VMware | April 27, 2022
VMware, Inc (NYSE:VMW), a leading innovator in enterprise software today launched VMware Aurora, a program that aims to empower persons with disabilities with the digital skills needed in today's digital workforce. The program will provide free training with a diverse set of courses and learning materials in digital and sales skills ranging from computer security and internet safety to customer relationship management, to help persons with disabilities to upskill and increase their employability in today's digital workforce.
VMware Aurora marks VMware's regional commitment to support persons with disabilities. Outside of its global initiatives, Aurora is currently catered for Singapore, with plans to expand to other countries in Asia Pacific and Japan. Working closely with various industry partners in the ecosystem such as SG Enable, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, Tomowork, Up 2 Speed and LinkedIn, the programme aims to equip 1,000 persons with disabilities with both business and technical skills for the future economy. The self-paced courses are delivered online via a combination of VMware curated courses and LinkedIn courses, and will provide individuals with digital and sales skills of varying capability levels from one to five. Individuals will be awarded certifications that indicate course completion after successfully completing each level and undergoing its relevant assessments.
"Our vision of building a more equitable, sustainable and secure future for our region is rooted in creating equal opportunities for everyone. To create a truly inclusive economy, it is fundamental to equip persons with disabilities with the right skills so that they too are future-ready and remain employable in IT and broader industries. We believe that technology can level the playing field for persons with disabilities and enable them to reap benefits in a digital future. The digital economy offers many opportunities and benefits and with the right skills and knowledge, we hope to empower persons with disabilities to better their lives and drive them towards greater success with their unique skillsets."
Craig Dobson, VMware's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead, Asia Pacific and Japan, and Vice President of Professional Services.
According to UNESCAP, there is an estimated 472 million working-age persons with disabilities in Asia Pacific and Japan. This highlights the importance for individuals to upskill themselves with digital skills so that they have an opportunity to participate in the technology industry and bridge the talent gap. The program will be made available to those with disabilities who are citizens or permanent residents residing in Singapore aged 17 and above who have completed a secondary level of formal education or who are graduating students of a local Polytechnic or Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and have a keen interest in learning or working in the tech industry.
The launch of VMware Aurora builds on VMware's commitment to build disability inclusion into its agenda by creating a more inclusive workplace for those with disabilities and deepening its understanding of disability inclusion. Over the past two years, VMware kicked off multiple global inclusion initiatives which includes its first-ever Accessibility Week with a summit followed by an accessibility hackathon across five countries and six business units resulting in the development of ten concepts that tackle the challenges persons with disabilities face. VMware also launched a Disability Power of Difference (POD) community to roll out a series of awareness-building learning courses.
VMware software powers the world's complex digital infrastructure. The company's cloud, app modernization, networking, security, and digital workspace offerings help customers deliver any application on any cloud across any device. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to being a force for good, from its breakthrough technology innovations to its global impact.
Tintri | February 21, 2022
Tintri, a DDN subsidiary and the leading provider of auto adaptive, workload intelligent platforms, announced 42% global revenue growth from 1H2021 to 2H2021, including a double-digit revenue increase from net new logos. This expansion is fuelled by Tintri's enhanced global executive sales team and continued VMstore innovation, driving the company's mission to deliver hands-off, cutting-edge and highly adaptive technology to help enterprises manage complex infrastructures.
Tintri has had exponential growth in the second half of 2021, driven by the upswell in demand from our customers due to the popularity of containerized applications in virtualized environments. The containerization movement is making serious headway into enterprise data processes and platforms, and Tintri is perfectly positioned to service these emerging markets. We've put together an outstanding global sales team to ensure that customers know our technology was architected for these types of workloads from day one."
Phil Trickovic, senior vice president of Revenue, Tintri
Enhanced Global Executive Sales Team
Following the appointment of a new executive team in Q4 2021, Tintri's latest investment to operate under strong management comes with the newly structured global executive sales team. Comprised of Tintri veterans with invaluable experience, this team best understands the unique challenges of data-centric enterprise customers and the ways in which Tintri's technology can help overcome specialized pain points and evolve to continue to meet enterprise's changing needs.
The new global executive sales team is comprised of:
Zachary Bertamini, vice president of Sales, Americas, whose strategic vision has been a catalyst to fuel Tintri's growth in the Americas over the past year.
Josh Marlar, vice president of Global Business Development, who is responsible for building a multimillion-dollar net new pipeline quarter over quarter and brings over a decade of experience in IT business developments.
Mark Walsh, vice president of Sales, EMEA, who brings over 30 years of experience in the IT storage sector and re-joins Tintri from IBM.
Norimasa Ono, general manager of Sales, Japan, who led start up efforts in the Japanese market and brings strong relationships with local resellers and enterprise customers, as well as the ability to open new markets for Tintri.
Continued VMstore Innovation
Tintri continues to innovate, constantly enhancing, updating and advancing capabilities for its customers. This dedication is underscored by VMstore's double-digit revenue growth YoY. The latest releases to VMstore, the world's most intelligent virtual data management system, include:
vSphere Tag Support – VMstore now recognizes and reports vCenter tags and can be used for filtering objects in the Tintri Global Center (TGC) user interface (UI). vSphere tags can also be used in service groups to ensure protection policies, snapshots, replication. vSphere tags also carry across the Tintri ecosystem and are available for use with Tintri Analytics.
Additional Hardware and Software Validation – 2TB, 4TB or 8TB drives are configurable with all VMstore T7000 systems, allowing customers to tailor the configuration to meet specific business needs. The T7000 systems are also now certified for DAC connections, joining MPO-12 configurations. In addition, VMstore is CitrixReady certified with Hypervisor 8.2.
Improved Visibility with UI Enhancements – System admins now can configure and filter alerts with notifications and additional parameters, including Engine ID, which can be configured with Single Network Management Protocol (SNMP). A new "Task Manager" in the UI allows customers to track long running activities and monitor status, as well as reporting on advanced battery backup health to provide fortified data protection in the event of a T7000 series system power loss.
NFS 4.1 Beta – VMstore T7000 models now support NFS v4.1 for VMware vSphere, which will be made generally available later this year.
Tintri, a wholly owned subsidiary of DataDirect Networks (DDN) delivers unique outcomes in Enterprise data centers. Tintri's AI-enabled intelligent infrastructure learns your environment to drive automation. Analytical insights help you simplify and accelerate your operations and empower data-driven business insights. Thousands of Tintri customers have saved millions of management hours using Tintri.
Edgecore Networks | February 15, 2022
Edgecore Networks, a leading provider of traditional and open network solutions for enterprises, data centers, and telecommunication service providers, announced the launch of the Pocket WFA (Work-from-Anywhere) solution that is composed of two phenomenal Edgecore products – the EWS5203 WLAN gateway-controller and the SP-W2M-AC1200-WFH wireless access point. The solution aims to provide a plug-and-play, secure, agile, reliable mechanism to support businesses through the pandemic crisis and beyond.
In a world full of uncertainty, everything is about efficiency and agility. The zero-touch configuration feature of the Pocket WFA solution reduces the deployment time from days to only minutes. Enterprises can swiftly roll out remote offices, minimizing business downtime at a friendly price. Plus, the SP-W2M-AC1200-WFH access point is just palm-size and weighs only 82g, so remote workers can easily carry it wherever they work to further ensure business productivity.
On top of that, to deliver a seamless working environment, the solution allows remote workers to connect to the same SSID as they would in the office for automatic connection to the company VPN, extending enterprise services to anywhere. Taking security on board, the solution supports various user authentication methods that can be easily enforced across all deployment scenarios, such as 802.1X authentication, local authentication, and two-factor authentication, ensuring the proper identification of network users before granting access to the network.
The Pocket WFA solution can be deployed in various scenarios in a number of ways, such as mobile taskforce teams, branch sites, remote classrooms, and so on. The agility and affordable price enable new services and new business models that are not bound by infrastructure limitations and can embrace limitless possibilities.
Organizations globally are experiencing unprecedented workforce disruption. Virtually all companies are still determining how they will work in the short and long term. The Pocket WFA solution is rising to the challenge, helping enterprises and organizations navigate workforce shifts, such as the urgent need to shift to a remote workforce to protect and empower employees, serve customers, and establish business continuity.”
Teng Tai Hsu, Vice President of Edgecore Networks
The Pocket WFA solution not only assists businesses to emerge from the pandemic stronger, but also opens the door to innovative business and service opportunities in the post-pandemic era.
Edgecore Networks Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Accton Technology Corporation, the leading networking ODM. Edgecore Networks delivers wired and wireless networking products and solutions through channel partners and system integrators worldwide for data center, service provider, enterprise, and SMB customers. Edgecore Networks is the leader in open networking, providing a full line of open 1G-400G Ethernet OCP-Accepted switches, core routers, cell site gateways, virtual PON OLTs, optical packet transponders, and Wi-Fi access points that offer choice of commercial and open source NOS and SDN software.
Kaon Interactive | February 16, 2022
Kaon Interactive, the leading provider of interactive sales and marketing applications for B2B enterprise brands, has launched the first metaverse collaboration platform designed exclusively for B2B sales. LiveShare changes the customer's role from observer to an active participant during virtual meetings by enabling real-time multi-user collaboration within Kaon's applications. The result is increased customer engagement, personalization, and knowledge transfer; resulting in better buying decisions, faster.
Stop Presenting. Start Collaborating.
Tailored specifically for B2B sales engagements, LiveShare was designed around the philosophy that hybrid and virtual meetings must actively involve all participants, rather than rely on passive screen sharing which results in low engagement and distraction.
Unlike video conferencing solutions (like Zoom, WebEx, Teams) which are used for screen sharing of sales presentations, LiveShare is a virtual collaboration platform that enables sellers and buyers to interact, share insights, and immerse themselves in interactive storytelling applications that accelerate buyer consensus.
LiveShare provides the ability for each session attendee to have autonomous control within a shared digital application so that they can engage and explore value propositions and solution details at their own pace. This allows prospects to self-diagnose challenges, bring real problems to the surface for sellers, while also providing the salesperson a path to close. "LiveShare encourages full engagement by everyone while still maintaining a level of guidance by the Sales host to communicate differentiated value and provide real-time contextual knowledge," says David Gould, Senior Product Manager at Kaon Interactive. "All this results in faster learning and consensus buy-in."
The focus on metaverse collaboration (a digital space where people can engage with others or explore on their own) was in anticipation of the need for distributed enterprise sales teams to transition to experiences that are calibrated for an era of digital-first remote selling. What's remarkable about LiveShare is that it brings everyone together in one collaborative session with a sales host, where some of the users can experience and explore the application in full virtual reality (from within a VR headset) while others can be using a browser on a PC, and yet others can be in-person together on a touch-screen or using a Microsoft Surface tablet or iPad Pro. They will all be collaborating together, across geographies, and from their individual roles and perspectives.
The biggest engagement threat in virtual meetings is allowing attendees to unconsciously take the role of passive observer and subsequently tune out. Cognitive science has proven that engagement and active collaboration increases learning, which leads to more informed and enthusiastic buyers, independent of the venue."
Gavin Finn, Kaon CEO and president
In a recent study, Gartner noted that 80% of B2B sales interactions between suppliers and buyers will occur in digital channels by 2025. One of the greatest challenges for enterprise sales teams in a remote environment is keeping prospects engaged and paying attention. It was found that 67% of workers find it easier to be distracted during virtual meetings versus in-person. Communicating complex subjects that articulate the differentiated value in an enterprise environment requires both a set of visually engaging interactive applications and a robust platform built to create sustained economic value.
"The transition from presentation mode to collaboration and engagement is the most urgent challenge facing enterprise sales organizations," says Finn. "At Kaon, our technology and user experience innovations have created a paradigm shift in how complex selling and storytelling takes place in a virtual or hybrid environment."
About Kaon Interactive
Kaon Interactive is a B2B software company. Kaon's interactive sales and marketing applications simplify complex product and solution stories in a visually engaging way anywhere, anytime, turning prospects into customers. The company's interactive sales and marketing applications transform product and solution marketing content into visual storytelling experiences to deepen customer engagement, reduce marketing expenses and accelerate the sales cycle. Both virtual and in-person, more than 5,000 Kaon interactive applications are being used worldwide by leading global B2B companies in such industries as life sciences, manufacturing, and technology.