Summer Journal

Volume 29, Issue 3

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Jon Seals

RIDGELAND, Miss. — Disaster survivors in Mississippi who apply for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and are referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration are advised to submit an SBA loan application to ensure that the disaster recovery process continues.

If you are a homeowner or renter and SBA determines you cannot afford a loan, you may be considered for FEMA’s other needs assistance program, which provides grants for disaster-related medical and dental care, funeral costs and vehicle repairs. Survivors may also be eligible for assistance from other organizations.

There is no requirement to take out a loan if one is offered from SBA.

Next to insurance, SBA is the primary source of funds for real estate property repairs and replacing lost contents following a disaster. Renters and homeowners alike may borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace clothing, furniture, cars or appliances damaged or destroyed in the disaster. Homeowners may be eligible for low-interest loans up to $200,000 for primary residence structural repairs or rebuilding.

May 24, 2016, is the last day survivors can register with FEMA and apply for SBA disaster loans for physical damage.

Loan applications may be submitted online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ or mailed to:

U.S. Small Business Administration

Processing and Disbursement Center

14925 Kingsport Rd.

Ft. Worth, TX 76155-2243

For additional information, contact the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339, email DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov or visit sba.gov/disaster.

Survivors with questions regarding the FEMA application or appeal process, or who need to register for assistance, can go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or relay service). (TTY users should call 800-462-7585.) The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to

10 p.m. seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

For more information on Mississippi disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4268 and www.msema.org.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay service). TTY users can call 800-462-7585.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is the federal government’s primary source of money to help business of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters rebuild and recover after a disaster. SBA low interest disaster loans repair and replace property losses not fully compensated by insurance and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

US data center REITs reported record leasing for the year’s first quarter, attributing their success primarily to a digital land grab by public cloud giants, who are racing to expand capacity.

The biggest data center providers are now operating in uncharted waters. The rising tide of public cloud deployments, combined with the paradigm shift in enterprise IT toward hybrid architectures, which combine cloud services with colocation, has created a perfect storm of demand for providers.

According to Equinix CEO Steve Smith on his Q1 earnings call, “Interconnection-oriented architectures represent a fundamental shift away from centralized, legacy enterprise IT models to distributed and dynamic models.”

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Netwrix Auditor empowers Miles & Stockbridge P.C. with ongoing IT systems performance and system availability, contributing to business success

IRVINE, Calif. – Netwrix Corporation, a provider of IT auditingsoftware that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, announced today that Miles & Stockbridge P.C., a leading law firm with seven offices in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region, has chosen Netwrix Auditor to ensure continuous system availability and increase productivity for its IT operations.

As a busy law firm, Miles & Stockbridge needed to ensure overall system security and compliance. But, at the same time it needed to enable system availability and continuous access to applications and data so that employees could remain productive as they provided legal services to clients. The main challenge for the firm was to establish user behavior monitoring over internal users and remote helpdesk activities. Since the company has a distributed IT infrastructure, which includes Active Directory, Exchange, and VMware, the Miles & Stockbridge IT team wanted a unified platform that would gather data from its various IT systems and present it in a single console for further analysis and troubleshooting, if necessary. After evaluation of several auditing solutions, the firm opted for Netwrix Auditor.

Netwrix Auditor is a visibility and governance platform that enables control over changes, configurations and access in hybrid cloud IT environments to protect data at rest regardless of its location. The platform provides security analytics to detect anomalies in user behavior and investigate threat patterns before a data breach occurs.

Netwrix Auditor allowed Miles & Stockbridge to achieve the following results:

  • Complete visibility into IT environment. With hundreds of users and helpdesk personnel accessing business-critical systems in its offices and remotely, the firm is now in control of all activities happening in any part of the IT environment. The software provides visibility on enterprise, system, and user levels decreasing the risk of insider misuse and escalation of privileges.

  • Maximize system uptime. The firm’s IT team daily reviews reports on user activity to track everything that can cause service disruption. In case of any issues the IT team can effortlessly revert unwanted changes or troubleshoot incidents. Broad context available for each user activity allows quick identification of the sequence of events to find the root cause.

  • Improve user satisfaction. Because systems are continuously available, users can access them anytime. Thanks to that, employees are able to service the firm’s customers in an efficient and professional manner, without interuption.

  • Increase IT team efficiency. Automated features, such as reporting, notifications, IT change roll back, inactive account tracking etc., allow the IT team to perform everyday tasks faster and speed report delivery to management.

Netwrix Auditor provides a single point of access and actionable information on the IT changes. Thanks to it, we have become proactive and more efficient in our everyday work, we have enabled continuous user access to the IT systems and with that have been able to provide better user experience,said Maria Fleischmann, Technology Coordinator at Miles & Stockbridge.

The legal industry is among those that need to provide continuous access to their IT systems to loads of on-sight and off-sight employees,” said Michael Fimin, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix. “As a majority of routine IT tasks are critical for business continuity, inefficiently established IT processes can seriously affect system uptime. IT teams have to act quickly, detect and foresee possible performance issues to prevent outages and enable users to address clients’ needs without impact. By enabling business continuity, IT teams are able to contribute to their organization’s success and ensure company growth and development.

To download the complete case study, please visit: www.netwrix.com/go/milesandstockbridge

About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation provides IT auditing software that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, including who changed what, when and where each change was made, and who has access to what. Over 150,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to audit IT infrastructure changes and data access, prepare reports required for passing compliance audits, and increase the efficiency of IT operations. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 70 industry awards and was named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. For more information, visit www.netwrix.com.

Unique Resource Helps Businesses Navigate Global Regulatory Landscape

JOHNSTON, R.I. — FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers, today released a new edition of the world’s most comprehensive guide to national building codes. The 2016 FM Global Country Building Codes Index helps companies assess construction requirements, safety environments and overall resilience in the geographies where they may do business.

A reflection of the insurer’s 180-year commitment to property loss prevention, the Index is a PDF document that links directly to the known building codes of nearly 130 countries. It also helps companies determine whether or not a code exists in a particular nation. The 2016 FM Global Country Building Codes Index is a companion to the newly released 2016 FM Global Resilience Index, which ranks the same countries by their business resilience to supply chain disruption.

“Building codes and their enforcement are important because substandard construction often leads to injury, death, property loss, business disruption, financial harm and economic turmoil,” said Brion Callori, senior vice president of engineering and research at FM Global. “Strong codes can help communities and businesses be more resilient to fire, flood, earthquake and windstorms. While some countries are making progress, we are actively encouraging more countries to adopt better codes and standards in order to improve their standard of living.”

The 2016 FM Global Country Building Codes Index is produced in cooperation with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and is publicly available for no charge.

High cost of poor codes

Fragility of construction methods has been blamed for making buildings “weapons of mass destruction” if they collapse in a fire or weather event. For example, recent deadly earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador “are a reminder of how important it is that we apply the highest standards possible when building in earthquake zones,” Robert Glasser, United Nations special representative for disaster risk reduction, said recently.

Providing worldwide leadership for the improvement of building codes and standards, FM Global employs an international codes and standards group with experts in Brazil, China, India, Paris and the United Kingdom (UK).

In 2011, the group helped form the nonprofit Brazilian Sprinkler Institute (ISB), which aims to strengthen building codes related to fire, the costliest commercial property risk. The codes and standards group that same year helped form the Mexican Sprinkler Association.

In 2010 in the UK, FM Global helped establish the Business Sprinkler Alliance with fire chiefs and other sprinkler advocates. Later, it helped ensure that a 30-story student building at the University of Portsmouth, UK, was built with automatic sprinklers.

Quality makes a difference

Shifting global business trends spotlight the need for an understanding of codes throughout the world. For example, foreign direct investment to India increased by 29 percent from October 2014 through December 2015. The country is currently ranked 110th in risk quality, according to the 2016 FM Global Resilience Index.

Meanwhile, strong building codes have been credited with softening the impact of events as devastating as the Fukushima, Japan, earthquake and tsunami. In fact, every dollar spent on natural hazard mitigation saves society US$4, according to a National Institute of Building Sciences Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council study.

FM Global’s clients have demonstrated the value of the company’s own strong building standards. Properties that are poorly protected experience losses seven times as often and 30 times larger than well-protected properties, according to the company’s internal data.

“The 2016 FM Global Country Building Codes Index, a reflection of FM Global’s commitment to construction quality, is the easiest way to find national building codes in one place,” said Donald P. Bliss, NFPA vice president of field operations. “Using and enforcing the latest building codes are essential. The index makes it simple for others to access this critical information.”

About FM Global
Established nearly two centuries ago, FM Global is a mutual insurance company whose capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management and the resilience of its client-owners. These owners, who share the belief that the majority of property loss is preventable, represent many of the world’s largest organizations, including one of every three Fortune 1000 companies. They work with FM Global to better understand the hazards that can impact their business continuity in order to make cost-effective risk management decisions, combining property loss prevention with insurance protection.

Spring 2016 Release Adds New Capabilities for Low-Latency, Stream Data Processing and Powering Cloud and Big Data Analytics

 

SAN MATEO, Calif.SnapLogic, the industry’s first unified data and application integration platform as a service (iPaaS), today introduced the Spring 2016 release of its SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform. The Spring release adds new capabilities for integrating streaming data and powering big data analytics in the cloud with support for Apache Kafka, Microsoft HDInsight, and Google Cloud Storage, plus numerous enhancements that automate data shaping and management tasks that are critical to transforming data into insights.

 

“SnapLogic’s platform is now processing over 100 billion JSON documents per month, delivering enterprise-scale data and application integration as a service to our customers,” said Vaikom Krishnan, vice president of engineering at SnapLogic. “The Spring 2016 release further expands our big data integration capabilities with advanced streaming capabilities that are well suited for Internet of Things and data lake use cases.”

 

Self-Service Integration for Streaming Data

Much of the data flowing into enterprise data lakes is high-throughput, real-time data from e-commerce transactions, website clickstreams, wearables and other Internet of Things sources. SnapLogic’s new intelligent connectors, called Snaps, for the Apache Kafka message broker:

  • make it simple to create low-latency big data pipelines without coding,
  • help to make Kafka enterprise-ready with pre-built Snaps for common data transformation operations plus connectors for 400+ endpoints,
  • can be used in conjunction with SnapLogic Ultra Pipelines, always-on data flows which receive input from a website or an application and return data to the requested endpoint at speeds up to 10x faster, making them ideal for IoT data flows.

"SnapLogic's move to add support for Apache Kafka should provide value to its customers given the increasing demand for streaming data," said Matt Aslett, research director, Data Platforms and Analytics at 451 Research. “The ability to create low-latency pipelines without coding, combined with pre-built Snaps for common transformations should lower the barriers to ingesting streaming data from Kafka."

 

Powering Analytics and Data Management in the Cloud

SnapLogic continues to build on its momentum in data management for both on-premises and cloud-based data lakes with new support for HDInsight, Microsoft’s cloud service for Hadoop and Spark. With SnapLogic users can, without scripting, ingest data from virtually any source to an HDInsight cluster, and prepare and deliver timely and relevant data for analysis to business intelligence tools or off-cluster data stores.

SnapLogic’s flexibility to support any data, anywhere is strengthened in the Spring release with new support for Google Cloud Storage, which complements SnapLogic’s Snap for Google BigQuery.

 

Automating Data Preparation and Shaping

The SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform Designer enables users to operationalize many of the data quality, preparation and transformation tasks required for analysis through automated tasks within visual data flow pipelines. Enhancements include the following.

  • Data Mapping Improvements: SmartLink helps simplify the mapping of data by suggesting field-to-field mapping. With this release, SmartLink has been updated with the ability to select between multiple algorithm options, including exact, case insensitive, fuzzy and history matching.
  • New Transformation Snaps for Spark: New Spark-compatible Snaps for common data preparation and shaping tasks include Join, JSON Parser, JSON Splitter, JSON Formatter, and Parquet Reader and Writer.

Integration Governance and Automation

The Spring 2016 release also brings governance enhancements to the SnapLogic platform for improved management, control, and flexibility for enterprise environments. They include the new features listed below.

  • Snap Versioning: Greater flexibility for administrators to plan upgrades to their pipelines according to their business needs.
  • Platform Metadata Snap: Exposes SnapLogic platform metadata in a way that common activities such as creating, deleting and mass updating of elements such as accounts and tasks can be automated as part of a pipeline.
  • Pipeline Execute Snap: Spawns child pipelines that execute repetitive tasks in parallel, making pipeline execution many times faster.
  • Project Spaces: Groups of pipelines and tasks that allow administrators to organize complex environments and provide fine-grained access controls to all of these elements.

“We are excited about the latest platform update for SnapLogic. The rich integration platform is being extended in this release to support more efficient DevOps and more logical project component organization,” said Jim Teal, senior cloud architect, iRobot. “This will help us to do more, and do it more efficiently with SnapLogic.”

 

From the Snap Labs: Containerized Integration Preview

SnapLogic has added a new capability currently under development that will “containerize” hybrid cloud and big data integration. Currently available via a customer preview program, this capability will allow customers to deploy a just-in-time Snaplex -- the elastically-scalable data processing component of the SnapLogic platform -- via a Docker container. These Snaplex containers can be deployed in any cloud environment that can host Docker containers, and can run in data centers running Docker Swarm, Kubernetes or Mesos. Using these containers it will be easy and quick to deploy and take down entire Snaplex clusters that efficiently utilize servers.

 

Expanded Library of Snaps and Updated Certifications

In addition to the new Kafka Snap, updates to the Spring 2016 release include a new Snap for Microsoft Azure SQL Bulk Load, and significant improvements to Snaps for Anaplan and NetSuite.

With the Spring 2016 release, the SnapLogic platform has also been updated to support Cloudera CDH 5.5 and Hortonworks 2.3.4.

 

Availability

All customers have been updated to the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform Spring 2016 Release. For more information, visit www.snaplogic.com/spring2016

 

About SnapLogic

SnapLogic is the industry’s first unified data and application integration platform as a service (iPaaS). The SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform enables enterprises to connect to any source, at any speed, anywhere — whether on premises, in the cloud or in hybrid environments. The easy-to-use platform empowers self-service integrators, eliminates information silos, and provides a smooth onramp to big data. Founded by data industry veteran Gaurav Dhillon and backed by investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Ignition Partners, Microsoft Corp., and Silver Lake Waterman, SnapLogic is helping companies across the Global 2000 to connect faster. Learn more at www.snaplogic.com.

CHARLOTTE, NC – Velocity Technology Solutions, a global leader in enterprise application cloud managed services, announced the completion and launch of significant additional SAP modules and cloud hosting for fashion retailer BCBG Max Azria Group, LLC. The additional SAP modules incorporate BCBG's Factory stores, Partner shops and Canadian entities into its cloud based SAP enterprise resource planning system.

BCBG Max Azria Group was focused on bringing these business units onto the SAP system to improve their reporting and costing processes and to realize the benefits of greater integration and uniformity across all business operations. Additionally, the migration enables BCBG to consolidate systems and save on licensing and maintenance costs. Velocity provided consulting and developed the cloud expansion and project roadmaps to accomplish this system's original cloud transition and subsequent expansion.

BCBG Max Azria Group and the Velocity team faced the challenge of upgrading functionality to expand the SAP footprint with Partner shops, as well as working closely with a previous data center provider from where the systems had to be migrated.

"It is always a delicate process to integrate business operations into the company ERP system," said Ralf Suerken, Vice President of the SAP line of business for Velocity Technology Solutions. "The customer has an expectation of maximum availability of their system so as to not disrupt its retail transaction capabilities. Our team prepared and executed as planned and the three business operations were successfully integrated without incident. We had great confidence based on past experiences that this would meet our customer's expectations."

"As a retailer, we need to be able to reliably transact and serve our customers and stores. Having an optimized and secure SAP landscape is of the utmost importance to us. Migrating our SAP environment to Velocity's private and secure cloud platform, with redundant architecture and disaster recovery services, is helping us achieve the system availability we need," says Robert Fort, CIO of BCBG Max Azria Group, LLC.

As an SAP Partner, Velocity is SAP® Certified in Application Management Services, SAP® Certified in Hosting Services, and SAP® Certified in Cloud Services with SAP HANA certified consultants and installations globally. Velocity is able to provide "Cradle to Grave" SAP Solutions that includes the ability to supply SaaS software licenses as part of SAP's Partner Managed Cloud program.

About Velocity Technology Solutions

Velocity Technology Solutions (www.VelocityCloud.com), a global enterprise application cloud management services leader since 2003, delivers secure, fully managed environments spanning virtual private, public and hybrid clouds. The company's portfolio includes application-focused cloud managed services, professional services, with data analytics and optimization solutions. Velocity's expertise in managing leading ERP applications, leveraging the patent pending Velocity Cloud Application Management Platform, gives customers required availability, security, visibility and control at a reduced total cost of ownership. Velocity is headquartered in Charlotte, NC, with facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. Velocity is a portfolio company of Silver Lake Sumeru, a global leader with private equity investments in leading, growth-oriented technology companies. For additional information on the firm and its entire portfolio, visit www.silverlake.com.

About BCBG Max Azria Group, LLC:

BCBG Max Azria Group, LLC is one of the worldwide leaders in ready-to-wear, encompassing a portfolio of brands that includes BCBGMAXAZRIA, Hervé Léger by Max Azria and BCBGeneration. Brands are present in over 41 countries with approximately 1000 points of sale worldwide, showcasing a luxury spectrum of premier women's ready-to-wear and accessories collections. The collections are also sold in specialty boutiques within major department stores across the globe, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Macy's, Lord & Taylor, Net-a-Porter and Harvey Nichols.

Drobo's Simple, Secure and Reliable Storage Allows Health Care Companies to Focus on Providing Exceptional Patient Care

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Drobo, the maker of award-winning storage arrays for businesses, professionals and consumers, today announced that Allegiance Health Management (Allegiance) has selected Drobo to simplify and modernize its storage infrastructure. Allegiance's IT team researched several storage vendors with offerings encompassing traditional, hybrid and all-flash storage systems. Allegiance ultimately selected Drobo for its simplicity, reliability and security.

"I have been around IT for years, and the most important thing to a healthcare company is security and simplicity. Drobo allows us to keep our data secure and provides us a cost-effective and simple storage solution," said Landon Dick, CIO of Allegiance.

Ideal for Small, Agile Teams

Like many Small and Medium Businesses (SMB's), Allegiance has a small yet agile IT team that must manage multiple sites with high reliability since patients rely on Allegiance to quickly and securely manage their data. This makes security a top priority, yet data still needs to be accessible across their multi-state network of facilities.

"Drobo makes it simple, easy and safe for SMB's to manage their data across multiple sites at affordable prices that no other solution can provide," said Mihir Shah, CEO of Drobo. "We are excited to see healthcare companies such as Allegiance turn to Drobo for their storage needs. Our solutions help healthcare companies focus on their most important goal, excellent patient care. We continue to see huge growth in this market."

Simple VMware Management

Allegiance is also using Drobo to store several of their Virtual Machines (VM's) to streamline management and ensure that critical services are protected by Drobo's BeyondRaid technology. This will allow Allegiance to maintain stellar uptimes for each of its sites and maintain security of sensitive data. "No other vendor can offer security and data integrity at Drobo's price points," stated Landon.

About Drobo

Drobo makes award-winning storage arrays that provide an unprecedented combination of data protection, expandability, and ease of use. Based on the patented and proven BeyondRAID™ technology, Drobo delivers the best storage experience ever for hundreds of thousands of consumers, professionals, and businesses. For more information, visit http://www.drobo.com.

Drobo, BeyondRAID, and the Drobo logo are trademarks of Drobo, Inc., which may be registered in some jurisdictions. All other trademarks used belong to their respective owners.

 

New Suite of Digital Solutions to Provide Employees With Engaging Interface Designed to Improve Collaboration and Efficiency

CLEVELAND, Ohio – University Hospitals (UH), one of the nation's leading health care systems, today announced that it is working with Avanade, the leading digital innovator on the Microsoft platform, to support its transition to a Digital Workplace and create a high-performing culture, drive innovation and enhance nurse and physician engagement. UH will work with Avanade to design and execute a new mobile-friendly intranet which leverages Microsoft SharePoint to provide an enhanced user experience. The solution aims to improve the quality of care for patients by facilitating employee access and engagement while driving effective communication and collaboration.

The Digital Workplace solution will provide UH employees with a customized persona-based interface targeting different roles, facilitate social collaboration through Yammer and allow hospital clinicians to easily search for information related to their relevant daily tasks. Upon completion, UH will enhance its ability to expedite the onboarding of new hospitals within its network as well as connecting all remote locations.

 "As our network of hospitals continues to grow, we needed to explore the latest digital workplace solutions to drive employee engagement, facilitate integration, enhance productivity, build effective communication and collaboration and enhance the user experience of our systems," said Greg Harrison, Chief Communications Officer at University Hospitals. "Avanade's combination of experience design and Microsoft expertise will help ensure our organization provides a great user experience that will ultimately improve the level of care we provide to our patients."

With more than 1,000 professionals serving healthcare clients and over 3,000 SharePoint projects completed, Avanade provides University Hospitals with an unparalleled mix of industry experience and technology expertise to manage its transformation to the Digital Workplace.

"The healthcare industry is an early adopter of digital technologies and we are excited by the opportunity to help UH through the process of transforming its workforce. By being digital on the inside, UH is well poised to ensure patients have a superior experience with every interaction," said Eric Miquelon, Avanade's senior vice president, Central Region. "We were able to leverage our innovation workshops to showcase the 'art of the possible' and help UH prioritize their digital agenda."

About University Hospitals
Founded in May 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 18 hospitals, more than 40 outpatient health centers and primary care physician offices in 15 counties throughout Northeast Ohio. At the core of our $4 billion health system is University Hospitals Case Medical Center, ranked among America's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. The primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, UH Case Medical Center is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and genetics. Its main campus includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children's hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University. UH is the second largest employer in Northeast Ohio with 26,000 employees. For more information, go to www.UHhospitals.org.

About Avanade
Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Our professionals combine technology, business and industry expertise to build and deploy solutions to realize results for our clients and their customers. Avanade has 28,000 digitally connected people across 23 countries, bringing clients the best thinking through a collaborative culture that honors diversity and reflects the communities in which we operate. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation. Learn more at www.avanade.com.

Cloud-Based Service Expands the Value of Customer Investment in Infoblox by Providing Visibility, Policy Management, and Context-Aware Security for Devices On-Premise and Off-Premise

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Infoblox Inc. (NYSE: BLOX), the network control company, today announced Infoblox DNS Firewall as a service, extending the company's industry-leading DNS protection to roaming devices off premise.

Infoblox DNS Firewall (www.infoblox.com/dns-firewall) today is an on-premise physical or virtual appliance that prevents malware and advanced persistent threats (APTs) from disrupting critical business operations and exfiltrating data, by preventing infected devices from communicating with command-and-control (C&C) sites and botnets.

Infoblox DNS Firewall as a service, now being offered to select Infoblox customers and expected to be generally available by the end of 2016, offers a single pane of glass for protecting users from malware and cyberattacks while they are on the corporate network and when they are roaming outside the corporate perimeter. This new cloud service from Infoblox extends the capability of network and security operators by providing actionable network intelligence that strengthens their operational and security postures.

In addition to providing cloud-hosted recursive DNS with firewall capabilities, the new service delivers unified reporting and single-policy configuration for Infoblox customers, capabilities not available from purely cloud-based DNS services. Infoblox DNS Firewall as a service in the future will also extend the rich Infoblox security ecosystem to help customers remediate threats across their security infrastructures.

For example, customers with Infoblox DNS, DHCP, and IP address management (DDI) infrastructure can harness the business context provided by that infrastructure to prioritize risk and remediation efforts, without excessive operational overhead -- both on and off their premises.

The Infoblox DNS Firewall service and on-premise offerings capitalize on the threat intelligence technology from the acquisition of IID in February 2016 (www.infoblox.com/iid). Updated continuously and curated by a staff of threat researchers working around the clock, the Infoblox Threat Intelligence feed provides real-time machine-readable threat intelligence to block threats no matter where they emerge and as soon as they emerge. This real-time threat intelligence reduces false positives, provides descriptions of individual threats, clearly indicates severity level and classification, and states whether an identified threat is active or inactive, to help customers better prioritize response and remediation.

"Enterprise networks do not have the luxury of being walled gardens any more, not with employees bringing their own devices and accessing data from everywhere," said Scott Fulton, executive vice president of products at Infoblox. "Infoblox DNS Firewall as a service helps our customers by providing the same industry leading protection for on- and off-premise devices, helping organizations to build enterprise networks that are more available, secure, and smart."

Pricing and Availability

For more information, contact an Infoblox sales representative.

About Infoblox

Infoblox (NYSE: BLOX) delivers critical network services that protect Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure, automate cloud deployments, and increase the reliability of enterprise and service provider networks around the world. As the industry leader in DNS, DHCP, and IP address management, the category known as DDI, Infoblox (www.infoblox.com) reduces the risk and complexity of networking.

Forward-looking and Cautionary Statements - Infoblox
Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. As such, this release is subject to the safe harbors created by U.S. Federal Securities Laws. The risks and uncertainties relating to these statements include, but are not limited to, risks that there may be design flaws in the company's products, shifts in customer demand and the IT services market in general, shifts in strategic relationships, delays in the ability to deliver products, or announcements by competitors. These and other risks may be detailed from time to time in Infoblox's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which may be obtained from www.sec.gov. Infoblox is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Platform9, the company making private clouds easy, today announced a channel partner program designed for resellers, service providers and systems integrators focused on cloud computing, enabling them to more efficiently design and deploy flexible, enterprise-ready OpenStack private clouds for their customers.

According to Wikibon, true private cloud (on-premise and hosted together) is expected to grow from $7 billion in 2015 to $201 billion in 2026 (36% CAGR) and be 31% of infrastructure spend. At last month's OpenStack Summit, the OpenStack Foundation said half of the Fortune 100 use OpenStack. Wal-Mart, AT&T, SAP and Wells Fargo all spoke about how they're using open source code to build their private clouds.

As trusted partners, channel partners want to offer their customers alternatives that leverage open source technology to reduce lock-in, help them avoid the VMware or AWS "tax" but are still enterprise-ready to support their data center needs. Platform9 Managed OpenStack provides just that. The solution transforms an organization's existing servers into an AWS-like agile, self-service private cloud within minutes -- enabling organizations small or large to run their private clouds efficiently, at scale, while leveraging latest open source innovations.

"Our new channel program helps our partners capitalize on the significant business opportunity surrounding customers' cloud transformation needs. Platform9's unique SaaS-based OpenStack solution enables partners to deliver immediate value to their customers while enhancing their status as a private cloud 'trusted advisor,'" said Adam Ulfers, Platform9 vice president of sales. "Most importantly, we can help increase our partners' share of cloud spending by extending their solutions and services as they build out their customers' data center ecosystems."

The Platform9 Channel Partner Program gives partners the tools and resources to implement an on-premises private cloud for their customers that delivers the same easy self-service provisioning, open APIs, integration with automation frameworks that users have come to expect with public cloud offerings. The program offers industry-leading incentives, including access to Platform9's sales and marketing support, joint marketing and demand generation programs, deal registration and compensation on all contracted services.

Channel Partner Quotes

  • "With growing concerns about runaway costs and data lock-in with the public cloud, many customers are pursuing hybrid cloud strategy, with IT as internal service providers. With Platform9's private-cloud-as-a-service, we can transform our customers' existing data center resources into flexible, enterprise-grade private cloud infrastructure in just minutes -- all backed by an operational SLA. Platform9 accelerates the time to value for our customers and for our business as well." -- Alvin Chu, Senior Director, Cloud Practice, FusionStorm
  • "While public cloud providers offer computing power and storage on demand, many organizations are uncomfortable giving up control over data locality and data gravity. On the other hand, private cloud can be complex and time-consuming. Platform9 enables us to solve that problem for our customers, with a SaaS-based private cloud solution that is extremely fast and easy to deploy, with powerful capabilities that rival the public cloud, but on infrastructure using any hardware or operating systems, within the customer's firewall and under their control. Platform9 is the private cloud go-to solution in our cloud computing portfolio." -- Marco Mohajer, Executive Vice President, Technologent

Additional Resources

About Platform9
Platform9's mission is to make private clouds easy for organizations of any scale. The company's service transforms an organization's existing servers into an AWS-like agile, self-service on-premises cloud within minutes, enabling organizations small or large to run their private clouds efficiently, at scale, while leveraging the latest open source innovations. Powered by OpenStack, the service is the industry's first 100% cloud managed platform for KVM, VMware vSphere and Docker. Founded in 2013 by a team of early VMware engineers, Platform9 is backed by Menlo Ventures and Redpoint Ventures and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. For more information, visit: http://www.platform9.com.