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NAKIVO helps eLogic – a leading Internet and cloud services provider in Italy – to deliver VM Backup-as-a-Service to clients, and improve VM recovery time by 10X

CAMPBELL, Calif. — NAKIVO Inc., the fastest growing provider of virtualization data protection and cloud backup software, has announced today that eLogic - a leading Internet service provider and cloud service provider in Italy - has chosen NAKIVO Backup & Replication to deliver VM Backup-as-a-Service.

eLogic was founded in Bologna, Italy in 2001 on the belief that using the full potential of Internet technologies is vital to the success of any business. The company has been organized in three business units: Web Projects, Digital Marketing, and Cloud Services to provide a full spectrum of services for its customers including solution design, its implementation, hosting, backup, disaster recovery, SEO, marketing, and Internet advertising.

eLogic aims to provide their customers with solutions that result in real benefits and improved competitiveness. In recent years, the company has delivered solutions for major Italian and international companies, such as Peugeot Italy, ENI, Federfarma, Volkswagen Group, Nestle, Nokia, Toyota Handling Machines, Sharp Electronics Italy, Unindustria, and CNA.

For its Internet and cloud provider services, eLogic uses over 350 VMware VMs running on 20 ESXi hosts in their infrastructure. The VMs primarily contain Web data, such as files, IIS, Apache, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, Postgress, and so on.

Previously eLogic used a legacy backup solution to protect VM data, which treated VMs as physical machines and required installing network agents inside the OS of backed up systems. This approach had a number of disadvantages: time-consuming maintenance of backup agents, complex networking, incomplete customer isolation, very long recovery process which required rebuilding VMs prior to restoring the data, and no self-service for customers.
 
eLogic tested the leading VM data protection solutions available on the market. The NAKIVO feature set matched the team’s requirements for a new VM backup solution. Built for VMware, the product can be deployed on Windows and Linux OS, and has an intuitive Web user interface. With the multi-tenancy feature, service providers can deploy just one copy of the product to manage multiple isolated clients through a single pane of glass. In multi-tenant mode, each client can be granted access to their VM data protection jobs and perform VM backup, replication, and recovery for themselves through the web-based self-service portal.

Most importantly for eLogic, NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides the ability to instantly recover files and Exchange objects directly from compressed and deduplicated VM backups, eliminating the need to re-create the VM and recover all of its data. "I think NAKIVO is a perfect fit for both clients and cloud service providers," said Marco Musolesi, CIO at eLogic. "Multi-tenancy enables deploying and managing clients from a single pane of glass, while each client has access to only their own backups, and can instantly recover files, Exchange objects, and VMs without our assistance."

eLogic now uses NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect 350 VMs. With an easy to use web based interface the company is now able to quickly protect newly deployed tenants and provide customers with access to their VM backups via the self-service interface. Because NAKIVO Backup & Replication natively supports VMware without agents, and provides the ability to recover files directly from compressed and deduplicated VM backups, eLogic has improved file and VM recovery time by 10X.

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

SYDNEY, Australia – Telstra will today launch new low latency connectivity to CME Group’s Aurora data center, providing local financial services organisations with fast and reliable connectivity into other major financial centres including the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in Sydney, Australia.

Matthew Lempriere, Telstra’s Global Head of Financial Services Market Segment, said that the new Point of Presence (PoP) at CME Group’s data center will help address customer demands from around the world, by providing enhanced market data and the lowest latency possible when accessing the US market.

“Financial institutions are increasingly facing diverse challenges relating to speed, resilience and integrity of data. At the same time they are looking for higher bandwidth and reliable low latency connectivity, to drive agility and flexibility in existing and emerging markets.

“This new PoP combined with Telstra's award-winning network, means we are well positioned to provide a consistent service experience and a one-stop-shop for our customers' low latency global connectivity needs.

“It will also enable our US customers to mitigate risks and scale quickly to meet changing business and bandwidth demands, whilst taking advantage of growth opportunities in the Asia Pacific region,” Matthew said.

Telstra’s new low latency connectivity is backed up by comprehensive Service Level Agreements, while Low Round Trip Delay makes it a safer option for businesses operating globally or in diverse geographies.

“The service is highly scalable and can easily handle rapidly changing bandwidth demands, which are characteristic of low latency financial trading and cloud-based services,” Matthew said.

“It also offers customers single point accountability and responsibility, as well as access to diagnostics capabilities, and builds on the momentum of previous PoP placements in both the Singapore Exchange and Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2013.”

Telstra is an approved carrier of the CME Group’s co-location facility and due to the open access model for telecommunication providers, this service is made available to all CME Group customers trading out of the Aurora data center.

Business Application Users Gain New Ways to Work With Requests, Collaborate With Peers and Manage Tasks

London – Hornbill today announced the latest updates to its Collaboration Platform and Service Manager collaborative ITSM application. Users can now view requests as easy-to-understand cards with My Boards, using simple drag-and-drop methods to aid management; use “@ mentions” to share information and conversations with peers faster and more easily; and create checklists to ensure ad-hoc tasks are completed correctly. Created through Hornbill’s Continuous Delivery development model, the features have been automatically delivered through the Hornbill Collaboration Platform and Hornbill Service Manager, giving users immediate access.

“At Hornbill, we are always looking to add even more to our products,” said Pete Summers, Chief Marketing Officer at Hornbill. “With the introduction of My Boards to Hornbill Service Manager, users can view and work with requests as cards on boards, which makes managing the service desk workload an even simpler process. We have also enhanced the Hornbill collaboration platform as a whole: giving users new ways to share information and join discussions, as well as more ways to customise their own task lists.”

As part of its ongoing Continuous Delivery model, Hornbill has added three new features for Service Manager and the Hornbill collaboration platform. These are:

My Boards: This is a unique feature among service management tools. Rather than simply listing requests and tickets, Hornbill Service Manager gives users the option to view them as cards that are grouped into columns based on the different stages of an organisation’s service management processes. ITSM managers can create multiple boards, each representing different service management viewpoints, which can be shared with the appropriate users. Cards can be moved between columns using a simple drag-and-drop functionality, making managing the service desk workload a simpler, easier-to-understand process.

Mentions: When taking part in a discussion, Hornbill Collaboration Platform users can add specific individuals outside their defined group using a Twitter-style “@ mention” – making it easier to share comments or information.

Task Manager: Hornbill has added fully customisable checklists to the Activities functionality within its Collaboration Platform, which can be tailor-made for ad-hoc tasks to ensure that all work is done in an organised and audited manner.

“Our aim is to consistently add new features to our products, so that we are always at the forefront of collaborative service management,” said Pete Summers. “By using the Continuous Development model we can be certain that our customers are never left behind.”

Hornbill Collaboration Platform and Service Manager, with all updates included, are available immediately. For more information, visit http://hornbill.com/

About Hornbill

Hornbill is a technology innovator in business applications and collaboration technology. It develops and markets the Hornbill Platform and Business Applications that help organisations of any size provide applications and productivity tools to their workers. Hornbill’s unique ‘Human Touch’ approach to IT services has benefitted customers at thousands of commercial and government sites worldwide.

Hornbill was founded in 1995, and has a head office in London.

For more information please visit www.hornbill.com

London, UK SPIE, the independent European leader in multi-technical services, has today announced the acquisition of Scotshield Fire and Security. The move, which will enable SPIE to develop its expertise in Intelligent Buildings, sees it entering a new market, one that demonstrates natural affiliations with its existing portfolio of services.

Established in Scotland, in 1998, Scotshield is a leading provider of fire detection, security alarms, access control and closed circuit television systems. Its service offering includes design, supply, installation, integration, service to maintenance with long-term maintenance and framework contracts. The company’s strong recurring client base and balanced portfolio, where 46 per cent of business constitutes new installations, saw it take sales of £23m in 2014 (fiscal year ending May 2014).

The main drivers of business for Scotshield have historically come from the Central Belt of Scotland. On average it manages 200 concurrent installation projects and covers 8000 sites with service and maintenance contracts. Its alignment with SPIE UK will enable it to widen its service offering through increased investment and market knowledge, expanding its reach and projects across the UK.

James Thoden van Velzen, CEO of SPIE UK, comments: “This acquisition is an excellent opportunity for both companies to develop their businesses and reach new customer bases across the UK. With limited client overlap, there are numerous opportunities for cross-selling our services. Scotshield is already well established in the northern part of the UK and has demonstrated consistent growth there. By bringing it into the SPIE portfolio, we are developing our Scottish business, taking on new technologies and a lead position in the local market. Similarly, Scotshield’s range of solutions has a strong synergy with our own and is therefore a strong fit for existing clients across the rest of the UK, many of whom will be interested in the new services we have to offer.”

Renaud Digoin Danzin, Strategy & Development Director of SPIE UK, comments: “Globally, there is a growing trend for converged security and business management systems (BMS). Scotshield’s expertise will allow SPIE UK to further develop its services in the “Smart City” strategic segment, with a particular focus on Security and Energy Management. With this 5th acquisition in 3 years, we continue to broaden and balance our portfolio of engineering-led services and our client base.”

Tony Kane, founder of Scotshield Fire and Security, adds: “We are immensely proud of the joining of two excellent businesses in their respective fields. We wish to thank the SPIE team for a warm welcome into the SPIE family and look forward to a prosperous future for all.”

OTTAWA, Canada – Diablo Technologies today announced a strategic partnership with Supermicro to bring the industry’s lowest latency, non-volatile memory solution to server systems.  As part of the initiative, Supermicro customers will have access to the latest X9-series platforms optimized for Memory Channel Storage™ (MCS™), through the SanDisk™ ULLtraDIMM™ SSD. Supermicro’s extensive Green Computing portfolio (including Twin architecture, GPU compute, SuperStorage and Hyper-Speed hardware accelerated platforms) now features a broad selection of MCS-enabled solutions. In addition, Diablo and Supermicro will collaborate on next-generation server and storage architectures, targeting a wide range of mission-critical, enterprise workloads.
 
“We are very proud to offer key enabling technology for this outstanding product line and to jointly deliver game changing storage-compute solutions,” said Riccardo Badalone, CEO and Co-founder of Diablo Technologies. “By leveraging our combined expertise, we are catalyzing the emergence of a new class of enterprise server architectures. The resulting synergy provides an essential competitive edge for both companies and represents an important milestone in the expansion of the MCS ecosystem.”

Supermicro’s SuperServer® and SuperStorage architectures deliver significantly advanced levels of integration between system memory and NAND flash. The company’s Green Computing solutions provide flexibility to scale out MCS-based devices to customized levels of capacity, performance and acceleration. Applications such as virtualization, big data analytics, database and low-latency trading can now seamlessly benefit from the disruptive performance advantages provided by the MCS architecture. As part of the integration, MCS-enabled systems will be available to Supermicro customers worldwide with support for major operating systems, including Linux, Windows and VMware ESXi 5.1 and 5.5. 

”Supermicro Green Computing solutions are the leading technology enablement platform in the industry,” said Wally Liaw, Sr. Vice President of Sales at Supermicro. “Our collaboration with Diablo Technologies to optimize and integrate MCS across our SuperServer and SuperStorage product lines will deliver the fastest server solutions that not only offer unprecedented levels of IOPS but also maximize energy efficiency for the most cost effective, performance-per-watt computing solutions on the market.”   
As part of this exciting new partnership, Diablo and Supermicro will align technology roadmaps to exploit the full value of flash as a memory tier and address the ever-growing demand for high-performance I/O across the enterprise. Diablo Technologies is showcasing its next-generation platforms in booth No. 110 at Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, Calif., August 5-7, 2014.
 
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About Diablo Technologies
Founded in 2003, Diablo is at the forefront of developing breakthrough technologies to set the standard for next-generation enterprise computing. Diablo’s Memory Channel Storage platform combines innovative software and hardware architectures with Non-Volatile Memory to introduce a new and disruptive generation of Solid State Storage for data-intensive applications. 

The Diablo executive leadership team has decades of experience in system architecture, chip-set design and software development at companies including Nortel Networks, Intel, Cisco, AMD, SEGA, ATI, Cadence Design Systems, Matrox Graphics, BroadTel Communications and ENQ Semiconductor. 

Website: http://www.diablo-technologies.com/

About Super Micro Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI)
Supermicro®, the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market. For more information on Supermicro solutions, visit www.supermicro.com.
OTTAWA, Canada – Diablo Technologies today announced Carbon2, the second-generation of their award-winning Memory Channel Storage™ (MCS™) platform. The company’s latest memory-based architecture is purpose-built for seamless integration with the new, industry-standard DDR4 interface. Diablo’s DDR4-compatible design complements its existing support for DDR3, and expands the reach of MCS to include next-generation server architectures. The Carbon2 platform provides additional performance enhancements to further accelerate new software innovations, such as Diablo’s NanoCommit™ technology.

“Memory Channel Storage DDR4 solutions represent the next evolution of Server Acceleration technology,” said Riccardo Badalone, CEO and Co-founder of Diablo Technologies. “In addition to supporting a faster memory interface, the Carbon2 platform delivers unprecedented levels of hardware acceleration for new software innovations like NanoCommit. Converged Memory, where the best of Flash and DRAM are combined, will rely on this type of technology to give applications the ability to transparently persist updates to main memory.”

NanoCommit technology supports hundreds of millions of transactions per second, with nanosecond latency. The resulting combination of throughput and response time is completely unprecedented for flash-based memory devices. Available on the Carbon2 platform, NanoCommit enables dramatic performance and scalability advantages for business-critical, enterprise applications. 

The Carbon2 Reference Design Kit (RDK) will be available exclusively to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and solid-state drive (SSD) vendors in the first half of 2015 via the Diablo Carbon2 partner program. Carbon2 is provided as a complete reference design, including a DDR4-compatible MCS chipset, firmware and device drivers for Microsoft Windows Server, VMware ESXi and popular distributions of Linux. Pricing and availability for the Carbon2 RDK can be obtained directly from Diablo Technologies.

“We’ve designed our MCS architecture to allow for new levels of flexibility and modularity. As a result, we’ve been able to quickly and seamlessly incorporate support for the DDR4 protocol,” said Maher Amer, CTO at Diablo Technologies. “We are excited to expand the Memory Channel Storage portfolio and bring the next wave of game-changing technology to market.”

Diablo is showcasing prototypes of Carbon2 and demonstrations of NanoCommit technology in booth No. 110 at Flash Memory Summit, August 5-7 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Calif.

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About Diablo Technologies
Founded in 2003, Diablo is at the forefront of developing breakthrough technologies to set the standard for next-generation enterprise computing. Diablo’s Memory Channel Storage platform combines innovative software and hardware architectures with Non-Volatile Memory to introduce a new and disruptive generation of Solid State Storage for data-intensive applications. The Diablo executive leadership team has decades of experience in system architecture, chip-set design and software development at companies including Nortel Networks, Intel, Cisco, AMD, SEGA, ATI, Cadence Design Systems, Matrox Graphics, BroadTel Communications and ENQ Semiconductor. 
Website: http://www.diablo-technologies.com/

Bringing together two experienced ABBYY capture & document businesses

READING, UK: Formscan Limited and Becker Limited announced today that the companies are joining forces to provide greater support and capabilities to both existing and new clients.

                                                                          

The joint expertise will enable the team, trading as Formscan, to have greater scope in solution design and deployment. The combined business will provide improved support to the Becker document and data capture solutions base, and add Formscan’s 38 year old data capture track record, along with its more recent success with Papertrail – The powerful SaaS document management & docflow application. www.formscan.com/papertrail

Chris Haden – Formscan’s Managing Director said:

"This is great news for both companies as we have recognised that the joint business is a stronger entity than the sum of the two parts, we will continue to promote and develop solutions based on the ABBYY FlexiCapture platform http://www.abbyy.com/en/flexicapture/ and add value with our Papertrail solutions and high security data centre services.”

Mark Eost – one of Becker’s founding directors said:

“We are pleased to be joining forces with Formscan and are looking forward to how Formscan’s high security infrastructure, and Papertrail software can benefit the Becker client base.”

Ed MacArthur – Head of Sales, ABBYY UK Ltd said:

“We are always happy to see cooperation in our partner ecosystem among different companies. We are particularly pleased to see that occur between two organisations with such an established pedigree of clients. When combined, their efforts will deliver a powerful portfolio of business solutions to the marketplace.”

With a sales office in the Thames Valley, a secure scanning, document storage and microfilm facility in Manchester, and high security ISO 27001 Data Centre in Derby, Formscan is recognised as one of the most established and experienced document services companies in the UK.

Industry's-First AssuredSAN Ultra48 Provides Multiple Hours of 4K Content and Addresses Demanding Performance Requirements of Lightning-Fast Scanity HDR Scanner

LONGMONT, Colo. – Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:HILL), a trusted supplier of innovative enterprise-class storage systems, today announced that Digital Film Technology GmbH (DFT), is integrating Dot Hill AssuredSAN Ultra48 "ultra-density" storage system as part of DFT's high dynamic range Scanity HDR, film scanner solution. The new DFT Scanity HDR high-speed film scanner, with integrated Dot Hill AssuredSAN® Ultra48™ storage, captures maximum dynamic range from historical black-and-white film without compromising speed or quality.

Headquartered in Germany, DFT is a leading, global provider of high-end film scanning equipment that preserves, manages, and delivers high-quality images. Using proprietary, patented triple-exposure technology, the Scanity HDR ingests difficult black-and-white materials at real-time speeds, allowing content owners to handle a wide range of problematic and historically aged film issues.

With the industry's first ultra-density chassis design, the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Ultra48 houses nearly 58 terabytes of data on small form factor 2.5-inch hard disk drives (HDDs), while utilizing 23 percent less power in an efficient 2U footprint. Uniquely designed to deliver high-performance, randomized sequential I/O optimization for demanding, multiple-stream workflows like 4K film, the array can support any combination of solid-state drives (SSDs) and HDDs in the same enclosure. This compact footprint is 25 percent lighter than a comparable RAID unit and JBOD chassis combination, making it sleek to integrate with the Scanity HDR solution.

"The Dot Hill AssuredSAN Ultra48 was one of the few arrays we tested that could meet our demanding performance requirements; the Ultra48 is capable of sustaining 4K film ingest at 15 frames-per-second and delivering digital output to an XFS file system with a 16 bit RGB format," said Hasenzahl Markus, head of research and development, DFT. "Furthermore, no other storage vendor provides this much capacity in such a convenient and small compact footprint."

Leveraging Dot Hill's integrated AssuredSAN Ultra48 storage with 6.4 GB/second sequential reads and 5300 MB/second sequential writes, the DFT Scanity HDR delivers the levels of performance necessary for numerous applications including:

  • Film archive scanning for mass digitization
  • Edit decision list (EDL)/conform scanning; low resolution
  • Browsing for archive and restoration; short-form commercials
  • 4K UHD-ready and digital intermediate scanning.

"In a class by itself, the Dot Hill Ultra48 ultra-density chassis delivers twice the performance and twice the capacity per rack unit compared to alternative products, making it an excellent choice for customers such as DFT who require extremely reliable and high-performing storage," said Garrett Wein, vice president of OEM sales, Dot Hill Systems.

Designed to take advantage of powerful on-board multiple processors, the Ultra48 provides accelerated, predictable performance for randomized sequential workloads, making it an ideal solution for high performance computing, telecommunications data capture, media streaming, video post-production, and broadcasting.

With fully redundant and hot swappable components, the Ultra48 provides easy serviceability resulting in lower support costs through the life of the product. Also, as with all highly reliable AssuredSAN solutions, the Ultra48 delivers proven 99.999 percent availability. Backed by an industry-best 37-month "bumper-to-bumper" warranty, Ultra48 storage solutions are available with the latest, high-bandwidth interfaces including 12Gb SAS, 16Gb Fibre Channel, 10Gb iSCSI or dual personality 16Gb Fibre Channel/10Gb iSCSI.

 

About Dot Hill

Leveraging its proprietary Assured family of storage solutions, Dot Hill solves many of today's most challenging storage problems - helping IT to improve performance, increase availability, simplify operations, and reduce costs. Dot Hill solutions combine breakthrough software with the industry's most flexible and extensive hardware platform and automated management to deliver best-in-class solutions. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, India, Japan,Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

For more information, visit us at www.dothill.com.

 

About DFT

DFT (Digital Film Technology) has been at the forefront of film scanning technology for over 75 years, supplying the film post production market with a range of high quality, leading edge products and services. With a reputation for quality, DFT is head quartered in Germany and has a network of sales, service and support centres worldwide.

DFT is a subsidiary of the Prasad Corporation Ltd, India.

For more information, visit us at www.dft-film.com

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In an industry first, global specialist in energy management, Schneider Electric, has entered into a sales and implementation partnership with top Cloud E/CTRM vendor Aspect Enterprise Solutions. This partnership allows small to mid-size companies to access a complete risk management software solution, offering the most compelling and comprehensive Commodity Trading and Risk Management (CTRM) solution to the energy trading, commodity trading and risk management space.

Schneider Electric is the leading provider of market information, including physical market prices for refined fuels in North America, and is the largest provider of proprietary news, weather and analysis. Aspect Enterprise Solutions is the market leader for Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions in the global energy and commodity physical trading sectors, and offers the only web-based, multi-commodity, integrated risk management solution. The partnership combines Schneider Electric's front office solutions with Aspect’s middle and back office solutions, creating a holistic CTRM system.

The cloud-based solution is available at a substantially lower cost, giving small to mid-size suppliers the ability to have sophisticated tools to manage positions and work more effectively with credit providers. Market volatility requires a full view of risk and market position, and the complete system offered by Aspect and Schneider Electric provides a full view of trading operations.

"This opportunity to work with Aspect is one we firmly believe will bring new value to our customers in our core energy businesses. We have a strong customer base throughout North America, and proven sales and account teams that can deliver tremendous value by working with Aspect and levering their ability to quickly deploy and deliver accessible, affordable Cloud solutions to the mid-market, like no other company in the world today," says Michael Browne, Vice President, Analytics and Trading at Schneider Electric.

“This is very exciting. We've been working towards this goal for a long time as part of our Aspect Partner Program. Our customers will benefit from this terrific new partnership. Schneider Electric has deep knowledge and understanding in the industry, and complements our processes and solutions. It's a recognized brand that we can grow with. There's huge cost efficiency savings in this for end-user companies looking for a solution," says Aspect President and CEO Steve Hughes.

Schneider Electric's strength in delivering solutions, intelligence and consultancy to companies in energy management is unmatched in North America. The partnership will focus on Schneider Electric’s agriculture, oil and gas and refined fuels businesses, including upstream producers and refiners to downstream refined fuels suppliers, marketers and wholesalers.

Visit http://tvt.schneider-electric.com/go/AES for more information about APP and how to be considered for the program.

About Schneider Electric

As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Building, Data Centres & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group's 140,000 plus employees achieved sales of 24 billion Euros in 2012, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.

www.schneider-electric.com

About Aspect Enterprise Solutions

Aspect Enterprise Solutions www.aspectenterprise.com is a leading global provider of multi-commodity trading, risk management and data analysis applications delivered Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) in the cloud. With more than 500 customers in 90 countries, it's one of the fastest growing providers with rapid deployment, controlled costs and immediate ROI for all size companies. Applications include AspectCTRM®, a full-featured commodity trading and risk management enterprise suite for front, middle and back office. It’s available in three editions: Lite, Standard and Enterprise, seamlessly expanding in functionality according to the needs and budgets of clients. AspectDSC is the decision support center for traders offering oil, metals and agricultural market news, prices, futures and analytical tools on desktops, tablets and mobile devices. AspectPM is the Price Manager solution which provides consolidation and support for the global oil price forecasting process and forward curve management.

Avere FXT Series Edge Filers Accelerate Production and Empower Artists

PITTSBURGH, Pa.Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, today announced that ToonBox Entertainment, Canada’s leading animation studio, is using Avere FXT Series Edge filers to speed up workflow performance and enable fast, cost-effective scaling to meet their production demands. ToonBox looked to Avere to help solve its storage-performance slowdown issues during production of “The Nut Job,” the studio’s first feature-length animated film that features the voice talents of Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett and Brendan Fraser.

“Before Avere, we were experiencing a delay in the delivery of fast storage media from our storage vendor,” explained Greg Whynott, manager of Systems and IT at ToonBox. “Although the components were not critical during the early stages of production, we knew our existing configuration could not support late-stage workloads.”

In the animation world, every project eventually leads to “crunch time,” that point in a production where artists and systems are working in overdrive to run final renders, polish shots and adjust scenes for final review. To solve this issue, ToonBox deployed an Avere FXT Edge filer cluster in front of the studio’s existing storage array.

“Deploying an Avere cluster into our production environment more than doubled throughput,” explained Whynott. “We had been implementing QoS procedures on our network switches to manage bandwidth allocation, but with the Avere cluster in place, we were able to stop those processes and simply let jobs run – there was sufficient bandwidth for all workflows.

“With the Avere solution in place, productivity shot through the roof. Jobs that previously took hours to run were completed in 20 minutes, responsiveness to workstations dramatically improved and we were able to scale storage non-disruptively,” said Whynott. “Furthermore, the Avere system paid for itself. When you consider how quickly costs accelerate if artists can’t work or we miss deadlines, it’s a very real return. Avere gives us tremendous flexibility to meet the performance demands of the business.”

“Fast, cost-effective and non-disruptive storage scaling is crucial for companies like ToonBox Entertainment. In the end, artists want to be able to focus on rendering and not worry about load times or IT maintenance,” said Ron Bianchini, president and CEO of Avere Systems.

Read the full case study here http://cdn2.hubspot.net/hub/184352/file-1377798973-pdf/Case_Studies/Avere-Case-ToonBox-Animation.pdf

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 put an end to the rising cost and complexity of data storage by allowing customers the freedom to store files anywhere in the cloud or on premises without sacrificing the performance, availability or security of their 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.