5 Best Free VDI Solutions for Developers in 2019

AARON WALKER | December 4, 2018 | 74 views

Enabling access to remote desktops, laptops, and operating systems is one of the best ways to remain secure within a network. This process is called virtualization and is possible through the use of virtual desktop infrastructure software, also known as VDI. This process is called virtualization and is possible through the use of virtual desktop infrastructure software, also known as VDI. But despite the security benefits, VDI software isn’t necessarily known for its affordability. For developers looking for virtualization on a budget, we compiled an in-depth analysis of the best free VDI solutions to look for in 2019.

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HSC (Hervé Schauer Consultants) is an information security consulting company since 1989,Herve Schauer Consultants: the significant precursor for more than 25 years.Security audit: infrastructures of all sizes and all kinds: operating systems, web applications, SCADA, firewalls, IPBX, mainframes.

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Virtualization can transform your company’s IT infrastructure

Article | July 26, 2022

For many companies in today’s highly competitive, rapidly digitizing world, data center transformation is not merely a one-time project – it’s a constant challenge. No corporate IT leader should be content merely to revamp their data infrastructure once, then call it a day. Instead, they should always be looking for ways to make their approach to data more dynamic and easier to scale. Ideally, they’d do so in a way that maximizes resource utilization while minimizing costs. Luckily, that’s exactly the idea behind virtualization, which involves creating a new infrastructure that’s capable of rapidly scaling and facilitating workload development. IT leaders are quickly coming to realize that with virtualization in their toolbox, they’re able to make their operations more agile than ever, and without increasing costs. This is why over 80% of enterprise server workloads today are running on virtual machines, and the market for data center virtualization is expected to reach a total value of $10 billion by 2023.

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Best Practices for vSphere 6.7 Tagging

Article | September 9, 2022

vSphere Tags were introduced in version 5.1 as a way to organize inventory objects such as VMs, Hosts, Datastores, etc., a much-needed feature for helping search for or group objects within vSphere. A Tag is basically a label that can be applied to vSphere inventory objects. When an administrator creates a tag, it is then assigned to a tag category. Categories allow the grouping of related tags. When a Category is created, you can specify associations of object types (such as; VM or Datastore) as well as whether more than one tag in a category can be applied to an object (ex; One Tag or Many Tags).

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How to automate the creation multiple routable VLANs on single L2 network using VyOS

Article | August 12, 2022

My personal homelab has a very simple network topology, everything is connected to a single flat network. This has served me well over the years, but sometimes it can prevent me from deploying more complex scenarios. Most recently while working with NSX-T and Project Pacific, I had a need for additional VLANs which my home router does not support. There are a number of software solutions that can be used including the popular pfSense, which I have used before. Over the Winter break, a colleague introduced me to VyOS, which is another popular software firewall and router solution. I had not heard of VyOS before but later realized it was derived from Vyatta, which I had heard of, but development of that solution had stopped and VyOS is now the open source version of that software. Having never played with VyoS before, I thought this might be a good learning opopournity and started to dabble with VyOS over the holiday.

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Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Remote/Branch Offices & Edge Computing

Article | February 10, 2020

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is playing a significant role in building an enterprise multi-cloud environment. The benefits are well documented – you can learn more about them in a new white paper developed in collaboration with ViON, Fujitsu, and Nutanix, “Simplifying Multi-Cloud and Securing Mission Progress.” In addition to driving a cloud foundation, hyperconverged infrastructure is driving other use cases. In our first blog, we examined the impact that HCI can have in a disaster recovery solution. In this installment, we’ll discuss how HCI is changing the dynamics for remote offices and edge computing.

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Hervé Schauer Consultants (HSC)

HSC (Hervé Schauer Consultants) is an information security consulting company since 1989,Herve Schauer Consultants: the significant precursor for more than 25 years.Security audit: infrastructures of all sizes and all kinds: operating systems, web applications, SCADA, firewalls, IPBX, mainframes.

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Login VSI Launches Login Enterprise 5.0: Introduces Powerful Dashboards for Cost and Capacity Tracking

prnewswire | March 31, 2023

Login VSI, the industry-leading software provider of 360° proactive visibility for virtual workspaces, announced the release of Login Enterprise 5.0, the latest version of its flagship product. This release comes with highly anticipated new features – dashboards for cost and capacity tracking that offer predictive insights to help IT organizations control cost and optimize their virtualized desktop and application environments more effectively. As the market for cloud-based desktops and hosted applications changes, concerns regarding cost management, now and in the future, have shifted to the top of the priority list for many organizations. For years, more visibility has been needed into the capacity and, more importantly, the cost of these environments as they change over time. The dashboards included in Login Enterprise 5.0 help fill this gap by enabling IT teams to track, trend, and monitor production deployments' cost, capacity, and performance over time as environments evolve. "Understanding the costs associated with desktop and app virtualization, both on-premises and in the cloud, has always been challenging. Login VSI's benchmarking and proactive monitoring capabilities will help customers get accurate estimates–using data from their workloads–of their costs before deploying anything. This will allow them to make data-driven decisions based on cost and price-to-performance ratios while weighing out the benefits of cloud versus on-premises workloads," says Gabe Knuth, Senior Analyst at TechTarget's Enterprise Strategy Group. Login VSI's mission is to enhance and extend visibility into virtual desktops and applications so IT teams can make wiser, more agile, and cost-effective decisions. The real-time insight provided by the new dashboards supports cost optimization and improves performance by enabling quick issue detection and offering optics into resource utilization. According to John Vigeant, CEO of Login VSI, "With this major release of Login Enterprise 5.0, Login VSI is the only solution in the market that brings together proactive monitoring, cost optimization, and capacity planning for virtual desktops and apps. This is the very first time in the end-user computing space that VDI and DaaS teams can identify the optimal environment to run their virtual desktop workloads from a cost and performance perspective and measure end-user experience (EUX) to price, whether on-premises or in the cloud. Early customer deployments have already resulted in more than 40% realized savings in a single month of cloud PC spend." As an established and respected industry leader, Login VSI partners with the world's top hardware and software vendors to ensure their joint customers have the best technology available. "I am excited to see where Login Enterprise is going. This latest release will provide data-driven metrics for dashboards that fuel the key decision-makers and enable the EUC leaders to provide reporting and justification for their technology plans for the next 1 to 3 yrs. I am glad to be a part of something that will tremendously impact the market and how decisions are driven," says Jason Willis, Practice Principal Experience at Alchemy Technology Group. This latest release of Login Enterprise will enable partners to strengthen their business cases, improve customer satisfaction, and maximize the value delivered. About Login VSI Login VSI helps organizations proactively manage the performance, cost, and capacity of their virtual desktops and applications wherever they reside – traditional, hybrid, or in the cloud. Our Login Enterprise platform is 100% agentless and can be used in all major VDI and DaaS environments, including Citrix, VMware, and Microsoft. With 360° proactive visibility, IT teams can plan and maintain successful digital workplaces with less cost, fewer disruptions, and lower risk.

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Scale Computing Expands Edge to Cloud Video Surveillance with Wasabi Surveillance Cloud

prnewswire | March 30, 2023

Scale Computing, the market leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, today announced its edge video surveillance solutions have been extended to include cloud video surveillance storage with Wasabi Surveillance Cloud and the Intel® NUC Enterprise Edge Compute Built with Scale Computing. Together, Scale Computing and Wasabi deliver an edge to cloud surveillance solution that is easy to use, minimizes disruption, and allows access to video as usual, and when paired with the Intel EEC customers have a bottomless-storage, edge to cloud appliance. The company also announced its participation at ISC West in Las Vegas this week. "Video and AI are going through a massive transformation, creating an opportunity for the industry to leverage edge technologies from companies like Scale Computing and Wasabi that enable better performance, agility, choice, and cost," said Kasia Hanson, Global Director, Video, Safety & Security Sales at Intel. "As the video surveillance and security markets continue to grow rapidly, shifting from analog video cameras, CCTV, and proprietary recording appliances to digital IP-based cameras, the demand for near real-time response is driving this need for computing power at the edge of a network. By combining the power of Intel® NUC EEC with the simplicity and reliability of Scale Computing HyperCore software, organizations have an efficient, scalable, and comprehensive edge computing solution." "Organizations are making significant technology investments in video surveillance, and Wasabi Surveillance Cloud is a first-of-its-kind solution offered by a cloud provider that enables these organizations to offload video surveillance footage from their local storage environment directly to the cloud without ever running out of capacity," said David Boland, VP of Cloud Strategy at Wasabi. "This 'bottomless' approach to video storage, combined with Scale Computing, is vital for the surveillance industry as it struggles to manage enormous amounts of video in high resolution environments and increasingly large file sizes tied to surveillance." Scale Computing and Wasabi combine industry-leading, on-premises edge computing with easy-to-use cloud data retention and archival to create the agile, hybrid-cloud environment needed today. With seamless integration with all major VMS providers inside of Wasabi Surveillance Cloud, Scale Computing is now able to expand to organizations' needs for critical video surveillance at the edge to the cloud. "We're seeing a lot of security organizations and businesses beginning to adopt cloud storage as a way to reduce video storage complexity and costs. As they do so, one of the main obstacles that they face is converting the file-based format to a cloud object storage format," said Scott Loughmiller, Chief Product Officer and co-founder of Scale Computing. "Organizations can now combine on-premises Scale Computing clusters and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage, allowing recent video to be stored locally at the edge until it's moved to the cloud where it can be kept for as long as the organization needs it." About Scale Computing Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, Scale Computing Platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime, even when local IT resources and staff are scarce. Edge Computing is the fastest growing area of IT infrastructure, and industry analysts have named Scale Computing an outperformer and leader in the space, including being named the #1 edge computing vendor by CRN. Scale Computing's products are sold by thousands of value-added resellers, integrators, and service providers worldwide. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing Platform is the ideal infrastructure platform.

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Lightbits Bolsters Cloud-First Strategy by Joining the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub

businesswire | March 29, 2023

Lightbits®, the innovation leader in simple, flexible, and cost-efficient data platform solutions for any cloud, has announced that it has been accepted into the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub, a program designed to enable organizations to ideate, develop, grow, and scale their offering on the Azure cloud platform by providing the necessary resources for every stage of their cloud-first journey. Microsoft Azure is a secure and compliant cloud platform trusted by organizations small and large, including 95% of Fortune 500 companies. As a member of the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub, Lightbits will optimize its cloud solution so that organizations running on or planning to migrate their IO-intensive workloads to Azure can do so with the confidence that it’s on a scalable, efficient, and highly performant platform. The Lightbits Cloud Data Platform on Azure delivers agility, flexibility, high performance, and predictable and lower costs enabling migration of transactional and other latency-sensitive workloads to the cloud. The software-defined scalable architecture allows dynamic scaling of storage performance and capacity with consistently low latency and works within most orchestration environments such as Kubernetes, VMware or OpenStack. It offers the ability to provision high-performance persistent volumes to applications, protecting data from failures, while at the same time offering the rich data services enterprise IT organizations desire. Lightbits is easy to use, plugging directly into Azure Virtual Machines (VMs), and supports hybrid deployments offering the flexibility to port the license between on-premises storage servers and Azure storage-optimized VMs. “Prior to Lightbits, organizations supporting IO-intensive applications such as SQL and NoSQL databases had two options to achieve their performance requirements on Azure: use VMs with local NVMe devices or scale out the VMs and provision more cloud-native storage. Neither option was ideal since it lacked data protection at the storage level and significantly increased overall costs,” said Kam Eshghi, Co-Founder and CSO at Lightbits. “If performance, cost, scale, or data services were limiting factors for organizations migrating their storage-intensive workloads to Azure, Lightbits removes all of those constraints and offers a better cloud experience. I’m confident that our partnership-driven approach and involvement in the Founders Hub will result in a well-architected complete data platform for Azure.” About Lightbits Labs Lightbits Labs® (Lightbits), is remaking modern cloud infrastructure on a global scale and offers a Complete Data Platform for any cloud in VMware, Kubernetes, and OpenStack orchestration environments. It’s being used by Fortune 500 organizations because it enables organizations with a cloud-first strategy to move IO-intensive database, analytic, transactional, and streaming workloads to the cloud at their pace and on their terms. As trailblazers in this field, we deliver high performance and consistently low latency on the cloud equivalent to on-premises systems but with predictable and lower costs that cloud-native block storage solutions cannot provide.

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Login VSI Launches Login Enterprise 5.0: Introduces Powerful Dashboards for Cost and Capacity Tracking

prnewswire | March 31, 2023

Login VSI, the industry-leading software provider of 360° proactive visibility for virtual workspaces, announced the release of Login Enterprise 5.0, the latest version of its flagship product. This release comes with highly anticipated new features – dashboards for cost and capacity tracking that offer predictive insights to help IT organizations control cost and optimize their virtualized desktop and application environments more effectively. As the market for cloud-based desktops and hosted applications changes, concerns regarding cost management, now and in the future, have shifted to the top of the priority list for many organizations. For years, more visibility has been needed into the capacity and, more importantly, the cost of these environments as they change over time. The dashboards included in Login Enterprise 5.0 help fill this gap by enabling IT teams to track, trend, and monitor production deployments' cost, capacity, and performance over time as environments evolve. "Understanding the costs associated with desktop and app virtualization, both on-premises and in the cloud, has always been challenging. Login VSI's benchmarking and proactive monitoring capabilities will help customers get accurate estimates–using data from their workloads–of their costs before deploying anything. This will allow them to make data-driven decisions based on cost and price-to-performance ratios while weighing out the benefits of cloud versus on-premises workloads," says Gabe Knuth, Senior Analyst at TechTarget's Enterprise Strategy Group. Login VSI's mission is to enhance and extend visibility into virtual desktops and applications so IT teams can make wiser, more agile, and cost-effective decisions. The real-time insight provided by the new dashboards supports cost optimization and improves performance by enabling quick issue detection and offering optics into resource utilization. According to John Vigeant, CEO of Login VSI, "With this major release of Login Enterprise 5.0, Login VSI is the only solution in the market that brings together proactive monitoring, cost optimization, and capacity planning for virtual desktops and apps. This is the very first time in the end-user computing space that VDI and DaaS teams can identify the optimal environment to run their virtual desktop workloads from a cost and performance perspective and measure end-user experience (EUX) to price, whether on-premises or in the cloud. Early customer deployments have already resulted in more than 40% realized savings in a single month of cloud PC spend." As an established and respected industry leader, Login VSI partners with the world's top hardware and software vendors to ensure their joint customers have the best technology available. "I am excited to see where Login Enterprise is going. This latest release will provide data-driven metrics for dashboards that fuel the key decision-makers and enable the EUC leaders to provide reporting and justification for their technology plans for the next 1 to 3 yrs. I am glad to be a part of something that will tremendously impact the market and how decisions are driven," says Jason Willis, Practice Principal Experience at Alchemy Technology Group. This latest release of Login Enterprise will enable partners to strengthen their business cases, improve customer satisfaction, and maximize the value delivered. About Login VSI Login VSI helps organizations proactively manage the performance, cost, and capacity of their virtual desktops and applications wherever they reside – traditional, hybrid, or in the cloud. Our Login Enterprise platform is 100% agentless and can be used in all major VDI and DaaS environments, including Citrix, VMware, and Microsoft. With 360° proactive visibility, IT teams can plan and maintain successful digital workplaces with less cost, fewer disruptions, and lower risk.

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Scale Computing Expands Edge to Cloud Video Surveillance with Wasabi Surveillance Cloud

prnewswire | March 30, 2023

Scale Computing, the market leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, today announced its edge video surveillance solutions have been extended to include cloud video surveillance storage with Wasabi Surveillance Cloud and the Intel® NUC Enterprise Edge Compute Built with Scale Computing. Together, Scale Computing and Wasabi deliver an edge to cloud surveillance solution that is easy to use, minimizes disruption, and allows access to video as usual, and when paired with the Intel EEC customers have a bottomless-storage, edge to cloud appliance. The company also announced its participation at ISC West in Las Vegas this week. "Video and AI are going through a massive transformation, creating an opportunity for the industry to leverage edge technologies from companies like Scale Computing and Wasabi that enable better performance, agility, choice, and cost," said Kasia Hanson, Global Director, Video, Safety & Security Sales at Intel. "As the video surveillance and security markets continue to grow rapidly, shifting from analog video cameras, CCTV, and proprietary recording appliances to digital IP-based cameras, the demand for near real-time response is driving this need for computing power at the edge of a network. By combining the power of Intel® NUC EEC with the simplicity and reliability of Scale Computing HyperCore software, organizations have an efficient, scalable, and comprehensive edge computing solution." "Organizations are making significant technology investments in video surveillance, and Wasabi Surveillance Cloud is a first-of-its-kind solution offered by a cloud provider that enables these organizations to offload video surveillance footage from their local storage environment directly to the cloud without ever running out of capacity," said David Boland, VP of Cloud Strategy at Wasabi. "This 'bottomless' approach to video storage, combined with Scale Computing, is vital for the surveillance industry as it struggles to manage enormous amounts of video in high resolution environments and increasingly large file sizes tied to surveillance." Scale Computing and Wasabi combine industry-leading, on-premises edge computing with easy-to-use cloud data retention and archival to create the agile, hybrid-cloud environment needed today. With seamless integration with all major VMS providers inside of Wasabi Surveillance Cloud, Scale Computing is now able to expand to organizations' needs for critical video surveillance at the edge to the cloud. "We're seeing a lot of security organizations and businesses beginning to adopt cloud storage as a way to reduce video storage complexity and costs. As they do so, one of the main obstacles that they face is converting the file-based format to a cloud object storage format," said Scott Loughmiller, Chief Product Officer and co-founder of Scale Computing. "Organizations can now combine on-premises Scale Computing clusters and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage, allowing recent video to be stored locally at the edge until it's moved to the cloud where it can be kept for as long as the organization needs it." About Scale Computing Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, Scale Computing Platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime, even when local IT resources and staff are scarce. Edge Computing is the fastest growing area of IT infrastructure, and industry analysts have named Scale Computing an outperformer and leader in the space, including being named the #1 edge computing vendor by CRN. Scale Computing's products are sold by thousands of value-added resellers, integrators, and service providers worldwide. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing Platform is the ideal infrastructure platform.

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Lightbits Bolsters Cloud-First Strategy by Joining the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub

businesswire | March 29, 2023

Lightbits®, the innovation leader in simple, flexible, and cost-efficient data platform solutions for any cloud, has announced that it has been accepted into the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub, a program designed to enable organizations to ideate, develop, grow, and scale their offering on the Azure cloud platform by providing the necessary resources for every stage of their cloud-first journey. Microsoft Azure is a secure and compliant cloud platform trusted by organizations small and large, including 95% of Fortune 500 companies. As a member of the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub, Lightbits will optimize its cloud solution so that organizations running on or planning to migrate their IO-intensive workloads to Azure can do so with the confidence that it’s on a scalable, efficient, and highly performant platform. The Lightbits Cloud Data Platform on Azure delivers agility, flexibility, high performance, and predictable and lower costs enabling migration of transactional and other latency-sensitive workloads to the cloud. The software-defined scalable architecture allows dynamic scaling of storage performance and capacity with consistently low latency and works within most orchestration environments such as Kubernetes, VMware or OpenStack. It offers the ability to provision high-performance persistent volumes to applications, protecting data from failures, while at the same time offering the rich data services enterprise IT organizations desire. Lightbits is easy to use, plugging directly into Azure Virtual Machines (VMs), and supports hybrid deployments offering the flexibility to port the license between on-premises storage servers and Azure storage-optimized VMs. “Prior to Lightbits, organizations supporting IO-intensive applications such as SQL and NoSQL databases had two options to achieve their performance requirements on Azure: use VMs with local NVMe devices or scale out the VMs and provision more cloud-native storage. Neither option was ideal since it lacked data protection at the storage level and significantly increased overall costs,” said Kam Eshghi, Co-Founder and CSO at Lightbits. “If performance, cost, scale, or data services were limiting factors for organizations migrating their storage-intensive workloads to Azure, Lightbits removes all of those constraints and offers a better cloud experience. I’m confident that our partnership-driven approach and involvement in the Founders Hub will result in a well-architected complete data platform for Azure.” About Lightbits Labs Lightbits Labs® (Lightbits), is remaking modern cloud infrastructure on a global scale and offers a Complete Data Platform for any cloud in VMware, Kubernetes, and OpenStack orchestration environments. It’s being used by Fortune 500 organizations because it enables organizations with a cloud-first strategy to move IO-intensive database, analytic, transactional, and streaming workloads to the cloud at their pace and on their terms. As trailblazers in this field, we deliver high performance and consistently low latency on the cloud equivalent to on-premises systems but with predictable and lower costs that cloud-native block storage solutions cannot provide.

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