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NIAP validates switches meet protection profile for desktop security, add to Approved Products List

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure for information and communications systems, today announced their newest line of secure Keyboard, Video, Mouse (KVM) and Keyboard, Mouse (KM) switches gained National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) approval and was added to the NIAP Approved Products list.

Emerson recently worked with NIAP to update its protection profile for peripheral sharing switches. In April, 2015, Emerson was the first to release a line of new secure KVM and KM switches designed to meet the new protection profile. In May, 2015 these products were submitted to NIAP for validation.

“The validation from NIAP provides confirmation to our customers that their desktop systems can be safe from most modern forms of attacks with our secure KVM and KM switches,” said Jay Wirts, vice president and general manager of core products for Emerson Network Power.

The new line of products includes the new CybexSC family of secure desktop KVM and all-new KM switches — the most fully featured KVM and KM switches on the market today approved by NIAP. These switches enable easy, secure access to up to four systems through discrete processing paths, preventing data leakage, transfer or crosstalk between adjacent ports. Available in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan, these switches are part of an ongoing launch of new and enhanced solutions that deliver best-in-class security capabilities for government, multimedia, broadcast, financial and IT operation center environments.

This approval by NIAP demonstrates Emerson’s leadership position on issues concerning network security from desktop to data center, and the heightened awareness within the industry of the vulnerabilities in today’s hyper-connected world. As security threats escalate, organizations increasingly separate sensitive information onto multiple networks. In these high-security environments, the Emerson portfolio of IT management solutions helps organizations streamline access to critical information and increase productivity.

To learn more about Emerson Network Power’s hardware and software solutions, please visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com .


About Emerson Network Power

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), is the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure technologies and life cycle services for information and communications technology systems. With an expansive portfolio of intelligent, rapidly deployable hardware and software solutions for power, thermal and infrastructure management, Emerson Network Power enables efficient, highly-available networks. Learn more at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world.  The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions.  Sales in fiscal 2015 were $22.3 billion.  For more information, visit Emerson.com.

78% YOY Revenue Growth for Xterity Cloud Services, New VP of EMEA Sales, Robust Expansion in Channel and Customer Base

BOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Egenera, a leading provider of wholesale cloud services and cloud management software to the channel, today announced its recent success in EMEA, marked by significant new appointments, partnerships and growth in its customer base.

Key highlights that contributed to Egenera's upward trajectory include:

  • 78% year-over-year revenue growth in EMEA Xterity Cloud business
  • The hiring of Till Brennan as Vice President of Egenera EMEA Sales. Till brings over 15 years of experience in developing new territories and in creating and executing sales strategies throughout EMEA.
  • The opening of the company's UK cloud, based in Equinix's London datacenter. Egenera now runs Xterity in London, Dublin, Tokyo, Boston, San Jose and Ashburn, VA.
  • The company's selection as a supplier on G-Cloud 7, the Crown Commercial Service's procurement framework for cloud-based computer services. This widely acclaimed system saves significant amounts of time and eliminates the costs of paper-based files, physical storage and courier services. Egenera's Xterity is now available to the public sector through this framework.
  • The signing of over 100 direct MSPs in EMEA who are reselling Xterity's white label cloud services to customers
  • The signing of Entatech, a UK-based distributor whose Entacloud, based on Xterity, is being resold to its network of 5,000 MSPs
  • Being named a CRN Cool Cloud Vendor from CRN's 2016 Coolest Cloud Vendors list

Egenera's Xterity Cloud Services deliver a full range of dedicated, managed, private and hybrid cloud services, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Backup as a Service (BaaS), exclusively through the channel. With Xterity, resellers can quickly enter the cloud services market with no up-front capital or ongoing maintenance costs. Unlike reselling public cloud services, Xterity delivers the margins resellers need to develop a profitable cloud services business.

"We partnered with Egenera in late 2015 and use its Xterity Cloud Services as the basis for our Entacloud white label cloud offering to our 5,000 MSPs," said Paul Lloyd, cloud evangelist at Entatech UK LLC, a new Egenera distributor. "Xterity enables us to offer an easy to use, highly available and flexible cloud services platform to our end users. We've quickly gained traction in the marketplace and are rapidly signing up revenue generating MSPs with Xterity."

Hale IT is a UK-based MSP and one of the first Entacloud customers.

"We're using Entacloud to deliver Sage accounting solutions through the cloud to our customers," said Graeme Eddie, managing director of Hale IT. "Our customers like the subscription model and the fact that they have reduced the cost and complexity of maintaining servers and other components, and we like the ease of use and the ability to increase revenues by providing the same functionality through the cloud."

Andy Arnold, Head of Products at Arrow Business Communications Ltd., a UK-based MSP who began offering Xterity in 2015 commented:

"Our customers were asking for us to provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions to move them to the Cloud. After due diligence on numerous suppliers, we were impressed with Egenera's pedigree and immediate value in their Xterity platform and they became our chosen partner in this space. Xterity is a proven solution and we liked that we could quickly get our customers up and running on cloud services with no up-front costs and good margins."

"The combination of a quality wholesale public cloud offering and deep channel relationships has translated into a highly successful entry into EMEA for Egenera, said Pete Manca, CEO of Egenera. "Till and his team are working with several new distributors in the region, as well as key MSPs who have hit the ground running and are rapidly adding new accounts."

About Egenera
Egenera is a leading provider of wholesale cloud services to the channel and data center infrastructure management software. Xterity, the company's white label cloud service, offers revenue generating Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to managed service providers (MSPs) and independent software vendors (ISVs) seeking to deliver cloud services with no upfront costs and with margins up to 50 percent or more. Headquartered in Boxborough, Mass., Egenera has thousands of production installations globally, including premier enterprise data centers, service providers and government agencies. For more information on the company, please visit egenera.com. Follow Egenera on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Pace of Customer Adoption Underscores Market Momentum for Continuous Intelligence Delivered via a Cloud-Native, Machine Data Analytics SaaS; Company Doubles Annual Revenue and Employees; Analyzing Nearly 100 Petabytes of Data Daily; Launches Online New User Community to Fuel Customer Success and Adoption of Service

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Sumo Logic, the leading cloud-native data analytics service for continuous intelligence, today announced a number of significant corporate milestones in its fiscal year 2015. The company surpassed 1,000 customers worldwide including AirBnB, Anheuser Busch, Adobe, Betfair, Concur, Estee Lauder, Hearst, Hudl, Infor, Marriott, Mattel, McGraw Hill, Medidata, Payless, Sauce Labs, Scholastic, SPS Commerce, Twitter, Telstra, Toyota, Zuora and more. This, coupled with significant growth in revenue, employees and a new user community, are fueling customer success and adoption of the Sumo Logic service.

"We are extremely proud of the growth and progress Sumo Logic has experienced over the past year and want to thank our entire community of customers, users, partners, investors and employees for helping us achieve these amazing milestones," said Ramin Sayar, president and CEO for Sumo Logic. "But this is just the beginning. As every leading business becomes software centric, the ability to harness the power of machine data to drive intelligence and speed is paramount. The Sumo Logic service is the best platform of choice for companies that build, run and secure modern applications leveraging cloud technologies and modern DevOps methodologies and tools."

The company more than doubled its subscription and total revenues and also experienced explosive growth around its service analyzing nearly 100 petabytes, running more than 16 million searches and delivering 10s of millions of insights daily -- positioning Sumo Logic among the most powerful analytics services in the world.

"By 2019, the worldwide IT operations analytics (ITOA) software market will total $2.5 billion worldwide as ITOA becomes a more standard part of the IT operations and DevOps toolkit. This is in large part because of increased availability of easier-to-use, lower-cost and easier-to-deploy solutions such as Sumo Logic," said Tim Grieser, program vice president for IDC.

Shift to Continuous Intelligence: Real-time, Cloud-native, Analytics for Machine Data
An increasingly digital, mobile and cloud-based world has given rise to a new continuous innovation model that is inherently software-centric, using modern, software applications to directly execute business strategy. Rooted in faster innovation cycles, continuous innovation means companies are building, running and securing modern applications constantly to deliver new, personalized services to customers faster than ever before. This new model is also dependent upon cloud infrastructures and agile application development models to gain greater speed, agility and scalability. The success of these new modern applications also hinges on the ability to leverage machine data analytics capabilities as continuous intelligence, which only Sumo Logic's cloud-native SaaS platform provides.

"Life before Sumo Logic was painful, and it was difficult to get insights into what was going on in our business. Logs weren't consolidated so diagnosing issues meant manually checking logs on multiple systems," said Jon Dokulil, vice president of engineering at Hudl. "Sumo Logic has accelerated our business by helping us quickly and efficiently detect and capture problems before it impacts our customers. Sumo Logic has also helped our entire company become more cohesive, so whether it's our application development team or customer support, we're all using one interface to get answers to questions quickly and that's unbelievably powerful."

Key Corporate Milestones for Sumo Logic in 2015

  • Grew customer base to over 1,000 businesses globally
  • Surpassed 10,000 Sumo Free users
  • More than doubled subscription and total revenues for fiscal year 2016
  • Doubled employee headcount to over 300
  • Now analyzing nearly 100 petabytes daily
  • Established strong global presence in APAC and EMEA with significant marquee customer and partner momentum
  • Received broad industry recognition including "Top 100 Analytics Companies" by Forbes, "20 of the Coolest Cloud Security Companies" by CRN, Cloud Awards "Best Analytics Solution," "The Best Cloud Computing Companies and CEOs to Work For in 2016" by Forbes and one of the "100 Career Launching Companies" by Wealthfront
  • Closed $80 million Series E funding, bringing total capital raised to $160 million to further accelerate our growth

New Sumo Logic User Community
Sumo Logic is well positioned for another successful year and is excited to announce the availability of its new online user community, created specifically for users of the Sumo Logic service. As more customers leverage Sumo Logic to help deliver real-time intelligence into their business, it's important to facilitate the sharing of information across the entire community in order to speed up adoption and come up with new and interesting solutions. The Sumo Logic user community will support both expert and new users who can share tips, common queries, code and open source projects, as well as seek help from other members directly. 

Additional Resources

  • Read CEO Ramin Sayar's latest blog
  • Learn more about why cloud native services in this IDC whitepaper
  • Sign up for the Sumo Logic Online Community
  • Sign up for a free trial of Sumo Logic

About Sumo Logic
Sumo Logic is a secure, cloud-native, machine data analytics service, delivering real-time, continuous intelligence across the entire application lifecycle and stack. More than 1,000 customers around the globe rely on Sumo Logic for the analytics and insights to build, run and secure their modern applications and cloud infrastructures. With Sumo Logic, customers gain a service-model advantage to accelerate their shift to continuous innovation, increasing competitive advantage, business value and growth.

Founded in 2010, Sumo Logic is a privately held company based in Redwood City, CA and is backed by Accel Partners, DFJ, Greylock Partners, IVP, Sequoia Capital and Sutter Hill Ventures. For more information, visit www.sumologic.com.

Increasing Demand for High-Availability, Infrastructure-Light Utility Solutions Validates Transmission+ Model

NEW YORK – Sentinel Data Centers, a leading owner, developer and operator of multi-tenant, and build-to-suit enterprise-grade data centers, announced today that it has recently leased and implemented over five megawatts of Transmission+, a high-availability, infrastructure-light power solution, to multiple tenants within its Somerset, NJ and Durham, NC facilities.

"Our leasing success with Transmission+ is a clear indicator of the growing demand among large data center users for more versatile data center solutions," says Josh Rabina, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Sentinel Data Centers. "The ability to vary resiliency and cost on a workload by workload basis is clearly resonating with smart buyers of large-scale colocation services."

Sentinel's Transmission+ product was announced in mid-2015 as a complement to Sentinel's baseline high-tier solutions, enabling tenants to optimize cost by granularly deploying mixed-resiliency loads within a single demised suite.

"We continue to see large enterprises searching for reliable, cost effective and flexible colocation solutions," says Kelly Morgan, Research Director, 451 Research. "Products like Transmission+ give enterprise users the ability to strategically determine the needs of their infrastructure while positively impacting their bottom line. We anticipate colocation providers like Sentinel Data Centers to continue to develop high caliber solutions to meet the needs of today's end users."

Transmission+ is available at Sentinel's 420,000 square foot NC-1 facility in Durham, North Carolina, and its 430,000 square foot NJ-1 facility in Somerset, NJ. The infrastructure-light solution is enabled by Sentinel's unique utility architecture at each campus. Each facility maintains a dedicated, dual fed, transmission voltage substations on site, neither of which has experienced downtime since inception.

About Sentinel Data Centers
Sentinel Data Centers, LLC, is a leading owner, developer and operator of multi-tenant, and build-to-suit enterprise-grade data centers. Founded in 2001, Sentinel was an early pioneer in the "wholesale" data center business. Since its inception, Sentinel has developed more than 1.6 million square feet and 120 megawatts of best-in-class multi-tenant and build-to-suit data center solutions for a diversity of Fortune 500 enterprises across multiple industries, including financial services, healthcare, technology and biotechnology. Sentinel strives to stay at the forefront of evolving best practices for data center design, development and operation, and maintains a flexible and transparent business model that is grounded in customer service. To learn more visit www.sentineldatacenters.com.

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New Software Boosts the Performance of NetApp EF-Series All-Flash Arrays, Improves Reliability, and Lowers Cost to Unlock More Value From Splunk, Hadoop, and NoSQL Databases

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – "With the significant amount of machine-generated data captured every day, we rely on NetApp E-Series to deploy Splunk for monitoring and troubleshooting the multiple platforms in our environment," said Roy Shiladitya, head of Information Technology at ING DIRECT Australia. "This high-availability solution gives us the ability to quickly visualize and proactively analyze the data in order to respond to the business and meet SLAs."

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced new software for its NetApp® EF-Series all-flash and E-Series storage arrays that dramatically boost the performance and value of data analytics applications.

New generations of business intelligence applications such as Splunk, Hadoop, and NoSQL are becoming key tools for the data-powered digital enterprise. Customers want greater data visibility and performance from these applications to make the best decisions in a fast-changing business landscape. The newest release of the NetApp SANtricity® storage operating system accelerates time to value for customers, who benefit from an enterprise-proven technology that allows them to:

  • Increase the performance of data analytics applications by more than 50%
  • Simplify their IT infrastructure and reduce costs by more than 33%
  • Improve data reliability, availability, and visibility, attributes that are essential to help enterprises respond faster to competitors and to customer demands.

"Many organizations are now leveraging third platform technologies to drive the digital transformation of their business," said Ashish Nadkarni, program director, Enterprise Servers and Storage at IDC. "NetApp is boosting the performance of third platform applications, enabling users to thrive in the digital economy."

Proven Advantage over Commodity Servers for Data-Intensive Workloads

The NetApp EF-Series all-flash arrays and E-Series storage systems powered by SANtricity software accelerate performance for high-IOPS and low-latency applications as well as high-bandwidth and high-throughput applications. This proven platform provides a high level of reliability with automated features, online configuration options, state-of-the-art RAID, and proactive monitoring. The platform also provides NetApp AutoSupport predictive technology, which speeds issue resolution by up to 60 percent and reduces P1 cases by as much as 85 percent. Customers also have access to a mobile support application, premium support options, and professional services to get the most from their NetApp EF-Series and E-Series solutions.

The newest SANtricity release includes innovations optimized for data analytics applications that help customers make sense of the reams of data generated by connected devices and the Internet of Things. With SANtricity, customers can now:

  • Increase Splunk search performance by up to 69% versus that of commodity servers with internal disks.
  • Experience up to 500% better Hadoop performance during data rebuilds with Dynamic Disk Pools versus the performance of commodity servers with RAID 5.
  • Reconstruct 400GB SSDs in approximately 15 minutes versus approximately 10 hours for NoSQL databases with commodity servers and direct-attached storage.
  • Encrypt data at rest with less than 1% performance impact versus up to 70% impact of commodity servers with internal disk drives.
  • Build one architecture for hot, warm, cold, and frozen tiers instead of different storage architectures for each tier.

In collaboration with Arrow Electronics, NetApp will also offer preconfigured, proven and validated bundled solutions for enterprise Splunk deployments. These integrated reference architectures by Arrow will enable partners to rapidly size and configure systems, close deals faster and deliver a total, validated Splunk solution.

"The ability for our customers to glean meaningful, actionable results from their structured and unstructured data quickly is critical," said Melissa Fields, Sr. Solutions Architect at ClearShark. "NetApp EF-Series all-flash arrays offer the performance, reliability and scalability needed for customers to consistently initiate time-sensitive actions and make the best decisions for their business."

"Social and mobile users make real-time buying decisions that strain legacy relational databases running on slow storage," said Lee Caswell, vice president, Products, Solutions and Services Marketing, NetApp. "Our SANtricity software meets the challenge with high-bandwidth analytics when delivered on disk arrays and low-latency response times when matched with all-flash media. By combining this performance with enterprise reliability and unmatched density, the E-Series and EF-Series arrays make enterprise storage economically superior to even white-box servers for real-time analytics applications."

Additional Resources

About NetApp
Leading organizations worldwide count on NetApp for software, systems and services to manage and store their data. Customers value our teamwork, expertise and passion for helping them succeed now and into the future. To learn more, visit www.netapp.com.

NetApp, the NetApp logo, AutoSupport, and SANtricity are trademarks or registered trademarks of NetApp, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such. A current list of NetApp trademarks is available on the web at http://www.netapp.com/us/legal/netapptmlist.aspx.

ByteGrid Chooses Eaton Power Management Technologies for World Class Redundancy, Fault-Tolerance and Operational Efficiency

CLEVELAND, Ohio – ByteGrid Holdings LLC, a leading provider of highly compliant hosting solutions, today announced that it has selected power management company Eaton to provide power management and monitoring solutions for its Cleveland Technology Center (CTC) in downtown Cleveland, the city's largest multi-tenant data center.

As part of a major data center expansion in Cleveland, ByteGrid has installed two 1.5 mega-watt Eaton Power Xpert™ 9395 uninterruptible power systems (UPSs). Eaton's Power Xpert 9395 UPS provides industry-leading efficiency and modular redundancy, allowing ByteGrid to lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by leveraging groundbreaking energy saving technology while increasing power system reliability.

In addition to the UPSs, ByteGrid relies on Eaton service, medium-voltage load interrupter switchgear, switchboards, panelboards, meters and computer power distribution units (ePDUs) that deliver high quality power to critical IT systems. These Eaton products will help support reliable operations and highly accurate metering of power in Cleveland's largest multi-tenant data center.

ByteGrid chose Eaton based on its industry leadership in power efficiency, reliability and safety. Eaton's power management solutions facilitate ByteGrid's focus on reduced operating costs associated with industry-leading Tier 3 / 4 multi-tenant data centers.

"We are pleased to supply ByteGrid as they further establish themselves as Cleveland's leading provider of secure and compliant IT infrastructure solutions," said Doug Schuster, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Eaton's Critical Power Solutions Division. "Eaton has a longstanding presence in Ohio, so it is with great pleasure that we support ByteGrid's efforts to help area businesses maintain operational excellence through reliable and highly efficient power management systems with responsive local service."

As Cleveland's largest multi-tenant data center, ByteGrid's facility encompasses 333,215 square feet of highly secure Tier 3 data center space. It features more than 11 carriers on Net and sits on top of one of the largest fiber point of presence (POP) sites in Ohio. In addition, the facility's location bisects major Midwest and East Coast business centers, making it an ideal disaster recovery location for markets such as Chicago and New York.

Overall, ByteGrid provides turnkey solutions for large and midsize enterprises and federal, and highly regulated organizations seeking high performance mission critical data center colocation, managed hosting and compliant hybrid cloud solutions.

"ByteGrid looks forward to providing our enterprise and government customers with Eaton's world class power systems that deliver superior levels of redundancy, fault-tolerance and operating efficiency," said Mike Clemson, ByteGrid's Vice President, Critical Infrastructure. "Cleveland businesses -- and the Health Tech corridor in particular -- have some of the most demanding requirements for performance and compliance that we are proud to be able to deliver."

E Technologies, a Cleveland-based manufacturer's representative and integrator, worked closely with ByteGrid and Eaton to develop and deliver a power solution optimized for reliability, efficiency and life-cycle costs.

"We are pleased ByteGrid is now powered by the industry's most innovative provider of power infrastructure for mission critical facilities," said John Englhardt, President, E Technologies, Inc. "ByteGrid quickly established itself as a leader in the Cleveland business community and we look forward to supporting their unique needs for delivering right-sized IT infrastructure solutions serving Ohio businesses."

Overall, ByteGrid delivers services for eight data centers in six geographically dispersed markets encompassing more than 700,000 square feet of premier multi-tenant colocation data center space and meeting the highest standards for security and reliability. ByteGrid serves some of the world's largest companies and government agencies, including a variety of Fortune 100 companies.

About Eaton
Eaton's electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today's most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2015 sales of $20.9 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 97,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

About ByteGrid®
ByteGrid is the trusted and leading provider of highly compliant hosting solutions serving the most demanding requirements of enterprise and government customers, including those in the Life Sciences and Health IT industries. ByteGrid focuses on solution stacks and services that are scaled and crafted to ensure that regulatory expectations are always met. ByteGrid's robust and highly secure offerings in Colocation, Managed Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, and Compliance Services are delivered from an interconnected national platform of validated Tier 3 / 4 data centers. For more information visit www.ByteGrid.com

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According to the SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2016, Only 9 Percent of IT Professionals Say Their Organizations Have Not Migrated Any Infrastructure to the Cloud, While 62 Percent Report Security Remains the Greatest Challenge and Three-Quarters Indicate Resources and New Skills Are Still Needed

AUSTIN, Texas – SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today released the findings of its IT Trends Report 2016: The Hybrid IT Evolution. The study features insights from IT practitioners, managers and directors proving that the vast majority of businesses have shifted away from on-premises-only infrastructure to hybrid IT environments, creating new concerns and pressures for IT professionals.

"The findings of this year's study paint a clear picture: cloud adoption is nearly ubiquitous, but it's not now and will not in the foreseeable future be suitable for all workloads, and even if it were, very few if any companies would convert all of their existing applications to run in the cloud," said Joel Dolisy, CIO, SolarWinds. "The resulting dynamic -- one set of critical on-premises services connected with another set of services in the cloud -- is hybrid IT. And at the center of this evolution is the IT professional who needs to ensure always-on performance of applications, devices, networks and systems -- regardless of location. They need to be empowered with the support to gain the skills and tools required to properly monitor and manage hybrid IT environments, which in turn will allow businesses to truly unlock the potential of the cloud."

Key Findings

IT infrastructures have evolved from traditional on-premises-only to a hybrid strategy that links internal and external IT services driven by the existence of the cloud.

  • Nearly all (92 percent) of the IT professionals surveyed say adopting cloud technologies is important to their organizations' long-term business success; more than a quarter (27 percent) say it is extremely important.
  • Only 43 percent estimate that half or more of their organizations' total IT infrastructure will be in the cloud within the next 3-5 years.
  • 60 percent say it is unlikely that all of their organizations' infrastructure will ever be migrated to the cloud.
  • Overall, only 9 percent say their organizations have not migrated any infrastructure to the cloud.
  • The number of small businesses that have not migrated anything to the cloud went from 18 percent in 2015 to just 6 percent in 2016.

IT professionals are faced with a dual mandate: increase efficiency through cloud services while also ensuring critical systems, databases and applications are secure.

  • The top three hybrid IT benefits by weighted rank are infrastructure cost-reduction, increased infrastructure flexibility/agility and relieving internal IT personnel of day-to-day management of some infrastructure, respectively.
  • 62 percent say that security is the biggest challenge associated with managing current hybrid IT environments.
  • The top three barriers to greater cloud adoption by weighted rank are security/compliance concerns, the need to support legacy systems and budget limitations, respectively.
  • 69 percent say they have already migrated applications to the cloud, followed by storage (49 percent) and databases (33 percent).
  • The top three areas of infrastructure with the highest priority for continued or future migration by weighted rank are applications, databases and storage, respectively.

IT professionals require new skills, tools and resources to successfully drive the hybrid IT migration forward and enable their organizations to better meet business objectives.

  • Only 27 percent are certain their IT organizations currently have adequate resources to manage a hybrid IT environment.
  • The top five skills needed to better manage hybrid IT environments are hybrid IT monitoring/management tools and metrics (48 percent), application migration (41 percent), distributed architectures (32 percent), service-oriented architectures (31 percent) and automation/vendor management (tied at 30 percent).
  • 56 percent indicated they have the level of support needed from leadership and the organization as a whole to develop/improve the skills they feel they need in order to better manage hybrid IT environments.

"IT is pervasive across work, life and geography," Dolisy added. "IT runs the world and without it, our technological existence would come to a screeching halt. Bring-your-own-device and now the Internet of Things have added and continue to add hundreds of thousands of new devices to corporate systems, and as illustrated in this year's report, IT is also evolving from traditional on-premises-only infrastructure to the hybrid strategy driven by the existence of the cloud. In short, IT is everywhere. Effectively managing and monitoring the new environment -- from on-premises to the cloud with multiplying endpoints -- to be able to act when needed is more critical now than ever."

The annual SolarWinds IT Trends Report consists of survey-based research that explores significant trends, developments and movements related to and directly affecting IT and IT professionals. The findings of this year's report are based on a survey fielded in December 2015, which yielded responses from 257 IT practitioners, managers and directors in the U.S. and Canada from public and private sector small, mid-size and enterprise companies.

The findings of this year's report are featured on the new SolarWinds IT Trends Index, an interactive Web experience that presents the study's findings region by region, including charts, graphs and additional insights into the data.


SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2016: The Hybrid IT Evolution (PDF)

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SolarWinds provides powerful and affordable IT management software to customers worldwide from Fortune 500® enterprises to small businesses, government agencies and educational institutions. We are committed to focusing exclusively on IT Pros, and strive to eliminate the complexity that they have been forced to accept from traditional enterprise software vendors. Regardless of where the IT asset or user sits, SolarWinds delivers products that are easy to find, buy, use, maintain, and scale while providing the power to address all key areas of the infrastructure from on premises to the Cloud. Our solutions are rooted in our deep connection to our user base, which interacts in our thwack online community to solve problems, share technology and best practices, and directly participate in our product development process. Learn more today at www.solarwinds.com.

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Free and Open Source SDN Software Router Tested at 650 Gig/sec Ships New Major Upgrades of ONOS, Fedora, iSDX, Linux DPDK, Network Traffic Analyzer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The CloudRouter® Project, a leading Linux-based open source routing and software-defined networking (SDN) project, today announced the general availability of CloudRouter 3.0. This release ships with new versions of ONOS Drake 1.4, CentOS 7.2, and Fedora 23. Four new open source projects have been added including iSDX, an open source SDN exchange point, two new network traffic generator and analyzers, Ostinato and pktgen-dpdk, and pmacct, a network monitoring utility.

CloudRouter now includes Linux DPDK kernel enhancements, tested by the CloudRouter team, with throughput in excess of 650 Gig/sec on commodity hardware. The upgrades help network architects with staged deployments of SDN. 

"The traditional way of building networks with vertically integrated, proprietary, over-priced boxes is being disrupted, and replaced by the new and much more open way of disaggregation, abstraction and easy composition of network resources. This transformation was driven by hyper-scale cloud and web services providers and is being widely accepted to power web-scale IT. The decoupling of software from hardware first happened on switches, and CloudRouter is bringing it one step further to routers. Mellanox is a supporter and driver of this transformation, and we build hardware for the new open composable networks that enable this transformation to happen without performance or infrastructure efficiency compromises," said Chloe Jian Ma, Senior Director of Cloud Marketing at Mellanox. "We appreciate the open source networking community choosing Mellanox ConnectX-4 100Gb/s Ethernet adapters to develop the advanced packet processing capabilities, required in modern data centers. It's great to see projects like CloudRouter and DPDK helping to advance SDN and NFV architectures. Congratulations on releasing CloudRouter 3.0."

"Today's announcement gives network administrators the choice of continuing to use CloudRouter as a software-based router or advancing into deployments of software-based controllers with whitebox hardware," said Jay Turner, CloudRouter Project Lead and Senior Director of DevOps at IIX. "The community told us that they wanted the benefits of SDN in the future, but needed a bridge between old and new architectures. CloudRouter is an open source network innovation platform, and we believe it's the most flexible SDN platform out, incorporating best-of-breed open source projects, fully tested for security and stability."

CloudRouter developers package and test leading open source networking projects, including a full Linux OS. CloudRouter can be deployed in minutes from a virtual image, container, live CD, or from the AWS marketplace. Responding to community requests for higher performance to support SDN deployments for both layer 2 and layer 3 connections, the CloudRouter team incorporated new open source technology from the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) project to enhance network performance and support for 100 GbE cards.

CloudRouter 3.0 new key features summary:

  • 100 GigE Performance: new DPDK 2.2.0 kernel enhancements tested at 650 Gig/sec
  • OS: upgraded to CentOS 7.2 or Fedora 23
  • SDN OS: ONOS 1.4 (Drake) in addition to OpenDaylight Lithium
  • SDN Exchange Point: iSDX for advanced routing interconnection
  • Security and Performance Testing: pktgen-dpdk, Ostinato
  • pmacct: network monitoring utility

CloudRouter 3.0 DPDK performance test results.

CloudRouter 3.0 Production is available now for download and use.

About the CloudRouter Project
The CloudRouter Project is a collaborative open source project to develop a freely available software-based router designed to securely run on physical, virtual and cloud environments that support software-defined networking infrastructures. CloudRouter aims to facilitate migration to the cloud without giving up control over network routing and governance. It includes the features of traditional hardware routers, as well as support for emerging technologies such as containers and software-defined interconnection. To help bridge legacy infrastructure with the cloud, the project is focused on bringing simplicity to network interconnection, a traditionally complex process. The CloudRouter Project sponsors include Australian National University, CloudBees, Cloudius Systems, IIX, NGINX and OpenDaylight.

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

Data Centers Gain Enhanced Transparency and Agility With Composable Infrastructure

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Nlyte Software, the leading data center service management (DCSM) solution provider for seamlessly automating data center operations and infrastructure into an enterprise's IT ecosystem, today announced that it has received integration certification for HPE OneView, the Composable Infrastructure management solution from Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

"Integration is the core principle behind Nlyte DCSM, which bridges the gap between the data center and infrastructure management solutions like HPE OneView," said Robert Neave, co-founder and CTO of Nlyte Software. "Together these solutions deliver accurate information that makes it easier for individuals to more efficiently do their jobs. The robust combination of Nlyte DCSM and HPE OneView gives our joint customers a way to holistically manage Composable Infrastructures -- all the way down to the data center floor."

Any changes made in infrastructure managed by HPE OneView are automatically synchronized with Nlyte DCSM, which then incorporates the information into the service management processes being executed within the data center. Real-time insights from the Nlyte DCSM enable users to:

  • Automate and optimize chassis and asset placement management and tags
  • Monitor infrastructure resource utilization, such as power, CPU and temperature readings for chassis and mounted blades
  • Synchronize changes in infrastructure under HPE OneView management
  • Increase rack density within a stated power envelope

These capabilities improve accuracy in planning, allocation and billing by associating real-time usage and utilization data with specific clients/tenants; and give users better control over changes occurring on the data center floor.

"The complexity of managing the dynamic environment of people, power, IT infrastructure, policies and business attributes makes it difficult to efficiently operate a data center," said Paul Miller, Vice President of Marketing, Converged Data Center Infrastructure, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. "The integration of Nlyte's DCSM solution with HPE OneView gives our joint customers a unified view of the physical and the IT infrastructure, improving their ability to keep pace with business change."

Through Nlyte DCSM, users gain a federated view of power metrics, which enables them to reduce costs and minimize the risk of outages associated with load-induced dynamic energy performance. HPE OneView improves IT administrator efficiency by automating the deployment, updating, and ongoing management of HPE Composable Infrastructure, including the HPE Synergy platform. 

To learn more about Nlyte DCSM and integrations with HPE, visit: www.hpe.com/info/composablepartners or http://pages.nlyte.com/rs/690-OLN-597/images/430-HPE-OneView-datasheet.pdf

About Nlyte Software
Nlyte is the leading software company that automates the management of services provided by the data center (DCSM). Many of the world's largest and most sophisticated data centers use Nlyte to become more agile, reduce costs and operate more efficiently. Founded in 2004, Nlyte provides a comprehensive and proven DCSM solution with a modern, web-services architecture. With Nlyte, customers can easily manage all their existing data center processes, resources, policies, assets and interrelationships. For more information, visit www.nlyte.com or follow @nlyte on Twitter.

All trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are used for identification purposes only.


Scalability of GE's TLE Series CE UPS Platform Enables Low- to Mid-Power Applications to Meet Both Current Capacity Demands and Future Power Needs

DALLAS, Texas – Adding to its global platform of TLE Series uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), GE's Critical Power business (NYSE: GE) today introduced a new TLE Series CE UPS product line for low- to mid-power applications. The new TLE Series CE units combine high reliability, efficiency and power to offer a blend of smart software, diagnostics and real-time, multimode energy savings.

The TLE Series CE UPS systems are available in two different configurations -- a single 30- or 40-kilowatt (kW) power enclosure with space for batteries underneath and a scalable enclosure that can house up to three 40-kW power blocks -- providing customers with the right solution for their individual application. The scalable UPS configuration is well suited for stand-alone industrial facilities, retail businesses and hospitals, but also can be used in data center applications. These additions to the TLE Series UPS family offer cost-effective power protection while providing up to 10-20 percent more real power than similar solutions.

"Many customers seeking UPS units for power protection find themselves stuck between choosing a solution that provides the power capacity that they need today or selecting a system that provides additional capacity and may better suit their future needs," said Brian Courtney, general manager, AC Power Systems for GE's Critical Power business. "Our new low- to mid-power TLE Series CE UPS systems help to solve this conundrum by enabling the UPS to be scaled up as the need for additional power protection capacity rises instead of needing to replace the system at a later date or overpaying up front for unused capacity."

While the TLE Series CE UPS platform is targeted towards any segment or application where critical power is needed, most applications will be in information technology, industrial, health care, retail and commercial settings where reliable, efficient backup power is a necessity.

Key benefits of the new TLE Series CE UPS system include its scalability and its improved life cycle. With the UPS system, operators are able to scale up in 20- or 40-kW steps -- from 40 to 120 kW -- to meet their future growth needs. By enabling individual consumable components to be replaced as needed, the TLE Series CE UPS features an expected product life of more than 10 years. By comparison, other modular solutions available today typically offer a five- to six-year power block life that requires customers to replace and dispose of entire blocks rather than service the power units.

Furthermore, the TLE Series CE systems offer simplified installations and can be installed against side and rear walls because they require only front access -- unlike other UPS solutions that require rear access for ventilation or maintenance. In addition, the latest TLE Series CE UPS systems also feature a new touch-screen color display, simplifying operation and maintenance.

The small footprint and desirable power density of the TLE Series CE UPS make it well suited for both new construction and retrofit applications where space optimization is a priority, such as mission-critical facilities like data centers, health care facilities and financial institutions.

The TLE Series CE UPS also is fully integrated with iUPSGuard, GE's remote monitoring solution for UPS systems. iUPSGuard provides detailed information over the Web about UPS operations, including configuration, internal alarms and operating conditions. With iUPSGuard, GE can notify users of potential problems and remedy them before they become critical issues, helping to protect its customer's investments.

GE's Critical Power business powers rapidly changing, disruptive markets where massive data, communications and computing capacity is redefining how business is done. Customers in data center, super computing, telecommunications and digital content industries rely on GE to provide the reliable and energy-efficient power to keep networks flowing and transactions moving 24/7. To learn more about GE's Critical Power business, visit www.gecriticalpower.com.

About GE
GE (NYSE: GE) is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.com

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About GE Energy Connections
GE Energy Connections designs and deploys industry-leading technologies that turn the world on. We transport, convert, automate and optimize energy to ensure we provide safe, efficient and reliable electrical power. Uniting all the resources and scale of the world's first digital industrial company, we connect brilliant machines, grids, and systems to power utility, oil & gas, marine, mining and renewables customers, that keep our world running. www.GEEnergyConnections.com