Akamai unveils new edge computing solution for scalable and secure IoT connectivity

At Akamai Edge World conference, Akamai introduced a new cloud-based solution for connected devices. Called Edge Cloud, the new solution is aimed to streamline and secure the delivery of data to IoT connected devices and applications at scale.

There will be around 22 billion connected devices by 2025, which will be used to send data across the internet. In such a scenario, it is critical to ensure that all the data delivered to the connected devices remains secure and streamlined.

“Akamai is investing to extend its network capabilities with the goal of meeting the unique needs of the growing IoT device and application messaging markets,” said Craig Adams, senior vice president and general manager, Web Performance and Security, Akamai Technologies.

“Delivering massive amounts of data across the globe securely is in Akamai’s DNA. We are focused on developing technology designed to scale, simplify and secure the way IoT and application data is delivered to endpoints.”

Edge Cloud will come with a product named IoT Edge Connect that offers a secure framework to send data to and from devices. It will improve and help enterprises support huge IoT deployments. The new service uses messaging protocol MQTT and a MQTT message broker for sending or publishing information.

IoT Edge Connect can provide better scalability for connected devices and can support hundreds of millions of endpoints and ten times more messages, as compared to other IoT or in-app messaging cloud solutions.

IoT Edge Connect is architected to provide continuous global service and is integrated with an all-in-one data stream, distributed database. The service has an end-to-end mutual authentication, is easy-to-use and reliable, and optimizes data delivery.

“With the launch of IoT Edge Connect, we’re harnessing the power of the Edge and bringing it to the next frontier of connected devices and applications.” said Lior Netzer, vice president and CTO, IoT, Akamai.

The company has made its mark by launching a global content delivery network (CDN) that developers will leverage to expand the reach of applications.

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Ubuntu 19.04 released with focus on open infrastructure, developer desktop, and IoT

Ubuntu 19.04 ‘Disco Dingo’ is finally here.

Canonical has released the latest version of Ubuntu with a focus on open infrastructure deployments, developer desktop, internet of things (IoT), as well as cloud to edge software distribution.

Ubuntu is a leading open source Linux distribution based on Debian, and an operating system for desktop, server, and cloud computing.

The latest version of Ubuntu will bring integrations with the main open infrastructure projects, including OpenStack, Kubernetes, and Ceph. There will be advanced life-cycle management for multi-cloud and on-premise operations.

For IoT, it will add support for AWS DeepRacer, a developer-centric model for autonomous ground vehicle community development. Along with this, Ubuntu 19.04 will also have integration with the Edge X stack and multiple smart display solutions.

The company said that over 2,000 independent software publishers distribute their apps to Linux desktops, appliances and cloud virtual machines (VMs) via the snap store. This is an increase of around 30% since October 2018.

For developers, Canonical has added Microsoft Visual Studio Code to the set of tools published as snaps. Developers will be able to install multiple instances of the same snap for CI/CD, testing or phased rollouts.

If Ubuntu is installed on VMware, the open-vm-tools for bi-directional clipboard will get installed automatically.

Users of Ubuntu who upgrade to v19.04 will also get GNOME 3.32. It comes with higher frame rates, icons that load faster, smoother animations, and faster loading for CPU and GPU.

Also read: GitLab puts power of Kubernetes in developer workflow with extended integration

It is worth noting that Ubuntu 19.04 is a standard release which will be supported for next nine months.

“The open-source-first on Ubuntu movement in telco, finance, and media has spread to other sectors. From the public cloud to the private data center to the edge appliance or cluster, open source has become the reference for efficiency and innovation,” said Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical.

“Ubuntu 19.04 includes the leading projects to underpin that transition, and the developer tooling to accelerate the applications for those domains”


Understand the business value and risk of localized computing power at Edge Asia 2019

 “Around 10% of enterprise-generated data is created and processed outside a traditional centralized data center or cloud. By 2025, Gartner predicts this figure will reach 75%” Gartner

From a relatively obscure technology a couple of years back, Edge Computing has evolved to become one of the most talked about technologies today. The disruptive potential of edge is fueled by the growth of Internet of Things (IoT), big data, emergence of 5G networks and growth of distributed computing architecture.

According to a report by Technavio, the global edge computing market is expected to post a CAGR of 41% during the forecast period 2019-2023.

The centralized cloud architecture alone cannot support the emerging application and business requirements. Computing at the edge can improve the overall performance, reliability, scalability and fulfill regulatory compliance for many applications.

The edge resources can be deployed both at the operator side (known as infrastructure edge) and on the user side (known as the device edge). Infrastructure and Operations leaders need to understand the associated business value and risk of localized computing power.

Covering the breadth and depth of edge computing and its potential in the Asia-pacific region, BroadGroup will be launching its inaugural Edge Asia Singapore on April 11th, 2019 powered by Datacloud.

Edge Asia will define the Edge and its importance to 5G. It will also explore the opportunities and the challenges that lie ahead in the implementation of Edge services and networks in the APAC region.

For two years we’ve been in Singapore for Datacloud Asia. This year we are bringing the Edge Computing discussion to the APAC region, especially after the success of our inaugural Edge Congresses in the US and Europe. The event is now Edge Asia, powered by Datacloud.” – Philip Low, chairman of BroadGroup.

The attendees will include top executives from the edge, cloud, computing, IoT, data center and data arena.

The list of speakers include:

  • Sunil Gupta – CTO, Communication and Media Industry Vertical, APAC, HPE
  • Gordan Falconer – Chairman Advisory Board, UN, United Smart Cities Group
  • Bill Barney – Chairman and CEO, Global Cloud Xchange
  • Shehara Viswanathan – Lead Consultant, Advisory, Cisco
  • Zoe Zhuang – VP, Chindata
  • Andrew Rigoli, Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy Equinix Asia-Pacific & Interim Country Manager, Singapore
  • Manik Narayan Saha – CIO, APAC & Japan, SAP

Key topics to be discussed

  • Managing data centers
  • Asia’s evolving digital landscape
  • Mapping the edge – analyze and identify the opportunities and threats
  • Need of dynamic workforce for the changing infrastructure landscape
  • Ways to enable smart cities and connected economies
  • How 5G and IoT hold the keys to edge deployments

Why should you attend?

  • Connect with your fellow industry members, customers and partners to discuss the dominant issues.
  • Identify the opportunities in edge and how you can capitalize them.
  • Gain insights from the leaders in the edge and the cloud industry.
  • Utilize the networking opportunities presented at the event to build new business avenues.

DHN is the official media partner of Edge Asia 2019. Register now using code – DHNEDGEA19, to avail 15% discount.


ZNet Technologies enters into PKI solutions distribution business; partners with GlobalSign

ZNet Technologies to address the growing demand for IT security services in the regional Indian markets by making available wide range of GlobalSign SSL solutions via its partner network

ZNet Technologies (a subsidiary of RP tech India), India’s leading cloud services provider offering cloud infrastructure and managed services to partners and end customers across the globe, today announced that it has entered into IT security services distribution business by joining hands with GMO GlobalSign.

GlobalSign is a leading provider of trusted identity and security solutions for the enterprises and one of the longest established Certificate Authority (CA) in the world.

Becoming a distributor will enable ZNet Technologies to have all the requisite tools and resources to facilitate the adoption of a wide range of GlobalSign’s identity and security solutions in the regional market with the help of its vast partner network.

The solutions include Web Server Security, Authentication & Access Control, Secure Email, Code & Document Signing, and managed platforms for SSL and PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) as well as more diverse range of integration solutions such as Auto Enrollment Gateway utilizing Active Directory.

“We are honored that GlobalSign, a leader in global PKI, IoT (Internet of Things) and digital signing solutions, has chosen ZNet Technologies as their distributor for India. Organizations want the right security tools in place to be able to run their digital businesses effectively without having to worry about identity theft, email phishing, securing their network traffic, etc. With advanced solutions in these areas from GlobalSign, ZNet will be able to work with partners to build a more secure IT set-up for businesses.,” said Munesh Jadoun, CEO & Founder, ZNet Technologies.

Also read: RP tech India enters into cloud business with the acquisition of ZNet Technologies

“We are excited to have ZNet Technologies as one of our prominent partners in India. They have a vast network of partners and their expertise and dedication towards security is very admirable, and we look forward to working together,” said Aditya Anand, General Manager, India, SAARC & Middle East, GMO GlobalSign.

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Microsoft expands its intellectual property program to include Azure IoT ecosystem and startups

Microsoft is adding more value to its Azure IP Advantage program by including new benefits for Azure IoT innovators and startups.

Announced in February 2017, Azure IP Advantage is a program that provides comprehensive protection against intellectual property (IP) risks.

In the era of digital transformation, every business is moving to the cloud. However, delivering software products and services in the cloud brings several business risks, like the possibility of IP infringement. Microsoft helps businesses avoid the risks using its Azure IP Advantage.

Now, the tech giant is expanding the program with a number of new IP benefits for Azure IoT innovators and startups.

First, Microsoft is bringing uncapped indemnification coverage to Azure Sphere and Windows IoT. This will protect the customers from IP infringement claims asserted against them for the use of product or service.

Second, customers who use Azure to power their own IoT software can now select from 10,000 Microsoft patents. This will help in defending themselves against IP lawsuits.

Third, startups on Azure will be allowed to acquire Microsoft patents. Further, qualified startups will also be able to join the License on Transfer (LOT) Network in technical areas including AI, multimedia and security.

Microsoft has donated 500 patents to the LOT Network. Qualified startups will gain access to these patents as part of their free membership.

Also read: Microsoft enhances its solutions to drive intelligent manufacturing

“Many startups have told us about the particular vulnerabilities they face as small companies and the importance they place on growing their own early-stage IP portfolios as they look to raise capital and build for the future.  Our partners at the LOT Network have established a program that addresses these needs,” wrote Erich Andersen – Corporate VP and Chief IP Counsel of Microsoft’s IP Group, in a blog post.


Palo Alto Networks powers its next-gen firewall with analytics and automation capabilities

Leading cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks has unveiled a number of new security capabilities for prediction of malicious attacks and then automatically stop those attacks.

The company is adding software and hardware improvements to its next-generation firewall platform and introduced a new cloud-based DNS security service.

Palo Alto mentioned that over 60 new features and tools are coming to its firewall platform that will help enterprises to boost security and simplify protections across their hybrid cloud environments.

“At Palo Alto Networks, we’re focused on simplifying security by using analytics and automation,” said Lee Klarich, chief product officer.

“Customers choose our next-generation firewall platform because of our commitment to continuous innovation and our focus on reducing the need for standalone products. Today’s announcements include our new DNS Security service, which uses machine learning to stop stealthy attacks aimed at stealing information from legitimate businesses.”

The next-generation firewall will now feature PA-7000 Series, Policy Optimizer, VM-Series, and more capabilities. The company claims that PA-7000 Series will provide faster threat prevention and around 3x faster decryption than before.

Policy Optimizer is aimed to replace legacy rules with intuitive policies for stronger security and easier management. This will help in reducing data breaches.

Whereas, the VM-Series is for the enterprises that need consistent security across their virtualized datacenters and multi-cloud. They can deploy the VM-Series in private and public cloud environments based on VMware, Cisco, KVM, OpenStack, Nutanix, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Oracle Cloud, and Alibaba Cloud.

To get the new capabilities in the firewall, customers will need to upgrade to PAN-OS version 9.0.

Talking about the new DNS Security service, it makes use of machine learning for blocking malicious domains and prevent attacks in the progress.

Apart from the new services, Palo Alto has also made its K2-Series generally available. It is a next-generation firewall for service providers with 5G and internet of things (IoT).

Also read: Sectigo to protect enterprises in Middle East against rising cyberthreats

“We listened and responded to customer feedback and found that what customers want above all is simplicity and control,” said Klarich.

“With this release, we’re not only adding features like the DNS Security service, which eliminates the need for security teams to bolt on yet another standalone tool, we are minimizing manual efforts that are error-prone, so teams can focus on projects aimed at growing their business.”


Azure IoT Edge now supports virtual machines

Microsoft is growing support for Intelligent Edge with the availability of Azure IoT Edge on virtual machines (VMs). The tech giant aims to create an open and strong ecosystem and provide users choices in deploying their edge solution.

Azure IoT Edge is a solution that brings cloud intelligence to the edge and allows users to act on data in real-time. Microsoft had made it generally available last year in June, and also open sourced the service on GitHub. This allows users to make changes to code and go for an open container approach for deploying Microsoft and third-party services across edge devices.

With the recent announcement, customers will be able to run Azure IoT Edge on a VM using a supported operating system. Although it will support most of the operating systems that can run containers, Microsoft said that all of them are not equally supported.

“While this works for multiple virtualization technologies, VMware has simplified the deployment process of Azure IoT Edge to VMs using VMware vSphere. Additionally, vSphere 6.7 and later provide passthrough support for Trusted Platform Module (TPM), allowing Azure IoT Edge to maintain its industry leading security framework by leveraging the hardware root of trust,” explained Chipalo Street, Principal Program Manager, Azure IoT, in a blog post.

Further, the tech giant said that the family of host OS should always match the family of guest OS used inside a module’s container. What this means is that customers will be allowed to run Linux containers on Linux only, and Windows containers on Windows.

Azure IoT Edge will run on a wide range of hardware, including microcontroller units (MCUs) that run Azure Sphere, and cloud and edge experience powered by Azure Stack.

Also read: Microsoft pushes preview of Open Enclave integration with IoT Edge

Microsoft has designed the solution to meet demands of customers in every scenario. For example, home appliance makers can use Azure Sphere certified chips in their products to make sure that their operations are secure, textile producers can detect weaving defects by adding industrialized PCs running Azure IoT Edge to their production lines.

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Microsoft integrates TomTom’s mapping services into Azure Maps

Microsoft is expanding partnership with independent location technology provider TomTom to power its cloud solutions with mapping services.

As a part of the partnership, Microsoft has selected TomTom as the location data provider for its cloud services including Azure, Bing, Cortana, Windows, and more. On the other hand, TomTom has chosen Azure as its preferred cloud provider.

“This deep partnership with TomTom is very different from anything Microsoft has done in maps before,” said Tara Prakriya, Partner Group Program Manager of Azure Maps and Connected Vehicles.

“TomTom hosting their services in the Azure cloud brings with it their graph of map data. Manufacturing maps in Azure reduces the latency to customer applications, ensuring we offer the freshest data through Azure Maps. Azure customers across industries end up winning when their geospatial data and analytics, TomTom data, and Azure Maps services are all running together in the same cloud.”

Microsoft provides Azure Maps, the simple and secure location APIs, for allowing enterprises to add maps, search, routing, and traffic capabilities to their apps. Addition of TomTom’s map data and services will work as a key component for several enterprise scenarios in IoT, mobility, and logistics.

Integration of TomTom’s location capabilities to Azure will also bring native support to customers that will help them build map-based dashboards to visualize IoT spatial analytics and mobility scenarios for vehicle movement.

“TomTom is proud of the relationship we’ve built with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Azure customers access to build location-aware applications and look forward to deepening that relationship as we extend our high-quality location technologies to an even larger audience base,” said Anders Truelsen, Managing Director, TomTom Enterprise.

“We’re excited to be chosen as the location data provider to power mapping services across all of Microsoft, including Bing, Cortana, Windows and many other leading products and the innovations that will come forward in this continued relationship.”

Azure Maps routing services powered by TomTom will enable insightful distribution of goods that originates from farmlands to retail, restaurants, and home delivery. The new innovation will also contribute to improvements in smart city applications.

Also read: Microsoft furthers its commitment to open source with Citus Data acquisition

The integration of TomTom services into Azure Maps SDKs will make it easier to render data sets from multiple sources, like real-time parking meter rates, street-specific traffic, addressing carbon footprint, reducing noise solution, etc.

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Google’s NoSQL database service Cloud Firestore now up for grabs

Google’s serverless, NoSQL document database service Cloud Firestore has finally become generally available for mobile, web, and internet of things (IoT) applications.

The service has been available in beta since October 2017. Cloud Firestore is a fully managed, cloud-native database service that allows developers to easily store, sync and query data for their applications.

Integrated with Google Cloud Platform (GCP), as well as Google’s mobile development platform called Firebase, the service can handle security and authorization, infrastructure, edge data storage, and synchronization. To provide improved experience to developers and simplify app development, Google has included live synchronization, offline support, and ACID transactions across hundreds of documents and collections.

For security of data, Cloud Firestore has built-in Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Firebase Auth.

With the general availability, a number of crucial programs like GCP’s deprecation policy will now be applicable to Cloud Firestore. Also, this service will now also support HIPAA compliance.

Cloud Firestore is now a part of GCP’s official Service Level Agreements (SLAs), which means that users will get high uptime for both multi-region instances and regional instances.

“Building with Cloud Firestore means your app can seamlessly transition from online to offline and back at the edge of connectivity. This helps lead to simpler code and fewer errors. You can serve rich user experiences and push data updates to more than a million concurrent clients, all without having to set up and maintain infrastructure,” wrote Amit Ganesh (VP Engineering) and Dan McGrath (Product Manager), Google, in a blog post.

Along with SLA availability, Google has also announced new lower pricing tier (up to 50% off) for most regional instances of Cloud Firestore. The new pricing will be available from March 3, 2019. The pricing will vary depending on the locations.

To help developers in monitoring Cloud Firestore read, write, and delete operations in near-real time, Google is integrating the service with Stackdriver. It is currently in beta.

Also read: Google secures DNS traffic with DNS-over-TLS support for its public DNS

More features will be added to Firestore in coming weeks, which might include querying for documents across collections and increasing database values without a transaction.

The search engine has also added new datacenter locations for hosting the Cloud Firestore data. These will include a multi-region location in Europe, and 9 more regional locations (Asia, Australia, North and South America, and Europe).

Cloud Firestore datacenter locations

Images source: Google

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Cisco extends intent-based networking to IoT edge with new innovations

Cisco is looking to unlock the potential of internet of things (IoT) with the launch of new IoT Networking platforms, IoT Developer tools, IoT Partner trainings, as well as blueprints for utilities, manufacturing and remote assets.

Enterprises have unique IoT requirements and infrastructure needs that can grow and adapt with their business. Many of them struggle on these fronts. Cisco’s new innovations will provide enterprises scalability, flexibility, and security for their IoT environments, so that they can scale to production.

The new IoT Networking platforms include Cisco Catalyst IE3x00 Rugged Series of Switches and Cisco IR1101 Integrated Services Router Rugged. These platforms can be easily managed using Cisco DNA Center, so that enterprises can control the campus, branch and IoT environments from a single place.

New developer tools have been rolled out to DevNet (Cisco’s developer program), which include learning materials, tools, and support resources. This makes DevNet a complete platform for ecosystem partners to build and manage applications at the IoT edge.

“In IoT, the conversation is about business outcomes. It starts with secure connectivity as the foundation of every IoT deployment. By providing scale, flexibility and security, we’re turning the network into a secret weapon for our IoT customers,” said Liz Centoni, senior vice president and general manager, IoT at Cisco.

“And, with a new DevNet IoT developer center, we’re empowering thousands of partners and developers around the world to build upon our IoT platform.”

Cisco has developed blueprints for utilities, manufacturing, and remote and mobile assets, in order to speed up the process of moving from proofs of concepts to scaled deployments. For this, the company has worked with industry partners, and have successfully tested the blueprints to provide business outcomes.

Further, the company is going to provide trainings to its partners to help them successfully implement IoT projects. Cisco has a wide ecosystem of industry partners that include machine builder, independent software vendors (ISVs), and service providers from distinct industries.

Also read: Cisco and AWS launch Kubernetes-powered hybrid cloud solution

The new IoT networking platforms are now available for order.

Image source: Cisco

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