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Whitehat Virtual Reduces the Cost and Complexity of Virtual Desktops with Titanium HCI

Whitehat Virtual | August 12, 2021

Whitehat Virtual, the expert in "work from anywhere" IT, today released Titanium HCI, its flagship hyperconverged virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) appliance for both Citrix and VMware Horizon environments. Offering a complete, self-contained system to deliver hardware, software and management, Titanium HCI delivers everything Citrix and VMware Horizon users need to be successful, including better performance and a great end-user experience while lowering the total cost of ownership.

"The majority of virtual desktop users are frustrated with the cost, complexity and performance of their VDI environment," said Val King, President and CEO, Whitehat Virtual. "Many continue to throw more tools and software at the problem, only to add to their management complexity and headaches. Companies need worry-free ongoing solutions, not band-aid fixes, that are guaranteed to work with leading-edge technology without escalating cost options. Titanium HCI offers everything VDI users need, for life. It represents the culmination of all our experienced team knows about building, managing, and supporting the use of virtual desktops by thousands of end users every day."

Built on the strength of Dell EMC and VMware vSAN Ready Nodes, Titanium HCI delivers scalability and easy hardware management and support. The solution provides the stability and performance benefits of best practices learned from more than 1,500 optimizations cataloged by the Whitehat Virtual team's proven experience.  Additional benefits offered by Titanium HCI include:
  • Sub 30-second VDI user logins
  • No performance bottlenecks
  • Automatic issue resolution
  • Fixed, predictable cost
  • No capital expenditure on software or hardware
  • Zero-cost Citrix and VMware upgrades
  • Fully deployed and managed

Designed for users that want to simplify their VDI environment or are looking for a quick and easy way to stand one up for the first time, Whitehat Virtual's Titanium HCI packs everything that's needed in a fully managed hyperconverged appliance. The solution is fully supported by the Whitehat Virtual team including:

Unlimited experts as required to address all issues immediately
Unlimited upgrades as necessary to maintain current protection and operation
Dedicated software for unlimited communication between customers and Whitehat Virtual experts
Unlimited resolution of challenges and network issues
Whitehat Virtual's Titanium HCI is available now.
About Whitehat Virtual
Whitehat Virtual  is a nationally ranked top 100 technology services provider specializing in security, compliance, desktop virtualization, cloud, hosting, and managed IT services with NVIDIA, Citrix, VMware, Microsoft, AWS, among other partnerships. Whitehat Virtual's mission is to maximize the value of IT for clients at what Whitehat Virtual calls the "Point of Execution," or the last 18 inches between the screen and the end-user, where IT productivity is gained or lost, and ultimately where data translates into dollars. Clients of Whitehat Virtual know what technology to buy, how to deliver it successfully on time, and how to extract maximum business value, achieving more dollar-for-dollar value from their IT investment than their competitors.

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WatchGuard Unveils Firebox NV5 and AP332CR to Support Remote Workers and Outdoor Environments

WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. | December 13, 2022

WatchGuard® Technologies, a global leader in unified cybersecurity, have released its Firebox NV5 VPN gateway tabletop appliance and the AP332CR, a new Wi-Fi 6 access point for rugged or outdoor deployments. Built to support MSPs and end users for purpose-driven deployment locations, these two additions to WatchGuard’s powerful lineup of security products and services further extend enterprise-grade protection for customers with distributed operations, while providing a seamless experience wherever they are. Combined with WatchGuard Cloud to deliver one simplified platform for centralized security management, both the NV5 and AP332CR are easy to deploy, configure, and report on through WatchGuard’s Unified Security Platform® framework. “WatchGuard remains laser-focused on its vision to be the security provider of choice for MSPs, empowering them with security solutions that satisfy a broad range of customer requirements and needs, including remote and distributed environments,” said Ryan Poutre, product manager at WatchGuard Technologies. “We are meeting our promise to set a new standard for security delivery – through our technology, through our team, and through WatchGuard’s thriving partner ecosystem. And together, we’ll keep raising the bar.” Continuing to expand the breadth and relevance of WatchGuard’s robust security portfolio is a key part of the company’s mission to make enterprise-grade security accessible to all organizations, and further enables the company to bring simplification and scale to every aspect of security consumption, delivery, and management. Firebox NV5: Edge Connectivity for Branch Locations and Remote Applications The Firebox NV5 is a powerful solution for distributed, secured VPN traffic and comes with a centralized security and logging solution for administrators. Designed to support remote VPN connections back to a corporate virtual or physical Firebox, the NV5 can route traffic back to the corporate security appliance using WatchGuard Branch Office VPN (BOVPN) capabilities to provide the same level of protection as a device sitting at the corporate office. With enterprise-class SD-WAN capabilities, the NV5 is ideal for deployment in remote applications like kiosks, digital signs, ATMs, and office equipment. Key Features of the Firebox NV5 include: Zero-touch deployment – WatchGuard Cloud offers a zero-touch deployment and configuration tool that comes standard with the Firebox NV5. IT teams can utilize zero-touch deployment to eliminate much of the labor involved in setting up a Firebox to work in their network ‒ all without having to leave their office. Local staff simply connects the device to power and the internet, and the NV5 automatically downloads and applies the pre-determined configuration from the corporate network. Network adaptation with SD-WAN – Businesses require network solutions that adapt to changing conditions by optimizing network performance and costs. Dynamic path selection picks the most appropriate connection based on real-time monitoring of jitter, packet loss, and latency. Utilizing this technology, the Firebox NV5 makes it easy to reduce the use of expensive MPLS or cellular data and improve network resiliency, while maintaining security. WatchGuard user experience – Many customers utilize remote applications or have small satellite offices that can be difficult and costly to secure and manage. The NV5 utilizes the same platform as other WatchGuard Firebox, Wi-Fi, authentication and endpoint solutions. Whether scheduling firmware upgrades or monitoring access points, technicians have one user experience. WatchGuard AP332CR: The Ideal Choice for Mid-Density Outdoor/Rugged Environments Wi-Fi is essential for customers to stay connected for work or as a service for their own customers. The IP67-rated AP332CR delivers superior Wi-Fi 6 performance and WPA3 encrypted security across distributed networks and is ideal for building an easily scalable network in rugged or outdoor deployment conditions. This dual-band access point delivers fast, reliable coverage with a 2x2 radio and four external, omnidirectional antennas offering up to 1.2 Gbps on the 5 GHz band. A single PoE+ port is included to support data rates up to 2.5 Gbps. Utilizing WatchGuard Cloud for deployment and configuration, the AP332CR offers a seamless experience with Wi-Fi 6 performance and WPA3 encryption ‒ making it ideal for building easily scalable networks across school campuses, public hotspots, and smaller manufacturing environments. About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader in unified cybersecurity. Our Unified Security Platform® approach is uniquely designed for managed service providers to deliver world-class security that increases their business scale and velocity while also improving operational efficiency. 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Tyan Introduces 4th Gen Xeon Server Platforms with Built-in Accelerators

Tyan | January 18, 2023

Tyan, a subsidiary of MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation, has released 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor-based server platforms with built-in accelerators to improve performance across the fastest-growing workloads in analytics, AI, cloud, storage, and HPC. Tyan's new server platforms leverage the 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor's advanced core and memory technologies for peak performance and optimized power efficiency, while utilizing built-in accelerators to further reduce the time it takes to run complex AI and analytics. The new platforms support DDR5, PCIe 5.0, and Compute Express Link 1.1. They are also designed to speed up performance for a wide range of workloads, such as high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, and data analytics. Tyan's 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable server platforms are equipped with the latest cutting-edge technologies and accelerators, such as DDR5, PCIe 5.0, and Compute Express Link 1.1, to provide users with enhanced performance. Danny Hsu, Vice President of MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation’s Server Infrastructure Business Unit, said, “Greater availability of new technology like 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors continues to drive the changes in the business landscape.” He further added, “The advances in TYAN’s new portfolio of server platforms with features such as DDR5, PCIe 5.0, and Compute Express Link 1.1 are bringing high levels of compute power within reach of smaller organizations and data centers.” (Source: HPCwire) Tyan's new server platforms are built for smaller HPC workloads that need large computing power at the deskside and are ideal for high-performance in-memory computing and virtualization applications. The platforms also feature built-in accelerators to increase efficiency for the fastest growing workloads such as AI, analytics, cloud storage, and HPC. About Tyan TYAN is a company that designs, manufactures, and markets advanced x86 server and workstation platforms. They have design and engineering centers in the U.S., China, and Taiwan and offer highly stable, space-efficient products that are attractive to OEMs and system integrators. Engineers at TYAN are in a good position to help customers come up with custom solutions that meet their needs. They provide scalable, highly integrated, and reliable platforms for a range of applications and are known for their time-to-market strategies and cutting-edge engineering processes.

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Verizon expands VRAN leadership position with addition of first Ericsson VRAN cell site into its network

Verizon | December 09, 2022

Verizon, the leader in Virtualized Radio Access Network (VRAN) innovation, announced today it has extended its network virtualization efforts with the addition of the first Ericsson virtualized cell site (also referred to as Ericsson Cloud RAN), with support from Intel and RedHat providing the processing and cloud-native orchestration functions. The advancements in Radio Access Network virtualization allows Verizon to rapidly respond to customers’ varied latency and computing needs, and provides greater flexibility and agility in the introduction of new products and services. The move to a cloud-native, virtualized architecture with standardized interfaces in every part of the network leads to greater flexibility, faster delivery of services, greater scalability, and improved cost efficiency in networks. Verizon has been a global leader in virtualizing its network, announcing recently it already has 8,000 cell sites already virtualized in its network with an eye towards virtualizing 20,000 sites. Virtualizing the far edge of the RAN – the cell sites closest to the customer - is a function of decoupling the hardware and software associated with a cell tower and transitioning the software so that it’s not just stored in the cloud, but is designed for a cloud-native architecture and operation. Just this week, Verizon and Ericsson published a position paper outlining the optimal technology path for VRAN in order to maximize the performance and efficiency of the network, disaggregate hardware from software, and simplify deployment wherever possible. This technology is built into the first Ericsson virtualized cell site deployed in the Verizon network. Components of VRAN Verizon coordinated with many ecosystem partners to welcome Ericsson’s first virtualized cell site. Ericsson provided its commercial 5G Cloud RAN solution, consisting of a virtualized Central Unit (vCU), a virtualized Distributed Unit (vDU), and radio units. This software-based 5G Cloud RAN solution spans across all of Verizon’s frequency bands, utilizing both FDD and TDD 5G spectrum assets, including Massive MIMO support for C-band and interconnecting previously deployed equipment to enable Ericsson Spectrum Sharing between LTE and NR carriers. The Ericsson Cloud RAN solution offers Verizon efficiency and in network deployment and operational management transformation. Intel provided its 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor, Intel vRAN Dedicated Accelerator ACC100 and Intel Ethernet Network Adapter E810 to deliver the processing, acceleration and connectivity requirements. Red Hat provided Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes to manage their fleet at scale in collaboration with Red Hat Consulting. 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