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AUSTIN, Texas – Texans will have the opportunity to assist with the state’s disaster recovery from the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred from May 4 to June 22. Dozens of qualified Texans will be offered temporary jobs as local hires of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in its Austin, Denton, and Houston offices.

FEMA has partnered in this venture with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Those interested may go to http://www.workintexas.com and create an account. Once logged in, click on “Search All Jobs” and type “FEMA” into the search bar.

Currently, there are several job categories posted:

  • Customer service
  • Logistics
  • Switchboard/Help desk
  • Project Specialist
  • Technical/Architecture/Engineering
  • Environment Restoration/Anthropologists/Biology/Historic Preservation

FEMA positions with detailed job descriptions will remain posted until the jobs are filled.

Candidates must be 18 years of age or older and must be a U.S. citizen. Qualified applications will be forwarded to FEMA staff, who will select candidates for interviews. Selected candidates should have a valid government identification card, such as a driver’s license or military ID. Candidates will be required to complete a background investigation, which includes finger printing, and additional ID, such as Social Security card, birth certificate or passport. The hiring process may take up to 15 days from the date of application.

FEMA is committed to employing a highly qualified workforce that reflects the diversity of our nation. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, political affiliation, non-disqualifying physical handicap, sexual orientation, and any other non-merit factor. The federal government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

More positions may be posted on the TWC webpage as the disaster recovery continues.

All are encouraged to visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4223 for news and information about this disaster.


All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at   www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for childcare, medical, dental expenses and/or funeral expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, those who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, transportation, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at   www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for childcare, medical, dental expenses and/or funeral expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, those who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, transportation, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

SAIPAN, CNMI – The government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI), the American Red Cross (ARC) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced an expansion of enhanced resource assistance for Saipan residents affected by Typhoon Soudelor. Using FEMA supplies, the ARC, which has already provided assistance to some 3,000 residents, will make the aid available.

Residents already registered with the ARC and are considered to have the greatest need will be processed first, said the ARC’s Operations Director, Denise Everhart.

ARC has a list of more than 3,000 individuals who have called into the chapter looking for assistance and is calling those with greatest need to do one-on-one casework.  ARC will then supply Client assistance Cards with some money for fuel, phone, and laundry as well as tarps, water, buckets, hygiene supplies, food and other supplies.  This will be continued, until the list is complete.

If there are limiting factors, where people cannot get to the designated ARC Chapter, located at 1 Airport Road, please call the ARC at 670-234-3459, and the ARC will work with FEMA and CNMI to accommodate those individuals on a case-by-case basis.

“Working through the CNMI Government and the American Red Cross is the best and fastest way to get the basic life sustaining supplies into the hands of the residents of Saipan that need them most,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer, Steve DeBlasio.

“These supplies will go a long way in allowing the government of CNMI and the rest of our federal and private sector partners to create solutions to problems.” DeBlasio also thanked the US Navy and the US Marine Corps for their assistance in supporting the humanitarian mission on Saipan, and praised the resilience and patience of the citizens of the CNMI.

Additional supplies to what FEMA already had on the ground in CNMI were transported from Guam on the USS Ashland last Saturday. That cargo contained generators of various sizes, as well as large amounts of food, drinking water, tents, and vital heavy equipment needed to move the larger generators. The USS Ashland is expected to off-load Guam Power Authority heavy equipment on Saipan this morning.This equipment will help to expedite the restoration of electrical infrastructure here in Saipan.

“The residents of Saipan have been resilient, patient, and extremely hospitable under very trying and austere circumstances,” DeBlasio said. “They deserve our thanks and our help.”

DeBlasio also encouraged disaster survivors on Saipan to continue to register for FEMA assistance by calling 1-800-621 FEMA (3362), adding that more than 2,500 households had already done so.

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Friday, 14 August 2015 00:00

Regional Collaboration: Rural Style

Darrell Ruby is the regional coordinator for Washington State Homeland Security (HLS) Region 9 for Greater Spokane Emergency Management (GSEM) in Washington state. (This is not a Washington State Emergency Management Division position). Region 9 is composed of the 10 counties and three tribes of eastern Washington. His role is to support regional collaboration, coordination and an interagency approach to all-hazard emergency preparedness.

For more than 10 years, he has served GSEM in all phases of emergency management supporting planning, training, exercises, HLS grants and grant-related projects. He is a certified emergency manager, Incident Command System (ICS) trainer, has an undergraduate degree in construction science from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in business, and remains active in the naval reserve as an explosive ordnance disposal officer. He responded to a series of questions about what makes a successful regional rural approach to emergency management.



Traditionally, disaster recovery has always been sold like “earthquake” insurance--like it’s only for natural disasters. The reality is that 75% of downtime is the result of human error--completely unrelated to natural disasters. This new reality puts businesses in a precarious position as they don’t have any way to mitigate the effects of system downtime.

Consequently, IT failures have increased in frequency, becoming more the status quo than the anomaly. And, unfortunately, these failures cost 80% of SMBs at least $20,000 per hour (source: IDC). That said, downtime costs vary significantly within industries, especially due to the different types of downtime. A failure of a critical application can lead to a few types of losses:



Friday, 14 August 2015 00:00

UK public sector embraces public cloud

Despite long-standing security and compliance concerns over the use of off-premise data storage, the UK’s public sector is now rapidly establishing itself as a prolific public cloud user.

This is according to the results of a survey of 600 business decision-makers from across the country, which found that almost nine in ten public sector organisations (85 per cent) use public cloud services in some form.

Conducted jointly by EMC, VCE and VMware, and published on August 6th, the study showed that affordability is the biggest driver behind public cloud adoption in government. Over a third (34 per cent) of respondents cited this as their main motivation, compared to just 20 per cent who thought public cloud was “the right solution” for their applications in general.

VMware Head of Public Sector Strategy Andy Tait, who described the survey results as “very positive”, said this demonstrated how respondents are “using public cloud services to drive efficiencies across the organisation”.

This applies to internal employee workflows, but also to “speed the delivery of citizen-focused services” such as passport applications, he continued.

Asked to identify which public cloud services they were using in particular, 43 per cent of respondents said Google App Engine, while 14 per cent were customers of Amazon Web Services.

Meanwhile, a not-insignificant one in four (26 per cent) preferred to work with smaller, UK-based public cloud providers over global companies like Google and Amazon.

Based on these and other results from the survey, as well as residual security and compliance issues, the researchers suggested that hybrid cloud environments will make the most sense for public sector organisations in the long run.

Some may also have to renew their data recovery strategies in order to cater to virtualised systems, such as those used by the majority of public cloud providers.

When looking for data recovery services, look for one with a track record of success. Ontrack Data Recovery services has 40,000 data recovery stories to tell every year.

From:: http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/company/press-room/data-recovery-news/uk-public-sector-embraces-public-cloud023.aspx

Abacus Data Systems Ranks No. 238 in IT Services on the 2015 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 189 Percent


NEW YORK, NY – Inc. magazine today ranked Abacus Data Systems NO. 238 in IT Services on its 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy -- America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.

“We are extremely excited and honored to be included on the 2015 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies,” said Abacus CEO, Alessandra Lezama. “This recognition of growth speaks to our team’s dedication, knowledge and expertise at delivering cutting-edge virtualization technologies. We look forward to continuing to offer professionals the turn-key technology solutions they need to accelerate their journey to the cloud, remove IT burdens and quickly increase revenue, reduce costs and maximize efficiencies”

The 2015 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 18 to September 22) is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 490%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $205 billion, generating 647,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

"The story of this year’s Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “You have to remember that the average company on the Inc. 5000 grew nearly six-fold since 2012. Business owners don’t achieve that kind of success by accident."

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held from October 21 through 23, 2015 in Orlando. Speakers include some of the greatest entrepreneurs of this and past generations, such as Marcus Lemonis, host of the CNBC show “The Profit,” Robert Herjavec, one of the main "sharks" on ABC-TV’s “Shark Tank,” KIND Founder and CEO Daniel Lubetzky, and Co-Founder of Goodshop.com JJ Ramberg.

About Abacus Data Systems
Abacus Data Systems provides Turn-Key Technology Solutions that guarantee integrity, security and ultimate performance to help professionals quickly build and grow successfully. The Fully Integrated Abacus Products & Services Portfolio leverages cutting-edge virtualization technologies to deliver full-spectrum security and privacy compliant Private Cloud environments, enabling any size organization to adopt enterprise-grade technology at a reasonable monthly cost.

Founded in 1983 and backed by private investment, Abacus has over 250,000 clients worldwide, is headquartered in San Diego, California and operates two fully redundant data center footprints in the United States specifically engineered to host and safeguard sensitive data for professionals. Robust security and compliance policies, including two-factor authentication, five tiers of physical, network and data security and information handling and data privacy protocols in accordance with NIST standards ensures a safe and compliant environment for even the most confidential data.

Please call 1-800-726-3339 or visit http://www.abacuslaw.com/ to learn more.

More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000


The 2015 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2011 to 2014. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2011. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent -- not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies -- as of December 31, 2014. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2011 is $100,000; the minimum for 2014 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.'s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/5000.

About Inc. Media:

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 13,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 500|5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://www.inc.com/.

CAMPBELL, Calif. – As service providers seek service agility and operational efficiency in their networks to stay competitive, the global market for carrier software-defined networking (SDN) software, hardware and services is expected to grow from $103 million in 2014 to $5.7 billion in 2019, according to IHS (NYSE: IHS).

"We're still early in the long-term, 10- to 15-year transformation of service provider networks to SDN. Momentum is strong, but we won't see widespread commercial deployments where bigger parts of -- let alone whole -- networks are controlled by SDN until 2016 through 2020," said Michael Howard, senior research director for carrier networks at IHS.


SDN software -- including network apps, such as traffic analytics, and orchestration and controller software -- is the critical piece that will convert a network into a software-defined network.

IHS predicts service providers around the world will increase their spending on SDN software by 15 times from 2015 to 2019.

Due to the newness of SDN technology and the fundamental changes it brings to networks, there is an incredible demand for expertise to design, deploy and operate SDN-based services, and carriers are looking to vendors for this expertise.

IHS expects outsourced services for SDN projects to grow at a 2014-2019 CAGR of 199 percent.

Clients: Log in to view analyst Michael Howard's carrier SDN market recap and outlook, live Aug. 14 at noon ETor on-demand: www.infonetics.com/cgp/login.asp?id=1108.

The 2015 IHS Infonetics Carrier SDN Hardware, Software, and Services market size and forecast report, led by analyst Michael Howard, examines the markets and trends related to building service provider software-defined networks. Specifically, the report tracks software that provides orchestration, controller and application functions; outsourced services for SDN projects; and hardware in use for SDN networks, including routers, switches, WDM and video content delivery network (CDN) equipment, and other telecom equipment controlled by SDN orchestration and controllers, such as CPE. To purchase the report, please visit www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.


Carriers Reveal SDN Plans, Timing and Challenges in New Survey:

Network Operators Rate Router and Switch Vendors; Cisco #1 for 3rd Straight Year:

NFV Market to Grow More than 5-Fold Through 2019, Says IHS:

Virtualizing Network Security with NFV and SDN Explored in New Whitepaper:

35 Percent of Operators Surveyed Will Deploy NFV This Year:

Virtual Routers on Track to Grow 125% in the Next Year:

Download the IHS Infonetics 2015 service brochure or log in: www.infonetics.com/login.
- NFV Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey (May)
- NFV Hardware, Software, and Services Forecast (July)
- SDN Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey (July)
- Analyst Note: Michael Howard Interviews Dr. Guru Parulkar (July)
- Data Center SDN Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey (Aug.)
- Service Provider Router and Switches Forecast (Aug.)

IHS INFONETICS WEBINARS (https://www.infonetics.com/infonetics-events)
- Building Application-Aware Mobile Networks Using SDN & NFV (Sept. 16: Register)
- SDN & NFV: Lessons Learned (Sept. 24: Learn More)
- SDN & NFV: Accelerating PoCs to Live Commercial Deployment (Watch now)
- Service Provider Experiences with NFV: The Good, Bad, and Ugly (Watch now)
- Evolving Network Architectures: Cloud, SDN, NFV and Packet-Optical (Watch now)
- Which Architecture Is Best for SDN? (Sponsor)
- Router Bypass: Using NFV to Deliver Enterprise Services (Sponsor)

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About IHS (www.ihs.com)
IHS (NYSE: IHS) is the leading source of insight, analytics and expertise in critical areas that shape today's business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 150 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs about 8,800 people in 32 countries around the world.

IHS is a registered trademark of IHS Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. © 2015 IHS Inc. All rights reserved.

Transaction Unifies the Global Market for RDX Removable Storage Backup Appliance Offering


SAN JOSE, Calif. – Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY)

  • Transaction will be accretive in this quarter for both revenue and gross margin;
  • Market will benefit from centralized introduction of new features and capacity upgrades;
  • Expands RDX market share in North America and Japan, to augment the existing strength in Europe;
  • Provides greater control over the backup appliance components that form a key part of Sphere 3D's strategy to deliver comprehensive virtualization, storage and data management for on premise, cloud and hybrid infrastructures;

Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY), a virtualization and data management solutions provider, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Overland Storage, Inc., acquired the RDX removable disk product lines and existing inventory assets from Imation Corp., (NYSE: IMN) ("Imation") pursuant to an Asset Purchase Agreement, dated as of August 10, 2015, by and among Sphere 3D, Overland Storage and Imation.

The Imation RDX product lines generated approximately $14.5 million of revenue for Imation in the trailing twelve months as of June 30, 2015

"The completion of our acquisition of the RDX product lines from Imation will accelerate our efforts to aggressively pursue the purpose-built backup appliance market which is a valuable differentiator in our reference architecture for our hyper converged infrastructure deployments," said Eric Kelly, CEO of Sphere3D. "With this transaction now complete, Sphere 3D can expand the current strong presence of our Tandberg Data business in Europe, while increasing sales in key geographies such as North America and Japan, as well as simultaneously strengthening our Global Channel Partner Network for backup appliance offerings."

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker, the worldwide PBBA market got off to a strong start in 2015 with solid year-over-year revenue growth. Factory revenues grew 6.9% year-over-year totaling $719.3 million and capacity shipped reached 647 petabytes, an increase of 32.3% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2015.

"Sphere 3D's award winning and patented RDX removable disk technology, marketed and sold under our Tandberg Data brand, is the industry standard in enterprise-grade removable disk storage for backup, data protection and archiving, and is characterized by its very rugged design that allows the disks to be handled and transported while safely retaining data," said Nilesh Patel, VP of Product Management and Marketing at Sphere 3D. "RDX-powered purpose-built backup appliances, like our new RDX QuikStation™, are the ideal solution for Small-to-Medium sized businesses in highly regulated industries such as healthcare and financial services, where data must be secured, protected, archived and recoverable per government regulations. This acquisition also now makes available to our global partners our groundbreaking RDX+ software technology which is designed to increase storage capacities by 50% and more, providing all QuickStation and QuickStor™ appliance customers with future expansion to larger than 2TB capacity media."

As part of the agreement and to ensure a seamless transition for customers, Imation has agreed to provide certain customer support services through October 31, 2015.

Transaction Highlights

  • 100% stock transaction valued at approximately $4.9 million plus the net value of existing inventory of approximately $1.4 million, based on the closing price of Sphere 3D common shares as of August 6, 2015.
  • Acquisition of all RDX assets owned by Imation

Description of Transaction Documents

The Asset Purchase Agreement among Sphere 3D, Overland Storage and Imation provided for the purchase by Overland Storage of the assets of Imation's removable disk product lines and existing inventory for 1,529,126 common shares of Sphere 3D and a warrant to purchase up to a maximum of 250,000 shares exercisable at a nominal exercise price solely in connection with certain purchase price adjustments. The warrant expires within six months of registration of the shares, or earlier in certain circumstances. The agreement also included settlement of all other disputes between the parties.

In addition, Sphere 3D and Imation entered into a Lock-Up Agreement, dated as of August 10, 2015, which imposes limitations on the transfer and sale of the common shares issued to Imation at closing and requires that Imation vote its shares in accordance with any recommendation of Sphere 3D's board of directors for a designated period of time. If the value of Imation's common shares exceeds or falls below certain thresholds, then certain inventory-based [adjustments or true-ups] may be triggered. Sphere 3D and Imation also entered into a Registration Rights Agreement, dated August 10, 2015, pursuant to which Sphere 3D has agreed to register the resale of the common shares issued to Imation and any shares issuable upon the exercise of the warrant.

Investor Conference Call

Sphere 3D will host an investor conference call today, Thursday, August 13, at 5:00 pm ET (2:00 pm PT). To access the call dial 888-206-4893 (+1 913-981-5510 outside the United States and Canada) and when prompted provide the pass code "3735986" to the operator. Participants are asked to call the assigned number approximately 10 minutes before the conference call begins. In addition, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available over the Internet at www.sphere3d.com in the Investor Relations section. A replay of the conference call will also be available via telephone by dialing (888) 203-1112 (+1 (719) 457-0820 outside the United States and Canada) and entering access code, 3735986#, beginning 8:00 p.m. ET on August 13, 2015 through 11:59 p.m. ET on August 20, 2015.

About Sphere 3D

Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) delivers virtualization technology and data management solutions that enable workload-optimized solutions. We achieve this through a combination of virtual applications, virtual desktops, virtual storage and physical hyper-converged platforms. Sphere 3D's value proposition is simple and direct -- we allow organizations to deploy a combination of public, private or hybrid cloud strategies, while backing them up with state of the art storage solutions at an affordable price. Sphere 3D, along with its wholly-owned subsidiaries Overland Storage and Tandberg Data, has a strong portfolio of brands including Glassware 2.0™, SnapCLOUD™, SnapScale®, SnapServer®, V3, RDX®, and NEO®. For more information, visit www.sphere3d.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to strategic goals, plans and other matters that involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, our ability to retain customers of and market share for the purchased assets, our ability to integrate the purchased assets with our existing RDX business, continued market adoption of RDX technologies, unforeseen changes in the course of Sphere 3D's business or the business of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, including, without limitation, Overland Storage and Tandberg Data; any increase in Sphere 3D's cash needs or our inability to obtain additional debt or equity financing; market adoption and performance of our products; possible actions by customers, suppliers, competitors or regulatory authorities; and other risks detailed from time to time in Sphere 3D's periodic reports contained in our Annual Information Form and other filings with Canadian securities regulators (www.sedar.com) and in prior periodic reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (www.sec.gov), and risks detailed in the Form 40-F filed by us with the SEC for the year ended December 31, 2014. Sphere 3D undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

Leading In-Memory Database Simplifies Lambda Architecture to Drive Real-Time Analytics


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. MemSQL (www.memsql.com), the leader in real-time databases for transactions and analytics, today announced it will be exhibiting at the Big Data Scala by the Bay conference and showcasing a highly accessible approach to transacting, analyzing and storing data. The company will demonstrate how enterprises can streamline this process by building their own real-time data pipelines using Apache Kafka, Apache Spark and operational databases, which combine real-time and historical processing.

MemSQL Presents a Simplified Approach to Building Real-Time Data Pipelines at Big Data Scala By the Bay - Click to Tweet

These kinds of real-time data pipelines, which include a batch layer, speed layer and serving layer, are often referred to as Lambda Architectures. With a simplified Lambda Architecture, petabytes of data can be processed while performing advanced analytics, providing a major competitive advantage as volume of data in the enterprise continues to grow. Moving to a simplified Lambda Architecture minimizes overhead costs while enabling lightning fast analytics on large, changing datasets.

"The complexity of initial Lambda Architectures has made it challenging for enterprises to provision and scale their big data environments," said Eric Frenkiel, co-founder and CEO at MemSQL. "At MemSQL, we envision a streamlined approach to data analytics, where Lambda Architectures can be utilized to power real-time applications with the click of a button. We believe companies should be able to harness the best in-memory technology to process and analyze valuable data, in order to create a seamless experience for their end-users."

Connect with MemSQL at Big Data Scala by the Bay
Stop by the MemSQL Booth to learn how to build a real-time data pipeline using a powerful combination of Apache Kafka, Apache Spark and operational databases.

Visit the MemSQL blog for more information: http://blog.memsql.com/big-data-scala/.

About MemSQL
MemSQL is the leader in real-time databases for transactions and analytics. As a purpose built database for instant access to real-time and historical data, MemSQL uses a familiar SQL interface and a horizontally scalable distributed architecture that runs on commodity hardware or in the cloud. Innovative enterprises use MemSQL to better predict and react to opportunities by extracting previously untapped value in their data to drive new revenue. MemSQL is proven in production environments across hundreds of nodes in high velocity Big Data environments. Based in San Francisco, MemSQL is a Y Combinator company funded by prominent investors including Accel Partners, Khosla Ventures, First Round Capital and Data Collective. Follow us @MemSQL or visit at www.memsql.com.

Netwrix IT Auditing Software Helps Forbes Top 50 Fuel Supplier to Lower Security Risks and Improve Productivity of Critical IT Systems


IRVINE, Calif. – Netwrix Corporation, a provider of IT auditing software that maximizes visibility of IT infrastructure changes and data access, has been selected by Mansfield Oil as a solution to provide efficient and error-free actionable audit data to protect the company's business critical systems and data by lowering the potential risks of security breaches with timely detection of malicious activities.

Mansfield Oil Company, ranked by Forbes as one of the Top 50 largest private companies in America, defines the next generation of downstream oil companies and delivers a disciplined approach to fuel services across 50 states and Canada from over 900 supply terminals. Founded in 1957, the company has enjoyed double-digit growth for three decades. Mansfield Oil focuses on optimizing and controlling fuel-related costs with local services nationwide.

Mansfield Oil wanted to meet the up-to-date security requirements and improve the efficiency of its IT systems, so it needed to obtain a robust level of visibility into effective permissions, access attempts to files containing sensitive data and changes made to security configurations. Netwrix Auditor helped it to replace ineffective manual processes of native system log monitoring with continuous auditing of Active Directory, SQL, SharePoint, Exchange, VMware and file servers as a part of the complete transformation and consolidation of the entire IT environment.

Hercu Rabsatt, Director of Infrastructure & Service Management at Mansfield Oil Company, commented, "It was clear from the first look that the rich feature set of Netwrix Auditor would help us thoroughly secure the infrastructure. Now we are able to see what is changing and how across all the IT systems that we so heavily rely on. Netwrix Auditor has removed the blind zones, and now I feel more confident about the security of my IT network. Regular automated reporting and a complete audit trail about who has access to what, when and where helps us define the areas over which we need to keep a closer watch."

"Risks are inherent in any business, but in the age of flourishing cyberattacks, hardly anyone can ignore security threats, which, unfortunately, often bring costly and painful-to-overcome consequences," said Alex Vovk, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix. "Maximized visibility and granular control across all levels of the most business-critical IT systems help companies protect their digital infrastructure, pursuing a comprehensive security strategy and boost their defense measures in fighting against cyber threats."

To read the complete case study of Mansfield Oil's use of Netwrix Auditor, please visit http://www.netwrix.com/go/mansfield_oil

About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation is a provider of IT auditing software that maximizes visibility into who changed what, when and where and who has access to what in the IT infrastructure. Over 6,000 customers worldwide rely on Netwrix to audit IT infrastructure changes and data access, prepare reports required for passing compliance audits and increase the efficiency of IT operations. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has more than 70 industry awards and was named to the Inc. 5000 list and Deloitte Technology Fast 500.

For more information, visit www.netwrix.com