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Turnkey Private Cloud Infrastructure Provides Over 4X Higher Bandwidth and Up to 70% Lower TCO Than AWS

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (August 29, 2016) – iXsystems, the industry leader in storage and servers powered by Open Source, today announced iXRack™, a converged rack-scale solution enabling customers to quickly, easily, and automatically deploy thousands of virtual machines in support of hyperscale business-critical applications, including scale-out, scale-up, database and object storage, virtualization, VDI and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). iXRack offers over 4X higher bandwidth and up to a 70% lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) than Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other public cloud providers.

iXRack converged infrastructure provides your data center with converged and hyper-converged computing, storage, and networking that scales from terabytes to multi-petabytes and thousands of CPU cores per rack. It leverages proven and award-winning iXsystems servers, Intel's latest CPUs, and iXsystems TrueNAS unified storage along with other industry-leading components. Thanks to its "building block" architecture, iXRack does not lock you into one design, letting you change the infrastructure allocated to compute, storage and networking as your needs change. iXRack also does not lock you into any one virtualization platform, supporting VMware, KVM, XenServer and Kodiak Data. By using the latest 40Gb and 100Gb networking technologies, the performance of data-heavy applications can be over 4X higher than 10Gb public cloud solutions.

"Many customers feel tied to the cloud because it has a perceived lower cost," said Brett Davis, Executive Vice President, iXsystems. "In reality, customer studies have found that it is significantly more cost-effective to host applications in their own data centers on iXsystems' infrastructure, instead of using a public cloud, and the savings begin significantly sooner than expected. Customers are surprised to see the TCO advantage at only one quarter of a rack of servers and then quickly scale from there."

iXRack's building blocks enable rapid spin-up of turnkey racks with powerful compute, storage, and networking configured to user specifications. Customers can independently add storage and compute modules as demands increase, enabling iXRack systems to be initially deployed in half the time compared with discrete off-the-shelf components. Repeatable processes reduce risk and enable businesses to grow more smoothly.

"iXRack solves IT's challenge of data growth with a limited budget by providing a turnkey solution that is flexible, efficient, and scalable," said Morgan Littlewood, Vice President of Products, Kodiak Data. "Kodiak Data is teaming with iXsystems to virtualize clustered applications, such as Hadoop and Cassandra, with the performance, security, and lower TCO of private infrastructure."

Learn more about iXRack by coming to booth 645 at VMworld. You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 1-866-GREP-4-IX, or visit www.iXsystems.com/iXRack.

About iXsystems:

By leveraging decades of expertise in hardware design, its contributions to many Open Source software communities, and corporate stewardship of leading Open Source projects (FreeNAS and PC-BSD), iXsystems has become an industry leader in building innovative storage solutions and superior enterprise servers for a global marketplace that relies on open technology.

Thousands of companies, universities, and government organizations have come to rely on iXsystems' storage, servers, and consultative approach to doing business. Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley since its founding in 1996, through incorporation into BSDi in 2000, and expansion as iXsystems in 2005, the dedication to white-glove customer service, industry-leading support, and transparent technological contributions has never wavered and continues to help lay the foundation for a new era powered by open technology.

KEMP, Texas – Larson Electronics, a leader in the industrial and commercial lighting sector, has announced the release of a new explosion proof LED drop light designed to provide cooler operation and higher performance than standard incandescent drop lights.

The EHL-LED-7W-GCR100 explosion proof LED drop light from Larson Electronics is approved for Class 1 Division 1 & 2 locations, produces brighter and whiter light output than a 100 watt incandescent lamp, and runs cool to the touch. This work light provides performance and durability incandescent drop lights can’t match, and eliminates the danger of accidental burns and broken bulbs. This handheld LED drop light features robust aluminum and steel construction, a molded rubber bumper guard, a 10 watt LED bulb, and a general use cord reel equipped with 100 feet of cord. The LED bulb produces 1050 lumens and has a 50,000 hour life rating, exceeding the hour life of a typical incandescent bulb. The rugged lamp housing features a tough aluminum lamp cage for added durability and an integral aluminum hook provides easy hanging for hands free operation.

This high performance LED work light produces far more lumens per watt than a 100 watt incandescent drop light and produces a bright white light with better contrasting and color quality. Unlike the yellowish illumination produced by incandescent bulbs, the output from this lamp is a very clean white, giving it better detail rendering, contrasting, and color reproducing qualities which is very important when performing close work and detail oriented tasks. This task light includes 100 feet of cord wrapped around a general area cord reel and designed for drag or lift applications. The slip ring enclosure is built to NEMA 4 standards and has three conductors. The reel is constructed of durable steel, has a powder coated finish, and includes a ball stop, a ratchet with a lockout feature, and a four roller guide arm.  

“This drop light features a high efficiency LED lamp that doesn’t require a ballast, reducing the overall weight of the unit,” said Rob Bresnahan, CEO of Larson Electronics.  “The included reel keeps the work space organized by housing the 100 foot cord and eliminates accidents from loose cables being strewn about the work area.”

Larson Electronics carries an extensive line of LED light towers, portable power distributions, explosion proof lights for hazardous locations, portable work lights and industrial grade LED area lights. You can view Larson Electronics’ entire line of lighting by visiting them on the web at Larsonelectronics.com. You can also call 1-800-369-6671 to learn more about their products or call 1-214-616-6180 for international inquiries.

Free MxSP Software License to Reduce Up-Front Cost and Speed Deployment for Enterprises of All Sizes

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – August 29, 2016 – Maxta Inc., a leading provider of software-based hyperconvergence, today announced at VMworld 2016 the introduction of a freemium licensing model for its award-winning MxSP® software. The new licensing model, an industry first in the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) segment, offers a simpler, more economical approach for enterprises to evaluate, test and quickly deploy HCI in their IT environments.

Qualified organizations in the U.S., Canada and select European countries may receive a perpetual, transferable license to a fully-featured version of Maxta® MxSP software free of charge, enabling users to configure and deploy a three-node HCI cluster with a maximum storage capacity of 24 terabytes. 

Downloads of the free software will be available beginning September 30, 2016. An online community sponsored by Maxta will be available to provide a forum for peer assistance and access to self-help resources.

MxSP software helps IT teams of any size transform their complex and costly virtualized infrastructure into an agile, efficient architecture by converging traditionally separate compute and storage tiers. The result is dramatically simpler management and significant cost savings by eliminating the need for expensive and complicated storage area networks and storage arrays.

“Maxta’s introduction of a freemium software licensing model is a truly innovative way of making hyperconvergence much more accessible and affordable for all enterprises,” said Terri McClure, ESG Senior Analyst. “For enterprises looking for greater IT agility and efficiency, starting at much lower cost and going from the lab to data center in a seamless motion makes free and premium MxSP software worthy of serious consideration.” 

Maxta software-based HCI solutions offer unparalleled freedom of choice in servers, storage and virtualization platforms, eliminating expensive vendor lock-in and creating much greater flexibility than hardware-centric HCI appliances. MxSP-enabled clusters can support any x86-based server including all-flash or hybrid storage configurations. Clusters may be scaled up or scaled out in increments as small as a single storage device or server at a time. Compute-only nodes may also be added to scale computing power independently of storage capacity.

“By making a fully-featured Maxta HCI solution available through a freemium model, we’re simplifying and accelerating the evaluation, testing and deployment of hyperconverged infrastructure while removing obstacles such as significant up-front cost and complicated production transitions,” said Yoram Novick, founder and chief executive, Maxta Inc. “Users can now start easily, progress quickly and move seamlessly to full production deployment without disruption.”

Free MxSP licenses may be non-disruptively upgraded to a premium license, enabling unlimited capacity scaling and the ability to add additional server nodes. Premium licenses include full software maintenance, product enhancements and access to 7X24 Maxta support. 

MxSP software licenses may be transferred without additional charge, offering significant lifetime value by eliminating the need to pay again for software when replacing or upgrading server technology.

Maxta will be demonstrating MxSP software at VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas at booth #1567 during Solutions Exchange hours daily.
To pre-register for a free MxSP license, please visit www.maxta.com or contact Maxta at 1-844-44-MAXTA.

About Maxta
Maxta is redefining enterprise IT infrastructure through a groundbreaking approach to hyperconvergence that dramatically simplifies operations while delivering much greater agility and cost savings. Our award-winning MxSP software and MaxDeploy® appliances offer unparalleled freedom of choice in servers, storage devices and server virtualization platforms, while eliminating the need for complex and costly storage arrays. For more information, visit us at www.maxta.com or follow us on Twitter @MaxtaInc and LinkedIn.

According to the results of a recent Tripwire survey of more than 220 information security professionals, just 30 percent of respondents said their organizations are prepared for the security risks associated with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and just 34 percent believe their organizations accurately track the number of IoT devices on their networks.

Still, 47 percent of respondents expect the number of IoT devices on their networks to increase by at least 30 percent in 2017.

"The Internet of Things presents a clear weak spot for an increasing number of information security organizations," Tripwire director of IT security and risk strategy Tim Erlin said in a statement. "As an industry, we need to address the security basics with the growing number of IoT devices in corporate networks."



The rapid digitization of business is driving a lot of changes in the way wireless and WAN technologies are utilized. The latest Cisco Cloud Index report estimates that the amount of data center traffic in 2014 was 3.5 ZB, which would will triple to reach 10.4 ZB by 2019, while the amount of global traffic crossing the Internet and IP WAN networks is projected to reach 2.0 ZB by 2019.

Traffic from wireless and mobile devices will account for two-thirds of total IP traffic by 2020, and wired devices will account for 34 percent of it. Wired devices accounted for more than half of all IP traffic last year.

Follow that last sentence? Wireless devices are about to eclipse wired devices as the major carrier of IP traffic. This means it’s time to take a hard look at your WAN, how you deploy critical resources, and what you can do to optimize it all.

Your Wide Area Network has become the distributed carrier for critical data points supporting a truly distributed user. Let’s look at some ways you can support a new kind of digital user and how you can better control all of that wireless traffic coming into your data center.