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EveryWare uses the Internet of Things to save businesses money


Stratford-upon-Avon – A pioneering real-time analytics specialist – EveryWare – has today been launched, with the aim of saving businesses money in areas that they are yet to recognise.

EveryWare identifies the inefficiencies that are costing businesses money through the use of retrofit sensors and Internet of Things technology, allowing them to resolve issues instantly and remotely, before they escalate. It is born from the desire to provide a responsive, interoperable, easily integrated, tailored analytics solution to enterprises that cannot or do not wish to use one of the giant enterprise software systems.


“What differentiates us is that we are entirely vertically integrated. We manufacture the sensors, the software and the interface in house. No outsourcing, no middle man. You can find us all in one place,” said Nigel Maris, Managing Director of EveryWare and Founder and Managing Director of its sister company, Assembled Electronics Solutions (AES). “This makes us cost effective, scalable, nimble and responsive – something that the larger enterprise software providers struggle to be.”


The technology is tailored specifically to problems encountered in each individual business across a wide range of sectors – including manual handling, healthcare and green energy. The main focus is to simplify the process of obtaining appropriate data in the areas that are costing businesses money or potentially need to be controlled to avoid a crisis situation. This in turn gives companies the chance to react effectively on receiving real-time data.


“The process breaks down into three main stages: local sensing though sensors that can be fitted retrospectively, local control via a Smarthub and remote monitoring from anywhere in the world via any handheld device,” said Tom Screen, Technical Director of EveryWare. “The back-office Smarthub tracks data gathered by sensors in the workspace, which is then synced in real time to a cloud platform for storage. Management can connect directly to the Smarthub from a remote device by using a secure access code to receive a real-time overview of the workspace, broken down by function.”


EveryWare devices notify management if the sensors detect that pre-determined parameters have been exceeded, ensuring that they have complete control at all times.


EveryWare utilises the experience of its sister company AES’, in the manufacture of its sensors and Smarthubs, meaning that everything is designed, developed and produced in house. AES has produced electronics devices for applications across multiple sectors – such as automotive, medical, security and aerospace – since 2009.


For more information about EveryWare, please visit everyware.uk.com


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Assembled Electronics Solutions was established in 2009 with a focus on creating value for clients using innovation, design and technology to bring new products to market or to extend the life-cycle of existing products.

With its origins in the UK manufacture of printed circuit boards for more than forty years, AES has manufactured electronics devices for applications as diverse as automotive lighting, airborne and underwater systems, medical equipment and security devices.

Innovation and problem solving is at the heart of the business. The vibrant and creative culture within AES attracts corporate clients seeking a focused design and manufacturing partner that is able to grasp corporate requirements whilst remaining lean and responsive. The variety of projects stimulates innovation whilst exposing the design team to emerging technologies.

EveryWare utilises the electrical manufacture expertise of AES in the development of its sensors, which can be retrofitted to equipment to measure any parameter – from temperature to impact to energy usage – and reports back to a back-office Smarthub in real time. This data is then accessible to management through any computer or hand held device, allowing them to monitor data and make instant changes from anywhere in the world.

Outsourcing to Interoute’s secure network and colocation data centre reduces costs and saves time for Mister Minit in-house IT team


BRUSSELSThe Minit Group, a European leader in the field of fast repair services including shoes, watches and smartphones, has chosen to house the main part of its IT-infrastructure in Interoute’s state-of-the-art colocation data centre in a hybrid IT setup. Interoute, owner operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, connects all of the Minit Group branches with each other and the Interoute colocation facility in Ghent, Belgium, across its highly secure MPLS network.


Mister Minit has Belgian roots, is active in thirteen countries and employs more than 2,100 employees, working in 1,100 different stores. The corporate headquarters of the Minit Group in England, France, Switzerland, Poland, Germany and Belgium are interconnected to each other and with the colocation data centre in Ghent by Interoute’s MPLS network. All of these branches work with business critical applications, such as applications for processing orders and financial reports, which require a reliable connection to the central IT infrastructure.


The company used to rely on its own data centre in its Belgian headquarters. However, the use of a single datacentre offered too few options for creating disaster recovery connections. Minit Group therefore decided to start its transition to the cloud and opted for colocation from Interoute, which allows the company’s existing IT networks and infrastructure to connect directly to the global Interoute cloud services platform and draw on these resources as and when needed.


Philippe Barbry, ICT Director at the Minit Group, said, "By partnering with Interoute, our IT department can work more efficiently. The focus of our IT-administrations team shifts to supporting and further developing the business in our shops and online. We can now streamline applications on an international level, and successfully host them in Interoute’s data centre."


Jan Dezutter, Country Manager Belux at Interoute, said, "The reasons Mister Minit chose Interoute are in line with current wider enterprise trends, where business and IT are increasingly integrated. By supporting Mister Minit with connectivity, colocation and access to cloud services, we are helping the in-house IT team to focus on developing applications to directly support their business.”


About Mister Minit

Mister Minit, founded in 1957, has today become an international player that is active in 13 European countries. Mister Minit employs 2,100 people and has 1,100 stores in the Benelux, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia and the growing Eastern European market. Services offered include shoe and watch repair, key duplication, personalisation services (engraving and printing) and smart phone repair services. In addition, Mister Minit offers a comprehensive range of products under its own brand name.


About Interoute

Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centres, 14 virtual data centres and 31 colocation centres, with connections to 195 additional third-party data centres across Europe. Its full-service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises and many of the world’s leading service providers, as well as governments and universities. Interoute’s Unified ICT strategy provides solutions for enterprises seeking connectivity and a scalable, secure advanced platform on which they can build their voice, video, computing and data services, as well as service providers in need of high capacity international data transit and infrastructure. With established operations throughout Europe and USA, Interoute also owns and operates 24 connected city networks within Europe's major business centres. www.interoute.com

V-locity Reduces I/O from Virtual Server to Storage to Help Metals Company to Achieve More than 50% Performance Gains on their Existing Hardware Infrastructure

BURBANK Condusiv® Technologies, the world leader in software-only storage performance solutions for virtual and physical server environments, today announced that Admiral Metals has experienced dramatic benefits leveraging Condusiv V-locity® I/O Reduction Software. As a result, the company doubled its business critical application performance without having to add additional hardware.
Admiral Metals has delivered competitively priced, highest-grade metals with superb machinability since 1950. The company focuses on dedication, reliability, and commitment to customer care and fosters long-standing relationships with metal suppliers to facilitate delivery of top-notch metal tubes, rods and bars, sheet metal, and other shapes with precision accuracy.
As a customer-centered organization with a large team of service professionals accessing several workload-heavy applications, Admiral Metals needed monitoring tools for VMware to be able to determine which machines in virtual host were running optimally and which ones weren't, based on data such as workload and peak times. Admiral's work environment relied on Windows Server 2008 and 2012 R2 operating systems These applications were large I/O consumers that increasingly ate up more IOPS, making the company's SAS storage system struggle to keep up and causing sluggish performance systemwide.
Admiral Metals wanted to avoid having to continue scheduling a system reboot each week to refresh services because of significant dips in performance during peak workloads. The company considered an expensive storage hardware upgrade, but decided to turn to Condusiv to implement V-locity.
"We tried a demo of V-locity and saw an immediate reduction in I/O which led to a 50% improvement in application I/O," said Matt Skelley, Senior Systems Administrator and Engineer at Admiral Metals. "I thought their I/O reduction software approach was very compelling versus throwing more flash and spindles at the problem-which only addresses the symptom but not the real problem of small, random, fractured I/O that penalizes application performance the most. We have been using V-locity for four years now and are extremely pleased with the performance and value.
V-locity 6.0 contains two key technologies that reduce I/O from VM to storage. The first patented engine, IntelliWrite®, increases I/O density and sequentializes traffic from VM to storage by adding a layer of intelligence into the Windows OS that eliminates I/O fracturing. This reduces the I/O requirement for any given workload and increases throughput since more data is processed with each I/O operation. The second patented technology, IntelliMemory®, is a DRAM read caching engine that dynamically uses available DRAM. Just 3GB of DRAM reduces I/O response time by 40% on average.
Admiral Metals has been able to reduce the IOPS requirements from its underlying storage subsystem by nearly half during peak application usage on their heaviest workloads.
In addition to realizing the 50% decrease in I/O from VM to storage according to daily averages and peaks in workload, the company now also enjoys a number of the software's other key features since switching to V-locity, including its reporting capabilities and alerts for optimal performance and systems health.
"With V-locity's seamless policy-based monitoring, I can now always see the pulse of the health of our environment," said Skelley. "That's a huge help, as are the alerts that show thresholds on VMs. We now never have any threshold problems even during our heaviest workloads because of V-locity."
Since installing V-locity, Admiral Metals has eliminated the need to purchase more hardware and can now leverage the company's current infrastructure-as well as existing DRAM-to boost performance. This has resulted in a cost-savings model of 70% compared to installing new hardware, which only temporarily addresses the problem. "To be honest, I haven't found a weak point in V-locity," said Skelley. "The software allows us to get the most from the hardware we already have by ensuring the fastest storage media in our infrastructure is being fully utilized instead of sitting idle."
"Most organizations continue to do what they've always done to solve I/O performance, which is simply throw more expensive flash or spindles at the problem," said Brian Morin, SVP, Global Marketing and Product Management, Condusiv Technologies. "However, this band-aid procedure doesn't solve the two big I/O inefficiencies in virtual environments that robs 50% of I/O bandwidth from VM to storage with I/O characteristics that are much smaller, more fractured and more random than they need to be. V-locity I/O reduction software cures the problem giving customers like Admiral Metals a near 50% decrease in the number of I/Os from VM to storage resulting in huge application performance gains on their existing hardware."
To read the complete Condusiv customer case, please visit: Admiral Metals Case Study
Tweet this: .@Condusiv V-locity Software Reduces I/O requirement by 50% for Admiral Metals www.condusiv.com 
About Condusiv 
Condusiv® Technologies is the world leader in software-only storage performance solutions for virtual and physical server environments, enabling systems to process more data in less time for faster application performance. Condusiv's V-locity® I/O reduction software greatly reduces I/O overhead in virtual environments by eliminating the performance penalty from mixing uncoordinated, contentious and disruptive I/O streams from multiple virtual machines (the "I/O blender" effect). As a result, customers experience a minimum of 50% faster performance gains on their heaviest workloads. Condusiv's Diskeeper® storage performance solution is the #1 real-time fragmentation prevention solution for Windows servers and clients, keeping servers, desktops and laptops running like new permanently. With over 50 million licenses sold, Condusiv solutions are used by 90% of the Fortune 1000 and almost three-quarters of the Forbes Global 100 to increase business productivity and reduce datacenter costs while extending the life of existing hardware.
Sunday, 22 November 2015 06:00

BCI World 2015

I started to write this post as my train left London following two packed days at this year’s BCI World event. I figured that this was as good a time as any to capture my experience and thoughts whilst it’s fresh in my mind! However, I decided that I could do with a couple of weeks reflection because these conferences tend to get you quite pumped and excited and then you go back to normal. I did have a go last year at trying to describe what goes on at the event but in fairness I did only attend the exhibition and the gala dinner and this year I attended the full programme so hopefully I can more observations this time.

The first thing I should say is that the opening and closing speakers, while not topic-related, were superb and everybody appreciated them. The conference set up and organisation was well received by everyone I that spoke to and so a big thank you to the BCI for organising such a worthwhile event.



Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

2016: The Year of The Data Center

With 2016 quickly approaching, executives are starting to hash out their plans and budgets for the coming year. While all aspects of a business are important, no other division is more critical to supporting business growth than the IT department. After all, most businesses today have data they need to keep secure and functioning in order to keep things running smoothly.

That’s why it’s so pivotal that IT executives keep their data center operations top of mind for the coming year as these choices will impact their business growth not only for the 2016, but for years to come.

Keeping this in mind, I spoke with 15 data center site managers and with the office of the CTO to determine what the top trends for data centers in 2016 will be.



Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (HOT) last week said some of its North American locations were infected with malware that enabled unauthorized users to access customer payment card information.

And as a result, Starwood tops this week's list of IT security newsmakers to watch, followed by the Georgia Secretary of State's office, PandaLabs and Clearswift.

What can managed service providers (MSPs) and their customers learn from these IT security newsmakers? Check out this week's edition of IT security stories to watch to find out:



AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions' new D3 analytics business unit is predicting more than just the weather. It's capitalizing on what has become one of the company's fastest-growing businesses, predictive analytics-as-a-service, to help clients make business decisions. AccuWeather's chief commercial officer shared the details. 

"Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it," is a quote often attributed to Mark Twain. While we can't change the weather itself, many companies are using weather data combined with other data streams to make better strategic and tactical business decisions.

AccuWeather, a company best known for its consumer weather prediction and media business, has been informally consulting with organizations for two decades on how to use weather data and other data to make better business decisions. The company formally launched a predictive analytics-as-a-service business about three years ago and last month moved even deeper into the space with D3 Analytics, a division that specializes in this service of aggregating and analyzing hundreds of weather factors, together with consumer and sales data. The division provides insights to companies in the retail, healthcare, financial services, and other industry verticals.



Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

Automate Netscaler Security with Octoblu

Are you responsible for securing your company’s datacenters, networks, and data?

There is no doubt that cyber attacks and cyber espionage incidents are on the rise. PewResearch reports that most security professionals believe the following:

“By 2025, a major cyber attack will have caused widespread harm to a nation’s security and capacity to defend itself and its people (By “widespread harm,” we mean significant loss of life or property losses/damage/theft at the levels of tens of billions of dollars.)”

Here are a couple of additional security facts:



Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

How Secure is Your HR Data?

When you think about an HR Department, you think about potential applicants, the interview process, an information repository for all employees or your own engagement with the company. Of course during the first week of November you consider HR to be the keeper of all things benefits — open enrollment and all of the paperwork that entails. The HR Department must keep all of this information confidential while also handling the external client roster, circulation of company policies and a wide array of interoffice communications. This poses a unique security challenge for any organization, regardless of size, which needs to prevent unauthorized internal users from accessing employee information, including PII (personally identifiable information), but needs to share employee information with external benefits providers and accounting. The environment calls for a solution with the flexibility to protect against insider threats and destroy files automatically, while enabling secure sharing.

Where to start? 

Most if not all of the information going in and out of the HR department needs some level of security, and so the first task is to inventory and classify the types of data the department handles. Two tiers work best, with tier 1 being the highest and warranting automatic security policy and encryption on creation. Tier 1 data includes intellectual property, executive compensation, Board of Director files, customer lists, financial data and employee personnel files. Tier 2 includes policy manuals, interoffice correspondence and pre-release public files. 




Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00


The attacks in Paris and subsequent events have horrified any right-minded person. The slaughter of innocent civilians sickened the world and the outpouring of support for the city of Paris; the country of France and the French people has been universal. One of the things that I thought about in the aftermath is the intersection of corruption and terrorism. The EU open border policy and its banks notoriously lax money laundering regimes and enforcement could certainly have contributed to some of the underlying factors leading to the attack. I am sure there will be aggressive and robust responses from governments across the globe involving new and beefed up anti-money laundering (AML) laws. This is something the anti-corruption compliance practitioner and all US companies need to prepare for in the days and weeks to come, largely in response to the attacks in Paris.

Most anti-corruption compliance practitioner and most US companies do not focus on AML compliance or corporate AML controls. However, the bad guys think about how to move money around from their ill-gotten gains quite a bit, using the most innocuous types of business. In an article Los Angeles Times (LAT), entitled “Cartels use legitimate trade to launder money, US and Mexico say”, reporters Tracy Wilkinson and Ken Ellingwood described a process whereby teams of money launderers working for cartels use dollars to purchase a commodity from the US and then export the commodity to Mexico or Colombia. A key is that “Paperwork is generated that gives a patina of propriety” which means that drug money is given the appearance of legitimate proceeds from a legitimate commercial transaction. An Immigration and Customs official interviewed said, “It’s such a great scheme. You could hide dirty money in so much legitimate business, and they do. You can audit their books all day long and all you see is goods being imported and exported.” Another scheme involved several executives of Angel Toy Company, who conspired with Mexican drug cartels to launder drug money through a scheme to purchase Teddy Bears (of all things), for shipment back to and for resale in Mexico. The plan was straightforward, just under $10K of cash for each shipment of Teddy Bears, which were then resold in Mexico.