Dell Technologies | February 18, 2022
Dell Technologies and VMware are working with Munich Re, one of the world's leading reinsurers, to create a consistent approach to global IT operations that performs with improved performance and flexibility at the high level of security required for its data-intensive workloads.
Dell and VMware are assisting Munich Re to more easily adhere to compliance requirements and reduce IT costs. Azure VMware Solution, part of Microsoft Azure, and a modern private cloud based on Dell Technologies and VMware will help create a consistent multi-cloud architecture where data and workloads can be processed and delivered exactly where they are required and shared across multiple environments. The multi-cloud architecture will support Munich Re to offer a coherent customer experience across environments through a consistent IT infrastructure that consolidates all of Munich Re's global data centers into three hubs.
"With Dell Technologies and VMware, we are creating a consistent cloud operating model to standardize our infrastructure and increase our environment's performance, stability, and resilience in a smart way," said Robin Johnson, CIO at Munich Re. "This modern multi-cloud infrastructure will help us in our daily business operations by providing the agility to match the right cloud to any application or use case."
The Azure VMware Solution can accelerate application and cloud modernization initiatives with less risk and better economics than traditional approaches. It also allows for the extension or migration of existing VMware workloads natively on Microsoft Azure. Munich Re's private cloud will be based on Dell VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure systems with VMware Cloud Foundation software. Munich Re will also use VMware vRealize Cloud Management and VMware NSX to enable consistent management across cloud environments and enable security policies that follow workloads wherever they move.
The insurance industry is going through a technology revolution ranging from how they process claims to how they engage their customers. Munich Re turned to Dell and VMware with the ambition of creating a multi-cloud strategy that could provide a powerful and stable IT infrastructure and respond flexibly to the demands of a dynamic industry with a seamless, standardized and automated platform."
Bradd Lewis, Dell Technologies vice president and global lead for financial services
"Across the insurance industry, we are seeing our customers invest in hybrid-cloud strategies to deliver more efficient and tailored solutions for their clients," said Jennifer Manry, vice president, global industries, VMware. "But to remain resilient, it's no longer about a 'cloud first' approach—it's about being 'cloud smart'. Together with Dell, we are uniquely positioned to give Munich Re the power to accelerate innovation with a smarter path to a hybrid-cloud environment that enables the flexibility to scale quickly and move workloads between IT environments without restrictions or trade-offs."
About Dell Technologies
Dell Technologies 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.
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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AudioEye | January 17, 2022
The Board of Directors of AudioEye, Inc., an industry-leading digital accessibility platform delivering website accessibility compliance to businesses of all sizes, has appointed David Moradi as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective January 13th, 2022.
David Moradi has served as the Company's interim CEO over the last 18 months, a period of significant progress in the Company's transition to a highly scalable platform with industry-leading gross margins and considerable improvements in the Company's product, technology, and go-to-market.
Over the past two years, David has skillfully, tenaciously, and tirelessly led AudioEye's transformation into a higher margin and more scalable enterprise with a truly differentiated product that brings transparency to the issues of web accessibility. He sets the tone with his relentless pursuit of excellence and his passion for eradicating all barriers to digital accessibility, and he has assembled an extremely strong leadership team to help achieve this mission. We value not only his strong leadership and commitment but also the significant personal financial investment he has made in AudioEye, which we believe strengthens the alignment of interest between management and other shareholders."
Carr Bettis, Executive Chairman of AudioEye
David Moradi is an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor to numerous market-leading technology companies. Moradi is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of First Contact Entertainment, a leading virtual reality (VR) game development studio. He is also the founder and CEO of Sero Capital LLC, a family office that invests in all stages of a company's lifecycle, from angel investing to late-stage private investments.
Before First Contact and Sero Capital, Moradi was the founder and CEO of Anthion Management, a technology fund with peak assets exceeding one billion dollars. Before Anthion, Moradi was a Portfolio Manager at firms including Pequot Capital Management and Soros Fund Management. Before that, he was a special situations analyst at Imperial Capital. Moradi holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also the founder and Chairman of the David Moradi Foundation, a charitable foundation supporting education and veterans.
Moradi added, "My tenure at AudioEye began as Chair of the Strategic Committee of the board of directors in 2019, with the goal of building a scalable product with high gross margins. We have made tremendous progress on these initiatives, and I am excited to continue working with one of the best leadership teams I've worked alongside, as well as exceptional employee talent. We have hired over 90 people over the last 18 months, including every member of leadership, and now have the strongest team at any point in the Company's history."
AudioEye is an industry-leading digital accessibility platform delivering ADA and WCAG compliance at scale. By combining easy-to-use technology and subject matter expertise, AudioEye helps companies and content creators solve every aspect of web accessibility — from finding and resolving issues to navigating legal compliance, to ongoing monitoring and upkeep. Trusted by the FCC, ADP, SSA, Samsung, and others, AudioEye delivers automated remediations and continuous monitoring for accessibility issues without making fundamental changes to website architecture, source code, or browser-based tools. Join us on our mission to eradicate barriers to digital access.
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Lightbits | April 06, 2022
Lightbits®, the first software-defined NVMe® data platform for any cloud, today announced that the Lightbits Cloud Data Platform is available on VMware Marketplace. In addition to high performance and increased flexibility, Lightbits offers rich data services that result in highly resilient storage that extends across the entire virtualized platform.
VMware Marketplace is a one-stop shop for VMware validated and certified ecosystem solutions that enable customers to discover, try, purchase, and deploy directly to VMware environments. Partners can easily publish their solutions for VMware customers across platforms such as VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Tanzu, and more. Customers will be able to access and purchase these third-party partner solutions directly from their cloud environments, while also experiencing the convenience of features such as notifications, reporting, and analytics.
Lightbits provides a unified, consistent, high-performance data platform for any cloud that delivers efficiency, simplicity, and agility for container-based applications in a Kubernetes environment, as well as virtualized applications in a VMware environment. The innovative Lightbits Cloud Data Platform is architected to leverage the performance and latency benefits of NVMe/TCP and Intelligent Flash Management™ (IFM), solving the complexity and high-cost problems of high-performance storage for any cloud. Lightbits provides efficiency and flexibility of disaggregation at performance that is similar to local flash. A single Lightbits cluster can deliver over 40M IOPS (random Read) and 10PB user capacity, with less than 200μs latency. Organizations previously utilizing iSCSI can instead use NVMe/TCP on the same network infrastructure and realize much higher performance. The Lightbits Cloud Data Platform is certified with VMware vSphere® 7 Update 3 and is available on the VMware Marketplace.
“Lightbits is an efficient, disaggregated software-defined architecture that combines the advantages of NVMe/TCP data fabric, IFM, and enterprise data services that is easy to consume on the VMware Marketplace. IFM dramatically improves flash storage efficiency and delivers the highest performance with the lowest latencies at scale for VMware environments,” said Eran Kirzner, CEO at Lightbits. “Many Cloud Service Providers and VCPP customers are already realizing how simple it is to provision storage, control volume policies such as availability, protection, data reduction, and QoS.”
We are pleased to see the Lightbits Cloud Data Platform on VMware Marketplace. Compatible technologies, such as the Lightbits Cloud Data Platform, enable our customers to build, run, manage and better secure their applications effectively and efficiently using VMware products and services. We’re excited to work with partners such as Lightbits Labs to empower customers to derive the most value from their technology investments.”
Ramya Sarangarajan, Director, Product Marketing and Strategy, VMware
About Lightbits Labs
Lightbits Labs® (Lightbits), is a cloud data platform company that delivers ease of use and efficiency while unlocking agility for modern businesses. Creators of the NVMe® over TCP (NVMe/TCP) protocol, Lightbits is leading the digital data center transformation by making software-defined storage that is easy to deploy at scale and delivers performance equivalent to local flash to accelerate cloud-native applications in bare metal, virtual, or containerized environments. Backed by leading enterprise investors including Cisco Investments, Dell Technologies Capital, Intel Capital, and Micron, Lightbits is on a mission to make high-performance elastic block storage simple, scalable, and cost-efficient for any cloud.
Beyond Identity | April 18, 2022
Invisible, unphishable multi-factor authentication (MFA) provider Beyond Identity today announced integrations with additional single sign-on (SSO) solutions from CyberArk, Google Cloud, OneLogin by One Identity, Shibboleth, and VMware to accelerate enterprise and higher education adoption of completely passwordless MFA. These new integrations – which come on the heels of Beyond Identity announcing $100 million in Series C funding – further expand the industry’s most extensive ecosystem of identity and SSO providers committed to the advancement of passwordless MFA.
Passwords remain the most vulnerable link in the authentication chain and are involved in 80% of data breaches. Passwords are a compromised authentication method and an initial attack vector for ransomware and account takeover attacks. Adversaries employ phishing techniques to steal credentials or simply purchase previously stolen passwords to gain access. Recent high-profile security breaches, such as TransUnion South Africa, further underscore the fact that passwords are the root cause of cyberattacks.
The prevailing assumption is that MFA will protect organizations from password-based attacks. Unfortunately, attackers are easily bypassing existing MFA solutions at scale. To shore up the federal government’s cybersecurity defenses and deliver on President Biden’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently released a Zero Trust Architecture Strategy that requires agencies to stop using easily phishable MFA, including push notifications, one-time passwords over SMS, and voice-based systems. “Strong authentication” is a foundational component of any zero trust strategy, and the U.S. government now requires “passwordless MFA.”
“Beyond Identity’s approach aligns with the OMB’s recent guidance: passwordless MFA with no phishable factors,” said Kurt Johnson, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Beyond Identity. “We are thrilled to welcome cybersecurity leaders CyberArk, Google Cloud, OneLogin by One Identity, Shibboleth, and VMware into our technology ecosystem. We look forward to bringing secure and frictionless MFA to these important solutions with our Secure Work product that transforms the user experience while significantly bolstering defenses.”
Secure Work, one of three products built on Beyond Identity’s cloud-native platform, safeguards an organization’s SaaS apps, cloud resources, and critical data by eliminating passwords and restricting access to authorized and secure devices. It empowers zero trust by cryptographically binding a user’s identity to their devices with proven public/private key technology. The solution ensures every device has the correct security settings and required security software running at the time of login – before granting access. Beyond Identity’s advanced authenticator collects dozens of device security posture checks at the time of login. These granular security attributes can then be used to enforce security policies and stop risky users and devices from authenticating, protecting all critical resources.
About Beyond Identity
Beyond Identity is fundamentally changing how the world logs in with a groundbreaking invisible, unphishable MFA platform that provides the most secure and frictionless authentication on the planet. We stop ransomware and account takeover attacks in their tracks and dramatically improve the user experience. Beyond Identity’s state-of-the-art platform eliminates passwords and other phishable factors, enabling organizations to confidently validate users’ identities. The solution ensures users log in from authorized devices, and that every device meets the security policy requirements during login and continuously after that. Our revolutionary approach empowers zero trust by cryptographically binding the user’s identity to their devices and analyzing hundreds of risk signals on an ongoing basis. The company’s advanced risk policy engine enables organizations to implement foundationally secure authentication and utilize risk signals for protection, rather than just for detection and response.