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CloudLock Uniquely Positioned to Address Cloud-First Security Initiatives in Federal Sector Through GSA Sponsorship of CloudLock's Agency Authorization

WALTHAM, Mass. – CloudLock®, the leading provider of Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) and Cybersecurity-as-a-Service solutions, today announced the company is the first CASB to achieve Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) in Process status through the Agency Authorization route. The Agency Authorization route is one of only two ways to achieve the rigorous demands of a FedRAMP standards in order to receive Authority to Operate (ATO). CloudLock is following the same approach that many leading Cloud Service Providers have taken.

"We believe that the best way to demonstrate our commitment to security in the federal sector is to partner with agencies directly. By CloudLock taking the ATO path for FedRAMP certification, agencies can rest assured that their users and data that reside in the cloud are protected," said Ron Zalkind CTO and co-founder at CloudLock.

The CloudLock® Cloud Security Fabric™ Federal Edition is the cloud-native CASB and Cloud Cybersecurity Platform that helps agencies securely leverage the cloud for apps they buy and build. CloudLock provides a large number of federal agencies with a federal-specific solution to manage threats, gain security intelligence and visibility, and increase operational productivity in their cloud environments. CloudLock is the only cloud native CASB available for any cloud environment (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) that can be deployed in any size environment, in less than 60 seconds without any disruption to the end-user experience. The CloudLock Security Fabric Federal Edition has been deployed in more than 25 agencies and operators such as the General Services Administration (GSA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Army.

In addition to achieving the FedRAMP in Process status, CloudLock's cybersecurity solution has demonstrated its strong commitment to security by achieving SOC 2 Type 2 accreditation by Ernst & Young for four consecutive years as well as being CSA STAR certified.

About CloudLock
CloudLock is the cloud-native CASB and Cloud Cybersecurity Platform that helps organizations securely leverage cloud apps they buy and build. CloudLock delivers security visibility and control for SaaS, IaaS, PaaS and IDaaS environments across the entire enterprise in seconds. The company delivers actionable cybersecurity intelligence through its data scientist-led CyberLab and crowdsourced security analytics across billions of data points daily. CloudLock has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as the fastest growing security product company in the U.S. and by Glassdoor as one of the top 3 best places to work in the U.S. Learn more at www.cloudlock.com.

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – Servers.com has launched the new data center in Singapore. Being a part of XBT Holding, which has already had an infrastructure in Singapore, Servers.com is expanding its presence in the region, keeping the company's main features and objectives: reasonable prices and enterprise-grade quality. The Singapore data center from now on has direct connectivity with Europe. The latency between Europe and Singapore has been decreased by two times.

The new facility corresponds with Servers.com's fundamental principle - identical infrastructure in all locations. The key products such as cloud servers, dedicated servers, and cloud storage are united in hybrid cloud-ready environment, including Free Global Private Network that connects all the Servers.com data centers and creates a unified worldwide automated hosting platform.

"The opening of the Singapore data center aligns with our strategy and goals to expand our global presence. Moreover, some of our international clients have a growing interest in the Asian emerging market as a whole, and in Singapore in particular. We are planning to continue expansion in the APAC region, and are currently looking into options to establish our operations in Hong Kong by end of Q3'2016," states Nick Dvas, Servers.com's Chief Operating Officer.

Servers.com is a global IaaS hosting platform that provides an automated server infrastructure to small and midsize businesses (SMBs). We offer a diversity of bare metal and cloud computing services and business tools in one package. Servers.com currently has 5 ISO 27001-, ISO 9001-, and PCI DSS-certified data centers in Moscow, Dallas, Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Singapore and is expanding to Europe and Asia.

Company Showcases Hardware and Software Integrated Systems With Docker, Quanta Cloud Technology, ContainerX and ClusterHQ at DockerCon 16

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Hedvig, the company modernizing storage and accelerating enterprise adoption of private and hybrid clouds, today announced its end-to-end CloudScale Reference Architectures to provide enterprises with proven, tested infrastructure templates. Hedvig unveiled three enterprise-ready Docker solutions built on Quanta Cloud Technology, ContainerX and ClusterHQ technology to help enterprise DevOps and ITOps teams save time, lower costs and reduce the complexity of deploying containers using Docker Datacenter, Windows and VMware. The company will demonstrate these Docker Cloudscale Reference Architectures at the DockerCon 16 conference, booth S15, on June 19-21, 2016, in Seattle.

"Our customers are adopting containers using many different approaches -- ranging from wholesale integration of Docker tools to augmenting existing VMware and Windows environments," said Avinash Lakshman, CEO and founder of Hedvig. "Data becomes a critical consideration in these environments as modern storage must be highly elastic in order to adapt to constantly changing business needs. CloudScale Reference Architectures remove the guesswork and burden of getting these infrastructure stacks right. Our tested partner solutions harness the power of distributed systems to provide enterprise-ready solutions regardless of the container adoption approach."

With 67 percent of enterprises expected to increase spending on software-defined infrastructure in 2016*, faster, more flexible storage options are needed for IT departments looking to provision and deploy containers and cloud architectures in their data centers. However, the growing variety of DevOps tools and services means that the modern infrastructure stack is particularly susceptible to architectural inconsistency.

Hedvig's new CloudScale Reference Architectures provide consistency in storage deployments while maintaining the flexibility demanded by IT environments. New hardware-based and software-based reference solutions from Hedvig and its partners deliver a blueprint for scalable infrastructures to build, deploy and manage containerized applications and microservices, and to scale-out to meet growing demands.

Hyperscale integrated system architectures for end-to-end container solutions
Hedvig launched its first hyperscale integrated system, the Quanta CloudScale Reference Architecture for Docker Datacenter, which integrates leading Docker open source projects including Docker Swarm, Docker Engine, Docker Trusted Registry and the Docker Universal Control Plane. By combining the full container stack of Docker Datacenter with Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform software and QuantaGrid D51PH-1ULH hardware, enterprises are provided with an easy to install, datacenter solution for containers that runs on standard x86 datacenter-class servers and starts with as few as four nodes.

This new reference architecture is specifically designed to improve enterprise flexibility by scaling horizontally from small test and dev environments to thousands of containers in a production deployment -- all provisioned across a distributed systems architecture that can keep pace with the dynamic nature of modern, containerized applications. DevOps and ITOps teams retain full flexibility with the option to scale their deployments through additional four-node, integrated blocks or by expanding compute and storage nodes independently.

Software-only architectures for augmenting existing environments with containers
Hedvig also announced software-only CloudScale Reference Architectures designed to augment existing infrastructure solutions with a continuous integration and continuous development (CI/CD) model that helps deploy container-based apps and microservices in existing Docker, VMware, and Microsoft environments. The first two software-only reference architectures include:

  • ContainerX CloudScale Reference Architecture for Windows and VMware-based container environments: Many large organizations choose to integrate Docker into existing infrastructure. To help organizations that have large .NET application clusters still in use, Hedvig partnered with ContainerX on a new reference architecture. The joint solution combines ContainerX software-defined compute and networking with Hedvig software-defined storage in a single management interface to deploy containers for stateful and stateless applications that function across bare metal, Windows, and VMware-powered server infrastructure.
  • ClusterHQ CloudScale Reference Architecture for high availability databases: Hedvig is expanding its ClusterHQ Flocker plugin with a reference architecture designed for highly available (HA) stateful services using Docker Datacenter. It provides a complete recipe for taking advantage of the management capabilities of Docker Datacenter while using the flexible storage environment provided by Hedvig via the Flocker volume plugin for Docker. Hedvig and ClusterHQ are working on expanding the reference architecture to enable Kubernetes and Apache Mesos in addition to Docker Swarm for container lifecycle management.

The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform provides a highly scalable software-defined storage solution for hyperscale and hyperconverged data center architectures. Businesses looking for elastic storage solutions that match their growing storage needs choose Hedvig for the support of diverse workloads and protocols like NFS and iSCSI, object storage APIs including Swift and S3, support of containers environments like Docker and cloud environments like OpenStack. Built to function as a true distributed system, Hedvig runs on commodity hardware to provide modern storage for any application, cloud, container or hypervisor.

Partner Quotes

Mike Yang, President of Quanta Cloud Technology:
"The QuantaGrid line of servers was designed for hyperscale deployments, making Docker and containers a natural fit. However, containers are still an emerging technology and companies need help specifying the right integrated solution. Our Hedvig CloudScale Reference Architecture removes all the guesswork and gives enterprises the perfect building blocks for a scalable, resilient Docker infrastructure."

Luke Marsden, CTO of ClusterHQ:
"This reference architecture is the culmination of our ongoing joint development work with Hedvig. After developing our original volume plugin, we soon expanded that effort to support storage policies and QoS. Our joint reference architecture now ties all this together into a single blueprint so organizations can easily and confidently deploy software-defined container infrastructure for mission-critical database workloads."

Kiran Kamity, CEO and cofounder of ContainerX
"Many enterprise customers need to extend their Microsoft and VMware infrastructure to accommodate the new world of Docker and containers. ContainerX provides a single management interface designed for VM admins to do just that. Now with Hedvig we can provide a complete architecture that adds software-defined storage to ContainerX's software-defined container and network components."

*451 Research, Voice of the Enterprise Survey, March 2016.

About Hedvig
Hedvig reduces enterprise storage costs by 60 percent while accelerating migration to cloud. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform combines block, file, and object storage for bare metal, hypervisor and container environments. The only software-defined solution built on a true distributed system, Hedvig is built to keep pace with scale-out applications and the velocity of change in today's business climate. The Hedvig platform gets better and smarter as the system scales, transforming commodity hardware into the most advanced storage solution available today. Customers such as DGC, LKAB, Mazzetti and Van Dijk use the Hedvig platform to transform their storage from a box where data resides to a fundamental business enabler. www.hedviginc.com

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Infor HMS With Advanced Mobility Helps Speed Daily Operations and Improve Guest Experience for Hotels and Casinos

NEW YORK, NY – Infor, a leading provider of beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced the availability of Infor Hospitality Management Solution (HMS) version 3.7.4 to help hospitality customers promote a superior guest experience with enhanced industry-specific features. In today's competitive market, utilizing an integrated suite of industry-tailored applications such as Infor HMS can be a critical function to help drive brand loyalty and facilitate measurable KPIs. Available as both a cloud and on-premise deployment, the new release of Infor HMS offers additional capabilities that help hospitality organizations around the world raise efficiency, facilitate collaboration and speed guest services.

"Technology plays a critical role in a hospitality organization's ability to mitigate rising costs while simultaneously providing the best possible services to guests. Infor HMS is built to promote both objectives, helping our customers to align business plans with strategic goals to better manage each area of their enterprise," said Stewart Applbaum, senior vice president and general manager, Infor Hospitality. "We have continued to expand the global footprint of Infor HMS by consistently addressing the industry-specific challenges experienced by hotels and casinos around the world with new functionality in every release."

Enhancements include:

  • Inventory of Non-Room Items - This new function provides hotels a greater level of visibility for maintaining inventory on non-room items such as "extra beds," "ironing boards," etc. This feature will allow hotels to monitor asset availability and manage inventory levels on any non-room item that may be added to a reservation.
  • Augmented Guest Profile Management - The improved Guest Profile management function allows staff to track global and property specific preferences, meaning hoteliers can now track guest preferences by "brand." The automated match and merge features that have been added to Infor HMS better enable proprietors to manage guest profiles with greater efficiency.
  • Centralized Guest Profile Management - This module significantly enhances collaboration for customers with multiple hotels by enabling them to store and manage a single instance of a unique guest profile across the enterprise. Hoteliers can look up the enterprise value of the guest in real-time to better serve the needs of highly esteemed guests.
  • Promotion Functionality - This upgrade allows the staff to create and manage special rate promotions for guests that factors key variables such as "length of guest stay" by applying the promotions to one or more rate plans.
  • Alert management - This functionality enables hoteliers to add an alert (trace) to a reservation or guest stay record and have the alert displayed as a pop-up at check-in, checkout, or each time a user accesses the guest reservation. Alerts and traces can be managed on multiple guests at the same time.
  • Chip and Pin/EMV - Infor HMS has the ability to support chip and pin/EMV with electronic fund transfer (EFT) partners for the North American market.
  • Expanded Mobile Options - The Infor HMS Housekeeping Mobile application is a new app available for iPhone® and iPod touch ®. Housekeeping staff can become completely paperless by utilizing this application to view room assignments, make status updates and track guest details in real-time, all while moving from room to room within the property. Additionally, Infor HMS now offers mobile room key encoding through integration with Ingenico Mobile Solutions' iSMP Companion™, which allows hotel employees to encode guest keys while away from the front desk.
  • Leasing Module - The Leasing Module continues to be enhanced for the serviced apartments market. This module provides the ability to create leases for long-stay or short-stay guests, delivering flexible invoicing options and rate plans to help this niche hotel group better manage leasing and revenue for their lease-based customers.
  • Enhanced Accounts Receivable Functionality - The Accounts Receivable module continues to be enhanced with improved workflows for accounting tasks by providing the ability to create centralized profiles with separately attached property accounts directly from the reservation screen, and more flexible invoicing.
  • Owner Room Rotation Capabilities - Owner room rotation functionality enables hoteliers to better support the needs of condominium hotels. Staff can sequence rooms based on an assigned point value to provide equal opportunity for rentals. This feature also delivers capabilities to integrate with a specialized third-party condominium solution which manages the owner accounting capabilities while Infor HMS handles the room rotation logic.
  • Advanced Room Planning and Reporting - Infor HMS delivers room planning and reporting enhancements designed to facilitate advanced drill-down capabilities for forecasting, including the ability to combine occupancy history and forecasting into one report to promote better-informed business decisions.

For more information on Infor Hospitality, please visit www.infor.com/industries/hospitality.

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About Infor

Infor builds beautiful business applications with last mile functionality and scientific insights for select industries delivered as a cloud service. With 14,000 employees and customers in more than 200 countries and territories, Infor automates critical processes for industries including healthcare, manufacturing, fashion, wholesale distribution, hospitality, retail, and public sector. Infor software helps eliminate the need for costly customization through embedded deep industry domain expertise. Headquartered in New York City, Infor is also home to one of the largest creative agencies in Manhattan, Hook & Loop, focused on delivering a user experience that is fun and engaging. Infor deploys its cloud applications primarily on the Amazon Web Services cloud and open source platforms. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.

Infor customers include:

  • 18 of the top 20 aerospace companies
  • 8 of the top 10 high tech companies
  • 10 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies
  • 22 of the 25 largest U.S. healthcare delivery networks
  • 20 of the 20 largest U.S. cities
  • 20 of the top 20 automotive suppliers
  • 19 of the top 20 industrial distributors
  • 18 of the top 20 global retailers
  • 4 of the top 5 brewers
  • 19 of the top 20 global banks
  • 10 of the 10 largest global hotel brands
  • 6 of the top 10 global luxury brands

This announcement reflects the direction Infor may take with regard to the specific product(s) described herein, all of which is subject to change by Infor in its sole discretion, with or without notice to you. This announcement is not a commitment to you in any way and you should not rely on this document or any of its content in making any decision. Infor is not committing to develop or deliver any specified enhancement, upgrade, product or functionality, even if such is described in this announcement and even if such description is accompanied by words such as "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "predict," "should," "will," and/or similar expressions. Many factors can affect Infor's product development plans and the nature, content and timing of future product releases, all of which remain in the sole discretion of Infor. This announcement, in whole or in part, may not be incorporated into any contractual agreement with Infor or its subsidiaries or affiliates. Infor expressly disclaims any liability with respect to this announcement.

Unisys becomes one of the first companies to achieve AWS Government Competency

 

LONDON, UKUnisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced it has been recognised by Amazon Web Services (AWS) as one of its first partners to achieve AWS Government Competency, a new component of the AWS Competency Program which highlights companies demonstrating technical proficiency and success in delivering specialised cloud-based solutions on AWS to customers.

 

Today’s announcement marks the first time the AWS Competency Program has recognised partners for specific expertise in delivering solutions to government clients. Unisys was selected based on its proven track record of successfully delivering cloud-based solutions on AWS to federal, state and local government agencies in the U.S., including clients like the Department of the Interior, the State of Washington and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.

 

“We are pleased to be among the first companies recognised by AWS as having expertise in providing cloud-based, mission-critical solutions to clients across government,” said Venkatapathi “PV” Puvvada, president of Unisys Federal Systems. “This recognition validates Unisys’ approach to delivering more efficient and cost-saving cloud services to government, while reinforcing our position as a leader in bringing the benefits of these services to our public sector clients.”

 

Unisys collaborates with AWS to deliver offerings that help clients achieve the efficiencies and cost benefits of the cloud. These offerings include:

  • Unisys Stealth™(cloud) for AWS – Unisys’ micro-segmentation security solution gives AWS customers a fast and convenient way to protect vital information and applications against evolving threats.
  • Unisys Hybrid Architecture Strategy and Blueprint Service – An advisory service to help clients create strategies for hybrid architectures, including cloud governance, to successfully move toward a software-defined enterprise.
  • Unisys Applications and Infrastructure Assessment Service – A comprehensive service to create an actionable plan to help clients efficiently migrate workloads to AWS.
  • Unisys Hybrid Architecture Design and Implementation Service – Unisys integrates clients’ on-premises environments with AWS to optimise resource utilisation and reduce costs without sacrificing control and visibility.
  • Unisys Hybrid Architecture Operations and Management Service – Unisys provides day-to-day operations and management of clients’ hybrid architectures, allowing clients to focus on achieving mission objectives.
  • Unisys Storage Optimization Solutions – Unisys provides essential services and solutions for clients’ data lifecycle management initiatives, including storage infrastructure, disaster recovery and data protection.
  • Advanced Data Analytics – Unisys gives clients the opportunity to leverage the scalability, security and flexibility of AWS paired with custom analytics developed by Unisys data scientists.

In addition, qualified state and local government agencies may purchase AWS services under Unisys’ contract with NASPO ValuePoint (formerly the Western States Contracting Alliance).

 

About Unisys

Unisys is a global information technology company that works with many of the world's largest companies and government organisations to solve their most pressing IT and business challenges. Unisys specialises in providing integrated, leading-edge solutions to clients in the government, financial services and commercial markets. With more than 20,000 employees serving clients around the world, Unisys offerings include cloud and infrastructure services, application services, security solutions, and high-end server technology. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.

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Devopsense casts its line into the multi-billion pound market for enterprise DevOps transformation

 

LONDON — Following the successful release of minimesos, Container Solutions continues its game plan to support developers of microservice applications with the announcement of a new subsidiary, Devopsense. Led by DevOps expert Mark Heistek, Devopsense is focused on helping enterprises implement the processes needed to shift from legacy software development models to agile methods, including DevOps.

 

Devopsense provides the training and services enterprises need to successfully harness DevOps as a self-organising force that becomes part of a company’s product development culture. Parent company Container Solutions focuses on engineering services and product development, while Devopsense is structured to focus on consulting with clients to help them embrace the concepts of DevOps, including automation and rapid deployment cycles.

 

Devopsense helps clients organise for DevOps workflows, including new skills, methodologies and application architectures. The team applies first-hand experience to address the issues developers will face. An example includes real-world management of continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) processes so that software delivery and infrastructure provisioning are separate processes, increasing both the speed and control of the DevOps process overall.

 

The company works closely with clients to embed DevOps philosophies throughout the organisation. Start-ups looking for engineering consultation, medium-sized companies looking for implementation and application architecture support, and large enterprises looking for complete transformational services can all work with Devopsense. Container Solutions and Devopsense companies will work closely on engineering support.

 

“Change can be tough. And that’s where we come in. DevOps is more than just a cultural shift, and it’s more than just a way to build software better and faster,” said Mark Heistek, head of delivery and creator of Devopsense. “DevOps is a new way of thinking about how software can add value and sustainable differentiation. Our mission is to advise, coach and guide clients to a DevOps state of mind, learning how to grow, innovate, automate and thrive on what they do best: make great products and serve customers.”

Heistek comes to Devopsense from ING Bank, where he helped lead DevOps transformation and was product owner of the TIBCO continuous deployment process and the Continuous Delivery on-boarding team. He also was a continuous delivery coach and trainer, helping software development teams within the organisation make transition to DevOps.

 

“Mark has first-hand experience leading large organisations through the DevOps transformation,” said Jamie Dobson, CEO of Container Solutions. “That experience gave birth to Devopsense. Together with Container Solutions, Devopsense delivers the right combination of engineering and consulting experience to clients, enabling successful transformations. Working together, we can test new tools with real clients, bringing new technologies to market while helping clients succeed at DevOps.”

 

Armon Dadgar, co-founder and CTO of HashiCorp remarked, "At HashiCorp, we believe that a firm starts with its people, organises around process, and leverages tools. DevOps is a new process to drive software development and while the market focus is on tools, I think groups like Devopsense are needed to help organisations clearly understand and adopt the appropriate process."

 

DevOps Trend Quantified

Gartner, Inc. puts the total for DevOps tools at US$2.3 billion for 2015, up more than 20 percent from US$1.9 billion in 2014. This year, the firm expects DevOps to evolve from a niche strategy employed by large cloud providers to a mainstream strategy employed by 25 percent of Global 2000 organisations. (Source: http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2999017)

 

In its report, “2016 Trends in Development, DevOps & IT Ops,” 451 Research cites the rapid growth of containers as a primary driver of enterprise DevOps adoption, with artifact versioning, immutable infrastructure, and empathy between development and operations teams as elements of DevOps that are particularly compelling.

 

Devopsense is the latest addition to the Container Solutions constellation of companies, which includes Container Solutions offices in London, Amsterdam and Zurich, and the design agency, Remember to Play, which specialises in design for distributed systems and programmable infrastructure. Together, these companies can service a whole range of needs for clients, including application design, systems integration, implementation, transformation, security audits and even interim corporate management services.

 

About Container Solutions

Container Solutions is a pan-European company, with offices in Amsterdam, London, Zurich, Edinburgh and Copenhagen. They deliver software engineering services and tools for container-based development. Well established in the container and microservice open source ecosystems, Container Solutions counts among its partners HashiCorp and Mesosphere. More at: http://container­solutions.com/

Delays in provisioning applications, recovering from disasters, and managing data backups rank as the biggest challenges of managing remote and branch offices

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, today released the results of a survey that showed that organizations are facing multiple challenges when managing IT at the edge – at remote and branch offices. The Riverbed survey asked IT professionals about the various challenges they face in provisioning and managing remote and branch offices (ROBOs) and found supporting the IT edge was expensive, resource-intensive and full of potential data security risks.

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IT at the edge continues to be provisioned and managed largely as it has been for the past 20 years, with distributed IT spread out across potentially hundreds of remote and branch locations. However, this approach can bring data risk and operational penalties to companies at an extremely high cost, and in today’s increasingly distributed enterprise with a primary focus on data and security, past approaches may not be ideal for business success. Given the various challenges associated with managing remote sites, organizations have their hands full in supporting the edge. The top three challenges of managing ROBOs in order of importance are:

(1)   Handling ROBO disaster recovery (54%)

(2)   High costs of providing ROBO IT (46%)

(3)   Providing adequate IT staff to support ROBOs (46%)

By all indications, today’s ROBO IT practices are significantly impacting the bottom line. Companies face substantial financial losses when recovering from an outage or struggling to provision new services or apps to hundreds of sites – along with the cost of supplying IT staff onsite at each location. Respondents were asked to rank the degree of financial impact of individual challenges related to managing ROBOs. The percentages below reflect the respondents who ranked each item as having an “extremely to somewhat large” financial impact:

(1)   Delays in provisioning infrastructure, apps and new services to a ROBO (45%)

(2)   Delays in recovering from ROBO outages (44%)

(3)   IT staff time taken to manage ROBO backups (39%)

The survey also found that respondents would like alternative options to storing data generated at remote office locations locally in the ROBO.When data is stored locally on physical servers in remote facilities or branch offices, it is especially susceptible to security risks, such as theft, human error or natural disasters. Not surprisingly, three quarters (75%) of respondents said that it would be “somewhat to extremely desirable” to store their remote data in the data center or in the cloud.

Blog - Riverbed Survey: Supporting Remote and Branch Offices Top of Mind for IT

“The new Riverbed survey shows that companies are really struggling to effectively and efficiently manage their IT operations at the edge,” said Paul O’Farrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of SteelHead, SteelFusion and SteelConnect at Riverbed. “As companies continue to move more of their operations to remote locations, it is becoming increasingly difficult to manage their backup and recovery processes and provide adequate IT staff onsite at each individual location. Riverbed’s SteelFusion is re-defining remote and branch office IT by allowing businesses to centralize ROBO IT operations and data in the data center (and/or the cloud), without any negative impact on remote office application performance, therefore simplifying IT management at remote locations while reducing overall costs.”

Riverbed® SteelFusion™ delivers unprecedented simplicity, agility, data security, and business continuity to distributed enterprises. SteelFusion enables a software-defined 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. SteelFusion is the only hyper-converged infrastructure solution designed with the unique challenges of edge IT in mind:

·         Removes all physical servers, storage, and data from edge locations

·         Consolidates and accelerates time-consuming edge IT operations, such as backup processes and data protection, provisioning of new services and sites, and fast recovery to central data centers in a single solution

·         Extends enterprise-class security, services, and resiliency of the data center and the cloud out to all edge locations, regardless of distance, and without compromising performance

The Riverbed survey was conducted during the EMC World 2016 conference and questioned 183 attendees from a variety of roles and with a median company size of 5,000 employees. Click here to see the full survey.

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Nexsan UNITY Family Recognized for its Enterprise n-Way Sync and File Sync and Share Capabilities in On-Premises Private Clouds
 
CAMPBELL, Calif. Nexsan™, a global leader in unified storage solutions, today announced that Nexsan UNITY6000 Hybrid Storage has scored an "Excellent" ranking in the recent DCIG 2016-17 Unified Utility Storage Array Buyer's Guide. Using an eight-step process to rank its tested products, the DCIG Buyer's Guide provides an objective, third-party evaluation of unified utility storage arrays that evaluates features from an end user's viewpoint.
 
"The Nexsan UNITY6000 Hybrid Storage puts unified storage controllers in front of its high-density E-Series SAN storage arrays which support up to 100TB/RU and a maximum capacity of 5PB," said Jerome Wendt, lead analyst DCIG. "Nexsan's UNITY family of arrays distinguish themselves from all other unified utility storage arrays with Enterprise n-Way Sync and file sync and share capabilities in an on-premises private cloud."
 
According to the DCIG research, price points for unified utility storage arrays are making it more practical for organizations to keep more data for longer periods of time, even while lowering overall costs and management overhead. The report evaluated unified utility storage arrays from eight vendors that offer arrays for a dollar per gigabyte or less, scaled to at least 75TB of raw capacity and minimally support at least one block protocol (iSCSI and/or Fibre Channel) and one file protocol (CIFS/SMB and /or NFS).
 
Based on the DCIG product evaluation, Nexsan UNITY6000 offers a price per TB of $390, a max raw storage of 5,040TB and supports two block protocols and five NAS protocols. These specifications and more earned UNITY6000 an "Excellent" rating.
 
"We are honored to have UNITY recognized as an excellent unified storage solution in the latest DCIG Buyer's Guide," said Geraldine Osman, vice president international marketing, Nexsan. "Current unified storage solutions have to extend from existing storage, to data management, and file sync and share solutions by adding additional solutions to try and address expanding customer needs. Unfortunately, this approach brings complexity, inefficiencies, performance bottlenecks, risk and cost at every step. Only Nexsan UNITY is designed from the ground up to address both the performance and workforce requirements while allowing users to access and share files securely, across all of their devices for enhanced productivity gains that add to the bottom line."
 
UNITY delivers a full enterprise-class feature set for customers. Nexsan's FASTier™ caching accelerates performance to meet demanding I/O requirements. This unified platform supports Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity in addition to NAS and SAN protocols. Unified HDD and SDD support can be tailored for the best, mixed application deployment environment. For organizations facing extreme data growth or needing greater application performance, the Nexsan UNITY family scales from 13TB up to 5PB. Nexsan UNITY matches flexible, performance datacenter storage with the private cloud technology behind Nexsan's Transporter family of private cloud file sync and share appliances.
 
Delivering high-performance multi-site collaboration, UNITY exclusively offers enterprise n-Way Sync. The n-Way Sync functionality makes UNITY the only enterprise filer to deliver high performance unified storage with site-to-site enterprise synchronization. Enterprise sync is supported across distributed primary storage at LAN access speeds, improving user productivity while leveraging an organization's secure infrastructure, including Active Directory to prevent unauthorized user file access. This assures that data is in sync across multiple sites and locations while securing content with encryption at rest and in flight with self-encrypting drives and encryption keys. As a result, users have the mobile access they demand while IT can assure the security and control needed to remain compliant.
 
UNITY's patented technology is designed to support all devices - from mobile devices to tablets, laptops and desktops running Android, iOS, Mac and Windows- and provides a secure connection to data stored and managed within the enterprise totally eliminating the drudgery of using unpopular and aging VPN technologies. Mobile workforces have the freedom and flexibility to access and share files securely across all of their devices - no matter where they are - for enhanced business productivity and data security.
 
 
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About Nexsan
Nexsan™ is a global leader in unified storage solutions that are focused on seamlessly and securely enabling a connected workforce. Its broad solution portfolio empowers enterprises to securely manage, protect and utilize valuable business data - while allowing users to sync, share and access files from any device, anywhere, anytime. Headquartered in Campbell, California, Nexsan is a wholly owned company held by Imation Corp. (NYSE:IMN). For further information, please visit:www.nexsan.com
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Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00

BCI: The changing resilience landscape

The Business Continuity Institute - Jun 20, 2016 17:03 BST

At the DRJ Spring World Conference in Orlando earlier this year, the BCI 20/20 Think Tank US Group hosted a session titled 'BCI 20/20 - The future of the continuity industry'. The discussion that followed covered a wide range of issues which illustrated the changing resilience landscape that business continuity professionals face today. The outcome of this was a new discussion paper on the role of business continuity professionals in the changing global threat environment.

The notion of a changing threat environment was supported by a high level discussion on the Business Continuity Institute's latest Horizon Scan Report, also at DRJ Spring World, which considered the changing risk landscape and how it is no longer just the traditional threats like natural or man-made disasters that are being disruptive to our organizations. However, knowing the risks an organization faces enables business continuity professionals to focus on what happens next.

One of the conclusions from the paper was that "only a business continuity professional with a strong understanding of the business, its products/services and customer expectations can contribute meaningfully to responding to risks".

Download your free copy of the role of business continuity professionals in the changing global threat environment today in order to develop your understanding of the changing resilience landscape.

Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00

Containers: Not Just for Food

In all seriousness: in the world of IT, what exactly are containers, anyway? For those of you who are not very familiar with where containers come from and why you’re hearing so much about them right now, this post is for you.

You have an operating system (OS).

You have some applications (apps) running on your OS. 

In most cases, these are packaged together as a “virtual machine.”

And then, virtualization happens. Hypervisors happen — and you can have multiple copies of a virtual machine running on a hypervisor. In many cases, organizations are running lots of instances of the exact same virtual machine on a hypervisor.

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https://www.citrix.com/blogs/2016/06/20/containers-not-just-for-food/