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WALNUT, Calif. -- MySammy, a software company
that specializes in productivity measurement solutions for
businesses, announced today a special promotion for
companies that employ telecommuters. For a limited time
only, these businesses will be offered a 90-day free trial
for company packages -- 60 days longer than the original
30-day trial offer.

MySammy's results-oriented productivity measurement software
provides employers and managers with detailed information on
how an employee's time is spent on a computer. MySammy
software collects computer usage information in order to
better evaluate employees' computer behavior and ultimately
increase their performance. This can be particularly useful
for businesses that employ telecommuters who work from home
or other remote locations.

According to an article published in July 2012 by the SHRM
(Society for Human Resource Management), the number of
people now telecommuting is almost double what it was
nationwide 10 years ago. With MySammy, managers of
telecommuting employees have 24/7 global, cloud-based access
to intuitive graphs and color-coded bar and pie charts that
provide data about productive, idle and non-productive
employee activity in a single glance. Managers can easily
view and simultaneously evaluate all users, a few users or
just one user.

MySammy enables managers to monitor employee computer usage
globally while at the same time minimizing sensitive data
collection in order to retain the user's privacy -- the
software does not collect screenshots; it collects only the
data needed for effective management evaluation of
"productive time."

"We believe MySammy provides managers with the ultimate
employee productivity measurement software," says Edward
Kwang, President of MySammy. "With the recent increase in
the number of people working from home, and the expected
continued increase in the future, MySammy will prove to be
an invaluable management tool that will not only measure
employee productivity, but provide much-needed information
to create a baseline performance standard for all employees,
which will aid managers in creating fair performance
evaluations for all employees regardless of their work
locations."

To take advantage of the new telecommuter promotion, visit
http://mysammy.com/telcom. Sign up for either the small or
larger business account, then enter "TELCOM" into the Promo
Code field. The telecommuter promotion runs until Oct. 15,
2012.

About MySammy, LLC

MySammy is a software company that provides enterprises, HR
departments and managers of telecommuters with a
feature-rich, results-oriented "productivity measurement"
software solution that enables employers and managers to
graphically view detailed information on how an employee's
time is spent on a computer. The solution provides
quantifiable time accountability measurement and collects
only the data needed for effective management evaluation of
"productive time" and avoids depriving users of their
privacy. For more information about the company, check out
www.mysammy.com and follow us on Twitter.com/MySammySoftware
and Facebook.com/MySammySoftware.
CUPERTINO, CA – Intransa, the physical security infrastructure and services company, today announced that it has signed Sonke Computer Services Africa as its first IP video surveillance reseller partner in southern Africa. SCS Africa will distribute Intransa’s full line of IP video-optimized open platform server and storage platforms into government, commercial and industrial projects.

SCS Africa is a reseller for a number of Intransa SELECT and SELECT ELITE partners, including Cathexis, a recently certified Intransa VMS SELECT partner. SCS Africa, formerly Safmarine Computer Services, was established in 2006 with the goal of becoming a market leader in the information and communications technology space.  The company brings turnkey solutions including software, networking, security and IT business solutions to the market. Intransa’s video-optimized platforms are built for the unique demands of video security and are integrated with security-oriented services for affordable and simplified local installations as well as for use in advanced cloud deployments. The new partnership extends Intransa’s reach into southern Africa.

“South Africa is booming. It’s one of the BRICS countries, made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, which accounts for 45 percent of the world's population and a quarter of its economy,” said Tom O’Leary, vice president, worldwide sales, Intransa. “In southern Africa security is a major issue and companies are increasingly looking at more sophisticated systems to ensure the protection of their assets and people.”

Suitable for individual deployments or as a scalable, cloud-based infrastructure, Intransa platforms deliver high definition (HD) video optimized servers and storage. Its solutions are designed to be affordable for single project security deployments with just a small number of IP cameras and a few days of recording, yet can scale cost-efficiently and easily to meet the big data needs of projects with hundreds or even thousands of cameras and months to years of video recording capacity.

“The IP physical security market is growing rapidly in southern Africa and we understand the need for selling products that are specifically designed for the 24x7x365, non-stop operational challenges of physical security applications, said Johan Coetzee, general manager, SCS Africa. “Intransa understands the importance of supplying products that are specifically designed for the video surveillance market.”

All Intransa platforms include Standard Warranty and Support, with 3 years of comprehensive system hardware and software coverage. Also included is GroundCrew™ phone-home, which monitors the health of fans, drives, power supplies and other system components, and notifies our warranty department to dispatch replacement parts in the event of a failure. Customers also have the choice of two optional upgrades, Advanced and Premium Support, each adding the CoPilot™ Video Network Troubleshooting Service and other feature enhancements. In addition, Intransa Pilot™ Live Monitoring is a separate service available for busy customers who choose to have Intransa Customer Support monitor their video system health, 24x7x365.

Intransa's award-winning products and services offer a complete infrastructure solution to meet a wide range of physical security needs, with the security industry’s widest range of certified VMS, access control, and video analytics applications from the security industry’s leading software vendors.
San Jose, Calif. -- Skyera Inc., founded by an executive and engineering team with unsurpassed backgrounds in the solid-state, storage and networking arenas, today unveiled the company's Skyhawk series of enterprise solid-state storage systems based entirely on low cost 19/20 nanometer Multi Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash. The compact half-depth 1u form factor sports a staggering 44 terabytes of high performance, low latency native capacity for the most demanding Big Data, analytics and virtualization applications. And, at a system price of under $3 per gigabyte – before compression and deduplication – the company envisions a sea change in the solid-state playing field.

Extending the life amplification of consumer-grade MLC Flash was an exciting challenge for the experienced engineering team that had already delivered world class flash controllers. Only a ground-up, system-wide approach to the design, development, and integration of all components in the technology stack – including the flash controller, RAID controller, storage blades, communication bus and network interface – could yield the 100 times life amplification required to exceed enterprise reliability and endurance.

“The ‘norms’ of solid-state storage have seen much change and improvement over the last few years” said Mark Peters, Senior Analyst at ESG, “But Skyera’s flagship product introduction challenges even the best of those new ‘norms’ and looks set to be a true game changer. Its compact, high capacity form, together with impressive longevity and – most notably and unapologetically – a dramatically-attractive price, promise to change the storage landscape; users who thought they could not afford solid-state are simply going to have to revise their thinking.”

Industry Firsts
Penetration in the mainstream enterprise storage market can be fueled by the latest generation of low cost 19/20nm consumer-grade MLC Flash. However, today’s flash controllers are simply not able to compensate for the limited write cycles of this new technology. Skyera is the first company to remove the barrier to life amplification without compromising the reliability, durability and performance demands for enterprise storage.

Skyera’s Flash controller leverages proprietary algorithms to dynamically tune the partitions during the lifetime of the Flash, allowing the controller to adapt to different Flash behavior as the media ages.  The Skyera controller reduces damage that the flash oxide layer typically experiences on writes. With lower write amplification, adaptive ECC, and tight integration with Skyera’s RAID technology, the life of consumer-grade MLC is extended to a market-leading five years of enterprise usage.  Additionally, the flexibility of the Skyera architecture enables the controller and ECC to adapt to future generations of higher-capacity Flash memory that will require different write parameters and more powerful error correction.

Tackling the Network Bottleneck
Higher performing solid-state systems can easily saturate the 10-Gigabit iSCSI channel between the network switch and the storage array. By combining switch with storage via a high-speed proprietary bus, Skyera has eliminated this bottleneck while simplifying data access. With 40 1-Gigabit and 3 10-Gibabit Ethernet ports, servers can connect via traditional Ethernet switches or directly to the flash storage without the cost and latency of an external switch or the consolidated storage network connection in the data path.

Skyera will be demonstrating their Skyhawk enterprise solid-state storage system at the upcoming Flash Memory Summit, August 21st to 23rd in Santa Clara, CA. For more information or to arrange an evaluation, contact Skyera at (408) 954-8100, or via email at sales@skyera.com.

About Skyera
Skyera Inc. is an emerging provider of enterprise solid-state storage systems designed to enable a large class of applications with extraordinarily high performance, exceptionally lower power consumption at the lowest cost relative to existing enterprise storage systems.  Founded by the executives who previously developed the world’s most-advanced flash memory controller, Skyera is backed by key technology and financial partnerships designed to position it at the forefront of the hyper growth in the solid state storage sector.  The company was featured in the Gartner report “Cool Vendors in Storage Technologies, 2012.”

COLORADO SPRINGS –– STORServer®, the leading provider of proven data backup solutions for the mid-market, today announces the availability of version 4.5 of its Archive Backup Client for OpenVMS, which allows users to include their OpenVMS servers in their heterogeneous IBM® Tivoli® Storage Manager backup solution.

 

The updates to the enterprise backup software include a major enhancement to file backup speed and performance when backing up thousands of files in a single directory. In addition, ABC v4.5 supports the POSIX-style file systems introduced in OpenVMS v8.3, and provides various other minor enhancements and bug fixes. The performance update is also available in ABC v4.1.1.2, OpenVMS v6.2 through v7.1 on the Alpha platform, and OpenVMS v5.5-2 and newer on the VAX platform.

 

“These enhancements bypass a long-standing and well-known issue within the OpenVMS file system with these kinds of large directories,” said Steve Jensen, vice president of software engineering for STORServer. “We’ve verified backup performance improvements of nearly 30 times the throughput of the previous implementation. These updates are a really big deal for our current and prospective ABC customers.”

 

With ABC, users can backup, archive, restore, query and manage OpenVMS files stored on TSM servers as a logical extension to the online OpenVMS ODS-2 or ODS-5 file systems. Other features include:

  • Protection of OpenVMS files stored on TSM servers
  • Automation and scheduling saves time and resources
  • Ad hoc backup and archive requests
  • Full user authentication protects data
  • Easy-to-use, flexible and familiar DCL-like interface
  • AliasWise™ handling of complex alias file structures ensures accuracy
  • Policy-based management and support of hundreds of storage devices
  • Advance Encryption Standard 256 bit encryption

 

ABC v4.5 may be installed as a new product or as an upgrade from any previous version.

 

STORServer offers a complete suite of enterprise backup appliances, plus software and services for IBM TSM customers that solve today’s backup, archive and disaster recovery challenges. To learn more about ABC v4.5, visit http://storserver.com/BackupAgent.aspx. For more information on the company’s line of data backup solutions, visit http://www.storserver.com.

 

Woodinville, WA, August 14, 2012 - Quantivate, a leader in Business Continuity, Enterprise Risk Management, Vendor Management, and Information Security software, has announced the release and general availability of the Quantivate Mobile App for iOS and Android mobile devices. The Quantivate Mobile App currently complements the company’s Business Continuity module and gives users access to their business continuity plans on mobile devices.

 

“In today’s mobile work environment we understand how important it is for staff and management to stay connected and know how to react in any incident,” said Quantivate CEO Andy Vanderhoff. “Now business continuity managers can ensure their staff has access to current BC plans in any situation whether they are in the office or on-the-go,” he added.

 

The Quantivate Mobile app will enable business continuity managers to:

  • Synchronize the most current BC plans to iOS and Android devices.
  • Access the most accurate contact details for key personnel.
  • Distributing plans electronically with the click of a button.
  • Push notifications to staff to ensure they have the most up-to-date plans available.
  • Easily deploy and implement current incident management procedures and policies.
  • Respond immediately with the most up-to-date plans and incident management procedures.
  • Call phone numbers on plan call lists.

 

In addition to the current functionality of accessing business continuity plans, the company plans to continue development of the Quantivate Mobile App to complement their full suite of software modules including Enterprise Risk Management, Vendor Management, and Information Security.

 

“We are very excited about this mobile application, it will not only bring benefits to current business continuity managers, but the functionality we are adding in the near future is innovative,” said Vanderhoff. “Being able to deploy risk management, continuity, and compliance tools into the mobile workspace is game changing. Mobile integration will increase the availability of real time data reporting, inter-department collaboration, and cost savings across the enterprise.”

 

The Quantivate Mobile App is currently available to all Quantivate Business Continuity users at no additional charge. For more information visit: http://www.quantivate.com/app.php.

 

For sales information contact sales@quantivate.com.

 

About Quantivate

Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Woodinville, WA, Quantivate is a leading provider of cloud-based Continuity, Risk, and Compliance software and service solutions. The company has grown to become a leading provider of software that organizations in multiple industries use to manage their continuity, risk, security, and compliance needs. The company’s full suite of software tools includes Business Continuity, Vendor Management, Enterprise Risk Management, and Information Security.

 

Toronto, Canada August 9, 2012 – eBRP Solutions, the leading provider of web-based, Business Continuity Management software has expanded its Channel Marketing Team with the recent addition of Nisar Khan as Senior Manager, Business Development. In his new role, Khan will assume concentrated responsibility for Partner and Channel relationships in the Middle East.

Khan, who had formerly been a Regional Sales Manager at AVG Technologies in Dubai, has extensive experience in the Middle East as a Sales Manager at Trend Micro in Dubai, Business Development Manager with Paramount Computer Systems in the UAE, and a Branch Manager at the Al Abbas Group (a division of IBM) in Abu Dhabi,.

“This position at eBRP Solutions is a fantastic opportunity to leverage my past experience and the goodwill established across emerging markets for the past 20 years”, said Khan. “eBRP’s award winning tools provide me the perfect platform to cultivate a loyal and engaged following of prospects, customers and top tier channel partners across the Middle Eastern market.”

eBRP has been expanding its sales and channel partner programs, with recent additions to its sales team in Australia and the UK.  “The addition of Nisar Khan to our Team provides eBRP new opportunities to work with prospective clients and partners in the rapidly emerging BCM market in the Middle East”, said eBRP Director David Gray.  “Nisar’s extensive experience working in that market will be a real benefit to both eBRP and to our future customers and partners.”

eBRP Solutions is the premier global provider of Business Continuity Management software supporting the entire BCM lifecycle.  Award-winning eBRP Suite is available as a true SaaS (Software as a Service), or can be self-hosted.  eZ-Planner is the industry’s most powerful entry-level software.  Both products give Planners all the tools needed to supercharge their BCM program.   Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, eBRP serves customers in a multitude of industries and institutions across the globe.  For more information, contact eBRP at 1-888-480-3277 or visit www.eBRP.net.

NEW YORK -- QBE is offering business owners protection all in one package.

According to QBE Senior Vice President Arne Chatterton, owners of small- to medium-sized companies may now insure their businesses and business vehicles, and provide Workers' Compensation to their employees, through QBE's FlexBiz product.

FlexBiz offers tailored rating and expanded programs – including restaurants, motels and car care – along with pricing flexibility. "FlexBiz is fully integrated with the Business Auto and Workers' Compensation rating applications," Chatterton says. "This eliminates the need to enter duplicate information and provides one central place for client information."

Intuitive and easy to navigate, the online rating system eliminates the need to enter duplicate information and provides one central place for client information.

In addition, there is no Workers' Compensation payroll limitation. The Workers' Compensation portion of the package is available in all U.S. states except for Washington.

For more information on packaged protection for business, contact John LaPorta at QBE North America, 916.872.2780.

QBE North America is part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, one of the top 20 insurers and reinsurers worldwide. QBE Insurance Group's 2011 results can be found at www.qbena.com. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, QBE operates out of 52 countries around the globe, with a presence in every key insurance market. The North America division, headquartered in New York, conducts business through its property and casualty insurance subsidiaries. QBE insurance companies are rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best and "A+" by Standard & Poor's.
Natick, Mass. – TwinStrata, Inc., the leading innovator of cloud-based data storage, backup and disaster recovery solutions, today announced that TwinStrata CloudArray® is now available as an in-cloud gateway to support progressive organizations with cloud-based infrastructures. By enabling CloudArray to run on a growing number of cloud compute environments – IBM SmartCloud Enterprise, Rackspace, Amazon EC2 and Google (availability late Q3) – TwinStrata delivers a solution ideal for both enhancing storage infrastructures already deployed in the cloud, as well as sophisticated disaster recovery efforts.

Offered in addition to TwinStrata’s existing on-premise CloudArray options, the new in-cloud gateway platforms provide numerous benefits including:

•    Disaster recovery for on-premise applications – On-premise applications can fail over using the in-cloud gateway, a cost-effective way to recover business applications without dedicated remote infrastructure.

•    Multi-region, multi-site data replication for cloud applications – Geo-replicated cloud storage isolates data from regional outages.

•    Off-cloud replication – Options such as local block to cloud storage and replication to an external secondary cloud deliver an effective disaster strategy for in-cloud infrastructures.

•    Nearly unlimited storage capacity – CloudArray can grow or shrink capacity on demand without upgrading or downgrading cloud server instances, and can offer nearly unlimited storage on-demand to any server and any size server (up to 50PB).

•    Centralized management of cloud storage infrastructure – Consolidate and simplify storage management across multiple servers to a “SAN in the cloud,” for non-disruptive, fast, transparent, self-service access to cloud storage.

“With our expanded choice of platforms, cloud storage gateways are no longer only limited to on-premise deployment and can greatly enhance in-cloud application deployments,” said Nicos Vekiarides, chief executive officer at TwinStrata. “Whether you want to avoid the impact of cloud outages or local outages, easily and flexibly grow capacity without limits, or benefit from a centralized SAN in the cloud, CloudArray delivers trademark simplicity and enterprise-class data protection.”

Follow TwinStrata
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About TwinStrata CloudArray
CloudArray virtual or physical appliances take minutes to configure and integrate public cloud, private cloud and local or remote storage devices into flexible “Cloud SANs” that provide unlimited storage, continuous data protection, tapeless offsite backup, instant disaster recovery, and branch office storage consolidation. CloudArray appliances are available from TwinStrata with software appliances available for immediate free download at www.twinstrata.com/CloudArray-download.

About TwinStrata, Inc.
TwinStrata is an innovator in enterprise-class data storage, data protection and disaster recovery/business continuity solutions using cloud storage. With TwinStrata CloudArray®, companies of all sizes can simply and economically leverage the scalability and efficiency of cloud storage while maintaining the availability, performance and security of local storage. CloudArray software and hardware solutions support all file and operating systems, and deliver substantial advantages over traditional off-site storage solutions, including a pay-as-you-go model, unlimited elastic capacity, local performance, in-cloud snapshots and disaster recovery, dynamic caching, automated policies, AES256 encryption, and continuous access to data. For more information visit TwinStrata.com or call 508-651-0199.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to take steps to prevent West Nile virus infections.  Outbreaks of West Nile virus disease occur each summer in the United States.  This year, some areas of the country are experiencing earlier and greater activity.

Thus far in 2012, 42 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 241 cases of West Nile virus disease, including four deaths, have been reported to CDC. This is the highest number of cases reported through the end of July since 2004. Almost 80 percent of the cases have been reported from three states, Texas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.

West Nile virus is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes.  In the United States, most people are infected from June through September, and the number of these infections usually peaks in mid-August.  Seasonal outbreaks often occur in local areas that can vary from year to year.  Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior.

“It is not clear why we are seeing more activity than in recent years,” said Marc Fischer, M.D., M.P.H., medical epidemiologist with CDC’s Arboviral Diseases Branch.  “Regardless of the reasons for the increase, people should be aware of the West Nile virus activity in their area and take action to protect themselves and their family.”

The best way to prevent West Nile virus disease is to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Use insect repellents when you go outdoors.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors.  Use air conditioning, if you have it.
  • Empty standing water from items outside your home such as flowerpots, buckets, and kiddie pools.

Approximately 1 in 5 people who are infected with West Nile virus will develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.  Less than 1 percent will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).  About 10 percent of people who develop neurologic infection due to West Nile virus will die.  People over 50 years of age and those with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and organ transplants, are at greater risk for serious illness.

There are no medications to treat, or vaccines to prevent, West Nile virus infection.  People with milder illnesses typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks.  In more severe cases, patients often need to be hospitalized to receive supportive treatment, such as intravenous fluids, pain medication, and nursing care.  Anyone who has symptoms that cause concern should contact a health care provider.

CALGARY, Alberta -- Calgary Scientific Inc., a
company known for creating transformative technology that
reshapes industries, introduces PureWeb(R) 3.1 to the
enterprise software market. The PureWeb platform transforms
enterprise-class desktops, workstations, and traditional
rich client-server applications into Web-enabled, mobile and
cloud-accessible applications. They can then be enabled for
real time multi-user collaboration, delivering the security
and performance, which users expect. One of the significant
enhancements in version 3.1 is a 60-day downloadable
Software Transformation Kit (STK) that allows developers to
fully test-drive the platform. Developers will be further
supported by a new online PureWeb Developer Community,
providing documentation and specs, technical support and a
community blog outlining industry trends, case studies, and
other tips on how to use PureWeb.

PureWeb has been helping software vendors and integrators
save development costs, preserve their development
investment, drive incremental revenue, and deepen user
loyalty for more than three years. Proven initially in the
medical industry, PureWeb has supported corporations in the
simulation and training, aerospace, and retail industries by
extending the reach of big data, visually rich applications
to the Web, cloud, and mobile devices, all without
compromising high security standards.

Other 3.1 enhancements include:

Flex client STK - new options for deploying any application
to devices using Flash(R), including the option to utilize
the Adobe(R) Flash Builder product to create "write once"
applications for iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices. This
is in addition to existing native support for iOS, Android
and other mobile platforms.

Acetate functionality - ability to direct the attention of
remote participants with either a mouse or ink -- further
enhancing user collaboration capabilities announced last
year.

Unicode Support - improved support for applications using
any language in international deployments, making global
software expansion easier.

"The PureWeb platform brings tremendous value to legacy
applications and applications that haven't even been
developed yet," says Glen Lehmann, Vice President of
Products at Calgary Scientific. "In the enterprise software
world, if you aren't mobilized and capable of operating in
the cloud, you are lagging the marketplace. Industry is
aggressively seeking solutions to mobilizing big data
applications without compromising security, and PureWeb
uniquely solves those issues with its patented architecture.
PureWeb is a proven path to more revenue and reduced costs
and now we are delivering it in ways that make it even
easier for developers. PureWeb is also the most potent
weapon in the software arsenal for developers looking to
come out on top in the ever-growing collaboration capability
battle."

Visit the Developer Site at:
http://www.developer.getpureweb.com/.

About Calgary Scientific Inc.

Calgary Scientific is dedicated to providing advanced
Web-enablement, mobility and visualization solutions for
industries looking for secure access to their data or
graphics intensive applications, while using their existing
systems. Calgary Scientific began developing technology for
the medical industry -- a sector with the most rigorous
demands for access, visually rich data, privacy, security
and scale. With our FDA-cleared ResolutionMD(TM) technology,
we have proved our ability to revolutionize healthcare, and
now with the unique power of the PureWeb(R) software
platform, we are doing the same for other industries. For
more information on Calgary Scientific, go to
http://www.calgaryscientific.com or
http://www.getpureweb.com. Or follow us on Twitter at
@calsci and @getpureweb.