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HERNDON, Va. – Greensmith Energy, one of the largest providers of energy storage software and integration services, announced today that American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) has selected Greensmith as the software provider for a 2 megawatt/14 megawatt hour energy storage system in West Virginia. For the last five years, this battery system has been used as backup system for AEP’s distribution network in the region. Leveraging Greensmith’s industry-leading software, AEP will expand the use of this system into a revenue generating asset—performing Frequency Regulation in the PJM market.

“This installation is a milestone for the industry and demonstrates the value of leveraging Greensmith’s purpose-built software”

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“Greensmith’s software and services will allow us to enhance the benefits of this energy storage system for our Appalachian Power customers,” said Ram Sastry, AEP’s Vice President, Infrastructure and Business Continuity. “This battery system was installed to help extend the life of the distribution equipment in this area. With the addition of Greensmith software and system expertise, we will have the flexibility to use this energy storage system to generate revenue that will benefit our Appalachian Power customers.”

The GEMS platform is the most widely-deployed energy storage software solution—enabling the most-advanced and proven energy storage systems in the world. With its robust, yet flexible feature functionality, GEMS continues to set the standard for grid-scale, behind-the-meter and microgrid storage control architecture. Backed by world-class technical expertise and software innovation, Greensmith has demonstrated solutions for some of the most critical challenges facing utilities.

“This installation is a milestone for the industry and demonstrates the value of leveraging Greensmith’s purpose-built software,” said John Jung, President and CEO of Greensmith Energy. “Without swapping out a single piece of hardware, Greensmith will enable AEP to take an existing storage asset and turn it into a revenue stream. We are excited to partner with a progressive company like AEP to deliver this project as well as future systems.”

This site will be participating in the PJM energy storage market by October 2016. AEP made a strategic investment in Greensmith in August 2015.

About AEP:

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 31,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.

About Greensmith:

As one of the largest providers of energy storage software and integration services, Greensmith's mission is to make energy storage a fundamental part of a cleaner, more intelligent and distributed energy infrastructure. Now in its fifth generation, Greensmith's GEMS software platform optimizes the performance of energy storage by lowering costs and maximizing system return on investment throughout life. In 2014, Greensmith delivered over one-third of all energy storage capacity installed in the United States and in 2015, was selected as the fastest growing energy storage company by Inc 5000. GEMS is currently used by more than 30 major customers globally. Learn more at www.greensmithenergy.com.

MOSCOW, Idaho – AHA Products Group (AHA), a recognized technology leader in data compression technology, announced today that Juan Deaton, Research Scientist with AHA, will present “Smashing Bits: Comparing Data Compression Techniques in Storage” at the Storage Developers Conference.

“Smashing Bits: Comparing Data Compression Techniques in Storage”

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As all-flash array technology matures and moves into full feature platforms, early adopter applications, such as server virtualization and on-line transaction processing, will be surpassed by industrial internet-of-things applications. These new future applications are expected to generate peta-bytes of ephemeral data that require large compression rates and data write throughput. In these applications, storage controller overhead from data compression can lead to significant performance impacts. This presentation compares the performance of different data compression algorithms (LZO, LZ4, GZIP, and BZIP2). Comparisons will be shown in terms of throughput, CPU utilization, and power.

Based on performance experiments, the AHA374 GZIP accelerators can provide the same compression throughput as 14 Xeon cores performing LZO/LZ4. Additionally, the AHA374 GZIP accelerator increases flash memory cycle lifetime and storage capacity by almost 50% by providing higher compression ratios than LZO/LZ4.

The presentation will take place on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 4:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Santa Clara, CA.

About AHA Products Group

For almost three decades, AHA has been the global leader in Lossless Data Compression and Forward Error Correction and now supports full digital modem solutions and crypto acceleration technologies. Based in Moscow, Idaho, the design center develops and markets ICs, PCBs, and IP Cores for commercial and government customers worldwide. AHA products are used in Network Transmission, WAN Optimization, Enterprise Storage, Satellite, and Terrestrial Communications, and a wide variety of other systems where data throughput and integrity are vital. A recognized technology innovator, AHA has a reputation for exceptional product quality, reliability, outstanding customer support and is an AS9100 certified manufacturer. AHA Products Group is a part of Comtech EF Data Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ:CMTL) and part of Comtech’s Commercial Solutions segment. For more information, please visit www.aha.com.

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. designs, develops, produces and markets innovative products, systems and services for advanced communications solutions. The Company sells products to a diverse customer base in the global commercial and government communications markets.

Certain information in this press release contains statements that are forward-looking in nature and involve certain significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from such forward-looking information. The Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings identify many such risks and uncertainties. Any forward-looking information in this press release is qualified in its entirety by the risks and uncertainties described in such Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

PFS 6010 and HD Taps provide highest scale, performance and density in the market at 40G

WESTFORD, Mass. – NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT), a leading provider of business assurance – a powerful combination of service assurance, cybersecurity, and business intelligence solutions – today announced two additions to its nGenius® Packet Flow Switch (PFS) portfolio, designed for performance and scale at 40G. The nGenius PFS 6010 packet flow switch adds a high-density 40G line card, providing the highest density 40G system in the market, as well as expanding the coverage of protocol stripping and de-encapsulation. The HD (high density) Fiber Tap introduces a flexible optical tapping solution for networks that scale from 1G to 100G.

“Datacenters are evolving to support higher capacity and faster connections and this leads to a myriad of implications for network infrastructure”

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The PFS 6010 offers the industry’s most scalable packet flow switch solution, with advanced traffic optimization, filtering and flow balancing functionality in a single system that support speeds from 1G to 100G. With the PFS 6010 and HD Fiber Taps, all speeds and feeds needed for network access and monitoring tools or security systems are addressed in a single solution, simplifying deployment, configuration and operations.

According to analyst firm IDC,1 the 40Gbe/100Gbe market is forecasted to grow at 39.2% CAGR from 2014-2019. Datacenter adoption of 10GbE is widespread, and adoption of the newer 40GbE/100GbE speeds is ramping up rapidly. 40GbE is seeing rapid adoption in the datacenter as public and private cloud demands grow. 100GbE is similarly establishing itself on the market and will see a growing uptake from high-end datacenters and hyperscale players.

“Datacenters are evolving to support higher capacity and faster connections and this leads to a myriad of implications for network infrastructure,” said Nolan Greene, senior research analyst, IDC. “Monitoring systems may not have kept pace with these changes, and need the density and scale capabilities of systems such as the NETSCOUT nGenius PFS 6010 in order to ensure network visibility.”

The PFS 6010 packet flow switch already provides the highest density systems for 100G and 10G, and now for 40G as well, delivering maximum scalability for any network environment. The new 40G high-density line card provides 15 ports of 40G, delivering a total of 150 40G ports in a single fully populated PFS 6010 chassis, the highest density 40G system in the market today. In addition to key capabilities such as protocol stripping and de-encapsulation, the PFS 6010 also features new generic stripping capabilities, to provide the broadest coverage for removing unwanted protocol headers from the traffic before forwarding to monitoring devices.

Organizations can reduce operational complexity with the PFS 6010. In contrast to multi-chassis options, only a single system needs to be managed, minimizing use of precious data center rack space and reducing cabling requirements. Deploying this high-density 40G solution also reduces per port cost by over 50% on the PFS 6010 packet flow switch, and scales to meet the needs of the largest enterprise and service provider environments.

With data center and rack real estate at a premium, the HD Tap chassis secures rack space in a 1RU form factor so IT can mix and match variable tap modules at high densities. This flexibility supports evolving optical network conditions, from collections of homogenous links to those with various speeds and feeds. As networks upgrade, tap modules can be easily added or swapped out. The HD Fiber Tap module options support numerous popular interfaces and media types, including 1G for SX, LX, and ZX; 10G for SR, LR, and ER; 40G for SR2 BiDi, SR4, LR4, LM4, ER4, and ZR4; and 100G for SR4, LR4, ER4, and SR10. These links are now made fully available to a PFS, such as the 6010.

Key features of the PFS 6010 and HD Fiber Taps include:

  • Flexibility and density for different network needs. With PFS 6010 and high-density Fiber Taps, numerous popular interfaces and media types are supported, including 40G support for Cisco SR2 BiDi, SR4 for 40G, in addition to LR4, LM4, ER4, and ZR4 40G. For networks requiring 100G support, options include SR4 for 100G, in addition to LR4, ER4, and SR10 100G.
  • Simple, flexible, and scalable deployment options with the HD Fiber Tap. The high-density Fiber Taps have a unique design that slots into a rack mount chassis, consolidating tapping interfaces and minimizing rack space use. With densities of up to 24 fiber network connections in 1RU and modularity on a per 1x1 tap basis, Tap modules can be added or swapped out to support the physical media upgrades without hassle as networks evolve.
  • All traffic is visible. With generic stripping available on the PFS 6010, monitoring tools and security systems see everything. In complex networks with multiple, specialized protocols (e.g. Fabric Path, GRE, GTP, IP-in-IP, L2F, L2TP, L2VPN, MAC-in-MAC, MPLS, NVGRE, PPTP, STT, TRILL, VXLAN), monitoring systems may not be able to see all the traffic. With generic stripping at 4Tbps performance, organizations can now monitor large amounts of traffic that they were unable to monitor before. For instance, if they are utilizing SDN or virtualized networks where encapsulation using protocols like STT or VXLAN are prevalent, these packet flows are now made visible to the monitoring systems to provide complete visibility.
  • Continuous line rate performance. Hardware-accelerated microburst mitigation delivers line-rate performance to ensure no packets are dropped, so monitoring visibility is constant.

The nGenius PFS 6010 packet flow switch with 40G HD line card and generic stripping and the HD Fiber Taps are available now. Customers covered under NETSCOUT’s award-winning MasterCareSM customer support program enjoy access to supported features and applications released during the term of their coverage without the costs and complexity of additional software feature licenses.

To learn more about the nGenius Packet Flow Switches and HD Taps, visit here.

NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT) is a leading provider of business assurance – a powerful combination of service assurance, cybersecurity, and business intelligence solutions – for today’s most demanding service provider, enterprise and government networks. NETSCOUT’s Adaptive Service Intelligence (ASI) technology continuously monitors the service delivery environment to identify performance issues and provides insight into network-based security threats, helping teams to quickly resolve issues that can cause business disruptions or impact user experience. NETSCOUT delivers unmatched service visibility and protects the digital infrastructure that supports our connected world. To learn more, visit www.netscout.com or follow @NETSCOUT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

©2016 NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. All rights reserved. NETSCOUT, the NETSCOUT logo, Guardians of the Connected World, Adaptive Service Intelligence, InfiniStream, InfiniStreamNG, nGenius and nGeniusONE are registered trademarks or trademarks of NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

1 IDC Market Forecast: Worldwide Ethernet Switch Forecast, 2015-2019. May 2015. Doc # 256299.

Built on Latest Big Data Technologies, EiQ’s New SecureVue Cloud Delivers Threat Detection and Compliance Reporting with Lower TCO and Faster Time to Value

BOSTON – EiQ Networks, a pioneer in hybrid Security as a Service, today announced the availability of SecureVue® Cloud, a fully managed SIEM and Log Management solution that is tightly integrated with EiQ’s SOCVue® Security-as-a-Service platform. This fully managed cloud-native SIEM/Log Management solution delivers a faster, easier, and highly scalable implementation without the need to purchase and maintain hardware or employ dedicated SIEM/Log Management administrators, making it even more affordable. SOCVue Security Monitoring protects organizations from cyber threats and helps meet compliance mandates. With an ever-evolving cyber threat landscape, demand for SOCVue services has set records for ten quarters in a row, with triple-digit year-over-year growth last quarter.

EiQ Networks Introduces First Fully Managed Cloud-native SIEM and Log Management Solution

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“Unlike SIEM technology with its legacy architecture retrofitted to the cloud, EiQ’s new SecureVue Cloud platform was built from the ground up with the latest and best-in-class open source and big data technologies,” said Kevin Landt, Director of Product Management, EiQ Networks. “We are delivering on our promise to customers to provide a superior Security-as-a-Service offering that saves time and money while improving their security and compliance posture.”

SecureVue Cloud’s main features include:

  • Log Management – Collection, encryption, and archival of log data from a variety of IT assets, including network devices, security devices, servers, and applications.
  • Data Archiving – Secure log data archival for up to 12 months to meet regulatory and audit requirements.
  • Forensic Analysis – Fast and efficient search of large volumes of log data to aid in investigative and forensic analysis.
  • Threat Detection – Normalization, categorization, and correlation of data for real-time threat and anomaly detection and alerting.
  • Compliance Reporting – Compliance reporting to meet a variety of regulatory requirements such as PCI-DSS, FFIEC, HIPAA, SOX, GLBA, and more.
  • Fully Managed – EiQ’s global SOC team of security and SIEM experts manage SecureVue Cloud 24x7x365.
  • Cloud-native Solution – Leverages the power of elastic AWS for scalability and availability.

“SecureVue Cloud delivers all the critical functionality and capabilities of leading on-premise and cloud-based SIEM/Log Management products, without the headaches of complexity and cost of hardware or application management -- making it one of the most advanced and affordable security monitoring solutions on the market today,” said Vijay Basani, Founder and CEO of EiQ Networks. “EiQ now offers cutting-edge big data security analytics, threat detection, and threat intelligence while delivering bottom-line business benefits to our customers.”

With the introduction of SecureVue Cloud, EiQ’s SOCVue Security Monitoring service can now be deployed as a fully managed cloud service or as an on-premise hybrid Security as a Service. Cloud deployment offers maximum flexibility, availability and scalability, and a lower total cost of ownership compared to alternate solutions and services. SecureVue Cloud and SOCVue run on AWS. More information on SOCVue Security Monitoring deployment options can be found here: https://www.eiqnetworks.com/managed-services/security-monitoring/deployment-options.

Regardless of which deployment option customers choose, they can access their security monitoring data anytime, anywhere, with the SOCVue Portal, which provides secure 24x7x365 access to:

  • Consolidated security and compliance posture
  • Continuous threat detection and analysis
  • Incident notification and remediation guidance
  • Ticket management
  • Security and compliance reports

More About SOCVue

EiQ delivers comprehensive proactive and reactive security monitoring to protect against modern-day cyber threats while meeting regulatory mandates. EiQ’s SOCVue Security Monitoring and SOCVue Vulnerability Management services combine the best people, process, and technology for an enterprise-class IT security program:

  • Security Monitoring
    EiQ’s SOCVue Security Monitoring service gives customers visibility and control over their IT environment with around-the-clock threat detection, analysis and notification, proactive remediation guidance, and compliance auditing.
  • Vulnerability Management
    EiQ’s SOCVue Vulnerability Management service uses Qualys technology to mitigate risk with unlimited scans, analysis, and remediation guidance – so customers can focus on what matters most: their core business.

SOCVue gives customers the flexibility and cost savings of a Security-as-a-Service offering, and also provides a world-class team of security and technology experts to manage the technology around the clock and help implement cybersecurity best practices. SOCVue enables organizations to:

  • Reduce the cost of purchasing and maintaining complex IT security solutions
  • Supplement existing IT staff with cybersecurity experts from EiQ’s 24x7x365 Security Operations Center (SOC)
  • Improve their IT security posture through proactive security monitoring and vulnerability assessment
  • Help meet compliance requirements such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, FFIEC, GLBA, and more

About EiQ Networks

EiQ, a pioneer in hybrid Security as a Service, is transforming how mid-market organizations build enterprise-class security programs. Acting as an extension of our customers’ IT teams, EiQ provides continuous security operations based on best-of-breed technology at a fraction of the cost of alternate solutions. EiQ is a trusted advisor to organizations that need to improve their IT security and compliance posture and protect against cyber threats and vulnerabilities. For more information, visit: https://www.eiqnetworks.com.

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As Oracle Discoverer sunsets, cost-effective Reports Wand provides a user-friendly alternative for quickly creating reports from live Oracle data in Excel with expedited implementation

PITTSBURGH – With Oracle’s discontinued support for its Business Intelligence Discoverer, 35 percent of users are currently discussing Discoverer’s replacement and an additional 29 percent are planning a move within the next 12 months, according to a recent global survey from Excel4apps, a provider of best-in-class Microsoft Excel-based inquiry and reporting software for use with Oracle and other applications. An alternative that offers an easy transition to user-friendly, real-time reporting is Reports Wand. This Excel-based solution not only empowers users to independently create reports, but also offers simple Discoverer report conversion and consolidation.

#ReportsWand Now Offers Mass Conversion from #Oracle #Discoverer to Microsoft #Excel -based #Reporting

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The survey – and accompanying infographic – also reveals that 36 percent of respondents use up to 200 Discoverer reports in their organizations, with another 29 percent using 201-500 reports. This makes Reports Wand’s Discoverer Converter feature especially important for a smooth transition to a new reporting tool.

“Oracle’s recommendation to replace Discoverer with Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) isn’t feasible for many companies in terms of complexity for users and poor suitability for real-time transactional reporting or ad-hoc analysis, as well as implementation and ongoing IT or consulting costs,” said Dean Jones, Global Vice President, Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) Solutions, for Excel4apps. “Reports Wand leverages user familiarity with Excel, and its Discoverer Converter feature can migrate hundreds of reports in minutes.”

In addition to the Discoverer Converter, Reports Wand expedites the transition from Discoverer with these features:

  • Pre-built Reports – Reports Wand delivers out-of-the box capability using NoetixViews, a set of 1000-plus prebuilt reports that provide access to live, drillable data in Financials, Supply Chain, HR, Manufacturing, Service and other Oracle EBS modules.
  • Report Analysis – Reports Wand helps identify the most-used, duplicate and obsolete Discoverer reports for analysis and consolidation before converting.
  • Simple Installation and Startup – Reports Wand requires no additional data warehouse or hardware, and implementation takes only a few hours, providing fast time-to-value. Also, user training is minimal due to its Excel interface.

For more information about the Excel4apps Wands for Oracle suite of products, visit here.

About Excel4apps

Excel4apps is a best-in-class provider of Microsoft Excel-based reporting and data-loading software for use with SAP, Oracle and other applications. By empowering business professionals in a range of industries with independent and secure access to real-time ERP data via Microsoft Excel, the company’s products expedite accurate and timely business decisions. Excel4apps products include the award-winning GL Wand for financial reporting, as well as software for budget and planning data uploads and other types of reports. Founded in 2005, Excel4apps has offices in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia to serve the needs of both local and global multinational companies. For more information, visit www.excel4apps.com.