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The Power of Audio Meets the Power of Virtual Desktops: EPOS & 10ZiG Announce New Partnership

10ZiG | July 06, 2022 | Read time : 7:00 min

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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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EXPERTS AGREE: THE CLOUD PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE IN A DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION. But where do you start? Cloud computing can deliver benefits to any business unit, but many companies choose to start their cloud journey with unified communications (UC), which can deliver benefits across the organization, to every business unit. Not only is UC a good fit for the cloud due to its scalability, elasticity, and flexibility, but also communications improvement is an ongoing goal for many companies, whether it’s company-to-customer in the contact center, company-to-partner, or employee-to-employee for internal collaboration.


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Parallels Empowers Organizations and Hybrid Professionals to Work Securely without Limitations

Parallels | June 07, 2022

Parallels, a global leader in cross-platform solutions, today announces the availability of the public technical preview of Parallels RAS (Remote Application Server) 19. The latest updates and features of this release will enable organizations of all sizes to leverage improved deployment flexibility to lift and shift workloads to the cloud, increase data security, and streamline IT costs and management. The new features in Parallels® RAS 19 were designed to solve common critical issues organizations face; address the exponential growth of remote working, greater usage of private or public cloud, the unprecedented increase in cyberattacks, and the need to provide employee experiences that equal the quality of everyday consumer experiences. Through this release, Parallels RAS can now empower businesses to: Improve deployment flexibility for lift and shift workloads – Provide organizations and their employees with improved deployment flexibility that extends to multi-cloud for virtual applications and desktop delivery along with multiple application deployment methods. This is becoming a standard business requirement as we step into the next phase of hybrid working. Secure their remote workforce – Provide IT leaders with the governance to protect remote workers from new era cybersecurity threats - creating a company culture based on guarding against the weak links of human errors. Streamline their cost and IT management – Enable cross-functional teams to manage their IT budgets while promoting faster product delivery. These new features will help ensure a more efficient use of resources with automation capabilities and streamlined configurations, which will reduce IT management efforts while providing lower consumption costs. “We are committed to bringing innovation to our customers and have built a virtual desktop infrastructure solution that will help employees be productive anywhere, And with Parallels RAS 19 we have extended deployment flexibility and security while keeping simplicity at the forefront.” Christian Aquilina, Sr. Director of Product Management for Parallels RAS Please visit the What’s New web page to see the full list of the new features or the Parallels RAS product page to learn more. Key Parallels RAS 19 new features include: Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a cloud provider MSIX app attach integration Let’s Encrypt certificate management Parallels Client for Windows on ARM64 Expression-based filtering and policies Power management Email-based account discovery Logon hours control Multiple Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) providers Specific URL redirection Trial and Availability: The public technical preview of Parallels RAS 19, released today, provides early access to the new features that will help improve deployment flexibility and security while keeping simplicity in mind. Existing customers can login to their Parallels My Account to download and install Parallels RAS 19 Technical Preview. New users can register for an account at: my.parallels.com/register. Parallels RAS 19 General Availability is expected in August 2022. About Parallels Parallels is a global leader in cross-platform solutions that make it simple for businesses and individuals to use and access the applications and files they need on any device or operating system. Parallels helps customers leverage the best technology out there, whether it’s Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, or the cloud. Parallels solves complex engineering and user-experience problems by making it simple and cost-effective for businesses and individual customers to use applications anywhere, anytime. Parallels is part of the Corel portfolio. For more information, please visit www.parallels.com. About Corel Corel products enable millions of connected knowledge workers around the world to do great work faster. 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 applications – including CorelDRAW®, MindManager®, Parallels®, and WinZip® – to inspire users and help them achieve their goals.

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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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Opera ships its new VPN Pro service to Windows and Mac to give you an extra level of security as you travel

Opera | August 08, 2022

Opera (NASDAQ: OPRA), the company behind the eponymous web browser, recently announced the expansion of its security features with the new VPN Pro subscription service, a premium device-wide VPN that can be used without the installation of a separate app. The VPN Pro service, previously available on Android, is now coming to Opera users on Windows and Mac. Travelling with no limits Opera VPN Pro is now multi-platform Opera VPN Pro is now multi-platform Opera ships its new VPN Pro service to Windows and Mac to give you an extra level of security as you travel Opera ships its new VPN Pro service to Windows and Mac to give you an extra level of security as you travel Opera ships its new VPN Pro service to Windows and Mac to give you an extra level of security as you travel Opera ships its new VPN Pro service to Windows and Mac to give you an extra level of security as you travel The summer is a time of travel, with people once again changing their location: for leisure or to attend industry events. The pleasures of travel, however, also come with the cybersecurity risks of using public Wi-Fi. The Opera browser, which is known for its free browser VPN, which is still available to all of our users, is providing its users with a device-wide solution that protects their laptops no matter where they go and what connections they use – from subway hotspots to hotel Wi-Fi. Opera VPN Pro users can enjoy safe and seamless connections wherever their vacation or business trip takes them. The subscription-based service will cover up to six devices connected to one account. Opera is offering a free month with an unlimited secure VPN connection to those who subscribe to VPN Pro via desktop before August 31st, with an opportunity to cancel the subscription at any time. Working from the beach, airport, or a cafe, as well as just browsing the web for fun, is now safer thanks to the VPN Pro solution. To use the new Opera VPN Pro, users need to install Opera Browser on Windows, or Mac on their computer, then sign into their Opera Account and try it for free. From that point, whenever the VPN is switched on, all the data that users send to the internet will be encrypted and sent to one of thousands of VPN servers around the world. This not only protects them while using unencrypted Wi-Fi at airports, restaurants and city centers, but also makes it harder for advertisers to track them. With a simple click on the Opera VPN Badge in the Opera browser address bar, or via the tray icon, users can enable full protection at any moment. Opera VPN Pro is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Polish, and Brazilian Portuguese. Available on Android, Windows and Mac Back in March, Opera released VPN Pro, a full-featured VPN solution that encrypts all traffic going out of the user's Android device. Today, it's boosting users' privacy on desktop. "VPN services are becoming an essential part of browsing, regardless of the device being used. 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About Opera Opera is a global web innovator with an active base of hundreds of millions of monthly active users who have sought a better internet experience. Building on over 25 years of innovation that started with browser products, Opera is now leveraging its brand and highly engaged user base in order to expand its business into new segments. Today, Opera offers users around the world a range of products and services that include PC and mobile browsers, the newsreader Opera News, and apps dedicated to gaming, Web3 and e-commerce. Opera is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange (OPRA).

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VMware Named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant™ for Unified Endpoint Management for Fifth Year in a Row

VMware | August 19, 2022

VMware, Inc. announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a Leader in the 2022 Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management (UEM). This is the fifth consecutive year Workspace ONE – a core technology supporting unified endpoint management requirements that is part of VMware’s Anywhere Workspace - has been named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for unified endpoint management. In addition, VMware received the highest product scores in the 2022 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Unified Endpoint Management Tools report across all four defined Use Cases – Security-Centric Management, Remote Worker, Modern Windows Management, and Non-Standard PC. “Today’s workforce faces key challenges like fragmented security, operational complexity and subpar experiences, In our view, this recognition validates our mission to enable employees to work from anywhere more securely and without friction, while supporting our customers’ most pressing priorities including workplace modernization, zero trust security, a great digital employee experience and profound time and cost savings.” Shankar Iyer, senior vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware About VMware Anywhere Workspace and Workspace ONE VMware Anywhere Workspace is an integrated platform that enables employees to work from anywhere with more secure and frictionless experiences. It brings together all the necessary solutions into a single experience for IT and employees, including Unified End-point Management with Workspace ONE UEM, desktop as a service (DaaS) with Horizon, Digital Employee Experience (DEX), and Workspace Security. Workspace ONE UEM provides a comprehensive solution that enables companies to manage and better secure any device across all platforms. This UEM platform gives IT teams control over the highly diversified device deployments found in so many organizations today, while ensuring enterprise security at every level. Standout features include: Manage Every Endpoint on Every Platform: Manage and secure all devices (mobile, desktop, special-purpose, etc.) and apps (native, SaaS, virtual, etc.) at scale with a single powerful solution by taking advantage of modern, cloud-native efficiencies. Intelligence to Enlighten and Automate: IT teams get real-time visibility into the entire technology environment with Workspace ONE Intelligence, enabling informed, data-driven decisions. Proactive analytics help IT with faster resolution of issues that can negatively impact the overall digital employee experience (DEX) and security. Using the no-/low-code automation framework of Workspace ONE Freestyle Orchestrator, admins can automate routine and complex processes to minimize manual tasks for the IT team. Consistent Employee Experience: Employees work effectively on the go by providing a self-service unified app catalog that is consistent in look, feel, and function across all devices and platforms. The self-service digital workspace provides secure, single sign-on (SSO) access to all apps, actionable notifications, corporate communications, and support resources – all at one touch. Built-in per-app tunneling secures sessions even with apps behind a firewall. Automated Out-of-the-Box Device Onboarding: New devices register over the air during initial power-up with customizable configuration tools like Windows Drop Ship Provisioning, automated device enrollment with Apple Business Manager, zero-touch enrollment of rugged devices, and more. Admins can easily set up and customize the imageless configuration of work profiles such as email, VPN, Wi-Fi, apps, content, intranet sites, and other back-end resources. This gives employees immediate access to email, apps, and data within minutes of device startup, all of which ensures immediate user productivity and a positive employee experience no matter where the user is located. 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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EXPERTS AGREE: THE CLOUD PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE IN A DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION. But where do you start? Cloud computing can deliver benefits to any business unit, but many companies choose to start their cloud journey with unified communications (UC), which can deliver benefits across the organization, to every business unit. Not only is UC a good fit for the cloud due to its scalability, elasticity, and flexibility, but also communications improvement is an ongoing goal for many companies, whether it’s company-to-customer in the contact center, company-to-partner, or employee-to-employee for internal collaboration.

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