Leading Storage Array Company Spins Off from Connected Data to Fuel Next-Phase of Strong Growth
SANTA CLARA - DroboTM, the award-winning maker of smart storage arrays for businesses and professionals, today announced that an investment group comprised of seasoned technology executives has acquired the company. Drobo, which had been operated as an independent subsidiary of Connected Data, will now become a stand-alone entity continuing to offer the complete line of award-winning Drobo storage arrays that provide an unprecedented combination of data protection, expandability and ease of use to business users.
"Drobo is at an exceptional point in its growth and execution strategy," said Mihir H. Shah, who will serve as Drobo's new CEO. "Its simple-to-use technology, market adoption and brand recognition make Drobo a very compelling investment opportunity. I anticipate continued rapid growth for Drobo as we engage our escalated execution and expansion strategy for 2015 and beyond."
Drobo merged with Connected Data in 2013, after which the company has been restructured and now operates from a position of profitability. Since 2013, Drobo has achieved numerous milestones including a complete overhaul of the original Drobo product line and dramatic performance improvements in all classes of products especially the B1200i hybrid storage array.
"Drobo offers innovative technology that is ideally suited for the demanding, high capacity needs of today's business users," said Geoff Barrall, founder and CEO of Connected Data and the original founder of Drobo. "We are pleased to have ushered Drobo's growth for the past two years while also charting the success of Connected Data's Transporter line of private cloud appliances. With separate target customers and markets, it made sense to separate the companies, so that each can benefit from a more dedicated management team and focused strategic execution for the next phase of growth."
The Drobo acquisition is effective immediately and will be a seamless transition for customers, partners and employees. Geoff Barrall will remain on Drobo's board of directors as Drobo and Connected Data each continue to enhance the Drobo and Transporter product lines with continued innovation.
Shah is an experienced technology executive and investor. He was a member of the leadership team at Brocade, where he served as managing director and vice president of corporate development and strategy. Prior to Brocade, he held senior level roles in corporate development, finance and sales at IBM. Shah also has a background in investment banking and private equity. He holds a bachelor's degree from University of Southern California, an executive MBA from University of California, Irvine.
He has also completed a postgraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.
Terms of the deal and additional investors were not announced.
Drobo makes award-winning storage arrays that provide an unprecedented combination of data protection, expandability, and ease of use. Based on the patented and proven BeyondRAID technology, Drobo delivers the best storage experience ever for hundreds of thousands of consumers, professionals, and businesses. For more information, visit http://www.drobo.com/.
Provides cost-effective, multi-terabit metro interconnect powered by WaveLogic optics and Web-scale IT software
HANOVER, Md. – Ciena ® (NYSE: CIEN) is introducing a new data center interconnect (DCI) platform that allows cloud, Internet content providers and data center providers to quickly scale bandwidth and support high-speed data transfer, virtual machine migration and disaster recovery/backup between data centers. With an extremely compact design that helps reduce real estate costs, Ciena’s new Waveserver™ stackable interconnect platform also provides 60 percent more capacity per rack unit and nearly 20 terabits per fiber versus competing available platforms, to support surging bandwidth demands of web-scale data centers.
Leveraging Ciena’s experience with deployments for some of the world’s largest Internet content players and leading data center providers, such as Equinix, Continuum, Digital Realty and Forsythe Data Center, the new platform is powered by Ciena’s WaveLogic technology and built with open software principles to enable automation and simplify management. Additionally, with Ciena’s new Emulation Cloud, an open, rapid prototyping environment, network providers, data center operators and developers can test and refine applications before they are added to the network.
· According to Ovum, overall global DCI revenue in 2014 grew more than 16 percent, reaching $2.5 billion. Nearly one-half of all DCI spending in 2014 was from communications service providers (CSPs), while the Internet content provider (ICP) segment grew 64 percent year over year.Ovum expects overall global revenue to hit $4.2 billion by 2019.
· Purpose built for web-scale metro DCI applications, Waveserver is a highly-compact, stackable interconnect system that provides a reliable, high-capacity link to interconnect multiple data centers within a metro area. With Ciena’s OPn architecture approach and a set of open APIs, network providers can program Waveserver manually or remotely to quickly establish a connection via any smart device. Waveserver acts as a “bandwidth server” to provide “server like” deployment and provisioning.
· Waveserver provides significantly lower cost per transported bit, lower cost per bit per rack, and lower power consumption versus available competing products. It provides a total of 800G of input and output made up of 400G Ethernet clients plus 400G of line capacity in just one rack unit. It also frees network owners from having to upgrade their hardware as they increase their client rates by supporting an arbitrary mix of 10, 40, and 100GbE clients.
· Emulation Cloud is a new, open application development environment designed to allow data center operators, application developers and other third-party developers to create, test and fine-tune customized web-scale applications tailored to their specific needs. Hosted in the cloud, Ciena’s Emulation Cloud helps accelerate DevOps and ease the integration with IT systems.
· “The requirements of the new DCI operational paradigm can only be met by introducing new functionalities, tools and capabilities that live and breathe at web-scale. Ciena’s Waveserver encompasses multiple attributes of web-scale IT into the network to handle connections, offer open APIs, and support applications for any bandwidth need between data centers. The introduction of this platform further cements Ciena’s established DCI market leadership.”
Francois Locoh-Donou, Senior Vice President, Global Products Group, Ciena
· “Equinix infrastructure plays a critical role in the digital economy’s interconnected, on-demand era. Ciena’s Waveserver will enable us to provide more capacity—and more efficient data center interconnect, using significantly less space and power, which will help us to cost effectively service our customers and rapidly grow our web-scale network.”
Jay Pabley, Vice President, Global Network Engineering, Equinix
· “Data traffic volumes between metro data centers is skyrocketing and generating significant volume for high-capacity DCI. Vendors are responding to this emerging opportunity with a new class of equipment specifically designed and optimized for web-scale operators. Traditional optical platforms were designed for telco environments not data center environments making scale difficult. Ciena’s Waveserver stackable DCI platform is specifically designed for delivery of high-capacity DCI in a manner that is consistent with how ICP’s currently build and operate their networks.”
Ron Kline, Principal Analyst, Intelligent Networks at Ovum
· On Wednesday, May 20 at 12:00 pm ET, Ciena will host a live virtual event, “The Future of DCI: A Live Introduction to Ciena Waveserver” to discuss its new platform. The event will feature Rick Dodd, Senior Vice President of Portfolio Marketing and Strategic Market Development, as well as several product development engineers. To access the event, click here.
· White paper: Technology Innovation for Web-scale Data Center Interconnect
· Product Overview: Data Center Interconnect
· Application Note:Raising Data Center Interconnect to Web-scale Proportions
Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. Ciena leverages its deep expertise in packet and optical networking and distributed software automation to deliver solutions in alignment with its OPn architecture for next-generation networks. We enable a high-scale, programmable infrastructure that can be controlled and adapted by network-level applications, and provide open interfaces to coordinate computing, storage and network resources in a unified, virtualized environment. For updates on Ciena news, follow us on Twitter @Ciena or on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/company/ciena. Investors are encouraged to review the Investors section of our website at www.ciena.com/investors, where we routinely post press releases, SEC filings, recent news, financial results, and other announcements. From time to time we exclusively post material information to this website along with other disclosure channels that we use.
Interoute MPLS VPN enhances communication between CIMPA’s French, German, English and Spanish teams
PARIS – Interoute, owner and operator of Europe’s largest cloud services platform, today announced that CIMPA, an Airbus subsidiary and leading consultancy in Product Lifecycle Management services (PLM), is deploying an Interoute MPLS VPN with integrated Internet access and Voice over IP (VoIP). The solution for CIMPA will improve communication among its 940 employees in Europe, connecting CIMPA’s French sites in Toulouse, Paris, Marseilles and Bordeaux with its sites in Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom.
As a consulting company for businesses in the aerospace, defense, automotive, transportation and energy industries, CIMPA works mainly for Airbus and its subsidiaries and used the same communication solution as the Airbus Group. However, in order to communicate with entities outside the Airbus group, as well as with its international market teams, CIMPA needed to create its own Virtual Private Network (VPN) and selected Interoute as the solution provider for this project.
Nicolas Bergé, CIO of CIMPA, explains, "We wanted to work with a company with an international network that had good references in the Airbus Group, which was the case with Interoute. The Interoute proposal was so well designed that we immediately felt their team understood the vision we had for the project. The competitive price was also taken into account. Today, we are delighted with having chosen Interoute because we are dealing with a dynamic team and we have experienced no downtime."
Desktop data, web applications and Voice calls using Interoute’s VoIP and SIP Trunking capability all travel over the MPLS VPN installed by Interoute. Toulouse, the central site where CIMPA has its administrative services established, has a bandwidth of 40 Mb/s. Other larger sites such as Paris and Hamburg enjoy speeds of 30 Mb/s with smaller sites having around 10-12 Mb/s.
Jan Louwes, EVP for Sales & Marketing at Interoute, is delighted with this new project: "We are always excited to work with Airbus. We are pleased that CIMPA chose Interoute’s advanced network as the foundation to develop its information systems on. Our pan-European network perfectly matches CIMPA’s need for international collaboration and we hope this successful deployment will lead to new joint projects.
Currently, CIMPA is evaluating the Interoute Virtual Data Center cloud computing solution, as the agility and power of the Interoute networked cloud makes it ideal for on demand hosting of CIMPA’s test platform.”
CIMPA proposes PLM (Product Life Cycle Management) services in the aerospace and defense industries as well as automotive, energy and transportation. CIMPA deploys expertise in the areas of consulting, solution integration, business process as well as support and training. These services, based on PLM technologies and associated processes control, target industrial companies and their ecosystem: providers, partners, customers. Major PLM actor for Airbus and parent company Airbus Group, CIMPA revenues reached more than 100 million euros in 2014. Founded in 1995, fully-owned subsidiary of Airbus, CIMPA has 940 employees in Europe.
Interoute Communications Limited is the owner/operator of Europe's largest cloud services platform, which encompasses over 67,000 km of lit fibre, 12 data centres, 13 virtual data centres and 31 collocation centres, with connections to 195 additional third-party data centres across Europe. Its full service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises, as well as every major European telecommunications incumbent and the major operators of North America, East and South Asia, governments and universities. These organisations find Interoute the ideal partner for computing, connectivity and communications and developing new services. Its Unified ICT strategy has proved attractive to enterprises looking for a scalable, secure and unconstrained platform on which they can build their voice, video, computing and data services, as well as service providers in need of high capacity international data transit and infrastructure. With established operations throughout mainland Europe, North America and Dubai, Interoute also owns and operates dense city networks throughout Europe's major business centres. www.interoute.com
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The Intel Atom Bay Trail processor delivers 30% extra performance using less energy; Customers also benefit from improved connection options and a broader range of multimedia applications
MANCHESTER, UK – IGEL today redefined the entry-level thin client market category with its latest smaller, more powerful and energy saving UD2 series. Previewed at IP Expo in Manchester ahead of its official release in June, the new UD2 is equipped with the latest Intel Atom Bay Trail processor and delivers hardware accelerated multimedia as well as an overall 30% performance increase with less energy consumption.
"The demands of the end user have increased pressure on IT Departments to deliver multimedia, web access and social media capabilities as part of a standard user desktop,” said Simon Richards, IGEL Technology Managing Director for UK & Ireland. “In response to this customer demand, IGEL has completely redesigned its entry level devices. Today’s “entry level” is now quicker with more connectivity than the “power user thin client” from just a short time ago. The new UD2 is an accelerated thin client, capable of handling the tasks of the vast majority of today’s office and knowledge-based workers, at an appealing entry-level price.
Combined with our software approach of open architecture, ease of management, German design and environmental credentials, no other thin client desktop comes close.”
Customers will also benefit from improved connectivity with two digital monitor outputs (DVI-I and DVI-D) for working with two displays. In addition to the three USB ports (2.0), a fourth USB 3.0 port has been built in to ensure even faster data transmission. The outstanding price/performance ratio makes the UD2 the perfect entry-level device for modern virtual desktop computing. Whether browser-based CRM and ERP systems, Microsoft Office/Office 365 or the smooth playback of full-HD videos, the IGEL UD2 is able to provide users with a superior experience in the entry-level category.
The slim thin client is supported by an Intel Atom processor (1.46 GHz single core), Intel HD Graphics (64 – 256 MB shared) and 2 GB RAM (DDR3L) and is also in a class of its own when looking at price performance.
Despite its performance characteristics the energy consumption levels of the UD2 are outstanding. It consumes just 5 watts in operation and when in stand-by mode less than 1 watt.
The new IGEL UD2 and the identically constructed IGEL Zero Client series (IZ2) are designed for dedicated access to virtualized desktops via Citrix HDX, Microsoft RemoteFX or VMware Horizon (PCoIP) and will be available from mid June, when UK pricing will be confirmed.
About IGEL Technology
A world leader in thin and zero client solutions, IGEL Technology helps organizations improve the agility, efficiency, and security of their virtual desktop and application delivery systems. IGEL produces one of the industry's widest range of hardware thin and zero clients, based on Linux and Microsoft Windows, and leads the market in software based thin clients allowing customers to access a broad spectrum of server-based infrastructures and applications. IGEL also offers powerful and intuitive management software for easy deployment and administration of thin clients throughout any size organization. Partnerships with industry leaders like Citrix, VMware, Red Hat, and Microsoft ensure that IGEL provides the most up-to-date technology and trustworthy security to clients in industries that include Healthcare, Education & Research, Public Sector, Financial, Insurance, Retail, Logistics, and Manufacturing. IGEL has offices in the United Kingdom, Australia, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, the United States, Germany, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore and is represented by partners in over 50 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.igel.co.uk or follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/IGEL_Technology
Channel agreement to provide cost-effective storage, server solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses INDIANAPOLIS – Scale Computing, the leading provider of hyperconverged solutions, today announced that it has partnered with technology consultant Solutions4ebiz to provide its HC3® Virtualization Platform to deliver simplicity, availability and scalability in a single appliance to mid-sized companies. Scale Computing’s HC3 platform brings storage, servers, virtualization and management together in a single, comprehensive system. With no virtualization software to license and no external storage to buy, HC3 products lower out-of-pocket costs and radically simplify the infrastructure needed to keep applications running. HC3 products make the deployment and management of a highly available and scalable infrastructure as easy to manage as a single server. “We've seen an increase in our clients looking for highly available infrastructure,” said Jack Wilson, CEO of Solutions4ebiz. “Many of them need virtual environments, redundant systems, and highly reliable server uptime to support their organizations' missions and requirements. After analyzing many options, we have determined that Scale's single-box systems are simpler to manage and maintain and more affordable than large IT systems that could fill the same needs but require multiple servers and software licenses.” Solution providers and resellers are a critical piece of the company’s go-to-market strategy, with Scale Computing selling all of its products through channel partners rather than through direct sales. With competitive margins, marketing support and award-winning technology, Scale Computing’s Platinum Partners have the opportunities to deliver a solution that has been specifically built for easy deployment and managed by IT administrators who want to spend more time focused on business needs and applications rather than troubleshooting infrastructure and hardware issues. “Our HC3 appliances are an ideal solution for small- and medium-sized organizations that are looking to reduce operation complexity, respond quicker to business issues and dramatically reduce costs,” said Jeff Ready, CEO at Scale Computing. “Working with channel partners like Solutions4ebiz ensures that they have the tools and resources needed to successfully drive adoption of hyperconvergence technology in the mid-market. We look forward to leveraging their expertise in their respective marketplaces to ensure these organizations are able to benefit from our all-in-one infrastructure.” About Solutions4ebiz Solutions4ebiz specializes in helping small- to medium-sized enterprises and organizations and internet service providers select the best technology solutions for their business needs. The company develops and distributes technology solutions for companies across the U.S., including hardware and software as well as a full range of custom programming, managed hosting, web development, and internet marketing services. For more information, call 877-666-3249 or visit www.solutions4ebiz.com About Scale Computing Scale Computing integrates storage, servers, and virtualization software into an all-in-one appliance based system that is scalable, self-healing and as easy to manage as a single server. Using industry standard components, the HC3 appliances install in under an hour, and can be expanded and upgraded with no downtime. High availability insulates the user from any disk or server failure and a unified management capability driven by the patented HyperCore Software™, efficiently integrates all functionality. The result is a data center solution that reduces operational complexity, allows a faster response to business issues, and dramatically reduces costs. For more information, call 877-SCALE-59 or visit www.scalecomputing.com.
CALNE, Wiltshire – Schlumberger, the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry - is using Exception EMS’ fast turnaround PCA ‘On-Demand’ service to improve costs, and efficiencies with rapid prototyping.
As an oilfield services company, Schlumberger employs more than 100,000 people and provides oil companies with every aspect of drilling assistance from preliminary data collection to crews, construction, maintenance, and data collection on reservoirs. Exception EMS collaborated with the previously known PathFinder Division, now part of Schlumberger - that provides directional drilling, Measurement While Drilling (MWC), and Logging While Drilling (LWD) services for unconventional oil and gas environments. With a focus on specific, targeted environments, it provides cost-effective, fit-for-purpose directional drilling systems that optimise production and maximise recovery.
With a need to achieve greater efficiencies in its build and assembly of PCA’s for its proprietary communications card - used to communicate with downhole tools on oil sites across the globe - Schlumberger approached Exception EMS in 2014 about its On Demand service. Due to time and cost issues in the past with previous contract manufacturers, the company was looking for a CEM that could provide a quality PCA turnaround service in less than the typical 6-8 weeks they had been experiencing.
Chris Kern, Surface Systems Engineer at Schlumberger commented, “Whilst we were looking to drive down costs, we needed to retain quality and increase our efficiencies for rapid prototyping of PCAs. We were struggling to turn round a prototype quickly so Exception EMS’ On Demand service seemed a good fit for us.”
Kern was impressed with the services provided by Exception EMS and in January, 2014 the company began working together. Using Exception EMS’ On-Demand service has meant that Schlumberger gets access to 24/7 availability from a technology driven manufacturing team, with enhanced flexibility to support rapid and complex PCB assembly services. Importantly, Schlumberger also gets full transparency during the quotation and fulfillment cycle.
Exception EMS’ production capabilities centre on the assembly and test of complex Printed Circuit Board Assemblies including full box build and test solutions. The On Demand service has established new industry standards in quick turn deliverables for the very highest customer service and technology standard of PCA solutions. Its expertise encompasses a comprehensive range of specialised CEM skills, taking in design for test (DfT) and design for manufacture (DfM), procurement as well as through product electrical testing and environmental stress screening.
Kern concluded, “Early projects have been hugely successful, and we plan to continue to use the On Demand service for more prototype boards in the future.”
David Amador, Technical Sales Manager from Exception EMS’ Houston office, said, “We’ve worked closely with Schlumberger to offer them a holistic service that allows them cost efficiencies whilst retaining the highest standards. We look forward to working with them in the future, and strengthening the partnership.”
About Exception EMS
The company is headquartered in Calne in the UK. It has been on a continuous path of investment to satisfy the needs of the worldwide electronics industry. The CEM business, both in the UK and via its international partners has an electronics manufacturing heritage stretching back over 60 years. Exception serves customers across a variety of sectors including aerospace and defence, transport, oil and gas, automotive, communication architecture, medical, marine, semiconductor, and renewable energy.
Applications accepted for ocean, fisheries programs through July
Two new NOAA grant programs will help coastal communities and their managers create on-the-ground projects to make them more resilient to the effects of extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions.
This builds on NOAA’s commitment to provide information, tools, and services to help coastal communities reduce risk and plan for future severe events.
NOAA’s National Ocean Service is supporting the effort with $5 million in competitive grant awards through the 2015 Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program and NOAA Fisheries is administering the companion $4 million Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program.
“Coastal communities around the country are becoming more vulnerable to natural disasters and long-term environmental changes,” said Holly Bamford, Ph.D., assistant NOAA administrator for NOAA's National Ocean Service performing the duties of the assistant secretary of commerce for conservation and management. “These new grant opportunities will help support local efforts to build resilience of U.S. coastal ecosystems and communities, while finding new and innovative ways to mitigate the threats of severe weather, climate change and changing ocean conditions.”
The National Ocean Service 2015 Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program will help coastal communities and organizations prepare for and recover from adverse events while adapting to changing environmental, economic, and social conditions. The grants will be awarded to organizations to plan and implement resilience strategies regionally to reduce current and potential future risks. Proposals are due by July 24.
The NOAA Fisheries’ Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program will focus on developing healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through habitat restoration and conservation. The winning proposals will demonstrate socioeconomic benefits associated with restoration of healthy and resilient coastal ecosystems, support healthy fish populations, and demonstrate collaboration among multiple stakeholders. Proposals are due by July 2.
Each grant proposal may request between $500,000 to $1 million in federal funds for the Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program and $200,000 to $2 million for the Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program. Eligible funding applicants include nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, regional organizations, private (for profit) entities, and local, state, and tribal government.
Details on the grant programs can be found at the NOAA Fisheries Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants webpage (http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/funding/coastalresiliency.html) and the NOAA Ocean Service Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program webpage (http://www.coast.noaa.gov/resilience-grant/). To apply visit http://www.grants.gov/
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There’s been a lot in the news recently about the vulnerability of the electric power grid in the United States. Last month’s incident in which a severed transmission line in Maryland cut power to much of Washington came on the heels of a March USA Today reportabout “bracing for a big power grid attack.” That report spotlighted a coordinated attack in April 2013 on Pacific Gas & Electric's Metcalf substation in California, which resulted in $15 million in damage to its fiber-optic lines and transformers.
“The country’s aging power grid leaves millions vulnerable and could have devastating consequences for not only everyday Americans, but some of the nation’s largest enterprises,” said Robert DiLossi, director of crisis management at Sungard Availability Services, a cloud computing, disaster recovery, and managed hosting services provider in Wayne, Pa. In a recent email interview, DiLossi shared some enlightening tips for CIOs and other IT leaders on how to prepare for an attack on the power grid.
“Increasingly, chief information officers and security leaders at enterprises are turning to resiliency plans to mitigate the impact of any attempt or success at hacking into their IT systems,” DiLossi said. “They are considering or employing several defenses in the event an attack strikes the nation’s power grid.”
Fraud is an increasingly serious threat for businesses around the world, eroding data integrity and security, consumer confidence and brand integrity. Based on the latest ACFE (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners) study, organizations lose 5 percent of revenue each year to insider fraud.
According to the study, the majority of insider fraud losses — as high as 80 percent — are caused by collusion of two or more employees, even though only 45 percent of the incidents are attributed to collusion. One reason why the losses are higher is that when more people are involved, there are more opportunities to commit fraud and it becomes easier to circumvent anti-fraud controls and conceal the fraud for longer.
Companies invest in implementing controls such as requiring that transactions above certain thresholds be authorized by a second employee and preventing the same person from re-activating an account and transferring funds. But just by coordinating their efforts, employees can work together to circumvent these measures.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) recently informed patients that some of their personal information may have been compromised.
What can managed service providers (MSPs) and their customers learn from these IT security newsmakers? Check out this week's list of IT security stories to watch to find out: