VIRTUAL DESKTOP STRATEGIES
Red River | June 16, 2022
Red River, a technology transformation company serving government and enterprise customers, today announced it has achieved the Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (formerly Windows Virtual Desktop) advanced specialization, validating the Company’s deep knowledge, experience and expertise in deploying, scaling, and securing virtual desktop infrastructure on Azure.
“Red River continues to invest in its technical capabilities through certifications, specializations and employee development, We are excited to have earned the Azure Virtual Desktop advanced specialization from Microsoft, adding to our portfolio of advanced specializations and validating our ability to leverage Azure technologies to drive positive business and mission outcomes for our customers.”
Jason Waldrop, President of Managed Services at Red River
Supporting secure remote work for employees is more critical than ever. Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop is a Microsoft solution that seamlessly integrates with other Microsoft products and allows customers to implement virtual desktops in a scalable, secure, and cost-effective way. Partners with validated capabilities in implementing Azure Virtual Desktop can help customers deploy and navigate the licensing efficiencies it offers to deliver the solution that is most efficient for their organization.
About Red River
Red River brings together the ideal combination of talent, partners and products to disrupt the status quo in technology and drive success for business and government in ways previously unattainable. Red River serves organizations well beyond traditional technology integration, bringing more than 25 years of experience and mission-critical expertise in security, networking, data center, collaboration, mobility and cloud solutions.
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SmartX Inc | June 30, 2022
SmartX, a modern IT infrastructure innovator, has released the HCI Kit Community Edition, a free version of its hyperconvergence product SmartX HCI. The Community Edition includes core HCI software SMTX OS and management platform CloudTower. It is freely available, easy-to-deploy, feature-rich, and community-supported, providing easy access to hyperconvergence for worldwide users.
The Community Edition allows users to experience core features of SmartX HCI, including
SMTX OS (community edition) that provides compute virtualization, distributed block storage, as well as network & security.
ELF: the native hypervisor that optimizes performance and streamlines operations & maintenance.
ZBS: the distributed block storage with the reliability and high performance battle-tested in production across financial services and other industries.
Everoute: the network and security product that provides micro-segmentation, securing east-west traffic with distributed firewalls for virtual machines.
CloudTower (community edition) that provides multi-cluster management, capable of managing clusters across datacenters with one unified platform.
Designed for anyone interested in experiencing HCI, the Community Edition can be installed to learn, evaluate, or use conveniently with zero cost. HCI enthusiasts could get hands-on experience and see how HCI achieves simplicity, flexibility, and efficiency; End users considering HCI products could compare it with other alternatives and run a proof-of-concept test, before making a decision; IT engineers could deploy it for Dev & Test, starting with a small scale.
The installation and deployment of Community Edition are quite simple. It can be deployed on mainstream commercial x86 servers. The whole process takes approximately 2 hours*, users can check the minimum hardware requirements and guidance on the official website.
The Community Edition offers a 30-day free trial, and before it expires, users could apply for a free community perpetual license. SmartX also supports users to switch to Commercial Editions seamlessly to unlock more advanced capabilities.
Additionally, users could join SmartX Community on Slack, to get support from the community experts, and exchange ideas and feedback with professionals in IT infrastructure, distributed systems, and the cloud.
IPVanish | June 20, 2022
IPVanish, a no-log VPN provider, has released its formal response to impending internet surveillance and data retention legislation in India. In a blog post published on June 7, IPVanish stated that they will not compromise on their no-logs policy despite this new directive demanding logs from VPN providers.
According to this new legislation, VPN providers would be required to collect certain customer data and may need to provide that information to Indian authorities. While the directive is not set to go into effect until later this month, IPVanish remains firm in its stance on protecting its customers’ privacy and will continue operating its Indian servers for the time being. Should the directive be enforced, IPVanish has stated that they will continue to prioritize their consumers' privacy and will take any required action, including shutting down physical servers in India to comply with the Indian government's directive.
“Privacy will never be something we sacrifice, While we will remain watchful of this impending legislation in India, IPVanish is standing firmly by our zero traffic logs policy, and is prepared to take proper action should the law go into effect.”
Subbu Sthanu, VP of Strategy & Product Management at IPVanish
In April, IPVanish had its technology and no-log VPN privacy practices audited and certified by a respected independent third-party cybersecurity consulting firm.
The IPVanish VPN service delivers:
Secure access to the fastest VPN in the world
End-to-end network encryption and data protection
User-friendly apps for macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire TV
A verified no-logs policy
24/7 customer support
IPVanish is a worldwide online privacy and freedom advocate. Providing secure access to shared IPs and servers in 75+ locations, IPVanish consistently tests as the fastest VPN service globally, while maintaining industry-best security, reliability, and privacy protection standards.
VMware | June 17, 2022
VMware Inc. a leading innovator in enterprise software, today announced it has been positioned as a Leader in three recent IDC MarketScape reports related to the Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) space:
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Unified Endpoint Management Software 2022 Vendor Assessment
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Unified Endpoint Management Software for Apple Devices 2022 Vendor Assessment
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Unified Endpoint Management Software for Ruggedized/Internet of Things Device Deployments 2022 Vendor Assessment
The evaluated solution, VMware Workspace ONE, enables customers to automate management and security for all endpoints (including mobile, desktops, AR/VR, and mission-critical frontline devices) running any OS (including iOS/iPadOS, Android, Windows 10/11, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS) and any app, across diverse use cases, all from an integrated digital workspace platform.
The UEM vendor assessment report states, “Workspace ONE addresses a broad range of device types and use cases across vertical industries, from traditional mobility management to modern Windows PC and Mac management and IoT device management. The UEM component of Workspace ONE is also part of a broader product portfolio from VMware's end-user computing group, including VMware Horizon desktop virtualization, endpoint and application analytics, and endpoint security based on technology acquired in the purchase of Carbon Black. VMware made a number of improvements and advancements in Workspace ONE in 2021, including augmented management capabilities for Apple's macOS devices, as well as Windows management.”
“As organizations evolve to support a hybrid workplace, they must establish an engaging and more secure experience across all devices. VMware Workspace ONE supports this mission by enabling customers to automate management of every device for any use case. This latest recognition from the IDC MarketScape reflects our continued drive to provide a single solution for our customers that can help IT secure a fully distributed workforce.”
Shankar Iyer, senior vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware
To access an excerpt from the “IDC Marketscape: Worldwide Unified Endpoint Management Software 2022 Vendor Assessment” (doc #US48325122, May 2022), click here. An excerpt of the “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Unified Endpoint Management Software for Apple Devices 2022 Vendor Assessment” (doc #US48325222, May 2022) report is available here. An excerpt of the “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Unified Endpoint Management Software for Ruggedized/Internet of Things Device Deployments 2022 Vendor Assessment” (doc #US48325322, May 2022) report is available here.
About IDC MarketScape:
IDC MarketScape vendor assessment model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.
VMware software powers the world’s complex digital infrastructure. The company’s cloud, networking and security, and digital workspace offerings provide a dynamic and efficient digital foundation to customers globally, aided by an extensive ecosystem of partners. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to being a force for good, from its breakthrough innovations to its global impact.