U.S. DoD Bolsters VPN Capacity to Support Remote Working

US Department of Defense | July 20, 2020

As businesses and other organizations shifted to working from home during the pandemic, so too did the US Department of Defense's Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) which worked to bolster network and VPN capacity. In a recent keynote address to the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Vice Admiral Nancy Norton provided more details on the measures DISA and the Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Networks (DODIN) took to ensure that its staff could keep working during the pandemic.

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BIOS Configuration SysInfo shows CPU VT (VT-x) Supported which mean Virtualization is Enabled in Firmware. That is your Laptop supports Virtualization Technology. CPU VT (VT-x) can be referred as Intel VT-x.Note: Laptop must support virtualization technology to install Virtual software like VMWare, Virtualbox and Hyper-V.

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BIOS Configuration SysInfo shows CPU VT (VT-x) Supported which mean Virtualization is Enabled in Firmware. That is your Laptop supports Virtualization Technology. CPU VT (VT-x) can be referred as Intel VT-x.Note: Laptop must support virtualization technology to install Virtual software like VMWare, Virtualbox and Hyper-V.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Introduces Next-Generation Compute Engineered for a Hybrid World

Hewlett Packard Enterprise | November 03, 2022

Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced a next generation compute portfolio that delivers a cloud operating experience designed to power hybrid environments and digital transformation. The new HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers provide organizations with intuitive, trusted, and optimized compute resources, ideally suited for a range of modern workloads, including AI, analytics, cloud-native applications, graphic-intensive applications, machine learning, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and virtualization. “The foundation of any hybrid strategy is compute, HPE Compute brings businesses closer to the edge, where data is created, where new cloud experiences are delivered, and where security is integral. The new HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers are engineered for the hybrid world to deliver an intuitive cloud operating experience, trusted security by design, and optimized performance for workloads.” Neil MacDonald, executive vice president and general manager, Compute, at HPE VIDEO: Be data-first: Next generation HPE ProLiant – engineered for your hybrid world Intuitive cloud operating experience On HPE ProLiant servers, an HPE GreenLake for Compute Ops Management subscription provides a cloud-native management console. This increases operational efficiency by securely automating the process to access, monitor, and manage servers, no matter where the compute environment lives. The console provides simple, unified, and automated capabilities to allow customers to control their compute with global visibility and insight. Customers can also easily onboard thousands of distributed devices and benefit from faster server firmware updates to focus efforts on business operations, and not on managing complex IT infrastructure. HPE GreenLake for Compute Ops Management also includes carbon footprint reporting for customers to view emission metrics, from individual servers to full compute environments, to monitor energy usage. Trusted security by design HPE continues to lead and deliver secure infrastructure, from edge to cloud, starting at the silicon level with the HPE Silicon Root of Trust, an industry-exclusive security capability that protects millions of lines of firmware code, from malware and ransomware, with a digital fingerprint that is unique to the server. Today, the HPE Silicon Root of Trust secures millions of HPE servers around the world. The next-generation HPE ProLiant servers build on this security innovation with the following new features to protect data and systems: Ensure verification and authentication for device components with the new version of the HPE Integrated Lights-Out (iLO), with iLO6. ILO is a remote server management software that enables customers to securely configure, monitor, and update HPE servers seamlessly. The latest version features new authentication using the Security Protocol and Data Model (SPDM), a key security capability in servers for authenticating and securely monitoring devices in an open standards-based approach. Prevent alterations to unique server identity access with the inclusion of platform certifications and Secure Device Identity (iDevID) by default. Gain an additional layer of authentication by monitoring a secure boot and system state through the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Adopt the highest level of security through the HPE Trusted Supply Chain. The HPE Trusted Supply Chain advances end-to-end security with certified servers that feature hardened data protection during the manufacturing process. Recently, HPE extended options for certified servers, from US-based factories, to produce and ship worldwide.1 Optimized performance for any workload As organizations run more demanding workloads, including AI, machine learning, and rendering projects, they require optimal compute and accelerated compute performance. The next-generation HPE ProLiant servers are optimized to deliver high performance on an organization’s most data-intensive workloads and support a diverse set of architectures, including 4th Generation AMD EPYC™ processors, 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, and Ampere® Altra® and Ampere® Altra® Max Cloud Native Processors. Compared to the previous generation, the new HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers support twice as much I/O bandwidth for the most demanding applications, 50% more cores per CPU for improved workload consolidation, and 33% more high-performance GPU density per server to support AI and graphic-intensive workloads. Service providers, and enterprises that are embracing cloud-native workloads, require dedicated, cloud-native compute to deliver agile and extensible capabilities to drive innovation. In June 2022, HPE announced that it was the first tier-one server provider to offer compute with optimized cloud-native silicon, using Ampere® Altra® and Ampere® Altra® Max Cloud Native Processors in the new HPE ProLiant RL300 Gen11 server. Delivering a pay-as-you-go consumption model with HPE GreenLake Organizations looking to transition from one generation to the next, can adopt HPE’s next-generation compute through a traditional infrastructure purchase or through a pay-as-you-go model with HPE GreenLake. HPE GreenLake is an as-a-service platform that enables customers to accelerate data-first modernization and provides over 70 cloud services that can run on-premises, at the edge, in a colocation facility, and in the public cloud. Additionally, through HPE Financial Services (HPEFS), customers can convert existing technology assets into capital to purchase new or upgraded technology. Expanding the customer experience with new services Through HPE Pointnext Services, an award-winning team of over 15,000 experts, customers adopting the HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers can leverage in-depth global expertise to deploy next-generation HPE ProLiant servers and create new experiences, gain real-time insights from their data, and modernize IT to unlock value. Today, HPE unveiled enhancements to its customer experience, supporting HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers, including: HPE Pointnext Complete Care Secure Locations offers customers assigned experts to deliver support to locations where access, connectivity as well as electronic and verbal communications, are subject to specific security measures. HPE Expert on Demand provides customers with access to services professionals with dedicated expertise related to HPE’s next-generation compute offerings. HPE Support Center, which provides online services and a support platform, has been enhanced to include greater collaboration, case management, enhanced virtual agent troubleshooting and a new digital insights dashboard. Support for HPE’s next-generation compute has been extended from three to five years, to up to seven years. Availability HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers featuring 4th Generation AMD EPYC™ processors will be available to order worldwide starting on November 10, and available through the HPE GreenLake cloud platform. The HPE ProLiant RL300 Gen11 server using Ampere processors is available to order worldwide today. All HPE ProLiant servers can be purchased through HPE and HPE’s channel partners. About Hewlett Packard Enterprise Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) is the global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, everywhere. Built on decades of reimagining the future and innovating to advance the way people live and work, HPE delivers unique, open and intelligent technology solutions as a service. With offerings spanning Cloud Services, Compute, High Performance Computing & AI, Intelligent Edge, Software, and Storage, HPE provides a consistent experience across all clouds and edges, helping customers develop new business models, engage in new ways, and increase operational performance. For more information, visit: www.hpe.com Intel, the Intel logo, and other Intel marks are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries. HPE ProLiant servers – Customer Quote Sheet Fernando Hortal, CTO, Pleiades “At Pleiades, our mission is to assist companies in adopting new technologies and solutions through our technology services, which include architecting labs for proof-of-concepts, and training. Having high-performing, reliable, secure and efficient compute is key to optimizing our business. The new HPE ProLiant Gen11 server is already more powerful that anything we have experienced in the data center, and through the new HPE iLO6, we have gained more control and security of our devices to guarantee the integrity of our compute environment. We look forward to using these powerful capabilities to continue innovating and enabling new workloads.” Christian Sack, Lead System Architect, Canon “At Canon, our customers expect the highest level of reliability, performance and security due to their mission critical workload. That is why we are delighted to partner with HPE to adopt next-generation HPE ProLiant servers. This new generation will deliver all the capabilities we rely on from HPE, but with unprecedented levels of performance, simplified management and enhanced security.” Vasco Portugal, CEO and Co-Founder of Sensei “At Sensei, we are committed to transforming retail to deliver a seamless shopping experience for customers while also optimizing operations with automated, cashier-less stores. In partnership Through our global OEM partnership with HPE, and using its HPE ProLiant servers that delivers high-performance and versatility to support a range of workloads, we have successfully driven deployed our proprietary AI-enabled applications software and hardware platform that turns physical stores autonomous and cashierless, while digitizing store operations and boosted inventory efficiencies. We look forward to the new HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers, that will provide even greater performance and flexibility to innovate with AI and machine learning.” Craig Sinasac, Vice-President Development & Technology at Velocix "We provide class-leading, carrier-grade streaming technology that our customers use to deliver video services to millions of people around the globe. Our software runs on HPE ProLiant servers to maximise performance, minimise power consumption, and achieve the rock-solid reliability required to stream high-quality video content with the lowest possible latency. We look forward to adding the upcoming HPE ProLiant Gen 11 servers to our portfolio to further extend our performance and flexibility advantage.” Nate Engum, Information Systems, Kimley-Horn “Our greatest difficulty was transferring huge data files to our branch offices for updates, and HPE GreenLake for Compute Ops Management solved this problem with a novel approach. Instead of pulling down the entire file, we could schedule updates and the system would download only the necessary data for that specific update. Overnight, the server update process went from about four hours to 45 minutes. That is a considerable improvement in terms of the operational impact of downtime.” Roger Hilton, Technical Advisor of Global Deployment, Infrastructure, & Integration, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) “We partnered with HPE and worked closely with their engineering team to help bring HPE GreenLake for Compute Ops Management to life. It allows me to rest easy as an IT professional because I no longer have to worry about a component failing or a firmware update breaking our infrastructure. Imagine being on vacation and pushing out firmware without interrupting your holiday. That’s what you get.” Michael Taylor, IT Director, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team “We don’t have the luxury of time to relay data back to the factory to process and send results back to the track. We need the ability to process data and make those decisions faster, at the edge, and that is why the team deployed a mobile data center, based on HPE ProLiant servers, to provide our engineering team with the processing power required to compute and visualize data at-scale. There is no doubt that next-generation HPE ProLiant servers will provide the same level of reliability with even greater performance and capabilities to process data-intensive workloads at the edge to unlock insights in real-time.”

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Fortinet’s Latest Next-Gen Firewall Helps Customers Achieve Sustainability Goals by Consuming 80% Less Power Than Rivals

Fortinet | November 08, 2022

Fortinet, a leader in broad, integrated, and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced FortiGate 1000F, the latest series of next-generation firewalls (NGFW) from Fortinet to deliver higher performance—more than seven times faster firewall throughput—and lower power consumption—83 percent fewer watts per Gbps of firewall throughput—than competitive solutions. Performance is No Longer the Only Consideration as CIOs Focus on Sustainability In addition to being chartered to maintain a resilient and secure hybrid IT environment, most enterprises also have sustainability goals that they have to meet. This has added more pressure for CIOs and IT leaders as sustainability and cost control have become an important board-level line item. In fact, the Gartner® Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2023 Sustainable Technology report reveals that, “By 2025, 50% of CIOs will have performance metrics tied to the sustainability of the IT organization.”1 Delivering High-Performance, Environmentally Sustainable, and Consistent Security for the Data Center As the vendor that received the highest score for the Enterprise Data Center use case in the 2022 Gartner® Critical Capabilities for Network Firewalls report2, and a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Firewalls, Q4 2022 report, Fortinet is pleased to announce the FortiGate 1000F series, the latest NGFW for enterprise data centers. Supported by over 20 years of developing purpose-built security processing units (SPUs), FortiGate 1000F continues Fortinet’s legacy of delivering NGFWs that provide the scale, performance, and power savings to meet the security requirements of today's enterprise data centers. “Improving sustainability practices is a top-of-mind business concern for enterprises today, which is putting pressure on CIOs to reduce the carbon footprint of their IT infrastructure. Fortinet continues to meet our own sustainability goals and help our customers do the same through our dedication to improving the performance and energy efficiency of our products. The FortiGate 1000F series of next-generation firewalls, which delivers higher performance and lower power consumption compared to competitive solutions, is the latest example from Fortinet.” John Maddison, EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet High-Performance Security Fortinet’s purpose-built SPUs enable FortiGate 1000F to deliver an average of 7.4x more firewall throughput to help enterprise security keep pace with the speed of today’s networks. FortiGate 1000F also offers nearly 7x higher IPsec VPN performance and 7x higher SSL inspection throughput than the industry average to ensure network blind spots are eliminated and enterprises have full visibility of clear-text and encrypted network flows without introducing bottlenecks. This is critical for high-performance data centers in order to defend mission-critical data and rapidly identify and stop threats before they infiltrate the network. Additionally, with threat protection performance that is 2x higher than the industry average, FortiGate 1000F processes critical AI/ML-powered security services such as IPS, Application Control, and Malware Protection faster than other offerings. As is true with Fortinet’s entire line of FortiGate NGFWs, FortiGate 1000F enables secure digital transformation by delivering advanced visibility and control over network traffic to support enterprises in building contextual, evolving network and security policies. Environmentally Sustainable Security FortiGate 1000F helps customers achieve their sustainability goals by requiring 83 percent fewer watts per Gbps of firewall throughput and requiring 86 percent fewer watts per Gbps of IPsec VPN throughput. FortiGate 1000F also requires less cooling than other solutions, generating only 15 percent of the BTU/h per Gbps of firewall throughput compared to competitive firewalls. Fortinet’s high-performance, low-power network firewalls mean that enterprises require fewer firewalls to accomplish their business needs, helping further reduce costs for space and cooling in the data center. Consistent Security FortiGate 1000F is powered by a single operating system, FortiOS, which provides unified security and management frameworks across all form factors and edges, supporting hybrid environments in a consistent and coordinated way. With FortiOS everywhere, customers benefit from broad visibility, seamless integration and interoperability between critical security elements, and granular control and automation. This includes Universal Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) with a built-in ZTNA application gateway, allowing explicit access to applications and enforcing customers' Zero Trust policies. Like all FortiGate next-generation firewalls, FortiGate 1000F includes a suite of FortiGuard AI-powered Security Services that are developed and continually enhanced by FortiGuard Labs. For advanced, real-time protection against known and unknown threats in the data center, customers can leverage AI-powered IPS and anti-virus, as well as the industry’s first in-line sandbox protection to stop malware and ransomware from ever entering the network. Enterprise data centers depend on these services to monitor and protect against file-based attack tactics, malware, lateral movement, ransomware, and credential-based attacks. FortiGate 1000F vs. Competitors Below is a comparison of the top firewalls on the market against the target performance numbers of the FortiGate 1000F series. Security Compute Rating is a benchmark (performance multiplier) that compares FortiGate performance metrics versus the industry average of competing products across various categories that fall within the same price band. Also included are power and heat metrics for competing products showcasing the energy efficiency of FortiGate 1000F versus competitive solutions. About Fortinet Fortinet makes possible a digital world that we can always trust through its mission to protect people, devices, and data everywhere. This is why the world’s largest enterprises, service providers, and government organizations choose Fortinet to securely accelerate their digital journey. The Fortinet Security Fabric platform delivers broad, integrated, and automated protections across the entire digital attack surface, securing critical devices, data, applications, and connections from the data center to the cloud to the home office. Ranking #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide, more than 595,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. And the Fortinet NSE Training Institute, an initiative of Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA), provides one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry to make cyber training and new career opportunities available to everyone.

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ProArch, Nerdio and Rimo3 Join Forces to Help Enterprises Succeed with Highly Comprehensive Desktop-as-a-Service

ProArch | October 20, 2022

ProArch, a global IT services and consulting firm and top Microsoft Solutions Partner, has partnered with Nerdio the premier solution for organizations looking to deploy virtual desktops in Microsoft Azure and Rimo3 the leading innovator of intelligent, automated, testing and modernization solutions for enterprise Windows applications to fortify ProArch’s Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution. Gartner projects the demand for DaaS to grow 253% between 2021 and 2024. Recognizing a market and skills gap, ProArch has enlisted Nerdio and Rimo3 to deliver a highly comprehensive DaaS solution that supports modern cloud strategies that enterprise IT leaders are looking to adopt. “With experience working with enterprises across cloud, security, data and application development, we know every organization requires a unique approach to adopting Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), DaaS strategically moves workloads to a secure AVD environment and includes ongoing guidance from ProArch, so your team isn’t left wondering what to do next. Now, in partnership with Nerdio and Rimo3, we’re able to leverage automation to streamline migration and management so that enterprises can accelerate their cloud journey and be more flexible and secure.” Ben Wilcox, CTO of security and cloud at ProArch ProArch’s DaaS Solution is built on top of Microsoft’s Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), Nerdio Manager for Enterprise and Rimo3. The solution helps enterprises realize the benefits of a distributed workforce and build elasticity into their IT infrastructure to accelerate growth. It is currently available, and ProArch has begun working with enterprise organizations to execute the migration of workloads, AVD implementation and ongoing managed services. ProArch’s DaaS Solution is unique in the market not only because of the strength of its technology stack but also because ProArch performs the migration of workloads while incorporating security best practices. In addition, ProArch’s 24/7 Security Operations Center (SOC) can be integrated into the service to monitor and respond to cyber threats in real time. “We have always admired ProArch’s strong expertise in helping enterprises realize their cloud potential,” said Vadim Vladimirskiy, CEO and cofounder of Nerdio. “We are excited to propel their new DaaS solution alongside Rimo3 so that enterprise organizations can get up and running with Azure Virtual Desktop much more quickly and efficiently while feeling assured their investment is being guided, optimized and cared for by the experts at ProArch.” “The full complement of ProArch’s service offerings and depth of subject matter expertise helps enterprises move to the cloud with confidence,” said Samit Halvadia, CTO of Rimo3. “Combining the industry-leading features of Nerdio and Rimo3 into their DaaS solution enables customers to accelerate their journey from legacy to modern and ultimately unlock the full benefits of AVD.” About ProArch ProArch is a global technology services firm that delivers transformative value through cybersecurity and compliance, cloud and infrastructure, data and AI, and software development. ProArch connects business goals with technology solutions and strategies to accelerate modernization, reduce risk, harness the power of data and create customer-centric digital products. ProArch’s mission is to listen closely, understand deeply and solve strategically for absolute value to our clients. About Nerdio Nerdio empowers Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and enterprises to build successful cloud practices in Microsoft Azure with Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365. Nerdio Manager for Enterprise is a packaged Azure application that runs in users’ own tenants without compromising security and compliance by allowing third-party vendors access to the IT environment. Nerdio Manager for MSP empowers MSPs to deploy, manage and optimize virtual desktop environments in Microsoft Azure through easy multitenant management. About Rimo3 Rimo3 provides unattended automation for Windows application migration, format modernization and readiness testing for Windows 10, Windows 11, Windows 365 and Azure Virtual Desktop, as well as identifying MSIX and multisession suitability. By leveraging automation to collect application insights, Rimo3 helps IT organizations speed the time to delivery and minimize risk in deploying security updates and ongoing changes in desktop and server environments across physical, virtual and cloud workspaces. Streamline operations, optimize resources, lower costs and improve end-user productivity.

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