Tanaza participates in the Facebook Accelerator: Connectivity program 2020

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Tanaza participates in the Facebook Accelerator: Connectivity program 2020


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Tanaza takes part in the Facebook Accelerator: Connectivity program,  which focuses on connectivity solutions that improve the availability and affordability of internet access.

Facebook Connectivity bringing more people online to a faster internet

Connectivity is at the heart of Facebook’s mission to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Critical to this mission is high-quality internet access, which provides people with a voice and creates opportunities to share the knowledge that can strengthen local communities and global economies. To make this happen, Facebook Connectivity has launched an array of projects, technologies, and partnerships designed to increase the availability, affordability, and awareness of high-quality internet access.

What is the Facebook Accelerator: Connectivity program?

Facebook and MassChallenge recently launched Facebook Accelerator: Connectivity for startups that improve internet connectivity through technologies and new models that address internet access, availability and affordability across the Americas.

20 startups were selected to partner with Facebook Connectivity to help scale their businesses and accelerate the pace of innovation. Tanaza has been invited to participate in the 12-week virtual program to receive industry-oriented training and participate in workshops with access to industry experts, mentors, and potential strategic partners and investors.

The Facebook Accelerator: Connectivity Program looks to accelerate: 

  • Innovative solutions that improve performance or lower cost of CSP infrastructure (Cloud, SDN, Automation)
  • Plans to connect the unconnected (ISPs & SIs) and novel business models that enable them.
  • Technologies that enhance communications speed, coverage, density, and security. 
  • New services –enabled by advancements in edge computing, cloudification, or AI.
  • Power advances that expand connectivity in rural areas and emerging markets.
  • CPE that disrupts the status quo.

Tanaza and Facebook –bringing innovation to the Wi-Fi space.

Tanaza is already a Facebook Connectivity’s Express Wi-Fi Technology Program partner, enabling network equipment manufacturers to build network hardware and software compatible with Express Wi-Fi. 

Tanaza has developed an intuitive and responsive Wi-Fi cloud management platform for IT professionals to operate networks remotely. The vendor-agnostic platform makes the deployment, configuration, and management of Wi-Fi networks straightforward. Furthermore, it allows customers to control and monitor multiple Wi-Fi devices from a single dashboard in the cloud. 

As an Express Wi-Fi Technology partner, Tanaza has integrated the Express Wi-Fi platform into its feature set. As of now, Tanaza can work with mobile network operators in areas of the world affected by the digital divide and expand its presence in some Asian and African countries. Therefore, operators will have the opportunity to monetize their networks and cloud manage them through an enterprise-grade system at a fraction of the cost due to Express Wi-Fi.

The Facebook Accelerator: Connectivity program kicks off with the Bootcamp Day.

The 12-week virtual program will kick off with a Bootcamp Day in which startups will meet Facebook Connectivity teams and mentors, and participate in the first of a series of workshops.

Tanaza creates value for its partners and users by allowing unprecedented efficiency and scalability in network management, including freeing users from proprietary hardware.  By joining Facebook Accelerator: Connectivity, Tanaza will be able to build on its vision to democratize Wi-Fi by making it affordable and available to more people globally.

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Linux kernel embraces new terminology

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Linux kernel embraces new terminology slashing out’ blacklist’ and ‘slave’ terms – Tanaza joins the movement


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Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux and principal engineer of the Linux kernel, has recently approved the new neutral terminology for Linux code. Along with documentation to promote a more inclusive language. The change entails slashing out words like blacklist, master, and slave.

Linux Kernel has approved New Neutral Terminology

At the moment, there are no confirmed alternatives to replace the previous terminology. However, Mr. Torvalds has suggested plenty of choices. For instance, the suggested alternatives for master/slave are

  • primary/secondary
  • initiator/target
  • leader/follower
  • director/performer
  • main/replica or subordinate
  • requester/responder
  • controller/device
  • host/worker or proxy

The suggested alternatives for blacklist/whitelist are: 

  • denylist/allowlist
  • blocklist/passlist

No fixed term applies to all use cases, so developers can choose as appropriate, as the Linux team did not recommend any specific terms. These new terms should be used for new source code written specifically for the Linux kernel and related documentation.

In regards to the old terms, they are now considered inadequate and not inclusive. The will and only be allowed to support and maintain old code and documentation. Or “when updating code for an existing (as of 2020) hardware or protocol specification that mandates those terms,” says the Linux team.

In our view, the lack of a defined list of terms might create a bit of chaos in the future. Nevertheless, creating a more inclusive language for the developer community’s use is the proper way to go.

The movement in the Tech Community

Everything started back in July when Dan Williams, Linux kernel maintainer, filed a proposal to remove the master/slave and blacklist/whitelist terminologies. Mr. Tovalds approved the request earlier this month in a pull request for the Linux 5.8 repository.

But what is more exciting is that the Linux kernel community is not the only one joining the movement. Several major product and programming language teams, including Twitter, Chrome, Android, Curl, Go, and Microsoft, have also adopted alternative terminology. GitHub said that it will replace racially insensitive terms from its documentation too.

Tanaza will adopt the Linux new neutral terminology

Tanaza proudly joins the movement by adopting alternative terms in our code source. At the core of Tanaza’s technology is TanazaOS, a powerful Linux-based Operating System. Therefore, Tanaza commits to adopt the new Linux terminology for feature developments and replace any term and documentation that does not reflect inclusiveness or does not comply with the Linux community’s new terms. 

‘We fully embrace the Linux movement and support a more inclusive programming language,’ says Rocco Folino, Head of Embedded Software Engineering at Tanaza. These efforts’ primary goal is to make tech products and IT environments more welcoming to everybody.

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Tanaza is partnering with Edgecore Networks to offer a joint Cloud-Managed Wi-Fi solution

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Tanaza is partnering with Edgecore Networks to offer a joint Cloud-Managed Wi-Fi solution

We are proud to announce that Tanaza and Edgecore Networks are partnering to provide unprecedented progress in the open networking industry by integrating the Linux-based Tanaza Operating System, TanazaOS, to run atop Edgecore Networks open Wi-Fi access points.

Tanaza the WiFi Cloud-Managed Solution

Tanaza developed an intuitive and responsive WiFi cloud management platform for IT professionals to operate networks remotely. The vendor-agnostic platform makes the deployment, configuration, and management of WiFi networks straightforward. It allows customers to control and monitor multiple WiFi devices from a single dashboard in the cloud. 

We create value for our partners and users by allowing unprecedented efficiency in network management. Furthermore, Tanaza frees users from locked-in vertical solutions that impose a software and hardware bundle. Also, by leveraging the software and hardware disaggregation paradigm it allows users to upgrade to TanazaOS, access points from different vendors.

Edgecore Networks, the leader in Open Networking

Edgecore Networks Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Accton Technology Corporation, the leading network ODM. Edgecore is the leader in Open Networking. They offer scalable, converged networking solutions that meet different customer needs targeting Data Centers, Telecommunication Service Providers, MSPs, and Enterprises. 

Their underlying philosophy is to provide professional wired and wireless solutions from the edge to the core. The company delivers wired and wireless networking products and solutions through channel partners and system integrators worldwide.

Tanaza partners with Edgecore Networks to deliver a joint cloud-managed WiFi solution

The cutting-edge partnership between Tanaza and Edgecore Networks will allow all MSPs and Service Providers to combine the powerful flexibility of Tanaza’s software with a solid and high-performing Edgecore device. 

Over time most of Edgecore Networks’ devices will join the family of Tanaza Powered Devices™— a curated selection of performing WiFi access points that come with the Tanaza Operating System already pre-installed to provide users with an out-of-the-box, plug&play experience. 

The first Edgecore open access points models to be supported are:

Currently, Tanaza is developing compatibility with more Edge-core devices. Stay tuned and visit our Support portal to learn more about upcoming devices compatible with Tanaza. 

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Linksys and Tanaza are partnering for deeper integration of their technologies

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Linksys and Tanaza are partnering for deeper integration of their technologies


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Tanaza and Linksys are expanding their technology partnership to accelerate Cloud Management and Services in Linksys Business Access Points. The two companies are working together to enhance the capabilities and benefits customers realize from the Linksys Cloud Manager by integrating their technologies.

A renewed collaboration to bring Linksys Business Solutions to the next level

The collaboration between Linksys and Tanaza resulted in the August 2018 launch of the Linksys Cloud Manager, combining enterprise-grade hardware and technical support from Linksys with Tanaza’s powerful cloud management software bundled with no license fees for 5 years. The companies have evolved the software platform several times since the initial launch to deliver additional benefits, making the Linksys Cloud Manager a superior value proposition for MSPs and network administrators.
In 2020, both companies are embarking on a deeper integration to enhance the customer experience even further. The new agreement leverages more Tanaza technologies integrated on Linksys hardware platforms and fosters unparalleled development collaboration, acceleration, and optimization to create the ultimate cloud platform for business users.

“With this deeper integration and collaboration, we will be able to take our Linksys Business Solutions to the next level. We’re eager to deliver a cloud experience that is fast and easy to use, yet powerful enough for sophisticated network administrators. When combined with enterprise-grade hardware and dedicated technical support that business customers can rely on, we’re confident that we will provide tremendous value to the market today and for years to come.”, said John Minasyan, Director of Product Management, Commercial Products.

“Designed from the ground-up, it perfectly matches the requirements of modern cloud-based contexts, where responsiveness, real-time manageability, scalability, and seamless integration with the cloud infrastructure are paramount. Being able to provide all of this within the high-quality Linksys hardware that is widely available in most countries and Linksys’ award-winning customer service is simply fantastic. We have already started working on an extensive roadmap of enterprise-grade features to release over the next months. While the current COVID-19 pandemic will have an impact on the near-term, I still see a bright future for this partnership.”, declared Sebastiano Bertani, CEO and Founder of Tanaza.
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What’s coming up next

When Linksys chose Tanaza to create and maintain the Linksys Cloud Manager infrastructure, the aim was to put together a system with enterprise-level security, scalability, and reliability to be sure that the product is best-in-class in the wireless networking industry.
The system will be faster and able to apply real-time configurations for enhanced user experience. As always, Linksys Cloud Manager will distinguish itself in the market for ease of use and its unequaled performance.

The partnership will enable both companies to drive innovation to provide Managed Service Providers and business customers with a Cloud Management platform of unparalleled performance, features, and services coupled with highly reliable enterprise-grade hardware and technical support.

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Tanaza joins Facebook Connectivity’s Express Wi-Fi Technology Partner Program

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Tanaza joins Facebook Connectivity’s Express Wi-Fi Technology Partner Program


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Tanaza has joined Facebook Connectivity’s Express Wi-Fi Technology Partner Program, which enables network equipment manufacturers to build network hardware and software that is compatible with Express Wi-Fi.  

The 2019 EIU Inclusive Internet Index, commissioned by Facebook, found that 3.8 billion people don’t have access to fast, reliable internet. Wi-Fi networks have traditionally been hard to set up and expensive to deploy, especially when the intent is to reach an entire unconnected town or village. The Express Wi-Fi Technology Partner Program provides a unique solution by developing new technologies in partnership with equipment manufacturers and operators to build cost-effective Express Wi-Fi compatible hardware and software, enabling more people in more places to get connected.

What is Facebook Connectivity’s Express Wi-Fi?

Express Wi-Fi is part of Facebook Connectivity, a collection of programs, technologies and partnerships designed to increase the availability, affordability and awareness of high-quality internet access.

Connectivity is at the heart of Facebook’s mission.

Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Critical to this mission is high-quality internet access, which gives people a voice and creates opportunities to share knowledge that can strengthen local communities and global economies. Facebook Connectivity works closely with partners including mobile network operators, equipment manufacturers and more to develop programs and technologies—including Express WiFi, Magma, and Terragraph—that increase the availability, affordability and awareness of high-quality internet access, bringing more people online to a faster internet.

“More than 3.5 billion people still don’t have internet access, fueling the digital divide,” said James Beldock, Facebook Connectivity’s product manager for Express Wi-Fi. “Alongside our partners, Facebook Connectivity breaks down barriers to connectivity with new technologies, business models and programs, such as Express Wi-Fi, which service providers use to deliver fast and affordable Wi-Fi. Critical to the program’s success are our Express Wi-Fi technology partners, who have committed to building Express Wi-Fi compatible software and hardware. We welcome Tanaza to the program and look forward to partnering with them to expand connectivity globally.”

Tanaza aims to provide high-quality network services to underserved areas that have not had access due to lack of infrastructure and high costs,” said Sebastiano Bertani, CEO, and Founder of Tanaza.  “Joining the Express Wi-Fi Technology Partner Program will allow us to give our users fast, affordable and reliable Wi-Fi easily and aligns with our mission to make Wi-Fi more accessible.” 

“By integrating the Express Wi-Fi platform into its feature set, Tanaza will be able to work with mobile network operators in areas of the world that are suffering most from the digital divide and expand its presence in some Asian and African countries,” said Valeria Magoni, Head of Marketing at Tanaza. “Operators will have the opportunity to monetize their networks and cloud manage them through an enterprise-grade system at a fraction of the cost due to Express Wi-Fi.”

Members of the Technology Partner Program are currently collaborating to connect underserved communities around the world and to bring more people online to faster internet. Further updates about this feature’s release are expected in the next few months.

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Discover the Open WiFi System for Communication Service Providers

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Discover the Open Wi-Fi System for Communication Service Providers developed by Tanaza, Plume®, and ConnectUs Technologies


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Tanazain collaboration with Plume® and ConnectUs Technologies, started the Open WiFi System project in 2019, through the Telecom Infra Project (TIP)

The project was officially announced at TIP Summit ’19 in Amsterdam.

Launched in February 2016, TIP is a collaborative telecom community that is evolving the infrastructure that underpins global connectivity. TIP’s mission is to accelerate the pace of innovation in next generation telecom networks, through the design, build, test and deployment of standards-based, open and disaggregated network solutions. Over the past four years TIP has driven substantial innovation across all elements of the network including Access, Transport, Core & Services, while spanning urban through to rural market use cases.

Tanaza joined TIP’s Wi-Fi Project Group in early 2019, and has contributed with technology and experience in hardware and software disaggregation.

The Open Wi-Fi System project aims at contributing to hardware and software disaggregation.

Tanaza believes that hardware and software disaggregation and, ultimately, White-Box Wi-Fi access points is the way to lower total cost of ownership (TCO) in Wi-Fi deployments and hence involve and connect more and more people.  To this end, Tanaza, Plume, and ConnectUs have demonstrated the compatibility of their respective cloud-based Wi-Fi controller platform with TIP’s open-AP software stack including the open-source framework OpenSync™. Thanks to this project, any TIP Open Access Point, supporting an OpenSync interface, could be associated with the Tanaza or the Plume or the ConnectUs Technologies cloud platform, or any other cloud stacks available.

What is OpenSync?

OpenSync is the world’s fastest-growing cloud-agnostic, open-source software to enable the curation, delivery and support of services and management of devices for the smart home. Today OpenSync carries more than 62 Petabytes of data over its platform every day connecting over half a billion devices, spanning some 1000 device brands and over 7000 unique device types, and these numbers are exponentially growing. Compatible with other initiatives such as RDK and OpenWRT, and broadly deployed by leading global ISPs and device makers, the software is critical to residential and enterprise Wi-Fi and IP delivered services. Chipset suppliers, device makers, system integrators, internet service providers and operators find many benefits with OpenSync’s open, interoperable, multi-vendor interfaces and simple and efficient scaling on a proven platform.

“Nowadays, the technology stacks used by operators to deploy Wi-Fi do not communicate with each other. As a consequence, executing mass configurations, maintaining and troubleshooting the networks, and the deployment of new applications demand an extremely high effort. Disaggregation solves this problem by allowing the cloud software to speak with White-Box Wi-Fi access points, that increases operational efficiency. In addition, disaggregation allows reducing the total cost of ownership for operators by bringing down both the cost of Wi-Fi hardware (CAPEX) and the costs of maintenance (OPEX)”, states Sebastiano Bertani, CEO, and Founder of Tanaza.

Tanaza joined forces with the other members of the TIP Project Group, to validate how hardware and software components work together and to ensure those components are interoperable. The access point firmware will be open-sourced within TIP, in addition to some parts of the controller software. As a result, this will significantly lower the barrier to entry for new vendors participating in the ecosystem.

A first demo test of Open Wi-Fi system is now a reality.

“It’s something huge working together with such players to fully support them in this path, and partner with them to reach more service providers that want to take advantage of the opportunities that open WiFi systems can offer. We’re working hard to make this happen by using our knowledge and technologies. A first demo test case featuring the interoperability of White-Box Wi-Fi hardware with both the Plume and Tanaza cloud stacks is ready. We are thrilled!” says Cristian Piacente, CTO at Tanaza.

Tanaza is dedicated to make hardware and software disaggregation in Wi-Fi a reality.

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