Liquidware | February 08, 2022
Liquidware, the leader in digital workspace management, announced that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Anthony Keller, Director, US Channels, Liquidware, to its 2022 Channel Chiefs list. CRN's annual Channel Chiefs project identifies top IT channel vendor executives who continually demonstrate expertise, influence and innovation in channel leadership.
A panel of CRN editors selected the honorees for their channel dedication, industry stature and accomplishments as channel advocates. The 2022 Channel Chiefs are influential leaders who continue to shape the IT channel with innovative strategies, programs and partnerships.
Having been a previous recipient of this accolade, I am delighted that Anthony's efforts in reinvigorating our channel and his leadership have been recognized. For 2022, we will accelerate our 'channel first' strategy to help further expand our existing Enterprise focus. This recognition for Anthony signals Liquidware's enhanced focus on deep relationships with leading "trusted advisor" channel organizations."
Chris Akerberg, President and COO, Liquidware
During 2021, Anthony and his channel team achieved the following results:
Increased active channel partners by 30%
Average deal size through the channel grew by 70%
Registered deal pipeline grew by 18%
License sales through the channel increased 28% year-on-year
Anthony holds an MBA from St. John's University, graduating in the top 10 percent of his class. Starting his career at AppSense, Anthony moved to VMware to build and scale the newly created VMware Cloud Provider Program working closes with MSPs. During his six years at VMware he was part of a team that grew the SaaS business 30%+ year-on-year. Being focused on the EUC space throughout his career, joining Liquidware to build and scale their channel program was a natural career progression.
XenTegra is a Liquidware Center of Excellence and Acceler8 partner, their CEO Andy Whiteside commented, "Partnering with Liquidware is a pleasure for the team at XenTegra. Their solutions solve problems that our Digital Workspace focused company needs to help our customers. They understand how VARs work and communicate with us weekly to drive solution oriented outcomes for the customers we both serve."
"CRN's 2022 Channel Chiefs recognition is given exclusively to the foremost channel executives who consistently design, promote, and execute effective partner programs and strategies," said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. "We're thrilled to recognize the tireless work and unwavering commitment these honorees put into fostering outstanding business innovation and building strong partner programs to drive channel engagement and success."
Liquidware is a leader in digital workspace management solutions for Windows workspaces. 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 workspaces, while delivering increased security, flexibility and scalability. Supported platforms include Microsoft physical, Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), and RDS desktops, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, VMware Horizon, Amazon WorkSpaces, and Nutanix Frame. Liquidware products are available through a global network of partners.
About The Channel Company
The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers, and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.
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Red River | July 01, 2022
Red River, a technology transformation company serving government and enterprise customers, announced today that it has been designated as a VMware Regional Academy for IT support and training. In partnership with the VMware IT Academy, Red River will provide instructors and students at academic institutions with training and learning resources for high-demand IT skills such as digital workspace, application modernization and multi-cloud.
VMware academic programs have created positive change throughout the pandemic, providing next-generation technology to academic institutions, allowing instructors to teach virtually and giving students access to industry certifications.
“Red River understands the evolving needs of the IT Industry and its talent,” said Jackie Barker, Director of VMware IT Academy. “VMware IT Academy is thrilled to work with Red River to provide educational resources and experience to students in academia.”
As a VMware Regional Academy for IT support, Red River will contribute to industry and economic development, providing skills to students seeking high-demand careers in areas such as cloud, dev ops, data, mobility and security. Red River will also support the remote delivery of VMware courses, helping students excel through online certification opportunities, hands-on labs and other VMware learning resources.
“We are pleased to be a part of the Regional Academy, sharing years of technology expertise to benefit the next generation of IT professionals, This opportunity enables us to invest in our industry, so we can better prepare students for work and career growth in a digital world.”
Richard Ackerman, Vice President of Workforce Development for Red River
Red River’s workforce development program offers extensive training programs, new career opportunities and dedicated partnerships. The company is set on making a positive impact on employees, customers, partners and communities. To learn more about workforce development at Red River visit www.redriver.com/resources/workforce-development. For more information on the VMware IT Academy, visit https://www.vmware.com/company/it-academy.html.
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.
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 25 years of experience and mission-critical expertise in security, networking, analytics, collaboration, mobility and cloud solutions.
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Pentera | April 04, 2022
Pentera, the leader in Automated Security Validation (ASV), today announced its Pentera Labs team discovered two zero-day vulnerabilities. If exploited by threat actors, the critical attack path may result in the ability to disable, disrupt and destroy VMware vCenter managed environments in over 500,000 organizations globally.
The vulnerabilities were reported to VMware by Senior Security Researcher Yuval Lazar and released under CVE-2022-22948 and CVE-2021-22015 with a patch. Pentera Labs’ technical review of the vulnerabilities can be found here. Discovered vulnerabilities require immediate patching to prevent malicious actors from achieving remote access to vCenter and inflicting widespread damage on organizations.
Installed in thousands of organizations worldwide and managing some of their most critical asset and core systems, VMware vCenter Servers are a high-priority target for cybercriminals. Once compromised, the ease and convenience that vCenter offers for managing virtualized hosts in enterprise environments will play into the adversary’s hands, providing centralized access and widespread Impact.
“As part of our daily work, we research the entire enterprise IT attack surfaces, including the exploitability of virtual workload environments such as vCenter and ESXi and discovered zero-day vulnerabilities,” said Alex Spivakovsky, VP of Research at Pentera. “We’re glad to have discovered and immediately disclosed these vulnerabilities to strengthen the defender community and have not seen evidence that malicious actors exploited it at this time.”
Pentera’s interest in VMWare’s vCenter started because of previously reported vulnerabilities, increasing demand from customers and threats observed in the wild, most notably recent reports of a python ransomware strain targeting ESXi. The team will continue to identify potential vulnerabilities within the platform that could affect businesses globally.
Security readiness is not determined by a single vulnerability or the security team’s ability to discover and patch it. Our award-winning security validation platform autonomously emulates the entire cyberattack kill chain and provides peace of mind for security leaders facing a multitude of internal and external attacks.”
Pentera co-founder and CTO, Dr. Arik Liberzon
Pentera is the category leader for Automated Security Validation, allowing every organization to easily test the integrity of all cybersecurity layers, unfolding accurate, current security exposures at any moment, at any scale. Thousands of security professionals and service providers worldwide use Pentera to guide remediation and close security gaps before they are exploited.
Frost & Sullivan | December 18, 2021
Frost & Sullivan recently analyzed the global SD-WAN vendor industry and, based on its findings, recognizes VMWare with the 2021 Global SD-WAN Vendor Market Leadership Award. Frost & Sullivan research shows that VMware has consistently ranked as the leader in this market since 2017.
VMware SD-WAN, a core component of VMware secure access service edge (SASE), is delivered as a service across over 150 global points of presence (PoPs) deployed by VMware and its SASE service provider partners through the company's network of cloud services. The PoPs bridge the gap between users, cloud, and SaaS-based applications. Industry analyst Roopa Honnachari stated, "VMware SD-WAN, located at major PoP locations around the world, offers optimized paths for users accessing cloud IaaS and SaaS applications, eliminating the need to backhaul traffic to the data center."
Many businesses deploy clouds to increase application availability, a factor that continues to drive deployment of the company's SD-WAN solution. Other industry drivers responsible for VMware's consistent market-leading position through its cloud deployments include:
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to strengthen businesses' dependence on cloud to improve business continuity.
Traditional WAN architectures such as MPLS VPNs, widely used to connect globally distributed enterprises, do not provide an efficient way to connect the ever-increasing remote workforce to cloud-based applications.
Branch network traffic across MPLS VPNs is still routed via headquarters or hub locations (to ensure data security and compliance), resulting in delays.
Hybrid work continues to gain traction and remote workers increasingly access cloud applications over internet connections. As a result, the inefficient "hairpin" model of traffic being routed via the enterprise data center no longer applies.
VMware addresses these industry drivers through the SASE PoPs, which co-locate SD-WAN and cloud security solutions in close proximity to enterprise users around the world. This proximity optimizes end users' experience with cloud-hosted enterprise applications. VMware SD-WAN also has a unique feature called Dynamic Multipath Optimization, which uses continuous link monitoring and application awareness to remediate network problems and prioritize access to enterprise applications.
VMware Edge Network Intelligence, another VMware SASE service that is co-located within SASE PoPs, processes high volumes of data from a wide range of network, device, and application sources. The solution can pinpoint with clarity whether a perceived application problem is due to issues with the local Wi-Fi network, broadband network, WAN, network services, or with the application. This greatly simplifies network operations and management for IT teams.
VMware provides SD-WAN through its global network of channel partners, which include network service providers (NSPs), value-added resellers (VARs), managed service providers (MSPs), system integrators, and 270 telecom service providers. The company's rich SASE partner ecosystem includes:
Multi-Cloud and Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) (e.g., AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, Oracle, Equinix)
Unified Communications as a Service (e.g., Zoom, Microsoft Teams, RingCentral)
Security (e.g., Zscaler, Check Point, Netskope, Menlo Security)
Service Providers (e.g., AT&T, T-Mobile, Telstra)
Access Anywhere (e.g., Eero, Transatel)
Edge (e.g., AWS Outposts, Azure Private MEC, Lenovo)
5G (e.g., AWS Wavelength, Azure for Operators, ASOCS)
VMware, with its strong SD-WAN solution, continues to lead the market in terms of number of deployed sites and revenue share. The company continues to innovate and invest in its product strategy and go-to-market programs as it expands its SASE platform, which includes SD-WAN as a core component. VMware's excellent strategy for growth, product differentiation and implementation, and technology leverage drive its position as a leader in the SD-WAN market."
Roopa Honnachari, Industry analyst
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognizes the value-added features/benefits of the product and the increased ROI it offers customers, which, in turn, raises customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential.
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