HPE composes SimpliVity love letter to Synergy

Block & Files | June 24, 2019

HPE plans to decompose SimpliVity hyperconverged systems into its Synergy pool of composable system.HPE launched Synergy composable systems technology in 2015. The underlying idea is to organise major IT components in an IT resource pool, thus ensuring they are not stranded inside fixed server configurations. Envisage a rack-level collection of processors, memory, storage, virtualization software and network connectivity. When a server system is needed to run an app it is dynamically composed from the appropriate elements. The app is executed and the resource elements are returned to the pool for re-use.

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This guide provides an overview of the licensing, pricing and packaging for VMware vSphere. The key topics discussed in this guide include:

  • VMware vSphere overview
  • Licensing overview – Licensing metric and management
  • Packaging overview – Packaging options for editions (including VMware vCenter
  • Server®), kits, vSphere Bitfusion and Tanzu Basic
  • Version upgrade entitlements for existingcustomers
  • Paid edition upgrades from vSphere 7
  • vSphere Platinum end of availability

Spotlight

This guide provides an overview of the licensing, pricing and packaging for VMware vSphere. The key topics discussed in this guide include:

  • VMware vSphere overview
  • Licensing overview – Licensing metric and management
  • Packaging overview – Packaging options for editions (including VMware vCenter
  • Server®), kits, vSphere Bitfusion and Tanzu Basic
  • Version upgrade entitlements for existingcustomers
  • Paid edition upgrades from vSphere 7
  • vSphere Platinum end of availability

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Fintech Security Innovator, Venn, Challenges VDI with LocalZone Technology the Industry's First Virtual Desktop Alternative

Venn | August 29, 2022

Venn, the industry's first Virtual Desktop Alternative (VDA) built for regulated and security-minded organizations, today announced the launch of its breakthrough LocalZone™ technology. The new solution addresses the modern security and compliance challenges of remote and hybrid work environments, and increased reliance on Zoom and other modern SaaS applications. New research from Venn underscores the dangers of legacy solutions that no longer support the modern mode of work. According to a recent Venn/Harris Poll study among more than 900 employed (full-time/part-time) Americans, nearly three-quarters (71%) admit to working around their company's IT policy or procedures in order to be more effective and efficient at their job*. To learn more about these findings, see here. LocalZone addresses these modern and growing risks with a perimeter that isolates and secures work applications and data on any local device. Unlike conventional remote desktop solutions, LocalZone allows users to work locally with sensitive information while ensuring employee privacy by separating professional from personal computing activities on the same device. With LocalZone, IT departments and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can deploy turnkey Zero Trust security and provide a 10X improvement in user experience by eliminating the lag and compatibility challenges associated with legacy Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions. "LocalZone Technology marks a powerful new approach for MSPs and IT leaders who have seen legacy virtual desktop infrastructure tools fall further and further out of step with the modern mode of work, Our game changing new technology empowers them to work locally on any device of their choosing while ensuring productivity, protection, and privacy." David Matalon, CEO and Co-Founder of Venn How LocalZone Works Venn's patented LocalZone Technology is a groundbreaking solution for securing work applications, network traffic, files, and data on a user's own device. Its secure work perimeter lets end users work safely with sensitive applications and confidential company information on any device of their choosing, including personal laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. This zone of protection is marked by a bright blue border around anything on screen that is work-related. At a glance, users can verify that anything inside that blue border is controlled and protected by the organization, and anything outside of the border is kept private. Unlike client hypervisors and virtual machines, LocalZone does not virtualize the operating system or applications. Instead, its patented application, filesystem, and network isolation techniques enable work applications and data to safely co-exist locally with a user's personal files and data. The result is a profound leap forward in user experience that allows applications to run as intended, with none of the compatibility issues normally associated with VDI. With LocalZone, a new era of Freedom without Compromise is made possible by putting users first and delivering a fast, familiar, and flexible work experience – all without compromising organizational security or compliance. The benefits of this virtual desktop alternative over legacy VDI solutions include: Productivity -- Venn empowers users to work locally - the way they want to - on the devices of their choice, from anywhere. Protection -- Venn protects work files, data and SaaS applications from accidental or malicious exfiltration, compromise, or loss. Privacy -- Venn separates digital work from personal computing and ensures that employees' non-work-related activities are not monitored. Venn LocalZone Launch at IT Nation Connect Venn will unveil its LocalZone technology at a virtual launch event running concurrent with the IT Nation Connect conference in Orlando, Florida, this afternoon at 1 p.m., ET. Venn – A New Name, Logo, and Brand To coincide with the introduction of LocalZone, the company has updated its brand and logo to Venn. Venn reflects the organization's more modern and human approach to empowering people to thrive at the intersection of work and life. The new brand includes a new digital presence, including website, social media profiles, and more. "The new Venn brand embodies the power of our new platform and LocalZone technology – a solution really purpose-built for a more modern approach to work and life," Matalon said. "We've heard it from countless customers and users. Today, it's no longer about work versus life. It's about work plus life. Our Venn brand and all of our efforts represent that sweet spot where work and life come together." 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Stratodesk and Davenport Group Partner to Deliver Enhanced End-to-End IT Solutions to Organizations Nationwide

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Stratodesk, the EUC endpoint OS innovator, and Davenport Group, a Dell Technologies Titanium Partner providing end-to-end solutions for customers around the country, today announced their partnership. Davenport Group is now included within the Stratodesk Edge channel partner program, which delivers enhanced end-to-end IT solutions to organizations nationwide. This new partnership will give joint customers, especially in the education, health care, state and local government, and manufacturing markets, the benefit of a comprehensive IT solution that covers everything from storage to data security technologies and advanced EUC solutions from Stratodesk NoTouch software. “We continue our focus as a channel-led company and commitment to providing enterprises across the country and beyond with access to best-of-breed leading technology solutions, Customers gain competitive advantage through the feature-rich EUC technology solutions offered by Stratodesk’s partnership with trusted technology advisors.” Emanuel Pirker, Founder and CEO at Stratodesk Since 2001, Davenport Group has provided a feature-rich portfolio of IT solutions – data center modernization, virtualization, storage, data protection, HCI and client computing – to businesses across North America. Its years of field experience and countless advanced certifications in Dell EMC and VMware technologies and recognition as a Dell EMC Certified Titanium Partner and a VMware Enterprise Partner means Davenport Group provides customers real IT transformation. By delivering Stratodesk NoTouch OS as a preferred EUC operating system, Davenport ensures customers now have more secure, hybrid workplaces. “Working with Stratodesk will enable Davenport Group to enhance our strategic focus on the end-user computing space by making it easier than ever for organizations to self-service within Stratodesk NoTouch OS. Our clients will benefit greatly from this unique capability from the EUC innovator,” said Sonia St. Charles, CEO of Davenport Group. “Our customers want secure endpoints, user mobility, and ease of management – a critical IT need we meet with Stratodesk when paired with Dell and VMware Solutions. Additionally, as a Dell Technologies Titanium Partner, these latest updates mean our customers can leverage new and existing Dell PCs, laptops, and thin clients – repurposing them with the latest clients from VDI/Cloud vendors to operate like new.” Davenport Group is the latest addition to Stratodesk Edge Stratodesk’s channel partner enablement program. Interested distributors and resellers, while interested customers can request a live demo of Stratodesk NoTouch software. Joint Stratodesk and Davenport Group customers are able to leverage Stratodesk software to enable multiple worksites and mobile workers. This partnership will give organizations a solution that quickly and easily converts their endpoints into centrally managed and secure endpoints capable of delivering seamless user experiences to end users through VMware Horizon. Stratodesk NoTouch software runs on all an organization’s endpoints regardless of make, model or manufacturer, and it comes preinstalled with all the VDI clients. Companies can gain significant budget enhancements by removing the need to purchase cutting-edge hardware, while easily connecting endpoints to their network environment and integrating with other solutions from Davenport Group. For more information about Davenport’s services, please visit www.davenportgroup.com. About Davenport Group Davenport Group designs and implements IT solutions that help organizations proactively manage their data today and into the future. Specializing in enterprise data storage and virtual infrastructure, Davenport Group is an end-to-end solutions provider serving mid-market customers nationwide. Davenport Group is a certified woman-owned business (WBENC). About Stratodesk Founded in 2010, Stratodesk is the leading global EUC innovator of endpoint OS software. Stratodesk’s agile and customer-centric, Linux-based managed OS software, Stratodesk NoTouch, is defining end user computing with its freedom to transform any device into a cloud-ready and highly secure endpoint, enabling companies to cost-effectively manage their unified VDI endpoint deployments and secure digital perimeters. Stratodesk’s software works seamlessly across all x64, x86 and ARM/Raspberry Pi based hardware products, increases endpoint security, and simplifies user experience. Today, with nearly one million licenses deployed globally across multiple industries, Stratodesk prides itself on its authenticity and dedication to delivering the most innovative software solution to its customers.

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Lulea University of Technology Transforms Delivery of Education with Citrix

Citrix | August 22, 2022

Just like work, education today can happen anywhere. And students want the freedom and flexibility to choose where and how they learn best. Luleå University of Technology (LTU) understands this, and is using solutions from Citrix Systems, Inc. to tear down the walls of the traditional classroom and deliver a modern experience that empowers its student to learn from anywhere and perform at their best. “Teaching has become space independent, We are a university of technology and we are expected to be at the forefront in using IT to provide a superior educational experience in the classroom, the dorm room and anywhere in between.” Daniel Ström CIO, LTU Borderless Classrooms When the pandemic hit, LTU did just this, leveraging Citrix DaaS to create cloud-based workplaces through which teachers and students could access everything they needed to stay connected and continue learning. LTU’s students use 300 different applications, some of which require significant computing power traditionally provided by powerful workstations available in on-campus computer labs. And for students to continue learning remote - often using low-powered, personal laptops and other devices - LTU needed to provide access to these applications. It was a tall order. But LTU was able to fill it using Citrix DaaS to provide students with secure access to their desktops and applications from anywhere and Microsoft Azure to allocate the processing power and computing resources required to support them. “With Citrix, it was very easy for us to step up and make this available for all the students through their own computers,” said Lennart Isaksson, Head of Student Computer Lab Administration, LTU. And it was able to do it quickly, enabling full remote availability for 19,000 students in a matter of days. “When it comes to remote desktop use cases, nothing comes close to Citrix,” Ström said. Simplified Management One of the biggest advantages of Citrix, according to Isaksson, is the time saved in application management. “With the traditional PC model, it would take several hours to install all the necessary applications on each PC. And we have over 800 student computer lab PCs,” he said. “With Citrix, it’s much better. We have a single, base image with all the applications and we just replicate it to all the virtual machines that we are spinning up.” Enhanced Security Another key benefit of Citrix DaaS is the enhanced security it provides. “It’s a much safer approach than the traditional PC model,” Isaksson said. “All the apps are up to date and always available from any endpoint device.” Modern Education And of importance to Ström, Citrix makes it easy for LTU to keep pace with technology as it evolves and deliver the IT performance and experience that its students expect. “Young people today are raising the bar,” he said. “When you build a new computer lab under the traditional model, you get only 12 to 24 months when it is modern. After that, the students get less and less satisfied. With the Citrix model, we can add new machines in the background as the technology evolves, so the computer labs are always new and fresh.” LTU joins hundreds of educational institutions around the world who are using Citrix to transform learning. Click here to read the stories of their success. 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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