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KIOXIA America Showcases Breakthrough Flash Storage Solutions at Dell Technologies World

KIOXIA | April 29, 2022

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Next week at Dell Technologies World, KIOXIA America, Inc. will be on hand to demonstrate how its innovative solid state drives (SSDs) are accelerating customer application performance and enabling product breakthroughs. From SSDs designed with PCIe ® 5.0 technology that boost power and performance to the industry’s first lineup of Enterprise and Datacenter Standard Form Factor (EDSFF) E3.S SSDs1, best in class drives from KIOXIA are used in a number of Dell product lines.

KIOXIA, the inventor of NAND flash, sits at the forefront of flash storage and SSD innovation. Achievements such as the introduction of 3D flash memory, XL-FLASHTM storage class memory, and new form factors and interfaces underscore the contributions the company has made toward enabling next-gen applications – and transforming the digital world.

“A culture of innovation is the bedrock upon which a company can claim to offer breakthrough solutions – and both Dell and KIOXIA have that in their DNA,” commented Neville Ichhaporia, vice president of SSD marketing and product management, KIOXIA America, Inc. “We are proud to collaborate closely with Dell to push the limits of what’s possible in our new data-centric world.”

Dell Technologies World Breakout Session

On May 3rd at 1:30pm and May 4th at 10am, KIOXIA America and Dell will jointly conduct a session titled, “KIOXIA and Dell: Together on the Forefront of Storage Technology. 2022 – the Year of Breakthrough Storage Technologies.” This session focuses on the bevy of new technologies in the SSD realm that have already been seen this year, as well as those yet to be unveiled. Highlights include 24G SAS (SAS-4) bringing unprecedented speeds to SAS-equipped architectures, PCIe 5.0 technology doubling the performance of PCIe 4.0, and new form factors enabling higher performance and density than ever before.

Additionally, Neville Ichhaporia will be featured in an interview on Dell TV. The breakout session and interview will be available on the KIOXIA Dell Technologies World sponsor page and can also be viewed on the Dell Technologies World website at the conclusion of the show.

KIOXIA has been a Dell strategic supplier for two decades and a Diamond-level Dell Technologies World sponsor for multiple years. KIOXIA products can be found in numerous Dell solutions for laptop/mobile computing, desktop, data center, and enterprise servers/storage.

About KIOXIA America, Inc.
KIOXIA America, Inc. is the U.S.-based subsidiary of KIOXIA Corporation, a leading worldwide supplier of flash memory and solid-state drives (SSDs). From the invention of flash memory to today’s breakthrough BiCS FLASH™ 3D technology, KIOXIA continues to pioneer innovative memory, SSD and software solutions that enrich people's lives and expand society's horizons. The company's innovative 3D flash memory technology, BiCS FLASH, is shaping the future of storage in high-density applications, including advanced smartphones, PCs, SSDs, automotive, and data centers.

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With vSphere 6.7 I’m happy to announce the support of TPM 2.0! This blog will go into detail on how we are leveraging the TPM 2.0 chip found on most modern servers. I’ll also clarify some mis-conceptions and try to put into context what pieces are doing what during the boot of ESXi 6.7.


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NetApp Simplifies Hybrid Cloud Operations, Protects Against Ransomware Threats and Helps Accelerate VMware Workload Transitions to the Cloud

NetApp | June 08, 2022

NetApp a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company, today announced continued innovations and solutions to provide enterprises with more simplicity, more security and more flexibility for their hybrid multicloud environments. These new capabilities include improved ransomware protection, hybrid cloud storage in a single subscription, unified management in a single user interface, and close collaboration with VMware to help transition workloads to the cloud. As enterprises acquire public cloud services to augment their existing on-premises data centers, these combined infrastructures become more disparate, inconsistent and fragmented over time. These multicloud silos are inherently more complex to manage due to dealing with multiple disparate environments. Today, NetApp is delivering a unified and consistent hybrid multicloud experience, allowing customers to run and manage a single platform that spans from on-premises to the world’s biggest public clouds. “As organizations today explore the promise of hybrid multicloud environments, they are keen to avoid complexity, security, and cost efficiency challenges,” said Ronen Schwartz, senior vice president, Cloud Volumes Service at NetApp. “With NetApp’s simplified management and consumption experience, organizations can enjoy improved security, manageability, speed of operations, and cost savings - ultimately allowing them to be more responsive to the growing needs of their business by delivering capabilities faster, and keeping data available and protected no matter where it lives.” Simple, secure, and flexible enhancements to NetApp’s hybrid cloud portfolio include: Industry-Leading Hybrid Cloud Simplicity Experience – By delivering everything "as a service," NetApp simplifies and optimizes hybrid cloud environments with new capabilities, including: Hybrid cloud Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) in a single, flexible subscription with Keystone. Organizations can flexibly move workloads to and from the cloud in a single contract. In addition to managing and monitoring data storage, protection, governance and tiering across multicloud environments, Cloud Manager can now manage Keystone services, track software licenses, monitor infrastructure health and provide proactive recommendations that optimize costs and data protection with automated actions. "Organizations today are looking for flexibility both on-premises as well as across cloud providers and are investing in as-a-service consumption models to help achieve this," said Scott Sinclair, practice director at ESG. "NetApp's approach with Keystone is targeted at that need; offering hybrid cloud simplicity and flexibility that allows users to accelerate their IT objectives with management, orchestration, and billing wrapped into a single subscription and experience. Keystone's transferable subscription model also supports future cloud migration planning to any major cloud provider, with enterprise-level storage capability and integrated data protection." Cyber Resilience for Today’s Hybrid Cloud – The rise of ransomware over the past few years is a growing problem for enterprises. IDC’s 2021 Ransomware Study: Where You Are Matters!1 found that more than one third of organizations worldwide have experienced a ransomware attack or breach that blocked access to systems or data in the 12 months prior. With NetApp’s new, powerful, built-in cyber resilience capabilities that include anti-ransomware, data protection and security - organizations can mitigate unauthorized user access and threats to data from ransomware attacks. Customers can protect a multitude of workloads, enterprise apps, virtualized workloads and modern containerized applications against security breaches, quickly detect attacks and rapidly recover data before experiencing any impact to operations. Accelerating Enterprise Cloud Transformation – NetApp is empowering customers to “modernize to the cloud” using a supplemental datastore for data-intensive, storage demanding workloads running in a single or across multicloud environments. NetApp is the only cloud storage service provider today to be certified and become supported for use as an external supplemental datastore for VMware Cloud environments running in the largest public clouds. “Organizations across all industries rely on the combination of VMware and NetApp as the platform of choice for delivering business-critical workloads, NetApp is now able to deliver the same levels of enterprise-class data management that our mutual customers have enjoyed for decades on-premises to workloads running in any of the major public clouds.” Narayan Bharadwaj, vice president of Cloud Solutions at VMware About NetApp NetApp is a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company that empowers organizations to lead with data in the age of accelerated digital transformation. The company provides systems, software and cloud services that enable them to run their applications optimally from data center to cloud, whether they are developing in the cloud, moving to the cloud, or creating their own cloudlike experiences on premises. With solutions that perform across diverse environments, NetApp helps organizations build their own data fabric and securely deliver the right data, services and applications to the right people—anytime, anywhere.

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VMware and Wipro Expand Partnership to Power Customers’ Digital Transformation

VMware | May 09, 2022

VMware, Inc. and Wipro Limited announced an expanded collaboration that will enable customers to achieve the cloud freedom they desire with the enterprise control they require as they execute their digital strategies. The companies are bringing together the power of VMware Cross-Cloud™ services with industry-leading Wipro FullStride Cloud Services to help global enterprises accelerate app modernization and reduce the cost, complexity, and risk of moving to the cloud Multi-cloud architectures can accelerate service delivery and give lines of business and IT the flexibility to innovate using the best services from different cloud providers, without lock-in. Multi-cloud also comes with inherent complexity that can slow down application development, increase management costs, create networking and security blind spots, and produce sub-par user experiences. VMware and Wipro are collaborating to help eliminate the complexity and risk inherent in customers’ multi-cloud initiatives. Wipro will offer a full portfolio of digital transformation services that includes VMware Cross-Cloud services across the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. “Digital transformation and multi-cloud are inseparable concepts, requiring that industry leaders such as VMware and Wipro bring together our collective strengths to help make multi-cloud as easy to adopt and manage as possible,” said Zia Yusuf, Senior Vice President, Strategic Ecosystem And Industry Solutions, VMware. “Together, VMware and Wipro are providing enterprises the solutions and services they need to harness the power of multi-cloud to achieve value from technology investments faster, compete more effectively, and operate their businesses more efficiently and securely.” The innovative solutions we have created with VMware enable enterprises to accelerate the development and deployment of modern apps while dramatically simplifying the management of a multi-cloud infrastructure. This strategic partnership will help customers accelerate innovation and drive agility and scale, which makes it an exciting proposition for leading enterprises.” Jason Eichenholz, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Ecosystems & Partnerships, Wipro Limited 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. About Wipro Limited Wipro Limited is a leading global information technology, consulting, and business process services company. We harness the power of cognitive computing, hyper-automation, robotics, cloud, analytics, and emerging technologies to help our clients adapt to the digital world and make them successful. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, we have over 240,000 dedicated employees serving clients across six continents. Together, we discover ideas and connect the dots to build a better and a bold new future.

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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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Supernatural and Tiffany Haddish Launch a Celebrity Workout Series in Virtual Reality

Supernatural | December 23, 2021

Supernatural, the leading virtual reality fitness experience, announced that actress, comedian and producer Tiffany Haddish will be its next guest coach. The breakout star will lead workouts in virtual reality as part of Supernatural's second annual This Year, Be You campaign that will kick off on January 1, 2022. Supernatural is a connected fitness app that uses the power and benefits of virtual reality—through the Meta Quest 2—to provide members with immersive health and wellness experiences. With workouts that integrate both mind and body movement, Supernatural creates an experience that is focused on making fitness fun. Supernatural offers members an industry-leading music library with the most expansive collection of major-label music with more than 1000 songs from the world's biggest artists, and awe-inspiring photoreal workout destinations that make working out a joyful experience. "I became addicted to Supernatural last year," saidTiffany Haddish. "I've never felt so powerful or had so much fun working out. I can travel the world from my living room, move to music I love, and feel like a superhero every day. My mission in life is to spread joy and empower people and, as a Supernatural Guest Coach, I get to spread that goodness in a way that also gets people sweating and smiling as they get a great workout." Tiffany Haddish will lead Supernatural members through the start of their 2022 fitness journey, encouraging everyone to make a resolution to embrace their true selves this year, all while breaking a sweat and having a great time. Throughout the month of January, she will coach four Supernatural sessions: Boxing, Flow—Supernatural's original cardio workout—guided meditation and a stretch session. Tiffany is not just a force for joy, she is a force for good, breaking boundaries and expectations with everything she does. With this series, we're proud to have her share her unmatched energy with the Supernatural community through a series of workouts that invite you to take on the most welcoming, positive and joyful new years resolution possible." Chris Milk, Supernatural Co-Founder and CEO Haddish has been very open about her own fitness journey, and already has a keen interest in the world of virtual reality. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Haddish started incorporating virtual reality into her workout routine and became hooked on Supernatural, losing over fifty pounds in the process. Supernatural members will have access to This Year, Be You with Tiffany Haddish starting on New Year's Day. Each Supernatural membership includes access to the full and ever-expanding catalog of integrated fitness offerings plus a curated selection of Supernatural Programs and Collections designed to help members meet individual fitness goals with results that benefit both body and mind. Sign up for a free trial followed by $18.99/month or $179.99/year. Membership automatically begins and renews monthly after the free trial ends. Cancel at any time. About Supernatural Supernatural launched in April of 2020 as the world's first subscription-based, full-body fitness service for virtual reality. Designed for Meta Quest and paired with your smartphone, Supernatural provides users with expertly coached daily workouts, detailed fitness tracking, an expansive catalog of music and a chance to exercise in the world's most beautiful locations without ever leaving home. About Tiffany Haddish Tiffany Haddish is a comedian, actress, and producer who was the breakout star of the smash comedy Girls Trip, where she appeared as the scene-stealing "Dina" alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Regina Hall. Her additional film and television work includes The Last O.G., Night School, The Carmichael Show, Keanu, and a turn as host of the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards. Her debut stand-up special, Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood, debuted on Showtime in August 2017. In November 2017, she made history by becoming the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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With vSphere 6.7 I’m happy to announce the support of TPM 2.0! This blog will go into detail on how we are leveraging the TPM 2.0 chip found on most modern servers. I’ll also clarify some mis-conceptions and try to put into context what pieces are doing what during the boot of ESXi 6.7.

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