NordVPN | January 14, 2022
Leading virtual private network provider NordVPN has developed an open-source tool and methodology that helps to objectively measure and compare the speed of different VPN services. The tool accounts for a broad array of testing use cases, allows users to add and compare different VPN services, and provides detailed reporting.
Connection speed is one of the most important factors that affect user experience when they use a VPN. People want to secure their internet traffic without having to sacrifice speed. However, testing VPN speed meaningfully is a complex procedure because countless factors can impact it."
Vykintas Maknickas, a cybersecurity expert at NordVPN
Lack of a unified approach towards how performance is measured leads to the industry's current situation: different researchers via different outlets showcase different results ranked in different order. This conflicting information is bad for VPN users and providers alike. The confusion can make it difficult for users to make informed decisions. Likewise it can be hard for VPN providers to evaluate how their performance will measure up when they are working on improvements to their service and infrastructure.
"A unified, standard speed-testing methodology would go a long way towards solving the problem for all of us. And that's what we're trying to achieve," Vykintas Maknickas adds.
Community input and trust is crucial in order to reach the goal of having a standardized methodology. Therefore, NordVPN invites other VPN service providers, researchers, journalists, and tech enthusiasts to read the whitepaper, review the source code, and participate in the further development and refinement of the speed-test tool.
NordVPN is the world's most advanced VPN service provider, used by over 14 million internet users worldwide. NordVPN provides double VPN encryption, malware blocking, and Onion Over VPN. The product is very user friendly, offers one of the best prices on the market, and has over 5,000 servers in 60 countries worldwide. One of the key features of NordVPN is our zero-log policy.
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ATSG | September 24, 2021
ATSG, a leading, tech-enabled managed services and solutions company, announced its acquisition of dinCloud, LLC, a leading Cloud Services and Virtualized Workspace Subscription Provider with a global hybrid and multicloud footprint. With a complementary portfolio to that of ATSG's Technology Solutions as a Service offerings, the acquisition bolsters ATSG's global cloud business with a focused set of Virtual Hosted Desktops and Infrastructure as a Service offerings, as well as the expansion of the global delivery footprint. dinCloud has become a rapidly growing leader in the cloud infrastructure, hosted workspaces, desktop as a service, and cloud security arena and further expands the long-standing ATSG partner ecosystem relationships with Microsoft, Cisco, and Citrix. The acquisition also spans a multichannel, go to market approach, inclusive of other service providers and solutions aggregators, across Large Enterprises, as well as Middle Market end user customers.
With the dinCloud acquisition, ATSG continues to grow its customer relationships and overall offerings portfolio with specific emphasis on the rapidly growing, secure virtualized desktops and applications hosting markets, as well as cloud infrastructure services. dinCloud's managed technology solutions, provides users with secure, simple access to the desktops, applications, data, and IT services they need to work from anywhere, at any time. In addition, the team of dinCloud experts and engineers hold an array of impressive certifications and specializations, providing even further scale, capabilities, technical expertise, and intellectual property to ATSG.
"I am thrilled to join ATSG, a recognized leader in the tech-enabled managed services space," said Mark Briggs, CEO of dinCloud. "With this move, we further enhance our capabilities for our employees, our clients and our channels. Our joint vision and collaboration with ATSG is in perfect alignment and we look forward to serving many of our clients and channel partners in a leveraged model that will benefit our customers."
As ATSG looks ahead to 2022, they will continue to focus on growth, both organically and through future acquisitions. The company began over 25 years ago as an enterprise network and systems integrator and has aggressively transformed over the past decade to a Tech-enabled MSP, featuring highly secure, multicloud solutions, powered by the ATSG automation platform Ai2. The acquisition of dinCloud depicts the execution of yet another milestone in ATSG's strategic growth plan and is its seventh acquisition over the last 3 years; ATSG previously acquired QTS in 2017, VDX in 2018, HNS, ShoreGroup Solutions in late 2019, MTM in 2020 and the DatAvail IMS business unit in 2021. ATSG will continue to evaluate future investments and alliances that strategically enhance their tech-enabled managed services and overall Technology Solutions as a Service digital transformation strategy and offerings.
"The dinCloud acquisition was a clear strategic choice to complement both our Cloud and Digital Workplace Services portfolio," said Anthony J. D'Ambrosi, Chief Executive Officer of ATSG. "The global synergies between ATSG and dinCloud were immediately apparent, with their passion for customer success, innovation and deep channel partnerships. We are very excited about this fantastic combination."
The dinCloud acquisition serves as the first acquisition under Ron Zampolin's new role as President of Corporate Development and further expands on the focused transformation strategy ATSG is successfully executing. Houlihan Lokey served as the exclusive financial advisor to dinCloud during the transaction.
ATSG is a global tech-enabled managed services and solutions company focused on innovative solutions to enhance today's digital enterprise and end-user experiences. ATSG provides Intelligent IT through Technology Solutions as a Service (TSaaS) to a variety of customers; leveraging an offerings portfolio of rediTech, rediManage, rediCloud, and rediSecure, which delivers reliable, elastic, dynamic infrastructure, collaboration, applications, as well as world-class IT operations.
SonicWall | October 13, 2021
SonicWall, a global leader in physical, virtual and cloud-focused cybersecurity solutions, is emphasizing the return of customer choice for securing and scaling a mix of cloud, hybrid and traditional environments.
"Too many times organizations have been forced to change the way they operate in order to secure access to their networks, data, devices and people. We've been busy innovating cloud and virtual solutions that help organizations secure complex blends of networks, including virtual, hybrid, cloud and on-premises deployments."
Bill Conner, SonicWall President and CEO
SonicWall's growing virtual, cloud and hybrid offerings leverage the best of the company's Boundless Cybersecurity approach to return deployment choices to the customer while solving real-world use cases faced by SMBs, enterprises, governments and MSSPs. SonicWall's core cloud solution offerings:
Solve security and connectivity challenges for cloud-native and hybrid environments.
Secure access to cloud and on-premises applications and virtualized workloads through modern zero-trust capabilities.
Protect increasingly distributed and remote workforces through powerful virtualized security layers and zero-touch capabilities.
Simplify threat detection and response by unifying security events and analytics in a single cloud-based dashboard, allowing easy visualization and management of high-risk alerts.
"The modern IT environment is rife with complexity that drives security and connectivity challenges, which can be further complicated when organizations require hybrid environments comprised of physical, virtual and SaaS offerings, and private and public cloud solutions," said IDC Research Director Chris Rodriguez. "Cybersecurity vendors that support these deployment options add tremendous financial and operational flexibility for their customers, and are also well suited for organizations that are in different stages of their cloud journey."
SonicWall Solves Today's Complex Security, Connectivity Challenges
SonicWall's cloud innovation is driven by the need to solve complex security and connectivity challenges by delivering power, flexibility and choice to customers and partners. SonicWall has collaborated with organizations worldwide to build some of the most secure and robust hybrid networks.
"The University of Pisa connects and secures a wide and distributed network of systems, users, applications and services to ensure our institution can provide the highest levels of on-campus and remote learning," said University of Pisa CIO Antonio Cisternino. "It's imperative that we're able to use the same trusted security controls, regardless of how we deploy them. Through their growing range of virtual, cloud and hybrid offerings, SonicWall gives us that choice and flexibility without sacrificing the security standards we require to protect and enable students, faculty and staff."
SonicWall ensures organizations are able to set their own deployment paths and cloud migration timelines — not forcing them into a rigid vendor-first approach. By providing cloud-based (e.g., virtual firewall and VPN), as-a-service (e.g., ZTNA, FWaaS) and on-premises (e.g., firewalls, VPN) options, SonicWall empowers customers to deploy what works for their architecture — and adopt cloud transformation at their pace.
These real-world hybrid environments are secured using a cohesive mix of virtual, cloud and on-premises offerings, including SonicWall NSv virtual firewalls, Cloud Edge Secure Access zero-trust security, appliance-free SMA virtual private networks (VPN), and Cloud App Security to protect SaaS applications.
Organizations are able to further scale and extend distributed environments by simultaneously deploying security across multiple locations — with minimal IT support — using Zero-Touch Deployment capabilities.
Implement Zero-Trust Security in as Few '15 Minutes'
With the influx of work-from-home access, companies require a simple and secure way of connecting their workforce to resources they need — wherever they're located.
SonicWall embraces zero-trust security as a tenet of cybersecurity in a perimeter-less, cloud-first reality. SonicWall helps organizations easily and quickly connect remote users to on-premises resources, cloud-hosted applications, branch offices and public clouds.
In as few as 15 minutes, SonicWall Cloud Edge Secure Access — the company's zero-trust network access (ZTNA) offering — quickly scales security beyond the perimeter through modern zero-trust principles. This results in logical trust zones that authenticate every user, device and location for secure access to only the specific services and resources they require.
Simplify Threat Detection, Visibility & Response
New in SonicWall Capture Security Center 3.0, Unified Insights brings analytics from across SonicWall products, including physical and virtual firewalls, wireless access points, switches and endpoint security products into a single, customizable dashboard. This provides a central, easy-to-use location for monitoring environments and troubleshooting incidents, eliminating the need to multi-task across different consoles.
Paired with SonicWall Analytics, Capture Security Center 3.0 can transform large volumes of data (spanning tens of thousands of firewall nodes) into actionable insights and defensive actions against hidden risks across networks, applications and users — all with the visibility, precision, speed and scale of the cloud.
Integrate Cloud-delivered Threat Protection Across Hybrid Environments
Regardless of deployment strategy, SonicWall ensures organizations can identify and block both known and unknown cyberattacks across traditional networks, public and private cloud infrastructure, and virtual environments by seamlessly integrating SonicWall physical and virtual firewalls when and where it makes sense for your business. The foundation of this ecosystem integrates with SonicWall's cloud-based Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) multi-engine sandbox service to stop advanced cyberattacks, including never-before-seen malware and ransomware.
SonicWall delivers Boundless Cybersecurity for the hyper-distributed era in a work reality where everyone is remote, mobile and unsecure. SonicWall safeguards organizations mobilizing for their new business normal with seamless protection that stops the most evasive cyberattacks across boundless exposure points and increasingly remote, mobile and cloud-enabled workforces. By knowing the unknown, providing real-time visibility and enabling breakthrough economics, SonicWall closes the cybersecurity business gap for enterprises, governments and SMBs worldwide.