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DURHAM, NC – Principled Technologies (PT) tested the Dell PowerEdge R930 in many different configurations, measuring the system's capabilities with three representative resource-intensive workloads. PT found that the PowerEdge R930 delivered strong performance for enterprise applications, which can help upgrade, virtualize, and consolidate your datacenter.

To learn more about the customizable Dell PowerEdge R930, read the report at facts.pt/1JPYgfU and see the infographic at facts.pt/1L8DThX.

About Principled Technologies, Inc.

Principled Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of technology marketing and learning & development services.

Principled Technologies, Inc. is located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. For more information, please visit www.principledtechnologies.com.

Big Data Analytics Application Uniquely Spans Network, Care and Business Systems to Uncover, Predict & Automatically Remediate Network Impacting Events With Unprecedented Speed and Agility

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Guavus, Inc., a leading provider of big data analytics applications for operational intelligence, today announced the launch of Service Reflex 3: a big data analytics application that enables Service Providers to dynamically improve service quality and enhance customer experience by ingesting, fusing and contextualizing network impacting events with subscriber data in real time. With the launch of Service Reflex 3, Guavus is creating a new category of service operations that combines network, care and field operations data to provide a holistic view of the service and customer experience.

The application uniquely bridges the gap between Operation Support Systems (OSS) and Billing Support Systems (BSS), helping to: improve operations, reduce the cost of customer care and deliver an enhanced quality of experience. While traditional vendors have approached technical challenges from a line of business perspective -- for example, by focusing on billing or operations as a separate business entity -- Guavus' data-agnostic approach enables it to ingest and correlate data from multiple systems. By correlating and contextualizing this data in real-time, Guavus is able to support a range of different stakeholders, in a modular way, across the enterprise to anticipate, address and prevent subscriber-impacting problems in a way that was previously not possible.

By providing a holistic analytics layer across care, network and field operations, Service Reflex 3:

  • Removes the barrier to operationalizing data that has traditionally sat in silos, helping to reduce mean time to knowing if a subscriber-impacting issue is occurring and understanding the key drivers
  • Automates remediation, such as device reboots, call deflections and truck roll cancelations
  • Monitors and measures the service experience at an unprecedented granular network level and enables Service Providers to respond to an individual's quality of experience in a more proactive and real-time manner

New key innovations in Service Reflex 3 include support for:

  • Actionable analytics: Anomaly detection, root cause analysis and commonality correlation to uncover previously undetectable, small-scale issues while reducing false negatives and non-service impacting alarms
  • Health maps: Geographical representation of anomalies allows users to drill-down into root cause context for areas with abnormally high care and network-based events
  • Improved segmentation for ad hoc analysis on cloud-based services: Real-time insights to continually improve change management processes and reduce testing time from days to hours
  • Seamless integration with third- party incident management and trouble ticketing systems: Delivers a closed loop application for automated remediation for planned service upgrades, definition scope and change management based on anomaly detection
  • Performance monitoring: Identifies the impact of outage & maintenance events, software upgrades, etc. on customers and quickly sends alerts for high impact events
  • Workforce management & field operations: Provides a holistic view of network and care events and identifies when issues can be corrected at the network level to eliminate unnecessary, costly truck rolls; allows technicians to more efficiently address in-home issues the first time and reduce repeat visits; and delivers key insights into technician performance for KPIs, such as on-time rate, in-home test successes and repeat issue rates

"This is about more than an application; it is an entirely new way of creating a data-driven environment for connecting business outcomes, improving technology planning and delivering great customer experiences," said Anukool Lakhina, CEO and Founder for Guavus. "Service Providers need a new service architecture that can correlate and fuse data across the entire network -- Service Reflex 3 offers these capabilities and provides the foundation for analytics-driven networks of the future."

About Guavus

Guavus solves the world's most complex data problems. Proven across Fortune 500 enterprises, Guavus provides a new generation of analytically powered big data applications to address specific business problems for next-generation service assurance, next-generation customer experience management and the Internet of Things. The Company uniquely breaks down the barriers between Operational Support Systems and Business Support Systems to enable customers to more efficiently plan network capacity, improve service operations and deliver a better customer experience. Guavus' operational intelligence applications correlate and analyze massive amounts of streaming and stored business, operational and sensor data from multiple, disparate source systems in real time. Guavus products currently process more than two Trillion transactions per day.

Protects Merit Members From Phishing Attacks and Data Breaches

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Merit Network, a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan's public universities, and Duo Security, a cloud-based access security provider protecting the world's largest and fastest-growing companies, today announces that they have partnered to help higher education, K-12 and its members stop data breaches and phishing attacks using two-factor authentication.

"We're proud to offer our easy and effective two-factor solution to Merit Network members," said Dug Song, CEO and co-founder of Duo Security. "While phishing attacks are nothing new in the education community, we've modernized multifactor authentication so that it's easy for faculty and staff as well as administrators. We're looking forward to seeing Merit Members proactively fight against data breaches."

Merit Members can now use Duo's authentication tool to provide an additional layer of protection over the typical username and password process with minimal effort. In a single dashboard, IT teams and administrators can manage all faculty and staff logins in order to protect sensitive data including payroll systems, human resources programs, and more. Hundreds of educational institutions trust Duo to protect their data, including Bonita Unified School District, Duke University, Virginia Tech, and more.

"We are excited to include Duo Security's two-factor authentication solution in our growing Cyber Security Defense portfolio for our Members," said Joe Sawasky, President and CEO of Merit Network. "Security breach attempts are a constant threat to our Member community; two-factor authentication is a key component in helping to protect user authentication and authorization to gain access to critical systems within an organization."

For Merit Members who are interested in deploying Duo's two-factor authentication solution, please contact sales@merit.edu or 734-527-5785.

About Duo Security
Duo Security is a cloud-based access security provider protecting the world's fastest-growing companies and thousands of organizations worldwide, including Dresser-Rand Group, Etsy, NASA, Facebook, The Men's Warehouse, Paramount Pictures, Random House, Toyota, Twitter, K-Swiss, SuddenLink, Yelp, Zillow, and more. Duo Security's innovative and easy-to-use technology can be quickly deployed to protect users, data, and applications from breaches, credential theft and account takeover. Duo Security is backed by Benchmark, Google Ventures, Radar Partners, Redpoint Ventures and True Ventures. Try it for free at www.duosecurity.com.

About Merit Network
Merit Network, Inc., a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan's public universities, owns and operates America's longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan's public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained on the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking solutions to Michigan's public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations. For more information: www.merit.edu.

New Cohesity Data Platform Empowers Companies to Consolidate All Secondary Storage Workloads for Radically Simple and Cost-Effective Data Management

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Cohesity, the pioneer of converged secondary storage, today announced the public launch of the Cohesity Data Platform, the first product designed to consolidate all secondary storage use cases on a unified environment that helps organizations control growing data demands. The Cohesity Data Platform combines a web-scale storage architecture with standards-based hardware components that enable companies to transition from today's expensive silos for different data use cases to a simple, pay-as-you grow solution for data management. By consolidating a wide range of functions onto a single platform, Cohesity can reduce storage costs by more than half and make enterprise data management incredibly simple.

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According to the global research firm IDC, organizations will manage a total of 44 trillion GB of data by 2020, the vast majority of which will be held in secondary storage environments dedicated to a range of use cases, from backup and recovery to test/development and analytics. In order to manage this data, enterprises have traditionally invested in multiple solutions from different vendors to address each use case, resulting in a fragmented enterprise storage approach that is both expensive and difficult to manage. To bring order to data management, Cohesity has launched the first converged secondary storage solution, which scales seamlessly while maintaining the management flexibility necessary to handle a wide variety of workloads. Cohesity empowers companies to control the growing volume of data by replacing the sprawl of point solutions with a single, consolidated platform.

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"After testing the product, we immediately saw the value of the Cohesity Data Platform," said Richard Chun, infrastructure engineer for the international law firm Sheppard Mullin. "As we back up more virtual machines, they'll be fully indexed, and what I can do is build my DevOps on the same system by using snapshots, and it's all under a single pane of glass. Over time, Cohesity's solution enables me to tell all my departments, 'Whatever storage needs you have, whatever profile, I can manage it, and it's not a deal breaker for us in terms of cost and complexity.'"

"Enterprises face enormous challenges due to the exponential growth of secondary storage data and are currently struggling to manage this siloed data with fragmented solutions," said Mohit Aron, CEO and founder of Cohesity. "To respond to this problem, our team has developed a highly flexible platform that can scale seamlessly without compromising quality of service, so that enterprises can finally consolidate secondary storage on a single, intelligent solution that makes data management across private and public cloud simple and affordable."

"There are many use cases for secondary data beyond backup and recovery, and while each one has seen innovations in the past decade, nobody has looked at these workloads holistically -- until now," said Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst at Taneja Group. "Using the same type of thinking we saw applied to HyperConvergence for primary storage, Cohesity has created one system for secondary data that scales out indefinitely and deals with multiple workloads without wasting capacity, compute cycles or manpower. This is a heady vision but I believe the right technologies are now available to bring about this revolution."

The Elements of a Unified Secondary Storage Platform
The Cohesity Data Platform simplifies secondary storage by combining software and hardware components to provide a web-scale storage foundation that can efficiently handle a wide range of workloads. These components include:

  • Cohesity's patented operating environment, OASIS (Open Architecture for Scalable, Intelligent Storage), which combines a scale-out storage architecture with built-in enterprise storage services and quality of service management to consolidate multiple use cases, such as data protection, DevOps, file services, and analytics, on a single platform.
  • Two new hardware platforms in the C2000 Series, with each 2U block containing four clustered nodes. Cohesity clusters can mix hardware generations and types in a future-proof model to grow with an organization from four to four hundred nodes.
    • The C2300 offers 48 TB raw HDD capacity and 3.2 TB raw PCI-e SSD capacity
    • The C2500 offers 96 TB raw HDD capacity and 6.4 TB raw PCI-e SSD capacity

The core foundation of the solution is Cohesity OASIS, designed to handle the differing resiliency and performance requirements of multiple data use cases. OASIS combines web-scale storage with built-in enterprise data management features traditionally addressed by separate point solutions:

  • Copy Data Management: Global, policy-based deduplication and patented snapshot/ cloning technology enables companies to maximize storage usage and reclaim space from redundant copies of data. Cohesity was recently recognized in Gartner's 2015 Hype Cycle for Storage Technologies as a player in this emerging space.
  • Data Protection: OASIS offers seamless data protection for applications through integrated backup and recovery features, including unlimited snapshotting and thin cloning, with built-in global indexing for full searchability.
  • DevOps: With general-purpose storage capabilities from OASIS, including native support for NFS and SMB protocols, enterprises can quickly deploy DevOps clones from backup data, efficiently repurposing passive data in legacy environments for faster development workflows.
  • In-Place Analytics: Cohesity offers built-in and programmable data analytics to help enterprises make better, more informed data management and business decisions. Cohesity's native analytics capabilities provide real-time metrics and forecasting, while its programmable Analytics Workbench empowers businesses to run custom queries against their datasets. All analytics are run in-place on the Cohesity cluster to maximize time-to-insight and eliminate the need for separate data analytics infrastructure. Support for integrated third-party analytics applications will be available in 2016.

The Cohesity Data Platform was designed to work in conjunction with pre-existing enterprise data storage solutions, allowing companies to start with a configuration that fits their environment without the high up-front costs associated with "rip-and-replace" solutions.

Cohesity has transformed the traditional pricing model by unifying software and hardware for a wide-range of use cases and eliminating the need to buy capacity-based software licenses from separate vendors. Additionally, Cohesity allows companies to take a a pay-as-you-grow approach by seamlessly scaling one node at a time, instead of paying up-front for major "forklift" migrations to handle future capacity needs. Cohesity's open architecture also provides an extensible operating environment for custom and third-party applications to integrate directly onto the platform.

The Cohesity Data Platform is available now at a starting price of $110,000 (USD). To learn more, please visit cohesity.com/get-started.

About Cohesity
Cohesity delivers the industry's first platform for secondary storage consolidation. Cohesity enables companies of all sizes to bring order to their data chaos by converging storage workloads, including file services, data protection, DevOps, and in-place analytics, onto an infinitely scalable, intelligent data platform. With Cohesity, customers can manage and protect data seamlessly, use it efficiently, and learn from it instantly. Cohesity is headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, California with a global presence across the Americas, EMEA, and APAC. For more information, visit www.cohesity.com.

In an Environment Where Only 6 Percent of Companies Survive a Major Data Loss, ViaWest's 'Cloud Recovery - DRaaS' Solution Helps Businesses Recover and Restore Operations Quickly

DENVER, Colo. – ViaWest, a leading Hybrid IT solutions provider in North America, today announced the launch of Cloud Recovery - DRaaS, a Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution that helps protect businesses against devastating data losses by significantly simplifying how they replicate and then recover critical data.

Extended downtime and the loss of significant data often spells catastrophe for a company. According to a recent Gartner report, only 6 percent of companies survive longer than two years after a major data loss; 43 percent were immediately put out of business, and an additional 51 percent of companies closed their doors within two years of a major data loss. Gartner calculates that it costs an average company $5,600 per minute in lost revenue, contract penalties, supply-chain ripple effects, lost productivity and other costs when its network is down, which translates to more than $330,000 per hour.

ViaWest's Cloud Recovery - DRaaS helps protect companies from incurring these costs by increasing the speed at which they can recover from an outage. The solution allows companies to quickly and easily replicate their business-critical data at a highly secure ViaWest facility -- regardless of whether their production site is located on premises, at a ViaWest data center or at another provider's data center.

"We have architected our Cloud Recovery - DRaaS solution from the perspective of CIOs and IT managers who bear the tremendous responsibility of keeping companies functioning 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year," said Jason Carolan, Chief Technology Officer for ViaWest. "Extended downtime and the inability to recover lost data can be the difference between survival and bankruptcy. We understand that pressure, and Cloud Recovery - DRaaS gives CIOs and IT professionals another tool to help protect their companies."

Cloud Recovery - DRaaS is a natural extension of ViaWest's existing cloud offerings and enhances its Hybrid IT Solution set of colocation, cloud, compliance and security services. It allows IT managers to restore their networks with RPOs from minutes and RTOs from one hour, each based on the complexity of the customer's environment. ViaWest also includes one free failover test each year to ensure that IT managers are not surprised by any issues related to recovering their data and restoring their operations.

"Traditional array-based and guest/OS-based disaster recovery approaches can be time consuming and expensive for CTOs to manage in-house," added Carolan. "ViaWest's Cloud Recovery - DRaaS solution was architected to offer customers a simple, cost-effective, stress-free disaster recovery platform. This product enables our customers to focus on growing and supporting their core businesses instead of managing a time, energy or capital intensive disaster recovery strategy."

Cloud Recovery - DRaaS Key Features:

  • Replication at the hypervisor layer
  • Storage agnostic replication
  • Granular virtual machine protection with no snapshots or slowdown
  • Managed Disaster Recovery software and platform available
  • Annual automated failover, failback and non-disruptive isolated testing included

For more information on Cloud Recovery - DRaaS, please visit www.viawest.com.

About ViaWest
ViaWest is a leading Hybrid IT solutions provider offering colocation, cloud, compliance services and security solutions. With more than 16 years of experience and 29 North American data centers, ViaWest offers IT and infrastructure solutions that solve business challenges while balancing cost, scalability and security requirements. ViaWest delivers tailored solutions designed for maximum reliability and flexibility backed by our 100% uptime commitment. 

For additional information on ViaWest, please visit www.viawest.com or call 1-877-448-9378. Follow ViaWest on LinkedIn and Twitter or visit their YouTube channel.

Technology Integration Will Provide Enterprises With Most Advanced, High Fidelity Phishing Threat Intelligence Available

LEESBURG, Va. – PhishMe® Inc., the leading provider of phishing threat management solutions, announced today that it has acquired key assets of phishing intelligence firm -- Malcovery Security LLC, for an undisclosed sum.

"This acquisition rounds out our portfolio of targeted phishing mitigation, detection, and response solutions, making us the go-to solution in the market," said Rohyt Belani, CEO and co-founder of PhishMe.

Aaron Higbee, PhishMe's CTO and co-founder, commented, "Enterprises want to know if they are being singled out by the attackers or are a part of a larger phishing campaign. Malcovery's intelligence will help answer that. The integration of Malcovery's offerings into PhishMe's comprehensive anti-phishing platform will boost the accuracy and value of the intelligence and response capabilities for our customers."

PhishMe will incorporate Malcovery's Protect Your Network and Protect Your Brand offerings into its full lifecycle of anti-phishing products -- Simulator, Reporter and Triage -- empowering its customers with a cohesive solution to address the most significant attack vector today. The company will leverage the added layer of malware analysis and threat intelligence in everything from sourcing content for simulations, to augmenting PhishMe Triage with enhanced analytics and automated response to phishing incidents.

"The combination of Malcovery's in-depth external threat analysis and PhishMe's real-time view into phishing attacks reported internally results in the highest-fidelity, actionable intelligence currently available," said Gary Warner, Chief Technologist and co-founder of Malcovery Security. "We are thrilled to combine forces with PhishMe in this fight against cybercriminals and nation-state actors."

The acquisition news comes in the midst of PhishMe's hyper-growth period, as evidenced by its recent designation on the prestigious 2015 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies for its record growth of 892 percent over the past three years. Malcovery's expert team will add to PhishMe's already growing staff, bringing the combined employee headcount to 200.

To learn more about PhishMe's human-powered, anti-phishing offerings, visit http://phishme.com/

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About PhishMe
PhishMe® is the leading provider of threat management for organizations concerned about human susceptibility to advanced targeted attacks. PhishMe's intelligence-driven platform turns employees into an active line of defense by enabling them to identify, report, and mitigate spear phishing, malware, and drive-by threats. Our open approach ensures that PhishMe integrates easily into the security technology stack, demonstrating measurable results to help inform an organization's security decision-making process. PhishMe's customers include the defense industrial base, energy, financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing industries, as well as other Global 1000 entities that understand changing user security behavior will improve security, aid incident response, and reduce the risk of compromise.

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Infor Announces Infor CloudSuite™ Retail

Co-Innovating With Leading Retailers Including Whole Foods Market, Infor Is Building a Cloud-Based Retail Application Suite Designed for 21st Century Retailing

NEW YORK, NY – Infor, a leading provider of beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced Infor CloudSuite™ Retail, a new, modern suite of enterprise applications delivered in the cloud and designed for today's retailing landscape. In addition, Infor announced the formation of a dedicated retail business unit, operating with the nimbleness and flexibility of an independent start-up, with access to the resources and scale of a nearly $3bn enterprise applications giant.

"In the 20 years since today's legacy retail solutions were created, technology and consumer behavior have changed significantly, turning the industry on its head and leaving retailers scrambling to patch together bolt-on applications just to keep pace," said Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor. "By partnering with industry leaders, Infor will deliver a next-generation suite that takes advantage of modern, cloud technology to help retailers transform the way they merchandise and serve customers in a digital world."

Infor CloudSuite Retail is intended to support the following areas:

  • Item Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Order Management
  • Price & Promotions
  • Cost Management
  • Stock Ledger & Sales Audit
  • Replenishment & Allocation
  • Integrated Planning

"Most retailers have cobbled together a hodge podge of retail solutions architected in the past century, they seek new modern solutions that given them a digital advantage in not only a single item master, but also in taking advantage of cloud computing, big data, and artificial intelligence," said R. "Ray" Wang, principal analyst and founder, Constellation Research. "Retailers want more than just the latest technology, they want to bring the content, network and technology together to transform their business models."

Expected to be delivered in 2016, key design principles upon which Infor CloudSuite Retail is being built are:

Cloud -- The advantages of cloud include not only multi-tenancy securely hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and upgrades with minimal downtime and interruption, but also access to supercomputing on a massive scale that transforms data analysis and decision-making.

Modern Technology --Open source technology (e.g., Hadoop, Node.js) is what modern cloud companies are built on. Utilizing modern and open source technology will enable retailers to manage massive amounts of real-time data in ways that were not available before.

Network -- Putting the supply chain on the network (e.g., items, orders) will enable retailers to orchestrate the supply across a network of suppliers and partners on behalf of customers. GT Nexus, an Infor company and one of the world's largest cloud-based global commerce platforms, will help retailers to act as interconnected, agile business networks that operate far more efficiently and much more quickly than they do today.

Unification of Disparate Systems --Infor CloudSuite Retail will unify disparate systems and data stores that have grown up over the last 20 years to support the evolving landscape of retailing (e.g., ecommerce, social, MDM, etc.). It is not uncommon for retailers to have 10+ different systems that manage items and inventory, with redundant data and business logic. Planning and optimizations systems are distinct and disconnected from execution systems. Traditional merchandising systems are different than ecommerce systems. Unifying these into one elegant solution will drive efficiencies, alignment, and speed.

Big Data & Machine Learning -- A big data architecture will allow retailers to be data rich, atomic rich, attribute intensive, and will allow them to run to petabytes. Applying machine learning against this data on AWS, which functions as an enormous elastic supercomputer, will help drive breakthrough decision-making. Scientists at Infor Dynamic Science Labs are leading the data revolution for Infor CloudSuite Retail.

Digital -- This is the dawn of the digital revolution in retailing. A modern merchandising solution will put marketing and customers at the core, promoting collaboration among merchandisers and marketers to synchronize activities that shape demand, and enabling merchandising to be part of the digital strategy.

API-based -- The modern Web is API-based. Infor CloudSuite Retail will make it easier to integrate with other solutions versus current legacy approaches that are batch based and hard to implement. This approach will also allow retailers to open up their capabilities and assets via APIs to business partners that want to digitally innovate on their retailing platform.

User Experience -- Hook & Loop, Infor's Manhattan-based internal creative agency, crafts an experience starting with user needs to create intuitive, elegant, engaging, and beautiful experiences. Antique forms-based interactions are replaced with a user experience that is mobile, touch and gesture-based, contextual, search driven, and employs gamification. Infor is leveraging Whole Foods Market stores as living, functional labs for designing experiences merchants love.

"Retailers have known for years their software has not kept up with the times, so by leveraging our industry relationships we are working to fix that and ensure Infor CloudSuite Retail is relevant for every user," said Corey Tollefson, SVP of Infor and head of Infor's retail business unit. "Retailers need to orchestrate complex supply chains to satisfy customer demand across an increasingly diverse set of channels; they spend millions on marketing, but don't have the tools to go beyond a transactional experience to provide the personalization that will keep customers coming back. We have the passion to attempt something great and the scale to make it a reality."

Infor CloudSuite Retail will support multiple formats and types of retailing on a global scale, including online, brick-and-mortar, social, mobile, fashion, hardlines, mass merchant, and grocery.

The suite will be architected and delivered in a way that enables retailers to take advantage of next generation capabilities without the traditional rip-and-replace model of legacy platforms.

"Infor CloudSuite Retail will transform the retail software market, and it has needed transforming for quite a while," said Duncan Angove, president of Infor. "The future belongs to the networked retailer that embraces the digital revolution, and Infor will provide the modern solution that helps enable retailers to achieve greatness in the digital age. This is retail the way it should be."

Read our manifesto: www.inforretail.com/manifesto

About Infor Retail

Infor has 3,400 fashion and retail customers and has created a dedicated cloud business unit to support the retail industry. This unit comprises some of the best and brightest minds in retail software, with deep experience and understanding of the industry's unique challenges. Approximately 500 employees are currently focused on the retail industry, including Infor CloudSuite Retail, which is being designed in New York City, infused with data science from Cambridge, Mass., and developed in St. Paul, Minn. Infor also provides leading human resources, financials, customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise asset management (EAM), social collaboration (Infor Ming.le™), and Infor Analytics to the retail industry. Visit the microsite: www.inforretail.com

About Infor

Infor builds beautiful business applications with last mile functionality and scientific insights for select industries delivered as a cloud service. With 13,000 employees and customers in more than 200 countries and territories, Infor automates critical processes for industries including healthcare, manufacturing, fashion, wholesale distribution, hospitality, retail, and public sector. Infor software helps eliminate the need for costly customization through embedded deep industry domain expertise. Headquartered in New York City, Infor is also home to one of the largest creative agencies in Manhattan, Hook & Loop, focused on delivering a user experience that is fun and engaging. Infor deploys its cloud applications primarily on the Amazon Web Services cloud and open source platforms. 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

This announcement reflects the direction Infor may take with regard to the specific product(s) described herein, all of which is subject to change by Infor in its sole discretion, with or without notice to you. This announcement is not a commitment to you in any way and you should not rely on this document or any of its content in making any decision. Infor is not committing to develop or deliver any specified enhancement, upgrade, product or functionality, even if such is described in this announcement and even if such description is accompanied by words such as "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "predict," "should," "will," and/or similar expressions. Many factors can affect Infor's product development plans and the nature, content and timing of future product releases, all of which remain in the sole discretion of Infor. This announcement, in whole or in part, may not be incorporated into any contractual agreement with Infor or its subsidiaries or affiliates. Infor expressly disclaims any liability with respect to this announcement.


Newly Certified Inverter Brings High Power Option to Energy Storage & Microgrid Markets

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Rhombus Energy Solutions, Inc. (Rhombus), an industry leader in advanced power conversion solutions, announced today that it has successfully completed UL1741 / IEEE1547 certification testing of its RBES-125kW Bi-Directional Power Conversion System (PCS) and will have full UL certification in October. The 125kW PCS offers high power density and market-leading efficiency, while minimizing the total installed cost, by being fully self-contained with integrated grid isolation transformer and closed loop liquid cooling system.

Rhombus' GM Kent Harmon commented, "We are excited to now offer our UL certified product that has a history of outstanding reliability, advanced control and functionality. This certification, conducted by UL North America, was achieved in record time due to our comprehensive understanding of IEEE1547 requirements, and utilizing our high powered research and development testing facility in Dearborn, MI."

Leveraging over 10 years of producing highly reliable, field proven PCS technologies, this 125kW single stage, grid optimized PCS offers the industry a leading solution for energy storage, frequency regulation, peak shaving, load leveling and other power management functions. "Obtaining a UL listing on our 125KW product demonstrates our technical superiority can easily be applied to our customers' needs to meet the most challenging safety and certification standards." says Joseph Gottlieb, CTO of Rhombus.

Rhombus will be exhibiting at Energy Storage North America (ESNA), October 14-15, 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center (Booth 131), and will be presenting their new 60kW Universal Power Conversion (UPC), Multi-Port, hybrid system which can output dual 30kW, or 60kW on a single chassis, marketed for commercial building uses or microgrid applications.

About Rhombus Energy Solutions, Inc.

Rhombus develops innovative, high-efficiency power conversion and energy management systems for energy storage, renewable energy, vehicle charging, microgrid and test equipment applications. Rhombus offers standalone products, power conversion modules, semi-custom configurations, as well as contracted product development services and high-power certification testing including UL1741 & IEEE1547. Rhombus also offers VectorStat cloud-based analytics and monitoring for power systems with remote, real-time management.

More information regarding Rhombus' products and services can be found at http://RhombusEnergySolutions.com/

KEMP Emerging Technology Group demos new SDN Adaptive QoE


KEMP Technologies has been previewing its new SDN Adaptive QoE – Quality of Experience – technology at this week’s SDN & OpenFlow® World Congress event in Dusseldorf. With growing momentum behind SDN (Software Defined Networking), KEMP’s innovative SDN Adaptive QoE allows IT and network managers to provide guaranteed service level agreements (SLAs) and deliver reliable service quality for end users.


Enhanced application performance and QoE are strategic drivers for adoption of SDN and network virtualization, aligned to OPEX and CAPEX returns. Integration with the SDN fabric allows application traffic of high importance to be prioritized and optimized end-to-end through the network, so that sensitive services including video, voice and conferencing, will not experience disruptive latency and breakup problems.


Unlike traditional static and manually configured approaches to QoS (Quality of Service), KEMP has developed a dynamic solution to the problem, which directly influences QoS policies by providing instructions within the network in real time based on changing conditions and application needs. SDN Adaptive leverages its knowledge of the SDN fabric to optimize flows, enforce QoS policy for published services and guarantees smooth two-way throughput, delivering an overall superior QoE compared to what can be achieved with traditional architectures.


“Having a programmable network without enabling applications to influence what happens really defeats the purpose of SDN,” says Jason Dover, Director of Product Line Management at KEMP Technologies. “The primary purpose of the network is to support the applications that are running on it and it is SLAs, availability and user experience that IT departments are often measured against by the lines of business that they service. This step forward in SDN innovation reflects our commitment to helping organizations optimize their infrastructure investments and meet these requirements.”


KEMP takes advantage of its application-centric services that already sit in the data path and communicate directly with the hosted workloads, clients and controllers for load balancing and traffic optimization. Being in the middle of the flow path and having the intelligence to understand what the client is requesting and what the hosted application is providing, along with the ability to leverage SDN telemetry, puts KEMP in the ideal position to deliver unparalleled application service experience.


If you want to see a preview or get early access to KEMP SDN Adaptive contact: Michael Worlund mworlund@kemptechnologies.com.


About KEMP Technologies

With over 26,000 worldwide deployments and offices in America, Europe, Asia and South America, KEMP Technologies is the industry leader in advanced Layer 2 – 7 Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) and application-centric load balancing. Recognised by Gartner as the only Visionary in the ADC Magic Quadrant, KEMP is changing the way modern enterprises and service providers are building cloud-enabled application delivery infrastructure. Over the past decade, KEMP has been a consistent leader in innovation with a number of industry firsts, including high performance ADC appliance virtualisation, application-centric SDN and NFV integration, innovative pricing and licensing models and true platform ubiquity that can scale to support enterprises of every size and workload requirement.

Skyscape’s accredited platform helps Aridhia accelerate clinical research without compromising on data security


LONDON – Skyscape Cloud Services Limited, the easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave assured cloud services company has been selected by health informatics specialist, Aridhia, to host its AnalytiXagility platform, which will enable data-driven projects to be executed more quickly, accelerating clinical research into illnesses such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes. AnalytiXagility is delivered as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) via Skyscape’s assured cloud infrastructure, which maximises flexibility and cost control for organisations due to its usage-based charging model.


Skyscape’s security credentials were key to its selection, given the sensitivity of the information that is stored on the AnalytiXagility platform and the need to handle patient data securely and in compliance with data protection regulations.


AnalytiXagility gives researchers access to collaborative analytic workspaces within a secure platform in the Skyscape cloud that can be accessed immediately. Data security and integrity are ensured as the platform is securely and resiliently hosted across Skyscape’s two UK data centres, and project data is regularly backed up. The platform adds a further layer of assurance around data security and integrity by delivering full tracking and auditing of data interactions and access.


“Aridhia’s contract with Skyscape further highlights the success of how the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is improving the IT procurement process for the UK public sector, and encouraging interaction between major governmental organisations and UK SMEs such as Skyscape,” said Euan Stillie, CTO at Aridhia. “By offering Aridhia the flexibility to build virtual collaborative workspaces for researchers that can then be billed by the hour, Skyscape is helping the NHS to achieve significant savings through cloud projects, further benefitting the medical research needed to tackle the rising burden of avoidable illness.”


AnalytiXagility already underpins a number of critical clinical projects, including an engagement to develop a data solution that will help to reconfigure delivery of specialist cancer services in London. As increasing numbers of researchers opt to use AnalytiXagility for their projects, Aridhia can rapidly and cost-effectively scale up its presence and associated data storage capacity in the Skyscape cloud.


“Our cloud computing platform will dramatically reduce capital expenditure for Aridhia, and also facilitate savings in operational costs and time for the NHS,” said Simon Hansford, CEO of Skyscape Cloud Services. “Furthermore, our accredited cloud services mean that Aridhia can take full advantage of Skyscape’s high performance and scalable cloud solutions, without any compromise to its significant data security requirements.”


About Skyscape Cloud Services

Skyscape’s assured cloud solutions have been specifically designed to meet the needs of the UK public sector, delivering UK sovereign services that are easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave, with genuine pay-by-the-hour consumption models. As a UK SME, Skyscape has won a number of high-profile contracts via the G-Cloud Framework and through its large number of channel partners that embed Skyscape’s cloud platform in their solutions.

Skyscape’s full range of services are Pan Government Accredited (PGA) up to IL3, hence suitable for all data at OFFICIAL (including OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE) and connected to government networks including the Public Services Network (PSN), the N3 health network and others. Its services are delivered with leading technologies from the Skyscape Cloud Alliance Partners: QinetiQ, VMware, Cisco, EMC and Ark Data Centres.