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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Digital business transformation is driving line of business (LOB) to adopt rapid application development and deployment methodologies, such as DevOps. To stay ahead of the competition and adapt to rapidly changing customer and market demands, businesses and governments must automate and continuously adjust key processes. To do so, companies are increasingly developing their own applications to improve internal productivity and enhance customer engagement. Today, Citrix announced NetScaler CPX Express, a free developer version of NetScaler CPX, which is a NetScaler in a container form factor that delivers a battle-tested load balancer for developers to create microservices applications.

Unlike Free and Open-Source Software (F/OSS) alternatives, NetScaler CPX Express is a full-featured microservices-aware load balancer that gives developers the same enterprise-grade, secure functionality of the market-leading NetScaler platform which is deployed in more than 20,000 enterprise customers and the largest public clouds worldwide. NetScaler CPX Express has the same codebase, REST API, and operations interface as the NetScaler ADC, enabling a seamless transition of application delivery infrastructure from development to deployment cycles. NetScaler CPX Express provides microservices application developers with:

  • Application-savvy load balancing capabilities
  • Easy, in-service upgrades with no disruption to microservices
  • Advanced security capabilities such as SSL offload and protection against network, transport, application-layer DDoS threat vectors and API rate limiting for DDOS attack mitigation
  • Service discovery and auto reconfiguration with Google Kubernetes, Docker Swarm and Apache Mesos container management systems
  • Real-time visibility, management and analytics through integration with the NetScaler Management and Analytics System
  • The ability to get up and running in less than five minutes

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Brad Casemore, Research Director, Data Center Networks, IDC

“With the rise of DevOps and microservices, developers increasingly are concerned with reliable application delivery as well as with application development. Unfortunately, at the inception of many projects, developers do not always have access to a full-featured ADC. With the introduction of the NetScaler CPX Express, Citrix is responding to that developer need and helping to accelerate the speed at which microservices-based applications can advance from development to deployment.”

Anthony Shaw, Head of Innovation, Dimension Data ITaaS

“Citrix continues to drive innovation forward with the introduction of NetScaler CPX Express. It offers developers and DevOps engineers a free containerized load balancer for layer 4-7 services based on NetScaler, which is ideal for creating microservices or containerized applications. Developers can pave the way for the conversion of monolithic applications into containerized or microservices applications by using the same NetScaler functionality that exists in production in the datacenter for application development and all the way through to production.”

Ash Chowdappa, Vice President and General Manager, NetScaler, Citrix

“Citrix is continually innovating to deliver solutions for traditional IT as well as emerging ADC requirements of DevOps and developer communities. With our market-leading NetScaler ADC platform, we are empowering developers to build, test and deploy apps all on a single integrated, scalable and secure platform. NetScaler CPX Express enables developers to drive applications into full-scale production quicker than any other alternative available today.”

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About Citrix

Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) aims to power a world where people, organizations and things are securely connected and accessible to make the extraordinary possible. Its technology makes the world’s apps and data secure and easy to access, empowering people to work anywhere and at any time. Citrix provides a complete and integrated portfolio of Workspace-as-a-Service, application delivery, virtualization, mobility, network delivery and file sharing solutions that enables IT to ensure critical systems are securely available to users via the cloud or on-premise and across any device or platform. With annual revenue in 2015 of $3.28 billion, Citrix solutions are in use by more than 400,000 organizations and over 100 million users globally. Learn more at www.citrix.com.

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This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Those statements involve a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including risks associated with the impact of the global economy and uncertainty in the IT spending environment, revenue growth and recognition of revenue, products and services, their development and distribution, product demand and pipeline, economic and competitive factors, the Company's key strategic relationships, acquisition and related integration risks as well as other risks detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Citrix assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein. The development, release and timing of any features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion and is subject to change without notice or consultation. The information provided is for informational purposes only and is not a commitment, promise or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions or incorporated into any contract.

© 2016 Citrix Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Citrix, NetScaler and NetScaler CPX Express are trademarks of Citrix Systems, Inc. and/or one or more of its subsidiaries, and may be registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – ZeroStack, a one-stop shop for hybrid cloud infrastructure that delivers agility without complexity, today announced that it is the first to build capabilities that enterprises expect for OpenStack-based hybrid cloud to support applications in production. The key functions now in the ZeroStack Cloud Platform include:

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  • Virtual machine (VM) high availability
  • Workload placement policies
  • Data protection
  • Support for external storage
  • zApp store delivering single-click application deployment – part of the click and go model

These developments, coupled with ZeroStack’s self-healing software, make the ZeroStack Cloud Platform the only complete enterprise-ready OpenStack-based hybrid cloud solution.

Enterprises are looking to OpenStack to satisfy their cloud computing requirements, but they don’t want to train their IT staff on OpenStack technology and they want to be sure solutions meet their reliability needs. ZeroStack’s turnkey, self-healing Cloud Platform delivers full OpenStack functionality without IT operational burden, and now, with enterprise capabilities including integration of TrilioVault, the solution delivers what enterprises demand for production applications.

“The market continues to build momentum behind OpenStack, but enterprises demand HA and data protection features that can help to eliminate downtime,” said Dr. Jim Metzler, principal analyst at Ashton, Metzler & Associates. “Vendors like ZeroStack are now integrating these important capabilities, and this will accelerate enterprise adoption of OpenStack-based clouds.”

“Last year, ZeroStack brought plug-and-play, self-serve AWS-like consumption to enterprise clouds with its fully-integrated Cloud Platform, and now, we have become the first to offer enterprise capabilities in an OpenStack-based cloud,” said Deep Bhattacharjee, head of product management at ZeroStack. “With this announcement, ZeroStack is making OpenStack mature for enterprises by eliminating one of the key barriers to broad adoption.”

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About ZeroStack

ZeroStack makes it possible to own and use cloud infrastructure without any operational burden. ZeroStack is the first to deliver a self-managed hybrid cloud that combines public cloud-like consumption with on-premises hyperconverged appliances. Our turnkey cloud solutions use self-healing software and predictive analytics to eliminate guesswork and the need for IT operations expertise. ZeroStack was recognized by Gartner as a 2016 Cool Vendor for uniquely combining the functionality of cloud infrastructure with a cloud management platform. Founded by senior engineers from VMware and Google, the company is funded by Formation 8 and Foundation Capital, and is based in Mountain View, California. For more information, visit http://www.zerostack.com or follow us on Twitter @ZeroStackInc.

Spectromax Solutions Ltd., the IT project and software development specialist, is pleased to announce its membership of ScotlandIS.

Scotland's trade body for ICT, ScotlandIS represents digital businesses in Scotland across information technology, telecommunications and related sectors. As part of its membership, Spectromax will participate in ScotlandIS events and initiatives designed to develop and raise the profile of Scotland’s thriving digital technologies industry, which has become essential to the growth of the country’s economy.

 

“We’re delighted to join ScotlandIS and play an increasing part in developing Scotland’s already fantastic digital economy,” said Spectromax CEO, Bhuwan Kaushik. “ScotlandIS serves an important role bringing together an incredibly diverse landscape of digital companies in Scotland, for the benefit of all members and the industry as a whole. We’re always looking for new ways to get involved in Scotland’s budding tech scene, not to mention the opportunities for collaboration ScotlandIS provides.”

 

"We're delighted that Spectromax have joined as members of ScotlandIS, and look forward to including them in our activities,” said Polly Purvis, ScotlandIS Chief Executive. “ScotlandIS is a thriving community that brings together the ambition, talent and experience that’s so abundant in Scotland. We know that Scotland's dynamic digital technologies industry can excel and, by working with more of our member companies like Spectromax, we’re confident that we can help make this happen and continue to transform Scotland’s economy.”

 

Spectromax's participation in ScotlandIS comes after the company's announcement to create in excess of 300 jobs in the region as part of a recruitment drive. Spectromax is also involved in setting up a new training programme that will be initially launched in Edinburgh.

 

For more information about Spectromax and its work in Scotland / with ScotlandIS, please get in touch here http://www.spectromax.com/contact-us/

 

About Spectromax Solutions Ltd.

Spectromax Solutions Ltd. is team of technical experts with a new vision for IT deployments & software development across every vertical. The company has specialist knowledge in development, customisation and integration of complex enterprise-level solutions, advanced web and mobile applications, offering a well-balanced blend of technology skills, domain knowledge, hands-on experience, effective methodology and passion for IT.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — August 24, 2016 — GlobalGiving, a rapid-response crowdfunding community that connects donors with those in need during disasters, has launched a relief and recovery fund for survivors of the earthquake that devastated towns in central Italy on Wednesday morning. The 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy and the town of Amatrice, at its epicenter, was completely devastated. According to Italian officials, 120 people have died as of mid-day Wednesday, with death tolls expected to increase. Due to the mountainous terrain, Italian officials have reported that they are having extreme difficulty in getting emergency equipment and workers into the devastated areas that need them.

GlobalGiving’s Italy Earthquake Relief Fund supports vetted, established nonprofit organizations responding to the tragedy in central Italy. Making a donation to GlobalGiving’s Italy Earthquake Relief Fund supports the immediate work of first responders as well as long-term recovery efforts by organizations already in these areas who understand the most efficient and effective ways to help the local community.

“There’s a critical window of opportunity to mobilize funds after an earthquake,” said Mari Kuraishi, Co-Founder and President of GlobalGiving. “This new fund is a way for anyone to provide direct support to Italians affected by the quake. Rather than waiting months to distribute funds like some organizations, GlobalGiving funding goes directly to our vetted partners on the ground. We can provide support in a matter of days to help the people and areas that need it most.”

Supporting Survivors in Amatrice, Accumoli, and Surrounding Towns
To donate online, visit https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/italy-earthquake-relief-fund/?rf=pr. US mobile phone users can text ITALY to 80100 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving’s Italy Earthquake Relief Fund. Message and data rates may apply. Terms: hmgf.org/t. To send a check, write "Italy Earthquake Relief Fund" in the memo line and mail it to GlobalGiving, 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC, 20005.

GlobalGiving and its partners will provide ongoing updates. For real-time reports and to learn how funds are being used, follow @GlobalGiving or visit https://www.globalgiving.org for information.

About GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community for nonprofits. A top-rated charity on Charity Navigator, GlobalGiving has helped raise more than $200 million from more than 500,000 donors for more than 14,000 projects. GlobalGiving supports local nonprofits around the world with the understanding that they are best suited to support their communities, especially during crisis relief and recovery efforts. Each organization is vetted thoroughly to ensure that donations are delivered to those who need them most.

BLU-MED Response Systems' Disaster Response Stockpile maintains rapidly deployable mobile hospitals for shipment to disaster locations anywhere in the world and within 48 hours

KIRKLAND, Wash., Aug. 24, 2016 – A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday morning. The extent of the devastation and death toll are still being realized. Most of the deaths are being reported from the town of Amatrice, near the epicenter of the earthquake. There are many surrounding towns also affected by the earthquake in Italy, which was felt 100 miles away in the city of Rome. Officials expect the death toll to continue to rise as search and rescue activities are being conducted by Italy's Department of Civil Defense and Department of Civil Protection, along with local fire, police, and medical teams in an effort to locate survivors.

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The shallow quake caused vulnerable old stone buildings to collapse while most people were sleeping. Subsequent and numerous aftershocks have further weakened already damaged buildings. Patients from the Amatrice hospital were transferred to a nearby hospital in Rieti as the hospital was severely damaged during the earthquake and was rendered unusable.

The director of Italy's Civil Protection Agency, Fabrizio Curcio, has activated national emergency procedures and noted the Norcia / Amatrice earthquake is on par with the 6.3 magnitude L'Aquila earthquake that occurred in 2009, which resulted in more than 300 deaths, more than a thousand injuries, and left 50,000 people homeless. Responding to the L'Aquila earthquake, CEO and founder Richard Hotes of Alaska Structures and the Hotes Foundation, donated a four-shelter 25-bed BLU-MED mobile hospital to the Italian government. Volunteers with the Hotes Foundation worked alongside members of the BLU-MED team and the Italian government to construct the 3,000 square foot mobile hospital.

The BLU-MED mobile hospital donated to the Italian government was part of BLU-MED Response Systems' Disaster Response Stockpile. This program maintains an emergency supply of mobile field hospitals, medical shelters, command centers, office and work space, mobile trailer systems, as well as housing accommodations for up to 10,000 people capable of being deployed to any location in the world within 48 hours or less.

The recent earthquake in Italy, followed by the 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Myanmar, emphasize the need for mobile hospitals to care for victims of such disasters.

The BLU-MED® team thoughts and prayers go out to the family's affected by the earthquakes in Italy and Myanmar.

BLU-MED Response Systems® (BLU-MED), a division of Alaska Structures, Inc., is The World's Leader in Deployable Medical Facilities. BLU-MED provides turnkey, portable shelter-based solutions for a wide range of applications including full service hospitals with alternate EOC, CBRNE, triage, isolation, immunization, decontamination, emergency rooms (ER), operating rooms (OR), intensive care units (ICU), burn unit, and mortuaries, mobile field hospitals, alternate command centers, temporary housing and base camp requirements for hospital expansion, surge capacity, and emergency disaster preparedness and response. BLU-MED also offers support services including a full range of medical equipment packages, vendor managed inventory, field deployment, and training & exercise support. For more information, visit www.Blu-Med.com

If you would like more information or to request access to the BLU-MED Disaster Response Stockpile, please call +1-425-739-2795 or visit our website: http://blu-med.com/disaster-response-stockpile/

Alaska Structures® designs, engineers and delivers the highest quality fabric building systems for extreme environments. Since it was founded in 1975, more than 55,000 Alaska Structures have been tested and proven in over 65 countries around the world, including more than 30,000 Alaska Military Shelters and 17,000 Alaska Environmental Control Units in Afghanistan and Iraq. For more information, visit www.AKS.com.

Leading National Property Restoration Firm Ranked 927 with Revenue Growth of 430 Percent

WHEELING, Ill. – (Aug. 24, 2016) – For the third consecutive year, Response Team 1, a leading national property restoration, disaster loss recovery, and multifamily renovation company, has been named to Inc. Magazine's prestigious "Inc. 5000" list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

Rankings of companies in the Inc. 5000 list are determined by the rate of revenue growth from 2012 to 2015.  In the 2016 list, Response Team 1 is ranked 927 with a three-year growth rate of 430 percent and revenue of $167 million.

“Our inclusion on the Inc. 5000 list for the third consecutive year is a testament to the hard work of hundreds of talented, dedicated RT1 employees,” said Mark San Fratello, CEO of Response Team 1. “We remain focused on growing Response Team 1 by consistently exceeding the expectations of our customers for high quality, efficient work.”

Response Team 1 is the nation’s second-largest residential and commercial property restoration and renovation company serving the continental U.S. from 49 strategic locations.

The Inc. 5000 list represents an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. To qualify, companies required revenues of at least $100,000 in 2012 and at least $2 million in 2015 and had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent companies – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – that were founded and generated revenue by March 31, 2012.

For the full Inc. 5000 company profile for Response Team 1, visit http://www.inc.com/profile/response-team-1. Complete Inc. 5000 results, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, is available at www.inc.com/inc5000.

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About Response Team 1

Response Team 1 is an award-winning national leader in the commercial and residential property restoration, disaster loss recovery and multifamily renovation industries. We are committed to getting life back to normal quickly and correctly for our customers. With decades of experience in quickly responding to large commercial and residential losses and community weather events, Response Team 1 serves the continental U.S. from 49 strategic locations.

More information is available at www.responseteam1.com.

Flatrate Truly Unlimited Storage in any Public or Private Cloud
Servosity’s powerful DR Server software combines Servosity’s own unique technology as well as StorageCraft’s industry leading ShadowProtect SPX software


For years, Servosity has lead the industry by offering our partners the ability to use their Instant Recovery technology to rapidly recover virtual or physical machines. This latest release leverages StorageCraft’s ShadowProtect SPX software to provide managed service providers the ability to perform instant recovery into VMware vSphere. This functionality allows physical servers running Microsoft Windows, Canonical Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and CentOS to instantly recover into any VMware vSphere cluster.

Servosity DR Server provides Managed Service Providers (MSPs) freedom of choice avoiding vendor lockin with flatrate, truly unlimited storage and the ability to target Amazon Web Services Simple Storage Service (AWS s3), Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, Google Cloud Storage, and many more. Servosity’s flatrate pricing includes all the features successful MSPs need, all the retention, and takes the guesswork out of pricing Backup and Disaster Recovery.

Servosity Key Differentiators:
● The ONLY OEM StorageCraft partner with the ability to target Amazon Web Services Simple Storage Service (AWS s3), Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, Google Cloud Storage, and many more.
● The ONLY OEM StorageCraft partner with flatrate, truly unlimited cloud storage.
● Simplicity and Flexibility. All pricing is simple and upfront. No vendor lockin and freedom of choice of Onpremise, Public, or Private Cloud Storage destination.

“A business continuity plan is vital to the success of business, and that is why StorageCraft has and will continue to provide one the most trusted backup and disaster recovery platforms on the market today,” said Curt James, StorageCraft's vice president of marketing and business development.

“Servosity DR Server was built to address the need for simple server protection for SMBs.” said Damien Stevens, Founder & CEO of Servosity. “We built Servosity’s VMware DR software specifically for MSPs to centrally manage all clients, both Onpremise and in the Cloud, through our multitenant web portal. Our single pane of glass and agentless VMware DR solution makes this the easiest way to setup, monitor, and manage VMwarebased DR for MSPs.”

Availability Servosity VMware DR is available immediately for Managed Service Providers without any persocket or perhost fees.

About StorageCraft:
The StorageCraft family of companies, founded in 2003, provides bestinclass backup, disaster recovery, system migration and data protection solutions for servers, desktops and laptops. StorageCraft delivers software products that reduce downtime, improve security and stability for systems and data, and lower the total cost of ownership. For more information, visit www.storagecraft.com.

Today we’re pleased to publish an interview between Maurice Gilbert, Corporate Compliance Insights’ Founder and CEO, and Manuel Martinez-Herrera, VP of Legal and Compliance at Namely.  Namely is the leading HR platform for midsize companies and an all-inclusive solution for HR administration and compliance.  Manuel offers insight into some of the greatest threats facing corporations today and explains how the Namely platform helps to mitigate those risks. 

Maurice Gilbert: How did you get started on a career in law and compliance?

Manuel Martinez-Herrera: It all happened in a very serendipitous way. I’m originally from Madrid, Spain. When I was 17, I spent a summer in Nantes, France, learning French. While there, I met an older friend who was going to law school. I should point out at this point that law in Spain, as in many other countries, is an undergraduate degree. At the time, I was undecided on what to study in college. This friend convinced me that law school was the way to go. As my parents can attest, even before entering kindergarten, I already had a special talent at arguing any case, especially my own. Thus, law school seem like a good fit.

Now, almost 20 years after, I can proudly say that that decision allowed me to embark on an international journey, thanks to which I have studied or worked as a lawyer on three different continents and in six cities (in chronological order: Madrid, Dijon, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Boston and New York).

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http://corporatecomplianceinsights.com/maintaining-hr-compliance-in-a-shifting-regulatory-environment/

It’s no secret that bigger data centers benefit from economies of scale. It costs less to provide X amount of data center capacity in a massive warehouse-scale facility than it does in a small data center.

The number of factors influencing total data center cost is almost countless, but that economies of scale are real is generally accepted as a fact. However, little data has been available publicly on exactly how much of a difference those economies of scale can make. A recent study by the Ponemon Institute, funded by Emerson Network Power, aims to quantify this difference.

And, as it turns out, the difference is huge. Even if you compare a data center that is 500 to 5,000 square feet in size to one that is between 5,001 and 10,000 square feet, it costs as much as 64 percent less on average to provide 1kW of IT capacity in the larger facility, the researchers found.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/08/23/what-is-the-data-center-cost-of-1kw-of-it-capacity/

CHARLESTON, W.Va.If you registered for help from FEMA and got a letter (often called a “determination letter”), you may want to appeal the decision made regarding your application for federal assistance. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Every disaster survivor has a right to appeal. Read your letter carefully all the way through to understand FEMA’s reason for its decision. This will allow you to know exactly why to appeal. Appeals must be made in writing and sent by mail or fax to FEMA within 60 days of receiving the letter.

  • It’s important to submit insurance information. If your coverage is not enough to make essential home repairs, provide a place to stay, or replace certain contents, FEMA can review your application. But you must provide documents from your insurance company that detail your settlement. Remember also that FEMA cannot duplicate homeowners’ or renters’ insurance benefits.

    • Contact your insurance company if you need settlement documents.

  • Prove occupancy. If you’re a homeowner or renter, FEMA can reconsider you for grants if you provide documents that prove the damaged structure was your main residence. You can prove this was your main home with utility bills, a driver’s license or a copy of your lease. You cannot receive federal disaster assistance for secondary or vacation homes.

  • Prove ownership. If you can prove you own the home, FEMA can reconsider you for grants to make a structure safe, sanitary and functional. Documents you can submit to prove ownership may include mortgage or insurance documents, tax receipts or a deed. If you don’t have a deed handy, speak to your local or county officials about obtaining a copy.

  • There are many other reasons you may disagree with a decision. If you registered you should have received a booklet called “Help after a Disaster” that details how FEMA determines who’s eligible for assistance. You can also access the booklet online at www.fema.gov/help-after-disaster. The booklet lists what information you need to include when appealing.

Mail or fax appeal documents within 60 days of receiving your FEMA determination letter to the address below:

  • FEMA National Processing Service Center
        P.O. Box 10055
        Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055
  • Fax documents to 800-827-8112.

If you have any questions about your determination letter or any other disaster recovery issues you may always call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay services) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice. Or you may:

West Virginia disaster survivors are reminded that the deadline to register for FEMA assistance is Wednesday, Sept 7.

Additional information on West Virginia’s disaster recovery can be found by calling the FEMA Helpline 800-621-3362 or visiting: www.DisasterAssistance.gov; the flood pages at wvflood.com; fema.gov/disaster/4273; twitter.com/femaregion3; and fema.gov/blog.

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