Equinix Virtual Network Services Help IT Move to the Edge

virtualizationreview | June 06, 2019

Interconnection specialist Equinix has debuted a software-centric service leveraging network functions virtualization (NFV) to help its customers moving IT to the edge connect digital supply chains.With the new Network Edge, Equinix customers can choose from a variety of virtual network services to quicken the selection, deployment and connection of virtualized network and security devices. These virtual network services can come from multiple vendors, including Cisco, Juniper Networks and Palo Alto Networks.

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Desktop virtualization has initiated intensive discussion concerning the best methods for delivery and management of IT workplaces. Many organizations have taken advantage of virtualization technologies in their data centers and naturally consider the advantages that virtualization could bring to the desktop environment, too. VMware® is a pioneer in desktop virtualization and the leading provider of virtualization technologies. Fujitsu is known for best-in-class infrastructure products and services across all project and lifecycle phases. Based on market leading virtualization technology from VMware, Fujitsu offers Virtual Workplace, flexible end-to-end desktop virtualization solutions, designed to assist customers in improving service quality whilst reducing cost and delivering a great end user experience at the endpoint device.


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Virtuozzo Named Cloud Enabler of the Year at the Storage Awards XIX

Virtuozzo | June 14, 2022

Virtuozzo, the alternative cloud platform leader, today announced it was named Cloud Enabler of the Year during the 19th annual Storage Awards hosted by Storage Magazine. Filling a void in the cloud enablement market, Virtuozzo delivers a robust cloud platform for service providers that is easy to use and manage. The honor recognizes the company’s commitment to enabling these providers to rapidly launch an extensive portfolio of scalable cloud services that are viable, cost-effective alternatives to hyperscaler solutions. The Storage Awards, also known as the Storries, recognize the finest products, companies, and people revolutionizing storage technology. Winners are chosen by Storage Magazine readers, making it one of the few programs driven by an independent selection committee comprised of users and IT decision makers. Virtuozzo was one of twelve nominees in the Cloud Enabler of the Year category and was a contender in five other categories—including Cloud Company of the Year for which it was named runner-up. “Winning the Storage Award is an achievement we deeply appreciate, We understand that the decision was made by IT industry members who work with and understand what cloud solutions need to be, what they should enable to be truly beneficial to end users. We are committed to helping service providers generate revenue through competitive, easy-to-use solutions that offer growth and opportunity. As its adoption continues, we believe that Virtuozzo delivers on that promise.” Alex Fine, CEO, Virtuozzo Fast, Easy, Lower-Cost Cloud Virtuozzo delivers everything ranging from Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) in a single cloud platform. It is purpose-built for hosting, cloud and managed service providers (HSPs, CSPs, and MSPs) complete with features and functions designed to help them easily implement and manage extensive, scalable cloud product portfolios. The simplicity of Virtuozzo frees service providers to focus on differentiating products as well as hands-on customer support—enabling them to quickly reach profitability while helping their users maximize their cloud investments. Further, Virtuozzo offers its partners a full suite of professional services that help them go to market quickly and efficiently. These include Product Installation, Managed Cloud, Training, and Consulting among others—establishing a true, mutually beneficial collaboration. About Virtuozzo Virtuozzo provides the leading alternative cloud platform for service providers, enabling them to sell cloud services that are more accessible, more affordable and easier to use than hyperscaler solutions. The company’s legacy includes developing the first commercially available container technology and being a major contributor to numerous virtualization and open-source projects for more than 20 years. Today, Virtuozzo cloud solutions are used by more than 700 Cloud Service Providers, Managed Service Providers and Hosting Providers in 80 countries. Virtuozzo is based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and has more than 320 employees across the U.S., UK, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

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A New Evolution of Stratodesk NoTouch Enables High Performance, and Secure, Hybrid Cloud Workspaces

Stratodesk | June 09, 2022

Stratodesk, the leading global EUC innovator of endpoint OS software, today announced the general availability of its latest software evolution, Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4. Answering top challenges facing enterprises in a new hybrid work world, Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 increases the adoptability and useability of high performance, hybrid cloud workspaces. Stratodesk’s newest operating system accomplishes this through the addition of capabilities enabling simpler end-user experiences, advanced, high resolution protocols, and integration of the latest Cloud and VDI solution provider software releases. "According to our primary research, 81% of technology-based workers perform at least some job tasks outside of the physical office," noted Steve Brasen, Research Director at Enterprise Management Associates. "Most legacy technologies are not equipped to securely deliver IT services to remote users without impeding their productivity. Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 works with existing IT infrastructures to create consistent user experiences, and the newly released self-service capabilities enables broad deployment with ease." Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 Addresses Challenges Facing IT by Enabling Hybrid Work In 2022, ensuring the effectiveness of secure, high performance, hybrid cloud workspaces is a key challenge facing IT leaders. Businesses continue to seek new and better ways to provide their workers with workplace flexibility. In fact, a recent study found 100% of IT leaders polled desired a hybrid work model. To achieve this without making sacrifices in productivity, enterprises require a more powerful, more adoptable, and easier to use endpoint OS than any previously available on the market. Stratodesk addresses this need with a new evolution of Stratodesk NoTouch software. Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 boasts critical features to enable the new, secure hybrid work world. It also includes the biggest graphical user interface (GUI) update since the last major update released in 2021 – a new first-time installation wizard and sleek new design elements that streamline end user experience. Together these improvements will reduce helpdesk requests for large enterprises by making the endpoint easier to set up and interact within remote work scenarios. A Simpler Out-of-the-Box Experience for Stratodesk NoTouch OS Enabling Customers to be Self Intuitive Updates made to the GUI will deliver a simpler out-of-the-box experience of Stratodesk NoTouch OS. First time Stratodesk NoTouch admins remain in full control, all while end users can take a simpler self-serve approach. The updated installation process will guide system admins step-by-step through a process that will make endpoint deployment across thousands of devices easier – delivering on Stratodesk’s mission to ease adoptability for enterprise customers. New graphical elements include several additional icons to compliment the minimalistic design of Stratodesk NoTouch OS . An ideal alternative to the traditional “hotkey” approach, these icons are an easy and intuitive way for remote workers to manage their networks, enable multi-monitor display, and access their sound settings. Natively Cloud Friendly Updated Clients to Enable Cloud Workspaces are Included Ultimately, updates made to the Stratodesk NoTouch OS out-of-the-box experience will embolden Cloud and traditional VDI workspaces. “In 2022, we expect to see more businesses look to the cloud to enable hybrid work,” says Stratodesk Strategic Alliances VP Ricardo Antuna. “Regardless of the physical locations of endpoints, Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 is designed to ease challenges in scaling hybrid deployments and the adoptability of hybrid workspaces.” To achieve easier adoptability and scalability for secure cloud workspaces, Stratodesk maintains its historic first day deployment for brand new Linux clients as they become available from VDI/Cloud solution providers including Citrix, Microsoft, Nutanix and VMware. Stratodesk NoTouch OS and NoTouch Center are fully cloud native, and let customers choose any on premises or cloud-based solution to empower their hybrid workspace deployments. “Adoptability in a hybrid work world is a greater necessity than ever before,” says Stratodesk founder and CEO, Emanuel Pirker. “By ushering in a new evolution of Stratodesk software, we are effectively saying ‘we’re here for it’. Hybrid work has never been so compelling an offering, enabling everything from retaining better talent, increased productivity, all while providing a better work-life balance. Of course, making the user experience for remote workers as seamless as possible is vital to the productivity of any organization. Updates made to Stratodesk NoTouch OS reflect changes in the modern work world as we all jointly seek a new and better way for hybrid work.” Furthering the advancement of scalability in hybrid work deployments are the latest updates to Stratodesk Cloud Xtension. Stratodesk has enhanced the already extensive capabilities of Stratodesk Cloud Xtension, effectively improving scalability performance for hybrid cloud deployments. Stratodesk NoTouch OS is the First EUC Endpoint Software Support to Support Mechdyne TGX Adding to its history of firsts, Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 includes the availability of Leostream within Stratodesk NoTouch OS. Available natively, Stratodesk NoTouch OS is the first endpoint OS to enable Mechdyne TGX via Leostream, natively, allowing for powerful high powered graphical content for remote endpoints. Advanced use cases benefiting from these enhancements range from media and entertainment to oil and gas, and the highly demanding (from a graphics perspective) world of editing production houses. A US government defense contractor initially seeking a PCoIP solution capable of handling high resolution content, opted for Mechdyne TGX and its inclusion within Leostream and are working closely with Stratodesk to enable this solution within their Cloud deployment. “By partnering with Stratodesk, we are able to provide a seamless experience to workers around the world,” says Karen Gondoly, Leostream CEO. “Stratodesk customers can take advantage of connecting to their virtual and cloud desktops via their preferred display protocol. Our joint relationship with Mechdyne also makes it possible to leverage the powerful TGX protocol for high end resolution.” “By integrating with Stratodesk and Leostream, we are able to deliver the world’s first iteration of a Thin Client OS that includes our powerful TGX protocol for high end graphics displays,” said Cathy Lascara, VP of Software at Mechdyne. “TGX is ideal for demanding scenarios in energy, engineering, entertainment and loves high resolution and multi-monitor - making it ideal for the enterprise.” Compressed Imaging Makes Stratodesk NoTouch OS Faster than Ever Before Additionally, Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 uses a new compression technique that leads to improved performance, making Stratodesk NoTouch OS faster than ever before. This advanced speed allows IT to maximize the time saving benefits they have already come to expect from imaging and deploying new devices with Stratodesk NoTouch OS across entire deployments, and thousands of endpoints. Customers wanting a deeper look into what Stratodesk NoTouch OS 3.4 offers can access via their Customer Portal the release notes for a full rundown of new features. Business and IT leaders new to Stratodesk NoTouch can schedule a 20 minute demo of our software. “By making it easier than ever before for end users to self-service within Stratodesk NoTouch OS, our customers have another unique selling point from the EUC innovator,” says Sonia St. Charles, CEO of Davenport Group. “Additionally, as a Dell Technologies Titanium Partner, we are excited for what these latest updates mean for our customers leveraging new and existing Dell PCs, laptops, and thin clients – enabling them to be repurposed with the latest clients from VDI/Cloud vendors to look and feel like new.” “We have a shared mission to deliver secure hybrid cloud workspaces to workers everywhere and our partnership with Stratodesk brings Stratodesk NoTouch OS high security, and adoptability to our DX Series thin client solutions,” says Sean Copeland, Executive Vice President at Amulet Hotkey. “Our clients are compact and feature rich, providing advanced features that supports PCoIP, Blast, and other remote display protocols, for high end use cases in global enterprise, defense, and government markets.” About Stratodesk 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 ARM/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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Velocity MSC Leadership Says its Remote Workforce is Here to Stay

Velocity, A Managed Services Company | June 15, 2022

Velocity, A Managed Services Company that provides IT managed services through network management, voice and data connectivity, along with digital media displays and advertising networks, recently announced that the company will continue to allow its employees to work remotely as part of its continued employer of choice strategy, with the exception of essential workers who are part of repair and supply chain operations. "As we continue to evolve our strategy around being an employer of choice, it was obvious that we could either fight against this post-covid remote work movement by bringing employees back in the office or embrace and seek to thrive in it. Remote work is now part of who we are, not something we do in response to the pandemic. We have an amazing group of talented people at Velocity. Why would we push them out the door to work somewhere else? We want to retain our current talent and provide them with flexibility, and we do that by letting them work from home," Mark Walker, President and COO of Velocity Velocity made this announcement to its employees just days before the recent article posted in The New York Times, stating that some companies are still trying to hang on to the normalcy of working in an office pre-pandemic. These organizations generally assert that returning to the office is critical to preserving organizational culture. Still, employees have expressed a desire to keep the flexibility offered by remote work because their lives and priorities have shifted. Remote work is and will continue to be a key element of Velocity's employee value proposition. This continued direction will consist of changes to strategies the company has in place, from a short-term to a long-term strategy. "I want team members to understand this is not a new Covid position that we will revisit every few months. Covid may have launched this new way of thinking about work, but it is no longer the driver of our remote work strategy – it's our team members," added Walker. "We will continue to adapt finding creative ways to thrive in this new remote workforce era," said Walker. Velocity plans to do this by continuing to invest in tools to increase the effectiveness of remote work, such as enhanced virtual training and onboarding, managing productivity, and new ways of working that include remote team and culture building. "This is not to say we would never be in the office. We will have company and team-building events on-site. We will still have a place for team members to come into the office if they choose as we have many employees who enjoy the in-person experience; we will also support this." The company will revamp its real estate portfolio in Toledo, Ohio, to embrace this combined remote and on-site workforce by consolidating the campus headquarters into its new 100,000-square-foot building near the airport at 11300 Crosswinds Drive. This will allow its on-site teams to be in the same building, truly fostering a One Team ethos. At the start of the pandemic, Velocity had a small number of remote workers. As a young and growing company, its leadership team knew that it needed to make some cultural changes to continue growing. The surprise onset of Covid-19 accelerated this process, forcing Velocity to quickly revolutionize its culture and technology in ways that went beyond its original plans. In 2020, Velocity shifted 90 percent of its workforce to remote within a matter of weeks. Over the past 17 years, Velocity has transformed from a regional telecommunications outfit to a full-scale managed service provider for Fortune 500 companies. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Velocity has continued to broaden its service offerings to include industry-leading VoIP and data services, digital signage, and a full array of hospitality services. ABOUT VELOCITY MSC Velocity delivers customized IT managed services such as IT support, network management, voice and data connectivity, multinational data networking, on-site repairs and service, field project rollouts and implementations, free-to-guest TV and Wi-Fi solutions, digital signage and DOOH media solutions, and more in the retail, hospitality, healthcare, and entertainment industries. Velocity is a privately held company with approximately 550 employees, 13 redundant data centers, 5,500+ certified technicians throughout the U.S., and 450 carrier agreements and is a CLEC in all 50 states.

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Scale Computing Named a Finalist in Storage Magazine, SearchStorage 2021 Products of the Year Awards

Scale Computing | January 27, 2022

Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, announced that its HC3 for Video Surveillance has been selected as a finalist in TechTarget’s Storage Magazine and SearchStorage.com’s annual Products of the Year Awards for 2021. TechTarget named Scale Computing’s HC3 Video Surveillance, a Milestone validated solution, as a finalist in the Hyperconverged & Composable Infrastructures category. In its announcement, SearchStorage highlighted that Scale Computing’s HC5250D-V appliance “is purpose-built to be the infrastructure for video management systems and building automation systems. The product combines the high availability, simplicity, and scalability of Scale Computing's popular HC3 family. Video surveillance is one of the most prevalent edge uses, and this product fits into a small footprint.” There is a growing need for edge computing to support an application-driven world as technology continues to extend its way into every part of the business. The need for video surveillance implementations are critical to business security and monitoring, and traditional video management systems simply aren’t enough for organizations today. We are committed to delivering innovative solutions, like video surveillance and HC3 Edge technology, to bring simple, available, and affordable infrastructure for applications in places where IT resources are impossible.” Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder of Scale Computing Organizational demands for video surveillance and security systems continue to evolve to ensure assets, facilities, and people are protected. Scale Computing solves the challenge and complexity of virtualization deployments of video surveillance and access control applications for both customers and systems integrators alike. Verified to run on the most popular VMS solutions including Milestone, Digital Watchdog, and Axis, the HC3 Video Surveillance solution combines the scalability, simplicity, and high availability of Scale Computing’s HC3 family. This news follows exciting award wins for the company, including: Scale Computing’s HC3 Video Surveillance named a winner for the 2021 CRN Tech Innovator Awards in the Edge Computing category. Scale Computing named on CRN’s 2021 Edge Computing 100 list. Winner in both the Edge Computing category and the Converged/Hyperconverged Infrastructure category, of the 2021 CRN Annual Report Card (ARC) Awards. This is the third consecutive year Scale Computing has been recognized as a CRN ARC Award winner. Scale Computing HC3 received two TrustRadius 2021 Top Rated Awards, in Hyperconverged Infrastructure and Server Virtualization. Scale Computing received a 5-Star rating in CRN’s 2021 Partner Program Guide. The Storage Magazine 2021 Products of the Year Awards recognizes winners in five categories: Backup and Disaster Recovery Hardware, Software and Services; Cloud Storage; Disk and Disk Subsystems; Hyperconverged and Composable Infrastructures, and Storage System and Application Software. All enterprise storage products were judged based on technological innovation, performance, ease of integration, ease of use and manageability, functionality, and value. About Scale Computing Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Scale Computing HC3 software eliminates the need for traditional virtualization software, disaster recovery software, servers, and shared storage, replacing these with a fully integrated, highly available system for running applications. Using patented HyperCore technology, the HC3 self-healing platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing HC3 is the ideal infrastructure platform.

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Desktop virtualization has initiated intensive discussion concerning the best methods for delivery and management of IT workplaces. Many organizations have taken advantage of virtualization technologies in their data centers and naturally consider the advantages that virtualization could bring to the desktop environment, too. VMware® is a pioneer in desktop virtualization and the leading provider of virtualization technologies. Fujitsu is known for best-in-class infrastructure products and services across all project and lifecycle phases. Based on market leading virtualization technology from VMware, Fujitsu offers Virtual Workplace, flexible end-to-end desktop virtualization solutions, designed to assist customers in improving service quality whilst reducing cost and delivering a great end user experience at the endpoint device.

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