Businesswire | May 11, 2023
OpenVPN is proud to introduce Device Identity Verification & Enforcement (DIVE) to their cloud-based solution, CloudConnexa™ (previously known as OpenVPN Cloud). This powerful new feature will take your ZTNA structure to the next level.
With the rapid growth of remote and hybrid workforces, providing secure access from a mix of BYOD and corporate-owned devices has become a critical component of ZTNA. DIVE on CloudConnexa gives Administrators the power to leverage one of the key principles of ZTNA — least privilege — granting access only to the resources a user should have, exclusively from the devices they are authorized to use.
"The growth of remote workforces and the rise in mobile devices accessing company networks makes providing the appropriate access based on user and device identity a critical component of ZTNA," says Francis Dinha, CEO of OpenVPN. "The DIVE feature on Cloud Connexa makes it easy for admins to verify device identities before granting network access."
DIVE boosts the ZTNA essentials Cloud Connexa already provides — hiding your applications from public view, using digital certificates for users and devices — by giving Admins the option to manually add authorized device identities (UUID) as well as lock digital certificates, automatically, to specific devices. A user trying to access the network with an alternate device, even with an authorized connection profile, will be blocked. By limiting authenticated user access to trusted devices with unique device identities, DIVE minimizes your attack surface and reduces the risk of unauthorized network access when you use Cloud Connexa.
"Even if an authorized always-on IoT device's connection profile is compromised,” explains Dinha, “a bad actor will be unable to connect using the stolen profile. This additional layer of security is invaluable to IoT network security.”
With DIVE on Cloud Connexa, admins can finally build ZTNA using defined access control policies for users and devices. This means organizations now have more power than ever to strengthen their security posture, reduce their attack surface, and make sure their network is truly secure.
About OpenVPN, Inc.
Unlike older approaches that require a mixed bag of networking and security products, CloudConnexa from OpenVPN consists of a simplified, cloud-delivered service for a fraction of the cost. And if you prefer a self-hosted solution, Access Server gives you complete control over the solution’s deployment, configuration, and management.
VIRTUAL DESKTOP STRATEGIES, SERVER HYPERVISORS
businesswire | April 04, 2023
Workspot, the Cloud PC company, announced today that its world-class Center of Excellence (COE), a unique customer advocacy program led by a team of the foremost virtual desktop and public cloud experts, now incorporates the expertise of its Cloud Alliance partners, expanding the reach of the program to drive customer success. With its white-glove Cloud PC implementation framework, the COE has earned Workspot a Net Promoter Score of 80 in its most recent customer survey – the very best in class.
With today’s complex enterprise requirements, most customers are not internally equipped with the unique blend of end user computing and multi-cloud skill sets needed for successful Cloud PC implementation. In response to customer needs, Workspot packaged the three key cornerstones of a successful Cloud PC implementation – people, product and process – to form the COE. Now this same, proven framework can be used by Workspot’s elite Cloud Alliance partners, incorporating each partner’s unique capabilities for serving customers.
“Six years ago, with the deep expertise of Workspot’s Customer Success Team, it took us only a week to deploy our Workspot cloud workstations and realize value, unlike the months it took to get just one desktop running with on-prem VDI,” said Israel Sumano, Senior Director of Infrastructure at Southland Industries. “Since then, the Center of Excellence has delivered the expertise and innovative tools that enable us to collaborate closely with Workspot on strategic initiatives that make our business more agile and secure. Workspot’s COE is like nothing else I’ve experienced in the virtual desktop industry, and we continue to realize tremendous value from this unique relationship.”
“Workspot’s Center of Excellence delivers fast time-to-first-value and ROI for enterprise Cloud PC customers” said Mike Strohl, CEO Entisys360. “As a member of the Cloud Alliance Program, we’ll complement the COE processes and tools with our vast expertise with virtual desktops, thereby enabling us to deliver tremendous value to our customers.”
Spearheaded by VP of Customer Success and former Workspot customer Matthew Davidson, the Workspot COE brings together the industry’s best end user computing and cloud experts for an unmatched implementation experience. “When I sat in the customer seat, the customer success team was one of the strongest selling points for Workspot’s Cloud PC solution during the evaluation process,” Davidson reflects. “Ultimately, I was so inspired by the ease of the implementation that I joined the Workspot team to help other companies streamline their digital transformation with Cloud PCs.”
To provide expert guidance throughout the implementation process, Workspot leverages Workspot Watch, the company’s big data collection and analysis system, which continuously provides insights into Cloud PC performance and connectivity, proactively identifying root causes and behavioral patterns often before customers are even aware of a problem. In addition to its state-of-the art tools, Workspot uses customer-centric processes and methodologies to ensure long-term success. Between its ADIME methodology, onboarding services, outstanding customer support, customer success update meetings and executive business reviews, Workspot delivers a carefully defined process aimed at business uptime, addressing new requirements and innovating collaboratively.
“The Center of Excellence is the foundation of the Workspot Cloud PC success formula,” said Amitabh Sinha, Co-Founder and CEO of Workspot. “Now our Cloud Alliance Partners bring their deep expertise to the COE as well, ensuring a high-quality experience for our joint customers as we deploy Cloud PCs into Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and Amazon Web Services.”
Workspot is the only cloud-native solution that delivers enterprise-class Cloud PCs. This innovative service lets IT securely stream the right compute capabilities for each user, on any device, anywhere they want to work. As the only Cloud PC solution that operates across all the major public clouds - Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google Cloud - Workspot is uniquely positioned to address today’s remote work challenges by providing a multi-cloud and multi-region approach. Simple to deploy, scale and operate, Workspot’s award winning Cloud PC solution benefits IT as well as end users with a seamless work experience that enhances productivity while maintaining the highest performance standards for intensive workloads.
CLOUD, VIRTUALIZED ENVIRONMENTS
Businesswire | May 17, 2023
ThinkData Works Inc., a leading data catalog provider, is introducing new platform improvements that support data virtualization from more than 40 data sources. This enhancement increases the number of data source integrations available on the ThinkData Works Catalog Platform, including native support for Snowflake, BigQuery, and other cloud warehouses, as well as Oracle, SQL Servers, mongoDB and streaming data sources like Kafka and Kinesis. By supporting integration with these data sources, ThinkData Works enables out-of-the-box data fabric capabilities for organizations with hybrid cloud environments.
According to recent research by Google, the majority of organizations deploy applications on multiple on-premises and cloud solutions, clearly indicating that hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud is a reality for modern business. ThinkData Works' new capabilities harmonize these environments through virtualization technology, allowing customers to deploy a data catalog that enables governance across an entire decentralized data ecosystem without requiring data asset migration. This approach ensures compliance and governance are maintained while creating visibility and streamlined data access across organizations without the need for custom connections to data sources.
With an increasing number of companies repatriating data from cloud to on-premises, this feature addresses concerns around ballooning cloud costs and complex migrations. Teams can easily connect to data in a standard way no matter where it resides, even facilitating data migration to or from the cloud.
"The idea that companies are migrating their data to a single cloud warehouse is a myth," said Bryan Smith, Co-founder and CEO of ThinkData Works. "These days it's much more likely that an average organization will have data stored in a number of different places, both cloud and on-premises, and they need a good way to manage, access, and report on this data quickly. We're excited to launch these new capabilities to our users, who know first hand how diverse a data environment can be."
“Non-Invasive Data Governance is based on the idea that organizations can achieve appropriate levels of governance without a major lift-and-shift of their data," says Robert S. Seiner, President and Principal of KIK Consulting & Educational Services and the author of two books on Non-Invasive Data Governance. "By supporting data virtualization from essential data sources, ThinkData Works is helping companies with hybrid cloud environments put non-invasive data governance rules into practice."
Prospective customers can experience the power of the ThinkData Works data catalog platform first-hand through a new Free Trial offering, now available for a limited time.
About ThinkData Works
ThinkData Works unlocks the value of data to grow your business. Connect seamlessly to any source, drive critical insights, and deliver data while retaining visibility and control. Founded in 2014, ThinkData Works offers flexible data connections, an intuitive catalog interface, and secure tools to deliver data where it needs to be — inside or outside your organization. Purpose-built to handle the complexities of data variety, their unified cloud platform cuts overhead, fuels innovation, and drives revenue growth.