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AUSTIN, Texas – Two important deadlines are ahead for Texans who are considering a loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration for recovery from the May-June storms and flooding.

Most survivors who registered with FEMA for disaster assistance were contacted by the SBA with information on the agency’s low-interest disaster loans, as well as instructions on how to complete the loan application.

The deadline to submit the application for physical damage is Aug. 10. The deadline for businesses to submit a loan application for economic injury is March 11, 2017.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property, offering low-interest disaster assistance loans to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

Survivors may apply online using the electronic loan application via SBA’s secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s customer service center by calling 800-659-2955 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call 800-877-8339. For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit sba.gov/disaster.

Completed applications should be mailed to:

U.S. Small Business Administration
Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Rd.
Fort Worth, TX  76155

SBA loan applications should be submitted even as disaster survivors await an insurance settlement. The loan balance is reduced by the settlement. SBA loans may also be available for losses not covered by insurance.

The SBA encourages Texans who suffered damage or loss from the May-June storms and flooding complete the SBA loan application they received. There is no obligation to take a loan if offered. If approved, and a survivor does not accept the loan, it may make one ineligible for additional federal assistance.

  • Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 from SBA to repair or replace their primary residence.

  • Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property.

  • Businesses may borrow up to $2 million for any combination of property damage or economic injury. SBA offers low-interest working capital loans—called Economic Injury Disaster Loans—to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes.

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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.

Download fema.gov/mobile-app to locate open shelters and disaster recovery centers, receive severe weather alerts, safety tips and much more.

Your organization probably already has more data than it knows what to do with. Yet, it's quite likely you're overlooking, disregarding, unaware of, or unable to access important information that could directly affect analyses and business outcomes.

It doesn't matter what your universe of data is -- enterprise data or a combination of internal and external data sources -- important nuggets of information may be missing.

"Companies are collecting more data, but often struggle with what to do with it," said Dave Hartman, president and founder of technology advisory firm Hartman Executive Advisors. "Data can be extremely overwhelming in its raw form."

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http://www.informationweek.com/big-data/big-data-analytics/12-types-of-data-it-cant-afford-to-overlook/d/d-id/1326399

A 12 Month Look Back at Business Transformation Through True Software Defined Storage

MELVILLE, NY – FalconStor Software® Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), a 16-year innovator of software-defined storage solutions, has enjoyed an unprecedented response from enterprise customers, MSPs, and OEMs since first releasing its groundbreaking FreeStor® software platform one year ago. Globally, FreeStor now manages the data of more than 250 customers, representing a who's who of companies including Nintendo, Fujitsu, Volkswagen, and Hitachi, and numerous organizations through MSP and OEM partners.

"The industry is moving toward storage environments built on commodity hardware and will continue to be differentiated by software and services. Technologies like the FreeStor platform are crucial at not only simplifying data management and protection but freeing the organizations from vendor-specific solutions and constraints," said Lynda Stadtmueller, Vice President Cloud Computing Services at Frost & Sullivan. "Technology leadership that contributes to the ongoing adoption of software-defined storage is welcomed by the market, and in particular by MSPs, CSPs and storage suppliers who need greater flexibility in designing modern storage solutions."

FreeStor's horizontal, heterogeneous software-defined storage platform helps these organizations attain maximum flexibility, operational efficiency, and economic value out of existing storage environments, future storage investments, and seamlessly transition to new paradigms like public cloud, hybrid cloud, as well as heterogeneous flash and disk storage. Cloud and Managed Service Providers in FalconStor's ecosystem use FreeStor to deliver these benefits to their end users. FreeStor's predictive analytics provides real-time and historical analytics across heterogeneous storage systems to better manage capacity, performance, and availability. FreeStor's unified data services are also delivered across the entire storage infrastructure with always-on availability and continuity, enabling users to move, synchronize and protect data seamlessly across virtual and physical storage platforms.

Since its debut only one year ago, FreeStor's accomplishments include:

  • Added the industry's first intelligent predictive analytics across heterogeneous storage with real-time and over time insights from a single dashboard, regardless of storage vendor or location
  • Developed cloud-connected Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) and Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) offerings for more value to MSPs and Cloud Service Providers without cloud vendor lock-in or added hardware and complexity
  • Delivered integration with OpenStack, Oracle VM, and SAP HANA
  • Hypervisor agnostic support for VMWare, Hyper-V, Xen, and KVM
  • FalconStor's total number of FreeStor customers in the first half of 2016 is up over 50 percent compared to all of 2015.
  • FreeStor capacity sold in 1H16 is 1100% more than what was sold in all of 2015
  • One of the top global accounting firms is now using FreeStor to deliver data protection, recovery, business continuity and data migration
  • German utility service provider Saarbrücker Stadtwerke deployed FreeStor to build its state-of-the-art data centers and data services offerings
  • 15 worldwide MSPs now use FreeStor to deliver top-tier services for their clients
    IT Service Provider LG CNS is using FreeStor to deliver Korea's first enterprise-class DRaaS deployment with global follow-the-sun availability
  • Received nearly a dozen media and industry awards, including four Product of the Year awards

"FreeStor helps us to provide infrastructure services that support our business to provide the highest levels of availability and data security," said Sandor Orban, Technical Lead Infrastructure Services at Sunrise Communications Group AG, the largest private telecommunications provider in Switzerland. "While the future is always changing, we know that FreeStor will be able to help us further optimize our environment, continuing the trend to consolidate and reduce costs without compromising our customer values."

"Our customers in the three verticals we support, especially in finance, are looking for differentiators -- ways to separate out the various managed service providers and pick the one with the most critical technologies and varied support," said Gabriel Enzo Gagliardi, CEO of Imptech, one of Latin America's largest MSPs. "Our clients needed a solution that could promote better utilization, reducing overall storage costs and migrate data seamlessly when the need arises. We felt the FreeStor platform could provide our customers with an intelligent and flexible technology layer that enables common, efficient and cost-effective storage services, and centralized management of storage resources across an organization."

"In an era of hardware commoditization, it can be difficult for end users to distinguish one product from another, so integration and partnerships are critical for demonstrating innovation and value," said Yann Rolland, CEO of Synerway, a vendor of storage appliances based in France. "FalconStor has developed a truly groundbreaking portfolio that transforms data center operations and gives end users the unified and modernized approach to protection and recovery that enterprises want."

"This past year has been one of remarkable success in both our technology development and the embrace of some very distinct market segments -- enterprises, service providers, and hardware vendor partners -- each of which have different requirements, yet each find FreeStor to be the best solution for modernizing their storage environments," said Gary Quinn, FalconStor President and CEO. "The introduction of FreeStor also signified a remarkable new shift or pivot point for the company, and while any progress comes with unique growing pains, I have confidence in our team and our vision for making enterprise storage more efficient and available, without regard to growing data volumes or architectural complexity. FreeStor is setting these users free."

FreeStor is sold via subscription pricing to enable users to pay-as-they-grow, based on capacity, eliminating the unpredictability of capacity expansion and renewal costs often associated with traditional storage platforms. MSPs resell FreeStor as a branded service to their own clients or use FreeStor internally to manage client data across disparate systems and environments. OEMs integrate FreeStor, often private-labeled, to gain the competitive edge of a far more sophisticated and powerful storage management option than they could develop in-house. For more information visit https://falconstor.com/page/630/why-freestor.

About FalconStor

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

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Expansion Aligns With Location of Top Partner AVANT Communications, Inc.

CHARLOTTE, NC – National IT infrastructure and cloud services provider, Peak 10, Inc., is expanding its geographic footprint with the establishment of an office in Chicago to respond to demand in the Midwest for reliable cloud computing and disaster recovery (DR) solutions and high-touch customer service. Opening in August 2016, Peak 10's new Chicago office located at 2 N. Riverside is also home to AVANT Communications, Inc., its 2015 Distribution Partner of the Year.

"We have made significant investments and enhancements to our product portfolio over the last 12 months, and now it's time to expand our reach with our location-agnostic solutions," said Jeff Spalding, COO for Peak 10. "By establishing a home base in Chicago, we are able to offer our business IT and engineering expertise to partners that support Midwest companies that are specifically looking for a data center outside of their region for DR purposes or that require compliant, production-grade cloud, security and storage solutions to protect the lifeblood of their business."

The new office will provide Peak 10's already active Midwest clientele and partners with easier access to Peak 10's team of experts. These companies and partners will also have access to Peak 10's full suite of products including colocation and cloud services, as well as its new Encryption as a Service and Object Storage solutions - which are the most cost-effective in the industry and can be utilized by any company, regardless of its location.

In addition to its new Chicago location and markets with data centers, Peak 10 has strategically-located business development and engineering experts in other U.S. locations including Philadelphia, Orlando, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Memphis, and Austin, Texas to further support the company's growing customer base which spans the country. Having a new location so close to partners in Chicago, such as AVANT, will allow Peak 10 to strengthen its relationship with the transformative sales enablement partners and serve more companies in the region.

Michigan-based Workforce Software is an example of a Midwest company that found the expertise and IT solutions it needed at Peak 10. Mike Muha, Director of Cloud Services for Workforce Software stated, "As a SaaS company, we needed a highly-available data center to host our DR site and ensure the security and availability of our software for end users. After looking at a number of providers across the U.S., we chose Peak 10. It offered dense power, allowing us to minimize our rack footprint while maximizing computing power in each rack; something other providers -- even those that are known globally -- weren't able to deliver. Peak 10 offered the right product, at a fair price, with outstanding service."

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Peak 10 operates 27 data centers in key U.S. markets and serves a diverse range of customers in the U.S. and abroad. The company's hands-on approach to IT has recently been recognized with an industry-leading Net Promoter (NPS) score of 67.4 - the highest ever in the company's history of tracking this metric and indicator of its focus on the customer experience.

To learn more about Peak 10, visit www.peak10.com.

About Peak 10

Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored data center and network services, cloud and managed services. Its solutions are flexible and designed to scale and adapt to customers' changing business needs, enabling them to lower costs, improve performance and focus internal IT resources on their core competencies. Peak 10 undergoes annual examinations by third party auditors and helps companies meet the compliance requirements of various regulatory and industry standards such as SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, HIPAA, PCI DSS, FISMA, ISO 27001 and ITAR. For more information, visit www.peak10.com or the Peak 10 Newsroom for the latest news.

Infor LN 10.5 Features Greater Flexibility, and Beautiful User Interface

NEW YORK, NY – Infor, a leading provider of beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced Infor LN 10.5 has been released for customers globally. Infor LN 10.5 is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that combines beautiful software with robust industry-tailored manufacturing functionality. This latest version is available on an open source technology stack through Infor Xi12. Infor LN now provides even greater flexibility to enhance manufacturing processes and includes new capabilities to ease implementation.

The latest Infor LN enhancements are designed to provide Infor customers with innovative capabilities for repetitive manufacturing and resource management. The solution also offers industry specific functionality for key manufacturing micro-verticals, including the Aerospace & Defense and Automotive industries, adding features such as contract flow down, new processes for revenue recognition and manufacturer certifications. Infor LN also includes industry specific capabilities that are aimed at helping customers in Industrial Machinery and High-Tech industries as well. Additionally, Infor LN also utilizes a new user interface that is easy to use with rich, beautiful aesthetics that match the amplified power of the principle functionally.

The suite also offers customers access to progressive industry-specific analytics delivered through a unified suite comprised of a unique user interface to make critical data and metrics even easier for end-users to analyze. The suite also utilizes Infor ION® and Infor Ming.le™, a purpose-built middleware and social collaboration engine which facilitates internal and external communications between customers and their suppliers. These enhancements support globalization by allowing users to view real-time data at any time and from any location. Infor LN enables applications to be launched remotely, which in turn can provide access to emerging partners, suppliers and joint ventures.

Customers will be able to implement Infor LN and experience a reduced upfront total cost of ownership (TCO) by using the same great solution as a cloud-hosted deployment that runs on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform on a monthly subscription basis, without the need to purchase additional onsite servers and hardware or hire supplementary IT staff.

"Companies that manufacture complex products need technology with industry-tailored functionality that is intuitive, user-friendly, and can be implemented quickly for a smaller capital investment than many of the traditional alternatives available on the market today," said Edward Talerico, industry and strategy director, Infor. "Infor is meeting the demand of the manufacturers and the users by creating software that improves the way people work."

The latest release of Infor LN version is a direct reflection of Infor customer feedback and delivers strategic enhancements to best align with a progressive roadmap of modern business applications. With extra mile capabilities for micro-verticals such as aerospace, defense, automotive, industrial and high-tech manufacturing and after-sales services, customers can scale the solution to fit the unique needs of the organization. Separate components for Supplier Collaboration, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Configure Price Quote (CPQ) are also available to be added on along with a full suite of modules to support customers' enterprises.

Infor CloudSuite™ products take advantage of AWS expertise and can deliver economies of scale by leveraging software-as-a-service (SaaS) to create access to resources on demand and with auto-scaling that is built into the Infor applications. AWS provides services in 10 Regions, with 25 Availability Zones and 51 Amazon CloudFront Edge locations globally.

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About Infor

Infor builds beautiful business applications with last mile functionality and scientific insights for select industries delivered as a cloud service. With 14,000 employees and customers in more than 200 countries and territories, Infor automates critical processes for industries including healthcare, manufacturing, fashion, wholesale distribution, hospitality, retail, and public sector. Infor software helps eliminate the need for costly customization through embedded deep industry domain expertise. Headquartered in New York City, Infor is also home to one of the largest creative agencies in Manhattan, Hook & Loop, focused on delivering a user experience that is fun and engaging. Infor deploys its cloud applications primarily on the Amazon Web Services cloud and open source platforms. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.

Infor customers include:

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

This announcement reflects the direction Infor may take with regard to the specific product(s) described herein, all of which is subject to change by Infor in its sole discretion, with or without notice to you. This announcement is not a commitment to you in any way and you should not rely on this document or any of its content in making any decision. Infor is not committing to develop or deliver any specified enhancement, upgrade, product or functionality, even if such is described in this announcement and even if such description is accompanied by words such as "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "predict," "should," "will," and/or similar expressions. Many factors can affect Infor's product development plans and the nature, content and timing of future product releases, all of which remain in the sole discretion of Infor. This announcement, in whole or in part, may not be incorporated into any contractual agreement with Infor or its subsidiaries or affiliates. Infor expressly disclaims any liability with respect to this announcement.