27-year-old Search Marketing CEO Lands 13-stop U.S. Speaking Tour

Directive Consulting | May 29, 2019

Garrett Mehrguth, the CEO and co-founder of the B2B and enterprise search marketing agency, Directive, recently was selected to speak at 13 stops of the Digital Summit tour. Digital Summit, the largest conference series in the digital marketing industry, has invited Mehrguth to share his unique presentation, "5 Data-Validated Tactics to Increase the Experienced Marketer's Qualified Lead Volume (...and 3 Tactics That Are Guaranteed to Fail)" with their audiences across the nation. Mehrguth will continue to discuss how B2B and enterprise marketers can advance their digital "discoverability" and take control of their residency on search engine results pages. This approach has catalyzed Directive's growth by 300 percent year-over-year. It also is the foundation that the firm's strategies are built on, which is utilized across their portfolio of over 75 clients. "I've had the pleasure of working with Garrett over the past year, as he has proven to be a stand-out speaker in our Digital Summit Series," said Leah Harris, content and product strategist for Digital Summit. "We curate 20 marketing conferences with over 1,000 speakers in total, and Garrett consistently engages the crowd with his expertise and surveys in the top 20 percent of speakers."

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A New Evolution of Stratodesk NoTouch Enables High Performance, and Secure, Hybrid Cloud Workspaces

Stratodesk | June 09, 2022

Stratodesk, the leading global EUC innovator of endpoint OS software, today announced the general availability of its latest software evolution, Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4. Answering top challenges facing enterprises in a new hybrid work world, Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 increases the adoptability and useability of high performance, hybrid cloud workspaces. Stratodesk’s newest operating system accomplishes this through the addition of capabilities enabling simpler end-user experiences, advanced, high resolution protocols, and integration of the latest Cloud and VDI solution provider software releases. "According to our primary research, 81% of technology-based workers perform at least some job tasks outside of the physical office," noted Steve Brasen, Research Director at Enterprise Management Associates. "Most legacy technologies are not equipped to securely deliver IT services to remote users without impeding their productivity. Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 works with existing IT infrastructures to create consistent user experiences, and the newly released self-service capabilities enables broad deployment with ease." Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 Addresses Challenges Facing IT by Enabling Hybrid Work In 2022, ensuring the effectiveness of secure, high performance, hybrid cloud workspaces is a key challenge facing IT leaders. Businesses continue to seek new and better ways to provide their workers with workplace flexibility. In fact, a recent study found 100% of IT leaders polled desired a hybrid work model. To achieve this without making sacrifices in productivity, enterprises require a more powerful, more adoptable, and easier to use endpoint OS than any previously available on the market. Stratodesk addresses this need with a new evolution of Stratodesk NoTouch software. Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 boasts critical features to enable the new, secure hybrid work world. It also includes the biggest graphical user interface (GUI) update since the last major update released in 2021 – a new first-time installation wizard and sleek new design elements that streamline end user experience. Together these improvements will reduce helpdesk requests for large enterprises by making the endpoint easier to set up and interact within remote work scenarios. A Simpler Out-of-the-Box Experience for Stratodesk NoTouch OS Enabling Customers to be Self Intuitive Updates made to the GUI will deliver a simpler out-of-the-box experience of Stratodesk NoTouch OS. First time Stratodesk NoTouch admins remain in full control, all while end users can take a simpler self-serve approach. The updated installation process will guide system admins step-by-step through a process that will make endpoint deployment across thousands of devices easier – delivering on Stratodesk’s mission to ease adoptability for enterprise customers. New graphical elements include several additional icons to compliment the minimalistic design of Stratodesk NoTouch OS . An ideal alternative to the traditional “hotkey” approach, these icons are an easy and intuitive way for remote workers to manage their networks, enable multi-monitor display, and access their sound settings. Natively Cloud Friendly Updated Clients to Enable Cloud Workspaces are Included Ultimately, updates made to the Stratodesk NoTouch OS out-of-the-box experience will embolden Cloud and traditional VDI workspaces. “In 2022, we expect to see more businesses look to the cloud to enable hybrid work,” says Stratodesk Strategic Alliances VP Ricardo Antuna. “Regardless of the physical locations of endpoints, Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 is designed to ease challenges in scaling hybrid deployments and the adoptability of hybrid workspaces.” To achieve easier adoptability and scalability for secure cloud workspaces, Stratodesk maintains its historic first day deployment for brand new Linux clients as they become available from VDI/Cloud solution providers including Citrix, Microsoft, Nutanix and VMware. Stratodesk NoTouch OS and NoTouch Center are fully cloud native, and let customers choose any on premises or cloud-based solution to empower their hybrid workspace deployments. “Adoptability in a hybrid work world is a greater necessity than ever before,” says Stratodesk founder and CEO, Emanuel Pirker. “By ushering in a new evolution of Stratodesk software, we are effectively saying ‘we’re here for it’. Hybrid work has never been so compelling an offering, enabling everything from retaining better talent, increased productivity, all while providing a better work-life balance. Of course, making the user experience for remote workers as seamless as possible is vital to the productivity of any organization. Updates made to Stratodesk NoTouch OS reflect changes in the modern work world as we all jointly seek a new and better way for hybrid work.” Furthering the advancement of scalability in hybrid work deployments are the latest updates to Stratodesk Cloud Xtension. Stratodesk has enhanced the already extensive capabilities of Stratodesk Cloud Xtension, effectively improving scalability performance for hybrid cloud deployments. Stratodesk NoTouch OS is the First EUC Endpoint Software Support to Support Mechdyne TGX Adding to its history of firsts, Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 includes the availability of Leostream within Stratodesk NoTouch OS. Available natively, Stratodesk NoTouch OS is the first endpoint OS to enable Mechdyne TGX via Leostream, natively, allowing for powerful high powered graphical content for remote endpoints. Advanced use cases benefiting from these enhancements range from media and entertainment to oil and gas, and the highly demanding (from a graphics perspective) world of editing production houses. A US government defense contractor initially seeking a PCoIP solution capable of handling high resolution content, opted for Mechdyne TGX and its inclusion within Leostream and are working closely with Stratodesk to enable this solution within their Cloud deployment. “By partnering with Stratodesk, we are able to provide a seamless experience to workers around the world,” says Karen Gondoly, Leostream CEO. “Stratodesk customers can take advantage of connecting to their virtual and cloud desktops via their preferred display protocol. Our joint relationship with Mechdyne also makes it possible to leverage the powerful TGX protocol for high end resolution.” “By integrating with Stratodesk and Leostream, we are able to deliver the world’s first iteration of a Thin Client OS that includes our powerful TGX protocol for high end graphics displays,” said Cathy Lascara, VP of Software at Mechdyne. “TGX is ideal for demanding scenarios in energy, engineering, entertainment and loves high resolution and multi-monitor - making it ideal for the enterprise.” Compressed Imaging Makes Stratodesk NoTouch OS Faster than Ever Before Additionally, Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 uses a new compression technique that leads to improved performance, making Stratodesk NoTouch OS faster than ever before. This advanced speed allows IT to maximize the time saving benefits they have already come to expect from imaging and deploying new devices with Stratodesk NoTouch OS across entire deployments, and thousands of endpoints. Customers wanting a deeper look into what Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 offers can access via their Customer Portal the release notes for a full rundown of new features. Business and IT leaders new to Stratodesk NoTouch can schedule a 20 minute demo of our software. “By making it easier than ever before for end users to self-service within Stratodesk NoTouch OS, our customers have another unique selling point from the EUC innovator,” says Sonia St. Charles, CEO of Davenport Group. “Additionally, as a Dell Technologies Titanium Partner, we are excited for what these latest updates mean for our customers leveraging new and existing Dell PCs, laptops, and thin clients – enabling them to be repurposed with the latest clients from VDI/Cloud vendors to look and feel like new.” “We have a shared mission to deliver secure hybrid cloud workspaces to workers everywhere and our partnership with Stratodesk brings Stratodesk NoTouch OS high security, and adoptability to our DX Series thin client solutions,” says Sean Copeland, Executive Vice President at Amulet Hotkey. “Our clients are compact and feature rich, providing advanced features that supports PCoIP, Blast, and other remote display protocols, for high end use cases in global enterprise, defense, and government markets.” About Stratodesk Founded in 2010, Stratodesk is the leading global EUC innovator of endpoint OS software. Stratodesk’s agile and customer-centric, Linux-based managed OS software, Stratodesk NoTouch, is defining end user computing with its freedom to transform any device into a cloud-ready and highly secure endpoint, enabling companies to cost-effectively manage their unified VDI endpoint deployments and secure digital perimeters. Stratodesk’s software works seamlessly across all x64, x86 and ARM/Raspberry Pi based hardware products, increases endpoint security, and simplifies user experience. Today, with nearly one million licenses deployed globally across multiple industries, Stratodesk prides itself on its authenticity and dedication to delivering the most innovative software solution to its customers.

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Defense Information Systems Agency Releases VMware NSX® Security Technical Implementation Guide

VMware Inc. | April 28, 2022

VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has added the Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) for VMware NSX® to the Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Exchange. The updated DISA STIG outlines the installation requirements, security policies and controls for deploying VMware NSX within the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. The STIG will also help provide a vetted, more secure baseline for non-DoD entities to measure their security posture. Across the public sector, agencies are navigating accelerated innovation alongside the journey to Zero Trust security. As the threat landscape evolves, the release of DISA's STIG for VMware NSX will empower agencies to leverage VMware's advanced network virtualization and security platform to better protect and manage their multi-cloud environments. With VMware NSX, we are helping customers modernize their cloud networks to deliver apps faster while also protecting against today’s threats.” Jennifer Chronis, vice president, public sector, VMware. The STIG requirements confirm VMware NSX implementation is consistent with DoD cybersecurity policies, standards, architectures, security controls and validation procedures, when applicable NIST SP 800-53 cybersecurity controls are applied to all systems and architectures. The DISA STIG for VMware NSX provides guidance on configuring various components of an NSX environment, including the NSX Manager, Gateway Router, Distributed Firewall, and Gateway Firewall. The latest version of NSX joins VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN for which DISA has previously released STIGs. To view the official STIG, visit the DoD Cyber Exchange Public website and view the STIG release memo for VMware NSX. Multi‑Cloud for Mission Success Earlier this month, VMware announced the findings of a study on how government agencies are scaling the use of multi-cloud environments. The study, titled “Multi-cloud Is The New Frontier Of Government IT," conducted by Forrester Consulting, found that while the move to multi-cloud is a priority, agencies face challenges in supporting growing cloud environments, including compliance standards, data security and upskilling employees.

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Storagepipe Named Veeam Cloud & Service Provider Partner of the Year for Canada

Storagepipe | May 18, 2022

Storagepipe, a leader in backup, disaster recovery and cybersecurity services, proudly announces it has been selected as the 2021 Veeam Cloud and Service Provider Partner of the Year, Canada by Veeam® Software, the leader in backup, recovery and data management solutions that deliver Modern Data Protection. These annual awards recognize North America Veeam ProPartners and Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) partners who have not only demonstrated success in providing Veeam solutions to their customers, but who have also provided first-class support, expert knowledge, continued product education, and a true Veeam strategy incorporated into their business. Storagepipe was recognized as Veeam Cloud and Service Provider Partner of the Year, Canada for demonstrating the best overall performance in areas of consistent revenue growth, collaboration with Veeam and proactive selling, and promoting Veeam solutions and adjacent technologies in Canada. "We are excited to celebrate and honor Storagepipe as the Veeam Cloud and Service Provider Partner of the Year, Canada. Storagepipe is an ideal Veeam partner, leveraging the Veeam program and resources to build and deliver reliable, revenue-generating Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offerings. We congratulate Storagepipe on this award and look forward to even greater success in 2022." Matt Kalmenson, vice president of Americas Cloud at Veeam. The Storagepipe team is thrilled to receive this continued recognition from Veeam as one of North America's strongest Veeam Platinum Cloud Service Providers, and Veeam's 2021 VCSP of the year for Canada," said Steven Rodin, CEO of Storagepipe. "We continue to strengthen our market-leading position by enhancing our Veeam services and delivering exceptional and responsive solutions that center on our customers' success. We are honoured that our commitment to building deep technical expertise and expanding the breadth of our Backup, Disaster Recovery, and Cloud service offerings for small, mid-sized and enterprise customers has been recognized with this Veeam Impact Award." Storagepipe's successful collaboration with Veeam has enabled multiple cloud services including Veeam Cloud Connect, Veeam Managed Appliances for VMware and Hyper-V, Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365, and Veeam Replication for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). Storagepipe is dedicated to continuing to build on this success through innovation and delivering world-class customer experiences into 2022 and beyond.

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A2i Selects BlastWave's BlastShield Passwordless Software-Defined Perimeter Solution

BlastWave | December 17, 2021

BlastWave, a developer of software-defined perimeter (SDP) solutions that protect networks from inadvertent and intentional threats, announced that A2i systems selected its BlastShield solution to protect A2i's internal network and remote customer access. BlastShield is the first all-in-one SDP patented solution that combines infrastructure cloaking and passwordless multi-factor authentication (MFA) for identity-based secure remote network access for organizations that've adopted a zero-trust security model. BlastShield enables organizations to hide on-premise and cloud workloads from outsiders and insider threats, concealing an organization's infrastructure from cyberattacks through software-defined microsegmentation without modifications to existing network fabric and hardware. BlastWave's novel approach solves the three most critical steps in the cyber kill chain for an attacker: (1) account takeover; (2) lateral movement; and (3) remote access compromise. In addition, BlastShield helps prevent and isolate attacks mitigating the spread of malware, reducing the blast radius. BlastShield also enables cloud-native app development by securing microservices, containers and Kubernetes clusters. A2i Systems provides the first secure pricing optimization solution in the retail fuel industry through their flagship product, PriceCast Fuel. A2i Systems utilizes customer-centric AI by detecting behavioral patterns in Big Data and dynamically mapping customer and competitor behaviors to identify the optimal price for consumers throughout the day. As a result, A2i can now help customers price strategically instead of tactically through their cloud-hosted services that move them on to the most advanced fuel price management system currently available. In the wake of recent supply chain attacks, we recognized that VPN-based solutions simply cannot provide the level of protection we require for our critical data and remote access. The security of our data and our customers' data is our highest priority and we needed a secure platform to provide access to our hybrid data services, hosted both in the cloud and on-premise. BlastShield filled both these needs for us with their patented solution." Emil Erlandsson, Vice President of Professional Services at A2i After a comprehensive proof of concept (PoC) using BlastShield's Free Starter Package solution, A2i selected BlastShield and began deploying BlastShield's Invisible peer-to-peer software-defined perimeter solution for initially for internal use for secure remote access. "We're excited to partner with A2i systems on this project," says Tom Sego, CEO BlastWave. "By combining A2i's revolutionary AI-based fuel pricing solution with BlastWave's patented invisible SDP, A2i customers will enjoy the benefits of state-of-the-art pricing optimization while mitigating the risk of supply chain attacks." About BlastWave Founded by former executives and technologists from Apple and Cisco, BlastWave is taking a fundamentally different approach to security aimed at protecting privacy and connected devices from cyberattacks. BlastWave's patented product, BlastShield, is an all-in-one-zero trust stack that combines state-of-the-art passwordless multi-factor authentication with high-performance, resilient encrypted connectivity and built-in microsegmentation. In addition to protecting servers and IoT devices, BlastShield also secures containers that are orchestrated with Kubernetes, enabling more agile and efficient cloud-native application development. BlastWave is backed by Rocket Strategies, Lucas Venture Group, and Millennium Investments. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. About A2i Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, A2i uses ground-breaking Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to make advancements in ways to interact with your customers at the forecourt. We are giving you the opportunity to transform your business and be ready for the next phase of Fuel Retail. Our product, PriceCast Fuel (PCF) is the world's first industry-specific retail fuel pricing, management and optimization solution developed by A2i. By combining state-of-the-art AI and Machine Learning with Big Data, PCF brings dynamic, predictive consumer-behavior-based pricing to the retail fuel industry providing a fully automated pricing decision system capable of achieving location-specific objectives optimally within any given corporate constraints. By applying self-learning capabilities, PCF continuously assures the highest accuracy prediction in an ever-changing market.

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