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Creates Industry's Most Comprehensive Set of Products and Technologies for Ensuring IT Application Availability

 

HAMILTON, BERMUDA -- Stratus Technologies Bermuda Holdings Ltd. today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiaries Stratus Technologies Bermuda Ltd., and Stratus Technologies Inc., acquired the assets of Marathon Technologies Corporation, a privately held developer of application availability solutions based in Littleton, MA, including all of the intellectual property used in Marathon products. Stratus Technologies, Inc., with headquarters at 111 Powdermill Rd., Maynard, MA is a global provider of products and services focused on protecting critical applications from system downtime.

The addition of the Marathon everRun® line, including Marathon everRun MX, the world's first software-based, fault tolerant solution to support multi-core/multi-processor Microsoft applications, further solidifies Stratus's position as the leading provider of availability solutions. As a result of the acquisition, Stratus will benefit from an expanded partner ecosystem, a broader software portfolio, and a larger and more diverse customer base.

These transactions, together with recent product introductions by Stratus, represent another milestone in its long-term strategy: moving beyond uptime for computing platforms to providing comprehensive enterprise business continuity through simple to use, cost-effective solutions for application availability and disaster recovery services.

With an emphasis on software-based initiatives, Stratus will continue to push the boundaries of IT systems availability, delivering an expanded portfolio of enterprise solutions, while dramatically improving the affordability and accessibility of fault-tolerant computing. With its full complement of availability solutions, the company increases its addressable market, and extends even further into virtualization and private cloud-computing implementations.

"The Marathon everRun portfolio and the Stratus hardware and software offerings comprise the most complete set of availability solutions ever offered by our industry. There is virtually no requirement for uptime we cannot meet," said David C. Laurello, Stratus Chairman and CEO. "By adding software fault tolerance and increasing the size of Stratus's software business through this acquisition, we have accelerated our ability to deliver a total software solution to the marketplace."

"Marathon has been a strong and productive Citrix partner," said Andy Cohen, VP of Strategic Development and Investments, Citrix. "Marathon everRun MX, which is built on Citrix XenServer, now becomes part of a larger group of technology innovators who are committed to application availability and customer satisfaction."

The employees of Marathon in the U.S., U.K., and Japan will be offered employment with Stratus. The majority of these employees are based at the Littleton, MA headquarters.

A Marathon Technologies fact sheet is available at www.stratus.com/marathon-fact-sheet

A Stratus Technologies fact sheet is available at www.stratus.com/stratus-fact-sheet

About Stratus Technologies

Stratus delivers the world's only proactive availability guarantee for the platforms that run the most vital functions of commerce, manufacturing, government, financial services, and healthcare. Combining patented software and hardware technologies with 30 years of unparalleled remote monitoring and management expertise for availability, Stratus helps save lives and protect the business and reputations of companies, institutions, and governments the world over. To learn more about worry-free computing, visit www.stratus.com.

COLORADO SPRINGS –– On the heels of taking the top spot in analyst firm DCIG’s 2012 Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide, STORServer®, the leading provider of proven data backup solutions for the mid-market, today announces new and updated models of its enterprise, entry-level and Instant Restore appliance lines.

 

STORServer Enterprise Backup Appliances 3100, 2100, 1100 and 800 recently took four out of five top positions in the DCIG 2012 Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide. DCIG evaluated 66 products and felt that no other backup appliance came close to the EBA3100, placing it in a category of its own.

 

New since the Sept. 5 DCIG rankings are three appliance updates for STORServer’s certified resellers:

 

  1. Two new entry-level Backup Appliances (BA) ideal for customers searching for a cost-conscious, fully automated, one-price solution.
    • BA601 (1.5 terabytes of storage pool built in and optional 6 or 9 terabytes of internal storage allowable. Will accept up to 1 terabyte of daily changes) and BA701 (4 terabytes of storage pool built in and optional 10 or 15 terabytes of internal storage allowable. Will accept up to 2 terabytes of daily changes): Each model will allow for one base disk shelf and expansion shelves along with one optional tape library. Each model uses either cost-effective base client and agent licensing or a Capacity licensing option when a higher instance of machine licensing would be required. Both offer disaster recovery options that include another replicated appliance, remote tape or disk and cloud.
  2. Consolidated Enterprise Backup Appliances (EBA) that implement “green” M4 IBM® servers, simplify configurations, include three times larger daily change rate improvements and offer even larger storage choices:
  • EBA802: Designed for any office or data center (replaces the 801 and 851 models).
  • EBA1202: Aimed at larger offices and data centers with remote branches (replaces the 1102 model).
  • EBA2202: Targeted for organizations with up to 100 terabytes of data storage (replaces the 2102 and 2502 models).
  • EBA3202: Sized for huge daily changes and very large storage needs (replaces the 3102 and 3501 models).
  • IR501: Offers up to 11 terabytes of data storage space for a customer environment (approximately 3 terabytes of data) and connectivity for one base disk array and expansion shelf (a total 40 terabyte repository). Disaster recovery options include remote disk or replication to a secondary IR Appliance, or to the BA or EBA.
  1. A single, cost-effective Instant Restore (IR) Appliance that is further streamlined with an even more reduced price for customers with primarily Windows® or Linux® environments.

 

Starting pricing includes STORServer’s first sub $10,000 Backup Appliance with the BA601 MSRP set at $9,898. The BA701 pricing begins at $14,499.

 

The Enterprise Backup Appliance lines, which include full data deduplication (both target and source) across all models, start at $18,999 for the EBA802, $29,919 for the EBA1202, $53,919 for the EBA2202 and a starting price for what the UK’s The Register calls the “backup beast,” or the EBA3202, at $110,180.

 

Pricing does not include licensing options, further disk or tape storage or the customer’s desired disaster recovery options. Models are sized for customers as one appliance solutions. Except for the largest environments, customers need only price one automated easy-to-use appliance for their environments, putting STORServer’s total price for data protection at a cost-effective advantage over other product implementations.

 

“We’re excited to unveil our new models that offer an even more robust set of features, automation and simplification for our customers,” said Bill Smoldt, president and CEO of STORServer. “We will continue working closely with IBM to focus on the enterprise quality of our appliances and offer an appliance for every budget and environment.”

 

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. The company’s original appliance approach to data protection is distributed through a certified reseller channel of more than 200 sales organizations. For information about how to become a STORServer reseller partner, visit http://storserver.com/NewPartner.aspx. To learn more about the company’s line of data backup solutions, visit http://www.storserver.com.

 


BURLINGTON, VT – QuorumSoft, a world leading provider of deduplicating archival solutions for virtualized environments, today announced Q-Hybrid,

an innovative new way to perform backups without using XenServer snapshots. Q-Hybrid leverages the powerful XenServer hypervisor-based backup capabilities in the

QuorumSoft Alike™ solution with an agent-like approach, which conducts application-consistent backups within Windows virtual machines (VMs).

In addition to addressing longstanding limitations of XenServer snapshots, Q-Hybrid bypasses XenServer hypervisor-based snapshots altogether, greatly reducing

their storage overhead costs.

“We developed Q-Hybrid to solve the persistent problems confronting companies that use Citrix XenServer snapshot-based backups,” said Phil Baskette, co-founder

and CEO, Quorum Software, Inc. “Q-Hybrid solves two problems simultaneously. We reduce storage costs and we provide full application-consistent protection for

all Windows operating systems.”

Q-Hybrid combines the flexibility of and manageability of the hypervisor with the strengths of an agent-based backup. The new feature also protects volumes within

VMs that are not visible to the hypervisor itself, including iSCSI-based guest drives.  

The Q-Hybrid backup capability complements QuorumSoft’s existing Enhanced backup technology, a high performance and scalable agentless approach. Together,

these approaches provide unmatched flexibility, power, and coverage for backing up XenServer environments.

Q-Hybrid is being launched as a key capability in a new version of the Alike Backup and Disaster Recovery solution. The new version, Alike v2.5, also delivers

other improved capabilities, including:

  • Backup performance reporting capabilities that assist with capacity planning and help you visualize your resource usage over time.
  • A more powerful deduplication architecture that boosts performance in high latency and other network environments.
  • New ease of use features, including simplified features for performing single, ad-hoc backups, and user interface features.


Alike v2.5 will be generally available September 24.

About QuorumSoft

Quorum Software, Inc. was founded in 2008 to offer organizations of all sizes the high-performance and cost-effective solutions they need to meet

their backup and business continuity requirements.


More information:

You can get more information on Alike v2.5 at: http://www.quorumsoft.com/alike-v2.5/

You can get general information about QuorumSoft: http://quorumsoft.com/index.php

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Los Angeles, Calif. -- Everbridge today announced that it has launched a first of its kind social and critical communications solutions suite that enables organizations with the ability to gather and evaluate real-time intelligence from social media as part of its communications strategy.  The new solution provides organizations with a single, interactive communications console to not only monitor a situation and gather external intelligence using real-time social media, data feeds and updates from the field, but also effectively take action by sending notifications and fostering interaction with individuals or groups using lists, locations and visual intelligence such as geo-mapping

With the new Everbridge system, organizations can mine and monitor information in the broad social universe (such as Twitter) that is relevant to them by defining key topics, phrases, and events by geographic area, and establishing targets and thresholds that when achieved will automatically initiate notifications to administrators and users.  Essentially, the new Everbridge system enables organizations to capitalize on the virtual “eyes and ears” of the social universe and cut through the “noise” to provide the real-time, highly relevant data that they need to monitor situations such as emergency incidents, weather related events, and corporate activities. These capabilities in combination with the Everbridge system’s powerful mass notification solution can be used to initiate communications to individual or groups of recipients through a series of escalating contact paths (landline, email, SMS, mobile phones and mobile applications).  Ultimately, the Everbridge system allows administrators to utilize real-time information from multiple sources, guarantee the delivery of critical information to recipients and provide the most comprehensive incident lifecycle management possible.

“Social media, an increasingly mobile society and an overwhelming amount of data sources can often complicate the ability of organizations to adequately and efficiently manage potentially harmful events,” said Imad Mouline, chief strategy officer, Everbridge.  “With the new Everbridge system, we harness the power of this information and offer our clients a powerful combination of real-time insight, and communications solutions that equip them with the capability to command and control critical activities.”

Given the pervasiveness of social media, Forrester, a global research and advisory firm, recently published a paper that evaluated the relevance of social media in crisis communications.  In “It’s Time To Include Social Technology In Your Crisis Communication Strategy”, Forrester concludes that “The value of social networking sites — facilitating many-to-many relationships and discussions targeted by self-selected individual interest — offers unique advantages in the crisis communications arena.”

The Solutions:

Everbridge Interactive Visibility allows users to integrate real-time information from social media, recipient feedback, and data feeds into a single communications console.  This allows decision-makers to simultaneously monitor events and communicate efficiently to designated recipients using insight gathered from multiple sources.  By providing users with simultaneous visibility and interactivity, decision-makers are able to use real-time data gathered from multiple sources to make better informed decisions and manage the lifecycle of critical incidents with increased efficiency and speed.

Everbridge Mass Notification enables users to send notifications to individuals or groups using lists, locations, and visual intelligence from anywhere at any time.  Dynamic escalation rules automate message delivery based on the order of contact paths which can be set by administrators or recipients and only stops once the recipient confirms receipt. This ensures that each recipient receives their intended notification. GIS-based capabilities provide an additional contact strategy which allows the administrator to send messages to recipients in a specific geographic region defined by zip code, street address, radius from a specific point or using drawing tools on interactive maps and uploaded shape files.

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 recipient feedback, data feeds, and social media in 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 http://www.everbridge.com/.

COLORADO SPRINGS  –– STORServer®, the leading provider of proven data backup solutions for the mid-market, today announces significant improvements to its online reseller portal that will provide enhanced sales information, product specs and content to assist partners in closing more sales. The portal will function as a resource for resellers to better understand STORServer offerings and to provide product information to their prospects.

 

Qualified and participating resellers will now receive sales inquiries directly from the portal. Other key areas of development include:

  • Navigation improvements
  • Dashboard development
  • "At-a-glance" account information
  • Lead management
  • Marketing and training resources

 

“The portal was already an industry leader, allowing resellers to build complex quotes, but following numerous usability testing sessions performed by Intuitive Websites with our resellers, we realized it needed improvements to help our partners market and sell STORServer products,” said John Pearring, manager of sales and marketing for STORServer. “The new portal will integrate with STORServer marketing efforts to generate leads and support the reseller’s sales efforts in a more robust and efficient manner. Intuitive Websites did a terrific job of producing the new look and feel, as well as the GUI.”

 

To improve navigation and usability, the new portal offers a central dashboard page that includes links to the most utilized tools within the portal and a summary of current account activity. The dashboard is unique to each reseller, displaying a status of active and expired accounts as well as accounts that need to be refreshed.

 

A number of enhancements have been made to the usability of the accounts section, including a new architecture that is intuitive and easy to use for both new and experienced resellers.

 

In the next phase of portal updates—expected to release later this year—resellers will be able to modify the dashboard to highlight individual preferences. Other new features will include integration with CRM tools, a quote tool demonstration video and a reseller support page.

 

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. The company’s original appliance approach to data protection is distributed through a certified reseller channel of more than 200 sales organizations. For information about how to become a STORServer reseller partner, visit http://storserver.com/NewPartner.aspx. To learn more about the company’s line of data backup solutions, visit http://www.storserver.com.


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that 79 percent of organizations report increasing complexity in the data center, according to the results of its 2012 State of the Data Center Survey. The survey, which provides insight into the top challenges organizations are grappling with as the data center continues to transform, highlights the underlying drivers of data center complexity, current impacts on the business, and the latest initiatives IT is adopting to mitigate the issues. While the cause of data center complexity stems from a variety of factors, respondents identify implementing an information governance strategy as the main initiative organizations are taking to address data center growing pains. The State of the Data Center findings emphasize the importance of taking steps to intelligently manage organizational resources to rein in operational costs and control information growth.

 

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“As today’s businesses generate more information and introduce new technologies into the data center, these changes can either act as a sail to catch the wind and accelerate growth, or an anchor holding organizations back,” said Brian Dye, vice president, Information Intelligence Group, Symantec Corp. “The difference is up to organizations, which can meet the challenges head on by implementing controls such as standardization or establishing an information governance strategy to keep information from becoming a liability.”

 

Read more detailed blog post:

·         State of the Data Center Survey Reveals Increasing IT Complexity

 

Data Center Complexity Pervasive

Organizations of all sizes, industries and regions report increasing complexity within the data center. According to the survey, data center complexity impacts all areas of computing, most notably security and infrastructure, as well as disaster recovery, storage and compliance.  Respondents rated complexity across all areas fairly evenly (6.6 or higher out of 10), with security topping the list at 7.1. The average level of complexity for companies around the world was 6.7. On average, organizations in the Americas rated complexity highest, at 7.8, and those in Asia-Pacific/Japan rated it lowest at 6.2.

Effects of Data Center Complexity are Diverse and Costly

Several factors are driving data center complexity. First, respondents reported they are dealing with an increasing number of applications that they consider to be business-critical. Sixty-five percent said the number of business-critical applications is increasing or increasing greatly.  Other key drivers of data center complexity include the growth of strategic IT trends such as mobile computing (cited by 44 percent of respondents), server virtualization (43 percent), and public cloud (41 percent).

 

The survey revealed that the effects of growing data center complexity are far reaching. The most commonly mentioned impact is higher costs, with nearly half of the organizations citing it as an effect of complexity.  Other impacts include reduced agility (39 percent), longer lead times for storage migration (39 percent) and provisioning storage (38 percent), security breaches (35 percent), and downtime (35 percent).

 

The typical organization experienced an average of 16 data center outages in the past 12 months, at a total cost of $5.1 million. The most common cause was systems failures, followed by human error, and natural disasters.

 

IT Taking Steps to Alleviate Complexity

According to the survey, organizations are implementing several measures to reduce complexity, including training, standardization, centralization, virtualization, and increased budgets. In fact, 63 percent of respondents consider increasing their budget to be somewhat or extremely important to dealing with data center complexity. However, the single biggest initiative organizations are undertaking is to implement a comprehensive information governance strategy, defined as a formal program that allows organizations to proactively classify, retain and discover information in order to reduce information risk, reduce the cost of managing information, establish retention policies and streamline their eDiscovery process. Ninety percent of organizations are either discussing information governance, or have implemented trials or actual programs.

 

The biggest drivers for information governance include security (rated somewhat or extremely important by 75 percent of respondents), the availability of new technologies that make information governance easier (69 percent), increased data center complexity (65 percent), data growth (65 percent), and regulatory and legal issues (61 and 56 percent, respectively).

 

Organizations have several goals with information governance, including enhanced security (considered important by 75 percent), ease of finding the right information in a timely manner (70 percent), reduced costs of information management (69 percent) and storage (68 percent), reduced legal and compliance risks (65 and 64 percent, respectively), and a move to the cloud (59 percent).

 

Recommendations

Following are some recommendations that IT can try to mitigate the effects of data center complexity.

·         Establish C-level ownership of information governance. Start with high-ROI projects like data loss prevention, archiving and eDiscovery to preserve critical information, find what you need and delete the rest.

·         Get visibility beyond platforms. Understand the business services that IT is providing and all of the dependencies to reduce downtime and miscommunications.

·         Understand what IT assets you have, how they are being consumed, and by whom. This will help cut costs and risk. The organization won’t buy servers and storage it doesn’t need, teams can be held accountable for what they use, and the company can be sure it isn’t running out of capacity.

·         Reduce the number of backup applications to meet recovery SLAs and reduce capital expenses, operating expenses and training costs.

·         Deploy deduplication everywhere to help address the information explosion and reduce the rising costs associated with backing up data.

·         Use appliances to simplify backup and recovery operations across physical and virtual machines.

Symantec’s 2012 State of the Data Center Survey

Symantec’s 2012 State of the Data Center Survey was conducted by ReRez Research in March 2012. The results are based on responses from 2,453 IT professionals at organizations in 34 countries.  Respondents included senior IT staff focused on operations and tactical functions, as well as staff members focused on planning and IT management.

Resources

·         2012 State of the Data Center Report

·         Infographic: State of the Data Center

·         SlideShare: 2012 State of the Data Center Survey

·         Blog Post: State of the Data Center Survey Reveals Increasing IT Complexity

 

Connect with Symantec

About Symantec

Symantec protects the world’s information, and is the global leader in security, backup and availability solutions. Our innovative products and services protect people and information in any environment – from the smallest mobile device, to the enterprise data center, to cloud-based systems. Our industry-leading expertise in protecting data, identities and interactions gives our customers confidence in a connected world. More information is available at www.symantec.com or by connecting with Symantec at: go.symantec.com/socialmedia.



Columbus, Ohio – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today announced the availability of a white paper entitled “NFPA 70E 2012 Rolls Out New Electrical Safety Requirements Affecting Data Centers.”

 

The white paper provides an overview of how the safety and maintenance changes required by NFPA 70E most impact data centers, discusses the challenges to implementing electrical safety programs, and shares best practices for creating an effective program for data centers.

 

“Electrical hazards are a serious workplace issue and are the fourth leading cause of traumatic occupational fatalities,” said Brian Humes, vice president and general manager, Emerson Network Power’s Liebert Services business. “The NFPA has made big strides to help protect workers and promote electrical safety with the NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety; however, some of the regulatory requirements are complex and at times hard to understand. This white paper clarifies the most recent changes to NFPA 70E. It gives data center managers the opportunity to digest the requirements, and more importantly, implement best practices for keeping their workplaces safe and compliant.”

 

The 2012 edition of NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® became effective Aug. 31, 2011, and requires data center managers to take action in regards to safety-related work practices. Issues addressed by the updated guidelines and covered in the white paper include safety training, proper use of equipment, arc flash and electrical system labeling, new maintenance practices and more.

To download “NFPA 70E 2012 Rolls Out New Electrical Safety Requirements Affecting Data Centers,” or for more information on Liebert Services or other Liebert technologies visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

 

About Emerson Network Power 

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), delivers software, hardware and services that maximize availability, capacity and efficiency for data centers, healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity demands.  Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

 

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world.  The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions.  Sales in fiscal 2011 were $24.2 billion.  For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.

 

Martinsried, Germany -- ADVA Optical Networking announced today that it has joined the Optical Networking Foundation (ONF): An organization committed to the development and standardization of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenFlow protocols. Working alongside other ONF members, ADVA Optical Networking will play a key role in developing emerging Software-Defined Networking and OpenFlow technologies directed at the optical domain.

"SDN presents the networking industry with a real opportunity to drive radical new efficiencies," said Christoph Glingener, CTO at ADVA Optical Networking. "SDN and OpenFlow are already proving themselves inside the data center. By extending SDN beyond physical data center boundaries into the optical networking domain you can effectively automate your entire cloud networking infrastructure including the transport equipment interconnecting different sites. This type of holistic network virtualization is exciting; it’s something we've already demonstrated with our OpenFlow technology. Our partnership with the ONF will only accelerate our work here."

Until now, SDN and OpenFlow developments have largely focused on the packet layer with little attention paid to circuit switched optical networks. Earlier this year, teams from ADVA Optical Networking and the University of Essex unveiled an SDN testbed showcasing a common OpenFlow control capable of dynamically operating both packet and wavelength switches. As part of the OFELIA project, this was the industry's first glimpse into an automated network with OpenFlow in the optical wavelength-switched domain and highlighted the potential for true network virtualization across multiple network layers.

"Early adopters of SDN are already discovering exciting opportunities to streamline operations, drive down costs and create additional value with new applications," commented Jörg-Peter Elbers, vice president, Advanced Technology, ADVA Optical Networking. "In a cloud-centric world, there is no doubt that SDN will have an important play in data center connectivity and cloud access. To facilitate this transition, optical transport technologies for high capacity and low latency will be one of our key focus areas in the ONF."

Watch ADVA Optical Networking’s CTO Insights video for further information: http://adva.li/ctosdn.

NEW YORK -- Perseus Telecom, a global connectivity provider, today announces the acquisition of ETradeLab, a Sao Paulo-based financial technology provider of hosting, managed connectivity, order routing and trade monitoring support. The purchase comes at a time of global demand for efficient trading systems with low-latency connectivity and local support models suited for banks, hedge funds and proprietary firms.

The joint company expects to add significant value to its services by tightly integrating them. Combining ETradeLab's hosting solutions with Perseus' ultra-low latency networks will provide cost-effective, efficient and valuable network solutions for its customers. Anticipating and responding to innovative demands while having pricing sensitivities further led to this agreement.

"Our purchase of ETradeLab shines light on the accelerating market growth in Brazil, Peru, Chile, Panama and Colombia where capital markets require ultra-fast, reliable connections to mitigate risk and to provide worldwide reach," states Dr. Jock Percy, Chief Executive of Perseus Telecom. "Incorporating ETradeLab into our brand was an easy decision given its expertise in the market and trade monitoring services."

Effective immediately, Marcos Guimaraes, founder of ETradeLab, is President of Perseus Telecom, Brazil. "It is a thrill to be part of Perseus Telecom's top-tier management team. Perseus brings innovation and high performance networks at fair prices due to its strong portfolio that allow customers to increase revenues while reducing operating costs," states Guimaraes. "The LATAM region's continuing market growth requires such building blocks for optimum time-to-market and even faster development; Perseus has the DNA to deliver them allied to ETradeLab's local market knowledge. I'm ready for the challenge and can't wait to start working with our customers."

The expansion of Perseus' Brazilian presence follows its recent Global Telecoms Business award for "Best Innovation," related directly to building the fastest connectivity from London to BM&F BOVESPA, Brazil. Prior to the award, Perseus announced the fastest route to BM&F BOVESPA with its strategic partner GlobeNet.

"Our recent announcements and awards with regards to Brazil and South America have indicated the firm is taking a permanent and local stake in the region and we have done this with the valuable acquisition of ETradeLab," says Percy. "We welcome Marcos Guimaraes as President of Perseus do Brazil and will continue our path of commitment to providing the lowest latency networks globally whilst delivering intelligent and cost efficiencies."

ATLANTA -- Crawford & Company (NYSE: CRDA; CRDB), the world's largest independent provider of claims management solutions, has ranked 108th on this year's InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation's most innovative users of business technology.

This marks the fourth year in a row Crawford has placed in the rankings. The annual list was revealed last night at a gala awards ceremony at the InformationWeek 500 Conference at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, Calif.

"We are very pleased to be recognized for the fourth consecutive year by InformationWeek," said Crawford President and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey T. Bowman. "Placing among the 500 top technology innovators validates our investment in our global strategic IT plan and improved systems. It says that we can develop a vision and implement solutions that better serve our clients, which is our ultimate goal."

Crawford outlined the development and achievements of the Company's global systems roadmap in its InformationWeek 500 nomination. The roadmap unifies business intelligence, social networking, business process management and analytics technologies into a standard global enterprise portal. It focuses on technologies that drive workforce optimization, and many of the most recent projects implemented or underway have featured significant process innovations.

For example, Crawford Community is a newly developed social application that helps streamline the assignment of catastrophe adjusters. "We were able to implement Crawford Community in time for this year's hurricane season, and it has proven to be successful in speeding the assignment process and getting adjusters onsite quickly," said Brian S. Flynn, Crawford's global chief information officer. "This type of real-world application both improves our own processes and helps us satisfy customers."

Other workforce optimization projects underway include automated claim assignment and scheduling for non-catastrophe claims, client billing and employee on-boarding. Crawford uses the Appian Business Process Management (BPM) Suite, a market-leading technology platform, to develop these and other applications.

"I am proud of our employees and their achievements and thank them for the work that has resulted in another year of recognition by InformationWeek," Flynn said. "Their passion for delivering quality service and willingness to embrace transformational change best prepares Crawford for future opportunities. This award acknowledges that innovative risk taking and execution of our strategic plan continues to pays dividends."

"The InformationWeek 500 has recognized the most innovative users of business technology for 24 years, and this year's innovations were particularly impressive," said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. "What the editors looked for are unconventional approaches – new technologies, new models, new ways of grabbing business opportunities and solving complex business problems with IT."

InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of America's best-known companies. Past overall winners include PACCAR Inc., The Vanguard Group, CME Group, National Semiconductor, Con-Way, and Principal Financial Group. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders. Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at www.informationweek.com/iw500/.

About Crawford
Based in Atlanta, Ga., Crawford & Company is the world's largest independent provider of claims management solutions to the risk management and insurance industry as well as self-insured entities, with an expansive global network serving clients in more than 70 countries. The Crawford System of Claims Solutions(SM) offers comprehensive, integrated claims services, business process outsourcing and consulting services for major product lines including property and casualty claims management, workers compensation claims and medical management, and legal settlement administration. The Company's shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbols CRDA and CRDB.

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(http://www.informationweek.com)
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