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The Sixth Flag Recognized as a Representative Vendor in Gartner’s Market Guide for DaaS

August 10, 2016 Comments off

The Sixth FlagRaleigh, N.C. – August 10, 2016The Sixth Flag,  a leading Enterprise Desktop-As-A-Service solution, today announced that it has been identified as a representative vendor in Gartner’s recently published Market Guide for Desktop as a Service report authored by Nathan Hill, Tiny Haynes, Michael A. Silver, and Federica Troni, published August 1, 2016.

“We are delighted to again be mentioned by Gartner among DaaS vendors. Our just released concurrent pricing model, also highlighted in the report, offers customers flexibility regardless of company size. With the increased demand for enterprise BYOD, The Sixth Flag offers an attractive alternative to furnishing end users with costly hardware.  BYOD and complementary solutions like The Sixth Flag not only reduce hardware costs but also full lifecycle management, including asset tracking and recovery,” said Pete Kofod, Founder of The Sixth Flag, Inc.

In their report, Gartner notes the importance of considering full lifecycle DaaS solutions, “DaaS vendors are learning the nuances of workspace and application life cycle management beyond “simple” image hosting to develop more comprehensive solutions.”

“We are confident that with an adaptable pricing schedule and a BYOD-friendly service offering, organizations will find The Sixth Flag to be a highly compelling alternative to traditional VDI,” said Shane Yocum, VP Business Development at The Sixth Flag, Inc.

Enterprise technology leaders should consider two circumstances in which BYOD is particularly attractive:

The first is the continued move to web-based applications.  With more applications relying on only a browser, end point management is dramatically simplified, a key driver of BYOD adoption.  With the increasingly rich capability of HTML5, even complex applications such as VDI can be delivered as a pure web-based application.

The second is application delivery from public infrastructure service providers.  Because BYOD is particularly relevant for remote or mobile users, the ability to pair CAPEX savings at the client endpoint with savings in the premise datacenter make for a compelling value pairing.  Enterprise IT managers are then allowed to focus on what truly “pays the bills”, delivering applications to users that increase individual an organizational effectiveness.

The Sixth Flag is a web-based VDI as a service offering delivered from public infrastructure.  With BYOD, there is no CAPEX in most configurations and operating costs can be tightly adjusted to match changing business conditions.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About The Sixth Flag, Inc.

The Sixth Flag Inc, is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based  Desktop-As-A-Service firm for global teams and organizations in need of Remote Desktop Management solutions.  Launched in 2015, TSF provides a web-based, cost effective and secure throw away desktop for today’s global, mobile teams. Its cloud-based, HTML-rendered Desktop-As-A-Service requires no dedicated hardware, thereby eliminating the need for organizations to spend on capital outlay. With nothing more than a browser, users can access their corporate desktop from anywhere in the world, whether from a laptop, desktop, or tablet.  Because user data is not stored on the local device, loss of a device does not represent compromise of sensitive organizational data. For more information, visit www.thesixthflag.com.

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The Sixth Flag Named a 2016 Gartner Cool Vendor in Endpoint Computing

May 20, 2016 Comments off

TheSixthFlag Gartner AnnouncementRaleigh, N.C. – May 18, 2016 The Sixth Flag, Inc. announced today that the company has been included in the “Cool Vendors in Endpoint Computing, 2016”report by Gartner. This report examines innovators in endpoint computing. Companies recognized in the report were selected because their technologies or solutions are innovative, impactful and intriguing.

Each year, Gartner identifies new “Cool Vendors” in key technology areas. Cool Vendors are reviewed in a series of research reports evaluating their products and services.  The Sixth Flag was specifically recognized for its Desktop-as-a-Service as a true cloud- based solution. The Gartner report states “products that require no special software on the endpoint and are OS-neutral are especially better in that they can enable CYOD and BYOD — and effectively allow users to pick the device of their choice.” By using standard web browsers, The Sixth Flag (TSF) actively supports growing organizational mandates for BYOD.  Furthermore, TSF’s patent-pending watermarking technology known asdewdrop.tsf offers strong protection for organizations concerned about the loss of intellectual property.

“We are honored to be selected by Gartner as a 2016 Cool Vendor for Endpoint Computing. We believe it validates our vision of delivering a true cloud orchestrated and delivered Desktop-as-a-Service,” said Pete Kofod, Founder and CEO of The Sixth Flag. “We will continue to raise the bar by adding groundbreaking capabilities to our offering, extending a solution that is simple, secure, easy to manage and that won’t break the bank.”

The ability to securely deliver Windows(tm)-based applications to a distributed and dynamic work force continues to challenge technology leaders.  According to Gartner, technology leaders should “plan to provide Win32 applications virtually or remotely in a container to users, or as part of DaaS to enable more agile management and diversity for user endpoint devices.”  Pete Kofod agrees with this assertion and states, “the ability to confidently and securely deliver legacy applications to remote users is a recurring problem facing our customers.”

Gartner points out “Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) is maturing; I&O leaders can now run DaaS in HTML5 browsers without additional software and there are now options to purchase short-term DaaS services leveraging pay per use and accelerated speed of deployment for temporary or seasonal needs.”  From its inception, The Sixth Flag has recognized this need.  Darren Witmer, Vice President of Business Strategy, concurs.  “We are seeing requests for short term and dynamic pricing in DaaS solicitations, particularly from mid-market and enterprise customers.  We believe that The Sixth Flag is uniquely well suited to meet such demands.”

Since its debut, The Sixth Flag has been transforming DaaS with its award-winning solution. Easy to integrate and deploy, the company’s clients have reported great results in delivering legacy applications to remote users where uncompromised performance, global availability and ground-breaking security is paramount.

Reference: Gartner Cool Vendor Endpoint Computing, May 11, 2016

Gartner Disclaimer: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About The Sixth Flag, Inc.

The Sixth Flag Inc, is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based  Desktop-as-a-Service firm for global teams and organizations in need of Remote Desktop Management solutions.  Launched in 2015, TSF provides a web-based, cost effective and secure throw away desktop for today’s global, mobile teams. Its cloud-based, HTML-rendered Desktop-as-a-Service requires no dedicated hardware, thereby eliminating the need for organizations to spend on capital outlay. With nothing more than a browser, users can access their corporate desktop from anywhere in the world, whether from a laptop, desktop, or tablet.  Because user data is not stored on the local device, loss of a device does not represent compromise of sensitive organizational data. For more information, visit www.thesixthflag.com

The Sixth Flag Introduces Cell Structure Security To Secure Cloud

February 4, 2016 Comments off

The Sixth FlagRaleigh, N.C., February 4th, 2016 – The Sixth Flag, Inc. today revealed its model of Cell Structure Security to secure its Workspace-as-a-Service in the Cloud. Recognizing traditional approaches to securing the cloud and enterprise networks are still falling short, Pete Kofod, founder and CEO of The Sixth Flag, has found that this concept, which he developed from experience in the military, to be highly effective in securing his Workspace-as-a-Service.

“A cell structure is a system that is highly resilient to external compromise and severely limits the ability of an attacker to further exploit the organization beyond the cell.  Should the cell be compromised, the parent organization immediately isolates and collapses it. This is a concept regularly employed in clandestine warfare, which we have adapted to the securing of our virtual workspace,” says Pete Kofod, Founder of The Sixth Flag, Inc.

The industry response to advanced persistent threats (APT) has been to continue to focus on hardening single points of failure, including central authentication systems.  While this is certainly a worthwhile activity, little has been done to mitigate the consequences of inevitable compromise.  “It’s not good enough to harden a system against an attack,” Kofod explains. “You must also have a process that contains the effects of an inevitable breach.”

Pete likes to point out the following paradox:  “If the systems that employ multiple layers of security all rely on the same single “Central Authentication” mechanism, the question that never gets asked is whether those systems actually provide independent layers of defense, or ‘Defense in Depth.’ This is not an academic exercise.  Recognizing the criticality of authentication systems, attackers have spent significant resources on compromising them, often successfully.”

The remote user is often an initial target and while systems such as Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP) protect against compromise of user login credentials, they do little to protect the underlying authentication system.

The Sixth Flag applies Cell Structure Security to its virtual workspaces, transforming the Cloud into a security asset. In a bold prediction, Pete Kofod states that “2016 is the year the cloud will be considered an asset rather than a liability.”

About The Sixth Flag, Inc.

The Sixth Flag Inc, is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based Workspace-As-a-Service firm for global teams and organizations in need of Remote Desktop Management solutions.  Launched in 2015, TSF provides a web-based, cost effective and secure throw away desktop for today’s global, mobile teams. Its cloud-based, HTML-rendered Workspace-as-a-Service requires no dedicated hardware, thereby eliminating the need for organizations to spend on capital outlay. With nothing more than a browser, users can access their corporate desktop from anywhere in the world, whether from a laptop, desktop, or tablet.  Because user data is not stored on the local device, loss of a device does not represent compromise of sensitive organizational data. For more information, visit www.thesixthflag.com

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