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LONDON, United Kingdom – LDeX Group has today announced that Manchester’s metropolitan fibre network, The Loop, has deployed a strategic point of presence in the city’s newest datacentre facility, LDeX2. This partnership will look to enhance connectivity to online businesses in the local region.


Part of Gamma Communications PLC, one of the UK’s largest fixed-line voice carriers, The Loop provides dedicated fibre networks, point to point private networks, flexible high-capacity internet access and business grade IP Telephony The Loop will complement the vast array of connectivity providers which have already lined up to provide ultra-fast low latency connectivity over diverse dark fibre to LDeX customers in the Manchester area and further afield.


Commenting on the news, LDeX Group CEO Rob Garbutt said: “We are delighted that The Loop has decided to launch a strategic point of presence at our newest datacentre facility, LDeX2. Aligning the company with best in class communications service providers such as The Loop is a priority for LDeX in delivering superior value added datacentre and network services to our customers.”


He added “With a fibre footprint in Manchester in excess of 100km, this strategic partnership with The Loop will enable LDeX to provide ultra-fast low latency connectivity to businesses via its metropolitan fibre optic network which links major commercial points in the region.”


Ashley Griffiths Managing Director of The Loop said: “As a prominent communications service provider, we are delighted to partner with Manchester’s newest datacentre facility LDeX2 to provide best in class connectivity to online businesses in the local region ensuring minimal downtime.”


About LDeX Group

LDeX Group is an independent national datacentre and colocation operator providing best in class colocation, network connectivity and satellite services to an array of customers across the globe.

The company owns, operates and manages its facilities, providing colocation and network services to a range of industry sectors to protect the availability of data, applications, ecommerce and online presence.


For further information, please visit the website: www.ldexgroup.co.uk


About The Loop

The Loop is a 100Km plus fibre network in Greater Manchester, supplying direct connectivity to datacentres and ultrafast internet access to the private and public sector. The fibre optic cables are buried under the region’s roads and remained largely dormant for over a decade until The Loop was launched in October 2012. The original cabling was installed by Atlantic Telecom, largely to support the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002, but Atlantic subsequently went into administration. The Loop, which solely focusses on Greater Manchester, is based in Trafford Park. The network circles the city centre and stretches out to Eccles in the West, towards Oldham in the North, Stretford in the South and Gorton in the East.


About Gamma

Gamma is a rapidly growing, technology-based provider of communications services to the UK business market. Gamma's services, such as Cloud PBX, Inbound call control services and SIP trunking, are designed to meet the increasingly complex voice, data and mobility requirements of businesses, through the exploitation of its know-how and own intellectual property. Gamma also provides services such as business-grade broadband, Ethernet and mobile and data services and, as a consequence of its history, has a substantial voice service capability. These services enable Gamma to provide a comprehensive range of communications services. Gamma has enjoyed strong organic revenue and EBITDA growth driven by high percentage of repeat revenues. The business has over 500 employees, of which 20% are employed in product development. It operates across six main locations - headquartered in Newbury - with offices in Fareham, Manchester, Glasgow, London and Budapest.

For further information on The Loop contact Roz Hughes on 07967 800395 or email roz@rozhughes.com or visit www.theloopmanchester.co.uk

Developed and designed exclusively in-house, VXL’s new, industry-leading Gio 6 Linux operating system features a new look, user-friendly design together with greater flexibility, connectivity, security and multimedia capabilities.


Ideal for mainstream SMB and enterprise use, VXL’s quick boot Gio 6 is one of our most reliable and robust embedded Linux operating systems to date and is based on one of the industry’s most respected core systems.


The new Gio 6 Linux operating system is available on the latest entry-level K, mid-range F, high performance, dual core, Md series desktops and the J series True Zero™ client. Incorporating an efficient modular component upgrade capability for both operating system and applications, the new, improved Linux also includes the user-friendly, zero touch INI file remote configuration technology.


Central and effective management of the new Gio 6 desktops can also be done using VXL’s leading Fusion Professional Device Manager™ and the new Gio 6 Linux operating system is also at the heart of VXL’s latest CloudDesktop™ PC repurposing software solution.


Delivering an excellent user experience when connecting to the Cloud, VXL’s new Gio 6 Linux operating system allows easy connection to servers using popular protocols and tools including the very latest Citrix Receiver with StoreFront, VMware Horizon View, Microsoft RDP 8, 2X and NX to name but a few.


Gio 6 boasts class-leading specification levels notably a USB Device Manager with full, granular control over connection of USB devices including brand, model, permissions and Peer Update that reduces network usage with a ‘buddy’ peer update method as well as appointing single or multiple peers that distribute updates in the local zone. Additional leading features also include;

  • 15 Second Quick Boot
  • Jet Direct Support
  • Configurable Firewall
  • Multi Session Connections
  • Map Drive as HOME for AD / LDAP
  • Repository Manager
  • Scanner Support
  • UAC for module access
  • CRON Support
  • WINE integrated

Commenting on Gio 6, Frank Noon, VXL’s VP Worldwide Sales said “Our leadership position in the thin, cloud and zero client space reflects our ongoing strategy of developing innovative solutions that are designed to meet our customer requirements. “Our new Gio 6 OS stays true to this concept, providing an excellent end user experience together with greater versatility, connectivity, security and multimedia benefits” he added.

ABBYY OCR technology incorporated into solution that reduces risk and improves compliance



LONDON, UK – ABBYY, a leading provider of document recognition, data capture, and linguistic technologies, today announced that TrustID of Reading, UK has chosen ABBYY FineReader Engine to help process national driving licences as part of its identity validation solution. Using ABBYY’s optical text recognition and document conversion technologies, driving licences are converted into readable content which is suitable for automatic data verification.


ABBYY FineReader Engine is integrated into TrustID’s TVS system. Once a document is scanned, the system identifies it as a UK driving licence and then reads the required data fields such as name, date of birth and document number. This data is then validated and checked and the results presented to the user to confirm whether or not the document is acceptable. The solution is used in a variety of scenarios for checking the identity of staff and customers, for example:

  • In local government agencies for checking the identity of housing applicants and other benefit claimants
  • For banks and other financial service providers who need to confirm the identity of their customers
  • At universities for checking that students have the right to study in the UK
  • In NHS Trusts to check staff and contractors entitlement to drive

“Increased legislation and regulatory requirements are putting many organisations under increased pressure to check the identity documents of their staff or customers,” says David Park, commercial director, TrustID. “Our range of identity document validation solutions help organisations to be more compliant at a lower cost as well as reduce fraud, increase security and protect brand. ABBYY OCR technology has improved the functionality of our solution, which in turn makes it more attractive to our customers.”


ABBYY FineReader Engine is a software development kit that gives developers, system integrators and BPOs the tools they require to integrate optical text recognition technologies into their applications. The ABBYY recognition platform delivers award-winning OCR, intelligent character recognition (ICR), barcode, checkmark, field-level/zonal recognition and PDF conversion enabling scanned documents and images to be automatically transformed into searchable and editable document formats.


“Industry leaders worldwide rely on ABBYY OCR technology to create a variety of applications in all sectors,” says Sven Diedrich, Director, Technology Licensing Business Unit, ABBYY. “Over two decades, our success has been built upon a foundation of trust in ABBYY’s proven technology and our commitment to innovative product development. We are proud to say that TrustID have chosen our SDK as a best-fit for their needs.”


About ABBYY UK Ltd.

ABBYY UK is a member of the ABBYY Group and supports sales and marketing activities in Western Europe. ABBYY is a leading provider of document recognition, data capture, and linguistic technologies and services. Its products include the ABBYY FineReader line of optical character recognition (OCR) applications, ABBYY FlexiCapture line of data capture solutions, and development tools. ABBYY offers Professional Services to help customers implementing business solutions based on ABBYY’s products. Paper-intensive organisations from all over the world use ABBYY solutions to automate time- and labour-consuming tasks and to streamline business processes. ABBYY products are used in large-scale government projects such as those of Australian Taxation Office, Lithuanian Tax Inspectorate, Ministry of Education of Russia, Ministry of Education of Ukraine, Montgomery County Government of the USA and the Government of Canada. Companies that license ABBYY technologies include BancTec, Canon, EMC/Captiva, Hewlett-Packard, KnowledgeLake, Microsoft, NewSoft, Notable Solutions, Samsung Electronics and more. ABBYY OCR applications are shipped with equipment from the world’s top manufacturers such as Epson, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, Microtek, Panasonic, PFU, Plustek, Ricoh, Toshiba, and Xerox. ABBYY is an international company with offices in Germany, the UK, France, Spain, Ukraine, Cyprus, Russia, the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Taiwan. For more information, visit www.ABBYY.com

ABBYY, the ABBYY Logo, FineReader, ADRT, Lingvo, FlexiCapture, and PDF Transformer are either registered trademarks or trademarks of ABBYY Software Ltd. Other product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners and are hereby recognised.

BEDFORD, Mass. – EnterpriseDB (EDB), the leading worldwide provider of enterprise-class Postgres products and database compatibility solutions, today announced a partnership with Lenovo. The companies will promote the performance gains and cost savings of combining Lenovo’s servers with Postgres Plus Advanced Server software from EDB. Both corporations are collaborating on go-to-market plans and working with a global network of mutual reseller partners.


Lenovo’s server offerings span the entire gamut of customer hardware infrastructure and solutions needs - from one-socket personal and SMB environments to eight-socket global enterprise data center environments. Built on Intel Xeon E7 4800/8800 v2 family processors, Lenovo’s X6 enterprise servers provide faster database performance thanks to the latest memory technologies and low latency storage options.

Additionally, these servers offer differentiation from other x86 servers in their award-winning unique “lidless” modular design that easily scales from four to eight sockets by reusing swappable Compute-, Storage- and I/O Books from the four-socket chassis in the larger eight-socket chassis.


“The expanding number of processor cores in servers has many businesses facing huge cost increases in licensing for traditional databases when upgrading hardware, prompting many to adopt Postgres Plus,” said Ethan O’Rafferty, Vice President, Alliances and Channels at EnterpriseDB. “Postgres Plus optimises price-performance for Lenovo customers while taking advantage of X6 servers’ scalability to eight sockets. With its global reach and operational excellence, Lenovo is a powerful partner for EDB.”


The combination of Lenovo server technology and Postgres Plus Advanced Server provides the performance and scalability businesses require to power today’s data-intensive, mission-critical workloads. Postgres Plus from EDB extends open source PostgreSQL with enterprise-class performance, security and manageability enhancements.


“Traditional databases are the most expensive component of the server, operating system and database infrastructure stack needed to run applications. Partnering with EDB for their open source based Postgres Plus database dramatically reduces our customers’ costs,” said Matt Barkovitiz, Director of Alliances, Enterprise Systems Group, Lenovo. “The combination of Postgres Plus and System x infrastructure optimises price-performance for our joint customers in their hardware upgrades and expansions, and will help strengthen Lenovo’s position in the global server market.”


EnterpriseDB and Postgres Plus Advanced Server are registered trademarks of EnterpriseDB. All other company or product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.


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About EnterpriseDB Corporation

EnterpriseDB is the leading worldwide provider of Postgres software and services that enable enterprises to reduce their reliance on costly traditional solutions and slash their database spend by 80% or more. With powerful performance and security enhancements for PostgreSQL, sophisticated management tools for global deployments and database compatibility for Oracle, EnterpriseDB software supports both mission and non-mission critical enterprise applications. More than 2,700 enterprises, governments and other organisations worldwide use EnterpriseDB software, support, training and professional services to integrate open source software into their existing data infrastructures. Based in Bedford, MA, EnterpriseDB is backed by strategic and other investors.

HAMBURG – gateprotect GmbH, a German IT security specialist and subsidiary of the Rohde & Schwarz corporate group, has expanded its product range with the R&S®SITLine ETH security solutions. Thanks to state-of-the-art cryptographic methods, these guarantee the current maximum security for Ethernet wide area networks: The SITLine-ETH encryption devices are BSI-approved for the NATO RESTRICTED and VS-NfD confidentiality levels and thus offer highly secure protection to military standards, even for corporate data.


Ethernet is the modern de facto standard transmission technology for wide area networks (WAN), which are designed for efficient and affordable voice or data transmission between company and data centre sites. These networks used by commercial enterprises entail a high risk of manipulation and are thus a gateway to international industrial espionage. gateprotect now offers a highly secure and universally deployable Ethernet encoding system to protect wide area networks. The SITLine ETH product series encrypts data flows and business communication with military standards with minimum network loads.


The devices of the SITLine ETH series are BSI-approved Ethernet encoders that also reliably protect heterogeneous network structures. The range starts with extremely robust small devices, which may be applied in temperatures ranging from -20°C to +70°C in server rooms without air-conditioning as well as directly on the desk or for mobile use in a vehicle. High-performance encoders for data centres with throughput of 40 Gbit/s per device and a design optimised for use in the data centre are also part of the product range. Wearing parts such as fans, power supply units and batteries have a redundant layout and can be changed while operation is ongoing. The encoders are based on the innovative platform architecture of Rohde & Schwarz, which ensures low consumption with the latest electronic components and also the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) per gigabit for OSI Layer 2 encoders.


The properties of SITLine ETH at a glance:

  • Maximum entropy: The data is protected via 257-bit ECC encryption, which corresponds to approx. 3200-bit RSA.
  • Strict security standards: Their observance justify the NATO RESTRICTED and VS-NfD certifications.
  • Stable product availability: Rohde & Schwarz has been a supplier of high-end technology to the military, authorities, corporate groups and SMEs for a long time.
  • Optimum protection: The solution works without central key servers, and is thus both highly available and also effectively protected against corresponding attacks.
  • Maximum performance: Thanks to the optimal application of special components, data throughput is not impaired, despite encryption. There is no additional load placed on network links, so high performance of up to 40 Gbit/s throughput is ensured.
  • Trustworthiness: The solution bears the quality seal ‘IT-Security made in Germany’ from the manufacturer association TeleTrusT e.V. and is developed in Germany and manufactured in the company’s own factories.
  • Numerous functions: SITLine ETH offers a comprehensive set of features with innovative components for manipulation protection and for network compatibility.

Press release can be downloaded at: http://www.gateprotect.com


About gateprotect

gateprotect GmbH has been a leading international manufacturer of IT security solutions in the field of network security for over ten years. The solutions developed in Germany include firewalls with all modern UTM functionalities for small and medium-sized companies, managed security systems for larger companies and VPN client systems for the networked connection of branches and home offices. All gateprotect UTM firewalls are equipped with innovative security features and the patented eGUI® technology. Thanks to the unique visual representation of the network, even complex security systems are extremely easy to operate.


With the gateprotect NP series, gateprotect GmbH offers a next-generation firewall for larger companies that represents the utmost information security, even when it comes to critical infrastructures, thanks to the novel technology of complete positive validation in combination with application whitelisting in a single pass engine.


The gateprotect solutions fulfil the highest international standards, are largely certified in accordance with ‘Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL 4+)’ by the Federal Office for Information Security and have won numerous international awards. Since 2010, gateprotect has also been listed in the renowned Gartner Magic Quadrant for UTM firewall appliances.

gateprotect is a company in the Rohde & Schwarz Group. The electronic group Rohde & Schwarz offers innovative solutions in the working fields of measuring techniques, radio engineering and media technology, secure communication, cyber security, and radio monitoring and radio location technology.

Nearly 90 Percent of Respondents Have Data Privacy Concerns in the Cloud Despite Plans to Increase Adoption


SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Druva, the leader in data protection and governance at the edge,today announced the results of a global survey examining data privacy in the enterprise. The study examines companies’ efforts to protect sensitive datachallenges companies face ensuring data privacy and garnered respondent views on protecting data privacy in the cloud. The survey, conducted by Dimensional Research and sponsored by Druva, included these key findings:

  • Sensitive Data is Ubiquitous: Ninety-nine percent (99%) of respondents reported having sensitive data, including personal financial, healthcare and authentication-related data, they must manage. 
  • Need for Privacy Protection: Eighty-four percent (84%) of respondents reported plans to boost efforts to protect the privacy of sensitive data. 
  • Data Privacy Policy Enforcement Required: Almost eighty-four percent (84%) of respondents reported that employees do not follow data privacy policies. 
  • Cloud-Stored Data is Increasing: Nearly 90 percent  (90%) of respondents indicated that their volume of data stored in the cloud will increase through 2015. 
  • Cloud is Cause for Concern: Eighty-seven percent (87%) of companies reported being “concerned” or “very concerned” about data privacy in the cloud.

The survey results highlight the challenges today’s enterprises face as they work to prevent data loss, misuse and exposure while also adapting to changing IT infrastructure. Adding to the complexity, these same enterprises must meet compliance requirements for ever-changing regional data regulations

"Organizations are facing a real data protection crisis. Data privacy is top-of-mind for companies worldwide, and for good reason,” said Jaspreet Singh, CEO, Druva. “Today’s enterprise is a borderless one. The globalization of data creates a challenge that exposes each region to their specific and local privacy regulations. Protecting and managing corporate data – especially in the cloud – calls for a multi-faceted approach for which Druva is setting the standard.” 

Additional survey findings revealed:

  • 19 percent (19%) of respondents reported their businesses do not have data privacy requirements to meet compliance and governance regulations.
  • 93 percent (93%) indicated they face challenges ensuring data privacy.
  • 82 percent (82%) have employees who do not follow data privacy policies and among those, employees in sales and marketing are “most likely to ignore data privacy policies.”
  • 56 percent (56%) cited “insufficient employee awareness and understanding of data privacy policies” as a major challenge to ensure privacy of sensitive data.
  • 67 percent (67%) reported that meeting regional requirements for data privacy is challenging.

“Data privacy is fundamentally important to businesses and becoming even more important,” said Diane Hagglund, senior researcher with Dimensional Research. “This research shows that data privacy is being treated as an afterthought to security, an alarming lack of focus for an area that is so important.” 

Druva has implemented a rich set of privacy controls to enable customers the ability to keep pace with evolving requirements. Druva’s solution includes advanced policy settings that restrict employee data and audit trails from being accessible to administrators, delegated and granular administrative settings that allow for management segregation by region, and exclusionary policies that ensure personal data can be properly segregated.

The “State of Data Privacy in 2015” survey was conducted online in March 2015 and includes IT and business professionals responsible for corporate data. A total of 214 individuals from around the globe participated in the survey, representing a range of company sizes (from fewer than 100 to more than 5,000) and industries (tech, manufacturing, education and more).  

Read the full report at www.druva.com/privacysurvey or register to join Dimensional Research and Druva for a webinar to explore how organizations worldwide are addressing data privacy requirements.

About Dimensional Research

Dimensional Research® provides practical market research to help technology companies make their customers more successful. Our researchers are experts in the people, processes, and technology of corporate IT and understand how corporate IT organizations operate. We partner with our clients to deliver actionable information that reduces risks, increases customer satisfaction, and grows the business. For more information visit www.dimensionalresearch.com.

About Druva
Druva is the leader in data protection and governance at the edge, bringing visibility and control to business information in the increasingly mobile and distributed enterprise. Built for public and private clouds, Druva's award-winning inSync and Phoenix solutions prevent data loss and address governance, compliance and eDiscovery needs on laptops, smart-devices and remote servers. As the industry's fastest growing edge data protection provider, Druva is trusted by over 3,000 global organizations on over 3 million devices. Learn more at www.druva.com and join the conversation at twitter.com/druvainc.


In what is recognition of the high profile nature of the BCI Middle East Conference, His Excellency the Minister of Energy and Industry in Qatar – Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada – will open the conference and provide the welcome address.

Disruptive incidents can take many forms, whether it is a natural disaster or an IT failure, and it is essential that organizations have plans in place that make them able to respond to a disruption so that operations can continue. The growth of the Business Continuity Institute in the Middle East highlights that there is an increasing awareness in the region of the need for effective business continuity and the importance that the profession has in ensuring resiliency. His Excellency Dr Al-Sada's attendance at the BCI Middle East Conference demonstrates that this is a view also held at the highest level of government.

In confirming his intention to speak at the conference, H.E. Dr Al-Sada noted that: “The aim and objectives of the conference for providing a forum for sharing knowledge is timely and welcome to facilitate successful delivery of the goals incorporated in the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

H.E. Dr Al-Sada was appointed Minister of Energy and Industry 2011 having held the role of Minister of State for Energy & Industrial Affairs since 2007. In 2011 he was also named Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Qatar Petroleum and has over 30 years of experience of service with the company having managed various corporate departments. He is also currently chairman at several companies including RasGas, Qatargas, Qatar Chemical Company, Qatar International Petroleum Marketing Company, Qatar Petroleum International and ASTAD Project Management, Industries Qatar, and Gulf International Services. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Board at Qatar Steel Company.

H.E. Dr Al-Sada is an active member of the Qatari community and has served as a member of several distinguished committees and organizations, including the Permanent Constitution Preparation Committee, and the National Committee for Human Rights. He is currently the Chairman of the Joint Advisory Board, Texas A & M University in Qatar, the Joint Overseas Board, College of the North Atlantic – Qatar, and a Member of the Board of Directors, Supreme Education Council.

A graduate from Qatar University with a Bachelor of Science degree in marine science and geology H.E. Dr Al-Sada also holds a PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

The BCI Middle East Conference will take place at the Oryx Rotana in Doha, Qatar on the 11th and 12th May and the theme is sustaining value through business continuity. A packed programme is already in place consisting of local and international speakers who will discuss a wide range of topics and enable delegates to explore global challenges while considering regional solutions. For further information on the conference or to book your place, visit www.thebci.org.



I was reminded today of him much the world has changed in my working life.

I am travelling in the USA and staying overnight at Monument Valley. The picture is taken from the porch of the cabin I am staying in.

I have no cell phone coverage, there is no TV in the cabin, but they do have WiFi and made sure they pointed out the password I would need to access.

Many aspects of life and society are changing. We need to be part of that wave of change – otherwise we get left behind.

That is why I am asking for your help. I need your help to complete a survey. The survey is seeking to understand “What Business Continuity might look like in 2020“.



The Commerce Department’s first Chief Data Officer has worked with open data about as long as it’s been around — which isn’t actually that long, if you think about it. Ian Kalin’s resume shows he started working with open data in 2012 as a Presidential Innovation Fellow for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Since then, he briefly (2 months) worked as an Adecco contractor with Google, followed by not quite two years as the director of opened data at Socrata, which helps businesses leverage open data. Previously, he worked about five years with supply chain data. I’m sure his time as a Navy counter-terrorism officer and his numerous other acclaims didn’t hurt either. His background is a good fit for what the Commerce Department needs as it pushes forward with open data. He also has spent his career as a leader, so he’s fully qualified for that “chief” part.

Still, I admit I was surprised simply because of what’s missing: A strong IT background. Somehow I expected a CDO would have some traditional tech experience, such as a DBA or a programmer.



Monday, 20 April 2015 00:00

Private Cloud Activity Picks Up Steam

It’s no surprise that the cloud is emerging as the dominant form of enterprise information technology as the decade unfolds, but exactly how this is playing out deserves a closer look.

According to IDC, the total revenues for cloud infrastructure – servers, storage and networking – topped $8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, a 14.4 percent gain over the same period a year ago and roughly 30 percent of the total IT spend. The growth was most pronounced in the private cloud segment, which exceeded 18.3 percent to hit $2.9 billion, compared to the public cloud which grew 12.3 percent to $5 billion. For the full year, total cloud spending grew 18.7 percent to $26.4 billion while private cloud came in at 20.7 percent growth to $10 billion and public cloud surged 17.5 percent to $16.4 billion.

What does all this mean? After a slow start, private cloud momentum is clearly on the upswing even as the bulk of cloud infrastructure remains in the public sphere. Going forward, I would expect continued spending on private infrastructure and then rapid uptake of hybrid solutions as the enterprise industry seeks to integrate its external resources with scale-out public platforms.