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Stratodesk | August 25, 2022
Stratodesk, the EUC endpoint OS innovator, today announced new secure endpoint software solutions certified for VMware Horizon 8 version 2206. The Stratodesk solutions certified “VMware Ready” for the twelfth consecutive year give IT teams great flexibility and confidence in deploying cloud-ready workspaces based on VMware and Stratodesk.
Stratodesk NoTouch OS offers VMware Horizon customers an effortless yet highly secure route to the cloud by delivering centrally managed VMware Horizon endpoints in minutes to end-users located anywhere in the world. Stratodesk allows IT teams to convert x86-64 and Raspberry Pi-based hardware quickly into modern VMware Horizon VDI and app endpoint client machines with the latest software and security capabilities for end-users, while giving IT complete control over the managed asset. Customers can manage tens of thousands of Stratodesk-enabled Horizon clients accessing Horizon virtual desktops and apps within VMware Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services environments, or on-premises, all from a single Stratodesk console.
“Organizations investing in cloud and digital transformation strategies need flexibility and efficiency now more than ever to scale their business and enable workforce productivity,” said Ricardo Antuna, vice president of strategy and business development at Stratodesk. “Stratodesk’s ‘VMware Ready’ solution gives our IT customers and their end-users the utmost confidence they can work from anywhere, turning practically any commodity computer into essential business tools that are highly managed and secure.”
“Empowering a hybrid workforce requires edge and endpoint solutions to put apps and data securely in the hands of end-users while enabling IT teams to seamlessly manage devices regardless of form factor. The VMware Ready logo signifies to customers that Stratodesk NoTouch OS can be deployed with confidence and can speed time to value,”
Sachin Sharma, director of product marketing, end user computing business group, VMware
Stratodesk customers such as Firstmark Credit Union, Hartford Healthcare, iQor, Loblaws, and many others across industries are rapidly modernizing their end-user computing environment using VMware with Stratodesk.
“As a billion-dollar financial services company, we take productivity and security seriously,” said Aaron Bedingfield, CTO of Firstmark Credit Union. “Stratodesk and VMware Horizon with True SSO helped us simplify our entire computing infrastructure to save on hardware costs and management time, standardize workstations and implement security features that enable our distributed teams to work safely from anywhere.”
Stratodesk delivers more VMware certified options for customers looking to deploy VMware Horizon
Whether VMware Horizon is deployed on-premises, through Microsoft Azure or AWS, Stratodesk NoTouch OS brings a seamless and cost-effective endpoint operating system across x86/64 and Raspberry Pi based devices.
New Stratodesk NoTouch OS VMware Ready certifications include:
VMware Horizon 8 2206 Enterprise for both Raspberry Pi 4 and Thin Clients (x86/64)
VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure (Client 2206) for both Raspberry Pi 4 and Thin Clients (x86/64)
See these Stratodesk solutions demonstrated in Booth #1700 at VMware Explore 2022.
VMware Explore 2022 attendees can learn more from Stratodesk customers and product experts in breakout sessions, booth demos, expo hall crawl, happy hours, and other activities.
Breakout Customer Session: Retail Workshop: The Future of Retail is Now… Are you Ready? [INDB2772US] with Retail Edge [CEIB2225US]. Monday, Aug. 29 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM PDT. This must-attend retail & CPG workshop will provide the opportunity to hear from VMware Retail experts and to mix with your peers with sessions including:
Store Innovation and Retail Edge presented by Charles Cockshoot, Retail Industry Solution Architect, VMware
Engaging customer experiences requiring agile Cloud-Enabled Infrastructure presented by Bharadwaj Kachapuram, Snr. Product Marketing Manager SASE, VMware
POS Virtualization – Bring New Life and Opportunities to a Business Critical Service presented by Brent McCoubrey, EUC Technical Strategist, VMware
The workshop will conclude with a customer Q&A and an informal drinks reception for another chance to ask questions and connect.
Customer Session: Hartford HealthCare – A Modernization Journey [CSXB2155US]. Wednesday, Aug. 31 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM PDT. Learn about the transformation journey of Connecticut’s only truly integrated healthcare system to the VMware Cloud platform with Stratodesk-powered endpoints to serve more than 2,000 employees.
AMA with Stratodesk CEO Emanuel Pirker, answering all your questions at Booth #1700 on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 2 PM, Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 1 PM and Thursday, Sept. 1 at 11 AM PDT.
Stratodesk NoTouch Product demonstrations of VMware Horizon 8 version 2206 in multiple environments including:
Microsoft Azure Cloud
Dell 7220 and 5430 thin clients including ruggedized versions
Amulet Hotkey DX1600 thin client connections through PCoIP ControlUp Edge DX integration
Endpoint enrollment and visibility in VMware Workspace ONE
VMware Ready Raspberry Pi 4 devices
Strong endorsement from the Stratodesk ecosystem
Joel Stocker, director of product marketing at ControlUp: "ControlUp delivers a comprehensive Digital Employee experience management platform with real-time monitoring across VDI, SaaS and web applications, unified communications and physical endpoints. Partnering with Stratodesk expands the number of endpoints that can benefit from the remote office visibility our Digital Employee Experience Management Platform offers while empowering IT organizations to deliver a best-in-class employee experience including endpoints running Stratodesk NoTouch OS.”
Sonia St. Charles, CEO of Davenport Group: “Our customers want secure endpoints, user mobility, and ease of management – critical IT needs we meet with Stratodesk. When paired with Dell and VMware solutions, it is easier than ever for organizations to operate secure, cloud-ready workspaces.”
Patrick Coble, principal analyst at VDISEC: “What sets thin client vendors apart is how they manage devices and enable security features. Stratodesk NoTouch support for VMware Horizon 8 and Microsoft Azure, plus the availability in both VMware and Stratodesk NoTouch Center in the Azure marketplaces, makes it easy for customers to set up their Horizon clients and get going quickly. This flexibility for multi-cloud management is a big reason why our research found Stratodesk to be one of the most secure virtual desktop endpoint software solutions in the market.”
Tom Cole, director of product management with Amulet Hotkey: "We partner with Stratodesk on a shared mission to deliver to our customers the most advanced and secured endpoints featuring rich graphics, high performance and flexibility of remote display protocols. We are excited to partner with Stratodesk and showcase our DX1600 running Stratodesk NoTouch OS within their booth at VMware Explore.”
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 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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Claro Enterprise Solutions | July 04, 2022
Claro Enterprise Solutions and VMware today announced the addition of VMware Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) to Claro Enterprise Solutions' extensive portfolio of managed services.
Claro Enterprise Solutions customers will now be able to leverage VMware SASE in Latin America to implement a Cloud-first approach to security, networking, and edge computing services.
Andrés Mosquera, Chief Executive Officer at Claro Enterprise Solutions, said: "Our enterprise customers have accelerated the shift to a remote and distributed workforce, increasing their need for SASE solutions that meet their unique security demands. VMware SASE used along with Claro Enterprise Solutions' managed services and extensive network coverage offers an integrated solution with great performance that address network security challenges of a multi-cloud ecosystem while empowering digital transformation."
VMware's comprehensive Cloud-delivered SASE solution brings together:
Network performance benefits of SD-WAN
Integrated security services delivered from the Cloud
The ability to support modern distributed applications, which will benefit from artificial intelligence for IT operations, or AIOps, for faster problem resolution.
VMware will deliver these capabilities as a service from a global network of over 150 points of presence (PoPs) deployed by VMware and its partners worldwide. In addition, through its affiliates, Claro Enterprise Solutions will host SASE PoPs across Latin America, including Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico.
Craig Connors, Vice President and general manager of VMware's SASE business said, "Leading service providers like Claro Enterprise Solutions are modernizing their network to monetize services that their customers are demanding. SASE represents the future of networking, security, and edge computing. Our partnership with Claro Enterprise Solutions will accelerate the move to SASE and influence how companies across Latin America grow and support their workforce."
About Claro Enterprise Solutions
Claro Enterprise Solutions, an América Móvil subsidiary, is a leading source provider of Network Connectivity and Communication, Cloud, IoT, and IT Managed Services, delivering scalable solutions with layers of security, global expertise, and dependable customer support. More at www.usclaro.com
VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company's 2030 Agenda.
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Corel | August 29, 2022
Parallels, a global leader in cross-platform solutions, today announces the release of Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac. The latest version of Parallels’ powerful solution is designed to optimize the usability of the latest Apple hardware, while also powering performance and gaming updates, providing users with greater freedom and flexibility. Through this release, Parallels® Desktop 18 for Mac offers all end-users, professionals, and enterprises:
First-class performance: Users can leverage the most-advanced Windows experience on their Macs to run more than 200,000 Windows apps and classic games.
Continuous and seamless integration: Optimized for the latest Apple hardware, users can enjoy compatibility with Apple’s ProMotion display and unleashed performance of the Apple M1 Ultra chip that delivers up to 96% faster Windows 11 on a Mac Studio, * while staying up to date with any upcoming macOS upgrades.
Easier set up for Windows 11: Users can now get Windows 11 downloaded, installed, and configured in just one click saving time with setting up, as well as download a free set of ready-to-use Linux systems.
Enhanced Windows game-play experience on a Mac: Users can now simply connect a game controller to their Mac, switch to Windows, and start playing. Enjoy smooth Windows UI and video playback, a higher frame rate, and much more.
The new features in Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac have been engineered to enable users to be more productive while leveraging a high-performing Windows OS on a Mac, that is easy to use and stays up to date—even when a new Apple hardware or a macOS, Windows, or Linux version is released.
“We are proud of our engineering team that continues to be at the forefront of innovation to offer a remarkably more powerful and seamless Parallels Desktop for Mac experience to our users, that is integrated with the latest macOS Ventura, optimized for the latest Apple hardware, and offers valuable features to deliver even better productivity and performance, This is as simple and easy to use as it gets, and our users can rely on Parallels Desktop for Mac to focus on the job at hand.”
Prashant Ketkar, Chief Technology and Product Officer at Corel
Trial and Availability:
Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Standard, Pro, and Business editions are all engineered to offer an optimal experience on Mac computers with Intel and Apple M series chips and can be purchased at parallels.com/desktop or from authorized resellers worldwide. Parallels Desktop subscriptions include complimentary concurrent subscriptions to Parallels Access and Parallels Toolbox for Mac and Windows.
Key Parallels Desktop 18 features
Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Standard Edition:
Optimized for the upcoming macOS Ventura release to support new features, functionality, and deliver exceptional performance.
Full support for Apple’s ProMotion display with automatic refresh rate changes and unleashed Apple M1 Ultra performance allowing users to assign more resources and get up to 96% faster Windows 11. *
Seamless Windows gaming experience with automatic sharing of Xbox or DualShock Bluetooth game controllers with Windows and Linux.
Improved compatibility of Intel (x86) applications when running Windows 11 on ARM, specifically when saving and reading files from the Mac disk.
Improved USB 3.0 to support live data streaming devices, including Elgato HD60, Startech USB 3.0 Video Capture, and more.
Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Pro Edition (Offers all the power of the standard edition, plus these unique capabilities):
Powerful network conditioner on Apple M1 Macs enabling users to set up various network conditions for the virtual machine (bandwidth, packet loss, delay) similar to both Windows and Linux virtual machines.
Isolate virtual machine network from Mac on Apple M1 Mac computers for better security and start a Minikube cluster with Parallels Desktop as a virtualization provider.
Ability to use network boot with Linux ARM virtual machines now available on Mac computers with Apple M1 chips.
Easily analyze an application performance in a separate VM using the enhanced Parallels plug-in for Visual Studio.
Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Business Edition (Builds on the power of the Pro edition with additional functionality, including):
Convenient SSO/SAML authentication for employees to sign in and activate Parallels Desktop with a corporate account.
Allows admins to deploy, provision, or transfer a Windows 11 virtual machine across employees’ Mac computers.
Manage Parallels customer experience program participation centrally in Parallels My Account.
Parallels is a global leader in cross-platform solutions that make it simple for businesses and individuals to use and access the applications and files they need on any device or operating system. Parallels helps customers leverage the best technology out there, whether it’s Windows, Mac, ChromeOS, iOS, Android, or the cloud. Parallels solves complex engineering and user-experience problems by making it simple and cost-effective for businesses and individual customers to use applications anywhere, anytime. Parallels is part of the Corel portfolio. For more information, please visit www.parallels.com.
Corel products enable millions of connected knowledge workers around the world to do great work faster. Offering some of the industry's best-known software brands, we give individuals and teams the power to create, collaborate, and deliver impressive results. Our success is driven by an unwavering commitment to deliver a broad portfolio of innovative brands including CorelDRAW, MindManager, Parallels, and WinZip – to inspire users and help them achieve their goals.
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Host Color LLC | August 16, 2022
Cloud service provider HostColor.com (HC) announced that it now offers Dedicated Cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (DCIaaS) based on VMware ESXi, Proxmox, and Linux Containers (LXC) virtualization technologies. The DCIaaS can be used by any organization for the deployment of custom-built, standards-based Private, Public or Hybrid technology infrastructure.
The cloud service provider delivers self-managed and fully managed DCIaaS from data centers located in 17 U.S., Canadian, and UK major metropolitan markets - Ashburn, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia; Bend, Oregon; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles and Santa Clara, California; Miami, Florida; Newark, New Jersey; New York, NY; Seattle, Washington; Toronto, Ontario; Vancouver, British Columbia, and London, UK.
HostColor's Dedicated Cloud infrastructure services have fixed monthly costs that do not rise depending on the resource usage. The Cloud IaaS users pay a flat monthly fee for a certain amount of dedicated computing resources – processor (CPU), memory (RAM), and data storage (SSD, NMVe, or HDD) and a specific bandwidth quota on a 1-gigabit or 10-gigabit internet port. The cloud service provider does not charge clients for DNS zones, DNS queries, or for each 1 GB data transfer. Unlike the services offered by the so-called "Major Clouds", HostColor's dedicated public or private cloud IaaS services come with free infrastructure support.
"We save an enormous amount of money on data transfer, computing resource usage, and technical support to the SMBs that choose to use HostColor's Dedicated Cloud services, instead of IaaS on any of the so-called "major clouds". HC's DCIaaS features a fairly large, clearly-defined bandwidth quota, instead of charging them for each GB data transfer. If any organization needs to use 80 TB data transfer per month, for example, HostColor saves it eight thousand dollars per year on average for data transfer, DNS records, DNS queries, and technical support",
Dimitar Avramov, HostColor's co-founder and CEO
He adds that “Bandwidth” is the amount of data that can be transferred at one time, while "Data Transfer" is the actual amount of data transferred.
HostColor's Public and Private Dedicated Cloud services start with a guaranteed bandwidth quota of 100 Mbps or 250 Mbps, depending on the data center location.The company's DCIaaS customers, connected to a 1 Gbps internet port, who use a 250 Mbps bandwidth quota, can transfer 80 TB of data per month. If they choose to use a full 1-gigabit bandwidth port they can push 324 TB data transfer per month. Those who have a dedicated cloud connected to a 10-gigabit internet port with a 2 Gbps bandwidth quota can transfer 648 TB of data in a 30-day period.
HostColor has recently announced the availability of New York Dedicated Server hosting services connected to 10-gigabit Internet ports. They are delivered from the data centers – Teleport, Staten Island, and DataBank, New Jersey. The 10-gigabit server plans start with a 2 Gbps bandwidth allowance and can be scaled up to a full 10 GbE internet connection.
According to the market intelligence firm IDC “Dedicated Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (DCIaaS) solutions deliver compute and/or storage resources dedicated to an individual customer that are deployed on customer premises and consumed as a service.” IDC explains that “his model is essentially a dedicated version of a publicly available cloud offering, modified to run on-premises or in a specially certified colocation environment”. The market intelligence firm also explains that the cloud service providers retain full ownership of all underlying infrastructure hardware and software and are completely responsible for delivery, maintenance, updating, and ultimate disposal of the asset when the subscription is terminated.
HostColor.com is a global IT infrastructure and Web Hosting service provider since 2000. The company has its own virtual data centers, a capacity for provisioning dedicated servers and colocation services in 50 data centers worldwide. Its subsidiary HostColorEurope.com operates Cloud infrastructure and delivers dedicated hosting services in 19 European counties.