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Release 17.0 of proven OS 2200 operating environment refines support for single sign-on, mobile app development and advanced data analytics


LONDONUnisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced a new release of its ClearPath OS 2200 operating-environment software for the company’s ClearPath Forward™ Dorado systems.

Available immediately, ClearPath OS 2200 Release 17.0 makes it easier and more cost-efficient for IT organisations to secure their critical computing infrastructure, modernise their application environments and transform their data centers into engines for digital business through support for data analytics and other enabling capabilities.


“In a marketplace where change is the only constant, our clients maintain a long-term commitment to OS 2200 as the foundation of the IT infrastructure that runs their business,” said Brian Herkalo, director, ClearPath Forward Solutions, Unisys. “OS 2200 Release 17.0 honors Unisys’ commitment to continue adding value by providing the greater security, openness, mobility, scalability and flexibility our clients need to remain successful as their business evolves.”


OS 2200 Release 17.0 is an integrated, fully tested stack of 107 software components, with many feature updates resulting from direct suggestions by the OS 2200 user community.


Enhancements Build on OS 2200‘s Unmatched Security

Building on the unsurpassed security of the OS 2200 environment, Unisys has added more than 30 security features. Release 17.0 replaces the prior single sign-on security scheme with one enabled through the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol, facilitating access via smart card or workstation.


In addition, Release 17.0 refines the Web-based Apex solution for management of the operating environment with the capability to manage file security and quota sets and configure network authentication, as well as enhanced security auditing.


Integration of Widely Available Tools Simplifies Cross-System App Development

OS 2200 Release 17.0 incorporates a range of widely available tools that enable developers with skills in Microsoft .NET and other environments to create interoperable web-based applications. For example, CS2200, a new product, provides a simplified, socket-based program interface that makes it easier for .NET applications to access OS 2200 files and applications.


Similarly, the Open TI capability, which provides access to applications or transactions running on ClearPath Forward systems from a Microsoft Windows environment, now supports 32- and 64-bit Windows environments. The 64-bit capability includes support for .NET 4.6.1 and higher, enabling developers to take advantage of the latest Windows tool sets and technology.


In addition, the new release includes support for the widely used Apache Cordova 5.1.1 mobile application development environment in the ClearPath Forward ePortal for OS 2200 solution. That capability makes it easier to create contemporary user interfaces that enable Apple, Android, Windows, BlackBerry and other devices to access applications running on OS 2200.


Enhanced Data Analytics and Automation Help Accelerate Data Center Transformation

Release 17.0 includes enhancements to the analytics and automation capabilities that fortify OS 2200-based data centers for digital business. For example, improved query performance in the Relational Data Management System (RDMS) database leads to faster data access, enhancing support for business operations requiring data warehousing and online analytical processing (OLAP).


Significant performance and scaling improvements to the Message Control Bank (MCB) communications processing capability make it possible to increase OS 2200 application workloads without impacting performance or system limits. Those enhancements support the higher transaction rates, increased number of concurrently running transactions and potential for a greater number of messages in the system queue that can improve performance in advanced data analytics applications.


A new version of the Operations Sentinel data-center management solution increases capabilities for automated monitoring of an organisation’s IT infrastructure, including Windows 10 and Microsoft Windows Server 2016, ClearPath Forward ePortal for OS 2200 implementations, and backup/restore facilities.


Services Amplify Benefits of Enhanced Software

To amplify their return on IT investment, users of OS 2200 Release 17.0 can benefit from Unisys expansive, integrated suite of ClearPath Forward Services, including Application Enrichment, Product Implementation and Managed Services.


About Unisys

Unisys is a global information technology company that works with many of the world's largest companies and government organisations to solve their most pressing IT and business challenges. Unisys specialises in providing integrated, leading-edge solutions to clients in government, financial services and commercial markets. With more than 20,000 employees serving clients around the world, Unisys offerings include cloud and infrastructure services, application services, security solutions, and high-end server technology. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.

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Second-generation appliances bring enterprise-grade and cost-effective, “set-and-forget” solution portfolio to the data protection market
MINNEAPOLIS – Arcserve, LLC, the first provider of simple, unified data protection for cloud, virtual and physical environments, today announced the release of its second-generation Unified Data Protection (UDP) Appliance series, the most cost-effective and easily-deployable purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) in the data protection industry. Fully-integrated with the company’s award-winning Arcserve UDP software, the new appliance series simplifies disaster recovery for small or overstretched IT teams that want a “set and forget,” yet enterprise-grade data protection solution.
“Arcserve is a name that first started innovating around data protection more than two decades ago,” said Jason Buffington, principal analyst at ESG. “The new Arcserve UDP Appliance continues that heritage as the IT market continues to evolve in its needs for physical, virtual, and cloud-protection strategies, while looking for more agile, reliable and rapid recovery from the solutions it relies on.”
“This release illustrates the new Arcserve; who we are as an organization and what we bring to our partners and customers,” said Mike Crest, CEO of Arcserve. “Our focus has been, and continues to be, squarely on providing enterprise-grade data protection without the complexity that’s often associated with enterprise solutions. The new appliance series adds muscle to optimize power and performance, but does it without sacrificing the unparalleled ease of use and deployment that organizations rely on from Arcserve.”
The second-generation appliances will mitigate data growth challenges and optimize performance with:
·       Highly-expandable storage capacity to protect up to 240 TBs of raw source data
·       Enhanced hardware features for enterprise-grade resiliency
·       Support for public cloud services and the Arcserve® Cloud for a complete, offsite backup and disaster recovery solution and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) option
·       Unparalleled data deduplication efficiency to reduce redundant storage
·       Simple, wizard-driven setup for ease of use, often deployable in 15 minutes or less
·       Robust capabilities including on-appliance virtual standby, instant failover and bare metal recovery (BMR), high availability and multi-site WAN-optimized replication

This release augments the company’s wildly successful first-generation appliance offering, which underscored a 4,900 percent growth in sales over the past year. Combined, Arcserve now offers 16 appliance models that make it an ideal platform for organizations looking for an easily-deployable, yet extremely powerful all-in-one data protection solution.

For partners and managed service providers looking to expand their data protection portfolio, the new series offers a breadth of storage capacity to meet the needs of any size organization. Arcserve UDP Appliances are fully interoperable with existing Arcserve UDP software deployments without the need for additional licenses, and are an all-in-one system for branch or decentralized offices or as the backup, deduplication, disaster recovery and cloud gateway appliance for primary locations. 

“Since we’ve started working with Arcserve, we’ve noticed a marked increase in sales and customer satisfaction,” said Todd Crystal, president at Spencomp Solutions. “The larger appliances will uniquely enable us to meet customer demand in the face of a rapidly changing market that’s looking for high availability capabilities combined with cloud gateway systems.”

The new Arcserve UDP Appliance series will be widely available in early November of this year, with field expansion capabilities, such as the ability to expand storage in-place without changing systems, broadly available in 2017.

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About Arcserve

Arcserve is a leading provider of data protection and recovery software that provides organizations with the assurance that they can recover their data and applications when needed. Launched in 1990, Arcserve provides a comprehensive solution for cloud, virtual and physical environments, on premise or in the cloud, backed by unsurpassed support and expertise. Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP), available on Arcserve’s appliance or your hardware, drives a full range of highly efficient and integrated data protection capabilities through a simple, web-based user console. Arcserve has a customer base of 45,000 end users in more than 150 countries and partners with over 7,500 distributors, resellers and service providers around the world. Arcserve is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota with offices around the world. Visit www.arcserve.com.

Software-Defined Storage Provider Announces Single Price Model for Customers With Multiple Use Cases for Their Software Such as Archive, Cloud, Data Mining and Disaster Recovery

MELVILLE, NY – FalconStor Software® Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), a 16-year innovator of software-defined storage solutions, today announced a new pricing model for its FreeStor® platform that aims to disrupt global storage industry pricing practices and deliver far greater long-term customer value. The new 'Pay Once' pricing model, now part of its capacity-based subscription pricing, means users of the heterogeneous software-defined storage platform need only pay for the primary copy of their data -- not second, third, or more copies. Customers will no longer incur extra expense when migrating, backing up, and optimizing data, further helping eliminate unpredictable capacity expansion costs often associated with traditional storage platforms.

"By introducing a predictable subscription based pricing model where customers pay only once for the primary copy of data, the aim is to drag industry pricing practices into the modern IT world," said Gary Quinn, CEO of FalconStor. "I would like to see every storage vendor adopt this policy, because current pricing models are no longer sustainable. Businesses are forced to pay more than they should, either because they over-specify their requirements, or they pay for multiple licenses to use a product they already own -- or simply because they're being taken advantage of by the vendor."

FalconStor's transparent approach to pricing is designed to replace outdated models where escalating software costs are tied to the hardware refreshes needed over time. FalconStor will offer its software-defined storage platform with a single price; customers pay for only one license for all existing and future use of the product, including copies needed to migrate or to manage disaster recovery, backup or analytics. This pricing is offered irrespective of how much storage capacity the customer manages or any upgrades they make to their hardware infrastructure.

"In the past, with the old-style storage systems we had, the problem was always with the software costs," said Sandor Orban, Technical Lead Infrastructure Services at Sunrise Communications, the largest private telecommunication provider in Switzerland. "At the end of a lifecycle, we had to pretty much dump licenses and rebuy them every time we had a refresh. With FalconStor we only pay for what we actually use, saving us a lot of money."

Brian Meredith, Managing Director at Blue Chip, a cloud and managed hosting company, said "To protect our customers, we always have three online copies of their data. This is only possible because with FalconStor, we only have to pay for the primary copy. There are no fees for the second, third or more copies"

The traditional lack of price transparency in the storage industry prevents many users from calculating and securing a fair deal for their data storage needs. As a result, many businesses pay too much for their storage. Customers often have to guess what they need and ultimately over-specify their requirements or pay for multiple licenses to use a product they already own in different applications or environments.

"The storage industry needs to take a serious look at its increasingly outdated pricing models, which are not designed for the new digital enterprise," said Roy Illsley, Principal Analyst at Ovum. "FalconStor has designed a new pricing model that is focused on the long term value the customers are getting from their storage investments."

"When looking at storage pricing across the board, customers are losing out. In many cases they don't really know what a fair price for storage is, and as a result pay more than they should," explained Gary Quinn, CEO of FalconStor. "By making clear to our customers that there will be no 2nd and 3rd copy costs and that we will only charge them for exactly what they are using in primary production data under management. We are not only saving them money, but also giving them the insight and clarity to plan for their future storage needs."

About FalconStor

FalconStor Software® Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC) is a leading software-defined storage company offering a converged data services software platform that is hardware agnostic. Our open, integrated flagship solution, FreeStor®, reduces vendor lock-in and gives enterprises the freedom to choose the applications and hardware components that make the best sense for their business. We empower organizations to modernize their data center with the right performance, in the right location, all while protecting existing investments. FalconStor's mission is to maximize data availability and system uptime to ensure nonstop business productivity while simplifying data management to reduce operational costs. Our award-winning solutions are available and supported worldwide by OEMs as well as leading service providers, system integrators, resellers and FalconStor. The Company is headquartered in Melville, N.Y. with offices throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information, visit www.falconstor.com or call 1-866-NOW-FALC (866-669-3252).

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Talend helps Lenovo build a robust multi-channel product cataloguing system to deliver real-time inventory information to key stakeholders worldwide. The software delivery and development was accomplished by Talend partner, Value Technology Co., Ltd.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Talend, the global leader in cloud and big data integration software, today announced that Lenovo chose Talend Data Fabric to streamline product and inventory data from suppliers, vendors, and manufacturing as well as repositories, warehouse, and e-commerce functions. Using Talend, Lenovo’s global Product Catalog Centre is now able to deliver a unified view of inventory to a global network of employees, partners, and major account customers.

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Over the years, Lenovo amassed an inventory of more than five million unique product IDs or items, but information on those products was distributed over disparate databases and a variety of enterprise resources and inventory management systems. With Talend, Lenovo was able to connect and unify data and validate data quality. This ensures accurate cataloging and means the information can be acted upon with confidence.

“We needed an easy-to-use and agile solution that could connect data in real-time from a variety of sources and then efficiently transfer that data to our global inventory management and procurement center,” said Robin Li, IT senior manager, Lenovo. “Talend’s open source architecture gave us great flexibility and stood out for its speed and effectiveness in handling massive volumes data.”

By streamlining product and inventory data from various sources, Lenovo employees, partners, and customers can now identify the availability of products and advise customers on product delivery, repairs and replacement schedules in real time.

“We are delighted to be supporting such an innovative company and helping them gain an actionable view of their data,” said Kamal Brar, senior vice president, Asia Pacific and Japan, Talend. “As Lenovo proves, using a modern data architecture not only drives business efficiencies, but also creates a superior customer experience.”

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Talend (NASDAQ: TLND) is a next generation leader in cloud and big data integration software that helps companies become data driven by making data more accessible, improving its quality and quickly moving data where it’s needed for real-time decision making. By simplifying big data through these steps, Talend enables companies to act with insight based on accurate, real-time information about their business, customers, and industry. Talend’s innovative open-source solutions quickly and efficiently collect, prepare and combine data from a wide variety of sources allowing companies to optimize it for virtually any aspect of their business. Talend is headquartered in Redwood City, CA. For more information, please visit www.talend.com and follow us on Twitter: @Talend.

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. – Global business technology and cyber security association ISACA will build on its past leadership during Cyber Security Awareness Month with a trove of additional resources for industry professionals, their organizations and the public this October.

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As the number and complexity of cyber threats and responses continue to escalate, cyber security awareness is growing globally. Most organizations plan to increase investment in cyber security technologies and training next year, according to the 2016 Cyber Security Investment Insights poll. The results also show that most organizations increased their cyber security training investment in 2016 compared to 2015.

ISACA’s agenda during the month will serve to further advance global awareness and capabilities. Just some of the cyber security resources to be offered though ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) include:

  • A new web resource with cybersecurity resource and guidance
  • Innovations and insights at cyber security conferences: CSX North America, 17-19 October in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; and CSX Europe, 31 October-2 November in London, UK;
  • The release of a new study on firmware security on 17 October
  • A new cyber security jobs index, featuring key industry data points, progress and analyses
  • Free cyber security-focused webinars, including an 18 October webinar on “Tips for Auditing Cyber Security”
  • Multiple cyber security-centered blog posts on the ISACA Now blog covering topics such as ransomware, threat intelligence and cyber risk assessment;
  • Participation in a series of cyber security-focused Twitter chats hosted by StaySafeOnline.org, using #ChatSTC, focused on the basics of online safety, creating a business culture of cyber security and navigating a continuously connected life.

ISACA CEO Matt Loeb, CGEIT, FASAE, CAE, said cyber security issues have shifted from an IT-centric priority to broader matters in business continuity, economic stability and public safety.

“October marks a good moment in time to think about these implications and take the necessary steps to ready ourselves and our organizations,” Loeb said. “We need to equip and strengthen the cyber security community along the entire continuum, from students to seasoned professionals.”

ISACA established the Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) in response to an urgent global need for enhanced cyber security skills and training. CSX is a holistic resource for professionals and organizations offering the knowledge, tools, guidance and networking that allows them to be at the forefront of the rapidly changing cyber security landscape. ISACA’s CSX Practitioner Certification (CSXP), launched in 2015, was named the Best Professional Certification Program in the 2016 SC Magazine Awards.

ISACA is a champion of Cyber Security Awareness Month as an organization dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet. Additional cyber security resources throughout Cyber Security Awareness Month can be found at https://cybersecurity.isaca.org/info/cyber-aware/index.html.


ISACA® (isaca.org) helps global professionals lead, adapt and assure trust in an evolving digital world by offering innovative and world-class knowledge, standards, networking, credentialing and career development. Established in 1969, ISACA is a global nonprofit association of 140,000 professionals in 180 countries. ISACA offers the Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), a holistic cybersecurity resource, and COBIT®, a business framework to govern enterprise technology. ISACA also advances and validates business-critical skills and knowledge through the globally respected Certified Information Systems Auditor® (CISA®), Certified Information Security Manager® (CISM®), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT® (CGEIT®) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control™ (CRISC™) credentials.

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