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Security: What of the Future?

It is becoming clear that the prevailing piecemeal approach to security is no longer sufficient to thwart increasingly sophisticated attacks. Gaps in coverage provide possible entry points, blended attacks in several sectors can mask the actual threat, and sophisticated attacks involving multiple targets and approaches can find their way around many current defenses.

Interest is growing in unified threat management (UTM) for small to medium-sized businesses, which centralizes all network intrusion response in a single device, and next-generation firewalls (NGFs), which defend against most of the same things but are aimed at the enterprise. Although some currently define these as separate product areas, major vendors are now providing this form of protection as a continuum. Centralizing network perimeter protection in this way has innumerable benefits, making it possible to apply best practices and meet regulatory requirements. Centralized devices can provide a variety of deep-screening techniques through virtualized systems and across changing areas of concern. In addition, they can be quickly updated, reducing effectiveness of zero-day exploits, and dedicated hardware permits use of ASICS (application-specific integrated circuits engineering) and FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays) to improve throughput.

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NEWARK, Calif. – Tegile Systems, the leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays for databases, virtualized server and virtual desktop environments, today announced that Oklahoma Heart Hospital has chosen its T2800 All-Flash Array to provide the speed and performance necessary to support its large-scale VDI deployment.

Oklahoma Heart Hospital is the nation’s first all-digital hospital totally focused on heart care services.  The physician-owned facility considers every facet of a heart patient’s care and hospital experience to ensure a patient-centered care experience that delivers better outcomes.  By saving valuable time for patients by making information readily available to caregivers, Oklahoma Heart Hospital has achieved a ranking in the top 1 percent nationally for patient satisfaction.

To help support its state-of-the-art mandate, Oklahoma Heart Hospital looked to replace its traditional infrastructure and build a new tiered storage infrastructure with the best-performance flash-based solution available in support of its Citrix XenDesktop environment.  After building a real-world test environment deployed in the middle of its data center, Oklahoma Heart Hospital evaluated the fastest, highest-performing offerings from several major storage vendors before choosing Tegile for its speed, flexibility, ease of management and enterprise-class capabilities.

“Specifically, what I was after was something that was very good for VDI and XenApp, that keeps latency down, that keeps network utilization down, with a good amount of storage and excellent amount of speed,” said David Stinson, Senior IT Specialist for Oklahoma Heart Hospital.  “I almost couldn’t believe what I was seeing with Tegile.  I couldn’t believe how well it performed.  Everything about Tegile worked.  It had everything we needed and it did it extremely well.  The bottom line?  Choosing Tegile was a ‘no brainer’ for me.”

Introduced more than two years ago, Tegile’s All-Flash Arrays deliver enterprise-grade performance without the potential for any service interruption or delay, making them an ideal solution for applications that require the highest performance and low latencies.  

Tegile Intelligent Flash arrays deliver exceptional performance and economics for VDI deployments regardless of the choice of hypervisor and virtual desktop server solution.  Tegile has worked closely with VMware, Citrix and Microsoft to develop and validate several Virtual Desktop reference architectures.  Through extensive testing with various hypervisors and desktop servers, Tegile eliminates any interoperability and operational risk, enabling organizations to realize the promise of desktop virtualization.

"Oklahoma Heart Hospital went looking for the fastest, highest-performing storage available on the marketplace today and found that Tegile fit the bill after performing head-to-head, real-world testing," said Rob Commins, vice president of marketing at Tegile.  "Running hundreds of virtual machines on a centralized infrastructure requires a storage architecture that delivers consistent and best end-user experience.  We’re pleased that Oklahoma Heart Hospital found our Intelligent Flash Arrays to be the perfect platform to keep up with the performance demands of their virtual desktops without compromise."

About Tegile Systems
Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of intelligent flash arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtual desktop and database applications. With Tegile’s line of all-flash and hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that accelerate business critical enterprise applications and allow customers to significantly consolidate mixed workloads in virtualized environments.
Tegile’s patented IntelliFlash™ technology accelerates performance and enables inline deduplication and compression of data so each array has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than any other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in snapshot, remote-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and VM-aware features. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile.

LONDON – Brainloop has launched its portfolio of simple, secure, collaboration tools into the UK to address the serious risks facing British organisations whose employees share high-value confidential and sensitive data on public storage platforms like Dropbox.

Brainloop’s solutions are designed to be used by any organisation that needs to securely manage and collaborate on confidential documents and other information both within their local IT infrastructure and also remotely – i.e. across the Internet and on mobile devices.

UK industries that most urgently need this capability include banking and financial services, legal, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors where corporate compliance, IP protection and data security are crucial ‘must-haves’ to minimise the risk of loss or fraudulent use of business-critical information.

Security analyst Bob Tarzey of Quocirca said: “There are lots of consumer-focused cloud storage products which can be accessed with ease if controls are not put in place. Employees invoke them for good reasons - to backup data from their devices and share content with customers and partners. However, there is always the danger that confidential and sensitive files end up in the wrong hands. Intellectual property may be compromised and, if regulated data is involved, there may be financial penalties. Those responsible for data security in most businesses know confidential data must be made accessible to those with a need-to-know and protected from access by others. The challenge is putting the right levels of control in place.”

Mark Edge has been appointed Country Manager UK and VP of Sales, Brainloop and will be responsible for building out the UK team and driving the company’s growth across the region. He was previously the regional Vice President of EMEA Sales at WatchDox and before that held senior sales positions at several renowned business technology brands including A10 Networks and Citrix.

Mark Edge believes that a holistic approach to enterprise data security is the only way forward in today’s uber-connected, always-on, digital economy. He claims: “It won’t be long before the majority of UK firms ban the use of consumer storage platforms like Dropbox in the workplace. But any alternative enterprise-ready solution must be all encompassing – to avoid backdoor leaks – and easy to use – so as not to impact the business workflow.”

About Brainloop

Founded in 2000, Brainloop is the market-leading provider of highly intuitive SaaS solutions that enable its customers to securely manage and collaborate on confidential documents and information, whether inside or outside of their IT environments. Brainloop's customers comprise numerous Fortune, FTSE and DAX companies across a wide range of sectors, both private and public. They rely on the regulatory and corporate compliance, collaboration and process capabilities of Brainloop, as well its complete portfolio of security solutions and features including full encryption, audit trail, two-factor authentication, and provider and administrator shielding, all with a convenient and easy to use interface.

Helps Homeless Contact Friends And Family And Speak To Crisis Specialists Via Video Calls

READING, UK – IGEL Technology is extending its support for the Crisis at Christmas initiative to help London’s homeless over the festive period. This year 300 IGEL thin clients will be deployed at 10 schools and colleges used as Crisis Christmas Centres over the holiday. During the operation 8,000 Crisis charity volunteers across the country will make the greatest possible difference for more than 3,000 homeless guests. This will be IGEL’s fifth year of consecutive support for the initiative.

For the first time this year, IGEL thin clients will be used at each London location as Video Call Kiosks to allow homeless guests to get in touch with friends and family and to consult with Crisis specialists at other locations to help improve their situation. The remaining IGEL devices are used to provide access to email, word processing and collaboration tools to enable Crisis charity volunteers to communicate and identify shelter for homeless people over the Christmas period, as well as for homeless visitors to access the internet for information and communication.

The thin clients are part of a total IT solution being provided to Crisis at Christmas by the Aimar Foundation, a charity founded to provide IT support to other charities. The Aimar Foundation is funding and setting up the information systems network, with help from global IT companies, hosted desktop provider Vesk and the support of volunteers, principally from Morgan Stanley. In total 200 technology professionals and volunteers will set-up the vital communications network in a 48 hour period.

“We are providing thin clients and IT expertise, through the Aimar Foundation, to enable Crisis to provide vital support and contact for those who are homeless at this very difficult time of the year for them,” said Simon Richards, IGEL’s UK Managing Director.

“The IGEL thin clients are ideal for Crisis at Christmas because they are simple and fast to set-up using centralised management software, secure because all data is held on central servers and reliable.”

For further information about Crisis at Christmas visit: http://www.crisis.org.uk/pages/christmas.html

For further information about the Aimar Foundation visit: www.theaimarfoundation.org.

About IGEL Technology

A world leader in thin and zero client solutions, IGEL Technology helps organizations improve the agility, efficiency, and security of their virtual desktop and application delivery systems. IGEL produces one of the industry's widest range of hardware thin and zero clients, based on Linux and Microsoft Windows, and leads the market in software based thin clients allowing customers to access a broad spectrum of server-based infrastructures and applications. IGEL also offers powerful and intuitive management software for easy deployment and administration of thin clients throughout any size organization. Partnerships with industry leaders like Citrix, VMware, Red Hat, and Microsoft ensure that IGEL provides the most up-to-date technology and trustworthy security to clients in industries that include Healthcare, Education & Research, Public Sector, Financial, Insurance, Retail, Logistics, and Manufacturing. IGEL has offices in the United Kingdom, Australia, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, the United States, Germany, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore and is represented by partners in over 50 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.igel.co.uk or follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/IGEL_Technology

Leader in the Technology Industry Provides Expertise on How to "Go Mobile"

CROSBY, Texas – Abletek, an industry leader in unified communications, announced today that the company has launched a mobile workforce initiative in order to help their customers leverage the benefits of advanced technology in today's mobile environment. According to a Cisco study, the growth of the mobile workforce has evolved from startups to enterprises and 3 out of every 5 workers say that they no longer need to be located in an office in order to be productive. With clear benefits in reduced rent costs, flexibility in scheduling, reduced employee commute times, environmental friendliness, improved employee morale, results-focused productivity and enhanced accountability, it's no wonder that managers and employees alike are embracing the notion of the mobile workforce. 
	Perhaps the most compelling reason to embrace the idea of a remote workforce is that there is finally the capability for business owners to properly manage telecommuters through recent advances in technology. Also, the functionality of such technologies has matured to the point where they are reliable, simple and scalable. 
One such feature that is quickly rising in popularity is called presence management. This technology enables a manager the same functionality as if they were in the same room as a remote worker, without actually needing to physically be there. Presence management technologies monitor employee location, track laptop activity, share availability and enable instant messaging for quick collaboration. In fact, presence management has gotten so precise that it can actually notify a manager when a remote worker has left his or her desk, is on the phone, or has taken a break to go to lunch. With managers constantly within an arm's reach for assistance, this advancement completely eliminates the frustrating element of "phone tag" inherent in antiquated telecommuting environments. 
	Many of today's businesses operate with a central folder on the Local Area Network (LAN) which stores all of the businesses key documents, spreadsheets, presentations and files. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is one that enables remote workers to access all of the exact same files as if they were sitting at their desk in the office, through a secure and safe remote connection. With VPN access, remote workers can instantly collaborate with in-office or out-of-office coworkers, since they all have the same documents at their fingertips. 
	Furthermore, telecommuters can now leverage Desktop Optimization Centers (DOCs) which monitor, manage, enhance and fix remote laptops or desktops with ease. For example, regardless of location, an employee can call into a designated customer service line and get immediate assistance with any technical issues that arise. In fact, DOCs often solve computer issues much faster than in-house IT staff because of the inherent scalability associated with these firms and sheer number of technicians available. For example, if a computer crashes during an installation of new software program, an employee simply calls the technician and the technician remotely connects to the off-site computer and resolves the problem right in front of the employee's eyes. 
	Lastly, call accounting, call forwarding and caller ID features have absolutely vital use-cases in the work-from-home environment. Sales managers can utilize simple call accounting software to track employee outreach, see how long employees spend on the phone, number of calls, and screen calls all the way down to specific words that are used. So, if a salesperson is never supposed to say "free," a manager can know how many times that word was used. You now can have a remote workforce that essentially functions "under the same roof," enhancing the customer experience. To the outside world, calls will sound the same to the end user whether that call is being answered at an employee's home or in the boardroom.  
	"When you have the same level of technology in the home office as you do in the corporate headquarters employees are able to save time on their daily commute, business owners can scale the organization more effectively by adding staff and everyone involved can enjoy increased flexibility and productivity," said Bill Parker, President of Abletek. "Now, business owners can leverage the talents and skill sets of people all over the world and it is our role at Abletek to provide the technology and the guidance to get this accomplished." 

ABOUT ABLETEK
Abletek is not your typical IT & communications company. We are a TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION PROVIDER and we care deeply about helping you maximize your productivity through effective Managed Services (MSP), IT, communications and related business technology solutions, and while a lot of companies may talk about increasing your productivity, Abletek actually delivers. 
ABLETEK will remove the burden of managing your network and communications infrastructures by providing everything needed to  maintain your servers, workstations, laptops, Pocket PCs/PDA/Treo, Switches, Routers, Email, Printers, VoIP, SIP, Digital & Analog Communications systems and more.  Leverage our team of dedicated professionals and proven  technology  management  resources  to:  CONTROL & REDUCE YOUR COSTS. 
For more information on Abletek, call (713) 455.1888 or visit www.abletek.com.

Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4004 Next-Generation Storage Systems to Power Customized Solutions for RAID, Inc. Customers in Technical Computing and Big Data Sectors

 

NEW ORLEANS – Dot Hill Systems Corp.(Nasdaq:HILL), a trusted supplier of innovative enterprise-class storage systems, today announced Raid Incorporated (RAID, Inc.) has adopted the Dot Hill AssuredSAN® 4004 series as its next-generation storage platform to further develop its capabilities in the high-performance computing storage market.

Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4004 storage systems will be used to power RAID, Inc.'s end-to-end customized solutions for clients in the high performance, technical computing and Big Data sectors. RAID Inc.'s technical computing solutions incorporate parallel file systems, storage, interconnect and compute clusters.

To provide the performance and reliability that its customers require, RAID, Inc. will incorporate Dot Hill AssuredSAN® 4004 SAN storage arrays in Ultra56™, Ultra48™, 24-drive, and 12-drive configurations into its customized computing solutions. Offering up to 6400 MB/s sequential reads and 5300 MB/s sequential writes, the AssuredSAN 4004 storage systems are tuned to provide accelerated, predictable performance for demanding workloads, making them ideal data storage solutions for high performance computing needs and rigorous application requirements. AssuredSAN 4004 models are NEBS Level 3 and MIL STD 810G-compliant to meet telecommunications requirements and military standards for shock and vibration.

RAID, Inc. customers will also benefit from RealStor™ 2.0, the latest version of Dot Hill's seriously smart storage management software, which delivers application workload-aware intelligence for today's next-generation hybrid flash storage arrays. Easy-to-use RealStor 2.0 accelerates storage management operations to deliver data where customers need it, when they need it in real-time, using autonomic real-time tiering.

Featuring a simplified user interface with patent-pending innovations that deliver better storage efficiency, higher reliability, enhanced cost-effectiveness, and fast access to "hot" data, RealStor 2.0 delivers optimal data placement, providing the highest performance to the most critical application data and aids the growth of virtual environments while improving data protection and system up-time.

"The Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4004 with RealStor 2.0 software and the unique Ultra56 chassis provide an exceptional solution for our clients in research, the federal government, pharmaceuticals, biotech and in manufacturing sectors, that rely on high performance parallel file systems such as GPFS and Lustre," said Bob Picardi, RAID, Inc.'s CEO. "These new features, combined with a lower cost than most legacy arrays on the market, make this an easy upgrade path for our existing customers."

"The Dot Hill/RAID Inc. combination offers innovative products and experienced technical resources to support high performance computing environments with highly specialized needs at an affordable price tag," said Garrett Wein, vice president of OEM sales worldwide, Dot Hill. "Organizations can achieve performance gains of up to 3 times for real-world workloads by leveraging Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4004 storage solutions, ultra-density 2u 48 or 4u 56-device configurations with flash technology and RealStor 2.0 autonomic real-time tiering to create multiple application-sensitive tiers. In head-to-head tests over competitors' automated tiering systems, these Dot Hill solutions deliver 30 percent faster data access, providing the robust I/O performance needed for data analytics applications."

Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4004 storage arrays can scale to more than a petabyte of storage with additional expansion arrays. The dual redundant design eliminates "single points-of-failure," which can disrupt business operations. Engineered to deliver 99.999 percent availability, the AssuredSAN 4004 family of arrays has dual active-active controllers for higher performance and failover, hot swappable drives, dual power supplies and fans.

Compatible with Dot Hill's high-density chassis counterparts, as well as all other AssuredSAN solutions, Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4004 storage solutions offer the highest storage networking bandwidth available, enabling organizations to do more business with less capital infrastructure - thereby increasing competitive advantage through continuous system innovation and improvement.

 

About Dot Hill

Leveraging its proprietary Assured family of storage solutions, Dot Hill solves many of today's most challenging storage problems - helping IT to improve performance, increase availability, simplify operations, and reduce costs. Dot Hill's solutions combine breakthrough software with the industry's most flexible and extensive hardware platform and automated management to deliver best-in-class solutions. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

For more information, visit us at www.dothill.com.

 

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Clone Systems' Proven Security Intelligence and Monitoring Solutions, Combined with Carousel's SmartPoint Guard Managed Services Program, Protects Enterprises Against Voice and Video Breaches

EXETER, RI – Carousel Industries, a leader in unified communications, managed services, data solutions, and security, announced that it has extended its SmartPoint Guard managed services offering powered by Clone Systems to include voice and video data protection. According to AT&T and other UC providers, attacks to UC networks can cost up to $4 billion a year. This includes the actual cost of the hack, as well as, loss of productivity to fix the vulnerability on the system.*
 
To mitigate and eliminate voice and video data breaches, companies need to consistently monitor voice activity on their networks. By enrolling in Carousel's SmartPoint Guard program, powered by Clone Systems, companies can access a suite of proven network security services that consistently monitor and detect for malicious activity, while preventing intrusions and improving compliance for enterprise customers. SmartPoint Guard consists of Clone System's proprietary monitoring and security solutions, coupled with Carousel's unrivalled integration experience and managed services.
 
"Each week there is a new story on a major data security breach, while voice and video security are often left out of the discussion entirely," said Jeffrey Hewson, National Sales Director, Data Networking Group at Carousel Industries. "As companies realize the potential of unified communications, hackers are actively pursuing the path of least resistance in illegally accessing corporate data. This is often voice related information pertaining to credit cards, personal information, and even corporate financial results. Through our continued partnership with Clone Systems, we can help companies eliminate the possibility of such a data breach."
 
With the broad adoption of unified communications technologies, enterprises have become increasingly decentralized, with employees — and executive staff — often working from remote locations. As a result, companies have become more dependent on live streaming, teleconferencing and videoconferencing for meetings, as employees connect to the network using an increasing variety of mobile devices. This massive increase in voice and video data has created an unprecedented opportunity for hackers, who can more easily access this information since it is typically running on the same corporate data network.
 
"When people make phone calls, they are often communicating about sensitive topics and sometimes sharing financial information — such as credit card data," said Richard Daw, COO at Clone Systems. "If someone is listening in on that network, that data is compromised. As a top integrator, Carousel routinely speaks with its customers about security and is very aware of this threat. The enhanced SmartPoint Guard program alleviates these concerns and provides a structured, proven approach to preventing potentially millions of dollars worth of lost data."
 
To learn more about SmartPoint Guard powered by Clone Systems, please visit http://www.carouselindustries.com/solutions/managed-services/security-solutions.
 
*Source: Clone Systems Press Release, Clone Systems Explains How Overlooking Voice and Video Security Can Cost Billions, October 1, 2014.
 
About Carousel
Carousel Industries consults, integrates, and manages technology solutions that solve business problems and contribute to your organizations’ growth. This includes unified communications, managed services, virtualization, Voice over IP (VoIP), video conferencing and collaboration and data infrastructure solutions.
 
Today we have over 6,000 customers, including 35 of the Fortune 100. Carousel has been recognized by both VAR and CRN Magazines as one of the top technology integrators in the US and we’ve been listed in the Inc. 500/5000 seven times. Carousel is headquartered in Exeter, RI, with over 1,000 employees working from offices in 30 locations across the US, including over 250 service technicians deployed across the country. For more information visit: http://www.carouselindustries.com
 

About Clone Systems
Clone Systems secures more than 1,500 customers by preventing over 50,000 attacks every day. Their Security Operation Centers (SOCs) are responsible for continuously monitoring approximately 5 million end users and conducting at least 40 million vulnerability scans on a daily basis. Clone's proprietary Clone Guard® Security Solutions Suite ensures businesses are protected against an evolving threat landscape by detecting malicious activity, preventing security threats, and improving ongoing compliance.

LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Power management company Eaton today announced that its Cooper Notification business has introduced the Wheelock Exceder LED low frequency sounder line. These new products represent a first in the industry and are designed to meet both the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) fire alarm and carbon monoxide 520 Hertz (Hz) code requirements for sleeping areas.

“Eaton is committed to providing our customers with cutting-edge and efficient solutions, allowing organizations to now meet both sleeping room codes – NFPA 72 and NFPA 720 – with one device, which features two different sound patterns, T3 for fire detection and T4 for carbon monoxide,” said Huyenchau Villas, product manager, Eaton’s Cooper Notification business. “The Exceder LED low frequency sounders and sounder strobes can replace a facility’s existing appliances, using the same pair of wires currently installed and offering a simple retrofit to meet new codes for sleeping rooms.”

To improve the effectiveness of waking up individuals in the event of fire, the NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code added requirements in the 2010 and 2013 editions, effective January 1, 2014, that audible alarms in sleeping rooms shall produce a low frequency temporal pattern (T3). The NFPA 720 Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment introduced requirements in the 2009 edition that audible alarms in sleeping rooms shall produce a low frequency T4 pattern for CO detection, effective January 1, 2015. These codes affect sounders in hotel and motel guest rooms, college and university dormitories, and assisted living facilities.

The Exceder LED low frequency sounder strobes and sounders feature multiple 520 Hz modes of operation, including T3, T4, Continuous and T3/T4. When the device is set to T3/T4, the appliance can switch from T3 to T4 based upon the condition sensed by the fire alarm control panel.

Like the entire Wheelock Exceder LED product line, models feature one of the industry’s smallest footprints and a sleek, modern, low-profile design. The low-frequency sounder strobes utilize a LED as the light source, resulting in energy efficiency that enables material and system cost savings, allowing for a greater number of appliances on the notification appliance circuit and fewer power supplies. All strobe models include a 110 candela setting.

To learn more about this solution or others from Eaton’s Cooper Notification business, visitwww.coopernotification.com.

Eaton’s Cooper Notification business is a leader in developing integrated, advanced technology and code-compliant solutions for life safety and mass notification, providing critical, emergency communications for higher education, industrial, commercial, government and military markets.

Eaton’s Electrical Sector 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 2013 sales of $22.0 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 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

Hyper-Convergence for Mission Critical Use Cases with Maxta MaxDeploy Pre-Validated Reference Architecture and Cisco Compatibility Certifications 


SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Maxta®, a leading provider of hyper-converged and software-defined storage solutions, today announced that it is the first Cisco® certified hyper-converged solution to run on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) C-Series Rack-Mount systems and also support clusters spanning metro distances. 
The Maxta MxSP™ Storage Platform with UCS Rack-Mount servers provides a cost-effective yet powerful solution that provides the simplicity of VM-centric management, scale-up, scale-out, the ability to independently scale compute and storage, along with a full suite of enterprise-class data services. Additionally, MaxDeploy™ reference architecture testing has been completed and has been certified by Cisco as a fully tested and pre-validated solution that delivers high performance and scalability for a range of virtualized workloads. 

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Metro cluster takes high availability one-step further than local replication, RAID and/or software mirroring. Found traditionally in storage arrays, metro cluster enables business continuity in the event of a complete site failure by replicating data across data centers vs. servers. Maxta metro cluster with the Cisco UCS C240 M3 is the first hyper-converged solution for Cisco servers to replicate across metro distances from a few hundred meters up to 500 kilometers. The addition of this functionality now enables leveraging Cisco UCS servers for hyper-converged solutions hosting mission critical data. 
Pre-configured and pre-tested solutions are a critical part of many organizations’ evaluation processes. (See recent Hyper-convergence State of the Market Survey.) MaxDeploy reference architecture testing and Cisco IVT testing provides organizations with the predictability of performance and peace of mind to hyper-converge and run mission critical applications on Cisco UCS systems. 

Integrated Solution Information: 
•	MaxDeploy reference architecture tested with 4 Cisco UCS C240 M3 Systems with 2 Socket 4 cores (Intel Xeon® CPU E5-2643 @ 3.30GHz)
•	MxSP Storage Platform achieved Cisco compatibility certification with Rack Mounts (C-series) UCSM 2.2.1* 
•	Support for VMware Stretch Storage Metro Cluster for continuous availability in case of site, data center, or rack failure in vSphere environments
•	Resiliency and High Availability with local mirroring and replication across local and metro distances 
•	Provides VM-centric enterprise-class reliability and data services 
•	Cost-effectively scales up VM performance and VM density for more and larger VM workloads  
•	Seamlessly integrates with VMware environments supporting vMotion, Storage vMotion, HA and Dynamic Resource Scheduler (DRS)
•	Dramatically simplifies IT by eliminating the need for storage arrays, storage networking and storage management
•	50,000+ IOPS in a 4 server cluster, leveraging server attached SSD and HDD resources
•	Provides 3X savings over traditional converged infrastructure configurations

* Compatibility certification via Interoperability Verification Testing and Cisco Validated Design is designed to simulate typical customer configurations and does not replace the need for on-site testing and interoperability validation in conjunction with actual implementation.

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“Maxta’s success in the enterprise and service provider market is possible because of our strong relationships with vendors across the industry, which ensures technical integration and comprehensive solutions for the virtual data center,” said Yoram Novick, founder, President and CEO Maxta. “By working closely with Cisco, we are able to create pre-defined and pre-validated MaxDeploy reference architectures that provide the latest in innovation while removing the interoperability and performance guesswork for customers deploying hyper-converged solutions.”
Yoram Novick, CEO Maxta

“With the growing popularity of hyper-convergence, there has been a strong demand for hyper-converged solutions to provide equivalent functionality to traditional storage arrays, along with pre-validated and integrated solutions from leading server vendors,” said Arun Taneja, Founder, President and Consulting Analyst, Taneja Group. “The addition of metro cluster functionality enables mission critical workloads to be added to hyper-converged use cases, further broadening the opportunity for Cisco and its partners to offer hyper-converged solutions.
Arun Taneja, Founder, President and Consulting Analyst, Taneja Group

Maxta is a member of the Cisco Solution Partner Program, part of the Cisco Partner Ecosystem, which unites Cisco with third-party independent hardware and software vendors to deliver integrated solutions to joint customers.  As a Solution Partner, Maxta offers a complementary product offering and collaborates with Cisco to meet the needs of joint customers. https://marketplace.cisco.com/catalog/companies/maxta

Availability and Pricing
MaxDeploy Running on Cisco UCS C240 is available immediately. Pricing starts at MSRP $39,000.

About Maxta
Maxta maximizes the promise of hyper-convergence. Maxta software-defined storage solutions provide organizations the choice to deploy hyper-convergence on any x86 server, use any hypervisor and any combination of storage devices. The simplicity of Maxta’s VM-centric solution reduces IT management to further maximize cost savings.  Hyper-scale, enterprise-level data services and capacity optimization, empower organizations to hyper-converge, eliminating the need for SAN or NAS devices. Think outside the storage box. For more information visit http://www.maxta.com.

113 percent growth in revenue from new clients, numerous multi-year deals, and product development deliver another outstanding quarter in 2014

NEW YORK – Confirmit, the leading global solutions provider for Customer Experience, Employee Engagement and Market Research, took major strides forward in Q3 with 113 percent growth in revenue from new clients and 71 percent growth in the number of new clients compared to the same quarter last year. Continued success in building multi-year contracts with clients, along with an unwavering commitment to technological performance provide a solid foundation for the end of the year.

Confirmit's commitment to market leading mobile solutions was reinforced by a significant increase in surveys completed on mobile devices. The most dramatic increase was in the number of multimedia files uploaded, up almost 40 percent over the previous quarter, demonstrating that respondents are increasingly prepared to use photos, videos and audio files to share their experiences.

Throughout the quarter, the company continued to launch innovations, such as text analytics solution, Confirmit Genius™, based on its decades of leadership in the industry. Developments such as this and Confirmit Horizons™ Version 18 have provided customers with the power and sophistication to drive value and increase key metrics, with customers reporting customer retention rates surging to 90 percent, significant improvements in Net Promoter® scores, and 30 percent reduction in Market Research study set up time.

Specific Q3 highlights include:

  • 113 percent growth in revenue from new clients as compared to Q3 2013.
  • 71 percent growth in number of new clients as compared to Q3 2013, with industry leading clients signing on for multi-year contracts.
  • The launch of Confirmit Genius, a text and social analytics solution that provides categorisation and sentiment analysis for free-form text.
  • The new Confirmit Mobile Panel App allowsorganisations running customer or Market Research panels a seamless mobile experience for their panellists. The app encourages engagement with panellists by enabling them to use it at a time and location that's convenient for them.
  • 100 percent platform uptime of the Confirmit Horizons solution for web-based data collection.
  • 32 percent growth YTD on the Confirmit Horizons on-demand environments.
  • 11 billion posts collected through Confirmit Genius™ for analysis from social media platforms, forums, blogs and news media, at an average rate of over 10 million posts per day.
  • The Confirmit Community Conference in San Francisco which wrapped up a series of 4 global events featuring industry experts from Forrester, Gartner and Temkin Group as well as brands such as ViaSat Inc., Best Buy, Infor, Asurion, Fresh Intelligence, ITV, Kobra, Safmarine, Virgin Holidays, RONIN Corporation, Futurelab, Equinix Inc., AIG, NetApp, Siemens Building Technologies, Sony Mobile Communications, and Research Now.
  • AAA rating from Dun & Bradstreet for the sixth consecutive year.

"Organisations today collect data through a number of different channels including social media and unstructured data," shared Henning Hansen, Confirmit CEO. "It's critical that they can manage this information to uncover the hidden truths that lie beneath the surface. This quarter, we've made major advances in supplying our growing client roster with new technologies and advanced analytics to deliver real value from their Voice of the Customer, Employee Engagement and Market Research programmes."

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