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PureSquare | February 14, 2023
PureVPN, a leading digital security and privacy solution provider, recently announced the launch of PureSquare, which will serve as PureVPN's parent company. With the rapidly changing cybersecurity landscape in the wake of a pandemic that has driven more people online and, therefore, more exposed to cyberattacks, PureSquare strives to give a more holistic and simpler approach to these challenges.
PureVPN was established more than 15 years ago and has built itself into a global corporation serving 3 million internet customers. Since then, its journey has consistently evolved, with the most recent product being a holistic platform that provides layers of user-friendly digital protection and online privacy.
PureSquare provides a wide range of products to meet the rising privacy and security demands. These consist of the following:
PureVPN: A high-quality, no-log certified VPN service that uses encrypted networks to make your online activity private, secure and anonymous.
PurePrivacy: A privacy tool that streamlines Instagram and Facebook's social media settings.
PureKeep: A password manager that creates, stores, and applies secure passwords.
PureEncrypt: A cloud-based encryption tool that protects user data in an encrypted vault that only they can access. It encrypts photographs, videos, and files so that they may be stored online securely.
PureWL: White-Label VPN solutions with custom applications, increased value for SaaS suppliers, online security for Managed Service Provider users and easy integration for hardware manufacturers.
PureDome: An extensive platform that enables teams to connect and manage access to networks, files, and servers anytime from anywhere in the world.
PureSquare strives to enable individuals to take control of their digital identity and keep their professional and personal online identities safe with powerful encryption algorithms, a user-friendly interface, and a wide range of cybersecurity solutions.
PureVPN marked significant milestones in 2022 by becoming the first commercial VPN service provider to deliver quantum-resistant capabilities. In addition, PureVPN announced an extensive rebranding project only a few months ago, with the goal of not just changing its visual identity but also continuing and expanding its mission to enable individuals to be safe, secure, and free to be themselves online.
With the launch of PureSquare, the creators of PureVPN are continuing the firm's transformation from a single-product company to a top provider of holistic cybersecurity solutions.
PureSquare, founded in 2006, is a holistic platform providing user-friendly digital security & online privacy. It is the parent company of PureVPN, which was established more than 15 years ago, and has built itself into a global corporation serving 3 million internet customers. The distinctive PureSquare logo draws inspiration from its commitment to providing user-friendly digital protection and online privacy. The white area in the middle represents a secure space, while the lines and layers around it represent the privacy and security aspects of their products.
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Vultr | February 10, 2023
On February 9, 2023, Vultr, a leading privately held cloud computing firm, announced the Cloud GPU availability of the NVIDIA A16, the industry's leading graphics processing unit (GPU) for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). The NVIDIA A16 is explicitly designed for high-density, graphics-rich VDI, providing remote employees with a user experience that is practically indistinguishable from a native PC. The NVIDIA A16 joins the NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU and the NVIDIA A40 in the Vultr lineup, further democratizing worldwide access to accelerated computing.
Vultr is the only independent cloud computing platform offering the entire suite of Cloud GPU, Cloud Compute, Cloud Storage, Managed Databases, Bare Metal, Kubernetes, and other cloud-native services globally. In addition, Vultr became the first cloud provider to offer fractions of the NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU, which drastically speeds deep learning, HPC, and data analytics, as well as the NVIDIA A40 GPU, that delivers outstanding graphical prowess for visual computing. Instead of acquiring and installing GPUs oneself or renting complete clusters from other cloud providers, Vultr's solutions allow users to just pay for the resources they require.
Cloud GPU instances supported by the NVIDIA A16 are perfect for running popular Linux and Windows desktop apps such as developer IDEs, including Android Studio and Visual Studio, or productivity apps such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Cloud GPU instances with the NVIDIA A40 may be a better match for graphics-intensive tasks such as rendering, visual effects (VFX), and computer-aided design (CAD).
By connecting to them using clients like Microsoft Remote Desktop, Parsec, and VNC, cloud GPU instances may be utilized as remote desktops. Pricing begins at $0.032 per hour or $21.50 per month, making these cloud-based virtual desktops a cost-effective alternative to IT-managed actual personal PCs.
While the NVIDIA A16 is primarily designed for VDI, it is also a flexible GPU that can be used for streaming, transcoding, and machine learning inference. Vultr now offers many interconnected NVIDIA A16, A100, and A40 GPUs as Bare Metal servers to support these compute-intensive use cases better.
Vultr is a leading privately held cloud computing firm headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida. With its diverse range of cloud, bare metal, and storage offerings, it has mastered the art and science of cloud infrastructure, building one of the largest independent cloud computing providers in the process. It handles complex hosting scenarios and provides industry-leading performance and reliability while expanding one of the largest and most accessible global networks. The company has provided scalable, flexible, Cloud GPU, global Cloud Compute, Bare Metal, and Cloud Storage [A1] solutions to over 1.5 million clients in 185 countries.
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Speedcast | March 17, 2023
Speedcast, a leading communications and IT services provider, has released a new model of the company’s SIGMA network management platform with new architecture for the award-winning Universal Remote. Hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, the enhanced SIGMA platform makes connectivity path management and network control simpler, faster, and more economical than ever before.
From the intuitive user interface to intelligent and secure network switching, the enhanced SIGMA streamlines the complexities of diverse connectivity paths, making the concept of 100% uptime a reality for customers with critical operations or remote business requirements.
SIGMA’s newly released feature sets enable customers to seamlessly incorporate new technologies and communications paths as they launch, including low-Earth-orbit (LEO) and medium-Earth-orbit (MEO) satellite constellations. Customers can seamlessly layer any connectivity path, including Starlink and OneWeb, to their existing corporate network, optimizing application performance and offering robust edge security.
The SIGMA platform is being implemented as part of a multi-path, multi-orbit connectivity solution for a Europe-based logistics and transport company with a fleet of cable-laying vessels. The ability to support a significantly expanded number of WANs with a full enterprise SD-WAN suite that enables smart load balancing, QoS, WAN switching, and next-generation firewall has driven increased interest in the enhanced SIGMA platform. The network management solution was also recently deployed for a Singapore-based ship management company and a North America-based tanker fleet.
“Demand for highly diverse networks and seamless integration with third-party VSAT services, such as Starlink and OneWeb, has been a major sales driver for us,” said Joe Spytek, CEO at Speedcast. “Our SIGMA Universal Remote brings together the full suite of enablers for extensive multi-path network management.”
An AWS-qualified platform, SIGMA’s new architecture spotlights Speedcast’s innovative approach to network management. It removes complexity and cost for operations and gives users complete transparency and control of their networks. Built-in traffic and policy management provides users with real-time bandwidth monitoring and the ability to control and prioritize data usage for critical applications over crew welfare or other remote site requirements. In addition, the platform includes Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) cloud-native technology for added network security through a Zero Trust approach, which validates users and device access to applications anywhere in the world. The SASE framework helps organizations simplify their IT infrastructure, advance threat prevention, better protect their data, easily connect users and devices wherever they are located, and reduce total costs.
Updates can be pushed over the air to remote sites, saving customers critical time and delivering cost savings with complete remote upgrades. With a growing number of communication paths, satellite orbits, unique constellations, and specialized technologies, the new remotely extensible SIGMA enhancement ensures that customers always have access to the latest network management features for future-proofed operations.
“This is just the beginning,” said Spytek. “Being cloud-native, the SIGMA platform is highly scalable and can speed up our time-to-market to bring customers the edge applications that will make a difference for their remote operations. We’re working to prioritize new features on SIGMA so we can deliver value to customers faster and help them accelerate their operations.”
Speedcast maintains the largest technology-agnostic network in the world, incorporating satellite, LTE, Microwave and L-band to ensure the highest levels of uptime, availability, and performance. Now, as a Starlink and OneWeb authorized reseller and integrator, Speedcast brings together the right solutions and expertise to meet customers’ needs everywhere they operate. Added SIGMA features are slated to bring advanced networking functionality, zero-touch provisioning, enhanced remote staff and crew welfare, and more throughout 2023.
Speedcast is a leading communications and IT services provider, delivering critical communications services to the Maritime, Energy, Mining, Media, Telecom, Cruise, NGO, Government, and Enterprise sectors. The company leverages its global network platform to provide fully connected systems that harness technologies and applications to transform what remote operations can achieve. With the world’s most comprehensive network, Speedcast enables faster, seamless pole-to-pole coverage from a global hybrid satellite, fiber, cellular, microwave, MPLS, and IP transport network with direct access to public cloud platforms.