NETWORK MANAGEMENT

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.

Spotlight

Digital transformation is powering companies to re-think, re-design and re-invent their business. New technology advancements in analytics, big data, mobility, social and cloud computing are radically changing the way businesses interact, operate and compete. For organizations to grow, they must transform their business and its underlyingtechnology infrastructure to move faster, innovate, and stay connected with their customers, suppliers and partners all while maintaining the necessary security standards.

Spotlight

Digital transformation is powering companies to re-think, re-design and re-invent their business. New technology advancements in analytics, big data, mobility, social and cloud computing are radically changing the way businesses interact, operate and compete. For organizations to grow, they must transform their business and its underlyingtechnology infrastructure to move faster, innovate, and stay connected with their customers, suppliers and partners all while maintaining the necessary security standards.

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NETWORK SECURITY

Zyxel Releases Update to Enhance User Experience of Nebula Cloud Networking Solution

Zyxel Networks | September 07, 2022

Zyxel Networks, a leader in delivering secure, AI- and cloud-powered business and home networking solutions, today announced the release of the next major update of its popular Nebula Cloud Networking Solution. The new Phase 15 update (P15) further enhances the user experience by streamlining license purchases, guiding users through Nebula’s paid features, improves usability, and increases security and resilience across managed Nebula switches. Nebula Cloud Networking Solution makes it easy to deploy, configure, monitor, and manage a comprehensive portfolio of wireless and wired networking hardware, including access points, switches, security firewalls, and LTE mobile routers from anywhere with an Internet connection. The intuitive interface enables all Nebula distributed networks to be monitored and managed from a single screen via the cloud, eliminating the complexity of remote site access. New Features of the New P15 Update to Nebula Cloud Networking Solution: Security and Resiliance for Nebula Switches – “IP Source Guard” protects networks from IP spoofing attacks by only allowing authorized client traffic based on the DHCP snooping binding table or manually-configured allowed client list. “Auto Configuration Recovery” protects the switch by pausing configuring operations and recovering to the original switch settings when the switch loses connection with the central Nebula Control Center (NCC). Remote Configurator for Mobile Routers – A time-saving remote configurator for mobile routers establishes a connection from the NCC to the mobile router web GUI to enable users to remotely configure 4G routers without having to send staff out to the site. In-Line Overview of Premium Features – Nebula now makes it easy to identify what each premium feature offers and which functions will provide maximum value to the user, prior to purchasing the feature. Simply rolling over each feature displays a visual aid that provides a detailed description of the feature is and its functions, ultimately giving the user better insight into whether or not the feature is worth their investment. Streamlined License Buying – Ideal for prosumers and small businesses, users now have the ability to purchase Nebula-compatible licenses directly through the management portal. The integrated Zyxel Marketplace e-commerce platform in the NCC automates the process, allowing users to purchase licenses up to 10 times faster than buying offline. Channel partners still have the flexibility of buying licenses offline or through the online licensing platform, Circle. Anytime Trials – Available in October 2022, Nebula users will be able to try certain features to explore which best benefit them. This update makes available optional paid features in a free 30-day trial, enabling users to experience the benefits of the full Nebula stack without incurring an upfront cost. Activated at any time, from even more entry points, the unified trial mechanism promises to deliver a consistent user experience across the board. Flexible Firmware Upgrades – Nebula users gain increased flexibility for firmware upgrades, allowing them to manage the timing and version preferences for upgrades. The new options include the ability to automate, schedule, or manually-upgrade hardware to the latest or most stable versions of the firmware, or ignore the update altogether. “The enhancements delivered to Nebula Cloud Management Solution through this update incorporate features designed to address pain points provided through the extensive feedback and insight that we have received from our customers,” explained Shawn Rogers, Market Development Manager at Zyxel Networks. “This update makes the experience of using Nebula easier and more convenient than ever, and includes some new security features that all contribute to making our solution one of the best-in-class networking solutions for SMBs and solution providers.” The Zyxel Nebula Cloud Management Solution portfolio of high-performance access points, switches, and security gateways and firewalls carry limited lifetime warranties and are available now through all Zyxel authorized resellers and e-commerce partners. About Zyxel: Since their first day in business over 30 years ago, Zyxel has kept business and home users online with a focus on innovation and customer-centric service. In 1989, this was accomplished with analog modems. Today, the company combines the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) and the cloud to deliver rapid, reliable, and secure networking solutions for business and home users.

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WIRELESS

IP Infusion Collaborates with Marvell to Deliver Carrier Networking Solutions

IP Infusion | October 19, 2022

IP Infusion, a leading provider of open network software solutions for wireline and mobile network operators, today announced it is collaborating with Marvell Technology, Inc., a leader in data infrastructure semiconductor solutions, to develop new Ethernet switching solutions to intelligently enable secure and efficient data transport in Service Provider networks. With the proliferation of 5G, including its growing use in private networks, edge cloud and industrial IoT, network architectures have evolved to a more distributed and virtualized model. To operate within this new model, software and hardware network components must be more flexible than in the past. The new solutions, which include IP Infusion’s OcNOS software and Marvell’s switch silicon, will be built with the flexibility and feature depth needed to fulfill the imminent needs of the radio access and carrier edge networks to support 5G transformation. “IP Infusion is a strong partner for Marvell given our common interest and leadership in disaggregated Service Provider solutions, Across multiple domains, we’ve optimized our Prestera® switch silicon for carrier requirements. Together, we will deliver improved network intelligence and performance for disaggregated network buildouts.” John DaCosta, vice president of product marketing of Marvell The companies’ offerings will bolster the development of open and disaggregated solutions, in line with the principles of Telecom Infra Project, adding new merchant silicon options while reducing deployment CapEx and OpEx, compared to alternatives. Telecom Infra Project is a global community of companies and organizations that are driving infrastructure solutions to advance global connectivity. “The IP Infusion and Marvell collaboration will help to bring more technological diversity to the telecom ecosystem,” said Kristian Toivo, Executive Director of Telecom Infra Project. “Marvell’s silicon advances integrated with IP Infusion’s robust software will help accelerate the move to disaggregated and open solutions, which are essential for delivering more choice, flexibility and innovation in the way networks are built.” "Technology collaborations by industry leaders ensure timely innovation in an always fast-moving marketplace,” said Atsushi Ogata, President and CEO of IP Infusion. “IP Infusion’s OcNOS software with Marvell silicon promises to help any Service Providers' go-to-market strategy for products to service 5G networks, and beyond." About IP Infusion IP Infusion is a leading provider of open network software and solutions for carriers, service providers and data center operators with more than 500 customers and thousands of deployments. Our solutions enable network operators to disaggregate their networks to accelerate innovation, streamline operations, and reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Network OEMs may also disaggregate network devices to expedite time to market, offer comprehensive services, and achieve carrier grade robustness. IP Infusion and OcNOS are trademarks or registered trademarks of IP Infusion. All other trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks, or registered service marks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, any statement that may predict, forecast, indicate or imply future events or achievements. Actual events or results may differ materially from those contemplated in this press release. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and no person assumes any obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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5G

5G Wireless & Distributed Computation Will Shape the Fabric of Future Networks

5G Americas | November 04, 2022

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