SAN DIEGO, Calif. – This is Part 1 in a 3 Part series that explores the innovative and highly effective ways that organizations can strengthen their response to a cyber-attack. This series is written by Capt. Mike Walls, former Commander of U.S. Navy Cyber Readiness and current Managing Director, Security & Operations at EdgeWave.
If I were to ask an IT Professional to explain why his or her network is secure, I would probably hear a response that goes something like, "I have the latest and best technology, I do regular vulnerability scans, I do an annual penetration test, and I am in compliance with my industry's security requirements and standards." At face value, that sounds like a solid answer and it appears that the IT Professional is taking the necessary steps to ensure that his company's network is secure. In reality, it is more likely that this answer is only partially correct…
RTI™ Leverages Cognitive Intelligence Technology to Achieve Alpha
DEDHAM, Mass. – Rage Frameworks, a leader in Big Data and Business Process Automation technology, today announced the debut of its Real Time Intelligence (RTI™) for capital markets product. Rage RTI™ is an industry-first technology application that combines advanced Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing to monitor and interpret unstructured content from over 100,000 sources including news, research, blogs and social media, to extract signals based on contextual relevance.
Rage RTI™ provides a game-changing approach to using Artificial Intelligence technology to effectively translate unstructured content into valuable intelligence. The ability to quickly assess local and global events reported in the news, emerging research, blogs, and more is essential to having an effective active investment strategy. However, the incredibly high frequency and heterogeneity of information flow far outstrips the capacity of investment managers, asset managers, hedge fund managers, quantitative managers and other financial services professionals and their staff to process such information.
Recognizing this need, Rage has built RTI™ for capital markets to provide timely and systematic processing of information. By applying the company's Cognitive Intelligence platform and deep background in computational linguistics and Natural Language Processing (NLP), Rage RTI™ can automatically interpret information on the Internet -- as it arrives -- determine its relevance to one or more firms, and rate the impact of the information based on the content. The stated objective of Rage RTI™ is to enable the systematic extraction of signals for the detection of Alpha.
"Assembling and integrating a complete software stack to handle big data and analytics workflows is difficult to do for many businesses," said Nik Rouda, senior analyst for Enterprise Strategy Group. "Rage Frameworks does all that for you, but goes a step further in also offering fully built applications to solve specific industry problems. Their ability to generate financial insights is particularly interesting."
Uniquely, Rage RTI is not a "black box" -- the reasoning is completely traceable to source documents. Users can drill right down to phrases and words in each article and understand precisely how Rage RTI™ arrived at the conclusions it did.
Dr. Venkat Srinivasan, CEO of Rage Frameworks, said: "RTI delivers the ability to interpret unstructured content with fine-grained contextual relevance, and harness the value of that information like never before. The goal of RTI is to enable active managers to systematically discover Alpha using the power of cognitive intelligence."
Learn more about Rage Frameworks and Real Time Intelligence for Capital Markets at http://www.rageframeworks.com/capital_markets/.
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RAGE Frameworks Inc. is a leader in Cognitive Intelligence and Business Process Automation technology providing enterprise solutions in wealth management and business banking, breakthrough information products and custom solutions to power business transformation. Headquartered in Dedham, Massachusetts with global operations centers in Pune and Belgaum, India, RAGE offers unprecedented speed, flexibility and insight in solving today's most complex, critical business problems.
BEDFORD, Mass. – EnterpriseDB (EDB), the leading provider of enterprise-class Postgres products and database compatibility solutions, today announced the company will emphasize helping end users leverage the NoSQL capabilities of Postgres during technical sessions at NoSQL Now 2015.
The annual event in San Jose, Calif. starts today and runs through Thursday. It brings together data scientists, database administrators and architects as well as CIOs and business executives to exchange ideas, best practices and techniques for working with the NoSQL database solution category. Postgres has advanced to feature critical NoSQL capabilities, giving end users the choice to handle unstructured data with an ACID-compliant relational database. When the use case calls for a dedicated NoSQL-only solution, Postgres can still integrate with the data using a feature called a Foreign Data Wrapper.
EDB speakers will be addressing the features and capabilities in Postgres for working with unstructured data and the variables surrounding their deployment during two technical sessions:
- NoSQL on ACID -- Using Postgres for Unstructured Workloads at 8:30 am PT on Tuesday, Aug. 18, with Bruce Momjian, Sr. EDB Database Architect and Co-founder of the PostgreSQL community Global Development Group, and Vihbor Kumar, Principal System Engineer at EDB.
- PostgreSQL at the Center of Everyone's Data World at 1:30 on Wednesday, Aug. 19, with Bruce Momjian explaining Foreign Data Wrappers and how they are used to integrate data from NoSQL solution deployments into Postgres relational tables using the JSON data type.
Relational databases are continuing to advance to incorporate NoSQL capabilities. In its Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems, Gartner said, "By 2017, all leading operational DBMSs will offer multiple data models, relational and NoSQL, in a single platform." EDB was positioned in the Leaders Quadrants in that 2014 Magic Quadrant.
"Postgres is the most advanced open source database and the community has continued to ensure that, enhancing the technology as new use cases emerge," said Pierre Fricke, Vice President, Product Marketing, EnterpriseDB. "NoSQL-only solutions like document or key/value stores may have their place, but users need to understand what Postgres can achieve when making deployment decisions."
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Seven10's Storfirst Migration and Management Software Is Ready for Use With HP Helion OpenStack® and HP Helion Content Depot
LAWRENCE, Mass. – Seven10 Storage Software, the leading developer of seamless data migration and cloud-based Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) software, announced today that Seven10's Storfirst software products are now fully tested, certified, and supported for HP Helion OpenStack as part of the HP Helion Ready program for Solution Partners.
The HP Helion Ready Program offers a catalog of ISV and SaaS solutions certified to run on HP Helion OpenStack® and/or HP Helion Development Platform across industry workloads suitable for use in a variety of environments, including public, private, virtual private, managed, and hybrid clouds. HP publishes the list of all HP Helion Ready applications via a catalog on their website. As part of the certification, Seven 10 has earned the "HP Helion Ready" badge, which signifies that Storfirst software can be confidently deployed by customers with HP Helion OpenStack® and HP Helion Content Depot.
"As enterprises continue to evolve from traditional storage systems to cloud or hybrid-cloud storage, CIOs are looking for a trusted, secure and easier way to migrate their critical unstructured data while gaining immediate access to new storage infrastructure," said Bobby Moulton, President and CEO of Seven10. "Seven10 recognizes the burden to stay current with the latest integrations in object and cloud storage technologies. We understand these challenges and are providing customers an all-in-one solution that migrates legacy data and manages new investments in any storage technology, without creating budget shock."
"As part of the HP Helion Ready Program, Seven10 and HP will have a unique opportunity to ensure that Seven10's technology is tested and certified with HP Helion OpenStack," said Steve Dietch, Vice President, Cloud Go to Market, HP, adding that, "This will allow customers to deploy on HP Helion OpenStack seamlessly and reinforces HP and the Helion community's commitment to the growing ecosystem."
Seven10's Storfirst software seamlessly transitions unstructured data from the widest range of legacy storage environments, including EMC Centera, NetApp StorageGrid, HP MAS, IBM GMAS, Oracle SAMFS -- as well as any existing NAS platform, cloud gateway or file system. Storfirst is the industry's only solution offering automated data migration PLUS a standard SMB/CIFS or NFS file system layer for immediate access into any new storage platform, including HP Helion OpenStack and HP Helion Content Depot. HP Helion Content Depot is a fully integrated object storage solution based on HP Helion OpenStack and industry-leading HP ProLiant servers.
Storfirst offers HP users the following added benefits:
- Multiple layers of security: Encryption, file-locking, retention, multi-platform replication, portability, hashing, self-audits, tiering and write-once.
- Unparalleled flexibility: With native support of block and file-based disk, object, CAS, and even tape/VTL, Storfirst's policy-based tiering delivers true storage convergence for HP Helion users.
- Seamless migrations: Seven10 helps companies retire and/or refresh their current storage platform by supplying secure data migrations that deliver uninterrupted access and guarantee against data loss.
About Seven10 Storage Software
Seven10 is a market leading developer of cloud-based information lifecycle management (ILM) and data migration software. The company's award-winning technology provides organizations a simple, unified information management system that includes data migration capabilities from existing storage arrays. With support for on-premise and cloud technologies, Seven10 helps customers protect their most essential corporate data -- offering a secure, scalable, and centralized view of tiered storage. With proven success in healthcare, finance and other compliance-driven markets, Seven10's software delivers demands for immediate access while providing the most economical choices for long-term data retention. Technology built to outpace innovation.
For additional information please contact Seven10 Storage Software at 978.725.3332 or via email at Sales@Seven10Storage.com. For industry insight follow Seven10 Storage Software on Twitter and visit the company page on LinkedIn.
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TEMECULA, Calif. – Airbus DS Communications, an entity of Airbus Defense and Space, has been selected by Cecil County Department of Emergency Services to upgrade the Maryland County's emergency call-taking system with the VESTA® 9-1-1 solution.
An existing Airbus DS Communications customer, Cecil County, sought to upgrade its system to make the county Next Generation 9-1-1 ready and to boost its operational capabilities. The agency completed its technology upgrade in addition to remodelling and modernizing its entire operations center.
Cecil County Department of Emergency Services serves a population of more than 102,000 residents and answers more than 175,000 emergency calls each year. The county increased its total call taking positions from 18 to 29 to match the region's growing population.
"We are excited to introduce Cecil County public safety officials to our VESTA 9-1-1 solution to improve public safety communications for their community," said Bob Freinberg, CEO of Airbus DS Communications. "The County now has access to both a user-friendly solution and one designed with the flexibility and reliability they need to handle emergencies on any scale."
Previously, Cecil County's two call centers -- the command center and the back-up location -- were operating on different systems, making it difficult for call takers to transition between the two. With the scalability of the new VESTA 9-1-1 solution, both locations now offer the same high-quality user experience, ensuring reliability and fast response times.
"Throughout the years, Airbus DS Communications has provided reliable public safety communications technology and tremendous expertise and support to our team," said Jim Alfree, Assistant Chief, 9-1-1 Communications for Cecil County Department of Emergency Services. "By transitioning to the VESTA 9-1-1 solution, we are assuring dependability continues while also meeting Next Generation 9-1-1 standards."
The new system is geodiverse, making it more resilient in a disaster -- if one call server goes down for any reason, the second can maintain operations at full capacity. Cecil County also implemented the VESTA mobile CommandPOST™ solution to expand its call-taking abilities in the event of a severe emergency.
In addition to the VESTA 9-1-1 solution, Airbus DS Communications' VESTA™ Analytics solution provides Cecil County public safety leadership the metrics and insights needed to monitor and track call center performance such as how fast calls are received and average response times.
"We are honored to help Cecil County lay the foundation for Next Generation 9-1-1," said Daniel Heilman, Strategic Accounts-Public Safety, Carousel Industries, the service provider for Cecil County. "As we look to the future, we're excited to plan the next step and bring integrated text-to-9-1-1 to the county."
For more information on Airbus DS Communications, the home of VESTA, visit Airbus-DSComm.com.
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Airbus Defense and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe's number one defense and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defense enterprises. It employs more than 38,000 employees generating revenues of approximately EUR 13 billion per year.
Airbus DS Communications, an Airbus Defense and Space Holdings, Inc. company, is a global leader and trusted source for mission-critical communications technologies. The VESTA® product suite provides Next Generation 9-1-1 call processing systems, land mobile radio solutions and emergency notification applications, creating smarter ways to keep all our communities safe.
New 1U Platform Reduces Dual-Socket Footprint Using Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 v3
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Intel® Developer Forum - Advantech (TWSE: 2395) today announced the FWA-5020, its new high-end 1U network appliance architected around the latest-generation Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processors. The FWA-5020 offers greater performance in a significantly reduced footprint that extends scalability and brings greater cost-efficiency to next-generation network platforms supporting demanding workloads such as network/cybersecurity, policy enforcement, quality-of-service, and network analytics.
The FWA-5020 integrates one or two Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processors that provide larger on chip cache memories, increased memory speeds and differentiating virtualization features. Supporting four DDR4 channels per socket, the FWA-5020 can be configured with up to 512GB of ECC memory using the latest RDIMM technology.
The highly modular I/O expandability on the FWA-5020 is implemented through two Network Mezzanine Card slots that can be populated with a broad choice of GbE, 10 GbE and 40 GbE modules with or without advanced LAN bypass for different deployment scenarios. In addition, the platform integrates four GbE ports with advanced LAN bypass and two 10 GbE ports for a maximum total platform throughput of over 100 Gbps. Advantech Platform Management based on IMPI 2.0 provides advanced carrier-grade features such as remote, failsafe firmware updates and hardware-based BIOS redundancy which upgrades reliability and serviceability of mission-critical network platforms.
"The improved density and reduced power consumption of next-generation Intel® Xeon® family processors allow us to address the strong market demand for more efficient, higher performance network platforms with a 1U high-end network appliance designed for maximum scalability and functionality," said Peter Marek, Senior Director x86 Solutions, Advantech. "The platform has been designed for upgradeability to the future Intel® Xeon® processor product family and brings several value-added features to help customers offer higher levels of reliability and serviceability. Our close relationship with Intel enables customers' early access to latest generation silicon in a ready-to-integrate network platform which is sampling now."
Advantech will be showcasing the FWA-5020 at the Intel® Developers Forum, August September 18-20 in San Francisco, CA, USA.
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DALLAS, TX – AT&T* has selected Metaswitch's Perimeta Session Border Controller (SBC) to power a portion of the carrier's software-centric network as AT&T drives toward its goal to virtualize 75 percent of its network by 2020.
SBCs have historically been hardware-based, rigid and expensive. But the Perimeta SBC will enable AT&T to connect their LTE network traffic with other carriers' networks via SBCs, which are deployed as virtualized network functions (VNFs). The result is an even more seamless and reliable experience for AT&T customers.
"By embracing VNFs like the Perimeta SBC, AT&T can offer its customers a wide variety of differentiated services on a cost-effective, flexible and programmable network," said John Lazar, CEO of Metaswitch. "Metaswitch is committed to collaborating with AT&T to deliver agile and high-quality software for AT&T's software-centric network vision."
AT&T Inc. helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed Internet and voice services. We're the world's largest provider of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. In the U.S., our wireless network offers the nation's strongest LTE signal and the most reliable 4G LTE network. We offer the best global wireless coverage.** And we help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and secure cloud solutions.
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About Metaswitch Networks
Metaswitch is powering the transition of communication networks into a cloud-based, software-centric, all-IP future. As the world’s leading network software provider, we design, develop, deliver and support commercial and open source software solutions for network operators. Our high performance software runs on commercial, off-the-shelf hardware, as appliances or in the cloud. We package this software into solutions that are redefining consumer and business communications and enabling the interconnection between diverse network services and technologies. We also apply our software development expertise to removing network virtualization complexities in the data center, with a solution that easily scales and secures workload interconnection in support of mission-critical IT and real-time communication applications. For more information, please visit: http://www.metaswitch.com.
New FortiGate-600D Offers Industry's Most Secure, Cost Effective 10 Gigabit Interface and 36Gbps Throughput Appliance to Better Protect Enterprises From Cyber Threats
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT) -- the global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, today announced the launch of its FortiGate-600D enterprise firewall, the industry's most competitive 10GBps mid-range network security appliance available to protect mid-market and enterprise organizations from advanced cyber attacks.
The new FortiGate-600D delivers five-times better performance compared to competitive solutions, and provides the best price/performance in the industry. The solution is designed to provide superior security and performance for two key use cases:
- Deployment as a Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) at the edge of the network, allowing multiple security applications to be deployed without causing a bottleneck in the network.
- Deployment as an Internal Segmentation Firewall (ISFW), enabling customers to securely separate data stores inside the internal network -- where traffic can run 10 to 100 times faster than Internet traffic -- without affecting throughput.
This is all made possible through Fortinet's proprietary ASIC architecture, which combines off-the-shelf CPU's and custom developed ASIC's such as the Network Processor 6 (NP6) to accelerate the performance of computationally-intensive security functions.
"Bandwidth requirements are continually increasing, especially within internal networks, where most enterprises go unprotected," said John Maddison, vice president of marketing at Fortinet. "Advanced threats require additional security applications, which further increase the need for network security resources. With our new FortiGate-600D, based on an ASIC architecture, we are making the very best in security and security price/performance available to enterprises of all sizes."
New Class of Protection and Network Visibility for Greater Security Effectiveness
On average, network bandwidth requirements double every 18-months. This, combined with the proliferation of more sophisticated cyber threats means mid-market and enterprise organizations with large branch offices need high-speed network security that also delivers highly effective security to protect their businesses today and help them future-proof for tomorrow.
Fortinet's new FortiGate-600D, along with its recently launched FortiGate-400D and 900D next-generation enterprise firewall appliances, were engineered to deliver the high level of performance needed to block emerging threats, meet rigorous third-party certifications, and ensure that security does not become a network performance bottleneck. This breakthrough high-speed threat prevention allows organizations to run NSS and ICSA Labs recommended Fortinet intrusion prevention and application control technologies and VB100 certified anti-malware capabilities for deeper inspection.
Other key features included in the FortiGate-600D include:
- An intuitive management interface that enables rich console views and reports for broad and deep network visibility, scaling from a single FortiGate appliance to thousands.
- The FortiOS network security operating system that allows for superior control over thousands of applications, rich visibility over network traffic, broad security, and ease-of-use.
- High-speed connectivity essential for internal network segmentation. The FortiGate 600D provides 10 GE slots that simplify network designs without relying on additional devices to bridge desired connectivity.
- With 32 Gbps of ISFW/NGFW throughput, the FortiGate-600D can be deployed at high-speed as next generation firewalls at network edges or inside the network as internal segmentation firewalls. FortiGuard Labs threat researchers, engineers and forensic specialists that provide real-time threat intelligence around the clock that is delivered via comprehensive security updates across the full range of Fortinet's solutions.
The new FortiGate-600D is available immediately. Please contact an authorized Fortinet channel partner for pricing and details.
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Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) protects the most valuable assets of some of the largest enterprise, service provider and government organizations across the globe. The company's fast, secure and global cyber security solutions provide broad, high-performance protection against dynamic security threats while simplifying the IT infrastructure. They are strengthened by the industry's highest level of threat research, intelligence and analytics. Unlike pure-play network security providers, Fortinet can solve organizations' most important security challenges, whether in networked, application, wireless or mobile environments -- be it virtualized/cloud or physical. Nearly 250,000 customers worldwide, including some of the largest and most complex organizations, trust Fortinet to protect their brands. Learn more at http://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog or FortiGuard Labs.
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Preservica selected as digital preservation partner for Berea’s unique traditional and folklore sound collection, one of the largest single sound collection uploads in the Cloud
OXFORD, UK – Berea College, a liberal arts college based in Kentucky, has chosen digital preservation partner, Preservica, to protect and make accessible its unique sound and video collection, documenting the history and culture of Berea College and Southern Appalachia. The 100 TB collection, which will be preserved in Preservica’s Cloud Edition hosted on Amazon Web Services, consists largely of sound and video documenting traditional music and mountain culture.
In 2015, after an extensive research and selection process, Berea selected Preservica as its partner of choice to help preserve its collection, and to make it publicly accessible. Preservica was chosen following an extensive review of several vendors, and was noted as being the most functional, flexible and economic solution, as well as the easiest to integrate with the archive’s existing IT ecosystem.
“The Preservica team is fantastic to work with, they have come up with a solution that works very well for our needs, and always have a variety of people to answer our questions,” says Rachel Vagts, Head of Special Collections and Archives at Berea. “We’re very excited about this project,” added Vagts. “We have such an extensive collection of unique sound and video, and it’s great that our students and the worldwide research community will be able to access it.”
The archives being preserved are all non-commercial – one of a kind, stored on a variety of now mostly obsolete formats. They document Appalachian history and culture, as well as the history of Berea College. The collection is especially strong in the areas of traditional music (banjo and fiddle for example), religious expression, spoken lore, radio programs, oral history, and College events and personalities. It includes field recordings from homes and churches by collector – scholars, local and regional folk festivals, student performances, presentations of notable scholars, preachers, and social activists who have visited Berea.
Featuring a full set of records dedicated to the work of the Appalachian Volunteers on the 1960s War on Poverty, the collection is a valuable record of Kentucky history. A powerful recollection of history, the collection also features historic photographic archives of Appalachian families stretching as far back as 1890.
The Berea sound and video collection is approaching 100TB in size. The large size of the collection is due to the inclusiveness of the files, many of which are sound files. Rather than deleting intervals between recital sound recordings to reduce file size, Berea has kept all files in their entirety in an effort to capture an end-to-end cultural experience, complete with background chatter from the audience.
The video files were especially large files, with some files as big as 516 GB.
During the selection process of determining what would work well for Berea, it quickly emerged that Preservica was the most economical choice for the institution. “They have been a great technical resource that has not broken the bank,” says Vagts.
In addition, Preservica submitted a proof of concept document that met all of Berea’s requirements, including their cloud requirements, which would preserve the collection in the cloud and make it universally accessible to the wider research community.
To enable Berea to safely and rapidly move its collection to Preservica, AWS Import/Export is being used to move large amounts of data into the AWS Cloud. This is accomplished by using portable storage devices for transport and will enable the whole 100TB collection to be uploaded within weeks.
The finished solution will be available via Berea College Special Collections and Archives website, the objective being to share its fascinating history as widely as possible.
Preservica CEO Jon Tilbury comments: “Berea College pioneers the way forward for other educational institutions, and corporations, in the US and beyond, and this project is not only helping Berea, but also archivists around the world. It’s an amazing collection, and a fabulous piece of history for us to be helping to safeguard into the future.”
One example of the collection includes forty-eight acetate disc recordings made in the early 1940s that document Magoffin County, Kentucky fiddler and banjo player, John Morgan Salyer. Salyer was born in 1882 and was master of an older eastern Kentucky style that is only barely discernible in the playing of present day fiddlers and banjoists. The recordings were made by his sons Grover and Glen using a home disc-cutting machine. Many of his tunes have not been documented elsewhere.
About Berea College
Berea, the South’s first interracial and coeducational college, focuses on learning, labor, and service. Berea admits academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources. No student is charged tuition. All students must work at least 10 hours weekly, earning money for books, room and board. Graduates from Berea go on to distinguish themselves and the College in many fields, living out the College's scriptural motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth.”
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 European Commission, the Met Office, Texas State Archives and HSBC, to name a few.
Preservica invests in many research initiatives in digital preservation and is a well-respected member of international collaborations with academia, archives, libraries and corporations at the leading edge of this emerging field. It is part of Tessella group, the international analytics, software services and consultancy company.
BroadForward deploys its Next Generation Diameter routing and interworking solution at ASPIDER-NGI
THE NETHERLANDS – ASPIDER-NGI, a leading IaaS provider of provisioning, billing and revenue management solutions for operators, today announced it has integrated the BFX Interface Gateway, BroadForward’s software-based signaling solution for Diameter routing and interworking.
ASPIDER-NGI delivers branded services for mobile network operators, helping them to improve customer engagements, provide better service delivery, and boost profitability. The company provides services to traditional mobile operators, MVNOs, MVNEs and Enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives to help them manage connectivity to manage loyalty and revenue.
BroadForward’s BFX Interface Gateway provides ASPIDER-NGI with a single design software solution for Diameter routing and any-to-any protocol interworking. BFX enables signaling scenarios across 2G/3G, 4G/LTE, IMS Wi-Fi, Fixed-Line and M2M networks, without the need for scripting or development.
Taco Schoute, CEO of BroadForward said “We are very pleased to see that innovative players like ASPIDER-NGI have deployed our solution. BFX fits perfectly into ASPIDER-NGI’s virtualization approach and provides the routing, mediation and interworking functions needed to interconnect and control traffic in their cores.” Jan Mooijman, CEO of ASPIDER-NGI commented “We launched the BroadForward Diameter solution specifically for NFV and service orchestration across different signaling technologies and vendors”. He further added “This supports our innovation strategy by optimizing network policy, providing legacy mediation and adding dynamic routing for geo-redundancy. Bottom line: this helps us improve our services to our customers and increase our flexibility”.
BroadForward’s BFX Interface Gateway is deployed at leading operators around the world enabling various signaling use cases such as Diameter routing, mediation, LTE roaming, VoLTE, 3G-4G network interworking, fixed-mobile convergence, M2M communications and network function virtualization (NFV). BFX is designed to be the most agile and cost effective signaling solution available to service providers.
About BroadForward: BroadForward is the leading expert in signaling interworking and routing for 2G/3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Fixed, Wi-Fi and M2M networks. BroadForward’s BFX Interface Gateway is the Next-Generation signaling solution that provides a unique combination of any-to-any protocol interworking, routing and GUI based services orchestration, working across Diameter, RADIUS, SS7 and IT protocols. BroadForward’s solutions are hardware-agnostic, supporting network virtualization and cloud deployment. BroadForward was founded by an internationally recognized team of mobile telecoms experts with a track record in building carrier-grade, revenue generating products and services for global mobile operators. BroadForward’s software development is entirely done in The Netherlands.
About ASPIDER-NGI: ASPIDER-NGI allows mobile operators to engage their customers with compelling service plans, engaging promotions and innovative content, all designed to build loyalty and increase revenue. Our global solutions are delivered as-a-Service to reduce operational costs and reduce time to market. ASPIDER-NGI is an operator independent supplier of innovative solutions for mobile voice, data and content requirements. Services are designed for rapid development of mobile revenue streams where clients use “configure on-demand” IaaS approaches based on ASPIDER-NGI Core Mobile network, OSS/BSS, Care and Billing. Over 100 clients have been launched around the world, from traditional M2M and MVNO projects, to OTT and IoT OEM solutions for consumer connectivity. For more information, visit www.aspider-ngi.com.