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Integrated architecture has already been deployed for one of the top five global service providers worldwide

 

MILAN, Italy – Italtel, a leading telecommunications company in Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), managed services and all-IP communication, and Telarix, a market leader in interconnect business optimization solutions, today announced they have jointly defined a complete end-to-end solution for controlling large networks.

 

The solution integrates Telarix’s wholesale business automation suite iXTools and Italtel’s centralized routing and policy server i-RPS to enable easy provisioning of complex services, accelerated network deployment and reduced operating costs.

 

By simplifying the business environment, the solution allows all departments, from engineering to sales and audit, to integrate more effectively via Telarix’s tools and practices, while network integration complexity is reduced through Italtel’s products, network competences and network knowledge.

 

“Our partnership with Italtel combines two platforms to provide an end-to-end architecture for complex networks,” said Luciano Garavaglia, VP of Global Channels at Telarix. “Different routing and policy rules, minimized cost routing, massive provisioning and standard intelligent network services, whether integrated or triggering the external Service Control Point (SCP), are a subset of all the services that can all be managed within one solution as a result of this.”

 

Italtel’s i-RPS routing and policy server can be applied to all types of networks, including IMS, Next Generation, fixed or mobile, and uses a centralized function to collect and compute the required data to provide routing and policies based on a service provider’s requirements, accelerating time-to-market and placing its users at the forefront of the telecommunications industry.

 

Italtel CEO Stefano Pileri said: “We are extremely satisfied with the partnership with Telarix. By leveraging our complementary expertise, we can meet service providers’ needs for network interoperability and control, as well as reducing operating expense through pre-integrated routing models and quick time-to-market implementation.”

Italtel designs and provides All IP communication solutions; Managed Services; IT System Integration Services; Network Integration and Migration activities. Italtel is present in several countries in EMEA and LatAm. www.italtel.com.

Telarix - With a community of over 4,000 carriers, Telarix is the de-facto standard in electronic information exchange. Every day, we empower our clients with wholesale billing, business intelligence, fraud management, least-cost routing and partner settlement solutions. www.telarix.com.

Global Report Shows Nearly Half of Businesses Experienced Migration Failure, 70% Do Not Calculate Average Cost of Downtime Delaying Critical Business Decisions

IRVINE, Calif. – Vision Solutions Inc., a leading provider of disaster recovery, high availability and migration software and services, revealed major findings in its 2016 State of Resilience Report. The study provides a global look at today's migration, HA/DR, cloud, and data sharing trends. This year, the report also includes professional services insights, including a list of the challenges IT leaders face when aligning their strategies with the goals of their organization. Primary challenges reported are protecting and recovering growing volumes of data, how best to leverage the cloud, and how to minimize the rate of failed migrations, which continues to trend upward.

The comprehensive study features candid responses from more than 2,000 CTOs, CIOs and other IT leaders. To recognize the importance of globalization, the 2016 report includes regional comparisons between North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. 

Highlights of the 2016 State of Resilience Report include:

  • Despite advancing technology, almost half of global IT leaders experienced a migration failure; moreover, the percentage of organizations that had a migration failure increased by more than 20 percent between 2014 and 2015
  • 70 percent of IT professionals worldwide reported they did not calculate the estimated cost of migration downtime
  • Globally, 85 percent of professionals said they either had no recovery plan or were less than 100 percent confident their recovery plan was complete
  • Even though some companies have implemented better HA/DR plans, respondents reported more data loss than the previous year, illustrating the pace at which databases are growing is eclipsing the implementation of more effective HA/DR solutions
  • Use of hardware-based storage solutions and software-based storage solutions were evenly split among global respondents (35 percent each)
  • 25 percent of IT professionals said their future plans for data protection will include third-party services such as managed services, cloud, and DRaaS
  • When migrations fail, over half (58 percent) of Latin American IT professionals incur greater than expected downtime, compared to 42 percent in North America and just over a third (38 percent) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa
  • 70 percent of IT professionals are concerned there may be inconsistent information stored in different databases within their organization, delaying critical decisions and misusing valuable time

"Even one imbalance in the IT system -- which includes data, applications, hardware, networks, external vendor software and partners -- can be the tipping point between an organization's success and failure," said Alan Arnold, Vision Solutions executive vice president and chief technology officer. "In a world where data insights lead business growth, it's essential that IT leaders take a close look and identify the best tools and solutions to ensure resilience."

Overall, Vision Solutions' 2016 State of Resilience Report sheds light on the "must haves" for IT leaders to maintain a competitive edge in a world where technology is quickly advancing. True resilience calls for IT leaders to realistically and creatively address the challenges of migration, HA/DR, cloud, and outsourcing in an "always on" environment. If an IT leader cannot be nimble and react quickly, they risk both the health of their data strategy and the health of the business.

Download the complete 2016 State of Resilience Report to read more about how today's IT leaders are addressing their IT systems in balance with the business.

About Vision Solutions (www.visionsolutions.com)
Vision Solutions is the premier provider of software solutions designed to protect data, minimize downtime and maximize resources for the modern data center. It is the only company to deliver migrations, high availability, disaster recovery and data sharing across multiple operating systems, on any storage platform and in any physical, virtual or cloud environment. Its solutions perform near-zero downtime migration of data, applications and servers. It utilizes real-time replication to prevent data loss. And its software enables different database platforms to seamlessly share and consolidate data in real-time. Vision Solutions has been serving enterprises and managed service providers for over 25 years through our portfolio of Double-Take®, MIMIX® and iTERA® product brands. 

 

New VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 Enables All-Flash Hyper-Converged Solutions for as Low as $1/Usable GB With New Data Deduplication, Data Compression and Erasure Coding Capabilities; Updated Virtual SAN Ready Nodes Feature New Licensing, Pre-Installed Software and Support Options

PALO ALTO, Calif. – VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, today advanced its enterprise-proven, hyper-converged software with a new release of VMware Virtual SAN™. VMware is a leader in hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) software having sold to more than 3,000 customers in 21 months since the initial release of Virtual SAN.

As the optimal foundation for the software-defined data center, HCI systems are the fastest growing converged or integrated systems (1), and are expected to grow to $1.5 billion in revenues in 2016, according to IDC. (2) Combining software-defined compute, storage and networking capabilities with off-the-shelf x86 hardware, HCI systems simplify IT operations and increase performance while lowering IT capital and operating expenditures.

VMware's hyper-converged software, consisting of VMware vSphere®, Virtual SAN and vCenter Server™ transforms x86 servers and direct-attached storage into simple and robust HCI systems that help organizations reduce IT costs and management complexity while achieving breakthrough performance. In conjunction with its expansive partner ecosystem, VMware offers its hyper-converged software on the broadest set of consumption options from turnkey HCI appliances developed jointly by VMware and EMC to certified platforms in the form of VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes available from 11 OEMs.

"VMware's hyper-converged software is gaining customer traction due to its simple, cost-effective and high-performance architecture that enables customers to rapidly and predictably deliver infrastructure to meet business needs," said Yanbing Li, senior vice president and general manager, Storage and Availability Business Unit, VMware. "We anticipate that today's launch of VMware Virtual SAN 6.2, which delivers up to 10x greater storage efficiency, will further accelerate customer interest in hyper-converged infrastructure powered by VMware software to build out their software-defined data centers."

VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 Data Efficiency Features Increase Storage Efficiency by Up to 10x 

VMware continues to rapidly evolve its hyper-converged software with VMware Virtual SAN 6.2, the fourth-generation of VMware's simple, enterprise-grade native storage for vSphere. This latest release introduces new advanced data efficiency capabilities for all-flash storage, in addition to new Quality of Service and performance and capacity monitoring capabilities. The new features will help customers to achieve a more cost-efficient performance, improve support for any application and accelerate time-to- value. With its new data efficiency capabilities, VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 will enable an all-flash HCI system for as low as a $1 per usable GB (3) and increases storage efficiency by up to 10x. (4)

New features will include:

  • Deduplication and compression: Deduplication and compression optimizes all-flash storage capacity to provide as much as 7x data reduction with minimal impact on CPU and memory overhead.
  • Erasure Coding (RAID 5/RAID 6): Erasure Coding helps increase usable storage capacity by up to 2x while maintaining the same high level of data resiliency.
  • Quality of Service (QoS): New QoS capabilities will provide increased visibility, control and reporting of the IOPS consumed by each virtual machine helping to eliminate noisy neighbors.
  • Enhanced performance, capacity, and health monitoring: New features in the unified management plane make it easier for all customers to predictably realize the benefits of HCI systems powered by VMware Virtual SAN.

VMware Virtual SAN is designed to be the optimal storage solution for VMware vSphere virtual machines. The software enables core storage services for virtualized production environments, with greater performance, scalability, flexibility, and lower latency and cost. Featuring storage policy-based management, VMware Virtual SAN shifts the management model for storage from the device to the application, enabling administrators to provision storage for applications in minutes. VMware Virtual SAN is ideal for a range of use cases including business-critical applications, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), remote office/branch office (ROBO), and test and development environments.

Extended Virtual SAN Ready Nodes to Ease Customer Procurement, Support and Deployment

In conjunction with the introduction of VMware Virtual SAN 6.2, VMware is unveiling extensions to VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes (pre-certified configurations of servers) through its OEM partners. To date, VMware has partnered with 11 server OEMs to deliver more than 100 systems certified to run VMware's hyper-converged software.

New extensions to the VMware Virtual SAN Ready Node program will provide OEM partners with the option to factory install VMware vSphere and VMware Virtual SAN with certified drivers and firmware to simplify day-one operations and accelerate customer time-to-value. Fujitsu, Hitachi Data Systems and Supermicro are the initial OEMs to offer these new VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes. These extended VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes can also be bundled with software licenses or can accommodate customer-provided licenses. Additionally, OEM partners have the ability to offer unified support for both hardware and software components.

These extensions will enable VMware and its ecosystem partners to continue to offer customers the broadest selection of consumption models and system configurations. Over time, additional partner Virtual SAN Ready Nodes offerings will be introduced. VMware anticipates further expanding consumption options for its hyper-converged software later this month by partnering closely with EMC to develop a next-generation hyper-converged appliance family that leverages technology from EMC, VMware and VCE.

Read what partners have to say about VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes.

Supporting Quotes

"In the past, we had limited ability to add storage or scale to meet our growing needs. Today with VMware Virtual SAN, I can add more disk on the fly without even thinking about it, and memory upgrades have become a breeze. I'm looking forward to the new Quality of Service capabilities of Virtual SAN 6.2 to allow us to manage performance SLAs for our core business applications including our automation systems, ERP system and databases." - Caleb Holmstrom, Network Administrator, Agropur Ingredients

"Using VMware, we reduced 21 physical servers down to a three-node cluster with local storage based on Virtual SAN. It exponentially increased performance. What used to take our users 30 to 45 minutes to accomplish -- entering grades or scheduling, for instance -- in the old environment, now takes less than five minutes. I'm looking forward to testing the new data efficiency capabilities of VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 on our all-flash storage system." - Kenny Wilder, Director of Network Infrastructure, Fulton County Schools

"As a leading travel website, we support up to 25 million monthly visitors searching through our database of 634,000 hotels. Through VMware partner PlusServer, we use VMware Virtual SAN for a high performance, resilient and scalable shared storage solution. It ensures our business-critical applications are up-and-running even during the busy summer and winter seasons when we experience a surge of traffic. Working alongside PlusServer, we are keen to explore the new capabilities in order to achieve even more value from VMware's hypervisor-converged storage for VMs." - Frank Rössler, Head of IT Operations, HolidayCheck

"As part of United Utilities overall digital strategy we have made major steps forward with our journey to building a software-defined data center. Taking advantage of hyper-converged infrastructure systems allows us to simplify our operations. VMware Virtual SAN provides us with enterprise-class storage services for our virtualized environments. It seamlessly integrates with vSphere and the entire VMware stack, bringing predictable scalability and high performance. With the latest release of VMware Virtual SAN, VMware continues to innovate and introduce key new features for software defined infrastructures, and that makes our job easier." - Jorge Grifo, Head of Infrastructure Architecture, United Utilities

Pricing and Availability

VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 is expected to become available in Q1 2016. VMware Virtual SAN list price starts at $2,495 per CPU. VMware Virtual SAN for Desktop list price starts at $50 per user.

Partners are expected to deliver new VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes throughout 1H 2016.

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About VMware

VMware is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility. Built on VMware's industry-leading virtualization technology, our solutions deliver a brave new model of IT that is fluid, instant and more secure. Customers can innovate faster by rapidly developing, automatically delivering and more safely consuming any application. With 2015 revenues of $6.6 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding VMware's Virtual SAN 6.2 and Virtual SAN Ready Nodes products, the interoperability of these products with VMware's other products, the potential benefits of these products to customers and OEM partners and VMware's relationship with EMC and VCE. These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in consumer, government and information technology spending; (iii) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into the virtualization software and cloud, end user and mobile computing industries, and new product and marketing initiatives by VMware's competitors; (iv) VMware's customers' ability to transition to new products and computing strategies such as cloud computing, desktop virtualization and the software defined data center; (v) factors that affect timing of license revenue recognition such as product announcements and promotions and beta programs; (vi) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology; (vii) changes in the willingness of customers to enter into longer term licensing and support arrangements; (viii) rapid technological changes in the virtualization software and cloud, end user and mobile computing industries; (ix) changes to product and service development timelines; (x) VMware's relationship with EMC Corporation and EMC's ability to control matters requiring stockholder approval, including the election of VMware's board members and matters relating to EMC's investment in VMware, and any changes that Dell may implement following the completion of the Dell-EMC merger; (xi) VMware's ability to protect its proprietary technology; (xii) VMware's ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (xiii) the unsuccessful integration of acquired companies and assets into VMware; (xiv) disruptions to VMware's business resulting from the pendency of EMC's acquisition by Dell and the potential for loss of VMware customers due to uncertainty that the Dell-EMC transaction could have on VMware's business;(xv) the potential negative impact on VMware's stock price due to any confusion or uncertainty caused by the VMware tracking stock that is expected to be issued by Dell to EMC stockholders in the transaction; (xvi) disruptions resulting from key management changes; (xvii) pending or future stockholder litigation related to the Dell-EMC transaction; (xviii) VMware's ability to implement workforce reductions and other components of the plan in various geographies; (xix) possible changes in the size and components of the expected restructuring charges and cash expenditures; (xx) fluctuating currency exchange rates; (xxi) fluctuations and volatility in VMware's stock price; (xxii) changes in VMware's financial condition; (xxiii) changes in business opportunities and priorities that could cause VMware to consider alternative uses of cash; (xxiv) fluctuations in the level of cash held in the United States that is available for stock repurchases; and (xxv) changes in the dilutive impact in 2016 of shares issuable through VMware's equity compensation programs. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in condition, significance, value and effect as well as other risks detailed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including VMware's most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that VMware may file from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. VMware assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements.

VMware, Virtual SAN, vSphere, vCenter and vCenter Server are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.

  1. IDC Hyperconverged Systems 2015-2019 Forecast, April 2015
  2. IDC Hyperconverged Systems 2015-2019 Forecast, April 2015
  3. VMware Virtual SAN hardware configuration created on Supermicro reseller website: www.thinkmate.com and assumes a 6x storage efficiency based on VMware testing of VDI workloads, December 2015.
  4. Based on internal analysis and comparison to VMware Virtual SAN 6.1, December 2015
New Cohesity Data Platform 2.0 Expands Enterprise Features Such as SMB Protocol Support, Cloud Archive, and Site-to-Site Replication

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Cohesity, the pioneer of hyperconverged secondary storage, today unveiled version 2.0 of its Cohesity Data Platform, which includes important new performance, management, and security features for enterprise customers across a wide range of industries. The Cohesity Data Platform helps customers consolidate secondary storage use cases, such as data protection, test and development, and file services, in a more flexible, efficient, and secure manner. Now, with key 2.0 features, the storage platform includes site-to-site replication, cloud archive, and hardware-accelerated, 256-bit encryption.

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Cohesity's hyperconverged secondary storage platform is the first solution that empowers organizations to overcome the challenges of fragmented data silos caused by the adoption of various point solutions to handle backup, file services, analytics, and other secondary storage use cases. Using the new platform, customers are reducing their storage footprint by over 80 percent and realizing immediate cost efficiencies by starting with backup.

"Cvent delivers enterprise event management technology to customers worldwide, so it's critical to our organization that we can streamline how we manage their data -- and our own," said Cvent Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer Dwayne Sye. "That's why we're choosing the Cohesity hyperconverged storage platform to consolidate multiple use cases, from backing up data to efficiently replicating across multiple sites, ensuring resiliency for both our customer backups and our internal file services."

"Cohesity's hyperconverged solution makes secondary storage dramatically more efficient and easy to manage by consolidating backup, archive, test and development, and replication on a single, scalable platform," said Jim Miller, senior analyst at Enterprise Management Associates. "In addition to lower capital and operational efficiency, version control is simplified when re-purposing data for multiple use cases. And with cloud archive for cold data, Cohesity adds another level of cost-saving opportunity for companies that need to take on increasing storage demands with an intelligent approach."

 "Our unified storage platform is designed with web-scale technology that can handle today's and tomorrow's data growth with infinite scalability and efficient spillover to the public cloud, replacing the monolithic scale-up architectures that have dominated secondary storage for decades," said Cohesity CEO Mohit Aron. "We are continuing our focus on innovation to help our customers manage data sprawl with the first hyperconverged solution that uses flash, compute, and policy-based quality of service to consolidate disaster recovery, test/dev, analytics, and other secondary storage use cases without missing a beat."

With the Cohesity Data Platform, enterprises can combat costly and inefficient data sprawl. Cohesity Data Platform 2.0 includes the following new features:

  • Site-to-Site Replication: Organizations can achieve enterprise-level resiliency with the new capability for site-to-site replication between Cohesity Clusters.
  • SMB Protocol: With support for SMB 3.0, growing file services for your network-attached storage in a simple manner with built-in integration for Microsoft applications and file services is easy.
  • Stronger Security: Hardware-accelerated AES 256-bit FIPS-compatible encryption provides greater data security to meet even the strictest privacy and protection standards for highly regulated federal, financial services, and healthcare organizations.
  • Automated VM Cloning for Test/Dev: To deliver a more streamlined test/dev workflow that repurposes backup data, automated cloning of backup VMs is now available to more quickly spin up zero-space clones.
  • Cloud Enabled: A newly added public cloud archival tier enables organizations to take advantage of the cost efficiencies of the cloud with the option to spill over the least-used data to Google Cloud Storage™ Nearline, Microsoft Azure and Amazon S3, Glacier, cutting on-premises storage costs.

The Cohesity Data Platform 2.0 also provides adaptive throttling of backup streams to minimize the burden on customers' production infrastructure.

The Cohesity Data Platform 2.0 is available now at a starting price of $90,000 (USD). To learn more, please sign up for today's webinar on "Hyperconverging Secondary Storage" or join one of our upcoming lunch-and-learn sessions near you: http://www.cohesity.com/roadshow2016/.

About Cohesity
Cohesity delivers the industry's first hyperconverged secondary storage platform for consolidating your data across backup, test/dev, file services, and in-place analytics, onto an infinitely scalable, intelligent data platform. With Cohesity, customers achieve better business agility with seamless access, storage, and insight into data that is on-premise or in the cloud. For more information, visit www.cohesity.com.

Backup and Archive Target Features Patent-Pending Deduplication, Vendor Agnostic Interoperability, and Object Storage Support

AUSTIN, Texas – Artisan Infrastructure, the leading innovator of cloud infrastructure, cloud management and business continuity solutions, today introduced Neverfail® HybriStor™ data protection appliances through channel partners. The new solution addresses the capacity, performance, and interoperability limitations of competitive products with nearly unlimited capacity expansion, scalable performance, instant local/remote recovery, and a multi-vendor architecture. This vendor agnostic approach uses open standards for connecting to most backup and archive applications using an NFS or CIFS mount. The high performance and cloud-scale product also delivers AES 256-Bit encryption for data security in-flight to meet the most demanding compliance requirements.

"Worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) factory revenues grew 2.2% year-over-year totaling $813.6 million in the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15)," according to the International Data Corporation (IDC Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker . "Total PBBA open systems factory revenue grew 3.8% year-over-year in 3Q15 with revenues totaling $742.4 million while the mainframe market experienced a decline of -12.3% for the same period. Total worldwide PBBA capacity shipped for 3Q15 was just shy of 831 petabytes, an increase of 22.4% year over year."[1]

HybriStor is a next generation data protection solution with PBBA capabilities that meets the most rigorous data recovery requirements of businesses for recovery point objectives (RPOs) and rapid recovery time objectives (RTOs). With nearly unlimited scalability, the solution provides an answer to the problem of explosive data growth which has slowed legacy solutions to a crawl and restricted backup and archive windows for many organizations.

Benefits include:

  • Smaller backup and archive windows, improved recovery times and reduced storage consumption - Offers up to 95% reduced storage data transmission and consumption by deduplicating and compressing data before storing to disk. The result is high performance, low memory demands, and massive improvements in storage efficiency.
  • Improved WAN performance - Reduces WAN consumption by transmitting only globally unique and compressed data over the wire that alleviates the effects of latency, maximizes bandwidth utilization and relieves network congestion.
  • Instant data recovery - InstaCache™ technologies enable automatic data retrieval from cost-efficient deduped storage to high performance SSD storage for local and remote instant data recovery.
  • OpenStack Swift object storage support - Provides a NAS interface and works as a gateway to local OpenStack Swift object storage. Performance can scale-up and capacity can scale-out with deployment of additional object storage nodes.
  • Secure transmission of data - Incorporates advanced, military-grade AES 256-bit encryption for secure transmission of data in-flight.
  • Consistent, familiar, intuitive management - Web UI supports mobile device access and delivers the same user experience across all of them.
  • Industry-standard management interfaces for maximum interoperability - REST APIs enable easy integration with 3rd party management tools. NAS interface with AD/LDAP support provides simple interoperability and centralized user management. Eliminates vendor lock-in with support for most data protection software solutions that use an NFS or CIFS mount.

The HybriStor appliance can be connected locally to direct-attached storage (DAS) or object storage, providing unprecedented RPO and RTO performance. The option to connect to object storage provides significant cost reductions compared to traditional disk or tape, enormous scalability for massive data vaults, and long-term data retention for more reliable recovery.

"The Neverfail HybriStor appliance fills a critical gap in many service provider offerings, allowing them to onboard customers that want to use the cloud but do not want to replace their current data protection software," said George Crump, principal analyst, Storage Switzerland. "Artisan Infrastructure has tailor made the solution for customers that demand performance and efficiency. Its flexible design allows users to leverage their existing backup software investment and choose the hardware platform that best meets their performance, redundancy, and capacity needs."

"With the Artisan Neverfail HybriStor deduplication system in place, we not only reduced our backup and replication times, but also maximized our storage and bandwidth efficiency," said Eric Chen, CEO, ProphetStor Data Services, Inc. "We're also more confident than ever before in our backup and recovery process."

"HybriStor takes performance, capacity, and ease-of-use to the next level, delivering an industry-leading secondary storage solution that rivals any in the industry," said Chin Kuo, SVP of Continuity Solutions, Artisan Infrastructure. "The solution overcomes one of the biggest obstacles in object storage -- performance. By removing this barrier, HybriStor is set to become the new standard in backup and archive storage at a price point that is equally compelling."

Pricing and Availability The Neverfail HybriStor data protection virtual appliance provides customers with up to 100TB of free managed capacity, with an assumed deduplication ratio of 10 to 1 and up to 10TB managed capacity per node. More details can be found at www.artisaninfrastructure.com/hybristor

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Resources: To learn more about Neverfail HybriStor Data Protection Virtual Appliances, visit www.artisaninfrastructure.com/hybristor

About Artisan Infrastructure
Artisan Infrastructure is the leading innovator of cloud infrastructure, cloud management and business continuity solutions that enable solution providers and enterprises to migrate, manage and deliver continuously available cloud applications at the speed of business. Artisan serves managed service providers, global systems integrators, communications providers, telco's, data centers, independent software vendors and enterprises exclusively through the channel. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas with offices in Chicago, New York, Denver, Kansas City, Portland, Edinburgh, Scotland and Cluj, Romania. Artisan operates data centers in the United States and Europe. For more information on Artisan Infrastructure's Cloud Architect™, Neverfail™ and Cornerstone™ solutions, contact the company at 512-600-4300, or http://www.artisaninfrastructure.com. Follow Artisan Infrastructure on Twitter at twitter.com/ArtisanInf

[1] International Data Corporation (IDC), Worldwide Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) Tracker, December, 2015, http://www.idc.com/tracker/showproductinfo.jsp?prod_id=243

SECAUCUS, NJ – Rsam, the industry-leading provider of Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) and Security Operations, Analytics & Reporting (SOAR) solutions, today announced the next generation of its acclaimed platform. Rsam v9 was designed to provide dramatic improvements to the User Experience and advance the ways standard users and executives alike interact with the tool.

Managing, measuring, and prioritizing risk, compliance and security is an increasingly complex endeavor for organizations faced with evolving mandates, shifting priorities, and ballooning volumes of data. While previous generation GRC platforms help address some of these challenges, most organizations have not realized the full value of implementing GRC. This is largely due to lack of user adoption, user engagement and executive reporting. By introducing a unified experience that focuses on usability, mobility and offline functionality, Rsam v9 aims squarely at maximizing participation and expanding the former boundaries of GRC.

"As GRC becomes more of an enterprise-wide initiative, getting the User Experience right is one of the key factors for increased User Engagement. Without it, organizations get limited visibility and value out of a GRC platform," said Vivek Shivananda, CEO of Rsam. "We set out an ambitious goal 18 months ago to not only deliver breathtaking innovation with the UI but also the User Experience in Rsam. I am excited to share that we have successfully achieved these goals in v9 to continue to lead the market."

A Monumental Step Forward for Risk, Compliance and Security Professionals

Coming off the heels of Rsam v8's "Leaders" ranking in Forrester's recent 2016 Governance, Risk, and Compliance Platforms Wave, Rsam v9 pushes the envelope even further. Building on proven technology, Rsam's modular out-of-the-box solutions address the complexity of GRC through the following:

  • Rethinking the GRC User Experience: A wholly re-imagined GRC experience spans across desktop and mobile devices and includes a new cross-platform navigational framework that makes using Rsam as easy as using consumer websites. This empowers users to spend less time managing the GRC tool and more time driving value.
  • World-Class Data Visualization Engine: Interactive and intuitive dashboards allow non-technical users to imagine and realize advanced dashboards on-the-fly providing powerful insight for senior management.
  • ServiceNow® Integration: Real-time, turn-key, bi-directional integration with the industry's leading ticketing / CMDB platform allows our customers to leverage existing investments and information, and to streamline processes to deliver value to the enterprise.

About Rsam

Rsam is the fastest time-to-value GRC, Vendor Risk Management and Security Operations, Analytics & Reporting (SOAR) platform provider with unparalleled flexibility. The Rsam platform allows for companies to leverage out-of-the-box solutions and "Build Your Own" (BYO) applications for a wide range of risk & compliance functional areas, including audit, business continuity management, compliance, enterprise risk, IT risk, incident management, operational risk, policy management, security risk intelligence, security incident response management, vendor risk management, regulatory change management and more. Learn more about Rsam at http://www.rsam.com

Integrated Offering Delivers Industry's First Best-of-Breed Cloud-Native, Multi-Mode Security Solution

WALTHAM, Mass. – CloudLock, the cloud-native CASB and Cloud Cybersecurity Platform, and Zscaler, the Internet security company, today announced a new partnership enabling customers to fully integrate the company's' cloud-native solutions to significantly strengthen their security posture across cloud environments and efficiently identify, as well as eliminate risk-inducing cloud shadow applications regardless of how and where users access them.

"I'm excited to see Zscaler and CloudLock as two leaders in cloud security bringing application risk assessment to a broader audience, increasing both employee awareness and self-support," said Nathan McBride, Senior Vice President and CIO, Innovation Architects at AMAG Pharmaceuticals.

The combined solution delivers unprecedented cyberthreat defense and security control across on-premises and cloud environments, with an integrated cloud security platform.

Zscaler's cloud security platform provides full inline threat protection to guard against cyber attacks, prevent data leakage and enable the safe usage of cloud applications. CloudLock delivers crowdsourced-based application risk scores (CloudLock Community Trust ratings) for more than 101,000 applications, six times as many as any other CASB vendor. With more than 800 subscription-based customers, CloudLock has a larger installed base than any other CASB vendor. The combination of both solutions delivers a unified view into risk attributes for all cloud applications being used within an organization, both on and off-network.

Unlike static, vendor-based application ratings, the integrated solution provides deep and dynamic security policy management and response actions that adjust risk profiles and remediation steps in real-time based on crowdsourced intelligence. These application risk ratings are continually recalibrated based on 1 billion data points ingested daily into CloudLock's patented cybersecurity platform and application behavior from more than 25 million users under management across both organizations.

"CloudLock is one of the leaders in the CASB space and we are excited to partner with them," said Jay Chaudhry, CEO of Zscaler. "Their CASB solution augments our cloud firewall, sandbox and secure web gateway to provide our joint customers with a comprehensive solution to embrace the cloud."

"Zscaler and CloudLock share a common vision of a cloud-native, SaaS-centric cybersecurity world that creates a safe and productive environment for any user," said Gil Zimmermann, CEO and co-founder at CloudLock. "Our partnership with Zscaler is a key initiative to bring full-scale cloud security to our mutual customers and is just the beginning of the innovative projects we have planned together."

For more information, please visit https://www.cloudlock.com/partners/Zscaler

About Zscaler
Zscaler ensures that more than 15 million employees across thousands of enterprises and government organizations worldwide are protected against cyber attacks and data breaches while staying fully compliant with corporate and regulatory policies. Zscaler's award-winning Security-as-a-Service platform delivers a safe and productive Internet experience for every user, from any device and from any location. Zscaler effectively moves security into the Internet backbone, operating in more than 100 data centers around the world and enabling organizations to fully leverage the promise of cloud and mobile computing with unparalleled and uncompromising protection and performance. Zscaler delivers unified, carrier-grade Internet security, advanced persistent threat (APT) protection, data loss prevention, SSL decryption, traffic shaping, policy management and threat intelligence -- all without the need for on-premise hardware, appliances or software. To learn more, visit us at www.zscaler.com.

About CloudLock
CloudLock is the cloud-native CASB and Cloud Cybersecurity Platform that helps organizations securely leverage cloud apps they buy and build. CloudLock delivers security visibility and control for SaaS, IaaS, PaaS and IDaaS environments across the entire enterprise in seconds. Founded by Israeli Elite Cybersecurity Military Intelligence experts, the company delivers actionable cybersecurity intelligence through its data scientist-led CyberLab and crowdsourced security analytics across billions of data points daily. CloudLock has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as the fastest growing security product company in the U.S. and by Glassdoor as one of the top 3 best places to work in the U.S. Learn more at www.cloudlock.com.

CloudLock is registered trademark of Cloudlock, Inc.

Skycure for Exchange Automatically Enforces Mobile Email Security Policies With No Extra Burden to IT

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Skycure, the leader in mobile threat defense, today announced an integration with Microsoft Exchange to automatically protect the intellectual property and sensitive information stored in email. With this integration, Skycure goes into action every time a mobile device undergoes a cyber attack. Email access on mobile provides necessary, but risky, access to sensitive corporate information on both BYOD and corporate-owned devices. Skycure, together with Exchange, can ensure that only risk-free, security-compliant mobile devices can access sensitive organizational resources.

"Email is the number one way enterprises exchange information," said Adi Sharabani, CEO of Skycure. "Private corporate data could be leaving your network without your knowledge through a risky or compromised mobile device. Our goal has always been to create seamless strategies for enterprises to ensure that only security-compliant devices have access to key organizational resources, and email is the most ubiquitous resource."

Microsoft Exchange Server is the leader in on-premise messaging and collaboration, and Office 365 users now match 35 percent of that installed base. By integrating Skycure with Exchange, IT can control whether a risky or compromised device has access to Exchange email resources. Skycure for Exchange calculates a Mobile Threat Risk Score which acts as a credit score to measure the risk of threat exposure for mobile devices. Factors that affect the risk score include: recent threats the devices was exposed to such as network threats or malware, device vulnerabilities, configuration, as well as user behavior. Rankings of High, Medium, Low, and Minimal risk are calculated based on the number, significance, and recency of factors and assigned to the device in real-time.

When a device enters a high-risk zone, Skycure for Exchange can automatically prevent unauthorized users or apps from accessing email with no manual intervention from IT. In addition, Skycure automatically alerts the user that security policy has been violated and provides information for the user to take appropriate action to resolve the threat. IT departments can create granular security and compliance enforcement policies that limit Exchange access by mobile device type, downloaded apps on the device, network the device connects to, or if they have high-severity unpatched vulnerabilities.

"Not only does Skycure for Exchange help us protect the company from mobile threats, it helps us enforce security policy," said Amir Kadar, Director of IT for Ceragon Networks. "We can now easily see which devices are complying with mobile security policy and which aren't. Skycure is so valuable to our organization that any device that does not have Skycure installed is automatically blocked from accessing email -- a feature the Exchange integration makes easy."

Skycure's integration with Exchange doesn't rely on a pre-installed third-party Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution to enforce policy. Skycure for Exchange offers:

  • Automatic detection of new devices accessing the Exchange server
  • Auto-enrollment of those devices without creating any extra burden for IT
  • Detection and reporting on "ghost" mobile devices that were not previously visible to IT
  • The ability to automatically revoke email access for high-risk devices
  • Automatic user notification of mobile threats via email with a time window to resolve the threat
  • Prediction, detection, and prevention against multiple mobile attack vectors - physical, network, malware and vulnerability exploits. 

Deployment of Skycure for Exchange is simple. Mobile Exchange users automatically receive an email directing them to download Skycure from the App Store or Google Play store and login with their existing Exchange ID.

Skycure for Exchange is available now. For more information on Skycure for Exchange, go to: https://www.skycure.com/skycure-for-microsoft-exchange-and-office-365/. For details and to learn more about how Skycure Mobile Threat Defense protects organizations and prevents cyber attacks without compromising the mobile user experience or privacy, visit www.skycure.com.

About Skycure
Skycure is a mobile threat defense company that detects and prevents cyber attacks without compromising the mobile user experience or privacy. Skycure's predictive technology leverages massive crowd knowledge to proactively identify threats and secure mobile devices. Skycure's founders, Adi Sharabani and Yair Amit, have identified some of the most-discussed mobile device vulnerabilities of the past few years. The company has offices in Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, and Ottawa, and is backed by Pitango Venture Capital, Shasta Ventures, New York Life, Mike Weider, Peter McKay, and other strategic investors.

 

  • Avaya SDN Fx architecture replaces legacy network infrastructure
  • The simple, dynamic architecture enables user mobility and increases resiliency of the Treasury's day-to-day systems
  • Network supports IPTV for livestreaming to employees who need to monitor Parliamentary proceedings

 

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – The Australian Federal Government's central economic agency, the Commonwealth Treasury, is using an Avaya software-defined network architecture, SDN Fx, to enable the reliable, day-to-day operation of its department and the production of critical government policy, including the Federal Budget.

With responsibility for informing Australia's macro- and micro-economic future, the Treasury required a means of improving the delivery of services and applications to its ministerial and administrative employees, and running day-to-day systems. Following a comprehensive evaluation of networking technology based on government eligibility criteria, Treasury commenced a staged progression to implement the Avaya SDN Fx architecture to replace its legacy network infrastructure.

Avaya SDN Fx, which is based on Fabric Connect networking technology, introduces a dynamic environment without the complex protocols of traditional architectures, bringing the Treasury significant productivity benefits and operational resilience in the network. Avaya Fabric Connect utilises a single, industry-standard protocol, Shortest Path Bridging (SPB), to provide the simplicity, speed and resiliency required for modern network architectures and the applications that run on them. Avaya SDN Fx enables a single end-to-end service that accelerates network configuration and deployment, and helps provide a seamless transition from legacy environments.

The network also provides reliable access to key applications, such as the Treasury's Budget Management System (BMS) and other economic and tax modelling software, which are critical to its ability to deliver the Budget on time. It also underpins systems such as security services, archiving, VoIP and CCTV/IPTV. The simple architecture of Avaya SDN Fx allows the Treasury to drive these services internally rather than contracting various parties to maintain separate systems across multiple networks.

The initial stages of the implementation have seen the introduction of stable, network-wide IP television (IPTV) to livestream Parliamentary sittings directly to all staff. With multiple agency employees responsible for closely monitoring proceedings, access via the Avaya network accelerates the speed at which Ministers and employees can relay information into the sittings. Prior to the new network, the Treasury experienced a number of outages as its multi-vendor environment struggled to manage hundreds of streams due to the amount of data flowing through the network.

Since the beginning of the Avaya SDN Fx implementation, the Treasury has reduced operational costs and expects return on investment to continue as its small network engineering team is able to roll out new projects and applications quicker. Similarly, the Treasury has increased the productivity of its staff by enabling a mobile workforce that is able to access critical applications without interruption regardless of location.

Quotes:
"As we upgrade to Avaya SDN Fx architecture, we can take on more services, and provide the speed and reliability enabling greater efficiency for our staff in fulfilling their roles. The teams work on strict deadlines, so it's extremely important they can access data and all the resources they need to inform their reports. With these capabilities, we can ensure that critical documents, such as the Budget, are delivered on time."
 Ricardo Alberto, Chief Technology Officer, the Commonwealth Treasury

"When you're in charge of delivering some of the nation's most important documents, you can't afford a lack of availability or any network outages. As the backbone of Australia's economy, the Treasury has responsibility for a large-scale operation that relies on stability. With the installation of Avaya SDN Fx architecture, the Treasury is moving from an inconsistent, multi-vendor experience to a simple and dynamic network architecture, allowing Ministers and employees to engage and collaborate from anywhere, anytime."
 Darren Read, General Manager, Services Australia and New Zealand, Avaya

Tags: Avaya, Avaya SDN Fx, Fabric Connect, fabric networking, mobility, services, virtualisation, applications, government

About Avaya
Avaya is a leading provider of solutions that enable customer and team engagement across multiple channels and devices for better customer experience, increased productivity and enhanced financial performance. Its world-class contact center and unified communications technologies and services are available in a wide variety of flexible on-premises and cloud deployment options that seamlessly integrate with non-Avaya applications. The Avaya Engagement Environment enables third parties to create and customize business applications for competitive advantage. Avaya's fabric-based networking solutions help simplify and accelerate the deployment of business critical applications and services. For more information please visit www.avaya.com.

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World's Largest Multi-Tool Manufacturer Uses Real-Time Analytics and Storage Acceleration to Streamline Data Queries and Compile Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. – PernixData today announced that Leatherman Tool Group, the world's largest manufacturer of high quality multi-tools and inventor of the multi-tool category, has deployed PernixData FVP™ and Architect ™ software to optimize the performance of the company's strategic ERP application. With better storage analytics and performance, Leatherman improved its ability to collect key production data and maximized employee efficiency through lower application wait times.

Leatherman's ERP system (built on Microsoft Dynamics AX) drives all of the transactions in the business, from procurement to raw material purchasing, manufacturing and material flow, order management, shipping and logistics, packaging and more. In Leatherman's data intensive environment, it is key that its systems run at peak capacity so that its teams can adjust performance and adjust processes throughout the facility.

When the company embarked on a project to move from a 20-year old ERP system to Microsoft AX, it quickly realized that the system was too slow for a virtual environment and the severe lag time in development process was proving to be a serious challenge. It was then that Travis Pierce, Leatherman's IT director, came across PernixData while in search of a solution.

"PernixData helped us identify bottlenecks and quickly solved all of the performance problems we had with our ERP system," said Pierce. "We were able to bring compile times from six hours down to 15 minutes, all while adding more efficient storage at a lower cost."

In addition to PernixData FVP, Leatherman also deployed PernixData Architect to gain insight into its organization and get a clear view of how the data is being used.

Architect is a revolutionary software platform for holistic data center design, deployment, operations and optimization. It combines a best-in-class user experience with robust real-time analytics and design recommendations to deliver unprecedented visibility and control of virtualized applications and the underlying storage infrastructure.

"A lot of the tools that we use today are very convoluted and hard to understand," said Pierce. "PernixData Architect puts that all together in one easy to use interface. We can now see what's happening as far as our read and write per virtual machine, all the way down to the block size level."

"We are very pleased with PernixData. We wouldn't install a virtual system here without it," concluded Pierce.

To learn more, please watch the full Leatherman video: http://bit.ly/20Cdkc6

About PernixData®
PernixData software brings scale-out performance and management to any storage environment, maximizing the responsiveness of virtualized applications while minimizing infrastructure costs.

Based in San Jose, California, PernixData was founded by virtualization and storage experts and backed by industry luminaries in the software space. For more information, please visit www.pernixdata.com and follow us on Twitter @PernixData.

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