announced new 32GB NVDIMM-N modules that double the capacity offered by existing NVDIMMs. Must read: Is your iPhone's battery life terrible on iOS11.1? NVDIMM-N modules combine standard DDR4 RDIMM memory with flash storage, which not only improves performance but also allows data to be recovered when the system is rebooted in the event of power failure. The new Micron module - listed as MTA36ASS4G72XF1Z - 32GB - features 32GB (4 Gig x 72) of DDR4 RDIMM and 64GB SLC Flash, and is quoted as having a bandwidth of 23.47 GB/s and a data rate of 2933 MT/s. "As data sets get larger and larger, data access becomes increasingly critical to application performance," said Tom Eby, senior vice president for Micron's Compute and Networking Business Unit.

VMware Acquires Threat Detection and Response Firm E8 Security


VMware announced this week that it has acquired threat detection and response company E8 Security, whose technology will be used to improve the Workspace ONE digital workspace platform. This is the third acquisition made by VMware in less than two months. California-based E8 Security emerged from stealth mode in March 2015 and it has raised a total of nearly $22 million – more than $23 million if you count seed funding. E8 Security has developed a platform that helps organizations detect malicious activity by monitoring user and device behavior. The product also improves incident response by providing the data needed to analyze threats.

VMware launches Boxer, a mobile mail app for AirWatch and Workspace ONE customers


EMC-owned VMware is rolling out a new mobile mail, calendar, and contacts app for VMware AirWatch and Workspace ONE customers. Dubbed VMware Boxer, the app is touted to have enterprise-level security features packaged in a consumer-grade user experience. Most of the technology powering the app stems from VMware's acquisition of Austin-based email startup Boxer last October. When VMware bought Boxer, the goal was to merge the startup with AirWatch to bolster VMware's suite of enterprise mobility management services revolving around secure access to email, content and apps. VMware was drawn to Boxer by its personal information management (PIM) product for iOS and Android devices, which uses a container approach to app management and security.