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Businesses Require Advanced Tools And Techniques To Combat New And Complex Threats

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – New research from Frost & Sullivan shows many companies are struggling to keep their networks secure against rapidly evolving cyber threats. Despite increasingly sophisticated attacks and rising complexity in the technological and regulatory landscapes, companies still typically rely on outdated methods to keep data secure.

New Threats and Complications

Emerging technologies and practices such as Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD), social media, smartphones, virtualization, and cloud services have significantly complicated the process of securing enterprise networks and sensitive data. Many companies have failed to adjust their security approaches accordingly. For instance, the 2013 Global Information Security Workforce Study conducted by Frost & Sullivan and (ISC)² revealed that out of 12,396 respondents, 42 percent ranked social media as a top security concern. However, 25 percent of organizations admitted they were not addressing this threat vector.

Cyber crime today is big business and threat actors are more motivated, skilled, coordinated, and well-funded than ever before. Yet many companies continue to rely on outdated detection methods that only protect against known threats or provide information about attacks after they happen. Many organizations also use discrete solutions to manage each new threat vector, emerging technology and regulatory requirement. However, by investing in several point products, businesses are finding the process to maintain these solutions to be unmanageable. In addition, those systems are often unable to share data with each other, which reduces their effectiveness.

Recommendations and Best Practices

To combat today’s new threats and manage the ever-increasing complexity, organizations require advanced protection technologies that can integrate and correlate security event data from multiple security systems. Frost & Sullivan recommends advanced managed security services such as the Masergy Security as a Service. Masergy addresses today’s rapidly evolving threat landscape with a fully-integrated, managed security solution built on the company’s patented Unified Enterprise Security (UES) platform. UES is unique in its use of adaptive behavioral analytics and machine learning to monitor network activity and continuously adapt to changing threat conditions. This technology is combined with continuous monitoring performed by Masergy security experts to efficiently anticipate and detect malicious activities. Frost & Sullivan believes that Masergy offers a solution that is well positioned to address the growing security needs of IT organizations.

Frost & Sullivan’s analysis of the current security landscape and recommendations for businesses are collected in a new white paper entitled, An Advanced Approach to Enterprise Network Security. To learn more about this topic, download a complimentary copy of the paper.

Editors Identify Cloud Providers, Technology Vendors With Robust Cloud Programs for the IT Channel

 

DENVER, Colo. – ViaWest, the leading colocation, managed services, and cloud provider in North America, announces today that it has been named to the inaugural CRN Cloud Partner Program Guide, a list of the leading technology vendors with cloud-related partner programs designed to benefit members of the indirect IT channel and their cloud initiatives. This guide offers solution providers a valuable resource for locating and exploring the IT industry’s top cloud technologies, programs and offerings, and a way to connect with the organizations making these cloud technologies and partner programs available specifically through the IT channel.

“Cloud computing is a game-changing technology, and it’s imperative that the IT channel can quickly identify those organizations most deeply committed to helping solution providers grow their cloud-related revenue,” says Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company, publisher of CRN. “Each cloud provider and vendor noted by the CRN editors has been chosen based on its robust cloud partner program, as well as the unique and enthusiastic ways in which it has embraced the channel as a go-to-market strategy.”

ViaWest offers a broad set of cloud solutions – from public to private to hybrid and compliant – all of which are built on best of breed VMware and Cisco platforms. The company also recently launched its KINECTed PCI Compliant Cloud, a purpose-built, audit-ready cloud solution that was created using industry-leading virtualization and security technology. This service offers unparalleled protection for companies that accept, store, process or transmit credit card data.

In addition, ViaWest was recently selected by Channel Partners, a resource for indirect sales channels offering IT and telecom solutions, as a winner of the 2014 Cloudys Cloud Channel Innovation Awards. ViaWest’s KINECTed Health Cloud, specifically designed to help companies meet their HIPAA compliance requirements, was selected as the Most Innovative Cloud Service.

“We position our partners to meet the increased market demand for cloud with a variety of flexible solutions that are backed by high touch customer service,” states Sean McCaffery, ViaWest Vice President of Channel Sales. “We offer on-boarding, migration and ongoing support to meet the needs of our customers and grow with them as their needs evolve. We also recently made enhancements to our Channel Partner Program, offering agents, system integrators, Value Added Resellers (VARs) and brokers a flexible business model in which to leverage ViaWest’s IT infrastructure solutions. The program touts attractive compensation packages, flexibility and personalized engagement options to suit varied channel business needs.”

The Cloud Partner Program Guide will be featured in the October issue of CRN and can be viewed online at www.crn.com.  By combining tools like the new Cloud Partner Program Guide with conferences like The Channel Company’s upcoming NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo, solution providers will have access to the most relevant and up-to-date information available to advance their cloud strategies and solutions.

To learn more about ViaWest’s Partner Connect program, please visit http://www.viawest.com/partners

The age of Digital Transformation has finally reached the heart of organisations; they’re now looking at how to deliver their services faster and more efficiently using digital means.

Whilst the experts are telling organisations what they already know, many are failing to act upon their advice. Just in case it’s not obvious, taking a digital approach gives organisations the freedom to do a multitude of things, such as create a multi-channel connection with customers or help to evolve internal engagement strategies.

There are some upcoming digital victories for customers, for example the transformation of how we tax our vehicles. At the beginning of the month, the DVLA announced that motorists would no longer be required to display their tax discs in windscreens; applications will be checked against online MOT and insurance databases. Some would argue that organisations are taking their time to adopt a digital approach, which could mean that they are sacrificing their ability to operate a truly effective customer engagement strategy.

Communications provider Kcom has published Purposeful Digitisation, an eBook aimed at helping organisations understand what digital transformation is and how it can benefit them; some case studies have been included which demonstrate how they have been able to grow and develop their business using digital means.

The cloud server provider has also announced global availability for its new auto-scaling, pay-for-use Elastic Containers

 

LONDON – Cloud server provider, ElasticHosts, has today launched new US data centres in Dallas, Texas, and Miami, Florida, in response to increased demand for cloud in the US and the emerging Latin American market. Added to this, ElasticHosts is also updating and expanding its presence in Sydney, Australia; now all customers of ElasticHosts’ 10 data centres will be able to use the company’s new flagship solution: Elastic Containers.

By offering cloud hosting from Miami, ElasticHosts seeks to target new customers in Latin America and better serve organisations based on the East Coast of the US, while also helping companies selling into the Latin American Market offer a better experience to end users. Miami is located at the hub of subsea cables that service Latin America and East Coast US, offering strong connectivity between these two continents.

Richard Davies, CEO of ElasticHosts explained, “This launch will allow us to accelerate our growth in the booming Latin American cloud market. The new Miami DC allows us to expand into this market while also providing better support to our customers on the East Coast; further broadening our footprint across the US and worldwide.”

Juan Saldarriaga, CEO at DotCom Systems, will be one of the first customers to host their cloud from the Miami data centre and added, “We are glad to hear that ElasticHosts has launched its new Miami data centre as it will allow us to reduce latency to existing customers on the East Coast of the US and explore new, exciting opportunities with customers in Latin America that previously were out of reach.”

In addition to Miami, ElasticHosts has also extended its relationship with data centre provider Equinix with the launch of a new data centre in Dallas, Texas, and the expansion of its data centre in Sydney, Australia. This growth has been driven in response to increasing demand for its new next generation servers: Elastic Containers. Organisations typically realise 50% cost saving for their Linux workloads when moving to Elastic Containers from virtual machines. In addition, ElasticHosts is offering 1TB free bandwidth to all customers in the new data centres.

The new Miami, Dallas and Sydney data centres mean Elastic Containers will now be available to ElasticHosts customers from all of its global locations including: San Jose (Silicon Valley) and Los Angeles, California; Toronto, Canada; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Hong Kong; as well as its two London, UK, locations. Elastic Containers can be purchased directly from ElasticHosts’ website: www.elastichosts.com.

With five new Virtual Data Centre zones launched this year alone Interoute claims its place as the fastest-growing enterprise cloud services platform in Europe.

LONDONInteroute, owner operator of Europe’s largest cloud services platform, today opens two new Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC) locations, one in London’s Canary Wharf and a second site in Slough, bringing its total number of Interoute VDC zones to ten globally. Together with its recent acquisition of one of the largest networks in the UK, Vtesse, this cements Interoute’s position as one of the fastest growing providers of enterprise cloud services across the world.

Matthew Finnie, Interoute CTO, said: “Interoute believes in being close to its customers and key markets because it brings lower latency and higher performing solutions, straightforward compliance management and good customer service. That’s why we are investing in many zones, rather than relying on a single or limited presence to serve a continent. Our recent UK data centre and network expansion brings our cloud within a few milliseconds of our customers, partners and major business hubs in the UK. Low latency means higher throughput, fewer servers for the same application and less rewrites to get it there, making Interoute Virtual Data Centre the practical option for Enterprise migration to the cloud and for the most ambitious of developers."

With five new Interoute VDC zones launched in 2014 [1] alone, Interoute’s networked cloud is the fastest-growing enterprise IaaS cloud computing platform in the European market, surpassing Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google and Softlayer [2] by number of locations on the continent. Users can now enjoy speeds as low as 1.3 milliseconds [3] for sending a data packet from one new London zone to the other and back, or down to 68.2 milliseconds between London and New York [4] zones.

Iftikhar Ahmad Dar, CTO of Machine-to-Machine and Internet of Things managed services provider, Wyless, said: “Interoute VDC is a global solution for highly scalable cloud environments. We’ve just deployed in the New York Interoute VDC zone and later this year we will be expanding into its new London City zone. The rapid growth of Interoute’s cloud computing platform means we have the ability to rapidly expand new instances of our platform for our partners.”

The two new Interoute VDC zones were deployed in less than 12 weeks. The high pace of Interoute’s rollout comes as cloud developers and CTOs increasingly look to gain a competitive edge via low-cost, highly available, cloud computing solutions that can meet their computing and storage requirements. Developers, start-ups and enterprises using Interoute VDC get location-sensitive access to computing, applications and storage on-demand, with free in and outbound data transfer included.

Interoute Virtual Data Centres are intrinsically part of the Interoute network and reside in some of the most highly connected and interconnected locations available. The low latencies delivered between European locations and in particular the new UK zones enable Interoute VDC users to architect for disaster avoidance as well as replication of even time-sensitive business applications. For developers and startups Interoute’s Jump StartUp offer launched last year, gives access to resources in the same or two different zones free for a year. With this announcement, any business now can set up a resilient dual-site, low latency setup in the UK using Interoute VDC.

Interoute VDC can deliver cloud solutions at an exceptionally low cost, because the computing platform is built into its global network – something that simply isn’t possible for cloud providers without their own international network. This feature makes both in and outbound data transfer free for Interoute VDC users, with pricing starting from €0.02 per server, per hour.

HAMILTON, Bermuda – Logic Communications today announces a new partnership with Masergy Communications Inc. to offer advanced, managed Security as a Service solutions to Bermuda businesses.

Masergy’s managed security solutions help companies’ secure their digital assets with advanced threat detection and continuous monitoring. Masergy will work with Logic customers to implement the solutions and provide on-going service.

Security breaches cost companies billions of dollars each year and can occur as a result of malicious or criminal attacks. According to the 2014 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis conducted by the Ponemon Institute and IBM, the average cost of a single incident among the companies surveyed is $3.5 million. The financial, insurance and reinsurance industries are among the top sectors with the costliest data breaches, according to the report.

 Masergy addresses today’s rapidly evolving threat landscape with a fully-integrated, managed security solution built on the company’s patented Unified Enterprise Security (UES) platform. UES is unique in its use of adaptive behavioural analytics and machine learning to monitor network activity and continuously adapt to changing threat conditions. This technology is combined with continuous monitoring performed by Masergy security experts to efficiently anticipate and detect malicious activities.

UES can be deployed as a standalone solution or integrated with companies’ existing security point solutions, such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems. Masergy also provides a full range of professional services including compliance assessments, network penetration testing and application vulnerability analysis.

Chris MacFarland, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Masergy says: “Masergy brings a unique combination of technical innovation and human expertise to the increasingly complex array of cyber security threats being faced by organizations around the world.  We are pleased to partner with Logic to offer this valuable service to Bermuda businesses.”

Vicki Coelho, Chief Executive Officer, Logic, says: “More and more companies are turning to third party experts that specialise in advanced managed network security.  Even the best-resourced organisations are challenged to effectively respond to the growing threat of a security breach. Masergy’s managed security solutions provide an integrated approach to the continuous monitoring of all the elements in an enterprise network. We are thrilled to bring this sophisticated service, combined with Masergy’s expertise and customer service, to our clients.”

The v5 Beta of NAKIVO Backup & Replication was released today enabling early testing of the Flash VM Boot feature, which provides the ability to run VMware VMs directly from compressed and deduplicated VM backups.

CAMPBELL, Calif. – NAKIVO Inc., the fastest growing virtualization and cloud backup software company for VMware environments, has announced today the launch of the v5 open Beta Program. NAKVIO invites VMware professionals to try the new version of NAKIVO Backup & Replication v5 Beta featuring the Flash VM Boot feature. All Beta Program participants completing the Beta Program participation requirements will be rewarded with an Amazon gift card. More details and v5 Beta download are available at www.nakivo.com/beta_5_0.htm

The Flash VM Boot feature provides the ability to boot VMware VMs directly from compressed and deduplicated VM backups, without recovering the entire VMs first. The backup from which the VM is started remains unchanged to preserve the integrity of the data.

The Flash VM Boot feature works right out of the box for both Windows-based and Linux-based VMs and provides customers with a rich set of opportunities, enabling them to:

-        Access files and application objects of any application on any OS within seconds

-        Test system updates and application patches before applying them to production VMs

-        Verify the VM backups and ensure that OSes and applications run properly

-        Copy VMDK files and then delete the virtual machine.

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, instantly recovers files and application objects directly from compressed and de-duplicated VM backups, speeds up data transfer with network acceleration, and reduces data size with global deduplication and compression.

EXECUTIVE QUOTE

“We continue to improve NAKIVO Backup & Replication and introduce new features that are requested by Cloud Providers, enterprises, and SMBs,” said Bruce Talley, CEO and Co-Founder of NAKIVO. “We encourage VMware professionals to join our open Beta Program and help us build a better VM backup solution.”

RESOURCES

Overview: www.nakivo.com/VMware-VM-backup-replication-recovery-software.htm

Datasheet: www.nakivo.com/Resources/NBR-DS.pdf

Cloud Backup: www.nakivo.com/vmware-cloud-backup-as-a-service.htm

Success Stories: www.nakivo.com/success-stories.htm

Trial Download: http://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 3,300 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.

Large loss claim assessment service proves successful in multi-system and high exposure HVAC and refrigeration claims.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – HVAC Investigators (HVACi), the leading provider of objective investigations of HVAC and refrigeration damage, announces the release of a new case study detailing a large loss claim investigation conducted by the firm.  The case study also provides an overview of HVACi's large loss claim assessment process.

The case study, based on a recent assessment, illustrates a multi-system, large loss claim, assigned to HVACi by an independent adjuster in the summer of 2014.  The insured claimed the full replacement of nearly 500 systems for a total of more than $4.5 million.  The high settlement exposure and complex nature of the claim prompted the adjuster to engage HVACi's large loss assessment team. Within 9 business days, HVACi had completed the onsite investigation and provided a comprehensive damage assessment of each system to the adjuster with a recommended settlement.  As a result, the carrier was able to realize more than $4 million in accuracy versus the initial claimed amount.

"The complex nature of HVAC systems increases the risk of any large loss claim, particularly with a claim of this size and scope," said the assigning adjuster. "If it were not for HVACi's objective assessment, we would have grossly overpaid for the replacement of many systems that could have easily been repaired, and some that were not damaged at all!"

HVACi's large loss claim process provides high exposure claims the scrutiny and attentiveness they warrant. By applying the necessary resources and a unique assessment process, HVACi is able to provide carriers with a comprehensive settlement recommendation for complex claims, far faster and more accurately than previously thought possible.  A copy of the case study is available via the HVAC Investigators website: http://www.hvacinvestigators.com/2014/10/large-loss-claim-case-study/.

 

ABOUT HVAC INVESTIGATORS
HVAC Investigators is the nation's leading provider of objective assessments and market analysis of HVAC insurance claims. The company provides timely inspections and actionable reports to help carriers settle HVAC claims more quickly and with a higher degree of accuracy. For more information, or to submit an assignment, visit HVACinvestigators.com or call 888.407.5224.

HOESBACH, Germany – ASC, a leading global provider of innovative solutions to record, analyze and evaluate multimedia-based communications, today announced the completion of testing and certification between ASC’s solutions and Tango Networks network-based enforceable Mobile Call Recording product.

This integration enables mobile call recording to work seamlessly and completely independently of the mobile operating system thereby supporting any mobile device including but not limited to Android, Blackberry, iOS, Symbian and Windows Mobile platforms. It also complies with evolving regulations for financial institutions and ensures PCI-DSS compliant data security when the preservation of recordings is required.

Dr. Frank Schaffrath, CEO of ASC, said, “As employees have increasingly adopted mobile devices to enhance productivity, ASC has embraced this trend and now has a recording platform that has been fully certified with Tango Networks.

Marco Mueller, COO of ASC, additionally noted, that ASC’s mobile phone recording platform can be deployed in both on-premises and Cloud (multi-tenant) configurations with replication to premise-based ASC recorders for long-term storage. The platform provides real-time recording at any time and any place and various failover methods ensure fail-safe operation.

“The certified integration between ASC and Tango Networks' solutions brings significant value to both enterprises and mobile service providers”, said Al Leo, Senior Vice President Sales at Tango Networks. “It is a major advancement for the Financial Services Industry as well as for other verticals that require or desire fully enforceable mobile call recording.

With more than 50 years in the communications industry, ASC continues to develop new enabling technologies to ensure compliance with financial regulations and achieve competitive advantage over other vendors. It typically invests 20 percent of annual revenues into research and development.

About ASC

ASC is a worldwide leading software company with innovative solutions to record, analyze and evaluate communications. All multimedia interactions in contact centers, financial institutions and public safety organizations are documented and analyzed. The content of communications becomes transparent, critical information is generated and market trends are revealed, providing real-time business intelligence for immediate management action.

ASC solutions make customer experience measurable. Specific actions can be taken to significantly improve customer retention, increasing corporate revenue and creating sustained loyal customers. Thus, ASC’s clients are always one step ahead of the competition.

ASC also offers its entire suite as a Cloud solution. Therefore, customers have the choice to retrieve Software as a Service, on demand and always up-to-date, without any risk or pre-investment, and in the most flexible manner.

With subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, the United States, Japan, Singapore and Dubai, as well as certified and vastly experienced distribution partners, ASC’s ambitious projects span more than 60 countries. Headquartered in Germany, ASC is a powerful global player with an export quota of almost 70 percent and a worldwide service network.

About Tango Networks

Tango Networks enables service providers, channel partners and enterprises to offer Mobile Business Services to their customers and workforce. Using its unique and patented federated design, Tango Networks’ award-winning edge services platform offers specialized service capabilities across 4G IMS/VoLTE, 3G and 2G networks that work with all mobile phones, providing value to mobile and fixed service providers, enterprises and consumers.

Services include Mobile Unified Communications and PBX integration, Mobile Call Recording, SIP Trunking, Business Messaging Service, Business Continuity, Multi-line, Mobile PBX, Mobile Policy Control and Responsible Driver System.

Tango Networks’ customers include Tier 1 service providers in North America and Europe and a rapidly growing base of enterprise and government customers worldwide. To learn more about Tango Networks, please visit http://www.tango-networks.com or follow Tango Networks on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tangonetworks.

Customers Turn to ExaGrid for Scalability and Performance, from the Only Vendor that Designs Backup Solutions from a Backup Perspective, rather than a Storage Perspective

LONDON – ExaGrid Systems, a leading provider of disk-based backup solutions, has announced its most successful quarter to date with record revenue in Q3 2014 while marking the company’s third consecutive quarter as both cash and P&L positive.

“The market is really starting to understand what sets ExaGrid apart from other vendors, specifically the backup performance and restore performance advantages of the ExaGrid landing zone and scale-out GRID architecture,” said Bill Andrews, CEO of ExaGrid Systems. “2014 will be a record revenue year for the company, and we expect to be both cash and P&L positive for the year overall, and also for each individual quarter.”

In addition to these financial milestones, ExaGrid led the industry in Q3 2014 with many other accomplishments, across three key categories:

  • Industry Momentum and Recognition
    • Signed its 2000th customer, adding to the roster of organisations around the world that rely on ExaGrid’s backup solutions every day.
    • Positioned in the Visionaries quadrant of Gartner’s first “Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances.”[1]
  • Innovation
    • Released version 4.7 of its software with 14 appliances in a single GRID and 16 sites in a major data centre cross-protection topology.
    • Awarded its seventh U.S. patent for “Method and Apparatus for Content-Aware and Adaptive Deduplication.” The new technology performs deduplication and replication in parallel with nightly backups.
  • Partnerships & Support
    • Expanded its partnership with Veeam, introducing the integrated ExaGrid-Veeam Accelerated Data Mover, which enables faster, more efficient backup and recovery of virtual machines (VMs) as well as synthetic fulls that are up to six times faster.
    • Added support for four additional backup applications. ExaGrid now supports more than 25 backup applications, utilities, and database dumps.

ExaGrid is the only backup solution on the market that permanently fixes the backup window and offers the industry’s fastest restores.

“As data volumes continue to grow, we’re seeing a tremendous pickup in momentum, especially in larger deployments where customers have over 100TB of data to back up,” said Andrews. “For them, working with ExaGrid means having a fast and reliable backup storage solution that fixes the length of the backup window as the data grows.”

Disclaimer:

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

[1] Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances” by Pushan Rinnen, Dave Russell and Jimmie Chang, July 31, 2014.

About ExaGrid

Organisations come to us because we are the only company that implemented deduplication in a way that fixed all the challenges of backup storage. ExaGrid’s unique landing zone and scale-out architecture provides the fastest backup — resulting in the shortest fixed backup window, the fastest local restores, fastest offsite tape copies and instant VM recoveries while permanently fixing the backup window length, all with reduced cost up front and over time. Learn how to take the stress out of backup at www.exagrid.com or connect with us on LinkedIn. Read how ExaGrid customers fixed their backup forever.