Windows Virtual Desktop doesn't limit enterprises to Microsoft for VDI

Techrepublic | October 08, 2019

Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) takes the infrastructure out of VDI without requiring enterprises to switch away from other vendors' management tools that they're comfortable with, and extends virtualisation beyond current niche use cases. Lots of enterprises want VDI without the burden of running their own infrastructure, says Microsoft 365 corporate vice president Brad Anderson. "They're saying 'hey, we want out of the business of having to build this infrastructure, we want to do it all from cloud'. And they would prefer to do it from Microsoft's Cloud because then they have the builder of the operating system, the builder of the tool, the builder of the cloud all in one stack and it's just far more simple for them.

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Nord Security announces a new strategic direction engaging channel partners in the US

Nord Security | February 03, 2022

Nord Security, a provider of world-class cybersecurity solutions, is proud to announce a new strategic direction to engage and sell-with channel partners in the US. This move offers an opportunity for Nord Security to hit the ground running in the US market by relying on the connections and customers that our partners are continuously fostering in their networks. Additionally, this decision will help the company to accelerate its expansion geographically, reach business customers in a quicker manner, and provide them with much-needed cybersecurity products. Nord Security has been growing quickly and reached the point where we are looking into more region-specific solutions. We decided to work through the channel partner community because we see a growing US businesses interest in digital solutions, cybersecurity, and network access security. Partners that we work with are exceptional brand advocates and understand the value that a good solution provides to their customers. Their community is driven, knowledgeable, and are experts in their various technology fields." Tom Okman, co-founder at Nord Security Nord Security is known for its leading cybersecurity solutions. NordVPN — the first brand in the Nord Security family of products — was established in 2012. Over the years, it has become the VPN solution of choice for individuals worldwide. That success and market expertise has translated to a focus around delivering business-focused security solutions. Those include the encrypted cloud storage service NordLocker, the next-generation password manager for business NordPass, and the advanced network access security solution NordLayer. Recently, the company announced strategic partnerships with Telarus, the largest privately held technology services distributor in the United States, and AVANT, the leading IT decision-making platform. Nord Security chose these organizations as initial go-to-market partners for representing an extraordinary group of allies in the industry. "We're excited about our recent partnership with two industry leaders – Telarus and AVANT – to offer the Nord Security suite of services to its partner communities. Nord Security has demonstrated that its cybersecurity offerings are top of the line and that partners' communities and customers will see tremendous benefits. Such partners as Telarus and AVANT provide a critical offering to enterprises by acting as their trusted advisor to deliver the best solution available on the market," says David Nuti, SVP of sales, North America channel. Nord Security will also participate at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo – the largest gathering of channel partners in the country this spring. Over four days, the gathering, co-located with the MSP Summit, will be THE event of 2022, where partners can connect with technology suppliers to advance their businesses and harness knowledge that accelerates new revenue and growth. The event will take place from April 11 to 14 at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, NV. The US program comes on the heels of the success seen from our Europe-focused NordLayer partner community of managed network services providers.

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OpenShift boosts DevSecOps with VMware Tanzu in its rear view

OpenShift | May 12, 2022

Red Hat OpenShift was introduced, but the fiercest competition among DevOps platform vendors for enterprise buyers has only just begun. Red Hat first released OpenShift in 2011 and standardized its OpenShift Container Platform on Kubernetes in 2014, well ahead of the open source container orchestration framework's emergence as an industry standard. OpenShift remains, by most market analysts' measures, the most widely used DevOps platform, a category that took shape amid the upheavals of the COVID-19 pandemic and an industry consolidation that saw VMware acquire Heptio in 2018, forming the basis for its Tanzu Kubernetes products; IBM acquire Red Hat for $34 billion in 2019; and SUSE acquire Rancher in 2020. The latest IBM estimates put the number of OpenShift customers at about 3,500 companies. "They're still No. 1 in the market, especially with anything being done on premises with containers and Kubernetes," said Rob Strechay, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, a division of TechTarget. "In public cloud, they hold their own, while [Amazon] EKS Anywhere and [Google] Anthos haven't made as much progress on premises." Multi-faceted platform comparisons complex Here and there, however, there are chinks in OpenShift's armor, depending on a customer's technical focus. Some early adopters of edge computing, such as the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense, have favored Rancher Kubernetes, for example, given it was first to market in 2019 with a stripped-down version of Kubernetes in k3s and UI support for centrally managing thousands of edge clusters. As of this week, Red Hat OpenShift Advanced Cluster Management supports up to 2,000 single-node OpenShift clusters. Analysts also point to VMware and its Tanzu platform -- despite Tanzu's status as a relative latecomer to the Kubernetes platform market after years of struggles to integrate it with Cloud Foundry PaaS -- as Red Hat's current chief rival, given the hundreds of thousands of large enterprise customers that use vSphere virtual machines and vRealize IT management tools. VMware's CEO, Raghu Raghuram, has claimed that a majority of OpenShift environments run on vSphere. VMware has also made some inroads in hybrid cloud with its VMware Tanzu on AWS offering, keeping pressure on Red Hat, according to Strechay.

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Scale Computing Named a Finalist in Storage Magazine, SearchStorage 2021 Products of the Year Awards

Scale Computing | January 27, 2022

Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, announced that its HC3 for Video Surveillance has been selected as a finalist in TechTarget’s Storage Magazine and SearchStorage.com’s annual Products of the Year Awards for 2021. TechTarget named Scale Computing’s HC3 Video Surveillance, a Milestone validated solution, as a finalist in the Hyperconverged & Composable Infrastructures category. In its announcement, SearchStorage highlighted that Scale Computing’s HC5250D-V appliance “is purpose-built to be the infrastructure for video management systems and building automation systems. The product combines the high availability, simplicity, and scalability of Scale Computing's popular HC3 family. Video surveillance is one of the most prevalent edge uses, and this product fits into a small footprint.” There is a growing need for edge computing to support an application-driven world as technology continues to extend its way into every part of the business. The need for video surveillance implementations are critical to business security and monitoring, and traditional video management systems simply aren’t enough for organizations today. We are committed to delivering innovative solutions, like video surveillance and HC3 Edge technology, to bring simple, available, and affordable infrastructure for applications in places where IT resources are impossible.” Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder of Scale Computing Organizational demands for video surveillance and security systems continue to evolve to ensure assets, facilities, and people are protected. Scale Computing solves the challenge and complexity of virtualization deployments of video surveillance and access control applications for both customers and systems integrators alike. Verified to run on the most popular VMS solutions including Milestone, Digital Watchdog, and Axis, the HC3 Video Surveillance solution combines the scalability, simplicity, and high availability of Scale Computing’s HC3 family. This news follows exciting award wins for the company, including: Scale Computing’s HC3 Video Surveillance named a winner for the 2021 CRN Tech Innovator Awards in the Edge Computing category. Scale Computing named on CRN’s 2021 Edge Computing 100 list. Winner in both the Edge Computing category and the Converged/Hyperconverged Infrastructure category, of the 2021 CRN Annual Report Card (ARC) Awards. This is the third consecutive year Scale Computing has been recognized as a CRN ARC Award winner. Scale Computing HC3 received two TrustRadius 2021 Top Rated Awards, in Hyperconverged Infrastructure and Server Virtualization. Scale Computing received a 5-Star rating in CRN’s 2021 Partner Program Guide. The Storage Magazine 2021 Products of the Year Awards recognizes winners in five categories: Backup and Disaster Recovery Hardware, Software and Services; Cloud Storage; Disk and Disk Subsystems; Hyperconverged and Composable Infrastructures, and Storage System and Application Software. All enterprise storage products were judged based on technological innovation, performance, ease of integration, ease of use and manageability, functionality, and value. About Scale Computing Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Scale Computing HC3 software eliminates the need for traditional virtualization software, disaster recovery software, servers, and shared storage, replacing these with a fully integrated, highly available system for running applications. Using patented HyperCore technology, the HC3 self-healing platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing HC3 is the ideal infrastructure platform.

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Dell Technologies Telecom Solutions Simplify and Accelerate Modern, Open Network Deployments

Dell Technologies | February 23, 2022

Dell Technologies introduces new telecommunications solutions and services to bolster the open telecom ecosystem and help communications service providers (CSPs) affordably ramp their transformation to open, cloud-native networks. The telecommunications industry's growing open ecosystem gives CSPs more choice in their technologies and partners as they modernize to cloud-native networks. CSPs need the various technologies of this open ecosystem to work together seamlessly to offer differentiated edge services and reduce costs. Dell aims to remove complexity and speed modern network deployments with its Dell Telecom Cloud Foundation, Dell Open RAN Accelerator and new telecom solutions and lab capabilities. Communications service providers are changing how they build and deploy open networks, establishing the foundation on which they can develop and deliver innovative services to capture the edge opportunity. Our expanded telecom solutions portfolio brings the open ecosystem together for network operators, giving them the simplicity and reliability they need to modernize their networks and monetize new services." Dennis Hoffman, senior vice president and general manager, Dell Technologies Telecom Systems Business Dell Telecom Multi-Cloud Foundation speeds network modernization, business growth The Dell Telecom Multi-Cloud Foundation is a turnkey, end-to-end, modern network infrastructure solution that helps CSPs build and deploy open, cloud-native networks faster with lower cost and complexity. The Telecom Multi-Cloud Foundation includes Dell hardware, Dell Bare Metal Orchestrator management software and the CSPs' choice of integrated telecom cloud software platforms, including Red Hat, VMware and Wind River. Dell is adding new Dell Bare Metal Orchestrator Modules to its software, giving CSPs the ability to deploy and lifecycle manage the entire cloud foundation stack. Once implemented, CSPs will have a scalable cloud foundation spanning core, edge and RAN for their open hardware and software environment with the flexibility to design and deploy open network functions and differentiated edge services. ACG Research estimates an up to 39% OpEx savings for CSPs deploying the Telecom Multi-Cloud Foundation in their networks. ACG Research found CSPs also save time on testing and certification, manual processes, server provisioning, software upgrades and cloud stack integration and testing. Dell and Marvell collaborate on new hardware to accelerate Open RAN With the introduction of virtualized and Open RAN architectures, 5G networks are undergoing a transformation that brings cloud scalability to the RAN. Existing virtualized and Open RAN alternatives have previously lacked the performance of established networks, hindering the ability for CSPs to implement cloud-native 5G. Developed in collaboration with Marvell, the Dell Open RAN Accelerator Card is a new inline 5G Layer 1 processing card for vRAN and Open RAN solutions. Designed for Dell PowerEdge and other x86-based servers, the PCIe accelerator card brings the same Marvell OCTEON Fusion technology and performance of today's leading 5G radio networks to the Open RAN ecosystem. CSPs can have better performing systems that lower cost and power consumption, allowing them to affordably scale high performing, modern radio access networks with an open architecture approach. "Marvell is delighted to partner with Dell Technologies to enable an open, virtualized 5G RAN architecture that delivers advanced features and performance built on our proven OCTEON® Fusion platform," said Raj Singh, executive vice president, Processors Business Unit at Marvell. "The new Dell Open RAN Accelerator Card is an innovative no-compromise, cloud-native, inline, Open RAN Layer 1 acceleration solution that addresses the shortcomings of existing vRAN alternatives." "We're pleased to see Dell Technologies and Marvell come together to innovate and create technologies that will enhance Open RAN platform capability and vendor diversity for operators," said Andy Dunkin, Open RAN RF and digital platform development manager at Vodafone. "The promise of virtualized Open RAN platforms will be enhanced with the Dell Open Ran Accelerator Card that should offer network operators like Vodafone a less costly and more efficient path to Open RAN." Dell and ecosystem partners help speed deployment of edge and core solutions Dell continues to grow its open partner ecosystem with new telecom solutions for edge and core. Dell Validated Design for Services Edge 1.2 brings together edge compute resources with private wireless connectivity, enabling the ease of deployment, scalable operations and security capabilities required for large numbers of edge locations. Enterprises can place sensors and devices at the edge of mobile networks to capture and process data in near-real time, and use the data to generate insights, optimize operations and help increase productivity. The open standards-based design now supports Airspan 5G RAN for a fast deployment of enterprise private 5G networks. Dell Validated Design for the 5G Core with Oracle and VMware gives CSPs the choice to build a robust, scalable 5G core on industry standard infrastructure, in a more secure and reliable way. The solution can help reduce the time needed to design, test and integrate network components from multiple partners. Dell expands telecom services and lab capabilities to drive faster ecosystem innovation Dell continues to grow its telecom services capabilities to lead partner integration and accelerate CSPs' deployment and adoption of telecom solutions. CSPs can quickly operationalize network infrastructure with Dell ProDeploy for NFVI. The service combines Dell factory integration and field deployment options to flexibly build the optimal NFV infrastructure specific to each customer's network. The service integrates compute, networking and telecom cloud software platforms, helping CSPs deploy workloads faster and at scale, saving them time and cost. Dell's proven processes enable 68% faster infrastructure deployment time with ProDeploy. The Dell Open Telecom Ecosystem Lab Solution Integration Platform helps CSPs and partners securely connect their lab resources to the Dell lab and infrastructure to develop and bring 5G and telecom edge services to market more quickly. With the labs interconnected to create a mini, open ecosystem, the Solution Integration Platform uses the latest DevOps techniques to conduct tests faster than manual testing, so services can be brought to market more quickly, with less risk and cost. CSPs and partners can use the new platform to conduct integrated testing and ongoing lifecycle management of Open RAN, 5G and edge services and applications. 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.

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