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VMblog Expert Interview: Teradici Explores Its Latest PCoIP-Powered CAS Solution for MacOS
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Teradici recently announced availability of the industry's first high-performance remote access software for the Mac.  To dig in deeper, VMblog spoke with Ziad Lammam, VP of Product at Teradici.

VMblog:  What is Teradici's PCoIP-powered CAS solution and how does it support macOS in a virtual environment?

Ziad Lammam:  Teradici CAS provides the most flexible remote access solution with options to remote Windows, Linux and now the first high performance remoting solution for macOS desktops from any endpoint while using the PCoIP protocol to deliver a high-performance and ultra-secure user experience.

VMblog:  What does this added support mean for enterprises and creators who use macOS?

Lammam:  Remote and hybrid work solutions have to deliver flexibility, performance and security. Enterprises and creators can use Teradici CAS to securely access their Mac infrastructure from anywhere, using any endpoint, including Windows Surface, Windows Laptops/PCs, Chromebooks, Linux devices, Mac endpoints and thin or zero clients. The experience will feel just like they're using the Mac locally.

VMblog:  You've supported macOS in the past.  How is this solution different? 

Lammam:  Teradici has supported Mac clients to connect to a remote Windows or Linux host for many years. This latest news-the addition of macOS support in Teradici CAS-is significant because it's the first high-performance remoting solution that allows you to access macOS host desktops from any endpoint.

VMblog:  How will access to virtual macOS machines from any device impact how we approach remote and hybrid work?

Lammam:  Enabling remote and hybrid work comes down to providing IT teams with a solution that can be easily deployed within their infrastructure and gives employees a great user experience, no matter where they are. Many organizations have existing Macs in their environment and some users prefer to use Macs for their development use cases. Customers who currently enjoy the user experience of Teradici CAS asked us to extend support to macOS and we listened and delivered! We plan to continue enhancing Teradici CAS for Windows, Linux and now macOS in future releases.

VMblog:  What should enterprises know about this solution compared with other VM offerings?

Lammam:  Teradici CAS provides the most flexible remote access solution with the widest breadth of options to remote Windows, Linux and now the first and only high-performance remoting solution for macOS desktops from any endpoint while using the PCoIP protocol to deliver a high-performance and ultra-secure user experience.

VMblog:  How does Teradici approach security in a virtual environment?  

Lammam:  Teradici products are based on our PCoIP remote display protocol, which was designed to deliver a high-definition, highly secure and responsive computing experience. It compresses, encrypts and transmits only display information in the form of pixels to a broad range of endpoints, so it's very secure and no business information ever leaves the corporate data center.

PCoIP provides a lot of flexibility for enterprises, because their applications can be located and managed in the cloud or data center. From the user's perspective, there is no difference between working with a local computer loaded with software and an endpoint receiving a streamed pixel representation from a centralized virtual computer.

Security is inherent to our product value. Teradici PCoIP protocol pioneered wire speed full frame-rate desktop encryption using AES-256 standards, our TERA silicon was an industry first with NSA Suite B cryptography, and of course Teradici Zero Clients are widely deployed in thousands of corporations today - a full frame rate endpoint with fractional vulnerability compared to traditional operating systems and CPUs. Our extensive IP portfolio covers a broad range of security technologies from peripheral device authorization techniques to intermediary appliance authentication approaches and conditional single sign-on methods. Our innovations in Zero Trust Architecture in relation to Zero Clients and Teradici Cloud Access Software are well underway too.

VMblog:  How does this transform how we think about the future of virtual computing in any enterprise?

Lammam:  Virtual computing is an option for any enterprise. Regardless of their computing and IT platform of choice, they can easily deploy secure, high-performance remote access technology to their workforce. This has many advantages, from providing employees with work-from-home options, to making it easier for IT departments to manage security and hardware resources.

And now, as Teradici joins the HP family, we are even more excited to deliver innovative solutions and new compute models for the hybrid workforce.

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Published Monday, October 04, 2021 7:36 AM by David Marshall
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