Dell, VMware Unveil SD-WAN Hardware, SmartFabric Director

Sdxcentral | August 27, 2019

Dell Technologies launched a new SD-WAN appliance powered by VMware’s VeloCloud at VMworld 2019.Initially previewed at Dell Technologies World, and generally available today, the new product pairs Dell EMC’s networking hardware, support, and services with VMware’s VeloCloud SD-WAN platform. At the core of Dell EMC’s new SD-WAN technology is a lightweight appliance installed at the edge.“You can drop it in like a cable box,” said Brian Henderson, director of networking and solutions at Dell Technologies, adding that for the customer, there is “no device management whatsoever.” The management and orchestration takes place within a dedicated SD-WAN orchestrator built by VMware that ties into hundreds of VMware’s secure gateways.

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Server virtualization has come a long way in a very short time. From its early days in IT test and development pilot projects, with VMware’s vSphere being the only game in town, to mass adoption, virtualization-first IT policies, and a range of hypervisors available from companies like Citrix, Microsoft, and Red Hat Linux. Server virtualization has now found its way into IT infrastructures of just about every size. A recent survey of IT professionals by Spiceworks found 80% of small- and mid-sized businesses have already adopted some form of server virtualization.

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Server virtualization has come a long way in a very short time. From its early days in IT test and development pilot projects, with VMware’s vSphere being the only game in town, to mass adoption, virtualization-first IT policies, and a range of hypervisors available from companies like Citrix, Microsoft, and Red Hat Linux. Server virtualization has now found its way into IT infrastructures of just about every size. A recent survey of IT professionals by Spiceworks found 80% of small- and mid-sized businesses have already adopted some form of server virtualization.

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AWS Announces General Availability of AWS Cloud WAN

Amazon Web Services, Inc. | July 13, 2022

Amazon Web Services, Inc. an Amazon.com, Inc. company announced the general availability of AWS Cloud WAN, a new managed wide area network service that connects on-premises data centers, colocation facilities, branch offices, and cloud resources to simplify operating a global network. Using a central management dashboard built into AWS Cloud WAN, customers can define their network configuration, view the health of their global network, and automate routine configuration and security tasks. With AWS Cloud WAN, enterprises can access the AWS global network to build a single, unified network for their organization to improve network health, performance, and security. “Many wide area networks used by enterprises today consist of a patchwork of connections between branch offices and data centers that were optimized for applications that run on premises. As the edge of the cloud continues to be pushed outward, and more customers move their applications to AWS to become more agile, reduce complexity, and save money, they need an easier way to evolve their networks to support a modern, distributed model that allows them to reach their customers and end users globally with high performance. With AWS Cloud WAN, enterprises can simplify their operations and leave the time-consuming task of managing complex webs of networks behind.” David Brown, vice president of Amazon EC2 at AWS To get started, customers can build their global networks in the AWS Cloud WAN central management dashboard by first selecting the AWS Regions closest to their on-premises locations and adding their Amazon Virtual Private Clouds. After extending their existing WAN to AWS, customers can add and remove remote locations and data centers with just a few clicks in the dashboard or by using the AWS Cloud WAN application programming interface (API). AWS Cloud WAN is available in US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (N. California), Africa (Cape Town), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central), Europe (Frankfurt), Europe (Ireland), Europe (Milan), Europe (Paris), Europe (Stockholm), and Middle East (Bahrain). For more details on AWS Cloud WAN, visit aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-cloud-wan-a-managed-wan-service. Avalara builds cloud-based tax compliance solutions for businesses of all sizes, across industries globally, addressing needs from indirect tax calculation, returns, remittance, and document management, to business licensing, tax answers, insurance premium tax, property tax compliance, and more. “We expect AWS Cloud WAN to provide us the opportunity to transform our network by interconnecting our global AWS presence, while ensuring segmentation of business functions,” said Brian Capps, senior director of network engineering at Avalara. “We expect it to simplify management, routing, and security—consolidating complex configurations to be deployed as infrastructure as code.” Cisco is the worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet. “In today’s world, organizations need fast, secure, and scalable connectivity across global cloud and on-premises environments. To meet these demands, it’s imperative to provide innovative networking and security solutions that are flexible and easy to use,” said Chris Stori, senior vice president and general manager at Cisco Networking Experiences. “Cisco continues to invest in cloud networking by integrating the Cisco SD-WAN product portfolios with AWS Cloud WAN to securely connect multi-AWS Region workloads, increase application performance, and reduce deployment times.” Foundation Medicine is a pioneer in molecular profiling for cancer, working to shape the future of clinical care and research by helping physicians make informed treatment decisions for their patients and empowering researchers to develop new medicines. “AWS Cloud WAN simplifies how Foundation Medicine connects our globally distributed labs and cloud resources,” said Karl Langdon, head of cloud infrastructure at Foundation Medicine. “This streamlined system supports efficient collaboration between departments and sites, which enables us to provide doctors and researchers with the insights they need to improve patient access to precision cancer care.” Slalom is a global consulting firm focused on technology and business transformation that helps organizations innovate and scale for business agility. “With AWS Cloud WAN, we immediately recognized its network segmentation capability as an accelerator that could greatly reduce the effort and complexity of network provisioning and routing automation. It did not disappoint,” said Charlie Christina, platform engineering principal at Slalom. “The ease of defining the core network, segmentation, and attachment policies via a single policy document greatly simplified global network creation. With AWS Cloud WAN our estimate for a recent network transformation project for a leading genomics company that wanted a fully automated, self-servicing high performance computing (HPC) solution was accurately reduced from months to weeks, and it allowed us to focus time and energy on the network-attached HPC design.” VMware is a leading innovator in enterprise software and cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. “Delivering critical networking, security, and edge compute services to employee devices located anywhere is a top priority for enterprise IT teams,” said Craig Connors, vice president and general manager of VMware's SASE business. “The integration of VMware SD-WAN, a VMware SASE service, and AWS Cloud WAN, provides a networking architecture to deliver compute across the distributed edge, while providing more secure and high-quality application performance of workloads in AWS environments, regardless of user location. Through this partnership, customers can achieve seamless connectivity from users to clouds.” About Amazon Web Services For over 15 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud offering. AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload, and it now has more than 200 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 84 Availability Zones within 26 geographic regions, with announced plans for 24 more Availability Zones and eight more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, India, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs. About Amazon Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Amazon strives to be Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company, Earth’s Best Employer, and Earth’s Safest Place to Work. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Career Choice, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Just Walk Out technology, Amazon Studios, and The Climate Pledge are some of the things pioneered by Amazon.

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EPOS & 10ZiG Announce New Partnership

EPOS | July 01, 2022

EPOS, a worldwide premium brand that creates high-end audio solutions for better communication and collaboration, and 10ZiG, a global leader of virtual desktop endpoint hardware and software, have collaborated to provide EPOS audio devices and management software that are optimized for 10ZiG Windows 10 IoT Thin Client endpoint devices. The recent worldwide pandemic triggered the greatest work-from-home (WFH) change in corporate history, and it is still influencing how we work today. It was only natural for EPOS and 10ZiG to collaborate so that the globe could use hardware and software for remote and hybrid virtual desktop installations. The relationship between EPOS and 10ZiG evolved into an ideal match for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and voice communication in both office and remote setup solutions. Having the most sophisticated technologies in place, such as supported remote Thin Client endpoints and audio headsets, makes unified communications and associated platforms easier and more enjoyable to use. EPOS Connect VDI is the client program that provides different asset management functionalities, allowing IT administrators to control EPOS audio devices throughout the whole enterprise using the user-friendly EPOS Manager UI. EPOS Manager is a robust on-premises or cloud-based IT management system that allows an organization's EPOS headsets and speaker phones to be managed, updated, and configured from any location. 10ZiG Windows 10 IoT Thin Client device versions 4610q, 6010q, and 6110 are compliant and function flawlessly with EPOS headsets and speakerphones, notably the ADAPT 660, for entry-level to high-demand customers. Companies can enhance concentration and productivity everywhere with the certified combination solutions from EPOS and 10ZiG. The EPOS product lines include a variety of exceptional features like superior call clarity, stereo sound, adaptive ANC, and a unique UC optimized solution with machine learning increased microphone performance. The 10ZiG product lines are a collection of x86-based Thin & Zero Client endpoints with a variety of hardware configurations, including variable display connections, fiber possibilities, free centralized administration through the 10ZiG Manager, and more.

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Devolutions’ Remote Desktop Manager Recognized by G2

Devolutions | July 04, 2022

Devolutions, a software company, announced today that its flagship product Remote Desktop Manager (RDM) has been recognized by G2 with the following badges: Leader, High Performer, and Leader Europe. These accomplishments are highlighted in G2's Summer Report, which is based on evaluations supplied by verified people having direct, hands-on experience with a specific product. Products were evaluated for inclusion in the Summer Report based on the following criteria: ease of conducting business, quality of assistance, and probability of recommending the product. G2, the world's largest and most recognized software marketplace, delivers information to over 60 million business professionals each year to help them make wiser software selections based on real peer evaluations. Products that receive G2's Leader, High Performer, and Leader Europe badges have received extremely high evaluations from G2 users as well as significant Satisfaction and Market Presence scores. RDM from Devolutions allows for the consolidation of all remote connections on a single platform that can be safely shared between users and throughout the whole team. This solution enables IT departments to drive organizational security, speed, and productivity while decreasing inefficiencies, expense, and risk. Remote Desktop Manager now has a 4.7-star rating from G2 users, with 84 percent giving it a 5-star rating. Sara Rossio, chief product officer at G2 Commented, “Rankings on G2 reports are based on data provided to us by real software buyers. Potential buyers know they can trust these insights when researching and selecting software because they’re rooted in vetted, verified and authentic reviews.” “Since day one at Devolutions, we have always put customers at the center of everything that we do. We are grateful and energized to see that this commitment is helping millions of IT pros around the world use Remote Desktop Manager, as well as our other solutions, to improve security, productivity, operational simplicity, communications, governance, and compliance,” David Hervieux, CEO of Devolutions

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