RapidScale | March 01, 2023
RapidScale, a leading managed cloud services provider, recently announced that it has successfully launched Microsoft's Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) as part of its Desktop as a Service (DaaS) lineup. The company aims to address the growing market demand for simpler and faster-virtualized desktop deployments that cater to today's hybrid workforce.
RapidScale AVD can help organizations overcome the challenges of traditional desktop deployments by enabling them to manage costs better and deliver critical applications to a distributed workforce. The managed solution enables employees to remain productive and secure with virtualized experiences on any mobile device, with 24/7 access to essential workloads and apps. In addition, RapidScale AVD is optimized to support any application that Windows 10 natively supports.
In addition to the security and performance benefits of DaaS, RapidScale AVD also provides advanced automation capabilities that expedite the solution's deployment to customers, reducing the process to just a few hours. This solution offers a seamless Windows 10/11 multi-session user experience, built-in Azure Active Directory integration and improved support for high-performance desktops, including Macs, and enhanced GPU support. Furthermore, businesses can easily integrate their Microsoft 365 and Windows licenses and leverage native hyperscaler elasticity without geographical limitations, thanks to Azure's global footprint.
RapidScale's senior director of product development, Duncan MacDonald, commented, "We're excited to deliver a unique and differentiated solution to our customers." He further emphasized, "We aim to deliver more value with the solution by layering on industry-leading support, flexible configuration and management options, and comprehensive onboarding that includes migration, testing, and enablement."
(Source – PR Web)
RapidScale, a subsidiary of Cox Business, is a leading provider of managed cloud services that offer IT and business leaders a simple, secure, and scalable solution for their IT needs. It integrates top-of-the-line cloud technologies under a single management portal, providing customers with a streamlined experience and exceptional end-user satisfaction. RapidScale's technology experts deliver secure and easy access to company data and applications from any device, anytime and anywhere, setting itself apart from other cloud providers. Additionally, the company offers flexible co-management options and a user-friendly management portal backed by award-winning customer support.
VIRTUAL DESKTOP TOOLS
UNICOM Engineering | January 11, 2023
UNICOM Engineering announced plans to launch new server products based on 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, named Sapphire Rapids. These new servers will provide a best combination of performance and reliability for high density applications and will be a solution for customers facing demanding workloads in AI, analytics, storage, and more.
The server products will include features such as built-in accelerators, enhanced security, higher throughput, and increased density. They will also be optimized for cloud, enterprise, network, security, IoT, and HPC and have different configurations to match storage and I/O requirements. These configurations use variations of a number of scalable Intel Sapphire Rapid-SP Microarchitecture processors, hot swap drives, expansion cards and drive bays with embedded RAID technology.
Austin Hipes, Chief Technologist and VP of Engineering at UNICOM Engineering, said, "Our customers are facing more demanding workloads than ever as the growth of data drives AI, analytics, storage, and more. Intel Xeon scalable processors accelerate performance to handle today's fastest growing workloads with built-in accelerators, enhanced security, higher throughput, and increased density while enabling significant product differentiation. Our latest platforms will help early adopters secure a competitive edge by leveraging the architecture's unmatched performance, memory, storage, and networking options."
UNICOM Engineering will also provide validation and optimization services to ensure smooth transition to this and future Intel Xeon processor upgrades.
About UNICOM Engineering
UNICOM Engineering is a global provider of purpose-built application platforms, appliances, and life cycle deployment services to solution providers and OEMs in the data center, storage, security, communications, video, and healthcare IT markets. Our solution design technologies, integration expertise, and one-of-a-kind deployment capabilities set us apart. Our turnkey platforms and appliances are built to last and are supported by life cycle management services. We develop products and business solutions that address deployment challenges, shorten time to market, lower ownership costs, and boost business efficiencies.
VIRTUAL DESKTOP TOOLS, SERVER VIRTUALIZATION
Speedcast | March 17, 2023
Speedcast, a leading communications and IT services provider, has released a new model of the company’s SIGMA network management platform with new architecture for the award-winning Universal Remote. Hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, the enhanced SIGMA platform makes connectivity path management and network control simpler, faster, and more economical than ever before.
From the intuitive user interface to intelligent and secure network switching, the enhanced SIGMA streamlines the complexities of diverse connectivity paths, making the concept of 100% uptime a reality for customers with critical operations or remote business requirements.
SIGMA’s newly released feature sets enable customers to seamlessly incorporate new technologies and communications paths as they launch, including low-Earth-orbit (LEO) and medium-Earth-orbit (MEO) satellite constellations. Customers can seamlessly layer any connectivity path, including Starlink and OneWeb, to their existing corporate network, optimizing application performance and offering robust edge security.
The SIGMA platform is being implemented as part of a multi-path, multi-orbit connectivity solution for a Europe-based logistics and transport company with a fleet of cable-laying vessels. The ability to support a significantly expanded number of WANs with a full enterprise SD-WAN suite that enables smart load balancing, QoS, WAN switching, and next-generation firewall has driven increased interest in the enhanced SIGMA platform. The network management solution was also recently deployed for a Singapore-based ship management company and a North America-based tanker fleet.
“Demand for highly diverse networks and seamless integration with third-party VSAT services, such as Starlink and OneWeb, has been a major sales driver for us,” said Joe Spytek, CEO at Speedcast. “Our SIGMA Universal Remote brings together the full suite of enablers for extensive multi-path network management.”
An AWS-qualified platform, SIGMA’s new architecture spotlights Speedcast’s innovative approach to network management. It removes complexity and cost for operations and gives users complete transparency and control of their networks. Built-in traffic and policy management provides users with real-time bandwidth monitoring and the ability to control and prioritize data usage for critical applications over crew welfare or other remote site requirements. In addition, the platform includes Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) cloud-native technology for added network security through a Zero Trust approach, which validates users and device access to applications anywhere in the world. The SASE framework helps organizations simplify their IT infrastructure, advance threat prevention, better protect their data, easily connect users and devices wherever they are located, and reduce total costs.
Updates can be pushed over the air to remote sites, saving customers critical time and delivering cost savings with complete remote upgrades. With a growing number of communication paths, satellite orbits, unique constellations, and specialized technologies, the new remotely extensible SIGMA enhancement ensures that customers always have access to the latest network management features for future-proofed operations.
“This is just the beginning,” said Spytek. “Being cloud-native, the SIGMA platform is highly scalable and can speed up our time-to-market to bring customers the edge applications that will make a difference for their remote operations. We’re working to prioritize new features on SIGMA so we can deliver value to customers faster and help them accelerate their operations.”
Speedcast maintains the largest technology-agnostic network in the world, incorporating satellite, LTE, Microwave and L-band to ensure the highest levels of uptime, availability, and performance. Now, as a Starlink and OneWeb authorized reseller and integrator, Speedcast brings together the right solutions and expertise to meet customers’ needs everywhere they operate. Added SIGMA features are slated to bring advanced networking functionality, zero-touch provisioning, enhanced remote staff and crew welfare, and more throughout 2023.
Speedcast is a leading communications and IT services provider, delivering critical communications services to the Maritime, Energy, Mining, Media, Telecom, Cruise, NGO, Government, and Enterprise sectors. The company leverages its global network platform to provide fully connected systems that harness technologies and applications to transform what remote operations can achieve. With the world’s most comprehensive network, Speedcast enables faster, seamless pole-to-pole coverage from a global hybrid satellite, fiber, cellular, microwave, MPLS, and IP transport network with direct access to public cloud platforms.