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Addition of Cable Option Expands Bandwidth Connectivity for Highest Quality, End-to-End UC Solution

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – PanTerra Networks, the leading provider of unified cloud services for mid-market enterprises, today announced the expansion of its SmartBand services to include Time Warner Cable (TWC) 15mb-50mb internet plans. Adding TWC connectivity to PanTerra's broadly available SmartBand offering ensures customers have an even wider footprint and more options than previously available when building a complete cloud-based communications solution. The partnership with TWC further demonstrates PanTerra's commitment to offering its customers ultra-secure and reliable cloud-based solutions, including unified communications, collaborations, contact center, analytics and file sharing services. PanTerra is the first to offer a true end-to-end secure cloud solution with its HIPAA compliant cloud and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for all IP phones and optional MPLS networks. Application integration and interoperability with Office 365, Outlook, Google Apps, Gmail, Dropbox, Box and others, PanTerra's WorldSmart solution can provide the most secure communication solution for your enterprise.

"PanTerra continues to provide its customers and partners the best cloud UC solution in the industry and the addition of Time Warner Cable is a testament to our commitment to delivering the broadest end-to-end solution on the market. Regardless of where you are in the country, PanTerra has a robust and reliable cloud UC and connectivity solution that is comprehensive, secure and covered by the best SLA in the industry," said Arthur Chang, CEO of PanTerra. He continued, "We are offering TWC immediately as an option to enhance our already feature-rich service."

About PanTerra Networks
PanTerra Networks is a business-class Unified Cloud Service Provider, seamlessly delivering multi-media communications, collaborations, contact center, file sync & share and business analytics through its WorldSmart solution. WorldSmart is a HIPAA compliant, highly secure, ultra-reliable, futureproof unified cloud service that can be custom configured on a user by user basis and consistently deployed world-wide.

WorldSmart includes CloudUC, its unified communications service that can upgrade or replace an enterprise's existing communications and collaborations infrastructure with a next-generation cloud-based unified communications service and SmartBox - Enterprise File Sync & Share, its secure cloud file storage, sync & share service with built-in unified communications features.

All WorldSmart services can be self-managed or provided through SentraCloud, its fully managed solution delivered by PanTerra, which includes the management of all WorldSmart services, optional last mile MPLS capable connectivity and any associated on-premises networking equipment.

With PanTerra's Unified Cloud Service solution, enterprises gain the highest levels of security, scalability, reliability, availability, quality of service, service level agreement and support while significantly lowering their total cost of operations and IT administration complexities. PanTerra is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA.

For more information, please visit www.panterranetworks.com or call +1 800.805.0558 or email us at info@panterranetworks.com.

DURHAM, NC – Principled Technologies (PT) compared the performance of a Dell PowerEdge R710 server to that of a newer Dell PowerEdge R730 featuring Intel Xeon processors E5-2660 v4. Both solutions ran Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and Microsoft Hyper-V. PT found that the upgraded solution could handle four times the work of the older one. That means potential cooling, power, and physical space savings for businesses. Additionally, if companies already have powerful storage like Dell Storage SC4020, they can put more of that storage performance to use.

To learn more about how the Dell PowerEdge R730 can make a datacenter more efficient, see the full report at facts.pt/nWBvDY-m and the infographic at facts.pt/qekSku-m.

About Principled Technologies, Inc.

Principled Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of technology marketing and learning & development services.

Principled Technologies, Inc. is located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. For more information, please visit PrincipledTechnologies.com.

Cloud-based key management service helps businesses to retain control of critical assets

 

Plantation, Fla.Thales, leader in critical information systems, cyber security and data protection, announces support for AWS Key Management Service (KMS) with enhanced security and control through bring your own key (BYOK) with hardware key protection.

 

With Thales hardware security modules (HSMs) and key management on premises, organizations can take control of the lifecycle of the keys they use in the cloud, and revoke or retire those keys as necessary. This gives organizations flexibility in deploying applications in the cloud while retaining control of critical business operations in-house.

 

Jon Geater, Chief Technology Officer at Thales e-Security says:

“As organizations focus on moving their more sensitive data and applications to the cloud, sound encryption key management has become a more important consideration. The ability to manage cryptographic keys in-house and release them to cloud providers only on a ‘need to use basis’ is becoming an increasingly powerful tool and one that Thales has the proven experience and expertise to deliver. Moreover, local control over the generation and storage of keys can help organizations meet the security and compliance requirements needed in order to run their most sensitive workloads in the cloud.”

 

Find out more about AWS Key Management Service here https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-bring-your-own-keys-with-aws-key-management-service/

 

For industry insight and views on the latest key management trends check out our blog www.thales-esecurity.com/blogs

 

Follow Thales e-Security on Twitter @Thalesesecurity, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube

 

About Thales e-Security

Thales e-Security + Vormetric have combined to form the leading global data protection and digital trust management company. Together, we enable companies to compete confidently and quickly by securing data at-rest, in-motion, and in-use to effectively deliver secure and compliant solutions with the highest levels of management, speed and trust across physical, virtual, and cloud environments. By deploying our leading solutions and services, targeted attacks are thwarted and sensitive data risk exposure is reduced with the least business disruption and at the lowest life cycle cost. Thales e-Security and Vormetric are part of Thales Group. www.thales-esecurity.com

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 62,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14 billion in 2015. With over 22,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

Positioned as a value-added systems integrator, equipment supplier and service provider, Thales is one of Europe’s leading players in the security market. Thales solutions secure the four key domains considered vital to modern societies: government, cities, critical infrastructure and cyberspace.

Drawing on its strong cryptographic capabilities, Thales is one of the world leaders in cybersecurity products and solutions for critical state and military infrastructures, satellite networks and industrial and financial companies. With a presence throughout the entire security chain, Thales offers a comprehensive range of services and solutions ranging from data protection and trust management, security consulting, intrusion detection and architecture design to system certification, development and through-life management of products and services, and security supervision with Security Operation Centres in France, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.

The FAIR Institute and NIST present how the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and the FAIR risk model can be leveraged to measure the ROI of cybersecurity and prioritize risk mitigations

RESTON, Va. – The FAIR Institute, an expert, non-profit organization led by information risk officers, CISOs and business executives to develop standard information risk management practices and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) have published a new resource that will help enterprises and government organizations improve their cybersecurity risk analysis, reporting and decision-making.

Since its first release in February 2014, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) has rapidly emerged among companies and government organizations as the leading taxonomy and set of best practices for managing cybersecurity risk, both here in the U.S. and abroad. The NIST CSF has helped many organizations report on the maturity level of their cybersecurity practices and their progress toward meeting their goals.

One limitation that users encountered was the lack of an analytic capability that would allow them to quantify the risk associated with compliance gaps or the sufficiency of compliance. Factor Analysis of Information Risk (FAIR) - the international standard value-at-risk model for quantifying cybersecurity risk from The Open Group - provides analytical support for organizations using NIST CSF by helping them measure and prioritize their control improvements in financial terms.

The combined use of both NIST CSF and FAIR standards allow organizations to not only assess the maturity level of cybersecurity activities, but also to answer fundamental questions such as: How much risk do we have? and What activities matter the most and should be prioritized? Accordingly, the economic analysis provided by FAIR allows organizations to draw additional value out of the NIST CSF by enabling informed choices on where to apply limited financial resources. Ultimately, FAIR helps users to meet NIST CSF's stated goal to manage cybersecurity risk in a cost-effective way based on business needs.

A series of articles on "NIST CSF & FAIR" can be accessed on NIST's Industry Resources page under the Guidance that Incorporates Framework section or directly on the FAIR Institute (http://www.fairinstitute.org/blog/nist-csf-fair-part-1).

Joint users of both standards include large enterprises in various sectors (including financial services, healthcare and manufacturing) and governments agencies. Membership in the FAIR Institute is free. Learn more and network by joining the FAIR Institute.

About the FAIR Institute

The FAIR Institute is an expert, non-profit organization led by information risk officers, CISOs and business executives, created to develop and share standard information risk management practices based on FAIR. Factor Analysis of Information Risk (FAIR) is the only international standard value-at-risk model for information security and operational risk. FAIR helps organizations quantify and manage risk from the business perspective and enables cost-effective decision-making. To learn more and get involved visit www.fairinstitute.org.

Virtually infinite scalability, record-smashing efficiency, and breakthrough cost

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – After nearly three years of top-secret development, Nimbus Data today unveiled ExaFlash™, a revolutionary new all-flash platform for cloud, big data, virtualization and massive digital content.

Nimbus Data's ExaFlash™ Platform is an historic achievement that will reshape the storage and data center industries. It offers unprecedented scale (from terabytes to exabytes), record-smashing efficiency (95% lower power and 50x greater density than existing all-flash arrays), and a breakthrough price point (a fraction of the cost of existing all-flash arrays). ExaFlash brings the all-flash data center dream to reality and will help empower humankind's innovation for decades to come.

"Worldwide storage demand continues to escalate, and with it, the need to increase data center efficiency, achieve scale with consistent performance, maintain simplicity, and reduce cost," stated Thomas Isakovich, CEO and Founder of Nimbus Data. "Our vision is unencumbered by conventional thinking, and ExaFlash's ground-breaking achievements reflect that vision."

Infinite scalability. Infinite possibilities.

The ExaFlash Platform incorporates a novel architecture that enables virtually infinite scalability, from terabytes to exabytes, as one centrally-managed all-flash system. With ExaFlash, data flow is decoupled from metadata and management is centralized, operating completely out-of-band. This provides one interface and one pane-of-glass for all administration. There is no data network between the storage arrays themselves, so performance truly scales in lock-step with capacity and with consistent latency. Multiple storage protocols, including block, file, and object, can operate simultaneously using Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and InfiniBand networks, eliminating storage "islands".

Unreal efficiency. Unreal savings.

The building blocks of the ExaFlash Platform are ExaFlash Arrays, a new family of all-flash system that sets new records for energy efficiency, capacity, connectivity options, and rack space density. Unlike off-the-shelf servers, ExaFlash Arrays are precision-engineered for maximum efficiency and performance. ExaFlash Arrays draw 95% less power per terabyte than competing designs by eliminating irrelevant components and minimizing CPU utilization through intelligent hardware-offload engines. ExaFlash Arrays also incorporate ultra-dense flash drives to deliver up to 50x the capacity in the same rack space as competing alternatives. ExaFlash Arrays are available in sizes ranging from 50 TB to 4.5 PB and feature the latest 32 Gb Fibre Channel, 100 Gigabit Ethernet, and EDR InfiniBand connectivity. ExaFlash Arrays feature dual active-active controllers, redundant power and cooling, and hot-swappable components for always-on availability and easy serviceability.

Powerful Software Provides Complete Data Management

The all-new ExaFlash Operating System is powerful, API-driven storage and data management software for the ExaFlash Platform. The ExaFlash OS provides a single pane-of-glass administration interface for total control. It also provides support for all major storage protocols, including block, file and object protocols, simultaneously. Using the API, storage administrators can automate every conceivable storage task centrally. Inline variable deduplication and compression maximize storage utilization, and real-time checksums ensure data integrity.

Breakthrough Price Point for All-Flash

ExaFlash costs less than half that of competing all-flash systems, bringing the all-flash data center from dream to achievable reality. Depending on capacity, ExaFlash offers an unprecedented price point as low as $0.19 per effective gigabyte (including all software and hardware). This is a direct assault on traditional hard drive arrays, and all existing all-flash arrays, for a broad range of applications, from virtualization and databases to cloud infrastructure, digital content repositories, and big data. Combined with the technology achievements that make ExaFlash so space and power efficient, ExaFlash offers a 90% lower total cost of ownership than competing all-flash arrays, making it the clear choice for forward-thinking enterprise users and cloud builders looking to minimize IT cost and maximize profitability.

Availability

ExaFlash is available for pre-order now, with general availability expected in Q4 2016. Nimbus Data will be exhibiting the full ExaFlash line at Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, on August 9-11, 2016. For more information, please visit our website at www.nimbusdata.com.

About Nimbus Data

Nimbus Data has developed the world's most advanced flash memory platform for cloud infrastructure and big data. The ExaFlash™ platform offers virtually infinite on-demand scalability, 95% lower energy consumption, unmatched multiprotocol support, and over 50x greater rack density, all at less than half the cost of competing approaches. For more information, visit nimbusdata.com, email us at info@nimbusdata.com, and follow us at twitter.com/nimbusdata.

BOSTON – Threat Stack, a leader in cloud-native security and compliance management, announced today that Ayla Networks, a global Internet of Things (IoT) platform for manufacturers, selected Threat Stack Cloud Security PlatformTM (CSP) to ensure the security and compliance of its platform within its Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment. The company uses Threat Stack CSP to achieve the visibility it needs to offer a full suite of operational, business intelligence and analytics services at scale.

Threat Stack CSP enables Ayla to accelerate the development, support and ongoing enhancements of its agile IoT platform, without sacrificing efficiency. Ayla has more than 75 customers, including many Fortune 1000 customers, so it is imperative that organizations feel comfortable entrusting the Ayla IoT platform with their sensitive data. Threat Stack CSP allows Ayla to provide secure connectivity to its customers, while maintaining compliance in the cloud.

"We enable manufacturers to build connected products using Ayla, and our customers trust us to safely and securely manage those intelligent systems," said Adrian Caceres, CTO and co-founder of Ayla Networks. "Threat Stack provides us with one centralized interface to control, view and act upon security alerts, giving us more visibility to scale with confidence. Its integrated approach to compliance and threat management is critical to helping us serve our customers in the U.S. and Europe."

As the intersection between DevOps and security continues to expand, more Ops teams own security processes, as is the case for Ayla Networks. Organizations need tools that integrate security alerting directly into DevOps workflows so teams can respond quickly and with context about what occurred. Threat Stack's push-button integrations with Slack, PagerDuty and most recently VictorOps allow Ayla Networks and other users to enable alerting in less than two minutes for real-time response to security threats.

"A security-conscious company like Ayla Networks understands that keeping its sensitive data protected is central to its overall business, and its customers' businesses," said Brian M. Ahern, chairman and CEO, Threat Stack. "Achieving security visibility across connected devices is not easy, and we're proud to enable Ayla to maintain a deep level of continuous security monitoring and detection for its IoT products, providing Ayla customers with the peace of mind that their important data is secure and compliant."

Threat Stack CSP's single dashboard view provides integrated workload insights, infrastructure monitoring, vulnerability management, threat intelligence and compliance reporting to make important security data accessible and easy to correlate. Its cloud-native architecture automatically scales up or down with the capacity of customers' infrastructures to ensure continuous visibility across all kinds of dynamic environments, including on-premise, private cloud, public cloud and hybrid environments. For more information on Threat Stack, please visit www.threatstack.com.

About Threat Stack

Threat Stack enables growth-driven companies to scale with confidence by identifying and verifying insider threats, external attacks and data loss in real time. The only fully integrated, cloud-native continuous monitoring solution that gives customers instant visibility and automatically responds to changes in their environment, Threat Stack provides the coverage needed to run secure and compliant, in all environments, without sacrificing speed and efficiency. For more information, or to start a free trial, visit threatstack.com.

About Ayla Networks

Ayla Networks empowers leading manufacturers by simplifying the inherent complexity of the Internet of Things (IoT), enabling them to turn their products into smart connected systems and transform their businesses to compete in the game-changing world of connectivity. Delivered as a cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Ayla's IoT platform provides the flexibility and modularity to enable rapid changes to practically any type of device, cloud or app environment. Ayla Networks was named a 2015 Cool Vendor in the Internet of Things by Gartner, Inc. Ayla's investors include Cisco, the International Finance Corporation, SAIF Partners, Crosslink Capital, Voyager Capital, Linear Venture, SJF Ventures, Mitsui, Ants Capital, 3NOD and Acorn Pacific. For more information, visit www.aylanetworks.com.

Hashgraph distributed consensus platform provides radical alternative to Blockchain

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Swirlds(TM), building the trust layer for the internet, today released the Software Development Kit (SDK) for the hashgraph distributed consensus platform, which is free for download. The Swirlds software development platform goes beyond blockchain, providing capabilities not previously possible with existing technology, to build and run shared worlds—fully distributed applications that harness the power of the cloud without servers. With Swirlds, developers build applications that rapidly achieve consensus, resulting in fair, fast, proven and efficient transactions without any single point of failure.

Hashgraph technology – Fair, Fast and Proven

Swirlds removes the obstacles inherent in blockchain technology. Blockchain is inefficient and does not enforce fairness. It can be challenged with high latency and probabilistic consensus, which often requires costly and wasteful mining.

In contrast, with Swirlds, transactions are:

· Fair: As Swirlds does not rely on miners, Swirlds applications ensure the actual order of transactions is the consensus order, and all transactions are included.

· Fast: Swirlds does not require “proof–of-work.” Transactions happen in milliseconds, instead of minutes or hours.

· Proven: Developers and users quickly receive absolute proof of the consensus results of their actions for 100 percent order certainty.

Leveraging the hashgraph distributed consensus algorithm, the Swirlds platform enables developers to efficiently create always-available, serverless distributed applications of unlimited scope and scale.

“Developers want to create trusted, distributed applications that are not controlled by any single organization, for uses such as distributed identity directories, online auctions, stock markets, cryptocurrencies, and multiplayer games,” said Dr. Leemon Baird, founder and CEO of Swirlds. “Using the power of Java, developers build smart contracts and can go beyond to build entire shared worlds. This is the first time these concepts have been brought together on a single platform.”

The Swirlds SDK

The Swirlds SDK contains the Swirlds browser, example apps with source code that can run in that browser, and documentation for installing, running and writing new apps using Eclipse. In addition, developers benefit from a detailed tech report that outlines the hashgraph, consensus algorithm, and math proofs that power the platform.

“Swirlds broadens the range of applications that can be decentralized, providing a platform for building the trust layer of the Internet,” continued Dr. Baird. “The SDK gives unprecedented access to a platform to design and develop applications with fairness in decision making, speed, trust and reliability, at a fraction of the cost of traditional server-based platforms.”

The SDK is available on the Swirlds downloads page.

About Swirlds

Swirlds provides a platform to build and run shared worlds—fully distributed applications that harness the power of the cloud without servers. Applications built on the Swirlds platform create trust in peer-to-peer networks without a central server, while ensuring fairness, which is needed in auctions, markets, and multiplayer games. Leveraging the new hashgraph consensus algorithm, the Swirlds platform enables developers to build applications that are fair, fast, secure and trusted. Swirlds—building the trust layer of the internet. www.swirlds.com | @Swirlds

©Swirlds 2016. Swirlds and the globes logo are trademarks of Swirlds Inc.

The First Software Platform to Integrate Insight into Day-to-Day IP Operations

BOSTON – Anaqua, Inc., a leading provider of intellectual property analytics and management software and services, today announced the availability of a major product release that embeds big data analytics into the leading IP Management platform. ANAQUA 8.6 enriches the IP process with business insight gleaned from more than 100 million patents and 1 billion related artifacts. This intelligent system uncovers fresh opportunities to drive revenue and reduce costs and risk through unique new capabilities powered by the integration of analytics from AcclaimIP, which Anaqua acquired in the spring of 2016.

As competitive organizations seek to become smarter about getting maximum business value from intellectual property at the lowest possible cost, they need insight that guides better decisions throughout the process. Historically the power of IP analytics was tapped by a select few data analysts and search specialists. ANAQUA 8.6 is the first IP management platform to infuse the entire process of creating, protecting and monetizing IP with analytics delivered to the right user, in the right format at the right time. For the first time, inventors, business executives, IP leaders, operations managers, attorneys, and paralegals can benefit from the insight delivered through a unified IP platform.

Key features in ANAQUA 8.6 include:

My HyperViews™ - the flexibility to create and share interactive dashboards.
Snapshot Analytics™ - pre-packaged analytics with configurable charts and visuals included in the IP Management Platform to aggregate the patent's score based on its lifecycle.
Smart WorkSpaces™ - deliver analytics to every stakeholder with persona-based workspaces that bring insights, content, tools and tasks together for making strategic and more informed decisions.
Anti-counterfeit mobile app with geo-location – photograph and report on location for potentially phony products.
Anaqua to Anaqua – an interface that allows law firms and their clients to exchange data seamlessly and securely.

"Our customers wanted more than just a product suite so we took a different approach," said Bob Romeo, Anaqua CEO. "Big data has game-changing potential. We put the power of insight into the hands of everyone who needs it by embedding analytics into the IP workflow. This is unique and it will help our customers make better decisions."

"Anaqua continues to lead and innovate in their latest release with a powerful toolkit to drive IP as a business – and they score big," said Eyal Iffergan, President of Hyperion Research, the legal industry's leading analyst-based market research firm covering the IP solutions market. "We mean that quite literally," continued Iffergan, "as Anaqua's new release deftly showcases recent acquisition AcclaimIP's proprietary Patent Score technology. Demonstrating one of the fastest platform integrations we've ever observed, 8.6 is loaded with Patent Score indicators, engaging HyperView visualizations, and contextual analytics tightly integrated into a robust IP operations platform. Anaqua's pragmatic, thoughtful approach to data-driven decision support is precisely what makes IP Business Management (IPBM) approachable IP."

About Anaqua, Inc.
Anaqua helps corporations and law firms turn intellectual property into competitive advantage. Its software platform combines insight from big data analytics with critical tools, best practice workflows and services into one efficient, intelligent environment that helps IP practices work more efficiently and make better decisions faster. Many of the best-known brands and most innovative products were conceptualized, evaluated, protected and monetized through the ANAQUA platform. Founded in 2004 by IP leaders from The Coca-Cola Company, Ford Motor Company, Kimberly-Clark and British American Tobacco, Anaqua is a privately held company headquartered in Boston (U.S.) and has locations across Europe and Asia.

For additional information, please visit http://www.anaqua.com.

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Newforma, a project information management (PIM) software company, today announced the availability of Newforma® Project Center release 11.7, featuring Newforma® Cloud Services, an integrated cloud-based extension of the industry-proven PIM solution. Addressing one of the biggest obstacles to successful project delivery, Cloud Services frees information from silos created by the use of multiple file sharing solutions. This makes Newforma Project Center the industry's first truly hybrid platform to integrate on-premise and cloud storage to support collaboration among dispersed project teams – architects, engineers, contractors, and owners. Newforma Project Center with Cloud Services bridges data silos for secure, real-time access to the information needed to collaborate effectively, while providing audit trails for compliance, records retention, knowledge mining and dispute resolution.

Lyle Lemon, director of digital practice, Bruner/Cott Architecture and Planning, said, "Newforma Cloud Services has reduced the risk that someone would work with out-of-date files. The software makes server-based files available in the cloud, where access is easy, whether using a browser or a mobile device. It eliminates duplicating files that are on the file server to a file sharing site or application. Even our most technology-challenged partners are able to share files online, and Bruner/Cott people are using the Newforma app to reference files when working out in the field."

"Successful project delivery is only possible when project teams can collaborate using the most current information on which to base decisions," said Newforma Chief Executive Officer Ian Howell. "The launch of Newforma Cloud Services provides our customers with the option to keep their project information on-premise, in the cloud or in dual locations. What's more, files are automatically synchronized across the platform to ensure project teams always have access to the most current data in the office, on the jobsite and on mobile devices."

Newforma Project Center enables project teams to communicate and collaborate in a way that supports their existing processes, workflows and data formats, while overcoming the complexities of using multiple platforms to maintain detailed project records. Mobile access to the same project information improves real-time decision making, reducing the potential for errors.

The Newforma Cloud Services user experience accommodates modern web browsers and includes the following capabilities:

Risk mitigation: Automatic synchronization aligns selected project files between your file server and the cloud project.
Collaboration: File sharing tools benefit the entire project team.
Auditing: Automatic logging records who downloads and modifies files.
Permissions: Smart settings manage access to shared files.
Information integrity: Users can download or restore older versions of files when needed, as well as track deleted items.

For more information about Newforma Project Center with Cloud Services, see this blog post.

About Newforma
Newforma develops, sells and supports project information management (PIM) software for architecture, engineering, and construction firms worldwide, and the building and infrastructure owners and developers they serve. Newforma products raise the productivity of individuals, improve collaboration among project teams, and elevate the effectiveness of organizations. Newforma software is being used on more than 2.1 million projects worldwide. For more information, visit www.newforma.com, or phone +1 603-625-6212.

© 2016 Newforma, Inc. Newforma is a registered trademark of Newforma, Inc., in the United States and in other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.

ST. LOUIS -- Appistry, a leading provider of solutions that simplify the analysis of next-generation sequencing (NGS) data, announced today extensions to their product line of genomics software solutions.

Firstly the upcoming release of GenomePilot™ 4.0 will incorporate the capability to perform differential expression analysis of RNA-Seq data.

“Many of our customers are faced with the challenge of migrating traditional gene expression arrays to next-generation sequencing using RNA-Seq data,” said Dr. Trevor Heritage, chief strategy officer for Appistry. “Building and executing a RNA-Seq analysis pipeline requires extensive knowledge in bioinformatics, scripting and multivariate analysis which poses a challenge for many labs. Customers have found value in the accessibility, reproducibility and scalability we have brought to analyzing DNA data with GenomePilot. The extension of those same attributes to RNA data saves our customers a considerable amount of time and resources.”

GenomePilot 4.0 focuses on providing an easier way for customers to analyze RNA-Seq data by enabling differential expression analysis in three easy steps:

  1. Feature Counts – With a few clicks the user can define a feature count pipeline to identify gene counts for analysis.
  2. Experiment Builder – The innovative and intuitive Experiment Builder enables users to easily create an experiment with traits to be analyzed, while GenomePilot auto-populates gene counts into the workflow.
  3. Differential Expression – Users can quickly run differential expression analyses and visualize their results within one system without programming or working in multiple tools.

Live demonstrations of GenomePilot 4.0 will be held in Appistry booth #40 at the upcoming Next Generation Dx Summit in Washington D.C. August 23-26 with customer availability on September 15, 2016.

Secondly, Appistry will begin previewing a new product to the market, GenomeNavigator™, which will focus on variant prioritization, clinical interpretation and reporting.

“At Appistry we focus on building innovative, intuitive solutions that enable a more efficient and accessible process for the identification, qualification, and interpretation of variants for clinical application,” said Kevin Haar CEO of Appistry. “The launch of GenomePilot last year addressed the first part of the analysis workflow by delivering a simpler way for labs to identify and qualify variants of interest. GenomeNavigator will address the second part of the workflow with an interactive and innovative approach to prioritize and interpret variants for clinical application. We are offering early previews of GenomeNavigator with the goal of gathering customer insight and feedback into the development process before release later this year.”

Previews of GenomeNavigator for interested parties can be requested by visiting Appistry.com/contact.

About Appistry:

Appistry is a scientific software company that bridges the gap between genomics data and health outcomes by making next-generation sequencing data analysis more approachable and actionable to improve clinical decisions. With roots in high-performance computing, big data, and life sciences we bring a unique level of expertise to helping our customers solve complex problems and transform data into actionable information.