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RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina survivors who registered with FEMA for disaster assistance after Hurricane Matthew are encouraged to stay in touch with the agency to resolve issues, get updates on your application or provide additional information.

It is especially important for you to update FEMA with any insurance documentation information or settlements. FEMA disaster assistance covers only basic needs and cannot duplicate insurance payments.

You can also call the helpline to:

  • Receive information on the home inspection process

  • Add or remove a name of a person designated to speak for you

  • Find out if FEMA needs more information about your claim

  • Update FEMA on your housing situation

  • Get answers to other questions about your application

To update your status call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585.

If you are changing addresses, phone numbers or banking information you should notify FEMA. Incomplete or incorrect information could result in delays in receiving assistance.

When calling the helpline you should refer to the nine-digit number you were issued at registration.  This number is on all correspondence you receive from FEMA and is a key identifier in tracking assistance requests.

For more information on the North Carolina recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4285 and readync.org. Follow FEMA on Twitter at @femaregion4 and North Carolina Emergency Management @NCEmergency.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow FEMA on twitter at @femaregion4. Download the FEMA app with tools and tips to keep you safe before, during, and after disasters.

Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 to speak with a trained call specialist about questions you have regarding Hurricane Matthew; the service is free, confidential and available in any language. They can help direct you to resources. Call 5-1-1 or 877-511-4662 for the latest road conditions or check the ReadyNC mobile app, which also has real-time shelter and evacuation information. For updates on Hurricane Matthew impacts and relief efforts, go to ReadyNC.org or follow N.C. Emergency Management on Twitter and Facebook. People or organizations that want to help ensure North Carolina recovers can visit NCdisasterrelief.org or text NCRecovers to 30306.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

MCLEAN, Va.--()--Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (“Booz Allen”)(NYSE: BAH), the parent company of management and technology consulting and engineering services firm Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., today announced the pricing of the previously announced sale of an aggregate of 16,660,000 shares of Class A common stock (“common stock”) on an underwritten basis by an affiliate of The Carlyle Group (“Carlyle”) to Barclays Capital Inc., as the underwriter in a registered offering of these shares (the “offering”), at a price to the public of $36.75 per share.

Upon completion of the offering, Carlyle will not beneficially own any shares of common stock of Booz Allen. The offering is expected to close and settle on December 6, 2016. Booz Allen is not selling any shares of common stock in the offering and will not receive any of the proceeds.

A shelf registration statement (including a prospectus) relating to the offering of the common stock has previously been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and has become effective. Before investing, interested parties should read the prospectus and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information about Booz Allen and this offering. You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC Web site at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, a copy of the prospectus may be obtained from the underwriter at: Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, Telephone: 1 (888) 603-5847, Email: barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of any offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction.

About Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) has been at the forefront of strategy and technology for more than 100 years. Today, the firm provides management and technology consulting and engineering services to leading Fortune 500 corporations, governments, and not-for-profits across the globe. Booz Allen partners with public and private sector clients to solve their most difficult challenges through a combination of consulting, analytics, mission operations, technology, systems delivery, cybersecurity, engineering, and innovation expertise.

With international headquarters in McLean, Virginia, the firm employs approximately 22,800 people globally, and had revenue of $5.41 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2016.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains, or may be deemed to contain, “forward-looking statements” (as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “guidance,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “forecasts,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “outlook,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” “preliminary,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements give Booz Allen’s current expectation of future events or its future performance and do not relate directly to historical or current events. A number of factors could cause Booz Allen’s future actions and related results to vary from any expectations or goals expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements included in this press release, possibly to a material degree. In particular, there can be no assurances that the offering by Carlyle will be consummated. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in Booz Allen’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 19, 2016. All forward-looking statements included in this press release speak only as of the date made, and, except as required by law, Booz Allen undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Acquisition to Provide Cloud-Enabled, End-to-End Automation and Orchestration Platform for Applications and Business Processes
 

NEW YORK--()--CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Automic Holding GmbH, a leader in business automation software that drives competitive advantage by automating IT and business processes. The transaction, valued at approximately 600 million euros, net of cash and cash equivalents acquired, has been unanimously approved by both Boards of Directors, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of CA’s fiscal 2017. Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, Automic has approximately 600 employees across Europe, North America and Asia.

“Enterprise customers are engaging with vendors to support their digital transformation initiatives to increase velocity, reliability and scalability among their businesses processes”

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With Automic, CA will add new cloud-enabled automation and orchestration capabilities across the portfolio and increase its reach into the European market. Automic’s European presence coupled with CA’s worldwide expertise and broad portfolio, offers customers a global solution that complements their existing technology investments to address the challenges of automation across the enterprise.

CA will add Automic’s automation and orchestration capabilities to its portfolio to give customers options that address their IT operations and DevOps needs on-premise, in the cloud and hybrid cloud environments. With real-time analytics incorporated into the end-to-end platform approach, customers will benefit from increased business agility with solutions that move from IT-centric task automation to business-centric intelligent automation and orchestration.

“Global businesses need the flexibility and agility to move workloads to the most appropriate locations across heterogeneous hybrid cloud environments, with continuous availability, to stay ahead of their competition,” said Ayman Sayed, president and chief product officer, CA Technologies. “With the acquisition of Automic, we will deliver automation, scale work flows and business processes while reducing costs and greatly improving accuracy. This level of intelligent automation will give our customers the insights to achieve more agility and realize business value. We are pleased to welcome Automic, which is profitable and growing at a healthy clip, into CA. Strategically, it accelerates our position with its cloud enabled platform. Operationally, it expands our reach across Europe. And, financially, it meets our rigorous hurdle rates while providing the highest likely return on offshore cash.”

Automic’s automation technology underpins digital transformation by helping enterprises move from siloed automation to intelligent and orchestrated automation with real-time analytics.

“Enterprise customers are engaging with vendors to support their digital transformation initiatives to increase velocity, reliability and scalability among their businesses processes,” said Todd DeLaughter, Chief Executive Officer, Automic. “Together with CA Technologies, we will help organizations further propel their intelligent automation capabilities to the next level, driving the agility and speed demanded in this era of Digital Transformation.”

Founded in 1985, Automic has offices in Vienna, Paris, Asia Pacific Japan (APJ), and Bellevue, Washington and serves a wide range of customers in the energy, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and telecommunications sectors.

Foros acted as financial advisor to CA Technologies on this acquisition.

Updated Guidance

Assuming the transaction closes in early January, CA’s preliminary expectation compared with its previous fiscal year 2017 guidance, is that the acquisition will:

  • Add one-half percentage point of revenue, both as reported and in constant currency
  • Adversely affect GAAP and non-GAAP total company operating margin by 1 percentage point and will primarily impact the Enterprise Solutions segment
  • Be modestly dilutive to cash flow from operations and GAAP and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, both as reported and in constant currency

Please see below for information regarding non-GAAP financial measures, the cautionary statement regarding forward-looking statements, and the reconciliation of projected GAAP metrics to projected non-GAAP metrics.

About CA Technologies

CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at www.ca.com.

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Copyright © 2016 CA, Inc. All Rights Reserved. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release includes certain financial measures that exclude the impact of certain items and, therefore, have not been calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Non-GAAP metrics for operating margin and diluted earnings per share exclude the following items: non-cash amortization of purchased software, internally developed software and other intangible assets; share-based compensation expense; charges relating to rebalancing initiatives that are large enough to require approval from CA’s (hereinafter, the “Company”) Board of Directors and certain other gains and losses, which include the gains and losses since inception of hedges that mature within the quarter, but exclude gains and losses of hedges that do not mature within the quarter. The Company presents constant currency information to provide a framework for assessing how the Company's underlying businesses performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. To present this information, current and comparative prior period results for entities reporting in currencies other than U.S. dollars are converted into U.S. dollars at the exchange rate in effect on the last day of the Company's prior fiscal year (i.e., March 31, 2016). Constant currency excludes the impacts from the Company's hedging program. These non-GAAP financial measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. By excluding these items, non-GAAP financial measures facilitate management's internal comparisons to the Company's historical operating results and cash flows, to competitors' operating results and cash flows, and to estimates made by securities analysts. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to evaluate its performance and they are key variables in determining management incentive compensation. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency of supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. In addition, the Company has historically reported similar non-GAAP financial measures to its investors and believes that the inclusion of comparative numbers provides consistency in its financial reporting. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this news release to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The declaration and payment of future dividends by the Company is subject to the determination of the Company’s Board of Directors, in its sole discretion, after considering various factors, including the Company’s financial condition, historical and forecasted operating results, and available cash flow, as well as any applicable laws and contractual covenants and any other relevant factors. The Company’s practice regarding payment of dividends may be modified at any time and from time to time.

Repurchases under the Company’s stock repurchase program may be made from time to time, subject to market conditions and other factors, in the open market, through solicited or unsolicited privately negotiated transactions or otherwise. The program does not obligate the Company to acquire any particular amount of common stock, and it may be modified or suspended at any time at the Company’s discretion.

Certain statements in this news release (such as statements containing the words "believes," "plans," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates," "targets" and similar expressions relating to the future) constitute "forward-looking statements" that are based upon the beliefs of, and assumptions made by, the Company's management, as well as information currently available to management. These forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. A number of important factors could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including: the ability to consummate the Automic acquisition; the risk that the conditions to the closing of the Automic acquisition are not satisfied; potential adverse reactions or changes to customer, supplier, partner or employee relationships, including those resulting from the announcement or completion of the Automic acquisition; uncertainties as to the timing of the Automic acquisition; uncertainty of the expected financial performance of the Company following completion of the proposed Automic acquisition; the ability to successfully integrate Automic’s operations and employees in a timely manner; the ability to realize anticipated synergies, cost savings and operational efficiencies from the Automic acquisition; the ability to achieve success in the Company’s business strategy by, among other things, ensuring that any new offerings address the needs of a rapidly changing market while not adversely affecting the demand for the Company’s traditional products or the Company’s profitability to an extent greater than anticipated, enabling the Company’s sales force to accelerate growth of sales to new customers and expand sales with existing customers, including sales outside of the Company’s renewal cycle and to a broadening set of purchasers outside of traditional information technology operations (with such growth and expansion at levels sufficient to offset any decline in revenue and/or sales in the Company’s Mainframe Solutions segment and in certain mature product lines in the Company’s Enterprise Solutions segment), effectively managing the strategic shift in the Company’s business model to develop more easily installed software, provide additional SaaS offerings and refocus the Company’s professional services and education engagements on those engagements that are connected to new product sales, without affecting the Company’s financial performance to an extent greater than anticipated, and effectively managing the Company’s pricing and other go-to-market strategies, as well as improving the Company’s brand, technology and innovation awareness in the marketplace; the failure to innovate or adapt to technological changes and introduce new software products and services in a timely manner; competition in product and service offerings and pricing; the ability of the Company’s products to remain compatible with ever-changing operating environments, platforms or third party products; global economic factors or political events beyond the Company’s control and other business and legal risks associated with non-U.S. operations; the failure to expand partner programs and sales of the Company’s solutions by the Company’s partners; the ability to retain and attract qualified professionals; general economic conditions and credit constraints, or unfavorable economic conditions in a particular region, business or industry sector; the ability to successfully integrate acquired companies and products into the Company’s existing business; risks associated with sales to government customers; breaches of the Company’s data center, network, as well as the Company’s software products, and the IT environments of the Company’s vendors and customers; the ability to adequately manage, evolve and protect the Company’s information systems, infrastructure and processes; the failure to renew license transactions on a satisfactory basis; fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; discovery of errors or omissions in the Company’s software products or documentation and potential product liability claims; the failure to protect the Company’s intellectual property rights and source code; access to software licensed from third parties; risks associated with the use of software from open source code sources; third-party claims of intellectual property infringement or royalty payments; fluctuations in the number, terms and duration of the Company’s license agreements, as well as the timing of orders from customers and channel partners; events or circumstances that would require the Company to record an impairment charge relating to the Company’s goodwill or capitalized software and other intangible assets balances; potential tax liabilities; changes in market conditions or the Company’s credit ratings; changes in generally accepted accounting principles; the failure to effectively execute the Company’s workforce reductions, workforce rebalancing and facilities consolidations; successful and secure outsourcing of various functions to third parties; and other factors described more fully in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties occur, or should the Company’s assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from the forward-looking information described herein as believed, planned, anticipated, expected, estimated, targeted or similarly identified. The Company does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as otherwise required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.


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Reconciliation of Projected GAAP Operating Margin to Projected Non-GAAP Operating Margin

       
      Fiscal Year Ending

Projected Operating Margin

   

March 31, 2017

       
Projected GAAP operating margin     28%
       
Non-GAAP operating adjustments:      
Purchased software amortization     4%
Other intangibles amortization     0%
Internally developed software products amortization     2%
Share-based compensation     3%
Total non-GAAP operating adjustment     9%
       
Projected non-GAAP operating margin    

37%

       
Transaction closing marks another milestone in the strategic portfolio repositioning process
 

ST. LOUIS--()--Emerson (NYSE: EMR) today announced that it has completed the sale of its Network Power business to Platinum Equity and a group of co-investors. Emerson received proceeds of $4 billion and retained a subordinated interest in the business.

“We appreciate Emerson’s trust and confidence in our ability to execute”

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“The completion of this transaction is an important step in our strategic portfolio repositioning as we work to streamline the company and create opportunities for long-term growth and drive value for shareholders,” said David N. Farr, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Emerson. “With Network Power under the Platinum Equity umbrella, it is well positioned to achieve its long-term goals and succeed in the future.”

Platinum Equity Chairman and CEO Tom Gores said he is proud of his firm’s strong relationship with Emerson and the commitment on both sides to finding a solution that is good for Network Power going forward.

“We appreciate Emerson’s trust and confidence in our ability to execute,” said Mr. Gores. “This investment will be a cornerstone in our portfolio and is a great fit for Platinum that plays right to our strengths. We will deploy our full range of global operational skills, financial resources and M&A capabilities to support the company's growth and innovation."

Network Power is rebranding as Vertiv and will operate as a stand-alone global enterprise in Platinum Equity’s portfolio. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, the company is a leading provider of thermal management, A/C and D/C power, transfer switches, services and information management systems for the data center and telecommunications industries. Emerson recently reported that the Network Power business had sales of approximately $4.4 billion in fiscal 2016.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Our Emerson Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Our Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency, and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information visit Emerson.com.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical may be “forward-looking” statements, which involve risks and uncertainties, and Emerson undertakes no obligation to update any such statements to reflect later developments. These risks and uncertainties include the Company’s ability to successfully complete on the terms and conditions contemplated, and the financial impact of, its strategic portfolio repositioning actions, as well as economic and currency conditions, market demand, pricing, protection of intellectual property, and competitive and technological factors, among others, as set forth in Emerson’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports filed with the SEC.

MCLEAN, Virginia--()--Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (“Booz Allen”)(NYSE:BAH), the parent company of management and technology consulting and engineering services firm Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., today announced the sale of an aggregate of 16,660,000 shares of Class A common stock (“common stock”) on an underwritten basis by an affiliate of The Carlyle Group (“Carlyle”) to Barclays Capital Inc., as the underwriter in a registered offering of these shares (the “offering”).

The last reported sale price of Booz Allen’s common stock on November 30, 2016 was $37.81 per share. Barclays Capital Inc. intends to offer the shares of common stockto the public at a fixed price, which may be changed at any time without notice.

Upon completion of the offering, Carlyle will not beneficially own any shares of common stock of Booz Allen. The offering is expected to close and settle on December 6, 2016. Booz Allen is not selling any shares of common stock in the offering and will not receive any of the proceeds.

A shelf registration statement (including a prospectus) relating to the offering of the common stock has previously been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and has become effective. Before investing, interested parties should read the prospectus and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information about Booz Allen and this offering. You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC Web site at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, a copy of the prospectus may be obtained from the underwriter at: Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, Telephone: 1 (888) 603-5847, Email: barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of any offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction.

About Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) has been at the forefront of strategy and technology for more than 100 years. Today, the firm provides management and technology consulting and engineering services to leading Fortune 500 corporations, governments, and not-for-profits across the globe. Booz Allen partners with public and private sector clients to solve their most difficult challenges through a combination of consulting, analytics, mission operations, technology, systems delivery, cybersecurity, engineering, and innovation expertise.

With international headquarters in McLean, Virginia, the firm employs approximately 22,800 people globally, and had revenue of $5.41 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2016.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains, or may be deemed to contain, “forward-looking statements” (as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “guidance,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “forecasts,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “outlook,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” “preliminary,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements give Booz Allen’s current expectation of future events or its future performance and do not relate directly to historical or current events. A number of factors could cause Booz Allen’s future actions and related results to vary from any expectations or goals expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements included in this press release, possibly to a material degree. In particular, there can be no assurances that the offering by Carlyle will be consummated. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in Booz Allen’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 19, 2016. All forward-looking statements included in this press release speak only as of the date made, and, except as required by law, Booz Allen undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Digi TransPort® LR54 Designed from the Ground Up to Master the Advantages of LTE-A Networks

MINNETONKA, Minn. – Digi International®, (NASDAQ: DGII, www.digi.com), a leading global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, today introduced the Digi TransPort® LR54, the company's fastest, low cost LTE-Advanced router for managed network services, digital content delivery, self-service kiosks, and managed retail networking.

The Digi TransPort LR54 is the new, high performance LTE-Advanced networking platform that provides fast, affordable and reliable Wi-Fi and high-speed cellular LTE in a form factor capable of performing in extended operating temperature ranges. Featuring a software-defined LTE radio, the Digi TransPort LR54 supports carriers across North America and most European countries and is pre-certified for both the Verizon and AT&T networks.

Digi TransPort LR54 is designed from the ground up to provide high-performance processing and memory horsepower to take full advantage of the LTE-A/Cat 6 cellular technology which offers faster speeds, increased capacity and additional bands. In delivering a high-speed, reasonably priced LTE device with low total-cost-of-ownership (TCO), the LR54 is ideally suited for professional network engineers seeking solutions for environments that require uncommon speed and connection integrity.

"As an industry leading solution, the Digi TransPort LR54 was custom designed to take full advantage of LTE-A protocols and networks," said Joel Young, chief technology officer at Digi International. "There is no other offering in the market that offers this level of speed and security, at this value, that can be deployed this widely."

Key attributes that distinguish the Digi TransPort LR54 include:

  • Maximum speed: The LR54 was designed for high-speed, low-latency Cat 6 LTE-Advanced speeds (300Mbps), twice the typical speed of current LTE.
  • Powerful and reliable Wi-Fi: Features the latest in Wi-Fi performance with dual 2.4 and 5GHz radios, with 802.11ac, limiting the need for intermediate Wi-Fi bridges.
  • Global LTE network support: Offers software selectable 3G/4G LTE to choose the best network or carrier option.
  • Continued connectivity: Features the patented SureLink™ connection persistency software that proactively monitors and self-repairs network connections.
  • Enterprise security: Offers PCI-certified Digi Remote Manager®, IPsec VPN firewall, and 256-bit AES encryption as well as the new Digi TrustFence™ Device Security Framework, offering the critical features that protect connected devices and applications now and in the future.
  • Sturdy hardware: The LR54 is an industrial grade "beast," temperature hardened to operate between -20° – 70° C.
  • Remote device management: With Digi Remote Manager, administrators have a tool for centralized device configuration and a dashboard for troubleshooting remote devices to analyze network performance and connectivity points.

The Digi TransPort LR54 is available at an MSRP of $649 to $699 with a three-year warranty included. For more information, visit https://www.digi.com/transportlr54.

About Digi International
Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) is a leading global provider of business and mission-critical machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services. We help our customers create next-generation connected products and deploy and manage critical communications infrastructures in demanding environments with high levels of security, relentless reliability and bulletproof performance. Founded in 1985, we've helped our customers connect over 100 million things, and growing. For more information, visit Digi's website at www.digi.com, or call 877-912-3444 (U.S.) or 952-912-3444 (International).

How could all those precisely formulated Information Technology Infrastructure Library recommendations lead to anything but success? Well, we can give you six possibilities right now.

They fall neatly into two categories with half of them being problems that could affect any organizational change, and half of them being issues more specific to ITIL.

First, let’s tackle the specific issues. Number one on our list is trying to implement ITIL as though it was a standard like ISO 27002 for security.

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http://www.opscentre.com/6-ways-go-road-itil-hell-avoid/

Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

An Orchestrated Cloud Is an Effective Cloud

In the old days, IT was tasked with managing infrastructure, primarily by controlling the physical devices that moved, processed and stored data. In the abstract cloud era, the name of the game is orchestration of the disparate systems and platforms that data invariably encounters as it makes the journey from raw information to valuable knowledge.

But while many of the actual orchestration processes will be automated using increasingly intelligent algorithms, IT still has a job to do in not only crafting the policies that will govern data and application movement but in selecting and provisioning a robust orchestration platform from an increasingly diverse set of vendor solutions.

According to Markets and Markets, the cloud orchestration sector is on pace to nearly triple by 2021, growing from $4.95 billion today to $14.17 billion, with a compound annual growth rate of 23.4 percent. The key driver, of course, is to craft the most efficient, effective use of cloud resources, although demand for self-service provisioning and high-speed application support is also part of the mix. As the digital economy unfolds, service fulfillment will come to dominate the IT landscape and companies that can provide rapid, reliable infrastructure at a moment’s notice will derive greater profitability with tighter margins and foster stronger brand loyalty among users.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/an-orchestrated-cloud-is-an-effective-cloud.html

Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

Atlantic Hurricane Season: The Long View

As the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season officially draws to a close just days after Hurricane Otto became the latest calendar year Atlantic hurricane on record to make landfall, the question on everyone’s lips is: are the seasons growing longer?

For if Otto, which struck southern Nicaragua as a Category 2 over Thanksgiving, is the last hurricane of the 2016 season, it will mark the end to the longest hurricane season on record the Atlantic Ocean has seen, according to NOAA.

The 2016 season had an early beginning—well ahead of its June 1 official start—when Hurricane Alex became the first Atlantic hurricane in January since Hurricane Alice in 1955.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Veritas Technologies, the leader in information management, today announced the launch of  NetBackup 8.0 and an integrated Enterprise Data Management solution to help organizations manage data in the cloud and extract new business value as they transform for the future. The new solution builds on the foundation of Veritas’ NetBackup to integrate data visibility, application resiliency and copy data management so organizations can uphold their most critical asset—data.

In this era of digital transformation when operating a business requires constant uptime, the risk of data loss is always at the forefront of financial, healthcare, media or any data driven enterprise. To meet these needs, Veritas has for over a decade offered capabilities that include industry leading insight, availability and data protection technology.

Today, Veritas is executing on its strategy announced at Veritas Vision to accelerate digital transformation converging these three capabilities to deliver a 360 data management solution that helps reduce risks, ensures application service levels, assists in meeting regulatory compliance demands and offers rapid access to data.

“Nearly every organization in today’s data driven and cloud-based world is undergoing digital transformation, whether mobilizing the workforce, creating online customer experiences, enabling electronic supply chains, or providing real-time access to medical records and financial statements,” said Scott Anderson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Information Protection Solutions at Veritas. “Using NetBackup 8.0 as the foundation of our vision for a sweeping range of solutions to help enterprises manage their growing data demands, Veritas is delivering a 360 enterprise data management solution that solves customers’ challenges to address the complexity of hybrid cloud and the realities of digital business.”

At the center of today’s announcement is NetBackup 8.0, which provides unified protection for data in the cloud, as well as virtual and physical environments with enterprise-class scale, performance and extensive workload integration. Now, the market leading Veritas NetBackup™ solution extends its reach from unified data protection towards a broader platform for 360 data management.

With NetBackup 8.0, and by utilizing the 360 enterprise data management solution, organizations will be able to leverage their existing deployments to achieve global data visibility, simplified business resiliency and integrated copy data management in addition to a near 100 percent backup and recovery success rate, no matter where data resides.

Veritas expects to deliver a complete 360 data management solution that offers integration of the following software features with NetBackup 8.0.  Each software feature will be available for separate purchase from Veritas and its channel partners worldwide.

  • Global Data Visibility   With direct integration between NetBackup 8.0 and Veritas Information Map customers have graphical view of backups to transform existing backup data into actionable intelligence that can provide visibility into the data environment from the NetBackup catalogue --  all in a one-day timeframe – and also reclaim primary storage while managing risk and compliance
  • Predictable Resiliency  – In the new release, anticipated to be available for purchase in the coming quarters, Veritas Resiliency Platform integrates with NetBackup 8.0 to provide critical assistance in maintaining application availability across complex, multi-platform and multi-vendor private, public and hybrid cloud environments. This will be achieved by delivering predictability for all resiliency operations, including workload migration, failover, failback, data protection and non-disruptive recovery testing.
  • Integrated Copy Data Management – In the new release, anticipated to be available for purchase in the coming quarters,  Veritas Velocity integrates with NetBackup 8.0, Veritas Velocity will provide rapid, on-demand self-service access to data without the burden of creating, storing and maintaining physical copies or resource dependences. By virtualizing a single copy of production data, Velocity will instantly provision virtual copies, eliminating the need for physical copies that can increase storage costs and business risk.

“The sheer volume of enterprise data today continues to increase at a pace that makes it difficult for companies to effectively control the cost and risk of protecting that data, irrespective of its location,” said Jason Buffington, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group.  “NetBackup 8.0 is worth celebrating alone, but it is the breadth of integrated offerings that should delight many organizations in their rediscovery of Veritas. While there are a few other ‘enterprise unified backup’ offerings in market, Veritas is unique in the breadth and depth of its data preservation, protection/recovery, availability, and insight offerings. With such heterogeneity across physical, virtual, and multiple cloud platforms; if you haven’t looked at Veritas lately, now would be a good time to do so.”

NetBackup is the most scalable data protection solution available, allowing enterprises to efficiently protect petabytes of data without disrupting the business and quickly find and recover data at a moment’s notice. Named by Gartner as a Magic Quadrant leader and the market-share leader1 since 1999, for enterprise backup and recovery software, NetBackup is up to three times faster than its nearest competitors in a recent  benchmark report. 2   Enterprise customers using NetBackup today can upgrade to NetBackup 8.0 for free under their maintenance contracts and adopt the new 360 data management capabilities as their business needs require.

About Veritas Technologies

Veritas Technologies enables organisations to harness the power of their information, with information management solutions serving the world’s largest and most complex environments. Veritas works with organisations of all sizes, including 86 per cent of global Fortune 500 companies, improving data availability and revealing insights to drive competitive advantage. www.veritas.com

Forward-looking Statements: Any forward-looking indication of plans for products is preliminary and all future release dates are tentative and are subject to change at the sole discretion of Veritas.  Any future release of the product or planned modifications to product capability, functionality, or feature are subject to ongoing evaluation by Veritas,  may or may not be implemented, should not be considered firm commitments by Veritas,  should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions, and may not be incorporated into any contract.

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