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It will take a full year for areas of Louisiana to come back from the past week's devastating floods, an LSU economist said Monday (Aug. 22) in a forecast that drew quick skepticism from one of the figureheads of the Hurricane Katrina recovery.

James Richardson made his projections after more than 60,000 homes were damaged in what some are calling the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Nearly 3 feet of rain fell in two days, leading to 20 Louisiana parishes being declared federal disaster areas. That does not including subsequent rainfall that exacerbated high water conditions in areas that historically have not flooded.

So far, 120,000 Louisiana residents have applied for federal disaster recovery. Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honoré, who coordinated military response in New Orleans after Katrina, anticipates they will be waiting some time for assistance judging by FEMA's track record. Full recovery could take eight to 10 years he said, pointing to New Orleans where storm scars remain nearly 11 years later.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Louisiana-flooding-Economist-predicts-1-year-recovery-Honore-says-8-10-years-more-realistic.html

With the outsourcing of microchip design and fabrication worldwide, cyber criminals along the supply chain have many opportunities to install malicious circuitry in chips. These ‘Trojan horses’ look harmless but can allow attackers to launch future cyber attacks. To address the issue, Siddharth Garg, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and fellow researchers are developing a unique solution: a chip with both an embedded module that proves that its calculations are correct and an external module that validates the first module's proofs.

While software viruses are easy to spot and fix with downloadable patches, deliberately inserted hardware defects are invisible and act surreptitiously. For example, a secretly inserted ‘back door’ function could allow attackers to alter or take over a device or system at a specific time. Garg's configuration, an example of an approach called ‘verifiable computing’ (VC), keeps tabs on a chip's performance and can spot telltale signs of Trojans.

The ability to verify has become vital in an electronics age without trust: gone are the days when a company could design, prototype, and manufacture its own chips. Manufacturing costs are now so high that designs are sent to offshore foundries, where security cannot always be assured.

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/index.php/news/technology/1356-cybersecurity-researchers-design-a-chip-that-checks-for-sabotage

FalconStor experts offer advice on moving to and managing heterogeneous with SDS to gain predictive insights, flexibility, budgetary advantages

MELVILLE, N.Y, August 17, 2016 — Faced with the ongoing challenge of relentless data growth coupled with only small (if any) storage budget increases in the coming 12 months, data professionals have a dilemma: how to intelligently rethink the expansion of storage infrastructures in this age of unprecedented budget scrutiny. The key, according to experts at FalconStor Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), a 16-year innovator of software-defined storage solutions, is using agnostic approaches with predictive intelligence to evolve data centers without lock-in.

According to a recent analyst report, approximately half of the firms surveyed expect to see a data growth rate of 25-percent or more over the next twelve months. As data center professionals examine options to address growth, they must be prepared to move beyond traditional NAS and SAN appliances and leverage newer technologies including software defined storage approaches, which can provide a solution. But there are challenges.

Business happens. Infrastructures that start out as homogeneous quickly become heterogeneous, and management and orchestration across multiple storage platforms and differing hardware can create major headaches. Siloed data exists, lacking heterogeneous, horizontal integration. The answer to addressing these challenges is to decouple from the existing hardware; intelligent management and predictive analysis can then be added, bringing the real-time understanding that allows for cost savings and the ability to do more with less. Infrastructural freedom provides flexibility; the ability to leverage a heterogeneous environment without lock-in is the key to being able to evolve infrastructures while addressing budget constraints. 

Managing heterogeneous storage is not new, but the ability to manage heterogeneous storage across a heterogeneous network infrastructure (regardless of underlying hardware) is revolutionary. Virtualization is the foundation, but it is only a start which serves as a jumping off point to enable layering of data services, intelligence and predictive analytics that allows business to make their data actionable across the varied infrastructure. 

“Data professionals today are tasked with managing a very mixed environment that includes spinning disks, commodity hardware, SSD and flash that are siloed as a result of company growth, business acquisitions, technology advancement and piecemeal acquisitions,” said FalconStor’s VP of Technology, Farid Yavari. “Our approach, which is truly agnostic and unique in the industry, offers analytics and insight across heterogeneous storage environments – allowing users to take both proactive and reactive action to better manage capacity, performance, availability, and budgets.”

Intelligent abstraction and predictive analysis are critical for smart infrastructure growth, and the software platform must be truly hardware-agnostic. The ability to understand network issues – current and future – allows data center professionals to move specifically performing resources to appropriate tiering, correct network latency issues and determine specifically when expansion needs to occur - all vital issues related to infrastructure planning and efficient budget use. Being able to have a current and predictive view of storage resources across a heterogeneous environment is a critical requirement to successfully manage that environment. Managing and monitoring in a deliberate manner with historical, real-time and predictive views takes the guesswork out of new storage purchases, enabling the ability to take intelligent action and eliminate surprises.  

We live in a heterogeneous world, and the ability to manage mixed environments that can span from hybrid to virtual, cloud to VMware as well as future technologies is the only approach that allows for flexibility and agility without lock-in. Real-time and predictive insight through heterogeneous analytics, up and down from client to physical storage regardless of vendor, is key to making smart decisions that can help storage professionals address the challenges that are associated with data growth and limited budgets. 

To read the full 451 Research white paper “Stay Ahead of Changing Storage Requirements with Software-Defined Storage,” visit http://falconstor.com/pathfinder-report.

FreeStor® is a converged, hardware-agnostic, software-defined storage and data services platform with intelligent predictive analytics. Its horizontal architecture unlocks a new world of storage opportunities, allowing IT managers, MSPs, and CSPs to maximize efficiencies and lower costs while taking advantage of the public cloud, hybrid cloud, flash storage and software-defined storage. FalconStor's groundbreaking Intelligent Abstraction® approach delivers seamless access and unified data services across entire storage infrastructures without having to invest in new technology, and extends the useful life of existing platforms. Always-on availability and continuity keep businesses running while enabling them to move, synchronize and protect data seamlessly across virtual and physical storage platforms.

About FalconStor
FalconStor Software Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC) is a leading software-defined storage company offering a converged data services software platform that is hardware agnostic. Our open, integrated flagship solution, FreeStor®, reduces vendor lock-in and gives enterprises the freedom to choose the applications and hardware components that make the best sense for their business. We empower organizations to modernize their data center with the right performance, in the right location, all while protecting existing investments. FalconStor’s mission is to maximize data availability and system uptime to ensure nonstop business productivity while simplifying data management to reduce operational costs. Our award-winning solutions are available and supported worldwide by OEMs as well as leading service providers, system integrators, resellers and FalconStor. The Company is headquartered in Melville, N.Y. with offices throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information, visit falconstor.com or call 1-866-NOW-FALC (866-669-3252).

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MetroNet Joins CloudJumper Partner Program to Offer Greater Workforce Mobility

GARNER, NC – (Aug 25, 2016) - CloudJumper, a Workspace as a Service (WaaS) platform innovator for agile business IT, today announced that MetroNet Inc., a customer-focused company that provides cutting-edge fiber optic communication services, has joined with CloudJumper to become an authorized WaaS solution delivery partner. Through the partnership, MetroNet will now offer customers Office 365, hosted Quickbooks services, and hosted workspace solutions, based on the CloudJumper nWorkSpace™ platform.

MetroNet joins CloudJumper in a strategic move to expand its revenue channels with cloud-based computing services. These services are implemented using the CloudJumper platform, allowing MetroNet to deliver complete hosted workspaces, including desktops, applications, and data to small and medium businesses (SMBs) in Indiana and surrounding areas. Leveraging the CloudJumper Cloud Application Catalog, MetroNet is capable of delivering and supporting more than 2,000 applications in the cloud, which are accessible on any device, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

"MetroNet customers are increasingly interested in migrating IT to the cloud and CloudJumper provides a quick onramp into cloud computing without the cost or complexity of managing and maintaining the required infrastructure," said Kevin Stelmach, general manager for MetroNet. "As the only comprehensive solution of its kind to integrate software, cloud infrastructure, services and support, we have found nWorkSpace to be very complementary to our portfolio. MetroNet customers have responded favorably to the new solution which is now generally available."

"With growth forecasts for WaaS projected to be in the double digits over the next several years(1), now is the opportune time to engage with customers on the value of hosted workspaces," said Max Pruger, chief sales officer, CloudJumper. "As a quality provider of fiber-optic based services for many years, MetroNet is well respected in the region. We look forward to supporting their efforts."

To learn more about CloudJumper and the company's Workspace as a Service platform for MSPs and telcos, please contact the company at 844.645.6789 or visit www.CloudJumper.com.

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About CloudJumper
Founded in 2016, CloudJumper is a workspace as a service (WaaS) platform innovator for the agile business. It launches itself from the platform its sister company, nGenx built over more than 16 years as a cloud pioneer, taking its new Workspace as a Service solution to a greater height with its concurrent user model. Many of the key personnel from nGenx have also made the transition to CloudJumper. CloudJumper built its concurrent WaaS model working with strategic partners such as Microsoft, Intuit, Google, and others. Head and shoulders above the competition, the CloudJumper concurrent WaaS model provides the industry's most robust cloud desktop and provides a unique cost-savings option that focuses on both named and simultaneous users. CloudJumper markets its solutions through both white label and agency programs supported by the CloudJumper control panel, a single pane-of-glass provisioning system that allows partners and enterprise customers complete control over their IT environments. For more information, visit About CloudJumper.

About MetroNet
MetroNet, through two affiliated companies Metro Fibernet, LLC and CMN-RUS, Inc., is a cutting-edge communications service provider, delivering the latest in fiber television technology, high-speed Internet, and local and long distance phone service over a 100% fiber optic network. Headquartered in Evansville, Ind. and serving more than 25 communities in Indiana and Illinois, MetroNet provides fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) technology to homes and businesses within its footprint giving its customers state-of-the art quality, speed and reliability. 

(1) Transparency Research, Growth of Global WaaS Market Shifts into High Gear with Expanding Enterprise Mobility, Expected to Reach US$18.37 billion by 2022, https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2016/07/25/858651/0/en/Growth-of-Global-WaaS-Market-Shifts-into-High-Gear-with-Expanding-Enterprise-Mobility-Expected-to-Reach-US-18-37-bn-by-2022.html

Exablox Expands Its OneBlox Family With All-Flash OneBlox® 5210 Delivering High Performance, Scale-Out Storage, at Less Than $0.50 per Gigabyte

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – (Aug 25, 2016) - Exablox®, the award winning company reimagining storage, today announced the availability of the all-flash OneBlox® 5210, a full featured scale-out storage solution designed and optimized to combine the benefits of a distributed object store with the performance demands of virtual environments and unstructured data. Exablox enables IT organizations to deploy high performance scale-out flash storage, combining the ease of use and manageability of a distributed object store with inline deduplication, compression, and multi-site remote replication at a price point less than competitive HDD storage solutions. OneBlox achieves 50,000 IOPS per node and scales to more than 700 TB per cluster, all at less than $0.50/gigabyte (GB) effective*.

Unlike legacy scale-up solutions, IT organizations can seamlessly and granularly scale OneBlox capacity and availability based on current needs without requiring upfront over-provisioning. Gone are the days of IT organizations needing to purchase excess storage based on a 36-month capacity plan. Today, organizations can enjoy an all-flash OneBlox at less than $0.50 per effective GB. Exablox uniquely enables customers to purchase compatible SSDs at retail price, and scale-out with additional drives or nodes in only a few minutes. Additionally, as the retail price of flash storage continues to decline monthly, IT organizations are able to immediately enjoy the cost savings on future storage purchases.

Optimized for Virtualized Environments

Historically, IT organizations have had to decide between the superior resiliency, ease of management, and rich enterprise features of an object-based storage solution or the performance of a legacy RAID-based solution. With the introduction of OneBlox 3308 and 4312, Exablox removed this dilemma for IT organizations for NAS, unstructured data and secondary storage applications. Now, with the introduction of OneBlox 5210, Exablox continues to lead the industry by delivering a high performance, distributed object-based storage solution with all of the application accessibility of NFS and SMB optimized for virtual environments.

With Exablox's OneBlox architecture, IT organizations no longer have to deal with legacy LUNs and associated volume sizing constraints while managing a virtual environment. OneBlox removes these limitations on VMware NFS datastores and supports the configurations that fit any organization, from a few TBs to a PB or more. Moreover, as OneBlox seamlessly and non-disruptively scales-out when capacity is added to the cluster, NFS datastores simply increase in size and VMs immediately have more available storage capacity -- all with zero reconfiguration.

"Exablox was founded on the principal of reimagining storage and we continue to do so," said Douglas Brockett, CEO of Exablox. "Customers demand the performance benefits of an all-flash solution but often are shocked at the price tag of purchasing unnecessary flash storage capacity or oversized RAID controllers up front. We offer customers the best of both worlds. They can enjoy the benefits of flash now and scale-out additional capacity and performance as they need it."

OneBlox Supports the Latest Drive Technologies

Starting with the introduction of the first generation OneBlox, Exablox has enabled organizations to bring their own drives and supported the latest drive technologies, including 6TB and 8TB HDDs with OneBlox 3308 and OneBlox 4312, respectively. With the introduction of the third generation OneBlox 5210, organizations may adopt some of the latest SSDs, including the newest 3.8TB SSDs. As larger 8TB and 16TB capacities become available, organizations may combine new and older SSDs in the same OneBlox and within the same cluster. 

Ease of Use

Exablox leads the storage industry with OneSystem®, its cloud-based management service, enabling IT organizations to simply, yet powerfully, manage on-premises OneBlox in any location from any browser. OneSystem consistently provides real-time storage and health monitoring by comprehensively understanding the state of OneBlox, installed disk drives, network, remotely replicated storage and more. With OneSystem, the forensic information and capability that improves the world-class proactive support Exablox delivers. In fact, many potential problems are identified and resolved before they negatively impact applications. Additionally, organizations have the ability to access the following features with OneSystem:

  • Segregate management responsibility for any number of OneBlox clusters in any location
  • Configure OneBlox multi-site remote replication in three clicks
  • Enjoy zero configuration for nearly every storage management task, including adding or removing capacity, or adding additional OneBlox nodes to a cluster

Availability

The OneBlox 5210 is available now for early access, at a list price of $28,995. For more information, visit www.exablox.com or stop by the Exablox booth (#2708) at VMworld 2016.

About Exablox

Exablox is the company reimagining storage. Exablox solves businesses' runaway storage costs and information management nightmares by providing a cloud-managed, scale-out, object-based solution that is affordable and easy to use. OneBlox is an inclusive storage offering that combines an elegant hardware architecture and integrated, enterprise-grade software, including inline deduplication, continuous data protection and disaster recovery. Exablox's innovative approach to storage has led to widespread customer traction across verticals including higher education, healthcare, insurance and the legal as well as Fortune 500 companies. The company's growing list of customers include Lockheed Martin, Equity Bank and NYU. Founded in 2010, Exablox is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and backed by leading Silicon Valley venture firms. Visit Exablox online at www.exablox.com and join the conversation at www.twitter.com/exablox.

*Assuming 5:1 data reduction, or greater, through deduplication and compression

The Integrated Platform Streamlines the Process of Shipping Software and Helps Software-Powered Organizations Accelerate Innovation

SEATTLE, Wash. – (Aug 25, 2016) - Shippable has announced the next generation of its continuous deployment platform. The enhanced platform adds key features like release management, multi-cloud capabilities, a declarative pipeline language and a unified view across all application pipelines. These features help software-powered organizations further streamline the process of shipping software and accelerating innovation.

Today, most organizations find it challenging to innovate fast enough to satisfy consumers. DevOps is a set of principles that tries to solve this problem. However, the workflow required to get applications from source code to running in production is complicated and riddled with fragmented technology solutions. The only way to achieve rapid, iterative innovation is to cobble these fragments together in one continuous pipeline. Unfortunately, these custom, homegrown pipelines are rigid, inflexible and hard to maintain. The do-it-yourself approach is a distraction and takes valuable cycles away from product engineering.

Shippable's integrated platform is built from the ground up to defragment and streamline the process of shipping applications, so that software-powered organizations can accelerate innovation.

The heterogeneous platform integrates with all popular tools and cloud infrastructures, as well as cutting-edge technologies like Docker, AWS Elastic Container Service, Google Kubernetes, Microsoft Azure Container Service, Joyent Triton and Apache Mesos DC/OS. As a result, organizations can evolve fearlessly and adopt modern technology while continuing to leverage their existing investments. In addition, since Shippable supports traditional and cloud-native applications, organizations can mature from L1 to L4 (see image) across their entire application portfolio at their own pace.

Some of the key features in the new platform include:

Application release automation: Semantic versioning of applications is built-in with complete control over deployment of versions to dev vs. test vs. prod environments. Deployments can be automatic or with an approval gate.

Declarative pipeline language: The entire process of shipping software is expressed in a declarative yml configuration. This alleviates the need for imperative scripts that are fragile, error prone and hard to maintain. This language abstracts non-standardized vendor APIs into a common, human-readable configuration, making complex workflows easy to create.

Multi-cloud deployments: Leveraging declarative pipelines, the same application can be deployed into a multi-cloud or a hybrid topology with a few lines of yml configuration. This makes it very easy to implement disaster recovery across multiple clouds. Teams can also develop and test in the cloud while running their production environment on-premises without maintaining multiple deployment pipelines.

Single pane of glass: The flow of shipping software from code to production can be visualized in a unified interactive view across one or many applications in the organization. This view is updated in real-time and errors or bottlenecks in the workflow can be quickly identified and rectified.

"We've been using Shippable for over a year and it 'just works,' no matter how complex our test framework gets!" says Shamasis Bhattacharya, VP Engineering at Postman. "It has ensured that we never ever ship out a bad piece of code."

"We've used Shippable to ship Shippable the past couple of years. Initially, we added features mainly for ourselves. In the last year, as our customer base grew tremendously and as containers gained mainstream acceptance, our roadmap became customer driven and this has helped us make the platform generic. We run over three million deployment workflows a year for our customers and I think that by itself speaks for the battle readiness, resilience and scale of the platform," says Avi Cavale, co-founder and CEO at Shippable. "With this new release, customers can leverage our declarative language, easily compose fungible pipelines, and start the process of rapid innovation in a matter of hours."

Availability and Pricing
Shippable Hosted is a freemium SaaS offering. The free plan includes unlimited builds for open source projects and 150 builds a month for private projects. Paid plans get unlimited builds for all repositories and start at $25 for each parallel build.

Shippable Server is currently in private beta.

About Shippable
Founded in 2013, Shippable's mission is to help companies ship code faster and focus on innovation by removing all friction in the software development and delivery workflows. For more information visit www.shippable.com.

Company Received Highest Scores Possible in Install Base, Performance, High Availability and Disaster Recovery, and Open Source and Licensing

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – (Aug 25, 2016) - Redis Labs, the home of Redis, today announced it was named a leader in the "The Forrester Wave™: Big Data NoSQL, Q3 2016," report by Forrester Research. Redis Labs Enterprise Cluster (RLEC) received the highest evaluation scores possible in eleven out of twenty six categories including Multimodel, In-memory, Data Types, Data Consistency, Workloads, Deployment Architecture and Application Development.

The report claims that "NoSQL is not an option -- it has become a necessity to support next-generation applications. And increasingly, enterprises of all types and sizes are embracing NoSQL to support their business technology (BT) agenda." Redis Labs is recognized as a leader in this report, which it believes demonstrates the power of the passionate community behind open source Redis, and its role in fueling the radical growth and adoption of the in-memory database platform since its inception in 2009.

According to the report: "Redis enables many use cases, including real-time analytics, transactions, data ingestion, translytical, social media, job management, message queuing, and caching." Earlier in the report, it is also stated that "Redis supports both relaxed and strong consistency, a flexible schema-less model, high availability and ease of deployment."

"We are honored to be named a leader by Forrester Research," said Ofer Bengal, co-founder and CEO of Redis Labs. "Redis Labs' explosive growth is testament to the broad support from enterprises that appreciate high availability, scale, and extensibility of our Redis Cloud and Redis Labs Enterprise Cluster offerings. We believe that this recognition further highlights the power of Redis Labs' innovation within the enterprise NoSQL database market."

Redis Labs' technology enhances open source Redis with seamless scaling, enterprise grade high availability, smooth automation and top-notch expert support. Redis Modules, introduced in May 2016, expand Redis' capabilities to solve an infinite variety of use cases with its characteristic high performance, resource efficiency and simplicity. As companies increase the size of their datasets in Redis, and expand their Redis use cases, Redis Labs helps them achieve up to 70 percent lower operational costs with Redis on Flash. This unique solution uses a combination of RAM and more cost-effective Flash memory to deliver high throughput of millions of operations/second with sub-millisecond latencies.

The Forrester Wave™: Big Data NoSQL, Q3 2016 is available online.

About Redis Labs
Redis Labs is the open source home and commercial provider of Redis, a database benchmarked as the world's fastest. Gartner has named the company as a Leader in its 2015 ODBMS Magic Quadrant. Redis Labs' software and service solutions power cutting edge applications with blazing fast enterprise-class Redis and are trusted by thousands of customers for high performance, seamless scalability, true high availability and best-in-class expertise. These solutions enhance popular Redis use cases such as real-time analytics, fast high-volume transactions, in-app social functionality, application job management, queuing and caching.

Redis is ranked the #1 NoSQL (and #2 database) in User Satisfaction and Market Presence by G2 Crowd, the top database technology on Docker by Datadog, the most popular NoSQL database in containers by DevOps.com and ClusterHQ, the #1 NoSQL among Top 10 Data Stores by Stackshare and both the fastest growing database since January 2013 and one of the top three NoSQL databases by DB-engines

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – (Aug 24, 2016) -  Platform9, the company making cloud infrastructure easy, today released its High Availability capability for OpenStack users, supporting both traditional and cloud-native workloads. Platform9 will be showcasing this industry-first capability in its booth #649 at VMware's VMworld, taking place August 28 - September 1 in Las Vegas.

"High Availability is fundamental to enterprise customers looking to run production workloads on OpenStack. Given the massive demand we've seen from enterprise customers, we are excited to provide a solution with the industry's first High Availability capability for both traditional and scale-out workloads," said Madhura Maskasky, co-founder and vice president of product at Platform9. "This new capability makes it possible for customers to migrate to OpenStack for mission-critical workloads without sacrificing the powerful, enterprise-grade High Availability capabilities they've come to expect."

"For production workloads, High Availability is a critical capability and we have had to run those workloads on VMware vSphere thus far. With this update to Platform9 Managed OpenStack, we can now use OpenStack and KVM for all workloads," said Rob Horstmann, Manager of Technical Operations at Moz, Inc.

Traditional applications need support from the infrastructure layer to be highly available. Historically this capability has only been available in VMware vSphere and not with OpenStack. Because of these limitations, enterprise customers have found it challenging to run production workloads on OpenStack, and instead have relied on expensive VMware ELAs for such scenarios.

Likewise, cloud-native workloads need support from the infrastructure layer. While these workloads are designed to "scale-out" across multiple-nodes, they are only highly available if the infrastructure is distributing the worker nodes across failure domains (such as hosts, racks, or data centers). Until now, there has not been an out-of-the-box solution for workloads that require both programmatic scale-out (using auto-scaling-groups) and High Availability awareness.

Today, cloud architects can use the concept of availability zones -- already in OpenStack -- to automatically configure groups of servers that represent a zone of availability, such as a rack or a data center. Platform9's newly announced High Availability capability automatically configures liveness detection among servers that are in such a zone. When a server in a zone fails, the capability orchestrates the recovery of workloads running on that server onto other servers in that zone. In addition to recovering traditional workloads, scale-out workloads that are being spawned by auto-scaling-groups can be distributed across availability zones, mitigating the risk of simultaneous failure.

This High Availability capability is available in Platform9 Managed OpenStack Enterprise Edition. Platform9 is also open sourcing this capability, making it freely available via a Github repository where the code, documentation and demonstrations reside.

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About Platform9
Platform9's mission is to make cloud infrastructure easy for organizations of any scale. The company's service transforms an organization's server infrastructure into an AWS-like agile, self-service cloud within minutes, enabling organizations small or large to run their cloud infrastructure efficiently, at scale, while leveraging the latest open source innovations. Powered by OpenStack and Kubernetes, the service is the industry's first 100% cloud managed platform for KVM, VMware vSphere and Docker. Founded in 2013 by a team of early VMware engineers, Platform9 is backed by Menlo Ventures and Redpoint Ventures and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. For more information, visit: http://www.platform9.com.

SAN JOSE, Calif. – (Aug 24, 2016) - Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL), the leader in predictive flash storage, today announced that its Predictive AF-Series All Flash arrays are now certified by SAP as an enterprise storage solution for the SAP HANA® platform. This certification adds to the SAP HANA certification Nimble previously obtained for its Adaptive Flash CS-Series arrays as enterprise storage solutions for the SAP HANA platform.

"The Nimble Storage Predictive Flash platform is designed to close the app-data gap for demanding SAP workloads, and greatly supports SAP applications and infrastructure," said Dan Leary, vice president of products and alliances, Nimble Storage. "This Nimble Storage solution for SAP HANA underscores our deepening relationship with SAP, as is evident through our multiple certifications across the Nimble All Flash and Adaptive Flash arrays."

The Nimble Predictive Flash platform leveraged with SAP HANA allows enterprise IT organizations to quickly deploy and enhance the performance of workloads running on SAP HANA. The Nimble All Flash and Adaptive Flash arrays enable companies to maintain high levels of capacity, data protection, and availability in alignment with changing business requirements. Combined with SAP HANA, SAP solution deployments are accelerated, business response times are improved, and instant SAP system copies can be created with zero-copy cloning.

This certification enables Nimble to offer SAP HANA tailored data center integration using its certified solutions. This way, Nimble customers can leverage their existing hardware and infrastructure components for their SAP HANA-based environments, providing further choice for organizations even when working in heterogeneous environments.

For more information on the Nimble Storage and SAP partnership and joint solution resources, please visit https://www.nimblestorage.com/alliance/sap/.

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About Nimble Storage
Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL) is the leader in predictive flash storage solutions. Nimble offers a Predictive Flash platform that combines flash performance with predictive analytics to predict and prevent barriers to data velocity caused by complex IT infrastructure. Nimble customers experience absolute performance, non-stop availability and cloud-like agility that accelerate critical business processes. More than 8,850 enterprises, governments, and service providers have deployed the Nimble Predictive Flash Platform across more than 50 countries. For more information visit www.nimblestorage.com and follow us on Twitter: @nimblestorage.

Nimble Storage, the Nimble Storage logo, CASL, InfoSight, SmartStack, Timeless Storage, Data Velocity Delivered, Unified Flash Fabric and NimbleConnect are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nimble Storage, Inc. Other trade names or words used in this document are the properties of their respective owners.

SAP, SAP HANA and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP SE (or an SAP affiliate company) in Germany and other countries. See http://www.sap.com/corporate-en/legal/copyright/index.epx for additional trademark information and notices. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies.

KVM-based virtualization platform designed to streamline the virtualization of traditional workloads while providing a more secure and scalable foundation for hybrid cloud and container-based workloads
 

RALEIGH, N.C. – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat Virtualization 4, the newest release of its Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) -powered virtualization platform. Red Hat Virtualization 4 challenges the economics and complexities of proprietary virtualization solutions by providing a fully-open, high-performing, more secure, and centrally managed platform for both Linux- and Windows-based workloads. It combines a powerful updated hypervisor, advanced system dashboard, and centralized networking for users’ evolving workloads. Built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization 4 is designed to easily integrate with existing IT investments while providing a foundation for emerging technology deployments, including containerized and cloud-native applications.

“Customer needs are continuing to evolve and their infrastructure has to keep pace. Red Hat’s enhancements provide HPE’s customers better cost and performance with multiple ways to deploy and use this technology in an open source environment.”

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While virtualization remains a key element of datacenter infrastructure, customer needs around the technology are rapidly evolving. Enterprises just embarking on a virtualization deployment may want a complete, agile platform that embraces efficiency and open standards of interoperability, while enterprises who have already deployed virtualization technologies may become increasingly concerned about their investment due to costs, performance limitations, or incompatibility. Red Hat Virtualization 4 is designed to address these emerging scenarios with a platform built on open standards, providing a powerful, flexible solution for new deployments and helping existing virtualization users migrate to an open, extensible solution.

Red Hat Virtualization 4 includes both a high-performing hypervisor (Red Hat Virtualization Host) and a web-based virtualization resource manager (Red Hat Virtualization Manager) for management of an enterprise’s virtualization infrastructure. Specifically, Red Hat Virtualization 4 introduces new and enhanced capabilities around:

  • Performance and extensibility
  • Management and automation
  • Support for OpenStack and Linux containers
  • Security and reliability
  • Centralized networking through an external, third-party API

Performance and Extensibility

Red Hat Virtualization 4 introduces a new powerful and smaller footprint hypervisor co-engineered with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2. The new hypervisor helps streamline the installation of system packages and driver updates, simplify the deployment of modern technologies, and provide better hardware support configuration management integration. Additionally, Red Hat Virtualization can now be installed via Anaconda, the common installer for both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Virtualization hypervisor.

The new platform also includes support for advanced network functionality, helping to simplify the process of adding and supporting third party network providers via a new open API. This feature allows for the centralization and simplification of network management systems by enabling Red Hat Virtualization Manager to communicate with external systems to define networking characteristics that can be applied to a virtual machine’s network interfaces.

Management and automation

To improve overall virtualization management, Red Hat Virtualization 4 offers an advanced system dashboard that provides a comprehensive view of virtualized resources and infrastructure. This enables administrators to better diagnose and remediate problems before they impact operations. Additional automation functionality includes:

  • A storage image uploader, which provides a browser-based interface to upload existing KVM Virtual Machine files directly or via a remote URL, placing the image in the storage domain without requiring third party tools.
  • Advanced live migration policies to enable users to fine-tune granular migration characteristics of hosts, down to an individual VM or cluster level, enabling faster operations and overall performance.

OpenStack and Linux containers

While virtualization as a technology is mature, Red Hat Virtualization 4 provides key support features for Linux container-based workloads as well as OpenStack private and hybrid cloud deployments. For containers, Red Hat Virtualization 4 supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host as a configurable guest system and allows guest agents to be run as, and report on, containers on the Atomic Host VM.

Red Hat Virtualization 4 also provides native support for Red Hat OpenStack Platform Neutron. This enables organization to streamline shared services and minimize their operational footprint by deploying services more seamlessly across traditional and cloud-enabled workloads.

A More Secure Virtualization Environment

These newly-introduced features in Red Hat Virtualization 4 complement the security assets brought to Red Hat Virtualization through its base in Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat Virtualization 4 includes and supports sVirt, which applies Mandatory Access Control (MAC) for greater VM and hypervisor security. This helps to improve overall security and harden the physical and virtual environment against vulnerabilities that could be used as an attack vector against the host or other VMs.

Red Hat Virtualization is also integrated with Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat’s systems management solution. Red Hat Virtualization standardizes infrastructure and virtual machine guest provisioning through existing Red Hat Satellite 6 implementations. It also provides visibility into the host and virtual machine errata details to ensure patch compliance across a physical and virtual environment.

Availability

Red Hat Virtualization 4 is available as a standalone offering, as an integrated offering with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and as part of Red Hat Cloud Suite as part of a comprehensive solution. Existing subscribers can upgrade to Red Hat Virtualization 4 through the Red Hat Customer Portal.

Supporting Quotes

Gunnar Hellekson, director, product management, Linux and Virtualization, Red Hat

“Our customers continue to rely on virtualization as a vital part of their datacenter modernization efforts while also using it to help bridge to new cloud-native and container-based workloads. Red Hat Virtualization provides the economics, performance and agility needed across both traditional and new infrastructure initiatives.”

Gary Chen, research manager, Software Defined Compute, IDC

“While virtualization remains a key underpinning for the modern datacenter, customer needs are rapidly evolving to demand more than simply virtualizing traditional workloads. Modern virtualization platforms need to address these standard scenarios while making way for the emergence of virtualized containers and cloud computing, key aspects that Red Hat Virtualization can address in an open, extensible fashion.”

Paulo Dutra, Data Processing Center manager, Caja de Valores

"Red Hat Virtualization has enabled us to streamline our operations and automate our disaster recovery process, reducing our risk from manual intervention and helping to cut our system recovery time in half. Without Red Hat Virtualization, we would not have been capable of managing the number of servers we projected, and we were able to add more virtual machines without additional monetary investment."

Scott Farrand, vice president, Platform Software, HPE

“Customer needs are continuing to evolve and their infrastructure has to keep pace. Red Hat’s enhancements provide HPE’s customers better cost and performance with multiple ways to deploy and use this technology in an open source environment.”

Thomas Wenninger, chief operating officer, IT-Services and head of IT Infrastructure, Universität Salzburg

"Partnering with Red Hat to build our PLUS Web Services project has enabled us to extend the benefits of a flexible, private cloud platform to more than 20,000 of our students and employees and consolidate 30 department sites and computer centers into a single cloud infrastructure. Through a combination of Red Hat Virtualization and Red Hat’s management solutions, we received extensive support for the design and implementation of our new private cloud. The open interfaces of Red Hat’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions enabled our cloud solution to maintain compatibility with major standards and prevent vendor lock-in for the future.”

Bob Zuber, director of product management, Lenovo Data Center Group

"Red Hat Virtualization 4 provides a robust set of enterprise features that help us deliver maximized performance and a lower total cost of ownership. And the cross-platform scalability for both Linux and Windows workloads enables us to meet the diverse needs of our customers. When coupled with the industry-leading reliability of our servers, a Red Hat Virtualization 4 on Lenovo solution adds maximum reliability to the performance and cost of ownership benefits.”

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