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We often lament the problem of limited lead times for tornado warnings, but what about watches and warnings which never come to be? While it’s easy to discount a false alarm as for the greater good, can multiple false alarms eventually trigger a “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” effect? Let’s take a closer look at the issue of tornado forecasting false alarms, along with whether they might be a greater threat to public safety than most people realize.


A whopping 75 percent of tornado warnings are false alarms, according to research from the American Meteorological Society published in the journal, Weather and Forecasting. Not only that, but some regions may see multiple tornado warnings at one without a single tornado ever actually touching down.



That big data is coming fast and furiously is an accepted trend. Many studies say so. But did you know that 89% of all data managers view backup and recovery as the most critical component of their big data efforts?

That nuance is one of several findings from the Datos IO report on how organizations are deploying "next-generation databases," released today.

Datos IO surveyed 204 IT professionals responsible for application and database deployment, operation, management, and architecture to produce the study. Those surveyed came from companies that ranged from 500 to more than 10,000 employees across industries including education, technology, financial services, healthcare, retail, nonprofit, and hospitality.



(TNS) - The federal government has refused to provide disaster relief for Essex County and two other Virginia localities hit hardest by the tornadoes earlier this year.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe was informed Friday that the state’s request for federal assistance was denied.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate said the damage from the tornadoes “was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the capabilities of the commonwealth, affected local governments, and voluntary agencies,” according to a news release from the state.

The state plans to appeal the decision.



At the recent RSA Security Conference in San Francisco, data-centric security and protection received a lot of attention. Several trends account for this. The main one, of course, is the large number of high-profile data breaches and other cyber attacks continually making the news — a trend that shows no sign of subsiding. In addition to this constantly lurking threat, we can add growing compliance and regulatory requirements as well as the advent of new (difficult to protect) technologies, applications, and architectures. Throw in all the revelations about hacking by various government intelligence services, and it’s easy to see why organizations and security solutions providers have made data-centric security and protection a top priority.

The data-centric security model focuses on protecting an organization’s sensitive data as opposed to protecting the overall computer networks and applications — as is the case with more traditional security models that function primarily by implementing a security perimeter designed to keep bad actors out. That said, data-centric security is intended to support an organization’s overall data loss prevention strategy in conjunction with network, anti-virus, and other enterprise security incident and event management systems.



Gulf Coast community upgrades public safety communications system

Airbus DS Communications, Inc., an entity of Airbus Defense and Space, recently completed an upgrade in Manatee County, Fla. to the company’s Next Generation VESTA® 9-1-1 call handling solution. The County selected Airbus DS Communications’ technology to strengthen public safety communications and capabilities in the community, laying the foundation for Next Generation capabilities.

The Manatee County emergency communications system is comprised of four public safety answering points (PSAPs), which serve the area’s 350,000 area residents. In total, the county has approximately 45 call taking positions that process more than 250,000 emergency calls a year. The district has been an Airbus DS Communications 9-1-1 customer since 2006.

“Throughout the installation process, Airbus DS Communications provided endless support and hands-on training to ensure a smooth transition for our team,” said Bob Smith, Director of Public Safety, Manatee County Government. “With the new VESTA9-1-1 platform, we are confident we can continue to provide dependable and responsive public safety communications now and into the future.”

“Public safety officials seek trusted 9-1-1 providers and systems that will ensure reliable service today, and for decades to come,” said Bob Freinberg, CEO of Airbus DS Communications. “With our new VESTAâ platform, Manatee County is equipped with advanced and adaptable technology to easily integrate future tools and capabilities, such as text-to-9-1-1, as well as meet Next Generation 9-1-1 standards.”

The new 9-1-1 system is geo-diverse, with the four separate locations supported by two backroom systems that can operate the entire 9-1-1 network independently should one fail during large scale emergencies, such as hurricanes. In addition, the system also features the VESTA intuitive user interface, which makes it easy for call takers to quickly change locations, monitor and respond to calls in queue, countywide.

Airbus Defense and Space

Airbus Defense and Space,a division of Airbus Group, is Europe’s number one defense and space enterprise and the second largest space business worldwide. Its activities include space, military aircraft and related systems and services. It employs more than 38,000 people and in 2015 generated revenues of over 13 billion Euros.

Airbus DS Communications, Inc., an Airbus Defense and Space Holdings, Inc. company, is a global leader and trusted source for mission-critical communications technologies. The VESTA®product suite provides Next Generation 9-1-1 call processing systems, land mobile radio solutions and emergency notification applications, creating smarter ways to keep all our communities safe.

Semafone solution will help customers to meet secure encryption protocols


Guildford, UK – Semafone®, which provides secure payment software for contact centres, has updated its solution, issuing Semafone Version 3.2 to fast-track customer migration from vulnerable TLS (Transport Layer Security) encryption protocols.


The most recent version of the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS v3.1) states that organisations processing payments must migrate to TLS 1.1 encryption or higher. Whilst the original migration deadline of June 2016 has been moved back to June 2018, Semafone will be transitioning customers to the newest platform ahead of this date to accelerate more effective security.


Some Payment Service Providers (PSPs) have stated that they will cease acceptance of SSL and early TLS transactions prior to June 2016. In these cases, Semafone is proactively working with affected clients to meet these deadlines.


“The vulnerable nature of SSL and TLS 1.0 protocols, particularly within PSP integrations, has been well documented and puts secure payments at risk,” said Tim Critchley, CEO, Semafone. “While the official deadline is still some time away, we believe it is in the best interest of our customers to make the transition now, not only for the sake of compliance, but also in the interest of security.


“We believe that many PSPs will soon stop using these insecure protocols. It would seem that this is a rare experience of the community reacting well in advance of pending standards,” continued Tim Critchley. “This is a positive example of organisations becoming aware of a risk, assessing it and responding rapidly prior to any mandate or deadline.”


SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and early TLS no longer meet minimum security standards due to known security vulnerabilities in the protocol for which there are no known fixes. To enable customers to move off these insecure encryption models rapidly, Semafone engineers have created the newest version of its product. Semafone will transition all customers to more secure encryption and transmission protocols by June 2016.


Semafone version 3.2 will also make it easier for customers to deploy and upgrade to future releases of the payment solution. In addition, technical upgrades facilitate customers’ ability to respond more rapidly to public vulnerabilities with faster and less invasive patch management capabilities – a critical necessity in the face of today’s rapidly evolving threats.


Semafone will withdraw support of TLS 1.0 and 1.1 at the end of June 2016.


About Semafone

Semafone provides software to contact centres so they can take personal data securely over the telephone. Semafone’s patented data capture method collects sensitive information such as payment card or bank details and social security numbers directly from the customer’s telephone keypad for processing. This prevents personal data from entering the contact centre, which protects against the risk of fraud and the associated reputational damage, ensuring compliance with industry regulations such as PCI DSS.

Semafone has achieved the four leading security & payment accreditations: ISO 27001:2013, PA DSS certification for its payment solution, PCI-DSS Level 1 Service Provider and is a Visa level 1 merchant agent.

The company was founded in 2009 and serves a wide range of industry sectors including financial services, media, retail, utilities, travel and tourism and the public sector. Customers include Sky, Aviva Canada, TalkTalk, Nespresso, Yorkshire Water and Virgin Group. BT offers a hosted version of Semafone’s technology - BT Secure Contact. Major investors include Octopus Investments and BGF (Business Growth Fund).

Further information about Semafone is available at www.semafone.com.

SAN FRANCISCO – IObit announces the release of Smart Defrag 5, which is designed to efficiently defragment and optimize hard drives to enhance disk stability and improve system performance. The new version of Smart Defrag dramatically increases defragmentation speed and fully supports Windows 10.

Integrated with a new defrag engine, Smart Defrag 5 optimizes the defrag algorithm and supports multi-threading for ultra-fast and stable defragmentation, which markedly brings down the overall defragmenting time. In addition, Smart Defrag 5 intelligently applies the most suitable defrag method for different disks to reach top performance based on the current system situation. Compared to SD4, Smart Defrag 5 increases defragmenting speed by up to 50 percent and greatly improves efficiency to users' workflow. It works much faster than Windows' built-in defragmenter and fully supports defragmenting on Windows 10.

Smart Defrag 5 is also packed with new features including Large Files Defrag and Game Optimize. Large Files Defrag offers modes for defragmenting large files only to reduce fragmentation rate of these file types and increase usable contiguous space. For game users, Smart Defrag 5 enhances the Game Optimize module to enable users to add game for defragmenting. This optimization results in faster game loading and a much better gaming experience. In addition, Smart Defrag 5 offers professional settings to defragment registry files or specified files before system startup to constantly optimize performance of system.

"A major benefit of the Smart Defrag 5 is its defragmentation speed. We've been improving the program over time since we want to provide multi-tools customers will need. "said Antonio Zhang, Marketing Director of IObit. "We highly recommend it to users who want to keep system running smoothly and need complete control over hard drives."

For the newest version, Smart Defrag 5 changed its interface to an easily recognizable color scheme. This new user interface gives the users a new impression of the optimization utility, cleans up the visibility of different drives on the screen and is also compatible with high resolution displays.

Now Smart Defrag 5 is available to download on www.iobit.com.

About Smart Defrag 5

Smart Defrag is a safe, stable and easy-to-use disk defragmenter that provides maximum hard disk performance automatically and intelligently. With the new generation of ultra-fast defrag engine, Smart Defrag 5 can not only defragment users' HDD but also trim SSD to accelerate disk read/write speed and enhance disk durability. The program can easily defrag large files and consolidate free spaces with the newly added Large File Defrag and Free Space Defrag for more efficient defragmentation. Users can also enjoy top game experience with Game Optimize in Smart Defrag 5.

About IObit

Founded in 2004, IObit provides consumers with innovative system utilities for Windows, Mac, and Android OS to greatly enhance their performance and protect them from security threats. IObit is a well-recognized industry leader with more than 100 awards, 250 million downloads and 10 million active users worldwide.


MILPITAS, Calif. – PROMISE Technology Inc., a recognized global leader in the storage industry, is partnering with Symply Inc. to bring extraordinary storage solutions to the rich media market.

Symply has excellent customer insight and expertise for meeting customer expectations, ease of use, technological development, and design, while Promise possesses outstanding engineering expertise and technology leadership. The combined efforts will be a winning strategy for both companies and sure to deliver amazing solutions for rich media customers.

Promise Technology Inc. has been a recognized leader in the storage Industry, developing and delivering high-performance, reliable storage products for the IT, cloud, surveillance and rich media markets, and the recently announced Apollo personal cloud storage for consumers. Symply is an all-star team of industry talent who create high-performance digital storage for media creators and content owners, from the single editor to an entire facility.

"The relationship with Symply takes us into an exciting future in the rich media market, while addressing customer needs today," noted James Lee, CEO, Promise Technology. "Existing rich media customers can rest assured that they will continue to see the great quality and support from Promise that they are used to, while the two companies collaborate to ensure a seamless transition. Similarly for partners and suppliers, Promise and Symply are committed to maintain the long-term relationships without interruption and disruption."

"Symply comprises a team of the best industry veterans," explained Alex Grossman, CEO of Symply Inc. "We are poised and ready to take care of the needs unique to the rich media market, and make sure the transition is smooth."

Symply will assume sales and field engineering responsibility for Promise's current rich media product lines starting soon in Americas, The U.K., France and Germany. In addition, new products in current development by Promise and Symply will be debuted at NAB 2016 in booth #9321. For other regions, Promise will continue with the sales and support for all rich media products.

For more information about this partnership, welcome to visit both Promise Technology and Symply websites: www.promise.com or http://www.gosymply.com.

About Symply Inc.
Symply Inc. creates high-performance digital storage for media creators and content owners, from the single editor to an entire facility. As a privately-held, employee-owned company with locations in Los Angeles, New York, and London, Symply blends intuitive, user-friendly software with rock-solid engineering to move storage from a need, to a want. For more information, visit http://www.gosymply.com.

About Promise Technology Inc.
Promise Technology is a recognized global leader with over 27 years of experience in the storage industry. Promise has developed its own enterprise-class hardware and software storage architecture, in addition to complete SAN, NAS and unified storage platform lines. Promise is also committed to providing dynamic software defined storage solutions for vertical markets, including cloud and IT storage solutions, video surveillance storage solutions, rich media storage solutions and much more. With industry leading technology and research and development capabilities, combined with highly experienced global sales and after sales service teams, Promise is at the forefront of the industry with the highest levels of customer satisfaction. Promise Technology is an ISO-9001:2008 and ISO-14001:2004 certified manufacturer with operations and sales and support teams throughout the Americas, EMEA, and APAC regions providing unparalleled service and support to customers around the globe. For more information, visit: www.promise.com.


Open Source Cloud to Power Applications Across Every Brand of VW Group

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Mirantis®, the pure-play OpenStack® company, today announced that Volkswagen Group has chosen OpenStack as its global standard for next-generation private cloud, aiming to drive innovation across business and consumer applications. The open source cloud platform is projected to cut IT costs through joint standardization. It will support internal and consumer-facing applications and will connect people across Volkswagen, its dealers and suppliers. The joint project focuses on adding critical enterprise features to OpenStack to ensure that applications can be managed with high performance, enabling full control of data center infrastructure. The system will be fully optimized for Intel platform capabilities, making amazing experiences possible.

Following a comprehensive and rigorous selection process, Europe's largest automaker selected Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack company, as its OpenStack distribution vendor. Mirantis demonstrated a 98% execution rate across 64 use cases, and emerged as the most stable and fastest to implement among industry OpenStack distributions. Volkswagen Group will leverage Mirantis OpenStack to power applications in all Volkswagen Group brands.

"As the automotive industry shifts to the service economy, Volkswagen is poised for agile software innovation. The team at Mirantis gives us a robust, hardened distribution, deep technical expertise, a commitment to the OpenStack community, and the ability to drive cloud transformation at Volkswagen. Mirantis OpenStack is the engine that lets Volkswagen's developers build and deliver software faster." -- Mario Müller, Volkswagen VP IT Infrastructure.

"OpenStack is the open source cloud standard offering companies a fast path to cloud innovation. It is our privilege to partner with Europe's largest automaker and we are thrilled to support them as they use the software to out-innovate competitors and expand their business on a global scale." -- Mirantis SVP, Marque Teegardin

"Germany is the economic powerhouse of Europe, and Volkswagen is its champion. The world will be watching as they use OpenStack to accelerate existing business functions, and to onramp new technologies, business ideas and models like IoT, machine learning and big data analytics." -- Mirantis Regional Director, DACH, Sebastian Weiss

About Mirantis
Mirantis is the pure play OpenStack company, delivering all the software, services, training, and support needed for running OpenStack. More customers rely on Mirantis than on any other company to get to production deployment of OpenStack at scale. Mirantis is among the top three companies worldwide in contributing open source software to OpenStack, and has helped build and deploy some of the largest OpenStack clouds in the world, at companies such as Cisco, Comcast, Ericsson, NASA, Samsung and Symantec. Mirantis is venture-backed by August Capital, Ericsson, Goldman Sachs, Intel, Insight Venture Partners, Sapphire Ventures, Siguler Guff & Co., and WestSummit Capital, with headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. Follow us on Twitter at @mirantisit.


Wednesday, 06 April 2016 00:00

Pricing the Cloud Market Study 2016-2020

Defining the Cloud & Cloud Services

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Pricing the Cloud 2016 Edition -- 2016 to 2020" report to their offering.

The Pricing the Cloud -- 2016 to 2020 report surveys the current trends and pricing for global cloud computing providers. The report also provides a pricing and revenue forecast for cloud providers from 2016 to 2020.

The report's focus is on the enterprise cloud segment, not on consumer-focused cloud services (such as web-mail or Apple iCloud). The report examines the two main generic forms of cloud connectivity, which are:

Public Cloud: with cloud services accessed over the internet, using a scalable shared resources on a pay as you use basis. Public Cloud services are typically provided as a high volume low margin basis by providers such as Amazon and Microsoft.

Private Cloud: with cloud services accessed over a corporate network, using a dedicated resource which is shared across the enterprise, usually charged as a fixed monthly rental fee (not on a pay as you use basis). Private cloud services are typically provided by IT services companies, integrators or telecoms providers.

The report considers the pricing for enterprise cloud computing services (public and private), using three main generic types including:

1. Pay As You Go -- typically based on an hourly charge

2. Hybrid Cloud computing -- typically based on a monthly charge

3. Private Cloud -- typically based on a monthly charge & long term contract.

Key Topics Covered:

PART ONE -- Defining the cloud & the cloud services offered in the report

PART TWO -- Cloud computing provider services & pricing models

PART THREE -- The key cloud computing players & cloud computer provider pricing

PART FOUR -- Pricing the Cloud 2 -- 2016 to 2020 -- trends, growth & forecasts

PART FIVE -- Pricing the Cloud 2 -- Conclusions & Trends

Companies Mentioned

  • Accenture
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Apple
  • AT&T
  • Biznet (Indonesia)
  • BMC Software
  • BT Global Services
  • CAT Telecom (Thailand)
  • CenturyLink
  • Cisco Systems
  • Citrix
  • Colt Telecom
  • CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation)
  • CTERA Networks
  • Dell
  • Dimension Data
  • EMC
  • Equinix
  • Fujitsu
  • Google
  • HP Enterprise
  • IBM (SoftLayer)
  • iomart
  • Interxion
  • Joyent
  • KPN
  • Level (3)
  • Microsoft
  • NTT Communications (NTT Com)
  • Navisite
  • Oracle
  • Orange Business Services (OBS)
  • OVH
  • PLDT (Philippines)
  • Portugal Telecom (PT)

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/dbgdgz/pricing_the_cloud

Sector: Cloud Computing and Storage