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nShield XC delivers high speed crypto and unique custom application protection for advanced cloud, mobile and IoT applications

 

PLANTATION, Fla. –Thales, leader in critical information systems and cybersecurity, announces nShield XC, its next generation hardware security module (HSM) for application security. With accelerated crypto performance, best-in-class Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) and unique CodeSafe application protection, nShield XC meets the increasing demands of customers as they deploy certified crypto to protect their data and applications.

 

News facts:

 

Proven support for high volume Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and public cloud computing: Efficient crypto processing is essential in high volume crypto transaction environments. nShield XC builds on the legacy of previous models to support demanding credential issuance environments such as high tech device manufacturing and the public cloud.

 

Network-grade SSL/TLS: Performance is a constant concern in the networking world as is the need for seamless security. nShield XC brings turbo speed crypto processing for already proven integrations with Application Delivery Controller partners including Citrix and F5 Networks.

 

Unique custom application HSM hosting: nShield XC expands Thales’s unique CodeSafe feature, allowing customers to run larger and more powerful applications within the secure boundary of the HSM, helping them safeguard their most sensitive custom applications and the data they handle. Thales customers have used CodeSafe for a wide variety of use cases, including streaming media protection, digital currency, and implementation of custom cryptographic algorithms.

 

Cindy Provin, president Thales e-Security Inc., says:

“As organisations deploy more cryptography, in more places, they need to be sure that their cryptographic resources can handle the demands and don’t create bottlenecks. The nShield XC offers higher performance to support high volumes of cryptographic transactions providing the trust that protects the cryptographic infrastructure. As organisations, leverage big data or cloud services and implement public key infrastructure in support of the internet of things, trust and control are of paramount importance and need to be delivered on a large scale. We are very pleased to be launching the nShield XC in response to the increasing requirements of our customers.”

 

David Monahan, senior analyst, Enterprise Management Associates, says:

“Companies need hardened security solutions that deliver a strong root of trust as the foundation for enterprise class data protection in their security and risk management programs. These solutions must meet operational demands in maintaining remote management, high levels of performance and reliability, and address critical needs such as key management at scale, across multiple data centers and cloud providers. With the continued explosion of sensitive data across connected devices, organisations failing to do so will fall behind and may ultimately fail."

 

Marissa Schmidt, director of product management, NetScaler at Citrix, says:

“The integration of Citrix NetScaler with Thales nShield provides our mutual customers with technology to enhance security while offering a secure and cost-effective solution for SSL key management. Citrix customers increasingly demand high performance solutions that provide robust levels of protection for cryptographic keys. We welcome Thales’s next generation nShield XC to continue to meet these needs.”

 

Jon Kuhn, Senior Director, Product Management, F5, says:

“F5 and Thales customers are demanding high-performance solutions that provide flexibility as they redesign their environments to neutralise evolving threats around SSL/TLS—whether that means providing support for the newest ciphers, enhancing key management, or improving IPS and DLP service scalability. With the companies’ long-time partnership, joint customers are well positioned to take advantage of the new nShield XC platform to address increasingly sophisticated security demands.”

 

For further information on the nShield XC product family: https://www.thales-esecurity.com/products-and-services/products-and-services/hardware-security-modules

 

For industry insight and views on the latest key management trends check out our blog www.thales-esecurity.com/blogs

 

Follow Thales e-Security on Twitter @Thalesesecurity, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube

 

About Thales e-Security

Thales e-Security is a leading global provider of trusted cryptographic solutions with a 40-year track record of protecting the world’s most sensitive applications and information. Thales solutions enhance privacy, trusted identities, and secure payments with certified, high performance encryption and digital signature technology for customers in a wide range markets including financial services, high technology, manufacturing, and government. Thales e-Security has a worldwide support capability, with regional headquarters in the United States, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. www.thales-esecurity.com

 

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 61,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €13 billion in 2014. With over 20,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

Positioned as a value-added systems integrator, equipment supplier and service provider, Thales is one of the world’s leading players in the security market. The Group’s security teams work with government agencies, local authorities and enterprise customers to develop and deploy integrated, resilient solutions to protect citizens, sensitive data and critical infrastructure.

Drawing on its strong cryptographic capabilities, Thales is one of the world leaders in cybersecurity products and solutions for critical state and military infrastructures, satellite networks and industrial and financial companies. With a presence throughout the entire security chain, Thales offers a comprehensive range of services and solutions ranging from security consulting, intrusion detection and architecture design to system certification, development and through-life management of products and services, and security supervision with Security Operation Centres in France, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.

New 25,000-Sq.-Ft. Commercial Lease Brings IT Operations Staff Total at Hillsboro, Oregon Facility to Approximately 200

PORTLAND, Ore. – Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale data center provider, announces today that a data center tenant has expanded operations at its Infomart Portland facility, leasing 25,000 square feet of commercial office space. The tenant expansion will add 125 staff to their existing IT processing operation. This addition will bring the total tenant and landlord headcount at the site to approximately 200 full-time personnel.

"This is a validation of our goal to own and manage premier locations for IT operations. Data centers are essential for modern economies. Mature IT operations move substantial amounts of IT equipment and information, both securely and with precision. These processes require more than raised floor, they require people," says John Sheputis, President of Infomart Data Centers. "That's why our facilities are designed to have the necessary space and amenities to satisfy the staff requirements of leveraged IT departments and their extended contractor base."

"We have always thought of Hillsboro, Oregon as a destination market for IT operations. It's gratifying when one of our clients significantly expands its operations, and chooses to bring their jobs to the communities in which our facilities are located," Sheputis adds.

Infomart's facilities offer significant commercial office space along with large data center footprints for IT operations. Each of Infomart's facilities features tenant lounges, shared meeting and event space, and other amenities necessary to conduct day-to-day business. Infomart also recently received approval from Portland General Electric, or PGE, to become a Direct Access (DA) customer. Direct Access customers, while remaining power distribution service customers of PGE, are able to choose the energy mix and energy suppliers that fuel the data center.

"We are ecstatic to see Infomart create another 125 good-paying jobs here in Hillsboro, and we are working to help businesses continue to create new employment opportunities for residents in Hillsboro and the region," says Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey. "Our long-term planning has helped position Hillsboro as an attractive location for business investment, and we are excited about Infomart's commitment to Hillsboro, and Oregon as a whole."

Following a 16 MW and 100,000-square-foot expansion that will finalize in mid-summer 2016, bringing the facility to a total of 24 MW and 350,000 square feet, Infomart Portland will be the largest merchant data center in Oregon and one of the largest on the U.S. West Coast. In addition to helping tenants lower overall energy consumption and realize sustainable IT operations, Infomart Portland operates at an industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.16 in full economization mode. The facility also features abundant domestic and trans-Pacific network choices, 99% efficient Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), an absence of sales taxes for purchases used in Oregon, and additional Enterprise Zone property tax benefits.

To learn more about Infomart Portland, visit http://infomartdatacenters.com/locations/portland.

About Infomart Data Centers
Founded in 2006, Infomart Data Centers (formerly Fortune Data Centers) is an award-winning industry leader in building, owning and operating highly efficient, cost-effective wholesale data centers. Each of its national facilities meet or exceed the highest industry standards for data centers in all operational categories of availability, security, connectivity and physical resilience.

Infomart Data Centers offers wholesale and colocation facilities in four markets throughout the United States: San Jose, Calif.; Hillsboro, Ore.; Dallas; and Ashburn, Va. For more information, please visit www.infomartdatacenters.com or connect with Infomart on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Company Adds Dozens of New Customers, Grows ARR by 11X Year Over Year

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Zoomdata, developers of the world's fastest visual analytics solution for big data, today announced that annual recurring revenue (ARR) bookings grew more than 11X compared to the previous year, adding 35 new enterprise customer accounts – including Cisco, Deloitte and Markerstudy among others.

"This was truly a milestone year for Zoomdata at a time when legacy BI vendors have been struggling to adapt to changing requirements in the industry," said Justin Langseth, CEO of Zoomdata. "In a world of big data, disparate data sources and demand for real-time and historical visual analytics, we offer a unique and compelling solution that is proven in both embedded applications at petabyte scale in public clouds and standalone in some of the world's largest data centers."

While the market for traditional BI tools continues to decelerate, adoption of solutions that can support the emerging modern data architecture at scale is exploding. More and more enterprises are beginning to see the competitive advantages of looking beyond their constrained legacy BI solutions to leverage the business benefits of big data in a market forecasted to exceed $60 billion by 2020*.

Zoomdata is the first Big Data Analytics solution natively architected for both cloud and on premises deployments using an optimized microservices approach that delivers visual analysis of big data sets in seconds. In 2015, according to Forrester Research, 36% of data and analytics decision-makers reported their firm had implemented streaming analytics.** Zoomdata's patented Data Sharpening™ technology delivers the industry's fastest visual analytics for real-time streaming or historical data, while Zoomdata Fusion enables the joining of big data with other modern and traditional datastores -- without the need to move or transform data.

Zoomdata's success in 2015 includes the following milestones:

Try out Zoomdata on a billion rows of data in our interactive demo environment, or learn how Markerstudy won the Data Impact Award by attending the upcoming Webcast, Big Data Visual Analytics In Action: Increasing Revenue and Reducing Risk, on March 2 at 10 am Pacific!

About Zoomdata, Inc.
Zoomdata develops the world's fastest visual analytics solution for big data. Using patented data sharpening and micro-query technologies, Zoomdata empowers business users to visually consume data in seconds, even across billions of rows of data. Zoomdata Fusion enables interactive analytics across disparate data sources, bridging modern and legacy data architectures, blending real-time streams and historical data, and unifying enterprise data with data in the cloud. Delivered in a micro-services architecture for elastic scalability, Zoomdata runs on premises, in the cloud or embedded in an application. With offices in Chicago, IL, New York, NY, Redwood City, CA and Reston, VA, Zoomdata is venture-backed by Accel Partners, Columbus Nova Technology Partners and NEA.

*Source: Executive Summary: Big Data Vendor Revenue and Market Forecast, 2011-2026.
**Source: Forrester Research, "TechRadar™: Big Data, Q1 2016 Big Data Is Critical Technology For Insights-Driven Businesses." February 2016

HIPAA Compliance, Platform Stability, and Uptime Cited as Key Criteria

SILVER SPRING, MD – ByteGrid Holdings LLC, a leading provider of highly compliant hosting solutions, today announced that Adventist HealthCare, one of the largest integrated, healthcare delivery networks in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, has selected ByteGrid to host the IT environment underpinning its mission critical hospital and healthcare applications on ByteGrid's HIPAA-compliant hosting platform.

Based in Gaithersburg, MD, the Adventist HealthCare network encompasses acute-care facilities, specialty hospitals, a home health agency, urgent care centers and a network of primary care physicians and specialists serving the Washington D.C. region. Under terms of the hosting services agreement, ByteGrid's flagship Silver Spring, Maryland data center will provide HIPAA compliant hosting of the Adventist HealthCare IT environment supporting mission-critical healthcare applications utilized by more than 6,000 employees and 2,000 physicians.

"Rapid business growth and increasing regulatory requirements necessitated the need to move out of our previous facility and into a more secure and highly compliant data center," said Christopher Ghion, Chief Information Officer for Adventist HealthCare. "After evaluating the leading multi-tenant data centers for compliance and uptime, we chose ByteGrid for its ability to provide the highest levels of HIPAA compliance, significant improvements in stability and uptime, physical security and cost savings."

Strategically located within the Washington, D.C. metro data center market, ByteGrid's Silver Spring facility is a Tier 4 data center that boasts a range of key compliance and infrastructure features:

  • Maryland's largest multi-tenant data center
    • 214,000 s/f of data center space
    • 90,000+ s/f of raised floor space
  • Redundant power supply systems
    • 9 megawatts of critical load power and 22 megawatts of on-site power generation and cooling in a concurrent maintainability and fault tolerance design
    • future planned expansions to double critical load power capacity

"Adventist HealthCare exemplifies expanding healthcare organizations that require highly compliant, flexible and scalable IT infrastructure solutions," said Drew Fassett, Chief Revenue Officer. "As a Maryland company serving the world's largest healthcare and life sciences organizations, Adventist can partner with ByteGrid, one of the industry's most compliant IT services providers, right here in Silver Spring."

In addition, ByteGrid recently expanded the availability of its highly compliant Life and Health Science hosting platform to ByteGrid's Seattle, Chicago and Silver Spring, MD (Washington DC) data centers. These ByteGrid locations have been formally qualified to offer the highest levels of technology, security and compliance of any national IT infrastructure services provider.

Overall, ByteGrid delivers services from eight data centers in six geographically dispersed markets encompassing more than 750,000 square feet of premier multi-tenant data center services, colocation, managed hosting, and hybrid cloud solutions meeting the highest standards for security and reliability. ByteGrid serves some of the world's largest companies and government agencies, including numerous Fortune 50 companies.

Adventist HealthCare, the first and largest healthcare system in Montgomery County, offers a full range of health and wellness services to the community including acute hospital care, rehabilitation, mental and behavioral health services, home care, health education, a physician network and wellness services for businesses. Based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Adventist HealthCare is one of the largest employers in Maryland, with approximately 6,000 employees. Our mission is to demonstrate God's care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

About ByteGrid® - Compliance as a Service
ByteGrid is a trusted and leading provider of highly secure and compliant solutions serving the most demanding requirements of enterprise and government customers, including those in the Life Sciences and Health IT industries. ByteGrid focuses on technology solutions and services that ensure that regulatory expectations are always met. ByteGrid's robust, scalable and highly secure offerings in Colocation, Managed Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, and Compliance Services are delivered from an interconnected national platform of validated Tier 3 / 4 data centers. For more information visit www.ByteGrid.com

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Violin Memory®, Inc., (NYSE: VMEM) a global pioneer of award winning all-flash storage platform solutions for primary storage and active workloads, today announced the launch of two new Starter Kits that feature Violin's Flash Storage Platform (FSP) 7700, deliver high availability in a single system and enable enterprise data center customers to scale their data center capacity while maintaining high availability. The Scalable Starter Kit enables customers to start their all-flash data center with 70 TB of raw capacity. When more space is needed, additional Violin arrays can be seamlessly added as storage shelves up to a maximum of 1.4 petabytes raw capacity. With the Stretch Cluster Starter Kit, customers can implement the only native all-flash stretch cluster for data protection that ensures comprehensive and automated recovery for all critical applications, business data, and services in case of a catastrophic event. The FSP 7700 is fully-integrated with Violin's Concerto™ OS 7 to deliver enterprise data services, consistent, high performance and management simplicity to create a new class of flash-based solutions for primary storage applications.

Aimed at offering enterprise data center customers an easy and affordable way to add the power of flash while preserving the ability to scale storage as business needs grow, both Starter Kits enable enterprises to immediately take advantage of an all-flash array on a small scale and grow, over time, up to 2+ million IOPS and 1.4 petabytes raw capacity in a single namespace. Additionally, the Stretch Cluster Starter Kit adds the benefit of disaster recovery to deploy an HA solution between two geographically separated sites.

"For enterprises, the move to an all-flash data center is an increasingly attractive and realistic step to not only reduce storage costs and lower power consumption but to do so with accelerated performance, increased efficiencies, and hence improved overall ROI," said Mark Peters, Practice Director and Senior Analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. "Violin's Starter Kits give organizations all the fundamental tools they'll need to take the first steps in making that migration, and Violin is making that transition even easier by providing everything out-of-the-box at reduced cost."

Scalable Starter Kit

This Scalable Starter Kit features the FSP 7700 which can deliver up to 2+ million IOPS of performance with consistent sub-millisecond latency. Users can start with as little as 70 TB of raw capacity; as space is needed, additional Violin arrays can be seamlessly added as storage shelves up to a maximum of 1.4 petabytes raw capacity. Customers also have the option to scale with full data protection for stretch clusters deployed over metropolitan distances.

The Violin Scalable Starter Kit includes:

  • Two Violin FSP 7700 Modular Scalable Array Controllers
  • Two switches
  • Two all-flash arrays with a total 70 TB of raw flash capacity (35 TB per shelf)
  • Violin Concerto OS 7 and Symphony™ Management Software

Stretch Cluster Starter Kit

This Stretch Cluster Starter kit builds upon Violin's comprehensive data protection technology to provide data centers with the ability to survive a catastrophic event without business impact. Violin's integrated stretch cluster technology delivers synchronous mirroring of all selected LUNs across geographically dispersed locations. With support for zero Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO), a Violin FSP 7700 Stretch Cluster can keep your business running.

The Violin Stretch Cluster Starter Kit includes:

  • Two Violin FSP 7700 Modular Scalable Array Controllers
  • Four switches
  • Two all-flash arrays with a total 70 TB of raw flash capacity (35 TB per site)
  • Violin Concerto OS 7 and Symphony Management Software
  • Stretch Cluster License

Violin's FSP 7700 is an enterprise storage solution designed to provide both capacity and performance. The FSP 7700 eliminates issues of complexity and reliability for business continuity by providing robust data services for the enterprise's entire primary data storage needs, managed easily at a granular, group or global level. The features of the FSP 7700 deliver the high performance expected from an all-flash platform and data protection resulting in comprehensive and automated recovery for all critical applications, business data, and services.

All Violin FSP solutions are built upon highly redundant, no-single-point-of-failure hardware platforms, which are integrated with Violin's Concerto OS 7 to provide Enterprise Data Services that offer data efficiency, data scalability, and business continuity.

"With the transformative benefits of flash that include higher performance, greater efficiencies, and reduced overall costs, it's a matter of when, not if, enterprises will start making the migration to an all-flash data center," said Amy Love, CMO of Violin Memory. "It's Violin's goal to make that process as smooth as possible. By providing everything organizations need and bundling it together as a starter kit, it's now easier than ever for enterprises to begin their journey to an all-flash environment."

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About Violin Memory

Business in a Flash. Violin Memory, the industry pioneer in All Flash Arrays, is the agile innovator, transforming the speed of business with enterprise-grade data services software on its leadership Flash Storage Platforms™. Violin Concerto™ OS 7 delivers complete data protection and data reduction services and consistent high performance in a storage operating system fully integrated with Violin's patented Flash Fabric Architecture™ for cloud, enterprise and virtualized business and mission-critical storage applications. Violin Flash Storage Platforms are designed for primary storage applications at costs below traditional hard disk arrays and accelerate breakthrough CAPEX and OPEX savings while helping customers build the next generation data center. Violin Flash Storage Platforms and All Flash Arrays enhance business agility while revolutionizing data center economics. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

Violin Memory Forward-looking Statement

This public announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the potential financial, business and other benefits that customers and others may realize as the result of using Violin Memory's products and services, including Violin Memory's Starter Kits, the performance and capabilities of Violin Memory's products and services, and Violin Memory's business plans and strategy. There are a significant number of risks and uncertainties that could affect Violin Memory's business performance and financial results, including those set forth under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," in Violin Memory's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and which is available on the Violin Memory's investor relations website at investor.violin-memory.com and on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. All forward-looking statements in this public announcement are based on information available to Violin Memory as of the date hereof, and Violin Memory does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

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Financial Services Customers Realize Significant Value From StorageX Solution to Mobilize Unstructured Data for Business Agility While Dramatically Reducing Risk, Complexity and Cost

TEANECK, NJ – Data Dynamics, Inc., a leader in unstructured data management solutions, and TORI Global, a business and IT transformation consultancy serving the financial services industry worldwide, today announced a strategic partnership. Together, the two companies will deliver the solutions and services that enable financial institutions to simplify their storage infrastructure while achieving true data mobility and operational efficiencies that better support compliance and governance requirements.

Unstructured data is growing at 65 percent year over year and enterprises are investing in hybrid and cloud infrastructures to manage this growth and to maximize the value of their data assets. Migrating to these next-generation environments is currently a manual, resource intensive process that is complex, error prone, costly and adds risk. The Data Dynamics StorageX platform eliminates the risks associated with manual migrations by providing customers with an automated, policy-based approach to file storage management that minimizes user downtime, cutover windows, and other disruptions related to file storage migrations including rebalancing, mergers, consolidations, and tech refreshes.

"Together, Data Dynamics and TORI Global have the innovative technology and domain expertise to enable financial organizations to quickly migrate data to new storage paradigms while masking storage complexity and fueling performance," said Danny O'Connor, Executive Director, TORI Global. "StorageX delivers the most advanced data migration and management platform to reduce complexity and cost while minimizing the exposure of data breaches."

StorageX minimizes the risk of data leakage by giving IT administrators' compliance and audit controls that allow them to see all files in an active directory and quickly ascertain which users have permissions to access which files to minimize exposure. Security Identifiers (SIDs) mapping allows for the merging of security domains while keeping the permissions on the files simpler to manage and audit for compliance.

In addition, StorageX makes it easier for customers to migrate and manage their data with deep API integration to leading NetApp and EMC file storage platforms. It empowers enterprises to reduce operational inefficiencies and provides oversight and controls over multi-vendor storage silos with a single management interface. High levels of automation allow IT administrators to discover, analyze, optimize, migrate, manage, provision and report on large data assets in hybrid and cloud storage environments. 

"Financial services have complex and growing requirements for storage that demand a new era of storage solutions for increased scale and data portability," said Cuong Le, Vice President of Marketing, Data Dynamics. "Comprised of some of the most experienced CIOs, CTOs and technology visionaries in the financial industry, TORI Global is the ideal partner to leverage the power of StorageX for the storage transformation financial services organizations need with the automation and security controls they demand for regulatory compliance."

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About StorageX
StorageX enables the intelligent migration to and management of unstructured storage with its software defined data migration platform. It empowers enterprises to reduce operational inefficiencies and risk with a single policy-based storage management platform that provides oversight and controls over multi-vendor physical and cloud storage silos. High levels of automation allow IT administrators to intelligently discover, analyze, optimize, migrate, manage and report on large data assets for next-generation storage environments. StorageX improves business intelligence by maximizing end user insights from the storage infrastructure, enhancing business continuity and reducing storage complexities related to hybrid and private cloud storage infrastructure management.

About TORI Global
TORI Global Ltd is a specialist consultancy company that is differentiated by its base of experienced practitioners, the majority of whom have previously held senior management roles across key disciplines within the Financial Services. They provide technology solutions and advisory services across the financial services sector worldwide. The company works with their clients to Design and Execute Transformational Change which delivers sustainable and quantifiable benefits. For more information, visit: www.toriglobal.com.

About Data Dynamics
Data Dynamics is a leader in unstructured data management solutions to enable the agile discovery, analysis, optimization, migration and management of large data assets across the information lifecycle. StorageX eliminates multi-vendor storage silos providing enterprises with an software defined, policy-based, storage management platform to empower data mobility, usability and insight for business agility and operational efficiency. StorageX has been adopted by hundreds of enterprise customers, Fortune 500 companies, and large municipal governments to increase storage portability for the simplified adoption and management of hybrid, cloud and object-based storage infrastructures. For more information, please visit: www.datadynamicsinc.com.

Mission-Critical Routing Adds 700 GB to Five Global Data Scrubbing Centers for Network Data Flow

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Micron21 Datacentre Pty Ltd, one of the few vertically integrated data center-based service providers in Australia, has extended its reliance on Brocade® networking solutions to deliver new points of presence, services, and capacity to its growing global network. The continued addition of Brocade MLXe Core Routers in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, and Singapore has provided Micron21 with the basis for network transformation. Today, the company has differentiated its offerings with a highly successful Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection as a Service offering. The offering is currently in operation at multiple high-profile Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Web hosting companies, as well as numerous enterprise networks and government departments.

With a network from Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) delivering at least 99.995 percent uptime, the company is also seeking to be the first in Australia to offer a Tier 4 data center facility.

Privately owned Micron21 owns the complete data center infrastructure stack, giving it full control over every aspect of its Australian data center operations, which it sells directly to corporate and government clients.

Its approach to service provisioning has always been focused on treating the network as a platform for innovation and this means that it can transform its service offerings to quickly and successfully meet the needs of its customers.

Its unique communication capacity supports the secure flow of data across the world to over 1500 directly connected global networks on a daily basis, making Micron21 network AS38880 the most connected peered network in Australia. With a highly fault-tolerant site infrastructure, Micron21 can now address large DDoS attacks. With five global data scrubbing centers, data is scrubbed at the network edge as close to the source as possible. This approach helps ensure that only clean traffic flows across the network.

"Having full control enables us to do things -- such as offering geographically redundant, fault-tolerant IP networking -- that others find a challenge. And we're now applying that end-to-end approach to the global stage," said James Braunegg, managing director of Micron21. "We have a direct example of how Brocade networking solutions perform with the challenge to resolve a critical DDoS attack on one of Australia's major ISPs and this is a great competitive edge for our business.

The Micron21 global IP/MPLS backbone network is built around Brocade MLXe Core Routers, the first of which were deployed at the service provider's Melbourne data centers more than five years ago. With the company experiencing 30 percent year-over-year growth, Micron21 has expanded its reliance on Brocade, now routing its entire network across Brocade infrastructure. Despite the recent addition of 700 Gbps of bandwidth across the global network -- 200 Gbps in Asia, Europe, and North America with another 100 Gbps in Australia -- Micron21 aims to expand the network exponentially if required, characterizing itself as faster and more agile than typical data center providers. In fact, the company's main goal is to have Brocade network solutions powering Australia's first tier 4 data center.

"Micron21 is an entrepreneurial success story that showcases the opportunities that can be realized with the right approach and network offerings. By taking the New IP networking approach, Micron21 utilizes Brocade solutions to enable the business needs of the next layer of end users," said Gary Denman, senior director for Australia and New Zealand, Brocade. "Innovation in this instance for DDoS attacks depends on Brocade product reliability and openness to deliver services via local cross connections, in some instances available on demand. Not only are these product offerings compelling, they are certainly more relevant to today's business environment."

About Brocade
Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world's leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. (www.brocade.com)

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Removes Obstacles to Effective Protection, Without Requiring Major Infrastructure Investments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Infoblox Inc. (NYSE: BLOX), the network control company, today announced the acquisition of privately held IID, a leader in global cyberthreat intelligence. The acquisition of IID makes Infoblox the first enterprise-grade DDI vendor that combines contextual network data with federated threat intelligence and a dedicated threat research team, to provide context-aware security using infrastructure that customers already have in place. Infoblox paid $45 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments, to the former IID stockholders as consideration for the transaction.

Today, many organizations are mired in confusion when it comes to securing their networks and broader IT infrastructure. Threat intelligence services give warnings, but don't provide a path for translating that information into action. Monitoring systems warn of malicious activity within a network, but don't give clarity on where to find infected devices, user information, and other metadata. Most important, network and security administrators are drowning in data and alerts, with no easy way to prioritize effective and timely threat response.

Infoblox is the industry leader in managing DNS, DHCP, and IP addresses -- the category known as DDI. These services are uniquely at the center of every network, making it possible for Infoblox to spot suspicious activity, instantly block outbound communications to malicious destinations, and prevent exfiltration of intellectual property, customer information, and other sensitive data. The security solutions offered by Infoblox today are designed to complement and work with other security products, meeting the emerging customer demand for integrated heterogeneous security ecosystems.

With the addition of IID's ActiveTrust federated threat intelligence and big-data analytics platform to Infoblox security solutions, organizations can get true context-aware security -- harnessing real-world data from an organization's IT infrastructure to improve the accuracy and relevance of security decisions.

"Life in enterprise networking and security is changing too fast, and it's no longer enough to have set-and-forget perimeter protection," said Simran Sandhu, manager of network infrastructure at Adobe Systems. "Adobe is a customer of both Infoblox and IID, so we're excited about how this acquisition can create a single platform for greater integration between devices, firewalls, network insights, and threat intelligence in an open ecosystem."

The combined solution can greatly improve operational control, allowing network and security teams to easily prioritize threat response at scale, based on enterprise context and risk. Also, Infoblox can now go beyond helping protect on-premise devices to help protect company-managed devices that are off-premise.

"By bringing together the deep and very rich threat intelligence from IID with the context and the central control point that Infoblox has in the network through our DDI services, we can deliver a unique value proposition to our customers and the partners that resell our products," said Jesper Andersen, president and chief executive officer of Infoblox. "Infoblox and IID are also both committed to the emerging standards for automated sharing of threat intelligence information that will help extend our ecosystem."

Last year, Infoblox and IID partnered in creation of the Infoblox DNS Threat Index, a quarterly report tracking the growth of malicious domains created by cybercriminals.

"Many organizations today are seeking holistic, end-to-end integrated cybersecurity solutions, composed of the optimal technologies, people, and processes," said Dan Burns, chief executive officer of Optiv, the largest pure-play cybersecurity solutions provider in North America. "The IID acquisition gives Infoblox the opportunity to provide a differentiated offering that integrates threat information with infrastructure context, and position itself as a more valuable part of the security ecosystem. We look forward to working with Infoblox and IID to deliver effective solutions that meet our clients' needs."

IID (www.internetidentity.com), based in Tacoma, Washington, collects threat data from thousands of trusted sources including law-enforcement agencies, Internet infrastructure providers, and open-source providers. IID's threat research team verifies, enhances, and aggregates this data to create clear, high-quality machine-readable threat intelligence (MRTI) that is compatible with automation standards such as STIX and TAXII. This consolidated threat intelligence is distributed to more than 100 customers, among them dozens of Fortune 500 companies and U.S. government agencies, including Microsoft and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In 2014, IID was one of just five companies named in Gartner's "Cool Vendors in Security Intelligence" report.

"Enterprise security teams have a difficult time putting threat intelligence into operation," said Lars Harvey, chief executive officer of IID. "It's challenging to get machine-readable threat intelligence in formats that are usable, and even harder to directly integrate threat intelligence with devices on the network. The combination of IID with Infoblox puts all these pieces in one package, helping enable enterprises to go from threat discovery to enforcement and mitigation within seconds."

IID co-founders Lars Harvey and Rod Rasmussen will become members of the Infoblox management team. Infoblox also expects that most IID employees will join Infoblox, including the threat intelligence and engineering teams.

Conference Call and Webcast to Discuss IID Acquisition
Infoblox will host both a conference call and live audio webcast with slides to discuss the transaction today, February 8, at 2 p.m. PST/5 p.m. EST. To access the call, dial (800) 230-1085 (domestic) or (612) 288-0329 (international) at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. A live webcast of the call will also be available on the corporate website at http://ir.infoblox.com. An archive of the webcast will be available on the company's website, and a taped replay of the conference call will be available for one week at 800-475-6701 (domestic) or 320-365-3844 (international), access code 385184.

About Infoblox
Infoblox (NYSE: BLOX) delivers critical network services that protect Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure, automate cloud deployments, and increase the reliability of enterprise and service provider networks around the world. As the industry leader in DNS, DHCP, and IP address management, the category known as DDI, Infoblox (www.infoblox.com) reduces the risk and complexity of networking.

Forward-looking and Cautionary Statements--Infoblox
All statements in this release that are not statements of historical fact, including but not limited to the quotations attributable to Messrs. Andersen and Harvey, the expected benefits of and capabilities enabled by the transaction and the statements regarding IID personnel expected to join the Company, are forward looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to: whether we will successfully integrate IID and achieve the expected benefits of the acquisition; unexpected delays in the delivery of our solutions, particularly at the end of the quarter; changes in demand for network control solutions; the market acceptance of our products; the fluctuations in our gross margins; the concentration of our customer base; competitive developments including pricing pressures; our ability to manage operating expenses effectively; and the general economic, industry or political conditions in the United States or internationally. For a detailed discussion of these and other risk factors, please refer to our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on our investor relations Web site (http://ir.infoblox.com/) and on the SEC's Web site (www.sec.gov). All information provided in this release is as of February 8, 2016, and stockholders of Infoblox are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date such statements are made. Infoblox does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect events, circumstances or new information after this February 8, 2016 press release, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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CIO/CSO Partnership Survey Highlights Collaboration Between CIOs and CSOs on Security Strategy Discussions, Technology Purchases and Advising the Business

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – IDG Enterprise -- the leading enterprise technology media company, composed of CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World -- reveals the growing strategic partnership among today's top tech and security executives in the 2015 CIO/CSO Partnership Survey. As organizations defend against a growing number of security breaches and dedicate resources to comply with industry regulations, security continues to rise as a priority. CIOs and CSOs are joining forces and collaborating often to mitigate risk and to ensure the business can continue to advance during this time of digitization. (Click to Tweet)

Enterprise Oversight Leads to High Demand for Security Experts
The majority of CIOs (77%) strongly believe that having a CSO elevates the perception or focus on security for an organization; however, this does not always translate into organizations having a senior security leader. Only 50% of CIOs stated that their organization employs a CSO. Even though there is a disconnect, security conversations are still taking place. Sixty-five percent of CIOs said they meet with their CSO/CISO at least weekly, and 78% of CSOs/CISOs agreed. These conversations are in addition to formal strategy sessions to discuss security concerns and technology initiatives that CIOs (52%) and CSOs (65%) said occur at least monthly. The main issues discussed during these meetings include audit issues and findings, mitigating existing and emerging risks, compliance issues, and building security into new technology solutions.

"As businesses realize the benefits technologies can deliver, they are also coming to terms with the risks associated with those technologies. The CIO and CSO relationship is at the epicenter for helping organizations meet their full potential while mitigating risk," said Bob Bragdon, publisher of CSO. "Strategic conversations between CIOs and CSOs are imperative to building a united security program that can be integrated into ongoing and new projects throughout the organization."

Security Risks in the Board Room and Beyond
Despite an increasingly collaborative relationship, the differing roles and priorities of CIOs and CSOs create room for security concern. Half (51%) of CSOs are not confident in IT's focus on security within technology decisions -- 27% believe IT will misconfigure existing technologies and 24% believe that IT will adopt new technologies that may expose the business to undue risks. On the flip side, CIOs shared that they believe CSOs would say the greatest problem with IT security is that security decisions are being made after business decisions. However, for CIOs this is not the reality. CIOs say they discuss security concerns throughout the purchase process of new solutions, with a focus on security at the beginning when they are determining technical requirements (81%) and evaluating products and services (80%).

CIOs and CSOs agree on the biggest security concerns when it comes to actions taken by their line of business (LOB) colleagues. Both worry that LOB will implement new technologies or services that will expose the business to undue risks, and that there are users who are uneducated in, or ignore, good security practices. One difference is that CSOs have more fear (24% vs. 15% CIOs) that LOB will conduct business with other entities that have poor security. On a preventative note, both top security and tech executives say they meet with line of business executives to discuss key issues such as audit issues and findings, mitigating existing and emerging risks, compliance issues, and third-party risks.

"Security impacts almost every aspect of a business, and its importance within technology continues to rise. Having business leaders like the CIO and CSO work together to protect potential vulnerabilities and educate LOB colleagues is crucial," said Adam Dennison, SVP/Publisher of CIO. "The fact that security considerations are ingrained in the technology purchase process from the beginning is a strong step toward ensuring organizational assets and reputation are protected against potential incidents."

Interested in learning more from this survey?
Get more in-depth findings with the CIO/CSO Partnership White Paper "Behind the Scenes of the CIO & CSO Relationship: Productive Partnership or Competitive Alliance."

About the CIO/CSO Partnership Survey
The CIO/CSO Partnership study uses quantitative research to examine the relationship between the CIO and CSO roles and gain insight into their competing and common interests, as well as involvement in emerging technologies and collaboration. Both the CIO and CSO versions of the survey were conducted online. The CIO survey results are based off of 178 responses, and the CSO survey results are based off of 101 responses.

About IDG Enterprise
IDG Enterprise, an International Data Group (IDG) company, brings together the leading editorial brands (CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World) to serve the information needs of our technology and security-focused audiences. As the premier high-tech B2B media, data and services company, we leverage the strengths of our premium owned and operated brands, while simultaneously harnessing their collective reach and audience affinity. We provide market leadership and converged marketing solutions for our customers to engage IT and security decision-makers across our portfolio of award-winning websites, events, products and services.

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"One Call, Infinite Solutions" Is Right – This Southern California Based Technology and Services Provider Is Recognized Again as One of the Nation's Fastest Growing Companies for 2015

IRVINE, Calif. – Business Communications Solutions (BCS) is a technology-driven, single-source service provider that offers a broad range of solutions specializing in Cloud, Structured, Cabling, A/V, Security/Surveillance, Unified Communication, IT and Networking services and more. BCS has ranked for the second consecutive year in Inc. Magazine's Annual List of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies - 500|5000. This exclusive list spans across all industries and highlights exceptional growth in America's privately held companies. Today, BCS proudly boasts 50% three-year growth.

BCS's steady growth is much attributed to the company's commitment to remaining ahead of the curve when it pertains to innovation. Despite the rapid changes in the technological industry, BCS has always been fast to evolve and adopt the latest practices. Recognizing and acting on customer demand for new products and services is where the company excels. BCS has catapulted to the next level of managed services with Kumo, a cloud-based solution provider of various unified communication services. Kumo simplifies and unifies the way businesses operate, collaborate, and communicate with infinite solutions in the cloud.

BCS is honored to receive this prestigious award and be featured alongside household names like GoDaddy, FitBit and Planet Fitness. Despite, the evolution of their products and services over time -- the founding principles and their utmost dedication to providing quality customer service has remained steadfast. Sunny Rajab, CEO of the woman-owned business, affirmed, "At BCS, we pride ourselves in providing the best solutions to our clients allowing them to concentrate on business while we handle their technology needs. We have achieved this excellence thanks to our talented staff. We couldn't be happier to be named one of America's fastest growing companies again."

About Business Communications Solutions:

BCS was founded in 2001, as a telecommunications company with an emphasis on phone systems and low-voltage cabling work, but have now evolved into an innovative IT company offering the most current IT solutions that the industry has to offer! BCS is now an information technology company specializing in Cloud, Structured, Cabling, A/V, Security/Surveillance, Unified Communications, IT and Networking services and more. Their reach is national, but their headquarters are located in Irvine, California.

Securing key partnerships with industry leaders at various points along the information technology and networking supply chain allows BCS to provide customers one all-inclusive solution. After conducting a thorough assessment, they are able to customize a solution for today, while providing businesses the ability to scale their technology proportionate to growth. Whether the customer is upgrading their system, relocating or maybe opening their first office; BCS has a solution to fit their needs. For more information about BCS and their services, please visit www.bcsconsultants.com.

About  Inc.

Inc. was founded in 1979, and is based in New York City. The Inc. 500|5000, a comprehensive list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation (based on three-year revenue growth), was originally published by Inc. Magazine in 1982. This publication is geared toward providing a forum for owners and managers of privately held companies to obtain up-to-date economic trends, events, business resources and solutions-driven content for entrepreneurs.