The View From NCS Technologies

John Callahan

More than 20 years in the industry, specializing in software and hardware computing.

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Aberdeen Proving Ground Tech Expo Is Today

Posted by John Callahan on Oct 24, 2018 9:22:44 AM

See NCS For Rugged Servers Expertise

NCS Technologies is exhibiting a variety rugged of servers today at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fall Technology Expo event, Top of the Bay, Building 30, Plum Point Drive, Maryland. Show hours are until 1 p.m. NCS designs and builds servers, rugged servers, appliances and provides engineering services to the military, government agencies and businesses.

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Topics: Servers & Appliances, U.S. Government, rugged, military, software

Aberdeen Proving Ground Tech Expo Is Wednesday

Posted by John Callahan on Oct 22, 2018 2:35:32 PM

See NCS For Rugged Servers Expertise

NCS Technologies will exhibit a variety rugged of servers Wednesday at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fall Technology Expo event, Top of the Bay, Building 30, Plum Point Drive, Maryland. Show hours are 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. NCS designs and builds servers, rugged servers, appliances and provides engineering services to the military, government agencies and businesses.

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Topics: Servers & Appliances, U.S. Government, rugged, military, software

NCS Participates in SSA Small Business Procurement Event

Posted by John Callahan on Jun 8, 2017 11:12:49 AM

10th Annual Small Business Procurement Conference

The Social Security Administation Thursday hosted its tenth annual procurement conference at the Mikulski Auditorium, Baltimore. The conference focused on providing updates on its Socio-Economic Programs and discussed Initiatives for Digital Services.  The conference is an annual event that allows small businesses to engage with contract representatives, SSA employees, contractors and other agencies.

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Topics: VDI, virtualization, security, zeroclients, manageability

PCoIP Virtualization Technology Still the Best

Posted by John Callahan on Jun 7, 2017 11:33:34 AM

Users Ponder the Alternatives

The one-day VMware expo Carolina VMUG UserCon is now over, having attracted hundreds of attendees in Charlotte yesterday. NCS staff attending the show met with nearly everyone and report that attendees were very interested in NCS virtual desktop solutions. As expected at VMUG events, sophisticated VMware users expressed hard requirements for improving manageability, driving down cost of ownership and improving security. In all of these metrics, zero clients from NCS Technologies outperform thin clients from the Tier One PC vendors.

An underlying thread to many of the discussions was an interest on the best remote display protocol to implement. Users are aware of choices including Remote Desktop Protocol, PCoIP, Blast and HDX. For the VMware environment, many agreed that RDP, HDX and Blast lacked the fuctionality required to deliver the full PC experience, and the consistency and manageability IT managers prefer.

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

NCS Is Leading Provider of PCoIP Zero Clients

Posted by John Callahan on May 31, 2017 3:16:02 PM

PCoIP Shines in Both Virtual Desktop and Cloud Environments

Looking back at this very busy month, NCS executives spent a significant amount of time at government agencies, military bases, hospitals, at commercial establishments and participating at trade shows, promoting the ins-and-outs of desktop virtualization. At each stop we continue to find strong interest in PCoIP technology and in NCS zero client solutions, and curiosity about how they measure up against thin clients from the major PC brands.

These customers are becoming more aware every day that thin clients used for virtualization come with significant disadvanges. As they become experienced with thin clients, they are turned off that they are complex to administer. Thin clients often include a small hard drive, an embedded operating system and some memory. They are complex and expensive to use over the long run.  

PCoIP zero clients, in contrast, use an integrated purpose-built processor (from Teradici) that does image decompression and decoding, transmitting pixels instead of data. A zero client PC does not need a general purpose CPU, local storage or an application operating system. PCoIP zero clients are secure and easy to manage and deliver low cost of ownership.

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Topics: PCoIP, virtualization, security, zeroclients, government, manageability, thinclients

PCoIP: The Premier End Point Virtualization Remote Display Protocol

Posted by John Callahan on Mar 24, 2017 2:10:34 PM

Breakthrough, Super Secure, Remote Access Technology 

Getting out of the office and talking to customers and end users quickly grounds you with exposure to real day-to-day issues. For those of us actively promoting virtualization technologies and solutions, it's easy to forget that for busy IT administrators, virtualization is just one of their many daily challenges.

Attending a user group this week reminds me that for many IT administrators, it is still murky to tell the difference between thin client end points and zero clients.

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

Get Ready for HIMSS17

Posted by John Callahan on Jan 12, 2017 4:31:29 PM

Make Plans to Visit Booth #5644

The year's largest Health IT conference is just a few weeks away, and many people in the healthcare and IT security ecosystem are making travel plans to be in Orlando to learn about new products and solutions and to hear about the latest trends as highlighted in the many breakout sessions and keynote speeches.

HIMSS17 is scheduled for February 19-23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Florida and brings together more than 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors. Learning and the exposure to cutting-edge health IT technology is what this annual conference is all about.

Please join NCS Technologies at Booth #5644. 


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Topics: VDI, Financial Sector

New Year's Resolution: End Point Virtualization

Posted by John Callahan on Dec 30, 2016 2:59:05 PM

Security Where It's Needed Most

We are approaching the weekend when most people make at least a few resolutions for the months ahead. Why not resolve for the New Year to implement VDI for more efficient end point security?

Simply put: having a "thin client" strategy is not good enough.  A thin client, a PC with a very small capacity hard drive and minimal local memory, is a halfway measure. A thin client retains some kind of OS, such as Windows Embedded™ or a customized Linux 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 administrative complexity.

That's why many IT administrators now implement zero clients, which offer the most secure and easy-to-administer 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 (WiFi enabled) 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

HIMSS17 and Data Protection

Posted by John Callahan on Dec 19, 2016 11:43:53 AM

Data Protection Is Essential Part of Healthcare IT

The 2017 HIMSS annual conference and expo is coming up fast, right after the holidays.

The global event is scheduled for February 19-23 in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center and brings together more than 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and ecosystem vendors. Education and the exposure to cutting-edge health IT technology and solutions are hallmarks of this annual conference.

Please join NCS Technologies at Booth #5644 at HIMSS17! Cybersecurity is a big focus on this event. Key focus areas for HIMSS17 include: helping improve an organization's security posture; what the current challenging and dynamic cyber threat landscape looks like today; what are the cutting-edge technologies addressing cybersecurity; and how best to prepare a healthcare organization to defend against cyber threats.

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Topics: VDI, Financial Sector

Resolve to Simplify Computing With SecureView

Posted by John Callahan on Dec 12, 2016 3:04:02 PM

 The New Year Is a Great Time to Become More Efficient

As we rapidly close the books on the calendar year 2016, we find many government analysts and knowledge workers still doing intelligence and DoD work using operating multiple PCs around their desktops.  That is because they must communicate each day using private IP networks at various classified levels and use each PC for a dedicated communications task.

This archaic concept can be rapidly eliminated by implementing government-approved SecureView.

SecureView, the multi-level virtual platform, allows a user to run multiple securely isolated environments on one PC or workstation, with hardware-enforced security. Designed for high-performance, power users, SecureView is the result of 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 which is based on Type 1 or bare metal client hypervisor. It allows single computer-to-host multiple-guest VMs running at different classification levels.

Many Government Agencies Have Made the Change

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