Solutions for networking lag in massive IoT devices

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Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering are taking on that task, proposing a system that would use currently underutilized resources in an existing wireless channel to create extra opportunities for lag-free connections. The process, which wouldn't require any additional hardware or wireless spectrum resources, could alleviate traffic backups on networks with many wireless connections, such as those found in smart warehouses and automated factories.

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Edge use cases need a 5G and beyond user plane

Article | August 10, 2022

Emerging virtual and hybrid private 5G solutions are enabling communication service providers (CSPs) to address a large number of new consumer and enterprise edge use cases. Each of these edge use cases will require a specific network deployment model and edge user plane connectivity. That’s why we’ve designed our 5G edge user plane to tackle five distinct key capabilities: support of flexible network deployments, 3GPP dual-mode support, integrated Gi LAN services, integrated probing with edge analytics and edge exposure enablement. Let’s dive into this blog post to learn how the powerful 5G edge user plane is unlocking new 5G edge use cases. How technological innovation creates value and benefits society has always interested me, influencing my work as a mobile network technologist and sales professional. Since mobile data was introduced in late 90s, both mobile network technology and mobile consumer use cases have evolved enormously. Indeed, a rapid increase in connectivity speed and the introduction of smartphones have pushed the market to adopt mobile web and video and create thousands of new applications. However, sometimes ‘killer use cases’ require both business case and application ecosystem maturity. One example is video conferencing, one of the key services 3G was designed for but was only introduced when the over-the-top (OTT) vendors disrupted the content provider market and popularized social media. Creation of mobile technology has indeed its own innovation cycles and research feeds and therefore can't depend on market pull, but you can draw the conclusion that the time to value greatly benefits when the broad business and technology ecosystem in the value chain collaborate and co-create solutions. Precisely, what’s really exciting about 5G is that it coincides with the maturity of other two disruptive technology enablers for end applications: artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud edge computing. It also comes at a moment when there’s both an urgent need and huge financial support to digitalize society and industry. In fact, more than ever, we are witnessing a close collaboration between technology and business ecosystems. Over the past few years, there have been a large number of public-private consortiums to feed service requirements into 5G standards, explore and validate the value of 5G technology. For example, just to name few, the 5G alliance for connected Industries and automation (5G-ACIA) or European 5G infrastructure Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects. For years, 3GPP standards have been preparing to define advanced 5G connectivity solutions for edge computing and vertical digitalization use cases. In addition, all sorts of consumer and enterprise edge applications are being developed at the same pace in many areas such advanced video processing, AI analytics, immersive gaming, smart grid applications, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) controls or industry automation. The edge ecosystem is particularly complex and involves different players. One key pillar is the wireless connectivity service CSPs offer. 5G-ACIA introduced the concept of virtual private and hybrid private 5G solutions, two emerging solutions that CSPs are exploring to complement their private 5G network offerings. Such solutions allow CSPs to leverage their existing public networks and offer new services in an agile and cost-effective manner using new 5G capabilities such as network slicing. In order to address edge use cases, virtual and hybrid private 5G solutions need to bring the user plane connectivity to the edge by deploying 5G edge user plane functions. The 5G edge user plane supports flexible network deployments One key learning from industry experimentation with 5G is that each use case brings a unique combination of connectivity requirements, in terms of end-to-end performance (uplink and downlink latency, jitter, packet loss and throughput), data privacy and security, robustness, wide vs local area coverage and mobility. Latency and security requirements drive the selection of the edge location, which can be the enterprise premise, CSP access or regional data center or even the extended public edge such as content delivery networks (CDN) content provider or a hyper cloud provider’s (HCP) edge data center. For example, a mobile gaming application can be located in the CSP regional data center or HCP edge, whereas video processing and AI for a factory automation application is located on the factory premise. Also edge distribution can be accounted by CSP for those use cases which produce significant amount of data such as fixed wireless access (FWA) to optimize backhaul costs. Ericsson has a vast experience supporting and driving the ecosystem to realize time critical communication use cases at scale and has conducted detailed latency analysis for different type of deployments. The RAN deployment needs to be carefully planned according to the specific use case performance characteristics. Some use cases can be achieved with existing macro RAN environment -4G or non-standalone 5G-, with macro RAN standalone 5G with or without dedicated quality of service (QoS) profiles or even may require network slicing to partition macro RAN. In contrast, some other use cases will need dedicated RAN deployments. In addition, most use cases will benefit from a dedicated edge user plane function, as it provides a higher level of performance and robustness. In summary, the concrete edge use cases to be offered and CSP’s own solution preferences drive the type of network solution and deployment, which can be a private 5G network, a virtual or a hybrid 5G private network using existing macro or dedicated RAN, with or without network slicing. The edge 5G user plane function should allow for such deployment flexibility and enable the different edge use cases characteristics. Ericsson Local Packet Gateway (LPG) addresses this by: Supporting any access technology, radio deployment model and RAN vendor Seamlessly integrating with Ericsson’s existing dual-mode 5G Core. which is prepared for slicing, efficient routing to edge (also called edge breakout) and advanced QOS and many other 5G edge features described in more detail in next section. Supporting a fast time to service, deployment simplicity and a very low footprint enabling deployment at scale in any type of edge location, up to on enterprise premises. See our previous LPG 5G edge user plane: key requirements for success for details. Providing a high level of robustness and failure resilience by means of a cloud native user plane application designed for high availability and fault resilience, support of geo-redundancy and support of 3GPP control plane and user plane split (CUPS) interface which can be deployed in full mesh with multiple control planes. User plane can also be deployed as a dedicated function within a slice to secure further characteristics and isolation or as a shared function for various slices. 5G edge user plane should enable transition from 4G to more sophisticated 5G connectivity Most of CSPs are embracing edge opportunities. They are viewing the opportunities as an evolution of their existing offerings rather than a revolution, meaning existing 4G enterprise use cases will still need to be supported for some time as the ecosystem matures to support time-critical communications type of use cases. This means 5G edge user plane should be dual-mode and support such a wide breadth of technology. 5G edge user plane should support both 3GPP compliant serving/packet gateway user function (S/PGW-U) and user plane function (UPF) and evolve with advanced UPF features for time-critical communications, such as more stringent end to end QoS and transmission robustness for ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC) or Ethernet connectivity for advanced edge industrial use cases. It should also support 5G peak rates and do not degrade use cases performance characteristics. It should also support dynamic edge routing solutions which are efficient, deployable by multipurpose terminals and mobility proof such as dynamic network slice selection which is preferrable to UPF as uplink classifier as starting solution until standardization evolves. 5G edge user plane should work in conjunction with the CSP’s dual-mode core system, which supports dynamic slicing orchestration, dynamic slice selection, ultra-reliable low latency communications and advanced 5G edge connectivity features such as different service continuity and user plane re-anchoring modes depending on mobility and application resilience needs. Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core with Local Packet Gateway provides such advanced 5G connectivity in a pre-verified manner. In fact, the Ericsson Local Packet Gateway Cloud Native Function (CNF) is based on the same software as the Ericsson Packet Core Gateway (PCG), the market leading cloud-native user plane, which is deployed in 5G live networks today. Such deployment flexibility in edge user plane allows CSP to offer distinct use cases. For example, CSPs can offer mobile gaming service by deploying a cloud virtual reality (VR) gaming center application in their regional data centers. Connectivity with guaranteed low latency QoS can be provided by a dedicated 5G network slice with the dedicated Ericsson Local Packet Gateway, deployed close to the gaming application and connected to the CSP’s existing central core network. The mobile gaming application can use a portable device such as VR glasses or use a multi-purpose smartphone or tablet that supports dynamic slice selection. CSP can reuse their existing public network and macro 5G RAN. As another example, CSP can offer 5G edge connectivity to factories or logistic centers for augmented reality (AR) quality inspection. The AR application is deployed on the factory premise and needs an ultra-reliable and low-latency QoS connection to process in real time all the factory images. This is provided by a dedicated Ericsson Local Packet Gateway with ultra-reliable low latency QoS and redundant configuration being deployed on premises. Edge use cases will require user plane services beyond 3GPP There is a set of non-standardized user plane functions deployed in today’s networks (also called GI/N6 LAN functions) for mobile broadband service that would be also relevant for edge use cases. These functions can be categorized as: Traffic acceleration and optimization of access resources e.g., transport layer optimizers or advanced video traffic shapers Network services e.g., carrier grade NAT devices or external load balancers Service aware traffic monitoring and enforcements needed to realize customized CSP charging data plans or comply with some country regulatory such as content filters Network security functions protecting CSP infrastructure and UEs of security attacks such as subscriber firewalls or distributed denial (DDoS) mitigation systems, and Service chain policers and forwarders to chain and offload these GI/N6 LAN functions. Those can be integrated with operator policy framework to compose and program a unique data pipeline which addresses the specific connectivity needs of a given subscriber and application in the context of a certain use case The current GI/N6 LAN market is very fragmented and addressed by many different vendor specific user plane functions. These functions are deployed as separate appliances or virtualized functions, each with their management system, policy integration and cloud orchestration system which significantly increases CSP’s total cost of ownership (TCO) when deploying and managing them. As CSPs start their edge journey they will need to bring some of these GI/N6 functions to the edge. A very simple and cost-efficient strategy to consolidate these functions in one single edge user plane function. This approach is being adopted by Ericsson Local Packet Gateway: it integrates these functions, including advanced integrated Packet Core Firewall, together with the UPF/S/PGW-U functions. This dramatically reduces the TCO and provides a single hop to the end application, which reduces further the latency. Ericsson Local Packet Gateway also allows to compose and tune the set user plane functions applied to a given traffic in one configuration click, which allows to customize the connectivity for each edge use case. Another consideration is that these GI/N6 functions were designed for legacy mobile broadband. This means they will need to evolve to support 5G peak user throughput rates and new 5G segment requirements, e.g., traffic optimizations should focus on optimizing the throughput of uplink transmissions and reducing the overall jitter and latency. Service aware charging models will evolve as 5G gets monetized, security for edge enterprise connectivity will keep evolving as well. Technological innovation in this space is a must for any edge user plane vendor and should be holistic considering the entire ecosystem and end-to-end solution behavior. As one example, edge user plane can leverage 3GPP exposure interfaces for application detection, use collaborative solutions with content providers or RAN to optimize traffic delivery or even adapt traffic optimizations to new end to end rate adaptation mechanisms such as low latency low loss scalable throughput (L4S). Ericsson, as an end-to-end network provider and key contributor to 5G standardization, is working actively in this space. Edge connectivity needs to be monitored and assured CSPs need to monitor, troubleshoot, and assure the edge user plane connectivity. In many cases the CSP organizations dealing with enterprises services have their own analytic and management systems. Those systems need to evolve to provide visibility of the 5G encrypted communication, up to on enterprise premise and without compromising 5G security and provide advanced insights to meet the stringent service level agreements of edge use cases. Example of user plane data feeds are traffic packet and patterns statistics, key performance indicators at transport level or service quality of experience estimates per application, area of interest, slice and subscriber type. CSP analytic use cases will also evolve, meaning network assurance and service experience management use cases will increasingly adopt AI/ML models with distinct and very demanding UP data sets running in parallel. External probing solutions were not designed for these requirements. The cost of evolving and deploying such solutions to thousands of edges is unaffordable. Ericsson Local Packet Gateway addresses this challenge by supporting integrated dual-mode probing capabilities which includes rich, granular data with pre-processed data and advanced data collection profiles avoiding the need of deploying external taps, packet broker and probes at edge. Software probes are a unique Ericsson dual mode 5G Core feature – a feature that’s very popular with our customers for public network and enterprise solutions. CSP will also introduce network data analytics function (NWDAF) function to enable 5G analytics for further 5G automation, new exposure APIs for verticals and data efficiency. An NWDAF can collect edge user plane and public network data to provide real time analytics which can be consumed by the network functions or by the end edge application to improve further the edge connectivity. Example of those analytics are user mobility, network congestion, quality of service, service experience or abnormal user behavior. Ideally, the NWDAF should be distributed at the edge and deployed co-located to the edge user plane for data efficiency, security and lower actuation latency. Ericsson NWDAF supports such distributed and co-located deployment and analytics and can collect pre-standard data from the Local Packet Gateway data until 3GPP rel-18 specifies UPF event exposure. Edge exposure for advanced edge connectivity Exposure through APIs on the edge is becoming increasingly important for CSPs to enable new services, increase their relevance in the 5G ecosystem and become more attractive partners for hyperscale cloud providers, application ecosystems and other players. Edge applications will be able to consume network capabilities and data to provide advanced services and innovate. Data extracted from edge user plane function will be of high value. For example, to determine the exact UE sessions being anchored by a given edge user plane, the actual monitored QoS, etc. Such exposure capabilities in edge user plane allows application to adapt the content delivery or reconfigure dynamically the connectivity, e.g., change dynamically the negotiated QoS or influence edge routing. As mentioned previously, NWDAF user plane analytics can be also exposed for advanced edge use cases. Ericsson is already working with our customers to create new edge use cases using Ericsson Local Packet Gateway and Edge Exposure Server. Stay tuned! Summary: In this blog post we’ve explained the different considerations that need to be taken into account when selecting the 5G edge user plane, and how it enables flexible virtual private and hybrid 4G private solution deployments and address the user experience idiosyncrasy of myriads of edge use cases. The 5G edge user plane has to be small, cost efficient, easy to deploy but still extremely powerful and advanced in terms of dual connectivity and added value features. Ericsson Local Packet Gateway is designed with all these capabilities in mind and integrates seamlessly with existing CSP dual-mode 5G Core, delivering edge use cases was never that easy.

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Can SD-WAN Help Businesses in Boosting ROI?

Article | May 13, 2022

We are surrounded by acronyms and buzzwords in technology. SD-WAN is one that is often used in the industry nowadays. Organizations embrace digital transformation to stay up with market developments, consumer needs, and competitiveness. Traditional network designs weren't meant to manage digital transformation workloads and complexity. Business-critical services are commonly spread over numerous clouds, compromising network performance, particularly at branch sites. Smart network operations teams opt for SD-WAN. SD-WAN reduces overhead and improves network performance. Routing and hardware expenses are saved through SD-WAN solutions while allowing multi-cloud access. SD-WAN also reduces overhead and supports new digital apps and services. This new technology streamlines WAN administration and operation and brings corporate advantages. Business Challenges that SD-WAN Addresses There has been a dramatic increase in the pressure on the network as a result of digitalization. Businesses must now rely on a stable and secure network, which conventional router-based network topologies are incapable of providing. An SD-WAN solution assists businesses in addressing use cases in order to expedite digital transformation efforts, lower cybersecurity risks, and increase revenue. Eases connectivity with far-flung factories and offices. Effectively deploys new sites and minimizes network equipment sprawl. Enhances the speed of file transfer and backups to disaster recovery facilities. Helps in moving applications to the cloud and protecting cloud app. data using Secure Access Service Edge (SASE). Safeguards IoT devices using a zero-trust network Helps in complying with the cybersecurity framework of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Ways SD-WAN Can Help Businesses Boost their Bottom Line Boosts Security Digital transformation is a double-edged sword. It can increase consumer satisfaction and market reach, but can pose security threats. According to the U.S. State of Cybercrime study, 41% of respondents stated more cybersecurity occurrences in 2017. The good news is that many SD-WAN solutions provide built-in security. Most SD-WAN systems only offer basic firewall and VPN functionalities, requiring IT teams to add security to elastic and dynamic SD-WAN connections after the fact. SD-WAN solutions with NGFW, IPS, encryption, AV, and sandboxing can avoid data loss, downtime, regulatory violations, and legal liability. Enables Cloud Usage Cloud services are rapidly being used by businesses. The great news is that SD-WAN enables direct cloud access at the remote branch, removing backhauling traffic – which routes all cloud and branch office traffic through the data center – allowing workers to directly access cloud applications irrespective of location without burdening the core network with additional traffic to manage and secure. Furthermore, SD-WAN enhances cloud application performance by prioritizing vital business apps and allowing branches to interact directly with the Internet. Reduces Costs As businesses deploy a growing number of cloud-based services, the volume of data traveling across a WAN rises dramatically, driving up operational expenses. SD-WAN, thankfully, can minimize this cost by utilizing low-cost local Internet connectivity, offering direct cloud access, and lowering traffic via the backbone WAN. According to an IDC poll (prediction), over a quarter of survey respondents anticipate SD-WAN cost reductions of up to 39%, with the other two-thirds anticipating more modest savings of 5–19%. Improves performance Data transfer over a network isn't created equal. Fortunately, SD-WAN can be set up to prioritize business-critical traffic and real-time services such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and then successfully guide it over the most efficient path. IT teams can help decrease packet loss and latency concerns by supporting important applications over dependable, high-performance connections, increasing employee productivity and morale. This is business-impacting performance. Closing Note Indeed, SD-WAN evolved and flourished in the data center over the first few years of development. However, the time has arrived to take it seriously as a tool for managing your wide area network. There are currently several vendors on the market, as well as several mature solutions to choose from. More significantly, the business cases for SD-WAN are expanding on a daily basis.

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Cisco SD-WAN – the easiest way to connect private links to the cloud from your data center or even branches

Article | May 11, 2022

Applications and workloads have been moving to the cloud for some time. This transition has been putting a lot of pressure on IT organizations to support the trend by extending their networks to support cloud connectivity. Cisco SD-WAN enables your hybrid connectivity to the cloud We at Cisco have innovated on multiple fronts to help our customers with this transition by providing a deep level of integration with many of the leading cloud service providers (CSPs), including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. Here, we highlight one key aspect of this innovation that allows private cloud links to be available as part of the SD-WAN network, enabling hybrid connectivity to the cloud and multicloud. Now our customers can benefit from all the rich features that our Cisco SD-WAN solution offers including application-aware routing, intent-based path selection, and security policy enforcement. Private direct cloud connectivity to CSPs such as AWS Direct Cloud Connect, Google Cloud Interconnect, and Azure ExpressRoute are becoming popular lately, as they provide customers with optimal connectivity similar to what MPLS did in the past, but in a more agile and on-demand fashion. The only problem is those services are normally acquired separately and customers must determine how to manage them as part of a larger WAN solution including configuration, monitoring, and so on. The on-demand nature of these circuits provides customers with major savings, but also turns automation into a key requirement for management. Enter Cisco SD-WAN release 20.6 Beginning with Cisco SD-WAN release 20.6, a Cisco SD-WAN customer may use Cloud OnRamp for Mutlicloud to automate and simplify cloud connectivity across private and public transports. What is great is this task, that used to require hours and days to setup, now only takes minutes as outlined by the following integration documents for AWS, Azure and Google Cloud respectively: Configure AWS Direct Connect as a Transport with SD-WAN in a Click Configure Azure Express Route as Transport with SD-WAN in a Click Configure Google Cloud Interconnect as a Transport with Cisco SD-WAN in a Click Once a customer implements such connectivity, they will have the ability to steer any type of traffic through it with a customizable and flexible SD-WAN policy. This solution also allows customers to eliminate some limitations imposed on them by the CSPs, such as restricting the number of prefixes advertised via BGP over private links, thus providing better scalability and control. For customers who already use Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect at middle-mile POPs, such as with Equinix or Megaport, rolling out this solution as a test can be extremely simple given the automation discussed above. The best way to find out how easy this solution is, is to try it.

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5G VS Wi-Fi 6: Companions or Competitors?

Article | May 25, 2022

Advancements inconnectivity have fueled the rapid progress in digitalization. From 1G in the 1980s to 4G in the last decade, wireless connectivity has constantly contributed to the transformation of businesses and the global economy. Today's 5G and Wi-Fi 6 technologies provide exciting features that are critical to increasing corporate productivity and improving people's digital experiences. When we refer to the 5G and Wi-Fi 6 revolutions, we're not talking about undisturbed movie streaming or faster downloads; we're talking about making sci-fi movie fiction a reality. Things you used to only see in movies, like robots doing chores, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, virtual reality gaming experiences, remote surgeries, telemedicine, automated assembly line production, augmented reality marketing strategies, and the way you shop, travel, work, and get medical consultations, will undergo a transformation beyond imagination, and 5G will make it happen. 5G VS Wi-Fi 6 5G and Wi-Fi 6 Carving the Future of Businesses Together When it comes to addressing particular needs, both 5G and Wi-Fi 6 are competitive depending on the industry vertical business environment, operation, devices, and applications. While Wi-Fi will be the dominant technology for indoor operations, as well as non-critical applications and the usage of unlicensed spectrum, 5G cellular networks will be used for outdoor coverage, mission-critical applications, highly guarded settings, and the anticipation of various QoS features. According to a survey conducted by Deloitte, the priorities of companies were 5G and Wi-Fi 6, the importance of which isonly anticipated to grow in the future years. Adoption of Wi-Fi 6 and 5G is regarded as a strategic requirement, leading businesses into a new era of wireless connectivity. With the convergence of Wi-Fi and 5G, organizations can do business everywhere while being highly productive and providing the greatest user experience. Businesses will attain the following primary goals by transitioning to this enhanced wireless 5G technology: increased effectiveness enhanced security Taking advantage of the benefits of these two forces, such as big data analytics, AI, and edge computing. The overall objective of leveraging this deadly mix is to unlock the possibilities of other emerging technologies such as IoT, cloud, Edge computing, big data analytics, VR, AR, robots, and others. Together, 5G and Wi-Fi 6 operate as a revolutionary multiplier. Closing Note 5G and Wi-Fi 6 are two separate technologies that can work in tandem. They share the following characteristics: low latency, faster data rates, increased capacity, and excellent performance. Even though 5G and Wi-Fi 6 complement each other's capabilities, the environment, sensitivity of the application, and business use cases will determine which is the best match. A holistic approach of Wi-Fi 6 and 5G is the optimum method for developing a smart city that is entirely networked or offering powerful Internet connectivity for families and businesses. Both technologies are critical in today's world, and every breakthrough in connection, whether it's 5G or Wi-Fi 6, contributes to our society's overall growth and innovation.

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Tuxera Acquires Embedded Storage and Networking Software Front-Runner, HCC Embedded

Tuxera | September 13, 2021

Tuxera,the world-leading storage software and networking technology company, has signed an agreement to acquire HCC Embedded, the Hungarian developer of embedded file systems, flash management, and network data transfer software. HCC Embedded will officially operate as Tuxera Hungary Kft. Tuxera now offers the most comprehensive range of software and services for managing data as it is stored, used, and moved in and between embedded systems. The acquisition deepens Tuxera's commitment to deliver reliable data management solutions in a world increasingly fueled and vitalized by data. Rising global data use demands secure management solutions The International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that the global data demand will grow to an estimated 175 zettabytes (ZB) by 2025.1 Keeping up with the storage needs driven by this global data demand will require over 22 ZB of storage capacity across all media types. Much of this data will be generated by embedded devices and transported through complex and demanding network protocols. As the world becomes more dependent on data for real-time decision-making, the requirements for safe and secure data management grow more stringent. Meeting the need for safety-critical data management Since its founding in 2002, HCC Embedded has emphasized quality and information security, achieving both ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management and ISO 27001 Information Security Management standards. This complements Tuxera's focus on serving its customers with demanding safety- and mission-critical data requirements, particularly in the automotive industry. Safety design standards and increasingly rigorous regulations continue to put more demand on embedded systems designs - not only in the automotive sector, but in the avionics, aerospace, medical, rail and shipping transport, and industrial automation industries as well. New networking expertise and deeper flash storage knowledge The acquisition also brings deep hardware enablement knowledge and expertise to Tuxera, allowing the company's storage management software to interact more closely and optimally with an even wider range of hardware environments. Additionally, HCC Embedded brings an extensive range of MISRA-compliant networking products to Tuxera's portfolio, covering domains such as network management, security, and TCP/IP applications. These new products will enrich Tuxera's expertise beyond fail-safe storage and management of data-at-rest and data-at-use, to encompass the reliable and secure transport of data in, out, and through limitless data-driven, connected devices. Leading the way in data management solutions Tuxera develops fail-safe, high-performance software for managing data, with roots stretching back to 1983. The company's solutions have shipped in billions of consumer devices and vehicles to date. Tuxera develops proprietary implementations of industry-standard file systems such as FAT, exFAT, and NTFS, as well as its own range of proprietary embedded file systems, flash management software, and network storage solutions. In 2021, Tuxera's storage-industry leadership was recognized by CRN on its annual Storage 100 list of the most innovative providers of storage technology used in enterprise deployments. "Joining forces with HCC Embedded is a great next step for us in strengthening our expertise in embedded data storage solutions and expanding our offering even more towards deeply embedded systems using real-time operating systems and micro-controllers. With the networking and middleware components of HCC Embedded, we're able to provide a more comprehensive portfolio of solutions spanning the entire lifecycle of data management. Expanding our team will also allow us to more effectively provide engineering services in Central Europe," says Tuukka Ahoniemi, CEO of Tuxera. "For the past 20 years at HCC Embedded, we have worked to provide ever-higher quality embedded software components and related services to customers that value quality and reliability. By joining Tuxera, a company of similar aims and values for its customers, partners, and employees, I'm now more confident than ever that we can accelerate our mission to provide quality embedded software to fulfill tomorrow's needs for secure and safe products," says Dave Hughes, CEO, HCC Embedded. The combined engineering teams of the two companies now encompasses some of the top experts in file systems, flash memory, embedded storage, and networking technology around the globe. Their experience and understanding of data storage and transfer technology covers any operating system or real-time operating system, any flash memory type, any hardware environment, any storage interface, and a wide range of network protocols. About HCC Embedded HCC Embedded develops deeply embedded software components "out of context," which ensures that they can be used as core elements of any system, including those engineered to meet stringent requirements for safety, quality, and portability. Built on a foundation of the highest quality, HCC's product portfolio comprises more than 250 embedded components developed with the help of the company's deep competencies in reliable flash management, fail-safe file systems, and IPv4/6 networking stacks with associated security protocols. HCC also offers a comprehensive suite of USB host and function software. Since 2002, HCC has supplied these embedded software components to more than 2,000 companies globally in a wide range of industries including industrial, medical, and automotive. About Tuxera Tuxera is the leading provider of quality-assured embedded storage management software and networking technologies. Helping people and businesses store and do more with their data, our software is at the core of phones, tablets, cars, TV sets, cameras, drones, external storage, routers, spacecraft, IoT devices, and more. We help you store your data reliably, while making data transfers fast, and content easily accessible. Tuxera is also an active member of multiple industry organizations, including JEDEC, SNIA, AGL, SD Association, The Linux Foundation, and many others. Founded in 2008, Tuxera's headquarters are located in Finland, with regional offices in China, Germany, Hungary, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the US.

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MATRIXX Software Meets 5G Performance Benchmarks with IBM Cloud for Telecommunications

MATRIXX Software | May 04, 2021

MATRIXX Software, a worldwide pioneer in cloud-native, 5G monetization solutions, today declared execution results from its IBM Cloud for Telecommunications execution. Expecting the dire need of Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to adapt their 5G ventures, MATRIXX Software's 5G CCS set up an exhibition achievement of 200K exchanges each second (TPS) across 100M endorsers running on IBM Cloud for Telecommunications. With a normal start to finish inertness of 7.4 milliseconds across all tasks, including network entryways and directing, this exhibition benchmark shows that MATRIXX on IBM Cloud can empower CSPs to run basic network jobs in the cloud at something similar or better execution levels as on-premise. MATRIXX effectively delivered consistent versatility for a productive, adaptable cloud-native charging arrangement, which opens the entryway for CSPs to explore different avenues regarding better approaches for adapting 5G responsibilities. This is a significant achievement as 5G addresses a $667B opportunity by 2026 and impacts each industry. To investigate and test new income streams, CSPs need to speed up their network change to deal with expanded traffic from new administrations and gadgets. Within excess of 30 billion IoT gadgets predicted by 2025, telco networks and IT foundation will require demonstrated ability to scale both in an upward direction and even if they are to deal with the 10-20x development in rush hour gridlock expected from 5G. Utilizing a reproduced mix of 4G and 5G traffic, MATRIXX utilized the IBM Cloud for Telecommunications, based on Red Hat OpenShift, to give greater adaptability in saddling information across cloud and on-premises conditions. The presentation benchmark exhibits how together, MATRIXX and IBM Cloud for Telecommunications can convey steady throughput and inactivity, which empowers suppliers to run basic network responsibilities, for example, charging in the cloud. This is the primary lab result since MATRIXX joined IBM's accomplice ecosystem. These outcomes exhibit the consistent versatility of MATRIXX's licensed united charging innovation when joined with the IBM Cloud for Telecommunications. Working in close cooperation, IBM's Hybrid Cloud Build Team and MATRIXX have built up a diagram for best practices and arrangement necessities they can convey to CSP's to address their novel presentation targets. With developments in business rule execution, exchange handling, information the executives, and grouping, the cloud-native MATRIXX 5G CCS conveys steady throughput and idleness inside heterogeneous network conditions, overseeing modern value plans, across hundreds of millions of interesting endorsers and gadgets. MATRIXX is essential for IBM's accomplice ecosystem teaming up on the IBM Cloud for Telecommunications to help network gear suppliers, free software merchants (ISVs), software-as-a-specialist co-ops, and equipment accomplices speed up business change by opening the force of 5G and edge. The IBM Cloud for Telecommunications is an open, half and half cloud engineering that use Red Hat OpenShift and IBM Cloud Satellite to empower customers to send IBM Cloud benefits anyplace: on the cloud, on-premises, or at the edge, while tending to one of a kind industry administrative and security necessities. The IBM Hybrid Cloud Build Team is a tip-top group committed to assist accomplices with augmenting the worth of open cross-breed cloud conditions and open the force of AI for their business and clients. About MATRIXX Software MATRIXX Software is the worldwide pioneer in 5G monetization for the correspondence business. Serving a significant number of the world's biggest administrator gatherings, territorial transporters, and arising digital specialist organizations, MATRIXX conveys a cloud-native digital trade arrangement that empowers unequaled business and operational deftness. Bringing together IT and networks, MATRIXX conveys a network-grade met charging system (CCS), empowering proficient hyper-scaling of framework to help buyer administrations, discount, and endeavor marketplaces. Through its persevering obligation to item greatness and client achievement, MATRIXX enables organizations to saddle network resources and business nimbleness to prevail at web scale.

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Lanner Joins MEF to Speed Up Edge Network Transition for SD-WAN, O-RAN, MEC, and SASE

Lanner Electronics | April 07, 2021

Lanner Electronics, the global leader in Whitebox SolutionsTM for Network Communications, Security, and Software-Defined Networking (SDN), today announced its membership in MEF, the world's leading industry forum of network, cloud, and technology providers, to promote the development of Whitebox SolutionsTM for SD-WAN, Open RAN, MEC, and SASE. Lanner plans to provide a wide range of MEF 3.0-certified network appliances that resolve the industry's issues of network disaggregation and ensure smooth interoperation for next-generation 5G communications by working together with over 200 leading global organizations. The trend of network disaggregation has fueled the digital transition of service providers, beginning with uCPE, SD-WAN, and expanding to MEC and O-RAN. Lanner uCPE Systems have been introduced in businesses, supermarket chains, and distributed branches for over 200,000 devices since 2018. Lanner is the leading hardware solution provider behind major SD-WAN services, providing pre-validated and pre-integrated white box appliances to ease the difficulties in rolling out virtualization services in a multi-vendor orchestration and VNF environment, with several active installation cases in diversified client environments. MEF 3.0 Global Services Framework represents the most advanced criteria for identifying, delivering and certifying assured digital services that are orchestrated through a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF's SD-WAN and emerging SASE service requirements and APIs provide an application-centric, policy-driven, high-performance Overlay Digital Service that facilitates a completely orchestrated fabric for service providers delivering modern, revenue-generating digital services to enterprises. About Lanner Electronics Lanner Electronics Inc (TAIEX 6245) is a world-leading provider of advanced and customizable SDN and NFV network computing appliances for device integrators, service providers, and application developers. Lanner offers a wide variety of network appliances, including SD-WAN and SD-Security vCPE gateways, as well as NEBS-compliant, NFVi-ready platforms with multiple processors, network I/O blades, and high connectivity capabilities. About MEF MEF, a 200-member industry organization, is leading the establishment of a global federation of network, cloud, and technology providers that support dynamic, assured, and certified network services that power enterprise digital transformation. MEF 3.0 solutions are intended to offer a cloud-centric, on-demand experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.

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Tuxera Acquires Embedded Storage and Networking Software Front-Runner, HCC Embedded

Tuxera | September 13, 2021

Tuxera,the world-leading storage software and networking technology company, has signed an agreement to acquire HCC Embedded, the Hungarian developer of embedded file systems, flash management, and network data transfer software. HCC Embedded will officially operate as Tuxera Hungary Kft. Tuxera now offers the most comprehensive range of software and services for managing data as it is stored, used, and moved in and between embedded systems. The acquisition deepens Tuxera's commitment to deliver reliable data management solutions in a world increasingly fueled and vitalized by data. Rising global data use demands secure management solutions The International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that the global data demand will grow to an estimated 175 zettabytes (ZB) by 2025.1 Keeping up with the storage needs driven by this global data demand will require over 22 ZB of storage capacity across all media types. Much of this data will be generated by embedded devices and transported through complex and demanding network protocols. As the world becomes more dependent on data for real-time decision-making, the requirements for safe and secure data management grow more stringent. Meeting the need for safety-critical data management Since its founding in 2002, HCC Embedded has emphasized quality and information security, achieving both ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management and ISO 27001 Information Security Management standards. This complements Tuxera's focus on serving its customers with demanding safety- and mission-critical data requirements, particularly in the automotive industry. Safety design standards and increasingly rigorous regulations continue to put more demand on embedded systems designs - not only in the automotive sector, but in the avionics, aerospace, medical, rail and shipping transport, and industrial automation industries as well. New networking expertise and deeper flash storage knowledge The acquisition also brings deep hardware enablement knowledge and expertise to Tuxera, allowing the company's storage management software to interact more closely and optimally with an even wider range of hardware environments. Additionally, HCC Embedded brings an extensive range of MISRA-compliant networking products to Tuxera's portfolio, covering domains such as network management, security, and TCP/IP applications. These new products will enrich Tuxera's expertise beyond fail-safe storage and management of data-at-rest and data-at-use, to encompass the reliable and secure transport of data in, out, and through limitless data-driven, connected devices. Leading the way in data management solutions Tuxera develops fail-safe, high-performance software for managing data, with roots stretching back to 1983. The company's solutions have shipped in billions of consumer devices and vehicles to date. Tuxera develops proprietary implementations of industry-standard file systems such as FAT, exFAT, and NTFS, as well as its own range of proprietary embedded file systems, flash management software, and network storage solutions. In 2021, Tuxera's storage-industry leadership was recognized by CRN on its annual Storage 100 list of the most innovative providers of storage technology used in enterprise deployments. "Joining forces with HCC Embedded is a great next step for us in strengthening our expertise in embedded data storage solutions and expanding our offering even more towards deeply embedded systems using real-time operating systems and micro-controllers. With the networking and middleware components of HCC Embedded, we're able to provide a more comprehensive portfolio of solutions spanning the entire lifecycle of data management. Expanding our team will also allow us to more effectively provide engineering services in Central Europe," says Tuukka Ahoniemi, CEO of Tuxera. "For the past 20 years at HCC Embedded, we have worked to provide ever-higher quality embedded software components and related services to customers that value quality and reliability. By joining Tuxera, a company of similar aims and values for its customers, partners, and employees, I'm now more confident than ever that we can accelerate our mission to provide quality embedded software to fulfill tomorrow's needs for secure and safe products," says Dave Hughes, CEO, HCC Embedded. The combined engineering teams of the two companies now encompasses some of the top experts in file systems, flash memory, embedded storage, and networking technology around the globe. Their experience and understanding of data storage and transfer technology covers any operating system or real-time operating system, any flash memory type, any hardware environment, any storage interface, and a wide range of network protocols. About HCC Embedded HCC Embedded develops deeply embedded software components "out of context," which ensures that they can be used as core elements of any system, including those engineered to meet stringent requirements for safety, quality, and portability. Built on a foundation of the highest quality, HCC's product portfolio comprises more than 250 embedded components developed with the help of the company's deep competencies in reliable flash management, fail-safe file systems, and IPv4/6 networking stacks with associated security protocols. HCC also offers a comprehensive suite of USB host and function software. Since 2002, HCC has supplied these embedded software components to more than 2,000 companies globally in a wide range of industries including industrial, medical, and automotive. About Tuxera Tuxera is the leading provider of quality-assured embedded storage management software and networking technologies. Helping people and businesses store and do more with their data, our software is at the core of phones, tablets, cars, TV sets, cameras, drones, external storage, routers, spacecraft, IoT devices, and more. We help you store your data reliably, while making data transfers fast, and content easily accessible. Tuxera is also an active member of multiple industry organizations, including JEDEC, SNIA, AGL, SD Association, The Linux Foundation, and many others. Founded in 2008, Tuxera's headquarters are located in Finland, with regional offices in China, Germany, Hungary, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the US.

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MATRIXX Software Meets 5G Performance Benchmarks with IBM Cloud for Telecommunications

MATRIXX Software | May 04, 2021

MATRIXX Software, a worldwide pioneer in cloud-native, 5G monetization solutions, today declared execution results from its IBM Cloud for Telecommunications execution. Expecting the dire need of Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to adapt their 5G ventures, MATRIXX Software's 5G CCS set up an exhibition achievement of 200K exchanges each second (TPS) across 100M endorsers running on IBM Cloud for Telecommunications. With a normal start to finish inertness of 7.4 milliseconds across all tasks, including network entryways and directing, this exhibition benchmark shows that MATRIXX on IBM Cloud can empower CSPs to run basic network jobs in the cloud at something similar or better execution levels as on-premise. MATRIXX effectively delivered consistent versatility for a productive, adaptable cloud-native charging arrangement, which opens the entryway for CSPs to explore different avenues regarding better approaches for adapting 5G responsibilities. This is a significant achievement as 5G addresses a $667B opportunity by 2026 and impacts each industry. To investigate and test new income streams, CSPs need to speed up their network change to deal with expanded traffic from new administrations and gadgets. Within excess of 30 billion IoT gadgets predicted by 2025, telco networks and IT foundation will require demonstrated ability to scale both in an upward direction and even if they are to deal with the 10-20x development in rush hour gridlock expected from 5G. Utilizing a reproduced mix of 4G and 5G traffic, MATRIXX utilized the IBM Cloud for Telecommunications, based on Red Hat OpenShift, to give greater adaptability in saddling information across cloud and on-premises conditions. The presentation benchmark exhibits how together, MATRIXX and IBM Cloud for Telecommunications can convey steady throughput and inactivity, which empowers suppliers to run basic network responsibilities, for example, charging in the cloud. This is the primary lab result since MATRIXX joined IBM's accomplice ecosystem. These outcomes exhibit the consistent versatility of MATRIXX's licensed united charging innovation when joined with the IBM Cloud for Telecommunications. Working in close cooperation, IBM's Hybrid Cloud Build Team and MATRIXX have built up a diagram for best practices and arrangement necessities they can convey to CSP's to address their novel presentation targets. With developments in business rule execution, exchange handling, information the executives, and grouping, the cloud-native MATRIXX 5G CCS conveys steady throughput and idleness inside heterogeneous network conditions, overseeing modern value plans, across hundreds of millions of interesting endorsers and gadgets. MATRIXX is essential for IBM's accomplice ecosystem teaming up on the IBM Cloud for Telecommunications to help network gear suppliers, free software merchants (ISVs), software-as-a-specialist co-ops, and equipment accomplices speed up business change by opening the force of 5G and edge. The IBM Cloud for Telecommunications is an open, half and half cloud engineering that use Red Hat OpenShift and IBM Cloud Satellite to empower customers to send IBM Cloud benefits anyplace: on the cloud, on-premises, or at the edge, while tending to one of a kind industry administrative and security necessities. The IBM Hybrid Cloud Build Team is a tip-top group committed to assist accomplices with augmenting the worth of open cross-breed cloud conditions and open the force of AI for their business and clients. About MATRIXX Software MATRIXX Software is the worldwide pioneer in 5G monetization for the correspondence business. Serving a significant number of the world's biggest administrator gatherings, territorial transporters, and arising digital specialist organizations, MATRIXX conveys a cloud-native digital trade arrangement that empowers unequaled business and operational deftness. Bringing together IT and networks, MATRIXX conveys a network-grade met charging system (CCS), empowering proficient hyper-scaling of framework to help buyer administrations, discount, and endeavor marketplaces. Through its persevering obligation to item greatness and client achievement, MATRIXX enables organizations to saddle network resources and business nimbleness to prevail at web scale.

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Lanner Joins MEF to Speed Up Edge Network Transition for SD-WAN, O-RAN, MEC, and SASE

Lanner Electronics | April 07, 2021

Lanner Electronics, the global leader in Whitebox SolutionsTM for Network Communications, Security, and Software-Defined Networking (SDN), today announced its membership in MEF, the world's leading industry forum of network, cloud, and technology providers, to promote the development of Whitebox SolutionsTM for SD-WAN, Open RAN, MEC, and SASE. Lanner plans to provide a wide range of MEF 3.0-certified network appliances that resolve the industry's issues of network disaggregation and ensure smooth interoperation for next-generation 5G communications by working together with over 200 leading global organizations. The trend of network disaggregation has fueled the digital transition of service providers, beginning with uCPE, SD-WAN, and expanding to MEC and O-RAN. Lanner uCPE Systems have been introduced in businesses, supermarket chains, and distributed branches for over 200,000 devices since 2018. Lanner is the leading hardware solution provider behind major SD-WAN services, providing pre-validated and pre-integrated white box appliances to ease the difficulties in rolling out virtualization services in a multi-vendor orchestration and VNF environment, with several active installation cases in diversified client environments. MEF 3.0 Global Services Framework represents the most advanced criteria for identifying, delivering and certifying assured digital services that are orchestrated through a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF's SD-WAN and emerging SASE service requirements and APIs provide an application-centric, policy-driven, high-performance Overlay Digital Service that facilitates a completely orchestrated fabric for service providers delivering modern, revenue-generating digital services to enterprises. About Lanner Electronics Lanner Electronics Inc (TAIEX 6245) is a world-leading provider of advanced and customizable SDN and NFV network computing appliances for device integrators, service providers, and application developers. Lanner offers a wide variety of network appliances, including SD-WAN and SD-Security vCPE gateways, as well as NEBS-compliant, NFVi-ready platforms with multiple processors, network I/O blades, and high connectivity capabilities. About MEF MEF, a 200-member industry organization, is leading the establishment of a global federation of network, cloud, and technology providers that support dynamic, assured, and certified network services that power enterprise digital transformation. MEF 3.0 solutions are intended to offer a cloud-centric, on-demand experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.

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