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NEW YORK – Send Word Now, the leading worldwide innovator of critical communications technologies, announced today that it will provide emergency notification services to New York Road Runners (NYRR) during the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 2, 2014. The event marks the fifth year for Send Word Now to supply its award-winning Alerting Service to the group, assisting in providing for the safety and security of marathoners, spectators, sponsors and others along the 26.2-mile race.

Known for being the world's premier community running organization, New York Road Runners' mission is to help and inspire people through running. Over the past 55+ years, the organization has grown from a local running club to a global champion of the running movement, promoting numerous world-class events. The TCS New York City Marathon, the biggest and most popular marathon of all, stretches across five boroughs, attracts over 50,000 runners from around the world, and carries a prize purse totaling a guaranteed $705,000.

As with previous marathons, and in light of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, there are a multitude of visible security measures in place, as well as a number of behind-the-scenes security elements. Among them is Send Word Now's Alerting Service, recognized by Gartner as a "Leader" in its most recent Magic Quadrant for U.S. emergency/mass notification services, and named "Notification System of the Year" by Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII).

Send Word Now, which is used by more than 1,800 public and private sector organizations worldwide, provides fast, effective and multimodal alerting during critical events, such as inclement weather and security threats. Notifications are communicated via voice and text, and recipient feedback is collected using the solution's powerful Get Word Back feature. Common uses include emergency response team mobilization, shelter-in-place alerting and evacuations.

"The safety of runners, spectators, volunteers, and staff throughout the course of the event has always been of highest priority," said Peter Ciaccia, Chief Production Office of New York Road Runners and Technical Director of the TCS New York City Marathon. "Our goal is to ensure that we are implementing the needed safety and security measures, while causing minimal impact on everyone's race-week experience."

Among the many festivities planned during the weeklong celebration are the NYRR Youth Jamboree Presented by Tata Consultancy Services, Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff (5M), NYRR Run with Champions event, Marathon Eve Dinner and the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K.

"As a business headquartered in Manhattan, we are especially proud to serve the critical communications needs of the New York Road Runners during this world-renowned race," said Lorin Bristow, Senior Vice President, Marketing, for Send Word Now. "We look forward to another safe, secure and successful event."

ORLANDO, Fla. – Insurance Distribution Investing Group, LLC (IDIG), a joint venture formed in June of this year and backed by the insurance industry executives of The Capacity Group and by Dowling Capital Partners, announced the close of their previously announced transaction by acquiring a 50% ownership stake in Risk Transfer and affiliated companies of Risk Transfer.  Risk Transfer, an innovative insurance program manager specializing in difficult-to-place risks, Libertate, its small traditional commercial and personal lines provider, as well as RiskAware™ LLC, its loss control and claim advocacy division are all included in the transaction.  RiskMD® LLC, Risk Transfer's patent-pending technology company is also included in the transaction with a future option for IDIG to purchase a greater equity stake.

IDIG was founded to bring together industry experts and professionals in all insurance disciplines and to support owners and managers with a focus on innovation, products, and relationships.  RiskMD technology paired with the industry expertise of IDIG will bring unprecedented capabilities and efficiencies to the Dowling/Capacity universe.  "We're excited to achieve this type of partnership and begin to see it flourish," IDIG's Managing Partner, Gary S. Maier, stated.  "Risk Transfer's standing in their chosen industry is quite impressive.  Their level of commitment and innovation to their customers and trading partners is a major differentiator.  IDIG will further enhance and expand on their model by improving market and product positioning, and offering ways to further differentiate on expertise and customer innovation."

Paul Hughes, CEO of Risk Transfer, commented, "On so many levels, partnering with IDIG is a home run.  They believe as we do that the PEO model is an important part of the future of insurance distribution.  Besides the traditional market relationships we can leverage with our partners from Capacity and Dowling Capital, they are anything from traditional in their focus on helping us to better the PEO model to make it even more impactful for American business.  Our "Money Ball" approach to underwriting insurance allows us to value an insurance transaction utilizing the most credible data available in the most efficient manner possible.  The speed at which we have credible, available information will help the new Risk Transfer to make the smartest decisions faster.

This partnership will allow more time towards the creation of new solutions for Risk Transfer's clients.  Carl Gerson, COO of The Capacity Group, said, "We're in a unique position to expand on our already growing relationship with Dowling Capital.  I'm thrilled Paul Hughes and his talented team are joining us and we're excited about the combination of Risk Transfer's innovation with the exceptional trading partners Capacity can bring to this market segment.  There will be more exciting news that we plan to share in the coming months too."

 

About Risk Transfer
Started in May of 2000 as a retail brokerage, Risk Transfer has always focused on risks that required a more sophisticated understanding of the client's business, and broader insurance solutions and cost containment structures. Risk Transfer Programs (fka Lighthouse Programs) was formed in 2003 to be the underwriting company for the group. Risk Transfer's brokerage/consultancy still remain as the flagship operating companies of the group. Risk Aware (outsourced underwriting platforms/cost containment programs) provides comprehensive risk management analytics. Risk Aware was formed in 2007 to focus on customer advocacy and cost containment for our clients.  Lastly, RiskMD was formed in 2008 to provide the "art and science" of risk management. The scientific or process portion of RiskMD currently is patent-pending by the being reviewed by the US Patent Office and should receive a final utilization application.  RiskMD is the first platform to introduce data vault technology to the insurance industry and is poised to provide services to a myriad of players within the insurance space.  http://risktransfer.com/

 

About Capacity Group
The Capacity Group of Companies offers an expansive range of standard and customized insurance and financial products, while providing superior customer service for all types of businesses, industries, and individuals. The Capacity Group has a diversified insurance distribution and product platform in Retail, Wholesale and Specialty Program business, as well as all types of personal, commercial, specialty and benefits lines of business. The Capacity Group is located in Mahwah, NJ and has 14 offices nationwide. The Capacity Group has grown to become one of the 100 largest insurance brokerage firms in the U.S. It is currently ranked number 43 by Business Insurance magazine, and is among the Top 25 privately held brokerage firms in the U.S. by Insurance Journal magazine. http://www.capcoverage.com/images/top100HR.pdf

 

About Dowling Capital Partners
Dowling Capital Partners (DCP) is a private equity firm that invests exclusively in the insurance industry. Investments are focused on the three main sectors of the industry – underwriting, distribution and technology/services. DCP was formed in 2011 by insurance industry veterans with senior level industry experience, including insurance-related private equity investment management, investment banking, industry research and operational and board-level roles within major insurance, reinsurance and brokerage companies. DCP's investors include highly regarded insurance industry organizations and professionals. DCP provides its portfolio companies and co-investors with industry expertise, broad relationships and operating experience. For additional information, please visit www.dowlingcapitalpartners.com

New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) Calls for NYS to Enforce and Evaluate CDC Guidelines and to Begin Training for Potentially Exposed Workers

 

NEW YORK – Today, the New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) called on New York State to implement a mandatory implementation of the Center for Disease Control's Guidelines on Ebola for workers in healthcare settings, and for New York State to conduct a comprehensive and ongoing evaluation and revision of the guidelines.

"The new CDC guidelines are significantly improved, and we are confident and encouraged by our State's handing of this emergency," said Charlene Obernauer, Executive Director of NYCOSH. "However, the guidelines for healthcare facilities are still only recommendations-not mandatory-and we need to continue to improve the guidelines as we move forward."

"In the upcoming days ahead, we should evaluate whether basic N95 respirators are adequate, or whether powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) should be required for frontline health care workers, as is the practice at Bellevue. We also should look at the adequacy of decontamination procedures and the donning and doffing of personal protective equipment," continued Obernauer.

NYCOSH also called for additional resources from the State to be put into hands-on worker training and the creation of a master training program to ensure that potentially exposed workers are prepared, citing its letter released to the Governor on Tuesday, October 21st, which stated:

In addition to healthcare workers, all workers who are at risk of potential contact with infectious persons in the course of fulfilling their job duties-including air and mass transit workers, airport workers, educational staff, etc.-should receive basic Ebola information regarding the nature of the virus, modes of transmission, risk factors, symptoms, treatment, infection control and worker protection measures, and workplace policies.

"At the end of the day, there are a number of workers in this scenario that are potentially exposed and need training," said Susan McQuade, Safety and Health Specialist at NYCOSH, referring to OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen Standard[1]. "From transit to EMT workers down to the workers cleaning the bowling alley, preparedness training and the funding to support such training is invaluable."

 

NYCOSH is a non-profit membership organization of workers, unions, community-based organizations, and health and legal professionals that uses training and education to improve health and safety conditions in our workplaces and our communities.  NYCOSH has been providing technical assistance and comprehensive training in environmental and occupational safety and health to over 10,000 workers annually for over 35 years. NYCOSH was at the forefront of disaster response and recovery efforts after the World Trade Center disaster, as well as after Sandy.

SYDNEY – NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) today announced a wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics, Inc., a leading electronic components and enterprise computing solutions provider. Under the agreement, Arrow will distribute NetComm Wireless' cellular M2M products to diverse markets spanning telecommunications, medical, transportation and industrial in North America.

The collaboration combines NetComm Wireless' innovative M2M products with Arrow's expansive market reach to deliver advanced remote management benefits to customers throughout North America. Designed for flexible use across all industry sectors, NetComm Wireless' open platform cellular M2M routers integrate a Software Development Kit (SDK) to enable custom M2M application development for any business function.

"This agreement with NetComm Wireless enhances our M2M portfolio and delivers unique advantages to diverse market segments. NetComm Wireless is globally renowned for its market-leading M2M innovations, and we are pleased to extend these benefits to customers throughout North America," said Joseph Zaloker, director of technical marketing for Arrow’s North American global components segment.

"We look forward to working with Arrow to further strengthen our distribution channel in North America, and add substantially to our global growth objectives. This collaboration provides the scope needed to meet surging demand for flexible M2M products designed to enable diverse applications in a highly fragmented environment," said David Stewart, CEO and Managing Director, NetComm Wireless.

A Fortune 150 company with a global network covering 58 countries, Arrow is an industry-leading supply channel partner that delivers technological solutions to diverse markets. 
 
Enquiries to: Yumi Bondy - NetComm Wireless
Phone: +61 2 9424 2542 or email: yumi.bondy@netcommwireless.com     

 
About NetComm Wireless Limited
NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) is a leading developer of innovative broadband products sold globally to telecommunications carriers, core network providers and system integrators. For 32 years NetComm has developed a portfolio of world first data communication products, and is a respected global provider of 3G and 4G wireless devices servicing the major telecommunications carrier, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Rural Broadband markets. NetComm’s products are designed to meet the growing needs of today’s diverse home, business and industrial broadband applications and designed to optimise the performance of global network advancements. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, NetComm has offices in the US, Canada, UK, New Zealand, the Middle East and Japan. For more information about NetComm visit: www.netcommwireless.com.

CHICAGO – Today CNA Warranty announced a strategic alliance with Remi®, a leading equipment maintenance and asset management program service provider. CNA plans to expand their broad portfolio of insurance products and coverages to now offer a program to manage the risk of equipment maintenance and repair.   

The new program, CNA Equipment Maintenance Program (EMP) with client service powered by Remi, provides a unique alternative to traditional equipment maintenance agreements offered by original equipment manufacturers (OEM). The program consolidates all extended equipment maintenance agreements under one agreement, offering one renewal and billing date, consistent terms and conditions, and an online portal to manage maintenance histories. Clients are expected to save an average of 10-20% over purchasing individual agreements from the OEM. 

The program is ideal for organizations that purchase high-value equipment and incur significant expenses on maintenance to extend the life of this equipment. Eligible equipment types range from general office equipment to sophisticated laboratory and medical equipment typically only covered by extended OEM service agreements.

"We are very excited to expand our product offerings to include this new program," said Brian Loebach, Senior Vice President, Warranty, CNA. "Remi has been an established provider of equipment maintenance programs for over 15 years. Their reputation compliments our deep expertise in the warranty business, and we are confident this alliance will bring a best-in-class product to our customers."

Dan Schuster, CEO, Remi, said, "We recognize CNA is one of the largest warranty and service contract insurers in the U.S. Together, the strengths of our two companies will make this product a win for all our clients."

For more information on this new product offering, please contact Becky Alfieri at (913)832-6258 or rebecca.alfieri@cna.com

Remi has successfully delivered equipment maintenance programs since 1998 and currently manages 20 statewide programs. In 2014, Remi received the Inc. 5000 Award for the third year in a row for being one of the country's fastest growing privately-held companies. In 2014, Remi was presented with a Bronze Stevie® Award for Business of the Year for the second year in a row during the 12th Annual American Business Awards in Chicago, IL. "Remi" is a service mark registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. www.theremigroup.com

Serving businesses and professionals since 1897, CNA is the country's eighth largest commercial insurance writer and the 13th largest property and casualty company.  CNA's insurance products include standard commercial lines, specialty lines, surety, marine and other property and casualty coverages. CNA's services include risk management, information services, underwriting, risk control and claims administration. The products and/or services described above are provided by CNA Warranty Services, Inc, and/or CNA Warranty Services of Florida, Inc. The information is intended to present a general overview for illustrative purposes only. It is not intended to constitute a binding contract. Please remember that only the equipment contract can provide the actual terms, coverages, amounts, conditions and exclusions for a contract holder. All products and services may not be available in all states and may be subject to change without notice. Use of the term "partnership" and/or "partner" should not be construed to represent a legally binding partnership. CNA is a registered trademark of CNA Financial Corporation. Copyright © 2014 CNA. All rights reserved. For more information, please visit CNA at www.cna.com. "CNA" is a service mark registered by CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE: CNA) with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Certain CNA Financial Corporation subsidiaries use the "CNA" service mark in connection with insurance underwriting and claims activities.

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Consolidated view enables users to focus on alarms without losing sight of the bigger picture

LANSING, Mich. — IDV Solutions, LLC and Vanderbilt Industries today announced that the companies have formed a technical partnership and completed an integration of Vanderbilt’s SMS physical access control system (PACS) with IDV Solutions’ Visual Command Center® enterprise risk visualization (ERV) platform.

Using a combination of the two technologies, security operations teams can visualize alarms for events like doors propped open, windows forced, or unauthorized entry attempts. Visual Command Center provides context for alarms, showing the building location, nearby assets, and surrounding events; such as current and forecast weather, natural disasters, terrorist threats or the release of hazardous materials.

Visual Command Center provides security operations teams with a single enterprise platform for risk awareness and response which visualizes a company’s assets—such as buildings, employee locations, corporate events and supply routes—along with events that may threaten those assets on an interactive map and timeline. When Visual Command Center detects a potential threat near an asset or employee location, it automatically alerts operators, who can use powerful visualization, filtering, and query tools to assess the threat, and then proactively mitigate risk.

Vanderbilt Industries is a global leader in creating state-of-the-art security systems. The company innovates access control technology by designing, manufacturing and distributing systems that make environments safe, secure and easy to maintain. Vanderbilt’s products range from single-user systems so simple that they can be installed in one day to highly customized applications that fit the unique requirements of leading multi-national corporations.

“Connecting Visual Command Center to a Vanderbilt Industries PACS will give users real-time alerts and the tools needed to assess threats, without having to switch between applications during an emergency,” said Ian Clemens, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder, IDV Solutions. “This provides security teams a consolidated view of everything that’s happening, supporting them as they take action to protect people and facilities.”

“With our many enterprise-level clients, integration to Visual Command Center is a critical component in managing the security ecosystem,” said Mitchell Kane, Vanderbilt President. “Partnering with IDV enables us to offer an additional level of functionality and ease of use that complex organizations seek.”

 

About IDV Solutions, LLC

IDV Solutions, LLC helps organizations take command of risk by delivering Enterprise Risk Visualization capabilities through software and services that enable organizations to protect their assets, ensure continuity of operations and optimize performance.  Its Visual Command Center software is an enterprise platform for risk awareness and response used in organizational functions such as business continuity, security, supply chain and operations to mitigate or eliminate the impact of risk.  By helping organizations in the Global 2000 and government manage risk through visualization, IDV Solutions and its products have earned a reputation for innovation, speed, and the highest quality user experience.

 

About Vanderbilt Industries

Vanderbilt Industries is a global leader in creating state-of-the-art security systems. Vanderbilt’s innovative approach to access control technology from design, manufacturing, through to distribution makes environments safe, secure and easy to maintain. Vanderbilt’s products range from single-user systems so simple that they can be installed in one day to highly customized applications that fit the unique requirements of leading multi-national corporations. Our product line includes the bright blue® and SMS access control systems, as well as enterprise video solutions.  To learn more, please visit www.vanderbiltindustries.com and follow us on Twitter @VanderbiltInd. 

NEW YORK –  TELEHOUSE, the global leader for data centers, international Internet exchanges, and managed IT services, announces that Purevoltage , a renowned provider of colocation and Internet services that include enterprise-class dedicated and Virtual Private Servers (VPS); and website and game hosting, is expanding its footprint to TELEHOUSE’s Chelsea data center, located at 85 Tenth Avenue in New York. Purevoltage will offer Telehouse customers ISP services and its popular Colo by the U service, which is a 1.75 vertical cabinet offering flexibility and substantial cost savings. Purevoltage’s move to TELEHOUSE Chelsea signifies the first of more strategic expansions as the company considers additional Telehouse locations, both domestically and globally.

“Purevoltage, as one of the world’s leading providers of East and West coast colocation and premium Internet services, is a most welcome addition to TELEHOUSE Chelsea,” states Satoshi Adachi, Vice President of TELEHOUSE. “Our Chelsea facility provides Purevoltage with a range of amenities, including ample colocation space within a prime, secure facility in Manhattan, access to a wide choice of telecommunications providers, connections to NYIIX (New York International Internet Exchange), dual fiber connections to other popular carrier hotels in the city, and much more. We are happy to support Purevoltage in its motto to provide its customers with the best hosting services available, with the best prices possible.”

“Purevoltage has seen solid growth over the last several years, and the colocation market continues to influence demand,” adds Jake Terepocki, CEO of Purevoltage.“TELEHOUSE offers us reliable and secure data center solutions that both we and our clients trust.”

Chelsea, New York is TELEHOUSE’s newest data center location, which opened for business in January of 2011. This SSAE 16-certified, state-of-the-art facility offers 60,000 square feet of colocation space, access to authorized client personnel on a 24/7 basis, and the full-scope of TELEHOUSE IT support. The Chelsea location also offers connection to New York International Internet Exchange (NYIIX), New York’s largest and most active IP peering exchange, ranking in the top 10 internationally.

To learn more about TELEHOUSE, visit http://www.telehouse.com.

For more information about Purevoltage, visit http://purevoltage.net

Firmware, configuration files and static data are protected from unauthorized modification by Floodgate Anti-tamper

Floodgate Anti-Tamper is the first solution to provide device manifest validation for embedded Linux and RTOS based devices

Icon Labs enables The Internet of Secure Things™

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Icon Labs (www.iconlabs.com), a leading provider of embedded networking and security technology, today announced the availability of Floodgate Anti-Tamper, an application and data protection solution that protects RTOS and embedded Linux devices from malicious or accidental changes to firmware, configuration information and static data.

Anti-Tamper support makes it more difficult for a hacker to change the software or firmware running in an embedded device, or even change the configuration of the device. For example, if a utility company installs smart meters at their customer’s homes, hackers will not be able to re-program them to steal data or modify the behavior of the meter to under-report electrical usage. 

Floodgate Anti-tamper also protects against accidental or malicious changes made by insiders who are authorized to access the device.  In addition, all changes to the device are recorded and saved in the device audit log, allowing forensic analysis if and when problems do occur.  

By adding a critical, missing layer of security, Floodgate Anti-Tamper enables device OEMs to validate the integrity of device firmware and configuration.  Floodgate Anti-Tamper implements software-based anti-tamper detection, allowing this protection to be added to legacy systems without hardware “root-of-trust” capability.  On newer systems, Floodgate Anti-Tamper is integrated with hardware root of trust support to embed anti-tamper support within the hardware.

  

“Floodgate Anti-Tamper closes a critical security hole for embedded devices, making possible the Internet of Secure Things™,” said Alan Grau, CEO of Icon Labs. “While hardware root-of-trust capabilities are supported in some new designs, they often lack easy to use software support and don’t solve the security issue for legacy devices running older hardware.  With Floodgate, anti-tamper support can easily be added to new designs as well as to legacy systems.”

A recent HP Research study1 found that 70 percent of IoT devices are vulnerable to attack, and many devices had multiple security loopholes.  Protecting IoT devices requires a multi-layer security strategy, and Floodgate Anti-Tamper provides an important missing piece of that solution for embedded devices.  

“As IoT devices proliferate, they present new attack vectors for hackers to exploit, including device-to-cloud communication links, IoT gateways and the IoT devices themselves.  Complicating matters further, many of these new devices exist outside of the traditional corporate security perimeter,” said Steve Hoffenberg, analyst and director for IoT & Embedded Software at VDC Research.  “The IoT requires multiple layers of protection and end-to-end security from the device through the gateway and to the cloud. However, time-to-market pressure is not an excuse to shortcut security.”

Floodgate Anti-Tamper features include:

  • hardware root of trust integration for secure boot
  • full device manifest support
  • hash validation of all manifest components
  • local and remote audit
  • secure remote upgrade
  • configurable action upon detection of unauthorized changes
  • run time audits
  • Application Guarding APIs for run-time validation of applications/processes
  • Integration with the Icon Labs Floodgate Product family for management and event reporting

Icon Labs delivers a full suite of security solutions for embedded devices. The Floodgate product family provides intrusion detection and intrusion prevention capabilities that are designed specifically for use in embedded and RTOS-based devices.

Floodgate products support management system integration for policy management, event reporting and situational awareness. Icon Labs also provides solutions to harden the device, secure communication channels, and block DOS attacks. In addition to embedded security software and hardware solutions, Icon Labs provides professional services capabilities to accelerate customer deployments and facilitate unique implementation. Icon Labs helps you secure YOUR things.


About Icon Laboratories, Inc.
Icon Labs, a 2014 Gartner “Cool Vendor”, is a leading provider of embedded software for device security, device protection and networking management, including the award winning Floodgate Defender. Founded in 1992, Icon Labs is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, visit www.iconlabs.com, send email to info@iconlabs.com, or call 1.888.235.3443 (U.S. and Canada) or 515.226.3443 (International).

Road marking company Lafrentz benefits from real-time project management with Flowfinity enterprise app software

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Flowfinity Wireless Inc., a proven provider of enterprise mobile apps, today announced that Lafrentz Road Marking recently entered its 10th year of successful road construction project management with Flowfinity software.

Ten years ago, Western Canada's leading road marking company was relying on handwritten job reports from crews in the field, which were hard to read and time consuming to process. Time, materials, and incident tracking all needed to be streamlined for better accuracy and faster reporting.

Lafrentz selected the Flowfinity platform and quickly launched custom mobile apps for crews to keep track of time and jobs status throughout the day using smartphones. The real-time information and reporting allowed the company to improve management of person hours, equipment hours, and materials handling to improve its competitive position.

Lafrentz later expanded its use of Flowfinity to include an extensive catalog of municipal construction standards, which enables crews to access the information they need at their fingertips. If any incidents occur on job sites, the details are also immediately recorded in Flowfinity, providing an audit trail for safety standards.

"For the past 10 years, Flowfinity has remained the critical mobile technology used by Lafrentz to manage time, materials, equipment, and standards at job sites," said Tim Zapf, Marketing Manager, Lafrentz. "The Flowfinity platform is so flexible that we have been able to extend our use of the software to new business processes, and even switch mobile devices seamlessly."

Lafrentz uses Flowfinity Actions Enterprise Edition, and recently migrated its self-hosted solution to Flowfinity's cloud hosting service.

To read the Lafrentz success story, visit: http://www.flowfinity.com/customers/case_lafrentz_actions.aspx.

 

About Flowfinity

Flowfinity provides a proven, fully customizable solution for building enterprise mobile apps without programming. Since 2000, Flowfinity has helped leading companies across industries improve productivity, engage management, and improve business insight through all areas of the organization. By making it easy and fast to mobilize day-to-day business processes on smartphones and tablets, Flowfinity enables mobile teams to access, survey, report, and share information when and where they need to. Top global brands in consumer goods and other industries rely on Flowfinity software as the standard technology for automating critical business processes. For more information, visit http://www.flowfinity.com.

NAKIVO has released a 2014 VM Backup report providing insight into the state of virtualization data protection globally.
  
NAKIVO Inc., the fastest-growing virtualization and cloud backup software company, today released the 2014 Annual VM Backup Report. NAKIVO 2014 Annual VM Backup Report provides insight in the current state of virtualization data protection worldwide. The data has been collected via a global survey of SMBs (companies with up to 250 employees or up to $100M in annual revenue) who are using VMware virtualization in their datacenters.

The report can be downloaded at: www.nakivo.com/2014-vm-backup-report.htm.

Key risks identified:
• Complete data loss: 1 in 4 SMBs keep all of their VM backups and replicas onsite, and thus run a high risk of losing all of their data in case of a disaster, storage failure, or backup repository corruption.
• Failed recoveries: Almost a third of companies do not verify their VM backups for recoverability and run a risk of not being able to recover data because VM backups are corrupted.
• Long disaster recovery times: 35% of businesses rely solely on VM backup, and thus run a risk of long recovery times in case of a disaster.
• High cost of a downtime: 41% of SMBs do not know the cost of their business-critical VMs being down, and can suffer significant revenue/customer loss if their Tier 1 VMs become unavailable.

NAKIVO recommendations:
• Keep at least one copy of business-critical VM backups offsite to ensure that VMs can be recovered in case of a disaster. NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides a single-click integration with Amazon cloud, providing a simple, reliable, and affordable offsite backup storage solution.
• Schedule VM backup verification. On average, 2/3 of SMBs had to recover VMs in the past 12 months, and 16% of those VM recoveries failed. NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides built-in backup verification that can be run on schedule and ensure that files, application objects, and VMs can be recovered.
• Use VM replication for business-critical VMs. NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides a simple and intuitive way to create and maintain identical copies of source VMs (aka “replicas”) on a target site. In case of a disaster, the VM replicas can be simply powered on, providing near-instant disaster recovery.
• Identify business-critical VMs and assess downtime/data loss costs. NAKIVO Backup & Replication can help achieve high RPOs with frequent backup and replication job run schedules, and low RTOs with VM replicas and Flash VM Boot.

Named one of the top 10 coolest storage startups of 2014 by CRN, NAKIVO is delivering a new way for cloud providers, enterprises, and SMBs to protect their VMware environments more reliably, efficiently, and cost effectively. NAKIVO Backup & Replication is VMware-certified, purely agentless, and can be deployed on both Linux and Windows. Featuring a simple and intuitive Web UI, the product can back up and replicate VMware VMs onsite, offsite, and to private/public clouds (including single-click integration with Amazon cloud). NAKIVO Backup & Replication supports live applications and databases and provides data deduplication and compression, instant file recovery, instant Exchange object recovery, flash VM boot (beta), and network acceleration.

RESOURCES
• Overview: www.nakivo.com/VMware-VM-backup-replication-recovery-software.htm
• Datasheet: www.nakivo.com/Resources/NBR-DS.pdf
• Backup to Cloud: www.nakivo.com/vmware-cloud-backup-as-a-service.htm
• Success Stories: www.nakivo.com/success-stories.htm
• Trial Download: www.nakivo.com/en/VMware-Backup-Free-Trial.htm

ABOUT NAKIVO
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, NAKIVO is a privately-held software company that has been profitable since founding in 2012. With more than 4,000 customers - including many Fortune 1,000 companies - and over 500 channel partners across 70 countries worldwide, NAKIVO develops and markets a line of next generation data protection products for clouds and VMware virtualized environments. NAKIVO provides a fast, reliable, and affordable VM backup and replication solution for enabling SMBs and enterprises to protect and recover VM data onsite, offsite, and to the cloud. NAKIVO has also enabled over 50 hosting, managed, and cloud services providers to create and offer VM Backup-as-a-Service, Replication-as-a-Service, and DR-as-a-Service to their customers. NAKIVO was the first virtualization backup specialist to offer SMBs cloud backup to public clouds such as Amazon and multi-tenancy to cloud service providers and enterprise customers. For more information, please visit www.nakivo.com.

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