Virtustream caught in the middle of VMware-Azure play, and that’s right where it wants to be

Siliconangle | May 07, 2019

Sixteen years and two acquisitions later, VMware Inc. has been a key player in some of tech’s biggest deals to date. From EMC to Dell, the virtualization pioneer now finds itself contributing to Dell Technologies Inc.’s fully managed data center as a service, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC. Unveiled at last week’s Dell Tech World, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC seeks to offer the simplicity and flexibility of public cloud platforms in today’s hybrid-computing environments.

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In deploying a VMware environment, it is crucial to know whether a storage system can meet workload requirements. The number of IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) usually serves as a starting point measure for this purpose. In this section, we will provide resources for estimating the IOPS of a production environment as well as information on random IOPS of Synology NAS servers. To estimate the workload of your production environment, you can visit the Official Synology Blog for useful techniques on How to measure IOPS for VMware and How to measure IOPS for Windows.


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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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Stratodesk Delivers Flexible, Secure Endpoint OS for VMware Horizon and Cloud Workspaces, Achieving VMware Ready Status for 12 Consecutive Years

Stratodesk | August 25, 2022

Stratodesk, the EUC endpoint OS innovator, today announced new secure endpoint software solutions certified for VMware Horizon 8 version 2206. The Stratodesk solutions certified “VMware Ready” for the twelfth consecutive year give IT teams great flexibility and confidence in deploying cloud-ready workspaces based on VMware and Stratodesk. Stratodesk NoTouch OS offers VMware Horizon customers an effortless yet highly secure route to the cloud by delivering centrally managed VMware Horizon endpoints in minutes to end-users located anywhere in the world. Stratodesk allows IT teams to convert x86-64 and Raspberry Pi-based hardware quickly into modern VMware Horizon VDI and app endpoint client machines with the latest software and security capabilities for end-users, while giving IT complete control over the managed asset. Customers can manage tens of thousands of Stratodesk-enabled Horizon clients accessing Horizon virtual desktops and apps within VMware Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services environments, or on-premises, all from a single Stratodesk console. “Organizations investing in cloud and digital transformation strategies need flexibility and efficiency now more than ever to scale their business and enable workforce productivity,” said Ricardo Antuna, vice president of strategy and business development at Stratodesk. “Stratodesk’s ‘VMware Ready’ solution gives our IT customers and their end-users the utmost confidence they can work from anywhere, turning practically any commodity computer into essential business tools that are highly managed and secure.” “Empowering a hybrid workforce requires edge and endpoint solutions to put apps and data securely in the hands of end-users while enabling IT teams to seamlessly manage devices regardless of form factor. The VMware Ready logo signifies to customers that Stratodesk NoTouch OS can be deployed with confidence and can speed time to value,” Sachin Sharma, director of product marketing, end user computing business group, VMware Stratodesk customers such as Firstmark Credit Union, Hartford Healthcare, iQor, Loblaws, and many others across industries are rapidly modernizing their end-user computing environment using VMware with Stratodesk. “As a billion-dollar financial services company, we take productivity and security seriously,” said Aaron Bedingfield, CTO of Firstmark Credit Union. “Stratodesk and VMware Horizon with True SSO helped us simplify our entire computing infrastructure to save on hardware costs and management time, standardize workstations and implement security features that enable our distributed teams to work safely from anywhere.” Stratodesk delivers more VMware certified options for customers looking to deploy VMware Horizon Whether VMware Horizon is deployed on-premises, through Microsoft Azure or AWS, Stratodesk NoTouch OS brings a seamless and cost-effective endpoint operating system across x86/64 and Raspberry Pi based devices. New Stratodesk NoTouch OS VMware Ready certifications include: VMware Horizon 8 2206 Enterprise for both Raspberry Pi 4 and Thin Clients (x86/64) VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure (Client 2206) for both Raspberry Pi 4 and Thin Clients (x86/64) See these Stratodesk solutions demonstrated in Booth #1700 at VMware Explore 2022. VMware Explore 2022 attendees can learn more from Stratodesk customers and product experts in breakout sessions, booth demos, expo hall crawl, happy hours, and other activities. Breakout Customer Session: Retail Workshop: The Future of Retail is Now… Are you Ready? [INDB2772US] with Retail Edge [CEIB2225US]. Monday, Aug. 29 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM PDT. This must-attend retail & CPG workshop will provide the opportunity to hear from VMware Retail experts and to mix with your peers with sessions including: Store Innovation and Retail Edge presented by Charles Cockshoot, Retail Industry Solution Architect, VMware Engaging customer experiences requiring agile Cloud-Enabled Infrastructure presented by Bharadwaj Kachapuram, Snr. Product Marketing Manager SASE, VMware POS Virtualization – Bring New Life and Opportunities to a Business Critical Service presented by Brent McCoubrey, EUC Technical Strategist, VMware The workshop will conclude with a customer Q&A and an informal drinks reception for another chance to ask questions and connect. Customer Session: Hartford HealthCare – A Modernization Journey [CSXB2155US]. Wednesday, Aug. 31 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM PDT. Learn about the transformation journey of Connecticut’s only truly integrated healthcare system to the VMware Cloud platform with Stratodesk-powered endpoints to serve more than 2,000 employees. AMA with Stratodesk CEO Emanuel Pirker, answering all your questions at Booth #1700 on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 2 PM, Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 1 PM and Thursday, Sept. 1 at 11 AM PDT. Stratodesk NoTouch Product demonstrations of VMware Horizon 8 version 2206 in multiple environments including: Microsoft Azure Cloud Dell 7220 and 5430 thin clients including ruggedized versions Amulet Hotkey DX1600 thin client connections through PCoIP ControlUp Edge DX integration Endpoint enrollment and visibility in VMware Workspace ONE VMware Ready Raspberry Pi 4 devices Strong endorsement from the Stratodesk ecosystem Joel Stocker, director of product marketing at ControlUp: "ControlUp delivers a comprehensive Digital Employee experience management platform with real-time monitoring across VDI, SaaS and web applications, unified communications and physical endpoints. Partnering with Stratodesk expands the number of endpoints that can benefit from the remote office visibility our Digital Employee Experience Management Platform offers while empowering IT organizations to deliver a best-in-class employee experience including endpoints running Stratodesk NoTouch OS.” Sonia St. Charles, CEO of Davenport Group: “Our customers want secure endpoints, user mobility, and ease of management – critical IT needs we meet with Stratodesk. When paired with Dell and VMware solutions, it is easier than ever for organizations to operate secure, cloud-ready workspaces.” Patrick Coble, principal analyst at VDISEC: “What sets thin client vendors apart is how they manage devices and enable security features. Stratodesk NoTouch support for VMware Horizon 8 and Microsoft Azure, plus the availability in both VMware and Stratodesk NoTouch Center in the Azure marketplaces, makes it easy for customers to set up their Horizon clients and get going quickly. This flexibility for multi-cloud management is a big reason why our research found Stratodesk to be one of the most secure virtual desktop endpoint software solutions in the market.” Tom Cole, director of product management with Amulet Hotkey: "We partner with Stratodesk on a shared mission to deliver to our customers the most advanced and secured endpoints featuring rich graphics, high performance and flexibility of remote display protocols. We are excited to partner with Stratodesk and showcase our DX1600 running Stratodesk NoTouch OS within their booth at VMware Explore.” About Stratodesk Founded in 2010, Stratodesk is the leading global EUC innovator of endpoint OS software. Stratodesk’s agile and customer-centric, Linux-based managed OS software, Stratodesk NoTouch, is defining end user computing with its freedom to transform any device into a cloud-ready and highly secure endpoint, enabling companies to cost-effectively manage their unified VDI endpoint deployments and secure digital perimeters. Stratodesk’s software works seamlessly across all x64, x86 and Raspberry Pi-based hardware products, increases endpoint security, and simplifies user experience. Today, with nearly one million licenses deployed globally across multiple industries, Stratodesk prides itself on its authenticity and dedication to delivering the most innovative software solution to its customers.

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Parallels Extends Desktop Platform Offerings to Further Improve User Experience and Productivity for Running Windows on a Mac

Corel | August 29, 2022

Parallels, a global leader in cross-platform solutions, today announces the release of Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac. The latest version of Parallels’ powerful solution is designed to optimize the usability of the latest Apple hardware, while also powering performance and gaming updates, providing users with greater freedom and flexibility. Through this release, Parallels® Desktop 18 for Mac offers all end-users, professionals, and enterprises: First-class performance: Users can leverage the most-advanced Windows experience on their Macs to run more than 200,000 Windows apps and classic games. Continuous and seamless integration: Optimized for the latest Apple hardware, users can enjoy compatibility with Apple’s ProMotion display and unleashed performance of the Apple M1 Ultra chip that delivers up to 96% faster Windows 11 on a Mac Studio, * while staying up to date with any upcoming macOS upgrades. Easier set up for Windows 11: Users can now get Windows 11 downloaded, installed, and configured in just one click saving time with setting up, as well as download a free set of ready-to-use Linux systems. Enhanced Windows game-play experience on a Mac: Users can now simply connect a game controller to their Mac, switch to Windows, and start playing. Enjoy smooth Windows UI and video playback, a higher frame rate, and much more. The new features in Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac have been engineered to enable users to be more productive while leveraging a high-performing Windows OS on a Mac, that is easy to use and stays up to date—even when a new Apple hardware or a macOS, Windows, or Linux version is released. “We are proud of our engineering team that continues to be at the forefront of innovation to offer a remarkably more powerful and seamless Parallels Desktop for Mac experience to our users, that is integrated with the latest macOS Ventura, optimized for the latest Apple hardware, and offers valuable features to deliver even better productivity and performance, This is as simple and easy to use as it gets, and our users can rely on Parallels Desktop for Mac to focus on the job at hand.” Prashant Ketkar, Chief Technology and Product Officer at Corel Trial and Availability: Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Standard, Pro, and Business editions are all engineered to offer an optimal experience on Mac computers with Intel and Apple M series chips and can be purchased at parallels.com/desktop or from authorized resellers worldwide. Parallels Desktop subscriptions include complimentary concurrent subscriptions to Parallels Access and Parallels Toolbox for Mac and Windows. Key Parallels Desktop 18 features Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Standard Edition: Optimized for the upcoming macOS Ventura release to support new features, functionality, and deliver exceptional performance. Full support for Apple’s ProMotion display with automatic refresh rate changes and unleashed Apple M1 Ultra performance allowing users to assign more resources and get up to 96% faster Windows 11. * Seamless Windows gaming experience with automatic sharing of Xbox or DualShock Bluetooth game controllers with Windows and Linux. Improved compatibility of Intel (x86) applications when running Windows 11 on ARM, specifically when saving and reading files from the Mac disk. Improved USB 3.0 to support live data streaming devices, including Elgato HD60, Startech USB 3.0 Video Capture, and more. Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Pro Edition (Offers all the power of the standard edition, plus these unique capabilities): Powerful network conditioner on Apple M1 Macs enabling users to set up various network conditions for the virtual machine (bandwidth, packet loss, delay) similar to both Windows and Linux virtual machines. Isolate virtual machine network from Mac on Apple M1 Mac computers for better security and start a Minikube cluster with Parallels Desktop as a virtualization provider. Ability to use network boot with Linux ARM virtual machines now available on Mac computers with Apple M1 chips. Easily analyze an application performance in a separate VM using the enhanced Parallels plug-in for Visual Studio. Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Business Edition (Builds on the power of the Pro edition with additional functionality, including): Convenient SSO/SAML authentication for employees to sign in and activate Parallels Desktop with a corporate account. Allows admins to deploy, provision, or transfer a Windows 11 virtual machine across employees’ Mac computers. Manage Parallels customer experience program participation centrally in Parallels My Account. 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, ChromeOS, 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 brands including CorelDRAW, MindManager, Parallels, and WinZip – to inspire users and help them achieve their goals.

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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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In deploying a VMware environment, it is crucial to know whether a storage system can meet workload requirements. The number of IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) usually serves as a starting point measure for this purpose. In this section, we will provide resources for estimating the IOPS of a production environment as well as information on random IOPS of Synology NAS servers. To estimate the workload of your production environment, you can visit the Official Synology Blog for useful techniques on How to measure IOPS for VMware and How to measure IOPS for Windows.

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