Info-Tech Research Group | November 04, 2022
Global IT research and advisory firm Info-Tech Research Group has released a new blueprint titled Considerations for a Move to Virtual Desktops. The industry resource was created to assist IT professionals in considering virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) or desktop as a service (DaaS). These solutions can increase user satisfaction, reduce IT complexity, decrease management and storage costs, and maintain a secure and effective environment for both the end user and the business.
Info-Tech's new research analyzes the user experience data that the IT industry tracks but often doesn't use or even consider. VDI or DaaS users expect the user experience to be at least equal to that provided by a physical desktop and typically do not concern themselves with the underlying infrastructure. If the experience is less, it means IT has failed in the considerations for VDI/DaaS.
"If employees are the competitive edge and key differentiators for a business, Infrastructure & Operations (I&O) has a duty of care to ensure that the employees' digital experience enables and does not impede the value of that asset,"
John Annand, principal director at Info-Tech Research Group
Hybrid work environments and the security concerns that come with them have accelerated the move to VDI and DaaS solutions, but implementation comes with its own unique set of challenges to consider when deciding which solution is best suited for the business.
In addition to considering the user experience, IT must also ensure productivity standards throughout the process, both strategically and tactically. Common obstacles IT departments may encounter include complicated shared infrastructure, inadequate in-house training, or insufficient staff to execute migration or manage post-migration activities such as governance and retention policies and other security, compliance, legal, and data classification concerns.
Info-Tech Research Group recommends that organizations define their end goals, frame solutions based on end-user workloads, and understand the pros and cons to decide which solutions will best meet business needs. The new data-backed blueprint offers self-evaluation tools and questions IT leaders can ask themselves in order to accomplish these steps:
Define and build your value hypothesis/proposition\
What is the business case? Who is championing the investment?
Identify the project management team and stakeholders.
Set goals to be achieved based on value.
Identify KPIs and metrics to measure success.
Identify use cases and personas
Identify possible user friction (e.g., emotional, cognitive, interaction).
Understand current infrastructure shortcomings and capabilities (e.g., network, security posture and tolerance, staffing needs, qualified technicians, end-user devices, etc.).
Articulate use cases into functional and non-functional requirements
Separate must-haves and nice-to-haves.
Categorize requirements into identifiable functionality capabilities.
Review your outputs and identify "gotchas" using the MECE (mutually exclusive, collectively exhaustive) principle.
Conducting a self-evaluation of the business and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of in-house technical skills and business requirements will assist IT leaders in making the right decision when it comes to VDI or DaaS solutions.
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Kahoot | January 09, 2023
Kahoot! has announced a partnership with Zoom to introduce Kahoot!’s 360 Essential premium app as part of Zoom’s curated Essential Apps. This allows users with Zoom One Pro, Business, or Business Plus online plans to add collaborative learning and engagement to their virtual meetings. The collaboration between Kahoot! and Zoom improves engagement with fun and collaborative learning games, even when they are held remotely.
The app is now available for these subscribers and allows them to access the app, along with other Essential Apps, on a dock within Zoom Meeting. From there, users can instantly join a Kahoot! session or host their own using a collection of ready-to-use interactive learning sessions. This provides an exciting way for Zoom users to take their virtual meetings to the next level with collaborative learning activities.
"Online meetings now play an essential role in the modern workforce, but many companies have yet to realize their potential for engagement and productivity. With powerful solutions like Kahoot!, corporate teams can transform their virtual meetings to bring learning to life, spark collaboration, build team spirit and more. Now, users have even easier access to Kahoot! during their online meetings as part of Zoom curated Essential Apps, empowering any meeting host to take engagement to the next level in seconds."
Eilert Hanoa, CEO, Kahoot!
Users with these plans can also redeem a free one-year Kahoot! 360 Essential license, which includes premium features to make virtual meetings, training, and presentations more engaging with Kahoot! This provides an excellent opportunity for subscribers to access more engaging and collaborative learning activities. It offers an easy way for Zoom users to connect with their colleagues and students through interactive activities that foster discussion and encourage active participation.
Kahoot! is a learning platform that is dedicated to making learning fun and engaging for everyone. It allows individuals and organizations to create and host learning sessions that are interactive and compelling. Since its launch in 2013, Kahoot! has hosted millions of learning sessions for over 8 billion participants in more than 200 countries. The company has a number of subsidiaries, including Clever, DragonBox, Poio, Drops, Actimo, Motimate, and Whiteboard.fi. Kahoot! is based in Oslo, Norway, but has offices around the world, including in the US, UK, France, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Spain, and Poland. It is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker KAHOT.
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StorMagic | November 16, 2022
StorMagic, solving the world’s edge data problems, today announced that StorMagic SvSAN has been validated with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus platform. The combination of HPE’s most compact ProLiant server and StorMagic’s hyperconverged software brings simplicity of management and 100 percent uptime to any application, even in the smallest edge locations.
“The HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus server delivers a powerful platform in a tiny form factor that is perfect for customers looking to save space at small sites,” said Maciek Szczesniak, Vice President and General Manager of SMB & Mid-Market at HPE. “StorMagic SvSAN on HPE servers delivers a robust, powerful all-in-one architecture for edge computing environments, with no server rack required. Solutions like this will help us deliver on our SMB strategy to deliver simplified offerings to fuel business growth.”
StorMagic SvSAN runs on any hypervisor as a guest virtual machine to enable complete, highly-available shared storage and virtualization with only two MicroServer servers per site. Its shared storage executes active-active synchronous mirroring to create a copy of data on both servers, eliminating downtime. HPE ProLiant MicroServer is easy to install, scale and manage. The solution delivers the reliability demanded by edge computing customers, has low power requirements and provides users with key features like high availability clustering, rolling software upgrades and data security, all in a compact unit.
“StorMagic is thrilled to further expand its partnership with HPE through the validation of their most compact ProLiant server ever, Our joint customers will benefit from this footprint reduction at their small sites as well as the 100 percent uptime delivered by SvSAN.”
Brian Grainger, president of StorMagic Inc. and CRO, StorMagic
StorMagic is an active member of the HPE Complete Partner Program and the HPE Partner Ready for Technology Partner Program. HPE ProLiant MicroServer and HPE Edgeline systems validated with SvSAN are available today from HPE or StorMagic’s global network of reseller partners.
StorMagic is solving the world’s edge data problems. We help organizations store, protect and use their data at and from the edge. StorMagic’s Forever Data solutions ensure data is always protected and available, no matter the type or location, to provide value anytime, anywhere. StorMagic’s storage, surveillance and security products are flexible, robust, easy to use and cost-effective, without sacrificing enterprise-class features, for organizations with one to thousands of sites.