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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."
Venn is the industry's first Virtual Desktop Alternative (VDA) built for regulated and security-minded organizations. Venn introduces patented LocalZone™ technology that protects SaaS applications and data and delivers Zero Trust security with a 10X better user experience than legacy VDI. Over 700 organizations, including Fidelity, Guardian, and Voya, trust Venn to meet FINRA, SEC, NAIC, and SOC 2 standards.
VMware | August 30, 2022
NetApp a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company and VMware, Inc. today announced the expansion of the companies’ longstanding global alliance. Through innovative solutions and go-to-market initiatives, NetApp and VMware are helping customers reduce the cost, complexity and risk of migrating and modernizing enterprise-class workloads in multi-cloud environments. In addition, organizations can accelerate the performance and delivery of both traditional and new modern applications, and simplify daily operations through new integrations between VMware and NetApp data management infrastructure.
The NetApp and VMware partnership is built on the foundation of shared experience supporting twenty thousand mutual customers over more than 20 years. NetApp is a consistent VMware strategic design partner for current and future VMware Cloud offerings including VMware vSphere, VMware Cloud Foundation and several VMware Cross-Cloud services. NetApp and VMware are helping customers to effectively manage, share and protect their hybrid and multi-cloud environments by collaborating on customer-driven co-engineering to offer innovative solutions across an ever-changing technology landscape.
“Customers today are faced with complex challenges to optimize their current IT investments while laying a path forward to modernize and accelerate their business,” said George Kurian, Chief Executive Officer, NetApp. “Together, NetApp and VMware have helped thousands of customers solve their multi-cloud challenges by effectively managing their enterprise workloads in any environment. By delivering powerful new solutions that help companies optimize their virtual data centers, modernize their applications, and provide cost-efficient, enterprise-class data management services to VMware Cloud, we can meet customers anywhere they are on their cloud journey.”
“At this stage it’s clear: Multi-cloud is the model we’re going to rely on for many years to come. It is the de facto operating model for the digital era, giving customers the freedom required to build, deploy, and manage applications in the way that best suits their business requirements, Together, VMware and NetApp offer businesses the multi-cloud flexibility and choice they need to leverage the best innovations in any cloud environment.”
Raghu Raghuram, Chief Executive Officer, VMware
NetApp and VMware: Powering the Multi-Cloud Era
The new wave of modern applications powering this digital age requires an innovative approach to enterprise workload and data management infrastructure. Organizations today are turning to the public cloud to simplify and accelerate their business initiatives and require flexibility and choice across leading public cloud providers. These organizations also need new, and integrated platforms that can manage both enterprise and modern applications while efficiently utilizing existing resources. The renewed partnership between NetApp and VMware addresses these challenges through focusing on three major customer-driven initiatives:
Cost-Effective & Seamless Migration to Multi-Cloud – NetApp and VMware are currently innovating together across the world’s three largest public cloud providers to certify and support VMware Cloud and NetApp Cloud Services. This helps customers running on VMware utilizing either NetApp or non-NetApp storage environments on-premises to seamlessly migrate, extend or protect data-demanding enterprise workloads and files to the cloud with reduced cost and risk. Customers can now right-size their cloud compute and storage architectures to reduce and control the costs of running data-demanding workloads in the cloud at scale, while also avoiding the costs of refactoring applications from on-premises into the cloud. NetApp and VMware have taken their decades of experience in managing enterprise workloads in the data center to deliver fully certified, integrated and supported solutions that bring these same benefits to customers leveraging the public cloud, all built on a trusted workload and data management foundation.
Accelerate Modernized Applications Using Kubernetes/Containers – VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu allows IT to manage virtual machines and orchestrate containers from one unified platform. VMware Tanzu and VMware Cloud Foundation support the use of NetApp ONTAP-based storage arrays, providing customers the ability to seamlessly build out a flexible data fabric for traditional VMs and modern, containerized applications. For Kubernetes workloads, NetApp is a design partner with VMware Tanzu container-native storage integrating Astra Control with VMware Tanzu for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols) deployments. Customers can now simplify and accelerate new modern application development and deployment alongside traditional virtualized workloads using enterprise-scale, high-performance and protected solutions that are jointly validated and supported.
Optimize The Data Center Through Modernized Infrastructure – Organizations today require an efficient, cost-effective workload and data management platform to optimize existing resources. NetApp is a VMware co-design partner with vSphere and vVols for new and expanded support of key technologies from NetApp file and block storage platforms. This includes new certification and support to enable the use of vVols with NVMe-oF to allow enhanced block storage flash performance and more granular VM storage management over multiple types of network transports from FC, ethernet, and standard TCP/IP networks. This also includes new integration to enhance the availability and security of running virtualized workloads across NFS 4.1 environments. Customers can now unlock more performance for traditional virtualized workloads leveraging existing infrastructure investments while simplifying daily IT operations through jointly validated and supported solutions.
NetApp is a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company that empowers organizations to lead with data in the age of accelerated digital transformation. The company provides systems, software and cloud services that enable them to run their applications optimally from data center to cloud, whether they are developing in the cloud, moving to the cloud, or creating their own cloudlike experiences on premises. With solutions that perform across diverse environments, NetApp helps organizations build their own data fabric and securely deliver the right data, services, and applications to the right people—anytime, anywhere.
VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company’s 2030 Agenda.
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Scale Computing | August 04, 2022
Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, today announced ongoing momentum with customers in the maritime industry sector. The company’s SC//Platform and SC//HyperCore edge computing solutions enable maritime providers to run their critical onboard IT applications with self-healing, automated infrastructure. Whether it’s an offshore rig operating deep in the North Sea or a container ship crossing the Pacific Ocean, Scale Computing empowers a broad range of maritime service providers to improve their efficiency and ensure high availability.
“Few industries showcase the challenges and promise of edge computing as does the global maritime industry where IT resiliency is an operational necessity and downtime is unacceptable, Scale Computing meets the complex and evolving infrastructure requirements of an industry that demands 24x7 availability, full redundancy, and is backed by human experts who understand the unique conditions that exist at the edge.”
Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder of Scale Computing
Scale Computing brings the maritime industry into a new era of computing by revamping IT operations with a solution that simplifies management, reduces operating costs, and ensures resiliency and high availability in the face of unpredictable environmental conditions.
Northern Marine Group is a ship management and marine services provider that offers a full spectrum of ship and offshore management services. Operating a diverse fleet of technically managed vessels, including a wide range of tankers, ferries and offshore assets, the Northern Marine fleet is constantly on the move around the globe.
Northern Marine selected Scale Computing’s SC//Platform, which provides them with simplified, highly affordable IT infrastructure that offers unmatched resiliency in some of the world’s most extreme environments. Because internet connectivity is highly intermittent with no dedicated IT personnel stationed on their vessels, Northern Marine deployed SC//HyperCore clusters to keep their operations running smoothly, whether offshore or out at sea.
Scott Mungall, IT Technical Lead for Northern Marine, says, “We were looking for ways to evolve our onboard IT infrastructure across our fleet. In the last several years, requirements for key infrastructure systems on board have changed. Each vessel now has two or more operational critical applications on its server infrastructure, meaning we really can’t afford any downtime. We need to be able to sustain equipment failure and still continue to operate."
Headquartered in Dubai, Telford Offshore offers cost-effective construction and project management solutions to the oil & gas industry. The company supports multiple offshore activities, focusing on high-capacity accommodation, lifting, fabrication and installation services for projects that include laying pipelines and carrying out subsea construction.
With internet connectivity slow and costly at sea, relying on the cloud for critical operations was simply not an option. Telford Offshore recognized their on-board infrastructure would need to be local and on-premises. Following a comprehensive evaluation of edge solution providers, Telford Offshore selected Scale Computing’s SC//Platform as the only solution in its class to offer the unique combination of simplicity and performance demanded by their fleet.
Wouter Lustig, IT Manager at Telford Offshore, explained that, “We wanted the solution to be a long-term future-proof investment with the possibility of deploying it on our vessels at sea. The solution needed to be simple enough for the one or two electricians on board to install, deploy, and maintain. Scale Computing’s solution operates as its own data center in a box and can easily connect back to the deployment at the headquarters in Dubai. We are still amazed at how easy it is to install, deploy and manage – we don’t need to worry about the management of the day-to-day solution; it just takes care of itself.”
About Scale Computing
Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Scale Computing software eliminates the need for traditional virtualization software, disaster recovery software, servers, and shared storage, replacing these with a fully integrated, highly available system for running applications. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, the self-healing platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing is the ideal infrastructure platform.