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PHILADELPHIA--()--Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), the award-winning data research platform and business intelligence tool for corporate, academic and government institutions worldwide, announces the addition of three new Thomson Reuters datasets to its platform; SDC New Issues, I/B/E/S Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and SDC Mergers & Acquisitions data. A part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, WRDS provides global corporations, universities and regulatory agencies the thought leadership, data access and insights needed to accelerate impact.

“These sets can be a powerful tool for researchers; offering data that is broad in content and historically extensive.”

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SDC New Issues includes debt capital markets (DCM) and equity capital markets (ECM) transaction data going back to the 1970’s and 1980’s respectively. The data sets include common stock offerings (IPOs, secondary offerings, and Rule 144a stock offerings), convertible debt and preferred stocks. It offers over 100 data elements including offering terms, ratings, use of proceeds, book and co-manager, legal counsel, auditor, trustees, fees and expenses, issuer profile information, and more.

SDC Mergers & Acquisitions data tracks over 150 elements including target and acquirer profile information, deal terms and legal advisors. The database has over 1 million global M&A deals as far back as the 1970’s.

I/B/E/S KPI evaluates businesses and their likely performance in the medium and long term. KPIs evaluate trends and inform of portfolio allocation changes for numerous industries including Airlines, Banking, Energy, Insurance, and Pharmaceuticals. They offer quantifiable measurements that reflect critical success factors.

“WRDS is very pleased to add three important Thomson Reuters datasets to our current offering,” said Robert Zarazowski, Managing Director of WRDS. “With these additions, WRDS offers a total of 13 Thomson Reuters datasets to our subscribers, providing unparalleled insight and a wide array of uses for our researchers.”

"Thomson Reuters ongoing partnership with WRDS highlights our commitment to the academic community,” said Marika Vilen, global head of partners, Thomson Reuters. “These sets can be a powerful tool for researchers; offering data that is broad in content and historically extensive.”


Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of news and information for professional markets. Our customers rely on us to deliver the intelligence, technology and expertise they need to find trusted answers. The business has operated in more than 100 countries for more than 100 years. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges For more information, visit www.thomsonreuters.com.


Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is the award-winning research platform and business intelligence tool for over 49,000 corporate, academic, government and nonprofit users at 400+ institutions in 30+ countries. WRDS provides the user with one location to access over 200 terabytes of data across multiple disciplines including Accounting, Banking, Economics, ESG, Finance, Healthcare, Insurance, Marketing, and Statistics. Flexible data delivery options include a powerful web query method that reduces research time, the WRDS Cloud for executing research and strategy development, and the WRDS client server using PCSAS, Matlab, Python and R. Our Analytics team, doctoral-level support and rigorous data review and validation give clients the confidence to tailor research within complex databases and create a wide range of reliable data models.

From partnerships with data vendors to our own tools, including the WRDS SEC Analytics Suite and Event Study by WRDS, Wharton Research Data Services is the global gold standard in data management and research, all backed by the credibility and leadership of the Wharton School.


Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The Wharton School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 participants in executive education programs annually and a powerful alumni network of 95,000 graduates.

Thursday, 20 October 2016 00:00

MathWorks Introduces Risk Management Toolbox

NATICK, Mass.--()--MathWorks today announced Risk Management Toolbox, which offers risk managers a set of functions and apps in MATLAB to develop and validate risk models and perform risk simulation. By supporting the development of models and helping to simulate scenarios, Risk Management Toolbox allows for accurate assessment of risk factors when performing credit and market risk analysis, modeling, and simulation.

“In today's rapidly changing and volatile markets, risk modeling, validation, and stress testing are integral to financial services firms. Success depends on the accuracy of the models used and the velocity at which these organizations can innovate, while maintaining low risk exposure”

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Financial, quant, and risk professionals can now model probabilities of default, create credit scorecards, perform credit portfolio analysis, and backtest models to assess potential for financial loss. Risk Management Toolbox offers an open and customizable platform for mathematical modeling, visualization, and integrated risk analysis, modeling, and simulation across risk domains, helping to assess corporate and consumer credit risk, as well as market risk models. The toolbox runs within MATLAB, which provides an environment for mathematical exploration with royalty-free options for production deployment.

Key features of the toolbox include a Binning Explorer app for automatic and manual binning for credit scorecards, credit portfolio simulation tools to analyze credit portfolio risk, and backtesting tools for value-at-risk (VaR) models. Risk Management Toolbox, when combined with additional MATLAB products, provides a scalable solution that meets research and production applications needs across varied projects and timeframes, and offers interactive customized apps and detailed reports.

“In today's rapidly changing and volatile markets, risk modeling, validation, and stress testing are integral to financial services firms. Success depends on the accuracy of the models used and the velocity at which these organizations can innovate, while maintaining low risk exposure,” says Stuart Kozola, computational finance product manager, MathWorks. “With Risk Management Toolbox, these companies can now speed creation, validation, and performance of what-if scenarios on credit and market models to satisfy regulatory and compliance needs, and to navigate market movements.”

To learn more about Risk Management Toolbox, please visit

About MathWorks
MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design for multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MATLAB and Simulink are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world's universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 3500 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. For additional information, visit mathworks.com.

MATLAB and Simulink are registered trademarks of The MathWorks, Inc. See mathworks.com/trademarks for a list of additional trademarks. Other product or brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, today announced the latest release of Riverbed SteelCentral, which addresses the end-to-end performance management needs of enterprises. Companies are still suffering from a fragmented approach to performance monitoring using stand-alone tools that do not provide a full view of performance. With this SteelCentral release, Riverbed continues to expand, integrate and simplify application performance management, providing the broadest and most comprehensive solution, allowing enterprises to reduce or eliminate fragmentation and dramatically simplify the process for monitoring and managing application performance. New enhancements to SteelCentral advance the communication and interoperability of the performance monitoring modules enabling companies to better manage packet data, infrastructure, applications, and unified communications (UC). In addition, SteelCentral is expanding its end-user experience management capabilities to better address the evolving demands that new devices, platforms, and initiatives place on modern enterprise IT.

“With this latest release, our customers are better able to proactively detect performance issues and rapidly pinpoint the root cause, regardless of whether it originates in the application, network, infrastructure or end-user device.”

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“SteelCentral is striving to deliver the most complete, modular and integrated performance management solution in the marketplace, monitoring end-users, applications, networks and infrastructure—wherever they are, on or off the cloud. This release delivers significant advances to help enterprises holistically manage performance,” said Mike Sargent, SVP and General Manager of SteelCentral at Riverbed. “With this latest release, our customers are better able to proactively detect performance issues and rapidly pinpoint the root cause, regardless of whether it originates in the application, network, infrastructure or end-user device.”

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Riverbed SteelCentral features advancements in several key platform components, including SteelCentral AppResponse 11SteelCentral Packet Analyzer PlusSteelCentral Transaction Analyzer Plus, SteelCentral UCExpert, SteelCentral NetIM and SteelCentral Aternity.

Unified solution for network forensics, network-based application and end-user experience monitoring. IT organizations are increasingly asked to manage all aspects of application performance including the impact of network performance on applications. With this release, Riverbed announces the availability of SteelCentral AppResponse 11. The new solution combines the capabilities of Riverbed’s two network-based monitoring solutions—SteelCentral AppResponse and SteelCentral NetShark—providing network forensics and analytics, application analytics, and end-user experience monitoring in a single, rich and easy-to-adopt solution. It is designed to deliver value immediately out of the box for a broad set of users – network, security, app-ops and “tiger” teams—and because pre-defined insights and expert analysis are offered, the solution helps both novice and expert users. SteelCentral AppResponse 11 also significantly increases the richness of performance metrics available to users, by providing access to finer grained transaction data for which users were previously forced to access packet analysis, thus speeding analysis and decreasing mean time to resolution (MTTR).

“We’re really pleased with the SteelCentral AppResponse 11 announcement,” said Troy Radtke, Senior Manager of Enterprise Monitoring, Deluxe Corp. “AppResponse 11 adds all the great network forensics capabilities from NetShark and combines them with the application and end-user experience monitoring capabilities of AppResponse and puts it all into one, easy-to-use solution. As a bonus, it gives us a virtual solution with the exact same capabilities.”

Capture, manage and troubleshoot infrastructure. Riverbed also introduces SteelCentral NetIM, a holistic solution for infrastructure discovery, monitoring, analysis and troubleshooting. The solution replaces SteelCentral NetCollector and NetSensor to create a single, integrated solution that enables companies to capture infrastructure information, determine state, detect performance and configuration issues, map and monitor application network paths, and troubleshoot infrastructure problems. As an integrated component of Riverbed SteelCentral, NetIM customers will manage infrastructure issues within the context of application, network and end-user experience for a truly blended view of total performance.

“SteelCentral appeals to companies struggling with too many tools supporting their IT Operations teams,” said Julie Craig, Research Director, Application Management, at Enterprise Management Associates. “With this latest release, SteelCentral offers a more unified, integrated perspective on enterprise performance, combining visibility to unified communications with infrastructure monitoring, network, end-user, and application monitoring. Riverbed continues to be uniquely positioned as an end-to-end performance monitoring vendor, with particularly strong capabilities supporting Application Performance Management (APM) and User Experience Management (UEM).”

Intelligent voice call path analysis & troubleshooting. As companies struggle to manage unified communications (UC), identifying the root causes of network and infrastructure-based UC degradations is very complex and time-consuming. With this release, SteelCentral UCExpert, a multi-vendor UC monitoring solution, introduces Intelligent Path Analysis Troubleshooting which enables IT staff to monitor the entire call path for a specific call and all the relevant performance metrics, including the device, network and specific settings impacting the service between the caller and receiver. Unlike competitive products that force administrators to manually correlate call and network information, this new analysis enables administrators to quickly identify network-based UC problems and dramatically reduce troubleshooting time.

Enhanced end-user experience management for the enterprise. The enterprise end-user computing environment is undergoing rapid change. BYOD initiatives and millennial workers have driven a need for modern experiences across a broad range of devices; however, this wider spectrum of solutions creates blind spots as companies are challenged to understand end-user experience. As they advance platforms and operating systems to meet these needs, it also introduces the risk that migration initiatives may not perform as expected. With this release, SteelCentral Aternity enables IT to ensure an excellent end-user experience for the entire device estate, both Mac and Windows OS, with a consistent, unified workflow and dashboards. In addition, the release introduces unique side-by-side analytics that enable Level 3 support teams to validate the impact of strategic change initiatives, such as a Windows 10 migration, before a full enterprise rollout. As a result, these teams are able to mitigate the risk of costly application and device roll-backs while validating the impact of change on application and device health.

All updates to the Riverbed SteelCentral platform are expected to be available by December.

Riverbed SteelCentral and the Riverbed Application Performance Platform

Riverbed is delivering solutions to help companies transition from legacy hardware to a new software-defined and cloud-centric approach to networking, and improve end user experience, allowing enterprises’ digital transformation initiatives to reach their full potential. The Riverbed Application Performance Platform™, delivers the agility, visibility, and performance businesses need to be successful in a cloud and digital world. By leveraging the Platform, organizations can deliver apps, data, and services from any public, private, or hybrid cloud across any network to any end-point. A key part of the platform, the Riverbed SteelCentral product family is a performance management and control suite that combines user experience, application, and network performance management to provide the visibility needed to diagnose and cure issues before end users notice a problem, call the help desk, or jump to another web site out of frustration.

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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.

Riverbed and any Riverbed product or service name or logo used herein are trademarks of Riverbed Technology, Inc. All other trademarks used herein belong to their respective owners.

Students can access content modules designed to teach the skills they need for cloud careers
Relevant cloud internships and jobs from top employers featured on the AWS Educate Job Board

SEATTLE--()--Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced new capabilities for AWS Educate, a global initiative to provide students and educators with the resources they need to accelerate cloud-related learning. AWS Educate now offers students a more direct way to put their cloud knowledge to use with over 25 self-paced content modules known as “Cloud Career Pathways,” which are made up of instructional videos, lab exercises, online courses, whitepapers, and podcasts. The Cloud Career Pathways align to four overarching job families, which are also represented in the new AWS Educate Job Board: Cloud Architect, Software Developer, Operations-Support Engineer, and Analytics and Big Data Specialist. AWS Educate maps students’ academic training on AWS Educate, and their achievements in the Cloud Career Pathways to relevant internships and jobs posted on the AWS Educate Job Board, which features top employers, including Amazon, Cloudnexa, Instructure, Salesforce, Splunk, Udacity, and more. To learn more about AWS Educate, visit: http://www.awseducate.com.

“We’re thrilled to make Udacity courses available to students via AWS Educate Cloud Career Pathways”

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“We built AWS Educate with a vision of helping to cultivate a cloud-enabled workforce. It’s been inspiring to see students from every corner of the globe – from Brooklyn to Bombay to Singapore to Seoul – embrace AWS Educate, eager to digest learnings from top computer science courses, and get their hands on their first Amazon S3 bucket,” said Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, AWS. “Based on that vision, we are taking the program one step further and adding a connection to employers who are in need of the cloud skills students can learn on AWS Educate. We’ve designed Cloud Career Pathways that will help students get targeted experience and skills, and placed those side-by-side with relevant jobs from some of the most in-demand technology employers today.”

In addition to AWS Educate’s core benefits – AWS Promotional Credits, online training, self-paced labs, a library of AWS resources, and educator-shared content – AWS Educate now features Cloud Career Pathways and the AWS Educate Job Board. The more than 25 Cloud Career Pathways are made up of content modules designed to teach the technical skills required in hundreds of cloud-related jobs. Each Cloud Career Pathway includes a minimum of 30 hours of content designed to build core skill sets across the four job families. After students successfully complete Cloud Career Pathways, they receive digital micro-credentials in the form of badges and certificates that appear on their AWS Educate profile, which students can leverage on their own job applications. Students can apply directly to relevant jobs posted on the AWS Educate Job Board, which features cloud internships and jobs from some of the top technology companies.

At Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Majd Sakr’s cloud computing course uses AWS Educate, and has grown from a few dozen students in 2013, to several hundred students in 2016. Dr. Sakr said, “AWS Educate hasn’t just been beneficial, it has been transformative. We have the ability to give students the opportunity to learn computer science skills through large hands-on projects on the AWS Cloud. With AWS Educate, we can offer projects at scale and be innovative, without needing to buy any on campus resources. Students have been eager to bring these timely cloud skills to their first jobs, and I’m thankful that AWS Educate can help.”

Udacity is an online education company with a mission to bring accessible, affordable, and highly effective learning to the world. Udacity helped design AWS Educate’s Cloud Career Pathways by providing over 30 courses that align to the job families. “We’re thrilled to make Udacity courses available to students via AWS Educate Cloud Career Pathways,” said Zhalisa Clarke, VP of Business Development at Udacity. “These courses are applicable to some of the most in-demand fields today. The mission of AWS Educate perfectly aligns with our belief that education and lifelong learning is a basic human right, and we look forward to working with AWS to make STEM content available to more students around the world.”

Instructure, a learning management system (LMS) company, is using the AWS Educate Job Board to recruit employees. Jeff Weber, Instructure’s senior vice president of people and places, said, “Today, technology is helping to drive business growth. At Instructure, we believe our success can be attributed to our team of innovators, who not only believe in our mission to make software that makes people smarter, but have the aptitude and capability needed to execute on our vision. We are a lean but growing team and we depend on each member to help us deliver proactive solutions to our customers. To that end, we are excited about the opportunity to align our open positions to AWS Educate’s new Cloud Career Pathways. The skills learned through the pathways represent core competencies we are looking for in our future employees and leaders.”

Since May 2015, AWS Educate has provided over 500 institutions with access to cloud computing training, tools, and technologies. The new AWS Educate capabilities are available to students in the United States, India, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and China at launch. To learn more about AWS Educate, visit: http://www.awseducate.com.

About Amazon Web Services

For 10 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 70 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, analytics, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise applications from 38 Availability Zones (AZs) across 14 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and India. AWS services are trusted by more than a million active customers around the world – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

Current congressional oversight structure is severely fractured, resulting in reactive policymaking that threatens America’s ability to combat biological threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In preparation for the organization of the 115th Congress, the co-chairs of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense this week delivered a letter to Congressman Pete Sessions, chair of The Committee on Rules, asking that special consideration be given to the jurisdiction of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

“The issues facing the safety of our homeland are a priority for Congress and the constituents you serve,” wrote former Senator Joe Lieberman and first Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. “However, the current congressional oversight structure is severely fractured, diluting focus and often resulting in reactive policymaking.”

The authors noted that two independent, bipartisan review Commissions – the Kean-Hamilton 9/11 Commission and the Graham-Talent WMD Commission – called for a more centralized oversight structure in Congress to provide a greater focus on national security programs. While the House did create the Homeland Security Committee in response to the 9/11 Commission recommendations, jurisdiction of the agencies that were moved to the Department of Homeland Security remains with other committees.

“This decentralized framework does a disservice to Congress by diminishing its ability to effectively oversee and implement homeland security policy,” the letter continues. “As chairmen of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, we have become increasingly concerned that more than 20 congressional Committees have biodefense jurisdiction, but only a small handful spend any time actually focusing on biodefense. This selective oversight reflects insufficient congressional engagement related to many of the most significant biodefense challenges America faces.”

Sen. Lieberman and Gov. Ridge urged Chairman Sessions to provide the House Committee on Homeland Security with primary jurisdiction over DHS authorizations. A centralized focus on homeland security, they contend, is vital to ensuring the Members of Congress can create meaningful policies that protect the homeland.

About the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense released its report, A National Blueprint for Biodefense: Leadership and Major Reform Needed to Optimize Efforts, in October 2015. The report identifies capability gaps and recommends changes to U.S. policy and law to strengthen national biodefense while optimizing resource investments. The panel is co-chaired by former Sen. Joe Lieberman and former Gov. Tom Ridge, who are joined by former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, former Sen. Tom Daschle, former Rep. Jim Greenwood, and the Hon. Kenneth Wainstein. Hudson Institute, the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, and the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies are the Panel’s institutional sponsors.

LONDON – Risk Focus, Inc., the leading provider of control and compliance solutions for regulatory trade and transaction reporting to the global capital markets, today announced it has been shortlisted for the “Best New Technology Product – Reporting” in the prestigious FOW International Awards for 2016. The shortlisting of Risk Focus highlights the increasing importance of regulatory compliance within global financial markets and particularly the need for efficient trade reporting ahead of regulations such as MiFID II.

Brian Lynch, CEO of Risk Focus, commented: “The regulation and compliance sector has now taken centre stage within financial institutions, primarily due to the combined pressure of tight implementation deadlines and potentially severe fines from regulators. The RegTech sector has developed with unusual speed and it is very special for Risk Focus to gain the global recognition and be shortlisted Best New Technology product for our innovations in trade reporting. We work very closely with regulators and are unique in providing financial institutions with an exclusive regulatory trade reporting SLA which assures our clients always stay ahead of regulations.”


With increasing scrutiny and enforcement on banks and other financial institutions for reporting breaches, errors and omissions, firms are under pressure to show that they have the right controls in place. There is a growing need for the Risk Focus trade reporting service, particularly as any under-reporting can attract significant penalties from regulators.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 00:00

Improving disaster response from space

From September 28 to October 10 of this year, Hurricane Matthew swept through Haiti, Florida and the Carolinas, leaving communities scrambling to beat back the onslaught of floodwaters. First responders, government agencies and insurers needed to know which areas required immediate attention. However, in many of the hardest-hit locations, damage to infrastructure meant that there was no viable way to gather that data on the ground.

FirstLook, DigitalGlobe’s online subscription service for emergency management, offers fast web-based access to pre-event and post-event imagery, plus updates as our constellation continues to collect data on a priority basis.

And when you’re looking for more than a picture, GBDX, DigitalGlobe’s geospatial big data platform, has the tools to turn satellite images into actionable data. Using GBDX, you can integrate DigitalGlobe’s trained neural network algorithms with open-source data sets like OpenStreetMap. In the case of Hurricane Matthew, we found this layering particularly useful in identifying underwater and at-risk infrastructure.



Abacus Data Systems debuts Abacus Next® as the umbrella over its portfolio of enterprise-class virtual technology solutions for the SMB sector

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Abacus Data Systems, Inc., the leading fully managed technology solutions provider serving professional industries such as legal, financial, insurance, and healthcare, unveils Abacus Next® as its overarching brand of next generation turnkey technology solutions. This unprecedented family of products and services brings to market fully managed IT infrastructure, virtual desktops, enterprise software, security and compliance solutions, all ‘as a service’.

“Many businesses are struggling to keep up with technology and defend themselves against cyber threats,” said Alessandra Lezama, CEO. “We’re replacing the management, costs, and complexity of traditional IT systems with compliance ready private cloud computing on a pay-as-you-go model. Abacus Next® represents the evolution of conventional business applications into next generation technologies fully integrated and delivered ‘as a service’, enabling companies of all sizes to compete in today’s sophisticated digital world.”

“Technology and security play crucial roles in the business landscape, and new approaches provide growth opportunities,” said Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Abacus’ next generation solutions will free up cash flow for reinvestment in core business, boosting the economic health of small and mid-sized businesses.”

Abacus began the year by announcing the opening of their new headquarters and more than 80 job openings, closed out its second quarter with the acquisition of Toronto-based legal practice management company Amicus Attorney, and ranked #880 on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies.

About Abacus Next

Abacus Next® is a global provider of compliance ready virtual Desktop as a Service (DaaS), custom built for businesses with stringent security and compliance needs. Abacus Next® brings to market an unprecedented family of integrated technology products and services including Private Cloud, Case Management Software, Email Services, Security Protection, Business Continuity, and On-Premise Solutions, allowing businesses to leverage the power of cloud computing without the added challenges and expenses of managing complex IT infrastructures on their own.

Headquartered in San Diego, California, and backed by private investment with Providence Equity, Abacus Next® delivers products and services to over 500,000 businesses worldwide. For more information, please visit www.abacusnext.com.

About Providence Equity

Providence is a premier global asset management firm with $45 billion in assets under management across complementary private equity and credit businesses. Providence pioneered a sector-focused approach to private equity investing with the vision that a dedicated team of industry experts could build exceptional companies of enduring value. Since the firm’s inception in 1989, Providence has invested in more than 150 companies and is the leading equity investment firm focused on the media, communications, education and information industries. Providence is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, and also has offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Delhi.

New Dell EMC VxRail Appliances and VxRack System 1000 Powered by PowerEdge Servers Broaden Use Cases, Lower Entry Price Points, Deliver Best GPU-assisted VDI and Improved All-flash Economics
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  • Dell EMC expands industry-leading converged systems portfolio of VxRail Appliances and VxRack System 1000 hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) by integrating high performing, reliable, energy efficient industry-leading PowerEdge servers with the latest Intel Broadwell platforms
  • VxRail Appliances with PowerEdge servers increases hardware flexibility and offer more granular scalability with 250x more configurations, 40% more CPU performance for the same price, 25% lower entry price – starting at under $45,000 (USD) – and offer 2x more storage in all-flash nodes
  • VxRack System 1000 with PowerEdge servers offers 2.5x more capacity, 40% more CPU performance for the same price
AUSTIN, Texas – Dell EMC today announced it has expanded its leading converged systems portfolio by integrating its industry-leading PowerEdge servers into VxRail Appliances and VxRack System 1000 hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) to address new use cases. By owning both the compute and storage layers of the hyper-converged stack and having a co-engineering relationship with VMware, Dell EMC can deliver even more customer value by innovating faster. Dell EMC’s world-class supply chain provides quality, flexibility and speed of delivery and can offer new price points that allow more customers to enjoy the benefits of HCI. Now customers can partner with a single vendor for end-to-end HCI with comprehensive service and support offerings that provide a path to assisting business growth and investment protection to modernize their data center.

“Dell EMC owning both the compute and storage portions of the hyper-converged stack is a game-changer for the HCI portfolio,” said Terri McClure, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “It allows the company to deliver more value choices for customers via investment protection, faster innovation, supply chain advantages and savings it can pass on. The fast integration of PowerEdge servers into VxRail Appliances and VxRack Systems is a major example of the synergy of the acquisition and the benefits of the companies coming together – more value, more choice and maintained investment protection for customers.”

New VxRail Appliances Based on PowerEdge Servers

The VxRail Appliance Family, the industry’s only HCI appliances specifically developed and fully optimized for VMware environments, now have configurations powered by the latest Intel Broadwell Platforms, VMware vSphere and VMware VSAN technologies and based on PowerEdge servers. These feature 40% more CPU performance for the same price, increased flexibility and scalability with more configurations than before, all-flash nodes equipped with 2x more storage and a new 3-node entry point that is 25% less expensive. New addressable workloads include:

  • Storage heavy workloads including Big Data Analytics and Microsoft Exchange can take advantage of VxRail Appliances based on the PowerEdge R730xd platform that has highly dense storage nodes coupled with the latest Intel processors to provide high-performance processing.
  • Graphics-heavy client virtualization workloads that require increasing levels of performance found in the latest operating systems including Microsoft Windows 10, as well as productivity applications and graphics-intensive CAD/CAM, research and development applications. Everyone from knowledge workers and mobile professionals to designers and engineers will benefit from VxRail with the PowerEdge R730 platform including GPU acceleration from NVIDIA and AMD, with dual configurations of the NVIDIA Tesla M60 with NVIDIA Grid Software.
  • Remote Office/Branch Office environments can leverage the low-end 3-node entry option across the family with a starting price of under $45,000 (USD) allowing customers to cost-effectively deploy hyper-converged infrastructure to simplify IT management at multiple remote sites.

For customers seeking to accelerate time-to-value of an enterprise-class client virtualization solution, Dell EMC will offer new configurations of VxRail Appliances with VMware Horizon. The solutions are specifically optimized for client virtualization in order to provide simplified deployment and management of virtual workspaces. The solution, validated by Dell EMC with support from VMware and NVIDIA, offers flexibility and high performance to accommodate a variety of needs and decreases time-to-delivery of the solution from weeks to days.

New VxRack System Based on PowerEdge Servers

VxRack System 1000, the only rack-scale hyper-converged system with integrated top-of-rack Spine-Leaf networking and SDN options, is the perfect choice for core data centers that require both enterprise-grade resiliency and the ability to start small and scale easily. Now based on PowerEdge R630 and R730xd servers, these VxRack Systems offer more capacity and 40% more CPU performance without increasing footprint or cost. With more than 20 new configurations, customers have the flexibility to add as needed compute-heavy, storage-heavy or balanced configurations (in both all-flash and hybrid models) as needed to match their workload requirements.

The benefits of the VxRack System all-flash configurations include:

  • Better all-flash economics that offer 2.5x more usable flash capacity for a similar price versus previous generations
  • Application acceleration with SanDisk DAS Cache speeds storage I/O operations while reducing latency, resulting in improved performance of I/O-intensive applications such as Microsoft SQL OLTP
  • Configuration flexibility enables customers to scale linearly as their workloads require by incrementally adding high-density, storage-heavy or compute-heavy node configurations

Regardless of use case or where an organization is on its journey to the cloud, Dell EMC offers a broad and ever-expanding portfolio of appliances (VxRail or XC Series), rack-scale engineered systems, validated systems, reference architectures and solutions that are optimized for both traditional and cloud-native workloads running in data center core or edge locations.

Dell Financial Services (DFS) has a full range of flexible payment options to support customers wherever they are in their journey to the cloud. Whether a customer is seeking to balance OpEx versus CapEx or determine the right mix of off-premises versus on-premises solutions, DFS has solutions – from traditional leases to the new portfolio of OpenScale flexible consumption solutions – to match the full range of consumption use cases of Dell EMC customers.


VxRack FLEX with PowerEdge-based nodes are orderable today and available in Q4 2016. VxRack SDDC with PowerEdge-based nodes with integrated PowerEdge servers will be orderable in Q4 2016. VxRail Appliances integrated with PowerEdge servers are orderable and generally available in Q4 2016 in most major markets and generally available worldwide in 2017. VxRail Appliances based on PowerEdge servers with VMware Horizon for client virtualization is available in December 2016.

Customer Quote:

Todd Sharp, Senior Network Engineer, Topgolf
“Topgolf’s ‘Technology Innovation’ team supports the gaming, point-of-sale and kitchen apps at each of our more than 30 Topgolf venues. High availability is critical to our revenue generation and great guest experiences. That’s why we feel we can rest easy with the reliability and performance we get with the three-node Dell EMC VxRail hyper-converged infrastructure appliance. It will keep us operating no matter what.”

Partner Quotes:

John Fanelli, vice president of Products, NVIDIA
“Within any organization, high-performance users need to be productive and work quickly without compromise. NVIDIA Tesla GPUs with NVIDIA GRID software and the Dell PowerEdge R730 server let people work on demanding, graphics-intensive applications and projects from any location on a variety of devices.”

Yanbing Li, SVP and general manager, Storage and Availability Business Unit, VMware
“VxRail Appliances and VxRack Systems are Dell EMC HCI solutions that speed deployment and simplify management of VMware environments for business critical data center environments across the Hybrid Cloud.  At the core of these innovative Dell EMC HCI solutions is VMware vSAN, an enterprise-class software defined storage solution that can start small and is embedded in the VMware vSphere Kernel and easily managed through VMware vCenter. For the more than 500,000 customers of VMware, these new Dell EMC HCI offerings based on PowerEdge servers provide a way to intelligently invest in IT with more compute power, higher storage density, and compelling infrastructure economics.”

Dell EMC Executive Quote:

Chad Sakac, President, the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division of Dell EMC
“As the clear market leader in converged infrastructure and the HCI domain being the fastest-growing segment driven by customers modernizing their data centers, Dell EMC is maniacally focused on continuing to expand our HCI portfolio to address more uses cases for customers of all sizes. With our industry-leading PowerEdge Servers in VxRail Appliances and VxRack Systems, customers gain tremendous functionality and better economics to leverage HCI for workloads whether they live on the edge or the core of the data center.”

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