One of the world’s largest SAP deployments in Azure uses SIOS as their HA foundation
SAN MATEO, Calif. – SIOS Technology Corpwww.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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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.
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.
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.
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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.
- 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.
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.
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.