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New Release Features AtHoc Connect™, Enhanced Enterprise Management Tools, Esri-Based Geo-Location Functionality and Rich Media Integration for Greater Effectiveness in Times of Crisis

 

SAN MATEO, Calif. – AtHoc, Inc., the leader in networked crisis communication, announced a major product update available immediately to all customers using the AtHoc Cloud and for customers using AtHoc on premise.

The update includes several major enhancements:

  • Geographically based alert targeting using Esri maps
  • Enhanced management tools for multi-location, multi-division enterprises
  • New file and media sharing capabilities
  • Our most significant addition -- AtHoc Connect, which enables communication and collaboration across organizations in times of crisis

The new features are designed to provide AtHoc customers increased ease of use, expanded reach, greater control, and greater situational awareness in times of crisis. 

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AtHoc Connect is a capability that enables organizations to build their own crisis communication network. An organization can "invite" others to join its "network," similar to the way invitations are made on social networks such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Invitations to "connect" can be sent to any organization, whether they are an existing AtHoc customer or not. All connected members can securely use the AtHoc platform to exchange alerts, share multi-media content, and geographically based information with any other connected member. The result -- a secure network of organizations that can communicate and collaborate with each other during a crisis.

The product's new Esri-based geo-location features enable operators to use detailed maps to target people and organizations based on their location, track the position of users, and analyze spatial data to help define the boundaries of an emergency area in real time. Geo-location targeting provides operators with greater control to reach the right people at the right time. Esri support provides ability to integrate with existing customers' Esri geographic information systems (GIS) -- the leading GIS in the market.

New enterprise-level management tools have been introduced into the product. Customers with multiple locations or divisions can control communication at an enterprise level while at the same time maintaining autonomy for alerting at individual locations or divisions.

Enabling even greater situational awareness in both times of crisis as well as during normal operations, customers now can attach rich media -- including documents, video, photos -- to alerts and share with their audience. Effectively allowing sharing procedures, checklists, evacuation maps or instructional videos.

More than 2000 Federal, State, Local and Commercial organizations have received the release and many are already using the new features. "AtHoc enables us to partner with first responders and other organizations in ways we couldn't before, ultimately helping us more effectively communicate during incidents," said Heather Tiernan, Community Warning System Manager for Contra Costa County, California. "The ability to use maps and a variety of communication channels to target our citizens regardless of their location or device gives us greater efficiency and control." 

"We are excited by the enthusiasm of our Federal, State, Local and Commercial customers that begun to adopt our new release," said Oded Shekel, AtHoc Vice President of Product Management. "These new capabilities reflect continuous innovation towards making the world safer by providing a state-of-the-art platform for networked crisis communication."

About AtHoc
AtHoc is the pioneer and recognized leader in networked crisis communication, protecting millions of people and thousands of organizations around the world. AtHoc provides a seamless and reliable exchange of critical information among organizations, their people, devices and external entities. A trusted partner to the world's most demanding customers, AtHoc is the #1 provider to the US Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, and safeguards numerous other government agencies and leading commercial enterprises. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, the company operates around the globe. On July 21, 2015 BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY) (TSX: BB) announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AtHoc. For more information about AtHoc, please visit www.athoc.com.

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New EVO:RAIL Solution and VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes Support Help Power Software-Defined Infrastructure for VMware Environments

 

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced new hyper-converged infrastructure solutions and software enhancements for VMware environments. The solutions help eliminate complexity, protect workloads and reduce operational expenses, and are particularly helpful for partners and customers who want to transform traditional data centers and embrace private and hybrid cloud environments.

The newly available Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) 1000 for VMware EVO:RAIL™ is a simple, pre-built and fully optimized hyper-converged appliance that is designed for rapid, low-cost deployment of remote office, test and development, virtual desktop and similar virtualized solutions. Like the existing UCP family from Hitachi Data Systems, UCP 1000 for VMware EVO:RAIL provides enterprise converged infrastructure solutions that easily support core-to-edge IT workloads and simplifies increasingly complex data centers, and now remote offices.

Hitachi also announced new VMware vSphere® Virtual Volumes™ support for the industry-leading Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) G1000. The Hitachi implementation of VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes allows customers to automate and take full advantage of granular VM control and policy-based management of VM growth and drive greater data center efficiency.

For simple, cost-effective data protection, Hitachi UCP 1000 for VMware EVO:RAIL offers optional integration with Hitachi Data Ingestor software that allows for "bottomless backup" on-premise with Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) or in the cloud with Hitachi Cloud Service for Content Archiving. Hitachi UCP 1000 for VMware EVO:RAIL provides customers with the flexibility and agility they need in remote office and other environments at a lower cost than other solutions.

A new release of Hitachi Virtual Infrastructure Integrator 3.0, a comprehensive data protection and management solution that is specific to VMware vSphere, simplifies data management for file and block storage and allows scheduled and instantaneous backup, recovery and cloning services. It also helps customers meet backup and recovery service levels at the VM level while improving resource utilization.

Hitachi Data Systems is also now offering stretched storage cluster capabilities on VSP systems using global-active device technology in conjunction with VMware vCenter™ Site Recovery Manager™, allowing customers nondisruptive application mobility and improved recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO) in the event of disaster. Hitachi Data Systems provides highly available, active-active clusters with automated recovery for Tier 1 business applications.

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"Increasingly, organizations are transitioning from dedicated, separate compute, networking and storage systems to converged and hyper-converged infrastructure architectures to accelerate time to value and simplify data center management. We also see growing demand for functionality, performance and reliability as organizations deploy private and hybrid cloud," said Ravi Chalaka, Vice President of Solutions Marketing and Social Innovation, Hitachi Data Systems. "In collaboration with VMware, our long-time strategic partner, we are pleased to now offer new solutions and functionalities to enable partners and customers to meet their business objectives."

"For years, VMware and HDS have worked together to help customers on their journey to the unified hybrid cloud by developing new, reliable solutions that are simple to use and can support growing business needs," said Toni Adams, Vice President, Global Partner Marketing, VMware. "Building on that partnership, we are continuing to work closely with HDS to help our customers accelerate time to value, with infrastructure that can protect workloads and enable reduced operational expenses."

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Hitachi Data Systems will be demonstrating its new solutions for VMware environments at VMworld, August 30 to September 2, 2015 in Booth #905 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA.

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About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., builds information management and Social Innovation solutions that help businesses succeed and societies be safer, healthier and smarter. We focus on big data that offers real value -- what we call the Internet of Things that matter. Our IT infrastructure, analytics, content and cloud solutions and services drive strategic management and analysis of the world's data. Only Hitachi Data Systems integrates the best information technology and operational technology from across the Hitachi family of companies to deliver the exceptional insight that business and society need to transform and thrive. Visit us at HDS.com.  

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

HITACHI is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. VMware, EVO:RAIL, vSphere, Virtual Volumes, vCenter, and Site Recovery Manager are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners.

SAN DIEGO Calif. – Abacus Data Systems, Inc. (Abacus), the Turn-Key Fully Managed Technology Solutions Provider (est. 1983), today announced its partnership with LawPay, the only end to end credit card payment processor specifically tailored for the legal industry. The collaboration adds integrated functionality into the fully managed Abacus Products & Services Portfolio, enabling legal professionals to securely and efficiently accept electronic payments from clients while meeting the strict compliance guidelines for trust and operating account management.

“In today’s digital age, legal professionals are faced with ever-growing data protection and privacy challenges,” said Alessandra Lezama, CEO of Abacus Data Systems. “To this end, we are excited to partner with LawPay to provide our clients with a secure and compliant way to accept client payments within AbacusLaw and avoid common trust account violations, such as co-mingling funds.”

The addition of LawPay expands Abacus’ Toolkit of fully integrated products and services which includes virtual office solutions, endpoint anti-virus and malware protection, disaster recovery and business continuity solutions, business phone solutions and more.

More than just a “merchant account,” LawPay offers legal professionals an effortless way to separate earned and unearned fees to avoid trust account violations when accepting credit card payments. LawPay contractually protects client funds by restricting the ability of any third-party from debiting monies from a Trust or IOLTA account, and is the only payment provider approved and endorsed by over 90 bar associations.

“LawPay is excited to collaborate with Abacus. Our combined solution offers a complete system for attorneys to efficiently manage a law practice. The seamless integration makes processing credit card payments easy, secure and convenient for both the law firm and their clients” says Amy Porter, LawPay’s CEO. “As industry leaders, LawPay and Abacus bring a powerful solution to law firms nationwide."

About Abacus Data Systems
Abacus Data Systems provides Turn-Key Legal Technology Solutions designed to help legal entities fully automate their practice to quickly increase revenue, reduce costs and maximize efficiencies. The Fully Integrated Abacus Products & Services Portfolio leverages cutting-edge virtualization technologies to deliver full-spectrum security and privacy compliant Private Cloud environments, enabling any size practice to adopt enterprise-grade technology at a reasonable monthly cost.

Founded in 1983 and backed by private investment, Abacus has over 250,000 clients worldwide, is headquartered in San Diego, California and operates two fully redundant data centers specifically engineered to host and safeguard sensitive data for legal professionals. Robust security and compliance policies, including two-factor authentication, five tiers of physical, network and data security and information handling and data privacy protocols in accordance with NIST standards ensures a safe and compliant environment for even the most confidential data.

For more information visit www.abacuslaw.com or call 1-800-726-3339.

About LawPay

The LawPay solution is designed to correctly separate earned and unearned fees to avoid commingling funds when accepting credit card payments. More importantly, LawPay contractually protects your client funds by restricting the ability of any third-party from debiting monies from a Trust or IOLTA account. LawPay works in partnership with over 90 bar associations across the country, including the American Bar Association, to ensure our program is up-to-date and in compliance.

Civic Engagement App Achieves Enhanced Speed, Stability and Reliability With Bare Metal Servers

 

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX) today announced that Brigade, a startup building tools for people to express their civic identity, learn about their friends and neighbors and work toward common goals together, is using Rackspace OnMetal Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack®. Cloud-like dedicated OnMetal servers allow Brigade to power its omnichannel app with speed, stability and reliability.

Brigade uses the latest social and mobile technology to engage ordinary citizens in government through topics like issue advocacy and elections. The app helps people come together to declare their beliefs and values, get organized with likeminded people and take action together. Founded in June 2014, Brigade's iOS, Android and desktop apps were released into beta earlier this summer.

"As identity moves online and people spend more of their lives on digital mediums, Brigade aims to establish a network of tools that bring people together, help them organize and have an impact on issues that they care about," said Matt Mahan, CEO of Brigade. "We are passionate about consumer experiences and powering those experiences through technology. Rackspace shares the same passion for service and enthusiasm for our business, and we consider them an extension of our in-house IT team."

Since moving its databases to Rackspace OnMetal Cloud Servers in November 2014, Brigade's query times have reduced more than 97 percent, from 7.3 seconds to 200 milliseconds. With OnMetal single-tenant, bare-metal servers, Brigade achieves the performance of a dedicated machine while maintaining the flexibility to spin machines up and down to meet demand, much like a traditional virtual machine (VM). Rackspace OnMetal Cloud Servers can be provisioned in minutes via an OpenStack API and can be mixed and matched with virtual cloud servers.

"For a new startup like Brigade, flexibility and uptime are key," said John Thrall, CTO of Brigade. "As traffic grows, we have to grow with it. The time it takes to configure a traditional dedicated machine doesn't fit with our fast-paced business model. With OnMetal and Rackspace Managed Cloud, we can spin up machines in minutes or less, much like a traditional virtual machine, but we still achieve the high performance and quick response times of a dedicated machine. This gives us confidence that our app can grow alongside our business."

By using Rackspace OnMetal Cloud Servers, Brigade reduces cloud complexity by avoiding the need to compensate for multi-tenant performance limitations and increases reliability with SSD boxes. Brigade's application can easily process 25 percent more jobs/second with leaner resources on OnMetal compared to the company's previous infrastructure. And, with Fanatical Support®, Brigade can focus on innovating and growing its core business while Rackspace experts manage the backend infrastructure.

"Popular startups like Brigade get very large very quickly, and their application has to handle intense loads and scale rapidly," said John Engates, CTO of Rackspace. "In a world where an application's success hinges on its performance and availability, OnMetal provides the perfect fit for a social app like Brigade."

For more information about Bridage, visit http://www.brigade.com, or see the post on the Rackspace Blog: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/brigade-sets-sites-on-civic-engagement.

About Rackspace
Rackspace (NYSE: RAX), the #1 managed cloud company, helps businesses tap the power of cloud computing without the challenge and expense of managing complex IT infrastructure and application platforms on their own. Rackspace engineers deliver specialized expertise on top of leading technologies developed by OpenStack, Microsoft, VMware and others, through a results-obsessed service known as Fanatical Support®. The company has more than 300,000 customers worldwide, including two-thirds of the FORTUNE 100. Rackspace was named a leader in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, and has been honored as one of Fortune's Best Companies to Work For in six of the past eight years. Learn more at www.rackspace.com.

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HERNDON, Va. – DLT Solutions, a leading public sector technology company, today announced the opening of its DLT Operations Center and DLT Innovation Center, located in the company's new offices in the Dulles Technology Corridor near Washington, DC.

The DLT Operations Center includes both the DLT Service Center and DLT Managed Services. The DLT Service Center, established in 2005, delivers U.S.-citizen, U.S.-soil technical support, 24x7x365. A public sector-focused, certified technical support engineer is always available to provide expertise for technologies from leading vendors including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, NetApp, Quantum, and Veritas.

The DLT Managed Services offering is comprised of the proven DLT management methodology and suite of tools, coupled with DLT AWS-certified engineering oversight, allowing the company's public sector customers the ability to have DLT monitor, manage, and provision their environments to meet government requirements via a safe and methodical means.

"Throughout our 25 years of supporting our nation's government agencies, DLT has worked closely with our technology partners to develop the in-depth technical support and expertise our government IT customers require to support their evolving IT architectures," said Brian Strosser, executive vice president of Sales and Marketing, DLT Solutions. "With our new Operations Center, DLT remains committed to maintaining the highest level certification from our vendors; as well as, being an authorized support partner."

The DLT Service Center provides industry leading managed services and technical support, as evidenced by a 98.2 percent closure rate without escalation, and an annual average customer satisfaction rating of 9.8 (based on a 10 point scale.)

The DLT Innovation Center leverages the company's more than two decades of government industry engineering experience. It will showcase DLT innovations and strategic technology solutions from its leading partners in the areas of Cybersecurity, Cloud, Application Lifecycle, Digital Design, IT Consolidation, Business Applications and IT Management.

Recent DLT innovations include the first-ever public sector deployment of Veritas Enterprise Vault on an AWS platform which allows customers to deploy an email archive solution in the cloud. Another DLT innovation is CODEvolved, a private platform-as-a-service solution that delivers an elastic, fully-configured environment for accelerated application development, testing and hosting. CODEvolved brings together Red Hat's OpenShift Enterprise running on the AWS cloud to deliver an on-demand, scalable environment for increased productivity with faster time-to-deployment for applications.

The DLT Innovation Center also offers customers the ability to test products in real-time to see first-hand how new software version releases will support and impact their mission.

The new DLT Operations Center and DLT Innovation Center are located at 2411 Dulles Corner Park, Herndon, VA.

About DLT Solutions

DLT is a leading technology partner to the federal, state and local government, education, utilities and healthcare markets. For more than 25 years, the company's dedication to helping the public sector make smart technology choices and simplify their technology procurements ensures its customers have the best options for Cybersecurity, Cloud, Application Lifecycle, Digital Design, IT Consolidation, Business Applications, and IT Management solutions. The DLT advantage includes strategic partnerships with industry leading and emerging technology companies -- including Amazon Web Services, Autodesk, Dell Software, Google, Informatica, Oracle, Red Hat, SolarWinds, Symantec and Veritas -- whose products and services can be easily procured through DLT by leveraging its broad portfolio of government IT contracts including, GSA, SEWP V, U.S. Communities and Texas DIR. To learn more, visit DLT's Resource Center, call 800.262.4358 or email sales@dlt.com. Also on LinkedIn and Twitter (@DLTSolutions).

 

Largest PSAP in Florida county now next-generation ready

 

Airbus DS Communications, an entity of Airbus Defense and Space, recently upgraded Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) in West Palm Beach, Fla., to its Next Generation VESTA® 9-1-1 solution to enhance public safety communications.

PBSO, an Airbus DS Communications customer since 1994, receives 800,000 calls annually and provides public safety communication services for 12 area cities and all of the unincorporated portions of Palm Beach County. It is also the largest Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) of the 18 PSAPs in Palm Beach County.

“As we help PSAPs migrate to the next generation of public safety, we are dedicated to providing our customers the technology and support they need to make the transition,” said Bob Freinberg, CEO for Airbus DS Communications. “We are honored that the Palm Beach County Sherriff’s Office has selected the VESTA 9-1-1 solution to help ensure public safety officials have a reliable and prompt communication platform to keep their community safe.”

With the new geodiverse system in place, PBSO has 29 call taking stations and six portable command post stations to serve the region. The VESTA 9-1-1 solution will also give PBSO officials streamlined call processing capabilities such as dynamic conferencing and one-button transfer, which allows them to answer calls quickly and with ease. Along with its highly-configurable and intuitive user interface, the solution allows the PSAP to customize to the team’s needs.

“Airbus DS Communications has been a trusted and proven partner with PBSO for more than 20 years,” said Robin Schmidt, PBSO division manager. “Throughout the installation process, they provided our team endless technical support and seamlessly delivered a reliable and functional IP-based solution that will now better serve our community. We couldn’t be more pleased with the product’s end result.”

For more information on Airbus DS Communications, the home of VESTAâ, visit Airbus-DSComm.com.

 

Airbus Defense and Space

Airbus Defense and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defense and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defense enterprises. It employs more than 38,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €13 billion per year.

Airbus DS Communications, an Airbus Defense and Space Holdings, Inc. company, is a global leader and trusted source for mission-critical communications technologies. The VESTA® product suite provides Next Generation 9-1-1 call processing systems, land mobile radio solutions and emergency notification applications, creating smarter ways to keep all our communities safe.

Expansion signals next stage of Interoute’s global networked cloud development

 

LOS ANGELES - Interoute, owner operator of Europe’s largest cloud services platform, today announced that it has taken the final step in creating a fully meshed global network with two new diverse routes between Los Angeles (LA) and Hong Kong. With this new extension across the Pacific, Interoute’s low latency network now circles the globe, and will provide Interoute customers with faster access between the USA and Asia regions.

 

Interoute is now able to provide its enterprise customers with low latency pan-Pacific services, all built on its own entirely private and secure MPLS network. Provision has also been made for reliability, with the simultaneous deployment of two diverse routes to cover the distance.

 

Interoute has integrated its MPLS network with its cloud infrastructure platform Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC), which is designed on a global scale to make doing business across multiple markets simple and easy. Today’s announced network expansion follows the launches of the Interoute IP PoPs and VDC zones in LA[1] and Hong Kong[2], enabling companies to build their own private and Hybrid cloud infrastructures globally, all interconnected securely over high speed MPLS network. This announcement also follows Interoute’s recent opening of a new PoP in Singapore[3], strengthening its position in one of the world’s biggest financial hubs and a key business destination in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

Mark Lewis, VP Communications & Connectivity at Interoute, said: “Our investment in new links between Asia and the USA signifies the next stage in the development of Interoute’s global networked cloud. Our customers wishing to expand across the globe need a network and services platform that truly supports their digital businesses. With the launch of these new connections, Interoute is delivering the network capacity and service platforms that enterprises need to grow across the Pacific and around the world.”

The new route goes live in September 2015.

 

About Interoute

Interoute Communications Limited is the owner operator of Europe's largest network and a global cloud services platform, which encompasses, 12 data centres, 14 Virtual Data Centres and 31 collocation centres, with connections to 195 additional third-party data centres across Europe. Its full-service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises, as well as the majority of the world’s top service providers, governments and universities. Interoute’s Unified ICT strategy has proved attractive to enterprises looking for a scalable, secure connectivity and an unconstrained 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 dense city networks throughout Europe's major business centres. www.interoute.com

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EVERBRIDGE NAMED A LEADER

We are pleased to announce that Everbridge has been recognized as a leader in the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Emergency/Mass Notification Services

Here's are some highlights from the report:

  • "The emergency/mass notification services market continues to grow, albeit at a slower pace than between 2007 and 2011, supporting over 50 vendors serving a wide variety of use cases. This Magic Quadrant focuses on enterprise-level offerings, and ranks 11 of the most competitive vendors in the U.S."
  • "The leaders in EMNS in the future will have to demonstrate added value or else be relegated to being a commodity offering whose value is based purely on price point." 
  • "We believe Everbridge provides the powerful, easy-to-use solutions to help you deliver mass notifications for emergencies, STEMI alerts, code alerts, IT incident response, HIPAA-compliant messaging and much more."
  • "The definition of a leader: 'Leaders have products that work well for Gartner clients in midsize and large deployments. They excel in the combination of market understanding, product features and functions, and overall viability as a firm. Their EMNS products are well-known to clients, and are frequently found on RFP shortlists. Leaders have presence at tradeshows and publish market-related white papers and conduct webinars.'"

Everbridge provides the powerful, easy-to-use solutions to help you deliver the right message to the right person at the right time in emergencies and other critical incidents. Discover what Gartner has to say about the Everbridge product suite and the state of the Emergency/Mass Notification Services market; read the report now!

 

Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00

Wick Hill Appointed Distributor For Avecto

Moving beyond antivirus and firewalls to next generation security

 

WOKING, Surrey - Wick Hill announced today that it has been appointed UK VAD for award-winning, endpoint security company Avecto. Avecto’s Defendpoint software is a market-leading, next generation endpoint security solution aimed at combating advanced cyber attacks. Designed to build on traditional security solutions such as antivirus and firewalls, it uniquely combines privilege management, application control and sandboxing in a single integrated security suite.

 

Established in 2008, Avecto has grown rapidly and now has offices in the US, Australia and DACH region. Defendpoint protects over 5 million endpoints worldwide covering a huge range of industry sectors, including 1.2 million endpoints at the world’s largest banks. Recognition and awards for Avecto include a 2015 win at the Cyber Security Awards and being placed fourth in the 2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list of the UK’s fastest growing technology companies.

 

Avecto is continuing its exceptional growth and has appointed Wick Hill to deliver the market-making channel development required to support that.

 

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group, commented: “We are delighted to have been appointed by Avecto. Defendpoint delivers a combination solution that is crucial for business defence today, dealing with application control, privilege management and sandbox protection against advanced attacks. While some businesses have some elements of this, very few have all three operational and in combination. Awareness of this solution is increasing quickly and we have already seen significant demand from channel partners.”

 

Paul Kenyon, EVP of global sales at Avecto said: “Avecto’s channel program has seen a rapid period of growth, supported by a strong network of partners across the globe. Wick Hill has an exceptional reputation in the market and has built strong relationships with a vast number of key resellers. This collaboration will widen our footprint and allow us to target a large pool of new customers with our unique endpoint security proposition.”

 

Avecto Defendpoint

Avecto is a three module, integrated endpoint security suite for proactive defence in-depth. It frees users from IT limitations, while increasing endpoint security.

 

Privilege Management

Allows businesses to regain control over admin rights. Assigns privileges to apps, not users, to protect the operating system.

 

Application Control

Protects the software environment. Easily blocks unauthorised applications, defending against targeted attacks.

 

Sandboxing

Safeguards corporate data. Isolates untrusted web activity, placing it in a secure container, capturing web-borne threats and providing a seamless end user experience.

 

About Wick Hill

Established in 1976, value added distributor Wick Hill specialises in secure IP infrastructure solutions. The company sources and delivers best-of-breed, easy-to-use solutions through its channel partners, with a portfolio that covers security, performance, access, networking, convergence, storage and hosted solutions.

Wick Hill is particularly focused on providing a wide range of value added support for its channel partners. This includes a strong lead generation and conversion programme, technical and consultancy support for reseller partners in every stage of the sales process, and extensive training. Wick Hill currently has offices in Woking, Surrey, with sister offices in Hamburg. Wick Hill Group is part of Rigby Private Equity, a subsidiary of Rigby Group Investments, an independent company within Rigby Group plc.

 

About Avecto

Avecto is an innovative technology business specializing in endpoint security. The company’s revolutionary Defendpoint software ensures security defense in depth while empowering users to work freely. Avecto’s experience is proven, with implementations of over 5 million endpoints at many of the world’s most recognizable brands, from the largest banks and most highly regulated government organizations to multichannel retailers and F1 teams. Attention to detail is paramount, with a team of qualified and experienced technology consultants on hand to guide clients through a robust implementation methodology. This consultative approach provides clients with a clearly mapped journey against measurable objectives to ensure project success.

Avecto has been placed in the top four of the Deloitte Fast 50 for the last two consecutive years, making it one of the UK’s fastest growing software companies, winning global accolades for quality and innovation.

Easy access to ready-to-use software packages from the cloud

 

LONDON – Matrix42 (www.matrix42.com), a top provider of software for workspace management, has announced the latest release of its new Package Manager solution. Administrators and IT managers can now optimise their software packages and use the Package Manager with up to 1,400 packages for Microsoft SCCM and the Matrix42 Client Management (Empirum) solution.

 

It is often time-consuming and expensive to deploy and install software packages using regu-lar manufacturer updates and the accompanying quality assurance procedure. Thanks to the Matrix42 Package Manager system, customers are now able to easily access the Matrix42 Package Cloud using a range of preconfigured software packages. All of the software pack-ages are available for Microsoft SCCM or the Matrix42 Client Management solution.

 

A dedicated team of experts creates these software packages and subjects them to an inten-sive quality assurance procedure before its deployment in the cloud. The new Matrix42 Package Manager enables users to download software packages quickly and easily and in-tegrate these packages into the desired Client Management solution. This decreases the number of packaging tasks and reduces costs in the IT department.

 

More packages with less work for administrators

Customers always have the latest software versions available with the Matrix42 Package Manager, and IT administrators can also make individual adjustments once they have down-loaded the standard packages. The Package Manager can be directly tested or used without having to be installed on the server. It supports best-practice packaging processes and therefore ensures increased standardisation and reliability when packaging the software. It also improves the internal IT department’s response time to new user requests, for example, for new installations or updates.

 

‘The Matrix42 Package Manager offers more than 20 years of Matrix42 packaging expertise from over 3,000 customer projects. The high degree of automation considerably simplifies the packaging and rollout of software for SCCM and Empirum customers, and substantially reduces costs for software rollouts,’ says Oliver Bendig, CTO at Matrix42. ‘Broad application knowledge is no longer necessary and complex installation processes become a thing of the past.’

 

Further information on the Package Manager and webcasts can be found under:

www.matrix42.com/en/products/matrix42-package-manager

 

About Matrix42

Matrix42 is a top provider of workspace management software. The company offers forward-thinking solutions for modern work environments under its ‘Smarter workspace’ motto. More than 3,000 customers around the world, including BMW, Infineon, and Carl Zeiss, currently manage approximately 3 million workstations using workspace management solutions from Matrix42.

Matrix42 operates successfully in seven countries – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Sweden, and Australia. The company’s headquarters are in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. Founded in 1992, the company has been part of the Asseco Group since 2008, one of Europe's largest software providers.

Matrix42’s products and solutions are designed to simply and efficiently manage modern work environments – whether physical, virtual, or at mobile workspaces.

Matrix42 focuses on user orientation, automation, and process optimization. The company’s solutions meet not only the requirements of modern employees who want to work from any location and with a great variety of devices, but also those of IT departments and businesses themselves.

Matrix42 offers its solutions to organizations across different sectors who value forward-looking and efficient workspace management. The company also successfully collaborates with partners who provide on-site consultation to Matrix42 customers. Some of these leading partners include TAP.DE Solutions GmbH, Consulting4IT GmbH, and DSP IT Service GmbH.

Further information available at

http://www.matrix42.com/en/