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MANCHESTER, United Kingdom – Leading developer of software and hardware solutions, VXL, has today released Fusion EMM (enterprise mobility management), the company’s latest product – offering mobile device management for Android and iOS devices. Android- and iOS-based devices comprise just over 99% of the world market for smartphones, according to recent research by Gartner.

                                                                               

Fusion EMM is a browser-based solution which can be provided either as a hosted service, or installed on a company’s network. It is designed to provide end-to-end management of Android and iOS tablets and smartphones – enabling IT departments to easily provision devices, add or update applications, manage access to corporate content, strengthen device security and much more.

 

Fusion EMM complements VXL Software’s Fusion UDM Premium, the company’s device management suite for desktops, laptops and thin clients.

 

According to VXL’s VP for Worldwide Sales, Frank Noon, Fusion EMM can dramatically reduce the cost of managing mobile devices. “Fusion EMM typically offers more features than comparable products,” says Noon, “but at a far lower price-point. This, along with our perpetual licensing structure, can make a significant difference to the cost of enterprise mobility management.”

 

Fusion EMM supports recent versions of both iOS and Android on mobile phones and tablets.

 

Not only does Fusion EMM provide mobility management and security, it also helps organisations to speed up the accurate auditing of hardware inventory. Noon believes that Fusion EMM also scores highly in terms of its ease of use. “Managing devices of any type can be not only expensive, but also complex and time-consuming. We’ve worked hard so that administrators can do most things with just a few clicks.”

 

Fusion EMM is available in two versions, Gold – at US $39 per device – and Platinum – at US $49 per device – with annual support available on either at an affordable cost.

 

“For some companies,” says Noon, “this can cut their mobility management software costs in half. When you’re managing hundreds or thousands of devices, that’s a significant saving.”

 

More information: www.vxl.net/emm

 

About VXL

Established in 1976, VXL is a global leader and manufacturer of thin-, zero- and cloud-client devices and supplies a high-quality range of high-specification models that are made to the most exacting standards.

This single-minded commitment to product quality is at the core of what VXL represents today, together with a passion to support companies around the world to successfully build efficient IT infrastructures that are flexible, secure, manageable and affordable.

VXL’s world-renowned ‘Itona’ brand of thin clients includes its latest SoC (System-on-Chip) and dual/quad core high-performance desktops, plus Xtona (Citrix-certified) and Vtona (PCoIP VMware-certified) zero clients – and leading software solutions, including: Fusion UDM Premium Device Manager™, Illumineye DS Suite (digital signage) and CloudDesktop™ PC repurposing software.

VXL’s corporate HQ is based in Mumbai and manufacturing facility in Bangalore, India’s ‘Silicon Valley’, with the Americas Group HQ based in Houston, Texas, USA, and the European HQ in Manchester, UK. Dedicated sales subsidiaries are also based in key strategic markets including Germany, France, Singapore and Dubai – and VXL’s customer support offices can be found in the USA, Europe and Asia Pacific.

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Leading provider of data center and cloud solutions for hybrid-IT infrastructure to continue dynamic growth to meet enterprise needs under new leadership

CHARLOTTE, NC – National IT infrastructure and cloud services provider Peak 10, Inc. announced today Chris Downie has been appointed Peak 10 Chief Executive Officer. This appointment marks a new stage of growth objectives for the company and will leverage its leading scale and long tenure of delivering trusted enterprise IT infrastructure and solutions. The current CEO David Jones will fully transition into the role of Chairman of the Peak 10 Board of Directors.

“I have long admired Peak 10, its team, and their proven track record of success over the last 16 years. The company has a strong, tenured service model that creates the foundation for its value proposition appreciated by its 2,600 customers and partners across the country. I have been working hard over the last decade to build trusted, dynamic solutions for customer’s evolving IT infrastructure needs and Peak 10 is a great place to continue this journey,” said Downie. “It is an honor to be handed the torch by Dave Jones, who will be a valued mentor and steward of the business for a long time to come.”

Downie has a long-standing reputation within the data center solutions and broader internet infrastructure industries. He was previously the CEO of Telx Holdings, a leading data center solutions provider that built a national portfolio of 20 data center facilities in 13 major markets across the US, including NYC, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco and Seattle, among others. Downie spent eight years helping Telx shape its industry-leading growth and execution strategy.

“After over a decade and a half of continuous growth and success, we began the search for a new chief executive officer who could take Peak 10 into its next phase,” said Jones. “Chris’ experience and leadership accomplishments match the goals and objectives of the company while maintaining the culture and values that have made Peak 10 the company it is today. I applaud the success he has had in his career thus far, and am confident that he will lead Peak 10 to new heights of success.”

Peak 10 was founded in 2000 with the goal of becoming a company that provided exceptional technology service and support; whose leadership believes that people make the difference between good and great. Fast forward to 2016, and Peak 10 has data centers in 10 markets, over 750,000 square feet of gross space, serving the needs of 2,600 customers and partners across the United States.

In 2016 alone, Peak 10 expanded its data center presence in Raleigh, N.C., Nashville, Tenn. and Cincinnati, Ohio and opened sales offices in Chicago, Phoenix and Memphis, Tenn.  Peak 10 also commenced construction to expand its corporate headquarters and data center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company materially expanded its managed service and cloud product portfolio in 2016 to enable solutions for the customers’ evolving IT requirements. Such innovation has spanned the company’s 16-year history and has helped land Peak 10 on notable industry reports, including Gartner’s 2015 “Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting Report, North America” and its first-ever DRaaS Magic Quadrant in 2015.

“There are only a few service providers in the sector who can attest to a tenure of 16 years in the data center sector. Over the years, Peak 10 has made significant investments in capacity for its customers’ growth needs as well as in the operational support systems to make the customers’ experience as efficient as possible to keep pace with rapidly scaling and evolving business IT requirements. Peak 10 and its employees accomplished this outstanding first phase of its vision together, and now is the time to embark on our next chapter,” added Downie.

About Peak 10

Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored data center and network services, cloud and managed services. Its solutions are flexible and designed to scale and adapt to customers’ changing business needs, enabling them to lower costs, improve performance and focus internal IT resources on their core competencies. Peak 10 serves its 2,600 national customers from 27 facilities, across 10 major US population centers, consisting of over 750,000 square feet of data center space. Peak 10 undergoes annual examinations by third party auditors and helps companies meet the compliance requirements of various regulatory and industry standards such as SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, HIPAA, PCI DSS, FISMA, ISO 27001 and ITAR. For more information, visit www.peak10.com or the Peak 10 Newsroom for the latest news.

38% of Regus survey respondents say their daily commute is a major productivity drain

DALLAS – Latest research from flexible workspace provider, Regus reveals that business people globally consider their daily trip to and from their office as a drain on productivity. This ‘limbo’ of time that is mainly seen as neither productive work time, nor enjoyable personal time is widely regarded as an obstacle to more useful or entertaining activities.

Of the 13,340 U.S. survey respondents, 38% report it is a pointless, undefined time, while 30% positively hate their commute and brand it as a ‘waste’ of their precious time. This means that for well over half of U.S. workers’ commute time could be re-invested in more productive work time or in enjoying a few more hours of sleep in the morning.

Key findings from American respondents

·        Only a minority of business people (12%) regard commuting as profitable work time – with the majority declaring it is a drain on work and personal time;

·        It is therefore time that businesses call it quits with commuting and help workers save time to re-invest in productive work or leisure;

·        A small minority (19%) regard their commute as personal time, as they are able to read and catch up on the latest news on their smartphone

Jeff Doughman, Executive Vice President at Regus comments, “As commute times continue to get longer and longer, it is disturbing to find that the vast majority of workers regard their daily travel to and from work as a complete drain on their productivity and that they are equally unable to devote it to personal or leisure activities.”

“Business people globally are expected to always be available and connected, but in reality there is a much bigger and subtler drain on their productivity than not having a smartphone on hand, and that is the daily commute. Savvy businesses wanting to restore productivity and reward workers with more personal time or simply a few extra hours of sleep every once in a while, should allow employees to work closer to home at least some of the time.”

About Regus

Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace solutions, with a network of 2,850 locations in over 1,000 towns and cities, across 107 countries, serving 2.3m members.

Through our range of office formats, as well as our growing mobile, virtual office, and workplace recovery businesses, we enable people and businesses to work where, when, and how they want, with a range of price points.

Our customers include some of the most successful entrepreneurs, start-ups and multi-billion dollar corporations.

For more information, visit www.regus.com.

MetricStream becomes the first Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) solution provider to offer customers IT Compliance Regulations and Authority documents on demand within its IT GRC solution by leveraging the Unified Compliance Framework's (UCF) new real-time Common Controls Hub

PALO ALTO, Calif. – MetricStream, the market leader in Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) and Quality Management Solutions, announced today that its IT GRC solution will feature a built-in integration with the UCF's Common Controls Hub-based IT content delivery model. This integration will provide MetricStream customers with access to the latest IT-Compliance content including over 200,000 individual mandates from 800+ laws and standards across industries and geographies, on demand.

This upgrade eliminates IT Compliance managers' need to wait for quarterly updates on new or updated content or changes to IT regulations. The API-based integration also enables new authority documents to be brought into the MetricStream IT GRC solution almost instantaneously, allowing IT compliance managers to proactively manage security and compliance assessments. Additionally, the regulations, standards, and frameworks of specific interest to the business are automatically mapped to MetricStream GRC Libraries, which can be further leveraged for IT Compliance self-assessments or audits.

Craig Isaacs, CEO of Unified Compliance said, "We are pleased to partner with MetricStream as the first GRC vendor to integrate the new UCF API within its IT GRC solution. The Common Controls Hub API significantly streamlines the process where changes to internal citations and compliance are demonstrably communicated to the organization's employees on a real time basis. Users can leverage the API to create a concise, harmonized list of mandate and implied controls to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their overall Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance programs."

"Today's modern, global, and highly networked organization requires real-time intelligence and information that supports its IT compliance and risk management initiatives," said Vasant Balasubramanian, Senior Vice President of Product Management at MetricStream. He continued, "The significant feature of this integration is that our customers will now have direct access to the UCF's Common Controls Hub for Authority Documents, Citations, Common Controls, Audit Questions, and more."

As organizations manage an increasingly complex and evolving IT ecosystem, the ability to gain real-time information about changes in regulations and related updates can significantly improve their ability to respond to IT risks and compliance requirements. MetricStream's enhanced IT GRC solution can map regulatory changes and provide real-time updates to an organization's processes, assets, risks and controls, enabling IT Compliance managers to identify the impact of the change in a proactive manner, and plan an appropriate course of action.

About Unified Compliance and the Unified Compliance Framework®

Since 1992, Unified Compliance has developed ground-breaking tools to support IT best practices with a focus on solutions and processes that further the science of compliance, including harmonization methods, metrics, systems continuity and governance. The Unified Compliance Framework (UCF) was created by Dorian Cougias and his research partner, Marcelo Halpern of the international law firm Perkins Coie, which oversees all legal aspects of the UCF. Twice honored with a GRC Innovation Award for Technical Innovation in Regulatory Intelligence for Compliance Management by independent governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) analyst firm GRC 20/20 Research, the UCF provides targeted, harmonized research on what an organization needs to do — and not do — to achieve and maintain compliance with industry, government, and best practice demands. The UCF's architecture was specifically designed for the delivery of all of the information necessary to establish governance methodologies. Customers using the UCF can document and leverage the links between harmonized controls, records, assets (and their configurations), events, metrics, and roles.

More information can be found at www.unifiedcompliance.com and commoncontrolshub.com.

About MetricStream

MetricStream is the market leader in enterprise-wide Governance, Risk, Compliance (GRC) and Quality Management Solutions. MetricStream solutions are used by leading global corporations in diverse industries such as Financial Services, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Energy and Utilities, Food, Retail, CPG, Government, Hi-Tech and Manufacturing to manage their risk management programs, quality management processes, regulatory and industry-mandated compliance and other corporate governance initiatives. MetricStream is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, USA (www.metricstream.com).

Company Extends its Lead in Business Continuity Solutions

Burlington, Mass. – Unitrends, a leader in enterprise-level cloud-empowered business continuity solutions, today announced three new business continuity products. Unitrends Boomerang for Microsoft Azure, Unitrends Enterprise Backup for Microsoft Azure, and Unitrends Cloud Backup for Office 365 enable organizations to capitalize on the agility and economics of the cloud, simplify the backup and recovery process, and gain complete confidence in the recovery point to come. The new offerings enable Unitrends customers to benefit from the global scale of Microsoft Azure and backup data residing in Microsoft Office 365, the SaaS applications that millions of enterprises now rely on for collaboration and productivity.

“Business continuity is top of mind for our customers, as they increasingly look to the cloud for either the full solution, or to add that extra layer of protection. Also, as a result of explosive data growth, they need to keep a sharp eye on containing costs,” said Cary Warner, CMO at Aperio IT, a Unitrends partner. “Unitrends offers the industry’s broadest range of continuity solutions that enables our company to meet the unique needs of each client.”

Ryan McGee, senior product marketing manager, cloud platform marketing, Microsoft Corp. said, “When it comes to protecting digital assets, organizations and service providers need cloud-based solutions they can trust. Microsoft Azure provides Unitrends with the enterprise-grade security and agility required to support its customers as they look to streamline their business operations.”

“The new Unitrends products coming to the Azure Marketplace work seamlessly, giving customers full confidence in their ability to recover when systems go down,” continued McGee. “Similarly, Unitrends’ new Office 365 backup recovery makes it easy for enterprises to back up their data for Exchange Online, SharePoint and Microsoft OneDrive.”

Unitrends’ new products, available through Microsoft and Unitrends resellers, help customers meet their specific requirements for protecting their fast-growing digital assets and include:

·         Unitrends Boomerang, now available for Microsoft Azure, protects VMware virtual machines in the cloud: Boomerang makes it fast, easy, and cost effective to replicate VMware virtual machines (VMs) in Microsoft Azure for disaster recovery or VM migration. Boomerang 2.0, available today, adds Microsoft Azure capabilities to the proven Amazon Web Services implementation, enabling users to choose between the top two hyperscale clouds with a single click. Boomerang’s “Pilot Light” architecture takes full advantage of the cost-effective Azure Storage for backups—only converting their VMs to native Azure Virtual Machines when needed for disaster recovery. In the event of a system outage, one click converts backups to native Azure Virtual Machines and spins them up in minutes. One more click returns applications, data, and network configurations to the datacenter as ready-to-run VMware VMs. This approach results in Boomerang being the lowest cost disaster recovery solution for VMware on the market – from software, network, and cloud usage fee perspectives. Free trial.

·         Unitrends Enterprise Backup for Microsoft Azure provides an extra layer of backup protection for on-premises backups, and fills the fast-growing need for complete cloud workload backups: Getting copies of backup data offsite is necessary for many enterprises who require long-term data retention for regulatory reasons, and is critical to any disaster recovery plan.  Unitrends Enterprise Backup for Microsoft Azure adds a new option to Unitrends portfolio of cloud continuity solutions. Customers can now deploy Unitrends software into Microsoft Azure as an offsite target for backup copies from any Unitrends virtual or physical appliance. The software replicates datacenter backups in Microsoft Azure to provide data retention and business continuity in the face of disaster or ransomware attacks.

To ensure continuity for cloud workloads, an often overlooked precaution, users can quickly provision Unitrends Enterprise Backup from the Microsoft Azure Marketplace as a virtual machine in Microsoft Azure. From a single, super-intuitive management console, Unitrends Enterprise Backup manages backup and recovery for multiple clouds within a Microsoft Azure instance, streamlining an otherwise complex continuity challenge. General Availability for Unitrends Enterprise Backup for Microsoft Azure is slated for early autumn.

·         Unitrends Cloud Backup for Office 365 provides full, automatic protection for purpose-built for Microsoft SaaS applications: Microsoft Office 365 usage is growing at 63 percent per year, as organizations recognize the advantage of SaaS solutions for running their businesses. However, the need to backup user data for fast recovery is not always well understood. Unitrends Cloud Backup for Office 365, available this month, helps to avoid the potential loss of data and ideas due to system crashes or accidental deletions. The software provides complete protection for SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and OneDrive – covering emails, folders, contacts, and more – with unlimited retention. Unitrends Cloud Backup for Office 365 takes snapshots multiple times daily, and enables fast, self-service restore via an intuitive user interface.

About Unitrends
Unitrends is trusted by IT Leaders and Pros who know that in today's digital world protecting their ideas and keeping their business running is non-negotiable. To address the growing volume and value of digital information, the company's award winning portfolio of Continuity Solutions enables customers to capitalize on cloud economics, reduce their overall spend on IT, and have 100% confidence in the recovery point to come. Unitrends' Continuity Solutions are backed by a customer support team that consistently achieves a 98% satisfaction rating and are sold through a community of thousands of expert technology partners, service providers and resellers worldwide. Visit 
www.unitrends.com.

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