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Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Fishtech Labs Joins the Cloud Security Alliance

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Fishtech Labs is proud to announce it has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) as a Solution Provider Member. The CSA is a member-driven organization chartered with promoting the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing. CSA also provides education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing.

As a member, Fishtech Labs may partner with the CSA to provide solution provider guidance into CSA strategic initiatives, attend CSA educational events, and champion research and education initiatives.

"Fishtech Labs is playing an active role in determining how cloud computing should evolve," says CEO Gary Fish. "The CSA gives us the opportunity to showcase our expertise and practices to a global marketplace, and to connect with users."

Founded in 2008, the CSA is led by a broad coalition of industry practitioners, corporations, associations, and other key stakeholders.

The partnership furthers Fishtech Labs' vision of becoming the leading technology accelerator.

"We are truly proud to partner with the world's thought leaders in cloud security," says Fish. "The certification, training, and research opportunities will enhance our work with clients and partners alike."

Fishtech Labs is a technology accelerator focused on finding and creating solutions for our clients that deliver operational efficiencies and improved security posture. So you don't have to be, we are immersed in the changing security and emerging technology landscape specific to Cloud, IoT, SDN, and Virtualization. We identify gaps and appropriate solutions for our clients' maximum advantage. As innovation experts, our team takes a consultative approach to evaluate each client's objectives, benefits, and risks that may be mitigated with next-generation solutions. For more information, visit us at http://fishtechlabs.com or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Syn-Apps Releases New Park-N-Page Hardware

MESA, Ariz. – Syn-Apps LLC, a pioneer in mass notification and paging solutions, announced today the re-release of its Park-N-Page, an automated SIP paging attendant designed to streamline call routing processes by paging users or departments when callers are waiting on hold.

Park-N-Page hardware serves as an ideal solution for organizations looking to automate customer engagement experiences. "We recognized customers needed a more robust version of our former Park-N-Page software," said Ian Pitts, President and CEO of Syn-Apps, LLC. "Moving Park-N-Page into an appliance model provides customers greater scalability, easier maintenance, and stronger integration capabilities than our former Park-N-Page software could support. All of this ultimately culminates in a more cohesive customer experience while driving efficiencies and profitability."

Organizations that experience high call volumes often rely on technology like IVR systems to automate call routing processes that connect callers to the right department or representative. Syn-Apps' Park-N-Page goes one step further by providing an additional notification layer to the call routing process. When employees are unable to answer incoming calls, Park-N-Page places callers on hold and into a queue in the order they were received by the IVR. Park-N-Page simultaneously broadcasts an overhead page across the facility, announcing a caller is waiting on hold. Employees can respond to the page by dialing a prefixed extension from any phone on the network to directly connect with the call waiting on hold.

In addition to increasing customer awareness across a facility, Park-N-Page improves the overall call waiting experience by reducing the amount of time customers wait on-hold. It also drives down operational costs by removing the need for people to manually manage inbound calls.

To learn more, contact Syn-Apps at 1-866-664-6071 or visit us on the web at www.syn-apps.com/products/park-n-page.

About Syn-Apps

Syn-Apps is a leader in paging and mass notification solutions designed to improve business processes, increase safety, and streamline internal and external communication. Since 2001, thousands of organizations have integrated Syn-Apps' notification solutions with phones, paging systems, IP speakers, and hundreds of other systems and services.

Open Access to World's Leading Home Smart Home Standard Expected to Drive Protocol Unification

FREMONT, Calif. – Sigma Designs® (NASDAQ: SIGM), a leading provider of intelligent system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for Connected Smart TV platforms and Internet of Things (IoT) Devices, today announced it is releasing the interoperability layer of the Z-Wave standard into the public domain. The Z-Wave Public Spec provides cloud service developers, gateway makers, technology enthusiasts, and others free and easy access to the Z-Wave interoperability layer, for development of smart home IoT applications. Sigma Designs is also making public APIs for two of its software products as well as the full specification of the new, world-class Z-Wave S2 security application framework.

Z-Wave has long been the dominant technology in the smart home space, with more than 50 million interoperable Z-Wave smart home devices worldwide. The Z-Wave interoperability layer has become the gold standard in smart home communication and is the basis of the successful Z-Wave ecosystem, where all products speak the same language and truly understand each other, allowing service providers and consumers to successfully mix and match any Z-Wave product from any Z-Wave partner.

In addition to opening the Z-Wave interoperability layer, Sigma Designs is also releasing:

  • The API specification for its Z/IP (Z-Wave over IP) and Z-Ware (Z-Wave middleware) software products. These two APIs are designed for use by gateways, making communication from cloud services to the Z-Wave gateways even more transparent. Sigma Designs is also making public two implementation samples codes for the usage of these two APIs.
  • The full specification of the new, world-class Z-Wave S2 security application framework. Z-Wave's S2 security framework is the industry's most robust and comprehensive approach to Smart Home security. This allows security experts to view the inner workings of Z-Wave S2 security to further validate or provide critical feedback for improvements.

"Over four years ago, the Z-Wave Mac/Phy was adopted by the ITU as the public G.9959 radio standard. This public release of the interoperability layer, our Z-Wave language, marks the next major step towards further democratizing Smart Home standards for the IoT," said Raoul Wijgergangs, Vice President of the Z-Wave Business unit at Sigma Designs. "By publicly distributing our specifications, we're creating a resource for any party that wants to work with the best and biggest smart home ecosystem. We expect to see even more community involvement and an acceleration of development of new and innovative smart home solutions that adopt Z-Wave, especially in the cloud and gateway space."

Innovators will be able to develop plugins for connections through OCF, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and cloud-based services that can work directly with Z-Wave products and gateways. This will help tie the Smart Home into cloud initiatives and popular cloud services, which will extend the reach of Smart Home products and Z-Wave's overall leadership position. Free and public access to the specifications for application layer interoperability will also allow the community of smart home IoT developers to explore Z-Wave without having to purchase a development kit or sign an NDA.

"Z-Wave's smart home command classes and device types are the industry's most comprehensive and well-developed, and I am excited that Z-Wave's application layer interoperability specification will now be in the public domain," said Justin Hammond, maintainer, OpenZWave. "I am sure with access to these specifications, the Open Source Z-Wave community will really thrive, and in particular, OpenZWave will now be able to offer a complete and robust Z-Wave implementation for Open Source applications."

The Z-Wave Alliance will remain the steward and regulator of the Z-Wave brand, providing membership and ensuring a rigorous certification process for all products to be commercially offered in the market. The Z-Wave logo guarantees the quality of the Z-Wave products in terms of correct implementation of the Z-Wave commands.

For more information on how to access the Z-Wave Public Spec, click here.

About Z-Wave
Z-Wave technology is an open internationally recognized ITU standard (G.9959). It is the leading wireless home control technology in the market today, with over 1500 certified interoperable products worldwide. Represented by the Z-Wave Alliance, and supported by more than 375 companies around the world, the standard is a key enabler of smart living solutions for home safety and security, energy, hospitality, office and light commercial applications.

Z-Wave® is a registered trade mark of Sigma Designs and its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

About Sigma Designs
Sigma Designs, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGM) is a world leader in enabling smart home convergence. The company designs and builds the essential semiconductor technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's leading Smart TV, connected media players, Internet of Things (IoT) for smart home devices and whole home media connectivity . For more information about Sigma Designs, please visit www.sigmadesigns.com.

Sigma Designs, Secure Media Processor, and the Sigma Designs logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Sigma Designs, Inc. and its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are believed to be trademarks of their respective owners.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements about the anticipated features and benefits of Sigma's products and solutions with respect to the Z-Wave brand and the Z-Wave Open Specification. Actual results may vary materially due to a number of factors including, but not limited to, consumer and customer acceptance of the features provided in the new Z-Wave Open Spec, Sigma's ability to deploy and achieve market acceptance for Sigma's other products in its target markets, including the IoT market, and the ability of Sigma's Open Spec to compete with other similar in certain markets as well as other risks that are detailed from time to time in Sigma's SEC reports, including its report on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward- looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Sigma undertakes no obligation to publically release or otherwise disclose the result of any revision to these forward-looking statements that may be made as a result of events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events

Backup Exec 15 provides Instant Recovery for VMware and Hyper-V, S3 Private Cloud Connectors and additional support of SQL Server 2016 for free to existing customers

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Veritas Technologies, the global leader in information management, today announced the release of Feature Pack 5 for Backup Exec 15, its leading data protection solution for mid-sized organizations. Backup Exec delivers powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use backup and recovery for the entire IT infrastructure regardless of platform: virtual, physical and cloud. With the new release, administrators can migrate their backup smoothly to the cloud while adhering to critical disaster recovery processes without increasing complexity. They can also improve their recovery times for virtual environments and minimize the downtime of critical services within the company.

“We are committed to continually improving the capabilities of Backup Exec for our customers and partners to help them keep pace with the growing data protection demands across complex environments.”

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Feature Pack 5 comes with an array of new features and improvements including instant recovery for VMware and Hyper-V, a new customizable cloud connector, support for Cloudian HyperStore and SQL support.

Instant Recovery for VMware and Hyper-V: New intelligent instant recovery reduces the time, effort and complexity of restoring virtual machines on VMware and Microsoft environments. Administrators can restart a virtual machine directly from the backup set and do not need to mount and transfer the data set first. The virtual machine is available within seconds and users can access the restored virtualized applications immediately.

Instant recovery also allows backup administrators to verify their disaster recovery scenarios for virtual machines without impacting the production systems. They can also test a patch on an instantly recovered virtual machine before they roll it out to critical systems.

Backup Exec S3 Private Cloud Connector: Administrators can now use any hybrid cloud storage that works natively with the Amazon S3 API. The connector does not require an additional license, so organizations can quickly and easily use their own cloud storage servers as a target for backups.

New Cloudian HyperStore Support: Feature Pack 5 now includes an S3 connector that works seamlessly with storage appliances built with Cloudian HyperStore. Now, Backup Exec 15 can record all metadata of information sent to and stored on the Cloudian HyperStore. It can also manage all the external backup sets and help organizations meet policy requirements for providing secure access to the data.

New software platform support: Veritas is committed to providing timely support for new platforms as they become available. Additional features in Feature Pack 5 include support for the following software environments:

  • SQL Server 2016
  • Exchange 2016 CU2
  • SharePoint 2013 with SQL2016 instance
  • SQL Server 2014 SP2
  • Exchange 2013 CU13
  • SharePoint 2010 and 2013 CUs

“Managing and protecting data is becoming more challenging every day, given the rapid growth of information an organization possesses across cloud, physical and virtual systems. Based on our recent survey of over 900 global mid-sized organizations, they expect their data volume to increase by an average of 33% over the next three years,” said Mark Nutt, SVP Worldwide Channel at Veritas. “We are committed to continually improving the capabilities of Backup Exec for our customers and partners to help them keep pace with the growing data protection demands across complex environments.”

For more information on additionally supported platforms, Software Compatibility and Hardware Compatibility Lists (HCL) and Administrator Guides please visit this site.

All existing customers and partners can download the new Feature Pack 5 here.

About Veritas Technologies

Veritas Technologies enables organizations to harness the power of their information, with information management solutions serving the world’s largest and most complex environments. Veritas works with organizations of all sizes, including 86 percent of global Fortune 500 companies, improving data availability and revealing insights to drive competitive advantage. www.veritas.com

Veritas, the Veritas Logo and Backup Exec are trademarks or registered trademarks of Veritas Technologies LLC or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

STAMFORD, Conn. – Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI), a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to power commerce, today announced that the company has been recognized as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Geospatial Analytics Tools And Platforms, Q3 2016. This is the third market assessment in six months positioning Pitney Bowes as a Leader, following The Forrester Wave™: Customer Analytics Solutions, Q1 2016 and The Forrester Wave™: Master Data Management, Q1 2016.

“Pitney Bowes delivers a scalable spatial solution connected for commerce”

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In this major market evaluation, Forrester recognizes Pitney Bowes as being among geospatial vendors that were evaluated for:

  • Current offerings that include architecture, analysis, and capabilities to serve a broad range of users as well as prebuild solutions for horizontal and vertical uses.
  • Strategy for pricing and acquisition, company and product road map, and ability to support implementation.
  • Market presence, including customer numbers, revenue, and partners.

More specifically, Pitney Bowes received the highest scores possible in: spatial data sources; enrichment data sources; included enrichment data sources; cloud data sources; geocoding; security; buffers; edges and polygons; multi-table editing; labelling; grid analysis; time-series analysis; visualizations; model deployment; integrations; line of business and BI analysts; GIS professionals; and acquisition and pricing.

“Pitney Bowes delivers a scalable spatial solution connected for commerce,” writes Rowan Curran, Forrester Research, in the report.Pitney Bowes offers a scalable spatial platform that GIS professionals require, but the vendor also helps many other users of geospatial technology and data accelerate adoption by leveraging the power of its Spectrum Technology Platform and enabling its wider software solutions with spatial capabilities.”

Forrester notes that the Pitney Bowes location intelligence “solution focuses on scalable analysis, fast and accurate geocoding (with additional contextual data delivered with the GeoEnrichment capability), and an increasing empowerment of developers through web-based APIs for infusing applications with additional spatial data and location intelligence, such as local geosearch and supporting data solutions.”

Bob Guidotti, President of Software Solutions, Pitney Bowes says, “Most organizations today are using business intelligence solutions to analyze business data, but few understand how spatial data translates into enterprise systems and market insight. By leveraging Pitney Bowes’ geospatial capabilities, built on the Spectrum Technology Platform, businesses can do so much more with their data. Not only can they analyze the data with more precision and accuracy, but they can visualize patterns and relationships that they would otherwise miss without mapping technology.”

The Spectrum Technology Platform is the foundation of Pitney Bowes’ Identify and Locate solutions, which help organizations identify customers and locate opportunities to enable commerce across the full commerce continuum with speed and agility. By accessing these solutions through the Pitney Bowes Commerce Cloud, GIS professionals and developers can better aggregate, cleanse, enrich and analyze data in ways that are contextually relevant; and offer the ability to create a complete and accurate, single view of a customer, pulling together data across disparate sources, to better engage customers with best next action and drive a superior customer experience.

About Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PBI), is a global technology company powering billions of transactions – physical and digital – in the connected and borderless world of commerce. Clients around the world, including 90 percent of the Fortune 500, rely on products, solutions and services from Pitney Bowes in the areas of customer information management, location intelligence, customer engagement, shipping, mailing, and global ecommerce. And with the innovative Pitney Bowes Commerce Cloud, clients can access the broad range of Pitney Bowes solutions, analytics, and APIs to drive commerce. For additional information visit Pitney Bowes, the Craftsmen of Commerce, at www.pitneybowes.com.