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FreeStor is offered as an affordable, easy-to-use option for companies migrating to Telefonica’s Data Vault offerings

MELVILLE, N.Y. — FalconStor Software Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), a 15-year innovator of software-defined storage solutions, today announced that Telefonica Empresas Chile is leveraging its FreeStor® single, converged, hardware-agnostic data service software platfrom as part of its portfolio of co-location, hosting and tailor-made cloud platform solutions to help businesses boost employee productivity with the collaborative tools needed in today’s Big Data and cloud ecosystems. 

Telefonica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalization and number of customers. From its consolidated position in the sector, and with fixed telephony and mobile broadband as key areas that support future growth, the company focuses its strategy on securing its leadership in the digital world.  As the company’s first Latin American operations, Telefonica Empresas Chile has become a successful provider of telecommunications services -- broadband, digital TV and voice throughout the country.  As such, it is considered a leader in providing the fiber optic network necessary to help businesses become intelligent enterprises.

With data service needs developing exponentially over the past few years, telecommunications companies like Telefonica Empresas Chile are facing increasing challenges as they see their business shift increasingly from voice to digital.  With a focus on services rather than products, Telefonica is leveraging FreeStor to offer migration, replication and high availability to customers looking to move data safely and securely to its WAN2Cloud data vault.

“FreeStor is a very good solution for us,” said Luis Urzua, Digital Solutions Manager at Telefonica Empresas Chile.  “FreeStor is easy to use and also very affordable for us and our customers.  With FreeStor we are able to offer a converged storage ecosystem with a full suite of services.  This is how Telefonica can help companies become intelligent enterprises, with collaborative tools that boost the creativity of employees through talent empowerment.”

FreeStor's horizontal architecture unlocks a new world of storage opportunities, allowing IT managers, MSPs and CSPs to maximize efficiencies and lower costs  while taking advantage of cloud, hybrid cloud, flash storage and Software-Defined Storage.  A groundbreaking Intelligent Abstraction® approach delivers seamless access and unified data services across entire storage infrastructures without having to invest in new technology, or rip and replace existing platforms. Always-on availability and continuity keep business running while enabling them to move, synchronize and protect data seamlessly across virtual and physical storage platforms. 

“FreeStor helps solutions providers like Telefonica Empresas Chile shorten project timelines, minimize complexities and reduce costs of the data services they provide to their customers,” said Gary Quinn, FalconStor President, and CEO.  “By providing the migration, continuity, recovery and optimization attributes they need to help them focus on the services their customers need, FreeStor is able to provide Telefonica with the greater efficiencies, reduced downtime, lower costs and improved simplicity required to do so.”

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).
HC3 Platform Reduces TCO, adds simplicity and transforms storage infrastructure 

INDIANAPOLIS – Scale Computing, the leading provider of hyperconverged solutions, announced today that UK-based St Richard’s Catholic College has selected its HC3 system to bring its infrastructure and student learning experience into the 21st century.

St Richard’s has a 50-year tradition of high quality education as a foundation to build upon, with a goal to transition from print-based teaching to an environment of digital learning excellence. The college has a staff of 200 and student base of 1,000. St Richard’s needed to replace its aging EMC legacy data center environment with new technology to achieve higher throughput performance, higher availability, and deliver an expanding list of services. The legacy environment lacked reliability and did not meet the faculty or student objectives for a reasonable log-on speed, and it was a very complex task to configure and very costly on IT resources to support.   

The St Richard’s IT Team evaluated SAN solutions from HP and Dell, along with hyperconverged solutions from Nutanix and Scale Computing. 

“We decided to go with Scale Computing as it was not only more cost effective in reducing our TCO versus others we evaluated, but it also had incredible simplicity as an overall solution that would easily move us from our EMC environment,” said Mark Lane, Systems Manager.

“The cost savings with Scale Computing were extremely compelling and the total cost of the system was 40% lower than continuing our EMC renewal contract,” said Lane. “The foundation we now have with Scale’s HC3 will enable even greater CapEx and OpEx savings over the next 5 years.” 

“The installation of the HC3 system took one hour to unpack, attach rack rails, and connect power to the system. In the next hour, we had the system clustered and connected to our fibre network,” said Lane. “The entire setup of user permissions, access control, security, and virtualizing the storage environment was complete in three days. The installation went flawlessly and was totally transparent to the users.” One of the most business critical applications is logging onto the system and authentication for faculty and students in the classroom. “On our previous EMC storage, log on times for our Microsoft CIFS system would take 2 minutes and now with HC3 we are now experiencing sub 25 second log-on time for a 300% productivity gain”. With the cost effectiveness of the HC3 system, St Richard’s is now implementing an additional HC3 system for disaster recovery and greater protection of the College’s information assets. The HC3 systems are identical at both sites to meet desired performance SLAs and to deliver transparent access to all College systems. “We have had our initial HC3 system installed for 18 months and our DR system running for 6 months and we have not experienced any downtime,” said Lane. “We have upgraded our system to a dual configuration which not only gives us greater scale, but also enhances our system resiliency.”
“Our HC3 System reduced our physical footprint 300% and cut our power and cooling in half for an incredible cost savings while making a big difference with carbon footprint,” said Lane. “More than anything else, our IT environment is no longer a stressful environment as we no longer have to deal with the hot issue of the moment.” “With the previous EMC storage system St Richard’s tried to implement 200 Citrix thin clients, but could not get it to work,” said Lane. “We had no servers virtualized before HC3, but now everything is virtualized which not only enables us to optimize our client/server resources, but the lower administrative support to manage our entire data center complex is saving us precious time and increasing productivity.” “We think that all schools and colleges should go to a hyperconverged model like our environment as it is cost effective, sustainable, and instills confidence to users,” said Lane. “If I was an IT solution provider or reseller, I would take a good look at HC3 as a plug and play solution for any customer because it just works.” About Scale Computing Scale Computing integrates storage, servers, and virtualization software into an all-in-one appliance based system that is scalable, self-healing, and as easy to manage as a single server. Using industry standard components, the HC3 appliances install in under an hour, and can be expanded and upgraded with no downtime. High availability insulates the user from any disk or server failure and a unified management capability driven by the patented HyperCore Software™, efficiently integrates all functionality. The result is a data center solution that reduces operational complexity, allows a faster response to business issues, and dramatically reduces costs. For more information, call 877-SCALE-59 or visit www.scalecomputing.com.
Fully Supporting the FreeBSD Open Source Community of 200,000+ Users

 

NEW YORK - NYI, a boutique colocation and managed services provider, announces that Netgate®, a provider of IT security and privacy platforms, powers its pfSense® software distribution and project operations at NYI’s data center in New Jersey. With this partnership, NYI has exclusive access to a customized build of the pfSense software, which is immediately available as part of NYI Managed Firewall offerings

pfSense is a best-in-class Open Source router firewall based on FreeBSD, which serves a worldwide community of more than 250,000 users. In addition to colocation space and managed services, Netgate relies on NYI for hands-on technical and engineering support. NYI and Netgate’s strong partnership enables collaboration on various technologies to create new security and networking solutions that are extended to both NYI’s enterprise client base and Netgate’s partner community.

Netgate hardware and pfSense software delivers advanced networking, security and storage for both appliance and cloud-based infrastructures. Built on the FreeBSD open source platform, Netgate offers comprehensive and feature-rich network security solutions to the worldwide service provider, enterprise and SMB segments. Netgate customers report that deploying the peer-reviewed pfSense software results in increased reliability, security and speed of deployment while significantly reducing costs of both deployment and OAM.

“The nature of our partnership is unique in that Netgate depends on our datacenter as a launch pad for its security services and applications, and in turn NYI utilizes that security platform as the backbone of our enterprise class firewall offering,” states Phil Koblence, COO for NYI. “Netgate’s dedication to providing the highest levels of performance and stability is exactly what we look for in a solution partner. Through this unique partnership where NYI works directly with the software developers that write the code, NYI clients can experience true customization unlike any other security services in the marketplace. Our clients can feel assured they have the most secure and cost effective security services available.” 

Security is top of mind with any sized company and by implementing NYI’s security services powered by pfSense, security protection is contained in one package. In turn, this drastically simplifies the security footprint for companies, lessens compute cycles and decreases operational and capital expense, while still maintaining high-levels of security.

“Netgate considers NYI more than just a partner; its team is an extension of our staff in architecture, operations, managed NOC and is deeply involved in the evolution of the pfSense software,” comments Paul Arceneaux, COO for Netgate. “Our collaborative relationship really serves as a foundation to think outside everyday solutions – allowing for testing, development and true innovation to spark. NYI provides us support that is above and beyond our expectations, and without that spirit, we wouldn’t have near the level of innovation we need to keep pushing the boundaries for our customers and user communities.”  

NYI owns and operates secure and fully compliant data center facilities located in New York and New Jersey with a full suite of managed and security services, disaster recovery solutions, cloud computing and hybrid configurations. The company also has colocation space available on the West Coast to serve to meet clients’ production requirements or serve as part of a disaster recovery plan.   

For more information call (800) 288-7387 or visit www.nyi.net.


About NYI

At NYI, we understand you’re important and so is your business. Our approach is simple, effective and unique in our marketplace. We look beyond our world-class data centers and focus on supporting customer growth and success acting as a genuine extension of your IT team. Since 1996, we have provided our customers with fully managed, highly customized infrastructure solutions built to suit their specific business and mission critical IT needs. Our customers view us as a true partner; always available for round-the-clock support from a team they know and trust.

Colocation - Cloud - Hybrid - Managed Services - Disaster Recovery

NYI is SSAE 16, PCI and HIPAA-compliant. For more information, visit www.nyi.net; call (800) 288-7387; or follow the company on Twitter and LinkedIn

Fully Supporting the FreeBSD Open Source Community of 200,000+ Users

 

NEW YORK – NYI, a boutique colocation and managed services provider, announces that Netgate®, a provider of IT security and privacy platforms, powers its pfSense® software distribution and project operations at NYI's data center in New Jersey. With this partnership, NYI has exclusive access to a customized build of the pfSense software, which is immediately available as part of NYI Managed Firewall offerings.

pfSense is a best-in-class Open Source router firewall based on FreeBSD, which serves a worldwide community of more than 250,000 users. In addition to colocation space and managed services, Netgate relies on NYI for hands-on technical and engineering support. NYI and Netgate's strong partnership enables collaboration on various technologies to create new security and networking solutions that are extended to both NYI's enterprise client base and Netgate's partner community.

Netgate hardware and pfSense software delivers advanced networking, security and storage for both appliance and cloud-based infrastructures. Built on the FreeBSD open source platform, Netgate offers comprehensive and feature-rich network security solutions to the worldwide service provider, enterprise and SMB segments. Netgate customers report that deploying the peer-reviewed pfSense software results in increased reliability, security and speed of deployment while significantly reducing costs of both deployment and OAM.

"The nature of our partnership is unique in that Netgate depends on our datacenter as a launch pad for its security services and applications, and in turn NYI utilizes that security platform as the backbone of our enterprise class firewall offering," states Phil Koblence, COO for NYI. "Netgate's dedication to providing the highest levels of performance and stability is exactly what we look for in a solution partner. Through this unique partnership where NYI works directly with the software developers that write the code, NYI clients can experience true customization unlike any other security services in the marketplace. Our clients can feel assured they have the most secure and cost effective security services available." 

Security is top of mind with any sized company and by implementing NYI's security services powered by pfSense, security protection is contained in one package. In turn, this drastically simplifies the security footprint for companies, lessens compute cycles and decreases operational and capital expense, while still maintaining high-levels of security.

"Netgate considers NYI more than just a partner; its team is an extension of our staff in architecture, operations, managed NOC and is deeply involved in the evolution of the pfSense software," comments Paul Arceneaux, COO for Netgate. "Our collaborative relationship really serves as a foundation to think outside everyday solutions -- allowing for testing, development and true innovation to spark. NYI provides us support that is above and beyond our expectations, and without that spirit, we wouldn't have near the level of innovation we need to keep pushing the boundaries for our customers and user communities." 

NYI owns and operates secure and fully compliant data center facilities located in New York and New Jersey with a full suite of managed and security services, disaster recovery solutions, cloud computing and hybrid configurations. The company also has colocation space available on the West Coast to serve to meet clients' production requirements or serve as part of a disaster recovery plan. 

For more information call (800) 288-7387 or visit www.nyi.net.

About NYI
At NYI, we understand you're important and so is your business. Our approach is simple, effective and unique in our marketplace. We look beyond our world-class data centers and focus on supporting customer growth and success acting as a genuine extension of your IT team. Since 1996, we have provided our customers with fully managed, highly customized infrastructure solutions built to suit their specific business and mission critical IT needs. Our customers view us as a true partner; always available for round-the-clock support from a team they know and trust.

Colocation - Cloud - Hybrid - Managed Services - Disaster Recovery

NYI is SSAE 16, PCI and HIPAA-compliant. For more information, visit www.nyi.net; call (800) 288-7387; or follow the company on Twitter and LinkedIn

About Netgate
Netgate is the home of the pfSense project. At Netgate, our vision is to provide platforms that enhance connectivity while maintaining both security and privacy. We develop applications and systems that use well designed tools to enhance security and privacy for everyone. Our Open Source security software & systems provide real world protection for networks of all sizes. 

Our security platforms can be configured to act as your secure router, firewall & VPN server in a single or failover configuration, scaling from individual systems to corporations and everything in between. Additional packages can be added to our Open Source security platform to provide features such as IDS and IPS. Our hardware platforms have been selected and tuned to provide a consistent experience from small dual core fan-less systems to 10+GbE rack mount systems, VMware virtual appliances and cloud-based Amazon EC2 instances.

  • Deep application-level I/O analytics for increased real-time operational visibility
  • High performance tiered storage for Couchbase delivered at enterprise scale
  • Compelling economics combine advantages of PCIe/NVMe, Flash/SSD and HDD for on-premise or in-cloud deployments

 

NEW YORK – Datagres, a leading provider of Application I/O Intelligence, today announced general availability of its PerfAccel solution for Couchbase Server, the highest performing NoSQL distributed database platform. The combination of PerfAccel and Couchbase Server empower database administrators and DevOps to understand real-time data movements and fine-tune their dynamic data distribution rules for the entire database grid. Datagres is attending Couchbase Live New York today where it is demonstrating PerfAccel and its integration with Couchbase Server.

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PerfAccel uses deep operational intelligence of Couchbase I/O patterns to help design, deploy and perform for large-scale environments. It helps databases leverage deep I/O analytics to balance customers' requirement for high performance media and more persistent and cost-effective capacity storage.

The partnership coincides with the release of Couchbase Server 4.0, a new release that enables developers to build a much broader variety of web, mobile and IoT applications on Couchbase. The release delivers new levels of developer agility, enterprise application scalability and performance, and business insight from data stored in Couchbase.

"Increased adoption and scaling of Couchbase in global companies has created a need for advanced storage solutions," said Rod Hamlin, Vice President of Business Development, Couchbase. "With their deep understanding of storage analytics, Datagres gives our customers the flexibility to deploy cost-effective hardware platforms that meet their specific applications and requirements."

"Enterprise customers constantly have to choose between cost and performance," said Ranajit Nevatia, President and CEO of Datagres. "The Datagres PerfAccel solution for Couchbase makes it easier for customers to understand their application requirements and scale for performance while reducing their infrastructure costs."

Increase Performance, Reduce Cost

Datagres PerfAccel for Couchbase is an I/O analytics and visibility solution. PerfAccel's visibility-driven auto-tiered storage approach provides the lowest latency and highest throughput for demanding workloads, cost-effectively. Datagres PerfAccel for Couchbase provides:

  • Deeper understanding of Couchbase I/O to help DevOps and database administrators to better design, deploy, and scale based on working set and not full dataset requirements
  • Real-time profiling of every Couchbase I/O to diagnose and solve most complex operational and performance challenges
  • Proactive distribution of active dataset close to the CPU while maintaining the entire database on cheaper capacity storage.
  • An intelligent auto-tiered storage layer to combine benefits of Flash/NVMe/SSD/HDD Storage
  • Ability to visualize per-node workload at a granular level, and take actions to optimize and fine tune performance
  • Lowest latency and highest throughput at reduced costs of up to 50% - 80% for on-premise or in-cloud deployments (Amazon, Azure, Google)
  • Software only solution that runs wherever Couchbase runs - physical, virtual, on-premise, in the cloud, deployed in virtualized or containerized environments

For more detailed information please refer to the solution brief or download the joint whitepaper

Availability

PerfAccel for Couchbase is now available. For more information, visit http://www.datagres.com, read the solution brief, or download the whitepaper.

About Datagres

Datagres provides software that helps companies visualize, control and accelerate their application performance using deep file-level storage intelligence. PerfAccel is a dynamic and intelligent grid scale management and acceleration solution for active data. Through powerful analytics and reporting tools, PerfAccel executes smart, server side data processing for storage I/O offload and application acceleration. With PerfAccel, organizations can accelerate applications, scale, and manage IOPS across entire grids through a single pane of glass and get the most from their existing storage infrastructure.

Datagres is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has received funding from Nexus Venture Partners. For more information, visit http://www.datagres.com.

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Cologix Welcomes MOD Mission Critical to Ecosystem to Offer Micro-Colocation Opportunities at 21 Data Centers Across Eight U.S. and Canadian Markets

 

DENVER, Colo. – MOD Mission Critical ('MOD'), a global Managed Service Provider (MSP) specializing in Managed IT Services and Managed Colocation solutions, announces today a strategic relationship with Cologix, a network neutral interconnection and data center company, to make available MOD's Colo by the 'U' services throughout all of the company's 21 strategically located facilities in the U.S. and Canada. This mutually beneficial partnership provides MOD with a larger platform to share its services throughout underserved markets, while giving Cologix customers the ability to procure colocation space by the single rack unit for smaller workloads.

MOD's Colo by the 'U' provides small to medium-sized businesses and enterprise organizations with a unique solution as their demand for colocation and cloud services continues to grow. In addition to Colo by the 'U', MOD will provide Cologix data center customers with access to leading Managed Service solutions for networks, systems, storage, and business continuity.

"We're excited to partner with MOD and offer our customers micro-colocation of single servers," states Kim Gerhart, U.S. North General Manager, Cologix. "Organizations of any size, from start-ups to enterprises, will now be able to complement Cologix's services with MOD's unique combination of Managed Service delivery and the ability to satisfy specific requirements through smaller colocation solutions."

Cologix will begin offering MOD's Colo by the 'U' services at each of their data centers located in eight U.S. and Canadian cities, including:

  • 555 Scherers Court, Columbus, OH
  • The INFOMART at 1950 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX
  • 421 West Church Street and 4800 Spring Park Road, Jacksonville, FL
  • 2850 Interstate Dr., Lakeland, FL
  • The 511 Building at 511 11th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
  • 151 Front Street West and 905 King Street West, Toronto, ON
  • 555 West Hastings and 1050 West Pender, Vancouver, BC
  • Seven data centers (MTL 1 - MTL 7) in Montréal, QC, including the carrier hotel at 1250 Rene-Levesque Blvd. West

"Our partnership with Cologix to offer micro-colocation and single servers at their strategically located data centers throughout North America is proof positive of the growing demand of customization of space requirements based on businesses' specific needs," comments Michael Hollander, CEO, MOD Mission Critical. "Cologix serves a critical role by providing stable and secure data centers from which MOD can continue to expand its footprint."

For more information about MOD Mission Critical, visit www.modmc.net or email info@modmc.net.

About MOD Mission Critical
MOD Mission Critical (MOD) is a global Managed Service Provider (MSP) specializing in Managed IT Services and Managed Colocation solutions. MOD goes where are our customers are, or want to be. Our growing international footprint includes PoPs in Amsterdam; Ashburn, VA; Reston, VA; Rome; St. Louis, MO; San Jose, CA; Seattle, WA; Shanghai; Southfield, MI; Tampa, FL; and Toronto. If customers do not see their market listed, please contact MOD and the Company will do its best to accommodate the request. For more information, visit www.modmc.net.

About Cologix Inc. 
Cologix Inc. is a network-neutral interconnection and colocation data center company headquartered in Denver. Cologix provides scalable interconnection services and secure, reliable colocation services. Cologix operates densely connected, strategically located facilities in Columbus, Dallas, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Minneapolis, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. With more than 350 network choices and 21 prime interconnection locations, Cologix currently serves over 950 carrier, managed services, cloud, media, content, financial services and enterprise customers. The company's experienced local service teams are committed to providing its customers with the highest standard of local customer support. To arrange a tour of the center closest to you, contact us at sales@cologix.com. Follow Cologix on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Alliance With Canada's Largest IT Buying Group Empowers Hundreds of Computer Dealers With Managed Services Expertise, Business Enablement and Technology Resources

 

OTTAWA, Ontario – Extending its managed services reach across Canada, SolarWinds N-able, a global leader in remote monitoring and management (RMM) and service automation software, today announced it was named the preferred RMM vendor for Millenium Micro, Canada's largest IT buying group with an extensive affiliate network of 269 independent IT service providers located throughout all regions of the country.

Effective immediately, Canadian computer dealers holding membership in Millenium Micro will have the option to standardize on the SolarWinds® N-able N-central® 10 platform as a business and technology enabler for their growing managed services practices. Selected by a 15-member committee, N-central 10 represents the first RMM offering that Millenium Micro is recommending as a preferred resource to its nationwide affiliates.

As part of the alliance, affiliates will also be able to take advantage of SolarWinds N-able's business building resources, including its exclusive Managed Services Playbook, MSP Business and Technicians Runbooks and Blueprint for Success program. In addition, members will be able to take part in a one-week managed services boot camp hosted by SolarWinds N-able and Millenium Micro this fall.

"After reviewing the highly competitive RMM landscape, it was clear that SolarWinds N-able offered the critical technology infrastructure along with the people, expertise and enablement resources our affiliates need to transition to managed services and succeed over the long haul," says Marco Michaud, Vice President, Millenium Micro. "From guidance on managed services pricing, to business acumen and more, SolarWinds N-able will position our members to grow their businesses and effectively deliver a new range of comprehensive proactive and reactive IT services to their customers."

Millenium Micro members who are transitioning from a break-fix model to managed services can use N-central 10 to gain time-saving, profit-building automation and direct support capabilities along with all the tools they need, spanning help desk, security, backup, patch management, reporting, mobile management and more.

"We are thrilled to see Millennium Micro recognize SolarWinds N-able for offering great technology as well as powerful enablement resources, business-building expertise and more," says Mike Cullen, Senior VP Sales and MSP Strategy, SolarWinds N-able. "The new alliance with Millenium Micro will allow us to help the organization's hundreds of members find their way with managed services and, ultimately, build a successful practice. We look forward to supporting their membership this year and beyond."

In addition to N-central 10, SolarWinds N-able also offers MSP Manager, a born-in-the-cloud IT service management platform. MSP Manager allows MSPs of all sizes to run a more efficient, effective and profitable business, with centralized customer knowledge management, simplified ticketing, easy time-tracking and fast and efficient billing.

For more information on N-central, click here. MSPs and IT resellers interested in more information or in becoming a SolarWinds N-able partner, please visit our MSP Partner Program web page or contact 1-877-655-4689 ext. 331 or +00 800 6225 3000 ext. 331.

Follow SolarWinds N-able on Twitter® and Facebook® at www.twitter.com/NableMSP and http://www.facebook.com/NableTechnologies.

About Millenium Micro
Founded in 2003, Millenium Micro is a national group of independent computer dealers involved in the sale of products and services to retail and commercial markets across all Canadian provinces and territories. These members meet the needs of individuals and businesses by providing the best customer service possible and the largest selection of computer and digital product brands in Canada. For more information, visit http://www.milleniummicro.ca/.

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

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HP Partners With Ponemon Institute for Sixth Annual Study; Results Identify Most Costly Crimes, Supports Need for Shift in Security Strategy to Protect Interactions Among Users, Applications and Data

 

PALO ALTO, Calif. – HP (NYSE: HPQ) today unveiled the results from its sixth annual study in partnership with the Ponemon Institute detailing the economic impact of cyber attacks across both the private and public sectors. The findings reveal a dramatic increase in the overall cost of cyber crime, while providing insight to the most costly cyber crimes and the approaches organizations can take to minimize the impact.

Conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by HP Enterprise Security, the 2015 Cost of Cyber Crime Study quantifies the annual cost of cyber crime for companies across seven countries including the U.S., U.K., Japan, Germany, Australia, Brazil and the Russian Federation.

In the U.S. study, researchers found the average annualized cost of cyber crime incurred by a benchmark sample of U.S. organizations was $15 million,1 representing a nearly 20 percent increase year over year and an 82 percent increase since the study's inception six years ago.2 The results also revealed the average time it takes to resolve a cyber attack -- 46 days -- has increased by nearly 30 percent during this same six-year period, with the average cost incurred to resolve a single attack totaling more than $1.9 million.1

The U.S. study also revealed that some organizations are addressing the significant costs associated with detection and recovery by making investments in security intelligence, which has been shown to reduce response costs and provide a significant return on investment.1

"As organizations increasingly invest in new technologies like mobile, cloud, and the Internet of Things, the attack surface for more sophisticated adversaries continues to expand," said Sue Barsamian (@suebarsamian), senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Security Products, HP. "To address this challenging dynamic, we must first understand the threats that pose the most risk and then prioritize the security strategies that can make a difference in minimizing the impact."

As organizations strive to embrace new technologies while protecting their expanded environments, there is a need to shift security strategies from traditional network control and perimeter management to an advanced focus on protecting interactions among users, applications and data. The 2015 Cost of Cyber Crime Study demonstrates this shift; reporting organizations are now committing 20 percent of their security budgets to the application layer1, up 33 percent in just two years.2

Key findings from 2015 U.S. Cost of Cyber Crime Study

  • Cyber crimes continue to be very costly: The average annualized cost of cyber crime incurred was $15 million, with a range from $1.9 million to $65 million each year per company1. The net increase in the cost of cyber crime over the six year span of the study was 82 percent.2
  • Cyber crime costs vary by organizational size: Results revealed a positive relationship between organizational size (as measured by enterprise seats) and annualized cost. However, based on enterprise seats, results showed that small organizations incurred a significantly higher per capita cost than larger organizations.1
  • Cost to resolve cyber attack escalates: The average time to resolve a cyber attack was 46 days, with an average cost to participating organizations of more than $1.9 million during this 46-day period.1 This represents a 22 percent increase from last year's estimated average cost of approximately $1.5 million, which was based upon a similar 45-day resolution period.2

To be forewarned is to be forearmed
Understanding the cyber threats that pose the biggest risk and have the most economic impact to organizations can help enterprises better plan their security approach and investments.

  • The most costly cyber crimes are caused by denial of service, malicious insiders and malicious code. These accounted for more than 50 percent of all cyber crime costs per organization on an annual basis.1 Results also showed that malicious insider attacks can take longer to address, with an average of approximately 63 days to contain.1
  • Information theft represented the highest external cost, followed by the costs associated with business disruption. On an annual basis, information theft accounted for 42 percent of total external costs, while costs associated with disruption to business or lost productivity accounted for 36 percent of external costs (up 4 percent from the six-year average).2
  • Recovery and detection were the most costly internal activities, accounting for 55 percent of the total annual internal activity cost, with cash outlays and direct labor representing the majority of these costs.1

Organizations investing in and using security intelligence technologies and governance practices to address the crimes that proved most costly were more efficient in detecting and containing cyber attacks, thereby reducing costs otherwise incurred.1

  • Deploying a security information and event management (SIEM) solution led to an average cost savings of $3.7 million per year, compared to companies not deploying similar security solutions.
  • A sufficient budget can save an average of $2.8 million in attack response and management costs.
  • Employment of certified/expert security personnel can save $2.1 million.
  • The appointment of a high-level security leader can reduce costs by $2 million.1
  • The percentage of participating organizations realizing cost savings from the full deployment of enabling security technologies to guard against adverse data loss included: encryption technologies at 57 percent, access governance tools at 45 percent, data loss prevention tools at 38 percent and policy management tools at 36 percent.1

"With cyber attacks growing in both frequency and severity, understanding of the financial impact can help organizations determine the appropriate amount of investment and resources needed to prevent or mitigate the consequences of an attack," said Dr. Larry Ponemon (@ponemon), chairman and founder, Ponemon Institute (@PonemonPrivacy). "As seen in this year's study, the return on investment for organizations deploying security intelligence systems, such as SIEM, realized an average annual cost savings of nearly $4 million -- showcasing the ability to minimize impact by more efficiently detecting and containing cyber attacks."

The state of cyber security in local, state and federal government
To better understand the challenges IT and IT security practitioners face in keeping government agencies secure, HP also recently unveiled the results from a new study conducted in partnership with the Ponemon Institute. The 2015 State of Cybersecurity in Local, State & Federal Government Study shares findings including the frequency of attacks across local, state and federal sectors, the difficulty in sourcing adequate security expertise, and the information assets most at risk.

Additional Information & Webcast Events
Hear more detail on the Cost of Cyber Crime Study's findings and how actionable security intelligence can help to minimize the impact of cyber crime on a webcast being held Wednesday, October 14 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. HP and Ponemon will also discuss the findings from the government study during a webcast on October 28 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. For more information on country-specific findings of the Cost of Cyber Crime Study or copies of the full reports, along with an interactive assessment tool, visit www.hp.com/go/Ponemon.

About HP Security
HP enables organizations to take a proactive approach to enterprise security, disrupting the life cycle of an attack through prevention and real-time threat detection. With market-leading products, services and innovative security research, HP Security brings a global network of security operations centers and more than 5,000 IT security experts to help customers strengthen their security posture to minimize risk and incident impact.

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About HP
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1 "2015 Cost of Cyber Crime Study: United States," Ponemon Institute, October 2015.
2 Based on internal analysis of the results from the 2015 "Cost of Cyber Crime Study: United States" report compared to prior-year reports from Ponemon Institute.
3 "2015 State of Cybersecurity in Local, State & Federal Government," Ponemon Institute, October 2015.

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AIS Releases Compact HMI Panel PC Series Featuring an Innovative Automatic Battery Backup Power Module Provides for Mission-Critical Automation and Control Applications

 

IRVINE, Calif. – American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) the leader of open architecture, Industrial HMIs, Touch Panel Computers, Industrial PCs (IPCs), Industrial Box PCs, Industrial DIN-Rail PCs, and Industrial Thin Clients, releases their family of Compact HMI Touch Panel PCs with an automatic battery backup power module for automatic back-up during power outages, temporary disruptions and/or systems failures. As the company who was first to bring and incorporate multi-touch technology to industrial touchscreens, AIS again is an innovator and leader, as the first HMI Company to incorporate a built-in, automatic battery backup module as a standard in their family of Industrial panel PCs. The backup power modules have an automatic transfer switch, which helps keep HMI systems and network devices up and running from electrical power disruptions. In plants and facilities, disruptions or outages can range from a few minutes to an hour in the event of a power failure, as well as surges and spikes.

The built-in automatic battery backup power module in AIS's Compact family of Touch Panel HMIs significantly lowers the risk of downtime associated with power interruptions. This helps keep key automation equipment in facilities operating at full capacity and the highest levels of productivity and efficiency. AIS's Compact Series of Touch Panels are designed for critical networking and control applications such as human machine interfaces (HMIs) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems and other control, automation, information and communications applications.

AIS Compact HMI Panels with Integrated Automatic Battery Backup Module Helps Companies Minimize Losing Thousands of Dollars from Power Outages and Disruptions

Even with the extensive efforts and great sums of money invested by manufacturing companies in conditioning and cleaning their electrical power, they still experience multiple power outages, surges, spikes and other forms of power disruptions every year. It is commonly understood when the power goes out at a manufacturing facility or plant, production comes to a halt. A production line stopping severely and adversely affect productivity, profits, deliveries and other KPIs for companies. Even brownouts or momentary losses of power can cause downtime, waiting a few minutes or more for network or control equipment needing to restart, costing companies thousands of dollars per power interruption.

A simple way to think about the utility of a UPS unit is to consider how a notebook computer is not affected from a power outage as it has internal battery. With a computer or laptop that is plugged into an appropriate surge protection strip, if storm causes a power outage or disruption in the area, while lights, appliances and other electronics will shut off, the notebook computer is uninterrupted because the notebook switched over to battery power seamlessly when the flow of electricity from the power cord vanished. You can now continue to work or shut down your machine.

The Compact Series of Industrial Panel PCs from AIS Combine a Rugged, Aluminum Die-Cast Housing, Open Platform HMI and UPS for a Robust & Reliable Solution

The integral UPS now available with the Compact Line of HMIs from AIS is just one of the many great standout features of the powerful Compact HMI series. Powered by an Intel® Celeron® N2930 processor engine which are specifically designed for industrial machinery, intelligent, web-based and smart HMI applications, the AIS Compact Series of HMIs are designed to work within a wide range of thermal conditions. This make the Compact Series a highly desirable solution for industrial control applications. The Compact line of open architecture, PC-based HMIs come in touchscreens ranging from 7" to 21.5" displays with some models available in both single and/or multi-touch screens.

AIS Compact HMI's Integral UPS Reduces Issues for Manufacturing Companies Caused by Common Electrical Problems and Service Disruptions

There are many causes of power failures in an electricity network. Examples of these causes include faults at power stations, damage to electric transmission lines, substations, or other parts of the distribution system, a short circuit or the overloading of electricity mains. Computer systems and other electronic devices such as HMIs contain logic circuitry that may be susceptible to data loss or hardware damage that can be caused by the sudden loss of power. To protect against this, AIS has employed the use of an uninterruptible power supply or UPS in their Compact line of HMIs to provide a constant flow of electricity if a primary power supply becomes unavailable for a short period of time.

About AIS

Headquartered in Irvine, California, USA, American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) offers in-house electronic and mechanical design, software development, manufacturing, production and quality control services. Offering one of the widest ranges of industrial computing solutions, AIS open platform control and monitoring solutions are available in a multitude of configurations for industrial, building automation, oil & gas, military and marine applications. The company's HMI solutions are key enabling technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial Internet of Things, (IIoT), Machine-to-Machine Communications (M2M) and Industry 4.0 applications. AIS is fully committed to empowering, improving and delivering turnkey HMI, control, monitoring and display solutions for OEM, ODM and end-user customers. AIS is an ISO 9001:2008 certified supplier and manufacturer of rugged computers and displays, and received completion of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registration from the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). For more information, visit: www.aispro.com, email: sales@aispro.com or contact: 1-888-485-6688.

Beachhead's High-ROI Reseller Program Now Available in India, Middle East and Africa Regions

 

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – Beachhead Solutions, provider of cloud-managed PC & mobile device encryption, security and data access control for businesses of all sizes, today announced the introduction of its Emerging Market Channel Program and the expansion of product availability to IT resellers and MSPs in the India, Middle East, Africa (IMEA) regions as well as in Mauritius. The program is designed to grow the California-based company's reach and serve the specific needs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) facing the growing IT security risks and regulatory requirements prevalent in these emerging markets. Beachhead's channel-friendly SimplySecure Management System provides easy cloud-based security and management for a business' portable devices, including Windows and Mac laptops and desktops, iPhones and Android phones, iPads and other tablets, and USB storage devices.

A look at the market potential and demand for Beachhead's SimplySecure mobile device and data security management products in these emerging markets reveals environments ripe for the company's cloud-based device security solutions. Both Africa and India have high mobile device usage and large populations under the age of 25, setting the stage for a new wave of business employees that are expectant of mobility in and out of the office. At the same time, increased regulations around the protection of personal information are being implemented across Africa and in India, necessitating that SMEs gain the proper technological safeguards to defend all personal data in their care, even when accessed by employees over mobile devices. On this front, South Africa's Protection of Personal Information act (POPI) is expected to see enforcement begin in the next few months, and Mauritius is currently enforcing its own Data Protection Act. An anticipated overhaul of the EU's Data Protection Directive is also a looming factor, expected to put even more pressure on trading partners in IMEA and Mauritius to adopt compatible standards.

With its channel program now targeting these emerging markets, Beachhead is delivering managed device security solutions tailored to meet the needs of IT resellers and MSPs in these regions. Customized to fit the needs of SMEs in these markets -- including safety from specific IT security risks and regulatory compliance requirements -- the program features price points adapted to emerging markets, a clear and uncomplicated 100% engagement mode for channel partners, and a deal registration program to ensure opportunities for resellers and MSPs.

Beachhead's new General Manager for IMEA and Mauritius Amit Parbhucharan, will lead the new program. With deep experience working in emerging markets, Parbhucharan understands the dynamics and needs of these markets and how to plan and execute successful business expansions.

"As a global company we look forward to expanding our reach and meeting the needs of new customers in emerging markets, especially with Amit at the helm," said Cam Roberson, Beachhead's Director of the Reseller Channel. "We're proud to have Amit's experience and history of success in navigating these new markets, and glad to see him lead the program launch."

"Given the current environment of mobile device security risks and regulatory requirements, Beachhead's SimplySecure platform is downright essential for SMEs operating in these emerging markets today," said Amit Parbhucharan, Beachhead's GM for India, the Middle East, Africa and Mauritius. "I'm excited and eager to play a leadership role in providing SMEs with these needed device and data security solutions."

To learn more about Beachhead's reseller and MSP programs, visit http://www.beachheadsolutions.com/beachhead-partner-program/

About Beachhead Solutions
Beachhead Solutions offers first-in class data security for PC, Mac, USB storage, iOS and Android device users. Beachhead technology -- through its SimplySecure™ web-based security platform -- takes a multi-faceted approach to protecting sensitive company data by offering encryption, data quarantine, and wiping from one unified management console. Beachhead's services are both easy to administer and user-transparent, giving an organization the ability to change policy on any remote device including denial (and restoration) of data access by user. SimplySecure is available direct-to-business and through Beachhead's reseller channel.