They last a lifetime and they never change. Fingerprints, irises and even gaits (as in walking) are immutable, if you discount the use of surgery. That is what makes them such reliable identifiers and the basis of different biometric security systems. From science fiction and spy films, we now have smartphones (iPhones for example) that have integrated fingerprint recognition. Users no longer have to remember or reset those ID/PIN combinations. Yet recently, hackers recently stole a file with 5.6 million fingerprints of US government employees. And of course, unlike ID/PIN combinations, those fingerprints cannot be reset. Now what?
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month certainly started with a bang, and not in a good way. My inbox was blowing up on Friday afternoon with alerts about the Experian breach involving T-Mobile wireless customers, and before I could catch up on that news, the emails shifted direction to the Scottrade breach. Today, as I was searching for more information about the breaches, I saw an announcement that the American Bankers Association’s website was hacked.
Even in this breach heavy (and weary) world, that’s a lot of bad news all at once. In fact, this comment that Ryan Wilk, director, customer success, NuData Security, sent to me seemed to sum up the news of the past few days quite well:
Data breaches don’t occur in a vacuum. The repercussions are widespread and often have a ripple effect.
(TNS) -- Hurricane Joaquin will give federal officials a chance to test a new system designed to provide real-time information about water conditions on Long Island and beyond during a storm, allowing emergency agencies to respond more quickly.
The U.S. Geological Survey's Surge, Wave and Tide Hydrodynamic Network reaches from Virginia to Maine, with dozens of sites on Long Island.
While Joaquin is expected to veer east of Long Island, the agency plans a scaled-back deployment of the system on Long Island, said Ron Busciolano, supervisory hydrologist with the USGS New York Water Science Center in Coram.
Global Information Management Leader Provides One-Stop Governance Solution for Paper and Digital Information for Businesses of All Sizes
Automate Policies, Enable Secure Collaboration and Improve Compliance
NORCROSS, Ga. — Recall Holdings Limited (ASX: REC), a global leader in document storage, digital information solutions, data protection and secure destruction services, today announced the general availability of Recall CommandIG™ in Washington, D.C.
CommandIG™ is a secure cloud-based or on-premise information governance solution that enables companies to easily govern paper records and digital information wherever it resides and address the challenges of secure collaboration. Whether a company operates locally, regionally or globally, CommandIG™ is fully configurable to support the information governance requirements for companies of all sizes, in any industry.
“Our customers consistently ask for products to keep their businesses ahead of changing industry regulations and compliant with applicable laws and regulations,” said Ron McMurtrie, senior vice president and global chief marketing officer, Recall. “CommandIG™ is the solution needed to address secure distribution, collaboration, management and governance for all the physical and digital information created and consumed by an organization, regardless of how widely dispersed across industries and geographies they may be.”
According to the Compliance, Governance & Oversight Council’s Information Governance Benchmark Report of Global 1000 Companies, data volume growth is expected to increase by a factor of 44 in the next decade. With the growth of digital documents far outpacing paper, the information governance challenge is a technical issue. Successful compliance depends on technical solutions that factor in legal interpretations, IT expertise and records management insights. CommandIG™ provides records management, legal and IT departments with an easy way to apply consistent information lifecycle policies to documents.
Organizational benefits of CommandIG™ include:
- Comprehensive Governance Control – CommandIG™ allows an organization to automatically apply retention policies to assist in complying with applicable laws and regulations. CommandIG™ also facilitates management from retention to disposition, as well as federated search and legal hold, across content repositories managed either by Recall or other information repositories, including FileNet, SharePoint, Documentum and network drives that reside behind the corporate firewall.
- Greater Regulatory Compliance – As compliance regulations emerge and evolve in each of the countries an organization operates, CommandIG™ has the power and flexibility to keep up with and adhere to mandates that ensure compliance. CommandIG™ is fully HIPAA and PCI DSS compliant and ISO 27001:2013 and EU/Swiss Safe Harbor compliant.
- Efficient Collaboration – CommandIG™ allows organizations to manage all physical and digital information no matter where it resides across the company’s local, regional and international boundaries. Whether day-to-day searches or something more comprehensive, like an audit, organizations no longer need to waste unnecessary time searching for documents.
“The continued growth of paper and the explosion of digital documents along with expanding regulations governing privacy and accessibility are rewriting the rules of information governance,” said Rob Hamilton, global vice president, digital market leader, Recall. “As a result, the need to manage an unprecedented level of information is leading to more advanced rules impacting organizations of all sizes and industries. CommandIG™ provides businesses with a quick, secure and an intuitive approach to information governance for physical and digital information.”
CommandIG™ is delivered in three easily configured packages, depending upon the organization’s requirements. The standard subscription package, suitable for small and mid-sized enterprise businesses and many departments in larger organizations, is priced at US$199 per month. Initial availability will include the United States, Australia and New Zealand with additional markets to follow.
Today’s announcement continues to highlight Recall’s expanding digital offerings. Products including Recall Portal and CommandIG™ will better address customers’ information governance and digital information storage requirements. For more information on CommandIG™ please visithttp://www.recall.com/information-governance/recall-commandig, download the whitepaperhttp://www.recall.com/resource-center/white-papers/information-governance-gap or follow Recall on Twitter at @recallholdings and LinkedIn.
Recall is a global leader in information management solutions, offering customers complete management of its physical and digital information assets with one partner. Recall’s innovative solutions empower organizations to make better business decisions throughout the information lifecycle, while maintaining regulatory compliance and eliminating unnecessary resources, time and costs. Recall services more than 80,000 customer accounts in over 300 dedicated operation centers, spanning five continents in 25 countries. For more information, please visit recall.com.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Permabit Technology Corporation, the industry leader in data reduction technology, today announced InfoSystems, Inc., a leading IT solutions and services provider in the southeastern U.S., has joined the company’s partner network of solution providers, value-added resellers, and distributors bringing Permabit’s Albireo SANblox™ appliance to the IT marketplace. InfoSystems serves enterprise and small- to medium-size businesses with solutions in data storage, virtualization, cloud, server infrastructure, backup and disaster recovery, network security, software development, voice service and unified communications. SANblox is a unique data reduction appliance for Fibre Channel-attached storage that pairs Permabit’s industry leading deduplication index with its best in class HIOPS Compression™ technology. It delivers immediate data reduction for flash, hybrid or HDD storage products across a wide range of applications, including virtual server, VDI, copy data, database (OLTP and data warehouse), analytics and Big Data environments. SANblox can be deployed in a matter of hours for immediate storage savings in all-flash, hybrid, or HDD environments. With inline data reduction, storage savings from deduplication and compression are realized immediately while increasing effective capacity and reducing costs. SANblox deployment flexibility also enables selective use of deduplication and/or compression on data stores, enabling users to choose the data reduction techniques that best meet their needs. “InfoSystems excels at guiding customers through the changing storage marketplace, and Permabit’s data reduction technology helps by enabling high performance, high capacity storage at dramatically reduced TCO,” said Scott Skidmore, Permabit VP of Sales. “We are thrilled to welcome InfoSystems to Permabit’s reseller and distributor network and are fully committed to their success.” “SANblox allows us to immediately deliver the industry’s highest performing, most scalable and lowest footprint data reduction to our customers with Fibre Channel SAN environments,” said Scott Davis , Vice President, Sales and Marketing, InfoSystems. “Customers who incorporate SANblox in their hybrid, disk and flash storage arrays can immediately increase their storage capacity and reduce their operating costs, with little to no impact on performance and minimal change to their existing environments.” About InfoSystems, Inc. InfoSystems serves enterprise and small- to medium-sized businesses in the Southeast. Major areas of expertise encompass data management, hardware, software and communications. InfoSystems’ services are backed by certifications in data storage, virtualization, cloud, server infrastructure, backup and disaster recovery, network security, software development, voice service and unified communications. For more information on InfoSystems products and services, please visit www.infosystems.biz.
About Permabit Permabit pioneers development of data reduction technologies. Our innovative data deduplication, compression and thin provisioning products enable the world’s leading storage OEMs to cut effective cost, accelerate performance, reduce time to market and gain competitive advantage. Just as server virtualization revolutionized the economics of compute, our data reduction technologies are transforming storage economics, today. Permabit is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts with operations in California, Texas, Florida, Korea and Japan. For more information, visit www.permabit.com. For more information on SANblox for Enterprise IT, see SANblox.com
FreeStor is offered as an affordable, easy-to-use option for companies migrating to Telefonica’s Data Vault offerings MELVILLE, N.Y. — FalconStor Software Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), a 15-year innovator of software-defined storage solutions, today announced that Telefonica Empresas Chile is leveraging its FreeStor® single, converged, hardware-agnostic data service software platfrom as part of its portfolio of co-location, hosting and tailor-made cloud platform solutions to help businesses boost employee productivity with the collaborative tools needed in today’s Big Data and cloud ecosystems. Telefonica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalization and number of customers. From its consolidated position in the sector, and with fixed telephony and mobile broadband as key areas that support future growth, the company focuses its strategy on securing its leadership in the digital world. As the company’s first Latin American operations, Telefonica Empresas Chile has become a successful provider of telecommunications services -- broadband, digital TV and voice throughout the country. As such, it is considered a leader in providing the fiber optic network necessary to help businesses become intelligent enterprises. With data service needs developing exponentially over the past few years, telecommunications companies like Telefonica Empresas Chile are facing increasing challenges as they see their business shift increasingly from voice to digital. With a focus on services rather than products, Telefonica is leveraging FreeStor to offer migration, replication and high availability to customers looking to move data safely and securely to its WAN2Cloud data vault. “FreeStor is a very good solution for us,” said Luis Urzua, Digital Solutions Manager at Telefonica Empresas Chile. “FreeStor is easy to use and also very affordable for us and our customers. With FreeStor we are able to offer a converged storage ecosystem with a full suite of services. This is how Telefonica can help companies become intelligent enterprises, with collaborative tools that boost the creativity of employees through talent empowerment.” FreeStor's horizontal architecture unlocks a new world of storage opportunities, allowing IT managers, MSPs and CSPs to maximize efficiencies and lower costs while taking advantage of cloud, hybrid cloud, flash storage and Software-Defined Storage. A groundbreaking Intelligent Abstraction® approach delivers seamless access and unified data services across entire storage infrastructures without having to invest in new technology, or rip and replace existing platforms. Always-on availability and continuity keep business running while enabling them to move, synchronize and protect data seamlessly across virtual and physical storage platforms. “FreeStor helps solutions providers like Telefonica Empresas Chile shorten project timelines, minimize complexities and reduce costs of the data services they provide to their customers,” said Gary Quinn, FalconStor President, and CEO. “By providing the migration, continuity, recovery and optimization attributes they need to help them focus on the services their customers need, FreeStor is able to provide Telefonica with the greater efficiencies, reduced downtime, lower costs and improved simplicity required to do so.” About FalconStor FalconStor® Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC) is a leading software-defined storage company offering a converged data services software platform that is hardware agnostic. Our open, integrated flagship solution FreeStor® reduces vendor lock-in and gives enterprises the freedom to choose the applications and hardware components that make the best sense for their business. We empower organizations to modernize their data center with the right performance, in the right location, all while protecting existing investments. FalconStor’s mission is to maximize data availability and system uptime to ensure nonstop business productivity while simplifying data management to reduce operational costs. Our award-winning solutions are available and supported worldwide by OEMs as well as leading service providers, system integrators, resellers and FalconStor. The company is headquartered in Melville, N.Y. with offices throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information, visit www.falconstor.com or call 1-866-NOW-FALC (866-669-3252).
HC3 Platform Reduces TCO, adds simplicity and transforms storage infrastructure INDIANAPOLIS – Scale Computing, the leading provider of hyperconverged solutions, announced today that UK-based St Richard’s Catholic College has selected its HC3 system to bring its infrastructure and student learning experience into the 21st century. St Richard’s has a 50-year tradition of high quality education as a foundation to build upon, with a goal to transition from print-based teaching to an environment of digital learning excellence. The college has a staff of 200 and student base of 1,000. St Richard’s needed to replace its aging EMC legacy data center environment with new technology to achieve higher throughput performance, higher availability, and deliver an expanding list of services. The legacy environment lacked reliability and did not meet the faculty or student objectives for a reasonable log-on speed, and it was a very complex task to configure and very costly on IT resources to support. The St Richard’s IT Team evaluated SAN solutions from HP and Dell, along with hyperconverged solutions from Nutanix and Scale Computing. “We decided to go with Scale Computing as it was not only more cost effective in reducing our TCO versus others we evaluated, but it also had incredible simplicity as an overall solution that would easily move us from our EMC environment,” said Mark Lane, Systems Manager. “The cost savings with Scale Computing were extremely compelling and the total cost of the system was 40% lower than continuing our EMC renewal contract,” said Lane. “The foundation we now have with Scale’s HC3 will enable even greater CapEx and OpEx savings over the next 5 years.”
“The installation of the HC3 system took one hour to unpack, attach rack rails, and connect power to the system. In the next hour, we had the system clustered and connected to our fibre network,” said Lane. “The entire setup of user permissions, access control, security, and virtualizing the storage environment was complete in three days. The installation went flawlessly and was totally transparent to the users.” One of the most business critical applications is logging onto the system and authentication for faculty and students in the classroom. “On our previous EMC storage, log on times for our Microsoft CIFS system would take 2 minutes and now with HC3 we are now experiencing sub 25 second log-on time for a 300% productivity gain”. With the cost effectiveness of the HC3 system, St Richard’s is now implementing an additional HC3 system for disaster recovery and greater protection of the College’s information assets. The HC3 systems are identical at both sites to meet desired performance SLAs and to deliver transparent access to all College systems. “We have had our initial HC3 system installed for 18 months and our DR system running for 6 months and we have not experienced any downtime,” said Lane. “We have upgraded our system to a dual configuration which not only gives us greater scale, but also enhances our system resiliency.”
“Our HC3 System reduced our physical footprint 300% and cut our power and cooling in half for an incredible cost savings while making a big difference with carbon footprint,” said Lane. “More than anything else, our IT environment is no longer a stressful environment as we no longer have to deal with the hot issue of the moment.” “With the previous EMC storage system St Richard’s tried to implement 200 Citrix thin clients, but could not get it to work,” said Lane. “We had no servers virtualized before HC3, but now everything is virtualized which not only enables us to optimize our client/server resources, but the lower administrative support to manage our entire data center complex is saving us precious time and increasing productivity.” “We think that all schools and colleges should go to a hyperconverged model like our environment as it is cost effective, sustainable, and instills confidence to users,” said Lane. “If I was an IT solution provider or reseller, I would take a good look at HC3 as a plug and play solution for any customer because it just works.” About Scale Computing Scale Computing integrates storage, servers, and virtualization software into an all-in-one appliance based system that is scalable, self-healing, and as easy to manage as a single server. Using industry standard components, the HC3 appliances install in under an hour, and can be expanded and upgraded with no downtime. High availability insulates the user from any disk or server failure and a unified management capability driven by the patented HyperCore Software™, efficiently integrates all functionality. The result is a data center solution that reduces operational complexity, allows a faster response to business issues, and dramatically reduces costs. For more information, call 877-SCALE-59 or visit www.scalecomputing.com.
Fully Supporting the FreeBSD Open Source Community of 200,000+ Users
NEW YORK - NYI, a boutique colocation and managed services provider, announces that Netgate®, a provider of IT security and privacy platforms, powers its pfSense® software distribution and project operations at NYI’s data center in New Jersey. With this partnership, NYI has exclusive access to a customized build of the pfSense software, which is immediately available as part of NYI Managed Firewall offerings
pfSense is a best-in-class Open Source router firewall based on FreeBSD, which serves a worldwide community of more than 250,000 users. In addition to colocation space and managed services, Netgate relies on NYI for hands-on technical and engineering support. NYI and Netgate’s strong partnership enables collaboration on various technologies to create new security and networking solutions that are extended to both NYI’s enterprise client base and Netgate’s partner community.
Netgate hardware and pfSense software delivers advanced networking, security and storage for both appliance and cloud-based infrastructures. Built on the FreeBSD open source platform, Netgate offers comprehensive and feature-rich network security solutions to the worldwide service provider, enterprise and SMB segments. Netgate customers report that deploying the peer-reviewed pfSense software results in increased reliability, security and speed of deployment while significantly reducing costs of both deployment and OAM.
“The nature of our partnership is unique in that Netgate depends on our datacenter as a launch pad for its security services and applications, and in turn NYI utilizes that security platform as the backbone of our enterprise class firewall offering,” states Phil Koblence, COO for NYI. “Netgate’s dedication to providing the highest levels of performance and stability is exactly what we look for in a solution partner. Through this unique partnership where NYI works directly with the software developers that write the code, NYI clients can experience true customization unlike any other security services in the marketplace. Our clients can feel assured they have the most secure and cost effective security services available.”
Security is top of mind with any sized company and by implementing NYI’s security services powered by pfSense, security protection is contained in one package. In turn, this drastically simplifies the security footprint for companies, lessens compute cycles and decreases operational and capital expense, while still maintaining high-levels of security.
“Netgate considers NYI more than just a partner; its team is an extension of our staff in architecture, operations, managed NOC and is deeply involved in the evolution of the pfSense software,” comments Paul Arceneaux, COO for Netgate. “Our collaborative relationship really serves as a foundation to think outside everyday solutions – allowing for testing, development and true innovation to spark. NYI provides us support that is above and beyond our expectations, and without that spirit, we wouldn’t have near the level of innovation we need to keep pushing the boundaries for our customers and user communities.”
NYI owns and operates secure and fully compliant data center facilities located in New York and New Jersey with a full suite of managed and security services, disaster recovery solutions, cloud computing and hybrid configurations. The company also has colocation space available on the West Coast to serve to meet clients’ production requirements or serve as part of a disaster recovery plan.
For more information call (800) 288-7387 or visit www.nyi.net.
At NYI, we understand you’re important and so is your business. Our approach is simple, effective and unique in our marketplace. We look beyond our world-class data centers and focus on supporting customer growth and success acting as a genuine extension of your IT team. Since 1996, we have provided our customers with fully managed, highly customized infrastructure solutions built to suit their specific business and mission critical IT needs. Our customers view us as a true partner; always available for round-the-clock support from a team they know and trust.
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Fully Supporting the FreeBSD Open Source Community of 200,000+ Users
NEW YORK – NYI, a boutique colocation and managed services provider, announces that Netgate®, a provider of IT security and privacy platforms, powers its pfSense® software distribution and project operations at NYI's data center in New Jersey. With this partnership, NYI has exclusive access to a customized build of the pfSense software, which is immediately available as part of NYI Managed Firewall offerings.
- Deep application-level I/O analytics for increased real-time operational visibility
- High performance tiered storage for Couchbase delivered at enterprise scale
- Compelling economics combine advantages of PCIe/NVMe, Flash/SSD and HDD for on-premise or in-cloud deployments
NEW YORK – Datagres, a leading provider of Application I/O Intelligence, today announced general availability of its PerfAccel solution for Couchbase Server, the highest performing NoSQL distributed database platform. The combination of PerfAccel and Couchbase Server empower database administrators and DevOps to understand real-time data movements and fine-tune their dynamic data distribution rules for the entire database grid. Datagres is attending Couchbase Live New York today where it is demonstrating PerfAccel and its integration with Couchbase Server.
PerfAccel uses deep operational intelligence of Couchbase I/O patterns to help design, deploy and perform for large-scale environments. It helps databases leverage deep I/O analytics to balance customers' requirement for high performance media and more persistent and cost-effective capacity storage.
The partnership coincides with the release of Couchbase Server 4.0, a new release that enables developers to build a much broader variety of web, mobile and IoT applications on Couchbase. The release delivers new levels of developer agility, enterprise application scalability and performance, and business insight from data stored in Couchbase.
"Increased adoption and scaling of Couchbase in global companies has created a need for advanced storage solutions," said Rod Hamlin, Vice President of Business Development, Couchbase. "With their deep understanding of storage analytics, Datagres gives our customers the flexibility to deploy cost-effective hardware platforms that meet their specific applications and requirements."
"Enterprise customers constantly have to choose between cost and performance," said Ranajit Nevatia, President and CEO of Datagres. "The Datagres PerfAccel solution for Couchbase makes it easier for customers to understand their application requirements and scale for performance while reducing their infrastructure costs."
Increase Performance, Reduce Cost
Datagres PerfAccel for Couchbase is an I/O analytics and visibility solution. PerfAccel's visibility-driven auto-tiered storage approach provides the lowest latency and highest throughput for demanding workloads, cost-effectively. Datagres PerfAccel for Couchbase provides:
- Deeper understanding of Couchbase I/O to help DevOps and database administrators to better design, deploy, and scale based on working set and not full dataset requirements
- Real-time profiling of every Couchbase I/O to diagnose and solve most complex operational and performance challenges
- Proactive distribution of active dataset close to the CPU while maintaining the entire database on cheaper capacity storage.
- An intelligent auto-tiered storage layer to combine benefits of Flash/NVMe/SSD/HDD Storage
- Ability to visualize per-node workload at a granular level, and take actions to optimize and fine tune performance
- Lowest latency and highest throughput at reduced costs of up to 50% - 80% for on-premise or in-cloud deployments (Amazon, Azure, Google)
- Software only solution that runs wherever Couchbase runs - physical, virtual, on-premise, in the cloud, deployed in virtualized or containerized environments
For more detailed information please refer to the solution brief or download the joint whitepaper
Datagres provides software that helps companies visualize, control and accelerate their application performance using deep file-level storage intelligence. PerfAccel is a dynamic and intelligent grid scale management and acceleration solution for active data. Through powerful analytics and reporting tools, PerfAccel executes smart, server side data processing for storage I/O offload and application acceleration. With PerfAccel, organizations can accelerate applications, scale, and manage IOPS across entire grids through a single pane of glass and get the most from their existing storage infrastructure.
Datagres is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has received funding from Nexus Venture Partners. For more information, visit http://www.datagres.com.