The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-23T07:42:04Z ACRONIS TRUE IMAGE 2018 DELIVERS THE FIRST BACKUP FOR MAC WITH RANSOMWARE PROTECTION 2017-08-23T07:42:04Z acronis-true-image-2018-delivers-the-first-backup-for-mac-with-ransomware-protection SYDNEY, Australia, 23 August 2017 — Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection for business and consumers, today introduced Acronis True Image 2018 for Mac. As the proven backup alternative for Mac users seeking the cloud-based features missing from Time Machine, Acronis True Image 2018 is now the first personal backup software to include technology that actively defends data against ransomware. The inclusion of anti-ransomware protection in Acronis True Image 2018 arrives at a critical time for Mac users. While macOS machines have historically been safe from malware, cybercriminals are expanding their reach – attacks against Macs increased 744 percent during 2016[i] and several serious incidents have occurred throughout 2017. “Reliable backups are critical for anyone looking to recover their system, especially after something like a ransomware attack,” said Serguei Beloussov, co-founder, and CEO of Acronis. “As the leader in backup software, we recognized that the future of data protection will require us to do more. We’re proud to offer the first and only personal backup software that protects consumer data against this growing threat.” Acronis True Image 2018 for Mac features enhanced backup and recovery capabilities, updated macOS-style interface, and Touch Bar integration. By also incorporating Acronis Active Protection™, the company’s cutting-edge ransomware defense, Acronis sets a new standard for protecting the data of Mac users, from individuals and families to home offices and small businesses. Reliable backup and recovery During a survey of Acronis customers during July 2017, 95 percent of respondents said they choose and recommend Acronis True Image because the backups are so reliable. The 2018 release improves upon its core backup and recovery capabilities even more, with enhancements such as: Faster recovery from the cloud: New optimizations for Wide Area Networks (WAN) means Mac users can now recover full systems and individual files from Acronis Cloud up to four-times faster. Live Update: Ensures users have the most up-to-date version of Acronis True Image 2018 for Mac by detecting and delivering updates without needing a separate DMG download. Users can automatically download and install updates as soon as they are released. Instagram backup: Acronis True Image 2018 for Mac expands support for social media with automatic backups of Instagram accounts. Photos, comments and statistics – such as the number of likes, tags or comments a post gets – are now safe from accidental deletion or hackers. Mobile backupto NAS devices: Building on the ability to automatically back up mobile devices to a Mac via Wi-Fi, Acronis True Image 2018 now lets users back up to network-attached storage (NAS). More than 25 percent of Acronis True Image customers use a NAS device at home. Easy control Acronis True Image 2018 is specifically designed to give Mac users a better experience and greater control over their backups. The updated macOS-style interface is visually enhanced to show detailed information about backup activity and statistics – including a color-coded display of how much data they have stored, the types of files in storage, and the status of backups – so users can manage their backups at a glance. The new product also integrates the MacBook Pro’s new Touch Bar. By using the multi-touch display, users can navigate between tabs, create and start new backups, monitor data transfer speeds, and track the progress of backups. Secure data protection The ability to restore a system or individual files is critical following a ransomware attack. Acronis True Image 2018 for Mac not only makes recovery easy, it takes the initial protection a step further by preventing ransomware from corrupting a user’s data in the first place. Acronis Active Protection is designed to recognize patterns of file access. When it detects unusual behavior, it alerts the user of the suspicious activity. With real-time monitoring, it verifies all processes so approved activities are allowed to run, while potentially dangerous behavior is stopped. If any files are encrypted during a ransomware attack, they can be quickly recovered from the backup using Acronis True Image 2018. More than 60 percent of Acronis customers surveyed said they worry about ransomware. A new Security Dashboard gives users complete visibility over Acronis Active Protection so you can be reassured that their data is protected. It lets them track the number of processes that have been flagged as potentially dangerous, see which ones were blocked, and manage a whitelist of trusted applications. Pricing and Availability There are three editions of Acronis True Image 2018 available to accommodate customer use and preferences. All versions include Acronis Active Protection against ransomware and cover an unlimited number of mobile devices. Standard is a perpetual license that is offered without any cloud storage or access to cloud-based features for customers who prefer to store their data on local drives only. Pricing starts at AUD $69.99 for one computer. Advanced is a one-year subscription that includes 250 GB of cloud storage and access to all cloud-based features. Pricing starts at AUD $69.99 per year for one computer. Premium is a one-year subscription that includes exclusive blockchain-based data certification and electronic signature capabilities, as well as 1 TB of cloud storage. Pricing starts at AUD $139.99 per year for one computer. Advanced and Premium subscribers can purchase additional cloud storage within the application. Advanced Licenses can upgrade to a maximum of 500 GB. If more storage is needed, Advanced users can upgrade to a Premium License, which offers cloud storage of up to 5 TB. Instagram backup launches today in limited markets and will be available worldwide on September 4, 2017 Acronis True Image 2018 is available for purchase at acronis.com/en-au/personal/computer-backup/ and through major software resellers and retail stores worldwide. NOTE: For small business owners who need to protect more than five computers, or companies that have multiple workstations and servers, Acronis Backup 12.5 scales to protect thousands of computers and provides convenient tools for group management of environments of any complexity. Details are available at acronis.com/en-au/business/backup/. About Acronis Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud IT data protection through its backup, ransomware Active Protection, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, fast, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud, mobile and applications. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 150 countries and 20 languages. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products are consistently named best product of the year and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning, and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors, and cloud resellers. Learn more at acronis.com Press contact: Guennadi Moukine Acronis ANZ Pty Ltd +61 40 555 9296 guennadi.moukine@acronis.com [i] 2017 McAfee Threat Report Probax appoints new CEO, Kevin Allan transitions to role as CTO 2017-08-23T03:15:10Z probax-appoints-new-ceo-kevin-allan-transitions-to-role-as-cto Probax are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer to their senior leadership team. Kevin Allan is stepping into the role of Chief Technology Officer, remaining as part of the Probax senior leadership team. Since formally establishing Probax in 2008, Kevin has served as Managing Director over 9 years. He has taken the company through a period of successful growth and change. Throughout this period, he has demonstrated considerable technical skill and intuition in building Probax’s suite of backup, automation and disaster recovery products for MSPs; and establishing a strong local network and international partnerships in North America, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Sam Meegahage has been appointed as Probax’s new Chief Executive Officer. “I’m very excited to have Sam join the Probax leadership team. Sam has extensive experience in the industry and he has a proven track record of strategic and operational leadership, delivering outstanding results during his time at Anittel and Inabox Group” Kevin said. He further expressed his enthusiasm for Sam’s appointment: “Sam is incredibly passionate about customer engagement and feedback. He has been a valued Advisory Board Member since January 2017, and will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his role as CEO.” “I expect this to be a seamless transition, and I will remain heavily involved in the company, focusing my efforts on driving product innovation and development.” Sam spoke about his recent appointment: “Probax has achieved remarkable early success. I’m excited to join the team as CEO and I’m looking forward to working closely with our customers and partners. Kevin has developed a high-quality Disaster Recovery and Cloud storage offering and I’m looking forward to bringing these solutions to more MSPs across the globe.” He hinted at what to expect in the 2017-18 Financial Year: “We have more positive announcements to make in the not too distant future but for now we’ll be looking to keep building a robust suite of services for our clients, along with the customer and technical support that has helped it flourish. The Probax team welcomed Sam and Kevin into their new roles officially on August 15th. Silver Peak EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution endures gruelling torture test 2017-08-23T01:48:39Z silver-peak-edgeconnect-sd-wan-solution-endures-gruelling-torture-test SYDNEY, August 23, 2017 – Silver Peak, the global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions, today announced that the company’s flagship SD-WAN solution, Unity EdgeConnect, successfully endured a series of rigorous network packet-loss resilience tests. Leading independent network test lab Miercom, subjected the EdgeConnect solution to hands-on stress tests to validate the resiliency of multi-link bonded tunnels combined with path conditioning and dynamic path control. Results validated the solution’s ability to maintain peak network and application performance and availability through a series of real-world WAN transport congestion, brownout and blackout scenarios. The EdgeConnect test methodology included using Unity Orchestrator to configure a business intent overlay with defined QoS parameters suitable for real-time voice and video applications. In each test scenario, real-time video streams were monitored for interruptions and image artefacts. Multiple scenarios were tested by injecting increasing levels of packet loss to simulate realistic WAN transport conditions across bonded links. “While other SD-WAN vendors claim performance and resiliency, Silver Peak is effectively putting the industry on notice, challenging any vendor to submit their solution to a network torture test,” said Derek Granath, vice president of product marketing at Silver Peak. “Distributed enterprises will quickly find that, while others route around WAN service congestion and disruptions, only Silver Peak addresses underlying link performance issues to deliver a superior application experience, even under the most extreme packet-loss conditions.” Key Test Findings (access full Miercom test report here): The high availability link bonding policy continued to ensure connectivity during a blackout condition of an underlay Silver Peak high availability link bonding policy managed and adjusted to degrading link conditions and maintained application availability during a brownout condition Even if packets are dropped, bonded links in the high availability mode with forward error correction assured that no application data packets were lost over the connection Business intent overlays utilised tunnels, created by bonding multiple underlay links together to act as one, these overlays can perform micro-segmentation to apply security and QoS policies and to assist in meeting compliance requirements “Our testing proved that the Silver Peak EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution is exceptionally well-suited in maintaining network and application availability and performance through a range of real-world, challenging network scenarios,” said Miercom CEO, Rob Smithers. “EdgeConnect provides distributed enterprises the ability to connect users to applications with the flexibility, confidence and economies of using any combination of underlying WAN transport technologies.” About Silver Peak Silver Peak is the global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions. Silver Peak offers a high-performance SD-WAN solution that provides secure and reliable virtual overlays to connect users to applications with the flexibility to use any combination of underlying transport without compromising application performance. This results in greater business agility and lower costs. More than 2,000 globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak broadband and hybrid WAN solutions across 80 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. Contact David Frost, PR Deadlines, for Silver Peak. +61.2.7903 9567 davidf@prdeadlines.com.au Sony sees bright future at Integrate 2017 2017-08-23T01:14:45Z sony-sees-bright-future-at-integrate-2017 At this year’s Integrate show Sony will be demonstrating its widest range of projectors, displays and applications for the professional, home theatre, education and commercial markets to date. Kicking off proceedings will be a demonstration of Sony's CLED display which will redefines the giant display landscape. With amazing contrast, saturated colour, brilliant white and deep black Sony's CLED is a giant display that delivers it all. It's the ideal choice for life-size displays in architectural and automotive design and it's the ultimate display for boardrooms, theme parks, museums, broadcast studios, corporate lobbies, real estate showrooms and medical education. The display's light source is Sony's innovative Crystal LED technology, which combines ultrafine LEDs and unique surface mounting to deliver a visual experience beyond any conventional LED array. Alongside the CLED area is Sony’s latest Ultra-Short Throw native 4K HDR Home Theatre Projector the VPL-VZ1000ES. Part of a major expansion of Sony’s ultra short throw home theatre line up the VPL-VZ1000ES is designed to integrate easily into people’s homes. This latest innovative laser light source projector is High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatible with native 4K resolution and can be positioned as little as six inches away from the wall, yet command the room with a 254cm (100 inch) image, measured diagonally in 16:9. When powered off, the compact and elegant VPL-VZ1000ES virtually disappears into the décor. With the VPL-VZ1000ES it is now possible to have an immersive viewing experience for a wide range of residential applications, from a home theatre to a living room or bedroom, no matter what the design or layout of your home is. Another Sony projector making the news recently and which will be at the show is the VPL-PHZ10. Part of Sony’s expanding line of Z-Phosphor™ laser light source projectors this new model is aimed at making laser technology more cost-effective for the installation market. Designed for applications, including classrooms and meeting rooms, the new VPL-PHZ10 (WUXGA) and brings the benefits of laser technology — image quality, colour reproduction and virtually zero-maintenance — to customers who previously may have only been able to experience lamp-based projection. The new fixed wide zoom lens VPL-PHZ10 provides users with a lower-cost, high-quality option for installing laser projections in rooms traditionally geared toward lamp-based technology. The new projectors’ light source have a total constant brightness of 4,500 lumens for up to 12,000 hours depending on usage environment, enabling users to experience the projectors’ original level of image quality over 5 years in standard use, while achieving a maximum 5,000 lumens brightness when the constant brightness mode is off. A product never before exhibited at Integrate is Sony’s new Vision Exchange. Developed to enable the presentation and sharing of content to inspire and engage teams with workgroup-based collaboration Vision Exchange brings together students, lecturers and presenters in a workgroup-based collaborative environment. Cost-effective, easy to configure and intuitive for every user, this total active learning solution is ideal for universities and colleges of higher education as well as corporate conference rooms. Vision Exchange lets teams and presenters brainstorm and work collaboratively by sharing each individual's multimedia content together - even bringing in other participants at remote locations to join the discussion as required and share these local contents more seamlessly/effectively than ever before. Students or teams can work collaboratively in small independent workgroups or clusters connecting wirelessly to the platform via their own laptops (PC/Mac), tablets or smartphone devices. Information created by workgroups using on-screen annotation tools or whiteboard with digital tag can then be saved as snapshots and downloaded to their connecting device. Another new product to Integrate is Sony’s NUCLeUS™ smart digital operating room, a state-of-the-art control platform, assisting clinicians during surgery. NUCLeUS is Sony’s video-over-IP platform that streamlines workflow efficiency in today’s digital OR by showing visual data in front of the surgeons, while retaining all digitised information centrally.Uniquely flexible and readily scalable, it manages the planning, routing, recording and distribution of multiple imaging and data sources across hospital’s standard IT networks.NUCLeUS™ is the ultimate solution for any future-oriented hospital. The final display area on the Integrate 2017 stand will be dedicated to Sony’s BRAVIA HD and 4K Professional Displays. Sony large format display screens and digital signage public displays ensure the highest quality image reproduction for every environment and application. At Integrate 2017 Sony will be demonstrating a wide range of superior quality public display screens, leading digital signage and intuitive content management solutions that enable businesses, education establishments, venues, retail environments and transport hubs to maximise audience engagement.Integrate 2017 will be on from 29th – 31st August at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Visit Sony stand at H40. Epson sees new possibilities at Integrate 2017 2017-08-23T01:14:05Z epson-sees-new-possibilities-at-integrate-2017 At this year’s Integrate show (29-31 August at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre) Epson Australia will be showcasing its theme of “See New Possibilities” with demonstrations that include new projectors, unique artist-created projections and due to the critical importance that colour brightness plays when selecting a projector, a shootout between Epson’s 3LCD and competing single chip DLP technology. Epson’s first new projector and a real standout this year is the EB-1470Ui as it’s this laser ultra short-throw interactive projector which perfectly illustrates advantages such as seamless collaboration combined with effective image size, that Epson projection brings to the modern office. The EB-1470Ui also truly embodies Epson’s “See new possibilities” theme as it delivers 4,000 lumens of colour brightness and 4,000 lumens of white brightness1 in full HD for brilliant images and impactful presentations. The benefits don’t stop there as this interactive laser display works on nearly any flat surface turning it into an interactive finger and touch enabled digital whiteboard – turn it on and start writing – making it the ideal collaboration solution for the modern meeting room. Designed to change the way technologies, people and their ideas converge into one seamless digital experience, the EB-1470Ui offers a 100-inch display size to enhance readability for meeting rooms, increase productivity and foster collaboration. An interactive comparison of flat panel and projector displays will be shown on the Epson stand to demonstrate how important display size is for reading, understanding and analysing information. Epson’s second demonstration area is dedicated to rental and staging solutions and creative artist collaboration. This exciting and ever-expanding area – matched only by Epson’s ever-expanding range of lenses – showcases Epson L-Series long-life laser projection technology. The EB-L1755U, EB-L25000U and EB-L1505U projectors on show clearly demonstrate Epson’s strength and depth for a wide variety of rental and staging applications and some of the amazing work created by world-renowned moving image artists such as Joe Crossley. The L-Series is ideal for rental and staging, as well as permanent large venue installations. It also enables creative professionals such as Crossley to present extraordinary content for the world to see and visitors to Integrate 2017 this year will have the opportunity to experience one of his amazing creations projected on the Epson stand using four edge blended EB-L1505U laser units. The EB-L1505U is the world’s first 12,000 lumens WUXGA LCD laser projector1. Images will have rich, vivid colours thanks to Epson's 3LCD technology and equally high white and colour light output. With flexible installation and low maintenance, this 4K enhanced projector offers a fit-and-forget solution for scenarios in which only superior projections will do. With Epson committed to helping the visitors at Integrate see new possibilities they are demonstrating the new EB-L1755U, which also features WUXGA with 4K Enhancement but boasts an even higher 15,000 lumens of both colour and white brightness1. The EB-L1755U features new remote image capture with a built-in camera for diagnostic purposes, flexible connection options, high native contrast ratio, and flexible 360-degree installation and projection at any angle. The new L-Series is also compatible with Epson’s extensive selection of lenses, which is expanding to include a new ultra short-throw option, the ELPLX02 lens that projects from 100 inches up to a massive 1,000 inches. Epson’s bright and powerful EB-L25000U flagship laser projector is designed for outdoor signage, exhibition halls, concert halls, and other large venue applications. This projector features a new cooling system and a sealed, smoke-proof optical engine allowing it to be used in harsh staging conditions. Offering the kind of outstanding usability and installation flexibility required by staging professionals, the projector is designed for maximum practicability. It has a bold, rugged build and scratch-resistant surfaces while ease-of-operation is ensured with 360-degree projection flexibility. A built-in handle frame helps to ensure safe and easy transport, installation, and flexibility. Powered by 3LCD technology and Epson's laser optical engine, the EB-L25000U is capable of producing white light and colour light output of up to 25,000 Lumens, delivering captivating images in virtually any venue.The final demonstration area will feature a colour brightness shootout between Epson 3-chip 3LCD and single chip DLP technology to demonstrate the importance of colour light output when choosing a projector. Though many manufacturers list only the white brightness of their projectors, it is colour brightness that determines the overall brightness of the images we perceive. The low colour brightness of single chip DLP projectors can result in images that are 1/3 less bright compared to their 3-chip 3LCD competitors. The Epson stand this year includes a custom built demonstration area where visitors can experience firsthand the importance of colour brightness and why 9 out of 10 people prefer images from 3LCD projectors over their single chip DLP counterparts2. Visitors to the Epson stand at Integrate can be guaranteed to not only be inspired by new possibilities but also to understand why over 70% of projectors now sold in Australia are made by Epson. For more information on the role of colour brightness and colour light output in projection go to: http://www.epson.com.au/clo/ For more information on the importance of display size in a classroom or a meeting space, go to: https://www.epson.com.au/gobigwithepson/ 1 Colour brightness (colour light output) and white brightness (white light output) will vary depending on usage conditions. Colour light output measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4; white light output measured in accordance with ISO 21118.2 Data source: ProjectorCentral.com, Jan. 2014. Average of 1,243 shipping models for which the manufacturers provided lumens and total power data, all resolutions and brightness levels. Energy efficiency was measured as wattage per lumen It was measured for both 3LCD and 1-chip projectors in each of the five brightness segments. 3LCD projectors averaged less required electricity per lumen in each of the five segments.  INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS HONOURED AT THE AUSTRALIAN BRAND AWARDS 2017 2017-08-23T00:44:34Z innovative-products-honoured-at-the-australian-brand-awards-2017 Innovative Products Honoured at the Australian Brand Awards 2017 RIHAC has been recognised as an ABA100 winner in The Australian Brand Awards 2017 for Product Excellence [PXA]. Currently in their inaugural year, The Australian Brand Awards have been established to identify, recognise and reward Australia's most innovative consumer products. The idea of Rihac Inklink™ was driven by a desire to create an alternative product in a market exclusively controlled by proprietary inkjet printer manufactures. The Inklink™ is a result of over fifteen years of continuous development, multiple product and innovation patents combined with the highest standards in after-market ink technology. An innovative solution for inkjet printers that provides a money-saving alternative to expensive disposable cartridges. Unlike disposable cartridges, the Rihac Inklink™ last for years, preventing millions of inkjet cartridges entering landfill, making the product an environmentally sustainable solution for everyone who owns an inkjet printer. Printing an A4 picture using brand name cartridges can cost you up to $4 a print, whereas the Rihac Inklink™ costs you as little as 4c. Inklink™ An Inklink ™ is used instead of standard inkjet cartridges. Simply explained Inklink ™  is a self contained unit with its own cartridges fed by tubing from a large ink reservoir which sits beside your printer. The System acts like a giant cartridge by feeding ink into your printer when required through a set of silicone tubes. An Inklink ™ can save you up to 97% on your printing costs.  About Rihac Rihac has been paving the way in sustainable print innovation for over 10 years. Now widely regarded as the global leaders in providing affordable home and office printing, we are at the forefront of developing user friendly, environmentally-conscious and cost effective products.  Rihac’s range of printing consumables encompasses a winning combination of outstanding value and the highest possible quality, and includes a vast selection of products to suit the everyday user through to high-end professional printers. Slashing the costs for everyone who owns an inkjet printer. Never purchase another inkjet printer cartridge! Rebecca Cahir, the director of Rihac says: "We are honoured that the Rihac Inklink™ has been selected as an ABA100 Winner for Product Excellence [PXA] in the Australian Brand Awards 2017. Continuous innovation is a fundamental value in our company and we are inspired to pursue new 'out of the box' solutions for consumers." ### For further information or comment, contact: RIHAC Enterprises Pty Ltd Shop 1, 72-80 Hampstead Road, Maidstone VIC 3012 Phone: 1300465 688 | mail: marketing@rihac.com.au Web: www.rihac.com.au | Facebook: www.facebook.com/rihac Zerto Advances Hybrid Cloud Resilience and Application Mobility Capabilities with New Zerto Virtual Replication 5.5 2017-08-23T00:33:02Z zerto-advances-hybrid-cloud-resilience-and-application-mobility-capabilities-with-new-zerto-virtual-replication-5-5 New Microsoft Azure bi-directional replication and up to 5x faster AWS recovery greatly simplifies mobility across public cloud environments ZVR 5.5 is first solution on the market to provide replication and recovery of enterprise applications, both to and from cloud environments New Zerto Analytics and streamlined data management significantly improves IT resilience and business competitiveness       SYDNEY – August 23, 2017 – Zerto, a leading provider of cloud IT resilience and application mobility solutions, today announced the general availability of Zerto Virtual Replication 5.5 (ZVR 5.5). This product release introduces Microsoft Azure bi-directional replication, faster AWS recovery and new Zerto Analytics capabilities to gain IT environment insights. ZVR 5.5 provides increased flexibility and speed when utilising the cloud to drive IT resilience, which allows enterprises to overcome disruption and meet evolving business priorities. Microsoft Azure Bi-Directional Replication Expanding upon Zerto’s highly-rated business continuity and disaster recovery technology, ZVR 5.5 is the first solution on the market to provide replication and recovery of enterprise applications, both to and from Microsoft Azure. This feature enhances customers’ efforts to achieve resilience by enabling applications to be mobilised, tested, managed and protected across different infrastructures, all while protecting those infrastructures. The ability to replicate out of Azure also enables failback of production workloads to VMware or Hyper-V environments with ROI-producing RPOs of seconds and RTOs of minutes. Up to 5x Faster AWS Recovery ZVR 5.5 greatly increases the speed of recovering applications with improved AWS recovery automation. The enhancement provides 3-5x faster recovery times in AWS, making it even easier to utilise the public cloud for disaster recovery or for testing and development on a near real-time replication environment. The AWS enhancements also allow for expanded support to AWS regions in Canada, Ohio, London and Mumbai. Zerto Analytics ZVR 5.5 also introduces the Zerto Analytics platform which provides real-time and historical analytics on the status and health of multi-site, multi-cloud environments. Zerto Analytics elevates resilience management by delivering visibility of protected applications across the entire infrastructure, empowering decisions with business intelligence based on live and historical protection and consumption data.  – MORE – Other new features available with ZVR 5.5 include: ·       Automatic virtual replication appliance upgrades: Provides one upgrade process for all ZVR components, streamlines IT operations and minimises risk associated with updates and upgrades, while maximising uptime on business applications. ·       Extended API coverage: Additional APIs allow for complete integration with automation platforms, cloud portals and customised environments to extend the flexibility of disaster recovery processes. ·       Improved management of virtual environment changes: Delivers enhanced resiliency to virtual environment instabilities and human errors. ·       The Zerto Mobile Widget: Enables anytime access to quickly see environment health statistics without opening the full application. ·       Support for vCenter 6.5 and Hyper-V 2016/SCVMM 2016: Opens Zerto’s virtual replication up to support an even wider range of platforms. “Zettagrid is an award-winning Australian cloud provider of IT infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for businesses, offering enterprise grade, on-demand data centre infrastructure with direct network connectivity. Security, flexibility and performance are key priorities for us as we want our customers to have complete peace-of-mind in their cloud environments. The continued Zerto platform expansion, including rich API development, enables us to continue to serve our customers and meet their hybrid cloud workload management needs,” said Nicholas Power, Chief Operating Officer, Zettagrid.   “The release of Zerto Virtual Replication 5.5 is the latest proof point of what’s possible in the cloud as we build upon our disaster recovery roots, and continue to empower customers by making their jobs easier and businesses more competitive,” said Matthew Kates, Country Manager for ANZ, Zerto. “The latest innovations categorically depart from the old ways of serving IT business needs and focus on the increasing dependency on the public cloud to host workloads and critical data. These are just some of the hallmarks of a truly IT resilient organisation.” About Zerto In today’s connected world, businesses need to be available to their customers, 24/7/365. Zerto provides enterprise IT resilience solutions for the cloud, enabling customers to withstand disruptions, incorporate new technology easily, and quickly adapt to accommodate evolving IT priorities. Zerto’s award-winning Cloud Continuity Platform, protecting thousands of enterprises worldwide, is a simple and reliable business continuity and disaster recovery software solution built to protect applications on virtualised IT environments, be it public, private or hybrid cloud. Learn more at www.zerto.com. ioFABRIC delivers multi-site, multi-cloud data fabric for complete data protection and availability 2017-08-23T00:17:13Z iofabric-delivers-multi-site-multi-cloud-data-fabric-for-complete-data-protection-and-availability SYDNEY – August 23, 2017 – ioFABRIC Inc. today introduced ioFABRIC Vicinity version 3.0 of its multi-site, multi-cloud data fabric that ensures complete data protection and availability with industry-unique cost optimisation features. Customers running Vicinity make the leap from traditional multi-silo storage to a continuously available, protected and evergreen data fabric. Vicinity incorporates existing and new storage assets, using artificial intelligence to ensure applications reach their required protection, availability, capacity, performance, and cost requirements. ioFABRIC Vicinity supports applications running on legacy servers, commodity hardware, VMs, containers and clouds. By pooling storage together, Vicinity creates an automated data fabric that delivers protection, capacity and performance requirements across all storage, sites and clouds. ioFABRIC’s vendor-neutral data fabric allows any hardware or cloud to be easily added or removed from service. “With an ever-increasing amount of imaging data to store and manage, it’s imperative that we have a solution in place that provides us with the protection we need for long-term backup storage,” said Peter Washburn, System Administrator at Technicare Imaging Ltd. “With ioFABRIC Vicinity, we determine what our storage requirements are based on business value and ioFABRIC automatically meets those objectives simply and easily, ensuring business continuity that is cost-optimised. We get all the data protection and availability that we need without any of the headaches typically faced in planning and managing storage.” ioFABRIC’s evergreen technology eliminates migrations, storage silos and forklift upgrades. With no vendor lock-in and seamless live instances between sites and clouds, organisations gain the business value of storage-as-a-service from their traditional infrastructure. Vicinity easily extends any infrastructure to one or more public clouds. Cost Optimisation Newly added to Vicinity’s set of industry-unique service level objectives is cost-optimisation across the entire data fabric. ioFABRIC uses a branch of AI called Swarm Intelligence that automatically uses the lowest cost storage while ensuring that each application’s requirements are met and maintained. Policy management features allow data to be placed and moved based on usage, data activity, and cost. “In Australia, the one message that resonates with all our customers and prospects is cost optimisation—simply set the performance (IOPS or latency) objectives for an application and by ticking a box, the lowest cost storage will be used to deliver the requested performance objectives. Data will move off expensive SAN or NAS spinning disks to less expensive commodity SSD/flash—which delivers exponentially higher performance at substantially lower cost. “The business advantage increases as stale data is automatically moved out of SSD to less expensive high capacity, low cost spinning disk or cloud, thus freeing up that SSD/flash for other applications. That is true value,” said Greg Wyman, VP Asia Pacific ioFABRIC Pty Ltd.” Protection and availability The ioFABRIC Data Fabric identifies and self-heals around disk and network failures, using resilient live instances of data placed across nodes, sites or clouds. With the high levels of protection that Vicinity provides, business continuity is ensured from disaster or failure. Vicinity also provides an exceptional level of data durability and availability against ransomware attacks with its incremental, immutable snapshot and snap-copy technologies. “Managing storage has long been a balancing act of trying to maximise protection and availability in the face of increasing costs and complexity,” said ioFABRIC CEO and Co-Founder Steven Lamb. “Why put up with the headaches that come with worrying about how you’re going to maximise performance and add capacity while staying within your existing budget? With ioFABRIC Data Fabric, we’ve simplified the process of data management by allowing organizations to focus on their business objectives and leave the details of the underlying infrastructure to us.” About ioFABRIC Inc. ioFABRIC Inc. is a data management company whose software solves data challenges while reducing complexity, and optimizing costs. ioFABRIC’s flagship product, ioFABRIC Vicinity, is a multi-site, multi-cloud data fabric ensuring storage is always available, always protected, always evergreen. Vicinity 3.0 creates a data fabric supporting applications running on legacy servers, VMs, containers, and clouds. Vicinity is sold through ioFABRIC’s reseller and distribution channel, through its powerful LEaD program. Partners sell Vicinity as licensed software or by white-labeling it with additional hardware and/or software. Founded in 2013 by an executive team that has worked together for more than 20 years is funded by private investors. For more information visit www.ioFABRIC.com. Follow us on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter Contact Greg Wyman, VP Asia-Pacific, ioFABRIC M: +61 (0)402 259 359, O: +61 (2) 9099 5500 E: greg.wyman@iofabric.com.au News: Convergence of Cloud, Open Source and Digital Innovation Drive Growth for Acquia in Asia Pacific 2017-08-22T23:10:00Z news-convergence-of-cloud-open-source-and-digital-innovation-drive-growth-for-acquia-in-asia-pacific Sydney, Australia, Acquia Engage Asia Pacific Conference - 23 August 2017 - Acquia, the digital experience company, has significantly expanded its footprint in Asia Pacific, citing unprecedented demand for its unique combination of cloud, open source digital technology. Acquia enables organisations to offer contextually relevant experiences across multiple channels, deliver new digital capabilities faster, continuously innovate and stay current in a digital world that’s constantly evolving. Today also marks the opening day of the inaugural Acquia Engage Asia Pacific Japan, which brings together customers and partners for two days of best practice sessions and knowledge sharing. With regional headquarters in Australia, Acquia’s Asia Pacific Japan team has grown to more than 80 people since launching in Sydney five years ago. With expertise in digital architecture design, delivery, account management and customer support, the company has expanded its clients this year into Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand and New Zealand. Here, new customers include Astellas Pharma Inc. (JP), Citigroup (SG), Telkomsel (ID), City University of Hong Kong (HK), Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (TH), and, closer to home, New Zealand Post (NZ). In Australia, the company has landed notable enterprise deals including Brisbane Airport Corporation and EnergyAustralia, while expanding into the sporting vertical with Commonwealth Games among others. In partnership with the Department of Finance, the govCMS program continues to grow. This shared services model has so far delivered more than 155 websites across 57 State and Federal Government Agencies agencies, with 20 more sites in development. Acquia has directed much of this opportunity through its partners, who include Ogilvy Australia, Technocrat, Morpht, Doghouse Agency, and Salsa Digital among many others. Today Acquia is hosting the inaugural Acquia Engage Asia Pacific Japan. Executives from enterprise organisations including Flight Centre, EnergyAustralia, IAG, ADMA, Asian Development Bank, Pac-12 Networks, Australian Government Department of Finance and the Department of Environment and Energy among others, are gathering today at the InterContinental Sydney to share their experience in digital innovation and transformation. “The brilliant work of our partner network is a pivotal factor in helping our customers succeed, and has helped fuel our company’s growth. We place great value on our relationship with each partner and every customer,” said Graham Sowden, general manager at Acquia Asia Pacific and Japan. “Acquia’s growth across Asia Pacific has been driven by our regional team from top to bottom - a team that is both dedicated and talented. It’s a great time to be at Acquia and involved in the Drupal community, with open source and digital innovation reaching such maturity in the region.” Aris Theocharides, director at Deloitte Digital said: “The uptake of Drupal to drive digital innovation is without doubt one of the fastest adoption rates I’ve seen in a technology practice. Acquia has invested a great deal over the past few years to show us how open source, and specifically Drupal 8, are now commercial imperatives, both for clients and for our own practice growth. My advice is: ignore open source technologies at your own cost - whether that’s the opportunities for innovation or technology investment – or, on the flip-side, the loss of revenue opportunity.” In recent news, Acquia was named a leader with the highest strategy score in The Forrester Wave™: Web Content Management Systems, Q1 2017, and was also named a leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management (WCM) for the fourth consecutive year. IRESS introduces range of new digital updates for superannuation funds 2017-08-22T23:00:00Z iress-introduces-range-of-new-digital-updates-for-superannuation-funds IRESS’ Acurity has expanded superannuation funds’ ability to provide members with a comprehensive and personalised online superannuation experience, improving self-service and efficiency for members, and providing scale and reduced cost for funds. The latest version of Acurity provides superannuation funds with increased automated online and app-based services to reduce manual and paper-based systems. This includes: Allowing members to initiate and complete queries from multiple devices, with progress tracked for member convenience Allowing the online completion and processing of a range of benefit payments, and Expanded security in the member identification process through the addition of two-factor authentication and online verification. Acurity 17 also ensures funds continue to meet a significant range of legislative and compliance changes, directly addressing several hundreds of superannuation amendments in the 2017 Federal Budget. Delivered as part of the Acurity maintenance arrangement, the enhancements remove a large portion of risk for funds, helping them meet compliance requirements cost effectively. IRESS’ General Manager of Superannuation, Jeff Hall, said the changes allow clients to significantly improve the member journey, data quality, and deliver a new benchmark for member experience. “Acurity 17 delivers on our goal to continue to personalise the member experience across all service channels, including online, through call centres and using the Acurity mobile app. That experience is underpinned by the most advanced level of straight through processing functionality delivered to date. ”We are currently focused on further initiatives for the Acurity platform including further integration between Acurity and XPLAN. An integrated platform and member interface will provide superannuation funds with the ability to design and implement a range of digital advice options, best suited to support the changing retirement investment goals of members throughout their lifetime.” Latest Acurity updates released: Features include updated technology for improved online access and usability, as well as database improvements to performance and security. Additional updates continue to transform the super platform with the ability to integrate an online identity check, online benefit payments to bank accounts and support for automatic account consolidation. Legislative enhancements are centred around the SuperStream processing environment, including contribution and rollovers, integration with ATO validations and support for recent Federal budget initiatives. Media enquiries Cathryn van der Walt Telephone: +61 (0)402 327 633 cathryn@12worlds.com About IRESS IRESS is a leading supplier of technology solutions to clients in the financial markets, wealth management, and mortgage sectors. IRESS is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (IRE.ASX) with operations in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada, and Asia. www.iress.com / @iress Acronis True Image 2018 Brings Artificial Intelligence-Based Data Protection to Home Users 2017-08-22T13:53:10Z acronis-true-image-2018-brings-artificial-intelligence-based-data-protection-to-home-users The Industry’s First Intelligent Backup with an A.I.-based Ransomware Defense Redefines Personal and Home Office Data Protection SYDNEY, Australia, 23 August 2017 — Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection for business and consumers, today introduced Acronis True Image 2018. The new release includes major updates the program’s backup and recovery capabilities, and is the first personal backup software to incorporate artificial intelligence-based technology designed to actively protect data against ransomware. “As the first company to offer full image backup for consumers, Acronis pioneered intelligent backup for home use,” said Serguei Beloussov, co-founder, and CEO of Acronis. “Acronis True Image 2018 continues that tradition as the first and only personal backup software that uses artificial intelligence to defend consumers against one of the fastest growing threats to their data.” By combining the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) based ransomware defense, called Acronis Active Protection™, with a new generation of enhanced backup and recovery capabilities such as active disk cloning and automated WinPE boot media creation, Acronis True Image 2018 represents a new standard of “intelligent backup” for individuals, families and small businesses. Reliable backup and recovery During a survey of Acronis customers during July 2017, 95 percent of respondents said they choose and recommend Acronis True Image because the backups are so reliable. The 2018 release improves on those core backup and recovery capabilities even more, with enhancements such as: Active disk cloning: Users can create an exact replica of an active Windows system without stopping and restarting using bootable media, making migration to a faster or larger disk even easier. An updated media builder: Automatically creates boot media for a WinPE environment, so users can quickly resolve driver configuration issues and recover their systems to the same or new hardware. Continuous backup to the cloud: Users can update their backups as they work on files while securely storing an off-site version in the cloud. Virtual drive conversion: Users can test the recoverability of the full image backups, or run their system in a Hyper-V virtual environment to test various applications without risking the primary system, and move complete system image as a virtual drive to another computer. Faster incremental backups: Up to three-times faster with new Changed-Block Tracker technology that tracks image changes in real time. Automatic mobile backup to NAS devices: More than a quarter of Acronis users have network-attached storage (NAS) at home. Now they don’t have to think about backing up a mobile device, since the process starts as soon as the mobile device connects to the same Wi-Fi as the NAS. Acronis True Image 2018 also addresses the needs of the next generation of users by expanding its support for social media with automatic backups of Instagram accounts, including photos, comments and statistics, such as the number of likes, tags or comments a post gets. Easy control A new visual interface addresses the preferences of 83 percent of Acronis customers who reported that they want more information and insights into their backups. Graphically displaying backup activity and statistics, it allows users to manage their backups at a glance – including how much data they have stored, the types of files in storage, and the status of backups. Secure data protection The ability to restore a system or individual files is critical following a ransomware attack. Acronis True Image 2018 not only makes recovery automatic, it takes the initial protection a step further by preventing ransomware from corrupting a user’s data in the first place. Using machine learning models, Acronis Active Protection recognizes unusual patterns of file access. These models are generated in Acronis’ dedicated Cloud AI infrastructure, which processes data from hundreds of thousands of malicious and legitimate processes to build those models. Those models are incorporated directly into Acronis Active Protection, allowing Acronis True Image 2018 to protect a system’s data independently, without the need for an internet connection. When Active Protection detects unusual activity, it checks the process using both heuristics analysis as well as those models of expected and unexpected behavior. If the process is identified as potentially malicious, Acronis True Image 2018 alerts the user of the suspicious activity. With real-time monitoring, Acronis Active Protection verifies all processes so approved activities are allowed to run, while potentially dangerous behavior is detected and stopped. Then, if any files are encrypted during a ransomware attack, Acronis True Image 2018 automatically restores those files from backup. While cybercriminals increasingly target backup files to keep users from restoring their system without paying the ransom, Acronis’ technology specifically defends backup files as well as the original data. Ransomware damages are expected to top $5 billion this year, and Acronis’ unique self-defense of backup files is Acronis True Image 2018’s way to ensure a user’s data remains untouched. More than 60 percent of Acronis customers surveyed said they worry about ransomware. A new Security Dashboard gives users complete visibility over Acronis Active Protection so you can be reassured that their data is protected. It lets them track the number of processes that have been flagged as potentially dangerous, see which ones were blocked, and manage a whitelist of trusted applications. Pricing and Availability There are three editions of Acronis True Image 2018 available to accommodate customer use and preferences. All versions include Acronis Active Protection against ransomware and cover an unlimited number of mobile devices. Standard is a perpetual license that is offered without any cloud storage or access to cloud-based features for customers who prefer to store their data on local drives only. Pricing starts at AUD $69.99 for one computer. Advanced is a one-year subscription that includes 250 GB of cloud storage and access to all cloud-based features. Pricing starts at AUD $69.99 per year for one computer. Premium is a one-year subscription that includes exclusive blockchain-based data certification and electronic signature capabilities, as well as 1 TB of cloud storage. Pricing starts at AUD $139.99 per year for one computer. Advanced and Premium subscribers can purchase additional cloud storage within the application. Advanced Licenses can upgrade to a maximum of 500 GB. If more storage is needed, Advanced users can upgrade to a Premium License, which offers cloud storage of up to 5 TB. Instagram backup launches today in limited markets and will be available worldwide on September 4, 2017. Acronis True Image 2018 is available for purchase at https://www.acronis.com/en-au/personal/computer-backup/ and through major software resellers and retail stores worldwide. NOTE: For small business owners who need to protect more than five computers, or companies that have multiple workstations and servers, Acronis Backup 12.5 scales to protect thousands of computers and provides convenient tools for group management of environments of any complexity. Details are available at https://www.acronis.com/en-au/business/backup/ About Acronis Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud IT data protection through its backup, ransomware Active Protection, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, fast, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud, mobile and applications. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 150 countries and 20 languages. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products are consistently named best product of the year and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning, and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors, and cloud resellers. Learn more at acronis.com Press contact: Guennadi Moukine Acronis ANZ Pty Ltd +61 40 555 9296 guennadi.moukine@acronis.com Gartner Says Demand for 4G Smartphones in Emerging Markets Spurred Growth in Second Quarter of 2017 2017-08-22T11:19:08Z gartner-says-demand-for-4g-smartphones-in-emerging-markets-spurred-growth-in-second-quarter-of-2017 22 August 2017 — Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 366.2 million units in the second quarter of 2017, a 6.7 percent increase over the second quarter of 2016, according to Gartner, Inc. In the smartphone operating system market, Android extended its lead with 87.7 percent market share, while iOS accounted for 12.1 percent. "Although demand for utility smartphones remains strong, there is growing demand in emerging markets for 4G smartphones, with more storage, better processors and more advanced cameras. This is translating into higher demand for midpriced [US$150 to $200] smartphones," said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner. Sales of all types of smartphone grew in the second quarter of 2017, compared with the second quarter of 2016. However, there is a concern about rising component costs, as well as limited supply, due to the reduced availability of critical components. "We expect a shortage of flash memory and OLED [organic light-emitting diode] displays will affect premium smartphone supply in the second half of 2017," said Mr. Gupta. "We've already seen Huawei's P10 suffer from a flash memory shortage, and smaller, traditional brands, such as HTC, LG and Sony, are stuck between aggressive Chinese brands and the dominating market shares of Samsung and Apple in the premium smartphone segment." Samsung's smartphone sales grew 7.5 percent, year over year, after three consecutive quarterly declines (see Table 1). The company had been hit hard by problems with the Galaxy Note 7, but the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are bringing back high demand for Samsung smartphones. "Despite growing competition from Chinese brands such as Huawei, Oppo and Vivo, we expect Samsung to register growth in 2017," said Mr. Gupta. Table 1 Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 2Q17 (Thousands of Units) Vendor 2Q17 Units 2Q17 Market Share (%) 2Q16 Units 2Q16 Market Share (%) Samsung 82,535.1 22.5 76,743.5 22.4 Apple 44,314.8 12.1 44,395.0 12.9 Huawei 35,964.3 9.8 30,670.7 8.9 Oppo 26,092.5 7.1 18,112.6 5.3 Vivo 24,324.6 6.6 14,240.5 4.1 Others Total 153,003.1 366,234.4 41.8 100.0 159,190.3 343,352.5 46.4 100.0 Source: Gartner (August 2017) Despite clearing the distribution channel of iPhone inventory amounting to 3.3 million units during the second quarter, Apple's sales were flat (down 0.2 percent), year over year. "Apple's sales in emerging markets are expected to grow as older-generation iPhones continue to attract buyers. The new iOS 11, which will include augmented reality, machine learning, an improved Siri and a new display design, will likely fuel strong iPhone sales in the fourth quarter of 2017, and help Apple increase its sales in 2017," added Mr. Gupta. Vivo and Oppo achieved the best performances in the second quarter of 2017, with year-over-year sales increases of 70.8 percent and 44.1 percent, respectively. Vivo's smartphones with front-facing cameras have carved out a niche for themselves. "Vivo maintained second place in China and grew its sales internationally," said Mr. Gupta. Similarly, Oppo secured its leading position in China by offering dual rear-facing and front-facing cameras. Greater China and Emerging Asia/Pacific Markets Accounted for Nearly Half of Smartphone Sales Greater China and emerging Asia/Pacific markets drove sales of smartphones in the second quarter of 2017, with market shares of (27.7 percent) and (21.4 percent), respectively (see Table 2). Growing smartphone penetration of India, Indonesia and Southeast Asian countries drove a year-over-year rise in smartphone sales in the emerging Asia/Pacific group. However, smartphone sales in Greater China declined, year over year, primarily due to longer replacement cycles and as users prefer to buy better smartphones. "Large vendors continued to strengthen their positions by increasing their market share, while smaller brands lost ground in Greater China," said Mr. Gupta. Sales in Western Europe returned to year-over-year growth, fueled especially by strong sales of Huawei and Samsung smartphones. Table 2 Worldwide Top-Five Regions for Smartphone Sales to End Users in 2Q17 (Thousands of Units) Region 2Q17 Units 2Q17 Market Share (%) 2Q16 Units 2Q16 Market Share (%) Greater China 101,524.5 27.7 114,170.9 33.3 Emerging Asia/Pacific 78,243.1 21.4 59,429.7 17.3 North America 40,438.0 11.0 38,121.5 11.1 Western Europe 35,790.5 9.8 31,523.6 9.2 Latin America 32,867.2 9.0 33,050.3 9.6 Others 77,371.1 21.1 67,056.5 19.5 Total 366,234.4 100.0 343,352.5 100.0 Source: Gartner (August 2017) Gartner clients can learn more in the following reports: "Market Share Alert: Preliminary, Mobile Phones, Worldwide, 2Q17" and "Market Share: Final PCs, Ultramobiles and Mobile Phones, All Countries, 2Q17 Update." About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading research and advisory company. The company helps business leaders across all major functions in every industry and enterprise size with the objective insights they need to make the right decisions. Gartner's comprehensive suite of services delivers strategic advice and proven best practices to help clients succeed in their mission-critical priorities. Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and has more than 13,000 associates serving clients in 11,000 enterprises in 100 countries. For more information, visit gartner.com. Hitachi Transformation Award Finalists Announced 2017-08-22T06:03:23Z hitachi-transformation-award-finalists-announced Sydney (August 2017) — Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), announces the finalists for the Hitachi Transformation Award to be awarded at NEXT 2017, the premier event for the digital revolution. NEXT 2017 will be held September 18-21, 2017 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. This first annual award recognizes leading companies that are transforming their businesses in new and innovative ways, with the support of Hitachi group solutions. Five finalists and four honorable mentions have been selected based on the substantial benefits they have achieved through accelerating business transformation, improving user experience, innovating with data, and enabling the internet of things (IoT). The following finalists are exemplary models of how digital transformation accelerates business outcomes: Award Finalists CPFL Energia: With over nine million electricity consumers connected to nine distribution companies, CPFL decided to convert to a Hitachi smart grid universe. With automation spread across their networks, they needed to speed up their mission-critical database to keep up with the enormity of their technical and business challenges. Hitachi helped them assure high quality services and safety for their customers. Curtin University: Curtin is making campus operations smarter and bringing innovation to Western Australia with data-driven research. By analyzing people's movements in and out of classrooms and linking data sets, they will optimize building usage, capacity needs and schedules. Through co-creating solutions with Hitachi, Curtin can use data to lower costs, improve student retention and create a more effective, contemporary learning experience. Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA): How do you optimize livestock production? With data. Through MLA investment, Hitachi's sensor-driven data collection and analytics helps the red meat industry identify best practices for animal tracing, supply chain efficiency, and on-farm operations. By automating data analytics and driving IoT- led decision making, MLA is helping foster the productivity and profitability of the Australian red meat and livestock industry. Spin Master: Transforming into the fourth-largest toy manufacturer and children's entertainment powerhouse is not child's play. Spin Master has adapted to strategically support innovation, acquisitions, new brands, and continued business expansion. With Hitachi's assistance, they reduced SAP processing time, created significant savings, and gained a 360-degree view of their customers. Now they're pushing the boundaries of innovation, creativity and fun further and faster. Wiggle: Wiggle, the leading e-commerce sports retailer, knew their inefficient processes and a range of custom systems could not support their ambitious growth plans. Working with Hitachi, they developed a cloud-based, sophisticated retail platform to standardize operations and support their global strategy. Staying customer-centric, with a single customer view, better process efficiencies and soaring customer satisfaction, they leave others trailing behind. The award winner will be announced on September 20th at NEXT 2017. The five finalists' stories will be featured throughout the event, showcasing the business outcomes they have achieved from their transformation journeys. Hitachi is proud to partner with these outstanding companies and honor their accomplishments. Additionally, Hitachi recognizes the following honorable mentions for their stories of transformation: Honorable Mentions Daicel Corporation: Daicel, a chemicals and manufacturing expert, improved quality and lowered costs with an integrated smart manufacturing solution co-created with Hitachi. Equifax Incorporated: Equifax worked with Hitachi on a software-defined infrastructure with analytics to improve efficiency, resulting in higher uptime and customer experience. Salford Royal NHS Trust: Salford Royal worked with Hitachi to prevent Type 2 diabetes with technologies designed to enhance care and support lifestyle changes. The University of Utah Health: University of Utah Health worked with Hitachi to streamline IT environments, improve data analytics and ensure all data is secure. Follow NEXT 2017. Join the conversation with #HitachiNEXT Facebook Twitter NEXT 2017 Community Hitachi Transformation Award About NEXT 2017 by HitachiNEXT 2017 by Hitachi is the premier event for the digital revolution. It's for business leaders who want to win – not just compete – and innovate faster to thrive in the digital economy. And to reinvent their business even if they weren't born in the cloud. You'll experience the latest solutions and services so that you can get the most value in your data. It's all made possible by integrating information technology with the operational technologies of the world's infrastructure through the internet of things. Gain the expertise of Hitachi, one of today's industrial giants. Achieve incredible value when this expertise meets Hitachi's strength in data management and analysis. It's part of our vision of Social Innovation to help businesses succeed and societies be safer, healthier and smarter. NEXT 2017 will be held September 18-20, 2017 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. For more information and to register, please visit HitachiNEXT.com. About Hitachi Data SystemsHitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., offers an integrated portfolio of services and solutions that enable digital transformation through enhanced data management, governance, mobility and analytics. We help global organizations open new revenue streams, increase efficiencies, improve customer experience and ensure rapid time to market in the digital age. Only Hitachi Data Systems powers the digital enterprise by integrating the best information technology and operational technology from across the Hitachi family of companies. We combine this experience with Hitachi expertise in the internet of things to deliver the exceptional insights business and society need to transform and thrive. Visit us at HDS.com. About Hitachi, Ltd.Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2016 (ended March 31, 2017) totaled 9,162.2 billion yen ($81.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 304,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com. HITACHI is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners. First ever database of boat ramps across Australia 2017-08-22T01:24:48Z first-ever-database-of-boat-ramps-across-australia Just about every boatie loves to take their boat with them on their travels.  Whether it's a car topper or a trailer boat, their boat is like a pet they simply can not leave behind!   As with all great trips, a lot of planning has to go in to the holiday so to help simplify this process, we've put together a database of all of the publicly listed boat ramps & pontoons across mainland Australia.   However, a database is nothing without user friendliness so we even went to the extent of putting together an interactive tool http://coastalventures.com.au/boat-ramps so that boaties can find out exactly whats around when travelling to new locations. Some users have even reported finding boat ramps near to their home that they never knew about! 1Spatial grows its team of Safe Software FME Certified Trainers 2017-08-22T00:54:48Z 1spatial-grows-its-team-of-safe-software-fme-certified-trainers Sydney, Australia, 22 August 2017: 1Spatial, Platinum Partner of Safe Software and value added reseller of FME, is delighted to announce that Thomas Farrington, Consultant with 1Spatial Australia, has been awarded Safe Software's FME Certified Trainer accreditation. The FME Certified Trainer accreditation formally recognises individual expertise and enables people to demonstrate proven ability to provide knowledgeable FME support, training and consulting services. With Farrington’s newly acquired accreditation, 1Spatial is proud to add this additional capability to its growing FME expertise across the Group. Commenting on his achievement, Natalie Cooney, Country Manager, Australia at 1Spatial added: "We're very proud of Thomas and his achievement in gaining this accreditation. It builds on his existing experience and further enhances 1Spatial's FME-based offerings. We are committed to ensuring our customers get the best technical support, consulting services and training and this accreditation demonstrates that Thomas and 1Spatial meet the high standards expected by Safe Software." In addition, Nicholas Ranicar has recently achieved his FME Certified Server Professional accreditation. This is Safe Software’s newest certification and Ranicar is currently the only accredited Server Professional in Australia. 1Spatial's expert team of FME consultants can deliver specialist product support, training and consulting services to help customers meet their business requirements. For more information about FME and how 1Spatial can help you, visit https://1spatial.com/products/fme/ or contact us on fme@1spatial.com. About 1Spatial 1Spatial is the global leader in managing geospatial data. We make data smarter by making it more current, more complete and more consistent – ensuring decisions are always grounded in the best available information. Our unique, rules-based approach delivers enterprise-scale, cross-platform, automation to all stages of the data lifecycle. It builds confidence in the data while reducing the time and cost of stewardship. Our clients include utility and telecoms businesses, transport organisations, national mapping agencies and government departments. A leader in our field, we have over forty five years’ experience and a record of continual innovation and development. www.1spatial.com