The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-11T23:58:56Z Avi Networks doubles revenue and customer base as legacy load balancing giants fade 2019-03-11T23:58:56Z avi-networks-doubles-revenue-and-customer-base-as-legacy-load-balancing-giants-fade Avi Networks doubles revenue and customer base as legacy load balancing giants fade Continues to outpace incumbents with over 250 new features for traditional, multi-cloud, and container deployments SYDNEY — March 12, 2019 — Avi Networks, the leader in multi-cloud application services, today announced that it has more than doubled its revenue and number of customers each year for the past three years. Hundreds of global enterprises — including the world’s largest financial services, media, and technology companies — now use Avi Networks for their core applications across data centres and clouds. The world’s largest enterprises are replacing their legacy ADCs (application delivery controllers) with the Avi software platform for both data centre and cloud use cases. Over 80 percent of enterprises, in head-to-head evaluations, select Avi Networks over a hardware or software appliance from traditional vendors. “There’s a reason we take so many customers from legacy vendors,” said Avi Networks CEO Amit Pandey. “We remain the only enterprise-grade solution that deploys consistently across all environments. In response, legacy vendors are developing siloed solutions for each environment or attempting to modernise through acquisitions. “Meanwhile our architecture and controller technology is years ahead and getting better all the time. It’s no wonder that enterprises are choosing Avi Networks for their business critical applications.” Instead of managing hundreds of physical or virtual appliances, Avi customers can dispatch services like load balancing and web application firewall to any application using one centralised interface. Avi’s technology effortlessly spans bare-metal servers and private and public clouds, making it a natural choice for hybrid and multi-cloud environments. In addition to running anywhere, Avi Vantage works equally well with containerised applications. Avi’s new Universal Service Mesh integrates Istio to extend a single fabric across clusters, regions, and clouds to manage, monitor, and secure traffic externally and internally. This year, Avi Networks has also updated its platform with over 250 new features, including advanced controller and process analytics, client log streaming, and the release of Avi SaaS — the world’s first cloud-managed load balancing solution. Avi’s growth includes recent office expansions in Australia, India and the Netherlands to support research and development facilities around the world. The expansion follows Avi’s $60 million Series D funding last year, which added Cisco Investments to Avi’s existing investors. Avi’s total funding is $115 million. About Avi Networks Avi Networks delivers Multi-Cloud Application Services by automating intelligence and elasticity across any cloud. The Avi Vantage Platform provides a Software Load Balancer, Intelligent Web Application Firewall (iWAF), and Universal Service Mesh to ensure a fast, scalable, and secure application experience. Avi Vantage is delivered with SaaS or customer-managed options. Customers enjoy 90% faster provisioning and 50% lower total cost of ownership. Avi is backed by leading investors including Cisco Investments, DAG Ventures, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Menlo Ventures. Contact George Tsoukas, ANZ Regional Vice President, Avi Networks. georget@avinetworks.com +61 (0) 419 310 900 Challenges ahead but KL on target to achieve status as world class city of the future affirms Tan Sri Michael Yeoh 2019-03-10T23:19:30Z challenges-ahead-but-kl-on-target-to-achieve-status-as-world-class-city-of-the-future-affirms-tan-sri-michael-yeoh The momentum driving Kuala Lumpur’s progress towards recognition as a world class liveable city has been impressive and continues to propel this aspiration – however there are still numerous challenges ahead for the nation’s capital said Kingsley Strategic Institute’s (KSI) Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh in his welcoming address at KSI’s international conference last month.   KSI’s international Conference – Shaping the future of Greater Kuala Lumpur Towards Sustainable & Inclusive Smart City Living brought together senior government officers, corporate leaders, SMI’s, entrepreneurs, civil society organisations, thought leaders and community heads to discuss the transformation of Greater Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya into a world class city of the future.   The Conference program facilitated the exchange views, insights and ideas and assessed future challenges and opportunities.  It will also promoted KL as an investment destination and regional hub for foreign investors.   A great city is not measured by more and more physical structures, but also by its plans and activities that benefit its inhabitants said YB Tuan Haji Khalid Bin Abd. Samad, Minister of Federal Territories Malaysia in his keynote address.  “It’s important to compare KL against other global cities and learn and be inspired by them”.   Vienna demonstrated by winning the 2018 Most Liveable City that the five key attributes for liveability are 1) Stability; 2) Healthcare; 3) Culture and environment; 4) Education; and 5) Infrastructure.   In looking to the future and the successful attainment of KL’s goal to achieve world class liveability status, Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh said it was essential to consider the seven Es.   1.  Economic Growth     The city must create more economic and commercial opportunities in the future – especially for SMEs that underpin much of Malaysia’s economic growth and employment.   2.  Environment     It is imperative that government, business and society work together to protect and safeguard the ‘living environment’ and ‘green lungs’ of the city.   3.  Education     Kuala Lumpur needs to be an education hub.  The creation of education hubs throughout the city to focus on science, technology, technical advancement, research and innovation is crucial.   4.  Employment     Creating employment opportunities, especially for future generations is must.   5.  Enforcement     Protecting citizens and the environment against pollution and activities that endangers the city’s population and natural surroundings requires strict enforcement – including maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness.   6.  Engagement     There must be an infrastructure that facilitates dialogue and engagement between the city council, Malaysian government, business, community associations, chambers of commerce and civil society.  The input, feedback and support of KL’s citizens is especially important for success.      7.  Ethical Leadership     The goal of ethical leadership is to trickle down and address issues of corruption and mismanagement from all activities.   Minister Samad, concluded his presentation by calling on the conference delegates to ‘dream big’ and be inclusive.    The goal of liveability can only be achieved by all stakeholders from government, council, business, academia and resident associations working together to make the vision reality.   The conference ended with a suggestion to organise an Asia Pacific Mayors Conference next year – Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh has confirmed planning has been commenced by KSI for this initiative.   ENDS Issued by Connect Malaysia           www.connectmalaysia.com.au             Media enquiries         Mr. Joe Perri, Connect Malaysia Tel:       +61 3 9662 2550   Mob:  +61 412 112 545  Email:  jperri@joeperri.com.au   Profile:      Kingsley Strategic Institute      https://kasi.asia       The Kingsley Strategic Institute (KSI) provides strategic advice, high level executive briefings, international conferences, policy roundtables and national summits.  New Malaysia has brought new hopes for the country and new challenges and this requires innovative strategic thinking, plans and ideas.   In line with the revived Malaysia Inc concept to foster closer public – private sector cooperation KSI organises top level exclusive briefings and policy dialogues and provide policy inputs to government derived from policy analysis.   KSI is a bridge between Government and Business and is committed to excellence, professionalism and integrity.   In addition, KSI assists organisations prepare for the 4th Industrial Revolution and the Age of Disruption through meetings of minds sharing new ideas, insights and intelligence.  KSI is also the Secretariat for the prestigious Economic Club of Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysia China Economic Cooperation Council (MCECC) and Dialogue Rakyat.   The MCECC organises high level meetings on the Belt and Road Initiatives (BRI) and works closely with think tanks, business organizations and research institutions in China and ASEAN.   The Economic Club of Kuala Lumpur promotes discussions and debate on economic policies and issues and host Roundtables and luncheons with Cabinet Ministers, top CEOs and thought leaders from Malaysia and the ASEAN region.   Bitglass report reveals hacking and IT incidents account for nearly half of all healthcare data breaches 2019-03-07T04:59:48Z bitglass-report-reveals-hacking-and-it-incidents-account-for-nearly-half-of-all-healthcare-data-breaches SYDNEY – March 7, 2019 - Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB company, has released its fifth annual Healthcare Breach Report. It shows that the number of healthcare records breached in 2018 more than doubled since 2017. Each year, Bitglass analyses data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ ‘Wall of Shame’, a database containing information about breaches of protected health information (PHI) that affected 500 or more individuals. In 2019’s report, the latest data is compared to that of previous years, revealing key trends and cybersecurity challenges facing the healthcare industry. Breaches recorded in the HHS database are categorised into one of the following groups: Hacking or IT incidents: Breaches related to malicious hackers and improper IT security Unauthorised access or disclosure: All unauthorised access and sharing of protected health information Loss or theft: Breaches enabled by the loss or theft of endpoint devices Other: Miscellaneous breaches and leaks related to items such as improper disposal of data According to the study’s findings, the number of breaches in 2018 was lower than that of the previous year. Yet the number of records breached has more than doubled since 2017. Additionally, of the 11.5 million individuals affected by healthcare breaches in 2018, 67 percent had their information exposed by hacking and IT incidents. The steady rise of this type of breach suggests that healthcare IT systems are increasingly being targeted by malicious actors who recognise that said systems house massive amounts of sensitive data. “Healthcare firms have made progress in bolstering their security and reducing the number of breaches over the last few years,” said Rich Campagna, CMO of Bitglass. “However, the growth in hacking and IT incidents does deserve special attention. As such, healthcare organisations must employ the appropriate technologies and cybersecurity best practices if they want to secure the patient data within their IT systems.” Key Findings: The number of reported healthcare breaches reached a three-year low of 290 in 2018 At 46 percent, hacking and IT incidents were the biggest causes of breaches, with unauthorized access and disclosure coming in second place at 36 percent The average number of individuals affected per breach was 39,739 in 2018 – more than twice the average of 2017 The number of breaches caused by lost and stolen devices has decreased by almost 70 percent since 2014 To learn more about the state of security in healthcare, download the full report here: https://pages.bitglass.com/HealthcareBreachReport_LP.html About Bitglass Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB company, is based in Silicon Valley with offices worldwide. The company’s cloud security solutions deliver zero-day, agentless data and threat protection for any app, any device, anywhere. Bitglass is backed by Tier 1 investors and was founded in 2013 by a team of industry veterans with a proven track record of innovation and execution. Contact David Shephard Vice President Asia Pacific Bitglass 0477 725 051 dshephard@bitglass.com Carbon Black announces integration with Chronicle’s Backstory security analytics platform 2019-03-06T23:46:22Z carbon-black-announces-integration-with-chronicles-backstory-security-analytics-platform SYDNEY, March 5, 2019 – Carbon Black, a leader in cloud-delivered next-generation endpoint security, today announced a collaboration with Chronicle as part of a broader industry effort to help customers improve visibility of, and response to, cyber threats. Chronicle’s recently announced security analytics product, Backstory, is a global platform designed to help enterprise customers analyse the massive amounts of security telemetry they generate every year. By collaborating with Chronicle, Carbon Black is committed to integrating with Backstory. The goal is to empower joint customers to be better able to investigate incidents, hunt for threats and respond to attacks within their networks. As cyber attacks are stopped via Carbon Black’s endpoint security solutions and predictive data modelling, Chronicle uses the data to analyse months to years of attack information, as well as determine patterns across time. The desired result is simpler, faster and more cost-effective security analytics. “Organisations generally lack the visibility, scale and speed required to analyse massive amounts of security data quickly and effectively,” said Michael Viscuso, Carbon Black’s Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer. “With Backstory, we believe Chronicle is raising the industry bar for security analytics when it comes to speed and scale. Combined with Carbon Black’s insightful endpoint data, Chronicle presents an opportunity to bring the advantage back to defenders.” Stronger cyber security through big data and analytics The integration combines Carbon Black’s comprehensive endpoint detection and response (EDR) data with Backstory, offering security teams a way to more quickly and effectively investigate security alerts and take immediate action. As an endpoint security leader with more than 15 million global endpoints under management and more than 5,000 global customers, Carbon Black’s endpoint security platform sees and processes billions of endpoint security events per day. Within Carbon Black’s technology, endpoint activity is continuously recorded, hampering an attacker’s ability to remain undetected. With this data, Carbon Black’s customers and partners are able to stop more attacks, earn actionable visibility across the enterprise and simplify their security and IT operations. “As a global platform designed to analyze enterprise security telemetry, Backstory provides more value to customers when it’s integrated with other key technologies within the customers’ networks,” said Ansh Patnaik, Chronicle Chief Product Officer. “We believe our integration with Carbon Black gives customers a broader, more accurate view of threats within their networks.” About Carbon Black Carbon Black (NASDAQ: CBLK) is a leader in endpoint security dedicated to keeping the world safe from cyberattacks. The company’s big data and analytics platform, the CB Predictive Security Cloud (PSC), consolidates endpoint security and IT operations into an extensible cloud platform that prevents advanced threats, provides actionable insight and enables businesses of all sizes to simplify operations. By analysing billions of security events per day across the globe, Carbon Black has key insights into attackers’ behaviour patterns, enabling customers to detect, respond to and stop emerging attacks. More than 5,000 global customers, including 34 of the Fortune 100, trust Carbon Black to protect their organisations from cyberattacks. The company’s partner ecosystem features more than 500 MSSPs, VARs, distributors and technology integrations, as well as many of the world’s leading IR firms, who use Carbon Black’s technology in more than 500 breach investigations per year. Contact David Frost, PR Deadlines, for Carbon Black +61.2.7903 9567 davidff@prdeadlines.com.au Outstanding Veterans’ Employer of the Year: BCT Solutions 2019-03-06T22:24:31Z outstanding-veterans-employer-of-the-year-bct-solutions The Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Awards ceremony was recently held at Parliament House in Canberra. The award for 'Outstanding Employer of the Year' went to BCT Solutions. The company was also awarded the 'Veterans' Employer of the Year - Medium'.  With nearly 90 per cent of its workforce being former service men and women, BCT Solutions understands the value veterans bring to an organisation. This has seen the company receive a number of awards over the last two years including: Australian Small Business Champion Awards - National Growth Champion, AFR Fast Starter, CRN Fast 50, Deloitte Tech Fast 500 APAC and member of the Sage Power 50. The reason for their award was provided as: "The stand-out based on the successful programs it has in place, developed by veterans, to assist veterans in their employment including the provision of informal service transition advice."  The Canberra-based consultancy provides a range of services including Cyber, Electronic Warfare, Technology & Intelligence, as well as helping veterans transition to the private sector. BCT Solutions also prides itself on providing a mature and flexible working environment, where staff can work from remote locations to deliver results for the business. Resident action groups rate Moreland Council Design Excellence Scorecard a FAIL 2019-03-06T11:00:09Z resident-action-groups-rate-moreland-council-design-excellence-scorecard-a-fail Although Moreland Council’s recently approved Development Excellence Scorecard seems like a worthy program to improve the design of too rapidly built buildings – in reality it fails residents and deserves a low-score says Brunswick Residents Network’s (BRN) Ms Jo Stanley and Fawkner Residents Association (FRA) Mr Joe Perri.   The first failing in a litany of many was the omission of both the Brunswick and Fawkner resident groups, together with Protecting Moreland in the development of the Scorecard.  Over the three-year journey since the concept was announced – no input was sought or requested from the three high profile community-based groups.   “The second (but strongest) failing is that the Scorecard will open up a unique avenue of permit approval for multi-unit developments with decisions on contentious issues such as height – made behind closed doors by non-elected representatives”, said Jo Stanley.   According to the Council Report, industry professionals such as planners, architects, developers, builders, engineers, ESD consultants, access consultants and academics were consulted – with the obvious omission being the representatives from the resident groups of Brunswick, Moreland / Coburg and Fawkner.   Even the input of buyers was another obvious omission.   Joe Perri said, “February 2020 will be earliest opportunity for residents and neighbourhood associations to have a voice, express concerns and input into the program at a public meeting”.   “Efforts by Councillors Bolton and Tapinos at the February Council Meeting to have a community information event to present the concept to residents were overruled in the haste to enact the program.   “Even the efforts of the two Councillors to ensure that Moreland’s height restrictions were not compromised in order to accommodate subjective ‘design’ excellence were rejected”.    The Scorecard first came before Council in 2017 as the Fast Track program and its objective was to fast track development projects of ‘architectural and environmental’ merit.  The benefit to developers being fast tracked construction without the need to reference or seek approval from Councillors.    The fast track development program was again before Council in early 2018 as the Quality Design Scorecard and finally the Design Excellence Scorecard that was approved at Council’s meeting on February 13.   Jo Stanley continued, “The Scorecard by-passes the elected representatives.  No other councils in Victoria have such avenue, so again as we have seen in the past Moreland becomes the guinea pig.  The trap when the community is excluded from political decisions is that we see a ‘council trade-off’ of features of design (such as height that is important to objectors)”.   “I envisage most appeals to VCAT on height (if any) will have to be funded by the objector.  A consequence may be the shifting of appeal costs from the developers to the community.  With cost in the tens of thousands, this Scorecard will put off objectors from participating at all in the approval process”.   “Because of the discretionary heights in the planning scheme, the Scorecard is void of real definitions of what heights are in accordance with the planning scheme, for each site”.   “Moreland has now recently approved a development that is three-levels above the preferred height of the planning scheme.  The Scorecard will inevitably become attractive for eight-level building applications.  If this becomes the acceptable height at a pre-planning (or a pre-pre-meeting) between the developer and council staff – then there‘s no way back from that, because the Councillors do not get a say”.   “For example, if the building should be 6-level, or seven level according to a councillor or community, the objectors have to either put up with the 8-level decision or raise the tens-of-thousands of dollars needed to appeal”.    At a time of headlines filled with stories about the Spencer Street high rise cladding fire, the Opal Tower disaster in Sydney and predictions that far more examples of construction failures are ahead – Council will reward and ‘incentivise’ developers to do the right thing in Moreland with the Excellence Scorecard that will fast track their projects and further supress community objection to development.     ENDS   Issued by Brunswick Residents Network & Fawkner Residents Association   Media enquiries:                 Ms Jo Stanley     Mob:  +61 425 735 715 Mr. Joe Perri      Mob:  +61 412 112 545                                                 PM names Penten founder as Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year 2019-03-06T01:59:34Z pm-names-penten-founder-as-veteran-entrepreneur-of-the-year Canberra, Australia – 6 March 2019   At Parliament House last night Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison MP presented Ben Whitham, founder of cyber security innovator Penten, the award for 2019 Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year.   Established under the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program, the Veteran’s Employment Awards recognise national contribution in veteran employment.  The inaugural Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year award recognises outstanding achievement by a veteran creating opportunity for Australia through entrepreneurship.   Following a decorated career in the Australian Army serving in East Timor, Bougainville, Afghanistan and Iraq, Ben’s transition saw him successfully found three of Australia’s most awarded cyber security and engineering firms AGIS, M5 Network Security and now Penten over the last 12 years. Recognised as Australian Business of the Year at the 2018 Telstra Business Awards, Penten builds cyber security technology to protect Australia and it’s allies and has grown 100% year on year.   Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester congratulated Ben Whitham and the team at Penten for their win, applauding their ongoing commitment to not only innovation, but to supporting veteran employment.   “Ben knows that hiring a veteran is good for business, with one third of the employees at Penten being former serving. Thank you for your service Ben, in and out of uniform,” Mr Chester said.   “I am humbled to accept this award on behalf of the Penten team and the many veterans that inspire and challenge me every day.” said Ben. “Penten is also a proud employer of veterans, with around 30% of the team ex-miltary. Military veterans bring highly sort after skills such as integrity, respect, sense of team and a desire for mission success.”   About Penten Penten is an Australian headquartered cyber security company building innovative cyber technologies to help defend Australia’s most sensitive information from the world’s most advanced cyber adversaries. penten.com @PentenCyber   END ‘Modern Bank Heists’ threat report from Carbon Black + Optiv finds increase in cyberattacks targeting surveyed financial institutions, 160% increase in destructive attacks 2019-03-05T23:43:45Z modern-bank-heists-threat-report-from-carbon-black-optiv-finds-increase-in-cyberattacks-targeting-surveyed-financial-institutions-160-increase-in-destructive-attacks SYDNEY — March 6, 2019 ––Carbon Black (NASDAQ: CBLK), a leader in cloud delivered, next-generation endpoint security, and Optiv Security, one of the world’s leading security solutions integrators, today released a threat report on the financial sector: Modern Bank Heists: The Bank Robbery Shifts to Cyberspace. The report found that 67% of financial organisations surveyed have reported an increase in cyberattacks over the past 12 months, while destructive attacks have increased 160% over the past year. “Financial institutions are grappling with some of the most sophisticated cyber crime syndicates,” said Tom Kellermann, the report’s author and Chief Cybersecurity Officer at Carbon Black. “Perhaps the most concerning indication from this report is the stark increase in destructive attacks, which are rarely conducted for financial gain. “Rather, these attacks are launched to be punitive by destroying data. Cybercriminals have formed sophisticated approaches to gain access to confidential banking and financial information and organisations need to be aware of the impending threats.” For the report, Carbon Black collaborated with Optiv Security to survey financial industry customers to uncover cyber attack trends seen by some of the world’s leading CISOs to better determine how today’s sophisticated cyber criminals are hiding behind invisibility cloaks to remain undetected. Among the key findings from the report: ● 67% of surveyed financial organisations have reported an increase in cyber attacks over the past 12 months ● 79% of surveyed financial institutions said cyber criminals have become more sophisticated ● 26% of surveyed financial institutions were targeted by destructive attacks, a 160% increase over 2018 ● 32% of surveyed financial institutions encountered island hopping through supply chain vendors and partners ● 21% of surveyed financial institutions experienced a watering hole attack, where sites are hijacked and visitors are misled to malicious pages “As threat actors continue to grow in sophistication and determination, it is imperative now more than ever for security leaders to evaluate their digital footprint from the perspective of the enemy,” said Bill Young, Vice President Threat Management, Optiv. “By using an inside-out approach to cyber security – starting with risk mitigation and building out from there with strategy, infrastructure rationalisation, operations optimisation and ongoing measurement – we believe financial institutions can close vulnerability gaps and respond to new threats in systematic ways. “The time and cost involved in adopting a comprehensive inside-out cybersecurity approach to gain an understanding of threat actor intent, and employing offensive security policies to close security gaps, is a small price to pay.” The report, available for download on Carbon Black’s website, takes a look at some of the key attack types financial institutions are encountering, including Emotet, steganography and Hidden Cobra. Click here to download the report About Carbon Black Carbon Black (NASDAQ: CBLK) is a leader in endpoint security dedicated to keeping the world safe from cyberattacks. The company’s big data and analytics platform, the CB Predictive Security Cloud (PSC), consolidates endpoint security and IT operations into an extensible cloud platform that prevents advanced threats, provides actionable insight and enables businesses of all sizes to simplify operations. By analysing billions of security events per day across the globe, Carbon Black has key insights into attackers’ behaviour patterns, enabling customers to detect, respond to and stop emerging attacks. More than 5,000 global customers, including 34 of the Fortune 100, trust Carbon Black to protect their organisations from cyber attacks. The company’s partner ecosystem features more than 500 MSSPs, VARs, distributors and technology integrations, as well as many of the world’s leading IR firms, who use Carbon Black’s technology in more than 500 breach investigations per year. About Optiv Security Optiv helps clients plan, build and run successful cyber security programs that achieve business objectives through our depth and breadth of cyber security offerings, extensive capabilities and proven expertise in cybersecurity, integration and cyber operational services. Optiv maintains premium partnerships with more than 350 of the leading cyber security technology manufacturers. For more information, visit www.optiv.com. Contact David Frost, PR Deadlines, for Carbon Black. +61.2.7903 9567 davidf@prdeadlines.com.au Hitachi Vantara Doubles Down on Partner Business, Drives Growth Across Robust Ecosystem 2019-03-05T04:40:03Z hitachi-vantara-doubles-down-on-partner-business-drives-growth-across-robust-ecosystem SYDNEY, Australia. – 5 March, 2019 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today highlighted the investments and progress the company has made in its partner business that have netted the company and its partners significant growth over the last year. As Hitachi Vantara continues its transformation to help customers maximise the value of their data, the company has invested significantly in its partner business as a critical component for growth.    Most recently, the new Cisco and Hitachi Adaptive Solutions for Converged Infrastructure demonstrate the steps Hitachi Vantara is taking to address market demand through collaboration with and investment in its strategic relationships. In September 2018, Hitachi Vantara delivered VSP PRO solutions, which are simplified, partner-optimised configurations of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP). The revamped Hitachi Vantara Partner Program, launched in April 2018, includes new competencies, delivery models, enablement and incentives. These initiatives demonstrate the increased focus Hitachi Vantara is placing on its partner ecosystem to successfully deliver solutions that help customers address their transformation challenges. Cisco and Hitachi Accelerate Data Center Modernisation and Cloud Cisco and Hitachi are capitalising on their aligned priorities for data center modernisation and cloud to deliver an intelligent converged solution that helps enterprises worldwide meet the challenges of today and position themselves for the future. Cisco and Hitachi Adaptive Solutions for Converged Infrastructure is a Cisco Validated Design (CVD) that combines the companies’ best-in-class technologies including Hitachi storage and Cisco compute and networking. Engineered, tested and validated by both Cisco and Hitachi, the new “meet-in-the-market” solution is designed for partners to address demand for a validated Hitachi and Cisco converged infrastructure that supports high-end, enterprise-grade, multi-use application workloads and delivers an agile, operationally efficient solution for continuous data availability and service-level agreement (SLA) management. It will be supported by both Cisco and Hitachi. Over the last year, Hitachi Vantara has seen high single-digit growth in its converged business through partners. Sold and delivered by partners, the new Cisco and Hitachi solution is expected to increase opportunity for both companies’ partner ecosystems in this space. Hitachi VSP PRO Configurations Introduced in September 2018, the pre-configured, cost-optimised Hitachi VSP PRO semi-customisable configurations are a prime example of how the company is delivering on its promises to simplify and accelerate sales cycles for partners. Created expressly for the partner community, Hitachi VSP PRO solutions allow partners to quickly and easily quote small, medium, large and extra-large systems with an automated, self-service sales model that reduces the process from several hours to a matter of minutes. Hitachi VSP PRO solutions have also helped partners initiate conversations with customers about VSP solutions more broadly, contributing to year-over-year growth in partner sales of Hitachi VSP storage arrays. Hitachi Vantara Reimagines Partner Program to Drive Ecosystem Success When the company launched its new Partner Program in April 2018, Hitachi Vantara introduced new competencies, delivery models and flexibility for partners to choose how they engage with the company. In addition, the company reiterated its commitment to maximise profitability and improve self-service and automation for its partners. Since the program launched, the company has continued to deliver against these promises, resulting in improved overall partner engagement and satisfaction, growth of partner business revenues including double-digit growth among solution providers, and rapid expansion of the company’s ecosystem in strategic focus areas such as big data analytics and IoT. The latter has resulted in additional collaboration with several strategic partners, including Tech Data and Computacenter, to improve the recruitment, onboarding, and sales and presales enablement of a growing ecosystem of partners focused on big data analytics and IoT – an ecosystem that has grown nearly 300 percent year over year. Customer and Partner Quotes: ·       “Cisco and Hitachi Vantara have collaborated to provide customers on a path to digital transformation with an enterprise-class data center modernisation solution,” said Kaustubh Das, Vice President, Product Development and Strategy, Computing Systems Product Group at Cisco. “The new Cisco and Hitachi Adaptive Solutions for Converged Infrastructure will accelerate deployment and simplify operations for our mutual customers.” ·       “Since 2004, we have partnered with Hitachi Vantara to help customers get the most from their data. For 15 years, our partnership has been successful for several reasons: the commitment Hitachi Vantara has demonstrated to our business, an aligned strategic focus, and the breadth of innovative offerings we have available to tackle customer challenges. In the last year, we’ve seen positive developments in these areas – from the new Hitachi Vantara partner program to new strategic solutions that address market demands and accelerate customers transformation – all contributing to Computacenter’s successes,” said Axel Heitmann, Sales Director Datacenter, Computacenter Germany. “Today, with the new Cisco and Hitachi Adaptive Solutions for Converged Infrastructure offering, we believe we can do even more, helping more customers adopt a best-in-class modern infrastructure environment that meets their needs for today and tomorrow.” ·       “For nearly 20 years, the Tech Data-Hitachi Vantara partnership has driven success for thousands of customers. Over this period, our partnership has continued to expand, we’ve added exciting new offerings to our portfolio, and we’ve identified new opportunities available we can address together,” said Cheryl Neal, vice president, Data and Networking Solutions, Tech Data. “From data center modernisation to advanced analytics for business intelligence, our partnership with Hitachi Vantara is enabling us to guide our partners to further transform for the future. We’re excited to bring what’s next.” Hitachi Executive Quotes: ·       “The new Cisco and Hitachi Adaptive Solutions for Converged Infrastructure build on our global Cisco partnership, paving the way for expanding our collaboration into new areas,” said Toshio Nakano, President of IT Platform Products Management Division, Hitachi, Ltd. “Together, we will continue innovating to create customer value through data across solutions that address a broad range of customer needs.” ·       “Hitachi’s partners – from solution providers to strategic alliances such as Cisco – have been a cornerstone of our success for many years and continue to become a larger part of Hitachi Vantara’s overall business results. Together, we have successfully helped customers realise the power of their data,” said Scott Kelly, COO and chief transformation officer at Hitachi Vantara. “As Hitachi Vantara continues transforming to deliver innovation, we will continue to invest in an exciting future with our partners.” Additional Resources: ·       Cisco and Hitachi Adaptive Solutions for Converged Infrastructure CVD ·       Cisco blog post: Accelerate Data Center Modernization with Cisco and Hitachi Adaptive Solution for Converged Infrastructure ·       Hitachi Vantara blog post: Hitachi and Cisco: Unlocking Your Data ·       Hitachi Vantara Partner Program   Enosys and Bitglass partner to accelerate the adoption of real-time Cloud security 2019-02-26T04:50:16Z enosys-and-bitglass-partner-to-accelerate-the-adoption-of-real-time-cloud-security SYDNEY – February 26. Bitglass, the Next-Gen Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), and Enosys Solutions (Enosys) announced an agreement today to offer Enosys clients a complete CASB solution that boasts zero-day data and threat protection for any app or device – whether managed or unmanaged. Since its inception in 2013, Bitglass has become the leading real-time CASB, providing granular dat­­a security features and deep visibility across the entire enterprise cloud footprint. Bitglass also secures bring your own device (BYOD) through an agentless solution that protects data without invading employee privacy or impeding device functionality. To date, hundreds of organisations worldwide have deployed Bitglass’ Next-Gen CASB for cloud and mobile security. These companies come from every major sector, including financial services, healthcare, and government. “Increasingly, our customers are delivering core business applications over the cloud rather than from within traditional data centres,” said Joseph Mesiti, Sales Director at Enosys Solutions. “Additionally, their users are consuming these business applications outside of the corporate network and from a variety of devices. Consequently, our customers require help to protect their corporate data without restricting access for authorised users. “Following an extensive technical evaluation, we are excited to be partnering with Bitglass. Our customers will now be able to rest assured that their data is secured and that they are meeting regulatory compliance requirements as they increase their cloud adoption. After assessing data and threat protection, architecture, and ease of deployment, Bitglass is the clear leader in the CASB market as far as Enosys is concerned.” “We are excited to partner with Enosys Solutions and expand the reach of Bitglass’ market-leading cloud access security broker,” said Dave Shephard, VP of APAC at Bitglass. “Enosys has a deep understanding of technology and has always been the vanguard of industry-leading cybersecurity solutions. “Having Enosys strategically investing in Bitglass after conducting a rigorous internal technical assessment is a ringing endorsement of our Next-Generation CASB. We look forward to delivering the benefits of Bitglass to Enosys’ customer base throughout Australia.” About Enosys Solutions Enosys is a cyber security solutions specialist that provides full lifecycle services for next generation security technologies to corporate and public sector businesses across Australia. Enosys improves customers’ information security risk posture by championing industry leading technologies, frameworks and a risk-based approach to critical security controls. In an ever-evolving threat landscape, Enosys’ deep expertise, continuous innovation and 24x7 onshore Security Operation Centre deliver measureable security outcomes that protect business critical assets. About Bitglass Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB company, is based in Silicon Valley with offices worldwide. The company's cloud security solutions deliver zero-day, agentless, data and threat protection for any app, any device, anywhere. Bitglass is backed by Tier 1 investors and was founded in 2013 by a team of industry veterans with a proven track record of innovation and execution. For more information David Shephard Vice President Asia Pacific Bitglass 0477 725 051 dshephard@bitglass.com Breakthrough chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) treatment now available for Australians 2019-02-25T06:51:23Z breakthrough-chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia-cll-treatment-now-available-for-australians The Leukaemia Foundation welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement that the targeted cancer treatment Venetoclax (Venclexta®), will be added to Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 1 March 2019.    Venetoclax will be available in combination with rituximab for patients aged 18 years or older with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), who have received at least one prior CLL therapy and who are unsuitable for treatment or retreatment with a purine analogue.     CLL is the most common form of leukaemia with close to 1,500 Australians expected to be diagnosed this year. It is a slow growing leukaemia that affects white blood cells. Symptoms may include swollen lymph nodes (glands) in the neck, groin and arms, tiredness, unexplained bruising and unintentional weight loss.     The Leukaemia Foundation’s CEO, Bill Petch, said, “This is great news for Australians diagnosed with CLL. Having affordable access to breakthrough treatments is vital for improving quality of life and ultimately surviving their blood cancer.     “We continue to encourage the government to support targeted and innovative treatments ensuring Australians diagnosed with a blood cancer have affordable access as quickly as possible.” he said.    Venetoclax has been in development for over 30 years and is based on the Australian discovery that a protein called BCL-2 helps CLL cells survive. Blocking this protein helps to kill and reduce the number of these cancer cells and in turn may slow the spread of CLL.      The Leukaemia Foundation has been funding blood cancer research since 2002 supporting Australian research and researchers with more than $47 million in funding including early work on the precursor to ABT-199 which assisted in the development of Venetoclax.    For further CLL information, please download the Leukaemia Foundation information booklet https://www.leukaemia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/CLL_WEB.pdf or contact your local Blood Cancer Support Coordinator on 1800 620 420.  -ENDS-  About The Leukaemia Foundation:  The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national charity dedicated to helping more Australians survive blood cancer and live a better quality of life. Leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders are all types of blood cancer, which can develop in anyone, of any age, at any time.   More than 100,000 Australians are living with blood cancer or related disorders, and the equivalent of one person every 41 minutes is diagnosed. Although research is improving survival, sadly an Australian loses their life to blood cancer every two hours, claiming more lives than breast cancer and melanoma.   For more information, please visit leukaemia.org.au   Information release: AIS hosts Australian Government-funded delegation strengthening Australia's partnership with Vietnam 2019-02-21T04:29:38Z information-release-ais-hosts-delegation-strengthening-partnership-with-vietnam AIS will host a high-level Vietnamese delegation this month as part of an Aus4Skills program aimed at establishing an industry-led approach to skills development in the vocational education training (VET) system in Vietnam. The Australian Government-funded Aus4Skills positions Australia and Vietnam as partners in achieving the shared goal that Vietnam can access and use high-level professional and technical knowledge, skills and competencies to contribute to the country’s sustainable economic and social development, and enduring links with Australia. Under the Promoting Industry Linkages with Vocational Education and Training component of Aus4Skills, Australia seeks to assist Vietnam in ensuring the quality of the VET system and its graduates meets the requirements of the labour market. The logistics sector has been selected as the pilot industry in the Aus4Skills program because it is important not only to Vietnam’s economic development but for Australia’s trade with Vietnam. Activities have been designed to improve the relevance and quality of skills training for the logistics industry in Vietnam. The assistance also improves access to skilled labour in overseas countries, supports greater mobility of skilled labour across the region and promotes Australian VET frameworks and products. In late 2018, members of AIS’ new AIS Global team delivered a series of workshops in Vietnam. This work was designed to provide technical advice on the operationalisation of the pilot Logistics Industry Reference Committee (LIRC), its Executive Board and secretariat as well as for building capability in developing effective Occupational Standards. The workshops include strategies for collecting and using industry intelligence and developing communications strategies for stakeholder engagement. The next phase of the program is a short study program targeting the transport and logistics sectors that will include visits to Toll Logistics and TAFE NSW campuses in Sydney and a visit to the Transport Industries Skills Centre in Canberra. The delegation consisting of 16 participants from industry and VET colleges will be hosted by AIS from 22 February to 1 March. The delegates will also attend presentations by Australian Department of Education officials, My Freight Career and the Chair of the Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee, Mark McKenzie.   The study program aims to give the delegates an understanding of the functions of the Australian industry-led VET system; the principles of social inclusion as practiced in Australian industry skills training delivery; and the institutional framework relevant for industry sector skills planning. AIS has a strong reputation for developing industry intelligence, as evidenced by the highly regarded IRC Skills Forecasts that are produced annually. AIS Global representatives are continuing to draw on this experience and will share learnings with our Vietnamese counterparts during their upcoming visit and during further workshops planned in Vietnam throughout 2019. A small group of Vietnamese officials will return to Australia in mid-2019 for an intense ‘on the job’ training opportunity with AIS staff. The Aus4Skills program is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and managed by Coffey International Development. For more information please contact Leanne Mundy, Business Manager, AIS Global on 0419 416 805 or Leanne.mundy@aisglobal.org.au   Kemp recharges brand, bolstering automation and predictive analytics to propel enterprise app experience (AX) 2019-02-20T23:15:09Z kemp-recharges-brand-bolstering-automation-and-predictive-analytics-to-propel-enterprise-app-experience-ax SYDNEY, Feb. 21, 2019 – Kemp, the leader in powering always-on application experience (AX), today introduced enhanced automation and predictive analytics capabilities that further simplify the deployment and ongoing management of its load balancing and application delivery controller (ADC) software across decentralised, multi-cloud environments. To align with the company’s vision to transform the end-to-end lifecycle of application delivery for enterprises and service providers, Kemp has also refreshed its brand identity. Intelligence gathered from more than 60,000 Kemp global application deployments indicates that 48% of organisations see as many as nine incidents per week that, if gone undetected, could impact end-user application experience. In addition, Kemp finds 61% of AX related events are caused by application capacity issues such as failing or degrading application servers. The Kemp 360 AX fabric is designed to proactively solve this for enterprises and service providers. “Our DNA from the beginning has been about building invisible technology with a visible impact,” said Ray Downes, CEO of Kemp. “Now, Kemp is taking application delivery to the next level. As workload requirements change due to cloud and DevOps trends, we’re alongside our customers every step of the way, providing new levels of automation and frictionless deployment options to help them optimize and streamline application delivery with increased efficiency.” Kemp 360 defines next-generation of application delivery Since 2000, Kemp has consistently innovated to help customers ensure continuous application availability and security with many ‘firsts’, including, virtualised load balancers, app-centric software-defined networking (SDN) integrations, the per-app ADC deployment model, and metered licensing. In this next phase, Kemp is extending the capabilities of its Kemp 360 AX fabric to further simplify end-to-end application delivery lifecycle management: Day 0 – Kemp Virtual LoadMaster® and 360 Central® enables customers to streamline initial ecosystem assessment and deployment of fast and agile per-app ADC/load balancing for DevOps and traditional operations use cases. Central simplifies infrastructure transition planning by providing automated assessment reports that highlight peak performance, throughput, and utilisation across F5 Big-IP, AWS Elastic Load Balancer, Nginx, and HAproxy load balancers, and the applications those tools are in front of. Day 1 – Central simplifies per-app load balancer deployment and ongoing configuration management with automated zero-touch provisioning. The ability to define desired state of your load balancer estate combined with deep cloud platform API integration enables administrators to shorten time-to-market for new application services through auto-deployment. Day 2 – To address scale, complexity and AX issue management associated with day 2 operations, Kemp 360 Vision® increases observability of distributed workload ecosystems. By intelligently correlating data points across ADC instances, the underlying network, and backend applications, Vision provides early detection of developing AX issues and provides actionable insight to operators on possible causes before customers experience problems. By operating across, network, application, third-party load balancer and security domains, Vision is able to leverage the intelligence from tens-of-thousands of global application deployments to help customers prevent issues and shorten time-to-detection and resolution. According to research from Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), 92 percent of enterprise network engineering and operations professionals have an initiative in place to expand their use of network automation, and 70 percent say this automation is a high priority. EMA analyst Shamus McGillicuddy said, “Kemp offers an end-to-end architecture that addresses many of the issues mentioned above, and we recommend enterprise application leaders evaluate this approach to determine if it meets their emerging multi-cloud and hybrid cloud requirements.” Many enterprises are finding frustration with the legacy approach to application delivery. ZK Research found that out of 1,000 enterprise survey respondents, a staggering 70% wanted to replace their current ADC Vendor, citing vendor lock-in, pricing and unnecessary complexity as key reasons. Availability The Kemp 360 AX fabric, including the extensive family of virtual and hardware LoadMasters, 360 Central and 360 Vision, is available from Kemp and its global network of channel partners. For basic services and QA/test use cases, DevOps professionals can start with Kemp’s Free LoadMaster at freeloadbalancer.com. Kemp 360 Central is also available as a free trial download at kemp.ax. About Kemp Kemp powers always-on application experience (AX) for enterprises and service providers. Leveraging an agile per-app ADC/load balancing consumption model, predictive analytics, and automated issue resolution, Kemp is radically simplifying how customers optimize, analyze and secure their applications across private and multi-cloud environments. Kemp counts more than 25,000 customers and 60,000 application deployments in 115 countries. Take control of your application experience at kemp.ax. Contact David Quaid Kemp Technologies 1 646 885 6693 dquaid@kemptechnologies.com Kemp rallies partners around next-gen application experience for hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructures 2019-02-20T23:08:33Z kemp-rallies-partners-around-next-gen-application-experience-for-hybrid-and-multi-cloud-infrastructures SYDNEY Feb. 21, 2019 – Kemp, the leader in powering always-on application experience (AX), today enhanced its global channel program and AX partner ecosystem with new innovations and resources designed to drive accelerated adoption of the company’s next-generation load balancing solutions. The Kemp AX partner ecosystem includes technology alliance partners, system integrators, distributors, value-added resellers, cloud service providers, managed service providers and solution consultants. In conjunction with the company’s refreshed brand identity and product enhancements also announced today, Kemp is aligning its partners with the most flexible licensing, deployment and management capabilities to help simplify the application delivery lifecycle for customers across data centre, cloud, hybrid-cloud or multi-cloud infrastructures. “In a hybrid or multi-cloud world, putting all of your applications behind a single load balancer or application delivery controller (ADC) can be futile, the best Application Experience (AX) will be when application services are dedicated to individual applications,” said Peter Melerud, co-founder and chief strategy officer for Kemp. “Our product enhancement presents an opportunity for partners to provide increased value to customers. With our per-app ADC deployment model and per-app analytics, our customers benefit from greater business agility and flexibility to migrate applications to the cloud as they see fit.” Enhanced technology and platform integrations With increasing adoption of cloud and multi-cloud architectures, platform ubiquity is more important than ever. As the first virtualised and cloud-ready ADC, Kemp is now extending its technology partner integrations to include advanced tier status with VMware on AWS, Select status with Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS), and advanced tier relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS). “As organisations distribute their workloads across hybrid cloud environments, the centralized application viewpoint is no longer central,” said Ivan Oprencak, director, product marketing, VMware Cloud on AWS. “This is where Kemp's integration with VMware Cloud on AWS will help customers in seamless and cost effective distribution, management and monitoring of workloads across hybrid cloud environment. This will definitely help customers accelerate their hybrid cloud journey.” New cloud service provider partnerships Kemp has extended its cloud service provider partnerships to include CenturyLink, Ceryx, ConvergeOne, Options IT and Hosting.com. Kemp’s per-app consumption model for load balancing/ADC, combined with new automated centralized provisioning, simplifies how service providers can deliver and manage these solutions for customers. The xSP benefits from a more repeatable, instant-on deployment model, and metered licensing aligns with the xSP cost models to drive positive revenue day one. New tools to drive channel readiness Kemp is arming its channel partners with valuable sales, marketing and training tools to facilitate new market opportunities and to quickly grow the load balancing/ADC business worldwide. This includes resale and distribution partnerships in ANZ with Pacific Tech, Ingram Micro, SVA Distribution, Wowrack, ACW Distribution, SAPPLY, Secure One and more. Partner benefits include: Flexible pricing options: Perpetual, subscription and metered licensing TCO calculator: Compares metered, perpetual and competitive ADC licensing. Assessments: Evaluate multi-vendor load balancing effectiveness. Partner Central: Comprehensive access to sales and marketing enablement tools. Training: World-class training Margins: Competitive margins and incentives “CDW and Kemp have been partners for years and our mutual customers have benefited from Kemp’s innovative software,” says Brian Werth, category leader, enterprise networking for CDW. “CDW is excited to help champion application experience for customers of all sizes as their workloads and environments evolve with Kemp." “Our IT solutions and infrastructure solve 90% of the security and compliance regulations that our customers at the federal, state and local government have to fulfill, such as PCI, FIPS, NIST, FISMA and WAF, so that they can focus on what they do best,” said Claude Swanson, director of service Delivery at IT-CNP’s GovDataHosting.com division. “At the government level, application experience takes on an expanded meaning. Our partnership with Kemp plays an essential role by providing a seamless, highly available, and secure experience for today’s rapidly changing application delivery environment.” About Kemp Kemp powers always-on application experience (AX) for enterprises and service providers. Leveraging an agile per-app ADC/load balancing consumption model, predictive analytics, and automated issue resolution, Kemp is radically simplifying how customers optimize, analyze and secure their applications across private and multi-cloud environments. Kemp counts more than 25,000 customers and 60,000 application deployments in 115 countries. Take control of your application experience at kemp.ax. Contact David Quaid Kemp Technologies 1 646 885 6693 dquaid@kemptechnologies.com Nallawilli Technology Announces the Appointment of a New Managing Director and New Product Offering 2019-02-19T09:37:56Z nallawilli-technology-announces-the-appointment-of-a-new-managing-director-and-new-product-offering Sydney— 18th February 2019 At the conclusion of the first Indigenous Business Trade Fair at Parliament House, Canberra on Tuesday 14th February in which Nallawilli Technology proudly participated, the Founder of Nallawilli, Roderick McLeod announced a personnel reshuffle at the company. Scott Allen has been appointed Managing Director and will run the day to day operations. Robert Slattery has decided to leave the company and pursue an exciting new venture in Canberra. Scott will assume the Sales Director role until a new hire can be appointed. Mr McLeod who is founder of the Nallawilli Group said “We would thank all our customers for their investment in Nallawilli Technology to allow us to provide greater outcomes and value for both our customers and communities.” Nallawilli also announced the availability of a new Windows 10 based big screen group collaboration device  based on modular “off the shelf” camera, speakers and microphones to address customer verticals that require 80+ inch inkable touchscreens and the ability to run Win32 engineering applications such as Bluebeam whilst maintaining management and administration control via MDM’s such as inTune and MobileIron. The NallawilliHub is generally available now. “Nallawilli literally translated means to sit down and listen to one another, so it seems particularly apt that the Nallawilli brand and group collaboration technology should come together for the launch of this fantastic solution” said new MD Scott Allen. “Although we can scale it down easily to smaller screen sizes for Huddle Rooms and Medium sized open spaces at a very competitive price point it works best when smaller dispersed teams of Engineers, for example need to meet in an open plan spaces with engineers collaboration from the field via 4G. The large screen makes it ideal for two or three engineers to work in room with remote participation on large CAD drawings for example” said Allen. Founded in 2015, Nallawilli Technology, NallawilliHub is an Australian Indigenous leader in the Collaboration and Unified Communications business. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to enable organisations to collaboration effectively to empower their customers to achieve more. In line with the triple bottom line objectives, they also ensure all First Nation peoples to have a sustainable voice and be the leading First Nation company in Australia and to deliver significant First Nation community returns, through business engagement with Corporate Australia, Government, and with other First Nation organisations. Nallawilli Technology, NallawilliHub  and Nallawilli  are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Nallawilli Technology, NallawilliHub  in the Australia, United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.