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The Netwrix Auditor platform provides user behavior analytics across various storage systems to enable governance of unstructured data

IIRVINE, Calif. – Netwrix Corporation, the first to introduce a visibility and governance platform that supports both on-premises and hybrid cloudIT environments, announced today that the Netwrix Auditor platform provides user behavior analytics across EMC Isilon, VNX, VNXe and Celerra storage devices and NetApp filers, and supports all the latest versions of the clustered Data ONTAP operating system.

Netwrix Auditor applications for Windows file servers, EMC and NetApp empower enterprises with complete visibility and governance for unstructured data. Netwrix Auditor delivers deep insights into changes to files, folders, shares and permissions, and it reports on both successful and failed access attempts to simplify data governance. It also enables control over access to business-critical data, detects ransomware threats and helps prevent data exfiltration.

Netwrix Auditoris a visibility and governance platform that enables control over changes, configurations and access in hybrid cloud IT environments to protect data at rest regardless of its location. The platform provides security analytics to detect anomalies in user behavior and investigate threat patterns before a data breach occurs.

Extended visibility into storage devices complements systems that are already supported, such as Active Directory, Exchange, VMware, SharePoint, Office 365 and others. Netwrix Auditor consolidates data from various sources and provides a single point of access for analysis, alerting and reporting. Enterprises can get complete visibility into every action across the entire IT infrastructure so they can make better information management decisions, improve internal controls and resource planning, and comply with industry requirements.

I love Netwrix Auditorfor the complete visibility it provides for file servers. It helped me identify and recover files affected by malware. The software also comes in handy when employees accidentally move or delete other users’ files,” saidDotan Akiva, Director of IT, Miller & Milone, P.C. “Combined with NTFS permissions, files are safer and more reliable. When preparing for and passing internal audits, the software saves a great amount of time.” 

As the volume of unstructured data grows, enterprises experience bigger challenges while trying to keep this data protected,” commented Michael Fimin, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix. “Investing in data governance solutions can be useful, but effective data governance is more than a technology — it is a process that can’t be established overnight. Companies should pay close attention not only to what is happening inside critical systems such as Active Directory, but also to activities within their unstructured data. A systematic approach to user behavior analytics can help reduce cyber risks and fortify security.”

For more information about Netwrix Auditor for EMC and Netwrix Auditor for NetApp, please visit https://www.netwrix.com/go/emc_netapp.

About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation was the first to introduce a visibility and governance platform that supports both on-premises and hybrid cloud IT environments. More than 150,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to detect insider threats on premises and in the cloud, pass compliance audits with less expense, and increase productivity of IT security and operations teams. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 90 industry awards and been 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.

KEMP, Texas – Larson Electronics, an industrial lighting company, announced the release of a thirty foot horizontal light mast that provides a safe and effective way for operators to quickly deploy lights, cameras, and other equipment.

The LM-30-HZ-EW horizontal light mast from Larson Electronics features a two section assembly that extends to 30 feet for maximum area coverage and collapses to 17 feet when not in use. This tower is constructed of square steel tubing with a lower section 17 feet in length and four inches in diameter and an upper section 13 feet in length and three inches in diameter. This horizontal light mast is powder coated with a glossy blue finish for corrosion resistance and aesthetics.

The mast is extended to its full horizontal position by using an included 1,000 lbs. electric winch fitted with ¼ inch cable. This mast is equipped with pockets on each end for transporting with a skid loader, or other heavy duty machinery. This mast is typically mounted to trailers or other stable surfaces with a 12 inch square, ½ inch thick mounting base plate with pre-drilled holes to accept four ¾ inch bolts. A 24 inch wide, ¼ inch thick mounting plate is attached to the upper section of the mast allowing operators to easily and securely attach the desired electrical equipment.

“Larson’s new horizontal masts allow users to extend the reach of equipment in locations where it seems impractical,” said Rob Bresnahan, CEO of Larson Electronics. “This particular unit does not include lights, but it does have a mounting plate, allowing operators to install any electrical equipment desired.”

Larson Electronics specializes in portable industrial lighting equipment, high mast light towers, explosion proof light fixtures, power distribution systems, LED lighting and more. To view the company’s wide range of products, visit them on the web at Larsonelectronics.com or call 1-800-369-6671 for more information.

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The Tohubohu Project, helmed by the nonprofit Texas Disaster Recovery and Relief organization, hopes to raise $5 million and attract corporate sponsors

DALLAS – A new Indiegogo campaign hopes to raise $5 million to assist families worldwide who are victims of natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. Kicking off on July 12, The Tohubohu Project under the auspices of the nonprofit Texas Disaster Recovery and Relief of Dallas, Texas, hopes to support families by purchasing and installing storm shelters for homes in tornado prone regions; assisting with relocation, temporary housing and home repairs; and providing reemployment services, counseling, and flood-proofing modifications.

The Tohubohu Project is under the direction of C. Naomi Covington, a survivor of Hurricane Katrina and FEMA first responder. She knows firsthand the pain of suddenly losing everything and the gaps that can occur in getting help. She recalls, "After Katrina, many were not allowed access to their homes for weeks. … There was a disconnect between the local, state and federal government for over a month. So many of us were without money, jobs, and income, and taken in by strangers. Some of us even pitched tents and lived on air mattresses for weeks until local hotels either had availability or reopened. Some relief was immediate, such as food and water, but federal and state relief took months while recovery and rebuilding has taken years."

Covington says The Tohubohu Project wants to help as many needy disaster victims and families as it possibly can. Campaign details and pledge incentives can be accessed at https://igg.me/at/thetohubohuproject. Campaign videos and testimonials can be found on the organization's YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0CfWFeGFptN6cq6PTB1DQ.

People who contribute $50 or more will be entered into a drawing to win a new Apple iPhone 7 or iPad Pro. Corporate sponsors are also being sought.

In describing the purpose of the project, Covington says, "Tohubohu means chaos or discord and we're confident that our efforts will alleviate some of the confusion that occurs following a disaster and establish a sense of peace and order, something many didn't even know was possible after such horrific events. Ultimately, our goal is to offer long-term, sustainable solutions for people who have faced hardships after a disaster."

For more information, contact C. Naomi Covington w/ Texas Disaster Recovery and Relief at 214-530-0648; Email; www.disasterrelieftexas.org; 14241 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 650, Dallas, TX 75254

FreeStor Maximizes the Benefits of the Cloud While Overcoming Challenges Associated With Vendor Lock-in

MELVILLE, NY – FalconStor Software® Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), a 16-year innovator of software-defined storage solutions, today announced that organizations using FreeStor® to seamlessly migrate, protect and recover data in the cloud are able to do so without being tied to specific hardware, networks or protocols, making it an ideal solution for businesses that are looking to cut costs and recovery time, as well as enabling Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to offer Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) or Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) offerings.

FreeStor is a horizontal, heterogeneous software defined storage platform that helps IT organizations realize more economic value out of existing environments as well as future storage investments with maximum flexibility and operational efficiency. As a cloud connector, the FreeStor platform can be leveraged to move and optimize data, providing data mobility as well as business continuity. FreeStor can move any workload -- running on a physical server or virtual machine -- from an on-premise environment to a public cloud infrastructure, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure, to provide solutions for disaster recovery, backup and optimized storage infrastructure.

MSPs and Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) can now offer consistent on-premise and cloud-based services more readily, as well as incorporate public cloud offerings at lower costs. They can also offer both secondary and tertiary site alternatives to on-premise and hosted facilities. Further, this connectivity takes yet another step in eliminating vendor lock-in. In addition to eliminating hardware vendor lock-in, FreeStor now eliminates MSP and CSP lock-in with the ability to enable "cloud hopping" should the need arise to change cloud or MSP vendors. Users will no longer find their data trapped in proprietary formats or hindered by the lack of tools to move data quickly in a cost-optimized manner.

"The benefits of moving data management to the cloud go well beyond cost savings -- from the flexibility of accessing data from anywhere to the tiering of cold and seldom used data to serving as a disaster recovery solution," said Gary Quinn, President, and CEO of FalconStor. "But however attractive the cloud may be, it doesn't mean anything if you can't get there. FreeStor offers organizations the bridge to cross the gap between on-premise and the cloud without tying your business to specific hardware, hypervisors, networks, protocols or vendors. It is a robust, yet flexible solution designed for organizations that are looking for a dependable business continuity disaster recovery solution while cutting costs, complexity and recovery time."

Additional information about how organizations can leverage FreeStor as a Disaster Recovery in the Cloud solution is available through FalconStor's recently published white paper at http://falconstor.com/Freestor-DRaaS-in-the-Cloud

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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World's Premier Systems Integrators and Value Added Resellers Join With Delphix to Increase Data Agility

MENLO PARK, Calif. – Delphix, the market leader in data virtualization, today announced that organizations seeking a solution for their data management needs now have even wider access to its award-winning technology through a team of the leading systems integrators and channel resellers. To support a growing demand for more agile data management, Delphix has increased its investment in the channel, developing a three-tiered Channel Partner Program.

The expertise of these industry experts combined with the wide range of use cases that Delphix can address vastly expands the number of organizations that can take advantage of the company's transformative technology. With their deep understanding of specialty markets, these partners expand access to Delphix technology, accelerating, simplifying and transforming the way modern enterprises across industries and across the world deal with their data.

With the technology industry driving toward a more modern datacenter, Delphix has hired more than ten new employees that are directly focused on working with partners to educate the market about data virtualization. While last year, the company held one Partner Summit; this year, demand for similar events necessitated an additional 5 Partner University events, spread across the world in places like Dallas, Rome and Los Angeles.

"Teaming up with Delphix allows Orasi to provide its customers with the possibilities of 30 times faster application development, 90 percent safer data through data masking, and ten times faster data movement for better testing," said Nick Kavadellas, President and CEO of Orasi. "Having recently attended the Delphix Partner University in Jersey City, we feel thoroughly empowered to begin new conversations about data center modernization, cloud migration and application retirement."

The enablement driven by this partner program is designed so Delphix partners quickly gain a thorough command of the core Delphix technology. In addition to the in-person support partners receive through trainings and the Partner University events, the digital program boasts 27 courses, with tailored perspectives on how Delphix serves a variety of global markets and specific industries.

"All businesses are now in the data business, and each organization needs to be able to move and provision its data quickly and efficiently to drive multiple business-critical projects," said Denise Zelt, Senior Manager of Channel Marketing Programs at Delphix. "Because the technology of data virtualization is still relatively new, we rely on our partners to help demonstrate how moving that data can be done better and faster with Delphix. We value our partners immensely, and this partner program demonstrates the heightened commitment we place on our partners' success."

Learn more about Delphix Solutions Partner Program and how you can join one of the upcoming Delphix Partner University events at the Delphix website.

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Delphix is the market leader in data virtualization, helping organizations release applications up to 10x faster by delivering secure, virtualized data across the application lifecycle. More than 30 percent of the Global 500 use Delphix software to deliver data across development, testing and reporting environments, improving developer productivity and data security on premises or in the cloud. Delphix is headquartered in Menlo Park, California, with offices around the world, and can be found online at www.delphix.com.

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New "Audit Ready" Service Combines ControlPanelGRC® Software With Expert SAP Security Consulting Resources Offered as a Flexible Monthly Service

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – Responding to increasing audit and regulatory requirements for critical business assets, Symmetry, a leading enterprise application management and cloud hosting solutions provider, today announced Security Complete PlusGRC for maintaining security and compliance for SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) infrastructure environments.

The data contained in an SAP environment is the crown jewels of an enterprise, which requires accuracy, protection and ease of accessibility for authorized users. Auditors are tasked with looking for potential risks in your infrastructure, and combining that with a well-developed SAP security plan is essential. Without a plan, security threats arise and businesses can spend days, weeks, even months finding a solution; and performing Segregation of Duty (SoD) checks to remediate threats and maintain compliance can be a daunting task. Reading SoD reports as a non-technical user can be even more difficult, which makes using them for informed business decisions a real challenge.

Symmetry's Security Complete PlusGRC provides continuous security and compliance automation for SAP environments, and significantly reduces the time, operational costs and complexities associated with using in-house resources. The new service offering expands Symmetry's existing security services by combining Symmetry's award-winning ControlPanelGRC® software suite, a powerful and comprehensive governance, risk and compliance (GRC) platform for SAP, along with SAP security and controls experts who become an extension of your team -- together as a flexible monthly service offering for users.

The solution can be implemented in as little as two weeks and does not involve a complicated or lengthy training program. Security Complete PlusGRC ensures that your system is managed according to industry standards, SAP best practices and the recommendations of your auditors.
Key benefits:

  • 24x7x365 expert security and audit-ready compliance coverage
  • Seamless integration to SAP without a large upfront investment
  • Robust reporting tailored to business users, technical users, and auditors
  • Intuitive user interface with exceptional ease of use
  • Pro-active recipe development for mitigating and eliminating compliance risk

Symmetry is certified in SAP Hosting, Cloud and SAP HANA Operations, and leads the cloud hosting and application management industry with a Net Promoter score of 57. With a growing emphasis on security and compliance, Symmetry's SAP Security offerings are an integral component of Symmetry's solution portfolio, which features scalable and compliant cloud hosting services along with a broad range of managed services including IT-services, cyber security solutions, and ERP managed services.

"Security and compliance are critical to running successful businesses. By combining Symmetry's deep SAP security expertise with our award winning ControlPanelGRC software suite into a flexible, commercial friendly offering, we are making it easy for our customers to solve these complex challenges." said Pete Stevenson, Chairman and CEO of Symmetry. "Our goal always, is to be a true extension of our customer's IT operations, to listen, and rapidly innovate to keep pace with their changing business demands"

About Symmetry
Symmetry is a leading applications management and hybrid cloud hosting solution provider with deep expertise in SAP application management. An SAP partner since 2005, Symmetry is certified in SAP Hosting, Cloud and SAP HANA® Operations. As a true extension of your IT team, Symmetry places a laser focus on the customer's experience and offers highly flexible, tailored solutions to the meet the unique business needs of enterprise clients. Symmetry supports global enterprises across all industries through a customer centric high-touch approach that delivers deep technical expertise combined with scalable, redundant, high availability cloud infrastructure supported by a 24x7x365 operations support model. With a long history and proven methodology for delivering hybrid solutions comprised of managed private cloud hosting infrastructure with enterprise application management services, Symmetry delivers IT solutions that help reduce the total cost of ownership and maximize the performance and security of our customers' most mission critical systems. Learn more at www.symmetrycorp.com

The Latest Release of SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor Adds Support for EMC XtremIO and Pure Storage All-Flash Arrays, Helping IT Improve Performance, Capacity Planning and Overall ROI

AUSTIN, Texas – SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced it has added support for EMC® XtremIO® and Pure Storage® all-flash arrays (AFAs) to its award-winning SolarWinds® Storage Resource Monitor (SRM). SolarWinds SRM provides IT professionals with the necessary insights into multi-vendor traditional and flash storage resources and their potential performance impact to enhance business-critical application performance.

With the expanded device support, SolarWinds SRM helps ensure that any IT organization's deployment of market-leading EMC XtremIO and Pure Storage AFAs, as well as other flash-based storage, provides the expected improvements to application performance. Combined with its already broad support of traditional storage devices, SolarWinds SRM is now even more uniquely capable of maximizing the performance of multi-generational storage environments all from within a single tool.

"Flash-based storage is quickly becoming commonplace in the enterprise due to the improving cost-to-performance ratio," said Gerardo Dada, vice president, product marketing, SolarWinds. "However, many IT departments must now manage new high-performance flash arrays alongside legacy storage systems. This can prove challenging, especially in terms of managing overall capacity, monitoring performance, aligning storage performance with changing application requirements and the complexity of generating consolidated alerting and reporting. SolarWinds SRM can help IT departments get the most out of their existing storage while also migrating to newer flash-based technologies, and then realize the full potential of their flash investment."

SolarWinds SRM provides IT departments the following benefits across traditional and AFA storage deployments:

  • Unified heterogeneous storage monitoring
  • Storage performance monitoring with status and usage thresholds
  • Automated storage capacity planning
  • Prebuilt and custom alerting and storage resource reporting

SolarWinds SRM also integrates with the SolarWinds Orion® platform, allowing storage performance data collected to be incorporated with data from SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor, SolarWinds Virtualization Manager and SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer into the platform's AppStack environment view, thereby giving IT departments end-to-end visibility into the complete underlying application infrastructure to better troubleshoot application performance issues. With real-time visibility into heterogeneous SAN and NAS arrays and integration with the AppStack environment dashboard, IT professionals are able to view and manage an IT environment from array to application.

Pricing and Availability

SolarWinds SRM pricing starts at $2,935 USD*, including the first year of maintenance. For more information, including a downloadable, free 30-day evaluation, visit the SolarWinds website or call 866.530.8100.

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

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack company, today made operating a private cloud easier with the release of Mirantis OpenStack 9.0. Based on the Mitaka Openstack release, Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 includes a rich set of features to simplify lifecycle management of OpenStack.

"The improvements in Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 are based on real-world production deployments of Mirantis OpenStack, including our collaborations with AT&T and Volkswagen," said Boris Renski, co-founder and CMO of Mirantis. "The improvements we made -- largely in the area of post-deployment operations -- integrate Mirantis' services expertise into the software so that we can deliver better business outcomes. Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 will be a valuable asset to Mirantis as we help customers build and operate private clouds."

OpenStack Mitaka is the 13th OpenStack release, and was built by a community of 2,336 developers, operators and users from 345 organizations. Mirantis had 327 Mitaka committers (ranked No. 1), 87 core contributors (ranked No. 1), resolved 3,700+ bugs (ranked No. 1), contributed 1.37 million lines of code (ranked No. 1) and conducted 52K reviews (ranked No. 1).

Enhancements to Fuel, the OpenStack management software project, simplify the task of operating private OpenStack clouds. Cloud operators can use Fuel to scale the cloud up or down, selectively make changes to their configuration, and deploy new functionality to an existing cloud, such as Murano, a self-service application orchestration and catalog. Additionally, operators of large-scale infrastructure can now export Fuel configuration values into 3rd party configuration management tools.

StackLight, the purpose-built tooling for logging, monitoring and alerting of OpenStack, will continue to assist operators in maximizing their private cloud uptime.

Additional enhancements make it easier to run high performance workloads in OpenStack. Improvements to network function virtualization infrastructure (NFVI) performance include features such as SR-IOV, DPDK, NUMA CPU pinning, and huge pages. Improvements were also made to application and service orchestration with TOSCA and validations for big data were performed with Cloudera and Hortonworks.

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Mirantis is the pure play OpenStack company, delivering all the software, services, training, and support needed for running OpenStack. More customers rely on Mirantis than on any other company to get to production deployment of OpenStack at scale. Mirantis is among the number one company in contributing open source software to OpenStack, and has helped build and deploy some of the largest OpenStack clouds in the world, at companies such as AT&T, Saudi Telecom, Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Symantec, Telstra and Volkswagen. Mirantis is venture-backed by August Capital, Dell Ventures, Ericsson, Goldman Sachs, Intel, Insight Venture Partners, Sapphire Ventures, Siguler Guff & Co., and WestSummit Capital, with headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. Follow us on Twitter at @mirantisit.

Interstate Restoration Offers 'Seven Days of Prep' for Hurricane, Tropical Storm Season

FT. WORTH, TX – As many states across the nation join Maine in the observation of Hurricane Awareness and Preparedness Week in July, experts at Interstate Restoration say businesses need to understand the risks and have emergency plans for these huge storms to stem losses and minimize recovery time. Preparation can be a seven-day project, with emphasis on emergency supplies and understanding risks.

"Business owners always hope to avoid losses, and certainly hurricanes and tropical storms pose a significant threat to coastal areas of the U.S.," said Stacy Mazur, CEO of Interstate Restoration. "Should the worst happen, Interstate's experts are ready to assist with recovery in every way, as we've done after numerous disasters over the past several years."

An example of the company's response to catastrophic storms includes management of more than 440 projects during Hurricane Katrina. More of the company's restoration and reconstruction work after water damage can be seen at Executive Plaza, an office building in Houston, Texas.

Interstate Restoration's disaster recovery and restoration services are designed to help businesses mitigate damage and get critical operations quickly back online. The company offers its clients advice about the most effective ways to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, and Interstate also wants businesses to know about resources available from the National Weather Service to help prepare for severe weather regardless of the season.

Interstate Restoration, headquartered in Ft. Worth, Texas, earlier this year acquired FirstOnSite of Canada to become the second-largest independent company in its industry in North America.

About Interstate Restoration

Founded in 1998, Interstate Restoration, LLC, based in Ft. Worth, Texas, is one of the largest emergency restoration and reconstruction service providers for commercial enterprises in the United States. Interstate Restoration specializes in assisting property owners and businesses in recovering from fire, flood, natural and human-caused disasters. In combination with its FirstOnSite Restoration division, Interstate has 19 regional offices in the U.S. and 35 in Canada. Interstate Restoration has the scalability to respond to any-sized catastrophe and help people get back to business and back to life quickly and safely. For more information, visit www.interstaterestoration.com, call 800-622-6433 or follow us on Twitter at @InterstateRest.

Built for Compliance, Tailored for Industry Efficiency and Scaled to Navigate Unique Challenges Within the Federal Landscape

NEW YORK, NY – Infor, a leading provider of beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced Infor CloudSuite™ Federal, a suite of comprehensive software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications that are specifically designed for organizations operating under the umbrella of the Federal Government. Building upon Infor's existing lineup of leading cloud-based solutions; including Infor CloudSuite Public Sector that serves state and local government agencies, Infor CloudSuite Federal is designed to help traverse the industry compliance and regulatory factors to help Federal agencies optimize procedures using cloud technology.

The suite of cloud-run applications is designed with compliance in mind, and contains provisions to help meet core standards such as Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). Through a strategic alliance with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), Infor CloudSuite Federal is hosted on the AWS GovCloud (US), a robust, secure and flexible cloud-hosting environment.

Infor has a longstanding foundation for serving the public sector, with customers operating in industry micro-verticals such as academics, public safety, transportation and utilities. Deeply rooted within this experience and knowledge base, Infor has expanded capabilities to help meet the needs of a maturing Federal marketplace where demand to adopt emerging technologies is reaching a critical mass. To date, Infor has successfully engaged with organizations that serve essential roles within or in support of the Federal Government, these include customers in banking, defense, information management, and military sectors. Infor is seeking to help many Federal institutions bridge the enterprise technology gap that was created by an industry-wide drought of cost-effective, secure and compliant disruptive technology solutions.

"To keep pace in the modern global economy, a successful business model necessitates the use of a nimble and adaptable IT infrastructure, one that is both flexible and affordable. Within the private sector, adoption of cloud technology has soared in recent years to answer such demands but for the Federal government, concerns over cost and security have prevented many organizations from considering and utilizing this approach. Infor CloudSuite Federal is designed to specifically help government organizations overcome these hurdles," said Wayne Bobby, vice president, Infor Federal. "Helping Federal organizations modernize and shift to the cloud can be a real game-changer, one that creates a significant value proposition for workers and taxpayers alike."

Infor CloudSuite Federal is more than a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform; it is a fully customizable and scalable suite of industry-tailored applications. With capacities for mission critical functions such as Human Capital Management (HCM), Federal institutions are better able to manage resources, ranging from personnel to physical assets, even intellectual property. As documented in a 2015 Washington Post article, the use of talent science can be incredibly beneficial for Federal customers seeking to recruit and hire an enduring workforce. Built-in functionalities such as Infor Dynamic Enterprise Performance Management (d/EPM) help regulate and prevent waste by delivering a unified platform for compliance, budgeting and planning. Asset management has long been a documented strength for Infor, and this deep level of expertise has now been scaled to help Federal customers assess, monitor and make preventative repairs to safeguard asset reliability, which translates into a noticeable return on the principle investment.

Infor CloudSuite Federal does not require any capital investments for hardware, and considerably reduces license fees and by providing a flexible, subscription-based delivery model. This not only significantly reduces upfront IT expenditure, but it also enables Federal institutions to reallocate staff and resources to better serve other aspects of business and public service.

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About Infor

Infor builds beautiful business applications with last mile functionality and scientific insights for select industries delivered as a cloud service. With 14,000 employees and customers in more than 200 countries and territories, Infor automates critical processes for industries including healthcare, manufacturing, fashion, wholesale distribution, hospitality, retail, and public sector. Infor software helps eliminate the need for costly customization through embedded deep industry domain expertise. Headquartered in New York City, Infor is also home to one of the largest creative agencies in Manhattan, Hook & Loop, focused on delivering a user experience that is fun and engaging. Infor deploys its cloud applications primarily on the Amazon Web Services cloud and open source platforms. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.

Infor customers include:

  • 18 of the top 20 aerospace companies
  • 8 of the top 10 high tech companies
  • 10 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies
  • 22 of the 25 largest U.S. healthcare delivery networks
  • 20 of the 20 largest U.S. cities
  • 20 of the top 20 automotive suppliers
  • 19 of the top 20 industrial distributors
  • 18 of the top 20 global retailers
  • 4 of the top 5 brewers
  • 19 of the top 20 global banks
  • 10 of the 10 largest global hotel brands
  • 6 of the top 10 global luxury brands

This announcement reflects the direction Infor may take with regard to the specific product(s) described herein, all of which is subject to change by Infor in its sole discretion, with or without notice to you. This announcement is not a commitment to you in any way and you should not rely on this document or any of its content in making any decision. Infor is not committing to develop or deliver any specified enhancement, upgrade, product or functionality, even if such is described in this announcement and even if such description is accompanied by words such as "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "predict," "should," "will," and/or similar expressions. Many factors can affect Infor's product development plans and the nature, content and timing of future product releases, all of which remain in the sole discretion of Infor. This announcement, in whole or in part, may not be incorporated into any contractual agreement with Infor or its subsidiaries or affiliates. Infor expressly disclaims any liability with respect to this announcement.