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(TNS) - Morgan County has been active in adding community shelters in the nearly five years since the April 27, 2011, tornadoes, but Decatur has added none.

Eight public shelters have been built in Morgan County and another is in the final stages of construction after one of the worst tornado outbreaks in U.S. history hit central and north Alabama.

Morgan County Commission Chairman Ray Long said the shelters are a significant safety net for residents.

“It’s good to have a shelter you can get 100 or more people in,” he said. “They’re a lot safer.”

The fifth anniversary of the outbreak that killed 234 Alabamians, including 14 in Lawrence County and four in Limestone County, is Wednesday. Morgan County had plenty of damage but no deaths.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Morgan-County-adds-public-shelters-after-2011-tornado-outbreak.html

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 00:00

Q&A: Nobles County Emergency Management

(TNS) - The following is part of a series of Q&As with Nobles County, Minn., departments to educate the public on the services provided. This one with Emergency Managment Director Joyce Jacobs

Q What are the primary responsibilities of the Emergency Management department?

A The Emergency Management Department is responsible for developing, coordinating, promoting and evaluating programs to ensure emergency preparedness in Nobles County. The Nobles County Emergency Management Director administers a county-wide emergency management program with the goal of preparing the county to respond to and recover from major disasters. Disasters can be natural (typically weather related) or man-made.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/QA-Nobles-County-Emergency-Management.html

Responding to the resilience challenge

Following the previous paper by the Business Continuity Institute's UK 20/20 Group on the resilience challenge for the business continuity profession, a new paper has been published outlining how individuals and organizations should rise to this challenge.

In ‘Responding to the resilience challenge’, it is shown how business continuity practitioners can use their unique understanding of value creation within an organization to influence governance and promote informed decision making. In these uncertain times, BC can push organizations to become more agile in dealing with emerging risks, while taking a clear role in crisis leadership when risks materialise into disruptions.

The paper explains how BC practitioners should use their background as a foundation for understanding other management disciplines, as resilience practice is expected to grow into a highly technical role that will require practitioners to bridge academic knowledge and professional experience. Practitioners will also be expected to address the gap between existing technical expertise among management disciplines to decision making at the top.

Bill Crichton FBCI, Chairman of the BCI 20/20 UK Group, commented: "For those business continuity practitioners who don't have a good understanding of resilience, they should consider whether they need to enhance their skills to provide the opportunity for them in the future to lead the resilience capability within their organization."

Download your free copy of 'Responding to the resilience challenge' by clicking here.

It seems active shooter incidents have become an all-too-frequent story on the local news. According to A Study of Active Shooter Incidents Between 2000-2013 conducted by the FBI, 160 active shooter incidents occurred within this time frame, and that number has continued to rise since.

The key to ensuring that you and your staff remain safe during an active shooter incident is preparation. At least 65 (40%) of the 160 incidents between 2000-2013 ended before law enforcement arrived, so it is crucial that active shooter preparedness be a priority in every workplace.

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http://www.everbridge.com/active-shooter-preparedness-a-collection-of-resources/

Yesterday, Mike Cohen’s post Networking Containers: Policy Finally Comes of Age appeared on the Open Networking User Group blog site.  He talks about the tremendous interest among application developers to use Linux containers to develop, deploy, and operate applications.  Containers and microservices simplify complex application development into smaller, less risky software components with the benefits of portability and speed.

Like cloud and big data, containers and microservices will transform the traffic in your data center infrastructure.  As applications are disaggregated into many component services, each service now becomes an endpoint to be accessed and shared across the network.

Moving to a container-based microservices architecture will increase the number of addressable endpoints in the data center by an order of magnitude or more.  (See “The Impact of Containers and Microservices” below)

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http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/bring-application-intent-to-networking-containers

Netwrix supports knowledge sharing among IT professionals to strengthen organizations’ security posture and beat cyber threats

IRVINE, Calif. – Netwrix Corporation, a provider of IT auditingsoftware that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, today announced the launch of Netwrix Visibility Academy, a free educational resource designed to provide training for IT pros on the basic principles of how to gain visibility into IT environments to enable IT security and data protection. Netwrix Visibility Academy provides IT administrators, IT managers and CIOs with free training materials to gain deep insight into key IT security challenges, effectively manage cyber risks and protect sensitive data.

Knowledge sharing is a critical success factor for fighting cybercrime, and I’m glad that Netwrix has provided a knowledge resource to give insights to IT pros and encourage them to share expertise,” said Richard Muniz, Deployment Engineer at DaVita Kidney Care. “While attackers continue to evolve their techniques, the IT community more than ever needs to raise awareness about major security issues and best practices to tackle cyber threats. Sharing expertise and experience within the professional community will help organizations regardless their size and industry define possible attack vectors, adequately evaluate risks and prevent large-scale data breaches.”

The main sections of Netwrix Visibility Academy include:

  • How-to guides to give step-by-step instruction about monitoring the most critical events across hybrid cloud IT infrastructure to reduce security blind spots and enable basic IT change controls.

  • Research Studies that are conducted among IT pros worldwide byNetwrix Research Lab to discover up-to-date interests of the IT community and provide granular industry trend analysis.

  • SysAdmin Magazine, a monthly publication that offers a perfect mix of ideas and insights to enable IT pros to keep a tight grip on IT security and do their regular job faster.

  • Webinars to unveil real-world use cases of Netwrix customers and learn more about security issues, ask questions to Netwrix experts and get useful tips.

Netwrix has always aspired tohave a positive impact on the IT community and help IT pros improve their security savviness,” said Michael Fimin, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix. “The new Netwrix Visibility Academy is the major step towards fulfilling this mission and the core element of our thought leadership strategy, which comprises education and high-tech industry expertise. The unified knowledge base will be equallyhelpful for IT administrators, who can use it as an instrument to perform daily routine tasks, IT managers, who may need it for actualizing security enhancements, and CIOs, who have to perform proactive planning and bring security awareness into employees’ minds. Educational resources and industry research will allow them to gain a deeper understanding of their security posture and ensure that the organization can control and mitigate its risks.”

Learn more about Netwrix Visibility Academy, visit: http://www.netwrix.com/visibility_academy.html

About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation provides IT auditing software that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, including who changed what, when and where each change was made, and who has access to what. Over 150,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to audit IT infrastructure changes and data access, prepare reports required for passing compliance audits, and increase the efficiency of IT operations. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 70 industry awards and was named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. For more information, visit www.netwrix.com.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – (OTC-BB: ITKG) ("Integral"), an emerging light-weighting leader and its wholly owned subsidiary , today announces that (ABC), an industry recognized technology leader in large format bi-polar battery design and manufacture, have entered into a Joint Technology Assessment Program (JTAP) agreement. 

The JTAP will involve the use of the ElectriPlast bi-polar plate in the existing architecture of the ABC GreenSeal® 12V battery, for the purpose of assessing the performance, efficacy and cost efficiency of Integral's ElectriPlast® bi-polar plate. The JTAP will evaluate the production readiness of bi-polar batteries manufactured with ElectriPlast bi-plate materials and processes, as well as measure key performance metrics including capacity, capacity at rate, high temperature stand loss and cycle life.

bi-polar advanced lead acid batteries have been developed over the last five years and are protected with global patent coverage.  ABC's GreenSeal® technology reduces the lead content of a traditional lead acid battery by over 46% and batteries are fully recyclable in today's existing recycling system.  ABC's GreenSeal® battery performance significantly exceeds the performance of existing VRLA batteries demonstrating longer cycle life, lighter weight, higher power and lower cost of manufacture. ABC's GreenSeal® batteries are ideal for a range of applications including SLI, traction, renewables, low speed EV, standby, marine, peak power shaving and many other applications.

"I always love to see new technologies coming into the lead-acid battery space," said Dr. Edward O. Shaffer II, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Advanced Battery Concepts. "I am a firm believer that the bi-polar battery is the lead-acid battery of the future.  We prototyped a battery a few months ago with ElectriPlast bi-polar plates and we are very keen to explore their full potential.  The JTAP will allow us to fully explore ElectriPlast's bi-plate technology to assess its suitability for inclusion within our bi-polar battery for specific applications. It is an exciting time to be working on novel bi-polar solutions for the lead acid battery industry."

"We're thrilled to be working with Ed Shaffer and the Advanced Battery Concepts team," says Doug Bathauer, President and CEO, Integral Technologies.  "We learned very early on in our bi-polar plate development, that they are regarded as the technology leaders in the lead-acid, bi-polar battery industry. As the quest for improved energy storage continues on many fronts, lead acid remains dominate.  We believe that lead acid bi-polar technology represents a significant improvement over existing lead acid technologies with the potential to replace the majority of existing battery designs in the near future."

"ElectriPlast offers an alternative bi-polar plate design based on a plate core made of highly conductive loaded resins and with metal/lead covered surfaces," says Slobodan "Bob" Pavlovic, VP Engineering of ElectriPlast Corp, who directs material research, product development and design initiatives for the company.  "The molding process for our bi-polar plate allows the flexibility to produce a nearly unlimited number of 3D shapes and sizes, which allow the bi-polar plate and integral structures to be executed in any desired embodiment.  This flexibility allows us to fit our ElectriPlast bi-polar plate into the existing ABC 12V bi-polar battery which is the perfect platform for the evaluation of our technology via direct comparison with their state of the art product."

About Integral Technologies, Inc.

Integral Technologies Inc. (OTC-BB: ITKG)  and wholly owned subsidiary ElectriPlast Corp, engage in the discovery, development, and commercialization of electrically conductive hybrid plastics used primarily as raw materials in the production of industrial, commercial and consumer products and services worldwide. Its core material, ElectriPlast®, is a non-corrosive, electrically conductive resin-based material whose properties allow it to be molded into any of the infinite shapes and sizes associated with plastics, rubbers and other polymers while reducing component weight by 40 to 60%. Integral is a leader in conductive hybrid plastics with a broad Intellectual Property portfolio referencing its ElectriPlast technology. Applications for ElectriPlast include: Shielding Wire, Power Electronics, Connectors, and Cables; Shielding, Conduction, Batteries, Semiconductors, Heated Elements, Sensors, Antennas, Medical Devices, Consumer Electronics and Acoustics, Fuses, Capacitors, Resistors, RFID, Bus bars and Terminals. 

About Advanced Battery Concepts

Advanced Battery Concepts, LLC is a battery technology development company based in Clare, Michigan, and is the first company to successfully design a bi-polar lead acid battery and develop and implement a commercially viable manufacturing process for such batteries.  Even though GreenSeal® batteries reduce the lead content by as much as 46%, they produce the same amount of energy as conventional lead acid batteries.  In addition, they offer improved cycle life, improved power and faster recharging.  Advanced Battery Concepts is currently working with existing lead acid battery producers and engaging licensees to realize the commercial potential of its technology, as well as on-going production of batteries and additional research from its Battery Research & Engineering Development Centre in Michigan to broaden its technology portfolio with the aim of producing better batteries for a better world.      

For more information, visit www.advancedbatteryconcepts.com.

New Pivotal Cloud Foundry and VMware Photon Platform Cloud-Native Stack Enables Enterprises to Deliver Worry-Free Management of Applications and Infrastructure in Single Solution

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Pivotal® and VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today introduced an enterprise cloud-native stack featuring Pivotal Cloud Foundry® and VMware Photon Platform, combining Pivotal's continuous innovation cloud platform and VMware's cloud-native infrastructure into a single solution to speed application creation and deployment with built-in application and infrastructure management. The two companies originally previewed their joint solution at VMworld 2015 U.S.

Digital transformation is a top priority for enterprises as they look to increase agility in order to compete and innovate more effectively. The Pivotal-VMware cloud-native stack enables enterprises to enhance customer experiences by delivering modern applications that enable business leaders to take advantage of cloud economics, developers to innovate at startup speeds, and operators to run software with greater efficiency. It offers organizations a fast path to building and running their cloud-native applications on-premises.

The Pivotal-VMware cloud-native stack benefits enterprises seeking to deploy cloud-native applications in the following ways:

  • Best-in-Class Cloud-Native Stack - VMware Photon Platform is paired with Pivotal Cloud Foundry, the industry-leading cloud-native platform, to deliver startup speed with enterprise reliability.
  • Simple to Purchase, Install and Maintain - It delivers all the software customers need to quickly deploy and easily manage an enterprise-grade, cloud-ready solution, through a single purchase and support experience.
  • Faster Innovation for Developers and Operators - The joint solution is built for speed, scale and programmability, making it usable by developers, operations, and everyone in-between. It is accessible and controllable via APIs, CLI for developers and a GUI for operations teams.

Pivotal Cloud Foundry delivers platform capabilities that enhance developer productivity, enable operational excellence and provide enterprise grade security, scalability, high availability and operational control, so customers can accelerate their time to market for software solutions. Based on open-source technology, Pivotal Cloud Foundry enables customers to innovate faster, and respond to market opportunities with start-up speed and enterprise reliability.

VMware Photon Platform is a new cloud-native infrastructure solution optimized for containers and modern applications. It is purpose-built for use in API-driven, multi-tenant and high-scale environments. Today, the platform consists of VMware Photon Controller, an open sourced distributed control plane, Photon OS, a minimal Linux container host, and VMware ESXi. Over time, the platform will include a new compute host, VMware Photon Machine.

This new cloud-native stack further expands the collaboration between Pivotal and VMware and their aim to help enterprises adopt cloud-native applications. Since 2013, global enterprises have accelerated their application development initiatives successfully running Pivotal Cloud Foundry on top of VMware vSphere. The stack, which is expected to become available in Q2 2016 and feature a single point of support, will help to eliminate the complexity of purchasing, installing and maintaining the software required to run cloud-native applications on-premises.

In March 2016, VMware introduced the Photon Platform BOSH CPI (Cloud Provider Interface) release enabling Cloud Foundry users to deploy and manage applications on Photon Platform without changing their workflow. The CPI is one of several open source components of the solution in addition to Cloud Foundry, Photon Controller, Photon OS and Project Lightwave. More information on the open source projects is available at VMware's GitHub page.

Supporting Quotes

"To transform their software delivery and operations practices, the Fortune 100 is turning to cloud-native platforms," said James Watters, SVP of Products at Pivotal. "The Pivotal-VMware cloud-native stack is the industry's first complete infrastructure to application run-time solution. By providing a modern software development platform to the enterprise, we can enable their transformation and accelerate how quickly they deliver new experiences to their customers."

"Enterprises building a greenfield cloud-native environment want a simple and easy to use and maintain solution that allows them to move quickly so they can focus on delivering value to customers," said Kit Colbert, vice president and general manager, Cloud-Native Applications, VMware. "In collaboration with Pivotal, we've introduced a complete cloud-native stack that is designed to eliminate the complexity of building an enterprise grade solution. Together, VMware and Pivotal are enabling enterprises to accelerate their cloud-native initiatives today."

"With the pace of innovation accelerating and broadening, enterprises are increasingly pursuing digital transformation initiatives," said Gary Chen, Research Manager, Software Defined Compute, IDC. "To succeed, enterprises must equip themselves with the proper tools to deliver on agile infrastructure and faster software development that will support this transformation. Pivotal and VMware have collaborated on a joint solution focused on building, deploying, and managing cloud-native applications to address these needs."

Pricing and Availability

The cloud-native stack from Pivotal and VMware is expected to become available in Q2 2016. Pricing will be announced at availability. Customers can contact their local Pivotal and VMware sales representatives for more information.

Additional Resources

About Pivotal

Pivotal's Cloud Native platform drives software innovation for many of the world's most admired brands. With millions of developers in communities around the world, Pivotal technology touches billions of users every day. After shaping the software development culture of Silicon Valley's most valuable companies for over a decade, today Pivotal leads a global technology movement transforming how the world builds software.

About VMware

VMware is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility. Built on VMware's industry-leading virtualization technology, our solutions deliver a brave new model of IT that is fluid, instant and more secure. Customers can innovate faster by rapidly developing, automatically delivering and more safely consuming any application. With 2015 revenues of $6.6 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com

VMware, vSphere, and Photon are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding the VMware Photon Platform and Pivotal-VMware cloud-native stack, their benefits to customers and anticipated availability. These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in consumer, government and information technology spending; (iii) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into the virtualization software and cloud, end user and mobile computing industries, and new product and marketing initiatives by VMware's competitors; (iv) VMware's customers' ability to transition to new products and computing strategies such as cloud computing, desktop virtualization and the software defined data center; (v) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology; (vi) rapid technological changes in the virtualization software and cloud, end user and mobile computing industries; (vii) changes to product and service development timelines; (viii) VMware's relationship with EMC Corporation, EMC's ability to control matters requiring stockholder approval and any changes that Dell may implement following the completion of the Dell-EMC merger; (ix) VMware's ability to protect its proprietary technology; (x) VMware's ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (xi) disruptions to VMware's business resulting from the pendency of EMC's acquisition by Dell and the potential for loss of VMware customers due to uncertainty that the Dell-EMC transaction could have on VMware's business; (xii) the failure of Dell's acquisition of EMC to close when anticipated, if at all; (xiii) disruptions resulting from key management changes; (xiv) fluctuations and volatility in VMware's stock price; (xv) changes in VMware's financial condition; and (xvi) changes in business opportunities and priorities that could cause VMware to consider alternative uses of cash. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in conditions, significance, value and effect as well as other risks detailed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that we may file from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. VMware assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

Nearly 90 Percent of IT Professionals Believe the Internet of Things Creates Security and Privacy Issues in the Workplace

AUSTIN, Texas – Spiceworks, the professional network for IT, today announced the results of a new survey exploring the prevalence and challenges of the "Internet of Things" (IoT) in the workplace and the steps IT professionals are taking to prepare for the impact. The study "2016 IoT Trends: The Devices have Landed" found that a majority of IT professionals (53 percent) believe wearables are most likely to be the source of a security breach among IoT devices connected to their network, followed by video equipment at 50 percent, physical security at 46 percent, and appliances at 45 percent. The independent study was sponsored by Cox Business, a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions.

The results show while nearly 90 percent of IT professionals believe the influx of connected "things" creates security and privacy issues in the workplace, only one in three organizations is actively preparing for the impact IoT could have on their business.

"The Internet of Things includes everything from smart appliances and wearables to industry-specific devices such as connected medical technologies and sensors in server rooms," said Matt Olan, IT professional at Pharmacare Specialty Pharmacy. "The problem is that many of these devices have little to no security, and in many cases, they're even more vulnerable to attacks and misuse than your typical PC. We allow certain IoT devices on our network, but security is always taken into account when planning an IoT deployment." 

Security concerns grow as more devices are connected

Since Spiceworks' 2014 IoT report "The Devices are Coming," organizations connecting wearables to their network have nearly doubled, increasing from 13 to 24 percent. IT professionals surveyed acknowledged the presence of connected video equipment, electronic peripherals, sensors, and appliances has also increased.

However, as more devices are connecting to corporate networks, the results shows IT professionals are facing a different mix of challenges. Two years ago, insufficient bandwidth was the number one barrier to keeping users connected to corporate networks and the data they need, but security concerns are now the top barrier at 65 percent, followed by equipment issues at 42 percent. The challenge of insufficient bandwidth was listed third, decreasing from 45 percent to 37 percent in the last two years.

IT professionals were also asked to reveal their biggest security concerns about IoT devices in the workplace. Eighty-four percent said more entry points into the network was most concerning while 70 percent said some IoT manufacturers are not implementing sufficient security measures. Additionally, 68 percent of IT professionals said default passwords and 66 percent said the lack of IoT standards was concerning.

Few organizations are preparing for the impact of IoT

Despite security concerns, a majority of organizations are not actively preparing for the impact of IoT in the workplace. In terms of the top reasons IT professionals are not preparing, 47 percent said the value of monitoring IoT devices is still unclear, 38 percent said they lack the time and staffing resources, and 37 percent said they lack budget.

However, among organizations that are preparing to support IoT, 68 percent are educating end users about risks, 47 percent are investing in security solutions, and 43 percent are investing in infrastructure. While only 12 percent of organizations are investing in new management tools for IoT devices today, nearly 50 percent plan to in the next 12 months.

CIOs and IT lead the IoT discussion in organizations 

When asked to reveal who decides whether or not to support IoT devices, 50 percent of respondents said the CIO and IT department lead the discussion and six percent said the CTO, senior tech leaders, and development. However, 31 percent of IT professionals said adding IoT devices isn't led by one individual or group. 

IT professionals were also asked to indicate how the IT department handles the connectivity requirements of internet-enabled "things." Forty-one percent of organizations have a separate network for IoT devices, but 39 percent are putting them on their corporate network. Notably, 11 percent of organizations don't allow any IoT devices on their network.

"As the demand to put more IoT devices on corporate networks increases, IT professionals' security concerns are increasing in tandem," said Sanjay Castelino, VP of Marketing at Spiceworks. "IT pros are well aware that more end points into the network puts their organization more at risk, but many businesses still aren't equipped to manage IoT devices and identify potential threats." 

Methodology
The survey was conducted in March 2016 and included 440 respondents from North America and EMEA. Respondents are among the millions of IT professionals in Spiceworks and represent a variety of company sizes including small-to-medium-sized businesses and enterprises. Respondents come from a variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, non-profits, education, government, and finance. For more information and a complete list of survey results, visit http://www.spiceworks.com/marketing/iot-trends/report/

About Spiceworks Voice of IT
Spiceworks' Voice of IT shares statistics, trends, and opinions collected from millions of IT professionals on the global technology issues that are important to them.

About Spiceworks
Spiceworks is the professional network millions of IT professionals use to connect with one another and thousands of technology brands. The company simplifies how IT professionals discover, buy and manage an estimated $600 billion in technology products and services each year. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Spiceworks is backed by Adams Street Partners, Austin Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), Goldman Sachs, Shasta Ventures and Tenaya Capital. For more information visit http://www.spiceworks.com.

Follow Spiceworks on Twitter: http://twitter.com/spiceworks and connect with Spiceworks on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Spiceworks

Spiceworks and Voice of IT are registered trademarks of Spiceworks, Inc. All other names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Violin Flash Storage Platform Slashes Backup Time, Reduces Functions and Batch Work by Two-Thirds, Maximizes Productivity and Greatly Increases Storage Efficiency

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – Violin Memory®, Inc., (NYSE: VMEM) a global pioneer of award-winning all-flash storage platform solutions for primary storage and active workloads, today announced that global South Korean distiller Hite Jinro has adopted Violin's Flash Storage Platform 7300. The deployment replaces the company's existing HDD-based storage with an all-flash solution that significantly optimizes business intelligence and management information system performance in the Oracle database environment. After migration, Hite Jinro achieved up to 20 times higher I/O performance for its Oracle BI system compared to its previous HDD-based solution, while reducing the amount of time required for extract, transfer and load (ETL) functions and night batch work by two thirds. 

The Violin Memory 7300 FSP is a primary storage solution ensuring consistent IOPS performance and persistent response time under 1ms. Subsequently, Hite Jinro plans to expand the use of all-flash storage solutions to more enterprise applications, including online analytical processing (OLAP) and online transaction processing (OLTP).

"All-flash storage provides an optimal foundation for us to gain real-time business insights by maximizing performance applied in core business areas, as opposed to only specific high-performance areas," said Kang Hyeon-sun, CIO of Hite Jinro. "Violin Memory's 7300 FSP not only maximizes the performance of key applications throughout enterprise-level data service functionalities, but also provides the flexibility to respond to rapidly changing markets with higher agility, ultimately delivering a quicker return on investment."

Prior to adopting Violin's 7300 FSP, partial backup took about a day. Those same partial backup functions can now be performed in five to six hours, due in part to the 7300's snapshot function, which enables incremental snapshots to be done instantly.

The 7300 FSP offers a wide range of functions that provide stability and business continuity for enterprise applications, including snapshot, cloning, thin provisioning, reproduction, remote reproduction and removal of redundancy. It can also pre-emptively identify potential flash storage issues that might cause a disruption to operations, such as heat radiation and durability challenges, via its remote equipment monitoring capabilities and support-optimized operations through regular system training. The ability to detect potentially damaging issues early on, in turn, enables enterprises to avoid system disruptions that could cost hours of lost productivity due to down time.

"Applying all-flash storage to core business areas is expanding at a higher speed," said Youngsoo Lee, Violin Memory's country manager of Korea. "Our full compliance with an SLA required for business critical applications and rising cost competitiveness relative to existing disk storage solutions give the company a bigger differentiator in many industries that face increasingly fierce competition, such as manufacturing and retail."

About Hite Jinro

Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, Hite Jinro is a global distiller and leading Korean drink manufacturer, specializing in beer and varieties of wine as well as non-alcoholic beverages that include soft drinks and mineral water. The company is also the world's leading producer of soju, responsible for more than half of the beverage's sales worldwide.

Violin Memory Forward-looking Statement

This public announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the performance, operational, functionality and integration capabilities of Violin Memory's products, the potential technology, business and financial benefits to customers resulting from the use of Violin Memory's products, and Violin Memory's business plans and strategy. There are a significant number of risks and uncertainties that could affect Violin Memory's business performance and financial results, including those set forth under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," in Violin Memory's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and which is available on the Violin Memory's investor relations website at investor.violin-memory.com and on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. All forward-looking statements in this public announcement are based on information available to Violin Memory as of the date hereof, and Violin Memory does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.