How TEMPEST Level Zero Clients Support VDI


Before examining how TEMPEST certified Zero Clients are engineered for maximum performance in desktop virtualization environments, let’s define ‘what is VDI’ to understand how it complements our TEMPEST range.

Virtualization technology is the process of hosting and managing client desktops, data storage and application software in multiple VMs running on a remote server within the datacenter. One of the most innovative IT solutions in the digital world, VDI provides simplified computer provisioning and centralized administration to all industries. Powerful VDI solutions also drive stellar end UX and performance with scale and category independent deployments.

For instance, ClearCube CVDI resources deliver stability, superior performance and easy manageability. They consolidate legacy hardware and the rapid elasticity, control and strategic resource allocation of VDI to match all business needs. In particular, our SmartVDI host platform drives optimal linear capacity scaling by managing around hundreds to thousands of virtual users with strong scaling efficiency.

Moreover, CVDI facilitates broad use cases. Examples are knowledge workers who use Big Data and analytics for generating ideas or solving problems and power users involved in managing graphics-intensive workloads. The core purpose is to fulfill the increasingly high expectations of these users and support their growing requirements by offering predictable and consistent performance in VDI environments.

There are specific entities where the ability to manage confidential and market-sensitive information can either make or break an enterprise. In these circumstances, a holistic approach to implement effective VDI project plans is to use TEMPEST Level zero clients.

The following sections cover the features of TEMPEST certified zero clients and their role in successful virtual desktop infrastructure initiatives.

What is TEMPEST?

In certain circumstances, information systems and devices compromise data security by emitting electromagnetic radiation (EMR). Such emanations are also known as compromising emissions. Scanners and receivers can easily intercept and analyze these emissions while remaining undetected. This exposes signals containing protectively marked information which attackers may then use to recreate intelligible data.

Keeping this in view, ClearCube’s TEMPEST technology is certified to NSA standards. Our solutions thoroughly secure classified and sensitive data against attacks and theft from unknown or unauthenticated sources. You receive end-to-end TEMPEST technology that is capable of withstanding extreme work conditions where information security is absolutely paramount.

Let’s further discuss why TEMPEST security makes sense in today’s workplace.

The Importance of TEMPEST Security

All electronic and electrical devices and equipment generate electromagnetic signals which travel through space along electrically conductive pathways. Telephone cables and power lines in close proximity have the ability to capture these signals which are then left vulnerable to cybercrimes.

How is this possible? By uncovering statistics such as data patterns and the proper frequency, sophisticated attackers can retrieve raw data and even private encryption keys. This may lead to dire consequences because these emanation-based attacks often involve classified government or military information that is in the interest of national security. Letting such important material get into the wrong hands may jeopardize safety of the masses.

A proactive method of preventing this threat is to implement TEMPEST security standards for IT infrastructure devices which circulate data that must remain protected from unauthorized access 24/7/365.

ClearCube TEMPEST Level 1 & 2 VDI Zero Clients

Ask any administrator their motive behind shifting to virtualization and apart from the obvious reasons of simplifying and centralizing infrastructure, security will be at the top of their list. The same can be said of government and military institutions that adopt desktop virtualization for the sake of national security.

Considering government and military cyber security standards, ClearCube custom crafted TEMPEST zero clients to keep sensitive information safe at all times. Our TEMPEST solutions are designed to satisfy the rigorous demands of power users like research analysts, data scientists and those whose work requires the highest security and reliability standards.

So, why go the ClearCube way for TEMPEST level CVDI zero client devices?

ClearCube’s solution approach focuses on long-term mission success. Our TEMPEST specialty zero clients are designed with the purpose of meeting the rising demands of a workforce with extremely challenging security mandates. You receive secure TEMPEST certified Level 1 and Level 2 zero client desktop bundles and all-in-one solutions for high security VDI sites. These endpoints are based on NSTISSAM 1-92 Level I and II, NATO SDIP-27 Level A and NATO SDIP-27 Level B standards. They meet progressively rigorous and enterprise-class data governance and compliance focus areas of US foreign embassies, Ministry of Defense, NATO locations and similar important federal agencies.

ClearCube simplifies VDI adoption by recommending the right TEMPEST solutions that best match unique use cases which our team personally understands and develops with clients.

The following sections provide insight on how ClearCube TEMPEST Level 1 and Level 2 zero client solutions deliver high-end secure performance in virtualized computing environments.

A Look into TEMPEST Level 1 Zero Clients

Here is a checklist of everything you can expect to find in ClearCube’s TEMPEST Level 1 Zero Client Solutions.

  • TEMPEST Level 1 zero clients integrate advanced zero client technology and offer the highest standard of data security across end user desktops.
  • These devices are not equipped with local data storage, memory and operating systems. Such features eliminate the need for OS patches which would otherwise disrupt applications and lead to downtime.
  • Swiftly deploy these endpoints and connect users to virtualized servers and Blade PCs with built-in GPU host compression adapters through direct connections or across a switched Ethernet network.
  • ClearCube’s advanced desktop extension technology integrates PCoIP technology which allows CD7724T-L1 desktop zero clients to provide two monitors an ideal PC like UX across the network. The process simultaneously reroutes USB from the desktop to Blade PCs or SmartVDI host platform. This establishes high availability from both the client and server side.

TEMPEST Level 2 Zero Client Capabilities

Switching to TEMPEST Level 2 zero clients allows organizations to implement a secure and robust IT architecture at a low total cost of ownership. Let’s examine the ways in which this is possible.

  • The CD7724T-L2 TEMPEST device is a stateless zero client endpoint which eliminates the hassle of maintaining and filtering an entire PC containing processor, hard drive and memory. This is a viable option for industries that operate within a specific budget and yet have security at top of their list.
  • TEMPEST Level 2 zero clients are also based on host-rendered PCoIP processing where the technology uses AES 256/128 bit encryption for encrypting pixels. Business data remains secure in the datacenter and processing does not occur at the desktop. Also, USB redirection, screen modifications and pixel transmissions take place across the zero client connection to host resources like virtual desktops and Blade PCs. This improves the quality of content output in high-performance VDI environments.

Key Takeaway

TEMPEST Level 1 and Level 2 zero clients enable seamless response to time and mission critical IT missions especially in analytics driven industries. This promotes operational agility and enables IT to do more with less by designing and implementing smart computing practices.

Please contact a ClearCube specialist for additional information on how TEMPEST certified zero clients can offer transparency and high performance in your VDI and CDI project plan.

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