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FEMA News Desk Remains Open

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.Although the registration period for the late December and January storms and flooding in Missouri ended Monday, the FEMA News Desk remains open for Missouri media outlets.

If reporters have questions about FEMA assistance for the December and January flooding and storms in Missouri, please call:

FEMA News Desk

Any questions from disaster survivors should be referred to the FEMA Helpline: 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA).

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For breaking news about flood recovery, follow FEMA Region 7 on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion7 and turn on mobile notifications or visit the FEMA webpages dedicated to this disaster at www.fema.gov/disaster/4250.

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.

All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

SBS Broadcasting chooses Avere to deliver flexible access to new object storage infrastructure


Amsterdam, NetherlandsAvere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud has been chosen by Dutch commercial broadcasting company SBS Broadcasting BV (SBS) to enhance its storage infrastructure. With viewers demanding high quality broadcasting at lightning speeds, SBS required a reliable, scalable and performant approach to store large quantities of ever-changing content. The new storage solution also needed to handle the demands of SBS’ video editing and transcoding services for quality television programs on popular Dutch channels such as SBS 6, SBS 9, Net 5 and Veronica.


SBS had adopted a traditional NAS solution for its storage, but over time as both the cost of the system and the amount of content grew, it searched for an alternative that would provide the scalability they needed, but much more affordably. This prompted SBS to consider an object storage platform but it ran into concerns over performance as well as the file-based access requirements needed for some of its critical applications.


To overcome these issues, SBS chose a combined solution that uses an Avere FXT Edge filer providing a high performance and powerful interface allowing any application to access its new object storage platform. This integrated solution began as an operational trial using a half-petabyte of storage and, based on the success of this innovative approach, SBS now plans to expand the installation to include a large multi-purpose library of broadcast content, video editing and transcoding as well as meeting its backup and archive requirements.


Josbert van Rooijen, Manager of Broadcast and IT at SBS said, “We were looking for a storage solution to fit all different purposes and found Avere with object storage to be a killer combination. The beauty of this joint solution is that it ticks all the boxes for SBS – scalability, resilience, speed and cost-effectiveness. We look forward to extending the use of the solution to different kinds of all-important data across our environment.”


“With increasing demand on broadcasting companies to instantly deliver an array of content to vast audiences, broadcasters need the assurance that every application can gain access to content no matter how it is stored,” said Ron Bianchini, President and CEO of Avere Systems. “Avere is proud to be supporting SBS in creating a highly flexible storage architecture that is producing and delivering the Netherlands’ most popular content to its viewers.”


About Avere Systems

Avere is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere's hybrid cloud solutions give companies -- for the first time -- the ability to end the rising cost and complexity of data storage and compute via the freedom to store and access files anywhere in the cloud or on premises, without sacrificing the performance, availability, or security of enterprise data. Based in Pittsburgh, Avere is led by veterans and thought leaders in the data storage industry and is backed by investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and Western Digital Capital. For more information, visit www.averesystems.com.

Croatian government-owned bank saved nearly 16 hours with Netwrix Auditor when compiling user permission reporting during bank reorganizations

IRVINE, Calif. — Netwrix Corporation, a provider of IT auditing software that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, today announced that HBOR has chosen Netwrix Auditor to increase IT team productivity and reduce routine workload.

The Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) is a national development and export bank, and an export credit insurer. The mission of HBOR is to support sustainable economic growth by offering a wide range of finance and export credit insurance products as well as issuance of bonds and guarantees. HBOR cooperates with a wide range of organizations, including export credit agencies, international banks and supranational institutions, to meet the needs of Croatian entrepreneurs.

HBOR’s centralized file storage keeps hundreds of thousands of files and folders which are accessed by over 300 employees. Lack of visibility into changes made to every file and folder have been slowing down internal IT operations because the IT team had to spend enormous amounts of time retrieving audit data upon different requests or during investigations in the case of file losses. Having a long-standing experience of using Netwrix freeware tools, HBOR upgraded to Netwrix Auditor for File Server. This solution helped HBOR to:

  1. Reduce time-consuming tasks during the bank’s reorganization. As new departments were presented to the bank’s structure, the IT team needed to provide an extended report on changes made to user permissions. Netwrix Auditor allowed the IT team to spend 15 minutes on making up the reports to highlight all critical changes instead of an estimated 16 hours on gathering the data manually.

  1. Simplify reporting. The IT team is required to provide reports to C-level management, proving that user permissions across the entire file system comply with the internal business requirements and user requests. The IT team used to spend hours creating a report on user permissions and activity across the file system. Netwrix Auditor now allows them to run this report in only a matter of a couple of minutes.

  1. Enable continuous monitoring. Netwrix Auditor helps HBOR to bring visibility into critical data access and usage. The HBOR IT team is able to control changes to permissions to the file server accurately, and to be aware of who is accessing, creating, modifying or deleting files across its centralized file storage. Netwrix Auditor is used whenever there is a need to prove file integrity for security, debug or some other reasons. The data charts are published on a panel showing the daily statistics and audit data.

  1. Speed up Help Desk support. At HBOR, middle management often asks the Help Desk to double check that an employee has correct permissions and continuous access to necessary files and folders. Using the Interactive Search feature and picking the exact search criteria, IT pros are able to instantly find necessary audit trails and resolve the requests faster.

Ivan Kovač, Information Security Coordinator at HBOR commented, “After deploying Netwrix Auditor, we felt even more comfortable with our decision. Netwrix Auditor looks polished, it works super-fast, and is super-rich in its features. The recent upgrade has Interactive Search that simplifies our daily routine by instantly finding necessary audit data. Netwrix Auditor is so convenient and user-friendly that it didn’t take much time and resources to integrate it into our IT workflow.”

Alex Vovk, CEO and Co-Founder of Netwrixsaid, “The financial sector has a range of IT challenges related to maintaining security, business continuity and the smooth provision of financial services to clients. Ensuring complete visibility into what is happening across the IT infrastructure is a key practice that will help companies achieve their business goals and ensure outstanding customer service, as well as tighten cyber security and comply with industry standards.”

To read the complete case study of HBOR’s use of Netwrix Auditor, please visit:www.netwrix.com/go/hbor

About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation provides IT auditing software that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, including who changed what, when and where each change was made and who has access to what. Over 150,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to audit IT infrastructure changes and data access, prepare reports required for passing compliance audits, and increase the efficiency of IT operations. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 70 industry awards and was named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. For more information, visitwww.netwrix.com

Spectromax Scotland will create in excess of 300 jobs in Scotland during next 3-6 months to facilitate public sector IT projects in Scotland


Spectromax Scotland, the IT project deployment and software development specialist, has today announced that it plans to create in excess of 300 new jobs in Scotland during the next 3-6 months. Spectromax Scotland currently has eight projects under consideration, with two major initiatives in advanced stages within its pipeline, for which it expects to resource using local IT talent in Scotland.


The company also plans to implement a new UK-wide training programme which will initially be launched in Edinburgh. The Spectromax Scotland training programme will be run by industry veterans and those working day-to-day in the IT industry, with the support of established System Integrators (SIs). It aims to train existing employees, new graduates and those with a more established career who wish to expand their skills. The training programme will fill gaps in technical knowledge, software development, software project based knowledge and it also aims to stimulate a new type of IT attitude. Spectromax Scotland believes that with the right IT attitude, where flexibility and collaboration are central, deployments are much smoother. The six month free training programme will then feed into further recruitment by the company.


“We’re thrilled to be on the cusp of launching a number of projects and believe that the Scottish workforce has huge potential which will be critical to their success,” said Bhuwan Kaushik, CEO of Spectromax Scotland. “We believe that the right team is essential to well deployed IT projects and that companies like us have a duty to find the right people for our customers. It’s an exciting time to be part of Spectromax Scotland and we’re looking for employees who take the flexible, customer-focused approach to IT that we do.”


“As part of our training programme, we’re looking to begin a new IT era,” said Bhuwan Kaushik, CEO of Spectromax Scotland. “Firstly, by stimulating talent, we’ll be generating IT talent on-shore. Secondly, we understand that IT isn’t a 9-5pm job. Instead of sticking to rigid working times, we concentrate more on the amount of hours our engineers are working, to ensure that whether your servers go down at 10am or 10pm, we can always provide support. The IT industry is calling out for this type of flexibility and, by delivering it, we can move away from the traditional view that IT is an inhibitor and, instead, we can become an enabler.”


“We believe that with the right approach, UK IT companies like ourselves can generate a more sophisticated IT workforce, close the UK skills gap, and create a more prosperous economy by keeping IT projects on-shore – something that will benefit both businesses and end-users across the UK.”

Details of how to apply to be part of the recruitment drive will be available on the website shortly.

Together Cisco and Jasper Plan to Deliver an Industry-Wide IoT Service Platform for Enterprises, Service Providers and an Ecosystem of Partners

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) has completed its acquisition of Jasper, a privately held company based in Santa Clara, Calif. Jasper's industry-leading cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) service platform enables companies of all sizes to rapidly and cost-effectively launch, manage and monetize IoT services on a global scale.

Our Vision Together
With the acquisition, Jasper forms the new IoT Cloud Business Unit within Cisco. Together, Cisco and Jasper will bring to market a comprehensive IoT service platform to enable service providers, enterprises and ecosystem partners to rapidly build IoT service businesses such as usage-based insurance for connected cars, predictive maintenance for industrial manufacturing, and asset tracking for commercial fleet management.

Cisco and Jasper will continue to deliver on Jasper's product roadmap and support Jasper's existing ecosystem partners. Cisco will also build upon Jasper's IoT service platform and add new services including advanced IoT security, support for additional connectivity options like enterprise Wi-Fi and low-power wide-area network (LPWAN), and analytics solutions.

Enterprise IoT Transformation
With the Jasper IoT service platform, Cisco can enable companies to automate the management of IoT services across connected devices. Now, enterprises will be able to transform their products into connected services, creating new business models and generating new sources of ongoing revenue.

Service Provider Acceleration
Today, service providers are vying for a slice of the forecasted $4.3 trillion IoT opportunity1 to increase their top-line growth. The breadth and depth of relationships that Cisco and Jasper have with service providers puts the combined company in a unique position to help service providers meet the ever-changing IoT needs of their customers.

Part of the charter of the new IoT Cloud Business Unit is to use Cisco and Jasper's combined talent and capabilities to address the toughest challenges facing the industry today. Together, Cisco and Jasper will make it easier for companies to enter the IoT market, accelerate growth, and enable service providers to help their enterprise customers transform to IoT businesses in the next decade.

"IoT is a key piece of enabling Digital Transformation for today's enterprises. Cisco already has the network equipment, cloud, analytics and security layers, and the addition of Jasper brings critical IoT service platform layer needed to provide enterprises with a complete digitization strategy," said Carrie MacGillvray, Vice President, Mobile and Internet of Things at IDC. "This acquisition provides value for both Cisco and Jasper's enterprise customers, their service provider partners and broader IoT ecosystem partners."

Ecosystem Interoperability
Cisco and Jasper will provide an industry-wide interoperability platform that ecosystem partners can build on, accelerating the creation and deployment of IoT services by enterprises. Some of the world's largest IT solution vendors -- including IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce and SAP -- already integrate with Jasper's IoT service platform. The Jasper platform enables enterprises to quickly integrate technologies from these ecosystem partners to accelerate IoT service deployment.

For more information, read the blog from Rowan Trollope, SVP and GM of the Internet of Things and Applications Group at Cisco, and Jasper Founder and CEO, Jahangir Mohammed -- who is now GM of the newly-formed IoT Cloud Business Unit at Cisco: http://cs.co/9007Bg5gl

About Cisco
Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. For ongoing news, please go to http://thenetwork.cisco.com.

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1 Machina Research, December 2015

60% of security professionals say spend on information security is not keeping pace with growing risk


The Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) has announced the findings from its 2016 member survey. With over 2,500 members working in security across a wide range of industries and roles, including a significant proportion at Senior/Lead/CISO level, the results of the IISP provide an accurate snapshot of the state of the UK cyber security landscape from those working on the frontline.


The survey reveals that for over two thirds of members, information security budgets have increased, while a further 15% said that they had stayed the same. These are encouraging figures but they have to be examined alongside increasing risk and the survey also found that 60% of respondents felt that budgets were still not keeping pace with the rise in the level of threats. Only 7% reported they were rising faster than the level of threat.


“In times of financial pressure or instability as we have seen in recent years, security is often seen as a supporting function or an overhead,” said Piers Wilson, Director at IISP. “Security budgets are hard won because they are about protection against future issues, so are a good indication of the state of risk awareness in the wider business community. While it is good news that businesses are increasing investment, it is clear that spending on security is still not at a level that matches the changing threat landscape.”


The survey also found that when it comes to recruitment, there is still a skills shortage but the problem doesn’t just lie in the number of people. Respondents point to a shortfall in the level of skills and experience, making staff training, development and retention crucial to the future of the industry.


The question: “As an industry are we getting better or worse at defending systems from attack and protecting data?” generated encouraging responses, with only 10% thinking that protection is declining. With growing recognition that despite every control and safeguard, a determined attacker will always be able to find a chink in the armour, the survey looked at incident response. Again, this was a fairly positive picture with an impressive 49% reporting improvement.


Overall, the results of the IISP Member survey show that there are growing challenges from more types of attack, more sources of threats, greater reliance on increasingly complex IT systems, shortage of effective security staff and a regulatory environment that is both fluid and challenging. However, the heightened awareness of security risks and the impacts of a breach are driving an increase in investment, skills, experience, education and professionalism.


“While there is clearly much more to be done, the results of the IISP Member survey are encouraging,” concludes Piers Wilson.


A copy of the IISP white paper on the results of the survey is available at: http://IISP.informz.net/IISP/data/images/WhitePaperWebsite.pdf


About IISP

The Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) is a not-for-profit organisation, owned by its members and dedicated to raising the standard of professionalism in information security and the industry as a whole. The IISP does this through accrediting skills and competence, by sharing best practice and by providing a network of support and guidance on individual skill development. It speaks with an authoritative voice and its competency-based memberships are widely recognised in the information security industry.

Working closely with the Information Security community, the IISP has a growing membership of over 2,500 individual members across private and government sectors, thirty-nine Corporate Member Organisations and seventeen Academic Partners.


At the heart of the Institute is the IISP Skills Framework©2012 which is widely accepted as the de facto standard for measuring competency of Information Security Professionals. CESG has taken this framework to underpin a range of certification schemes including the Certified Professional Scheme (CCP), for which the IISP is the leading certifying body and to develop syllabuses for Masters Degrees. The skills framework is used extensively by our corporate members to benchmark and develop capability of their employees it has also been adopted by e-Skills UK to develop a National Occupational Standard for Information Security. The IISP also accredits training courses offered by commercial training providers against the Institute's Skills Framework. This enables attendees to build knowledge in areas of the skills framework where they might have gaps and to gain hands-on experience.

More information about the IISP and its work can be found at www.iisp.org.

Independent research compares wide area network speeds in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, New York and Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara


London – Interoute, owner-operator of a global cloud services platform and one of Europe's largest networks, has today announced that its Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC) Cloud platform has tested highest for wide area network (WAN) performance in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Madrid, Milan, Paris, New York and Santa Clara in Silicon Valley when compared to cloud services from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Rackspace.


Network performance is a key determinant of user experience for cloud-based software applications. Lower latency and higher throughput can support a more responsive and superior experience for users as well as lowering IT operating costs for the enterprise. Interoute VDC is a hyper-converged digital platform, with cloud computing capabilities built straight into Interoute’s vast next generation network. Performance is optimised and latency minimised as data is routed across this global backbone.


The full report, including the research methodology, is available here http://bit.ly/1VjVqaP. Key research findings are as follows:

  • Interoute had the highest overall performance in each of the six European endpoints (London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Madrid, Milan and Paris), which is crucial for customers with high network demands who want to keep their servers within Europe.
  • Interoute had the highest overall performance for each of the two American endpoints (New York and Santa Clara).

Key research findings for London are as follows:

  • Interoute achieved 53% - 277% higher network performance between its London data center and the London user endpoint compared with connections on Amazon, Microsoft and Rackspace, according to the overall Index Score.
  • Both Interoute and Rackspace operate data centers in London and had the lowest latencies of the four providers tested, which could be influenced by physical distance.

Matthew Finnie, CTO at Interoute, commented: “Successful enterprises are developing strategies to digitally transform their business and seeing the cloud as the key to this evolution. To ensure efficient business critical IT operations can co-exist with the migration, consolidation and agile work processes transformation, a reliable platform performance is vital. As this independent report shows, Interoute’s global networked cloud is a fast digital platform that can support the enterprise need for high speed cloud infrastructure performance locally and globally.”


Danny Gee, Senior Analyst, Cloud Spectator added: “Users expect to be able to transfer large amounts of data between their cloud infrastructure and various locations outside the network. It is important they know the actual performance and the consequent capabilities of their cloud provider. Businesses with users in close proximity to the cities we have tested in this report should consider Interoute’s large data center footprint and strong network performance when evaluating cloud service providers.”


As part of the independent research tests, Cloud Spectator set up endpoints in eight cities. To get a realistic measure of how a typical enterprise user would experience the different cloud services, Cloud Spectator tested overall network performance between virtual machines running in cloud provider data centres and endpoint virtual machines running in the data centre of an independent hosting provider in the location city. Performance aspects tested included network throughput, latency and transfer speed. The report revealed that in all the comparisons the Interoute service achieved better overall performance compared with the other providers. The data analysed in the report was collected between 1/14/2016 and 1/23/2016.


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About Interoute

Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centres, 14 virtual data centres and 31 colocation centres, with connections to 195 additional third-party data centres across Europe. Its full-service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises and many of the world’s leading service providers, as well as governments and universities. Interoute’s Unified ICT strategy provides solutions for enterprises seeking connectivity and a scalable, secure advanced platform on which they can build their voice, video, computing and data services, as well as service providers in need of high capacity international data transit and infrastructure. With established operations throughout Europe and USA, Interoute also owns and operates 24 connected city networks within Europe's major business centres. www.interoute.com


About Cloud Spectator

Cloud Spectator is a cloud analyst agency focused on cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) performance. The company actively monitors several of the largest IaaS providers in the world, comparing VM performance (i.e., CPU, RAM, disk, internal network, and workloads) and pricing to achieve transparency in the cloud market. The company helps cloud providers understand their market position and helps business make intelligent decisions in selecting cloud providers and lowering total cost of ownership. The firm was founded in early 2011 and is located in Boston, MA. contact@cloudspectator.com.

Design Phase and FLEx Lighting introduce newest optical film with patented LED technology, InvisiSign

CHICAGO – Initially designed and developed for applications in the Defense, Medical, and Consumer Electronics industries, Design Phase in conjunction with FLEx Lighting has developed a brand new point of purchase media-The InvisiSign.  The patented ultra-thin, flexible and clear optical film technology is positioned to change the way shoppers are influenced at the point of purchase.

The role of point-of-purchase engagement is becoming more important as retailers continue to find new ways to enhance the shopping experience.  And for brands, that means getting that attention at the most opportune moment, just when they're ready to buy. With The InvisiSign offering more ways to engage the customer, the retail environment, specifically brick & mortar stores, are finding that the technology application goes beyond the online experience.

The film is completely invisible and is activated with a special motion sensor when shoppers come within 10 feet.   After catching the consumer's attention and emphasizing the brand or message, the sign "disappears" leaving the shopper looking directly at the product.  "An important part of the success of this technology is that it offers us the ability to project four color images, with a strong brand message, at just the right moment. The applications are far reaching from cooler doors, shelf signage, and even 360° bottle glorifiers," says Mike Eckert, President of Design Phase.

The InvisiSign product combines optical film, which is thinner than the human hair, with a proprietary technology that projects the LED light into the film.  This then illuminates a specially designed micro pattern to deliver a very eye-catching and engaging message.  "This technology first revolutionized display lighting in the wearable electronics and defense industries, and what it can achieve with the InvisiSign in the retail industry is just as exciting.  We're already seeing brands use it in ways they never thought achievable before in point-of-purchase displays," responds Mike Casper, President of FLEx Lighting.

About Design Phase.

Design Phase is a leading design and manufacturer of point-of-purchase displays producing award winning displays for some of the world's largest brands including Microsoft, LG Electronics, Disney, Bose and many more.  www.dphase.com

Container Management Software Enables Easier and Superior Manageability, Disaster Recovery (DR), High Availability (HA) and Infrastructure Agility - All While Saving Companies 30-60% On Licensing Costs
Fort Collins, Colo. – DH2i™ Company, recently named a Cool Vendor by Gartner in the "Cool Vendors in Servers and Virtualization, 20151" report, today announced it will join with The SAM Club to present a webinar entitled, "An Innovative Approach for Microsoft SQL Server Availability and Cost Savings."
Thursday, March 24, 11:30 am Eastern Time (3:30 pm GMT)
Why Attend:       
Businesses are demanding 100% uptime on their critical SQL-based applications, while striving to reduce IT budgets.  Meanwhile, Microsoft licensing changes are driving up software and support costs to unsustainable levels.  Consequently, new approaches are being sought to reduce licensing costs and system management efforts, manage physical and virtual server sprawl and maintain the closest to zero downtime for both planned and unplanned outages.  DH2i's container management software enables easier and superior manageability, disaster recovery, high availability and infrastructure agility-all while saving companies 30-60% on licensing costs.  Sound too good to be true?  Join this webinar to learn how to achieve a simplified and more cost-effective datacenter with this innovative, proven approach. 
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About The SAM Club
The SAM Club provides independent licensing and software asset management consultancy. Expert consultants provide personal service and tailored solutions to complement your existing in-house staff and effectively manage your software assets. The SAM Club becomes part of your team by helping provide practical solutions for your software license purchases, renewals and management issues-taking into account your priorities and financial considerations. The SAM Club does not resell software. Consequently, their advice is truly independent--providing pros and cons and balanced views. To learn more, please visit: www.thesamclub.co.uk.
About DH2i
DH2i Company™ is a leading provider of Microsoft Windows Server application portability and management solutions. Its flagship solution, DxEnterprise™, containerizes and decouples Windows Server applications, such as SQL Server, from the host OS and underlying IT infrastructure.  In doing so, customers can simplify and dramatically improve the management of their datacenter environment, ensure SLA compliance, and lower costs by 30%-60%.  DH2i is included in the list of Cool Vendors in the "Cool Vendors in Servers and Virtualization, 2015" report by Gartner, Inc.  To learn more, please visit: www.dh2i.com, call: 970-295-4505 or +44 20 3318 9204, or email: info@dh2i.com.
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Leading Channel-Only Storage Provider Delivers New Resources and Benefits to Empower Solution Partners to More Easily Store, Protect and Connect Valuable Business Assets
CAMPBELL, Calif. NexsanTM, a global leader in secure storage, backup and data management solutions, today announced its enhanced Nexsan Channel Partner Program which now includes an expanded line of Nexsan-branded unified hybrid storage, high-density storage and secure archive storage systems as well as the Transporter-branded private cloud file sync and share appliances.  The newly tiered partner program also features compelling benefits and broad enablement resources including a LeadGuard program, a campaign creator and automated quote creation - all designed to enhance joint field engagement and make the sales and marketing process more efficient.
Empowering Partners to Capitalize on a New Era of Storage
By adding the Transporter private cloud storage appliance family to the Nexsan partner program, Nexsan is quickly enabling its partners to capitalize on the "white-hot" file sync and share market with an innovative private cloud storage solution that delivers mobile access and file sharing capability to content stored securely in the data center, behind an organization's firewall. Transporter keeps data safe and secure while allowing users to access, share and synchronize data anytime, anywhere for business advantage. The result is a more flexible and higher performing private cloud solution with enterprise-class redundancy and seamless failover for reliability that facilitates a more connected and productive workforce. 
The Transporter family is completely complementary to Nexsan's broad storage solution portfolio, providing an easily integrated, secure private cloud that delivers public-cloud features for sharing and accessing files stored on primary storage infrastructure. Nexsan's NSTTM unified hybrid storage system offers high performance, flexible primary storage that scales to 5PBs and is an ideal mid-enterprise solution at a price point that bigger vendors struggle to meet. E-SeriesTM has long been a channel favorite for high-density storage systems for up to 360TBs in a 4U rack and now the BEAST is back which is an ideal solution for high volume applications including digital video surveillance, big data repositories, data archives and disk-to-disk backup. In addition, AssureonTM secure archive, compliant storage systems, designed for highly regulated applications as well as being a cost effective solution for primary storage offload completes an extensive range of solutions specifically built for the mid-enterprise. Together, this comprehensive line of storage solutions deliver the capacity, performance and flexibility partners need to empower customers to achieve more with their valuable data assets.
Partner Enablement to Expand Opportunities and Drive Revenue
As a 100 percent channel-based company, Nexsan has a rich history of working closely with its partners delivering the product training, marketing, sales and technical support that expands opportunities and drives revenue growth. According to a TechValidate survey, Nexsan increased annual revenue between 5 and 30 percent for 60 percent of its partners. In addition, Optera Research Group validated that partners gave Nexsan an 80 percent overall satisfaction rating with as many as 89 percent of partners saying they are willing to recommend Nexsan, ranking higher than any other brand carried by the participating partners.
"Nexsan delivers one of the most robust storage portfolios to achieve the innovative storage, protection and management of valuable business data," said Jennifer Manzano, CEO Westlake Technologies Inc. "WTI has increased its total annual revenue by more than 50 percent by offering Nexsan products. Now, with the addition of its Transporter private cloud file sync and share applications, it has further extended its offerings to provide the powerful collaboration and file sharing security our customers demand. We are pleased to expand our Nexsan partnership."
"The expanded Nexsan portfolio means we can extend the highly consultative approach we take towards delivering innovative and relevant solutions to our customers, " said Mick Cooper, Director, iSYS Data Solutions. "We have customers with 500 employees and others with 50,000. But whatever the company size, whether they need high-density storage, secure archive storage, or a way to securely sync and share files, with Nexsan we now have the right solution to fit."
With its newly expanded partner program, Nexsan offers performance-based incentives based on three program tiers: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Each tier will receive program benefits in alignment with their sales attainment goals and marketing performance, including new support and services designed to share the cost of tactical program execution.
Among the new benefits for qualified partners include:
  • Market Development Funds for shared marketing programs
  • LeadGuard Opportunity Registration for deal and project opportunities
  • Aggressive Commercial Models for fast profitable sales
  • Demo Equipment Access for testing and proof of concept demonstrations
  • Sophisticated Campaign Creator for easily creating and executing partner-branded campaigns
  • Extensive Training and Certification Paths for exceptional professional services delivery
  • A World-Class Partner Portal with access to a wealth of resources, marketing content, sales tools, incentives, promotions and more, 24 x 7
"Nexsan is one of the most trusted brands in the storage channel ecosystem, delivering more than 37,000 storage systems across 60 countries and counting," said Russ Johnson, CRO, Nexsan. "Today we are looking to further accelerate this channel success with a strong partner program that features new incentives and enablement tools designed to grow revenue opportunity for incremental growth. We have also added the complete line of Transporter private cloud file sync and share appliances to the program, so that our partners can go beyond traditional storage and data protection and truly differentiate their business with a new proposition for storage collaboration and connectivity."
To learn how to join the Nexsan Partner Program, please visit: http://nexsan.com/nexsan-partners.
To learn more about Nexsan's award-winning unified storage solutions family, please visit: www.nexsan.com
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About Nexsan
Nexsan is a global leader in secure storage, backup and data management solutions that are focused on seamlessly and securely enabling a connected workforce. Its broad solution portfolio empowers enterprises to securely manage, protect and utilize valuable business data - while allowing users to sync, share and access files from any device, anywhere, anytime. For further information, please visit: www.nexsan.com.
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