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Stratodesk and Citrix – Bringing Predictability to VDI Endpoints

Citrix | June 10, 2022

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Stratodesk, the leading global EUC innovator of endpoint OS software, has received Citrix ReadyTM verification for Citrix Virtual Apps and DesktopsTM 2203 Long Term Service Release (LTSR), demonstrating Stratodesk's long collaborative partnership with Citrix while also boosting joint customers' confidence in Stratodesk NoTouch's ability to meet the demands of a productive Citrix deployment.

Why are Stratodesk and Citrix used?
Why use Citrix with Stratodesk NoTouch is all about bringing your IT infrastructure into the world of no surprises. Enterprises use LTSR builds to acquire the upgrades they need without the requirement for frequent, recurring regression testing. Furthermore, the technology provides organizations with increased predictability.

Organizations benefit from updating to a properly tested and approved version that includes all of the most recent features and improvements. Citrix LTSRs are released every two to three years and include the finest upgrades from previous years. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 2203 LTSR is the most recent version. Enterprises may benefit from improved communication tools, usability, and, of course, security with this edition.

Stratodesk Achieves Citrix Ready Verification by Meeting Rigorous Testing Benchmarks
Along with the LTS Branch, achieving endpoint qualification standards – specifically Citrix Ready Endpoint, Endpoint Premium, and Cloud for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Citrix DaaS – demonstrates the strength of our cooperation with Citrix.
To satisfy these sophisticated standards, Stratodesk developers had to go through extensive testing, with the goal of providing joint clients confidence that Stratodesk works flawlessly with the newest Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 2203 LTSR capabilities and upgrades.

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Citrix Cloud services represent the fastest, simplest, and most flexible approach to delivering integrated digital workspaces available today. Services are provided either as full Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), or other cases, as hybrid cloud services where Citrix provides cloud-based management, while customers determine where workloads are located. All services are sold in the form of 1- 2- and 3-year subscriptions which include service activation, support, and constant SaaS-based updates during the lifetime of the subscription.

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Citrix Cloud services represent the fastest, simplest, and most flexible approach to delivering integrated digital workspaces available today. Services are provided either as full Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), or other cases, as hybrid cloud services where Citrix provides cloud-based management, while customers determine where workloads are located. All services are sold in the form of 1- 2- and 3-year subscriptions which include service activation, support, and constant SaaS-based updates during the lifetime of the subscription.

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VMware Redefines Networking and Security for Multi-Cloud with New Innovations

VMware | September 01, 2022

VMware Explore US 2022 – VMware Inc.today announced new innovations across its expanding networking and security portfolio that will help customers embrace the cloud operating model. These new innovations include: Project Northstar for multi-cloud networking, security and end-to-end visibility Expansion of network detection and visibility to the Carbon Black Cloud endpoint protection platform, with early access available now Project Trinidad that extends and advances VMware’s API security and analytics Project Watch, a new approach to multi-cloud networking and security that provides advanced app to app policy controls “Enterprises are facing an unprecedented level of threat and complexity as they operate in today’s multi-cloud world, VMware is radically transforming how our customers consume networking and security – allowing them to realize the agility and efficiencies of the cloud operating model through a cloud-smart approach. With a privileged position in the infrastructure and a scale out distributed software architecture, we’re able to leverage the intrinsic attributes of our platforms and deliver these unique solutions in a consumption-oriented manner.” Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager of VMware’s Networking and Advanced Security business group Simplifying Networking and Security for Multi-Cloud In Project Northstar, VMware announces a major advancement of its NSX platform. Announced in technology preview today, Project Northstar will transform how enterprises consume networking and security in a multi-cloud world. Project Northstar will deliver multi-cloud networking, security, workload mobility and end-to-end threat detection and response with a centralized cloud-console for consistent and simplified software-as-a-service (SaaS) consumption. This family of services includes network & security policy management, network detection and response (NDR), network visibility and analytics (NSX Intelligence), advanced load balancing (ALB), and workload mobility (HCX) for private cloud environments and VMware Cloud deployments. “As an innovator in software-defined networking, VMware offers a full-stack of networking and security services in an integrated solution that benefits thousands of enterprise customers today,” said Umesh Mahajan, senior vice president and general manager for VMware’s Networking and Security business unit. “Customers are seeking a uniform policy model across multi-cloud deployments, along with consistent network connectivity, security, and load balancing services. With Project Northstar we continue to shape how enterprises consume networking and security in a multi-cloud world.” Today, with the latest update to VMware NSX 4.0 and VMware vSphere 8, NSX networking and security functions can now be implemented on Data Processing Units (DPUs, also known as SmartNICs) connected to the host hypervisor. Offloading NSX services to the DPU can accelerate networking and security functions without impacting the host CPUs, addressing the needs of modern applications and other network-intensive and latency-sensitive applications. Strengthening Lateral Security The growth in laterally moving threats requires security teams to pay closer attention to east-west network traffic. Examining traffic through network taps is no longer sufficient. Modern distributed cloud architectures can further exacerbate blind spots. VMware’s architecture allows customers to see processes running in an endpoint, packets crossing the network, access points, and the inner workings of both traditional and modern apps to identify and stop threats others can’t. As part of today's announcements, VMware is strengthening its lateral security capabilities by embedding network detection and visibility into Carbon Black Cloud's endpoint protection platform, which is now available to select customers in early access. This extended detection and response (XDR) telemetry adds network detection and visibility to endpoints with no changes to infrastructure or endpoints, providing customers with extended visibility into their environment across endpoints and networks leaving attackers nowhere to hide. Limited visibility into the east-west traffic between microservices also puts modern applications at greater risk. Project Trinidad, which is in tech preview, extends VMware's API security and analytics by deploying sensors on Kubernetes clusters and uses machine learning with business logic inference to detect anomalous behavior in east-west traffic between microservices. Findings from VMware’s recent Global Incident Response Threat Report reveal that ransomware actors continue to evolve their cyber extortion strategies. Ransomware will continue to be a business reality, and VMware uniquely makes recovery from an attack faster, more predictable, and less prone to error with VMware Ransomware Recovery for VMware Cloud DR, a new offering unveiled at VMware Explore. This new, purpose-built ransomware recovery-as-a-service solution enables safe recovery that prevents re-infection of IT and line-of-business production workloads through its innovative use of an on-demand isolated recovery environment on VMware Cloud on AWS. Guided recovery workflows allow customers to quickly identify recovery point candidates, validate restore points using embedded behavioral analysis, and recover data with minimal loss. Expanding Security for the Data Center and Cloud Edge Last year, VMware announced the industry-first elastic application security edge (EASE) which enables the networking and security infrastructure at the data center or cloud edge to flex and adjust as app needs change. To help customers preserve their investments in expensive hardware appliances that are incapable of adapting to changing app environments, VMware is introducing: VMware NSX Gateway Firewall: VMware’s next-generation firewall now offers a new stateful active-active edge scale-out capability that significantly increases network throughput for stateful services. VMware now offers advanced threat prevention capabilities with IDPS, malware analysis, sandboxing, URL filtering, TLS proxy, stateful firewall, and stateful Network Address Translation (NAT) that extend centralized security controls to physical and virtual workloads at the data center and cloud edge. VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer: With a goal to deliver multi-layer application security at the edge, closer to applications and users for better efficiency and performance, VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer (ALB) is adding new bot management capabilities, while enhancing the security capabilities of its web application firewall, malware detection, security analytics, and DDoS protection. These enhancements at the edge help customers maintain a consistent security posture with operational simplicity, extending protection from traditional to cloud-native container-based applications deployed across multi-cloud environments. VMware NSX ALB’s ability to enforce API security policies in line with application delivery traffic helps customers in protecting their north-south APIs. Project Watch: At VMware Explore 2022, VMware is unveiling Project Watch, a new approach to multi-cloud networking and security that will provide advanced app-to-app policy controls to help with continuous risk and compliance assessment. In technology preview, Project Watch will help network security and compliance teams to continuously observe, assess, and dynamically mitigate risk and compliance problems in composite multi-cloud applications. Securing the Edge for the Distributed Workforce In the past two years, enterprise customers have fundamentally changed how they build and deploy networks and access to support distributed workers. The market for secure access service edge (SASE) solutions is expected to nearly triple by 2026 with security being a key driver of growth as enterprises strategically invest for the new age of distributed applications and hybrid work, according to the Dell'Oro Group1. A leader in SD-WAN2, VMware is now offering additional deployment flexibility to customers who want a multi-phase journey from their current network and endpoint management solutions to a next-generation SASE offering by adding new web proxy-based connectivity to VMware Cloud Web Security. VMware Cross-Cloud™ services Helps Customers Navigate the Multi-Cloud Era At VMware Explore 2022, VMware is unveiling new and enhanced offerings for VMware Cross-Cloud services to help customers navigate the multi-cloud era with freedom, flexibility and security. VMware Cross-Cloud services is a portfolio of cloud services that deliver a unified and simplified way to build, operate, access, and better secure any application on any cloud from any device. VMware Cross-Cloud service pillars include 1) App Platform, 2) Cloud Management, 3) Cloud & Edge Infrastructure, 4) Security & Networking, and 5) Anywhere Workspace. For the latest news and more on how VMware is delivering a faster and smarter path to cloud for digital businesses, visit the VMware Explore 2022 media kit. About VMware Explore VMware Explore is an evolution of the company's flagship conference, VMworld. VMware Explore aims to be the industry’s go-to-event for all things multi-cloud. This year, it will feature industry-led solution and technical sessions, an extensive ecosystem of 90% of the top cloud partners, a thriving marketplace of multi-cloud ISVs and several networking events. To learn more about VMware Explore, please visit: www.vmware.com/explore.html. 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.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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Avast One to Extend Home Network Protection and Online Safety Guidance Across Platforms

Avast | August 10, 2022

Avast One, the all-in-one digital protection service from Avast (LSE: AVST), a global leader in digital security and privacy, has extended its cross-platform support by adding its Online Safety Score feature to both the Mac and iOS platforms of Avast One. Previously available on Windows and Android, Online Safety Score helps people take control of their online safety by providing a simple, easy to read score with regular feedback and tips on how to improve it further. Network Inspector, formally known as WiFi Inspector in Avast Free Antivirus, has also been added to the Mac platform so that networks and devices can be scanned for vulnerabilities. The update follows Avast One's recognition by AV-Test as a 'Top Product' in the industry, achieving full points in malware protection, performance and usability. Earlier this year, Avast bolstered the free and premium versions of Avast One with new and innovative privacy and scam prevention features across all major platforms, including Email Guardian, Private Mode, Scam Protection for mobile, and a Smart VPN which launches automatically for activities such as online banking. In this latest update, Avast has strengthened its cross-platform support further with Online Safety Score and Network Inspector which provide more guidance and user control over online safety for greater peace of mind no matter the device used. Premium customers can benefit from Avast One's leading protection and performance capabilities for up to 30 computers and mobile phones across PC, Mac, Android and iOS, ensuring families and their devices stay private and secure. Last year, Avast's Digital Citizenship study of over 16,000 people found that despite the internet's increasing importance day-to-day, heightened online safety and privacy concerns are stopping people from fully engaging in online activities. With this in mind, Avast has enhanced the protection capabilities of Avast One across all platforms, to provide online citizens with greater control and confidence at a time of rising online scams, fraud, and other malicious activity. "Across the world, safe and free access to digital services is increasingly becoming an everyday requirement. Yet our Avast Digital Citizenship Report found that two out of three people decided not to do something online because of security and privacy concerns, It's a wake-up call for us that many people do not feel confident about using critical online services and are abandoning decisions to shop, bank, or register new accounts because of concerns about security, privacy and identity. We understand that effective protection means protection on our customers' terms, and with Avast One we've made sure it's available on every major platform, wherever and whenever it's needed." Vita Santrucek, Chief Product Officer at Avast In addition to Online Safety Score, the features available in the latest update of Avast One include: Network Inspector: automatically scans networks and connected devices for vulnerabilities, and offers recommendations to improve device security when connected to public networks, as well as tips to strengthen the protection of home networks so that intruders are unable to access them and obtain personal data App Lock: locks sensitive apps and photos with a PIN, pattern, or fingerprint that's different to the authentication used to unlock a phone, providing the user with an additional layer of protection. Available on Avast One Individual and Family for Android. For individuals or families with iOS devices, the Photo Vault feature secures photos in an encrypted folder inside the Avast One app, protected by a PIN, Touch ID or Face ID to improve privacy on shared mobile devices. Avast One is available in Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It is available for download now at www.avast.com and is compatible with Android, iOS, macOS and Windows. About Avast: Avast a FTSE 100 company, is a global leader in digital security and privacy, headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic. With over 435 million users online, Avast offers products under the Avast and AVG brands that protect people from threats on the internet and the evolving IoT threat landscape. The company's threat detection network is among the most advanced in the world, using machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to detect and stop threats in real time. Avast digital security products for Mobile, PC or Mac are top-ranked and certified by VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, SE Labs and others.

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Netcracker Receives Top Ranking in Telco Republic’s Next-Generation Telecom Operations and Business Support Systems Market Assessment

Netcracker Technology | July 21, 2022

Netcracker Technology announced today that it has been ranked as the leader in Telco Republic’s inaugural Disrupter Quintant for Next-Generation Telecom Operations and Business Support Systems. The report evaluated eight of the leading technology suppliers in the BSS/OSS market across a number of key strategy and execution criteria. Telco Republic has positioned Netcracker as the leader in the Disrupter category due to a number of factors, including future-proof technology innovations; the ability to address all next-generation BSS and OSS requirements in a single suite supported by professional services; and the expertise to guide CSPs toward forward-looking architectures and use cases. “Netcracker’s work with leading-edge digital service providers, its integrated digital platform and strong innovation strategy were just a few of the reasons that we placed the company in the leading position of our first-ever Disrupter Quintant, a competitive ranking of vendors that specialize in innovation and disruption in the emerging Next-Generation Telecom Operations and Business Support Systems market,” said Martina Kurth, CEO and Founder of Telco Republic. “With the market trending towards automation, AI, analytics, machine learning, omnichannel customer experience and critical partner ecosystems, Netcracker has the technology and foundational knowledge to remain extremely competitive going forward.” “Netcracker has been a leader in BSS and OSS for many years and is constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation, CSPs are concerned about challenges such as monetizing 5G services, delivering convergent bundles, deploying solutions in the public cloud and providing a consistent customer experience, and Netcracker’s expertise and background can help them navigate these new challenges.” Norbert Scholz, Head of Telco Research & Advisory at Telco Republic “This market-leading ranking from Telco Republic is strong validation of the successes we have enjoyed in recent years,” said Ari Banerjee, SVP of Strategy at Netcracker. “We have been signing high-profile deals that are based on the results of our commitment to research and development, working with partners across the industry and recognizing the critical role security, multi-cloud and customer experience play in the success of our customers.” About Netcracker Technology Netcracker Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, offers mission-critical digital transformation solutions to service providers around the globe. Our comprehensive portfolio of software solutions and professional services enables large-scale digital transformations, unlocking the opportunities of the cloud, virtualization and the changing mobile ecosystem. With an unbroken service delivery track record of more than 25 years, our unique combination of technology, people and expertise helps companies transform their networks and enable better experiences for their customers.

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