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Rackspace Managed Security Now Covers Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Rackspace Dedicated and Virtualized Environments

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX) today announced from Rackspace::Solve that Rackspace® Managed Security for Microsoft® Azure® is now available in early access. This means that companies using Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS)™, Rackspace Dedicated Hosting and Rackspace Managed VMware® Cloud can now benefit from the additional security protections provided by Rackspace Managed Security to detect and respond to security threats across leading cloud platforms.

With Rackspace Managed Security for Microsoft Azure, Rackspace customers leveraging the Aviator service level of Fanatical Support® for Azure can layer additional active security on their Microsoft Azure cloud platform to identify and respond to advanced cyber threats. Whereas most managed security service providers only notify customers about a breach, leaving it to the customer to respond, Rackspace Managed Security utilizes pre-approved actions to promptly remediate many security issues. This level of security strengthens customers' environments beyond the operational network and infrastructure security provided by most cloud providers. Rackspace Managed Security also complements the strategic planning, architectural guidance and 24x7x365 operational support available through Rackspace Fanatical Support for Azure.

"In today's cybersecurity landscape, organizations are no longer asking if they should have a security solution in place, but rather whether they should do it themselves or partner with a trusted managed security service provider," said Brannon Lacey, general manager of Rackspace Managed Security. "We are proud to extend this security solution to Azure, as it represents the continued growth of our Managed Security capabilities and aligns with the overall Rackspace mission to provide the best expertise and service across the world's leading clouds."

Rackspace launched Rackspace Managed Security in September 2015 to help provide greater business resiliency by helping protect customer data and respond to cyber attacks before they are able to impact customers' businesses. This approach lessens customer burden on budget and in-house expertise. Rackspace Managed Security provides host and network security, 24x7x365 monitoring and response from Rackspace experts in the Customer Security Operations Center (CSOC) as well as compliance assistance guidance to ease the burden of achieving and maintaining compliance.

According to a cloud security survey from ESG, 32 percent of enterprise cybersecurity and IT professionals said "their organization finds it challenging to monitor cloud-based network traffic patterns to detect anomalous/suspicious behavior. This could be related to monitoring weaknesses and/or skills deficiencies, but either way it makes organizations more vulnerable to cyber-attacks."1 Furthermore, 33 percent of enterprise cybersecurity and IT professionals said "their organization finds it challenging to maintain regulatory compliance while using cloud infrastructure. This certainly restricts organizations' ability to maximize cloud computing business benefits."2

"With Rackspace Managed Security, Rackspace addresses and solves for security needs in organizations that use multiple cloud providers. This is particularly a challenge for organizations facing a cybersecurity skills shortage," said Dan Conde, analyst from ESG Research. "Top challenges for cloud security includes the ability to provision security controls, assessing the security status, monitoring workloads and maintaining regulatory compliance across clouds. As Rackspace expands its security capabilities across multiple cloud platforms, such as Microsoft Azure, they address the security needs and improves the velocity for on-boarding to a multi-cloud world."

Rackspace Managed Security for Microsoft Azure is currently in early access in all regions supported by Fanatical Support for Azure including the US, UK and Australia. To learn more about Rackspace Managed Security for Azure, visit https://www.rackspace.com/en-us/security or read the post on the Rackspace Blog. To learn more about Fanatical Support for Azure, visit https://www.rackspace.com/en-us/microsoft/managed-azure-cloud.

1 Source: ESG Blog, Cloud security challenges, April 2016

2 Source: ESG Blog, Cloud security challenges, April 2016

About Rackspace

Rackspace (NYSE: RAX), the #1 managed cloud company, helps businesses tap the power of cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it on their own. Rackspace engineers deliver specialized expertise, easy-to-use tools, and Fanatical Support® for leading technologies developed by AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, VMware and others. The company serves customers in 120 countries, including more than half of the FORTUNE 100. Rackspace was named a leader in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, and has been honored by Fortune, Forbes, and others as one of the best companies to work for. Learn more at www.rackspace.com.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of Rackspace Hosting could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including any statements concerning expected development, performance or market acceptance associated with Rackspace Managed Security for Microsoft Azure; anticipated operational and financial benefits from Rackspace Managed Security for Microsoft Azure; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions including the possibility that expected benefits from Rackspace Managed Security for Microsoft Azure may not materialize because this product is not generally accepted in the marketplace, which could occur due to certain factors including (i) a failure to market the product cost effectively, differentiate the product from competitive products or communicate differentiations effectively, (ii) the reliability, quality or compatibility associated with the product, (iii) changes in technology which adversely effect the product's benefit, (iv) slowdowns in the general economy or technology industry that impact consumer spending habits, (v) internal strategy decisions that impact the product, and (vi) other risks that are described in Rackspace Hosting's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 2016 filed with the SEC on August 9, 2016. Except as required by law, Rackspace Hosting assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements publicly, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

Unmatched Operational Expertise Running the World's Largest OpenStack Clouds

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX) today announced from Rackspace::Solve® that it has achieved an unprecedented milestone, reaching one billion server hours operating production-ready OpenStack® clouds for many of the world's largest and most recognized companies. Since creating OpenStack in 2010 with NASA, Rackspace continues to innovate and lead the OpenStack market to help customers solve real business challenges.

"Over the past six years, Rackspace has gained more experience building, operating and improving OpenStack clouds than any other company," said Scott Crenshaw, senior vice president of strategy and product at Rackspace. "The one billion managed server hour milestone is an exciting accomplishment and further validates that we are ahead of competition in OpenStack leadership and expertise."

The vast expertise Rackspace has gained while creating and running OpenStack clouds at scale enables the company to deliver customers the best experience with the following benefits:

  • Superior Managed Service Offering: Rackspace delivers OpenStack private clouds as a managed service, architected like a public cloud and designed for scale and service availability to any data center in the world. This managed service model is backed by Fanatical Support®, providing customers with the power of OpenStack without the pain and complexity of running it themselves.
  • Industry-Leading Reliability: Rackspace deploys and operates OpenStack in a fault-tolerant architecture with advanced monitoring, operational tooling and patching. This approach along with unmatched operational expertise provides customers with industry-leading service level agreements (SLAs) including a 99.99 percent OpenStack API Uptime guarantee and a 100 percent Network Uptime Guarantee when hosted in a Rackspace operated data center.
  • Unmatched Scalability: Rackspace operates the world's largest OpenStack cloud and has more than one billion server hours of experience operating OpenStack clouds at scale. This unmatched experience at scale means that Rackspace has identified and eliminated scalability limits within OpenStack that no other company has yet encountered. This expertise enables Rackspace to more effectively customize the thousands of configuration options within OpenStack to meet specific customer needs.
  • Innovation-Driven Agility: Rackspace continues to lead and drive OpenStack innovation. As the leading operator of OpenStack clouds, Rackspace has unique insight from operating OpenStack at an unmatched scale and uses a tightly coupled operations and engineering team to deliver enhancements in real time. Through this cycle, Rackspace extends the upstream capabilities to meet unique customer requirements and helps drive OpenStack forward by contributing these innovations back to the community project.

"In the classrooms at Purdue University, we are using on site OpenStack private clouds in real-time to teach undergraduate computer science students how to use and develop software on big data platforms," said Preston Smith, director, IT Research Services and Support at Purdue University. "OpenStack was a good choice for our university's needs and provides a path to innovation for our students. However, the complexity of the technology platform requires significant expertise to run at scale. Consuming OpenStack as a managed service from Rackspace and relying on them for their operational experience has been key to our success."

The breadth and depth of the Rackspace OpenStack product portfolio is unrivaled in the industry, including solutions such as Rackspace Private Cloud powered by OpenStack, Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat and Rackspace Public Cloud, which includes innovations like OnMetal™ Cloud Servers and Carina™ containers-as-a-service. Customers utilizing these solutions reduce complexity and increase security by consuming OpenStack as a managed service with the ability to deploy OpenStack® everywhere in any data center of their choice around the world.

Today's announcement further extends the company's strategy to continue to lead OpenStack innovation and drive enterprise adoption. To learn more about the Rackspace one billion server hour milestone, please visit Rackspace Blog.

About Rackspace

Rackspace (NYSE: RAX), the #1 managed cloud company, helps businesses tap the power of cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it on their own. Rackspace engineers deliver specialized expertise, easy-to-use tools and Fanatical Support® for leading technologies developed by AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, VMware and others. The company serves customers in 120 countries, including more than half of the FORTUNE 100. Rackspace was named a leader in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, and has been honored by Fortune, Forbes, and others as one of the best companies to work for. Learn more at www.rackspace.com.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of Rackspace Hosting could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including any statements about historical results or third party data that may suggest trends for our business or industry; any statements of the plans, strategies, and objectives of Rackspace for future operations or growth; any statements of expectation or belief regarding future events, and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the items mentioned. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that expected growth or success may not materialize because of Rackspace's failure to create a viable vision or its inability to execute on its vision, failure to execute on its operational plans, rapid technological changes that adversely affect the demand for Rackspace products and services, shifts in customer demand, customers' and potential customers' acceptance of Rackspace products, services, and other risks that are described in Rackspace Hosting's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 filed with the SEC on May 10, 2016.

Full-Stack Model Increases User Acquisition and Optimizes Conversion Value Based on Performance

MONTREAL, QC – Performance advertising technology company SourceKnowledge today introduced a full featured interface for users of its cloud based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform Engage. Brands, mobile app publishers, eCommerce companies and data-driven marketers will benefit when it comes to improving customer acquisition, conversion and activation. Engage provides marketers with the ability to test and optimize creative in real-time, and to evaluate their campaigns' return on ad spend (ROAS) by evaluating post-click behavior. Engage lets marketers optimize and report on core business metrics like average order value (AOV) and lifetime value (LTV) as opposed to traditional media buying metrics like viewability, completion rate and click-through rate (CTR). It also enables advertisers to access granular campaign insights using using specific post-click intent data.

According to the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), more brands are adopting the use of programmatic ad buying and 31 percent of brands have increased their in-house programmatic ad buying efforts. They then create a vertical model for themselves, which allows them to function more effectively by removing the barriers that intermediaries present. SourceKnowledge has launched Engage to empower increasingly savvy advertisers to take the reins and make campaign delivery and ad spend more efficient.

"SourceKnowledge built Engage to meet the need of brands that are bringing programmatic in-house such as eCommerce and mobile game publishers, whose business models require detailed tracking and conversion of the highest qualified customers over a general assessment of brand awareness," said SourceKnowledge president and co-founder Patrick Hopf. "Plugging their marketing departments directly into the platform has given them the ability to focus even more on performance by building high performing custom audience cohorts instead of relying on hunches about who the target audience for a campaign should be."

The Engage platform uses non-binary bidding® and machine learning algorithms to qualify the value of ad opportunities and weight the proportion of traffic in context of a total media buy. Engage differs from other platforms because it moves beyond cost per acquisition (CPA) and eliminates shallow marketing terms like awareness in order to ensure clients are consistently improving their RoAS by evolving toward better value from every single conversion as campaigns progress. Engage also allows clients to leverage video and display assets across the prospect, remarketing and optimization phases of a campaign on mobile and desktop devices.

"We saw incredible success working with single-channel DSPs in the past, but felt like the performance plateaued at times," said Michael Kwon, paid media specialist at BuildDirect. "Using the Engage platform has given us favorable results and has provided a significant advantage to our marketing team as it allows us to understand and optimize our campaigns in-flight."

About SourceKnowledge
SourceKnowledge is a leading performance advertising technology company built for data driven marketers. Our full-stack marketing platform, Engage®, gives marketers the tools they need to identify, recapture, convert, and measure high value audiences across any device. We help brands, agencies, app publishers, ecommerce, and SaaS companies to acquire better customers. Deloitte ranked SourceKnowledge as one of the fastest growing companies in the North America Technology Fast 500 in 2014 and 2015. Founded in 2009, SourceKnowledge is headquartered in Montreal with offices in Vancouver and clients around the world.

Addition of Cable Option Expands Bandwidth Connectivity for Highest Quality, End-to-End UC Solution

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – PanTerra Networks, the leading provider of unified cloud services for mid-market enterprises, today announced the expansion of its SmartBand services to include Time Warner Cable (TWC) 15mb-50mb internet plans. Adding TWC connectivity to PanTerra's broadly available SmartBand offering ensures customers have an even wider footprint and more options than previously available when building a complete cloud-based communications solution. The partnership with TWC further demonstrates PanTerra's commitment to offering its customers ultra-secure and reliable cloud-based solutions, including unified communications, collaborations, contact center, analytics and file sharing services. PanTerra is the first to offer a true end-to-end secure cloud solution with its HIPAA compliant cloud and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for all IP phones and optional MPLS networks. Application integration and interoperability with Office 365, Outlook, Google Apps, Gmail, Dropbox, Box and others, PanTerra's WorldSmart solution can provide the most secure communication solution for your enterprise.

"PanTerra continues to provide its customers and partners the best cloud UC solution in the industry and the addition of Time Warner Cable is a testament to our commitment to delivering the broadest end-to-end solution on the market. Regardless of where you are in the country, PanTerra has a robust and reliable cloud UC and connectivity solution that is comprehensive, secure and covered by the best SLA in the industry," said Arthur Chang, CEO of PanTerra. He continued, "We are offering TWC immediately as an option to enhance our already feature-rich service."

About PanTerra Networks
PanTerra Networks is a business-class Unified Cloud Service Provider, seamlessly delivering multi-media communications, collaborations, contact center, file sync & share and business analytics through its WorldSmart solution. WorldSmart is a HIPAA compliant, highly secure, ultra-reliable, futureproof unified cloud service that can be custom configured on a user by user basis and consistently deployed world-wide.

WorldSmart includes CloudUC, its unified communications service that can upgrade or replace an enterprise's existing communications and collaborations infrastructure with a next-generation cloud-based unified communications service and SmartBox - Enterprise File Sync & Share, its secure cloud file storage, sync & share service with built-in unified communications features.

All WorldSmart services can be self-managed or provided through SentraCloud, its fully managed solution delivered by PanTerra, which includes the management of all WorldSmart services, optional last mile MPLS capable connectivity and any associated on-premises networking equipment.

With PanTerra's Unified Cloud Service solution, enterprises gain the highest levels of security, scalability, reliability, availability, quality of service, service level agreement and support while significantly lowering their total cost of operations and IT administration complexities. PanTerra is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA.

For more information, please visit www.panterranetworks.com or call +1 800.805.0558 or email us at info@panterranetworks.com.

DURHAM, NC – Principled Technologies (PT) compared the performance of a Dell PowerEdge R710 server to that of a newer Dell PowerEdge R730 featuring Intel Xeon processors E5-2660 v4. Both solutions ran Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and Microsoft Hyper-V. PT found that the upgraded solution could handle four times the work of the older one. That means potential cooling, power, and physical space savings for businesses. Additionally, if companies already have powerful storage like Dell Storage SC4020, they can put more of that storage performance to use.

To learn more about how the Dell PowerEdge R730 can make a datacenter more efficient, see the full report at facts.pt/nWBvDY-m and the infographic at facts.pt/qekSku-m.

About Principled Technologies, Inc.

Principled Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of technology marketing and learning & development services.

Principled Technologies, Inc. is located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. For more information, please visit PrincipledTechnologies.com.

Cloud-based key management service helps businesses to retain control of critical assets

 

Plantation, Fla.Thales, leader in critical information systems, cyber security and data protection, announces support for AWS Key Management Service (KMS) with enhanced security and control through bring your own key (BYOK) with hardware key protection.

 

With Thales hardware security modules (HSMs) and key management on premises, organizations can take control of the lifecycle of the keys they use in the cloud, and revoke or retire those keys as necessary. This gives organizations flexibility in deploying applications in the cloud while retaining control of critical business operations in-house.

 

Jon Geater, Chief Technology Officer at Thales e-Security says:

“As organizations focus on moving their more sensitive data and applications to the cloud, sound encryption key management has become a more important consideration. The ability to manage cryptographic keys in-house and release them to cloud providers only on a ‘need to use basis’ is becoming an increasingly powerful tool and one that Thales has the proven experience and expertise to deliver. Moreover, local control over the generation and storage of keys can help organizations meet the security and compliance requirements needed in order to run their most sensitive workloads in the cloud.”

 

Find out more about AWS Key Management Service here https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-bring-your-own-keys-with-aws-key-management-service/

 

For industry insight and views on the latest key management trends check out our blog www.thales-esecurity.com/blogs

 

Follow Thales e-Security on Twitter @Thalesesecurity, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube

 

About Thales e-Security

Thales e-Security + Vormetric have combined to form the leading global data protection and digital trust management company. Together, we enable companies to compete confidently and quickly by securing data at-rest, in-motion, and in-use to effectively deliver secure and compliant solutions with the highest levels of management, speed and trust across physical, virtual, and cloud environments. By deploying our leading solutions and services, targeted attacks are thwarted and sensitive data risk exposure is reduced with the least business disruption and at the lowest life cycle cost. Thales e-Security and Vormetric are part of Thales Group. www.thales-esecurity.com

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 62,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14 billion in 2015. With over 22,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

Positioned as a value-added systems integrator, equipment supplier and service provider, Thales is one of Europe’s leading players in the security market. Thales solutions secure the four key domains considered vital to modern societies: government, cities, critical infrastructure and cyberspace.

Drawing on its strong cryptographic capabilities, Thales is one of the world leaders in cybersecurity products and solutions for critical state and military infrastructures, satellite networks and industrial and financial companies. With a presence throughout the entire security chain, Thales offers a comprehensive range of services and solutions ranging from data protection and trust management, security consulting, intrusion detection and architecture design to system certification, development and through-life management of products and services, and security supervision with Security Operation Centres in France, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.

The FAIR Institute and NIST present how the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and the FAIR risk model can be leveraged to measure the ROI of cybersecurity and prioritize risk mitigations

RESTON, Va. – The FAIR Institute, an expert, non-profit organization led by information risk officers, CISOs and business executives to develop standard information risk management practices and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) have published a new resource that will help enterprises and government organizations improve their cybersecurity risk analysis, reporting and decision-making.

Since its first release in February 2014, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) has rapidly emerged among companies and government organizations as the leading taxonomy and set of best practices for managing cybersecurity risk, both here in the U.S. and abroad. The NIST CSF has helped many organizations report on the maturity level of their cybersecurity practices and their progress toward meeting their goals.

One limitation that users encountered was the lack of an analytic capability that would allow them to quantify the risk associated with compliance gaps or the sufficiency of compliance. Factor Analysis of Information Risk (FAIR) - the international standard value-at-risk model for quantifying cybersecurity risk from The Open Group - provides analytical support for organizations using NIST CSF by helping them measure and prioritize their control improvements in financial terms.

The combined use of both NIST CSF and FAIR standards allow organizations to not only assess the maturity level of cybersecurity activities, but also to answer fundamental questions such as: How much risk do we have? and What activities matter the most and should be prioritized? Accordingly, the economic analysis provided by FAIR allows organizations to draw additional value out of the NIST CSF by enabling informed choices on where to apply limited financial resources. Ultimately, FAIR helps users to meet NIST CSF's stated goal to manage cybersecurity risk in a cost-effective way based on business needs.

A series of articles on "NIST CSF & FAIR" can be accessed on NIST's Industry Resources page under the Guidance that Incorporates Framework section or directly on the FAIR Institute (http://www.fairinstitute.org/blog/nist-csf-fair-part-1).

Joint users of both standards include large enterprises in various sectors (including financial services, healthcare and manufacturing) and governments agencies. Membership in the FAIR Institute is free. Learn more and network by joining the FAIR Institute.

About the FAIR Institute

The FAIR Institute is an expert, non-profit organization led by information risk officers, CISOs and business executives, created to develop and share standard information risk management practices based on FAIR. Factor Analysis of Information Risk (FAIR) is the only international standard value-at-risk model for information security and operational risk. FAIR helps organizations quantify and manage risk from the business perspective and enables cost-effective decision-making. To learn more and get involved visit www.fairinstitute.org.

Virtually infinite scalability, record-smashing efficiency, and breakthrough cost

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – After nearly three years of top-secret development, Nimbus Data today unveiled ExaFlash™, a revolutionary new all-flash platform for cloud, big data, virtualization and massive digital content.

Nimbus Data's ExaFlash™ Platform is an historic achievement that will reshape the storage and data center industries. It offers unprecedented scale (from terabytes to exabytes), record-smashing efficiency (95% lower power and 50x greater density than existing all-flash arrays), and a breakthrough price point (a fraction of the cost of existing all-flash arrays). ExaFlash brings the all-flash data center dream to reality and will help empower humankind's innovation for decades to come.

"Worldwide storage demand continues to escalate, and with it, the need to increase data center efficiency, achieve scale with consistent performance, maintain simplicity, and reduce cost," stated Thomas Isakovich, CEO and Founder of Nimbus Data. "Our vision is unencumbered by conventional thinking, and ExaFlash's ground-breaking achievements reflect that vision."

Infinite scalability. Infinite possibilities.

The ExaFlash Platform incorporates a novel architecture that enables virtually infinite scalability, from terabytes to exabytes, as one centrally-managed all-flash system. With ExaFlash, data flow is decoupled from metadata and management is centralized, operating completely out-of-band. This provides one interface and one pane-of-glass for all administration. There is no data network between the storage arrays themselves, so performance truly scales in lock-step with capacity and with consistent latency. Multiple storage protocols, including block, file, and object, can operate simultaneously using Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and InfiniBand networks, eliminating storage "islands".

Unreal efficiency. Unreal savings.

The building blocks of the ExaFlash Platform are ExaFlash Arrays, a new family of all-flash system that sets new records for energy efficiency, capacity, connectivity options, and rack space density. Unlike off-the-shelf servers, ExaFlash Arrays are precision-engineered for maximum efficiency and performance. ExaFlash Arrays draw 95% less power per terabyte than competing designs by eliminating irrelevant components and minimizing CPU utilization through intelligent hardware-offload engines. ExaFlash Arrays also incorporate ultra-dense flash drives to deliver up to 50x the capacity in the same rack space as competing alternatives. ExaFlash Arrays are available in sizes ranging from 50 TB to 4.5 PB and feature the latest 32 Gb Fibre Channel, 100 Gigabit Ethernet, and EDR InfiniBand connectivity. ExaFlash Arrays feature dual active-active controllers, redundant power and cooling, and hot-swappable components for always-on availability and easy serviceability.

Powerful Software Provides Complete Data Management

The all-new ExaFlash Operating System is powerful, API-driven storage and data management software for the ExaFlash Platform. The ExaFlash OS provides a single pane-of-glass administration interface for total control. It also provides support for all major storage protocols, including block, file and object protocols, simultaneously. Using the API, storage administrators can automate every conceivable storage task centrally. Inline variable deduplication and compression maximize storage utilization, and real-time checksums ensure data integrity.

Breakthrough Price Point for All-Flash

ExaFlash costs less than half that of competing all-flash systems, bringing the all-flash data center from dream to achievable reality. Depending on capacity, ExaFlash offers an unprecedented price point as low as $0.19 per effective gigabyte (including all software and hardware). This is a direct assault on traditional hard drive arrays, and all existing all-flash arrays, for a broad range of applications, from virtualization and databases to cloud infrastructure, digital content repositories, and big data. Combined with the technology achievements that make ExaFlash so space and power efficient, ExaFlash offers a 90% lower total cost of ownership than competing all-flash arrays, making it the clear choice for forward-thinking enterprise users and cloud builders looking to minimize IT cost and maximize profitability.

Availability

ExaFlash is available for pre-order now, with general availability expected in Q4 2016. Nimbus Data will be exhibiting the full ExaFlash line at Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, on August 9-11, 2016. For more information, please visit our website at www.nimbusdata.com.

About Nimbus Data

Nimbus Data has developed the world's most advanced flash memory platform for cloud infrastructure and big data. The ExaFlash™ platform offers virtually infinite on-demand scalability, 95% lower energy consumption, unmatched multiprotocol support, and over 50x greater rack density, all at less than half the cost of competing approaches. For more information, visit nimbusdata.com, email us at info@nimbusdata.com, and follow us at twitter.com/nimbusdata.

BOSTON – Threat Stack, a leader in cloud-native security and compliance management, announced today that Ayla Networks, a global Internet of Things (IoT) platform for manufacturers, selected Threat Stack Cloud Security PlatformTM (CSP) to ensure the security and compliance of its platform within its Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment. The company uses Threat Stack CSP to achieve the visibility it needs to offer a full suite of operational, business intelligence and analytics services at scale.

Threat Stack CSP enables Ayla to accelerate the development, support and ongoing enhancements of its agile IoT platform, without sacrificing efficiency. Ayla has more than 75 customers, including many Fortune 1000 customers, so it is imperative that organizations feel comfortable entrusting the Ayla IoT platform with their sensitive data. Threat Stack CSP allows Ayla to provide secure connectivity to its customers, while maintaining compliance in the cloud.

"We enable manufacturers to build connected products using Ayla, and our customers trust us to safely and securely manage those intelligent systems," said Adrian Caceres, CTO and co-founder of Ayla Networks. "Threat Stack provides us with one centralized interface to control, view and act upon security alerts, giving us more visibility to scale with confidence. Its integrated approach to compliance and threat management is critical to helping us serve our customers in the U.S. and Europe."

As the intersection between DevOps and security continues to expand, more Ops teams own security processes, as is the case for Ayla Networks. Organizations need tools that integrate security alerting directly into DevOps workflows so teams can respond quickly and with context about what occurred. Threat Stack's push-button integrations with Slack, PagerDuty and most recently VictorOps allow Ayla Networks and other users to enable alerting in less than two minutes for real-time response to security threats.

"A security-conscious company like Ayla Networks understands that keeping its sensitive data protected is central to its overall business, and its customers' businesses," said Brian M. Ahern, chairman and CEO, Threat Stack. "Achieving security visibility across connected devices is not easy, and we're proud to enable Ayla to maintain a deep level of continuous security monitoring and detection for its IoT products, providing Ayla customers with the peace of mind that their important data is secure and compliant."

Threat Stack CSP's single dashboard view provides integrated workload insights, infrastructure monitoring, vulnerability management, threat intelligence and compliance reporting to make important security data accessible and easy to correlate. Its cloud-native architecture automatically scales up or down with the capacity of customers' infrastructures to ensure continuous visibility across all kinds of dynamic environments, including on-premise, private cloud, public cloud and hybrid environments. For more information on Threat Stack, please visit www.threatstack.com.

About Threat Stack

Threat Stack enables growth-driven companies to scale with confidence by identifying and verifying insider threats, external attacks and data loss in real time. The only fully integrated, cloud-native continuous monitoring solution that gives customers instant visibility and automatically responds to changes in their environment, Threat Stack provides the coverage needed to run secure and compliant, in all environments, without sacrificing speed and efficiency. For more information, or to start a free trial, visit threatstack.com.

About Ayla Networks

Ayla Networks empowers leading manufacturers by simplifying the inherent complexity of the Internet of Things (IoT), enabling them to turn their products into smart connected systems and transform their businesses to compete in the game-changing world of connectivity. Delivered as a cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Ayla's IoT platform provides the flexibility and modularity to enable rapid changes to practically any type of device, cloud or app environment. Ayla Networks was named a 2015 Cool Vendor in the Internet of Things by Gartner, Inc. Ayla's investors include Cisco, the International Finance Corporation, SAIF Partners, Crosslink Capital, Voyager Capital, Linear Venture, SJF Ventures, Mitsui, Ants Capital, 3NOD and Acorn Pacific. For more information, visit www.aylanetworks.com.

Hashgraph distributed consensus platform provides radical alternative to Blockchain

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Swirlds(TM), building the trust layer for the internet, today released the Software Development Kit (SDK) for the hashgraph distributed consensus platform, which is free for download. The Swirlds software development platform goes beyond blockchain, providing capabilities not previously possible with existing technology, to build and run shared worlds—fully distributed applications that harness the power of the cloud without servers. With Swirlds, developers build applications that rapidly achieve consensus, resulting in fair, fast, proven and efficient transactions without any single point of failure.

Hashgraph technology – Fair, Fast and Proven

Swirlds removes the obstacles inherent in blockchain technology. Blockchain is inefficient and does not enforce fairness. It can be challenged with high latency and probabilistic consensus, which often requires costly and wasteful mining.

In contrast, with Swirlds, transactions are:

· Fair: As Swirlds does not rely on miners, Swirlds applications ensure the actual order of transactions is the consensus order, and all transactions are included.

· Fast: Swirlds does not require “proof–of-work.” Transactions happen in milliseconds, instead of minutes or hours.

· Proven: Developers and users quickly receive absolute proof of the consensus results of their actions for 100 percent order certainty.

Leveraging the hashgraph distributed consensus algorithm, the Swirlds platform enables developers to efficiently create always-available, serverless distributed applications of unlimited scope and scale.

“Developers want to create trusted, distributed applications that are not controlled by any single organization, for uses such as distributed identity directories, online auctions, stock markets, cryptocurrencies, and multiplayer games,” said Dr. Leemon Baird, founder and CEO of Swirlds. “Using the power of Java, developers build smart contracts and can go beyond to build entire shared worlds. This is the first time these concepts have been brought together on a single platform.”

The Swirlds SDK

The Swirlds SDK contains the Swirlds browser, example apps with source code that can run in that browser, and documentation for installing, running and writing new apps using Eclipse. In addition, developers benefit from a detailed tech report that outlines the hashgraph, consensus algorithm, and math proofs that power the platform.

“Swirlds broadens the range of applications that can be decentralized, providing a platform for building the trust layer of the Internet,” continued Dr. Baird. “The SDK gives unprecedented access to a platform to design and develop applications with fairness in decision making, speed, trust and reliability, at a fraction of the cost of traditional server-based platforms.”

The SDK is available on the Swirlds downloads page.

About Swirlds

Swirlds provides a platform to build and run shared worlds—fully distributed applications that harness the power of the cloud without servers. Applications built on the Swirlds platform create trust in peer-to-peer networks without a central server, while ensuring fairness, which is needed in auctions, markets, and multiplayer games. Leveraging the new hashgraph consensus algorithm, the Swirlds platform enables developers to build applications that are fair, fast, secure and trusted. Swirlds—building the trust layer of the internet. www.swirlds.com | @Swirlds

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