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BARRE, Vt. – Northern Power Systems Corp. (TSX: NPS), a next generation renewable energy technology company, today announced the release of a new product that enables developers and end-users to acquire a fully integrated energy storage system tailored to their needs in terms of power and energy.

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The Northern Power ESS (Energy Storage Solution) features the advanced FP2000 FlexPhase power conversion system that has been featured in multiple technologies and applications. The system has a wide range of DC voltage optimization, able to be effective with Flow, Lithium, Lead Acid or any other chemical battery, as well as mechanical storage options such as flywheels. Northern Power leverages its abilities and experience in grid integration and renewable optimization in order to deliver the best solution for the customer's needs.

Diego M. Tebaldi, VP of Global Business Development for Northern Power Systems, commented "This is a great step forward—responding to market demand where customers are requiring a fully integrated solution." He continued, "We are proud to partner with key providers across the spectrum of the main components, using our multi-year experience to select components that provide the better technical solution for the application required, and offer the market an easier to deploy standard and pre-configured solution."

Northern Power Systems offers integrated Energy Storage Solutions (ESS) configurable for a range of applications. NPS ESS can be packaged into containers, shelters, trailers, or buildings with an output power range of 125 kVA – 2,000 kVA. The duration of rated power can be configured from 15 minutes to 4 hours.

Key Applications of this solution include:

  • Utility Grid Support – frequency regulation, VAR support/power quality, peak shaving/load shifting, sub-station resiliency, renewable integration
  • Behind-the-Meter – demand management, time-of-use, back-up power, critical load support
  • Hybrid Microgrids – remote/islanded operation, black start, renewables utilization/reduced fuel consumption

Northern Power is featuring this announcement at the Energy Storage Association industry conference in Charlotte, NC from 25th April 2016 – 27th April 2016 and will have a presence in booth #327.

For more information please reach out to Info@NorthernPower.com

About Northern Power Systems

Northern Power Systems designs, manufactures, and sells wind turbines and power technology products, and provides engineering development services and technology licenses for energy applications, into the global marketplace from its US headquarters and European offices.

  • Northern Power Systems has almost 40 years' experience in technologies and products generating renewable energy.
  • Northern Power Systems currently manufactures the NPS™ 60 and NPS™ 100 turbines. With over 10.2 million run time hours across its global fleet, Northern Power wind turbines provide customers with clean, cost effective, reliable renewable energy.
  • Patented next generation permanent magnet direct drive (PMDD) technology uses fewer moving parts, delivers higher energy capture, and provides increased reliability due to reduced maintenance and downtime.
  • Northern Power Systems' FlexPhase™ power converter platform uses patented converter architecture and advanced controls technology for advanced grid support and generation applications.
  • Northern Power Systems offers comprehensive in-house development services, including systems level engineering, advanced drivetrains, power electronics, PM machine design, and remote monitoring systems to the energy industry.
  • Some of the world's largest manufacturers license the company's next generation technology and IP for their utility and distributed wind products and markets.

To learn more about Northern Power Systems, please visit www.northernpower.com.

Notice regarding forward-looking statements:

This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Northern Power Systems and its business, which may include, but is not limited to, product and financial performance, regulatory developments, supplier performance, anticipated opportunity and trends for growth in our customer base and our overall business, our market opportunity, expansion into new markets, and execution of the company's growth strategy. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "is expected", "expects", "scheduled", "intends", "contemplates", "anticipates", "believes", "proposes" or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Such statements are based on the current expectations of the management of Northern Power Systems. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur by certain specified dates or at all and could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting the company, including risks regarding the wind power industry; production, performance and acceptance of the company's products; our sales cycle; our ability to convert backlog into revenue; performance by the company's suppliers; our ability to maintain successful relationships with our partners and to enter into new partner relationships; our performance internationally; currency fluctuations; economic factors; competition; the equity markets generally; and the other risks detailed in Northern Power Systems' risk factors discussed in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including but not limited to Northern Power Systems' Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 31, 2015, as well as other documents that may be filed by Northern Power Systems from time to time with the SEC. Although Northern Power Systems has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Except as required by applicable securities laws, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Northern Power Systems undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Monday, 25 April 2016 00:00

Significant Tornado Threat

Extreme weather is expected in Oklahoma and Kansas this week! Keep the community safe with advice from the Storm Warriors team. The tornado outlook could be worse than El Reno 2011. Live feed from professional Storm Chasing family and team now available.

 

Storm Warriors™believes no one should die from a tornado. The storm chasing family and team is trained in CPR and search and rescue because they’re often first on the scene. They work with city officials to help keep communities safe and have developed seven storm safety rules:

  1. Always Be Aware Of The Local Forecast For The Day!
  2. Have Immediate Access To Current Local Weather Information
    • Watch the forecast every day, follow the radar if inclement weather is expected, and follow your favorite meteorologist on social media for instant updates.
  3. Do Not Wait For Technology To Alert You To Severe Weather Warnings.
  4. Have a Plan and Know Where To Go During Severe Weather.
    • Have a go bag with flashlight, radio, snacks, blanket, water bottles, first aid kit, photos of everyone in the family in a zip lock baggy in case anyone gets separated, cash in a zip lock bag in case electricity goes out and you aren’t able to use credit cards.
  5. Evacuate All Manufactured Homes For Substantial Shelter.
  6. Do Not Drive Into Severe Weather; Tornadoes can be hidden by rain.
    • Pull over and go inside substantial structure if any is available.
    • If no substantial shelter is found, drive in the opposite direction of the storm until the storm has passed.
  7. If The Weather Looks Stormy Start at Rule #1.

Contact Katherine Watson (katierosewatson@yahoo.com, 972-489-7694) to interview Storm Warriors.

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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – FirstOnSite Restoration G.P. Inc. (the general partner of FirstOnSite Restoration L.P. ), Canada’s largest independent disaster restoration services provider, today announced that it has reached a definitive asset purchase agreement with U.S.-based Interstate Restoration LLC, subject to Court approval, under which Interstate Restoration will acquire FirstOnSite. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The combination of FirstOnSite and Interstate Restoration will create the second largest independent North American restoration and reconstruction services provider, giving it greater breadth of capabilities and resources to compete more effectively and to provide the highest quality service to clients. With 19 branch locations across the United States, Interstate Restoration is one of the largest emergency restoration and reconstruction service providers for commercial enterprises.

By combining FirstOnSite and Interstate Restoration, we will significantly improve our ability to deliver to our clients uninterrupted, best-in-class restoration and reconstruction services on both sides of the border,” said Stacy Mazur, CEO, Interstate Restoration. “The combined companies bring financial strength, a broader customer base and a wide array of resources, talented personnel and new proficiencies. FirstOnSite is well known for its experienced workforce and brings a complementary culture that focuses on rebuilding lives after disasters. Together, we will have the scale necessary to respond to commercial and residential emergencies across Canada and the U.S., from localized disasters to major catastrophes.”

“Our vision has always been to be the first and best choice for insurers, property owners and employees. Interstate Restoration brings exceptional industry and operational expertise, and this sale allows us to join forces and serve customers across the continent,” said Dave Demos, CEO of FirstOnSite Restoration. “Interstate Restoration complements our Canadian service, and we intend to work together to share best practices across the border.”

The companies expect the transaction to close in less than two months. Delos Capital, a U.S.-based private equity fund, will provide Interstate Restoration with committed financing for the transaction.

“As part of our strategy of backing the best management teams in their respective industries, we are proud to support the Interstate Restoration team and FirstOnSite to continue to build the best-in-class restoration company in North America,” said Matt Constantino, founder of Delos Capital. 

About Interstate Restoration

Founded in 1998, Interstate Restoration, LLC, based in Ft. Worth, Texas, is one of the largest emergency restoration and reconstruction service providers for commercial enterprises in the United States. Interstate Restoration specializes in assisting property owners and businesses in recovering from fire, flood, natural and human-caused disasters. With 19 regional offices in the U.S., Interstate Restoration has the scalability to respond to any-sized catastrophe and help people get back to business and back to life quickly and safely. For more information, visit www.interstaterestoration.com, call 800-622-6433 or follow us on Twitter at @InterstateRest.

About FirstOnSite

FirstOnSite Restoration L.P. is the leading independent Canadian disaster restoration services provider, providing remediation, restoration and reconstruction services nationwide, and for the U.S. large loss and commercial market.

FirstOnSite's organizational structure is distinguished within the industry as it provides degrees of speed, scope and scale, including abilities to embrace innovations and technologies that help meet the unique needs of its customers.  With approximately 1,000 employees, 38 locations, 24/7 emergency service and a commitment to customer service, FirstOnSite proudly serves the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. FirstOnSite has been a recipient of the Deloitte Best Managed Company award since 2012, and is an approved vendor for many leading insurance companies and commercial clients. For more information visit: www.firstonsite.ca or call 1.877.778. 6731, and follow @firstonsite on Twitter at www.twitter.com/firstonsite.

 

HfS research singles out Intelligent Automation like SyntBots as key driver for digital modernization

 

TROY, Mich. – Syntel, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNT), a global provider of digital modernization, information technology and knowledge process services, today announced that a new report from HfS Research has praisedthe scope and capabilitiesof the Company’s automation platform, SyntBots®.

In the report, entitled “Syntel Is Driving A Holistic Approach To Intelligent Automation,HfS Research Managing Director Tom Reuner profiles the SyntBots platform, Syntel’sstrategic approach to automation and enterprise process and servicedelivery, as well as HfS’s views on the future of automation in theemerging “As-A-Service Economy.”

HfS asserts that Intelligent Automation is one of the most disruptive forces IT and business process operations has seen, contradicting the prevailing notion that the fastest, most efficient method of overcoming routine service delivery issues is to employ low-cost labor.

According to the report, there has been a fundamental change in the time it takes organizations to deliver new solutions, and a shift in emphasis from cost reduction to the concept of “time to value.” 

Legacy organizations simply can’t afford to take on long-term, multiyear transformation projects any longer, because speed is paramount in the new business environment,” said Reuner. "Deploying Intelligent Automation is no longer just aboutreducing cost, but is becoming an integral part of an organization’s journey into the Digital Age."

Syntel CEO and President, Nitin Rakesh states that despite the best efforts of many global companies to remain technologically current, years of incremental upgrades and updates have left them with a patchwork of technology environment that may include decades-old legacy systems, a problem not faced by their newer digital competitors.

“The rigid architecture of legacy systems makes it difficult to develop innovative new products and services, and slows speed to market,” said Rakesh.  “For the majority of traditional organizations, digital modernization means upgrading their legacy systems in order to create an agile infrastructure that is able to adapt to the new digital landscape.”

We refer to this predicament as the challenges of the ‘two-speed world’, and one of the most effective ways to overcome it is to implement an automation-driven approachas delivered by the SyntBots platform, that reduces the cost of running the business and channelizes that savings into digital modernization initiatives,” said Rakesh.

According to the HfS report, Syntel is one of very few providers that has built out a holistic automation platform spanning IT operations, DevOps and business processes across the enterprise.

“The more the notion of Intelligent Automation matures and organizations accelerate their journey toward to the As-aService Economy, the more a holistic approach will become important,”writes Reuner.

The report goes on to state that, “Organizations must adapt their target operating models to cut across traditional organizational boundaries. Having the ability to drive automation across those boundaries will become a critical differentiator.”

HfS points out the nascent state of the Intelligent Automation market, as evidenced by a scarcity of client references.  The authors conducted interviews with several Syntel clientswhile preparing the report, and detail four automation implementations from Syntel clients representing the insurance, supply chain, and retail industries.

The report concludes by recommending that enterprises emphasize how experienced staff and domainspecific insightscan be augmented by automation and a range of other innovative approaches, including cognitive engines, self-remediating systems and artificial intelligence.

Syntel’s Rakesh agrees.

In today’s disruptive environment, nearly every conversation we have ultimately leads back to the question of how to better serve the next generation of digital consumers,” said Rakesh. “Enterprises must look at automation as a strategic lever or risk falling behind their competition.”

The full HfS report can be downloaded at http://connect.syntelinc.com/l/5412/2016-03-22/39bs97

About Syntel

Syntel (Nasdaq:SYNT) is the global leader in digital modernization services, with a core suite of automation-driven IT and knowledge process services. Syntel helps global enterprises thrive in the Two-Speed World™ by building agile, efficient technology infrastructures that blend legacy business models with disruptive digital innovations. Syntel’s recursive automation platform, SyntBots®, enables clients to manage, migrate, and modernize their business and technology ecosystems. Syntel believes in a "Customer for Life" philosophy to build collaborative partnerships and creates long-term business value for its clients by investing in IP, solutions and industry-focused delivery teams with deep domain knowledge.

To learn more, visit us at www.syntelinc.com.

New Storage Solution Delivers Private Cloud File System Synchronization for Ensured Privacy and IT Control with the Secure Mobile Access Users Demand Anytime, Anywhere for Enhanced Business Productivity
 
CAMPBELL, Calif. – Nexsan™, a global leader in unified storage solutions, today announced the release of Nexsan UNITY™, a next-generation storage platform that combines the performance, scalability and value of DRAM and Flash along with private cloud file system synchronization and true data mobility support.  These features, in addition to universal connectivity for Fibre Channel, Ethernet and SAS, and advanced services including NAS and SAN, are all integrated into a single product at a single price. 
 
According to IDC data is doubling in size every two years with the predicted total amount of data topping 44 Zettabytes by 2020. This data is commonly stored in distinct silos which limits the user access that supports today's mobile workforce. Business users demand high performance access to information (structured or unstructured) from anywhere in the world at anytime, from any device.  Further, access to this information must be present 24x7 and its security is of paramount importance to the enterprise.*
 
Many siloed storage, data management, file sync and share and security solutions exist to provide for these individual requirements, but are typically cobbled together in costly, inefficient and unreliable ways. Nexsan UNITY addresses all of these requirements in a single unified solution which delivers high performance and multi-site collaboration at LAN speed to support business continuity and disaster recovery processes as well as mobile access to primary storage data.
 
Delivering high-performance multi-site collaboration, UNITY exclusively offers enterprise n-Way Sync. The n-Way Sync functionality makes UNITY the only enterprise filer to deliver high performance unified storage with site-to-site enterprise synchronization. Enterprise sync is supported across distributed primary storage at LAN access speeds, improving user productivity while leveraging an organization's secure infrastructure, leveraging Active Directory and access controls to prevent unauthorized user file access. This assures that data is in sync across multiple sites and locations while securing content with encryption at rest and in flight with self-encrypting drives and encryption keys. As a result, users have the mobile access they demand while IT can assure the security and control needed to remain compliant.
 
UNITY's patented technology is designed to support all devices - from mobile devices to tablets, laptops and desktops running Android, iOS, Mac and Windows- and provides a secure connection to data stored and managed within the enterprise totally eliminating the drudgery of using unpopular and aging VPN technologies. Mobile workforces will have the freedom and flexibility to access and share files securely across all of their devices - no matter where they are - for enhanced business productivity and data security.
 
"Today's NAS and SAN storage solutions have ignored the need for secure access to protected data maintained within the enterprise," said Bob Fernander, CEO, Nexsan. "With Nexsan UNITY we're providing a means to extend primary storage across and outside the enterprise in a secure manner. We've combined the power and performance of our Nexsan unified storage platform with the cloud flexibility of our Transporter private cloud file sync and share appliances. The result is a unified storage solution like no other - providing simplified file sharing, secure data access and comprehensive data storage for the datacenter."
 
Most storage systems do not integrate mobile support, yet performance, security and cost concerns, make cloud-based solutions like Dropbox and Box an inadequate option. Likewise, private deployment of software based "hub and spoke" synchronization solutions work well only if there is a single site from which primary data is accessed.  The new Nexsan storage solution provides authorized mobile devices with access to files stored on UNITY as an extension of its solution.  It provides a patented method for connecting mobile users to their primary storage behind their enterprise firewall and combines this with the ability to connect users to other synchronized volumes available elsewhere within the enterprise. As a result, users achieve high performance with high data availability and data access from an alternate source if their primary source is unavailable.
 
UNITY delivers a full enterprise-class feature set for small, midsize, and large businesses. Nexsan's FASTier™ caching accelerates performance to meet demanding I/O requirements. This unified platform supports Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity in addition to NAS and SAN protocols. Unified HDD and SDD support can be tailored for the best mixed application deployment environment. For organizations facing extreme data growth or needing greater application performance, the Nexsan UNITY family scales from 13TB up to 5PB. Nexsan UNITY matches flexible, performance datacenter storage with the private cloud technology behind Nexsan's Transporter family of private cloud file sync and share appliances. Known in the industry as one of the simplest solutions for secure file sharing, Transporter is an on-premises solution that uses a unique peer-to-peer approach to enable secure remote access to primary storage from anywhere on any device.
 
Nexsan UNITY is available now with pricing starting at $45,000 MSRP. Mobile access will be next quarter with desktop apps, sync and share soon after. For more information, visit: http://www.nexsan.com/products/unified-storage-enterprise-sync
 
Tweet this:.@Nexsan delivers innovative #private cloud file sharing with #nWay sync - from the #mobile user to the #datacenter 
 
About Nexsan
Nexsan™ is a global leader in unified storage solutions that are focused on seamlessly and securely enabling a connected workforce. Its broad solution portfolio empowers enterprises to securely manage, protect and utilize valuable business data - while allowing users to sync, share and access files from any device, anywhere, anytime. For further information, please visit: www.nexsan.com.
 
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Nexsan, the Nexsan logo, Connected Data, the Connected Data logo, Transporter, E-Series, NST, AutoMAID, Assureon and UNITY are trademarks or registered trademarks of Imation Corp. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
 
*IDC Digital Universe
Monday, 25 April 2016 00:00

Elephants in your datacentre

ep, there is you know, big, grey and imposing (not yellow and cuddly like this fella!)… OK, not literal elephants of course… well if there is you may have some different challenges to the ones I’m looking to address in this post, may I suggest the nearest zoo!

What do I mean then with this figurative elephant?

Data is the lifeblood of our businesses and in the modern business world we all discuss its management and protection endlessly. There is however an elephant in the room. One we choose not to discuss because it is getting increasingly more difficult to control and we are unsure as to what to do about it.

I think the above quote is a pretty accurate summation of the problem, data is a big complex beast and Nellie aside, how do we go about tackling it.

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https://techstringy.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/elephants-in-your-datacentre/

Monday, 25 April 2016 00:00

The Rise Of The Citizen Data Scientist

The data skills gap is a well-publicized issue, and true data scientists are a relatively rare species. One way that organizations are attempting to solve the issue is by empowering all employees with some data skills - whether this be a math or social science degree - to analyze the data themselves. These are known as citizen data scientists.

Gartner defines a citizen data scientist as ‘a person who creates or generates models that leverage predictive or prescriptive analytics but whose primary job function is outside of the field of statistics and analytics.’ They have predicted that by 2017, the number of citizen data scientists will have grown five times faster than their highly trained counterparts. According to Shawn Rogers, Chief Research Officer at Dell Statistica, ‘I think that 2016 could be the year of the citizen data scientist because users throughout the business want a more democratized approach to Big Data and analytics. Not every company can afford a data scientist, which is a big reason why citizen data scientists will become a big part of the data ecosystem as it evolves.’

Data is now at the heart of any operations, and its importance to decision making and innovation is only going to grow. By 2018, over half of large organizations worldwide will be using advanced analytics and proprietary algorithms to compete, while by 2020, companies will be spending 40% of their net new investment in business intelligence and analytics on ’predictive and prescriptive analytics.’ Fundamentally, this means that everyone in the organization needs to be able to leverage the data to some degree, and it cannot simply be left to one highly trained individual sitting at the top of the firm dishing out insights as they deem fit.

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https://channels.theinnovationenterprise.com/articles/the-rise-of-the-citizen-data-scientist

MELVILLE, NY – FalconStor Software® Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), a 16-year innovator of software-defined storage solutions, has been chosen by German utility service provider, Saarbrücker Stadtwerke, to provide its SDS platform FreeStor® to underpin its vision of a fully software-defined data center.

Saarbrücker Stadtwerke is the biggest communal service provider in Saarbrücken. Saarbrücker Stadtwerke employs over 1000 employees to provide water, electricity, long-distance heating, the main operations for gas, water, electricity and heating, public transport, meter management, the operation of public baths and several other holdings.

A critical success factor for Stadtwerke Saarbrücken is the operation of its highly-available state of the art Software-Defined Data Center stretched over two locations. These locations guarantee the IT infrastructure for their own subsidiaries, as well as for clients of IT services throughout Germany. Stadtwerke has been using software-defined technologies wherever possible to achieve a higher level of flexibility and scalability. The virtualized storage layer based on technology from FreeStor offers synchronous mirroring of all data to optimize capacity and business continuity across their storage infrastructure. In addition to using FreeStor, Stadtwerke relies on server virtualization, VDI, software-defined networking and other modern components alongside a context-defined security solution, and big data management with real-time data analytics.

When FalconStor announced its new SDS platform, FreeStor, Stadtwerke did not hesitate to upgrade from its previous FalconStor solution, NSS. The FreeStor SDS platform now offers storage virtualization, intelligent abstraction, analytics and unified data services that deliver real, tangible benefits to any IT organization looking to regain control of their data. From a virtualized storage pool, FreeStor abstracts the provisioning of storage, regardless of vendor, type or location. This abstracted approach dramatically simplifies the complexities of shared storage environments through one centralized GUI.

"Our data center is not just a means to an end for our enterprise," says Christian Schorr, IT-Manager of Stadtwerke Saarbrücken. "Many of our subsidiaries act nationally and offer services that require a flexible and powerful IT foundation. With FreeStor, we achieve the agility that we need from our storage. Consequently using this SDS approach does not only save us OPEX, but also a lot of time and resources to manage our storage infrastructure."

"Stadtwerke Saarbrücken is a showcase early adopter of software-defined technologies, and is already realizing financial savings from that decision," says Stefan Hirsch, Regional Director Central Europe and Nordics, FalconStor. "SDS is one of the most important pieces to complete their vision of a completely software-defined datacenter. FreeStor provides a critical SDS foundation that enables Stadtwerke the ability to offer their customers flexible and scalable services."

About FalconStor
FalconStor Software®, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC) is a leading software-defined storage company offering a converged data services software platform that is hardware agnostic. Our open, integrated flagship solution, FreeStor®, reduces vendor lock-in and gives enterprises the freedom to choose the applications and hardware components that make the best sense for their business. We empower organizations to modernize their data center with the right performance, in the right location, all while protecting existing investments. FalconStor's mission is to maximize data availability and system uptime to ensure nonstop business productivity while simplifying data management to reduce operational costs. Our award-winning solutions are available and supported worldwide by OEMs as well as leading service providers, system integrators, resellers and FalconStor. The Company is headquartered in Melville, N.Y. with offices throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information, visit www.falconstor.com or call 1-866-NOW-FALC (866-669-3252).

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Cloud-Based Intelligent Site Search for Sitecore Websites and System Integrators Automatically Delivers the Best Information to Every Site Visitor, Every Time

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Coveo, a recognized leader in intelligent search, today introduced a new Sitecore native search app, Coveo for Sitecore Pro Cloud Edition and a new version of its native, on-premise Sitecore integration, Coveo for Sitecore v4.0. Both new editions help Sitecore customers and system integrators deliver the most relevant, contextual digital customer experiences. According to Forrester Research, great site-search capabilities can give companies "the edge in the race to win, serve, and retain customers" and are "critical to delivering digital CX."(1) 

Coveo for Sitecore Pro Cloud Edition is the first and only cloud-based intelligent search app with native integration to Sitecore. The Coveo Pro Cloud Edition enables fast and easy activation and configuration, elastic scalability, and always-on, automated relevance tuning along with relevant query suggestions. Coveo for Sitecore Pro Cloud Edition includes the advanced, analytics-based machine learning capabilities of Coveo Reveal, a self-learning search service to ensure contextual relevance for every site visitor. Coveo Reveal automatically learns from user behavior, tunes relevance, suggests intelligent queries and auto-completes search terms. The Pro Cloud Edition also includes Coveo Usage Analytics, automatically configured to provide insights on what site visitors really want and what engages them most.

Coveo for Sitecore v4.0 is a major new version of the Coveo for Sitecore native search integration for on-premise deployments, with new and enhanced features that make intelligent search interfaces highly flexible and easy to configure, and helps Sitecore customers and system integrators to deliver search and discovery experiences that are personalized to visitors' unique contexts. Coveo for Sitecore v4.0 is available in three editions -- Free, Pro and Enterprise -- to meet the needs of Sitecore implementations of all sizes.

"As Sitecore's largest technology partner, we are committed to giving the Sitecore SI community and expansive customer base next-level tools for personalized, digital customer experiences -- without the heavy lifting, yet with the performance, scalability and security that SIs and large organizations require," said Coveo CTO and Founder Laurent Simoneau. "Our beta program participants reported striking results."

According to Darren Guarnaccia, Sitecore Executive Vice President, Customer Experience, "Intelligent search helps to drive personalization and make contextual content marketing pervasive throughout the search experience for Sitecore customers. The new Coveo for Sitecore Pro Cloud Edition not only makes it easier to deploy and manage site search, but also introduces machine learning capabilities that learn from the search behavior of previous site visitors to automatically improve the results and experience for everyone. This is a great example of partners extending the value of Sitecore through Omnichannel Automation."

Coveo's new intelligent search apps for Sitecore websites:

  • Give web visitors the right content at the right time. With content, messaging, and product offers automatically crafted based upon each visitor's unique activity and profile, customers engage with contextually relevant content more actively and convert faster.
  • Increase content ROI & digital customer engagement - by unifying content from all microsites, web properties and online communities.
  • Deliver the great search visitors expect - regardless of device. The site search experience always appears optimally across all mobile devices, providing consistent experiences and engagement.
  • Provide intuitive site navigation & exploration. By enabling easy-to-configure, highly conversational navigation, filtering and previewing options with visual components, online users can more easily explore sites to find exactly what they want.
  • Learn what website visitors really want - with powerful and intuitive analytics that provide insight into customer context and intent.
  • The Coveo Pro Cloud Edition lets websites learn and automatically adjust for what works for site visitors - with the industry's first self-learning and self-tuning search relevance service.

Focus on Sitecore System Integrators and Web Developers

Coveo is now offering its system integrator partners exclusive programs to test and use the technology on their own websites, along with free trials for their projects. Developers of Sitecore websites can activate or download trial versions here.

Beta program participants included Dan Cruickshank, president of Sitecore consultancy Fishtank, who reported:

"In my opinion, Coveo for Sitecore Pro Cloud Edition, in combining its cloud architecture and Coveo Reveal, is the most significant innovation on the Sitecore platform in years. The new cloud-model provides the perfect architecture for enterprise integrations, and is proving to be the most value-rich part of any Sitecore implementation we do. The simplicity of the Coveo for Sitecore cloud-based architecture is proving to be a revelation in simplifying complex integrations."

Jeff Hansen, content solutions lead with Coveo partner SingleStone Consulting, also a beta program partner, commented:

"We've always been fans of Coveo for Sitecore, and now with the Pro Cloud Edition we can give our customers the ability to personalize digital experiences with less effort than ever before. It's a win-win for our customers and for our firm. Our experience with the beta program has been very positive and we're looking forward to working with the Pro Cloud Edition even more, to help our customers provide the best experience for their site visitors."

Interactive webinar: Interested media, Sitecore MVPs, developers and customers are invited to join an upcoming interactive webinar for a discussion and open Q&A session with the Coveo for Sitecore product management team on Thursday, May 5 at 12 PM ET/ 9 AM PT. 

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Coveo helps companies better engage customers and upskill employees with the best information, everywhere they work and interact. Coveo Intelligent Search responds relevantly to every question, proactively suggests related content and experts, and predicts what's important to each person based on analytics and machine learning. Recognized as the Most Visionary Leader in Enterprise Search and as a leader in Big Data Search and Knowledge Discovery, Coveo helps companies to succeed at self-service, create high performance contact centers, and cultivate company-wide collaboration. With the search industry's highest security standards, broadest connectivity and self-learning relevance, Coveo removes complexity to make intelligent search work, quickly and effectively, across cloud and on-premise systems. Coveo has more than 1500 activations in mid-to-large sized, global organizations across multiple industries. Coveo partners with some of the world's largest enterprise technology ecosystems, where insights from outside the platform are critical to delivering a unified, engaging experience for their customers. For more information, please visit www.coveo.com and follow us on the Coveo blog, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

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New cSRX and vSRX Provide Industry Leading Firewall Capabilities to Create Secure Networks

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced several breakthrough additions to its cloud and virtualized service offerings as part of its Software-Defined Secure Networks (SDSN) framework. These enhancements include a new compact and containerized virtual firewall called Juniper Networks® cSRX, a next-generation firewall providing advanced security services for Software Defined Networks, as well as a multi-core version of the Juniper Networks vSRX, the industry's fastest virtual firewall that is expected to be capable of reaching 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps). This speed is 10 times greater than the nearest competitor and creates new possibilities for using agile and flexible virtual firewalls.

As the scale and sophistication of threats continue to increase, next-generation security must be built around automated and actionable intelligence that can be enforced quickly to reduce risk and protect the network and its users. Juniper's vision for SDSN looks to tackle this need with an open threat intelligence platform and enforcement through its robust suite of physical and virtual firewalls, as well as network switches and routers. When combined with an open policy engine and global orchestration, users can set and enforce policy based on intent, either on premises or in the cloud.

Juniper is extending its SDSN offerings by unveiling the industry's first virtual firewall in a containerized form factor. The cSRX is expected to provide a cost effective way to wrap advanced security services around every workload and the ability to scale up to high multi-tenancy. Additionally, Juniper is announcing a massive increase in performance on its vSRX, which further extends its lead as the industry's fastest and most scalable virtual firewall. Both products are anticipated to enable the network to better detect and combat threats through increased performance, intelligence, and a higher density of services on the Intel® Xeon® processor family (x86 platform). These enhancements to Juniper's virtualized security portfolio extend the network and security administrator's ability to provision and scale firewall protection, enabling more enforcement points across the network to stop threats faster.

News Highlights:

Juniper Networks cSRX

  • Juniper's cSRX firewall provides advanced security services, including Content Security, AppSecure, and unified threat management (UTM) for providing security as a service in large multi-tenant cloud networks with the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO).
  • The cSRX has feature rich security capabilities, low footprint and a microservices architecture that is expected to not only lowers the cost to customers, but also makes deployment throughout the network easier than ever before, without compromising performance.
  • The cSRX takes advantage of Docker Container's low overhead and sub-second boot-up times to bring greater agility and elasticity to customers' virtual infrastructures.

Juniper Networks vSRX

  • Juniper's multi-core version of vSRX provides linear scale of performance with each additional core. Using just 12 virtual central processing units (vCPUs) it was able to scale firewall throughput five times to achieve 100 Gbps, which will make it the highest performing virtual firewall in the industry.
  • The multi-core vSRX is a high-performance virtual Next Generation Firewall (NGFW),

with full routing, firewall and L4-L7 security features. 

  • The vSRX provides scalable, secure protection across private, public and hybrid clouds in virtualized environments for high bandwidth customers and applications.
  • The vSRX delivers high availability, granular security with segmentation capabilities between zones, organizations, lines of business and applications, as well as rich connectivity features like Network Address Translation (NAT), routing and VPN.
  • Working closely with Intel, vSRX leverages the Open Source Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) software architecture, an open source set of libraries for fast packet processing, to take advantage of performance and quality of service benefits from the Intel Xeon processor family.

Supporting Quotes:

"As the security landscape continues to evolve, it is more important than ever to work together to combat cyber threats. These key additions to our security portfolio will further our Software-Defined Secure Networks vision and greatly benefit our customers. Our products provide the best opportunity to create secure networks through policy, detection and enforcement. We are excited to be releasing the most flexible firewall solutions in the market and continue to showcase our commitment to bringing SDSN to organizations across the globe."

- Kevin Walker, security CTO, Juniper Networks

"Juniper's new cSRX and enhanced vSRX will enable us to deliver deeper security services to our customers. The low footprint and high density advantages of the cSRX, will allow us greater leverage to secure east west traffic. The multi-core vSRX delivers high performance and the ability to handle large amounts of traffic, and will allow us to extend our disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) solution-Push Button DR-to a much wider audience. We expect both products to significantly increase the benefits we deliver to our customers."

- John White, vice president of product strategy, Expedient

"Software-defined infrastructure is being deployed in data centers globally, delivering significant increases in service agility and cost optimization. Within these virtualized, software-based solutions, security must be pervasive, and Intel is committed to delivering security technology to fortify products like the Juniper Networks cSRX and vSRX."
- Sandra Rivera, vice president, data center group and general manager, network platforms group, Intel Corporation

"We believe that security is the 'killer app' that will accelerate SDN adoption. The complement of SDN and security can solve one of the greatest problems enterprises have dealt with over the last 25 years of enterprise network expansion, an operationally efficient way to implement policy, detection and enforcement across the entire network. With its Software-Defined Secure Networks vision, Juniper is making a move in that direction."

- Mike Spanbauer, vice president, security, test & advisory, NSS Labs

"Juniper Networks is delivering significant scale and total cost of ownership advantages to its customers with the new cSRX, which fundamentally changes how security is deployed and illustrates the power of Software-Defined Secure Networks to provide a holistic network protection paradigm. Moreover, with the addition of our 100 Gbps vSRX, our security portfolio is further advancing the industry's highest performing virtual firewall."

- Mihir Maniar, vice president of security product management, Juniper Networks

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About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks challenges the status quo with products, solutions and services that transform the economics of networking. Our team co-innovates with customers and partners to deliver automated, scalable and secure networks with agility, performance and value. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks (www.juniper.net) or connect with Juniper on Twitter and Facebook.

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