Alkira, Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd. | September 30, 2021
Check Point CloudGuard can be rapidly provisioned into one or multiple globally distributed Alkira Cloud Exchange Points (CXP) to provide security policy enforcement for application traffic between any set of endpoints connected to the Alkira global cloud backbone
Cloud networking pioneer Alkira® and Check Point Software Technologies, a leading provider of cyber security solutions globally, today announced a technology alliance to provide Check Point Software’s CloudGuard firewalls in Alkira’s Cloud Network infrastructure as-a-Service (CNaaS). This comes as organizations deploying application workloads to the cloud are struggling with the complexity of implementing consistent enterprise-wide security controls spanning cloud, multi-cloud and on-premises environments.
The Check Point CloudGuard platform provides cloud native security with advanced threat prevention for all assets and workloads enabling customers to deploy the same robust security in the cloud that they are used to with on-premises systems. Alkira brings a high-performance cloud network-as-a-service with global virtual infrastructure, advanced routing, intelligent service insertion and dynamic auto-scale, simplifying set-up and day 2 operations for enterprise cloud networking and security deployments.
“Alkira and Check Point simplify security deployments and make it easier for enterprise customers to apply a single security posture across the entire enterprise network spanning cloud, multi-cloud and existing data center or colocation facilities. Delivering the Alkira virtual network infrastructure and Check Point security management tools as a service allows enterprises to avoid the costs and complexity of DIY solutions, and provides guaranteed performance and scalability.”
said Atif Khan, CTO and Founder of Alkira
Alkira Cloud Services Exchange® (CSX) fully automates the provisioning, licensing, service insertion, scaling and health monitoring of CloudGuard network security gateways. Alkira seamlessly inserts the CloudGuard gateways at any point in the Alkira global cloud backbone, providing stateful security controls for any on-premises, cloud, and Internet application traffic. Alkira allows customers to decouple CloudGuard from the specific cloud providers, thus providing a more efficient multi-cloud security architecture.
Cloud environments offer global presence and vast compute resources but lack the necessary routing, policy and operational controls enterprises require for a streamlined cloud firewall deployment. Even in a single cloud environment, do-it-yourself solutions result in a complex sprawl of virtual machine instances and traffic management scenarios. They also tend to make inefficient use of resources. All these problems are made worse in multi-cloud environments.
“The combination of Check Point CloudGuard and Alkira simplifies the process of provisioning and ongoing management in the cloud networking environment which is a big win for enterprise customers. The Check Point CloudGuard platform provides cloud native security with advanced threat prevention for all assets and workloads, across public, hybrid and multi-cloud environments, enabling customers to benefit from a single unified security platform.”
added TJ Gonen, Head of Cloud Security at Check Point
Check Point CloudGuard can be rapidly provisioned into one or multiple globally distributed Alkira Cloud Exchange Points (CXP) to provide security policy enforcement for application traffic between any set of endpoints connected to the Alkira global cloud backbone.
Once CloudGuard has been provisioned within an Alkira CXP it can provide:
Security policy to and between public clouds
Cloud hosted, stateful firewall services for branches and data centers
Regionalized Internet breakouts for secure SaaS application access
Cloud DMZ environment for Internet facing applications
Shared cloud application services for partners and M&As
Alkira’s visual policy manager simplifies policy configuration, scoping and inspection, and streamlines auditing for assurance and compliance purposes. Alkira’s intent-based approach selectively routes traffic to firewalls according to need, improving efficiency of firewall utilization and optimizing network performance. Customers have a choice of bring-your-own license (BYOL) or pay-as-you-go (PAYG) licensing models.
Check Point offers a multilevel security architecture that defends enterprises’ cloud, network and mobile device-held information, and a comprehensive and intuitive one-point-of-control security management system.
CloudGuard is available in the Alkira network services marketplace.
Alkira delivers Cloud Networking as-a-Service (CNaaS) and developed the first Network Cloud which enables enterprises to build and deploy a secure global unified multi-cloud network infrastructure as-a-service that delivers network connectivity, advanced network and security services, and end-to-end visibility and governance. Alkira Cloud Services Exchange® (CSX) seamlessly and securely connects branches, data centers, remote users and clouds. Alkira CSX is available on the AWS and Azure Marketplaces. Alkira was founded by CEO Amir Khan, founder and former CEO of Viptela, and Atif Khan, CTO, former VP and founding team member at Viptela. Alkira has raised $76M from Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Koch Disruptive Technologies, LLC, and GV Capital (formerly Google Ventures)
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itopia | December 22, 2020
itopia, the main cloud automation and orchestration answer for Google Cloud, today announced the extended capacities of its SaaS stage to send and oversee Windows 10 Client OS virtual work areas and applications. With the most recent delivery, itopia clients presently can convey worldwide arrangements of the two Windows 10 and Windows Server VDI conditions on Google Cloud's fast organization.
Coinciding with its Windows 10 product release, itopia has released an all-new management console and end-user login portal, focused on streamlined UX and a snappier interface. In addition to the refined admin experience, the new itopia version release showcases:
• Native Integration with Google Cloud's Sole-Tenant Nodes
• Automated Gold Image Validation from Customer-Sourced Images
• Customizable Admin Roles for Granular Permissions Delineation
As more enterprises embrace the cloud for addressing the increasing trend of distributed workforces, itopia is positioned to provide the easiest, most cost-effective way to manage cloud VDI and DaaS environments at scale.
"itopia exists to bridge the gap between Windows applications, low-cost end-user devices, and Google Cloud. As one unified management platform, itopia automates and orchestrates the entire VDI technology stack, enabling sysadmins with no VDI or Google Cloud experience to oversee global deployments and easily manage a distributed workforce." said Ubaldo Don, CTO and Co-Founder of itopia.
From enormous medical services suppliers to global producers and then some, itopia's automation stage makes it simple for ventures to move their end-client remaining tasks at hand to Google Cloud and outfit their representatives with secure admittance to business basic applications and information on any gadget.
"As a Premier Partner of Google Cloud, itopia is uniquely positioned to accelerate the modernization of the enterprise," said Jonathan Lieberman, CEO and Co-Founder of itopia. "itopia's Cloud VDI orchestration makes the future of end-user computing possible while slashing IT costs and unburdening IT teams."
itopia is Google Cloud's select answer for cloud-local VDI and Desktop as a Service (DaaS), bringing an undertaking grade stage to the GCP Marketplace. With a single tick acquirement and a single tick organization, itopia's nearby association with Google Cloud makes computerized change conceivable in days - not months.
As enterprises seek to simplify their digital transformation, itopia automates and orchestrates infrastructure on Google Cloud, enabling enterprises to shed IT burdens and focus on what they do best. itopia's core offerings include accelerating VDI workload migration to cloud-native Desktop as a Service (DaaS), eliminating costly & complex infrastructure overhead from vendors like Citrix or VMware, and providing a unified, end-to-end lifecycle management console for securely delivering Windows virtual desktops & apps to global, distributed workforces.
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Stratodesk | June 24, 2022
EPOS, a Demant Group premium audio brand, and endpoint OS innovator Stratodesk announced today that EPOS devices are now optimized for Stratodesk NoTouch to ease communication and collaboration for hybrid workforces and contact centers. Stratodesk NoTouch is connected with and certified for EPOS Connect VDI software, allowing end users to utilize their EPOS devices with Stratodesk-powered endpoints and IT staff to monitor and control the complete solution as a single system.
“The audio experience is essential for success in today’s hybrid and distributed workspaces. The integration of EPOS and Stratodesk allows IT teams to manage EPOS headsets or speaker phones with just a few clicks, so in moments the devices can be ready for calls and meetings. Together, EPOS and Stratodesk help ensure an impeccable communication and collaboration experience in any workspace, whether it’s in the office or remote,”
Emanuel Pirker, founder and CEO of Stratodesk
“Both EPOS Digital Solutions and Stratodesk are built for the cloud yet give organizations complete flexibility and control to manage technology assets in the way they want. When your people can work in a hybrid way and devices can be anywhere, our partnership with Stratodesk allows IT organizations to remain in complete control of the assets. Teaming up with Stratodesk is an important step to deliver a premium audio experience for our customers,” said Theis Mørk, VP Product Management at EPOS.
Mutual clients may implement EPOS Connect VDI with Stratodesk NoTouch Center, a management solution that allows administrators to control the whole VDI network from their web browser. They may then download the EPOS Manager to control their EPOS devices using its simple interface. EPOS Manager is a robust on-premises or cloud-based system that enables clients to manage EPOS headsets and speakerphones, deploy firmware upgrades, and setup peripherals from any location.