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Partnership Enables Smaller Companies to Leverage Advanced BI Solutions Without Necessitating the Involvement of IT

NEW YORKInformation Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity and integration solutions, today announced its partnership with Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions, a global provider of business computing solutions. The company will distribute Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Express offering, a solution designed to deliver the advanced BI benefits enjoyed by large enterprises to smaller organisations.

Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Express offering helps business users transform data into knowledge without the need for IT. By putting the power in the hands of a broader user group, WebFOCUS Express allows smaller organisations – or specific departments within larger organisations – to obtain the far-reaching BI functionality traditionally limited to large enterprises or advanced analyst roles. The solution equips Arrow customers with the ability to integrate all information sources, improve business insight, facilitate faster responses, and enhance productivity.

“Robust BI and analytics solutions are tools that organisations of all types and sizes must actively use to achieve success in today’s business environment,” said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of Information Builders. “All companies, regardless of size, should have access to the BI tools they need to understand and make positive use of the information generated by their organisations. Information Builders is thrilled to be partnering with Arrow to extend the power of BI to a greater pool of potential users and ensure that more companies have the tools needed to make informed decisions, improve business processes, and boost revenue.”

“The addition of Information Builders’ WebFOCUS to the Arrow portfolio is key to building out our Analytics Solution Practice,” said Mark Taylor, vice president of enterprise servers, systems, and software, Arrow ECS. “This product set will complement our current offerings with its proven performance, ease of use, and self-service abilities of WebFOCUS Express to organisations across the globe.”

Arrow will distribute two versions of WebFOCUS Express via its solution provider network, a software-only version for IBM Power Systems running Linux and an Intel version running both Linux and Windows. As part of the partnership, Arrow will also manufacture and distribute an IBM Power Systems Linux Appliance version of WebFOCUS Express in both North America and EMEA.

About Information Builders

Information Builders helps organisations transform data into business value. Our software solutions for business intelligence and analytics, integration, and data integrity empower people to make smarter decisions, strengthen customer relationships, and drive growth. Our dedication to customer success is unmatched in the industry. That’s why tens of thousands of leading organisations rely on Information Builders to be their trusted partner. Founded in 1975, Information Builders is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices around the world, and remains one of the largest independent, privately held companies in the industry. Visit us at informationbuilders.co.uk, follow us on Twitter at @infobldrsINTL, like us on Facebook, and visit our LinkedIn page.

About Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics (www.arrow.com) is a global provider of products, services, and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers, and commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations in 58 countries.

Combination of leaders in cloud-based project collaboration and enterprise PPM fulfils “No Matter How You Work” vision and redefines portfolio and resource management

READING – Planview® has acquired project collaboration company Projectplace to significantly expand its offerings in the portfolio and resource management market. Based in Stockholm, Projectplace is a pioneer in cloud-based project collaboration, serving almost one million users during its 15 years in the market. The new Planview, combining for the first time industry leading project and portfolio management (PPM) and project collaboration solutions, will enable the company to uniquely help its customers – spanning large enterprises to small teams – move their businesses forward by making better use of their limited resources through portfolio, resource, and work management.

“With this acquisition we continue to transform Planview to fulfill a broader vision of portfolio and resource management,” said Greg Gilmore, CEO of Planview. “Our transition to SaaS was only the first step. The addition of Projectplace pays off our ‘No Matter How You Work’ vision – one portfolio that spans the dominant work types and stays true to our resource management roots. These products are purpose built to support the unique needs of PPM and project collaboration users, and together they can provide a comprehensive view of resources across the enterprise.”

By uniquely addressing the variety of ways customers work – from traditional PPM to collaborative projects and tasks to Agile development via partnerships with the leading Agile ALM solution providers – Planview will now enable organisations to manage a truly integrated work and resource portfolio. This strategy is informed by the perspectives of both the Gartner “PPM Product Usage Reference Model”[1] and the Forrester “Above-the-Line: Strategic Planning and Below-the-Line: Work Execution”[2] research.

“The essential activity of collaboration among people and the projects and processes in companies is driving demand for applications that are engaging and interactive,” said Mark Smith, CEO and chief research officer of Ventana Research. “Planview’s acquisition of Projectplace brings value beyond traditional approaches that are just schedules and projects in the cloud. The combination creates new potential for managing projects and portfolios of assets by establishing a new standard for business and IT to gain the best productivity and value from their workforce.”

The current Projectplace CEO Johan Zetterström will become the general manager of the new Projectplace business unit reporting to Planview CEO Greg Gilmore.

“Projectplace and Planview will together create an exciting opportunity for all of our customers as we leverage each other’s complementary strengths in product offerings, geographic presence, cloud experience, and go-to-market models,” said Johan Zetterström. “We have been searching for the perfect match in the North American market and I’m really glad that our two companies have found each other. Planview is an established market leader with a great team that shares our commitment to innovation.”

Projectplace will be added as a business unit within Planview, further cementing SaaS as the company’s primary delivery and business model. The combined entity creates a $125 million company with two product lines: Planview Enterprise and Projectplace. Planview will invest in continuing Projectplace product development, and will also integrate the product with Planview Enterprise. Used together, the products advance the promise of – and increasing demand for – portfolio and resource management to align all of an organisation’s people, resources, and projects with business goals no matter how they work.

For more information about the acquisition visit Planview.com/TheNewPlanview or visit www.projectplace.com to learn more about Projectplace.

About Planview

Planview is a global leader in portfolio management and project collaboration. From small teams to large enterprises, leaders in every industry rely on the company’s cloud solutions to empower organisations to reach their goals and drive results by optimising the capacity of their people and financial resources. Planview’s singular focus fuels a deep commitment to innovation and customer success. For more information, visit http://www.planview.com and www.projectplace.com

Canadian Gold Mining Company Increases Performance Across Its Global Business and Improves Disaster Recovery Plan with Innovative Branch Converged Infrastructure
 
 
SAN FRANCISCO – Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the leader in application performance infrastructure, today announced that Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX: AGI), a Canadian-based gold producer, is using Riverbed® SteelFusion™ to eliminate the headaches of its branch office IT infrastructure, resulting in a more cost-effective and performance-driven IT architecture that supports its global business. Alamos Gold turned to SteelFusion to converge disparate server, storage, and network infrastructure into a single branch appliance that also centralizes all of the company’s remote branch data in its Toronto data center. This significantly decreased infrastructure costs, while still providing local performance at remote locations, improving data protection, and enabling nearly instant recovery from any branch disasters. These efforts have given the company a technological advantage in an industry historically constrained by distance and location.
 
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Founded in 1994, Alamos Gold is an established Canadian-based gold producer that owns and operates gold mines in Mexico, and has exploration and development activities in both Mexico and Turkey. Alamos Gold’s global operations generate huge volumes of data that need to be accessed locally as well as transferred to the company’s headquarters in Toronto. Geologists, for example, create a terabyte of mapping data each year. Dealing with low bandwidth and high latency wide area networks (WANs) in far-off regions required Alamos to leave local infrastructure at each site to keep applications and data accessible. These infrastructure challenges led to Alamos employees sending data files on DVD through the postal service, a process that often took three to four days, preventing real-time collaboration between the mines and headquarters, risking data loss or corruption, and limiting the effectiveness of the company’s disaster recovery (DR) strategy.
 
“We considered centralizing all of the servers in Toronto, but in view of needing to keep applications and data local, WAN optimization alone was not the best solution,” said Rohit Tellis, director of Information Technology at Alamos. Yet maintaining dedicated infrastructure at each site also prohibited Alamos from supporting distant locations due to a lack of local IT expertise, difficulty in transporting servers to the sites, and the need for data generated at the mines to be backed up and stored. After presenting these challenges to multiple vendors, Alamos found that only Riverbed was able to provide a viable solution to meet its needs.
 
By implementing the Riverbed SteelFusion solution, Alamos was able to avoid the costs of deploying actual servers, storage and backup infrastructure at each mining site. “With SteelFusion, we are able to serve up the data at the local site, have it cached in the event of an outage, and still streamed back to the data center in near real-time,” Tellis noted.
 
The availability of real-time data improved the ability of geologists to collaborate with their colleagues in the field. “Some applications were previously unusable by our employees, but once we implemented the Riverbed solution, they had local access to the application and its data,” Tellis said.
 
Sending data via the postal service also resulted in a lag time of several days between data in the field and the versions stored in the Toronto data center, limiting the effectiveness of the company’s DR strategy. Now with the SteelFusion deployment, backing up and storing current mine data in Toronto improves data protection and ensures a solid DR plan. Information now arrives in Toronto within minutes instead of days. This process decreased Alamos’ recovery point objective (RPO) form three days down to just a few minutes. “With SteelFusion, we have realized a concrete disaster recovery plan for our distant sites,” Tellis added.
 
With the Riverbed deployment, Alamos saw ROI within six months, as Tellis was able to eliminate branch IT infrastructure and operations costs. “Factoring in savings, such as the cost to buy and support server, storage, and data protection infrastructure at each site, this approach has yielded significant benefits. Riverbed SteelFusion gives us a more cost-effective and scalable solution to deploy IT infrastructure in any location we explore without sacrificing the productivity, security or IT management needs of a successful mining project. The Riverbed solution gives Alamos a competitive edge in the mining industry and an IT template for continued success,” concluded Tellis. 
 
Riverbed SteelFusion and Riverbed Application Performance Platform
Riverbed SteelFusion is a branch converged infrastructure solution that centralizes data in the data center and delivers local performance with instant recovery at the branch. SteelFusion consolidates branch servers, storage, networking, and virtualization infrastructure into a single solution. SteelFusion expedites branch office provisioning, backup, and recovery and ensures continuous operations when disasters occur from any cause – weather, fire, or accident. With SteelFusion, businesses can restore branch operations in a matter of minutes vs. days, centrally protect and secure data in the data center, and significantly lower the TCO of branch and remote offices.
 
Riverbed SteelFusion is part of the Riverbed Application Performance Platform™, the most complete platform to enable organizations to embrace location-independent computing, so that business objectives – not technical constraints – drive how applications and data are delivered.
 
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About Riverbed

Riverbed, at more than $1 billion in annual revenue, is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for Location-Independent Computing. Location-Independent Computing turns location and distance into a competitive advantage by allowing IT to have the flexibility to host applications and data in the most optimal locations while ensuring applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues are detected and fixed before end users notice. Riverbed’s 25,000+ customers include 97% of both the Fortune 100 and the Forbes Global 100. Learn more at www.riverbed.com.

GFT will also sponsor the Big Data Trailblazers Award

LONDON, UK - The highly successful Tech Trailblazers Awards today announced a new category for the awards, the FinTech Trailblazers, which is being created with new sponsor GFT, a leading IT solutions provider in the banking sector. The new category will reward and recognize the best of breed FinTech startups who are blazing trails in the financial services sector.

GFT, an expert in big data in the financial services industry, will also sponsor the Big Data Trailblazers category.

The new category opens up the first of vertical markets for the leading independent enterprise technology startup awards. Its stablemates include the new category of Internet of Things and existing Cloud, Infosecurity, Big Data, Storage, and other awards categories. Startups have until August 29th to complete their entries.

Christopher Ortiz, Managing Director of GFT UK, commented “GFT is already a big supporter of the startup ecosystem with its groundbreaking CODE_n innovation platform. The opportunity for GFT to recognize excellence in the FinTech startup community reinforces our commitment to innovative approaches such as harnessing big data to the challenges faced by banking today.” The Tech Trailblazers Awards is an independent international awards platform for startups which gives more than just recognition to the best ideas and innovation. Winners are awarded with prizes worth thousands of dollars from an estimated US $1 million prize fund, to fuel the growth of their business. These include expert mentoring, exposure to investors, business development tools and more. The Tech Trailblazers Awards prize fund, again projected to be worth in excess of $1m, is supported by sponsors and industry partners including the Cloud Security Alliance, Computing, Gigaom, Innovation Warehouse, IP EXPO Europe, Mynewsdesk, RealWire, VMware, and many others.

Enterprise IT startups can enter the following categories: big data, cloud, emerging markets, IoT, mobile technology, networking, IT security, storage, sustainable IT and virtualization. All entrants will also be automatically entered free of charge for Regional Trailblazers Cups – a further chance to win an award, and be crowned Trailblazer for their geographical region.

Rose Ross, Tech Trailblazers Awards founder and Chief Trailblazer, explained, “It is very exciting to welcome GFT, a key player in both the big data and the financial services market, to the Tech Trailblazers Awards and bring another strong startup ambassador into the Tech Trailblazers ecosystem. GFT’s ability to connect our winners with other key players within the innovative space of financial services is a great benefit for our winners. We have been toying with adding vertical market foci into the categories for a while and GFT’s support means we can kick that off with the very active FinTech startup space.”

The Tech Trailblazers Awards will be determined by a combination of public voting and an extensive expert panel of judges from around the world. Industry analysts, editors, entrepreneurs, startup specialists and CTO’s from all backgrounds in enterprise technology make up this year’s panel, and are eager to review a new wave of startup talent and crown this year’s Tech Trailblazers.

Testing completed with CacheAdvance Application Acceleration Software on MySQL using Seagate 1200 SSD
 
SAN CARLOS, Calif. – CacheBox, Inc. has announced the addition of Seagate's 1200 SSD to the company's Hardware Compatibility List. A 12G SAS drive, the 1200 SSD joins other enterprise SSDs that CacheBox has qualified for use with CacheAdvance™, CacheBox's unique application acceleration software that enables significant improvements in application throughput and processing with no disruption to a company's compute or storage infrastructure.

"Delivering consistent and predictable application performance continues to be a top challenge to IT teams in today’s data centers," said Lorenzo Salhi, CacheBox CEO. "Leveraging easy to deploy, high performance enterprise SSDs like Seagate’s 1200 family, goes a long way to realizing this requirement."
Gary Gentry, senior vice president and general manager, SSD at Seagate said, "CacheBox takes application acceleration to the next level. Their innovative approach combined with Seagate 1200 SSDs help delivers business value to the enterprise data center."

CacheBox's internal testing of CacheAdvance shows significant performance improvements and latency reductions over hard disk storage with MySQL, and enables customers to realize the most cost-effective solution for bridging the application requirements of performance and capacity.
CacheAdvance is a software-only, application centric solution that removes application input/output (IO) bottlenecks in a targeted manner. It works by monitoring application IO requests and intelligently determines which data to accelerate to provide optimal performance and user experience

About CacheBox, Inc.
CacheBox is a privately funded, early stage global company with offices in Silicon Valley and Pune, India, that is focused on using its advanced application centric architecture to vastly improve application performance. The CacheBox team includes software and storage industry veterans from several top-tier companies. For more information, visit www.cachebox.com.

Enhancements to Ontrack Remote Data Recovery software make data recovery even more secure, fast and reliable

EPSOM, UK – Kroll Ontrack, the leading provider of data recovery services and ediscovery, today announced the availability of a new version of its Ontrack® Remote Data Recovery™ (RDR®) software. RDR is a patented, proprietary service that provides a fast and secure solution for data loss situations. Utilising the new version of RDR, Ontrack Data Recovery engineers can work more efficiently on a specific data loss problem, saving valuable time during the data recovery process.

With the Ontrack RDR software solution, security of customer data is maximised because the data recovery can be performed without a hard disk or other storage device leaving an enterprise’s data centre. Specifically, a secure remote internet connection is established between the customer and Kroll Ontrack allowing Ontrack Data Recovery engineers to recover from media at the customer’s site with proprietary data recovery tools. As a result, Ontrack Data Recovery engineers gain full access to individual disks, RAID systems, virtual machines, SANs or LUNs remotely, saving the customer significant time because shipping drives to a Kroll Ontrack data recovery lab is eliminated. Ontrack Data Recovery specialists can also pool from its global network of engineers when performing a remote job to maximise resources and knowledge-sharing to successfully complete the job.

The new release of Ontrack RDR makes installation of the software easier, as all necessary Windows system drivers required for installation are included in the provided setup package and the machine no longer needs to be rebooted post installation. Furthermore, during the installation process, the Ontrack RDR software detects all required connection settings automatically, without the need to set the IP Address, DNA server name or HTTP switch manually.

“In many data recovery cases, including servers with a damaged drive, there is no need to disassemble complex storage systems and send a hard disk to one of our data recovery labs,” said Phil Bridge, Managing Director, Kroll Ontrack. “Within minutes, customers can instead attach the working drives to a running computer system via Ontrack RDR software. As the only data recovery provider that utilises its own software for this service, data is not exposed to any third-party entities, ensuring paramount security while also an efficient data recovery service.”

Ontrack RDR supports Windows XP through Windows Server 2012 for remote data connections. Additionally, the new version offers support for recoveries of NetApp, VMware, EMC, HP, Dell and many other SAN/NAS systems. For more information on Kroll Ontrack’s remote software and service, visit http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/data-recovery/data-recovery-process/remote-data-recovery/.

About Kroll Ontrack Inc.

Kroll Ontrack provides technology-driven services and software to help legal, corporate and government entities as well as consumers manage, recover, search, analyse, and produce data efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to its award-winning suite of software, Kroll Ontrack provides data recovery, data destruction, electronic discovery and document review. For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its offerings please visit: www.krollontrack.co.uk, follow @KrollOntrackUK on Twitter or subscribe to the Kroll Ontrack Data Blog 

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Which insurance telematics solution most effectively tracks driving behavior? That's one of the key questions posed by the Driveway Data Challenge conducted by Driveway Software. The Challenge measures three drivers for three weeks, using two insurance telematics devices: A smartphone UBI platform and an onboard diagnostic (OBD) device. Results from a larger sample size over a longer time period will also be compared.

Data will be tracked and recorded in several categories including acceleration, braking and cornering, time of driving, distance driven and type of driving. The challenge will compare the data collected by the OBD device and the smartphone app to determine which insurance telematics method most effectively measures driving behavior.

In addition to the serious analysis of measuring smartphone UBI versus OBD-UBI, the Challenge will also answer a lighter question – which of the Driveway Software company executives is the safest driving risk – Jake Diner, Igor Katsman or John Baker? Using the company's smartphone UBI platform, telematics data will be scored using a proprietary formula derived from studying more than 150,000 users. Each of the company executives will be rated on a scale of 1 to 100, with a score of 100 being the safest. The personal aspect of the challenge will shed light on whether traditional underwriting criteria can accurately predict safe driving behavior.

The results of the Driveway Data Challenge will be revealed at Insurance Telematics USA 2014 in Chicago in September, where company executives will present the topic, "Is using an ODB Device the Gold Standard for Usage Based Insurance?" Attendees will be shown complete results of the study including a comparison of smartphone UBI versus OBD-UBI data collected. Attendees can also visit Driveway Software at booth #21.

Those who cannot attend the conference can also vote for the safest driver and register to receive an emailed copy of the Driveway Data Challenge Results Report at http://drivewaysoftware.com/driveway-challenge.

About Driveway Software
Driveway Software, Inc. helps insurers finally realize the promise and potential of usage based insurance with an end-to-end smartphone UBI platform. Driveway is a robust, smartphone-deployed, cloud-based technology that provides auto insurers with comprehensive insured driving data for better pricing intelligence – maximizing the opportunity for lower loss ratios and higher profits. Driveway is an end-to-end platform that goes far beyond telematics.

The Driveway Software Solution:

  • Is the only smartphone UBI platform on the market that goes beyond data capture to include data analysis and scoring
  • Solves previous smartphone UBI challenges of battery drain and fixed position requirements
  • Is completely hands-free with auto-trip detection so no user interaction is required
  • Overcomes "black box" barriers to entry, offering a more cost-effective and scalable solution

Most remarkably, the Driveway Software smartphone UBI program can be customized, white-labeled and rolled out within 90 days – an industry first.  For more information, visit http://DrivewaySoftware.com or call 321-356-1587.

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. – ExaGrid Systems, Inc., a leading provider of disk-based backup solutions, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Visionaries quadrant of the first “Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances.”

ExaGrid, a fast-growing company in the backup storage industry, is placed furthest along the completeness of vision axis in the Visionaries Quadrant.  Criteria used to measure completeness of vision include geographic strategy, vertical/industry strategy, marketing strategy, sales strategy, innovation, offering (product) strategy, and market understanding.  Companies named as “Visionaries” deliver innovative products with capabilities that are often ahead of the mainstream in the market.

“Deduplication is considered to be a transformational technology by Gartner, because this technology is instrumental in modernizing traditional tape backup,” explained Gartner analysts, Pushan Rinnen, Dave Russell and Jimmie Chang. “Due to the high duplicated nature of traditional backup jobs, which are often implemented as daily incremental backups with a weekly full backup, deduplication backup target appliances can often achieve 10-times to 30-times the storage capacity reduction ratio.”

Traditional backup architectures don’t provide the additional computing power with capacity needed to fix storage and deduplication compute problems, but ExaGrid’s unique scale-out architecture does. ExaGrid’s pay-as-you-grow approach gives customers the benefit of increasing ingest rate and capacity with the same restore throughput as ingest throughput. The result: backup windows stop expanding and restores are faster than ever before.

“We’ve solved the systemic problems caused by today’s unprecedented data growth, giving our customers scale-out backup solutions that can handle any amount of data and permanently fix the backup window,” said Bill Andrews, CEO of ExaGrid. “We believe that Gartner’s recognition and our industry-high customer retention rate are true testaments to our innovation and success.”

Receive a complimentary copy of the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances today.

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.

About ExaGrid Systems, Inc.

With more than 7,000 deployments worldwide, ExaGrid Systems is relied on by thousands of customers to solve their backup problems, effectively and permanently. ExaGrid's disk based, scale-out GRID architecture constantly adjusts to incessant growing data backup demands, and is the only solution that combines compute with capacity to permanently shorten backup windows and eliminate expensive forklift upgrades. ExaGrid is also the only solution to offer a landing zone retaining the most recent backups in their full undeduplicated format for fast restores, fast offsite tape copies and fast instant VM recoveries. Read hundreds of published ExaGrid customer success stories and learn more at www.exagrid.com

Company Powers Special Effects for Majority of Movie Blockbusters over the Last Two Years

VANCOUVER, British ColumbiaAvere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, continues to power visual effects (VFX) studios in the media and entertainment (M&E) industry with its NAS Edge Filer technology. In 2013, 100 percent of the top 12 blockbusters were rendered using Avere technology, including the Oscar-winning film, “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Building on this success, to date in 2014, 80 percent of this year’s top 10 box-office hits have used Avere solutions to render their special effects. The company will be featuring this in-demand technology August 11 - 14 at the annual SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver, the M&E industry’s premier event on the theory and practice of computer graphics and interactive techniques.

“We considered a number of options, and the Avere FXT Edge filers proved to be the best solution, giving us cost effective and scalable performance, the ability to easily drop the technology into our existing environment and excellent customer support,” said Mark Day, director of engineering at Rising Sun Pictures, a VFX specialist with credits including “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows” and “Gravity.” “With the Avere deployment, we’re experiencing six times faster performance—a render job that previously took six days, for example, now takes just 24 hours. We’re able to keep our artistic and production teams working efficiently.”

Achieving the life-like special effects that audiences demand requires a robust storage infrastructure. Avere’s solution delivers higher visual impact in less time, at a lower cost and with increased flexibility. Answering the M&E industry’s need for performant, affordable and scalable storage solution, Avere has powered the visual effects for some of the biggest blockbuster hits in 2014, including:

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • X- Men: Days of Future Past
  • Maleficent
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Godzilla

With Avere’s hybrid cloud solution, VFX studios can store data anywhere–on premises or in the cloud, making collaboration easier and minimizing the risk of production delays which can jeopardize a motion picture’s success. Some of the foremost VXF studios that rely on Avere include Framestore, Image Engine, Red Bee, Rising Sun Pictures, Sony Pictures Imageworks, ToonBox Entertainment, The Mill and Whiskytree.

“Avere’s Edge filer solution is clearly resonating with the leading VFX studios and they are seeing impressive, measurable results,” said Ron Bianchini, president and CEO of Avere Systems. “We intend to continue growing with the media and entertainment industry through 2014 and beyond.”

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.

NEW YORK – Send Word Now, the leading worldwide innovator of critical communications services, announced today its partnership with Karcsi Global, LLC to market and sell Send Word Now's solutions within Latin America.

Karcsi Global, LLC, a consulting company with principle offices in New York and Buenos Aires, offers companies a unique insight into the corporate, on-the-ground environment in Latin America. The firm prides itself in tailoring goals and strategies to the specific needs of the region and the unique demands of every client. Its portfolio consists of corporate consulting, macro-economic and political analysis, investment opportunities, and security services.

"Our organization strives to bridge the gap between the many countries and cultures in the Western Hemisphere in order to maximize productivity and profit for our clients," said Stephanie Junger-Moat, Founder and President, of Karcsi Global, LLC. "We are very pleased to offer Send Word Now's emergency notification service to organizations throughout Latin America, and believe it is a true business essential for those seeking to improve safety, risk and resilience through faster, more streamlined communications."

Send Word Now, recognized by Gartner as a Magic Quadrant "Leader" and by DRI International as "Notification System of the Year," is used by more than 1,800 public and private sector organizations globally. Its SaaS-based Alerting Service is capable of transmitting tens of thousands of multilingual voice and text messages in minutes, while gathering the feedback needed for better decision making in critical events. Its latest innovation, SWN Direct, is a ground-breaking recipient mobile app that enables rapid, secure and encrypted interactions between an organization and its employees, customers and stakeholders.

"We are excited about the potential for helping organizations across Latin America communicate more effectively in critical situations," said Tony Schmitz, President and CEO of Send Word Now. "Through our newly forged relationship with Karcsi Global, LLC, we are better positioned to deliver our award-winning Alerting Service to organizations throughout Mexico, South America, the Dominican Republic and other Latin American countries. Karcsi Global clearly understands the realities of conducting business in these strategic areas, and we sincerely appreciate their commitment to representing Send Word Now in this important marketplace."

About Send Word Now
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Headquartered in New York City, Send Word Now is the leading innovator of on-demand alerting for crisis communication. The company's easy-to-use, enterprise-class emergency notification solutions and mobile applications are used by businesses, government agencies, universities, and non-profit organizations worldwide, to ensure fast, effective, two-way communication when it is needed most.

Among its many accolades, Send Word Now was named a 'Leader' in Gartner, Inc.'s 2014 Magic Quadrant for U.S. Emergency/Mass Notification Services, and awarded "Notification System of the Year" by DRI International. The company also received the 2013 Small Business Achievement Award from the Department of Homeland Security for its work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).