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NFV and SDN Technologies Prove Beneficial, but Growing Skills Gap Poses Challenges

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today released survey results from over 2,700 IT and business decision-makers (ITDMs and BDMs), revealing that companies are not prepared for the inevitable impact of digital disruption.

The new global report from Wakefield Research and Juniper Networks:

  • Highlights the ongoing disconnect between IT and the C-Suite;
  • Draws attention to the reality of how prepared -- or unprepared -- companies are for the digital disruption that has already hit some industries; and
  • Reinforces the benefits of automation investments to increase business agility and stay ahead of the disruption curve.

"For over 20 years, Juniper has partnered with customers to embrace business growth by investing in network innovation," said Rami Rahim, CEO of Juniper Networks. "True innovation requires an understanding of the value that technology delivers. Now more than ever, savvy technology investments are vital to maintaining a business advantage. The C-Suite doesn't need to code, but leading a company strategy for growth requires a strong relationship between those who set the strategy and those who execute."

Arm your current and future IT leaders for the disruption ahead

More than half of the respondents (55 percent of ITDMs and 51 percent of BDMs) expect a new disruptive technology, product or service to be introduced to their industry within the next two years. However, IT departments aren't feeling prepared for the changes ahead. Almost half (45 percent) of ITDMs surveyed believe a quarter or more of their IT workforce will not have the skills they need to succeed five years from now.

To address the skills gap currently hindering organizations from fully capitalizing on opportunities stemming from the expected digital disruption, Juniper Networks today announced an expansion of the company's OpenLab program to seven locations worldwide. OpenLab provides customers, partners, academics and other industry leaders with hands-on access to network automation workshops, educational programs and dedicated lab resources.

In addition, Juniper is working with innovative educational provider, General Assembly, to develop a curriculum to help the business and technology community gain highly sought-after and practical skills in order to remain relevant in today's rapidly changing technology employment landscape.

School your C-Suite and brace for rapid change

Nearly nine in 10 respondents (84 percent of ITDMs and 84 percent of BDMs) admit their organization would perform better if their current C-Suite were more tech-savvy.

A lack of investment in IT creates a barrier to innovation, preventing business from keeping up with the pace of change and staying competitive. Nearly half of the respondents (46 percent of ITDMs and 50 percent of BDMs) expect it would take one or more years for their company to develop and support an improved product or service if challenged by a competitor. That's time they may not have given the speed at which disruption can hit.

What's worse, legacy infrastructure is slowing business growth. More than half of respondents indicated their company's IT infrastructure would be very or somewhat likely to create an obstacle in accelerating a new product or service.

To remain relevant today, organizations need to address impending industry disruption by rethinking their IT approach to ensure they are investing in ongoing innovation. Market advantage is more likely to last when leadership stays at the forefront of technology innovation.

"Even access to the best tech doesn't ensure digital success in today's competitive environment. Companies must have the right mix of talent to lead and execute successful technology transformation. And they must continually ensure that their talent is 'digitally ready,' by both recruiting and training with an eye for the skills that will help them meet demand and scale in an agile, shifting technology landscape," said Fiona Vickers, Senior Client Partner and Managing Director, Digital at Korn Ferry, the preeminent global people and organizational advisory firm, that recently published a report entitled Leaders for a Digital Transformation.

Invest in automation

To stay ahead of the disruption curve, organizations should prioritize network automation investments. Study results show that both ITDMs and BDMs see IT and network automation as essential for their company's future competitiveness.

Nearly three in four respondents (70 percent of ITDMs and 72 percent of BDMs) say they're excited by the opportunities network and IT automation create for their company. Of the ITDMs already using software-defined networking (SDN) or network functions virtualization (NFV), nearly all (93 percent) say it's given them a significant edge over their competitors.

ITDMs at companies that have adopted SDN report greater benefits and capabilities than they originally expected; respondents were most likely to report cloud interconnect, virtual data center and security automation as the business benefits of SDN adoption. ITDMs at companies that have adopted NFV reported greater benefits and capabilities than they originally expected; respondents were most likely to report that NFV adoption enables virtual security, virtual routing and WAN optimization.

The study, commissioned by Juniper Networks, was conducted by Wakefield Research via an online survey of 2,704 respondents in the U.S., China, Australia, Japan, India, U.K., Germany and France. Click here for more information or to download the full report.

Supporting Quotes:

"General Assembly is focused on providing training that empowers professionals through practical and engaging programs that companies need to stay competitive in today's digital age. The findings in Juniper's study are another indication for companies around the world to invest in their talent and confront a very real skills gap."

- Charlie Schilling, General Assembly, GM, Enterprise

"Service providers need to offer customers turnkey services on scale to drive business growth. This requires creative network management capabilities to orchestrate and automate the delivery of innovative services. Being able to harness the power of network functions virtualization coupled with advancing workforce skills sets are now imperative elements for companies to compete and stay ahead of digital disruption."

- Conleth McCallan, managing director at Datanet

"As a cloud engineering and consulting company, we've seen first-hand the benefits of adopting SDN as we help our customers keep up with their rapidly growing businesses. We've been at the forefront of realizing the cost-saving and operational benefits of a software-defined approach and our software defined infrastructure, A.C.R.E. (Advanced Cloud Resource Elements), has allowed our customers to deliver new data center and IT infrastructure that can scale as their customers' needs change and grow. SDN is a game-changer in our industry and has implications not only for our customers, but our customers' customers as well. We are committed to acting as advisors and bridging the skills gap to allow our customers to realize the benefits of software-defined IT services based on highly scalable, flexible and automated platforms."

- Kevin Fibich, founder and managing director at CloudSeeds

Additional Resources

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks challenges the status quo with products, solutions and services that transform the economics of networking. Our team co-innovates with customers and partners to deliver automated, scalable and secure networks with agility, performance and value. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks (www.juniper.net) or connect with Juniper on Twitter and Facebook.

Juniper Networks and Junos are registered trademarks of Juniper Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. The Juniper Networks and Junos logos are trademarks of Juniper Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.

 

Six New OpenLab Locations to Offer Resources for Networking Innovation and Education

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced the global expansion of OpenLab to enable local delivery of its programs to six new locations across North America, Europe and Asia. The OpenLab program will provide customers, partners, academics and other industry leaders with a range of resources, such as educational programs, SDN sandboxes and NFV interoperability testing, to build and learn about emerging virtualization and automation technologies.

The expansion builds on the success of Juniper's flagship OpenLab innovation center in New Jersey, which provides worldwide access to physical and virtual Juniper products that simulate real-world networking environments and scenarios, enabling users to build and test new network solutions, such as software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) technologies.

A global survey of IT and business decision-makers released today revealed IT workforces lack the necessary training to stay knowledgeable about network technology. Nearly half (45 percent) of surveyed IT decision-makers believe their workforce will not have the skills needed for their role five years from now. The new regional centers will provide hands-on training, workshops and network technology competitions that help IT leaders educate and equip their workforces for the next era of digital transformation.

The inaugural innovation center, founded in 2012, has hosted industry and partner events, including over 150 technology and programmability training sessions, and 6 SDN hackathons co-hosted with Juniper customers, involving 17 universities to date. These programs accelerate collaboration and invention by pairing top university students with Juniper technology experts and customers to solve real-world problems with the latest in SDN and automation solutions, while helping to pair customers with fresh talent.

By increasing the availability of OpenLab expertise and resources, Juniper is empowering industry leaders, both existing and emerging, with the training and hands-on experiences necessary to keep pace with networking evolution.

News Highlights:

  • Global Expansion: Juniper Networks OpenLab will operate in seven locations worldwide, including Sunnyvale, Calif.; Bridgewater, N.J.; Amsterdam; London; Tokyo; Singapore; and Sydney, with the new locations expected to open through the end of 2016.
  • Educational Programs: Intensive SDN and automation technology training programs are conducted at OpenLab, grounding participants with both theoretical and hands-on experiences through Juniper technologies. Top university talent is also invited to participate in special competitions known as Hackathons and SDN Throwdowns held at OpenLab, which are jointly hosted by Juniper and its customers.
  • Hands-on Innovation:
    • OpenLab offers a "Solutions Incubation Program" for third-party independent software vendors to develop innovative solutions that enhance network and service value.
    • Customers and partners can gain access to automation "sandbox" environments using industry-leading Juniper solutions, including the Junos® operating system, Contrail, the NorthStar Controller and vSRX Virtual Firewalls, for learning, exploration and to develop new solutions.
  • Professional Services and Support: OpenLab can serve as a physical and virtual hub for customers to gain insight on how best to plan, build and operate their next generation networks. Support available from the OpenLab facilities includes customized assessments, life-cycle modeling and design and deployment services in the areas of SDN, network automation and network security.

For more information about Juniper Networks OpenLab, visit www.juniper.net/openlab.

Supporting Quotes

"OpenLab is a globally accessible resource created primarily to spark new ideas for network innovation through education and collaboration. Juniper offers the technology, resources and education that enables our customers to push the boundaries of networking, drive innovation and create technologies that help them tackle their toughest business challenges."

- Jerry Passione, general manager, OpenLab, at Juniper Networks

"A new generation of networks is pushing business growth at an exponential pace, connecting companies to the market at a greater speed than ever before. Juniper's report released today shows that having a well-prepared workforce is vital to how well companies can prepare and respond in times of change. By expanding OpenLab, we're helping our customers leverage networking technologies to speed decision-making and accelerate innovation."

- Mike Marcellin, chief marketing officer at Juniper Networks

Additional Resources:

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks challenges the status quo with products, solutions and services that transform the economics of networking. Our team co-innovates with customers and partners to deliver automated, scalable and secure networks with agility, performance and value. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks (www.juniper.net) or connect with Juniper on Twitter and Facebook.

Juniper Networks and Junos are registered trademarks of Juniper Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. The Juniper Networks and Junos logos are trademarks of Juniper Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.

 

HAWTHORNE, NJ – STEALTHbits Technologies Inc., a leading data security software company that helps ensure the right people have the right access to the right information, today announced enhanced involvement in EMC's Technology Partner Program, moving from Compatibility to Advantage status.

The integration of STEALTHbits' StealthAUDIT, StealthINTERCEPT, and STEALTHbits File Activity Monitor products with EMC® NAS platforms enable customers to cost-effectively govern, monitor, and control access to data residing on their Isilon®, Celerra®, Unity™, VNX®, VNXe®, VVNX™, and VMAX devices in order to protect them from internal or external attacks. The integrated solution means EMC NAS customers can now easily identify who has access to sensitive data like financial statements, employee health and other personal records, proprietary product designs and information, company strategy documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and a host of other data types. STEALTHbits' products also help enable customers to clean up and provision access appropriately and efficiently, detailing exactly what users are doing with that access, and alert, in real time, on anomalous access behavior indicative of an attack or malicious activity.

"Whether it be ransomware, external attackers compromising and exploiting legitimate credentials, or malicious insiders, the foundation of securing unstructured data is understanding, controlling, and monitoring access to it," noted Adam Laub, Senior Vice President Product Marketing for STEALTHbits. "Our EMC relationship helps enable customers to greatly reduce the risk of compromise for the vast amounts of data residing on their EMC NAS devices."

"EMC is pleased that STEALTHbits has joined the EMC Technology Partner Program at the Advantage level to demonstrate its commitment to excellence in technology innovation," said Don Lamburn, Program Director, Tech Connect, EMC Corporation. "STEALTHbits validates our platform strategy by embedding EMC's open, extensible information infrastructure platform for managing information and expanding our combined solutions into new markets. We look forward to working with STEALTHbits to ensure that our mutual customers have the highest level of activity monitoring and reporting possible for their information infrastructure initiatives."

To learn more about STEALTHbits' participation in EMC's Technology Partner Program, and how STEALTHbits can enhance the security of the data residing on EMC NAS devices, visit https://www.stealthbits.com/partners/technology-partners/emc

ABOUT STEALTHbits Technologies

Identify threats. Secure data. Reduce risk.

STEALTHbits is a data security software company. We protect organizations from malicious access to their information. By defending against credential theft and abuse, and giving customers insight into the access and ownership of their unstructured data, we reduce security risk, fulfill compliance requirements and decrease operations expense.

For more information, visit http://www.stealthbits.com, email sales@stealthbits.com, or call +1-201-447-9300.

EMC, Isilon, Celerra, Unity, VNX, VNXe, VVNX and VMAX are trademarks or registered trademarks of EMC Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal partnership relationship between EMC and any other organization.

New End-to-End Software Solution From Stratus Delivers the Most Reliable Foundation to Consolidate and Monitor Building Management and Security Environments

MAYNARD, Mass. – Stratus Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of continuous availability solutions, today announced that it is extending its commitment to building management and security worldwide with the Stratus Always-On Infrastructure for Smart Buildings. 

The advent of Smart Buildings drives the need to monitor and control many separate systems ranging from security, to IT, to lighting, HVAC and more. Using a virtualized platform is the only cost effective foundation to do this, but virtualizing can also mean a single point of failure making fault-tolerant virtualization an imperative. Providing a proven, always-on foundation for Smart Buildings, Stratus' industry-leading downtime prevention software, everRun® Enterprise, combined with performance monitoring delivered through everRun Monitor powered by Sightline Assure® (everRun Monitor) enables a simple way to virtualize disparate multi-vendor solutions and easily monitor the entire building management network -- from servers to virtualized applications, to cameras, door locks and sensors.

"Smart Buildings provide increased cost efficiencies through environmental controls, as well enhanced protection and access controls to protect the people and assets inside. But enabling the transformation to Smart Buildings can be challenging," says Jason Andersen, vice president of business line management, Stratus Technologies. "This is due to the fact that most of the existing systems in place came from different best of breed vendors who all use different platforms. With the Stratus Always-On Infrastructure for Smart Buildings we are enabling a reliable and simple way to virtualize these disparate solutions and easily monitor the entire building management solution."

"Stratus is well known for providing the highest levels of availability when and where it really matters and offering practical solutions to address the needs of specific market segments," says Vernon Turner, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Systems and IDC Fellow for The Internet of Things. "This latest evolution of the Stratus software portfolio combines Stratus' always-on infrastructure with enhanced monitoring capabilities. The strong underlying infrastructure and visibility delivered by everRun Enterprise with everRun Monitor is addressing the challenge of managing the requirements for the consistent operation of Smart Buildings' disparate infrastructure while maximizing efficiency and reducing cost."

Stratus is providing the strong underlying infrastructure required to maximize effectiveness of Smart Buildings:

A virtualization ready platform. Enables operators to run multi-vendor applications with less hardware and protect them from downtime to further optimize efficiencies, simplify deployment and maximize investments.

A holistic solution centric view. A single pane of glass dashboard of the entire automation infrastructure (devices, applications and hardware) allows operators to identify system performance issues ahead of time and take immediate action to prevent downtime.

Availability without complexity. A highly available or fault-tolerant solution that is easy to deploy without any specialized skills and easy to service in the event of failure.

About Stratus Technologies
Stratus Technologies is the leading provider of infrastructure-based solutions that keep applications running continuously in today's always-on world. Stratus enables rapid deployment of always-on infrastructures, from enterprise servers to clouds, without any changes to applications. Stratus' flexible solutions -- software, platform and services -- prevent downtime before it occurs and ensure uninterrupted performance of essential business operations. For more information, please visit www.stratus.com or follow on Twitter @StratusAlwaysOn.

Stratus and the Stratus logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Stratus Technologies Bermuda Ltd. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

 

  • Built to power cloud applications that require real-time value at epic scale
  • Includes DataStax OpsCenter 6.0, an easy-to-use, visual management and monitoring solution
  • DataStax Enterprise customers include 3 of the top 5 U.S. retailers, 4 of the top 5 U.S. financial institutions and 2 of the top 3 U.S. media companies

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – DataStax, the leading provider of database software for cloud applications, today announced the release of DataStax Enterprise (DSE) 5.0 and DataStax OpsCenter 6.0, to provide enterprises a comprehensive and operationally simple data management layer. The unique, always-on architecture of DataStax Enterprise is based on Apache Cassandra™. DSE 5.0, including OpsCenter 6.0, and the recently announced DataStax Enterprise Graph, will be available for download on June 28, 2016 here.

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Perspectives on the News
According to an independent study by Forrester Consulting,1 "Next-gen applications will require data that is always available, regardless of where that data is, the volume required, or the data's complexity. The data may be distributed across many data silos and both structured and unstructured. Firms will need to rely on data technologies that can deliver high data performance and availability. Distributed databases deliver data with high availability and performance to power next-gen cloud applications. Cloud enables dynamic scale and elasticity to support any type of next-generation business application."

"ProtectWise helps organizations conduct proactive threat hunting on a scale that was previously untenable due to the volume of data being managed," said Gene Stevens, Co-founder and CTO, ProtectWise. "With DataStax Enterprise's scalability and built-in search features, we are able to process this vast amount of data. DSE 5.0's advanced search capabilities offer faster search times on larger data sets along with stronger Spark jobs which make it easy to completely cover and unify a rapidly expanding attack surface that our customers experience across their enterprise, cloud and industrial control networks, all while simultaneously compressing the breach detection window and enabling proactive hunting and patrolling on these widely dispersed and often complex infrastructures."

"The rise of cloud applications demand an entirely new approach to data management as they require zero downtime, epic scale, real-time intelligence, and data distribution across many datacenters and clouds - something that just can't be done using relational database technology," said Robin Schumacher, VP of Products, DataStax. "DataStax Enterprise 5.0 along with OpsCenter 6.0 simplifies life on DSE by streamlining the development, protection, management and monitoring of DSE so an organization can more quickly and easily bring cloud applications to market."

Multi-Model Database Delivering Real-Time Value at Epic Scale
DataStax Enterprise 5.0 offers a certified version of Cassandra 3.0 and advanced functionality designed to accelerate the creation of intelligent and compelling data-intensive applications. DSE delivers a full multi-model platform with support for tabular, key-value, JSON, and graph models along with built-in workload management that enables analytics, search, and in-memory operations within the same database. Additionally, DSE 5.0 is the only operational database able to scale linearly in excess of 1,000 nodes with no single point of failure and is capable of providing real-time active-everywhere replication across numerous datacenters and cloud environments.

DSE 5.0 is a comprehensive multi-model database solution capable of understanding data in real-time and includes:

  • DSE Graph: the only scalable real-time graph database built for cloud applications that need to manage complex data with many relationships. DSE Graph delivers continuous uptime along with predictable performance and scale for modern systems dealing with complex and constantly changing data, while remaining operationally simple to manage.
  • DSE Advanced Replication: specifically designed to support today's IoT and retail applications that need to replicate data within hub-and-spoke and similar topologies.
  • Advanced server automation: simplifies data management via DSE Tiered Storage, which automatically moves data to its appropriate storage tier based on age, and DSE Multi-Instance, which makes it cost efficient and easy to run multiple copies of DSE on larger machines.
  • Advanced analytics and search: includes an updated version of Apache Spark™ to enable increased speed for streaming data, enhanced connectivity with external Spark clusters, and faster enterprise search operations with Apache Solr™.

Enterprise Database Management for Cloud Applications
DataStax OpsCenter 6.0 is the web-based visual management and monitoring solution for DSE and provides what's needed to intelligently manage and monitor large scale, mission critical systems. OpsCenter has integrated functionality for monitoring, tuning, provisioning, backup and security management, and not only reduces operational and hardware costs but also dramatically increases overall operations productivity.

DataStax OpsCenter 6.0 enhancements include:

  • A new Lifecycle Management (LCM) component that delivers enterprise-class provisioning capabilities for creating and administering widely-distributed database clusters, whether on premise, in the cloud, or in hybrid public/private cloud environments.
  • Full management and monitoring support for DSE Graph.
  • Improved alerting including support for SNMP, which helps integrate OpsCenter with other infrastructure management systems.
  • Export of monitoring metrics to third party monitoring tools including Graphite.

Simplifying Development for Cloud Applications
The release of DSE 5.0 and OpsCenter 6.0 also includes DataStax Studio 1.0, a new web-based visual development tool to help developers visually interact with DSE Graph. DataStax Studio lets anyone easily write graph database queries and visualize graph data output in a variety of formats.

In addition, a new suite of enterprise drivers is being made available for all popular development languages (e.g., Java, Python, C#, C++, Ruby, Node.js, PHP), with every driver fully supporting each enterprise component of DSE's multi-model platform. For example, a Java developer can use the single DSE Java driver to write secured CQL, DSE Analytics/Spark, DSE Search/Solr, and DSE Graph/Gremlin queries against a DSE cluster.

Additional Supporting Quotes
"DataStax gives PokitDok the power to bring economic intelligence to the healthcare industry," said Ted Tanner, Co-founder and CTO, PokitDok. "Graph theory and machine learning have vital roles to play in improving the system and it all comes down to the right tools to effectively harness data. DataStax allows our data scientists to be even more creative in novel solutions to healthcare Big Data by taking the developer operations engineering burden and by creating an effortless graph and indexing analysis stack. They have brought the 'Easy Button' to graph theoretic analysis."

"Wealthport evaluated DataStax Enterprise against other NoSQL database technologies for our automated data preparation service offering and found it to be a highly scalable, mature database and in-memory data processing platform. Combining the strengths of Apache Cassandra with Apache Spark enables us to automate up to 80 percent of our data processing activities using probabilistic algorithms and artificial intelligence for retail, e-commerce and other industries," said Tobias Widmer, CTO, Wealthport. "With DataStax, we've found a reliable platform to run the most demanding data preparation jobs without having to worry about scalability, reliability and resilience of our service."

"When DataStax acquired Aurelius, our position was that the move made a lot of sense particularly because of the Aurelius team's graph knowledge and its track record with the Titan open source graph database," said James Curtis, Senior Analyst, Data Platforms and Analytics, 451 Research. "The result of that acquisition is DataStax Enterprise Graph, a solid graph offering that brings multi-model capabilities to DataStax Enterprise and plays well with Cassandra's inherent strengths of scalability and reliability."

Availability
DSE 5.0, including OpsCenter 6.0, will be available for download on June 28, 2016 here.

DSE Graph will be sold as an option to either a DSE Standard or DSE Max subscription and will be available for download on June 28, 2016 here.

DSE 5.0 and OpsCenter 6.0 Resources

About DataStax
DataStax, the leading provider of database software for cloud applications, accelerates the ability of enterprises, government agencies, and systems integrators to power the exploding number of cloud applications that require data distribution across datacenters and clouds, by using our secure, operationally simple platform built on Apache Cassandra™.

With more than 500 customers in over 50 countries, DataStax is the database technology of choice for the world's most innovative companies, such as Netflix, Safeway, ING, Adobe, Intuit, Target and eBay. Based in Santa Clara, Calif., DataStax is backed by industry-leading investors including Comcast Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Meritech Capital, Premji Invest and Scale Venture Partners. For more information, visit DataStax.com or follow us @DataStax.

1 Distributed Databases Drive Agility and Competitive Advantage in Cloud Applications, A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Datastax, 2016

CloudLock Uniquely Positioned to Address Cloud-First Security Initiatives in Federal Sector Through GSA Sponsorship of CloudLock's Agency Authorization

WALTHAM, Mass. – CloudLock®, the leading provider of Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) and Cybersecurity-as-a-Service solutions, today announced the company is the first CASB to achieve Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) in Process status through the Agency Authorization route. The Agency Authorization route is one of only two ways to achieve the rigorous demands of a FedRAMP standards in order to receive Authority to Operate (ATO). CloudLock is following the same approach that many leading Cloud Service Providers have taken.

"We believe that the best way to demonstrate our commitment to security in the federal sector is to partner with agencies directly. By CloudLock taking the ATO path for FedRAMP certification, agencies can rest assured that their users and data that reside in the cloud are protected," said Ron Zalkind CTO and co-founder at CloudLock.

The CloudLock® Cloud Security Fabric™ Federal Edition is the cloud-native CASB and Cloud Cybersecurity Platform that helps agencies securely leverage the cloud for apps they buy and build. CloudLock provides a large number of federal agencies with a federal-specific solution to manage threats, gain security intelligence and visibility, and increase operational productivity in their cloud environments. CloudLock is the only cloud native CASB available for any cloud environment (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) that can be deployed in any size environment, in less than 60 seconds without any disruption to the end-user experience. The CloudLock Security Fabric Federal Edition has been deployed in more than 25 agencies and operators such as the General Services Administration (GSA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Army.

In addition to achieving the FedRAMP in Process status, CloudLock's cybersecurity solution has demonstrated its strong commitment to security by achieving SOC 2 Type 2 accreditation by Ernst & Young for four consecutive years as well as being CSA STAR certified.

About CloudLock
CloudLock is the cloud-native CASB and Cloud Cybersecurity Platform that helps organizations securely leverage cloud apps they buy and build. CloudLock delivers security visibility and control for SaaS, IaaS, PaaS and IDaaS environments across the entire enterprise in seconds. The company delivers actionable cybersecurity intelligence through its data scientist-led CyberLab and crowdsourced security analytics across billions of data points daily. CloudLock has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as the fastest growing security product company in the U.S. and by Glassdoor as one of the top 3 best places to work in the U.S. Learn more at www.cloudlock.com.

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – Servers.com has launched the new data center in Singapore. Being a part of XBT Holding, which has already had an infrastructure in Singapore, Servers.com is expanding its presence in the region, keeping the company's main features and objectives: reasonable prices and enterprise-grade quality. The Singapore data center from now on has direct connectivity with Europe. The latency between Europe and Singapore has been decreased by two times.

The new facility corresponds with Servers.com's fundamental principle - identical infrastructure in all locations. The key products such as cloud servers, dedicated servers, and cloud storage are united in hybrid cloud-ready environment, including Free Global Private Network that connects all the Servers.com data centers and creates a unified worldwide automated hosting platform.

"The opening of the Singapore data center aligns with our strategy and goals to expand our global presence. Moreover, some of our international clients have a growing interest in the Asian emerging market as a whole, and in Singapore in particular. We are planning to continue expansion in the APAC region, and are currently looking into options to establish our operations in Hong Kong by end of Q3'2016," states Nick Dvas, Servers.com's Chief Operating Officer.

Servers.com is a global IaaS hosting platform that provides an automated server infrastructure to small and midsize businesses (SMBs). We offer a diversity of bare metal and cloud computing services and business tools in one package. Servers.com currently has 5 ISO 27001-, ISO 9001-, and PCI DSS-certified data centers in Moscow, Dallas, Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Singapore and is expanding to Europe and Asia.

Company Showcases Hardware and Software Integrated Systems With Docker, Quanta Cloud Technology, ContainerX and ClusterHQ at DockerCon 16

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Hedvig, the company modernizing storage and accelerating enterprise adoption of private and hybrid clouds, today announced its end-to-end CloudScale Reference Architectures to provide enterprises with proven, tested infrastructure templates. Hedvig unveiled three enterprise-ready Docker solutions built on Quanta Cloud Technology, ContainerX and ClusterHQ technology to help enterprise DevOps and ITOps teams save time, lower costs and reduce the complexity of deploying containers using Docker Datacenter, Windows and VMware. The company will demonstrate these Docker Cloudscale Reference Architectures at the DockerCon 16 conference, booth S15, on June 19-21, 2016, in Seattle.

"Our customers are adopting containers using many different approaches -- ranging from wholesale integration of Docker tools to augmenting existing VMware and Windows environments," said Avinash Lakshman, CEO and founder of Hedvig. "Data becomes a critical consideration in these environments as modern storage must be highly elastic in order to adapt to constantly changing business needs. CloudScale Reference Architectures remove the guesswork and burden of getting these infrastructure stacks right. Our tested partner solutions harness the power of distributed systems to provide enterprise-ready solutions regardless of the container adoption approach."

With 67 percent of enterprises expected to increase spending on software-defined infrastructure in 2016*, faster, more flexible storage options are needed for IT departments looking to provision and deploy containers and cloud architectures in their data centers. However, the growing variety of DevOps tools and services means that the modern infrastructure stack is particularly susceptible to architectural inconsistency.

Hedvig's new CloudScale Reference Architectures provide consistency in storage deployments while maintaining the flexibility demanded by IT environments. New hardware-based and software-based reference solutions from Hedvig and its partners deliver a blueprint for scalable infrastructures to build, deploy and manage containerized applications and microservices, and to scale-out to meet growing demands.

Hyperscale integrated system architectures for end-to-end container solutions
Hedvig launched its first hyperscale integrated system, the Quanta CloudScale Reference Architecture for Docker Datacenter, which integrates leading Docker open source projects including Docker Swarm, Docker Engine, Docker Trusted Registry and the Docker Universal Control Plane. By combining the full container stack of Docker Datacenter with Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform software and QuantaGrid D51PH-1ULH hardware, enterprises are provided with an easy to install, datacenter solution for containers that runs on standard x86 datacenter-class servers and starts with as few as four nodes.

This new reference architecture is specifically designed to improve enterprise flexibility by scaling horizontally from small test and dev environments to thousands of containers in a production deployment -- all provisioned across a distributed systems architecture that can keep pace with the dynamic nature of modern, containerized applications. DevOps and ITOps teams retain full flexibility with the option to scale their deployments through additional four-node, integrated blocks or by expanding compute and storage nodes independently.

Software-only architectures for augmenting existing environments with containers
Hedvig also announced software-only CloudScale Reference Architectures designed to augment existing infrastructure solutions with a continuous integration and continuous development (CI/CD) model that helps deploy container-based apps and microservices in existing Docker, VMware, and Microsoft environments. The first two software-only reference architectures include:

  • ContainerX CloudScale Reference Architecture for Windows and VMware-based container environments: Many large organizations choose to integrate Docker into existing infrastructure. To help organizations that have large .NET application clusters still in use, Hedvig partnered with ContainerX on a new reference architecture. The joint solution combines ContainerX software-defined compute and networking with Hedvig software-defined storage in a single management interface to deploy containers for stateful and stateless applications that function across bare metal, Windows, and VMware-powered server infrastructure.
  • ClusterHQ CloudScale Reference Architecture for high availability databases: Hedvig is expanding its ClusterHQ Flocker plugin with a reference architecture designed for highly available (HA) stateful services using Docker Datacenter. It provides a complete recipe for taking advantage of the management capabilities of Docker Datacenter while using the flexible storage environment provided by Hedvig via the Flocker volume plugin for Docker. Hedvig and ClusterHQ are working on expanding the reference architecture to enable Kubernetes and Apache Mesos in addition to Docker Swarm for container lifecycle management.

The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform provides a highly scalable software-defined storage solution for hyperscale and hyperconverged data center architectures. Businesses looking for elastic storage solutions that match their growing storage needs choose Hedvig for the support of diverse workloads and protocols like NFS and iSCSI, object storage APIs including Swift and S3, support of containers environments like Docker and cloud environments like OpenStack. Built to function as a true distributed system, Hedvig runs on commodity hardware to provide modern storage for any application, cloud, container or hypervisor.

Partner Quotes

Mike Yang, President of Quanta Cloud Technology:
"The QuantaGrid line of servers was designed for hyperscale deployments, making Docker and containers a natural fit. However, containers are still an emerging technology and companies need help specifying the right integrated solution. Our Hedvig CloudScale Reference Architecture removes all the guesswork and gives enterprises the perfect building blocks for a scalable, resilient Docker infrastructure."

Luke Marsden, CTO of ClusterHQ:
"This reference architecture is the culmination of our ongoing joint development work with Hedvig. After developing our original volume plugin, we soon expanded that effort to support storage policies and QoS. Our joint reference architecture now ties all this together into a single blueprint so organizations can easily and confidently deploy software-defined container infrastructure for mission-critical database workloads."

Kiran Kamity, CEO and cofounder of ContainerX
"Many enterprise customers need to extend their Microsoft and VMware infrastructure to accommodate the new world of Docker and containers. ContainerX provides a single management interface designed for VM admins to do just that. Now with Hedvig we can provide a complete architecture that adds software-defined storage to ContainerX's software-defined container and network components."

*451 Research, Voice of the Enterprise Survey, March 2016.

About Hedvig
Hedvig reduces enterprise storage costs by 60 percent while accelerating migration to cloud. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform combines block, file, and object storage for bare metal, hypervisor and container environments. The only software-defined solution built on a true distributed system, Hedvig is built to keep pace with scale-out applications and the velocity of change in today's business climate. The Hedvig platform gets better and smarter as the system scales, transforming commodity hardware into the most advanced storage solution available today. Customers such as DGC, LKAB, Mazzetti and Van Dijk use the Hedvig platform to transform their storage from a box where data resides to a fundamental business enabler. www.hedviginc.com

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Infor HMS With Advanced Mobility Helps Speed Daily Operations and Improve Guest Experience for Hotels and Casinos

NEW YORK, NY – Infor, a leading provider of beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced the availability of Infor Hospitality Management Solution (HMS) version 3.7.4 to help hospitality customers promote a superior guest experience with enhanced industry-specific features. In today's competitive market, utilizing an integrated suite of industry-tailored applications such as Infor HMS can be a critical function to help drive brand loyalty and facilitate measurable KPIs. Available as both a cloud and on-premise deployment, the new release of Infor HMS offers additional capabilities that help hospitality organizations around the world raise efficiency, facilitate collaboration and speed guest services.

"Technology plays a critical role in a hospitality organization's ability to mitigate rising costs while simultaneously providing the best possible services to guests. Infor HMS is built to promote both objectives, helping our customers to align business plans with strategic goals to better manage each area of their enterprise," said Stewart Applbaum, senior vice president and general manager, Infor Hospitality. "We have continued to expand the global footprint of Infor HMS by consistently addressing the industry-specific challenges experienced by hotels and casinos around the world with new functionality in every release."

Enhancements include:

  • Inventory of Non-Room Items - This new function provides hotels a greater level of visibility for maintaining inventory on non-room items such as "extra beds," "ironing boards," etc. This feature will allow hotels to monitor asset availability and manage inventory levels on any non-room item that may be added to a reservation.
  • Augmented Guest Profile Management - The improved Guest Profile management function allows staff to track global and property specific preferences, meaning hoteliers can now track guest preferences by "brand." The automated match and merge features that have been added to Infor HMS better enable proprietors to manage guest profiles with greater efficiency.
  • Centralized Guest Profile Management - This module significantly enhances collaboration for customers with multiple hotels by enabling them to store and manage a single instance of a unique guest profile across the enterprise. Hoteliers can look up the enterprise value of the guest in real-time to better serve the needs of highly esteemed guests.
  • Promotion Functionality - This upgrade allows the staff to create and manage special rate promotions for guests that factors key variables such as "length of guest stay" by applying the promotions to one or more rate plans.
  • Alert management - This functionality enables hoteliers to add an alert (trace) to a reservation or guest stay record and have the alert displayed as a pop-up at check-in, checkout, or each time a user accesses the guest reservation. Alerts and traces can be managed on multiple guests at the same time.
  • Chip and Pin/EMV - Infor HMS has the ability to support chip and pin/EMV with electronic fund transfer (EFT) partners for the North American market.
  • Expanded Mobile Options - The Infor HMS Housekeeping Mobile application is a new app available for iPhone® and iPod touch ®. Housekeeping staff can become completely paperless by utilizing this application to view room assignments, make status updates and track guest details in real-time, all while moving from room to room within the property. Additionally, Infor HMS now offers mobile room key encoding through integration with Ingenico Mobile Solutions' iSMP Companion™, which allows hotel employees to encode guest keys while away from the front desk.
  • Leasing Module - The Leasing Module continues to be enhanced for the serviced apartments market. This module provides the ability to create leases for long-stay or short-stay guests, delivering flexible invoicing options and rate plans to help this niche hotel group better manage leasing and revenue for their lease-based customers.
  • Enhanced Accounts Receivable Functionality - The Accounts Receivable module continues to be enhanced with improved workflows for accounting tasks by providing the ability to create centralized profiles with separately attached property accounts directly from the reservation screen, and more flexible invoicing.
  • Owner Room Rotation Capabilities - Owner room rotation functionality enables hoteliers to better support the needs of condominium hotels. Staff can sequence rooms based on an assigned point value to provide equal opportunity for rentals. This feature also delivers capabilities to integrate with a specialized third-party condominium solution which manages the owner accounting capabilities while Infor HMS handles the room rotation logic.
  • Advanced Room Planning and Reporting - Infor HMS delivers room planning and reporting enhancements designed to facilitate advanced drill-down capabilities for forecasting, including the ability to combine occupancy history and forecasting into one report to promote better-informed business decisions.

For more information on Infor Hospitality, please visit www.infor.com/industries/hospitality.

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About Infor

Infor builds beautiful business applications with last mile functionality and scientific insights for select industries delivered as a cloud service. With 14,000 employees and customers in more than 200 countries and territories, Infor automates critical processes for industries including healthcare, manufacturing, fashion, wholesale distribution, hospitality, retail, and public sector. Infor software helps eliminate the need for costly customization through embedded deep industry domain expertise. Headquartered in New York City, Infor is also home to one of the largest creative agencies in Manhattan, Hook & Loop, focused on delivering a user experience that is fun and engaging. Infor deploys its cloud applications primarily on the Amazon Web Services cloud and open source platforms. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.

Infor customers include:

  • 18 of the top 20 aerospace companies
  • 8 of the top 10 high tech companies
  • 10 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies
  • 22 of the 25 largest U.S. healthcare delivery networks
  • 20 of the 20 largest U.S. cities
  • 20 of the top 20 automotive suppliers
  • 19 of the top 20 industrial distributors
  • 18 of the top 20 global retailers
  • 4 of the top 5 brewers
  • 19 of the top 20 global banks
  • 10 of the 10 largest global hotel brands
  • 6 of the top 10 global luxury brands

This announcement reflects the direction Infor may take with regard to the specific product(s) described herein, all of which is subject to change by Infor in its sole discretion, with or without notice to you. This announcement is not a commitment to you in any way and you should not rely on this document or any of its content in making any decision. Infor is not committing to develop or deliver any specified enhancement, upgrade, product or functionality, even if such is described in this announcement and even if such description is accompanied by words such as "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "predict," "should," "will," and/or similar expressions. Many factors can affect Infor's product development plans and the nature, content and timing of future product releases, all of which remain in the sole discretion of Infor. This announcement, in whole or in part, may not be incorporated into any contractual agreement with Infor or its subsidiaries or affiliates. Infor expressly disclaims any liability with respect to this announcement.

Unisys becomes one of the first companies to achieve AWS Government Competency

 

LONDON, UKUnisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced it has been recognised by Amazon Web Services (AWS) as one of its first partners to achieve AWS Government Competency, a new component of the AWS Competency Program which highlights companies demonstrating technical proficiency and success in delivering specialised cloud-based solutions on AWS to customers.

 

Today’s announcement marks the first time the AWS Competency Program has recognised partners for specific expertise in delivering solutions to government clients. Unisys was selected based on its proven track record of successfully delivering cloud-based solutions on AWS to federal, state and local government agencies in the U.S., including clients like the Department of the Interior, the State of Washington and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.

 

“We are pleased to be among the first companies recognised by AWS as having expertise in providing cloud-based, mission-critical solutions to clients across government,” said Venkatapathi “PV” Puvvada, president of Unisys Federal Systems. “This recognition validates Unisys’ approach to delivering more efficient and cost-saving cloud services to government, while reinforcing our position as a leader in bringing the benefits of these services to our public sector clients.”

 

Unisys collaborates with AWS to deliver offerings that help clients achieve the efficiencies and cost benefits of the cloud. These offerings include:

  • Unisys Stealth™(cloud) for AWS – Unisys’ micro-segmentation security solution gives AWS customers a fast and convenient way to protect vital information and applications against evolving threats.
  • Unisys Hybrid Architecture Strategy and Blueprint Service – An advisory service to help clients create strategies for hybrid architectures, including cloud governance, to successfully move toward a software-defined enterprise.
  • Unisys Applications and Infrastructure Assessment Service – A comprehensive service to create an actionable plan to help clients efficiently migrate workloads to AWS.
  • Unisys Hybrid Architecture Design and Implementation Service – Unisys integrates clients’ on-premises environments with AWS to optimise resource utilisation and reduce costs without sacrificing control and visibility.
  • Unisys Hybrid Architecture Operations and Management Service – Unisys provides day-to-day operations and management of clients’ hybrid architectures, allowing clients to focus on achieving mission objectives.
  • Unisys Storage Optimization Solutions – Unisys provides essential services and solutions for clients’ data lifecycle management initiatives, including storage infrastructure, disaster recovery and data protection.
  • Advanced Data Analytics – Unisys gives clients the opportunity to leverage the scalability, security and flexibility of AWS paired with custom analytics developed by Unisys data scientists.

In addition, qualified state and local government agencies may purchase AWS services under Unisys’ contract with NASPO ValuePoint (formerly the Western States Contracting Alliance).

 

About Unisys

Unisys is a global information technology company that works with many of the world's largest companies and government organisations to solve their most pressing IT and business challenges. Unisys specialises in providing integrated, leading-edge solutions to clients in the government, financial services and commercial markets. With more than 20,000 employees serving clients around the world, Unisys offerings include cloud and infrastructure services, application services, security solutions, and high-end server technology. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.

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