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WatchGuard's SD-WAN offering
WatchGuard has announced version 12.3 of its Fireware operating system for its Firebox Unified Security Platform appliances, featuring dynamic path selection capabilities to optimize WAN resources across distributed networks and securing branch locations with a UTM platform.
The vendor said in its announcement that businesses and MSPs can use the new SD-WAN functionality to "upgrade site-based security, improve network efficiency, reduce internet service costs and unify critical network and security management processes within a single platform".
WatchGuard also noted that businesses are turning to hybrid-WAN architectures and SD-WAN technology to help measure and send traffic throughout numerous WAN connections, to optimize cost and performance, especially across distributed enterprises.
Now, it added, every active Firebox appliance running Fireware 12.3 can utilize dynamic path selection to measure the performance of each WAN connection and select the best path for each traffic type based on those pre-configured policies.
Nlyte's Workload Asset Management
Nlyte Software announced today the availability of Nlyte Workload Asset Management to enable organizations to optimize the placement of application workloads.
The firm said organizations are now able to leverage "a fully intelligent decision-making system" that helps improve workload performance, resiliency, continuity and cost-effectiveness.
Nlyte Workload Asset Management combines datacenter infrastructure management, technology asset management and machine learning systems to provide greater insight into critical infrastructure, including facilities, assets, virtual machines and application containers.
Using this approach, it said, organizations can optimize their IT infrastructure with applications' needs in order to increase uptime while reducing operational costs.
The first supporting product to be released in the family is Nlyte Insight for Nutanix, a purpose-built extension for use by Nutanix Prism customers.
Pulse Secure's smart factory launch
Pulse Secure is rolling out a new release of Pulse Policy Secure (PPS) 9.0R3 to extend its Zero Trust Security model to IIoT devices and smart factories.
The new version enables factories to streamline machinery repairs and diminish costly production downtime through IT-managed secure access. It also secures networks by expanding its behavioral analytics to IoT devices, detecting anomalies and preventing their compromise.
"Our latest Pulse Secure release helps customers not only secure the smart factory floor, but it also helps streamline their maintenance activities by giving service technicians remote access to the equipment they maintain," said Pulse Secure's VP of product management, Prakash Mana, in a statement.
"Regardless [of whether] they are on the factory floor or in their remote office, our Zero Trust Security limits technician access to the equipment they maintain and requires that they use secured end-user devices to perform their work."
Applitools has announced what it says is the industry's first automated root cause analysis for bugs within web applications - meaning that for the first time, front-end developers and QA professionals can pinpoint the cause of bugs in application code within minutes.
This, claimed the company, eliminates hours from traditional bug diagnosis practices and will enable companies to keep software projects and digital transformation initiatives on schedule.
Applitools Root Cause Analysis shows what DOM and CSS differences underpin each visual difference between a baseline screenshot and a test screenshot and comprise the 'root cause' of the bug.
Rather than digging through thousands of lines of DOM and CSS to find the root cause, developers typically only need to look at several lines, Applitools said, making "bug fixing go faster, [while helping] app teams be more productive and release on time".
IDC's AR/VR forecast
Worldwide spending on augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) will reach nearly $20.4 billion in 2019, an increase of 68.8 percent over the $12.1 billion analyst IDC expects will be spent this year.
The latest update to IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Augmented and Virtual Reality Spending Guide also shows that worldwide spending on AR/VR products and services will continue its strong growth throughout the 2017 to 2022 forecast period, achieving a five-year compound annual growth rate of 69.6 percent.
"Early market developments indicate adoption of AR/VR technologies on a worldwide basis will expand for a decade or longer," said Marcus Torchia, research director, customer insights and analysis at IDC, in a statement.
"The innovators that serve a broad base of industries support dynamic end-user needs through the growing options in hardware and software solutions. We believe services will play a more prominent role in enterprise investments as the market matures."
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