Microsoft makes Windows Virtual Desktop generally available globally

Zdnet | September 30, 2019

Microsoft is making Windows Virtual Desktop generally on September 30 and is rolling out the new service globally on Day 1. The company also is offering more details about some of the additional new features it is readying for its Azure-based virtualization service. Microsoft officially unveiled Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) in September 2018. It made WVD available in public preview in March 2019. According to Microsoft, thousands of customers have kicked the WVD tires during preview. Now the service is ready for prime-time, and the WVD client app is available, as of today, for Windows, Android, Mac, iOS, and HTML 5.

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GPU-accelerated virtual desktops are becoming more commonplace as the software we use becomes more demanding for graphics hardware and the ROI improves. Without proper selection and management of GPU resources for virtual desktop environments, the user experience when running these applications can be suboptimal, resulting in not only a bad experience but poor adoption or worse: a failed project.

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GPU-accelerated virtual desktops are becoming more commonplace as the software we use becomes more demanding for graphics hardware and the ROI improves. Without proper selection and management of GPU resources for virtual desktop environments, the user experience when running these applications can be suboptimal, resulting in not only a bad experience but poor adoption or worse: a failed project.

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SecureAuth Announces Arculix Universal Authentication Fabric™ to Strengthen Passwordless Continuous Authentication

Arculix | November 21, 2022

SecureAuth, a leader in access management and authentication, today announced its Arculix Universal Authentication Fabric to further strengthen the technology to enable organizations for passwordless continuous authentication. Arculix Universal Authentication Fabric is a technology framework that delivers authentication driven by AI/ML behavioral modeling, continuous risk scoring and eliminates logging in making passwords obsolete. For users, it’s a one-and-done event for accessing their relevant apps, VDI or SSO. For companies, it’s a robust authentication with continuous authentication in the background without any friction to the user. “Historically, a single source to define and administer policy and processes for all users has been absent, Fraud, credential stuffing and attacks will continue to evolve as bad actors thwart existing security approaches. SecureAuth’s Universal Authentication Fabric delivers the first risk-based analytics approach as a consolidated backbone for continuous, multi-factor, and passwordless authentication with the highest level of security as well as a frictionless experience for users.” Paul Trulove, CEO of SecureAuth Between authenticating to the workstation, an SSO portal or federated web apps, VDIs, VPN, and PAM solutions, the typical user authenticates 16 times a day using three different sets of username and password. This is simultaneously insecure and a poor user experience. With Arculix Universal Authentication Fabric, users can login once and securely access the applications needed to do their job. Arculix Universal Authentication Fabric allows users to attain a level of assurance needed to authenticate with its patented behavioral AI/ML risk analytics engine. To ensure there is no account takeover (ATO), it generates a score at the beginning of a user logging in that is used to grant access to web apps, servers and services without requiring another factor check. This removes the need for siloed systems to authenticate users. “SecureAuth’s Arculix Universal Authentication Fabric is the underlying element for the new 360-degree cybersecurity perimeter that every enterprise needs: Continuous, Holistic and Adaptive,” said Alfredo Estirado, CEO of Grupo TRC. “As a key partner of SecureAuth, we are excited to offer this to our customers across various geographies.” Key capabilities include expansion of passwordless features into endpoints, including access to persistent and non-persistent VDIs, in the same passwordless way a user authenticates to a standard machine. This enables a passwordless authentication journey whether in or out of the office. This Universal Authentication Fabric also supports our device trust support for seamless passwordless authentication for transient virtual desktops and physical desktops. About SecureAuth Corporation SecureAuth is a next-gen access management and authentication company that enables secure and passwordless continuous authentication experience for employees, partners and customers. With the only solution that can be deployed in cloud, hybrid and on-premises environments, SecureAuth manages and protects access to applications, systems and data at scale, anywhere in the world.

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Verizon moves commercial traffic onto its 5G core

Verizon | October 19, 2022

After initial testing and friendly user trials of Verizon’s 5G core, the company recently began moving customer traffic onto the new cloud-native, containerized design core, which will offer unprecedented levels of service agility, flexibility and automated scalability. The Service-based architecture of the core consists of software applications, compute resources, networking, and storage. It is the part of the network that enables IP connectivity between a customer on the Verizon network and the services that a customer wants to use such as Internet access, voice calls, and enterprise applications. A higher level of operational autonomy unleashed in Verizon’s 5G core design will be critical for the next generation of services being enabled by new network technologies to serve consumer and enterprise customers. “Our mission has always been to build and operate the best, most reliable, highest performing, and secure networks in the world, The 5G Core is a critical step in achieving our goal. From the densification and virtualization work in the Radio Access Network, to the architectural design changes in the core of the network developed specifically for telco workloads, we are working to ensure customers not only have access to 5G, but have the most advanced, secure, and robust network to support the remarkable new solutions being developed on 5G technology.” Adam Koeppe, Senior Vice President of Network Technology, Strategy, and Planning at Verizon The Verizon Cloud Platform (VCP), on which the 5G core is built, is based on a Webscale software architecture with advanced technologies designed specifically for telco workloads. VCP is a distributed platform that supports edge services, private cloud services, Network Function Virtualization tools, Cloud Native Functions, Web applications, mapping and spatial analysis tools, orchestration tools, service assurance tools, auto-remediation, and compute offerings. Using VCP, Verizon’s 5G core will be able to achieve new levels of operational automation and adaptability to create differentiated customer experiences. This directional technology platform that enables MEC will support stand alone, non-stand alone, and VoNR services. Benefits of the 5G Core The advanced capabilities, high speed, increased bandwidth, and low latency of 5G is inspiring development of a wide variety of new use cases that include everything from massive numbers of IoT devices that use very few network resources, to smartphones with nearly infinite opportunities to use data, to more complex solutions such as AR/VR and mixed reality that will require massive computing capabilities and low latency on the edge of the network. Those solutions will each require different combinations of network capabilities. The 5G standalone core’s cloud-native virtualized applications, in combination with built-in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), will enable the dynamic allocation of the appropriate resources, referred to as network slicing. It will also allow for automated network configuration changes, including the ability to scale up or scale down network function capacity - to provide the right service levels and network resources needed for each use case. In addition to network slicing and dynamic resource allocation, Verizon’s new 5G core will provide other benefits: Real-time resource management of Radio Access Network and core virtual container-based network functions Advanced analytics of network data to improve network performance Optimized services between Verizon's fixed and mobile networks Scalable, more cost-efficient architecture Ability to move workloads to fit use case requirements “Bringing traffic onto the newly designed core coincides with the ecosystem development around us. With a critical number of customers now having devices that can access the advanced features of the 5G core and the solutions and applications development – especially for enterprise customers – really taking off, now is the ideal time to move traffic onto the new core,” said Koeppe.

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Evolutio is First European Provider to Deploy Ribbon's Virtual C20 for Telecom Services

Ribbon | December 06, 2022

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