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Integration of live security video in Visual Command Center increases situational awareness and lowers response time, gives users immediate on-scene view of potential threats.

AUSTIN, Texas – IDV Solutions, LLC and Salient Systems Corporation today announced that the companies have formed a technical partnership to integrate Salient’s CompleteView™ Video Management System and IDV Solutions’ Visual Command Center® Enterprise Risk Visualization (ERV) software. 

The combination of the two technologies enables security operations teams to gain an immediate live view of locations of interest, including those where Visual Command Center has identified a potential threat to the organization.

Integration of the two software products lets users locate their security cameras alongside other risk and asset information on maps and floor plans in Visual Command Center. When security operators receive an alert from Visual Command Center, they can use map query and filtering tools to locate the cameras near the alert location and then view those live video streams.

Visual Command Center provides security operations teams with a single, consolidated view of their assets—such as buildings, employee locations, corporate events and supply routes—along with events that may threaten those assets, such as acts of terrorism, severe weather, civil unrest, and hazardous materials releases. It consolidates risk information with data from other sources, including an organization’s internal systems, on an interactive map and timeline. When Visual Command Center detects a potential threat near an asset or employee location, it automatically alerts operators, who can use powerful visualization, filtering, and query tools to assess the threat, and then act to mitigate risk. 

Salient Systems CompleteView VMS provides a straightforward, cost effective approach to enterprise video surveillance deployments that seamlessly supports both analog and IP cameras.

“Combining the immediacy of video from CompleteView with the alerting and locational context offered by Visual Command Center will increase security operators’ ability to protect their organizations,” said Mark Morrison, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, IDV Solutions. “This integration enables organizations to make more effective use of video to protect facilities and employees.” 

"The CompleteView and Visual Command Center integrated solution provides greater situational awareness allowing for proactive responses as events unfold," said Director of Product Strategy, Brian Carle. "The combined solution takes advantage of CompleteView's unique feature, Dynamic Resolution Scaling, which significantly reduces bandwidth consumption for a more responsive video display when viewing remote sites from a centralize Security Operations Center."


About Salient Systems Corporation

Salient Systems offers comprehensive video surveillance management systems designed for the full range of surveillance technology needs from analog to IP to Cloud. Based on open architecture, CompleteView VMS scales from entry level to enterprise and provides everything needed to manage a multi-server, multi-site video surveillance installation from a desktop, laptop or mobile device. For more information, please visit http://www.salientsys.com.


About IDV Solutions, LLC

IDV Solutions, LLC helps organizations take command of risk by delivering Enterprise Risk Visualization capabilities through software and services that enable organizations to protect their assets, ensure continuity of operations and optimize performance. Its Visual Command Center software is used in organizational functions such as security, field services, supply chain, and operations. By repeatedly solving key problems for customers in the Global 2000 and government, IDV and its products have earned a reputation for delivering immediate value and building risk resilient organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.idvsolutions.com.

Symantec Backup Exec 3600 Appliance customers offered opportunity to evaluate their current backup environments free of charge

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In the wake of Symantec™  ending sales of its Backup Exec 3600 Appliance, STORServer® today announces its replacement program for Symantec Backup Exec appliance customers, offering a free assessment of their storage and hardware configurations.

On Oct. 10, Symantec announced the discontinuation of its Backup Exec 3600 Appliance effective Jan. 5, 2015. During STORServer’s limited-time replacement program, the company is offering to have its  professionally certified consultants perform a free assessment for Symantec customers to see if the Backup Exec system is running smoothly and determine if it can be reconfigured to function better.

As the original provider of the “appliance” approach to data protection, STORServer is also enabling Symantec Backup Exec appliance customers to utilize their existing hardware and storage in a STORServer Hybrid Appliance solution. The STORServer Hybrid Appliance is designed to use qualifying, customer–supplied hardware to provide a fully integrated STORServer solution.The STORServer Hybrid Appliance solution efficiently backs up multiple operating systems and email applications plus supports most popular database platforms (requires optional database agents). Backups and restores can take place across all network connections (NAS, SAN, LAN, WAN) from hundreds of storage devices.STORServer provides every customer the opportunity to try out a backup appliance risk-free with its 30-day money back guarantee.“STORServer is a one-stop shop for all levels and capabilities of data protection appliances,” said John Pearring, vice president of STORServer. “We integrate hardware, software and support into an automated purpose built backup appliance and want to assist Symantec Backup Exec appliance customers who are seeking an ‘enterprise-class’ backup appliance for their small and medium-sized businesses.”

STORServer Backup Appliances are proven solutions developed, built and tested by industry experts. STORServer staff and resellers specialize in automated and simplified technology appliances around everything in the data protection arena. STORServer appliance solutions are:

  • Quick to install – deploy in hours, not weeks
  • Easy to learn and use
  • Presented in a centralized management console
  • Manageable in minutes a day
  • Available with all local or cloud storage options
  • Supported entirely by STORServer

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.

Powered now by CommVault Simpana, along with IBM® Tivoli® Storage Manager, STORServer Appliances offer a scalable range of enterprise backup appliances, smooth transition to the latest backup software versions and upgrade or consulting services that solve today’s data protection, discovery and content access challenges.

For more information on STORServer’s Hybrid Appliance solution, visit http://www.storserver.com/storserver-hybrid-appliance/

To learn more about STORServer’s complete line of data backup solutions, visithttp://www.storserver.com.To download the full DCIG 2014 Integrated Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide, visithttp://backupapplianceguide.com.

The data center research capability will be part of the new Emerson Innovation Center being built on the University of Dayton campus in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today provided details on an innovative data center research space that will be built in Ohio to advance research and product development of data center thermal management technologies and controls.

The 38,500 square-foot Emerson Innovation Center, also known as “The Helix,” is slated to open on the University of Dayton campus in Ohio in late 2015. The research and development space will expand the ability of Emerson Network Power’s Thermal Management business to deliver more holistic, next generation approaches to controlling the data center environment and managing heat in the most effective ways possible. Emerson Network Power engineers will collaborate with university researchers and students to use the space to develop and better understand intelligent and versatile cooling technologies and controls that improve energy efficiency, maximize free cooling and protect mission critical applications.

“The complex, dynamic nature of today’s data center requires more than just new cooling technologies,” said John Schneider, vice president and general manager, thermal management, Emerson Network Power. “The research facility will foster an ambitious, collaborative approach to conducting research and developing innovative thermal management technologies and intelligent controls that address the challenges facing data center managers.”

The data center research space will contain a variety of thermal management technology, including the breakthrough new Liebert® DSE cooling system with pumped refrigerant economization technology and the Liebert iCOM intelligent control technology. Emerson engineers initially will use the facility to advance technology development in a number of areas, including advanced controls, energy efficiency gains using free cooling and next generation component technology.

When completed, the $35 million Emerson Innovation Center will employ 30-50 people and focus on five HVACR industry markets, each with its own research module: supermarket refrigeration, food service operations, residential connected homes, data center cooling and light commercial buildings. The innovation center’s five research modules will facilitate collaboration between Emerson and the University of Dayton’s highly regarded School of Engineering

For more information on Emerson Network Power’s Thermal Management business or any other technologies or services from Emerson Network Power, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Coraid®, a leading storage solutions vendor for public cloud service providers and large enterprise private clouds was presented with a Gold Stevie® Award in the Best New Product category in Storage Hardware for their EtherDrive ZX at the 12th Annual American Business AwardsSM.

The Coraid ZX series provides a high-performance file system that can grow to petabyte+ environments and offers both simplicity and flexibility. Highlights of the ZX storage solution include:

  • Utilizing a scalable drive pool of SSDs and HDDs, the EtherDrive ZX provides a Hybrid Storage environment for applications that require low latency and/or high throughput.
  • Leveraging a shared pool of elastic storage, the EtherDrive ZX protects sensitive data and maximizes storage efficiency for public and private clouds. Administrators can easily deploy a pool of storage within minutes, which can then be carved up and used by any number of different hypervisors, applications, and file systems.
  • Scaling a ZX-based storage system is as simple as adding more EtherDrive SRX shelves for capacity or additional ZX appliances for virtualized data services. The use of Layer 2 Ethernet to connect storage shelves to Coraid ZX appliances obviates the need for complex, error-prone setup, configuration and multi-pathing and deploy new capacity anywhere on the Ethernet network, whether in a different rack, different building or different city – overcoming the distance limitations of legacy architectures.
  • By using the rich set of storage features that ZX offers – such as remote replication, snapshots and clones, compression, and thin provisioning – public and private cloud providers can build highly efficient and flexible file storage systems.

The American Business Awards are one of the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. More than 3,300 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories. This year, Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 240 executives nationwide who participated in the judging process.

Sponsors and partners of The 2014 American Business Awards include Biz Talk Radio, CallidusCloud, Citrix Online, Cvent, Engility, John Hancock, LycaMobile, PetRays, and Softpro.

NEW YORK – Send Word Now, the leading worldwide innovator of critical communications technologies, announced today that it will provide emergency notification services to New York Road Runners (NYRR) during the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 2, 2014. The event marks the fifth year for Send Word Now to supply its award-winning Alerting Service to the group, assisting in providing for the safety and security of marathoners, spectators, sponsors and others along the 26.2-mile race.

Known for being the world's premier community running organization, New York Road Runners' mission is to help and inspire people through running. Over the past 55+ years, the organization has grown from a local running club to a global champion of the running movement, promoting numerous world-class events. The TCS New York City Marathon, the biggest and most popular marathon of all, stretches across five boroughs, attracts over 50,000 runners from around the world, and carries a prize purse totaling a guaranteed $705,000.

As with previous marathons, and in light of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, there are a multitude of visible security measures in place, as well as a number of behind-the-scenes security elements. Among them is Send Word Now's Alerting Service, recognized by Gartner as a "Leader" in its most recent Magic Quadrant for U.S. emergency/mass notification services, and named "Notification System of the Year" by Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII).

Send Word Now, which is used by more than 1,800 public and private sector organizations worldwide, provides fast, effective and multimodal alerting during critical events, such as inclement weather and security threats. Notifications are communicated via voice and text, and recipient feedback is collected using the solution's powerful Get Word Back feature. Common uses include emergency response team mobilization, shelter-in-place alerting and evacuations.

"The safety of runners, spectators, volunteers, and staff throughout the course of the event has always been of highest priority," said Peter Ciaccia, Chief Production Office of New York Road Runners and Technical Director of the TCS New York City Marathon. "Our goal is to ensure that we are implementing the needed safety and security measures, while causing minimal impact on everyone's race-week experience."

Among the many festivities planned during the weeklong celebration are the NYRR Youth Jamboree Presented by Tata Consultancy Services, Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff (5M), NYRR Run with Champions event, Marathon Eve Dinner and the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K.

"As a business headquartered in Manhattan, we are especially proud to serve the critical communications needs of the New York Road Runners during this world-renowned race," said Lorin Bristow, Senior Vice President, Marketing, for Send Word Now. "We look forward to another safe, secure and successful event."

FXT Edge Filers and Lattus Enable High-Performance, Cost-Effective Access to Content

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, and Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM), a leader in scale-out storage systems, today announced a joint storage solution designed to optimize workflows for the oil and gas industry. The combined approach provides an integrated networked attached storage (NAS) solution with cloud storage that extends data availability at a lower cost, enabling upstream workflows to keep strategic information close at hand, shortening project cycle time and improving exploration analysis. Avere Cloud NAS powered by FlashCloud™ combined with Quantum Lattus™ extended online storage delivers cost-effective cloud storage with the high-performance access required for oil and gas exploration.

Advantages of FXT Edge Filers and Lattus for Oil and Gas Environments

With more data than ever before being generated for oil exploration, traditional solutions relying on replication and RAID do not provide cost-effective global access to content, can place a heavy burden on network storage, and drive storage capacity demands beyond budget. Together, Avere FlashCloud on FXT Edge Series filers and Quantum Lattus extended online storage provide a comprehensive solution that delivers several key advantages:

  • Extreme Scalability: Avere FXT filers deliver scalable NAS performance in a clustered configuration while FlashCloud provides access to Quantum Lattus, offering cost-effective performance and capacity that is simple to manage, capable of expanding to hundreds of petabytes without disruption.
  • Flexible Onramp to the Cloud: Avere’s global namespace joins Lattus and legacy NAS into a single pool of storage so oil and gas users can store their data wherever it makes most sense and adopt Lattus storage at a managed pace. Avere’s FlashMove® transparently moves live, online data to Lattus without disruption while FlashMirror® replicates data to Lattus for disaster recovery.
  • Durable, Self-Healing Protection: Lattus delivers built-in data resiliency with self-healing protection, guarding data against component failure and even site disaster.
  • Lower Cost of Ownership: The combination of FXT Edge filers with Lattus’ cost-effective object storage leverages efficient data spread algorithms that require less storage than RAID to protect data, enabling 70% or more savings in total cost of ownership compared to traditional NAS implementations.
  • High-Speed Access: Avere Cloud NAS - powered by FlashCloud running on FXT Edge filers - eliminates the latency of access to content pools that reside in cloud storage.

Supporting Quotes

Simon Robinson, Senior Analyst, The 451 Group

“Avere’s added support for object-level storage such as Lattus make it an ideal solution for addressing ever increasing storage demands in an upstream workflow environment, and Quantum’s focus on infinitely scalable object storage delivers the perfect complement to Avere’s FXT Edge filers. The combined solution shows great potential for bringing a more economical approach to meeting the storage access and performance needs of the oil and gas industry.”

Mike McMahon, Vice President, Business Development, Avere Systems

“This joint offering provides a blended cost model that brings high-performance NAS to a very large pool of economical storage. Compared to conventional approaches that rely strictly on primary storage, we’re offering a solution that combines a high-performance tier with a cost-effective petascale storage tier. Avere FXT Edge filers provide fast access to content where the user needs it, when they need it.”


Geoff Stedman, Senior Vice President, StorNext Solutions, Quantum

“The combination with Avere extends online storage by delivering fast access to seismic data via a cost-effective private cloud solution with the extreme scalability and performance needed in the oil and gas market. With Quantum’s long history of delivering solutions for oil and gas, we know how critical it is for companies to store their valuable seismic content without limits and avoid contending with technology refreshes, data migration cycles and the very high costs associated with relying on traditional RAID storage.”


The combined Avere-Quantum solution is currently available.

About Avere

Founded in January 2008, Avere Systems is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere’s solutions give companies – for the first time – the ability to put an end to the rising cost and complexity of data storage by allowing customers the freedom to store files anywhere in the cloud or on premises without sacrificing the performance, availability or security of their data.

Based in Pittsburgh, Avere is led by veterans and thought leaders in the data storage industry and is backed by investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and Western Digital Capital.

About Quantum

Quantum is a leading expert in scale-out storage, archive and data protection, providing solutions for capturing, sharing and preserving digital assets over the entire data lifecycle. From small businesses to major enterprises, more than 100,000 customers have trusted Quantum to address their most demanding data workflow challenges. With Quantum, customers can Be Certain™ they have the end-to-end storage foundation to maximize the value of their data by making it accessible whenever and wherever needed, retaining it indefinitely and reducing total cost and complexity. See how at www.quantum.com/customerstories.

East Timbalier Island is under threat of disappearing due to a combination of hurricane and coastal storm events, subsidence, and other factors

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – MWH Global, the premier solutions provider focused on water and natural resources, has been awarded a contract by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) to provide engineering services for the restoration of the East Timbalier Barrier Island off the coast of Louisiana. Funding for the East Timbalier engineering and design services contract is being provided to CPRA by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

East Timbalier Island is part of the Louisiana barrier island chain that separates Terrebonne and Timbalier bays from the Gulf of Mexico.  East Timbalier Island has experienced significant loss of land due to multiple hurricanes, subsidence, and reduced sediment loads from the Mississippi River. The Island currently consists of two severely degraded segments, and is anticipated to disappear unless restoration activities are undertaken to replenish sediment that has been lost. The coastal barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast provide critical beach, dune and marsh habitat. They also serve to protect fragile interior marshes and infrastructure and provide quiescent bay habitats preferred by many fish and invertebrate species by lowering wave energy and storm surges originating from the Gulf. The Louisiana CPRA has identified the restoration of a number of islands similar to East Timbalier Island as an important part of the state's 2012 Coastal Master Plan and the Fiscal 2013 Annual Plan for Ecosystem Restoration and Hurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana.

The MWH project scope will involve the coastal engineering and design to re-establish the historic island footprint with beach, dune, and marsh habitat creation, reconnecting the two segments. Project scope activities will be accomplished with close support from MWH’s key project team members to include Coastal Engineering Consultants, Ocean Surveys, Inc., GeoEngineers, Fugro/John Chance Land Surveyors, R.C. Goodwin & Associates, and Coastal Technology Corporation. Significant effort will be applied toward identifying suitable nearshore and offshore sediment sources to build the desired island habitats through coastal geophysical and geotechnical investigations and engineering analysis. Throughout the contract term, extensive coordination will be undertaken by MWH with Federal and State agencies for permitting and with oil and gas operators that have significant infrastructure in the region.

“This project represents a unique opportunity for the Louisiana coastal region to become better prepared for the future and to combat ongoing issues jeopardizing the long-term health of the coastal ecosystem. MWH is extremely proud to be a partner with CPRA and the associated agencies on such an important restoration project.” commented Marshall Davert, president for government and infrastructure in the Americas and Asia Pacific for MWH.

Construction and restoration of the improved East Timbalier Island is expected to begin in 2017.

About MWH

MWH Global is the premier solutions provider focused on water and natural resources for built infrastructure and the environment. Offering a full range of innovative, award-winning services from initial planning through construction and asset management, we partner with our clients in multiple industries. Our nearly 8,000 employees in 35 countries spanning six continents are dedicated to fulfilling our purpose of Building a Better World, which reflects our commitment to sustainable development. MWH is a private, employee-owned firm with a rich legacy beginning in 1820. For more information, visit our website atwww.mwhglobal.com or connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.

Government-backed online service aims to help 20,000 UK SMEs to boost their exporting capability by 2016

HSBC has today been announced as the first corporate sponsor of Open to Export, an online export community backed by Government and business, which aims by 2016 to help 20,000 businesses by offering free access to its forum, webinars and industry contacts.

The service has been developed in direct response to the need identified by UK SMEs for trusted, practical advice available all in one place on the full range of issues they face when identifying and moving into new markets.

The Open to Export website provides an open, collaborative and responsive platform where SMEs can connect, learn and talk with experts and peers to improve their effectiveness when doing business abroad.

Through the website companies can:

  • Get practical insight and advice from successful exporters and subject matter experts via webinars, country and topic guides and case studies
  • Benefit from bespoke answers to export questions from experts and peers in the forum and live Q&As
  • Connect with contacts from support organisations, events, opportunities and potential partners

Regular contributors include government departments, trade associations, private sector trade specialists and successful exporters such as UKTI, HMRC, Defra, the Institute of Export, the British and Overseas Chambers of Commerce and DHL.

Since launching in late 2012, the website now regularly attracts 30,000 unique visits a month and has a community of nearly 6,000 registered users.

As Principal Partner, HSBC is supporting Open to Export alongside founders UK Trade & Investment, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Institute of Export, and marketing solutions and websites provider Yell as part of its ongoing commitment to helping businesses of all sizes achieve their growth ambitions.

The bank will be contributing content to the website and have presence at key trade and sector specific events throughout the year and across the UK alongside Open to Export in order to engage customers and prospects face to face and connect them to practical support.

Ian Stuart, Head of Commercial Banking UK and Co-Head of Commercial Banking Europe at HSBC, said: “HSBC is determined to help Britain's ambitious businesses grow and expand into new markets overseas. As the leading international trade bank, we are here to support businesses of all sizes, and at whatever stage in their international growth. That's why we are bringing our knowledge, expertise and global connectivity to the partnership with Open to Export and helping to build a service that offers practical support and advice to those looking to export."

Successful technology entrepreneur and Open to Export Chairman, Julian Hucker, said: “Open to Export has proved there is a demand for a peer to peer community focussed on exporting. HSBC’s involvement now brings a wealth of international trade expertise and connections that will greatly help us to deliver our ambitious plans to develop the service and grow that community to help 20,000 companies by 2016. I wish this had been around when I was building my last business.”

The announcement of HSBC’s partnership with Open to Export comes ahead of UKTI’s Export Week, where both will be exhibiting as part of the Explore Export roadshow. Open to Export will also be conducting the first in a series of surveys aiming to identify the driving factors behind decisions being made on international growth in the coming year, which will in turn help shape the website’s content and features to ensure a relevant and responsive service for its users.

Companies can browse the site and register for free at www.opentoexport.com.

Delivers Comprehensive Mac Management with SCCM on Par with Native PC Management

Latest version enables even better management of Mac computers in corporate environments, with improved security capabilities that allow for control over Mac computers

LONDON – Parallels® has launched an update to Parallels Mac Management (parallels.com/uk/managemacs), the product that extends Microsoft® System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) functionality to Mac® computers. Parallels Mac Management enables IT departments to discover, enrol and manage Mac machines just as they do existing PCs – all through a single pane of glass.

Taking Mac management further than native SCCM, this latest version offers new software distribution capabilities that benefit both IT administrators and end users, including the ability for Mac users to install approved software, features for planning hardware refresh cycles accurately, improvements that empower IT administrators to make their Mac computers more secure using advanced encryption techniques, and a streamlined process for enrolling Mac computers in SCCM on large corporate networks.

Parallels tackles the perennial problem of Mac management head-on with Parallels Mac Management 3.1, enabling everyone from IT administrators to system architects to CIOs to leverage their current SCCM infrastructure and extend it to Mac without unnecessary costs. Users are empowered to:

  • Manage and control Mac computers by leveraging their existing SCCM infrastructure, resources and talent
  • Gain full visibility into the Mac computers coming onto their networks
  • Take control and take action on those machines as they would on PCs – all while working in the same familiar environment
  • Easily leverage Mac technologies, such as the configuration manager, to secure Mac computers
  • Deploy and manage Parallels Desktop Enterprise Edition, as well as other virtual machines – key for Mac users who need access to business-critical Windows apps.
  • Introduces the ability to manage Macs running Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, via Microsoft SCCM.
  • Application Portal for Mac, which allows Mac users to install approved software even without administrative rights
  • Mac warranty (AppleCare) status reporting, which lets IT plan hardware refresh cycles better
  • Support for unique FileVault 2 personal recovery keys and the ability to escrow these keys, which increases security by encrypting Mac computers on the network
  • Support for PKI and HTTPS, which enables support for an SCCM infrastructure operating in secure HTTPS mode
  • Network discovery UI improvements, which enable the use of SCCM site boundary information in network discovery configuration settings—this means huge time savings for IT administrators who need to scan large corporate networks.
  • Scan the corporate network automatically to discover Mac computers, then auto-enrol them in SCCM
  • Gather hardware and software inventory of all Mac machines on the network
  • Leverage native Microsoft SCCM reports to view information about Mac computers
  • Enforce compliance via extended SCCM configuration items: Mac OS X configuration profiles and shell scripts
  • Central management and installation of software packages and patches
  • Support for deployment of a wide range of software packages: .dmg, .pkg, .iso, .app, scripts, and stand-alone files
  • Support for silent deployment and deployment with user interaction
  • Seamless integration of Mac OS X image deployment into SCCM workflow
  • Deployment of preconfigured, company-standard OS X installation on new Mac computers

“Features and improvements made in this latest version of Parallels Mac Management for SCCM were added in direct response to requests from customers and prospects, and we are very excited to bring a product to market that will make IT administrators’ lives easier,” said Jack Zubarev, Parallels President. “We know that managing Macs in the enterprise can feel like a lawless Wild West, and we are working to change that by offering products that make configuration, deployment and overall management of Macs in business environments more efficient and secure.”

A recent winner of Microsoft’s Best of TechEd 2014 award in the Systems Management category, Parallels Mac Management 3.1 includes a number of new features:

Additional features include:

  • Asset Inventory
  • Configuration Management
  • Software and Patch Deployment
  • Mac OS X® Image Deployment via SCCM

Parallels offers resources for IT departments as they go through the proof of concept and implementation process for Parallels Mac Management. These include a hosted test lab program that lets IT professionals test Parallels Mac Management before installing it, and a JumpStart Program that includes Parallels Mac Management for one year on up to 100 Mac computers, as well as 10 hours of assisted installation and configuration support.

Parallels will be demoing Parallels Mac Management at TechEd Europe 2014 in Barcelona, October 28–31, 2014. Please stop by our booth (#99) for a demo and the chance to win a JumpStart Program for Parallels Mac Management (£3,000 value).

Bringing Mac into Business Environments

Parallels Mac Management is part of a larger suite of products for businesses of all sizes that work in cross-platform environments. Other offerings include Parallels® Access™ for Business (parallels.com/access-business), a remote access application for iPad®, iPhone® and Android devices that lets people run PC and Mac applications on their devices with touch gestures – just as if the apps were native to the device. Parallels Desktop® for Mac Enterprise Edition (parallels.com/enterprise) is the best way to run Windows apps on Mac, giving employees easy access to all the tools they need. Using Parallels Desktop Enterprise Edition, IT managers can support Windows applications for Mac users with a configurable, policy-compliant solution that fits seamlessly into their existing business processes.

Availability and Pricing

Parallels Mac Management is available immediately and starts at £30 annually per Mac. Parallels Access for Business starts at £49.99 per year for five computers. Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition starts at £66 per year per Mac.

About Parallels

Parallels is a global leader in hosting and cloud services enablement and cross-platform solutions. Parallels began operations in 2000 and is a fast-growing company with more than 900 employees in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Visit parallels.com for more information.

Stay connected with Parallels and our online community: Follow us on LinkedIn (linkedin.com/company/parallels), like us on Facebook (facebook.com/parallelsdesktop), follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/parallelsmac) and visit our Apple in the Enterprise blog (blogs.parallels.com/enterprise-blog).

If you are a senior data analytics professional working in the heath care sector, what does the Ebola situation mean to you? To one such professional, it means the potential for an all-hands-on deck response that would break down data-sharing barriers and shift the data-analytics focus from “blocking and tackling” to true innovation.

That professional is Mike Berger, vice president of enterprise analytics at Geisinger Health System, a hospital system in Danville, Pa. I had the opportunity to speak with Berger last week at the Teradata 2014 Partners conference in Nashville, and I brought up the Ebola question almost as an afterthought. If Ebola became a major problem in the United States, I asked him, how might that affect his life? How might data analytics be tapped to deal with the problem?

“The clinical leadership would push us to break down the barriers that keep us from sharing data from one provider to another, which Obamacare was trying to do, but at a very slow pace,” Berger said. “I think the world would turn on its side, and we would be asked to instantly try to interconnect our data storage with other groups’ data storage, and someplace would become the place where the mining would happen, and that would probably be us, in our geographic region. It would be a horrific experience, but the value we would get from an analytics perspective in breaking down these barriers, really would be tremendous.”