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Cisco and Rakuten Symphony establish Open RAN Infrastructure!

Cisco and Rakuten Symphony establish open Ran Infrastructure for the Japan-based Rakuten Group. Rakuten is a new venture established to aid in the adoption of cloud-native open RAN infrastructure and services. They came into an agreement to pool their resources to accelerate the deployment of cloud-native, virtualized 4G/5G mobile networks based on open radio access network (ORAN) technology. The companies signed a memorandum of understanding in Barcelona, Spain.

Rakuten Symphony and Cisco intend to offer solutions to help cellphone service providers compete more effectively in the cloud era. The companies intend to address the firm’s need for the digital revolution in order to reduce costs, improve agility, and adapt to changing technical, regulatory, and environmental requirements for sustainability.

Rakuten Symphony CEO Tareq Amin said: “We believe our collaboration with Cisco will bring something quite unique in the industry solving the industry’s current challenges when it comes to deploying new generations of networks. The principles of open architecture, cloud, virtualization, and automation are essential elements of the new networks that operators will be rolling out soon. Using open interfaces, virtualization, cloud, and automation from Rakuten Symphony along with Cisco’s well-established network footprint and offering will give telcos an opportunity to build and operate their networks in significantly better ways.”

Both the companies aim to offer solutions that can help mobile operators compete more effectively and efficiently in the cloud era. Cisco and Rakuten Symphony intend to address the industry’s need for massive change to reduce costs, improve agility, and meet future technical, regulatory, and environmental requirements for sustainability. The Executive Vice President and mass-scale infrastructure group general manager of Cisco, Jonathan Davidson said, “We have proven what the benefits of an open, cloud-driven, 5G-powered mobile network can do to transform the way people connect to do more and get more of everything today. Together with Rakuten Symphony, we have the unique opportunity to offer global service providers an alternative to legacy RAN, with a turnkey option to transform their networks to be more intuitive and automated to support the ever-evolving needs for connectivity.”

Kinetic Business launches OfficeSuite Express to provide cloud-based communications for small businesses!

Kinetic Business has introduced OfficeSuite Express to provide small businesses with an affordable communication solution for 10 or fewer desktop phones in one place.

Mark Lederman, vice president of marketing for Kinetic products said, “Businesses of all sizes across our 18-state footprint count on Kinetic Business for affordable, reliable and quality communications solutions. OfficeSuite UC has been a successful solution for many business customers, allowing their employees to stay connected and collaborate even while working remotely, maintaining business continuity. We are proud to bring a similar solution to our small business customers.”

OfficeSuite Express is designed to meet the different and unique needs of small businesses which enable employees to work anywhere on any device. It is a turnkey solution that provides direct access to an affordable, state-of-the-art cloud-based communications system by integrating OfficeSuite UC service with up to 10 desktop phones, allowing businesses to vent their guesses on their communication technology needs and make their phone system faster and have professional installation installed. This device carries features that escalate efficiency and productivity like one can work anywhere and at any time, add or receive calls and manage emails on any device, meet face to face and interact in real-time with OfficeSuite HD Meeting video conference, also access and manage all business communications securely online.

Palo Alto Networks and Google Cloud extend their partnership to make Cloud Adoption easier and safer

Palo Alto Networks and Google Cloud introduced Cloud IDS (Intrusion Detection System), a co-developed network threat detection service to help cloud clients solve crucial network security concerns.

Cloud IDS, powered by Palo Alto Networks’ industry-leading threat detection technology, offers Google Cloud users simple, managed, cloud native network-based threat detection in just a few clicks. The new service is the outcome of a year-long collaboration between Google and Palo Alto Networks, with the goal of integrating Palo Alto Networks’ best-in-class security with Google Cloud’s easy, safe, and scalable network.

“Businesses are betting on the cloud for their most important initiatives, and one of the most fundamental factors to their success will be security. We’ve had a tremendous strategic partnership with Google over the past three years that helps ensure that our joint customers can have a simple, secure journey to the cloud. This service takes that to new levels,” said Nikesh Arora, chairman and CEO of Palo Alto Networks.

“Customers demand uncompromising security that is simple to deploy and easy to manage. We built Cloud IDS to address these requirements, by bringing together Palo Alto Networks best-in-class security with Google’s secure and scalable infrastructure. This is one of the many ways Google Cloud and Palo Alto Networks are partnering together to deliver solutions that solve our customers’ security challenges,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud.

Detecting attacks has been a big barrier for cloud network security teams until now, resulting in security policy compliance issues and security operations center blind spots. Cloud IDS is easy to set up and deploy, IDS is a way to acquire deep insight into network-based threats and serve industry-specific security compliance goals for enterprises who desire an easy path to network threat detection. 

Google Cloud and Palo Alto Networks have teamed up to protect clients’ applications and data while migrating to the cloud as smooth as possible. Palo Alto Networks’ VM-Series Virtual Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) was the first Palo Alto Networks product to be supported on Google Cloud in 2018, and the two companies have subsequently created other product integrations. Customers can use a collaborative security reference architecture to secure their Google Cloud environments using best practices, according to the firms. Palo Alto Networks was also named Google Cloud Technology Partner of the Year for 2021 this week, a designation it has held for the past three years.

Kaspersky Industry Analyst Summit 2021

Global cybersecurity solution provider, Kaspersky, recently hosted its industry analyst summit 2021. Research analyst Sachin Birajdar attended the virtual event on behalf of Quadrant Knowledge Solutions (QKS).
The summit was opened by Kaspersky CEO Eugene Kaspersky, who talked about ‘Cyberimmunity on CyberAge’. Next, Kaspersky CTO Andrey Efremov elaborated on Kaspersky’s product vision and strategy. Alexander Moiseev (Chief Business officer) explained Kaspersky 2020 performance/2021 Outlook, while Sergey Martsynkyan explained the Kaspersky stage-by-stage approach.

Following this, discussions concerning Kaspersky Optimum Security EPP EDR, MDR and Sandbox security awareness, Kaspersky Hybrid Cloud Security, Kaspersky Expert Security: xDR (EDR, KATA, MDR), Kaspersky Cybertrace and threat intelligence, Kaspersky MDR services, Kaspersky OS/transportation, Kaspersky industrial cybersecurity, and Kaspersky fraud prevention took place. Kaspersky also announced the launch of its Optimum Security solution, which integrates EPP, EDR, and MDR in a single platform to help users create critical incident response process and protect from evasive attacks. The Kaspersky analysts further informed that the company is focusing on providing comprehensive multi-layered protection to the hybrid environment, supporting advanced level security, robust, granular visibility and control, and seamless integration with Kaspersky Optimum Security and Kaspersky Expert Security.

On this occasion, Kaspersky analysts also explained about their new technology and service framework Kaspersky Expert Security. This solution helps users to detect and respond to threats in the network, including APTs and targeted attacks and helps to enhance their current security system. Kaspersky informed that it offers threat intelligence services to contextualize various aspects of security operations and helps minimize the detection and response time. The analysts added that the company’s MDR (Managed Detection and Response) service offers continuous machine learning-driven protection to analyze, investigate and respond to threats in real-time. Kaspersky also informed the attendees about their efforts to secure organizations’ operational technology layers and elements, including SCADA servers, HMIs, engineering workstations, PLCs, network connections with their product and service portfolio. The company informed that it also provides training programs and technical support to manage organizational endpoint security and control industrial networks centrally. Kaspersky explained how they are allowing and securing organizational global client interaction on the web or mobile channels and how they are using machine learning and risk-based authentication to secure access to the accounts and resources.

Kaspersky introduced a new Operating system (KasperskyOS) to protect web integrated systems in emerging digital transformation use cases such as wired and autonomous vehicles. the analysts also showcased customer stories and use cases as proof of customer satisfaction and efficiency of the Kaspersky’ products.

Quadrant Knowledge Solutions would like to thank the Kaspersky team for providing an opportunity to attend the event.

About the Author

Sachin Birajdar
Analyst – Data Analytics and Security Domain

Sachin is a part of Quadrant’s global research and consulting team. He is responsible for data analytics & security research.
Sachin is responsible for conducting global strategic market outlook, SPARK Matrix Analysis, and client consulting assignments. He has worked on strategic research and vendor evaluation projects for Data Preparation Tool, Application Security Testing, Bot Management, Deception Technology, Identity as a service, Mobile Threat Management, Privileged Access Management (PAM), and such others. Sachin is also a part of Quadrant’s best practice team in identifying the most promising companies in the data analytics & security domain space. He was part of the team for consulting assignments including detailed market mapping, custom market intelligence, analyst briefing, and such others.
Sachin holds an MBA in Marketing and BSC in Physics from Savitribai Phule Pune University, India.