For the 2nd Time, Abacus Data Systems Appears on the Inc. 5000 list, Ranking No. 880 Overall and No. 81 in IT Services With Special Recognition as the #18 Top San Diego company
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Abacus Data Systems, Inc. (Abacus), a global provider of compliance ready virtual Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) offerings, which serve legal, financial, and healthcare organizations, announced today it has been named to Inc. Magazine's prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies for a second consecutive year. Abacus earned the #880 spot overall and ranked #81 in IT Services on Inc.'s 35th annual list, and received the honors of #18 on the ranking of Top San Diego companies.
"To be a part of the Inc. 5000 list is an honor, but to be recognized two years in a row is truly a landmark accomplishment for us," exclaimed Alessandra Lezama, CEO of Abacus Data Systems. "Abacus is innovating across new verticals and bringing private cloud solutions to market that solve pressing issues revolving around ethics, compliance, and regulatory changes in today's highly digitalized world."
Under Lezama's leadership, Abacus pioneered the legal industry's first private cloud service offering two years ago with 'Abacus Private Cloud', and has since furthered its mission to provide secure, virtual Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) offerings to other compliance-sensitive industries. This year alone, Abacus has moved into new headquarters to accommodate rapid team expansion, welcomed growth into their integrated family with the addition of Amicus Attorney, and announced a third U.S. data center to house their Cloud customers.
"As industries continue to globalize, it is imperative that organizations have a technology partner that is on the leading edge of innovation and best practices," said Lezama. "Our growth is a clear indication of the importance of reliable cloud and IT services and support. We prioritize our efforts to ensure our customers can focus on their business, while we maintain enterprise-class technology systems to support their business goals. It is quite an honor to be among leading U.S. enterprises on such a prestigious list."
The 2016 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. is the most competitive crop in the list's history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 433%. The Inc. 5000's aggregate revenue is $200 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period.
"The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts," says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. "It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great -- usually from scratch. That's one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails."
About Abacus Data Systems
Abacus Data Systems is a leading provider of business technology products and solutions, serving small enterprise companies worldwide. Abacus gives companies sustainable and predictable performance gains while decreasing operational costs related to managing complex IT infrastructure and data center operations on their own.
Headquartered in San Diego, California, and backed by private investment with Providence Equity, Abacus operates three fully redundant data center footprints in the United States specifically engineered to host and safeguard sensitive data, giving its clients robust security and compliance policies with zero capital investment and complete data ownership in a flexible and dynamic environment. The integrated Abacus family includes Abacus Private Cloud™, AbacusLaw™ and Amicus Attorney™, providing technology solutions to over 500,000 clients worldwide.
Businesses No Longer Have an Excuse for Not Implementing Continuous Data Protection
CHARLOTTE, NC – Peak 10 is removing the barriers to adoption for Disaster Recovery as a Service, making it accessible and affordable for businesses of all sizes. On the heels of its recent announcement expanding its Recovery Cloud (DRaaS) solution to include three tiers tailored to a variety of business requirements and budgets, Peak 10 is now offering a limited-time offer to help companies implement an effective disaster recovery (DR) solution. Business can sign up for DR protection now and pay in 2017 -- allowing them to receive four free months of continuous data protection services with a 24-month commitment.
"Rather than earmarking capital for business continuity and disaster recovery solutions, many businesses today still choose to operate without a contingency plan -- even though the business risks today are real and appear in the headlines daily," said Mike Fuhrman, CTO at Peak 10. "Protecting your company's mission-critical data and applications has never been more important. With that in mind, we've taken our most popular, DRaaS tier -- Recovery Cloud Essentials -- and created a special offer to make DR accessible and affordable for all businesses -- right now. At Peak 10, we strive to be a great business partner to the customers we serve, and this is just another way for us to do it."
Recovery Cloud Essentials is a great way to get started with DR, to achieve base-level compliance with business or industry regulatory standards, and to protect standard workloads. Recovery Cloud Essentials:
- Is the most cost effective solution on the market
- Is easy to implement, helping expedite the road to DR protection
- Supports hybrid environments (on-premise, Peak 10, or third party hosted)
- Requires no changes to existing architecture
- Is HIPAA and PCI compliant
- Includes 24/7/365 access to Peak 10's team of DR experts
To take advantage of this one-time offer, call Peak 10 at 866-473-2510 or visit www.peak10.com/contact-us and mention the DRaaS offer, which ends on September 30, 2016.
Learn about all three levels of Peak 10's cost-effective, flexible and secure DRaaS tuned to any organization's business environment by visiting http://www.peak10.com/products-services/cloud-services/recovery-cloud/.
For real-word examples of how Peak 10's recovery cloud is helping companies achieve continuous data protection, read the following case studies:
- Case Study: Recovery Cloud Helps Virginia United Methodist Homes Minimize Disruption
- Case Study: Wellcentive Achieves HIPAA Compliance in the Cloud
- Case Study: Pro Mach Accommodates Continuing Growth Through Enterprise Cloud
- Case Study: Vantage Point Gains Competitive Edge with Compliant Cloud Solution
About Peak 10
Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored data center and network services, cloud and managed services. Its solutions are flexible and designed to scale and adapt to customers' changing business needs, enabling them to lower costs, improve performance and focus internal IT resources on their core competencies. Peak 10 undergoes annual examinations by third party auditors and helps companies meet the compliance requirements of various regulatory and industry standards such as SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, HIPAA, PCI DSS, FISMA, ISO 27001 and ITAR. For more information, visit www.peak10.com or the Peak 10 Newsroom for the latest news.
70 Percent of Organizations' Purchasing Decisions Come Down to Pricing, While 85 Percent Lack Skills to Manage Cloud
BOSTON, Mass. – Despite organizations pursuing multi-cloud strategies to ensure business continuity, resilience and performance, research conducted by Turbonomic and Verizon found that cloud purchasing decisions are still almost entirely focused on pricing.
In a survey of 1,821 IT decision makers, the most important business drivers for adoption of multi-cloud included the:
- need to ensure business continuity across multiple sites (77 percent of respondents)
- need to increase resilience (74 percent)
- need to reduce operational expenditure (70 percent)
- and the need to reduce capital expenditure (69 percent)
However, when selecting multi-cloud vendors, economic considerations take over: 70 percent chose pricing as a primary consideration, while only 51 percent chose service level agreements or quality of service. Compliance, service and support, and data sovereignty were all reported by less than half of respondents. With all of these considerations major factors in ensuring business continuity, resilience and consistent performance, organizations' purchasing priorities do not support their business needs.
"Cost is, quite rightly, a significant business concern. Yet cloud success depends on much more than pricing," said Charles Crouchman, CTO Turbonomic. "For example, an inexpensive car may not be an economic choice if it guzzles fuel and needs constant servicing and repair. Similarly, multi-cloud success relies on factors such as quality of service, compliance and support to reduce costs -- far more than price alone."
"Moving to the cloud isn't a silver bullet that will automatically meet all of a business's needs," Crouchman continued. "Indeed, businesses likely will not completely abandon on-premises infrastructure for the public cloud, and will also likely have different vendors for those resources. Whether the ultimate goal is improved resiliency, or the best performance at the best cost, such a multi-cloud still needs to be managed properly to be successful. Without this, organizations will be entirely dependent on their cloud vendors to ensure they receive the service they need."
Respondents identified a significant number of management challenges with multi-cloud. Over 80 percent of organizations cited 12 different management challenges that they were facing. These included:
- balancing performance and cost (90 percent of respondents)
- delivering IT services on a budget (89 percent)
- ensuring consistent application performance (86 percent)
- and, adhering to Service Level Agreement and Quality of Service commitments (86 percent)
In fact, 85 percent of organizations see having the skills in-house to manage the cloud as a challenge in itself.
"Only solving one or two challenges is not enough: organizations need to ensure they can overcome all the obstacles they face," Crouchman argued. "However, without the right skills in place, solving these challenges will be a near-impossible task. The ideal multi-cloud environment should act as an autonomic system: regulating processes and resources in response to changes in the environment, with no manual intervention necessary to ensure that the system itself is always performing in the most effective and economic manner possible. The less enterprises have to do to manage their multi-cloud directly, the more they can focus on ensuring business drivers are satisfied."
When actually comparing offerings from different cloud vendors, organizations' biggest differentiators were security (67 percent of respondents) and performance (60 percent).
However, it's not clear that enterprises are confident they are choosing the correct vendors. 81 percent of respondents said that choosing which workloads to place in which clouds was challenging; while 84 and 85 percent respectively cited evaluating different cloud vendors to meet business and technical requirements. This is another area where a more autonomic approach, where the tradeoffs between cost, performance, quality of service and budget discipline could greatly help businesses.
The research also showed that many organizations do not see the public cloud completely replacing private data center infrastructure. 45 percent of respondents said that public cloud would never completely replace private data centers, while 34 percent said there would be no change until the next decade at the earliest.
Part III of the State of Multi-Cloud report series will be published later this fall.
To download the full report, click here.
Turbonomic's autonomic platform enables heterogeneous environments to self-manage to assure performance of any application in any cloud. Turbonomic's patented autonomic decision engine dynamically analyzes application demand and allocates shared resources to all applications in real time, to maintain environments in a healthy state.
Launched in 2010, Turbonomic is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the virtualization and cloud space. Turbonomic's autonomic platform is trusted by thousands of enterprises to accelerate their adoption of virtual, cloud, and container deployments for all mission critical applications.
To learn more, visit turbonomic.com.
DALLAS – Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader of security software and solutions, today announced a partnership with Wind River to showcase and validate its network function virtualization (NFV) solution, Trend Micro Virtual Network Function Suite, on the Wind River Titanium Server, a commercial ready carrier-grade NFV infrastructure software platform.
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“NFV changes the way we treat networks and brings new possibilities and challenges,” says Dr. Terence Liu, vice president of Network Threat Defense Technology Group at Trend Micro. “As NFV continues to be recognized as the next-generation network architecture, it is critical for the industry to create ecosystems that ensure the highest levels of reliability and interoperability. Wind River is an important player in the telecommunications market, and joining forces with Wind River will assist customers in reaching their NFV objectives.”
Trend Micro Virtual Network Function Suite is designed to offer flexible, reliable and high-performance virtual network security functions for service providers from premise, to edge, to the core network. The core of Virtual Network Function Suite is innovative deep packet inspection (DPI) technology, which provides various network security functions including intrusion prevention, URL filtering and application control. It has been widely adopted in a variety of network security products, from home routers to enterprise-facing next-generation firewalls and intrusion prevention systems.
By validating and pre-integrating Virtual Network Function Suite with Titanium Server, Trend Micro can deliver optimized solutions for service providers and telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) deploying infrastructure based on NFV. Service providers and TEMs can confidently select validated hardware and software products knowing that they can pre-validate with Titanium Server and ready for deployment in live networks.
Trend Micro has performed the testing and validation process as part of the Wind River Titanium Cloud ecosystem program dedicated to accelerating the deployment of solutions for NFV. Through the collaboration of industry-leading software and hardware companies, the Titanium Cloud ecosystem ensures the availability of interoperable standard products optimized for NFV deployment with Titanium Server to help accelerate time-to-market for service providers and TEMs.
“Service providers are looking for validated and market-ready, end-to-end NFV solutions. To address this need, collaboration across the ecosystem is essential,” said Charlie Ashton, senior director of business development for networking solutions at Wind River. “With validation through our Titanium Cloud program, we are partnering with leaders like Trend Micro to create optimized, interoperable solutions for service providers and TEMs who are deploying NFV in their networks. Titanium Server provides a foundation for Carrier Grade NFV infrastructure, and by leveraging other pre-validated NFV elements, service providers can quickly achieve their goals such as reducing OPEX while accelerating the introduction of new high-value services."
About Trend Micro
Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cyber security solutions, helps to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Our innovative solutions for consumers, businesses, and governments provide layered security for data centers, cloud environments, networks, and endpoints. All our products work together to seamlessly share threat intelligence and provide a connected threat defense with centralized visibility and control, enabling better, faster protection. With over 5,000 employees in over 50 countries and the world’s most advanced global threat intelligence, Trend Micro enables organizations to secure their journey to the cloud. For more information, visit www.trendmicro.com.
DUBLIN – Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Software-Defined Storage Market by Component, Usage, Organization Size, Application Area - Global Forecast to 2021 " report to their offering.
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The SDS market is estimated to grow from USD 4.72 billion in 2016 to USD 22.56 billion by 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 36.7%. The need for handling exponentially growing data volume across enterprises, rise in the software defined concept, and the need for cost optimization in data management are some of the driving factors for the SDS market.
The healthcare vertical has witnessed the highest adoption of SDS solutions and service. The growing use of internet has revolutionized the healthcare industry by connecting patients and doctors through the launch of various apps for connecting to medical facility and keeping track of medical record anywhere and anytime. This is boosting the data storage market, leading to healthcare being the fastest adopting industry of SDS technology.
Factors such as the availability of IP network infrastructure and powerful penetration of broadband capabilities are driving the SDS market in the APAC region. The APAC region is growing fast as the SMEs in the region are keen on seeking storage virtualization facilities to reduce their IT spending. Also, technological advancements, increased awareness among masses, and lowered costs are the further reasons for the growing need of SDS software solutions and services in the region.
- Atlantis Computing, Inc.
- Datacore Software Corporation
- Intel Corporation
- Maxta, Inc.
- Nexenta System
- Swiftstack Inc.
Key Topics Covered:
2 Research Methodology
3 Executive Summary
4 Premium Insights
5 Software-Defined Storage Market Overview
6 Software-Defined Storage Market: Industry Trends
7 Software-Defined Storage Market Analysis, By Component
8 Software Defined Storage Market Analysis, By Usage
9 Software Defined Storage Market Analysis, By Organization Size
10 Software-Defined Storage Market Analysis, By Application Area
11 Geographic Analysis
12 Competitive Landscape
13 Company Profiles
14 Key Innovators
For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/mx5cv7/softwaredefined
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – For the past 25 years, federal funding cuts have meant declining budgets for the public housing industry, forcing agencies like the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) in Toledo, Ohio, to find creative ways to serve their clients, including mobility options to enable staff to work more effectively out in the community. Mobilizing employees in the face of budget cuts requires embracing the cloud, while ensuring all IT operations are secure, and comply with mandated federal regulations. In fact, according to a 2015 Forrester Global Business Technographics survey, 62 percent of U.S. infrastructure decision-makers say that developing a comprehensive cloud strategy for IT infrastructure is a critical/high priority initiative in their firm’s/organization’s IT infrastructure agenda over the next year.
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For Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority, moving IT operations out of their on-premise datacenter and into the cloud was a primary objective. Their hardware infrastructure was aging, and they knew a move promised the ability to reduce costs, simplify operations, and improve service to the community. They wanted to empower staff to achieve their mission of reaching out to benefit the community in a way that had been previously impossible.
“The goal for Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority was to get more employees out in the community, and to enable more clients to submit applications without physically coming into an office,” said Craig Patterson, Acting Chief Information Officer, Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority. “This goal required mobility and the cloud, along with the confidence that personal information required when completing federal and state forms would remain secure. We looked to Citrix and the Citrix Cloud built on Microsoft Azure Government as the solution to this problem. Enhanced by Microsoft Azure, the Citrix Cloud is easier, faster, more affordable and simple to understand. In the short time since we’ve adopted Citrix Cloud, our analytics have already shown change is happening. For example, though conventional wisdom said that lack of access to the Internet would keep our demographic from using online applications, we’ve seen that a majority of seniors and young people favor accessing LMHA services via mobile devices regularly. Change can happen if you put your mind to it, especially with partners like Citrix and Microsoft.”
LMHA trusted the Citrix Cloud solution and the strength of the relationship with Microsoft Azure Government to enable employees to reach the community with mobile devices and also with mobile office offerings. The Citrix Cloud enables partners and customers to manage and securely deliver services from the cloud that unite the Citrix product portfolio. Mobility technologies are offered as a service and continuously updated with the latest features. The Citrix Cloud capabilities also enable customers to deploy virtual apps and desktops on any cloud or infrastructure of their choice, giving businesses the flexibility to secure and manage their data and infrastructure to best meet the needs of their organization and regulatory environment. In LMHA’s case, Microsoft Azure Government was the deployment cloud of choice.
As a result, LMHA staff are leveraging the cloud environment from Citrix in several ways using mobile devices that can work anywhere, are secure, and are device agnostic to benefit both employees and clients. For example, employees can bring their own device, and use a complete Windows desktop on any mobile device, including Apple products running iOS. That means staff can take their office to the field since they no longer need to complete physical paperwork, which has a tangible impact for employees who can work more efficiently, and on the community who now receive services easier, faster and more simply.
And it also means that clients now access apps and data from a device they are familiar with, 24x7 without having to come into an office location, which had often posed a hardship to some,` such as the elderly and disabled. LMHA knows from the latest analytics that mobility is essential for these clients and tenants who can now log in remotely to make secure online payments and schedule inspections online.
- Announcement:Citrix and Microsoft Align to Help Businesses Embrace Digital Transformation with Cloud and Mobility
- Blog:Citrix to Introduce a Cloud Service that Delivers Secure Apps from Azure to any Device
- Video: Public Housing Authority builds its future on Citrix Cloud and Azure Government Cloud
Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) aims to power a world where people, organizations and things are securely connected and accessible to make the extraordinary possible. Its technology makes the world’s apps and data secure and easy to access, empowering people to work anywhere and at any time. Citrix provides a complete and integrated portfolio of Workspace-as-a-Service, application delivery, virtualization, mobility, network delivery and file sharing solutions that enables IT to ensure critical systems are securely available to users via the cloud or on-premise and across any device or platform. With annual revenue in 2015 of $3.28 billion, Citrix solutions are in use by more than 400,000 organizations and over 100 million users globally. Learn more at www.citrix.com.
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Data recovery experts extend $300 off services following devastating floods
NOVATO, Calif. – DriveSavers, the worldwide leader in data recovery, eDiscovery and digital forensic services, announced today a $300 discount to victims of the recent flooding disaster in the state of Louisiana.
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As many as 40,000 homes have been affected by devastating floods in Louisiana caused by torrential rain. According to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who spoke at a news conference alongside Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator Craig Fugate, well over 20,000 people have been rescued since the flooding began late last week. In Livingston Parish, one of the hardest-hit areas, officials estimate that 75 percent of homes were a total loss. On Sunday, President Obama declared a federal emergency in the state.
As some residents begin to return to their flood-damaged homes for the first time, DriveSavers, in coordination with its network of computer service providers in and around the area, look to help by recovering data from damaged devices. The company is offering $300 off data recovery services through September 30, 2016 for single drives, RAIDs, smartphones and tablets that may have been damaged by floodwaters, mud or impact.
“DriveSavers has more than 30 years of experience recovering photos, videos, contact lists, financial records and other important data that may have been kept on devices damaged or even destroyed by natural disasters,” explained DriveSavers President Scott Moyer. “As Louisiana residents begin the process of assessing damage, we hope to provide a resource for those impacted by this devastating event.”
If your device has been damaged by floodwaters, do not attempt to dry out equipment or recover data using utility software. Keep the hard drive or media wet by placing it in a plastic bag with an airtight zip closure.
To start the recovery process, call DriveSavers Data Recovery at 800.440.1904 or visit www.drivesaversdatarecovery.com for more information.
DriveSavers, the worldwide leader in data recovery, eDiscovery and digital forensics, provides the fastest, most reliable and only certified secure data recovery and eDiscovery service in the industry. All of the company’s services meet security protocols for financial, legal, corporate and healthcare industries, and it is the only company that posts proof of its annual SOC 2 Type II auditand HIPAA data security and privacy compliance. DriveSavers adheres to U.S. government security protocols, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) Data Security Rule, the Data-At-Rest mandate (DAR) and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). DriveSavers engineers are trained and certified in all leading encryption and forensic technologies and operate a Certified ISO Class 5 Cleanroom. Customers include: Bank of America, Google, Lucasfilm, NASA, Harvard University, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, U.S. Army and Sandia National Laboratories.
On the 71st anniversary of the end of World War II, exclusive StoryQuest project gives access to oral histories of the home front
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – As a young child in 1945, the daughter of a Maryland farmer, Virginia Mulligan lived a life far removed from the battlefields of World War II. But then one day, four men arrived: German prisoners of war assigned to work on the farm. Suddenly, the war was literally in the Mulligans’ back yard in Worton, MD, as the POWs helped the family bale hay, shuck corn, and chop wood, while Virginia’s mother gave them meals. Virginia’s older brother, who was serving in the military as a bombardier, returned from the war to discover his relatives on the home front living amicably alongside the “enemy.”
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This is just one of the dozens of stories captured through the StoryQuest Project at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. An oral history program led by undergraduate students at the college’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the project’s mission is to document and present stories from the home front through hundreds of recorded interviews. StoryQuest preserves the often overlooked memories of the millions of men, women and children who — although they may not have served in uniform — were profoundly impacted by World War II. The stories are being made available online through a partnership between Washington College and Iron Mountain Incorporated® (NYSE: IRM), the global leader in storage and information management services.
With 2016 marking the 75th anniversary of the United States’s entry into World War II, the StoryQuest Project is bringing to life the experiences of wartime civilians whose stories may not be as well-known as those of veterans. From an electrician working to transform a Navy gunboat into Harry Truman's presidential yacht, a college physics major joining the Manhattan Project, or a young woman recruiting migrant workers from the South for a local munitions plant, the Storyquest Project will introduce future generations to a completely different side of the struggle against fascism — one that took place alongside the heroic deeds of soldiers half a world away.
“The StoryQuest interviewers are all Washington College undergraduates, which has been a key to its success,” said historian Adam Goodheart, the Starr Center’s director. “Some of the people we interview have grown accustomed to thinking that their homefront memories, unlike veterans' combat experiences, aren't really ‘history,’ But there's something special that happens when a 19-year-old sits down with a 90-year-old: the older person feels that they're passing their life stories to a new generation, and they're talking to someone who's around the same age that they were in the 1940s. We’re very grateful for Iron Mountain’s generous support — which is not only preserving essential history, but also training the next generation of oral historians and digital archivists."
In addition to capturing those first-hand accounts of experiences from the home front, the students have collected digital images of hundreds of wartime letters, photographs, and other artifacts that help tell the interviewees' stories. They hold "Scan-a-Thon" days where members of the public can share both documents and family stories. For instance, a woman walked in with an iron box overflowing with wartime letters from her uncle — ending with a government telegram informing the family that he had been killed in combat in North Africa.
Through a combination of financial support and in-kind services, Iron Mountain is helping Washington College digitally preserve these stories of everyday Americans during the greatest global conflict in human history. “Iron Mountain’s philanthropic mission is focused on preserving all manner of cultural and historical experiences in order to document and celebrate our shared human history for future generations,” says Ty Ondatje, senior vice president for Corporate Responsibility and chief diversity officer, Iron Mountain. “Our Living Legacy Initiative gives us the opportunity to extend that focus to organizations that share that mission, like Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the StoryQuest Project. We’re thrilled to partner with Washington College to lend our expertise and help preserve these narratives so that future generations can experience these stories.”
These stories, in the form of audio clips, transcripts, images, and other materials are available on the Washington College StoryQuest website at http://www.storyquestproject.com
About Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) is the global leader for storage and information management services. Trusted by more than 220,000 organizations around the world, Iron Mountain’s real estate network comprises more than 85 million square feet across more than 1,400 facilities in 45 countries dedicated to protecting and preserving what matters most for its customers. Iron Mountain’s solutions portfolio includes records management, data management, document management, data centers, art storage and logistics, and secure shredding, helping organizations to lower storage costs, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and better use their information. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of information assets, including critical business documents, electronic information, medical data and cultural and historical artifacts. Visit www.ironmountain.comfor more information.
About Washington College
Founded in 1782, Washington College in Chestertown, Md., was the first institution of higher learning established in the new republic. George Washington was a principal donor to the college and a member of its original board of trustees. He received an honorary degree from the college in June 1789. The College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, which administers the George Washington Prize, is an innovative center for the study of history, culture, and politics, and fosters excellence in the art of written history through fellowships, prizes, and student programs. www.washcoll.edu.
The C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience is dedicated to fostering innovative approaches to the American past and present. Through educational programs, scholarship and public outreach, and a special focus on written history, the Starr Center seeks to bridge the divide between the academic world and the public at large.
Widespread midmarket demand for centralized data protection amplifies robust global expansion strategy
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The continued diversification of data storage coupled with the necessity to centralize backup and data availability for heterogeneous environments has underscored a 61 percent increase in new worldwide sales for Arcserve’s flagship Unified Data Protection (UDP) solution and a 41 percent growth in overall new sales for Arcserve over the past year, with 47 percent and 22 percent increases in EMEA and North America, respectively. The continued rapid growth for Arcserve, LLC, the market’s first provider of simple, unified data protection for cloud, virtual and physical environments, comes as it commemorates its second year of operation as an independent company.
Echoing its momentum, recent metrics detailing Gartner’s annual market share analysis on data center backup and recovery confirm Arcserve grew its market share by 28.3 percent year-over-year while the industry grew only 5.5 percent over the same time period. As the company accelerates its global expansion, it has fortified its position as the leading data protection provider for midmarket businesses with a 27 percent growth in midsize customers over last year. Arcserve’s recent success is just one result of its innovative approach to solving complex data protection challenges by converging traditionally siloed technologies into a single, easily-deployable solution.
Widespread need to simplify data protection
In a recent survey of 283 IT service providers commissioned by Arcserve, nearly half of respondents ranked simplifying data backup IT infrastructures as their customer’s top initiative, with the majority – 85 percent – reporting they deploy hybrid cloud, virtual and/or physical environments. Not surprisingly, Arcserve continues to see rapid midmarket adoption of its UDP solution as the market’s first provider to unify backup and recovery for heterogeneous environments.
“This latest research validates what we’ve known for years: businesses, particularly in the midsize and decentralized enterprise range, require modern data protection regardless of where their data resides,” said Mike Crest, CEO of Arcserve. “While some vendors are now figuring this out, our unwavering focus has always been on delivering the highest-performance backup and data availability capabilities across disparate IT infrastructures in a way that proves power and resilience can coexist with simple and elegant. Ultimately, vendors can’t buy deep industry experience or the knowledge that comes with it.”
Transforming the way businesses protect their data
In February of 2016, the company released its newest version of Arcserve UDP to augment its already-robust feature set with additional midmarket capabilities. This version eliminates the notion of recovery time with continuous availability through faster and more flexible recovery options, enhanced operational usability and significant advancements for Linux™ and Windows® platforms.
“Arcserve has continued to lead the market in delivering innovative, customer-focused solutions that enable us to provide our customers with data protection that’s flexible and agile for their ever-changing IT needs,” said Stuart McAughey, Senior Software Solutions Sales Manager for Insight, a leading global technology solutions provider. “With Arcserve UDP, we can deliver enterprise-grade capabilities that work seamlessly across hybrid cloud, virtual and physical environments in a way that hasn’t been possible before.”
Looking forward, Arcserve will grow and enhance its existing portfolio of offerings through inorganic and organic growth. Its next release of Arcserve UDP will deliver additional capabilities to unify the on-premise and cloud experience, expand testing and reporting, and provide unparalleled ease of use.
The company will also build on the popularity of its award-winning UDP Appliance offering by introducing a new series that maximizes flexibility, resilience and scalability. Arcserve appliances, powered by Arcserve UDP software, were introduced in February of 2015 as a fully-integrated, ‘set and forget’ backup and recovery solution. Over the past year, sales of the company’s appliance offering have grown by over 4,900 percent.
Worldwide industry recognition
Over its past fiscal year, Arcserve was recognized across the IT industry with over a dozen awards in categories ranging from channel dedication to data protection for virtual systems. When given the gold award for Best of VMworld in the category of Disaster Recovery and Backup for Virtualized Environments, the judging panel commented, “Arcserve is the closest to feature-complete that you’re likely to see in the backup space.”
Additional highlights from the company’s second fiscal year include:
Growth of Global Technology Alliances
In line with Arcserve’s ambitious growth strategy, the company continues to build on its relationships and integration with key global technology partners, including: VMware Ready certification, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Microsoft, Nimble Storage, Amazon Web Services, Oracle, NetApp, Quantum, Overland Storage, NEC, Spectra, Qualstar, Fujitsu, BDT, Cloudian and Hitachi.
Expanded Leadership Team and Global Employee Growth
Executing on its double-digit growth strategy, Arcserve expanded its leadership team with the additions of key industry veterans to its product, finance and strategic alliance divisions. Darin McAreavey was named Chief Financial Officer; Oussama El-Hilali joined the company as Vice President of Products; Erica Antony was appointed as Vice President of Product Management; and, Scott Petersen assumed the role of Vice President of Global Channel and Alliances. These additions were made in concert with a 35 percent increase in Arcserve’s global employee base over last year.
Arcserve is a leading provider of data protection and recovery software that provides organizations with the assurance that they can recover their data and applications when needed. Launched in 1990, Arcserve provides a comprehensive solution for cloud, virtual and physical environments, on premise or in the cloud, backed by unsurpassed support and expertise. Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP), available on Arcserve’s appliance or your hardware, drives a full range of highly efficient and integrated data protection capabilities through a simple, web-based user console. Arcserve has a customer base of 45,000 end users in more than 150 countries and partners with over 7,500 distributors, resellers and service providers around the world. Arcserve is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota with offices around the world. Visit www.arcserve.com.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas legislators are investigating the benefits of RAPIDO, a pilot program developed with recommendations from Texas A&M University’s Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center (HRRC), that dramatically reduces the time it takes to rebuild homes destroyed by natural disasters.
The Texas Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations is studying RAPIDO and other disaster recovery efforts in Texas to develop policy recommendations prior to the January 2017 state legislative session.
In a Texas Senate hearing on post-disaster housing recovery held last year, a San Benito resident, Amita Melendez, testified that her mother, who had tried for years to rebuild her home that was badly damaged by Hurricane Dolly in 2008, was able to move into a modern, customized home within six months of entering the RAPIDO program.
The program is managed by buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, a Texas-based, nonprofit organization that employs design to improve community livability and viability. The group was founded by Brent Brown ’91, who earned bachelor of environmental design and master of architecture degrees at Texas A&M.
In developing recommendations for RAPIDO, HRRC researchers reviewed 40 reports detailing obstacles and challenges faced by homeowners trying to rebuild in the wake of Gulf and Atlantic coast hurricanes between 2005-2015.
“One key finding was the need to address long delays faced by those transitioning from temporary housing to permanent housing,” said Shannon Van Zandt, the HRRC research faculty fellow and professor of urban planning who headed the review. “The RAPIDO program was developed to respond to this challenge by helping residents return to their property within three months, then build their home incrementally.”
Van Zandt was assisted by Jaimie Hicks Masterson, an HRRC research assistant, and Master of Urban Planning student Katherine Barbour, who earned a degree in 2015.
Once accepted into the RAPIDO program, families move into pre-assembled modules erected on their property within days of a disaster. Then, the homeowners provide design input for their new homes, which are constructed around the module at a pace and budget they can afford. The process creates a much quicker and more equitable path to permanent housing for low-income residents, who are often most at risk from disasters, say the researchers.
In her testimony to the Texas senators, Melendez said the RAPIDO program provided her mother the safest, healthiest home she’s had in years, but the obstacles to rebuilding prior to her joining the program were such that her father passed away before the new home was finished.
His death speaks to the urgency of disaster recovery needs, Melendez said. “We cannot leave Texans waiting year after year for safe housing after a hurricane or tropical storm.”
The RAPIDO program will be featured at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York in “By the People: Designing a Better America,” an exhibit of exemplary design models in the U.S.
The exhibit, slated to run Sept. 30, 2016 through Feb. 26, 2017, will highlight design solutions that expand access to education, food, health care and affordable housing; increase social and economic inclusion; offer improved alternative transportation options; and provide a balanced approach to land use between the built and natural environments.