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HP Delivers New Analytics Capabilities, Extensive Support for Open Source, and Launches Startup Accelerator Program


PALO ALTO, Calif. – HP (NYSE: HPQ) today unveiled a series of new products, services, and programs designed to help organizations leverage data and analytics to build new products and experiences, run more efficiently, and differentiate against the competition. 

At today's HP Big Data Conference in Boston, the company announced:

Today's announcements further accelerate HP's differentiated big data strategy -- around enabling organizations to harness data of all types, including emerging forms such Internet of Things device data, leveraging important new open source projects, and providing developers and early stage companies with the tools they need to become successful, data driven organizations.

"Developers are the new heroes of the Idea Economy," said Colin Mahony (@cpmahony), SVP and GM, HP Big Data Software. "HP is uniquely positioned to help businesses and developers thrive in this new world. Through our Haven and Haven OnDemand platforms, we are empowering these heroes to transform their business through data, by allowing them to harness the value of all forms of information, rapidly connect and apply open source, and quickly access the tools they need to build winning businesses."

New Release of HP Vertica Delivers Powerful New Streaming and High-Speed Analytics Capabilities
HP today announced a new version of HP Vertica, the industry's fastest SQL database, code named "Excavator." Capabilities include:

  • Data streaming analytics - Excavator will offer native support for the Apache Kafka open source distributed messaging system to enable organizations to quickly ingest and analyze high-speed streaming data, including Internet of Things, in near real-time. This capability delivers actionable insight for a wide range of use cases, including manufacturing process control, supply chain optimization, healthcare monitoring, financial risk management, and fraud detection. 
  • Advanced Machine Log Text Search - Excavator will enable organizations to collect and index large log file data sets generated by systems and business applications, helping IT organizations to quickly identify and predict application failures and cyber-attacks, and investigate authorized and unauthorized access.

HP Embraces Big Data Open Source with Breakthrough Advances
HP also released a series of innovations that enable organizations to combine the innovation of open source with the enterprise-scale, reliability, and security of HP's Big Data platform. These include:

  • HP Vertica for SQL on Hadoop native file support - the new version of Vertica brings significant increase in performance on popular Hadoop formats like ORC and Parquet. Specifically, HP worked collaboratively with Hortonworks to develop a new high-performance access layer that enables SQL queries to run directly on ORC files, resulting in a 5x increase in execution times.
  • HP Vertica Flex Zone Table Library - HP has open sourced its innovative Flex Table "schema on-need" technology to the global developer community. With this move, organizations will be able to fully harness virtually any form of semi-structured data to meet their unique needs.
  • Native Integration with Apache Spark - HP announced its future commitment to integrate Vertica with Apache Spark. This will enable accelerated data transfer between Vertica and Spark, allowing organizations to take full advantage of their Spark-based deployments. This future capability will enable the developer community to build their models in Spark and run them in Vertica for high-speed and sophisticated analytics.

"Together, Hortonworks and HP have jointly teamed to take big data analytical performance to the next level by combining the comprehensive, high-performance analytics of HP Vertica for SQL on Hadoop with the Hortonworks Data Platform," said Matt Morgan, vice president of product and alliance marketing at Hortonworks (@hortonworks). "We've seen firsthand how organizations are looking for this class of modern architecture to power the next-generation of real-time analytics applications. This is proof of our commitment with HP to address the business and technology needs of our customers and the broader big data marketplace."

HP Haven Startup Accelerator Brings Enterprise-Class Big Data to Early-Stage Companies
HP also unveiled The HP Haven Startup Accelerator, a new program designed to support and expand HP's ecosystem of developers and innovators by making HP Big Data and Application Delivery Management software products accessible to early-stage companies. The program removes traditional barriers for organizations looking to leverage analytics and data to build powerful, differentiated applications. Qualified participants will benefit from the following program components:

HP Haven Apps Framework Accelerates Solution Development
HP also announced an innovative framework of technology and proven best practices to accelerate the development of next-generation analytical applications. This framework extends the HP Haven Big Data Platform with quick-start visualization, syndicated data feeds, open on-premise and cloud-based APIs. This enables HP Professional Services and HP partners to quickly deliver a range of solutions, such as voice of customer, smart cities, and fraud detection.

HP's Hardware Platforms Optimized for Big Data
HP's hardware platforms for big data include traditional HP ProLiant DL380 clusters, purpose-built Apollo 4510, 4530 and 4200 compute and storage servers, and HP's innovative asymmetric Big Data Reference Architecture. These systems enable customers to optimize their big data workloads, delivering the power of Haven to their business. This week at the HP Big Data Conference, HP will demonstrate the power of Vertica SQL on Hadoop running on HP's unique, asymmetric Big Data Reference Architecture, purpose-built from HP Moonshot and Apollo servers.

"We have high confidence in each Vertica release and we upgrade quickly to take advantage of the new advancements and features," said Jack Gudenkauf, VP, Big Data, Playtika. "With 'Excavator,' we are heartened to see HP continually embrace and integrate with open source technologies like Hadoop, Kafka, Spark, and R, affording us more choices for developing a truly advanced modern architecture and avoiding vendor lock-in."

"With 70 million consumers using YP each month, we are always looking at new ways to drive better performance in how we analyze the more than 3 billion events we process daily," said Bill Theisinger, VP of Engineering at YP (@ypforbusiness). "In working with HP, we have been impressed with the performance of Vertica for SQL on Hadoop and with the flexibility the ORCReader allows in our architectural and design decisions. Coupled with ORCReader, HP Vertica for SQL on Hadoop gives us the ability to analyze our data quicker and to execute queries in ways which we have not been previously able to do. It is a game changer."

This week's HP Big Data Conference will feature a wide range of customer speakers, including representatives from Citi, Etsy, Facebook, Ford Motor Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Kiva, New York Genome Center, Playtika, and Snagajob who will share their story on how they use HP software to become data driven organizations. Keep up with HP Big Data Conference happenings by following the hashtag #HPBigData2015 and follow @HPBigData.

Planned availability for new HP Haven Big Data offerings and services is set for fall of 2015.

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About HP
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. With the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, personal systems, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP delivers solutions for customers' most complex challenges in every region of the world. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

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3D TCAD Simulation Plays Critical Role in Large Structure Power Device Design and Optimization


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Silvaco, Inc. today announced that China's Hangzhou Silan Integrated Circuit Co., Ltd (Silan-IC) has adopted its TCAD process and device simulation software for the development of power devices and related applications. The order includes Silvaco's Victory Process (3D) and Athena (2D) process simulation and Victory Device (3D) and Atlas (2D) for device simulation, as well as Virtual Wafer Fab (VWF) for advanced analysis tasks, such as design of experiments (DOE), and for process or device optimization.

"Two- and three-dimensional TCAD simulations help designers obtain a better understanding of the properties and behavior of new and current devices, providing improved reliability and scalability, while also helping to increase development speed and reduce risks and uncertainties," said Huiyong Liu, Design Service Department Manager of Silan-IC. "After an intensive evaluation, we chose Silvaco's 2D and 3D process and device simulation tools specifically for their ability to help us quickly analyze large, complex 3D power device structures, as well as for the Silvaco team's responsive customer support."

"The speed and accuracy of Silvaco's 3D TCAD process and device simulation software is helping our customers reduce costs and time to market while achieving optimized and reliable designs," said David L. Dutton, Chief Executive Officer of Silvaco. "Silvaco is a leader in delivering leading edge TCAD-to-signoff tools to power electronics designers and manufacturers. Shanghai Silvaco Software Technology Co. is expanding in the growing China market and we are very pleased to work with an innovative power electronics company like Silan-IC."

About Silan-IC
Hangzhou Silan Integrated Circuit Co., Ltd. (Silan-IC), founded in Jan 2001, is wholly invested by Silan Microelectronics located in Hangzhou Xiasha Economic and Technology Development Area. The company specializes in wafer manufacturing and focuses on the R&D of special processes to develop value-added integrated products. Silan's first wafer fab line (Fab 1), which began production at the end of 2002, manufactures wafers for bipolar products and bipolar process-based discrete devices, such as Schottky barrier diodes, switching, and Zener diodes. The company's second wafer fab line (Fab 2) began production in March 2005 for 0.8um BiCMOS, BCD and power MOS-FET products. To learn more about Silan-IC, visit: http://www.silan.com.cn/english/Info/infoindex.aspx?Ylw+v2KEJqM=

About Silvaco

Silvaco, Inc. is a leading EDA provider of software tools used for process and device development and for analog/mixed-signal, power IC and memory design. Silvaco delivers a full TCAD-to-signoff flow for vertical markets including: displays, power electronics, optical devices, radiation and soft error reliability and advanced CMOS process and IP development. For over 30 years, Silvaco has enabled its customers to bring superior products to market with reduced cost and in the shortest time. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and has a global presence with offices located in North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. www.silvaco.com.


Software-as-a-Service Provides Consolidated IT Portfolio With Reduced Hardware and Maintenance Costs


NEW YORK, NY – Infor, the industry cloud company, today announced that Guilford County, N.C is successfully utilizing the Infor UpgradeX program to migrate to the latest, cloud-enabled version of Infor Lawson Enterprise Financial Management. By migrating the existing on-premise applications to a cloud-hosted software-as-a-service (SaaS), Guilford County is able to drastically lower operating costs by cutting hardware investments. County decision-makers also established value in utilizing Infor's cloud-based disaster recovery plan to safeguard County data and provide for business continuity.

"We are constantly looking for ways to streamline our technology infrastructure to better serve our citizens. By investing in Infor UpgradeX, we are able to migrate our core systems to a consolidated cloud-based platform that is cost-effective and reliable," said Hemant Desai, CIO, Guilford County. "Infor provides us with a customized approach to best align with our business goals, while providing a flexible solution to help us maintain and grow our technology portfolio."

Infor UpgradeX provides Guilford County with a simple, clear path for migrating to the Infor 10x platform via a single tenant cloud deployment that is hosted through a strategic partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS). This approach provides County decision-makers with a single point of contact to manage the specific needs of its IT portfolio. By opting for cloud-based hosting, County decision-makers were also able to align its technology investment with a disaster recovery initiative.

In addition to Infor Lawson, Guilford County plans to utilize Infor ION®, a purpose-built middleware. This application provides a fluid, streamlined approach for managing the core processes of the County.

"Infor UpgradeX provides a cost-effective solution for organizations like Guilford County, that are looking to make the transition to the cloud because it provides cost-effective, industry-specific functionality while helping the organization meet its core needs," said Kevin Curry, senior vice president, Infor Public Sector. "We look forward to growing our relationship with Guilford County for years to come."

Keep Current on Infor:

About Infor
Infor is fundamentally changing the way information is published and consumed in the enterprise, helping customers in more than 200 countries and territories improve operations, drive growth, and quickly adapt to changes in business demands. Infor offers deep industry-specific applications and suites, engineered for speed, and with an innovative user experience design that is simple, transparent, and elegant. Infor provides flexible deployment options that give customers a choice to run their businesses in the cloud, on-premises, or both. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.

Infor customers include:

  • 18 of the top 20 aerospace companies
  • 10 of the top 10 high tech companies
  • 10 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies
  • 21 of the 25 largest U.S. healthcare delivery networks
  • 18 of the 20 largest U.S. cities
  • 20 of the top 20 automotive suppliers
  • 17 of the top 20 industrial distributors
  • 15 of the top 20 global retailers
  • 4 of the top 5 brewers
  • 21 of the top 30 global banks
  • 6 of the 10 largest global hotel brands
  • 6 of the top 10 global luxury brands

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Award winning Oracle Platinum Partner Inoapps (www.inoapps.com) has announced the launch of ‘In2Cloud' a new upgrade service that enables Oracle E-Business Suite users to move to Oracle ERP Cloud in just 10 weeks. This allows users to protect their existing technology investment, whilst enabling them to simplify their systems and access the very latest Oracle Cloud technology. And with Exception Sustaining Support for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i expiring at the end of 2015, Inoapps believes that many current users will see the launch of In2Cloud as an exceedingly timely opportunity.


By upgrading, users can exploit the full potential of Oracle's ERP Cloud application with minimum disruption to working practices and low upfront costs. It also moves the organisation from CAPEX to OPEX based systems, thereby eliminating many non-strategic costs, lowering overall TCO and significantly boosting ROI. In addition, by making the move, users can attain the levels of increased agility and efficiency required to support growth, drive innovation and introduce modern millennial friendly working models such as mobile and BYOD. In addition, Oracle's Social tools are widely acclaimed for allowing employees to work together collaboratively, bringing real-life context to transactions and real-time feedback to every interaction.


Users will automatically be on the latest version of the system so there is no need for expensive bespoke customisations. Oracle ERP Cloud also enables users to utilize the latest analytics. This ensures that better informed data-driven business decisions can be made; driving productivity and ensuring consistent processes across global locations.


Inoapps' CEO Andy Bird believes that the launch of In2Cloud delivers a very timely, low-disruption methodology for those E-Business Suite users contemplating upgrading in advance of the deadline. He notes, "With the Exception Sustaining Support deadline for E-Business Suite 11i looming, there are many users now evaluating the benefits of moving their existing ERP environments to the latest cloud-based delivery model. Until now though, the problem has been identifying a cost-effective route that delivers all the benefits whilst minimizing disruption to working practices.


With In2Cloud, Inoapps has given CFOs a highly effective method of implementing Oracle ERP Cloud in just 10 weeks; free from the headaches traditionally associated with a major technology upgrade. As both an Oracle Platinum Partner and an Oracle ERP Cloud user ourselves, we have always believed in collaborating with our clients. In2Cloud is no exception to this methodology, as it allows us to use our considerable expertise and international experience to walk users though each stage of the process. In short, there has never been a better route or a better time to make the move."

For those interested in how In2Cloud will help their business, Inoapps is holding two webinars on 22nd and 24th September, to find out more register here: www.inoapps.com/inoapps-webcast-get-in2cloud

NaviSite selected based on reliability, scalability and agility of solution


LONDON, UK – NaviSite Europe Limited, a Time Warner Cable company, has announced that IT services company Pure IT selected NaviSite as its Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution service provider to enable it to deliver a faster and more reliable DaaS offering to its customers, and help the business grow organically. NaviSite was selected over other solutions after a proof of concept demonstrated its reliable technical capabilities.


Pure IT is an IT support service company that functions as the IT department for small to medium sized businesses in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex, UK. With a strong focus on customer service, Pure IT aims to be the one-stop shop for smaller businesses and offers them a full range of IT services. Reselling cloud computing services to many of its customers means that Pure IT needs to partner with reliable providers.


Pure IT faced a number of problems with its previous DaaS provider which meant that it was unable to deliver the high quality of service which marked its normal relationship with its customers. When the incumbent vendor announced that it would be ceasing the service to Pure IT at the end of July, and would no longer be offering this service to the SME market, Pure IT began the search for a new provider. The company looked for a vendor who could deliver a reliable service to help it meet its customers' mobility needs, as well as give it the confidence to expand its own business. After meeting with NaviSite, Pure IT felt it had met the right provider to meet its goals. Pure IT then ran a proof-of-concept on NaviSite's DaaS platform and the results proved that they had a found a partner capable of delivering a superior service.


NaviSite's enterprise class, cloud-based virtual desktop solutions lets businesses address the challenges of desktop administration and management, helping to increase employee mobility without compromising the security of vital data. Pure IT looked at a number of different providers to replace its previous DaaS partner and it quickly became clear that NaviSite's scalability of service, enterprise class equipment and infrastructure was the right platform to support their growth plans.


"Many of our customers have staff that work remotely, so it's essential that they have desktop access and can work from anywhere," said Steve Macklin, managing director and owner of Pure IT. "NaviSite has worked to understand our customers' needs, and helped to quickly build trust and confidence with them by visiting each of the care homes to demonstrate the new system. They've shown their commitment to delivering quality service, and we look forward to growing our relationship with them."


Sean McAvan, managing director of NaviSite Europe said, "Pure IT has worked hard to win their customers' trust and we are committed to supporting them to deliver great value to their clients. We understand how important reliability and uptime are for Pure IT, and will work to ensure we're helping them deliver high quality DaaS services to their customers."


About NaviSite Europe Limited
NaviSite Europe Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of NaviSite, Inc., a Time Warner Cable company, is a leading international provider of enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. NaviSite provides a full suite of reliable and scalable managed services, including Application Services, industry-leading Enterprise Hosting, and Managed Cloud Services for organisations looking to outsource IT infrastructures and lower their capital and operational costs. Enterprise customers depend on NaviSite for customised solutions, delivered through a global footprint of state-of-the-art data centres. For more information about NaviSite's services, please visit www.navisite.co.uk/


About Pure IT
Pure IT are an IT support company serving small to medium sized businesses in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex. We have a strong focus on customer service and are dedicated to understanding our clients' business needs through excellent personal relationships. We aim to have a real understanding of where your business needs to be heading in the years ahead. Our values are reflected in our name; clarity of communication, and peace of mind that your IT systems are in safe hands. For more information about Pure IT, please visit www.pureitgroup.co.uk

Geary Sikich looks at the subject of collateral risk and shows how the concept can be used in risk management processes.


The Law Dictionary defines collateral risk as:

The risk of loss arising from errors in the nature, quantity, pricing, or characteristics of collateral securing a transaction with credit risk.  Institutions that actively accept and deliver collateral and are unable to manage the process accurately are susceptible to loss.  A subcategory of process risk.

The military defines collateral risk in terms of ‘risk to mission’ as depicted in figure one below:



This paper by Jim Burtles, Hon. FBCI, is an attempt to bring a simple but effective and comprehensive approach to the development and delivery of business continuity solutions. It is the third article in a series where we are publishing the short listed entries in the Continuity Central Business Continuity Paper of the Year competition.

Some forty years of experience have led me to the conclusion that it is important to have a broad understanding of what we are trying to achieve right from the start of any business continuity development program. A broad understanding does not require a detailed set of objectives, pre-determined procedures or specific deliverables; such a cumbersome short-sighted approach usually leads to a solution which appears to meet the prescribed parameters rather than one that solves the actual problem or provides adequate protection. I suggest that we should try to base our approach upon a generic, but comprehensive, model that shows which areas should be considered and covered by our plans and procedures.

Whenever we are trying to develop our ideas and understanding of any practical subject it is more reliable and effective to work from a basic concept which we can visualise and remember. Simple pictures and basic shapes are more powerful starting points than strings of words which can soon lose their meaning and relevance as the project moves forward and the detail begins to reveal itself. For this reason I have based my hypothesis upon a hexagon, a simple six-sided figure which is easy to remember and visualise.

Business continuity is a relatively modern management discipline, derived in the 1980s from disaster recovery which only began in the mid-1970s. Consequently, it is still evolving and refining its language, concepts and techniques in order to match an ever-changing business environment. This steady advance requires, and includes, the definition and refinement of a generally accepted code of good practice together with an agreed terminology which can be used to form the basis of relevant standards, regulations and guidelines. We are slowly acquiring a common body of knowledge, experience and information which supports the ongoing development and expansion that is happening within a number of disparate and often unconnected schools of thought.



Like a medical examination, the result of penetration testing to assess your organisation’s IT security is technically only valid at the moment it is performed. Independently of how thorough such ‘pen tests’ are, the context in which they are performed changes on a frequent basis. IT hardware and software vendors release new versions and patches of firmware, operating systems and applications. Hackers invent new attack vectors. Employees come and go, and business partners and suppliers, with whom you collaborate and share information, change too. If the business and IT environment fluctuates so much, why then is it still important to do penetration testing?



Tuesday, 11 August 2015 00:00

Even Security Companies Get Breached

We depend on security companies for several things. First and foremost, to provide the software and tools that help keep our own networks and data secure. Second, to be the front line of the latest security issues; while we may only know some companies by their AV software, most are also involved in research and detection of new vulnerabilities and malware. Third, we expect them to be the shining example of how good security is done.

So what happens when the security companies are the victim?

In July, the announcement came that Bitdefender suffered a data breach, in which a small number of customer usernames and passwords were compromised. According to eSecurity Planet, the breach was caused by human error and outdated software. The article also pointed out that those responsible for the hack are using blackmail – wanting a ransom for the customer data or it gets released (which was done a day or two after the threat).



(TNS) - Each day, freight trains slice through the center of the city at a swift 70 miles an hour, carrying industry goods eastward and westward. With the explosion of heavy train traffic stemming from the Permian Basin oil boom, the threat of rail-related accidents looms larger.

Earlier this summer, a freight train slipped off its tracks in Odessa. Ten rail cars carrying hydraulic fracturing sand derailed and fell sideways along the track. About a week ago, Midland County Fire Marshal Dale Little saw the derailed cars still belly-up, causing him to ask the critical question: “What if that had been oil or a chemical?”

Throughout the past 10 years, 109 hazmat-carrying train cars have been involved in accidents, according to data rail lines report to the Federal Railroad Administration. In that same period, five instances of derailments have been reported inside Ector County. To the east, in Howard County, 54 cars carrying hazardous materials have been involved in accidents with six instances of derailments in the last decade, according to federal data.