Before workers in the US headed off to a three-day weekend full of barbecues, beach parties and relaxation, service providers and members of the virtualization ecosystem busied themselves with security product launches, new insight into the explosive future of mobile video, worrisome data about cyber security vulnerabilities and service provider initiatives from China to Belgium.
So before you lather on the sunscreen and crack open a cold one, catch up on news you may have missed in this week's Virtual Newsbites.
Fortinet this week launched the FortiAP-U series of universal wireless access points (AP), that completely integrate with the Fortinet Security Fabric. The FortiAP-U series devices provide unified protections for the network edge via security functions and application controls, according to Fortinet Inc. Integration with Fortinet Security Fabric gives service providers and enterprises network segmentation capabilities, providing protection against threats targeting Internet of Things (IoT) and endpoint devices before they access internal data, the security firm says.
Four in ten files tested by Infoblox Inc. demonstrate evidence of DNS tunneling, a security threat that often indicates active malware or ongoing data exfiltration with a network, according to the "Infoblox Security Assessment Report" for the second quarter of 2016. During this period, Infoblox uploaded 559 anonymized, aggregated files from 248 customers; 66% of the files showed evidence of suspicious DNS activity. Digging deeper, 48% of files showed protocol anomalies, 35% included botnets and 14% evidenced distributed denial of service (DDoS) traffic, according to Infoblox.
Ongoing Battle in Cyber Space
Leading security vendors offer integrated solutions to combat the ongoing onslaught of cyber attacks in virtual and mobile environments, and traditional desktops and data centers.
Jiangsu Telecom, a regional branch of China Telecom Corp. Ltd. (NYSE: CHA), and Nokia plan to deploy a commercial carrier WAN-SDN project in several data centers across China, according to Nokia. Jiangsu wants to increase its network flexibility, cut overhead costs, meet growing demand and support more use scenarios, says Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK). To accomplish this, it will deploy Nokia's Networks Services Platform (NSP) to program its core network router, the Nokia 7950 XRS. NSP leverages OpenFlow and other standard protocols to adjust and optimize network traffic, the vendor adds.
Telenet selected ZTE as the official vendor for its national UniRan radio access network in Belgium, choosing ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) to modernize and enhance the UniRan network. ZTE is replacing 2G base stations and optimizing indoor and outdoor 3G, 4G and 4G+ coverage, increasing Telenet's network capacity, according to ZTE. Telenet plans to operate its own mobile network and manage its upgrade infrastructure, part of its move to establish itself as a converged operator via its investment of more than 300 million euros. The ZTE UniRan upgrade is expected to be completed by Spring 2018, ZTE says.
Orange Business Services' digital mine technology is helping mining companies expand into remote regions, automate operations and enhance safety protocols for employees. Zapadnaya Gold Mining, for example, uses terrestrial and satellite network services from Orange Business Services for unified communications and video conferencing between headquarters and mining sites in far-flung parts of Siberia and the far east of Russia, including six regions connected entirely via satellite because of their remoteness. "Video surveillance, IP sensors, Wi-Fi connectivity and unified communications all contribute to increased production, reduced safety-related issues and reduced operation costs," says Orange in a blog.
Bringing Safety to the Surface
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R&R Managed Telecom Services chose Sonus Networks' SBC 7000 as the platform for its new hosted services, according to Sonus. R&R will offer SBC services to carriers over its cloud network using SIP connectivity and leveraging advanced analytics to ensure quality of service. Future plans for R&R include integrating virtualized SBC technology, Sonus Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: SONS) says.
Gigamon Systems LLC on Aug. 29 announced general availability and certification of its GigaVUE-VM integration with VMware NSX which automates traffic visibility for software-defined data centers (SDDC). GigaVUE-VM is part of Gigamon's GigaSECURE Security Delivery Platform, and uses VMware NSX Dynamic Service Insertion and NetX API integration; the platform is designed to allow organizations to configure and automate the capture of virtual network traffic and delivery to network and security tools, according to the vendor.
Verizon Communications' Fran Shammo plans to retire at year-end, after 27 years at the company, including his most recent role as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Effective Nov. 1, Shammo will step down from his current roles. At that time, the board's replacement, Matt Ellis, will take over those roles, according to Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) Ellis currently is Senior Vice President and CFO, Operations Finance, where he gives financial support to Verizon's wireless and wireline business units. Shammo, 55, began his Verizon career when he joined Bell Atlantic Mobile in 1989.