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Veteran technology executive Rob Johnson to lead new standalone company following sale to Platinum Equity
 
New era begins focused on speed, technology innovation and growth, with added flexibility to serve expanding markets for cloud computing, mobile networking

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The business now formerly known as Emerson Network Power today announced the appointment of Rob Johnson as CEO and officially commenced a campaign to rebrand the standalone company as Vertiv.

 

Vertiv is a global provider of mission-critical infrastructure technologies for vital applications in data centers, communication networks, and commercial and industrial environments. The company, which is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio (USA), has more than 20,000 employees and more than 25 manufacturing and assembly facilities worldwide.

 

Platinum Equity acquired the business today from Emerson in a transaction valued in excess of $4 billion.  Emerson also retained a minority interest in the company.

 

Mr. Johnson, most recently an operating partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, spent 10 years at American Power Conversion (APC), a leader in data center infrastructure.  He was President and CEO of APC when the company was sold to Schneider Electric for $6.1 billion in 2007.  While at APC he also served as General Manager of the company’s Availability Enhancement Group.

 

Bryan Kelln, partner and president of portfolio operations at Platinum Equity, said Mr. Johnson’s leadership skills and technical expertise make him a perfect fit to lead Vertiv.

 

“Rob has a unique blend of industry knowledge, operational acumen and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Mr. Kelln. “This is a transformational opportunity for the company and we believe Rob is the right leader to grow the business as we establish a culture focused on speed, innovation and customer service.”

 

In addition to his career at APC, Mr. Johnson has worked in executive positions at Consolidated Container Corporation, a provider of rigid plastic packaging solutions.

 

In 1989, Mr. Johnson founded Systems Enhancement Corporation (SEC), a company that created innovative software and hardware solutions for the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) industry. He sold the company to APC in 1997.

 

“Rob knows the technology inside out, especially in data center environments, and understands what customers need,” added Mr. Kelln.  “He knows what it takes as a CEO to inspire employees and lead a profitable, global enterprise.  He’s also an innovator who shares our vision for what Vertiv can become as a standalone business.”

 

Mr. Johnson said the transition to new ownership provides a unique opportunity for the company.

“It’s a fresh start for a business that already has so much going for it. I look forward to working with my new colleagues at Vertiv as we begin this transformational chapter in the company’s history,” said Mr. Johnson. “As an independent company, Vertiv will operate with great freedom to make business strategy and investment decisions, move more quickly like a startup, and focus on innovative solutions for our customers, including those in the growing cloud computing, mobile and IoT networks.”

 

Vertiv will build on the broad portfolio of product and service offerings for power, thermal and IT management capabilities it previously offered as Emerson Network Power, including its industry-leading flagship brands ASCO®, Chloride®, Liebert®, NetSure™ and Trellis™. 

 

Platinum Equity Partner Jacob Kotzubei said that Platinum Equity’s M&A and operational resources, and the firm’s strong relationship with Emerson, will benefit Vertiv in the short and long term.

“We will support Vertiv’s growth and product innovation every step of the way, both organically and through prospective add-on acquisitions,” said Mr. Kotzubei.  “This is our second partnership with Emerson and we have had great success together.  We look forward to a seamless transition and an exciting future for Vertiv and the customers it serves.”

 

In November 2013 Platinum Equity acquired a controlling stake in Emerson’s embedded computing and power business, which was later rebranded Artesyn Embedded Technologies. 

 

In support of its rebranding as Vertiv, the company has unveiled its new website at www.VertivCo.com and starting in January 2017, will launch an advertising campaign to introduce its new brand with the theme “Your Mission is Critical.” The campaign will run in major business and technology industry print and online media, such as The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalForbesFast CompanyWired, TechCrunch and IDG Tech Network. 

 

Vertiv supports its business customers’ evolving needs in digital infrastructure, including solutions for mobile, cloud and edge computing, as well as in data center collocation, energy storage and sustainability. The company has sales and service personnel in virtually every major country, backed by over 255 service centers worldwide, with over 3,000 service field engineers and more than 400 technical support/response people.

 

About Vertiv

Vertiv designs, builds and services critical infrastructure that enables vital applications for data centers, communication networks, and commercial and industrial facilities. Formerly Emerson Network Power, Vertiv supports today’s growing mobile and cloud computing markets with a portfolio of power, thermal and infrastructure management solutions including the ASCO®, Chloride®, Liebert®, NetSure and Trellis brands. Sales in fiscal  2016 were $4.4 billion. For more information, visit VertivCo.com.

 

About Platinum Equity

Founded in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity is a global investment firm with a portfolio of approximately 30 operating companies that serve customers around the world. Platinum Equity specializes in mergers and operations – a trademarked strategy it calls M&A&O® - acquiring and operating companies in a broad range of business markets, including manufacturing, distribution, transportation and logistics, equipment rental, metals services, media and entertainment, technology, telecommunications and other industries. Over the past 20 years, Platinum Equity has completed more than 185 acquisitions.

The Business Continuity Institute - Dec 01, 2016 16:24 GMT

We have recently seen two significant cyber attacks on big businesses hitting the news, and these are just the ones we know about. The ability for hackers to gain access to systems through technical means is not to be underestimated, and specialists work tirelessly to build and maintain secure systems that are now integral to our business and personal lives.

What is often forgotten is the vulnerability of the very people who use and operate these systems, who by definition are often the easiest way for a hacker to secure the information they need to profit from their activity. People are the biggest weakness when it comes to cyber security and how many of us are regularly trained and updated on methods and the importance of protecting information?

Data security is vital to the success of your business, yet working practices in many organisations still demonstrate a lack of awareness and understanding:

How many of us have seen the ‘Post-it note’ approach to ensuring we don’t forget that important password stuck to the very computer terminal holding all the company data?

How many of us really understand the capability of hackers to contact our call centres and encourage our staff to release that extra bit of customer information?

There is no complete solution to this and we must all work on the basis that we will at one point or another be subject to a cyber attack, this is just a reality of the world we now live in and the risk versus reward for those who engage in this activity. To protect ourselves both personally and professionally, we must ensure that our organisations remain up to date and strong in terms of technical resilience, but just as important is ensuring our people are aware of the types of methods used by hackers to illicit information and build the resources for an attack.

We must have strong control measures in place for passwords and other access information and ensure our staff fully appreciate the potential impact if we get this wrong, but equally we must ensure our people understand the many other methods used, some of which are incredibly clever. The damage caused can be fatal for a business with complete loss of confidence from your hard earned customer base.

Chris Regan AMBCI is the Director of Blue Rock Risk Limited, a specialist crisis and risk management consultancy which runs a programme called Cyber Aware that focuses completely on the people side of cyber security. Chris works with both private and public sector clients to help them plan, prepare and respond effectively to a wide range of crisis and risk issues. Chris can be contacted by email at info@bluerockrisk.com or by telephone 0117 2440154.

AWS Greengrass lets customers run AWS Lambda functions and AWS IoT functionality locally on virtually any connected device; preview starts today
AWS Snowball Edge appliance stores 100 TB of data and includes on-board compute and storage
 

SEATTLE--()--Today at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), announced AWS Greengrass, software which allows customers to run AWS compute, messaging, data caching, and sync capabilities on connected devices. With AWS Greengrass, devices can run AWS Lambda functions to perform tasks locally, keep device data in sync, and communicate with other devices while leveraging the full processing, analytics, and storage power of the AWS Cloud. AWS also announced a new Snowball data transfer appliance, the AWS Snowball Edge, that can transport two times more data than the original AWS Snowball (up to 100 TB), and includes AWS Greengrass, making it a purpose-built hybrid edge device that can transfer data to and from Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), cluster with other Snowball Edge devices to form an on-premises storage pool, and run AWS Lambda to process and analyze data. To get started with AWS Greengrass, visit https://aws.amazon.com/greengrass/, and to get started with AWS Snowball Edge, visit https://aws.amazon.com/snowball-edge/.

“As a global leader in health technology, we support many thousands of care providers and millions of patients around the world with our innovations that aim to improve patient outcomes anytime and anywhere”

AWS Greengrass brings local compute, messaging, data caching, and sync to connected devices

With the proliferation of IoT devices, enterprises are increasingly managing on-premises infrastructure that is not located in a data center, such as connected devices in factories, oil wells, agricultural fields, hospitals, cars, and various other venues. Because these devices are powered by microprocessors that have limited processing power and memory, they often rely heavily on AWS and the cloud for processing, analytics, and storage. However, there are circumstances when relying exclusively on the cloud isn’t optimal due to latency requirements or intermittent connectivity that make a round trip to the cloud unfeasible. In these situations, IoT devices must be able to perform some tasks locally. Programming and updating software functionality on IoT devices is challenging and complex. Relatively few developers have the expertise to update these embedded systems, and even fewer can do so without creating unwanted downtime.

AWS Greengrass is software for running AWS Lambda functions and AWS IoT functionality locally on virtually any connected device. AWS Greengrass eliminates the complexity involved in programming and updating IoT devices by allowing customers to use AWS Lambda to run code locally on virtually any connected device in the same way they do on the AWS Cloud. With AWS Greengrass, developers can add AWS Lambda functions to a connected device right from the AWS Management Console, and the device executes the code locally so that devices can respond to events and take actions in near real-time. AWS Greengrass also includes AWS IoT messaging and synching capabilities so devices can send messages to other devices without connecting back to the cloud. AWS Greengrass allows customers the flexibility to have devices rely on the cloud when it makes sense, perform tasks on their own when it makes sense, and talk to each other when it makes sense – all in a single, seamless environment.

“For our customers who are pioneering large-scale IoT deployments, connected devices represent a growing percentage of their infrastructure, and as they move quickly to migrate their servers to the cloud, these IoT devices will become the primary on-premises infrastructure customers are managing – this is the next generation of hybrid IT,” said Marco Argenti, Vice President, Mobile and IoT at AWS. “Customers want their IoT devices to be able to perform computing tasks and process data locally, functioning as a seamless extension of their AWS environment. AWS Greengrass makes this possible by putting a ‘mini AWS,’ a select set of AWS capabilities, inside connected devices. With AWS Lambda and AWS IoT messaging and security, customers can run IoT applications seamlessly across local IoT devices and the AWS Cloud using the same programming model.”

AWS Greengrass works on almost any device with a general-purpose CPU that runs Ubuntu or Amazon Linux, and supports ARM and x86 architectures. Programming AWS Greengrass devices is as easy as creating AWS Lambda functions; developers can use the same programming language and model that they use in their existing AWS environments and deploy the AWS Lambda functions to their connected devices. This also means that developers can create and test their device software in the cloud, and then seamlessly deploy it to all of their devices. With AWS IoT’s messaging functionality, devices can send messages to one another on a local network when there is no available connection to AWS. AWS Greengrass authenticates and encrypts device data at all points of connection using AWS IoT’s security and access management capabilities so that data is never exchanged between devices or the cloud without proven identity.

A growing ecosystem of semiconductor manufacturers, including Intel, Qualcomm, and Annapurna Labs are integrating AWS Greengrass into their platforms so devices will come with AWS Greengrass built-in. Customers that want to use AWS Greengrass with existing connected devices that are AWS Greengrass-capable can download the AWS Greengrass execution environment from Amazon S3 or the AWS Management Console. In addition, Canonical will distribute AWS Greengrass through the Ubuntu Snap software channel app store for Ubuntu Linux software.

Technicolor is a leader in digital innovation for the media and entertainment industry, partnering with content creators, device manufacturers, and network service providers – including mobile, cable and telco operators – to deliver immersive experiences to audiences around the world. “On the content distribution front, we improve consumer access to content through IPTV set-top boxes, gateways, and Connected Life tablets,” said Gary Gutknecht, Senior Vice President, Connected Home Division at Technicolor. “On average, one million Technicolor devices are shipped to people’s homes worldwide, every week. As content and services grow in size and complexity, network service providers are flooded with calls concerning home networking issues that are difficult and time consuming to resolve. With AWS Greengrass, our devices can monitor connection quality in the home and automatically troubleshoot the steps that used to require a phone call to customer service, often automatically correcting issues before the customer even notices a problem. AWS Greengrass works with Technicolor gateways to help network service providers gain insight into new revenue opportunities by gathering and analyzing operational data in the cloud, and then deploying enhancements back down to connected homes quickly and easily.”

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) operates complex machinery such as Mars Rovers in the harshest environments in space or on Earth. JPL relies on the ability of its robots to execute code locally on Earth, Mars, and elsewhere in the solar system. At re:Invent 2016, JPL will demonstrate AWS Greengrass running on "Rov-E" (Remotely Operated Vehicle for Education), showing how JPL can speed up the programming and testing of its robots. JPL is working with AWS Greengrass to perform big data calculations and analytics in the cloud with the same code working online and offline, maximizing the value of data collected, and better translating expert insights into physical actions.

Snowball Edge: Petabyte-scale data transport with compute on board

AWS Snowball is a petabyte-scale data transfer service that uses secure appliances to allow customers to transfer large amounts of data to and from AWS at as little as one-fifth of the cost of using high-speed internet connections. Since AWS introduced the AWS Snowball data transfer service in October 2015, customers have sent AWS Snowball devices a distance equal to circling the world more than 100 times. The new Snowball Edge appliance has all the durability, portability, security, and ease-of-use of a Snowball, but can hold twice as much data as the original Snowball – up to 100 TB – and has four times the network speed, built in WiFi and cellular wireless communication, and a Network File System (NFS) interface with an Amazon S3-compatible endpoint that allows the Snowball Edge to connect to the cloud and pass data back and forth with Amazon S3. Customers can also cluster multiple AWS Snowball Edge devices to create a storage pool and easily mount the Snowball Edge devices into existing data center rack environments.

The new AWS Snowball Edge also comes with AWS Greengrass embedded, and computing power equivalent to an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) m4.4 xlarge instance for local processing tasks. This means customers can execute AWS Lambda functions and process data locally on the AWS Snowball Edge, making it possible to collect and analyze sensor data streams, transcode multimedia content, compress images in-real time, or run a local Amazon S3-compatible file server. Ordering an AWS Snowball Edge is as easy as a few clicks in the AWS Management Console where customers can configure Amazon S3 buckets and AWS Lambda functions. When the AWS Snowball Edge arrives, customers simply connect it to their network, set the IP address, and use the included Snowball Validation tool to unlock the AWS Snowball Edge for use. AWS Snowball Edge includes the same embedded cryptography and security as the original AWS Snowball, and all data stored is automatically encrypted using 256 bit encryption keys, which customers own and manage in the AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS). With AWS Snowball Edge, encryption is now performed on the device, instead of on the client, producing higher performance and data throughput rates.

“We were blown away by customer response to AWS Snowball when we launched last year – we ran out of Snowballs in less than a week. When we talked to customers about what they liked most and what they would like to see next, they told us they would like to be able to transfer more data, cluster multiple Snowballs, and perform some data processing on the device,” said Bill Vass, Vice President, Storage Services at AWS. “We are excited to introduce AWS Snowball Edge, a true hybrid edge device. Not only does it allow customers to transport 100 TB of data in less than a week, but Snowball Edge also gives them the flexibility to transfer data back and forth between the Snowball Edge’s location and Amazon S3, to cluster Snowballs into an on-premises storage pool, and to process data on-premises before shipping the Snowball Edge back to AWS.”

Philips is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment, and home care. “As a global leader in health technology, we support many thousands of care providers and millions of patients around the world with our innovations that aim to improve patient outcomes anytime and anywhere,” said Dale Wiggins, Business Leader, HealthSuite digital platform at Philips. “Snowball Edge is a promising new technology that could further enhance how we deliver our critical services to medical facilities, with secure and continuous connectivity at all times. Snowball Edge enables us to extend the innovative capabilities of HealthSuite, our cloud-enabled connected health ecosystem of devices, applications and digital tools supported by AWS, even when there is no network support.”

The Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) is a leading marine laboratory and the campus for the Oregon State University’s research, education, and outreach in marine and coastal sciences, collecting and analyzing hundreds of terabytes of real-time oceanic and coast images every year to improve environmental sustainability and provide strategic insights to coastal process and planning. “Our original method for capturing oceanic image data involved many small hard drives, and we had to hand-carry each one to our computing center and loaded them one at a time. It would take weeks to months before we could analyze the images we collected, so it really slowed down our research. It also cost us tens of thousands of dollars per year,” said Bob Cowen, Director of Hatfield Marine Research Center at Oregon State University. “With AWS Snowball Edge, we can now collect 100 TB of data with no intermediate steps, and we can also analyze the images immediately using the onboard compute capabilities. This allows us to do deeper analysis, and we can upload all the raw data to the AWS Cloud by simply shipping the AWS Snowball Edge device back. AWS Snowball Edge allows us to access AWS storage and compute capabilities in our coastal explorations where no internet is available and allows us to move petabytes to the AWS Cloud quickly and easily where we can continue to use all the power of the AWS platform.”

AWS Snowball Edge is available immediately to customers in the United States, and we expect to make it available to customers outside of the United States in the coming months.

Hybrid Cloud Architectures with AWS

AWS Greengrass and AWS Snowball Edge are the latest additions to the comprehensive set of capabilities AWS offers to make it easy for customers to run all of their on-premises infrastructure alongside AWS. Customers use AWS services such as Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and Amazon Direct Connect for integrated networking, AWS Storage Gateway and AWS Snowball for data integration, and AWS Directory Service for identity integration. For customers that want to run the same software on servers in their data centers and on the AWS Cloud, the recently announced VMware Cloud on AWS, to be launched in mid-2017, allows customers to extend their VMware environment to AWS with the flexibility to run applications seamlessly between the two environments.

About Amazon Web Services

For 10 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 70 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, analytics, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise applications from 38 Availability Zones (AZs) across 14 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and India. AWS services are trusted by more than a million active customers around the world -- including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies -- to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

Data access, performance enhancements, and expanded support for next generation streaming architectures
 

SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the industry’s only Converged Data Platform, today announced the next major release of the MapR Ecosystem Pack program, a broad set of open source ecosystem projects that enable big data applications running on the MapR Converged Data Platform while ensuring inter-project compatibility. These latest enhancements also add flexible access and provide new capabilities for streaming applications.

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“We’re always looking to give our customers immediate access to cutting-edge tools they need to be successful in their big data deployments,” said Will Ochandarena, senior director, product management, MapR Technologies. “Spark and Drill continue to be two of the most widely adopted ecosystem projects, and this release makes them even easier to adopt for production use.”

The MapR Ecosystem Pack removes the complexity of coordinating many different community projects and versions. MapR develops, tests, and integrates open source ecosystem projects such as Apache Drill, Spark, Parquet, Hive, and Myriad, among others. The new MapR Ecosystem Pack version 2.0 now includes:

  • Support for the Kafka REST API and Kafka Connect, opens up new ways to access event data in MapR Streams. The Kafka REST Proxy for MapR Streams lets customers use any development language in any environment that supports HTTP to work with streaming data. Kafka Connect for MapR Streams delivers a framework for standardized access between MapR Streams and the most popular data sources and targets. These capabilities further enable customers to build IoT-scale, global systems of record with MapR Streams by allowing embedded devices like microcontrollers to produce and consume data in real time using REST, while integrating data with other systems like RDBMSs and search engines.
  • Support for Spark 2.0.1 adds new features such as whole stage code generation that make programs run faster and thus deliver quicker results. Also, the in-memory columnar feature stores data in an optimized format in RAM to allow faster analytical queries.
  • Low latency queries, optimized BI experience, and dynamic UDFs come to Drill 1.9. Key improvements speed up large scale I/O intensive analytics queries up to 33% and advanced filtering and pushdown capabilities reduce I/O by up to 70% for TPC-H queries. The new release enhances metadata query performance and introduces flexible JOIN syntax that optimizes Drill usage with industry standard BI tools.
  • MapR Installer Stanzas enable API-driven installation of MapR clusters on-premises or in the cloud. Part of the Spyglass Initiative, this feature helps users build a Stanza, which is a configuration file that describes a cluster and executes it programmatically to automate new deployments. This is especially useful for quickly deploying elastic clusters across the cloud.

Availability

The MapR Ecosystem Pack version 2.0 will be available in December. For more information, visit here.

Upcoming Webinar

To learn more about the new features in the MapR Ecosystem Pack, please join MapR on December 7 at 1pm EASTERN for a free, live webinar. To register, please visit here.

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About MapR Technologies
MapR enables organizations to create disruptive advantage and long-term value from their data with the industry’s only Converged Data Platform, which delivers distributed processing, real-time analytics, and enterprise-grade requirements across cloud and on-premise environments–while leveraging the significant ongoing development in open source technologies including Spark and Hadoop. Organizations with the most demanding production needs, including sub-second response for fraud prevention, secure and highly available data-driven insights for better healthcare, petabyte analysis for threat detection, and integrated operational and analytic processing for improved customer experiences, run on MapR. A majority of customers achieves payback in fewer than 12 months and realizes greater than 5X ROI. MapR ensures customer success through world-class professional services and with free on-demand training that 50,000 developers, data analysts and administrators have used to close the big data skills gap. Amazon, Cisco, Google, HPE, Microsoft, SAP, and Teradata are part of the worldwide MapR partner ecosystem. Investors include Future Fund, Google Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA, Qualcomm Ventures and Redpoint Ventures. Connect with MapR on LinkedIn, and Twitter.

New Facility Includes Laboratory, Order Fulfillment and Warehousing Space
 

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--()--Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the opening of a new $14.7 million, 53,000 square-foot Technology Center in Folsom, California. The new building, which is adjacent to Agilent's existing facility at 91 Blue Ravine Road, will house approximately 60 additional staff.

“I am extremely pleased to see the completion of this additional space”

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The new facility includes a state-of-the-art customer applications laboratory and collaboration space, as well as facilities for providing the company’s groundbreaking scientific consumables and supplies. Agilent Technologies solutions are used by laboratories worldwide, involved in many areas from cancer research to testing the quality and safety of food, water and pharmaceuticals.

"I am extremely pleased to see the completion of this additional space,” said Henrik Ancher-Jensen, Agilent president of Order Fulfillment and Supply Chain. “This new facility expands Agilent’s capabilities for chromatography consumables and hardware, which are used in laboratories around the world and for critical health, safety and product quality decisions.”

In particular, the new Folsom facility will support Agilent’s revolutionary new Intuvo 9000 GC system and consumables products. With the introduction of the Intuvo 9000 GC, Agilent has transformed gas chromatography – improving ease of use, lowering cost of ownership and boosting lab productivity without compromising performance.

“We have always looked to Agilent for innovations that will allow those of us in the analytical laboratory to become more productive, to become more efficient and to provide higher quality data,” said Johnny Mitchell, president of ESC Lab Sciences Corporation and Intuvo 9000 GC system customer. ESC Lab Sciences Corporation, based in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee is the largest, independent, privately held environmental laboratory in the United States, providing analytical testing for soil, water and air across a wide variety of programs.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A), a global leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets, is the premier laboratory partner for a better world. Agilent works with customers in more than 100 countries, providing instruments, software, services and consumables for the entire laboratory workflow. Agilent generated revenue of $4.20 billion in fiscal 2016. The company employs about 12,500 people worldwide. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.

Latest Release of CA Identity Suite Strengthens Security and Accelerates Time-to-Value with New Deployment Options
 

NEW YORK--()--CA Technologies today announced a new release of CA Identity Suite that includes integration with CA Privileged Access Manager for governance of privileged accounts and new, flexible deployment options for agility, speed and ease-of-use in identity management and access governance helping to save time and save money.

“Identity and access management technology is designed to both protect and enable the business and its digital transformation initiatives”

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“Identity and access management technology is designed to both protect and enable the business and its digital transformation initiatives,” said Mordecai Rosen, senior vice president and general manager, CA Security business. “The latest release of CA Identity Suite enhances security and time-to-value by providing privileged user governance to help mitigate the insider threat, and proven workflow templates and a new virtual appliance option to dramatically accelerate deployment. This allows our customers to focus their time and resources on building new and compelling applications and services, rather than deploying and integrating the underlying infrastructure.”

Privileged User Governance Helps Mitigate Insider Threat

CA Identity Suite’s integration with CA Privileged Access Manager adds a layer of security and compliance measures for privileged users. The integration addresses the need for consistent governance processes and a holistic view of all user access – privileged or not. With capabilities to manage access certifications, requests, provisioning and de-provisioning, CA Identity Suite helps ensure the practice of “least privilege” applies to privileged users so they only have the access needed to do to their jobs. It also helps prevent fraudulent or erroneous actions with the ability to run segregation of duties checks on privileged users and their roles, activity and access.

“Gartner believes that significant value is derived from integrating PAM technologies with other technologies in your IAM portfolio. One specific opportunity for integration involves PAM and identity governance and administration (IGA). A combined PAM and IGA solution provides organizations with increased control, visibility and governance over all user accounts in their environment, which helps reduce vulnerabilities such as an insider threat,” wrote Lori Robinson, Gartner analyst, in Securing Privileged Accounts Through PAM and IGA Integration.*

Simplified Deployment and Configuration Delivers Cost Savings, Scalability

New deployment tools include a virtual appliance and proven, pre-configured user scenarios that provide CA Identity Suite customers with an enhanced user experience and the ability to meet growing security and compliance needs quickly at a lower cost.

In a survey of more than 100 CA Identity Suite Users, 70 percent report that using CA Identity Suite has reduced costs more than 25 percent.** The new virtual appliance reduces costs even further with installation and configuration time going from days to minutes so the solution is up and running faster to support business and compliance needs. Organizations also can avoid high recurring software licensing costs with the appliance providing pre-installed instances of an operating system, application server and directory.

Complementing the virtual appliance in driving fast time-to-value, the latest release of CA Identity Suite includes Deployment Xpress – a marketplace of pre-configured use case scenarios drawn from hundreds of deployments. Instead of developing common identity management scenarios from scratch, the pre-packaged use cases meet most customer needs for common, consistent identity management services and are easily and quickly deployed across the entire enterprise. What can take weeks to configure with other solutions can be done in just a few days with CA Identity Suite, even if customers want to do customization on approval workflows or branding.

CA Technologies is a Platinum sponsor of Gartner IAM Summit held Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2016 in Las Vegas. Visit booth #109 or CA.com/security for more information on CA’s Security portfolio and CA Identity Suite.

* Gartner,Securing Privileged Accounts Through PAM and IGA Integration, by Lori Robinson, November 16, 2016.

** TechValidate survey of 107 users of CA Identity Suite, June 2016.

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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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Riverbed SteelFusion eliminates remote offices’ physical servers and keeps company data safe in the data center, while fully integrated Riverbed SteelHead enables great application performance
 

SAN FRANCISCO –Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, today announced that CBP, a European insurance provider, is using Riverbed SteelFusion with integrated Riverbed® SteelHead WAN optimization technology to improve application performance, enhance data security, and virtualize servers at its subsidiaries across Europe.

“Riverbed SteelFusion and SteelHead have given us back control over our branch IT. We can be certain that staff are getting the best possible user experience and if we need to scale a branch up or down, we know we can do it quickly and efficiently.”

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SteelFusion has allowed the company to greatly simplify and consolidate branch office IT data and operations at the edge, with virtual servers running applications and services on SteelFusion, and subsidiaries’ data now housed centrally where it is secure, eliminating risk for the company. Data security is especially critical in the insurance industry, with the need to protect sensitive customer information and data.

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IT can also be easily scaled up and down without the need for remote IT staff to travel to remote locations, and recovery from outages takes only a few hours. Fully integrated SteelHead WAN optimization ensures that centralized applications perform well across the network even in offices located 1,000 km from CBP’s data center.

CBP, an expert in creditor protection insurance, brokerage and loan insurance, consulting and risk products, has been offering its clients a range of bespoke digital solutions for 25 years. With headquarters in the Nantes region of France and operations across Europe in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Poland, CBP has more than 700 employees.

When CBP opened its first European subsidiaries, the company soon noticed that applications installed at its headquarters were not fully operational from the remote offices. “The first application that caused us the most headaches was our file sharing application, which we use constantly to manage the various documents required for insurance dossiers. In addition, there were challenges with the messaging service, which was absolutely vital,” explained Olivier Lavry, head of Networks & Telecoms at CBP.

To resolve that problem, CBP installed the industry’s #1 WAN optimization solution, Riverbed® SteelHeadTM, at new sites in Germany and Portugal.

Increased activity and the addition of more subsidiaries a few years later required rethinking its approach to remote IT infrastructure even more broadly.Expanding on the success of SteelHead, CBP deployed SteelFusion at every remote location that formerly had local servers and storage. SteelFusion simplifies remote office IT with a software-defined edge solution that hyper-converges intelligent storage caching, server virtualization, and industry leading WAN optimization technologies, enabling data, storage and backup to be centralized, without any compromise to application performance at remote sites.

“Today, no applications or data are stored locally. Everything is centralized in our data center, with users accessing information in real-time,” said Lavry. “The major advantage of using SteelFusion with integrated SteelHead technology is that the data is protected and, in the event of a business continuity plan being triggered in a remote subsidiary, it can be up and running in just a few hours either from its own premises or from an external structure.”

IT for new offices can be set up very quickly with SteelFusion, and then managed locally. “We can now outsource a subsidiary's maintenance to a local IT expert or a maintenance company, which can intervene in under four hours," explained Lavry. “Riverbed SteelFusion and SteelHead have given us back control over our branch IT. We can be certain that staff are getting the best possible user experience and if we need to scale a branch up or down, we know we can do it quickly and efficiently.”

Riverbed SteelFusion and the Riverbed Application Performance Platform

Riverbed is delivering solutions to help companies transition from legacy hardware to a new software-defined and cloud-centric approach to networking, and improve end user experience, allowing enterprises’ digital transformation initiatives to reach their full potential. The Riverbed Application Performance Platform™ delivers the agility, visibility, and performance businesses need to be successful in a cloud and digital world. By leveraging the Platform, organizations can deliver apps, data, and services from any public, private, or hybrid cloud across any network to any end-point.

A key part of the platform, Riverbed SteelFusion™ delivers unprecedented simplicity, agility, data security, and business continuity to distributed enterprises. SteelFusion enables a software-defined edge by bringing together best-of-breed virtualization, intelligent storage caching, and industry-leading WAN optimization into a single hyper-converged infrastructure solution that meets both the needs of the enterprise for low operational costs, high security, and fast business agility as well as the needs of branch employees for high-performing applications that simply work so they can do their jobs.

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Riverbed, at more than $1 billion in annual revenue, is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for the hybrid enterprise to ensure applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues can be proactively detected and resolved before impacting business performance. Riverbed enables hybrid enterprises to transform application performance into a competitive advantage by maximizing employee productivity and leveraging IT to create new forms of operational agility. Riverbed's 28,000+ customers include 97% of the Fortune 100 and 98% of the Forbes Global 100. Learn more at www.riverbed.com.

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New 425,000 square foot colocation center further expands the preeminent financial services colocation hub in the industry
 

DALLAS – Global colocation solutions provider CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) has broken ground on its newest addition to the Chicago market—a 425,000 square foot data center on the company’s Aurora, Illinois campus. Construction is commencing on part of the land acquired in March 2016 as part of the sale-leaseback transaction with CME Group. The newest data center will provide CyrusOne customers involved in the global financial markets with additional space and connectivity, as well as proximity to the CME Globex platform and it offers a unique ecosystem to energy, enterprise, fintech, and cloud customers.

“Breaking ground on this new data center marks another milestone for us as we solidify our leadership position in the financial services market and enhance our services for enterprise and cloud customers”

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“Breaking ground on this new data center marks another milestone for us as we solidify our leadership position in the financial services market and enhance our services for enterprise and cloud customers,” said Kevin Timmons, chief technology officer, CyrusOne. “Upon completion, our new state-of-the-art data center will provide needed data center space and provide customers with expanded cloud connectivity. In addition, the City of Aurora has been a valued partner for CyrusOne, and as one of the preeminent data center providers in Illinois, we are excited to expand our activities with the community by creating new local jobs.”

Located in suburban Chicago, the new data center will have high-speed, high-capacity network connectivity directly to downtown Chicago’s telecommunications hub, with a strong network offering to accommodate customers with specific latency and/or replication needs. As part of CyrusOne’s National IX (Internet Exchange) platform, the Aurora data center will supply interconnection to other CyrusOne data centers.

The groundbreaking will be officially celebrated on Thursday, December 1 at the Aurora campus. For more information, please visit the event page here.

CyrusOne operates 35 carrier-neutral data center facilities across the United States, Europe, and Asia to provide customers with the flexibility and scale to match their specific IT growth needs. CyrusOne facilities are engineered to include the power-density infrastructure required to deliver excellent availability, including an architecture with the highest available power redundancy (2N).

Renowned for exceptional service, building enduring customer relationships, and high customer satisfaction levels, CyrusOne serves nine of the Fortune 20 and 180 of the Fortune 1000 among its more than 950 customers.

For more information about CyrusOne, call 1-855-908-3662 or visit www.cyrusone.com. Connect with us on Google Plus, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

About CyrusOne

CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) is a high-growth real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in highly reliable enterprise-class, carrier-neutral data center properties. The company provides mission-critical data center facilities that protect and ensure the continued operation of IT infrastructure for more than 950 customers, including nine of the Fortune 20 and 180 of the Fortune 1000 or equivalent-sized companies.

CyrusOne’s data center offerings provide the flexibility, reliability, and security that enterprise and cloud customers require, and are delivered through a tailored, customer-service-focused platform designed to foster long-term relationships. CyrusOne’s National IX platform provides robust connectivity options to drive revenue, reduce expenses, and improve service quality for enterprises, content, and telecommunications companies. CyrusOne is committed to full transparency in communication, management, and service delivery throughout its 35 data centers worldwide. Additional information about CyrusOne can be found at www.CyrusOne.com.

Iron Mountain expands its Data Management solutions with IT asset disposition and e-waste recycling services for federal government agencies by partnering with ITRenew
 

BOSTON – As U.S. Federal agencies plan to replace outdated technology equipment, it becomes increasingly important to deploy IT asset disposition (ITAD) programs that ensure data security and provide e-waste recycling and value recovery services. To help address this growing challenge, Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the global leader in storage and information management, and ITRenew, a leader in IT lifecycle management, today announced a partnership that combines ITRenew’s ITAD software and services with Iron Mountain’s secure chain of custody and logistics to serve government entities and federal agencies across the U.S.

“ITRenew has the national footprint, scalable architecture and remarketing expertise necessary to process anything from PCs to mobile devices to mass-storage devices with equal levels of security, efficiency and value recovery.”

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Iron Mountain’s end-to-end Secure IT Asset Disposition service enables agencies to safely and securely dispose of their equipment, including PCs and laptops, servers, hard drives and mobile devices, with the peace of mind that such disposal complies with applicable data security and e-waste disposal regulations. Through the combination of Iron Mountain and ITRenew, outdated government IT equipment will be securely transported and tracked through Iron Mountain’s secure chain of custody and delivered to ITRenew’s refurbishing and recycling facilities. ITRenew’s ITAD processing services will include 100 percent sector-verified data erasure, asset remarketing, R2-certified recycling and regulation compliance reporting. Data erasure will be performed with Teraware, ITRenew’s proprietary data sanitization platform.

“Our relationship with ITRenew offers Federal agencies a unique combination of secure logistics and environmentally-sustainable IT asset disposition and remarketing, with Teraware – their industry leading data erasure and asset management workflow platform,” said John Sharpe, general manager of Secure IT Asset Disposition at Iron Mountain. “Federal agencies are facing many of the same IT asset disposition challenges as the private sector, made more complicated by both the nature of the data stored on the equipment and the stringent regulations surrounding the storage and destruction of that data. The combination of ITRenew’s powerful software, services that are ADISA certified for data sanitization at a forensic level, and Iron Mountain’s reputation as the trusted guardian of our customers’ most important assets will deliver peace of mind to Federal agencies. They will know that their data and IT assets are managed and disposed of properly and safely.”

“This is a natural fit between two industry leaders, leveraging each other’s strengths to fill a market need,” said Aidin Aghamari, vice president of corporate strategy, ITRenew. “ITRenew has the national footprint, scalable architecture and remarketing expertise necessary to process anything from PCs to mobile devices to mass-storage devices with equal levels of security, efficiency and value recovery.”

This joint service offering will enable Federal agencies to:

  • Customize a secure IT asset recovery and environmentally sustainable disposition solution to fit their needs.
  • Reclaim value from viable retired equipment, in which assets are wiped clean of sensitive data for a certificate of sanitization, then tested, repaired and resold.
  • Leverage proven processes that ensure sensitive data will not get into the wrong hands and that it has been certifiably destroyed according to DoD NISPOM and NIST standards – either electronically via ITRenew’s Teraware software or physically destroyed.
  • Maintain environmental responsibility by working with an R2 certified recycler, in which electronic waste is disposed of properly to repurpose materials for future use.

About ITRenew
Based in Silicon Valley, ITRenew specializes in complete lifecycle management for enterprise IT, mobile and data center equipment, processing millions of IT assets through a network of company-owned facilities. The independently-owned company has been recognized by Gartner as a Visionary in the 2014 Magic Quadrant for IT Asset Disposition, Worldwide.* Teraware, ITRenew’s proprietary data sanitization and asset management platform, has been adopted by the world’s largest cloud companies and is used to erase more than four million hard drives a year. Through an ADISA Claims Test, Teraware is the only solution to be certified to erase solid-state drives at a forensic level and has been recognized by Gartner as a competitive differentiator. All ITRenew facilities are 100 percent dedicated to ITAD services and have been R2, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified for secure asset recovery and data sanitization, environmental management, quality and occupational health and safety.

About Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) is the global leader for storage and information management services. Trusted by more than 220,000 organizations around the world, Iron Mountain’s real estate network comprises more than 85 million square feet across more than 1,400 facilities in 45 countries dedicated to protecting and preserving what matters most for its customers. Iron Mountain’s solutions portfolio includes records management, data management, document management, data centers, art storage and logistics, and secure shredding, helping organizations to lower storage costs, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and better use their information. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of information assets, including critical business documents, electronic information, medical data and cultural and historical artifacts. Visit www.ironmountain.com for more information.

Commission established to incorporate ESRM into all ASIS programs and services

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – ASIS International (ASIS), the leading association for security management professionals worldwide, has named Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM) a global strategic priority for the association and has committed to infusing its concepts into all programs and services.

Both a philosophy and management system, ESRM uses globally established risk management principles to help security professionals manage the varied security risks facing organizations. By making ESRM a strategic objective, ASIS is looking to shift the profession from a siloed approach to security management to a more collaborative process.

"Threats today are increasingly more sophisticated, targeting organizations in myriad ways. In addition, the rapidly evolving business and compliance landscape requires a more holistic and strategic approach to managing organizational risk," says David C. Davis, CPP, President, ASIS International. "As the only global professional association representing the total spectrum of security, ASIS is uniquely positioned to lead this effort."

ESRM covers not only traditional security issues such as loss prevention and terrorism, but also a broad array of topics including brand protection, business continuity, corporate espionage, cybersecurity, information security, resilience, and white collar crime. Davis goes on to note "by embracing an ESRM mindset, our members will become more effective security professionals and more valuable members of their organizations."

To lead this initiative, the Board of Directors has established a two-year ESRM commission, headed by Dave N. Tyson, CPP, 2016 ASIS International chairman of the board. Tyson notes that while ASIS has been involved in ESRM for years, it has never committed to driving the approach in this manner or emphasizing its vital importance to the work ASIS members do.

"The commission will develop a framework to integrate ESRM into all ASIS education, white papers, research, and other professional offerings," said Tyson. "We believe the result will be a more empowered membership, safer enterprises, a more strategic approach to risk, and a more cost-effective security function."

Serving alongside Tyson on the commission are Brian J. Allen, CPP; Raymond T. O'Hara, CPP, executive vice president, AS Solution; John A. Petruzzi, Jr., CPP; John E. Turey, CPP, senior director of Enterprise Security Risk Management, TE Connectivity; and Volker Wagner, senior vice president, Deutsche Telekom. Additional members -- from across the globe, industries, and specialties -- are expected to be added. ASIS will also look to collaborate with other organizations to advance the richness and value of the content it develops. For more information, visit www.asisonline.org/esrm.

About ASIS International
ASIS International (ASIS) is the largest membership organization for security management professionals that crosses industry sectors, embracing every discipline along the security spectrum from operational to cybersecurity. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of security professionals at all levels.

Through hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS develops and delivers board certifications and industry standards, hosts networking opportunities, publishes the award-winning Security Management magazine, and offers educational programs, including the Annual Seminar and Exhibits -- the security industry's most influential event. Whether providing thought leadership through the CSO Center for the industry's most senior executives or advocating before business, government, or the media, ASIS is focused on advancing the profession, and ensuring that the security community has access to intelligence, resources, and technology needed within the business enterprise. www.asisonline.org