Microsoft, dell unveil new azure vmware integrations

Zdnet | May 02, 2019

It was just two years ago that microsoft and vmware were at odds over microsoft making a preview of vmware virtualization on azure. When that preview was announced, vmware officials noted microsoft's preview was developed without vmware's participation and was neither certified nor supported by vmware.

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Deep learning and other AI development techniques are disrupting every industry in an incredible way — self-driving cars, drones, virtual assistants, more accurate medical diagnosis, automatic lead generation, better customer service, cybersecurity, and much more. By leveraging AI solutions, businesses are discovering ways to create exciting new products, cut costs, and boost profits, differentiating significantly from their competitors, and maximizing the investments they’ve made in big data infrastructure and data science talent. However, these benefits do not come without their challenges. Deep Learning and AI is not one-size-fits-all, and in order to derive the maximum benefit, it is crucial for companies to train on their own data sets and modify models and code to fit their unique use cases.

Spotlight

Deep learning and other AI development techniques are disrupting every industry in an incredible way — self-driving cars, drones, virtual assistants, more accurate medical diagnosis, automatic lead generation, better customer service, cybersecurity, and much more. By leveraging AI solutions, businesses are discovering ways to create exciting new products, cut costs, and boost profits, differentiating significantly from their competitors, and maximizing the investments they’ve made in big data infrastructure and data science talent. However, these benefits do not come without their challenges. Deep Learning and AI is not one-size-fits-all, and in order to derive the maximum benefit, it is crucial for companies to train on their own data sets and modify models and code to fit their unique use cases.

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Options | November 02, 2022

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FastestVPN | October 12, 2022

FastestVPN focuses its efforts on providing the best VPN service that is affordable. However, it's much more than just a budgeted option. Their team is constantly on the rise to bring about major changes to the app, starting with a new flashed-up version of its UI. In their previous updates, FastestVPN brought out extensions for Firefox and Chrome, but the latest updates are a bigger treat. The FastestVPN team is constantly one step ahead to offer software that "works" rather than a juiced-up app that fails to function. To give their users a package deal and remarkable functionality is what they aim to do. While operating with military-grade AES 256-bit encryption, FastestVPN now is bringing out a new version of all the apps, designed to work faster and stronger while offering a user-friendly UI design with a modern touch. They've now introduced IPv6 leak protection on all apps, allowing better security and anonymity online. Most users aren't too familiar with how VPN protocols work. Hence, the latest FastestVPN updates now offer an "Auto Protocol" selection tab that gives users the best protocol according to their tasks. For streamers, FastestVPN is rolling out a "Separate Streaming Server" tab. This saves a lot of time when reaching out to a customer representative. Security is an issue online, and FastestVPN is aiming to make it safer with its "Double VPN" servers for tighter and double encryption. The New FastestVPN Rebrush Brings: Speedy servers that are consistent Improved favorite server selection Wider options in Settings (Change password, chat support feature) Notification tab IPv6 leak protection Auto protocol selection Separate streaming server tab Double VPN New UI and better user-friendly navigation Message from Marketing Manager Adam Miller "This announcement brings me joy in serving our customers with a software that fits their budget but offers more than they bargained for. We've focused all our efforts on re-designing the FastestVPN apps upon taking in our customer feedback and positive reviews. We aim to keep our customers happy and move to the next level of growth for our VPN. We are dedicated to giving you a satisfactory experience with online security."

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Code42 Incydr Supports Leading Desktop-as-a-Service Offerings and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Solutions

Code42 | September 26, 2022

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