Google Offering $100,000 in Cloud Platform Credits for Startups

Google announced a program on Friday that offers $100,000 in cloud platform credits for one year in addition to 24/7 tech support for qualifying startups.

Source: mashable.com

Google Cloud Platform for Startups is designed to compete with Amazon Web Services that supports Netflix, Reddit, Expedia and other top sites. Microsoft also has a comparable program called BizSpark that offers startups $150 a month in credits for Azure, its cloud platform.

IGEL integriert Microsoft RDP Gateway in Linux Thin Clients

[English summary below] Dank des neuesten Firmware-Updates für IGEL Linux können Anwender ab sofort IGEL Thin Clientauch mit Linux-basierten Thin Clients über ein Microsoft Remote Desktop-Gateway auf ihre RDP-Umgebung zugreifen – ganz einfach und bequem über das Internet. Das verringert den Administrationsaufwand und erhöht gleichzeitig die Sicherheit.

Bremen 15. September 2014 – Mit dem kürzlich veröffentlichten Update von IGEL Linux baut der Bremer Thin und Zero Client-Spezialist die Funktionsbreite seines Betriebssystems weiter aus. Denn ab der neuesten Version 5.04.100 unterstützt die Firmware das Microsoft Remotedesktop-Gateway (RD-Gateway). Somit ist es ab sofort möglich, sich mit RDGateway_Beispiel_1 RDGateway_Beispiel_3 RDGateway_Beispiel_2Linux-basierten IGEL Thin Clients (x86) direkt über das Internet mit der RDP-Umgebung hinter einem RD-Gateway zu verbinden. Der Vorteil: Ein VPN-Tunnel ist in diesem Szenario nicht mehr erforderlich. Und auch unter Sicherheitsgesichtspunkten weiß das Feature zu überzeugen. Die Verbindung selbst läuft über HTTPS, was Administratoren in die Lage versetzt, den Traffic über vorgelagerte Firewalls zu kontrollieren und zum jeweiligen Ziel weiter zu leiten. Für Anwender bietet sich so eine sichere und einfache Möglichkeit, um beispielsweise Mitarbeitern in Außenstellen Zugriff auf die virtuelle Infrastruktur in der Zentrale zu ermöglichen. Unabhängig davon, ob es sich dabei um Terminal Services, virtuelle Desktops (VDI) oder Workstations handelt.

Neben der Integration von RD-Gateway beinhaltet das neue IGEL Linux Release auch Updates fast aller von IGEL unterstützten Clients wie Citrix, VMware, Red Hat, Fabultech und Quest. Des Weiteren wurde die neueste Version (1.4.103) des Citrix Lync 2010 Optimization Kit integriert, das unter anderem Webcam Redirection ermöglicht. Selbstverständlich verfügen auch alle Windows Embedded Standard 7 basierten Thin Clients von IGEL über die Microsofts RD-Gateway-Funktionalität.

Verfügbarkeit

Die IGEL Linux Version 5.04.100 steht ab sofort kostenlos zum Download unter www.myigel.biz bereit.

Über IGEL Technology

IGEL Technology ist einer der weltweit führenden Hersteller von Thin Clients, Zero Clients und Thin Client-Software. Als Marktführer in Deutschland entwickelt, produziert und vertreibt IGEL sowohl Linux- als auch Microsoft Windows-basierte Desktop-Thin Clients, in LCD-Bildschirme integrierte Geräte sowie Linux-basierte  Zero Clients der Reihe IGEL Zero. Die ebenfalls selbst entwickelte Thin Client-Software IGEL Universal Desktop Converter-Software 2 (UDC2) ermöglicht eine Standardisierung von PCs, Nettops, Notebooks und ausgewählter Thin Clients auf Betriebssystemebene und erlaubt deren Betrieb als fernadministrierbare Universal Desktop Thin Clients. Die zugrunde liegende Universal Desktop-Strategie (UD) gestattet IGEL-Kunden einen universellen Zugriff auf zentrale bzw. virtuelle IT-Infrastrukturen und folglich eine flexible Gestaltung ihrer serverseitigen Lösungen. Die leistungsfähige UD-Firmware beinhaltet dazu ein breites Spektrum an Softwareclients, -tools und lokalen Protokollen. Diese erlauben neben dem Zugriff auf das Server Based Computing unter Windows, Citrix und Linux auch den direkten Zugriff auf virtuelle Desktops (u.a. VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, RedHat), Legacy  Host-,SAP-, Java- oder Web-Applikationen sowie VoIP. Für größtmögliche Sicherheit sorgt eine konsequente VPN- und Smartcard-Unterstützung. Die zentrale Verwaltung sämtlicher IGEL Zero- und Universal Desktop-Thin Clients erfolgt einheitlich, komfortabel und kostengünstig mittels der im Lieferumfang enthaltenen Remote- Managementsoftware IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS). Kooperationen mit kompetenten Partnern und Branchenspezialisten gewährleisten die schnelle und flexible Bereitstellung maßgeschneiderter Lösungen vor Ort. IGEL Technology ist Teil der weltweit aktiven Melchers-Gruppe und Mitglied im BITKOM. Neben dem Hauptsitz und der Entwicklungsabteilung in Deutschland ist IGEL mit Tochterunternehmen in Großbritannien, Australien und Belgien sowie mit Niederlassungen in Frankreich, Schweden, der Schweiz, Österreich und den Niederlanden und Repräsentanzen in Hongkong, Singapur, Shanghai und Peking vertreten. Darüber hinaus ist IGEL mit Distributionspartnern und Authorized Partnern in den USA und über 50 weiteren Ländern vertreten.  Weitere Informationen finden Sie im Internet unter www.igel.com oder folgen Sie uns auf Twitter: twitter.com/IGEL_Tech_DACH bzw. twitter.com/IGEL_Technology. IGEL ist eine geschützte Marke der IGEL Technology GmbH. Alle Hardware- und Software-Namen sind Marken oder eingetragene Marken der jeweiligen Hersteller. Alle sonstigen genannten oder anders erkennbaren Marken, eingetragenen Waren- und/oder Dienstleistungsmarken sind das Eigentum ihrer jeweiligen Inhaber. Änderungen und Irrtümer vorbehalten.

Ansprechpartner für die Redaktion:

IGEL Technology GmbH

Dr. Frank Lampe

Hanna-Kunath-Str. 31

28199 Bremen

Tel. : 0421 / 52094 1300

E-Mail: lampe@igel.com

 

Süddeutscher Verlag onpact GmbH

Marian Weber

Hultschiner Straße 8

81677 München

Tel.: 089 / 2183 7281

E-Mail: marian.weber@sv-onpact.de

Web: www.sv-onpact.de

 

The recently published update of IGEL Linux builds Bremer Thin and Zero Client specialist functional breadth of its operating system even further. Because from the latest version 5.04.100 firmware supports theMicrosoft Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway).Thus, it is now possible to connect to Linux-based IGEL thin clients (x86) directly over the Internet using the RDP environment behind an RD Gateway. The advantage: A VPN tunnel is no longer required in this scenario.And also from a safety viewpoint, convinces the feature. The connection itself runs over HTTPS, which enables administrators to control the traffic on upstream firewalls and lead to the target further.

For users has thus a safe and easy way to enable, for example, employees in remote offices access to the virtual infrastructure at headquarters. Regardless of whether they are to Terminal Services, virtual desktops (VDI) or workstations is.

CenturyLink Said to Seek to Acquire Rackspace Hosting

CenturyLink Inc., the Louisiana- based landline phone service provider, is seeking to acquire Rackspace Hosting Inc. to further expand into cloud-computing services, according to people familiar with the situation.

Source: www.bloomberg.com

Would be big news for Rackspace and the analysts like the possible move by CenturyLink.

Privacy filters – a Primer

Privacy filters, sometimes also known as light control film (LCF) such the 3M Vikuiti A-LCF and Optical Filters K-LCF consist of many thin louvers that function like a vertical window blind restricting the path of light through the filter. The display is clear and un-distorted to the user directly within the viewing axis, but to either side the image is blackened and un-readable.

 

There are a number of applications for displays where privacy for the viewer is required such as an outdoor privacy screen in an ATM, medical kiosk, in-flight entertainment screens and polling booths. Other applications are for contrast enhancement and light control such as pedestrian crossing units and head down avionics where the re-directed light limits the near field canopy reflections.

Privacy filters are offered either as standard plain or non-glare matte hard coated polycarbonate filters typically 0.5mm (0.021″) thick precision cut to final size, laminated into glass or plastic for thickness and extra ruggedisation, or integrated with a touch screen. Lamination with glass or plastic adds the options to have anti-reflection and anti-finger print coatings, chemically toughened glass and EMI shielding.

3M Vikuiti A-LCF is the established product replacing previous LCF-P and AG-LCF variations. Its continuous micro-replicated black embedded louvers is very high quality, but expensive:

 

Description 3M Vikuiti Advanced light control film
Louver angle sheets are 0° ±2°, typical bias to avoid display source interference +5° minimum
View angle 60° ±4° (30° either side of center)
Maximum sheet size 431.8 x 431.8mm (17 x 17″)
Thickness of film 0.53mm (0.021″)
Other thickness supplied by optical index match lamination
Finish Standard gloss (ABR0) or matt non-glare hard coating (ABR2)
Transmittance 70%
Operating Temperature -40 to +75°C (limitations of the lamination)

The K-LCF is a high value alternative to the 3M product. The privacy control is the same and the filters construction is similar to previous LCF-P types.

Description Optical Filters K-LCF
Louver angle + 15° ±3° standard bias to avoid display source interference +5° minimum
View angle 60° ±4° (30° either side of center)
Stock sheet size 17″ diagonal 270 x 340mm (louver parallel +15° to the 270mm side)
Larger sizes up to 1200 x 760mm (47 x 30″) to special order
Thickness of film 0.53mm (0.021″)
Other thickness supplied by optical index match lamination
Finish Standard plain or matt non-glare
Transmittance 75%
Operating Temperature -40 to +75°C (limitations of the lamination)

Alternative technologies

Blur film technology dispersed the incident light at particular angles and transmitting it at all other angles. The appearance therefore, changes from translucent to transparent depending on the angle from which it is viewed. This method was less effective when the distance of the filter to the display source was reduced and never become widely adopted. Production ended several years ago and it is no-longer available

 

CEE Thin-Client Market Forecast Revised Downward for 2014, in Spite of Impressive Q2 Growth in EMEA

The Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) thin-client market posted double-digit growth in Q2 2014 for the second quarter in a row

Source: www.idc.com

Thin-client shipments in EMEA increased by 15.3% year on year in Q2 2014, which corresponded to about 476,500 units. Shipment value also went up, by 22.2% year on year, to reach $169.65 million. Value has been growing faster than volume for the past six consecutive quarters, reflecting both stronger demand for more powerful hardware and an increasing demand for all-in-one (AIO) thin clients. The latter accounted for 4.5% volume share of total thin-client shipments in the region.

“It is worth noting that the influence of the migration from expired Windows XP, as a market driver for PC and thin-client renewals, will weaken by the end of 2014. As a result, thin-client growth will ease off as well,” says Oleg Sidorkin, senior research analyst at IDC. “In H1 2015, EMEA thin-client shipments could post a marginal decline, unless economic growth across Europe stabilizes sufficiently to become a strong market driver.”

WatchGuard Technologies’ New Policy Map Provides ‘X-Ray’ Vision into Firewall Configurations and Network Traffic

Newest enhancement to WatchGuard Dimension visibility solution allows admins to see policy misconfigurations and optimise traffic

9 September 2014 – WatchGuard® Technologies has announced the industry’s first interactive, integrated policy mapping capability for Unified Threat Management (UTM) and Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) appliances. Available in the latest version of its real-time network security visibility solution, WatchGuard Dimension™, Policy Map provides a comprehensive view of traffic flow and policy impact across the entire network, with the ability to quickly filter or drill down for additional detail and analysis.

 

Security policies are central to firewall operation and according to a 2014 Verizon Report[1], there’s a strong correlation between a badly configured firewall and the likelihood of a security breach. Dimension Policy Map aggregates disparate information about policies, interfaces, applications and related traffic flows, and presents it in a simple, intuitive and interactive visualisation dashboard. It can be used for policy audit, to find active and misconfigured policies, identify unusual or abnormal traffic patterns, visually check if firewall policies or configuration changes have the intended impact on traffic patterns and much more.

 

“Security policies are the brains of a firewall and dictate the effectiveness of any firewall configuration and directly impact our customers’ network protection,” said Dave R. Taylor, vice president of corporate and product strategy at WatchGuard Technologies. “Given the tremendous customer uptake for Dimension on a global basis, we recognised an opportunity to improve their security management and help eliminate errors by giving network administrators a powerful tool for visualising policy analysis. They can now see policies like never before and instantly evaluate the impact on the network or user.”

 

Beyond Policy Map, the latest update to Dimension brings a variety of additional insightful reporting and new dashboard features that includes information on zero-day malware, details about website visits and traffic disposition, enhanced navigation, and consolidated CA certificate management. And it comes free on any WatchGuard UTM or NGFW platform.

 

WatchGuard Dimension has been gaining rapid market adoption since it was first launched in late 2013. Customers have used the network security visibility tool to monitor and gain critical and timely insights about network security threats, bandwidth and Internet usage, as well as related traffic trends. For complete information on the latest upgrades to Dimension or to test-drive the tool, click here: http://watchguard.com/wgrd-products/dimension

 

[1] 2014 Verizon PCI Compliance Report – http://www.verizonenterprise.com/pcireport/2014/

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IGEL Technology: Von der Green IT zum grünen Unternehmen

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The German thin client market leader writes climate protection and energy saving not only the product side quite large. With numerous internal projects IGEL is also working on its own life cycle and anchored the issue of climate change in corporate strategy.

Bremen September 9, 2014 – With its thin client solutions, IGEL offers an extremely energy-efficient alternative to the traditional desktop PC. So, for example, received the All-in-One Thin Client UD10 recently the Energy Star specification 6.0. Irrespective of the Bremen company sets but also to themselves an ambitious target and it has already made a decisive course: from the use of green energy, via the purchase of natural gas vehicles to the use of LED lighting. In an effort to reduce the environmental footprint consistently, now IGEL involved in the pilot project “green-transformation” as a model company. The goal: to protect the climate through the analysis of organizational structures and work processes are to be an organic part of the corporate culture. Climate-change agents to identify the various environmental aspects in the individual business areas and sensitize the IGEL staff for further joint processes of change.

Than previous milestones in climate protection IGEL can cite the company building built in 2009 at its headquarters in Bremen. It is built according to the valid regulations for energy saving and is supplied with green electricity. Beyond this, IGEL is 14001 (environmental management) according to ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO. The living quality and environmental management is reviewed in annual audits by an independent certification body, thus improving constantly.

More action on climate change form the CO2 balance for the location Bremen according to GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), the switch to LED lighting in the warehouse and assembly as well as the equipment of the company fleet with environmentally friendly natural gas cars.

And the agenda for upcoming projects is well filled: Procurement management is to be more environmentally oriented, so that the CO2 emissions are further reduced during production, use and disposal of IGEL products. To better engage employees, also are plans for an idea management system and a “Climate Day”.

“To achieve climate protection goals in the company, it needs not only technical solutions,” commented Dr. Martin Schnatmeyer, Head of Quality, Environmental & Safety Management and Climate Change Agent at IGEL Technology. “It is important to involve all employees in the change processes. Through this involvement, many new ideas can arise also like to implement the colleagues voluntarily and with initiative. This motivation is the best basis for IGEL in all areas for green companies have to be. ”

Energy Star 6.0

In addition to the entrepreneurial efforts IGEL continues to work hard to improve its products under energy consumption aspects. So filled the screen integrated Thin Client IGEL UD10 now also follow the guidelines of the Engery Star 6.0, which classifies the maximum allowable electricity consumption over a certain period of time. This now has the majority of overall IGEL hardware product range over the environmental quality mark.

BYOD is smothering my security!

Security teams are struggling to keep up with the demands of traditional and mobile security. Craft a bring-your-own-device strategy that relieves the pressure.

Source: techpageone.dell.com

Many security pros have commented that MDM, which stands for “mobile device management,” should stand for “mobile data management,” because data safety and security is the biggest concern.

Unchecked, mobile users can easily obtain corporate data from the network and share it publicly using their own email, text, and other communications software. This may violate a company’s own data security policies, and threaten its ability to comply with federal and state regulations.

Antimicrobial Solutions for Healthcare and Retail

Antimicrobial Solutions have been around a long time and there has been improvements over the years.  Important in the self-service terminal that the treatment does not affect the touchscreen

 

Sanitech Information

SurfaceClean is a hospital-grade cleaner disinfectant that kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria on hard, non-porous surfaces. SurfaceCleanenhances the effectiveness of our antimicrobial coatings by properly preparing surfaces for antimicrobial treatment. SurfaceClean is designed for use prior to the application of long lasting antimicrobial products. It is also recommended for regular maintenance cleaning.

SurfaceClean is a cost effective and easy to use solution. SurfaceCleanis available in 32 ounce spray bottles and 1 or 5 gallon containers.

 

SurfaceClean Disinfects and Eliminates:

* 99% of Germs and Bacteria

* Healthcare associated MRSA

* Community associated MRSA

* H1N1 Flu Virus

* SARS

* Avian Influenza

* Hepatitis

* Mumps

* Rhinovirus

* Rotovirus

 

SurfaceAide XL delivers durability, safety and affordability to protect vital surfaces from the growth of bacteria, mold and fungi 24/7 for up to 90 days.

SurfaceAide XL

* Generates an environmentally friendly, non-leaching antimicrobial barrier on surfaces that is non-toxic and non-sensitizing

* Promotes long-term reduction of harmful bacteria, mold and fungi on surfaces

* Minimizes the presence of microbes on touch points that can serve as transfer routes for bacteria from surface-to-skin

* One application effectively fights the growth of bacteria, mold and fungi, non-stop on surfaces for up to 90 days

* Proactively and continually prevents odor, staining and deterioration caused by bacteria, fungi, mold and mildew

* Can be safely and easily applied without affecting day to day  operations

* Invisible, odorless and will not affect the appearance or performance of treated surfaces

* Since SurfaceAide XL does not leach, the organism cannot emerge as a new resistant microbe or “super bug”

 

SEEPOINT INFO

Protect self service kiosk users from dangerous bacteria like E coli and MRSA with SeePoint’s antibacterial coated kiosks. In kiosk installations where bacteria transmission is a concern, SeePoint’s trained technicians can apply this antibacterial coating, the Aegis Microbe Shield, to keep touch screens and keyboards free from bacteria, spores, viruses and fungi. Coated touch screens and keyboards also provide surfaces where bacteria and other microbial contaminants cannot grow.

Antibacterial coatings are highly recommended for kiosks used in hospitals, public areas, high traffic installations, government self services and retail display fixtures. In use since the mid-1970s, the Aegis Microbe Shield is a safe and effective antimicrobial technology that combats contamination on frequently touched surfaces such as kiosk keyboards and touch screens. The antibacterial coating used on SeePoint kiosks is a permanent protective shield that kills 99.4% of all microbes.

WHAT ARE MICROBES?
Bacteria
Algae
Fungi(Mold/Mildew)
WHERE ARE MICROBES?
In the air
In the soil
On our skin and bodies
On items we touch every day
WHAT ARE ANTIMICROBIALS?
Antimicrobials control, destroy or suppress the growth of microbes, eliminating or limiting the negative effects of contamination, staining and deterioration.

Permanently bonded to the touch screen surface, the resistive membrane of the antibacterial coating does not affect display clarity on the touch screen. The antibacterial coating is also safe for the user and the environment. The coating does not leach in the environment, migrate to a user’s hands or wear off when the screen is cleaned. Unlike other products, the technology of this coating does not allow microbes to adapt or create resistant organisms.

HOW DOES THE ANTIMICROBIAL USED BY SEEPOINT WORK?
The Aegis Microbe Shield works by physically rupturing the microbe. The compound used in the coating consists of a long molecular chain that looks like a sword which, at its base, has a permanent bonding property. The permanently bonded “sword” sticks up from the surface where it has been applied, ready to puncture the microbe. When the microbe comes into contact with the sword, the microbe is punctured. Then the sword’s base, which includes a nitrogen molecule, draws the microorganism to it and electrocutes the cell. The microbe is destroyed on the sword. In the process, the coating is not consumed or dissipated so the antimicrobial is not depleted.

KEY ATTRIBUTES OF THE AEGIS MICROBE SHIELD
Bonds directly and permanently to the surface on which it applied.
Remains in place and active even after multiple washings.
Can be applied to almost any surface material.
Does not migrate from the surface.
Does not transfer onto the skin.
Does not leach harmful toxins into the environment.
Is not poisonous.
Does not dissipate over time.
Physically controls the microbe on contact.
Is proven successful in demanding settings such as medical facilities and clean rooms where safety and effectiveness are paramount.
Does not create an environment for adaptive organisms and “super bugs.”

Thin Client Computing Complements Mobile Devices for K-12 | NComputing

White paper by NComputing on providing the best solution for the lowest cost.

Source: www.ncomputing.com

Read this white paper to learn how thin client computing complements mobile devices to meet the needs of K-12 schools by providing:

  • A Windows desktop experience with full-sized monitor and keyboard
  • A low-cost computing solution for labs, classrooms and libraries
  • Workstations that are difficult to lose, steal or break

And Learn how to run your Windows apps remotely from your IOS or Android tablet.

ThinLinx Launches New Enterprise Edition of Cloud-Based ThinLinx Network | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Sunnyvale, CA, September 07, 2014 – Recognized worldwide for making advanced signage simple also reasonable, ThinLinx advertised today an expansion to its cloud-based facilitated computerized sign system result.

Source: www.virtual-strategy.com

ThinLinX’s Hot-e® is an embedded Linux Thin Client computer in place of standard PC. The Hot-e® connected to a XenDesktop®, XenApp® or VDI-in-a-Box® Server provides the same look and feel as a traditional standalone PC, but at a fraction of the total  cost. 

Smart technology tracks hospital patients – Fox News

Fox News Smart technology tracks hospital patients Fox News Medical personnel verify each visitor’s ID bracelet by using a portable LCD monitor display with height-adjustable Ergotron brackets; an optical mouse and a keyboard tray; a Wyse thin…

Source: www.foxnews.com

The hospital uses this smartcard ID technology to ensure that only authorized family members remain in the surgical and post-operative areas, and that intruders don’t interfere with the work of doctors and nurses. Medical personnel verify each visitor’s ID bracelet by using a portable LCD monitor display with height-adjustable Ergotron brackets; an optical mouse and a keyboard tray; a Wyse thin client terminal with a wireless PCMCIA card; and scanning technologies.