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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – (PRWEB) April 27, 2016 – DataBank, Ltd., a leading super-regional provider of outsourced solutions for data center, cloud and managed services has announced the deployment of Comcast Business at the company’s East Twin Cities data center in Eagan, MN. The ‘Carrier-Hotel’ site is adding Comcast’s robust national network to the number of top-tier telecom and broadband providers available onsite to DataBank clientele.

Comcast will take advantage of DataBank’s diverse entry routes by deploying equipment into both of the facility’s enterprise-class Meet-Me-Rooms. The addition of Comcast Business as an onsite network provider allows clients of DataBank additional options for secure pathways to their offsite assets and facilities which adds redundancy and improves both network uptime and availability.

“We are very pleased that Comcast Business made the investment to provide services in our facility,” said Kris Edinger, DataBank’s General Manager for Minnesota. “Our enterprise clientele really values the diverse connectivity we can offer. The addition of Comcast’s regional diversity aligns well with our Carrier-Hotel model.”

“At Comcast, we are committed to providing the network infrastructure to transport data in the most secure, reliable manner, and at the highest possible speeds," said Kalyn Hove, vice president, Comcast Business for the Twin Cities. "By partnering with world-class providers like DataBank, we can enhance the connectivity of the Twin Cities enterprise business community as well as attract new interest in the market.”

In addition to the Twin Cities, DataBank has a super-regional footprint that also includes two enterprise-class data centers in Kansas City, and two more in Dallas. To find out additional details on DataBank data center facilities and suite of managed services, please visit the company website at http://www.databank.com. For more information Comcast’s network and ethernet services, visit business.comcast.com/ethernet/products/private-line.

About DataBank
DataBank is a leading provider of enterprise-class business solutions for Data Center, Managed Services, and Cloud. We aim to provide our customers with 100% uptime availability of all their critical data, applications and deployed infrastructure. Our suite of services is anchored by our top-tier data center environments and highly available robust connectivity. We offer customized deployments tailored to effectively manage risk, improve technology performance and allow our clients to focus on their own core business objectives. DataBank is headquartered in the historic former Federal Reserve Bank Building in downtown Dallas, TX and has additional data centers in North Dallas, Minneapolis and Kansas City. For more information on DataBank locations and services, please visit http://www.databank.com or call 1(800) 840-7533.

Slightly Warmer Tropics and a Lack of El Nino will Result in More Activity This Year;
14 Named Storms, 8 Hurricanes, and 3 Major Hurricanes Expected

ANDOVER, Mass. – (April 27, 2016) The Weather Company, an IBM Business has issued their first tropical forecast for the 2016 season, and the forecast indicates a total of 14 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. These numbers include Hurricane Alex, which occurred in January 2016. Hurricane Alex made headlines earlier this year as the first Atlantic hurricane in January since 1955. The forecast numbers for this tropical season are slightly higher than both the 1950-2015 “normals” of 12 named storms, 7 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes, and are very close to the recent “active period” (1995-2015) “normals” of 15 named storms, 8 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.
 
“The long-term trends in Atlantic Ocean temperatures suggest that the years of hyperactive tropical seasons may be coming to an end for a while,” said Dr. Todd Crawford, Chief Meteorologist, The Weather Company. “Given this trend, along with the background El Nino conditions, the last three seasons have been relatively quiet. However, the expected cessation of El Nino forcing along with reasonably warm tropical Atlantic SSTs should provide for a more normal season this year.  And, if the high-latitude Atlantic blocking persists into the summer, the tropical Atlantic SSTs may warm even more, so there is still some upside risk to the current forecast.”
 
The Weather Company provides customized weather information to global commodity traders via its industry-leading WSI Trader Web site. The Weather Company issued its latest seasonal outlook on April 26, 2016,  which can be viewed here. The Weather Company will issue its next tropical outlook on May 25, 2016. 
 
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The Weather Company, an IBM Business
The Weather Company, an IBM Business, is the world's largest private weather enterprise, helping people make informed decisions – and take action – in the face of weather. The company offers the most accurate, personalized and actionable weather data and insights to millions of consumers and thousands of businesses via Weather’s API, its business solutions division, and its own digital products from The Weather Channel (weather.com) and Weather Underground (wunderground.com).
 
The company delivers up to 26 billion forecasts daily. Its products ​include ​a top weather app on all major mobile platforms globally; the world’s largest network of personal weather stations; a top-20 U.S. website; the seventh most data-rich site in the world; one of the world’s largest IoT data platforms; and industry-leading business solutions.
 
Weather Means Business™. The world’s biggest brands in aviation, energy, insurance, media, and government rely on The Weather Company for data, technology platforms and services to help improve decision-making and respond to weather’s impact on business. For more, visit www.theweathercompany.com.
 
New Unified VSP G Series Systems and Software Enhancements Take Virtualization and Cloud Integration to the Next Level to Help Customers Modernize Their IT Environments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – (Marketwired - April 26, 2016) - Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced new upgrades and additions to its Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) G series portfolio designed to reduce the ongoing costs of traditional environments and exploit and monetize data, which is too often trapped in silos of technology. Digital transformation has put data at the center of business strategy and has made IT a key element of corporate success, but is also putting new pressures on IT to modernize processes, systems and skillsets. To help break down data silos and modernize storage management, Hitachi Data Systems has embedded NAS functionality, cloud optimization and enhanced VMware integration into VSP G400, VSP G600 and VSP G800 storage platforms to simplify and accelerate data center modernization efforts. 

Optimized for the Cloud

Customers continue to re-assess their IT strategies to find ways to optimize and reduce the ongoing costs of traditional storage and cloud services, but they are in need of flexible solutions that can address disparate environments such as virtualization, remote and core data centers and dynamic cloud strategies, to meet infrastructure requirements for a variety of applications. As a cloud-optimized, unified storage platform, the VSP G series was built to meet these needs and continues to exemplify Hitachi's strong investment philosophy in innovation, with more than 4,000 patents in SAN and NAS -related technologies.

Today's announcement adds the option to include two high-performance NAS modules in the VSP G400, VSP G600 and VSP G800 systems. These modules help to reduce capital expenditures by providing a single, SAN and NAS storage platform for all workloads in a compact form factor. Operating costs also decline, as VSP G series systems require less power, cooling and space in the data center. Adding further cost control, the new unified VSP G series offerings allow customers to leverage existing infrastructure investments regardless of environment -- whether for remote offices where IP infrastructure is dominant to data centers utilizing robust Fibre Channel technology or a cloud environment employing Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), Hitachi Managed Cloud Services, Microsoft® Azure™ or Amazon S3 cloud services. The data migrator to the cloud software feature allows customers to create automated and intelligent, content-aware data management policies. These policies ensure that data is automatically and seamlessly tiered to private, public or hybrid cloud platforms and freeing up critical Hitachi Accelerated Flash resources for Tier 1 applications.

Efficient and Granular Control of Virtual Machines

Hitachi continues to be in lockstep with VMware to deliver on the vision for software-defined storage with full support for VMware vSphere® Virtual Volumes™. This support allows customers to maximize resources, reduce storage complexity and increase efficiency by enabling application-specific storage service levels to be applied to each virtual machine (VM). In addition, Hitachi Virtual Infrastructure Integrator 3.0 delivers scalable VM protection by simplified VMbackup, recovery and cloning services for VMware vSphere-based infrastructures.

Comprehensive Infrastructure Analytics

Available across the Hitachi VSP family, the new Hitachi Infrastructure Analytics Advisor (HIAA) delivers increased performance while reducing costs and risk through intelligent analytics. HIAA quickly and proactively identifies, diagnoses and helps resolve potential performance and capacity issues, including those concerning third-party storage. The software identifies opportunities to improve performance and reduce risk through intelligent analytics with preemptive alerts. Customers can drive down costs with comprehensive capacity and performance planning using enterprise-scale IT analytics with long-term historical trending.

Hitachi Data Systems is the only IT vendor to address customer workload requirements from entry to mainframe with a single storage software platform. The powerful software capabilities built into Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS) allow the entire VSP family to offer flash optimization. SVOS further supports native heterogeneous storage virtualization and multi-site, active-active storage as well as fully compatible data migration, replication and management from a single interface. Hitachi SVOS provides system element management and advanced storage functions, such as storage virtualization, thin provisioning, service-level controls, performance instrumentation and security across multiple storage platforms.

Supporting Quotes:

"Hitachi Data Systems continues to invest heavily in innovation and in its industry-leading Virtual Storage Platform to help customers transform and modernize their IT infrastructures. The ever-changing fundamentals of IT demand that storage systems are agile, reliable and cost-effective. The enhanced VSP family meet those needs and beyond," said Bob Madaio, senior director for Infrastructure Solutions, Hitachi Data Systems.

"Achieving greater cost-efficiencies is paramount to our success. The automation and simplified management of the Hitachi VSP G series gives us the tools to effectively manage our storage requirements without compromising functionality or performance," said Janez Groznik, systems administrator, National University Library - NUK.

"VMware and Hitachi have had a long-term partnership, and together, we continue to empower our mutual customers to simplify their IT operations and accelerate the adoption of the unified hybrid cloud. Hitachi's unified storage solutions combined with support for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes will enable enterprises to reduce storage complexity and cost, while increasing efficiency on their journey to a modernized, software-defined data center," said Skip Bacon, vice president, storage and availability, VMware.

"As our multi-decade partnering continues, Cisco and HDS are driving to provide innovative data center solutions for our joint customers. Cisco's industry-leading network infrastructure provides high levels of flexibility and scalability demanded by software-driven dynamic IT application workloads and virtualized data centers. Cisco MDS Storage Directors and Nexus Switches fully enable Hitachi's Virtual Storage Platform, and help ensure that customers can easily deploy and manage their enterprise and data center environments to scale, while delivering architectural flexibility and consistent networking across physical, virtual and cloud environments," said Sachin Gupta, vice president of product management, Cisco Switching.

"The escalating volume of virtualized and cloud-based workloads is placing severe strain on the networks. Hitachi Data Systems and Brocade have long partnered to deliver Fibre Channel and IP storage networking solutions that provide our mutual customers with greater application performance, reliability and security," said Jack Rondoni, vice president, storage networking, Brocade.

"With demand increasing around virtualized environments, IT applications and data availability, customers can't afford a misstep. They need a reliable, scalable, high-performance solution that lowers risk, reduces operating and management costs, minimizes overprovisioning and maximizes existing assets. The Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform with native NAS functionality is a slam dunk," said Cheryl Neal, vice president, Avnet Data, Networking and Security business unit in the Americas.

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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 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totaled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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Multiple Scenario Planning Takes Center Stage as CFOs Strive to Remain Agile

PALO ALTO, Calif. – (Marketwired - Apr 26, 2016) - Adaptive Insights, the worldwide leader in cloud corporate performance management (CPM), today released its global CFO Indicator Q1 2016 report, revealing that while chief financial officers (CFOs) remain worried about growing economic volatility, the vast majority of the 377 CFOs surveyed remain confident in their forecasts, and believe that the combination of big data, analytics, and scenario planning will likely be the key to navigating their organizations through the current financial uncertainty.

Enabling them to accelerate the pace of change and remain agile, scenario planning is viewed by 48% of CFOs as the activity that will provide the most strategic value to their organizations during a downturn. Seventy-eight percent believe that applying financial data analysis to achieve profitability will provide the most strategic value overall to their organizations. Other key findings in the report include:

  • High forecasting confidence: 85% of CFOs feel moderately, very, or completely confident in their forecasts for the first half of 2016
  • Strong trust in the value of big data and analytics: 43% believe big data and analytics will have the single biggest effect on their future role
  • Agility highly valued: 59% rank transformation and innovation experience as the second most beneficial attribute to their performance -- second only to technical and analytical skills (65%)

"A strategic CFO is an agile CFO -- one who can pivot on a dime and react decisively regardless of what the future holds," said Robert S. Hull, founder and chairman at Adaptive Insights. "When the financial outlook seems unclear, planning for multiple scenarios can significantly contribute to agility. While transformation and innovation experience helps inspire myriad possible outcomes, technical and analytical skills can be applied to more rapidly model multiple actionable plans -- helping financial leaders to remain agile as they navigate even the most turbulent markets."

Technology Savvy CFOs Chart Course in Turbulent Markets
Driven by such factors as potential changes in regulatory requirements and taxation laws, economic uncertainty is the only certainty for today's CFO. In fact, potential changes in regulatory requirements alone is driving 64% of CFOs to plan for multiple outcomes. It's no surprise then that scenario planning has been identified as a key task for driving strategic, agile decision-making.

To support strategic activities, 56% of CFOs indicated that they were either very or completely likely to invest in dashboards and analytics and identified cloud-based, or SaaS, solutions as their preference. According to the study, CFOs estimate that 33% of their IT infrastructure is SaaS today, and they forecast this to grow to 60% of their infrastructure in 4 years. CFOs cited collaboration (24%) as the top reason for implementing SaaS solutions, followed by less reliance on IT (21%), and significant cost savings (17%).

And with growing reliance on technology and scenario planning, CFOs are not only feeling confident in their forecasting capabilities but also in their use of technology. Ninety-three percent report they are moderately, very, or extremely proficient in technology.

Shifting Priorities for CFOs
While most CFOs (93%) see compliance as their top priority today, only 62% see this as a priority three years from now. Rather, over the next three years, they expect to begin focusing on talent management (78%) and transforming financial data into intelligence to drive growth (77%). Tied for third in the study, both at 74%, are understanding how to leverage IT to take advantage of evolving market opportunities and overseeing corporate governance.

For additional insights from this quarter's survey, see the infographic or download the full report.

These findings will be highlighted at Adaptive Live, the Adaptive Insights user conference being held April 27-28 at the San Jose Convention Center. The gathering of 1400+ finance professionals provides an opportunity for attendees to gain insights, attend training and network.

About the Adaptive Insights CFO Indicator
The Adaptive Insights CFO Indicator reports what is top of mind for CFOs, as well as unveils key attributes that define the modern CFO. This report surveyed 377 chief financial officers across the globe online over a two-week period ending March 28, 2016. For previous reports, visit the Adaptive Insights Learn Center.

About Adaptive Insights
Adaptive Insights is the leader in cloud corporate performance management (CPM). Via its software as a service (SaaS) platform, the company offers capabilities for budgeting, forecasting, reporting, consolidation, dashboards, and analytics that empower finance, sales, and other business leaders with insight to drive true competitive advantage. The Adaptive Suite is sold direct or is available through Adaptive Insights' robust cloud CPM channel ecosystem of 200+ partners, including Accenture, Armanino, BDO, Cohn Reznick, Intacct, KPMG, McGladrey, Plex Systems, and Workday. NetSuite also offers Adaptive Planning as its NetSuite Financial Planning Module.

More than 3,000 companies in 85 countries use Adaptive Insights. These range from midsized companies and nonprofits to large corporations, including AAA, Boston Scientific, CORT, Epcor, Konica Minolta, NetSuite, Philips, P.F. Chang's, and Siemens. Adaptive Insights is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. For more information, visit www.AdaptiveInsights.com, the Adaptive Insights Blog, and follow Adaptive Insights on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Brings Visual Analytics Into the Planning Process to Accelerate Data-Driven Decision-Making

PALO ALTO, Calif. – (Marketwired - Apr 26, 2016) Adaptive Insights, the leader in cloud corporate performance management (CPM), today announced innovations to the Adaptive Suite that bring unprecedented power and flexibility to the financial planning and analysis (FP&A) process. Providing access to data across the business, the latest release of the Adaptive Suite enables finance teams to seamlessly bring together disparate data sources for new business insights, accelerating data-driven decision-making and improving overall business agility. The new release delivers a number of firsts to the cloud CPM industry including self-service data integration for finance; new patent-pending data visualization in the planning process for any-time trend analysis; and the ability to conduct in-depth visual analytics during planning with a single click.

"We live in an ever-changing, data-driven world where constant access to timely, accurate financial data -- combined with sales and operational data -- is key to driving maximum corporate performance," said Connie DeWitt, senior vice president of product management at Adaptive Insights. "By delivering a self-service data integration platform, we have empowered finance teams and other business users to access data that has often been siloed across the organization. Further, by bringing analytics into planning, we enable users to deeply analyze data during the planning process, and make informed decisions without ever having to leave the planning environment -- dramatically accelerating decision-making and business agility."

Moving Toward a World of Pervasive Analytics

CFOs report that they face significant challenges in terms of the accuracy and timeliness of data, as well as the data silos that exist across the organization. Traditionally, data integration is considered to be one of the most complex and costly processes associated with software deployment. In addition to breaking down data silos and joining data from disparate sources, this release brings together planning and analytics into a single seamless process. This gives users the ability to gain a level of visibility and foresight via a self-service model previously not possible. The new features represent critical milestones on the path to enabling pervasive analytics -- a capability that embeds analytics into the operational and transactional applications needed to run the business.

"Pervasive analytics unlock the true value of data, revealing insights that enable much faster decision making and also giving users much better predictive capabilities," said Krishna Roy, senior analyst, data platforms and analytics, of market research firm 451 Group. "Agile companies will be those that not only have real-time access to data, but can rapidly analyze that data and act on it. Solutions such as this one from Adaptive Insights promise to truly move the needle in an increasingly data-driven world."

Flexibility to Work How You Want to Work

The solution brings data easily within reach of business users while also enabling them to work the way they want to work: with convenient visualizations when and where they need them and a familiar Excel user interface.

  • Self-Service Data Integration for Finance - Adaptive Insights has extended its Adaptive Integration platform across the entire Adaptive Suite including Adaptive Planning, Consolidation and Discovery. As the first CPM provider that delivers a self-service data integration platform, Adaptive Insights enables finance users to extract data from popular ERP and CRM systems -- like Intacct, Microsoft Dynamics GP, and Salesforce.com, with an easy "click-not-code" web interface -- and use it in any Adaptive Insights application. Building on its out-of-the-box solution with NetSuite, a new preconfigured NetSuite adapter is now available that further extends the integration so users can bring more types of NetSuite data -- such as project, employee and vendor data -- into the Adaptive Suite to drive planning and analytics.

    With all adapters, users are able to join together data from multiple sources to create a new view of the data for greater business insights. By extending the platform across the suite, users can engage in much deeper analytics and visualization of their data throughout the financial planning and analysis process.
  • Anytime Trend Analysis - Via a new Active Sparklines feature, trend analysis is now combined with data entry. Sparklines are small, word-size charts that show data trends. With the introduction of visual data editing, sparklines in the Adaptive Suite are now interactive. Planners zoom in to Active Sparklines to reveal trend details. If the metric in question is editable, planners can adjust the underlying data by dragging the data points of the Active Sparkline until the desired trend is achieved.
  • Single-click Analytics - Users can create powerful data visualizations directly in the planning process with a single click on selected data in an Adaptive Planning 'sheet.' These visualizations can be easily augmented for variance analysis, shared, and even published on dashboards with a single click.
  • Flexibility to Work in Excel - Augmenting Adaptive Insights' already rich Excel-based reporting capabilities, the release adds new flexibility that enables users to view their plans and perform data entry in Excel. This combination leverages the familiarity and flexibility of Excel with the power of Adaptive Insights' cloud-based collaborative financial planning application. While using the Excel interface, users can still access the power of the web-based interface seamlessly by drilling into details in the cloud.

Industry Support for the New Adaptive Suite Release

Adaptive Insights customers and partners sound off about the Adaptive Suite:

"Our recent public filing galvanized the company to rapidly expand our accounting team and look to automate and streamline our financial processes. Among our exhaustive list of requirements for a CPM platform were the need to enable all of our department VPs to work together, collaboratively planning and sharing forecasts and metrics tracking and the ability for that platform to quickly and seamlessly integrate with our Intacct software." Drew Froehlich, senior financial analyst, Appfolio

"The new Adaptive Suite release has made it much easier to integrate our clients' outside data sources, and adapt their models with the changing needs of the business. Bringing client data into one place helps us build much richer models for our clients, ultimately giving them much greater power and flexibility over their businesses as a whole." Mark Tear, principal, Aubea

"As a long-time user of Adaptive Insights' software to manage operational planning across our manufacturing plants, we have experienced dramatic improvements in collaboration with key stakeholders across our organization. Greater visibility into operational and financial metrics and enhanced collaboration across finance, R&D, procurement, and manufacturing has helped us drive significant performance improvements across our operations. With the latest release, we look forward to providing deeper visibility by streamlining the integration between Adaptive Insights and our corporate ERP platform." Kyle Chlan, engineering manager at Boston Scientific

"The automated integration capability of the Adaptive Suite 2016.2 release is another ambitious step in transforming the office of finance into the central hub for making informed, agile decisions. Our customers will benefit from improved data accuracy, streamlined workflows, and even greater ability to move from tactical to strategic planning." Ethan Carlson, CEO and Founder, Carlson Management Consulting

"No other tool that we have rolled out, financial or otherwise, has ever received this level of universal adoption across our company. The Adaptive Suite has enabled us to engage in cross-functional, highly collaborative planning and analysis that provides views of the business directly suited across all levels of our organization. Today, we have 110 businesses in 30 states collaboratively reviewing financial performance in real-time, on a daily basis. Adaptive Insights has not only enabled broad accessibility, but has made our entire organization accountable for how we perform." J.P. Hannan, senior vice president, treasurer and CFO, Cumulus Media

"The new Adaptive Suite features a highly intuitive interface that has dramatically streamlined the process of integrating multiple outside data sources. As a result, we can give customers a much more holistic view of the business that incorporates key data from across their organizations." Jean Paul Remmelzwaan, CPM product and services manager, Solmate Group

Adaptive Suite 2016.2 is available now and will be shown at Adaptive Live, being held April 27-28 at the San Jose Convention Center, where 1400+ finance professionals will gather for insights, training and networking.

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Adaptive Insights is the leader in cloud corporate performance management (CPM). Via its software as a service (SaaS) platform, the company offers capabilities for budgeting, forecasting, reporting, consolidation, dashboards, and analytics that empower finance, sales, and other business leaders with insight to drive true competitive advantage. The Adaptive Suite is sold direct or is available through Adaptive Insights' robust cloud CPM channel ecosystem of 200+ partners, including Accenture, Armanino, BDO, Cohn Reznick, Intacct, KPMG, McGladrey, Plex Systems, and Workday. NetSuite also offers Adaptive Planning as its NetSuite Financial Planning Module.

More than 3,000 companies in 85 countries use Adaptive Insights. These range from midsized companies and nonprofits to large corporations, including AAA, Boston Scientific, CORT, Epcor, Konica Minolta, NetSuite, Philips, P.F. Chang's, and Siemens. Adaptive Insights is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. For more information, visit www.AdaptiveInsights.com, the Adaptive Insights Blog, and follow Adaptive Insights on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Company Adds to Superior Customer Service With Implementation of IT Service Management

CHARLOTTE, NC – (Marketwired - April 26, 2016) Peak 10, Inc., a national IT infrastructure and cloud services provider, today announced the implementation of IT service management, a business process alignment initiative based on the widely adopted Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework. The implementation of IT service management enhances Peak 10's current service-minded approach to IT delivery by propelling the company to deliver higher levels of personalized and prompt service. The majority of Peak 10's operations employees have been trained and certified in the ITIL framework, allowing the immediate improvement of the customer experience while shaping one cohesive ecosystem for employees, customers and partners. 

The ITIL framework operates in four stages beginning at an overarching strategy to an industry standard. Peak 10 is dedicated to progressing up the ITIL maturity stack to address its current customers' need for more consistency, agility and efficiency within their current IT infrastructure. The immediate features will include new, superior levels of service management; more self-serving capabilities, including enabling the automated workflow tool Service Now; increased process automation; and enhanced communication channels, with features like ChatterBox for mobile computing and web-enabled chat.

"Peak 10's enterprise-level customers are requesting faster go-to-market processes for moving data within the cloud," said Peak 10 SVP of Customer Operations, Joe Deney. "By becoming easier to work with and more self-service oriented, coupled with availability of IT expertise, IT service management will allow us to move upmarket and serve new customers with complex IT needs, while retaining existing customers with greater efficiencies and capabilities."

Peak 10's application of the ITIL framework will continue to elevate its position as a consultative, hands-on leader in cloud and data center services, with the focus on the customer -- which is evident from its industry-leading Net Promoter Score (NPS). Through the effective IT service management approach with ITIL, the company will improve their internal operations and better align its people, processes and tools to ensure customer service availability and 24/7 uptime. Because the ITIL service strategy is a continual process of improvement, Peak 10 will continue to transform as the market evolves to integrate services with its customers to ensure a seamless and aligned experience.

For more information on Peak 10's IT Service Management, download the data sheet here: http://bit.ly/1Vye9Da.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Peak 10 operates 27 data centers in key U.S. markets and serves a diverse range of customers in the U.S. and abroad. To learn more, visit www.peak10.com.

About Peak 10

Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored data center and network services, cloud and managed services. Its solutions are flexible and designed to scale and adapt to customers' changing business needs, enabling them to lower costs, improve performance and focus internal IT resources on their core competencies. Among its recognitions, Peak 10 holds the Cisco® Cloud Provider Certification with a Cisco Powered Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) designation. Peak 10 undergoes annual examinations by third party auditors and helps companies meet the compliance requirements of various regulatory and industry standards such as SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, Safe Harbor, HIPAA, PCI DSS, FISMA, ISO 27001 and ITAR. For more information, visit www.peak10.com or the Peak 10 Newsroom for the latest news.

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Recent EMA Research Explores Challenges to Security Posture Through Inadequate Collection and Analysis of Network Data for Breach Prevention, Detection, and Incident Response

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – (Marketwired - Apr 26, 2016) Savvius, Inc., a leader in packet intelligence solutions for security investigations and network performance management, today announced that a comprehensive summary of EMA's "Achieving High-Fidelity Security" report has been made available for download. The Savvius-sponsored research highlights the obstacles companies must overcome collecting and utilizing data for network and endpoint security programs.

According to the author of the report, David Monahan, Research Director for Security and Risk Management at EMA, "Some companies turn a blind eye to network segments by not having their monitoring systems turned on or even installed, while others have log detail and collection settings that may not be high enough to provide sufficient detail. The data tells us they prefer to believe that they are protected, when in truth they are not. This phenomenon was common across various industry verticals and organization sizes, and was termed the 'bravado factor.'"

Some key takeaways from the study include:

  • 80 percent of organizations receiving 500 or more severe/critical alerts per day currently investigate less than one (1) percent of those alerts.
  • Not only do 68 percent of organizations suffer from some sort of staffing impact to their security teams, but larger organizations are collecting gigabytes to terabytes of data each day. It is impossible for organizations to hire enough people to create adequate context for the data -- and thus provide high-fidelity security information.
  • The adoption of tools that automate data capture increases the level of high-fidelity security information available to IT teams, greatly minimizing the risk of security breaches and the subsequent damage to targeted companies.

The "High-Fidelity" research project was created to understand the structure of organizations' endpoint and network security programs, how they work together (or don't), and their data collection and use habits with regard to security.

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About Savvius, Inc.
Savvius offers a range of powerful software and hardware products that enhance security investigations and maintain network performance. Trusted by security and network professionals at over 6,000 companies in 60 countries around the world, Savvius packet intelligence delivers intuitive visualization and effective forensics for faster resolution of network and application performance issues. For more information about Savvius Omnipliance®, Savvius Omnipeek®, Savvius Vigil™, and Savvius Insight™, and to learn about Savvius technology and channel partners, visit www.savvius.com.

New Release Features Single Sign-On Integration and Zero-Touch Upgrade to OpenStack Liberty

AUSTIN, Texas – (Marketwired - Apr 26, 2016) Platform9, the company making private clouds easy, today announced a new release of its award-winning Platform9 Managed OpenStack, strengthening its SaaS-based solution with integration for single sign-on (SSO) solutions, such as Okta. Also with this release, the company updated its private-cloud-as-a service offering from OpenStack Juno to OpenStack Liberty, seamlessly upgrading all customers and further demonstrating the product's ease of use, which was recognized earlier this month when Platform9 was named a Gartner 2016 Cool Vendor in Cloud Management.

"Our goal at Platform9 is to deliver OpenStack in a way that is both enterprise-ready and easy to use," said Madhura Maskasky, Platform9 co-founder and vice president of products. "Our new release of Platform9 makes OpenStack even easier, giving our customers robust private cloud capabilities without the complications and hassle that often accompany OpenStack deployments and prevent customers from enjoying its powerful benefits."

SSO Integration with Okta
Platform9 Managed OpenStack now includes SAML integration with Okta, providing easier SSO integration across groups of users and internal organizations. With the new capability, customers no longer have to create individual username- and password-based accounts for users; users maintain a single login and password across various tools in the environment, including Platform9 Managed OpenStack.

Zero-Touch Upgrade to OpenStack Liberty
With this release all Platform9 Managed OpenStack customers have been updated to OpenStack Liberty with Platform9's zero-touch upgrade, one of the key advantages of Platform9's unique SaaS approach. As a part of our managed service offering, Platform9 orchestrates, performs, and validates each customer's OpenStack upgrade in about 20 minutes, dramatically streamlining the upgrade process and eliminating the need for IT to dedicate in-house resources to maintain their private cloud platform. The new release delivers all of the latest feature additions, bug fixes and product improvements built into OpenStack Liberty.

Exclusive "OpenStack on a Stick" Offer for OpenStack Summit Attendees
One of the challenges for those researching OpenStack as a private cloud solution is the extensive time and effort required to deploy it for initial exploration and evaluation. Platform9 is offering OpenStack Summit attendees a specially packaged version of Platform9 Managed OpenStack, available on a USB stick that will "boot into OpenStack" on any Linux-compatible hardware. Those interested in exploring OpenStack can visit Platform9 at Booth A35 to learn more and request their "OpenStack on a Stick."

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About Platform9
Platform9's mission is to make private clouds easy for organizations of any scale. Recognized by Gartner as a 2016 Cool Vendor in Cloud Management, the company's service transforms an organization's existing servers into an AWS-like agile, self-service on-premise cloud within minutes, enabling organizations small or large to run their private clouds efficiently, at scale, while leveraging the latest open source innovations. Powered by OpenStack, 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 https://platform9.com.

Powerful operating environment runs on popular VMware without dedicated system hardware, simplifying clients’ use of IT resources and enabling cost reduction

 

LONDON, April 27, 2016Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced a hardware-independent version of its ClearPath® MCP operating environment software. The rollout marks the first time that Unisys has offered one of its flagship ClearPath operating environments independently of a ClearPath Forward™ large-system platform.

 

The new version of the premier MCP operating environment is designed to provide a production-ready, entry-level instance of the full software stack running on any Intel x86 server under VMware ESXi™ or a client-chosen system conforming to a reference specification.

 

This unprecedented move enables Unisys ClearPath Forward Libra system clients to deploy their critical MCP application workloads using Intel x86-based infrastructure of their choice without the potential need to incur capital and maintenance costs for additional hardware.

 

In addition, MCP users can enrich their application environment by taking advantage of the performance, functionality and manageability that the popular VMware delivers.

 

“Virtualising the MCP environment is a major advance that brings us closer to our ultimate goal of making ClearPath Forward a linchpin in our clients’ software-defined data centers,” said Tarek El-Sadany, senior vice president, Technology, and chief technology officer, Unisys. “We remain committed to giving our ClearPath Forward clients the means to build a modern, cost-efficient hybrid IT environment flexible enough to meet their evolving challenges while building on their long-term investment in the ClearPath Forward applications that run their businesses.”

 

Delivery of hardware-independent operating environments is the latest step in the ongoing evolution of the ClearPath Forward systems into fully software-based offerings that provide continually increasing value to clients.

 

Widely recognised for their unmatched security, ClearPath MCP and OS 2200 – which powers ClearPath Forward Dorado systems – are tested, fully integrated stacks of more than 100 software products that address critical enterprise computing requirements, from efficient caching, memory usage and file-system management to high-volume transaction processing.

 

Platform-independent ClearPath MCP is available immediately in the following two options for entry-level production:

  • ClearPath MCP Bronze
  • ClearPath MCP Silver includes capacity-based licensing determined by the maximum number of MCP central processing modules available for activation. Licenses for several workload types are available, including general-purpose, Unisys Agile Business Suite model-driven development environment, and choices for business continuity and disaster recovery.

Clients can take advantage of Unisys ClearPath Forward services to plan, implement and manage the extended Intel x86-based infrastructure and associated application environment. The suite includes consulting and advisory, operational, and application modernisation and management services.

 

Unisys plans to deliver platform-independent versions of the OS 2200 operating environment at a later date.

 

About Unisys

Unisys is a global information technology company that works with many of the world's largest companies and government organizations to solve their most pressing IT and business challenges. Unisys specializes in providing integrated, leading edge solutions to clients in the government, financial services and commercial markets. With more than 20,000 employees serving clients around the world, Unisys offerings include cloud and infrastructure services, application services, security solutions, and high-end server technology. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.

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New partnership between two industry leaders will advance active shooter prevention and critical incident response

Regroup Mass Notification, the award-winning leader in emergency and mass communication technology, today announced the creation of a strategic alliance with CGPGMG, LLC, nationally-recognized active shooter and domestic terrorism prevention experts.

During an active shooter event or terrorist attack, institutions need to not only notify the public about the situation, but also ensure the right steps are taken to guarantee people’s safety. This new partnership will cover both aspects of successfully responding to a crisis.

By combining CGPGMG’s critical response expertise with Regroup’s powerful communication platform, mutual clients will be better prepared to react amid an active shooter and effectively utilize mass communication technology during the event. Disseminating crucial information and instructions in a timely and reliable manner will ensure the right procedures are followed and lives are saved.

“The best outcome of any active shooter event is that it ends without any casualties. We know that the average active shooter event ends in seven minutes, while it takes police an average of 14–17 minutes to arrive on the scene. It is therefore critical that institutions take the lead in communicating with employees and other key constituents, and provide them with rapid notification of the event, as well as actionable instructions for staying out of harm’s way. By partnering with Regroup, we’ve found a communication solution that when combined with our training, we feel will save lives,” said Chris Grollnek, Co-Founder and CEO of CGPGMG.

Regroup’s powerful, yet easy-to-use mass notification platform is leveraged by universities, government agencies, corporations and nonprofits across North America to streamline emergency and day-to-day communications.

“We’re very pleased to be partnering with CGPGMG. Chris is one of the most well-respected and sought-after experts in the United States when it comes to active shooter prevention training. Our clients often look to us as a trusted advisor when it comes to recommending solutions. When our mutual clients add Chris’s training with our mass notification platform, we feel they are putting effective measures in place that will guarantee the best possible outcome should an active shooter strike at their workplace,” said Joe DiPasquale, CEO of Regroup.

To learn more about Regroup Mass Notification please visit: www.regroup.com.

 

About Regroup:

Regroup, the leading provider of Emergency and Mass Notification solutions and DRI 2015 Notification System of the Year, offers easy one-click messaging to mobile phones (text/voice), landlines, email, social media, websites and more. Regroup stands apart from other mass communication systems with its ease of use, automated messaging capabilities, seamless integration with client databases and other third-party systems, unparalleled 24/7 customer support and unlimited text/voice/email messaging.

To learn more about how Regroup’s Emergency Notification System can provide rapid communications during a crisis, as well as streamline day-to-day communications, call 917-746-6776 or email inquiries@regroup.com 

About Chris Grollnek/CGPGMG:

Chris Grollnek is an award winning former police investigator and one of the nation’s highly respected policy experts in the prevention of domestic terrorism and active shooter incidents.  In 2012, he co-founded CGPGMG, bringing together 15 individual companies representing the nation’s select experts in security disciplines. Collectively, this group’s mission (CGPGMG) has been to advance and improve security training and facilitate workplace safety.

As one of the leading experts and authorities on the phenomenon of Active Shooter events and Domestic Terrorism Prevention, Chris has appeared on numerous national television networks, including Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, OANN and The Blaze, along with numerous syndicated radio broadcast programs.

To learn more about how Chris and CGPGMG can train your organization on active shooter prevention and response, call 214-856-3362 or email chris@cgpgmg.com.