Red Hat updates it’s Kubernites platform OpenShift

Clicklancashire | May 13, 2019

StorageOS, a leading provider of software-defined, persistent storage for containers, today announced it is one of the first companies to achieve Red Hat OpenShift Operator Certification. "By collaborating with partners like Supermicro, we're able to provide organizations with a foundation for the hybrid cloud that is ready to support a variety of enterprise technologies including new optimized cloud solutions that use Supermicro's Resource-Saving server and storage systems".

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Organizations are increasing their use of cloud computing not only to lower costs and increase agility, but also to reduce IT complexity and support digital transformation. By 2020, 67% of all enterprise IT infrastructure and software spending will be for cloudbased products and services. IDC says today’s “cloud first” strategy is shifting toward a “cloud only” strategy as organizations turn their attention to digital transformation.

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Organizations are increasing their use of cloud computing not only to lower costs and increase agility, but also to reduce IT complexity and support digital transformation. By 2020, 67% of all enterprise IT infrastructure and software spending will be for cloudbased products and services. IDC says today’s “cloud first” strategy is shifting toward a “cloud only” strategy as organizations turn their attention to digital transformation.

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Corel Acquires Awingu to Accelerate Its Secure Remote Workspace

Corel | June 14, 2022

Corel, a global leader in professional creative and productivity software, announced today the acquisition of Awingu, a supplier of secure remote access technology, for an unspecified amount. Parallels will include Awingu into its brand portfolio. The integration of Awingu and the Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) platform will provide end users with the additional flexibility and freedom they need to safely work from anywhere, at any time, on any device or operating system. Parallels, a subsidiary of Corel, is an all-in-one application delivery and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution that enables remote access to virtual applications and desktops provided through on-premises, hybrid, or cloud-based settings. Awingu's simple and secure unified workspace is ideal for both mid-market and big companies, providing a safe means for businesses to allow bring your own device (BYOD) or work from anywhere policies. With this technology acquisition, Parallels RAS will become a one-stop solution for clients to effortlessly access legacy and cloud-native apps and files, while relieving IT teams of concerns about data security and infrastructure complexity. Prashant Ketkar, Chief Technology and Product Officer, Corel said that “The future of work is now; we are living it. The pandemic further accelerated the need for organizations to determine and shift their remote and hybrid work infrastructures. Now, organizations are figuring out how they can cater to the flexibility that employees want with their workplaces while also ensuring secure and efficient access. We’re committed to helping organizations navigate this shift in the workplace, and with the addition of Awingu we’re one step closer to improving the experience for every stakeholder that interacts with our products.” Awingu will continue working alongside Parallels' solutions to provide secure remote workplaces to clients in the healthcare, banking, manufacturing, government, and telecom industries. Awingu will also broaden its interaction with Parallels in order to speed innovation and offer a uniform capability for safe remote access to both legacy and cloud-native apps. Customers will be able to choose from a variety of solutions that use on-premises assets, hybrid architectures, and any cloud. “I’m excited to join the Corel organization with the Awingu team. Both companies have a customer-first mindset and share the mission to ensure a seamless, secure, and effective workspace no matter where an employee is located. Together with Parallels RAS, we’ll bring a broader, richer set of solutions across the secure remote desktop and app streaming industry to our customers.” Walter van Uytven, CEO, Awingu

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VMware Introduces Advanced Workload Protection for AWS to Help Defend Against Emerging Threats

VMware | August 08, 2022

VMware, Inc. introduced VMware Carbon Black Workload for Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver advanced protection purpose-built for securing both traditional and modern workloads. Using a single unified console that integrates into existing infrastructure, security and information technology (IT) teams can reduce attack surface and strengthen security postures, while achieving consistent and unified visibility for workloads running on AWS, VMware Cloud and on-premises. “Security and IT teams lack visibility and control in highly dynamic and distributed environments, VMware Carbon Black Workload for AWS improves collaboration between these teams via a single consolidated platform for all workloads, regardless of where they’re running, to help defenders see and stop more threats. This real-time visibility into workloads helps prevent attacks on your most valuable assets and provides AWS customers a finite surface area to protect.” Jason Rolleston, vice president of product management and co-general manager for VMware’s Security Business Unit By enabling security teams to see workloads that are ephemeral and transient in nature, VMware Carbon Black Workload for AWS provides authoritative context to help AWS customers better secure modern applications. Automatic gathering and listing of vulnerabilities help identify risk and harden workloads, further shrinking the attack surface, while CI/CD packages for sensor deployment further simplify agent lifecycle management. Additionally, by onboarding their AWS account, AWS customers can achieve more complete, comprehensive, and deeper visibility into the workloads that extend beyond when the VMware Carbon Black Workload sensor was first deployed. VMware Carbon Black Workload for AWS combines foundational vulnerability assessment and workload hardening with next-generation antivirus (NGAV) to analyze attacker behavior patterns over time and help stop never-seen-before attacks. With enterprise threat hunting for workloads that includes behavioral endpoint detection and response (EDR), AWS customers can turn threat intelligence into a prevention policy to avoid hunting for the same threat twice. This telemetry feeds into VMware Contexa, a full-fidelity threat intelligence cloud that shrinks the gap between attackers and defenders while enabling greater visibility, control, and anomaly detection for workloads. Learn more about VMware Carbon Black Workload for AWS on our blog, view the listing in AWS Marketplace, and register for VMware Explore to attend hands-on labs and workshops demonstrating VMware’s advanced workload protection capabilities. About VMware 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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ExpressVPN Exits India in Light of New Anti-privacy Rules

ExpressVPN | June 27, 2022

ExpressVPN confirmed the withdrawal of its Indian-based VPN servers in light of the new VPN directives implemented. “With a recent data law introduced in India requiring all VPN providers to store user information for at least five years, ExpressVPN has made the very straightforward decision to remove our Indian-based VPN servers. We refuse to ever put our users’ data at risk," Harold Li, vice President, ExpressVPN “It is our policy to never allow logging, and we have also specifically designed our VPN servers to not be able to log, including by running in RAM. Data centers are unlikely to be able to accommodate this policy and our server architecture under this new regulation, and thus there is no path forward other than to no longer have physical VPN servers in India," he added. He further stated, “As a company focused on protecting privacy and freedom of expression online, ExpressVPN will continue to fight to keep users connected to the open and free internet with privacy and security, no matter where they are located. This issue is new nor unique in the current geopolitical landscape, so we have been able to move quickly and adjust our infrastructure to maintain the integrity of our VPN services.” ExpressVPN offers two virtual server locations in India for those who still want to connect to VPN sites in India: India (via Singapore) and India (via UK).

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