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New Survey, The State of Object Storage in the Private Cloud, Finds 86% of IT Architects Rate the Freedom to Use Standard Hardware for Storage Workloads as Important

SAN FRANCISCO SwiftStack, the leader in a new breed of object storage for Enterprises, today announced that the SwiftStack Object Storage platform is enabling enterprise customers to realize SwiftStack’s bold vision for the datacenter - genuine simplicity, cost certainty and scalability - contrasted with legacy, hardware-based storage solutions that are both complex and expensive. This “New Breed” of Object Storage provides enterprises the cost-effective scalability of the cloud while allowing IT strategists to avoid vendor lock-in and achieve freedom of choice in the datacenter.

In a recent study, The State of Object Storage in the Private Cloud, enterprise IT professionals expressed that they are actively using object storage in their datacenter. More than one in four (26%) are already using object storage in production and another 26% are evaluating object storage or using it in their test/dev environment. These numbers are expected to grow as another 35% report that they are planning to evaluate object storage in the next 12 months.

Why so much activity around Object Storage? Storage footprints are high and growing (66% of the survey respondents had more than 500TBs of data) and respondents rate the freedom to use standard hardware for their storage workloads as an important criteria (very important - 51%; somewhat important - 35%) to cost-effectively support their increasing capacity requirements. Interestingly, open source was also an important consideration for nearly three in four IT Professionals’ infrastructure going forward (very important - 35%; somewhat important 38%) indicating a dramatic shift away from traditional commercial vendors.

By using the open source engine that runs the world’s largest storage clouds, OpenStack Swift, SwiftStack supports these reported goals by enabling incredible scale for extreme concurrent access of unstructured data, so enterprise customers may shift to consumable private cloud deployments to best suit their application use cases. As such, SwiftStack is perfectly suited to support a range of enterprise use cases including archiving active data, serving web content, sharing documents and storing backups with complete data portability and the freedom to choose, and change, hardware and infrastructure resources.

“The cloud has transformed enterprise IT permanently and companies such as SwiftStack have contributed to the deflation in the consumption of traditional storage,” said Ashish Nadkarni, Program Director, Enterprise Servers and Storage, IDC. “Private cloud deployments are now enabling enterprises to achieve new levels of scale, efficiency and agility that are unlike anything they’ve seen possible with traditional datacenter deployments. Enterprises are now leveraging private cloud storage, such as SwiftStack, in ways previously unimaginable in traditional storage environments.”

For the enterprise, SwiftStack Object Storage delivers significant private cloud advantages for a range of enterprise unstructured data use cases. From serving web application content to active archiving, backup, file sharing and more, SwiftStack offers the following benefits:

      No Hardware Lock-In – SwiftStack Object Storage runs on any industry-standard x86 server hardware with standard hard drives available from any vendor, so enterprises can use their preferred server vendor or mix-and-match hardware from multiple server and HDD vendors to optimize capital investments and do much more for less

      Centralized Management – The SwiftStack Object Storage Controller manages all object storage clusters from a single, centralized management interface, reducing storage complexity and conserving IT resources so the focus can remain on application operations

      Authentication – SwiftStack Object Storage easily integrates with existing enterprise authentication infrastructure, including Active Directory and LDAP for faster provisioning and simplified storage user management

      Unified Namespace – A SwiftStack Object Storage Cluster can be spread over multiple, geographically distributed data centers with a single namespace, while also enabling admins to create multiple tiers for complete control over where data is stored

“SwiftStack was founded on the idea that Enterprises desire powerful technologies used by the largest cloud providers, but need any product to fit with their operations,” said Joe Arnold, President and Chief Product Officer, SwiftStack. “SwiftStack is a new breed of truly software-defined object storage, delivered on-premises, running on standard hardware and managed out-of-band by the SwiftStack Controller. Our goal is any server or storage administrator can operate cloud storage in their environment.”

About SwiftStack

SwiftStack innovations power object storage for Enterprises, offering freedom of choice for genuine simplicity and TCO at scale. SwiftStack has perfected the delivery of private cloud object storage within and across data centers for content delivery, active archive, and data-centric workflows. The SwiftStack solution, built on OpenStack Swift at its core, is managed by a unique out-of-band controller and includes scale-out nodes with rolling upgrades as well as a filesystem gateway interface for traditional applications. No object storage solution is as flexible, simple, or open as SwiftStack, which has driven adoption by HP Cloud, eBay, and PAC-12 among many F500 companies. Connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn, or please visit www.swiftstack.com.

FreeStor Now Offers Analytics and Configuration that Will Notify IT Immediately of All-Flash Array and Storage Platform Issues 

MELVILLE, N.Y. — FalconStor Software® Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), a 15-year innovator of software-defined storage solutions, today announced that it has acquired an exclusive source code distribution license from Cumulus Logic for a next-generation and intelligent cloud-based predictive analytics monitoring system for FalconStor’s FreeStor®, a single, converged, hardware-agnostic data services software platform that works horizontally across all heterogeneous storage hardware, including all-flash arrays, hybrid flash, and HDD arrays.

FreeStor is bringing core intelligence to the Software Defined Data Center – Intelligent Abstraction® and Intelligent Predictive Analytics that work in real-time for visualization, analysis and action with capabilities similar to the historical analysis provide by software tools like Splunk (NASDAQ:SPLK ) and Tableau (NYSE:DATA). 

In addition to “smart rules”-based tools for performance monitoring, capacity planning, and other insights to maximize storage resources – which many hardware vendors lack – the cloud-based engine will also enable secure multi-tenancy for service providers that manage their customers’ data and infrastructure, and support private cloud infrastructures. 

“The recent ubiquity of flash adoption, the coming deluge of 3D NAND flash and the rapid growth in big data is fostering a great need for service providers and their vendors to understand the health and the capacity of their flash and hybrid storage platforms with real-time capabilities not multi-day old data,” says Iqlas Ottamalika, founder and CEO of Cumulus Logic.  “This is a new era of analytical monitoring for storage platforms as it will help service providers to strategize and react at lightning-speed, if necessary.  Working with such a renowned software-defined storage provider as FalconStor, we hope to usher in a new era of Intelligence for all-flash and hybrid storage array analytics.”

“This exclusive partnership will provide service providers and their customers with an enhanced cloud-based monitoring management system.   It is a tremendous step forward as we believe that only our FreeStor platform can truly deliver this promise to the industry,” said Gary Quinn, CEO of FalconStor. “This joint effort between FreeStor and Cumulus Logic will offer abilities not seen in other solutions.  For instance, it can be used on any storage resource, regardless of vendor or type – on premise or in-the-cloud. FreeStor’s intelligence will be enhanced to help the enterprise manage, automate, optimize and proactively react within storage environments across the data center.”

FreeStor's analytics will also be used to immediately notify customers of varying hardware problems such as I/O bottlenecks, capacity issues and SLA gaps. The streaming analytics will not only provide real-time data, but provide historical and global trending reports that will enhance FreeStor’s ability to deliver non-stop business productivity and simplified data management.
New interface enhancements will enable FreeStor to be deployed on many devices including the desktop, iPad and mobile tablets and phones, allowing IT personnel to monitor from any location.

“FreeStor gives enterprises and service providers the freedom to choose the hardware that makes the best sense for their business.  Watching capacity and performance is not where the monitoring tools job should stop,” said Tim Stammers, Senior Analyst at 451 Research.  “When you consider the range of issues such as firmware, connectivity or other problems that can cause poor application performance, what really matters is being able to analyze entire storage infrastructures regardless of vendor, and then correlating that data to decide the right corrective action – and hence  impact an organization’s bottom line.” 

FreeStor’s Cumulus Intelligent Predictive Analytics will include multiple features including the following:
•	Centralized monitoring, analytics and configuration across heterogeneous storage infrastructures
•	Analyze and report storage, server and application metrics on varying levels
•	Multi-Vendor Analytics: Collect, analyze and correlate data from Storage  and Application layers
•	Historical and real-time trends and reports 
•	Streaming analytics and real time insights
•	Proactively detect and alert performance bottlenecks and health risks using a real time analytics module 
•	Personalized dashboards
•	Native iPhone/Android apps – mobile functionality 
•	Real time performance, health and inventory monitoring 
•	Define health policies for storage servers, and act on those in real-time

Under this licensing and joint-development agreement, FalconStor will modify and enhance Cumulus’ technology to customize an analytics engine for FreeStor, with all resulting intellectual property exclusively owned by FalconStor. 

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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NEWARK, Calif. – Tegile Systems, the leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays for databases, virtualized server and virtual desktop environments, has been chosen by GP International Holding N.V. following a competitive evaluation process which included HP, Pure Storage, Nimble, Violin Memory and EMC.  

Headquartered in The Netherlands, operating under the Dr Hittich Brand in Kerkrade, GreenPower is a wholesale organization supplying nutritional supplements made from 100 percent natural active substances and free from synthetic chemicals. For its mission-critical IT applications it was looking for an efficient storage solution that could support an infrastructure with an availability well beyond 99 percent. 

“We needed to replace an existing all-flash solution and decided we wanted to take it to the next level,” explains Guido Meijers, IT manager at GreenPower. “We were looking for a vendor who could offer hybrid and all-flash systems and data deduplication capabilities cost-efficiently, and who would support all relevant protocols and file systems for flexibility and diversity. Additionally, there was no longer any support for our existing systems so we had to find a solution that was easy to install and integrate. Tegile was the only solution that met all our requirements – in fact, Tegile was the only vendor to offer an all-flash system that supports a hybrid expansion shelf and inline data-deduplication and compression at all.” 

GreenPower runs a completely virtualized data center with a total of 300 virtual servers on 16 physical VMware ESX host servers. The main applications running on the servers are Windows, Microsoft SQL, Exchange, diverse file servers, BI Tools such as SAS Analytics and KXEN, and a Progress Open Edge application for its ERP system. The storage solution consists of two T3800 all-flash arrays combined with two hybrid extension shelves so that secondary data can be stored on less expensive drives. Additionally, GreenPower uses Datacore storage virtualization software to further optimize the performance. For high availability and disaster recovery GreenPower runs a mirrored data center (stretched cluster) with exactly the same setup. High-availability is improved by the fact that Tegile arrays in themselves are built highly available and fully redundant with active/active controllers, ensuring they do not suffer from a single point of failure – providing an extra level of security. 

For the implementation Tegile engaged Dutch reseller, DMP, and the full installation was completed and pushed live within half a day. Based on the new infrastructure Meijers, with his team of five, provides IT-services to a total of 450 employees. The majority (95 percent) of end users are working on thin clients combined with the Citrix XenApp and the remaining five percent use heavy-duty workstations, which store data directly on the Tegile systems – made possible by the high performance and extremely low latency.

The storage infrastructure provides GreenPower with a total capacity of 2x 28 TB in flash and 2x 48 TB in hybrid storage. Due to Tegile’s unique IntelliFlash™ operating system, which enables inline data deduplication and compression, GreenPower currently only uses 2x 20 TB of the total capacity. Meijers is sure that compared to Tegile’s rivals this means a data reduction of more than 50 percent and significant cost savings. 

GreenPower is only using a fraction of the solution’s potential and the team plans to explore more options moving forward. This includes more closely examining the possibilities offered by the support of the NFS file system. For now though, Meijers and his team can be confident in having an infrastructure in place that is not only able to handle the most demanding workloads, but that also will future proof the business for the foreseeable future. 

About Tegile Systems
Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of intelligent flash arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtual desktop and database applications. With Tegile’s line of all-flash and hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that accelerate business critical enterprise applications and allow customers to significantly consolidate mixed workloads in virtualized environments.

Tegile’s patented IntelliFlash technology accelerates performance and enables inline deduplication and compression of data so each array has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than any other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in snapshot, remote-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and VM-aware features. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile.
Since 2007, Unisys has assisted Ryder to speed integration of acquisitions, integrate hundreds of new employees, and grow its business

 

LONDON – Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced that Ryder Ltd has extended its contract with Unisys’ UK subsidiary for IT services and support until 2020. Ryder Ltd in the UK is a leading provider of vehicle rental, contract hire, maintenance and dedicated delivery solutions and is part of Ryder System, Inc., which provides leading-edge transportation solutions worldwide.

 

Under the terms of the new agreement, Unisys will deliver services to support Ryder Ltd’s critical IT functions – including fleet management and ERP applications – as well as incident, problem and change management; service desk support; and desktop management across multiple sites in the UK.

 

Unisys supported Ryder through a critical period of expansion and growth, including the acquisition of Hill Hire Ltd in 2011. During that time, Unisys has integrated acquired infrastructure and supported critical applications so that Ryder could focus on consolidating and standardising the company’s IT environment for end users.

 

Mark Parker, IT director, Ryder Ltd, said: “Over the last eight years Unisys has shown that it is a true strategic partner by delivering the critical IT infrastructure to help us achieve our growth objectives and supporting us through significant changes, including acquisitions and consolidation of our IT environment. Unisys has consistently provided a high level of service to accommodate us and help us achieve our objectives.”

 

“We’re delighted to extend our partnership with Ryder Ltd and to continue working with the company to expand its business. We look forward to delivering further services to Ryder Ltd as it works to provide multi-channel support and more self-service capabilities to its end users,” said Nick Fraser, managing director, Unisys UK.

 

About Unisys

Unisys is a global information technology company that solves organizations’ most pressing IT and business challenges. With more than 20,000 employees serving clients around the world, our offerings include cloud and infrastructure services, application services, business process outsourcing services, and high-end server technology. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.

Follow Unisys on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

About Ryder

Ryder Europe was established in 1971 and has grown through acquisition and organic development into a sizeable force in transportation with a fleet of more than 22,500 trucks and trailers. The European business focuses on commercial vehicle rental, contract hire and maintenance operating from 27 locations.

Ryder Europe is part of Ryder System, Inc. a Fortune 500 provider of leading-edge transportation solutions worldwide, founded in Miami, Florida in 1933.

NetDiligence® Publishes 2015 Study of Actual Claim Payouts

 

PHILADELPHIA – NetDiligence®, a leading cyber risk assessment and data breach services company, announced today it has published its fifth annual Cyber Claims Study, a study of actual losses for data breach events covered by various leading cyber liability insurance carriers.

This year's report summarizes NetDiligence's findings for a sampling of 160 cyber liability insurance claims, 155 of which involved the exposure of sensitive data. The study examines the type of data exposed, the cause of loss, the business sector in which the incident occurred and the size of the affected organization. The study also considers claims due to third-party breaches and claims due to insider involvement, both accidental and malicious.

The primary focus of the study is the costs incurred by underwriters due to cyber claim events, including Crisis Services (forensics, notification, credit/ID monitoring and legal counsel/Breach Coach®), Legal (class action lawsuit defense and settlement), Regulatory (defense and settlement) and PCI (fines).

This year's study finds the average total claim for a breach was $673,767, with an average payout for Crisis Services of $499,710. However, the average claim for a large company was $4.8 million, while the average claim in the Healthcare sector was $1.3 million.

"As an independent and trusted partner to the cyber liability insurance industry, NetDiligence is uniquely positioned to combine data from multiple insurers so that the pool of claims is large enough to ascertain real costs, project future trends and better educate concerned Risk Managers and CFOs," said Mark Greisiger, president of NetDiligence. "We are honored that our cyber liability insurance carrier and broker partners share a sampling of their loss data with NetDiligence. Without them, the valuable insights this educational study provides would not be possible."

Sponsoring this year's NetDiligence Cyber Claims Study are AllClear ID, McGladrey (soon to be RSM, effective October 26, 2015), Cipriani & Werner, P.C., and Symantec.

The NetDiligence® 2015 Cyber Claims Study is now available for download at the NetDiligence website (www.netdiligence.com). eRiskHub® licensors and their clients have exclusive access to an expanded version of the study in the Learning Center of the eRiskHub. The eRiskHub (www.eriskhub.com) is a web-based cyber risk management portal that helps organizations prevent and recover from data breaches.

About NetDiligence®

NetDiligence® is a privately-held cyber risk assessment and data breach services company. Since 2001, NetDiligence has conducted thousands of enterprise-level cyber risk assessments for a broad variety of organizations, including public entities, financial services, retailers, software developers, medical providers and universities. NetDiligence services are used by leading cyber liability insurers in the U.S. and U.K. to support both loss-control and education objectives. NetDiligence hosts a semiannual Cyber Liability Conference attended by risk managers, privacy attorneys and cyber liability insurance leaders from around the world. NetDiligence is also an acknowledged leader in data and privacy breach prevention and recovery. Its eRiskHub® portal (www.eriskhub.com) is licensed by cyber liability insurers to provide education and breach recovery services to their policyholders. For more information, visit www.netdiligence.com.

Innovative new functionality incorporated in Zylpha's acclaimed legal document bundling technology, slashes the time taken to prepare bundles. Of particular note is a new Email feature, which Zylpha (www.zylpha.com) believes is a first in the market. This ensures that relevant email messages can be effectively and easily recorded and managed within any of a practice's bundles. The ability to include email attachments along with the original emails is also incorporated. This is a major leap forward over the market status quo, where ineffective text-only email storage systems require the preparation of separate document files for each attachment. This greatly reduces the time taken to include significant quantities of emails and attachments within bundles.

 

Also included within the new Zylpha functionality is a Core Bundling feature. This makes it simple to add a document to a bundle's index without it physically being present in the bundle when produced. This enables the system to create both a core bundle and tailored bundles all from the same set of documents and with the same index and pagination. As the time previously taken to create numerous separate bundles is now eliminated, huge efficiencies and time-savings are possible.

 

In order to meet the highest practice compliance directives, documents can be excluded from the bundle but retain their original page number on the main index in the Core Bundle. To make it easy to identify which documents are excluded, users can choose how they want to indicate its exclusion by using either a symbol, a strike through or by greying them out. Users can also include informative text at the bottom of the index to explain why certain documents have been excluded from the Core Bundle for specific recipients.

 

The new functionality within Zylpha's Electronic Document Bundling System is also fully integrated within a range of leading Case Management Systems including: LexisNexis SolCase and Visualfiles, Microsoft Sharepoint, Worksite, Envision and more. There are also plans, in the near future, to deliver further integrations with leading Local Authority Case Management Systems.

 

Zylpha's CEO Tim Long is confident that new functionality could have a significant impact on the market for legal document bundling. In his view, "These new additions to our electronic document bundling functionality really are a significant step forward. The new email functionality completely outclasses anything else on the market. And instead of painstakingly producing numerous bundles for all the parties involved in a case, the new functionality enables a Core Bundle to be tailored without changing the pagination or indexing.

 

"In a world where legal cost reduction and innovation are trending, the new Core Bundling functionality ticks both boxes. Indeed, with the savings it will make in terms of time speed and cost, we expect our document bundling solution to continue to transform current working practices. And, from our current pre-launch discussions with partners and clients we are confident that demand will be high and we expect to be able to announce some high profile practice converts in the near future."

 

About Zylpha www.zylpha.com
Headquartered in Southampton Zylpha is an innovative specialist offering tools for the legal profession including:

  • Secure electronic document production and delivery.
  • Court Bundling.
  • Integration with the MOJ Portal.
  • Links to agencies for AML and Identity Verification.

The company, which was founded by Tim Long its CEO, has won widespread acclaim in both the legal and local government sectors for its systems that transform secure communications for court and case management bundles.

Over two thirds of IT professionals surveyed say they need to invest in new technologies or services to help prepare their business for the impact of GDPR

 

 

LONDON, UKIpswitch™ released the results of a European survey that polled 300 IT professionals* to see how their businesses were preparing for the new European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The regulation is designed to unify and simplify data protection across 28 EU countries and includes severe penalties for non-compliance of up to two percent of a company’s annual global turnover. The GDPR draft has been passed by EU Parliament and is due to become law by the end of 2015. It is expected to impact any organisation which collects, stores, processes and shares personal data on employees, customers or partners.

 

The Burden of GDPR

Over two thirds (68 per cent) of IT professionals say that keeping up to date with changing data protection regulatory requirements is a financial burden on their business. British businesses feel most strongly about this (77 per cent), compared with 66 per cent in France and 61 per cent in Germany.

 

69 per cent of IT professionals believe they will need to invest in new technologies and services to help them prepare for the impact of GDPR. 62 per cent think they will need to invest in encryption technologies, 61 per cent in analytic and reporting technologies, 53 per cent plan to invest in perimeter security technologies and 42 per cent in file sharing technologies.

 

Over half (51 per cent) report that their business has already allocated training budget to help staff understand and comply with GDPR. However, just under a third (30 per cent) have not. Almost one fifth (19 per cent) have no idea whether training budget has been allocated. Businesses in France report the most instances of training budget having been allocated, (56 per cent), compared to 49 per cent in Germany and 48 per cent in the United Kingdom.

 

Exactly half of IT professionals also say they have allocated internal training resource to help staff understand and comply with the new regulation. However, almost one third, (32 per cent), have no internal resource allocated for this yet. The United Kingdom is the least prepared here, with 40 per cent having made no provision compared to their German (33 per cent) and French (24 per cent) counterparts.

 

Awareness of GDPR and Data Use

Whilst over two thirds (69 per cent) of IT professionals acknowledge that GDPR will impact their business, almost one fifth (18 per cent) still have no idea whether changes in the regulation will apply to them. This is despite confirming that they do store and process personal data.

 

These numbers are however an improvement on awareness of the regulation at this time last year, when a GDPR compliance survey conducted by Ipswitch revealed that more than half (56 per cent) of respondents could not accurately identify what ‘GDPR’ meant.

Overall, 90 per cent of those surveyed said that their businesses store personal data, 86 per cent process personal data and over a third (40 per cent) share data externally. 62 per cent of those that share personal data use email to do so. A quarter are using portable storage such as USBs or CDs, almost a quarter (22 per cent) use the postal system and 43 per cent use cloud based file sharing websites.

 

David Juitt, chief security architect at Ipswitch, commented, “It’s encouraging to see that there is far greater awareness of the changes than at this time last year. Just over half of businesses are starting to prepare with training courses for staff. However, whilst IT professionals recognise the need to align data protection regulation to keep up with modern data sharing practices and the globalisation of data, it is clear that compliance comes at a price for most. Whilst many are trying to prepare by organising training and assigning resource, there’s clearly a very large expectation of a need to invest in technologies including managed file transfer systems like Ipswitch MOVEit™ that meet stringent security and compliance requirements.”

 

The Ipswitch MOVEit™ managed file transfer system helps IT teams support GDPR requirements in the following ways:

Protecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

  • Support for secure open standard transfer protocols
  • End-to-end encryption, guaranteed delivery and non-repudiation
  • Automated file management policies

Managing PII

  • Automated file exchange
  • Managed ad hoc exchange
  • Policy based file access and data loss protection (DLP)

Managing System Exposure

  • High availability and disaster recovery
  • Monitoring and reporting for auditing and forensics
  • Trading partner provisioning and management

*The 2015 GDPR Ipswitch survey was conducted by technology research firm Vanson Bourne during July 2015 and polled 300 IT professionals. Survey responses include 100 responses from the UK, 100 responses from France, and 100 responses from Germany.

Resources:

About Ipswitch

Ipswitch helps solve complex IT problems with simple solutions. The company’s software is trusted by millions of people worldwide to monitor networks, applications and servers, and transfer files between systems, business partners and customers. Ipswitch was founded in 1991 and is based in Lexington, Massachusetts with offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information, visit www.ipswitch.com.

Ipswitch and MOVEit are registered trademarks of Ipswitch, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

WinMagic survey reveals businesses struggling to catch up to cloud storage revolution

 

KEY FINDINGS:

  • 65% of employees don’t have or don’t know the company policy on cloud storage
  • 1 in 10 employees who use cloud storage services at least once a week have no confidence in the security of their data saved and accessed from the cloud
  • Cloud storage use varies widely - 41% use cloud services at least once a week, whilst 42% never use these services at all
  • 1 in 20 employees who use cloud services at least once a week, do so despite these services being restricted by their company

 

LONDON – UK companies are placing themselves at risk of cyberattacks and data breaches as a result of rampant use of cloud storage services and unclear or non-existent corporate policies according to research released today by WinMagic Inc. The survey, conducted by CensusWide, of 1,000 office workers in organisations of 50 or more employees revealed widespread, and often unilateral employee use of cloud storage services could be leaving businesses with poor visibility of where their data is stored, placing potentially confidential data at risk.

 

WinMagic, a leading full disk encryption software provider, revealed that over 41 percent of employees use cloud storage services at least once a week. Despite this widespread adoption by workers across the UK, just 35 percent of employees used a company sanctioned service, whilst 43 percent were unaware of their employer’s policy on the use of these services. In addition, of those that use cloud storage at least once a week, 1 in 10 have no confidence in the security of their data.

 

Darin Welfare, EMEA VP at WinMagic, said: “This survey highlights the challenge businesses face when managing data security in the cloud. IT teams have had to cede a level of control as employees have greater access to services outside corporate control and this research indicates that IT must take additional steps to protect and control company data in this new technology landscape. The wide range of employee adoption of these services also means an additional layer of complexity when devising corporate policies and education programmes for the use of cloud storage services.”

 

Employees are increasingly accessing work documents and services outside the office, particularly among regular users of cloud storage. The survey revealed 70 percent of employees who use cloud storage at least once a week will also use work equipment at home at least once a week, significantly higher than the UK average of 47 percent.

 

The WinMagic survey highlights a clear disparity between employee use of cloud services and company IT policy, which suggests that businesses must increase focus on devising clearer security policies and better staff training programmes in order to minimise the risk for the business.

 

Darin Welfare added: “One of the key steps that any organisation can take to mitigate the risk from the widespread use of unsanctioned cloud services is to ensure that all company data is encrypted before employees have the opportunity to upload to the cloud. In the eventuality that the cloud vendor does not adequately put in place control mechanisms and procedures to ensure security across their infrastructure, sensitive and valuable corporate data is still encrypted and cannot be accessed and understood beyond those who have the right to. This approach provides the company with the assurance that the IT team is in control of the key and management of all company data before any employees turn to cloud storage services.”

 

The survey also revealed:

  • Half (50%) of respondents use personal equipment to access work information and services at least once a week
  • 47 percent of employees use company-issued equipment at home at least once a week

Darin Welfare concluded: “This survey should serve as a wake-up call for IT teams to focus resources on crafting the stringent security policies, and employee education programmes that will help the business stay secure. It also indicates that this is not something that is only down to employee behaviour. Businesses need better training for all staff on the potential dangers of cloud services. Businesses must catch up with the employee cloud revolution or risk potentially catastrophic data loss.”

 

 

Research Methodology

The research was conducted by Censuswide, with 1,000 office workers in companies with 50+ employees aged 16+ between 20.08.15 - 24.08.15. Censuswide abide by and employ members of the Market Research Society which is based on the ESOMAR principles.

 

About WinMagic, Inc.

WinMagic provides intelligent key management for everything encryption, with robust, manageable and easy-to-use data security solutions.

WinMagic’s SecureDoc secures data wherever it is stored, providing enterprise grade data encryption and key management policies across all operating systems. SecureDoc is trusted by thousands of enterprises and government organizations worldwide to minimize business risks, meet privacy and regulatory compliance requirements, while protecting valuable information assets against unauthorised access.

 

For more information, please visit www.winmagic.com.

WinMagic, SecureDoc, SecureDoc Enterprise Server, Compartmental SecureDoc, SecureDoc PDA, SecureDoc Personal Edition, SecureDoc RME, SecureDoc Removable Media Encryption, SecureDoc Media Viewer, SecureDoc Express, SecureDoc for Mac and SecureDoc Central Database are trademarks and registered trademarks of WinMagic Inc., registered in the US and other countries. All other registered and unregistered trademarks herein are the sole property of their respective owners. © 2015 WinMagic Inc. All rights reserved.

New Channel Partners Join Commtech in Offering Transporter Private Cloud File Sync and Share (FSS) Appliance to Business Customers Across UK and Ireland
 
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Connected Data today announced further expansion across the European market, signing three new strategic channel partners: Blue Profile, NDC and Virtek. The new partners will provide Connected Data's Transporter for Business, private cloud file sync and share (FSS) appliances to their respective network of customers across the UK and Ireland.  Today's announcement comes fast on the heals of having recently announced its first new Value Added Distributor (VAD) in Europe, Commtech, just last month.
 
"We carefully select partners with proven capability in taking emerging technologies to market," said Russell Johnson, COO of Connected Data.  "These strategic partnerships continue to show our commitment to delivering private cloud file sync and share solutions across Europe, helping us to offer a secure alternative option to popular public cloud services."
 
Launched earlier this year, Transporter for Business appliances offers businesses a file sync and share (FSS) solution that is 100 percent private and secure, a feature that was singularly important across the varying sectors covered by the new resellers.
 
For Blue Profile, the IT infrastructure and security specialist, which provides solutions across a broad range of leading industries in the market, the issue was to find its customers a solution that gave them 100 percent control over data locality. 
 
Wayne Kenward, Director at Blue Profile commented, "Everyone has heard of Dropbox, but we wanted something innovative and different, we were looking for a more secure option that could guarantee security, data control and location control but still offer all of the major benefits of a public cloud solution.  Transporter for Business fits this need."
 
Virtek, which specializes in virtualization, cloud services and data storage for SMBs, has a strong customer base within the financial, legal, retail and gaming sectors. 
 
"These organizations need a high level of visibility over their data, as well as being able to remain compliant within industry regulations," said Jason Clark, Director at Virtek. "The Transporter for Business is an appliance so all the data is stored on premise, which allows organizations to have full control over security and location, while providing easy mobile, multi-device access and addressing the security challenges posed by the public cloud." 
 
Data security is also a prime focus for new value added reseller (VAR) and consultancy NDC.  "Everyone thinks about the Firewall when it comes to network security but sometimes overlook the impact that data loss causes not only financially but also the damage to branding and reputation. Prevention of data breaches to an organization should be as paramount of a concern as the securing of the physical infrastructure," said Nat Dowling, Co-Founder at NDC.  "Connected Data's Transporter addresses data loss protection by offering truly secure FSS."
 
NDC specializes in leading edge and next generation solutions and has the full range of Transporter for Business in their portfolio, as well as offering packaged solutions combing the Transporter with both NetApp and Fujitsu products.
 
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About Connected Data
Connected Data, the creator of Transporter, the world's first private cloud storage appliance, is focused on changing the way consumers and businesses manage their files. Transporter appliances allow customers to securely sync, access, share and protect data at a fraction of the cost of fee-based cloud services. The fast-growing Transporter network includes over 35,000 users managing more than 20 Petabytes of storage all over the world. Connected Data is privately funded and based in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information, visit www.connecteddata.com.

Plan B Disaster Recovery has announced it will be launching a brand new disaster recovery service at IP Expo on the 7th and 8th October. The company is extending its daily tested and guaranteed disaster recovery service to improve recovery points so customers can benefit from instant recovery with zero data loss.

Plan B Disaster Recovery will become the first cloud DR provider to offer zero data loss in addition to daily tested, guaranteed recovery. “The secret is in our auto recovery and testing regime” says Tim Dunger, Managing Director of Plan B Disaster Recovery.” For over 7 years we have been the only company to fully test a customer’s disaster recovery solution to application level every day – in advance of a failure. This has meant we have the fastest recovery times and the only service that comes with a money back recovery guarantee. We are really excited to add zero data loss to this so we can offer customers the holy grail of disaster recovery. And because we automate our fix-up and testing process we can make it affordable for all businesses.”

Plan B will offer this service to virtualised customers, using continuous replication to achieve zero data loss. Businesses that want to reduce the worry of coping with an IT failure can outsource the full end-to-end service to Plan B who will manage the replication, auto recovery, daily testing and recovery process. “Replication products require a lot of maintenance and management, so outsourcing the management of this and overlaying our daily testing service will give our customers more time to focus on their live systems while we worry about their DR. They will also have the reassurance of knowing their recovery will be instant, simple and without any data loss.” says Tim.

Plan B will be discussing their new service with customers at IP Expo where they will be on stand JJ3. Anyone looking at reviewing their IT disaster recovery is encouraged to visit their stand or contact Plan B Disaster Recovery directly.

 

About Plan B www.planb.co.uk

Plan B Disaster Recovery Ltd is a specialist cloud Disaster Recovery Company that offers the fastest return to service time of all cloud DR providers. Pioneers of pre-recovery, Plan B is the only provider to recover IT systems in advance every 24 hours and test them, offering the benefits of:

  • Guaranteed recovery success

  • Near instantaneous recovery times

  • Simplicity of recovery in the event of a disaster

With the use of automation, pre-recovery is available at a price comparable to traditional disaster recovery methods, meaning a hot standby equivalent has now become affordable to the SME market.

Plan B’s pre-recovery solution has been rated as excellent by ZDNet and is recommended by PC PRO. The company was awarded the CIR award for Specialist Company of the year.