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GFT will also sponsor the Big Data Trailblazers Award

LONDON, UK - The highly successful Tech Trailblazers Awards today announced a new category for the awards, the FinTech Trailblazers, which is being created with new sponsor GFT, a leading IT solutions provider in the banking sector. The new category will reward and recognize the best of breed FinTech startups who are blazing trails in the financial services sector.

GFT, an expert in big data in the financial services industry, will also sponsor the Big Data Trailblazers category.

The new category opens up the first of vertical markets for the leading independent enterprise technology startup awards. Its stablemates include the new category of Internet of Things and existing Cloud, Infosecurity, Big Data, Storage, and other awards categories. Startups have until August 29th to complete their entries.

Christopher Ortiz, Managing Director of GFT UK, commented “GFT is already a big supporter of the startup ecosystem with its groundbreaking CODE_n innovation platform. The opportunity for GFT to recognize excellence in the FinTech startup community reinforces our commitment to innovative approaches such as harnessing big data to the challenges faced by banking today.” The Tech Trailblazers Awards is an independent international awards platform for startups which gives more than just recognition to the best ideas and innovation. Winners are awarded with prizes worth thousands of dollars from an estimated US $1 million prize fund, to fuel the growth of their business. These include expert mentoring, exposure to investors, business development tools and more. The Tech Trailblazers Awards prize fund, again projected to be worth in excess of $1m, is supported by sponsors and industry partners including the Cloud Security Alliance, Computing, Gigaom, Innovation Warehouse, IP EXPO Europe, Mynewsdesk, RealWire, VMware, and many others.

Enterprise IT startups can enter the following categories: big data, cloud, emerging markets, IoT, mobile technology, networking, IT security, storage, sustainable IT and virtualization. All entrants will also be automatically entered free of charge for Regional Trailblazers Cups – a further chance to win an award, and be crowned Trailblazer for their geographical region.

Rose Ross, Tech Trailblazers Awards founder and Chief Trailblazer, explained, “It is very exciting to welcome GFT, a key player in both the big data and the financial services market, to the Tech Trailblazers Awards and bring another strong startup ambassador into the Tech Trailblazers ecosystem. GFT’s ability to connect our winners with other key players within the innovative space of financial services is a great benefit for our winners. We have been toying with adding vertical market foci into the categories for a while and GFT’s support means we can kick that off with the very active FinTech startup space.”

The Tech Trailblazers Awards will be determined by a combination of public voting and an extensive expert panel of judges from around the world. Industry analysts, editors, entrepreneurs, startup specialists and CTO’s from all backgrounds in enterprise technology make up this year’s panel, and are eager to review a new wave of startup talent and crown this year’s Tech Trailblazers.

Testing completed with CacheAdvance Application Acceleration Software on MySQL using Seagate 1200 SSD
SAN CARLOS, Calif. – CacheBox, Inc. has announced the addition of Seagate's 1200 SSD to the company's Hardware Compatibility List. A 12G SAS drive, the 1200 SSD joins other enterprise SSDs that CacheBox has qualified for use with CacheAdvance™, CacheBox's unique application acceleration software that enables significant improvements in application throughput and processing with no disruption to a company's compute or storage infrastructure.

"Delivering consistent and predictable application performance continues to be a top challenge to IT teams in today’s data centers," said Lorenzo Salhi, CacheBox CEO. "Leveraging easy to deploy, high performance enterprise SSDs like Seagate’s 1200 family, goes a long way to realizing this requirement."
Gary Gentry, senior vice president and general manager, SSD at Seagate said, "CacheBox takes application acceleration to the next level. Their innovative approach combined with Seagate 1200 SSDs help delivers business value to the enterprise data center."

CacheBox's internal testing of CacheAdvance shows significant performance improvements and latency reductions over hard disk storage with MySQL, and enables customers to realize the most cost-effective solution for bridging the application requirements of performance and capacity.
CacheAdvance is a software-only, application centric solution that removes application input/output (IO) bottlenecks in a targeted manner. It works by monitoring application IO requests and intelligently determines which data to accelerate to provide optimal performance and user experience

About CacheBox, Inc.
CacheBox is a privately funded, early stage global company with offices in Silicon Valley and Pune, India, that is focused on using its advanced application centric architecture to vastly improve application performance. The CacheBox team includes software and storage industry veterans from several top-tier companies. For more information, visit www.cachebox.com.

Enhancements to Ontrack Remote Data Recovery software make data recovery even more secure, fast and reliable

EPSOM, UK – Kroll Ontrack, the leading provider of data recovery services and ediscovery, today announced the availability of a new version of its Ontrack® Remote Data Recovery™ (RDR®) software. RDR is a patented, proprietary service that provides a fast and secure solution for data loss situations. Utilising the new version of RDR, Ontrack Data Recovery engineers can work more efficiently on a specific data loss problem, saving valuable time during the data recovery process.

With the Ontrack RDR software solution, security of customer data is maximised because the data recovery can be performed without a hard disk or other storage device leaving an enterprise’s data centre. Specifically, a secure remote internet connection is established between the customer and Kroll Ontrack allowing Ontrack Data Recovery engineers to recover from media at the customer’s site with proprietary data recovery tools. As a result, Ontrack Data Recovery engineers gain full access to individual disks, RAID systems, virtual machines, SANs or LUNs remotely, saving the customer significant time because shipping drives to a Kroll Ontrack data recovery lab is eliminated. Ontrack Data Recovery specialists can also pool from its global network of engineers when performing a remote job to maximise resources and knowledge-sharing to successfully complete the job.

The new release of Ontrack RDR makes installation of the software easier, as all necessary Windows system drivers required for installation are included in the provided setup package and the machine no longer needs to be rebooted post installation. Furthermore, during the installation process, the Ontrack RDR software detects all required connection settings automatically, without the need to set the IP Address, DNA server name or HTTP switch manually.

“In many data recovery cases, including servers with a damaged drive, there is no need to disassemble complex storage systems and send a hard disk to one of our data recovery labs,” said Phil Bridge, Managing Director, Kroll Ontrack. “Within minutes, customers can instead attach the working drives to a running computer system via Ontrack RDR software. As the only data recovery provider that utilises its own software for this service, data is not exposed to any third-party entities, ensuring paramount security while also an efficient data recovery service.”

Ontrack RDR supports Windows XP through Windows Server 2012 for remote data connections. Additionally, the new version offers support for recoveries of NetApp, VMware, EMC, HP, Dell and many other SAN/NAS systems. For more information on Kroll Ontrack’s remote software and service, visit http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/data-recovery/data-recovery-process/remote-data-recovery/.

About Kroll Ontrack Inc.

Kroll Ontrack provides technology-driven services and software to help legal, corporate and government entities as well as consumers manage, recover, search, analyse, and produce data efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to its award-winning suite of software, Kroll Ontrack provides data recovery, data destruction, electronic discovery and document review. For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its offerings please visit: www.krollontrack.co.uk, follow @KrollOntrackUK on Twitter or subscribe to the Kroll Ontrack Data Blog 

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Which insurance telematics solution most effectively tracks driving behavior? That's one of the key questions posed by the Driveway Data Challenge conducted by Driveway Software. The Challenge measures three drivers for three weeks, using two insurance telematics devices: A smartphone UBI platform and an onboard diagnostic (OBD) device. Results from a larger sample size over a longer time period will also be compared.

Data will be tracked and recorded in several categories including acceleration, braking and cornering, time of driving, distance driven and type of driving. The challenge will compare the data collected by the OBD device and the smartphone app to determine which insurance telematics method most effectively measures driving behavior.

In addition to the serious analysis of measuring smartphone UBI versus OBD-UBI, the Challenge will also answer a lighter question – which of the Driveway Software company executives is the safest driving risk – Jake Diner, Igor Katsman or John Baker? Using the company's smartphone UBI platform, telematics data will be scored using a proprietary formula derived from studying more than 150,000 users. Each of the company executives will be rated on a scale of 1 to 100, with a score of 100 being the safest. The personal aspect of the challenge will shed light on whether traditional underwriting criteria can accurately predict safe driving behavior.

The results of the Driveway Data Challenge will be revealed at Insurance Telematics USA 2014 in Chicago in September, where company executives will present the topic, "Is using an ODB Device the Gold Standard for Usage Based Insurance?" Attendees will be shown complete results of the study including a comparison of smartphone UBI versus OBD-UBI data collected. Attendees can also visit Driveway Software at booth #21.

Those who cannot attend the conference can also vote for the safest driver and register to receive an emailed copy of the Driveway Data Challenge Results Report at http://drivewaysoftware.com/driveway-challenge.

About Driveway Software
Driveway Software, Inc. helps insurers finally realize the promise and potential of usage based insurance with an end-to-end smartphone UBI platform. Driveway is a robust, smartphone-deployed, cloud-based technology that provides auto insurers with comprehensive insured driving data for better pricing intelligence – maximizing the opportunity for lower loss ratios and higher profits. Driveway is an end-to-end platform that goes far beyond telematics.

The Driveway Software Solution:

  • Is the only smartphone UBI platform on the market that goes beyond data capture to include data analysis and scoring
  • Solves previous smartphone UBI challenges of battery drain and fixed position requirements
  • Is completely hands-free with auto-trip detection so no user interaction is required
  • Overcomes "black box" barriers to entry, offering a more cost-effective and scalable solution

Most remarkably, the Driveway Software smartphone UBI program can be customized, white-labeled and rolled out within 90 days – an industry first.  For more information, visit http://DrivewaySoftware.com or call 321-356-1587.

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. – ExaGrid Systems, Inc., a leading provider of disk-based backup solutions, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Visionaries quadrant of the first “Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances.”

ExaGrid, a fast-growing company in the backup storage industry, is placed furthest along the completeness of vision axis in the Visionaries Quadrant.  Criteria used to measure completeness of vision include geographic strategy, vertical/industry strategy, marketing strategy, sales strategy, innovation, offering (product) strategy, and market understanding.  Companies named as “Visionaries” deliver innovative products with capabilities that are often ahead of the mainstream in the market.

“Deduplication is considered to be a transformational technology by Gartner, because this technology is instrumental in modernizing traditional tape backup,” explained Gartner analysts, Pushan Rinnen, Dave Russell and Jimmie Chang. “Due to the high duplicated nature of traditional backup jobs, which are often implemented as daily incremental backups with a weekly full backup, deduplication backup target appliances can often achieve 10-times to 30-times the storage capacity reduction ratio.”

Traditional backup architectures don’t provide the additional computing power with capacity needed to fix storage and deduplication compute problems, but ExaGrid’s unique scale-out architecture does. ExaGrid’s pay-as-you-grow approach gives customers the benefit of increasing ingest rate and capacity with the same restore throughput as ingest throughput. The result: backup windows stop expanding and restores are faster than ever before.

“We’ve solved the systemic problems caused by today’s unprecedented data growth, giving our customers scale-out backup solutions that can handle any amount of data and permanently fix the backup window,” said Bill Andrews, CEO of ExaGrid. “We believe that Gartner’s recognition and our industry-high customer retention rate are true testaments to our innovation and success.”

Receive a complimentary copy of the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances today.


Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About ExaGrid Systems, Inc.

With more than 7,000 deployments worldwide, ExaGrid Systems is relied on by thousands of customers to solve their backup problems, effectively and permanently. ExaGrid's disk based, scale-out GRID architecture constantly adjusts to incessant growing data backup demands, and is the only solution that combines compute with capacity to permanently shorten backup windows and eliminate expensive forklift upgrades. ExaGrid is also the only solution to offer a landing zone retaining the most recent backups in their full undeduplicated format for fast restores, fast offsite tape copies and fast instant VM recoveries. Read hundreds of published ExaGrid customer success stories and learn more at www.exagrid.com

Company Powers Special Effects for Majority of Movie Blockbusters over the Last Two Years

VANCOUVER, British ColumbiaAvere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, continues to power visual effects (VFX) studios in the media and entertainment (M&E) industry with its NAS Edge Filer technology. In 2013, 100 percent of the top 12 blockbusters were rendered using Avere technology, including the Oscar-winning film, “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Building on this success, to date in 2014, 80 percent of this year’s top 10 box-office hits have used Avere solutions to render their special effects. The company will be featuring this in-demand technology August 11 - 14 at the annual SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver, the M&E industry’s premier event on the theory and practice of computer graphics and interactive techniques.

“We considered a number of options, and the Avere FXT Edge filers proved to be the best solution, giving us cost effective and scalable performance, the ability to easily drop the technology into our existing environment and excellent customer support,” said Mark Day, director of engineering at Rising Sun Pictures, a VFX specialist with credits including “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows” and “Gravity.” “With the Avere deployment, we’re experiencing six times faster performance—a render job that previously took six days, for example, now takes just 24 hours. We’re able to keep our artistic and production teams working efficiently.”

Achieving the life-like special effects that audiences demand requires a robust storage infrastructure. Avere’s solution delivers higher visual impact in less time, at a lower cost and with increased flexibility. Answering the M&E industry’s need for performant, affordable and scalable storage solution, Avere has powered the visual effects for some of the biggest blockbuster hits in 2014, including:

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • X- Men: Days of Future Past
  • Maleficent
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Godzilla

With Avere’s hybrid cloud solution, VFX studios can store data anywhere–on premises or in the cloud, making collaboration easier and minimizing the risk of production delays which can jeopardize a motion picture’s success. Some of the foremost VXF studios that rely on Avere include Framestore, Image Engine, Red Bee, Rising Sun Pictures, Sony Pictures Imageworks, ToonBox Entertainment, The Mill and Whiskytree.

“Avere’s Edge filer solution is clearly resonating with the leading VFX studios and they are seeing impressive, measurable results,” said Ron Bianchini, president and CEO of Avere Systems. “We intend to continue growing with the media and entertainment industry through 2014 and beyond.”

About Avere Systems

Avere is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere’s hybrid cloud solutions give companies – for the first time – the ability to put an end to the rising cost and complexity of data storage by allowing customers the freedom to store files anywhere in the cloud or on premises without sacrificing the performance, availability or security of their data. Based in Pittsburgh, Avere is led by veterans and thought leaders in the data storage industry and is backed by investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners Tenaya Capital, and Western Digital Capital. For more information, visit www.averesystems.com.

NEW YORK – Send Word Now, the leading worldwide innovator of critical communications services, announced today its partnership with Karcsi Global, LLC to market and sell Send Word Now's solutions within Latin America.

Karcsi Global, LLC, a consulting company with principle offices in New York and Buenos Aires, offers companies a unique insight into the corporate, on-the-ground environment in Latin America. The firm prides itself in tailoring goals and strategies to the specific needs of the region and the unique demands of every client. Its portfolio consists of corporate consulting, macro-economic and political analysis, investment opportunities, and security services.

"Our organization strives to bridge the gap between the many countries and cultures in the Western Hemisphere in order to maximize productivity and profit for our clients," said Stephanie Junger-Moat, Founder and President, of Karcsi Global, LLC. "We are very pleased to offer Send Word Now's emergency notification service to organizations throughout Latin America, and believe it is a true business essential for those seeking to improve safety, risk and resilience through faster, more streamlined communications."

Send Word Now, recognized by Gartner as a Magic Quadrant "Leader" and by DRI International as "Notification System of the Year," is used by more than 1,800 public and private sector organizations globally. Its SaaS-based Alerting Service is capable of transmitting tens of thousands of multilingual voice and text messages in minutes, while gathering the feedback needed for better decision making in critical events. Its latest innovation, SWN Direct, is a ground-breaking recipient mobile app that enables rapid, secure and encrypted interactions between an organization and its employees, customers and stakeholders.

"We are excited about the potential for helping organizations across Latin America communicate more effectively in critical situations," said Tony Schmitz, President and CEO of Send Word Now. "Through our newly forged relationship with Karcsi Global, LLC, we are better positioned to deliver our award-winning Alerting Service to organizations throughout Mexico, South America, the Dominican Republic and other Latin American countries. Karcsi Global clearly understands the realities of conducting business in these strategic areas, and we sincerely appreciate their commitment to representing Send Word Now in this important marketplace."

About Send Word Now
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Headquartered in New York City, Send Word Now is the leading innovator of on-demand alerting for crisis communication. The company's easy-to-use, enterprise-class emergency notification solutions and mobile applications are used by businesses, government agencies, universities, and non-profit organizations worldwide, to ensure fast, effective, two-way communication when it is needed most.

Among its many accolades, Send Word Now was named a 'Leader' in Gartner, Inc.'s 2014 Magic Quadrant for U.S. Emergency/Mass Notification Services, and awarded "Notification System of the Year" by DRI International. The company also received the 2013 Small Business Achievement Award from the Department of Homeland Security for its work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

NAKIVO helps eLogic – a leading Internet and cloud services provider in Italy – to deliver VM Backup-as-a-Service to clients, and improve VM recovery time by 10X

CAMPBELL, Calif. — NAKIVO Inc., the fastest growing provider of virtualization data protection and cloud backup software, has announced today that eLogic - a leading Internet service provider and cloud service provider in Italy - has chosen NAKIVO Backup & Replication to deliver VM Backup-as-a-Service.

eLogic was founded in Bologna, Italy in 2001 on the belief that using the full potential of Internet technologies is vital to the success of any business. The company has been organized in three business units: Web Projects, Digital Marketing, and Cloud Services to provide a full spectrum of services for its customers including solution design, its implementation, hosting, backup, disaster recovery, SEO, marketing, and Internet advertising.

eLogic aims to provide their customers with solutions that result in real benefits and improved competitiveness. In recent years, the company has delivered solutions for major Italian and international companies, such as Peugeot Italy, ENI, Federfarma, Volkswagen Group, Nestle, Nokia, Toyota Handling Machines, Sharp Electronics Italy, Unindustria, and CNA.

For its Internet and cloud provider services, eLogic uses over 350 VMware VMs running on 20 ESXi hosts in their infrastructure. The VMs primarily contain Web data, such as files, IIS, Apache, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, Postgress, and so on.

Previously eLogic used a legacy backup solution to protect VM data, which treated VMs as physical machines and required installing network agents inside the OS of backed up systems. This approach had a number of disadvantages: time-consuming maintenance of backup agents, complex networking, incomplete customer isolation, very long recovery process which required rebuilding VMs prior to restoring the data, and no self-service for customers.
eLogic tested the leading VM data protection solutions available on the market. The NAKIVO feature set matched the team’s requirements for a new VM backup solution. Built for VMware, the product can be deployed on Windows and Linux OS, and has an intuitive Web user interface. With the multi-tenancy feature, service providers can deploy just one copy of the product to manage multiple isolated clients through a single pane of glass. In multi-tenant mode, each client can be granted access to their VM data protection jobs and perform VM backup, replication, and recovery for themselves through the web-based self-service portal.

Most importantly for eLogic, NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides the ability to instantly recover files and Exchange objects directly from compressed and deduplicated VM backups, eliminating the need to re-create the VM and recover all of its data. "I think NAKIVO is a perfect fit for both clients and cloud service providers," said Marco Musolesi, CIO at eLogic. "Multi-tenancy enables deploying and managing clients from a single pane of glass, while each client has access to only their own backups, and can instantly recover files, Exchange objects, and VMs without our assistance."

eLogic now uses NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect 350 VMs. With an easy to use web based interface the company is now able to quickly protect newly deployed tenants and provide customers with access to their VM backups via the self-service interface. Because NAKIVO Backup & Replication natively supports VMware without agents, and provides the ability to recover files directly from compressed and deduplicated VM backups, eLogic has improved file and VM recovery time by 10X.

Overview: nakivo.com/VMware-VM-backup-replication-recovery-software.htm
Datasheet: nakivo.com/Resources/NBR-DS.pdf
Cloud Backup: nakivo.com/vmware-cloud-backup-as-a-service.htm
Success Stories: nakivo.com/success-stories.htm
Trial Download: nakivo.com/en/VMware-Backup-Free-Trial.htm

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, NAKIVO is a privately-held software company that has been profitable since founding in 2012. With more than 3,300 customers - including many Fortune 1,000 companies - and over 500 channel partners across 70 countries worldwide, NAKIVO develops and markets a line of next generation data protection products for clouds and VMware virtualized environments. NAKIVO provides a fast, reliable, and affordable VM backup and replication solution for enabling SMBs and enterprises to protect and recover VM data onsite, offsite, and to the cloud. NAKIVO has also enabled over 50 hosting, managed, and cloud services providers to create and offer VM Backup-as-a-Service, Replication-as-a-Service, and DR-as-a-Service to their customers. NAKIVO was the first virtualization backup specialist to offer SMBs cloud backup to public clouds such as Amazon and multi-tenancy to cloud service providers and enterprise customers. For more information, please visit nakivo.com.

Behind the media sensationalism and hyping of the story overall, there is little to dispute the fact the Ebola virus is a regional emergency that has the potential to become much more. Of course, this is the problem with every transmissible disease and especially so in our age of international travel for business and pleasure. The symptoms and effects of this disease are particularly unpleasant and if you have an interest, there is no shortage of descriptions of those available to you. Also, there is no shortage of warnings and pronouncements from the governments and agencies such as the World Health Organisation about the spread and effects of Ebola.

How much of a risk is there? For me, the prime risk is the lack of awareness of the disease while other things are going on. Ebola can be added to the list of big things that are happening in 2014 (Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Malaysian Airlines, natural disasters) that probably desensitise us to the gravity of each situation individually and their collective impact. Besides, Ebola is happening in Africa, mainly, and attracts the usual international public response – relative disinterest. Although the outbreak is in the news, the threat appears to be downplayed, certainly here in the UK, as being of remote concern.



Going mobile with your data? Don’t think you can forget data quality. In fact, data quality takes on a new importance when you’re dealing with enterprise mobility, warns David Akka, head of Magic Software’s UK branch.

“In an enterprise mobility project, we typically have the same challenge of presenting information from multiple systems to the user on a single screen, but mobile brings other challenges as well,” writes Akka in a recent Enterprise Apps Tech column. “For example, typing on a small touchscreen increases the chance that critical data may be misspelled (increasing the chance of duplicating customer records); and users are also far less likely to search multiple records, as they get frustrated faster on mobile.”

What surprised Akka, and prompted his blog post, is that he found that a major automotive industry company is outsourcing data quality to an external agency — despite the fact that data quality could easily be added into the integration workflow.