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NaviSite selected to open up new business opportunities

 

LONDONNaviSite Europe Limited, a Time Warner Cable company, announced today that engineering solutions provider Costain has selected NaviSite hybrid cloud hosting services to support the roll out of its complex Electronic Service Delivery for Abnormal Loads (ESDAL) application for Highways England. NaviSite was selected after a successful competitive tender process, underpinned by its proven reputation and success in supporting large client implementations.

 

Highways England turned to Costain to deliver an innovative solution that would comply with complex UK legislation requiring highways authorities, structure owners and the police to be notified of vehicles and their loads exceeding standard dimensions. Costain developed the ESDAL application to automate this process and looked to NaviSite to provide a secure and scalable hosting solution.

 

The successful mobilisation of the ESDAL service, hosted on NaviSite’s hybrid cloud model has enhanced the reputation and confidence in Costain to deliver complex integrated technology solutions. The success of the new service has been underpinned by a collaborative approach with NaviSite to create the required infrastructure to meet the key performance requirements of the contract. This approach linked to Costain’s broader capabilities has proven our ability to deliver a complex IT solution to meet national needs and provided Costain with the opportunity to create significant new business. ESDAL is now available as a free service to local councils, government departments and private companies through Highways England’s ESDAL website.

 

Costain’s Graham Stacey, Highways Technology Director said: “The national road network is undergoing significant upgrades, and our highways clients look to us to deliver innovative technologies to help them improve the road network across the UK. NaviSite was tasked with helping us roll out ESDAL, in an extremely demanding timeline. They were able to expedite the implementation due to the quality of their staff and their technical expertise. The new cloud based platform will enable us to further develop the ESDAL solution and take advantage of new and emerging technologies. As we expand our business we will continue to look to NaviSite to support the development of our services.”

 

Sean McAvan, Managing Director, NaviSite, said, “We enjoy working with companies like Costain because our synergies align for delivering innovative solutions to complex challenges. By working together, we were able to develop new business opportunities with Costain and we look forward to working with them to continue delivering new solutions to their customers.”

 

About NaviSite Europe Limited

NaviSite Europe Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of NaviSite, Inc., a Time Warner Cable company, is a leading international provider of enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. NaviSite provides a full suite of reliable and scalable managed services, including Application Services, industry-leading Enterprise Hosting, and Managed Cloud Services for organisations looking to outsource IT infrastructures and lower their capital and operational costs. Enterprise customers depend on NaviSite for customised solutions, delivered through a global footprint of state-of-the-art data centres. For more information about NaviSite Europe’s services, please visit www.navisite.co.uk

Frustration With Outdated Legacy Systems Drives Finance Professionals to Explore Alternatives

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Host Analytics, the leader in cloud-based enterprise performance management (EPM), along with Radius Global Market Research, a leader in independent market research, today announced findings from an annual survey that captures the satisfaction levels of current users of financial solutions. Last year, a similar survey discovered that 20-30 percent of companies using legacy on-premises EPM solutions intended to make a switch to a new solution. That trend continued for a second consecutive year, as 28 percent of respondents said they plan to switch within the next 12 months. The research was commissioned by Host Analytics. Additional highlights from the survey include:

  • 65 percent of those currently using legacy on-premises EPM solutions plan to migrate away from the solution at some point.
  • Legacy on-premises EPM solutions were below the category average on satisfaction and Net Promoter, and well below the cloud alternatives.
  • The legacy on-premises EPM solutions scored below the category average for value, ease of use, and customer service.

The research was completed by over 450 executives in the accounting and finance field, randomly recruited by Radius Research from a large pool representative of the market. 60 percent of the executives surveyed for the study are the final decision maker of finance tools for their organizations and the remainder all have some level of influence. Participants came from a wide range of industries including services, manufacturing, retail, technology, healthcare, non-profit, and education with 40 percent of the respondents working at companies of $1 billion or more of revenue.

Forrester on EPM Movement to the Cloud
Recent research by analyst firm Forrester highlights the growing trend among financial leaders toward the use of cloud-based EPM solutions. In that report, entitled "The EPM Market Landscape Responds To The Growth Agenda And Digital Disruption," analyst Paul D. Hamerman wrote:

"As SaaS broadly gains momentum in many business application areas, the appetite for EPM delivered as SaaS is increasing rapidly. While SaaS alone is a major disruptive force that is driving EPM replacements and net new adoption, several other significant technologies enrich EPM platforms and drive product innovation in this software category."

Commentary
"As we see in the other technology market research studies that we conduct, companies continue to migrate away from on-premises, legacy software to cloud-based solutions such as that offered by Host Analytics," said Michael Patterson, senior vice president at Radius Research. "We have every reason to believe that this trend will continue in the EPM category as more companies become aware of the benefits offered by cloud-based solutions like Host Analytics Cloud EPM Suite."

"The research by Radius Research highlights why the move to cloud-based EPM by finance is inevitable," said Andre Lafayette, senior director, strategic marketing for Host Analytics. "Outdated on-premises software cannot deliver on the core EPM requirements with the speed and agility of cloud EPM applications. The legacy EPM vendors have responded to this trend by hosting the same legacy software products in the cloud. However, this approach also falls short and fails to meet the needs of today's fast-growing organizations. "

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About Radius Global Market Research
Radius Global Market Research is one of the largest independent market research companies in the world. We are single-minded in our focus: to grow our client's brand by strategically optimizing their offerings, identifying differentiating innovations in the marketplace, and delivering a compelling customer proposition that drives business performance.

Our prestigious client list reflects the fact that Radius is the go-to company for answers meant to meaningfully affect results. We strive to maintain best practices across all our research engagements. The real core of Radius is the intellectual capital of our people who take every project from inception through to deliverables, looking at each stage to optimize the client experience and the power of our research's impact.

The Radius team approach is built around our clients' unique needs. It's an end-to-end process that begins in the issues phase in concert with our clients so that marketing needs are well translated into research methods; and research methods are well translated into business impact. It yields a powerful linkage between issue and solution, much because of the level of involvement from the Radius team.

About Host Analytics
Host Analytics is the leader in cloud-based enterprise performance management (EPM), offering a suite of financial applications for modeling, planning, consolidation, reporting and analytics. World-class companies like NEC, Burlington Coat Factory and Sanmina trust Host Analytics to power their strategic financial systems. Host Analytics is a fast-growing, private company backed by leading venture capitalists and is headquartered in Silicon Valley with customers in over 90 countries.

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Brocade VDX Switches and Nutanix Hyperconverged Infrastructure Provide Seamless Data Center Experience

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced an alliance with Nutanix to help enterprises seamlessly deploy hyperconverged infrastructures. Brocade® VDX® switches have received Nutanix Ready validation demonstrating solution compatibility and interoperability with Nutanix systems. Deploying the Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform (XCP) and Brocade VDX switches with Brocade VCS® Fabric technology delivers best-in-class capabilities that address customer requirements for virtualization and specific workloads such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and big data analytics.

Hyperconvergence tightly integrates compute, storage and virtualization using commodity hardware to bring simplified operation, high availability and scalability to the data center. According to Gartner, "By 2018, converged infrastructure systems categorized as 'hyperconverged infrastructure' will represent 35 percent of total converged infrastructure shipments."1

"The combination of Brocade VDX switches and Nutanix XCP has revolutionized our data centers," said Jim Root, chief information officer, Lake Emergency Medical Services. "We now have advanced data center computing at a remarkably low total cost of ownership, with functionality we previously never dreamed of owning."

Nutanix XCP and Brocade VDX switches help customers deploy business-critical workloads as well as VDI deployments and big data analytics. In addition to realizing significant performance and efficiency gains, organizations using Brocade VCS Fabric technology can seamlessly scale out their networks with a simple, flat fabric-based architecture that:

  • Forms and heals automatically, delivering unmatched simplicity and resiliency
  • Maximizes network resiliency with built-in redundancy
  • Supports automated, hypervisor-agnostic VM discovery and mobility
  • Delivers high-speed replication performance in and between data centers
  • Improves visibility for faster troubleshooting

"We're excited to partner with Nutanix to help the enterprise and mid-market deploy hyperconverged infrastructure that delivers simplicity and agility," said Jason Nolet, senior vice president, Switching, Routing and Analytics Group at Brocade. "Brocade® fabrics are ideal for highly virtualized environments with high levels of automation that mirror the deployment and scale-out advantages of Nutanix. The Nutanix Ready validation will provide our joint customers with confidence as they deploy our combined technologies."

"Brocade fabrics deploy and scale out with ease complementing Nutanix solutions that make datacenter infrastructures invisible," said Venugopal Pai, vice president of business development and alliances at Nutanix. "The Brocade-Nutanix alliance extends beyond technology to a holistic partnering approach, ensuring customer and channel success for the long term."

Brocade and Nutanix are also closely aligned on channel strategy and have common distribution partners including Avnet and Arrow. Both companies are committed to delivering ongoing enablement tools and programs to ensure continued customer and channel success. 

Additional Resources

About Brocade
Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world's leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. (www.brocade.com)

© 2016 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Brocade, Brocade Assurance, the B-wing symbol, ClearLink, DCX, Fabric OS, HyperEdge, ICX, MLX, MyBrocade, OpenScript, VCS, VDX, Vplane, and Vyatta are registered trademarks, and Fabric Vision is a trademark of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and/or in other countries. Other brands, products, or service names mentioned may be trademarks of others.

1 Gartner, "The Coming Converged Infrastructure Vendor Battle and What to Do About It," February 5, 2015.

 

Widest Range of Applications From Adobe, Microsoft, Oracle, and More Available in the Cloud to nFinity nWorkspace Clients for Anytime, Anywhere Access

CHICAGO, Ill. –  nGenx, a cloud services pioneer in the delivery of hosted workspaces, including applications, data, and desktops, today announced an update to the nGenx Cloud Application Catalog which now contains more than 1,800 applications in every category. The catalog is available to organizations using the nFinity® nWorkspace™ Workspace as a Service (WaaS) platform who are interested in deploying their important business applications in the cloud for anytime, anywhere application access via desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

Available exclusively to nGenx nFinity nWorkspace users, the enhanced application catalog provides enterprise-class cloud enablement for on-premise and other applications, allowing multi-user access through an advanced multi-tenant environment. With more than a decade of experience in virtualizing applications for customers, nGenx eliminates the time and resource requirements associated with software installation, updates and IT infrastructure by leveraging its WaaS platform for application management. The nGenx catalog is made possible through its partnership with IndependenceIT and a broad range of independent software vendors (ISVs).

With the availability of more than 1,800 applications through the nGenx Cloud Application Catalog, organizations are no longer required to buy separate licenses based on the number of devices utilized by staff. In addition, organizations using the nGenx platform do not have to update their applications across tens or hundreds of computing devices, which may require days or weeks to complete. Instead, nFinity nWorkspace manages this entire process to significantly reduce application management time. With a large number of pre-configured applications within fingertip access, productivity is accelerated by allowing local and remote workforce employees to securely open the application they need, when they need it.

Popular Applications Supported by nGenx Include:

  • ACT!
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Adpbe CS6 Design Premium Suite
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Pagemaker
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • ADP PayConnexion
  • ADP PaySpecialist
  • ADP ReportSmith
  • Apple iCloud
  • AutoCAD
  • AutoDesk
  • SAP Crystal Reports
  • GoldMine
  • Intuit Turbo Tax
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Dynamics
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft Office Standard/Professional ProPlus - 365
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft Word
  • MySQL Server
  • Oracle Database Server
  • Peachtree Complete Accounting
  • Quickbooks
  • Salesforce.com
  • SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere
  • SugarCRM

nGenx has the ability to virtualize nearly any on-premise application so that it can be easily accessed online through a secure browser interface. More than 300 of the available applications have been pipelined or fully automated for customers through special automation packages designed to customize the user experience. Organizations interested in bringing their work environments to the cloud now have a powerful tool at their disposal without the need to build, maintain or update IT infrastructure. nGenx takes business software to the cloud faster and without the unnecessary costs or the complexities of alternative solutions.

"nGenx has allowed us to port our application to the cloud without the need to re-write our application. This has saved us from a major development effort and allowed GoldMine to move to the cloud years sooner," said Paul R. Petersen, vice president and general manager, GoldMine. "With nGenx, any business in any part of the world can enjoy the advantages of our software regardless of their work environment or computing device. The platform has been essential to expanding our total addressable market."

"Deploying applications in the cloud is often a complex and time intensive process that can put the brakes on productivity during the deployment process," said JD Helms, president, nGenx. "nGenx takes the pain out of the process for tens of thousands of customers globally and allows them to focus on the markets they serve best. With a fully managed workspace as a service solution and industry leadership in secure application access, customers are assured the most pleasant user experience every time."

To learn more about nGenx nFinity nWorkspace or to view a complete list of the applications supported by nGenx please contact nGenx at 888.696.4369, Extension 1 or email sales@ngenx.com.

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Resources:
View nFinity nWorkspace video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQT4v7FSKPA

Contact nGenx today to schedule a free demo at: http://www.ngenx.com/contact/

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Visit nGenx at: http://www.nGenx.com

About nGenx
Founded in 2000, nGenx is a cloud services pioneer in hosted application and desktop delivery. nGenx works with strategic partners such as Microsoft, Intuit, Google, IndependenceIT, Artisan Infrastructure, and others to develop hosted IT applications provided via the cloud. Through its cloud platform solution, nFinity® nWorkspace™, nGenx enables organizations to access their business applications on any device, anywhere business may be conducted. In 2014, nGenx was recognized by both Microsoft and Citrix for its leadership in the industry. nGenx markets its solutions through both white label and agency programs supported by its nGenx control panel, a single pane-of-glass provisioning system that allows partners and enterprise customers complete control over their IT environments. For more information, visit Why nGenx.

Enhanced Platform Brings All-in-One RMM-Service Management Capabilities to the Forefront to Empower MSPs to Elevate Success in 2016

OTTAWA, ON – SolarWinds N-able, a global leader in remote monitoring and management (RMM) and service automation software, today announced the latest release of its RMM automation platform for managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide.

Available now, SolarWinds® N-able N-central® 10.1 features seamless integration with SolarWinds N-able MSP Manager, the company's born-in-the-cloud IT service management platform. The integration makes it easy for SolarWinds N-able's MSP partners to take advantage of MSP Manager and assists its MSP partners in running an efficient, effective and profitable business, using centralized customer knowledge management, simplified ticketing, easy time-tracking and fast and efficient billing.

"With the introduction of N-central 10.1 and integration of MSP Manager, we're answering the call of our partners for an all-in-one solution. SolarWinds N-able designed a solution that will help our partners save technician time, drive profits and improve the customer experience," said JP Jauvin, general manager, SolarWinds N-able. "Through this deep integration, we are delivering the features and functions that our partners have come to expect in a world-class service delivery platform."

Celebrated for its ease of use and sophistication, MSP Manager allows users to perform a full range of management tasks directly within N-central. This includes automatic ticket creation and closure, manual ticket creation and updating, incrementing service item counts, service item updates in an asset, time entry updates, exporting customer device properties, and customer and device class mapping.

Beyond the integration with MSP Manager, N-central 10.1 offers a number of high-value enhancements including new features impacting ease of use and support. New additions include:

  • Customer sites: MSPs can organize customer devices into groups that reflect how they are managed, including physical locations or device type.
  • Patch on-demand: MSPs can now initiate a patch cycle on one or more devices on-demand, outside of a regular schedule. This allows the flexibility to patch customers without a set install schedule, or to update outlying systems that are only available during random intervals.
  • Patch events: Detection, download, install and reboot can now be scheduled in maintenance windows for added flexibility and increased control, and an option has been introduced to the Patch Profile that will instruct devices that missed their scheduled patch window to begin a full patch installation cycle on their next system startup.
  • Patch wizard: A new wizard eases the process of setting up a new patch cycle. The wizard allows technicians to select an existing profile or create a new one, configure the four patch windows, and generate a final rule with ease.
  • Re-drag and drop: The N-central 10.1 Automation Manager feature now includes re-drag and drop capabilities, allowing MSPs to drop an object into a policy, and re-drag and drop it into a new spot as needed. Automation Manager now also offers watermarking, inline help, training videos and an updated user interface.
  • Robust Direct Support: For the N-central Direct Support feature, SolarWinds N-able has renamed the Automation Policies tab to Scripting, and provided the added capability to run all scripting tasks so that technicians can use the full arsenal of scripts and executables to resolve customer problems.

"N-central 10.1 is designed to empower SolarWinds N-able partners to resolve problems better and faster, so that they can increase customer trust, operate as world-class service providers and grow their businesses more profitably," said Jauvin.

Last year, in addition to launching MSP Manager, the managed services innovator introduced SolarWinds N-able MSP Anywhere, a new remote control and support platform offering access to Windows® PCs and Mac®, as well as iOS® and Android®-based mobile products, from virtually any device. MSPs and IT resellers interested in more information or in becoming a SolarWinds N-able partner, please visit our MSP Partner Program web page or contact 1-877-655-4689 ext. 331 or +00 800 6225 3000 ext. 331.

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About SolarWinds N-able

SolarWinds N-able is a leading global provider of complete IT management, automation and MSP business transformation solutions. The SolarWinds N-able N-central product is an award-winning RMM and MSP Service Automation Platform. SolarWinds N-able has a track record of helping MSPs standardize and automate the setup and delivery of IT services in order to achieve true scalability. The N-central platform is backed by comprehensive business enablement support services. Thousands of MSPs use SolarWinds N-able solutions to deliver scalable, flexible, profitable managed services to over 100,000 SMBs worldwide. With offices in North America, the Netherlands and Australia, SolarWinds N-able is 100% channel-friendly and maintains strategic partnerships with Microsoft®, Intel®, IBM® and Cisco® among others. www.n-able.com 

© 2016 N-able Technologies Inc. All rights reserved.

In Addition to Price Reduction, New Features Such as AES Encryption and Street-Level Radio Monitoring via Bluetooth Maintain LightPointe's Leadership in 60 GHz Wireless Bridges

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – LightPointe Wireless, the leading manufacturer of outdoor wireless bridges for high capacity data backhaul and video transmission, announced a limited time promotion and a price reduction on its best-selling wireless bridge, the AireLink 60 radio. Now through February all AireLink 60 GHz point-to-point links come with a free tablet which can connect to the radios via Bluetooth, to aid in installation and performance monitoring and help avoid personnel from having to climb rooftops or towers to access the radios. In addition, due to higher volume and economies of scale, LightPointe has cost reduced the AireLink 60 and is passing the savings on to its customers, which makes the 60 GHz wireless bridge the lowest cost, highest performance solution on the market -- with a radio link head manufacturer's suggested retail price starting at US$3750, or approximately EUR3450 Euros.

"Thanks to excellent customer acceptance of the AireLink 60 GHz radios, higher sales volume has enabled our engineers to reduce component and manufacturing costs, and we are passing the savings on to our distributors, resellers, and end users," said Dr. Heinz Willebrand, CEO of LightPointe Wireless. "The AireLink 60 is now the most affordable and highest performance 60 GHz wireless bridge on the market, enabling organizations to connect buildings or towers up to a mile away and 'cut the cord' on their leased lines, which eliminates recurring monthly fees and can also keep sensitive data within a private network for greatly enhanced cyber security and protection from information theft and eavesdropping. We've also added features that are a leap beyond previous generation 60 GHz radios, such as the industry's first fully integrated street-level remote monitoring feature, and available AES 256 encryption for maximum signal security. And as a special promotion, each AireLink 60 wireless link includes a free Android tablet, which can aid in system installation and ongoing network monitoring. No other 60 GHz outdoor radio solution offers the price point and features of our AireLink Series. And best of all, they are license free throughout most of the world, so there's no government regulatory issues, such as installation or annual fees."

About LightPointe Communications, Inc.

LightPointe (www.LightPointe.de) is a San Diego-based manufacturer of wireless Gigabit capacity bridges for enterprise and 4G/LTE carrier markets, including small cell backhaul. The company also manufactures a line of Ultra Low Latency (ULL) wireless bridges utilized for High Frequency Trading (HFT) networks, Data Centers, Data Warehousing, and Cloud Networks. The company is owned by a billion-dollar Silicon Valley firm and employees. LightPointe has representatives worldwide, including Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Canada, China, Singapore, India, and Japan.

 

New Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 Expands Security and Data Protection Functionality in Office 365

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Barracuda Networks, Inc. (NYSE: CUDA) –

Highlights:

  • Barracuda introduced its new Barracuda Essentials for Office 365, a suite of cloud services designed to assist customers looking for additional layers of security, archiving, and data protection for their Office 365 environments.
  • Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 is an easy-to-deploy and manage suite of cloud services that expands on the security and data protection functionality in Office 365 and includes three of Barracuda's cloud technology solutions -- Barracuda Email Security Service, Barracuda Cloud Archiving Service, and Barracuda Cloud Backup.
  • Barracuda also reported findings from a recent survey addressing customer plans and requirements for moving to, and operating in, Office 365. The survey was conducted by TechValidate as part of Barracuda's Microsoft Office 365 strategic initiative (http://cuda.co/15833).

Barracuda today announced Barracuda Essentials for Office 365, a suite of cloud services designed to help organizations expand on the security and data protection functionality in Office 365. Barracuda Essentials combines three of Barracuda's innovative cloud technology solutions -- Barracuda Email Security Service, Barracuda Cloud Archiving Service, and Barracuda Cloud Backup -- into an easy-to-deploy and manage suite of cloud services with simple per-user licensing. In a survey by TechValidate focused on customer Office 365 migration and deployment plans, the majority of respondents, 72 percent, reported concerns about, or have not considered, whether the security, compliance and backup features in Office 365 meet the needs of their organizations.

"Microsoft and Barracuda have worked closely together for a number of years to help customers simplify and secure cloud migrations, particularly in the case of Office 365 and Azure. Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 is the result of our experience and expertise in protecting Microsoft environments and aims to help customers transition to Office 365 as easily as possible," explained Michael Hughes, SVP Worldwide Sales, Barracuda. "Thousands of businesses are moving to Office 365 to reduce costs, increase accessibility for their employees, and simplify their technology environment. Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 combines the security, archiving, and backup and recovery tools these users need for successful Office 365 deployments."

Using Barracuda Essentials, IT administrators can extend the visibility and control across their organizations' information with an easy-to-deploy suite of cloud services that combines critical multi-layer security, archiving and backup functionality. Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 includes:

  • Cloud-based Email Security - Extends security protection for Office 365 Exchange Online with additional granular controls, as well as multi-layer security against email-born threats and data leaks with encryption, data loss protection, and content inspection of all emails.
  • Cloud-based Archiving - Assists organizations with compliance retention and eDiscovery requests effectively and easily when used with Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office 365, and other on-premises, cloud or hybrid environments. The Barracuda Cloud Archiving Service offers productivity features, including mobile applications for end users to access, search, and retrieve email at any time from any device.
  • Cloud-based Backup and Recovery - Provides IT administrators with real-time backup that can simplify the process of recovering accidentally or intentionally deleted emails and files in Office 365.

TechValidate, an independent research organization, conducted a survey of Barracuda customers in December 2015 and January 2016. The survey revealed that many customers are evaluating the need to add multiple layers of protection to Office 365, including expanded security, archiving and compliance functionality. As stated above, 72 percent of respondents reported having concerns about, or have not considered, whether the security, compliance and backup features in their Office 365 subscriptions meet the needs of their organizations.1

"When Summit Truck Group began the transition to Office 365, we enabled the built-in email security, Exchange Online Protection, but soon found that we needed even more granular controls for our various locations. After careful consideration, we decided to add a dedicated cloud-based email security solution and selected Barracuda," explained Michael Norton, VP of Technology for Summit Truck Group. "Barracuda Email Security Service, which is offered as part of the Barracuda Essentials for Office 365, provides robust email filtering that eliminates junk and reduces the number of false positives, and includes straightforward, easy management capabilities."

"Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 complements Office 365's productivity features that enable end users to work faster and smarter, and is a perfect complement," continued Hughes. "Barracuda continues to invest in technology and processes to support cloud operations, including an Office 365 program team that works closely with customers as they migrate to the cloud. Customers have trusted Barracuda to protect their on-premises email for more than a decade, and they can trust us to provide the same protection for their email as they shift to the cloud."

Pricing and Availability
Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 is available today. International pricing and availability vary by region. For more information please visit, http://cuda.co/essentials.

Barracuda's Office 365 Strategic Initiative -- Simplified IT
Barracuda offers a series of end-user educational events, both online and in person, with various channel partners focused on helping customers leverage cloud efficiencies securely and cost effectively. Barracuda Essentials for Office 365, together with Barracuda NextGen Firewalls and Barracuda PST migration products, provide a robust suite to assist organizations moving to an Office 365 environment. For additional information please visit, http://cuda.co/o365program.

Resources

1Survey: Barracuda Customer Survey, TechValidate, December 2015 - January 2016. TVID: 93D-D21-0DF

Blog: Looking for additional security and data protection functionality in your Office 365 environment? You're not alone, but there are great options now available - http://cuda.co/15870

Education: Barracuda's Office 365 Webinar Series and RSS - http://cuda.co/o365

Whitepaper: Best Practices for Migrating to Office 365, An Osterman Research White Paper, April 2015 - http://cuda.co/o365osterman

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About Barracuda Networks, Inc. (NYSE: CUDA)
Barracuda (NYSE: CUDA) provides cloud-connected security and storage solutions that simplify IT. These powerful, easy-to-use and affordable solutions are trusted by more than 150,000 organizations worldwide and are delivered in appliance, virtual appliance, cloud and hybrid deployments. Barracuda's customer-centric business model focuses on delivering high-value, subscription-based IT solutions that provide end-to-end network and data security. For additional information, please visit barracuda.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the potential benefits and functionality of Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 solution. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond the Company's control and that could cause the Company's results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could materially affect the Company's business and financial results include, but are not limited to customer response to the Company's products, as well as those factors set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update the forward-looking information to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date of this press release.

Atlantis HyperScale Platform Cuts VDI 2.0 3-Year Infrastructure Cost to $140 per Desktop

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Workspot (workspot.com), the leading provider of Workspace as a Service, announced today their newest partnership with Atlantis Computing, the leading provider of Software-Defined Storage (SDS). Workspot will bring to market a VDI 2.0 solution running on the Atlantis HyperScale all-flash hyper-converged appliances with the lowest cost per desktop in the industry and desktop performance that is faster than PC or Mac.

The combined power of Workspot software with Atlantis HyperScale hyper-converged appliances offers a more affordable alternative to traditional infrastructure-based solutions, with operating expenditure savings of up to 80 percent. The hardware-software collaboration has made it possible for users to deploy a desktop in as little as 60 minutes. Additionally, its cloud-control plane architecture comes at a fraction of the price of running traditional licensing-based solutions.

"We are excited to partner with Atlantis and provide our customers with hyper-converged platform that enables our customers to cut their infrastructure cost per desktop by up to 80 percent," Amitabh Sinha, CEO of Workspot, said. "This partnership not only offers customers VDI at a competitive price and speed of deployment, but also introduces new modular scalability to our Workspace as a Service offering."

Workspot will provide the single pane of glass for management, control, security and monitoring, while Atlantis Computing will provide the all-flash hyper-converged system that integrates servers, storage and virtualization into a single appliance. Atlantis HyperScale appliances give customers the freedom to choose their preferred server platform including HP, Lenovo, Cisco and SuperMicro server platforms. Atlantis Computing is known for creating the fastest and most scalable VDI environments in the world, which Workspot will build upon to create the new VDI 2.0 solution.

"This partnership will help expand VDI to a wider audience that otherwise might not think VDI is feasible," Timm Hoyt, VP of North American Sales, Atlantis Computing, said. "We are proud to be working with an innovative company like Workspot to offer our customers the best cloud-native desktop and application infrastructure."

For more information on Workspot + Atlantis partnership, please visit workspot.com/Atlantis

About Workspot
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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 00:00

First Transit Moves to the Cloud With Infor

Infor Enterprise Asset Management and Mobile Application – Designed to Help Reduce Costs and Streamline Operations

NEW YORK, NY – Infor, a leading provider of beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced that First Transit, Inc., has successfully implemented Infor Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) in the cloud. First Transit has been a provider of precision, efficiency, innovation, and all-around expertise to both public and private transportation system for over 60 years. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, First Transit operates in 242 locations, carrying more than 350 million passengers annually throughout the United States in 39 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and four Canadian provinces. In addition to a cloud-hosted environment, First Transit can also benefit from Infor EAM Mobile, allowing users to access real-time information from almost anywhere.

"Infor EAM is at the core of our strategy. We have reduced our parts expense on average by three to four percent each year since we started using Infor EAM, and we are continually finding ways to keep that up, most recently by leveraging Infor EAM Mobile to change the way work gets done on our shop floors," said Todd Hawkins, senior vice president of maintenance, First Transit.

First Transit has used Infor EAM for over 10 years, and currently utilizes a cloud deployment for the solution. The First Transit maintenance strategy aims to help minimize events that cause service interruptions or reduce overall efficiency and unscheduled work. First Transit works to achieve this by performing various forms of preventative maintenance during scheduled work which will in turn can help reduce unscheduled work, including road calls which, in turn, can help improve a key performance indicator, the ratio between scheduled and unscheduled work.

First Transit technicians use Infor EAM to help manage the performance of maintenance on vehicles, the receipt of work order assignments and the completion of the maintenance activities required in the sequence prioritized by the supervisor. Technicians use Infor EAM Mobile on iPads to access resources they may find useful during an activity such as manuals or guides that can help them do their jobs.

"At Infor, we realize that today's employees are not necessarily confined to an office; rather they perform tasks from wherever their work takes them. So, to better address these changing needs, we have integrated the same functionality of Infor EAM and made it compatible for mobile devices," said Kevin Price, product & strategy director, EAM, Infor. "First Transit has been a valued Infor partner for over a decade, and we are happy to continue this partnership, helping them transition to the cloud and continue to innovate their business processes."

About First Transit, Inc.

First Transit, Inc. has 60 years of experience and is one of the leading providers of transportation contract and management services in North America, moving more than 350 million passengers annually. First Transit, Inc. provides operation, management and consulting for more than 242 locations in 39 states, Canada and Puerto Rico for transit authorities, state departments of transportation, municipalities, hospitals, universities and private companies. First Transit employs more than 19,000 dedicated transit professionals. For additional information, please visit FirstTransit.com.

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About Infor

Infor builds beautiful business applications with last mile functionality and scientific insights for select industries delivered as a cloud service. With 13,000 employees and customers in more than 200 countries and territories, Infor automates critical processes for industries including healthcare, manufacturing, fashion, wholesale distribution, hospitality, retail, and public sector. Infor software helps eliminate the need for costly customization through embedded deep industry domain expertise. Headquartered in New York City, Infor is also home to one of the largest creative agencies in Manhattan, Hook & Loop, focused on delivering a user experience that is fun and engaging. Infor deploys its cloud applications primarily on the Amazon Web Services cloud and open source platforms. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.

Infor customers include:

  • 18 of the top 20 aerospace companies
  • 10 of the top 10 high tech companies
  • 10 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies
  • 21 of the 25 largest U.S. healthcare delivery networks
  • 18 of the 20 largest U.S. cities
  • 20 of the top 20 automotive suppliers
  • 17 of the top 20 industrial distributors
  • 15 of the top 20 global retailers
  • 4 of the top 5 brewers
  • 21 of the top 30 global banks
  • 6 of the 10 largest global hotel brands
  • 6 of the top 10 global luxury brands

AVIEMORE, UK – Adoption of Quarch Technology Ltd's XLC Programmable Power Modules among industry leaders is growing fast. Since its showcase at the Flash Memory Summit, the expanding community of Quarch users has been joined by a number of independent drive performance reviewers and test labs, including The SSD Review, Tom's IT PRO and MYCE, showing that the Quarch XLC PPM is emerging as the industry standard for drive power testing.

Capability to test low power sleep states - down to 100μA - has clearly impressed Wendy Robertson from MYCE. She writes that using the Quarch equipment enables MYCE to "bring our readers the most comprehensive, and accurate, power consumption tests ever carried out on consumer grade storage devices."

Sean Webster at The SSD Review explains, "We came across Quarch Technology at Flash Memory Summit and secured an amazing piece of equipment to use in our future reviews. To show our readers the power consumption of different drives, their XLC Programmable Power Module is quite honestly perfect. The Quarch XLC PPM enables us to easily and accurately analyze and log the power consumption of a device."

Paul Alcorn from Tom's IT PRO highlights the module's flexibility and ease of use. "Our search for the one device that measures the power consumption of every type of storage device ends with the Quarch XLC Programmable Power Module. We use several of the Quarch modules in our busy test lab to measure the power consumption of every type of storage device, including HDDs and SSDs in SAS, SATA, PCIe AIC and U.2 form factors. One of the most attractive features of the XLC PPM is its ability to displace multiple pieces of equipment, such as two bench power supplies, two scopes and two current probes, with one small device."

Ease of use is definitely an important factor in the enthusiastic take-up of Quarch Technology's power modules. Quarch CEO, Mike Dearman, states, "Our power modules allow engineers, reviewers and end users to measure power very easily with no modifications or complex setup - and at a low price point. With continuous data collection at sample rates up to 15K samples/s, high dynamic range (50µA-14A) and convenient fixturing, the modules are cheaper, more accurate and much easier to install than competitive solutions."

It's not only drive performance reviewers who are impressed; leading provider of storage test, validation and benchmarking solutions, OakGate Technology, has added extensive integration between its test bench and Quarch Power Modules. Users can access the device under test directly from OakGate's Storage Validation Framework (SVF) user interface and exercise power control, measurement and margining features.

Power Injection fixtures are now available for PCIe x8, PCIe x16, PCIe SFF, SAS and SATA from factors. M.2 and USB 3 fixtures are also planned.

Further information:

About Quarch: Quarch Technology Ltd is a world leading supplier of automated test tools for Storage Systems. Scalable test systems enable manufacturers and re-sellers of data storage to get to market faster with a more reliable product. Their ground breaking and highly customizable solutions can be tailored to customers' needs, allowing the system to achieve a very rapid return on investment in any test environment.

For further information about the Quarch products, visit www.quarch.com.