By Using VDI and IGEL's Edge OS Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners Boost Their Staff Mobility

IGEL | September 25, 2020

IGEL, provider of the next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces, today announced that world renowned architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, have implemented virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to enhance team collaboration, introduce hotdesking and enable staff to access systems remotely from home or from project sites globally. The firm was founded as the Richard Rogers Partnership in 1977 but over time evolved and in 2007 the decision was made to rename the business Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners (RSHP). It is well-known for designing a wide range of building types from offices, education, and retail to civic and healthcare.

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IBM Cloud Data Virtualization enhances data protection within a managed services environment by providing virtually instant recovery of critical data without generating multiple copies. One copy can be used for backup, server replication, application recovery, test or development use cases.

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IBM Cloud Data Virtualization enhances data protection within a managed services environment by providing virtually instant recovery of critical data without generating multiple copies. One copy can be used for backup, server replication, application recovery, test or development use cases.

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Companies Rethink Strategies for Enabling Hybrid Work

Citrix | August 05, 2022

Forced by the pandemic to provide employees with access to the systems and information they needed to work from home, IT organizations around the world turned to traditional technologies like Virtual Private Networks (VPN). And they worked. But as the world moves to hybrid work, 96 percent of IT leaders who participated in a recent global survey conducted by Gartner Peer Insights on behalf of Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS), say they no longer cut it. And they’re rethinking their approach. A Seismic Change Hybrid models have radically changed where and how work gets done – and even who does it. Of the organizations who participated in the Citrix poll: 96 percent have a hybrid work policy or allow both fully remote and hybrid work 85 percent say their workforce is more geographically dispersed than it was two years ago 75 percent have seen an increase in the number of seasonal, contract, or freelance workers A Major Miss When it comes to supporting these changes, respondents say the solutions they put in place to enable remote work fall short in the following areas: Fail to protect against additional security risks posed by employees working from anywhere (96 percent) Create a digital divide between in-office and remote employees (63 percent) Don’t provide a consistent user experience (46 percent) Hinder efficient collaboration among distributed employees (46 percent) Don’t support bring-your-own-device initiatives (33 percent) Difficult to scale and manage (25 percent) A Strategic Shift And they are increasing their investments in technologies that allow them to provide a simpler, more consistent and secure experience for employees regardless of where they work, including: Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) (69 percent) Virtual apps and desktops (56 percent) Desktops as a Service (DaaS) (42 percent) Zero trust network access (34 percent) A Layered Approach VPN remains the most popular solution to support remote work. But as the Citrix research reveals, it’s not enough to enable safe and productive hybrid work on its own. According to the poll, 87 percent of respondents using VPN have implemented at least one other solution to close the gaps, including: VDI (69 percent) Virtual Apps and Desktops (49 percent) DaaS (39 percent) Desired Results And in doing so, they’re achieving their goal. When asked to identify the top three benefits their hybrid work solutions provide, participants in the Citrix poll said they: Provide layered protection for all devices on the network, including unmanaged and BYOD Create an equitable work experience by providing employees with consistent and reliable access to applications and data regardless of where they are working Provide layered protection and consistent security management for all applications “Hybrid work is the future of work, Innovative organizations recognize this and are reimagining the solutions used to support it so they can deliver it today.” Tim Minahan, Executive Vice President of Strategy, Citrix Citrix provides a complete digital workspace platform that companies of all sizes can use to enable secure work. With Citrix, employees can work where and how they prefer, and IT can be confident their information and devices remain safe. Click here to learn more about Citrix solutions and the value they can provide. About Citrix Citrix builds the secure, unified digital workspace technology that helps organizations unlock human potential and deliver a consistent workspace experience wherever work needs to get done. With Citrix, users get a seamless work experience and IT has a unified platform to secure, manage, and monitor diverse technologies in complex cloud environments.

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Centrica Modernizes Applications with VMware Tanzu

VMware | June 17, 2022

VMware, Inc. announced today that it is assisting Centrica in its aim to help consumers live more sustainably, easily, and inexpensively by improving insight into the company's cloud-native apps running on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Centrica can receive deeper insights and trends into their platforms thanks to VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront, enabling an easier road to new products and services. Centrica uses VMware to provide analytics through easy dashboards on smart home apps, allowing its clients to utilize energy more effectively. Tanzu Observability gives Centrica a consistent perspective of their various, dispersed AWS environments, enabling them to swiftly obtain actionable business information (BI) and keep business-critical services operational for their customers. The Centrica team used Tanzu Observability to address problems that impeded app development early in the lifecycle. Tanzu Observability also promotes a uniform approach to security and, according to the business, has assisted Centrica in achieving a 25% decrease in monthly cloud costs by aggregating underutilized resources. “We needed to monitor the performance of our AWS infrastructure and empower the development team with a better understanding of customer demands. Tracking trends and patterns in customer behavior is vital to develop new releases that are more relevant to customers. We adopted Tanzu Observability to set up alerts, troubleshoot problems, and provide meaningful real-time dashboards to monitor system health. In turn, we were able to shift from reactive to proactive IT management and our teams were able to focus on delivering new services to our customers.” Christopher Livermore, head of operations at Centrica Tanzu Observability provides enterprises with a complete view of their whole AWS infrastructure, including AWS Lambda and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), with easier AWS Marketplace consumption. Customers of both VMware and AWS can benefit from increased visibility and extra insights into AWS, on-premises, and hybrid environments with Tanzu Observability at every point of their cloud journey. With out-of-the-box dashboards and alert conditions, AWS clients can quickly see metrics, events, tracing, or other data sources as a first glass pane for quicker problem identification and resolution with applied intelligence throughout their whole stack. Ajay Patel, senior vice president and general manager, Modern Applications & Management Business Group, VMware said that, “Businesses today are defined by the digital services they deliver. Tanzu Observability is empowering developers at organizations who are optimizing their application modernization efforts on AWS for speed, quality, and security in support of their journey to become a digital enterprise. Providing Tanzu Observability through AWS Marketplace gives our joint customers the flexibility to scale their observability needs as they progress along their AWS cloud journey.”

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Opera Is the Only Major Browser Featuring Free and Pro VPNs

Opera | June 02, 2022

Opera was the first major browser to provide a free, unlimited, no-log built-in browser VPN service six years ago. Opera is now extending its security capabilities with the new VPN Pro subscription model, a premium device-wide VPN that can also be utilized without the need to install separate software. The new VPN Pro service is now available for Android users on Opera. As a result, Opera is the only major browser that offers both a no-log, limitless free VPN for the browser and a device-wide VPN Pro solution, giving extra data security and robust online security. The VPN Pro service is already accessible in the developer version of the desktop Opera browser. Opera has been a recognized industry leader for over 25 years, giving the greatest online experience with greater privacy and security. Stefan Stjernelund, Product Director of Opera for Android said that "We know that VPN services have become an essential part of browsing, which is why we now offer both a Free and a Pro solution to our users. This makes it a unique proposal on the market." A one-of-a-kind deal that includes both free and paid VPN services: Standalone VPN programs that secure the complete device often need extra actions from the user, such as installing the software, creating an account, and integrating it with their system. In contrast, Opera's mission has always been to make online security simple and uncomplicated. As a result, VPN Pro has been integrated into Opera's Android browser. Users can surf securely with a free, no-log, limitless VPN that secures their browser, or they can use VPN Pro to cover their complete computer. The availability of both free and paid VPN services distinguishes Opera's offering on the market. "We have always focused on protecting our users' privacy with advanced built-in features aimed at keeping them safe when they surf the web. We have decided to expand that offering with a unique service that users have been asking for – both Free and Pro VPN solutions tailored to their needs. Now users can easily choose what suits them best and browse comfortably, knowing that their data is under powerful protection." Stefan Stjernelund, Product Director of Opera for Android

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