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HCL to Offer Avaya's Complete Portfolio to Public and Private-Sector Organizations Across All Industry Segments in India

NEW DELHI, INDIA – HCL Infosystems, one of India's premier IT Services, Distribution and Digital Solutions Company, today announced a strategic alliance with Avaya, a global leader in business communications software, systems and services, to help businesses and organizations in India accelerate their digital transformation strategies. Under this alliance, HCL Infosystems will offer Avaya's complete portfolio of customer and team engagement and data networking solutions and services to its customers across different industry sectors.

Speaking on the alliance, Madhavan P, senior vice president - Office Automation, HCL Services Ltd., said, "We are delighted to partner with Avaya to offer its cutting-edge technologies to enable our customers to better meet the evolving demands of a hyper-connected business environment. This is in line with our mission to add the utmost value to our customers by providing them the choice of best-in-class solutions through leading edge capabilities and solutions, especially in emerging technologies such as IOT, Mobility & Cloud, which are becoming imperative for digital transformation."

Vishal Aggarwal, managing director, India and SAARC, Avaya, commented, "By working with an innovative company like HCL Infosystems that has pioneered IT in India, we can deliver best-of-breed-technology services and solutions that give enterprises a competitive edge through greater agility. HCL Infosystems' strong footprint, brand reputation and industry expertise will help us grow our presence across India."

This partnership will help HCL Infosystems and Avaya to enable their enterprise customers through a range of best-in-class communication solutions, including unified communications, contact center, mobility and video conferencing facilities. HCL Infosystems' pan-India presence will enable customers across the country to gain access to Avaya's leading-edge solutions and services. HCL will also offer smart applications from Avaya to help enterprises make informed decisions that can transition them into truly digital enterprises.

Digital transformation is increasingly gaining importance in corporate growth strategies as it empowers businesses, vendors and channel partners to significantly enhance customer experience and achieve higher levels of engagement.

About HCL Services

HCL Services Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of HCL Infosystems -- India's premier technology company) offers a wide range of Services across the Enterprise and Consumer segments. We help clients to enhance business performance by leveraging deep domain knowledge, technology expertise and service delivery excellence. Our offerings span Technology Consulting, System Integration, Infrastructure & Enterprise Management, Cloud Computing, Mobility, Security, Multi-Vendor Technology Support and Office Automation. Our emergent technology-focused 'Centres of Excellence', and Research Labs along with strategic partnerships with key global technology OEMs, enable us to be your Technology Lifecycle Partner by consistently providing the choice of best-in-class products and the capability of world-class IT services & solutions. For more information, please visit us at http://hclservices.in 

About HCL Infosystems

HCL Infosystems is India's premier IT Services, Solutions & Distribution Company enabling organizations to attain and sustain competitive advantage by leveraging Information and Communication Technologies. It is a leader in IT Services & Solutions with a comprehensive portfolio of capabilities spanning IT & System Integration services and digitally-enabled learning and career development solutions to value-added distribution of Technology & Mobility products. For more information, please visit us at www.hclinfosystems.in

About HCL

Founded in 1976 as one of India's original IT garage start-ups, HCL is a pioneer of modern computing with many firsts to its credit including the introduction of the 8-bit microprocessor-based computer in 1978 well before its global peers. Today the HCL Group has presence across varied sectors that includes technology, healthcare and talent management solutions and comprises four companies -- HCL Infosystems, HCL Technologies, HCL Healthcare and HCL TalentCare. The group generates annual revenues of over US$ 6.5 billion with more than 110,000 employees from 100 nationalities operating across 31 countries, including over 500 points of presence in India.For further information, visit www.hcl.com

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

Follow Avaya on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Flickr, and the Avaya Connected Blog.

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

New Palerra LORIC Discovery Eliminates Security Gaps by Addressing the Entire Cloud Security Lifecycle, Including SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Palerra, the leader in cloud security automation, today announced Palerra LORIC Discovery, a new capability that extends the definition of Shadow IT beyond just focusing on SaaS applications. LORIC Discovery focuses on SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS, as well as applications that live on top of these stacks. In addition to detecting applications used by employees, LORIC Discovery finds third-party applications that privileged users have installed on mission-critical sanctioned platforms, applications built in PaaS clouds, and custom applications in enterprise clouds. LORIC Discovery also natively integrates into incident response and control processes allowing InfoSec and IT to immediately streamline and take action when Shadow IT applications are detected.

"Rapid growth and adoption of cloud technology is empowering end-users to leverage and introduce new application services at historic levels, and this opens enterprises up to significant risks that are not addressed by traditional enterprise security solutions," said Rohit Gupta, CEO of Palerra. "With LORIC Discovery, for the first time, organizations will have complete visibility into shadow applications, shadow data, and shadow users, plus they will be able to control the entire cloud stack from IaaS to SaaS, and everything in between. This will allow InfoSec and IT to be enablers to all lines of business so enterprises can leverage the full benefits of the cloud, safely and confidently."

The Palerra approach to solving Shadow IT delivers rapid value to the enterprise by addressing three primary vectors:

  • End-to-end coverage of cloud services including sanctioned and unsanctioned SaaS applications, federated PaaS applications, and custom applications deployed in IaaS clouds.
  • Support for complete application visibility within and across the enterprise perimeter, including support for both managed and unmanaged mobile endpoints.
  • Simplified risk scoring for the Shadow IT landscape, while offering streamlined integration into incident response processes to help enterprises gain control.

The enormous number of applications and vendors identified through Shadow IT causes its own set of challenges regarding management of privileged users, requirements for data protection, and prevention of active threats. That is where the full capability of the LORIC platform comes in. LORIC integrates with key enterprise systems, ingests activity logs, and actively closes the loop by controlling access based on user and application risk. Using LORIC, enterprises have a comprehensive view of their cloud application landscape and the business risk associated with it. LORIC helps them prevent threats and efficiently respond to incidents, all from a single integrated security operations console.

The LORIC Discovery capability will be generally available in the second quarter of 2016.

To learn more about Palerra LORIC:

About Palerra
Palerra helps organizations protect their business-critical cloud infrastructure and data with Palerra LORIC™, the industry-leading solution for cloud security automation. Palerra is the only Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) that provides visibility and security across the entire security lifecycle from infrastructure to applications, enabling organizations to realize the full promise of the cloud. Leading enterprises including BMC Software, Jefferies, and VMware leverage LORIC for continuous monitoring and security of their cloud applications. Palerra is a privately held company funded by Norwest Venture Partners, Wing Venture Capital, and August Capital, and is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information, visit www.palerra.com.


New Xilinx FPGA-optimized IP enables complex content inspection at the highest line rates


SAN FRANCISCO Calif. – Titan IC Systems, a pioneer in cyber security, a spin-out out of Queens’ University Belfast’s Centre for Secure Information Technologies, and a new member of the Xilinx Alliance Program, announced that is has worked closely with Xilinx to optimize its Helios Regular Expression (RegEx) Processor as a licenseable soft Intellectual Property (IP) core for Xilinx FPGAs. The Helios RegEx core addresses serious security problems effecting DDoS mitigation, Intrusion Prevention, and Data Loss Prevention systems.


Providing ever escalating traffic throughput while protecting with complex content inspection, even while under attack, is very difficult. Understanding and interpreting network traffic requires RegEx processing, which is so compute and power intensive that often times it either drags down network throughput or is bypassed leading to breaches.


Titan’s Helios is a specialized RegEx processor, comprised of a highly parallel architecture, capable of executing up to 16,000 simultaneous regex matching tasks by hundreds of custom-purpose engines, optimized for Xilinx FPGA technology. The RXP is tailored to take full advantage of the enormous embedded memory bandwidth and density of the latest Xilinx Ultrasacle FPGA technology, enabling unprecedented RegEx offload capabilities.


“RSA is the perfect place to be making this exciting announcement,” said Noel McKenna, CEO, Titan. He continued, “The rollout of Titan’s Helios RegEx IP core coupled with Xilinx’s UltraScale™ devices gives the Content Inspection technology a great starting point with 10G, 20G, 40G and 80G RegEx throughput today. Xilinx’s rapid succession of leadership programmable platforms ensures a strong future.”


“We’re delighted to be the platform of choice for Titan IC Content Inspection technology and to add their critical RegEx IP core to the Xilinx Alliance Member offerings,” said Gilles Garcia, Director of Wired Communications at Xilinx. “Titan is providing a crucial piece for our mutual OEM customers’ security solutions, helping to prevent network security breaches in high-speed networks, including on-the-fly updates to counter Zero Day attacks.”


Titan is now accepting orders and will begin delivering the Helios IP core in March 2016. For more details or to get a quote, visit www.titanicsystems.com.


About Titan IC Systems

Titan IC Systems is a spin-out from the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (CSIT) at Queen's University Belfast, focusing on the development of unique technologies for complex regular expression processing in hardware.

Titan’s Helios solution is a unique, fully scalable soft IP core bringing hardware accelerated regular expression processing to a FPGA platform. Titan Hyperion is a PCI Express product designed for high performance, low latency RegEx processing for content inspection at speeds of up to 40Gb/s.

Titan’s Hyperion PCIe card integrated into Xanadata’s Typhon accelerated threat detection solution


SAN FRANCISCO Calif. — Titan IC Systems, a pioneer in cyber security and a spin-out out of Queens’ University Belfast’s Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), today announced is partnering with Xanadata, who design, develop and deploy custom systems that rapidly unlock information in unstructured data.


The Titan IC Hyperion platform is a PCI Express product designed for high performance, low latency RegEx processing for content inspection. The 40Gbps version has been integrated in Typhon, Xanadata’s Accelerated Threat Detection solution (ATD).


Noel McKenna, CEO, Titan, said, “This is a really exciting partnership. The solution means people can rapidly compare network history against today’s best threat intelligence.” He continued, “We’ve successfully addressed the issue of how to analyze very large data logs in an economic and portable solution.”


“We’re delighted to be working with Titan. Together our technologies can analyze months of network data in a few minutes giving users vital information regarding threat actor activity.”, Richard Benson, Xanadata CEO, said. “The joint solution gives an understanding of the level of network compromise, but crucially, it achieves this in a portable form factor meaning customers do not need to send sensitive information to the cloud.”



About Titan IC Systems

Titan IC Systems is a spin-out from the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (CSIT) at Queen's University Belfast, focusing on the development of unique technologies for complex regular expression processing in hardware.


Titan’s Helios solution is a unique, fully scalable soft IP core bringing hardware accelerated regular expression processing to a FPGA platform. Titan Hyperion is a PCI Express product designed for high performance, low latency RegEx processing for content inspection at speeds of up to 40Gb/s.


About Xanadata

Xanadata are a data analytics solutions provider who develop systems to extract valuable insights from unstructured data up to 10,000 times faster than current solutions, enabling analytics of Tera-bytes of logs in a few minutes. The Xanadata Typhon cyber security solution gives users unprecedented clarity on exactly which threat actors has connected to a corporate network over the network history, all in a portable form factor that brings the compute to the data neutralizing data security fears.

Xanadata have a number of tier 1 customers spanning financial sector, cyber security, defense and enterprise and have engaged at all levels from nation state to small enterprise.

Xanadata is the trading name of New Spider Labs ltd.

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 00:00

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire CliQr

Expands Data Center Portfolio With Technology to Simplify, Automate and Manage Applications Across Hybrid Clouds

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Today Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) announced the intent to acquire CliQr Technologies Inc., a privately held company based in San Jose. CliQr provides an application-defined cloud orchestration platform to model, deploy and manage applications across bare metal, virtualized and container environments. This acquisition will help Cisco customers simplify and accelerate their private, public and hybrid cloud deployments. CliQr is already integrated with a number of Cisco's data center switching and cloud solutions, including Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Unified Computing System (UCS).

CliQr provides customers with a single, intuitive platform that helps customers manage the entire application lifecycle across hybrid IT environments, whether simple or complex. CliQr's CloudCenter platform provides a compelling solution for modern IT organizations whether they are moving their first applications to the cloud, deploying self-service IT environments, or wanting to gain visibility and control across a vast portfolio of clouds, applications and users.

CliQr provides customers with several key benefits:

  • Profile once, deploy anywhere: CliQr's solution allows customers to create a single application profile that is simple and secure to deploy across any data center, public or private cloud.
  • Ensure consistent policies: CliQr automatically applies a customer's access control and security policies to an application, and then ensures that those policies move with the application.
  • Optimize applications across hybrid cloud environments: CliQr will measure both price and performance of applications on any cloud environment, helping users to make informed decisions about the best place for their application on any data center or cloud.
  • Manage with one-click: CliQr provides a single management interface to give customers complete visibility and control across applications, cloud environments and users.

"Customers today have to manage a massive number of complex and different applications across many clouds," said Rob Salvagno, vice president, Cisco Corporate Development. "With CliQr, Cisco will be able to help our customers realize the promise of the cloud and easily manage the lifecycle of their applications on any hybrid cloud environment."

Moving forward, Cisco will continue to integrate CliQr across Cisco's data center portfolio. Together, CliQr and Cisco will make it simpler for customers to automate and manage application policies across the entire data center stack. CliQr already integrates with Cisco ACI to enable application portability for on-premise and cloud environments and provide a complete solution for customers. In addition, CliQr has out-of-the box support for all major public cloud environments.

The CliQr team will join Cisco's Insieme Business Unit reporting to Prem Jain, senior vice president and general manager. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay $260 million in cash and assumed equity awards, plus retention based incentives. The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of fiscal year 2016, subject to customary closing conditions.

About Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Our people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow's digital opportunity today. Discover more at thenetwork.cisco.com and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may be deemed to contain forward-looking statements, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including the expected completion of the acquisition and the time frame in which this will occur, the expected benefits to Cisco and its customers from completing the acquisition, and plans regarding CliQr personnel. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results due to a variety of factors, including, among other things, the potential impact on the business of CliQr due to the uncertainty about the acquisition, the retention of employees of CliQr and the ability of Cisco to successfully integrate CliQr and to achieve expected benefits, business and economic conditions and growth trends in the networking industry, customer markets and various geographic regions, global economic conditions and uncertainties in the geopolitical environment and other risk factors set forth in Cisco's most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Any forward-looking statements in this release are based on limited information currently available to Cisco, which is subject to change, and Cisco will not necessarily update the information.

LONDON – In this Age of the Customer and Internet of Things, the need to develop deeper customer insight, including customer intent, is compelling forward-thinking organisations to look at new data sources. Increasing consumer mobility and heightened customer expectations of fast, personalised communications, coupled with the threat of disruptive new industry entrants, are driving organisations along this path at considerable speed.


An innovator in customer digital data capture and delivery, Celebrus Technologies is enabling their clients to get this deep insight with two key product enhancements in the latest version of their Version 8 Big Data Engine, Update 15. Available today, Celebrus now makes it possible to capture and deliver card payment data directly into its real-time event stream, leveraging Celebrus’ abilities to deliver actionable data into the warehouse or discovery platform within 60 seconds of the transaction, or at real-time into a decisioning engine. In addition, new APIs within Celebrus’ traditional website and mobile app data collectors enable clients to easily collect broader data types from their mobile and website apps, all within the customer journey context.


Through capturing card payment data, Celebrus enables organisations to send highly personalised messages to individual customers based on their most recent purchase, for example offering a loan if someone has just hit their credit card or overdraft limit. It also enables the sending of location-driven offers based on the merchant code location data gathered, for example coupons for nearby partner stores.


Delivering card payment data into a central customer centric warehouse makes it available more widely across the business, helping break down the internal silos which still exist across many businesses. This breaching of internal barriers can improve business efficiencies, optimise the revenue from each customer and enhance the omnichannel customer experience.


Lincoln Goldspink, CTO Celebrus Technologies says “as organisations develop increasingly sophisticated apps, their desire to collect that data and feed it into each individual’s customer profile becomes more important. The new JSON API enables our clients to capture broader sources of mobile and website app data, such as beacon or geo-fence data, in the same way that they currently access other customer digital data.”


For organisations looking to turn their customers increasing mobility into a competitive advantage and meet heightened consumer expectations of fast, personalised communications, these new data sources powered by Celebrus will speed their journey along this path.


About Celebrus Technologies

Celebrus Technologies (www.celebrus.com), an IS Solutions company, enables organisations to understand individual customers' interactions across their digital channels including websites, mobile apps and social media. Celebrus' award winning digital big data software feeds this data into a wide variety of technologies in real-time to power customer analytics, digital intelligence and real-time personalisation programmes that maximise revenue, marketing effectiveness and brand loyalty. IS Solutions Plc (www.issolutions.co.uk) provides comprehensive products and services that lead the way in how data is used by businesses to drive value.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the release of FY 2016 Notices of Funding Opportunity for ten DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies.


The grants reflect the Department’s focus on implementation of an all-of-nation, whole-community approach to the building, sustainment, and delivery of those core capabilities essential to achieving a secure and resilient nation.


The FY 2016 grant guidance will continue to focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that face the most significant threats. For FY 2016, the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) will enhance regional preparedness and capabilities by funding 29 high-threat, high-density urban areas. This reflects Congressional direction, as set forth in the Explanatory Statement accompanying the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2016 (Pub. L. No. 114-113), to limit FY 2016


UASI funding to those Urban Areas that represent up to 85 percent of the nationwide risk.

Consistent with previous grant guidance, dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention throughout the country to prepare for, prevent and respond to pre-operational activity and other crimes that are precursors or indicators of terrorist activity.


Grant recipients are encouraged to use grant funding to maintain and sustain current critical core capabilities through investments in training and exercises, updates to current planning and procedures, and lifecycle replacement of equipment. New capabilities that are built using homeland security grant funding must be deployable if needed to support regional and national efforts. All capabilities being built or sustained must have a clear linkage to the core capabilities in the National Preparedness Goal.

Further information on DHS’s preparedness grant programs is available at http://www.fema.gov/grants.

Company continues to see rapid growth as marketers turn to webinar marketing as a proven ROI generator

SAN FRANCISCO – ON24, Inc., the global leader in webinar marketing, today announced record-setting 70 percent year-over-year revenue growth in 2015 for its SaaS-based webinar product portfolio. The spike in webinar usage mirrors the trend of companies increasingly relying on proven webinar marketing efforts in a volatile business climate.

ON24 Logo. (PRNewsFoto/ON24)

"With challenging economic conditions heading into 2016, we find companies are increasingly turning to proven webinar marketing efforts, which translate to the industry's highest return on investment for marketing and demand generation programs. ON24's platform is delivering millions of hours of content each year, translating to billions in sales pipeline value," said Sharat Sharan, ON24's co-founder and CEO. "As pioneers in webcasting, we are proud of our company momentum as our product offering continues to lead the industry in reliability, sales pipeline delivery and audience engagement."

In addition to the unprecedented 70 percent increase in subscription revenue, ON24 saw company milestones across the board:

  • ON24 received broad industry recognition for its status as the leader in webinar marketing solutions, including Forrester's recognition of ON24 as the best webcasting technology for marketers.
  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded ON24 a new patent for its Platform 10 Webcasting, the underlying technology enabling the industry's leading webinar solution. ON24 now holds 17 patent properties in the U.S. alone, including several issued patents along with pending patent applications.
  • In 2015, ON24 customers saw a massive increase in large webinars - defined as webcasting events with more than 1000 attendees – of 800% year-over-year, according to ON24's 2015 Webinar Benchmarks Report.

This month, ON24 launched ON24 Demand, a multimedia and content distribution platform that enables marketers to easily create, re-use, share and promote video and webinar content. ON24 Demand's rich multimedia functionality enables companies to convert a single webinar into multiple digital marketing assets, generating new leads and engaging with new audiences. With industry-leading analytics capabilities, ON24 Demand can help uncover the highest performing assets best suited for syndication and social distribution, by analyzing video performance at both the individual and aggregate level. For more information on ON24 Demand, visit: http://www.on24.com/products/on24-demand/

About ON24:
ON24 is the leading webinar marketing platform for demand generation, lead qualification and customer engagement. With customers including IBM, Box, Workday, JPMorgan Chase, and SAP, ON24's award-winning, patented, cloud-based platform enables companies of all sizes to deliver engaging live and on-demand webinars. Providing industry-leading analytics that can be integrated with all leading marketing automation and CRM platforms, ON24 enables marketers to optimize demand generation, enhance lead qualification and accelerate sales pipeline opportunities.

Additional applications for the ON24 product portfolio include virtual training, talent development and town hall meetings. More than 1,200 companies and organizations rely on ON24, including IBM, CA Technologies, Merck, JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse and SAP. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices throughout the world. For more information, visit http://www.on24.com.

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WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce that the application period for the 2016 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards is open. The awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by individuals and organizations that made outstanding contributions toward making their communities safer, better prepared, and more resilient.

Emergency management is most effective when the entire community is engaged and involved. Everyone, including faith-based organizations, voluntary agencies, the private sector, tribal organizations, youth, people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, and older adults can make a difference in their communities before, during, and after disasters.

FEMA will review all entries and select the finalists. A distinguished panel of representatives from the emergency management community will then select winners in each of the following categories:

  • Outstanding Citizen Corps Council 
  • Community Preparedness Champions
  • Awareness to Action
  • Technological Innovation
  • Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness
  • Preparing the Whole Community
  • Outstanding Inclusive Initiatives in Emergency Management (new category)
  • Outstanding Private Sector Initiatives (new category - open to a for-profit small business *)
  • Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team Initiatives
  • Outstanding Citizen Corps Partner Program
  • America’s PrepareAthon! in Action (new category)

* “Small business” applicants must comply with business size standards provided by the Small Business Administration.

Winners will be announced in the fall of 2016 and will be invited as FEMA’s honored guests at a recognition ceremony. The winner of the Preparing the Whole Community category will receive the John D. Solomon Whole Community Preparedness Award.

To be considered for this year’s awards, all submissions must be received by March 28, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. EDT and must feature program activities taking place between January 1, 2015, and March 28, 2016. Applications should be submitted to citizencorps@fema.dhs.gov.

Download an application and read the application guidance at http://FEMA.pr-optout.com/Tracking.aspx?Data=HHL%3d%40374.CP%3f%401A39377.LP%3f%40083%3a&RE=IN&RI=711798&Preview=False&DistributionActionID=7932&Action=Follow+Link">ready.gov/preparedness- awards.


FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

We sat down with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger during the 2016 Mobile World Congress to learn more about the company's strategic partnership with IBM. Gelsinger also opened up about how the Dell-EMC deal has been affecting VMware's business, and shared an update on partner relationships.

BARCELONA – VMware's latest strategic partnership with IBM, the challenges it's faced as part of the Dell-EMC merger, and the status of partner relationships were among the topics discussed by VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger during an interview with InformationWeek at Mobile World Congress here.

On Feb. 22, IBM and VMware announced a strategic partnership that aims to enable enterprise customers to easily extend their existing workloads, as they are, from their on-premises software-defined data center to the cloud. As part of the deal, according to Gelsinger, IBM is "taking the full set of VMware technologies -- VSphere, NSX, plus our storage, plus our management -- and delivering that full set to the IBM cloud customers. IBM as an enterprise cloud provider is very significant, with 45 data centers worldwide. and they are making very vast investments into that strategy."