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.


Spring World 2016

Conference & Exhibit

Attend The #1 BC/DR Event!

Fall Journal

Volume 28, Issue 4

Full Contents Now Available!

Jon Seals

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.

eBook Showcases How Companies Enable Next-Gen Collaboration Capabilities


WAYNE, Pa. – Elemica, the leading Supply Chain Operating Network provider for the process industries, discusses "The Power of the Network" in their newly published flipbook. Supply Chain Networks are growing significantly as businesses realize substantial benefits through their collective participation, enabling companies to more efficiently and effectively conduct business with each other. A network thrives when key pieces of commerce come together, in a particular place, so that the strengthened interactions across companies deliver prosperity and economic growth for all participants. The new flipbook titled, "The Power of the Network," is available for download from Elemica's website and provides more details.

"Supply chain operating networks offer a level of sophistication missing in EDI and B2B hubs," said Arun Samuga, VP of Research & Development at Elemica. "As business networks grow, just like with social networks, the value to participants explodes. The more opportunities a company has to conduct commerce with others -- whether it is searching for new suppliers or prospective customers or trying to find a new carrier to ship a load -- the greater the return."

The "Power of the Network" flipbook discusses in depth the following:

  • How interoperability across different networks enables communication and collaboration.
  • Why a federation of networks, leveraging each network's respective breadth, depth, number and quality of trading partners, will deliver end-to-end visibility in one place.
  • What proactive management of exceptions and processes will mean during times of supply disruption or spikes in demand.

"Like a LinkedIn or Facebook, a supply chain operating network enables easy discovery and connectivity through to new trading partners," added Arun Samuga. "If you need a new supplier, for example, you can search the network by equipment type, geographic reach, certifications, or even question other participants on the network for recommendations."

To download the flipbook and related webinar, visit: http://resources.elemica.com.

About Elemica

Elemica is the leading Supply Chain Operating Network for the process industries. Elemica transforms supply chains by replacing manual and complex approaches with efficient and reliable ones. Launched in 2000, customers like BASF, BP, Continental, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, LANXESS, Michelin, Shell, Solvay, Sumitomo Chemical, Wacker and more process nearly $400B in commerce value annually on the network. Elemica drives bottom line results by promoting reduced cost of operations, faster process execution, automation of key business processes, removal of transactional barriers, and seamless information flow between trading partners. For more information, visit www.elemica.com.

ZoneAlarm Is Pleased to Announce the Release of Its 2016 Product Line, and Introduce ZoneAlarm Extreme Security's New and Exclusive 100% Virus-Free Guarantee*


SAN CARLOS, Calif. – Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), the largest pure-play security vendor globally, today announced the release of its ZoneAlarm 2016 product line. The line includes Extreme Security 2016, ZoneAlarm's flagship consumer product, now with Android protection and an exclusive 100% virus-free guarantee. The line also includes PRO Firewall 2016 and PRO Antivirus + Firewall 2016. All 2016 products are fully compatible with Windows 10.

"ZoneAlarm Extreme Security's perfect AV-Test score for protection proves that we block 100% of zero-day malware attacks, including web and email threats in real-world testing, and detect 100% of widespread and prevalent malware," said Nicolas Lev, global head of ZoneAlarm, Check Point's consumer business. "That's why we are offering a 100% virus-free guarantee to all customers buying ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2016. With this guarantee, we are strengthening our commitment to 100% protection of our customers, both on their PCs and their Android devices."

ZoneAlarm Extreme Security is the only full security suite that offers this level of guarantee, along with advanced real-time antivirus protection, Threat Emulation for zero-day attack protection, 2-way firewall, parental controls, Find My Laptop, PC tune-up, anti-keylogger, privacy protection for Android, and more.

* Terms and conditions apply. The guarantee is limited to a full product refund. 

About ZoneAlarm
ZoneAlarm® (www.zonealarm.com) is the consumer product line of Check Point Software Technologies, Inc. With more than 90 million downloads, ZoneAlarm protects PCs from viruses, spyware, hackers and identity theft. The award-winning Internet security product line is installed in consumer and small business PCs and mobile phones worldwide, protecting them from cyber threats. Check Point Software Technologies, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com) is the largest pure-play security vendor globally, provides industry-leading solutions, and protects customers from cyber-attacks with an unmatched catch rate of malware and other types of attacks. Check Point offers a complete security architecture defending enterprises' networks to mobile devices, in addition to the most comprehensive and intuitive security management. Check Point protects over 100,000 organizations of all sizes. At Check Point, we secure the future.

Leading IT Security Publication Finds Palerra's LORIC Solution 'A Strong Security Management Tool' That Brings Comprehensive Security Measures to Cloud Applications and Infrastructure


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Palerra, the cloud security automation company, today announced SC Magazine praised Palerra's LORIC™ platform in a recent product review. It monitors enterprise cloud applications and infrastructure including Amazon AWS, Salesforce, Microsoft® Office 365™, Google Apps and ServiceNow, and promotes the security of these services through a single pane of glass.

In the Emerging Products Group Review, Palerra stood out for its ability to provide a "360 degree closed loop system" that automates the cloud security lifecycle, from threat detection to incident response. Such an approach is necessary in light of the exponential increase in cloud adoption as well as the rapid increase in the velocity of attacks. Palerra provides a first line of defense for IT teams enabling them to focus on more strategic tasks and improve operational efficiency.

Conducted and written by SC Labs Director Dr. Peter Stephenson, the review calls LORIC, "A strong security management tool based on a solid premise of visibility into cloud applications, threat detection for cloud applications and compliance in the cloud." It enables enterprises to fulfill their obligations in the shared responsibility model for security. Palerra has a long list of high profile enterprise customers from a variety of verticals and was recently named a CRN Emerging Vendor, one of CRN's "Ten Coolest Startups for 2015," an AlwaysOn Global 250 company and a Gartner 2015 Cool Vendor.

"To be recognized by such a long-standing, top-tier IT security publication is an extreme honor for Palerra, and validates our place at the top of the cloud security market," said Ganesh Kirti, CTO of Palerra. "We architected LORIC as a cloud-based security service that does not require any hardware or software, simplifying deployment. Its unobtrusive design ensures that the native user experience of the cloud service is preserved."

To read the full SC Magazine review, please visit: http://www.scmagazine.com/palerra-loric/review/4417/

To learn more about LORIC:

About Palerra
Palerra enables organizations to protect business-critical cloud infrastructure and data with LORIC™, the cloud security automation platform. It is the only solution to combine visibility, threat detection, compliance management, and automated incident response for cloud services into a single platform. LORIC is delivered as a service and can be deployed in minutes. Palerra is a privately held company funded by Norwest Venture Partners, Wing Venture Capital and August Capital and is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information, visit www.palerra.com.

New Array Cuts Average Cost/GB by 50 Percent, Supports 3D TLC Drives and Native Array-Based Replication, Introduces Perpetual Array™ Customer Success Program


NEWTON, Mass. – Kaminario today unveiled its K2 v5.5 all-flash primary storage array. In an industry-first move, K2 drops the average cost/GB usable to less than $1/GB and introduces deployment of 3D TLC drives, building on the company's earlier K2 and offering an even more cost-effective and scalable all-flash array to enterprises. Kaminario's new system also includes native array-based replication and the company's Perpetual Array™ program, enabling customers to seamlessly phase in new hardware and phase out old to deliver on the evolving needs of enterprise storage.

"Flash is being adopted rapidly in the data center, and enterprises need all-flash systems that will keep costs down and simplify day-to-day operations, as well as deliver flash performance," said Tim Stammers, senior analyst at 451 Research. "Kaminario's new option for 3D TLC flash, native array-based replication and its promised average price of less than $1/GB usable creates an advanced, scalable storage system at a very competitive price."

Fully Scalable All-Flash Storage For Under $1/GB Usable
The new K2 offers an average price of under $1/GB usable, slicing cost/GB in half from v5 introduced in May 2014. In addition, Kaminario customers will continue to be guaranteed effective capacity; if a customer is unable to store the capacity that is guaranteed, they will receive additional hardware at no expense to expand their system and fulfill that guarantee. K2 keeps pricing simple and transparent, allowing customers to now reap even more benefits from K2 at costs 40-60 percent lower than the competition.

"At BlackLine, we require a storage solution that will continue to enhance data performance while delivering strong TCO and ROI benefits for our business," said Alain Avakian, CTO of BlackLine, a leading provider of finance controls and automation software. "The K2's newly-reduced price point of sub-$1/GB usable will allow us to accelerate the implementation of a true all-flash data center. Not only will we continue to benefit from the simplicity, scalability and performance of Kaminario's unique architecture, but we will also reduce the data center footprint required for storage as we scale."

New 3D TLC SSDs Cut Cooling Costs, Reduce Footprints & Boost Innovation
The first vendor to offer 3D MLC NAND, Kaminario now offers high-capacity and data center-ready 3D TLC SSDs with the new K2, allowing enterprises to double effective capacity to more than 360TB per K-block and scale one K2 array to multiple petabytes in a single rack unit while providing consistent performance. Customers can expect higher data endurance and increased scalability, and therefore the ability to move all active data to all-flash arrays. And because K2 is optimized for writing to SSDs and includes advanced inline data reduction, it ensures 3D TLC technology is risk-free in delivering true enterprise flash endurance and functionality. Kaminario will also continue to provide its Flash Endurance Booster, a seven-year warranty on all drives.

Native Replication: Grow As You Go & Maintain Focus on Core Business
The new K2 features native array-based asynchronous replication, based on K2's native and mature snapshot capabilities, giving users instant benefits at both primary and disaster recovery (DR) sites. K2's comprehensive DR scheme includes application-aware support, VMware Site Recovery Manager integration, a sub-minute recovery point objective (RPO) and sub-second recovery time objective (RTO). K2's integrated, simple-to-manage and cost-efficient replication comes at no extra charge, allowing customers to replicate data anywhere in the world across different K2 configurations, as well as benefit from easy DR testing and lossless failback without any impact on performance. With all-inclusive native replication at no extra cost and a new disruptive price, Kaminario is the first vendor to enable customers to implement all-flash data centers at both production and DR sites.

The Perpetual Array™: Eliminate Forklift Upgrades & Take Control of Your Storage Future
The days of forklift storage upgrades and painful, expensive data migrations with the addition of a new platform are numbered. Kaminario's Perpetual Array™ program allows users to take control of their storage future by offering support for any and all hardware added. Named to reflect the always-on nature of Kaminario's arrays, this program allows customers to mix and match different generations of technologies within the same K2 system. The Perpetual Array™ enables hardware expansion without downtime or forklift upgrades and allows customers to decommission hardware when the time is right. It also allows customers to start small and scale to petabytes of capacity while meeting tailored enterprise performance needs, all done under a single array. The program enables organizations to upgrade to newer generations of hardware while preserving and eventually retiring the old investment.

"Our strategic partnership with Kaminario allows us to deliver an incredibly cost-efficient and innovative all-flash storage solution to our enterprise customers, one that scales to fit their evolving business needs," said Tony Meisner, vice president of sales of Avisolve, a leading technology reseller. "The addition to our portfolio of the new K2, with its sub-$1/GB price point and native asynchronous replication, enables our customers to deploy a cost-efficient and flexible data storage solution. With Kaminario, complex and protected replication is possible with a few easy clicks, allowing organizations to focus on scaling their businesses easily and without high costs on production and DR sites."

"In developing our transformative v5.5 all-flash array, we listened to our customers and kept a close eye on the market trends driving the evolution of the modern data center now and will through the next decade," said Dani Golan, CEO of Kaminario. "The result is our best K2 yet; a truly dynamic and scalable storage system that allows any business to quickly, and extremely cost efficiently, expand its data center. Our new K2 makes all-flash storage lower cost than hybrid arrays."

K2 v5.5 will be generally available in Q3 2015. All new K2 features will also be made available for existing customers via a non-disruptive upgrade. For more information on K2, please visit www.kaminario.com.

About Kaminario
Kaminario is the leading provider of enterprise-class all-flash storage, delivering unparalleled cost efficiency, with an average price of sub-$1/GB usable and the industry's only guaranteed effective capacity. Built from the ground up to take advantage of the most modern flash SSD capabilities, Kaminario K2 is the only product to feature a true scale-out and scale-up architecture that allows organizations to grow capacity and performance based on their needs. Kaminario was recently named a Visionary in Gartner's 2015 Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays and ranked in the top three across the board in Gartner's 2015 Critical Capabilities for Solid-State Arrays report. The company is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in Yoqneam, Israel, Silicon Valley and New York City, and backed by Sequoia, Pitango, Globespan, Tenaya, Silicon Valley Bank and others. For more information, visit www.kaminario.com.

Stay connected with Kaminario:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kaminarioflash
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/kaminario
Blog: http://kaminario.com/blog/

Tintri Also Introduces VMstack Converged Infrastructure Along With Qualified Partners to Offer Best-of-Breed Compute and Network With Tintri VM-Aware Storage


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Tintri Inc., a leading producer of VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualization and cloud environments, today announced the release of the Tintri VMstore™ T5000 All-Flash series. The VMstore T5000 joins the award winning T800 Hybrid-Flash series to create a portfolio of VM-aware storage platforms that offer enterprises and service providers their choice of storage, hypervisor and packaging to best meet their needs. Powered by the same Tintri OS and real time VM-level analytics, the new products will enable customers to easily optimize virtualized workloads across the T5000 and T800 systems.

Today's announcement also includes additional new products:

  • Tintri OS 4.0 provides a single OS for both the T5000 and T800 platforms.
  • Tintri Global Center (TGC) 2.1 manages and provides actionable real time VM-level analytics for more than 100,000 virtual machines. TGC 2.1 extends ease of management and analytics capabilities to mixed Tintri VMstore All-Flash and Hybrid-Flash environments by identifying "flash-hungry" VMs and enables administrators to move the workloads to a Tintri All-Flash system. It is capable of not only dynamically assigning service group policies for data protection and quality of service but also seamlessly transferring and retaining the same service group settings when a VM is moved to another VMstore.
  • Tintri VMstack™ Converged Infrastructure is the industry's first VM-aware converged solution providing customers the choice of Hybrid-Flash or All-Flash storage, multiple hypervisors, compute and network. Select Tintri partners including 5S, Groupware, nfrastructure, P1 Technologies, RediCloud -- a division of Axispoint, and Virtual Armor will offer pre-qualified, integrated solutions designed for specific use cases such as VDI, high performance enterprise applications and private cloud.

The Tintri VMstore T5000 All-Flash series includes two models -- the VMstore T5060 and T5080 can store up to 5,000 VMs in a 2U form factor and up to 100,000 virtual machines, 1.4PB of data and 4 million IOPS in a single rack. The series is designed for very large database farms, analytics workloads and large persistent virtual desktops, which demand predictable, high throughput and sub-millisecond latency across their entire multi-terabyte capacity. 

The existing T800 Hybrid-Flash series will continue to support enterprises seeking the optimum balance of all flash performance and value with the same VM-aware capabilities as the T5000. With 99 percent of storage IO from flash, the T800 series is the ideal platform for most server virtualization, VDI, private cloud and test and development use cases. 

The T5000 and T800 are the only solutions in the industry to provide real time, VM-level analytics. Customers can identify and act on changes in VM performance and capacity use across their entire infrastructure and across multiple hypervisors, including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, OpenStack or Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. 

"We have consistently heard from business leaders that the performance of their virtualized applications is paramount to the success of their organizations," said Ken Klein, CEO and Chairman at Tintri. "Many storage vendors respond by focusing on speeds and feeds and who has more or less flash. They're selling expensive Band-Aids. Tintri focuses on the root cause with storage specifically built for virtualized enterprises. With today's announcement, we bring VM-awareness to all-flash, and offer a common platform with hybrid-flash on which customers can analyze and optimize workloads."

"The Tintri VMstore T5000 All-Flash series completes our VM-aware storage line-up. We now have Tintri's hybrid-flash platforms running our virtual desktops and server VMs, and a shiny, new T5080 all-flash platform to handle a consolidation of our most demanding database VMs," said Jeff Wilhelm, CTO of Envision Technology Advisors. "Our failover testing (physically yanking a controller) was a zero-downtime event even under IO load. The T5080 provides sub-millisecond latency for the most demanding applications even at very high capacity utilization. The SyncVM features are useful and matured and the hardware was (as always) top notch. Plus we enjoy all of the benefits of VM-aware storage, including multi-hypervisor support, guaranteed QoS and real-time analytics."

The Tintri VMstack Converged Infrastructure is the industry's first VM-aware stack, offering customers the choice of storage platform, hypervisor, compute and network infrastructure Tintri VMstack Partners will offer a variety of pre-qualified integrated solutions for specific use cases including

  • Tintri VMstack for Server Virtualization: optimized for server virtualization based on VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or other Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization sized for typical virtualized server applications.
  • Tintri VMstack for VDI: optimized for VDI, based on VMware Horizon with View or Citrix XenDesktop running on supported hypervisor platforms, sized for various user counts and concurrent desktop use.
  • Tintri VMstack for Private Cloud: optimized for private clouds based on VMware vRealize Suite, or OpenStack and sized for large numbers of dynamic workloads with a high rate of change.

Customers who purchase VMstack solutions from Tintri partners that include Cisco hardware will enjoy the added benefit of global Level 1 (24x7) support from Cisco. 

"We're excited to be a VMstack Converged Infrastructure Partner," said Aaron Cardenas, CEO from P1 Technologies. "We built our VMstack solutions with the philosophy that they should be loosely coupled, but tightly knit -- to offer a simpler experience for our customers to set up, monitor, manage performance and by extension, guarantee SLAs. With Tintri as the storage component, customers benefit from VM-level visibility across the infrastructure, so they always have a finger on the pulse of their virtual footprint. Our portfolio of VMstack solutions supports everything from departmental projects to enterprise-wide, large scale deployments."

To learn more about Tintri's vision for the future of the storage industry and about newly announced products and solutions, join Kieran Harty, co-founder and CTO, for a special online keynote presentation on August 20, 2015. Tintri also extends a special invitation to prospects, customers and partners to attend Tintricity, Tintri's annual user conference on August 30, 2015. 

The Tintri VMstore T5000 series is available for ordering worldwide and is expected to ship in September 2015.

Tintri will exhibit the new solutions at VMworld in San Francisco on August 30-September 3, 2015. Visit Tintri at booth 921.

For more information about Tintri's latest products and capabilities, please visit the Tintri website.

Additional Resources

About Tintri
Tintri builds smart storage that sees, learns and adapts, enabling IT organizations to focus on virtualized applications and business services instead of managing storage infrastructure. Tintri VM-aware storage eliminates planning and complex troubleshooting by providing VM-level visibility, control, insight and agility. Tintri powers hundreds of thousands of virtual machines running business critical databases, enterprise apps, desktops and mobile apps, and private cloud deployments. Tintri helps global enterprises such as AMD, F5 Networks, GE, NEC, NTT, MillerCoors and Time Warner maximize their virtualization and cloud investments. For more information, visit www.tintri.com and follow us on Twitter: @Tintri.

Mesosphere Infinity Delivers Enterprise-Ready Open Source Software Stack for Building Backend Digital Services Supported by Mesosphere and Partners Confluent, Elodina, and Typesafe


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Mesosphere, creators of the Datacenter Operating System (DCOS) for managing cloud and datacenter resources at scale, today announced Mesosphere Infinity, the first real-time enterprise-ready open source offering that lets companies capture the enormous new business opportunities created by the rise of ubiquitous data, including fraud and anomaly detection, real-time personalization, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, such as connected consumer devices and supply chain optimization. Learn more at https://mesosphere.com/infinity.

Mesosphere Infinity captures the convergence of three massive business trends -- Internet of Things (IoT), real-time data-driven customer interaction solutions, and real-time business insight platforms. These trends are driving data volumes, velocity and variety at unprecedented and exploding levels that threaten traditional datacenters with a literal data deluge. Getting business value from this new big data opportunity Gartner estimates will be a $263 billion market by 2020.

Developed in collaboration with Cisco, Mesosphere Infinity is a turnkey, full-stack offering optimized for big data and IoT. It is powered by the Mesosphere DCOS, which is built around Apache Mesos, and an integrated, commercially-supported stack of Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, Apache Cassandra and Akka. These leading open source technologies are becoming the new de facto standard among sophisticated distributed developers and data scientists who want to create real-time data pipelines to address fast-emerging new business opportunities in big data and IoT. Mesosphere Infinity simplifies many of the deployment and operational complexities of IoT by packaging all of the key component services into a single interoperable stack that works across clusters of servers in datacenters and clouds.

"Building data pipelines can be extremely complex and time consuming, affordable only for the largest companies with significant technology budgets and deep engineering teams," said Florian Leibert, CEO and co-founder of Mesosphere. "Collaborating closely with our partners like Cisco and Confluent, Mesosphere Infinity makes it possible for companies of all sizes and levels of engineering sophistication to adopt these new technologies. The product removes operational obstacles and makes this combination of technologies accessible to the broad enterprise computing market."

Cisco is a key collaborator with Mesosphere on the development of Infinity and intends to be one of the first distributors to enterprise customers. As part of its development contributions, Cisco has optimized Cisco Intercloud Services for Mesosphere Infinity and already has a number of customers running the stack in production. Intel has validated the stack as being suitable at scale on Intel hardware for the most demanding production deployment requirements.

"Our collaboration with Mesosphere will accelerate developers' ability to create innovative cloud services for the Intercloud, the globally connected network of clouds Cisco is building with our partners, which will offer a new breed of cloud services to help organizations capture the multitude of opportunities created by the Internet of Everything (IoE)," said Ken Owens, chief technology officer for Cisco Intercloud Services.

Mesosphere Infinity is powered by the Mesosphere DCOS, a proven solution for running workloads at massive scale and has the benefits of simple installation and operation, fault tolerance and high availability. With a single command, any enterprise can deploy Mesosphere Infinity to a single cluster -- rather than statically partitioning each framework on standalone clusters. Deploying and managing the world's most powerful services for building back-end data pipelines has become as simple as installing a mobile application on a smartphone.

Top Tech Companies Partner to Bring New Stack to Market
Mesosphere has partnered with the leading vendors of new datacenter frameworks to ensure that Infinity customers have a turnkey DCOS experience. These companies are experts in specific services and have been collaborating with Mesosphere to provide the underlying technology and will be assisting in the ongoing innovation, maintenance and support of these services.

Elodina is a big data as a service company that provides software and services that support the Mesosphere DCOS and Mesos, including scalable software infrastructure that enables real-time stream ingestion and analysis. Elodina is a leading contributor to the Apache Kafka project and ecosystem and a support partner for Mesosphere Infinity. Elodina's platform provides support for a variety of other DCOS-compatible services, including: Apache Cassandra, Apache Storm, Apache Zookeeper and Apache Hadoop.

"Elodina is excited to be a partner in delivering Mesosphere Infinity solutions to customers. Our software, which is compatible with Infinity, will analyze data streams and programmatically react to the results in real-time," said Joe Stein, CEO of Elodina. "Subscribing to Elodina's service enables Infinity customers to optimize their business analytics and obtain the best business outcomes."

Typesafe -- creators of the Typesafe Reactive Platform and the leading contributor to the Scala programming language -- will also provide support to this new stack on DCOS. Spark, Akka and Kafka are all written in Scala.

"Scala was in the right place at the right time to become the language of choice for IoT and Reactive Applications," said Martin Odersky, creator of Scala and co-founder of Typesafe. "We're excited to work with Mesosphere to support Infinity."

Confluent, founded by the creators of Apache Kafka, is partnering with Mesosphere to adapt their Confluent Platform and offer it as a fully integrated component of Mesosphere Infinity. The Confluent Platform includes Kafka but also expands upon that technology to add new stream processing capabilities that will enable analytical operations on real-time data streams.

"We see Mesosphere Infinity as the perfect way to make real-time data processing a turnkey operation for the Internet of Things," said Jay Kreps, CEO and Co-Founder of Confluent, and one of the original creators of Apache Kafka. "Apache Kafka and the Confluent Platform help provide a scalable data backbone for real-time processing which is critical for organizations addressing the scalability challenges of building applications and services for that process real-time data streams. Mesosphere DCOS and Infinity are an excellent way for organizations to jump start their usage of this popular platform."

The Technologies Inside Infinity
Mesosphere Infinity is an industry-first solution that enables enterprises to build and run IoT applications based on open source technology, with support from trusted names behind the open source technologies. Businesses can now use a proven, highly performant, highly available, highly scalable suite of data and analytics services as the foundation of their IoT applications:

  • Apache Mesos: Built into the Mesosphere DCOS, Apache Mesos provides the distributed systems backbone upon which all of these services are deployed.
  • Apache Kafka: A performant publish-subscribe message bus designed for high availability and data durability, with minimal latency. Kafka acts as a central data backbone and enables loose coupling between applications (Akka), data processing (Spark), and data persistence (Cassandra) services.
  • Akka: An event-driven middleware framework, for building high performance and reliable distributed applications in Java and Scala. Akka decouples business logic from low-level mechanisms such as threads, locks and non-blocking IO. Akka provides a set of high-level abstractions (including Actors, Streams and Futures) and simplifies development of IoT and other message-driven applications.
  • Apache Spark: Is a fast and general purpose engine for large-scale data processing in memory. Spark supports streaming analytics, machine learning and graph computation. Spark's in-memory primitives provide performance up to 100 times faster than that of traditional open source big data frameworks.
  • Apache Cassandra: Is a database that provides for high scalability, high availability, and linear scalability making it the ideal platform for mission-critical data. Cassandra support for replicating data across multiple datacenters is best-in-class, and enables low latency geographically distributed applications and peace of mind of knowing that you can survive regional outages.

Collaboration with Intel
As part of a broad partnership, Intel and Mesosphere have been building hardware and software integrations to improve the performance of Apache Mesos, the foundation of Mesosphere's products, on Intel Architectures.

"We see Mesosphere as a key technology partner in the modern datacenter," said Jonathan Donaldson, VP & GM, Software Defined Infrastructure at Intel Corporation. "Intel has deployed the Mesosphere DCOS in our Software Defined Infrastructure lab, and we are collaborating with Mesosphere on advanced scheduling and oversubscription technology. The goal is to bring better utilization and performance to datacenters that utilize Intel and Mesosphere DCOS."

How Enterprises Use Mesosphere Infinity
Mesosphere Infinity supports a broad range of applications, including:

  • IoT Applications: Harness the power of billions of connected devices, sensors and other data sources to create groundbreaking new products, disrupt existing business models, or more efficiently manage your supply chain.
  • Anomaly Detection: Detect in real-time problems such as financial fraud, a structural defect, a medical condition, and other errors.
  • Predictive Analytics: Analyze real-time and historical data to forecast probably in order to better understand customers, products and partners and to identify potential risks and business opportunities.
  • Personalization: Deliver a unique experience in real-time that is relevant and engaging based on a deep understanding of the customer and current context.

By using Mesosphere Infinity, enterprises derive many benefits, including:

  • Open: Based on the best of open source technologies to tackle ubiquitous data
  • Assured: State of the art computer science & enterprise production experience, integrated & supported by leading vendors
  • Instant: Turnkey installation, operation, and elastic scalability
  • Adaptive: Highly modular and flexible design to evolve with you and new frameworks

About Mesosphere
Mesosphere (Twitter: @Mesosphere) is building the datacenter operating system (DCOS) to help enterprises unlock the next generation of scale, efficiency and automation. The Mesosphere DCOS pools datacenter and compute resources, gives IT operators a much simpler administration model, and improves developer velocity with more modern abstractions and APIs for writing distributed systems. Backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Data Collective, Fuel Capital, Khosla Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mesosphere is headquartered in San Francisco with additional offices in New York and Hamburg, Germany.


IT administrators are realizing that application deployments are getting more complex and error-prone than ever before. Additionally, the deployment of Citrix workloads and enterprise applications is only the first step in the lifecycle of applications. Once the workloads are deployed, IT administrators must continuously monitor the health of the workloads to ensure they are running at optimum performance, can scale efficiently to meet changing demands and are always available to end users even in case of application component or environment failures.

What if there were an integrated application service lifecycle management solution that empowers IT to streamline design, deployment and management of a broad array of application workloads across hypervisor or cloud environments, all through a single integrated console?

Now there is! We are excited to announce the General Availability of Citrix Lifecycle Management!

With Citrix Lifecycle Management current and new Citrix customers can:



Storage is expensive. That raises a question for anyone engaged in cloud backup or considering hosting a backup service for others: Should we keep one copy of data or two?

The immediate answer is two, but economics can enter in. Keeping a single copy of data will be the most cost-effective approach, but there is a downside: It leaves you without any insurance should something happen to the primary copy. During Superstorm Sandy, for example, a New York healthcare firm found itself badly exposed when its DR site in New Jersey suffered from flooding. It took it more than a week to get its systems up and running, at a colossal loss of revenue.

That’s why keeping two copies is the best bet. But that comes at a price, as building and maintaining this infrastructure means doubling your storage acquisition and operating costs.