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New Features Provide Customers with High Performance and Flexibility to Choose Storage That Best Fits Budget, Availability and Latency Requirements of Their Applications


PITTSBURGH, Pa.Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, today introduced expanded offerings for Google Cloud Platform including support for a new instance, the ability to use Local SSD as the Edge filer cache and additional support for Google Cloud Storage. Avere will deliver higher performance to Google Compute Engine with support for the n1-highmem-32 instance and will enhance its support of Google Cloud Storage by introducing both Nearline and Durable Reduced Availability (DRA) storage options, in addition to Standard storage. Customers can leverage these new features to gain greater choice of services that best fit the cost, availability, and latency requirements of their applications.


Earlier this year, Avere Systems announced a strategic collaboration with Google that empowers customers to move compute intensive workloads and large data sets to Google Cloud Platform in order to reap the benefits of its highly-scalable and reliable infrastructure. Avere enables easy movement of data between on-premise storage systems and Google Cloud Platform, delivering low latency and high performance for big data processing and storage in the cloud.


Avere Systems Enhancements to Google Cloud Platform

This latest release includes increased support for both Google Compute Engine and Google Cloud Storage. Expanded offerings include:

  • For Google Compute Engine
    • Support for a new instance, the n1-highmem-32. This instance provides the highest number of virtual CPUs (32) and the largest amount of memory (208GB) in Google Compute Engine, delivering the highest per-instance file-serving performance for the Avere Virtual Edge filer. To enable a large data working set and a high cache “hit rate” the Virtual Edge filer is configured with 4TB of Persistent SSD.
    • Existing support of the n1-highmem-8 instance has been extended to include the ability to use 1.5TB of Local SSD as the Edge filer cache. Local SSD provides the highest possible performance because the SSD is internal to the instance and network latency is eliminated. Customers also have the option to configure the n1-highmem-8 instance with 1TB of Persistent SSD to reduce cost.
  • For Google Cloud Storage

“We’re very happy with the progress made with this collaboration in just a matter of months. Working with Google for joint customers, like visual effects company Framestore, shows the real-life benefits that cloud computing can provide,” said Mike McMahon, vice president of business development at Avere Systems. “Expanding our technologies further into Google Cloud Platform is proof that customers are looking for solutions like ours that let them harness the scale of Google infrastructure without sacrificing performance or increasing cost.”



The Avere Virtual FXT on Google Cloud Platform is available immediately and can be purchased directly from Avere Systems and authorized resellers. Avere pricing scales with the size of the compute infrastructure deployed in Google Compute Engine. End-user pricing is $0.013/hr per virtual CPU accessing the scalable file system provided by the Virtual FXT. The Avere software is sold in addition to the cost of Google Compute Engine instances.

For more information about Avere and Google’s strategic collaboration, please click here: http://www.averesystems.com/solutions/google-cloud-platform

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About Avere Systems

Avere is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere's hybrid cloud solutions give companies -- for the first time -- the ability to end the rising cost and complexity of data storage and compute via the freedom to store and access files anywhere in the cloud or on premises, without sacrificing the performance, availability, or security of enterprise data. Based in Pittsburgh, Avere is led by veterans and thought leaders in the data storage industry and is backed by investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and Western Digital Capital. For more information, visit www.averesystems.com.

IRVINE, Calif. – When Mark and Becky Thimmig suffered through a horrific fire in their Florida home and lost hundreds of personal valuables, they spent the next few months mentally shoveling through the destroyed remnants of their lives, trying to recollect exactly what they – and their two boys -- had lost in the accident.

Traditionally homeowners and business owners like the Thimmigs use their valuable time in a moment of crisis trying to figure out, item by item, what was destroyed. Now, with SecureMyValuables.com, they can focus on working with the insurance company to get their home – and their lives -- rebuilt.

SecureMyValuables.com is a new software product designed to keep and rebuild a digital inventory of all personal belongings in case of any emergency or natural disaster.

"While dealing with the stress and sadness of an incident like a fire, hurricane or earthquake, it's impossible to recollect everything you owned," Thimmig says. "I was under such duress I could barely remember my middle name, let alone all the important items in my home."

The thousands of people who recently lost their homes in the fires in Washington and surrounding western states would be in a better position and frame of mind today had they kept true documentation of their belongings for insurance claims and reimbursement.

Yvonne Ray, 82, suffered a major fire at her Arizona home in April of 2011. Her insurance company, The Hartford, "helped me with the building damage and put me in a comfortable temporary apartment until the repairs were done," she says.

However, when she was asked how the personal property claim went, she says, "That was really complicated. At my age it was not easy to recall items that burned beyond recognition.  I was given some paper and told to write down everything I had that was lost in the fire. It took over a year to do."  

When asked if it would have been beneficial to her to have used a technology to assist her in the reconstructing of her inventory, she said resoundingly, "Well, yes!"

"Having a program with prompts for items that could be found in my home, room by room, would have helped me remember what was lost," she says. "It would have been a great time saver and much less stressful for me. I am convinced that the fire and all the work it took me to do, took its toll on me and made me weaker. I am glad to hear that there is help out there for someone like me who had to do it all. I just hope no one ever has to experience what I did."

SecureMyValuables.com also developed a "Memory Assist" software feature with technology designed to augment an individual's mind and trigger the thought process that leads towards remembering even the smallest belongings.

"It's the little things that add up and can help you get back everything you lost," says Steve Dockins, SMV Executive Vice President. "When disaster strikes, will you remember all the things you had? The answer is no. SMV helps individuals keep a cloud-based digital inventory of all their belongings in case of any type of emergency or disaster so you never lose track of the things you had."

Having had friends and family experience losses in fires, Dockins has seen firsthand how the process of reconstructing a personal property list is both burdensome and time consuming with most people unable to remember everything they lost. While conducting extensive research on this topic, Dockins found that there was nothing in the technological world that could help people who did not previously have a list of their belongings to reconstruct one.

As a result, Dockins and Ray Thibault, a computer-software designer, in combination with others who were former adjusters for insurance companies, developed a program to help people reconstruct personal items lost in a disaster.

Dockins has decided to go the "crowdfunding" route to get SMV's software out to help as many people as possible. Click here for more info.

FRANKFURT, GermanyDE-CIX today launches its new Internet exchange in Istanbul, Turkey. DE-CIX Istanbul will be operated by DE-CIX Istanbul Network Connections LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of DE-CIX International AG. The new Istanbul exchange will deliver carrier and data center-neutral Internet exchange services in Turkey, the Caucasus region, Persia and the Middle East.


DE-CIX Istanbul will locate the first presence of its new platform in the MedNautilus building, a multi-tenant and carrier-neutral facility. The building houses colocation operators across several floors, including MedNautilus (part of the Telecom Italia Sparkle group), Turkcell/Superonline and Verizon. All of the other data center floors will be DE-CIX-enabled.


The building is also served with capacity from all of the major national Turkish and a large number of international carriers. This includes being a landing station for the MedNautilus subsea cable backbone, which serves the Mediterranean basin. Because of this strong connectivity into the MedNautilus facility, customers will have an abundant and diverse community of carriers to choose from starting Day One of operations.


Furthermore, the DE-CIX service will be available in more than fifteen additional facilities across the city of Istanbul. Network operators can also take advantage of the  DE-CIX Istanbul service in three other cities across Turkey, including Ankara, Bursa and Izmir.


In addition, DE-CIX International acquired the Istanbul Internet Exchange (IST-IX), founded by Terremark. IST-IX will be transferred to DE-CIX and upgraded to the DE-CIX Apollon platform, DE-CIX’s 100GE-enabled exchange backed by best-in-class Service Level Agreements.


“DE-CIX Istanbul will become a network ‘center of gravity’ in a part of the world that is so important to the Internet,” states Harald A. Summa, DE-CIX CEO.

“We are combining a strong multi-carrier data center environment with DE-CIX Apollon and our experience in building out successful Internet exchanges. We intend to create a peering ecosystem that consists initially of both national and regional players that will evolve into an attractive world-class interconnection environment for the entire region.”


For more information on DE-CIX, please visit www.de-cix.net.


About DE-CIX

DE-CIX provides premium Internet exchange (IX) services and operates several carrier-neutral and independent Internet exchanges internationally. Founded in 1995, DE-CIX has established an environment for the bilateral settlement-free exchange of Internet traffic, called peering. The company serves 700+ carriers, ISPs and content networks from 60+ countries, including all leading international players in Frankfurt (Germany), New York (USA), Dubai (UAE), Palermo (Italy), Marseille (France), Istanbul (Turkey), Hamburg (Germany) and Munich (Germany). With 4+ Terabits per second of peak traffic, DE-CIX Frankfurt is the world’s leading Internet exchange. DE-CIX is your one-stop-shop for Peering, Interconnection and additional IX services.

For more information, please visit www.de-cix.net.

Use of NaviCloud Director significantly boosts time to market


LONDON – NaviSite Europe Limited, a Time Warner Cable company, announced today that insurance systems specialist RDT has deployed NaviCloud Director to underpin its testing and development systems, allowing RDT’s software engineers to focus efforts on creating disruptive solutions for the insurance market. RDT chose NaviSite after a competitive review due to its reputation as a trusted and reliable advisor as well as the flexibility of its cloud offerings.


NaviSite’s infrastructure-as-a-service platform, NaviCloud Director, was built with business flexibility in mind. The platform allows RDT to provision on-demand and scalable infrastructure services from virtualised resource pools. This enables RDT to quickly build and develop more complex IT environments to help expedite their time to market. With the support of NaviSite, RDT was able to build its most complicated virtual environment to date.


Since the full deployment of the solution, RDT has been able to reduce the time taken for new software releases. A product launch would typically take RDT four months to develop and bring to market; however, since the deployment of NaviCloud Director, the organisation has been able to launch four new versions of its core product within the same timeframe, which is a significant increase in time to market.


RDT has been at the leading edge of general insurance software for 24 years. Its flagship product, Landscape, is the UK’s most widely used packaged general insurance administration solution. The organisation is determined to continually develop its software portfolio and invests heavily in research and development to constantly enhance its systems to provide better quality products for its customers.


RDT’s CTO Rob Grigg said: “The insurance industry has been slow to adopt new technologies but in the next five years we will see a technical revolution within the industry. We want to make sure that we are equipped with the best IT infrastructure so we can develop quality products for our customers and continue to disrupt the insurance market. As we expand our business we will continue to look to NaviSite to support the development of our services.”


Sean McAvan, Managing Director, NaviSite, said, “We are delighted to be working with forward thinking companies like RDT who recognize that the organisations that will succeed in today’s market, are the ones who use technology to capitalize on new business opportunities. By working with NaviSite, RDT has leveraged our NaviCloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud solution to reduce their software development release cycles and speed up their time-to-market.”


About NaviSite Europe Limited

NaviSite Europe Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of NaviSite, Inc., a Time Warner Cable company, is a leading international provider of enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. NaviSite provides a full suite of reliable and scalable managed services, including Application Services, industry-leading Enterprise Hosting, and Managed Cloud Services for organisations looking to outsource IT infrastructures and lower their capital and operational costs. Enterprise customers depend on NaviSite for customised solutions, delivered through a global footprint of state-of-the-art data centres. For more information about NaviSite Europe’s services, please visit www.navisite.co.uk


About RDT

RDT has been at the leading edge of general insurance software for 24 years. From the outset we have been pushing boundaries, producing industry disruptive solutions and investing in technology and people. We are fiercely proud of our approach and our achievements, but we are never satisfied. We constantly work on and improve our products and are always seeking opportunities to accelerate our technology.

Collaboration is one of our key principles and we work closely with our clients to create an infrastructure that’s right for them. Digital technology is transforming the insurance industry and to stay competitive insurers must adopt new techniques and practices; innovation has become a strategically essential target for every insurance provider. Anticipating, embracing and enabling change is what excites RDT. It’s in our DNA to go the extra mile for our clients, defining tomorrow’s challenges and tackling them before they become problems.

Too many insurers are held back by outdated legacy systems, but at RDT we know that insurance can be managed better and sold better. It can be realigned and reconnected with the fast-paced world it lives in. RDT makes that connection, which is why our insurance administration package, Landscape, is the mostly widely used in the UK.

For more information on RDT, please visit www.rdt.co.uk.

New Survey, The State of Object Storage in the Private Cloud, Finds 86% of IT Architects Rate the Freedom to Use Standard Hardware for Storage Workloads as Important

SAN FRANCISCO SwiftStack, the leader in a new breed of object storage for Enterprises, today announced that the SwiftStack Object Storage platform is enabling enterprise customers to realize SwiftStack’s bold vision for the datacenter - genuine simplicity, cost certainty and scalability - contrasted with legacy, hardware-based storage solutions that are both complex and expensive. This “New Breed” of Object Storage provides enterprises the cost-effective scalability of the cloud while allowing IT strategists to avoid vendor lock-in and achieve freedom of choice in the datacenter.

In a recent study, The State of Object Storage in the Private Cloud, enterprise IT professionals expressed that they are actively using object storage in their datacenter. More than one in four (26%) are already using object storage in production and another 26% are evaluating object storage or using it in their test/dev environment. These numbers are expected to grow as another 35% report that they are planning to evaluate object storage in the next 12 months.

Why so much activity around Object Storage? Storage footprints are high and growing (66% of the survey respondents had more than 500TBs of data) and respondents rate the freedom to use standard hardware for their storage workloads as an important criteria (very important - 51%; somewhat important - 35%) to cost-effectively support their increasing capacity requirements. Interestingly, open source was also an important consideration for nearly three in four IT Professionals’ infrastructure going forward (very important - 35%; somewhat important 38%) indicating a dramatic shift away from traditional commercial vendors.

By using the open source engine that runs the world’s largest storage clouds, OpenStack Swift, SwiftStack supports these reported goals by enabling incredible scale for extreme concurrent access of unstructured data, so enterprise customers may shift to consumable private cloud deployments to best suit their application use cases. As such, SwiftStack is perfectly suited to support a range of enterprise use cases including archiving active data, serving web content, sharing documents and storing backups with complete data portability and the freedom to choose, and change, hardware and infrastructure resources.

“The cloud has transformed enterprise IT permanently and companies such as SwiftStack have contributed to the deflation in the consumption of traditional storage,” said Ashish Nadkarni, Program Director, Enterprise Servers and Storage, IDC. “Private cloud deployments are now enabling enterprises to achieve new levels of scale, efficiency and agility that are unlike anything they’ve seen possible with traditional datacenter deployments. Enterprises are now leveraging private cloud storage, such as SwiftStack, in ways previously unimaginable in traditional storage environments.”

For the enterprise, SwiftStack Object Storage delivers significant private cloud advantages for a range of enterprise unstructured data use cases. From serving web application content to active archiving, backup, file sharing and more, SwiftStack offers the following benefits:

      No Hardware Lock-In – SwiftStack Object Storage runs on any industry-standard x86 server hardware with standard hard drives available from any vendor, so enterprises can use their preferred server vendor or mix-and-match hardware from multiple server and HDD vendors to optimize capital investments and do much more for less

      Centralized Management – The SwiftStack Object Storage Controller manages all object storage clusters from a single, centralized management interface, reducing storage complexity and conserving IT resources so the focus can remain on application operations

      Authentication – SwiftStack Object Storage easily integrates with existing enterprise authentication infrastructure, including Active Directory and LDAP for faster provisioning and simplified storage user management

      Unified Namespace – A SwiftStack Object Storage Cluster can be spread over multiple, geographically distributed data centers with a single namespace, while also enabling admins to create multiple tiers for complete control over where data is stored

“SwiftStack was founded on the idea that Enterprises desire powerful technologies used by the largest cloud providers, but need any product to fit with their operations,” said Joe Arnold, President and Chief Product Officer, SwiftStack. “SwiftStack is a new breed of truly software-defined object storage, delivered on-premises, running on standard hardware and managed out-of-band by the SwiftStack Controller. Our goal is any server or storage administrator can operate cloud storage in their environment.”

About SwiftStack

SwiftStack innovations power object storage for Enterprises, offering freedom of choice for genuine simplicity and TCO at scale. SwiftStack has perfected the delivery of private cloud object storage within and across data centers for content delivery, active archive, and data-centric workflows. The SwiftStack solution, built on OpenStack Swift at its core, is managed by a unique out-of-band controller and includes scale-out nodes with rolling upgrades as well as a filesystem gateway interface for traditional applications. No object storage solution is as flexible, simple, or open as SwiftStack, which has driven adoption by HP Cloud, eBay, and PAC-12 among many F500 companies. Connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn, or please visit www.swiftstack.com.

FreeStor Now Offers Analytics and Configuration that Will Notify IT Immediately of All-Flash Array and Storage Platform Issues 

MELVILLE, N.Y. — FalconStor Software® Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), a 15-year innovator of software-defined storage solutions, today announced that it has acquired an exclusive source code distribution license from Cumulus Logic for a next-generation and intelligent cloud-based predictive analytics monitoring system for FalconStor’s FreeStor®, a single, converged, hardware-agnostic data services software platform that works horizontally across all heterogeneous storage hardware, including all-flash arrays, hybrid flash, and HDD arrays.

FreeStor is bringing core intelligence to the Software Defined Data Center – Intelligent Abstraction® and Intelligent Predictive Analytics that work in real-time for visualization, analysis and action with capabilities similar to the historical analysis provide by software tools like Splunk (NASDAQ:SPLK ) and Tableau (NYSE:DATA). 

In addition to “smart rules”-based tools for performance monitoring, capacity planning, and other insights to maximize storage resources – which many hardware vendors lack – the cloud-based engine will also enable secure multi-tenancy for service providers that manage their customers’ data and infrastructure, and support private cloud infrastructures. 

“The recent ubiquity of flash adoption, the coming deluge of 3D NAND flash and the rapid growth in big data is fostering a great need for service providers and their vendors to understand the health and the capacity of their flash and hybrid storage platforms with real-time capabilities not multi-day old data,” says Iqlas Ottamalika, founder and CEO of Cumulus Logic.  “This is a new era of analytical monitoring for storage platforms as it will help service providers to strategize and react at lightning-speed, if necessary.  Working with such a renowned software-defined storage provider as FalconStor, we hope to usher in a new era of Intelligence for all-flash and hybrid storage array analytics.”

“This exclusive partnership will provide service providers and their customers with an enhanced cloud-based monitoring management system.   It is a tremendous step forward as we believe that only our FreeStor platform can truly deliver this promise to the industry,” said Gary Quinn, CEO of FalconStor. “This joint effort between FreeStor and Cumulus Logic will offer abilities not seen in other solutions.  For instance, it can be used on any storage resource, regardless of vendor or type – on premise or in-the-cloud. FreeStor’s intelligence will be enhanced to help the enterprise manage, automate, optimize and proactively react within storage environments across the data center.”

FreeStor's analytics will also be used to immediately notify customers of varying hardware problems such as I/O bottlenecks, capacity issues and SLA gaps. The streaming analytics will not only provide real-time data, but provide historical and global trending reports that will enhance FreeStor’s ability to deliver non-stop business productivity and simplified data management.
New interface enhancements will enable FreeStor to be deployed on many devices including the desktop, iPad and mobile tablets and phones, allowing IT personnel to monitor from any location.

“FreeStor gives enterprises and service providers the freedom to choose the hardware that makes the best sense for their business.  Watching capacity and performance is not where the monitoring tools job should stop,” said Tim Stammers, Senior Analyst at 451 Research.  “When you consider the range of issues such as firmware, connectivity or other problems that can cause poor application performance, what really matters is being able to analyze entire storage infrastructures regardless of vendor, and then correlating that data to decide the right corrective action – and hence  impact an organization’s bottom line.” 

FreeStor’s Cumulus Intelligent Predictive Analytics will include multiple features including the following:
•	Centralized monitoring, analytics and configuration across heterogeneous storage infrastructures
•	Analyze and report storage, server and application metrics on varying levels
•	Multi-Vendor Analytics: Collect, analyze and correlate data from Storage  and Application layers
•	Historical and real-time trends and reports 
•	Streaming analytics and real time insights
•	Proactively detect and alert performance bottlenecks and health risks using a real time analytics module 
•	Personalized dashboards
•	Native iPhone/Android apps – mobile functionality 
•	Real time performance, health and inventory monitoring 
•	Define health policies for storage servers, and act on those in real-time

Under this licensing and joint-development agreement, FalconStor will modify and enhance Cumulus’ technology to customize an analytics engine for FreeStor, with all resulting intellectual property exclusively owned by FalconStor. 

About FalconStor
FalconStor® Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC) is a leading software-defined storage company offering a converged data services software platform that is hardware agnostic.  Our open, integrated flagship solution FreeStor® reduces vendor lock-in and gives enterprises the freedom to choose the applications and hardware components that make the best sense for their business.  We empower organizations to modernize their data center with the right performance, in the right location, all while protecting existing investments.  FalconStor’s mission is to maximize data availability and system uptime to ensure nonstop business productivity while simplifying data management to reduce operational costs.  Our award-winning solutions are available and supported worldwide by OEMs as well as leading service providers, system integrators, resellers and FalconStor.  The company is headquartered in Melville, N.Y. with offices throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information, visit www.falconstor.com or call 1-866-NOW-FALC (866-669-3252).

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NEWARK, Calif. – Tegile Systems, the leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays for databases, virtualized server and virtual desktop environments, has been chosen by GP International Holding N.V. following a competitive evaluation process which included HP, Pure Storage, Nimble, Violin Memory and EMC.  

Headquartered in The Netherlands, operating under the Dr Hittich Brand in Kerkrade, GreenPower is a wholesale organization supplying nutritional supplements made from 100 percent natural active substances and free from synthetic chemicals. For its mission-critical IT applications it was looking for an efficient storage solution that could support an infrastructure with an availability well beyond 99 percent. 

“We needed to replace an existing all-flash solution and decided we wanted to take it to the next level,” explains Guido Meijers, IT manager at GreenPower. “We were looking for a vendor who could offer hybrid and all-flash systems and data deduplication capabilities cost-efficiently, and who would support all relevant protocols and file systems for flexibility and diversity. Additionally, there was no longer any support for our existing systems so we had to find a solution that was easy to install and integrate. Tegile was the only solution that met all our requirements – in fact, Tegile was the only vendor to offer an all-flash system that supports a hybrid expansion shelf and inline data-deduplication and compression at all.” 

GreenPower runs a completely virtualized data center with a total of 300 virtual servers on 16 physical VMware ESX host servers. The main applications running on the servers are Windows, Microsoft SQL, Exchange, diverse file servers, BI Tools such as SAS Analytics and KXEN, and a Progress Open Edge application for its ERP system. The storage solution consists of two T3800 all-flash arrays combined with two hybrid extension shelves so that secondary data can be stored on less expensive drives. Additionally, GreenPower uses Datacore storage virtualization software to further optimize the performance. For high availability and disaster recovery GreenPower runs a mirrored data center (stretched cluster) with exactly the same setup. High-availability is improved by the fact that Tegile arrays in themselves are built highly available and fully redundant with active/active controllers, ensuring they do not suffer from a single point of failure – providing an extra level of security. 

For the implementation Tegile engaged Dutch reseller, DMP, and the full installation was completed and pushed live within half a day. Based on the new infrastructure Meijers, with his team of five, provides IT-services to a total of 450 employees. The majority (95 percent) of end users are working on thin clients combined with the Citrix XenApp and the remaining five percent use heavy-duty workstations, which store data directly on the Tegile systems – made possible by the high performance and extremely low latency.

The storage infrastructure provides GreenPower with a total capacity of 2x 28 TB in flash and 2x 48 TB in hybrid storage. Due to Tegile’s unique IntelliFlash™ operating system, which enables inline data deduplication and compression, GreenPower currently only uses 2x 20 TB of the total capacity. Meijers is sure that compared to Tegile’s rivals this means a data reduction of more than 50 percent and significant cost savings. 

GreenPower is only using a fraction of the solution’s potential and the team plans to explore more options moving forward. This includes more closely examining the possibilities offered by the support of the NFS file system. For now though, Meijers and his team can be confident in having an infrastructure in place that is not only able to handle the most demanding workloads, but that also will future proof the business for the foreseeable future. 

About Tegile Systems
Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of intelligent flash arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtual desktop and database applications. With Tegile’s line of all-flash and hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that accelerate business critical enterprise applications and allow customers to significantly consolidate mixed workloads in virtualized environments.

Tegile’s patented IntelliFlash technology accelerates performance and enables inline deduplication and compression of data so each array has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than any other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in snapshot, remote-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and VM-aware features. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile.
Since 2007, Unisys has assisted Ryder to speed integration of acquisitions, integrate hundreds of new employees, and grow its business


LONDON – Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced that Ryder Ltd has extended its contract with Unisys’ UK subsidiary for IT services and support until 2020. Ryder Ltd in the UK is a leading provider of vehicle rental, contract hire, maintenance and dedicated delivery solutions and is part of Ryder System, Inc., which provides leading-edge transportation solutions worldwide.


Under the terms of the new agreement, Unisys will deliver services to support Ryder Ltd’s critical IT functions – including fleet management and ERP applications – as well as incident, problem and change management; service desk support; and desktop management across multiple sites in the UK.


Unisys supported Ryder through a critical period of expansion and growth, including the acquisition of Hill Hire Ltd in 2011. During that time, Unisys has integrated acquired infrastructure and supported critical applications so that Ryder could focus on consolidating and standardising the company’s IT environment for end users.


Mark Parker, IT director, Ryder Ltd, said: “Over the last eight years Unisys has shown that it is a true strategic partner by delivering the critical IT infrastructure to help us achieve our growth objectives and supporting us through significant changes, including acquisitions and consolidation of our IT environment. Unisys has consistently provided a high level of service to accommodate us and help us achieve our objectives.”


“We’re delighted to extend our partnership with Ryder Ltd and to continue working with the company to expand its business. We look forward to delivering further services to Ryder Ltd as it works to provide multi-channel support and more self-service capabilities to its end users,” said Nick Fraser, managing director, Unisys UK.


About Unisys

Unisys is a global information technology company that solves organizations’ most pressing IT and business challenges. With more than 20,000 employees serving clients around the world, our offerings include cloud and infrastructure services, application services, business process outsourcing services, and high-end server technology. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.

Follow Unisys on Twitter and LinkedIn.


About Ryder

Ryder Europe was established in 1971 and has grown through acquisition and organic development into a sizeable force in transportation with a fleet of more than 22,500 trucks and trailers. The European business focuses on commercial vehicle rental, contract hire and maintenance operating from 27 locations.

Ryder Europe is part of Ryder System, Inc. a Fortune 500 provider of leading-edge transportation solutions worldwide, founded in Miami, Florida in 1933.

NetDiligence® Publishes 2015 Study of Actual Claim Payouts


PHILADELPHIA – NetDiligence®, a leading cyber risk assessment and data breach services company, announced today it has published its fifth annual Cyber Claims Study, a study of actual losses for data breach events covered by various leading cyber liability insurance carriers.

This year's report summarizes NetDiligence's findings for a sampling of 160 cyber liability insurance claims, 155 of which involved the exposure of sensitive data. The study examines the type of data exposed, the cause of loss, the business sector in which the incident occurred and the size of the affected organization. The study also considers claims due to third-party breaches and claims due to insider involvement, both accidental and malicious.

The primary focus of the study is the costs incurred by underwriters due to cyber claim events, including Crisis Services (forensics, notification, credit/ID monitoring and legal counsel/Breach Coach®), Legal (class action lawsuit defense and settlement), Regulatory (defense and settlement) and PCI (fines).

This year's study finds the average total claim for a breach was $673,767, with an average payout for Crisis Services of $499,710. However, the average claim for a large company was $4.8 million, while the average claim in the Healthcare sector was $1.3 million.

"As an independent and trusted partner to the cyber liability insurance industry, NetDiligence is uniquely positioned to combine data from multiple insurers so that the pool of claims is large enough to ascertain real costs, project future trends and better educate concerned Risk Managers and CFOs," said Mark Greisiger, president of NetDiligence. "We are honored that our cyber liability insurance carrier and broker partners share a sampling of their loss data with NetDiligence. Without them, the valuable insights this educational study provides would not be possible."

Sponsoring this year's NetDiligence Cyber Claims Study are AllClear ID, McGladrey (soon to be RSM, effective October 26, 2015), Cipriani & Werner, P.C., and Symantec.

The NetDiligence® 2015 Cyber Claims Study is now available for download at the NetDiligence website (www.netdiligence.com). eRiskHub® licensors and their clients have exclusive access to an expanded version of the study in the Learning Center of the eRiskHub. The eRiskHub (www.eriskhub.com) is a web-based cyber risk management portal that helps organizations prevent and recover from data breaches.

About NetDiligence®

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Innovative new functionality incorporated in Zylpha's acclaimed legal document bundling technology, slashes the time taken to prepare bundles. Of particular note is a new Email feature, which Zylpha (www.zylpha.com) believes is a first in the market. This ensures that relevant email messages can be effectively and easily recorded and managed within any of a practice's bundles. The ability to include email attachments along with the original emails is also incorporated. This is a major leap forward over the market status quo, where ineffective text-only email storage systems require the preparation of separate document files for each attachment. This greatly reduces the time taken to include significant quantities of emails and attachments within bundles.


Also included within the new Zylpha functionality is a Core Bundling feature. This makes it simple to add a document to a bundle's index without it physically being present in the bundle when produced. This enables the system to create both a core bundle and tailored bundles all from the same set of documents and with the same index and pagination. As the time previously taken to create numerous separate bundles is now eliminated, huge efficiencies and time-savings are possible.


In order to meet the highest practice compliance directives, documents can be excluded from the bundle but retain their original page number on the main index in the Core Bundle. To make it easy to identify which documents are excluded, users can choose how they want to indicate its exclusion by using either a symbol, a strike through or by greying them out. Users can also include informative text at the bottom of the index to explain why certain documents have been excluded from the Core Bundle for specific recipients.


The new functionality within Zylpha's Electronic Document Bundling System is also fully integrated within a range of leading Case Management Systems including: LexisNexis SolCase and Visualfiles, Microsoft Sharepoint, Worksite, Envision and more. There are also plans, in the near future, to deliver further integrations with leading Local Authority Case Management Systems.


Zylpha's CEO Tim Long is confident that new functionality could have a significant impact on the market for legal document bundling. In his view, "These new additions to our electronic document bundling functionality really are a significant step forward. The new email functionality completely outclasses anything else on the market. And instead of painstakingly producing numerous bundles for all the parties involved in a case, the new functionality enables a Core Bundle to be tailored without changing the pagination or indexing.


"In a world where legal cost reduction and innovation are trending, the new Core Bundling functionality ticks both boxes. Indeed, with the savings it will make in terms of time speed and cost, we expect our document bundling solution to continue to transform current working practices. And, from our current pre-launch discussions with partners and clients we are confident that demand will be high and we expect to be able to announce some high profile practice converts in the near future."


About Zylpha www.zylpha.com
Headquartered in Southampton Zylpha is an innovative specialist offering tools for the legal profession including:

  • Secure electronic document production and delivery.
  • Court Bundling.
  • Integration with the MOJ Portal.
  • Links to agencies for AML and Identity Verification.

The company, which was founded by Tim Long its CEO, has won widespread acclaim in both the legal and local government sectors for its systems that transform secure communications for court and case management bundles.