The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-22T23:30:00Z Datto hires Ryan Weeks as Chief Information Security Officer 2017-03-22T23:30:00Z datto-hires-ryan-weeks-as-chief-information-security-officer Sydney, Australia – March 23, 2017 – Datto, a leading provider of total data protection solutions for businesses around the world, today announced the hiring of Ryan Weeks as Chief Information Security Officer. Weeks will drive the company’s information security initiatives to ensure that the company’s products continuously meet the demanding challenges of Datto’s Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and their customers. He will also be responsible for continuing to develop and maintain the company’s security program roadmap and extending partnerships with MSPs. Weeks will report to Robert Gibbons, Chief Technology Officer.   “Datto strives to exceed the expectations that we jointly set with all of our MSPs, and our data protection technologies are unparalleled in safeguarding essential business data from evolving cyber-threats,” stated Gibbons. “Ryan brings a comprehensive skillset and proven success record that will play a critical role in helping Datto ensure the security of its core products, to deliver the highest standards for our partners.”   According to a recent study commissioned by Babson College, nearly 80 percent of small companies recognise the importance of technology as a means for growing their business and more than 40 percent feel ill-prepared, or have fallen victim to, cyber-attacks.1   “Datto is laser-focused on helping MSPs serve the business continuity, disaster recovery and networking needs of their small-to-medium business customers,” stated Weeks. “I’m eager to build upon Datto’s vision to ensure our solutions provide the level of protection our MSP partners demand and to minimise IT risks for their customers through a pre-emptive, proactive approach.”    Prior to joining Datto, Weeks served as Vice President and Associate Director at FactSet Research Systems, a provider of financial data and analytic applications for investment management and investment banking professionals. Weeks served in a blended management and technical capacity in the security infrastructure and assurance department. He successfully managed the company’s information security program, designed to protect data provided by the world’s largest financial institutions. Weeks also served as a security consultant at Ajilon Consulting. A graduate of Northeastern University, Weeks earned a Master’s degree in information assurance.  About Datto Datto protects business data and provides secure connectivity for tens of thousands of the world's fastest growing companies. Datto's Total Data Protection solutions deliver uninterrupted access to business data on site, in transit and in the cloud. Thousands of IT service providers globally rely on Datto's combination of pioneering technology and dedicated services to ensure businesses are always on, no matter what. Datto is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut and has offices in Rochester, Boston, Portland, Toronto, London, Singapore and Sydney.  Media Contacts Amanda Conroy/Amy Rathbone Espresso Communicationsdatto@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200   1 State of Small Business in America 2016 MEDIA RELEASE: Moneytree Completes a JPY 1 Billion Funding Series B Funding Round 2017-03-21T20:30:00Z media-release-moneytree-completes-a-jpy-1-billion-funding-series-b-funding-round-2 MEDIA RELEASE 22 March 2017 Moneytree Completes a JPY 1 Billion Funding Series B Funding Round: SBI Investment and major regional banks join mega bank-affiliated venture  capital firms and a leading UK asset management company as investors Moneytree KK (Shibuya, Tokyo) has completed a Series B funding round that will drive its further expansion in the rapidly developing global fintech industry, including entering the Australian market within the coming months. The development paves the way for unprecedented connectivity across the financial services sector with Moneytree providing tools and services that enable individuals and businesses to aggregate and control all their financial data in a single place.  Moneytree will use the funding to add functionality to its popular personal finance management app, as well as to invest in deepening the capabilities of its Moneytree LINK platform (https://link.moneytree.jp) that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data-sharing platform.  Moneytree CEO Paul Chapman said: “We are accelerating Moneytree’s growth to deliver seamless access to Japan’s financial services. In coming months, we will expand beyond the Japanese market and become a regional player, working for positive change, and cementing a position as the most trusted financial data portability platform.” Funds were raised from SBI Investment Co., Ltd., Fukuoka Technology Partners Co., Ltd., Hiroshima Venture Capital Co., Ltd., Senshu Ikeda Capital Company Ltd., and noted British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co., as well as reinvestment from Series A round investors Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd., SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd., and salesforce.com, inc. The total amount raised exceeds JPY 1 billion. SBI Investment Co., Ltd. led the round.  The participation of British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co. signals a significant step forward in Moneytree’s plans for overseas expansion.  Moneytree LINK has secured over twenty customer and partner companies since 2015. Japanese ‘mega banks’ Mizuho Bank Ltd and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation have adopted Moneytree LINK, with leading regional bank Senshu Ikeda also on the platform.  Moneytree LINK powers solutions from ten accounting software providers, making it the number one platform in the Japanese accounting industry. Moneytree will increase headcount across the organisation, including Development, Platform, Sales, Marketing and back office.  Mr. Chapman added: “As the fintech market expands rapidly, Moneytree remains focused on our core values of security, privacy, and transparency. As a platform, we will continue to maintain neutrality with regards to partner type, vertical, and even size.” -ends- About Moneytree Moneytree KK was founded in 2012 in Japan with the mission of bringing consumers, small businesses, and banks closer together. The Moneytree mobile app, introduced in 2013, allows users to automatically manage their bank accounts, credit cards, electronic money, mileage, points, and securities all together in one place on mobile and desktop. The app was awarded Apple’s App Store “Best of” in 2013 and 2014.  In 2015, Moneytree launched Moneytree LINK, a service that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data sharing platform. It is aimed at creating value in the fields of accounting, finance, real estate rent management, automobile maintenance, expense settlements, invoice issuance, and asset management.  That same year, Moneytree received an unprecedented round of simultaneous investment by the venture capital arms of all three Japanese mega banks. Moneytree was also chosen by IBM as its first official Fintech API partner, and selected for MasterCard’s Start Path accelerator program.  Please address media inquiries to: AUSTRALIA Eric Robledo Honner TEL: +61 02 8248 3739 E-mail: eric@honner.com.au     JAPAN Kaori Kitakata Moneytree KK Communications Officer TEL: +81 03-4588-0621  E-mail: press@moneytree.jp URL: https://moneytree.jp MEDIA RELEASE 22 March 2017 Moneytree Completes a JPY 1 Billion Funding Series B Funding Round: SBI Investment and major regional banks join mega bank-affiliated venture  capital firms and a leading UK asset management company as investors Moneytree KK (Shibuya, Tokyo) has completed a Series B funding round that will drive its further expansion in the rapidly developing global fintech industry, including entering the Australian market within the coming months. The development paves the way for unprecedented connectivity across the financial services sector with Moneytree providing tools and services that enable individuals and businesses to aggregate and control all their financial data in a single place.  Moneytree will use the funding to add functionality to its popular personal finance management app, as well as to invest in deepening the capabilities of its Moneytree LINK platform (https://link.moneytree.jp) that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data-sharing platform.  Moneytree CEO Paul Chapman said: “We are accelerating Moneytree’s growth to deliver seamless access to Japan’s financial services. In coming months, we will expand beyond the Japanese market and become a regional player, working for positive change, and cementing a position as the most trusted financial data portability platform.” Funds were raised from SBI Investment Co., Ltd., Fukuoka Technology Partners Co., Ltd., Hiroshima Venture Capital Co., Ltd., Senshu Ikeda Capital Company Ltd., and noted British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co., as well as reinvestment from Series A round investors Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd., SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd., and salesforce.com, inc. The total amount raised exceeds JPY 1 billion. SBI Investment Co., Ltd. led the round.  The participation of British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co. signals a significant step forward in Moneytree’s plans for overseas expansion.  Moneytree LINK has secured over twenty customer and partner companies since 2015. Japanese ‘mega banks’ Mizuho Bank Ltd and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation have adopted Moneytree LINK, with leading regional bank Senshu Ikeda also on the platform.  Moneytree LINK powers solutions from ten accounting software providers, making it the number one platform in the Japanese accounting industry. Moneytree will increase headcount across the organisation, including Development, Platform, Sales, Marketing and back office.  Mr. Chapman added: “As the fintech market expands rapidly, Moneytree remains focused on our core values of security, privacy, and transparency. As a platform, we will continue to maintain neutrality with regards to partner type, vertical, and even size.” -ends- About Moneytree Moneytree KK was founded in 2012 in Japan with the mission of bringing consumers, small businesses, and banks closer together. The Moneytree mobile app, introduced in 2013, allows users to automatically manage their bank accounts, credit cards, electronic money, mileage, points, and securities all together in one place on mobile and desktop. The app was awarded Apple’s App Store “Best of” in 2013 and 2014.  In 2015, Moneytree launched Moneytree LINK, a service that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data sharing platform. It is aimed at creating value in the fields of accounting, finance, real estate rent management, automobile maintenance, expense settlements, invoice issuance, and asset management.  That same year, Moneytree received an unprecedented round of simultaneous investment by the venture capital arms of all three Japanese mega banks. Moneytree was also chosen by IBM as its first official Fintech API partner, and selected for MasterCard’s Start Path accelerator program.  Please address media inquiries to: AUSTRALIA Eric Robledo Honner TEL: +61 02 8248 3739 E-mail: eric@honner.com.au     JAPAN Kaori Kitakata Moneytree KK Communications Officer TEL: +81 03-4588-0621  E-mail: press@moneytree.jp URL: https://moneytree.jp   Dell Boomi Acquires ManyWho 2017-03-17T00:29:32Z dell-boomi-acquires-manywho ROUND ROCK, Texas, Mar. 16, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) announced it has completed a transaction to acquire ManyWho™, a unified cloud and low-code development platform. ManyWho simplifies workflow automation and allows businesses and developers to turn business processes into rich software applications to connect employees, customers and core systems. Workflow automation is a critical need for modern businesses and organizations pursuing digital transformation and IT modernization. Adding the ManyWho low-code capabilities to Boomi’s market-leading integration platform accelerates the company’s ability to deliver workflow automation to customers on a unified platform, something no other company can match. The acquisition unlocks the ability for businesses to maximize best-of-breed cloud applications, driving efficiency, increasing time to value and building a competitive advantage. With the addition of ManyWho, the Boomi platform provides customers with the enabling technology to address the challenges of Hybrid IT. Now, the platform allows businesses to connect, manage data changes, ensure data quality and re-establish efficient business processes across your IT landscape. Boomi is the world’s leading cloud integration platform. ManyWho is rethinking the way businesses manage workflow automation. Together, the Boomi platform offers the only solution where customers can move, manage, govern and automate data and processes in a unified way. “Both Boomi and ManyWho were born in the cloud and are cloud native. Without an on-premises legacy to manage, Boomi provides instant access to services with no installation, effortless and automatic software upgrades and crowd-sourced ease-of-use to achieve short time-to-value,” said Chris McNabb, CEO of Boomi. “Boomi plus ManyWho brings world class integration together with leading cloud workflow automation. This combination provides our customers with a connected workflow which is key to an efficient and differentiated business.” “Boomi is a perfect fit for ManyWho. Both companies are committed to delivering innovative ways to help companies move fast, be nimble and collaborate at scale,” said Steve Wood, co-founder of ManyWho. “Joining Boomi allows ManyWho to scale quickly, offering businesses the end-to-end integration solution they need to drive Digital Transformation.’’ ManyWho was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Boomi plans to keep ManyWho’s employees and existing operations, and will continue to invest in additional engineering, channel, marketing, professional services, support and sales capability to grow this business. To learn more about how these new Boomi workflow features can help your business or see a demonstration, please visit: www.boomi.com/workflow. About ManyWho ManyWho is an agile, enterprise-level, cloud-based, application development platform. Agility doesn’t have to mean compromise however – ManyWho builds social, mobile (including offline) and real-time applications that can run on any desktop or mobile device, operating system or platform. Headquartered in San Francisco and with a presence in Exeter, UK, ManyWho is revolutionizing the world of business process effectiveness by helping corporations get the best out of their existing applications and investments. About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organizations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform dramatically transforms the way organizations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 5,300 organizations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times and offers substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM and API management solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © Dell and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. ManyWho is a trademark of Boomi Inc., a Dell subsidiary. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. # # # Micron21 data centre becomes Australia’s first to achieve Uptime Institute Tier IV Fault Tolerant Design Certification 2017-03-14T23:40:07Z micron21-data-centre-becomes-australia-s-first-to-achieve-uptime-institute-tier-iv-fault-tolerant-design-certification MELBOURNE – March 15, 2017 – Micron21 announced today that its data centre has achieved Uptime Institute Tier IV Design Certification. This certification is based on a rigorous set of criteria covering mechanical, electrical, structural and site elements. Micron21 is the first data centre in Australia to be awarded Tier IV Fault Tolerant Design Certification. “We are thrilled to be included among the few data centres in the world to receive the Uptime Institute Tier IV Design Certification,” said Micron21 founder, James Braunegg. “This is a positive first step forward in data centre design for Australia, with rigorous data security standards to help us define a benchmark for excellence.” The Micron21 state-of-the-art data centre is located in an outer eastern suburb of Melbourne. Its design caters for fully managed high density cloud services and support. It is a hub that provides solutions for clients requiring mission critical and fault tolerant data centre services. The data centre also includes an onsite Systems and Security Centre and Network Operation Centre (SOC and NOC). These are key to providing fully integrated monitoring and support services for customers. Many customers require direct access to highly talented systems, security and network engineers 24 hours a day. All of the above create a complete end-to-end solution for customers. James Braunegg said: “Key supporters who helped us on our journey include Blue IoT, Brocade, Cummins Power Generation, Dell, NSFOCUS, Uptime Institute and Vertiv Corporation. We thank them for their valuable support.” Micron21’s certification reflects on the company’s dedication to securing excellence in the realm of data and hosting solutions. These physical structures maintain Micron21’s global DDoS-protected network for ASX listed, Government and private Australian companies. Clients of Micron21 range from major ISPs to Australian hosting providers, and Government departments, through to local small and medium businesses. “We are pleased to award Micron21 the Uptime Institute Tier IV Design Certification,” said John Duffin, Managing Director, South Asia, Uptime Institute. “Achieving a Tier IV Fault Tolerant Design Certification illustrates that the facility meets the highest standards for infrastructure functionality and capacity as demonstrated on the design documents. This ensures that plans are configured to meet uptime goals and provide the critical business infrastructure needed, and is an important first step toward Tier Certification of a Constructed Facility.”  About Micron21 Established in August 2009, Micron21 provides and operates state-of-the-art cloud and data centre services certified to an ISO 27001 standard, within an Uptime Institute Certified Tier IV environment. Micron21 delivers mission critical services by owning and operating its own world class, fully redundant data centre. The data centre provides continuous power, cooling, physical and electronic security and highly redundant data transmission services. The core business products include: Server Co-location, DDoS Protection as-a-Service, virtual and physical dedicated servers, cloud services, domain names, high performance web hosting, disaster recovery (DR) solutions, load balancing, IP transit, fixed wireless network services, point to point fibre services, security services, Backup and Infrastructure as-a-Service, managed services and solution architecture. Its customers include global medium and enterprise-level corporations, government departments, Internet Service Providers, and wholesale resellers.About Uptime Institute Uptime Institute has awarded over 1000 Tier Certifications in over 80 countries and provided Accredited Tier Training for over 3000 professionals worldwide. Uptime Institute is an unbiased advisory organisation focused on improving the performance, efficiency, and reliability of business critical infrastructure through innova- tion, collaboration, and independent certifications. Uptime Institute is recognised globally for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards & Certifications for Data Center Design, Construction, and Operational Sustainability along with its Management & Operations reviews, FORCSS® methodology, and Efficient IT Stamp of Approval.For more information James Brauneggjames.braunegg@micron21.com 03. 9751 7690   Datto launches new Global Partner Program to accelerate growth for managed service providers 2017-03-09T23:30:00Z datto-launches-new-global-partner-program-to-accelerate-growth-for-managed-service-providers Sydney, Australia – March 10, 2017 – Datto, a leading provider of total data protection solutions for businesses around the world, today announced the launch of its new Global Partner Program. As a channel only organisation, the MSP community is always the top priority for Datto. With more than 6,000 partners across the globe, Datto listened and acted on essential feedback from the MSP ecosystem to create the new program. The Datto Global Partner Program was developed to accelerate partners’ business growth with actionable enablement programs focused on sales and marketing.  Datto’s overarching goal of the program is to further invest in the MSP community with more training, education and resources to empower partners with the tools they need to be successful.     Building on the prior award-winning Datto partner program, the new program includes business planning, commercial and technical education sessions, enhanced training and onboarding best practices, as well as access to Datto’s business continuity, disaster recovery and managed networking solutions. The program structure benchmarks partners by monthly recurring revenue in four new tiers: Business, Professional, Enterprise, and Blue.   Some of the program highlights include: MarketNow: A marketing automation platform designed for non-marketers, with pre-built promotional campaigns, co-branded and customisable collateral, and streamlined social media content to communicate with clients and prospects at the right time with the right message to grow their business. Benchmark Analysis: Partners will have the opportunity to evaluate their businesses against new research and benchmarks from top Datto Partner performers, identifying opportunities for growth and training with their Datto Account Managers. Not for Resale (NFR) Program: Datto’s NFR Program supports and empowers partners to perform live demonstrations for customers with discounted device programs for internal use or demos. Partners are now able to receive one NFR device per product family to experience it all. Advanced Sales Tactics Training: This new course focuses on the benefits and opportunities of going up market and unique sales strategies for mid-market organisations. “Our partnership with Datto is about more than technology solutions. From day one, Datto has enabled Ash Creek to grow our business,” said Joseph Cichowski, Vice President of Marketing for Ash Creek, a Datto partner. “Now, with access to the MarketNow platform, we'll have a marketing automation tool right at our fingertips to empower us to do even more. Ash Creek was consulted in the vendor evaluation process for this exciting new marketing platform, and we appreciate that Datto invests so heavily in its partners' success.”   “This new program allows us to engage with our partners on a much deeper level, empower them with the tangible tools and resources they need to be successful, and motivate them with fresh, new benefits,” said Sue MacGregor, Director of Partner Marketing for Datto. “Our partners have grown at a tremendous pace and it’s a necessity that our enablement programs evolve in lockstep to further support their business growth and success.”   The Datto Global Partner Program encompasses four partner levels: Business, Professional, Enterprise and Blue. To learn more about Datto’s Partner Program and new upgrades, register for the webinar happening today, March 10, 2017.  About Datto: Datto protects business data and provides secure connectivity for tens of thousands of the world's fastest growing companies. Datto's Total Data Protection solutions deliver uninterrupted access to business data on site, in transit and in the cloud. Thousands of IT service providers globally rely on Datto's combination of pioneering technology and dedicated services to ensure businesses are always on, no matter what. Datto is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut and has offices in Rochester, Boston, Portland, Toronto, London, Singapore and Sydney. Learn more at www.datto.com.  Media contacts Amanda Conroy/Amy Rathbone Espresso Communicationsdatto@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200 SAI Global’s suite of risk management software is now even stronger 2017-03-01T02:49:55Z sai-global-s-suite-of-risk-management-software-is-now-even-stronger IT Risk Manager* was awarded a 5-star rating by cybersecurity specialist Peter Robinson of SC Media and was named SC Magazine’s recommended traditional GRC product. It is flexible, scalable, and affordable, enabling Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) to take an intelligent approach to the daily challenges of managing corporate and information security risk. ‘In today’s global marketplace, addressing corporate and information security risks and meeting compliance obligations has become increasingly complex.  IT Risk Manager greatly enhances and augments the existing portfolio of risk management software solutions we provide including our GRC software, Compliance 360 and EHS software, Cintellate’ said Jan Kruger, SAI Global’s Executive Vice President of Risk Solutions. Identified as possibly the most flexible system SC Magazine had observed, IT Risk Manager’s strengths included its functionality, scalability, risk focus, connection to outside data sources such as vulnerability assessment tools, price-point and length of experience. Noting the solution had no observed weaknesses, IT Risk Manager’s ability to be rapidly deployed contributed to it being named a ‘best practice’ IT GRC solution.  SAI Global’s IT Risk Manager was also recognised by independent research organisation Gartner as a Challenger in both the IT Risk Management** and IT Vendor Risk Management Magic Quadrants during 2016. Read the report here.*** Manual IT GRC processes leave the digital business vulnerable to failure, inefficiencies and cyber-attacks. IT Risk Manager is an out-of-the-box, cloud-based GRC solution designed for rapid deployment within an organisation; once deployed it enables information security teams to streamline and manage digital risk and compliance across the enterprise and extended vendor network right away. IT Risk Manager was purchased by SAI Global in August 2016 from Brazilian parent company Modulo Security Solutions. SAI Global assures customers the name change, which formed part of the terms of the sale agreement, will not impact the solution, product inclusions and service previous ‘Modulo IT Risk Manager’ users enjoyed. People interested in finding out more about the benefits of using IT Risk Manager to meet compliance obligations and manage their information security risks are recommended to visit SAI Global’s website which includes details of relevant specialists in their region. Introductory Webinar: To find out more about IT Risk Manager and how it can enhance your information security risk intelligence, join our free webinar hosted by John Ambra, SAI Global’s Vice President of Risk Product Strategy. Find out more here. *SC Magazine's review article refers to IT Risk Manager as Modulo. **Appears as Modulo, acquired by SAI Global in September 2016 ***Gartner, Magic Quadrant for IT Vendor Risk Management, 28 April 2016 Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T01:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Data storage lifespans: how long will media really last? 2017-02-13T22:48:19Z data-storage-lifespans-how-long-will-media-really-last The sad truth about data storage is that no medium for data storage will last forever. Most of them are replaced by a new storage method before long. But just how long will your favourite storage method last? How long do you have before you need to copy the information over to a new form? Remember that there are always exceptions to the general rules. Just because a manufacturer claims a media device will last a certain amount of time doesn’t mean it will. It just means it can. Whether it’s under warranty or past, all bets are off and any of these storage methods can fail for any number of reasons. Lifespan depends on everything from environmental factors to usage rates to component quality and manufacturing. Thus, the figures here are very general guidelines. The only true way to protect data is to have multiple copies of everything, and the best way to do that is to invest in a good backup and recovery solution.Magnetic tape Magnetic tape can either lose data by losing its magnetic charge (any magnetically charged storage medium will eventually lose its magnetic charge and subsequently its data), or when the layers of the tape start to separate. According to a handful of sources (ehow, Wikipedia, and Searchdatabackup.com), manufacturers claim that tape can last up to 30 years. This can make it a useful medium for archiving, but magnetic tapes will last that long only under absolutely optimum environmental conditions. That means you need to keep magnetic tapes in a place where both humidity and temperatures are stable. A more realistic lifespan for magnetic tape is about 10 to 20 years - they are more susceptible to wear and tear if used frequently.Cassette tape Since cassette tapes and data tapes are very similar, their lifespans are similar to that of magnetic tapes. Some have been known to wear out quickly due to excessive use. Others last upwards of 30 years. Lifespan really depends on the variety of factors we’ve mentioned. A safe bet is that a cassette tape lasts between 10 and 20 years.Nintendo Entertainment System video game cartridge Older NES games didn’t have memory to save a game’s progress. Instead, you would earn passcodes to skip to various levels as you progressed. Eventually video game cartridges were given small batteries that powered the memory that saved progress in the game. Anybody who still owns an NES system with some memory-capable cartridges will probably run into trouble saving games as the cartridges get older. Since the memory relies on batteries, a lot of game progress can be lost due to failing batteries. Batteries last only about 10 years. The same is true of Super Nintendo and Gameboy cartridges. Batteries will last somewhere around 10 years, but can be replaced to give more years of enjoyment.Floppy disk This one is really tricky. Research shows that floppy disks were never super reliable, and some didn’t even work properly right out of the package. I’ve seen numbers saying the lifespan of floppy disks is three to five years, while others claim they can last 10 to 20 years or even indefinitely. Since floppy disks utilise magnetic storage (like tape), it’s safe to say that eventually the magnetism will wear out around the same time a tape’s would (10 to 20 years). That’s if the cheap, flimsy plastic casing on the disk survives that long. It seems that some floppy disks have lasted for a considerable length of time, though the storage method was largely replaced by compact disks and hard drives before degradation of the magnetic field became an issue.CD and DVD According to the US National Archives, CDs and DVDs have similar lifespans. Generally, unrecorded (blank) CDs and DVDs have a shelf-life of five to 10 years. The experiential life expectancy of recorded CDs and DVDs is between two and five years, though based on manufacturers’ claims, 10 to 25 years, or even longer, isn’t unprecedented. Using very conservative numbers will reduce the risk of losing data. These numbers also depend on environmental factors and how often the disc us used. Any optical media is extremely susceptible to damage because there is little protection on the readable surface—think how many of your CDs have been scratched through regular use, it happens to all of us.Blu-Ray Verbatim writeable Blu-ray disks come with a lifetime warranty, though I couldn’t find any reliable info on how long they supposedly retain data (or how long other brands of Blu-ray discs last). Under prime environmental conditions, they supposedly last considerably longer than CDs and DVDs because the method for recording data results in more durable storage, but even though they likely last quite a bit longer, they’re still optical media, which means they’re susceptible to scratching, high temperatures and sunlight.M-Disc The M-Disc is an optical media storage disc that is a supposedly ‘permanent storage solution’. There are claims that it may last up to 1,000 years, even in the face of environmental damage caused by scratching and high temperatures. While the M-Disc is a new format, it can be used with any standard DVD drive to read information, but since the data is engraved into advanced metals, a special M-Disc-ready drive is required to write it. Since this technology is so new, the 1,000 year lifespan is only theoretical so only time will tell how long these advanced discs will really last.  However they do have some fairly impressive research backing their theories.Hard disk drives Most hard disk drives (HDD) last between three and five years before some component fails. That doesn’t always mean the drive is irrecoverably busted. But three to five years is still about how long they last, whether you’re talking about an internal drive for a server or desktop, or an external hard disk drive. With all of the moving parts inside, something will eventually stop working. But as with any media storing important data, it’s important to use quality hardware.Flash storage Flash storage comes in three different common storage media: Flash drives, SD cards, and solid state drives (SSDs). eHow says flash drives can last up to ten years, but as mentioned on NYTimes.com, flash memory doesn’t usually degrade because of its age, but rather because of the number of write cycles, which means the more you delete and write new information, the more quickly the memory in the device will start to degrade. Since all these devices are similar in that they all use flash memory, they’ll all degrade in a similar fashion. However, one thing is certain: better hardware will pay off. Given the variety of manufacturers, lifespan might differ quite a bit from one device to another, but flash memory devices rated for more write cycles will usually last longer. When it comes to flash drives and SD cards, you’ll likely lose them or ruin them in the washing machine before anything else happens.Conclusion When it comes to hardware, skimping to save money won’t pay off in the long run, especially if you lose precious data, which can cost you far more than you would’ve saved. Select the right hardware, and make sure you backup data somewhere else to be sure it lasts, you never know when any type of media might fail. To review, here are the lifespans of each of the above data storage methods:Media Estimated Lifespan Magnetic data (tapes)Up to 10 years Nintendo cartridge10-20 years Floppy disk10-20 years CDs and DVDs5-10 unrecorded, 2-5 recorded Blu-RayNot certain, probably over 2-5 recorded M-Disc1,000 years (theoretically) Hard disk3-5 years Flash storage5-10 years or more (depends on write cycles) Bottom of Form     RSA launches Risk & Cybersecurity Practice 2017-02-13T22:30:00Z rsa-launches-risk-cybersecurity-practice SAN FRANCISCO – RSA Conference, February 13, 2017 – RSA, a Dell Technologies business, announced the new RSA Risk & Cybersecurity Practice that helps operationalise Business-Driven Security™ architecture by helping to reduce business risk through systematic and continuous enablement for clients to manage identity, protect their assets, and detect, respond and recover from cyber attacks.   As organisations continue to embrace cloud, IoT and mobile workforces trends, and respond to compliance challenges and continual changes in the threat landscape, demands on businesses to better understand the relationship between risk and security are mounting. The RSA Risk & Cybersecurity Practice helps customers better map these requirements to business priorities with a comprehensive methodology and technology-enhanced service delivery model. This is inclusive of access to RSA technologies and expertise in critical practice areas focusing on Risk Management, Incident Response, Cyber Defence, Identity Assurance, Threat Detection and Response, and Advanced Cyber Defence.   “The cybersecurity industry is constantly evolving, forcing organisations to frequently reassess the services and tools they use to protect from and respond to breaches,” said Doug Howard, Vice President of Global Services, RSA. “These new targeted security services will help organisations confidently approach cybersecurity, and protect their business while providing them choice and flexibility to select individual services based on changing needs. Security is about leveraging expertise to find the most effective and efficient journey to reduce risk.”   The new RSA Risk & Cybersecurity Practice provides: Battled tested expertise: With more than 650 security consultants who use an innovative toolset from RSA Labs, customers benefit from 35 years of best practices addressing the intersection of IT with security honed over thousands of engagements. The RSA Risk & Cybersecurity practice is also accredited by the National Security Cyber Assistance Program for Cyber Incident Response Assistance.   Flexible procurement model: Fixed-price contracts, tailored scope and extended service plans provide managers with greater autonomy over their budgets and timelines.   Accelerated engagement: Pre-packaged consulting services focus on business-driven results that help remediate organisational impact and deliver rapid time to value.   Specialist teams: Designated teams focus on delivering Business-Driven Security solutions, integration across RSA products, pre-packaged service solutions for common customer and partner needs, scalable and supportable customisation solutions, and global resources to lower overall costs.  RSA’s new services can help identify security gaps within organisations, improve cyber defence readiness, evaluate maturity and risk, adhere to governance and compliance practices, and deploy quick response services in the event of a breach. Organisations often focus on technology-centric solutions and overlook the immediate issues and risks facing the business. These RSA services also address this by evaluating people, processes and technology to create a holistic assessment of cybersecurity needs so that if or when a breach occurs, organisations can deploy a nimble and effective response.   The RSA Risk & Cybersecurity Practice has a global footprint and four specialty practices: RSA Risk Management Practice: Risk management programs empower organisations to efficiently implement risk management processes to significantly improve their business risk management maturity. RSA Risk Management practitioners provide industry expertise and best practices to design proven, multi-disciplinary risk management solutions in the most efficient manner.   RSA Identity Assurance Practice: Identity is the core of all security programs and represents the most consequential threat area. RSA identity experts can help with the most complex of governance, lifecycle and multi-factor authentication challenges as well as help define and architect identity and fraud programs to reduce the risk of tomorrow’s threats.   RSA Advanced Cyber Defense Practice: Cyber defence is one part technology and three parts people, process and experience. Our battle-tested cybersecurity experts can rapidly assess an organisation to identify gaps, prioritise risk and design an operational program to systematically improve defences, integrate security solutions, provide deep visibility, detect advanced threats and reduce mitigation time.   RSA Incident Response Practice: In preparing for a breach, organisations make continual improvements to decrease the probability of a breach. In today’s high-risk world of cyber, the probability of being breached remains high and organisations must be prepared for the worst. A well-planned Incident Response (IR) plan combined with RSA’s IR retainer-services backed by on-demand cybersecurity experts can help an organisation respond faster to a cyber attack.  Additionally, RSA University provides a learning path with nearly 200 online and classroom-based training courses to enhance the performance of security teams and boost the security savvy of an organisation.   In response to continued demand, RSA also unveiled two new offerings -- RSA Incident Response (IR) Retainer Services and Advanced Cyber Defense Packages – incremental security services to expand situational and risk-centric planning solutions for organisations.  AVAILABILITY The RSA Incident Response (IR) Retainer Services and Advanced Cyber Defense Packages are currently available globally, and pricing may vary depending on geography and customer requirements. The offerings will also be sold through channel partners. RSA is providing training to channel partners in early 2017 to familiarise them with the services while integrating them into channel partner curricula and offerings.  ADDITIONAL RESOURCES New RSA Business-Driven Security™ Solutions Bridge the ‘Gap of Grief’ Tweet this: With #cloud & #IoT adoption on the rise, @RSAsecurity launches new practice to address these threats: http://rsa.im/2lnJbC7 Tweet this: New @RSAsecurity Risk & Cybersecurity Practice helps organizations manage modern workplace threats: http://rsa.im/2lnJbC7 Connect with RSA via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and the RSA Speaking of Security blog ABOUT RSA RSA offers business-driven security solutions that uniquely link business context with security incidents to help organisations manage risk and protect what matters most. RSA solutions are designed to effectively detect and respond to advanced attacks; manage user identities and access; and, reduce business risk, fraud, and cybercrime. RSA protects millions of users around the world and helps more than 90% of the Fortune 500 companies thrive in an uncertain, high risk world. For more information, go to rsa.com.  RSA, Dell, Business Driven Security, NetWitness, SecurID, Archer and other trademarks are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Azure is an either registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. VMware is a registered trademark or trademark of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions. Other trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.   # # #  Media Contacts Biana Chamlet/Amy Rathbone Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200rsa@espressocomms.com.au RSA unifies fraud protection with centralised control to combat risks across digital channels 2017-02-13T22:30:00Z rsa-unifies-fraud-protection-with-centralised-control-to-combat-risks-across-digital-channels SAN FRANCISCO – RSA Conference, February 13, 2017 – RSA, a Dell Technologies business, unveiled a centralised platform that is designed to enhance fraud detection and investigation across digital environments in the latest release in the RSA Fraud & Risk Intelligence Suite. The new platform is engineered to enable organisations to leverage additional insights from internal and external sources as well as other anti-fraud tools to better protect their customers from targeted cybercrime attacks.   “Fraudsters are opportunistic; they aren’t picky as to which channels they use to steal from organisations and their customers. In whichever channel an organisation has weak controls is where you’ll find the bad guys, and they are getting better at finding those weaknesses which is why losses from account takeovers are up over 60% since last year,” said Al Pascual, Research Director and Head of Fraud & Security, Javelin Strategy & Research. “Organisations need to implement smarter controls across channels. That means leveraging holistic intelligence and solutions that are designed to work effectively in each channel in which they do business.”  RSA’s Business-Driven Security™ solutions help customers comprehensively and rapidly link security incidents with business context to respond effectively and protect what matters most. The RSA Fraud & Risk Intelligence platform is built to address many of the challenges facing organisations as they transform their digital strategy. As consumers transact in new ways and across new channels, better capabilities for security and fraud management that do not add friction to the user experience are required.   The platform gives organisations the ability to help balance security and convenience while improving fraud detection and investigation. Key benefits are designed to include:                                                                                            Centralised fraud management: Organisations can gain better visibility across web and mobile sessions and enable faster investigation of fraud incidents by leveraging input from other anti-fraud tools. Enhanced fraud detection: Organisations can correlate internal and external information sources into risk assessments to enhance fraud detection while minimising interruptions to consumers while transacting.    Improved experience for mobile users: Organisations can optimise how they secure their customers in the mobile channel and protect high-risk mobile transactions with a range of step-up authentication options including fingerprint or eye biometrics and transaction signing. The enhancements extend the RSA Fraud & Risk Intelligence Suite’s visibility into fraud events across channels, starting with mobile and web, while assessing and planning to expand into other channels. Enabling insights from other anti-fraud tools, the RSA Fraud and Risk Intelligence Suite is engineered to allow organisations to leverage existing investments to make better risk decisions and improve how they respond to the most sophisticated fraud attacks.   “Organisations are interacting more directly with customers across multiple-digital channel platforms, and the way they protect customers must change too. Customer experience is key, but consumers also expect to feel secure whether they are making an online purchase, transferring money, or checking their healthcare records,” said Shai Cohen, general manager, RSA Fraud & Risk Intelligence Suite. “As fraud threats increase in both frequency and impact, organisations need better visibility and control over their anti-fraud initiatives. The enhancements announced today provide the most comprehensive level of fraud management in the industry.”  ADDITIONAL RESOURCES New RSA Business-Driven Security™ Solutions Bridge the ‘Gap of Grief’ Read the analyst report: Business-Driven Fraud Management: Engaging with Leadership to Drive Investment Read the blog: What peanut butter cups can teach us about fraud prevention Web Threat Detection Trends in E-Commerce: A Guide to Improve Fraud Detection and Investigation Learn more here RSA Fraud & Risk Intelligence Tweet this: In a multi-channel world, fraud is rampant. See how @RSAsecurity protects businesses at the speed of fraud: http://rsa.im/2k7vQsS Tweet this: Losses associated with #fraud are up 60% as criminals exploit more. @RSAsecurity anti-fraud helps: http://rsa.im/2k7vQsS Connect with RSA via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and the RSA Speaking of Security blog ABOUT RSA RSA offers business-driven security solutions that uniquely link business context with security incidents to help organisations manage risk and protect what matters most. RSA solutions are designed to effectively detect and respond to advanced attacks; manage user identities and access; and, reduce business risk, fraud, and cybercrime. RSA protects millions of users around the world and helps more than 90% of the Fortune 500 companies thrive in an uncertain, high risk world. For more information, go to rsa.com.  RSA, Dell, Business Driven Security, and other trademarks are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.   # # #  Media Contacts Biana Chamlet/Amy Rathbone Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200rsa@espressocomms.com.au RSA NetWitness® Suite accelerates actionable, impactful security decisions for today’s business 2017-02-13T22:30:00Z -203 SAN FRANCISCO – RSA Conference, February 13, 2017 – RSA, a Dell Technologies business, announced enhancements to the RSA NetWitness Suite that are designed to provide essential visibility and actionable insight to detect today’s threats faster. The suite is engineered to enable organisations to monitor and deploy in any modern infrastructure, allowing for flexibility, ease of deployment and the comprehensive visibility needed for rapid detection and response. These enhancements extend RSA’s ability to enable organisations to close the security team resource and skills gaps without adding staff. As part of RSA’s Business-Driven Security™ solutions, RSA NetWitness Suite customers can comprehensively and rapidly link security incidents with business context to respond effectively and protect what matters most.   Using the RSA NetWitness Suite, organisations can now deploy the same threat detection content that RSA's Incident Response Practice uses to identify the latest threats. As an illustration of RSA NetWitness Suite’s ability to connect the dots between network, endpoint and log data, the technology was used to identify the malware used in a pair of newly identified attacks – Kingslayer and Schoolbell. The suite provides out-of-the-box content for finding behaviours that are associated with the groups suspected to have perpetrated the attacks. RSA Research recently published technical details about the Kingslayer and Schoolbell attacks.   “RSA NetWitness Suite has helped our security analysts detect and respond to incidents with agility and confidence,” said Eric Tamashunas, Information Security at Johnson & Johnson. “It is not only a key tool in our InfoSec portfolio, it’s a force multiplier that elevates our analysts’ efficiency across the organisation.”   With its deep understanding of the broadest set of attack vectors, RSA NetWitness Suite is designed to address the increasingly pervasive threats posed by fast-moving, increasingly precise attacks that target strategic business assets. While organisations recognise the impact these advanced threats present to infrastructure, reputation and financial health, research shows they are slow to detect and respond to these threats. The latest RSA Threat Detection Survey revealed 92 percent of organisations cannot detect threats very quickly and 89 percent cannot investigate fast enough.   RSA NetWitness Suite’s latest capabilities are engineered to provide visibility into organisations’ applications that are running on cloud and virtual infrastructures, allowing enterprises to collect and analyse critical security data as part of a centralised detection and response platform. In addition, RSA NetWitness components are built to now be deployed to “run anywhere” – on physical, virtual and new cloud infrastructures. Organisations can benefit from the agility offered by unlimited computing and storage without compromising security or availability.   “RSA NetWitness Suite is designed to enable organisations to be more effective and efficient in their security operations. We have engineered the RSA NetWitness Suite to provide unparalleled insight across all infrastructures and deliver rapid, comprehensive ability to defeat today’s security threats,” said Michael Adler, Vice President, Product, RSA NetWitness Suite, RSA. “Customers can close resource gaps on their security teams by using automated detection of today’s known and unknown threats and by monitoring their entire infrastructure – no matter where it is.”   RSA NetWitness Suite is designed to increase the impact of a security team by up to three times by: Mitigating business damage: Rapid detection of today’s known and unknown threats by using automated-behaviour analytics, minimising the dwell time of the attacker and mitigating risk. Creating more efficient and effective security teams: Close gaps on security teams without increasing headcount while improving the current team with automated detection to respond to advanced cyber threats three times faster. Leveraging the cloud and virtual environments while remaining secure: Pervasive visibility into any modern infrastructure and minimising potential blind spots. AVAILABILITY The version of RSA NetWitness Suite is currently available.ADDITIONAL RESOURCES New RSA Business-Driven Security™ Solutions Bridge the ‘Gap of Grief’ Tweet this: Security teams can now manage #cyber attacks with agility, speed and confidence with @RSAsecurity NetWitness: http://rsa.im/2kWG57a Tweet this: 92% of businesses cannot respond to #security threats quickly. See how @RSAsecurity NetWitness helps: http://rsa.im/2kWG57a Read the blog Schoolbell: Class is in Session Read the research Kingslayer: A Supply Chain Attack Connect with RSA via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and the RSA Speaking of Security blog ABOUT RSA RSA offers business-driven security solutions that uniquely link business context with security incidents to help organisations manage risk and protect what matters most. RSA solutions are designed to effectively detect and respond to advanced attacks; manage user identities and access; and, reduce business risk, fraud, and cybercrime. RSA protects millions of users around the world and helps more than 90% of the Fortune 500 companies thrive in an uncertain, high risk world. For more information, go to rsa.com.  RSA, Dell, Business Driven Security, NetWitness and other trademarks are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries.  Other trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.   # # #  Media Contacts Biana Chamlet/Amy Rathbone Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200rsa@espressocomms.com.au Acronis Names Exeed as Key Distributor of Acronis Personal Data Protection Products in Australia and New Zealand 2017-02-09T01:34:05Z acronis-names-exeed-as-key-distributor-of-acronis-personal-data-protection-products-in-australia-and-new-zealand Sydney, Australia – February 9, 2017 – Acronis, a global leader in hybrid-cloud data protection and storage is proud to announce a new partnership with New Zealand’s leading IT distribution company, Exeed to bring the new generation data protection technology to ANZ home users and small office home office (SOHO) customers. Exeed will use its distribution muscle to put the world’s most innovative personal backup solution, Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation, on the shelves of New Zealand and Australian stores and bundle it with other software and hardware products. Exeed will provide training, support, and marketing assistance to enable retailers, business partners, and resellers to meet the growing demand for data protection services in the home user and SOHO space. A recent survey revealed a strong need for an effective data protection solution in this market space. In Australia, 72% of the respondents (one percent higher than the global average) said that they worry about the safety of their data, while 53% said wouldn’t know how to restore personal data if it’s lost. Moreover, 56% said they were not aware of ransomware, the most aggressive cyber security threat the world is facing today. Exceed will distribute Acronis data protection technology which meets this need in the most complete, easy, and cost efficient way. “Due to Exeed’s growing retail presence in New Zealand and Australia, we see a great opportunity out there to attack with a fantastic backup product. There is nothing else like this on the market while there is a clear need for easy tools to protect customers’ data. Backup is very valuable. It doesn’t take more than one incident to understand that a small fee you pay for an Acronis True Image license is nothing compared to hundreds or thousands of dollars you would lose recovering data without a backup,” said Justin Tye, Managing Director of Exeed Limited. Acronis True Image is the fastest and most complete personal backup solution, outperforming the closest competition by more than two times (based on internal tests, external test results will be released separately). It protects data on Windows and Mac computers, iOS and Android mobile devices, and Facebook social network accounts. Acronis True Image delivers ultimate data protection for personal and family data using AES 256 encryption and stores it in multiple destinations, including external drives, NAS devices, network shares, and the secure Acronis Cloud. The latest update of this award-winning software, Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation, comes with Acronis Active Protection™ — active protection against ransomware attacks on user data, Acronis Notary™— blockchain-based data certification and verification capabilities — and Acronis ASign™ — the most consumer-friendly electronic document signing service, making it the first and only backup solution in the global market to introduce Active Protection technology to detect and prevent ransomware attacks in real-time, automatically recover all data from the backup, self-protect backups and the backup application. “Exeed is very pleased to have been selected by Acronis to distribute the True Image personal backup solution,” said Justin Tye, Managing Director of Exeed. “We believe that consumer data loss protection is vital today as home users become more mobile and are increasingly at risk of losing precious data from theft, damage or viruses.  Acronis True Image provides an easy to use, cost effective solution for users on laptops, PC and mobile devices. Exeed has a large consumer device business so it made perfect sense to us to partner with Acronis to offer a fast backup solution to make it easy for customers to keep all their data safe and in one place.  We like the cross platform capability of True Image supporting Windows, Mac, IOS, Android & Facebook, it complements our hardware brands nicely. We are looking forward to working with Acronis and helping them to develop their retail business via our experienced retail sales organisation.” “We are excited to form a new partnership with an established IT distributor in the ANZ market. It’s a major step forward in promoting Acronis’ consumer products in the region and Acronis will support Exeed’s efforts in making it easy for customers to protect their digital memories and important documents,” said Tony Drewitt, General Manager Acronis ANZ.   One Identity Extends Top-Rated Active Roles Solution to Azure Active Directory, Driving Essential Efficiency and Security into Hybrid Environments 2017-02-07T00:34:16Z one-identity-extends-top-rated-active-roles-solution-to-azure-active-directory-driving-essential-efficiency-and-security-into-hybrid-environments – One Identity, a recognised leader in identity and access management, today announced a new Active Roles version that extends best-in-class features to conquer the security and management challenges organisations face as they grapple with the complexities of hybrid Active Directory (AD) environments. With thousands of users already leveraging Active Roles to manage on-premises Active Directory, Active Roles 7.1 delivers a single management console, purpose-built to help organisations overcome the time-consuming burden and functional gaps often presented by disparate and limited native tools for the hybrid AD/Azure Active Directory environment.   Currently, nearly 90 percent of organizations worldwide rely on Microsoft’s Active Directory to authenticate and authorize users on their networks, translating into 500 million organizations, globally.[1] Yet while Microsoft’s launch of the cloud-based Azure Active Directory (AAD) has fuelled steady growth in enterprise cloud adoption, many organisations face significant challenges in efficiently managing the security and administration of their quickly growing hybrid environments. Organisations require a solution that addresses these issues in on-premises, cloud-based and hybrid Active Directory ecosystems.   “The steadily rising appetite for cloud-based productivity tools like Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange Online has driven quick adoption of Microsoft’s AAD - yet many adopting the cloud still, by necessity, have their feet firmly planted in on-premises environments, leading to vast inconsistencies in administrative processes and security execution,” said John Milburn, president and general manager of One Identity. “Coupled with the shortcomings of native and other third-party solutions, the rise of these hybrid AD/AAD environments has led to millions of enterprises struggling with dangerous gaps in security and crippling inefficiencies. With our release of Active Roles 7.1, One Identity now empowers organisations with precise, unified and consistent administration and security for both AD and AAD from a single point of management, enabling enterprises to embrace cloud adoption without sacrificing security.”  A Single Source of Security, Automation and Management Offering a unified, single product for management of hybrid AD environments, Active Roles 7.1 extends the existing robust capabilities of Active Roles, currently used by thousands of enterprises worldwide, to AAD in a hybrid environment. Key new features of this version include:   Admin delegation: Fills the glaring gap caused by the lack of privileged account management in native AD and AAD management tools and eliminates risk by granting AD and AAD admins only the rights necessary to fulfill their jobs. Provisioning automation: Ensures the consistency of all provisioning/de-provisioning tasks (including group memberships) across both on-premises AD and AAD (and all associated applications such as Exchange, Exchange Online, Office 365, SharePoint, SharePoint Online, etc.) through available templated workflows, eliminating error-prone redundancies, inefficiencies and incidents of human error. Comprehensive auditing: Facilitates compliance with audit trails of administrative rights and all activities performed with those rights across on-premises AD and AAD in the hybrid environment.  Bridging a Critical Gap in the Market   “Active Directory is a staple in any organisation, and with the increase in adoption of Azure Active Directory, as well as a targeted focus on digital transformation, we’re seeing a concentrated effort around preparing an environment for migration and effectively administering the hybrid environment going forward. As such, a single console that serves as the epicentre of control and security for AD and AAD is necessary,” said Tim Eichmann, head of infrastructure and cloud services at Core Technology Systems, Ltd. “Time and again, One Identity continues to be a trusted partner, and Active Roles proves itself as a critical tool in providing us with the solutions needed to better manage and secure our customer organisations’ infrastructure.”  Availability   One Identity Active Roles 7.1 is available immediately worldwide.     [1] “Cloud Identity Authentication Battle Heats Up,” Redmond Magazine, https://redmondmag.com/Articles/2015/10/01/Identity-Clash.aspxAbout One Identity  One Identity, a business operating under Quest Software, helps organisations solve their identity and access management (IAM) challenges by offering a comprehensive portfolio comprised of future-ready, business-centric, modular and integrated solutions that deliver superior identity governance, access management, privileged management and identity as a service. More than 7,500 customers worldwide depend on One Identity solutions to manage more than 125 million identities, enhancing their agility and efficiency while securing access to their data—wherever it might reside. For more information, visit http://www.oneidentity.com.   More Than 10,000 Enterprises Adopt Nimble Storage Predictive Flash Platform 2017-02-06T21:17:01Z more-than-10-000-enterprises-adopt-nimble-storage-predictive-flash-platform SAN JOSE, Calif. – Feb. 6, 2017 – Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL), the leader in predictive flash storage, today announced that more than 10,000 customers have purchased the Nimble Storage Predictive Flash platform. This accomplishment demonstrates the strong market demand for predictive infrastructure that provides businesses with fast, reliable access to data. The Nimble Predictive Flash platform leverages flash and cloud-based predictive analytics to eliminate the app-data gap and deliver unparalleled operational simplicity, infrastructure availability and cross-stack visibility. Deep predictive capabilities allow Nimble to provide a superior customer support experience to the more than 10,000 customers.  “The future of infrastructure is predictive and autonomous. Since our inception, this has been at the forefront of our mission,” said Suresh Vasudevan, CEO at Nimble Storage. “With the help of our tremendous partner ecosystem, more than 10,000 customers have purchased our Predictive Flash platform. In addition to acquiring new customers at a rapid pace, we continue to see a steady pattern of repeat deployments from our installed base. We are pioneering a new level of technology innovation and customer support that businesses will come to expect from all vendors. Thank you to our loyal customer base.” Today’s applications require more than speed to meet end-user expectations. Through the deep predictive analytics and machine learning capabilities of InfoSight, Nimble is able to tackle issues that slow down data as it moves through complex infrastructure – also known as the app-data gap – to ensure customers can operate their applications, and their businesses, at peak speed. By aggregating and analysing data across the Nimble installed base, InfoSight Predictive Analytics identifies and prevents causes of downtime before they occur. The machine learning capabilities built into the Nimble Predictive Flash platform have enabled the measured availability to reach over six-nines (https://www.nimblestorage.com/press_release/nimble-storage-achieves-six-nines-availability-powered-by-infosight-predictive-analytics/) (99.9999%) uptime.Customers Around the Globe are Recognising the Value of Predictive Infrastructure National Rugby League Adds Performance and Capacity for Future Growth The National Rugby League (NRL) administration represents a sporting club that involves 1.3 million participants across the nation. It runs the Telstra Premiership which spans Australia and New Zealand. It also manages the operations of Country Rugby League, NSW Rugby League and is responsible for game development. Rapid growth of the NRL’s in-house IT services resulted in application performance issues and increased demand for storage. The NRL was also experiencing virtual server growth from four to 65 servers and a near doubling of staff, placing pressure on the organisation’s existing IT infrastructure. With its vendors no longer providing support for the legacy storage arrays, the NRL turned to Nimble. Implementing the Predictive Flash platform reduced storage rack space requirements by 50 percent, and the NRL had no need to specify storage tiers or RAID levels, aggregates or volumes. Nimble now supports the continued development of the organisation’s IT infrastructure and the business of the NRL. Gamma Scales IT Infrastructure with Predictive Flash Platform Gamma is one of the largest suppliers of voice, data and mobile products and services in the U.K. The telecommunications company was experiencing growing pains with its legacy storage provider. The company wanted to scale capacity of its corporate IT infrastructure and improve reliability and performance of critical workloads. Gamma also wanted to lower soaring operational costs and simplify storage management for its IT staff, enabling them to focus on more strategic IT initiatives. Gamma has been steadily scaling out its Nimble Predictive Flash platform over the past few years, most recently adding an AF9000 All Flash array (https://www.nimblestorage.com/technology-products/all-flash-arrays/). The increased performance and capacity on the AF9000 is focused on mission-critical workloads that underpin Gamma’s corporate IT infrastructure.  Werum IT Solutions Improves IT Infrastructure Availability  Werum IT Solutions is a leading supplier of manufacturing execution systems (MES) and manufacturing IT solutions for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. The Lüneburg, Germany-based software company has deployed 20 CS-Series Adaptive Flash arrays supporting their global offices in the US, Europe and Asia. The Nimble Predictive Flash platform has enabled Werum IT Solutions to cut production times for software development nearly in half. By implementing the Adaptive Flash arrays, the company achieved significantly better performance compared to other storage vendor products. A leading factor in Werum IT Solutions’ continued patronage of Nimble is due to InfoSight Predictive Analytics, which has allowed the company to operate critical software development and supports 3,000 virtual machines For more information on the Predictive Flash platform and InfoSight, please visit www.nimblestorage.comNimble Storage Resources •   Nimble Storage Website: https://www.nimblestorage.com •   Case Studies and Videos: https://www.nimblestorage.com/customers •   Follow Nimble Storage on Twitter: @NimbleStorage  •   Follow Nimble Storage on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/290012 •   Visit Nimble Storage on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nimble-Storage/141648999232866  •   Visit the NimbleConnect Community: https://connect.nimblestorage.com/welcome  About Nimble Storage Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL) is the leader in predictive flash storage solutions. Its predictive flash platform gives users the fastest, most reliable access to data. 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SOURCE: Nimble Storage INVIGOR GROUP LAUNCHES LATEST TECHNOLOGY IN PRICING INTELLIGENCE 2017-02-05T22:16:13Z invigor-group-launches-latest-technology-in-pricing-intelligence February 6, 2017, Sydney: Leading big data solutions provider Invigor Group (ASX:IVO) - the team behind the successful Insights Visitor platform recently used at The Australian Open – has announced the launch of Australia’s first ever price tracking solution for business; SpotLite (watch video). SpotLite allows retailers and brands of any size and in any location around the world to monitor market pricing across their industry. Users can choose when they want to receive detailed pricing reports directly to their inbox, as well as configure real-time price alerts for competitors or channels price changes. According to a 2014 McKinsey report, on average, a one per cent price increase typically translates to 8.7 per cent in operating profits for business, yet McKinsey estimated that up to 30 per cent of pricing decisions failed to deliver the best price to their customers – resulting in loss of revenue opportunities. The easy access and availability of data has provided a market opportunity for businesses to track market pricing strategies holistically and in real time. Australian online sales have surged over the last five years, with an IBIS World Online Shopping Research Report estimating an annual growth of 16.2 per cent a surge to $18 billion for 2017. With this newfound access to a wide-ranging variety of retailers and brands online, the space has become increasingly competitive. Several of Invigor’s customers participated in the worldwide testing phase of SpotLite, including international brands Dyson Australia and ASUS Brazil, and retailers such as Adore Beauty and Kogan, with outstanding results. Invigor Group Chairman and CEO Gary Cohen said SpotLite is a valuable insight gathering tool that the Australian market has never before had access. “Our beta clients have been using SpotLite as a resource for almost 2 months. They have full visibility of competitor and distributor pricing, allowing them to address pricing gaps or develop promotional strategies to increase revenue.” ASUS Brazil, the Brazilian arm of the international tech giant and a leader in the computer hardware market, has benefited from SpotLite’s holistic visibility to monitor how their products are priced across distributors and retailers, and this is playing a core role in their day-to-day business decisions. Marcos Santos, Country Product Manager at ASUS Brazil, said SpotLite has quickly become a valuable tool for their team to retain a competitive edge. “Our initial use of SpotLite has uncovered and consolidated an overarching view of how our products are being priced by our channels. The view of not only our own product pricing in the market, but also those of our competitors is allowing us to move swiftly and make tactical and strategic decisions across the product, sales and marketing departments in a timely manner,” Marcos said. By harnessing the power of data, SpotLite has been developed with a range of plans to suit every budget, from large established corporations to small and medium sized business. Customers are not locked into a contract and have the flexibility to tailor a package that best suits their business needs. Starting from just $39 a month, all new customers will benefit from a 30-day free trial in which they’ll have access to SpotLite’s functionalities and features, such as email notifications, customisable charts and dashboards. To find out more about SpotLite visit www.spotlite.com.au. Further enquiries: Jamie Pericleous jpericleous@heardagency.com 0421 173 361 About Invigor Group Invigor Group Limited (ASX:IVO) is an Australian company that develops a range of solutions to help measure and influence the consumer purchase journey, turning insights into revenue. Invigor’s solutions offers insights into market activity such as competitor pricing and consumer behaviour as well as allowing engagement with consumers through relevant content and digital real estate. Invigor’s technology and innovation can be seen in one of Sydney’s historic ferry terminals, Manly Wharf, where a high traffic transport hub has been transformed into a Digital Precinct. Invigor is leading the way in data intelligence by providing comprehensive end-to-end business solutions with Wi-Fi analytics, consumer engagement, real-time pricing and market intelligence.