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Google Starts Rolling Out its VPN Service in the US

Google | November 11, 2020

Google is getting into the VPN game with its own service, but rather than sell it as a standalone product, it’s part of Google One. One is primarily about cloud storage, but has a few other benefits including 10% off products in the Google Store. Plus, you can share your subscription with up to five other people. The company says that it is beginning by making VPN by Google One – the official name for the service – available to Android users in the US but that it will eventually bring the service to iOS, Windows and macOS as well.

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The automation journey consists of 3 steps: virtualization, datacenter transformation and distributed cloud & network slicing. On the first step, driven by the challenges of high capex and long time to test and deploy a service, operators decide to move towards virtualization. By automating the testing and life cycle management of virtual network functions (VNFs), it's possible to benefit from lower total cost of ownership and shorten the time to market.

Spotlight

The automation journey consists of 3 steps: virtualization, datacenter transformation and distributed cloud & network slicing. On the first step, driven by the challenges of high capex and long time to test and deploy a service, operators decide to move towards virtualization. By automating the testing and life cycle management of virtual network functions (VNFs), it's possible to benefit from lower total cost of ownership and shorten the time to market.

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Stratodesk and Citrix – Bringing Predictability to VDI Endpoints

Citrix | June 10, 2022

Stratodesk, the leading global EUC innovator of endpoint OS software, has received Citrix ReadyTM verification for Citrix Virtual Apps and DesktopsTM 2203 Long Term Service Release (LTSR), demonstrating Stratodesk's long collaborative partnership with Citrix while also boosting joint customers' confidence in Stratodesk NoTouch's ability to meet the demands of a productive Citrix deployment. Why are Stratodesk and Citrix used? Why use Citrix with Stratodesk NoTouch is all about bringing your IT infrastructure into the world of no surprises. Enterprises use LTSR builds to acquire the upgrades they need without the requirement for frequent, recurring regression testing. Furthermore, the technology provides organizations with increased predictability. Organizations benefit from updating to a properly tested and approved version that includes all of the most recent features and improvements. Citrix LTSRs are released every two to three years and include the finest upgrades from previous years. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 2203 LTSR is the most recent version. Enterprises may benefit from improved communication tools, usability, and, of course, security with this edition. Stratodesk Achieves Citrix Ready Verification by Meeting Rigorous Testing Benchmarks Along with the LTS Branch, achieving endpoint qualification standards – specifically Citrix Ready Endpoint, Endpoint Premium, and Cloud for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Citrix DaaS – demonstrates the strength of our cooperation with Citrix. To satisfy these sophisticated standards, Stratodesk developers had to go through extensive testing, with the goal of providing joint clients confidence that Stratodesk works flawlessly with the newest Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 2203 LTSR capabilities and upgrades.

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Introducing Meshnet - NordVPN’s New Feature

NordVPN | June 28, 2022

NordVPN has unveiled Meshnet, a unique new feature that will enable users to connect directly to other devices rather than routing their data through a VPN server, cementing the company's position as an industry leader. “Whereas a traditional NordVPN connection redirects your internet traffic through servers, Meshnet lets you create your own NordVPN server, made up of only your own or your friends' devices, regardless of their location. All that’s needed is a NordVPN subscription,” says Vykintas Maknickas, product strategist at NordVPN. “This feature release is a gamechanger and will truly transform how our users utilize NordVPN. Our product team has been working relentlessly for the past few years, which really began with the development of our flagship technology — NordLynx — the bedrock behind Meshnet that allows us to provide amplified privacy solutions without sacrificing industry leading speed,” Vykintas Maknickas, product strategist at NordVPN To use Meshnet, users must first update their NordVPN app and ensure that they are linked through the NordLynx protocol, after which they can switch it on in the NordVPN app and connect up to 10 personal and/or 50 external devices. NordVPN is a subsidiary of Nord Security. Nord Security is confident in its ability to become an all-around cybersecurity solution. In addition to NordVPN, the cybersecurity firm offers three more market-leading products: NordPass, a next-generation password manager; NordLocker, an encrypted cloud storage solution; and NordLayer, an advanced network access security solution for organizations.

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Scality offers enterprise-grade support for ARTESCA on vSphere

Scality | June 30, 2022

Scality today announced that their ARTESCA lightweight, cloud-native object storage platform is now officially supported on VMware vSphere/ESXi virtualization systems. This gives vSphere customers production-level ARTESCA virtual machine (VM) capabilities, with functionality comparable to physical servers and increased deployment options. In this time of supply chain challenges producing long lead times for physical storage server hardware, which can postpone company objectives, virtual machine support is very crucial. Traditionally, enterprise-grade storage needed hardware with an integrated CPU, memory, and disk capacity. Scality was a pioneer in overcoming the requirement for bespoke hardware by focusing solely on software and leveraging conventional server platforms. ARTESCA now deviates from typical storage needs by supporting production-level workloads on flexible, widely used VMware vSphere virtual infrastructures, including VMware vSAN compatibility and live migration capabilities. In addition to giving clients more deployment options, this allows partners and resellers to provide solutions to customers more quickly by avoiding supply chain delays, resulting in a faster time to revenue. Scality ARTESCA, which will be available in 2021, is rethinking object storage for the new cloud-native era. It offers both a compact footprint at the edge and data center scalability. ARTESCA is a lightweight, cloud-native object storage solution that combines full enterprise-grade features with rapid access everywhere data dwells. "Ongoing supply chain disruptions hamper business goals and growth. We're supporting ARTESCA software-based object storage on VMWare's ubiquitous vSphere environment to offer a solution that bypasses current supply conditions by eliminating new hardware requirements. Companies can move forward with the data storage and management they need." Paul Speciale, chief marketing officer, Scality

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