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A growing number of businesses are looking to protect themselves against the risk of data breaches and other security problems by purchasing specialist insurance, a new study has shown.

Research conducted by Veracode and the New York Stock Exchange revealed that the majority of public companies in the US have some form of cyber security insurance, Dark Reading reports.

Of these, 91 per cent of policies include protection for business interruption and data recovery expenses. Meanwhile, 54 per cent have coverage that can reimburse them for fees such as PCI fines, breach notifications and extortion, while 35 per cent of respondents say they want protection against software coding and human errors that lead to data loss.

Chris Wysopal, co-founder and chief technology officer at Veracode, said such precautions are becoming the norm in an environment where costs for rebuilding after an incident are growing. He noted that as interest in this area grows, it will be up to the cyber insurance industry to define standards and best practices for what firms can expect to be covered.

“I was surprised that 35 per cent already are [seeking] insurance for coding and human errors,” he said. “That number will increase when there’s standardisation around what that means.”

The research also found that nine out of ten executives agree that regulators should hold companies responsible for breaches if they have failed to secure their data adequately.

However, many respondents also agreed that third parties should also bear their share of responsibility in the event of a security incident. Some 90 per cent of companies say software vendors should be held liable for vulnerabilities found in their software, and 65 per cent have either already or are planning to include liability clauses in their contracts with their software suppliers.

More than half of executives at public companies expect their shareholders will demand more transparency surrounding cyber security in the coming years, with Mr Wysopal noting that boards are increasingly concerned about the brand damage that can result from a breach.

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From:: http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/company/press-room/data-recovery-news/more-firms-looking-to-insure-against-data-loss,-survey-finds377.aspx

I recently saw a T-shirt that said, “Data is the new bacon.” And it certainly seems that way — everyone is hungry to find, acquire and consume data, and the market is answering the call.

In the past few months, we have seen the White House launch a new Smart Cities Initiative and host a forum on citizen science and crowdsourcing. General Electric started rebranding itself as a digital company helping cities become more intelligent. My own organization, Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Government Excellence, through our partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities program, is helping 100 mid-size cities accelerate their use of data and evidence to improve people’s lives.

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http://www.govtech.com/opinion/4-Simple-Steps-to-Get-Government-Leaders-on-the-Data-Diet.html

KEMP, Texas – Larson Electronics, a leader in the manufacturing and sales of high grade lighting equipment has announced the release of a 32 watt mini LED strobe light equipped with a sixteen foot cord terminated in a cigarette plug for connection to power.

The 9200-LED-S-M strobe light from Larson Electronics offers high signal performance in a compact design that can operate on any voltage ranging from 10 to 30 volts DC. This compact mini strobe light encloses thirty-two, 1 watt amber LEDs within a polycarbonate lens enclosure for durability and protection from the elements. Two 50 pound grip magnets are integrated with two suction cups, which provides the ability to mount the unit on a smooth surface such as glass, as well as metallic surfaces such as vehicle roofs and equipment railings. This mounting combination allows users to expand the possibilities of mounting surfaces beyond the standard ferrous metal. The magnets on this unit are also protected by felt to prevent the possibility of damaging a surface. This beacon has a low 2.7 amp draw, produces a highly visible ten joules flash per strobe, and is rated Class 1 signifying the brightest intensity possible. A sixteen foot cord ending in a standard cigarette plug provides easy connection to standard plug sockets that are equipped in most vehicles. An inline switch allows operators to turn the unit on and off without having to disconnect the cigarette plug from the socket. This mini LED strobe light bar is typically used for security vehicles, utility trucks, and emergency service vehicles.

“This LED strobe light bar is SAE Class 1 rated and produces 4 times the amount of light as a Class 2 rated strobe light,” said Rob Bresnahan with Larsonelectroncis.com. “Class 1 strobe lights are typically ideal for emergency vehicles such as police, fire and ambulance.”   

Larson Electronics specializes in portable industrial lighting equipment, high mast light towers, explosion proof light fixtures, power distribution systems, LED lighting and more. To view their wide range of products, visit them on the web at Larsonelectronics.com or call 1-800-369-6671 for more information. Larson Electronics will be attending the 2016 OTC show in Houston, Texas from May 2nd to May 5th. Visit them at booth 6716 to inquire about their lighting solutions for many industrial applications.

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Big Data Analytics Applications Provide Contextual Insights to Better Understand Customer Experience and Improve Customer Interactions With Personalized Care and Marketing

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Guavus, Inc., a leading provider of big data analytics applications for operational intelligence, today announced the launch of a new suite of applications to enable the next generation of contextual customer experience analytics that fully illustrate the customer journey across networks and services. The new application suite enables Service Providers to correlate and fuse petabytes of streaming and operational data with customer data in real-time transforming the Customer Experience Management (CEM) and Marketing functions towards real-time, contextual customer care and proactive business processes. The Customer Experience Analytics suite leverages the same data framework as Guavus' Service Reflex application, which provides insights into service operations, thus providing customers with a complete end-to-end view of the operating environment.

By providing a holistic analytics layer across network, operational and customer data, plus a unified multichannel view, Guavus' Customer Experience Suite enables enterprises to:

  • Monetize and operationalize data for improved contextual care and personalization: CSPs are now able to monitor and measure the customer experience at an unprecedented granular network level and be able to efficiently remediate an individual's quality of experience, proactively serve up personalized offers and rapidly enable self-service customer care portals for more immediate satisfaction keeping them at par with capabilities offered by digital providers.
  • Deliver a higher quality experience: Beyond solely looking at Net Promoter scores as a measurement of experience, Guavus' Customer Experience applications provide context for why a customer is experiencing service in a certain way and defines actions that can be taken in the moment to address service quality.
  • Drive customer advocacy and increase ARPU: CSPs can easily identify their most profitable customers and provide them with a more personalized service and exceptional experience that is worth talking about.
  • Generate new revenue streams by monetizing data to 3rd parties for advertising or content personalization: audience segments are qualified in near real-time through dynamic profiling. This helps marketers efficiently reach specific audiences and offer advertisers/partners one of the most accurate audience Data-as-a-Service (DaaS).

"Net Promoter Score has long been top of mind for service providers as a measure of customer satisfaction and loyalty. However, as choice has increased, the playing field has levelled out and CSPs must differentiate through a superior customer experience to remain competitive both with peers and new entrants. As such, they need to understand the dynamics of how their services are impacting every customer experience and leverage that knowledge to take proactive measures and deliver personalized interactions," said Anukool Lakhina, CEO & Founder, Guavus. "With our heritage leveraging massive scale computing to process big data analytics at the edge, sophisticated data science that differentiates our offering among the CEM landscape and proven track record in the communications industry, we are in a unique position to bring to market products that address these needs."

The next-generation Guavus Customer Experience suite is built around two core analytics applications that leverage a common framework for maximum reusability and extensibility:

Care Reflex: provides customer care agents with unprecedented and granular near real-time insights to determine the precise impactful events affecting the quality of experience at critical points in the customer journey by subscriber. As a result, problems are identified and resolved faster and subscribers receive personalized service that improves customer satisfaction and reduces churn. Care teams can:

  • Reduce average handle time (AHT), lower mean-time-to-repair (MTTR), increase first call resolution and reduce repeat calls by enabling smarter, more contextual care
  • Quickly discriminate between network vs. device and customer-centric vs. service-wide problems for smarter triaging and reduced no fault found (NFF) equipment returns
  • Reduce inbound call volume and 'bill shock' by enabling self-service care that allows customers to better understand their usage behaviour at a fine grained level in a way that existing billing and BSS systems cannot provide given the growing rate of data usage and complexity of networks.
  • Easily integrate with existing Customer Support platforms to provide enriched analytics capabilities for maximum flexibility and extensibility

Marketing Reflex: enables operators to gain a greater understanding of subscribers' interests to strengthen their competitive position against digital providers and find new revenue opportunities to overcome flat ARPU. Marketing teams can:

  • Collect, classify, categorize and understand audience interests as well as their key use of applications, devices, networks and content.
  • Increase upsell/cross-sell opportunities through accurate and advanced customer profiling
  • Increase revenue by discovering new customer segments with shared interests
  • Deliver personalized and consistent subscriber engagement that improves customer retention and grows customer advocacy across multichannel touch points
  • Monetize data assets with third parties, turning network data into profitable Data-as-a-Service business model
  • Easily integrate with existing systems through Guavus' API design, which enables operators to access data through third-party business intelligence tools such as Tableau

"The biggest challenge that so many operators face in drawing actionable insights from their data is that it usually resides in a variety of silos across their organizations," said Justin van der Lande, Principal Analyst, Analysys Mason. "This makes it very difficult to understand network and customer events in the context of one another, and almost impossible to do so within the timescales needed to make that information useful. This is why we're seeing a trend in operators looking for analytics applications to support specific requirements that consolidate relevant sources of data, provide real-time capability if needed, and require much less effort to implement than using general purpose tools."

About Guavus

Guavus solves the world's most complex data problems. Proven across Fortune 500 enterprises, Guavus provides a new generation of analytically powered big data applications to address specific business problems for next-generation service assurance, next-generation customer experience management and the Internet of Things. The Company uniquely breaks down the barriers between Operational Support Systems and Business Support Systems to enable customers to more efficiently plan network capacity, improve service operations and deliver a better customer experience. Guavus' operational intelligence applications correlate and analyze massive amounts of streaming and stored business, operational and sensor data from multiple, disparate source systems in real time. Guavus products currently process more than two Trillion transactions per day.

Percona to Provide SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer for MySQL as Part of Value-Added Database Performance Solution to Provide Greater Optimization

DURHAM, NC – Percona, the company that delivers enterprise-class MySQL® and MongoDB® solutions and services, today announced a partnership with SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable hybrid IT infrastructure management software. Under the terms of the partnership, Percona will provide SolarWinds® Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) for MySQL with its Percona Server® software and associated support and services.

Percona® offers software solutions, as well as support, consulting and managed services to help enterprises maximize database application performance, eliminate performance issues, and scale their database deployments. SolarWinds DPA for MySQL offers database administrators, application developers and operations teams enterprise-grade database performance tuning, metric visibility and resource correlation based on a unique wait-time analytics approach to help improve the performance of corporate, cloud and SaaS applications from within a single management dashboard.

Highlights

  • Percona will provide SolarWinds DPA for MySQL along with Percona Support and Percona Care Services.
  • Key features of SolarWinds DPA for MySQL include:
    • Wait-time analysis, resource and response time correlation for Multi-Dimensional Performance Analysis, and history and dynamic baselines.
    • A single management dashboard provides visibility across on-premises, cloud and hybrid IT environments.
    • A comprehensive view of how every aspect of the system affects performance across SQL database operations, host server and OS, virtualization resources, and storage I/O enables database managers to quickly find bottlenecks and troubleshoot complex problems.
  • SolarWinds DPA for MySQL supports a mix of database engines and deployment options, including MySQL, Oracle®, SQL Server®, DB2®, SAP ASE, VMware®, AWS® EC2, RDS and Azure agentless architecture.
  • Percona has the option to sell additional SolarWinds products, including SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor, SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor, SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor, and others.

Quotes

Gerardo Data, Vice President of Product Marketing, SolarWinds
"We're delighted to be partnering with Percona, a recognized performance expert for MySQL. The visibility SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer provides to application teams and its ability to pinpoint performance problems is truly unique. We believe this joint partnership will help both our users achieve maximum performance for their applications."

Peter Zaitsev, Co-founder and CEO of Percona
"SolarWinds DPA for MySQL provides customers with another way to optimize their database and application performance and reduce their hardware investments. When they need additional support, Percona will be there 24x7x365 with the most knowledgeable MySQL experts in the industry."

About Percona

With more than 3,000 customers worldwide, Percona is the only company that delivers enterprise-class solutions for both MySQL and MongoDB across traditional and cloud-based platforms. The company provides Software, Support, Consulting, and Managed Services to some of the largest and most well-known brands on the Internet such as Cisco Systems®, Time Warner Cable®, Alcatel-Lucent, Groupon®, and the BBC®, as well as to many smaller companies looking to maximize application performance while streamlining database efficiencies. Well established as thought leaders, Percona experts author content for the Percona Data Performance Blog. The popular Percona Live conferences draw attendees and acclaimed speakers from around the world. For more information, visit www.percona.com.

Percona®, XtraBackup®, TokuDB® and Fractal Tree® are registered trademarks of Percona LLC or its subsidiaries. All other registered and unregistered trademarks in this document are the sole property of their respective owners.

About SolarWinds

SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) provides powerful and affordable hybrid IT infrastructure management software to customers worldwide from Fortune 500® enterprises to small businesses, government agencies and educational institutions. We are committed to focusing exclusively on IT Pros, and strive to eliminate the complexity that they have been forced to accept from traditional enterprise software vendors. Regardless of where the IT asset or user sits, SolarWinds delivers products that are easy to find, buy, use, maintain, and scale while providing the power to address all key areas of the infrastructure from on premises to the Cloud. Our solutions are rooted in our deep connection to our user base, which interacts in our thwack® online community to solve problems, share technology and best practices, and directly participate in our product development process. Learn more today at http://www.solarwinds.com/

SolarWinds, SolarWinds & Design and thwack are the exclusive property of SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC or its affiliates. All other company and product names mentioned are used only for identification purposes and may be or are intellectual property of their respective companies.

© 2015 SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. All rights reserved.

ASSAMSTADT, GERMANY – Collaborative working on mobile devices goes further than simply calling a colleague for assistance. It is enabling people to complete their work in a completely different way. They are now able to rely on other people and devices located around the world to provide them with necessary real-time information and support while working in remote locations.

Following ecom's roots and decades of experiences as the world´s first manufacturer and market leader for Zone 1 mobile phones and tablets, Collaborative Working in hazardous areas is now possible using the first intrinsically safe 4G/LTE Android Smartphone Smart-Ex® 01 and the only Zone 1 / 21 and Division 1 certified tablet, the Tab-Ex® 01. ecom´s Mobile Worker Concept is providing five key real-use benefits to companies and workers in hazardous areas around the world:

Increased Productivity & Wrench Time
Traditionally, on-site workers in potentially dangerous areas carry out assignments based on paper lists and clipboards, then afterwards have to enter the results into the company database -- which is highly inefficient. The ultra rugged tablet Tab-Ex® 01 -- based on the Samsung GALAXY Tab Active -- brings a wide range of applications and new customer focused solutions into Zone 1 / 21 and Division 1 areas for the first time.

Thanks to applications such as electronic job sheets and work orders, on-site workers are now able to focus on the task in hand while using tablets or smartphones. They no longer have to be concerned with retuning to a control centre to update information on a system, they can update it in real-time as they carry out work. This enables them to cut down on time spent at the end of each day on administrative tasks, significantly increasing wrench-time.

Reduced Risk & People Exposure
Reducing the risk of operations is essential for any company involved in hazardous area operations. Taking advantage of the latest technology advances, the pocket-sized 4G/LTE enabled Smart‐Ex® 01 Smartphone helps to simplify and streamline the way mobile workers operate and interact with each other, their remote experts, and their backend systems.

Interaction with corporate enterprise systems also becomes easier with the tablet Tab‐Ex® 01. Forms that are typically too large for a PDA or Smartphone can be displayed on Tab‐Ex® without the need for continuous scrolling. The Tab‐Ex® 01 ensures access is fast and seamless -- providing workers the complete background on an asset, detailing all historical data and repairs to quickly perform the task in hand.

Having a device that is capable of transmitting GPS data provides also a huge upgrade in the security of the workforce, giving them piece of mind that if any accident were to occur that others would be alerted. This significantly reduces workers exposure to risk while they are working, improving the overall safety of operations.

Reduction in Delays
Operations can be delayed for a wide range of reasons caused by anything from user error to asset failure. One of the key benefits of using mobile devices and collaborative working is that any information relating to an asset can be made immediately available while the worker is at the point of inspection.

Optional built‐in rear and front cameras for the Smart-Ex® 01 and Tab-Ex® 01, with a full complement of wireless capability, allow equipment defects to be captured at inspection or while maintenance work is executed. Video calling applications make the defect instantly visible to those who need to diagnose the issue and determine the follow‐on actions. This has the potential to dramatically reduce downtime and repair time, reducing the risk of costly delays.

Faster, Better Informed Decisions
With the uptake of technology in the workplace, big data is able to give businesses a much greater in-sight into their operations and the way they carry out work. By giving each user a mobile device to capture information on, the quality and accuracy of data can be significantly improved. This can be a huge benefit to the business as it means more information can be made immediately available, avoiding the need for a specialist to visit the site or offshore platform in person.

The Tab‐Ex® 01 for example, leveraging Samsung´s know-how, can support multiple mobile worker roles performing a range of applications, including Asset Surveys, Material Tracking, Operator Rounds, Inspection and Maintenance. With this help, analysts can interpret the data in real-time and they can then make immediate decisions on whether an asset or a process needs to be adjusted. Thus, decision-making processes are shortened and problems, as well as defects, can be resolved quickly and efficiently.

Reduced Rig or Plant Time
The less time that workers need to spend offshore on a rig or on a plant, the less cost is incurred by the business. As cost-effective 4G/LTE networks become accessible in the field and offshore, real-time notification of plant changes and abnormalities to team leaders in the field is now possible with the Tab-Ex® or Smart-Ex®, providing the ability to remotely view and interrogate notification and root cause data in real‐time to quickly resolve the issue.

Using tablets or smartphones, workers can be provided with plant schematics and diagrams pre-loaded on each device. This enables people who are otherwise unfamiliar with a site to find exactly what they need to be inspecting, significantly cutting down on time lost.

For more information about how intrinsically safe mobile devices can be used for Collaborative Working please visit ecom's Web Site at: www.ecom-ex.com

Tab-Ex® 01 Features:   Smart-Ex® 01 Features:
  Global certifications - one common platform
Android™ Operating System
Wireless capability as WWAN, 4G LTE*, WLAN, etc. (* depending on carrier & regional availability)
8.0" capacitive multi-touch screen
Glove Touch Screen
High Visibility Display in Direct Sunlight
NFC functionality
4450 mAh Li-Ion battery pack
Bluetooth® 4.0 incl. BLE (Bluetooth® Low Energy) BLE (30 times faster, 1/100th of power)
WIFI 802.11 a/b/g/n
(Optional) 3 MP rear camera Flash with Barcode Scanner capability and 1.3 MP front camera
Reinforced security with Samsung KNOX™
Accessories and peripherals to enable wide range of uses
Push-to-talk (App solution)
IP64 - Dust proof, water proof
GPS
Lone Worker Protection (App solution)
Google Play certified
Tested with common MDM-Systems
(Optional) Service Level Agreemeent (SLA)
    Global certifications
Android™ Operating System
4G / LTE -standard (SIM unlocked and free)
4.0" capacitive multi-touch screen made of extreme shock and scratch resistant Gorilla® Glass 2
Glove Touch Screen
High Visibility Display in Direct Sunlight
NFC functionality
3600 mAh Li-Ion battery pack
Bluetooth® 4.0 incl. BLE (Bluetooth® Low Energy) BLE (30 times faster, 1/100th of power)
WIFI 802.11 a/b/g/n
(Optional) 8 MP rear camera with auto focus and LED flash with torchlight function and 1 MP front camera
IP68 - Dust proof, water proof
Push-to-talk (App solution)
Dedicated Hardware buttons for PTT, LWP functions
Lone Worker Protection (App solution)
Google Play certified
Tested with common MDM-Systems
(Optional) Service Level Agreemeent (SLA)

Brief profile of ecom
ecom instruments is a leading global provider of mobile computing and communication devices for use in potentially hazardous areas as found in industries including chemicals, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, mining, power generation, food and beverage.

For 30 years, ecom has set the standards and gathered comprehensive expertise in explosion protection for daily use in hazardous industrial areas across the globe.

In its four core disciplines of communication, mobile computing, portable hand lamps and measurement calibration, ecom instruments offers a wide variety of innovative and field proven solutions.

Further information about ecom instruments can be found at www.ecom-ex.com

New Flocker Storage Profiles Feature Removes Barrier to Enterprise Container Adoption by Improving Access to Capabilities of Storage Systems

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – ClusterHQ, The Container Data People, today announced that the company's storage partner ecosystem has expanded to include four of the top five global market leaders in enterprise storage: Dell, EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and NetApp. The most recent additions to the ecosystem include, Dell, HPE, Kaminario and PMC Sierra, growing the program to include a total of 12 of the biggest and most innovative names in global enterprise storage. Huawei and Nexenta, who joined the ClusterHQ storage partner program in June, have now released their Flocker storage drivers. Joint customers can use ClusterHQ's open source Flocker container data volume manager with their hardware-based or software-defined storage solution of choice and any of the leading container management tools, including Docker, Mesosphere and Kubernetes to create portable container-level storage for Docker. With these capabilities, users can resolve data and storage roadblocks that stand in the way of enterprise container adoption.

"With the explosion of the Docker ecosystem, we are excited to bring stateful, open-source, container technology for storage through our Flocker OpenStack Cinder driver," said Rob Strechay, director of product management for storage, HPE. "ClusterHQ is making it simple for Hewlett Packard Enterprise to enable customer adoption of Docker with our HPE 3PAR StoreServ and StoreVirtual storage technology."

ClusterHQ also announced a new Storage Profiles feature in Flocker, available immediately, that enables users to take better advantage of the sophisticated capabilities built into storage arrays. A Flocker user can now choose from a menu of common storage options when creating a data volume, optimizing storage for their container-based application. With Flocker Storage Profiles, a Flocker driver developer can create distinct profile options for their storage system -- for example, gold and bronze -- that designate different options available when a user creates a volume, such as solid state disk (gold) or spinning disk (bronze). Previously users could specify only volume size. Drivers for Amazon EBS and Dell will immediately take advantage of these profiles, with other drivers being updated in the coming months.

In addition to new storage partners and additional features, Rancher, a software platform for deploying a private container service, has announced it will integrate Flocker into the Rancher service catalogue, enabling a one-click installation of Flocker into an existing Rancher deployment.

"ClusterHQ has established the container data management category in a big way and with the addition of HPE and Dell to the program we support more enterprise storage environments than any other related product for containers," said Mark Davis, CEO, ClusterHQ. "The community has responded very positively to Flocker, and the availability of these sophisticated storage options for Docker is opening the door for new enterprise use cases enabled by the production readiness of containers."

Any company or community that wants its storage backend to work with Docker, Kubernetes or Mesosphere can easily build a driver for Flocker, making it possible to create container-based applications using a wide variety of new or previously installed storage solutions.

Learn more about the ClusterHQ Storage Partner program and join at: https://clusterhq.com/partners

To learn more about building a storage plugin for Flocker, visit: https://docs.clusterhq.com/en/latest/gettinginvolved/plugins.html

Interact with ClusterHQ

  • Join us at booth 25 at DockerCon Europe Barcelona Nov. 16-17 to learn more about how Flocker works! We'll be having regular in-booth demos of the newest Flocker storage drivers.
  • Stay in Barcelona for one more day and attend the first Container Data Summit on Nov. 18th, hosted by ClusterHQ.
  • Follow us on Twitter: @ClusterHQ
  • Find us on GitHub: ClusterHQ
  • Like us on Facebook: ClusterHQ

About ClusterHQ
ClusterHQ builds container data management software that enables broader adoption of container technology in production environments. DevOps teams worldwide rely on ClusterHQ's open source Flocker software to meet the data portability requirements of distributed, microservices-based applications. Available for download at www.clusterhq.com/flocker, Flocker enables containers and their associated data volumes to be easily moved between servers as a single unit, a prerequisite for production operation of stateful application components in containers. Flocker facilitates widespread production deployment of containers for databases, queues and key value stores by making it simple and practical for entire distributed applications to be consolidated into an all-container development and operations environment. No matter where, or what, a container is running, Flocker gives DevOps teams operational freedom to quickly react to market conditions by relocating application containers in response to changing conditions, so that their business can innovate faster and be more responsive. Flocker increases the value of an organization's container investment and opens the door for a greater variety of mainstream enterprise use cases. Organizations can now embrace the portability and massive per-server density benefits of containers for stateful application services, enabling the creation of a new generation of microservices-based applications, and in some cases the replacement of virtual machines with containers. ClusterHQ provides the tools and services necessary for deploying and managing fully containerized stateful applications, simplifying IT processes and delivering on the advantages inherent in containers. We are the Container Data People™.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – ClusterHQ, The Container Data People, today announced an integration between ClusterHQ's Flocker container data management software and Dell Storage Center array software for Dell Storage SC Series. With the addition of support for Dell Storage, Flocker is quickly becoming the industry standard for data management in containerized environments. With Flocker, Dell SC Series customers can easily use popular container management tools such as Docker Swarm, Kubernetes and Mesosphere to achieve portable and persistent shared storage for cloud-native applications.

"ClusterHQ has established itself as the company to collaborate with if you want to connect enterprise-grade storage solutions with Docker," said Travis Vigil, executive director, Dell Storage. "We're always looking for new avenues of integration that offer improved flexibility and capabilities for our customers -- many of which are being driven by cloud-native applications -- which we can now offer with the Dell Storage Center driver for Flocker."

Dell is making it possible for developers and operations teams to leverage existing storage backends to create portable container-level storage for Docker. ClusterHQ's Flocker makes it simple and practical for entire applications, including their data, to be containerized and moved as a single unit between development, staging and production. Dell customers can use a combination of Docker and Flocker to more easily adopt container-based infrastructure for an entire application, even its critical databases, in production environments for more streamlined access to the entire Docker ecosystem.

"Containers are excellent building blocks for modern microservices-based applications, but up until recently, maintaining and storing data has been a big challenge," said Mark Davis, CEO, ClusterHQ. "It's great to have support for Flocker from Dell and several other big players in the storage industry, which is helping drive the possibility of containers becoming mainstream for enterprise production use cases."

A complete list of supported storage backends can be found at: https://docs.clusterhq.com/en/latest/introduction/index.html#supported-storage-backends

To learn more about building a storage plugin for Flocker, visit: https://docs.clusterhq.com/en/1.1.0/gettinginvolved/plugins.html

To download the Dell Flocker driver, visit: https://github.com/dellstorage/storagecenter-flocker-driver

Interact with ClusterHQ

  • Join us at booth 25 at DockerCon Europe Barcelona Nov. 16-17 to learn more about how Flocker works! We'll be having regular in-booth demos of the newest Flocker storage drivers.
  • Stay in Barcelona for one more day and attend the first Container Data Summit on Nov. 18th, hosted by ClusterHQ.
  • Follow us on Twitter: @ClusterHQ
  • Find us on GitHub: ClusterHQ
  • Like us on Facebook: ClusterHQ

About ClusterHQ
ClusterHQ builds container data management software that enables broader adoption of container technology in production environments. DevOps teams worldwide rely on ClusterHQ's open source Flocker software to meet the data portability requirements of distributed, microservices-based applications. Available for download at www.clusterhq.com/flocker, Flocker enables containers and their associated data volumes to be easily moved between servers as a single unit, a prerequisite for production operation of stateful application components in containers. Flocker facilitates widespread production deployment of containers for databases, queues and key value stores by making it simple and practical for entire distributed applications to be consolidated into an all-container development and operations environment. No matter where, or what, a container is running, Flocker gives DevOps teams operational freedom to quickly react to market conditions by relocating application containers in response to changing conditions, so that their business can innovate faster and be more responsive. Flocker increases the value of an organization's container investment and opens the door for a greater variety of mainstream enterprise use cases. Organizations can now embrace the portability and massive per-server density benefits of containers for stateful application services, enabling the creation of a new generation of microservices-based applications, and in some cases the replacement of virtual machines with containers. ClusterHQ provides the tools and services necessary for deploying and managing fully containerized stateful applications, simplifying IT processes and delivering on the advantages inherent in containers. We are the Container Data People™.

Company's Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) Recognized for Innovation and Ability to Tailor for Any Size Organization

OMAHA, Neb. – Cosentry, the leading provider of IT solutions in the Midwest, today announced that its Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offering has received a 2015 Cloud Computing Backup and Disaster Recovery Award. For the second consecutive year TMC's Cloud Computing Magazine distinguished the service from among competitors for its ability to minimize downtime, maintain system performance and help ensure mission-critical functionality.

The Cloud Computing Backup and Disaster Recovery Award recognizes technologies and vendors that have built cloud solutions, allowing businesses small or large, to remain active and productive under even the most challenging conditions. Cosentry's DRaaS continues to impress judges with an overall service that includes the following disaster recovery assessment steps:

  • Step 1: Assess all operations and applications to determine data protection needs.
  • Step 2: Classify all data workloads and applications into ascending levels of Disaster Recovery (DR) options.
  • Step 3: Evaluate options for each level and compare costs against the business value of the data or service.
  • Step 4: Design and implement an appropriate solution utilizing both Backup Recovery System (BRS) and Disaster Recovery System (DRS).

"Recognizing excellence in the advancement of cloud computing technologies, TMC is proud to announce Cosentry's DRaaS as a recipient of the Cloud Computing Backup and Disaster Recovery Award," said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. "Cosentry is being honored for their achievement in bringing innovation to the market, while leveraging the latest technology trends."

Recently, Cosentry enhanced its DRaaS offering by forming a strategic partnership with Geminare -- the #1 ranked leader in DRaaS enablement. Named "Cosentry DRaaS integrated with Google Cloud Platform," the suite of services is delivered through a collaboration with Google Cloud Platform and enables Cloud Recovery and Cloud Archive services to be delivered to Cosentry's customers.

"Combined with the power of our nine interconnected data centers, our DRaaS offering assumes our customer's IT risk mitigation management and dramatically shortens their data recovery times," said Craig Hurley, Vice President of Product Management, Cosentry. "The net result is an affordable, compliant and secure data recovery service, tailored for any size organization." 

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Preservica reports surge in demand for digital preservation software

 

Digital Preservation specialist, Preservica, has seen a 50% growth in new customer signings in the last six months, as organizations increase their focus on protecting and future-proofing critical, long-term information assets.

 

The acceleration in new signings could see the company doubling its customer base year-on-year in the first half of 2016.

Preservica’s world-leading digital preservation software is now in use at a mix of both public sector and commercial organizations including:

  • Twelve US State Archives, including Texas, Massachusetts and Michigan
  • Four of the UK's largest corporations, including HSBC, Unilever and BT
  • Twelve national and pan-national archives, including the UK National Archives and Swiss Federal Archives
  • Sixteen major universities and colleges, including Yale
  • Seven world renowned libraries and museums including DC Public Library and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in New York

Preservica will also shortly announce deals with a major news agency and a global financial institution.

In addition, in April of this year Preservica was named as a 2015 “Cool Vendor” in Content Management in a report by leading technology analyst Gartner.

 

According to the report, the long-term preservation of digital assets is a challenge: “As formats change, software is retired and hardware becomes obsolete, the data that organizations might want to keep can be lost forever. Government documents are one example, but companies also have information that needs to be preserved in order to eliminate the risk that they will not be readable or usable when required. Manufacturing, infrastructure, pharmaceutical companies and financial services organizations all have data that falls into this category”.

 

The diversity of the Preservica user community is drawn from both large and mid-size organizations across multiple segments, including commercial and public sector organizations, that are deploying a mix of either on-premise or cloud-hosted (SaaS) versions of Preservica’s digital preservation software.

 

”Most of the records created today are born-digital,” says Jelain Chubb, State Archivist and Director, Archives and Information Services Division at Texas State Library and Archives Commission. ”Although much of this digital information has short term retention requirements, there is still a significant amount that we are required to retain and preserve permanently. Given that legal mandate, it was vital for us to expand and enhance our digital preservation efforts now to ensure these essential government records remain accessible into the future.”

 

Jon Tilbury, CEO at Preservica, commented: “This is a very exciting time for us as Digital Preservation technology crosses from being niche to mainstream. It has long been recognized as essential by memory and cultural institutions and is now crossing into many government and commercial organisations that need to keep information for 10 years or more. Preservica is at the forefront of this fast emerging discipline and it’s great to see our customers prioritising the long-term preservation of their vital digital assets. I am also pleased that our proven digital preservation software is recognized as best of breed by many leading organizations.”

 

About Preservica

Preservica is a world leader in digital preservation technology, consulting and research. Our active preservation solutions are used by leading businesses, archives, libraries, museums and government organizations globally, to safeguard and share valuable digital content, collections and electronic records, for decades to come. These include the UK National Archives, the Met Office, Texas State Archives, Wellcome Library and HSBC, to name a few.

Preservica’s award-winning digital preservation and access software is a complete, standards-based (OAIS ISO 14721) trusted repository that includes connectors to leading Enterprise Content and Records Management systems to ensure long-term usability, trustworthiness and preservation of vital digital records, emails and content.

Visit: www.preservica.com Twitter: @preservica