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Virtuozzo Named Cloud Enabler of the Year at the Storage Awards XIX

Virtuozzo | June 14, 2022

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Virtuozzo, the alternative cloud platform leader, today announced it was named Cloud Enabler of the Year during the 19th annual Storage Awards hosted by Storage Magazine. Filling a void in the cloud enablement market, Virtuozzo delivers a robust cloud platform for service providers that is easy to use and manage. The honor recognizes the company’s commitment to enabling these providers to rapidly launch an extensive portfolio of scalable cloud services that are viable, cost-effective alternatives to hyperscaler solutions.

The Storage Awards, also known as the Storries, recognize the finest products, companies, and people revolutionizing storage technology. Winners are chosen by Storage Magazine readers, making it one of the few programs driven by an independent selection committee comprised of users and IT decision makers. Virtuozzo was one of twelve nominees in the Cloud Enabler of the Year category and was a contender in five other categories—including Cloud Company of the Year for which it was named runner-up.

“Winning the Storage Award is an achievement we deeply appreciate, We understand that the decision was made by IT industry members who work with and understand what cloud solutions need to be, what they should enable to be truly beneficial to end users. We are committed to helping service providers generate revenue through competitive, easy-to-use solutions that offer growth and opportunity. As its adoption continues, we believe that Virtuozzo delivers on that promise.”

Alex Fine, CEO, Virtuozzo

Fast, Easy, Lower-Cost Cloud

Virtuozzo delivers everything ranging from Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) in a single cloud platform. It is purpose-built for hosting, cloud and managed service providers (HSPs, CSPs, and MSPs) complete with features and functions designed to help them easily implement and manage extensive, scalable cloud product portfolios. The simplicity of Virtuozzo frees service providers to focus on differentiating products as well as hands-on customer support—enabling them to quickly reach profitability while helping their users maximize their cloud investments.

Further, Virtuozzo offers its partners a full suite of professional services that help them go to market quickly and efficiently. These include Product Installation, Managed Cloud, Training, and Consulting among others—establishing a true, mutually beneficial collaboration.

About Virtuozzo
Virtuozzo provides the leading alternative cloud platform for service providers, enabling them to sell cloud services that are more accessible, more affordable and easier to use than hyperscaler solutions. The company’s legacy includes developing the first commercially available container technology and being a major contributor to numerous virtualization and open-source projects for more than 20 years. Today, Virtuozzo cloud solutions are used by more than 700 Cloud Service Providers, Managed Service Providers and Hosting Providers in 80 countries. Virtuozzo is based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and has more than 320 employees across the U.S., UK, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

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Agility. It’s what sets innovators apart and gives them a competitive edge. It’s also why so many organizations are pursuing data center modernization. They understand that keeping pace with change means eliminating silos, reducing complexity, integrating data and applications, and transforming operations to move faster in order to deliver new products and services quicker.

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Companies Rethink Strategies for Enabling Hybrid Work

Citrix | August 05, 2022

Forced by the pandemic to provide employees with access to the systems and information they needed to work from home, IT organizations around the world turned to traditional technologies like Virtual Private Networks (VPN). And they worked. But as the world moves to hybrid work, 96 percent of IT leaders who participated in a recent global survey conducted by Gartner Peer Insights on behalf of Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS), say they no longer cut it. And they’re rethinking their approach. A Seismic Change Hybrid models have radically changed where and how work gets done – and even who does it. Of the organizations who participated in the Citrix poll: 96 percent have a hybrid work policy or allow both fully remote and hybrid work 85 percent say their workforce is more geographically dispersed than it was two years ago 75 percent have seen an increase in the number of seasonal, contract, or freelance workers A Major Miss When it comes to supporting these changes, respondents say the solutions they put in place to enable remote work fall short in the following areas: Fail to protect against additional security risks posed by employees working from anywhere (96 percent) Create a digital divide between in-office and remote employees (63 percent) Don’t provide a consistent user experience (46 percent) Hinder efficient collaboration among distributed employees (46 percent) Don’t support bring-your-own-device initiatives (33 percent) Difficult to scale and manage (25 percent) A Strategic Shift And they are increasing their investments in technologies that allow them to provide a simpler, more consistent and secure experience for employees regardless of where they work, including: Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) (69 percent) Virtual apps and desktops (56 percent) Desktops as a Service (DaaS) (42 percent) Zero trust network access (34 percent) A Layered Approach VPN remains the most popular solution to support remote work. But as the Citrix research reveals, it’s not enough to enable safe and productive hybrid work on its own. According to the poll, 87 percent of respondents using VPN have implemented at least one other solution to close the gaps, including: VDI (69 percent) Virtual Apps and Desktops (49 percent) DaaS (39 percent) Desired Results And in doing so, they’re achieving their goal. When asked to identify the top three benefits their hybrid work solutions provide, participants in the Citrix poll said they: Provide layered protection for all devices on the network, including unmanaged and BYOD Create an equitable work experience by providing employees with consistent and reliable access to applications and data regardless of where they are working Provide layered protection and consistent security management for all applications “Hybrid work is the future of work, Innovative organizations recognize this and are reimagining the solutions used to support it so they can deliver it today.” Tim Minahan, Executive Vice President of Strategy, Citrix Citrix provides a complete digital workspace platform that companies of all sizes can use to enable secure work. With Citrix, employees can work where and how they prefer, and IT can be confident their information and devices remain safe. Click here to learn more about Citrix solutions and the value they can provide. About Citrix Citrix builds the secure, unified digital workspace technology that helps organizations unlock human potential and deliver a consistent workspace experience wherever work needs to get done. With Citrix, users get a seamless work experience and IT has a unified platform to secure, manage, and monitor diverse technologies in complex cloud environments.

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EPOS & 10ZiG Announce New Partnership

EPOS | July 01, 2022

EPOS, a worldwide premium brand that creates high-end audio solutions for better communication and collaboration, and 10ZiG, a global leader of virtual desktop endpoint hardware and software, have collaborated to provide EPOS audio devices and management software that are optimized for 10ZiG Windows 10 IoT Thin Client endpoint devices. The recent worldwide pandemic triggered the greatest work-from-home (WFH) change in corporate history, and it is still influencing how we work today. It was only natural for EPOS and 10ZiG to collaborate so that the globe could use hardware and software for remote and hybrid virtual desktop installations. The relationship between EPOS and 10ZiG evolved into an ideal match for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and voice communication in both office and remote setup solutions. Having the most sophisticated technologies in place, such as supported remote Thin Client endpoints and audio headsets, makes unified communications and associated platforms easier and more enjoyable to use. EPOS Connect VDI is the client program that provides different asset management functionalities, allowing IT administrators to control EPOS audio devices throughout the whole enterprise using the user-friendly EPOS Manager UI. EPOS Manager is a robust on-premises or cloud-based IT management system that allows an organization's EPOS headsets and speaker phones to be managed, updated, and configured from any location. 10ZiG Windows 10 IoT Thin Client device versions 4610q, 6010q, and 6110 are compliant and function flawlessly with EPOS headsets and speakerphones, notably the ADAPT 660, for entry-level to high-demand customers. Companies can enhance concentration and productivity everywhere with the certified combination solutions from EPOS and 10ZiG. The EPOS product lines include a variety of exceptional features like superior call clarity, stereo sound, adaptive ANC, and a unique UC optimized solution with machine learning increased microphone performance. The 10ZiG product lines are a collection of x86-based Thin & Zero Client endpoints with a variety of hardware configurations, including variable display connections, fiber possibilities, free centralized administration through the 10ZiG Manager, and more.

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Napatech accelerates infrastructure services processing for data center applications

Napatech | July 06, 2022

Napatech™ the leading provider of programmable Smart Network Interface Cards (SmartNICs) used for Data Processing Unit (DPU) and Infrastructure Processing Unit (IPU) services in telecom, cloud, enterprise, cybersecurity and financial applications worldwide, today announced a set of new SmartNIC capabilities that enable standard, unmodified applications in edge and core data centers to benefit from offloaded and accelerated compute and networking functions. As enterprises, communications service providers and cloud data center operators deploy virtualized applications and services in edge and core data centers, they increasingly leverage workload-specific coprocessors to offload functions such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), storage, networking and infrastructure services from general-purpose server CPUs. This architectural approach not only maximizes the availability of server compute resources for running applications and services but also improves system-level performance and energy efficiency by running the offloaded workloads on devices optimized for those specific tasks such as programmable SmartNICs, also known as Data Processing Units (DPUs) or Infrastructure Processing Units (IPUs). Thanks to this offload trend as well as an acceleration in global data center deployments, programmable SmartNICs represent the fastest-growing segment of the NIC market, with a Total Available Market (TAM) forecasted to reach $3.8B/year by 2026 according to Omdia. To maximize the portability of their software and to accelerate their time-to-market, developers of cloud applications and services incorporate industry-standard Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and drivers within their software. Data center operators therefore need to be able to select offload solutions that are compatible with the relevant standards, to avoid having to create custom, vendor-specific versions of their software. The latest upgrade to Napatech's Link-Virtualization™ software, release 4.4, addresses this challenge by incorporating networking and virtual switching features that implement full support for the relevant open standards, while delivering best-in-class performance and functionality. Specifically, Link-Virtualization now supports a fully hardware-offloaded implementation of the Virtio 1.1 Input/Output (I/O) virtualization framework for Linux, including the standard kernel NIC interface, which means that guest Virtual Machines (VMs) do not require a custom or proprietary driver. Link-Virtualization also supports the open-standard Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) fast-path running in guest VMs to maximize the performance of functions such as Open Virtual Switch (OVS). Link-Virtualization is also fully compatible with OpenStack, allowing a seamless integration into cloud data center environments worldwide. Other new features incorporated in Link-Virtualization include IPv6 VxLAN tunneling, RPM-based setup for OpenStack Packstack, configurable Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU), live migration on packed ring, port-based Quality of Service (QoS) egress policing and more. The software is available on Napatech's portfolio of SmartNICs, powered by AMD (Xilinx) and Intel FPGAs, that span 1 Gbps, 10 Gbps, 25 Gbps, 40 Gbps, 50 Gbps and 100 Gbps port speeds. As one example of the industry-leading performance delivered by Link-Virtualization, the complete offload of the OVS data path onto the SmartNIC means that only a single host CPU core is required to run the OVS control plane while delivering industry-leading throughput of 55 million packets per second for Port-to-VM-to-Port (PVP) traffic and 130 million packets per second for Port-to-Port (PTP) traffic. 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"Napatech's Link-Virtualization software enables data center operators to optimize the performance of their networking infrastructure in a completely standards-compatible environment, which maximizes their flexibility in selecting applications, Besides full support for standard APIs, the solution also incorporates critical operational features such as Receive Side Scaling (RSS) for efficiently distributing network traffic to multiple VMs and Virtual Data Path Acceleration (vDPA), which enables the live migration of running workloads to and from any host, whether or not a SmartNIC is present." Napatech CMO Jarrod J.S. Siket About Napatech Napatech is the leading supplier of programmable FPGA-based SmartNIC solutions used in telecom, cloud, enterprise, cybersecurity and financial applications worldwide. 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