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DRJ-LogoANAHEIM, Calif. – Dell announced it is expanding its hyper-converged infrastructure portfolio for VDI with a Dell EMC VxRail Appliance V Series solution for Citrix XenDesktop, based on Dell EMC PowerEdge R730 servers. VxRail Appliances are built for performance, and address multiple use cases from high density populations to graphics-intensive work or easy, scalable deployment in remote offices. This solution highlights Dell’s commitment to accelerate the adoption of virtual desktop infrastructure across a vast range of use cases, making VDI an increasingly attractive option for organizations of all sizes to deploy and manage a wide range of virtual desktop environments. Dell will showcase the solution at its booth #302 at Citrix Summit 2017.

Dell EMC VxRail Appliances are flexible and scalable based on customers’ needs, available with either all-flash or hybrid options. The latest VxRail Appliances, based on PowerEdge servers, offer up to 250 times more configurations than the previous release, twice the storage and up to 40 percent more CPU performancei. The hyper-converged solution configurations are specifically optimized for client virtualization in order to provide simplified deployment and management of virtual workspaces. It offers flexibility and high performance to accommodate a variety of needs with the additional functionality of enhanced virtualized graphics for demanding use cases.

Dell continues to drive innovation to make VDI easy to plan, deploy and run for all virtualization environments. IT administrators can scale the VxRail Appliance solution from three to 64 nodes in as little as five minutes per node. The space-saving, efficient design works in a variety of remote or branch office configurations and is easy to maintain with “one click” software updates. Organizations can order and deploy the solution quickly, with setup occurring in a couple of hours.

The solution can be configured with multiple use cases from the task worker to power worker, and includes:

  • Flexibility and scale: Single node scaling that allows customers to start small with an initial three-node cluster and scale as required with a predictable, fixed per-seat cost
  • Simplified management: Single management console of the entire appliance with included high availability, backup and data recovery
  • Discrete GPU capabilities: For uncompromising, graphics-rich experiences and productivity with the option of the NVIDIA M60 GPU with NVIDIA GRID software

“Organizations today have a variety of profiles within their IT environment from the task worker to the power user, and are looking for solutions that can address these needs without adding cost and complexity,” said Steve Lalla, senior vice president, Dell Commercial Client Software & Solutions. “The Dell EMC VxRail Appliance solution for Citrix XenDesktop for VDI is easy to deploy and manage, yet offers higher performance and flexibility for multiple use cases.”

The VxRail Appliance solution for Citrix XenDesktop is the second Dell solution for customers looking for a hyper-converged infrastructure solution specifically designed for VDI. Dell is the only provider to offer end-to-end VDI solutions from a single source when configured with Wyse thin or zero client endpoints.

ThinOS 8.3.1 provides customers with greater choice in Citrix zero clients

As previously announced in November, Dell cloud client-computing customers now have more flexibility in how and where they deploy thin client solutions within their Citrix environments. ThinOS 8.3.1 Wyse thin clients can be deployed as zero clients within a Citrix installation. Many Dell customers use Wyse Xenith clients in their Citrix environments today, and this gives them the ability to seamlessly deploy next-generation ThinOS-based thin clients into their existing Xenith infrastructures without losing any of the features or capabilities that define the Citrix zero client experience.


The Dell EMC VxRail Appliance solution for VDI is now available through Dell EMC, its partners and distributors in the United States and select countries around the world.

About Dell

Dell Inc., a part of Dell Technologies, provides customers of all sizes – including 98 percent of the Fortune 500 – with a broad, innovative portfolio from edge to core to cloud. Dell Inc. comprises Dell client as well as Dell EMC infrastructure offerings that enable organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data center while providing today’s workforce and consumers what they need to securely connect, produce, and collaborate from anywhere at any time.

Copyright © 2017 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. Dell, Dell Inc., VxRail, Wyse and the Dell logo are trademarks of Dell Technologies in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.

i Based on Dell EMC internal analysis compared to previous generation VxRail appliance, January 2017. Actual performance will vary.

PITTSBURGH – Power management company Eaton supplied the automation-rich and aesthetically designed electrical solutions from the service entrance to the wall plate for The New American Home® 2017 and The New American Remodeled Home® 2017 located in Orlando, Florida. Through its participation in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) showcase homes, Eaton is demonstrating the solutions advancing home automation in new construction and improving the design and livability of existing homes.

“As home automation technology evolves, residential electrical solutions need to continue to advance safety and connectivity, support quality construction, and manage costs while being less disruptive aesthetically”

Both homes will be showcased during the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show® in Orlando, from January 10 to 12. Builders can see and learn more about the Eaton residential solutions incorporated at the showcase homes at Eaton’s booth W3490 at the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show.

“As home automation technology evolves, residential electrical solutions need to continue to advance safety and connectivity, support quality construction, and manage costs while being less disruptive aesthetically,” said Rachael Elliott, director of marketing, Eaton’s Residential and Wiring Devices Division. “When we started working with the architects and builders for the New American Home 13 years ago, Eaton supplied load centers and breakers that were primarily located in the basement and garage. Today, our residential electrical solutions, including wiring devices, are found throughout the home and provide the freedom to create quality housing that is always on and meets the needs of families across the economic spectrum.”

The New American Home and The New American Remodeled Home are produced by the NAHB Leading Suppliers Council, of which Eaton is a long-standing member. Since the inception of The New American Home in 1984, Eaton worked with its designers and builders to demonstrate the latest in innovative products in residential construction.

For this year’s show homes, Eaton supplied the electrical solutions including both circuit protection and wiring devices. Eaton solutions incorporated into the homes include multiple load centers and panels, arc fault / ground fault circuit breakers and receptacles, lighting controls, surge solutions to protect sophisticated electronics, and other digital solutions to support and control home automation.

For additional information about Eaton’s innovative and durable electrical solutions for homebuilders and owners that enhance safety, visit www.eaton.com/AlwaysOn.

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2015 sales of $20.9 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

everbridge-logoBURLINGTON, Mass. – Everbridge, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVBG), a global software company that provides critical communications and enterprise safety applications to help keep people safe and businesses running, today announced that Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System (DHRHS) has deployed Everbridge’s healthcare-specific solution CareConverge. DHRHS intends to use the CareConverge solution to improve emergency preparedness and response, as well as to power secure and HIPAA-compliant care team coordination during clinical codes and incidents. The health system selected CareConverge due to the strength of Everbridge’s critical communications platform, as well as the breadth of the solution’s focused industry offerings, which include Mass Notification, Incident Communications for code alerts and care events, Desktop Alerting, On-Call Scheduling and HipaaBridge.

“As a physician-owned hospital, our organization recognizes the value of leveraging a single, unified incident communications system that can be leveraged by our emergency management, clinical, operational and care teams to improve incident response times and collaboration,” said Sherri Abendroth, Emergency Management Coordinator, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System. “Through Everbridge, with the push of a single button, we can locate the right on-call staff, automate notifications to emergency personnel to ensure staff safety and even reach clinical response teams on their mobile devices to activate them during a STEMI alert.”

Based in Edinburg, Texas, DHRHS is a 530+ bed physician-owned health system that offers some of the most comprehensive medical care on the U.S. Southern Border. The health system has over 700 physicians and more than 1,200 nurses dedicated to delivering patient care and quality outcomes.

Prior to implementing the Everbridge solution, DHRHS did not have a comprehensive notification system in place and required a cloud-based platform to power both mass notifications and secure communications between clinicians when the network was down. The organization also desired the ability to reach employees and clinicians securely on mobile devices during clinical and non-clinical codes, to help reduce the number of overhead pages, improve patient throughput, and enhance care quality. To improve critical communications across the organization, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance will be implementing the following Everbridge products, all available as a part of its CareConverge solution:

  • Mass Notification will be utilized to support the health system’s emergency and disaster preparedness program. The application delivers emergency notifications to clinical and non-clinical staff across multiple devices and contact paths during codes, external events and facility-based emergencies. Desktop alerting functionality will also distribute emergency alerts directly to the desktops of employees, to help improve response time and help ensure that important messages are being received when every second counts.
  • Incident Communications will be deployed to automate incident response. The solution allows DHRHS to create messaging templates that follow communication and escalation workflows for different types of care events and emergencies. This will be used to power code alerts, such as STEMI, to activate the right response team members, such as ER doctors and cardiologists.
  • On-Call Scheduling will be used and integrated with incident management to help ensure that the organization can easily identify, locate and reach on-call staff in order to reach right clinician, at the right time, to facilitate immediate care and response.
  • HipaaBridge will be used by clinicians and staff members to receive emergency messages and code alerts, facilitate video, text and voice calls, coordinate testing and lab results and bring stakeholders together quickly to diagnose and treat patients.

“For Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System, it is critical that the medical center leverages the latest emergency and incident management technology,” said Jaime Ellertson, CEO of Everbridge. “The most important part of being prepared for a potential crisis is knowing how you will share information with decision-makers, staff and patients alike – so it can be done quickly and easily when the situation arises. With Everbridge in place, the center will be able to automate this process, connecting all of these parties and keeping them informed in near real-time.”

Everbridge serves over 800 hospitals and over 3,000 customers, including many communities and organizations in Texas such as the City of Lewisville and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

About Everbridge
Everbridge, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVBG), is a global software company that provides critical communications and enterprise safety applications that enable customers to automate and accelerate the process of keeping people safe and businesses running during critical events. During public safety threats such as active shooter situations, terrorist attacks or severe weather conditions, as well as critical business events such as IT outages or cyber incidents, over 3,000 global customers rely on the company’s SaaS-based platform to quickly and reliably construct and deliver contextual notifications to millions of people at one time. The company’s platform sent over 1.5 billion messages in 2016, and offers the ability to reach more than 200 countries and territories with secure delivery to over 100 different communication devices. The company’s critical communications and enterprise safety applications include Mass Notification, Incident Management, IT Alerting, Safety Connection™, Community Engagement™, Secure Messaging and Internet of Things, and are easy-to-use and deploy, secure, highly scalable and reliable. Everbridge serves 8 of the 10 largest U.S. cities, 8 of the 10 largest U.S.-based investment banks, all four of the largest global accounting firms, 24 of the 25 busiest North American airports and 6 of the 10 largest global automakers. Everbridge is based in Boston and Los Angeles with additional offices in San Francisco, Beijing and London. For more information, visit www.everbridge.com, read the company blog, http://www.everbridge.com/blog, and follow on Twitter and Facebook.

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For the first time, security surpasses availability to become the number-one priority for application deployment as organizations move to the cloud

DRJ-LogoSEATTLE – F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) today announced the results of its 2017 State of Application Delivery report. The global customer survey shows accelerating cloud adoption is creating increased demand for security application services including WAF, DNSSEC, and DDoS protection. As an increase in application services often requires additional resources, respondents also indicated a shift toward DevOps methodologies to gain operational efficiencies through automation and programmability. This need for scalability replaces speed to market as the prime driver of DevOps adoption.

“And yet there is no sign that security breaches are slowing businesses’ digital transformation—quite the opposite in fact. This report shows how the sometimes-competing demands of customer and data protection inform companies’ deployment of apps and app services.”

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“This past year, not a week went by without some hack or vulnerability making the headlines,” said Ryan Kearny, CTO at F5. “And yet there is no sign that security breaches are slowing businesses’ digital transformation—quite the opposite in fact. This report shows how the sometimes-competing demands of customer and data protection inform companies’ deployment of apps and app services.”

In its third year, the State of Application Delivery report examines the vital role application services play, enabling enterprises to deploy applications faster, smarter, and safer. Over 2,000 IT, networking, application, and security pros from around the world weighed in on application delivery topics ranging from cloud adoption, to rising security challenges, to DevOps, SDN, and the future of enterprise application services.

Survey Highlights

Survey responses came from around the globe, spanning industries like government, financial services, technology, and education. Respondents’ roles ranged from infrastructure, IT security, application development, and DevOps to the executive suite. Key takeaways include:

  • Security is the number-one priority, and the increasing sophistication of attacks is the top challenge: Security teams are expanding beyond traditional firewalls and the legacy enterprise perimeter as a response to hackers increasingly targeting the application. Globally, the top security services being planned for deployment are DDoS mitigation (21 percent), DNSSEC protection (25 percent), and Web Application Firewall services (20 percent). According to the survey, companies—including those identifying as cloud-first organizations—that are most confident in their ability to withstand an application-level attack have a WAF installed.
  • 2017 will usher in an era of cloud expertise: It’s a multi-cloud world today, with four out of five respondents adopting hybrid cloud, and nearly one-third (32 percent) of respondents stating they will purchase public cloud IaaS solutions this year, up dramatically from 25 percent in 2016. Furthermore, the more apps a company has deployed, the greater motivation to reap the operational benefits of the cloud, with respondents running the largest number of applications (3,000+) reporting the highest percentage of apps in the cloud.
  • The number of deployed app services continues to rise: On average, organizations report that they have 14 app services deployed today (up from an average of 11 app services in 2016)—and they plan to deploy an average of 17 in the next 12 months.
  • Operational scale and programmability rise to the top for DevOps: With increases in app services and the continued expansion of cloud, organizations are turning to automation and orchestration to scale operations across environments. As a result, over half of respondents now view API-enabled infrastructures and templates as important, up from 31 percent and 22 percent last year, respectively. Scalability and OpEx reduction remain the top two drivers for the use of SDN frameworks, and companies are increasingly showing a tendency toward standardization, with 39 percent relying on only one framework in 2017, compared to 32 percent in 2016.

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About F5

F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) makes apps go faster, smarter, and safer for the world’s largest businesses, service providers, governments, and consumer brands. F5 delivers cloud and security solutions that enable organizations to embrace the application infrastructure they choose without sacrificing speed and control. For more information, go to f5.com. You can also follow @f5networks on Twitter or visit us on LinkedIn and Facebook for more information about F5, its partners, and technologies.

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The combination of VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management and Adaptiva OneSite peer-to-peer (P2P) technology will help solve common software distribution challenges, improve delivery speeds and drive down costs

DRJ-LogoPALO ALTO, Calif. – VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, today announced a collaboration with Adaptiva to help customers accelerate the journey to Windows 10 and next generation PC management from the cloud. Working towards combining VMware AirWatch® Unified Endpoint Management™ (UEM) and Adaptiva OneSite™ peer-to-peer (P2P) systems management technology, the industry-first solution will enable companies to deploy PC software at scale within a modern Windows 10 management architecture. This will help solve common distribution challenges associated with large software files for PCs and help drive down costs by eliminating the need for costly on-premises servers and throttling of network bandwidth.

"Our collaboration with Adaptiva will offer software distribution speed and cost-savings to VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management customers that will be difficult to match in the industry," said Blake Brannon, vice president, product marketing, mobile products, End-User Computing, VMware. "As the collaboration continues, we believe the integration could also offer additional benefits in the future to help organizations optimize OS and security patching, and content delivery."

With the opportunity to use UEM to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) for endpoint management, while also facing the challenge of continued maintenance of large Win32 applications, companies need a modern solution that can deliver the benefits and solve the challenges -- all in one.

VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management integrates advanced cloud-based Windows PC lifecycle management (PCLM) with modern enterprise mobility management (EMM) for a holistic approach to managing and securing desktops and mobile devices from a single solution. The solution includes advanced PC lifecycle management capabilities such as configuration management, operating system (OS) patch management, software distribution for traditional Win32 applications, client health and security management that have traditionally only been available as part of PCLM tools.

The combined use of VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management and Adaptiva OneSite will enable organizations to deploy large Windows applications and software files with greater speed and without disruption to end-users. It will help solve common software distribution challenges among enterprises and branch offices with the combination of cloud content delivery networks (CDN) and P2P systems management technology that enables software to be cached in unused space on client PCs while still allowing end-users full utilization of the space. Through P2P caching, software on a PC or a peer's file system is distributed locally to other peers requesting the same content, which helps to improve network bandwidth utilization. Organizations will also benefit from streamlining administrative overhead for IT and drive down costs by eliminating the need for on-premises distribution and storage servers through a cloud-first management and software delivery model.

"Adaptiva and VMware have truly complementary solutions that are focused on making systems management far less expensive and more reliable than what it is today. The collaboration will help customers significantly drive down capital and operational costs by eliminating servers typically required for software distribution and automating local content management in the process," said Jim Souders, chief operating officer, Adaptiva. "The integration of the VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management solution with Adaptiva OneSite's best-in-class peer caching technology and ability to use the solutions together will raise the bar for what is possible for all IT organizations. It will provide a modern approach to managing all endpoints with greater deployment speed and success than traditional, server-based PC systems management solutions."

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  • For more information about the combination of VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management and Adaptiva P2P technology, visit the AirWatch blog.
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About VMware
VMware (NYSE: VMW), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers accelerate their digital transformation. VMware enables enterprises to master a software-defined approach to business and IT with VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture™ and solutions for the data center, mobility, and security. With 2015 revenues of $6.6 billion, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has over 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners worldwide.

VMware, AirWatch, AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management, and Cross-Cloud Architecture are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions.