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Kyndryl and Citrix | October 03, 2022
Kyndryl the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider, today announced a global alliance with Citrix to help businesses improve workplace collaboration and employee productivity to address the rapidly changing requirements of today’s hybrid workforce on a global scale.
By leveraging the longstanding operational and industry expertise of Kyndryl’s Digital Workplace Services, powered by Citrix DaaS, both companies will continue to develop modernized, end-to-end IT management services and virtual desktop solutions across hybrid and multi-cloud environments for new and existing customers.
Through the alliance, Kyndryl will extend the reach of its framework of flexible workplace modernization services designed and deployed for Citrix’s core technologies, including comprehensive desktop and application virtualization managed services that provide secure, remote access to corporate assets from any device or location, while enhancing overall employee satisfaction and end-user experiences.
“Kyndryl and Citrix have worked side-by-side as longstanding partners for nearly two decades, and we’re thrilled to continue growing our relationship and customer offerings with Citrix,” said Ivan Dopplé, General Manager, Kyndryl Digital Workplace Services Global Practice. “Both companies have always remained hyper-focused on helping our global customers navigate the complexities of the modern-day workplace and embracing agility as the business landscape continues to shift at unprecedented speed.”
Kyndryl currently provides managed application support services for over 400,000 Citrix users to enterprises around the world. The service offerings provided in collaboration with Citrix include:
VDI/DaaS/Virtual App Transformation Services: Driving agility and best-in-class user experiences by building and transforming clients through the delivery of modern DaaS solutions
Secure Remote Access Services: Delivering DaaS implementations that strengthen security postures and enhance protection of customer data while facing the challenges of growing remote workforces
Cloud Migrations with Citrix Cloud: Helping customers accelerate their journey to the cloud by delivering an integrated digital workspace with advanced security capabilities that unifies multiple Citrix Cloud services onto a single, unified platform across on-premises, public and hybrid cloud environments.
“Kyndryl is an important and trusted partnership for Citrix, with deep technical expertise in managing and delivering Citrix solutions across public and on-premises cloud platforms, Now more than ever before, workers are the most valuable asset for any organization, but businesses continue to face new challenges in successfully implementing the tools and technologies that foster real collaboration and productivity. With Kyndryl, our combined workplace solutions and skills have the unmatched ability to provide tangible impact and growth for our customers and their employees alike.”
Michelle Senecal de Fonseca, Vice President, Citrix Global Cloud Innovation Strategic Partnerships
Kyndryl is the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider serving thousands of enterprise customers in more than 60 countries. The Company designs, builds, manages and modernizes the complex, mission-critical information systems that the world depends on every day.
Digi International | October 17, 2022
Digi International a leading global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, today announced the launch of its Digi SAFE™ all-in-one connectivity solution for public safety and transportation agencies. The Digi SAFE connectivity solution, which will be showcased at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Expo, is purpose-built, secure, and suited for widespread deployment by emergency services organizations of all sizes and budgets.
At its core, Digi SAFE features Digi Remote Manager as the command center of an intelligent public-safety network that enables IT support teams to remotely monitor, manage, and update field devices. It facilitates rapid deployment, provides location data visibility, and ensures the devices have the latest software & security updates.
Digi provides several router options for emergency professionals, including the new Digi TX40 5G. Encased in a hardened enclosure, the Digi TX40 5G is designed from the ground up to achieve next-generation 5G performance for public safety. Rugged and rated for extended operating temperatures, Digi TX40 5G incorporates Ethernet, Wi-Fi, serial, USB, dual SIMs, and other features to enable a complete Vehicle Access Network (VAN). The Digi TX40 will be available in the Spring 2023.
Secure Mobility Powered by Radio IP
With its Digi TX40 5G router, the Digi SAFE security solution is empowered by Radio IP, a leading CJIS compliant Mobile VPN provider and enables IT administrators from multiple agencies to securely share one system within a single operating platform. The highly resilient application and session persistence helps ensure constant connectivity enabling greater support for first responders in the field with mobile encryption and reliable data access, keeping officers and citizens safer, while minimizing response times.
In addition to the benefits of Radio IP’s Mobile VPN, Digi TX40 5G meets the U.S. government cybersecurity FIPS 140-2 standard and leverages Digi TrustFence® to ensure security compliance throughout the network.
Options for Police and Emergency-Service Operations
“With a commitment to delivering the most advanced connectivity solutions for public safety, emergency services, and transportation, we are proud to unveil Digi SAFE at this prestigious law-enforcement event,” said Kinana Hussain, Digi’s Vice President of Product Management. “In response to the tremendous challenges faced by field officers in keeping individuals and communities safe, Digi focuses on advanced, secure, and always-on solutions to help agencies realize the benefits of their digital transformation initiatives. Our software-centric solutions with reliable purpose-built devices are why customers continue to trust Digi.”
Along with radios for voice communication, public safety vehicles are equipped with dash cameras, body cameras, license-plate readers, eTicket systems, and mobile data computers that create a profusion of data streams from the field. These streams, particularly real-time video, provide critical situational awareness for dispatchers, command staff, and officers at the scene of a public-safety incident. The volume and complexity of data flowing to and from public-safety vehicles is constantly growing and requires relentless, always-on connectivity.
Several wireless carriers offer networks for public safety agencies. These networks ensure critical voice, text, and data communications so that every first responder vehicle can communicate with dispatchers, hospitals, and one another without interruption or delay. Digi TX cellular routers for public safety are certified for emergency services use with all major U.S. carriers. Digi SAFE solutions are available in both 4G LTE models and 5G models with 5G/4G LTE dual connectivity. In 5G cellular routers with 5G/4G LTE dual connectivity, the device seamlessly switches between 5G and 4G LTE connections without interruption and without loss of data.
About Digi International
Digi International is a leading global provider of IoT connectivity products, services, and solutions. It helps companies create next-generation connected products and deploy and manage critical communications infrastructures in demanding environments with high levels of security and reliability. Founded in 1985, Digi has helped customers connect more than 100 million things and counting. For more information, visit www.digi.com.
About Radio IP Software
A global leader in mobile communications, Radio IP Software offers a portfolio of innovative Mobile Virtual Private Network and mobile security solutions. Its award-winning services helps overcome the performance, security, connectivity, and roaming challenges associated with wireless networks to achieve faster response times.
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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.”
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.
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.
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.
Lightbits | November 21, 2022
Lightbits, the first software-defined and architected for NVMe® over TCP (NVMe®/TCP) data platform for any cloud, today announced that x-cellent technologies, a German-based technology consultancy, will integrate their high-performance, persistent storage running on Intel® high-performance technologies into their metalstack.cloud infrastructure. metalstack.cloud is a new cloud service offering that was initiated by x-cellent technologies on base of Open-Source solutions like Gardener as an alternative to public cloud solutions. metalstack.cloud targets customers and developers who require a secure tech platform to run Kubernetes as a Service for their applications from different industries and market domains, such as manufacturing companies, software companies, consulting companies, and startups. The service is produced and operated in Germany.
metalstack.cloud is a set of microservices that implements Kubernetes (K8s) as a service on bare metal and enables elastic cloud infrastructure. It leverages K8s clusters so that end users can easily, securely, and cost-effectively launch their apps on the platform without having to worry about server hardware, networking, and storage management. The architecture is based on their open-source software, metal-stack.io, which was developed for the highly regulated financial sector and is being used successfully by CSPs, including Finanz Informatik Technologie Service (FI-TS), which is also the developer of metal-stack.io and a Lightbits customer. By using metalstack.cloud end users have access to a full K8s stack to develop and run their applications on and can be up and running within 15 minutes.
“We have found Lightbits to be a perfect match for K8s workloads, a much simpler, and higher performing alternative to Ceph and other enterprise storage solutions, We have integrated Lightbits software with Intel high-performance hardware into our state-of-the-art Platform as a Service (PaaS), metalstack.cloud, because it allows us to manage the entire infrastructure of the data center with a lot of flexibility and in a highly available way.”
Stefan Majer, Chief Technology Officer at x-cellent technologies GmbH
The combined solution of Lightbits software with Intel high-performance technologies delivers an unmatched combination of performance, resiliency, and cost-efficiency for any cloud. Together, the companies are helping customers address their complex data center needs enabling CSPs, like metalstack.cloud, to deliver fast, resilient, and secure services to their clients. The solution can be used as a high-performance data platform for any orchestration environment, such as OpenStack, or to run container-based applications in a Kubernetes environment as well as virtualized applications in a VMware vSphere environment.
“We are proud that x-cellent technologies have chosen Lightbits for their cloud platforms. It’s a good match, as their business philosophy closely aligns with our own—build state-of-the-art cloud data platforms that are simple to consume and deliver an unbeatable price-to-performance ratio at scale,” said Eran Kirzner, CEO at Lightbits Labs. “Our solutions help rid customers of the costly dependencies to hyperscalers, and vendor lock-in, but without compromising high-performance, security, scalability, and ease of use.”
metalstack.cloud is in beta release, with general availability in 2023.
About Lightbits Labs
Lightbits Labs® (Lightbits), is on a mission to make high-performance block storage simple, scalable, and cost-efficient for any cloud. Lightbits offers a Cloud Data Platform that delivers efficiency, simplicity, and agility for modern data centers. Inventors 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.