Brian Ducharme

Brian Ducharme

Brian is an event reporter for VMBlog.com and an expert in virtualization/cloud techonlogies.  In his 15+ years of experience in the virtualization/cloud field he has interviewed hundreds of companies, users and executives.  Brian has been an active member of the NEVMUG (NEVTUG) since 2006 and attends both vmworld and Citrix Synergy every year.  Brian works full time as a Senior Software Engineer for Liquidware Labs.

Brian also spent 5 years as the managing editor of Virtual Strategy Magazine, an online magazine focused on the virtualization industry and has been with vmblog since 2011. He has a background in Computer Graphics, Marketing, Programming, Web Design, Mobile App Development, Linux Administration and is an active member of the NHJS group. 

 

Are you interested in learning more about topics like security and networking? Here's your chance to do just that. The VMblog Mega Series is the perfect series for you!

As part of the Mega Series, you'll hear from a number of industry experts and leaders across multiple topics to help you make important decisions within your own organization.

In this episode, VMblog is joined by industry expert, Denny LeCompte, the CEO of Portnox. Portnox offers cloud-native network and endpoint security essentials that enable agile, resource-constrained IT teams to proactively address today's most pressing security challenges: the rapid expansion of enterprise networks, the proliferation of connected device types, and the increased sophistication of cyberattacks. Organizations are leveraging Portnox's security products to enforce powerful network access, endpoint risk monitoring and remediation policies to strengthen their organizational security posture. By eliminating the need for any on-premises footprint common among traditional information security systems, Portnox allows companies to deploy, scale, enforce and maintain these critical security policies with ease.

Watch and learn as LeCompte provides a quick overview on Portnox and where the company is headed into 2023. Get answers to these questions: What kind of specific problems are being solved by Portnox? And what are some of the things that make Portnox and their Cloud solution unique? And how is the company different from its competitors? Why would a company choose Portnox? LeCompte also explains how Portnox fits into a zero trust security model.

Stick around to the end for a demo. Or try it for yourself: https://www.portnox.com/demo/

Learn more about Portnox at their Website: https://www.portnox.com

Are you interested in learning more about topics like virtualization, cloud computing and End User Computing (EUC)? Here's your chance to do just that. The VMblog Mega Series is the perfect series for you!

As part of the Mega Series, you'll hear from a number of industry experts and leaders across multiple topics like these to help you make important decisions within your own organization.

In this episode, VMblog is joined by industry expert, Jason Mattox, the CTO of Liquidware. Liquidware is a leader in digital workspace management solutions for Windows desktops. The company's products encompass all facets of management to ensure the ultimate user experience across all workspaces - physical, virtual, DaaS or in the cloud. Enterprises across the globe utilize Liquidware solutions to dramatically decrease time spent managing desktops, while delivering increased security, flexibility and scalability. Supported platforms include Microsoft physical, Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), and RDS desktops, Citrix Desktops, VMware Horizon, Amazon WorkSpaces, and Nutanix Frame.

Watch and learn as Mattox provides a quick overview of Liquidware. And find out how they enable organizations with their desktop workload transition to the cloud.

Listen as Mattox talks about work from anywhere and remote work becoming the norm. And since the pandemic, hybrid workspaces have become more prevalent. With it comes new challenges, and Mattox explains how Liquidware helps to solve those challenges.

Liquidware is platform agnostic. But what's happening in the industry? Which platforms are becoming more dominant? Which platform stands out?

Liquidware also announced a brand new Beta product called CommandCTRL while at VMware Explore. This is a brand new SaaS product for the company. Watch as Mattox provides more info about this new offering and shares a great demo to see it in action!

Learn more about Liquidware at their Website: https://www.liquidware.com

Sign up for the CommandCTRL Beta: https://www.liquidware.com/command-ctrl-beta

Are you interested in learning more about topics like security and cyberthreats? Here's your chance to do just that. The VMblog Mega Series is the perfect series for you!

As part of the Mega Series, you'll hear from a number of industry experts and leaders across multiple topics to help you make important decisions within your own organization.

In this episode, VMblog is joined by industry expert, Neil Riva, Principal Product Manager at JumpCloud. JumpCloud helps IT teams Make (Remote) Work Happen by centralizing management of user identities and devices, enabling small and medium-sized enterprises to adopt Zero Trust security models.

Watch and learn as Riva provides a quick overview on JumpCloud and where it is headed. And he explains the directory approach and why its best.

Riva discusses the recent cyberattack problem plaguing IT, and what the climate of continuous risk means for security leaders as well as for MSP partners. COVID has also been a challenge on this front, and Riva describes the security impacts that came about because of the pandemic, with a focus on networking, remote work, and internet usage.

Hear how Riva explains how his company is uniquely positioned to help "Make Remote Work Happen." And he answers the question of whether or not organizations are doing enough to combat cyberthreats.

Learn more about JumpCloud at their Website: https://jumpcloud.com

Taking place in Detroit, Michigan and virtually, CNCF’s flagship North American event will highlight cloud native innovation across the globe

Are you interested in learning more about topics like security and vulnerability management? Here's your chance to do just that. The VMblog Mega Series is the perfect series for you! As part of the Mega Series, you'll hear from a number of industry experts and leaders across multiple topics to help you make important decisions within your own organization.

In this episode, VMblog is joined by industry expert, Ben Skelly, Solution Evangelist and Head of Growth at Vicarius. Vicarius develops an autonomous vulnerability remediation platform to help security teams protect their assets against software exploitation. Consolidating vulnerability assessment, prioritization, and remediation, Vicarius strengthens cyber hygiene and proactively reduces risk.

Watch and learn as Skelly provides a quick overview on Vicarius and where it is headed. He also discusses the elements of a mature vulnerability management program.

Find out how Vicarius differentiates themselves in the market, and why someone would choose their solution over another. And hear about the key features of the solution that people should be most aware of. 

Hear how Skelly answers the question, "Do I really need to invest in security?" He also provides tools and tips for the smaller enterprises, or those teams operating on a shoe-string budget, to stay secure.

Learn more about Vicarius at their Website: https://www.vicarius.io

Vicarius security community: https://www.vicarius.io/vsociety/

Are you interested in learning more about topics like kubernetes, devops and containers?  Here's your chance to do just that.  The VMblog Mega Series is the perfect series for you!  As part of the Mega Series, you'll hear from a number of industry experts and leaders across multiple topics like these to help you make important decisions within your own organization.

In this episode, VMblog is joined by industry expert, Patrick Bergstrom, the Chief Technology Officer at StormForge.  StormForge brings together world-class data scientists and software engineers to enable businesses to drive breakthrough IT and operations efficiency. The StormForge Platform is set apart by its unwavering focus on building AI-powered software products that are designed to help people, not replace them. The StormForge Platform uses enterprise grade performance testing coupled with machine learning to drive major application performance gains and cost reductions in complex environments.

Watch and learn as Bergstrom provides a quick overview on StormForge and explores how they fit within the Kubernetes market, including containers as a technology and devops as an IT discipline. And find out what key focus areas the company is focused on as we head into 2023.

Thinking about Kubernetes management for DevOps and production workloads, Bergstrom explores how his company defines and approaches Kubernetes management.  And how his company differentiates itself in the market.

We also dig into some of the trends around Kubernetes automation and ML-based resource optimization.  And what the future of Kubernetes looks like.  

Stick around until the end to see a demo to learn even more.

Learn more about StormForge at their Website: https://www.stormforge.io

Are you interested in learning about topics like virtualization, cloud computing and End User Computing (EUC)?  Here's your chance to do just that.  The VMblog Mega Series is the perfect series for you!  As part of the Mega Series, you'll hear from a number of industry experts and leaders across multiple topics like these to help you make important decisions within your own organization.

In this episode, VMblog is joined by industry expert, Dennis Colar, Director of Strategic Alliances & Channel Development at Parallels.  Parallels is a global leader in cross-platform solutions that make it simple for businesses and individuals to use and access the applications and files they need on any device or operating system. Parallels helps customers leverage the best technology out there, whether it's Windows, Mac, ChromeOS, iOS, Android, or the cloud. Parallels solves complex engineering and user-experience problems by making it simple and cost-effective for businesses and individual customers to use applications anywhere, anytime.

Watch and learn as Colar provides a quick overview of Parallels RAS (Remote Application Server) and how its evolved since it was first launched.  And find out what sets Parallels RAS apart from other virtualization / remote access solutions on the market.

We also ask if the rise in remote and hybrid work has increased the demand for virtualization and cloud computing solutions, and if so, how does Parallels RAS help meet this demand?  

Colar also digs into security.  Learn how Parallels RAS enhances data security.  And find out more about "Zero trust", and it relates to Parallels RAS.  

And what are the differences between Parallels RAS and a VPN?  Or Microsoft RDS?  And how does the Parallels RAS licensing work?  

Stick around for a great demo at the end!

Learn more about Parallels and Parallels RAS at their Website: https://www.parallels.com/products/ras/remote-application-server/

Are you interested in learning more about topics like security and devops?  Here's your chance to do just that.  The VMblog Mega Series is the perfect series for you!  As part of the Mega Series, over the next few months, you'll hear from a number of industry experts and leaders across multiple topics to help you make important decisions within your own organization.

In this episode of the Mega Series, VMblog is joined by industry expert, Bruno Kurtic, the Founding Chief Strategy Officer at Sumo Logic.  Sumo Logic empowers the people who power modern, digital business. Through its SaaS analytics platform, Sumo Logic enables customers to deliver reliable and secure cloud-native applications. The Sumo Logic Continuous Intelligence Platform helps practitioners and developers ensure application reliability, secure and protect against modern security threats, and gain insights into their cloud infrastructures. They provide customers with powerful real-time analytics and insights across observability and security solutions for their cloud-native applications.

Watch and learn as Kurtic provides a quick overview on Sumo Logic and explores the company's journey over the last decade.  He also discusses the concept of reliability, and how it is reflected in the enterprise IT environment.

We also discuss how digital transformation and new cyberattacks are changing the way enterprises protect against threats, and, he explains the climate of continuous risk and what that means for security leaders.  We also talk about data privacy and data security, are they two separate missions with two separate objectives?  And how about COVID, how did it impact IT and security?

We also get into the idea behind cloud vs. on-premises.  Is on-prem still a reality?  Are things staying on the cloud?  Is it growing and expanding?  Or are things coming back locally?

Learn more about Sumo Logic at their Website: https://www.sumologic.com

And read Kurtic's blog post about COVID impacting IT and security: https://www.sumologic.com/blog/continuous-intelligence-covid-19-it-security/

September 02, 2022

Portnox

Portnox is the only cloud-native network access control (NAC) solution that unifies essential network and endpoint security capabilities: device discovery, network authentication, access control, network hardware administration, risk mitigation and compliance enforcement. As a cloud service, Portnox is vendor agnostic and eliminates the need for on-going maintenance such as upgrades and patches and requires no on-site appliances.

Resources:

Request a Demo
Whitepaper: Cyber Security Essentials
Why IT security Pros love Portnox

As part of our VMware Explore 2022 coverage, VMblog visits with Jason Kotsaftis, Global Alliances Director at NetApp.

NetApp is a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company that empowers organizations to lead with data in the age of accelerated digital transformation. The company provides systems, software, and cloud services that enable them to run their applications optimally from data center to cloud, whether they are developing in the cloud, moving to the cloud, or creating their own cloudlike experiences on premises. With solutions that perform across diverse environments, NetApp helps organizations build their own data fabric and securely deliver the right data, services, and applications to the right people-anytime, anywhere.

In this video, Kotsaftis provides a quick overview of the company, and then goes into more detail on how they partner with VMware and its ecosystem. Find out what they specifically provide a VMware shop or VMware implementation, and what problems they solve for them.  And hear about key new technologies they are working on with VMware being announced at the show for the first time.

Watch and learn as Kotsaftis offers a great rundown of the company's technology, what they do, and what makes them unique and different in an otherwise crowded market. And find out what big trends and themes they see playing out into 2023.

Stick around until the end and watch a demo to learn more.

Learn more about NetApp by visiting: https://www.netapp.com

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