What is virtualization? Way more than just virtual machines

IT News | August 08, 2019

No advance in information technology in the past six decades has offered a greater range of quantifiable benefits than has virtualization. Many IT professionals think of virtualization in terms of virtual machines (VM) and their associated hypervisors and operating-system implementations, but that only skims the surface. An increasingly broad set of virtualization technologies, capabilities, strategies and possibilities are redefining major elements of IT in organizations everywhere.Examining the definition of virtualization in a broader context, we define virtualization as the art and science of making the function of an object or resource simulated or emulated in software identical to that of the corresponding physically realized object. In other words, we use an abstraction to make software look and behave like hardware, with corresponding benefits in flexibility, cost, scalability, reliability, and often overall capability and performance, and in a broad range of applications. Virtualization, then, makes “real” that which is not, applying the flexibility and convenience of software-based capabilities and services as a transparent substitute for the same realized in hardware.

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This 6-minute video will take you through a high-level understanding of VMware Cloud on AWS, including the products which can be integrated and how it fits together. VMware Cloud on AWS is an integrated cloud offering jointly developed by AWS and VMware delivering a highly scalable, secure and innovative service that allows organizations to seamlessly migrate and extend their on-premises VMware vSphere-based environments to the AWS Cloud running on next-generation Amazon Elastic.

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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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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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Scale Computing Ranks Number One on CRN’s 2022 Annual Report Card for Edge Computing and Converged/Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Scale Computing | August 23, 2022

Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named it a winner of the 2022 CRN Annual Report (ARC) Awards in both the Edge Computing category and the Converged/Hyperconverged Infrastructure category. This is the fourth consecutive year Scale Computing has been recognized as a CRN ARC Award winner, and the company once again swept all of the subcategories including Product Innovation, Support, Partnership, and Managed & Cloud Services in both Edge Computing and Converged/Hyperconverged Infrastructure. The company also announced a “save the date” for the 2023 Scale Computing Platform Partner Summit, February 15-16 in Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to download the dates to your Google Calendar, Outlook Calendar, or iCal. With a 37-year history, CRN’s ARC Awards recognize best-in-class vendors that are devoted to boosting IT channel growth through innovation in technology and partner strategy. Through the ARC Awards — known as one of the most prestigious honors in the IT industry solution providers offer key feedback that commends technology manufacturers for designing channel-friendly product offerings, developing strong partner programs, and building long-term successful relationships with solution providers. “This recognition represents the ‘Voice of the Partner’ and we are very proud to be named the leader in both Edge Computing and Converged/Hyperconverged Infrastructure, This year is particularly meaningful as vendor survey participation was mandatory, ranking us number one above all of our competition. When we founded Scale Computing, we set out to create a company that would be the best vendor our customers and partners would ever work with. Sweeping all subcategories over our competitors for years in-a-row proves we are delivering on that promise.” Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder, Scale Computing Scale Computing Platform brings simplicity, high availability, and scalability together, replacing the existing infrastructure and running applications in a single, easy-to-manage platform. Bringing faster time to value than competing solutions, SC//Platform enables organizations to run applications in a unified environment that scales from 1 to 50,000 servers. Regardless of hardware requirements, the same innovative software and simple user interface provides the power to run infrastructure efficiently at the edge, in the distributed enterprise, and in the data center. The ARC Awards are based on an invitation-only research survey conducted by The Channel Company. Responses from 3,000 solution providers across North America were evaluated in this year’s survey, rating 82 vendor partners across four criteria: product innovation, support, partnership, and managed cloud services. Scores were awarded in 25 major product categories in technology areas that are critical to channel partner success. “It’s our pleasure to honor vendors that consistently deliver top-performing products and services to establish and foster successful channel partner relationships,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO, The Channel Company. “In addition to highlighting our winners, CRN’s Annual Report Card Awards provide vendors with actionable feedback and insight into their current standing with partners that can be incorporated into their channel strategies in the future. We look forward to offering our congratulations to all the award recipients at XChange 2022 in August.” Winners will be featured throughout The Channel Company’s XChange 2022 conference, taking place August 21-23 in Denver, CO. Coverage of the CRN 2022 ARC results can be found online at www.CRN.com/ARC and will be featured in the October 2022 issue of CRN Magazine. About Scale Computing Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, Scale Computing Platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime, even when local IT resources and staff are scarce. Edge Computing is the fastest growing area of IT infrastructure, and industry analysts have named Scale Computing an outperformer and leader in the space, including being named the #1 edge computing vendor by CRN. Scale Computing’s products are sold by thousands of value-added resellers, integrators, and service providers worldwide. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing Platform is the ideal infrastructure platform. Read what our customers have to say on Gartner Peer Insights, Spiceworks, TechValidate and TrustRadius. About The Channel Company The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.

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