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Innovative VDI at VMworld 2016

Posted by John Callahan on Aug 26, 2016 3:49:28 PM

Virtual End Points and End-to-End VDI

Please join us at Booth #759 at VMworld 2016 starting Sunday, August 28 to Thursday, September 1 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center, Las Vegas.

NCS is a leading supplier of IT solutions to government and enterprise, including healthcare providers and financial services organizations. Our virtualization solutions are key to helping IT organizations reduce complexity, improve manageability and reduce costs.

At the end point, NCS is well known for its ground-breaking VDI zero client devices. The terms thin and zero are used interchangeably and refer to virtualized PCs that are lightweight and typically purpose-built with no hard drive, memory, etc. and all applications and sensitive data reside back in the data center.

NCS zero clients are managed by VMware Horizon software and use the ultra-secure Teradici PCoIP remote display protocol. There is no persistent user data for users to worry about, no patches, updates or antivirus software needed.

NCS will demonstrate a broad zero client laptop and desktop portfolio of products at VMware 2016.

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Topics: VDI, Healthcare, virtualization, zeroclients

NCS at AFITC 2016

Posted by John Callahan on Aug 23, 2016 11:17:20 AM

Focus on VDI, Rugged PCs and Cabinets & Digital Printers

The Air Force Information Technology & Cyberpower Conference returns to Montgomery, Alabama in August! This conference brings together Air Force IT experts, prominent IT academics and leading vendors such as NCS Technologies for three days of exhibits, speakers and educational events. The conference runs from August 29-31. A key focus of the event is how to better defend against cyber attacks, advanced persistent threats and how to proactively lead in the digital world.

At Booth #230 NCS Technologies will showcase innovative technologies that are the best line of defense against cyber threats, as well as rugged computers and cabinets that can operate in the most challenging environments. Partner representatives at the NCS Booth #230 include Getac, the leader in rugged computing, and PSSI, innovators of Dock & Lock Storage Systems.

NCS is a leading supplier of computing and cyber security solutions to the military. Our virtualization solutions are key to helping IT organizations increase cyber security, reduce complexity, improve manageability and reduce costs.

Today, an important focus of innovation in virtualization is at the end point -- where people are getting the work done, on desktops and with mobile devices on the move. NCS is well known for its ground-breaking VDI zero client devices. The terms thin and zero are used interchangeably and refer to virtualized PCs that are lightweight and typically purpose-built with no hard drive, memory, etc. and all applications and sensitive data reside back in the data center. NCS will showcase its comprehensive VDI portfolio at AFITC.

NCS will also promote its complete portfolio of Getac rugged solutions, including rugged notebooks and tablets. Also on display at the booth will be PSSI Dock & Lock cabinets. NCS supports the Air Force as a contract holder on CCS-QEB and CCS-E-Tools on AFWAY.

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Topics: VDI, Healthcare, virtualization, zeroclients

Virtual End Points and End-to-End VDI

Posted by John Callahan on Aug 23, 2016 10:06:01 AM

At the Innovation Edge of the VMware Ecosystem

August is rapidly drawing to a close, and that means VMworld 2016 is right around the corner! This year the event, which celebrates all things virtual, VDI, and in the cloud, is being held August 28 - September 1 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center, Las Vegas.

NCS Technologies is an active and innovative part of the VMware ecosystem, and at the show we can be found at Booth #759. NCS is a leading supplier of IT solutions to government and enterprise, including healthcare providers and financial services organizations. Our virtualization solutions are key to helping IT organizations reduce complexity, improve manageability and reduce costs.

Today, an important focus of innovation in virtualization is at the end point -- where people are getting the work done, on desktops and with mobile devices on the move. NCS is well known for its ground-breaking VDI zero client devices. The terms thin and zero are used interchangeably and refer to virtualized PCs that are lightweight and typically purpose-built with no hard drive, memory, etc. and all applications and sensitive data reside back in the data center.

NCS zero clients are managed by VMware Horizon software and use the ultra-secure Teradici PCoIP remote display protocol. There is no persistent user data for users to worry about, no patches, updates or antivirus software needed.

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Topics: VDI, Healthcare, virtualization, zeroclients

Revolutionary Cybersecurity for Government

Posted by John Callahan on Aug 16, 2016 2:52:38 PM

Access Multiple Independent Levels of Security

SecureView is a virtualized platform solution of increasing interest to government professionals who work at different classification levels and would rather use one device to do it. It is a multi-level virtual platform which allows a user to run multiple securely isolated environments on a single PC or workstation, provide hardware-enforced security and deliver superior virtualization in the most demanding environments.

This SecureView platform is is the result of extensive development work by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the open source community, Assured Information Security and NCS Technologies.

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Topics: SecureView, virtualization

Computing Experts For Every Need

Posted by John Callahan on Jul 29, 2016 3:14:22 PM

Today we launch the latest version of our website, where you will more easily identify our computer industry expertise and explore the many ways we can help you meet IT challenges. NCS Technologies is well known to government customers as innovative and reliable. We have been a trusted partner to civilian agencies, the military and the intelligence community for more than two decades. In addition, enterprise customers in security, healthcare and financial services also rely on our computing products and integration expertise. Organizations in North America, Europe and Asia routinely come to us to help implement end point virtualization solutions, both desktop and mobile. We are emerging as a leader in the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) space.

Think of us as expert designers, manufacturers and also partners. NCS has a long history of manufacturing high performance NCS-branded x86 desktops and workstations. NCS branded PCs and servers are in use with government agencies around the world. But NCS is also a close partner to the world's Tier 1 IT vendors.

Our Appliance & Server Engineering line of business is widely admired by software vendors and large integrators. All of this computing expertise is centered in our manufacturing and corporate campus in Gainesville, VA, just outside the Washington beltway. 

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Topics: VDI, PCoIP

Taking VDI Into the Field

Posted by Katie Callahan on Jul 27, 2016 11:03:09 AM

Everyone knows that implementing end-to-end VDI can be a large, complex undertaking. Certain groups, such as first responders, the military and some enterprises, need to take VDI into the field. The challenge is to do this as quickly and simply as possible, without the weight and footprint of recreating the data center you left back home.

To meet this need, NCS has created hyper-converged back-end solutions and end points intelligently integrated into rugged transit cases. These cases are capable of supporting large numbers of clients in the field without losing centralized control while simultaneously delivering ease of maintenance. This approach also simplifies the IT aspects of the reset process that must occur upon returning from deployments.

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Topics: VDI

Virtual End Points and Superior VDI

Posted by John Callahan on Jul 14, 2016 3:51:57 PM

There is No Relief From Data Breaches in Summer

With bright summer days, long weekends and vacations, some may believe that the slower pace of business means relief from computer attacks and data breaches: but think again! The bad actors never relax in efforts to steal valuable private, personal information such as Social Security numbers and credit card information. Recognizable data loss victims in the news these days include Omni Hotels, Wendy's, and the FDIC, and such healthcare providers as 21st Century Oncology, Southeast Eye Institute, Medical Colleagues of Texas, Alliance Health Networks and Stomford Podiatry Group.

NCS Technologies is an important supplier of secure computing solutions to government, healthcare providers and financial services organizations and our virtualization solutions and are a major line of defense against data breaches. As you probably know, virtualization has been first implemented in the data center, where compute, storage and networking infrastructure equipment resides. IT administrators quickly realized the cost benefits of pooled server resources there, plus the pay-off of improved centrally-administered security and improved disaster recovery.

Now the benefits of virtualization are being extending outward to end points through a strategy called Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), where desktop and notebook PCs are thin or zero clients. The terms thin and zero are used interchangeably and refer to PCs that are lightweight and typically purpose-built with no hard drive, memory, etc. and all applications and sensitive data residing back in the data center.

In the real world there is a difference. Many thin clients retain a small capacity hard drive, some local memory and an embedded OS. This requires some administration - increasing IT complexity and security vulnerability.

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Topics: VDI, Healthcare, virtualization, zeroclients

Hardware-Enforced Government Cybersecurity

Posted by John Callahan on Jul 7, 2016 2:37:27 PM

SecureView Is A Superior Multi-level Virtual Platform

SecureView capabilities are very important for government professionals who work with virtualized computers at different classification levels. SecureView is a multi-level virtual platform which allows a user to run multiple securely isolated environments on a single PC or workstation, provide hardware-enforced security and deliver superior virtualization in the most demanding environments.

This virtual platform is is the result of extensive development work by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the open source community, Assured Information Security and NCS Technologies.

In short, SecureView is based on Type 1 or bare metal client hypervisor and allows a single computer to host multiple guest VMs running at different classification levels.

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Topics: SecureView, virtualization

Virtualize End Point PCs For Secure Financial Computing

Posted by John Callahan on Jun 28, 2016 1:26:48 PM

Financial Managers at HFMA Conference Look for Stronger Security

Virtualization has moved beyond the data center. Financial managers are exploring how virtualization at the end point - with desktop and notebook PCs - can be an important part of evolving security strategies. The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) National Institute is holding the Out of the Box trade show event this week at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. NCS is demonstrating virtualization solutions at Booth #2131.

Association members include CFOs, controllers, accountants and other financial professionals. Organizations associated with HFMA include hospitals, managed care organizations, physician practices, accounting firms, banks and insurance companies. Many financial professionals in these organizations are stopping by Booth 2131 to explore how zero client desktop or laptop computing can be a cost-effective part of a more secure financial organization.

Some of our visitors have heard something about thin client computing but are unfamilar with zero clients. In addition, analyst groups and vendors often mix together thin and zero client solutions under the one category of "thin client solutions". But there are differences, and zero client computing is clearly superior - easier to manage, delivering a lower cost of ownership and definitely more secure.

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Topics: VDI, Healthcare, virtualization, zeroclients

Secure Computing Platforms for the Healthcare Financial Management Association - HFMA

Posted by John Callahan on Jun 27, 2016 4:17:21 PM

Protect Financial & Healthcare Data

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Topics: VDI, Financial Sector