AMD: EPYC Is Still The Virtualization King Despite VMware Change

Dylan Martin | February 05, 2020

AMD is downplaying the impact of VMware's move to double licensing costs for processors with more than 32 cores, saying that its processors can still drive major cost savings for virtualization, even if the economics of its higher core count processors have "slightly" changed."AMD continues to lead the industry on performance, features and TCO in virtualized environments for both 1 socket and 2 socket systems," the company said in a statement to CRN. "While the new VMware licensing guidelines change the economics slightly for higher core count processors, AMD remains committed to VMware as a winning virtualization solution for AMD EPYC customers."

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Leostream Teams with Liquidware on Best-of-Breed Digital Workspace Management Platform

Leostream | November 01, 2022

Leostream, the leading provider of enterprise-grade remote access solutions, today announced a joint digital workspace management solution with Liquidware Inc. that keeps desktops and applications agile and always available. The combination of the Liquidware Essentials™ bundle with Leostream’s connection management platform offers customers a single, cohesive, tested, scalable and affordable solution that connects end users to their desktops or applications seamlessly, from any device, using any display protocol. Unlike traditional VDI approaches, the Leostream and Liquidware combined solution enables user profile management across any on-premises or cloud backend infrastructure by moving users seamlessly between backend environments based on performance needs. Users log in from the same portal with the same credentials for unlimited freedom and flexibility while organizations are able to transition from costly legacy VDI stacks with a solution custom built to suit their needs. Liquidware provides comprehensive user environment management, application layering and user experience monitoring in the Essentials suite, which includes ProfileUnity™, FlexApp™ and Stratusphere™ UX. ProfileUnity and FlexApp harvest current user profile environments and applications to prepare for a smooth migration. Stratusphere UX enables organizations to measure their current environments in order to properly design, resource and move their target environment to any desktop platform; physical, virtual or cloud-based. Liquidware Stratusphere UX gathers and provides key user-experience metrics to support the design of desktop images to be provisioned by Leostream. "Combining true best-of-breed solutions like Liquidware Essentials and the Leostream Platform allows organizations to avoid the cost and management overheads of point legacy solutions,” said Jason E. Smith, VP Alliances and Product Marketing, Liquidware. “With this joint offering, IT admins can easily move from physical to VDI or cloud-based desktops seamlessly with no user downtime.” Leostream is the connection management platform of choice for major enterprises around the globe for its ability to mix and manage on-premises and cloud-based hosting platforms. Leostream’s remote access and desktop connection management software enables organizations to create security-conscious remote desktop environments that are sustainable, performant, and cost-effective. The ability to orchestrate disparate technologies from a single management and access platform is a uniquely Leostream construct that enables organizations to advance the state of the art of their entire hosted desktop environment with an eye on integrating new technologies as they come to market. “Both Liquidware and Leostream offer field-proven solutions that improve management of increasingly complex IT environments, This joint solution better allows users to co-exist and move across physical, virtual, cloud, and mixed-Windows OS environments with ease. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to collaborate to deliver this digital workspace management solution to provide our joint customers with the unlimited freedom and flexibility that they need, while helping them seamlessly transition off costly legacy platforms.” Karen Gondoly, Leostream CEO About Liquidware Liquidware is a leader in digital workspace management solutions for Windows desktops. The company’s products encompass all facets of management to ensure the ultimate user experience across all workspaces – physical, virtual, DaaS or in the cloud. Enterprises across the globe utilize Liquidware solutions to dramatically decrease time spent managing desktops, while delivering increased security, flexibility, and scalability. Supported platforms include Microsoft physical, Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), and RDS desktops, Citrix Desktops, VMware Horizon, Amazon WorkSpaces, and Nutanix Frame. Liquidware products are available through a global network of partners. About Leostream The Leostream Platform embodies over 20 years of Leostream research and development in supporting customers with hosted desktop environments including VDI, hybrid cloud, and high-performance display protocols. The Engineering, Science & Technology Emmy®-winning Leostream Platform provides the world’s most robust desktop connection management and remote access feature set, allowing today’s enterprises to choose the best-of-breed components to satisfy their complex security, cost, and flexibility needs, while working with them as they evolve into tomorrow.

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Verge.io Launches New Wiki and Training Modules for Quick-Start and Self-Guided Knowledge

Verge.io | October 13, 2022

Verge.io, the company with a simpler way to virtualize data centers, today launched a new online wiki and self-paced training modules to help onboard new users and allow prospective customers to better evaluate Verge-OS software prior to a test drive. The new wiki, located at https://wiki.verge.io, contains technical overviews of features such as storage, snapshots, hypervisor, synchronization, and GPU support plus dozens of knowledgebase articles drawn from more than five years of real-world customer deployments. Six new online training modules, each with multiple individual training sessions, give detailed explanations and demonstrations such as networking, snapshotting entire data centers, setting up synchronization between Verge-OS installations, and more. Each training session can be completed in only a few minutes, thanks to the simplicity of Verge-OS and its UI. Customers can also use the robust search function to look for a word or phrase across all the content in the wiki, knowledgebase, and training modules. “We set out to make Verge-OS the simplest and most powerful single piece of virtualization software in the world, and these investments in the wiki, training, knowledgebase and videos provide the supporting content to deliver on our purpose, I appreciate the contributions of our team members and our longtime customers in developing these materials for the benefit of the community.” Greg Campbell, CTO of Verge.io Verge-OS software enables virtualized data centers with greater savings and efficiencies than competing platforms. Verge-OS abstracts compute, network, and storage from commodity servers and creates pools of raw resources that are simple to run and manage, creating feature-rich infrastructures for environments and workloads like clustered HPC, ultra-converged and hyperconverged data centers, DevOps and Test/Dev, compliant medical and healthcare, remote and edge compute including VDI, and multi-tenant private clouds. Verge-OS is the only single piece of virtualization software that can provide a common platform from the edge to the public cloud and everyplace in between. It is easy to install and uses AI/ML for self-management so it can be managed by an IT generalist. A single license replaces separate hypervisor, networking, storage, data protection, and management tools to simplify technology stacks. Secure virtual data centers based on Verge-OS include all enterprise data services like global deduplication, disaster recovery, continuous data protection, snapshots, long-distance synch, and auto-failover. They are ideal for creating honeypots, sandboxes, cyber ranges, air-gapped computing, and secure compliance enclaves to meet regulations such as HIPAA, CUI, SOX, NIST, and PCI. Nested multi-tenancy gives service providers, departmental enterprises, and campuses the ability to assign resources and services to groups and sub-groups. About Verge.io Verge.io provides a simpler way to virtualize data centers and end IT infrastructure complexity. The company’s Verge OS software is the first and only fully integrated virtual cloud software stack to build, deploy and manage virtual data centers. Verge-OS delivers significant capital savings, increased operational efficiencies, reduced risk, and rapid scalability.

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Lenovo Think Report Reveals Barriers to Critical Thinking and How Technology Can Empower Progress for a Better World

Lenovo | October 07, 2022

To take a critical look at how today’s societal challenges have affected global productivity and attitudes, Lenovo today releases its first-ever Think Report. This report identifies a compromised way of thinking in today’s world, with global respondents claiming a loss of roughly two hours per day in productivity due to their inability to think purposefully, primarily because of burnout, stress and mental fatigue they have experienced from the tremendous societal changes in the past two years. This timely report – which surveyed 5,700+ people across the US, UK, Germany and Japan – comes on the heels of the 30th anniversary of Lenovo ThinkPad. The insights look to educate people in the workforce on the importance of “real thinking,” and will enable those to use technology more intelligently, collaboratively -- and less intrusively, in a way that isn’t distracting to living life and thriving. “It is eye-opening to see that people globally feel that societal progress is in jeopardy because of a lack of real thinking. 80% of those surveyed believe that we, as a society, need to develop a new revolution in thinking, As we celebrate ThinkPad’s 30th anniversary, it’s a pivotal time to re-evaluate how human-centered technology can catalyze better thinking in all aspects of our lives – from home to work to school and more.” Emily Ketchen, VP and CMO of Intelligent Devices Group, Lenovo The Thinking Gap Respondents largely feel that the external events of the last few years (e.g., COVID-19, economic disruptions, etc.) are contributing to and exacerbating distractions, heightened multitasking and fatigue, which further impairs the quality of their thinking. Across all respondents, just 34% say they spend "all" or "most" of their thinking time in clear, deep, and productive thinking. 75% of IT Decision Makers globally say that their colleagues struggle “a great deal” or “somewhat” with engaging in clear and productive thinking. 64% of those surveyed feel that they are reliant on practical or “survival” thinking and the ability to think quickly and multitask is “extremely” or “very important” – thus, resulting in a lack of innovative and actionable thinking that can impact advancements. In tandem, most respondents feel the situation is not improving – projecting that their lives will not get any easier or any less stressful over the next several years. The Power of Thinking Across the globe, while broad segments of respondents said they are struggling to achieve better thinking today, respondents have positive associations with improved thinking and understand the benefits that come with unlocking higher-order thinking. 65% of respondents believe that engaging in clear, deep, productive thinking will help them make better decisions. 79% of those surveyed in the U.S. consider critical thinking “extreme” or “very important.” Thinking Habits While people recognize the power of improved thinking, productive thinking times vary greatly depending on the region, and don’t always align with the traditional “9-to-5” workday. 37% of Americans surveyed and 24% of respondents in the UK prefer late nights or early mornings. 25% of Japanese respondents favor mid-morning. On the other hand, 35% of Germans think more clearly in the evenings. Across the board, those surveyed believe the #1 must-have for better thinking is a quiet environment – and respondents in the US, UK and Germany expressed noise-cancelling technologies are most valued to help with deeper thinking. Better Thinking Empowered by Technology Based on the research, evolutions in communication and collaboration technologies are considered as the most helpful features in promoting better thinking. In addition, learning how to use technology more purposefully – including setting some boundaries, limiting distractions and decreasing clutter of information – can help us build better thinking habits. 66% of Business End Users surveyed are looking for information on how technology can help with clear, deep and productive thinking. They are also more willing than the general population to consider re-evaluating their relationship with technology. For example, many feel that simplifying tasks could help individuals achieve better thinking. 40% of respondents in Germany would learn how to use technology more purposefully. 39% of respondents in the U.S. would set boundaries around their technology usage. For example, setting time aside to play an instrument or exercise. Overwhelmingly, IT Decision Makers surveyed feel optimistic about the technology their coworkers have access to and how it enables clear thinking for employees and organizations. Whether it’s crunch time to meet deadlines, a need for business minds to come together, or the opportunity to invent – more than 60% of those surveyed think that technology helps individuals engage in critical, reflective, collaborative, expansive/exploratory and/or new types of thinking. Thinking for Humanity Overall, respondents believe that improved thinking has the potential to leave long-lasting impacts. A majority of those surveyed agree that better thinking would increase our collective humanity and we would be closer to solving challenges facing humanity and society for future generations to come. 62% in the US, 54% in the UK and 52% in Germany say that our society would be kinder if we engaged in more clear, deep and productive thinking. The full Think Report can be viewed here. Methodological Note Fieldwork for this study was conducted via an online survey of 5,768 respondents from July 4 to 24, 2022. The survey sample was comprised of a combination of Gen Pop, BEUs1, and ITDMs2 from the markets of U.S., U.K., Germany, and Germany. The margin of error for individual market samples of Gen Pop respondents is +/- 3. About Lenovo Lenovo is a US$70 billion revenue global technology powerhouse, ranked #171 in the Fortune Global 500, employing 75,000 people around the world, and serving millions of customers every day in 180 markets. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, Lenovo has built on its success as the world’s leading PC player by expanding into new growth areas of infrastructure, mobile, solutions and services. This transformation together with Lenovo’s world-changing innovation is building a more inclusive, trustworthy, and sustainable digital society for everyone, everywhere.

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Veracode Launches Container Security Offering That Secures Cloud-Native Application Development

Veracode | October 11, 2022

Veracode, a leading global provider of application security testing solutions, today announced the enhancement of its Continuous Software Security Platform to include container security. This early access program for Veracode Container Security is now underway for existing customers. The new Veracode Container Security offering, designed to meet the needs of cloud-native software engineering teams, addresses vulnerability scanning, secure configuration, and secrets management requirements for container images. Veracode Chief Product Officer, Brian Roche, said, “As developers embrace cloud-native computing practices, containers have become increasingly important for business efficiency. This launch helps close a substantial gap in the market for developer-friendly solutions that cover critical capabilities for container security. We are excited to bring this next enhancement of our platform to the market and empower customers to address security testing for more modern architectures and deployment styles.” The Requirement for Container Security is Rapidly on the Rise Containers are increasingly used to simplify software deployment and runtime environment configuration management. They comprise small, fast, portable units of software in which code is packaged so that an application can be run quickly and reliably in different computing environments—from the desktop to the cloud. They provide an ecosystem of repositories, orchestration technologies, and capabilities that address related issues, such as service-to-service communication and configuration management. Instantiated in pipelines from code, containers have the benefit of immutability, meaning they are not updated, reconfigured or patched in production. Instead, the underlying image is updated with new capabilities and redeployed, helping to improve efficiency in the production environment. Despite the benefits of containers, they are affected by many of the same problems that traditionally plague physical production or virtual server hardware, such as vulnerabilities introduced through additional software, poorly managed secrets (like Amazon Web Services keys and credentials in Dockerfiles), and security misconfigurations. This has resulted in increased demand for products that address these issues and related problems, with the Global Container Security Market size expected to reach $3.9 billion by 2027*. Container security scanning analyzes container images against organizational or industry-specific standards to identify insecure processes, misconfigurations that could lead to a vulnerability, and inadequate authentication and access control. Veracode Container Security Integrates into the Developer Environment Many products already in the market are aimed at securing containers in runtime and offer limited support for developers, posing a major challenge for early remediation. Veracode’s solution instead integrates into the CI/CD (continuous integration and continuous delivery) pipeline and is available at the command line interface. Providing coverage for vulnerability detection and remediation, secrets management, and security configuration issues on the most popular operating systems, it delivers remediation advice to developers early in the software development life cycle so that insecure containers don’t ship to production. Veracode Container Security results are available in a variety of formats based on the user’s choice, including text, JSON (JavaScript Object Notation), and Software Bill of Materials (CycloneDX, SWID [Software Identification Tagging], or SPDX [Software Packaging Data Exchange]), making them easy to integrate with other tools. Providing developers and their teams with the tools to meet their specific needs means they can find and fix vulnerabilities early in the lifecycle, giving them confidence that their containerized application environment is secure. “Veracode Container Security will be instrumental for our developers to ensure that the workloads they deploy into our cloud are secure,” said the Director of Information Security at an automotive company. “Without this tool, it would take our team weeks to receive and action container results and these would only have been available in limited formats. Now, we’re excited to integrate findings into the pipeline before they even move into production, creating time and cost efficiencies for our business.” About Veracode Veracode is a leading AppSec partner for creating secure software, reducing the risk of security breach, and increasing security and development teams’ productivity. As a result, companies using Veracode can move their business, and the world, forward. With its combination of process automation, integrations, speed, and responsiveness, Veracode helps companies get accurate and reliable results to focus their efforts on fixing, not just finding, potential vulnerabilities.

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