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ansarada Announces Secure Office

Now it’s even easier to securely share M&A-related Microsoft Office documents

 

With research indicating that almost three-quarters (71%) of M&A executives have recently suffered a data loss, ansarada is making it even easier for the industry to securely share Microsoft Office applications with Secure Office.

 

“Things happen fast during M&A due diligence and small barriers to workflow can become major roadblocks, leading to frustration and lost time,” said Matthew Brown, Chief Product Officer at ansarada. “Too often, when faced with the choice between slowing down a due diligence process, or leaving their financial model unprotected in a deal, sellers give up and send original Excel files via email. This is a very risky move – one that should never be taken with such a highly confidential document.”

 

Existing solutions in the marketplace have focused on security over ease of use, utilising plugins, installations or custom software like viewers, leading to frequent situations where bidders are prevented from opening documents by their own organisation’s IT policies. This puts pressure on the seller to reissue the files unburdened by the security that was meant to protect it.

 

Designed specifically for those involved in M&A deals, ansarada’s Secure Office feature solves this problem by providing an effortless way for bidders and sellers to share sensitive Microsoft Office documents, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. No installation, viewers or plugins are needed and users experience no difference to the way they normally share or open Microsoft Office documents.

 

Offering the ability to apply and remove security at will, Secure Office from ansarada also allows M&A executives to:

  • Control who has access to documents, with the ability to track document views, inside or outside a data room
  • Control whether individuals can alter information in documents
  • Prevent illegitimate copying and printing of documents
  • Control whether individuals can see formulas in Excel
  • Expire documents after a certain date, or if un-authorised access is attempted

“Our research consistently shows that unless security, simplicity and ease of use are considered together as equal priorities in designing software solutions for M&A, the industry will simply not be able to use them” explains Stephen Dearing, Vice President of EMEA for ansarada. “ansarada’s Secure Office is by far the easiest way to secure Microsoft Office documents, and for the user there’s no difference – documents behave like just regular files.”

 

“It’s Excel security you can actually use.”

 

ansarada’s research, which asked 520 bankers, lawyers, consultants and accountants specialising in M&A, highlights the barriers faced by the industry when it comes to closing deals efficiently and on time. It also found that data losses accounted for deals being delayed by an average of 12 days.

 

About ansarada

Back in 2005, a software developer and two accountants needed a data room, but were frustrated by the products in the market. Joining forces with an entrepreneur, they set out to make something significantly and remarkably better. The result is ansarada, a pioneering global provider of virtual data rooms, and the world’s only host and builder of data rooms designed exclusively for mergers and acquisitions (M&A). ansarada is dedicated to making life easier for everyone involved with M&A, and in particular to making the due diligence process as simple as possible for M&A dealmakers. ansarada has built its data rooms using its own proprietary technology, and is committed to the highest levels of service, security and integrity, and to ensuring successful outcomes for clients. The company has offices in Australia, Europe, USA, Hong Kong and South Africa.

HPE Takes Pioneering Machine Learning Efforts to the Mainstream, Giving Developers Easy, Fast and Proven Tools for Building Data-Rich Applications

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced the immediate commercial availability of HPE Haven OnDemand, an innovative cloud platform that provides advanced machine learning APIs and services that enable developers, startups and enterprises to build data-rich mobile and enterprise applications.

Delivered as a service on Microsoft® Azure, HPE Haven OnDemand provides more than 60 APIs and services that deliver deep learning analytics on a wide range of data, including text, audio, image, social, web and video.

HPE first pioneered this effort in December 2014 with the beta launch of HPE Haven OnDemand. Today, HPE Haven OnDemand has more than 12,750 registered developers who currently generate millions of API calls per week, and have provided feedback to improve and refine the offering. 

"The software industry is on the cusp of a new era of breakthroughs, driven by machine learning that will power data-driven applications across all facets of life," said Colin Mahony (@cpmahony), Senior Vice President and General Manager, HPE Big Data, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. "HPE Haven OnDemand democratizes big data by bringing the power of machine learning, traditionally reserved for high-end, highly trained data scientists, to the mainstream developer community. Now, anyone can leverage our easy to use cloud-based service to harness the rich variety of data available today to build applications that produce new insights, differentiate businesses, delight customers and deliver competitive advantage."

HPE offers a flexible approach that starts as a freemium service, enabling development and testing for free, and extends to a usage and SLA-based commercial pricing model for enterprise class delivery to support production deployments. Some of the capabilities offered by HPE Haven OnDemand include:

  • Advanced Text Analysis extracts the key meaning from language by employing powerful concept extraction capabilities that go beyond traditional approaches to obtain key concepts, entities and sentiment from text sources.
  • Format Conversion - provides key functions to access, extract and convert information wherever it lives by supporting an extensive set of standard file formats and the ability to employ optical character recognition to extract text from an image.
  • HPE Haven Search OnDemand enterprise-search-as-a-service delivers powerful cultivated search across on-premise or cloud data to deliver superior context-sensitive search results.
  • Image Recognition and Face Detection enables applications to detect specific image features and code around human-centric use cases to identify the gender of an individual or key information such as a brand logo from within an image.
  • Knowledge Graph Analysis automatically delivers insights and predictions related to relationships and behavioral patterns among people, places and things. These capabilities are very useful for analyzing social media and related data.
  • Predict and Recommend - enables developers to view patterns in business data to optimize business performance and build a set of self-learning functions that analyze, predict and alert based on structured datasets.
  • Speech Recognition employs advanced neural network technology to transcribe speech to text from video or audio files with support for over 50 languages.

Please visit HPE Haven OnDemand to view a full list of available machine learning APIs and services. 

Strong Momentum Spanning Startups to Global Enterprises
HPE Haven OnDemand's easy-to-use and proven service is generating strong appeal with independent developers, startups and global enterprises. HPE has fostered a global community of developers that use HPE Haven OnDemand through an active global hackathon program and comprehensive resources, docs, tutorials, code libraries and quick-start materials. This enthusiastic developer community has provided vital feedback to help HPE optimize the offering, and has leveraged HPE Haven OnDemand to create hundreds of innovative applications. A few examples include:

  • Ayni - a startup that won the Hack4Europe 2015 challenge created an app for facilitating cultural exchange and foreign language education using HPE Haven OnDemand. The app uses HPE Haven OnDemand's speech recognition API to create text transcripts of live audio streams.
  • Blink - a "speed dating" mobile app startup, Blink connects people in real time, enabling live-stream video chats. The app leverages HPE Haven OnDemand face detection and image recognition APIs to enable a more human dating app experience.
  • RingDNA - an enterprise provider of advanced inside sales is using HPE Haven OnDemand machine learning APIs to power part of their "conversation analytics" capabilities. HPE Haven OnDemand allowed RingDNA's developers to get up and running and explore a wide number of recipes and algorithms that were flexible and powerful enough for our enterprise customers.
  • Social Capital - AngelHack Global Demo Day 2015 - San Francisco city winner and startup that created an app to provide human resources social assessments using the HPE Haven OnDemand Entity Extraction and Concept Extraction APIs.
  • Transparent - a developer participating in the 2015 World Bank hackathon challenge created the Transparent app to understand and visualize government spending in Africa using the HPE Haven OnDemand OCR API to analyze and extract insights.

Available Globally via the Microsoft Azure Public Cloud
All HPE Haven OnDemand APIs and Services are hosted on Microsoft Azure, leveraging the Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft strategic alliance around Azure, announced in December 2015. An industry leading public cloud platform, Azure ensures that developers building applications can benefit from easy access to HPE Haven OnDemand's APIs and services with high performance and reliability from virtually any global location. 

"Organizations have massive quantities of information that can hold insights into business transformation, but harnessing it can be challenging," said Garth Fort, General Manager, Partner and Channel Marketing, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft. "Leveraging the high performance and scalability of Azure, HPE Haven OnDemand brings our mutual customers a compelling solution to help turn their data into value." 

Additional Information
HPE Haven OnDemand is immediately available worldwide. More information on HPE Haven OnDemand is available here. To read a blog post on HPE Haven OnDemand, click here

For more information on the HPE Advanced Analytics World Tour, click here.

Join HPE Big Data on LinkedIn and follow @HPE_BigData on Twitter. To learn more about HPE Haven OnDemand and available machine learning APIs and services, please follow @HavenOnDemand on Twitter.

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry-leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry's most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure.

DgSecure Monitor Offers Industry-First Sensitive Data Monitoring for Big Data and Databases in the Cloud; Company Awarded U.S. Patent

SAN FRANCISCO, Calf. – Dataguise, a technology leader in secure business execution, today announced DgSecure Monitor™ for the monitoring, detection, and alerting of potential breaches of sensitive data across the enterprise and the cloud. DgSecure Monitor keeps track of who is doing what to an enterprise's sensitive data, and delivers real-time, policy-based alerts whenever unauthorized access or unusual access behavior occurs. Unlike traditional IT monitoring solutions for firewalls, networks, or applications that can produce an unmanageable amount of alerts and result in months of analysis before a potential breach is spotted, DgSecure Monitor is focused solely on safeguarding the sensitive data an organization truly cares about -- cutting through the clutter to detect real threats in just minutes. 

According to Gartner, Inc. in its January 2016 report, Shift Cybersecurity Investment to Detection and Response, "The disparity between the speed of compromise and the speed of detection is one of the starkest failures discovered in breach investigations." Indeed, a 2015 study by the Ponemon Institute found that malicious attacks can take an average of 256 days to identify while data breaches caused by human error take an average of 158 days to identify. DgSecure Monitor is the first real-time monitoring solution focused on sensitive data elements with comprehensive support for big data platforms and databases in the cloud, as well as traditional on-premise data repositories.

In order to precisely monitor access and activities associated with sensitive data such as email addresses, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or other confidential or personally identifiable information (PII), enterprises must know where that data lives and moves at any given time -- a growing challenge in the era of big data and cloud computing. That's why DgSecure Monitor is tightly integrated as part of the Dataguise DgSecure® data-centric security platform, a highly automated, out-of-the-box solution that offers around-the-clock detection, protection (via masking or encryption), and monitoring of sensitive data across the extended enterprise. While it can be used standalone to monitor declared sensitive data, DgSecure Monitor works harmoniously and continuously in real time with DgSecure Detect™ to discover and monitor sensitive data from the moment it's created, even when the enterprise may not realize it's there.

Whether sensitive data is protected or not, DgSecure Monitor makes it easy to create focused data security governance policies using built-in or custom templates. It then analyzes actions taken on sensitive data by people, systems, and devices in real time. If a policy violation occurs, an alert is generated. DgSecure Monitor also uses machine learning and behavioral analytics to generate alerts whenever user actions deviate from the typical behavioral profile -- which is crucial to detecting threats from stolen insider credentials. No coding is required, so enterprises can quickly and easily get a handle on their most sensitive data for reduced risk.

"Traditional IT monitoring solutions form a necessary layer of security, but the sheer volume of security data can make breach detection a costly and long, drawn-out analytical process," said JT Sison, vice president of marketing at Dataguise. "DgSecure Monitor focuses precisely on safeguarding the data that matters most -- the sensitive, personal, and confidential information that if exposed could lead to financial, legal, and brand damages. Dataguise is the one company to give you trusted, actionable information on your most valuable data."

Dataguise also announced today that it was awarded United States Patent number 9,268,947 on February 23, 2016 for its method and system for "providing a global view of sensitive information across an enterprise." While the DgSecure platform has always had task-based alerts that notify users whenever discovery, masking, encryption, or reporting processes are completed, the user-behavior-based alerts of DgSecure Monitor make a revolutionary advancement and meet a fundamental need in the protection of sensitive data today. 

"As more businesses transform into data-driven enterprises, they will need to think differently about how information is protected and made available for business consumption, and make that process as easy as possible," said Manmeet Singh, CEO, Dataguise. "Unfortunately, many enterprises lack a solution that unifies sensitive data detection and protection with access monitoring. Dataguise provides the first solution of its kind to detect, protect, and monitor sensitive data wherever it's located, enabling organizations to extract the full value of all their data while meeting the most rigorous data privacy mandates."

Structure Data 2016 Demonstration
Dataguise CEO Manmeet Singh will unveil DgSecure Monitor today at 10:45 a.m. during a workshop at the Structure Data 2016 conference in San Francisco entitled, "Monitoring Real Threats to Sensitive Data in Real Time." Dataguise will have data security experts on hand in booth #5 to hold one-on-one discussions and answer questions.

Availability
DgSecure Monitor will become generally available in the second quarter of 2016. The initial platforms supported by DgSecure Monitor will include Hadoop, Cassandra, Amazon S3, and Blob Storage. Platform support will be expanded as part of the technology roadmap throughout 2016 and beyond.

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About Dataguise
Dataguise is the leader in secure business execution, delivering data-centric security solutions that detect and protect an enterprise's sensitive data, no matter where it lives or who needs to leverage it. Dataguise solutions free the enterprise from traditional security constraints to support the data-driven organization and maximize the business value of information. DgSecure by Dataguise makes data security painless, delivering a powerful solution that provides the highest level of protection without the need for programming. The company is proud to secure the data of many Fortune 500 companies committed to responsible data stewardship. To learn more about how Dataguise is spearheading the secure data revolution, visit: www.dataguise.com.

OneBlox's Continuous Data Protection and Support for Secondary Storage Simplifies Data Recovery

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Exablox®, the award-winning company reimagining storage and the fastest growing private storage company in 2015*, today announced that US News and World Report's top-ranked universities -- including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Johns Hopkins University and New York University -- have deployed its OneBlox storage solution. These universities rely on OneBlox to protect the valuable data generated by their world-class researchers and ensure that they get reliable access to the enormous amounts of data is needed to do their work. Exablox's scale-out, object-based storage system OneBlox, with continuous data protection (CDP), keeps primary data safe and accessible by taking unlimited snapshots so users can restore information from any point in time. Recovery is fast and easy, typically taking one hundredth of the time that would be required to recover files through traditional backup/recovery methods. OneBlox's CDP has zero performance overhead on the filesystem eliminating the need for traditional backup. With OneBlox also able to act as a backup target for Veeam, NetBackup, Commvault and others, Exablox provides universities a unified solution for multiple storage needs.

"With Exablox's technology we've achieved a new level of data protection, scalability, and peace of mind," says Brandon Savage, IT and network administrator at MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center. "We can't recreate the data our researchers generate, and it needs to be stored in perpetuity, so data protection is absolutely critical for us. Not only are we protecting our VMware infrastructure with Veeam and OneBlox, we have been using OneBlox to protect departments' primary research data. We're now in the process of moving all our research data to OneBlox."

Both scalability and data protection are mission-critical for today's universities, which are challenged to rapidly react to the growing generation of information and consumption of storage by students and researchers. Universities need instant recovery from failure, state-of-the-art backup and recovery and protection from new threats such as ransomware. But they also need storage that is feature-rich, easy to manage, and affordable, so they can prioritize investment in R&D instead of IT administration.

OneBlox

Exablox's flagship product OneBlox is a cloud-managed, scale-out, object-based storage solution. OneBlox provides immediate scalability, fast and self-service recovery, protection from CryptoLocker and other ransomware and advanced backup and recovery capabilities that may eliminate the need for traditional backup/recovery software. 

OneBlox's unique CDP enables universities to fully protect all of the primary storage written to OneBlox. CDP takes continuous, unlimited and immutable snapshots of information so IT administrators can swiftly recover any individual file, folder or file share, rendering threats such as CryptoLocker obsolete. Alternatively, IT administrators can empower students or faculty to recover data on their own, which reduces the burden on resource-constrained IT administrators and enables users to get back to work quickly. 

OneBlox yields exceptionally high deduplication and compression data reduction ratios, up to 20:1 or more by using inline variable-length deduplication and compression. This helps keep storage utilization under control when using OneBlox as a target for backup/recovery or archiving of the production data. 

OneBlox's scale-out architecture supports immediate allocation of cost-effective storage for researchers and students without reconfiguration. Universities can mix and match commodity-priced drive types (SATA, SAS) and capacity (1-8TB) within the same OneBlox and within a OneBlox Ring. In two minutes and with zero configuration, the new storage is available within the existing global file system and is immediately available to applications, researchers and students. Organizations can also consolidate primary storage (with CDP protection) and backup in the same storage pool.

"Research is core to the value of universities and it can't be recreated," says Shridar Subramanian, VP marketing of Exablox. "Reliable data storage and protection is essential to ensure the research and development work that enables universities to win grants, build their reputation and attract students is always available."

*Storage Newsletter. (2016). Top Fastest Growing Storage Companies in 2015 [article]. Retrieved from http://www.storagenewsletter.com/rubriques/market-reportsresearch/top-fastest-growing-storage-companies-in-2015/

About Exablox 
Exablox is the company reimagining storage. Exablox solves businesses' runaway storage costs and information management nightmares by providing a cloud-managed, scale-out, object-based solution that is affordable and easy to use. OneBlox is an inclusive storage offering that combines an elegant hardware architecture and integrated, enterprise-grade software, including inline deduplication, continuous data protection, and disaster recovery. Exablox's innovative approach to storage has led to widespread customer traction across verticals including higher education, healthcare, insurance, and the legal industry as well as Fortune 500 companies. The company's growing list of customers includes Lockheed Martin, Equity Bank, and NYU. Founded in 2010, Exablox is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and backed by leading Silicon Valley venture firms. Visit Exablox online at www.exablox.com and join the conversation at www.twitter.com/exablox.

 

eFolder Best-in-Class Software and Services Designed Exclusively for the IT Channel Greatly Expand Recurring Revenue Opportunities for Lifeboat Partners

SHREWSBURY, NJ  – Lifeboat Distribution, an international specialty distributor for security, virtualization, network infrastructure, and other technically sophisticated products, today announced a distribution agreement with eFolder, a leading supplier of cloud data protection, business continuity and business-grade cloud file sync solutions for MSPs, cloud service providers, system integrators, and VARs. Lifeboat will distribute eFolder's solution portfolio to their network of technology partners in the United States and Canada.

Demand for anytime, anywhere access to corporate data, along with multiple deployment options for private or public clouds is increasing across all businesses today. The eFolder software product suite harnesses software and the cloud to support organizations' mobile security, file sync, backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity needs.

eFolder solutions that Lifeboat will distribute include: eFolder Anchor, a business-grade file sync and share solution that ensures secure file access anywhere, from any device, with unique features and capabilities for deployment by VARs and MSPs; eFolder Backup & Disaster Recovery (BDR) for Veeam, an off-site cloud backup service for virtualized environments which ensures business continuity for mission critical VMs and virtualized infrastructure.

"Our mission is to empower business productivity, and we're excited to expand the awareness and reach of our eFolder solutions to the broader base of Lifeboat's partners within North America," said Ted Hulsy, VP of Marketing, at eFolder. "Partners look to Lifeboat for sophisticated software solutions, along with complementary cloud services such as eFolder BDR for Veeam and Anchor."

"We're thrilled that eFolder has selected Lifeboat as their first North America distributor. eFolder solutions complement many technologies we already offer to our partners and are easily deployable," said William R. Botti, Executive Vice President at Lifeboat Distribution. "Our agreement with eFolder will enable our partners to provide best-in-class business continuity, data protection and file sync services -- and to generate highly profitable, recurring revenue." 

Lifeboat will promote eFolder's business continuity and business-grade cloud file sync solutions in conjunction with their extensive line card of security, virtualization and business productivity products. Resellers and managed service providers interested in offering eFolder solutions should contact Lifeboat by phone at +1.800.847.7078 (US), or +1.888.523.7777 (Canada), or by email at sales@lifeboatdistribution.com.

About Lifeboat Distribution
Lifeboat Distribution, a subsidiary of Wayside Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTG), is an international value added distributor for virtualization/cloud computing, security, application and network infrastructure, business continuity/disaster recovery, database infrastructure and management, application lifecycle management, science/engineering, and other technically sophisticated products. The company helps vendors recruit and build multinational solution provider networks, power their networks, and drive incremental sales revenues that complement existing sales channels. Lifeboat Distribution services thousands of solution providers, VARs, systems integrators, corporate resellers, and consultants worldwide, helping them power a rich opportunity stream, expand their margin+ services revenues, and build profitable product and service businesses. For more information, visit www.lifeboatdistribution.com, or call +1.800.847.7078 (US), +1.732.389.0037 (International), +1.888.523.7777 (Canada), or +31.36.8200.236 (Europe). Follow Lifeboat Distribution on Twitter (@LifeboatVAD) and Facebook (LifeboatDistribution).

About eFolder
eFolder is a leading supplier of cloud data protection, business continuity, and cloud file sync solutions for MSPs, solution providers, and VARs. Delivered as wholesale services to the channel, eFolder enables its partners to provide branded data protection and file sync services and to generate highly profitable, recurring revenue. eFolder services complement many of the managed service offerings already deployed by partners and integrate with common PSA systems, making adoption of eFolder services fast and easy. eFolder also empowers cost-effective partner and end-user private clouds, allowing partners to meet the needs of any client, regardless of size or readiness to engage in public cloud services. eFolder is a privately held company and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. For more information, please visit: http://www.efolder.netand follow us on Twitter: @eFolder

Lifeboat is a registered trademark of Lifeboat Distribution in the US and other countries. All other company names or product names may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

BARRE, Vt. – Northern Power Systems Corp. (TSX: NPS), a leading next generation renewable energy technology company, today announced its state-of-the-art FlexPhase power conversion system has been selected by UniEnergy Technologies (UET) and Avista Corp. to provide advanced power conversion for the largest capacity flow battery deployed in North America.  The battery, located in Pullman, WA near Washington State University and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), went online in April 2015.  The project was funded in part by a grant from the Washington State Clean Energy Fund, now in its second round, and Avista matching funds.  

 

The batteries are manufactured by Washington-based UET, and integrated with the NPS power converters. The core of the UET system is an advanced vanadium flow battery, engineered utilizing Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) technology developed starting in 2006 with funding from the DOE's Office of Electricity. The system has been used to date by Avista for load shifting, frequency regulation, and voltage regulation on the distribution circuit in Pullman. With the addition of the NPS converters, the UET product will also support Avista's end customer SEL, offering uninterruptible power supply, black start and four-cycle ride-through to SEL's manufacturing facility.  

 

"We have been working with UET for some time now as they have selected and integrated the advanced Northern Power FlexPhase technology power converter into their offering for sophisticated grid-forming applications," commented Diego M. Tebaldi, VP of Global Business Development for Northern Power Systems, adding "The capabilities and value of our technology provide a unique solution for these demanding applications."

David Ridley, UET Director of Electrical Engineering said, "We are pleased to be working with Northern Power Systems on this critical project, as their technology allows us to extract the best value for the customer and enable functionalities like black-start, seamless critical load support and microgrid-ready features that most others aren't offering."

 

Avista Fellow Engineer Curt Kirkeby said, "It's exciting to work with Northern Power Systems as we explore the possibilities and promise of battery storage. A key business objective for the deployment of storage technology at Avista's Energy Storage Project is to leverage both operational and market value streams throughout the operational life of the asset. In order to achieve this objective, Avista required a power converter technology which could seamlessly switch between modes of operation without an interruption of service. The NPS FlexPhase technology power converter allows the transition between business values requiring ride-through and microgrid capability to business values requiring participation in ancillary markets." 

 

About Northern Power Systems
Northern Power Systems designs, manufactures, and sells wind turbines and power technology products, and provides engineering development services and technology licenses for energy applications, into the global marketplace from its US headquarters and European offices.

  • Northern Power Systems has almost 40 years' experience in technologies and products generating renewable energy. 
  • Northern Power Systems currently manufactures the NPS™ 60 and NPS™ 100 turbines. With over 10 million run time hours across its global fleet, Northern Power wind turbines provide customers with clean, cost effective, reliable renewable energy. 
  • Patented next generation permanent magnet direct drive (PMDD) technology uses fewer moving parts, delivers higher energy capture, and provides increased reliability due to reduced maintenance and downtime. 
  • Northern Power Systems' FlexPhase™ power converter platform uses patented converter architecture and advanced controls technology for advanced grid support and generation applications. 
  • Northern Power Systems offers comprehensive inhouse development services, including systems level engineering, advanced drivetrains, power electronics, PM machine design, and remote monitoring systems to the energy industry. 
  • Some of the world's largest manufacturers license the company's next generation technology and IP for their utility and distributed wind products and markets.

To learn more about Northern Power Systems, please visit www.northernpower.com.

 

For more information on UET, please visit http://www.uetechnologies.com

 

Notice regarding forward-looking statements: 
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Northern Power Systems and its business, which may include, but is not limited to, product and financial performance, regulatory developments, supplier performance, anticipated opportunity and trends for growth in our customer base and our overall business, our market opportunity, expansion into new markets, and execution of the company's growth strategy. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "is expected", "expects", " scheduled ", "intends", "contemplates", "anticipates", "believes", "proposes" or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Such statements are based on the current expectations of the management of Northern Power Systems. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur by certain specified dates or at all and could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting the company, including risks regarding the wind power industry; production, performance and acceptance of the company's products; our sales cycle; our ability to convert backlog into revenue; performance by the company's suppliers; our ability to maintain successful relationships with our partners and to enter into new partner relationships; our performance internationally; currency fluctuations; economic factors; competition; the equity markets generally; and the other risks detailed in Northern Power Systems' risk factors discussed in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including but not limited to Northern Power Systems' Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 31, 2015, as well as other documents that may be filed by Northern Power Systems from time to time with the SEC. Although Northern Power Systems has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Except as required by applicable securities laws, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Northern Power Systems undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Merger Connects Global Partners, Redefines Investigative Services Marketplace

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Investigative services agencies ICS | Merrill and GlobalOptions today announced that they have merged and formed the CoventBridge Group. The move brings together over six decades of experience and innovation in investigative and compliance programs with a clear objective: deliver superior service and solutions to clients at both the domestic and global levels. 

 

The Company begins day one as the largest North American claims investigative services provider and stands alone as the only HIPAA and SOC2-T2 compliant agency in the world. This merger allows CoventBridge to become the industry's sole provider of integrated North American, U.K. and Continental European capabilities with over 1,000 employees across the globe. The newly formed Company, which includes U.S. and U.K. subsidiaries, has named former ICS | Merrill CEO, Dave Merrill, as Group CEO and non-executive Chairman, Roger Day, former ACE, AIG and Zurich Insurance executive.

 

"Our commitment to bringing the widest range of smart solutions to the customers we serve is manifest in this new union," says Merrill. "It is, however, only the beginning.  Our interests are best served when our client's interest are served first.  We have a passion for delivering excellence and exceeding client expectations, and our aim is to redefine the client experience and to elevate the level of the field."

CoventBridge Chairman, Roger Day, adds: "We are committed to becoming the gold standard amongst investigative services providers. To that end, we have assembled a global team that is immensely qualified to assist clients in making the confident and informed decisions that today's ever-evolving and regulation-rich counter-fraud environment demands." 

 

CoventBridge is a full-service global investigative firm headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., and is backed by the London based Harwood Capital LLP, part of the Harwood Capital Management Group, with £973 million funds under management as of Dec. 31, 2015.  The Company has offices in Florida, Pennsylvania, California and London and over 700 investigators in the U.S. and abroad. Services offered include: Claim Investigations, Surveillance Services, Special Investigation Unit Services and Counter-Fraud Compliance Programs, In-House Investigations – Social Media, Canvasses, Record Retrieval, Complex International Investigations and Vendor Management Programs. 

 

About CoventBridge Group 

CoventBridge Group is a full service investigation company providing: Surveillance, SIU and Compliance, Claims Investigation, Counter-Fraud Programs, Desktop Investigations, Social Media, Record Retrieval, Canvasses and Vendor Management programs.  With offices in the UK and U.S. the company provides top tier data privacy and security practices, deploys robust case management technology customized to clients' needs and delivers worldwide coverage via its 1000 employees and affiliates worldwide.  

www.coventbridge.com

IDV Solutions, LLC, will feature its industry-leading command center software, Visual Command Center®, at upcoming security industry conferences this spring.

The team will be on the exhibit floors helping companies take command of risk in Booth #419 at DRJ Spring World March 13-16 in Orlando and Booth #3051 at ISC West April 6-8 in Las Vegas. On display will be the leading command center software platform, Visual Command Center, which is used across the globe to protect people and assetsensure continuity of operations and optimize performance.

“It’s always exciting to get out and meet with so many key stakeholders in the industries we serve,” said Scott Morrison, EVP of Marketing. “Our team is looking forward to sharing what’s new with security, business continuity and risk management professionals with the goal of building build risk-resilient organizations.”

Visual Command Center helps transform an organization’s command center into a strategic asset for managing operational risk.  It integrates information and capabilities from disparate internal systems and data with external sources about risk events, to provide a real-time, common operating picture of a company’s assets, personnel and operations in relation to potential threats to those assets. When a risk event is detected near an asset or employee location, Visual Command Center automatically generates an alert and provides tools to assess whether the risk is a threat and take immediate action to mitigate the impact of the threat.  In this way it serves as a single enterprise platform for risk intelligence and response.

Some of the world’s largest private and public organizations use Visual Command Center for corporate security, business continuity, crisis response, traveler and executive protection, supply chain risk management, and more.

The team will be in booth #419 at DRJ Spring World and #3051 at ISC West. To schedule a time to meet with our team during these events, info@idvsolutions.com" _cc="" _bcc="" _subject="2016+Spring+Shows" _body="" style="color:rgb(149, 79, 114);text-decoration:underline;outline:none">click here to contact us.

About IDV Solutions, LLC

IDV Solutions, LLC empowers organizations to take command of risk by delivering command center software that is used to protect people and assets, ensure continuity of operations and optimize performance. Its Visual Command Center® software is an enterprise platform for risk intelligence and response used in organizational functions such as business continuity, security, supply chain and operations to mitigate or eliminate the impact of risk. By helping organizations in the Global 2000 and government transform their command centers, they are able to excel at managing operational risk. For more information, please visit idvsolutions.com.

 

Tornadoes, wind, rainy wet weather, sewer, drain and plumbing problems combine to challenge homeowners as the weather warms

 

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – The start of spring means it's the season for wet and often wicked weather, which can be unpredictable and may include sudden, severe and damaging hail storms that homeowners must endure, according to the Farmers Insurance® Seasonal Smarts Digest. 

 

Farmers data shows that 39 percent of all hail-related homeowner claims occurred from March to May over the three-year period from 2013 to 2015. The Midwest, in particular, faces a significant potential for hail-related damage, as hail claims account for approximately three-quarters of all home claims in Nebraska and Montana during spring and more than half of all claims in Kansas and Oklahoma.

 

"Spring is the season for the rebirth of flowers, birds and wildlife, as well as for the arrival of a new set of violent storms, including hail and tornadoes, that can greatly impact homeowners and their property," said Paul Quinn, head of claims customer experience at Farmers Insurance. "Our data shows that homeowners can potentially face a spring full of costly problems such as hail, wind damage, and weather-related flooding and drainage issues inside their homes as the weather warms up and storms begin to roll in."

 

Hail storms, which are frequently touched off by thunderstorms and subsequently form tornadoes, can be serious threats for homeowners. The larger the hail stones, the greater the damage to roofs, siding, windows and exterior glass, such as skylights. Hail causes about $1 billion of damage annually to property.

 

Homeowners should be prepared to encounter flash hail storms and know what to do before, during and after a storm, Quinn said:

  • Don't neglect roof maintenance. Repairing small problems now can prevent larger problems later, including water penetration and interior damage. Also watch for weak spots in the granules that provide UV protection to shingles, since exposed shingles deteriorate faster. 
  • Gussy up gutters. Spring can be the perfect time to check and clean your roof gutters. You can minimize the potential for future water damage by keeping your gutters free of clogs and debris, and repairing sections of gutters or downspouts that have come loose during strong storms. 
  • Seek shelter. It may seem simple, but if you are inside when a hail storm hits, stay there; if you are outside, head indoors. 
  • Stay away from skylights. Hailstones can shatter glass in skylights, windows and doors. 
  • Keep window coverings drawn. Be sure drapes, curtains and shades are fully extended during a hail storm. This can prevent hail from scattering shards of broken window glass over a greater area. 

Springtime To-Do List for Homeowners

Although hail storms can present their own unique dangers, homeowners should be prepared for other common household challenges this spring. Farmers data shows that nearly one-third (31 percent) of an entire year's claims resulting from wind damage occur between March and May, which is an increase of 59 percent from the chillier winter months. The storms may also bring the potential for water issues, as more than one-quarter (29 percent) of claims related to wet, rainy weather getting inside of homes and causing damage occur during the spring.

According to Quinn, the early days of spring make for the perfect time to rundown the spring cleaning and preparation checklist before the adverse weather begins to arrive:

  • Create a complete home inventory list by recording all possessions room-by-room with accompanying receipts and a photo and/or a video catalog. Keep your list in a safety deposit box and back up videos or photos to cloud storage. In the event a storm destroys a few items or all in its path, you will be able to document items for insurance purposes. You can use your smartphone or tablet to take the photos or video. 
  • Know your susceptibility to areas damaged by wildfires. "Burn scars" create a hazard for mudslides because the vegetation that would have normally absorbed excess water is now gone.  
  • Don't use caustic chemical drain cleaners during your spring cleaning, as they can erode your pipes and drains over time. Never pour liquid oil/grease down the drain where it may solidify and cause clogs and damage. You can make your own natural cleaner by sprinkling one-quarter cup baking soda into the drain followed by a generous amount of warm water. Pour in one cup of white vinegar to complete your homemade drain cleaner. 
  • Have a "GO" kit packed and ready to go in case your home becomes inhabitable as the result of a spring storm. Include necessary items such as three days' worth of water and non-perishable food for each family member plus a manual can opener, a first-aid kit, daily required prescriptions, a battery-powered or hand crank radio, flashlights with extra batteries and a portable cell phone charger that is charged and ready to go.

"In spring everyone wants to go outdoors and welcome the nice weather inside," Quinn said. "But when wet weather, violent storms and strong winds present themselves, it's smart to know what to do to keep your homestead dry and safe."

The complete Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest, detailing spring's common and uncommon hazards as well as safety and preparedness tips to help keep homeowners and their homes safe, can be found online at http://www.farmers.com/news/seasonal-smarts.

 

About the Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest

The Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest is released four times per year to provide drivers and homeowners with knowledgeable, straightforward and proactive tips to help mitigate potentially dangerous and costly insurance losses. The digest examines a three-year window (2013 to 2015) of Farmers Insurance's historical claims database to identify seasonal perils and the states where they most commonly occur.

 

About Farmers Insurance

"Farmers Insurance®" and "Farmers®" are tradenames for a group of affiliated insurers providing insurance for automobiles, homes and small businesses and a wide range of other insurance and financial services and products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with over 19 million individual policies, across all 50 states, through the efforts of more than 48,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 21,000 employees. Farmers Insurance Exchange, the largest of the three primary insurance insurers that make up Farmers Insurance, is recognized as one of the largest U.S. companies on the 2015 Fortune 500 list. For more information about Farmers Insurance, visit Farmers.com, Twitter and Instagram, @WeAreFarmers, or Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.

MIMIX 8.1 update delivers faster replication, virtual switch and other new features for easy management, scalability and assured protection from all forms of downtime

IRVINE, Calif. – Vision Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of high availability, disaster recovery, and migration software and services, announced today the release of MIMIX 8.1 for IBM i. The product update delivers faster replication to protect the growing volumes of data and transactions reported by businesses of all sizes; greater confidence that applications can switch to a backup server at a moment’s notice; and easier solution management to minimize demands on IT resources.

MIMIX 8.1 makes Vision Solutions’ suite of MIMIX products – which includes MIMIX Availability, the industry leader in IBM i high availability, as well as MIMIX DR, MIMIX Move and MIMIX for PowerHA – even more robust. MIMIX products scale to meet the demands of small to enterprise-class businesses that cannot afford the impact of data loss or downtime for their mission-critical IBM i applications. Its flexible, sophisticated replication technology makes it a match for on-premises or cloud environments with any type of IBM Power Systems hardware, storage or IBM i OS version.

MIMIX 8.1 delivers benefits to the full MIMIX brand family. New features include:

  • Virtual switch, an automated procedure that supports HA/DR plan testing by enabling business applications to be tested on the backup server without impacting production operations

  • Continuous autofix technology that detects and intelligently repairs issues found during replication and audits to reduce day-to-day management requirements while enhancing performance

  • Enhanced replication performance for high throughput environments or highly constrained environments

  • Greater control of audit status to allow administrators to refine the audit exceptions they receive, noticeably reducing solution management needs

  • Simplified replication configuration and smart problem resolution to support the creation of optimal replication configurations from MIMIX’s data protection reports and guide administrators through the analysis of exceptions

    “The virtual switch feature in MIMIX 8.1 is particularly useful because it allows our customers to test their HA environments without affecting production operations, which gives them the confidence to perform full switch tests,” said Neil Clark, Senior Consultant at Clear Technologies. “I’ve been working with MIMIX for 20 years. There’s simply no better solution in the market.”

The release of MIMIX 8.1 is further evidence of Vision Solutions’ ongoing commitment to enhance its product portfolio and provide customers, channel partners and cloud service providers with a competitive edge.

“We are continuing to evolve MIMIX for IBM i to meet the ever-changing needs of the marketplace and drive innovation through products that are easy to use,” said Alan Arnold, Vision Solutions executive vice president and chief technology officer. “Our MIMIX 8.1 update delivers significantly reduced solution management requirements, enhanced replication performance and the much-needed ability to test an HA/DR plan without business impact.”

MIMIX is a must-have for businesses looking for a complete, easy-to-use solution to migrate, protect and recover IBM i data and applications. With a host of new and improved features, MIMIX 8.1 delivers an even higher level of protection from a proven market-leader.

To learn more about MIMIX 8.1 or to request a product demo, visit http://visionsolutions.com/Contact-Us.

About Vision Solutions (www.visionsolutions.com/)
Vision Solutions is the premier provider of software solutions designed to protect data, minimize downtime and maximize resources for the modern data center. It is the only company to deliver migrations, high availability, disaster recovery and data sharing across multiple operating systems, on any hardware and in any physical, virtual or cloud environment. Its solutions perform near-zero downtime migration of data, applications and servers. It utilizes real-time replication to prevent data loss, and its software enables different database platforms to seamlessly share and consolidate data in real-time. Vision Solutions has been serving enterprises and managed service providers for over 25 years through our portfolio of Double-Take®, MIMIX® and iTERA® product brands.