SEOUL, Korea — Suprema, a leading global provider of biometrics and security technology, is pleased to announce that Suprema biometric devices can now be paired with Access Control Technology (ACT) Ltd and its ACTenterprise access control software through Entertech Systems’ BioConnect identity management platform. ACT designs and manufactures high quality access control products for the security industry. ACTenterprise is their highly flexible, scalable access control software designed to facilitate the most demanding requirements for any size enterprise.
“Suprema is pleased to bring top biometric solutions to ACT’s access control software. Both the installers and the users of the software will be granted access to a full range of high quality devices that offer convenience and security,” said Young S. Moon, Vice President at Suprema. “This integration will provide customers with a software solution that includes a truly easy way to use and manage biometrics.”
Suprema’s biometric devices are integrated into ACTenterprise, an access control software that has been developed as a role based platform with different modules depending on the user type. The functionality available to each user is specific to their own needs enhancing the overall security of the system.
“The Suprema line of biometric readers and BioConnect align perfectly with our mission to deliver superior quality electronic Access Control products,” says Michael Byrden, Sales Director at ACT. “This robust combination will enable us to deliver the benefits of easy to use and highly secure biometrics through our ACTenterprise access control software.”
The integration of Suprema biometric devices with ACTenterprise provides more efficient, user-friendly access control for ACT customers. Instead of having to manage badge records in two different systems (one for the access control panel and another for the biometric templates), BioConnect seamlessly syncs users between the two systems. Through a simple graphical user interface, users can access the enrollment window to search for a user/badge and add biometric templates. With this integration ACT customers now have the ability to easily and simply integrate proven biometrics into their access control systems.
“With Suprema devices and our BioConnect identity management platform, ACT will now be able to provide easier to deploy solutions featuring biometric access control to even the most demanding of enterprises,” says Rob Douglas, CEO of ENTERTECH SYSTEMS. “Our highly responsive, results-driven technical services team works with certified partners such as ACT to ensure complete customer satisfaction.”
The Suprema line of biometric devices, which includes fingerprint detection, card and PIN readers and the BioConnect application, is now available through ACT. Applicable Suprema biometric readers include BioStation T2, BioStation, BioEntry Plus, BioEntry W, BioLite Net and BioMini.
About Suprema Inc.
Suprema Inc. is a global leader in biometrics and security technology. By combining world renowned biometric algorithms with superior engineering, Suprema is able to continually develop and manufacture reliable industry leading products. Suprema's extensive portfolio of products include biometric access control systems, time & attendance devices, fingerprint/live scanners and embedded fingerprint modules.
Suprema supports worldwide sales network that spans across more than 133 countries around the world and was the first biometrics company listed on Korea’s stock market (KOSDAQ 094840).
Access Control Technology (ACT) Ltd
ACT was formed in 1995 to design and manufacture high quality access control products for the security industry. ACT provides innovative and cost effective solutions across the market spectrum.
ACT specialises in the design and manufacture of integrated access control, video surveillance, time and attendance and visitor management solutions. ACT has offices in Dublin and Manchester and exports to over 30 countries worldwide. Combining reliability and quality with engineering expertise and innovation, the ACT product portfolio has a functionality that is user friendly, effective and well developed in line with the demands of the market. For more information, visit www.accesscontroltechnology.com.
About ENTERTECH SYSTEMS partnered with Suprema
ENTERTECH SYSTEMS is Suprema’s official operating partner in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and Puerto Rico. The company offers Suprema’s family of #1-rated biometric devices (finger, face, card and PIN), next generation IP access control system, biometric algorithm and SDK, and software products. The company’s industry-first BioConnect identity management platform enables Suprema’s biometric readers to be easily integrated with leading global access control systems. BioConnect is available worldwide through ENTERTECH SYSTEMS. For more information, visit www.bioconnect.com and www.entertechsystems.co.uk.
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HIGHLAND, IL – Power management company Eaton today announced it is offering updated B-Line® series TOLBrace™ seismic bracing software for engineered fire sprinkler applications. With a new English and Spanish language selection tool, TOLBrace 8.0 offers a step-by-step approach to seismic bracing, including a project bill of materials generator and many other valuable features for fire sprinkler systems.
“The latest update to our TOLBrace software helps customers save time and money,” said Greg Shaughnessy, product line manager, TOLCO™ Seismic Bracing, Eaton. “This solution provides a greater amount of design flexibility, identifying the component with the lowest load capacity.”
Available for engineers, designers, plan reviewers and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), the TOLBrace 8.0 software version helps to quickly and easily perform zone of influence calculations according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 13 guidelines, Uniform Building Code (UBC) and International Building Code (IBC). It also contains the latest California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)-approved loads, for both the Preapproval of Anchorage (OPA) 0030-10 and Preapproval of Manufacturer (OPM) 0052-13.
TOLBrace 8.0 software also includes a space calculation feature, allowing users to calculate the maximum allowable spacing with an alert when there is an improperly spaced sway brace assemblies due to load capacity or allowable pipe deflection per NFPA 13.
For more information, visitwww.cooperbline.com/tolbrace.
Eaton offers a broad range of data center enclosures, airflow management solutions and B-Line series support systems, seismic bracing solutions, electrical enclosures and wireways designed to save time and deliver a lower total installed cost. The products offered serve customers in commercial construction, oil and gas, mining, solar, communications and data centers, and other markets.
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 2014 sales of $22.6 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 102,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.
Latest Patented Innovation Demonstrates Dot Hill's Commitment to Delivering Differentiated Products for Key Vertical Markets Through OEM Partners
LONGMONT, Colo. – Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:HILL), a trusted supplier of innovative enterprise-class storage systems, today announced that it has been awarded a patent related to enhancements in safety and ease of service for Dot Hill's unique Ultra48™AssuredSAN® ultra-density hybrid storage systems in rack-mount enclosures. This innovation demonstrates Dot Hill's commitment to providing highly differentiated products for the company's OEM partners and their customers in key vertical markets such as big data analytics and media & entertainment (M&E), as well as data center environments where high density and high performance are required.
The industry-first Ultra48 AssuredSAN ultra-density solution delivers twice the performance and twice the capacity per rack unit compared to traditional arrays. The ultra-density chassis houses nearly 58 terabytes of data on small form factor 2.5-inch HDDs in an efficient 2U footprint. For high performance transaction workloads, the array can support any combination of SSDs and HDDs in the same enclosure. This footprint also reduces weight by 25 percent, which is critical in crowded data center environments.
The company's 104th US patent number 9,001,514, is the first patent awarded of six applications that have been filed related to the innovative Ultra48 chassis. The innovation allows the Ultra48 AssuredSAN system to be used safely in a datacenter and eliminates the possibility of a 19-inch rack being tipped over, even when all three fully populated Ultra48 drive drawers are open simultaneously. This eliminates risk of injury and ensures uninterrupted access to all hard disk devices (HDDs) and solid-state devices (SSDs) in the Ultra48 AssuredSAN.
"Dot Hill designs highly reliable storage solutions with practical innovations that arm our OEM customers with a competitive edge in the marketplace," said Ken Day, chief technology officer, Dot Hill. "The Ultra48 AssuredSAN offers unmatched density, making it a highly compelling hybrid storage solution for customers such as big data analytics leader Teradata and Autodesk, a major force in the M&E space. This patented innovation ensures easy drive accessibility and maintenance as well as the safety of the storage administrator."
The design of the Ultra48 makes it much more customer serviceable than competitive top-mounted designs. While some competitive products require customers to remove the entire enclosure from the rack and then remove the top of the enclosure to replace drives, the Ultra48 AssuredSAN is equipped with easily extended drawers that provide side access to all drives from the center of the enclosure.
About Dot Hill
Leveraging its proprietary AssuredSAN family of hybrid storage solutions with RealStor™—the next generation real-time storage operating system—Dot Hill solves today's storage workload challenges created by the Internet of Things and third platform technologies. In today's interconnected world, Dot Hill storage solutions support people accessing information, and machines collecting sensor data—all in real time. Dot Hill's solutions combine innovative intelligent software with the industry's most flexible and extensive hardware platform and simplified management to deliver best-in-class solutions. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in the United States, Europe, and Asia. For more information, contact Dot Hill at http://www.dothill.com/ or @Dot_Hill.
Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties that Dot Hill may face, please consult the Company's most recent Forms 10-Q and 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made. Dot Hill undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.
Companies in New England and California add to the Access client base
LIVERMORE, Calif. – Rob Alston, CEO of Access, has announced the company’s recent expansion in two of the company’s existing markets with the acquisition of the records division of ABC Moving and Storage of Hudson, New Hampshire, and Document Storage Corporation, based in Ontario, California. These transactions are the 83rd and 84th acquisitions made by Access since its founding in 2004.
Records from ABC’s facilities in Hudson will be relocated to Access Record Centers in the Boston area while the records inventories and business currently managed in DSC’s Ontario facilities will be maintained there and in strategic Access locations throughout Southern California.
“I look forward to discussing the benefits of joining Access with other industry business owners who, like those of ABC Moving and Storage and Document Storage, recognized the value of partnering with a larger, international firm in order to provide future opportunities for their team members and broadened service capabilities and a nationwide footprint to their clients,” explained Access president, John Chendo. “For any business owner considering the sale of their records and information management business, the timing is right for us to discuss the possibilities.”
As the largest privately held records and information management services provider in the United States, Access serves 40 markets across the nation and in Latin America and the Caribbean.
About Access (www.InformationProtected.com)
Access is the largest privately held records and information management (RIM) services provider in the United States. A trusted partner to clients spanning multiple industries and markets throughout the country, Access’ complete suite of services includes records storage and document management, data protection (electronic computer media), secure destruction, digital formatting and breach reporting services. The valuable business services Access provides allow clients to focus on their core businesses while reducing the costs and risks associated with document retention, management and final disposition. Access is backed by growth equity investor Berkshire Partners.
Liebert® PDX compact perimeter cooling system surpasses new U.S. Department of Energy minimum efficiency standards
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure for information and communications technology systems, today introduced the Liebert® PDX and Liebert PCW compact perimeter cooling systems to help data center managers achieve the highest efficiency and protection with low capital, installation and maintenance costs, as well as the industry’s most compact footprint. The new systems are available in North America.
Ideal for small and medium IT spaces and telecommunication switching offices, the thermal management systems replace the industry-standard Liebert Challenger 3000 compact cooling system. The efficiency of the Liebert PDX perimeter cooling system exceeds new U.S. Department of Energy minimum efficiency standards for data center equipment, which apply to certain direct expansion systems shipped after January 1, 2016. For instance, the system in 18kW capacity is 13 percent more efficient than the efficiency standards. As a family, they offer the industry’s highest net capacity per square foot. The Liebert PDX direct expansion cooling system is 25 percent more efficient than the Liebert Challenger, while the Liebert PCW compact chilled water cooling system is twice as efficient.
“Today’s smaller space IT environments are more complex, with data centers putting a focus on infrastructure flexibility, scalability and energy efficiency while maintaining the highest levels of availability,” said John Peter Valiulis, vice president, North America marketing, thermal management, Emerson Network Power. “The Liebert PDX and Liebert PCW compact perimeter cooling system family offers ideal solutions to these challenges while lowering operating costs and packing a lot of capacity into the industry’s most compact footprint.”
The thermal management systems feature an integrated Liebert iCOM™ unit control, which provides the highest level of protection and efficiency with fast and easy deployment and commissioning. Liebert iCOM features machine to machine communication to eliminate conflicts in temperature, airflow and humidity, increasing efficiency and providing superior protection across the data center's thermal management system.
The Liebert PDX and Liebert PCW compact perimeter cooling systems are available in upflow and downflow configurations, with the direct expansion system having nominal ratings of 18kW (5 tons), 23kW (6.5 tons) and 29kW (8 tons) and the chilled water system having nominal ratings of 17kW (5 tons) and 29kW (8 tons).
For more information on the LiebertPDX and Liebert PCW compact perimeter cooling systems, or other technologies and services from Emerson Network Power, 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.
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 2014 were $24.5 billion.For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.
Flowcharting feature in AUTOMON for iSchedule highlights job scheduling dependencies and reduces risk
PETERBOROUGH, NH – SoftLanding® Systems, a division of UNICOM® Global, has introduced flowchart visualization in the new release of its advanced job scheduler for IBM i systems, AUTOMON for iSchedule. This feature enables systems administrators to view, create or amend a graphical representation of any job schedule, which makes it easier to understand the flow of complex schedules. Scheduling changes can be made more quickly, with greater confidence and less risk.
“It can be difficult to see exactly what is happening when you are just looking at a written schedule,” said Jim Fisher, SoftLanding Operations Manager. “When you view the schedule as a flowchart you can immediately spot dependencies between jobs. As a result, job scheduling becomes quicker and more error proof because you can see at a glance what the effects of any changes will be.
“As the information is so much more transparent it is also easier to optimize the schedule and eliminate processing bottlenecks. That’s vital for organizations seeking to pack more into the overnight processing window without impacting online system availability for customers or employees. It also frees up more time in the schedule for upgrades and other essential maintenance.”
As the current generation of experienced IBM i systems administrators comes up for retirement, the ability to work with a visual representation of job schedules also speeds up learning for new staff and allows them to become productive more quickly.
AUTOMON for iSchedule is part of SoftLanding’s suite of automated operations software for IBM i systems. The AUTOMON suite encompasses the following software products:
IBM i message management, for standalone or networked IBM i servers - improves system throughput and saves time and money through automated monitoring and response rules.
IBM i advanced job scheduler that manages batch work on standalone or networked IBM i servers, all with a single point of control - satisfies enterprise scheduling needs with capabilities such as unattended backups, restricted task scheduling and controlled system IPLs (Initial Program Loads).
IBM i automated messaging for message queue, application and job monitoring, notifying system administrators and support personnel when problems and/or specific events occur - allows users to receive automated alerts and to control IBM i servers via a mobile phone using email, Twitter and 2-way SMS (Short Message Service) functionality.
IBM i full function spool file management, featuring extensive electronic document facilities such as report splitting, document management, spool management, distribution and archiving.
SoftLanding’s IBM i products and solutions are commercially available through UNICOM Global’s UNICOM Systems and Macro 4 divisions. For additional product information please visit www.softlanding.com.
About SoftLanding® Systems www.softlanding.com
SoftLanding is a division of UNICOM Global, specializing in software change management, automated operations, and performance management solutions for the IBM i, System i, iSeries and AS/400 platform.
SoftLanding’s software change management solution defines and supports repeatable procedures for developing, deploying and maintaining IBM i, Web and multi-platform applications, across the entire software development lifecycle (SDLC). The company's automated operations and performance management solutions keep core business systems running at optimum levels and prevent unplanned application downtime. SoftLanding’s menu management solutions provide efficient, secure, flexible, and standardized access to corporate business applications running on IBM i.
About UNICOM® Global www.unicomglobal.com
UNICOM Global consists of more than thirty-seven (37) corporate entities encompassing a wide range of businesses across all geographic regions. With its corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, California, to offices in Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia, throughout EMEA in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Finland, Switzerland and the UAE, and across Asia/Pacific with locations in India, Australia, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines. UNICOM Global offers deep in-house resources and flexible IT solutions to our partners worldwide. UNICOM Global focuses on acquiring and integrating mature and growing mid-cap NASDAQ, London Stock Exchange AIM and German publically-traded companies in technology, financing, IT, real estate, and business services. Please visit our websites for additional information about the services, products and solutions that UNICOM Global offers:
www.unicomglobal.com UNICOM Global - Assets, capital and investment management
www.unicomsi.com UNICOM Systems - IBM Mainframe software products
www.unicomgov.com UNICOM Government (formerly NASDAQ: GTSI) - Government IT solutions
www.unicomengineering.com UNICOM Engineering (formerly NASDAQ: NEI) Appliance platform
www.solidDB.com solidDB – In-memory relational database management system
www.usrobotics.com U.S. Robotics - Data communications products
www.memeo.com Memeo - Enterprise-grade Secure File Sharing for the Cloud
www.firetide.com Firetide - Wireless technology solutions for security and transportation
www.detec.com DETEC - Document composition products
www.softlanding.com SoftLanding Systems - IBM i software products
www.macro4.com Macro 4 (formerly LONDON: MAO) - Document Management products
www.illustro.com illustro - z/OS and z/VSE software products
www.iet-solutions.com iET Solutions - ITIL ITSM software products
www.eden.com Eden - Domino Notes and Open Systems products
www.cics.com CICS.com - Hardware, Software, Outsourcing and Professional Services
www.unicom-capital.com UNICOM Capital - Business and Financial Services
P4Java and P4Eclipse Are the Latest in 20+ Tools Available in Perforce’s Open Source Workshop
- Perforce has released the source code for its Eclipse plug-in (P4Eclipse) and Java API (P4Java)
- P4Java and P4Eclipse allow users to seamlessly integrate Perforce into their Java and Eclipse development workflows and environments and are now available via the Perforce Workshop.
WOKINGHAM, UK. – Perforce Software today announced that it has released the source code for P4Eclipse and P4Java. Now available in the Perforce Workshop, the company’s open source community group, the tools allow users to better integrate the Perforce Helix software configuration management (SCM) and collaboration platform with their Java and Eclipse development workflows. P4Java and P4Eclipse are the latest in more than 20 popular clients open sourced by Perforce.
Integrations with Eclipse and Java are instrumental for any version control platform used in software development. P4Eclipse, the Perforce plug-in for Eclipse, seamlessly brings the strengths of Perforce’s version management system to Eclipse’s powerful Integrated Development Environment (IDE).
Implemented as a pure Java solution, P4Eclipse provides a developer-oriented set of features from the Eclipse Team framework that support a wide range of Agile and traditional development workflows. P4Java, Perforce’s Java API, enables applications to access the Helix Versioning Engine natively and enables developers to integrate the API into Java applications and tools.
Releasing the source code for P4Eclipse and P4Java allows teams to build tools more quickly and better customise their development pipelines, while having access to Perforce’s award-winning technical support.
“Adding P4Eclipse and P4Java to the long list of tools we have open sourced reinforces our commitment to the community,” said Christopher Seiwald, founder and CEO of Perforce. “We recognise the work our customers put into customising their Perforce environments, and we want to make it as easy as possible for them to do so.”
P4Eclipse and P4Java are available immediately through the Perforce Workshop. To find additional open source tools, learn about upcoming community events, or join the Workshop, visit: https://swarm.workshop.perforce.com/.
About Perforce Software
Perforce Software helps companies build complex products more collaboratively and securely. Its highly scalable source code management (SCM) and collaboration platform, Perforce Helix, enables global teams to collaborate on any type or size of file. It supports both centralised and distributed (DVCS) workflows while safeguarding intellectual property with advanced behavioural analytics. Perforce is trusted by the world’s most innovative brands, including adidas, Samsung, NVIDIA, Intuit, Pixar, Salesforce, EA, Ubisoft and VMware. The company is headquartered in Alameda, California, with offices in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia and sales partners around the globe. For more information, please visit www.perforce.com
USU Group acquires SecurIntegration for expert SAP license optimization
AACHEN, Germany – USU Software AG has acquired SecurIntegration GmbH, an SAP license optimization specialist based in Cologne, Germany. The technology and expertise of SecurIntegration complement the solutions from USU Group affiliate Aspera, a leading provider in Software Asset Management.
With the merger, which is retroactive to 1 January 2015, the companies will deliver powerful SAM solutions from one source to their national and international customers. In addition, Aspera enhances their consulting portfolio for SAP and gains an important component for optimizing overall software budgets. Aspera and SecurIntegration are already effective partners as they have closely cooperated on a technical basis for years.
Their technology systems, SmartTrack and Software-License-Compliance (SLC), will grow more closely connected while still being available as stand-alone solutions. Aspera’s internationally established SmartTrack is predominantly used by large and complex organizations for Strategic License Management, and manages SAP licenses by offering all the functionality to create a simple license balance.
SecurIntegration’s modern SLC specializes in expert SAP analytics and optimization, adding substantial features and directly interacting with SAP technology. Customers worldwide will now benefit from the integrated technologies as well as enhanced, seamless consulting through a wide range of license management topics.
Special Offer for Limited Time
For prospective and current customers, a free SAP optimization potential analysis is available for a short period of time: In the next four weeks, the analysis is free of charge for the first 10 requesters. This analysis will identify significant savings potential for their SAP software spend based on experience.
Statements from Aspera and SecurIntegration
Olaf Diehl, Managing Director of Aspera GmbH, looks forward to the closer cooperation. “Aspera cordially welcomes the team from SecurIntegration at USU group. With our united expertise and technology, SecurIntegration and Aspera offer their customers full-blown optimization for their whole software portfolio, including their SAP licenses. This way, our customers are enabled to permanently cut their costs.”
Guido Schneider, Managing Director of SecurIntegration GmbH, considers the association to be ideal: “I am glad that we can offer our customers an ideal supplement to our product in the future. This association strengthens SecurIntegration in a couple of areas, thus empowering us to serve international markets and helping us grow further.”
Dr. Benjamin Strehl, Management Board Member for USU Software AG, feels the merger is the beginning of new growth. “The acquisition of SecurIntegration represents an ideal addition to our business model, especially in the competence area of software asset management. The positive development of the company in this dynamic, growing market segment lead us to extend the long-lasting successful cooperation between Aspera and SecurIntegration on a new basis. At the same time, this acquisition prepares the ground for further, international growth.”
Aspera is a highly specialized provider of Software Asset Management solutions. Hundreds of enterprises worldwide rely on Aspera, including more than 35 Fortune Global 500 companies. Since 2000, our award-winning software and services--including the SmartTrack license management technology--have been successfully implemented in international projects, representing diverse industries such as banking and finance, automotive, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals. Aspera was founded in 2000 in Aachen, Germany and its sister company in the USA, Aspera Technologies Inc., was established in 2012. The companies currently employ over 100 professionals. Aspera GmbH and Aspera Technologies Inc. are wholly owned subsidiaries of the USU Group. More information is available at www.aspera.com.
SecurIntegration is a software company specializing in SAP license optimization that has created the de facto standard for SAP license management with its proprietary Software License Compliance (SLC). USU Software AG’s new subsidiary therefore ideally supplements the existing software license management portfolio of the USU Group. SecurIntegration was founded in 2001 and currently employs 15 people. Its customers include renowned companies such as Continental, Daetwyler and AMAG.
Aspera, SmartTrack, ICM, CMM, DMM, FlowControl, FM, OSM, and the license management logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Aspera Technologies Inc. and/or Aspera GmbH in the US and other countries. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.
Cloud service provider gives Win2k3 a fitting send off as it reaches end of life
Disaster recovery provider Databarracks has today released their unique tribute to Windows Server 2003, which reaches end of life on July 14th. The Databarracks team, alongside The University of Surrey’s Electronics and Amateur Radio Society (EARS), launched a Win2k3 disk into space.
Based on mass and the weather conditions on the day, the team predicts the balloon carrying the disk reached an altitude of 100,000 feet (30km) - most commercial aircraft fly at an altitude of 30,000 to 40,000 feet – before bursting and travelling back down to Earth. The curvature of the Earth can be seen quite clearly in the film as the balloon approaches its maximum height.
Peter Groucutt, Managing Director at Databarracks, commented on the gesture:
“Windows Server 2003 has been such a reliable workhorse for organisations for the last decade. The unparalleled levels of stability it has offered have earned it a special place in the hearts of IT managers worldwide – ours included. There’s almost a feeling of nostalgia when we think about Server 2003 reaching end of life. For us as a company especially – we were founded in 2003 and so Win2k3 has been integral to us from the start. We wanted to give it a fitting send off.”
Despite support reaching end of life, research from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) suggests that at the end of 2014 61 per cent of businesses were still reliant on Windows Server 2003. A further study by Bit9 predicts 2.7 million Win2k3 servers will remain deployed post end-of-life. Oscar Arean, Technical Operations Manager for Databarracks says this poses a big risk:
“Continuing to run an unsupported operating system after end-of-life will leave you open to vulnerabilities. In addition, applications will no longer be supported by vendors on server 2003. While they may work fine for a while, if you do have an issue, the vendor won’t be able to help. While there are security products available to allow you to keep Windows Server 2003, that option will prove expensive. Additionally, expect IT support companies to increase the cost of support of 2003 boxes - Microsoft are rumoured to be charging around $600 USD per incident.”
Databarracks provides ultra-secure, award winning Disaster Recovery, Backup and Infrastructure services from UK-based, ex-military data centres.
Databarracks is certified by the Cloud Industry Forum, ISO 27001 certified for Information Security and has been named as a “Niche Player” in Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for DRaaS.
Find out more at www.databarracks.com
Expansion highlights commitment to growing Asia Pacific market
LONDON – Confirmit today announced its acquisition of Information Research Management Pty Ltd (IRM), its exclusive value-added reseller in Sydney, Australia.
The acquisition of IRM will enable Confirmit to better serve the expanding Australian, New Zealand and Asian markets with the optimum level of local support. This in turn will enable its customers to develop and deliver world-leading Voice of the Customer (VoC), Voice of the Employee (VoE) and Market Research (MR) programmes. It also demonstrates Confirmit’s ongoing strategy to expand its offering to meet market needs and its determination to deliver the highest quality and most comprehensive range of services and solutions to new and existing customers around the world.
IRM has acted as Confirmit’s long-term reseller for over 11 years, providing local sales, support, training and consulting services for Confirmit’s award winning solutions in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Existing customers include theNRMA, The Online Research Unit, Pure Profile and Fairfax Media Limited.
The acquisition follows the recent launch of Confirmit’s Australian SaaS environment which introduced a highly resilient, low-latency service to customers in the region. The increased commitment to the region will leverage growing market interest in the role of customer experience in Asia and support the recent expansion of operations in the area by several leading MR agencies.
Commenting on the announcement, Confirmit’s President and CEO, Henning Hansen added: “The acquisition of IRM is part of our continued global growth strategy that will enable us to deliver our industry-leading solutions around the world. We’re committed to strategically expanding our business through endeavours that will benefit our customers and the wider market.”
Tim Hannington, EVP EMEA & APAC, added: “I’m delighted to welcome the team from IRM and their customers to Confirmit. By consolidating our presence in Australia, we’ll be able to work more closely than ever with businesses in this vital region. There is a huge opportunity for us to work with organisations working to transform their businesses through the cutting edge Market Research techniques, Voice of the Customer and Voice of the Employee programmes.”
The popularity of the mobile channel and social media as a way to share customer experiences and to communicate across the region is proven. 47% of shoppers in developing Asia will share poor in-store experiences with friends and family, versus 36% in developed countries, according to CustomerExperienceAsia.com. 87% in developing Asia report sharing retail experiences via social media channels versus 43.5% in developed countries.
IRM General Manager, Chris Breslin, joining Confirmit as Country Manager, commented: “Joining forces with Confirmit is an entirely logical step for IRM. We’ve worked closely together for over a decade and by becoming part of the core business, we’ll be able to draw on the wide range of technology, solutions and expertise held across the company. This move represents a great step forward not only for Confirmit but for companies in Asia Pacific looking to run world-class feedback and research programmes.”
Virginia Meikle, Senior Manager Consumer Insights, NRMA, an IRM customer explained: “We’ve worked very successfully with IRM for 7 years and have enjoyed a great working relationship with the team there. We’re excited by the possibilities of greater access to a wider range of Confirmit’s solutions and we’re really looking forward to working closely with the expanded team to learn more about how this can help us to drive our business forward.”
The newly combined business will be based in Sydney and will be known as Confirmit Australia Pty Ltd. Confirmit previously acquired Integrasco in 2013, CustomerSat in 2012, Techneos in 2011 and Pulse Train in 2007.
Confirmit is the world’s leading SaaS vendor for multichannel Voice of the Customer, Employee Feedback, and Market Research solutions. The company has offices in Oslo (headquarters), Chengdu, Cologne, Grimstad, London, Moscow, New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Vancouver, and Yaroslavl. Confirmit’s software is also distributed through partner resellers in Madrid, Milan, Salvador, and Tokyo.
Confirmit powers Global 5000 companies and Market Research agencies worldwide with a wide range of software products for feedback / data collection, panel management, data processing, analysis, and reporting. Customers include Aurora, British Airways, Cross-Tab, Dow Chemical, GfK, GlaxoSmithKline, GMO Research, JTN Research, Keep Factor, Morehead Associates, Nielsen, Research Now, Swisscom, and The Wellcome Trust. Visit www.confirmit.com for more information.
IRM has acted as the exclusive Australian and New Zealand value added reseller for Confirmit since 2004. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, the company provides local sales, support, training and consulting services for Confirmit’s world leading solutions for Customer Experience, Employee Engagement and Market Research in both territories. Harnessing over 20 years of local MR experience and global partnerships, IRM also provides consulting services to its clients to ensure they are utilising Confirmit’s solutions to their full potential.