Verizon is First to Market with Global SD WAN Offer and Virtualized Services Globally

Verizon | September 08, 2020

Verizon is First to Market with Global SD WAN Offer and Virtualized Services Globally
International Data Corporation (IDC), the premier global provider of market intelligence, recognizes Verizon as a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Managed SD WAN 2020 Vendor Assessment report1. Software-defined wide area networking (SD WAN) is a way for companies to create secure network connections utilizing a wide variety of underlying network technologies - commercial internet, wireless, private IP, etc. “The COVID-19 pandemic has proven the resilience of SD WAN extending to the remote worker, leveraging VPN connectivity and SD WAN gateways,” said Aamir Hussain, SVP Chief Product Officer Verizon Business. “SD WAN technology provides network awareness and can add layers of security that customers need now more than ever and we are proud to be recognized as a global leader in this area.”

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Liteboxer Enters the Metaverse with the Launch of its Immersive Fitness Experience at CES 2022: Liteboxer VR for Meta Quest 2

Liteboxer | January 06, 2022

Liteboxer–the at-home fitness company that combines patented hardware, game dynamics, hit music, and expert training to create the world's most immersive workouts– announced its entrance into the metaverse with Liteboxer VR at CES 2022. The maiden VR fitness experience will be available on Quest 2, featuring real in-app expert trainers with new workouts daily. Liteboxer VR will also offer motivation-based competition and an extensive music library in partnership with Universal Music Group, bringing music that ranges from Lady Gaga to YG into the virtual ring. The First VR Experience Created by Fitness Experts Unlike other VR fitness offerings, Liteboxer VR is built to be fitness-first and champion a sports-at-home experience. With Liteboxer VR, users are immersed in real trainer-led workouts that cross the boundary of motivation into actual coaching and interaction. Instead of an exergaming video game, Liteboxer VR is a full workout experience that is built to fit into a gaming format, not the other way around. Amp Up the Adrenaline with Head-to-Head Competition Liteboxer VR will feature leaderboards and the ability to compete in direct challenges with friends, family or fellow Liteboxers around the world, making every workout feel like the main event. Users can initiate challenges and alert fellow Liteboxer VR users via Quest 2 that they're invited to duke it out within the metaverse, and also keep track of their performance with in-app leaderboards and personal stats. Those who wish to share their victories across social media can do so with an option to publish and share results. eSports With All the Sweat, but No Sweaty Controller Using its precise hand-tracking software–a first for fitness virtual reality–Liteboxer VR offers a controllerless experience, enabling users to square off in challenges with or without the additional hardware. Offering a controller-free workout, Liteboxer is launching the next generation of VR fitness today, equipping its users to enjoy an intense workout experience without the traditional need to grip bulky hardware. Craft a Playlist Suitable for Champions Liteboxer VR's vast music library will be refreshed daily, touting motivational Punch Tracks that push users to land blows to choreographed hit music. Contrasting its fitness app predecessors, Liteboxer VR has an added layer of curation, enabling its users to personalize a playlist song-by-song that gets their fists moving and heart pumping. Users who want to challenge their friends to the latest track by Billie Eilish or The Weeknd, or throw it back with a song by Bon Jovi, can simply select the song, send a challenge, then kick off the competition. For those who want a quick workout between meetings or before starting their day, Liteboxer VR offers quick play tracks for a one-off workout session that lasts as long as the user needs it to before throwing in the towel. We're thrilled to bring Liteboxer VR to market, blazing a trail for the VR fitness revolution and expanding access to first-class fitness that looks to the next wave of fit-tech innovation. The dawn of the metaverse points to a demand for a deeper sense of connectivity. Virtual reality workouts connect people in a way that's more meaningful than a 2D screen on a tablet, phone or computer. With just a VR headset and your will to win, anyone can now workout anywhere in the world with the best trainers, tracks and fitness technology." Jeff Morin, CEO and Co-founder of Liteboxer Liteboxer VR will be available for purchase by consumers on the Quest Store beginning March 3rd, 2022, enabling users to step into the ring for a full sensory fitness experience that evokes an emotional response formerly unique to sports. Regularly priced at $18.99/month (7 Day Free Trial) for first-time Liteboxers, Liteboxer VR will be free for those who already own Liteboxer's innovative Floor Stand or Wall Mount models and subscribe to Liteboxer's membership program. Liteboxer will be an exhibitor at CES 2022 from January 5th-8th, 2022 (booth: #54111, Sports Technology), located in Tech West at the Venetian Expo, Halls A-C. The at-home fitness company will be displaying all of its current models, including the Floor Stand, Wall Mount and newly launched VR offering, each available for demos. About Liteboxer Launched in 2020, Liteboxer combines patented hardware, hit music, game dynamics, and expert training to create the world's most immersive workouts. Liteboxer is designed to make high intensity workouts as fun as playing a video game, all while building cardio, strength, and mental acuity.

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Insight Introduces Managed VDI for Citrix to Bring Greater Security, Scalability to Virtual Work

Insight | September 27, 2021

Insight Enterprises, the global systems integrator of Insight Intelligent Technology Solutions™ for organizations of all sizes, today announced that it has added Citrix to its Insight Managed VDI support and managed services portfolio. The addition of Citrix to Insight’s support portfolio for the Connected Workforce means Citrix clients can securely enable employees to work anywhere from any device, while alleviating the expense and time spent by IT managing the day-to-day administration of a virtual environment. The modernization and migration of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) resources and tools to modern cloud-based platforms such as Microsoft® Azure® and Azure® Virtual Desktop (AVD) significantly reduce upfront infrastructure costs associated with deployment of a VDI solution. Insight Managed VDI for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops offers a modern and cost-effective turnkey approach to the administration and support of new or existing Citrix environments with AVD. Enhanced management platforms like Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops enable dynamic and rapid scaling of the environment. Clients can quickly adjust resources up or down as needed, reducing cost complexity and allowing improvements in overall performance. Insight Managed VDI allows organizations to refocus internal resources on critical business needs while ensuring the performance of the environment against specific and measurable targets. “Despite the clear advantages of modern VDI in today’s hybrid workplace, many organizations still struggle to master a long-term strategy for virtual desktop solutions,” said Stephen Moss, senior vice president and general manager, Connected Workforce, Insight. “Insight Managed VDI offers a cost-effective way to support new or existing virtual Citrix settings, simplifying the complexity of maintaining VDI tools while keeping the organization secure at its endpoints. In turn, our clients can shift internal IT resources to more strategic business transformation goals while their employees realize the greater convenience of working in the ways they prefer.” Insight provides an evaluation of a client’s existing Citrix and Microsoft environments to see what needs optimizing across the Azure tenant. Insight’s Managed VDI for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop takes the challenges out of maintaining a virtualized environment by offering: Tool and portal management for Azure-hosted Citrix solutions Image management, including operating system and application updates, and deployment of virtual machines Licensing for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops instance Implementation of the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops instance with AVD Expert ongoing administration of the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and AVD environment 24/7 admin-to-admin support of the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and AVD environment Automated processes and regular reporting, service reviews and roadmap development Citrix joins a rapidly expanding list of VDI technologies for which Insight offers expert operational oversight. Clients can outsource a wide range of managed endpoint, security, workplace and lifecycle services, in order to offload day-to-day management of end-user support, fill skills gaps, expedite issue resolution and reduce the risk of system downtime. “Today’s workers require the ability to seamlessly and securely access work applications and productivity platforms no matter where or how they are working,” said Mike Fouts, vice president, Americas Partner Sales and Services, Citrix. “With Managed VDI for Citrix, Insight can help its customers deliver it and empower their people to perform at their best.” AboutInsight Enterprises Every business is a technology business. Insight Enterprises Inc. empowers organizations of all sizes with Insight Intelligent Technology Solutions and services to maximize the business value of IT. As a Fortune 500-ranked global provider of Digital Innovation, Cloud + Data Center Transformation and Connected Workforce solutions and services, we help clients successfully manage their IT today while transforming for tomorrow. From IT strategy and design to implementation, management and supply chain optimization, our 11,000+ teammates help clients innovate and elevate their operations to run business smarter.

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DISH and Qualcomm to Collaborate on the Development of the Nation's First O-RAN Compliant 5G Network

DISH | November 12, 2020

DISH Network Corporation and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced their collaboration to test open and virtualized RAN 5G solutions containing the new Qualcomm® 5G RAN Platforms to help fast track DISH's rollout of the nation's first cloud-native, Open RAN-compliant 5G network. DISH will utilize the Qualcomm 5G RAN Platforms through DISH's network vendors and device partners. The platforms are designed to allow emerging network vendors to accelerate deployment and commercialization of vRAN and interoperable networks that can deliver on the wide array of use cases and opportunities envisioned for 5G.

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Most enterprise networks rely on hardware that can’t easily expand when they need to grow, or offer the agility to deliver services quickly on-demand. When enterprises rely on hardware networks, they can count on a few persistent problems that will impact their business, productivity, and more. VMware NSX offers organizations a better solution.