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Colocation Services Expand To Support Growing IT Requirements

BATON ROUGE, La. – Venyu, a leader in business continuitycloud-based virtualization, and battle-tested data recovery, today celebrates their partnership with the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans.The NFL and NBA franchises selected the company’s colocation to provide disaster recovery hosting as well as firewall protection and Metro-based Ethernet connectivity. For more information, please view the full case study:http://bit.ly/1NAgRz3.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. A team of dedicated IT personnel were determined to keep the franchise running by salvaging and moving the Saints’ entire network to a safe zone. Led by Jeff Huffman, Director of Information Technology for New Orleans Saints, the IT team arrived at the office the day after the hurricane hit and dismantled the entire network by flashlight -- carrying all servers and PCs down dark stairwells for transport to San Antonio, Texas.

"The whole thing reminded me of a MASH episode," Huffman recalled. “There was no electricity and we had to find and dismantle 125 desktops including monitors, keyboards and mice. With the help of the U.S. Marines, we were able to locate our desktop PCs and find 16 servers. We then had to lay them on their sides and slide them down dark stairwells--one by one."

To prevent this scramble from occurring again, Huffman drafted Venyu. Venyu’s flexible colocation solution gives the Saints and as of 2013, the Pelicans ample space, network bandwidth and IT security they needed for business continuity-related services. The company’s commercial-grade data centers are designed with industry-leading, physical and network security protection, disaster recovery options and a wide range of environmental controls system redundancies. In addition to hosting their network infrastructure, the teams also took advantage of Venyu's comprehensive business continuity center.

“As with all enterprise organizations, IT services have become the cornerstone of sports franchise business operations,” said Scott Thompson, CEO, Venyu. “However, beyond back office applications, these franchise IT departments must also support new services such as WiFi game-day activities accessed via smartphones and tablets as well as large amounts of video from scouts and coaches. We are proud to be protecting the New Orleans Saints’ and New Orleans Pelicans’ IT assets, and are excited to see how our solutions have helped the team’s data services expand.”

About Venyu
Venyu is a premier provider of data center, managed hosting, cloud, virtualization and data protection solutions. By leveraging Venyu's portfolio of innovative, ROI-focused solutions, including VenyuCloud and RestartIT, within secure, highly available data centers, organizations can reduce IT costs while increasing security and scalability. For more information about Venyu and its industry-leading offerings, please visit www.venyu.comYour Data Made Invincible™.

E2S Warning Signals, the world’s leading independent manufacturer of audible and visual warning devices, recently renewed its Russian Fire Certificate applying to a series of popular products.

The extended Certificate of Conformity to GOST 53325 -2012 issued by Fire Safety Technologies, the independent Russian Approval authority, is valid until July 2018 and is applicable over 50 different explosion proof, intrinsically safe and general industrial product versions from the comprehensive E2S portfolio. Alarm horn sounders, L.E.D. strobe beacons, combined audible-visual warning units, PA loudspeakers and manual call points comply to the Russian standards, giving fire system designers, integrators and installers the widest choice and assurance.

The approval covers selected models from the BEx explosion proof family and from the IS intrinsically safe range of signals. For industrial and commercial applications models from the Spectra, Sonora and AlertAlarm ranges offer both audible and combination audible and visual signals. In addition to the products approved as fire system components all key E2S products are EAC and EAC Ex compliant and therefore approved for use throughout the Eurasian Customs Union including Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

Full technical information, detailed drawings, installation guides and certificate downloads for all worldwide approvals held by E2S can be found at www.e2s.com. Global approvals include ATEX, IECEx, UL, cULs, INMETRO, VdS, FM and MED ensuring that E2S warning devices can be specified with confidence wherever the application is located.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Permabit Technology Corporation, the industry leader in data reduction technology, today announced Micro Strategies Inc., a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software platforms, has joined the company’s partner network of solution providers, value-added resellers, and distributors, bringing Permabit’s Albireo SANblox™ appliance to the IT marketplace. 

SANblox is a unique data reduction appliance for Fibre Channel-attached storage that pairs Permabit’s industry leading deduplication index with its best in class HIOPS Compression™ technology. It delivers immediate data reduction for flash, hybrid or HDD storage products across a wide range of applications, including virtual server, VDI, copy data, database (OLTP and data warehouse), analytics and Big Data environments. 

SANblox can be deployed in a matter of hours for immediate storage savings in all-flash, hybrid, or HDD environments. With inline data reduction, storage savings from deduplication and compression are realized immediately while increasing effective capacity and reducing costs. SANblox deployment flexibility also enables selective use of deduplication and/or compression on data stores, enabling users to choose the data reduction techniques that best meet their needs. 

“Micro Strategies excels at guiding customers through the changing storage marketplace, and Permabit’s data reduction technology helps by enabling high performance, high capacity storage at dramatically reduced TCO,” said Scott Skidmore, Permabit VP of Sales. “We are thrilled to welcome Micro Strategies to Permabit’s reseller and distributor network and are fully committed to their success.”

 “SANblox allows us to immediately deliver the industry’s highest performing, most scalable and lowest footprint data reduction to our customers with Fibre Channel SAN environments,” said Ray Scardelli, VP Sales, Micro Strategies. Customers who incorporate SANblox in their hybrid, disk and flash storage arrays can immediately increase their storage capacity and reduce their operating costs, with little to no impact on performance and minimal change to their existing environments.”

About Micro Strategies Inc:
Leveraging our extensive business, process and IT expertise, Micro Strategies utilizes technology to deliver business results.  Our consultative and customer-centric approach allows us to tailor end-to-end solutions, from infrastructure to line-of-business software, for organizations of all sizes and across a range of industries. To learn more: www.microstrat.com

About Permabit
Permabit pioneers development of data reduction technologies. Our innovative data deduplication, compression and thin provisioning products enable the world’s leading storage OEMs to cut effective cost, accelerate performance, reduce time to market and gain competitive advantage. Just as server virtualization revolutionized the economics of compute, our data reduction technologies are transforming storage economics, today.
Permabit is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts with operations in California, Texas, Florida, Korea and Japan. For more information, visit www.permabit.com.
For more information on SANblox for Enterprise IT, see SANblox.com

Integration Enables Self-Service Exploration on Multiple Data Formats in Hadoop

NEW YORK – Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions, today announced that Apache Drill has been certified with its WebFOCUS BI and analytics platform. Customers can now more quickly leverage Drill to uncover real-time business insights from all their data in Hadoop and other sources.

Apache Drill is the industry's first schema-free SQL engine for big data. It provides the flexibility to immediately query complex data in native formats, while offering the ability to derive timely insights with minimal IT involvement. Because SQL queries can run directly on various file formats, live data can be explored as it is received, versus spending weeks preparing and managing schemas and setting up ETL tasks. Additionally, Apache Drill supports ANSI SQL, so users can easily leverage their SQL skills and existing investments in BI tools.

Information Builders' WebFOCUS delivers rich, consumable, interactive information to the widest range of employees, managers, analysts, partners, and customers. The flexible BI and analytics platform features self-service and mobile BI tools, customizable dashboards and scoreboards, dynamic report distribution, and InfoApps™ functionality, which enable a broad range of end users to easily and effectively use BI findings. The integration of WebFOCUS with Drill gives users the ability to access and use large and diverse data sets that are housed in the Apache Hadoop framework.

"Apache Drill opens the doors for Information Builders users to gain direct access to semi and unstructured data, without the need to first approach IT for any schema creation or maintenance," said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of Information Builders. "This flexibility, coupled with Drill's performance and scale, enables a comprehensive platform that speeds the time to insight from any data source. Information Builders' certification of Drill further highlights our commitment to providing our customers with the most advanced technologies for maximizing value from their data."

"Recognized by InfoWorld as one of the best open source big data projects for the year, Apache Drill brings unprecedented flexibility and performance to end users directly working with a wide range of data sources such as JSON," said Steve Campbell, senior director, Business Development of MapR Technologies. "Information Builders' certification of WebFOCUS with Drill adds tremendous value as it extends the power that BI and analytics platforms can provide to organizations leveraging their big data to rapidly identify actionable insights."

About Information Builders
Information Builders helps organizations transform data into business value. Our software solutions for business intelligence and analytics, integration, and data integrity empower people to make smarter decisions, strengthen customer relationships, and drive growth. Our dedication to customer success is unmatched in the industry. That's why tens of thousands of leading organizations rely on Information Builders to be their trusted partner. Founded in 1975, Information Builders is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices around the world, and remains one of the largest independent, privately held companies in the industry. Visit us at informationbuilders.com, follow us on Twitter at @infobldrs, like us on Facebook, and visit our LinkedIn page.

SAN JOSE, Calif. – AltiGen Communications, Inc. (OTCQX: ATGN), a leading provider of premise and cloud-based IP-PBX and Contact Center solutions, today announced that HomeGuard Incorporated has selected its MaxCS Private Cloud IP PBX and Contact Center solution. 

HomeGuard Incorporated, with a focus on the real estate transaction process, performs over 40,000 termite, property and roof inspections each year. It is with this extensive knowledge and years of professional experience that HomeGuard is able to guarantee a better understanding of their customers' inspection needs. As the trendsetter in the inspection industry, HomeGuard provides personal attention to their customers, with staff available to quickly respond to customers' special needs or requests.

Having used AltiGen's premise-based IP PBX and Contact Center solutions for years at multiple office locations, when HomeGuard decided to move to a Cloud-based solution, AltiGen's MaxCS Private Cloud was the clear choice. A key consideration for HomeGuard was a solution which could integrate all of their employees on a single communications platform and which would also deliver both traditional business PBX functionality and full featured contact center capabilities. In an industry in which customer service is highly important, HomeGuard required a solution which was as reliable as it was robust. 

According to Jim Steffenson, Jr., HomeGuard President, "We've used the AltiGen premise phone systems for years at multiple office locations. As we've continued to add new offices to support our business growth, it was time for us to move to a cloud-based solution. AltiGen's integrated cloud solution provided everything we were looking for, plus their private cloud approach gave us the added benefit of built in disaster recovery."

In addition, HomeGuard required a local solution provider who would be able to fully support the solution, and chose the Bay Area's Capture Technologies. According to John Babin, President of Capture Technologies, "HomeGuard has been a great customer of ours for years. We understand how important customer service is to HomeGuard, which is why we're so confident in recommending AltiGen's MaxCS Private Cloud solution. The combination of the extensive MaxCS feature set, private cloud architecture and integrated SIP trunks delivers the optimal business communications solution for HomeGuard." 

About AltiGen Communications
AltiGen Communications, Inc. (OTCQX: ATGN) is a leading provider of premise and cloud-based IP-PBX and Contact Center solutions. With thousands of customers around the world, AltiGen solutions are designed for high reliability, ease of use, seamless integration to Microsoft infrastructure technologies, and are built on a scalable, open standards platform. AltiGen's worldwide headquarters is in Silicon Valley, California. For more information, call 1-888-ALTIGEN or visit the web site at www.altigen.com.


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Internet Exchange Overachieves Goals and Reaches Milestone in Less Than 18 Months

NEW YORK – DE-CIX is proud to announce the 100th customer network on its New York Internet exchange. Launched in May 2014, DE-CIX New York is DE-CIX's first Internet exchange in North America and the city's fastest-growing exchange. Achieving the 100th customer milestone this month keeps DE-CIX New York growing faster than its initial growth projections.

"We are thrilled that the concept of DE-CIX New York has been so well-received by the marketplace," states Harald A. Summa, DE-CIX CEO. "In less than 18 months, our team has grown this new exchange from zero to an ever-increasing ecosystem of some of the world's most important networks. It's a rich and thriving environment that will continue to serve the Internet community with truly neutral peering and interconnection services of the highest quality."

DE-CIX New York was created to deliver a distributed carrier and data center-neutral Internet exchange to the New York metropolitan area. In an effort to offer customers more reliable and flexible service options, from the beginning, DE-CIX New York offered more than 100 access points to its exchange from the most relevant data centers around the region.

"In a relatively short amount of time, we have successfully created a strong 'center of gravity' in the region for networks, and we intend to continue to grow DE-CIX New York with the same focus and energy into the future," continues Summa. "We thank our customers and partners for trusting us with their mission-critical data and look forward to serving them well into the future."

In the past several years, DE-CIX has expanded rapidly into new markets around the globe, delivering service in markets with the need for neutral and open peering and interconnection. This strategy was affirmed earlier this month, when DE-CIX received the award for "Best Internet Exchange" by Capacity magazine, a publication dedicated to the wholesale telecommunications industry.

For more information about DE-CIX New York, visit nyc.de-cix.net. More details about DE-CIX and its nine global Internet exchanges can be found on the DE-CIX website.

About DE-CIX New York

DE-CIX New York is an Open-IX certified, carrier and data center-neutral Internet exchange distributed across major carrier hotels and data centers throughout the New York/New Jersey metro region. With 100+ access points, DE-CIX New York is just a cross connect away from hundreds of ISPs and carriers.

DE-CIX New York is owned and operated by DE-CIX North America Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of DE-CIX International AG, the international arm of DE-CIX. Founded in 1995, DE-CIX is the leading operator of Ethernet-based carrier and ISP interconnection (Peering) worldwide. For more information, please visit www.nyc.de-cix.net.

New Members Strengthen the Association's Mission to Advocating for the Education and Global Adoption of Fiber-Based Networks

NEW YORK – The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN), a non-profit organization that drives the adoption and education about the advantages of passive optical local area network (LAN), today announces the addition of A.J. Labourdette, AWS Communications, Henkels & McCoy, Infiniti Technologies, and Netcom to its membership base.

The Association membership has more than doubled over the last year, reinforcing APOLAN's mission to drive the education of the technical and economic advantages of passive optical LAN. Leading infrastructure, electronics, integration, distribution, and consulting service companies in the space continue to come together with the goal to drive adoption of passive optical LAN.

"Through our work, enterprises are realizing that passive optical LAN can improve their network reliability, bandwidth and security in addition to delivering cost savings," said Thomas Ruvarac, Chairman of the APOLAN. "Our growing membership base is further proof of that success and the clear direction the industry is taking in turning to passive optical LAN for the near and long-term network solutions."

Passive optical LAN delivers significant benefits to the enterprise network, including the simplicity, scalability, and availability to address current and future communications needs. With its centralized management model and reduced energy and cooling requirements, fiber-based LAN brings superior capital and operational cost savings when compared to traditional copper-based active Ethernet infrastructures.

Membership ensures access to the Association's existing resources and website, in addition to making their own content available to other members and the industry. For more information on the members, or to apply for membership, please visit http://www.apolanglobal.org/membership/member-list/.

About A.J. Labourdette
A.J. Labourdette, Inc. is a premier, full service Telecommunications, Security and Electrical Contracting Company who has been in business over 31 years serving the Commercial, Military, and Marine sectors offering its customers a wide range of services such as our Specialty Fiber Optics, Data, Voice, Security (Access Control / CCTV) Wireless LAN and Point to Point or MESH Wireless Radios, as well as Design & Consulting Services.

About AWS Communications
Founded in Austin Texas in 2002, AWS Inc. dba AWS Communications, is an innovative communications technology provider of a full suite of communications infrastructure for data, voice, video, DAS and wireless solutions, network engineering and network installation.

About Henkels & McCoy
Henkels & McCoy has served communications clients with their evolving infrastructure needs since 1923. H&M NetWorks provides key services to design and install critical infrastructure for public and private, wireless and wireline networks. Our experience and ability to scale allows us to tackle projects of all sizes, delivering solutions which incorporate safety, quality, on-time performance, and effective program management, from source to end user.

About Infiniti Technologies
Infiniti Technologies, Inc. is a Maryland-based corporation whose core management team has over 100 years of combined experience in the design, installation and support of gigabit passive optical networking (GPON), video surveillance systems, access control systems, audio/visual networks, and structured cabling installations.

About Netcom
Network Communications SA (Netcom) is a corporate group with headquarters in Panama and offices in Costa Rica, dedicated to the commercialization of infrastructure solutions for voice, data, video, contact center, and carrier-class solutions.

About The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN)
The Association for Passive Optical LAN is a non-profit organization that is driving adoption, and educating the market about the technical and economic advantages of passive optical LAN technology. Through its members comprised of manufacturers, distributors, integrators and consulting companies actively involved in the marketplace, the Association hopes to help design engineers, architects, building owners, CIOs and IT departments succeed with passive optical LAN. For more information, visit http://www.apolanglobal.org/

Moogsoft's Analytics-Driven Monitoring Proactively Detects and Helps Restore Incidents Before They Incur Costly Impact on Production SDN/NFV-Based Services

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Moogsoft, the pioneer and leader in Unified Event Analytics for IT Operations and Support, today announced that Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group will offer its Incident.MOOG service quality and productivity improvement software to MSPs, telco service providers, and cloud-driven enterprises. The global agreement allows Cisco to resell Incident.MOOG generally, as well as package it specifically for its virtual services offers including Virtual Managed Services (VMS).

"Service providers are looking to SDN and NFV technologies to harness the speed and agility of cloud services to deploy new, competitive offerings to market, cutting the time and cost out of ordering, provisioning and changing Managed Services," said Jean-Luc Valente, vice president, Cloud and Virtualization Group at Cisco. "But the increased complexity adds a service assurance burden. By including Incident.MOOG as the incident management component of Cisco's Virtualized Managed Service, telcos and MSPs will have an out-of-the-box capability to automatically detect issues that may affect tenant service quality and address them before they become service disrupting."

Service providers can bring to market new value-add services delivered by virtualized network functions including routers, switches, load balancers and firewalls. These services include CloudVPN and Managed Security Edge Gateway, and deployed in an OpenStack based overlay network running on Cisco's Intercloud Service or in the service provider's own data center. Incident.MOOG will come pre-configured to immediately detect service-impacting faults and improve operational workflow using a situation-approach. By clustering related events and alarms into a substantially reduced number of situations, this situation-enabled workflow results in faster resolution of incidents for Tenants of Cisco's customers and enables them to actively participate in the support discussion.

In fall 2014, Cisco Investments, alongside Wing Venture Capital and another large public corporation, joined Moogsoft's Series B round of funding with a strategic investment, which totaled $14.3 million. Incident.MOOG is also deployed within Cisco IT, the organization that manages Cisco's internal infrastructure and Applications.

"Cisco supports virtually every large service provider globally and thousands of enterprises rely on Cisco hardware, software and services to deliver value to their customers," said Mike Silvey, co-founder and executive vice president for business development and strategy at Moogsoft. "No other monitoring or event management service has truly proven itself in an era where machine data is exploding and configuration management databases have been rendered useless. Cisco recognized it would take a data-driven technology that was architected for complex, dynamic IT environments to proactively capture and surface the IT issues that affect service delivery and impact customer experience."

To learn more about Moogsoft and Incident.MOOG, go to www.moogsoft.com.

About Incident.MOOG
Moogsoft's flagship product, Incident.MOOG, is Unified Event Analytics software, used by enterprises and services providers as an incident early warning and collaborative remediation service within IT Operations Management (ITOM), IT Service Management (ITSM) and DevOps teams. Using patent-pending machine learning technology, Incident.MOOG automates the early detection of service failures, reduces the noise without dependence on preset rules or models, creates contextualized situations of related alerts, and then facilitates collaboration via its Situation Rooms, orchestrating rapid restoral of business services. 

About Moogsoft
Moogsoft is the leading provider of operational intelligence for the new era of IT, merging adaptive machine learning and socialized workflows into next-generation IT incident detection and remediation management. Its Unified Events Analytics service, Incident.MOOG, detects anomalies in real time to reveal service-affecting incidents as they unfold, dramatically reducing Mean-Time-to-Repair (MTTR), and enables knowledge capture and reuse through collaborative "Situation Rooms." Moogsoft's founders are the original team behind IBM Tivoli Netcool and RiverSoft. The company is backed by Redpoint Ventures, Wing Venture Capital, Cisco Investments and others. For more information, visit www.moogsoft.com and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Moogsoft.

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwired - November 18, 2015) - Businesses without a plan for fault tolerance risk losing data and time when server components fail. Principled Technologies tested an NEC hardware-based fault tolerance solution, the NEC Express5800/R320d-M4, and found that it could offer over two times the database performance of a software-based solution.

To learn more about this powerful NEC solution, read the full PT report at facts.pt/1X5vfnV.

About Principled Technologies, Inc.

Principled Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of technology marketing and learning & development services.

Principled Technologies, Inc. is located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. For more information, please visit www.principledtechnologies.com.