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CyrusOne’s data center hosting and cloud services will be added to IMC’s General Services Administration schedule

DALLAS – CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE), a premier global data center REIT, announced today a strategic partnership with Innovative Management Concepts (IMC), an information technology solutions company. As a result of the partnership, CyrusOne’s services has been added to IMC’s GSA schedule, enabling government agencies to procure CyrusOne services, including data center hosting and cloud management. IMC is also taking a footprint in CyrusOne’s Northern Virginia Sterling V data center campus.

“This partnership is a significant step forward in providing a streamlined mechanism for Federal agencies to upgrade their legacy data centers”

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“This partnership is a significant step forward in providing a streamlined mechanism for Federal agencies to upgrade their legacy data centers,” said Fred Holloway, Vice President, Partner Ecosystems at CyrusOne. “As IMC’s go-to-market data center provider, we can better serve our government entities and provide them with state-of-the-art data center space that will enable them to consolidate their data center footprint and increase the efficiency of their IT portfolio.

The partnership will provide the means for government entities to comply with the Data Center Optimization Initiative and fulfill the data center requirements of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act.

“IMC is truly pleased to partner with CyrusOne,” noted IMC’s CEO, Dr. Robert Might. “IMC’s proven methodologies for information technology service delivery in the data center environment, combined with CyrusOne’s award-winning data center campuses, allow IMC to provide highly resilient, scalable, and cost-effective cloud and data center services.”

CyrusOne operates 39 data center facilities across the United States, Europe, and Asia to provide customers with the flexibility and scale to match their specific IT growth needs. CyrusOne facilities are engineered to include the power-density infrastructure required to deliver excellent availability, including an architecture with the highest available power redundancy (2N).

CyrusOne is renowned for exceptional service, building enduring customer relationships, and high customer satisfaction levels.

For more information about CyrusOne, call 1-855-908-3662 or visit www.cyrusone.com. Connect with us on Google Plus, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

About CyrusOne

CyrusOne (NASDAQ:CONE) is a high-growth real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in highly reliable enterprise-class, carrier-neutral data center properties. The company provides mission-critical data center facilities that protect and ensure the continued operation of IT infrastructure for more than 970 customers, including 190 of the Fortune 1000 or equivalent-sized companies.

CyrusOne’s data center offerings provide the flexibility, reliability, and security that enterprise and cloud customers require, and are delivered through a tailored, customer-service-focused platform designed to foster long-term relationships. CyrusOne’s National IX platform provides robust connectivity options to drive revenue, reduce expenses, and improve service quality for enterprises, content, and telecommunications companies. CyrusOne is committed to full transparency in communication, management, and service delivery throughout its 39 data centers worldwide. Additional information about CyrusOne can be found at www.CyrusOne.com.

About Innovative Management Concepts, Inc.

Innovative Management Concepts, Inc. (IMC), a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, provides a broad range of information technology services to government and commercial clients. Since its founding in 1989, IMC has offered solutions and expertise in: IT operations and maintenance, cyber security, systems and network engineering and support services, cloud/hosting services, software engineering and development, website services, software quality assurance and testing (including IV&V), and project management. Find out more about IMC at www.imcva.com.

National firm empowers lawyers with new platform from Cisco and Citrix

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) - Lewis Brisbois, the 13th largest U.S.-based, full-service law firm, has selected Cisco HyperFlex™ Systems, Cisco UCS® and Citrix XenApp® and XenDesktop® to virtualize and deliver Microsoft Office and other core legal applications requiring the highest level of security to its lawyers and staff, in an effort to modernize the firm's infrastructure. By doing so, Lewis Brisbois seeks to increase the productivity and satisfaction of its growing personnel base, stay nimble through market transformation, and keep costs low for its clients.

"Our clients choose Lewis Brisbois because of the exceptional skill of our lawyers and staff," said Frank Gillman, chief information officer, Lewis Brisbois. "We want to provide a technology environment and infrastructure to match that level of expertise."

The firm evaluated several traditional and hyperconverged infrastructures and selected Cisco® HyperFlex Systems. Cisco offered HyperFlex™ as a solution to accelerate growth and provide the flexibility to scale as the expanding firm increases its headcount.

The benefit beyond the technology
"In a law firm or any professional services organization, your assets are your people. As the firm's profile and talent acquisition increases, we need to meet the high expectations of our stakeholders and laterals for infrastructure and systems," said Robert Kamins, chief operating officer, Lewis Brisbois. "The system we now have in place with Cisco and Citrix exemplifies our commitment to providing a top-quality user experience and is consistent with our overall improvement efforts."

Cisco + Citrix
By using Cisco HyperFlex as the engine to run over 2,000 Citrix seats, Lewis Brisbois gained several new capabilities. The combination enables access to better features and newer versions of Citrix XenDesktop, as well as the option to enable bring-your-own-device and mobility options. HyperFlex also allows the firm to better plan for continued growth by reporting available capacity to management ahead of new employee onboarding.

"The combination of Cisco and Citrix has led to a significant decrease in call volume to support. This now allows us to focus on other priority projects," said Don Schroeder, Citrix Enterprise Engineer, Lewis Brisbois.

"By adopting the joint solution of Cisco HyperFlex with Citrix XenDesktop, Lewis Brisbois has substantively improved the way people work," said Calvin Hsu, vice president of product marketing, Citrix. "This type of collaboration is the perfect example of the innovative secure app delivery solutions we envision for the future."

What's next
Lewis Brisbois is leveraging the new infrastructure to further realize its mission to make it easier for lawyers to practice law using technology. Cisco HyperFlex was chosen to provide a stable platform on which to build.

Additional Resources

Learn more about Cisco HyperFlex at Cisco Live 2017: HyperFlex Catalog

Learn more about: Cisco HyperFlex Systems

Learn more about: Why customers love HyperFlex

Learn more about: Cisco HyperFlex VDI for Citrix

About Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Our people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow's digital opportunity today. Discover more at thenetwork.cisco.com and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco.

About Cisco HyperFlex Systems
Cisco HyperFlex Systems deliver complete hyperconvergence, combining compute, storage, and networking resources into a simplified, easy-to-use platform. The HX Data Platform engineered with Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) delivers a Dynamic Data Fabric™ with the industry-leading performance customers need to simplify more applications in their data centers. Cisco HyperFlex Systems deliver the agility, scalability, and pay-as-you-grow economics of the cloud, but with the benefits of on-premises infrastructure. Cisco HyperFlex. Simplify More.

About Lewis Brisbois
Established in 1979, Lewis Brisbois is a national, full-service law firm with more than 1,100 attorneys and offices in 41 cities and 26 states. Our attorneys have broad knowledge, experience, and sensitivity to our clients' unique needs. Through interaction among our practice groups, Lewis Brisbois provides a wide range of legal services to each client with a continuity of representation across multiple disciplines. We have built longstanding relationships with corporate and institutional clients based on our ability to provide comprehensive service on a national scale.

Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco's trademarks can be found at www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company.

Updated software enables controlled server shutdown in the event of unexpected power outage


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Vertiv, formerly Emerson Network Power, today released an updated version of TrellisTM Power Insight, a data center management application delivering widespread, centralized monitoring and control of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems and networked servers. The solution offers a comprehensive set of alarms, notifications and automated actions, up to and now including controlled server shutdown. The software is included with Liebert® UPS systems. More than 500 users are already using the application, which is available globally.

Trellis Power Insight simplifies management of today’s ever-changing data center environments with auto-discovery of new devices, compatibility and integration with a wide range of Liebert UPS systems, and control through the UPS on-unit, best-in-class touch screen user interface.

“Data centers are increasingly complex, and everything we do is designed to simplify these environments and make management easy and efficient,” said Patrick Quirk, vice president and general manager, global management systems at Vertiv. “With advanced management capabilities, including remote management of distributed IT environments and the ability to safely shut down servers in the event of an outage, Trellis Power Insight brings peace of mind to data center managers.”

Most data center applications allow for anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes of battery power from UPS units. Trellis Power Insight can monitor up to 50 separate Liebert UPS systems and systematically and safely shut down up to thousands of connected servers in the event of an outage. Controlled server shutdown prevents equipment damage and business interruptions when restarting.

In addition, Trellis Power Insight provides real-time trending data, including voltage and current, for critical UPS performance. This data is consolidated and viewed in customized dashboards to centralize management of all UPS systems.

Existing users are able to update their software by visiting the Vertiv software download page on the Vertiv website.

For more information on Trellis Power Insight and other data center power and management solutions from Vertiv, visit www.VertivCo.com.



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 ASCO®, Chloride®, Liebert®, NetSure™ and Trellis™ brands. Sales in fiscal 2016 were $4.4billion. For more information, visit VertivCo.com.

The San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal will present the prestigious Bay Area CIO of the Year award to Dr. Phalke

PALO ALTO, Calif. – MetricStream, the independent market leader in Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) Apps and Solutions, announced today that MetricStream Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Vidya Phalke, will receive the Bay Area CIO of the Year Award. Dr. Phalke will join several other leading CTOs and CIOs from across Silicon Valley at a ceremony in their honor hosted by the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal on June 22nd, 2017 at the Westin Hotel San Francisco.

According to event organizers, "In today's world, the most important person in your C-suite is the one in charge of your information technology. Whether their title is CIO, CTO or something else, they ensure your company stays secure and in business." During the ceremony, Dr. Phalke will be recognized alongside leading Silicon Valley CTOs and CIOs from FireEye, Western Digital, New Relic, Kaiser Permanente, Ericsson, Coursera, Apttus, and eBay.

As CTO, Dr. Phalke has led MetricStream's cloud transformation to comprehensively and concurrently address the needs of its customers, suppliers, and employees. By taking a 'Cloud First' approach, MetricStream enables its customers, suppliers, and employees globally to leverage the cloud in a secure manner, in order to truly transform every aspect of GRC. For MetricStream's 300+ customers, Dr. Phalke and his team have built out a multi-instance cloud architecture that leverages Dockers and Kubernetes, along with its latest flagship M7 platform to deliver industry leading service levels with the highest levels of service assurance and security.

For MetricStream's suppliers and employees, Dr. Phalke and his team have built out a mobile and cloud foundation leveraging the best of breed cloud applications and technologies, coupled with a DevOps culture, which leads to a very efficient engagement model. This culture has been pivotal in ensuring MetricStream innovations reach its customers rapidly and at scale. Dr. Phalke has also focused on refining the MetricStream GRC platform and apps for specific use cases. GRC users are increasingly demanding technology that is personalized, available on demand, and can manage vast, diverse, and rapidly increasing volumes of data. MetricStream innovations in this area include our offerings such as GRC Pulse, as well as patented analytics capabilities that can help end users correlate and contextualize risk and performance data.

In his role as CTO, Dr. Phalke is responsible for MetricStream's technical architecture and strategy, and has been instrumental in transforming MetricStream's GRC platform vision into its industry-leading GRC cloud offering. He has held various Senior Product Management and Engineering positions, building enterprise-grade businesses and operations support systems across companies like Narus (now part of Symantec), Bivio Network, and Network Programs. In his early academic days, he ran post-doctoral initiatives at Rutgers University in the areas of Databases and Network Acceleration. Dr. Phalke holds a PhD in Computer Science from Rutgers University, a Management degree from MIT Sloan, and a Bachelor's degree from IIT Delhi in India.

To learn more about this award, please click here.

About MetricStream

MetricStream, the independent market leader in enterprise and cloud applications for Governance, Risk, Compliance (GRC) and Quality Management, makes GRC simple. MetricStream apps improve business performance by strengthening risk management, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, vendor governance, and quality management for hundreds of thousands of users in dozens of industries, including Financial Services, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Energy and Utilities, Food, Retail, CPG, Government, Hi-Tech and Manufacturing. MetricStream is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with an operations and R&D center in Bangalore, India, and sales and operations support in 12 other cities globally. (www.metricstream.com)

ST. LOUIS – TierPoint LLC, a leading national provider of hybrid IT solutions, announced today that it was recognized as a “Strong Performer” in The Forrester Wave™: Hosted Private Cloud Services, North America, Q2 2017.  In the report, analysts from Forrester Research evaluated nine providers that met the qualifications to participate in the Wave.

In the report, TierPoint received the top score among all participants in the “Services and Customer Experience” criterion.  TierPoint was cited for “customer reference reviews that rave about its innovative and technically astute customer-centric support teams.”  In their comments, Forrester analysts pointed to TierPoint’s strength across onboarding, ongoing support and customer service.

TierPoint earned the highest possible score (5 out of 5) for its data center locations and for “Business Technology (BT) Vision.” The latter is a Forrester criterion that considers an evaluated vendor’s vision for hosted private cloud and how that vision aligns “with near and future trends, customer demands, and Forrester's business technology (BT) vision of the hosted private cloud service.” Forrester also noted TierPoint for “delivering high levels of network and onsite security along with a massive North American data center footprint.”

“I believe our recognition in this report reflects the strength of our strategy and the importance we place on collaborating with our customers to provide the best customized cloud solutions for them,” said TierPoint Chief Technology Officer Terry Morrison. “Our hosted private cloud is built from market-leading technologies that, along with our capabilities and experience, make us an industry leader in hybrid IT solutions.”

About TierPoint
With an unmatched combination of clients, facilities, solutions and service, TierPoint is a leading national provider of hybrid IT, helping organizations drive performance and manage risk. The company has one of the largest customer bases in the industry, with over 5,000 clients ranging from the public to private sectors, from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises. TierPoint also has one of the largest and most geographically diversified footprints in the nation, with 40 world-class data centers in 20 markets and 8 multi-tenant cloud pods, connected by a coast-to-coast network. The company offers a comprehensive solution portfolio of private, multitenant, hyperscale, and hybrid cloud, plus colocation, disaster recovery, security and other managed IT services. Led by a proven management team, TierPoint’s network of hundreds of highly experienced IT professionals offer local, white-glove customer service, seamlessly managing and customizing agile solutions that address each client’s unique needs.