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Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00

Storm Surge Risk Rising Along U.S. Coast

While there’s much focus on storm surge risk in New Orleans as we mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, two new reports highlight the vulnerability of other U.S. coastal cities to storm surge flooding.

An analysis by Karen Clark & Co ranks the U.S. cities most vulnerable to storm surge flooding based on losses to residential, commercial and industrial properties from the 100 year hurricane.

The findings may surprise you.

KCC reveals that some of the cities most vulnerable to storm surge flooding have not been impacted for decades. A few have not experienced a direct hit from a major hurricane in the historical record.

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http://www.iii.org/insuranceindustryblog/?p=4154

A new survey has shown that in the eyes of end users, IT departments are regularly guilty of lagging behind current working trends by as much as two years, if not longer.

The average organisation’s IT team is 21 months behind the curve when it comes to supporting modern workplace technologies and practices like the cloud and bring-your-own-device, the research revealed.

Moreover, a third of IT departments are only now adapting to changes that were at the cutting edge over two years ago, it found.

One expert at Intercity Technology – the unified communications provider that carried out the survey – claimed the findings show how IT commonly serves “as a barrier rather than an enabler” for most organisations, harming employee productivity as a result.

“Our research has shown that there is a clear disconnect between what IT is provided to employees and what employees need in order to be productive,” said Product Director Maria Grant.

“This is potentially why our research has found that IT departments fall behind by nearly two years when it comes to supporting current working trends.”

According to the survey, almost three-quarters (72 per cent) of end users believe they should be given greater influence over the IT solutions they use to do their jobs – an opinion with which few IT managers were found to agree.

In fact, fewer than a than a third of IT departments ask for feedback from employees before procuring and deploying new technologies, the research revealed.

Asked why having this responsibility would be beneficial to the business, just under four-fifths (79 per cent) of end users said using the right technology would “make them more productive in the workplace”.

According to Intercity, the reluctance of the average IT department to work with non-IT decision makers could be down to concerns over security and data loss when introducing new technologies.

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From:: http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/company/press-room/data-recovery-news/it-departments-lag-2-years-behind-working-trends,-say-users485.aspx

Solution Delivers Fast and Accurate Troubleshooting and Assurance in Next Generation Network Architecture

 

MILPITAS, Calif. –  Viavi Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAV) ("Viavi") today announced it is expanding its portfolio of software-defined network test and monitoring solutions with the new GigaStor Software Edition to manage performance and user experience in virtual and cloud environments. The new software configurations, which Viavi is demonstrating at VMworld, allow network and server teams to capture and save 250 GB or 1 TB of continuous traffic to disk for in-depth performance and forensic analysis.

"IT teams are wasting a lot of time by only tracking virtual server and resource health," said Charles Thompson, senior director of product management, Viavi Solutions. "These teams can often miss problems associated with applications within the hypervisor with such narrow vision. With GigaStor Software engineers now have the ability to see in real time and historically how users are experiencing applications and services within the virtual environment, saving time and end-user heartache."

Without GigaStor's insight, engineers could spend hours replicating a network error before they can diagnose its cause. GigaStor Software captures packet-data from within the virtual switching infrastructure without needing to push data into the physical environment. It can be deployed in any virtual host for the long-term collection and saving of packet-level data, which it can decode, analyze, and display. Additionally, it provides IT teams with greater accuracy and speed in troubleshooting by having all packets available for immediate analysis.

Utilizing the GigaStor Software and appliances, network teams can monitor and analyze all virtual datacenter traffic whether within a VMware ESX host or on 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet links. GigaStor Software is available today for purchase, and is being demonstrated during VMworld in San Francisco at Viavi Solutions booth #2235.

About Viavi Solutions
Viavi (NASDAQ: VIAV) software and hardware platforms and instruments deliver end-to-end visibility across physical, virtual and hybrid networks. Precise intelligence and actionable insight from across the network ecosystem optimizes the service experience for increased customer loyalty, greater profitability and quicker transitions to next-generation technologies. Viavi is also a leader in anti-counterfeiting solutions for currency authentication and high-value optical components and instruments for diverse government and commercial applications. Learn more at www.viavisolutions.com and follow us on Viavi Perspectives, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook

With Superior Flash Performance, Scalability and Unique Co-Engineering, Oracle All Flash FS1 Tops EMC XtremIO Across Multiple Concurrent Mixed Workloads

 

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) expanded its flash storage portfolio today with the announcement of an all-flash model of its Oracle FS1 Flash Storage System. Available now, the new Oracle All Flash FS1 Storage System delivers superior flash performance, capacity scaling, and flash provisioning and is designed to handle concurrent mixed workloads, such as OLTP and high-speed data backup, in enterprise SAN environments as well as in private or public clouds. It delivers up to 64 all-flash domains for highly-secure data isolation in multitenant cloud environments, I/O prioritization based on business value, scales to nearly 1 PB of raw flash capacity, and goes from pallet to power-on in less than 30 minutes.

All Flash FS1 demonstrates superior I/O performance and low latency with minimal falloff. Tests performed for customers show sub-one millisecond latency when running simultaneous workloads across small to large block sizes with up to 8x faster IOPS and 9.7x faster write throughput than EMC XtremIO(1). As a result, All Flash FS1 can reduce Oracle Database I/O wait times and effectively give customers back time for projects that can help drive a company's top-line growth and bottom-line savings.

Oracle All Flash FS1 is the only all-flash storage system co-engineered with Oracle Database and Applications and delivers net incremental business benefits to customers when deployed with Oracle software, from industry-leading data compression to one-click application provisioning. All Flash FS1 is uniquely able to take advantage of Oracle Hybrid Columnar Compression, available only to Oracle Storage, the most advanced data reduction technology in the industry. Hybrid Columnar Compression typically delivers a 10:1 compression ratio, nearly twice the data reduction usually obtained with deduplication techniques, reducing storage capacity requirements and accelerating Oracle Database queries. While encrypted Oracle Database data can't be deduplicated, it can be compressed with Hybrid Columnar Compression, providing significantly higher levels of security to customers and maintaining Oracle Database best practices.

All Flash FS1 also features Flash Profiles, which provide pre-tuned and optimized provisioning profiles for Oracle Database and enterprise applications to simplify and accelerate flash storage provisioning and application deployment. As the industry's best all-flash scale up two-node system, Oracle All Flash FS1 can support hundreds of Oracle databases -- all in flash.

"High latency has impacted customers on shared storage platforms for years, slowing down OLTP response times and preventing mixed workloads from running at full speed. Customers are looking to flash to address these issues," said Mike Workman, senior vice president, Flash Storage Systems, Oracle. "Oracle All Flash FS1 dramatically reduces I/O wait times typically seen in today's highly virtualized, transaction-driven enterprises where low latency is critical to response time. This superior performance combined with unique features, such as Flash Domains and Flash Profiles, make the All Flash FS1 the platform for customers who want to significantly accelerate their applications in SAN and secure cloud environments."

"Oracle practitioners in our community expect the highest levels of data integrity and security coupled with predictable performance," said David Vellante, chief research officer, Wikibon. "Products such as the All Flash FS1 are riding the flash price/performance curve and promise to deliver dramatically lower latency and consistent response times at an affordable price. This can significantly reduce the effort required to deliver what are often among the most stringent service level requirements in IT."

"With their introduction of the Oracle All Flash FS1, which was engineered from the ground up to maximize Oracle Database performance and scale, Oracle enters the ranks of what IDC defines as the 'true All Flash Array (AFA) vendors'," said Eric Burgener, research director, Storage, IDC. "AFAs feature unique designs that are specifically optimized for flash media, delivering more consistent performance across their entire throughput range than Hybrid Flash Arrays, and making them the storage platform of choice for application environments that demand the highest levels of performance."

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(1) Oracle FS1-2 delivers 8x higher IOPS for 50% Read/50% Write IOs of 32KB, 215,000 for FS1-2 and 26,863 for XtremIO X-Brick, and 9.7x higher write throughput 5.4GB/s for FS1-2 and 554MB/s for XtremIO X-Brick. XtremIO data from pages 10-13 of "EMC XTREMIO PERFORMANCE REPORT: Test Methodology and Performance Results of EMC XtremIO Version 2.4 SP1," published September 2014. 

 
Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00

Cisco Completes Acquisition of OpenDNS

Cisco's Cloud Delivered Security Portfolio Now Offers Newly Integrated Threat Intelligence and Automated Global Enforcement Capabilities

 

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced it has completed the acquisition of OpenDNS, a privately held company that provides advanced threat protection for any device, anywhere, anytime. The acquisition will advance Cisco's Security Everywhere approach by adding broad visibility, enforcement, and threat intelligence from the OpenDNS cloud-delivered platform. In addition to the close of the acquisition, Cisco is announcing the first technology integration of Cisco AMP Threat Grid with OpenDNS services. 

Cisco is demonstrating how the OpenDNS acquisition is already accelerating its cloud-delivered security portfolio by unveiling today integration between the technology platforms, which allows joint customers of the OpenDNS Umbrella service and AMP Threat Grid intelligence to benefit. An API connects OpenDNS' global capability with AMP Threat Grid's dynamic malware analytics and threat intelligence. This new integration enables AMP Threat Grid customers to automatically transform threat intelligence into threat enforcement by blocking malware and quickly identifying critical security threats discovered by the AMP Thread Grid service.

"Delivering pervasive security capabilities from the cloud is a core part of our mission to provide Security Everywhere across the extended network from data center to the cloud to mobile devices," said David Goeckeler, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Security Business Group. "By integrating the OpenDNS platform with Cisco's security solutions, customers will receive greater network visibility and threat intelligence for cloud delivered protection against malicious websites and threats. Together, we will deliver protection that is unmatched in the industry."

OpenDNS employees join the Cisco Security Business Group led by Goeckeler. Additionally, David Ulevitch, founder and chief executive officer of OpenDNS, becomes vice president, reporting directly to Goeckeler.

Under the terms of the agreement Cisco paid $635M in cash and assumed equity awards, plus retention based incentives for OpenDNS.

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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.

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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).