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Jon Seals

New highly portable tactical systems, which emphasise Communication and Information System (CIS) and data management aspects, will satisfy the growing strategic need which is common to all Alliance member countries

 

MILAN – Italtel, a leading telecommunications company in Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), managed services and All-IP communication, has been awarded an international tender by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to build two transportable data centers.

 

More than 250 companies belonging to the 28 member countries of the Alliance were notified about the tender for the project – the demand for which was generated by the Italian Army. The acquisition was delegated by TELEDIFE (the Italian Defence Telecommunication Procurement Directorate) to the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA), which developed the technical specification due to its knowledge and previous experience of current systems in place.

 

The data centers will be deployed at the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Italy (NRDC – ITA), in Solbiate Olona, to align its Communication and Information System (CIS) infrastructure with the requirements of its recently-awarded role of land-heavy Joint Task Force (JTF) Headquarters, which involves leading NATO joint operations within NATO Areas of Responsibility, often performed out of the national borders.

 

Italtel was chosen to build the two data centers as a result of its competitive cost and compliance with the requirements of the tender. The data centers provided by this project are destined to be used by NRDC – ITA in various overseas locations where allied forces are deployed. The importance of being awarded this tender is evident when considering the complexity of the technical specification in the CIS and data management categories.

 

“This achievement recognizes Italtel’s constant hard work over the last two years, through a continuous strengthening of the relationship between various divisions within the Italian Armed Forces and NATO,” said Italtel’s CEO Stefano Pileri. “Italtel has built a complex and delicate dialogue with a select number of Italian and international suppliers, who have assisted us in creating the winning solution for our project.

 

“Italtel has achieved a prestigious result for Italy and has now been placed at the center of a comprehensive network of national and international relations.”

 

Italtel

Italtel designs, develops, implements solutions for NGN and NGS; Professional Services dedicated to the design and maintenance of networks; IT System Integration Services; Network Integration and migration activities. Italtel counts among its customers more than 40 of the world’s top TLC Operators and SPs. In Italy Italtel is also reference partner of Enterprises and Public Sector for the deployment of IP Next-Generation Networks and for the development of multimedia convergent services for their customers. Italtel is present in many countries including France, UK, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Poland, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Brazil. www.italtel.com.

Assured cloud service provider delivered Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions to support innovative online marketplace

 

CARDIFF, Wales – Skyscape Cloud Services Limited, the easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave cloud services company, announced at the Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) event in Cardiff that it has delivered Compute-as-a-Service solutions to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), an executive agency sponsored by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), for the support of Research Cloud (R-Cloud), an online marketplace for suppliers to tender research project contracts.

 

Dstl aims to meet suppliers’ expectations and accelerate contracting for science and technology research projects, replacing a tendering process that was previously based on spreadsheets and emails with an online marketplace dubbed Research Cloud, or R-Cloud.

 

One of Dstl's requirements for R-Cloud was an external cloud-based hosting environment with infrastructure based in the UK, for data protection and security reasons. Skyscape’s cloud services were chosen through the G-Cloud framework with the commercial data hosted on Skyscape's Assured OFFICIAL platform.

 

Now, unless a project is especially large or requires additional scrutiny, Dstl aims to go from a statement of requirements to a contract within 35 calendar days — a much shorter timeframe than was previously possible.

 

"Hosting the entire R-Cloud application on Skyscape's UK sovereign and resilient, Assured OFFICIAL cloud platform, allowed us to maintain the required level of security assurance, while simplifying the design and reducing the number of virtual machines,” said Dr Neil Higson, Project Manager at Dstl. “Our platform is delivering the efficiency and cost benefits to our contracting process that we'd hoped for, plus it’s more streamlined for everyone to use.”

 

“Security and efficiency were top priorities for Dstl and our credentials in both these areas meant that our IaaS solutions were the perfect match for this project and to support Dstl in its efforts to advance defence research,” said Simon Hansford, CEO of Skyscape Cloud Services. “Announcing this project at the DPRTE event in Cardiff enables us to showcase the role that G-Cloud has in supporting the digital transformation of government services ? using a flexible, scalable cloud solution, has enabled Dstl to innovate and transform its tendering process, without compromising on security.”

 

Full details of how Skyscape is supporting Dstl can be found in a full case study of the project which can be downloaded here:

http://www.skyscapecloud.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/MoD-case-study-vFonline.pdf

 

About Dstl

Dstl is an executive agency sponsored by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). It brings together the defence and security science and technology (S&T) community, including industry, academia, wider government and international partners, to provide sensitive and specialist S&T services to the MOD and wider government.

 

About Skyscape Cloud Services

Skyscape’s assured cloud solutions have been specifically designed to meet the needs of the UK public sector, delivering UK sovereign services that are easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave, with genuine pay-by-the-hour consumption models. As a UK SME, Skyscape has won a number of high-profile contracts via the G-Cloud Framework and through its large number of channel partners that embed Skyscape’s cloud platform in their solutions.

Skyscape’s full range of services were previously Pan Government Accredited (PGA) up to IL3, hence suitable for all data at OFFICIAL (including OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE) and connected to government networks including the Public Services Network (PSN), the N3 health network and others. Its services are delivered with leading technologies from the Skyscape Cloud Alliance Partners: QinetiQ, VMware, Cisco, EMC and Ark Data Centres.

Skyscape has been named a “Cool Vendor” by analyst firm, Gartner. To learn more about Skyscape, visit www.skyscapecloud.com or follow on twitter @skyscapecloud

New Program to focus on life-saving emergency preparedness; health and safety information

WASHINGTON — The American Red Cross and The Weather Channel television network – two of America’s most trusted brands – announce an exciting new partnership - Weather Red Report - which will premiere on AMHQ Weekend, The Weather Channel weekend morning show.

Weather Red Report premieres on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at 8:40 a.m. (ET). The Weather Red Report is a weekly news segment that will focus on weather and emergency preparedness, home fire prevention, Red Cross disaster response(s) to weather-related happenings, as well as education and information on Red Cross humanitarian services.

“The Red Cross is proud of our long history of working with The Weather Channel, particularly before and during weather-related disasters,” said Gail J. McGovern, American Red Cross President and CEO*. “Weather Red Report is a natural outgrowth of our missions to help Americans stay informed ahead of weather-related disasters and to work side-by-side to minimize the effect of natural disasters through awareness, preparation, response and recovery.”

The Weather Channel on-camera meteorologists often interview national and chapter-level Red Cross experts during disaster situations, and the Red Cross frequently partners with The Weather Channel to ensure that important and time-sensitive, life-saving information is communicated to the public during such disasters.

“Our best-in-class weather coverage combined with the safety and preparedness expertise from The American Red Cross reinforce a shared mission to keep the public safe and informed,” said Dave Shull, CEO of The Weather Channel television network. “We are thrilled our partnership with The Red Cross is expanding to include these educational and informative weekly Weather Red Reports.”

Red Cross experts are also regularly interviewed on weather-related emergency preparedness, disaster planning, health and safety training, family education, and training tools. Weather Red Report will also include updates across all Red Cross lines of service including Service to the Armed Forces, International Services, Biomedical Services, and Preparedness Health and Safety Services.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

About The Weather Channel television network:

For more than 30 years, The Weather Channel television network has inspired viewers to explore, investigate and appreciate the experience of weather in all its forms. One of the most widely distributed cable networks, The Weather Channel is the leader in severe weather coverage, providing the most comprehensive coverage of any media outlet, and with trusted meteorologists who analyze, forecast and report the weather - its expertise is unrivaled. The network is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information please visit weathergroup.com.

 

*Gail McGovern is a member of the board of directors of The Weather Channel.

Netwrix 2016 SIEM Efficiency Report revealed common drawbacks of SIEM solutions and ways IT pros deal with them

IRVINE, Calif. – Netwrix Corporation, a provider ofIT auditingsoftware that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, today released the results of the 2016 SIEM Efficiency Survey. Netwrix studied the opinions of 234 large enterprises that use SIEM solutions for security and IT infrastructure monitoring.

SIEM is a complex solution that requires thorough maintenance and support, which often skyrockets SIEM expenses. The need to hire and train more SIEM analysts is named as the main factor that significantly influences the total cost of SIEM ownership. It earned the highest score (4.8) in the rating of expenses. In addition, 69% of respondents already consider options that would help them reduce SIEM bills for maintenance and licensing.

Other findings of the survey show:

  • SIEM is necessary for better security threat awareness. According to 67% of IT pros, the ability to detect security threats in real time is the top driver for deploying SIEM. Other popular reasons include more efficient root-cause analysis and incident investigation caused by unwelcome changes (61%), and streamlined compliance reporting (50%).

  • Excessive data might be worse than lack of data.SIEM reports containing too much noise data continue to bother about 81% of users, compared to 75% revealed in the previous survey held in 2014. Reports demonstrate the disparate array of raw logs that complicate understanding of who did what, when and where. However, 68% (61% in 2014) claim that SIEM reports don’t provide enough information, such as before and after values of the changes.

  • Reports are difficult to understand. When it comes to passing compliance audits or validating internal security policies, 65% of respondents regularly face issues with finding necessary audit data upon request. Also, 63% of respondents (55% in 2014) see difficulties in understanding the reports, and 57% of respondents have to manually adjust data to make the reports understandable to non-tech stakeholders.

  • Additional solutions are able to fill the gaps. About 55% of enterprises rely on human resources and prefer to hire additional SIEM analysts. While 41% opt for SIEM integration with third-party solutions. Which in turn makes 86% of these companies happy about using IT auditing as a third party solution to overcome SIEM drawbacks.

In the past few years, SIEM solutions have become a cornerstone of organizations’ security policies. Although SIEM solutions are widely used in the enterprise sector, the study shows that companies are not completely satisfied with the high costs and level of visibility provided by SIEM,” said Alex Vovk, CEO and Co-Founder of Netwrix. “The tendency we see today is that most companies are not ready to put up with considerable expenses and limitations. The companies are looking for ways to solve this problem and finally understand what is going on in their IT infrastructures. IT auditing can become a perfect solution to overcome these drawbacks and provide complete visibility, while decreasing IT costs.”

Read full SIEM Efficiency Survey report, visit: www.netwrix.com/go/2016siemsurvey

Learn more about ways to overcome your SIEM drawbacks, visit: http://www.netwrix.com/go/overcome_limitations

About Netwrix Corporation

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

Celebration includes open invitation to tour the facility, Lunch & Learns, exciting partnership announcements and continued commitment to pricing transparency

ATLANTA – Colo Atl, the leading provider of carrier-neutral colocation, data center and interconnection services at 55 Marietta Street in Atlanta, GA, announces today that it will reach a milestone this year; celebrating 15 years of service excellence and innovation in the Colocation and Data Center space. The company has grown from the visions of Owner and Founder, Tim Kiser, to approximately 26,000 square feet state-of-the-art facility that offers both uncompromising customer service and non-traditional amenities, including conference space and access to both the Georgia Technology Center (GTC) and the Southeast Network Access Point (SNAP).   

“It gives me great pride in joining Colo Atl subcontractors, clients and business partners in celebrating the company’s 15th anniversary,” states Kiser. “We have come a long way since the business was started in 2001 and are very excited about our future as the company continues to grow year after year. The company’s track record of results and success is due to its investment in support personnel, our space and technology.”

Founded in November 2001, the Colo Atl colocation and Meet Me Area (MMA) facility is located across the 5th and 8th floors at 55 Marietta Street in downtown Atlanta. Colo Atl is a reasonable, accommodating and cost-effective interconnection environment for more than 82 local, regional and global network operators. The Colo Atl facility is also home to the Georgia Technology Center (GTC), a test bed and live production facility for network communications equipment; and the Southeast Network Access Point (SNAP). SNAP provides next-generation Internet Exchange (IX) solutions, including SDN peering, testing and implementation. 

Show Attendance:
Colo Atl will be attending several events during 2016, including INCOMPAS Spring 2016 in Washington, D.C., April 10-13, 2016. The Company will also join the Fiber Network Alliance for its annual exhibit show May 11-12, 2016 at Lake Lanier Resort, Georgia. Tim Kiser will be a part of the Fourth Annual TAG/AFCOM Data Center Summit on May 19, 2016. To schedule a meeting and to stay up to date with Colo Atl’s event calendar or set up a meeting please click here.

To schedule a tour, learn more about our pricing and availability, or to learn more about the Colo Atl facility, contact us now.

 

About Colo Atl

Colo Atl, a JT Communications company, is the leading provider of network-neutral colocation, data center and interconnection solutions at 55 Marietta Street in the global telecom hub of Atlanta, GA. Colo Atl provides superior network-neutral colocation, data center and interconnection services at an affordable rate. Colo Atl is a network-neutral environment that allows all types of network operators to securely and conveniently cross connect within a SSAE 16 certified facility. Colo Atl has no monthly recurring cross connect fees between tenants and provides exceptional customer service.

Colo Atl is also home to the Georgia Technology Center (GTC), a live laboratory for network equipment vendors to highlight their optical and electrical hardware and operating systems, and the Southeast Network Access Point (SNAP), which provides next-generation Internet Exchange (IX) solutions, including SDN peering, testing, collaboration and implementation.

Visit Colo Atl online at: www.coloatl.com and follow us on Twitter @ColoAtl and LinkedIn.

Machine Learning Analytics Solution Adds Capacity Analysis and Enhanced Root Cause Analysis

SAN MATEO, Calif. SIOS Technology Corp. (http://us.sios.com), the leading provider of software products that maximize availability and efficiency of virtualized environments, today announced the latest release of SIOS iQ machine learning analytics software, which has new features that deliver unparalleled accuracy and precision in capacity utilization and performance root cause analysis for VMware environments. It also includes dashboard enhancements for improved usability and a graphical topological impact view enabling faster identification and resolution of issues

"Legacy monitoring tools provide data about individual objects, such as CPU or capacity utilization). When a performance problem arises they leave IT staff to compare data points to make educated guesses about both the root cause and potential solution,” said Jerry Melnick, SIOS president and CEO. “SIOS iQ not only eliminates this guesswork by precisely identifying the cause, but it also recommends specific steps to resolve it.”

“Virtualization promises a variety of benefits, including cost savings, improved resource utilization, and efficiency, but the complex, dynamic nature of virtual environments can sometime obscure conflicts and wastage,” said Nik Rouda, senior analyst, ESG. “SIOS iQ leverages the power of machine learning analytics to help companies by transforming enormous volumes of data about virtual infrastructures into easily understood, actionable recommendations -- a winning approach for enterprises.”

The version 3.5 release is the fifth product update SIOS has released since launching the SIOS iQ product in July 2015.

Global security software company, Trend Micro, and Datrix, one of the UK's leading providers of critical network services and enterprise cloud solutions are among those who have selected SIOS iQ to gain faster, more accurate insights into their VMware environments. These companies are also members of the SIOS iQ VIP program providing valuable guidance toward future development of the SIOS iQ product.

Designed to be a powerful platform for IT operations information and issue resolution, SIOS iQ applies an advanced data analytics/Big Data approach to a broad range of data sets, including application and infrastructure data from third party tools and frameworks, to recognize abnormal patterns of behavior and identify root causes of performance issues. It provides information organized according to four key dimensions: performance, efficiency, reliability, and capacity utilization. The latest innovations from SIOS deliver industry leading simplicity and accuracy in identifying and resolving root causes of performance issues and predicting capacity needs.

SIOS iQ features are released on an ongoing basis. Version 3.5 includes the following new features:

  • Capacity Forecasting Analysis – SIOS iQ understands capacity utilization pattern to forecast how many days remain before data store(s) run out of free space. This feature optimizes infrastructure without risking costly emergencies. It can be used with the SIOS iQ Snapshot Waste analysis feature to optimize storage and maintain a predictable budget.
  • Enhanced Root Cause Analysis – This feature adds symptom analytics and graphically describes the topology of the impacted objects visually showing the user the infrastructure issue. In one click, it provides a deep understanding of issues by employing advanced topological behavior analysis to provide root cause of performance issues without the need to manually parse detailed data logs or compile and compare charts.

Pricing and AVAILABILITY

SIOS iQ is a host-license based product that is sold as either a renewable subscription for a list price of $100/month/host (paid annually) or as a perpetual license for $1600/host plus $400/year for update and maintenance service. During the valid subscription period SIOS iQ subscribers are entitled to support 24 hours/day, 5 days/week and to receive new features and updates that will be delivered through the built-in automatic product update feature.

SIOS iQ version 3.5 is immediately available.

Supporting Resources

Buy SIOS iQ Standard Edition:  http://us.sios.com/iq/cta/how-to-buy

Download a Free 30-Day Trial of SIOS iQ:
http://us.sios.com/iq/cta/free-edition/

SIOS iQ White Paper:
http://discover.us.sios.com/asset-reg-whitepaper-freeview-overview.html

Photo of new performance root cause impact topology map: 

http://us.sios.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Performance-Root-Cause_Impact_Topology_02.jpg

ESG Lab Spotlight Report:
http://discover.us.sios.com/asset-reg-whitepaper-Analytics-driven-Server-Acceleration.html

 

About SIOS Technology Corp.

SIOS Technology Corp. makes software products that provide the insights and guidance IT managers need to manage and protect business critical applications in large, complex data centers. SIOS iQ is a machine learning analytics software that helps IT managers optimize performance, efficiency, reliability, and capacity utilization in virtualized environments. SIOS SAN and SANLess software is an essential part of any cluster solution that provides the flexibility to build Clusters Your Way to protect your choice of Windows or Linux environment in any configuration (or combination) of physical, virtual and cloud (public, private, and hybrid) without sacrificing performance or availability. Founded in 1999, SIOS Technology Corp. (http://us.sios.com) is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and has offices throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Japan.

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San Francisco Fire Department’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) has successfully solved its communication challenges by leveraging a local SaaS company’s award-winning platform

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The successful two-year implementation of the award-winning platform provided by San Francisco company, Regroup Mass Notification, highlights the importance of having a robust, easy-to-use communication solution for NERT, a program that trains individuals, neighborhood groups and community-based organizations in San Francisco on how to be prepared for emergencies.

NERT’s success is rooted in the agency’s ability to communicate. For several years since its creation, NERT — a registered, FEMA-compliant, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program — experienced critical challenges when communicating with their members. A lack of a centralized messaging solution made it difficult to reach alumni in order to maintain ongoing participation and retention in the program. Outreach to new volunteers was done by printing posters and by word of mouth, and there was no immediate way of communicating during an emergency.

After a seamless transition to Regroup’s mass notification platform, team leaders were able to more easily do outreach to the community about the program, support the retention of volunteers and quickly reach members during an emergency.

Lt. Erica Arteseros, NERT Program Coordinator, said, "Prior to implementing Regroup, our communication was deficient. For example, four times a year we sent a mailing to members and then it decreased to two, as the numbers grew and postage prices increased. Our outreach was chaotic, to say the least. After implementing Regroup in September 2014, the first and most noticeable benefit we received was responsive and helpful technical assistance to get the system configured to meet the program’s needs.”

Safety and communication throughout the NERT program is now guaranteed and exponentially improved because of Regroup. Now NERT can easily create contact lists, interact with team members and create groups to communicate with all 50 neighborhoods they recognize.

"Our greatest satisfaction comes from knowing that we provided a powerful, easy-to-use communications platform that has taken a huge burden off program administrators by allowing them to diversify who can send communications and keep up the program efficiencies. NERT is now able to easily reach a great number of people and keep them involved and connected with their program, which is always a challenge in volunteer management,” said Joe DiPasquale, CEO of Regroup.

The City and County of San Francisco has implemented Regroup’s technology internally across many of the city’s departments and services and is beginning to use the service externally, as well.

To set up a free demo and learn how Regroup Mass Notification can help response teams communicate more effectively, please contact us at: inquiries@regroup.com.

Druva inSync Extends Lead in Governance, eDiscovery, and Compliance

 

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Druva, the leader in converged data protection, today announced integration with more cloud applications for inSync.  The extension of Druva inSync’s reach to more end-user data sources includes support for Box, Google Apps for Work (Google Drive and Gmail) and Office 365 (Exchange Online), enabling availability and governance to be managed via a single, integrated platform. Druva inSync efficiently aggregates end-user data, whether that information resides on an endpoint or in cloud applications so enterprises can have better visibility and manageability over the dataWith this added cloud app supportDruvais the only data protection provider enabling recoverability, eDiscovery, automated compliance management and archival for data across laptops, mobile devicesand in enterprise cloud services.

Data governance continues to be a top concern among IT leaders. As data privacy regulations evolve, such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was created to protect EU citizens’ sensitive data, each is paving the way for more severe fines and sanctions for those not in compliance. As organizations’ data continues to become more dispersed across endpoints and cloud applications, the challenges of both data visibility and data security become even more impactful and need to be addressed and solved.

“Today’s dispersed, decentralized and mobile work environment has resulted in data residing on laptops, mobile devices and in the cloud. We realized early on that ‘following the data’ – be it on an endpoint, in the cloud or somewhere in between – is key to protecting data, said Jaspreet Singh, CEO, Druva.  “Our customers have been challenged to have cloud apps better integrated into their data protection initiatives – and our latest support for Box, Google Apps for Work and Exchange Online meets this need. Our inSync is an industry-first solution that integrates end-user data across disparate sources, including endpoints and cloud applications, while combining availability and governance capabilities into a single solution.”

Druva is deepening its cloud-related reach with this newest cloud apps support. The company, in June 2015, announced integration with Microsoft Office 365 and Office 365 – OneDrive support, delivering data backup, archival and governance capabilities for the rapidly growing cloud application. This latest announcement expands inSync’s capabilities to a wider set of cloud apps, offering a single access point for viewing, monitoring and managing end-user data without having to manually access separate data sources through disparate solutions. Druva is automating and unifying backup, archival and governance capabilities in all these different cloud sources. Druva’s Microsoft Exchange Online support focuses on meeting companies’ hosted email and message-based governance needs. Meanwhile, Druva inSync will also protect data shared via online file sharing/content management service Box, which Druva has entered into a recent partnership with, and Google Apps, a suite of cloud computing productivity and collaboration software tools that includes Gmail, Google Drive and Google Docs.

“A user-centric approach to data protection and governance is key to a company’s managing data throughout its entire lifecycle, and across, among and between various devices, endpoints and the cloud,” said Dave Packer, VP of Product Marketing at Druva.Today’s businesses need a single solution for data availability, eDiscovery, compliance and corporate governance, covering data on cloud apps and endpoints and that’s what Druva is delivering todayThis expanded data protection follows the usersomething that is imperative as enterprises make use of new cloud sources while working to adhere to data availability and corporate governance policies.”

Druva inSync is the top-rated analyst endpoint and cloud service data protection solution that integrates secure, scalable, high-performance backup, file sync across all user data, remote file access, data loss prevention, eDiscovery and automated compliance monitoring.  Druva inSync offers the following capabilities:

  • Automated compliance management powered by full text search capabilities and built-in compliance templates (e.g. HIPAA, GLBA, PHI / PII related) to monitor for potential data risks and easily meet data regulations
  • Built-in legal hold workflow for eDiscovery to quickly collect and preserve data in place for any organization’s investigative or litigation needs
  • Federated search to quickly locate files across the organization and all services
  • Tamper proof Audit trails for providing full data and user tracking for investigation and compliance audits
  • Automated compliance alerts based on identified policy infractions enable visibility into latent data risks so they can quickly remediate them
  • Forensic-based collection and chain of custody reporting to ensure legal admissibility and remove the risk of spoliation

 

Pricing and Availability

Druva inSync for Box and Office 365 are available today with Google Apps available in 45 days. Cloud application support is available as part of Elite and Elite Plus at additional charge.


About Druva
Druva is the leader in converged data protection, bringing data-center class availability and governance to the mobile and distributed enterprise. With a single dashboard for backup, availability and governance, Druva’s award-winning solutions minimize network impact and are transparent to users. As the industry's fastest growing data protection provider, Druva is trusted by over 3,000 global organizations on over 3 million devices. Learn more at www.druva.com and join the conversation at twitter.com/druvainc.

 
ENERGY STAR® Qualified Liebert® eXM Uninterruptible Power Supply enables energy efficiency, speed of deployment

COLUMBUS, OhioEmerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure for information and communications technology systems, today introduced five capacities of the Liebert® eXM Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system for native 480V AC configurations. The new models address critical applications with medium power 480V requirements, while providing cost control, efficiency and speed of deployment. The new 480V AC models are available in 50 to 250kVA/kW in the Americas. 

“With the addition of the new 480V AC models, the Liebert eXM UPS family now includes models ranging from 10 to 250kVA/kW and includes a comprehensive portfolio of native 208V, 220V,and 480V products. Each offers a high efficiency solution for midsize data centers supporting bigger loads,” said Steve McKinney, vice president, general manager of power management for Emerson Network Power. “This UPS family meets the need for solutions that deliver lower first costs and ongoing operational savings, while allowing for flexibility and shorter deployment schedules in a dynamic IT environment.”

The Liebert eXM UPS family includes flexible, optimized ancilliary cabinets. These include options for extended battery, maintenance bypass, distribution, transformer and paralleling. 

All models of Liebert eXM UPS offer high operational and cost efficiencies. The ENERGY STAR® qualified UPS delivers among the highest efficiency levels for midsize power applications. During double conversion mode, the transformer-free Liebert eXM UPS delivers up to 97 percent efficiency. When operating in energy-saving Eco-Mode, efficiency increases up to 99 percent. In addition, the unity power factor design delivers the highest level of power capacity, reducing cabling and installation costs compared to non-unity designs, and saving more than 30 percent in floor space over comparable configured systems.

All Liebert eXM UPS models can incorporate the integrated Alber® battery monitoring option, which improves the reliability of backup batteries through continuous testing and reporting. Also available, the exclusive LIFE™ Services which provides robust lifecycle management via continuous remote diagnostics and proactive service dispatch. Customers can depend on experts who are prepared to interpret advanced service level data using IP-based communications to anticipate, identify, diagnose and respond to problems before they can cause downtime or hinder performance.

Centralized operational control can be realized through the data center infrastructure management system, the Trellis™ platform to improve overall control, visibility and infrastructure performance.

For more information on the Liebert eXM UPS, or other technologies and services from Emerson Network Power, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

 

About Emerson Network Power

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), is the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure technologies and life cycle services for information and communications technology systems. With an expansive portfolio of intelligent, rapidly deployable hardware and software solutions for power, thermal and infrastructure management, Emerson Network Power enables efficient, highly-available networks. Learn more at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world.  The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions.  Sales in fiscal 2015 were $22.3 billion.  For more information, visit Emerson.com.

Thursday, 17 March 2016 00:00

ansarada Announces Secure Office

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

About ansarada

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