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As government leaders in California wend their way through the management of the state's historic drought, real discussions about how the state should adapt to water scarcity are taking place. And if history is a guide, the decisions made in the Golden State will have their impact in other places where water scarcity is becoming the norm.

Make no mistake: California is moving forward into uncharted territory. Traditional engineered solutions, such as the California Aqueduct that channels water from the wetter regions in the north to the arid south, are being challenged by a host of factors beyond the drought, including environmental regulations and the capacity of the systems themselves. Such water-transfer projects made it possible for the drier Southland to grow and become the most populous region of the state. But government and private-sector leaders are rapidly realizing that other approaches will be needed to fulfill future statewide agriculture, business and residential water needs.

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Rapid response tools critical to stay in business as outage costs soar

LONDON, UK – SevOne, the leader in providing scalable performance monitoring solutions to the world’s most connected companies, warns that with the price of downtime per hour rising by 38% from £50,000 to £80,500 since 2010, businesses are facing a fight not only to stay online, but also to stay in business.

Jack Sweeney, CEO of SevOne comments “We live in a 24/7 connected world and for users, it is highly frustrating when websites are unavailable. However, for businesses, this not only represents a loss of control and a loss of earnings, but potentially reputational damage. Without performance management tools, businesses are unnecessarily exposing themselves to risk.”

In 2012, Amazon lost $1,104 every second it was down, whilst it has been reported that 59% of Fortune 500 companies suffer from at least 1.6 hours of downtime per week, equating to an average weekly loss of £128,800. This not only has financial consequences but also affects staff productivity and can damage a brands reputation; Google’s recent outage was covered by hundreds of news outlets with many users switching to rival services for the duration.

Sweeney concludes, “Technology should be providing the answers without the need for manual intervention. Technical staff cannot be expected to act quickly enough to predict outages without support, and while the likes of Amazon can recover from issues like this, smaller organisations can’t and that is why they must take steps to protect themselves.

“The deployment of solutions which log data and provide real-time analytics on large volumes of unstructured data are crucial to the IT department. Through this, employees are able to gain a better understanding into the behaviour of users, customers, applications and networks, allowing businesses to spot issues before they happen – significantly reducing, or in some cases, eliminating downtime altogether.”

For more information on SevOne Log Appliance and how it can reduce troubleshooting time and provide users with proactive alerts to prevent downtime please visit: http://www.sevone.com/company/news-events/press-releases/sevone-launches-industry-s-first-performance-log-appliance

SAN FRANCISCO IObit, the provider of system utility software and system security product for over 20 million global users, today announced the release of its new free system tool Game Assistant 2 beta. This brand new program is specially designed for Gamers and Laptop users to enhance their gaming experience and protect their PC from hardware damage caused by overheating.

Laptop has already been one of daily necessities for most people. Overheating and slow speed were the most common problems that almost all gamers worried about. Overheating could cause irreversible damage to the Mainboard, CPU and GPU on delicate electronics. Incorporated with CPUID Temperature Monitoring technology, Game Assistant 2 detects and displays the temperature of CPU, GPU and Mainboard as well as Fan speed with over 90% accuracy. What's more, it can display the information and send alarm in real time even in game window, when launching games directly from Game Assistant 2. Also Game Assistant 2 automatically boosts the launching speed and offers a one-click solution to lower RAM consumption and improve gaming experience.

“With the popularity of laptops and games, overheating becomes an annoying problem for gamers equipped with laptop. I am one of them. In our survey, about 63% laptop users believe it’s helpful to monitor the temperature for their laptops.” said Antonio Zhang, Marketing Director at IObit. “The number increases to 87% among those who play games on laptops. We hope that every laptop user would pay attention before it’s too late, and we are confident that Game Assistant 2 will help.”

Now Game Assistant 2 beta supports for Windows XP/7/8/ and over 90 popular games. It’s free to download Game Assistant 2 beta on Softonic.com and IObit.com.

About Game Assistant 2

To protect gaming PC, especially laptops from hardware damage caused by overheating, Game Assistant 2 detects and displays the temperature of CPU, Mainboard, GPU and Fan speed in real time. What's more, it can also run without any compatibility problem in game window, for instance in League of Legends. An alarm would come when the temperature was higher than the standard. Still it provides one-click solution to lower RAM consumption to speed up PC.

About IObit

Founded in 2004, IObit provides consumers with innovative system utilities for Windows, Mac, and Android OS to greatly enhance their performance and protect them from security threats. IObit is a well-recognized industry leader with more than 100 awards, 200 million downloads and 10 million active users worldwide.

www.iobit.com

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.STORServer® and CommVault® (NASDAQ: CVLT) are today announcing an eight-city U.S. road tour beginning Sept. 10 and wrapping up Nov. 12. During each stop, current and new resellers and sales staff will receive training from each company’s executives on the features, functions and benefits of the STORServer Backup Appliance, powered by CommVault Simpana software.

In late 2013, CommVault and STORServer launched a new series of STORServer Backup Appliances, Powered by CommVault. The STORServer Enterprise Backup Appliance (EBA) 2202 recently received the only “Best in Class” designation in analyst firm DCIG’s 2014-15 Integrated Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide. STORServer sells five appliance models in the CommVault line: BA640, BA641, EBA802, EBA1202 and EBA2202.

“STORServer and CommVault have partnered to bring a true data management appliance to the market place, helping to remove the added complexity of adopting new technology in the data center,” said Jeff Echols, senior director of product and solutions marketing at CommVault. “This enables our reseller community to help customers solve unique data management challenges by offering industry-leading hardware and software in an easy-to-quote, deploy and maintain appliance approach.”

From Sept. 10 through Nov. 12, STORServer, a leading provider of proven data backup solutions, and CommVault, an industry leader in data protection software, will host trainings in:

  • Orlando, Fla.: Sept. 10
  • Salt Lake City: Sept. 17
  • San Francisco: Oct. 7
  • Los Angeles: Oct. 9
  • Nashville, Tenn.: Oct. 15
  • Portland, Ore.: Oct. 22
  • Dallas: Nov. 5
  • Kansas City, Mo.: Nov. 12

Resellers can sign up to attend by visiting http://www.storserver.com/partner-news/.

“The addition of the CommVault engine to our appliance line creates a new and exciting revenue-generating opportunity for resellers,” said John Pearring, vice president of STORServer. “We invite our current channel partners and outside resellers to attend the road show stops so they can learn more about how this new product offering will affect their clients and sales.”

The CommVault BA600 model is sized for IT shops, corporate departments or branch offices with 1-5 terabytes (TBs) of data. Appliances are also available in three of the Enterprise Backup Appliance models (EBA800, EBA1200 and EBA2200) and are ideal for customers with up to one petabyte of data to protect. Prices for the appliances begin at less than $10,000 with the addition of software offered in both capacity and client/application-based license options.

“Based on CommVault Simpana 10, this solution brings users the right combination of technology, performance and scalability to handle increasing workloads of all types in all sizes of customer environments with ease and reliability,” said Echols. “We invite current and prospective resellers to join our road show stops to find out how we can make a difference for them and their customers.”

For more information about the STORServer Backup Appliance, powered by CommVault, visit http://www.storserver.com/software/powered-by-commvault/.

Everbridge, the worldwide leader in Unified Critical Communications has announced that it will be a keynote speaker at the 9th German Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Congress, taking place in Dusseldorf from 11 to 12 September, 2014.

Bringing together renowned world experts in business continuity and risk management, the Congress will run under the theme: “Crisis management. When nothing goes right, go left”. Topics will include crisis management versus business continuity management, critical communications and effectiveness, with expert insights and practical exercises and simulations from industry experts.

Keynote speaker Carina Lockemann, from Everbridge will be advising delegates on how to overcome the challenges of emergency notification in a mobile world.

Everbridge’s world-leading suite of mobile technology applications includes Mobile Member, an advanced application that delivers comprehensive mass communications including push notifications and polling and facilitates situational intelligence by allowing mobile users to share real-time at-the-scene information including pictures and free form text. Everbridge is a global leader in advanced connectivity across multiple platforms, enabling users to manage and monitor events instantly from a mobile device and delivering reliability for remote users in low-bandwidth and adverse network conditions.

Carina said: “Everbridge has led the way globally in emergency mass mobile communications and incident management. We are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase our suite of mobile communications solutions and share our expertise with the BCI German Congress delegates. Mobile technology and the way we use it is ever-changing, and consequently Everbridge is continually innovating and evolving our suite of solutions to meet new challenges. Our latest mobile, advanced GIS and expanded alerting enhancements give our customers the ability to deliver unified critical communications and situational intelligence within the context of their recipient’s needs, roles, and locations.”

The 9th German BCI Congress will take place in Dusseldorf on 11 and 12 September, 2014. For more information on unified critical communications from Everbridge, visit www.everbridge.co.uk

Dr. Bill Bailey says Userful virtualization software "borders on magical"


CALGARY, AB – Userful Corporation, a leading desktop virtualization company, is receiving rave reviews in the United States from Dr. Bill Bailey, tech blogger for VirtZine, a virtualization and cloud computing magazine. Bailey, an experienced computer professional who touts a list of credentials, including Certified Citrix Administrator and VMware Certified Professional, is impressed by Userful's ease of use and low cost.

Bailey emphasizes the beneficial features of the Userful Multiplatform software that enables small businesses with smaller budgets to easily afford, set up and manage the computing solution.

"The difference with Userful is that it is designed for smaller businesses that don't have the infrastructure that would need to be built to support a typical VDI environment," said Bailey. "It is the simplest, most flexible and affordable virtual desktop solution I believe you will find because it is unique in the way it operates."

Bailey filmed a product review demonstrating the solution with an infrastructure similar to one that would be used in a small business environment. He demonstrates the ease of switching operating systems on a desktop from Userful's browser-managed app.

"The change from a Windows 7 to a Windows 8 machine simply borders on magical to see that. Using the one-screen interface to get in there and do things works perfectly, so you don't have to be a virtualization guru to understand how to use and do this."

The Userful Multiplatform desktop virtualization solution powers multiple desktops through one central PC, using zero client devices. This eliminates much of the hardware, software and electricity costs required by the traditional one PC per seat solution. Businesses, such as call centers and retail stores, can utilize the Userful Multiplatform solution to reduce infrastructure costs and power multiple displays including desktops, digital signs and touch screens.

Bailey was fascinated by the simplicity and affordability of the Userful Multiplatform desktop virtualization, especially for small businesses wanting to leverage more terminals with less hardware. It reduces costs and is fast and easy to manage. "I was fascinated at how easy it was for someone who doesn't have a virtualization background to get in there and use it," Bailey added.

Telstra today announced the launch of the Whispir Conversation Platform, a cloud-based enterprise service that allows organisations to quickly reach and communicate with customers, employees and the community via SMS, voice, web, email, mobile data and social media networks.

Nathan Bell, Telstra Global Enterprise and Services, Director of Marketing, Portfolio and Pricing said Telstra currently offered the Whispir Conversation Platform to many of its enterprise and government customers in Australia and would be using this experience to deliver the service to new international customers.

“In less than two years, Whispir’s customer base has quadrupled to more than 1.6 million users and with today’s expansion, we see significant growth opportunities for this service, particularly when delivered over Telstra’s global network extending to more than 2,000 Points of Presence.

“From a major bank using the platform to communicate with staff about IT incidents, critical events and business continuity to a rail operator sharing targeted information about their train network with a local community, or a HR department coordinating the flow of information to job seekers in their network, Whispir can be used across complex operational environments within any industry and organisation, big or small.

“This is just one of many cloud-based applications now integrated into our global network and available on-demand, enabling customers to respond quickly to changing business priorities and better anticipate challenges ahead,” Nathan said.

Jeromy Wells, Chief Executive Officer at Whispir, said the scalable, intuitive and easy-to-use nature of the service, combined with Telstra’s global reach, would further accelerate Whispir’s international growth, particularly across key vertical markets such as banking and finance, media, transportation and emergency services.

“Organisations need to ensure that critical communications to customers, employees or the community is timely, consistent and delivered as efficiently as possible. Using the Whispir Conversation Platform, customers can send and receive content and information over any channel at scale, and make it personalised and actionable, including more than 50 language options and geographic targeting.

“In partnership with Telstra, we’re looking forward to continuing our global expansion and working with their international customers to transform and enrich the way they communicate with key stakeholders,” Jeromy said.

The Whispir Conversation Platform will be available in global locations from the end of August via a range of packages and pricing.

New Nodes Feature Access to NaviCloud Director, providing UK businesses with a more flexible, customisable, enterprise class, production-oriented hybrid cloud environment

 

LONDON NaviSite Europe Limited, a Time Warner Cable company, today announced that they have launched two new NaviCloud Director nodes, located in Woking and Redhill, UK. NaviCloud Director™ is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform that leverages VMWare vCloud Director® 5.1, and is designed to provide businesses a flexible and versatile self-service platform well suited for cloud-based production applications. NaviSite provides customer access to VMware APIs and developer community. Customers also have the option of accessing the native vCloud Director user interface or can manage their cloud environment via the NaviSite designed AppCenter portal.

The NaviCloud Director platform addresses two key drivers for cloud adoption in the European marketplace. Firstly the announcement comes as the UK is seeing significant growth in the software development industry. As reported by the Telegraph, according to recent research commissioned by Google, software development will be worth over £30 billion to the UK economy by 2025, and is already thought to be responsible for close to 400,000 jobs across the country. NaviCloud Director allows this growing developer community to create, test and then dynamically publish these applications using the VMware API toolkit.

Secondly the UK Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) recently reported that by the end of 2015, around 80 per cent of UK organizations will run some kind of hybrid IT environment, combining in-house and cloud delivered technologies. NaviCloud Director lets customers connect it to existing physical or virtual environments using the VMware API connectors, enabling clients to move workloads offsite, create business continuity environments or use NaviSite as dynamic “burst” capacity during seasonal peaks.

“We are excited to announce our new UK cloud nodes as it means we can provide our European customers with even more flexibility in how they experience cloud computing,” said Sean McAvan, managing director, NaviSite Europe Ltd. “With the two NaviCloud Director cloud nodes, our customers can now spin up cloud instances using their software and tear them down when they’re done, without any manual intervention. And we can provide effective disaster recovery within UK boundaries, which is important for industries which require data to remain resident in either the UK or European Union. As the NaviCloud Director nodes are both within the UK, NaviSite has the capacity to offer compute resources with minimal latency, which means we can support applications that need near-synchronous replication.”

Additional key features of NaviCloud Director now available to UK customers include:

  • Easy access through AppCenter, vCloud Director, and APIs
  • Mix & match billing models for fixed costs or pay as you go
  • Flexible network architectures allowing for optimal application configuration or regulatory compliance
  • Ability to access and integrate with other NaviCloud and NaviSite Managed Services to accommodate complex applications and business needs

 

About NaviSite Europe Limited

NaviSite Europe Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of NaviSite, Inc., a Time Warner Cable company, is a leading international provider of enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. NaviSite provides a full suite of reliable and scalable managed services, including Application Services, industry-leading Enterprise Hosting, and Managed Cloud Services for organisations looking to outsource IT infrastructures and lower their capital and operational costs. Enterprise customers depend on NaviSite for customised solutions, delivered through a global footprint of state-of-the-art datacentres. For more information about NaviSite’s services, please visit www.navisite.com.

Company Offers Industry’s Most Comprehensive PCI Vulnerability Analysis, Reporting and Consultation

DALLAS – Masergy Communications Inc., a global leader in managed networking, advanced cyber security and cloud services, announced today that the company has successfully completed the rigorous Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) lab certification. As a company on the cutting-edge of security, this certification enables Masergy to help organizations protect and harden their networks from advanced threats.

The PCI Data Security Standard (DSS), endorsed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc., requires merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adopt information security controls and processes to ensure data integrity. Participating payment brands require PCI DSS compliance reports by a certified third-party assessor for onsite audits of merchants and service providers that process payment card transactions. More information on the Council and the standard can be found atwww.pcisecuritystandards.org

As an ASV for its ninth consecutive year, Masergy’s Professional Services team has been helping merchants manage data security risks, evaluate the security of their systems that store payment account data and assist them in achieving compliance with the PCI DSS.

“The PCI Security Standards Council is committed to helping everyone involved in the payment chain protect consumer payment data,” said Bob Russo, General Manager, PCI Security Standards Council. “By participating in the ASV certification process, Masergy demonstrates they are playing an active part in this important end goal.”

Recent headlines detailing data breaches in retail, financial and healthcare industries underscore the critical need for rigorous data security standards and certification, and the availability of advanced security systems that continually monitor all potential access points in corporate IT systems.

Masergy provides the industry’s most comprehensive solution for PCI compliance assurance. The company’s detailed process includes network and application security assessments using a combination of multiple security scanning tools to discover vulnerabilities.  These automated processes are supplemented with industry-unique manual testing processes.


The results are then cross referenced to ensure all potential system weaknesses are identified while maintaining an extremely low false positive rate.  After applicable system changes and software updates are applied, Masergy reassesses the customer’s infrastructure to ensure vulnerabilities have been eliminated, and the changes did not introduce new risks into the environment.

“Masergy’s rigorous compliance assessment service provides in-depth consultation, end to end compliance testing and detailed technical and executive level reporting,” said the Chief Information Security Officer at a leading financial services firm.  “Masergy is the only company that provides this level of service.”

Masergy’s complete set of Security Professional services include:

     Regulatory Compliance Testing

     Intensive Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessments

     Sophisticated Risk Management

“Masergy has offered these services for a decade and has developed a high level of expertise. We go beyond simple automated scanning and deploy advanced technologies, that deliver actionable insights to ensure that our customers are secure and compliant,” said Chris MacFarland, Masergy’s Chief Executive Officer.

Masergy offers enterprises a free security consultation.

About PCI Security Standards Council

The mission of the PCI Security Standards Council is to enhance payment account security by fostering broad adoption of PCI security standards. For more information, please visit www.pcisecuritystandards.org

About Masergy

Masergy owns and operates the largest independent global cloud networking platform for enterprises. Our managed solutions help businesses compete in the global marketplace with real-time analytics, global unified communications as a service (UCaaS), security as a service (SaaS) and software defined network control. Masergy's patented technology, customizable solutions and unmatched customer experience are why a growing number of global enterprises rely on Masergy to deliver performance beyond expectations. For more information about Masergy visitwww.masergy.com or follow us on Twitter@Masergy, BlogLinkedIn and Facebook.

SAN FRANCISCO – IObit, the world's leading provider of system utility software, today released MacBooster 2. This major update to its well recognized all-in-one software for Mac provides more great features and comprehensive redesign with more intuitive and seamless feeling for Mac users.

Internet is riddled with potential malicious attack, and no computer system including Mac can completely immune to it. MacBooster 2 added security model to address this issue with greatly expanded malware database to detect and remove hidden virus, phishing attacks, spyware, malware, and other online threats including the frequently discussed Genio virus application, so Mac users' personal data and privacy are secured.

The brand new UI design of MacBooster 2 brings out the simplicity of this program. The newly added System Status shows users' Mac health status straight forward in terms of junk files, performance, and security level, and all the issues can be fixed with only one click. As more than half of the Mac users complain that their Mac operating system slows down over time, MacBooster 2 continues to help users release RAM to increase the processing speed and re-organize login items to accelerate system startup speed. Meanwhile, MacBooster 2 specifically helps users find and delete similar and duplicated photos to leave more space for amazing things.

"MacBooster has accompanied our Mac users for more than a year, and we have received many good reviews from our customers." said Antonio Zhang, IObit's marketing director. "Comparing to the previous version, MacBooster 2 is faster, simpler, and securer, which allows users to enjoy their Mac even more. Most importantly, it is a totally free upgrade for old users."

About MacBooster 2

MacBooster 2 is an all-in-one system optimization and protection application for Mac which offers a number of features to boost, clean, and secure Mac. It releases RAM and re-organizes startup items to make OS X run faster. It can clear out unused files to free up hard disk space, protect Macs against the growing number of Mac viruses and malware, and help get rid of 3rd party applications that cannot be uninstalled easily. It's the ultimate tool to clean and boost Mac easily. To download the application, please visit: http://www.macbooster.net

About IObit

Founded in 2004, IObit provides consumers with innovative system utilities for Windows, Mac, and Android OS to greatly enhance operational performance and protect their computers and mobile devices from security threats.

www.iobit.com