Daily Archives: April 12, 2019

New Virtual CPE Supports VNF Hypervisor Solutions for SD-WAN

The virtual SmartNode (vSN) family of Virtual CPE products simplifies, accelerates, and lowers costs for SIP-trunk, hosted-PBX, SDN, IP-Access and VPN service deployments

SmartNode VoIP… More than Just Talk!

GAITHERSBURG, Md., April 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND: Patton Electronics—a time-tested, brick-and-mortar manufacturer of IP network equipment—has officially released its virtual SmartNode (vSN) line of virtualized network function (VNF) software CPE products, the company announced today.

The SmartNode virtual CPE offering for hypervisor implementation streamlines SD-WAN service deployment by providing a set of cloud-native software CPE products for download and deployment with bare metal on-premise hardware—a.k.a. universal CPE (uCPE).

Unlike many competing virtual CPE products the Patton vSN puts no limit on the number of registered users or sessions. Call capacity is easily scaled up or down as needed using a floating license model that automatically distributes licenses from the Cloud to SDN hypervisors wherever they are located.

Patton’s announcement comes in the wake of an anticipated 45.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the virtual CPE market that could reach $16.4 billion in 2022, according to a recent IDC forecast.

Offering all the benefits and none of the performance limitations of a shrink-wrapped CPE device, the vSN can be remotely provisioned, configured, managed, and monitored as a virtual machine (VM) using the Patton Cloud.

Thanks to simplified operation, reduced CapEx and OpEx, and faster service delivery, virtual CPEs are key drivers of the growing network function virtualization (NFV) deployment trend, according to techtarget.

Currently offered SmartNode NFV use cases include:

  • VPN server
  • IPv6-to-IPv4 network gateway
  • IP access router
  • Enterprise session border controller (eSBC) for hosted PBX or SIP trunk applications

With a software download from the cloud, hypervisor virtual machines may be repurposed for any of Patton’s available VNF options as required by the network administration.

>>Patton will offer a webinar covering the vSN use cases. Attendees can join the webinar offered at the most convenient time for their location:

  • EMEA  >>REGISTER
    TUE 05.07.2019 | 11:00 CEST
  • AMERICAS  >>REGISTER
    TUE 05.07.2019 | 11:00 EST
  • APAC  >>REGISTER
    WED 05.08.2019 | 12 NOON SGT            

In related news, Patton recently announced its new cloud–managed VoIP ATA with optional Power-over-Ethernet.

Media Contact: Glendon Flowers | +1 301 975 1000 | press@patton.com

Al-Bashir Opponents Now Denounce Military Government

KHARTOUM After 30 years in power, Omar al-Bashir is no longer president of Sudan. But on Friday, a day after he was ousted, tens of thousands of people remained in the streets of the capital and other cities, denouncing the army’s plan to lead a transitional government that will take the country to new elections.

The largest demonstration took place outside army headquarters, where people who first assembled on Saturday to protest al-Bashir are now demanding the army put civilians in charge.

This group of protesters chanted “it fell once, it will fall again,” referring to the government.

Troops surrounded the area but did not stop the demonstrations.

Politician Amal Jabrallah, a leader in Sudan’s Communist Party, urged the crowds not to leave, saying the protests are not only about removing al-Bashir, but the whole Islamic regime.

Amal said that the nation has revolted and gave huge sacrifices to change the Islamic political regime, the National Islamic Front, and not only al-Bashir.

On Friday, a leader of the new military ruling council promised Sudan would eventually get a civilian government.

Also, the head of the military’s rapid support forces said on social media that he would support the Sudanese people’s choice of a civilian transitional government and refuse any other solution to the ongoing crisis.

However, tension in the capital remained high.

On Thursday, security forces attacked the protesters for the third time this week and were again pushed back by army troops. One person was killed in a shooting.

Overnight, protesters ignored an army curfew. And on Friday, shooting was heard inside army headquarters. The source of the shooting was unclear.

Source: Voice of America

Army: DR Congo Troops Kill 36 Burundi Rebels in East

KINSHASA Congolese troops killed 36 Burundian rebels in clashes with two armed groups in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo and three soldiers were also killed, the DRC army said Friday.

The Congolese army mounted a series of operations between April 6 and 8 in the eastern province of South Kivu aimed at regaining territory against the Burundian rebel groups National Liberation Forces (FNL) and the Burundian Republican Forces (FOREBU).

“During the three days of combat, 36 of these rebels have been neutralised,” army spokesman Dieudonne Kasereka said.

FNL leader general Aloyse Zabampema was seriously wounded, he said. Several areas formerly under the control of rebels have been recovered by Congolese soldiers, he added.

Reuters was unable to immediately confirm the army report.

The FNL is among several ethnic Hutu rebel groups that rose up to fight Burundi’s Tutsi-led military government in the 1993-2005 civil war. Though it officially disarmed in 2009, pockets of FNL fighters remain active in eastern Congo.

Millions were killed in the civil war in Congo between 1998-2003, when foreign armies and allied rebel groups clashed over territory and mineral concessions, mostly in the east.

Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi, who took office in January, has pledged to address the militia violence that persists in the region.

Source: Voice of America

Remarks at the Ministerial on U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership

DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you, Julie. Good morning, Your Excellencies, leaders from the region, partners, friends, representatives of CDEMA, RSS officials, and of course my colleague across the U.S. Government who are here, in particular Admiral Faller, who is our host this morning, and his colleagues at SOUTHCOM. In particular, I want to thank all of the officials from countries in the Caribbean who traveled here today to share your perspectives, experience, and knowledge, which is so important for us to share.

On behalf of President Trump and Secretary Pompeo, I want to underscore the United States’ commitment to enhancing our cooperation with the Western Hemisphere and the Caribbean, in particular. My first year as deputy secretary of state in 2017 was one of the worst hurricane seasons on record. Today, I am glad to join with my U.S. Government colleagues, delegations from 18 Caribbean nations, and critical disaster response organizations to build our resilience, and ultimately, save lives and livelihoods.

Our nations are bound by a shared history, common interests, and deep social ties. As we look to strengthen those bonds, we continue our focus on promoting prosperity, security, health, education, and energy. Through conversations I’ve had with many of you over the last two years, I’ve learned that we all agree on the need for sustained collaboration on disaster response and resilience.

The U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership will require continued cooperation to move away from cycles of destruction, relief, and reconstruction. Together we can prevent situations in which natural disasters are compounded by exploitation and opaque deal-making that can weaken institutions and undermine vulnerable economies. We all come to the table today as neighbors and friends who understand that our successes and failures are intertwined.

Each year, our governments, businesses, and citizens prepare for the hurricane season. The memory and destruction of recent seasons remains fresh, and we do not forget the devastating hurricanes in 2017 Harvey, Irma, and Maria. We all felt the destruction, the loss of property, and especially, the loss of life. Hurricanes know no boundaries. We must overcome our own, especially those that block our ability to respond and prepare effectively.

The broad range and depth of topics we will address during today’s discussions will build a strong foundation of partnership and collaboration around disaster risk reduction and response. Our task today is to bolster our existing efforts and explore new avenues for cooperation.

The United States brings ten different U.S. Government organizations to the table today to deliver on our commitment to enhanced engagement. The agencies represented here span the range of the entire foreign policy spectrum from diplomacy to development to defense.

And I look forward to working with you today. As neighbors and partners in this hemisphere, we will be more resilient. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

Source: US Department of State

South Africa celebrates 25 years of democracy Friday, April 12

PRETORIA, Government has urged South Africans to join in on this year’s national Freedom Month celebration that coincides with the country’s 25 years of Freedom and Democracy.

The celebration is a month before South Africans take to the polls on May 8. The theme for this year is Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy.

Freedom Month affords South Africans the opportunity to make a pledge towards fighting the legacy of racism and economic inequality as well as renewing loyalty to the country and commitment to its future, government said in a statement.

During this Freedom Month we celebrate our achievements and reflect on our successes during the 25 years of Freedom and Democracy, said Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Acting Director-General Phumla Williams.

She said the country’s vibrant democracy is anchored in the Constitution which guarantees equal rights for all.

Since the dawn of democracy, government has consistently worked on improving the lives of all South Africans, said Williams.

Government has encouraged South Africans to work together to encourage a socially integrated and inclusive South Africa.

All sectors of society must play their part in building an inclusive economy and work together to remove all obstacles which still divide society and strive to build on the many ties that bind it together, Williams said.

Government added that nation building is a process that should be nurtured and defended and South Africans should continue forging a national identity which binds everyone together around the values including mutual respect, tolerance and acceptance.

Members of the public are urged to join the conversation on social media and share their messages, memories or reflections of these 25 Years of Freedom and Democracy using the hashtags #FreedomMonth and the #MyFreedomSA Facebook profile picture frame found on this link: http://www.facebook.com/profilepicframes/?selected_overlay_id=2379355118744298.

To get the latest updates on Freedom Month activities you can follow @GovernmentZA @SAGovNews @GCISMedia.

Source: Nam News Network (NNN)