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Application containers, namely Docker containers, have been heralded as the great liberators of developers from worrying about infrastructure. Package your app in containers, and it will run in your data center or in somebody’s cloud the same way it runs on your laptop.

That has been the promise of the technology based on the long-existing concept of Linux containers the San Francisco startup named Docker devised its application building, testing, and deployment platform around. While developers love the concept of Docker, IT managers that oversee the infrastructure those applications eventually have to be deployed on have certain processes, policies, requirements, and tools that weren’t necessarily designed to support the way apps in Docker containers are deployed and the rapid-fire software release cycle they are ultimately meant to enable.

This week, Docker rolled out into general availability its answer to the problem. Docker Datacenter is meant to translate Docker containers and the set of tools for using them for the traditional enterprise IT environment. It is a suite of products that enables the IT organization to stand up an entire Docker container-based application delivery pipeline that is compatible with IT infrastructure, tools, and policies already in place in the enterprise data center.



Dell Inc. said Tuesday that it has received U.S. regulatory clearance to proceed with its planned $67 billion purchase of data storage company EMC Corp.

Round Rock, Texas-based Dell Inc. has passed a mandated waiting period under antitrust laws that are intended to allow the U.S. Federal Trade Commission time to review the purchase. If no FTC action is taken, the purchase can proceed.

But the Dell Inc. deal still has to receive regulatory approvals from other jurisdictions and from EMC shareholders. Reuters new service reported last week that European regulatory approval is expected.



Advanced, scalable network for dedicated, high-capacity business applications

HANOVER, Md. – QSC is launching new, hybrid cloud services leveraging solutions from Ciena® (NYSE: CIEN) and Kapsch Carrier Solutions. Powered by Ciena’s WaveserverTM stackable data centre interconnect (DCI) platform, these new services provide German enterprise customers with access to tailored, dedicated managed cloud and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings from QSC’s TÜV and ISO-certified German-based data centres.

The enhanced network allows QSC’s customers to take full advantage of a secure, ‘multi-cloud approach’. This means customers can use a combination of dedicated / private and public cloud resources from a variety of providers as turnkey service components that can be developed and expanded as needed. In addition, as access is provided via QSC’s proprietary broadband network, enterprise customers have consistent, end-to-end management for all their cloud IT needs, helping them avoid any security and compatibility risks associated with one-off, isolated services.

Key Facts:

·         QSC is a German, end-to-end cloud outsourcing, consulting and telecommunications provider. QSC’s fully-owned TÜV and ISO certified data centres and nationwide network offer flexible, tailored cloud solutions as well as on-premise and hybrid IT services to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), utilities, financial services and the public sector.

·         With Ciena and Kapsch, QSC is expanding its capabilities and supplies the whole spectrum of state-of-the-art ICT services. The new portfolio is comprised of IT workplaces; including desktops, telephony and client and mobility management, as well as SAP and other industry-specific applications and solutions as a fully managed cloud infrastructure.

·         Ciena’s Waveserver platform – equipped with the WaveLogic 3 Extreme coherent optical chipset, rich software features and open APIs – reinforces QSC’s DCI infrastructure for multi-terabit bandwidth connectivity. Waveserver’s openness and high programmability ensure quick and simple integration and service automation for fast, easy service activation and monitoring.

·         Kapsch, a Ciena BizConnect partner, worked with Ciena to upgrade QSC’s network, offering advanced, integration services and ongoing maintenance. QSC is also utilizing Ciena’s packet portfolio for its national wireless network and Ethernet business services.

Executive Comments: 

·         “Enterprises are reliant on cloud computing, and this dependence is increasing daily. With Ciena’s technology we are able to offer richer hybrid cloud services that will help grow our German business, drive new innovations and open up new opportunities.  The scalability of the Waveserver platform also means that we can embrace future technologies, such as software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV).”

-          Clemens Plieth, Head of Cloud Architecture, QSC

·         “For providers like QSC, fast and simplified data centre infrastructure is vital, not only to meet demand, but also to quickly and cost-effectively introduce new and advanced services. This collaboration with Ciena ensures that QSC will benefit from a consistently excellent data centre interconnectivity experience that allows it to evolve so that QSC, and its customers, can take full advantage of all that the cloud has to offer.”

-          Wolfgang Matschke, Managing Director, Kapsch Carrier Solutions

·         “QSC’s vision and deployment of new network technologies that enable openness and programmability not only ensure that it meets present-day requirements, but can also adjust to changing enterprise needs and lay the groundwork to support future expansion. With Ciena and Kapsch supporting QSC’s hybrid cloud, QSC can be sure that its customers will benefit from its ICT solutions, support and services for their business success.”

-       Franck Welter,  Head of Partners, Enterprise & Public Sector, EMEA, Ciena

Supporting Resources:

·         Data sheet: Waveserver

·         Blog:Ciena’s new Waveserver: a dream machine for data center interconnect

·         Video:WaveLogic 3 Extreme


About QSC

QSC AG is the digitizer for the German Mittelstand. With decades of experience and expertise in the areas of cloud, consulting, outsourcing and telecommunication QSC supports its customers securely in the digital age. TÜV and ISO certified data centers in Germany and a nationwide all-IP network form the basis for the highest end-to-end quality and safety. The QSC customers benefit from innovative products and services from a single source.Marketing is carried out both through direct sales and via partners.

About Kapsch CarrierCom

Kapsch CarrierCom is a leading, global producer, supplier and systems integrator of end-to-end telematics and telecommunications solutions. The company offers innovative, business and mission-critical products, technologies and services for rail and urban public transport operators, carrier networks and energy supply companies. Kapsch CarrierCom is a trusted partner to organisations, who benefit from a comprehensive array of professional services and round-the-clock customer service. With nine research and development centres in Europe and Asia, Kapsch CarrierCom is constantly pushing the boundaries of technology. In addition, the company works with an ecosystem of strategic partners to maximise value for clients and help them increase their business success. Kapsch CarrierCom is part of the Kapsch Group and is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. For additional information: www.kapsch.net  and www.kapschcarrier.com

In Germany Kapsch Carrier Solutions GmbH acts as a system integrator and distributor for voice and data communication solutions with a focus on network operators, utilities and enterprise customers.

We are always where you need us. Our headquarters are located in Vienna, Austria, but we are present around the globe – with more than 20 subsidiaries.

About Ciena 
Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. Ciena leverages its deep expertise in packet and optical networking and distributed software automation to deliver solutions in alignment with its OPn architecture for next-generation networks. We enable a high-scale, programmable infrastructure that can be controlled and adapted by network-level applications, and provide open interfaces to coordinate computing, storage and network resources in a unified, virtualized environment. For updates on Ciena news, follow us on Twitter @Ciena or on LinkedIn 
http://www.linkedin.com/company/ciena. Investors are encouraged to review the Investors section of our website at www.ciena.com/investors, where we routinely post press releases, SEC filings, recent news, financial results, and other announcements. From time to time we exclusively post material information to this website along with other disclosure channels that we use.

Note to Ciena Investors
Forward-looking statements.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and Ciena's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-K, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 21, 2015.. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. Ciena assumes no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

LONDON – Today Dimension Data and Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) are excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our strategic business relationship. In 1991, the companies began partnering in South Africa and this has since grown to nearly 150 countries around the world. Long-time and new clients have stayed on the cutting edge with Dimension Data's leadership and rapid pace of launching innovative campaigns in Security, Cloud, Collaboration, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™) and a burgeoning Digital Practice.

Brett Dawson, Dimension Data's Group CEO, said, "Partnering with Cisco plays a key role in ensuring that we consistently deliver world-class solutions and services to our clients to accelerate their ambitions. Our market is changing but our partnership is more relevant than ever. Our clients need to capitalize in bold ways on the promise that digitization and big data provide. And, we're committed to help them do it -- together."

In the past 25 years, Dimension Data has also grown and expanded its "as-a-Service" offerings on Cisco infrastructure and the companies have teamed on the Internet of Things to deliver solutions for sports and recreation, Connected Healthcare and Connected Cities. In the past two years alone, the companies have introduced groundbreaking initiatives, such as helping the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) create a sustainable workplace of the future called the Living Planet Centre in its London head office.

David Southern, Director of ICT at WWF in the United Kingdom, said, "Dimension Data and Cisco helped us create a modern, sustainable workplace for our organization using technology in a way core to our corporate philosophy. We expect that alignment, with the promise of digital technology, will open a whole new world of possibilities. Here's to the next 25 years."

As the Official Technology Partner of the Absa Cape Epic, Dimension Data provides all the technology and communications for the most grueling mountain bike race in the world, with 1,200 amateur and professional mountain bikers traversing roughly 800 kilometers of unspoiled Western Cape scenery over the eight-day event.

Kevin Vermaak, founder of Absa Cape Epic, said, "Our partnership with Dimension Data has been critical in achieving stellar returns on our investment in content creation. Delivering rich media content from remote, 'untamed' and off-the-grid regions of the Western Cape is now a hallmark of the Absa Cape Epic."

To commemorate the 25th anniversary, Dimension Data and Cisco are:

  • Jointly funding and participating in 25 community projects - aimed at building a better future. Throughout the year, employees from both companies will complete projects to improve their local communities, such as: assembling bicycles for children affected by natural disasters and conflict; virtually connecting children in hospice care with their classmates; supporting musical education; and building and improving schools and community gardens.
  • Dimension Data is supporting the Cisco Takeback and Recycle Program in order to meet Dimension Data's October 2014 goal of preventing 4,000 metric tons of e-waste from going to landfills by 2018.
  • The companies are finalists in the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals' annual Excellence Awards for a "Better Together" alliance that spotlights IT customer outcomes spanning the past 25 years.

"We'd like to thank Dimension Data and our customers for helping us achieve this historic milestone of 25 years of partnering," said Chuck Robbins, Cisco CEO. "The magnitude of our alliance and how we've been able to create new opportunities and grow together with Dimension Data is tremendous. We couldn't be more excited to see what we will accomplish together in the next 25 years."

Client Success:

  • Everything as a Service at the Australian Hosted G20. In a world first, the Australia Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, responsible for the 2014 G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane, used cloud to deliver a highly secure networking and virtual desktop to keep world leaders and media seamlessly connected, as well as ensure significant cost savings for this annual event. See video here.
  • Helping the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Create a Sustainable Workspace for the Future. Our strategic planning, consulting, and collaboration skills, supported by creative thinking, helped WWF achieve its vision. See video here.
  • First Bank in Australia to Fully Adopt Cloud Computing. As a digital business, ING DIRECT Australia relies on technology to provide its 1.5 million customers with a seamless banking experience. See video here.

Additional Resources:

About Dimension Data

Founded in 1983, Dimension Data plc is an ICT services and solutions provider that uses its technology expertise, global service delivery capability, and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate the business ambitions of its clients. Dimension Data is a member of the NTT Group. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter.

About Cisco

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. For ongoing news, please go to http://thenetwork.cisco.com.

Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco's trademarks can be found at www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company.

Ooredoo's Engagement With Cisco NFV Innovations Will Include Future Offerings of Cloud-Based Virtual Services to Its Customers

BARCELONA, SPAIN – Today at GSMA Mobile World Congress, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) announced that Ooredoo, a leading communications company with operations in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia, has agreed to create a relationship with Cisco to set Ooredoo's roadmap for Network Function Virtualization (NFV) deployments and to deliver Virtual Managed Services (VMS) to the Qatar market. With Cisco® Virtual Managed Services, Ooredoo will be able to offer its customers automated cloud-based services, enabling them to outsource the management of their network and IT services to a trusted technology partner.

Ooredoo will trial the Cisco Cloud VPN, part of the Cisco Virtual Managed Service portfolio, which offers highly secure business connectivity and routing for site-to-site, remote access, and Internet gateway applications. Based on European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) management and orchestration, Cisco Cloud VPN delivers on the promise of automation and simplification for managed services and utilizes Cisco's best-in-class portfolio of enterprise virtualized networking functions (VNFs).

"Ooredoo continues to deliver cutting-edge technologies to Qatar in our role as an IT innovation engine for our nation. Supporting NFV and Virtual Managed Services with Cisco will provide another important resource for Ooredoo to increase operational efficiency and drive the growth of the knowledge-based economy," said Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Qatar.

"We are pleased to work closely with Ooredoo on their transition to NFV and cloud-based services," said Kit Beall, vice president, service provider segment, cloud and managed services at Cisco. "We are committed in helping Ooredoo transform their network and prepare their business for the future."

Supporting Resources

About Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. For ongoing news, please go to http://newsroom.cisco.com.

Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco's trademarks can be found at www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company.

NetApp Infrastructure Secures Company's Operations

LONDON – NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announces that Randstad, the second largest human resources provider in the world and one of the top recruitment consultancies in the UK, has chosen NetApp to revamp its data storage infrastructure and ensure the reliability of its core business applications.

As a fast growing recruitment consultancy, Randstad's legacy storage platform had neared capacity and risked undermining operations, with core business applications occasionally freezing, hindering front-line operations and business continuity.

Randstad's CIO set a directive that within five years, all of Randstad's IT services must be delivered from AWS cloud to consolidate the diverse legacy infrastructure, reduce overheads, gain operational flexibility and simplify management.

Randstad chose to re-vamp its data infrastructure through Storm Technologies with the NetApp All-Flash FAS8040 and NetApp Cloud ONTAP for AWS. The FAS8040 delivers excellent performance and meets highly variable I/O workloads and read cycles, typical of a virtualised desktop environment.

Cloud ONTAP for AWS allows Randstad to manage its on-premise data to the cloud. It can meet varied capacity requirements and performance demands, enabling the company to develop a disaster recovery platform for AWS cloud.

David Leybourne, IT Director of Infrastructure, Randstad, said: "Our core recruitment apps are the wheels of the business, but we were running out of compute power and storage capacity. In the past, this has affected application performance, which affected the business. The technology provided by NetApp was clearly top drawer. The all-flash array delivered exceptionally high performance. Moving to the cloud is a big step, even though we were well placed to do this, but NetApp Cloud ONTAP with AWS makes this simple and the level of control it enables has made it easy to replicate our disaster recovery environment in the cloud."

Elliot Howard, UK & Ireland Country Manager for NetApp added: "NetApp's infrastructure has clearly had a hugely positive impact on the business, allowing Randstad to update its technology to keep pace with its growth. Improving application performance will ultimately help meet wider business objectives, as well as keeping front-line operations slick."

Additional Resources

About NetApp
Leading organisations 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.

24/7 Help Desk Support, Data Backup Services and Scalable IT Infrastructure Help Company Focus on Their Business

OMAHA, NE – Cosentry, the leading provider of IT solutions in the Midwest, today announced that Advance Services, Inc. has selected the company's Disaster Recovery Services in addition to Managed IT Services, and Help Desk Support Services currently handled by Cosentry. Cosentry's data center support allows Advance Services' IT team to focus on the initiatives that help grow the business in lieu of maintaining and supporting internal IT operations.

Advance Services started in 1994 in Norfolk, Neb. and has grown to over 50 locations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Today, the company provides staffing for 40 of the current Fortune 500 companies and supports more than 1,400 clients, with friendly and employee service-oriented relationships.

The company was constantly challenged to keep the existing network and applications systems optimized while also planning to expand the IT infrastructure to support future growth. Advance Services' IT department was stretched too thin trying to address common IT functions, such as:

1. Help Desk 
2. Business Application Support
3. Backup and Recovery
4. Network Uptime and Distribution

"With our small IT team, we needed an IT partner who could provide us with the kind of help desk support that was aligned with how we do business and could support our staff, regardless of time zone," said Dave Warren, Vice President, Advance Services. "We want our IT team to have more time to focus on business-critical initiatives than on taking and resolving help desk calls."

Advance Services selected Cosentry to provide the aforementioned IT functions through its Bellevue and Lenexa data centers. In addition, Cosentry also supports the company's IT team by providing comprehensive managed services support and ensuring that all systems housed within the data centers are optimized and running smoothly. The resulting benefits are:

  • 24x7 Help Desk services supporting all Tier 1 and Tier 2 trouble tickets.
  • Backup services to ensure key systems and business data are always available.
  • Ensuring the company's applications and servers are optimized.

Moving forward, Advance Services will leverage Cosentry's innovative data center services to continue streamlining numerous business processes and implement the use of mobile devices, social media applications and a paperless process for job candidates.

"We leave the day-to-day IT operations to Cosentry so we can focus on innovating for our business. Knowing that Cosentry is our IT partner allows us the freedom to continue to grow and expand," Warren concluded.

"Many companies' IT departments are consumed with maintaining the IT infrastructure, leaving limited time for innovation," said Brad Hokamp, CEO, Cosentry. "We are proud of our ability to help Advance Services cost-effectively scale their business, while allowing the IT team to focus on innovative new offerings that will ensure growth and prosperity."

About Cosentry
Cosentry is the leading Midwest IT Solutions Provider, offering solutions that allow our clients to focus on their core business. Our customers can feel confident, knowing their IT Infrastructure is operating at the highest level of reliability, performance, and security. Cosentry has over a decade of experience providing data center services including Colocation, Cloud, Managed Hosting, and Managed Services. We operate as our client's local business partner, taking the time to truly understand their business while tailoring our solutions to meet each client's unique business and technical requirements. Whether virtualizing, consolidating, optimizing, or fully outsourcing data center and IT infrastructure, businesses can rely on Cosentry for help with resilient and versatile solutions. For more information, contact us at (866) 500-7661 or visit us at http://www.cosentry.com

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

Complete Visibility Delivered by Netwrix Auditor Helps to Beat Security Threats and Save up to 6 Hours per Week on Time-Consuming Tasks

IRVINE, Calif. – Netwrix Corporation, a provider of IT auditing software that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, today released the key findings of its global 2016 Netwrix Customer Survey. As a customer-driven company, Netwrix aimed to find out how customers describe their experience with Netwrix Auditor in order to ensure the solution meets customers' needs and expectations.

Netwrix Auditor is an IT auditing software that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access by providing actionable audit data about who changed what, when and where each change was made, and who has access to what. Netwrix Auditor helps organizations prevent security breaches caused by insider attacks, pass compliance audits with far less effort and expense, and keep tabs on what privileged users are doing in the environment.

The 2016 Netwrix Customer Survey was carried out from December 2015 to January 2016. It involved feedback of 376 paying customers who represent companies of various industries and sizes located worldwide.

The survey found that 96% of Netwrix Auditor customers are satisfied with the solution and would recommend it to other IT pros, also they managed to achieve the following results:

  • IT auditing helped to strengthen security. According to 84% of the respondents, IT auditing helped maintain security policies. It provides visibility needed to detect malicious activities and insider misuse, investigate incidents, and promptly respond to violations. More than a third of users at least once managed to prevent a security incident with the help of Netwrix Auditor.
  • IT auditing streamlined compliance audits. Based on the customer feedbacks, 75% of organizations pass compliance audits faster thanks to Netwrix Auditor. It allows customers to validate security controls and quickly react to auditors' requests. Two thirds of Netwrix customers save up to 24 hours per audit (9% save more than 1 week) on reporting.
  • IT auditing simplified reporting. Manual report submission for internal and external auditors, as well as upon request of senior management is a time-consuming task for most companies, which in some cases requires dedicated IT teams. By automating this task, 83% of Netwrix customers achieved a significant reduction of time saving up to 6 hours per week on tedious work.

"We use the full suite of Netwrix Auditor applications. Being compliant with a few regulatory standards we are required to prove that we are in full control of our IT environment," said David Cook, Active Directory Engineer/Architect, West Monroe Partners. "Netwrix Auditor makes audits so much easier with its predefined easy-to-read compliance reports and search that allows us to answer any questions in real time. We save weeks' worth of time! Now when we know about every change, every user activity in our IT environment, we also know our data is more secure than before. It's a great product. I definitely recommend it."

"According to the 2015 Global State of Information Security Survey by PwC, every industry has been affected by security incidents in the past year. While the number of data breaches grow in scope, visibility across all levels of the IT environment becomes a global trend and an essential part of organizations' cybersecurity strategy," said Alex Vovk, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix. "We are proud to meet this market demand and provide our customers with comprehensive range of services, which help them gain better control over the IT infrastructure, strengthen overall security posture, streamline compliance and ensure smooth operation of critical systems."

For more detailed information about Netwrix 2016 Customer Survey, please visit: http://www.netwrix.com/go/customersurveyresults2016.

About Netwrix Corporation
Netwrix Corporation provides IT auditing software that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, including who changed what, when and where each change was made, and who has access to what. Over 150,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to audit IT infrastructure changes and data access, prepare reports required for passing compliance audits, and increase the efficiency of IT operations. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 70 industry awards and was named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. For more information, visit www.netwrix.com.

SECAUCUS, NJ – Rsam, the industry-leading provider of Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) and Security Operations, Analytics & Reporting (SOAR) solutions, today announced the availability of its Security Incident Response Platform (SIRP) to handle and communicate complex incidents across multiple departments within an organization. The SIRP offering is fully integrated with Rsam's industry-leading threat management and vulnerability management solutions, providing organizations the most comprehensive view into their security incidents. 

Serious security incidents, which can have a greater business impact than ever before, are driving shifts in security management and the need for specialized tools to support IR efforts. Organizations and their customers are demanding higher levels of responsiveness, while BYOD and cloud have given IT less control over their infrastructure and data than ever before. Enterprises are realizing that they need a coordination function to detect security incidents, assess the damage, and then lead the response.

Rsam Security Operations, Analytics & Reporting (SOAR) cuts through the increasing volume of security operations Big Data and provides analysis that helps you gain insight, identify problem areas, and take action before a security incident occurs. With the addition of new SIRP capabilities, organizations can now rapidly respond to these incidents across multiple responsible groups, reducing incident response time, enabling faster compliance with regulations, enabling visibility into how widely spread an incident is, and cataloguing all evidence for later use in support of legal proceedings and root-cause analysis.

"Security incidents are different from other incidents in an organization, and require a greater degree of coordination, as they depend on imperfect (or often deliberately misleading) evidence that must be verified, assessed and interpreted," said Vivek Shivananda, CEO of Rsam. "By delivering our SIRP as part of a tightly integrated security operations, analysts and reporting solution, in concert with threat and vulnerability management, we are enabling customers to have as much information as possible at their fingertips, communicate and coordinate through agreed-upon best practices, and maintain a single location for all evidence for any given incident."

Key functionality within Rsam's Security Incident Response Platform (SIRP) includes the ability to:

  • Leverage your existing playbooks to automatically generate and assign handling and response tasks.
  • Automatically escalate events based on user definable criteria.
  • Automatically assign notification tasks based on built in state and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain evidence journals to support future investigations.
  • Access real time dashboards that can target incident responders and security operations centers as well as executives.

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

New Solution Provides Customers With Significantly Longer Captured History of Breach Activity for More Effective Response and Decreased Risk

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Blue Coat Systems, Inc., a market leader in enterprise security, and NetApp, a leader in enterprise storage, today announced the companies are working together to provide high-density storage solutions that enable extended network forensic analysis. This combination of NetApp's high density storage and Blue Coat's Security Analytics incident response and forensics solution provides customers a high-performance and high-density storage solution that significantly expands the capture window from weeks to months within the same physical footprint. Customers can retain more valuable evidence that can help limit exposure in the event of a breach, together with the ability to replay and reconstruct exactly how the attacker compromised the system and what was extracted.

With the advent of sophisticated targeted attacks, organizations are facing a growing demand for more scalable storage as they work to protect, detect and remediate network attacks. Blue Coat Security Analytics works to provide proactive incident response by constantly detecting malicious activity and enriching the retained data to pin point potential issues. The ability to retain and enrich more data can dramatically reduce the time it takes to discover a breach from weeks to hours.

Robert Westervelt, research manager, security products, IDC said, "A strong analytics platform gives organizations the ability to modernize the existing investments they've made in their security infrastructure to gain visibility over the increasingly distributed nature of the corporate environment. This visibility requires analysis of real-time events and must incorporate historical analysis to identify threats. The evolving nature of the threat landscape and attacker determination to take advantage of the complexities associated with cloud consumption, a mobile workforce and decentralized nature of digital assets demand that organizations support rapid response using this approach. Organizations must improve their ability to contain threats before any widespread damage takes place."

As a critical component of this solution, Blue Coat provides its high-performance, 10G Security Analytics network forensics appliance in a compact 1U form factor. Capable of capturing, indexing, classifying and replaying all network traffic at speeds up to 10Gbps in a single appliance, incident response professionals can quickly get to the root cause of an attack. Combined with NetApp's E-Series system, 240TB of storage can be delivered in only 4U of rack space, expandable to 720TB of storage per Security Analytics appliance. Blue Coat's Security Analytics solution now supports NetApp. This joint solution is available through Blue Coat's resellers.

"Security professionals rely on an unprecedented volume of data that they must be able to swiftly capture, control and analyze," said Maria Olson, vice president, Global & Strategic Alliances, NetApp. "At NetApp, we ensure that security professionals have the freedom and mobility to access the data and insights they need and support key data security and compliance initiatives. Customers deploying Blue Coat Security Analytics paired with our E-Series system will be able to store, analyze and retrieve crucial data in a timely and cost effective manner."

"At a time where organizations are being bombarded by security incidents, one of the most critical aspects of an enterprise security solution is to understand exactly what's happening in the network," said Peter Doggart, vice president, business development, Blue Coat. "By integrating our security analytics solution with high-density storage from NetApp, Blue Coat is enabling our customers to conduct much faster analysis and resolution of potential attacks and breaches, even in the largest, most demanding networks."

About Blue Coat Systems
Blue Coat is a leader in advanced enterprise security, protecting 15,000 organizations every day, including 88 of the 100 largest global companies. Through the Blue Coat Security Platform, Blue Coat unites network, security and cloud, providing customers with maximum protection against advanced threats, while minimizing impact on network performance and enabling cloud applications and services. Blue Coat was acquired by Bain Capital in March 2015. For additional information, please visit www.bluecoat.com.

Blue Coat and the Blue Coat logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Blue Coat Systems, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.