OPERA 60 DEBUTS WITH A FREE, FASTER VPN, AND NETFLIX HASN'T BLOCKED IT YET

OPERA | April 10, 2019

The 2016 addition of a free, unlimited VPN proxy to the Opera browser was one of the best features it had added in years. Unfortunately, the VPN was slightly too slow to be usable, and Netflix quickly blocked it. With Opera 60, the browser’s VPN has sped up—and you’re currently able to view Netflix movies from other regions, too. If you’re a cryptocurrency user, there’s another interesting feature: Opera 60 (also known as “Reborn 3,” or just R3) includes a cryptocurrency wallet, built on top of the Ethereum Web3 technology. It’s fair to say, however, that the VPN will be the primary draw. If you subscribe to Netflix, you may know that the service offers a different selection of movies and TV shows to overseas markets in some cases, new release movies that aren’t offered to U.S. viewers.

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The adoption of cloud services poses dilemmas for companies at every stage of their journey. At the outset, all-ornothing solutions can force IT to commit prematurely to a single vendor, roadmap or timeframe. As more cloud services enter the environment, complexity rises for users and IT alike, as users confront a fragmented experience, and IT struggles to secure, monitor and manage it all.


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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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Lightbits and Intel to Demonstrate Application Acceleration and Improved Resource Utilization Using an Intel IPU and Disaggregated NVMe Storage

Lightbits | September 29, 2022

Intel Innovation Lightbits, the first software-defined and architected for NVMe/TCP data platform for any cloud, will be conducting a joint product demonstration with Intel at the upcoming Intel Innovation event, taking place September 27-28, 2022 in San Jose. The demonstration will highlight Lightbits software-defined, NVMe/TCP storage cluster providing high-performance block storage to compute servers equipped with Intel® IPU E2000, thereby enabling the freeing up of CPU cores to maximize the customer’s revenue without sacrificing application performance. The demo will highlight the increased infrastructure efficiency and flexibility that results from the on-demand provisioning of remote NVMe storage. Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) need to reduce the CPU resources allocated to storage processing, thereby making more CPU cycles available to run customer applications. Intel Innovation attendees will see how the combined solution of Lightbits software with Intel high-performance technologies dynamically provisions storage, significantly reduces Xeon CPU utilization for infrastructure tasks and delivers a high-performance cloud block storage solution. In this example, the number of cores was reduced by more than 4X, demonstrating significant CPU utilization savings. The combined solution of Lightbits software with Intel high-performance technologies delivers an unmatched combination of performance, resiliency, and scalability while lowering TCO. As strategic partners, the companies are helping customers address their complex data center needs enabling CSPs, IT organizations with private clouds, FinTech, and electronic retailers to deliver fast, resilient, and secure services to their clients. The solution can be used as a high-performance data platform for any orchestration environment, such as OpenStack, or to run container-based applications in a Kubernetes environment as well as virtualized applications in a VMware vSphere environment. Lightbits Labs (Lightbits), is on a mission to make high-performance block storage simple, scalable, and cost-efficient for any cloud. Lightbits offers a Cloud Data Platform that delivers efficiency, simplicity, and agility for modern data centers. Inventors of the NVMe over TCP (NVMe/TCP) protocol, Lightbits is leading the digital data center transformation by making software-defined storage that is easy to deploy at scale and delivers performance equivalent to local flash to accelerate cloud-native applications in bare metal, virtual, or containerized environments.

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HUMAN Names Climb Channel Solutions as Preferred Distributor

Climb Channel Solutions | July 27, 2022

Climb Channel Solutions, an international specialty technology distributor and wholly-owned subsidiary of Wayside Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTG) was named preferred distributor with HUMAN’s enterprise defense platform enabling resellers to round out their security stack. “With a full suite of products focused on defending customer data and exposure to fraudulent activity Climb Channel Solutions is proud to be named HUMAN’s preferred distributor, The IT channel will soon be leaning on HUMAN’s products and solutions to help detect fraud within security, inventory, account management, and even marketing.” Dale Foster, CEO at Climb Recent reports have indicated that 77% of all digital attacks are bot-based, and bots and cybercriminals become increasingly sophisticated year after year. Today, HUMAN verifies the humanity of more than 15 trillion digital interactions per week, offering enterprises a platform with unmatched visibility into fraudulent activity across the internet. HUMAN achieves this scale with a suite of products to protect the complete digital customer journey: BotGuard for Applications, BotGuard for Growth Marketing, MediaGuard, and Bot Insights Services. As new partners and enterprises leverage the HUMAN Defense Platform, they benefit collectively from HUMAN’s Modern Defense Strategy, which is built on best-in-class visibility and network effect powered by collective protection and disruptions. “We are thrilled to add Climb Channel Solutions as our preferred distribution partner for North America as we continue to build HUMAN’s channel ecosystem,” said HUMAN Vice President of Channel Sales Ron Wagner. “Climb’s expertise as a value-added distributor along with their focus on emerging and disruptive technology makes them an ideal partner. We look forward to working with Climb and their vast network of resellers to realize HUMAN’s mission of safeguarding the integrity of the internet from bot attacks and fraud to keep digital experiences human.” About HUMAN HUMAN is a cybersecurity company that safeguards enterprises and internet platforms from sophisticated bot attacks and fraud to keep digital experiences human. Our modern defense strategy is enabled by internet visibility, network effect powered by collective protection, and disruptions, enabling enterprises to increase ROI and trust while decreasing customer friction, data contamination, and cybersecurity exposure. Today we verify the humanity of more than 15 trillion interactions per week for some of the largest companies and internet platforms. Protect your digital business with HUMAN.

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Verge.io and Dallas Digital Offer Alternative Enterprise Virtualization Solutions

Verge.io | September 14, 2022

Verge.io, the company with a simpler way to virtualize data centers, and Dallas Digital Services, an IT solutions provider for enterprises and government agencies, today announced an agreement to offer Verge.io’s virtual cloud software stack as a simple, cost-effective alternative to build, deploy and manage virtual data centers. With Verge-OS software, Dallas Digital enables virtualized data centers for its clients with greater savings and efficiencies. Verge-OS abstracts compute, network, and storage from commodity servers and creates pools of raw resources that are simple to run and manage, creating feature-rich infrastructures for environments and workloads like clustered HPC, ultra-converged and hyperconverged data centers, DevOps and Test/Dev, compliant medical and healthcare, remote and edge compute including VDI, and multi-tenant private clouds. “Legacy virtualization platforms require many different SKUs, with complex pricing schemes and significant API integration to build out a virtualized data center, especially at scale,” said Howie Evans Vice President Dallas Digital. “We are pleased to be able to offer Verge-OS as a way to deliver a virtual data center experience but in a secure, hardware-efficient system that can scale compute, memory, and storage resources as needed.” “Recent M&A activity is causing enterprises to look for alternatives to legacy systems, and partnerships with solution providers like Dallas Digital are an ideal way to bring these customers a modernized virtualization platform for the way organizations work today, Verge-OS is not only simpler to configure and run, it’s simpler to buy, and simpler for Dallas Digital to support.” Yan Ness, CEO at Verge.io Verge-OS is an ultra-thin software—less than 300,000 lines of code—that is easy to install and scale on low-cost commodity hardware and self-manages based on AI/ML. A single license replaces separate hypervisor, networking, storage, data protection, and management tools to simplify operations and downsize complex technology stacks. Secure virtual data centers based on Verge-OS include all enterprise data services like global deduplication, disaster recovery, continuous data protection, snapshots, long-distance synch, and auto-failover. They are ideal for creating honeypots, sandboxes, cyber ranges, air-gapped computing, and secure compliance enclaves to meet regulations such as HIPAA, CUI, SOX, NIST, and PCI. Nested multi-tenancy gives service providers, departmental enterprises, and campuses the ability to assign resources and services to groups and sub-groups. About Dallas Digital Services Founded in 1996, Dallas Digital Services began as an on-site service provider for enterprise companies and has developed into a highly recognized solution provider for mission critical and high availability solutions. It is a relationship-driven IT solutions provider, offering best-of-breed technology and services for enterprise organizations as well as public-sector entities. It offers strategic services, technical expertise, and sales support to enable clients to maximize the value of their data center investments. Based on each customer's unique objectives and IT environment, Dallas Digital can assess, architect, implement, and manage solutions that improve current technology performance.

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The adoption of cloud services poses dilemmas for companies at every stage of their journey. At the outset, all-ornothing solutions can force IT to commit prematurely to a single vendor, roadmap or timeframe. As more cloud services enter the environment, complexity rises for users and IT alike, as users confront a fragmented experience, and IT struggles to secure, monitor and manage it all.

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