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Happy Near Miss Day! In 1989 an asteroid roughly the size of a mountain came within 500,000 miles of colliding with Earth. Geophysicists estimate that the impact of that asteroid—had it actually collided with Earth—would have released energy equivalent to the explosion of a 600-megaton nuclear bomb. Astronomers didn’t discover the asteroid—or evidence of how close the near miss was—until nine days after the asteroid has passed.

Just as we did not know about the potential doom of the asteroid until after it was too late, many organizations are already compromised and simply haven’t discovered it yet. The average time it takes to detect a breach after attackers have infiltrated a network is somewhere in the 200 days range. That is an exceptionally long time to be oblivious about a threat that already exists inside your network.

In the movie Armageddon, there is a great line from Billy Bob Thornton’s character who explains why NASA wasn’t able to detect a massive asteroid on a collision course with earth. His character explains to the President that although NASA’s collision budget is $1 million, it only allows the organization to track 3 percent of the sky. He apologizes, saying “Begging your pardon sir, but it’s a big-ass sky.”



Ahmad Wani remembers Oct. 8, 2005. It was the day when at 8:50 a.m. Pakistan Standard Time, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck his home in Kashmir killing more than 70,000 people and displacing another 4 million. He recalls the devastation clearly, the homes left in shambles, the shortages of food and water, the many lives torn asunder in the course of seconds.

“Having been one of the lucky few who lived through the disaster, I could see rescue authorities going around trying their best to rescue people,” Wani said. “However, the scale of the disaster was so large that they couldn't identify who needed to be rescued first, and what the priorities for rescue were.”

First responders were burdened by a lack of proper tools to coordinate efforts and clear blocked roadways to extricate victims. The aftermath’s resulting pandemonium — and subsequent national and international earthquakes that followed — led Wani, along with his fellow Stanford University alumni Nicole Hu and Timothy Frank, to create One Concern. The startup aspires to be one of the first to use artificial intelligence to save lives through analytical disaster assessment and calculated damage estimates. Wani said that with the platform, emergency operations centers (EOCs) can receive instant recommendations on response priorities and other insights to dispatch resources effectively.

One Concern’s efforts to pioneer machine learning services for state and local agencies has earned it a spot in Government Technology's GovTech100, a list of noteworthy companies to watch in the public-sector IT market.

Wani, who serves as One Concern’s CEO, elaborated on his startup’s origins and how the company is progressing after its recent beta launch.



First-of-a-Kind Services Enable Organizations to Bring the Oracle Cloud Platform Inside Their Own Datacenter

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) today launched a new family of offerings designed to enable organizations to easily move to the cloud and remove some of the biggest obstacles to cloud adoption. These first-of-a-kind services provide CIOs with new choices in where they deploy their enterprise software and a natural path to easily move business critical applications from on-premises to the cloud.

While organizations are eager to move their enterprise workloads to the public cloud, many have been constrained by business, legislative and regulatory requirements that have prevented them from being able to adopt the technology. Today, Oracle is making it easier for organizations in every industry to make this transition and finally reap the performance, cost and innovation benefits of Oracle Public Cloud Services and run them wherever they want -- in the Oracle Cloud or in their own datacenter.

"We are committed to helping our customers move to the cloud to help speed their innovation, fuel their business growth, and drive business transformation," said Thomas Kurian, president, Oracle. "Today's news is unprecedented. We announced a number of new cloud services and we are now the first public cloud vendor to offer organizations the ultimate in choice on where and how they want to run their Oracle Cloud."

Unveiled today, Oracle Cloud at Customer enables organizations to get all of the benefits of Oracle's cloud services -- agility, simplicity, performance, elastic scaling, and subscription pricing -- in their datacenter. This is the first offering from a major public cloud vendor that delivers a stack that is 100 percent compatible with the Oracle Cloud but available on-premises. Since the software is seamless with the Oracle Cloud, customers can use it for a number of use cases, including disaster recovery, elastic bursting, dev/test, lift-and-shift workload migration, and a single API and scripting toolkit for DevOps. Additionally, as a fully managed Oracle offering, customers get the same experience and the latest innovations and benefits using it in their datacenter as in the Oracle Cloud. 

By extending the Oracle Cloud into their data center, customers can:

  • Have full control over their data and meet all data sovereignty and data residency requirements that mandate customer data remain within a company's data center or contained within a geographic location while still taking advantage of the benefits of the cloud
  • Enable workload portability between on-premises and cloud using identical environments, toolsets, and APIs
  • Easily move Oracle and non-Oracle workloads between on-premises and the cloud based on their changing business requirements
  • Comply with security and privacy regulations such as PCI-DSS for the global credit and debit card industry, HIPAA for the US healthcare industry, FedRAMP for the US federal government, Germany's Federal Data Protection Act, the United Kingdom's Data Protection Act, and other industry- and country-specific regulations

Today, Oracle is announcing the availability of the following Oracle Cloud at Customer services:

  • Infrastructure: Provides elastic compute, elastic block storage, virtual networking, file storage, messaging, and identity management to enable portability of Oracle and non-Oracle workloads into the cloud. Additional IaaS services that complete the portfolio, including Containers and Elastic Load Balancer will be available soon.
  • Data Management: Enables customers to use the number one database to manage data infrastructure in the cloud with the Oracle Database Cloud. The initial set of Database Cloud Service offerings will be followed by Oracle Database as a Service - Exadata for extreme performance and a broad set of Big Data Cloud services, including Big Data Discovery, Big Data Preparation, Hadoop, and Big Data SQL.
  • Application Development: Develop and deploy Java applications in the cloud using Oracle Java Cloud, soon to be followed by other services for polyglot development in Java SE, Node.Js, Ruby, and PHP.
  • Enterprise Integration: Simplify integration of on-premises applications to cloud applications and cloud application to cloud application integration using the Oracle Integration Cloud Service. Additional capabilities for SOA, API Management, and IoT will be added soon. 
  • Management: Unifies the experience of managing workloads seamlessly on-premises and in the Oracle Cloud.

The Oracle Cloud has shown strong adoption, supporting 70+ million users and more than 34 billion transactions each day. It runs in 19 data centers around the world.

Additional Information

About Oracle
Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), visit oracle.com.

Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Powerful New Cloud Services Help Organizations Leverage the Latest in Business Transformation Trends, Including Big Data, Social and Mobile

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – Oracle today announced that it has expanded its cloud portfolio, releasing new Oracle Cloud services over the past several months to help companies transition to the cloud. The new services enhance the breadth and depth of Oracle's extensive cloud portfolio across all layers of the stack -- SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS.

With these new advancements, Oracle provides all of the cloud-based services that organizations need to capitalize on key transformative technologies such as big data analytics, social, mobile, and IoT, as well as continue to extend foundational use cases that enable organizations to move enterprise workloads to the cloud. Oracle continues to help organizations drive innovation and business transformation by increasing business agility, lowering costs, and reducing IT complexity. The new PaaS and IaaS services can be deployed wherever an organization chooses -- in the Oracle Cloud or in their own data center via the Oracle Cloud at Customer offering

"In today's digital age, consumers are more informed, connected, and selective than ever before. As a result, technology providers need to offer highly personalized and secure cloud services in order to stay competitive," said Thomas Kurian, president, Oracle. "With these new Oracle Cloud services, Oracle is enabling organizations to leverage the industry's most flexible, proven, and secure cloud infrastructure. With it, organizations are able to enjoy the double benefit of moving their enterprise workloads to the cloud while providing their customers with highly innovative and accessible cloud-based services."

Oracle Cloud Applications deliver the only complete suite of modern cloud applications that are integrated with social, mobile, and analytics. Oracle Cloud Applications help organizations deliver the experiences customers expect, the talent to succeed, and the performance the market demands. The latest additions to the portfolio include:

  • Customer Experience: Oracle CX Cloud helps organizations deliver consistent, personalized experiences that connect every customer engagement with their brand. New services include: Customer Experience for Financial Services, Customer Experience for Telecommunications, Customer Experience for Consumer Packaged Goods, Customer Experience for Media and Entertainment, Customer Experience for High Technology, Customer Experience for Manufacturing, Social Engagement and Monitoring, Marketing Collaboration, Commerce Assisted Selling, and HIPAA Cloud Platform.
  • Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Resource Planning and Enterprise Performance Management: Together the Oracle SCM, ERP and EPM Cloud services provide companies with the tools needed to fast track innovation, streamline business processes and deliver new insights.  New services include: Quoting and Order Capture, Order Management, Configurator Modeling, Configurator, Supply Chain Orchestration, Planning Central, Manufacturing (Discrete), Fleet Management, Costing, Advanced Financial Controls, Account Reconciliation, and Financial Reporting.
  • Human Capital Management: Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud enables modern human resources organizations to find and retain the best talent and increase global agility. New services include: Talent Management for Midsize, Talent Acquisition for Midsize, Assessments Delivery, and Learning and Development.

The Oracle Cloud Platform provides a complete suite of services to rapidly build and deploy rich applications -- or extend Oracle Cloud SaaS applications -- using an enterprise-grade cloud platform based on the industry's #1 database and application server. The latest additions to the portfolio include:

  • Data Management: Oracle Data Management Cloud provides a complete and integrated set of capabilities for building, deploying, and managing data-driven applications. New services include: Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Big Data Discovery Cloud, and Oracle Database Cloud Service - Exadata.
  • Application Development: Oracle Application Development Cloud, an end-to-end Java EE framework, simplifies application development by providing out-of-the-box infrastructure services and a visual and declarative development experience. New to the family is the Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service.
  • Enterprise Integration: Oracle Integration Cloud provides organizations with a unified and comprehensive solution to integrate disparate cloud and on-premise applications. New services include: Oracle SOA Suite Cloud with API Manager and Managed File Transfer, Oracle API Catalog Cloud, and Oracle Internet of Things Cloud.
  • Data Integration: Oracle Data Integration Cloud provides a comprehensive way for customers to prepare, extract, transform, move, and govern both batch and real-time data between heterogeneous data sources and targets. New services include: Oracle Golden Gate Cloud and Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud.
  • IT Operations Management: Oracle Management Cloud is a suite of next-generation integrated monitoring, management, and analytics cloud services that provides real-time analysis and deep technical and business insights. New services include: Application Performance Monitoring Cloud, IT Analytics Cloud, and Log Analytics Cloud.
  • Content and Process: Oracle Content and Process Cloud enables business users to easily collaborate anywhere, simplify business automation, and communicate more effectively. Oracle Documents Cloud Service is now integrated with Oracle Social Network and Oracle Sites Cloud.
  • Business Analytics: Oracle Analytics Cloud delivers business analytics for traditional data and big data across the entire enterprise. The newest service is the Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service.

Additionally, Oracle has added a number of new services to its IaaS portfolio:

  • Infrastructure: Oracle's IaaS portfolio delivers a complete set of core services for running enterprise workloads like elastic compute, networking, and storage. New services include: Oracle Compute Cloud, Oracle Network Cloud - Virtual Private Network and Fast Connect, Oracle Storage Cloud - Bulk Data Transfer, and Oracle Messaging Cloud.

The Oracle Cloud has shown strong adoption, supporting 70+ million users and more than 34 billion transactions each day. It runs in 19 data centers around the world.

Additional Information

About Oracle
Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), visit oracle.com.

Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Mesosphere, creators of the world's first Datacenter Operating System (DCOS), today announced two major product releases addressing critical requirements for containers in production. The new product Velocity is a continuous integration / continuous development (CI/CD) product that allows organizations to introduce faster application development lifecycles and increases adoption of containers as the preferred application packaging format. And with its 1.0 release, Marathon -- the only container orchestration framework with proven production-scale performance at companies like Samsung, Yelp, Verizon and Autodesk -- reached additional feature and capability milestones that extend its lead as the most compelling way for mainstream enterprises to take Docker containers from developers' laptops to real-world production deployment.

The Velocity and Marathon releases land on the same day that Mesosphere announced the close of a $73.5 million Series C funding round.

Velocity and Marathon accelerate Mesosphere's container operations product vision. Container operations -- compared to mere container orchestration -- embraces the end-to-end lifecycle for container-based applications. This means providing tools for managing them from creation to highly-available production, across all the different systems with which they might need to connect. It also means thinking about containers with a broader scope than just Docker. Getting from a developer's laptop to production requires an end-to-end solution.

"For enterprises that depend on production-grade workloads, 'container operations' is the new game in town," said Florian Leibert, CEO and Co-Founder of Mesosphere. "Only Mesosphere ties everything together in a single seamless system, helping enterprises go from source code to datacenter-scale production, running containers and microservices alongside big data and analytics systems. Mesosphere accelerates container operations, making it easy for enterprises to build, deploy and operate modern applications, at production scale -- right out of the box."

Built on the Mesosphere DCOS
The Mesosphere DCOS and the open source technologies that comprise it (including Apache Mesos and Marathon) are a proven foundation for building microservices-based applications and operating massive, scalable and resilient production container environments. The DCOS excels at running Docker containers, but also supports Linux container groups (the default for Mesos) and appc/rkt, and will support whatever standards emerge from the newly formed Open Container Initiative. The DCOS also makes it simple for enterprises to install, manage and scale today's other must-have technologies, including big data systems such as HDFS, Apache Spark, Apache Kafka and, Apache Cassandra and Jenkins.

Velocity and Marathon
Mesosphere's new product, Velocity helps organizations accelerate application delivery by lowering the barriers to continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) for modern and traditional applications. Companies such as eBay, Samsung and Yelp already operate large-scale CI/CD environments comprised of Mesos, Jenkins, Docker containers and, often, Marathon. Mesosphere is partnering with industry-leading partners on Velocity, including GitHub, JFrog and Container Solution.

Building upon capabilities in Mesosphere DCOS, and with Jenkins at its core, Velocity provides scalable and reliable infrastructure for application lifecycle management. Because of Velocity's tight integration with Marathon, organizations can now have an end-to-end solution that automates the full application lifecycle, including building, testing and deploying applications in production. With Velocity, Mesosphere brings its expertise and best practices to improve developer agility and container adoption in the enterprise.

"At Samsung, we run our SAMI Internet of Things platform on a microservices architecture with DCOS components Mesos and Marathon as its foundation, and also run Jenkins on Mesos to power continuous delivery," said Niranjan Hanumegowda, DevOps Manager, Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center. "The results have been remarkable -- our developers are able to launch new applications (packaged as Docker containers) and push code into production faster than ever, and we are also able to operate our cloud-based infrastructure much more efficiently."

With the release of Marathon 1.0, Mesosphere extends container orchestration's most mature, production-proven framework. Marathon is the only container orchestration framework being used in production today (at companies like Samsung, Yelp, Verizon and Autodesk) to manage containers on hundreds or thousands of nodes in the public cloud, in their own datacenters, and across hybrid cloud environments.

New features in the latest Marathon release include:

  • Support for stateful applications and services: Run databases like MySQL and PostgreSQL on Marathon, and have storage accounted for by Mesos and DCOS.
  • Virtual IP addresses for each application: Every app can have its own IP and never fight for ports again.
  • Role-based authorization and multitenancy (in DCOS Enterprise Edition): Developers can log into a shared Marathon service and only see their own applications, eliminating the complexity of managing multiple Marathons for multiple purposes.

Mesosphere's Marathon team is working against an aggressive roadmap that will bring advanced capabilities around auto-scaling, privacy, networking, upgrade strategies and more in the months to come.

Marathon already underpins container-based application deployment for spanning the consumer internet, SaaS, Internet of Things and managed cloud service spaces. In 2015, Verizon demonstrated the launch of 50,000 Docker containers in less than 90 seconds on a 24,000-core cluster. Microsoft has chosen Marathon, along with other open source DCOS components, as a foundation of its new Azure Container Service.

"Yelp's open-source service platform, PaaSTA, allows developers to write and scale the hundreds of services needed to help millions of people find great local businesses," said Sam Eaton, Director of Operations, Yelp. "Marathon is PaaSTA's 'secret sauce.' It hides all the hard parts of launching and supervising long-running services in Docker across a distributed system, and replaces it with an easy-to-use, full-featured API."

"Marathon has been battle-tested for years in grueling production environments," said Tobi Knaup, CTO and Co-Founder of Mesosphere, and original creator of Marathon. "Marathon is a great general-purpose workload orchestrator that can run everything from modern container-based microservices to more traditional applications like databases and web application servers. This lets enterprises operate newly-built containerized apps alongside their traditional workloads on a shared platform."

About Mesosphere
Mesosphere (Twitter: @Mesosphere), founded in 2013 by the co-creator of Apache Mesos and the architects of the Mesos infrastructures at Airbnb and Twitter, is building the new datacenter operating system (DCOS) to help enterprises unlock the next generation of scale, efficiency and automation. The Mesosphere DCOS pools datacenter and compute resources; gives IT operators a much simpler administration model; and improves developer velocity with more modern abstractions and APIs for writing, deploying and running distributed systems. Backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Data Collective, Fuel Capital, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Microsoft, Mesosphere is headquartered in San Francisco with additional offices in New York and Hamburg, Germany.


DURHAM, NC – Principled Technologies (PT) compared the experiences of several technical support services by working with each company's support staff to resolve a damaged hard drive. Dell ProSupport Plus won out by resolving the support case in under 5 minutes, with the fewest number of steps and the least amount of effort.

To learn more about Dell ProSupport Plus, read the full report at facts.pt/Cr3tEy.

About Principled Technologies, Inc.

Principled Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of technology marketing and learning & development services.

Principled Technologies, Inc. is located in Durham, North Carolina, in NC's Research Triangle Park region. For more information, please visit www.PrincipledTechnologies.com

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PALO ALTO, Calif. – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced Tsinghua's subsidiary Unisplendour received approval from the Chinese Securities Regulatory Commission to move forward with its partnership with HPE in China. This regulatory approval is an important step towards the successful closing of this transaction. As stated on the Q1 2016 earnings call, HPE is on track to finalize the deal by the end of May.

On May 21, 2015, the former Hewlett-Packard and Tsinghua Holdings jointly announced a partnership that will bring together Chinese enterprise technology assets of Hewlett-Packard and China's prestigious Tsinghua University to create the leading Chinese provider of technology infrastructure. Under the definitive agreement, Tsinghua Holdings subsidiary, Unisplendour Corporation, will purchase a 51% stake in a new business called H3C, comprising H3C Technologies and HPE's China-based server, storage and technology services businesses.

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry's most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure. More information about HPE (NYSE: HPE) is available at https://www.hpe.com

Consolidated Warehouse Management Can Help Provide Greater Stability, Performance

NEW YORK, NY – Infor, a leading provider of beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced that Lineage Logistics has successfully implemented Infor Supply Chain Execution (SCE) version 10.3 in a cloud-hosted environment. Lineage, one of the largest temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics companies in the world, sought to improve process efficiencies while consolidating Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). By moving to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model for hosting core supply chain systems, Lineage is able to create a more stable and more scalable business ecosystem, which can help them deliver better inventory visibility and more dynamic allocation to their customers. As a logistics provider, Lineage serves customers that operate with considerable sensitivities to disruptions or delays, which made it critical to find a strategic partner like Infor to help deliver a more rapid, yet made-to-order, implementation process. 

"The logistics industry provides very little room for error, and our top priority is delivering reliable service, and therefore value, to our customers. By consolidating our existing systems to Infor SCE in the Cloud, we are better able to provide streamlined visibility to customer inventory and more efficiently manage the needs our business," said Sudarsan Thattai, Chief Information Officer, Lineage Logistics. "Infor understood the unique challenges of our organization during the implementation process and was able to execute goals in a quick timeframe."

Lineage supports a wide variety of WMS systems as a result of various acquisitions activities made over the last several years. To help improve enterprise-wide processes, the organization is undertaking a consolidation initiative with the goal of making each warehouse activity more efficient. Lineage selected Infor as one of their strategic partners for this initiative to help minimize disruptions and delays that could impact Lineage customers. In choosing and implementing Infor SCE in the cloud, Lineage gains a highly scalable solution that combines enhanced warehouse management functionality, labor management, and 3PL billing and transportation execution in a single, unified cloud-enabled solution. 

As it runs in the cloud, Infor SCE makes the solution easier to maintain with enhanced functionality, improved security and greater flexibility. Without the need for dedicated IT resources, the cloud deployment requires a reduced capital investment, which can help the organization achieve a faster time to value.

"The complexities of the modern supply chain are rapidly evolving, making it more essential than ever before to utilize a fluid technology platform. With Infor SCE in the cloud, companies like Lineage Logistics can be in a position to better manage processes or handle changes on the fly, which can help deliver value to customers," said John Bermudez, vice president, Infor. "We look forward to growing our relationship with Lineage and helping them deliver better value to their customers for years to come."

About Lineage Logistics

Lineage Logistics is one of the largest temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics companies in the world. The company was founded through the combination of premier, temperature-controlled warehousing companies, some of whose roots date back to the early 1900s. Today, all its companies are unified with a shared vision of being the leading national supply chain company serving the nation's food, retail, agriculture, and distribution companies. For more information, please visit, www.lineagelogistics.com.

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About Infor

Infor builds beautiful business applications with last mile functionality and scientific insights for select industries delivered as a cloud service. With 14,000 employees and customers in more than 200 countries and territories, Infor automates critical processes for industries including healthcare, manufacturing, fashion, wholesale distribution, hospitality, retail, and public sector. Infor software helps eliminate the need for costly customization through embedded deep industry domain expertise. Headquartered in New York City, Infor is also home to one of the largest creative agencies in Manhattan, Hook & Loop, focused on delivering a user experience that is fun and engaging. Infor deploys its cloud applications primarily on the Amazon Web Services cloud and open source platforms. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.

Infor customers include:

  • 18 of the top 20 aerospace companies
  • 10 of the top 10 high tech companies
  • 10 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies
  • 21 of the 25 largest U.S. healthcare delivery networks
  • 18 of the 20 largest U.S. cities
  • 20 of the top 20 automotive suppliers
  • 17 of the top 20 industrial distributors
  • 15 of the top 20 global retailers
  • 4 of the top 5 brewers
  • 21 of the top 30 global banks
  • 6 of the 10 largest global hotel brands
  • 6 of the top 10 global luxury brands

This announcement reflects the direction Infor may take with regard to the specific product(s) described herein, all of which is subject to change by Infor in its sole discretion, with or without notice to you. This announcement is not a commitment to you in any way and you should not rely on this document or any of its content in making any decision. Infor is not committing to develop or deliver any specified enhancement, upgrade, product or functionality, even if such is described in this announcement and even if such description is accompanied by words such as "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "predict," "should," "will," and/or similar expressions. Many factors can affect Infor's product development plans and the nature, content and timing of future product releases, all of which remain in the sole discretion of Infor. This announcement, in whole or in part, may not be incorporated into any contractual agreement with Infor or its subsidiaries or affiliates. Infor expressly disclaims any liability with respect to this announcement.


New Program Enables Partners to Capitalize on the Growth of Software-Defined Storage in the Enterprise to Increase Revenue, Differentiate Storage Offerings and Simplify Solution Portfolios

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Hedvig, the company modernizing storage and accelerating enterprise adoption of private and hybrid clouds, today announced the CloudScale Partner Program to advance reseller cloud and software-defined storage (SDS) practices. The program provides resellers with a range of benefits including training, reduced implementation costs, discounts and access to Hedvig technology alliances. Partners will be able to differentiate storage offerings and help customers achieve greater speed with less risk than legacy storage with a single, streamlined platform that supports any application in any server, VM, or container environment.

Software-defined storage is projected to experience massive growth over the next few years. ESG estimates that 94 percent of mid to large organizations are now implementing or planning to implement an SDS solution, and 451 Research shows that 67 percent of enterprises will increase spending on software-defined infrastructure in 2016. With the launch of the CloudScale Partner Program, Hedvig joins forces with reseller partners across the United States and Europe, including ACS, Damecon, DatacenterNext, Daystrom, Dovilo, Fabrics4Clouds, Layer 8, NexStor, OTC, Proact, ProcoliX, PTS Data Center Solutions, Rhodix, Right! Systems, Solid State Solutions, SHI, Sysorex and Trace3.

"Dovilo is delivering modern, universal IT infrastructures to enable customers to maintain control and run their application workloads wherever they need them to be -- be it a hypervisor, private or public cloud. We call this Hybrid IT," said Bertram Rutte, CEO and Founder at Dovilo. "Hedvig provides the best storage we've found for Hybrid IT. Because Hedvig is all software, the solution will get better over time with new features and capabilities. We're very excited to be one of the first to work with Hedvig. The market is ready, we are ready and Hedvig is ready."

In addition to expanding its reseller partner base, Hedvig plans to strengthen additional technology and distribution alliances. Hedvig has certifications and reference designs for leading server vendors including Cisco, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Supermicro and Quanta, making it even easier for VARs to bring SDS solutions to customers.

"Hedvig is the most complete, most flexible software-defined storage solution we've seen on the market. We believe it's a great option to be able to offer when it comes to building end-to-end solutions for our Big Data and Analytics, Cloud Migration, and Converged Infrastructure practices," said Bret Osborn, Chief Sales Officer at Sysorex. "The market is ready for a new approach to storage and datacenter infrastructure. We're excited to be at the forefront of this trend as a charter member in Hedvig's partner program."

Hedvig provides the elasticity, simplicity and flexibility needed for next-generation infrastructure. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform is designed to make SDS technology accessible to enterprise IT, supporting common storage protocols like iSCSI and NFS along with new object storage APIs like S3 and Swift. It is the only SDS solution that supports widely deployed applications like SQL databases and virtualized server and desktop environments, along with new modern applications built on OpenStack, Docker, and Hadoop.

"The Hedvig partner program is designed to help resellers increase revenue by identifying and creating new opportunities and closing projects faster," said Phil Williams, VP of Business Development & Channels at Hedvig. "The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform provides our partners with a new, modern datacenter solution, helping customers move faster and compete better. This places the company in an optimal position to lead the growth of software-defined storage in the enterprise."

To learn more about the Hedvig CloudScale Partner Program, visit: http://www.hedviginc.com/partners

About Hedvig
Hedvig reduces enterprise storage costs by 60 percent while accelerating migration to cloud. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform combines block, file, and object storage for bare metal, hypervisor and container environments. The only software-defined solution built on a true distributed system, Hedvig is built to keep pace with scale-out applications and the velocity of change in today's business climate. The Hedvig platform gets better and smarter as the system scales, transforming commodity hardware into the most advanced storage solution available today. Customers such as Intuit, LKAB, Mazzetti, and Van Dijk use the Hedvig platform to transform their storage from a box where data resides to a fundamental business enabler. www.hedviginc.com

REDLANDS, Calif. — Esri is participating in the White House Water Summit, in celebration of the United Nations' World Water Day. Esri has committed to building new technology that maps the extent and depth of flood forecasts, along with Kisters, a multinational IT company and Esri partner; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); and members of the academic community. These forecasts will be made easily accessible through interactive web map applications that can be used by anyone to visualize when, where, and how deep a flood will be.

Esri will develop data processing and spatial analysis workflows for both stream flow and flood inundation forecasting. Local governments, first responders, citizens, and innovative startups will all find the information useful. This commitment builds on and expands work already in progress including the National Flood Interoperability Experiment and the National Water Model of the United States.

"The ability to forecast precipitation, stream flow, and flooding has significantly improved in recent years, as has the ability to convey sophisticated science to a broader community through web applications," says Steve Kopp, software program manager at Esri.

These forecasts can be combined with other data to identify populations at risk and be a guide for more informed decision making. By sharing this knowledge through engaging maps, everyone can see how their actions today affect tomorrow's water system. Learn more about how Esri and the ArcGIS platform can help manage our most precious resource.

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS technology, Esri software is used in more than 350,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at esri.com/news.