Vodafone Idea Deploys Automated Multicloud Network for Retail and Enterprise Customers Based on Cisco NFVI

Vodafone | April 09, 2019

Vodafone Idea is deploying an automated multicloud network across the country to enable an unmatched experience for its retail and enterprise customers. The Operator has collaborated with Cisco to deploy a distributed multicloud architecture based on Cisco Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI). This automated solution has enabled a nationwide deployment in record time. It has fast-tracked Vodafone Idea’s Data Core Network rollout, increased capacities, and helped reduce costs as Cloud implementation is now done in just 72 hours. The platform being built is ready to host both IT and Network applications on one cloud.

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The NetApp Virtual Desktop Service (VDS) orchestrates Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in major public clouds as well as on private clouds. VDS supports Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) on Microsoft Azure. VDS automates many tasks that must be performed after deployment of WVD or RDS, including setting up SMB file shares (for user profiles, shared data, and the user home drive), enabling Windows features, application and agent installation, firewall, and policies.


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Lenovo Think Report Reveals Barriers to Critical Thinking and How Technology Can Empower Progress for a Better World

Lenovo | October 07, 2022

To take a critical look at how today’s societal challenges have affected global productivity and attitudes, Lenovo today releases its first-ever Think Report. This report identifies a compromised way of thinking in today’s world, with global respondents claiming a loss of roughly two hours per day in productivity due to their inability to think purposefully, primarily because of burnout, stress and mental fatigue they have experienced from the tremendous societal changes in the past two years. This timely report – which surveyed 5,700+ people across the US, UK, Germany and Japan – comes on the heels of the 30th anniversary of Lenovo ThinkPad. The insights look to educate people in the workforce on the importance of “real thinking,” and will enable those to use technology more intelligently, collaboratively -- and less intrusively, in a way that isn’t distracting to living life and thriving. “It is eye-opening to see that people globally feel that societal progress is in jeopardy because of a lack of real thinking. 80% of those surveyed believe that we, as a society, need to develop a new revolution in thinking, As we celebrate ThinkPad’s 30th anniversary, it’s a pivotal time to re-evaluate how human-centered technology can catalyze better thinking in all aspects of our lives – from home to work to school and more.” Emily Ketchen, VP and CMO of Intelligent Devices Group, Lenovo The Thinking Gap Respondents largely feel that the external events of the last few years (e.g., COVID-19, economic disruptions, etc.) are contributing to and exacerbating distractions, heightened multitasking and fatigue, which further impairs the quality of their thinking. Across all respondents, just 34% say they spend "all" or "most" of their thinking time in clear, deep, and productive thinking. 75% of IT Decision Makers globally say that their colleagues struggle “a great deal” or “somewhat” with engaging in clear and productive thinking. 64% of those surveyed feel that they are reliant on practical or “survival” thinking and the ability to think quickly and multitask is “extremely” or “very important” – thus, resulting in a lack of innovative and actionable thinking that can impact advancements. In tandem, most respondents feel the situation is not improving – projecting that their lives will not get any easier or any less stressful over the next several years. The Power of Thinking Across the globe, while broad segments of respondents said they are struggling to achieve better thinking today, respondents have positive associations with improved thinking and understand the benefits that come with unlocking higher-order thinking. 65% of respondents believe that engaging in clear, deep, productive thinking will help them make better decisions. 79% of those surveyed in the U.S. consider critical thinking “extreme” or “very important.” Thinking Habits While people recognize the power of improved thinking, productive thinking times vary greatly depending on the region, and don’t always align with the traditional “9-to-5” workday. 37% of Americans surveyed and 24% of respondents in the UK prefer late nights or early mornings. 25% of Japanese respondents favor mid-morning. On the other hand, 35% of Germans think more clearly in the evenings. Across the board, those surveyed believe the #1 must-have for better thinking is a quiet environment – and respondents in the US, UK and Germany expressed noise-cancelling technologies are most valued to help with deeper thinking. Better Thinking Empowered by Technology Based on the research, evolutions in communication and collaboration technologies are considered as the most helpful features in promoting better thinking. In addition, learning how to use technology more purposefully – including setting some boundaries, limiting distractions and decreasing clutter of information – can help us build better thinking habits. 66% of Business End Users surveyed are looking for information on how technology can help with clear, deep and productive thinking. They are also more willing than the general population to consider re-evaluating their relationship with technology. For example, many feel that simplifying tasks could help individuals achieve better thinking. 40% of respondents in Germany would learn how to use technology more purposefully. 39% of respondents in the U.S. would set boundaries around their technology usage. For example, setting time aside to play an instrument or exercise. Overwhelmingly, IT Decision Makers surveyed feel optimistic about the technology their coworkers have access to and how it enables clear thinking for employees and organizations. Whether it’s crunch time to meet deadlines, a need for business minds to come together, or the opportunity to invent – more than 60% of those surveyed think that technology helps individuals engage in critical, reflective, collaborative, expansive/exploratory and/or new types of thinking. Thinking for Humanity Overall, respondents believe that improved thinking has the potential to leave long-lasting impacts. A majority of those surveyed agree that better thinking would increase our collective humanity and we would be closer to solving challenges facing humanity and society for future generations to come. 62% in the US, 54% in the UK and 52% in Germany say that our society would be kinder if we engaged in more clear, deep and productive thinking. The full Think Report can be viewed here. Methodological Note Fieldwork for this study was conducted via an online survey of 5,768 respondents from July 4 to 24, 2022. The survey sample was comprised of a combination of Gen Pop, BEUs1, and ITDMs2 from the markets of U.S., U.K., Germany, and Germany. The margin of error for individual market samples of Gen Pop respondents is +/- 3. About Lenovo Lenovo is a US$70 billion revenue global technology powerhouse, ranked #171 in the Fortune Global 500, employing 75,000 people around the world, and serving millions of customers every day in 180 markets. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, Lenovo has built on its success as the world’s leading PC player by expanding into new growth areas of infrastructure, mobile, solutions and services. This transformation together with Lenovo’s world-changing innovation is building a more inclusive, trustworthy, and sustainable digital society for everyone, everywhere.

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3Cloud Data Solutions Make Healthcare Compliance Concerns a Thing of the Past

3Cloud LLC | September 13, 2022

3Cloud is transforming the healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences industries by modernizing data estates and applications while driving interoperability with the Microsoft Azure cloud. 3Cloud's broad array of offerings, including high performance computing, bioinformatics, application modernization, modern data platform, FHIR and interoperability have led them to become the go to partner across the industry. With forward-thinking data estate and app modernization solutions, 3Cloud enables physicians and other healthcare providers to see a more complete view of their patients and develop a better understanding of their utilization rates and demand for services. 3Cloud is empowering decision-makers across the industry to look at how healthcare providers access and use health information to drive better models of care, improve patient safety and clinical outcome, and enhance the overall patient experience. Healthcare systems must always balance the delivery of care with operational efficiency. Clinical outcomes, revenue cycle management, progressive research, and administrative efficiency compete for attention. 3Cloud helps providers create modern data platforms to improve revenue cycle analytics, supply chain management, nurse schedules, reimbursement rates and more to ensure that their internal operations run smoothly and effectively. Insurers often have a large variety of sources and levels of complexity when it comes to data. A leading U.S. healthcare payor whose tens of thousands of employees serve millions of members is working to transform their business by embracing a nimble, elastic modern data architecture. By partnering with 3Cloud to launch their business transformation, the insurer saw almost instantaneous benefits, including rapid access to accurate data and predictive analytics. 3Cloud is also helping healthcare payors and providers tackle data integration challenges and comply with the CMS interoperability requirements under the 2016 Cures Act. 3Cloud's solutions for Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR) are designed to create a modern, secure and highly flexible environment. By implementing a framework leveraging Azure Health Data Services for the consumption, storage and aggregation of data with industry-leading architecture and data design patterns, they provide a simple and digestible way for developers to interact with healthcare data. This allows for the focus to shift more towards innovation and less on managing infrastructure supporting interoperability use cases. Once this framework is established, focus can be shifted to advancing innovation through SMART on FHIR application development, complex integrations, and advanced analytics, all of which lead to a better patient or member experience. Their experience building, managing and migrating HIPAA-compliant applications on the cloud helps organizations create and execute the right plan to modernize their applications, without affecting current business operations or compromising proprietary applications. Prioritization is put on reducing operating costs and gaining the agility to iterate and innovate with ease. The cloud offers opportunities to perform bioinformatics analyses interactively and at-scale, helping to overcome the struggle for genomics research to analyze vast amounts of data in an efficient way. 3Cloud has perfected this by using Azure Synapse to analyze millions of variants quickly as opposed to the old way of using large, on-premise high performance computing (HPC) cluster jobs. Another method 3Cloud utilizes to pave the way for genomics research is by using Azure Data Lake to centralize data and automate bioinformatics pipelines in the cloud, while also providing enterprise-grade data security. 3Clouds' Azure Data and Analytics Platform solution makes creating new research enclaves for research projects a templatized, automated process, taking research startup time from days to hours. It also provides researchers with the ability to use traditional frameworks or High Compute (HCP) services, streamlining the process of delivering results. The strong relationship with Microsoft is a cornerstone of 3Cloud's proven success. This year they were awarded Microsoft Partner of the Year across multiple categories, including: Worldwide Winner Migration to Azure Worldwide Winner Solution Assessments US Winner Solution Assessments US Winner Modernizing Applications Worldwide Finalist Analytics Worldwide Finalist Healthcare & Life Sciences 3Cloud was selected from over 3,900 worldwide and 1,800 national partner nominations, for demonstrating excellence in digital innovation and modernizing clients' data estates and applications on the Microsoft Azure platform. About 3Cloud As a top Microsoft services partner focused 100% on the Azure platform, 3Cloud helps clients build, migrate, modernize and manage their applications, infrastructure, data and analytics in the cloud. Founded by Mike Rocco and Jim Dietrich who served over 15 years together at Microsoft, 3Cloud combines a team of highly experienced cloud architects and technologists with a strong network of Microsoft sales and engineering relationships to deliver the ultimate Azure experience for clients. 3Cloud is headquartered in Chicago and serves clients throughout the U.S.

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Leostream Teams with Liquidware on Best-of-Breed Digital Workspace Management Platform

Leostream | November 01, 2022

Leostream, the leading provider of enterprise-grade remote access solutions, today announced a joint digital workspace management solution with Liquidware Inc. that keeps desktops and applications agile and always available. The combination of the Liquidware Essentials™ bundle with Leostream’s connection management platform offers customers a single, cohesive, tested, scalable and affordable solution that connects end users to their desktops or applications seamlessly, from any device, using any display protocol. Unlike traditional VDI approaches, the Leostream and Liquidware combined solution enables user profile management across any on-premises or cloud backend infrastructure by moving users seamlessly between backend environments based on performance needs. Users log in from the same portal with the same credentials for unlimited freedom and flexibility while organizations are able to transition from costly legacy VDI stacks with a solution custom built to suit their needs. Liquidware provides comprehensive user environment management, application layering and user experience monitoring in the Essentials suite, which includes ProfileUnity™, FlexApp™ and Stratusphere™ UX. ProfileUnity and FlexApp harvest current user profile environments and applications to prepare for a smooth migration. Stratusphere UX enables organizations to measure their current environments in order to properly design, resource and move their target environment to any desktop platform; physical, virtual or cloud-based. Liquidware Stratusphere UX gathers and provides key user-experience metrics to support the design of desktop images to be provisioned by Leostream. "Combining true best-of-breed solutions like Liquidware Essentials and the Leostream Platform allows organizations to avoid the cost and management overheads of point legacy solutions,” said Jason E. Smith, VP Alliances and Product Marketing, Liquidware. “With this joint offering, IT admins can easily move from physical to VDI or cloud-based desktops seamlessly with no user downtime.” Leostream is the connection management platform of choice for major enterprises around the globe for its ability to mix and manage on-premises and cloud-based hosting platforms. Leostream’s remote access and desktop connection management software enables organizations to create security-conscious remote desktop environments that are sustainable, performant, and cost-effective. The ability to orchestrate disparate technologies from a single management and access platform is a uniquely Leostream construct that enables organizations to advance the state of the art of their entire hosted desktop environment with an eye on integrating new technologies as they come to market. “Both Liquidware and Leostream offer field-proven solutions that improve management of increasingly complex IT environments, This joint solution better allows users to co-exist and move across physical, virtual, cloud, and mixed-Windows OS environments with ease. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to collaborate to deliver this digital workspace management solution to provide our joint customers with the unlimited freedom and flexibility that they need, while helping them seamlessly transition off costly legacy platforms.” Karen Gondoly, Leostream CEO About Liquidware Liquidware is a leader in digital workspace management solutions for Windows desktops. The company’s products encompass all facets of management to ensure the ultimate user experience across all workspaces – physical, virtual, DaaS or in the cloud. Enterprises across the globe utilize Liquidware solutions to dramatically decrease time spent managing desktops, while delivering increased security, flexibility, and scalability. Supported platforms include Microsoft physical, Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), and RDS desktops, Citrix Desktops, VMware Horizon, Amazon WorkSpaces, and Nutanix Frame. Liquidware products are available through a global network of partners. About Leostream The Leostream Platform embodies over 20 years of Leostream research and development in supporting customers with hosted desktop environments including VDI, hybrid cloud, and high-performance display protocols. The Engineering, Science & Technology Emmy®-winning Leostream Platform provides the world’s most robust desktop connection management and remote access feature set, allowing today’s enterprises to choose the best-of-breed components to satisfy their complex security, cost, and flexibility needs, while working with them as they evolve into tomorrow.

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Dell Technologies Delivers Industry-First Innovations with VMware to Power Multicloud and Edge Solutions

Dell Technologies | September 06, 2022

Dell Technologies is introducing new infrastructure solutions, co-engineered with VMware, that deliver greater automation and performance for organizations embracing multicloud and edge strategies. "Customers tell us they want help simplifying their multicloud and edge strategies as they look to drive more efficiency and performance from their IT," said Jeff Boudreau, president, Dell Technologies Infrastructure Solutions Group. "Dell Technologies and VMware have numerous joint engineering initiatives spanning core IT areas such as multicloud, edge and security to help our customers more easily manage and gain value from their data." Business data and applications continue to grow in multicloud environments comprised of edge locations, public clouds and on-premises IT. Many organizations have already adopted a multicloud approach, and the number of applications running at the edge will grow 800% by 2024.1 "IDC's global research shows many organizations are struggling to balance the rapidly rising complexity and cost of data center, edge and cloud operations with relentless business demand for better data integration, security and application performance, These organizations recognize the need for a consistent operating model tightly integrated with infrastructure platforms that support sophisticated, large scale data-driven workloads." Mary Johnston Turner, IDC research vice president, future of digital infrastructure agenda Dell VxRail delivers greater performance and smallest-ever systems at the edge Dell is introducing several new VxRail systems and software advancements that improve performance on-premises and at the edge including the industry's only jointly engineered HCI-based DPU solution with VMware.2 Improved system performance: A result of co-engineering with VMware and its Project Monterey initiative, VxRail systems support new VMware vSphere 8 software that has been rearchitected to run on DPUs. Customers can improve application and networking infrastructure performance and improve TCO by moving these services from a system's CPU to its new on-board DPU. Support demanding workloads: Select VxRail systems now support VMware's new vSAN Enterprise Storage Architecture (ESA). With up to 4x vSAN performance improvement3, customers can better support demanding mission-critical applications. Smallest edge systems: VxRail rugged modular nodes deliver high performance and scalability in the system's smallest form factor to date.4 Modular nodes are ideal for edge use cases including healthcare, energy and utilities and digital cities because of VxRail's industry-first, on-board hardware witness5, which will allow for deployment in high latency, low bandwidth locations. "The increasing demand for software-defined infrastructure services for networking, storage and security places more demands on already-strained CPUs. As more distributed, resource intensive applications are onboarded, there is a need to reimagine data center architecture to fully support the requirements of these applications," said Krish Prasad, senior vice president & general manager, Cloud Platform Business, VMware. "Dell VxRail with VMware vSphere 8 will deliver a foundation for next generation data center architecture by running infrastructure services on the DPU. This will enable greater network and application performance and a new level of sophistication in adopting Zero Trust security strategies to protect modern enterprise workloads." Dell APEX expands multicloud and edge support for VMware environments Dell is adding several offers to its APEX portfolio for VMware workloads that help speed development of cloud-native apps and better allocate compute and storage resources for applications at the edge. APEX Cloud Services with VMware Cloud adds managed VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid services, which allows IT teams to help developers move faster by using a container-based approach to application development. With Dell-managed Tanzu services, customers can provision Kubernetes clusters through the vSphere user interface. Organizations also will be able to help speed development efforts by building, testing and running cloud-native applications alongside traditional applications on the same platform. APEX Private Cloud and APEX Hybrid Cloud offer new compute-only options that allow customers to support more workloads and increase IT infrastructure efficiency by independently scaling compute and storage resources. Organizations can start small and scale their infrastructure as their IT needs change. Customers can use Dell's industry-leading enterprise storage data services by connecting compute-only instances to Dell storage such as APEX Data Storage Services. "APEX Hybrid Cloud lets us manage our multicloud environment seamlessly and gain better insights into our VMware workloads. It's allowed us to reduce the cost of supporting applications and workloads by 20%," said Ben Doyle, chief information officer, ATN International. "We stood up the Dell APEX solution quickly, and we easily moved 70% of our infrastructure to it in under three months. We look forward to working with Dell Technologies to expand our cloud footprint moving forward." Dell Validated Designs for AI – AutoML uses AI to democratize data science Dell Validated Designs for AI – Automatic Machine Learning (AutoML) uses automated machine learning models to help data scientists of all skill levels develop AI-powered applications. The solution includes tested and proven configurations of Dell VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure with H2O.ai, NVIDIA and VMware software to help customers speed time to insight from data with automation that delivers up to 18x faster AI models.6 Organizations report 20%7 faster time to value with Dell Validated Designs for AI, helping data scientists of all skill levels develop AI-powered applications faster. VMware Tanzu in Dell Validated Designs for AI helps provide greater container security and allows customers to run AI at the edge using VMware Tanzu services. About Dell Technologies Dell Technologies ( NYSE:DELL) helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry's broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era.

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The NetApp Virtual Desktop Service (VDS) orchestrates Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in major public clouds as well as on private clouds. VDS supports Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) on Microsoft Azure. VDS automates many tasks that must be performed after deployment of WVD or RDS, including setting up SMB file shares (for user profiles, shared data, and the user home drive), enabling Windows features, application and agent installation, firewall, and policies.

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