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Jon Seals

Avaya SDN Fx Healthcare Is the First Smart Solution to Connect, Manage and Help Secure Medical Devices So That Healthcare Can Reduce Its Rank as the Industry With the Highest Number of Security Breaches

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Healthcare technology leaders visiting HIMSS 16 next week will have a first-hand look at a unique network solution that enables IT to simply connect, protect and manage the growing number of medical devices deployed throughout healthcare facilities. Developed by Avaya, a global leader in business communications, with significant input from a leading healthcare organization, SDN Fx Healthcare is the first industry solution to address the management and security of the Internet of Things for healthcare that can help mitigate exposure in light of a rising number of security breaches. 

Digital healthcare is driven by three needs: security, patient experience, and reducing skyrocketing costs. A 2015 report cited by Government Health IT indicates more than 34% of healthcare records have already been breached -- the highest figure of any industry. The top 10 breaches alone affected more than 111 million records. Industry analysts at IDC Health Insights predict that one in three health care recipients will be the victim of a healthcare data breach in 2016.

As the Internet of Things for healthcare takes hold, the massive proliferation of medical devices that generate critical, sensitive information to care teams represent potential vulnerabilities that can allow hackers to gain unauthorized access to highly sensitive information -- even through systems seemingly unrelated to healthcare technologies such as HVAC and PCI systems. Traditional networking infrastructures struggle to implement network segmentation as a foundational security measure. 

"One of the challenges we encounter when auditing for security exposures in healthcare organizations is that once we have found an issue, the client's proposed solution is often complicated and un-scalable," said Kristi Moon, managing director, eProtex. "As we have been introduced to Avaya's SDN Fx Healthcare solution, we have been impressed how well it protects, and how much of the process is automatic. Healthcare organizations need security solutions with scalability to handle the growing number of devices at the edge and reduce the growing complexity incumbent with the adoption of advanced healthcare technologies." 

Avaya SDN Fx Healthcare's unique security and inventory management solution for medical devices enables healthcare organizations to simply and confidently move forward with their digital health initiatives, allowing them to:

  • Easily connect and segment medical devices, apps and networking traffic to radically improve security and protect against vulnerabilities
  • Simplify and speed up device onboarding, mobility and management
  • Automate inventory management
  • Improve efficiency by enabling flow monitoring and control

Additional Quotes

"The pace of advancements in medical device technologies is at an all-time high, but unfortunately, so is the increase in security breaches, despite very conscious efforts on the part of the industry to close potential gaps. What happens in many cases is that healthcare organizations may hold back on attaching these technologies to their network where they can be accessed by authorized medical staff and IT personnel -- which delays possible improvements in patient care and operations. Avaya SDN Fx Healthcare is the first solution to eliminate that compromise between rapid adoption and security while relieving the management and inventory requirements, thus making digital, smart healthcare a reality, today."
 Liam Kiely, vice president, Avaya Networking

"Securing thousands of devices in an Internet of Things model must be multidimensional and easy to manage. A proper solution should, at the minimum, include traffic segmentation, automatic device onboarding and mobility, automated inventory management, and flow control. Integrating Software-Defined Networking at the network edge seems to be the leading architecture to meet the multi-dimensional criteria." 
Zeus Kerravala, founder and principal analyst of ZK Research

"Many of our customers are less concerned about science projects and are asking for streamlined solutions with sensible cost structures. With SDN Fx Healthcare we can offer an innovative service with a subscription pricing model. This solution provides our customers with the ability to rapidly deploy and scale a solution, while offering the predictable cost model, so important in today's operating environment.
David Rafferty, managing partner of Integration Partners

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Tags: Avaya, healthcare, HIMSS, networking, Internet of Things, IoT, SDN, security

About Avaya

Avaya is a leading provider of solutions that enable customer and team engagement across multiple channels and devices for better customer experience, increased productivity and enhanced financial performance. Its world-class contact center and unified communications technologies and services are available in a wide variety of flexible on-premises and cloud deployment options that seamlessly integrate with non-Avaya applications. The Avaya Engagement Environment enables third parties to create and customize business applications for competitive advantage. The Avaya fabric-based networking solutions help simplify and accelerate the deployment of business critical applications and services. For more information please visit www.avaya.com

Certain statements contained in this press release may be forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," "plan," "potential," "predict," "should" or "will" or other similar terminology. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While we believe these are reasonable, such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These and other important factors may cause our actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a list and description of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to Avaya's filings with the SEC that are available at www.sec.gov. Avaya disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

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New All Flash Arrays Powered by Samsung 3D V-NAND 4TB SSDs; Scale up to 8.2PB of Effective Capacity in a 4-Node Scale-Out Configuration

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL), the leader in predictive flash storage, today announced a series of innovations including the ability to scale all flash array effective capacity to new industry heights across a new series of Nimble Storage All Flash arrays powered by Samsung 3D V-NAND-based Solid-State drives (SSDs). Enterprise IT organizations can experience absolute performance that scales to accelerate all applications across the enterprise and deliver data velocity to end users. 

Nimble Storage AF-Series All Flash Arrays Support Samsung 4TB SSDs
The Nimble Storage AF9000 All Flash array, the flagship model in the all-new AF-Series, scales capacity to new industry heights with up to 553TB of raw capacity in a 12U configuration with a single array and two expansion shelves. The AF9000, a full-featured All Flash array, delivers an average de-duplication and compression ratio of 5-to-1, and up to 2.0PB of effective capacity in a 12U configuration and up to 8.2PB in a 4-node scale-out configuration. These advances in all flash array scalability and data reduction capability represent a significant step forward in effective capacity scale in comparison to competitive offerings.

"With today's announcements we are putting the storage industry on notice, leapfrogging previous scalability limitations and redefining customer expectations of all flash storage systems," said Ajay Singh, vice president of product management at Nimble Storage. "Starting today, a Nimble Storage All Flash array scale-out cluster, managed as a single entity, can non-disruptively scale to over 8PBs of effective capacity, delivering more than 1.2 million IOPS at less than 1ms response time. And with advanced data reduction capabilities that include inline variable block deduplication and compression, enterprise IT organizations can scale performance and capacity independently and non-disruptively today and well into the future." 

New Hot Swappable Dual Flash Carrier Doubles Capacity
The 4U AF-Series arrays and expansion shelves are equipped with 24 SSD slots. When configured with the new Nimble Storage Dual-Flash Carrier (DFC), the capacity of each slot is doubled to a total of 48 SSDs per array and expansion shelf. Unlike competing all flash arrays, each individual SSD is hot swappable and can be installed or removed from the DFC independently, dramatically streamlining capacity scale while maintaining non-stop availability. Nimble Storage has qualified five Samsung PM863 Series SSDs, ranging in capacity from 240GB to 4TB, through a rigorous enterprise-grade Quality Assurance (QA) process to validate compatibility and interoperability across the AF-Series spanning the AF3000, AF5000, AF7000 and AF9000. 

Industry Leading 3D V-NAND SSDs Optimized for Enterprise Workloads
Nimble All Flash arrays are designed to take full advantage of the 3D V-NAND innovations of the Samsung PM863 SSDs. Based on the advanced flash controllers, the PM863 SSDs provide twice the write endurance, require half the power and deliver 20 percent increased write performance compared to planar MLC-based SSDs. These high-density 2.5-inch standard form factor SSDs rely on a single Printed Circuit Board (PCB) in a 7mm form factor to provide a substantial cost advantage over competing SSD designs that use multiple PCBs in a larger 15mm form factor. 

Building upon Samsung V-NAND innovations, the Nimble All Flash arrays provide advanced flash endurance software, Triple+ Parity RAID and integrated sparing to extend flash lifespan and reduce overhead inefficiencies, thereby enabling Nimble to scale all flash array and cluster effective capacity beyond the limitations of other all flash arrays. 

"As an industry pioneer and leader in advanced SSD technologies, we're excited to join with innovative flash companies like Nimble to deliver the very latest storage innovations to our mutual customers," said Jim Elliott, vice president of Memory Marketing, Samsung Electronics CO., LTD "Together we're delivering a powerful combination of SSD innovations to enable Enterprise IT organizations to accelerate applications running across their data centers while providing solid investment protection and outstanding total cost of ownership."

Nimble Storage Resources

About Nimble Storage
Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL) is the leader in predictive flash storage solutions. Nimble offers a Predictive Flash platform that combines flash performance with predictive analytics to predict and prevent barriers to data velocity caused by complex IT infrastructure. Nimble customers experience absolute performance, non-stop availability and cloud-like agility that accelerate critical business processes. More than 7,500 enterprises, governments, and service providers have deployed the Nimble Predictive Flash Platform across more than 50 countries. For more information visit www.nimblestorage.com and follow us on Twitter: @nimblestorage.

Nimble Storage, the Nimble Storage logo, CASL, InfoSight, SmartStack, Timeless Storage, Data Velocity Delivered, Unified Flash Fabric and NimbleConnect are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nimble Storage, Inc. Other trade names or words used in this document are the properties of their respective owners.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking" statements that are based on our management's beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management. We intend for such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release, including our current beliefs and expectations concerning our future product releases, product performance, functionality and benefits and industry environment.

Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors including, but not limited to, those related to our future financial performance, which is inherently uncertain, unforeseen delays in product development or introduction, uncertainty around market acceptance of our solutions, our ability to develop new solutions and bring them to market in a timely manner, pricing pressure (as a result of competition or otherwise), introduction of new technologies and products by other companies, global economic conditions, and our ability to continue to expand our business and manage our growth. Moreover, we operate in very competitive and rapidly changing environments, and new risks may emerge from time to time. It is not possible for our management to predict all risks, nor can we assess the impact of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements we may make. Further information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results are included in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied by our forward-looking statements.

You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although our management believes that the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances described in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur. Moreover, neither the Company, nor any other person, assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this presentation to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations, except as required by law.

 
The Unified Flash Fabric Combined With InfoSight Predictive Analytics and an Innovative Timeless Storage Business Model Make the Flash Data Center a Reality

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Enterprises expect data to be available instantly, but complex infrastructure creates an app-data gap that disrupts data delivery and makes end users wait. Preliminary findings of a Nimble primary research study reveal that 90 percent of US-based business users surveyed report experiencing application delays with nearly half experiencing delays at least three times each work day, and 80 percent reporting that delays impact their productivity. Closing the app-data gap requires predicting and preventing barriers to data velocity, no matter where the barriers occur across IT infrastructure. Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL), the leader in predictive flash storage, closes the app-data gap with the Nimble Predictive Flash platform that combines the power of InfoSight Predictive Analytics with a Unified Flash Fabric consolidation architecture to deliver flash performance for all enterprise applications and data velocity to end users. 

"Enterprises are totally dependent on data to improve customer interaction, accelerate product development and run the back office. Immediate data access is critical to maintaining competitive edge. It's clear that complex infrastructure creates an app-data gap that slows down data delivery which impacts critical business processes," said Suresh Vasudevan, CEO, Nimble Storage. "The Predictive Flash Platform combines flash performance with predictive analytics to close the app-data gap even when the barriers to data velocity are not storage related. This translates to business and economic value for customers by accelerating business outcomes." 

Live Virtual Launch Event, February 23 at 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PT: Join Nimble Storage's live event to discover the benefits of the Predictive Flash Platform

Nimble continues to remove barriers to data velocity with game changing innovations evident in the all new AF-Series All Flash arrays that are purpose-built to deliver absolute performance, superior scalability and non-stop availability, at a total cost of ownership (TCO) that is 33 to 66 percent lower than competitive arrays. However, fast flash alone is not enough to close the app-data gap given that more than 50 percent of barriers to data velocity take place outside of the storage architecture. InfoSight Predictive Analytics proactively predicts and prevents these issues by providing visibility across the entire application-to-storage stack. The Predictive Flash platform combines flash performance with InfoSight Predictive Analytics to deliver data velocity.

"Our design and product lifecycle management software is used by companies worldwide to design everything from golf clubs and smart phones, to automobiles and airplanes, and even to the latest NASA Mars Rover, Curiosity. In my department, our biggest challenge was keeping pace with increasing workload demands across our legacy software development and support infrastructure. With Nimble, our software development teams are now able to conduct deeper integrations and achieve faster iterations across testing and design automation environments than they've ever been able to accomplish before," said Michael Landeck, principal infrastructure engineer in Technical Operations for Siemens PLM Software, a world-leading provider of product lifecycle management and manufacturing operations management software. "The value we realize with InfoSight is the ability to have a server-centric view of our IT environment. Predictive analytics gives us trend analysis on not only where we are today, but where we are going in the future. This enables us to predict and prevent downtime, which is very important to our efficiency." 

Nimble Unified Flash Fabric Makes the Flash Data Center a Reality
The Nimble Unified Flash Fabric enables flash for all enterprise applications by unifying All Flash and Adaptive Flash arrays into a single consolidation architecture with common data services. 

All Flash arrays deliver absolute performance for applications that require deterministic latency while Adaptive Flash hybrid arrays deliver optimized performance for mainstream applications. Since Nimble All Flash and Adaptive Flash arrays run the same NimbleOS, and management and functionality are identical, arrays can be seamlessly clustered and managed as a single entity. 

Fast Flash is Not Enough: Predictive Analytics and Data Science Applied 
InfoSight Predictive Analytics use big data science to correlate trillions of sensor data points, find the needle in the haystack, and solve some of the most complex issues facing IT organizations today. Even beyond storage, InfoSight predicts, diagnoses and prevents barriers to data velocity across all layers of the infrastructure stack. 

By automatically detecting, and quickly diagnosing and resolving 9 out of 10 issues, both storage-related and non-storage, the Predictive Flash platform provides enterprises with measured availability of 99.9997%. For the small number of problems that require manual assistance, Level 3 experts have "pre-collected" data at their fingertips to rapidly diagnose and resolve issues in real time. With this transformative customer support model, Nimble has eliminated the traditional requirement for Level 1 and 2 support personnel. IT administrators save time and frustration by speaking directly with a Level 3 support engineer. 

Timeless Storage: Innovative Business Model
Timeless storage is an innovative new business model comprised of three elements spanning the trust and transparency of product claims, a proven ability to deliver industry-leading support and an all-new Timeless Guarantee. The Timeless Guarantee provides investment protection and upgrade certainty, with an option to receive a free faster controller upgrade after three years. The Timeless Storage business model offers all-inclusive pricing with no-forklift upgrades and the flexibility to purchase storage as a capital investment or as a Storage on Demand service. With Storage on Demand, monthly payments are made in accordance with actual usage, whether it increases or decreases.

Inaugural Net Promoter Survey Yields Score of 85
Customers appreciate the unwavering customer commitment and legendary support they receive from Nimble Storage. The Net Promoter Score (NPS) is the industry standard measure of overall customer satisfaction and serves as a leading indicator for future growth. In January 2016 Nimble executed its inaugural NPS customer survey and earned a score of 85, reflecting an outstanding customer experience with Nimble products and support.

"As storage management becomes more complex, enterprises are demanding more from their storage systems in terms of performance, availability, agility and ease of use," said Eric Burgener, research director Storage, IDC. "Vendors like Nimble Storage and others have responded with features like flash-optimized architectures and predictive analytics to address evolving concerns, and customers are responding by not only driving high growth for these types of systems but also awarding them marks for customer satisfaction that are literally at least double the average earned by established storage vendors in the past." 

For more information on the Nimble Predictive Flash platform, please visit: www.nimblestorage.com

Nimble Storage Resources

About Nimble Storage
Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL) is the leader in predictive flash storage solutions. Nimble offers a Predictive Flash platform that combines flash performance with predictive analytics to predict and prevent barriers to data velocity caused by complex IT infrastructure. Nimble customers experience absolute performance, non-stop availability and cloud-like agility that accelerate critical business processes. More than 7,500 enterprises, governments, and service providers have deployed the Nimble Predictive Flash Platform across more than 50 countries. For more information visit www.nimblestorage.com and follow us on Twitter: @nimblestorage.

Nimble Storage, the Nimble Storage logo, CASL, InfoSight, SmartStack, Timeless Storage, Data Velocity Delivered, Unified Flash Fabric and NimbleConnect are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nimble Storage, Inc. Other trade names or words used in this document are the properties of their respective owners.

Any unreleased services, features or functions referenced in this document, our website or other press releases or public statements that are not currently available are subject to change at Nimble Storage's discretion and may not be delivered as planned or at all. Customers who purchase Nimble Storage's products and services should make their purchase decisions based upon services, features and functions that are currently available.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking" statements that are based on our management's beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management. We intend for such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release, including our current beliefs and expectations concerning our future product releases, product performance, functionality and benefits and industry environment.

Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors including, but not limited to, those related to our future financial performance, which is inherently uncertain, unforeseen delays in product development or introduction, uncertainty around market acceptance of our solutions, our ability to develop new solutions and bring them to market in a timely manner, pricing pressure (as a result of competition or otherwise), introduction of new technologies and products by other companies, global economic conditions, and our ability to continue to expand our business and manage our growth. Moreover, we operate in very competitive and rapidly changing environments, and new risks may emerge from time to time. It is not possible for our management to predict all risks, nor can we assess the impact of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements we may make. Further information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results are included in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied by our forward-looking statements.

You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although our management believes that the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances described in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur. Moreover, neither the Company, nor any other person, assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this presentation to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations, except as required by law.

 

Versa FlexVNF Now Provides DNS Security and Secure Web Gateway; Best-in-Class Multi-Tenant Next-Generation Firewall and Unified Threat Management Performance 

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Versa Networks, a networking and security startup providing next-generation WAN and branch office solutions for service providers and enterprises, today announced major feature and performance enhancements to the software-defined security used in its branch security offering. Versa FlexVNF software-defined security enables service providers and large-enterprise IT teams to deliver a range of layered security services for branch offices, including advanced functions such as domain name system (DNS) security and secure web gateways (SWG), coupled with full multi-tenancy. 

Industry analysts have noted that branch offices are increasingly becoming a targeted point of entry into corporate networks, with attack volume growing more than 500 percent over the last three years. To address this growing branch office vulnerability, both service providers (through managed service offerings) and enterprise IT teams will need to evolve branch security infrastructure from legacy point appliances to a more agile and software-defined approach. What software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) has started to do for branch connectivity, software-defined security (SD-Security) will need to do for branch security.

In a 2012 report, "The Impact of Software-Defined Data Centers on Information Security," Gartner said, "In Phase 3, information security itself will evolve to become software-defined, where, like SDN, the management model for security services is abstracted from being managed one box at a time to a policy-based, network-wide view."

Enabling Robust Branch Security with Software-Defined Security and Industry-Leading Performance
Layered security infrastructure and/or managed security services can be critical resources for securing branch office networks, given their growing profile as a more vulnerable point of entry into the enterprise. Versa has expanded its portfolio of SD-Security functionality in Versa FlexVNF, which incorporates a next-generation firewall (NGFW), anti-virus capability, intrusion prevention and category/content filtering, to now include the following advanced functions:

  • DNS threat defense provides additional protection against attacks, APTs and malware and uses big data analytics and machine learning intelligence to automate protection against both known and emerging threats.
  • An SWG provides granular control of and visibility into outbound web traffic to enforce security and corporate policies as well as protection at the browser layer.

Both of these new SD-Security capabilities can be located at the branch office or delivered from the telco cloud, depending on customer requirements and/or the managed service design.

While SD-Security can make defense-in-depth more agile and cost effective, it should not be a performance bottleneck. Versa FlexVNF is optimized to offer best-in-class security performance per rack unit (RU). One Versa FlexVNF software instance, running on one RU unit of commodity x86 hardware, can provide up to 40 Gbps of stateful firewall, 20 Gbps of NGFW or 10 Gbps of unified threat management (UTM) -- double the capacity of the leading proprietary hardware-based solutions. Because the Versa solution is software-defined, new capacity can be added quickly and new functions can be turned on in minutes. 

Increased Agility and Deeper Security for Both Providers and Enterprises
Service providers and enterprises alike will appreciate the agility of Versa FlexVNF, which enables them to dynamically add new capacity or capabilities such as an NGFW and SWG when direct Internet access is activated. Unlike appliance-based security products, Versa FlexVNF software is fully multi-tenant and able to leverage SD-Security functions across multiple end customers or business divisions to reduce the overall cost of compute-intensive security functions.

Versa FlexVNF incorporates rich service chaining, which allows for the rapid and error-free deployment of layered security such as an NGFW with DNS security on top of SD-WAN for securing direct Internet access. Versa also allows for service chaining with third-party security devices and software. This is important, as it enables simpler execution of a defense-in-depth strategy and allows integration of best-of-breed components. 

"Versa FlexVNF is redefining branch security for enterprises and managed security for providers by combining defense-in-depth with the agility and flexibility of software-defined security," said Kumar Mehta, CEO and founder of Versa Networks. "Branch security has become vital in 2016 and beyond as attackers zero in on branches as the next vulnerable entry point, especially when direct Internet access is enabled. The problem we're seeing is that most branch offices are not offering enough layers or depth of security -- and software-defined security can be the solution."

About Versa FlexVNF
Versa FlexVNF allows service providers and large enterprises to transform the WAN and branch network to achieve unprecedented business advantages. Versa's software-based approach provides unmatched agility, cost savings and flexibility vs. traditional network hardware. For service providers, Versa FlexVNF enables next-generation managed services for virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE), managed software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and managed software-defined security (SD-Security). For enterprises, the software provides carrier-grade solutions for SD-WAN and branch security projects.

Availability
Versa VNF solutions are available now. More information can be found herewww.versa-networks.com/products.

To request a demo, please visit Versa Networks at www.versa-networks.com/request-a-demo.

Note
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About Versa Networks
Founded by network industry veterans, Versa Networks is an innovative vendor in the NFV and virtualized network functions (VNF) market. Versa solutions enable service providers and large enterprises to transform the WAN and branch networks to achieve unprecedented business advantages. Versa's carrier-grade VNF software provides unmatched agility, cost savings and flexibility vs. traditional network hardware. The company is backed by premier venture investors Sequoia, Mayfield and Verizon Ventures. For more information visit http://www.versa-networks.com.

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1 = "The Impact of Software-Defined Data Centers on Information Security" published October 16 2012 by analyst Neil MacDonald.

 

 

 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 00:00

WatchGuard Delivers High-Speed Modular UTM

New top-of-the-range Firebox M4600 and M5600 provide security, speed and flexibility for distributed enterprises

 

WatchGuard® Technologies has announced the release of its highest performing Firebox® M4600 and M5600 Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances. WatchGuard’s M4600/M5600 firewalls offer flexible port modularity and redundant power supplies, making them a perfect fit for organisations with large and often distributed environments that require fast speed, flexibility and reliability.

 

High performance and functionality combined with affordability make these new appliances ideal for hub-and-spoke infrastructures. Typically deployed at the corporate headquarters, they serve as the hub appliance, responsible for managing and securing all communications with remote business sites and employees.

 

“Organisations need high performance UTM security solutions with fast speeds to quickly scale and operate seamlessly across their networks,” said Brendan Patterson, director of Product Management at WatchGuard. “They shouldn’t have to sacrifice performance for security – anywhere in their network. Our Fireboxes consolidate critical network and security functions into a single, centrally managed UTM platform that is easy to set up, deploy and manage.”

 

The Firebox M4600/M5600 appliances provide greater port density options that enable IT professionals to add additional network modules with more fibre or copper ports. Each appliance has two available slots for expansion modules and options for 4x10Gb fibre, 8x1Gb copper, or 8x1Gb fibre. Network modularity empowers IT pros to customise the port configuration to meet their needs, while ensuring the flexibility to adapt the firewall as their network evolves. 

 

"With the new WatchGuard Firebox M4600 and M5600 appliances, we can offer our customers enterprise-grade network security and the ability to maintain visibility across their entire network using the fastest, highest performing UTM solution on the market,” said Dave Ashton, sales manager at WatchGuard UK partner Sec-1. “Companies are increasingly distributed with more remote offices and employees on the move or home workers. The WatchGuard firewalls deliver the protection, performance and flexibility needed to meet all these demands in a single appliance.” 

 

Standard with all WatchGuard appliances is access to Dimension, the company's award-winning, actionable threat intelligence platform. Dimension aggregates data from all WatchGuard appliances across a customer's network and translates that data into visually rich and actionable information. With Dimension, customers can easily see not only what is going on in their network but proactively take steps, faster than ever before, to update their security policies immediately, right from the reporting dashboards, to stop malicious sites, applications and users.

 

Additional Resources

Interactive Firebox M4600/M5600 Customization Online Tool

Firebox M4600/M5600 Datasheet

WatchGuard Product Matrix

WatchGuard Security Center blog

For a technical brief, please click here http://www.watchguard.com/docs/tech/wg_modularity_tb.pdf

 

About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader of integrated, multi-function business security solutions that intelligently combine industry-standard hardware, best-in-class security features, and policy-based management tools. WatchGuard provides easy-to-use, enterprise-grade protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Wash. with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit WatchGuard.com.

For additional information, promotions and updates, follow WatchGuard on Twitter @WatchGuardTech on Facebook, or on the LinkedIn Company page. 

WatchGuard is a registered trademark of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. All other marks are property of their respective owners.

The company’s patented SafeSignal technology allows users to send distress signals from a locked phone – without pressing a button

AUSTIN, Texas – AlertMedia, a leader in the emergency communication software industry, today announced the launch of its SafeSignal technology. Combined with AlertMedia’s 24-hour Monitoring Center, SafeSignal provides a new level of safety and security for people working in high-risk situations around the world.

“They can now do their jobs with confidence, knowing that our monitoring team and law enforcement is essentially by their side, making sure they are safe.”

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AlertMedia recently completed an initial rollout of SafeSignal across the state of Texas, where several state and local agencies are using the service to give their thousands of employees a crucial level of protection and peace of mind. With the launch announcement, AlertMedia will begin offering SafeSignal throughout the United States, as well as internationally in the more than 80 countries where AlertMedia already has customers.

“Our technology is redefining safety for organizations with people in the field, specifically those who often find themselves working or traveling in dangerous locations or conditions. Social service workers, home healthcare workers, realtors – people in these professions are breathing an enormous sigh of relief when we put SafeSignal in their hands,” said Brian Cruver, founder and CEO of AlertMedia. “They can now do their jobs with confidence, knowing that our monitoring team and law enforcement is essentially by their side, making sure they are safe.”

The patented, zero-button SafeSignal solution works in conjunction with a tether that plugs into any iOS or Android smartphone. Pulling the brightly colored tether activates an audible alarm while sending a distress signal, along with critical details on the situation, to the AlertMedia Monitoring Center. AlertMedia immediately responds according to a custom action plan established with the employer, which typically includes dispatching law enforcement to the user’s precise location.

“SafeSignal is groundbreaking technology in the emergency communication industry, which allows us to accompany people as they encounter dangerous situations,” says Heather Deason, a former 911 Operations Specialist, and now the Director of AlertMedia’s Monitoring Center. “Since the initial rollout, we have already coordinated with law enforcement to assist with several hundred incidents.”

About AlertMedia

As the fastest-growing mass communication and emergency notification software provider in the world, AlertMedia helps organizations securely and effectively monitor threats, streamline notifications, and recover from incidents. The company’s fully integrated, cloud-based platform delivers communication tools that can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, using any device. Customers in telecom, healthcare, transportation, energy, manufacturing, government, and education are using the AlertMedia platform to protect their organizations, automate operations, and mitigate loss. For more information, please call (800) 826-0777 or visit www.alertmedia.com.

SAN FRANCISCOIObit, the world famous system utilities and security software provider, unleashed IObit Malware Fighter 4 today. This new edition upgrades IObit's anti-malware engine and teams with Bitdefender's anti-virus engine to strengthen its dual-engines while helping users defend against malware and attacking threats.

Over 390,000 new malicious programs are registered every day, according to AV-TEST. Below is a graphic of malware increasing tendency in the last decade. The total malware in 2015 nearly reaches 500 million! To better help users protect their PC from dangerous malware; IObit Malware Fighter 4 enhanced its anti-malware engine with both the IObit anti-malware engine and the Bitdefender anti-virus engine to create a database 10 times larger than IObit Malware Fighter 3. IMF4 can now support the removal of over 100 million hidden malware and viruses.

Recently, the eDellRoot certificate is detected as a potential risk for Dell computer users as it may allow attackers to sign malware files as if they were legitimate files. In turn, those malware files can be easily installed in users' PCs, bypassing any anti-virus software. Malware files can easily steal users' private information such the account and bank information. Good news is this data has been collected in IMF 4's enlarged anti-malware database, allowing malware to be easily detected and completely removed by IMF 4. In addition, IMF4 enhanced Security Guard and Browser Protect helps make sure attacks like harmful cookies could be immediately deleted and protects users from phishing site attacks, scams and other potential threats.

"IObit has set up an anti-malware database team focused on collecting data and constructing a real-time supply for the IMF database," said Antonio Zhang, Marketing Director of IObit. "The threats in all operating systems, even Windows 10, can be detected and removed immediately. Furthermore, we've minimized the resource usage during threat scanning and removing in IMF4, aimed to return users more available resources for better operation."

About IObit Malware Fighter 4

IObit Malware Fighter 4 is an advanced malware removal and browser secure utility that detects and removes infections and users' most concerning online threats while protecting browsers from potential malicious behavior in real time. Combined with the world-leading Bitdefender anti-virus engine, IMF4 delivers a more comprehensive anti-virus and anti-spyware security solution to users. With the latest engines, IObit Malware Fighter 4 supports the removal of various potential Spyware, Adware, Trojans, Keyloggers, Bots, Worms, and Hijackers more deeply and efficiently and works well in Windows 10.

About IObit

Founded in 2004, IObit provides 500 million downloads and 10 million active users worldwide with innovative system utilities for Windows, Mac, and Android OS to greatly enhance PC and mobile devices operational performance and protect them from security threats and malicious attacks.

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Directly addressing concerns about its readiness for production, application container leader Docker is rolling out "container-as-a-service" platform designed to ease application development and management at scale.

The Docker Datacenter unveiled Tuesday (Feb. 23) seeks to combine the inherent agility of application containers with greater control and security as enterprises attempt to scale container technology. Aiming to deliver on its "build, ship and run" mantra, the new container service is a "metaphor for pulling everything together" as container technology moves to production, according to Scott Johnson, Docker's senior vice president of product management.

Docker's holistic approach includes a control plane that can be used in the datacenter or in a private cloud along with the company's trusted registry and lightweight runtime. As an example of container agility, Johnson noted in an interview that the new service could help reduce the time needed to push an application change to production from weeks to as little as a day.

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http://www.enterprisetech.com/2016/02/23/21530/

At a time when security is top-of-mind for every IT and business leader–from the boardroom to the executive suite to the front lines of operations–Citrix is coming to RSA with solutions and strategies to address the latest enterprise security requirements.

To set the stage, this post provides essential resources for everyone concerned with managing risk in the enterprise to bring you up to date on the latest thinking so you can use your time at RSA productively.

As transformative trends like mobility, BYO and the Internet of Things drive the expansion and evolution of the network perimeter, enterprises need new ways to provide access for employees, contractors, partners and customers while managing risk. With Citrix solutions, companies can secure and control applications, data and usage in any scenario to keep people productive wherever and however they choose to work.

Read our solution brief “Managing Risk by Protecting Apps, Data and Usage” and watch the video below to learn more about the Citrix approach to enterprise security.

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https://www.citrix.com/blogs/2016/02/23/solving-security-for-the-modern-mobile-enterprise-workforce/

Docker announced a new container control center today it’s calling the Docker Datacenter (DDC), an integrated administrative console that has been designed to give large and small businesses control over creating, managing and shipping containers.

The DDC is a new tool made up of various commercial pieces including Docker Universal Control Plane (which also happens to be generally available today) and Docker Trusted Registry. It also includes open source pieces such as Docker Engine. The idea is to give companies the ability to manage the entire lifecycle of Dockerized applications from one central administrative interface.

Customers actually were the driving force behind this new tool. While companies liked the agility that Docker containers give them, they also wanted management control over administration, security and governance around the containers they were creating and shipping, Scott Johnston, SVP of product management told TechCrunch.

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http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/23/new-docker-data-center-admin-suite-should-bring-order-to-containerization/