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A Journey Through Hybrid IT and the Cloud
How to navigate between the trenches. Hybrid IT has moved from buzzword status to reality and organizations are realizing its potential impact. Some aspects of your infrastructure may remain in a traditional setting, while another part runs on cloud infrastructure—causing great complexity. So, what does this mean for you?

How to navigate between the trenches

Hybrid IT has moved from buzzword status to reality and organizations are realizing its potential impact. Some aspects of your infrastructure may remain in a traditional setting, while another part runs on cloud infrastructure—causing great complexity. So, what does this mean for you?
“A Journey Through Hybrid IT and the Cloud” provides insight on:

  • What Hybrid IT means for the network, storage, compute, monitoringand your staff
  • Real world examples that can occur along your journey (what did vs. didn’t work)
  • How to educate employees on Hybrid IT and the Cloud
  • Proactively searching out technical solutions to real business challenges
Salem State University Teams with IGEL, Citrix and Nutanix to Deliver Digital Workspaces
Limited IT resources drive need for the IGEL’s robust management features; maturity of Citrix virtual desktop infrastructure, and the simplicity and time-to-value for Nutanix’s hyperconverged infrastructure offering make the combined solution a no-brainer for the university.
When Jake Snyder joined Salem State University’s IT department, the public university located just outside of Boston, Mass. was only using traditional PCs. “95% of the PCs were still on Windows 7 and there was no clear migration path in sight to Windows 10,” recalls Snyder. “Additionally, all updates to these aging desktop computers were being done locally in the university’s computer labs. Management was difficult and time consuming.”

The university realized something had to change, and that was one of the reasons why they brought Snyder on board – to upgrade its end-user computing environment to VDI. Salem State was looking for the security and manageability that a VDI solution could provide. “One of the biggest challenges that the university had been experiencing was managing desktop imaging and applications,” said Snyder. “They wanted to be able to keep their student, faculty and staff end-points up to date and secure, while at the same time easing the troubleshooting process. They weren’t able to do any of this with their current set-up.”

Snyder first saw a demo of the IGEL solution at the final BriForum event in Boston in 2016. “It was great to see IGEL at that event as I had heard a lot of good buzz around their products and solutions, especially from other colleagues in the industry,” said Snyder. “After BriForum, I went back and ordered some evaluation units to test out within our EUC environment.”

What Snyder quickly discovered during the evaluation period was that the IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) was not just plug-and-play, like he had expected. “The IGEL UMS was a very customizable solution, and I liked the robust interface,” continued Snyder. “Despite competitive solutions, it was clear from the start that the IGEL devices were going to be easier to use and cheaper in the long run. IGEL really was a ‘no-brainer’ when you consider the management capabilities and five-year warranty they offer on their hardware.”

Salem State University currently has 400 IGEL Universal Desktop software-defined thin clients deployed on its campus including 360 UD3 thin clients, which are the workhorse of the IGEL portfolio, and 40 UD6 thin clients, which support high-end graphics capabilities for multimedia users. Salem State has also purchased IGEL UD Pocket micro thin clients which they are now testing.
IGEL Delivers Manageability, Scalability and Security for The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group realizes cost-savings; increased productivity; and improved time-to-value with IGEL’s software-defined endpoint management solutions.
In 2016, The Auto Club Group was starting to implement a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution leveraging Citrix XenDesktop on both its static endpoints and laptop computers used in the field by its insurance agents, adjusters and other remote employees. “We were having a difficult time identifying a solution that would enable us to simplify the management of our laptop computers, in particular, while providing us with the flexibility, scalability and security we wanted from an endpoint management perspective,” said James McVicar, IT Architect, The Auto Club Group.

Some of the mobility management solutions The Auto Club has been evaluating relied on Windows CE, a solution that is nearing end-of-life. “We didn’t want to deal with the patches and other management headaches related to a Windows-based solutions, so this was not an attractive option,” said McVicar.

In the search for a mobile endpoint management solution, McVicar and his team came across IGEL and were quickly impressed. McVicar said, “What first drew our attention to IGEL was the ability to leverage the IGEL UDC to quickly and easily convert our existing laptop computers into an IGEL OS-powered desktop computing solution, that we could then manage via the IGEL UMS. Because IGEL is Linux-based, we found that it offered both the functionality and stability we needed within our enterprise.”

As The Auto Club Group continues to expand its operations, it will be rolling out additional IGEL OS-powered endpoints to its remote workers, and expects its deployment to exceed 400 endpoints once the project is complete.

The Auto Club Group is also looking at possibly leveraging the IGEL Cloud Gateway, which will help bring more performance and functionality to those working outside of the corporate WAN.
LQD4500 Gen4x16 NVMe SSD Performance Report
The LQD4500 is the World’s Fastest SSD. The Liqid Element LQD4500 PCIe Add-in-Card (AIC), aka the “Honey Badger" for its fierce, lightning fast data speeds, delivers Gen-4 PCIe performance with up to 4m IOPS, 24 GB/s throughput, ultra-low transactional latency of just 20 µs, in capacities up to 32TB. What does all that mean in real-world testing? Download the full LQD4500 performance report and learn how the ultra-high performance and density Gen-4 AIC can supercharge data for your most demand
The LQD4500 is the World’s Fastest SSD.

The Liqid Element LQD4500 PCIe Add-in-Card (AIC), aka the “Honey Badger" for its fierce, lightning fast data speeds, delivers Gen-4 PCIe performance with up to 4m IOPS, 24 GB/s throughput, ultra-low transactional latency of just 20 µs, in capacities up to 32TB.

The document will contain test results and performance measurements for the Liqid LQD4500 Gen4x16 NVMe SSD. The performance test reports include Sequential, Random, and Latency measurement on the LQD4500 high performance storage device. The following data has been measured in a Linux OS environment and results are taken per the SNIA enterprise performance test specification standards. The below results are steady state after sufficient device preconditioning.

Download the full LQD4500 performance report and learn how the ultra-high performance and density Gen-4 AIC can supercharge data for your most demanding applications.
The Hybrid Future: The changing face of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
The AEC sector is changing rapidly with technology having a major influence on the way firms design, collaborate and communicate.
Download the paper and learn about:
•    Technology trends in AEC
•    Using the hybrid work model for flexible working and seamless connection with the job site
•    Data centralization in collaborative Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows and increased demand for high fidelity graphics
•    Teradici CAS and how it can help support distributed, dynamic AEC teams

Ransomware-Mitigating the Threat of Cyber Security Attacks
Learn how to mitigate the risk of ransomware with Zerto Virtual Replication. Recover to seconds before and attack and never pay ransom for your data!

Recently, we have witnessed the increasing trend of hackers attempting to extort money from both private users, and more recently businesses, via the proliferation of various Ransomware Trojans such as CryptoLocker.

These malicious pieces of software are designed to gain access to and encrypt data and files by generating a private-public pair of keys. The data is impossible to decrypt without the private key which is usually stored on the attacker’s server until the ransom is paid.

Sometimes you just have to accept that prevention isn’t always possible, but mitigating the threat certainly is. With Zerto, systems are protected with Continuous Data Protection in the form of incremental block-level replication, which combined with the journal, Virtual Protection Groups give you the abilities to recover from ransomware attacks.

Download this data sheet for more details about how Zerto helps you remove the fear of ransomware.

iOS App Security: Is it really better than Android?
With its tightly controlled iOS ecosystem, Apple insists that its platform is more secure than Android’s. Is this really the case? This infographic explores the myths and misconceptions surrounding iOS security, and how they can affect your mobile app. From ‘fleeceware’ apps to sideloading, each security myth is evaluated and solutions are provided to help iOS apps improve their overall security posture.

Apple paints a rosy picture of of the iOS ecosystem’s security. However, the “walled garden,” or closed platform isn’t as secure as it appears. This myth often leads to developers neglecting security measures when creating apps for the iOS ecosystem, as they believe that Apple’s security is superior to Android’s.

In this infographic, Guardsquare provides an overview of Apple’s security features, like the closed system and code signing. Each is examined for both strengths and weakness. The infographic also looks at some of the system’s largest security concerns, including jailbreaking and sideloading.

Guardsquare’s analysis of the iOS system includes an analysis of over 200 tweaks, or scripts used to modify the behavior of iOS apps. The results yielded surprising insights:

  • 93% of the scripts provide free access within the targeted apps to premium content or features
  • Revenue losses for targeted apps could potentially cost the publisher millions of dollars annually
  • Scam apps found in the Apple Store generate approx. $48M in revenue

As demonstrated in this infographic, it is essential for iOS app developers to strengthen their mobile app’s security in the Apple ecosystem. Guardsquare offers strategic security recommendations to keep your organization’s apps secure, regardless of platform.

The OWASP Mobile Top 10 List and Why it Matters for App Developers
It can be challenging to find reliable information on the web. The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is dedicated to publishing reliable content in the web application space. OWASP’s Mobile Security Project provides resources like the “Mobile Top 10” and Mobile Application Security Verification Standard (MASVS). This report covers these resources in depth to help developers access a reliable framework for identifying, and solving mobile application vulnerabilities.

Mobile applications are a rapidly growing attack surface. With a variety of tools and techniques available to threat actors, mobile application developers need to build a reliable security framework to address the most common security vulnerabilities. In this report, Guardsquare analyzed OWASP’s “Top 10” mobile security risks and mapped them to RASP and code hardening best practices.

The report also examines the Mobile Application Security Verification Standard (MASVS), also produced by OWASP, which details additional risks and resilience guidelines that complement the “Top 10.”

Key insights:
●    A developer-centric overview of OWASP’s “Top 10” & MASVS
●    How resilience layer controls can prevent reverse engineering and tampering
●    Security technique that protect against the OWASP’s “Top 10” mobile vulnerabilities
●    How to build a layered security approach

Download the full report to learn how you can leverage RASP and code hardening to defend your Android and iOS apps against the most common mobile app security threats.

Safeguarding Your Critical Data from Ransomware Threats
Ransomware attacks are on the rise and targeting organizations of all sizes and industries. Given the value of data to business today and the alarming rise in cyberattacks, securing and protecting critical data assets is one of the most important responsibilities in the enterprise. To help you fulfill this essential mission, we’ve pulled together some best practices to help you lock down your data and reduce the risk posed by ransomware and other security breaches.
The threat of ransomware is growing, while businesses are relying more and more on data. Is your IT team prepared to shield critical data and infrastructure from cyber criminals?

Thankfully, new best practices, strategies, and technologies can help you meet the threat head on.

With our eBook, “Safeguarding Your Critical Data from Ransomware Threats: Best Practices for Backup and Recovery” you’ll gain insight from our subject matter experts that will:
  • Help you lock down your data and reduce the risk of ransomware attacks freezing your business
  • Teach you about critical IT tactics to consider as part of your backup and recovery strategy
  • Get a conversation started in your organization about security and meeting key service level objectives  for the business
How to Create Secure, Collaborative and Productive Digital Workspaces
The workplace has fundamentally changed. So have the reasons companies need Digital Workspaces. Workplaces aren’t just in offices anymore—they could be in your home, at an event, at a client’s office, or a combination of all.
How can companies continue to offer employees the best user experience, while ensuring that IT can manage technology and data security demands in hybrid work environments? That's where digital workspaces come in.

Download the whitepaper to learn about:
•    What a digital workspace is
•    Changing work trends
•    Why companies need digital workspaces in a hybrid environment
•    The best ways to enable IT to deploy digital workspaces securely
•    How to implement a digital workspace for your company
•    Common use cases for digital workspaces
•    Real-world examples of businesses that have deployed digital workspaces using HP Anyware

Cloud monitoring guide
Cloud monitoring is creating a lot of buzz in the IT world. The exponential increase in data generation has propelled several businesses to make a shift to the cloud. But what does it mean to run an organization in a cloud-based environment? What do organizations have to do to ensure that their data is well managed, monitored, and safe? In this article, we will address these questions and give you a head start on the technicalities and processes of cloud monitoring.
Monitoring cloud systems is a common challenge for IT teams. To breakdown the complex relationships between IT infrastructures, applications, customers, and businesses, companies need a thorough understanding of their unique IT needs. A good understanding of their IT challenges will help them choose the most appropriate IT monitoring platform to ensure a company's sustainability and growth.

This e-book provides insights into the different types of cloud computing along with the key metrics and logging challenges involved in monitoring cloud systems.
Chaos engineering: Injecting failure to test resilience
Principles of Chaos described chaos engineering as the practice of carrying out experiments like fault injections on a system, for the sake of building confidence in the system’s resilience and ability to withstand turbulent conditions in the production environment. This article will describe the principles of chaos engineering, starting with its history and similar concepts.
Chaos engineering is an emerging practice of resilience testing in IT development. By deliberately injecting failures and errors into a system and monitoring the response, IT development teams can gain confidence in a software system’s ability to withstand real-time chaos (unexpected situations). Chaos engineering helps prevent outages, cut costs, eliminate fault lines, and build confidence in managing any system.

Read this e-book to learn about the principles of chaos engineering, the tools and resources used, and an example involving a Kubernetes application.