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Tuesday, 22 September 2015 00:00

Platfora Deepens Support for Cloudera Ecosystem

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Platfora, the #1 Big Data Discovery platform built natively on Apache Hadoop and Spark, today announced expanded support for Apache Sentry, Impala and Parquet. Platfora 5.0 has added integrations to enable a more seamless, open workflow for customers using Cloudera, a leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop. The Platfora-Cloudera integrations provide more fine-grained authorization capabilities, efficient analysis of information stored in Impala and direct access to a popular Hadoop file format.

"We're excited to strengthen our platform support for Cloudera's distribution of Hadoop (CDH), the most popular distribution in the industry. It allows us to offer what our customers need to have the most secure and fluid interactions with their data," said Jason Zintak, CEO of Platfora. "Cloudera is a trailblazer in Hadoop innovation and we continue to work together with them to make data-driven initiatives a reality for enterprises."

Platfora 5.0 includes enhanced integrations with Cloudera including:

  • Sentry - Platfora is extending its delegated authorization capabilities to support Apache Sentry, a unified authorization mechanism integrated into Cloudera's distribution of Hadoop. Sentry support enables customers to apply fine-grained permissions to data once it is in Hadoop, manage those permissions centrally through Sentry and integrate seamlessly within Platfora.
  • Impala - Enterprises are increasingly adopting Impala for workloads formerly served by a data warehouse. Platfora customers can now perform big data discovery directly with data in Impala. Through this integration, metadata stored in a Hive metastore is automatically read by Platfora, eliminating redundancy and enabling a more efficient workflow.
  • Parquet File Ingest - Apache Parquet is quickly becoming a standard for storing big data and is the most common backing file format for Impala. With Platfora 5.0, users can now directly access data files in the Parquet format.

"The latest release of Platfora Big Data Discovery highlights the company's unique approach to blending traditional data analytics with modern capabilities to maximize enterprise investments in big data initiatives that have true impact," said Tim Stevens, Vice President, Business and Corporate Development at Cloudera. "We're pleased that Platfora values its integration with our enterprise data hub (EDH) offering and look forward to supporting the company's open workflow initiatives to address the needs of our joint customers."


About Platfora
Platfora is the #1 Big Data Discovery platform built natively on Apache Hadoop and Spark. Platfora enables business users and data scientists to visually interact with petabyte-scale data in seconds, allowing them to work with even the rawest forms of transaction, customer interaction and machine data to find new opportunities and manage risk. Platfora is transforming the way businesses unlock insights, make decisions and produce better outcomes through the use of its industry-defining Customer Analytics, Security Analytics and Internet of Things solutions. Learn more about Platfora, read our blog, or follow @platfora #YouShouldKnow. http://www.platfora.com


Leading Hadoop-Native Platform Makes Apache Spark and Self-Service Data Preparation Generally Available, Speeding Up Traditional Analytics Iteration Time by Over 10x

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Platfora today introduced Big Data Discovery 5.0, making it the single most powerful, flexible and complete Hadoop- and Spark-native analytics platform for data-driven organizations. Version 5.0 includes a more tightly integrated workflow with new features from Platfora and critical big data discovery technologies including Apache Spark, SQL and Excel.

Platfora Launches Self-Service, Fast and Intelligent Data Prep
Taking aim at the #1 productivity killer for data discovery, Platfora 5.0 now includes enterprise strength, self-service data preparation as a part of its Big Data Discovery platform. Powered by Apache Spark, Platfora's next-generation data prep provides instant statistics and sample data to better guide users towards smart, customized data-driven decisions. Being able to make more intelligent, iterative investigations into big data delivers critical clues to analysts, saving them time and eliminating the frustration associated with traditional analyses dependent on guesswork.

"Data teams spend the majority of their time preparing data for analysis, before they are even able to ask the question they set out to answer. The iterative nature of big data analysis compounds this problem. Today's businesses deserve a modern platform that is designed with iteration as the norm," said Peter Schlampp, VP of Products, Platfora. "Platfora 5.0 was built to empower average users to become 'citizen data scientists' by making this process accessible to the masses. We are thrilled to be opening up our platform to increase user accessibility and look forward to expanding with additional functionality in the near future."

"When data-driven organizations build data lakes and begin to realize the power of Hadoop-native analytics, they start exploring analytics tools and workflows that will put big data in the hands of their workforce," said John Myers, Managing Research Director for Business Intelligence at Enterprise Management Associates. "But true integration between data sets is usually an afterthought and new silos of information are created. Platfora 5.0 makes significant strides towards empowering data-driven organizations to integrate the whole of their enterprise data inside of a single big data discovery environment."

Platfora Big Data Discovery 5.0 includes several enhancements that make big data analytics more open and accessible for all roles within an organization, including:

  • Self-service Data Preparation. Now generally available, self-service data preparation dramatically reduces the time it takes for business teams to prepare datasets for analysis, for smarter, faster results.
  • Powerful Data Transforms. To empower data administrators with the ability to do more complex and custom data preparation in an integrated workflow within Platfora, SQL-language data transformations are now possible. Any data transformation that can be expressed in SQL can be performed as a stage of the data preparation pipeline.
  • Microsoft Excel Support. Platfora Big Data Discovery is designed so that anyone in an organization can access data from any department. Business users who need their results in Excel format to distribute inside or outside the company can export any analysis on demand, or schedule periodic delivery via email.
  • Apache Spark at the Core. Platfora 5.0 makes Spark accessible to non-technical users and utilizes Spark at the core to provide an interactive experience. For the first time, Platfora generates and executes Spark programs in the background without adding any complexity to the end user.
  • Vizboard Embedding. Available as a beta feature in Platfora 5.0, embedding allows users to share Big Data Discovery insights outside the Platfora environment so that coworkers can see data visualizations in their portal of choice.

With this new release, Platfora leads the industry with the most complete and open platform that goes from data preparation against raw data, all the way to visual analysis that empowers every citizen data scientist to do more.

Check out a live demo of Platfora 5.0 at Strata+Hadoop World, Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, booth 731.

About Platfora
Platfora is the #1 Big Data Discovery platform built natively on Apache Hadoop and Spark. Platfora enables business users and data scientists to visually interact with petabyte-scale data in seconds, allowing them to work with even the rawest forms of transaction, customer interaction and machine data to find new opportunities and manage risk. Platfora is transforming the way businesses unlock insights, make decisions and produce better outcomes through the use of its industry-defining Customer Analytics, Security Analytics and Internet of Things solutions. Learn more about Platfora, read our blog, or follow @platfora #YouShouldKnow. http://www.platfora.com


Annual BitSight Insights Industry Analysis Report Rates Cyber Security Performance of Finance, Federal Government, Retail, Energy and Utilities, Healthcare and Education Industries

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – BitSight Technologies, the standard in Security Ratings, today released the third annual BitSight Insights Industry Benchmark report, which analyzed Security Ratings of nearly 10,000 organizations in six industries -- finance, federal government, retail, energy and utilities, healthcare and education. The objective was to highlight quantifiable differences in security performance across industries from August 1, 2014 to August 1, 2015. The study revealed: challenging performance trends in the critical energy and utilities sector, the federal government (despite recent headlines) as a high performing industry second only to finance, and widespread POODLE and FREAK vulnerabilities across industries.

"There is no question that energy and utility systems are vulnerable and will be attacked. Organizations will never be able to protect against everything, but they need to continuously monitor their security posture in order to identify and mitigate issues before too much damage is done," said Stephen Boyer, co-founder and CTO of BitSight. "Benchmarking can also serve as a key indicator of security performance, allowing an organization to better understand their own posture, as well as that of the third parties with which they share their data. Given recent headlines that illustrate this security gap, we must look beyond our own companies and focus attention on those that access our information."

BitSight uses publicly accessible data to rate companies' security performance on a daily basis. Observed security events and configurations, such as communication with a botnet, malware distribution, and email server configuration, are assessed for severity, frequency and duration and used to generate objective Security Ratings. BitSight Security Ratings range from 250 to 900, with higher ratings equating to higher security performance. Industry ratings are calculated using a simple average of the BitSight Security Ratings of companies in that sector.

Key Findings

Energy and Utilities are performing lower than the Retail sector

  • Over the past year, BitSight researchers noted a dip in the performance of Energy and Utility companies, with the average rating in this sector being 652.
  • This is higher than the healthcare sector, which averages a 634 rating, but is below the data-breach headline grabbing retail sector, which averages 684.

The Federal Government -- currently in the spotlight in the wake of the Office of Personnel Management mega breach -- is the second highest performing sector

  • BitSight's analysis of federal government entities shows that many are performing well when it comes to overall security performance.
  • The average rating for the federal government sector was 688, while the average rating for finance, the top performing industry, was 716.

While companies across all industries have mostly updated their servers to protect against Heartbleed, many have failed to act when it comes to POODLE and FREAK

  • The vulnerability rates for FREAK range from 30 percent in Finance to 75 percent in Education, meaning that at best, one in three finance organizations is vulnerable to FREAK.
  • 79 percent of federal government entities analyzed were vulnerable to POODLE and 90 percent of higher education institutions.

Year-over-year, leaders and laggards remain the same

  • Finance has consistently been the top performing industry in BitSight's industry benchmark reports. In this report, the average rating was 716, inline with the 712 rating a year earlier.
  • At the same time, education has consistently been the lowest performing industry, with a consistently low average rating of 554.

To download a full copy of the BitSight Insights report, visit http://bitsig.ht/1FbyHe0. To download a ZIP file containing high resolution versions of the charts and graphs included in the report, click here http://bitsig.ht/1KweSKh

About BitSight Technologies
BitSight Technologies is transforming how companies manage information security risk with objective, evidence-based security ratings. The company's Security Rating Platform continuously analyzes vast amounts of external data on security behaviors in order to help organizations manage third-party risk, benchmark performance, and assess and negotiate cyber insurance premiums. Based in Cambridge, MA, BitSight is backed by the National Science Foundation, Globespan Capital Partners, Menlo Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, Comcast Ventures, Commonwealth Capital Ventures, and Liberty Global Ventures. For more information, please visit www.bitsighttech.com or follow @BitSight on Twitter.


Organization to Drive Industry-Wide Adoption of Shortwave Wavelength Division Multiplexing (SWDM) Technology, Leveraging Data Center Operators' Investments in Duplex Multimode Fiber Infrastructure


SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Nine companies today announced the formation of an interest group to drive cost-effective utilization of duplex multimode fiber (MMF) infrastructure in cloud and enterprise data centers. The group, called the SWDM Alliance, will promote Shortwave Wavelength Division Multiplexing (SWDM) technology, allowing data center operators to continue to extract value from their existing duplex MMF deployments and extend the usable lifetime of newly deployed MMF.

Optical shortwave technology is enabled by vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs), which are the most cost-effective lasers used in data center interconnections. VCSELs have been widely deployed at data rates up to 10 Gbps, and these deployments have driven large-scale installations of duplex MMF in enterprise and cloud data centers. A common technique to increase the data rate beyond 10 Gbps is the use of four parallel VCSELs, each running at 10 or 25 Gbps, transmitted over ribbons of parallel fiber. This technique requires eight fibers instead of two: four to transmit and four to receive. Installing such parallel fiber can represent an expensive overhaul to the fiber plant in the data center due to the need for increased fiber capacity in the trunk and also new patch cables to the optical modules.

By contrast, SWDM technology allows users to leverage their installed duplex MMF at 40 or 100 Gbps, using four VCSELs operating at different wavelengths multiplexed onto a single strand of MMF, thereby requiring only one transmit fiber and one receive fiber. This provides the ability to migrate from 10 to 40 or 100 Gbps, while minimizing overall power dissipation and maximizing transmission distance.

The founding members of the SWDM Alliance include CommScope, Corning, Dell, Finisar, H3C, Huawei, Juniper Networks, Lumentum, and OFS. The SWDM Alliance is an organization of companies dedicated to promoting the adoption of SWDM technology in order to provide cost-effective data center technology solutions. The SWDM Alliance is neither a standards organization nor a multisource agreement. The group does not address market segmentation, pricing, or competitive issues.

"Data center operators have already invested in duplex MMF infrastructure for their 10 Gbps deployments," said Vladimir Kozlov, CEO of Lightcounting Market Research. "Using SWDM technology to maximize the utility of those duplex deployments is an example of how equipment providers can offer innovative, cost-effective upgrades to the higher data rates that are now required."

"Multimode fiber and VCSEL technology have been the workhorse of the modern data center," added Steffen Koehler, Senior Director of Marketing at Finisar. "SWDM builds on this history of cost-effective, high-bandwidth interconnect technology to continue the evolution of these data centers."

More information about the SWDM Alliance can be found at http://www.swdm.org.

About CommScope
CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) helps companies around the world design, build and manage their wired and wireless networks. Our vast portfolio of network infrastructure includes some of the world's most robust and innovative wireless and fiber optic solutions. Our talented and experienced global team is driven to help customers increase bandwidth; maximize existing capacity; improve network performance and availability; increase energy efficiency; and simplify technology migration. You will find our solutions in the largest buildings, venues and outdoor spaces; in data centers and buildings of all shapes, sizes and complexity; at wireless cell sites; in telecom central offices and cable headends; in FTTx deployments; and in airports, trains, and tunnels. Vital networks around the world run on CommScope solutions.

About Corning
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people's lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning's businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning's products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.

About Dell
Dell Inc. listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. For more information, visit www.dell.com.

About Finisar
Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) is a global technology leader for fiber optic subsystems and components that enable high-speed voice, video and data communications for telecommunications, networking, storage, wireless, and cable TV applications. For more than 25 years, Finisar has provided critical optics technologies to system manufacturers to meet the increasing demands for network bandwidth. Finisar is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, USA with R&D, manufacturing sites, and sales offices worldwide. For additional information, visit www.finisar.com.

About H3C
As an innovative IT infrastructure provider, H3C Technologies Co., Ltd. (H3C) is dedicated to research, development, production, sales and service of products and solutions. This includes a comprehensive portfolio of routers, Ethernet switches, wireless, network security, servers, storage, IT management systems, cloud management platform and other products. H3C has 38 branches in China and the company employs 5,000 people, with 55% engaged in R&D. Additional information can be found at www.h3c.com.

About Huawei
Huawei is a global leader of ICT solutions. Continuously innovating based on customer needs, we are committed to enhancing customer experiences and creating maximum value for telecom carriers, enterprises, and consumers. Our telecom network equipment, IT products and solutions, and smart devices are used in 170 countries and regions. Additional information can be found at www.huawei.com.

About Juniper Networks
Juniper Networks delivers innovation across routing, switching and security. Juniper Networks' innovations in software, silicon and systems transform the experience and economics of networking. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks (www.juniper.net) or connect with Juniper on Twitter and Facebook.

About Lumentum
Lumentum (NASDAQ: LITE) is a market-leading manufacturer of innovative optical and photonic products enabling optical networking and commercial laser customers worldwide. Lumentum's optical components and subsystems are part of virtually every type of telecom, enterprise, and data center network. Lumentum's commercial lasers enable advanced manufacturing techniques and diverse applications including next-generation 3D sensing capabilities. Lumentum is headquartered in Milpitas, California with R&D, manufacturing, and sales offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.lumentum.com.

About OFS
OFS is a world-leading designer, manufacturer and provider of optical fiber, optical fiber cable, connectivity, FTTX and specialty photonics solutions. Our marketing, sales, manufacturing and research teams provide forward-looking, innovative products and solutions in areas including Communications, Medicine, Industrial Automation, Sensing, Government, Aerospace and Defense applications. We provide reliable, cost effective optical solutions to enable our customers to meet the needs of today's and tomorrow's digital and energy consumers and businesses. OFS' corporate lineage dates back to 1876 and includes technology powerhouses such as AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Today, OFS is owned by Furukawa Electric, a multibillion dollar global leader in optical communications. For more information, please visit www.ofsoptics.com.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015 00:00

HP Announces World's Most Secure Printers

New HP LaserJets Include Built-In Self-Healing Security Features With Protection Down to the BIOS

BARCELONA, SPAIN--(Marketwired - Sep 22, 2015) - HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced three new enterprise class LaserJet printers that deliver increased protection against malicious attacks. The stronger security is part of a broader HP strategy to provide the deepest security across PCs and printers.

"Protecting against security breaches is one of the biggest challenges our customers face," said Tuan Tran, vice president and general manager, LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions business, HP. "HP is helping customers secure their devices, documents and data by defending our enterprise printers with the strongest protection in the industry."

Deepest protection in the industry
Printer security is a topic of growing importance. According to the Ponemon Institute, 64 percent of IT managers believe their printers are likely infected with malware. At the same time, 56 percent of enterprise companies ignore printers in their endpoint security strategy.(1) To help address this gap, HP is delivering its new HP LaserJet Enterprise printers and multi-function printers (MFPs) with industry-leading security features(2) built in, including:

  • HP Sure Start enables detection of and self-healing recovery from malicious BIOS attacks, extending the same BIOS security protecting HP's Elite line of PCs since 2013 to the new HP LaserJet Enterprise printers.
  • Whitelisting ensures only known, good firmware can be loaded and executed on a printer.
  • Run-time Intrusion Detection is a new feature providing in-device memory monitoring for malicious attacks. It was developed in partnership with Red Balloon Security, an embedded device security company started by researchers from Columbia University. The company has done extensive research for several government agencies, as well as private sector companies in industries such as telecommunications and controller systems.

These new features will be standard on new HP LaserJet Enterprise printers and OfficeJet Enterprise X printers with HP PageWide Technology going forward. With a firmware update, these three features can also be enabled on several HP LaserJet Enterprise printers available since April. In addition, Whitelisting and Run-time Intrusion Detection can be added to many existing HP LaserJet Enterprise printers and OfficeJet Enterprise X printers launched since 2011 through an HP FutureSmart service pack update.(12) FutureSmart is HP firmware that helps protect customers' investments in HP Enterprise printers by enabling delivery of new capabilities via updates.

Beyond the printer itself, HP also helps customers protect their print environment with solutions to manage security.(3) HP JetAdvantage Security Manager, the industry's only policy-based printer security compliance solution, lets IT establish and maintain security settings such as closing ports, disabling access protocols, auto-erasing files and more.(4) When a reboot occurs, the HP Instant-On Security feature checks and resets any impacted settings automatically to bring devices into compliance with the organization's policy. Earlier this fall, HP JetAdvantage Security Manager was updated for greater automation, including auto-discovery of devices to make it easier to find and add printers to manage.

HP will continue to focus on security for its printing portfolio by delivering market leading security technology for new and existing printers, helping customers better protect their devices, data and documents.

New printers feature fast, efficient printing
The new HP LaserJet Enterprise printers and MFPs deliver the fastest real world print performance in their class with the fastest first page out and dual-sided print speeds as well as the lowest total energy consumption per page.(5,6) These printers were built for ease of use and include support for printing from mobile devices.(9,10,11) Designed for workgroups of 5-15 users printing up to 7,500 pages per month, the printers benefit from the increased performance, protection and print capacity of new HP Original Toner cartridges with JetIntelligence. The new models include:

  • The HP LaserJet Enterprise M506 series for monochrome printing with a 25 percent smaller footprint and dual-sided print speeds up to 71 percent faster than its predecessor.(7,8)
  • The HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M527 series, which offers monochrome printing in an MFP that includes single pass, two-sided scanning, an eight-inch color touchscreen control panel to support advanced workflow, and first page out speeds up to 33 percent faster than its predecessor.(8)
  • The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise MFP M577 series, delivers outstanding color printing in an MFP that includes single pass, two-sided scanning, an eight-inch color touchscreen control panel and optional keyboard to support advanced workflow, as well as dual-sided print speeds up to 43 percent faster than its predecessor. (8)

The HP LaserJet Enterprise M506 series will be generally available on October 1 and the HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M527 and HP Color LaserJet Enterprise MFP M577 series printers will be generally available on November 2. 

More information about the new HP LaserJet Enterprise portfolio is available in an online press kit at www.hp.com/go/LaserJetSecurityLaunch2015 and at www.hp.com/go/PrintersThatProtect.

About HP
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. With the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, personal systems, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP delivers solutions for customers' most complex challenges in every region of the world. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

1 Source: Ponemon Institute, "Annual Global IT Security Benchmark Tracking Study," March 2015
2 The world's most secure printers, strongest protection in the industry, industry leading security and deepest level of security: Based on HP review of 2015 published embedded security features of competitive in-class printers. Only HP offers a combination of security features for integrity checking down to the BIOS with self-healing capabilities. Available on the HP LaserJet M527, M506, M577 and as an upgrade on the M552, M553, M604, M605, and M606. Some features will be made available as a HP FutureSmart service pack update on selected existing Enterprise printer models.
3 Some solutions require download or additional purchase. Learn more at hp.com/go/printingsolutions.
4 Based on HP Internal data (Device Security Comparison, January 2015), and Solutions Report on HP JetAdvantage Security Manager 2.1 from Buyers Laboratory LLC, February 2015.
5 Based on HP internal testing of top three leading competitors' first page out from sleep mode and duplex print and copy speed completed 8/2015. Subject to device settings. Actual results may vary. For details, see hp.com/go/Ljclaims.
6 Based on HP testing using the ENERGY STAR® program's Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC) method or as reported in energystar.gov versus the top three leading competitors as of 8/2015. Actual results may vary. For details see hp.com/go/Ljclaims.
7 Compared with the HP LaserJet Enterprise P3015.
8 Based on HP internal testing completed 7/2015 or published information and subject to device settings. Actual results may vary. For details see hp.com/go/Ljclaims
9 Wireless direct printing is standard on the HP LaserJet Enterprise M506x only. Requires purchase of optional HP Jetdirect 3000w NFC/Wireless Direct Accessory for the HP LaserJet Enterprise M506n/dn. Mobile device needs to be connected directly to the WiFi network of a wireless direct-capable MFP or printer prior to printing. Depending on mobile device, an app or driver may also be required. For details, see hp.com/go/businessmobileprinting.
10 Wireless direct printing is standard on the HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M527z only. Requires purchase of optional HP Jetdirect 3000w NFC/Wireless Direct Accessory for the HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M527dn/f/c. Mobile device needs to be connected directly to the WiFi network of a wireless direct-capable MFP or printer prior to printing. Depending on mobile device, an app or driver may also be required. Wireless performance is dependent on physical environment and distance from the access point in the MFP or printer. For details, see hp.com/go/businessmobileprinting.
11 Wireless direct printing is standard on the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise MFP M577z only. Requires purchase of optional HP Jetdirect 3000w NFC/Wireless Direct Accessory for the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise MFP M577dn/f/c. Mobile device needs to be connected directly to the WiFi network of a wireless direct-capable MFP or printer prior to printing. Depending on mobile device, an app or driver may also be required. Wireless performance is dependent on physical environment and distance from the access point in the MFP or printer. For details, see hp.com/go/businessmobileprinting.
12 A list of Future Smart enabled printers can be found here: http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c03933242

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Rapid Growth and Low Sharepoint Adoption Rates Lead to Introduction of Huddle by Professional Services Consultancy


LONDON – SNH (Smarter Not Harder), employee productivity and change specialists, has implemented the Huddle cloud collaboration platform across all its customer-facing training courses, as well as across the wider organization. Huddle has delivered immediate benefits, streamlining processes and procedures and enabling the SNH teams to work more efficiently.

SNH specializes in influencing the way people think and behave, and helping businesses achieve more in less time -- without compromising the quality of what they do. Clients include Convergys, Thomson Reuters, Sage, O2, TripAdvisor, and Yell. SNH specializes in improving sales performance, leadership effectiveness and employee productivity.

Ongoing expansion at SNH triggered a search for a collaboration tool that worked across all customer organizations irrespective of size, and ensures their systems and processes are as efficient as possible. SNH had originally deployed Sharepoint for course documentation storage, but problems with usability and over-complicated storage led to a search for an alternative.

"SNH runs many courses in parallel, and one client can have up to 100 staff on a program at any one time. We need rapid and simple template creation and duplication, the ability to hold files securely in whatever systems we use, the ability to restrict access, and for everything related to each course or client to be easily accessible in one place," said SNH Office Manager, Esther Plumley.

"Before selecting Huddle, we went through a thorough process, reviewing in depth the capabilities of eight available solutions, including Asana and Basecamp. It was not a quick decision, but once we saw what Huddle could do it was an easy choice to make," Plumley added.

With Huddle, each SNH course is contained within its own area, so all participants can securely access relevant information and see exactly where they are in their personal timeline.

SNH runs six or more events every day and while the structure is similar, they will of course change with customer requirements. The introduction of Huddle means document templates and specific tasks -- of which there may be 40 or 50 per course -- can be quickly duplicated across different courses and customers, along with automatic reminders to ensure all participants and instructors keep to the timescales.

The SNH teams create project-specific workspaces where weekly calls are documented, emails drafted, online discussions stored, and documentation and presentations uploaded for comments and approval.

"In task-intensive environments where accuracy and speed are critical, Huddle's capabilities are unrivalled. We are delighted to be adding so much value to the SNH business, both for customer-facing activities and for the internal teams," said Alastair Mitchell, Co-Founder and CMO of Huddle. "Huddle's ability to remove the complexity from managing multiple tasks and actions within a tight timescale is just one of the reasons that it stands out as the collaboration tool of choice for so many leading companies. It's what takes Huddle beyond the standard 'file, sync and share' products."

About SNH
Since 2003 SNH have been training people to achieve more in less time, without compromising the quality of what they do. They specialise in improving sales performance, leadership effectiveness and employee productivity, and have an intimate understanding of the problems people face, and how these can be solved. Through practical training, they remove their clients' barriers to success, build confidence and generate the drive needed to consistently produce their best work. SNH's attention to detail, ability to assess their clients' needs and turn this into a solution which works, lies at the heart of their success. To find out more, visit www.snh.training or follow them @snhtraining

About Huddle
Huddle is a secure cloud collaboration service that enables enterprise and government organizations worldwide to securely store, access, share, sync and work on files with everyone they need to -- regardless of whether they are inside or outside of an organization's firewall. Co-headquartered in London and San Francisco and with offices in New York City and Washington D.C., Huddle's customers include 80 percent of Fortune 500 and 80 percent of UK government departments, as well as companies such as Kia Motors, Williams Lea, Driscoll's, Unilever and P&G. The company is privately held and backed by leading venture capital firms in the US and Europe. For more information visit www.huddle.com or follow us on Twitter @huddle.

Leading cloud CTRM vendor Aspect today reveals its innovative Any Cloud strategy, signposting the company's future direction in the market for commodity trade and risk management applications hosted in the cloud.


Currently Aspect solutions are available as either Aspect-hosted software-as-a-service (SaaS) or hosted in user organizations' own private clouds. Soon support will be added for a third hosting option, public cloud, which employs third party cloud providers such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google.


Now Aspect's Any Cloud vision will take this one step further by giving customers themselves the choice of where their CTRM platform is hosted, where their data is stored, and who manages their operations.


The advance comes as user organizations increasingly are expecting greater choice of who provides and manages their IT services, of where and how those services are hosted, how the risk vs. cost equation is balanced, the level of security afforded and the ease of integration with other applications and services.


Aspect also plans to provide organizations with the automated tools required to operate and run these hybrid cloud environments, acknowledging the new discipline of DevOps which merges software development and infrastructure operations skills and where infrastructure effectively becomes code.


Once moved into Any Cloud customers will have the freedom to migrate between whichever cloud environment they choose, whenever they want, while selecting the level of security and the services appropriate to their business. They will also have more control over when software maintenance and updates take place.


The Any Cloud initiative is made possible by Aspect's unique designed-for-the-cloud, built-for-the-cloud architecture. Unlike other cloud ETRM and CTRM offerings that are developments of legacy technologies and rooted in packaged software and client/server models, Aspect's was made expressly for the cloud from day one when the company launched 15 years ago.


"We think our customers are the ones best placed to make proper, informed decisions about how they square the circle of speed to market, risk and cost,” says Aspect CEO Steve Hughes. "That's why with Any Cloud we'll be giving them the power to make these decisions for themselves, and change them if necessary, rather than force them down a single cloud route."


"We've chosen to reveal Any Cloud today since we want trading firms to know that with Aspect their CTRM options are, and will always be, open."

About Aspect
Aspect is a leading global provider of multi-commodity trade, risk and operations management applications delivered Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) in the cloud. With almost 500 customers in 90 countries, it's one of the fastest growing providers with rapid deployment, affordable subscriptions, and immediate ROI for all size companies. Solutions include AspectCTRM®, a full-featured commodity trading and risk management enterprise suite for front, middle and back office. It's available in three editions: Lite, Standard and Enterprise, expanding in functionality according to the needs and budgets of clients. Aspect is the only ETRM/CTRM solutions provider with market data and analytics tools delivered with its trade and risk functions on the same platform. This provides users with a seamless packaged solution beginning with pre-trade pricing analysis and market assessments via AspectDSC. Aspect's solutions are available on desktop, tablets and mobile devices and through its new Aspect Partner Program (APP).

DBArtisan 2016®, Rapid SQL® 2016, plus new advanced add-on capabilities for SQL performance management are now available


MAIDENHEAD, U.K. – Embarcadero Technologies, a leading provider of software solutions for application and database development, today unveiled DB PowerStudio® 2016, a suite of award-winning database tools that provides database managers (DBAs) and data professionals with comprehensive administration, development, performance and monitoring capabilities across multiple platforms to increase productivity, boost database performance and improve availability. DB PowerStudio 2016 features new performance insights and is fully integrated with the included DB Team Server, the industry's first team-connected solution for database professionals with shared repositories, health statistics, and collaboration and communication between team members and roles.


The DB PowerStudio 2016 suite includes DBArtisan® 2016, a team-enabled, cross-platform solution for database administration, monitoring and performance; and Rapid SQL® 2016, the industry's only intelligent SQL IDE that enables developers and DBAs to create high-performing SQL on all databases using a single interface. The new Performance IQ add-on brings performance management capabilities to DBArtisan 2016 and Rapid SQL 2016. Database professionals struggling with endless performance issues can now gain deep insights to proactively manage and troubleshoot performance bottlenecks.


"Simply seeing database performance metrics is no longer enough. Data professionals need insights in real-time in the tools they use every day to help prevent performance and storage-related problems; highlight trends and object growth over time; and pinpoint performance bottlenecks," says Michael Swindell, Senior Vice President of Products at Embarcadero. "DB PowerStudio 2016 takes database management and development further than ever with integrated SQL performance management, team-enabled collaboration, and monitored statistics such as database health to deliver the visibility that data professionals need to ensure their databases run fast, consistently, and without surprises. DB PowerStudio 2016 revolutionises cross-platform database management performance by enabling operational integrity, data consistency and team collaboration and awareness in the most complex environments."


New SQL Optimisation Technology for High-performance Database Management:
Available as an option for DBArtisan 2016 and Rapid SQL 2016, Performance IQ monitors database instances 24/7, determines the underlying cause of performance degradation and visually highlights the root cause for all major areas of DBMS performance. Benefits and features include:

  • Deeper database insights: Embedded performance metrics and analytics enable users to quickly understand the top SQL statements impacting IO, table and index growth history and the effect of noisy neighbors, offering huge time savings.
  • SQL analytics: ASQL editor shows how SQL has performed over time in its various revisions and why performance variances are occurring; constantly provides on-the-fly SQL hints (powered by Performance IQ) alerting a user as to how column cardinality or data skew may affect the performance of a SQL statement; and, suggests new indexes when SQL performance would benefit from such additions.
  • 24/7 Wait-based monitoring and alerting: New 24/7 wait-based observations help DBAs proactively understand and manage their database environment. "Time travel" allows users to rapidly to dissect past issues as they occurred, as well as more fully understand deviations from the normal trends. A user-configurable alerting ensures there are no surprises.

Centralised Database Management, Collaboration and Alerting:
DB PowerStudio 2016 features DB Team Server, a revolutionary collaborative platform for DBAs that provides a holistic view of the enterprise database landscape to better manage and analyse corporate data assets. DB Team Server offers basic monitoring and alert notifications that improve responsiveness with instant insights into availability, performance and storage. Streamlined communication and access to various repositories such as shared data sources, basic health metrics and passwords, enhance knowledge sharing and improve communications by providing easy access to corporate database knowledge, including specialised scripts, notes and internal discussion topics.


"DBAs and SQL developers have typically worked with highly siloed tools which do not facilitate collaboration and shared resources preventing enterprises from getting the most out of their data. DB Team Server is the link that's been missing from database tools. Team Server is included and fully integrated into DBArtisan and Rapid SQL 2016, delivering team collaboration, resource sharing, and database health and performance awareness right in the tools DBA and SQL Developers use every day," adds Swindell.


DB Optimizer® 2016, a SQL profiling and tuning utility for improved SQL code performance, and DB Change Manager® 2016, a schema and data synchronisation toolset, are also featured in today's roll out of DB PowerStudio 2016.


DBArtisan 2016, Rapid SQL 2016, DB Optimizer 2016, and Change Manager 2016 are available immediately from Embarcadero. Performance IQ is also now available as an add-on for DBArtisan 2016 and Rapid SQL 2016. Free trials can be found at: http://www.embarcadero.com/downloads/


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About Embarcadero Technologies
Embarcadero Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of award-winning tools for application developers and database professionals so they can design systems right, build them faster and run them better, regardless of their platform or programming language. Ninety of the Fortune 100 and an active community of more than three million users worldwide rely on Embarcadero products to increase productivity, reduce costs, simplify change management and compliance, and accelerate innovation. Founded in 1993, Embarcadero is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices located around the world. To learn more, please visit www.embarcadero.com.

Next generation telematics provider, Risk Technology Inc. has continued its expansion in the United States by forming an exclusive partnership with diagnostic reporting provider Innova Electronics. Risk's telematics platform and Innova's sophisticated diagnostics tools will form the backbone of new integrated fleet management solution, Innova Fleet Services.


Innova, a leading supplier of test equipment and diagnostic reporting for the automotive aftermarket, has more than 30 years' experience in supplying sophisticated insights on vehicle maintenance to the fleet management industry.


Innova Fleet Services will integrate a comprehensive database of common vehicle fixes into Risk's telematics platform to give drivers and fleet managers complete visibility over any issues with their vehicle. Via Risk's on-board devices (OBD) the solution will also be able to provide added value insights, such as suggestions on when vehicles need to be serviced, replacement part numbers, estimated labour times and quick links to make it easier to purchase parts directly. This will significantly improve the efficiency of the relationship between fleet and parts managers.


The Risk Technology platform will also provide fleet managers with a more effective and comprehensive solution for managing their assets, by delivering insight into vehicle locations, time spent on the road and job completion data. Driver behaviour and crash detection information can also help to improve efficiency, reduce costs and improve overall fleet performance.


Mark Packman, CEO at Risk Technology, said: "This partnership will bring the huge benefits of telematics and diagnostics data to US fleets of anything from 2 to 2,000 vehicles. By integrating parts data within the system, we're also simplifying the process of rectifying problems with individual vehicles.


"From proactively advising clients on what they should do when their vehicle has 3,000 miles on the clock, to simplifying the autoparts procurement process, our relationship with Innova will transform fleet management in the US."

Mike Fitzgerald, VP and general manager at Innova Electronics, said: "When evaluating potential partners for our new fleet management offering, Risk stood out above the others.


"Their approach is new and fresh. Unlike the multitude of legacy fleet systems, Risk worked with us to develop an intuitive system with contemporary elements like infographics. More importantly, the system is flexible and customisable, allowing us to incorporate in-depth diagnostics and special features only offered by Innova."


About Risk Technology
Risk Technology works with major international brands to seize the opportunities being created by next generation telematics.

The data generated from connected vehicles is helping firms to operate more efficiently and increase profits. The information supplied is also enabling brands to engage with motorists in new ways.

Armed with sophisticated insights, provided by Risk's patent protected technology, companies can take positive actions that boost customer loyalty and generate new revenue streams.

The team has a huge amount of experience rolling out these telematics solutions across a range of global markets.

Key sectors include:

  • Insurance
  • Fleet and lease management
  • Breakdown service / roadside assistance
  • Auto parts retailers
  • Telecommunications
  • Emergency Services

About Innova Fleet Services
Innova Fleet Services offers a unique fleet management system designed to help North American fleet managers effortlessly manage small and medium sized fleets.

Affordable and easy-to-use, the new Innova system has innovative features not found on more expensive fleet systems, including in-depth diagnostics and information on the real-time condition of vehicles. For more information on Innova Fleet Services, call (714) 424-6768 or visit www.fleet.innova.com.

Innova Fleet Services is a subsidiary of Innova Electronics Corporation, a leading supplier of test equipment and diagnostic reporting for the automotive aftermarket, offering high quality products, innovative diagnostics and value to our customers. Distributed from facilities in the U.S. and Canada, all Innova products are researched, developed and designed at the company's headquarters in Irvine, Calif.

MILAN – Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, partners with Berk-Tek to demonstrate 300m 40Gbps transmission utilizing Prysmian's WideBand MMF, WideCap-OM4, and commercial WDM transceivers.


While Data Center markets are rapidly adopting higher data rates (40GbE/100GbE), the demand for longer-reaching, high-performance cabling increases. Wideband MMFs and WDM transceivers are a promising solution to meet these challenges while still providing margins for capacity increase to 400Gbps.


There is significant effort in the industry to increase the capacity of MMFs. One such activity is to develop WideBand MMFs capable of WDM transmission using high speed VCSELs between 850-950nm. Berk-Tek successfully transmitted 40 Gigabit Ethernet traffic over 300m error-free over a duplex WideCap-OM4 link.


This transmission was accomplished using 40GE Bi-Directional QSFP+ Ethernet optical modules, and a Berk-Tek duplex cable configured in a 2-connector channel consisting of Prysmian WideCap-OM4 fiber. The traffic was generated and verified by an Ixia XM2 chassis outfitted with Xcellon-LavaTM Dual-Speed, 40/100GE Higher Speed Ethernet Load Modules.


"We were able to transmit over 300 meters across two connection pairs using WideBand MMF. This clearly demonstrates what can be achieved when you combine outstanding quality optical cable and connectors in support of next generation communications technologies" states Eric Lawrence, VP of Strategy and Growth Technology for Berk-Tek.


By using the industry's highest performing WideBand MMF and WDM transceivers, a data center manager can ensure a seamless upgrade from 10 to 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet using duplex LC connectivity. "Berk-Tek and the TEK Center's advanced research capabilities allow us to identify critical performance parameters among the available optical fiber types and transceiver technologies. By choosing Berk-Tek, our customers can utilize the best available optical fiber specifications contained in the optimum cable design", adds Mike Connaughton, RCDD, Market Segment Manager, Data Centers for Berk-Tek.


"WideCap-OM4 provides OM4 performance over the 850-950nm allowing data center owners to take full advantage of novel WDM transceivers based on LC connectivity. WideCap-OM4 offers 4700MHz.km bandwidth at 850nm for backward compatibility with 10GBASE-SR, 40GBASE-SR4 and 100GBASE-SR4 while securing high bandwidth at wavelengths up to 950nm for optimum performance with WDM modules." adds Andreas Wassmuth, Director Telecom R&D with Prysmian Group. "WideCap-OM4 is future ready and offers the greatest flexibility for data center networks", indicates Adrian Amezcua, MMF Product Line Manager with Prysmian Group.


Prysmian Group
Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry. With more than 130 years of experience, sales of nearly €7 billion in 2014, some 19,000 employees across 50 countries and 89 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and offers the widest possible range of products, services, technologies and know-how. It operates in the businesses of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, of special cables for applications in many different industries and of medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. For the telecommunications industry, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for voice, video and data transmission, offering a comprehensive range of optical fibres, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems. Prysmian is a public company, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in the FTSE MIB index.