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Volume 29, Issue 3

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Jon Seals

One of the world’s largest SAP deployments in Azure uses SIOS as their HA foundation

 

SAN MATEO, Calif. SIOS Technology Corp. (www.us.sios.com), the industry’s leading provider of software products that help IT optimize and protect business critical applications, today announced that Zespri International, one of the largest SAP deployments in Microsoft Azure, relies on SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition to take advantage of the scalability and flexibility of Microsoft Azure environment for their SAP environment while delivering the stringent service levels required of their business-critical applications.

 

“SIOS DataKeeper provided the configuration flexibility and high availability protection we needed to deploy our business-critical SAP/Microsoft SQL Server operations in Microsoft Azure,” said Andrew Goodin, global manager information services, Zespri International. 

 

The world’s largest marketer of kiwifruit, Zespri International, relies on a large SAP and SQL Server infrastructure to manage its operations in more than 53 countries.  Zespri began a strategic initiative to move their SAP operations to Microsoft Azure to leverage the flexibility and scalability of an Azure cloud environment. For this initiative to be successful, they needed to ensure that their business critical SAP and SQL Server applications would continue to meet the stringent levels of service and high availability their business demands.

 

They faced the challenge of delivering high availability and disaster protection for their critical applications in a cloud, where shared storage failover clustering is not available. “We needed a simple, cost-efficient solution that would protect critical SAP Central Services but would not add complexity to our move to Azure,” said Goodin.

 

The company’s IT consultant, Datacom recommended using SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition software to quickly and easily build SANless clusters in Azure. Zespri added SIOS DataKeeper to its Microsoft Windows Server Failover Clusters to enable them to work in a Microsoft Azure cloud environment. SIOS DataKeeper synchronizes local storage in cluster nodes located in different Microsoft Azure fault domains for disaster protection. The synchronized storage appears to WSFC as identical to a traditional SAN. Today, the Zespri infrastructure is one of the largest SAP deployments in Microsoft Azure worldwide comprising more than 32 nodes running on large Microsoft SQL Server databases.

 

By providing the HA foundation needed to support business critical operations, SIOS DataKeeper software played a critical role in enabling Zespri to move to Microsoft Azure. With SIOS DataKeeper, Zespri was able to take advantage of scalability and flexibility of Microsoft Azure environment for their SAP environment while delivering the stringent service levels required of their business-critical applications.

About SIOS Technology Corp.
SIOS Technology Corp. makes software products that provide the insights and guidance IT managers need to manage and protect business critical applications in large, complex data centers. SIOS iQ is a machine learning analytics software that helps IT managers optimize performance, efficiency, reliability, and capacity utilization in virtualized environments. SIOS SAN and SANLess software is an essential part of any cluster solution that provides the flexibility to build Clusters Your Way to protect your choice of Windows or Linux environment in any configuration (or combination) of physical, virtual and cloud (public, private, and hybrid) without sacrificing performance or availability. Founded in 1999, SIOS Technology Corp. (http://us.sios.com) is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and has offices throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Japan.

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SIOS, SIOS Technology, SIOS iQ, SIOS DataKeeper, SIOS Protection Suite, Clusters Your Way, SIOS PERC Dashboard, and associated logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of SIOS Technology Corp. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

KEMP, Texas – Larson Electronics, a company that specializes in industrial lighting equipment, has announced the release of a 150 watt explosion proof LED light mounted atop a telescoping aluminum pole.

The EPL-APM-150LED-RT explosion proof LED work light produces 17,500 lumens of light capable of illuminating an area 9,500 square feet in size. The telescoping pole mount is designed for permanent mounting operations while offering five foot to 12 foot adjustability. The LED light head on this unit produces a wide flood beam of light that is ideal for illuminating large workspaces and job sites. The light head on this unit contains 12 LEDs arranged in rows and paired with high purity optics producing a 60 degree flood beam. The light fixture carries an IP67 waterproof rating, is dust-proof, and protected against high pressure jets.  

This telescoping LED work light is comprised of a removable LED light head mounted atop an anodized aluminum adjustable pole fabricated with 2.5 inch by 2.5 inch tubing for the first stage, two inch by two inch tubing for the second stage, and one inch by one inch tubing for the third stage. The tower is anodized and the brackets are powder coated for durability and rust resistance. The EPL-APM-150LED-RT is equipped with a powder coated flat mounting bracket that is easily attached to any flat surface. This hazardous location LED work light is equipped with 50 feet of 16/3 SOOW oil and chemical resistant cord that is terminated in an optional explosion proof cord cap. The light is universal voltage capable and can be operated with 100 to 277 volts AC.   

“Larson’s new pole mounted LED work light is suitable for mounting on walls, containers, and utility vehicles that require a durable lighting solution,” said Rob Bresnahan, CEO of Larson Electronics. “Featuring LED technology, this unit retains 80 percent of its lumen output after 60,000 hours of use, outperforming comparable metal halide and halogen work lights.”   

Larson Electronics carries an extensive line of LED light towers, portable power distributions, explosion proof lights for hazardous locations, portable work lights and industrial grade LED area lights. You can view Larson Electronics’ entire line of lighting by visiting them on the web at Larsonelectronics.com. You can also call 1-800-369-6671 to learn more about their products or call 1-214-616-6180 for international inquiries.

Lanmark boosts product portfolio with Solgari’s cloud-based VoIP and cloud telephony solutions

 

LONDON – Solgari, the global provider of the world’s first complete enterprise cloud business communications software solution, has today announced its partnership with Lanmark, an IT support and consulting specialist. This partnership will allow Lanmark to offer Solgari’s cloud-based telephony solutions to its extensive client base in Europe.

 

Solgari provides Lanmark with a host of cloud-based telephony solutions that enable its mobilised customers to take full advantage of a scalable collaboration and communications service, without having to jump across different communication platforms. Furthermore, with security increasingly becoming a key requirement, Solgari delivers an all-encompassing approach to security, with end-to-end encryption capabilities and a secure archival system.

 

“Solgari is a perfect fit for us and our customers,” said Stephen Howe, commercial manager at Lanmark. “Over the years, our customers have increasingly been looking to replace their legacy telephony systems with more agile cloud solutions and hosted Voice over IP (VoIP) technology. When looking for the right partner, we came across a number of businesses that provided collaborative communications, such as instant messaging, video and web conferencing. However, many of these solutions weren’t integrated, which meant our customers would have been faced with an inconsistent user experience for each product. Solgari stood out as it provides our customers with a secure, end-to-end communications service that offers a seamless transition between platforms and is tailored to each of our customer’s needs.

 

“We continuously aim to help our customers be as innovative as they can be, which means it’s essential that we provide best-of-breed services – something we know we can always rely on Solgari to deliver,” concludes Howe.

 

“We are delighted to announce our partnership with Lanmark – a company that, like us, is focused on helping customers stay one step ahead of the curve,” said Sheelagh Hawkins, director of channel, partnerships and allegiances at Solgari. “Our cloud-based telephony solutions are scalable and can fully integrate with an organisation’s existing line of business applications, including Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics; something that legacy phone systems or traditional VoIP services can’t offer. As communication needs evolve, we are confident that we will have a big part to play in helping Lanmark’s customers grow.”

 

Lanmark provides its customers, which range from small start-ups to enterprises, with IT support, consulting and procurement. Solgari is the only global cloud business communications vendor that delivers business telephony, call & video conferencing, desktop sharing, contact centre, IVR, call archiving, call encryption, PCI DSS compliance and carrier requirements through a fully integrated software platform. Customers pick and choose the services they require, where and when they need them.

 

About Lanmark

Established in 1994, Lanmark provides a variety of managed IT, consultancy and support services to SMB’s throughout London. The company creates lasting partnerships built on trust, expertise and experience. It works with clients to identify challenges, review business objectives and align suitable solutions. Whether businesses are looking to outsource some or all of their IT management and support, Lanmark’s experience ensures they are in right hands.

 

About Solgari

Solgari has developed the technology, network and partnerships to deliver the world’s first complete enterprise cloud business communications software solution. No boxes, no licenses, no software upgrades, no capital expenditure, Solgari is unique. Solgari is a licensed telco, integrated with a scalable and modular cloud software platform, providing every service from Cloud Telephony, Call & Video Conferencing, Desktop Sharing up to the most intelligent Contact Centre, covering call encryption and meeting FCA, SEC, Central Bank and PCI DSS Compliance. Solgari’s customers can pick and choose the services required, where and when through a subscription based model. For more information, please visit the company website and learn more about Solgari’s solutions at www.solgari.com

Hyper-Local, Surface-Level Weather Data Powers Direct, Relevant Policyholder Engagement

MADISON, Wis. – Understory, Inc., a weather network and analytics company, today announces the launch of its messaging platform designed to help insurance companies better engage with their policyholders regarding weather-related insurance claims. The new platform allows insurers to personalize communications with their policyholders with unique real-time, ground-level weather data – ensuring that claims are accurate and thus, decreasing the turnaround time on claims resolution.

Understory's data is offered on an address-specific basis in cities where their RTi sensors are currently deployed. The geographic specificity of the Understory data is not available from any other weather data platform. The company continues to aggressively roll out additional cities, prioritizing those prone to severe weather.

Insurance companies are continuously seeking out innovative ways to provide high value communications to policyholders as part of their digital outreach. The Understory data-driven messaging platform can be integrated within insurers' existing digital strategies via an easy-to-use API or deployed as a standalone app.

The data provides an accurate account of how conditions are affecting policyholders' property as weather events unfold, making it easy for insurers to engage in higher-value interactions with policyholders in a way that is tailored to their unique needs and situations. And with just 33.9 percent of Gen Y customers reporting positive experiences with insurance companies (CapGemini's "World Insurance Report 2016"), the app also aims to more closely connect insurers with a new generation of policyholders accustomed to having personalized information at their fingertips.

"Billions of dollars are spent in the United States each year on insured losses caused by severe weather and it is well documented that severe weather is on the rise," said Alex Kubicek, CEO of Understory. "Policyholders and insurers alike are looking to mitigate the risk that property owners encounter in the face of these events. Our mission when developing this new messaging platform was to enable companies to have an open dialogue with their customers backed by proven data that can help anticipate future events and immediately assess and report on potential weather-related property damage."

About Understory, Inc.
Founded in 2012, Understory, Inc., is a weather network and analytics company that provides dense surface observations generated by their proprietary weather stations. Their composite of granular weather data has applications across a variety of markets, including broadcasting, insurance, agriculture, forecasting, and risk mitigation. The information collected by Understory is analyzed and processed to create real-time datasets, views, and actionable information from historical, current, and forecasted weather events to provide better insight and early detection of risks. For more information, visit www.understoryweather.com.

Next-Generation E-Series More Than Doubles Performance and Delivers a Future-Ready Platform
 
CAMPBELL, Calif. Nexsan™, a global leader in unified storage solutions, today announced the launch of the next generation E-Series P high-density storage solution. Long popular in a variety of data and capacity intensive markets, the new solution increases read performance 134% and write performance 116% over previous models. The storage system incorporates a hardware platform that is future-ready for additional field enhancements including planned on-going improvements. E-Series P enhances Nexsan's proven 15-year history of delivering unrivaled enterprise-class features, functionality and reliability.
 
Designed to process heavy workloads with demanding applications, the E-Series P combines a next-generation controller that delivers twice the number of host interfaces, and a controller cache memory of 72GB per system. This allows the solution to deliver higher performance and greater capacity, essential for vertical markets relying on performance based applications such as media and entertainment, surveillance, government, healthcare and financial organizations. Available in 4U/60 drive and 4U/48 drive configurations, the E-Series was architected to run in challenging environments. Its innovative designs include Anti-vibration Design™ and Cool Drive Technology™ for exceptional field reliability.  E-Series P also supports Self-Encrypting Drives (SED) and Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) to meet compliance requirements and protect data at rest.   
 
"Nexsan has again delivered on its tradition of storage innovation with the release of its new E-Series P storage  system," said Doug Cole, Principal, LH Computer Services. "Packing high performance, high density and enterprise-class features in efficient, cost effective arrays, Nexsan has just the right storage solution for any mission critical application."   
 
"The E-Series is a proven and widely adopted platform in many of the world's most demanding data centers," said Gary Watson, Founder and Vice President of Technical Engagement, Nexsan. "And now with these performance enhancements we have built a platform that future-proofs our customers for their changing environments."
 
The new Nexsan E-Series P solution is available now. For more information, please visit: https://www.nexsan.com/products/high-density-storage.
 
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About Nexsan  
Nexsan™ is leading the way in redefining unified storage.  The company has been at the forefront in developing world-class storage technologies that are focused on the critical needs of our customers.  Nexsan UNITY™ is the first enterprise-class unified storage solution to incorporate secure file sync and share in a single platform. NexsanAssureon™ delivers secure archive storage for the most compliant of industries and our renowned E-Series is the storage backbone of many data centers around the world due to its high performance, reliable, high density storage.  Headquartered in Campbell, California, Nexsan is a wholly owned company of Imation Corp. (NYSE:IMN).  For more information, please visit: www.nexsan.com.
 
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Tuesday, 13 September 2016 00:00

MASERGY ANNOUNCES MANAGED SD-WAN SOLUTION

Enterprise Adoption of Cloud and SaaS Applications Drive Demand for Flexible WAN Options
 
DALLAS - Masergy Communications Inc., a leader in global hybrid networking, today announced the addition of Managed Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) to its global hybrid networking portfolio. SD-WAN is a relatively new approach to designing and deploying wide area networks to meet business and application performance requirements.
 
Mainstream enterprise adoption of public cloud services and SaaS applications are driving the demand for agile hybrid networks that can intelligently combine broadband and high performance private networks. Market research firm International Data Corp (IDC) underscores this trend, reporting that "SD-WAN revenues are expected to exceed $6 billion in 2020, with a compounded growth rate of more than 90% between 2015 and 2020." 
 
"Hybrid networking and virtualized managed services, including new SD-WAN services, give businesses many new managed service options to create agile networks," said Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst at Ovum. "Businesses should seek service providers that deliver an integrated, comprehensive suite of hybrid network solutions to achieve optimal price/performance. Masergy's Hybrid Networking with Managed SD-WAN is one such solution."
 
Masergy's Managed SD-WAN is the latest addition to the Masergy Managed Network f(n)™  family of fully managed network functions. The solution supports premise, cloud and virtualized deployments, and can utilize any combination of broadband and high-performance private WAN connections. General availability is scheduled for Q4 2016.
 
Masergy's Managed SD-WAN enables enhanced network designs that drive application performance and security while enhancing price-performance optimization. Performance and data resiliency features include:
●       Dynamic Path Control and Adaptive Forward Error Correction
●       Automatic IP-VPN tunnels with AES 256 encryption
●       Dynamic Policy-based Application Routing
●       Centralized Policy and Configuration Management
 
"Today's dynamic information technology environment requires enterprises to be more agile as they expand operations, introduce new applications and migrate to public clouds-all while continuously optimizing costs," said Tim Naramore, CTO, Masergy. "These factors are driving the need for more intelligent use of broadband Internet connectivity in global hybrid network architectures."
 
About Masergy
Masergy owns and operates the largest independent Software Defined Platform in the world, delivering hybrid networking, managed security and cloud communication solutions to global enterprises. Our patented technology, customizable solutions and unmatched customer experience are why a growing number of leading organizations rely on Masergy to deliver performance beyond expectations. Learn more about Masergyand follow us on our blog Transforming Enterprise IT, Twitter @Masergy, LinkedIn and Facebook.
Thursday, 22 September 2016 00:00

7 Ways IT Pros Can Boost Data Analytics Skills

It's no secret that data analysts and data scientists are some of the highest paid and most sought after professionals in technology and IT. Linda Burtch, managing director of Burtch Works, an executive recruitment firm specializing in data analytics and data science pros, has told InformationWeek that the demand for these particular professionals is the highest she's ever seen in her 30 years in the business.

Her most recent salary survey of data scientists, released in April 2016, places the base salaries of individual contributors in the range of $97,000 to $152,000, not including bonuses.

For IT pros that are looking to make a career change, shifting to the data analysis realm and even aspiring to the data scientist specialty could provide new opportunities and a bigger paycheck. It could also provide broader choices for career options.

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http://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/team-building-and-staffing/7-ways-it-pros-can-boost-data-analytics-skills-/d/d-id/1326855

Over the last decade, global services exports have grown at an annual average rate of around 6.5% - higher than the growth rate of nominal global GDP and global goods exports. The worldwide value of services exports now stands at around $5 trillion.
 
PwC economists report that the G7 economies contribute just under 40% of global services exports, with the US ranking as the world’s largest exporter. But between 2010 and 2015, it was Japan that enjoyed the highest growth in services exports (10.4%) of the G7, followed by France (7.7%) and Germany (6%). However, the value of Japanese services exports remains some way behind the US and UK.
 
But it’s in the E7 that the fastest growth has occurred since 2010, with average annual growth of services exports above 10% in every E7 economy. China is the largest services exporter in the E7, enjoying average annual services exports growth of 14.3% since 2010. Though India (15.2%) and Turkey (15.2%) have been the top performers.
 
A closer look at the sectors behind the growth reveal some interesting developments.  Says Barret Kupelian, Senior Economist, PwC:
 
“The increasing prominence of the Chinese renminbi in global markets, coupled with a growing FS sector, suggest that financial services will have an important part to play as the Chinese economy continues to rebalance.
 
“And in India, travel exports – or tourism spending – grew at a faster rate than overall services exports. India does not currently attract as many visitors as some of its E7 peers, but it does occupy a sweet spot with relatively fast growth in both the number of international arrivals and tourism spending.”
 
So what next for global services trade? Talks are ongoing on the Trade in Services Agreement, a global agreement involving 23 World Trade Organisation members, including the EU. Striking a deal around these negotiations would provide the necessary push to global services exports.
 
Other areas highlighted by PwC’s economists in the September edition of the Global Economy Watch include:
  • Foreign direct investment: on average, the EU’s CEE economies (Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) have outperformed the wider EU at attracting foreign investment. This is due, in part, to their low labour costs and relatively fast labour productivity growth.
  • US job creation: average monthly job creation to date in 2016 (186,000) has been slightly below PwC’s prediction from the start of the year of around 200,000 – but the job creation data for June and July were more impressive. If this continues, PwC economists would expect the Fed to raise interest rates before the end of the year.
For more details, please see this month’s Global Economy Watch at www.pwc.com/GEW.
 
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 00:00

What’s New in Citrix ShareFile

In 2016, we have delivered significant improvements to Citrix ShareFile. We have already had over 70 product releases across the ShareFile tools and the ShareFile platform.

Below is a highlight of the most important features we have released throughout this year.

Information Rights Management is here! With IRM, documents can be secured even after they are downloaded to a user’s device, meaning data security is no longer at risk once a user has a copy of a file locally. Instead security lives directly within the file. This allows end users to continue working the way they need to in order to get work done while also allowing IT to retain full control of the file. To deliver this new capability, ShareFile partnered with Seclore, a leader in information rights management. With Seclore, ShareFile provides unmatched breadth of support for file formats, endpoint devices and document capabilities when working with protected files.

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https://www.citrix.com/blogs/2016/09/13/whats-new-in-citrix-sharefile/

In both hockey and investing, it’s important to skate where the puck is heading.

It might seem counter-intuitive that a private data center company building in secondary markets could impact future earnings for the big publicly held data center REITs, but it appears there are some game-changing developments underway.

EdgeConneX is a portfolio company of Comcast Ventures; its other investors include: Charter Communications, Akamai, Cox Communications, and Ciena, as well as private equity firms Brown Brothers Harriman and Providence Equity Partners.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/09/13/can-edgeconnex-disrupt-incumbent-data-center-providers/