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The Rise Of The Citizen Data Scientist

The data skills gap is a well-publicized issue, and true data scientists are a relatively rare species. One way that organizations are attempting to solve the issue is by empowering all employees with some data skills - whether this be a math or social science degree - to analyze the data themselves. These are known as citizen data scientists.

Gartner defines a citizen data scientist as ‘a person who creates or generates models that leverage predictive or prescriptive analytics but whose primary job function is outside of the field of statistics and analytics.’ They have predicted that by 2017, the number of citizen data scientists will have grown five times faster than their highly trained counterparts. According to Shawn Rogers, Chief Research Officer at Dell Statistica, ‘I think that 2016 could be the year of the citizen data scientist because users throughout the business want a more democratized approach to Big Data and analytics. Not every company can afford a data scientist, which is a big reason why citizen data scientists will become a big part of the data ecosystem as it evolves.’

Data is now at the heart of any operations, and its importance to decision making and innovation is only going to grow. By 2018, over half of large organizations worldwide will be using advanced analytics and proprietary algorithms to compete, while by 2020, companies will be spending 40% of their net new investment in business intelligence and analytics on ’predictive and prescriptive analytics.’ Fundamentally, this means that everyone in the organization needs to be able to leverage the data to some degree, and it cannot simply be left to one highly trained individual sitting at the top of the firm dishing out insights as they deem fit.

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https://channels.theinnovationenterprise.com/articles/the-rise-of-the-citizen-data-scientist

MELVILLE, NY – FalconStor Software® Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), a 16-year innovator of software-defined storage solutions, has been chosen by German utility service provider, Saarbrücker Stadtwerke, to provide its SDS platform FreeStor® to underpin its vision of a fully software-defined data center.

Saarbrücker Stadtwerke is the biggest communal service provider in Saarbrücken. Saarbrücker Stadtwerke employs over 1000 employees to provide water, electricity, long-distance heating, the main operations for gas, water, electricity and heating, public transport, meter management, the operation of public baths and several other holdings.

A critical success factor for Stadtwerke Saarbrücken is the operation of its highly-available state of the art Software-Defined Data Center stretched over two locations. These locations guarantee the IT infrastructure for their own subsidiaries, as well as for clients of IT services throughout Germany. Stadtwerke has been using software-defined technologies wherever possible to achieve a higher level of flexibility and scalability. The virtualized storage layer based on technology from FreeStor offers synchronous mirroring of all data to optimize capacity and business continuity across their storage infrastructure. In addition to using FreeStor, Stadtwerke relies on server virtualization, VDI, software-defined networking and other modern components alongside a context-defined security solution, and big data management with real-time data analytics.

When FalconStor announced its new SDS platform, FreeStor, Stadtwerke did not hesitate to upgrade from its previous FalconStor solution, NSS. The FreeStor SDS platform now offers storage virtualization, intelligent abstraction, analytics and unified data services that deliver real, tangible benefits to any IT organization looking to regain control of their data. From a virtualized storage pool, FreeStor abstracts the provisioning of storage, regardless of vendor, type or location. This abstracted approach dramatically simplifies the complexities of shared storage environments through one centralized GUI.

"Our data center is not just a means to an end for our enterprise," says Christian Schorr, IT-Manager of Stadtwerke Saarbrücken. "Many of our subsidiaries act nationally and offer services that require a flexible and powerful IT foundation. With FreeStor, we achieve the agility that we need from our storage. Consequently using this SDS approach does not only save us OPEX, but also a lot of time and resources to manage our storage infrastructure."

"Stadtwerke Saarbrücken is a showcase early adopter of software-defined technologies, and is already realizing financial savings from that decision," says Stefan Hirsch, Regional Director Central Europe and Nordics, FalconStor. "SDS is one of the most important pieces to complete their vision of a completely software-defined datacenter. FreeStor provides a critical SDS foundation that enables Stadtwerke the ability to offer their customers flexible and scalable services."

About FalconStor
FalconStor Software®, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC) is a leading software-defined storage company offering a converged data services software platform that is hardware agnostic. Our open, integrated flagship solution, FreeStor®, reduces vendor lock-in and gives enterprises the freedom to choose the applications and hardware components that make the best sense for their business. We empower organizations to modernize their data center with the right performance, in the right location, all while protecting existing investments. FalconStor's mission is to maximize data availability and system uptime to ensure nonstop business productivity while simplifying data management to reduce operational costs. Our award-winning solutions are available and supported worldwide by OEMs as well as leading service providers, system integrators, resellers and FalconStor. The Company is headquartered in Melville, N.Y. with offices throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information, visit www.falconstor.com or call 1-866-NOW-FALC (866-669-3252).

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Cloud-Based Intelligent Site Search for Sitecore Websites and System Integrators Automatically Delivers the Best Information to Every Site Visitor, Every Time

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Coveo, a recognized leader in intelligent search, today introduced a new Sitecore native search app, Coveo for Sitecore Pro Cloud Edition and a new version of its native, on-premise Sitecore integration, Coveo for Sitecore v4.0. Both new editions help Sitecore customers and system integrators deliver the most relevant, contextual digital customer experiences. According to Forrester Research, great site-search capabilities can give companies "the edge in the race to win, serve, and retain customers" and are "critical to delivering digital CX."(1) 

Coveo for Sitecore Pro Cloud Edition is the first and only cloud-based intelligent search app with native integration to Sitecore. The Coveo Pro Cloud Edition enables fast and easy activation and configuration, elastic scalability, and always-on, automated relevance tuning along with relevant query suggestions. Coveo for Sitecore Pro Cloud Edition includes the advanced, analytics-based machine learning capabilities of Coveo Reveal, a self-learning search service to ensure contextual relevance for every site visitor. Coveo Reveal automatically learns from user behavior, tunes relevance, suggests intelligent queries and auto-completes search terms. The Pro Cloud Edition also includes Coveo Usage Analytics, automatically configured to provide insights on what site visitors really want and what engages them most.

Coveo for Sitecore v4.0 is a major new version of the Coveo for Sitecore native search integration for on-premise deployments, with new and enhanced features that make intelligent search interfaces highly flexible and easy to configure, and helps Sitecore customers and system integrators to deliver search and discovery experiences that are personalized to visitors' unique contexts. Coveo for Sitecore v4.0 is available in three editions -- Free, Pro and Enterprise -- to meet the needs of Sitecore implementations of all sizes.

"As Sitecore's largest technology partner, we are committed to giving the Sitecore SI community and expansive customer base next-level tools for personalized, digital customer experiences -- without the heavy lifting, yet with the performance, scalability and security that SIs and large organizations require," said Coveo CTO and Founder Laurent Simoneau. "Our beta program participants reported striking results."

According to Darren Guarnaccia, Sitecore Executive Vice President, Customer Experience, "Intelligent search helps to drive personalization and make contextual content marketing pervasive throughout the search experience for Sitecore customers. The new Coveo for Sitecore Pro Cloud Edition not only makes it easier to deploy and manage site search, but also introduces machine learning capabilities that learn from the search behavior of previous site visitors to automatically improve the results and experience for everyone. This is a great example of partners extending the value of Sitecore through Omnichannel Automation."

Coveo's new intelligent search apps for Sitecore websites:

  • Give web visitors the right content at the right time. With content, messaging, and product offers automatically crafted based upon each visitor's unique activity and profile, customers engage with contextually relevant content more actively and convert faster.
  • Increase content ROI & digital customer engagement - by unifying content from all microsites, web properties and online communities.
  • Deliver the great search visitors expect - regardless of device. The site search experience always appears optimally across all mobile devices, providing consistent experiences and engagement.
  • Provide intuitive site navigation & exploration. By enabling easy-to-configure, highly conversational navigation, filtering and previewing options with visual components, online users can more easily explore sites to find exactly what they want.
  • Learn what website visitors really want - with powerful and intuitive analytics that provide insight into customer context and intent.
  • The Coveo Pro Cloud Edition lets websites learn and automatically adjust for what works for site visitors - with the industry's first self-learning and self-tuning search relevance service.

Focus on Sitecore System Integrators and Web Developers

Coveo is now offering its system integrator partners exclusive programs to test and use the technology on their own websites, along with free trials for their projects. Developers of Sitecore websites can activate or download trial versions here.

Beta program participants included Dan Cruickshank, president of Sitecore consultancy Fishtank, who reported:

"In my opinion, Coveo for Sitecore Pro Cloud Edition, in combining its cloud architecture and Coveo Reveal, is the most significant innovation on the Sitecore platform in years. The new cloud-model provides the perfect architecture for enterprise integrations, and is proving to be the most value-rich part of any Sitecore implementation we do. The simplicity of the Coveo for Sitecore cloud-based architecture is proving to be a revelation in simplifying complex integrations."

Jeff Hansen, content solutions lead with Coveo partner SingleStone Consulting, also a beta program partner, commented:

"We've always been fans of Coveo for Sitecore, and now with the Pro Cloud Edition we can give our customers the ability to personalize digital experiences with less effort than ever before. It's a win-win for our customers and for our firm. Our experience with the beta program has been very positive and we're looking forward to working with the Pro Cloud Edition even more, to help our customers provide the best experience for their site visitors."

Interactive webinar: Interested media, Sitecore MVPs, developers and customers are invited to join an upcoming interactive webinar for a discussion and open Q&A session with the Coveo for Sitecore product management team on Thursday, May 5 at 12 PM ET/ 9 AM PT. 

About Coveo

Coveo helps companies better engage customers and upskill employees with the best information, everywhere they work and interact. Coveo Intelligent Search responds relevantly to every question, proactively suggests related content and experts, and predicts what's important to each person based on analytics and machine learning. Recognized as the Most Visionary Leader in Enterprise Search and as a leader in Big Data Search and Knowledge Discovery, Coveo helps companies to succeed at self-service, create high performance contact centers, and cultivate company-wide collaboration. With the search industry's highest security standards, broadest connectivity and self-learning relevance, Coveo removes complexity to make intelligent search work, quickly and effectively, across cloud and on-premise systems. Coveo has more than 1500 activations in mid-to-large sized, global organizations across multiple industries. Coveo partners with some of the world's largest enterprise technology ecosystems, where insights from outside the platform are critical to delivering a unified, engaging experience for their customers. For more information, please visit www.coveo.com and follow us on the Coveo blog, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

(1) Google-ize Your Site-Search Experience: Follow Three Best Practices To Ensure Site Search Matches Your Customer Experience Goals, By Anjali Yakkundi, DominiqueWhittaker with Stephen Powers, Deanna Laufer, Maxie Schmidt-Subramanian, Danielle Geoffroy, Peter Harrison, October 19, 2015

 

New cSRX and vSRX Provide Industry Leading Firewall Capabilities to Create Secure Networks

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced several breakthrough additions to its cloud and virtualized service offerings as part of its Software-Defined Secure Networks (SDSN) framework. These enhancements include a new compact and containerized virtual firewall called Juniper Networks® cSRX, a next-generation firewall providing advanced security services for Software Defined Networks, as well as a multi-core version of the Juniper Networks vSRX, the industry's fastest virtual firewall that is expected to be capable of reaching 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps). This speed is 10 times greater than the nearest competitor and creates new possibilities for using agile and flexible virtual firewalls.

As the scale and sophistication of threats continue to increase, next-generation security must be built around automated and actionable intelligence that can be enforced quickly to reduce risk and protect the network and its users. Juniper's vision for SDSN looks to tackle this need with an open threat intelligence platform and enforcement through its robust suite of physical and virtual firewalls, as well as network switches and routers. When combined with an open policy engine and global orchestration, users can set and enforce policy based on intent, either on premises or in the cloud.

Juniper is extending its SDSN offerings by unveiling the industry's first virtual firewall in a containerized form factor. The cSRX is expected to provide a cost effective way to wrap advanced security services around every workload and the ability to scale up to high multi-tenancy. Additionally, Juniper is announcing a massive increase in performance on its vSRX, which further extends its lead as the industry's fastest and most scalable virtual firewall. Both products are anticipated to enable the network to better detect and combat threats through increased performance, intelligence, and a higher density of services on the Intel® Xeon® processor family (x86 platform). These enhancements to Juniper's virtualized security portfolio extend the network and security administrator's ability to provision and scale firewall protection, enabling more enforcement points across the network to stop threats faster.

News Highlights:

Juniper Networks cSRX

  • Juniper's cSRX firewall provides advanced security services, including Content Security, AppSecure, and unified threat management (UTM) for providing security as a service in large multi-tenant cloud networks with the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO).
  • The cSRX has feature rich security capabilities, low footprint and a microservices architecture that is expected to not only lowers the cost to customers, but also makes deployment throughout the network easier than ever before, without compromising performance.
  • The cSRX takes advantage of Docker Container's low overhead and sub-second boot-up times to bring greater agility and elasticity to customers' virtual infrastructures.

Juniper Networks vSRX

  • Juniper's multi-core version of vSRX provides linear scale of performance with each additional core. Using just 12 virtual central processing units (vCPUs) it was able to scale firewall throughput five times to achieve 100 Gbps, which will make it the highest performing virtual firewall in the industry.
  • The multi-core vSRX is a high-performance virtual Next Generation Firewall (NGFW),

with full routing, firewall and L4-L7 security features. 

  • The vSRX provides scalable, secure protection across private, public and hybrid clouds in virtualized environments for high bandwidth customers and applications.
  • The vSRX delivers high availability, granular security with segmentation capabilities between zones, organizations, lines of business and applications, as well as rich connectivity features like Network Address Translation (NAT), routing and VPN.
  • Working closely with Intel, vSRX leverages the Open Source Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) software architecture, an open source set of libraries for fast packet processing, to take advantage of performance and quality of service benefits from the Intel Xeon processor family.

Supporting Quotes:

"As the security landscape continues to evolve, it is more important than ever to work together to combat cyber threats. These key additions to our security portfolio will further our Software-Defined Secure Networks vision and greatly benefit our customers. Our products provide the best opportunity to create secure networks through policy, detection and enforcement. We are excited to be releasing the most flexible firewall solutions in the market and continue to showcase our commitment to bringing SDSN to organizations across the globe."

- Kevin Walker, security CTO, Juniper Networks

"Juniper's new cSRX and enhanced vSRX will enable us to deliver deeper security services to our customers. The low footprint and high density advantages of the cSRX, will allow us greater leverage to secure east west traffic. The multi-core vSRX delivers high performance and the ability to handle large amounts of traffic, and will allow us to extend our disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) solution-Push Button DR-to a much wider audience. We expect both products to significantly increase the benefits we deliver to our customers."

- John White, vice president of product strategy, Expedient

"Software-defined infrastructure is being deployed in data centers globally, delivering significant increases in service agility and cost optimization. Within these virtualized, software-based solutions, security must be pervasive, and Intel is committed to delivering security technology to fortify products like the Juniper Networks cSRX and vSRX."
- Sandra Rivera, vice president, data center group and general manager, network platforms group, Intel Corporation

"We believe that security is the 'killer app' that will accelerate SDN adoption. The complement of SDN and security can solve one of the greatest problems enterprises have dealt with over the last 25 years of enterprise network expansion, an operationally efficient way to implement policy, detection and enforcement across the entire network. With its Software-Defined Secure Networks vision, Juniper is making a move in that direction."

- Mike Spanbauer, vice president, security, test & advisory, NSS Labs

"Juniper Networks is delivering significant scale and total cost of ownership advantages to its customers with the new cSRX, which fundamentally changes how security is deployed and illustrates the power of Software-Defined Secure Networks to provide a holistic network protection paradigm. Moreover, with the addition of our 100 Gbps vSRX, our security portfolio is further advancing the industry's highest performing virtual firewall."

- Mihir Maniar, vice president of security product management, Juniper Networks

Additional Resources:

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks challenges the status quo with products, solutions and services that transform the economics of networking. Our team co-innovates with customers and partners to deliver automated, scalable and secure networks with agility, performance and value. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks (www.juniper.net) or connect with Juniper on Twitter and Facebook.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of assumptions, uncertainties and risks including, among other things, statements concerning Juniper Networks' prospects, future products, product availability and performance, cost savings, and other benefits to customers. Actual results or events could differ materially from those anticipated in those forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including delays in scheduled product availability, incompatibility of technologies, the company's failure to accurately predict emerging technological trends, and other factors listed in Juniper Networks' most recent report on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All statements made in this press release are made only as of the date of this press release. Juniper Networks undertakes no obligation to update the information in this press release in the event facts or circumstances subsequently change after the date of this press release. Any future product, feature, enhancement or related specification that may be referenced in this press release are for information purposes only, are subject to change at any time without notice and are not commitments to deliver any future product, feature, enhancement or related specification. The information contained in this press release is intended to outline Juniper Networks' general product direction and should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision.

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Patented Technology Enables Accelerated File Transfer to Move Data up to 20 Times Faster Than SFTP

SAN ANTONIO, TX – GlobalSCAPE, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSB), a pioneer and worldwide leader in the secure and reliable exchange of business information, announces the immediate availability of Enhanced File Transfer™ (EFT™) version 7.3 with the Accelerate module. The Accelerate module is designed to provide extreme file transfers which increase the speed, efficiency and reliability of data movement.

From delivering large medical images between offices and hospitals, to creating and collaborating on a new video or a computer game between artists and programmers, or quickly delivering large seismographic data files from remote locations to an oil and gas company headquarters for analysis -- extreme file transfers are a necessity for many organizations. Delays or latency in moving data can create serious challenges for a business and the size of data being moved is only increasing, causing additional strain on bandwidth. EFT Enterprise with the Accelerate module provides companies with the ability to:

  • Transfer files five to ten times  faster than on FTP, and more than 20 times faster than over SFTP
  • Overcome latency and securely move  data between geographically dispersed servers or locations
  • Prevent delays and eliminate costly bottlenecks in the delivery of important files
  • Obtain better value from expenses on Internet connectivity -- in some cases, replacing costly leased lines or private networks

How EFT with the Accelerate Module Works

Behind the Accelerate module for EFT Enterprise is the FAST protocol, which helps achieve the unprecedented increase in the speed of data transfers for extremely large files. The FAST protocol can reduce typical transfer delays caused by large file bottlenecks, geographic distances, round trip time and packet loss associated with standard file exchanges.

The Accelerate module also works in conjunction with scClient™, a preconfigured client application, which enables an individual user to send files at an accelerated rate, even when in remote areas or offsite locations. EFT Enterprise with the Accelerate module is sold as a perpetual license, saving Globalscape customers added costs associated with service subscriptions.

EFT Enterprise with the Accelerate module offers Globalscape's signature data security and regulatory compliance capabilities, including comprehensive visibility, governance and auditability with a single point of management from within an organization's file transfer infrastructure.

Supporting Quote:

Peter Merkulov, Vice President of Product Strategy and Technology Alliances at Globalscape

"The shape, size and amount of data being collected, managed and received today is increasingly putting strain on IT infrastructure and business processes, yet the demand for data is growing exponentially. With workforces becoming more remote and global collaboration being easier than ever, it's incredibly important to ensure that data moves quickly and efficiently. Any delay or disruption of data transfers can create serious repercussions for a business. EFT Enterprise with the Accelerate module is an ultra-fast, reliable way to transfer large amounts of data, providing companies with the security, control and compliance features so desperately needed to mitigate risk and prevent delays."

To learn more about EFT Enterprise with the Accelerate module, please visit: https://www.globalscape.com/managed-file-transfer/accelerate. To request a demo EFT Enterprise with the Accelerate module, please visit: https://www.globalscape.com/managed-file-transfer/trial-accelerate.

About Globalscape

GlobalSCAPE, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSB) is a pioneer in the reliable exchange of mission-critical business data and intellectual property. Globalscape's leading enterprise suite of solutions delivers military-proven security for achieving best-in-class control and visibility of data across multiple locations. Founded in 1996, Globalscape's software and services are trusted by tens of thousands of customers worldwide, including global enterprises, governments, and small and medium enterprises. For more information, visit www.Globalscape.com or follow the blog and Twitter updates.

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – IndustryNewsletters (IN), a division of HomeActions LLC, has announced an alliance with OfficeTools to make it easier to share data between the two systems.

IN provides its clients with sophisticated and customizable e-newsletters designed to reach out to both prospective and current clients. OfficeTools provides high-quality practice management software for tax preparation and accounting firms to manage all back-end functions, such as time tracking, billing, scheduling and document organization, as well as due date tracking and CRM.

Going forward, IN and OfficeTools will be closely integrated: OfficeTools' clients will now have the ability to export contacts from their databases into a suitable format for upload into the IN newsletter system. This makes it much easier for IN clients to populate their newsletter mailing lists with all the names they've been keeping in their OfficeTools databases.

"It's an arrangement that helps our many mutual clients," said Barry Friedman, CPA, founder and CEO of IndustryNewsletters. "They no longer have to go through a cumbersome process of moving names and addresses from one system to another. It brings them closer to a seamless back-office system so they can spend more time managing their firms instead of bothering with technology problems."

About OfficeTools

OfficeTools is the leading provider of practice management software and educational resources for firms in the tax preparation and public accounting industry. Its flagship application, WorkSpace™, combines a suite of core productivity and management features into an integrated solution, operated from a single-screen user interface. OfficeTools also hosts Accelerate Conferences and Summits, and publishes My Office Today magazine, bringing educational resources from industry experts to tax and accounting professionals across North America. More information is available at OfficeTools.com.

About IndustryNewsletters

IndustryNewsletters was founded by Barry Friedman, CPA, who managed many CPA firms for over 25 years and subsequently sold them to American Express. He then created BizActions LLC, which became the largest marketing e-newsletter company for CPA firms and payroll companies. He sold it to Thomson Reuters in 2012. He has over 15 years' experience in the email newsletter space.

IndustryNewsletters is a virtual company that employs more than 35 people and is headquartered in Green Cove Springs, Florida.

For more information, please visit our website, IndustryNewsletters.com, or contact Richard J. Koreto, chief content officer, at 845-642-4314 or email.

New WhatsUp Gold Release with TotalView Enables IT Teams to Monitor and Securely Control Applications, Network Devices, Servers, Storage and Network Traffic with One Software License

 

LONDONIpswitch, the leader in easy to try, buy and use IT management software, today announced the launch of its new Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold 2016 unified infrastructure and application monitoring software. WhatsUp Gold 2016 gives modern IT teams the ability to monitor their entire environment with one piece of cost-effective software. It also delivers the flexibility to adapt monitoring approaches based on changing business priorities without the need to re-evaluate and purchase new licenses. By enabling IT teams to monitor and manage their entire environment with one simple license, customers get the maximum value out of their investment without the waste, headaches and complex artificial license limitations imposed by other vendors.

 

88% of IT professionals are dissatisfied with their current monitoring approach and 78% are challenged to secure the budget needed to meet business goals, according to a recent international survey of 1,700 IT professionals entitled, “The State of Monitoring 2016.” Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold 2016 alleviates both of these problems with a single flexible software product that provides a unique total view of the entire network and gives IT teams secure control of business transactions, applications and infrastructure. This enables IT teams to:

  • Find and fix performance problems
  • Monitor critical applications and infrastructure
  • Optimise bandwidth utilisation
  • Manage network configurations

“I like that WhatsUp Gold 2016 allows me to optimise my under-utilised licenses and use them for features I don’t own today.”, says Dan Hochman, Manager of Information Technology at ArQule. "With TotalView and the new point tiers, I can enhance the monitoring capabilities for our infrastructure while controlling license costs.”

 

“IT teams need to instantly know what is happening with their entire infrastructure; their jobs are too demanding to constantly jump from one IT management tool to another,” said Austin O’Malley, Chief Product Officer at Ipswitch. “The new WhatsUp Gold 2016 not only gives IT teams a single, comprehensive view of their network, servers, applications and storage devices, but the new TotalView pricing model removes hassles by including all of the important features in one simple package. This means IT teams can focus on keeping their organisations running smoothly and not worry about complicated purchase decisions, waste, or licensing issues.”

 

WhatsUp Gold 2016 Editions

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold 2016 is now available in easy to purchase editions that allow IT teams to choose the solution that best fits their requirements:

  • ProView – Core network monitoring capabilities for environment of all sizes plus advanced monitoring including wireless and in-depth server monitoring
  • TotalView – Includes all ProView features, plus virtualisation (VM) monitoring, application performance monitoring (APM), storage monitoring, and network traffic analysis (NTA)
  • TotalView Plus – The highest-value edition includes all the functionality of TotalView as well as configuration management and additional pollers to scale to the largest networks

David Perkins, Sales Manager at Level 8 Solutions, WhatsUp Gold Partner Of The Year, commented, “Many of our customers come to us having previously over-spent and under utilised multiple monitoring tools. They are frustrated with the lack of flexibility to shift monitoring priorities. WhatsUpGold 2016 from Ipswitch changes this by giving IT teams the monitoring flexibility they need to support 24/7 business critical applications, services and infrastructure while avoiding overbuying and waste.”

 

WhatsUp Gold 2016 New Features

In addition to the new flexible and scaleable licensing options, WhatsUp Gold 2016 also offers a number of new features to allow IT teams to easily manage IT complexity, including:

  • Flexible, Scaleable Licensing – Makes it easy to purchase a solution that optimises value for any use case and easily monitor any and all devices and applications without complex licensing and the need for additional expenditures
  • NetApp Storage Monitoring – Extends visibility keeping IT teams ahead of storage device problems
  • Improved Security – Now HTTPS content and SSL monitors support TLS 1.2, giving IT teams the ability to monitor the most secure protocol for compliance requirements such as PCI
  • Improved MIB Walker Performance – A faster MIB walker loads large MIB files in seconds, rather than minutes. An improved tree view makes it easier to navigate between the different levels of the MIB file when exploring the MIB hierarchy

To learn more about WhatsUp Gold 2016, visit https://www.ipswitch.com/application-and-network-monitoring/whatsup-gold/whats-new

 

About Ipswitch

Today’s hard-working IT teams are relied upon to manage increasing complexity and deliver near-zero downtime. Ipswitch IT management software helps them succeed by enabling secure control of business transactions, applications and infrastructure. Ipswitch software is powerful, flexible and easy to try, buy and use. The company’s software helps teams shine by delivering 24/7 performance across cloud, virtual and network environments. Ipswitch powers more than 150,000 networks spanning 168 countries, and is based in Lexington, Mass., with offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information, please visit http://www.ipswitch.com/, or connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Everybody loves a hardware upgrade, be it a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop or even a smart new server. It’s something shiny and new.

When we talk about upgrades or data migration though, it’s often more of a ‘must-do’ than a ‘nice-to-have’, whether it’s updating back office ERP systems, moving users from desktops to laptops or simply introducing a new back-up system.

So while not the most exciting part of an IT team’s workload, data migration is a necessary part of day-to-day maintenance and management. It is also not without its risks, including loss of data.

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http://blog.krollontrack.co.uk/pieces-of-interest/migrating-data-what-to-watch-out-for/

With the recent White House order of a federal data center construction freeze, government agencies are now forced to do even more with less, including complying with growing regulation and accountability. The new Data Center Optimization Initiative mandates stricter goals and rules meant to reduce the government’s sprawling data center inventory and the money it takes to maintain it.

All too often, IT leaders find themselves constrained by legacy in-house data centers and connectivity options that fail to deliver required reliability and uptime, while meeting the mission’s budget.

Successful government agencies employ enterprise data center services to ensure mission-critical IT needs are met:

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http://www.cyrusone.com/blog/federal-agenciesuse-data-centers-solve-key-issues/

There is something special about round tables. It gets people to open up, collaborate, and talk to everyone that sits at the table. Be it at home, in political discourse or in business, round tables help to solve problems, and foster the open exchange of ideas and thoughts.  It eliminates side or siloed conversations at the other end of the table. This is especially important when you put top experts together on a topical, and sometimes, a controversial subject.

It was with this spirit in mind that we accepted the Robert Frances Group (RFG) offer to join “The Rounds”, a new series of industry experts from users and vendors collaborating with RFG in the development of Open Cloud frameworks. Cisco has embraced open conversations, the sharing of ideas and participation in industry bodies and forums for a long time. As such, “The Rounds” was a perfect fit – so when RFG invited to join in, we gladly accepted.

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