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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Android app developers wanting to add push notifications to their apps have so far faced a daunting learning curve and significant expense. With the introduction today of AirBop.com, Android app developers can add push notifications to their apps while reducing both development costs and time-to-market, as well as investment in infrastructure.

AirBop is the first commercially available PaaS (platform as a service) application server for Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) that provides a full bare-metal GCM implementation. With AirBop, Android app developers have 100% control over their push notification integration. They also benefit from a fully managed server stack complete with online messaging tools and device targeting features.

"With AirBop, app developers have the freedom to incorporate any client side approach that they need. Whether they need to push 'tickle notifications' or broadcast a full 4k marketing payload, AirBop can handle it for hundreds of millions of devices," says AirBop president Colin Adams. "We manage the user/device registrations and provide the tools needed to push messages down to them - then we get out of the programmer's way."

AirBop is built on a high-performance server stack that was designed for reliability and scalability. It can adjust instantly for load, has continuous data protection, and can scale to handle billions of Android devices. Multiple external monitoring services help ensure quality of service.

All AirBop plans include unlimited push messages, while pricing ranges from $0.002 to $0.01 per managed user/device depending on features. Professional features include message scheduling as well as language, country and state targeting. Advanced features like a REST messaging API and street address radius geo-targeting are also available.

Android app developers can learn more at http://www.airbop.com where they can also sign up for a free account that includes 1,000 managed devices to help them get started without cost or risk.

BOXBOROUGH, MA Egenera, a pioneer in physical, virtual and cloud management and automation software, today announced American Capital Ltd. (Nasdaq: ACAS) has selected and deployed Egenera’s PAN Manager software on HP BladeSystem.

As one of the largest U.S. publicly traded alternative asset managers, American Capital’s IT infrastructure must be agile, reliable and secure to support both the company and its clients’ IT services. To meet these demands, as well as its financial regulatory requirements, American Capital chose to partner with Egenera. The partnership will provide American Capital with a comprehensive IT management and business continuity solution that not only lowers costs by 20 percent, but also strengthens their IT service levels.

“For American Capital, we understood that keeping mission critical IT services running at all times is extremely important,” said Jim Bandanza, Chief Operating Officer of Egenera. “By simplifying its IT infrastructure and leveraging the automated recovery processes in PAN Manager, American Capital is now able to deliver a more secure and reliable private cloud infrastructure on which to host its mission critical applications and keep American Capital up and running.”

American Capital plans to use Egenera’s PAN Manager to manage approximately 400 servers. The combination of PAN Manager on HP BladeSystem delivers an integrated hardware and software solution that allows IT managers at American Capital to provide more efficient use of IT resources, reduce operational costs by 50 percent and decrease disaster recovery times by half. As a result of deploying PAN Manager, American Capital has seen approximately $1 million in savings all while improving the recoverability for their mission critical IT.

“With Egenera’s software, I’ve ensured my team can rapidly deploy new IT services as well as streamline ongoing operations,” said Kim Jacques, Chief Information Officer of American Capital. “Not only does the software save time and increase productivity, it also has reduced our operational costs associated with recovery. With one simple click, the servers are up and running and no time or data is lost, which is key in the financial industry. Our partnership with Egenera was a smart decision.”

About Egenera

Converge. Unify. Simplify. That’s how Egenera brings confidence to the cloud. The company’s industry leading cloud and data center infrastructure management software, Egenera PAN Cloud Director® and PAN Manager®, provide a simple yet powerful way to quickly design, deploy and manage IT services while guaranteeing those cloud services automatically meet the security, performance and availability levels required by the business.  Headquartered in Boxborough, Mass., Egenera has thousands of production installations globally, including premier enterprise data centers, service providers and government agencies. For more information on the company, please visit egenera.com.  Follow Egenera on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

San Jose, Calif. – Many storage vendors today do their best to channel the spirit of Shakespeare when it comes to peddling their products.  They would have you believe that "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet" and market their products with confusing, misleading or just incorrect descriptions in order to capitalize on the latest trends that often develop from truly innovative technological advances.  But when it comes to helping an organization adopt the right technology for their particular needs, there needs to be a more concerted effort by vendors to avoid saying all the right things in all the wrong situations, according to experts at Skyera Inc., a company founded by an executive and engineering team with unsurpassed backgrounds in the solid-state, storage and networking arenas.

Vendors across the memory-based storage system spectrum often use the terms "SSD" and "Flash" interchangeably.  They also tend to fail to differentiate the term "array" from "appliance."  While not necessarily misleading customers intentionally, the frequent misuse of IT terms, such as Solid State Disk Appliance, Flash Appliances, Flash Arrays, Hybrid Arrays, Flash Optimized Arrays, etc., causes misunderstanding in the marketplace and confusion for organizations trying to ensure that they are getting the right system to maximize the performance of their applications.

SSD stands for solid-state disk and is defined as a memory-based storage device with an identical form factor of a traditional hard disk and can be installed into a traditional hard drive slot.  It is not simply any device that uses flash memory.  Similarly, an SSD appliance would be one that can be installed in a standard storage expansion bay rather than a Flash appliance where the flash modules are located outside of a drive chassis.

The reason why proper description of a vendor's offerings matter is to ensure that an organization fully understands what it is they are purchasing.  An enterprise solid-state storage system designed to enable a large class of applications with extraordinarily high performance, exceptionally lower power consumption and cost effectiveness relative to existing enterprise storage systems is vastly different than an SSD appliance that is more focused on the storage software that has been developed rather than the flash system hardware design.  Distinctions such as this are important because customization may offer unique capabilities; complete storage services that make flash more affordable; or flash density and power consumption attributes that can provide organizations with an appropriate business advantage.

“What's in a name?  More than most vendors think,” said Radoslav Danilak, CEO and co-founder of Skyera. “Words do have meaning and they do matter. It's not enough to simply use the latest buzz-worthy or search engine-friendly terms to describe your product -- that only leads to confusion in the marketplace.  Solid-state storage promises to create significant new opportunities in enterprise computing.  To help customers arrive at the right choice, it is imperative that vendors are able to properly articulate the benefits of each particular flash deployment and how it can best help them solve performance issues in the most cost-effective manner.”

WASHINGTON - At the direction of President Obama, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to coordinate the federal government's assistance to support states in response and recovery of Hurricane Sandy. Today, the President convened a video-teleconference in the White House Situation Room to receive the latest update on Hurricane Sandy and the federal efforts underway to support response activities in several states. On the video-teleconference, the President was joined by Vice President Biden, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Fugate, Secretary of Energy Chu, Transportation Secretary Lahood, Defense Secretary Panetta, and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security Brennan. Treasury Secretary Geithner joined the briefing by phone. The President continues to direct Administrator Fugate to ensure that federal partners continue to bring all available resources to bear to support state, local, territorial and tribal communities in affected areas.

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The Crisis Commander Incident Management System (IMS) centralizes and streamlines the Incident Management process by managing cyber and physical incidents, as well as breaches of corporate ethics.  This cloud-based system is used to capture events in the workplace that might escalate into governance, risk management, and/or compliance issues. IMS then enables designated users to evaluate the incident, and assign it to the appropriate personnel for further investigation, management, and closure for legal, HR and reporting purposes.

The IMS helps companies develop and maintain a consistent response in managing investigations from start to finish, and gives users the ability to report on trends, losses, recovery efforts, and any related incidents.  

IMS is ideal for companies that need a tool to manage day-to-day incidents such as security problems, accidents, HR issues (whistle blower, employment practices, sexual harassment), and IT issues.

“The Incident Management System will have a dramatically positive ROI for users since it will drive clients to be consistent and proactive in their management of incidents, enabling them to resolve incidents, perform root cause analysis, and take steps to prevent future problems. The IMS will be a valuable tool for Risk, Safety and Security, and HR Departments,” says Michael Hardie, CEO of Crisis Commander USA.

For more information and updates leading up to release of the Crisis Commander Incident Management System, visit Crisis Commander’s blog or contact Michael Hardie.
Norcross, Georgia -- ADVA Optical Networking today launched the FSP 150SP, a sync probe device that radically simplifies the deployment and maintenance of 4G mobile networks. Featuring a Precision Time Protocol (PTP) clock probe that simultaneously supports Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE 1588v2, and a built-in GPS receiver, the FSP 150SP provides time synchronization and assurance across multi-vendor mobile backhaul infrastructures. This comprehensive capability enables backhaul service providers to offer synchronization as a service, something that has not been possible before.

“As the industry continues to drive towards LTE and an Evolved Packet Core, precise timing is a critical stumbling block,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. “Service providers need to do more than simply bring fiber to the cell tower; they also need to deliver precise time-of-day information for phase alignment between adjacent base stations. This is the primary goal of our FSP 150 platform and its new member, the FSP 150SP. For the first time, backhaul service providers will be able to deliver precise timing information over a multi-vendor Carrier Ethernet infrastructure. Legacy T1/E1 solutions can be decommissioned and GPS receivers are no longer needed at every base station. Our Syncjack™ functionality and the corresponding end-to-end management will unlock substantial new revenue opportunities for value-added mobile backhaul services.”

The FSP 150SP forms an integral part of the FSP 150 family, an intelligent Ethernet access, backhaul and aggregation solution supporting Syncjack™ timing distribution and assurance. The new family member now brings Syncjack™ technology to every node in a network, ensuring comprehensive end-to-end management, monitoring and testing. Whether a greenfield installation, or an older first generation Carrier Ethernet network, all can now be instantly upgraded to enable new revenue from delivery of SLA-based synchronization services with both PTP and SyncE network monitoring and performance analysis. Precise clock accuracy measurements and enhanced statistics can be gathered with external, internal and GPS references, or even when no synchronization reference is available.

“The need to evolve from synchronization based on E1s to new and alternative synchronization standards is common to all mobile operators evolving their packet backhaul networks,” said Patrick Donegan, senior analyst, Heavy Reading. “While some want to manage this new capability entirely themselves, many mobile operators want to outsource some or all of that to their wholesale backhaul providers.  A solution that supports all the major synchronization standards, complete with service assurance that the synchronization service is meeting SLA requirements, is an important contribution to the continued cost and performance optimization of mobile backhaul networks world-wide.”

Watch ADVA Optical Networking’s latest mobile backhaul synchronization and assurance video: http://adva.li/timing.

A live demonstration of the FSP 150SP and Syncjack™ technology will be held at Light Reading’s Ethernet Expo Americas 2012: http://adva.li/lrexpo.
MINNEAPOLIS – Kroll Ontrack, the leading provider of data recovery, ediscovery and information management, today announced it is expanding the availability of their granular search and restoration software tool, Ontrack® PowerControls™ through a partnership with Info X, a global distributor of storage network solutions.

Founded in 1999 and based in Randolph, N.J., Info X provides storage solutions to more than 2,000 storage VARs, VMware® resellers, OEMs and system integrators worldwide.  As a channel partner, Info X will ensure Ontrack PowerControls resellers have immediate access and support for the tool, therefore empowering them to easily equip IT administrators with a solution that searches, recovers and restores data from Microsoft® Exchange Server or Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server faster and more cost effectively than conducting a full-site restore or brick-level backups.

“According to a recent Kroll Ontrack survey of 326 individuals in IT, engineering and sales, nearly half of organizations experience an annual data loss from the world’s two most common e-mail and enterprise content management applications – Exchange and SharePoint,” said Sr. Manager of Enterprise Software Dan Leary, Kroll Ontrack. ”This partnership with Info X enables more resellers to offer a powerful tool that addresses a common, but time-consuming problem. Ontrack PowerControls works directly with your backups and allows you to extract and restore only the items that you need, saving IT administrators 50 percent of restoration time when compared to using traditional methods.”

“Info X is committed to providing leading solutions to channel partners that simplify IT tasks and maximize business continuity,” said Art Prutsalis, vice president, Info X Distribution. “Ontrack PowerControls helps us do just that. It is the leading solution in its class, and we are excited to be able to add such a valuable solution to our resellers’ toolkit.”

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, backup, search, analyze, produce and present data efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to its award-winning suite of software, Kroll Ontrack provides data recovery, data backup, data destruction, electronic discovery and document review. Kroll Ontrack is a subsidiary of Altegrity, an industry-leading provider of information solutions. For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its offerings please visit: www.krollontrack.com.

About Info X

Info X is the global distribution leader of storage networking solutions and specializes in the distribution of storage and server connectivity for virtualized networks and cloud environments. Info X provides only the best solutions to over 2000 Channel storage VARs, VMware Resellers, OEMs and System Integrators. The focused sales team at Info X delivers fast sales quotes and assistance with deal registrations along with other sales related needs. The certified engineers at Info X ensure accurate pre sale configurations and unmatched 24x7x365 technical support.

WASHINGTON -- Anticipating Hurricane Sandy and power outages across in the Eastern U.S., providers of durable medical equipment and services are working alongside other first responders to ensure the safety of seniors and people with disabilities, says the American Association for Homecare.

Millions of seniors and people with disabilities require some form of home medical equipment and services in the home, such as oxygen therapy, ventilators, hospital beds, or wheelchairs.

Homecare providers are especially concerned about power outages, which can be deadly for people who require an oxygen concentrator to treat lung diseases such as COPD or chronic heart failure, or a ventilator for breathing.  These devices run on electricity.

Hurricanes, ice storms, and other conditions that disrupt electricity trigger emergency plans, which home medical equipment providers have in place to ensure that patients have extra oxygen tanks or back-up power for ventilators.

The American Association for Homecare represents durable medical equipment providers and others  in the homecare community who serve the medical needs of millions of Americans who require oxygen equipment and therapy, mobility assistive technologies, medical supplies, inhalation drug therapy, and other medical equipment and services in their homes.

Members operate more than 3,000 homecare locations in all 50 states. www.aahomecare.org

Glendale, Calif. – Everbridge, the leading provider of interactive communication and mass notification solutions, today announced a series of best practices for hurricane safety and preparedness.

Each year during hurricane season, people living along coastal and inland communities face the danger of these powerful storms.  In fact, Munich RE, one of the world’s leading reinsurers, recently released data showing that North America has been the most affected by weather-related extreme events in recent decades.  Their data states that from “1980 to 2011 – the overall loss burden from weather catastrophes in North America was US$1,060bn (in 2011 values)” with 30,000 lost lives.  In 2005, Hurricane Katrina became the costliest and deadliest storm taking more than 1,300 lives and costing US$125bn.

To best prepare for the unpredictable impact, municipalities, academia and businesses should all ensure that:

  • Severe weather alerts are integrated with your mass communication system with automated calls-to-action for emergency responders and constituents.
  • Your weather alerts include lightning, high winds, flash floods and flooding – all weather related to hurricanes.
  • Opt-in portal information is well promoted and multiple contact paths exist for each member of your system to ensure that people, not just devices are reached.
  • Adequate and recent testing of the system and its contact data has been done to guarantee expected results.
  • All emergency responders are trained on how to initiate communications from their mobile devices using lists and map-based capabilities and do not have to rely on being at the office or in front of a computer.
  • Constituents are empowered with mobile apps that they can use to proactively communicate their status and need for emergency response.
  • Social media sites like Twitter are being monitored for real-time, location-specific impact to individuals and communities.
  • Important internal, external & social media information can be aggregated in a single console to deliver situational intelligence to emergency response teams as soon as possible
  • Instant conference call capabilities are available to automatically bridge key stakeholders to a call by simply having them press a single key or button when they receive a notification.
  • The emergency plan for hurricanes includes appropriate communications at every stage of the incident lifecycle.

“Hurricanes are the single costliest and most deadly storm system for North America,” said Imad Mouline, chief strategy officer, Everbridge. “Businesses and municipalities need to keep in mind that “reaching a person, not a device”, is the right philosophy during severe weather.  Cell towers might be down, Telco Central Offices might be overloaded, etc… no single communication path is 100% effective, and the only way to dramatically increase the chances of reaching recipients is to try multiple contact paths, and, then once they are reached and confirm, discontinue further attempts to reach them.”

Related Resources

  • Listen to how the Town of East Haddam, CT used Everbridge to keep citizens safe during unexpected severe weather, here.
  • Read about how Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) manages severe weather with Everbridge, click here
  • Learn about Everbridge’s next generation new SMART Weather Alerting solution here.

About Everbridge

Everbridge provides industry-leading interactive communication and mass notification solutions to organizations in all major industries and government sectors.  Everbridge solutions increase connectivity to key audiences, automate communication processes, and integrate social media, data feeds, and recipient feedback into a single communications console.  Ultimately, these solutions provide the insight and infrastructure that help clients save lives, manage critical activities and improve the efficiency of daily operations. For more information about, please see www.everbridge.com.

ST. LOUIS – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, is introducing a comprehensive set of energy-saving solutions that can help facility owners reduce costs and meet environmental goals. This energy platform is known as Graybar PowerSmart.

“Our mission is to increase our customers’ energy efficiency today and into the future while extending the life of their facilities and reducing maintenance costs,” said Bill Mansfield, Graybar vice president, marketing. “Graybar PowerSmart is also another way to help our customers meet their sustainability goals.”

Graybar PowerSmart is made up of five components: building automation and controls, power management and critical power, lighting and lighting controls, renewables and Graybar services. Across these five categories, Graybar has strategic relationships with leading manufacturers to provide high-quality products and solutions to meet customers’ needs.  

"In addition to being good stewards of our company resources, another component to Graybar’s larger sustainability plan is to provide energy solutions to our customers across all the markets we serve. Graybar PowerSmart does just that," Mansfield said.

To learn more about Graybar PowerSmart, please visit graybar.com/PowerSmart.

Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of nearly 240 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.