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Newly Available DataSphere Platform Enables Enterprises to Leverage New and Existing Storage to Boost Virtualization Efficiency and Overcome the Costs of Storage Silos Through Data Virtualization

  • The Primary Data DataSphere platform expands the Storage-Policy Based Management (SPBM) and VM-aware storage features of VMware vSphere across heterogeneous storage environments
  • DataSphere serves as a certified universal VASA provider for VMware Virtual Volumes, enabling both existing and new storage resources to be fully Virtual Volumes capable
  • DataSphere enhances VMware SPBM to include more granular options for data placement and movement, as well as automation that aligns the right data to the right storage at the right time


LAS VEGAS – Aug. 29, 2016 – Primary Data today revealed that its newly available DataSphere platform is complementary to the Storage-Policy Based Management (SPBM) and VM-aware storage features of VMware vSphere®. DataSphere is a data orchestration platform that enables the intelligent placement of data across enterprises’ entire pool of existing and new storage resources through data virtualization. This breakthrough data mobility across file, block and object storage types, coupled with policy-driven automation, reduces storage overprovisioning costs by up to 50 percent while seamlessly integrating into VMware vCenter™.

“DataSphere orchestrates data across file, block and object protocols for the very first time,” said Lance Smith, Primary Data CEO. “Unifying data across different storage types overcomes storage silos and aligns resources with changing business needs. By automatically moving the right data to the right storage at the right time, DataSphere expands the efficiency of VMware’s powerful SPBM features across enterprises’ diverse storage resources.”

Across in-server flash to the cloud, DataSphere automates the placement of virtual disks through IT-defined objectives set by application managers. Virtual disk performance, protection, and availability policies are maintained automatically to ensure alignment of business requirements and storage resources. DataSphere intelligently determines which storage system can actually meet application needs and then automatically moves data as necessary, without any impact to live I/O processes. This ensures enterprises meet VM requirements efficiently, using the full capabilities of their existing storage investments.

DataSphere is complementary to VMware Storage Policy Based Management which provides dynamic control of storage service levels for individual Virtual Machines (VMs) and VMDKs. By separating the data path from the control path, the DataSphere platform unites data management across a storage independent, global dataspace that spans different storage types and access protocols. Integrated Data Analytics, combined with Smart Data Mobility, eliminates the need to excessively overprovision storage, while ensuring that VMs meet required Service Levels. 

The Primary Data DataSphere platform also leverages vSphere Storage APIs for Storage Awareness to deliver a VMware-certified universal VASA provider, enabling both existing and new storage resources – from server-side flash to NAS and cloud storage – to be presented as a single, easy-to-manage, VMware-certified Virtual Volume datastore. Regardless of storage vendor management, protocol type, or the number of systems added to the DataSphere, DataSphere allows a single VVol to be presented to VMware vSphere, overcoming storage silos and greatly simplifying manageability.

“Primary Data’s DataSphere is an innovative example of how VMware partners are helping customers reallocate time traditionally spent managing infrastructure to adding real business value from storage assets,” said Lee Caswell, vice president, Storage and Availability Products, VMware.  “Our complementary technologies make it possible for our mutual customers to seamlessly manage more complex storage environments with common management.”

“IT teams at companies even just a few years old can manage dozens of different systems with different capabilities, creating a lot of complexity and cost,” said George Crump, Lead Analyst, StorageSwitzerland.com. “DataSphere enables enterprises to modernize their infrastructure and overcome storage silos with a software-defined solution that puts storage systems to work serving the data that aligns best with the capabilities of each system. This helps overcome the expense of overprovisioning by optimizing storage efficiency, and also makes it easier to add new solutions like VMware SPBM and Virtual Volumes across existing storage resources.” 

Product Availability

The DataSphere platform is now available from Primary Data and its reseller partners. Enterprises interested in evaluations can contact sales@primarydata.com to arrange a complimentary consultation and software trial. VMworld 2016 U.S. attendees can see DataSphere in action at booth 2123 from August 28 – September 1, 2016. 

About Primary Data

Primary Data transforms datacenter architectures by orchestrating the right data to the right place at the right time. Through data virtualization, the Primary Data DataSphere platform creates a global dataspace across direct-attached, network-attached, private and public cloud storage to deliver unprecedented manageability, performance, and efficiency. The storage-agnostic DataSphere platform features an intelligent Objective engine that automatically moves data across file, block, and object storage to meet evolving application requirements in real time. Visit us at www.primarydata.com or follow us on Twitter at @Primary_Data.

ATLANTA, Ga. – Roadie Inc., the on-the-way delivery network, today announced that it will provide free pickup and delivery for Roadie gigs traveling to and from Baton Rouge -- allowing people to send much-needed clothing, supplies and other non-perishable goods to friends and family affected by the devastating floods in the region. Users simply post items they want to send, and Roadie will cover the cost of delivery through its on-the-way community of drivers.

Many of the items needed in the wake of the flood -- like mattresses, furniture, appliances and other household supplies -- can be difficult or cost-prohibitive to ship.  At the same time, thousands of vehicles are already driving along I-10, I-12, and other major corridors around Baton Rouge on any given day. Roadie is an app-based community that puts unused capacity in passenger vehicles to work by connecting people with stuff to send with drivers already heading in the right direction.

“Tens of thousands of homes have been lost or damaged in Baton Rouge, and now that the flood waters are receding, people are coming together to rebuild,” said Marc Gorlin, founder and CEO of Roadie. “Roadie was built around the concept of neighbors helping neighbors. If you have an extra couch or mattress in your basement in Houston, and your sister really needs it in Baton Rouge, then shipping hurdles shouldn’t get in the way. Roadie can connect communities of people who want to give with communities of drivers who want to help. In my mind, there’s no greater use of the community we’ve built here.”

Roadie is available for download in the App Store, Google Play store, or at www.roadie.com. Users simply set up a gig, select a driver and get their items on the road. Shipments can be tracked in real time on any device.

Volunteers, students, church groups, business travelers or other road warriors heading to Baton Rouge can earn extra cash for trips they’re already taking, while at the same time helping those in need. Drivers can download the app and bid on gigs that make sense for their schedules and the direction they are already going.  All miles driven for Roadie gigs qualify for a tax write-off, and drivers enjoy benefits such as free roadside assistance, free food and drinks at Waffle House, and savings from other Roadie partners.

For more information about how to help residents of Baton Rouge, visit the Roadie blog.

Roadie is revolutionizing the way consumers and businesses send oversized, heavy or awkwardly shaped items, saving time and money over traditional carriers.  Since launching in January 2015, the Roadie app has been downloaded by more than 250,000 people nationwide.

About Roadie

Headquartered in Atlanta, Roadie is an app-based community that puts unused capacity in passenger vehicles to work by connecting people with stuff to send with drivers heading in the right direction. Roadie’s model enables efficient, low cost delivery for senders and rewards drivers for trips they were already taking. Roadie is backed by Warren Stephens of Stephens Inc.; the UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund; Eric Schmidt’s TomorrowVentures; David Bonderman, founder of TPG Capital; Guggenheim Partners’ Executive Chairman Alan Schwartz; Square Co founder Jim McKelvey; the Mellon Group; former CEO of ISS Tom Noonan, and H. Barton Asset Management, among others. To learn more about the world’s first on-the-way delivery network, visit www.roadie.com.

Unified Architecture Adds Apache Spark Integration, Advanced In-Database Machine Learning and Support for Microsoft Azure

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced the next release of HPE Vertica, codenamed "Frontloader." HPE Vertica 8 introduces a unified architecture and advanced in-database analytics capabilities that enable users to conduct sophisticated analysis at industry-leading scale and speed, regardless of where their data resides.

One of the biggest issues facing organizations today is extracting intelligence from data residing in multiple silos across the datacenter. HPE Vertica 8 provides organizations with a unique, analyze-in-place, unified architecture that enables businesses to continually gain intelligence from their information, wherever it lives. Organizations can use HPE Vertica 8's flexible deployment options across on-premise, private, and public clouds, and in Hadoop data lakes, to adopt a best-fit solution that allows them to choose where and how they run analytics.

"Building on our Vertica mantra of delivering the broadest deployment and consumption models, and best-fit engineering, HPE Vertica 8 delivers an innovative platform that allows organizations to access and analyze the largest volumes and various forms of data, regardless of where the data is located," said Colin Mahony (@cpmahony), Senior Vice President and General Manager, Big Data Platform, HPE Software. "Integrated with broad in-database applied machine learning analytic capabilities and open source innovation, Vertica 8 gives companies a competitive edge to solve problems faster and at lower costs."

HPE Vertica 8 also includes core data movement and orchestration enhancements, resulting in up to 700 percent faster data loading for hundreds of thousands of columns, simplified data loading from Amazon S3, and comprehensive visual monitoring of Apache Kafka data streams.

"To ensure our Cerner Millennium Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Platform delivers rapid response and high performance to thousands of critical care givers, we require a massively scalable, enterprise-grade analytics platform," said Dan Woicke, Director of Enterprise System Management, Cerner Corporation (@Cerner). "With HPE Vertica 8, we have peace of mind, knowing that as we continue to grow in users, data, and stringent SLAs, our system can scale to address the largest and highest concurrency and performance needs. All of this, while allowing us to take advantage of Hadoop open source technologies where it makes sense for us as a nimble business."

New support for Microsoft Azure Cloud

HPE Vertica with Azure support is immediately available via the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, giving organizations the flexibility and freedom to choose the right cloud platform for their needs. This announcement represents the next step in our collaboration with Microsoft and builds on the strategic agreement that HPE and Microsoft signed at the end of 2015 to meet the growing demands of our joint enterprise customers for best-in-class hybrid computing experiences.

"With Azure, Microsoft is delivering a world class cloud platform to help customers accelerate their digital transformation," said Mike Schutz, General Manager, Cloud Platform Product Marketing, Microsoft. "A key part of this is fostering a strong ecosystem of enterprise-grade applications on Azure. HPE's selection of Azure as a fully supported platform for their flagship offerings such as Vertica highlights our joint commitment to meet the dynamic needs of today's digital enterprises."

The new release includes dozens of critical core enhancements to increase system reliability under extreme concurrency levels, natively integrate with open source innovations for analysis-in-place, and achieve enterprise-class performance and security. New HPE Vertica 8 features include:

  • In-Database Machine Learning - Traditional machine learning applications often require data scientists to build and tune models using only small subsets of data that result in inaccuracies and delays. With Vertica's in-database applied machine learning algorithms, teams can natively create and deploy R based machine learning models directly in Vertica for larger sets of data, accelerating the decision making process with pinpoint accuracy.
  • Analysis-in-Place Analytics on Hadoop - Users can derive more value from their Hadoop data lakes with Vertica's high-performance Parquet and ORC Readers that enable users to securely access and analyze data that resides in Hadoop data lakes without copying or moving the data. Now, organizations can enjoy high performance and Hadoop-based economics in a seamless solution.
  • Expanded Multi-cloud capabilities and support - Now, organizations have more deployment options than ever. Vertica is optimized for both AWS and now Microsoft Azure cloud deployment. The new Vertica release also incorporates expanded AWS support with seamless access to S3, tighter security, and more.
  • Optimized Apache Spark Adapter - This optimized intelligent adapter enables fast data exchange between Vertica and Spark systems so that data scientists can build more robust machine learning models in Spark for queries on small data sets and tap into extensive Vertica in-database SQL analytics for the most sophisticated queries on the largest data volumes at massive scale.

HPE Vertica 8 "Frontloader" will be generally available during HPE's fiscal Q4.

Additional Information
This week in Boston, HPE is hosting the HPE Big Data Conference. The conference will feature a wide range of customer speakers, including representatives from AOL, Avito, Bank of New York Mellon, Cerner, China PnR, Etsy, GlaxoSmithKline, New York Genome Center, Spanish Ministry of Interior, Uber, and many others who will share their story on how they use HPE Big Data software to become data-driven organizations. Keep up with HPE Big Data Conference happenings by following the hashtag #SeizeTheData and follow @HPE_BigData.

For more information on HPE Vertica 8 "Frontloader," please click here and visit our HPE Big Data Blog here.

For more information on HPE Vertica Analytics Platform for Azure please visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/partners/hpe/vericahpe-vertica/.

Join HPE Software on LinkedIn and follow @HPE_Software on Twitter. To learn more about HPE Vertica on Twitter, please follow @HPE_BigData and join HPE Big Data on LinkedIn.


Accelerate Enterprises' Journey to the Hybrid Cloud With New NSX, Virtual SAN and vRealize Automation Capabilities

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX), a VMware vCloud Air Network partner, today announced from VMworld® that it will support VMware Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) technologies including VMware NSX®, Virtual SAN™ and vRealize® Suite as a part of Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware. The offering, available in early access in October 2016, will accelerate enterprises' journey from their data centers to the hybrid cloud by transitioning on-premises workloads into a Rackspace-hosted SDDC environment.

Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware helps enable enterprises to run, migrate or extend their on-premises workloads into a dedicated single-tenant private cloud. With this new offering, Rackspace is extending support beyond VMware compute virtualization to include network virtualization, software-defined storage and cloud management platform support. This will give customers native access to VMware SDDC technologies with the enhanced security of a single-tenant private cloud, backed by Fanatical Support®.

"With more than a decade's worth of VMware operational expertise gained from operating thousands of virtual machines and hypervisors on a global scale, Rackspace is well positioned to extend support capabilities to VMware SDDC technologies," said Kaushik Balasubramanian, senior director of VMware Practice at Rackspace. "This is a logical step toward helping facilitate enterprise adoption of the hybrid cloud model, while accelerating businesses' journey toward the software-defined model of infrastructure. This also furthers our company mission to provide the best expertise and support for the world's leading clouds."

Rackspace support for VMware SDDC technologies allows customers to offload daily management while gaining the following benefits:

  • Consistent Tooling and Code: Customers can migrate or extend to the VMware cloud without retooling environments or refactoring code by leveraging the same VMware technology that enterprises run in their data centers through Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware.
  • On-Demand Access and Automation with Control: Customers receive self service access to VMware virtualization infrastructure, applications and custom services in the cloud. Enterprise central IT can further enable the DevOps model by automating the rapid delivery of resources internally, while maintaining control through policy-based governance and resource quotas, service levels, and security and compliance standards.
  • Leverage Existing VMware Investments: Customers maintain value of existing investments made in training, VMware technology and familiar tools by accelerating adoption of software-defined infrastructure.
  • Managed by Rackspace, Powered by VMware: Customers have access to 24x7x365 Fanatical Support more than 100 VMware Certified Professionals (VCPs) to help migrate, architect, secure and operate VMware clouds. Rackspace was named Service Provider Partner of the Year in the 2015 Americas VMware Partner Innovation Awards for achievements in the partner ecosystem.

"VMware software-defined data center technologies aim to meet enterprise demand for a solution that will ease adoption and automation of the cloud," said Geoff Waters, vice president, Global Service Providers at VMware. "We are excited to strengthen our alignment with Rackspace, a strategic vCloud Air Network partner, as the company extends its Fanatical Support to the SDDC stack to help bring this technology to more enterprises across the globe. We look forward to our continued collaboration."

According to Gartner, "For data center and infrastructure software providers, investing in the development of appropriate and disruptive SDDC technologies is essential. Customers and prospects are looking for benefits such as improved agility and reduced capital expenditure (capex), which SDDC technologies can deliver. SDDC also includes features and capabilities such as abstraction, instrumentation and policy management, which should be programmable, automated and orchestrated. The combination of these capabilities fosters innovations that optimize infrastructure and application use of underlying infrastructure."1

Rackspace support for VMware SDDC will be available in early access in the U.S. in October 2016. To learn more about Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware, visit: http://go.rackspace.com/dedicated-servers-govmware-getsddc.

1 Gartner, SDx: Build and Market Software-Defined Data Center Offerings Primer for 2016, Fabrizio Biscotti, Roger W. Cox, Michael Warrilow, Joe Skorupa, Naresh Singh, 28 January 2016

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About Rackspace
Rackspace (NYSE: RAX), the #1 managed cloud company, helps businesses tap the power of cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it on their own. Rackspace engineers deliver specialized expertise, easy-to-use tools, and Fanatical Support® for leading technologies developed by AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, VMware and others. The company serves customers in 120 countries, including more than half of the FORTUNE 100. Rackspace was named a leader in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, and has been honored by Fortune, Forbes, and others as one of the best companies to work for. Learn more at www.rackspace.com.

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New Integration With VMware vRealize Suite Delivers Real-Time Visibility and Control Over Software-Defined Environments, Paving the Way for Accelerated Adoption

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – ExtraHop, the global leader in real-time wire data analytics for IT intelligence and business operations, today announced two new integrations with VMware's enterprise-ready, cloud management platform, VMware vRealize® Suite. The integrations with VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™ and VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™ deepen the company's strategic relationship with VMware, giving mutual customers unparalleled real-time visibility into the performance, availability and security of the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC). ExtraHop will showcase these new integrations at booth #627 during VMworld, August 28-September 1, 2016.

According to Gartner, "As organizations' business models become digital, their traditional IT architectures are not agile or flexible enough to support growth and elasticity. As a result, spending is driven toward cloud-based hardware and software offerings. This move to the cloud, in turn, necessitates the use of modern management tools, such as free and open-source software that are different than tools used to manage for only on-premises IT infrastructure." (SDx: Build and Market Software-Defined Data Center Offerings Primer for 2016, January 28, 2016).

"Software-defined datacenters offer unprecedented business agility as well as rich management data with industry standard API's for analytics across all layers of the OSI stack," said Rob Smoot, Vice President, Product Marketing, Cloud Management Business Unit, VMware. "Together, VMware and ExtraHop are combining infrastructure- and application-level data sources within VMware vRealize Operations Manager for analytics at the application protocol and port layers. This data is correlated with the virtualized compute, network, and storage information for enhanced visibility, troubleshooting, compliance, and capacity management."

With ExtraHop, VMware users can now automate the integration of wire data analytics into the VMware vRealize management architecture to gain real-time insight across the VMware software-defined data center, achieving the following benefits for enterprise IT:

  • Dynamic On-Demand Visibility. The ExtraHop VMware vRealize Orchestrator Plugin makes it easy to automatically discover all VMware virtual machines and virtual switches as they are added to the environment, allowing users to classify and monitor these assets without any additional configuration.
  • Intelligent Automation. ExtraHop alerts are used to trigger automated workflows within the VMware vRealize platform to improve agility and reduce management overhead.
  • Centralized Management for Complete Insight. ExtraHop pulls rich wire data off of the network, and empowers customers to correlate insights with machine data, to deliver a complete view of virtualized environments and within a console VMware admins already use. This streamlined workflow gives visibility into the performance impact of SDDC orchestration in real time, and monitors application workloads as they migrate across the datacenter.

"SDDCs have the potential to unlock a new horizon of IT and business agility, but the realities of deployment and monitoring are not always straightforward and significantly limits the time to value," said John Leon, Vice President of Business Development at ExtraHop. "The extensive management capabilities of the vRealize suite, coupled with rich, real-time wire data from ExtraHop, rapidly provides customers with the global insights they need to take advantage of SDDC's promise and transform IT operations in the process."

At a recent award ceremony, ExtraHop impressed influential industry expert Brian Madden, and a panel of fellow judges, who selected the ExtraHop Platform as "Best of Show" for demonstrating the ability to quickly deliver value to customers. "We picked ExtraHop because their platform was the only one that could provide value immediately. It's not something you download, then install or buy, then ship and build, and then your environment is awesome, eventually. You can put the product in, push go, and get the benefits instantaneously," said Madden.

About ExtraHop
ExtraHop makes real-time data-driven IT operations possible. By harnessing the power of wire data in real time, network, application, security, and business teams make faster, more accurate decisions that optimize performance and minimize risk. Hundreds of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies such as Sony, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Adobe, and Google, start with ExtraHop to discover, observe, analyze, and intelligently act on all data in flight on-premises and in the cloud. To experience the power of ExtraHop, explore our interactive online demo. Connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

VMware, vRealize, vRealize Suite, vRealize Orchestrator and vRealize Operations Manager are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.

New Version of Risk Fabric® Prioritizes Threats and Vulnerabilities, Deputizes Line-of-Business Leaders and Automates Cyber Risk Management

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Bay Dynamics® unveiled today a new version of its flagship cyber risk analytics platform, Risk Fabric®, that helps companies measure, communicate and reduce cyber risk. Risk Fabric is the leading solution in the market that automatically delivers prioritized threat and vulnerability information based on the value of assets at risk to line-of-business leaders who are responsible for reducing risk to those assets.

"Risk Fabric has proven to be the leading platform in helping large, Fortune 500 companies prioritize and combat insider and external threats to their most valued assets," said Ryan Stolte, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Bay Dynamics. "Now, we are taking the platform one step further. Security practitioners can say 'goodbye' to the daunting, manual process of figuring out which vulnerabilities and threats are the most critical and who is responsible for mitigating them. Risk Fabric automatically delivers prioritized cyber risk information to the stakeholders who govern valued assets at risk and are therefore held accountable for reducing that risk."

Bay Dynamics Risk Fabric provides three critical components of cyber risk reduction. The platform enables companies to optimize their vulnerability lifecycle management. Security teams are overwhelmed by the mountain of vulnerabilities uncovered by a vulnerability scan. Once they determine which endpoints, systems and applications are vulnerable to an attack, they do not know which steps to take next and in what order. As a result, they spend countless hours manually determining who owns the vulnerable asset, the value of that asset if it were compromised and if there is an active threat to that asset. Risk Fabric automatically compiles and sends that information to the line-of-business application owners who govern the assets at risk so that they can be held accountable for patching the associated vulnerabilities.

Risk Fabric collects and analyzes threat, vulnerability and business context data coming from companies' existing security tools, adds a layer of user and entity behavior analytics and correlates the different data sources to ultimately enable companies to measure and manage their cyber risk. This comprehensive approach helps companies prioritize their vulnerability lifecycle, prevent credential-based threats such as those coming from insiders and compromised accounts, and prevent software-based threats like malware.

Finally, Risk Fabric bridges the cyber risk reporting gap between security executives and the board of directors. According to a recent survey conducted by Osterman Research, 89 percent of board members say they are very involved in making cyber risk decisions and 74 percent say cyber risk information is reported to them weekly. Risk Fabric produces board-ready cyber risk reports that are traceable, trustworthy and actionable so that boards of directors can make informed decisions to reduce risk.

For more information about Risk Fabric, go to: http://baydynamics.com/risk-fabric/

About Bay Dynamics
Bay Dynamics® is a cyber risk analytics company that helps companies measure, communicate and reduce cyber risk. The company's flagship analytics software, Risk Fabric®, automates the process of analyzing security information so that it's traceable, trustworthy and prioritized. The platform makes cyber risk everyone's business -- from employees to line-of-business application owners to the board -- and actively engages all parties in measurably reducing it. Bay Dynamics enables some of the world's largest organizations to understand the state of their cyber security posture, including contextual awareness of what their insiders, vendors and bad actors are doing, which is key to effective cyber risk management. For more information, please visit www.baydynamics.com.

Follow Bay Dynamics on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BAYDYNAMICS, on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/bay-dynamics/, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bay.dynamics.

Bay Dynamics and Risk Fabric are registered trademarks of Bay Dynamics, Inc. Other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

  • High Sustained IOPS & Consistent Low Latency for High Quality of Service
  • Flexible Over-provisioning
  • Enterprise Class Reliability with Advanced Data Protection
  • Kingston to Demo Enterprise Solutions at VMworld including World’s Fastest 2.5" SSD

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced Data Center 400 (DC400) SSD, the latest solid-state drive to its family of enterprise solutions. DC400 SSD is an entry-level enterprise drive designed for server use in data centers especially for customers who deploy a rip-and-replace strategy. It is ideal for read-intensive applications such as boot, web servers and lower data rate operational databases and analytics – especially in data center mixed workload environments where endurance and reliability are important.

“DC400 SSD’s combination of high IOPS, low latency and advanced data protection gives server IT managers and decision makers the perfect front-loading server storage option that they can deploy with confidence.”

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DC400 SSD offers superior quality of service for data center customers whose workload environment calls for sustained IOPS and consistent low latency. An expanded on-board DRAM acceleration cache enables high, sustained IOPS to increase performance over a wide range of read/write workloads. Standard as well as user-adjustable over-provisioning improves random IOPS performance and endurance while enterprise firmware improves latency and delivers consistently low data access times under steady-state workloads. Additionally, DC400 SSD features enterprise-class reliability with end-to-end data path protection and firmware-implemented power-loss protection (“pFAIL”).

“Kingston is proud to offer our next generation entry-level enterprise SATA SSD to our data center and corporate customers looking for consistent application performance, stringent quality of service requirements and all-around reliability,” said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. “DC400 SSD’s combination of high IOPS, low latency and advanced data protection gives server IT managers and decision makers the perfect front-loading server storage option that they can deploy with confidence.”

DC400 SSD is available in 400GB, 480GB, 800GB, 960GB, 1.6TB and 1.8TB capacities2. The 400GB, 800GB and 1.6TB capacities are performance optimized with greater IOPs for faster application performance and reduced storage latency. The 1.8TB capacity read-intensive optimized model is factory-tuned for read-intensive workloads.

To further help companies and organizations out, Kingston offers industry-leading sales support through its Ask an Expert program. It also offers the Kingston SSD Manager, a free, downloadable toolbox to monitor drive health, status and disk usage.

Kingston will show off its entire enterprise SSD offerings including the new DC400 SSD during VMworld 2016 at booth #555. It will also demo the forthcoming EP2500 PCIe U.2 SSD, the world’s fastest 2.5" SSD. Customers at the show can also see EP1000 M.2 AIC PCIe NVMe SSD which consists of up to four 1TB M.2 PCIe SSDs in NVMe mode mounted on a single card.

DC400 is backed by a limited five-year warranty1 and free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability. For more information, visit www.kingston.com.

DC400 SSD Features & Specifications:

  • Form factor: 2.5"
  • Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s)
  • Capacities2: 400GB, 480GB, 800GB, 960GB, 1.6TB, 1.8TB
  • Sequential Read/Write:
    • 400GB – up to 555/535MB/s
    • 480GB – up to 555/535MB/s
    • 800GB – up to 555/530MB/s
    • 960GB – up to 555/520MB/s
    • 1600GB – up to 555/510MB/s
    • 1800GB – up to 555/500MB/s
  • Maximum Random 4k Read/Write:
    • 400GB – up to 99,000/90,000 IOPS
    • 480GB – up to 99,000/90,000 IOPS
    • 800GB – up to 99,000/89,000 IOPS
    • 960GB – up to 99,000/88,000 IOPS
    • 1600GB – up to 100,000/88,000 IOPS
    • 1800GB – up to 99,000/86,000 IOPS
  • Steady-State 4k Read/Write:
    • 400GB – up to 85,000/35,000 IOPS
    • 480GB – up to 85,000/11,000 IOPS
    • 800GB – up to 78,000/32,000 IOPS
    • 960GB – up to 78,000/11,000 IOPS
    • 1600GB – up to 78,000/32,000 IOPS
    • 1800GB – up to 67,000/18,000 IOPS
  • Quality of Service (Latency)5 6:
    • Read/Write: <400µs / <4ms (99.9%)
  • Hot-Plug Capable
  • Static and Dynamic Wear Leveling
  • Enterprise SMART Tools: reliability tracking, usage statistics, life remaining, wear leveling, temperature
  • Endurance:
    • 480GB: 257TB3 (0.30 DWPD)4
    • 960GB: 564TB3 (0.32 DWPD)4
    • 400GB: 422TB3 (0.57 DWPD)4
    • 800GB: 860TB3 (0.58 DWPD)4
    • 1600GB: 1678TB3 (0.57 DWPD)4
    • 1800GB: 1432TB3 (0.43 DWPD)4
  • Power Consumption:
    • Idle: 1.56W
    • Average: 1.6W
    • Max Read: 1.8W
    • Max Write: 4.86W
  • Storage temperature: -40°C ~ 85°C
  • Operating temperature: 0°C ~ 70°C
  • Dimensions: 69.9mm x 100mm x 7.0mm
  • Weight: 92.34g
  • Vibration operating: 2.17G Peak (7–800Hz)
  • Vibration non-operating: 20G Peak (10–2000Hz)
  • MTBF: 2 million hours
  • Warranty/support: Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support1

1 Limited warranty based on 5 years or SSD “Life Remaining” which can be found using the Kingston SSD Manager (kingston.com/SSDManager). A new, unused product will show a wear indicator value of one hundred (100), whereas a product that has reached its endurance limit of program erase cycles will show a wear indicator value of one (1). See kingston.com/wa for details.
2 Some of the listed capacity on a Flash storage device is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. As such, the actual available capacity for data storage is less than what is listed on the products. For more information, go to Kingston’s Flash memory Guide at kingston.com/flashguide.
3 Total Bytes Written (TBW) is derived from the JEDEC Enterprise Workload (JESD219A).
4 Drives Writes Per Day (DWPD)
5 Workload based on FIO, Random 4KB QD=1 workload, measured as the time taken for 99.9 percentile of commands to finish the round-trip from host to drive and to host.
6 Measurement taken once the workload has reached steady state but including all background activities required for normal operation and data reliability.

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About Kingston Digital, Inc.

Kingston Digital, Inc. (“KDI”) is the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Established in 2008, KDI is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, USA. For more information, please visit www.kingston.com or call 800-337-8410

LAS VEGAS – As part of its strategic partnership with VMware, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, has collaborated with VMware, to develop the first fully operational prototype of a VMware Cloud Foundation-based software-defined data center (SDDC) rack that uses NVMe solid state drives. The prototype will be first exhibited today at VMworld® 2016 in the Samsung booth (#1559) at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center here in Las Vegas.

“Our collaboration with Samsung, to combine VSAN with Samsung NVMe SSDs, in VMware Cloud Foundation, brings low latency flash to mainstream applications and makes flash affordable to business-critical applications.”

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The VMware Cloud Foundation-based rack was built using six Dell R730XD servers, each configured with two Samsung PM1725 NVMe solid state drives (SSDs) as the caching tier and six Samsung PM863 SATA SSDs as the capacity tier. The prototype spans successful imaging and bring-up of the integrated system rack, creation of a workload domain, and deployment of applications within the workload-domain-hosted VMware vSphere® cluster.

"VMware Cloud Foundation is based on VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 with support for all-flash storage and greater data efficiency,” said Raj Yavatkar, VMware fellow, chief architect for VMware Cloud Foundation, VMware. “Our collaboration with Samsung, to combine VSAN with Samsung NVMe SSDs, in VMware Cloud Foundation, brings low latency flash to mainstream applications and makes flash affordable to business-critical applications.”

“Through our strong ongoing strategic relationship with VMware, we are providing the best of both worlds for IT managers by allowing them to quickly build and deploy public and private clouds using the VMware Cloud Foundation combined with our NVMe SSDs,” said Michael Williams, Vice President, Memory Product Planning, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. “Samsung NVMe SSDs deliver a new level of performance for VMware Cloud Foundation-based systems that is simply not attainable with SAS or SATA SSDs.”

Selected for the caching tier, the PM1725 SSD allows enterprise scale-up storage systems to fully utilize the low latency and extremely high efficiency of the NVMe interface. Based on Samsung’s 3-bit MLC V-NAND technology and the NVMe 1.2 standard, the PM1725 features a native PCIe Gen-3 x8 interface, allowing a single drive to deliver up to one million random read IOPS and 140K random write IOPS, as well as reading sequentially at up to 6GB/s and writing sequentially at 1.9GB/s. The PM1725 can also provide five DWPDs (drive writes per day) of write endurance for five years, allowing it to support write-intensive enterprise caching applications, as well as read-intensive primary storage.

For the capacity tier, Samsung’s PM863 is the industry’s most flexible family of SATA SSDs for servers and storage systems. The PM863 is available in a wide range of capacities, from 120GB to 3.84TB in a 2.5” 7mm-thick form factor. PM863 SSDs are powered by Samsung 3-bit MLC V-NAND technology, which ushered in a new era of cost-effective, all-flash, read-intensive storage for SATA-based data centers.

VMware Cloud Foundation brings together the power of vSphere, VirtualSAN, NSX and SDDC Manager into a natively integrated stack that makes it extremely easy to deploy and operate an SDDC, according to VMware. It includes automated installation, configuration and deployment of the virtual infrastructure stack. The automation allows customers to instantiate a cloud instance either as an on-premises private cloud or as a per-tenant cloud instance in a public cloud. It also can reduce the TCO through simplified and automated infrastructure lifecycle management, including day-to-day operations and upgrade/update management.

To find more information about the VMware Cloud Foundation solution and Samsung’s collaborative role, visit http://www.vmware.com/products/cloud-foundation

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at news.samsung.com

VMware, VMware NSX, VMware vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN and VMworld are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions.

ATLANTA & BANGALORE, India – Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO), a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company and Stibo Systems, a global leader in multi-domain Master Data Management (MDM) solutions, today announced a partnership, that will see the two companies collaborate to offer Master Data Management (MDM) solutions. This partnership is aimed at building trust-worthy data foundations to help joint customers derive accurate insights as they embrace digital transformation.

News: @StiboSystems, @Wipro form global partnership to deliver greater #MDM value for customers

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Wipro's deep expertise in end-to-end Analytics, Master Data Management (MDM) and Information Management (IM) solutions, across industries when combined with Stibo Systems’ award-winning Master Data Management solution, STEP Trailblazer, will widen the scope and value of solutions that can be offered to customers, worldwide. Stibo Systems’ STEP Trailblazer solution provides users with a powerful, editable grid-based view of product data, which facilitates the transfer of multiple items such as product families and variants while simultaneously performing crucial validation checks.

As part of this partnership, Wipro and Stibo Systems, will also set-up a state-of-the art MDM Center of Excellence (COE) in Bangalore that will showcase industry best practices, standards and guidelines that can be leveraged for customer projects.

“In an increasingly digital world, it is imperative that organizations implement a modern and, more importantly, proven, data and analytics strategy, that enables them to apply insight to actual business practices. Wipro’s deep multi-domain MDM expertise combined with Stibo Systems’ leading master data management solution, will empower our customers by providing them with trusted information and insights, that can transform the way they conduct business,” said Pallab Deb, Vice President & Global Head - Analytics, Wipro Limited.

“Stibo Systems consistently works with partners to foster innovation, which has translated into faster implementation times, increased ROI (return on investment) and overall greater business value for our customers,” said Andreas Lorenzen, President of Stibo Systems, North America. “We value Wipro’s rich industry domain knowledge and technical expertise, and look forward to working together so to help our customers step up to the unique challenges they face when trying to grow their business and maximize their return on investment.”

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About Wipro Limited

Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) is a leading information technology, consulting and business process services company that delivers solutions to enable its clients do business better. Wipro delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360 degree view of “Business through Technology.” By combining digital strategy, customer centric design, advanced analytics and product engineering approach, Wipro helps its clients create successful and adaptive businesses. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, Wipro has a dedicated workforce of over 170,000, serving clients across 6 continents. For more information, please visit www.wipro.com

About Stibo Systems

Stibo Systems is the global leader in multi-domain Master Data Management (MDM) solutions. Industry leaders rely on Stibo Systems to provide cross-channel consistency by linking product and customer data, suppliers and other organizational assets. This enables businesses to make more effective decisions, improve sales and build shareholder value. During the last 30 years, Stibo Systems has helped hundreds of companies to develop a trusted source of operational information. A privately held subsidiary of the Stibo A/S group, which was originally founded in 1794, Stibo Systems' corporate headquarters is located in Aarhus, Denmark. For more information, visit www.stibosystems.com

Forward-looking and Cautionary Statements

Certain statements in this release concerning our future growth prospects are forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties relating to these statements include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties regarding fluctuations in our earnings, revenue and profits, our ability to generate and manage growth, intense competition in IT services, our ability to maintain our cost advantage, wage increases in India, our ability to attract and retain highly skilled professionals, time and cost overruns on fixed-price, fixed-time frame contracts, client concentration, restrictions on immigration, our ability to manage our international operations, reduced demand for technology in our key focus areas, disruptions in telecommunication networks, our ability to successfully complete and integrate potential acquisitions, liability for damages on our service contracts, the success of the companies in which we make strategic investments, withdrawal of fiscal governmental incentives, political instability, war, legal restrictions on raising capital or acquiring companies outside India, unauthorized use of our intellectual property, and general economic conditions affecting our business and industry. Additional risks that could affect our future operating results are more fully described in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available at www.sec.gov. We may, from time to time, make additional written and oral forward-looking statements, including statements contained in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and our reports to shareholders. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by us or on our behalf.

Ninety Percent of Agencies Using Big Data Say it’s Improved Cybersecurity

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT, today announced the results of its new report, “Navigating the Cybersecurity Equation.” The study, underwritten by Cloudera, reveals that 81 percent of Feds say their agency is using big data analytics for cybersecurity in some capacity – 53 percent are using it as a part of their overall cybersecurity strategy and 28 percent are using it in a limited capacity. However, breaches continue to afflict agencies with 59 percent of Feds reporting their agency deals with a cybersecurity compromise at least once a month due to their inability to fully analyze data.

[REPORT] Navigating the #CyberEquation: Using #BigData & Analytics http://bit.ly/2bTisG5 @cloudera

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It’s clear that Feds are struggling to stay afloat. Eighty-eight percent of Federal agencies face challenges drawing cybersecurity intelligence from data and the majority says the task has become more difficult in the past two years. Fewer than half of those using big data analytics for cybersecurity (45 percent) say they trust their efforts to be highly effective. Feds stated the following as top challenges:

  • Sheer volume of cybersecurity data is overwhelming (49 percent)
  • Agencies don’t have the right systems in place to gather the cybersecurity information they need (33 percent)
  • Information is no longer timely when it makes it to cybersecurity managers (30 percent)

As a result, more than 40 percent of their data goes unanalyzed. In addition to obvious budget issues, Feds’ efforts are hindered by: lack of skilled personnel (40 percent), potential privacy concerns (27 percent), and lack of management support/awareness (26 percent).

“Internal and external cybersecurity threats will continue to evolve daily and we need to unlock the power of the data in order to regain the advantage,” said Rocky DeStefano, Cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert, Cloudera. “Agencies need complete visibility into the data across their enterprise. These teams also need the ability to flexibly analyze that data in a meaningful timeframe so they can detect advanced threats quickly, identify the impact and reduce the associated risk. Accelerating investment in the platforms necessary to collect and analyze this data is critical to the success of these programs.”

Federal agencies that effectively use big data analytics see improvements in cybersecurity. In fact, 84 percent of big data users say their agency has successfully used big data analytics to thwart a cybersecurity attack and 90 percent have seen a decline in security breaches – malware (50 percent), insider threats (47 percent), and social engineering (46 percent) – as a result of using big data analytics. Agencies see the value big data provides – 94 percent of Feds have plans to invest in big data analytics in the next two years with top planned investments in technology infrastructure (61 percent), hardware (52 percent), and business intelligence tools/analytics (52 percent).

“Agencies face a perfect storm of cybersecurity threats,” said Steve O’Keeffe, founder, MeriTalk. “When you're headed into troubled waters, you need a weather forecast. Big data provides agencies with the visibility to ensure they don't end up the river without a paddle.”

“Navigating the Cybersecurity Equation” is based on an online survey of 150 Federal IT managers to examine how agencies are using big data and advanced analytics to better understand cybersecurity trends and mitigate threats in July 2016. The report has a margin of error of ±7.97% at a 95% confidence level. To download the full report, please visit https://www.meritalk.com/study/navigating-the-cybersecurity-equation/.

About MeriTalk

The voice of tomorrow’s government today, MeriTalk is a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT. Focusing on government’s hot-button issues, MeriTalk hosts Big Data Exchange, Cloud Computing Exchange, Cyber Security Exchange, and Data Center Exchange – platforms dedicated to supporting public-private dialogue and collaboration. MeriTalk connects with an audience of 115,000 government community contacts. For more information, visit www.meritalk.com or follow us on Twitter, @MeriTalk. MeriTalk is a 300Brand organization.

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