SASE: Networking, Security, Edge, or None – or All of the Above? Where Should an Enterprise Start?

G. Barton
G. Barton Research Director

Summary Bullets:

• SASE combines WAN with elements of security and edge technology, but that is not a catch-all solution.

• For SASE to work, organizations must break down internal silos to create a unified approach to data routing and security policies.

What is SASE or – to reference it by its full name – secure access service edge? Enterprises can be forgiven to a degree of uncertainty on this point since, as with all new technology concepts, the term has been used rather freely by vendors, service providers, and analysts alike. In its original form, the concept envisioned a move beyond traditional WAN (including SD-WAN) to a group of network technologies that would be deployed at the network edge (in a move away from customer premises equipment) and would combine both routing and security capabilities.

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NTT and VMware’s Partnership Demonstrates Need for Partnership in Edge Services Delivery

J. Marcus

Summary Bullets:

• NTT and VMware integrated their respective private network and edge compute offerings – both were originally launched in 2021 – to offer the new Edge-as-a-Service.

• The partners will go to market jointly and coordinate sales, marketing, and customer co-innovations, with NTT delivering the managed service across its global footprint.

NTT Ltd. and VMware launched Edge-as-a-Service, a fully managed edge compute platform that runs on the Intel network and edge infrastructure and is complemented by NTT’s existing private LTE/5G offering based on technology from Celona. NTT is using VMware’s Edge Compute Stack, an integrated virtual machine (VM) and container-based stack to help organizations modernize and secure edge-native apps close to end users, while VMware – despite already offering a private cellular connectivity platform built on components from Druid Software and ASOCS – is now adopting NTT’s Private 5G as part of its edge solution.

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Slack Reinforces Its Focus on Productivity with the Announcement of Slack Canvas

G. Willsky

Summary Bullets:

• Slack Canvas fulfills the truest potential of hybrid work tools – increasing productivity.

• Productivity has been a focal point at Slack, and that places it in an enviable position.

Slack has announced Slack Canvas, which is scheduled to launch in 2023. Slack Canvas supplements channels, which are the centerpiece of the Slack platform. Slack defines channels as repositories that centralize people, information, and tools, thus facilitating collaboration. Any channel can have a dedicated, customizable canvas associated with it. Canvases provide a permanent place to organize and store resources that can be shared with and updated by a team.

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Realizing Real Returns from On-Demand Service Investment in Latin America

Amy Larsen DeCarlo – Principal Analyst, Security and Data Center Services

As the global economy faces serious headwinds from a challenging geopolitical climate, enterprises are turning to technology as a tool to help navigate rocky competitive terrain. This is particularly true in regions like Latin America where economic instability has long been a problem. Serious economic challenges came into sharp relief in the region when nominal GDP declined 16.3% in 2020 from $5.2 trillion to $4.5 trillion. Continue reading “Realizing Real Returns from On-Demand Service Investment in Latin America”

UltraSight Brings AI Technology to Improve Detection of Cardiovascular Diseases

Principal Analyst, Advanced Analytics

Summary Bullets:

• Applying artificial intelligence (AI) to healthcare has been the goal of some incumbent technology startup companies. Despite some progress, breakthroughs have proved elusive.

• Despite the difficulties encountered, UltraSight has brought to market an ultrasound software that utilizes AI to produce diagnostic quality images and provides real-time operational instructions.

On August 25, UltraSight received permission to use the conformité européenne (CE) mark on its UltraSight cardiac imaging software for use on ultrasound devices. The CE mark is required for select items sold in the European Union. The mark indicates that the manufacturer or importer of that product affirms that it is in compliance with the relevant EU legislation and the product may be sold anywhere in the European Economic Area. The permission to use the CE mark on a product is an essential milestone in product development, and the UltraSight software will improve the detection of cardiac irregularities, especially in emergencies.

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Fly by Wire

S. Schuchart

Summary Bullets:

• Wireless, especially 5G and WiFi6/6E, are so popular, the wired seems old-fashioned.

• Use the right technology for the application and don’t discount a wired connection.

We all swim in a world of radio frequencies delivering us music, television, data, the beloved voices of our friends and family, or the dreaded drone of telemarketers. Both 5G and WiFi 6E are the hot topic in enterprise wireless spaces, touted for everything from stadium connectivity to mass IoT. The sheer engineering of these technologies is awesome to behold, and the tricks radio-frequency engineers have learned over the years to coax more and more performance out of allocated spectrum is truly wonderous to behold. It’s reached the point where the very idea of using actual wiring – be it copper or optical fiber – seems quaintly old-fashioned outside of data center environments.

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Airtel and IBM Bring Complementary Assets to Deliver 5G-Capable Edge Computing

S. Soh

Summary Bullets:

• IBM and Bharti Airtel announced their intent to deploy Airtel’s edge computing platform in India, which will include 120 network data centers across 20 cities.

• This is a positive development for both firms, but there is still work to be done in educating the market, co-developing solutions with customers, and expanding the partner ecosystem.

Airtel’s edge computing platform delivers a hybrid environment based on IBM Cloud Satellite and Red Hat OpenShift; the business value is significantly enhanced when combined with 5G. Maruti Suzuki India intends to use the edge platform to increase accuracy and efficiency for quality inspections on the factory floor. Through Airtel’s 5G connectivity and IBM’s secured edge computing, enterprises can deploy and manage workloads in near real-time.

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Celona Focuses on Private Cellular Device Interoperability with Certification Initiatives

Kathryn Weldon – Research Director, Business Network and IT Services – Americas

Summary Bullets:

• Celona raises the profile of its private network offering by introducing device certification and enterprise training programs to address interoperability, enhance plug-and-play experience, and increase the number of devices that work on its network.

• The new program streamlines the device certification process while providing rigorous performance testing, including suites for enterprise applications and measurements of parameters such as packet error rate, latency, handover time, and features for QoS and 5G routing.

Celona’s new device certification and customer training programs have several key aims. In order to expand its share of the increasingly competitive private wireless network market, Celona needs to expand the number of certified devices that work with its private wireless offering and edge software. At the same time, it wants to ease customer pain points, which it claims have not been addressed well by other providers. These include (1) the difficulty of finding the best devices for the customers’ particular use cases and environments; (2) making sure these devices work properly, not just from the perspective of the standard certification criteria such as regulatory compliance and device specifications for macro networks, but based on more rigorous performance testing; and (3) ensuring that these devices are interoperable. All of these issues feed into its marketing claims about having turnkey, plug-and-play solutions. The new customer training modules are also aimed at frictionless deployments, which in turn provide more satisfied customers and potential references. Specific elements of its new programs include:

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Quantum Error Correction Will Supercharge the Quantum Computing Market

S. Schuchart

Summary Bullets:

• Quantum error correction is a significant driver for quantum computing research and the unending quest for quantum supremacy

• The quantum computing market will explode if quantum error correction allows for markedly more stable qubits

As 2022 continues its exorable march towards 2023, the developments in the quantum computing market continue at a dizzying pace. Its particularly remarkable considering that quantum supremacy is still elusive. Quantum supremacy, also sometimes called quantum advantage, is when a quantum computer can solve problems faster than its classical computing counterparts. Without quantum supremacy, the commercial uses and long term prospects of quantum computing evaporate like water droplets in a hot skillet. Continue reading “Quantum Error Correction Will Supercharge the Quantum Computing Market”

IoT M&A and Product Exits Consolidate a Fragmented Market but May Augur Trouble

Kathryn Weldon – Research Director, Business Network and IT Services – Americas

Summary Bullets:

• The last two weeks have seen unusual levels of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity within the IoT ecosystem and the announced exit of an IoT platform from a major vendor.

• These changes confirm a need for consolidation in an overly complex and fragmented market with a way to provide growth and longevity for vendors by enlarging product scope.

M&A

  • On July 29, Telit, a US-based provider of IoT technology solutions including hardware and management platforms, announced its intention to acquire the cellular IoT products of Thales, a French vendor of aerospace, defense, security, and digital identity solutions. These include Thales’ portfolio of wireless communication modules, gateways, and data modem cards that support 4G LTE, LPWAN, and 5G. Telit notes that the acquisition will expand its presence in new industrial IoT segments including payment systems, energy, e-health, and security. It also enhances the company’s ability to respond to demand for cybersecure IoT solutions in modules and cellular connectivity. In turn, Thales will take a 25% stake in the expanded Telit business, which will be rebranded as Telit Cinterion.
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