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OptiDriver®, MRV’s Optical Transport Platform, Recognized for Excellence

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – MRV Communications ™, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRVC) (“MRV®”), a global provider of innovative packet and optical solutions, announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named OptiDriver® as a 2015 Data Center Excellence Award winner, presented by infoTECH Spotlight.

MRV’s OptiDriver platform enables a high-speed, intelligent network that is faster, more cost-effective and easier to manage for use in data center interconnect applications, content delivery networks, large enterprise and carrier environments where flexibility, space and power are at a premium.  Designed from the ground up to reduce capital and operational expenses, and engineered to support the latest advances in optical technologies, OptiDriver empowers high-growth cloud connectivity with the industry’s leading 10Gbps, 100Gbps and future upgradeable 200Gbps densities. With a highly flexible pay-as-you-grow modular solution, network designers can use a single set of hardware across multiple applications. This capability reduces ordering complexity and results in an overall reduction in capital and operational expenses that serve data center interconnect applications in metro and regional networks.

“Based on MRV’s more than 25 years of optical innovation and network experience, OptiDriver capitalizes on the latest innovations in optical technologies to provide a metro-optimized optical transport solution,” stated Zeev Draer, Vice President of Strategic Marketing for MRV Communications.  “It supports both current and next-generation data center services that move into a new era of software-defined networking, virtualization and cloud computing. We are honored to receive this industry accolade, which is a testament to MRV’s ongoing commitment to providing market-leading, innovative solutions that dramatically improve customers’ optical network performance and return on investment – both today and as their networks evolve in the future.”

The 2015 Data Center Excellence Award recognizes the most innovative and enterprising data center vendors who offer infrastructure or software, servers or cooling systems, cabling or management applications.

“MRV Communications has displayed its commitment to quality and innovation in the development of the data center industry,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “I look forward to witnessing continued excellence from MRV and its efforts toward improving the future of the data center industry.”

 

About MRV Communications

MRV Communications is a global supplier of packet and optical solutions that power the world’s largest networks. MRV products combine innovative hardware with intelligent software to make networks smarter, faster and more efficient.  Dedicated to the continued success of our customers, MRV enables service providers, data center operators and large enterprises to cost effectively evolve their networks to address mission-critical applications, such as high-capacity cloud and data center connectivity, business services, mobile backhaul and the migration to virtualized and programmable networks.  Founded in 1988, MRV is headquartered in Southern California with additional research and development facilities outside of Boston and in Israel. For more information please visit www.mrv.com.

About InfoTech Spotlight

InfoTech Spotlight brings extensive daily content focused on information technology. Visitors will find free industry news, communities, channels, blogs, feature articles, videos, whitepapers and other resources.  The site keeps readers informed about developments across topics including software, hardware, security and networking. InfoTech Spotlight is powered by TMCnet, the leading communications and technology site in the World attracting two million unique visitors monthly according to Webtrends. Please visit: infoTECH Spotlight for more information.

About TMC

Global buyers rely on TMC’s content-driven marketplaces to make purchase decisions and navigate markets. This presents branding, thought leadership and lead generation opportunities for vendors/sellers.  For more information about TMC and to learn how we can help you reach your marketing goals, please visit www.tmcnet.com.

ATLANTA – Colo Atl, the leading provider of network-neutral colocation, data center and interconnection solutions at 55 Marietta Street in Atlanta, GA, announces today that Southern Fibernet Corporation (SFN), a premier Southeast fiber optic Internet provider, has completed a fiber installation in Colo Atl’s facility in downtown Atlanta.

SFN, a communications technology company that provides via the SFN Network high speed, true fiber optic internet service to residential and commercial customers in Metro Atlanta and throughout Central Georgia, joins Colo Atl’s list of more than 80 network operators and service providers.

“Colo Atl is a well-known, highly regarded colocation facility that also happens to be our neighbor here at 55 Marietta Street in Atlanta. Aside from its exceptional data center services, Colo Atl offers invaluable access to a growing number of network operators and service providers and top-notch customer service that is hard to find elsewhere,” comments Bryan Sumner, Founder, President & CEO for Southern Fibernet. “Through its services and personalized attention to our colocation and interconnection needs, Colo Atl provides considerable support of SFN’s mission to bring light-speed, first-of-its-kind, fiber optic service to underserved area neighborhoods and businesses.”

“Colo Atl is proud to offer easy accessibility and our unique data center services to tenants, and neighbors, like SFN who are committed to improving connectivity through fiber optic technology in underserved regions here in the Southeast,” comments Tim Kiser, Owner and Founder of Colo Atl.

Founded in November 2001, the Colo Atl colocation and Meet Me Area (MMA) facility is located across the 5th and 8th floors of 55 Marietta Street in downtown Atlanta. Colo Atl is a reasonable, accommodating and cost-effective interconnection environment for more than 80 local, regional and global network operators. The Colo Atl facility is also home to the Georgia Technology Center (GTC), a test bed and live production facility for network communications equipment; and the Southeast Network Access Point (SNAP). SNAP provides next-generation Internet Exchange (IX) solutions, including SDN peering, testing and implementation.

About Colo Atl
Colo Atl, a JT Communications company, is the leading provider of network-neutral colocation, data center and interconnection solutions at 55 Marietta Street in the global telecom hub of Atlanta, GA. Colo Atl provides superior network-neutral colocation, data center and interconnection services at an affordable rate. Colo Atl is a network-neutral environment that allows all types of network operators to securely and conveniently cross connect within a SSAE 16 certified facility. Colo Atl has no monthly recurring cross connect fees between tenants and provides exceptional customer service.

Colo Atl is also home to the Georgia Technology Center (GTC), a live laboratory for network equipment vendors to highlight their optical and electrical hardware and operating systems, and the Southeast Network Access Point (SNAP), which provides next-generation Internet Exchange (IX) solutions, including SDN peering, testing, collaboration and implementation.

Visit Colo Atl online at: www.coloatl.com and follow us on Twitter @ColoAtl.

About Southern Fibernet
Southern Fibernet (SFN) is a technology company that provides the only fiber to the home (FTTH) fiber internet and video content services in Georgia. Southern Fibernet is owned by community-oriented investors. Its management team has over 30 years of experience in utility construction and fiber optic systems. Our managing partners and related utility construction company have been involved in multiple FTTH builds funded by government entities (USDA/RUS and NITA) and we have a well-earned reputation for high quality and service! Visit http://southernfibernet.com/ for more information.

Vocalcom, a global provider of cloud-based call centre software, has announced its intention to partner with Aeriandi, a cloud-based Level 1 PCI DSS service provider. This will be to integrate their Agent Pay and IVR Assist solutions and to provide a solution that eliminates telephone based card data, from both Vocalcom’s and their customer’s infrastructure.

Lindsay Brown, Head of Channels at Aeriandi, said “We are delighted to be working with Vocalcom to provide cloud based PCI DSS compliance solutions. Vocalcom are one of the leading global providers of cloud based contact centre solution providers and our products complement each other very well. Both organisations have a strong heritage of delivering high quality, scalable solutions."

 

About Vocalcom

Vocalcom was founded on the principle of a wonderful user experience, providing contact centre software based on an innovative design and useful functionality. More than 3,500 companies such as McDonald’s, Disney, and ITV are using Vocalcom to lower their operational costs, raise productivity, and turn each customer interaction into a positive business outcome. Loved by 550,000+ users for its beautifully crafted interface, Vocalcom is a contact centre software, easy to try, buy, implement, and use. For more information about Vocalcom contact centre software, visit Vocalcom.com

 

About Aeriandi

Founded in 2002, Aeriandi specialises in secure solutions that enable organisations to meet FSA and PCI DSS compliance obligations. It has spent over a decade investing in cloud-based design and architecture and is proud to work with some of the biggest names in banking, telecommunications, utilities, and travel.

Aeriandi also delivers PCI DSS Level 1 call recording solutions, which allow organisations to log, monitor and play back calls – including legacy calls – without the worry of breaking data laws or industry certification. Its range of customer intelligence solutions also help to make the most of rich customer data, improve productivity, deliver a better customer experience and boost customer satisfaction. More details can be found at www.aeriandi.com

Security

You’re a security expert, but chances are your users are not. Employees are the number one risk in corporate security. They fall victim to phishing emails, download malware accidentally, and leave data exposed from stolen laptops and mobile devices. Since they are an organization’s biggest risk, you have to provide security awareness every year. Here are seven of the worst security errors created by your own personnel.

1- Poor Passwords or Password Management

You can require complex passwords on the network, but you can’t control the way an employee manages those passwords. You also can’t control poor passwords on personal devices that contain sensitive company data. No employees should keep their passwords on a Post-It on their monitors, but some do!

2- Phishing Emails

Stealing corporate data is a target for entrepreneurial hackers who want to sell the data to a competitor. The best way to do this is through phishing emails intended to steal the employee’s user name and password. This allows the hacker to log into the network as if he/she is an authorized user and hence makes it difficult to detect.  Hackers are able to gain access to bundles of data before the company suspects there is malicious activity on the network.

3- Not Locking a Computer Before Walking Away From It

Screensavers can be set to automatically lock the desktop after several minutes of inactivity, but that doesn’t stop an employee from walking away from the machine leaving it open for several minutes. Your security policy should ask employees to lock machines with the screensaver password lockout option even if it’s only for a few minutes at a time.

4- Using Insecure Wireless Connectivity

If your users have wireless company devices, they should always connect to Wi-Fi using a secure connection. Open Wi-Fi with no passcode protection leaves all data open to eavesdroppers including company passwords, documents and emails.

5- Falling Victim to Social Engineering Attacks

Social engineering is the new phishing tactic. Social engineers call employees pretending to be official network administrators or helpdesk personnel. The attacker convinces the employee to give them access to the system by repeating their employee user name and password.

Piggybacking falls into this category as well. Piggybacking is when an unauthorized user is able to gain access to the premises by following an authorized employee through the perimeter door with badge access.

6- Granting Unnecessary High Privilege Access to Personnel

In most organizations, the data owner is given full control over who has access, whether directly or through official paperwork submitted, to security. Most users don’t follow the need-to-know policy that comes with good security. Users should be taught discretion when granting access to each individual employee. Only give employees access if it’s necessary for them to perform their job.

7- Using Unauthorized Apps for Business

The cloud offers several advantages for collaboration and sharing documents. Unfortunately, using personal accounts such as Dropbox or Google Drive for private business data can lead to accidental breaches. If the employee has poor password habits and gets a private account hacked, your data is exposed and stolen.

For all 7 of these risks, the answer is to provide employees with security awareness training. The more an employee understands the risk, the fewer incidents reported to security personnel.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 00:00

Zika Virus: An Emerging Health Threat

Credit: Kraemer et al. eLife 2015;4:e08347

For decades, the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus was mainly seen in equatorial regions of Africa and Asia, where it caused a mild, flu-like illness and rash in some people. About 10 years ago, the picture began to expand with the appearance of Zika outbreaks in the Pacific islands. Then, last spring, Zika popped up in South America, where it has so far infected more than 1 million Brazilians and been tentatively linked to a steep increase in the number of babies born with microcephaly, a very serious condition characterized by a small head and brain [1]. And Zika’s disturbing march may not stop there.

In a new study in the journal The Lancet, infectious disease modelers calculate that Zika virus has the potential to spread across warmer and wetter parts of the Western Hemisphere as local mosquitoes pick up the virus from infected travelers and then spread the virus to other people [2]. The study suggests that Zika virus could eventually reach regions of the United States in which 60 percent of our population lives. This highlights the need for NIH and its partners in the public and private sectors to intensify research on Zika virus and to look for new ways to treat the disease and prevent its spread.

Zika virus infection can be spread by yellow fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti), and experimental evidence suggests the virus also can be transmitted by Asian tiger mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus). Aedes mosquitoes—already known for transmitting other viral illnesses, such as dengue and chikungunya—have a wide and expanding global distribution, including in the United States [3]. To predict places around the world where Zika virus might spread as people infected in the Brazilian outbreak come into contact with biting Aedes mosquitoes, the NIH-supported research team, led by Kamran Khan of St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, first mapped the global distribution of Aedes mosquitoes along with the climate conditions the researchers deemed favorable to the spread of Zika virus. They then layered onto this map the final destinations of travellers who might have been exposed to Zika virus before departing Brazil from September 2014 to August 2015.

During the year, 9.9 million travelers left 146 Brazilian airports near areas known to be conducive to Zika virus transmission for destinations around the world. North and South American countries were the most-popular destinations (representing 65 percent of travelers) followed by those in Europe (27 percent) and Asia (5 percent). The most-popular travel spot was the United States, with more than 2.7 million people making the trip.

According to the researchers’ calculations, about 200 million Americans—more than 60 percent of the population—reside in areas of the United States that might be conducive to the spread of Zika virus during warmer months through biting mosquitoes, including areas along the East and West Coasts and much of the Midwest. In addition, another 22.7 million people live in humid, subtropical parts of the country that might support the spread of Zika virus all year round, including southern Texas and Florida. Already, there are reports of local spread of the virus within Puerto Rico and of travelers returning to the U.S. with the Zika infection.

With all this in mind, it is now critically important to confirm, through careful epidemiological and animal studies, whether or not a causal link exists between Zika virus infections in pregnant women and microcephaly in their newborn babies. Brazilian health authorities made the initial connection between the virus and birth defects, primarily because the increase in microcephaly seemed to emerge a few months after the introduction of Zika virus into Brazil. Thousands of cases of microcephaly have now been reported and the Brazilian health ministry has confirmed the presence of Zika virus in tissue samples and amniotic fluid collected from a small number of affected children or their mothers [1]. While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has obtained similar findings, it remains unclear what other factors might increase risks to the developing fetus [4].

In November, health authorities in French Polynesia also reported an unusual increase of central nervous system malformations in fetuses and infants that seemed to coincide with the Zika outbreak there. And, last week, came news reports of the first child born in the U.S. with microcephaly possibly linked to Zika. The child’s mother had lived in Brazil during her pregnancy before moving to Oahu, Hawaii [5]. As an additional concern, there are reports in French Polynesia and Brazil of a possible connection between Zika infection and Guillain-Barré syndrome, a mysterious condition in which the immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system [1].

With no vaccine or treatment currently available to prevent or treat Zika infection, the best way for individuals—and pregnant women in particular—to protect themselves is to avoid traveling to places where Zika is known to be spreading. If an individual has to live or work in such a region, CDC recommends strict precautions to avoid mosquito bites, including wearing protective clothing, using insect repellants, and sleeping in rooms with window screens or air conditioning. Though still unproven, the link between Zika infection and microcephaly has also prompted CDC to issue interim guidelines recommending that women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant consider postponing travel to areas where Zika virus has spread. This frequently updated list currently includes Puerto Rico, Mexico, and 20 other countries in South America, Central America, the Caribbean, the Pacific islands, and Africa [6].

Many important questions remain about Zika. But, as Anthony Fauci, director of NIH’s National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, noted in his recent New England Journal of Medicine essay, one thing is very clear: far more research into Zika virus and its interactions with its mosquito, human, and non-human primate hosts is urgently needed [7]. For instance, it will be important to determine how readily Asian tiger mosquitoes, which can tolerate relatively cold temperatures, spread Zika virus.

The scientific community must also step up its efforts to develop innovative approaches against the virus, and that’s certainly happening at NIH. With NIAID taking the lead, research is underway to understand better Zika’s effects on the body, to develop diagnostic tests to identify the virus rapidly in people, and to ramp up testing of therapeutics that might be effective. Importantly, NIAID researchers already are working on vaccine candidates to prevent Zika virus from infecting people. All of this work is a compelling example of NIH mobilizing swiftly in the face of a rapidly emerging infectious disease, and seeking the research answers that Americans and people across the globe need.

References:

[1] Rapid risk assessment: Zika virus epidemic in the Americas: potential association with microcephaly and Guillian-Barre syndrome. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 10 December 2015.

[2] Anticipating the international spread of Zika virus from Brazil. Bogoch II, Brady OJ, Kraemer MU, German M, Creatore MI, Kulkarni MA, Brownstein JS, Mekaru SR, Hay SI, Groot E, Watts A, Khan K. Lancet. 2016 Jan 14. pii: S0140-6736(16)00080-5.

[3] The global distribution of the arbovirus vectors Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus. Kraemer MU, Sinka ME, Duda KA, Mylne AQ, Shearer FM, Barker CM, Moore CG, Carvalho RG, Coelho GE, Van Bortel W, Hendrickx G, Schaffner F, Elyazar IR, Teng HJ, Brady OJ, Messina JP, Pigott DM, Scott TW, Smith DL, Wint GR, Golding N, Hay SI. Elife. 2015 June 30;4:e08347.

[4] CDC Telebriefing: Zika Virus Travel Alert. Centers for Disease Control. 15 January 2016.

[5] Hawaii baby born with small head had prior Zika infection. CNN. 19 January 2016.

[6] Interim Guidelines for Pregnant Women During a Zika Virus Outbreak — United States, 2016. Centers for Disease Control. 19 January 2016.

[7] Zika Virus in the Americas – Yet Another Arbovirus Threat. Fauci AS, Morens DM. N Engl J Med. 2016 Jan 13. [Epub ahead of print]

Links:

Zika Virus Infection and Pregnancy (CDC)

Kamran Khan (St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto)

Fogarty International Center (NIH)

NIH Support: Fogarty International Center

New RESTful API enables the Company to bring carrier-grade security to messaging applications worldwide

 

DUBLIN – AdaptiveMobile, the world leader in mobile network security, today launched its Messaging App Security – a new product that enables messaging applications to secure their user base from increasing volume and sophistication of threats.

 

Messaging applications – such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber and Kik – have experienced exponential growth over the past few years and are forecast to see a threefold increase in message traffic, from almost 31 trillion in 2014, to 100 trillion by 2019 globally. As users rapidly turn to mobile messaging applications, criminals are making use of proven techniques to exploit this increasing user base – sending phishing spam, eliciting money from scam messages and hacking devices to obtain personal information – making consumers vulnerable to attack and damaging the brand credibility of messaging applications.

 

Expanding on its expertise in providing mobile security through carrier networks, AdaptiveMobile’s Messaging App Security offers a RESTful API to messaging applications, providing a secure messaging experience for users. Through advanced threat detection algorithms, user reputation analysis and traffic controls, Messaging App Security enables app providers to identify and block both new threats and those crossing over from conventional messaging.

 

“As messaging applications and social platforms evolve and converge, they are increasingly looking to innovations to deliver value-add and differentiated services – such as Facebook’s launch of Uber in-app and WeChat’s expansion to offer its significant in-app features and e-commerce platform outside of China – making the need for a secure messaging environment more crucial than ever,” explains Rob Bamforth, Principal Analyst at research and analyst house Quocirca.

 

“With this announcement AdaptiveMobile is bringing the power and intelligence of its security software to protect and enable the rapidly growing mobile app market, further cementing its position as a world leader in mobile security,” says AdaptiveMobile’s CEO Brian Collins. He continues: “Our carrier-grade Network Protection Platform protects over 1.3 billion mobile subscribers on a daily basis, and today we extend this expertise to IP-based applications facing the growing threat of abuse, delivering world class security either running as a cloud or on premise in customers’ networks.”

 

AdaptiveMobile’s Messaging App Security product overview is available at http://www.adaptivemobile.com/products/messaging-security.

 

About AdaptiveMobile:

AdaptiveMobile is the world leader in mobile network security protecting over one billion subscribers worldwide and the only mobile security company offering products designed to protect all services on both fixed and mobile networks through in-network and cloud solutions. With deep expertise and a unique focus on network-to-handset security, AdaptiveMobile’s award-winning security solutions provide its customers with advanced threat detection and actionable intelligence, combined with the most comprehensive mobile security products available on the market today. AdaptiveMobile’s sophisticated, revenue-generating, security-as-a-service portfolio empowers consumers and enterprises alike to take greater control of their own security.

AdaptiveMobile was founded in 2004 and boasts some of the world’s largest mobile operators as customers and the leading security and telecom equipment vendors as partners. The Company is headquartered in Dublin with offices in North America, Europe, South Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Most organisations have shelfware, most are out of compliance with their software contracts, and most are getting audited by their vendors – often resulting in six- and seven-figure “true up” fees

 

Maidenhead, U.K. – While enterprise software budgets will largely stay the same or shrink this year, a new Flexera Software report, The State of the (Software) Estate: Waste Is Running Rampant in Enterprises, reveals that most organisations are unnecessarily wasting significant portions of their enterprise software budget. The report elaborates, explaining that most organisations are wasting money on “shelfware” (unused or underused software), most are (simultaneously) out of compliance with their software contracts, and most are getting audited by their software vendors – frequently resulting in “true up” fees that can exceed six- and seven-figures. Among the report’s findings:

  • Out of Compliance: 75 percent of enterprises say that at least some percentage of their software is overused (i.e. use that is out of compliance with their license agreements).
  • Software Vendors Smell Money: 65 percent of enterprises faced a vendor software license compliance audit within the past year;
    • 23 percent were audited three times or more!
  • Multiple Key Vendors Come a’ Auditing: Respondents report having been audited or undergoing a license review by all the major software vendors including Microsoft (61 percent), Adobe (33 percent) and Oracle (30 percent).
  • Paying the Piper: 44 percent of enterprises (compared to only 25 percent the prior year) said they paid $100,000 or more in true-up costs to their software vendors as a result of noncompliant software use;
    • 20 percent (up from only nine percent the prior year) said their software audit true-up costs were $1,000,000 or more!
  • Put It On the Shelf: 93 percent of organisations report spending money on at least some software that is underused (shelfware);
    • 30 percent of respondents said that 21 percent or more of their software spend is associated with shelfware.

“The software license landscape is complex due to the sheer number of contracts to manage, the different types of licenses that must be administered, the different rules adopted by different vendors, and the fact that many organisations track their licensing information manually. We believe that as much as 33 percent of the software budget is being wasted due to insufficient software license management,” said R “Ray" Wang, Principal Analyst & Founder at Constellation Research. “Organisations should focus on continual software license compliance to reduce software audit risk, and on fully utilising the product use rights they’ve negotiated in their contracts to reduce shelfware.”

 

While the report paints a bleak picture of the massive waste most organisations are experiencing around enterprise software spend, it also provides an optimistic outlook that organisations are gaining awareness of the problem and looking for solutions. For instance, 81 percent of organisations said managing software licenses and usage is important. Most organisations, 92 percent, report proactively tracking, managing and reporting software licensing and usage today – although the methods they take diverge significantly– from manual methods (29 percent) to using automated commercial Software Asset Management (SAM)/Software License Optimisation solutions (34 percent).

 

“Organisations of all sizes are feeling the sting of software license audits, true-up fees and the frustration of trying to simultaneously stay in compliance and eliminate shelfware. The good news is Software Asset Management/Software License Optimisation solutions are now being deployed more widely and for those companies, the problems are abating,” said Ed Rossi, Vice President of Product Management at Flexera Software. “Organisations can leverage Software License Optimisation solutions to score quick wins up front – inventorying their software estates for the first time, eliminating unused or unauthorised software from their networks or successfully defending themselves in a software audit. From there, they can go on to solve more complicated optimisation problems that yield even greater return, such as strategies for fully utilising all the software they’ve invested in before purchasing additional licenses.”

 

Resources:

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About This Report

The 2016 Key trends in Software Pricing and Licensing survey was conducted by Flexera Software. This annual research project looks at software licensing, pricing and enforcement trends and best practices. The survey reaches out to executives at application producers (Software vendors and intelligent device manufacturers) and enterprises who use and manage software and devices. Now in its tenth year, the survey is made available to the industry at large each year.

 

About Flexera Software

Flexera Software helps application producers and enterprises increase application usage and the value they derive from their software. Our software licensing, compliance and installation solutions are essential to ensure continuous licensing compliance, optimised software investments and to future-proof businesses against the risks and costs of constantly changing technology. Over 80,000 customers turn to Flexera Software as a trusted and neutral source for the knowledge and expertise we have gained as the marketplace leader in licensing, installation and compliance for over 20 years and for the automation and intelligence designed into our products. For more information, please go to: www.flexerasoftware.com.

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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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. 

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