The Continuity Logic customized demo provides an opportunity for qualifying organizations to evaluate Frontline Live 5™, with their plans, desired controls, policies, and procedures. This first-of-its-kind system for both business continuity and many other areas of Governance, Operational Risk and Compliance (GRC) is powerful, but often best viewed with some of your familiar plans, data and templates.


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BILOXI, Miss.--In the last 10 years, FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program has obligated more than $159 million from Hurricane Katrina recovery to build community safe rooms throughout Mississippi to protect people during storms. HMGP provides grants to state, local and tribal governments to implement long-term mitigation measures to reduce the loss of life and property from a disaster.

Safe rooms can be built as multipurpose shelters to protect communities from tornadoes, hurricanes and floods. These community safe rooms are built to FEMA 361 specifications, which include hardening of walls and roofs to withstand 200 mph winds.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency officials have made the construction of safe rooms a priority since Katrina. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control found that safe rooms are the best option to reduce the number of deaths during tornadoes.

“We always tell folks to get out of mobile homes and manufactured homes, and to consider going to a more substantial structure to wait out the storm,” said Robert Latham, executive director of MEMA. “By providing a secure place for them to go, we make our communities safer. Citizens need to incorporate safe room locations into their plans, or know where a substantial structure is located.”

“In so many cases, the death toll would be much higher were it not for safe rooms for people to take shelter in,” said Acting Director of FEMA’s Mississippi Recovery Office, Loraine Hill.

To date, 42 public safe rooms have been added to schools; 34 have been built as stand-alone structures for general use, and 9 constructed for first responders. Populations served by these safe rooms include approximately 44,000 students and staff; 28,000 citizens in the general population, and 3,500 first responders.

During the threat of an outbreak of tornadoes in the state earlier this year, 70 residents sought shelter; in a community safe room in Rankin County, built to FEMA 361 standards.  

Another $205 million in HMGP funding was made available to Mississippi for mitigation projects, such as elevating buildings, flood control, sirens, generators and grants to individuals to retrofit areas of their home or build stand-alone safe room units.

For more information on building a public safe room to FEMA 361 specifications, go to http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/3140.

A video on community safe rooms in Mississippi.


 FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

(TNS) - On a recent Friday night, while many were kicking off the weekend with an evening on the town, Jenyne Wells waited for the phone to ring.

As a 911 call-taker at SunComm, Yakima County’s emergency dispatch center, she was waiting for anyone needing help.

It would not be long.

“A young girl is being forced into a van,” a woman caller said, speaking through an interpreter. The abductors are fighting and are known to carry guns, the woman said.

Wells calmly but authoritatively asks the woman to describe the vehicle and assures her police are on the way. All the while, she’s typing bursts of information that are transmitted to computer screens in the responding police car, as well as police dispatchers who are sitting on the other end of the center.



(TNS) - Tropical Storm Danny strengthened early Thursday to become the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.

Sustained winds increased to about 75 mph as Danny headed north, northwest at 12 mph, about 1,000 miles east of the Windward Islands, forecasters said. They expect Danny to continue strengthening at least for the next two days.

The compact storm has hurricane force winds extending only 10 miles from its center, with tropical storm winds reaching about 60 miles.

Hurricane Danny arrives just as the season swings into peak months. On average, the first hurricane of the season forms on Aug. 10.



Today, many organizations are under continuous attack from nation-states or professional cyber criminals. One of the main focuses for IT security teams is stopping intruders from gaining access to assets on the corporate network. However, this strain on IT teams means that when it comes to malicious insiders, a worrying number of organizations almost entirely drop their guard.

An insider attack is one of the biggest threats faced by organizations since these types of hacks can be very difficult for IT teams to identify. This is because an insider – whether he’s an employee or a contractor – is already entrusted with authorized access to at least some systems and applications on a corporate network. It can be very hard for those in IT to decipher whether he’s just performing his regular job tasks, or carrying out something sinister.

Insiders have been responsible for some interesting breaches or hostage scenarios in recent history, whether intentional or not. Consider Terry Childs in San Francisco who held the city hostage for two weeks while sitting in a jail cell or Edward Snowden, formerly of the NSA.

So, which is a bigger threat - an external hacker or a disgruntled employee?



Leading Banking and Financial Institution Switches to StorTrends for Ease of Management, Data Protection and Asset Optimization
NORCROSS, Ga. – StorTrends®, the data storage division of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) and an industry leader in all-flash arrays (AFA), hybrid storage, and spinning disk solutions, today announced that FSG Bank, headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has increased IOPS speed five times over its previous backup system after switching to StorTrends' high performance storage.
Prior to implementing StorTrends, FSG Bank-whose approximately 300 employees serve the banking and financial needs within the communities of Tennessee and Northern Georgia-had struggled to efficiently maintain its existing storage resources.  The bank had recently realized a substantial increase in profits, with nearly $50 million in loan growth and over $1 million of improvement in non-interest expense. For the IT department, which is charged with supporting the bank's internal IT requirements, as well as maintaining all customer support systems, this success created even greater data storage challenges.
With a complex IT environment consisting of 70 servers (the majority of which are virtual), Juniper network switches, a myriad of databases, a Zimbra mail server, and various banking software, FSG Bank needed to rely on outsourcing the core of its work.The operation was just getting by on a 20 TB storage area network (SAN), with a secondary unit in a disaster recovery (DR) site for failover.
Needing more flexibility and control over the environment, the IT department compared various systems and chose StorTrends based on the product's capability, price, and support plan. In terms of capability, StorTrends' data-tiering allowed the organization to implement three tiers of storage and avoid overburdening its storage resources. Tier I was used to support the bank's mission-critical data (accessed hourly and daily), Tier II was employed to manage frequently accessed but non-priority data, and Tier III was used to serve its backup and archiving processes.
"The primary production datastore and most of the VMs were strategically migrated over to the StorTrends solution as quickly as possible and the results were immediate," said Kevin Turner, Systems Administrator, FSG Bank. "The speed is definitely impressive. Our IOPS are almost five times faster than the previous solution."
Turner also highlighted that the outstanding technical support has been key to the bank's high satisfaction with StorTrends. "With StorTrends, the support agents know the product inside-out," said Turner. "The representatives go above and beyond the call of duty and show a total commitment to getting things fixed. We've seen firsthand that an excellent product, at an affordable cost, with great technical support is just StorTrends' way of doing business."
"For organizations like FSG Bank, StorTrends high-performance storage delivers the exceptional performance and functionality necessary to optimize resources, boost productivity, and ensure data protection," said Justin Bagby, Director of the StorTrends division of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI). "What's more, StorTrends provides the flexibility to grow any organization's storage environment as needed, with the high capacity that will meet business and budget requirements well into the future-whether those call for all-flash, hybrid flash, or spinning disk."
FSG Bank provides customers with services in retail and commercial banking, trust and investment management, mortgage banking, and financial planning.  For more information on FSG Bank, please visit: http://www.fsgbank.com.
For further details on FSG Bank's StorTrends deployment, please read the case study found at: http://www.stortrends.com/resources/customer-stories/.
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About StorTrends
StorTrends® from American Megatrends (AMI) is Performance Storage with Proven Value. StorTrends SAN and NAS storage appliances are installed worldwide and trusted by companies and institutions in a wide range of industries including education, energy, finance, state and local government, healthcare, manufacturing, marketing, retail, R&D and many more. StorTrends meets the challenges and demands of today's business environments by offering a wide variety of solutions from all-flash arrays (AFA), to hybrid storage, to spinning disk solutions. StorTrends is backed by thousands of customer installations, 100+ storage patents and nearly 30 years of IT leadership from a company that millions of people trust on a daily basis, American Megatrends, Inc. For more information, please visit: www.stortrends.com.
StorTrends and StorTrends iDATA are registered trademarks of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI). All other product and company names are trademarks of their respective owners.

How Closely is Your Organization's BCM Program Aligned to ISO 22301?

Wondering how your BCM program aligns to ISO 22301?

Looking for a way to measure your current capabilities and identify gaps?

Not ready for formal 3rd party certification but ready to self-declare conformity?

New Course!  BCM 1000:  ISO 22301 Assessor 

Learn how to align your BCM program to the requirements of ISO 22301. Gain an understanding of the key practices of a business continuity management system for organizations of all sizes and the essential elements of the following standards: ISO 22301, ISO 22313, ISO 19011, ISO 17022.

Using the ISO 22301 Maturity Model as a tool for measuring alignment to ISO 22301, attendees receive an electronic copy of the self-assessment tool as part of the workshop fee. The workshop also includes a review of the ISO 22301 self-declaration of conformity process. The ISO 22301 Maturity Model sells for $995.00 and is included in the workshop fee. The workshop reviews the following topics:

  • Part 1: Requirements for a Business Continuity Management System, the Role of the Auditor and the Audit Process

  • Part 2: Developing Strategies to Mitigate Risk and Continue Operations

  • Part 3: BCM Program Implementation

  • Part 4: Developing a BCM Culture

  • Part 5: Program Maintenance and Improvement

Course Schedule:  Register Today!
September 26-27, 2015:  San Diego, CA (Before DRJ Conference)

Cost:  $995.00 

Measure Alignment to ISO 22301 and Identify Gaps:  ISO 22301 Maturity Model   

ICOR has developed the  ISO 22301 Maturity Model that organizations can use to self-assess the capability and maturity of their Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) using the International Standard ISO 22301 as a reference.  The ISO 22301 Maturity Model excel tool was created using the Virtual Business Continuity Maturity Model as a reference.   Cost:  $995.00  Purchase 


Determination of an ICOR verified Self-Declaration of Conformity

In collaboration with DHS, FEMA, ANAB, BSI, NQA, Orion and others, ICOR has created a process to formally recognize an organization's Self-Declaration of Conformity to ISO 22301.  This process is intended to support and promote eventual third-party certification by providing organizations a tool to improve their Business Continuity Management (BCM) programs and to conform to ISO 22301 requirements.

The ICOR Self-Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) to ISO 22301 is available to organizations of all sizes globally.  It is a process where an organization declares formally that its Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) meets the requirements of ISO 22301:  Societal Security - Business Continuity Management Systems - Requirements.

Determination of meeting the requirements is based on a combination of the following scores and criteria:

  1. Completion and submission of ISO 22301 Maturity Model with a minimum overall score of 2.5 with no single competency area scoring less than 2.0.  3.0 is a perfect score.
  2. Successful completion of Biographical Data and review by ISO 22301 Auditor
  3. Successful completion of BCMS Information and review by ISO 22301 Auditor
  4. Submission of Required Documents or "Proofs" and review by ISO 22301 Auditor

Upon successful completion of the online application (including completion of the ISO 22301 Maturity Model) your application will be evaluated by an ISO 22301 Lead Auditor with credentials earned from ICOR, BSI, or PECB.  Estimated time for evaluation is less than 30 days.  

If your application is verified, your organization's self-declaration of conformity will be listed on the ICOR SDoC webpage.  In addition, your organization will receive a certificate verifying your self-declaration and may use the ISO 22301 SDoC "mark" as evidence of the ICOR verification.  Verification is valid for 3 years.


Link here for more information  

Email all questions to ISO22301@theicor.org.   


ISO 22301 Maturity Model only:  $995.00 USD 

ISO 22301 Application:  $2,495.00 USD (Includes Maturity Model)  


New Pro Edition Is Released to Give Developers, Designers and Power Users More Tools and Resources to Be Productive on a Mac


SINGAPORE – Parallels® a global leader in cross-platform solutions and creator of industry-leading software for running Windows® applications on a Mac®, today launched Parallels Desktop® 11 for Mac (www.parallels.com/desktop). The release includes a new version of the software for developers, designers and power users, Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition. It also includes Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition, previously known as the Enterprise Edition.

The new editions of Parallels Desktop for Mac benefit from speed improvements of up to 50 percent, Travel Mode which extends battery life up to 25 percent while on the go, support for Windows 10 along with OS X® El Capitan readiness and a host of other features for both Windows and Mac users.

"Developers, designers and power users are one of the biggest audiences among our millions of Parallels Desktop for Mac customers," said Jack Zubarev, Parallels president. "We've created Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition specifically for them and will continue to quickly innovate to help them stay more productive in their day-to-day work. Seamless experience has been the hallmark of Parallels Desktop since its inception. Today we further our commitment to innovation with Parallels Desktop 11 -- from Windows 10 and El Capitan integration to making Microsoft's Cortana® available on Mac. We've made it easier than ever for our customers to run Windows on a Mac."

Parallels Desktop 11 empowers Mac users to run Windows 10 and leverage the advantages of Microsoft's intelligent personal assistant, Cortana, when using both Windows and OS X. This is the first time that Parallels Desktop has ever made a Windows feature available for OS X applications. Parallels Desktop 11 also provides experimental support for OS X El Capitan prior to its launch, and will fully support the platform shortly after its release to give users a seamless experience with the latest OSes.

"As Windows 10 and OS X El Capitan enter the market, it is essential for businesses, developers and consumers that need to be productive to use virtualization software to easily run both operating systems, so they can work effectively, regardless of their platform," said Laura DiDio, Strategy Analytics director of research and consulting. "All three Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac editions provide the best tools to address respective customer audiences and deployment scenarios that seamlessly enable people to use the applications they need, regardless of platform."

New Parallels Desktop 11 ease-of-use benefits include improved performance and battery life with the use of Travel Mode, which can easily be activated to optimize performance. When users are on the go and not connected to power, Parallels Desktop Travel Mode will automatically extend battery life by up to 25 percent by temporarily shutting off resources that drain power.

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac offers tremendous speed performance improvements over the previous version for an even faster work experience, including1:

  • Windows launch and shutdown is up to 50 percent faster
  • File operations inside of Windows are improved by up to 20 percent
  • Virtual machine suspend is up to 20 percent faster
  • Travel Mode can increase battery life up to 25 percent
  • Improved network performance

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition (www.parallels.com/desktop) is a new version of the software specifically designed for developers, designers and power users, giving them the powerful tools they need for maximum productivity. The Pro Edition supports integration with popular developer tools including Docker, Visual Studio (plug-in), Chef and Jenkins, Vagrant, Guest OS debugging and network simulation. Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition empowers users to run preview Windows machines and use nested virtualization for both Windows and Linux guests, making it the perfect tool for developers, power users and testers who need a variety of virtual machine environments, including simulation of more complex deployments.

Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition
Previously known as Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition, Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition (www.parallels.com/business) includes all Pro Edition features, offering IT admins the most efficient means to enable their employees with Macs to run Windows applications.

The Business Edition builds upon Parallels Desktop's award-winning solution by adding administrative features that enable IT departments to control and manage end user virtual machines as well as manage and administer licenses via the new Parallels License Management Portal. This exclusive feature provides IT administrators with vital information, such as license expirations, usage statistics, and real-time visibility into licensing activities, to easily manage all of their deployed licenses. Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition also supports business cloud services including Box, Dropbox for Business and OneDrive® Business.

Product Features
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac (www.parallels.com/desktop)

  • Always on Cortana enables customers to use Microsoft's virtual assistant with Mac applications, even when Windows 10 is not the forefront application
  • Travel Mode extends the battery life by up to 25 percent by temporarily shutting off select resources that drain power
  • Quick Look for Windows extends this cool Mac convenience to Windows documents and files
  • New Force Touch gesture support enables a quick preview of files with Quick Look or the ability to look up the definition of an unknown word
  • Improved Mac Window Controls include a new Coherence mode button
  • Most recently used files list now can be viewed on the Mac regardless of where those files are stored: on the Mac, in a virtual machine, in the cloud or on a file server
  • New easy printing with all Mac printer options support saves time with an intuitive solution for OS X users
  • "New Item" support for creation of new files in Windows apps including Microsoft Outlook®, Excel® and Word
  • Now users can easily cancel time-consuming virtual machine actions
  • Mac location services are now available to Windows applications
  • Automatic synchronization of the volume setting of a virtual machine with that of the Mac
  • Enhanced file associations with smart notification messaging helps change file association in OS X
  • Improvements in the setup and use of a virtual machine to directly access a Boot Camp® Windows partition -- without rebooting
  • One-time opportunity to upgrade to Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition from Parallels Desktop 9 or 10 for $49.99 per year
  • Improved Japanese keyboard -- specific to the Japanese language edition only

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition (www.parallels.com/desktop)
All of the features of Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, as well as the following new and key features:

  • Integration with key developer tools, such as Docker, Visual Studio (plug-in), Chef and Jenkins
  • Support for Vagrant and other developer tools
  • Additional user profiles for developers, power users and testers for optimal configuration for their particular scenarios
  • Advanced networking tools and configuration for virtual networks to test complex networking scenarios, including the ability to simulate some network instabilities
  • Cloud storage access through Box.net, Dropbox for Business and OneDrive Business, for sharing from Windows to Mac
  • Headless mode for running virtual machines in the background without user interface
  • Ability to create linked clones to conserve disk space and optimize installations
  • Enhanced memory (64 GB RAM) and processing power (16 vCPU) for improved performance
  • Nested virtualization for Linux guests
  • Modern.IE test environments in the Parallels New Virtual Machine Wizard provide access to free trials of browsers for testing 
  • 24/7 phone and email support

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Business Edition (www.parallels.com/business)
All of the features of the Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition, as well as the following key additions:

  • Centralized administration and management capabilities to keep IT in control of virtual machines
  • Web-based Parallels License Management Portal with a single activation key to eliminate manual management of individual license keys
  • Business-level support, including prioritized 24/7 phone and email support options
  • USB devices policy enforcement for additional security

Availability and Pricing
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is available now to both current and new Parallels Desktop for Mac users at www.parallels.com/desktop worldwide, and at local retailers including Challenger, EpiCentre, Harvey Norman, iStudio, NuBox and other Apple resellers in Singapore.

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition is available online at www.parallels.com/desktop and at the Apple online store.

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Business Edition is available through commercial resellers.

The recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is S$108.00. Upgrades for existing Parallels Desktop 9 or 10 for Mac customers are S$68.00, with an introductory offer to upgrade to a Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition subscription for S$68.00 per year available from www.parallels.com/desktop.

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition and Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Business Edition are available to new customers for S$134.00 per year. Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition includes a complimentary Parallels Access (www.parallels.com/access) subscription to remotely access their Mac from any device.

1 Based on Parallels internal testing

Parallels and the Parallels logo are registered trademarks of Parallels IP Holdings GmbH in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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About Parallels
Parallels is a global leader in cross-platform solutions which make it possible and simple for customers to use and access the applications and files they need on any device or operating system. We help customers take advantage of the best technology out there, whether it's Windows, Mac, iOS, Android or the cloud. Parallels solves complex engineering and user experience problems by making it simple and cost-effective for businesses and individual customers to use applications wherever they may be -- local, remote, in the private datacenter or in the cloud. Visit www.parallels.com/about for more information.

Stay connected with Parallels and our online communities: Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/parallelsinc, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/parallelsmac and visit our blog at http://blog.parallels.com.

APPENDIX -- Suggested Retail Pricing (SRP) for Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac across Asia

Parallels Desktop 11
Standard Edition
99.95   109.95   8,500.00   575.00   598.00   92,000.00
108.00   2,440.00   299.00   2,690.00   3,499.00   6,099.00
Parallels Desktop 11
Pro Edition*
124.95   139.95   12,418.00   698.00   744.00   122,000.00
134.00.00   3,000.00   389.00   3,390.00   4,399.00   7,599.00
Parallels Desktop 11
Business Edition*
124.95   139.95   10,800.00   700.00   744.00   122,000.00
USD 99.99   3,000.00   390.00   3,400.00   4,400.00   7,600.00
Upgrade from
Parallels Desktop 9 or
Parallels Desktop 11
Standard Edition
64.95   74.95   5,300.00   358.00   388 .00   55,000.00
68.00   1,500.00   189.00   1,690.00   2,199.00   3,799.00
Delphix Partners With Gleanster Research on 2015 Annual State of DevOps Report; Survey Illustrates That DevOps Continues to Gain Momentum but Lacks Consistent Definition and Metrics Among Its IT Leaders and Practitioners; Data Security Emerges as a Significant Risk in DevOps Initiatives


MENLO PARK, Calif. – Delphix, the market leader in Data as a Service, today announced the 2015 State of DevOps report, a new annual report designed to help understand and define the role of DevOps, its evolving best practices, and current and planned DevOps investments.

In partnership with Delphix, Gleanster Research surveyed more than 2,000 DevOps leaders and practitioners across North America and Europe to assess current industry perceptions of DevOps and what is expected for its future. The report indicates that DevOps continues to gain momentum, but data issues -- including data security -- are major challenges, while the definition of DevOps lacks consistency and success metrics among its leaders and practitioners within IT organizations.

The report finds DevOps continues to gain traction in the industry, with 87 percent of DevOps leaders and 73 percent of practitioners reporting that they have groups dedicated to DevOps initiatives, and nearly half of all respondents (44 percent) reporting DevOps budgets of $1 million or more. However, the research also highlights that while a majority of all respondents believe DevOps is strongly or somewhat defined (75 percent), these definitions vary widely, with DevOps being described as:

  • Developers and system administrators collaborating to ease the transition between development and production (84 percent)
  • Using infrastructure automation to facilitate self-service provisioning of infrastructure by development teams (69 percent)
  • Evolving operations to meet the demands of agile software development teams (60 percent)
  • Developers taking full responsibility for all operations tasks (42 percent)
  • Increasing frequency of deployments to uncover defects earlier in the development lifecycle (35 percent)

Meanwhile, the research indicates that data plays a major role in DevOps and is an area of risk to be closely examined:

  • Forty-six percent of DevOps leaders report data issues as the biggest challenge to enabling their organizations to use DevOps in testing environments
  • A majority of all respondents indicate that developers and quality assurance personnel have access to production data, yet this access is not audited (leaders 72 percent, practitioners 59 percent)
  • More than two-thirds of all respondents (71 percent) report that masked data is refreshed from production only once a week or less

Other key findings in the report include:

  • The top three reasons for starting DevOps initiatives among all respondents are to deliver software faster (66 percent), identify bugs earlier (44 percent), and deliver software more frequently (43 percent)
  • Eighty percent of all respondents indicated they were under strong pressure to deliver higher-quality quality software in a variety of ways:
    • Delivering software to production with fewer defects (leaders 70 percent, practitioners 59 percent)
    • Identifying defects earlier in the software development lifecycle (leaders 68 percent, practitioners 62 percent)
    • Delivering software faster (leaders 65 percent, practitioners 57 percent)
    • Delivering software with fewer resources (leaders 32 percent, practitioners 55 percent)
  • Forty-eight percent of DevOps leaders reported that DevOps initiatives resulted in more defects being identified earlier in the software development cycle, suggesting that when defects are identified earlier in the development lifecycle, teams spend less time recoding and more time delivering value
  • DevOps leaders more frequently report that development teams drive DevOps within organizations, while practitioners more frequently state that DevOps is driven by operations teams, with approximately one-third of each group stating it is a shared model:
    • Operations (leaders 17 percent, practitioners 25 percent)
    • Development (leaders 50 percent, practitioners 39 percent)
    • Shared (leaders 34 percent, practitioners 35 percent)

Download the full report at http://pages.delphix.com/Analyst-Reports_State-of-Devops---Gleanster.html.

About the 2015 Annual State of DevOps

The 2015 Annual State of DevOps report is designed to help understand and define the role of DevOps, its evolving best practices, and current and planned DevOps investments. More than 2,000 respondents who are active in DevOps, software development, quality assurance or product support participated in the survey, working at organizations of at least 100 employees located in North America, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Participants included DevOps leaders who are directly involved in what they consider to be a strongly defined and successful series of DevOps initiatives, and DevOps practitioners who are directly involved in an ongoing DevOps initiative and are searching for a strongly defined vision of DevOps success. Respondent titles include CIO, IT director, IT manager, software engineer, system administrator and database administrator.

About Delphix

Delphix is the market leader in Data as a Service, which helps enterprises accelerate application projects by 50 percent, including cloud migrations, custom development, and ERP rollouts. Delphix provides its DaaS Platform as on-premises or cloud software that automatically delivers the right data to the right team at the right time, instead of relying on complex processes and multiple IT teams to manually move unsecured data across systems. More than 25 percent of the Global 100 use Delphix to deliver data 99 percent faster across development, testing, and reporting environments, driving dramatic increases in productivity while improving data security. Delphix is headquartered in Menlo Park, California, with offices around the world.

Delphix is a trademark of Delphix Corp. in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks and names may be trademarks of their respective organizations. The use of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal partnership relationship between Delphix and any other organization.

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Partnership Aims to Help Data Center Architects Build Simple, Scalable and Secure Cloud Networking Infrastructure


LONDON – Metaswitch Networks, the world's leading network software provider, and Mesosphere are collaborating to integrate Project Calico with Apache Mesos, the Mesosphere Datacenter Operating System (DCOS), MesosDNS, Marathon and other frameworks. For Mesos and Mesosphere DCOS users, the result of this collaboration will be a simplified process for managing clusters of servers in a data center environment.

Mesos and Mesosphere DCOS users want to build cloud-native applications without having to worry about distributed systems architectures or complex networking constructs. Thanks to the integration with Calico, this will be the reality. They will be able to initiate workloads using Marathon and other frameworks that seamlessly communicate with one another using a flat, routed IP network that eliminates port conflict issues and provides fine-grained workload isolation. And users won't have to be networking experts to make it all work.

"The Mesosphere and Project Calico teams share a philosophy of simplicity: a vision that developers should focus solely on their unique application logic and the platform should take care of the rest," said Andy Randall, general manager of Metaswitch's networking business unit. "The integration we are demonstrating at MesosCon is a significant step toward that vision, delivering what developers need for a simple, scalable and secure cloud-native platform."

Christos Kozyrakis, director of research at Mesosphere, and Spike Curtis of the Project Calico team will be demonstrating how Calico and Mesos are working together live on stage at #MesosCon today at 4:50 p.m. PDT during their session on Mesos Networking and Service Discovery.

Metaswitch's product team and core developers will be at Booth 203 at #MesosCon 2015 in Seattle today and tomorrow to discuss the integration with Mesosphere and all the other ways Metaswitch can help network operators build simple, scalable cloud networks.

About Metaswitch Networks
Metaswitch is powering the transition of communication networks into a cloud-based, software-centric, all-IP future. As the world's leading network software provider, we design, develop, deliver and support commercial and open source software solutions for network operators. Our high performance software runs on commercial, off-the-shelf hardware, as appliances or in the cloud. We package this software into solutions that are redefining consumer and business communications and enabling the interconnection between diverse network services and technologies. We also apply our software development expertise to removing network virtualization complexities in the data center, with a solution that easily scales and secures workload interconnection in support of mission-critical IT and real-time communication applications. For more information, please visit: http://www.metaswitch.com.

Calico v1.0, Complete With OpenStack Integration, Is a Simple, Scalable, Pure Layer 3 Approach to Virtual Networking for Data Centers of All Sizes


LONDON – Metaswitch Networks, the world's leading network software provider, today announced the availability of Calico v1.0, a milestone software release from the Project Calico team. As the foundation of Metaswitch's Cloud Network Virtualization solution, Calico enables network operators of any size to overcome data center scalability limitations using an open source approach that integrates with cloud orchestration systems to enable secure IP communication between virtual machines, containers or bare metal workloads.

Calico v1.0 gives network operators a better performing, more efficient way to build out data center networks than the standard approach of using overlay networks. On its blog, the Project Calico development team highlights a few recent technical achievements as part of the Calico v1.0 release. The team has produced:

  • A Calico-based OpenStack cluster of 10,000 virtual machines (VMs) running across 500 compute hosts
  • A container deployment of Calico running up to 50,000 containers across 500 hosts with setup rates of over 20 containers-per-second
  • Throughput tests on a 10-Gigabit network for both containers and VMs, showing throughput at near 100% of bare metal speeds, performance unsurpassed by any other virtual networking technologies

Calico v1.0 is available today for the Icehouse, Juno and Kilo releases of OpenStack. Ubuntu 14.04-based installations are supported either via standard packages, Chef recipes, or Juju. Packages are also available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7. Mirantis distributions are supported via a certified Fuel 6.1 module. For more details and documentation, please visit: http://docs.projectcalico.org/en/latest/openstack.html.

"We are hearing increasing frustration from large enterprise cloud users about the fragile and opaque nature of current virtual networking solutions," said Andrew Randall, general manager of Metaswitch's networking business. "With this v1.0 release milestone, they can feel confident in adopting Calico -- which removes the need for constructs like overlays, tunnels, NAT, and on/off-ramps -- knowing that this simpler approach is ready for prime time, backed up by Metaswitch's renowned customer support."

Christopher Liljenstolpe, Calico's lead architect, added, "Calico 1.0 is a release for OpenStack, but the core technology in Project Calico is the same for OpenStack as well as the multiple container models that we're supporting, such as Docker, Kubernetes and others. The stability work delivered for this release will also improve stability for the container ecosystems."

About Metaswitch Networks
Metaswitch is powering the transition of communication networks into a cloud-based, software-centric, all-IP future. As the world's leading network software provider, we design, develop, deliver and support commercial and open source software solutions for network operators. Our high performance software runs on commercial, off-the-shelf hardware, as appliances or in the cloud. We package this software into solutions that are redefining consumer and business communications and enabling the interconnection between diverse network services and technologies. We also apply our software development expertise to removing network virtualization complexities in the data center, with a solution that easily scales and secures workload interconnection in support of mission-critical IT and real-time communication applications. For more information, please visit: http://www.metaswitch.com.