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BARRE, VTNorthern Power Systems Corp. (TSX: NPS), a next generation renewable energy technology company, today announced that its flagship distributed generation wind platform is available to businesses, farms and other property owners with a compelling financing solution.

Northern Power Systems is now offering a lease program to allow users to take advantage of wind energy with 100% financing, and no increase of payments during the lease period. According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency (www.eia.gov), US electricity prices are forecasted to increase every year by at least 2.7% in the next 20–30 years, surpassing the expected rate of inflation.

The NPS 100 wind platform is a state-of-the-art product in its third generation of technology, optimized for efficiency and proven to be reliable with a fleet of nearly 500 turbines deployed around the globe. It is targeted to medium level power users, like a wind garden feeding 15-20 homes, a farm with substantial agricultural machinery or a small factory or business that is keen to lock in flat electricity rates, save substantial money and eventually own the asset.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Violin Memory®, Inc. (NYSE: VMEM) announced today that it received notification on January 8, 2016 from the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") that the price of Violin Memory common stock has fallen below the NYSE's continued listing standard, which requires the average closing price of a listed company's common stock to be at least $1.00 per share over a consecutive 30-day trading period.

Violin Memory plans to timely notify the NYSE that it intends to cure the deficiency. The Company has six months following the receipt of the non-compliance notice to cure the deficiency and regain compliance with the NYSE continued listing requirements. During the cure period, Violin Memory common stock will continue to be listed and traded on the NYSE, subject to compliance with the other listing standards. The NYSE notification does not conflict with or violate any of the Company's credit or debt obligations.

If Violin determines to remedy the non-compliance by taking action that will require shareholder approval, such as a reverse stock split, the NYSE will continue to list Violin's common stock pending shareholder approval no later than Violin's next annual meeting of shareholders and the implementation of such action promptly thereafter.

"Our stock price remains at a level that we do not believe reflects the true value of our business and developed technology," said Kevin DeNuccio, president and CEO of Violin Memory. "One year ago, Violin made a strategic shift and product line transition to become a market leader in flash-based primary storage for enterprises with its Flash Storage Platform offering. While this product transition has been challenging, Violin continues to be selected by some of the largest enterprises in the world in their most mission critical applications. We remain focused on completing this product transition and our return to growth. At the same time, we continue to evaluate our strategic alternatives with the guidance of an investment banker, Jefferies LLC," said DeNuccio. 

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

Forward-Looking Statements

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

Research Debuts in CIO's Monthly Digital Issue Covering Tech and Business Strategies and Trends

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – IDG Enterprise's CIO -- the executive-level IT media brand providing insight into business technology leadership -- reveals insights into the business goals and strategies that senior tech leaders are undertaking for the upcoming year in the 2016 State of the CIO Survey (click to tweet). Respondents are focusing their time on three different areas: strategy -- strategic initiatives, growth and innovation activities; transformation -- leading change efforts aligning IT initiatives with business goals, implementing new systems and architecture and cultivating the IT/business partnership; and function -- managing expenses, security and IT crises, and improving IT operations.

With a growing focus on enterprise digital transformation, business initiatives will shape technology budgets, with additional dollars being spent on improving the customer experience (44%), increasing operational efficiency (43%), and increasing cybersecurity protections (41%). As the focus on improving the customer experience increases, many technology leaders are getting first hand insight into what customers are looking for, as 63% of CIOs currently meet with external customers (and 54% of those are looking to increase that frequency in the coming year). Those meeting with external customers are often focused on business strategy initiatives (41%, compared to 19% that rarely/never meet with customers).

"As CIOs face increasing pressure to digitally transform their business, they must first understand what that, in fact, means," said Adam Dennison, SVP/Publisher of CIO. "Digital is not just about moving paper files to electronic ones, but rather seizing disruptive business opportunities made possible by cloud computing, mobility and big data."

As technology leaders transform the tech environment to meet business needs, one thing continues to stay top of mind, security. Twelve percent of the current tech budget is allocated for IT security and over the next three years CIOs anticipate more tightly integrated IT and security strategies. With the number of public cyberattacks it is no surprise that CEOs are requesting data security upgrades resulting in an increased budget allocation.

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About State of the CIO Survey
CIO's 2016 State of the CIO Survey was conducted among the CIO brand's audience. The 15th annual survey fielded online with the objective of understanding the current parameters of the CIO role and how it may be changing over time. To be considered qualified respondents must have identified themselves as the head of IT for their company or a division within it. Results are based on 571 qualified responses. The margin of error on a sample size of 571 is +/- 4.1 percentage points.

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This Extends Reach of IBM Cloud on the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace to Channel Partners Worldwide

IRVINE, Calif. – Ingram Micro (NYSE: IM) today announced it has extended the availability of IBM Cloud to five additional Cloud Marketplaces around the globe, providing companies increased access to infrastructure capabilities from SoftLayer. Building on its existing distribution relationship with Ingram Micro in the U.S., IBM Cloud is now available through the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the U.K., with plans to extend the offering into additional markets soon. 

The Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace is an ecosystem of buyers, sellers and solutions that allows channel partners to purchase, configure, provision, and manage cloud technologies with confidence and ease. It removes the complexity in procurement, management, and support that is often characteristic in cloud technologies, while helping channel partners simplify success in the cloud. The Cloud Marketplace provides efficient management of the complete end-customer cloud subscription lifecycle from a single, automated platform, offering a portfolio of vetted solutions that covers all major business categories including: infrastructure, security, communication and collaboration, business applications, and cloud management services. View a live demonstration of the Cloud Marketplace here.

Through this extended relationship, channel partners worldwide have additional tools to provision and manage IBM Cloud and other cloud offerings through a single online portal. The Cloud Marketplace also delivers fully-automated pre-packaged IBM Cloud service plans which include Virtual Private Server, Bare Metal Recovery, and Network Gateway Appliances.

IBM Cloud offers a high-performance cloud delivery model that includes bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage, security services, and networking. These services can be deployed on demand with full remote access and control through a customer Web portal or API, allowing customers to create their ideal public, private, or hybrid cloud environments.

The SoftLayer infrastructure from IBM is an automated IaaS platform, which currently extends to data centers throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and beyond, and embraces a comprehensive range of cloud computing options that are connected to an integrated private network and management system. The platform's modular infrastructure facilitates rapid and cost-efficient deployment and extends complete user control to quickly scale cloud offerings on any IBM Cloud data center, worldwide.

"The extended availability of SoftLayer on the Cloud Marketplace provides channel partners with greater access to a high-performing IaaS platform that supports critical workload migration and protects against security and compliance risk," said Nimesh Dave, executive vice president, global cloud, Ingram Micro. "We are excited to strengthen our relationship with IBM and help businesses scale operations to any workload or environment during their cloud transformation."

Ingram Micro's offering also taps into IBM's standards for security and privacy, allowing businesses to greatly benefit from in-country data storage. Through these compliance efforts, public and private sector clients in regulated industries, including healthcare, government, financial, and legal organizations can significantly improve access to their online information and services.

"By extending the availability of IBM Cloud on the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace to these new geographies, Ingram Micro is providing another means to access IBM Cloud worldwide," said David Wilson, Vice President, IBM Cloud Business Partners and Channel Innovation. "This provides IBM with access to new Business Partners that are ready to better serve customers through adoption of IBM Cloud offerings." 

To find out more about Ingram Micro Cloud, visit: http://www.ingrammicrocloud.com

About Ingram Micro Cloud
Ingram Micro is a master cloud service provider (mCSP), offering channel partners and professionals access to a global marketplace, expertise, solutions and enablement programs that empower organizations to configure, provision and manage cloud technologies with confidence and ease. For more information on Ingram Micro Cloud, please visit www.ingrammicrocloud.com.

About Ingram Micro Inc.
Ingram Micro helps businesses Realize the Promise of Technology™. It delivers a full spectrum of global technology and supply chain services to businesses around the world. Deep expertise in technology solutions, mobility, cloud, and supply chain solutions enables its business partners to operate efficiently and successfully in the markets they serve. Unrivaled agility, deep market insights and the trust and dependability that come from decades of proven relationships, set Ingram Micro apart and ahead. More at www.ingrammicro.com.

100%+ Y/Y Revenue Growth, 22nd Consecutive Record Quarter, Continued Product Innovation Accelerates Record Customer Adoption

BOSTON, Mass. – VMTurbo, the only real-time application performance control system for the software-defined data center, today announced its 22nd consecutive record quarter, capping 2015 with over 100% year-over-year growth in annual revenue. Achieving 48% repeat business and a record amount of new bookings, in 2015 VMTurbo added companies such as PNC, PwC, AT&T, Fifth Third Bank, BMC Software, Dimension Data, Pearson Education, Mizuho Bank, Stryker and Monster Worldwide to its family of approximately 1,300 customers.

"2015 was a great performance year for VMTurbo, posting our 22nd sequential quarter of record revenue," said Ben Nye, CEO, VMTurbo. "That's why we've dedicated 2016 as the year of 'Absolute Performance' to our nearly 1,300 customers. The widespread adoption of VMTurbo's application performance control across all industries and businesses, from SMBs to global-enterprises, is accelerating because no other company can guarantee application performance on any stack, anywhere, anytime."

Market Momentum

"2015 saw our strongest performance yet, in terms of revenue, revenue growth, repeat customers and new business," said Mo Garad, CFO. "This is due to the success our nearly 1,300 customers see everyday in their datacenters with VMTurbo, enabling them to guarantee performance; causing our customer growth to accelerate, and our ASP to reach a record high."

Key metrics for 2015 include:

  • 100%+ year-over-year growth, and 22 consecutive quarters of record growth
  • A record number of new bookings. New customers in Q4 include Stryker, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Spencer's Gifts, Eaton Vance, Monster Worldwide, Barnes & Noble and the City of Miami
  • Partnership with Verizon to deliver Intelligent Cloud Control, helping Verizon customers migrate workloads to the ideal public cloud service based on their performance and resource requirements
  • New partnerships with Huawei, a leader global ICT solutions provider, and Tintri, leading producer of VM-aware storage for cloud and virtualized environments, joining the existing VMTurbo ecosystem including Red Hat, Pure Storage, Nutanix and Arista Networks among others
  • Awarded Par 4, Technologent, BigTec and Decision Focus "Partner of the Year" award at VMTurbo's 2016 Company Kickoff for their outstanding work in 2015
  • Adding EMEA Value Added Distributor BigTec to strong portfolio of channel partners, including IBM, Presidio, HPT and many more

Technology Innovation

"VMTurbo is the only control platform that continuously drives our customers' environments to a state of health, helping our customers guarantee performance of their applications, thus driving increased efficiency and agility," said Shmuel Kliger, President and Founder of VMTurbo. "By bringing VMTurbo control to every layer of the stack, including PaaS and multi-cloud infrastructures, we are doubling-down on our commitment to giving IT control over any workload on any application stack, anywhere, any time."

Key Technology Innovations include:

  • Release of Operations Manager 5.4, extending support for Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) through integration with Cloud Foundry
  • Expanding VMTurbo's ecosystem and addressing storage management challenges through integrations with EMC XtremIO and EMC VMAX
  • Extending support for Microsoft SQL Server Active Directory and enabling ability to fully leverage VMware's Cross vCenter live migration capabilities
  • Introduced joint solution with Pure Storage, offering integration with Pure Storage FlashArray
  • Announced investment by Red Hat to accelerate adoption of OpenStack in enterprises and integration of Red Hat CloudForms technology

Industry Recognition

"2015 was a watershed for VMTurbo, as the market embraced the importance of control for the modern datacenter," said Geeta Sachdev, CMO. "This change is driven by our nearly 1,300 customers and over 53,000 global users, true believers in the control VMTurbo delivers. With 91% of those users seeing a return on their initial investment within three months of deploying, the results speak for themselves."

Notable achievements include:

  • According to TechValidate, after deploying VMTurbo:
    • 85% of users saw more than a 20% increase in virtual workload performance
    • 91% of users saw more than a 20% increase in resource utilization
    • 82% of users reported more than a 20% increase in team productivity
    • 91% of users saw ROI within 3 months or less
  • Hosted four TurboFest events across the US and the UK, including San Francisco, London, Atlanta and the Second Annual Octurbofest User Group in Boston
  • Brought the VMTurbo marketplace to VMworld 2015, with presentations from partners and customers including Pure Storage, Nutanix, Arista Networks and Blackbaud
  • Received a number of industry accolades and awards:
    • #344 on Inc. Magazine's List of America's 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies
    • Voted Boston's Coolest Company by BostInno readers
    • Awarded Silver Stevie in the 2015 American Business Awards both for Company of the Year and Executive of the Year
    • Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in 2015 by the Boston Business Journal

About VMTurbo

VMTurbo's Application Performance Control system is trusted by nearly 1300 enterprises to guarantee Quality of Service for any application while maximizing resource utilization in cloud and virtualized environments, including OpenStack. VMTurbo's patented decision-engine technology dynamically analyzes workload demand and automatically matches it to infrastructure supply, taking into consideration application priority and any business or technical constraint.

The VMTurbo platform first launched in August 2010, and users today include many of the world's leading financial institutions, social and e-commerce sites, carriers and service providers. Leveraging VMTurbo, our customers, including PNC, Travelport and Thomson Reuters, assure that applications get the resources they need to operate reliably, while utilizing their most valuable infrastructure and human resources most efficiently. To learn more, visit vmturbo.com.

Achieving Security Audit Attestations Reaffirms CloudLock's Commitment to Highest Security Standards

WALTHAM, Mass. – CloudLock®, the leading provider of Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) and Cybersecurity-as-a-Service solutions, today announced it has successfully completed a SOC 2 Type 2 audit for its cloud security platform for the fourth consecutive year. In addition, the company received the SOC 3 Report, now publicly available, for the second consecutive year.

The audit, conducted by independent accounting and auditing firm Ernst & Young (EY), demonstrates CloudLock's continuous commitment to internal information security practices, policies, procedures and operations by meeting or exceeding the AICPA standards for security, availability and confidentiality.

"It's no secret to our customers, partners and the industry, that we are unceasingly committed to our own security practices and policies. Achieving SOC 2 and receiving the SOC 3 report over consecutive years further exemplifies that promise," said Gil Zimmermann, CEO and co-founder at CloudLock. "Our 700+ customers and 10 million users rely on the fact that we take security as seriously as they do. It's in our DNA to be a security-forward company and, as such, organizations operating in regulated environments with compliance obligations around sensitive data (PCI, PII, IP, etc.) gain the added benefit of being able to leverage CloudLock's certifications as part of their compliance strategy."

CloudLock is also a CSA Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR) program member and TRUSTe verified.

For information about SOC 2 Type 2 and SOC 3, visit aicpa.org.

About CloudLock
CloudLock, the leading CASB and Cybersecurity-as-a-Service provider, offers the Cloud Security Fabric™ enabling enterprises to protect their data in the cloud, reduce risk, achieve compliance, manage threats and increase productivity by continuously monitoring and protecting more than one billion files for more than 10 million end users daily. CloudLock delivers the only complete, risk-appropriate and people-centric approach to cloud cybersecurity. Learn more at www.cloudlock.com.

 

Launch Marks Era of Innovation, Choice and Scalable Performance in Servers, Embedded Networking and Storage Applications

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) marks a major step toward delivering choice and innovation in the datacenter with the launch of the AMD Opteron A1100 System-on-Chip (SoC), formerly codenamed "Seattle." Jointly with its software and hardware partners, AMD is accelerating time-to-deployment of ARM®-based systems and driving forward ecosystem support for ARM in the datacenter.

"The ecosystem for ARM in the datacenter is approaching an inflection point, and the addition of AMD's high-performance processor is another strong step forward for customers looking for a datacenter-class ARM solution," said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager, Enterprise Solutions, AMD. "The macro trend of convergence between networking, storage and servers is an important catalyst in this evolution. Customers now have access to 64-bit ARM processors from the only silicon provider that also has decades of experience delivering professional enterprise and embedded products."

The AMD Opteron A1100 SoC represents a key milestone for establishing ARM in the datacenter as well. "The AMD Opteron A1100 processor brings a new choice in scalability across network infrastructure and datacenters," said Lakshmi Mandyam, director of server systems and ecosystems, ARM. "AMD brings recognized expertise in the server and embedded markets, making them an ideal partner to deliver a 64-bit ARM processor with the impressive balance of performance and power-efficiency to address an increasingly diverse set of workloads."

The AMD Opteron A1100 Series SoC is the first 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57-based platform from AMD. Utilizing ARM Cortex®-A57 processors with high-speed network and storage connectivity and outstanding energy efficiency, the AMD Opteron A1100 Series SoC delivers a balanced total cost of ownership for storage, Web and networking workloads.

AMD Opteron A1100 Series SoC specifications:

  • Up to eight ARM Cortex-A57 cores with 4MB shared Level 2 and 8MB of shared Level 3 cache
  • 2x 64-bit DDR3/DDR4 channels supporting up to 1866 MHz with ECC
  • 2x 10Gb Ethernet network connectivity
  • 8-lane PCI-Express® Gen 3
  • 14 SATA-3 ports

The AMD Opteron A1100 SoC is powering enterprise-class systems from SoftIron with its Overdrive 3000 system for developers, as well as an upcoming lineup of software-defined storage solutions taking advantage of the processor's rich feature set.

"The secret of the AMD Opteron A1100 SoC's appeal is not just the cores, it's everything around the cores," said Norman Fraser, CEO of SoftIron. "If you've got an application where you need to move large amounts of data around quickly, you're going to love it."

AMD is also collaborating with Silver Lining Systems (SLS) to integrate SLS' fabric technology in innovative dense server designs featuring the Opteron A1100 Series, targeted at streaming, Web and storage workloads for cloud and hyperscale datacenters. The SLS Fabric Interconnect incorporates a low-latency, energy-efficient 60Gbps switching fabric and is available as a PCI Express® expansion card or a standalone ASIC for custom server applications.

"We are very excited about working with AMD to bring power-efficient, fabric-based computing to market," said Dr. Ping-Kank Hsiung, managing director of Silver Lining Systems. "Combining the efficient AMD Opteron A1100 processor with our unique fabric will help drive down costs and power requirements of hyperscale computing and storage."

In addition to silicon innovation, AMD has been instrumental in supporting the 64-bit ARM software ecosystem, a critical component to any new processor, and has been working closely with Enterprise Linux® leaders Red Hat and SUSE on operating system and application support.

"Red Hat and AMD share a vision of building an open, standards-based software ecosystem for highly converged designs based on 64-bit ARM architecture. As one of the first participants in Red Hat's ARM Partner Early Access Program, AMD has been instrumental in the testing and porting of the world's leading enterprise Linux platform to 64-bit ARM architecture," said Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Storage, Red Hat. "The arrival of the AMD Opteron A1100 SoC represents a major milestone to the ecosystem interested in driving converged infrastructure for storage, networking and compute."

The AMD Opteron A1100 SoC has been in advanced development with technology partners and customers for several quarters and is available in mass production quantities today.

Supporting Resources

Industry Support

SUSE

"SUSE has been collaborating with AMD hardware partners to bring storage solutions to market featuring SUSE Enterprise Storage software. We are excited for the introduction of the AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor, as it is an ideal fit for storage workloads and provides strong evidence that the ARM enterprise ecosystem is rapidly maturing."

-- Ralf Flaxa, Vice President of Engineering

Netzyn

"The Netzyn Application Streaming Platform (NzASP) was designed for service providers and app vendors to deploy at scale, supporting tens of thousands of servers and tens of millions of app instances. After evaluating the AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor, we found it to provide compelling performance and power efficiency for many of our streaming applications, and we look forward to continued collaboration with AMD and their hardware partners to deliver innovative solutions to our customers."

-- Steve Bakke, Founder and CTO

Qosmos

"As a market leader for deep packet inspection and network function virtualization architectures, we're always looking for more capable computing solutions. The AMD Opteron A1100 processor is a natural fit, as its ARM cores can be coupled tightly to network interface controllers in silicon, which enables optimized NFV as a configurable hardware option to help reduce complexity and cost."

-- Imran Yusuf, Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Alliances

CASwell

"The AMD Opteron A1100 platform provides CASwell with excellent performance and versatility for Network Function Virtualization (NFV). From our evaluation of the AMD Opteron A1100 platform, we found its 64-bit ARM compute performance, memory bandwidth and multiple 10Gb Ethernet interfaces ideally suited for this demanding workload. CASwell is an innovator and is pleased to be working with AMD in bringing 64-bit ARM to the data center, and sees the AMD Opteron A1100 Series as the foundation of our NFV products."

-- Thomas Lee, Vice President of New Business Division

About AMD
For more than 45 years AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics, and visualization technologies -- the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms, and the datacenter. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses, and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work, and play. AMD employees around the world are focused on building great products that push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) website, blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.

AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Opteron, and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. ARM and Cortex are registered trademarks of ARM Limited in the UK and other countries. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

NORTH READING, Mass. – TraceLink Inc., the world's largest track and trace network for connecting the Life Sciences supply chain and eliminating counterfeit prescription drugs from the global marketplace, today announced that its Life Sciences Cloud has exceeded more than 200,000 connected members across the global pharmaceutical supply chain. A single connection to the Life Sciences Cloud allows pharmaceutical manufacturers, CMOs, distributors and dispensers of any size to connect with any trading partner that is already configured on the network and instantly begin sharing documents and data for regulatory compliance. In addition, the company's 15 commercially available drug traceability solutions are now used by pharmaceutical suppliers in global markets that comprise 75 percent of the world's drug supply.

"The unique approach we've taken with our network model is what sets TraceLink apart, and continues to fuel our success," said Shabbir Dahod, president and CEO of TraceLink. "Other vendors suggest that on premise systems and single-tenant architectures can address the complex compliance challenges facing the industry, but the reality is that these approaches just can't scale to meet the serialization processing and data exchange demands of the new regulatory laws. Our track and trace network is proven to accelerate the ability for any pharmaceutical manufacturer, distributor or dispenser to achieve regulatory compliance with the least cost, time and risk -- which is why we've been able to grow our network from a few thousand suppliers to more than 200,000 in a little over a year."

The TraceLink Network: The Only Proven, Sustainable Model for Compliance

Built on the Amazon Web Services global cloud infrastructure as a native cloud based application, the TraceLink Life Science Cloud uses on-demand computing resources and database architectures specifically designed to handle a massive amount of real-time compliance data across thousands of network connections in ways that traditional, on premise systems and relational databases cannot. With the rapid growth of the TraceLink Life Sciences Cloud, pharmaceutical companies seeking efficiently and cost-effective ways to connect with their suppliers typically find that over 90% of the trading partners they do business with are already on the TraceLink network. Select benefits of the TraceLink network include:

  • Seamless integration with trade partners -- enabling companies to connect once and integrate to all of their suppliers on the network, by publishing services, registering members and configuring maps for integrating collaborative business processes;
  • A modern, distributed NoSQL architecture -- running simultaneously across multiple data centers and providing the fastest processing for billions of serial number objects and transaction documents;
  • Access to more than 680 CMOs -- serving as the world's largest collection of contract manufacturers that are integrating with TraceLink's pharmaceutical manufacturing customers;
  • Disaster recovery time of zero -- utilizing an active-active architecture that provides continuous service availability and data durability of 99.99999999%;
  • Automatic provisioning for greater capacity -- based on the unique processing demands of users, with no additional cost for increases or decreases to capacity;
  • Instant software updates that guarantee compliance coverage -- ensuring that as regulations change, every trade partner has immediate access to any updates that will maintain compliance across the supply chain.

To learn more about meeting critical compliance deadlines or to build a flexible global serialization, track and trace, and reporting platform, visit www.tracelink.com.

About TraceLink
TraceLink is the world's largest track and trace network for connecting the Life Sciences supply chain and eliminating counterfeit prescription drugs from the global marketplace. Leading businesses, including 16 of the top-20 global pharmaceutical companies, trust the TraceLink Life Sciences Cloud to deliver complete global connectivity, visibility and traceability of pharmaceuticals from ingredient to patient. A single point and click connection to the Life Sciences Cloud creates a supply chain control tower that delivers the information, insight and collaboration needed to improve performance and reduce risk across global supply, manufacturing and distribution operations. A winner of numerous industry awards including the Amazon AWS Global Start-Up Challenge Grand Prize and the Edison Award for Innovation in Health Management, the TraceLink Life Sciences Cloud is used by businesses across the globe to meet strategic goals in ensuring global compliance, fighting drug counterfeiting, improving on-time and in-full delivery, protecting product quality and reducing operational cost. For more information on TraceLink and our solutions, visit www.tracelink.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

TraceLink is funded by FirstMark Capital, Volition Capital and Fidelity Biosciences.

Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:00

Big Data Goes Mainstream: What Now?

Now that big data initiatives are going mainstream in Fortune 1000 companies, CIOs and other C-level executives are targeting the next frontier -- how to transform all that information into products and services – according to a new report.

As we enter 2016, big data initiatives are becoming more the mainstream than cutting-edge, and many CIOs are now heading up efforts that go well beyond what they dreamed of implementing a decade ago.

Many organizations are still in transition as they look at the data they have, the data they want to add, the products and services they want to create with that data, and what infrastructure and tools they need to accomplish those goals, according to Randy Bean, CEO and managing director at NewVantage Partners, a management consulting firm that works with C-level executives at many financial services firms in the Fortune 1000.

"The past five years have been about big data," he told InformationWeek. "Organizations want to bring in new sources of data. They want to create new information-based products and services."

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http://www.informationweek.com/big-data/big-data-analytics/big-data-goes-mainstream-what-now/d/d-id/1323874

If you are a tech investor trying to follow the money right now, then the market can be very confusing in terms of deciding where to place your bets. If you are a tech job seeker thinking about a career change in 2016, then the market can be just as confusing when it comes to finding a position with the most upward mobility.

But if you properly separate out your view on the various sectors within tech, then it all becomes quite clear.

Personal computers (PCs) and software made for those machines were originally referred to as ‘tech’ - as in the ’tech industry’.  Tech broadened into information technology (IT) and more recently the cloud – or cloud computing. The internet and digital media are also called tech, along with all things mobile including smart phones and apps for those devices. Cybersecurity is a tech sector that was originally categorized within IT, but it has evolved to become relevant to the entire tech industry.

Here’s a fresh look at polar opposites in tech (in terms of growth) – the PC market and the cybersecurity market:

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