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Instant Avere Access for HPC Workloads Is Now Available From Within Cycle Computing's Cloud Orchestration Application, CycleCloud

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Avere Systems, a leading provider of hybrid cloud enablement solutions, and Cycle Computing, the leader in public cloud orchestration software for big data and big compute, today announced a technology integration that enables hybrid high-performance computing (HPC) in popular public cloud computing environments. By integrating the Avere vFXT Edge filer cloud bursting technology with Cycle Computing's CycleCloud offering, users are now able to launch an Avere tiered file system on demand linked directly with the CycleCloud managed scalable compute nodes through cloud providers like AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure.

The integration addresses a growing enterprise need for hybrid cloud solutions that enable organizations to seamlessly store data and run applications on premises or in the cloud with minimal latency and without moving large datasets from existing storage locations. The combined solution solves two of the biggest barriers to hybrid HPC adoption: automation of cloud resources and ubiquitous access to data from any storage location.

Avere and Cycle bring together industry-leading technologies to enable the cloud to easily access, manage and orchestrate workflows while maintaining control of the data itself by allowing it to remain on premises. This is particularly important in HPC-intensive industries like life sciences, financial services analytics, and government research computing, where customers seek to run large compute grids in the cloud without moving their data.

"Cycle Computing customers work with enormous data sets that require the easy and cost-effective compute power offered by the public cloud, but enabling access to the data has been a challenge," said Rick Friedman, Vice President of Solutions and Marketing at Cycle Computing. "With Avere vFXT technology available within the platform, our customers now gain a cost-effective way to access all of the data they need while they optimize compute performance and scalability across one or even multiple cloud providers."

The Avere vFXT Edge filers significantly improve cloud compute performance by caching the required data close to the compute nodes and avoiding latencies after the first read. Control over the data is maintained within owned storage systems while leveraging and scaling the compute capacity required for HPC workflows, such as those run by Cycle Computing customers.

"Avere's cloud bursting technology makes it easy for HPC customers to take advantage of massive cloud compute, removing critical limitations such as network latency and concerns of data security," said Scott Jeschonek, Director of Cloud Products at Avere Systems. "The combined strength of Avere's vFXT with Cycle Computing's ability to easily manage cloud access, balance multiple providers, and orchestrate workflow is a powerful solution for compute-intensive workloads."

To learn more about how Avere Systems integrates with Cycle Computing, see the demonstration here and plan to visit both companies at SC 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah from November 14-17.

About Avere Systems
Avere is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere's hybrid cloud solutions give companies -- for the first time -- the ability to end the rising cost and complexity of data storage and compute via the freedom to store and access files anywhere in the cloud or on premises, without sacrificing the performance, availability, or security of enterprise data. Based in Pittsburgh, Avere is led by veterans and thought leaders in the data storage industry and is backed by investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and Western Digital Capital. For more information, visit

About Cycle Computing
Cycle Computing is the leader in Big Compute software to manage simulation, analytics, and Big Data workloads. Cycle turns the Cloud into an innovation engine for your organization by providing simple, managed access to Big Compute. CycleCloud is the enterprise software solution for managing multiple users, running multiple applications, across multiple clouds, enabling users to never wait for compute and solve problems at any scale. Since 2005, Cycle Computing software has empowered customers in Big 5 Life Insurance, Big 10 Pharma, Big 5 Hedge Funds, F500 manufacturing, startups, and government agencies, to leverage hundreds of millions of hours of cloud based computation annually to accelerate innovation. For more information visit:

Sophos Email Security Meets the Demand to Improve Microsoft Office365 Protection

OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM – Sophos (LSE: SOPH), a global leader in network and endpoint security, today announced that Sophos Email is now available in its cloud-based Sophos Central management platform. Customers and partners can now manage their email protection solution alongside Sophos endpoint, mobile, web and wireless security products from a unified, simple to use console. Sophos Email boosts security for cloud-based business email applications from leading providers, including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Exchange 2013 and Google Apps for Work.

According to a recent survey conducted by Sophos1, businesses are shifting to cloud-based email for both infrastructure and security services, with 38 percent using it as their primary email platform and 43 percent using a cloud-based service for email security. The most popular cloud-based service is Office 365, but security is a major concern for these users with 50 percent agreeing that third party security solutions are essential to extend Office 365 security. Ransomware, malicious attachments, malicious URLs, viruses and phishing were considered the top five threats with more than 50 percent of all respondents being very concerned about these. Yet despite this recognition of email-borne threats, more than a quarter of respondents admit that they rarely or never review their email security policy to make sure it remains effective.

"Email is still the delivery mechanism of choice for cybercriminals targeting businesses with all types of threats. We hear that phishing, ransomware and even spam are regularly getting past the protection built into the popular cloud email services," said Bryan Barney, senior vice president and general manager of the Network Security Group at Sophos. "Channel partners and IT departments need specialized security solutions as they fear email system vendors are unable to keep up with the dynamic threat landscape. Security provided within cloud-based email packages is just not enough for businesses who have a genuine challenge in preventing malicious and suspicious email content from entering their network."

Sophos Email is a cloud-based secure email gateway that has been purpose built to boost and simplify email security for businesses. It incorporates the award-winning Sophos threat protection engine and additional advanced email-specific protection technologies, such as aggressive context-specific heuristics (CXMail) built and maintained by SophosLabs. The CXMail family of detection strategies is purposefully designed to stop threats like ransomware that are predominately distributed using email. The addition of the secure email gateway to Sophos Central integrates technology from Reflexion Networks, which Sophos acquired in June 2015.

"Office 365 is extremely popular as an email solution with our customers," commented Shawn Mendel, director of Engineering Services, Earthbend and a Sophos partner. "However, after it has been deployed we are often contacted by admins who are not convinced that the built-in protection is enough to prevent today's persistent attacks. The capability of Sophos Email to protect against ransomware is critical. Despite regular training, employees still click on emails and become phishing victims. The cloud-based management dashboard will enable my team to quickly and easily configure settings and add accounts as customers require."

Sophos Email is managed from Sophos Central where the dashboard allows partners and managed service providers (MSPs) to control and configure settings, distribute licenses, add new customers and track real-time view into all customer activity. The single pane of glass dashboard shows all Sophos Central services customers subscribe to, making cross and upsell opportunities more clear to help partners drive recurring revenue.

Sophos sells exclusively through its channel of more than 20,000 resellers worldwide and is dedicated to the growth and success of those partners. As part of the Sophos "channel first, channel only" business strategy, the company offers sales and technical training, certification programs, co-branded marketing assets, 24/7 support and in-depth Sophos Central partner dashboard training to help build the skills and expertise of its partners worldwide. 

1 Sophos and Spiceworks surveyed just over 600 members of the IT community in August 2016. More details can be found here.

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About Sophos
More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos' complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos' award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs -- a global network of threat intelligence centers. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, U.K., and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol "SOPH." More information is available at

Top Rankings in The Recorder Highlight Abacus' Position as Legal Industry Leaders for Fully Managed Technology Solutions

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Abacus Data Systems, Inc. (Abacus), a global provider of compliance ready virtual Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) offerings, which serve legal, financial, and healthcare organizations, announced today that three members of its legal product family have been named winners in the 2016 Reader Rankings Survey conducted by The Recorder. The Recorder, a well-known California publication in the legal, business, and technology sector, awarded Abacus Data Systems' products top rankings in multiple categories.

Asked to rank the professional services and products essential to the success of their law practices, legal professionals in California placed AbacusLaw in the top three for Best Case Management Solution. Amicus Attorney, new to the Abacus Data Systems product family, placed in the top three for Best Matter Management Software and Best Docketing & Calendaring Software, while Amicus Cloud placed in the top three for Best Practice Management System in the Cloud.

"The results of these respected surveys prove Abacus' commitment to providing our clients with the best compliance ready, fully managed technology solutions," said Alessandra Lezama, CEO of Abacus Data Systems. "We ensure that our products keep up with the fast-paced technological evolution of the legal market, and we will continue to provide unparalleled resources in support of customers' ever-changing practice automation needs. It is a privilege to be recognized by The Recorder, and we would like to thank the legal professionals who voted for Abacus in these surveys."

The Abacus integrated family recently grew with the addition of Amicus Attorney, which further established Abacus' ability to deliver the widest range of Best in Class practice management, time, billing, and accounting applications powered by the compliance-ready, Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) Abacus Private Cloud.

Complete results of the Readers Survey will appear in the August 22nd issue of The Recorder, which provides daily news and insights on the legal developments around tech-centric businesses and practices affecting California companies and law firms.

About Abacus Data Systems

Abacus Data Systems is a leading provider of business technology products and solutions, serving small enterprise companies worldwide. Abacus gives companies sustainable and predictable performance gains while decreasing operational costs related to managing complex IT infrastructure and data center operations on their own. Headquartered in San Diego, California, and backed by private investment with Providence Equity, Abacus operates three fully redundant data center footprints in the United States specifically engineered to host and safeguard sensitive data, giving its clients robust security and compliance policies with zero capital investment and complete data ownership in a flexible and dynamic environment.

About Providence Equity

Providence is a premier global asset management firm with $45 billion in assets under management across complementary private equity and credit businesses. Providence pioneered a sector-focused approach to private equity investing with the vision that a dedicated team of industry experts could build exceptional companies of enduring value. Since the firm's inception in 1989, Providence has invested in more than 150 companies and is the leading equity investment firm focused on the media, communications, education and information industries. Providence is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, and also has offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Delhi.

Driven by Customer Demand, Including That of Customer NSFOCUS, Console Grows Global Footprint to 10 New Locations, Increasing Global PoPs to 170

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Console, the enterprise software and interconnection company that is changing the way businesses directly connect to their customers, vendors and partners, today announced its continued global growth with an expansion to 10 new locations across four more cities around the world. The expansion includes new data centers locations in Singapore data center locations, as well as in Detroit, MI; Las Vegas, NV; and Calgary, Alberta, Canada through EdgeConnex, New Continuum, T5, Telnet, Q9, ViaWest/Shaw, and other partners. This continued growth allows customers to access Console's next-generation interconnection technology from 170 worldwide Points of Presence (PoPs).

"We're excited to announce our continued global expansion, driven in part by the growing demand of customers looking for next-generation direct connect technology throughout our global network," said Al Burgio, CEO and founder, Console. "By continuing to expand the Console platform globally, we're able to provide enterprises, cloud, SaaS, network and data center providers with the next-generation of interconnection to bypass the risk of the public Internet with a single click. Today's announcement is the latest evidence of our commitment to investing in the worldwide rollout of Console to provide customers, such as critical SaaS security provider NSFOCUS, with a truly global solution."

NSFOCUS, a global network and application security provider, has chosen Console as a key Global Connectivity Partner to bolster its recently launched cloud platform. With cloud security becoming a bigger concern for the enterprise, the team at NSFOCUS offers a wide range of infrastructure and application security solutions to protect customers and their end users regardless of their deployment type. To ensure the highest quality user experience, it is crucial for NSFOCUS to deliver services efficiently and securely to their customers, bypassing the traditional methods over the unsecure, and sometimes unstable Internet.

As hybrid security solutions are at the core of the NSFOCUS offering, Console enables its cloud and on-premise solutions to communicate reliably, over a dedicated and secure connection, backed by Console's aggressive Enterprise SLAs. With the enablement of the Console platform, NSFOCUS can now deliver services to more than 100+ data centers globally, powered by its multi-terabit connected platform in Ashburn, VA; Silicon Valley, CA; London; Frankfurt and Singapore.

"Our mission is to keep our customers online whatever the situation. Today, with the aggression of distributed denial of service (DDoS) and other attacks on infrastructure and applications, always-on protection is becoming a part of everyday Enterprise life" said Alex Cruz Farmer, VP of cloud services, NSFOCUS. "SLAs are important to our customers and we could not rely on the Internet alone to provide the Service Levels they demand. Partnering with Console provides us and our customers the crucial components of speed, reach and most importantly, Enterprise service levels they need and demand to keep their businesses operating through the storms"

The global expansion of Console's platform means that more companies around the world can use the technology to bypass the risks of the public Internet with highly reliable, private and flexible direct connections. Users need only to have a direct connect to one of Console's growing footprint of 170 PoPs to access the full ecosystem of business-critical cloud services, data centers, SaaS providers, network services, enterprise partners and vendors.

"Our most recent Voice of the Enterprise, Cloud study found that nearly 70 percent of responding enterprises that use cloud will be deploying applications and storing data in multiple clouds over the next two years," said Jim Davis, senior analyst, 451 Research. "Enterprises, particularly those with global ambitions, need services that offer an easier way to interconnect offices and partners around the globe with the service providers and technologies that they need in order to get business done. The ability to bring those elements together for the enterprise is the key to building successful ecosystems."

About Console

Console was founded in 2011 to change the way enterprises connect to their customers, vendors and partners. Console's next generation interconnection platform enables any-to-any collaboration globally, for clouds, networks and enterprises. The Console platform provides enhanced network security, improved performance and faster business-to-business direct connections. For more information, visit

Console (formerly IIX Inc.) is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. The company has expanded its global interconnection footprint into more than 160 Points of Presence (PoPs) across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Console is privately held and investors include New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Formation 8, DOT Capital, AME Cloud Ventures and Drew Perkins.

Console is a trademark and IIX is a registered trademark of Console Connect Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About NSFOCUS International Business (IB)

NSFOCUS IB is a wholly owned subsidiary of NSFOCUS, an enterprise network security provider, and is expanding operations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Japan. The company is building on 15 years of proven success, innovation and trust, with offerings protecting four of the world's five largest banks, as well as organizations in insurance, retail, healthcare, critical infrastructure organizations, and government agencies. Enterprise- and carrier-grade products undergo rigorous evaluation and testing to Veracode VL4 certification, delivering powerful and effective threat management combined with advanced data analytics and intrusion prevention and detection capabilities. A research arm, the NSFOCUS Security Labs, is a renowned technical research center that tracks and analyzes global intelligence while identifying new network vulnerabilities and security trends. NSFOCUS IB has technology and channel partners in more than 60 countries, and is a winner of the Microsoft Bug Bounty Program for 3 consecutive years, a member of the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP),, and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

About 451 Research

451 Research is a preeminent information technology research and advisory company. With a core focus on technology innovation and market disruption, we provide essential insight for leaders of the digital economy. More than 100 analysts and consultants deliver that insight via syndicated research, advisory services and live events to more than 1,000 client organizations in North America, Europe and around the world. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in New York, 451 Research is a division of The 451 Group. Learn more

BILOXI, Miss. – Alpha Media, Biloxi partnered with the City of Gulfport to collect supplies for the flood victims of Baton Rouge and surrounding Louisiana cities. Biloxi stations asked residents and local businesses to drop off relief supplies at the Gulfport City Hall or any City of Gulfport Fire Station from August 15th-16th.


The goal of #OperationLouisianaReliefwas to fill 1 semi-truck,but that goal was far exceeded when three 18-wheelers were loaded with necessities. The Biloxi team delivered the items to the Louisiana Flood victims on Wednesday, August 17th.

107.1 The Monkey Night Host, James Steele commented on the efforts, “It was touching. It was beautiful. With all of the bad news and bad things going on in the world, this makes you realize that the world isn’t all bad; the world is full of really great people.”


City of Gulfport Mayor, William “Billy” Hewes added, “The drive was off the charts successful; we need to do what we can to help our neighbors in need. We were proud to have Alpha Biloxi be part of it.”


“Through Alpha’s outreach and radio networks, we were able to engage so many more people and had an abundance of volunteers and donations streaming in. Some of the most memorable moments were listeners showing up with their own stories and donations,remarked Chris Vignes, City of Gulfport Public Information Officer.

Alpha Media, headquartered in Portland, Oregon owns or operates 251 radio stations within 51 markets across the United States covering all formats including Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Spanish, Urban, News Talk, Sports, Rock, Country and more. In addition to the radio stations, Alpha Media owns the intimate performance venues, Skype Live Studio in Portland, Oregon and Alamo Lounge in San Antonio, Texas.