Virtualization Helped Sentara Save Money, Expand Data Storage

HIT Infrastructure | October 23, 2019

Opting for a virtualization strategy helped Sentara Healthcare save money on hardware and expand its data storage capacity, explained Matthew Douglas, chief enterprise architect at Sentara Healthcare. Sentara Healthcare is a not-for-profit health system serving Virginia and North Carolina, with 300 sites of care, including 12 hospitals.For its virtualization effort, Sentara decided to go with VMware's vSAN product, which is enterprise-class, storage virtualization software. It joins storage devices across a vSphere cluster into a shared data pool, allowing customers to scale up or down as needed. I'm a firm believer that VMware’s vSAN is definitely a lot more scalable because of the size form factor. Right now, we have a multitude of major hospitals with legacy data centers. The ability to size down our hardware footprint has definitely saved us money, and also scalability and speed have been improved,” Douglas told HITInfrastructure.com.

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VNET Announces Changes to Leadership Team

VNET Group | September 26, 2022

VNET Group, Inc. a leading carrier- and cloud-neutral Internet data center services provider in China, today announced that Mr. Samuel Yuan-Ching Shen decided to resign from his positions as the Company's Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of Retail IDC Business Group due to personal reasons, and he will remain with the Company as a senior advisor to the senior management. Mr. Jeff Dong, the Company's president, has been appointed to succeed Mr. Shen as the Company's Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. "I would like to thank Samuel for his contributions and dedication to our success throughout his tenure. His leadership has been instrumental in driving value and growth for VNET. We look forward to his ongoing guidance in his new role as our senior advisor." Mr. Josh Sheng Chen, Founder and Chairman of VNET "Meanwhile, I am pleased to welcome Jeff to the executive leadership team. We are confident that Jeff's extensive industry insight and deep investment expertise, acquired over a long and illustrious professional career, will continue to drive our dual-core growth strategy and fuel our ongoing commitment to achieving sustainable growth and long-term shareholder value." Mr. Jeff Dong has served as president of the Company and chief executive officer of VNET Capital since June 2022. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Dong served as the head of the real assets investment department of Taiping Capital Asset Management, a subsidiary of China Taiping Insurance Group, from June 2020 to June 2022. Mr. Dong has extensive experience in real assets investment in infrastructure, TMT and new energy sectors. Mr. Dong's related experience spans more than 15 years, including over a decade serving in various roles at China Investment Corporation, a sovereign wealth fund of China. Mr. Dong received his Ph.D. from Manchester Business School. About VNET VNET Group, Inc. is a leading carrier- and cloud-neutral Internet data center services provider in China. VNET provides hosting and related services, including IDC services, cloud services, and business VPN services to improve the reliability, security, and speed of its customers' internet infrastructure. Customers may locate their servers and equipment in VNET's data centers and connect to China's internet backbone. VNET operates in more than 30 cities throughout China, servicing a diversified and loyal base of over 6,500 hosting and related enterprise customers that span numerous industries ranging from internet companies to government entities and blue-chip enterprises to small- to mid-sized enterprises.

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Fortinet is the Fastest Growing ZTNA Vendor, Customers Highlight the Benefits of Fortinet Universal ZTNA

Fortinet | August 18, 2022

Fortinet a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced accelerated momentum of Fortinet Universal ZTNA and its ability to provide secure access for any user anywhere, whether they are remote or in the office. In fact, according to the latest Gartner report on enterprise network equipment market share, Fortinet is among the highest five global ZTNA vendors, with the fastest growing revenue of any vendor quarter-over-quarter from 4Q21-1Q22 and year-over-year from 1Q21-1Q22.1 Fortinet attributes this growth to its differentiated approach to ZTNA that supports secure application access for any user in any location, lower total cost of ownership, more seamless transition from VPN, and integration with the Fortinet Security Fabric, including Fortinet Secure SD-WAN. ZTNA emerges as a top solution to implement Zero Trust principles Organizations of all sizes are adopting Zero Trust as a corporate security strategy to enable digital acceleration, support remote and hybrid work, and reduce risk. According to Gartner, “60% of organizations will embrace Zero Trust as a starting point for security by 2025. More than half will fail to realize the benefits.”2 While transitioning from implicit trust to an explicit Zero Trust model is a top strategic concern, most organizations – over 80% according to a January 2022 Zero Trust survey from Fortinet – have found it difficult to execute. ZTNA has emerged as a top technology adopted by organizations as a first step to implementing zero trust principles to the corporate network. Secure access for any user anywhere with Fortinet Universal ZTNA At an increasing rate, organizations seeking to reduce their risk profile by building a zero trust architecture are turning to Fortinet Universal ZTNA. Key benefits of Fortinet’s solution include: Consistent user experience in all work locations: Unlike cloud-only ZTNA, Fortinet Universal ZTNA delivers universal enforcement and the same user experience and security policies whether employees are located in densely populated offices, working remotely from home, or on the road. Easy transition from VPN to ZTNA: Because VPN and ZTNA are managed by the same integrated client from Fortinet FortiClient organizations can transition application access seamlessly and at their own pace. Existing Fortinet customers can immediately access ZTNA: Customers with existing FortiGate and FortiClient investments already have what they need to start applying Fortinet Universal ZTNA, an unlicensed feature. ZTNA integrated with SD-WAN: Fortinet is the only vendor delivering ZTNA, SD-WAN, and enterprise-grade security that is integrated by a single operating system to more effectively support secure application access and application steering. All three SD-WAN for connectivity, ZTNA for secure access, and enterprise-grade security for traffic inspection and protection can be configured, orchestrated, and managed using the same centralized console. Powerful networking and security convergence enabled by FortiOS everywhere: With Fortinet Universal ZTNA, Fortinet continues its legacy of delivering solutions that converge networking and security across its FortiGate platform. This convergence is powered by a single operating system—FortiOS—across all FortiGate form factors, including appliances, virtual machines, container solutions, SASE, and cloud deployments, to deliver coordinated security policies and consistent user experience. “Fortinet Universal ZTNA delivers the most complete support for work-from-anywhere by delivering a universal approach to ZTNA that is consistent on-prem, in the cloud or as a service via SASE. Because cloud-only ZTNA solutions aren’t able to adequately support in-office workers and do so at a high cost, we’re seeing an increasing adoption of Fortinet Universal ZTNA to support today’s hybrid workforce.” John Maddison, EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet Customer and Partner Validation of Fortinet Universal ZTNA Organizations around the world rely on Fortinet Universal ZTNA to improve secure access to applications. Current Fortinet customers highlight the value of Fortinet’s offering: “We are drawn to Fortinet Universal ZTNA because it will allow us to control application access for both on-campus and remote users. Having ZTNA on-prem and in the cloud means we’re able to better ensure our hybrid workforce has access to the applications they need while keeping our network more secure and easier to manage and control with less resources. The ability to use the Fortinet gear we already have to apply ZTNA enforcement is really appealing.” - Tal David, Networking and Security Global Manager at Sapiens “We’re currently migrating away from our existing VPN solution to FortiClient with connections through our FortiGates. Because Fortinet delivers several security capabilities from a single agent, we will be removing multiple other security agents. And because the ZTNA agent is a part of FortiClient, we will more easily control our shift from traditional VPN to an easier to manage ZTNA with a more seamless end-user experience. Being able to implement granular control of user-to-application access at our own pace will make a big difference in our plans to reduce security risk in our network.” - JP DiCicco, IT Infrastructure Operations Manager at RES Americas “We were really attracted to the Security Fabric concept of the Fortinet solution and how those products all talk to each other and react in real-time based on their observance of threats. That along with the common management interface for the whole suite of products made it a really easy decision for us. Because of the integrated nature of Fortinet’s products, adding on ZTNA to further improve our security posture with granular access control is seamless.” - Colby Cousens, IT Director at Town of Danvers, Massachusetts Fortinet’s partners are also leveraging Fortinet Universal ZTNA to support their customers: “Fortinet’s dedication to consistently converging networking and security via FortiGate allows us to deliver immense value to customers. Having access to next-gen firewalling, SD-WAN and ZTNA all in one location and on one operating system that’s consistent whether on-prem, in the cloud, or as a service means easier management, better user experience, and a higher security posture.” - Marc Jabian, Cybersecurity Practice Manager at Netsync About Fortinet Fortinet makes possible a digital world that we can always trust through its mission to protect people, devices, and data everywhere. This is why the world’s largest enterprises, service providers, and government organizations choose Fortinet to securely accelerate their digital journey. The Fortinet Security Fabric platform delivers broad, integrated, and automated protections across the entire digital attack surface, securing critical devices, data, applications, and connections from the data center to the cloud to the home office. Ranking #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide, more than 580,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. And the Fortinet NSE Training Institute, an initiative of Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA), provides one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry to make cyber training and new career opportunities available to everyone.

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UNICOM Engineering Announces Liquid and Immersion Cooling Portfolio for High-Density Computing

UNICOM Engineering, Inc. | August 23, 2022

UNICOM Engineering, a leading strategic system integration partner providing application platforms, deployment solutions, and lifecycle support services for software technology developers, data center infrastructure, and OEMs worldwide, has launched a new portfolio of immersion-ready servers for both single and two-phase immersion cooling. These servers were designed to expand the boundaries of today’s data centers by addressing the compute, density, and storage requirements of current and future workloads. "Customers are quickly adopting this advanced technology," said Austin Hipes, Chief Technologist and VP of Engineering at UNICOM Engineering. “As data centers try to reduce their carbon footprint, the drive to develop new cooling technologies is imperative. As a result, liquid and immersion cooling are increasingly seen as essential technologies for the efficient and sustainable operations of high-performance workloads, in any location.” UNICOM Engineering’s latest product portfolio offers immersion-ready servers that are density optimized for compute-at-scale with full warranty and field service, all from a trusted partner. UNICOM Engineering builds on the success of our previous platform families while utilizing familiar and trusted technology from leading Tier-1 providers like Intel and Dell Technologies. “Working hand-in-hand with these core partners, UNICOM Engineering offers Direct to Chip Liquid Cooling solutions and fully validated and supported immersion-ready platforms to meet high-density, dynamic business requirements and data center standardization initiatives,” says Hipes. These 1U and 2U systems support a variety of configurations to address specific compute, storage, and accelerator functionality. The systems are also designed to address workloads from High-Performance Computing (HPC), High-Performance Data Analytics (HPDA), and High-Frequency Trading (HFT) to traditional corporate IT, virtual desktop infrastructure, and even AI and Machine learning. As a design and integration specialist, UNICOM Engineering offers comprehensive services that can provide everything from direct to chip liquid cooling solutions to immersion conversion and completely custom-designed server solutions optimized for density in an immersion environment. Additionally, as a strategic system integration partner, they offer the regulatory compliance, logistics, installation services, and global support that immersion solutions require. UNICOM Engineering provides comprehensive validation and optimization services to ensure smooth technology transitions. Field application engineers work with customers to ensure they understand how to take full advantage of Liquid and Immersion Cooling and its feature-rich values. For evaluation unit availability and platform specifications, please contact UNICOM Engineering Sales. About UNICOM Engineering UNICOM Engineering is a leading provider of purpose-built application platforms, appliances, and life cycle deployment services for software developers and OEMs serving storage, security, communications, video, and healthcare IT markets worldwide. We are best known for our solution design technologies, integration expertise, and unique deployment capabilities. All of our turnkey platforms and appliances are designed for longevity and backed by life cycle management services. We create products and business solutions that solve deployment challenges, accelerate time to market, reduce ownership costs, and increase business efficiencies.

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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. Therefore, we decided to expand our offering so that users can connect up to six Android and desktop devices to their VPN subscription at once and stay safe online," said Krystian Kolondra, EVP PC & Gaming at Opera. VPN Pro satisfies the needs of those users who are looking for increased protection. It provides security to the entire device and protects up to 6 different Android and Win or Mac devices within one subscription. User data stays safe behind a wall of next-generation encryption, no matter what application is used. Just like Opera's Free VPN, VPN Pro is a no-log service. It offers access to 3,000+ private network servers in over 30 locations around the world, allowing users to download files and browse the web securely with a speedy VPN connection and unlimited bandwidth for all supported devices. There is no need to sacrifice speed for better security since VPN Pro gives access to high-speed servers, so users can browse faster than ever. Additionally, users can run data-saving mode alongside VPN Pro to ensure they never go overboard on their data. How to get started VPN Pro can be used on Windows and Mac by installing Opera Browser for desktop. To enhance device security and safety, users can subscribe to Opera VPN Pro directly inside the Opera Browser by following 5 simple steps: download the latest version of Opera Browser; log into Opera Account and select desired subscription period; follow the payment steps; enjoy a seamless and protected connection to the web! To use the same subscription on your Android device, simply download the Opera Browser for Android from the playstore, sign in to the same Opera account you have on your desktop and start using your VPN Pro on your phone! With Opera VPN Pro, existing Opera users can easily subscribe using their Opera account without the need to download another app or create another account. The pricing options vary from $1.99 to $5.99 per month (depending on the duration of the subscription) of VPN protection, making Opera VPN Pro one of the safest and most economical solutions on the market. If a user ever needs any help with the service, Opera's team of industry-leading experts are always available to assist. Support can be easily reached through the Help Center or by Chat & Email support, both available here. VPN Pro is currently available for users in the majority of markets around the globe. There is a 7-day free trial period and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Before the 31st of August, new users of VPN Pro on desktop can get one month of subscription for free. The release has a pricing offer of $5.99 for one month, $2.99 per month with a 6-month subscription, and $1.99 per month with a 12-month subscription for VPN protection. To discover all the benefits, visit the dedicated VPN Pro page. 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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