A10 Networks Unveils New aCloud Infrastructure at VMworld
Enables Seamless Deployment of Virtual Application Delivery Controllers for Leading Cloud Service Providers
SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A10 Networks(TM), the technology leader in Application Networking, today announced the aCloud ecosystem initiative based on its AX Series Application Delivery Controller (ADC) platform. The aCloud initiative consists of a combination of AX ADC form factors and management tools for Cloud Service Providers, enabling them to create elastic pay-as-you grow environments and billing infrastructures.
Cloud Service Providers seek to fulfill increasing computing demands as enterprises move IT resources to the Cloud for operational efficiency, increased internal IT agility and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO). This need has created a critical requirement to provide advanced features for components in the Cloud, so that advantages with best of breed internal deployments are not lost. With the AX Series' comprehensive advanced Layer 4-7 load balancing, application acceleration and security features, customers and Cloud Service Providers can rapidly build cloud environments and deploy on-demand; offering premium feature sets at a competitive price.
"With the rapid adoption of Cloud Computing, customers are turning to Cloud Service Providers to enable their business services without compromising on features and functionality," said Lee Chen, Founder and CEO of A10 Networks. "With our new aCloud ecosystem, we have made it easy for Service Providers to offer differentiated Application Networking services, going beyond simple load balancing to give their customers a range of flexible options."
The aCloud Application Delivery ecosystem includes three key components:
-- AX Form Factor
-- SoftAX Virtual Machines: Software-based ADC, which can be installed
on commodity hardware atop a hypervisor in less than 10 minutes;
customers reduce hardware costs, deliver on data center
consolidation initiatives and increase flexibility.
-- AX Series Hardware Appliances: Enables the highest-performance
Application Networking with superior reliability and energy
efficiency. In addition to the comprehensive Layer 4-7 feature set,
the appliances offer flexible virtualization technologies such as
Virtual Chassis System (aVCS) for ~1 Tbps of scalability, and
multi-tenancy with Application Delivery Partitions (ADPs) to service
100s of separate customers on 1U or 2U AX platforms. High
performance security features, such as Distributed Denial of Service
(DDoS) protection, and superior 2048-bit key processing performance
for large-scale SSL environments are also built-in.
-- AX Series AX-V Hardware Appliances: Combining the benefits of
SoftAX with the resiliency and predictability of the AX appliances,
AX-V offers a hybrid platform for a turnkey deployment and
guaranteed performance, including VMware certification. AX-V also
boosts the performance of SSL with the included hardware-based SSL
-- Management Platform and Components
-- aGalaxy Management Server:
-- Highly scalable management solution
-- Streamlined operation and administration automation to reduce
-- Supports all AX Series hardware and software appliance
-- Cloud Licensing Infrastructure:
-- Enables automatic SoftAX deployment and licensing based on Cloud
Service Provider policy
-- Enables a true "Pay-as-you-grow and/or go" infrastructure with
-- aXAPI for Custom Management: RESTful XML API compliments GUI and CLI
administration options to offer a comprehensive set of management
functions that quickly integrate for maximum flexibility into any
custom Cloud Service Provider management platform. For example, the
third-party applications can simply pull statistics for remote
display or react to changing server conditions by dynamically
provisioning or de-provisioning resources automatically from the AX
-- The Cloud Service Provider: Providers offering A10's solutions can
leverage components to deliver on customer requirements to power
flexible and feature-rich environments.
"ViaWest is a leader in the managed service market, and we have standardized on a combination of A10's AX Series hardware and SoftAX virtual appliances for our Cloud offerings," said Jason Carolan, CTO of ViaWest. "We chose A10 for many reasons including tight SoftAX integration with VMware vCloud Director, flexibility of hardware and software platforms and the advanced feature set. All of these advantages directly translate to value we can offer to our customers."
"Our customers are demanding a higher level of sophistication in Cloud environments versus a few years ago," said Andrew Rosser, Research Fellow at SHI Labs. "A10's aCloud ecosystem offers the right ADC form factor and management tools that are essential to offering a successful feature rich service."
"The AX Series hardware appliance's unique multi-tenancy features were a perfect fit for our network and customers," said Jeffrey Papen, Founder and CEO of Peak Hosting. "Since deploying the AX Series into Peak's Always UP Network(SM) we can offer advanced functionality to our customers, which allows us to provide a richer set of offerings to solve our customers' business challenges and reduce their operational costs."
AX Series hardware appliances (and multi-tenancy with ADPs), SoftAX virtual appliances, aGalaxy management software and AX-V appliance are available today. The SoftAX trial version is available for immediate download at: https://www.a10networks.com/softax_trial_license/
The aCloud licensing infrastructure will be available in Q4 2012. To participate in the beta please contact A10.
About A10 Networks
A10 Networks was founded in Q4 2004 with a mission to provide innovative networking and security solutions. A10 Networks makes high-performance products that help organizations accelerate, optimize and secure their applications. A10 Networks is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia and Singapore. For more information, visit: http://www.a10networks.com
aCloud, ACOS, aFleX, aXAPI, aVCS, Virtual Chassis, SoftAX, and aFlow are registered trademarks of A10 Networks.
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Infusionsoft Joins Exclusive Two Percent of Companies to be Recognized by the Inc. 500 | 5000 list Six Years in a Row
GILBERT, Ariz., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Inc. magazine today ranked Infusionsoft on its annual Inc.500 | 5000 list, a prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. This accomplishment is sweetened by the fact that only two percent of all companies who have ever made this list have been acknowledged six times consecutively. The company has 10,000 customers and 36,000 users spread across 70 countries. Infusionsoft has zeroed in on the expansive, global small business market, and offers an all-in-one sales and marketing software that helps these companies compete and grow.
"We are zealous about entrepreneurship and the success of small businesses. Our entire vision is set around this principle," said Clate Mask, co-founder and CEO of Infusionsoft. "We consider making the list not once, but six times, to be an especially meaningful tribute to the strides we have made as a company and innovator."
In addition to supplying the Infusionsoft all-in-one sales and marketing solution to small businesses, Infusionsoft has created a community that gives small businesses access to free advice and strategic insight. This summer the company launched its Small Business Success Tour, a free event showing up in major cities across the country and in London. Hundreds of small business owners are coming to the one-day sessions to hear real use cases and best practices from entrepreneurs who have succeeded. Infusionsoft believes entrepreneurs are at the core of America's growing economy, and strives to be a driver of small business success.
"Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500|5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward. Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is," says Inc. editor, Eric Schurenberg.
In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2012 Inc. 500|5000 companies remains an impressive 97 percent. The companies on this year's list report having created over 400,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $299 billion. The Inc. 500|5000 Conference and Awards Ceremony will take place in October in Infusionsoft's hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. The ceremony will include keynote speeches, educational breakout sections, networking opportunities, and events geared toward the companies who made it onto this year's list.
Infusionsoft provides an all-in-one sales and marketing software for small businesses. Its Web-based solution helps small businesses automatically market to get more customers, grow sales and save time. The privately held, six-time Inc. 500/5000 company is based in Gilbert, Ariz. and is funded by Mohr Davidow Ventures and vSpring Capital. For more information, visit http://www.infusionsoft.com.
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more information, visit http://www.inc.com.
Continuity Software Launches AvailabilityGuard/Cloud(TM) - Automated Health Check of Virtual Infrastructure Ensures Continuous Service Availability for Private Cloud Applications
NEW YORK, August 27, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
New Software Detects Downtime and Data-Loss Risks; Alerts for Cross-Vendor
Best Practice Violations
Continuity Software(TM), the leading provider of service availability risk management
solutions, today announced the release of AvailabilityGuard/Cloud
[http://continuitysoftware.com/cloud ](TM), a private cloud automated health check solution
that detects cross-domain configuration errors across all layers of IT - all the way from
application server to the database, virtual machine (VM), physical infrastructure, storage
area network (SAN), network-attached storage (NAS) and clustering - in order to eliminate
data loss and business downtime risks.
AvailabilityGuard/Cloud was created in response to the rapidly increasing rate at
which organizations of all sizes are deploying mission-critical applications in
virtualized private clouds and consequently, the sharp rise in private cloud downtime and
data-loss events. While the benefits of virtualization are impossible to ignore, it has
also become apparent that managing a private cloud infrastructure frequently involves
manually-intensive processes that are prone to failure, often with a devastating effect on
business service availability. With limited visibility across private cloud infrastructure
layers, IT organizations have been unable to detect problems ahead of time and prevent
them from disrupting the business. Even the most sophisticated IT organizations are
learning that ensuring continuous service availability and data protection across their
private cloud environment is easier said than done.
AvailabilityGuard/Cloud extends Continuity Software's proven downtime and data loss
risk detection capabilities from the traditional datacenter environment to the private
cloud. The solution enables users to automatically discover and eliminate vulnerabilities
well before they impact the business, leveraging the patent-pending Risk Discovery
Engine(TM) coupled with the continuously updated Risk Signature Knowledgebase(TM) of known
and emerging private cloud configuration issues. Moreover, AvailabilityGuard/Cloud
provides up-to-date management reports with high-level executive summaries followed by
supportive drill-down reporting that make it easier for IT organizations to wrap their
arms around even the most complicated environment.
"Constructing a private cloud - and then ensuring the availability of applications and
data that run on that cloud is a very difficult task," said Jean S. Bozman, Research Vice
President, IDC. "On the cloud, not being able to access applications and data has a highly
negative impact on the business-- as operational costs continue to climb until outages are
repaired and resolved by IT staff. Many sites are learning the hard way that availability
must be built-in from the beginning. The longer the downtime - the greater the cost.
Continuity Software's AvailabilityGuard/Cloud directly addresses these issues by ensuring
best practices through automation, and by finding vulnerabilities long before business
Deni Connor, Founding Analyst, Storage and Server Strategies NOW, stated, "Another
interesting dilemma resulting from increasingly well-publicized private cloud failures is
the possibility of cloud avoidance. In other words, will the fear of a failure or loss of
control cause some IT professionals to simply avoid moving to the private cloud? Further,
would moving critical business applications to the private cloud without the proper tools
in place to prevent avoidable failures fall into the negligence category? And, what does
this negligence mean for the business and/or the individual employee from a compliance
standpoint - is there a risk of civil and criminal penalties? The answer is 'yes'." She
continued, "With that said, since the advantages of virtualization are simply too powerful
to ignore, avoiding cloud deployment is not a viable strategy. I urge all IT professionals
to do their homework, team with the best technology, service providers and/or expert
advisors to design and deploy their cloud, and then ensure its success with a solution
such as Continuity Software's AvailabilityGuard/Cloud."
"The benefits of private cloud are indisputable, as is the business risk that comes
with it," said Doron Pinhas, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Continuity Software
[http://www.continuitysoftware.com ]. "As practically every app server, database, storage,
OS, cluster and virtualization vendor is updating or publishing a hefty best practices
guide on almost a quarterly basis, organizations are finding themselves unable to follow
and confidently implement reliable private cloud infrastructure for business critical
applications." He continued, "AvailabilityGuard/Cloud enables organizations to control the
risks and maximize ROI by eliminating downtime and data loss threats. It also allows IT
organizations to enhance coordination across domains (e.g., virtualization, storage, OS
and applications) and increase operational efficiency by preventing problems ahead of time
rather than expend excessive resources firefighting critical service disruptions."
IT professionals interested in learning more can email firstname.lastname@example.org
to request a risk-free one-time private cloud risk assessment.
Continuity Software is the leading provider of service availability risk management
solutions. Trusted by many of the world's largest companies, Continuity Software's
award-winning software mitigates downtime and data-loss risks across the entire enterprise
IT landscape, including the datacenter's disaster recovery, high availability, and private
cloud environments. With Continuity Software solutions, organizations can be confident
that service availability, data protection and business continuity goals will be met or
exceeded 365 days a year. For further information, please visit: http://www.continuitysoftware.com, email: email@example.com, or call:
+1-888-782-8170 (United States) or +972 (3) 6470888 (Israel).
(c) 2012 Continuity Software. Continuity Software, RecoverGuard, DR Assurance,
AvailabilityGuard and AvailabilityGuard/Cloud are trademarks of Continuity Software. All
other brand and product names in this announcement may be trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective holders.
IBM to Acquire Kenexa To Bolster Social Business Initiatives
ARMONK, N.Y., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Kenexa Corporation (NYSE: KNXA) today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for IBM to acquire Kenexa, a publicly held company headquartered in Wayne, Pa., in a cash transaction at a price of $46 per share, or at a net price of approximately $1.3 billion.
The acquisition bolsters IBM's leadership in helping clients embrace social business capabilities while gaining actionable insights from the enormous streams of information generated from social networks every day.
Kenexa, a leading provider of recruiting and talent management solutions, brings a unique combination of Cloud-based technology and consulting services that integrates both people and processes, providing solutions to engage a smarter, more effective workforce across their most critical business functions.
Kenexa complements IBM's strategy of bringing relevant data and expertise into the hands of business leaders within every functional department, from sales and marketing to product development and human resources. As a result of this synergy, clients will be able to attract and develop the right skills to build the right teams, for the right projects, the first time.
The adoption of social business technology is supporting the growth of big data and the need for analytics in the enterprise. A recent global IBM study revealed that 57 percent of CEOs identified social business as a top priority and more than 73 percent are making significant investments to draw insights into available data.
The survey also reveals that 70 percent cite human capital as the single biggest contributor to sustained economic value. The combined strengths of IBM and Kenexa are key differentiators at a time when organizations of all sizes are looking to increase workforce efficiencies and gain more insight from their business information.
Social media has pervaded the lives of consumers, helping them connect with each other in new ways. However, a shift is occurring in the enterprise as business leaders look for ways to generate real value through the use of social technologies to evolve their front-line business operations. According to Forrester Research, the market opportunity for social enterprise apps is expected to grow at a rate of 61 percent through 2016.*
"Every company, across every business operation, is looking to tap into the power of social networking to transform the way they work, collaborate and out innovate their competitors," said Alistair Rennie, general manager, social business, IBM. "IBM is uniquely positioned to help clients generate real returns from their social business investments, while helping them gain intelligence into the data being generated in these networks to be more competitive in their markets."
"The customer is the big winner in all this because the combination of our two organizations will deliver more business outcomes than ever before," said Rudy Karsan, chief executive officer, Kenexa. "Together, Kenexa and IBM will be unmatched in the industry, offering solutions that extend from strategy to the technology platform to the delivery of services for clients."
Today, Kenexa supports more than 8,900 customers across a variety of industries, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, retail and consumer, including more than half of the Fortune 500.
With Kenexa's world-class front-office process solutions, IBM will be able to offer strategic consulting, a social technology platform, and expertise on a global scale to help clients enable a smarter workforce and gain a competitive advantage in any market. By creating a smarter workforce, employees can resolve problems before they arise to improve customer service, drive innovation to bring products and services to market faster, and increase sales by building new skills -- linking the right experts to the right clients.
The Kenexa acquisition will complement IBM's social business and HR business services leadership. More than 60 percent of Fortune 100 companies have licensed IBM's solutions for social business. Through its combination of social software, analytics, content management, and deep industry expertise, IBM is uniquely positioned to help organizations capture information, create insights and generate interactions that translate into real business value.
With operations in 21 countries worldwide, Kenexa has approximately 2,800 employees. Consistent with its strategy, IBM plans to continue to support Kenexa clients and enhance Kenexa technologies while allowing these organizations to take advantage of the broader IBM portfolio.
IBM expects the transaction to close in the fourth quarter of 2012, subject to Kenexa shareholder and regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.
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New e-commerce platform enhances Brightstar's ability to connect and activate connected products across any channel for wireless operators and retailers worldwide
MIAMI and SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Brightstar Corp., the world's largest wireless distribution company and leader in services for the wireless industry, today announced that it has acquired San Francisco, Calif.-based LetsTalk.com, Inc. ("LetsTalk"), a leading provider of mobile device activation and e-commerce solutions. The acquisition allows Brightstar to offer LetsTalk's customizable .com and activation solutions to its more than 100,000 manufacturer, operator, retail, and enterprise customers in over 100 countries.
With more than 13 years of providing solutions to the wireless industry, LetsTalk provides activation services to the leading U.S. carriers and delivers e-commerce services to leading retailers and manufacturers. The company also operates white label websites for many well-known retailers that offer connected products to consumers.
"Wireless retailers are seeking ways to deliver a consistent, customer-centric experience, and until now, there has not been a solution that ties all of their channels together," said Marcelo Claure, CEO of Brightstar Corp. "Integrating LetsTalk's offerings into Brightstar's existing retail service offering allows us to deliver a fully integrated solution to our customers, which in turn will provide a seamless and superior omni-channel experience for consumers."
LetsTalk will be rebranded as Consensus and David Stritzinger, Brightstar's former CTO, will be appointed President. Consensus will remain headquartered in San Francisco.
"Brightstar can now extend the wireless supply chain to the point of purchase and enable sales of connected products through an integrated omni-channel that includes online, in-store, mobile and social interfaces," said David Stritzinger. "Consensus is a great example of how Brightstar continues to respond to gaps in the wireless ecosystem with creative new solutions to enhance both the consumer experience and customer profitability."
Brightstar is the world's largest specialized wireless distributor and a leading global services company, serving mobile device manufacturers, wireless operators and retailers, with a local presence on six continents and operations in 50 countries and territories. Brightstar's industry-leading services include value-added distribution, supply chain optimization, handset protection and insurance, buy-back and trade-in solutions and multi-channel retail solutions. Brightstar services help customers increase product availability, expand channel reach and drive supply chain efficiencies by getting the right products to the right place at the right time.
Brightstar's annual revenues exceeded US$5.9 billion for the period ended June 30, 2012. The company is ranked #70 on the Forbes 2011 List of America's Largest Private Companies. Brightstar is also the largest Hispanic-owned business in the United States.
School for Smartphones: Verizon Wireless Workshops' Popularity Growing
Unique, Free In-Store and Online Workshops Attract Customers Who Want to Learn More About Their Wireless Devices
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A growing number of smartphone and tablet users are turning to Verizon Wireless to get the most out of their wireless devices. Overall attendance at the company's increasingly popular Wireless Workshops has more than doubled in 2012 and is expected to grow as summer ends with children going back to school and parents making time to brush up on their own smartphone and tablet skills. Verizon Wireless Workshops are free of charge and available online and in most Verizon Wireless Communications Stores. Customers can visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/workshops to search for a list of topics and schedules at participating stores in their area as well as information about online sessions.
At more than 90 percent of Verizon Wireless retail locations, in-store data experts provide customers with the information and tools they need to maximize their wireless experience, in addition to one-on-one sessions. With roughly 11 million of the company's customers using 4G LTE devices, customers are eager to learn about the features and capabilities their smartphones and tablets offer.
"Customers turn to Verizon Wireless to enhance their wireless lives, and Wireless Workshops are a great place for lifelong learners who want to take advantage of the full power of their smartphones and tablets," said Marni Walden, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Verizon Wireless. "The goal of our Wireless Workshops is to teach customers how to harness the power of these dynamic tools to enrich their daily lives and become more productive."
The lineup of online and in-store workshops is updated as the latest wireless devices are introduced. Most recently, Verizon Wireless launched the "HTC DROID INCREDIBLE 4G" workshop where customers can learn about Android((TM)) 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense((TM)) 4.0, in addition to basic and unique features. Customers can also sign up for the "Samsung Galaxy S(®) III" workshop to learn about the device's outstanding functionality as well as unique camera features such as S Beam, Share Shot and Buddy Photo.
Verizon Wireless also recently introduced the following new workshops:
-- "4G LTE Test Drive": Customers learn about the power and benefits of
America's largest 4G LTE network as well as basic and advanced features
of 4G LTE devices. (In-store and online)
-- "Business Solutions: Tools for the Real Estate Professional": Customers
learn about mobile solutions for real estate professionals through
demonstrations of devices and applications to help grow their businesses
and stay on top of the ever-changing market. (In-store only)
-- "Business Solutions: Productivity Tools": Customers learn about
innovative technology solutions that assist with increasing the mobile
productivity of their businesses through application demonstrations for
the Android and iOS platforms. (In-store only)
Customers interested in attending a Wireless Workshop may register online at http://www.verizonwireless.com/workshops or visit a nearby Verizon Wireless Communications Store for more information.
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
Emulex Launches 'Why I/O Is Strategic' Education Series
Leading Analysts Define the Strategic Importance of I/O to Virtualization, Cloud, Big Data and Convergence in the Data Center
SAN FRANCISCO and COSTA MESA, Calif., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VMWORLD -- Emulex Corporation (NYSE: ELX) today announced that it has teamed with leading industry analysts, including Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), IDC, Evaluator Group and 451 Research, to demonstrate the strategic importance of I/O in the data center for four key trends: virtualization, cloud computing, big data and convergence. The new education series, which is an anthology of briefs by industry analysts and a series of associated webcasts, aims to help IT professionals recognize the strategic importance of I/O and make informed decisions. To better understand the critical role of I/O related to these trends, Emulex also surveyed more than 1,500 IT leaders.
"The network has truly become a critical component in the application, whether it is the Internet, cloud, virtualization, clustering or mobile devices," said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development, Emulex. "These applications have special requirements, and are driving substantial increases in network traffic. In fact, in a recent survey we conducted, 76 percent of respondents said that network I/O is the most critical potential bottleneck in the data center."
The full results of the Emulex survey, which polled more than 1,500 IT professionals across North America and Europe, will be published in September 2012. The survey focused on IT professionals' views of data center issues and trends, including network bandwidth and I/O, virtualization, cloud, big data and network convergence.
The education series, entitled 'Why I/O Is Strategic,' examines critical I/O considerations across four key technology areas, including virtualization, cloud computing, big data and convergence. Key findings from the analyst briefs on these trends include:
ESG notes that as highly virtualized environments continue to mature and become more flexible and dynamic, it will be critical to assess, design and architect appropriate I/O connectivity to ensure success. Organizations need to focus on more than servers, networking and storage - I/O also needs to be a strategic piece of an overall IT system.(1) In the Emulex survey, 85 percent of respondents said network throughput was a significant or very significant gating factor in limiting how many virtual machines they could run on a single physical server.
"Organizations continue to build agile IT infrastructures that are capable of responding to rapidly changing conditions, and virtualization is a key part of that agility," said Bob Laliberte, senior analyst, ESG. "As virtualization grows, it will be critical for IT staffs to understand I/O's importance in ensuring that the virtualized environment continues to operate and scale properly."
IDC research shows that public IT cloud services will grow at almost four times the rate of the IT market as a whole. Worldwide revenue from public IT cloud services will reach $72.9 billion in 2015.(2 )As this market continues to mature, cloud service providers will need to develop a very broad portfolio of services for their customers, and a highly scalable I/O foundation will be an essential part of that portfolio. In the Emulex survey, nearly 40 percent of respondents said the advent of the cloud has increased the need for network bandwidth in the data center by 25 percent or more.
"Public cloud services allow organizations to reduce costs, improve their agility, and deliver rich content such as video, digital images, music and software to mobile users," said Rick Villars, vice president, Information and Cloud, IDC. "As the number of mobile users and the overall volume of available content grows, I/O will play a critical role in making sure that public cloud services deliver the proper user experience."
The Evaluator Group notes that a pent-up demand for the tangible business benefits resulting from big data analytics, including Hadoop, now exists within the enterprise. This demand has been building at the CEO and CIO levels, as well as with business line managers. To meet this demand, clusters will be scaled in multiple dimensions, more nodes will be added for more processing and storage, and faster processors will be adopted as they become more ubiquitous.(3 )More than half of all respondents in the Emulex survey said that over the next two years, big data would increase their organization's need for bandwidth in the data center by more than 50 percent.
"Network infrastructure for big data applications should be bandwidth-capable and adaptable to handle the impact of ingesting large volumes of data and delivering it to big data analytics systems," said John Webster, senior partner, Evaluator Group. "The high volume of data that needs to be transferred can be compared to trying to move an elephant through a series of pipes."
451 Research examines how network convergence is becoming a strategic choice for IT managers as they evaluate next steps in their data center deployments to increase company competitiveness, reduce OPEX and deal with a myriad of new demands. Once independent worlds, storage and data center networking are converging to meet the flexibility and scalability demands of new data center infrastructures.(4) In fact, 78 percent of those surveyed by Emulex said they believed it was inevitable that data and storage networks would converge into a single, consolidated network.
"Historically, data networking, storage networking and server networking took different paths for a variety of technological and political reasons," said Eric Hanselman, research director, 451 Research. "Today, these networks are converging in the data center to create best-of-breed solutions that improve performance and reduce complexity and costs."
Emulex will also host a 'Why I/O Is Strategic' webcast series that will cover each of these topics, featuring the analyst-authors, including:
-- September 25(th) - delivering the results of the survey
-- October 10(th) - with ESG on why I/O is strategic for virtualization
-- November 14(th) - with IDC on why I/O is strategic for the cloud
-- December 12(th) - with Evaluator Group on why I/O is strategic for big
-- January 16(th) - with 451 Research on why I/O is strategic for
In addition, Emulex has launched a series of marketing initiatives around the 'Why I/O Is Strategic' theme, including social media campaigns, email programs, a solutions-focused microsite, collateral and advertising.
1. Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG): Why I/O is Strategic--Virtualization,
2. IDC Analyst Connection, The Critical Role of I/O in Public Cloud Service
Provider Environments, August 2012
3. The Evaluator Group: Big Data - Maximizing the Flow, August 2012
4. 451 Research: When Worlds Combine - Storage and Data Networking
Convergence, August 2012
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Emulex, the leader in converged networking solutions, provides enterprise-class connectivity for servers, networks and storage devices within the data center. The company's product portfolio of Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters, 10Gb Ethernet Network Interface Cards, Ethernet-based Converged Network Adapters, controllers, embedded bridges and switches, and connectivity management software are proven, tested and trusted by the world's largest and most demanding IT environments. Emulex solutions are used and offered by the industry's leading server and storage OEMs including, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, Huawei, IBM, NEC, NetApp and Oracle. Emulex is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif. and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. More information about Emulex (NYSE:ELX) is available at http://www.Emulex.com.
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The current economic downturn and the resulting disruptions in world credit and equity markets that are creating economic uncertainty for Emulex's customers and the storage networking market as a whole has, and could, continue to adversely affect Emulex's revenues and results of operations. Furthermore, the effect of any actual or potential unsolicited offers to acquire Emulex may have an adverse effect on Emulex's operations. As a result of these uncertainties, Emulex is unable to predict its future results with any accuracy. 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These and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are also discussed in Emulex's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent filings on Forms 8-K, 10-K and 10-Q. Statements in this release are based on current expectations and, except as required by law, Emulex undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements for any reason. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.
New KitchenAid® Wall Ovens and Cooktops Give Cooks the Upper Hand With Even-Heat(TM) Technology
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- KitchenAid has introduced a new collection of wall ovens and cooktops featuring Even-Heat(TM) Technology, an advancement designed to help cooks achieve highly consistent results and make time spent in the kitchen more enjoyable.
"Having to worry about repeatedly rotating trays in the oven or never being able to leave the cooktop for fear of scorching a delicate sauce can take some of the joy out of cooking," notes Beth Robinson, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid. "Our Even-Heat(TM) Technology offers even the most demanding cooks the confidence of getting consistent results while minimizing the need for constant vigilance and having to resort to solutions like baking stones to improve performance."
Even-Heat(TM) Built-In Wall Ovens
At 5.0 Cu. Ft., new KitchenAid® built-in wall ovens provide the largest capacity available and feature the industry's biggest viewing window. An Even-Heat(TM) True Convection System combines a unique bow-tie shaped baffle with a convection fan and element to thoroughly circulate heated air around all three racks to provide the most even baking.* Even-Heat(TM) Preheat further promotes even baking by initially heating the oven above the set temperature to ensure that the entire oven, including the walls and racks, are heated to the right temperature.
"KitchenAid was one of the first brands to introduce true convection into the home kitchen and our engineers have applied the brand's expertise in this category to create the best ovens we've ever offered," says Robinson. "In addition, we've designed these ovens with a unique Fit System offering adjustable feet and special trim, so they can be installed into virtually any cut-out."
Features on the ovens include an EasyConvect(TM) Conversion System that takes the guesswork out of convection cooking by automatically adjusting traditional cooking times to convection times. Select models include a temperature probe that monitors food temperatures and prompts the oven to signal when the desired food temperature is reached. Heavy-duty oven racks all have built-in handles that can accommodate an oven mitt for safe and easy rack movement.
A SatinGlide(TM) Roll-Out Extension Rack features smooth rolling, ball-bearing glides that extend farther out for easier maneuvering of large, heavy dishes like roasts or casseroles. A glass-touch display is easy to clean, responsive to the touch of a fingertip and intuitive to use with pre-programmed settings. Halogen lights, strategically positioned on both sides of the oven and offering a truer view compared to incandescent light, make it easier to determine the level of doneness and browning.
Style options for the ovens include Pro Line® Series in stainless steel featuring robust, commercial-style handles, or the elegant, curved handles of Architect® Series II models in stainless steel, white and black. Both styles are available in single, double and microwave combination options with suggested retail prices ranging from $1,549 to $4,749.
Designed to complement the brand's high performance wall ovens, the latest Architect® Series II collection of KitchenAid® cooktops offers precise control and even heating in electric, induction and gas models.
"Both our gas and electric models were designed with powerful burners that spread heat evenly across the surface so cooks can expertly handle any cooking task, from melting chocolate to pan-searing a steak," notes Robinson.
Radiant electric models are available with knob or touch-activated controls and feature Even-Heat(TM) Elements designed to offer a level of performance and control similar to that of a gas burner. Designed to evenly spread heat across the entire element and prevent the heat spikes and hot spots that can cause burning and scorching, these single elements use two sets of elements spaced in between each other for more evenly heated distribution. Select electric cooktop models feature 10-inch, 3,200-Watt Even-Heat(TM) Ultra Elements with a dedicated simmer setting to quickly go from a boil to a simmer. Triple-Ring and Dual-Ring elements allow cooks to match power and the element's diameter to the cookware size.
Additional electric cooktop options include touch-activated models with an Even-Heat(TM) Melt, eliminating the need for a double boiler, and an Even-Heat(TM) Simmer on every element for exceptional control and versatility. Both the touch-activated electric cooktops and knob-controlled cooktops are available in 30- and 36-inch models in black and black with a stainless steel trim. Select knob-controlled models are also available in white. Suggested retail prices range from $849 to $1,199 on the knob-controlled models and from $1,199 to $1,449 on the touch-activated models.
The latest induction cooktops from KitchenAid offer powerful induction technology that turn cookware into the heating source, resulting in the responsiveness and power of a gas burner. Available in 30- and 36-inch options, all models feature 12 heat level settings and a performance boost function on all elements that initially increases the temperature level above the highest setting to quickly bring liquids to a boil. Melt and hold and simmer functions give cooks precise control with lower power levels for melting delicate ingredients such as chocolate or simmering sauces. A powerful 12"/7" 4,800-Watt Dual Zone element on the 36-inch model can conveniently accommodate different sized pans. Bridge elements on select models connect two elements to create a single element that can accommodate elongated cookware like griddles or roasting pans.
Available in a black finish or a black finish with a stainless steel trim, suggested retail prices on the induction cooktops range from $1,599 to $2,049.
Featuring a model with a 20K BTU Dual Tier Burner, the highest output of any gas cooktop, the Architect® Series II gas cooktop collection includes 30- and 36-inch models, all with five sealed burners and low-profile, full-width cast iron grates that elegantly integrate with the countertop. Dual Tier Burners, found on all models, offer the flexibility of going from a rapid boil to a slow simmer and all models feature a 6K BTU simmer burner for more delicate tasks, like melting chocolate or keeping sauces warm without scorching. Available in stainless steel with a clear coat protection that helps keep the cooktop surface looking clean and new, suggested retail prices range from $1,049 to $3,049.
Since the introduction of its legendary stand mixer in 1919 and first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for cooks. Today, the KitchenAid brand offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen with a collection that includes everything from countertop appliances to cookware, ranges to refrigerators, and whisks to wine cellars. Cook for the Cure®, the brand's partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure®( )is now in its eleventh year and has raised over $8 million to help find a cure for breast cancer. To learn why chefs choose KitchenAid for their homes more than any other brand**, visit http://www.KitchenAid.com or join us at http://facebook.com/KitchenAid and http://twitter.com/KitchenAidUSA.
*Among leading premium brand 30-inch wall ovens.
** Based on a 2012 survey, KitchenAid was found to be the home kitchen appliance brand chosen most often by members of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
CONTACT: Kim Roman, +1-212-350-7822, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jill Sciuto, +1-646-735-7582, email@example.com, both of Digitas; or Beth Robinson, KitchenAid, +1-269-923-4770, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Crowd-Sourced Technology Exposes Bias; Allows People to Quickly See News from Left, Center and Right
AllSides.com Launches in Time for Republican National Convention
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AllSides Inc. today launched AllSides.com, a new website that uses the power of crowd-wisdom and a sophisticated bias-rating algorithm to reveal all perspectives on the news. Released in time for the 2012 Republican National Convention, this beta version of AllSides.com does not try to tell people what to think or what is more important. Instead, it quickly exposes them to a wide variety of opinions and information so they can decide for themselves without being overly influenced by any single viewpoint or source.
"People are overwhelmed by the onslaught of noise and bias around this election," said John Gable, CEO of AllSides, Inc. "AllSides filters through the chaos so you can quickly see all perspectives and decide for yourself. Launching the site in time for the GOP convention is only a starting point."
AllSides incorporates multi-partisan views, crowd participation and news sources across the web to counteract bias and ensure greater balance in news and information. While the initial release of AllSides.com focuses on politics, its technology can be applied to practically any topic.
"AllSides has the potential to be a fundamental game changer," said Derek Reisfeld, Chairman of BBN Networks and co-founder of MarketWatch. "It fundamentally disrupts the way people use the Internet today to find information. Instead of getting the highest ranked results or the most popular opinions, AllSides shows you all perspectives so you decide. It's not about telling you what to think, but giving you the tools to make the best decision for yourself - today about politics, tomorrow about health, nutrition, stocks, pretty much anything controversial."
More About AllSides Technology
Using its patent-pending AllSides Bias Rating(TM) technology, AllSides presents all perspectives and reveals bias. This provides users with a deeper understanding of today's news and opinions in a very fast and easy way, and provides partners who license the AllSides technology with new ways to earn more page views and increase user engagement.
Bias ratings are driven by the crowd. People blindly rate the bias of what they read without knowing the source or who wrote it. For any one source, like a newspaper or writer, lots of articles are rated by lots of people, providing an overall rating for that source. The people who rate the content also have their personal bias measured. With this, AllSides can "normalize" the data so one side doesn't drown out any other, being certain that those who rate the content represent the breadth of bias of everyone in America.
More About Balanced News and Combating Bias
AllSides delivers on the journalistic ideal of providing objective and balanced news and information from different vantage points. It does this by first recognizing that bias exists all around us.
"Bias is everywhere," added Gable. "As soon as you know even one fact, that fact will lead you in a certain direction to a specific opinion. The solution is to expose the bias and show the news from different perspectives."
Reporters are more stretched than ever, lacking time and budget to do the research they would like. And some news organizations are consciously pushing an agenda without giving other viewpoints a fair hearing.
Other approaches introduce other kinds of bias. Search engines and news aggregators highlight the highest ranked or most popular points of view. Social networks introduce a type of peer pressure whereby the most popular opinions among friends lead the way. Media company executives and editorial boards sometimes pick the priorities and slant while well-funded interests persuade people with every tool possible. Individuals often go to friends or sites they already agree with, never learning anything new but just confirming their own point of view.
Instead of attempting to provide non-biased news, AllSides provides all perspectives and lets you decide.
About AllSides, Inc.
AllSides couples wisdom-of-the-crowd technology and the best statistical research and methodologies available, enabling an online movement to take back control of information by exposing bias and presenting different points of view. AllSides was founded by a multi-partisan team of seasoned industry leaders with a track-record of paving the way for innovation, having served companies such as Microsoft, Apple, AOL and Netscape, media outlets including CBS MarketWatch and several political campaigns at the presidential, senate, state and local level. Based in San Francisco, California, AllSides is committed to empowering consumers to digest a variety of perspectives and gain a balanced view of news, opinions and important issues. As a result, they can then make informed decisions that affect their individual lives and, ultimately, society at-large. AllSides' technology is available to consumers directly through the AllSides.com website and through licensing agreements with media partners. For more information, visit http://www.AllSides.com.
Fusion-io Delivers Open Virtualization Systems with ioTurbine Caching Software
Fusion ioTurbine Uniquely Supports Both Linux and Windows Guest Operating Systems While Providing Full VMware vMotion Compatibility; Caching Solution Works with Existing Storage Systems and Fusion ION
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- [VMworld 2012 trade show booth 2201]- Fusion-io today announced that its Fusion ioTurbine virtualization caching software now offers intelligent application caching for the Linux guest operating system (OS), in addition to support for the Microsoft Windows guest operating system. Fusion ioTurbine software delivers improved VM density and cost savings in VMware environments, including those that require vMotion, enabling customers to virtualize even data-intensive applications with significant performance improvements.
With this update, Fusion ioTurbine uniquely offers complete cross-platform operating system support while providing full VMware vMotion compatibility for virtualized servers. Fusion ioTurbine offers dynamic rebalancing of flash capacity as VMs come and go to optimize use of resources, while supporting vMotion and the movement of VMs from host to host. By tightly coupling with the file system I/O routines in the guest operating system, ioTurbine transparently redirects I/O patterns so flash storage is shared across all hosted virtual machines (VMs). Fusion ioTurbine also works with Fusion ION Data Accelerator software to enable customers to architect shared software defined virtualization platforms using the servers best suited to their enterprise needs.
"Fusion ioTurbine is the only open server-side caching software on the market today that supports both Linux and Windows guests simultaneously while maintaining seamless vMotion operation," said Neil Carson, Chief Technology Officer, Fusion-io. "Software defined virtualization solutions like Fusion ioTurbine and Fusion ION Data Acceleration are designed to allow IT experts to affordably build virtualization platforms customized to their enterprise, making it possible to scale infrastructure without compromising on performance."
Power sports industry leader Polaris integrated Fusion ioTurbine software to support its online infrastructure, which is crucial to its worldwide dealership channel. In addition, Polaris also accelerates its Microsoft Dynamics customer relationship management (CRM) system with the Fusion ioDrive. The Polaris IT team needed to power performance in a virtualized infrastructure that could scale and support a web-based rich media customer experience, including video, high resolution photos, order details, and customer info, all without requiring a major overhaul of its existing network and NetApp storage infrastructure, which made Fusion-io an ideal fit. Polaris achieved a 5x performance improvement in webpage load times, in addition to a number of other improvements documented in a new case study.
"Once we started using ioTurbine for our virtualized web servers, we noticed that the associated storage systems worked faster as well. Since the read I/O was being satisfied from cache, my storage systems could process write I/O much, much faster. I hadn't anticipated this, but I'll take all the performance I can get, especially when it comes at a fraction of the cost of traditional disk-based solutions," said Adam Knutson, Polaris Infrastructure Manager. "We run pretty high density, anywhere from 20 to 30 VMs per host. With ioTurbine, we were able to increase performance even with these high densities and exceed users' expectations."
Fusion ioTurbine now also features a new plug-in for VMware vCenter Server, the scalable and extensible VMware virtualization management platform, enabling tighter integration and ease of use within VMware environments. With the VMware vCenter Server plug-in, IT administrators can centrally and transparently manage ioMemory in VMware environments for dramatically improved control over the virtual environment.
Compatible with Fusion ioTurbine, Fusion ION Data Accelerator software transforms industry-leading server platforms into powerful network shared flash data acceleration appliances. With ioTurbine and ION integration, data cached on ioTurbine can be supported by a Fusion ION Data Accelerator enabled server to provide an open virtualization platform built on the systems customers know and trust. These combined software solutions enable enterprises to efficiently virtualize even data-intensive applications in VMware environments, ushering in a new era of software defined storage.
Additional enterprise features of ioTurbine include:
-- Support for thousands of virtual machines per cluster allows for greater
VM density, efficiency and return on investment
-- Enterprise reliability and fault tolerance through Fusion ioMemory
features including Wear Leveling to extend flash endurance, as well as
Adaptive Flashback, which provides intelligent self-healing through
complete, chip-level fault tolerance
-- Native support for VM snapshots provides simplicity and easy integration
with existing enterprise operations
-- New Caching Analytics offer customers the ability to preview return on
investment and performance improvements possible in ioTurbine
-- Support for ESX 4.0 (starting with update1), ESX 4.1 and ESXi 4.1, 5.0
and 5.0 Update 1
Visit Fusion-io booth 2201 at VMworld 2012 to see a demonstration of Fusion ioTurbine running a virtualized Oracle database on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Follow Fusion-io on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/fusionio or http://www.twitter.com/fusionioUK and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/fusionio.
Fusion-io delivers the world's data faster. Our Fusion ioMemory platform and software defined storage solutions accelerate virtualization, databases, cloud computing, big data and performance applications. From e-commerce retailers to the world's social media leaders and Fortune Global 500 companies, our customers are improving the performance and efficiency of their data centers with Fusion-io technology to accelerate the critical applications of the information economy.
Note on Forward-looking Statements
Certain statements in this release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, including, but are not limited to, statements concerning our Fusion ioTurbine virtualization caching software, Fusion ION Data Accelerator software and our Fusion ioMemory products and the anticipated benefits our products, software and technology for users. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions regarding future events and business performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained, anticipated, or implied in any forward-looking statement, including, but not limited to, the risks that the users of our products and software may not realize the anticipated benefits, and such other risks set forth in the registration statements and reports that Fusion-io files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on the Investor Relations section of our website at http://www.fusionio.com. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or will occur. Fusion-io undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason after the date of this press release.
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Combines Product and Marketing Strengths of 10 Industry-Leading Brands to Form New Business Group in its Technology Solutions Segment
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nortek, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK), a global diversified company with leading brands and innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for residential and commercial applications, today announced the formation of Core Brands, a new group that combines the product and marketing strengths of 10 of the company's formerly independent audio, power management and control brands operating within its Technology Solutions segment.
Including Nortek's Aton®, BlueBOLT®, Elan®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands, Core Brands has more than 190 years of combined experience in the residential, commercial and professional markets and over 4,300 direct customer accounts in multiple distribution channels in the U.S. and worldwide.
Core Brands will be based in Petaluma, Calif., with offices in Carlsbad and Riverside, Calif., and Marblehead, Mass. Bill Pollock, who has served as president of Panamax, will lead Core Brands. Dave Keller, vice president of sales and marketing for Panamax/Furman, will handle worldwide sales. Keith Marshall, president of SpeakerCraft/Proficient, will be in charge of channel management, and Paul Starkey, president of Elan, will lead marketing for all brands.
"The formation of Core Brands reflects the strategic refocusing currently taking place as we pursue new markets and new opportunities to serve our dealers, channel partners and end users," said Nortek President and Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Clarke. "We expect that combining the unique capabilities of each of these 10 formidable brands will deliver new and powerful benefits they can only achieve as a group."
"Operating as Core Brands will enable us to leverage economies of scale while strengthening our ability to invest in launching innovative technologies and a range of new marketing programs designed to increase the value, clarity and acceptance of each brand," said Sean Burke, group president of Nortek's Technology Solutions segment. "In addition, combining these market leading brands will allow us to deliver more localized and responsive factory training and product support expertise. These initiatives should position the brands not only to improve their business performance, but also to increase their penetration of un-served and underserved market segments during a period of generally improving business conditions in their respective distribution channels."
Nortek* is a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. The Company's broad array of offerings includes audio/video and security solutions, digital display mounting solutions, ventilation products such as range hoods and bathroom fans, heating and cooling products, and air management systems.
*As used herein, the term "Nortek" refers to Nortek, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise. This term is used for convenience only and is not intended as a precise description of any of the separate corporations, each of which manages its own affairs.
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Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District Launches District-Wide Blended Online Learning Program with K12 Inc.
HERNDON, Va., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- K12 Inc., the nation's leading provider of proprietary curricula and online education programs for students in kindergarten through high school, today announced it has partnered with Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District in California's Sonoma County to launch a new, blended online learning program for high school students across the district.
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District has designed a multi-faceted online learning program to address the individual needs of its diverse student population, from advanced learners, to struggling students, to students that require alternative learning environments. Eligible students can elect to take some of their required courses, or additional courses, online using the Aventa Learning® by K12® curriculum.
Beginning this school year, the online courses are available to students during the daily class schedule and after school in two newly remodelled classrooms, now serving as a math support lab and an independent studies lab, or students can access Aventa courses from home. The District's teachers provide guidance, review and grade assignments, and ensure students remain on track. In addition, the District provides Aventa courses for independent study through its Alternative Education program.
"We see blended learning as the instructional model of the future," said Dr. Robert Haley, Superintendent of Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District. "By combining high quality online curricula with the guidance of our experienced teachers in a traditional setting, we are providing our students the best of both worlds."
Aventa is a comprehensive online curriculum of high-quality, standards-based online courses for middle and high school. Covering all core subjects and electives, over 170 Aventa courses feature a rich multimedia format. The curriculum is designed to meet the University of California a-g requirements.
For students who fall behind, need assistance for exam preparation, or remediation, the District uses the A+nyWhere Learning System® by K12 (A+) to conduct diagnostic assessments and prescribe lessons according to individual student needs. A+ contains over 5,500 lessons and over 200,000 pages of research- and objective-based, problem solving content - all very tightly aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
"We are very pleased be able to offer our high school students the option to learn anywhere, anytime using proven, well-known curricula from K12," said Dr. Elizabeth Kaufman, Assistant Superintendent of Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District. "K12 enables us to cost effectively provide a consistent, district-wide program so we can focus our attention on meeting the individual needs of more of our students."
"By maximizing use of their existing technology, leveraging their excellent teaching staff and relying on K12 for world class online curricula and support, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District is better preparing their students for the future," said John Olsen, Executive Vice President of Operations for K12. "We are very pleased to work with the District to implement online learning on a large scale."
Cotati-Rohnert Park USD will soon expand its world language offering by providing access to online world language courses by Middlebury Interactive Languages(TM), a joint venture that combines Middlebury College's proven language pedagogy with K12's expertise in online learning. Middlebury provides schools and districts with online courses in five world languages for grades 3-12, available in multiple levels to help students achieve world language fluency. Middlebury courses are developed using proven academic methods to meet national ACTFL standards.
In addition to training and instructional support, K12 also provides Cotati-Rohnert Park USD with all of the technology tools required to support a district-wide program through its latest innovation, PEAK12(TM). This intelligent management center for online learning enables schools and districts to manage and personalize their online learning program solutions - including K12 and third-party solutions, open education resources, and district-authored or district-generated content - from one place. PEAK12 eliminates the hassle of managing multiple accounts and user roles and provides a consistent online environment for students, teachers and administrators, whether they are managing or participating in full-time online schooling, credit recovery, world language classes or in blended online learning programs.
To facilitate a successful launch, K12 hosted an enterprise orientation event on site at the Cotati-Rohnert Park USD headquarters for teachers and administrators two weeks ago. The event provided consultation on strategies for optimizing its implementation of blending learning through use of K12 curricula and services. In addition K12 provided an in-depth review of its comprehensive support services, including dedicated Client Services representatives, online communities, training resources, and teacher professional development.
K12 provides schools and districts the industry's most complete continuum of proprietary kindergarten through high school online learning solutions for full-time virtual, blended, and traditional classroom learning environments. Over the past decade, the company has served more than 2,000 districts and delivered over 4 million online course enrollments from its award-winning portfolio. MDR's market research service EdNET Insight recently reported that K12 is the leading provider of online curriculum to school districts across the United States.
About K12 Inc.
K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) is the nation's largest provider of proprietary curricula and online education programs for students in kindergarten through high school. K12 provides districts and schools the ability to offer their students the broadest array of options for learning in a flexible, individualized, and innovative way. K12 provides online curricula, academic services, and online learning solutions to public and private schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and directly to families. K12 is accredited through AdvancED, the world's largest education community. Additional information on K12 for schools and districts can be found at http://www.K12.com/educators.
Nirvanix and TwinStrata Introduce the First Cloud Storage Starter Kit for Rapid Enterprise Deployments
New Integrated, Single-Price Solution Accelerates Cloud Storage Adoption - Improves Affordability, Accessibility, Performance and Security
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VMWORLD -- Nirvanix, the leading provider of enterprise-class cloud storage services, and TwinStrata, the leading innovator of cloud-based data storage, backup and disaster recovery solutions, today announced the availability of a pre-tested, fully integrated cloud storage starter kit that combines 50TB of Nirvanix cloud storage with TwinStrata's enterprise-class CloudArray® to provide a complete solution for a single annual rate of $48K all-inclusive. The cloud starter kit provides the infrastructure enterprise customers need for backup, archiving and global collaboration in one solution under one integrated set of SLAs and is available through Nirvanix channel partners and direct sales worldwide.
As more customers experience superior economics and improved business agility by including cloud storage in their overall IT strategy, a growing number of organizations are seeking to capitalize on those same benefits. The introduction of a pre-packaged solution for the enterprise from Nirvanix and TwinStrata directly targets four key requirements identified by organizations:
-- Affordability--customers are looking for cost savings from cloud
storage; the Nirvanix-CloudArray provides customers with cloud storage
at an affordable annual rate with no additional fees.
-- Simplicity--IT departments are seeking to greatly simplify and
streamline their environments. The Nirvanix-CloudArray ensures that
cloud storage is easier to implement than conventional storage systems
by using familiar iSCSI protocols and seamlessly integrating with the
Nirvanix Cloud Storage Network(TM), Hybrid Cloud Storage and Private
Cloud Storage services.
-- Performance--the complete solution comes with 12TB of high-performance
and dynamic on-site cache to ensure response rates are equivalent to
local performance for the most frequently accessed data sets.
-- Security--Nirvanix already provides military-grade, multi-level security
at the user, data storage and physical data center levels. The complete
solution also includes TwinStrata's at-rest and in-flight encryption,
local key management and volume access control for even greater
Enterprises benefit from a single vendor solution and not having to deal with the maintenance headaches and the never-ending technology refresh cycles and data migration that plagues all conventional storage systems reaching their end of life (EOL).
"Our customers have been asking for enterprise-grade cloud storage solutions that they can implement easily, affordably and quickly," said Nicos Vekiarides, CEO, TwinStrata. "Nirvanix has proven repeatedly that it easily supports the robust, multi-petabyte cloud storage environments that our enterprise customers demand. This Nirvanix-TwinStrata pre-packed solution gives those enterprises everything they need at a simple, flat annual rate, making cloud storage for businesses more convenient than ever."
"Companies across a multitude of industry verticals are looking to reap the benefits of cloud storage as quickly as possible," said Scott Genereux, President and CEO, Nirvanix. "Our experience with large-scale, global cloud storage deployments as well as our in-house tests confirm that TwinStrata CloudArray repeatedly shows itself to be a highly intuitive enterprise-class product. This bundled solution offers our joint customers an avenue to quickly, cost-effectively, and securely incorporate cloud storage into their global strategy."
TwinStrata is an innovator in enterprise-class data storage, data protection and disaster recovery/business continuity solutions using cloud storage. With TwinStrata CloudArray®, companies of all sizes can simply and economically leverage the scalability and efficiency of cloud storage while maintaining the availability, performance and security of local storage. CloudArray software and hardware solutions support all file and operating systems, and deliver substantial advantages over traditional off-site storage solutions, including a pay-as-you-go model, unlimited elastic capacity, local performance, in-cloud snapshots and disaster recovery, dynamic caching, automated policies, AES256 encryption, and continuous access to data. For more information visit http://www.twinstrata.com or call +1 508-651-0199.
Nirvanix is the leading provider of enterprise-class cloud storage services designed specifically for customers with expectations of extreme security, reliability and redundancy. Under its CloudComplete(TM) portfolio, Nirvanix is the only company that offers fully managed public, hybrid and private cloud storage services with usage-based pricing. The company's battle-hardened, proven second generation technology is utilized by leading IT OEMs and is fully integrated with third-party backup and archiving software products and appliances, enabling One Click to the Cloud(TM). Nirvanix has global customers accessing its Cloud Storage Network(TM), from SMBs to Fortune 500 companies.
For more information about the company and its services, visit http://www.nirvanix.com and follow Nirvanix on Twitter.
Nirvanix, Cloud Storage Network, CloudComplete, One Click to the Cloud and Cloud File System are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nirvanix, Inc. Other marks are the property of the companies with which they are associated.
Company Releases New API Plugins for VMware vCloud, Terremark and BlueBox, Enabling Users to Flexibly Automate vCloud Infrastructure in Both Private and Public Cloud Environments
SEATTLE, Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Opscode®, the leader in cloud infrastructure automation, today announced Open Source Chef(TM), Hosted Chef(TM) and Private Chef(TM) all provide integration with VMware vCloud to deliver full stack infrastructure automation for VMware's production-level cloud computing services. Leveraging Opscode's Knife plugin for the VMware vCloud API, businesses of all sizes can rapidly create, bootstrap and manage VMware vCloud instances, from server provisioning and configuration management to continuous application delivery.
Opscode also today announced new Knife command-line plugins VMware vCloud public cloud providers Terremark and Blue Box, enabling users to flexibly deploy and automate vCloud infrastructure in these public cloud services. Opscode currently provides Knife command-line integration with a broad spectrum of public cloud providers. For the full list please visit: http://wiki.opscode.com/display/chef/Community+Plugins
"The real power of cloud computing is the flexibility to choose how much compute you need, where and when you need it, and to move your application stack to a different infrastructure at any time," said Christopher Brown, CTO, Opscode. "By delivering API integration with VMware vCloud, Terremark, Blue Box and many others, Opscode Chef gives customers the flexibility to make the most of the cloud, ensuring they can easily automate the full application stack in any compute environment."
Opscode Chef works with VMware vCloud to facilitate the creation and management of vCloud instances directly from the command-line, ensuring private cloud infrastructure is consistent and scalable. Meanwhile, Opscode Chef integrates with VMware vCloud public cloud providers Terremark and Blue Box to enable customers to easily move projects between private the public clouds, reducing infrastructure management and improving operational efficiency.
Opscode Chef provides recipes - re-usable configuration templates - for everything from rebuilding environments to deploying applications. In addition, the open source Chef community features 16,000 registered users, 760 individual contributors, 140 corporate contributors and 500 cookbooks, providing a rich ecosystem of support for VMware vCloud customers looking to make the most of their investment in the cloud.
Opscode is the leader in cloud infrastructure automation. Opscode helps companies of all sizes develop fully automated server infrastructures that scale easily and predictably; can be quickly rebuilt in any environment; and save developers and systems engineers time and money. Opscode's team is comprised of web infrastructure experts responsible for building and operating some of the world's largest websites and cloud computing platforms. More information can be found at http://www.opscode.com.
Broadcom Extends Leadership with New StrataXGS Trident II Switch Series Optimized for Cloud-Scale Data Center Networks
World's Highest Density, Feature-Rich 10/40GbE Switch with VXLAN Support Delivers 4X Network Virtualization Scale
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
-- World's first single chip to deliver more than 100 10GbE ports
-- 2X greater forwarding density enables massive network infrastructure
-- Scales to support tens of thousands of server and virtual machine
endpoints in multi-tenant environments
-- Integrated SmartSwitch technologies deliver unprecedented innovation for
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today introduced the StrataXGS® Trident II Series, a new line of Ethernet switching solutions optimized to meet the bandwidth, scalability and efficiency demands of cloud networking environments and mega data centers. Visit http://www.broadcom.com to learn more.
Based on Broadcom's award winning StrataXGS architecture, the new 10/40 GbE series is the first to deliver more than 100 10GbE ports, a 4X increase in network virtualization scale and a 2X increase in forwarding and classification tables, enabling a significant return on investment on private and multi-tenant public cloud computing infrastructure connectivity.
Public and private cloud, Web 2.0 and other high-bandwidth data center applications are driving the need for higher scale and efficiency in the data center. Broadcom's StrataXGS Trident II Series delivers the most complete network switching feature set at the highest bandwidth and port density in the industry, enabling cost-effective and high performance data center build-out to an unprecedented number of server and storage endpoints, applications and users.
Fast, Fat and Flat Networks with New SmartSwitch Technologies
The StrataXGS Trident II Series features new SmartSwitch technologies designed to break through traditional silicon and system-imposed performance barriers in cloud-scale networking. Increased performance needs for server-to-server and server-to-storage communication are driving the need for fast, fat and flat networks. Dynamic workload placement and the need for granular traffic visibility, load balancing and diagnostics are similarly driving more flexible software defined networks (SDN). The new SmartSwitch technologies include:
-- Smart-NV: Delivers up to 4X greater scale, enabling SDN virtualization
across both virtual and physical workloads at wire-speed. Enables
cloud-scale network infrastructure virtualization using advanced Layer 2
over Layer 3 (L2oL3) network virtualization technologies such as NVGRE
-- Smart-Buffer: Delivers up to 5X higher packet buffer utilization and
burst absorption performance using innovative traffic load-based
intelligent and dynamic allocation schemes.
-- Smart-Table: Delivers highest Layer 2 and Layer 3 forwarding scale with
network topology-based profiling for maximum deployment flexibility.
-- Smart-Hash: Eliminates polarization and load imbalances in fat-tree
networks possessing heavy and diverse traffic patterns. Provides
unprecedented network traffic visibility and diagnostics required by
software defined networking.
-- Annual global data center IP traffic will reach 4.8 zettabytes by 2015(1
-- Overall cloud IP traffic will grow at a CAGR of 66 percent from 2012 -
-- Predicted to account for more than one-third (34 percent) of total
data center traffic(1)
-- Public cloud workloads expected to grow at a 50 percent CAGR from 2012 -
-- 40 percent of servers are virtualized today and are projected to reach
75 percent by 2015(3)
-- Data center 10GE ports projected to grow at a 40 percent CAGR from 2012
-- 40GE ports projected to grow at a 130 percent CAGR of from 2012 -
StrataXGS Trident II Key Features
-- Enables unprecedented 10/40GbE single chip switch configurations
-- 100+ 10GbE ports with flexibility to support up to 32 40GbE ports
-- First integrated switch delivers NVGRE and VXLAN L2oL3 transit and
gateway switch technologies
-- Supports industry's highest equal cost multipathing-based fat-tree
networking scale on a single chip
-- Greater FCoE network scale enabling true LAN/SAN convergence - up to 4X
increase in forwarding entries
-- High port density with direct attach to SFP+/QSFP modules and KR
-- Integrated IEEE 1588 1-step timing solution
-- Delivers 40 percent reduction in bill of material costs and 30
percent better phase accuracy
The StrataXGS Trident II Series includes multiple device options and is sampling this quarter. See Broadcom's full line of solutions for cloud-scale networking this week at VMworld® 2012, Moscone Center, San Francisco (booth #2107).
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Ram Velaga, Vice President & General Manager, Core Switch, Broadcom
"Our StrataXGS switch solutions are renowned throughout the industry for driving unsurpassed performance levels and cost metrics in data center, service provider and enterprise network environments. Our latest StrataXGS Trident II Series - a follow-on to the highly successful Trident series of single chip switch solutions - delivers unprecedented innovation with new features optimized to meet the performance, scalability and efficiency demands of both the traditional enterprise and emerging mega data centers, enabling a new era in cloud-scale and software defined networking."
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)
Christophe Metivier, Vice President, Manufacturing and Platform Engineering, Arista Networks
"Arista has long partnered with Broadcom to deliver market leading switch products designed for scale, flexibility and ease of management that today's cloud networks require. With the introduction of Broadcom's newest StrataXGS Trident II, we are excited about the integration of key features needed by today's software defined cloud networking, flexible load balancing, large table scale and higher switching capacities."
Liam Kiely, Vice President of R&D, Avaya Networking
"Unprecedented demand for online content coupled with ever increasing cluster computing demands in the cloud has driven data centers to increasing scale, flexibility and levels of virtualization. Avaya plans to power these next generation data centers with leading Avaya Ethernet switches utilizing Broadcom's new StrataXGS Trident II family."
Arpit Joshipura, Vice President, Dell
"Broadcom continues to set the bar for state-of-the-art Ethernet switching technology with impressive 10GE scale with critical new features for the virtualized data center. Dell plans to be one of the first to offer customers the StrataXGS Trident II series that will enable next-generation Dell networking products designed for large-scale cloud and enterprise data centers."
Nadeem Zahid, Director of Product Management, Extreme Networks
"We are seeing significant demand from next generation data centers that benefit from Extreme Networks' switches capable of virtualized, multi-tenant and flexible network architectures. Broadcom technology has successfully powered Extreme's leading Ethernet switch portfolio to meet or exceed the stringent requirements and the new StrataXGS Trident II promises to again deliver."
Henry Cao (Cao Xiangying), Chief Operation Officer, Hangzhou H3C Technologies Co., Ltd.
"Broadcom's Trident family of chips provides a superior comprehensive solution for H3C data center switches, and supports H3C's "Move to the Cloud" data center network strategy. We look forward to continuing our strategic collaboration in campus LAN and data center innovation to provide our customers with the advanced technology they need to deliver a faster and more reliable network experience."
Koichiro Seto, General Manager, Core Technology Development, Information System Product Division, Hitachi Cable
"Broadcom continues to lead with impressive single-chip Ethernet switch silicon with ever increasing bandwidth with key features like VXLAN, Ethernet Fabric, Smart-NV and Smart-Hash technology to address the ever increasing needs of virtualized cloud scale networking. Hitachi Cable is excited to continue the close partnership with Broadcom's newest StrataXGS Trident II series of products to deliver market leading switch platforms for service provider, enterprise and data center markets."
End Users and Software Platform Vendors
Kitty Pang (Junying Pang), Chief Datacenter Architect, Alibaba Group
"High density 10 and 40GbE switches with leading network virtualization, table scale, network visibility and congestion management features enable cloud operators to deliver next generation cloud services. The significantly high level of silicon integration and comprehensive data center feature set available in Broadcom's StrataXGS data center switch portfolio is being further enhanced by the StrataXGS Trident II switch series, enabling high price-performance values demanded by cloud scale networking."
Mansour Karam, Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Alliance, Big Switch Networks
"As data centers grow at an unprecedented pace, customers are looking for solutions that enable choice and interoperability in their data centers. Big Switch Networks is pleased to collaborate with Broadcom on the StrataXGS Trident II series especially designed for data center network switch equipment. Interoperability and co-existence with virtual and physical switches is core to both companies' strategy around open network virtualization solutions."
Ross Ortega, Principal Program Manager, Windows Networking, Microsoft Corporation
"Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Network Virtualization with NVGRE provides scalable multi-tenancy and provides new capabilities such as seamless workload mobility in multi-tenant and mega-datacenter environments. Connecting physical and virtualized workloads and legacy servers to new network virtualized services is equally important; the StrataXGS Trident II switch series implements NVGRE gateway capabilities to facilitate such connectivity, delivering cloud scale network virtualization."
"Software-defined networking will provide organizations with greater flexibility and higher resource utilization in private, hybrid and public cloud deployments. Broadcom's SmartSwitch technology innovations and support for VXLAN in their StrataXGS Trident II switch series complements VMware's vision of software defined network virtualization."
Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs)
Samuel Chang, President, Accton
"Accton has partnered with Broadcom to develop a diverse, low cost, SDN capable switch portfolio optimized for virtualized private and public clouds. With the release of the StrataXGS Trident II series, Accton will introduce the industry's first modular, 1RU switch capable of delivering up to 32 ports of 40GbE in a unique design that supports network processor modules and future higher speed interfaces to meet evolving data center requirements."
Harrison Chang, President, Alpha Networks, Inc.
"Alpha Networks has worked closely with Broadcom for the last 10+ years to proudly present a very comprehensive Ethernet switch portfolio that has achieved breakthroughs in the global market. Together with Broadcom, Alpha Networks will continue to pioneer Ethernet switch market trends providing a broad range of solutions and integration services and leading the world towards excellent networking."
Victor Cheng, CEO, Delta Networks Inc.
"DNI is committed to provide world class Ethernet switch products with a focus on quality, superior features, power efficiency and competitive cost. Broadcom's latest StrataXGS Trident II switch series is the perfect switch silicon that exceeds our stringent requirements and we're excited to provide the first high density 96-Port 10G ToR Switch with Broadcom to offer best-in-class solutions to drive next generation cloud scale networks."
Seamus Crehan, President, Crehan Research
"Developments such as virtualization, cloud computing, and network consolidation have all contributed to unprecedented demands on datacenter switches. This is evidenced by the recent stellar growth in 10GbE and 40GbE datacenter switches where Broadcom's existing Trident series has been a major driver. Now with the enablement of even greater port densities at higher speeds, in addition to important and exciting new datacenter features, system vendors, OEMs and cloud providers will be able to address ever-increasing datacenter network demands."
Sam Barnett, Directing Analyst, Data Center & Cloud, Infonetics Research
"Service providers, telcos and Internet content providers around the world have embraced the cloud concept in earnest and are heavily investing in new infrastructure, building on their existing networks to add a range of cloud-based services. Network virtualization and switch forwarding features that can scale to support a large number of servers and users are among the top requirements. Broadcom's latest innovation for cloud-scale networks should further strengthen the company's position as a leading supplier in this space."
Jag Bolaria, Senior Analyst, Linley Group
"Higher data rates, energy efficient design and cost pressures are paramount considerations for IT professionals as they scale the network to support the massive number of connected devices and bandwidth hungry applications in the cloud. Broadcom is undisputedly one of the overall leading suppliers of Ethernet switches and continues to deliver technology optimized for next generation networks."
Cloud-Scale Networking Feature Page
(1) Cisco, Cloud Index, 2010 - 2015
(2) Morgan Stanley, Cloud Computing Takes Off, 2012
(3) Gartner, Network World "Virtual Desktops are All the Rage", December 2011
(4) Dell'Oro, Ethernet Switch Forecast, May 2012
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Cirago Unveils iAlertTag - a Bluetooth 4.0 Smart® device that wirelessly secures, alerts, and locates your iPhone
Energy-Efficient iAlertTag Creates Wireless Link with iPhone--Alerts User If iPhone Is Misplaced
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cirago International, a leading manufacturer of Apple MFi accessories, storage and wireless solutions, today announced the launch and immediate availability of its new iAlertTag (IAT1000), a new solution for finding a lost iPhone, keeping an iPhone close by or locking your Windows laptop. The iAlertTag is equipped with the latest Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Technology, so users can save energy and enjoy a prolonged battery life.
Designed to be a solution to keep you from leaving your iPhone or valuables behind, the iAlertTag creates a wireless link with your phone and the tag so when they are separated, both devices vibrate and produce an alarm sound. In a similar way, if your Windows PC is equipped with Cirago BTA8000 Bluetooth 4.0 technology, the iAlertTag will automatically lock your computer immediately after you walk away, ensuring it will stay secure. iAlertTag comes with a free companion iPhone app which can be downloaded from the iTunes App store. The app allows users to set iPhone's alarm sound to any tunes from the iTunes library. The app can also manage multiple iAlertTags simultaneously--allowing users to keep track of easy-to-misplace items with a simple push of a button.
"How many of us have never misplaced our cell phone?" said Patrick Lo, President of Cirago International. "The iAlertTag is an easy to use and energy efficient device that can help users track and find their misplaced mobile device."
According to mobile security firm Lookout, if everyone who misplaced their phone in 2012 did not recover it, lost mobile devices would cost U.S. consumers a whopping 30 billion dollars. The iAlertTag saves consumers money, time and frustration spent looking for misplaced mobile devices.
The IAT1000 supports the Apple iPhone 4S, 3(rd) Generation iPad, and Windows PC equipped with Cirago BTA8000 (Bluetooth 4.0). The iAlertTag is easy to use--simply press the button on the iAlertTag and your phone will sound an alarm, or vice versa, locate a misplaced iAlertTag by pressing the button on the app on your iPhone.
About Cirago International
Cirago International, headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., is a leading manufacturer of Apple MFi accessories, storage and wireless solutions. Incorporated in 1996, Cirago consistently provides products with innovative technology, delivering outstanding functionality and capability. With manufacturing capabilities in the United States and China, Cirago offers products with the quality, service and value that consumers demand. For more information, visit http://www.cirago.com.
Mopapp to Attend ad:tech and Speak About the Value of Metrics for Mobile App Monetization
LONDON, August 27, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
It's Land-grabbing Time! The Metrics You Need to Survive in the Mobile Space
The mobile market is growing and so is the competition. How big is your market share
-in different countries, categories, and stores? Do you constantly desire to have more
data to improve your strategy? Do you have enough tools to maximize your app investment
This year's ad:tech London 2012 [http://www.ad-techlondon.co.uk ] attendees are sure
to get the right answers to these questions and more at the annual event showcasing
digital media's leaders, innovative solutions, and high profile brand marketers coming
together to network, exhibit, and learn.
Alessandro Rizzoli, Co-founder and CEO of Mopapp [http://www.mopapp.com ], is
attending the two-day industry marketplace as a speaker; to address the audience on the
current trends, challenges and resources for monetization of applications in the Mobile
market. During his presentation, The Value of Metrics for Mobile App Monetization: It's
Land-grabbing Time! The Metrics You Need to Survive in the Mobile Space, Rizzoli shares
his expertise and advice on utilizing and maximizing available resources, including
Mopapp's comprehensive metrics and features, to strategize a successful approach to real
profit in the unstoppable and ever-growing beast that is Mobile.
Mopapp, the new kid on the block of app analytics startups, is changing the way new
and seasoned developers, publishers, and enterprises utilize data to maximize their apps'
potential; and headman Rizzoli, expands on the essential key points for monetizing through
the proper use and understanding of sophisticated metrics.
- Get and utilize hidden public data to monitor competition
- Know the mobile application marketplace, market size and leading platforms
- Develop user engagement strategies and improve monetization
- Learn what app stores are not telling you
- Gain priceless insights on market and competitors
Six Flags Entertainment Partners with Capcom® and GameStop to Create Resident Evil® 6 Flags Night During Fright Fest
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas, Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX), the world's largest regional theme park company, and Capcom U.S.A., Inc. announced today a groundbreaking partnership in support of Capcom®'s Resident Evil® 6 game launch, set to be released on October 2, 2012. In support of the launch, Six Flags will brand October 6, 2012 as Resident Evil 6 Flags Night, with perks for consumers who pre-order or purchase the game, exclusively at GameStop.
Beginning August 30, 2012, any consumer who pre-orders Resident Evil 6 at GameStop stores or GameStop.com will receive a special Six Flags ticket offer with exclusive benefits for the October 6(th) Resident Evil6 Flags Night, including:
-- Admission discount for Six Flags Fright Fest (discount varies by market)
-- One free haunted attraction voucher
-- Exclusive ride time on certain Six Flags' coasters
All guests, 17 years of age and older, will have the ability to play Resident Evil 6 with interactive game demo stations at the theme parks and win Resident Evil 6 prizes from branded street teams on the event date.
In addition, Six Flags will host the Resident Evil 6: Fright Fest Getaway national sweepstakes, for the chance to win a fly-away VIP trip for two to any Six Flags US Theme Park to experience Fright Fest this Halloween season, including admission tickets, front line privileges, meal vouchers and Resident Evil 6 merchandise.
"This unique promotion is truly one of the most creative and exciting programs Six Flags has developed with a partner around our Fright Fest event," said David McKillips, senior vice president of corporate alliances for Six Flags. "The program fully demonstrates how our media networks can be tailored for a specific demographic, and how our partnership model can help raise awareness in our parks and drive sales with a retail partner; we're thrilled to be partnering with Capcom and GameStop on the release of Resident Evil 6."
The event and sweepstakes promotion will be supported with a fully integrated media campaign including custom television commercials airing on Six Flags TV and GameStop TV's digital out-of-home television networks, plus signage through Six Flags in-park Media Networks, online and social efforts by Six Flags, GameStop and Capcom.
"Having the ability to create and own a branded event, like 'Resident Evil 6 Flags Night,' within one of the most popular Halloween events across the country, is a tremendous opportunity for our brand," said John Diamonon, Resident Evil's Product Manager at Capcom. "Not only does the promotion raise awareness for the Resident Evil 6 launch, but it provides added-value and exclusive benefits at Six Flags for all of our fans who pre-order the game."
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world's largest regional theme park company with over $1.0 billion in revenue and 19 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For more than 50 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest(®) and Holiday in the Park(®). For more information, visit sixflags.com.
Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices. Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games, including best-selling franchises Resident Evil®, Street Fighter®, Mega Man® and Devil May Cry®. Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Korea, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan. More information about Capcom and its products can be found at http://www.capcom.com or http://www.capcom-unity.com.
Capcom, the Capcom logo, Devil May Cry, and Resident Evil are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Capcom Co., Ltd. in the U.S. and other countries. Street Fighter is a registered trademark of Capcom U.S.A., Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.
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Online Team Management Goes Worldwide - TeamSnap Now in 176 Countries
BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TeamSnap, a mobile and web service used by almost a million and a half players, parents and coaches to manage sports teams and leagues, reported that teams in virtually every country are now using its online team management tools. TeamSnap now has 100,000 teams across 177 countries, representing virtually every nation on the globe. Teams use TeamSnap for more than 100 different sports (and non-sport groups) ranging from soccer to sailing to cricket to rugby.
"We love the ability to program our club's training schedule into TeamSnap and track on the web and on our phones who can and cannot attend practices," said Gina Miller, President of the Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club (LOCC). The LOCC was founded in 2006 and is based out of Tai Wan To Beach in Yung Shue Wan on Lamma Island (Hong Kong). "As the club has grown, we had to migrate from email, paper and spreadsheets to a modern online team platform like TeamSnap."
Olivier Dautrebande, head of La Rasante field hockey club in Belgium, said, "Our club has been around since 1901, but we try to be as efficient as possible by using the latest technology. With more than 60 teams involved each season in the Belgian championship, we need a tool that helps us communicate easily with all members. With TeamSnap, each team manager can easily manage its team while club management can use the same tool to quickly send information to the appropriate teams. It was incredibly helpful this summer when we had to communicate with lots of people about a special event organized for the girls. TeamSnap is a very convenient tool for all."
TeamSnap (http://www.teamsnap.com/) is an award-winning mobile and web service for managing recreational and competitive sports teams and groups. With a simple but powerful interface, TeamSnap makes it easy to keep track of Rosters, Schedules, Game and Practice Attendance and Availability, Team Payments, Statistics and much more. Comprehensive messaging functions keep everyone in touch, and with a strong focus on usability and simplicity, TeamSnap is software that people actually find fun to use.
MedeAnalytics Launches Medicare Insight Resource Center to Clarify Impact of Existing Legislative Requirements and Presidential Candidate Proposals
Center is unique, one-stop national source for straight talk about Medicare
EMERYVILLE, Calif., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MedeAnalytics, a leading provider of healthcare performance management solutions, has launched the Medicare Insight Resource Center as a service to healthcare industry executives and policy professionals trying to understand, and plan for, the impact of the myriad legislative requirements affecting Medicare. The center also provides comparisons of alternative Medicare reform plans, including those of President Obama, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan.
One-Stop Resource for Answers, Important Planning Tool
"Trying to make sense of the Medicare picture is challenging at best," says Ken Perez, MedeAnalytics' director of healthcare policy and senior vice president of marketing. "In this day of sound bites and partisan misinformation, our resource center fills a critical need, by providing answers in one place to some of the biggest questions about where Medicare is headed and how hospitals and other healthcare organizations will be affected. We envision this will serve as an important planning tool for the healthcare industry."
Current, Objective, Nonpartisan Information
Perez notes that the center--an aggregation of the most definitive, authoritative and current resources--answers major questions about Medicare in an objective, nonpartisan way. "The information we present is based on extensive research and analysis of key primary sources, including documents from the Congressional Budget Office and several other nonpartisan organizations."
Issues factored into the resource center analysis include the Affordable Care Act; the Budget Control Act of 2011 or the "debt deal," which requires a two-percent reduction to Medicare; and the sustainable growth rate (SGR) and the so-called "doc fix." "Each of these three legislative areas could pose a significant threat to hospital finances for many years," says Perez, who notes that the Medicare picture is complicated by potential policy changes that could be determined by the outcome of the presidential and congressional elections.
MedeAnalytics Resource Centers
As a service to the healthcare industry, MedeAnalytics has created a number of resource centers designed to contribute to the conversation about significant healthcare delivery issues and their solutions. These resource centers include: Medicare Insight Resource Center. Supreme Court Review of Health Reform, Sustainable Growth Rate, Medicare Zero(TM) (an analytical approach to improve Medicare margins to breakeven or better), Value-Based Purchasing, ICD-10, Accountable Care Organizations, Medicaid Managed Care, and more.
Founded in 1994, MedeAnalytics delivers performance management solutions across the healthcare system--including hospitals, physician practices and payers--to ensure accountability and improve financial, operational and clinical outcomes. For more information, visit http://www.medeanalytics.com..
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PEEPS & COMPANY® Announces "Deal of the Day" Sweepstakes
BETHLEHEM, Pa., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PEEPS & COMPANY(®) fans are getting great deals and the chance to win big every day this month! Now through 9/3/12, followers of the PEEPS & COMPANY(®) Twitter feed will see a "Deal of the Day" tweet, featuring great candy and merchandise from the PEEPS & COMPANY(®) online store. Everyone who retweets the "Deal of the Day" will be automatically entered for a chance to win that day's Deal!
To enter the "Deal of the Day" Twitter Sweepstakes:
1. Log on to Twitter
2. Follow @peepsandcompany, http://www.twitter.com/peepsandcompany
3. Retweet the "Deal of the Day" message posted on the @peepsandcompany
4. Include the #PeepsDeals hashtag in your tweet!
A random winner will be selected each day. So tell your friends and family to follow @PEEPSANDCOMPANY on Twitter and visit peepsandcompany.com for some sweet online deals!
Frank Rosario, Sr. Ecommerce Manager of PEEPS & COMPANY(®) commented, "We are excited to launch these sweepstakes which previously have attracted thousands of entries. Our fans enjoy interacting with PEEPS & COMPANY(®) and their favorite candy brands via social media. This sweepstakes contest is easy to enter, is a lot of fun and is a great reward for our devoted fans."
Fans can find PEEPS(®), MIKE AND IKE(®), HOT TAMALES(®) & GOLDENBERG'S PEANUT CHEWS(®) candy and merchandise at http://www.peepsandcompany.com or with an in person visit to PEEPS & COMPANY(®)( )in Bethlehem, PA, National Harbor, MD and Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. The PEEPS & COMPANY(®) stores offer a fun, energy filled retail experience appealing to all five senses. Shoppers of all ages will be entertained by captivating music, lights, interactive displays, and videos featuring historic and present day elements of all their favorite Just Born brands. In addition to great tasting candy, PEEPS & COMPANY(®) offers an array of high-quality branded items such as apparel, accessories and gifts.
No purchase or mobile tweeting necessary to enter or win in the PEEPS & COMPANY(®) "Deal of the Day" Sweepstakes. Open to legal residents of the 50 US & DC, 18 or older. Began 8/20/12, ends 9/3/12. For Official Rules, which govern, visit https://twitter.com/peepsandcompany. Sponsor: Peeps and Company(®)."
Just Born, Inc. is a privately owned company founded in 1923 and headquartered in Bethlehem, PA, where it manufactures PEEPS(®), HOT TAMALES(®) and MIKE AND IKE(®). GOLDENBERG'S(®) PEANUT CHEWS(®) Brand Candies are produced in Philadelphia, PA. All Just Born candies are made in the U.S.A.
ZMDI, a Global Semiconductor Company, Announces the Release of the ZSPM4521, ZSPM4522, ZSPM4523 and ZSPM4551, a Family of Smart Chargers for Li-ion or NiMH Batteries or Super Caps, Utilizing Photovoltaic or Conventional Sources
DRESDEN, Germany, August 27, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
ZMD AG (ZMDI), a Dresden-based semiconductor company that specializes in enabling
energy-efficient solutions, today announces the release of the ZSPM4521, ZSPM4522,
ZSPM4523 and ZSPM4551. The ZSPM4521, ZSPM4522 and ZSPM4523 provide a
temperature-independent photovoltaic maximum power point tracking (MPPT) regulator to
optimize power output from solar sources while the ZSPM4551 is optimized for conventional
power sources. Its switching frequency of 1MHz enables the use of small filter components,
resulting in smaller board space and reduced system costs.
The integrated I2C[TM] (trademark of NXP) interface enables the user to set
application-specific temperature-compensated termination voltages with a plus or minus 1%
tolerance and control charging currents.
All four ICs can regulate up to 1.5A continuous drive current.
The ZSPM4521 and ZSPM4551 are DC/DC synchronous switching lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery
chargers with integrated power switches, internal compensation and fault protection. Both
devices contain Li-ion-specific protection for over-current, over-temperature, battery
(VBAT) over-voltage and charging timeout. In addition, they include supervisory reporting
through the NFLT (inverted fault) open-drain output to interface with other components in
The ZSPM4522 is a DC/DC synchronous switching nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery
charger with integrated power switches, internal compensation and fault protection
specific to NiMH batteries. It features input supply under-voltage lockout and full
protection for VBAT over-voltage.
The ZSPM4523 is a DC/DC synchronous switching super capacitor charger with integrated
power switches, internal compensation and full fault protection. It integrates a wide
range of protection circuitry, including input supply under-voltage lockout, output
over-voltage protection, current limiting and thermal shutdown.
The ZSPM452x and ZSPM4551 are in a league of their own when it comes to their high
level of integration, up to 92% efficiency with typical loads and ultra-low power
consumption. When the regulator is disabled, the devices draw less than 10microA quiescent
"ZMDI [http://www.zmdi.com ] is committed to developing advanced solutions to meet our
customers' variety of needs. The ZSPM4521, ZSPM4522, ZSPM4523 and the ZSPM4551, a family
of smart chargers, support our customers' direction into portable applications, and these
products are another example of ZMDI's commitment to providing the very best solutions for
our energy-conscious customers," stated Edward Lam, Vice President of Product Marketing
and Business Development at ZMDI.
Smart Charger Family Features:
- 1.5A continuous output current
- VBAT reverse-current blocking (VCAP for the ZSPM4523)
- Programmable temperature-compensated termination voltage
- User-programmable charging current
- VBAT over-voltage and charging-timeout supervisor for VBAT reported at the
NFLT pin for Li-ion battery chargers
- Input supply under-voltage lockout
- Full protection for over-current and over-temperature
- Charge status indication
- I2C(TM) program interface with EEPROM registers
- Temperature (junction) range -40C to 125C
- Package: 16-L PQFN
Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMDI [http://www.zmdi.com ]) is a global supplier of
analog and mixed-signal semiconductors solutions for automotive, industrial, medical,
information technology and consumer applications. These solutions enable our customers to
create the most energy-efficient products in power management, lighting and sensors.
For over 50 years ZMDI has been globally headquartered in Dresden, Germany. With over
320 employees worldwide ZMDI serves its customers with sales offices and design centers
throughout Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Taiwan
and the United States.
AUO to Exhibit Super Slim, Extra Light, Narrow Bezel, and Transparent Display Applications, and Full Lineup of OGS Total Solutions at Touch Taiwan 2012
HSINCHU, Taiwan, Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- The world's leading provider of display total solutions, AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO), announced that it will participate in Touch Taiwan 2012 from August 29 to 31 and bring a full lineup of advanced display technologies and product total solutions. AUO is not only consistently dedicated to innovating display technologies, but also to aggressively developing high value-added products and applications. The exhibition highlights in the show, including a large video wall assembled by the world's narrowest(*) nine 46" high resolution super narrow bezel panels, the 50" Full HD transparent display with application on vending machine, the world's first commercially available 55" 4K by 2K 2D/3D switchable TV display, the new size 50" Full HD 3D TV display with super narrow bezel, and a series of One-Glass-Solution (OGS) touch solutions ranging from 4.7" to 27" will be presented. For mobile device applications, AUO will demonstrate a series of high resolution smartphone displays and Full HD high resolution Ultra Notebook displays with slimmer and lighter designs.
Mr. Paul Peng, President of AUO, also the Chairman of Taiwan Display Union Association (TDUA), will give a speech titled "New Perspectives on All-Win Cooperation among Taiwan, Japan, and China". Mr. Fred Hsieh, AUO's Vice President and General Manager of Touch Solutions Business Group, will also deliver a speech titled "AUO Leading through Display Innovation" at FPD International Taiwan 2012 Seminar on August 30.
Public Information Displays Showing Innovative Value-added Applications
AUO has made remarkable developments in the public information displays (PID) market in recent years. AUO's PID products not only have been applied in many international airports, but also its 65" Photo-Sensor In-Cell Touch E-boards have been adopted by various education markets. By showcasing its innovative and integrated technology strengths, AUO presents the 138" high resolution video wall assembled by nine 46" high resolution super narrow bezel panels in the exhibition. Its bezel-to-bezel distance of 5mm is currently the world's narrowest ((*)).
Another highlight of the show includes the 50" FHD transparent display applied on a vending machine. Featuring high transparency and high color saturation, the transparent panel makes the merchandises inside the vending machine even more visible. With the integration of touch functions and multi-media contents, the merchandises could be displayed together with vivid and colorful product information. The transparent display will be suitable for various kinds of commercial display applications in the future, capturing the attention of consumers with its innovative features.
Diverse Applications of Leading Glasses-Free 3D Display Technology
AUO's Glasses-Free 3D display applications are in the leading position in the market. AUO will showcase the first commercially available 55" 4K by 2K 2D/3D switchable TV display featuring 2D and 3D switchable and mixed mode. The panel features a 4K x 2K (or "quad-HD") resolution of 3840 x 2160 in 2D mode and provides the most vivid and lifelike high resolution 3D images. With the high contrast ratio of 5000:1, it is able to present the most detailed color gradation.
In addition, AUO's 24" Glasses-Free 3D display panel for All-In-One PC features the Dead-Zone Free 3D solution combining the switchable lens technology with the face-tracking system. It could offer users to view both 2D and 3D images on the same display simultaneously.
Super Narrow Bezel 3D TV Display to Enjoy "Boundless Views, Lively Up Close"
AUO continues to offer value-added applications by its leading position in the pattern retarder 3D technology. AUO will exhibit the Super Narrow Bezel 50" FHD 3D TV display, also a brand new size, to provide customers with more choices. The single side of the super narrow bezel is only 5mm wide. Viewers are able to enjoy boundless, spectacular, and vivid 3D images.
AFull Lineup of One-Glass-Solution (OGS) Touch Solutions
AUO has successfully developed the One-Glass-Solution (OGS) touch solutions and will debut a series of OGS touch solutions ranging from 4.7" to 27" for smartphone, tablet, ultra notebook, and desktop monitor applications. AUO's 13.3", 11.6", and 10.1" OGS touch panels are currently commercialized. The 13.3" AHVA OGS touch panel for ultra notebook display features Full HD high resolution and ultra wide viewing angle, as well as ultra slim and edge-to-edge designs. AUO will also showcase its latest OGS touch technology, including a 4.7" Convex Surface technology, not only reinforcing the strength of the glass, but also with design aesthetic. With its border width as narrow as 0.8mm, the 4.7" Super Narrow Border OGS technology is another leading technology of the industry and will also be on display.
ASeries of High Resolution and Light & SlimUltra Notebook Display
AUO has been in a leading position in the development of ultra slim notebook displays. The 10.1", 13.3" and 15.6" Ultra Notebook displays featuring ultra slim, light, and high resolution will be showcased. Among them, the 13.3" Super Ultra Slim panel is as slim as 2.15mm with a weight of just 185g. Other than featuring slim and light, AUO's 15.6" and 10.1" Ultra Notebook displays are equipped with high resolution, wide viewing angle and high color saturation.
Ultra-High Resolution, Light, and Slim of Smartphone Display Panels
The size of panels applied to smartphones is getting larger, and on top of that, equipped with high resolution and light-weight designs. AUO demonstrates the 5.3" Ultra Slim Hyper-LCD smartphone display with Hyper LCD manufacturing technology to replace LTPS. It features qHD high-resolution and narrow border design. The module thickness is only 1.2mm with super light weight of only 12.5g, making it more convenient for users to carry. In addition, AUO's 4.46" smartphone display panel with wide viewing angle and HD 720 high resolution (329 PPI) will be also on display at the exhibition.
The next generation technology in display - AMOLED displays will be presented in the exhibition. The 4.3" qHD high resolution AMOLED display features 257 PPI, low power consumption, and true colors, suitable for smartphone and mobile device applications. Besides, AUO will demonstrate the 6" transparent AMOLED with a transparency rate of over 35% and a high light transmission.
* Based on the available market research information as of August 27, 2012, it is currently the world's narrowest bezel among the commercially available items in the market.
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ABOUT AU OPTRONICS
AU Optronics Corp. (AUO) is one ofthe world's leading providers of display and solar total solutions. AUO offers a full range of panel sizes and comprehensive applications ranging from 1.2 inches to 71 inches. Based on its profound R&D and manufacturing experience, AUO continues to develop advanced display technologies of the next generation. AUO extended its market to the green energy industry in 2008. By building a vertically integrated high-efficiency solar value chain, AUO provides its customers with high-efficiency solar solutions. AUO now houses a staff of more than 45,000 employees, with global operations in Taiwan, Mainland China, the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the Netherlands, Czech and Slovakia. Additionally, AUO is the first pure TFT-LCD manufacturer to be successfully listed at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). AUO has also been named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for two consecutive years from 2010 to 2011. AUO generated NT$379.7 billion (US$ 12.54 billion) in sales revenue in 2011. For more information, please visit AUO.com.
* 2011 year end revenue converted at an exchange rate of NTD30.27:USD1.
Safe Harbour Notice
AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO), a global leader of TFT-LCD panels, today announced the above news. Except for statements in respect of historical matters, the statements contained in this Release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements were based on our management's expectations, projections and beliefs at the time regarding matters including, among other things, future revenues and costs, financial performance, technology changes, capacity, utilization rates, yields, process and geographical diversification, future expansion plans and business strategy. Such forward looking statements are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including risks related to the flat panel display industry, the TFT-LCD market, acceptance of and demand for our products, technological and development risks, competitive factors, and other risks described in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on April 27th, 2012.
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Chemistry.com Hosts Free 'Up All Night' Event Celebrating the Top 10 Sleepless Cities in the U.S.
DALLAS, Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Chemistry.com, one of the nation's leading dating sites, today reveals the Top 10 Sleepless Cities where singles are looking for lovebetween the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. Although New York City may be known as "the city that never sleeps," singles in Honolulu, Hawaii are the most restless during the wee hours of the night, followed by their unattached counterparts in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Night owls are in good company all over the U.S., with plenty of like-minded late-night aficionados looking for love until the sun rises from coast to coast.
The Top 10 Sleepless Cities in the U.S.:
1. Honolulu, HI
2. Virginia Beach, VA
3. Nashville, TN
4. Scottsdale, AZ
5. Brooklyn, NY
6. Long Beach, CA
7. Las Vegas, NV
8. Henderson, NV
9. Fresno, CA
10. Mesa, AZ
Chemistry.com is celebrating these sleepless singles by hosting "Up All Night," where visitors can try out the dating site for free from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. CDT beginning Thursday, August 30. The event will offer both new and existing members access to all of Chemistry.com's features free of charge, including the ability to browse full profiles with photos and communicate with other members using emails and Chemistry's unique get-to-know-you games. To register for this free night of flirting, singles can take the Chemistry.com Personality Test and create a profile to join in with other night owls online at http://www.chemistry.com/cp/upallnight.
Top 10 cities list was calculated by examining the top U.S. cities that were active on Chemistry.com between midnight and 6 a.m., accounting for the six different time zones in the country.
Launched by Match.com in February 2006, online dating site Chemistry.com was created to bring together singles that are looking for ways to discover if true chemistry exists before meeting on the first date. Based on the research of renowned biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher, Chemistry.com uses a proprietary test to get to know each individual and their ideal match. This approach makes Chemistry.com the ideal place for singles to empower their love life and find the relationship that is right for each individual, whether it's marriage, romance, a partnership or a long-term commitment. Chemistry.com is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).
ProTek Devices' New TVS Arrays Deliver ESD, EFT, Surge and Lightning Protection
The PLR0524P, PLR0524 and PLR0521 are Ideal for Protection in Numerous Computing, Consumer Electronics and Telecommunications Devices and Equipment
TEMPE, Ariz., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ProTek Devices(TM) today introduced three new transient voltage suppressor (TVS) arrays - the PLR0524P, PLR0524 and PLR0521 - which are ideal for providing electrical protection in numerous computing, consumer electronics and telecommunications devices and equipment. Applications for the PLR0524P and PLR0524 include DVI, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, and USB interfaces. Other ideal applications include; FireWire (IEEE 1394 to 3.2Gbps); PCIe; and SATA interfaces. Ideal applications for the PLR0521 include Ethernet 10/100/1000 Base T; FireWire; wireless communications devices; and USB interfaces.
PLR0524P and PLR0524 Technical Features
The PLR0524P and PLR0524 are ultra low capacitance (0.4pF typical [I/O to I/O]) steering diode / TVS arrays. They provide protection from electrostatic discharges (ESD); electrical fast transients (EFT); surges; and lightning. The devices protect up to four lines. The PLR0524P and PLR0524 are available in a space-saving DFN-10 package configuration. The PLR0524 is used on very sensitive ASICs that require ultra-low clamping (9V @6A). The PLR0524P has a VC (clamping) of 16V. The PLR0524P can be used on most other PHY applications. They are rated at 60 Watts peak pulse power per line for a 8/20 micro second surge waveform. These devices meet IEC 61000-4-2 ESD: air - 15kV, contact - 8kV; 61000-4-2 EFT requirements. They also meet IEC 61000-4-4 surge and IEC 61000-4-5 lightning: 4A - 8/20 micro second surge waveform requirements. ESD protection from both devices is > 25 kilovolts. The PLR0524P and PLR0524 provide < 0.5 microampere low leakage current. The devices can be used in conjunction with passive components integrated into a TVS / filter network. In this configuration they provide EMI / RFI protection.
PLR0521 Technical Features
The PLR0521 is an ultra low capacitance (0.4 pF typical) TVS array. It provides ESD and EFT protection for one bidirectional line. It meets IEC 61000-4-2 ESD: air 15kV, contact 8kV requirements. It also meets IEC 61000-4-4 EFT and IEC 61000-4-5 surge requirements. It features 80 Watts peak pulse power per line (tp = 8/20 micro second surge waveform). In addition, the PLR0521 has a low clamping voltage and low leakage current and is available in a miniature DFN-2-0402 package.
At higher operating frequencies or faster edge rates, insertion loss and signal integrity are a major concern. ProTek Devices' PLR0524P, PLR0524 and PLR0521 TVS arrays resolve this concern. All devices are RoHS and REACH compliant.
Pricing and Availability
The PLR0524P is priced at $0.08 and the PLR0524 is priced at $0.10 in quantities of 10,000. The PLR0521 is priced at $0.06 in quantities of 10,000. All parts are now available in mass quantities. The data sheets for the PLR0524P and PLR0524 are available here and here, respectively. The data sheet for the PLR0521 is available here.
About ProTek Devices
In business more than 20 years, ProTek Devices(TM) is a privately held semiconductor company. The company offers a product line of transient voltage suppressor (TVS) devices. ProTek Devices also provides avalanche breakdown diode, steering diode TVS array and other surge suppressor component products. These TVS modules protect electronic systems from numerous damaging effects. They include lightning; electrostatic discharge (ESD); nuclear electromagnetic pulses (NEMP); inductive switching; and electromagnetic interference (EMI) / radio frequency interference (RFI). ProTek Devices also offers high performance interface and linear products. They include analog switches; multiplexers; LED drivers; audio control ICs; RF and related high frequency products. These analog devices work in a host of consumer; industrial; automotive and other applications. The company maintains its headquarters in Tempe, Ariz. More information is available at http://www.protekdevices.com.
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Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (Ficora) has today issued a test radio
license for cognitive radio [http://www.fairspectrum.com ] devices on the TV White Space
frequencies for Turku University of Applied Sciences. The license covers the 470-790 MHz
frequency range and a 40 km x 40 km area surrounding Turku, Finland. The license is valid
for one year. Nearly 300 000 people live in the radio license area. A geolocation database
is an essential part of the license. The license is the first one in Europe having the
geolocation database control of frequencies.
Spectrum sharing is a global solution for matching the increasing demand for wireless
data communication and scarce frequency resources. TV White Space frequencies are a real
world test laboratory of spectrum sharing. TV White Space can improve existing data
communication services by increasing data rates or coverage area, it can make the services
more cost efficient, and new services can be developed. Spectrum sharing in TV White Space
is managed with a geolocation database. The geolocation database controls TV White Space
device frequencies and transmission power so that the devices do not interfere other
wireless communication systems like terrestrial TV or radio microphones
Fairspectrum provides the geolocation database for the communication system according
to the Ficora licence rules. Fairspectrum geolocation database applies geometrical
computation in radio spectrum sharing. Geometrical computation makes Fairspectrum
geolocation database efficient, fast, and easily customizable for various environments,
regulations, and rules. The geometrical computation based rules can clearly be
communicated between operators, regulators, and other users of the shared spectrum.
The issued license will be used in the WISE project. The WISE consortium consists of
Nokia, Digita, Fairspectrum, Ficora, Turku University of Applied Sciences, University of
Turku, and Aalto University.
WISE White space test environment for broadcast frequencies (WISE) is a Tekes funded
research project in Finland, and it is a part of the Tekes Trial program. WISE studies
efficient use of TV-band spectrum resources through cognitive radio technologies and
geolocation databases. Tekes Trial program invites international experts and investments
to benefit from its unique trial environment for cognitive radio and networks. For more
information, visit http://wise.turkuamk.fi and http://www.tekes.fi/programmes/Trial.
Fairspectum is a Finnish startup applying Internet services and computational geometry
in the field of radio spectrum sharing. For more information, visit http://www.fairspectrum.com.
TUAS is Turku University of Applied Sciences. It offers education that develops
working life and entrepreneurship, research and development services (R&D) and holistic
development of organisations. For more information, visit http://www.turkuamk.fi.
Strontium and Kaira Sign Distribution Agreement for South Africa and Malaysia
SINGAPORE, August 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Strontium Technology today announced that it has expanded its relationship with Kaira Technology and appointed them as distributor for Malaysia and South Africa. This will serve to expand Strontium's sales channels in these countries and provide direct access to resellers, retailers and mobile shops.
"We have worked together with Kaira for last 3 years with great success. It is a logical extension for us to expand footprint with Kaira to include Malaysia and South Africa," said Anshuman Gupta, CEO of Strontium Technology.
The markets in South Africa and Malaysia are growing fast. Kaira has an excellent distribution network, knowledge of local markets and strong presence in Malaysian and South African markets. Kaira would distribute the complete range of Strontium memory products in these two markets.
Mr Rajesh Attal, CEO, Kaira Technology, said, "We are very happy to expand our engagement with Strontium to South Africa and Malaysia. We can now offer complete range of high quality memory products at competitive prices to our customers there."
Kaira would be the first to launch Strontium's 'Auto' USB flash drive, which is specially designed for car audio systems, in Malaysia and South Africa. Kaira would also be the first to launch Strontium's 8GB MacBook Pro memory module there.
"We are fully committed to grow our business with Kaira in the new territories and no effort would be spared to develop the markets together," added Gupta.
Strontium Technology Pte Ltd is a PC and flash memory manufacturing company, having its headquarters in Singapore. Today, its operations span to varied territories across Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, India, US, Canada and Latin America. In total, the company maintains a strong market presence in over 30 countries.
Kaira markets and distributes computer components, peripherals, accessories and networking products from over 16 global brands. It has distribution offices in Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Reunion Islands, and has alliances with channel partners in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Google Apps Reseller Quells The Microsoft MSP Incumbent
The Microsoft managed service industry and their providers are about to be replaced by Google Apps resellers and their new emerging cloud business model.
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Information Technology has a long running foundation in forward motion, and the competition is brutal. The weakest links, slowly but surely, are culled out of the market.
Darwin would be proud.
To keep up, over the years, growing businesses have been outsourcing solid, reliable IT management through Managed Service Providers. These MSP's maintain on site servers and provide tech assistance to companies that are able and willing to front the bill. Problem is, human beings have a history (especially over the last century) of putting themselves out of work with their own evolving technology.
"I'm not going to lie, I do see myself as something of an MSP killer," says a grinning Crisantos Hajibrahim, founder and CEO of VIWO, one of Google's longest running Google Apps resellers. "With the margins so thin, it's going to be almost impossible for Microsoft MSP's to transition their business to a cloud based service model. I took a Microsoft MSP managed business with 50 users paying $5,000 a month on Exchange, to $2500 a year. No wonder these MSP's can't transition their business. They'd have to cannibalize themselves or spin off a separate company with lower expectations, cost, and room to grow with the market. Instead, they'd rather go down with a sinking ship, just because they have nowhere to jump to."
There is an exponentially growing need for business professionals to access their information anywhere, everywhere, on the devices that they use and prefer. Browser and app based data interaction is the new paradigm and Google's been hanging out on that cutting edge for some time now.
"When I was first introduced to Google Apps in 2007, I knew I needed to be involved. I had just invested $40,000 dollars in a N-Able MSP management system that I literally threw away after I saw Google Apps."
Crisantos believes that a bundle solution will be the new way to make money in this market. He's currently working with big name communication providers to deliver these types of services.
"To survive, MSP's need to learn how to consult, setup, and support ERP type systems that integrate into cloud based activity and provide unified communication services. With a 'Business In A Box' approach I can charge $50 per user per month instead of $5 and grow my business, in spite of the competitive market."
As long as MSP's are able to convince clients that their services are truly worth an arm and a leg, they'll be able to scrape by. However, considering the current economic state of the world, it will not be surprising to see more and more businesses looking for a cost effective, progressive change to how they communicate and share their information.
PHOENIX, Aug. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 12 News and Beat the Traffic are pleased to announce a new extension to our partnership. Beginning September 14, 2012, the locally branded 12 News Beat the Traffic app will be available for free for all Arizonan commuters looking for a way to beat traffic on the go. Over the air 12 News will continue to help commuters with travel times and the most up-to-date traffic information using Beat the Traffic technology. The new app offers yet another way to help commuters get the best information possible and includes personalized route information and reports by the 12 News team. The Beat the Traffic application will display 12 News traffic information based on the geo-location of users.
The 12 News Beat the Traffic application will be available on iOS and Android devices. The app will also be linked with our new 12 News Traffic Facebook page (facebook.com/12news) as well as our 12 News Traffic Twitter account (@12NewsTraffic). The app will provide local traffic coverage around the clock and keep you up- to-date on roads to avoid & construction on the go.
"The new exclusive local content partnership with 12 News leverages our latest technology developments on location-enabled mobile platforms," said Andre Gueziec, President of Beat the Traffic. "Beat the Traffic mobile apps can display exclusive local TV station partner content based on where the mobile user is located. We're tremendously proud of this new milestone, which will revolutionize how viewers can access local traffic content. Now our TV station partners in other cities can also benefit from this exclusive opportunity."
"This app will make it easier for everyone to get the latest traffic updates right from their phone. If you are unable to watch 12 News Today from 4:30am-7am with me, this is another option to get the information you need! It will allow people to connect with 12 News wherever they are and help them 'beat the traffic,'" explains12 News Traffic Reporter, Emma Jade.
Check out our new Facebook & Twitter Pages for your latest traffic updates.
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Text "traffic" to 98567
About 12 News:
12 News (KPNX-TV) is part of Republic Media and owned by Gannett Co., Inc., an international news and information company operating on multiple platforms including the Internet, mobile, newspapers, magazines and TV stations. Gannett is an Internet leader with hundreds of newspaper and TV Web sites; CareerBuilder.com, the nation's top employment site. Gannett publishes 83 daily U.S. newspapers, including USA TODAY, the nation's largest-selling daily newspaper, and more than 650 magazines and other non-dailies including USA WEEKEND. Gannett also operates 23 television stations in 19 U.S. markets. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom's second largest regional newspaper company with 17 daily paid-for titles, more than 200 weekly newspapers, magazines and trade publications, and a network of Web sites.
About Beat the Traffic:
Based in Santa Clara, CA, Triangle Software LLC d/b/a Beat the Traffic® is the fastest-growing provider of vehicle traffic reporting solutions. Acclaimed for its visually-striking graphics, simple setup and user-friendly interface, Beat the Traffic® received the Television Broadcast magazine's NAB Top Innovation Award. Triangle Software is a National Science Foundation funded early innovator in traffic prediction and presentation science. Visit http://www.beatthetraffic.com or http://www.trianglesoftware.com. The Beat the Traffic® technology is protected by U.S. Patents Nos. 6,989,765; 7,161,497; 7,221,287; 7,375,649; 7,508,321; 7,557,730; 7,610,145; 7,702,452; 7,880,642; and 8,103,443. Visit our youtube.com/beatthetraffic channel and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/btt3d or Facebook at facebook.com/beatthetraffic.
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FICO Acquires Adeptra, Adding Real-Time, Mobile Customer Engagement and Risk Intervention Capabilities to Decision Management Applications
Cloud-based platform for resolving customer interactions will improve effectiveness of FICO clients in managing fraud, collections and customer service
MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FICO (NYSE: FICO), the leading provider of analytics and decision management technology, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Adeptra Ltd., a leader in cloud-based customer engagement and risk intervention solutions based in Reading, UK and Norwalk, Connecticut. Adeptra's SaaS (software as a service) platform enables leading financial services institutions and other businesses to take advantage of the explosion in mobile communication in order to manage risk, fight fraud and dramatically improve the customer experience, all in real time. By using Adeptra's technology combined with FICO's decision management applications, businesses can move seamlessly from defining, changing and testing decisions to executing and resolving customer interactions while improving customer outcomes.
FICO will acquire Adeptra for an all-cash purchase price of $115 million, subject to typical post-closing adjustments. The acquisition is expected to be accretive on both a pro-forma and GAAP basis in FY13. The deal is anticipated to be completed in September 2012, upon satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Adeptra is currently owned by a consortium of investors led by ABS Ventures, proven experts at developing mid-stage technology firms.
FICO has had a successful relationship with Adeptra since 2002, and has been an Adeptra reseller since 2007. Together, the two companies have helped global banks cut their fraud losses by integrating FICO® Falcon® Fraud Manager with Adeptra solutions.
"For many of our clients, fraud protection and even debt collection have become important drivers of customer satisfaction and loyalty," said Will Lansing, FICO CEO. "By integrating Adeptra's leading customer engagement and risk intervention platform with FICO decision management applications, we're enabling our clients to interact with their customers in ways that strengthen customer loyalty while minimizing business risks. That way, our clients can grow in lock-step with the evolving mobile economy."
Founded in 1996, Adeptra provides solutions that allow businesses to communicate with customers in real time, using voice, SMS, mobile applications, email and other channels. By contacting customers instantly using their preferred channel, a business can immediately resolve important matters such as identifying whether a credit transaction is fraudulent, confirming a payment plan with a customer, and fixing customer service issues. Adeptra then feeds this information back to the business's host system in a closed-feedback loop that improves risk management and future communications success. The SaaS platform offers greater flexibility, faster implementation times and efficient design and deployment of multi-channel customer interactions, with Adeptra's high-performance and scalable software capable of handling thousands of such transactions per second.
Adeptra serves clients in financial services, telecommunications, utilities and other industries, including more than half of the world's top 50 banks. The company has offices and data centers around the globe. Adeptra's employees and management team will join FICO following the completion of the transaction.
"FICO is known worldwide for its superior decision management solutions that cross the customer lifecycle," said Tony McGivern, CEO of Adeptra. "Combining the power of FICO and Adeptra is a fantastic move for our clients and for clients' customers. Together, we will develop the next generation of full-cycle decision management and risk intervention products along with a range of innovative new marketing and customer service solutions, all optimized for the mobile economy."
In Latin America, FICO and Adeptra have been working together for a long time. One of the examples is a well succeeded implementation in Puerto Rico with Banco Popular, handled by FICO's regional office and Adeptra's headquarters in the US, as they don't have offices or employees locally. "We see many new perspectives through this purchase," said Andreas Suma, Senior Director for FICO Latin America. "The regional population has very few phones lines but the smartphones and the cell phones are increasing very quickly, so we can expect reaching more people with Adeptra's solutions, especially in the fraud prevention and in the recoveries' field. We certainly will increase our capacities in these two areas."
FICO (NYSE:FICO) delivers superior predictive analytics solutions that drive smarter decisions. The company's groundbreaking use of mathematics to predict consumer behavior has transformed entire industries and revolutionized the way risk is managed and products are marketed. FICO's innovative solutions include the FICO(®) Score -- the standard measure of consumer credit risk in the United States -- along with industry-leading solutions for managing credit accounts, identifying and minimizing the impact of fraud, and customizing consumer offers with pinpoint accuracy. Most of the world's top banks, as well as leading insurers, retailers, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies, rely on FICO solutions to accelerate growth, control risk, boost profits and meet regulatory and competitive demands. FICO also helps millions of individuals manage their personal credit health through http://www.myFICO.com. Learn more at http://www.fico.com. FICO: Make every decision count((TM)).
Adeptra is the global market leader in risk intervention and customer engagement. The company's proven scalable global cloud platform enables organizations to communicate with customers and resolve issues in real time, using a range of channels such as voice, SMS, mobile applications and email. In fraud, credit and customer risk and servicing, Adeptra provides a comprehensive range of customer engagement solutions targeted at eliminating fraud, maximizing adoption, reducing cost and optimizing customer experience.
Among its many customers, Adeptra is used by the majority of leading retail banks across EMEA, North America and APAC. It occupies a premium position in the market by continually reinvesting in its technology, operations and service structure. The company's commitment to the highest standards of data security compliance was recently re-confirmed, as Adeptra became the first Interactive Voice Messaging organization to meet both Payment Card Industry Security Standard (PCI DSS) v2.0 and ISO27001 standards on a global basis. For more information, visit http://www.adeptra.com.
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Except for historical information contained herein, the statements contained in this news release that relate to FICO or its business are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including the success of the Company's Decision Management strategy and reengineering plan, the maintenance of its existing relationships and ability to create new relationships with customers and key alliance partners, its ability to continue to develop new and enhanced products and services, its ability to recruit and retain key technical and managerial personnel, competition, regulatory changes applicable to the use of consumer credit and other data, the failure to realize the anticipated benefits of any acquisitions, continuing material adverse developments in global economic conditions, and other risks described from time to time in FICO's SEC reports, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2011 and its last quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2012. If any of these risks or uncertainties materializes, FICO's results could differ materially from its expectations. FICO disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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