The View From NCS Technologies

Protect Healthcare Data With VDI End Points

Posted by John Callahan on Nov 29, 2016 2:07:03 PM

Protect Healthcare Data

Most of us as individuals or those close to us regularly see doctors and occasionally need hospitalization. With privacy protections from regulations like HIPAA, it may seem a given that our health care records will be protected. But sadly this is not the case. All it takes is the theft of a PC to reveal thousands or even millions of personal records - all of it highly private. As an example, just in one month this year - June - more than 11 million patient records were exposed. In October, St. Joseph Health in Irvine, CA reported it will pay more than $2 million to settle allegations that its network exposed the records of more than 30,000 patients. For the latest data, see breach reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Topics: VDI, Financial Sector

Deploying VDI to the Field

Posted by Katie Callahan on Nov 28, 2016 11:21:17 AM

The field is often the office for war fighters and first responders and other service providers in government and industry. Workers need computer and information technology even when the office is outside and often in harsh environments. The challenge is to cost-effectively and effortlessly deploy the IT infrastructure - even when operating a great distance from the traditional data center. This can be especially vexing when using virtualization technologies.

NCS Technologies has created a portfolio of solutions that makes possible the rapid deployment of this infrastructure - without the weight and footprint of traditional solutions. NCS solutions are intelligently integrated into rugged transit cases. These cases are capable of supporting large numbers of clients in the field while delivering superior manageability and cost effectiveness. This approach also simplifies the IT aspects of the reset process that must occur upon returning from deployments.

Our three solutions are: 

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Topics: VDI

SecureView Solves Multi Domain Access Complexity

Posted by John Callahan on Nov 22, 2016 2:53:40 PM

 

SecureView Created to Address Key Challenges

SecureView is a multi-level virtual platform that allows a user to effortlessly run multiple securely isolated environments on one PC or workstation, with hardware-enforced security. The high-performance virtual platform is made possible by extensive development work by the Air Force Research Laborator (AFRL), the open source community, Assured Information Security and NCS.

SecureView:

  • Is a low-cost, multiple-independent levels of security (MILS) workstation-based COTS technology
  • Is based on Type 1 or bare metal client hypervisor
  • Allows single computer to host multiple guest VMs running at different classification levels
  • Addresses a wide variety of use cases

DoD Agencies Are Running SecureView

Government analysts looking for superior, hardware-enforced computer security are increasingly turning to SecureView. These analysts are tired of running multiple PCs at their desk, having to navigate via a clunky KVM switch.

SecureView provides local application execution and concurrent access to multiple security domains. This supports mission requirements, giving analysts the needed performance to run advanced applications, assess threats and share findings across agencies. At last count some 17 Department of Defense-affiliated agencies have deployed the SecureView platform on computers supplied by NCS, HP and Dell. The NCS systems approved for use include the Stratus MT and Stratus DT desktops and the Vortex MT and Vortex MDT workstations.

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Topics: SecureView, virtualization

End Point Virtualization Delivers Superior Security

Posted by John Callahan on Nov 21, 2016 2:53:43 PM

Fully Featured Zero Clients For Every Business Need

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaching, everyone is hardwired by the "Black Friday" advertising mentality to be thinking about choices: what are the right products at the best price usable in the most efficient way?

In the area of PC virtualization, the same critcal thinking is useful. For many IT administrators, virtualizing a desktop or laptop seems fairly straightforward: the "right product" has traditionally been a thin client, a PC with a very small capacity hard drive and minimal local memory. A thin client retains some kind of OS, such as Windows Embedded™ or a customized Linus OS. Administrators hope that thin clients will be easier to administer and be lower in cost than traditional PCs. The reality is that by retaining a small OS, however, thin clients may remain more vulnerable to security exploitation and actually add to complexity of IT adminstration.

That's why many now believe that zero clients offer the most secure and easy-to-administer virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) option available. Zero clients are the next generation of desktop VDI.

A zero client has no local OS. The operating system resides in the data center. Therefore, there is no persistent user data, no patches, updates or antivirus software needed. 

NCS Technologies is the industry authority on zero clients. Key advantages of zero clients from NCS are:

  •          Mobile, portable or desktop choices
  •          NSA Suite B security
  •          AES-256 encryption
  •          No hard drive
  •          No OS
  •          No local storage
  •          No persistent user data
  •          No antivirus needed

 

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Topics: VDI, virtualization, security, zeroclients, government, manageability

Google Promotes NCS VDI Solution

Posted by Katie Callahan on Oct 31, 2016 10:28:12 AM

We are publishing a new marketing campaign for end-to-end VDI. When searching key words or phrases such as VDI solution or zero client in Google, you may be directed to a broad index of historical NCS VDI content found on the web, and in addition you may see a prominent Google ad headline that reads: " Low cost end-to-end VDI - Simple and Scalable". 

Our message is simple. We can reduce the time required to implement a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution by using a NCS purpose built and optimized end-to-end solution that delivers simplicity, scalability and savings. NCS turn-key VDI appliances are designed using Intel's latest generation, Broadwell-EP processor-based servers running Microsoft Windows in a VMware hypervisor environment - the perfect solution for desktop virtualization. NCS turnkey VDI appliance solutions are comprehensive and include all three elements (storage, compute & network), software and services, and endpoints, to make it easy and convenient to implement. With a suite of hardware and software complemented by quality services, our customers can quickly migrate their user base to virtual desktop environment with a minimum of disruption.

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Topics: VDI, PCoIP

Low Cost, Turnkey VDI

Posted by Katie Callahan on Oct 25, 2016 10:37:16 AM

In managing the data center, IT administrators constantly confront issues of complexity and how to best manage legacy equipment and software in the most efficient manner. A new generation of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions is proving effective in addressing data center infrastructure complexity, while lowering costs and improving reliability.

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Topics: VDI, PCoIP

Easily Deploy a VDI Work Group

Posted by Katie Callahan on Oct 20, 2016 3:48:33 PM

By preparing ahead, war fighters, first responders and industry can cost-effectively leverage VDI infrastructure - even when operating a great distance from the traditional data center and office environment.

NCS Technologies makes possible the rapid deployment of IT infrastructure into the field without the weight and footprint of traditional solutions. NCS offers 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.

Our three solutions are:

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Topics: VDI

SecureView Trusted Platforms for Government Computing

Posted by John Callahan on Oct 19, 2016 3:22:32 PM

Access Multiple Independent Levels of Security

Many government professionals communicate every day using private IP networks of various classified levels. For instance, U.S. Department of Defense and Department of State employees may access the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) to transmit classified information (up to and including information classified SECRET). Others may use the NIPRNet (Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network). NIPRNet is used to exchange unclassified but sensitive information between internal users as well as providing users access to the Internet. Additionally users may access JWICS, the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System for Top Secret communications.

While it is not unusual to government professionals using dedicated computers to access these private IP networks, increasingly IT administrators are turning to SecureView to more effectively and efficiently address access issues to these networks.

SecureView is a virtualized platform solution for government professionals who access different classification levels from a single PC device. 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.

The SecureView solution 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

VDI Takes Center Stage at Modern Day Marine

Posted by John Callahan on Sep 30, 2016 3:05:06 PM

Zero Client End Points Draws Strong Interest

Modern Day Marine ended Thursday at Marine Corps Base, Quantico, and despite the dreary weather, the huge white pavilions set up on the scenic parade grounds were energizing beehives of activity as visitors sought out information about the latest IT and tactical technologies. The NCS booth in the first pavilion was constantly busy as we showcased of range of innovative IT technologies, including the rugged Bunker XRV-5241 IU short-depth server; a transit case of deployable, end-to-end Virtual Desktop Infrastructure which featured rugged Getac servers and end points; and the comprehensive portfolio of NCS Cirrus zero client desktop and laptop solutions. 

While visitors took an interest in all of our products, it was especially gratifying to see the impressive level of awareness that visitors had about virtualization in general, the VMware ecosystem and the plusses and minuses of thin clients versus zero clients.

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Topics: VDI, virtualization, security, zeroclients, government, manageability

End Point Virtualization at Modern Day Marine

Posted by John Callahan on Sep 28, 2016 9:25:08 AM

Attendees Test Drive Cirrus Family Zero Client End Points

The energy was flowing at an extremely crowded and busy opening day at Modern Day Marine yesterday at Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA. NCS is at Booth #1337. The company is showcasing of range of innovative IT technologies, including rugged servers, laptops and workstations; deployable, end-to-end Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions and a comprehensive portfolio of zero client end point solutions. 

Many visitors to our crowded booth wanted to learn more about our Cirrus zero client desktops and laptops, which operate in the VMware ecosystem using Teradici's  PCoIP networking protocol.

 

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Topics: VDI, virtualization, security, zeroclients, government, manageability