Dell, VMware Dominate Hyperconverged Market

Virtualization Vmware storage virtualization | June 27, 2019

Dell Technologies and VMware again dominate the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) market, according to IDCs first quarter 2019 Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker. And for the first time, IDC expanded its definition of HCI systems. It added a new breed called disaggregated hyperconverged infrastructure and says NetApp HCI is an example of this.IDC tracks the converged infrastructure market quarterly, and segments the market into three groups certified reference systems and integrated infrastructure, integrated platforms, and HCI systems. HCI is always the fastest growing of these three segments and the most competitive among vendors.Worldwide revenue from hyperconverged systems sales grew 46.7% year over year during the first quarter, generating $1.8 billion worth of sales. This amounted to 48.6% of the total converged systems market, according to IDC. Meanwhile the entire converged systems market revenue increased 19.3% year over year to $3.75 billion.

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Alludo Global Survey: Leaders Say They Support Remote and Hybrid Work for Their Teams—the Data Tells a Different Story

Alludo | November 23, 2022

Alludo, a global technology company helping people work better and live better, released survey results that highlight a clear divide in the freedom and flexibility that global management teams have versus individual contributors. While the majority of respondents agree that remote and hybrid work is here to stay, only 40% of non-managers have the freedom to work remotely compared to 63% of people managers* who can work from anywhere. The Alludo survey data shows that leadership has been slow to adopt change across all levels of the organization. Making the shift to a remote and hybrid work model requires a fundamental shift in the way leaders lead. In this new world, the employee-manager relationship is built on trust, and outcomes are the true indicators of success. Employees are no longer constrained by bureaucratic processes and micromanaging––a bottoms-up, “people-first” approach is needed instead of the command and control of the past. This concept is called Work3, an idea championed by Alludo during the company’s recent rebrand. Work3 is a shift in work culture that supports the notion that all employees should have the freedom and flexibility to choose where, when, and how they do their best work. “True leadership isn’t about getting people in a room to do what you want, It’s about giving employees the room to deliver amazing results. The last few years have proven that knowledge workers can be productive at home. It’s time for leadership teams to leave the mandatory 9-to-5 office experience behind and recognize that freedom and flexibility are key to not only working better but living better." Christa Quarles, Chief Executive Officer at Alludo In addition to where they work, employees want flexibility in when they work. The survey data confirms that three-fourths (74%) of employees no longer want to work a standard 9-to-5 day. However, almost half (47%) of non-managers still work standard hours compared to nearly one-third of managers. Again, this highlights the gap in the freedom offered to individual contributors versus managers, with the former having less flexibility when it comes to determining when and where they work. To be successful in the remote and hybrid world, leadership needs to create a cohesive vision, outline clear expectations and outcomes, and give their employees the freedom and flexibility to decide when, where, and how they do their best work. The reality, however, is a far different picture. The survey data shows that C-level executives believe they have adapted to the new way of managing, but non-managers disagree. 58% of C-level executives believe their company has changed the way remote and hybrid employees are managed. But 57% of non-managers disagree and say leadership has not changed their management style and 28% indicate they are still micromanaged. If leaders do not evolve their management style to give their employees more freedom and flexibility to choose where, when, and how they work, data shows that 43% of individual contributors would consider quitting or even changing careers––that’s nearly half! About Alludo Alludo™ is a global technology company helping people work better and live better. We’re the people behind award-winning, globally recognizable brands including Parallels®, Corel®, MindManager®, and WinZip®. Our professional-caliber graphics, virtualization, and productivity solutions are finely tuned for the digital remote workforce delivering the freedom to work when, where, and how you want. With a 35+ year legacy of innovation, Alludo empowers all you do, helping more than 2.5 million paying customers to enable, ideate, create, and share on any device, anywhere.

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Exoprise Customers Achieve Significant ROI With SaaS and Digital Experience Monitoring

Exoprise | September 12, 2022

Exoprise, a leader in Digital Experience Monitoring (DEM) solutions, announced that its customers continue to realize significant Return on Investment (ROI) with Exoprise solutions and achieve positive ROI within six months of implementation. Troubleshooting remote worker issues using traditional tools creates visibility challenges, severely impacting business continuity and productivity. According to the latest Forrester future of work survey, 20% of employees contact the service desk support team weekly, and 10% contact them daily – far too often to remain consistently productive. In current economic conditions, companies have the potential to save thousands to millions in IT costs using features and capabilities offered by Exoprise DEM solutions. As one of the Exoprise customers, a global CRM head at a financial services company, told us, "Upon returning from a weekend, our employees could not access their Salesforce app in the morning. As a result, IT and several other teams spent at least half a day trying to find the root cause, which cost the company about $500K. With Exoprise synthetics, we would have immediately narrowed the problem to a change made by the network team and saved a huge loss to the company." Exoprise customers achieve superior ROI with their DEM investment by: Recovering Service Level Agreement (SLA) credit – IT teams receive Service Level Agreement (SLA) violation credits when Microsoft 365 has downtime. For example, Microsoft services such as Azure, Teams, OneDrive, etc. may not be available due to an outage or technical issue. Service availability less than the SLA of 99.9% requires Microsoft to reward credits to the customer. Exoprise provides actionable availability reports that act as evidence of true downtime, outage length, events, errors, and corresponding service health. Customers quickly verify and claim their credits to recoup the cost of the Exoprise system. Saving Costs on Device Refresh and Upgrades – IT departments often need to upgrade their infrastructure with new hardware or software, so employees remain productive and job satisfaction remains high. However, with a shrinking economy and flat expense budget, businesses struggle to keep up with that mandate. Utilizing Exoprise Service Watch Real User Monitoring (RUM), operation teams are driving upgrade decisions based on hard network and device telemetry data, segmenting different user groups, and auditing remote endpoint devices. The result is an optimized device refresh schedule and cost-effective companywide upgrades. Another Exoprise user, a Microsoft Teams administrator at a manufacturing services company, "We had frequent complaints from users about poor Teams meetings/calls. Initially, we would upgrade the hardware to the latest to fix the problem and spend thousands doing that, but the problems persisted. So, when we started using Service Watch, we could see exactly where the problem was for each user - and avoid upgrading when the problems were due to corporate network or weak Wi-Fi access points." Preventing Network Upgrade Surprises and Downtime – Future proofing the business means frequent network optimization. Enterprises rely on mission-critical services such as Microsoft 365, Salesforce, AWS, and SAP. Delivering these services via ISPs, MPLS, SDWAN, and VPN providers becomes susceptible to performance fluctuations. Exoprise provides end-to-end baseline views of the network for mission-critical applications before, during, and after any network transformation takes place. As a result, network administrators can ensure that the end-user experience is improved and access is more reliable. Delivering Better Digital Experiences Anywhere and reducing MTTR – The Modern Workplace demands remote flexibility along with the freedom to work anywhere. ITOps teams require end-to-end visibility into apps, the network, and system performance for these Digital Nomads, and the Exoprise platform delivers. Once deployed, Exoprise helps customers safely transition to a hybrid work model. Proactive synthetics provide early outage detection while crowdsourced analytics reduce the troubleshooting time in half. Improving Productivity with Less Dropped Calls for Teams, Zoom, and Webex – Today, knowledge workers collaborate using Unified Communication (UC), VoIP, and streaming applications such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and WebEx. Customers use Exoprise to proactively test and tune their networks for the collaboration platforms and offer complete coverage with Service Watch RUM. As a result, there is a significant ROI in reduced dropped calls and smoother call quality. "Due to Covid, our IT model has shifted from primarily supporting call center operations to supporting a significantly larger virtual environment. That was when we became interested in better measuring digital experiences from the end user's perspective. Synthetic sensors in our central data centers collect performance data on Microsoft 365, but we wanted an even more complete picture. Together with a real user monitoring on-demand solution, we can better understand the issues of our users at any geographic location," said Kevin Santos, Senior Director of IT, Network Operation Center, BCD Travel. "Exoprise has always been at the forefront of supporting our customers with innovative digital solutions and addressing hybrid workforce challenges with a complete view into the end-user experience, Our Service Watch product rapidly isolates call quality problems with VoIP and streaming apps such as Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and Zoom in real-time and ensures smooth collaboration from anywhere. In addition, our technical ability to deliver synthetics and real-user behavior insights in one platform differentiates us in the market." Exoprise CEO Jason Lieblich Read more about the combination of RUM and synthetics in our latest whitepaper and ensure the best digital employee experience for streaming, collaboration, and VoIP apps such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, WebEx, and GoToMeeting. Better Together: Combine Real User Monitoring with Synthetics About Exoprise Exoprise enables IT teams to effectively deploy and manage its monitoring solution and mission-critical, cloud-based applications and services. CloudReady provides real-time performance visibility from behind the firewall to the cloud and back with synthetic monitoring. Service Watch provides location-independent end-user experience insights for SaaS and third-party web applications with real user monitoring. By leveraging proactive network path diagnostics, real user experience metrics, actual app usage data, and crowd-sourcing data analytics, organizations now have visibility, speed, and agility to easily assure the best cloud service performance.

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SiFive’s New High-Performance Processors Offer a Significant Upgrade for Wearable and Consumer Products

SiFive | November 07, 2022

SiFive, Inc. the founder and leader of RISC-V computing, today announced two new products that address the need for high performance and efficiency in a small size in high volume applications like wearables, smart home, industrial automation, AR/VR, and other consumer devices. The SiFive Performance™ P670 and P470 RISC-V processors bring unparalleled compute performance and efficiency that is significantly raising the bar for innovative designs in these high-volume markets. The modern and innovative SiFive design methodologies bring raw compute density that is a substantial advantage for SiFive Performance products and also translates into significant cost savings for customers. “The P670 and P470 are specifically designed for, and capable of handling the most demanding workloads for wearables and other advanced consumer applications. These new products offer powerful performance and compute density for companies looking to upgrade from legacy ISAs,” said Chris Jones, SiFive VP of Product. “We have optimized these new RISC-V Vector enabled products to deliver the performance and efficiency improvements the industry has long been asking for, and we are in evaluations with a number of top-tier customers. Additionally, as the upstream enablement of RISC-V has started within the Android Open Source Project, (AOSP), designers will have unrivaled choice and flexibility as they consider the positive implications with that platform for future designs.” "We are excited to see RISC-V solutions for wearable and consumer devices becoming a reality, and we are looking at possibilities of integrating SiFive’s latest products into Snapdragon platforms,” Ziad Asghar, Vice President, Product Management- Snapdragon Technologies and Roadmap at Qualcomm "Samsung’s System LSI Business holds a wide portfolio of solutions for various applications, such as mobile, wearables and other consumer devices. We look forward to evaluating how the latest RISC-V innovations from SiFive can enhance our offerings,” said Jinpyo Park, VP of the Innovative AP Development Team, Samsung Electronics System LSI Business. “SiFive continues to be a market leader in the growing and maturing RISC-V space and again shows its leadership with its new SiFive Performance P670 and P470 RISC-V processors,” said Todd R. Weiss, an analyst with Futurum Research. “These latest and powerful new processors give SiFive feature and performance advantages that will gain plenty of attention from device makers and consumers who want more from their devices. SiFive has been growing its reputation for some time and is truly ready to shake up the marketplace.” Features The SiFive Performance P470 and P670 products offer a finely-tuned combination of compute-density, power efficiency, and robust feature sets ideal for a wide range of applications and markets: Support for virtualization, including a separate IOMMU for accelerating virtualized device IO Full, Out-of-Order, RISC-V Vector implementation, based on the ratified RISC-V Vector v1.0 Specification First to market with the RISC-V Vector Cryptography extensions SiFive WorldGuard system security Full RISC-V RVA22 profile compliance New, Advanced Interrupt Architecture (AIA) compliant interrupt controller, with better support for Message Signal Interrupts (MSI) and virtualization Enhanced scalability with fully coherent multi-core, multi-cluster, with support for up to 16 cores SiFive Performance P670 The P670 is ideal for applications like premium wearables, networking, robotics, and mobile. The P650, which excludes the vector unit, is already shipping to lead customers and is being used in applications that do not require the additional capabilities that vector compute offers or are more area constrained. The feature rich P670 achieves a maximum frequency exceeding 3.4GHz in 5nm, has performance of greater than 12 SpecINT2k6/GHz, offering optimized performance in a constrained area and power envelope, offers higher single threaded performance and 2x compute density compared to legacy solutions, and includes a 2x 128-bit Vector ALUs compliant with the ratified RISC-V Vector v1.0 specification SiFive Performance™ P470 The P470 is SiFive’s first efficiency-focused Out-of-Order, area optimized, vector processor, ideal for applications like wearables, consumer, and smart home devices. Expanding on the proven P500-Series, the P470 is significantly smaller than competing solutions and optimized to have best-in-class performance efficiency and area density. The P470 was designed to also serve as a companion to the P670 processor for demanding applications that require a sharing of compute resources while optimizing power consumption. The P470 offers a significant upgrade to legacy efficiency cores, achieving a maximum frequency exceeding 3.4GHz in 5nm, and greater than 8 SpecINT2k6/GHz, within a minimal area and power envelope. Other P470 features include: 4x compute density in comparison to leading competitor Includes 1x 128-bit RISC-V Vector ALU compliant with the ratified RISC-V Vector v1.0 specification SiFive will also release the P450 – an area-optimized version of the P470 that excludes the Vector Unit. A presentation highlighting the benefits of the new products will be made at the Linley Fall Microprocessor Conference later today. About SiFive As the pioneers who introduced RISC-V to the world, SiFive is transforming the future of compute by bringing the limitless potential of RISC-V to the highest performance and most data-intensive applications in the world. SiFive’s unrivaled compute platforms have enabled leading technology companies around the world to innovate, optimize and deliver the most advanced solutions of tomorrow across every market segment of chip design, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, automotive, data center, mobile, and consumer. With SiFive, the future of RISC-V has no limits.

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Kaspersky launches new VPN to amplify speed and convenience

Kaspersky | October 21, 2022

Today Kaspersky unveiled a new version of Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection, which introduces a dramatic 200% boost in VPN tunnel performance, compared to 2020. A split tunneling feature grants users the ability to prioritize secure connection traffic for certain services, while a VPN-for-routers capability automatically re-routes any connected device at home. Global VPN usage is on the rise, with the market set to reach a colossal $77.1 billion by 2026. This comes as no surprise, since installing a VPN provides a quick and easy way to improve security and prevent data from falling into the wrong hands. It does this by routing data through an encrypted tunnel, which hides the IP address and makes it look as though the connection has come from elsewhere. Alongside the performance increase, the updated Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection’s split tunnelling feature allows users to select exactly what traffic goes through the VPN. This will help to achieve better performance, letting the user prioritize high-bandwidth traffic, focus on data in sensitive apps and disable the VPN for other apps that might be reliant on location data. The geography of servers within Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection has also been greatly increased, now offering 86 locations across 68 regions. This lets users access a wider range of content on the biggest global streaming services, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Disney+ and BBC iPlayer. An intuitive new function of the VPN helps customers to pick the best location for a particular task by recommending the one that provides the best performance level for either streaming or torrenting. Additionally, the VPN for routers now allows all devices connected to home Wi-Fi to run through the VPN automatically, without having to setup each one individually. This feature is particularly useful for smart TVs, smart locks, and other smart home gadgets, on which a user cannot install a VPN directly, therefore providing uninterrupted privacy and security to these devices. “As people continue to work from home and spend more time online, an increased importance is placed on keeping their data private as well as securing connected home devices,To support consumers with their needs, we’ve invested a lot into improvement of our Kaspersky VPN. As a result, consumers can experience boosted VPN tunnel performance, with a 200% increase compared to 2020. The VPN also sees new features and better UX to ensure speed, privacy and high performance across all home devices.” Marina Titova, vice president, consumer product marketing at Kaspersky About Kaspersky Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity and digital privacy company founded in 1997. Kaspersky’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into innovative security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky technologies and we help 240,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them.

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NVMe is quickly emerging as a replacement for legacy interconnect protocols between compute and storage. In our first-ever study around knowledge and perceptions of Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe), ActualTech Media and Western Digital sought to assess people’s thoughts, opinions, and understanding of this evolving protocol.

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