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The report, commissioned by the National Institute of Justice, examines the key challenges associated with keeping schools safe and focuses on school safety technologies as one among many approaches to prevent and respond to school violence

DALLAS – COPsync, Inc. (NASDAQ: COYN), which operates the nation's only law enforcement in-car, real-time information sharing and data communication network and the COPsync911™ threat-alert service for schools and other potentially at-risk facilities, announced today that the COPsync911 threat-alert system was highlighted in a 2016 research report published by the Rand Corporation entitled "The Role of Technology in Improving K–12 School Safety."

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In the report, the authors summarize existing research on school violence, categorize school safety technologies and describe the available research about them, and present six case studies of innovative technologies as used in schools. One of the case studies presented in the report was the New Londonderry School District in New Hampshire, where COPsync911 was implemented as an emergency alert system in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, to reduce the time for law enforcement response in a crisis. The case study provides details as to how the system is used in the schools and the relationship between the school district and the police department.

The authors of the report also summarize experts' views of technologies and safety problems based on interviews and present experts' rankings of technology needs to improve school safety produced during two day-long panels. These activities revealed that some of the most pressing safety needs that technology could address related to (1) enabling two-way communication between teachers and emergency responders; (2) "all-in-one" applications that would integrate currently fragmented and outdated school safety policies, procedures, and training for school staff and parents; (3) advances in social media monitoring; and (4) improved anonymous tip lines to make them more robust and effective. Results should be of interest to organizations and individuals involved with K–12 school technology planning, research funding, and product development.

"We are pleased to have our COPsync911 threat-alert system included in this detailed research regarding the role of technology in school safety," said Ronald A. Woessner, CEO of COPsync. "Our software facilitates fast communication between schools and emergency responders in situations where every second counts and does so in a very cost-effective manner. By providing real-time information to responders closest to the scene, including the nature of the threat, detailed maps and facility diagrams to pinpoint the exact location of the threat, and ongoing real-time updates, we provide those responders with the best possible chance of achieving a positive outcome in these threatening situations."

More information about the Rand Corporation report can be found at http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1488.html.

About COPsync

COPsync, Inc. (COYN) is a technology company that improves law enforcement communication in a manner that saves officers' lives and helps them prevent and respond more quickly to crime. Officers have instant access to actionable, mission-critical data, share information, and communicate in real-time with other officers and agencies, even those hundreds and thousands of miles away. The COPsync Network™ also eliminates manual processes and increases officer productivity by enabling officers to write electronic tickets, accident reports, DUI forms, arrest forms and incident and offense reports. COPsync's threat-alert system, COPsync911™, enables schools, courts, hospitals, and other potentially at-risk facilities to automatically and silently send emergency alerts directly to local law enforcement officers in their patrol cars during a crisis, thereby speeding first responder response times and saving minutes when seconds count. The company also sells VidTac®, a law enforcement software-driven in-vehicle video system. Visit www.copsync.com and www.copsync911.com for more information.

Talligent's Openbook Provides Visibility Into Cloud Resources

HOPKINTON, Mass. – Trilio Data, the creators of the first Data Protection-as-a-Service specification for the OpenStack community, Raksha, and Talligent, providers of cost and capacity management solutions for production-ready OpenStack clouds, have entered into a partnership. Organizations who use both Trilio Data's solutions and Talligent's solutions will have both comprehensive data protection and capabilities to report and bill departments and divisions for their use of data protection services. 

"There's a common misconception that OpenStack does not need comprehensive data protection," said Sanjay Mishra, founder and CEO, Talligent. "In truth, the inherent features in OpenStack warrant a completely new thinking around data protection services. TrilioVault from Trilio Data delivers full capabilities to backup, migrate and restore their OpenStack applications, data and files."

"As more and more organizations deploy applications on OpenStack, they need strong management tools to understand data usage and costs," said David Safaii, CEO, Trilio Data. "Talligent's Openbook gives organizations the visibility to understand their cloud service consumption and growth patterns, and to charge departments or end users appropriately for the back-up and migration services provided through Trilio."

TrilioVault, the flagship product from Trilio Data, is a subscription-based, tenant-driven, agent-less, non-disruptive and incremental data protection service for OpenStack. With the solution, users can either selectively or with one-click, restore production or clone point-in-time data for both development and testing. The solution has built-in high availability and scalability, with the option to replicate workloads for disaster recovery.

Openbook is designed to quickly answer management questions about hybrid cloud environments, providing detailed cost and consumption data across AWS, VMware, and OpenStack. Tenants, operators, and executives have access to real-time project cost and consumption information in order to bill for usage, plan for timely capacity growth, and maintain high resource utilization.

Talligent is one of many OpenStack vendors joining Trilio Data's partner program. Trilio Data's ecosystem consists of notable vendors and service providers in the OpenStack community, including Blue Box (acquired by IBM), Datastax, mongoDB, NetApp, OnX Enterprise Solutions, Red Hat, SwiftStack, VMware. For more information on partnering with Trilio Data, contact us at partner@triliodata.com

About Talligent
Talligent empowers enterprises and service providers to deploy production ready OpenStack clouds by providing visibility and control of cloud infrastructure consumption. They are OpenStack experts--they know its capabilities and are developing solutions that take advantage of OpenStack's key benefits without vendor lock-in. Talligent OpenBook provides the functionality to turn your private or public cloud into an efficient and automated multi-tenant environment.

About Trilio Data
Trilio Data, headquartered in Hopkinton, Mass., is an innovator in OpenStack backup and recovery solutions. The company was founded by technologists who, combined, have more than 45 years of experience at some of the world's largest storage vendors. Trilio Data was founded to meet the needs of an ever-changing, growing, complex, and scalable database environment, where flexible and intelligent backup and recovery solutions are no longer a "nice to have" -- instead, they are critical components of a comprehensive IT strategy. For more information, visit www.triliodata.com or call +1-508-233-3912. Follow us on Twitter: @triliodata and LinkedIn.

FalconStor's Software-Defined Storage Approach Overcomes the High-Cost Structure, Management Challenges Associated With Providing Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service Offerings

MELVILLE, NY – FalconStor Software® Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), a 16-year innovator of software-defined storage solutions, today announced that global IT service provider LG CNS has implemented FreeStor® to help complete the conversion of its disaster recovery offerings to a cloud-based model. This will immediately help its customers overcome the high-cost structure and management required of their disaster recovery storage infrastructures.

For more than 20 years, LG CNS has delivered cutting-edge IT solutions and managed services to thousands of customers across the public, financial, manufacturing and telecommunications industries, and has become one of the largest IT service providers in Korea. LG CNS currently operates the Incheon Data Center, the Sangam IT Data Center and the Gasan Data Center in Korea, as well as data centers at three global hub locations (U.S., Europe, and China), managing more than 30 PBs of data. A primary initiative for the company was to convert from traditional storage infrastructures to a software- and services-based infrastructure to more efficiently and effectively deliver cloud-based storage services to its customers. LG CNS chose FreeStor to help make that transition, to lower costs and deliver new service revenue streams, such as Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS).

Disaster recovery has always been one of the pain points for many enterprises in Korea. As businesses increasingly rely on their IT infrastructure, the demand for business continuity has become more stringent. All industries, especially financial and public sectors, are keen to implement a disaster recovery practice to protect their IT infrastructures from threats, including natural disasters, system failures, malicious attacks and human error. Many enterprises are realizing that it's very expensive to acquire third-party tools and that they are too complicated to operate efficiently. To offset these challenges, LG CNS will now offer a new DRaaS cloud platform based on FreeStor. The service will mirror customers' critical data to LG's cloud data centers. This is the first DRaaS cloud offering in Korea that will meet enterprise-class reliability and service level requirements, enabling customers to benefit by decreasing hardware and software purchases, maintenance costs and complexity, all while improving business continuity, flexibility and scalability.

"There are many data management solutions to choose from today, but I think FreeStor is one of the best because it supports heterogeneous storage environments," said, Gaehoon Chang, Senior Manager of LG CNS. "FreeStor features give our clients an enterprise-class, but very affordable, disaster recovery solution that reduces the CAPEX to zero and the OPEX by at least 70 percent when compared to an on-premise approach. It is really helpful to our growing business to have options like FreeStor's all-inclusive subscription model, which will provide significant added value to LG CNS' cloud business."

FreeStor's horizontal architecture unlocks a new world of storage opportunities, allowing IT managers, MSPs and CSPs to maximize efficiencies and lower costs while taking advantage of the public cloud, hybrid cloud, flash storage and software-defined storage. FalconStor's groundbreaking Intelligent Abstraction® approach delivers seamless access and unified data services across entire storage infrastructures without having to invest in new technology, and extends the useful life of existing platforms. Always-on availability and continuity keep businesses running while enabling them to move, synchronize and protect data seamlessly across virtual and physical storage platforms.

"Companies are increasingly looking to modernize their data center infrastructures to support emerging business initiatives, as well as to gain the benefits that these newer approaches provide," said Gary Quinn, President, and CEO of FalconStor. "LG CNS wanted to improve their cloud-based services to attract additional customers while also avoiding the high costs of building, managing and maintaining traditional storage infrastructures. We are pleased that FreeStor allows them to gain greater efficiencies, as well as reduced costs, helping them create new revenue streams by delivering data services from a heterogeneous storage pool."

About FalconStor

FalconStor Software®, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC) is a leading software-defined storage company offering a converged data services software platform that is hardware agnostic. Our open, integrated flagship solution, FreeStor®, reduces vendor lock-in and gives enterprises the freedom to choose the applications and hardware components that make the best sense for their business. We empower organizations to modernize their data center with the right performance, in the right location, all while protecting existing investments. FalconStor's mission is to maximize data availability and system uptime to ensure nonstop business productivity while simplifying data management to reduce operational costs. Our award-winning solutions are available and supported worldwide by OEMs as well as leading service providers, system integrators, resellers and FalconStor. The Company is headquartered in Melville, N.Y. with offices throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information, visit www.falconstor.com or call 1-866-NOW-FALC (866-669-3252).

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, announced that NHN Techorus Corp. (Techorus) deployed the Infinera Cloud Xpress to interconnect its Tokyo data centers. The Cloud Xpress allows Techorus to scale capacity to serve its data center customers with hyper-scale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption.

Techorus is a data center provider of IT infrastructure and managed services, e-commerce services, and security solution services mainly to the Tokyo and Osaka areas in Japan, with additional sites in southern Japan and South Korea. Working with Infinera's partner, Nissho Electronics, Techorus selected the Infinera Cloud Xpress to serve the growing need for high capacity interconnectivity among Techorus locations, helping its customers to grow efficiently and connect to the metro Tokyo ecosystem of customers, partners and service providers.

With the Cloud Xpress, Techorus leverages Infinera's unique photonic integrated circuit technology to support up to one terabit per second (Tb/s) of input and output capacity in just two rack units. With its small form factor and low power consumption, Cloud Xpress delivers a full 500 gigabit per second (Gb/s) super-channel of wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) line-side bandwidth over 150 kilometers (km) without additional multiplexers or amplifiers, and up to 600 km with an amplified line system. Cloud Xpress also enables efficient scaling with simple provisioning and open interfaces to plug into existing cloud provisioning systems using open software defined networking (SDN) application programming interfaces (APIs). Instant Bandwidth allows the activation of WDM bandwidth in 100 Gb/s increments with a few clicks of a mouse enabling rapid scale to meet continued customer demand.

"The Infinera Cloud Xpress is an ideal platform for our metro network, connecting critical data centers in Tokyo," said Jun Masuda, Operating Officer, Information Infrastructure and Network Management Section at Techorus. "It offers very high capacity while also being compact, power-efficient and easy to use, matching our data center operating requirements."

"Techorus' selection of the Cloud Xpress further reinforces the value of Infinera solutions for data center interconnection across the globe," said Andrew Bond-Webster, vice president, regional sales APAC at Infinera. "Infinera continues to see traction among our customers deploying Cloud Xpress to scale capacity for data centers. We are especially pleased with the success we have seen providing Cloud Xpress to Techorus and other customers in Japan and the Asia Pacific region in conjunction with our highly valued partner, Nissho Electronics."

Infinera introduced the Cloud Xpress family in 2014 delivering a cloud-optimized WDM solution to cloud service providers, Internet content providers, Internet Exchange service providers and other large-scale data center operators. The Cloud Xpress Family offers customers the choice of 10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 40 GbE and 100 GbE client interfaces to meet their specific requirements.

About Infinera
Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) provides Intelligent Transport Networks, enabling carriers, cloud operators, governments and enterprises to scale network bandwidth, accelerate service innovation and simplify optical network operations. Infinera's end-to-end packet-optical portfolio is designed for long-haul, subsea, data center interconnect and metro applications. Infinera's unique large scale photonic integrated circuits enable innovative optical networking solutions for the most demanding networks. To learn more about Infinera visit www.infinera.com, follow us on Twitter @Infinera and read our latest blog posts at blog.infinera.com.

Infinera and the Infinera logo are registered trademarks of Infinera Corporation.

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, but not limited to the functionality and the benefits of implementing the Cloud Xpress product family. These statements are not guarantees of results and should not be considered as an indication of future activity or future performance. Actual results may vary materially from these expectations as a result of various risks and uncertainties. Information about these risks and uncertainties, and other risks and uncertainties that affect Infinera's business, is contained in the risk factors section and other sections of Infinera's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 26, 2015 as filed with the SEC on February 23, 2016, as well subsequent reports filed with or furnished to the SEC. These reports are available on Infinera's website at www.infinera.com and the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Infinera assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements.

One Hybrid Cloud Software Accelerates Dev/Test by 300 Percent and Reduces Recovery Point Objectives From Two Days to Just One Hour

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – CloudVelox, a leader in cloud automation and orchestration software, today announced that Exar Corporation deployed its One Hybrid Cloud™ software to leverage Amazon Web Services (AWS) for dramatic improvement of its Oracle stack disaster recovery (DR) service-level agreements (SLA) while reducing risks and costs. Exar substantially increased its development testing productivity by enabling engineers to create labs three times faster and enhanced the reliability of its Oracle supply chain and mission critical workloads such as Salesforce.

Using One Hybrid Cloud solutions, the company improved its cloud DR SLAs by enhancing recovery point objectives (RPO) and reducing recovery time objectives (RTOs) from two days to one hour. CloudVelox's software allowed Exar to overcome serious obstacles, addressing the hardware refresh cycle and other technical complexities such as, deployment challenges with its Oracle Linux 32-bit server, which isn't standard and couldn't be easily replicated to directly fit onto the cloud.

A hardware refresh would have been too costly and other solutions for moving workloads from physical environments involve compromises, from high costs to high-risk tradeoffs, including downtime. Exar has a small team of engineers managing its complex global infrastructure and, despite the known advantages, leveraging the benefits of the cloud seemed like an impossibility without CloudVelox.

"We were able to significantly increase our Oracle protection while reducing costs thanks to CloudVelox," said Renato Siljeg, vice president of Information Technology at Exar. "During the short proof of concept (PoC) process we also discovered that we could rapidly extend our engineering infrastructure onto the AWS Cloud. Dev/Test could quickly accomplish complex simulations and testing in two weeks instead of the two or three months typically required and that was a big productivity boost for us."

Exar, a leading supplier of analog mixed-signal products serving the industrial, high-end consumer and infrastructure markets, chose CloudVelox to significantly reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) for its cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and to extend its engineering infrastructure onto AWS on demand to simplify complex simulations and make testing much faster.

"CloudVelox gave us the ability to immediately exceed business objectives," added Siljeg. "We increased productivity, reduced costs and established a new standard of operating excellence thanks to CloudVelox and the cloud. As an additional benefit, the CloudVelox 'full stack' approach gave us the ability to easily tackle a very complex problem and address many issues that had held us up."

CloudVelox's One Hybrid Cloud offers a leading cloud automation and orchestration software for the enterprise allowing even the largest, most complex data centers to migrate to any cloud easier than ever before. It extends AWS's security seamlessly to enterprise data stored on-premises and gives customers the ability to run their existing and new Linux and Windows multi-tier and multi-system apps without modification on the AWS Cloud.

"One Hybrid Cloud software automates and simplifies dozens of complex manual cloud migration processes, eliminating the complexities and delays that can be a substantial barrier to cloud adoption," said Greg Ness, vice president of Worldwide Marketing at CloudVelox. "The unprecedented breadth of automation reduces cloud migration times, risks and can reduce expenses by more than 90 percent for multi-tier apps. The cloud then becomes an ideal disaster recovery and Dev/Test option for both enterprise apps, and mission-critical workloads."

The company's top priorities for the project were to improve disaster recovery SLAs by leveraging IaaS; improve information flow and deliver predictive business intelligence to employees and partners; and to increase virtualization to minimize the company's on premise footprint while leveraging the cloud's scalable, pay as you go economics.

The deployment was remarkably fast, as CloudVelox's software automated key disaster recovery processes including discovery, blueprinting, provisioning and deployment of the DR environment onto AWS. To find out more about the technical challenges, benefits and how CloudVelox helped Exar visit Exar and CloudVelox to read the case study.

One Hybrid Cloud uses an application blueprint-based approach to automate the provisioning of critical storage, security and network processes on AWS. It is a single solution for Cloud Migration, Cloud Recovery and Cloud Dev/Test featuring a simple drag and drop interface that allows IT to leverage cloud services without having to understand the complexity of cloud.

About CloudVelox
CloudVelox is an award-winning leader in cloud automation and orchestration software. Led by a deeply experienced team of system software, security and networking executives, CloudVelox gives data center teams the ability to reduce business risk and increase IT productivity and resilience with a single solution based on an application blueprint-centric approach. For more information, please visit: http://www.cloudvelox.com.

 

More Than 60 Leading Technology Companies Collaborate to Deliver First 100% Open Source Datacenter-Scale Operating System for Running Containers and Distributed Apps in Production

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – A broad alliance of leading companies today joined forces with Mesosphere to unveil the beta release of DC/OS, the first open and comprehensive platform for building, running and scaling modern enterprise applications. Derived from Mesosphere's revolutionary Datacenter Operating System, the 100 percent open source DC/OS offers powerful capabilities for container operations at scale and single-click, app-store-like installation of 20+ complex distributed systems (called DC/OS "services"), including HDFS, Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, Apache Cassandra and more. DC/OS lets every company deploy the automated infrastructure powering applications at some of the world's largest technology companies.

"The world needed a better architecture for all modern apps, not just containers," said Florian Leibert, CEO & Co-Founder of Mesosphere. "DC/OS represents a major industry transformation, delivering today's enterprises an open source datacenter-scale operating system that pools compute resources into what looks like one big computer, running containers, microservices, big data systems and other components of modern applications with ease. The open source community has come together around DC/OS to deliver an amazing ecosystem of products and datacenter services."

More than 60 partners -- including Accenture, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Microsoft -- have had early access to DC/OS leading up to its launch and have pledged to help grow and shape the project through technology integrations and open source software contributions. DC/OS brings the industry's most proven approach for container operations, and its Universe "app store" brings single-click deployment and simplified operations for the latest generation of services designed to run in distributed environments.

View a list of supporting quotes from DC/OS launch partners.

"DC/OS is the inevitable next step for Apache Mesos," said Benjamin Hindman, Co-Creator of Mesos and Mesosphere Chief Architect and Co-Founder. "Organizations that run Mesos quickly discover they need all of the components we've built into DC/OS. DC/OS will democratize large-scale distributed systems and the applications they power, building on the work of the Apache Mesos kernel. By open sourcing DC/OS we're enabling organizations of all sizes to harness the same computing infrastructure as the Twitters and Apples of the world."

Organizations and individuals are invited to join the DC/OS community at dcos.io. The DC/OS name and trademarks are attached to the open source community, and Mesosphere is committed to working with the community to determine the right long-term home for the project.

Read more about DC/OS on the Mesosphere blog.

Partners Driving Deployments
One of the earliest DC/OS collaborators -- Microsoft -- announced today the general availability of Azure Container Service, including support for DC/OS. First announced in September, Azure Container Service is a completely open-source-based, production-ready container service. Azure Container Service is the easiest way to get started with DC/OS and is uniquely designed to give customers flexibility and easy deployment while taking advantage of proven technology and vibrant community support. DC/OS is also available for cloud deployment via the Azure Marketplace.

"DC/OS takes an open source approach ideally suited for applications that will define the next decade of business," said Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Azure Chief Technology Officer. "Microsoft selected DC/OS for the Azure Container Service so our customers can easily build, deploy and manage modern applications on our enterprise-ready Azure cloud platform, as well as in private and hybrid cloud environments."

Read Microsoft's blog post about why it supports DC/OS.

Other DC/OS partners from across the IT spectrum are already delivering strong integrations between DC/OS and their products and services. These include industry leaders such as Accenture, Equinix and HPE, as well as many innovative enterprise IT startups.

"DC/OS is specifically designed for organizations seeking highly scalable, agile application development with continuous improvement and robust, reliable deployment," said Edy Liongosari, managing director, Accenture Labs. "Accenture is mature in its ability to implement container-based solutions and DC/OS is a powerful underlying technology that will provide us with the implementation agility needed for custom development projects. We look forward to continuing our participation in the DC/OS open source project and supporting the evolution of the ecosystem."

"Hybrid and multi-cloud deployments are the new reality," said Ihab Tarazi, CTO of Equinix. "We see DC/OS as a critical part of the true hybrid cloud. Equinix is home to 1,100 network providers across 145 datacenters in 21 countries and we will be using DC/OS to form the foundation for an open source ecosystem that innovates around multi-cloud and IoT. We believe that DC/OS, combined with other initiatives like Open Compute, will drive rapid innovation in the manageability, performance, security, and reliability of modern applications in hybrid environments."

"Businesses want to accelerate the development and delivery of secure and scalable cloud native services," said Manoj Nair, Vice President, CDI Converged Product Management, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. "HPE is excited to partner with Mesosphere to simplify this process for customers by bringing together container orchestration, big data, and composable technologies for modern data centers."

Read HPE's blog post about why it supports DC/OS.

A Universe of Services
DC/OS Universe, an app-store-like experience for exploring and installing services, is a built-in component of DC/OS. The Universe provides an open catalog of services built to run on DC/OS. making it easy for developers and operators to install and run complex distributed systems like Spark, Cassandra, Kafka and NGINX -- the building blocks of modern applications -- with ease. The DC/OS Universe simplifies packaging and delivery of its services for use in datacenter and cloud environments and provides a low-friction distribution path for ISVs that is analogous to app stores on desktop and mobile devices. With a single command or click within the DC/OS CLI or GUI, users can install services on the DC/OS. Any software developer can build services that run on DC/OS and publish them to Universe -- thus inheriting the scalability and high availability of DC/OS.

"We're excited to join the DC/OS community in this launch, as developers and operators can now easily access and deploy NGINX as part of their DC/OS environment through Universe," said Gus Robertson, CEO of NGINX, Inc. "NGINX is one of the most widely deployed application tools in containerized environments, enabling organizations to confidently build and deliver their next-generation applications at scale. We see a huge opportunity for the DC/OS Universe to bring plug-and-play services and apps such as NGINX and NGINX Plus to the distributed enterprise."

The Open Source Community Behind DC/OS
DC/OS is an evolution of the Apache Mesos technology originally developed at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2009. Mesos was inspired by the types of systems that manage datacenter resources for companies such as Microsoft and Google, and simplifies the work of managing datacenters and the process deploying modern datacenter-scale applications. It works essentially by aggregating datacenter resources -- tens of thousands of servers in its largest deployments -- into a single logical computer on which many workloads (Docker containers, Hadoop, Spark and Kafka, to name a few) can run simultaneously.

"Using new architectural principles such as containers at carrier-scale, Verizon is taking new applications from idea to production with greater speed than traditional deployments," said Larry Rau, Director of Architecture & Infrastructure, Verizon Labs. "Combining resources from the greater open source community and DC/OS technology, Verizon will be able to better standardize operations and maximize efficiencies across multiple datacenters. The launch of the DC/OS open source community is another step toward accelerating innovation in the datacenter."

"At Cisco we are interested in using DC/OS to deliver Mantl (mantl.io), our batteries included end to end solution for your microservices infrastructure," said Ken Owens, Chief Technical Officer, Cloud Infrastructure Services at Cisco Systems. "The design point for Mantl is to focus a community around an end to end solution, not around an individual component; designed to solve business and team challenges, one glue, improved by the community, tested everywhere. We are very excited to be working with Mesosphere on DC/OS as this project that will greatly improve the stability and reliability of the microservices platform deployment and runtime."

The DC/OS platform, originally developed by Mesosphere, includes Apache Mesos as core technology (or kernel) but adds significant functionality above and around Mesos. Marathon is the native container-orchestration engine for DC/OS, and already runs large-scale Docker environments and other long-running applications at many large companies. DC/OS packages for Spark, Kafka, Cassandra, HDFS, Jenkins and other distributed systems increase operational simplicity and flexibility beyond what's possible running them on non-Mesos platforms. Other DC/OS components -- there are more than 30 overall, ranging from the build kit to the user interface -- make it simpler than ever to install, run and manage modern applications on a wide range of platforms.

"Yelp is a heavy user of DC/OS technologies for managing a large Docker environment that spans our private datacenters and the public cloud," said Michael Stoppelman, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Yelp. "We even built our in house PaaS -- PaaSTA -- on top of DC/OS's Marathon. Adopting these technologies has given Yelp's developers and operators remarkable agility, and we believe DC/OS can bring the same results to all companies as they embrace technologies such as containers and cloud computing."

DC/OS is currently v1.7 and in beta. Based on the community's confidence in the code, Mesosphere expects it to transition to general availability (GA) by Q3 of this year.

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Additional Materials

About Mesosphere
Mesosphere (Twitter: @Mesosphere) is leading the enterprise transformation toward distributed computing and modern applications with its Datacenter Operating System, and is the principal founding member of the DC/OS open source project. DC/OS is a production-proven datacenter-scale platform for container operations and simple installation of complex distributed systems -- including HDFS, Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, Apache Cassandra and more. Mesosphere was founded in 2013 by the architects of hyperscale infrastructures at Airbnb and Twitter, along with the co-creator of Apache Mesos. Backed by A Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Data Collective, Fuel Capital, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Triangle Peak Partners and Microsoft, Mesosphere is headquartered in San Francisco with additional offices in New York and Hamburg, Germany.

In March, Mesosphere announced that it closed $73.5 million in a Series C funding round led by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, with Microsoft joining as a new strategic investor. The round brought Mesosphere's total funding to date to nearly $126 million and supports the company's accelerating growth as DC/OS becomes the de facto standard for enterprises operating containers and distributed systems in production.

New Over-the-Air Deployment Enables AirWatch Customers to Deliver Wandera Mobile Security to Thousands of Devices in an Instant

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Today, Wandera the leading global provider of security and management for mobile data announced new integrations with its partner AirWatch, the leader in enterprise mobility management. VMware AirWatch® customers are now able to effortlessly deploy Wandera's Secure Mobile Gateway across any number of enterprise mobile devices directly from the AirWatch console. Administrators simply select the desired group of devices and Wandera's threat prevention services are silently pushed over-the-air to the mobile device with no interruption to the employee's enjoyment of their device.

"The new Wandera over-the-air deployment through AirWatch has made deployment seamless and significantly faster," said Jim Bryant, Enterprise Mobility Management engineer, Grupo Santander.

The Wandera Secure Mobile Gateway protects enterprises' mobile devices with real-time threat prevention, compliance and data cost management. Wandera's multi-level architecture includes the world's first cloud gateway for mobile. Wandera analyzes billions of daily inputs to detect emerging mobile attacks and protect sensitive company data. The on-device app integration with AirWatch enables administrators to identify and block threats such as data leaks, malware and man-in-the-middle attacks, and respond with real-time policy enforcement.

"We've worked closely with Wandera, as a part of the AirWatch Mobile Security Alliance, to give our mutual customers a simpler way to deliver threat prevention services," said Erik Frieberg, vice president, Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware. "This additional integration builds upon an already strong partnership with Wandera and delivers on our goal to simplify the mobile security lifecycle for our mutual customers."

"Integrating with VMware AirWatch, the world's foremost enterprise mobile device management solution, delivers on our promise to our global customers," said Stijn Paumen, VP Business Development at Wandera. "The product integration can significantly reduce administrative overhead and allow our mutual customers' mobility teams to gain increased security, visibility and control over their entire mobile fleet in seconds."

In support of this new integration phase, Wandera is launching a special mobile security offer for new customers using VMware AirWatch until 30 September 2016:

  • 30-day free mobile security audit powered by Wandera, allowing customers to enroll 20 to 500 devices to receive an audit report highlighting mobile threats and risk exposure
  • Three months free Wandera service if the customer moves forward with a standard Wandera order following the audit
  • One-day free trial of Wandera Professional services for any customer over 1,000 devices

Wandera is also pleased to support a number of AirWatch Connect™ Local events hosted in April and May this year. Participants can look forward to a full day of technical sessions, networking and group discussions focused on enabling end-users, empowering IT and implementing the latest solutions from AirWatch. Register online for an event near you.

About Wandera
 
Wandera is the leader in mobile data security and management, protecting enterprises with real-time threat prevention, compliance and data cost management. Wandera's multi-level architecture, which includes a pioneering cloud gateway for mobile, offers unrivalled visibility and control. With the industry's largest mobile dataset, Wandera analyzes billions of daily inputs across its network in real-time to detect emerging mobile attacks and protect sensitive company data. Founded in 2012, Wandera is headquartered in San Francisco and London. For more information visit the website www.wandera.com.

VMware, AirWatch, and AirWatch Connect are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions. Use of the word 'partner' or 'partnership' does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

Blue Coat Cloud Data Protection Enables Customers to Proactively Address Emerging Data Protection Regulations That Can Complicate Cloud Adoption

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Blue Coat Systems, a leader in enterprise security, today announced the availability of the Blue Coat Cloud Data Protection Solution for Oracle Applications Cloud, which includes Customer Experience (CX), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Human Capital Management (HCM).

As use of cloud applications grows, enterprises may face challenges regarding data privacy, compliance and security. These may include compliance requirements for personal information, protected health information and strict data governance rules.

Beginning with Oracle Sales Cloud, the combined solution is intended to assist enterprises located in countries and regions subject to increasingly strict data protection regulations, and those in industries such as financial services, public sector and healthcare, to adopt the award-winning Oracle Sales Cloud, and provide them with a new tool to help address applicable data privacy requirements governing their business. 

Enterprises that wish to take advantage of a cloud deployment, or require a single global instance even though they operate in multiple countries, face an interesting challenge -- how to operate in the cloud without splitting up their data. To address this challenge, Oracle collaborated with Blue Coat, an innovative leader in a fast-growing category referred to as Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB).

Blue Coat Cloud Data Protection uses patented data tokenization and encryption capabilities to put enterprises in control of their regulated data, regardless of where the information resides, both in-use and at-rest in the cloud. Whether deployed in a Blue Coat cloud service located within a customer's home country, or within their own datacenter, the Blue Coat solution for Oracle Sales Cloud replaces information selected by the customer with meaningless token values before it leaves the enterprise's Blue Coat server and goes to the cloud for processing and storage, rendering the data meaningless to all but authorized parties.

Oracle and Blue Coat worked closely to design a solution that does not impact the end user experience with Oracle Sales Cloud -- they can still use features, like searching, sorting and reporting, even on the data that has been tokenized. This collaboration provides businesses facing regulatory challenges with an additional option to implement cloud solutions faster and easier than previously possible.

"Many customers operate in geographic regions or vertical sectors where the regulatory environment places restrictive rules on data transfer that complicate cloud adoption," said Rondy Ng, senior vice president, Oracle. "By providing a simple approach to tokenize or encrypt data before it leaves an enterprise's environment, our work with Blue Coat gives them an additional option to enjoy the benefits of the Oracle Cloud." 

Blue Coat is a Gold-level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN).

"With solutions like ProxySG installed in thousands of companies around the globe, enterprises rely on Blue Coat to address their daily security and compliance challenges, including new issues emerging as they look to take advantage of the cloud," said Michael Fey, president and COO, Blue Coat. "Oracle is laser-focused on helping its customers make a smooth transition to its powerful cloud solutions, and we have invested heavily in technologies to assist in this process. This important partnership is a big win for our customers and business."

About Blue Coat

Blue Coat is a leading provider of advanced web security for global enterprises and governments, protecting 15,000 organizations every day. Through the Blue Coat Security Platform, Blue Coat unites network, security and cloud, protecting enterprises and their users from cyber threats -- whether they are on the network, on the web, in the cloud or mobile. Blue Coat was acquired by Bain Capital in March 2015. For additional information, please visit www.bluecoat.com.

Blue Coat and the Blue Coat logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Blue Coat Systems, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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NYI Celebrates 20 Years of Innovation

Infrastructure-as-a-service company has grown over the past two decades from a regional hosting company to a leading mission-critical solutions provider 

NEW YORK NYI, an enterprise grade data center and managed IT solutions provider enabling customers to build customized infrastructure, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Over the past two decades, NYI has transformed from a small website design and hosting company serving a handful of local enterprises to a leading customized, mission-critical solutions provider delivering services from coast to coast. 

With humble beginnings as the brain child of brothers Erik and Phillip Koblence, NYI has grown into one of the most trusted leaders in enterprise-class infrastructure solutions, serving numerous verticals, including media and publishing, financial services, technology, and life sciences. Through the years, three key pillars of NYI’s philosophy have driven the growth and success oAnother major contributor to the company’s success has been its consistent 100% uptime in the face of natural disasters and forces majeure over the last 20 years. NYI data centers were engineered for resilience with N+1 UPS configurations.  The New York facility offers over 2 megawatts of power, and the New Jersey data center has 5 megawatts of power and a 2N generator configuration. In addition, NYI’s fully meshed, BGP4-based, fault-tolerant network offers no single point of failure.f the company — accessibility, responsibility and a hyper-focus on customer success. These core values remain intact today and continue to drive the company to remain at the forefront of the industry.

“It is incredible to look back on the past 20 years of NYI’s history,” states Phil Koblence, Chief Operating Officer of NYI. “I was just a kid when this company was created, commuting back and forth from college on the weekends to consult with companies on their IT environments and host their websites. While our offerings have grown substantially and evolved, our core values remain the same today as they did at the beginning. NYI doesn’t just bark a solution at our customers. We speak with customers individually to gain insight into their requirements and develop unique, custom-tailored solutions.” 

"I’m very proud of NYI and its growth over the past two decades,” said Erik Koblence, Chief Executive Officer of NYI. “NYI’s evolution from a small website design company to the infrastructure services provider we are today gave us a first-hand understanding of the growing pains companies experience. That is why we are so in tune with problem solving and designing the best IT solutions for our clients.” 

NYI recently announced its participation in the Startup Infrastructure in a Post-Cloud Era event to be held April 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the LMHQ facility in New York City. The event brings together industry experts to help attendees determine when cloud is appropriate and where scaling infrastructure makes sense. To register, please click here.

NYI owns and operates data centers in New York and New Jersey. In addition to serving the Northeast, NYI also extends its data center, managed and cloud services across the coast, with facilities located in Seattle and Los Angeles. With 100% uptime, NYI facilities are SSAE-16, HIPAA and PCI compliant and offer 24x7x365 onsite support.

For more information about NYI, visit http://www.nyi.net

 

About NYI

At NYI, we understand you’re important and so is your business. Our approach is simple, effective and unique in our marketplace. We look beyond our world-class data centers and focus on supporting customer growth and success acting as a genuine extension of your IT team. Since 1996, we have provided our customers with fully managed, highly customized infrastructure solutions built to suit their specific business and mission critical IT needs. Our customers view us as a true partner; always available for round-the-clock support from a team they know and trust.

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NYI is SSAE 16, PCI and HIPAA-compliant. For more information, visit www.nyi.net; call (800) 288-7387; or follow the company on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Netwrix Auditor for Office 365 provides visibility and user behavior analytics to enable protection of cloud-based email services against cyber threats

IRVINE, Calif.Netwrix Corporation, a provider of IT auditing software that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, has released Netwrix Auditor for Office 365. The application delivers complete visibility into Exchange Online by detecting and reporting on changes made to Exchange objects, configurations and permissions, as well as non-owner mailbox access to Exchange Online user mailboxes.

According to the Netwrix 2015 Cloud Security Survey, almost 50% of companies start their cloud-based operations with migrating their email systems to the cloud. However, companies are not confident about cloud security: 69% acknowledge the risks of unauthorized access and 43% recognize the risk of account hijacking. In order to mitigate security risks, ensure uninterrupted email service and speed up the troubleshooting of disruptive changes, companies need to gain rigorous control over sensitive email systems. Netwrix Auditor for Office 365, a part of the recently announced Netwrix Auditor 8.0 platform, is designed to overcome the limitations of Exchange Online’s native auditing tools, such as lack of reporting capabilities and consolidation of all necessary details into a single view.

Key features of Netwrix Auditor for Office 365 include:

  • Maximized visibility on the full spectrum of changes: Informs users about Exchange Online configuration changes with all necessary details, such as what was changed, who made a change and where a change occurred, as well as the before and after values and IP addresses, improving Office 365 email security.

  • Scheduled and on-demand reports and dashboards: Enables easy Office 365 security analytics by delivering timely and complete audit information in scheduled and on-demand reports and dashboards that offer multiple usability options, including filtering, sorting and exporting in various formats.

  • Continuous regulatory compliance: Helps establish a secure and compliant Exchange Online organization by offering the broadest range of scheduled and on-demand reports, dashboards and data search to address specific requirements of PCI DSS 3.0, HIPAA, SOX, FISMA/NIST800-53, ISO/IEC 27001 and other compliance regulations.

  • Non-owner mailbox access auditing: Detects Exchange Online mailbox access by someone other than the owner and notifies mailbox owners about all such activity to prevent privilege escalation issues. Reports specify exactly what actions were performed on specific mailbox items, the client used and the computer’s IP address.

The largest to-date Panama Papers data breach teaches us that today we all live in the reality of the ever-growing security risks,” said Alex Vovk, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix. “Since it is almost impossible to predict where a cyberattack would come from, any company should enable complete visibility into most critical systems to spot anomalies that might result in a data breach. Deep understanding of who touches sensitive mailbox data will detect insider threat and data exfiltration to strengthen security of cloud environment and ensure companies that any unstructured data is under control.”

To learn more about how to enable hybrid cloud visibility and strengthen your email security, please visit http://www.netwrix.com/office_365_auditing.html.

About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation provides IT auditing software that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, including who changed what, when and where each change was made, and who has access to what. Over 150,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to audit IT infrastructure changes and data access, prepare reports required for passing compliance audits, and increase the efficiency of IT operations. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 70 industry awards and was named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. For more information, visit www.netwrix.com