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Delivers actionable insight through organization and search at massive scale

AUSTIN, Texas – Caringo today announced Swarm 8, continuing to deliver on the company’s promise to change the economics of storage. Offered as a complete software appliance, Swarm provides a storage platform for data protection, management, organization and search at massive scale. Users no longer need to migrate data into disparate solutions for long-term preservation, delivery and analysis. Consolidate all files on Swarm, find the data you are looking for quickly, and reduce total cost of ownership by continuously evolving hardware and optimizing use of resources. 

“Organizations that want to extract actionable insight from their data, but are struggling with finding the time, resources or expertise, should take a look at Swarm 8,” said Marc Staimer from Dragon Slayer Consulting. “What they deliver goes beyond storage, offering a platform for companies to discover new information without needing to spin up and invest in multiple complex data analytics projects.”

Swarm 8 installs on any mix of standard hardware, runs in RAM, and unlike file-system based storage, maximizes disk efficiency with an industry leading 95% of drive capacity for content. Swarm 8 radically simplifies an organization’s ability to apply the value of data in an actionable way, providing insight at scale. One of Caringo’s latest customers, iQMedia, who specializes in media analytics across television, online, social, and first-party data sources, is already reaping the benefits of Swarm 8.

“iQMedia's technology breaks through the traditional limitations of other media platforms, providing not only real time data and access but also actionable insights to our customers,” said Lakshmi Venkataswamy, founder and CTO of iQMedia. “The way Swarm 8 automatically moves files from filers and the ability to consolidate, access and dynamically organize files at massive scale optimizes our storage operations and frees up resources to focus on continuing to deliver value to our customers instead of managing the storage infrastructure.”

Swarm is the only object storage solution to offer adaptive power conservation technology, compliance features like WORM and Legal Hold, and the ability to seamlessly shift between protection methods—all automatically enforced by policies.  With Swarm 8, Caringo once again raises the bar in providing unique customer benefits including:

•	Dynamic insight and organization at massive scale. Gain robust insight and view relationships between objects through ad hoc search and query of object attributes or custom metadata. Results can be viewed via the new Swarm Portal or Caringo’s comprehensive API, or exported to JSON or XML. All searches are dynamic and can be saved as Collections for reuse.
•	Rapid file use case development. Object versioning and object renaming dramatically reduce the development effort of integration with file system-based applications and interfaces.
•	All-inclusive, no-surprises pricing. Swarm 8 comes standard with ALL functionality enabled. This includes unique Swarm features like Darkive™ adaptive power conservation, all compliance features, HDFS, all multi-tenancy features (for public/private/hybrid cloud), NoSQL-like search and more. 
•	Flexible deployment to meet any operational business requirements. Swarm 8 is available as software you run in your own data center(s), as a service in any of the Microsoft Azure globally distributed data centers or as a fully managed service within BT or Telefonica’s globally distributed data centers. 

Additionally, Swarm offers unrivaled integration into leading enterprise applications like Veritas Enterprise Vault, Commvault Simpana and compute and orchestration platforms like OpenStack, Spark and Hadoop. Search results can be seamlessly accessed via Kibana for visual analysis and discovery.
“Companies in every industry are experiencing a significant gap between the current capabilities of network attached storage and the volume of files, velocity of capacity growth and variability in access patterns,” said Jonathan Ring, Founder and CEO of Caringo. “It’s not just about cost any more, it’s about managing and organizing data at scale. To compete, companies are adding more systems and increasing complexity. Swarm 8 simplifies the storage, access and now analytics IT stack by offering a platform that has been market-hardened over the last decade. Swarm 8 is easier to scale, more compliant, more efficient and now more insightful than any other object storage solution on the market.”

Swarm 8 is available immediately. For additional information or to schedule a demo please visit www.caringo.com or email info@caringo.com. 

Follow Caringo LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/company/caringo-inc- Twitter https://twitter.com/CaringoStorage https://twitter.com/CaringoStorage About Caringo Caringo was founded in 2005 to change the economics of storage by designing software from the ground up to solve the issues associated with data protection, management, organization and search at massive scale. Caringo’s flagship product, Swarm, eliminates the need to migrate data into disparate solutions for long-term preservation, delivery and analysis—radically reducing total cost of ownership. Today, Caringo software is the foundation for simple, bulletproof, limitless storage solutions for the Department of Defense, the Brazilian Federal Court System, City of Austin, Telefónica, British Telecom, Ask.com, Johns Hopkins University and hundreds more worldwide. Visit www.caringo.com to learn more.
New Demographic and Behavioral Insights Allow Brand Managers to Bolster App Strategies and Media Investments with Unique Competitive Edge

SAN FRANCISCO – Today App Annie, the most trusted mobile app data and insights platform, announced that it has released an exclusive offering of unique mobile app demographic and behavioral metrics. App Annie Intelligence now enables brand managers and their agencies to make informed, data-driven decisions to guide their company's app and mobile media buying strategy. The new demographic and behavioral insights round out a suite of metrics available for App Annie customers, including active users, penetration, frequency, duration and data usage.

"Given how advanced and global mobile has become, it is often surprising how little app developers, investors and brand managers know about the users they seek. It's a blind spot," said Mark Ungerer, general manager of enterprise products at App Annie. "How do different demographic segments engage with my brand and my competitors? What are users doing outside of my app? Today's launch provides these answers and more, bringing a complete understanding of the customer to mobile."

On the heels of its Forecast report, App Annie has set the stage for brands and agencies worldwide to gain valuable insight into today's mobile-first customers. App Annie Intelligence is already used by Coca-Cola, Nestle, Dentsu, CVS, Target, Google and many other world-class brands to gain unparalleled insight into the app economy.

About App Annie
App Annie delivers the most trusted app data and insights for your business to succeed in the app economy globally. Over 500,000 registered members managing 1 million apps rely on App Annie to better understand the app market, their business and the opportunities around them. The company is headquartered in San Francisco with 425+ employees across 15 global offices. App Annie has received $157 million in financing, including from investors such as e.Ventures, Greenspring Partners, Greycroft Partners, IDG Capital Partners, Institutional Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital. Learn more at www.appannie.com.

New Japanese trading house Gyxis, created earlier this year when four established energy companies integrated their LPG operations, is being powered by the cloud-based AspectCTRM trade and risk management solution, it can be revealed today.


Starting from a clean sheet with no legacy systems in place, AspectCTRM has enabled Gyxis to ramp up to benchmark position keeping, risk management and profit and loss analysis with minimum delay. From day one the Aspect solution has supported Gyxis staff as they trade propane and butane on the Asian and American markets - from purchase right through to sale along with exposure reporting and swaps for hedging purposes.

The decision to adopt Aspect was made by Gyxis following remote trials of the solution.


“We particularly liked the fact that Aspect has some great functionality as standard, especially the OLAP tool for position management – it is easy and intuitive to use,” said a representative of Gyxis.


“We were fortunate to have been granted a test run during the sales process, which was efficient and this led to a fast and headache-free deployment.”


Japan is continuing to be a highly significant market for AspectCTRM with trading houses including Mitsubishi willing to share with peers how Aspect’s ultra-fast deployment and feature-rich support for ETRM and CTRM trade and risk management tasks enable them to be agile and successful in highly competitive markets.


About Aspect

Aspect is a leading global provider of multi-commodity trade, risk and operations management applications delivered Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) in the cloud. With almost 500 customers in 90 countries, it’s one of the fastest growing providers with rapid deployment, affordable subscriptions, and immediate ROI for all size companies. Solutions include AspectCTRM®, a full-featured commodity trading and risk management enterprise suite for front, middle and back office. It’s available in three editions: Lite, Standard and Enterprise, expanding in functionality according to the needs and budgets of clients. Aspect is the only ETRM/CTRM solutions provider with market data and analytics tools delivered with its trade and risk functions on the same platform. This provides users with a seamless packaged solution beginning with pre-trade pricing analysis and market assessments via AspectDSC. Aspect’s solutions are available on desktop, tablets and mobile devices and through its new Aspect Partner Program (APP).

Highly Flexible Platform and Licensing Model Delivers Self-Service Analytics for Everyone


NEW YORK, NY – Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity, and data integration solutions, today announced that its industry-leading self-service BI and analytics platform, WebFOCUS, is now available in three editions to deliver reporting and analytics capabilities to a wide range of users and environments.


Three editions of the product offer governed self-service tools and apps to empower an organisation’s entire universe of stakeholders – including management, operational staff, partners, customers, and citizens – with better analytics for better decision-making.


Business User Edition

Designed for up to 100 business users and analysts who can autonomously access, consume, create, produce, and share analytical content. It includes the WebFOCUS InfoAssist+ tool that supports self-service analytics, dashboard assembly, content automation, and data discovery. InfoAssist+ gives business and non-technical users the ability to generate new and impactful value out of their data – without the need to involve BI developers for their analytical needs.


Application Edition

Designed for the authoring and deployment of highly customized self-service analytical applications – InfoApps™ – to a wide range of non-technical users. The Application Edition includes the full-function WebFOCUS server with all of its infrastructure, security, and administration capability. It also includes App Studio, a sophisticated authoring environment for building rich, secure InfoApps that can be deployed on-premise, in the cloud, on mobile devices, or as software- as-a-service (SaaS) applications.


Enterprise Edition

Designed for organisations that want to deploy embedded, complex, and/or strategic analytical applications to thousands or even millions of users, often customer-facing and outside of the corporate firewall. WebFOCUS is uniquely suited to scale the deployment of InfoApps to large user populations, such as patients, students, and consumers who may not even realize they are benefiting from a BI platform. The licensing model for Enterprise Edition changes from seat pricing to server (core) pricing, providing superior economics for significant user populations.


“Self-service BI and analytics tools for business users must be adaptable and specialized to suit the needs of a particular type of user and their business need,” said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of Information Builders.

“From the experienced data analyst to the non-technical business user, our three editions of WebFOCUS are designed to provide powerful business intelligence through apps and tools catered to deliver information according to every user’s preferences. No other vendor can offer such a superb user experience backed by a flexible, scalable and secure enterprise platform.”


About Information Builders

Information Builders helps organisations transform data into business value. Our software solutions for business intelligence and analytics, integration, and data integrity empower people to make smarter decisions, strengthen customer relationships, and drive growth. Our dedication to customer success is unmatched in the industry. That’s why tens of thousands of leading organisations rely on Information Builders to be their trusted partner. Founded in 1975, Information Builders is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices around the world, and remains one of the largest independent, privately held companies in the industry. Visit us at informationbuilders.com, follow us on Twitter at @infobldrs, like us on Facebook, and visit our LinkedIn page.

Solution enables users to search and analyse unstructured file data with effortless file sync and data archiving to public cloud object storage

A new software service to make large volumes of complex unstructured file data more visible and accessible to users, IT managers and CIOs has been launched by Kazoup.


Kazoup integrates policy-based file sync and data archiving to major public cloud-based object storage providers including AWS, Azure, Google and CenturyLink. It delivers clear data governance, enabling users to distinguish the data that adds value to the business, and that which does not. Combined with intelligent migration to the cloud, it is the fastest and most affordable method to simply integrate with public cloud and extract value from unstructured data.


Johan Holder, co-founder and CEO, stated: “Of the businesses we work with, only a handful can say with any certainty how much data they have. Much of it remains invisible. It’s rare for an organisation today to have a clear grasp on just how much data they are carrying, much less where that data is, how often it is accessed and its ultimate value to the business. Even if they do have an accurate idea of where the data resides, there’s a notable lack of available tools powerful enough to do anything about it.”


Radek Dymacz, co-founder and CTO, added: “Everyone is struggling with unstructured data growth, but the available solutions are too time-intensive and costly, so file analytics is regarded as a luxury. We believe data analytics should be free to help IT professionals combat this storage growth.


“The beauty of Kazoup lies in its simplicity. What would usually take you weeks of work or expensive consulting, can be achieved within 15 minutes of installing the software. It’s going to be an invaluable tool for IT managers and CIOs who need to demonstrate they have a plan to grow intelligently, instead of just throwing more storage at the problem.”


The solution also supports automated, encrypted and vendor-agnostic archiving to cloud-based object storage. This in turn delivers simple and fast searches directly from AWS S3, Google Cloud Storage, Microsoft Azure Blob Storage and CenturyLink. It makes archive storage a strategic asset by truly integrating it with existing storage environments.


Holder concludes: “Unstructured data is just information that exists outside of database systems – mostly file data - and until today it has been relatively easy to ignore. But file sizes are increasing as a result of rich media content like photos, audio and HD video. Equally, storage governance is not where it needs to be, so businesses are holding on to useless data far beyond its end of life. This means that most organisations are simply throwing storage at the problem, instead of addressing the cause of growth.


“With users demanding that information and documents are instantly available to them, data duplication and storage growth have risen inexorably. The challenge for businesses is to find tools that can distinguish between data that is valuable and data that is not. With Kazoup you can set automated retention policies to move inactive, historic data, which is still required for compliance reasons, to the cloud and then delete it out once your specified time-period has passed.


“Kazoup makes managing and archiving data easier and more accessible, ensuring businesses can reset the clock on the storage time bomb and grow intelligently in future.”


About Kazoup:

Kazoup puts you back in charge of your unstructured data. Using a combination of file analytics, easy cloud archiving and powerful, content-level search, Kazoup enables users, IT managers and CIOs to halt growth, increase intelligence. For more information, please see www.kazoup.com

Databarracks develops free business continuity testing tool for SMEs

In 2015, disaster recovery (DR) specialists Databarracks revealed that 73 per cent of small UK businesses had not tested their DR plans in the last 12 months. To raise standards within the industry, and level the playing field between SMEs and big enterprises, Databarracks has created a free DR tabletop testing simulator that allows SMEs to test their organisation’s preparedness by running through various recovery scenarios.


Peter Groucutt, managing director at Databarracks, explains: “To discover last year that such a high percentage of small organisations in the UK hadn’t tested their DR plans was worrying, but it really isn’t that surprising considering the huge range of responsibilities an SME IT manager has. Large enterprises have the resources and capacity for a dedicated business continuity team, whereas most SMEs won’t have the same time or the budget available to allocate to business continuity planning or testing.


“SMEs should have the same access to the planning tools needed to build a robust BC/DR plan, regardless of budget. It’s something we’ve championed for a long time – SMEs shouldn’t be at a disadvantage due to budgetary or time constraints, and we’re actively trying to level that playing field. Tabletop testing is an essential part of the DR plan testing process, and small and medium businesses should be able to perform testing like this just as effectively as large businesses. That’s why we’ve added a tabletop test simulator to our suite of free disaster recovery tools for SMEs.


“The concept of tabletop testing is well known and used by larger organisations but it is not something we often see in smaller businesses. Businesses should write their DR plan with a broad scope to handle the various different impacts that a continuity event might have on their organisation, such as IT downtime or inability to access the office. By doing this, it means that the plan itself will be comprehensive and cover every eventuality rather than trying to address a large number of specific scenarios.


“You have no idea whether your DR plan will serve its purpose in a disaster unless you test it, and in multiple scenarios. That’s why a tabletop test is so useful – you can throw very specific scenarios at the plan and see how you will cope. It’s a practical way to work through different scenarios without the time commitment of a full test and it helps to identify any gaps you may have in your plan, as well as helping to keep all contact information up to date.


“Finding the time for testing is one of the biggest reasons we hear from organisations who haven’t performed a DR test in the last 12 months. Whilst the risks associated with a tabletop test are low – you’re not physically failing over any servers – it can take a substantial amount of time when done thoroughly. We want our simulator to be a solid starting point for SMEs looking to tighten their own plans and follow DR best practice.”


Groucutt concludes: “Our simulator is a great introduction to tabletop testing. You act as three different businesses, responding to three different disaster scenarios using an existing recovery runbook. When you have completed them you will have a great foundation on which to base your own tabletop test, to use on your own disaster recovery plans.”


Find out more about the DR tabletop testing simulator here: https://tools.databarracks.com/dr-tabletop-simulation/index.html.


About Databarracks:

Databarracks provides ultra-secure, award winning Disaster Recovery, Backup and Infrastructure services from UK-based, ex-military data centres.

Databarracks is certified by the Cloud Industry Forum, ISO 27001 certified for Information Security and has been named as a “Niche Player” in Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for DRaaS. For more information, please see: http://www.databarracks.com

Partnership Helps Companies in Italy Adopt DevOps Practices and Bring Products to Market Faster


WOKINGHAM, UKPerforce Software today announced a partnership with Emerasoft, the leading distributor of application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions and consulting services in Italy. The agreement allows Emerasoft to sell and support the Perforce Helix version control and collaboration platform as part of its extensive product portfolio.


Based in Turin, Italy, Emerasoft has been providing products and services that enable agile development, continuous delivery and DevOps for more than 10 years.


“The advanced capabilities of Perforce Helix are exactly what our customers have been asking for—a collaborative version control solution that also meets enterprise needs for scalability and security,” said Riccardo Bernasconi, CEO at Emerasoft. “We are particularly impressed with Helix GitSwarm and its ability to provide Git users with a much more comprehensive Git experience while making Git enterprise-ready. This makes Helix an incredibly strong addition to our product mix.”


Emerasoft joins a growing community of Perforce sales partners across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa, India and the Americas.


“We are excited to add a partner of Emerasoft’s caliber to our expanding partner ecosystem,” said Philip O’Hara, EMEA partner manager at Perforce Software. “Emerasoft’s track record of creating solutions for complex environments and their strong understanding of the Italian application development market makes them the perfect partner to expand our footprint to new geographies.”


About Emerasoft

Emerasoft is an Italian company providing IT products and services. Founded in 2005 Emerasoft provides products and services in the areas of Application Lifecycle Management, Software Testing, DevOps, Security, Business Intelligence and Process Discovery. Its mission is to develop, select, and integrate the best technologies for customer satisfaction. Emerasoft has expertise in the Automotive, Telecommunication, Manufacturing, Bank and Insurance industry sectors, serving innovative customers, including Ferrero, CNH Industrial, Lombardia Informatica, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Finmeccanica, Ferragamo, Juventus. For more information, please visit www.emerasoft.com.


About Perforce Software

Perforce Software helps companies build complex products more collaboratively and securely. Its highly scalable source code management (SCM) and collaboration platform, Perforce Helix, enables global teams to collaborate on any type or size of file. It supports both centralized and distributed (DVCS) workflows while safeguarding intellectual property with advanced behavioral analytics. Perforce is trusted by the world’s most innovative brands, including adidas, Samsung, NVIDIA, Intuit, Pixar, Salesforce, EA, Ubisoft and VMware. The company is headquartered in Alameda, California, with offices in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, and sales partners around the globe. For more information, please visit www.perforce.com.

Business and Consumer Users Get Local and Secure Access to Internet Content and Cloud Services with Superior Performance

HERNDON, Va. – EdgeConneX®, specializing in global infrastructure solutions at the edge of the network, announces today a partnership with Comcast and GREATER MSP (Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership) to bring faster and more resilient cloud and Internet access to the greater Twin Cities area. Available February 2016, the Minneapolis Edge Data Center® (EDC) accelerates local innovation and entrepreneurship through Internet content and cloud services that deliver higher performance and offer more secure access for consumers and enterprise.

"At Comcast, we are committed to bringing consumers more of the content they love at the fastest speeds," says Jeff Freyer, regional vice president, Comcast Twin Cities. "Partnering with EdgeConneX allows us to continue innovating in the Twin Cities and providing our customers with the most reliable, secure and seamless online experience in the market."

"GREATER MSP is enthusiastic about welcoming EdgeConneX into the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, and we look forward to the technological advancements that their Edge Data Center will bring our community of business and consumer users," adds Gene Goddard, director of business investment, GREATER MSP. "The EdgeConneX Minneapolis facility is one of many efforts we have to further enrich our region's infrastructure and attract businesses."

According to Cisco's® 2014-2019 Global Cloud Index (GCI), cloud traffic will consume 83 percent of all data center traffic by 2019. At that time, annual cloud IP traffic globally will reach 8.6 ZB, more than quadrupling since 2014. This massive-scale cloud adoption and the resulting burst in traffic to and from data centers are driving the need to distribute cloud infrastructure to more locations at the edge of the network. This has resulted in the requirement of having the Internet of Everywhere, which necessitates a more highly distributed network architecture with infrastructure deployed much closer in proximity to end-users. This model can satisfy the performance, security and economic requirements that both consumers and enterprises demand. Whether it's streaming 4K content, real-time interactive gaming, industrial Internet of Things (IoT) or cloud computing, all require levels of performance that traditional Internet and network architectures can no longer adequately support.

"EdgeConneX is proud to play an important role in helping the MSP region attract and accelerate enterprise growth," says Clint Heiden, chief commercial officer, EdgeConneX. "Our partnership with Comcast and GREATER MSP makes Minneapolis-St. Paul an ideal place to bring our Edge Data Center ecosystem."

To enable the Internet of Everywhere, EdgeConneX's model is to deploy purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities in as many markets across a region as possible, and extend the Internet's edge as close to enterprises and end-users as possible. To date, EdgeConneX has built 23 data centers across the U.S. to support the ever-growing demand for bandwidth-intensive content and cloud applications. The Minneapolis EDC provides secure interconnectivity between all of the region's major data centers and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) via the Midwest Internet Cooperative Exchange (MICE). This remote switch adds resiliency, reliability and increased performance for regional MICE members, which include ISPs, Application Service Providers (ASPs), carriers, cable companies, VoIP providers, government entities, academic institutions and content providers.

For more information about EdgeConneX and its leading Edge of network infrastructure solutions for expanding and improving access to wireless and data communications, visit edgeconnex.com or email info@edgeconnex.com.

About EdgeConneX®
EdgeConneX® is a global data center provider specializing in infrastructure solutions at the edge of the network. They provide space, power and connectivity for content, network, cloud, colocation, CDNs and service providers, as well as wireless carriers, telecommunications companies, and commercial property owners. EdgeConneX has created a new Edge for traditional networks, offering superior performance and economics. Their purpose-built Meet You Points® optimize delivery of data at network-critical locations closest to the end-user. For more information, please visit the EdgeConneX Internet of Everywhere at edgeconnex.com.

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

GREATER MSP (Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership) is a private non-profit organization (501C3) dedicated to providing public and private sector leadership, coordination and engagement to grow the economy of the 16-county Minneapolis Saint Paul region. With its economic development partners throughout the region, GREATER MSP is advancing a coordinated regional economic development strategy, a coordinated regional brand to promote the region's assets and a coordinated regional business retention, expansion, and recruitment program to stimulate capital investment and job creation in the region. The organization is also promoting a regional talent strategy to attract and retain talented workers.

Innovations in Next-Generation Firewall Platform and New Security Segmentation Service Empower Customers to Better Defend Against Advanced Threats

SAN JOSE, Calif. – As global companies embrace new digital business opportunities, cybersecurity is regularly cited as a top concern impeding growth and innovation. To give businesses the confidence to pursue digital opportunities to enable growth, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) has made security a top priority and is today announcing innovations to its flagship Next-Generation Firewall. The goal: to deliver leading protection to keep organizations safer.

Cisco's first fully integrated, threat-focused Cisco Firepower™ Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) marks a significant departure from the focus of legacy NGFWs on application control. By focusing instead on threat defense, Cisco will help organizations better manage and minimize risk. Think of it as legacy NGFWs protecting "homes" by securing windows and doors, whereas Cisco's approach is to identify, detect and protect against would-be burglars no matter how they try to gain access to a property.

Cisco is also introducing the Cisco Security Segmentation Service, an advisory service that helps organizations create security controls that enhance compliance, breach containment, threat detection, content security and data loss prevention across their IT infrastructure.

Both offerings are aimed at protecting against bold and resilient threats from increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.

Firepower NGFW's Threat-Focused Capabilities Set It Apart
Traditional NGFWs continue to focus on application enablement and control, which limit the ability to protect against the breadth of threats in today's business environment. Cisco's approach is different. Cisco empowers customers to easily manage and dynamically update protection from the endpoint to the network, and out to the cloud, by going beyond applications and identifying and stopping threats, both known and unknown.

Cisco's Firepower NGFW is the industry's first to link contextual information about how users are connecting to applications, with threat intelligence and policy enforcement. Gaining this level of visibility across a business environment accelerates threat detection and response, and enhances protection.

Cisco's NGFW can also automate and fine-tune security measures to rapidly harden defenses, based on its ability to see vulnerabilities, assets and threats. The consistent and pervasive advanced security capabilities provide protection that point solutions cannot deliver.

Firepower NGFW Integrates Controls and Attack Detection and Response to Enable Business Growth
The new Cisco Firepower™ NGFW significantly improves the speed, simplicity and effectiveness of attack detection and response. It combines Cisco's stateful firewalling technology and industry-leading threat services in a single solution. The threat services take protection to a new level, beyond application visibility and control, and include Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System, Advanced Malware Protection and reputation-based URL filtering. 

Cisco's integrated NGFW incorporates Cisco and complementary third-party solutions and uniquely enables intelligence and context to be shared between solutions. Now businesses can effectively correlate previously disparate pieces of information to identify and stop advanced attacks more rapidly wherever they may be. This has competitive implications for organizations looking to deploy cloud, virtual environment, new Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and mobile endpoints to securely drive new business opportunities.

New Firepower Appliances Launched for High-Performance Applications
Cisco is releasing new Cisco Firepower 4100 Series appliances for high-performance applications within mid- to large-sized organizations. They are the highest performing, density-optimized appliances in their class, capable of high-throughput and low latency threat inspection, sufficient for high-frequency trading and data center deployments. They are among the first with 40GbE network connectivity in a compact, one rack-unit space.

Firepower Management Center Integrates Security Solutions in Single Nerve Center
The new Cisco Firepower Management Center serves as the nerve center for the Firepower NGFW, providing a rich, unified management console. It features shared intelligence, shared contextual awareness, and consistent policy enforcement for the Cisco Firepower NGFW plus other Cisco security and network solutions.

Complementary third-party solutions, beginning with Radware for Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), also are integrated through the Cisco Firepower Management Center. The management center provides rich, comprehensive management, delivering information and insight in a single console. Other NGFWs often require users to switch between three or more consoles to gain the same detail.

Security Segmentation Service Customizes Design to Manage Risk
The Cisco Security Segmentation Service is an advisory service that designs a custom-tailored framework that reduces risk, simplifies audit profiles, secures data and helps businesses comply with board-level requirements. 

Cisco Services has developed the Security Segmentation Service to help organizations create a strategic infrastructure segment strategy. Cisco's approach is customer-specific, extends beyond the network, and incorporates reusable design patterns to apply security controls across compliance, breach containment, threat detection, content security, data loss prevention, and other distinct security disciplines.

Opportunities for Channel Partners
These new security offers provide Cisco channel partners with an expanded end-to-end portfolio and represent additional profitability opportunities. When combined with Cisco's threat-centric security approach, channel partners are able to simplify and reduce costs of managing their customers' security environments through a unified management platform. They also can increase cross-sell opportunities enabled by strong network integration, and drive new revenue streams through new services and licensing options.

In addition, Cisco is investing in developing security practice acceleration programs, training and enablement for both products and services so channel partners can fuel growth and increase profitability.

Supporting Quotes
"Attackers are getting bolder and coordinating their efforts. The industrialization of hacking is putting businesses on the defensive against a growing group of adversaries that steal information for profit. In the last three years, Cisco has spent billions in strategic cybersecurity acquisitions and internal innovations to help stay ahead of the world's most malicious attacks that threaten organizations. For businesses to get real value and manage risk as they implement digital operational models, their security platforms need to integrate into the business and support growth opportunities. This means taking a threat-centric approach, with protection from the mobile endpoint to the cloud."

"The Cisco Firepower NGFW acts as a unifying platform, integrating Cisco and third-party security solutions for increased correlation and context. The result is better protection, and faster detection and response to advanced threats. The Cisco Segmentation Service will help our customers build a dynamic, resilient secure infrastructure to combat threats in real-time."
-- David Goeckeler, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Security Business Group, Cisco

Supporting Resources
Cisco Webinar
Introducing Cisco Firepower 4100 Series Next-Generation Firewall
Take a Strategic Approach to Security Segmentation
Follow Cisco on Twitter @CiscoSecurity
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About Cisco
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New Capabilities Automate Transformation of Unstructured Machine Data Into Valuable Business Insights and Also Provides Lighter Footprint for Glassbeam at the Edge

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Glassbeam, Inc., the machine data analytics company, announced today two revolutionary product enhancements for the IoT analytics market. Glassbeam Studio™ is the IoT industry's first data transformation and preparation tool focused on automating cumbersome manual work required to convert raw machine log data into actionable information. Glassbeam Edge™ offers sophisticated IoT Analytics at the edge through a lightweight, yet powerful, platform that enables device manufacturers to perform mission critical activity in near-real-time without dealing with the costs or latency involved in sending data back to a central cloud.

Glassbeam Studio gives business and technical users immense data modelling power at their fingertips through the industry's first ever data transformation and preparation tool for unstructured machine log data. Using Studio, a user can easily model and transform any kind of log format complexity through a friendly drag-and-drop interface. With this ground breaking functionality, the power of Glassbeam Studio is to revolutionize the IoT analytics industry by dramatically reducing the time it takes to design, implement and maintain an end to end IoT solution, by a factor of 100x. To learn more, please sign up for a Demo.

Glassbeam, as a long standing partner of the ThingWorx Ready partner program, will also be working closely with the ThingWorx Machine Learning platform to exploit the functionality of Glassbeam Studio and dramatically reduce the time to draw insights in machine learning projects. The ThingWorx platform helps automate the data discovery and predictive analytics process, speeding time to insights and reducing the dependency on expert resources normally required to create, operationalize, and integrate advanced or predictive analytics for key decision makers in the enterprise.

It is a well-known fact that machine learning models are only as good as the data that is used for training and on-going predictive scoring. Unfortunately, by some industry estimates, over 60% of the time in a typical machine learning project is spent in data preparation and transformation before any meaningful analysis can be performed. This is particularly true in machine learning projects with unstructured log data where data scientists' precious time is spent in doing these mundane repetitive tasks as opposed to spending time on building valuable models and predictions. Glassbeam Studio is a revolutionary solution to this chronic problem.

"Analytics and machine learning in the IoT world have a significant dependency on data transformation and preparation especially when dealing with unstructured machine log data" said Ryan Caplan, President and GM of Analytics at PTC. "This problem gets more compounded when you have to combine unstructured log data with its varying complex formats with structured data sources to create richer data sets for deeper analysis. We believe Glassbeam has created a valuable footprint in this space and GB studio is another proof of their mission to simplify IoT analytics implementation life cycles."

Additionally, Glassbeam is announcing the availability of edge computing capabilities through a lightweight version of its platform that ingests, parses and analyzes unstructured data in close proximity to the actual device. These capabilities eliminate the significant, often prohibitive, costs and latency involved in sending voluminous data back to centralized data centers. Glassbeam's edge capabilities are particularly useful for high growth IoT areas like predictive maintenance in verticals such as smart grids, oil and gas, and power generation.

"Intelligent distributed energy resources (DER) and IoT devices are transforming today's grid into smart grid" said Vipul Gore, CEO of Gridscape. "Analysis of the intelligence at the grid edge with Glassbeam Edge™ is both efficient and cheaper as you save unnecessary round-trips to the server, bringing immense benefits to smart grid operators."

"The promise of business IoT analytics is to transform and act on new machine information in real time." said Jason Stamper, Analyst at 451 Research. "However, that has not been possible in the past due to lack of robust data transformation and analytics tools. With Glassbeam Studio, the ability for product manufacturers and service providers to transform complex machine log data into actionable information in minutes is going to have a major impact on the industry."

"The latest enhancements in Glassbeam's platform are a true testament to the company's ability to produce differentiated, cutting-edge product in the IoT Analytics industry" said Kumar Malavalli, Chairman, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Glassbeam. "Transforming and preparing unstructured machine log data for the connected device world is always a daunting challenge and Glassbeam is an industry pioneer in solving this formidable problem"

"Acting on the customer and partner feedback, we have built Glassbeam Studio and Edge Capabilities to alleviate two of the biggest pain points in the IoT industry," said Puneet Pandit, Co-founder and CEO of Glassbeam. "Glassbeam is turning the IoT industry on its head with these new innovations. Now our platform has the most complete set of functionality for tackling the most daunting analytics challenges for the connected machine world and we are thrilled to make these available to the marketplace today."

About Glassbeam
Glassbeam is the machine data analytics company. Bringing structure and meaning to data from any connected device, Glassbeam provides actionable intelligence around the Internet of Things. Glassbeam's next generation cloud-based analytics platform is designed to organize and analyze multi-structured data, delivering powerful product and customer intelligence for companies including IBM, VCE, Aruba Networks, and Dimension Data. For more information, visit http://www.glassbeam.com.

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