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(TNS) - Japan was intensifying search and rescue operations on the southern island of Kyushu Friday amid a series of aftershocks, after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake killed at least 9 people and injured about 1,100, the government said.

The government deployed more than 3,000 people to Kumamoto prefecture, the hardest-hit region in Thursday's quake, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to make its utmost efforts in the operations.

"We will do our best to ensure the safety of residents," Abe told reporters.

Walls and houses collapsed in Mashiki, a rural town of 33,000 residents, 900 kilometres south-west of Tokyo, when the quake struck at 9:26 pm Thursday (1226 GMT) at a depth of 11 kilometres, local officials said.


(TNS) - Boyd County 911 will begin a transition from Nixle alerts to more specific updates through AlertSense.

Boyd 911 Director Sandy Ott said the new system will feature geo-locating capabilities and voice dialing to landlines so alerts can not only be more specific, but also reach those who do not have access to text messaging or computers.

Administrative training will begin this summer and Ott hopes the new system can launch as soon as June 1.

Ott explained that AlertSense will allow government agencies to post from the same source so that users will not have to sign up for individual alerts.


Monday, 18 April 2016 00:00

Building a Successful Hybrid Cloud

There is a lot to be said for the hybrid cloud. It blends local control and security with scale-out resources and operational flexibility, all of which are emerging as crucial factors as organizations make the transition to digital business models.

Indeed, if the hybrid cloud were not so effective, no one would give it a second thought. But this does not mean it is trouble-free. And the further along the enterprise goes in the transition to cloud-based infrastructure, the more glaring the deficiencies become.

At the moment, of course, the benefits outweigh the risks in the eyes of most enterprise managers. According to a global survey of 500 IT decision makers, the vast majority say the hybrid cloud is crucial in maintaining a competitive advantage and lowering the cost of data infrastructure. This is manifesting itself in a number of ways, including improved collaboration between IT and line-of-business managers and increased self-service resource provisioning so knowledge workers don’t succumb to the lure of shadow IT. The challenge, however, is to ensure that resources and data sets can be integrated across local and distributed infrastructure, while at the same time building up internal skillsets to oversee this new form of infrastructure and to ensure it does not get bogged down with overly complex management and security systems.


Unisys Stealth(cloud)™ to deliver added security at a lower cost to users of Microsoft Azure, a platform used by 85 percent of Fortune 500 companies in 140 countries


LONDON, UKUnisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced the availability of Unisys Stealth(cloud)™ for Microsoft Azure to seamlessly deliver award-winning Stealth micro-segmentation security from clients’ enterprises to Azure.


Expanding upon Microsoft’s security built into Azure, Stealth layers on additional security countermeasures, unifies security management for enterprises using the cloud, and creates a highly efficient link to transfer workloads to Azure in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner.


“As enterprises shift from data centers to the cloud, security and efficiency are the keys to success,” said Tom Patterson, Chief Trust Officer at Unisys. “Unisys is pleased to add interoperability with Azure to our Stealth offerings, giving enterprises unparalleled security, greater controls, and lower costs with increased operational efficiency when working with Azure.”


“We are committed to supporting a comprehensive, cross-company approach to security in everything we do,” said Ann Johnson, Vice President of Worldwide Enterprise Security Group at Microsoft. “Adding Stealth on top of the strong security already built into Azure helps give enterprises the flexibility and assurance to operate in our cloud.”


Stealth software provides additional protection to data and applications on the Azure cloud platform using encryption and identity-driven micro-segmentation techniques – a new approach to security that allows enterprises to quickly and easily divide physical networks into thousands of logical micro segments. Even if adversaries infiltrate one micro-segment, they would not be able to move across to other parts of the enterprise environment. In addition, enterprises that want to dynamically extend their on-premises infrastructure to Azure can easily use the XDC (extended data center) capability of Stealth that automates the shifting of secure workloads from their data centers directly into Azure, saving time and money.


By providing additional security features, Stealth removes roadblocks for many organisations looking to take advantage of the cloud as a way to remain ahead in today’s competitive business environment. Stealth allows organisations to seamlessly expand Stealth protection from their data centers to the Azure cloud platform on demand, providing end-to-end data encryption from a workstation, server or virtual machine in the data center all the way to a virtual machine (VM) in Azure. Stealth-protected Azure VMs are undetectable to unauthorised users.


Unisys was selected by Microsoft for its 2015 Azure Innovation Partner of the Year award. The new solution underscores Unisys’ continuing strategy of working with leading cloud technology providers, and bolsters the company’s commitment to solving real-world business challenges by providing advanced capabilities in infrastructure and service management, analytics, application services and software, differentiated by security.


About Unisys

Unisys is a global information technology company that works with many of the world's largest companies and government organisations to solve their most pressing IT and business challenges. Unisys specializes in providing integrated, leading-edge solutions to clients in government, financial services and commercial markets. With more than 20,000 employees serving clients around the world, Unisys offerings include cloud and infrastructure services, application services, security solutions, and high-end server technology.


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FXT 5200 Edge Filer Creates Cloud Gateway Into Object Storage, Supports Remote Office Collaboration Through WAN Caching for Centralized Data Access


PITTSBURGH, Pa. Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, today introduced the FXT 5200 Edge filer to its 5000 series product line. The FXT 5200 is an entry-level solution that cost-effectively delivers the same software functionality support as the existing 5000 series to customers running lower performance workloads. Providing 50 percent more storage capacity in half the space of the preceding model, the new 1U rack-mount filer delivers significantly lower TCO and a smaller data center footprint, making it possible for more businesses to make the move to the cloud with ease.

This latest innovation from Avere rounds out the FXT 5000 Edge filer series, which includes the 5400 and 5600 models announced earlier this year, and provides customers across industries like media and entertainment, financial services and life sciences with the most powerful hybrid cloud storage product on the market today.

Key features of the FXT 5200 Edge filer include:

  • Increased Capacity and Higher Density. The FXT 5200 model includes 7.2TB SAS HDD per node, delivering 50 percent more capacity than the existing 3200 model, and occupies half the space––only one rack unit (RU) per node––addressing the growing pain point of datacenter sprawl and lowering total cost of ownership.
  • File System for Public and Private Object Storage. The new model creates a cloud storage gateway, providing NAS functionality in front of object storage and allowing users to access data using standard protocols.
  • WAN Caching for Remote Offices. The FXT 5200 enables improved remote office collaboration by offering WAN caching to create centralized data access to users in satellite offices.

“Organizations are eager to move to the cloud to reap its economic and technical advantages, and the FXT 5200 model empowers them to do that by delivering object storage and allowing them to access it in traditional ways,” said Jeff Tabor, Senior Director of Product Management and Marketing at Avere Systems. “This entry-level model is crucial to many customers looking to achieve the same functionality as Avere’s existing 5000 series products at a lower cost for lower performance applications. The addition of the FXT 5200 completes the newest generation of the Avere Edge filer product line, which delivers performance and scalability at all levels.”


Pricing and Availability

Pricing for the FXT 5200 model starts at $75,500. For more details, visit:


Avere FXT Edge Filer Series

Avere FXT Series Edge filers are the industry’s first scale-out NAS solution built for the hybrid cloud. With the FXT Series, enterprises can integrate the public cloud, private object storage solutions and existing NAS systems into a single, easy-to-manage infrastructure. With a complete NAS feature set, including NFS and SMB protocols, businesses can seamlessly store data and run applications on premises or in the cloud with minimal latency. Avere has developed the only technology that scales performance and capacity at the edge of the network and hides latency to remote NAS or object-based storage, creating a seamless experience – whether processing data, rendering animations or running quantitative models for complex analytics.


About Avere Systems

Avere is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere's hybrid cloud solutions give companies – for the first time – the ability to end the rising cost and complexity of data storage and compute via the freedom to store and access files anywhere in the cloud or on premises, without sacrificing the performance, availability, or security of enterprise data. Based in Pittsburgh, Avere is led by veterans and thought leaders in the data storage industry and is backed by investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and Western Digital Capital. For more information, visit