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Rapidly deployable, high-capacity models of Liebert DSE and Liebert EFC freecooling systemsfree up data center IT power capacity while reducing operating costs and risks

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Vertiv, formerly Emerson Network Power, today introduced three high-capacity cooling solutions for the growing colocation and cloud hosting data center markets, enabling providers to save money, reduce risks and more easily manage their facilities.

The three new products are designed to be rapidly deployable and scalable, while using new heat exchanger or pumped refrigerant technologies that maximize operational efficiency and minimize or eliminate water usage. 

Nearly 60 percent of enterprise data center managers report that they will increase their use of colocation and cloud hosting over the next 12 months, and cost and scalability are in the top four attributes customers use to select a colocation provider, according to the Colocation Data Center Usage Report from Vertiv.

“The new Liebert DSE solutions are a continuation of thermal management leadership by Vertiv. Digital Realty and Vertiv co-developed the new Liebert DSE 250kW solution as an extension of the Liebert DSE pumped refrigerant technology that we have used in our data centers for more than four years,” said Kevin Dalton, vice president of design, global design at Digital Realty. “Our solution helps us achieve our sustainability objectives and better serve our customers with a cooling technology that reduces energy consumption, eliminates water usage for cooling and stabilizes the data center thermal environment.” 

“The new line of Vertiv cooling solutions is well-positioned to meet the growing needs of colocation and cloud hosting providers,” said Rob Brothers, vice president of datacenter trends and strategies at IDC.  “Data centers are constantly growing and changing, and operators are working to control their costs, reduce risk and simplify the management of their data center thermal environments.  The new line of Vertiv cooling products has the potential to help operators achieve those objectives, particularly as these products are designed to deliver high efficiency and design flexibility while minimizing the total cost of ownership.”

All of the new solutions provide new levels of performance and value for colocation and cloud hosting facilities. Their benefits include greater energy savings, lower total cost of ownership, rapidly deployable configurations, and low peak power requirements providing more available IT power capacity. All of this is accomplished through indirect economization while not allowing outside air to directly enter the facility.  Separately, they offer different advantages for different applications. 

The Liebert EFC, 400kW solution offers:

  • Highest efficiency with a mechanical PUE as low as 1.03
  • Lowest peak power requirement
  • Integrated evaporative cooling for long-term savings

The Liebert DSE, 400kW packaged system offers:

  • Low total cost of ownership 
  • Pumped refrigerant economization with no water usage
  • Lowest installation costs

The Liebert DSE, 250kW split-system offers:

  • Low total cost of ownership 
  • Pumped refrigerant economization with no water usage
  • Design flexibility, with no ductwork and reduced outdoor footprint for multi-story applications

Each system uses integrated Liebert ICOM™ controls that feature advanced algorithms and automated routines for protection and efficiency, and make these systems easier to operate. The controls harmonize multiple cooling systems and enable quick adaptation to load changes and ambient temperatures. The controls fine-tune room cooling by optimizing temperature and airflow and selecting the most appropriate operating mode based on external environmental conditions and desired Service Level Agreements (SLAs) or management parameters. 

“Our research has shown that the primary reason businesses have moved or will move to colocation is to support capacity scalability, while the primary reason limiting colocation adoption is cost,” said David Klusas, director of thermal management marketing for Vertiv in North America. “Deploying these new, scalable, high efficiency solutions from Vertiv can help colocation providers enable their customers to meet business goals.”  

To learn more about these new solutions, visit VertivCo.com/Breakthrough-Innovations


About Vertiv

Vertiv designs, builds and services critical infrastructure that enables vital applications for data centers, communication networks, and commercial and industrial facilities. Formerly Emerson Network Power, Vertiv supports today’s growing mobile and cloud computing markets with a portfolio of power, thermal and infrastructure management solutions including the Chloride®, Liebert®, NetSure™ and Trellis™ brands. Sales in fiscal 2016 were $4.4 billion. For more information, visit VertivCo.com

The Biggest Release in Veeam’s 10-Year History Provides Centralized Data Management for Virtual, Physical and Multi-Cloud Workloads

  • Extends the industry leading VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V data protection to deliver No.1 Availability for Any App, Any Data, across Any Cloud from a single “pane of glass”;
  • Enterprises can finally replace their legacy backup and eliminate data management siloes with a single Availability platform for multi-cloud enterprise;
  • Expands storage integrations with IBM and Lenovo in addition to the current strategic partnerships with HPE, Cisco, and NetApp, and introduces NEW Universal Storage API;
  • Enables NEW data management, analytics, and compliance reporting for physical and cloud-based workloads

BAAR, Switzerland – Veeam® Software, the Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™ innovator, today announced the immediate availability of Veeam Availability Suite (VAS) 9.5 Update 3 (U3), to extend comprehensive data management and ensure Availability for ALL workloads—virtual, physical, and cloud—centrally managed via a single Veeam “pane of glass.” With this breakthrough release, enterprises can now replace legacy backup offerings, which have hindered business transformation for so long, and ensure Availability across their enterprise with a single, consistent platform. As Veeam unveils the industry’s most comprehensive data protection and availability solution, they prove yet again that they are the clear market leader.

“Veeam recognized a decade ago that a more innovative approach to backup and Availability was needed, and delivered what quickly became the No. 1 VM Backup solution with unprecedented reliability and ease-of-use,” said Peter McKay, Co-CEO and President at Veeam. “Since then, our customers have been clamoring for the same Veeam innovation for all their workloads so that they can ditch legacy backup solutions completely. It is our top customer request, and today we are delivering that making Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3 the biggest release in Veeam’s 10-year history! In one, unified Veeam solution, customers can manage their entire environment – virtual, physical, or cloud – and ensure No. 1 Availability for any app, any data, any cloud.”

Indeed, with more than 267,000 customers in just ten years, and a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 73 (over 2.5 times the industry average), Veeam’s solution has been wholly embraced - and customers can’t wait for this release.

“Our business has evolved exponentially over the past few years, and we have moved to a true multi-cloud environment which, until recently, was becoming a headache to manage. Veeam has made our life so much simpler as it provides a one-stop-shop for ensuring Always-On Availability, allowing us to get rid of inefficient legacy solutions. We don’t have to scramble trying to mix-and-match different offerings to protect workloads in different locations. With Veeam, we have total assurance under one umbrella solution,” said Mike Conjoice, Technical Lead at Bupa Dental UK, one of the largest providers in the UK’s dental market.

With this release Veeam is also including its Universal Storage API, a new storage interface that will allow Veeam to more rapidly support new storage integrations going forward, leading to superior backup performance, lower risk of data loss, and more rapid recovery. As a result, in Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3, the company is able to add integration with IBM Spectrum Virtualize, extending Veeam’s storage snapshot integration capabilities to IBM Storwize and any SAN Volume Controller based storage arrays, as well as to the Lenovo Storage V Series. This expansion of Veeam’s strategic partnership with IBM is in addition to current strategic partnerships with HPE, Cisco, and NetApp.

“Availability is both a customer expectation and a business requirement for organizations of all sizes in today’s data-driven marketplace,” said Kamran Amini, Executive Director Lenovo Server and Storage, Lenovo Data Center Group. “Veeam primary storage integration with Lenovo brings the market’s No. 1 Availability solutions to Lenovo V Series hybrid and all flash storage arrays. With V Series Integration and DS Series Solutions, together, we’ll deliver the new levels of data protection and recovery agility that our customers are demanding to meet their ever increasing uptime requirements.”

New capabilities in VAS 9.5 U3 include:

  • Built-in management for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.1 and Veeam Agent for Linux v2: NEW in VAS 9.5 U3, users get centralized agent deployment and management reducing complexity and improving usability through a single pane of glass for virtual, physical and cloud-based workloads. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.1 includes protection for mission-critical Microsoft Windows Server failover clusters, while Veeam Agent for Linux v2 adds the ability to back up to a Veeam Cloud Connect repository, support for scale-out backup repositories as backup targets, and source-side encryption.
  • Support for VMware Cloud on AWS: Also NEW, Veeam support for VMware Cloud on AWS enables enterprises to deploy Veeam’s Availability solutions seamlessly across VMware-based public, private, and hybrid cloud environments.
  • IBM Storage integration: VAS 9.5 Update 3 will also benefit from Veeam’s expansion of its strategic IBM partnership to include IBM Spectrum Virtualize integration, extending Veeam storage snapshot integration capabilities to IBM Storwize and SAN Volume Controller based storage arrays. The joint solution will enable users to save time, reduce labor costs, and achieve lower recovery time and point objectives.
  • Lenovo Storage integration: Veeam also deepens its new Lenovo partnership with storage snapshot integration for the Lenovo Storage V Series, yielding superior backup and restore performance. In addition, the Lenovo DS series was recently Veeam Ready certified as a repository for Veeam backups, giving joint Veeam and Lenovo customers a more complete solution.
  • New analytics and monitoring capabilities in Veeam ONE: Veeam has added Agent monitoring and reporting, as well as Data Sovereignty Compliance Reporting to Veeam ONE, the management component of VAS 9.5 Update 3. With this new capability, end-users will receive access to additional guidance and tools designed to assist them through new stringent data backup and protection compliance requirements.

This release follows Veeam’s recently announced support for IBM AIX and Oracle Solaris, enabling protection of physical workloads in Unix environments. This new offering will not only support Veeam’s push into enterprise environments, but also the replacement of traditional legacy vendors with a solution that brings reliability and ease-of-use to all workloads – virtual, physical, and cloud. As Veeam expands its portfolio to meet the needs of enterprise customers, the support for physical workloads in Unix environments, in addition to Windows and Linux, enables the protection of mission-critical applications, systems, and data that exists in highly distributed enterprise environments.

For more information, please visit https://www.veeam.com/blog/agent-management-update-3-new-important-features.html.

Supporting Quotes

“One of the true hallmarks of Veeam has been its continuous evolution to meet customers’ ever heightening requirements around recoverability and availability, and this release shows that it [Veeam] can cover all the bases – physical, virtual and cloud. Their enhanced management capabilities across both their increasingly heterogeneous protection agents and their monitoring platform are foundational for their ascendancy among enterprise and large-scale MSP solutions. That plus their broadening storage ecosystem and expanded platform support (VMware on AWS) should be exciting for those that have already standardized on Veeam for protecting their on-prem VMs and are now looking at the cloud as part of their digital transformation journey.” – Jason Buffington, Principal Analyst at ESG

“Our number one priority is delivering exceptional guest experiences, and we cannot begin to contemplate having critical services off-line, such as our bars or the casino floor. Whether guests are listening to live music, playing slots, eating in our restaurants, attending conventions, relaxing by the pool or shopping in our boutiques, our mission is to ensure their experiences are stellar. Veeam gives us the peace of mind of knowing that if anything does happen across our infrastructure, we are able to resume services in mere minutes. This a quantum leap forward in terms of performance compared to what we were used to, and I am glad we can now get rid of those antiquated solutions. We are able to successfully deliver to our guests the seamless experience they have come to expect.” – Kevin Ragsdale, Director of IT for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

“Veeam’s centralized management really helps me with the way I have our environment configured. All of our Microsoft Exchange servers are physical and everything else is virtualized. When we were running a dual environment, our legacy physical backup solution was a major pain. In fact, it made me pull my hair out. Now, with Veeam’s support of our physical Exchange servers, it’s been real nice, especially for any email-related restore requests, because now I can get our employees back to work in a matter of minutes, instead of days, in some cases. Update 3 means I can finally get rid of the other tools that bogged us down.” – Chris Childerhose, Systems Engineer, McMillan, LLP

“As a customer, it is fantastic to see a company release features when they are ready, and ahead of schedule. Software vendors usually pitch updates as bug fixes, but [with Update 3] Veeam throws that out the window to make sure customers get new functionality as soon as possible, and deliver the tools we need when we need them.” – Matt Crape, IT Manager at C3 Group Canada

“Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3 is changing the game again with end to end availability for virtual and now physical workloads all from one familiar and easy-to-use management interface.” – Ian Sanderson, a New Technology Solutions Specialist at SITS Group LTD in United Kingdom.

“IBM Spectrum Virtualize is a core element in many of our clients' data centers. Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3 integration with IBM Spectrum Virtualize delivers a new approach to data protection versus legacy solutions. Veeam solutions’ have a clear focus on delivering enterprise customers the Availability for mission-critical applications and data wherever it resides – from the data center to the cloud.” – Hamza Nadi, Manager Solution Sales, SVA System Vertrieb Alexander GmbH.

About Veeam Software

Veeam® recognizes the new challenges companies across the globe face in enabling the Always-On Enterprise™, a business that must operate 24.7.365. To address this, Veeam has pioneered a new market of Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™ by helping organizations meet recovery time and point objectives (RTPO™) of less than 15 minutes for all applications and data, through a fundamentally new kind of solution that delivers high-speed recovery, data loss avoidance, verified recoverability, leveraged data and complete visibility. Veeam Availability Suite™, which includes Veeam Backup & Replication™, leverages virtualization, storage, and cloud technologies that enable the modern data center to help organizations save time, mitigate risks, and dramatically reduce capital and operational costs, while always supporting the current and future business goals of Veeam customers.

Founded in 2006, Veeam has 51,000+ ProPartners and 267,500+ customers with the highest customer satisfaction scores in the industry. Headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, Veeam has offices in more than 30 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.veeam.com or follow Veeam on Twitter @veeam.

Monday, 18 December 2017 15:38

What’s Our Plan For That?

That question usually comes from an executive after some other organization has a business crisis that makes global or national headlines. The question causes anxiety in many Business Continuity Planners.

I remember the first time I got that question. A local business had suffered a lightning strike, cutting power and frying much of their electrical and technology gear.  I can still recall the sudden panic when our CFO asked me that question: “What’s our Plan for that?”

We had no such Plan.  Had we, we should also have had Plans for tornados, hail, parking lot sinkholes, contaminated drinking water and trucks crashing through our lobby doors:  things that had happened to local businesses during the previous year.

Stashing infrequently-accessed or backup data in the public cloud has emerged into a viable strategy for enterprises seeking to trim their storage costs. Indeed, 59 percent of the 140 IT experts surveyed by data protection specialist Druva cited cost savings as the top reason they moved their data to the cloud.

That is one of many insights in the Druva 2017 AWS Cloud Data Protection Survey, published today. As the title indicates, the study focused on organizations that use Amazon Web Services (AWS) for enterprise data protection, archiving and secondary storage. As the world's leading cloud provider, AWS is very influential in shaping the IT industry's attitudes toward the public cloud.

Although lower storage costs are a major draw, all IT pros are convinced that the cost-savings benefits of migrating data to the cloud may never materialize. In fact, nearly half (49 percent) of respondents who are considering a move said cost was the biggest barrier to cloud storage adoption.



Branch receives high-tech upgrades and first-ever onsite financial advisor

TYSONS Va. – PenFed Credit Union announced today the completion of renovations on its historic West Point Cadet Branch. 

“It is an honor to be a part of this project and share in its successful unveiling,” said PenFed President and CEO James Schenck. Schenck, a 1988 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, began his credit union career as a volunteer, serving on the Board of Directors of West Point Federal Credit Union and Pentagon Federal Credit Union. He also taught Economics and Finance at the U.S. Military Academy later in his professional career.
“My roots on this campus run strong and deep. This renovation underscores our continued commitment to serve all Corps of Cadets, the West Point faculty and staff, and the entire West Point campus community as a whole. PenFed Credit Union is here to stay.” 

In addition to the aesthetic enhancements, the branch has added a financial advisor to its team roster. Visitors to the branch now have the ability to speak with Brenda Botens, a Financial Advisor registered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P., at PenFed Wealth Management. Botens can offer a full range of investment planning strategies tailored to the specific needs of each individual, whether the investment is to ensure a client’s lifestyle in retirement, a dependent’s educational expenses, or a legacy for a client’s heirs.
“This marks the first time we have an onsite financial advisor for our West Point Cadet Branch location,” said West Point Branch Manager Tim Hordych. “Adding this service resource to our team fits perfectly into PenFed’s mission of helping our members Do Better.”



Other renovations include high-tech upgrades made to the space incorporate an open floor plan with interactive member-teller cash recycler kiosks and community board screens. Branch representatives are readily available to assist members with all questions regarding any of PenFed’s full-suite of best-in-class products. This unique, open floor concept removes the barrier between the teller and the member making for a more engaging user experience between members and staff.
“With our new state-of-the-art branch, we are now able to extend the experience of competitive, innovative, and quality products and services to the Corps of Cadets and the West Point campus community,” said Hordych. “We are dedicated to growth, community service, core membership and quality member service.” 

About PenFed Credit Union
Established in 1935 as the War Department Credit Union, PenFed Credit Union is America’s second-largest federal credit union, serving over 1.6 million members worldwide with more than $23.5 billion in assets. Our long-standing mission has been to provide superior financial services in a cost-effective manner, while being responsive to members’ needs. PenFed Credit Union offers market-leading mortgages, automobile loans, credit cards, student loans, checking, certificates, and a wide range of other financial services with members’ interests always in mind.  PenFed Credit Union serves a diverse population, and no military service is required to join.  PenFed Credit Union offers many paths to membership, including numerous employee groups and association affiliations. PenFed Credit Union is federally insured by the NCUA and is an equal housing lender. To learn more about PenFed Credit Union, visit PenFed.org, like us on Facebook and follow us @PenFed on Twitter. Interested in working for PenFed? Check us out on LinkedIn. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.