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New Simultaneous File Transfer Capability in the Perforce Versioning Engine Improves Workflows for Both Developers and DevOps

Key Points:

  • Parallel Sync enables simultaneous transfer of multiple files within a P4D environment, maximising available CPU and network resources
  • The new capability can improve workspace sync time by nearly 50 percent in cross-continent transfers of large file sets
  • Faster, more performant source code management environment benefits both developers and DevOps

WOKINGHAM, UKPerforce Software today announced the addition of a new version management capability that increases productivity across the development pipeline. By boosting the P4 sync function of P4D, Parallel Sync allows users to transfer multiple files simultaneously and significantly reduce overall workspace sync times.

P4 sync is the primary command for transferring updated files between a versioning depot and the development workspace—the first step in any development pipeline. The new Parallel Sync capability better leverages CPU and network resources on modern development machines and enables the system to transfer multiple files simultaneously via the P4 sync command. This results in faster workspace creation for developers as well as automation tools, allowing teams to complete tasks faster.

Parallel Sync is especially beneficial for teams practicing Continuous Delivery in highly automated environments where Continuous Integration processes must obtain the latest code changes ahead of every test. Faster transfer of changes at each step of the Continuous Delivery pipeline speeds up the entire build-to-deploy process without any new investments.

As projects grow in size and span multiple locations, Parallel Sync also helps teams maintain streamlined workflows by speeding up file transfers and large workspace refreshes across the WAN. In a test involving a cross-continent transfer of large file sets, Parallel Sync cut sync times by nearly 50 percent.

“Our customers continue to automate their development pipelines in order to release better products faster,” said Murtaza Amiji, director of product management at Perforce. “Parallel Sync offers a tremendous advantage to companies with highly automated environments and hundreds of thousands of files. We’ve seen significant productivity and performance improvements in these environments.”

Parallel Sync and Perforce’s federated versioning architecture, also announced today, are available immediately in the latest release of P4D.

Unitrends Virtual Backup 8.0 simplifies data protection for vSphere, XenServer and Hyper-V and boosts backup performance for half the TCO of competing products

burlington, Mass.Unitrends, the industry’s fastest-growing multi-environment data protection and disaster recovery company, today announced the availability of Unitrends Virtual Backup (UVB) 8.0, the only purpose-built virtual appliance providing hypervisor-level protection for VMware®, Microsoft® and Citrix®. Formerly known as PHD Virtual Backup, this Unitrends product release features performance and management enhancements that radically simplify virtual data protection, speed backup and recovery, and allow organizations to back up entire multi-hypervisor environments in just four mouse clicks. With UVB 8.0, backup and recovery can be performed up to 20 times faster, using 66 percent less storage space and 75 percent less virtual resources than competing systems—at the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership.

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Simple, Yet Sophisticated Virtual Data Protection

UVB 8.0 delivers more than 140 enhancements that provide unequaled ease-of-use and major boosts to backup, archiving and replication performance, including up to eight times faster offsite backups. Featuring patent-pending Hyper-V backup capabilities, UVB 8.0 performs backups 50 times faster than the free edition, and with unsurpassed reliability.

This new release also introduces a new, polished Web-based user interface (UI) as well as Unitrends’ Intelligent Optimization™, built-in intelligence based on industry best practices that automatically optimizes every step in the backup and recovery process, from expediting installation and daily backup management to full site recovery. UVB’s unified Web-based management capabilities and single dashboard enable organizations to assess entire onsite and offsite backup environments at-a-glance.

“The Unitrends Virtual Backup 8.0 interface is vastly superior to anything else on the market we tested. It’s smooth and seamless and gives you instant visibility into the virtual machine protection status of your environment, but also lets you drill down for more detail,” said Darren Boeck, IT manager, Mcneilus Steel, Inc. “Creating ad hoc backups is a requirement in our environment and Unitrends Virtual Backup makes it simple. Backup performance is rock solid, and in our tests, Unitrends recovered virtual machines twice as fast as Veeam.”

Automated, Reliable Recovery in Seconds

Beyond equipping organizations with full-featured, high-performance backup, UVB 8.0 enables them to cost-effectively guarantee recovery within their service level agreements. The virtual appliance gives customers the ability to restore data to production 20 times faster than competing products with rollback recovery, while its instant recovery capabilities enable them to get up and running in only seconds.

Accordingly to Robert Murphy, senior systems engineer, Volusion: “Unitrends Virtual Backup is highly effective in protecting our expansive virtual environment and the new version 8.0 is even better. With thousands of customers on our e-commerce platform, availability and quick recovery are top priorities. Recovery is lightning fast with Unitrends Virtual Backup 8.0. In fact, many times it’s easier and faster to recover rather than troubleshoot. I also love the Quick Start feature, which automatically optimizes deployment based on your environment type and size. This is a great product and great release.”

“Unitrends Virtual Backup 8.0 helps small to mid-sized enterprises easily and affordably overcome the hurdles of protecting increasingly complex virtual environments,” said Joe Noonan, senior product manager, Unitrends. “This release is yet another key deliverable in our overall strategy to provide organizations with flexible, agile solutions that extend well beyond data backup to applications, systems and infrastructure. We are 100 percent focused on the real end-game for our customers—recovery and business continuity.”


Pricing and Availability

UVB 8.0 is available through direct sales as well as channel partners. Pricing starts as low as $625 for two sockets. The product is also offered as part of the Unitrends Certified Recovery Suite™,a bundled software package that gives enterprises the flexibility to select the perfect solutions set for their specific physical and virtual backup, archiving and disaster recovery needs at a single, all-inclusive price. For more information, please visit www.unitrends.com.


About Unitrends

Unitrends provides physical, virtual and cloud-based protection and recovery for every organization’s most valuable assets: its data and applications. Supported by a “crazy-committed” customer service model based on engagement, experience and excellence, the company consistently achieves a 98 percent customer satisfaction rating and helps everyone play IT safe by delivering the best cost-to-value ratio in the data protection industry. Visit www.unitrends.com.

After potentially serious back-to-back laboratory accidents, federal health officials announced Friday that they had temporarily closed the flu and anthrax laboratories at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and halted shipments of all infectious agents from the agency’s highest-security labs.

The accidents, and the C.D.C.’s emphatic response to them, could have important consequences for the many laboratories that store high-risk agents and the few that, even more controversially, specialize in making them more dangerous for research purposes.

If the C.D.C. — which the agency’s director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, called “the reference laboratory to the world” — had multiple accidents that could, in theory, have killed both staff members and people outside, there will undoubtedly be calls for stricter controls on other university, military and private laboratories.



I wouldn’t normally write about sports on this blog …or at all, really, but here’s an unexpected development: Today, famed statistician and data geek Nate Silver revealed that he and his company, FiveThirtyEight, ran a data analysis on whether LeBron James should stay with Miami or move to Cleveland.

It may seem like an unusual mix, but sports is actually Silver’s original stomping ground. He first made a name for himself by developing the Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm, a system for forecasting Major League Baseball player performance.

As you might expect, the results are a bit controversial. After all, this is the man who gave us “No, really, your polls are wrong about Mitt Romney winning.”



Things just keep getting curiouser and curiouser in the data center industry.

If it feels like enterprise IT has fallen down the rabbit hole in this age of virtualization and cloud, well, it looks like we’re just getting started. But not all the changes are taking place on the abstract, architectural level. The data center itself is undergoing substantial physical changes as organizations look for innovative ways to boost data productivity while lowering costs.

Examples abound of data centers being built in extreme climates where they can take advantage of naturally cold air or steady winds, but lately it seems that building designs themselves are starting to push an array of unusual envelopes. Take, for example, Foxconn’s latest “green-tunnel” data center, which is literally built inside a long tunnel within the Guiyang industrial park in China. The facility holds up to 12 containerized data centers each packing 504 servers. By leveraging conditions like wind speed and direction, as well as temperature, humidity and geology, the facility is expected to cut power consumption by a third.



It’s hard to wrap your mind around the fact that someone would enter a school building and declare open season on kids. It’s even harder to determine a strategy for how to mitigate that. There’s a growing catalog of “solutions” to help with the problem.

There are a number of trainings available, including the Run, Hide, Fight video and ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training; there’s the mental health issue; the gun issue; there are myriad solutions — buzzers, cameras, locks, bulletproof desk tops — and we discuss some of these and their relative merits in Active Shooter Mirage (renamed Are Schools Focusing Too Much on the Active Shooter Scenario? for online publication).

It seems school districts are grasping at straws, trying to come up with a fix, including investing millions in some cases on security measures like cameras, which by themselves won’t stop a gunman bent on destruction.



The Business Continuity Institute is delighted to be named Most Respected Training Resource of 2014 at the prestigious Business Excellence Awards.

Voted for by a worldwide network of professionals, advisers, clients, peers and business insiders, the Acquisition International Business Excellence Awards celebrate the individuals and organizations whose commitment to excellence sees them exceeding clients’ expectations on a daily basis while setting the bar for others in their industry. They are given to only the most deserving businesses, departments and individuals who have consistently demonstrated outstanding innovation, performance and commitment to their business or clients over the past 12 months and who have received independent nominations from their clients or industry peers.

Deborah Higgins, Head of Learning and Development at the BCI, said: “To be named Most Respected Training Resource of 2014 is a wonderful recognition of the dedicated and coordinated effort from BCI staff, BCI volunteers and the network of BCI Training Partners and Instructors who have invested in developing and delivering a world class learning experience. Winning this Award will spur us all on to continue providing the highest levels of service and meet the challenges of accessing new and developing markets and promoting the profession of business continuity.”

Speaking about the awards, AI Global Media awards coordinator Siobhan Hanley said: “Our Business Excellence Awards are quickly becoming one of our most popular, with businesses all over the globe eager to showcase the amazing work they’ve been doing to achieve stellar results for their clients while really setting the standards for what can be achieved in their sector. We’re proud to be able to showcase some of the most innovative and committed organizations from across the business world and the winners can be rightly proud of the game-changing work they’ve been doing over the past 12 months.”

To find out exactly which businesses have gone above and beyond this year, achieving outstanding results for their clients while demonstrating unwavering commitment to providing the best possible service, visit the AI website where you can view the winner’s supplement.

Based in Caversham, United Kingdom, the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) was established in 1994 to promote the art and science of business continuity worldwide and to assist organizations in preparing for and surviving minor and large-scale man-made and natural disasters.  The Institute enables members to obtain guidance and support from their fellow practitioners and offers professional training and certification programmes to disseminate and validate the highest standards of competence and ethics.  It has circa 8,000 members in more than 100 countries, who are active in an estimated 3,000 organizations in private, public and third sectors.

For more information go to: www.thebci.org

Attenda is one of the UK’s leading managed services and cloud platform providers, helping UK midmarket organisations to manage and safeguard the availability of their critical business applications. The company has 270-plus employees, who service clients from its head office in Staines and a regional office in Caerphilly, Wales. Attenda operates three datacentres in the UK; including one in Farnborough in partnership with its sister company, Datum Datacentres, which specialises in co-location services.

Since its inception in 1997, Attenda has enjoyed consistent year-on-year growth of 15 percent; and it continues to focus on achieving organic growth by providing exceptional services to its expanding client base.

Protecting clients’ IT environments

Attenda is responsible for managing a diverse range of business critical IT environments on behalf of its clients, including both physical and virtual devices from a variety of vendors. Although each of these clients has a unique set of business requirements and IT systems under management, Attenda must be able to guarantee the same consistent high service levels. Effective patch management processes are crucial to protecting client servers from existing vulnerabilities and emerging threats.

“If client environments are not updated in a timely manner, with the latest approved patches, business continuity could be at risk,” says Richard Booth, Technical Operations Manager at Attenda. “As many of our clients are Internet-based companies, this could quickly impact their profitability — and both of our reputations.”

He adds, “Best-practice patch management is also important for monitoring the software running on client devices and meeting our collective ISO standards certifications for security, quality, IT service management, and business continuity.”

Agent-free patch management

Attenda has been using Shavlik® Protect to safeguard its own and clients’ devices since 2007. “We’ve kept abreast of the patch management tools available on the market, and the Shavlik solution continues to offer the best functionality and value,” comments Booth.

Shavlik reseller Satisnet manages the Attenda account. Nicola Garrett, Customer Account Manager at Satisnet comments: “The Shavlik solution is well suited to Attenda’s operational process needs. Organisations often come to us looking for a solution that can help them to protect client devices from potential vulnerabilities. By ensuring that all software is fully operational, Attenda can differentiate its service offering, whilst providing clients with enhanced security for their servers.”

Unlike other solutions, Shavlik Protect provides Attenda with the flexibility to manage patches with or without agents. This agent-free capability is an important factor, as some clients prefer not to have agents installed on their servers. It also means that the device CPU is not being utilised, so there is no impact on server performance.

The Shavlik solution allows Attenda to see at a glance the different patches that have been released by vendors and evaluate, test, and deploy them to clients’ environments in a controlled manner.

Shavlik Protect is integrated with Attenda’s proprietary monitoring and management platform, Attenda M.O. thus preventing unnecessary alerts being raised during the patching process. As well as safeguarding the security of existing servers, the solution helps to ensure that new servers are always provisioned with the latest patches.

Driving greater efficiency with automation

Some 30 to 40 Attenda employees use Shavlik Protect on a regular basis; the solution is highly intuitive, so training is quick and easy to deliver. These users include the administration team, who schedule patching during the day, leaving night shift engineers able to focus on more technical activities.

“We’ve saved 40 engineer hours a month by automating patch management,” affirms Booth.

“Through using the solution we have been able to make better use of our resources, provide clients with accurate security inventories; and reduce the risk of human error.” Booth concludes: “Using Shavlik Protect makes us more efficient, which means we can offer more value, whilst providing our clients’ with peace of mind about the security of their servers and cloud services provision.”

About Shavlik

Shavlik is a pioneer in agentless patch management and a leader in innovative systems security and management solutions. Since 1993, Shavlik has been at the forefront of patch management, first by providing the only third-party patch management to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager customers and later asserting industry leadership in the patching of virtual machines. Its products and solutions include Shavlik Protect, Shavlik Patch for Microsoft System Center, and Management Intelligence. Shavlik’s “Just Add Water and Stir” approach allows customers to get up and running in as little as 30 minutes.

Visit www.shavlik.com for more information.

RestartIT Honored for Cloud-Based Data Backup Innovation

BATON ROUGE, La. – Venyu, a leader in business continuitycloud-based virtualization, and battle-tested data recovery, today announced thatTMC, a global, integrated media company, has named RestartIT® as a 2014 Cloud Computing Excellence Award winner. RestartIT is Venyu’s disaster recovery solution, customized to fit a client’s RTO (recovery time objective). RestartIT’s RTO can be anywhere between 12-24hrs for RestartIT+ to nearly instantly with Venyu’s newest innovation: RestartIT+VM.

The Cloud Computing Excellence Award, presented byCloud Computing Magazine, recognizes companies that have most effectively leveraged cloud computing in their efforts to bring new, differentiated offerings to market. Venyu’s RestartIT was selected by the magazine after the panel of judges reviewed the company’s well-documented data backup and recovery case study--Stonetrust Commerical Insurance.

“Venyu is providing Stonetrust with the ability to eliminate data outages because information is always backed up and accessible--24x7--within our secure data centers,” said Scott Thompson, CEO, Venyu. “We are honored that RestartIT was chosen as a 2014 Cloud Computing Excellence award winner.”

The insurance company chose Venyu to provide managed hosting services and cloud-based data backup to support their business operations. Venyu helped the company save more than $50,000 by eliminating costly IT capital upgrades as well as hiring additional IT support staff to manage a larger, in-house data center. As an essential element of any disaster recovery plan, Venyu’s data backup automatically saves all data changes, while securing information in the company's commercial-grade data centers.  

“Recognizing leaders in the advancement of cloud computing, TMC is proud to announce Venyu as a recipient of the Fourth Annual Cloud Computing Excellence Award,” saidRich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “Venyu is being honored for their achievement in bringing innovation and excellence to the market, while leveraging the latest technology trends.”           

The results of the 2014 Cloud Computing Excellence Award were announced viapress release and will be published in Cloud Computing Magazine.

About Venyu

Venyu is a premier provider of data center, managed hosting, cloud, virtualization and data protection solutions. By leveraging Venyu's portfolio of innovative, ROI-focused solutions, including VenyuCloud and RestartIT, within secure, highly available data centers, organizations can reduce IT costs while increasing security and scalability. For more information about Venyu and its industry-leading offerings, please visit www.venyu.comYour Data Made Invincible™.

About TMC

TMC is a global, integrated media company that supports clients' goals by building communities in print, online, and face to face. TMC publishes multiple magazines includingCloud Computing,M2M Evolution,Customer, andInternet Telephony.TMCnet is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries, and is read by as many as 1.5 million unique visitors monthly. TMC produces a variety of trade events, includingITEXPO, the world's leading business technology event, as well as industry events: Asterisk World; AstriCon; ChannelVision (CVx) Expo; Cloud4SMB Expo; Customer Experience (CX) Hot Trends Symposium; DevCon5 - HTML5 & Mobile App Developer Conference; LatinComm Conference and Expo; M2M Evolution Conference & Expo; Mobile Payment Conference; Software Telco Congress, StartupCamp; Super Wi-Fi & Shared Spectrum Summit; SIP Trunking-Unified Communications Seminars; Wearable Tech Conference & Expo; WebRTC Conference & Expo III; and more. For more information about TMC, visitwww.tmcnet.com.

Transaction Creates Trucking Industry Market Leader in Data Processing & Management 

DALLAS — Blackhill Partners, an investment bank and corporate advisor specializing in complex situations, represented Xerox Corporation in its sale of TripPak to Pegasus TransTech.  

TripPak is a major provider of document management, invoicing and other products and services for the transportation industry under the brand names TripPak SERVICES ™ and ACS Advertising.  Pegasus TransTech delivers business solutions that streamline document capture and transmission, billing, collections, payroll and other revenue-cycle processes for the transportation and logistics industries.

The combined company will now provide revenue-cycle and data management solutions for over 3,000 truck fleets and third-party logistics customers.

"The market dynamics are very competitive right now, and they’re creating an attractive environment for divesting assets that don’t fit an organization’s strategic objectives,” said Jeff Jones, Managing Director of Blackhill Partners. “Our corporate clients continue to realize full valuations by divesting business units that don’t align with their long-term goals."

Along with Jones, the Blackhill team included Lance Gurley, Vice President; and Joel Brown, Associate.

About Blackhill Partners
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Blackhill Partners, LLC is an investment bank and corporate advisor specializing in complex situations. Blackhill’s professionals have advised on over $40 billion of mergers, acquisitions, financings and restructurings across a broad range of industries, with particular depth in energy and industrial businesses. www.bhpllc.com

About Xerox
Since the invention of Xerography more than 75 years ago, the people of Xerox (NYSE: XRX) have helped businesses simplify the way work gets done. Today, Xerox is the global leader in business process and document management, helping organizations of any size be more efficient so they can focus on their real business. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., more than 140,000 Xerox employees serve clients in 160 countries, providing business services, printing equipment and software for commercial and government organizations. Learn more at www.xerox.com.