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(TNS) - A lone gunman is in the building, multiple people have been injured and the suspect is armed with semi-automatic handguns and extra ammunition. It’s up to law enforcement and emergency responders to evacuate the injured and subdue the gunman – all at the same time.

That’s the scenario that played out at UC Merced on Saturday morning as multiple Merced County law enforcement and emergency response agencies trained together on protocol and response for violent incidents.

About 50 role-players acted as student witnesses and victims while paramedics and firefighters teamed up with police officers and deputies.



(TNS) - Tropical storm and hurricane season kicks off June 1, so it's not too early to get ready.

That was the message federal, state and local emergency planners delivered last week during Hurricane Preparedness Week.

The message is simple: Be prepared.

This year's season, from June 1 through Nov. 30, could be more active than those the past couple of years, experts say.



Partnership offers immediate ‘lift and shift’ of any Windows-based applications to the cloud for faster customer on-boarding


LONDON, UK – Cloud application virtualization provider, Cloudhouse Technologies and cloud workspace provider, Cloud DC, today announced a partnership to on-board applications to the Cloud DC workspace. Both companies are committed to delivering apps, anytime, anywhere and on any device. By partnering, Cloud DC will use Cloudhouse’s Applications Anywhere solution to deliver business critical applications, regardless of device, operating system, or even where data is stored, on its virtual hosted Workspace platform.


Steve Robinson, CEO at Cloud DC said, “We are focused on empowering companies to take advantage of cloud services delivering the apps users want instead of full desktop deployments. Our customers just want apps made available to their users. However, often the biggest challenge in getting customers to this model is taking legacy or browser based apps to the cloud. With Cloudhouse, we can now get our customers to the cloud with their business critical apps regardless of any dependencies.”


Mat Clothier, Founder and CTO at Cloudhouse said, “Many of the business critical apps in use today have been built on legacy systems and have dependencies on outdated operating systems or browsers. Cloudhouse Applications Anywhere allows Cloud DC to take any classic Windows bespoke, browser based or desktop application to the Cloud DC Workspace platform. Our technology will enable Cloud DC customers to benefit from cloud services faster.”


Closely aligned with Microsoft and Citrix, the partnership will help customers overcome any challenges getting legacy apps to the cloud and enhances the cloud based delivery and management of applications in a way that enables Cloud DC to streamline application management in XenApp servers and/or images. Cloud DC delivers apps to their customers using full Citrix Reference Architecture on AWS, with Azure backup.


Cloud DC now can package apps once and reuse everywhere across a customer’s Workspace deployment, enabling them to take their entire office IT environment anywhere, anytime, and on any device.


About Cloud DC

Cloud DC is a born in the cloud company, with its flagship Cloud DC Workspace platform. Originally based in Australia, Cloud DC has expanded headquarter operations and sales offices to Austin, London and San Diego. The mission of Cloud DC is to be premier global cloud service provider of choice to business, delivering a cloud based Workspace platform through Distribution and Reseller channels.

Learn more at www.clouddcinc.com


About Cloudhouse

Cloudhouse Technologies Limited is reinventing application deployment and management. Our technology transports any classic Windows bespoke, browser based or desktop application to the latest operating platforms and/or the Cloud. It’s a frictionless approach, with no re-coding of existing software. Release your applications and securely and safely deploy. Anywhere. On any device.

Cloudhouse make it happen www.cloudhouse.com.

AppSense Endpoint Security Suite Provides Advanced Applications Control, Windows 10 Restrictions and Builds a Security Posture with Analysis of User Activity


READINGAppSense, the leading provider of User Environment Management solutions for the secure endpoint, today announced at the annual Citrix Synergy Conference its Endpoint Security Suite with enhanced features for the prevention of Ransomware and Malware attacks. The solution combines new AppSense Application Manager application and privilege control with AppSense Insight for analysis of user activity and security privilege. AppSense Insight additionally provides deep inspection of user experience, virtual desktop performance and security risks at the endpoint.


The Endpoint Security Suite gives enterprises more security and management control over applications running in the Windows 10 operating system. With AppSense Application Manager, IT can now allow the Windows 10 start menu and select Windows 10 system components to run, but can control and block unapproved Universal and Win32 applications. Application Manager can also govern access to the Windows Store and can block the Win 10 Edge browser to restrict the use of unapproved applications and uncontrolled browser activity.


“Windows 10 migration, the growing threat landscape and the Ransomware plague are prompting enterprise IT to take a closer look at endpoint security. The AppSense Endpoint Security Suite combines technologies that intelligently create and enforce policies to mitigate attacks,” said Jon Rolls, Vice President, Product Management, AppSense.


Enterprises are also in great need of more data on user endpoint experience in order to develop the most effective application and privilege control policies. The advanced AppSense Insight solution enables discovery of user activity and behavior using a lightweight agent that requires no reboots or drivers, and can be deployed and removed with zero user disruption. Data is collected in a self-contained virtual appliance that scales to support data gathering from up to 15,000 endpoints, and requires very little ongoing maintenance. With this detail, IT can adjust security policies and gain greater control while being able to drive automated exceptions for a positive effect on user experience.


Additional features in the new Endpoint Security Suite include:

  • Custom Rules provide the most flexible targeting on the market, using any combination of run-time desktop environment parameters such as OS version, group membership, device network address range, device type, time of day or even file content.
  • Dashboard Home Page provides easy access to key metrics pulled from the Insight database.
  • Applications Blocked Report lists applications blocked by Application Manager policies, with extensive trending, filtering and sorting.
  • Application Privilege Usage and Local Administrator Reports pinpoint where excessive security privileges are potentially being used, how often and by whom.
  • Trend Graphs can now plot changes in a metric over time (day, month, etc).
  • Most Recent Data compares results such as the most recent logon time against long-term averages, minimums and maximums.

The AppSense Endpoint Security Suite is available now. It will be showcased in Las Vegas, May 24-26, during Citrix Synergy 2016 at Booth 515G and LANDESK Interchange 16 at Booth 6. For more information or to request a demo, please visit http://www.appsense.com

About AppSense

AppSense is the leading provider of User Environment Management solutions for the secure endpoint. The technology allows IT to secure and simplify workspace control at scale across physical, virtual and cloud-delivered desktops. AppSense solutions have been deployed by 3,600 enterprises worldwide to nine million endpoints. AppSense is now a part of the LANDESK family with offices around the world. For more information, please visit www.appsense.com.

Copyright © 2016, AppSense. All rights reserved.

Halocore Helps SAP Users Ensure Data Security and Prevention of Data Loss

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – SECUDE, an innovative data security provider specializing in security for SAP software, announced today the availability of the latest version of its flagship data-centric security solution, Halocore. The upgraded version includes additional features that enhance the effectiveness of the solution's core functionality. Halocore prevents sensitive data loss and adds protection against the theft of intellectual property when data is extracted from SAP environments.

"SAP provides strict security measures for data within its boundaries. Data is regularly moved outside those secure borders for reporting, analytics, and collaboration, leaving sensitive business-critical data unprotected and susceptible to theft or loss," said Michael Kummer, President Americas at SECUDE. "Companies are increasingly becoming aware of the risk of data loss, yet have no idea what information is leaving their systems. SAP users can take advantage of Halocore's ability to track, monitor, and analyze all data that moves outside the secure boundaries of SAP to discover possible threats and extend the existing roles and authorizations configured in SAP to classify and protect data, closing the gap that exists between enterprise and SAP security."

Latest Halocore features include:

1. KPro: Halocore now has the ability to protect KPro content that is stored in the SAP system database
2. BO/BI and BEx: With Halocore sensitive data exports from BO/BI and BEx can now be classified and protected
3. Logging attributes: In addition to logging SAP data exports, Halocore's log attributes are now able to indicate and record a user's decision and the system's response on a downloaded file.

Halocore directly integrates with SAP applications allowing full contextual awareness about user details, the data itself, and the surrounding technical environment. By installing Halocore, organizations can leverage their existing investments in classification, blocking, or protecting by making it an instant process that extends their security infrastructure into sensitive SAP data.

For additional details and request a product demo, please visit the website.

About SECUDE - www.secude.com

SECUDE is an innovative global provider of IT data protection solutions for SAP customers. The company was founded in 1996 as a partnership between SAP AG and Europe's largest application-oriented research organization, Fraunhofer institute in Germany. SECUDE helps customers protect sensitive data from loss or theft and to meet legal and industry requirements and guidelines. Since 2011, SECUDE has been part of the SAP® PartnerEdge™ Value Added Reseller program and an SAP distribution partner in Germany and Switzerland. SECUDE's solutions enable enterprises that run on SAP to identify sensitive data exports from SAP applications with intelligent classification and secure information with strong encryption and fine-grained permission policies, allowing it to be safely accessed, stored, and shared inside the enterprise and across cloud and mobile platforms. Today, SECUDE is trusted by a large number of Fortune 500 companies, including many DAX companies. With offices in Europe, North America and Asia, SECUDE embraces global IT security.

Long Island's Most Secure, Fully-Redundant Data Center Enhances Connectivity to Carrier Hotels, Cloud Providers, Global Internet Exchanges and Managed Infrastructure

NEW YORK, NY – Webair, a leader in fully managed Cloud, Colocation and Managed solutions, today announces that it has completed the build of its new Meet-Me Room (MMR) and corresponding network fabric platform in its NY1 data center. The MMR enables Webair to enhance its direct, secure and fast connectivity to premier carrier hotels, leading cloud providers, and global Internet exchanges, in addition to an expansive suite of fully managed infrastructure solutions deployed on-premises. Another driving force for the build-out was the unprecedented growth of premier carriers building into the facility. 

Webair's advanced interconnection fabric enables NY1 customers to directly connect their hosted infrastructure to leading public clouds, global Internet exchanges and interconnection fabrics such as Console and Megaport, providing them with endless connectivity options. NY1's MMR and network fabric also extends into the New York metro area's largest Points of Presence (PoPs), including 60 Hudson Street, 325 Hudson Street, 111 8th Ave., and 32 Avenue of the Americas, allowing customers to directly connect to any third-party network at those locations.

The launch of Webair's new MMR and corresponding network fabric platform stems from the Company's beliefs that the future of its customers' businesses is reliant on fast, secure, automated and low-latency connectivity to their partners and customers. Through these physical and virtual cross-connects available in Webair's NY1, customers can also access an expansive suite of fully managed infrastructure solutions that are installed and managed on-site, and can be leveraged at a moment's notice. These include enterprise Public and Private Clouds, Storage-as-a-Service (SaaS), Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS), Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS), Managed Firewalls, Load Balancing-as-a-Service, and Enhanced IP Transit with built-in DDoS monitoring and mitigation. By providing these managed services within NY1's "four walls," customers can choose to outsource or virtualize at their own pace, leverage the solutions for scaling capabilities, and utilize services cohesively with their existing infrastructure via direct, secure and low latency connectivity to their internal on-premise networks -- allowing them to future-proof their businesses.

NY1 is the first and only U.S. data center East of Manhattan to meet the stringent requirements of OPEN-IX® OIX-2 certification, and is the only OIX-certified U.S. data center in the region offering access to transatlantic cable and Manhattan Bypass fiber via direct and redundant connectivity to 1025Connect, located within several miles of NY1. A Tier III-rated data center, NY1 also holds SAS SSAE 16 and HIPAA certifications, each critical for healthcare and financial services organizations to achieve strenuous compliance requirements. Furthermore, Webair offers no monthly charge for cross-connects. 

"In a global digital economy, connectivity is the core of any business, large or small," states Sagi Brody, Chief Technology Officer of Webair. "NY1's next-generation physical Meet-Me Room and network fabric are purpose-built to evolve with the ever-changing market; today, that means having the ability to fully adopt automated SDN capabilities. This empowers our customers with the flexibility to efficiently move data over paths that make the most sense for their businesses, regardless if it is a physical cross-connect at a popular PoP, a virtual cross-connect over an interconnection fabric, or direct MPLS tie-in back to their on-premises network."

"Unlike other colocation facilities looking to offer managed services to remain competitive, Webair has been in the managed services business for over 15 years -- it's in our DNA. Our NY1 customers can seamlessly access fully managed services such as SAN and NAS storage and DRaaS via direct physical and low-latency cross-connects. Customers can rest assured that if and when they need access to those platforms, they're readily available and delivered quickly within the same physical facility," Brody adds.

To learn more about Webair and its NY1 facility, visit www.webair.com/ny1/.

About Webair 
Founded in 1996 and headquartered in New York, Webair is an innovative, agile and unique Managed Hosting company focused on providing the right solutions to customer needs as quickly and efficiently as possible. It does this by fully owning and controlling the entire technology stack -- from the physical data center to the end-user application. Webair's technology solutions portfolio encompasses Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Storage, Bare Metal Servers, Colocation, CDN, Security and Disaster Recovery. Combining industry-leading innovation, expert support and high-touch customer service, Webair serves as a true technology partner to enterprises and SMBs, healthcare organizations, IT firms, eCommerce companies and VoIP providers. Webair also operates an international network of data centers located in New York, Los Angeles, Montréal and Amsterdam.

Follow Webair on Twitter: @WebairInc, Facebook: facebook.com/WebairHosting and LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/webair.

iTERA Availability 6.2 Makes High Availability/Disaster Recovery Easier and More Efficient Than Ever, Delivers Support for IBM i 7.3 OS

IRVINE, Calif. – Vision Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of high availability, disaster recovery, and migration software and services, announced today the release of iTERA Availability 6.2, a high availability and disaster recovery solution for the IBM i operating system. Designed for small-to-medium-sized businesses, this update delivers new features including the ability to export statistics to third-party monitoring consoles, added replication and audit efficiency, and easier license management.

"iTERA Availability protects our customers' businesses from potentially catastrophic downtime and data loss," said Alan Arnold, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Vision Solutions. "We continue to evolve iTERA, delivering even more value to its enthusiastic and loyal users."

New features in iTERA Availability 6.2 include:

  • Easier management
    • Exportable replication statistics for use in third-party monitoring consoles
    • Customizable role swap process
    • Easier license refresh
    • Reduced administration requirements and strengthened role swap confidence through enhanced repair of journaling and database relationship conditions identified by audits
  • Increased efficiency
    • Increased audit efficiency and reduced audit time by intelligent handling of unchanged objects
    • Increased replication efficiency and reduced synchronization time through intelligent IFS synchronization restart capability
    • Support for IBM i 7.3

"I found iTERA Availability 6.2 to be an absolute breeze to adopt," said Laura Calley, Managed Services Power Systems engineer at Sirius Computer Solutions, one of the largest IT solutions integrators in the U.S. "iTERA is a product I trust for my client's HA/DR because it does what it's supposed to do. The new features make managing the solution even easier, and we look forward to exporting replication statistics for analysis and building automation.

To learn more about iTERA Availability 6.2 or to request a product demo, visit http://www.visionsolutions.com/itera.

About Vision Solutions (www.visionsolutions.com/)
Vision Solutions is the premier provider of software solutions designed to protect data and minimize downtime in the modern data center. Vision is the only company to deliver near-zero downtime migrations, high availability, disaster recovery and data sharing -- across multiple operating systems, on any storage platform and in any physical, virtual or cloud-based environment. Vision Solutions has been serving enterprises and managed service providers for over 25 years through its portfolio of Double-Take®, MIMIX® and iTERA® brands.

NEW YORK, NY – Lotame, the universal cross-device data management platform, today announced the launch of Lotame Syndicate, a private data marketplace where publishers, marketers, and agencies can buy, sell, and share audience data in a seamless, secure, and fully-transparent manner. Lotame Syndicate enables marketers to find consumers they care about by not only facilitating the exchange of data, but also showcasing publishers and inventory sources with the highest audience overlap and reach.

Lotame Syndicate provides a safe and secure peer-to-peer environment for data owners and buyers to directly discover and size target audiences, free from the inefficient and costly process typically associated with third-party data providers and aggregators. Syndicate provides a forum for buyers and media sellers to discover and commercialize opportunity, boosting the potential for monetization and partnerships.

Lotame Syndicate powers the seamless and direct buying and selling of data between publishers and marketers and that exchange of data occurs at scale within Lotame's DMP as well as across our partner DSPs.

"Lotame Syndicate transcends other data marketplaces because it's not just a marketplace, but rather a mechanism to easily find and characterize audiences, and to move data between two or more parties. The applications extend far beyond those typically associated with today's data exchanges," said Andy Monfried, Lotame's Founder & CEO. "We are seeing buyers negotiate more favorable CPMs and gain exclusive access to datasets from major 3rd-party data aggregators, publishers symbiotically sharing data to keep competitors at bay and increase audience reach, brands boost performance on publisher-direct media buys by exposing known brand engagers and customers, and the list goes on and on."

Dozens of buyers and sellers are actively participating in Lotame Syndicate today. As publishers, brands, and agencies continue to join in the second-party data evolution and as alternative use cases and new data strategies are introduced and adopted, both sides of the market will find opportunities to capitalize from Lotame Syndicate.

To learn more about Lotame Syndicate, visit http://www.lotame.com

About Lotame
Lotame is the universal cross-device data management platform that is humanizing the consumer decision journey by empowering enterprises to deliver more relevant content, products and services. Through the Lotame platform, brands, agencies, and publishers can learn more about their most valuable audiences, find prospects that look and act exactly like them, and then execute on targeted ad campaigns and content strategies. Lotame unifies and enriches the world's data to provide clients with a more meaningful relationship with their customers, increasing commerce and brand loyalty. The company is based in New York City with offices in Maryland, San Francisco, London, Singapore and Sydney, Australia.


Latest Firmware Release Enables Customers to Use Complete Opengear Product Line in Their PCI DSS 3.2 Compliant Networks

SANDY, Utah – Opengear (www.opengear.com), a leading provider of critical infrastructure management solutions through advanced console servers, remote management, monitoring, and cellular out-of-band products, today announced a new firmware release, version 3.16.4, with new features specifically designed to assist Opengear's customers in achieving compliance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) 3.2. With this release, customers can now make use of any Opengear product in their PCI DSS 3.2 compliant networks.

PCI DSS exists to regulate and enhance cardholder data security practices globally. The standard applies to every entity involved in payment card processing -- including merchants, processors, acquirers, issuers, and service providers. For any business involved with handling payments information, the ability to demonstrate proper card data security to regulators and customers is both an obligation enforceable by fines and a critical component to maintaining customer trust and reputation.

Opengear is the first in the industry to achieve this security standard, and, with the release of new PCI DSS 3.2-focused features, demonstrates its ongoing commitment to providing highly secure out-of-band management solutions for businesses. Specific requirements mandated by PCI DSS 3.2 include building and maintaining secure networks and systems (utilizing firewalls and password best practices), protecting stored cardholder data and encrypting data transmissions, maintaining a vulnerability management program to protect systems from viruses and malware, implementing strong card-data access control measures, regularly monitoring and testing network security and processes, maintaining an information security policy, and keeping all personnel training updated. For a more detailed review download the Opengear PCI Best Practices Whitepaper which provides a series of recommendations designed to assist Opengear customers achieve the enhanced security needed for PCI DSS compliance.

Adhering to PCI DSS 3.2 requires that payment applications allow for the use of two-factor authentication technologies for secure remote access originating from outside the customer environment. Already featured in previous firmware versions, Opengear's latest firmware continues to support two-factor authentication of out-of-band management remote access via RADIUS as well as support for the newer, PCI-approved, versions of TLS.

With the new firmware release, Opengear has implemented security features designed to assist any business using Opengear hardware in achieving PCI DSS 3.2 compliance. Doing so empowers Opengear customers to significantly reduce the risk of regulatory and reputational trouble and to have the peace of mind that comes with operating in a highly secure environment.

"DotSec reviewed Opengear's latest firmware release (version 4.5.6), and is of the professional opinion that Opengear's firmware provides extensive security features that include strong encryption algorithms and cipher suites, two-factor authentication, secure VPN functionality, and the support for secure remote logging," said Tim Redhead, Director, DotSec, a Qualified Security Assessor for the Payments Card Industry. "These features make the Opengear products an excellent choice for organizations seeking to use secure network devices within their PCI DSS 3.2-compliant payments environment."

About Opengear

Founded in 2004, Opengear delivers next generation intelligent solutions for managing critical IT and communications infrastructure. Opengear's solutions, featuring embedded Smart OOB™ technology, equip our customers' networks with intelligent automation and bulletproof resilience, enabling them to optimize technical operations and secure business continuity. The company is headquartered in New Jersey, with a manufacturing facility in Utah, R&D operations in Australia and sales offices in Europe, Asia and the USA. For more information, please visit www.opengear.com.

Arizona Tile Doubles Capacity With the Same Footprint and Cost of an Upgrade

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – When Arizona Tile wanted to build a highly redundant storage/hypervisor/Citrix colocation environment, it chose Atlantis HyperScale to help bring it all together. Atlantis HyperScale integrates servers, storage and virtualization into a single all-flash appliance that delivers significantly greater storage performance at 50-90 percent lower cost.

Arizona Tile is a premier stone and tile retailer and distributor with locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. Chris Murray, Arizona Tile director of information technology, keeps employees up and running with 80 virtual servers, 25 physical severs, SANs and switches, and 24TBs of data stretched across two datacenters. The datacenters support more than 400 Citrix users and a wide variety of workloads, including SQL, Microsoft Exchange, file servers and a host of third-party applications.

The latest addition to the company's infrastructure would be a major upgrade to the company's tax software, which would also require a significant upgrade to Arizona Tile's ERP application. At the same time, Arizona Tile was planning to move its main datacenter to a colocation site.

"To support this transition, we were going to have to spend more money to set up more storage in an already crowded datacenter environment," Murray said. "In addition, more money would be needed for expensive software licensing fees, connectivity devices and more compute power to support additional VDI users and to virtualize SQL databases, file servers and email functions."

Murray decided instead to implement an Atlantis HyperScale as the company moved to a new colocation datacenter.

"For the same cost of adding disks to the legacy environment, we doubled capacity with two new 12TB hyperconverged appliances to migrate our existing applications," he said. "We were able to fit the two appliances in four units within the existing rack, greatly reducing our footprint at the colocation site, saving money and increasing our compute power to run all our primary workloads."

After migrating their entire datacenter, Arizona Tile repurposed its older equipment for development testing and disaster recovery.

"Atlantis HyperScale helped Arizona Tile achieve its goals of building an infrastructure that supported their growth," said Bob Davis, Atlantis Computing chief marketing officer. "We are proud to offer technology that makes it easy for companies like Arizona Tile to simplify the delivery of servers, storage, networking and virtualization in a single appliance at less cost and with greater performance."

About Atlantis
Atlantis, winner of the Best of VMworld and Best of Citrix Synergy awards, offers the industry's most flexible and powerful Software-Defined Storage (SDS) platform. Atlantis delivers the performance of an all-flash array at half the cost of traditional storage. Atlantis HyperScale leverages the Atlantis patented SDS platform to deliver all-flash hyper-converged appliances that are 50 to 90 per cent lower cost than traditional storage or other hyper-converged appliances. To date, Atlantis has deployed over 120 petabytes of storage for more than 800 customers and 1 million virtual workspaces and includes the largest virtualization deployments in the world. Atlantis is privately held and funded by Adams Street Partners, Cisco Systems, El Dorado Ventures and Parch Ventures, with headquarters in Mountain View, California and offices in Europe.

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