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Jon Seals

We are at a crossroads in American Medicine where we are seeing the goal of the Triple Aim evolve in front of our practices.  The Triple Aim is the belief that for our healthcare system to evolve into a world-class, sustainable institution, three parts of a triangle need to be pursued simultaneously.  The three parts include: improving the patient experience, bettering outcomes, and reducing the cost of providing that care. 

This aim is encapsulated in the concept of healthcare value, which can be defined as the cost per unit of quality delivered.  This is what we are striving for. Health systems and medical practices are retooling themselves with the goal of delivering value, as this is how they will be measured. Because of this, even more sophisticated methods of measuring outcomes are being developed and implemented.



Visy becomes first to extend remote site backup to Microsoft Azure

SAN FRANCISCO – Riverbed Technology, the leader in application performance infrastructure, today announced Australia-based packaging company, Visy, is the first organization to deploy a Riverbed and Microsoft joint solution designed to eliminate the headaches of its branch office IT infrastructure, improve business continuity and minimize business disruption in the event of an incident. Visy selected Riverbed’s® hyper-converged edge solution SteelFusion™ to virtualize and consolidate its islands of remote and branch office infrastructure (including server, storage, and network components) in its data center. Microsoft and its hybrid cloud storage environment, based on Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Azure StorSimple, was used to consolidate all branch office data for centralized storage, backup and recovery.

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Visy, privately owned, is one of the world's most prominent packaging, paper and recycling companies. processing recyclables from more than 3.2 million households that are ultimately given a new life. In FY2013-14 alone, they produced more than 730,000 tons of fiber packaging, 494 million steel food cans, 1.5 billion beverage cans, 823 million beverage cartons, 2.2 billion plastic containers and 1.8 billion plastic preforms. The company has an extensive international footprint, with more than 5,500 staff across 120 branch offices and facilities in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as trading offices across Asia, Europe and the USA.

Infrastructure Islands Left Branch Offices Stranded After Hardware Failures

For Visy, it is critical that branch offices – where business gets done and revenues are generated – are always up and running with the applications and services they need to stay productive. However, this had become an increasing struggle. Each remote and branch office effectively operated its own infrastructure island, and across the offices there was a wide variety of backup technologies and application servers deployed on-site. This not only made the backup process complex and time-consuming, it also meant significant downtime if a server was corrupted or went down.  What Visy needed was a single enterprise-wide solution for its branch offices and remote sites that would remove the complexity and cost of edge infrastructure while giving branch employees the high-performing applications they need to do their jobs.

Riverbed SteelFusion and Azure

To solve these challenges Visy turned to Riverbed’s SteelFusion hyper-converged edge solution built for remote and branch office IT. Instead of deploying branch services on traditional servers on-site, those services were migrated to SteelFusion Edge with a planned rollout across 20 of Visy’s remote sites. In order to consolidate data and achieve greater agility, data from the edge is continuously streamed back to the SteelFusion Core located at Visy’s central data center in Melbourne. The SteelFusion Core then pushes this data to Azure cloud storage via the StorSimple appliance, eliminating the need for traditional data center storage. By deploying this solution, Visy has significantly reduced its capital and operational expenses without compromising its business capability. 

“Microsoft Corp. is excited to collaborate with Riverbed to bring another Azure offering to our joint customers. SteelFusion gives our customers a unique way to get their distributed data centralized and backed up in Azure. We see the power that this solution can bring for cloud-based storage,” said Nicole Herskowitz, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Microsoft Azure.

Simplifying Management and Ensuring Business at the Branch

“We had been looking for a few years to extend cloud-based backup to our edge sites, but it was never possible before we found SteelFusion which, together with Microsoft’s StorSimple, gives us the ability to back up those files and folders directly to Azure. We’ve removed a great deal of complexity from our environment, which will significantly streamline IT management and administration. Ultimately, when you consider the competitive cost-per-gig we get from Azure and StorSimple, the productivity gains from accelerated recovery times, together with simplified management, SteelFusion was a no-brainer,” said Daymon Whitehead, IT Operations Manager at Visy. 

Riverbed SteelFusion and the Riverbed Application Performance Platform™
The Riverbed Application Performance Platform™ gives CIOs end-to-end visibility, optimization and control across an entire enterprise. A key part of the platform, Riverbed SteelFusion is the first and only hyper-converged edge solution designed with the unique challenges of remote and branch office (ROBO) IT in mind. Unlike hyper-converged solutions purpose-built to simplify data center infrastructures, SteelFusion is built to enable the “hyper-converged edge.” SteelFusion simultaneously meets the top requirements of businesses, IT organizations and employees by reducing the operational cost of managing remote locations, increasing data security through centralization and encryption of data at rest and in flight, improving business continuity and IT agility with 100x faster recovery times and 30x faster deployment of branch services and sites, and providing up to a 100x increase in application performance at the branch for greater productivity.

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About Riverbed

Riverbed, at more than $1 billion in annual revenue, is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for the hybrid enterprise to ensure applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues can be proactively detected and resolved before impacting business performance. Riverbed enables hybrid enterprises to transform application performance into a competitive advantage by maximizing employee productivity and leveraging IT to create new forms of operational agility. Riverbed's 27,000+ customers include 97% of the Fortune 100 and 98% of the Forbes Global 100. Learn more at www.riverbed.com.

Global leader in information management introduces cloud disaster recovery and data restoration solutions aligned with critical IT requirements

NORCROSS, Ga. – Recall Holdings, (ASX: REC), a global leader in information management, including document storage, data protection, secure destruction and information governance services, today announced its expanded data protection portfolio, including cloud disaster recovery services. Recall’s data protection services provide comprehensive solutions to secure, manage and govern digital and physical information through a customer-centered service platform.

“The shift to more cloud-based solutions within the workplace has prompted a global market demand for solutions that enable businesses to quickly recover from a disaster without experiencing any downtime,” said Janson Hoambrecker, Vice President and Global Market Leader for Data Protection Services (DPS), Recall. “Additionally, Recall’s data protection portfolio can help organizations transition its on-site tape archive, necessary for maintaining compliance standards, to our secure Information Centers, freeing up valuable rack space and eliminating the cost of maintaining outdated legacy systems.  Recall’s new offering eases the burden on companies to store long-term tape solutions for information lifecycle compliance while adding the benefit of near real-time disaster recovery through the cloud.”

Recall’s Data Protection portfolio includes:

  • Tape Vaulting: Secure storage of backup tapes, archiving, chain of custody and secure destruction
  • Restoration and Recovery: Data restoration and conversion, including tape-to-cloud migration and catalogue management, data recovery and eDiscovery processing
  • Cloud: Instant on-site and cloud recovery, end-to-end encryption, screenshot backup verification, time-based cloud retention and cloud-to-cloud backup support

Cloud disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is a growing market, as evidenced by its progression to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant in 2015. The shift to the always-on business model has prompted the need for more on-demand business continuity solutions, as illustrated by Gartner’s prediction that DRaaS will surpass the traditional tape market by 2018.

“To help our customers meet today’s stringent and complex requirements and ensure business continuity, Recall has expanded its global portfolio of data protection services,” said Ron McMurtrie, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer, Recall. “Recall is depended upon for its information security and compliance expertise, and these services build upon these requirements while ensuring our customers have access to the best technology available.”

In addition to its cloud disaster recovery and data protection portfolio, Recall has launched several innovative solutions to strengthen information governance for its customers, including RFID technology, Recall Portal and CommandIG™.

For more information on Recall’s expanded data protection portfolio, visit: http://www.recall.com/data-protection or download the Recall whitepaper, “Migrating to the Cloud: Eliminating Gaps in Data Protection Service.

About Recall

Recall is a global leader in information management solutions, offering customers complete management of its physical and digital information assets with one partner. Recall’s innovative solutions empower organizations to make better business decisions throughout the information lifecycle, while maintaining regulatory compliance and eliminating unnecessary resources, time and costs. Recall services more than 80,000 customer accounts in over 300 dedicated operation centers, spanning five continents in 25 countries. For more information, please visit recall.com.

Unique program provides tools for customers to easily learn how Software-Defined Storage can help increase business agility while reducing costs, and boost partner engagement 

TORONTO, Canada – ioFABRIC Inc. today unveiled its LEaD Program, providing channel partners with the online educational tools they need to enhance their sales activities and close deals in software-defined storage. LEaD stands for Learn Explore and Deploy and is a unique online educational tool that channel partners can brand and use to enhance their sales process. 

ioFABRIC channel partners can brand and use LEaD Program materials, including a hands-on demo and collateral, to help their customers research and make decisions. The LEaD program shows how software-defined storage can help get more life out of existing storage systems, deliver cost-effective and risk-free data migration, and enable custom workloads like high-priority Docker apps, whether deployed as a turnkey hyperconverged appliance or on commodity hardware for a distributed, enterprise-class storage platform.
“We know our channel partners want to start selling right away and our new LEaD Program provides the tools they need to educate their customers about how software-defined storage can help them,” said Nigel Miller, Vice President of Business Development for ioFABRIC. “We have created an online environment where our partners can engage customers, showing them how Vicinity handles the most common challenges in their environments. We have made it painless for our partners to start selling with us because we have everything they need to fulfill demand today.”

“We were eager to join the ioFABRIC partner program and start selling the solutions to our customers. We think the LEaD program is an innovative lead generation campaign that matches the way people research and make buying decisions today. We believe it will help us reach more prospective customers,” said Frank Kuschmierz, CEO of Xenium IT Corp. Xenium is a premium provider of IT services focusing on setup and support of networking infrastructure including storage systems. 

“LEaD gives me what I have been looking for. It’s the first time a vendor has provided the exact sales tools I need to get started out of the gate,” said Kuschmierz. “This is setting a new standard for software vendors. All I have to do is take a customer through the LEaD program and they will see and understand how Vicinity works. ioFABRIC has set up a series of demos and software downloads that won’t waste a customer’s time. I see real benefit in this.”

“We know IT experts do their own research and often have their buy decisions made before they contact a vendor. LEaD is providing educational tools to these experts, providing information to help with making that decision,” said Miller. 

The LEaD Program consists of three stages:
Learn: An innovative portal for customers to educate themselves on the storage challenges facing IT today and how software-defined storage innovation is opening up new ways to compete and grow. Customers will also see the key benefits of ioFABRIC Vicinity. They can view a product demo video and access introductory information on ioFABRIC Vicinity and the software-defined storage industry. 
Explore: Once a potential customer is ready to learn more they move onto Explore where they can contact us for a live demo of Vicinity, access more detailed collateral, and download a multi-node trial version. Customers will see how Vicinity intelligently moves data closer to the workload, and they can set up volumes with policies while adding devices and experiencing the ease of data migration.
Deploy: The final stage of LEaD is Deploy. Customers can use Vicinity in a real-world environment. Deploy ensures that users are comfortable with how the software works in their environment allowing them to see true network latency and how Vicinity handles challenges such as device failures. 
To get start started with the LEaD Program, visit www.ioFABRIC.com/Learn

About ioFABRIC
ioFABRIC Inc. is a software-defined storage company that increases business agility while reducing storage costs. Its vision is to transform storage into something a business can simply depend on, eliminating admin demands and freeing time to focus on true business innovation. Its flagship product, ioFABRIC Vicinity, drastically reduces storage OPEX and CAPEX with intelligent automation and growth through commodity hardware and the cloud. Vicinity is available to extend existing storage systems, solve migration problems, and deploy as distributed storage, hyperconverged, or Docker solutions. Vicinity is sold through ioFABRIC’s reseller and distribution channel and supported by its industry leading LEaD program. Partners sell Vicinity as licensed software with support or by white-labeling it with additional hardware and/or software. Founded in 2013 by an executive team that has worked together for more than 20 years, ioFABRIC is funded by private investors and Real Ventures. ioFABRIC is an industry leader in customer service and product development: agile and responsive. For more information visit www.ioFABRIC.com/Learn.
NIAP validates switches meet protection profile for desktop security, add to Approved Products List

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure for information and communications systems, today announced their newest line of secure Keyboard, Video, Mouse (KVM) and Keyboard, Mouse (KM) switches gained National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) approval and was added to the NIAP Approved Products list.

Emerson recently worked with NIAP to update its protection profile for peripheral sharing switches. In April, 2015, Emerson was the first to release a line of new secure KVM and KM switches designed to meet the new protection profile. In May, 2015 these products were submitted to NIAP for validation.

“The validation from NIAP provides confirmation to our customers that their desktop systems can be safe from most modern forms of attacks with our secure KVM and KM switches,” said Jay Wirts, vice president and general manager of core products for Emerson Network Power.

The new line of products includes the new CybexSC family of secure desktop KVM and all-new KM switches — the most fully featured KVM and KM switches on the market today approved by NIAP. These switches enable easy, secure access to up to four systems through discrete processing paths, preventing data leakage, transfer or crosstalk between adjacent ports. Available in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan, these switches are part of an ongoing launch of new and enhanced solutions that deliver best-in-class security capabilities for government, multimedia, broadcast, financial and IT operation center environments.

This approval by NIAP demonstrates Emerson’s leadership position on issues concerning network security from desktop to data center, and the heightened awareness within the industry of the vulnerabilities in today’s hyper-connected world. As security threats escalate, organizations increasingly separate sensitive information onto multiple networks. In these high-security environments, the Emerson portfolio of IT management solutions helps organizations streamline access to critical information and increase productivity.

To learn more about Emerson Network Power’s hardware and software solutions, please visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com .


About Emerson Network Power

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), is the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure technologies and life cycle services for information and communications technology systems. With an expansive portfolio of intelligent, rapidly deployable hardware and software solutions for power, thermal and infrastructure management, Emerson Network Power enables efficient, highly-available networks. Learn more at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world.  The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions.  Sales in fiscal 2015 were $22.3 billion.  For more information, visit Emerson.com.

78% YOY Revenue Growth for Xterity Cloud Services, New VP of EMEA Sales, Robust Expansion in Channel and Customer Base

BOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Egenera, a leading provider of wholesale cloud services and cloud management software to the channel, today announced its recent success in EMEA, marked by significant new appointments, partnerships and growth in its customer base.

Key highlights that contributed to Egenera's upward trajectory include:

  • 78% year-over-year revenue growth in EMEA Xterity Cloud business
  • The hiring of Till Brennan as Vice President of Egenera EMEA Sales. Till brings over 15 years of experience in developing new territories and in creating and executing sales strategies throughout EMEA.
  • The opening of the company's UK cloud, based in Equinix's London datacenter. Egenera now runs Xterity in London, Dublin, Tokyo, Boston, San Jose and Ashburn, VA.
  • The company's selection as a supplier on G-Cloud 7, the Crown Commercial Service's procurement framework for cloud-based computer services. This widely acclaimed system saves significant amounts of time and eliminates the costs of paper-based files, physical storage and courier services. Egenera's Xterity is now available to the public sector through this framework.
  • The signing of over 100 direct MSPs in EMEA who are reselling Xterity's white label cloud services to customers
  • The signing of Entatech, a UK-based distributor whose Entacloud, based on Xterity, is being resold to its network of 5,000 MSPs
  • Being named a CRN Cool Cloud Vendor from CRN's 2016 Coolest Cloud Vendors list

Egenera's Xterity Cloud Services deliver a full range of dedicated, managed, private and hybrid cloud services, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Backup as a Service (BaaS), exclusively through the channel. With Xterity, resellers can quickly enter the cloud services market with no up-front capital or ongoing maintenance costs. Unlike reselling public cloud services, Xterity delivers the margins resellers need to develop a profitable cloud services business.

"We partnered with Egenera in late 2015 and use its Xterity Cloud Services as the basis for our Entacloud white label cloud offering to our 5,000 MSPs," said Paul Lloyd, cloud evangelist at Entatech UK LLC, a new Egenera distributor. "Xterity enables us to offer an easy to use, highly available and flexible cloud services platform to our end users. We've quickly gained traction in the marketplace and are rapidly signing up revenue generating MSPs with Xterity."

Hale IT is a UK-based MSP and one of the first Entacloud customers.

"We're using Entacloud to deliver Sage accounting solutions through the cloud to our customers," said Graeme Eddie, managing director of Hale IT. "Our customers like the subscription model and the fact that they have reduced the cost and complexity of maintaining servers and other components, and we like the ease of use and the ability to increase revenues by providing the same functionality through the cloud."

Andy Arnold, Head of Products at Arrow Business Communications Ltd., a UK-based MSP who began offering Xterity in 2015 commented:

"Our customers were asking for us to provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions to move them to the Cloud. After due diligence on numerous suppliers, we were impressed with Egenera's pedigree and immediate value in their Xterity platform and they became our chosen partner in this space. Xterity is a proven solution and we liked that we could quickly get our customers up and running on cloud services with no up-front costs and good margins."

"The combination of a quality wholesale public cloud offering and deep channel relationships has translated into a highly successful entry into EMEA for Egenera, said Pete Manca, CEO of Egenera. "Till and his team are working with several new distributors in the region, as well as key MSPs who have hit the ground running and are rapidly adding new accounts."

About Egenera
Egenera is a leading provider of wholesale cloud services to the channel and data center infrastructure management software. Xterity, the company's white label cloud service, offers revenue generating Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to managed service providers (MSPs) and independent software vendors (ISVs) seeking to deliver cloud services with no upfront costs and with margins up to 50 percent or more. Headquartered in Boxborough, Mass., Egenera has thousands of production installations globally, including premier enterprise data centers, service providers and government agencies. For more information on the company, please visit egenera.com. Follow Egenera on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Pace of Customer Adoption Underscores Market Momentum for Continuous Intelligence Delivered via a Cloud-Native, Machine Data Analytics SaaS; Company Doubles Annual Revenue and Employees; Analyzing Nearly 100 Petabytes of Data Daily; Launches Online New User Community to Fuel Customer Success and Adoption of Service

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Sumo Logic, the leading cloud-native data analytics service for continuous intelligence, today announced a number of significant corporate milestones in its fiscal year 2015. The company surpassed 1,000 customers worldwide including AirBnB, Anheuser Busch, Adobe, Betfair, Concur, Estee Lauder, Hearst, Hudl, Infor, Marriott, Mattel, McGraw Hill, Medidata, Payless, Sauce Labs, Scholastic, SPS Commerce, Twitter, Telstra, Toyota, Zuora and more. This, coupled with significant growth in revenue, employees and a new user community, are fueling customer success and adoption of the Sumo Logic service.

"We are extremely proud of the growth and progress Sumo Logic has experienced over the past year and want to thank our entire community of customers, users, partners, investors and employees for helping us achieve these amazing milestones," said Ramin Sayar, president and CEO for Sumo Logic. "But this is just the beginning. As every leading business becomes software centric, the ability to harness the power of machine data to drive intelligence and speed is paramount. The Sumo Logic service is the best platform of choice for companies that build, run and secure modern applications leveraging cloud technologies and modern DevOps methodologies and tools."

The company more than doubled its subscription and total revenues and also experienced explosive growth around its service analyzing nearly 100 petabytes, running more than 16 million searches and delivering 10s of millions of insights daily -- positioning Sumo Logic among the most powerful analytics services in the world.

"By 2019, the worldwide IT operations analytics (ITOA) software market will total $2.5 billion worldwide as ITOA becomes a more standard part of the IT operations and DevOps toolkit. This is in large part because of increased availability of easier-to-use, lower-cost and easier-to-deploy solutions such as Sumo Logic," said Tim Grieser, program vice president for IDC.

Shift to Continuous Intelligence: Real-time, Cloud-native, Analytics for Machine Data
An increasingly digital, mobile and cloud-based world has given rise to a new continuous innovation model that is inherently software-centric, using modern, software applications to directly execute business strategy. Rooted in faster innovation cycles, continuous innovation means companies are building, running and securing modern applications constantly to deliver new, personalized services to customers faster than ever before. This new model is also dependent upon cloud infrastructures and agile application development models to gain greater speed, agility and scalability. The success of these new modern applications also hinges on the ability to leverage machine data analytics capabilities as continuous intelligence, which only Sumo Logic's cloud-native SaaS platform provides.

"Life before Sumo Logic was painful, and it was difficult to get insights into what was going on in our business. Logs weren't consolidated so diagnosing issues meant manually checking logs on multiple systems," said Jon Dokulil, vice president of engineering at Hudl. "Sumo Logic has accelerated our business by helping us quickly and efficiently detect and capture problems before it impacts our customers. Sumo Logic has also helped our entire company become more cohesive, so whether it's our application development team or customer support, we're all using one interface to get answers to questions quickly and that's unbelievably powerful."

Key Corporate Milestones for Sumo Logic in 2015

  • Grew customer base to over 1,000 businesses globally
  • Surpassed 10,000 Sumo Free users
  • More than doubled subscription and total revenues for fiscal year 2016
  • Doubled employee headcount to over 300
  • Now analyzing nearly 100 petabytes daily
  • Established strong global presence in APAC and EMEA with significant marquee customer and partner momentum
  • Received broad industry recognition including "Top 100 Analytics Companies" by Forbes, "20 of the Coolest Cloud Security Companies" by CRN, Cloud Awards "Best Analytics Solution," "The Best Cloud Computing Companies and CEOs to Work For in 2016" by Forbes and one of the "100 Career Launching Companies" by Wealthfront
  • Closed $80 million Series E funding, bringing total capital raised to $160 million to further accelerate our growth

New Sumo Logic User Community
Sumo Logic is well positioned for another successful year and is excited to announce the availability of its new online user community, created specifically for users of the Sumo Logic service. As more customers leverage Sumo Logic to help deliver real-time intelligence into their business, it's important to facilitate the sharing of information across the entire community in order to speed up adoption and come up with new and interesting solutions. The Sumo Logic user community will support both expert and new users who can share tips, common queries, code and open source projects, as well as seek help from other members directly. 

Additional Resources

  • Read CEO Ramin Sayar's latest blog
  • Learn more about why cloud native services in this IDC whitepaper
  • Sign up for the Sumo Logic Online Community
  • Sign up for a free trial of Sumo Logic

About Sumo Logic
Sumo Logic is a secure, cloud-native, machine data analytics service, delivering real-time, continuous intelligence across the entire application lifecycle and stack. More than 1,000 customers around the globe rely on Sumo Logic for the analytics and insights to build, run and secure their modern applications and cloud infrastructures. With Sumo Logic, customers gain a service-model advantage to accelerate their shift to continuous innovation, increasing competitive advantage, business value and growth.

Founded in 2010, Sumo Logic is a privately held company based in Redwood City, CA and is backed by Accel Partners, DFJ, Greylock Partners, IVP, Sequoia Capital and Sutter Hill Ventures. For more information, visit www.sumologic.com.

Increasing Demand for High-Availability, Infrastructure-Light Utility Solutions Validates Transmission+ Model

NEW YORK – Sentinel Data Centers, a leading owner, developer and operator of multi-tenant, and build-to-suit enterprise-grade data centers, announced today that it has recently leased and implemented over five megawatts of Transmission+, a high-availability, infrastructure-light power solution, to multiple tenants within its Somerset, NJ and Durham, NC facilities.

"Our leasing success with Transmission+ is a clear indicator of the growing demand among large data center users for more versatile data center solutions," says Josh Rabina, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Sentinel Data Centers. "The ability to vary resiliency and cost on a workload by workload basis is clearly resonating with smart buyers of large-scale colocation services."

Sentinel's Transmission+ product was announced in mid-2015 as a complement to Sentinel's baseline high-tier solutions, enabling tenants to optimize cost by granularly deploying mixed-resiliency loads within a single demised suite.

"We continue to see large enterprises searching for reliable, cost effective and flexible colocation solutions," says Kelly Morgan, Research Director, 451 Research. "Products like Transmission+ give enterprise users the ability to strategically determine the needs of their infrastructure while positively impacting their bottom line. We anticipate colocation providers like Sentinel Data Centers to continue to develop high caliber solutions to meet the needs of today's end users."

Transmission+ is available at Sentinel's 420,000 square foot NC-1 facility in Durham, North Carolina, and its 430,000 square foot NJ-1 facility in Somerset, NJ. The infrastructure-light solution is enabled by Sentinel's unique utility architecture at each campus. Each facility maintains a dedicated, dual fed, transmission voltage substations on site, neither of which has experienced downtime since inception.

About Sentinel Data Centers
Sentinel Data Centers, LLC, is a leading owner, developer and operator of multi-tenant, and build-to-suit enterprise-grade data centers. Founded in 2001, Sentinel was an early pioneer in the "wholesale" data center business. Since its inception, Sentinel has developed more than 1.6 million square feet and 120 megawatts of best-in-class multi-tenant and build-to-suit data center solutions for a diversity of Fortune 500 enterprises across multiple industries, including financial services, healthcare, technology and biotechnology. Sentinel strives to stay at the forefront of evolving best practices for data center design, development and operation, and maintains a flexible and transparent business model that is grounded in customer service. To learn more visit www.sentineldatacenters.com.

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New Software Boosts the Performance of NetApp EF-Series All-Flash Arrays, Improves Reliability, and Lowers Cost to Unlock More Value From Splunk, Hadoop, and NoSQL Databases

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – "With the significant amount of machine-generated data captured every day, we rely on NetApp E-Series to deploy Splunk for monitoring and troubleshooting the multiple platforms in our environment," said Roy Shiladitya, head of Information Technology at ING DIRECT Australia. "This high-availability solution gives us the ability to quickly visualize and proactively analyze the data in order to respond to the business and meet SLAs."

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced new software for its NetApp® EF-Series all-flash and E-Series storage arrays that dramatically boost the performance and value of data analytics applications.

New generations of business intelligence applications such as Splunk, Hadoop, and NoSQL are becoming key tools for the data-powered digital enterprise. Customers want greater data visibility and performance from these applications to make the best decisions in a fast-changing business landscape. The newest release of the NetApp SANtricity® storage operating system accelerates time to value for customers, who benefit from an enterprise-proven technology that allows them to:

  • Increase the performance of data analytics applications by more than 50%
  • Simplify their IT infrastructure and reduce costs by more than 33%
  • Improve data reliability, availability, and visibility, attributes that are essential to help enterprises respond faster to competitors and to customer demands.

"Many organizations are now leveraging third platform technologies to drive the digital transformation of their business," said Ashish Nadkarni, program director, Enterprise Servers and Storage at IDC. "NetApp is boosting the performance of third platform applications, enabling users to thrive in the digital economy."

Proven Advantage over Commodity Servers for Data-Intensive Workloads

The NetApp EF-Series all-flash arrays and E-Series storage systems powered by SANtricity software accelerate performance for high-IOPS and low-latency applications as well as high-bandwidth and high-throughput applications. This proven platform provides a high level of reliability with automated features, online configuration options, state-of-the-art RAID, and proactive monitoring. The platform also provides NetApp AutoSupport predictive technology, which speeds issue resolution by up to 60 percent and reduces P1 cases by as much as 85 percent. Customers also have access to a mobile support application, premium support options, and professional services to get the most from their NetApp EF-Series and E-Series solutions.

The newest SANtricity release includes innovations optimized for data analytics applications that help customers make sense of the reams of data generated by connected devices and the Internet of Things. With SANtricity, customers can now:

  • Increase Splunk search performance by up to 69% versus that of commodity servers with internal disks.
  • Experience up to 500% better Hadoop performance during data rebuilds with Dynamic Disk Pools versus the performance of commodity servers with RAID 5.
  • Reconstruct 400GB SSDs in approximately 15 minutes versus approximately 10 hours for NoSQL databases with commodity servers and direct-attached storage.
  • Encrypt data at rest with less than 1% performance impact versus up to 70% impact of commodity servers with internal disk drives.
  • Build one architecture for hot, warm, cold, and frozen tiers instead of different storage architectures for each tier.

In collaboration with Arrow Electronics, NetApp will also offer preconfigured, proven and validated bundled solutions for enterprise Splunk deployments. These integrated reference architectures by Arrow will enable partners to rapidly size and configure systems, close deals faster and deliver a total, validated Splunk solution.

"The ability for our customers to glean meaningful, actionable results from their structured and unstructured data quickly is critical," said Melissa Fields, Sr. Solutions Architect at ClearShark. "NetApp EF-Series all-flash arrays offer the performance, reliability and scalability needed for customers to consistently initiate time-sensitive actions and make the best decisions for their business."

"Social and mobile users make real-time buying decisions that strain legacy relational databases running on slow storage," said Lee Caswell, vice president, Products, Solutions and Services Marketing, NetApp. "Our SANtricity software meets the challenge with high-bandwidth analytics when delivered on disk arrays and low-latency response times when matched with all-flash media. By combining this performance with enterprise reliability and unmatched density, the E-Series and EF-Series arrays make enterprise storage economically superior to even white-box servers for real-time analytics applications."

Additional Resources

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Leading organizations worldwide count on NetApp for software, systems and services to manage and store their data. Customers value our teamwork, expertise and passion for helping them succeed now and into the future. To learn more, visit www.netapp.com.

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ByteGrid Chooses Eaton Power Management Technologies for World Class Redundancy, Fault-Tolerance and Operational Efficiency

CLEVELAND, Ohio – ByteGrid Holdings LLC, a leading provider of highly compliant hosting solutions, today announced that it has selected power management company Eaton to provide power management and monitoring solutions for its Cleveland Technology Center (CTC) in downtown Cleveland, the city's largest multi-tenant data center.

As part of a major data center expansion in Cleveland, ByteGrid has installed two 1.5 mega-watt Eaton Power Xpert™ 9395 uninterruptible power systems (UPSs). Eaton's Power Xpert 9395 UPS provides industry-leading efficiency and modular redundancy, allowing ByteGrid to lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by leveraging groundbreaking energy saving technology while increasing power system reliability.

In addition to the UPSs, ByteGrid relies on Eaton service, medium-voltage load interrupter switchgear, switchboards, panelboards, meters and computer power distribution units (ePDUs) that deliver high quality power to critical IT systems. These Eaton products will help support reliable operations and highly accurate metering of power in Cleveland's largest multi-tenant data center.

ByteGrid chose Eaton based on its industry leadership in power efficiency, reliability and safety. Eaton's power management solutions facilitate ByteGrid's focus on reduced operating costs associated with industry-leading Tier 3 / 4 multi-tenant data centers.

"We are pleased to supply ByteGrid as they further establish themselves as Cleveland's leading provider of secure and compliant IT infrastructure solutions," said Doug Schuster, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Eaton's Critical Power Solutions Division. "Eaton has a longstanding presence in Ohio, so it is with great pleasure that we support ByteGrid's efforts to help area businesses maintain operational excellence through reliable and highly efficient power management systems with responsive local service."

As Cleveland's largest multi-tenant data center, ByteGrid's facility encompasses 333,215 square feet of highly secure Tier 3 data center space. It features more than 11 carriers on Net and sits on top of one of the largest fiber point of presence (POP) sites in Ohio. In addition, the facility's location bisects major Midwest and East Coast business centers, making it an ideal disaster recovery location for markets such as Chicago and New York.

Overall, ByteGrid provides turnkey solutions for large and midsize enterprises and federal, and highly regulated organizations seeking high performance mission critical data center colocation, managed hosting and compliant hybrid cloud solutions.

"ByteGrid looks forward to providing our enterprise and government customers with Eaton's world class power systems that deliver superior levels of redundancy, fault-tolerance and operating efficiency," said Mike Clemson, ByteGrid's Vice President, Critical Infrastructure. "Cleveland businesses -- and the Health Tech corridor in particular -- have some of the most demanding requirements for performance and compliance that we are proud to be able to deliver."

E Technologies, a Cleveland-based manufacturer's representative and integrator, worked closely with ByteGrid and Eaton to develop and deliver a power solution optimized for reliability, efficiency and life-cycle costs.

"We are pleased ByteGrid is now powered by the industry's most innovative provider of power infrastructure for mission critical facilities," said John Englhardt, President, E Technologies, Inc. "ByteGrid quickly established itself as a leader in the Cleveland business community and we look forward to supporting their unique needs for delivering right-sized IT infrastructure solutions serving Ohio businesses."

Overall, ByteGrid delivers services for eight data centers in six geographically dispersed markets encompassing more than 700,000 square feet of premier multi-tenant colocation data center space and meeting the highest standards for security and reliability. ByteGrid serves some of the world's largest companies and government agencies, including a variety of Fortune 100 companies.

About Eaton
Eaton's electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today's most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2015 sales of $20.9 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 97,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

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

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