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A leading Global network of independent high quality audit, accounting, tax, and business advisory services to international and domestic organizations combines with partners to better serve the advisory marketplace for accountants and their clientele.

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – Universal Insurance Services, considered one of the most innovative life insurance and financial advisory distribution firms in the country, has announced a strategic alliance with Harbor Strategies Group and NAPLIA, a leading risk management provider and one of Inc 5000's fastest growing companies, to offer cutting edge services to PKF North America, a global network of legally independent accounting firms.

Terry Snyder, President & CEO of PKF North America, has a long standing relationship with NAPLIA; he will look to Stephen Vono, Partner of NAPLIA in this new endeavor, to provide more innovative and creative risk management solutions to the accounting marketplace. "We consider alliances only when we believe there is an inherent ability to provide better services for our association and a compelling value in the market. We are excited to offer these benefits to our members, which we believe are the best available," said Mr. Snyder.

This strategic alliance will offer a broad range of solutions to include consulting and advanced planning for the members of PKF NA. Its distinctive model is not product or carrier specific and maintains a purely objective strategy when analyzing the life insurance, disability, risk management, long term care and executive benefits marketplace. Many of the offerings are discounted and/or unique, as well as not readily available.

Stephen Vono commented, "Our combined experience in the insurance and risk management world will allow us to offer education, services and creative options to our clients we believe no one else can offer." Dierdre Collins, Principal of Harbor Strategies added, "I have been proud to serve the accounting space in a consultative capacity for several years, and working with both NAPLIA and Universal allows a more efficient and effective platform."

Mitchell K. Smith and Michael Sorensen, the Managing Partners of Universal Insurance Services, will offer a unique, creative and innovative platform they believe to be unmatched in their space. Universal has the capabilities to focus in on solutions and pricing not typically obtainable, effectively and efficiently securing insurance products and executive benefit strategies for their clients. In addition, they have access to exclusive products. Their work also includes life insurance structures that can reduce the expense of traditional plans by measurable percentages.

"We realize there is a gap in the options, objectivity and creativity offered, even by the largest of firms," stated Mr. Sorensen. Mitchell Smith remarked, "Combining what we believe to be the best in wholesale insurance brokerage, financial advisory and advanced planning experience, we have created the ultimate source for our space."

About Universal Insurance Services
Universal Insurance Services is a life insurance and financial advisory distribution firm, which consults, advises and coaches professionals around the country. Universal serves high net worth individuals, corporate, private equity, executive benefit, RIAs, insurance agents, attorneys, CPA's, investment organizations, broker dealers and general agencies, as an objective specialist. Attaining the best possible solutions for their clients, through advanced planning techniques, underwriting, carrier and product support, sales assistance and more, Universal anticipates, innovates and educates, allowing their client's to focus on what they do best.

NEWARK, Calif. – Tegile Systems, the leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays for databases, virtualized server and virtual desktop environments, today announced that International Decision Systems, a provider of software and consulting services to more than 250 customers in 34 countries, has implemented Tegile hybrid arrays to improve its data center capabilities.

IDS offices and data centers around the world serve banking and financial services firms, including nearly half of the largest leasing companies in the United States. The company’s enterprise-class HDD arrays were direct-attached, and nearly all servers are virtualized, yet Craig Debban, global IT director, who was noticing storage-based performance issues that impacted productivity along with dwindling capacity. 

Despite multiple frustrating, unsuccessful visits from their EMC engineers and support team, Debban said the disk systems wasted performance and were not configured correctly. Rather than more of the same for only an incremental improvement, IDS evaluated a variety of approaches to meet IOPS needs.
When a Tegile representative said IDS could expect storage capacity savings from 40 to 50 percent based on deduplication and compression features included in the Tegile array, Debban considered this a ‘hyperbolic’ sales pitch. But since installing the Tegile HA2130EP hybrid system and two expansion shelves earlier this year, he says the benefits were hardly hyperbolic. Instead of the estimated 50 percent improvement in storage performance, actual results are closer to 75 percent, he says. IDS stores nearly 18 TB on the Tegile system, but data services reduced that footprint to just 4.58 TB. 

“We are currently seeing 74.43 percent savings in our data and I expect that number to go up as we add more servers,” said Debban. “With Tegile, the performance problems are gone. We went from people noticing slowness to it no longer being an issue at all.”

Cloning time on the company’s virtual machines has also gone from approximately 30 minutes to about 2 or 3 minutes. The dramatic increase in performance did not require any changes to the existing network, and the impressive performance gains required no reconfiguration. Tegile hardware connects via IDS’ existing mix of 10GB and 1GB Ethernet running both iSCSI and NFS protocols. Data services include deduplication, compression, thin provisioning, snapshots, remote replication and application profiles.

IDS also valued the ease of use, which translates to fiscal savings too – Tegile arrays require only an IT generalist’s understanding of storage, unlike other vendors that require several days or weeks of training. With a global workforce like IDS, the cost and staff time of specialized training quickly add up and become unsustainable. 

Prior to the move to Tegile, IDS had planned to build a data center in India, but because of the infrastructure savings realized, the company is reconsidering this investment. Instead, they believe it will be just as cost-effective to build in the U.S., with the added advantage that the corporate IT team can have greater control over data security. 

“Reducing infrastructure costs will make the U.S. data center cost-competitive with the facility in India,” said Debban. “This was an unanticipated benefit that not only can improve the performance and security of the data center infrastructure, but also makes maintenance and support easier. It also provides sales with a competitive advantage by ensuring clients that their data never leaves the shores of the U.S. We can build upon this framework for years to come.”

Tegile’s advanced hybrid storage arrays combines high-performance DRAM and Flash SSD with less-expensive hard disk and a comprehensive set of data management and protection features to deliver both speed and capacity at an affordable price. Tegile’s arrays balance high performance, high capacity, features and price making them the ideal solution for a wide range of industries and applications.

About Tegile Systems
Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of intelligent flash arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtual desktop and database applications. With Tegile’s line of all-flash and hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that accelerate business critical enterprise applications and allow customers to significantly consolidate mixed workloads in virtualized environments.
Tegile’s patented IntelliFlash™ technology accelerates performance and enables inline deduplication and compression of data so each array has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than any other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in snapshot, remote-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and VM-aware features. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile.

Leading change and configuration auditing platform provides complete visibility and ensures that sensitive data is under permanent control

Netwrix has announced the release of Netwrix Auditor 6.5, providing comprehensive monitoring and auditing capabilities to streamline compliance, strengthen security and simplify root cause analysis across the entire IT infrastructure, including file servers and shares. Delivering complete visibility into who changed what, when and where, along with before and after values of any modification, Netwrix Auditor 6.5 transforms complicated audit logs into human-readable audit trails.

Netwrix Auditor 6.5 also enables auditing of any configuration changes from any point in time and archives historic audit data. These capabilities, coupled with comprehensive change auditing, helps ensure that security policies in place are working and the risk of insider misuse is minimised.

“The ability to secure sensitive data should become a number one priority for organisations of all sizes,” said Michael Fimin, CEO and Co-Founder of Netwrix. “Information leaks have devastating consequences, including loss in customer demand, revenue and reputation. Organisations should establish security policies that are able to detect insider misuse and track malicious changes made to sensitive information. The new release of Netwrix Auditor 6.5 is an exact answer to market demand that provides complete visibility across file servers and monitors privileged accounts, ensuring that data leaks are detected on early stages.”

The new Netwrix Auditor 6.5 includes the following key features:

  • Detection and prevention of security breaches on file servers and storage appliances:
    • Complete visibility into who has access to which files across multiple file servers, EMC devices and NetApp filers.
    • Analysis and comparison of file system state and permissions for any point in time.
  • Enhanced screen activity recording of privileged users, allowing capture, search and review of all user activity, even if users have multiple monitors.
  • Over 30 enhancements to improve scalability, performance and usability of Active Directory and file servers change auditing.

Netwrix Auditor provides the broadest coverage of audited systems and applications including Active Directory, Exchange, File Servers, SharePoint, SQL Server, VMware, Windows Server and others. It also supports auditing of virtually any other system or application, even if it does not produce any logs, via screen activity recording of privileged users with ability to search and replay or tracking configurations stored in databases.

Netwrix Auditor 6.5 is licensed per enabled Active Directory user and is also available as Netwrix Auditor for Exchange, Files Servers, SharePoint, SQL Server, VMware and Windows Server.

For more information please visit: http://www.netwrix.com/auditor6.5

About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation, the #1 provider of change and configuration auditing solutions, delivers complete visibility into who did what, when, and where across the entire IT infrastructure. This streamlines compliance, strengthens security, and simplifies root cause analysis. Founded in 2006, Netwrix is ranked in the Top 100 US software companies in the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500. Netwrix software is used by 160,000 users worldwide. For more information, visit www.netwrix.com.

LONDON – Carriers must look to the future and transform their business models in order to compete and win in an increasingly competitive business environment, Telstra’s Global Head of Wholesale, Peter Hobbs, has warned.
Speaking at Carriers World, which is taking place in London today, Mr Hobbs described how the wholesale carrier landscape is “heating up” with new entrant customers including start-ups, social networking sites and OTT providers transforming traditional wholesale operating models.
He advised the audience on what to consider when responding to these emerging technologies, evolving customer needs and new entrant customers.
“To succeed, carriers need to continue to support their traditional revenue streams while also embracing new, innovative services and customer types,” said Mr Hobbs. “While some may argue that the challenge for carriers is that their traditional operating models are not adapted to the more nimble Internet-orientated service experiences, it’s undeniable that telecom wholesalers and technology go hand in hand.”
Despite the emergence of OTT video and media services, which triggered the data traffic explosion, Hobbs insisted there is a “success formula” for carriers and that shifting to a “service organisation” focused on the customer should be the number one priority.

This formula, he said, addresses distinct “battlegrounds” for wholesale carriers, including mobile voice and messaging and media services. Mr Hobbs continued by telling his audience that carriers should not underestimate their ability to shape each of these markets – it just may require a little experimenting.
“When looking at media services, carriers will be able to explore new forms of content and services as well as multi-screen integration,” Mr Hobbs explained. “Also key is the enabling of technology platforms and business ecosystems, and extensive partnerships.”
Hobbs named Telstra as an example of how a business can transform, revealing some of the strategies Telstra used to react to disruptive technology, differentiated digital capabilities and co-creation. This, he noted, did mean sometimes going against the norm.
“The ability to be creative and rethink processes, operations and business models has not always come easy to many large telecom operators,” he added.
“Our recent acquisition of Ooyala, a leader in video streaming and analytics, is a great example of how we are evolving our own business in a hyper-competitive market, combining Telstra’s global experience and presence with the intensity and agility of an independent Silicon Valley company.”
As he ended his presentation, Mr Hobbs left the audience with three tips for encouraging carrier success.
“Take stock of the considerable assets and capabilities you already possess; determine how you can leverage these assets and capabilities in order to compete against, or with, the new entrant customers; and keep your focus firmly on your customers, their needs and strategic priorities versus internal silos structured around subscriber and revenue growth,” he concluded.

Collaboration is a First Step but More Action Needed

STAMFORD, Conn. – With the two year anniversary of Sandy just weeks away, the RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation convened the Northeast Risk & Resilience Leadership Forum in Stamford, CT last week, bringing together 350 industry leaders, environmentalists, policy makers, and scientists to assess lessons learned from the second costliest storm in U.S. history and to examine best practices for mitigating and adapting to severe weather in the future.

The day-long forum tackled a number of important issues raised by Sandy through panel discussions and keynote speeches from powerful figures in government and the environmental community.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) a member of Congress's Joint Economic Committee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, addressed the delegates and said he will continue to push Congress to adopt strong and proactive environmental policies that combat climate change, curb pollution, invest in renewable energy, and promote sustainable development solutions.

"I'm thrilled that such a distinguished group of disaster resilience experts was able to assemble in Stamford," said Murphy. "It's not a question of whether we'll see another Superstorm Sandy, but only a question of when. We need the best minds working together on these complex challenges, and I hope this event helped move us toward that goal."

David Marra, SVP and Chief Underwriting Officer - Casualty & Specialty, RenaissanceRe, and head of RenaissanceRe's newly-launched Connecticut office, led a panel on the changing view of risk in the Northeast. Mr. Marra said that the forum presented a great opportunity for RenaissanceRe to use its thought leadership and deep expertise in natural catastrophe risk to raise awareness of the complex issues in this area and support better risk mitigation and preparedness.

"Working in collaboration with our partners in academia, science, commerce, government and the non-profit sector, this event brought experts and decision-makers together for a timely and relevant discussion," he said. "With a powerful concentration of industry talent and as a state heavily impacted by Sandy, Connecticut was the ideal place for such a forum."

The Northeast Risk & Resilience Leadership Forum was the tenth in a series of Risk Mitigation Leadership Forums convened by the RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation. Stephen Weinstein, RenaissanceRe's General Counsel, is Chairman of the RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation. "I want to thank the Forum's participants for contributing to such a productive discussion about the impact of Sandy on the Northeast region and what we all need to do to protect people and property from the deadly effects of natural disasters," said Weinstein. "Our collective goal is to move the nation towards a proactive rather than reactive response to severe weather and other disasters through increased resiliency measures, improved construction practices, and reformed financing mechanisms in which willing private sector participants bear a larger share of their costs and pursue innovation to enhance their affordability. If we succeed, we will reduce both the life safety risks and economic costs of these increasing perils."

Debra Ballen, General Counsel for the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), a Forum co-sponsor, applauded the RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation for convening the forum and focusing attention on regional resilience issues in the aftermath of Sandy.

"One of the important contributions the scientists and meteorologists taking part in the forum made was giving us a better understanding of the unique weather conditions facing the Northeast," said Ballen. "This insight will allow the insurance industry to help advance best practices in rebuilding that are universal but also tailored to the unique needs of each region."

Other prominent industry leaders taking part in the forum included Katherine Greig, Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Change and Insurance in the New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency; Bradley Kading, President and Executive Director, Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers (ABIR), and Craig Tillman, President, WeatherPredict Consulting Inc.

Panel discussions explored what made Sandy a "Super Storm", how it was different from other major hurricanes and whether Sandy was the "big one." Panels also delved into how the view of risk in the region has changed since Sandy, ways to boost resilient recovery following a major event, the appropriate role of government in disaster education, response and recovery, and the question of whether major urban centers were sufficiently prepared to deal with severe weather in the future. The role of coastal ecosystems and land use in protecting communities in the Northeast against severe weather was also addressed.

In addition to IBHS, other forum co-sponsors included the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), the Union of Concerned Scientists, the University of Connecticut Sea Grant program, and WeatherPredict Consulting Inc.

More information about the Northeast Risk & Resilience Leadership Forum is available at www.mitigationleadership.com.  

New Brocade Extension Platform Improves Recovery Point and Recovery Time Objectives via Superior WAN Link Utilization and Unique Failover Functionality; Extends Fabric Vision Technology over Distance to Provide Network Control and Visibility for Non-Stop Business Operations

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD), the leader in data center fabric networking solutions, today announced a new extension platform that enables enterprises to achieve significantly shorter recovery points and faster recovery times for restoring data and applications in the event of a disaster, or when performing routine backup and replication tasks over unreliable Wide Area Network (WAN) links. The new Disaster Recovery (DR) platform also extends Brocade® Fabric Vision™ technology between data centers to automate monitoring, increase insight, and simplify troubleshooting over distance to automatically detect WAN anomalies, help ensure performance, and avoid unplanned downtime.

Enterprises today face significant challenges from the explosive growth of data and application workload traffic driven by virtualization, which is putting considerable pressure on IT to keep data highly available. According to IDC, disaster recovery requirements have become increasingly stringent for their mission-critical applications, with 84 percent of enterprises having RPOs of less than an hour and 78 percent having RTOs of less than four hours.1

"With stored data expected to grow at a 44 percent CAGR over the next five years, enterprises are demanding that their recovery solutions meet ever higher standards in keeping data available amid a wide variety of increasingly frequent natural and man-made disasters," said Eric Burgener, research director for storage at IDC. "Furthermore, end users are expecting to access their data on a 7x24 basis, forcing enterprises to meet their demands for 'always on' application services."

To address these challenges and to provide near-zero downtime and continuous application availability, Brocade has expanded its Gen 5 Fibre Channel SAN portfolio with the addition of the Brocade 7840 Extension Switch, which delivers a six-fold increase in performance, along with unprecedented availability and simplified management between remote data centers. The solution also doubles the performance, at half the cost, compared to WAN optimization appliances that are often mismatched when deployed as a DR alternative.

To complement the new switch, Brocade has also extended Fabric Vision technology between data centers to provide new levels of control and visibility to pinpoint problems faster and avoid unplanned outages. This new functionality reduces the complexity and operating costs for remote data centers, helping them to achieve always-on operations with maximum application uptime.

"Managing multiple data centers is inherently complex and time-intensive," said Jack Rondoni, vice president, Storage Networking, at Brocade. "By deploying the Brocade 7840 Extension Switch with enhanced Fabric Vision technology, organizations can create better solutions that meet or exceed their requirements and expectations for faster replication and recovery to achieve always-on operations."

In addition, the company also announced the Brocade FC16-64, a new port blade for the Brocade DCX® 8510 Director that provides the industry's highest density and most energy-efficient connectivity to maximize system utilization and reduce both capital and operating costs. The new blade increases Brocade DCX 8510 scalability up to 512 Gen 5 Fibre Channel ports with a total system bandwidth of 10.2 Terabits per second (Tbps). Each blade consumes 70 percent less power compared to competitive offerings, while simultaneously increasing port density by 33 percent and reducing cabling requirements by 75 percent -- greatly improving operational efficiency.

Brocade 7840 Improves Enterprise Disaster Recovery Readiness

Furthering the company's reputation for innovation in storage fabrics, Brocade 7840 switches offer both the industry's first 40 Gigabits per second (Gbps) and 10 Gbps FCIP connectivity options, with data throughput speeds that are at least six times faster than competitive solutions. Brocade 7840 systems deliver an unprecedented 80 Gbps of application data throughput while securing data flows over distance with 256-bit IPsec encryption without a performance penalty.

In addition, Brocade 7840 switches significantly improve replication performance over distance using data compression and disk and tape protocol acceleration. Other advanced extension features that maximize availability and increase overall network reliability include:

  • Non-disruptive Upgrades: Facilitate always-on business operations and maximize application uptime with the industry's only WAN-side non-disruptive firmware upgrades.
  • Extension Trunking: Combines multiple WAN connections into a single, logical, high-bandwidth trunk, providing active load balancing and network resilience to protect against WAN link failures.
  • Adaptive Rate Limiting: Dynamically adjusts bandwidth sharing between minimum and maximum rate limits to optimize bandwidth utilization and maintain WAN performance during disruptions.

Fabric Vision Technology Enables Long-Distance Monitoring, Management, and Diagnostics

Unique to the Brocade Fibre Channel SAN family, and now extended over distance, Fabric Vision technology is a hardware and software solution that helps enterprises accelerate new deployments, optimize resources, dramatically reduce operational costs, and overcome infrastructure complexity between data centers.

With Fabric Vision technology, administrators have new tools and automation capabilities that simplify day-to-day management tasks, increase productivity, and enable proactive monitoring of critical metrics between data centers to automatically detect WAN anomalies, help ensure performance, and avoid unplanned downtime. 

Key features for DR include:

  • Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS): Simplifies monitoring with policy-based automation between data centers to automatically detect WAN anomalies and avoid unplanned downtime.
  • Flow Vision: Accelerates troubleshooting of end-to-end I/O flows over distance with integrated diagnostics and eliminates the need for expensive third-party tools.
  • Dashboards: Quickly discover and resolve WAN network issues via root-cause analysis and point-in-time playback. In addition, administrators can view all critical information from thin-client, Web-accessible dashboards, which saves significant administrative time and effort.


The Brocade 7840 Extension Switch, extended Fabric Vision technology, and the Brocade FC16-64 port blade for the Brocade DCX 8510 will be available this calendar quarter through select Brocade OEM partners, including EMC, HDS, and others.

Partner Quotes

"Data protection is fundamental to IT transformation and has enabled EMC customers to move backup and recovery and replication from a cost center to a business enabler. The increased performance and functionality of the Brocade 7840 is a strategic addition to our Connectrix® family that increases the overall value of the EMC Protection Storage Architecture."
Barry Ader, Vice President, Product Marketing, EMC Corporation

"Keeping our mutual customers operating nonstop is more than just planning for disaster recovery -- it's about building a resilient enterprise. With significant improvements in throughput, along with improved network control and insight, the Brocade 7840 is an ideal high-performance data center extension platform for backup and replication that will improve our customer's data and application availability."
Linda Xu, Vice President, Worldwide Partner Marketing, Hitachi Data Systems

About Brocade

Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world's leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. (www.brocade.com)

Events Ticketing Giant Lowers Total Cost of Ownership, Enhances Infrastructure and Introduces Scalable Efficiencies With N-series Thin Client Solution

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – NComputing, a leader in client virtualisation solutions, today announced that Tickets.com selected the award-winning NComputing N-series thin client solution to deliver superior customer service and support for the world's largest and most popular event ticketing source. Tickets.com has invested in market-leading and complementary virtualisation solutions, including NComputing N-series and Citrix XenDesktop, to improve inefficiencies in system performance and configurations, PC patching and maintenance and PCI compliance.

"After an extensive analysis across thin client options to work with our Citrix environment, NComputing is our partner of choice," said Joe Choti, president and CEO of Tickets.com. "The NComputing N-series exceeded all of our requirements, and today we have a valuable partner whose thin clients technology and also personnel play a key role as we build and maintain reliable ticketing technology for our venue partners and their customers."

NComputing N-series thin clients are ideal for enterprise organisations looking to extend their investments in Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp or VDI-in-a-Box. The technology provides 100 percent of the HDX experience at a fraction of the cost of PCs or other thin client solutions. With full manageability and support, organisations can more cost-effectively extend their Citrix deployments to more users using NComputing technology, enhancing the benefits of desktop virtualisation at a lower total cost of ownership.

The demands of high-volume online ticket sales are complex, and Tickets.com sought out a solution to replace a fleet of aging PCs, which required frequent maintenance interruptions for installing new patches, updates and maintaining PCI compliance. Consultants from MTM Technologies determined that Citrix's tight integration with USB ports would support the company's ticket printing requirements. NComputing N-series thin clients were a natural fit because they are purpose-built for Citrix virtualisation environments.

Tickets.com initially implemented 100 N-series devices with two Major League Baseball clubs in California. Installation took less than one day and with immediate benefits, the investment was soon expanded. Today, it takes booth ticket sellers only 40 seconds to restart their systems after work has been done to the network, half as long as before, which is critical when patrons are waiting at a ticket window.

"Tickets.com has found success with our thin clients in combination with Citrix XenDesktop for improved systems performance and management," said Dave Burton, vice president, global marketing for NComputing. "Regular software upgrades are streamlined because everything is performed centrally rather than installed and configured on a PC-to-PC basis. A brand closely aligned with a winning customer experience, Tickets.com is invested in new technologies that maintain its superior customer service and support reputation."

A video of Tickets.com's use of NComputing N-series thin clients can be found at: http://bit.ly/1mWpmgN

To jump-start the benefits of NComputing N-series thin client solutions, NComputing is offering a free trial to users. Interested customers can find more information and request a trial at: http://www.ncomputing.com/products/nseries/overview.


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About Tickets.com:

Tickets.com, Inc. is a privately held subsidiary of MLB Advanced Media, LP, the interactive media and Internet division of Major League Baseball. First incorporated in 1995 and later rebranded as Tickets.com, Inc. in 2001, the company was initially a merger of nine ticketing firms.

Tickets.com is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., with regional offices across the U.S. and around the world, including Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia. Tickets.com's diverse client portfolio includes Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, major arena, large performing arts organizations, as well as the 1996 Atlanta and 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.

About NComputing:

NComputing, Inc. is a leader in client virtualization solutions. Removing the barriers through a unique formula of simplicity, performance and value, NComputing’s integrated solutions serve global enterprise and mid-market companies in key verticals such as education, healthcare and government. With over 20 million daily users in 140 countries, the company is fueling the adoption of client virtualization faster than any other in the world. To learn more, visit http://www.ncomputing.com.

LINX is proud to announce the launch of IXCardiff, our newest UK Internet exchange, and the only dedicated Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Wales.

The new exchange is the latest stage in LINX's mission to distribute and decentralise peering within the UK, empowering ISPs, content providers and other network operators to "keep local traffic local", resulting in reduced latency, greater resilience and faster connectivity for local networks and Internet users.

Hosted in a carrier-neutral facility managed by LINX within the BT Stadium House data centre, IXCardiff launches on 15th October following an extensive period of consultation to establish a local community of interest among network operators, and with the support of the Cardiff City Council and the Welsh Government.

Welsh Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James, welcomed the launch.

“The Welsh Government is committed to establishing a world class digital Infrastructure for Wales. The creation of an Internet Exchange in the heart of Cardiff will have wide ranging benefits to the business community in Cardiff and across south Wales. Alongside a number of major investments in telecommunications infrastructure, this will help to make Wales a more connected nation. It will provide a real boost to local enterprises which would otherwise have had to carry a significant cost burden to access this opportunity.”

John Souter, CEO of LINX said:
“We believe that the time is right for a fresh approach to peering in the UK. Local support is key for the success of any regional Internet exchange, and the South Wales Internet community has demonstrated an overwhelming enthusiasm for a new exchange point in the region, and for the benefits regional peering can bring to their businesses, the local economy and the people of Wales.”

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 16:06

Dynamic Spectrum Access Comes to Asia

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Executive Director of Dynamic Spectrum Alliance tours Asia

Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) technologies and evolving spectrum regulations are underway in Asia, helping governments, businesses, and communities to make wireless broadband more widely available and affordable, and increasing the amount of spectrum to the benefit of consumers and businesses alike. The viability of DSA including TV White Spaces (TVWS) has been proven in numerous trials across the globe, from remote villages, to dense urban centres.

This month witnessed Prof. H Nwana, Executive Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, tour the region, which kicked off with presentations by himself and EJ Chiang from MediaTek, a Dynamic Spectrum Alliance member, focused on utilizing spectrum’s full potential, at the Radio Spectrum Technology & Management Conference @ Wireless China Industry Summit in Beijing. While in Asia, Prof. Nwana also held meetings with the Chinese Academy of Telecom Research (CATR), State Radio Regulatory Commission (SRRC), Ministry of Industry & Information Technology (MIIT), State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), United States Information Technology Office (USITO) in Beijing, and Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, and a group of Japanese companies interested in DSA.

Prof. H Nwana, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Executive Director, said: “DSA’s time has come in Asia. The pace of development in the region is incredibly encouraging so, by supporting and working together with regional Asian organisations, regulatory bodies and Governmental departments, we hope to continue to open up underused spectrum by advocating for new laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilisation and encouraging DSA pilot project initiatives.”

Recently, Asia has witnessed a flood of activity. In China, the Government of the People’s Republic of China has already made significant advancements regarding management of its spectrum resources as it continues to go through a public consultation period on revising its radio spectrum management policies. In Singapore, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) has developed a regulatory framework for unlicensed access to 180MHz of unused radio spectrum in the broadcast TV frequency bands which comes into effect in November 2014.

Elsewhere, the Taiwan Dynamic Spectrum Access Pilot Group continues to make good progress. The Pilot Group, which Prof. Nwana participated in the signing of, is working towards the creation and development of a world-leading dynamic spectrum access ecosystem in Taiwan. This will leverage Taiwan’s tremendous capabilities in semiconductor design and fabrication, component and devices manufacturing, and systems integration and solutions.

“The region, as a whole, is making major progress and by moving towards dynamic allocation of spectrum, more resources and spectrum can be made available, especially at a time when Asia is exploring innovative wireless, and data-hungry, technologies. Asia will provide the setting for next year’s Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit – we’re still exploring possible locations, so I urge anyone who would like be involved, and who would like to host with us, to get in touch,” added Prof. Nwana.

Over the past few years, global organisations and Dynamic Spectrum Alliance members have worked closely with local providers, radio manufacturers, regulators, donor agencies and ICT ministries to demonstrate the benefits of DSA technology in underserved communities in emerging economies. Dynamic Spectrum Alliance members are driving work forward:

  • 6Harmonics Inc, a DSA founding member, has invented an Adaptive Radio Network-ARN* that allows dynamic spectrum access as well as a scalable cell size and topology. This innovative wireless network technology provides 4G access speeds at the lowest cost to date, making a cost effective WAN dynamically accessing all available spectrum economically possible. ARN* has been deployed in 12 countries on five continents. In rural Africa, 6Harmonics FCC certified GWS3000 has been deployed to establish high-speed connections over distances in excess of 10km under NLOS propagation conditions. In the Philippines, GWS3000 has been deployed for disaster recovery. Dr Robert Wu, Founder and CEO of 6Harmonics disclosed that 2 new products are in the final tests: AP with highest RF power on the market to date for longer range, and a low cost palm size CPE which will enable large scale deployment. Dr Wu further noted, when those get deployed, people can dial WiFi anywhere.
  • Aviacomm, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance founding member, has broken new ground for realizing DSA with its innovative RF transceiver solutions, which are designed to utilize new spectrum made available and brings into use frequency bands subject to challenging regulatory requirements. Shih Mo, President and CEO of Aviacomm, Inc, said: “Aviacomm is leading the way toward high-performance flexible RF solutions that will enable dynamic spectrum sharing – the next generation of technology which will achieve significant improvements in coverage and capacity for wireless networking and mobile devices.”
  • Mediatek, the Taiwanese semiconductor Tier 1 giant and founder member of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, announced at the DSA Global Summit in May they would release a tri-band chipset in partnership with another Alliance member Aviacomm that would support traditional WiFi in the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz range as well as TV White Spaces band using the 802.11af standard. Mediatek is the 3rd largest manufacturer of WiFi chipsets in the world.
  • NICT, based in Japan, has developed several world standard based TV White Space devices, along with other technologies (e.g. IEEE802.22, IEEE802.11af, and LTE release 8 (eNB,smartphone) and White Space database compliant with FCC, Ofcom, and the Japanese TV band contour calculation algorithm. It has also done world-first field trials using these international multi-band standard devices. Prof. Hiroshi Harada, Executive Research Director of NICT, commented: "Some world standards have already been issued and some feasibility trials based on the standards have also been completed. Now it is a time to think about actual business ecosystems by collaborating global representative partners."

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance believes a real and immediate opportunity lies with TVWS, the unused TV broadcast channels. The Alliance is working to promote regulatory policies which will pave the way for innovative new wireless technologies, addressing growing wireless data challenges. The cross-industry Alliance works to engage with regulators and government officials to promote the adoption of legal and regulatory frameworks that facilitate dynamic access to radio spectrum.

For further information about the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, please visit www.dynamicspectrumalliance.org/, or follow @dynamicspectrum on Twitter. Alternatively joins the Alliance on Facebook or LinkedIn. For all media enquiries, please contact Dana Hare at dana.hare@proactive-pr.com or +44 7795 615466, or Russell Cafferty at russell.cafferty@proactive-pr.com.


About the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance is a global organization advocating for laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilization. The DSA’s membership spans multinationals, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and academic, research, and other organisations from around the world, all working to create innovative solutions that will increase the amount of available spectrum to the benefit of consumers and businesses alike. Visit http://www.dynamicspectrumalliance.org/, follow @DynamicSpectrum, https://www.facebook.com/DynamicSpectrumAlliance, and http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Dynamic-Spectrum-Access-DSA-5122947.

Amulet Hotkey today announced the release of a new ultra compact (half-height, half-length), quad video head PCoIP host card for small form factor PC’s. It provides all the benefits of the PCoIP protocol in a uniquely compact and cost effective package. It will appeal to a wide range of enterprise customers.

“The DXH4 is an exciting development that people told us couldn’t be done,” said Tony Hilliard, Group Sales Director at Amulet Hotkey. “Our clients asked for it and we delivered, it’s great that we can combine innovation and customer demand in such a responsive way”.

“This is a unique product, perfect for multi-monitor applications such as trading floors, control rooms and CAD/CAM” says Keith Grundon, technical director and CTO. “I know it will be a great success for us.”

For the first time, small form factor PCs can have a high-end, quad-monitor PCoIP host installed and then located remotely without compromising data security or graphics performance in any way. The DXH4 has no impact on the standard PC architecture and requires no additional drivers to be installed.

“Amulet Hotkey’s new quad-video PCoIP host card for small form factor and rack mounted computers will appeal to IT administrators seeking to deliver secure access to video across multiple monitors while conserving precious server space,” said Jayesh Shah, vice president of product management for Teradici. “Today’s news is a testament to the company’s commitment to delivering innovative PCoIP solutions that are well matched to the evolving IT requirements of its customers in diverse markets, including finance, CAD/CAM engineering, media and entertainment, and public sector.

The DXH4 is available now. For more details visit www.amulethotkey.com or contact our sales teams directly.

See the DXH4 at vmworld in Barcelona between 14th and 16th of October and learn about how it can be used to enhance VDI applications. Ask to see us at the Teradici stand.

About PCoIP

Zero Clients are simple, secure, stateless, cloud endpoints, perfect for accessing VMware Horizon View, VMware Horizon DaaS, Amazon WorkSpaces, and Remote Workstation environments. They contain no CPU, operating system, or local storage—just a chip that decodes the PCoIP transmissions and outputs pixels on the screen. Since no data is transmitted, users connect securely to their virtual environments. In addition to being the most secure endpoints available, Zero Clients are easy to deploy, manage, and operate. They offer higher performance, lower power consumption, support unified communications, and create a richly rewarding virtual computing experience, for both end users and IT managers.

About Amulet Hotkey

Our expertise allows enterprises to simplify and secure the desktop environment without compromise, moving desktop workstations to the data centre or cloud environment. Using our own Zero Client, PCoIP Host and KVM switching technology, we dramatically reduce desktop power consumption and heat generation, minimising cabling and clutter. In the data centre our solutions maximise space and facilitate central management of desktops, operating systems, policies and security.

Amulet Hotkey actively partners with many leading manufacturers of data centre, cloud and virtualisation technologies, and is instrumental in helping them bring to market solutions for VDI, virtualisation, GPU offload and PCoIP integration and acceleration.

The growing trend of cloud based services and virtualised environments has provided opportunities to create a truly flexible computing model, the so-called elastic compute architecture. Amulet Hotkey is a recognised leader in providing key enabling technologies in this environment.

About Teradici

Teradici PCoIP technology is deployed throughout virtual and cloud environments, in zero clients, hardware accelerators, standalone workstations and mobile devices. Simple, green, and cost-effective, the Teradici PCoIP virtual workspace architecture delivers a secure, high-definition, highly responsive computing experience.

Teradici customers benefit from a broad PCoIP ecosystem of innovative products and services. Our customers include Fortune 500 enterprises and institutions around the world, local and federal government agencies, and cloud and service providers.

Teradici was founded in 2004, and is headquartered in British Columbia.