How To Use AWS as a Robotics Platform

virtualizationreview | June 19, 2019

AWS RoboMaker is more than just a tool for managing and monitoring fleets of robots. The service is also designed to act as a development tool, allowing engineers to write, test and refine code prior to applying that code to a production robot. One of the biggest trends in the world of IT over the last few years has been the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Although much of the business focus on IoT has revolved around relatively mundane things such as industrial sensors, robotics are increasingly being Internet-enabled. Not surprisingly, Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a service called RoboMaker thats designed to act as a platform for creating, testing and maintaining Internet-connected robotics.

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One of the key tools to drive higher consolidation ratios is to “oversubscribe” or overallocate computing resources such as system memory. With a new generation of processors that sport 6, 8 or more cores and the capability of supporting 20 or more virtual machines in a VMware vSphere ESX host, the limiting factor for scaling up further is now physical memory. Overallocating memory resources could eventually cause memory overcommitment, which now plays a greater role than ever in driving up consolidation ratios.


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Parallels Extends Desktop Platform Offerings to Further Improve User Experience and Productivity for Running Windows on a Mac

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. 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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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Dell Technologies Delivers Industry-First Innovations with VMware to Power Multicloud and Edge Solutions

Dell Technologies | September 06, 2022

Dell Technologies is introducing new infrastructure solutions, co-engineered with VMware, that deliver greater automation and performance for organizations embracing multicloud and edge strategies. "Customers tell us they want help simplifying their multicloud and edge strategies as they look to drive more efficiency and performance from their IT," said Jeff Boudreau, president, Dell Technologies Infrastructure Solutions Group. "Dell Technologies and VMware have numerous joint engineering initiatives spanning core IT areas such as multicloud, edge and security to help our customers more easily manage and gain value from their data." Business data and applications continue to grow in multicloud environments comprised of edge locations, public clouds and on-premises IT. Many organizations have already adopted a multicloud approach, and the number of applications running at the edge will grow 800% by 2024.1 "IDC's global research shows many organizations are struggling to balance the rapidly rising complexity and cost of data center, edge and cloud operations with relentless business demand for better data integration, security and application performance, These organizations recognize the need for a consistent operating model tightly integrated with infrastructure platforms that support sophisticated, large scale data-driven workloads." Mary Johnston Turner, IDC research vice president, future of digital infrastructure agenda Dell VxRail delivers greater performance and smallest-ever systems at the edge Dell is introducing several new VxRail systems and software advancements that improve performance on-premises and at the edge including the industry's only jointly engineered HCI-based DPU solution with VMware.2 Improved system performance: A result of co-engineering with VMware and its Project Monterey initiative, VxRail systems support new VMware vSphere 8 software that has been rearchitected to run on DPUs. Customers can improve application and networking infrastructure performance and improve TCO by moving these services from a system's CPU to its new on-board DPU. Support demanding workloads: Select VxRail systems now support VMware's new vSAN Enterprise Storage Architecture (ESA). With up to 4x vSAN performance improvement3, customers can better support demanding mission-critical applications. Smallest edge systems: VxRail rugged modular nodes deliver high performance and scalability in the system's smallest form factor to date.4 Modular nodes are ideal for edge use cases including healthcare, energy and utilities and digital cities because of VxRail's industry-first, on-board hardware witness5, which will allow for deployment in high latency, low bandwidth locations. "The increasing demand for software-defined infrastructure services for networking, storage and security places more demands on already-strained CPUs. As more distributed, resource intensive applications are onboarded, there is a need to reimagine data center architecture to fully support the requirements of these applications," said Krish Prasad, senior vice president & general manager, Cloud Platform Business, VMware. "Dell VxRail with VMware vSphere 8 will deliver a foundation for next generation data center architecture by running infrastructure services on the DPU. This will enable greater network and application performance and a new level of sophistication in adopting Zero Trust security strategies to protect modern enterprise workloads." Dell APEX expands multicloud and edge support for VMware environments Dell is adding several offers to its APEX portfolio for VMware workloads that help speed development of cloud-native apps and better allocate compute and storage resources for applications at the edge. APEX Cloud Services with VMware Cloud adds managed VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid services, which allows IT teams to help developers move faster by using a container-based approach to application development. With Dell-managed Tanzu services, customers can provision Kubernetes clusters through the vSphere user interface. Organizations also will be able to help speed development efforts by building, testing and running cloud-native applications alongside traditional applications on the same platform. 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The Power of Audio Meets the Power of Virtual Desktops: EPOS & 10ZiG Announce New Partnership

10ZiG | July 06, 2022

EPOS, a global premium brand designing high-end audio solutions for better communication and collaboration, and 10ZiG, a leading provider of virtual desktop endpoint hardware and software, have partnered to deliver EPOS audio devices and management software optimized for 10ZiG Windows 10 IoT Thin Client endpoint devices. The recent global pandemic set off the largest work-from-home (WFH) transition in the history of doing business and is still shaping how we work today. It only made sense that EPOS and 10ZiG joined forces, so the world could leverage hardware and software for remote and hybrid virtual desktop setups. The EPOS & 10ZiG partnership developed as a perfect duo for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and audio communication, in both office and remote setup solutions. Having the most advanced tools in place, including supportive remote Thin Client endpoints and audio headsets makes for an easier and better user experience for unified communications and related platforms. EPOS Connect VDI is the client application that enables various asset management features to allow IT managers to administer EPOS audio devices across the entire organization through the intuitive EPOS Manager UI. EPOS Manager is a powerful on-premises or cloud-based IT management solution for managing, updating, and configuring an organization’s EPOS headsets and speaker phones from any location. From entry-level to high-demand users, 10ZiG Windows 10 IoT Thin Client device models 4610q, 6010q, and 6110, comply and work seamlessly with EPOS headsets and speakerphones, specifically the ADAPT 660. With the EPOS & 10ZiG partnership, businesses can maximize focus and productivity anywhere with the certified combined solutions. The EPOS product lines offer a range of outstanding features like superb call clarity, stereo sound, adaptive ANC, and a unique UC optimized solution with machine learning enhanced microphone performance. The 10ZiG product lines are a range of x86-based Thin & Zero Client endpoints that include a wide array of hardware options, such as varying display connectivity, Fiber options, free centralized management via the 10ZiG Manager™, and more. About EPOS Established upon the former successful joint venture between audio specialist Sennheiser and the world-leading hearing technology group Demant, EPOS designs, manufactures and sells pioneering high-end audio and video solutions for business professionals and serious gamers. Crafted with advanced engineering and pioneering technologies, EPOS offers uncompromised audio and video connectivity that enable business professionals to better communicate and collaborate – anytime, anywhere and on any device. EPOS audio is reliable, easy-to-use, and designed for ultimate comfort. Owned by the Demant Group and with headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, EPOS builds on more than 115 years’ audio expertise and operates in a global market with offices and partners in more than 60 countries. About 10ZiG 10ZiG Technology provides virtual desktop Thin & Zero Client endpoints and centralized management software (10ZiG Manager™) for VDI, DaaS, SaaS, and Cloud-based workspaces. A front-runner in many VDI innovations including leading audio & video communication support, 10ZiG works to make product fit into the customer’s computing environment, not the other way around. In office or at home, 10ZiG virtual desktop technology maximizes traditional, remote, or hybrid-working setups.

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VMware Announces Settlement of Previously Disclosed Investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission

VMware | September 16, 2022

VMware, Inc. announced that it has reached a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to resolve a previously disclosed investigation related to the Company’s backlog disclosures in public filings for its 2019 and 2020 fiscal years, which ran from February 3, 2018 through January 31, 2020. Under the terms of the settlement, the Company has agreed to pay a civil monetary penalty of $8 million without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings, which relate to the Company's disclosures. The SEC’s findings do not include any findings that the Company failed to comply with generally accepted accounting principles. The SEC Staff has confirmed that it does not intend to recommend enforcement action against any current or former VMware officers or other member of management in connection with the investigation, and this settlement concludes the matter. VMware believes this settlement is the right course of action for the Company and continues to be committed to operating at the highest level of integrity, including with respect to its public filings and communications with investors. About VMware 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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One of the key tools to drive higher consolidation ratios is to “oversubscribe” or overallocate computing resources such as system memory. With a new generation of processors that sport 6, 8 or more cores and the capability of supporting 20 or more virtual machines in a VMware vSphere ESX host, the limiting factor for scaling up further is now physical memory. Overallocating memory resources could eventually cause memory overcommitment, which now plays a greater role than ever in driving up consolidation ratios.

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