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Various methods for server-side recordation and playback of a remote desktop session are provided. One example method may comprise receiving data related to a remote desktop protocol session. The method of this example embodiment may further comprise providing for storage of the data at a location other than the device associated with the remote desktop protocol client of the remote desktop protocol session. Furthermore, the method of this example embodiment may comprise receiving a request to reproduce the remote desktop protocol session. The method of this example embodiment may also comprise retrieving the data from storage. Additionally, the method of this example embodiment may comprise facilitating reproduction of at least a portion of the remote desktop protocol session based at least in part on the retrieved data. Similar and related example methods, apparatuses, systems, and computer program products are also provided.


Various methods for the secure exchange of private keys for authenticating a user to an RDP service are provided. One example method may comprise receiving a request comprising a session token to provide a user with access to an RDP service, and retrieving a username and password associated with the user using the session token. The method may further comprise assigning a time period of validity to the password. Furthermore, the method may comprise generating a first secret key based on user information, generating a second secret key based on the first secret key and a salt, and encrypting a packet comprising the password and the time period using the second secret key. Additionally, the method may comprise transmitting the username and encrypted packet to the device for authenticating the user with the requested RDP service. Similar and related example methods, apparatuses, systems, and computer program products are also provided.


Patent
Stoneware | Date: 2012-07-02

Various methods for application costing to provide decision making for service provisioning are provided. One example method may comprise connecting to a web based portal environment system. The method may further comprise establishing a hypertext transfer protocol keep-alive connection with the web based portal environment system. The method may further comprise receiving a push command via the hypertext transfer protocol keep-alive connection. The method may additionally comprise executing the push command. Similar and related example methods, example apparatuses, and example computer program products are also provided.


Various methods for application costing based on the hardware of a client device are provided. One example method may comprise receiving a message comprising an indication of one or more hardware requirements associated with a service. The method of this example embodiment may further comprise determine one or more hardware attributes related to the one or more hardware requirements. The method of this example embodiment may further comprise evaluating whether the one or more hardware attributes satisfy the one or more hardware requirements. Similar and related example methods, example apparatuses, and example computer program products are also provided.


Various methods for application costing to provide decision making for service provisioning are provided. One example method may comprise providing for transmission of a request for a service. The method may further comprise receiving a message comprising an ordered list of entries for providing the service. Each entry may comprise requirements. The method may further comprise iteratively evaluating the entries in the order specified by the ordered list. Evaluating a respective entry may comprise determining attributes related to the requirements associated with the respective entry, and evaluating whether the attributes satisfy the requirements. The method may additionally comprise providing for delivery of the service as specified in an entry upon a determination that the attributes satisfy the requirements of the entry. Similar and related example methods, example apparatuses, and example computer program products are also provided.


News Article | May 15, 2014
Site: www.techworld.com

The ability to come up with cohesive cloud offering has eluded Lenovo for years, but the company is taking steps to offer more services that it can wrap around its mobile devices and enterprise products. Lenovo subsidiary Stoneware is planning to offer hosted application services that will build on existing secure cloud and virtual desktop services. Lenovo opened its first public cloud service just a year ago, building it around technology acquired from Stoneware in September 2012. Stoneware's current WebNetwork virtual desktop offering is more like a cloud desktop, with a browser-like interface providing access to remote applications, storage services and other Web application services. The tiled user interface provides access to applications like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, which are hosted in data centers and don't need to be downloaded and installed locally on mobile devices and PCs. The cloud desktop also provides secure and server-defined access to Web-based software such as Salesforce applications. The Stoneware unit's offerings are aimed at the enterprise, and can be used on mobile devices and PCs across operating systems. The unit now plans to directly offer hosted applications for those who don't have data centers or don't want to make major investments in buying applications. Companies will be able to buy hosted applications as and when needed, and don't need their own servers in a data center. "It's going to be a combination. At the enterprise level we assume they have a data center that we can't offer. But as we go down into [small- and medium-business] it's more likely... they will say they want to go without a data center and purchase certain applications," said Rick German, CEO of Lenovo's Stoneware unit. Lenovo has not however provided a timeframe for the new Stoneware hosted services. The goal is to aggregate on-premise applications, software-as-a-service and storage services in just one user interface, German said. Lenovo promised an aggressive push into the cloud two years ago in an effort to sell more devices, but the move has been slow. The company announced its public cloud service called Reach under a year ago, but is still bundling the third-party SugarSync storage and file synchronizing service with its devices. Lenovo hopes Stoneware will provide the infrastructure and middleware through which devices can access and exchange data over public and private clouds. Lenovo is the world's top PC maker, and is increasing its share of tablet and smartphone shipments. Lenovo has agreed to buy IBM's x86 for US$2.3 billion, which should put it among the world's top five server makers. While Stoneware's underlying technology is being used in Reach, aimed at consumers, the WebNetwork offering is targeted at the enterprise. Much like traditional virtual desktops, Stoneware's cloud desktop -- by using Citrix and VMware software -- can also stream Windows applications, or let users download an application package that can be run locally on mobile devices or PCs. "The [Web model] has its places where it sits well, but it's not the model in which we deliver all services to users," German said. "There's no good browser based option when you have a high graphics option, that doesn't mean you can invoke a VDI or remote desktop option." It's possible to access services like Salesforce through just a browser, without the need for the cloud desktop provided by Stoneware. But WebNetwork adds an additional layer of security by ensuring authorized users access the Web service by rerouting a connection through a data center holding user information. That is handy to ensure IT remains centralized and the right users and devices are validated to access the service. Right now the cloud service works across devices and operating systems, but "there's no doubt" about further integration to provide an experience unique to Lenovo devices, German said. For example, some applications may be accessible only from Lenovo-approved devices, which will involve authenticating a user and the device trying to access the hosted service. Stoneware is increasingly being integrated into Lenovo's operations, and the company's increasing reach into the enterprise will help expand usage of its cloud offerings, German said. "It's certainly a benefit that they're growing in the server market," German said. Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com


INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Stoneware, Inc., the leader in classroom management software, announces the immediate availability of LanSchool 7.8.1. The release contains several enhancements to our award-winning software that allows educators to take control of technology in the classroom to monitor, collaborate and communicate with students more effectively. In LanSchool 7.8.1, we have made some important enhancements to the LanSchool Connection Service (LCS). The LCS now supports up to 10,000 connections, will auto direct the Student and Teacher to the correct LCS, and includes the ability to auto update the Teacher agent. “The theme of this release is all about meeting the challenges of the modern classroom,” said Rick German, CEO of Stoneware, Inc. “We know that a myriad of devices continue to enter the classroom at a dizzying pace, and our solution helps teachers manage and control that technology to ensure a distraction-free environment.” In addition to the LCS enhancements, we have upgraded the functionality of the Chromebook extension to include popular LanSchool features such as View Student, Show Student, Save Snapshot and Chat. Other new features in LanSchool 7.8.1 include: LanSchool 7.8.1 is a free upgrade for customers under a current maintenance agreement. LanSchool educational pricing starts at $30 per device. Site licenses, volume and educational discounts are available. Established in 2000 and acquired by Lenovo in 2012, Stoneware delivers workspace and classroom management software that gives people the freedom and flexibility to work more productively. Stoneware’s webNetwork™ software creates a unified workspace where workers can access cloud apps, native applications and legacy systems from any device, regardless of where they are located. Stoneware’s LanSchool™ classroom management software enhances the learning experience by enabling instructors to easily manage classroom technology and monitor student involvement. Despite today’s complex technology environments, Stoneware gives users a single view of their diverse resources while providing IT with central oversight. For information, visit www.stone-ware.com.


News Article | April 30, 2015
Site: www.businesswire.com

BEIJING & RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today marked the 10-year anniversary of its acquisition of IBM’s PC business a major milestone in its evolution from China-only PC maker, to global PC challenger, to where it is today: one of the world’s most innovative technology companies. Over the past decade, Lenovo has achieved tremendous growth in its business to become the world’s #1 PC maker, and #3 in smartphones, #3 in tablets, and #3 in x86 servers. Lenovo marks this milestone in advance of Lenovo Tech World on May 28 in Beijing, the company’s first strategic global technology conference, where it will outline its vision of future devices, including smartphones, wearables and smart connected devices and demonstrate R&D concept projects. “The acquisition of IBM’s PC business transformed Lenovo overnight into a truly global company, changing not only Lenovo but our industry,” said Yang Yuanqing, Chairman and CEO, Lenovo. “Since then, we have overcome many challenges – and many doubters – to become the world’s leading PC company and one of the world’s most innovative personal technology companies. Even more, this acquisition built the foundation for our expansion to new products like smartphones, tablets, servers and now our ecosystem, growth engines fueled by the success of our first big deal.” Prior to its acquisition of IBM’s PC business in 2005, Lenovo ranked #9 in the worldwide PC industry with 2.3 percent market share and annual revenue of just $3 billion. Fast forward to 2015 and Lenovo has risen to become #1 in worldwide PCs with market share at 20% and revenue growing roughly thirteen-fold over the past ten years to $39 billion. Notably, the IBM PC acquisition and its growth gave Lenovo the fuel to accelerate its expansion which today encompasses three growth engines with global scale: PC, mobile and enterprise. No other company can match this diversity. Following the successful IBM PC acquisition, Lenovo has made eight successful acquisitions, priming the company for future advances in high-growth and high-revenue markets. “In the ten years since Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC business, Lenovo has grown from a $3 billion company whose interests were mostly in China, to the $39 billion global technology leader that Lenovo is today,” said William O. Grabe, Lenovo board member and advisory director, General Atlantic, an original investor in Lenovo’s acquisition of IBM’s PC business. “Lenovo‘s decade of success was achieved through a continued focus on profitable growth, strong execution by the Lenovo leadership team led by Yang Yuanqing, and the hard work of the tens of thousands of Lenovo employees around-the-world. I look forward to Lenovo’s next decade of growth.” Here’s a snapshot of some of the defining moments in Lenovo’s history over the past ten years: Since completing its acquisition of IBM’s PC business, Lenovo has invested heavily in research and development, leading to the expansion of the Think brand into new product categories such as workstations and servers as well as new commercial designs and innovations including tablets and convertibles. Also during this time period, Think-branded products have won more than 2,600 design and product awards. Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $39 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Motorola brand), tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at www.lenovo.com.


News Article | January 31, 2014
Site: tech.firstpost.com

Washington: US officials are likely to allow China’s Lenovo Group to buy IBM’s low-end server business and Google Inc’s Motorola Mobility handset business if it agrees to concessions aimed at protecting US national security, experts said. Computer maker Lenovo has advantages over other Chinese companies that should help it overcome the mutual suspicion between the United States and China over industrial spying and cybersecurity, such as its track record of successful US acquisitions in the past. And importantly, it is not directly controlled by China’s government. Even so, it could be in for a battle over its latest deals with at least one lawmaker expressing concern. Lenovo said on Wednesday it would acquire Motorola Mobility, along with some 2,000 patents, for $2.91 billion. That news came days after an announcement the company would purchase IBM’s low-end server unit for $2.3 billion. The deals will be reviewed by the inter-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, to ensure they do not threaten national security. “We look forward to going through the regulatory process and we’re going to work with the regulators with an open and transparent approach,” Lenovo spokesman Brion Tingler said. Lenovo has been through the secretive CFIUS process three times before and has won approval each time, according to a source familiar with the process. The first was in 2005, when Lenovo bought IBM’s ThinkPad business in a deal that catapulted the company into the global technology big leagues. In that case CFIUS approval came to the dismay of Representative Frank Wolf, a Republican from Virginia and a tough critic of China. Wolf said he discovered after that approval that the State Department had made plans to purchase Lenovo computers. “They were not able to cancel the purchases but made sure that none of them were used for anything,” he said. “I just think we have to be careful,” said Wolf. Lenovo also went through CFIUS reviews when it bought Stoneware Inc to expand cloud solutions and formed a strategic partnership with EMC Corporation . Both deals were announced in 2012. It is not known what security concessions – if any – CFIUS wrung out of Lenovo in the previous transactions, but typical measures include having a security officer, a security plan or other steps aimed at preventing a foreign government from influencing a company in a way that would put US security at risk, the expert said. CFIUS may also require that only US citizens handle certain products and services or demand that certain products be located only in the United States. Lenovo has already been in touch with CFIUS about its latest US deals, as is typical, said sources familiar with the process. A typical CFIUS analysis will touch on two sides – what threat may be posed by the foreign company involved and what vulnerabilities are exposed by the purchase, said Anne Salladin, a former Treasury official with CFIUS experience. “I do think that both of these deals are likely candidates for mitigation measures,” said Salladin, who is now at the law firm Strook & Strook & Lavan LLP. Another former government official with CFIUS experience, Jonathan Gafni, said the review of the Motorola Mobility deal likely would not focus on handsets but on more complicated patents. Lenovo will receive more than 2,000 “patent assets” as part of the transaction, the companies said, although it is not known which ones will change hands. Gafni said regulators would want to give them extra scrutiny. “There are already a ton of Chinese handsets being sold in this country,” said Gafni, now with Compass Point Analytics. “I think it could take some time to figure it all out, but I don’t see a big problem here.” In the end, experts said, Lenovo was likely to win CFIUS approval. “If there was a Chinese company that was well-positioned to see this deal come off, it’s Lenovo,” said Jim Lewis, a security expert with the think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies. “They’ve done the dance before and they know what the steps are.” CFIUS, which is headed by the Treasury Department, usually takes 30 days to review simple deals, but may take an additional 45 days on more complicated transactions. Of the 23 transactions CFIUS reviewed in 2012, 10 were withdrawn and abandoned, according to the latest CFIUS annual report. One Chinese transaction was blocked in 2012 – the proposed purchase of an Oregon wind farm near a sensitive Navy installation.


INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Stoneware, Inc., A Lenovo Company, developer of webNetwork, a Unified Workspace solution, today announced that it has entered into a partnership agreement with Clever Inc., a provider of secure single sign-on access for school-based learning software and student information systems. Stoneware is the first partner to embrace Clever’s new portal integration technology to seamlessly deliver Clever Instant Login links within a district’s Unified Workspace. Rick German, CEO and Co-Founder of Stoneware: "Stoneware is excited about the partnership with Clever because it enhances webNetwork’s single sign-on platform to now include Clever Instant Login for all Clever sync’d apps. This will eliminate more difficult syncing methods, while increasing teaching and learning time. Our number one goal is that webNetwork plus Clever will equal a better together experience for all our schools.” Dan Carroll, CPO and Co-Founder of Clever: "We are excited to partner with Stoneware and its industry-leading Unified Workplace solution. Stoneware is the first company to take full advantage of our portal-enabled Clever links to give our districts additional choice for the delivery of hundreds of Clever-enabled applications and beyond." Established in 2000 and acquired by Lenovo in 2012, Stoneware delivers workspace and classroom management software that gives people the freedom and flexibility to work more productively. Stoneware’s webNetwork™ software creates a unified workspace where workers can access cloud apps, native applications and legacy systems from any device, regardless of where they are located. Stoneware’s LanSchool™ classroom management software enhances the learning experience by enabling instructors to easily manage classroom technology and monitor student involvement. Despite today’s complex technology environments, Stoneware gives users a single view of their diverse resources while providing IT with central oversight. For information, visit www.stone-ware.com, or contact Greg Tan at (888) 473-9485. Clever is the simplest way for schools to keep their learning software in sync with their existing student information systems. Over 35,000 schools across the United States use Clever, and over 150 innovative software applications now integrate with Clever. In 2012, the SIIA named Clever the "Most Innovative Company in Education," and in 2013, Clever was awarded first place at SXSWedu. Clever's headquarters are in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, contact Clever at (415) 562-6483, press@clever.com, or http://clever.com.

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